Stuff that matters, in plain English

Alice Fong, the woman who had a meltdown at JEM, has apologised

(TL;DR – She (sorta) says sorry, over a million views later.) The video of that woman lashing out non-stop after a deaf-mute cleaner had cleared her food by mistake has now been watched 1.3 million times. In about 48 hours.   Local Chinese daily, Shin Min, has been following up on the story closely and

Who say we no talent? – Joseph Schooling

TL; DR – Swoon, baby, swoon. National swimmer Joseph Schooling just won the men’s 100m butterfly event at the Longhorns Elite Invite meet in Austin, Texas, this morning (Saturday, 4 June 2016), finishing ahead of decorated Olympian Michael Phelps. Schooling’s in Lane 3. The 20-year-old is one of Singapore’s biggest Olympic hopes for the Aug

5 x 5: The vile viral video, Scam continues & some sports stories

TL;DR – Everything you need to know, summarised for you daily at 5pm. 1. A mean woman ate at a foodcourt yesterday And more than 700,000 peeps know about it. Yes, at last count, there’re over 700,000 views of this video. All that debate about English and Singlish? All count for naught if we cannot

Elderly man who committed suicide reminds us that more needs to be done

TL;DR – We will have 830,000 elderly folks amongst us come 2030. A 70 year-old man committed suicide by setting himself on fire. Zaobao had reported that the man felt troubled after not being able to find work after losing his job as a coffeeshop assistant. Some alternative media sites caught on to that and

5 x 5: Japanese boy lost & found, newborn found dead & more stories

TL;DR – Everything you need to know, summarised for you daily at 5pm. 1) Japanese boy missing in bear-inhabited woods found alive A 7-year-old Japanese boy who was missing for almost a week after his highly intelligent parents abandoned him in a bear-inhabited forest as punishment, has been found alive. Here’s the father, Takayuki Tanooka,

More kids from elite schools are from rich families…. DUH…

TL;DR – Every school can be a good school, REALLY! There’s a recent study that examined the class stratification in schools. It found that there was a disproportionate number of children from more affluent backgrounds in schools that offer the integrated program (IP) and the Gifted Education Program (GEP). Nearly 41% of students in schools

5 x 5: Paradise Group siams paying $640K of gas plus other stories today

TL;DR – Everything you need to know, summarised for you daily at 5pm. 1) Time to go Malaysia again Thinking of where to go for the June holidays?     According to Bloomberg data, markets closed on 1 June 2016 at S$1 to RM3.0092. (More) 2) Paradise group found guilty of tampering with gas meters Long story short, they

5 x 5: No smoking in more places, NWC recommends $50-$65 increment & more stories

TL;DR – Everything you need to know, summarised for you daily at 5pm. 1. You can’t smoke in reservoirs and over 400 parks now Reservoirs and more than 400 parks, including those in private and public housing estates, have been added to the list of smoke-free areas with effect from today. Previously, smoking was prohibited

This 12 year-old can probably teach you a thing or two about kindness

TL;DR – Sometimes children teach us more than we teach them. Facebook user Laava Gunasegaran shares about her 12 year-old brother Ashvin who was making his way home from school when he witnessed an accident.  Without thinking twice if he could’ve been hit by a car or a bike, he approached the driver in the car to ask if she


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