Draft Master Plan 2013: West Region Development

The West Region should be excited because the Draft Master Plan 2013 will include them for further development. This is Singapore’s legacy to the next generation – a community where everyone is welcome. West region covers a land area of 25,686 ha. The development plans will include twelve areas to include Pioneer, Boon Lay, Western Water Catchment, Tengah, Choa Chu Kang, Clementi, Tuas, Jurong East, Jurong West, Western Islands, Bukit Batok, and Bukit Panjang.


The development will feature a number of private and public residential options. Apart from that, there will be community facilities as well as recreation spaces for the people to enjoy. The government is looking into the connectivity of the region. Its plans for more transport choices in the future are imminent. Dwelling on the less serious parts, here are some things that you need to know about the West Region:

  • Boon Lay: Boon Lay is named after the well-known businessman Chew Boon Lay. He has rubber plantations and because of this, the region grew into what it is now today.
  • Jurong Bird Park: The Bird Park is the largest bird park in Asia. It houses about 400 species of birds. The bird park has a total of 5000 birds that inhabit the area. It was established in 1971.
  • Jurong Island: Jurong Island was established to support the chemical industry of Singapore. Jurong Island is the amalgamation of seven islands.
  • Clementi: Clementi was previously a swampland, squatter villages and farms until it was built into a contemporary residential village.
  • Hillview Area: In the late 1900’s, Hillview Area was an industrial district but it was changed into residential properties today.Draft-Master-Plan-2013-2

Preparing Hainanese Chicken Rice


You love Hainanese Chicken Rice but unfortunately you do not know how to make it. You only consider take out or eating out whenever you want to eat Hainanese Chicken Rice. The good news is that you can cook this classic in your house. You only need to be guided with a cooking book. If you do not have a cook book, you can simply ask your mother or elders how to cook this.

If you cannot find a cook book and your mother or elder does not know how to cook Hainanese Chicken, worry no more because you can refer here. Hainanese Chicken Rice is a loved dish not only by Singaporeans but all people. In fact, this is the national dish of Singapore. Fortunately you do not need to be an expert to cook this. Here are the things that you can consider when you prepare Hainanese Chicken Rice:



Hainanese Chicken Rice is commendable because of its various yet balanced tastes. There are many ingredients that you need to gather. You need 1 kg chicken legs or wings, 3 slices of ginger and 2 pieces of spring onions for the stock. For the chicken, you should purchase 1.5 kg of free range chicken, 1 tbsp Shaoxing, 2 tbsp soy sauce, 1 piece garlic cloves, 6 slices of ginger, 2 pieces onions, 1 tsp sesame oil and ½ tsp salt. For the ginger sauce, you need 75 g ginger, 6 pieces garlic cloves, ½ tbsp lime juice and ½ tbsp salt. For the chilli sauce, you need 1 ½ tbsp lime juice, 1 tbsp salt, 1 or 2 pieces garlic cloves and  10 pieces long (red) chillies. For the rice, you need 2 pieces pandan leaves, grated ginger, 4 pieces garlic cloves, 3 cups of rice and 2 tsp of salt.




The first thing that you need to do is rub the insides of the chicken with a paste (made of ginger, onion, garlic, soy sauce and rice wine). The secret to making the chicken tender and juicy is soak it in the water without turning the heat or boiling. When you put the chicken, make sure that it is boiling but you turned the heat off. Remove the chicken after an hour. It is time to make a stock. Just add chicken legs or wings, onions and ginger to the pot and wait for it to boil. For the ginger and chilli sauce, you only need to mix it. For the chicken rice, you need the stock. When the rice is cooked, it is ready to serve. You should serve the remaining stock along with the rice, chicken, chilli sauce and chilli soup. Some add cucumber and kecap manis.

Ways for Parents to Encourage Their Children to Learn

Kindergarten Students Learning to Tell Time

1. Remove or Limit the use of television. Children Older than 2 years old should only watch quality TV shows for an hour or two  a day. Let them watch programs that they can learn about the history and facts about the world.  Those under 2 years old should not watch any TV shows.

2. Limit computer and Internet use. Make sure that when you let your children use the computer, it is for educational purposes only. If they can use the computer anytime with accessibility in any sites in the internet, this may cause them to go to a site that is forbidden for them.


3. Buy reading materials for children. Buy books that they can learn from. This may be a tool for them to develop their desires to read and become a bookworm. Those who reads a lot, learns a lot. Just be sure of the books you will let them read, those books should contain ideas and information that are true and appropriate for their age. And it is important also that they can see in you the fun that you have while reading. You must be a good example of a reader, for them to follow what you are doing.

4. Make a place and time for learning. Create a space in your house that will encourage studying and reading. Let say you have a room for your children that every time they need to study and read they will just go there. In the room you have all the reading materials that they need. This will provoke them to study.

5. Teach your kids. Teach your children stuffs that you know can add knowledge to them. If they ask you something, answer it based on true facts. This just happens anytime and anywhere, the good thing about this is your children is learning and having fun at the same time.


Causes of Marriage That Doesn’t Work


Extramarital Affair

This is actually one of the common causes of a broken family. When your husband is cheating on you, it really makes you feel stabbed in your heart. It is really painful that seeing him will just make you miserable. And if ever that you decide to stay with him, the trust issue will always be there and a harmonious relationship with him will never go on.

Early Marriage

In this day and age, pre-marital sex is not anymore an issue to some people. Especially, today’s young people are liberal in this kind of matter. This is the reason why there is a rise in teen pregnancy.  Of course, the first thing that the parents will be thinking is for their son and daughter to get married. They are trying to make things right through marriage. They don’t know that this will just make things worse.  Forcing these young people to get married without their readiness to handle the toxicity of “married life” will just make it one of the useless and dreadful things to do.


If ever your young daughter gets pregnant, keep her first in your hands until they are both ready to face the married life. It doesn’t mean that you are neglecting the fact that they love each other and they want to be with each other. It’s okay, let them see each other and make the father of the baby share his responsibility. Just make sure that they can’t be together in one roof and they can’t do the same mistake again.


Some married couple can take long distance relationship but most of them cannot handle such relationship. Imagine your husband is working abroad and you have to stay with your children. He might feel so lonely there and look for another woman’s affection. It is really hard when you are in a place where in you have no one to talk to or to be with.  You need a lot of trust and self control to keep your marriage in this kind of set up.

Oil Painting Reproduction: Solution to Affordable Oil Painting

Art is one of the most interesting things in human culture. Only humans have the ability to trap imaginations and perceptions onto permanent medium, such as a canvas. This piece of art can then be shared to others to be admired and enjoyed as well. Beautiful and meaningful art works by famous artists are often housed in Singapore art galleries and museums, making it impossible for a lot of people to actually see them.

Fortunately, many talented artists today are capturing the beauty of these contemporary art works, giving the general public a chance to appreciate and own a famous oil painting at an affordable price. How is this possible? Through a unique method called painting reproduction.


What Is An Oil Painting Reproduction?

Basically, an oil painting reproduction method is a recreation of a famous art piece by a new artist. These art works are painted on a canvas with the use of oil-based paints. Since these are already reproductions, these pieces are significantly cheaper than the original works. Instead of having to spend millions of dollars, you can still have the same painting image for less than a hundred dollar.

Perhaps, the good thing about painting reproduction is that you’re not buying a mass produced copy of the painting. Each art piece is hand painted by artists and painters who are especially trained to carefully and creatively recreate the art works of famous painters, like Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso, and Vincent van Gogh.


Who Buys Reproduced Paintings?

Though reproduced paintings are no longer original art works, a lot of people actually go for this substitute since these are incredibly economical compared to authentic pieces. Some of the people who usually purchase painting reproduction are interior designers and decorators, some art collectors, art enthusiasts, museums that need duplicates of authentic art works for security purposes, and homeowners who wish to add a little sophistication to their homes. However there are also those like vinci affordable art in Singapore which prefer the real deal and not reproduced paintings, thus it is important to ask them before you buy.

Why People Buy Them?

Singapore individuals who purchase reproduced oil paintings might just want something a bit more special than typical print. These people might be also looking for something to spice up their homes and would prefer an oil painting to embellish their walls. When visiting an art gallery and seeing an abstract art work that astonishes and affects you, it dramatically changes your mood and uplifts your spirit. Envision that painting on a wall at your home and seeing that piece every day. Another sought-after characteristic of reproduced painting is its great texture. Oil paintings look clear, crisp, and vibrant on the canvas. It draws in attention that will surely make it a focal point in any room.

If you’re among those Singapore people who are interested on purchasing an oil painting reproduction piece, try searching the Web for an online art gallery or go to the nearest art gallery in your locality and see if they have what you’re searching for. Some of these galleries even offer custom-made oil painting for clients who wish to have their own painting design.



Cheap Acne Treatments

The National Skin Centre recently reported that acne vulgaris is the number one condition that their patients want to be treated for. In fact, in 2011, the Centre reported treating 8,699 cases of this condition – and that was when acne vulgaris was still behind dermatitis and eczema as the leading skin problem complaint among Singaporeans.


Acne is really difficult to treat. In some cases, people have used various acne products to no avail, and, sometimes, even to the detriment of the skin of their face. If you’re someone who needs to treat their acne but can’t spend a lot on commercial treatments, here are some cheap remedies that you can use.

1. Tomato

If you have a tomato in your kitchen, you can slice it in half and rub it on your face. The tomato is proven to eliminate acne. It can shrink large pores and make your skin more blooming and fresh.

2. Baking Soda

Exfoliation is an effective acne treatment and prevention routine. Baking soda is an excellent exfoliating agent. It reduces acne by removing blackheads first. Blackheads have bacteria, which is the real cause of acne. You can treat using baking soda by mixing it in water. You can then use the solution as a mask for your face, wait for 15 minutes, and then rinse.


3. Ice

This lessens the size of your pores. It prevents new bacteria from forming and giving you more pimples.  It may also give your face less redness and swelling. You just have to cleanse your face and just put an ice on it after. It is recommended to do this twice a day.

All About Middle East Respiratory Syndrome

The World Health Organization (WHO) has already confirmed that as of October 2013 there are 149 people who have Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) worldwide and 63 of them died already. As part of protecting Singapore in such deadly virus, the government is taking precautionary steps to prevent this virus from entering Singapore.


Last July 2013, The Health Ministry actually tested 51 people and fortunately none of them have the virus. According to them, all those who are suspected to have the virus will be isolated immediately and those who have been with a person who has the virus will be quarantined.

What is Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS)?

It is a viral respiratory illness that is first reported by an Egyptian virologist Dr. Ali Mohamed Zaki in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. It is a betacoronavirus and also known as EMC/2012.  Those who have this kind of infection experience a severe acute respiratory illness.

What are the signs and symptoms of MERS?

  • Difficulty of breathing
  • Coughing
  • Fever
  • Malaise
  • Kidney failure
  • Diarrhea (not always present)

What is the mode of transmission of MERS?


The WHO cannot give the exact mode of transmission of this virus. They assume that the person to person transmission of this virus as earlier reported appears to be very low.

What are the treatments for MERS?

There are no specific treatments for MERS as of now, but doctors can provide supportive medical care to alleviate the symptoms. Here are the countries who confirmed to have MERS:

  • United Kingdom
  • Oman
  • UAE (United Arab Emirates)
  • Tunisia
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Qatar
  • Jordan
  • Italy
  • Spain
  • France
  • Germany

What is the Pre-Diabetes Intervention Programme?

Let it be known that here in Singapore, according to the study conducted by the NHS (National Health Service) last 2010, high cases of IFG (Impaired Fasting Glucose) and IGT (Impaired Glucose Tolerance) were noted. In 2010, there was about 14.4% of people ages 18 to 69 who have at least IFG or IGT. Mismanagement of IFG or IGT will increase one’s chances of developing Diabetes Mellitus.

With this, HPB (Health Promotion Board) developed the Pre-Diabetes Intervention Programme to empower people with the knowledge so they can change their lifestyle curtailing the development of Diabetes Mellitus. So, what are the components of this programme?

Counselling Sessions

There will be Nurse Educators that will carry out an orientation. After the orientation, three individual counselling sessions (45 minutes each) will follow. This will happen at GP clinics or community centres. Participants are required to complete all sessions.

Follow-Up Sessions

After the initial counselling and in depth counselling sessions, Nurse Educators will conduct follow up via the phone for a period of six, nine and twelve months. After a year, all participants are asked to submit to Oral Glucose Tolerance Test just to make sure if things has improved or not.


The programme entails cost but it does not compare to the information and knowledge you will acquire at the end of the day. Participants only need to pay the registration fee which costs S$10. For people who are under financial schemes, any fees will be waived for them.

If you have further questions, it is better if you contact the Nurse Educators. If you are worried about the confidentiality of this programme, all information or data will be handled and evaluated not shared. Diabetes Mellitus is a serious problem. For others who are suffering from complications, Diabetes will cost them their life. It is very crucial that you indulge in this programme to safeguard yourself from this chronic disease.