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How a 17-year-old resale flat in Pasir Ris got its family-friendly revamp, Singapore News

Even before its much-needed makeover, Molly’s Pasir Ris HDB resale had all the makings of a great family home with an open, airy ambience as well as plenty of usable living space as its hallmarks. However, due to its age and the changing lifestyle needs of her family, a complete makeover was clearly in order. To find out more about Molly’s Renovation Journey, we sat down with the homemaker herself to chat about her experience working with Ascenders Design Studio, and how it led to a freshly-revamped home that’s almost…

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Hong Kong stocks fall, China opens flat as investors hold fire ahead of trade war truce deadline

China’s benchmark stock indexes were trading flat on Tuesday morning after starting the Lunar New Year strong on Monday, while Hong Kong shares opened lower. Traders said that after the rebound enjoyed by both the China and Hong Kong bourses so far this year, investors had recoiled from making further big bets ahead of news from US-China trade negotiations in Beijing later this week. The Hang Seng Index opened down 0.41 per cent, or 115.2 points, at 28,028.66. “The Hang Seng Index has risen by as much as 3,000 points…

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Shorter wait for home buyers to book HDB flat under new sales exercise, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – Eager home buyers can soon book a Housing Board flat by the next working day after applying. A new sales exercise will soon offer flats on a rolling basis, available for booking at any time. The first batch of 120 flats offered under the new scheme will be open for booking around the middle of the year, Minister for National Development Lawrence Wong said in a blog post on Thursday (Feb 7). Currently, the fastest way for buyers to get a flat is under the Re-Offer of Balance…

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Man gets pulled back into Yishun flat by SCDF after stepping out onto parapet to clean windows, Singapore News

A man was pulled back into his apartment unit at Block 676B Yishun Ring Road by Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) rescuers on Monday afternoon (Feb 4) after he had stepped out onto a parapet. Stomp understands that he had stepped out to clean his windows. Stomp contributor Ramli alerted Stomp to the incident after he saw a fire engine at the scene. He took a photo of the man standing on a ledge outside his window. In response to a Stomp media query, an SCDF spokesman said it was…

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E-scooter led to fire in Cashew Road flat on Monday night, injuring 3 people, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – The fire that broke out in a Cashew Road flat on Monday night (Feb 4), injuring three people, started from an electric scooter placed in one of the bedrooms. The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) released preliminary investigation findings on the fire at Block 132 Cashew Road in an update on its Facebook page on Tuesday. Three people were taken to hospital and about 100 residents evacuated after the fire broke out in the sixth floor unit at about 8.45pm. Firefighters put out the blaze using a water…

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Structural issues not behind why blood dripped from Tampines flat ceiling: Baey Yam Keng, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – The blood that seeped through the ceiling of a Tampines Housing Board flat last Tuesday (Jan 29) – and later led to the body of an elderly man being found in the unit above – was not due to an issue with the ceiling’s structural integrity. Rather, it happened because of the porous nature of the concrete ceiling, Tampines GRC MP Baey Yam Keng told The Straits Times on Monday. “So there should not be anything wrong with it. Only the toilet area would have a waterproof membrane…

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77-year-old found dead in Tampines flat after blood drips through neighbour’s ceiling, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – A Tampines resident noticed a strange smell in her flat on Tuesday morning (Jan 29). The 62-year-old eventually traced the smell to a dark red liquid which was dripping from the ceiling in her master bedroom. Suspecting that the liquid might be blood, the woman, who gave her name only as Ms Jamilah, asked her son-in-law to call the police. In response to queries, the police said that they were alerted to an incident at Block 440 Tampines Street 43 at 8.43am. It was classified as a case…

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No fuss: A look inside a couple’s 144sqm ‘low-maintenance’ resale flat, Singapore News

Bigger is always better in space-starved Singapore – or is it really? While having more room never hurts, the flipside to a larger home is of course, upkeep. Faced with this prospect in their 144sqm HDB resale, homeowners Eunice and Vasu wanted to not only highlight their flat’s spaciousness, but also create a home which was practical and easy to maintain. In short, a refuge where they could truly focus on relaxing, without the distractions of (dreaded) housework. With the help of their ID Jessica from D’Planner, the couple reveals…

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Man knocks down walls of 5-room HDB flat in Spottiswoode Park for daughter, Singapore News

You’ll be surprised by the openness when you step into Dennis Cheok’s home. There are barely any walls in his 5-room HDB flat in Spottiswoode Park. In their place, frosted glass doors slide open to reveal different rooms. Photo: UPSTAIRS What’s the inspiration for this open-concept apartment? His seven-year-old daughter Trevi. Photo: UPSTAIRS “I don’t want her to feel like she is isolated (in her own room) so I created the sliding doors for her,” the 38-year-old architect told AsiaOne in an interview. “This way, we can have our privacy…

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This colourful industrial flat in Toa Payoh is not your typical HDB, Singapore News

With a desire to tastefully incorporate colours around his home, Edison sought the help of the creative minds at Free Space Intent to put together a colourful mod-industrial home for a bachelor pad. ON THE MAKEOVER  Photo: Qanvast Edison (E): It’s an old and small apartment, with just two bedrooms and one bathroom. We tore everything down and rebuilt the apartment from scratch. I also like open spaces so I hacked away a bedroom to open up the space. The open concept also allows more natural light in. I also…

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