From telcos jumping on the electricity bandwagon to the modern day version of the chicken and egg question, here are 10 things you need to know.
Read till the end so you won’t miss out on the most happening things Singaporeans are talking about today 😉
M1 Selling Electricity Plans to Jurong Residents
M1 announced that from 24 Mar, customers staying in the area can buy electricity plans from IMM M1, and use the discounts and offers during the soft launch of the Open Electricity Market.
New and recontracting mobile customers can either have a discount of $80 on Samsung Galaxy S9/9+ or FREE six months “upsized data”.
They are partnering with Keppel Electric to offer this new service, and hope to develop more product bundling with their customers in the future.
Okay, I’m seriously hoping Singtel jumps on the bandwagon as well. $1,000 off iPhone X-plus, maybe?
Does S’poreans Really Deserve Good Service Standards?
This is a topic that’s highly debated all the time. It’s like the modern-day version of the egg or the chicken.
On 23 Mar, this commentary piece appeared on Channel NewsAsia and it went viral. The question is, who appeared first? The rude service staff or the rude customer?
The debate was brought up again after this video of a customer and a McDonald’s staff went viral online.
The article suggested that Singaporeans should re-look at their own behaviour towards staff in the service industry.
Workers in the service industry had said that getting an acknowledgement or a smile from customers is like pulling teeth (read: super hard, super painful).
Sometimes, even basic courtesies like please and thank you are neglected.
In the end, is it fair to expect good customer service if they’re not respected at all?
It’s like your kid screaming and shouting because you wouldn’t buy them that shiny new Nintendo Switch.
Would you still buy it for them?
Illegal Ah Longs Go Online, Offer Services on WhatsApp
I’m pretty sure this happened to some of you if you’re on WhatsApp.
You’re suddenly added to a chat group by a long, complicated number, and offer financial assistance to you.
In this case, it’s cold, hard cash. No strings attached…except for a huge interest.
On 23 Mar, the Singapore Police announced that these are the work of illegal loan sharks, or the official term: unlicensed moneylender.
They look for new customers (read: victims) through electronic means like WhatsApp, SMS and social media.
It’s best that if you’re added to one group, don’t reply and block the number.
(P.S. We’ve received this as well.)
If you have any information regarding this issue, you can give information via the I-Witness portal or through the police hotline 1800-255-0000.
Another Fake News? Type BFF & Check If Your Account Got Hacked
If you’ve been on Facebook the past few days, a few things will pop up consistently on your feed.
One, about how Singapore “dealt” with Facebook and got them to admit their mistake. In other words, a huge victory.
And a surefire way to find out if your Facebook account was hacked…by typing BFF.
On 19 Mar, Facebook user Remee Dayao-Centeno shared this post on Facebook.
If you type the word BFF in the comment, and it turns green, your account is protected. If it doesn’t, it means your account is vulnerable.
The post went viral almost immediately with 14,000 reshares and 207 comments.
Now, I’ll admit that even if I didn’t believe in it, I’ll still be tempted to give it a go. After all, better to be safe than not, right?
Here’s the bad news. Even if your words turn green, it doesn’t mean your account is protected.
Tech website, Snopes, said that on 23 Oct, Facebook introduced a new feature, text animation.
When you type words like BFF, xoxo and congratulations, it’ll appear in a different colour. Clicking on these words will give you a short animation.
In other words, BFF turning green has nothing to do with your account’s security.
Heartwarming S’poreans Invite Foreign Workers Into Homes For a Meal
Facebook might be getting a bad rep nowadays, but you got to admit that from time to time, there’ll pop up stories that make you go…
Like this one.
Since Nov 2017, a small group of people in Singapore has been inviting foreign workers into their homes for a meal.
It was for an initiative called “Come Makan With Me”.
The movement started with Mr Farid, an oncologist who was inspired by the Swedish who used meals to integrate foreigners with the local culture.
A 29-year-old Bangladeshi worker was surprised to be invited to one such dinner. He felt very warm and welcomed, and greatly enjoyed the stories traded over the dinner table.
Mr Farid hopes that more families will know about this initiative and host foreign workers as well.
If you’re interested in joining this movement, you can contact Mr Farid at [email protected]
S’pore Soccer Team Finally Wins International Match, Beats Maldives 3-2
It seems that S. League rebranding to Singapore Premier League is the right thing to do.
After 16 months and 15 matches, the Singapore national team finally won their first international soccer game.
The Singapore team, ranked 171th in the world, beat the Maldives team, ranked 150th, at the National Stadium on Friday, 23 Mar.
Captain Hariss Harun, Shahdan Sulaiman and Shakir Hamzah scored the goals for Singapore.
The rebranding of S. League hopes to revive the soccer culture in Singapore and get citizens excited about our football again.
S’pore Calls Human Rights Watch Group Dishonest & Biased
In case you missed it, Human Rights Watch group recently came under fire by the Select Committee of Online Falsehoods.
Their 133-page report, titled “Kill The Chicken To Scare The Monkeys” – Suppression Of Free Expression And Assembly In Singapore” was slammed for being biased and flawed.
HRW reported on 17-year-old Amos Yee’s arrest but chose to focus on his criticisms against former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, and “glossed over his hate speech that Amos was charged for”.
HRW also reported on the closing of The Real Singapore (TRS) but failed to mention that the site “sensationalises falsehoods” to create anger against foreigners for revenue.
The committee has invited HRW to testify in the public hearing and prove their report’s validity but they have declined to do so.
You can read the HRW report for yourself here.
FoodPanda Delivery Rider Seriously Injured in Road Accident, Cousin Asking For Witnesses
Were you at Bukit Batok on 21 Mar in the afternoon?
A Foodpanda delivery rider was involved in an accident with a white car at the junction of Bukit Batok Street 23 and Bukit Batok Street 25 at around 2 pm.
Footage of the accident shows a white car making a right turn at the junction before a motorcycle who was travelling straight crashed into it.
A pink Foodpanda delivery bag was seen in the video.
The rider was taken to Ng Teng Fong Hospital and is currently in the Intensive Care Unit, according to his cousin, Facebook user Fian Fieqa.
This Bike Team Make Sure Heavy Vehicles Are Kept in Line in S’pore
These men in black are in charge of keeping Singapore roads safe, by making sure heavy vehicles’ drivers behave properly.
Active since 2016, the Traffic Police (TP) and Land Transport Authority (LTA) put together a team of covert TP officers and LTA officers.
Dressed in black so that they are harder to identify, they pull over heavy vehicles for not putting on seatbelts, speeding, driving with curtains drawn among other conversations.
So, if you’re driving heavy vehicles on the roads, remember that one of these guys might just be looking at you.
Don’t pray-pray hor!
Scientists Are Now Breeding Maggots & Flies To Recycle Food
Food wastage is pretty high in Singapore right now. In fact, nearly 800,000 tonnes of food was wasted back in 2016, according to the NEA.
And most of it was not recycled.
A team from NUS is looking to change the status quo. They are breeding maggots and black soldier flies to eat up your waste.
These flies do not feed as adults. The only thing they do is mate and lay eggs.
The larvae are the ones that feed.
So they are planning to breed the flies in a secure facility, then use the eggs, or larvae, themselves to feed on the food.
Then the maggots are killed.
The team is currently working with Citizen Farm in Queenstown, which uses black compost generated with the help of black soldier flies larvae.
Just think of them as nature’s vacuum cleaner who will clean up your sh*t at the fraction of the cost.
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