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Do freelancers require special help simply cause they are freelancers?

TL;DR – Or are we nannying those who “refuse to get a proper job”? What exactly is a freelancer? A previously “dirty” term of sorts to describe those who do not have “a proper full-time job”, these days it can encompass those who hold jobs as dispatch riders, photographers, designers and even those who are effectively

Kind resident places homemade insect repellant in Bishan HDB lift for neighbours to share

TL;DR – Who says kampong spirit is dead? Spotted in a HDB block in Bishan, a resident decided to place a spray bottle of homemade insect repellant in the common lift so everybody can have access to repellants given that most are now sold out islandwide. Of course, some are skeptical about the legitimacy of

5 x 5: New private-hire car app and other headlines

TL;DR – Everything you need to know, summarised for you daily at 5pm. 1) China bride in sham marriage fails to get late husband’s CPF The Singapore Court ruled that Chinese national Ms Diao Yanmei was in a sham marriage with the late Mr Soon Chwee Guan, and that his CPF savings totalling $170,000 should go to

Why Train To Busan didn’t quite cut it for me

TL;DR – I feel so heartless that I didn’t shed a tear. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you should have seen the glowing reviews about Korean box office hit, Train to Busan. Coming in tops at the local box office and also the highest-grossing Korean movie in Singapore to date, there might even be a sequel to

5 x 5: Family “brainwashed” into buying $400,000 worth of slimming treatments

TL;DR – Everything you need to know, summarised for you daily at 5pm. 1) Woman, 85, sues slimming centre over $400k treatment Still trying to wrap my head around $400,000 worth of beauty treatments. More here 2) Taylor Swift and Tom Hiddleston break up ‘amicably’ after three months  Sources said that she felt uncomfortable with his desire to

Interesting Staycation Places To Change Up Your Long Weekend Game

TL;DR – Singapore’s favourite public holiday activity, sorted. Long weekend is coming, and with long weekends come Singaporeans’ age-old obsession — staycations. Somewhere between going on vacation and just lazing around, staycations are everything we love in sleeping in a hotel bed and swimming in a hotel pool. But if you’re up for your tenth

5 x 5 : Obama gets called “son of a b***h”

TL;DR – Everything you need to know, summarised for you daily at 5pm.   1) Filipino President Duterte curses President Obama…   Uh no… you didn’t. More here 2)… And regrets it after Cue Justin Bieber – is it too late to say sorry? More here 3) Beware – tortoise crossing road When traffic slows to

5 x 5: Pandas no longer endangered and the cutest dogs around

TL;DR – Everything you need to know, summarised for you daily at 5pm. 1) Pandas no longer ‘endangered’ The giant panda just got a status upgrade from  “endangered” to “vulnerable” due to a population rebound. 2) 2017 school terms and holidays announced The Ministry of Education (MOE) on Monday (Sept 5) announced next year’s school terms for


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