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Mother’s Day Special: Time for mums to cut themselves some slack

SINGAPORE – It took only seconds. We’d just finished breakfast of finger foods, carrots and pears, along with sweet potato puree. I was loading the dishwasher and singing The Wheels on the Bus, while my daughter Happy, then nine-months-old, swayed in a mechanical swing, clumsily clapping her chubby hands. Then came the shriek, followed by […]

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Husband ‘didn’t see Han Ji-seong drinking’

SEOUL • The husband of South Korean TV actress Han Ji-seong, 28, who died on Monday, said he did not see her drinking that day. According to media channel TV report, he is a lawyer and he had told the police: “I had several drinks with peers at Yeongjongdo.” It is an island off the […]

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Hong Kong’s The Old Man is No. 1

Hong Kong cocktail bar The Old Man has nabbed the top spot on the annual Asia’s 50 Best Bars list, ousting Singapore bar Manhattan. Manhattan at the Regent Singapore, which held the No. 1 ranking for two years running, placed at No. 2, while Taipei’s Indulge Experimental Bistro was placed No. 3. The list was […]

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A timely play, $12 cocktails and yummy dishes

Tune in to Life Picks, a weekly podcast by The Straits Times, in which we highlight the best films, concerts, restaurants and arts events. This week, Melissa Sim hosts colleague Anjali Raguraman, who talks about snagging $12 cocktails at the Singapore Cocktail Festival, which ends tomorrow; and Eunice Quek, who chats about the exclusive dishes […]

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From K-pop fans to K-idols

South Korean boy band A.C.E may have more than 470,000 followers on Instagram, but before they became K-pop idols, they were K-pop fans. The five-member group – comprising Jun, Byeongkwan, Donghun, Wow and Chan – first gained a following busking on the streets of the hip Hongdae district in Seoul, covering the dance choreography of […]

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Art for all at the Singapore pavilion

Singapore artists will continue to receive support to grow internationally, said Singapore’s Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Transport and Culture, Community and Youth Baey Yam Keng during the launch of the nation’s pavilion at the Venice Biennale on Thursday. Speaking at the 58th edition of the international art festival, he added: “We will continue to support […]

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Get creative with scarce spaces

Is there really no more free space in land-scarce Singapore? This is the question an upcoming exhibition at the National Design Centre seeks to answer. No More Free Space? highlights 12 projects through videos and images where architects, urban planners and place-makers have found creative ways to use the limited space in dense urban Singapore. […]

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Root Awakening: Resurrection Fern requires semi-shade to grow well

Resurrection Fern requires semi-shade to grow well What plant is this and how do I care for it? When the plant is dry, the leaves will curl up, so it looks like a ball on a stick (stem). Once the plant is watered, the leaves open up. Is this plant easy to care for and […]

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Built for the generations

Businessman Michael Mun, his wife and three sons have been living on this property for over two decades, during which the family grew in size, with the sons starting their own families. Mr Mun, 69, says: “Despite the size of the land, the old house had a built-up area of only about 6,000 sq ft […]

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Living with strangers

Singaporean Christine Tan and Malaysian Chow Beatus have been sharing a two-bedroom apartment in Sarkies Road for the last five months, but they were strangers before moving in together. They are among a growing group of young working professionals here who rent a room in an apartment shared with other tenants, usually strangers, in an […]

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Thor’s haven Australia’s most expensive town

IT is home to some of our biggest celebrity names, and Thor’s mega mansion. And now Byron Bay can lay claim to another title — Australia’s most expensive median house price. New research from property market research firm Propertyology has identified the top 40 most expensive cities by median house price, and the popular hipster […]

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Drone sighting closes Frankfurt airport for an hour

FRANKFURT: Frankfurt‘s busy international airport had to halt flights for an hour after a pilot saw a drone, but has reopened. An airport spokesman said Thursday the airport was closed down from about 7:20 a.m. until 8:20 a.m. (0520 GMT until 0620 GMT) while German federal police searched for the drone and its operator with […]