If you're a DBS PayLah! user, you can now make instant QR code payments in over 16,000 ComfortDelGro taxis here.
Following the trend of other contactless payment methods like Apple Pay and Android Pay, the use of DBS PayLah! to pay for your taxi fare is instant and does not require the use of credit/debit cards.
Customers simply need to scan the QR code on the taxi's cashless payment terminal and the app will automatically process the payment.
Watch the entire process in the video below:
Jeremy Soo, head of consumer banking group (Singapore), DBS Bank, said, "We are delighted to be providing commuters a simple and fast way to go cashless with ComfortDelGro Taxi."
With this development, DBS/POSB is on track to have 60,000 QR code payment acceptance points available to customers by the end of the year - by far the largest in Singapore.
To commemorate the occasion, the first 60,000 customers who use DBS PayLah! to pay for their ComfortDelGro taxi ride will enjoy up to $15 cashback from Aug 10 onwards.
Administrative charges for payment of ComfortDelGro taxi rides via DBS PayLah! will also be waived till the end of the year.
And 1,000 unique passengers who book via the ComfortDelGro App and pay using DBS PayLah! will receive a $20 promo code.
To find out more, you can visit their website.
Jetstar Asia on Thursday (July 27) announced a new direct service from Singapore to Hat Yai, the largest city in Southern Thailand.
Traditionally, Hat Yai has been a popular destination for a 12-hour road trip from Singapore, for travellers who enjoy self drive-holidays.
However, with Jetstar's new direct flights, travellers who want to save on travel time will now be able to fly straight to Hat Yai, and do it visa-free for 30 days.
The flight on the airline's A320 aircraft will be approximately 1h 45 min.
Located near the border between Malaysia and Thailand, Hat Yai is popular for its beaches, nearby islands, Khlong Hae Floating Market, Ton Nga Chang Waterfall, Songkla Lake, parks and observatories and perhaps still unknown to many, bull-fighting.
The city is also known for its shopping, entertainment and dining options.
One-way prices start at $85, but promotional fares are on sale today from S$37.
A couple finally got their first child 11 years into their marriage, but the new mother slipped into a coma after giving birth to her premature baby daughter.
The 36-year-old woman had suddenly fallen ill last Tuesday (July 18) and developed a fever.
Her 32-year-old brother told reporters she thought it was a common flu, but went to see a gynaecologist.
However, her conditions did not improve after that.
The man said his sister felt nauseous on Tuesday and vomited many times.
She visited a gynaecologist who discovered her blood pressure was abnormally high, while the foetus's heartbeat was slower than usual.
She was immediately conveyed to KK Women's and Children's Hospital, reported Lianhe Wanbao.
He said: "The doctors told my sister that they had to do a C-section immediately to remove the baby or both she and the baby would be in danger."
According to him, the baby was born prematurely and weighed only 800g. She is still warded in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Fortunately, her conditions have stabilised.
However, the same could not be said for the baby's mother, who was found to have a bacteria infection, which led to a liver failure.
The brother said: "On the day when she gave birth, she was still talking with us, but suddenly became so quiet that evening. She fell into a coma the following evening."
He also revealed that although his sister had suffered from Hepatitis B, she was very healthy before her pregnancy.
The sudden deterioration of her health came as a shock to the whole family, he said.
As she now needs a liver transplant in order to stay alive, the family has become worried about finding a suitable donor and the medical costs, said her brother.
MANILA - The Singaporean founder of a volunteer group providing hot meals to the poor is among this year's six winners of the Philippines' Magsaysay awards, the foundation responsible for the awards said on Thursday (July 27).
Mr Tony Tay's "Willing Hearts" group distributes thousands of meals every day in the wealthy city-state, where about 10 per cent of a population of 5.7 million live in poverty, the Ramon Magsaysay Awards Foundation said in a statement.
The winners of the awards, widely seen as Asia's equivalent of the Nobel prizes, will receive a sum of US$50,000 (S$67,880) at a ceremony set for late August.
"The Magsaysay awardees are all transforming their societies through their manifest commitment to the larger good," said Ms Carmencita Abella, president of the Manila-based foundation.
"All are unafraid to take on larger causes. All have refused to give up despite meagre resources, daunting adversity and strong opposition," Ms Abella said in the statement.
Mr Tay, born in poverty, abandoned at age five and put in care at an orphanage with a sister, was recognised for "sharing food with others" after having organised a group of 300 volunteers in 2009 to provide meals to those in need.
Vegetable importer Lim Hiok Chuan, 65, hands out sacks of potatoes to an employee of Willing Hearts at the Pasir Panjang Wholesale Centre. Mr Lim, who has been giving his products to Willing Hearts regularly for the last 10 years, has never turned do
"We are just sharing, sharing all that we have in life to make a better society," the 70 year-old businessman, who had to drop out of school to work, was quoted as saying in the foundation's statement.
Also honoured were Japan's Mr Yoshiaki Ishizawa, cited for having empowered Cambodians to preserve their culture, and Indonesia's Mr Abdon Nababan, who worked to support the rights of indigenous people in a country that is home to the world's largest Muslim population.
Among the winners were Sri Lanka's Ms Gethsie Shanmugam, who helped rebuild the war-scarred lives of women and children; and Ms Lilia de Lima of the Philippines, who led the country's economic zone authority for many years.
The Philippine Educational Theatre Association was also recognised for its "bold, collective contributions in shaping theatre arts as a force for social change", setting an example in Asia.
The awards, named after a popular Philippine president who was killed in a plane crash, were set up in 1957 by the trustees of the New York-based Rockefeller Brothers Fund.
About 300 people and 25 organisations, including ASEAN and the International Rice Research Institute, have been recognised since 1958.
A 62-year-old wheelchair user, Mr Khiong Lam Swee, attempted to escape by climbing out of a window after getting trapped by a friend for almost 19 hours in a flat, but tragically fell to his death.
The incident happened a third-storey flat in Block 22, Eunos Crescent on May 18, 2016, at around 9.40am, reports Lianhe Wanbao via Lianhe Zaobao.
Khiong's friend, a drug user, was convinced that the deceased had sold him out to the authorities, thus locking him up in the flat and refusing to let him go.
The suspect, 57-year-old Ho Chin Hin, was sentenced to jail for nine months on Tuesday (July 25) after pleading guilty to the wrongful confining of the victim.
Ho was arrested by officers from the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) on May 5, 2016 but was released on bail.
The Straits Times reports that he later met the deceased at Eunos Crescent Market and Food Centre on May 17, and the two consumed heroin together in a toilet.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Daphne Lim said that the accused was suspicious that Khiong had provided information on him to the CNB which led to his earlier arrest.
He took Khiong back to his flat at around 12pm on the same day and confronted him, accusing him of being an informant.
Khiong denied the allegations, but the accused said he would not let him leave until he 'told the truth'.
When the accused's younger brother came home about 10 hours later, he wheeled Khiong out of the flat, but the accused quickly wheeled him back inside.
The younger brother then told the two that he did not want to interfere with their affairs any longer, and declined to help when Khiong asked him at around 5am the next day.
DPP Lim added that the accused was sleeping in his room when he heard a loud thud at around 9.40am.
When he rushed out, he saw Khiong's wheelchair near a window.
The accused quickly rushed down to the ground floor, where he saw Khiong lying on the ground, and he quickly asked passers-by for assistance.
The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) was alerted and conveyed Khiong to a hospital.
However, he died about 3 hours later, and Ho was arrested on the same day.
The deceased and accused had been friends for 22 years and first met each other at a drug rehabilitation centre in 1994.
Due to a fall 10 years earlier, the Khiong had to depend on crutches or a wheelchair for get around.
A 22-year-old biker was killed and his girlfriend, the pillion rider, had to undergo amputation, after getting into an accident while allegedly racing another car at speeds up to 100kmh.
The accident happened at a traffic junction in Woodlands Avenue 5 on Aug 23, 2015, at around 3.20am.
The two were on their way to a friend's house, along with friends riding four other motorcycles, reports Shin Min Daily News via Lianhe Zaobao.
During the race, the motorcycle that the two were on collided with a grey car, and skidded out of control.
Court documents revealed that the deceased, Mr Jason Tan Jia Sheng and his girlfriend had been in a dispute with a motorist, Ivan Chew Zong Xian, 29, over his driving.
The couple and Chew glared at each other and even exchanged rude gestures.
Hereafter, Jason engaged the Chew in a race, travelling between 90kmh to 100kmh.
A friend of the deceased said that he was riding behind the deceased and the Chew during the time of the incident.
He revealed that the deceased was supposed to make a right turn after stopping at a traffic junction of Woodlands Avenue 12 and Woodlands Avenue 4, but instead, he rode straight, along with the car.
The friend continued tailing the two, and claimed that the Chew who was in the centre lane, suddenly swerved to the left lane, braked for a moment, before swerving back to the centre lane.
The motorcycle crashed into the rear of the car and flipped upwards, with both biker and pillion rider thrown off.
State Coroner Marvin Bay said that although both parties had expressed "significant level of animosity", he ruled Jason's death to be a "tragic traffic misadventure".
He found no malicious or deliberate act on the part of either party.
News of Amazon's impending arrival to Singapore leaked yesterday, which stirred a buzz of excitement among Singaporeans.
And true enough, Amazon Prime officially launched today in Singapore. (We had a first look at its fulfilment centre housed at Mapletree Logistics Hub earlier - we'll share photos of it soon!).
Its website is already up and running now (previously, the URL keeps getting redirected to a Status 500 page); and its app was also released on the App Store yesterday night. The app is also trending now by the way.
Amazon's Prime Now service will be competing head-on with grocery startups Redmart and Honestbee, and could very well steal market share away from local supermarkets like NTUC Fairprice, Cold Storage, Giant, and Sheng Siong.
It's also battling Lazada's LiveUp, which aims to secure the loyalty of their users through a membership system.
With the entry of a new player in town, it begs the question: who is the best among all?
We decided to do a quick comparison among Amazon's Prime Now, Redmart, and Honestbee to see which service provider outranks the rest in terms of speed, price, and product variety.
In other words, how amazing is Amazon really? (See what I did there?)
We conjured up a list of a 'typical basket' that an average household would order…
- Gardenia Enriched White Bread 400G
- Marigold HL Fresh Milk, Plain, 1L
- Nissin Cup Noodles Tom Yam Seafood, 75g
- Avocado x 3
- Lettuce, Romaine, 200g
- Chew's Cage Free Fresh Eggs, a tray of 6
- Calbee Crispy Potato Chips, Hot and Spicy, 80g
- A whole chicken
- San Remo Rigati Penne, 500g
- Milo 3-in-1 Sachets, pack of 18
- Ben & Jerry's chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream
…and added it to the three different shopping carts. Here's what we found:
1. Amazon Prime Now
First of all, a thing to note: This service is currently only available on mobile and is not (yet) available on the web.
I would typically minus off points for this since I reckon it would be a bit of a pinch to browse on a smaller screen size, but the app's user interface is actually very well-designed.
Amazon Prime Now offers tens of thousands of daily essentials, and the products are clearly shelved under the different categories. For food alone, there are 13 categories to choose from, which makes browsing a breeze.
You can also just search for the item that you want using the search bar instead of tapping on the different categories, and we easily found all the items we needed:
Total damage: $43.65
With over $40 spend, this qualifies us for a free two-hour delivery. Orders below $40 will be charged an additional $5.99 delivery fee.
** Please note that for an initial period of time, customers would be able to try the Prime Now service without a Prime membership. It is still unclear how much this membership would cost once it rolls out.
[UPDATE: According to Amazon Price Now's app, delivery is currently unavailable and users are advised to "check back soon". This is possibly due to a surge of demand since today marks their first day of launch in Singapore.]
Overall rating: 5/5
RedMart claims to have a selection of over 51,000 products, but it was honestly a tad disappointing to see 'sold out' items in their listing.
Out of the 11 items in our list, two of them are marked as sold out:
Total damage: $45.80 (assuming there are no sold out items)
If you are a first-time customer (I'm not), you can enjoy a free delivery for orders above $30.
However, if you are a returning customer, free delivery is only applicable to orders above $49. Otherwise, you'll be charged a flat fee of $7.
… Which adds up a grand total of $52.80!
One particular saving grace of RedMart is that it actually adopts a bundle pricing system, so the more products you buy, the cheaper it'll be. That said, I would recommend RedMart if you are going for a bulk purchase instead of ordering a few items (as per our list).
Another unfortunate thing about RedMart is their delivery - "Due to overwhelming demand, delivery slots are limited over the next few days."
RedMart delivers everyday, including weekends and public holidays, from 10 am to 10pm.
An additional charge of $1 to $3 will be imposed for deliveries till Saturday noon (order is placed on Thursday afternoon).
Otherwise, the earliest delivery slot without any additional fees will be on Saturday 12pm to 2pm. This means that a free RedMart delivery will take as early as 2 days. (As opposed to Amazon Prime's 2-hour delivery, ehem).
Overall Rating: 3/5
Honestbee offers delivery services across different stores. Currently, you can shop from 37 brands - from specialty stores, supermarkets, and farm-to-table marketplaces.
Since NTUC FairPrice is Singapore's most prominent supermarket, we did our shopping there:
Avocadoes are unfortunately not available.
BUT, here's something we discovered - the availability of the items depends on the delivery address.
So when we input a different postal code, avocadoes were magically available again. What.
Total damage: $46 ($39.55 + $6.45)
The minimum order for free delivery is the highest for Honestbee. Particularly for NTUC FairPrice, the minimum spend is $50, otherwise a $10 delivery fee is applicable.
…This brings the total fee to a whopping $56.
To make it worth the while, it's best to hit a minimum order of $50 because a $10 delivery fee is very expensive.
Their delivery timings aren't shabby either - the earliest delivery is next day before noon.
Overall rating: 4/5
Which Is The Cheapest?
Because Singaporeans love a good bargain, I bet that price is the most important factor among the three.
Here's a breakdown for easy comparison:
- Amazon Prime Now: $43.65 (free delivery!)
- RedMart: $52.80 (+$7 delivery fee)
- Honestbee: $56 (+$10 delivery fee)
Amazon wins, HANDS DOWN.
Even without factoring in the additional delivery fee, Amazon still has the cheapest total.
Besides this, it also offers the lowest minimum order at only $40 to qualify for a free (same-day) delivery. Even if we don't hit the minimum purchase order, it's not much of a pinch as Amazon also offers the lowest delivery fee at only $5.99.
And what makes shopping even sweeter on Amazon right now is that they are offering a promo code to celebrate its debut in Singapore!
Customers who shop using their Visa credit card will receive S$20 off their first Prime Now order using promotional code 'VISA20′ for a limited time.
Customers without a Visa card can get S$10 off their first order instead using promotional code '10PRIMENOW'.
I guess it's clear where I'll be placing orders for my groceries from now on.
An egg spill happened at Orchard Road along the main road by the building at Takashimaya on Thursday (July 27) morning.
To clarify things, the spill was not a small one that could be quickly cleared up with the combined efforts of a few passer-bys.
The spill, according to a SCDF spokesperson, measured a whole 15 metres - enough to pose as a serious obstacle to traffic.
SCDF personnel were alerted at 10.25am and promptly responded to the incident.
Upon arrival at the scene, officers proceeded to clear up the eggs and mess while SPF personnel helped to direct traffic.
Many Singaporeans were unpleasantly surprised with how SCDF resources were being deployed, taking to the keyboard to express their anger or incredulousness towards the entire scenario.
In essence, several netizens felt that the SCDF having to clear up a potentially dangerous road obstacle via any means was unheard of, and decided to ridicule the force accordingly.
Other internet users, however, disagreed with the above comments, stepping in to defend as well as praise the officers who were on scene.
There was also this comment:
For the record, neither the SCDF, SPF, or any public force for that matter, charges any kind of fee for their services to the country.
Many netizens also saw the opportunity to display their wit and punny creativity.
According to a spokesperson from SCDF, the force does not usually perform road cleaning duties on a regular basis. However, taking into consideration the magnitude of the spill as well in the interest of public safety, SCDF forces were deployed to clear up the affected area.
No injuries were reported, added the spokesperson.
The more hours you clock in at work, the more you stand to gain, right?
You might want to re-evaluate spending long hours at work because doing so will increase your risk of developing a potentially life-threatening heart condition.
A study published in the European Heart Journal back in July this year revealed that people who worked 55 hours or more in a week were 40 per cent more likely to develop atrial fibrillation, compared to those who worked a regular week of 35 to 40 hours.
Professor Mika Kivimaki, director of the Whitehall II Study, from the Department of Epidemiology at University College London (UK), who led the research, said: "These findings show that long working hours are associated with an increased risk of atrial fibrillation, the most common cardiac arrhythmia."
Atrial fibrillation is characterised by rapid and irregular beating.
It can lead to stroke, heart failure and other heart-related complications.
Did you know? Singaporeans work the longest hours in the world, with the average worker clocking in 2,371.2 hours in 2016.
Although someone with high blood pressure has almost twice the risk of stroke than someone without, a person with atrial fibrillation has more than five times the risk of stroke - which is the fourth leading cause of death in Singapore.
Did you know? Singaporeans work the longest hours in the world, with the average worker clocking in 2,371.2 hours in 2016.
The Working Hours Survey conducted last year by recruitment consultancy Morgan McKinley found that 70 per cent of professionals in Singapore work longer than their contracted hours.
6.5 out of 10 people "felt obliged to work longer than their contracted hours".
And 9 out of 10 work these extra hours for free as they aren't paid by their employer for working late.
Not only workers, bosses too
However, even employers aren't spared from health complications due to the workplace.
In fact, 72 per cent of employers in Singapore consider stress and mental health an issue affecting productivity, yet only 51 per cent have emotional and psychological wellness programmes in place, according to a recent study conducted by global professional services firm Aon.
And an alarming 38 per cent have no intention of implementing such programmes in the future.
Although the remaining statistic has plans to kick-start these programmes, the number is still six points lower than the APAC average.
Stress is a growing phenomenon in many Asian countries, and it is dubbed as the 'silent killer' by the United Nations International Labor Organisation (ILO).
Aon senior clinician, Dr Menandro Sandoval, said: "Through our analysis of client medical plan data, we are able to identify patterns.
"For instance, a high proportion of visits to General Practitioner clinics for Upper Respiratory Tract Infections (URTI) and various gastrointestinal illnesses are related to suppression of general resistance process, which can be attributed to mental health issues such as stress, depression, and anxiety."
"However, our recent study showed that Singapore employers now view their employees' health and well-being, both physical and mental, as a top three focus area."Tim Dwyer, chief executive of Aon Health & Benefits, Asia Pacific
To be fair, the Aon APAC Benefits Strategy Study 2017 also found that an encouraging 74 per cent of Singapore employers have physical wellness programmes in place to help prevent the onset of these chronic issues.
Chief executive of Aon Health & Benefits, Asia Pacific, Tim Dwyer, said: "Employers in Asia have proactively implemented physical wellness programmes, but have been unwilling to promote mental health ones.
"However, our recent study showed that Singapore employers now view their employees' health and well-being, both physical and mental, as a top three focus area."
Though inevitable for some employees to work overtime, maybe it is time for Singaporeans to clock in more hours when it comes to activities that are outside the office - all for the sake of our own well-being.
SINGAPORE - We all need to play our part to prevent a possible terrorist attack from happening in our country.
The Ministry of Home Affairs has also taken the lead by initiating a number of awareness campaigns to remind residents here to remain vigilant and stay alert.
An extension of the SGSecure initiative is a mobile app that makes it convenient for people to make reports or emergency calls should an attack occurs. It was launched in Sep 2016.
However, a quick look at its review page on the iOS Appstore reveals hordes of angry one-star reviews by people who claim that they are National Servicemen.
They stated that they had been forced by their enciks (Warrant Officer) or CO (Commanding Officer) to download the app or "risked getting punished".
This guy Sevenhavenz said "nobody wants this":
While these guys just want to go home:
This person is showing his patriotic spirit:
Of course, you cannot trust everything you read on the internet. Furthermore, there is no way to assess the authenticity of their reviews. So we'll just take all these reviews as light-hearted commentary on a Friday afternoon.
For me, I came here for the comments.
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When life is good, death may be the last thing on your mind. But being prepared can make all the difference to you and your loved ones. What is a good death? Our Brunch feature in the main paper takes a hard look at planning for the end.
Local celebrity Michelle Chong recently took her frustrations to the Internet, complaining that Singaporeans don't take pride in their work. This week, Cubicle Files examines the fundamental reasons why people don’t go the extra mile.
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And in The Steering Column, our reviewer checks out Audi’s new, tricked-out second-generation Q5 SUV.
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SINGAPORE - Magnum has been pampering chocoholics here with its chocolate-coated ice-cream and chocolate bars.
Now, be spoilt rotten with Magnum coffee. Yes, you heard us right!
Made using chocolate-infused beans, cups of caffe are available at the newly-opened Magnum Pleasure Store at ION Orchard.
Singapore is the only place in Asia where you can get a cup Magnum coffee for now. We can't say it will stay that way for long.
On the menu are five varieties - M Espresso, Magnumccino, Magnum Mocha, Magnum Black and Magnum Affogato.
There's also M Signature Chocolate which is basically a hot chocolate. This comes in milk and dark chocolate flavours.
Prices are affordable too, ranging from $5 to $8.
Of course, no Magnum store is complete without its famous ice-cream.
But it is not the flavours that get at the supermarket or mama shops.
At the flagship store, you may design your own stick - at a premium, of course.
Pay $8 and you can choose to have your vanilla bean ice-cream dipped in dark, milk, white chocolate or whatever tickles your fancy.
Top it off with three out of the 18 toppings available, which include various nuts, goji berries and even chilli flakes.