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The pursuit of a simpler time

One of my favourite channels on Youtube involves a completely silent half naked man making bricks. Hear me out.  It's called Primitive Technology, and it's pretty much as the name suggests. Here's the description in the channel's About section:  Primitive technology is a hobby where you build things in the wild completely from scratch using no modern tools or materials. These are the strict rules: If you want a fire, use a fire stick - An axe, pick up a stone and shape it - A hut, buil

bobthemob

bobthemob

Mycarforum visits the Lexus LBX!

Getting to know the Lexus LBX was just one part of a nail biting evening of our latest Mycarforum hangout event! Nearly two months after heading to Shaw Plaza to catch Race for Glory: Audi vs. Lancia, our Mycarforum members were once again treated to an exclusive look at Lexus' new LBX right from the firm's showroom at 33 Leng Kee Road! Held on 9 May 2024, the event saw close to 50 attendees all getting the opportunity to get up close and personal with Lexus' first Cat A COE-eligible c

clarencegi75

clarencegi75

Collectors and our nonsensical urge to keep things new

If you are a collector, or know someone who is, you would have noticed an odd thing that we do. It doesn’t matter what you are collecting - it could be model cars, figurines, vinyl or merchandise from the artiste that you love - but we all have that inexplicable urge to keep these items brand new, and it makes little sense. When we purchase something we like, the idea is that we get to own the item, and can then fully enjoy it. But to do so, you would have to unbox and unseal the item to re

Typicalcarguy

Typicalcarguy

A home that's you and your lifestyle

I've always believed that a well-designed home tells a story about its occupants. You know they've succeeded when the character of the inhabitants speaks to you through the selection of furniture and choice of interior design. These are homes that integrate form with function, and centre on the lifestyles of those who live in them. One such home in Sengkang does just this.  In this apartment owned by Jackie and Tobbie, the clarity of their preferences is crystallised in every nook and

dailydoseofcoffee

dailydoseofcoffee

5 reasons why staycations are still relevant

We all missed being able to travel during the dark and uncertain days of the COVID-19 pandemic. Even when Vaccinated Travel Lanes were introduced, few of us were interested. After all, undergoing numerous PCR tests is uncomfortable and being subject to quarantines, especially if you catch COVID, is hardly how anyone wants to spend their holiday. So, a lot of folks became 'tourists in their own country'. And staycations, or staycays for short, became popular. Being cooped up in one's ho

jeresinex

jeresinex

Bus wheelchair ramps: Is there no better way forward?

By now we're no stranger to the wheelchair ramp that folds out from the floor of our public buses to make an almost linear connection with the floor of bus stops. The ramp slopes slightly, and in some instances, leaves a small gap in the contact it tries to make.  Even so, I was heartened when the first wheelchair accessible buses hit our roads in 2006. It was a huge step forward in improving accessibility and enabling mobility for all. This was Singapore's first wheelchair acces

BMW Eurokars' new servicing package: For all BMW drivers

Whether it's the 216i Gran Coupe or the mighty M5 that you drive, Eurokars' new servicing package offers you the chance to keep it in constant, good care. Regardless of what car you drive, the backing of an authorised name will always provide unparalleled assurance when the time for routine servicing inevitably arrives. This applies all the more so to more intricately-built machines, like those from BMW. On the one hand, it is essential that your BMW is handled by carefully trained tec

Going green makes you money

We had a chat with Lawrence Kim, Ebenezer Group's CEO to find out why he decided to go green by electrifying his fleet.   Many might know of Hong Seh Motors as the company that held the local distributorship of Ferrari and Maserati supercars, but the company has since shifted its focus towards building a greener world. Being among the first movers importing electric passenger and commercial Electric Vehicles (EV) into Singapore, Hong Seh Motors has played a huge role in electrific

clarencegi75

clarencegi75

Heading south to discover Raffles Lighthouse

"Before you venture overseas, why not tour your own backyard first?" This line, from a gregarious guide, resonated with me prior to the start of the Raffles Lighthouse tour, which is organised by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA). Now, everyone knows that Singapore is a maritime trade powerhouse, but few realise that apart from the Tanjong Pagar and Tuas ports, our coastline is also dotted with docks and jetties. And as the second-busiest port in the world (Shangh

jeresinex

jeresinex

Is 'tiny living' really irrelevant in Singapore?

I discussed the possibility of living in tiny houses in Singapore in an earlier blog post. But as we know, it isn't an option to begin with – no thanks, of course, to our lack of land space.  Someone also pointed out that the idea of tiny houses is "romanticised" – which, I don't deny (but hey, that's why it's a dream). While it's clear tiny houses aren't going to work out here, the concept of 'tiny living' is; not just physically but also mentally. Anyone who has lived enough years lo

On reading

I recently bought a Kindle. I enjoy reading books, though I’ll be the first to admit I’ve not read as much in recent years as I want to (and should). I do think that I have a complicated relationship with books. I like books, I enjoy good stories. But as a Literature major who had to do A LOT of book-reading for school, there is probably also a little part of me that equates reading to ‘work’, and that takes away the inherent joy of it slightly. But I do want to get back into read

bobthemob

bobthemob

Does hot weather make us less fit?

Geography is what most people understand to be the study of where countries are. That's why not knowing where a country is on a map will result in your friends saying, "Never study geography ah?" Of course, geography is deeper and more complex than just finding countries and cities on a map. It also involves studying a country's features such as mountains, lakes and rivers, and most importantly, peoples. We won't dive into all this. Instead, we'll get into how Singapore's geography det

jeresinex

jeresinex

Kia: Moving forward, inspiring change

Kia's rapidly evolving lineup and inroads into the Thai market mark it as an inspiring beacon for all as we transition into an age of sustainable mobility. 80 years may seem like a long length of time for an outside observer, but it could also be just the right amount of time for a future-oriented firm like Kia to get warmed up. With the Korean brand embarking on ambitious changes to its lineup and making new inroads into nearby Thailand as it marks its 80th anniversary this 2024, Kia's ill

Partying to an orchestra: Why unusual cross-genres are in fact amazing

The Youtube algorithm is annoying. Click on a few videos from the same broad ‘topic’, and suddenly your entire Youtube home page is filled with similar videos elbowing out all your usual ones. It then takes quite a while before your ‘normal’ recommendations start appearing again. So, the latest Youtube rabbit hole I’ve recently tumbled down into is a very particular and specific one - orchestral ‘club’ music. It’s basically music you’d associate with clubbing - usually EDM but not limi

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bobthemob

Smartphone manufacturers should stop putting out these curved-edge displays!

Some time last year, my phone totally died on me, forcing me to purchase a replacement - apart from the money, I wasn't really complaining, as I have been eyeing the Xiaomi 13 Pro for quite some time, clearly impressed by its camera's prowess. Everything about the phone was great. As the flagship model powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon Gen 2, there's no concern for processing power, and my only gripe was that I could only afford the 256GB variant... After spending some time with it, I found

e-POWER up your life

Nissan's e-POWER technology gives you the instant power of electric cars with the range and convenience of a petrol car for you to power through life. The automotive industry is one that is ever-changing and always innovating. The world went from petrol-hungry cars to hybrids and electric cars. And the goal stays the same - it is all about keeping pollution at bay and promoting sustainability. We all want a world with a future for ourselves and our future generations. And doing our par

Should we be afraid of the dark?

The regulars of our reviews might have noticed that there are now more than a few of them that feature cars shot in the depths of night instead of the bright afternoons, as has long been our usual practice. I'd like to think they are making a stylistic contribution to your overall viewing experience on the site, although truth be told, the serenity, absence of traffic, and overall quiet isolation (as well as the predictability of artificial light), have all been stronger draws for me to hea

Weekend food diaries: Legendary Hong Kong Restaurant @ Jurong Point

Broadly speaking, Cantonese food isn’t hard to find in Singapore. Dim sum joints are a dim(e) a dozen. And if we’re talking larger names/chains, Swee Choon, Tim Ho Wan, and of course, Canton Paradise, are the first to come to my mind. Even hawker centre/food court staples, such as wanton noodles, or sweet and sour pork at caifan stalls, have their roots in Cantonese cuisine.  Traditional Hong Kong-style diners, however? Those require more conscientious hunting. Also known as 茶餐厅 (cha c

donutdontu

donutdontu

Just another reason to (re)connect with people

"It feels good to be able to speak Hainanese again." A lady had told us when she paused in her tracks to make conversation. I was with my grandma – whose only means of communicating with others is via the Hainanese dialect – and parents. We were over at my cousin's new place and explaining to my grandma some of the features of the compound.  When the lady heard us, she broke out in Hainanese to say hello. "It's very rare to find people who can speak Hainanese these days so when I overh

The surprising joy of personalising your work desk

I came into my first (and current) job with a lot of wariness: Not wanting to rub people the wrong way as the newbie; careful to self-censor my random quirks for fear of judgement. Just treat it as a workplace and be as professional as you can, was my guiding thought for the first few months. With time, however, a welcoming team sets you at ease, and the freedom to express yourself comes out a bit more. More than two years in, I finally did it: Bought a desk shelf, and fully embraced the th

donutdontu

donutdontu

Carpark Review: Junction 8

Built in the 1980s, Bishan (or Bishan New Town) may not be one of the earliest housing estates in Singapore, but it was the first whose HDB architecture saw a departure from the more brutalist designs of the past and featured more variation in height and design.  Residents are primarily served by Junction 8, which opened in 1993. Now more than 30 years old, it remains the sole mall in the Bishan East area. Driving there? Here’s our quick review of the carpark.  Manoeuvrability: T

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bobthemob

How this driver grew to prefer Shell

Fuel aside, this writer discovered how Shell offers great value for drivers seeking both convenience and savings. As motorists, we all drive different cars and ride different bikes, but we all have one thing in common: we are always on the lookout for the best deals. On top of that, we are always on the go and pressed for time. Every minute counts, even at a pit stop to fuel our vehicle. For loyal customers, every visit to Shell is not just about refuelling, but a rewarding experience wi

jeresinex

jeresinex

The keys to unlocking memories

What are some of the most priceless things in your possession? Some might point out family heirlooms that have been passed down from generations ago. Others might say it is their athletic abilities or artistic talents. To me, memories are probably one of the most priceless things I have. Intangible, yet immensely powerful, recalling them can provoke a variety of emotions ranging from laughter to tears. Or sometimes, we use them to spend time wistfully reminiscing our favourite mom

jeresinex

jeresinex

It's okay, you're just feeling ambivalent

I almost always struggle to describe my state of mind when asked to consider how I'm feeling. How do you express emotions that exist together but work in opposition to each other? When invited to join a gathering with friends, I delight over the prospect of catching up but also yearn to be lounging at home. I'm inspired by an accomplished co-worker yet envy her. I feel happy about a new beginning but nervous and, at the same time, sad over the closing of a chapter.  It's complicated. A

Music and catharsis: My Sum 41 moment

On 4 March 2024, Sum 41 performed in Singapore for the last time, on what is their final (and farewell) tour. It wasn’t supposed to be. They were slated to perform last year, in fact, but had to cancel due to a family emergency. When that news broke, I was heartbroken. But finally, I got a chance to see them. For the very first and very last time. It was… a lot. Underclass Hero Deep down, I am an emo 90s kid. Jimmy Eat World, Anberlin, Lifehouse, My Chemical Romanc

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