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Hawker Centres Upgrading Programme


Singaporeans who are fond of hawker foods were pleased to know that two hawker centres located at Holland Drive and Tanjong Pagar reopened on January 1, 2014 after undergoing Hawker Centres Upgrading Programme (HUP) for ten months. The National Environment Agency (NEA) spearheaded the upgrading to increase customer satisfaction.

The government realized that the early generation hawker centres need upgrading to raise its condition. Truth be told, the republic launched the HUP that costs S$420 million in 2001. The upgrading covers:


  • Replacement of Stools and Tables – The stools and tables of some hawker centres are faded and worn. The upgrade will replace the stools and tables. This will surely entice more patrons. They will be more comfortable.
  • Upgrade of Toilet Facilities – There are patrons who will evaluate a place based on its toilets. The HUP will cover upgrading of toilets. The toilet facilities should be cleaned so patrons will consider the place next time.
  • Replacement of Pipes – Part of the upgrade is the replacement of water pipes, sewer and other sanitary pipes. This will make the centres more clean and hygienic.
  • Re-Roofing – Re-roofing is also considered if it is necessary. If the roof is worn, it needs replacement but if it is still sturdy, it can be recycled.
  • Re-Wiring – Wiring is important. If the wirings are torn and worn out, accidents happen. Staffs or patrons may suffer electrocution. Sometimes it can cause fire too. Re-wiring is a total necessity.
  • Improve Ventilation – Hawker centres should improve their ventilation system. The government will install mechanical exhaust system to take care of the circulation of air.

There have been 106 upgraded hawker centres since 2001. There is no doubt that Singaporeans love hawker centres. The government is willing to spend so much for its upgrade. The authentic style and taste of hawker foods appeal to Singaporeans, tourists and the foreigners.

If you are craving for hawker foods, you should head directly to the nearest hawker centre. If you are worried about its sanitation and ambiance, do not be. It is completely safe. Enjoy the food!



International Year of the Family

Singapore welcomes the International Year of the Family. In line with this, MSF (Ministry of Social and Family Development) have created series of activities and events to promote family relationship. The series of activities and events jumpstarted when twenty one couples renewed their marriage vows on January 1, 2014. That was just the beginning. There are many activities and events coming.


The family is the basic unit of society and it is only right to empower them. It is good if you participate and bring the whole family because you can benefit from it. As a start, you can look forward to the following activities and events:

Chingay Parade

The Chingay parade is an annual event here in Singapore. It is anticipated by all people. MSF will use this parade to bring awareness to all people especially when it comes to family relationships. There will be a special float for the International Year of the Family.

Social Media Campaigns


Apart from the Chingay parade, MSF is looking into bringing more awareness to the people by using the social media. Social media campaigns will be launched specifically during special occasions and Public Holidays.

Speed Dating

Singles should never feel isolated because they can take part in the International Year of the Family. MSF is thinking about speed dating. The event will give opportunities for singles to find and meet their partners. If the singles decide to push the relationship further, they are free to do so.

These are just a few. If you want to know more about family-themed activities and events, you can get an update at iyf2014.sg. The series of activities and events are made possible with the help of grassroots organizations.

How Hoarding Influences Families

Life is difficult if you are living with a hoarder. Whether it is your mother, father or sibling, you do your best to understand their behaviour but sometimes, it gets out of hand. When you say hoarder, it refers to a person that collects and stores large quantity of things for “future use”. Dealing with a hoarder is different from dealing with people who have OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder).

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Hoarders may not realize it but their actions or behaviours will greatly influence their families. Here’s how hoarding influences their families:


There are many things that hoarders collect and store. Sometimes it will get the most part of the house. This will cause inconvenience and discomfort to other family member because there is no enough space for other activities.

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Sanitation Practices

Since there are many things in the house, sanitation is an issue. Hoarders simply stack things without cleaning it. This is an enticing sight for rats, cockroaches, ants, termites and other pests. Sanitation is important because it includes the health of the family.

If you have a mother or a father who is obsessed with hoarding, you will be embarrassed to take your friends and classmates in your house because of all the clutter and the mess. Sometimes, kids may feel resentment to their parents for having such obsession.  Social Isolations

Structural Weakness

When things are too heavy for the floor to bear, that is compromising its structural integrity. Papers and magazines are very light but if a hoarder acquired tons of it, it will surely put pressure on their floorboards. If there is a fire, there is more damage because of the flammability of other materials.

If you cannot stand it, you should ask your mother, father or sibling to get help. Therapy can help him/her. We accept and love him/her whatever he/she is but sometimes destructible behaviours or practices need to be controlled.


How to Prepare Fish Head Curry


You are craving for something spicy. Why not eat fish head curry? Fish head curry is a simple yet very tasty dish here in Singapore. It involves stewing of red snapper fish with vegetables and hot curry. The distinct taste of the fish head curry can be attributed to the tamarind. It will surely take your breath away.

If you want to savour this, you can either go to Indian restaurants that specialize this dish or you can cook it personally for your family and friends. Here’s how:


You have to secure ingredients first. You need ½ lb of cleaned fish head, 1 tablespoon of cumin seeds, 1 teaspoon of chilli powder, 1 piece red chilli, ½ teaspoon of turmeric powder, 3 teaspoon of coriander powder, ½ teaspoon of mustard seeds, 1 teaspoon of fenugreek seeds, chopped ginger, 5 pieces of garlic cloves, 1 piece onion, 2 pieces cinnamon stick, 1 cup of coconut milk, 2 pieces of tomato, oil and salt.



After preparing the ingredients, you can start cooking. The first thing that you need to do is heat up the pan then fry the seeds (fenugreek, cumin and mustard), garlic, ginger and cinnamon. Add little water to make a paste. In another pan, sauté onion and tomato, add the powders (cumin, chilli, turmeric and coriander) and mix the paste. Wait for it to boil then add a little salt and the fish head. Do not forget to mix it with coconut milk until it is cooked well. You can now serve it with rice.

Your family and friends will surely enjoy this dish. If at first you do not succeed, try again. You will surely get better in time.

Benefits of Going to Aesthetic Clinics

Men and women in today‘s era are spending too much in their physical appearance. Most people who are investing too much are the celebrities because they always rely in their body most especially their face. They don’t even think of how expensive it is as long as they have seen the good effect of it to their physical appearance.

Also, there are people who still stick with all natural products that will improve their appearance. Products such as creams, soaps, lotions, beauty pills and other drugs that is taken and/or injected. Knowing that the effect is not that exact or perfect, people still patronize these products because it is affordable. However, they do not know that going to aesthetic clinic like aestique aesthetic is more affordable and you can really say that what you spend for is worth it. This is because of the equipment that these aesthetic clinics use – modern and in good quality.


In Singapore, many people are investing for their body. Using the new technologies that aesthetic clinic Singapore offer, they can guarantee that you will be more beautiful and sexier. In patronizing these treatments, people will gain benefits not just around their body but also in their inner self.


People usually lack confidence especially when they think that they are not beautiful. People with defects on their face or on their body who have not gone to astique aesthetic clinic singapore for a procedure will be afraid to go out because they don’t want other people to see them and they don’t want to be criticized. It is very hard for them to socialize especially when they know that they may not be recognized. However, lack of confidence will end after going to aesthetic clinic. Clinics offer different facial and body treatments to enhance the physical appearance such as eradicating acne, skin whitening or tanning,  removal of hair that grows everywhere in your body, replenish damage skin and more.

Weight Loss

When you think that you are a candidate to lose weight, aesthetic clinics is the place or you. There are numerous people in Singapore that are fat and some of them want change. They tend to go to the gym and perhaps go to a sauna and then have some workout while carrying weights. Instead of going to the gym and spend months of workouts without losing weight even a little, why not going to your aesthetic doctor and see what he can do with you. Aside that the procedure is fast, you can also guarantee that you will see its effect.



Many people say that going to aesthetic clinic is only a waste of money. In fact, it is not. The procedures in every patient seem to be expensive but in reality, it is not because you can guarantee that it is safe and effective. For face lift the price varies depending on the number of wrinkles a patient have.

Going to aesthetic clinics may be a burden for people and they always believe that they cannot afford to try it. However, people will always try something different and match it with what they have encountered. For example when you are patronizing creams, lotions and more and then you see that having aesthetic treatments is more effective than what you’ve maintained. In short, try something that you know it’s effective and is worth your money.



Singapore’s Bid for UNESCO World Heritage Site

Singaporeans want the Botanic Gardens to be included in the list of UNESCO’s (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) World Heritage Site. UNESCO was established in the hopes to encourage and promote respect for justice, law, freedom and human rights. It has programs which include science programs, literacy programs, history projects and preserving world’s culture and natural heritage.


Going back to the World Heritage Site, there have been more than one hundred submissions from Singaporeans that want the Botanic Gardens in the list. According to the National Parks Board and the Heritage Board, the submissions are mostly comments of support for the nomination. The two boards are encouraging Singaporeans to submit responses and comments. These responses and comments will be included in the nomination profile to be submitted on February 1, 2014.

The Singapore Botanic Gardens is 154 years old. Visitors should look forward to the following attractions:

National Orchid Garden


The main attraction of the century old garden is the National Orchid Garden. You will see many attractions within the National Orchid Garden such as the Orchidarium and the Coolhouse. There are more than 2000 orchid collections.

Evolution Garden


The garden covers more than three acres of land. The land is home to tree ferns and spikemosses grow abundantly. The garden presents a story of the evolution of plants through the ages.



There is a tropical rainforest in the Botanic Gardens that covers about six hectares. If you want to see the bigger rainforest, you should go to Bukit Timah Nature Reserve. Both rainforests are located within city limits.

There are other attractions like the Botany Centre, Ginger Garden and the Children’s Garden. There are three lakes (Symphony, Swan and Eco) and steam walk here. Other attractions are still being developed like the Learning Forest, Marshland and the Foliage Garden.