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Expectations vs. Reality - Being a Game Developer in Singapore

By Desiree Yang

Say you grew up with video games – be it gunning for the enemy or building a virtual city – and your love for these games led you to toy with the idea of becoming a game developer. Now that you’re an adult, you still harbour ambitions to develop and design games – you’ll be a digital artist and enthrall gamers the world over – and you don’t see why you shouldn’t give it a shot. (Read More Here!)

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National Day Special – Commemorating Beginnings

By Deanna Bonaparte

As Singapore celebrates her 49th birthday with the theme ‘Our People, Our Home’, companies ought to turn a retrospective eye towards their beginnings as well – and reaffirm their appreciation for the people who form the cornerstone of the workplace. By adopting Founder’s Day in the workplace, employers can showcase the value of their employees and help them feel appreciated. In any case, ‘Our Employees, Our Workplace’ is not an entirely implausible theme to adopt – in fact the theme sounds a likeable tune – in view of Founder’s Day. It is an occasion to reinforce the shared vision among employees and thank them for their contributions. Here are some ways in which companies can acknowledge the contributions of their employees, while effectively commemorating their beginnings. (Read More Here!)

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How Cost-Efficient is the Transport Network in Singapore?

By Desiree Yang

Early in the month of January this year, the Public Transport Council announced a 3.2 per cent hike in both bus and train fares that would take effect from 6 April 2014. This of course sparked off much unhappiness among Singaporeans, as many saw the hike as an unreasonable call considering the whole string of train disruptions and delays that have occurred since 2011. Some even took to websites like The Real Singapore, calling for a mass protest against the fare hike, which eventually took place on 25 January 2014 at Hong Lim Park. (Read More Here!)

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Navigating the Changing Housing Market: Singapore vs the US

By Desiree Yang

Singapore’s land scarcity has resulted in many Singaporeans paying a hefty price to own their own homes. However, recent trends in the housing market and economy have left many speculating that home rentals will end up driving the future of the housing market, as the majority of the incoming working force will be unable to afford their own homes. (Read More Here!)

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Street Food Culture: Singapore vs. US

By Desiree Yang

A movie that’s set to tantalise your taste buds and leave you chewing on your empty popcorn bucket is Chef. While many of you may know Jon Favreau for his role as Happy, chauffeur and personal assistant to Tony Stark in Iron Man, Jon takes on the role of Carl Casper in Chef, a man who leaves his job at a restaurant in Los Angeles to rediscover his passion for cooking. He then buys a broken-down food truck which he goes on to restore, name El Jefe and sell Cubanos (a Cuban sandwich) from.

Chef provides us with a glimpse into the booming food truck industry in the US which has not only redefined the street food culture there, but has people predicting that it will rake in about US$2.7 billion in revenue by 2017. While Singapore’s currently home to two food trucks, Kerbside Gourmet and The Travelling Cow, it’s safe to say that street food culture here is still relatively restricted to food centres (formerly known as hawker centres) and pasar malams (night markets). (Read More Here!)

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What’s Brewing? The Singapore Microbrewery Scene

By Desiree Yang

Singapore’s world-famous tropical weather never fails to leave its inhabitants drenched in either their own perspiration on most days or in rain on others. One good source of comfort and solace after a long, hard day at work is (fittingly) ice-cold beer!

Cue the success of Beerfest Asia, which boasts an array of 400 different beers from more than 20 countries (and making its 6th appearance on our sunny shores this weekend from 12 to 15 June) and is testament to the passion we Singaporeans have for after-work drinks.

Let’s turn the spotlight on the ‘unsung heroes’ i.e. microbreweries (a brewery that produces limited quantities of beer) that have revolutionised the beer scene in Singapore. (Read More Here!)

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So You Think You Can Do My Job – a Well-Oiled Pit Crew

By: Gerald Goh

As the 2013 Singapore Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix rolls around into town this weekend, all eyes will be on the superstars of this spectacular fiesta of racing goodness – the larger-than-life Formula 1 drivers who pilot the fastest multi-turn circuit-racing cars in the world.

And the secret behind the podium finish of a superstar Formula 1 driver is striking an optimum balance between the time spent racing on the track and the time spent on a pit stop, or stint, to ensure the Formula 1 car runs at maximum efficiency. (Read More Here!)

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So Singaporean

One might say that Singapore’s identity is best encapsulated by three things: scrumptious local food, the tissue ‘chope-ing’ (reserving) system, and tongue twisting abbreviations (we even have a Wikipedia glossary dedicated to them).

Whether it’s the country’s low crime rate or clean and green landscape, there is no denying the charm of Singapore – even superstars Gong Li and Jet Li have become citizens here. (Read More Here!)

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Should I stay or should I go?

Question: I’m graduating from polytechnic next year and intending to further my studies. I’m not sure whether I should stay in Singapore or go overseas for university.

Answer: This is probably one decision that most students face and also one of the most difficult they will have to make. Although we can’t help you make up your mind, if both a local and an overseas degree is financially available to you, here are some factors to consider whether you should stay put or pack your bags.

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Poll results: Do you agree that female employees should be entitled to 6 months paid maternity leave?

In a bid to boost the nation’s birth rate, the Singapore National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) has proposed paid maternity leave of 6 months for all female employees. The proposal however, has received mixed sentiments amongst the general public.

From 30 August to 21 September, 2012, a short poll was conducted by JobsCentral to find out what most Singapore workers think of an extended maternity leave. The poll gathered a total of 288 responses.

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