Editorial Singapore

The Best Seaport in Asia

The Port of Singapore is once again the “Best Seaport in Asia”. Asian Freight and Supply Chain Awards (AFSCA) honoured the port for the 25th time. Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) is pleased with the award saying that this award is the confirmation of the world’s strong confidence in the port. The award is attributed to the port’s cost effectiveness, new developments on infrastructures and the simplification of secondary services like logistics and freight forwarding. There are many competitions coming from ports of Hong Kong, Manila, Ningbo, Tianjin, Shenzhen, etc. but Singapore was chosen the best. Well done!

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Ports in general provide an important link between land and sea transport. Aside from that, ports present opportunities of jobs directly or indirectly. The Port of Singapore is considered one of the busiest ports in the world when it comes to shipping tonnage handled. In 2012, it handled 2.25 billion gross tons. What made the Port of Singapore grow?

Location

Geography wise, Singapore is the strategically located on the shipping route between India and China. Singapore is near Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia and the whole of Indo-China. Port of Singapore is the efficient choice as a bunkering station.

Status

Port of Singapore is considered a free port. There are no taxes levied on products except tobacco, alcohol and petroleum. There are no dock, port or light dues.

Government policy

The commercial policy of the government that allows merchants complete freedom of trade contributed to the port’s success. Merchants love this freedom therefore increasing transactions are recorded every day.    

Having Fun through a Trip to Silly Street

Summertime or school break is a challenge for parents. Having the kids around the house is fun but if you are working, your kids might get bored while waiting for your return. You should think of fun and interactive activities so your kids will look forward to their days.

Spending time with kids is an integral part in their growth and development. No matter how tired and busy you are, think of some activities so your kids will remember your presence. There are a lot of activities that you can consider. You can begin by asking your kids for suggestions.

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If your kids prefer staying at home, you can simply cook for them, play with them or watch movies with them. It’s a big deal for them so don’t underestimate these acts. If your kids prefer to go outside, you can take them to malls, parks, science centres and museums. You can even suggest Ace Festival’s A Trip to Silly Street. Here’s a gist:

What is it? A Trip to Silly Street comprises of stories told by wacky people. Kids and kids at heart will surely enjoy the “trip” with presentations of pets, hats, balloon rides and other silliness that you will find entertaining. It is the perfect venue for expressing your silly side. You will surely laugh out loud.

Where: The venue is at Alliance Francaise Theatre, 1 Sarkes Road.

When: There are three screenings you can choose. There’s May 25, June 1 and June 8. It is every 10:00am.

Restrictions: As mentioned earlier, the show is for kids and kids at heart. The show is for all.

Tickets: The good thing is you don’t have to pay anything. Just sit there and enjoy the storytelling.

Shopping at Department Stores

We are reminded again that Singapore is the perfect place to shop from stores selling international brands to local stores or boutiques promoting local talents. Here in Singapore, departmental stores are very popular. Many people are shopping at departmental stores because of the wide variety of products to choose from.

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If you want to shop at departmental stores, you can consider these places for a start:

DFS Galleria

DFS Galleria is located in 25 Scotts Road. If you want a store that solely focuses on giving beauty products and services, you should head to DFS Beauty Hall. They will spoil you with their collection of well-known beauty brands like Giorgio Armani, Bobbi, Benefit, Kiehl’s, La Mer, Brown and many more. They have at least 50 beauty and cosmetic brands here. They are open from Sunday-Thursday (10am to 10pm) and Friday-Saturday (10am to 10:30pm).

Takashimaya

Takashimaya is located in 391 Orchard Road. It is a Japanese retail store that caters to rich consumers. They sell designer brands (like DKNY, Pucci, Armani, etc.) and other products like books, sportswear, hair and beauty, cosmetics, music and home decors. Aside from that department store, Takashimaya also offers spas, restaurants, gym, art gallery and drycleaners. They are open from 10am to 9:30pm daily.

Robinsons

Robinsons is located in Orchard Road, Raffles City and Marina Square. They offer products like fashion clothing, beddings, sports gear, home wares and beauty products for the rich and the price conscious people. They are open from 10:30am to 10pm.

Isetan

Isetan is located in Shaw House, Katong, Tampines and Wisma Atria. It is a Japanese retail store that speaks of good service and reasonable prices. The store offers everything you need from furniture, perfume, clothing, electronics, kitchenware, appliances, toys, restaurants and supermarket. They are open from 10 am to 9:30pm daily.

There are other departmental stores if this is not enough for you. Enjoy shopping and you are always welcome to come back for more.

Promoting Recycling in Your Home

Recycling and conserving energy commence at home. If the household implements a strict recycling or energy conservation scheme, it will surely impact the society in time. The important thing is that parents should teach their children how important it is to reduce the waste and conserve energy at the same time.

If you want change, you must begin in the household and work your way up. If you don’t know where to begin, the SEC (Singapore Environment Council) can help you. Here’s some idea you can implement to lessen if not totally eliminate waste and conserving energy:

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Recycled Paper and Cartridges

If you have school projects, don’t hesitate to use recycled papers. You can use both sides of the paper to maximize it. If you need to scribble few things, you can just write it instead of printing it. You can save ink and paper if you do that. If your ink cartridges are fine, don’t change it.

Save Energy

Saving energy is the crucial part. It is now important to limit the use of some appliances because it adds to carbon emissions. If you purchase appliances, look for energy efficiency labels. If you are not using an appliance, it is better to unplug it instead of leaving it under standby mode. Switch off your lights when not in use and look for energy-efficient bulbs or the compact fluorescent bulbs.

Save Water

There are many ways you can save water. Start by turning off the tap when brushing the teeth. You can also consider recycling the water from bathing to flush the toilet. If you are taking a bath, avoid overdoing it.

Sort Garbage

You should start sorting your garbage according to its nature- biodegradable and non-biodegradable. For biodegradable items, you can create a composting bin in the backyard. For non-biodegradable items like plastics, metals and plastics, you can donate it or exchange it for cash.

Grow Plants

Plants can improve air quality. If you have extra space in your backyard, it is better to grow plants.

Take a Look at Singapore’s Top Property Developers

CIMB Singapore (an investment bank) released a list of Singapore’s most valuable property developers. The ranks are determined according to market capitalization and market share. Here’s a look:

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1.   CapitaLand – CapitaLand is the leading property developer in Singapore but third in the whole of Asia. Its market capitalization is US$11.10m with a market share of 20.7. The original focus of the company is development in Singapore and China but it expanded to Australia and Europe.

2.   Global Logistics Properties – GLP is known for its large and efficient logistics network. It is present in 33 major cities in China, Japan and of course Singapore. Its market capitalization is US$10.4m with a market share of 18.

3.   City Developments Limited – CDL is involved in various real estate development and investment with hotels and management facilities. Its market capitalization is US$8.2m with a market share of 14.3.

4.   CapitaMalls Asia – CapitaMalls has incorporated shopping mall business, real estate and asset management. Its market capitalization is US$6.1m with a market share of 10.7.

5.   Keppel Land – Keppel has various interests in marine, property investment and infrastructure. Its market capitalization is US$4.9m with market share of 8.5.

6.   UOL Group – UOL has various residential apartments, offices, malls, hotels, spas and restaurants. Its market capitalization is US$4.3m with market share of 7.5.

7.   Singapore Land – SingLand has office spaces, retail spaces, hotels, shopping, etc. Its market capitalization is US$3.04 with market share of 5.3.

8.   Overseas Union Enterprises – OUE has residential and hotel developments. Its market capitalization is US$2.24m with market share of 3.9.

9.   Wheelock Properties – Wheelock has several properties like Sea View, The Cosmopolitan, Ardmore II, Orchard View, Ardmore 3, etc. Its market capitalization is US$1.9m with market share of 3.2.

10.   Bukit Sembawang Estates – Bukit Sembawang Estates focuses on property related activities. Its market capitalization is US$1.5m with market share of 2.6.