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Of National Day songs and videos

After last year’s travesty of a song, the organising committee of this year’s NDP came up with what I thought was a rather brilliant idea: to take an old song that most Singaporeans could identify with and bring it into 2018.

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Exploring the Rod Fai Train Market at Srinakarin

Not to be confused with its younger and hippier sibling located right next to the Thailand Cultural Centre MRT, the Rod Fai Train Market at Srinakarin is located about 20 kilometres away from central Bangkok, or about an hour’s drive away under typical traffic conditions.

Is it The Central or Clarke Quay Central?

Pop quiz time: What’s the name of the shopping mall located right outside Clarke Quay MRT Station?

I was at the shopping mall situated right outside Clarke Quay MRT station that I knew to be “The Central” some two years ago, looking for a restaurant that I read about online. After a fruitless search based on the unit number, I decided to approach the information counter, only to realise that the restaurant I was looking for was located at Central Mall.

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Artbox Singapore 2018

Back for its second iteration, Artbox Singapore 2018 is currently being held over two weekends (25 to 27 May and 1 to 3 June) at the open area outside Marina Bay Sands, alongside the ongoing DBS Marina Regatta.

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Ramadan 2018 at Geylang Serai

The Geylang Serai night bazaar is open for business once again as we begin the month of Ramadan. While the location of the bazaar has not changed, the surrounding landscape has changed significantly over the past few years. The revamped SingPost Centre opened for business at the end of last year and the new Wisma Geylang Serai, which sits adjacent to the bazaar, opened just days before Ramadan. By this time next year, the retail component of Paya Lebar Quarter is slated to open as well.

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Tulipmania 2018 at Gardens by the Bay

Long before the Bitcoin bubble, there was a–believe it or not–tulip bubble, back in the 1600s in the Netherlands. At the time, the newly-introduced flower enchanted the country with its uniquely colourful petals and led to a speculative bubble, which, at its peak, led to tulip bulbs selling for more than the price of a house. If you’re interested, there’s a movie Tulip Fever featuring Alicia Vikander (now of Tomb Raider fame) which was set during that time period.

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Sony Alpha A6000 Review — Still a Great Camera in 2018

The Sony Alpha A6000 was released in September 2014, an eternity ago as far as technology gadgets go. Despite being superseded by two newer models, the A6000 still sits comfortably in Sony’s mirrorless line-up as an introductory model for the aspiring photographer.

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Mobvoi Ticwatch E Review

Mobvoi's Ticwatch E is probably the most inexpensive Wear OS (formerly Android Wear) watch ever, especially if you purchased it on Kickstarter like I did. Despite being affordable (even at its current, non-Kickstarter price), it offers substantial value for its price.

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Wildlife Spotting Along Gardens by the Bay

Singapore's Central Business District may just be about the last place you think of when spotting wildlife in this urban jungle. Still, I gingerly ventured a little south towards Gardens by the Bay and the Marina Barrage and with a little patience, I was in for a little treat.

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Samsung Galaxy S9+ Review

The Galaxy S9 family is perhaps Samsung’s most unremarkable flagship, looking all but identical to its predecessors from the front. Yet, in a time where manufacturers are all too eager to bring their phones up a literal notch, this may not be a bad thing.

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i Light Marina Bay 2018

Now in its sixth edition, i Light Marina Bay 2018 is currently running until 1st April. It's technically also the last edition of i Light Marina Bay as the festival of lights will be renamed i Light Singapore from next year onwards to reflect its expansion into the Civic District. I took a quick walk last Friday night after work to soak in the festivities.

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