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New for Summer 2018, boutique Cambodian coastal retreat, Knai Bang Chatt in Kep launches a ‘Royal Train Experience’ in collaboration with Royal Cambodian Railways, providing access from the bustling capital of Phnom Penh to Cambodia’s rural region for the first time in over a decade.

The Royal Cambodian Railways has reinstated a passenger train service after 14 years, which will transport travellers from the colonial Grand Old Phnom Penh Train Station to the salt fields and pepper plantations of Kampot, with plans for the train to make a stop along the Southern coastline in Kep by the end of the year.

What you can expect

Guests will be able to take a prime seat soaking in every day scenes of local life as the train passes through Phnom Penh’s inner-city areas and the impressive new developments interspersed with colonial architecture, moving into the countryside where urban streets give way to brightly coloured lotus flowers and rice fields lined by sugar palm trees.

As the train traverses deeper into rural Cambodia, limestone mountains start to rise, surrounded by an abundance of wildlife including livestock and birds. A short stop in a nearby village Pnh-Takeo gives passengers the opportunity to purchase local delicacies from street vendors, such as freshly cut pineapple and dried river fish.

The train passes through an abundance of rural villages including Kep and after 5 – 6 hours, the voyage ends in Kampot.  The colonial town of Kampot is located along the Praek Tuek Chhu river and only one hour away from Kep.  It retains a certain charm and character that has a laidback, bohemian feel.  Travellers are taken through the enchanting streets, where some of the best and last remaining unspoilt colonial architecture in the country remains.  

Accommodation

Knai Bang Chatt Resort

Guests will then be privately transferred to Knai Bang Chatt – a chic modernist boutique hotel in nearby Kep sur Mer, and one of the last remaining hidden unspoilt gems on Cambodia’s South coast.  Once the premiere coastal retreat for the wealthy elite in the 1960s, Kep offers visitors a picturesque, peaceful holiday experience.

Boutique retreat Knai Bang Chatt is the perfect base from which to explore the undiscovered coastal town and discover the ‘real Cambodia’ of today through authentic cultural, coastal and rural destination experiences in Kep National Park and the surrounding region.  Guests who just want to relax however, can treat themselves to traditional Khmer treatments at the spa, while yoga and meditation is also available upon request.

The Royal Train Experience package at Knai Bang Chatt starts from $400 (approx. £301) per person and includes:
Two nights’ accommodation in a spacious Garden View room at the hotel
One-way train ticket from Phnomh Penh to Kampot
Transfers from anywhere in Phnom Penh to the train station and from Kampot train station to the hotel
A delicious picnic lunch including wine is to enjoy on the train
Welcome beverage upon arrival into Kampot

For more information please contact Perowne International:
kbc@perowneinternational.com / +44 (0)20 7078 0295

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The LG G7+ ThinQ is joining in the LG Red Fair fun! From July 21st to August 15th, purchase the LG G7+ ThinQ, and stand to redeem rewards worth over $700!

Here are some free premiums you can redeem:

  • BTS case or Wireless Charger worth $118
  • 32” LG Smart TV 32LJ550 worth $599

Customers will be able to redeem these premiums at LG’s service center from 23rd July to 31st August 2018.

To be eligible for the redemption, the following documents are required, terms and conditions apply:

  • Original Identification Card (IC)
  • Receipt/contract as proof of purchase
  • Proof of purchase must include IMEI number for verification purposes (IMEI number may also be found on the packaging box of the LG G7+ThinQ)
  • Purchase must be made within July 21st to August 15th, 2018
  • Strictly 1 redemption per IC per IMEI number is allowed
  • All redemptions are on a first-come-first-served basis, while stocks last
  • Redemption of the LG Smart LED TV is limited to the first 400 eligible customers

Purchase the G7+ ThinQ now and get a free smart TV!

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Many Singaporeans probably remember and even went to visit the Rail Corridor area in Bukit Timah when it was announced last year that it would soon be closed to public. The area is set to reopen in the fourth quarter of 2018 and will be redeveloped by URA to “cater to workplaces and homes in the vicinity”. For now, though, the area is mainly frequented by nature lovers and fitness enthusiasts who cycle or jog.

And after an exhausting run or cycle stretch, one can then head down to Rail Mall (which is right beside an iconic steel bridge) for some food, to pamper yourselves or even shop.

Food Options: 4/5

First on the list is definitely the most famous tenant at The Rail Mall, Springleaf Prata!

They offer delicious yet affordable pratas and unique dishes based off prata and is a hot favourite at all times of the day, be t for breakfast or supper.

Special items sold that are unique to Springleaf include the Prata Bomb, Murtaburger and Plaster Blaster.

For those who prefer Chinese food, there are a few restaurants for you to choose from.

These include Encik Tan, EAT and Teck Kee Chicken Rice.

There are also 2 pubs here for the night owls and alcohol enthusiasts.

Youngsters may be glad to know that there are popular food chains here as well, including Subway and Coffee Bean.

Of course, you can also get your coffee fix along with some traditional breakfast goodies at Toast Box.

Needless to say, the food options here are pretty concrete and can cater to a rowdy group of friends, a family seeking a nice quiet place for dinner and more!

Uniqueness: 5/5

The Rail Mall consists 43 single-storey shop units. It’s really unique in the sense that it is hard to find malls with such a design anymore, with most modern malls having several floors and being completely indoors. In fact, it may be considered more of a retail strip!

The 60m-long bridge that is right beside the Rail Mall is also conserved under the Green Corridor Singapore and is considered a national landmark!

Tenant Mix: 3/5

Other than housing the famous Springleaf Prata, there is honestly a rather decent and satisfying mix of tenants at this retail strip. This ranges from several body wellness centres to tuition centres and even furniture!

At Cool Haven, a lifestyle furniture shop, they sell rustic and adorable lifestyle pieces such as cute door-stoppers shaped like animals, among others.

There is a Busy Bees Learning Centre which is rather famous among parents for being a reputable Mandarin-teaching centre.

The entire Busy Bees takes up 4 units!

There are also body wellness centres such as EYERoom.

There’s also a 24-hour Cold Storage here which is small but enough to serve up the essentials, which is especially useful for residents living in the area.

Accessibility: 4/5

The mall is actually easy to access by public transport.

For those taking MRT, alight at DT3 Hillview and either take a leisurely 5-minute stroll or take one bus stop to The Rail Mall.

Buses available are 67, 75, 170, 171, 178, 184, 961 and 973.

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Just when you thought it was bad enough to be attacked by one person, wait til you think you were hit so badly that you start to have double vision – only to realise that your attacker has a twin.

The chance of identical twin pregnancies is rare enough, at one in every 250 births, so imagine how much rarer it is to run into identical sibling pairs in the courtroom within the same month. And it just happened! The cases of twins Tang Bei and Tang Lei, 50, and Tiffany and Tiziana Kang, 30, were heard in court just this month.

While the Tangs were found guilty of causing hurt and using criminal force, the Kangs were convicted of theft and face jail terms.

Read on and find out more; we’ve added a third, non-Tang/Kang case from October 2016 for good measure.

1. Tang Bei and Tang Lei, 2015

Tang Bei & Tang Lei @ Simei Green EC - YouTube

These twin sisters were filmed assaulting and spitting on a condominium manager over the matter of an access card in 2015.

The above footage was captured by the plaintive, Simei Green condo manager Colvin Quek Choon Kiat, who had once been attacked by Tang Bei in February. In April the same year, upon seeing her and her twin sister approach the office, he decided to place his phone on top of a cabinet to record their actions.

According to Yahoo!’s news report, Tang Bei told Quek to go away as she did not want to see Quek’s “ugly face” and used an expletive on him. After Quek responded to her comment, Tang Bei was enraged and a dispute ensued. Tang Lei splashed liquid from a can on Quek repeatedly while Tang Bei spat at his face.

Security guard Bligh Charles Kenneth, who entered the office earlier, intervened but the sisters continued their attack on Quek, including throwing a bunch of keys and the empty can at him. Quek was assessed at a hospital to have bruises and abrasions over his face and head.

The sisters, who are Chinese nationals, were subsequently convicted of causing hurt and using criminal force on not just on Quek, but also on the security guard Kenneth.

However, the matter of who is the victim here is not so clear-cut, as the twins’ lawyer Richard Siaw revealed that his clients view themselves as victims, and that they are currently involved in two ongoing civil suits against Quek and his employer, Hilandas Property and Facilities Management.

Sentencing for this case has been adjourned to 28 August.

2. Tiffany and Tiziana Kang, November 2017

Tiffany (left) and Tiziana Kang, 30. (Image credit: Wong Kwai Chow via straitstimes.com)

On 19 Nov last year, the Kang twins ended a day of shoplifting by gatecrashing a wedding banquet, and could have gotten away scot-free had they not decided to steal a piece of luggage from the bride.

According to The Straits Times, Tiffany and Tiziana Kang, 30, joined in the wedding celebration of Mr Jamie Chew, 30, and Ms Tan Huiyan, 26, at the Shin Yeh restaurant at Liang Court, even though they had not been invited and did not know anyone there.

After enjoying the dinner, they snitched a pink piece of luggage containing items such as coffee mugs, pens and one roll of film, worth a total of around $150. The bride herself later discovered that it had gone missing, and that the twins were uninvited guests. She found them at Liang Court’s taxi stand and confronted them.

Tiffany claimed that she thought the luggage was a lost item and attempted to leave in a taxi but was stopped by Mr Chew, the groom.

On 5 July, Tiffany was sentenced to 10 days’ jail and Tiziana, five.

The pink luggage was the fifth item the twins had stolen that day. Earlier, the twins took three handbags and a wallet, worth a total of $640, from a Guess Accessories store in Bugis Junction.

3. Lakshmanan and Raman Pothiyappan, October 2016

Construction workers Lakshmanan Pothiyappan and Raman Pothiyappan, 24 at the time of sentencing in June last year, were each sent to jail for five months and ordered to receive three strokes of the cane for assaulting their fellow Indian national.

Mr Thevvan Velayutham, 41, was sitting at the front porch of a Shaw Road dormitory, near Upper Paya Lebar Road on 29 Oct 2016 when the two brothers started punching and kicking him.

According to a report by The New Paper, Lakshmanan had consumed alcohol shortly before the attack. Mr Thevvan later went to Changi General Hospital where he was found to be suffering from injuries such as a broken nose and a facial fracture near an eye. The reason for provocation was not mentioned in court.

Know of any other misbehaving twins on Singapore’s shores? Let us know if you do.

Sources: Yahoo!, The Straits Times, The New Paper

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A 41-year-old rubber tapper married his 11-year-old student, but told media on Monday, July 16, that he did not do it because he desired her.

According to a report by TODAY Online, the couple from Kelantan have known each other for four years. The report said that they were neighbours, and the man taught the girl the Al-Quran from that age.

He had expressed his intentions to marry the girl in Mecca to his friends and the people in the village much earlier, and told the media outlet that only outsiders were shocked by the turn of events.

Why did he marry the girl anyway?

According to the man, who already has two wives and is a father of four, he had felt the need to marry Ayu ever since he met her. He said that he wanted to marry her to protect her and provide for her.

“I knew Ayu since she was small because we were neighbours, and I also taught Al-Quran lessons to her… it was then I told myself ‘one day I will take this girl as my wife’ and I did so four years later.”

The report said that the girl was not in school and came from a very poor family. His friends agreed with his intentions, he said, when he divulged his intentions in the holy land of Mecca.

Are they living together?

The man told media that he married her also so he could teach her about Allah without having to sin. He also said that he would not be ‘touching’ her until she turned 16, and married her to teach her and bring her closer to Allah without being accused of sin.

He said that to protect his first two wives, his young third bride has not met them and he does this to protect the emotions of the former.

“I promise to steer our household well. Stop insulting us, but instead pray for our happiness together,” he was quoted as saying.

Malaysian officials this marriage less harmful than the presence of LGBT

In another report by the Malaysiakini, Malaysian officials have said that while they do not agree with the match, the issue of lesbians, gays, queer and transgender people remain a bigger problem than marriages such as these.

“Marriage with this 11-year-old in religion is not wrong, and does not conflict with nature, law. But this LGBT contradicts nature, in civil law is wrong,” he said.

What do Singaporean netizens say?

Some comments note the standard of living in Malaysia.

Some thought that the man should have just adopted the child and that his intentions are not so good.

Others made comments about the girl’s age.

While others mentioned some points about Islam.

Some accused the man of a crime.

And seconded the comment. Some do not believe that the man has no desire for the girl.

They took issue with how the man said he would wait until the girl was 16 to have relations with her.

While others were more concerned with how the man can provide for three wives.

What do you think of this story and how the authorities commented? Let us know in the comments!

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SHOWTIME announced a brand new satirical half-hour series from comedian Sacha Baron Cohen.

Famous for creating a roster of iconic moments and incendiary characters, Baron Cohen returns to series television for the first time in more than a decade, writing and directing WHO IS AMERICA? In the works over the past year, the seven-episode series will explore the diverse individuals, from the infamous to the unknown across the political and cultural spectrum, who populate our unique nation.

The first episode will debut on FX (Singtel TV Ch. 310 | StarHub TV Ch. 507) and FOX+ on Monday, 16 July at 11 p.m., same day as the U.S.

About Sacha Baron

Two time BAFTA and Golden Globe winning, and Oscar nominated actor, writer and comedian of television and film, Baron Cohen burst onto the comedy scene with Da Ali G Show, which received six Emmy Award nominations and two BAFTA awards during its four-year run.

He served as executive producer, writer and actor on the series. Baron Cohen’s other critically acclaimed project was Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, a feature film starring his second alter ego, Borat Sagdiyev, a Kazakhstani news reporter.

He produced, wrote and starred in the film, which was a worldwide phenomenon opening No. 1 in 24 countries and garnered Baron Cohen a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical and an Academy Award nomination for Adapted Screenplay.

Other film credits include Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, Alice Through the Looking Glass, Les Miserables, Bruno,  Tim Burton’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Madagascar, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, Madagascar 3; Europe’s Most Wanted, The Dictator, Hugo and Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.

WHO IS AMERICA? is created and executive produced by Baron Cohen and is also executive produced by Anthony Hines, Todd Schulman, Andrew Newman, Dan Mazer and Adam Lowitt.

WHO IS AMERICA? premieres on 16 July, Monday at 11pm on FX (Singtel TV Ch. 310 | StarHub TV Ch. 507) and FOX+, same day as the U.S.

To watch a video tease for WHO IS AMERICA?, click here!

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Pullman announces the opening of its first hotel in the former royal capital town of Luang Prabang.  The 16-hectare resort overlooks a lush greenery with a backdrop of beautiful mountain views and paddy fields along meandering streams and ponds in the rustic countryside.

Featuring 123 guest rooms, suites, and a two-bedroom villa scattered amongst infinity pools, watercourses and tumbling streams.

Premium Deluxe Room

Entry level accommodation starts with a spacious Deluxe Room (42 sqm) and extends to the Two-bedroom Villa – complete with separate living and dining areas, garden and pool – which can host up to 50 guests for a cocktail party or 12-seater private dinner.

In keeping with Luang Prabang’s cultural heritage, the low-rise architecture draws heavily on traditional Laotian influences from China’s Yunnan province just nearby the border.

Hotel Facilities

Sustainability plays a key role in its F&B offerings, with menus featuring dishes made exclusively with local produce with organic in-house dairy products, fruits, vegetables, and herbs from nearby farming communities and local buffalo homesteads.

The all-day dining L’Atelier restaurant offers a range of buffet and à la carte menu options while The Junctions offers the Pullman brand signature Tapastry and Vinoteca which features a curated selection of wines and signature cocktails.

Set amidst landscaped gardens and paddy fields, H2O pool bar serves a healthy choice of salad selections, sandwiches and homemade gourmet ice creams.

In line with AccorHotels’ Planet 21 initiatives, Pullman Luang Prabang is committed to supporting the local children’s hospital, wildlife conservation efforts and local handicrafts, and preserving traditions including strict guidelines for alms-giving to monks.

The resort is also home to Luang Prabang’s largest conference centre that boasts floor to ceiling glass windows with natural light and features state-of-the-art events and meetings facilities for power meetings, corporate incentive getaways and intimate weddings that can cater up to 300 guests.  Its outdoor patio is perfect for al-fresco events and pre-dinner cocktail functions.

For a complete work-out, Pullman Fit Lounge, features the latest range of cardio machines and for guests who are into a healthy dose of yoga, enjoy a guided inner balance and peace session with the yogi gurus at the roof top.

Where the road ends and the countryside begins, hidden away from sight and sound, the Pullman Spa offers a realm of relaxation and rejuvenation. Featuring Individual treatment chalets, spa enthusiasts can enjoy pampering facial and massage treatments using Ytsara products.

Kids have a kingdom all to themselves at Pullman Luang Prabang at the signature Kids’ Club complete with a paddling pool and large pool with a waterslide.  A range of activities such as cooking, crafts and rice cultivation classes are also available for families with children.

The resort is 10 minutes away from the UNESCO World Heritage Old Town that features a range of hip cafes and hobby shops while golfers can enjoy a game of golf at the 380-hectare Luang Prabang Golf Course that boasts 18 crafted fairways extending all the way to the Mekong River.

AccorHotels currently has five hotels in Laos including three properties in Luang Prabang and two in Vientiane.

Rates and Details

Enjoy a weekend getaway at USD88++ per night in a Deluxe room with breakfast for 2 from now until 30 September 2018.

Usual rate starts at USD135++ per night for the Deluxe Room.

For more information, please visit AccorHotel’s official website, email H9112@accor.com, or contact +856 71 211 112 for general enquiries or reservations.

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Multiple GRAMMY Award winner, platinum selling artiste Jason Mraz will perform at the National Stadium on 27 October 2018. This concert, held in conjunction with the final edition of the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global, will be Mraz’s only stop in Asia this year.

About the Concert

The concert is the highlight of a week of major entertainment in Singapore around the WTA Finals, with the city serving up smashing action from the greatest stars in women’s tennis at the Singapore Sports Hub from October 21-28, coupled with various exciting lifestyle and entertainment events around town. Special tennis-and-concert ticket bundles of up to 15% off and upgrades for existing WTA Finals ticket buyers are available for a one-day only presale on 24 July here.

About Jason Mraz

A chart-topping headliner, Jason Mraz got his start at coffeehouses in San Diego back in 2000.

In 2002, he released his Platinum-certified debut album, ‘Waiting for My Rocket to Come’, which contained the hit single “The Remedy (I Won’t Worry)”.

The release of his sophomore album, ‘Mr. A-Z’, in 2005, saw Mraz achieving major commercial success and the album peaked at number 5 on the Billboard 200.

In 2008, Mraz released his third album, ‘We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things’ which debuted at number 3 on the Billboard 200 and sold triple platinum in part to the hit “I’m Yours”. The song peaked at number 6 on the Billboard Hot 100, giving Mraz his first top ten single and spent a then-record 76 weeks on the Hot 100.

His fourth album, ‘Love Is a Four Letter Word’, peaked at number 2 on the Billboard 200, his highest-charting album to date.

Mraz has earned numerous diamond and platinum certifications for his various releases, including his classic singles “I Won’t Give Up,” “Lucky,” and the record-breaking “I’m Yours.”

He has won two Grammy Awards, received the prestigious Songwriter Hall of Fame Hal David Starlight Award, and sold out fabled venues such as The Hollywood Bowl, Madison Square Garden, and London’s O2 Arena.

Mraz’s upcoming 6th album – Know

It is a testament to the generosity of spirit in Mraz’s music that so many people have chosen his songs as the soundtrack to major moments in their lives, and new memories are certain to be made with the songs on his upcoming sixth album, Know. The album serves as a follow-up to the 2014 LP ‘YES!’, and is Mraz’s first full-length studio recording in over four years.

Know. is a collection of letters, introduced through its first single, “Have It All” which was originally conceived after Mraz received and translated a blessing from a Buddhist monk during a moving visit to Myanmar in 2012. It stands out as a song with a hopeful message to help him and others heal and move forward.

The current smash hit is ascending the Top 15 at Hot AC radio outlets US-wide and has more than 4.5 million streams in the U.S. alone.

Other notable songs include the recently released “Unlonely”, one of Mraz’s favourite track from the album which hearkens back to some of his early, beloved songs. “Making It Up”, a collaboration with his songwriter friend Bob Schneider about how anything is possible and “Better With You,” which was inspired by his marriage.

Know. is produced by Andrew Wells, who brings an organic and groovy feel to the album’s classic, acoustic rock sound.

While writing the album, Mraz took a break to star in Sara Bareilles’ Broadway show Waitress. He has also continued his philanthropy, including the Jason Mraz Foundation, which aims to uplift humanity through arts education and the advancement of equality, and serving as a sponsor and program advisor for the School of the Performing Arts (SPARC) in his home state of Virginia.

To further herald Know. out on 10 August, Mraz will embark on a hugely anticipated North America summer tour “GOOD VIBES”. He will bring this one night only show to Singapore and perform for the first time ever at the National Stadium. Get ready for his new songs such as “Have It All”, “Unlonely” and classic hits like “I’m Yours”, “I Won’t Give Up”, “Lucky” and more.

Good Vibes with Jason Mraz” is proudly brought to you by Unusual Entertainment and partnered with Octagon, in association with BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global and co-promoted by Lagardère Sports.

Concert Details

Good Vibes with Jason Mraz

Date: 27 October 2018, Saturday

Time: 8PM

Venue: National Stadium

Ticket Price: $248*, $218*, $198*, $148*, $108* (*yet to include $4 booking fee)

Ticketing Hotline: 3158 7888 or log onto www.sportshubtix.sg

Tickets also available at the Singapore Indoor Stadium Box Office and all Singpost outlets island wide.

WTA Finals tennis-and-concert packages available through WTAFinals.com; existing WTA Finals ticket holders can also purchase concert tickets at 10% off (limited availability).

Cover photo credits: Shutterstock, Jason Mraz

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Many Singaporeans may be familiar with the news of Ben Davis’ application to defer his National Service being rejected. However, other than knowing him as the first Singaporean to be signed by an English Premier League club, what else do you know about him? Read on to find out more about this rising star!

Personal Life

Ben was actually born in Thailand and has a Thai mother and British father. However, he applied for Singapore citizenship in 2009 (when he was 5) when he moved here.

From 2013 to 2015, he studied at Singapore Sports School. He then moved to London’s Harrow High School in 2016.

He plays as an attacking midfielder in games.

Football Career

Ben signed his first professional Fulham contract in June after impressing at trials. He was actually spotted in a scouting mission when playing in an international tournament in Singapore.

He is the first scholar in Fulham to hail from Singapore!

Other than being awarded the 2-year scholarship in 2017, he impressed the club enough to clinch a second deal! A few days ago on 13 July, Fulham announced that he was a key player in their U-18s last season and would continue overseeing his development with the English side.

He expressed to the media that his dream was to become a regular for the Singapore U-18 and U-23 team and to eventually play for the Lions at the senior level.

Actually, he has already been summoned for the Lions senior squad!

NS Deferment Issue

Ben first started out his football career with the JSSL Singapore, a local youth academy started by his father Harvey.

Most recently, he signed a professional contract with Fulham in June but was informed by the Ministry of Defence (Mindef) on June 11 that his request for National Service deferment was rejected. He is set to enlist later this year in December.

Many Singaporeans are supportive of his ambitions and an online petition has even been set up to call for approval of his deferment application. At last count, the petition had approximately 19,000 signatures.

Netizens who signed the petition cited reasons like supporting local talent and giving Ben the chance to achieve his dreams at the international level.

His father, Harvey Davis, has been featured in the news as he responds to claims that his son had no intention to serve NS.

National athlete Joseph Schooling also spoke up on the issue and urged Ben to do what he “needs to do”. He sympathised with Ben and expressed his gratitude towards his personal support system and Singapore’s allowance of his deferment previously.

Should Ben decide to forgo his Singapore citizenship to pursue his football career, Fifa qualifies him to play for Thailand and England due to his familial background. The Thailand National Teams have already expressed interest to welcome Ben should he decide to play for Thailand instead. Of course, he would be labelled as AWOL from NS and be a fugitive under Singapore law should he decide to take up the Fulham offer.

This would be a setback for Singapore’s football scene as we would be losing a rising talent who was previously nurtured by the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) through its Junior Centre of Excellence and National Football Academy.

Presently, Singaporeans are all waiting with bated breath to see what course of action Ben and his family chooses to take.

Click here to read about a Singaporean father’s letter to his son in response to the Ben Davis news.

Cover Photo credits: TodayOnline

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Have you gotten your hands on this year’s National Day Parade (NDP) tickets yet? For the uninitiated, like the new immigrant perhaps, you need to know that every year’s NDP tickets are highly coveted, and are only distributed for free, via ballot. You can’t buy an NDP ticket.

Other than the amazing aerial displays, song and dance extravaganzas, and general show of military might and aplomb, Singaporeans are super gian for the generous complimentary funpacks that are distributed to every member of the audience.

This year, application for tickets opened on May 23 via the official NDP website, SAM/AXS stations, and SMS. Application has since closed and successful applicants should already have received notification. So, if you didn’t already get your tickets, how?

We found out that there are still ways to win them.

1. From Food Republic

Credit: Food Republic

Visit any Food Republic outlet or Food Opera, snap a photo of a dish from there which you feel best represents Singapore, and post on Instagram with a good caption explaining why you think so. Make sure to follow @FoodRepublicSG and set your profile to public. If you’d like an unfair advantage, tag at least two friends to double your chances of winning. For full T&Cs, visit www.foodrepublic.com.sg/promotions. Contest ends on 29 July 2018.

2. Pioneer magazine

For the first time in NDP history, the Naval Combat Divers (in black) will be doing a water jump as part of the pre-parade segment. (Credit: Pioneer magazine)

They have only seven pairs of tickets to give away and the closing date is July 20 – that’s tomorrow! To enter the contest, you need to read this article, and answer this question: “How many naval combat divers will be participating in the inaugural jump for NDP 2018?” Aiya, let us help you. The answer is “eight”. Now quickly enter the contest before the deadline.

3. Play NDP Jalan!

Create an avatar for NDP Jalan! (Credit: Must Share News)

If you like Pokemon Go!, you may enjoy NDP Jalan! as well. Completing all the quests on each theme within the alloted time on this interactive augmented reality app will make the user eligible to enter a special ballot for tickets to NDP. One ballot will be held for each of the first two themes in NDP Jalan!, and tickets will be distributed in pairs. The dedicated writers at Must Share News have played the game and click here to read their guide on acing the game.

What are you waiting for? Hurry up and enter these contests already. If you know of any other ways to win NDP 2018 tickets, please share them with us. Good luck!

Featured image credit: NDPeeps Facebook Page

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