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Chit Chat Corner / Dead rat found in a can of coke
« on: Yesterday at 01:34:59 pm »

All About Love / men are 'useless' before 33
« on: Yesterday at 01:05:50 pm »
If you've ever tried to find love on a dating app, you know that the process, with its seemingly endless slog of potential matches to swipe through, can be exhausting. But what if you had a guardian angel to guide you through the swiping process? And what if that guardian angel happened to be Jennifer Lopez?

In a new episode of Tinder's "Swipe Sessions" video series, Lopez helped Brooke, a 29-year-old country singer, weed through her possible Tinder suitors. Brooke said she wanted a type of guy who could "chop wood," so, while swiping though some of Brooke's options — in which she nixed a guy for having a bio that read, "If you store ketchup in the refrigerator, it's not going to work out" — Lopez doled out some sage dating advice.

"Guys, until they're 33, are really useless," Lopez said.

According to Jane Greer, a New York-based relationship expert and the author of "What About Me? Stop Selfishness From Ruining Your Relationship," Lopez's advice is actually pretty solid — especially if you're specifically looking for commitment.

"It can take men into their early 30s to establish their professional career and feel a sense of financial stability, which helps them feel more secure in life," Greer told INSIDER. "As a result, this can give them the maturity that comes with accomplishment, experience, and success."

This doesn't mean guys in their 20s should automatically be off-limits. But it does offer an explanation as to why some men seem to make a sudden shift in their ability to commit around the time they turn 30.

"Sometimes you see a guy who's been in several relationships, but then, in his early 30s, suddenly he meets a woman and is ready to marry her," Greer told INSIDER.

While Lopez's advice might not work for everyone, knowing your worth and having standards that match up to it never hurt anyone. In any case, next time you're swiping around on a dating app, if you ask yourself one question, it might as well be this — what would Jennifer Lopez do?

Special counsel Robert Mueller's much-anticipated report – the product of nearly two years of investigation – will not include any further indictments, according to a senior Department of Justice official.

The report was handed to the Justice Department for Attorney General Bill Barr’s review, and Congress has been notified of the transfer late Friday afternoon, according to a Justice Department spokeswoman.

According to federal regulations, the special counsel's final report should be "a confidential report explaining the prosecution or declination decisions reached by the Special Counsel."

After reviewing Mueller's report, Barr will then send what he has described as his own "report" on the Mueller investigation to the top Democrats and Republicans on the House and Senate judiciary committees. Barr has promised to be as transparent as possible, but it's unclear how extensive or detailed Barr's own "report" to Congress will be.

In a letter to the leaders of the House and Senate Judiciary committees, Barr wrote that he is reviewing the report and anticipates that he "may be in a position to advise you of the Special Counsel's principal conclusions as soon as this weekend." He continued that, separately, he intends to "consult with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Special Counsel Mueller to determine what other information from the report can be released to Congress and the public consistent with the law."

Sources who have spoken to President Donald Trump told ABC News that his initial reaction to Friday’s news was that he's “glad it’s over."

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Food Glorious Food / Saladstop!
« on: March 22, 2019, 08:55:20 pm »
As its name outright suggests, SaladStop! is yet another deli-style establishment dispensing a variety of greens for convenient chomping on the go. Diners can choose from a menu of pre-customized items (including salads, wraps and quinoa bowls) or build their meals from scratch, after which all selected ingredients are whisked off to the chopping board for a whirlwind "slice 'em, mix' em, pack 'em " extravaganza. From one single eatery at Marina Square founded by father-son pair Daniel and Adrien Desbaillets (both Swiss-born Singapore residents) in 2009, SaladStop! has since rapidly expanded to more than a dozen outlets over the past decade and is also presently operating franchises across Asia.


Bad news abound: this rainbow melange in a barrel turned out to be god awful nasty. Dull and uninspiring, not to mention it felt like we were chewing hay the whole time. A drought so severe baby, we began to suspect if measly pelts instead of reasonable squelches were expressed from the dressing bottle. The potato cubes had a profoundly raw quality in them, meanwhile the bitter quinoa seeds made us crave Skittles like never before. What Soba noodles? Few pathetic strands of green buckwheat happening as an afterthought hardly count yo. The only tiny consolation.....if salads tasted a shade better than cardboard, they must be uber healthy yes?

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“Secretly, I was ashamed of how I was living. I couldn’t even go out or face relatives during Chinese New Year because I [think that they would] think of me as a leech, a parasite.”

Having been made fun of in school for her background and the way she spoke, Andrea* started becoming wary of people. She kept them at arm’s length and although that prevented her from forming any close friendships, it was to protect herself. At least, that was how it began.

“I developed a paranoia that people would laugh at or pity my pathetic lack of friends.”

As she grew out of adolescence, this fear of social situations manifested into an extreme level of social isolation.

Can you imagine yourself being cooped up at home for months on end? Never heading out for lunch with friends, not going to work or school and just idling away in bed?

For people like Andrea, that’s their life as hikikomori.


For the uninitiated, hikikomori is a term used to describe those who rarely leave their house, and seek extreme degrees of isolation. Some never set foot outside their homes. Others occasionally do, heading out to buy food or even to the cinemas for the latest blockbuster, but all of them are completely, socially isolated. They would even limit their interaction with their own family members.

Although this social phenomenon is predominantly widespread in Japan, I recently stumbled upon a Reddit thread that tells me that we too, have our share of social recluses hidden in their rooms somewhere, unseen by society.

Through a local forum, I stumbled upon Andrea’s story.

Back then, Andrea cooped herself up at home for eight consecutive months. Waking up at five every morning, she spends her time browsing Reddit, reading and binging on TV series, only leaving her room for lunch and dinner, which her parents would prepare for her. At around 11 pm, she will head to bed and the same routine repeats for months, and in those months, she did not step out of her house once.

"Her home had become a place of solace for her, a fortress she can’t bear to leave."

Likewise, this is the case for the many hikikomori in Singapore, who have taken to forums to pour the feelings that they have hidden away from their friends and family.


Hailing from a ‘financially comfortable’ background, Andrea is aware that she is more fortunate than most, as she could afford the option of not having to work or fend for herself. But because of that, she feels more pressured to pay her parents back for all that they have done for her.

The low self-esteem, crippling social anxiety, and negative outlook on life that came from her being bullied in school when she was younger kept her imprisoned. The self-imposed pressure and the expectations about the future stressed her out and caused her to feel even more helpless.

When she finally entered the workforce, work became her life. All she did was wake up, go to work, head home to have dinner with her parents, and repeat.

Due to her micromanaging boss, she grew to resent work. Even so, she continued working for some years to save up a sum of money before eventually resigning, dampened by the rat race.

“So after that, I didn’t really have a plan. I just stayed home. Months quickly turned into years. And because I was used to a solitary lifestyle of just reading and watching drama and anime, I just shut myself off from society and basically became hikikomori, just living off my parents and my savings.”

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Travel / Tokidoki opens pop up hotel rooms in SG
« on: March 19, 2019, 02:39:28 pm »

TOKIDOKI FANS ALERT! For a limited time only, grab your chance to stay in Asia’s FIRST Tokidoki Pop-Up Hotel, an exciting partnership with The Quay Hotel at 57 South Bridge Road! The lobby, rooftop and three of their guest rooms have been magically transformed by Creaxis Design Singapore for an ultimate Tokidoki experience, featuring iconic works by the creator Simone Legno!

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Travel / Vagabond Hotel = overrated
« on: March 18, 2019, 07:36:45 pm »
The Vagabond Club is emboldened to conflate calculated brashness with a deep whiff of grandiosity. Outlandish set pieces such as Franck Le Ray's golden baboon holding the fort alongside house spirits at Bar Vagabond, six giant bronze Banyan trees dusting ceilings with gold crusted leaves leaves and one rhinoceros sculpture which doubles as reception desk happen against sultry red weaving in and around - pulpy Parisian luxury reigns courtesy of esteemed French interior designer Jacques Garcia's vision. And then there is owner Satinder Garcha's intimately cultivated whisky library, the not so small cherry on top pulsating to the tune of over a thousand curated bottles for sale.

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Chit Chat Corner / 莫小玲 shelved by Mediacorp
« on: March 17, 2019, 02:04:48 pm »

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