Draft Master Plan 2013: Central Area Development

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On November 22, 2013, URA (Urban Redevelopment Authority) released the Draft Master Plan of 2013. Singaporeans should be proud and excited for the Draft Master Plan. Basically, the Master Plan is Singapore’s comprehensive approach in maximizing land use. There are six key focuses for this Master Plan namely housing, public spaces, transport, identity, recreation and economy.

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The good thing about this Master Plan is that all areas of Singapore are covered. The development is not only concentrated in the Central Region. It also includes development in West Region, North Region, East Region and North East Region. Let us start in the Central area. There are many districts in Central Singapore to include:

Civic District

The Civic District is an important part of Singapore’s past because it was the early administrative seat and cultural centre. The district is home for ACM, Arts House and the forthcoming National Art Gallery. Developments will include many walk-able areas, quality public places and many more.

Bras Basah.Bugis

Bras Basah.Bugis is home to many heritage sites, arts and learning centres. To date, there are improvement works specifically in Queen Street and Waterloo Street. The streets included in Bras Basah.Bugis will have more pedestrians to encourage more street activities.

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CBD

Central Business District (CBD) is the major business or central district here in Singapore. In this particular area, things such as high quality office environment should be encouraged considering that Singapore is a financial and business hub. The forthcoming projects in this area will include commuter connections and pedestrian areas.

Marina Bay

Marina Bay is the epitome of growth, vibrancy and sustainable development. The district has many activities that all people can enjoy. What could you ask for more? The Master Plan is looking into a residential community within the Marina Bay which can feature environment friendly houses and walk-able and cycle friendly pathways.

Orchard Road

Orchard Road is Singapore’s shopping belt. There are many improvements long before the Master Plan was released. But with the coming of the Master Plan, all people should expect more things like enhancing pedestrian pathways, connectivity (from one spot to another) and many things to entice many shoppers.

Exterior House Paint Pointers

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Frequent weather changes can damage your house’s exterior appearance. The constant rain and shine can greatly affect how the paint colours would look. In countries like Singapore, where the sun can be really hot during summer season and the rain can be really excessive during wet season, regular house painting maintenance should be done. So, before you go cherry picking for your house painting colours, read first these pointers to help you get started.

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1. Paint Colour Deception

Be careful in choosing house paint colours in store display palettes, or in liquid form. Oftentimes, they look completely different when painted on different surfaces. Ask for advices from your painting services contractor regarding the colours you want to have. Try the colours first before buying gallons of them. Start by buying small cans of your chosen hues and paint small amounts on the part of the house where you intend to put it.

2. Colour Combination

Experimenting colour combinations could be fun, but on canvases not on houses. Plan the right colour combinations with your painting provider so as not to make your house look weird or funny. Considering the colour of the surroundings and your neighbours’ houses is also advisable. Your chosen colour combination should harmonize with the surroundings.

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3. Protection

Another important thing you have to consider when choosing a type of house paint from cheap painting services in Singapore is the protection it can provide to the painting surface. Your home’s exterior will be completely exposed to heat and rain, especially when you live in Singapore. Too much heat and excessive rain can greatly damage your home’s exterior. That’s why painting services in Singapore provide good quality house painting works to ensure durability of the houses under frequent weather changes.

4. Fading

Colour fading is one of the problems carried by darker shades and hues. If you plan of having dark colour palette or a colour combination including dark colours, you have to know that these colours can fade easily over time. Dark shades of blue and red, for example, can fade easily after a few years and repainting small faded areas can be challenging since you will have to find the exact same shade that matches the original paint. Ask your painting services contractor for some advices if you really want to include dark hues on your colour palette.

Picking the right colours and theme for your home will not only make it look new but will also give your home an instant face lift. Therefore, it is highly advisable not to rush the picking of colours and to hire a professional painting services provider to help you out with your painting concerns.

5 Smart Tips for Shopping in Singapore

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Here are 5 smart tips for you as you go shopping in Singapore.

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Prices and Bargains

It is always an SOP for each and every one of us to double-check the prices of the items we buy. In major shopping malls like Takashimaya, it is usually safe to assume that prices are already fixed. However, if you are shopping in major bargain shopping areas, such as Little India, Chinatown, or Bugis Village, make sure to bargain your best to bring down the prices.

Money Changers

If you have come a long way to Singapore and only brought with you US dollars or Euro, you need not worry about being able to shop with a different currency. Money changing is a breeze in Singapore as there are a lot of money changers everywhere. But here’s a tip for your own good. Make sure that the money changer is licensed.

Credit Cards

Most major shopping centers and malls will accept credit cards. However, these business establishments often prefer and accept Visa or Mastercard, so it will be best if your credit cards are of these kinds.

Sales

Shopping in Singapore is even more exciting and fulfilling with the sales throughout the year. Watch out for the Great Singapore Sale in June and July and the Christmas Sale in December. For a more worthwhile vacation, plan your trip that it falls on those said months.

Exchanges and Refunds

Most big department stores have a refund and exchange policy. If a certain item is damaged, you can bring it back together with the proof-of-purchase, and then you will be accommodated. However, if the certain damaged item is from a small merchandiser, most likely you can no longer get an exchange or refund.

Indulge Your Taste Buds

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Indulging your taste buds is a great way to treat yourself. Luckily, there are many, many delectable dishes here in SG you can savour – and they don’t even cost much. Grab a bite of the following three dishes – the country’s most popular – and enjoy a flavourful bliss.

Rojak

Rojak is a Malay salad dish made from fruits and vegetables with peanut sauce. A popular appetizer, it comes in different variations, with the most popular being the traditional rojak, Chinese rojak and Indian rojak. The Malay and Chinese versions uses soybean cake, fried flour, bean sprouts, pineapple, roasted peanuts, cucumber and various other vegetables, all coated with spicy prawn sauce. The Indian version is made of octopus, prawns, fish cakes, vegetables and baked potatoes. The best places to get rojak are in Katong, Bukit Merah, Orchard Road, CBD, Wisma Atria and the Grand Hyatt Hotel.

Roti Prata

Roti Prata is originally an Indian and Pakistani delicacy similar to a pancake, but made with a flat bread. Many people here enjoy Roti Prata breakfast. Some preferred it plain but other people pair it with curry or dhal with different variations of banana, ice cream, durian, cheese, chocolate and sugar. Roti Prata stalls are readily available. You will find it easily.

Satay

Everyone loves satay, which explains this dish’s ubiquity and variations. Basically skewered meat (either chicken, pork, goat, fish or beef) seasoned and cooked over charcoal, satay is served with a spicy peanut sauce, onions, rice cakes and cucumbers. It is served at hawkers, stalls, restaurants and food centres. If you want to grab a taste of it, you should head to Food Lagoon and Lau Pa Sat Festival Market.

One of the good things about these three food is that they can be found near shopping complexes, so once you have your tummy full, you can go aid your digestion by going shopping. Some of the top places to go after a nice meal are Chinatown, Kampong Glam and Little India.

For the Foodie in You

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There is nothing wrong if you are a food lover. As long as you exercise regularly, you can eat everything you want without thinking of calories. Life is better if you indulge but not to the point of overdoing it because it is unhealthy. Here in Singapore, you will be spoiled with many delectable choices. You can start with:

Hokkien Prawn Mee

Hokkien Prawn Mee is prepared by frying eggs, noodles, bean sprouts, squid, prawns and garlic together with a tasty stock. After cooking, it is sprinkled with lime and chilli to give extra punch and spiciness. If you want to taste the best Hokkien Prawn Mee, you should head directly to Geylang Lorong 29 and Nam Sing.

Kaya Toast

Kaya Toast is made of coconut milk, eggs, Kaya spread, sugar and other preserves. It is a popular snack here in Singapore that almost all coffee shops serve it. If you want to grab Kaya Toast for breakfast or as a snack, you should head to Ya Kun and Killiney Kopitiam. The toast is best paired with boiled eggs and coffee or teh tarik.

Laksa

Laksa is a traditional Peranakan dish made of bean sprouts, fishcake, noodles and prawns. It is typically served with spicy and milky soup with chilli. If you want to grab Laksa, you should head to Katong Laksa, Terry Katong, Lucy’s, 48 Roxy, Sungei Rd and many more.

The good thing here is that there are many cuisines from Indians, Chinese and Malays. Some dishes are concoctions of two or more culture. You will never run out of choices. If you are a foodie, every dish is an adventure.

Where to Dance Salsa in Singapore

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Salsa is a popular dance not only in Europe and Latin America but around the world. There are Singaporeans that are passionate about Salsa. If you want to dance Salsa, you should now the best place to dance Salsa in Singapore. To give you an idea, you can seek the following clubs:

JJ SalsaRengue

JJ SaksaRengue is located in Peck Seah Street. This is the leading Salsa dance studio in town. They offer beginner’s course with professional instructors. Admission fee is S$5. Social Night is during Friday and Saturday from 10pm to 1am.

Union Square

Union Square is located in Tanjong Pagar Road. In 2008, it was voted as the Best Salsa Club in Singapore. They have this beginner’s night wherein beginners are encouraged to dance for free. They also have ladies night every Wednesday from 9pm to 12am. Admission fee is from S$6 to S$15. They are open every Sunday-Thursday from 10am to 1am.

Lumbia The Salsa Club

Lumbia is located in Bukit Merah Central. It is the only Salsa club that opens every day. They have beginners and intermediate class. Good news for ladies-every night is ladies night. Admission fee is from S$50 to S$65. They are open daily from 11am to 6am.

Two Left Feet

Two Left Feet is located in Trengganu Street. This dance club is famous for intermediate and beginners. Admission fee is from S$12 to S$16.

Cuba Libre Salsa

Cuba Libre is located in River Valley Road. This club offers live Pop Latin music during Wednesdays to Saturdays. Ladies enjoy 30% off on selected drinks every Wednesday. They are open during Sunday-Thursday from 6pm to 2am.

Salsa dance will surely bring your inner sexiness. You should first find your partner before learning the art. It is important that you are comfortable with your partner so you can perform or execute the dance well. Have a good dance!

Heat Related Illness

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The thought of summer excites many people. Summer is the perfect time to do the things we want but it is important to note that we should take precautions because summer can also cause serious illness. But it doesn’t have to be that scary if we know what to do and what not to do. Before going out, it is vital to be well informed about heat related illnesses.

Who can get sick under the sun. No one is exempted when we speak of heat related illnesses. As long as you spend time under the sun, you can be a victim. Heat related illnesses hit when the body is not able to control its temperature. Heat related illnesses include heat cramps, heat edema, heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

Kind of sun-caused illnesses. Heat cramps are characterized by muscle pains in the hands, arms, legs and abdomen. Heat edema, on the other hand, is characterized by sweating, intense redness of the face and swelling of the hands, legs and feet. Symptoms of heat exhaustion include heavy perspiration, weakness, fatigue, dizziness and damp skin. Lastly, the symptoms of heat stroke consist of confusion, dizziness, hallucination, chills and pounding headache. Heat strokes can cause death or permanent disability if medical treatment is not given quickly.

How to protect yourself. Now that we know the gravity of the situation, it is best to stop and cool off when we feel something is wrong. Remember that prevention is better than cure. When we have activities planned, bringing of water and other fluids can make a big difference. Make sure to drink plenty. Another thing that we should remember is to wear sunscreens or lotions.

What to wear this summer season. Clothing is a crucial factor as well so if you plan to go out, select light garments. If it can be helped, avoid going out from 11 AM to 4 PM because it is the hottest time of the day. If you are used to go out alone, think twice. At least have someone accompany you wherever you go so when something happens, you have someone to hold on to.

Ways to Keep Cool During Summer

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When summer is just around the corner, people start thinking of ways to go out and enjoy the sun. Yet, some people could also start complaining when the heat turns from something fun, to something sweltering. Here are some easy ways to keep cool while you have fun:

Wear appropriate summer clothing

 Move away from thick fabrics like polyester and artificial fibers. Such fabrics do not let air pass through easily thus would make you feel hotter. Instead, wear clothes with loosely-woven fabric like cotton. You can also avoid wearing dark-colored clothes for they tend to absorb more heat compared to light-colored ones which reflect light thus reducing heat absorption.

 Drink more water

As the temperature gets higher, more people become prone to dehydration. And, what is a good tool to combat that? Water. When it’s warmer, our body tends to lose more water so we should see to it that we replenish what is lost. Try drinking a glass of water every hour. Being hydrated can also make one’s body feel cooler.

Stay downstairs during daytime

 If you plan on staying at home, make sure you stay downstairs for it is a cooler part of your house. As laws of science apply, warm air rises while cool air sinks. This is because warm air is less dense and is situated on top of the denser cool air. On hot days, cool air is circulating on the lower part of your home which is apparently downstairs.

Load up on frozen treats

 Summer is the time for you to fill you freezer with frozen goodies like ice cream, frozen yogurts and even frozen chopped fruits. As you work hard to battle the scorching sunrays, reward yourself with these frozen. It will not only make you feel cool but will also pave way for a yummy experience.

Different Types Of Wedding Gowns

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Are you shopping for your first-ever wedding dress? Well, this would surely mean a certain confrontation to an array of wedding dresses and surely cause you much of confusion and excitement. When you will be celebrating your wedding in Singapore, there are many different styles and variants of wedding dresses around, since there are a number of brides to be who are gearing up to wear them.

One of the good ways for you to get out of confusion is by simply categorizing every gown into the understandable kinds depending upon on how proper or casual these are. Such classification would surely constitute a lot for the overall look of the gown. The time of your nuptial, so as with the period would definitely determine the main wedding gowns singapore choice of the bride. Usually, weddings come in three different categories. First one would be the formal daytime or an evening wedding, second would be the informal one and the third one would be the semi-formal type of wedding. Such classifications are then flexible instead of being subjective, yet it proves to be a better way for making your decision.

Actually, the most detailed wedding is simply those falling into the proper class that has to be balanced with the equally proper wedding gown. Heavy satins, peau de soie and shantung usually typify the events in which the gown layers as well as the trims are way wonderful as compared to the lesser-defined ritual. For most cases like such, the wedding dresses are matched with longer trains extending at about 8feet or more, so as with a longer veil. On the other hand, for the formal wedding on daytime, most of the brides simply choose the lighter materials for the bride’s gown being match with gloves enhancing the appeal the look of your wedding dress. Long trains are ideal for the warm weather, as this extends only for about 3 to 4 meters right behind the dress. Usually, the veils are shorter as well.

Moreover, the semi-formal gowns only have less and elaborate patterns and designs. Such things feature lesser laces and beading. Longer trains won’t even fit with the semi formal dresses and so does the longer veils. As the rule of the thumb, veils for these gowns flow only for the addition of the fingertips brides. Apart from those, the informal types of wedding gowns are being characterized by the short length and without having the train or the veil. Instead, the brides would surely choose for the flowers, hats or to crowning their heads. It could even be created from different forms of fabrics just like satin, shantung or even with chiffon and could even be embellished with beading and laces. The only thing is that, for the reason that there is a constant change with regards to fashions for wedding gowns, people could not mainly tell about the other options that a bride would surely have for their dress. For the present, there are halters, tanks, and strapless and many more choices for them to consider.

Depending upon your budget and the place in Singapore where you would be buying your wedding dress, the designer who would be working on it, the materials, which will be used and a many factors. You could surely become beautiful for your wedding day and choose the best wedding gown for you would surely make the biggest difference over your life. So, what are you waiting for? Look for the perfect place, get the best design for your dress and make sure that everything suits best for you. The comfort, the design and of course, the man who will be tying the knot with you are the most important things.