## Monday, February 19, 2018

### Why I dread giving hongbao during Chinese New Year

By The New Paper, 19 February 2018 at 06:00 am

PHOTO: "You would think that after being married for more than 20 years, I should be used to giving away my hard-earned money to people I see only once a year."
More uncomfortable news. The dominant Chinese zodiac year for those whose birthdates match up to the animal in the 12-year cycle is actually very unlucky indeed. If you are a dog, you’re not alone. Perhaps the most high-profile dog is none other than the US President, Donald Trump.
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I dread Chinese New Year because giving out hongbao stresses me out
Because Christmas means Chinese New Year is lurking around the corner like a mugger dressed as the God of Misfortune.

What I really dread is Chinese New Year, because of the stress from all the little decisions I have to make.

Such as should I get fatter eating too much bak kwa or should I get fatter eating too many hae bee hiam rolls?

And is it rude to visit someone and ask for their Wi-Fi password?

PHOTO: Ms Lily Neo, 62 years old with 2 children and 2 grand children
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And is it inauspicious to watch Black Panther during Chinese New Year because the movie has the word "black" in the title?

But the most stressful part for me every year remains the whole hongbao thing.

You would think that after being married for more than 20 years, I should be used to giving away my hard-earned money to people I see only once a year.

It's not just about the money per se despite my less-than-five-figure monthly income.

PHOTO: The whole hongbao thing - is not just about the money per se despite my less-than-five-figure monthly income.
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With two kids of my own collecting hongbao, I reckon at the very least, I'm breaking even - not that I've hired KPMG to do an audit.

It's not even about queuing up at the bank for new notes since we now have pop-up ATMs dispensing fresh cash.

It's not even about figuring out how much money to give whom because there are online guides for me to disregard.

This year, I realised what stresses me out the most is the actual act of giving itself.

PHOTO: What stresses me out the most is the actual act of giving itself because of my below-market rate hongbao.
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I have to hunt down each kid, interrupt whatever they're doing on their phone, whatever conversation they're having or whatever fun they're having, and hand out my below-market rate hongbao.

It ain't worth it.

MY SISTER

My younger sister, who is single, has her own misgivings.

She feels weird that older relatives are still giving her hongbao even though she is past 40.

At what point, she wonders, is an unmarried person too old to be getting hongbao along with the little children? When will it stop?

PHOTO: My younger sister, who is single, has her own misgivings. At what point, she wonders, is an unmarried person too old to be getting hongbao along with the little children? When will it stop?
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My guess is when the older relatives die out as they are wont to do.

So my sister's problem with hongbao is the opposite of mine - hers is receiving them, mine is giving them.

PHOTO: My sister's problem with hongbao is the opposite of mine - hers is receiving them, mine is giving them.
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This year, to reduce stress, I lowkey decided not to give out any hongbao even though the red envelopes had already been prepared.

Unfortunately, my own family noticed my inaction and my 19-year-old daughter doggedly dragged me along behind her as she distributed the red envelopes for me.

PHOTO: This year, to reduce stress, my 19-year-old daughter found her targets and unloaded the consignment with such casual efficiency that it was over before I knew what had happened.
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I thought it would be awkward for the offspring to hand out hongbao on the parent's behalf, but my daughter found her targets and unloaded the consignment with such casual efficiency that it was over before I knew what had happened.

No "should I interrupt this person while he's chewing his food" hesitation from her.

It was surprisingly painless, such that I'm now hoping this could be our new Chinese New Year tradition - but perhaps without the me-getting-dragged-around bit.

Thanks to my daughter, I may actually look forward to Christmas this year.

PHOTO: It was surprisingly painless, such that I'm now hoping this could be our new Chinese New Year tradition - but perhaps without the me-getting-dragged-around bit.
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By The New Paper, 19 February 2018 at 06:00 am
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Reference
[1] The New Paper, Why I dread giving hongbao during Chinese New Year, posted on 19 February 2018 at 06:00 am, http://www.tnp.sg/news/singapore/why-i-dread-giving-hongbao-during-chinese-new-year

## Sunday, February 18, 2018

### Fengshui travel guide

Source Website: http://www.tnp.sg/lifestyle/travel/fengshui-travel-guide-auspicious-destinations-zodiac-style
By The New Paper, tnp@sph.com.sg, 09 February 2018 at 06:00 am

PHOTO: As we close off the 2017 Chinese calendar and head into the new year, a change of scenery could be just the thing to spice things up.
PHOTOS: KALIMANTAN TOUR DESTINATIONS
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Fengshui master shows you where's best to go based on your zodiac animal.

With the Year of the Dog poised to be a great time for globetrotting, travel company Expedia consulted Master Seldan Lim - an experienced fengshui master, metaphysical coach, speaker and trainer - to share the most auspicious destinations to visit this year for Chinese zodiac dog.

Set your sights on Kalimantan, the Indonesian side of Borneo, a breathtaking destination that is home to renowned heritage sites, islands and national parks.

Recommended destinations include Balikpapan (city and launch pad to dive sites), Maratua Island (clear waters and sea turtles), Banjarmasin (cultural city facing the Meratus Mountains) and Pontianak (city - not the ghost).

PHOTO: Perhaps pigs can’t fly, but they can find good luck if they travel to Bali this year.
Too lazy to wallow your way around the world? Then make 2018 a year of short-haul travel.
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PHOTO: Some far off destination, a mere figment of the imagination with magical sights like fairy chimneys and sunrise hot air balloons. Cappadocia, Turkey.
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PHOTO: A magical experience floating up with 50-100 other balloons at dusk and rising up into the sky as the sun paints beautiful colors across the horizon. Cappadocia, Turkey.
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PHOTO: Japan: forest bathing, called Shinrin-yoku in Japanese, Samrimyok in Korean, is a short, leisurely visit to a forest and is regarded as being similar to natural aromatherapy. So it's NOT bathing in a cool pool or lying about in the grass, it's simply taking a walk in a forest.
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## Friday, February 16, 2018

### Bike-sharing a hit with S’poreans

Source Website: http://www.tnp.sg/news/singapore/bike-sharing-hit-sporeans
By Hariz Baharudin, Reporter, The New Paper, 15 February 2018 at 06:00 am

PHOTO: Singaporeans and others living here appear to have embraced bike-sharing, if figures from bike-sharing companies here are anything to go by.
Data from bike-sharing companies show high demand from commuters in southern and eastern parts of the country.
Photo credit: Mobike
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Revealing its first-year statistics exclusively to The New Paper, oBike said it currently has one million active users.

Mobike said its bicycles have made 10 million trips, while an ofo spokesman said that its fleet is "growing".

According to the companies, their bicycles are used more frequently in the evenings.

PHOTO: Ofo spokesman said that its fleet is "growing" and each of its bikes is used four times a day. In its media statement, LTA shared that since the beginning of this year (2017), “several fully private-funded dockless bicycle-sharing services have emerged in Singapore”.
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Figures from oBike also indicate that its bicycles are used frequently for commuting during the weekday, with peak periods at between 4pm and 9pm and 6am and 9am.

Mr Tim Phang, general manager of oBike Singapore, said: "Commute on weekday evenings is at its highest peak, with ridership at three times higher compared to other times during weekdays."

Mobike also told TNP that its data revealed that riders here are "evening cyclers", while ofo said that its peak periods of use are during the morning and evening commutes.

As for where the bikes are mostly used, oBike's Mr Phang said the majority of its ridership is in the southern and eastern parts of Singapore, at 35 per cent and 32 per cent respectively.

PHOTO: oBike said it currently has one million active users. Figures from oBike also indicate that its bicycles are used frequently for commuting during the weekday, with peak periods at between 4pm and 9pm and 6am and 9am. Mr Tim Phang, general manager of oBike Singapore, said: "Commute on weekday evenings is at its highest peak, with ridership at three times higher compared to other times during weekdays." As for where the bikes are mostly used, oBike's Mr Phang said the majority of its ridership is in the southern and eastern parts of Singapore, at 35 per cent and 32 per cent respectively.
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A Mobike spokesman said the bulk of its demand comes from the universities, the Central Business District (CBD) and in East Coast Park (ECP).

Its bikes also see use to and from train stations, in line with LTA objectives to "improve first-and-last-mile connectivity and encourage cycling for short trips", spelt out when it called for a tender for a docked system of bicycle-sharing back in 2016.

Plans for the system were later scrapped when dockless bicycles started rolling out early last year.

PHOTO: Bikes also see use to and from train stations, in line with LTA objectives to "improve first-and-last-mile connectivity and encourage cycling for short trips", spelt out when it called for a tender for a docked system of bicycle-sharing back in 2016. Plans for the system were later scrapped when dockless bicycles started rolling out early last year.
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National University of Singapore transport expert Lee Der-Horng told TNP that the majority of the southern riders could come from office workers in the CBD, while the big number of eastern riders could be due to the recreational bike use in East Coast Park as well as the cycling towns there.

Mr Gopinath Menon, a senior research fellow at Nanyang Technological University specialising in transport, agreed.

"Tampines, Pasir Ris and Bedok are pioneers in cycling facilities, but other towns are catching up," he said.

PHOTO: National University of Singapore transport expert Lee Der-Horng told TNP that the majority of the southern riders could come from office workers in the CBD.
Image Credit: Mobike / Bike station at Republic Polytechnic
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PHOTO: The big number of eastern riders could be due to the recreational bike use in East Coast Park as well as the cycling towns there.
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3 TO 4 TIMES A DAY
According to oBike, its average user has cycled 1.3km and each bike is used three times a day in good weather. Meanwhile, ofo said each of its bikes is used four times a day.

Dr Lee, however, was sceptical over the ridership figures.

"If there are so many active users using the bicycles so many times, there should not be so many unused bicycles," he said.

Bicycle-sharing here does not yet have proper infrastructure, added Dr Lee. He explained that the infrastructure is still "insufficient", as evidenced by the shared-bicycles "littering" footpaths and pavements.

PHOTO: Bicycle-sharing here does not yet have proper infrastructure, added Dr Lee. He explained that the infrastructure is still "insufficient", as evidenced by the shared-bicycles "littering" footpaths and pavements.
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"If Singapore is to become a bike-sharing community, we need proper guidelines because it is now getting out of hand," said Dr Lee.

Last October, LTA announced that it had signed an agreement with bicycle-sharing firms here, as well as the National Parks Board and all 16 town councils, to encourage the responsible use of shared two-wheelers in public spaces, such as public paths and parks.

It also added then that by the start of this year, there would be more than 4,000 yellow bike-parking boxes for both privately-owned and shared bikes.

PHOTO: oBike made its official launch in April 2017 with a fleet of bikes available at almost every MRT station. White/silver with light orange features, these bicycles are the most widely accessible of the three, and are station-less, which allows you to get a bicycle anywhere. After downloading the app and creating a new account, users are required to pay a refundable $49 deposit ($19 for students) before they can start riding. New users also start with 100 credit points, given automatically upon registration.
The current cost is $0.50 for every 15 minutes. If you break any of its rules (e.g. failing to lock the bicycle after a trip, or parking at non-designated areas), demerits will be applied. Larger offences such as violating traffic laws, adding a private lock, and losing a bicycle will wipe out your credit score, which you’d want to avoid as going below 60 points raises the cost of a 15-minute ride to$50.
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Under the Street Works Act, bicycle users who obstruct others by parking indiscriminately in public can be fined up to \$2,000.

When asked if the shared-bicycles are achieving the aims LTA had originally set out, Mr Menon said he observed more bikes being used to and from bus stops than to train stations.

"I also notice that many bikes are used for recreational cycling," he added.

Dr Lee said he does not see the first and last mile issue as a pressing one as for most public residential areas in Singapore, a train station or bus stop is "not more than 15 minutes" away.

The ones who might be affected more, he added, are those living in private estates as these tend to be further away from bus stops and train stations.

PHOTO: On Tuesday (21 March 2017), Beijing-based company Mobike launched its bike-sharing service in Singapore, marking the firm’s first overseas expansion. It now joins two other similar providers – local startup oBike and fellow Chinese firm Ofo – both of whom are currently operating in Singapore.
Mobike will initially be deployed at selected high demand areas around the city such as MRT stations, industrial parks, and universities such as National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore Management University (SMU), and Republic Polytechnic, according to the company.
Photo credit: Mobike.
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PHOTO: Bike sharing in Singapore can be a cheap and convenient mode of transport.
Regularly riding a bicycle also means you’re adding minutes of physical activity to your day, which is beneficial for improving health and fitness. And as you cycle to and fro, you might get to discover the in’s and out’s of your neighbourhood, gaining a much deeper appreciation for your surroundings. And perhaps most importantly, bike-sharing lets you go green and save the Earth, one errand at a time.
Photo: Wang Tom / www.123rf.com
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By Hariz Baharudin, Reporter, The New Paper, 15 February 2018 at 06:00 am