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Singaporean restaurant justifies controversial $7 ‘noisy child’ surcharge

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  • Singaporean restaurant Angie's Oyster Bar & Grill sparked controversy after a customer complained about its $7 surcharge to customers with a “noisy and disruptive” child.
  • The restaurant reportedly denied a customer’s request for a baby chair while noting that the venue is not a “kids-friendly” establishment.
  • It did note that while children are still welcome, a $7 surcharge will be imposed on families with children who are "screaming," "uncontrolled," or disruptive to other diners.
  • The restaurant has so far maintained favorable reviews from customers on Google and Facebook, with a lone negative review on TripAdvisor complaining about its alleged “child-unfriendly policy” and the noisy child surcharge.
  • The restaurant responded to the negative review, explaining that they decided to implement the policy after its staff repeatedly received complaints about children "running around unattended or disturbing other tables during the service period."
  • The restaurant added that it was “never our intention to diminish any of our guests' experience” and they merely want to “provide as many pleasant and memorable dining experiences for as many customers as possible.”

A restaurant in Singapore has started imposing a surcharge of 10 Singapore dollars (approximately $7) to customers with a “noisy and disruptive” child. 

Angie’s Oyster Bar & Grill, which is situated at Outram Road, sparked controversy among Singaporean parents after a customer shared details about the purported policy with local media. 

Singapore mulls laws against cancel culture after gay sex decriminalization

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  • After announcing its plan to decriminalize gay sex, Singapore is now considering laws against cancel culture to protect citizens’ freedom of expression.
  • However, emphasis is placed on religious groups, who “feel very put upon because they feel whenever they express their views they are attacked as homophobes,” Law Minister K Shanmugam told Bloomberg.
  • Shanmugam, who also serves as minister of Home Affairs, said there is a line between expressing one’s religion and engaging in hate speech.
  • No official date has been set for the repeal of Section 377A, which criminalizes sex between men but not between women and other genders.

Weeks after announcing its plan to decriminalize gay sex, Singapore is considering legislation against cancel culture to protect citizens expressing their views from online backlash.

While LGBTQ-plus supporters celebrate the move to repeal the colonial-era Section 377A, opponents reportedly fear obstruction of religious freedom, or “reverse discrimination” if they choose to publish dissenting opinions.

Singaporean man sentenced for selling videos of sex acts with women he met on Tinder

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  • Singaporean Chan Xin Kai, 23, was sentenced to 24 weeks of prison time after pleading guilty to five charges that include insulting a woman's modesty, selling obscene videos and criminal intimidation.
  • Chan recorded and photographed some of the sexual activities he had with at least 20 women from Tinder and more women he met in school without his partners’ consent.
  • Chan later sold the videos and photos of the sex acts illegally, which ended up circulating online.
  • Chan’s modus operandi involved posing as the woman in fake dating and chat app accounts and offering to sell her photos and videos to other users. He earned 160 Singapore dollars (approximately $114) from selling two sex videos featuring one of the victims to two unknown buyers.
  • He also threatened to spread nude images and videos of a separate victim if she refused to reconnect and meet with him.

A 23-year-old man in Singapore will spend about six months in jail for recording and selling videos of sex acts with his Tinder dates. 

On Sept. 12, Chan Xin Kai was given a 24-week prison sentence after pleading guilty to five charges that include insulting a woman’s modesty, selling obscene videos and criminal intimidation. The court also considered six other charges in the sentencing. 

Singaporean man goes full ‘Super Saiyan 3’ for free McDonald’s ice cream in viral video

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  • A TikTok video of a Singaporean man who screamed his heart out in exchange for free Hershey’s chocolate ice cream from McDonald’s has gone viral.
  • McDonald’s Singapore ran a campaign from Aug. 29 to Aug. 31 that involved screaming at a digital board.
  • Participants who screamed loud enough to fill up the screen were given free ice cream vouchers.
  • The viral video, which was uploaded by TikTok user @yukianggia on Friday, has already garnered over 21 million views and 1.4 million likes.

A TikTok video of a Singaporean man letting out a powerful scream for free McDonald’s ice cream has gone viral.

From Aug. 29 to Aug. 31, McDonald’s Singapore ran a campaign that involved giving participants free Hershey’s chocolate ice cream vouchers if they screamed loud enough at a digital board to fill up its screen 

Singaporean OnlyFans creator Titus Low opens ‘Only Creamery’ cafe on ‘6/9’

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  • Titus Low, a Singapore-based influencer who sparked controversy for producing NSFW content on OnlyFans, opened a cafe business on Tuesday.
  • Only Creamery, located in Singapore’s Chinatown, is currently serving 18 flavors of handcrafted gelato, along with pastries, coffee, tea and other beverages.
  • Low, who co-founded the business with three other people, said he has been working on it for the past few months.
  • The 22-year-old was arrested for his OnlyFans content in late December and is currently out on bail.

Singaporean influencer Titus Low, who has sparked controversy for producing NSFW content on OnlyFans, launched a cafe business called Only Creamery this week.

Low, 22, first made headlines in late December after being arrested for “transmitting obscene materials” in Singapore. The country’s penal code makes it illegal to transmit any obscene materials by electronic means or to take part in or receive profits from any business where such materials are transmitted.

Shopee revokes Chinese engineer’s job offer right after he relocates for almost $10,000

  • A 28-year-old Chinese engineer found himself stuck in Singapore with his wife and their dog after e-commerce company Shopee rescinded his job offer after they arrived at Changi Airport on Aug. 25.
  • The man, only identified by the pseudonym Lingo, was supposed to start working for the company as an algorithm engineer on Aug. 29 and allegedly spent around 14,000 Singapore dollars (approximately $9,970) to relocate.
  • Lingo shared what had happened on his WeChat account under the username “Lin Ge goes to Nanyang.” He also spoke to media outlets such as Lianhe Zaobao and Mothership. 
  • “Going back to three days ago, I might not have believed it,” Lingo wrote on WeChat. “This WeChat official account was created on May 17, 2022, to share my life in Singapore and algorithm technology. But it turns out my first article is about my unemployment, job hunting and how to negotiate compensation.”
  • In a statement to South China Morning Post, Sea Limited – the Tencent Holdings-backed company – that owns Shopee, confirmed it had canceled some job offers in its tech division.
  • “Due to adjustments to hiring plans on some tech teams, a number of roles at Shopee are no longer available. We are working closely to support those affected,” the statement read.

A Chinese engineer who allegedly spent nearly $10,000 to relocate to Singapore for a new job found himself and his family stuck in the country after his employer canceled his job offer at the last minute.

The 28-year-old man, only identified by the pseudonym Lingo, shared what happened to Singaporean media outlet Lianhe Zaobao. Speaking to the publication, Lingo said e-commerce company Shopee rescinded his job offer right after he reached Changi Airport in Singapore on Aug. 25.

Public housing units in Singapore now sell for $1 million

  • Government-built apartment units in Singapore, known as Housing & Development Board (HDB) flats, are now selling for over 1 million Singapore dollars (approximately $714,490) on the resale market.
  • Originally purchased for around 500,000 Singapore dollars (approximately $357,225), many are selling the public flats for double the price or more.
  • Based on official data, a total of 259 public flats were sold for 1 million Singapore dollars or more in 2021.
  • Clarence Long, a property agent who helped sell an HGB flat for $1 million in May, noted: "Million-dollar HDB flats are here to stay, as there will always be people who like to live in central locations or larger spaces.”
  • While there are HDB Built-To-Order (BTO) public flats that can be bought for about 300,000 o 700,000 Singapore dollars (approximately $214,340 to $500,122) directly from the government, many aspiring homeowners end up looking into buying residences from the resale market as most of the popular BTO projects are already overly subscribed and take around five years to finish construction.

Singapore, which is one of the world’s most expensive cities to live in, is now selling government-built apartment units for over 1 million Singapore dollars (approximately $714,490).

Officials are now currently discussing new measures to address the rising prices in the city-state’s public housing system, which are reportedly due to COVID-19-related construction delays.

‘You will be my miracle’: Singaporean woman with stage 4 cancer delays urgent treatment in order to save her unborn daughter

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  • TikTok user Missquraishani, 29, shared in a post on Sunday that she was diagnosed with stage 4 stomach cancer and advised to terminate her pregnancy so that treatment could begin.
  • She shared that they were surprised to learn about her pregnancy in January as she had been on birth control for the past two years.
  • Doctors reportedly told her that "the prognosis is not good" and she would have "months to one year" left to live.
  • "I cried so hard I question so many why [sic], but eventually I told myself it's meant to happen, you were meant to happen, so why should I terminate you," she added. "No — I was meant to have you. Because of you, I found out I have cancer. You were meant to survive, you will be my miracle."
  • One TikTok commenter revealed that she had gone through a similar experience, but was forced to terminate her pregnancy so she could undergo chemotherapy for her lymphoma.

A woman in Singapore has chosen to delay her urgent cancer treatment in order to save a surprise third pregnancy.

TikTok user @Missquraishani, 29, shared in a post on Sunday that learning about her pregnancy in January came unexpectedly as she had been on birth control for the past two years. 

Singapore to end colonial-era ban on sex between men

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  • Singapore is set to repeal Section 377A of its penal code, a colonial-era law that criminalizes sex between men.
  • Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced the long-awaited move on Sunday, saying he hopes it provides “some relief to gay Singaporeans.”
  • While the repeal was planned and expected, Lee assured the public that “we will uphold and safeguard the institution of marriage,” which remains reserved for opposite-sex couples.
  • Members of the local LGBTQ-plus community generally welcomed the repeal, but some believe more needs to be done to achieve full equality.

Men in Singapore can soon legally have sex with other men as the Southeast Asian city-state announces its plan to repeal a colonial era law criminalizing the act.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced the long-awaited move in his National Day Rally speech on Sunday, saying he hopes it provides “some relief to gay Singaporeans.”

American woman living in Singapore says she got ‘offended’ by the ‘rude’ phrase ‘Wait awhile’

  • American expatriate Alison Emerick took to Twitter to talk about hearing the phrase “Wait awhile” for the first time after moving to Singapore.
  • Emerick says she found the phrase “rude” and was “offended” and “really confused” by it in her 20-second video posted on July 17.
  • “Here [in Singapore], 'Wait awhile' means 'Wait a minute' or 'Wait a few seconds.' So don't worry, they're not being rude,” she later explains.
  • The TikTok video, which has been viewed over 317,000 times, has baffled some users in its comment section, with one user saying, “Wait a minute doesn't mean a minute either. It's always more.”
  • “Adjust to local lingo,” another TikTok user wrote. “We adjust to that when we’re living overseas.”

An American woman took to TikTok to share how she first got “offended” by the “rude” phrase “Wait awhile” after moving to Singapore.

TikTok user Alison Emerick posted a video on July 17 detailing how the phrase made her “really confused” when she first heard it in Singapore. In her 20-second video, Emerick says that while she was at her doctor’s office, the receptionist told her, “Wait awhile.”

Singaporean TikTok user orders food with remote-controlled car in viral video

  • TikTok user Steve Ho, 35, wowed the internet after ordering food using a remote-controlled car to stay safe amid the recent surge of COVID-19 cases in Singapore.
  • The TikTok video, which Ho posted on Saturday, has received more than 102,000 views and 3,800 likes.
  • During an interview with AsiaOne, the 35-year-old man explained that he made the toy car so that he would not need to go out and run errands.
  • Ho first took his RC buddy out for a spin on July 15 when he bought ice cream and Coca-Cola at a nearby convenience store.
  • Singapore logged 7,889 positive cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, bringing the country’s total number of infected patients up to 1,652,981.

A TikTok user wowed the Internet after ordering food using a remote-controlled car to stay safe amid the recent surge of COVID-19 cases in Singapore.

Steve Ho showcased his remarkable invention in a TikTok video posted on Saturday, in which the man sends his remote-controlled car to a food stall – or zi char – to order his dinner. The video has already received more than 102,000 views and 3,800 likes.

Terminally ill Singaporean man in his 70s fulfills wish to marry his girlfriend of 40 years

  • A terminally ill Singaporean man in his 70s was granted his wish to marry his longtime girlfriend of 40 years by a charity organization that helped set up their wedding ceremony.
  • Ambulance Wish Singapore, a charity that creates positive end-of-life experiences for terminally ill individuals, shared the story on their Facebook page on July 9.
  • The wedding ceremony was attended by the man’s family as well as his neighbors, nurses, medical social workers and the social worker who recommended the charity.
  • Held in the lobby of the man’s apartment complex, red table spreads and pink floral arrangements — the bride’s favorite — adorned the small ceremony.

A charity organization in Singapore fulfilled the wish of a terminally ill man in his 70s by arranging a small wedding ceremony for him and his longtime girlfriend of 40 years.

On July 9, Ambulance Wish Singapore, a charity organization that creates positive end-of-life experiences for terminally ill people, shared the story of the man, Mr. Goh, on their Facebook page.