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As health ministers from Asia gear up to present a new action plan to G7 leaders later this month, a worrying trend of antibiotics-resistant infections in the region is looming. The problem – the improper use, and over-consumption of antibiotics. This is believed to be hastening the mutation and spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, and reducing the effectiveness of the medication. Some doctors...

Christmas is coming, and so is New Year’s Day 2017. So don’t bedeh that you won’t be gorging on more than the usual. Some luckier ones (or more tam jiak ones) will even be lucky enough to go for buffet. Here’s some tips on how to get your money’s worth. You know, because S$60 a person is can buy you 20 plates of chicken rice lor. (1) Don’t skip breakfast and lunch If you’re going for...

If you find crabs strolling in MacRitchie Reservoir park, don’t eat them raw! Two boys from Hunan China who ate raw wild crabs soon had holes eaten in their organs because they did so. The boys had eaten the crabs, and days later complained they weren’t feeling well. One of the boys complained that he had a constant headache and couldn’t walk. Doctors conducted tests on the boys and found that...

Looking at these photos by 65-year-old Japanese photographer and former marine engineer Doi Kuro, you’d think you were in some more backward part of Malaysia, or maybe Potong Pasir (sorry Potong Pasirians). But no, what you’ll see below is Singapore in the 1980s – almost unrecognisable from the Singapore of today. If you showed some la uncle at the time a picture of Bugis Village...

The Oxford English Dictionary has included more Singlish words in its latest update on Monday. No lah, not Chinese Helicopter or Indian Helicopter or your great grandfather’s helicopter lah. More like Ah Beng, Aiyoh and Aiyah. The best (or worst) part is, all these latest words seem to have their origins in the term “nabeh” (if you don’t know what that is, don’t read...

You’re on holiday in Thailand and it’s a blistering hot day and you want a cool drink – so why not get a bottle of fresh orange juice from the roadside stall? Because that bottle might simply contain 100 percent food additives and zero orange juice! A Vietnamese couple and their two assistants-in-crime have been arrested for making these fake “fresh orange juice” and the worrying part is...

If you’re the kind of person who believes in the miraculous wonders of alternative medicine, you’d do well to make sure what you’re consuming won’t leave you in worse shape. This woman was left with a hole in the nose after a herbal treatment which she believed would help her cure skin cancer. She rubbed black salve ointment known on her face and forehead, but the treatment...

A curry a day might not keep the doctor away, but a curry a week could help you ward off the effects of dementia. A study by Australian scientists indicates that having curry at least once a week might keep you sharper for longer in old age. Published in the British Journal of Nutrition, the study identifies turmeric, an ingredient commonly used in curry as the key dementia-beating ingredient. The...

A new game has been launched that promises to keep you entertained while you keep fit. And also improve your skills in the bedroom so you can claim more baby bonus next year. It’s called Bangfit, described as “the fitness method gyms don’t want you to know about. Users will have to buy a Bangfit belt, access the game in a web browser, and strap their synchronized smartphones to their hips. Up...

It’s official – “ang moh” is now an accepted term in the Oxford English Dictionary. Looks like we won’t be receiving anymore emails stating that we spelt “Caucasian fella” wrongly anymore. This comes as the Oxford English Dictionary unveiled its new March 2016 update, adding phrases and words from “Singapore English” into its lexicon. Other Uniquely...

One 50-year-old man from China put on his best outfit and attended his daughter’s wedding (where presumably he got drunk and started singing the China equivalent of Jit Ba Ban or something similar). Days later, he couldn’t breathe and his penis was rotting. The man, only known as Zhang, had quarrelled with his wife days leading up to the wedding. According to local police, she laced his underwear...

Prawn Mee, Wanton Mee, Laksa – all at S$2. The only dish that’s selling at S$2.50 at this stall is the dumpling noodles. This Teban Gardens hawker, Mdm Wong, has refused to increase her prices or cut down on ingredients for the past 20 years, in spite of rising costs. Across Singapore, you’d be hard-pressed to find many noodles stalls that don’t charge S$2.50 or S$3.00 and above. However,...

“Want wife or want maid?” “He think he himself so good ah? Want perfect wife, than you yourself better be perfect first.” “Siao lang…” Those were the reactions of among some of the women we spoke to, when asked about the “wife conditions” this 33-year-old IT manager is demanding. While not exactly the most handsome, charming or super buff among...

Besides ownself check ownself, Singapore is set for another phenomenon – ownself date ownself. But only for the natural aristocracy lah. A bunch of local elites and an ang moh have founded a dating mobile app called “Ivory”, which is meant for elites to hook up with other elites. The local boys who set up this app come from Anglo-Chinese boys school, and have chosen to remain anonymous...