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Japan is weird. I love it (Part 1)

I'm not convinced any country does weird better than Japan. And when it comes to weird Japanese things, the list could go on forever. Music, fashion, video games, TV commercials, the list goes on and on and on (and I'll eventually get to a few of them).  However, my one new discovery that I want to draw your attention to is this:  From the country (and specifically the network) that brought us Takeshi Castle and Ninja Warrior, we now get this incredibly inspired and hilarious

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My RC Crawler Journey: Part 2 - getting it muddy!

On my last post, I've completed the build of my RC crawler, a miniature Land Rover Defender. What's left is of course to bring it out and test it out on some uneven surfaces! While I should probably try it out before adding more mods... I still ended up purchasing the entire catalogue of available upgrades to throw at my crawler But I ended up modding more stuff before I even took it outdoors. The upgraded suspension that I first used weren't smooth enough for my liking, hence I got an

My RC Crawler Journey: Part 1

Have you ever found yourself mesmerised by overlanding and off-roading videos, just watching those lifted off-roaders conquering obstacle after obstacle, kicking up mud, driving through puddles, inching down steep slopes and climbing up steep gradients that seem impossible to scale? I sure did, but without the time, money and commitment to actually do it, I could only remain as a spectator behind my computer screen... This scale crawler had a ladder-frame chassis along with live-axles

Why The Great British Bake Off is the greatest reality tv show

I do enjoy reality tv, especially those competition-style ones. I still watch Survivor (45 seasons and 24 years on), and growing up I enjoyed shows like Fear Factor, The Amazing Race, even American Idol. However, I’ll be the first to admit that reality tv can become tedious. After all, with every show, it’s about finding one good concept, then just rehashing it over and over until the show is eventually cancelled. And of course, questions will always arise about just how ‘real’ these shows

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SRM T3 EV offers strength with zero emissions

The SRM T3 EV, with its 1.6-tonne payload and 355km city and 300km combined driving range, is an electric lorry for sustainable commercial operations. Today, with climate change upon us, the pressing need to adopt sustainable practices has convinced many to move away from fossil fuels. Companies that used to rely on diesel power are increasingly turning to electric commercial vehicles. Certain firms, however, require greater hauling power than what electric commercial vans can provide. T

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An architectural lesson about life

Details matter. Whether it's work or life in general, details matter. This statement rang true during a short walking tour organised by the National Heritage Board (NHB) called Architrek Through Time: An Architectural Odyssey through Landmarks. The two-hour walking tour sounded simple enough. Starting from Exit B at City Hall MRT station, our guides, architects from DP Architects, would take us to places such as St Andrew's Cathedral, National Gallery, Supreme Court, Victoria Theatre,

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On-board with the new OBU

We tell you what to expect about the new On-Board Unit (OBU) and share a few handy tips, too! The ERP 2.0 is based on Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) technology, which allows Land Transport Authority (LTA) to manage congestion without the need for physical gantries. It also provides the option to implement distance-based charging in the future. With this move, it will require drivers to change from the previous In-Vehicle Unit (IU) to the new On-Board Unit (OBU). However, af

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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

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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

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

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

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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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

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