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Rakesh Kumar Prasad, 24-year-old yoga instructor slips his hands and squeeze the victiim while she was doing yoga at Real Yoga studio in Tampines Grande.
Three minutes later, the victim was told to spread her legs while sitting and get her chest to touch the floor. While she was trying to adopt that yoga position, Rakesh slipped his left hand into the left side of her sports bra and tried to squeeze her breast, but she knocked his arm away.
After the yoga class ended at about 1.30pm, Rakesh sat in front of the victim. He smiled at her and asked why he could not touch her breasts. He also said: “It’s not like there’s anything to touch.”
Later, as the victim was leaving the yoga studio, Rakesh grabbed the back of her neck, she said.
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3 hamsters was thrown down by a SICKO at Blk 456 Yishun St 41! On 23 Sep’15, 7.30am my mom found 2 hamsters body at grd floor bleeding profusely! 20mins later my mom found 3rd hamster lying at the same spot, we could still feel the body temperature. Sadly none of the govt agencies can/ willing to do anything abt it as they said tis is the 1st case reported!?! (3 hamsters thrown down in 2 diff timing is not serious enough??)
I’m not sure if the SICKO is the owner or just grap any animal they see at the corridor!
**Pple staying ard tis area please keep ur pets indoor**
Hey human! If u are sick of ur pets at least have a heart to find them new owner not kill them or leave them to death!
Having stayed at so many hotels, our experience at the Naumi Hotel gotta be our most unforgettable one. It is a short, but really unforgettable night. This staycation was supposed to be our last staycation before I’m due to deliver!
Naumi Hotel is a state-of-the-art hotel boutique hotel that have won many awards. “Travellers’ Choice – Top Hotels, Luxury Hotels, Hotels for Service”, “The President Design of The Year” award, and also “One of the Best Place to Stay in the World” award, just to name a few.
The hotel is located conveniently near the Bugis and City Hall Mrt, no lack of shopping and good food! Just what I like!
While waiting for check-in to be done, one of the hotel staff, Celeste introduced to us the restaurant Table by Rang Mahal located at the hotel lobby where we were supposed to have our breakfast next morning. We didn’t managed to enjoy that thou. More on that later! Celeste showed us around the hotel and my, am I impressed by the artworks that you can find at every corner of the building. From the wall, to the ceiling to the floor that you are stepping on.
While walking along the lobby of Naumi hotel, a vibrant silhouette of a smiling lady greets you; the observant eye catching thousands of different videos playing, forming a pixelated image. The installation consists of three videos, set to sync with three distinct times of the day; morning, afternoon and night, and is curated and created by Aíman; one of Singapore’s most decorated contemporary artists.
The video installation, made up of about three thousand short video clips, took four months to complete.
We actually see more of such similar photomosaic around the hotel. Once I step into the lift, it’s like a time capsule that brings us to different interesting parts of the hotel.
Now let me tell you my favourite art work in the hotel. At every level of the hotel, you will see these very interesting 3D tagline. It’s actually installed on two different walls, and you will only catch the tagline if you view it at a certain angle. If not, the words won’t really make much sense. I like it so much, I made the husband go every level to take photos of them.
Next up would be the room tour! We were showed to our room, the Habitat room, which is so nice and cosy, we were trying to
steal some ideas get some inspiration for our bedroom renovation at our new house that should be coming by the end of the year. I wouldn’t say the room is really big but yet its cosy, luxurious and surprisingly it’s as well equipped as any bigger hotels or maybe even better equipped! The room is very well design to make full use of the space. Items are stored and build in such a smart way, they do not take up alot space and yet make the place looks nice and modern!
The bathroom is designed to be part of the bedroom, with the vanity counter as the centerpiece. The iconic ‘lantern’ inspired monolithic island vanity counter is designed to be both functional yet intriguing and decorative.
The bathroom and washroom also have their transparent glass doors that fogs up to be opaque at the touch of a button, for privacy reasons. This is before we switch on the privacy.
And this is after we switch on. See the difference? 🙂
Let’s check inside the toilet…
If you need to get your hair fix, there is a hair straightener and something that can blow you! Not forgetting bath slippers too!
We have complimentary mini bar. Soft drinks, mineral water, juice…
And this pull out snacks bar! All complimentary. There’s TWG tea selection, and for the local tastebuds, there’s even “Teh Haliah”. Haha
Free liquor too! How awesome can that be?
If you’re ever need to iron your shirt and pants for that special event, you can find the ironing equipment here! A very good way to save space ya!
Something that made me really happy. The bolster!!! Something you don’t usually see at other hotels. Usually I’ll get the extra pillow and use it as a bolster to hug. Now that Naumi Hotel so thoughtfully provides their guests with bolster, I can’t be more happy. At 38 weeks pregnant, I really really need a bolster to support my hippo legs!
Naumi Hotel is really thoughtful, they even provide their guest with mobile chargers. Samsung? Iphone? It’s all there! Speaking of which, there’s complimentary wifi for all guests too. Very important for the husband. He’s 24/7 on the internet.
There’s a meal for those who are hungry at night! It’s for the night owl!
Next up we got to visit the Patio room. It’s bigger and with a nice deck that can chill out at your own privacy.
We were finally introduced to the Eden & Nirwana Suite. It’s inspired by Andy Warhol, thus the splashes of bright colors around the room. Check out the huge bathtub! I would LOVE to soak myself in there after a long day! I’m coming back for this room in future!
They have the coolest meeting rooms ever! Check them out.
Every evening, there will be Naumi Angels going around from room to room, offering the guests drinks and cookies. The name Naumi Angels really made me think that there will be someone wearing wings knocking on our door. Haha
Celeste ended the tour at their roof-top pool deck. I wish I could have take a dip at their infinity pool there, but I’m a little too heavy to do any swimming. I’ll probably end up looking like a hippo trying to waddle in.
There’s also a pool side bar. Ooh La La… Enjoying a drink, by the pool, enjoying the breeze, among the skyscrapers. What luxury.
The staff at the bar is also really attentive. Noticing this pregnant woman sitting there, rubbing the aching back, he offered me a cup of warm drink. Good attentive services from the hotel staffs always makes me want to visit them again.
My back was aching, but I enjoyed the hotel so much I ignored it. We headed out nearby for chicken rice. There’s so much choices just around the corner. We do not even need to walk far. Which is quite fortunate for me because I do not think I can take any more walking.
I was too excited to come back to the room to enjoy my night there. My back was aching quite a bit after the exciting tour, I can’t wait to have a good rest, with my bolster!
But, the staycation ended shortly than expected. For a good reason thou. More on that in a later post!
Although the stay is cut short, and I missed out of experiencing the food at the Table by Rang Mahal, I still enjoyed my half a day there. I would definitely go back for another staycation! Till then!
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POLICE ARRESTED DRIVER OF VEHICLE WHO DASHED THROUGH WOODLANDS CHECKPOINT
On 8 March 2014 at about 4.05pm, a Singapore-registered vehicle arriving from Malaysia cleared the immigration check, and whilst undergoing customs checks, deliberately drove off, injuring an officer who attempted to stop him from leaving. The vehicle then crashed through the security barrier that was activated and entered Singapore.
All police resources on the ground were alerted. An alert message was also disseminated to all taxi drivers to help the police look out for the vehicle.
Police recovered the vehicle, a gold coloured Mercedes Benz motorcar at 8.30 pm and arrested a 65-year-old man at 9.15 pm to assist in investigations following an islandwide police operation. Police are investigating the man for various offences, including Evasion of Customs Checks and Vandalism.
SINGAPORE POLICE FORCE
IMMIGRATION & CHECKPOINTS AUTHORITY
8 MARCH 2014
What’s going on? This old man watch too much GTA and he’s bashing into woodlands checkpoint? Tell us your comments below!
KUALA LUMPUR – No Singaporeans are onboard a Malaysia Airlines (MAS) plane travelling from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing that lost contact with ground air control on Saturday.
Here is a statement posted by Malaysia Airlines on Facebook:
[#MASalert] Statement By Our Group CEO, Ahmad Jauhari Yahya on MH370 Incident at the Press Conference. Released at 11.00am/8 Mar 2014 MY Local Time
Ladies and Gentlemen, we are deeply saddened this morning with the news on MH370.Malaysia Airlines confirms that flight MH370 had lost contact with Subang Air Traffic Control at 2.40am, today.There has been speculation that the aircraft has landed at Nanming.We are working to verify the authenticity of the report and others.
Flight MH370 was operated on a Boeing 777-200 aircraft.It departed Kuala Lumpur at 12.41 am earlier this morning bound for Beijing.The aircraft was scheduled to land at Beijing International Airport at 6.30am local Beijing time.The flight was carrying a total number of 239 passengers and crew – comprising 227 passengers (including 2 infants), 12 crew members.
The passengers were of 14 different nationalities – citizens from:-
15. China – 152 plus 1 infant
16. Malaysia – 38
17. Indonesia – 12
18. Australia – 7
19. France – 3
20. United States of America – 3 pax plus 1 infant
21. New Zealand – 2
22. Ukraine – 2
23. Canada – 2
24. Russia – 1
25. Italy – 1
26. Taiwan – 1
27. Netherlands – 1
28. Austria – 1
This flight was a code share with China Southern Airlines.We are working with authorities who have activated their Search and Rescue team to locate the aircraft.Our team is currently calling the next-of-kin of passengers and crew.
The flight was piloted by Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah, a Malaysian aged 53. He has a total flying hours of 18,365hours. He joined Malaysia Airlines in 1981.First officer, Fariq Ab.Hamid, a Malaysian, is aged 27. He has a total flying hours of 2,763 hours. He joined Malaysia Airlines in 2007.
Our focus now is to work with the emergency responders and authorities and mobilize its full support.Our thoughts and prayers are with all affected passengers and crew and their family members.
The airline will provide regular updates on the situation. The public may contact +603 7884 1234. For media queries, kindly contact +603 8777 5698/ +603 8787 1276.
Please also log on to http://bit.ly/1feKtQX for updates.
Next-of-kin may head to the Support Facility Building at KLIA’s South Support Zone. For directions, call 03 8787 1269.
This news Is terrible! How could a boeing Airplane suddenly disappear! If you have friends or family member on this plane, please contact the authority immediately!
- 9:45am: Malaysia Airlines has just released a statement saying its “thoughts and prayers” were with all the passengers on board the missing plane, and their families.Group Chief Executive Officer, Ahmad Jauhari Yahya shares that the passengers on board the flight were of 13 different nationalities and Malaysia Airlines is currently getting into contact with the next-of-kin of affected customers to alert them of the situation.The focus of the airline currently is to work with the emergency responders and authorities and mobilize its full support to locate the missing plane which was supposed to land about 3 hours ago.Radar contact with missing Malaysia Airlines aircraft was lost in airspace controlled by Vietnam in the early hours of Saturday morning, said China’s Xinhua news agency. The aircraft did not enter airspace controlled by China and did not make contact with Chinese controllers. Malaysia Airlines will be holding a press conference at 10.30am today at Sama-Sama Hotel, KLIA.
- 1:05pm: Vietnam media is now quoting a Vietnamese navy admiral, Ngo Van Phat, saying that the missing MalaysiaAirlines flight MH370 had crashed.Ngo was reported to have said that the crash occurred 153 miles south of Phu Quoc island.
- Singapore Airforce sends plane to assist in search and rescue of Missing Malaysia Airline plane. An RSAF C130 was launched earlier today to help out
- 7:20pm: The families of all passengers on board MH370 are being informed. The flight was carrying a total number of 239 passengers and crew – comprising 227 passengers (including 2 infants) and 12 crew members.An international search and rescue mission was mobilized this morning. At this stage, our search and rescue teams from Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam have failed to find evidence of any wreckage.The sea mission will continue while the air mission will recommence at daylight.For the passenger manifest of MH370, click here.The passengers are of 14 different nationalities. All crew on-board are Malaysians.The below table shows the latest number of passengers and their nationalities:-
||153 including infant/1
||3 including infant
Our thoughts and prayers are with all affected passengers and crew and their family members.
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7:20pm: Vietnam Search Planes Find Twin Oil Slicks, Possibly Jet EnginesVietnamese search aircraft may have spotted two oil slicks that could be from the jet engines of missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, which was a twin-engine Boeing 777 jetliner, the government said on its website.
The search pilots spotted two possible oil slicks each 10-15 kilometers in length, about 500 meters apart, some 140 kilometers south of Tho Chu island off southern Vietnam, the statement said.
- 7:30pm: A Fokker F27 plane arriving at Antonio Bautista Air Base in the Philippines after conducting an air search for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane on 8 March 2014. Rescuers from several nations mounted an air and sea search for a Malaysia Airlines jet that has gone missing over Southeast Asia.
- 8:27pm: Malaysian PM arrives to meet family of missing passengers.
- CONFIRM 8:25pm: Malaysian Airlines plane disappeared at sea in the night between the 7th and 8th of March. On board the flight , departed from Kuala Lumpur and Beijing were directed to 239 people.The flight MH370 – parted 41 minutes after midnight local time in Kuala Lumpur – it disappeared from radar after about two hours of journey in the airspace of Vietnam. He was supposed to arrive in Beijing at 6:30 local .Louis Maraldi : “I’m fine , I was not on the flight .” Hours of fear for an Italian , Luigi Maraldi . The man , 37, appeared in the list of passengers on the Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 , that in the night she lost contact with the control tower after starting from Kuala Lumpur towards Beijing. You read it in the list of passengers posted on Twitter by the issuer Chinese CCTV .But in the morning Maraldi phoned home : “I’m in Thailand .”The other passengers . The other passengers are Chinese nationals (153 persons), Malaysia (38) , Indonesia (12) , Australia (7) , the American and French ( 3). Among other people on board there are also citizens of New Zealand , Ukraine, Canada, Russia, Taiwan , the Netherlands and Austria.The anguish of the relatives . ” The board did not indicate any of the arrivals zone. They simply said the plane did not arrive . ” Thus, at the airport in Beijing, one of the people waiting for the arrival of friends , relatives and acquaintances plane crashed . Louis Maraldi, 37 Cesena, who appeared on board the Malaysian Airlines flight MH 370 disappeared from radar while he was bound for Beijing, he phoned his parents reassuring to feel good while ago. And ‘in Thailand. Maraldi, the Italian who appeared on board the aircraft Malaysian Airlines in recent months had reported the theft of his passport took place on 1 August while he was in the Asian country. He returned to Italy got a new document in Ravenna, where he has since taken up residence, and then ‘back in Thailand. This morning the staff of the Commissioner of Cesena and ‘went to her parents’ home, but they were the same parents to tell the police that the young man had called just before to say he was fine and he was in Thailand. One of the hypotheses and then ‘that appears on the list of persons on board because’ someone ‘came on board the aircraft using his passport stolen.
- 9:23pm: Flight plan for MH370
- 10:30pm: Flightradar24.com reported that they lost track of the plane 40 mins into flight and not 2 hours as claimed. See the animation below.
- 10:30pm: Second stolen passport discovered.According to foreign news reports, passenger Luigi Maraldi, 37, was listed on the flight manifest released by Malaysia Airlines earlier, but Italian newspaper Corriere Della Serra reported that he was not on the plane.Corriere Della Serra reported that Maraldi’s parent were contacted by MAS but said that their son is not aboard the plane which went missing at 1.30am today.
- March 9 – 12:20am: Singapore will be sending a submarine support-and-rescue vessel to help search for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane, said Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen.
- March 9 – 7:30am: Leak Video of Malaysia Airlines disappearing on Radar –
- March 9 – Recap
Missing MAS plane presumed crashed; questions over false IDsMissing MAS plane: Aircraft was inspected 10 days agoMissing MAS plane: US investigating terror concerns and send ships vessel for assistanceMissing MAS plane: Search intensifies near Kelantan after piece of canvas foundMissing MAS plane: Both imposters bought tickets from China Southern AirlinesMissing MAS flight: Family of Modal Perdana chairman boarded plane
- March 9 – 11:05am: 5 vietnamese vessels have reached the site and searching now, hope they brought some sonar equipment
- March 9 – [UNCONFIRM] 12:05pm: Another two more person is being investigated for stolen passport
- March 9 – 12:26pm: Singapore’s military deployed additional air and seaborne forces Sunday to help locate Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, as search efforts for the missing jet extended into the second day.
Two warships—a frigate and a missile corvette—and a naval helicopter joined the search at 2 a.m. local time, Singapore’s navy said Sunday on its Facebook page, without elaborating on the search area.
A submarine support and rescue ship, crewed with divers and fitted with underwater search equipment, will arrive later Sunday after making overnight preparations, the navy said.
Singapore’s air force meanwhile deployed an additional C-130 military airlifter to the search area, located roughly 700 kilometers north of Singapore, it said in a separate Facebook post on Sunday.
The air force had dispatched a C-130 to join the search on Saturday at about noon local time. Airborne search operations were suspended late Saturday as darkness fell, before resuming Sunday morning.
Flight MH370, carrying 239 people, took off from Kuala Lumpur en route to Beijing in the early hours of Saturday on what is usually a six-hour flight. Authorities lost contact with the jet as it passed over the waters between Malaysia and Vietnam.
A multinational search and rescue operation, led by Malaysian and Vietnamese forces, was focusing on that area, and late Saturday, Vietnam reported that one of its search aircraft had spotted two oil slicks and some debris some 140 kilometers, or 87 miles, from Vietnam’s coast. The slicks could be a sign that the missing plane had crashed, authorities in Hanoi said.
- March 9 – 12:26pm: Malaysia Airlines has hired an unnamed disaster relief expert from Atlanta and is scouting possible locations for an operations command center more than 24 hours after an airliner carrying 239 passengers disappeared.“In fearing for the worst, a disaster recovery management specialist from Atlanta, USA, will be assisting Malaysia Airlines in this crucial time,” the carrier said in a statement.It said a command center to coordinate efforts would be set up in Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam or Kota Bharu along the eastern coast of peninsular Malaysia.Malaysia Airlines said a senior management team had arrived in Beijing to provide information and support to the families of passengers.
- March 9 – 1:00pm: In total 40 ships and 32 airplanes searching. Almost all ASEAN nations helping.
- March 9 – 1:20pm: Malaysia Aviation Regulator: Has Video Recording of Two Passengers With Stolen Passports
*Malaysia Aviation Regulator: Video Records Show Passengers With Stolen Passport From Check-in to Departure
*Malaysia Aviation Regulator: Video Recording Being Investigated
- March 9 – 1:30pm: Approximate location of possible oil slicks
- March 9 – 1:40pm: Australia’s Prime Minister Tony Abbott said his government was looking at ways to assist the search and recovery operation, but declined to speculate on what may have caused the aircraft’s disappearance.
“This is obviously a horrible, horrible business,” Mr. Abbott told reporters.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the passengers and their families on that ill-fated aircraft, particularly to the six Australian passengers and their families that have now been confirmed to be on board.”
- Saw this on twitter. This is so heartbreaking.
- March 9 – 2pm:
Boeing team is now en route to assist on MH370. Our thoughts are with the passengers & their families
- March 9 – 2:40pm: HANOI–Vietnam has intensified its search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 and tightened air travel security following the disappearance of the plane.
Deputy Minister of Transport Pham Quy Tieu said Sunday that Vietnam has sent three aircraft and five vessels to the area where two suspected oil slicks were spotted Saturday south of Vietnam’s Tho Chu island.
He said the suspected oil spills have moved 80 kilometers southwest from where they were originally spotted Saturday, adding that no new suspected trace of the Boeing 777 has been found.
“We need to keep on searching, whatever the possibility is,” Mr. Tieu said.
Mr. Tieu has ordered the country’s aviation authorities to step up security checks at airports and customs areas, citing concerns about stolen passports carried by at least two passengers on the MH370 flight.
–Vu Trong Khanh
- March 9 – 7:56pm:
A Singapore search team has spotted a suspicious object floating 100 km south-southwest of Vietnam’s Tho Chu island, said Vietnam’s search and rescue unit coordinating the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines (MAS) flight MH370.The Wall Street Journal reported that the Hanoi-based coordinators said Vietnamese forces have sent three vessels to the site, the first of which is expected to arrive by 7 pm local time (8 pm Singapore time).
The MAS Boeing 777-200 disappeared with 239 people on board, including 12 crew, early yesterday morning (March 8) while on its way to Beijing.
The Vietnamese navy had earlier reported two oil slicks near the island while the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) has also spotted oil slicks 20 nautical miles (37 km) away from the passenger jet’s last known position.
A Chinese passenger in a plane flying over the area has also taken pictures of what is possibly debris near where flight MH370 lost contact with air traffic controllers.
The business paper also said a team of American aviation accident investigators, led by National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) experts, is en route to Asia to provide assistance regarding the missing jetliner.
China’s navy said today that it had sent two warships to help with the search. Beijing had already sent at least one coast guard vessel and two search and rescue ships toward the area, according to state media.
“Once the aircraft location is identified, international accident rules will determine what country will formally lead the probe,” the NTSB said.
The NTSB announcement is the latest sign of the intense international interest in trying to quickly determine what caused the Boeing 777 to disappear from the sky in good weather.
The team, including technical advisers from Boeing and the Federal Aviation Administration, left the US yesterday and would “be positioned to offer US assistance,” the NTSB added.
- March 10 – 5:00pm: #Vietnam has scrambled rescue helicopters to check a “yellow object” floating in its waters that rescue teams suspect could be a life raft from a Malaysian plane #MH370#Malaysia has dispatched ships to investigate the sighting of a floating object that could be a life raft:#PrayforMH370
- March 10 – 5:30pm: Vietnam has confirmed that the “yellow object” thought to be from MH370 is not a life raft as earlier suspected.
- March 10 – 6:20pm: The oil slick found a location 20 nautical miles from one of the last known coordinates of MH370 is not from the missing airliner. This was confirmed by Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency eastern region enforcement chief First Admiral Datuk Nasir Adam today. He said the result was sent to him from the MMEA headquarters this afternoon.Nasir said the oil sample was for the use of a tongkang.
If you’re looking for Baby products and cheap deals, Be sure to take down and bookmark this page as we explore more on Baby Fair 2014. Watch out for this space as the information comes in.
Let us know If you found any hidden Baby Fair around 🙂
1. Baby Expo 2014
2. BabyCare Festival 2014
- Dates: 21 to 23 February 2014
- Time: (Fri & Sat) 11a.m. to 9p.m., (Sun) 11a.m. to 8p.m.
- Venue: Singapore Expo Hall 6
- Organiser: Mediacorp Pte Ltd
- Website: Singapore Expo events page here
4. Baby Market 2014
- Dates: 18 to 20 April 2014
- Time: Information not available
- Venue: Information not available
- Organiser: Expomal Singapore Pte Ltd
- Website: Baby Market website here
5. Motherhood Exhibition
- Dates: 29 May to 1 June 2014
- Time: (Fri & Sat) 11a.m. to 9p.m., (Sun) 11a.m. to 8p.m.
- Venue: Singapore Expo
- Organiser: Information not available
- Website: Information not available
6. Baby Baby 2014
- Dates: 11 to 13 July 2014
- Time: (Fri & Sat) 11a.m. to 9p.m., (Sun) 11a.m. to 8p.m.
- Venue: Singapore Expo Hall 4B
- Organiser: Sphere Exhibits Pte Ltd
- Website: Baby Baby Exhibition Facebook page here
7. Babies R Us
8. Cold Storage Baby Fair
Remember, do keep us updated on the latest Baby Fair 2014 that’s happening in this year in Singapore. Till then,
Singapore has topped the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) list of the world’s most expensive cities to live in, according to the 2014 list released yesterday (this morning, March 4, Singapore time).
Singapore jumped five places from No 6 last year to top this year’s list after rising in the list in recent years. The city was ranked No 18 a decade ago in the EIU’s Worldwide Cost of Living Survey.
The Republic’s strong currency, which has appreciated about 40 per cent over the past decade, combined with soaring utility bills and the high cost of car ownership contributed to Singapore’s rise in the list, according to the EIU. Singapore is also the most expensive place in the world to buy clothes.
Paris, Oslo, Zurich and Sydney also made the top five of the EIU list. Tokyo, the most expensive city to live in for 2013, fell to joint sixth place alongside Caracas, Geneva and Melbourne. At No 10 is Copenhagen.
“Improving sentiment in structurally expensive European cities combined with the continued rise of Asian hubs means that these two regions continue to supply most of the world’s most expensive cities,” said Mr Jon Copestake, the editor of the EIU report.
“But Asian cities also continue to make up many of the world’s cheapest, especially in the Indian subcontinent.”
Predominantly higher costs of groceries has been singled out as a reason for most Asian cities figuring highly in this year’s list, with Tokyo still at the top of the list for everyday food items.
The EIU’s Worldwide Cost of Living Survey, which is published twice a year, compares more than 400 individual prices across 160 products and services including food, clothing, household supplies, home rentals, transport and utility prices. All cities are compared against New York City as a base.
According to the EIU statement, the survey is meant to let human resource line managers and expatriate executives compare the cost of living in 140 cities in 93 countries, which would allow hiring companies to calculate a fair remuneration package for relocating employees.
WHAT@?!?! Well actually I’m not that surprise by this news at all. One of the fact that I hate about Singapore is the COE system. If you think about it, Hong Kong is a very small city and they can afford to have many cars and vehicles all around. Why not Singapore? Why do our government like to control us?
Some of us have family and therefore, having a car is really nice and convenient. Let’s say you have a infant or an older parents or grandparents to take care of, and you need to go from point A to point B and the only option is to either take a cab or bus. I’m sure all of you would agree that taking a cab save time and the trouble.
Finally, i can get this off my chest… till then
Knife-wielding attackers killed 29 people and wounded more than 130 in an unprecedented assault at a Chinese train station, state media reported, blaming separatists from Xinjiang.
Victims described attackers dressed in black bursting into Kunming station in the southwestern province of Yunnan and slashing indiscriminately as people queued to buy tickets late Saturday, prompting shock and outrage.
Police shot dead at least four attackers, had arrested one and were hunting for more, said the official Xinhua news agency, which in a commentary called the incident “China’s 9/11” and a “severe crime against the humanity”.
The Kunming city government said the “terrorist” attack was orchestrated by separatists from the northwest region of Xinjiang, a vast and distant area home to the mostly-Muslim Uighur minority, Xinhua reported.
Xinjiang is periodically hit by violent clashes between locals and security forces but attacks targeting civilians are rarer. They are almost unheard of in Yunnan, more than 1,600 kilometres (1,000 miles) from Xinjiang and a popular tourist destination.
The attack comes months after three members of the same family from Xinjiang crashed their car into crowds of tourists in Tiananmen Square in Beijing, the symbolic heart of the Chinese state, killing two people. They then set the vehicle on fire and killed themselves, according to authorities.
It also came days before delegates from across the Communist-ruled country gather in Beijing for the annual meeting of the National People’s Congress, the rubberstamp parliament.
Major Chinese train stations have security and identity checkpoints on entry. Barry Sautman, an expert on ethnic politics in China at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, said the attack had “high symbolic value”.
– ‘Stabbing whoever they saw’ –
Victim Yang Haifei, who was wounded in the chest and back, told Xinhua he had been buying a train ticket when the attackers approached.
“I saw a person come straight at me with a long knife and I ran away with everyone,” he said, while others “simply fell on the ground”.
Some who escaped were desperately searching for missing loved ones.
“I can’t find my husband, and his phone went unanswered,” Yang Ziqing was quoted as saying.
She had been waiting for her train to Shanghai when a knife-wielding man suddenly came at them, she said.
Officers sealed off a wide area around the station, reports said, while police were questioning people at the site.
The attackers were dressed in similar black clothing, the semi-official China News Service said, citing witnesses.
“A group of men carrying weapons burst into the train station plaza and the ticket hall, stabbing whoever they saw,” it said.
Photos posted on Sina Weibo — a Chinese version of Twitter — showed blood spattered across the station floor and medical staff crouching over bodies lying on the ground, although the authenticity of the images could not be verified.
Pictures on news portal 163.com also showed what it claimed was one of the attackers, lying on a stretcher surrounded by police.
Other online images showed spectacles, shoes and baggage strewn across the floor of the waiting room behind police tape.
President Xi Jinping called for “all-out efforts” in the investigation and for the attackers to be punished “in accordance with the law”, Xinhua said, and Beijing’s top security official Meng Jianzhu went to Kunming.
– ‘They will go to hell’ –
Many Weibo users expressed outrage. “Targeting ordinary people in a terrorist attack is disgraceful,” said one. “They have nothing to do with this issue.”
Li Chengpeng, a social commentator and government critic who has more than seven million followers, said: “No matter who did this, for what purpose, and no matter which race, to target innocent people at a train station is an evil choice. Their hearts will be punished and they will go to hell.”
As NPC delegates called for a crackdown, Xinhua said in a commentary that the attack had shrouded “the whole nation in terror”.
“Mothers, sons and daughters were slaughtered by strangers,” it said. “Nothing justifies such a carnage against innocent civilians. A nationwide outrage has been stirred.”
Incidents involving Uighurs are often labelled “terrorist attacks” by Chinese authorities, although the description is rarely used for incidents carried out by members of the Han ethnic majority seen as having grievances against society or the state.
Beijing maintains that unrest in Xinjiang is caused by terrorist groups seeking independence, including the overseas-based East Turkestan Islamic Movement.
But the group’s strength and links to global terrorism are murky, and some experts say China exaggerates its threat to justify tough security measures in Xinjiang.
Uighur rights groups complain of widespread religious repression and economic discrimination.
The acts of these terrorists are simply downright ridiculous. Slashing at people totally unrelated to make a statement, it is both enraging and sad.
A train fault occurred on the North-South Line on Monday morning.
Commuters will need an estimated 20 minutes additional travelling time from Jurong East to Kranji, said train operator SMRT on its Twitter feed at 7.23am.
Train operator SMRT said on its official Facebook page that there was a track circuit failure between Jurong East and Kranji stations, and its engineers had been sent to investigate and rectify the fault.
SMRT added that the fault caused the train platforms on Yishun, Sembawang and Khatib stations to be crowded.
Free bus bridging services have been activated for Admiralty, Sembawang, Yishun and Khatib MRT stations.
In its latest Twitter update, SMRT said that train services from Jurong East towards Kranji station were restored at about 9am.
Commuters took to Twitter to voice their displeasure over the delay. According to AsiaOne reader Karen, she was made late for work when the train she was on took half an hour to travel between Jurong East station and Choa Chu Kang station, which is only three stops away.
Updates from SMRT:
9:33am: [NSL] UPDATE: Free bus service between #Admiralty and #AngMoKio has ceased.
9:00am: [NSL] CLEARED: Train services from #JurongEast towards #Kranji are now operating normally.Free buses are still available.
8:46am: [NSL]UPDATE: Estimate 10 mins additional travelling time from #JurongEast to #Kranji towards MarinaBay due to track fault.
8:30am: [NSL] UPDATE: Free buses are now available at affected stations between #Admiralty and #AngMoKio.
8:07am: [NSL] UPDATE: Free buses are now available at affected stations between #Admiralty and #Khatib.
7:23am: [NSL]UPDATE: Estimate 20 mins additional travelling time from #JurongEast to #Kranji towards MarinaBay due to track fault.
7:02am: [NSL]: Estimate 10 mins additional travelling time from #ChoaChuKang to #Kranji towards MarinaBay due to track fault.
Updates from us:
7:00am: Went out to take bus to Ang Mo kio MRT Station.
7:20am: Upon coming up to the platform, i was greeted by this
7:50am: Finally managed to squeeze into the train
8:30am: Late for work. Enough said.
What’s going on with SMRT nowadays!? It’s so frustrating to have to wait for train this long. It’s hot and sticky, no announcement of free bus services whatsoever. Is there any preventive maintenance for trains and rails?
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