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Lending Bee Gives Away 50 Free Masks Per Person, A Total Of 300,000 Free Masks To Be Distributed

As the COVID-19 pandemic ensues, Lending Bee will be distributing 50 free surgical masks to members of the community. We estimate that a total of 6,000 people will stand to benefit from this cause. During these unprecedented and precarious times, we believe that everyone has a part to play in combating the virus and keeping it at bay. 50 Free Masks Each To Singaporeans To Battle The Coronavirus Pandemic At Lending Bee, one of our four commitments include doing what’s right. We hope that these free masks from Lending Bee will help members of the community meaningfully, while encouraging them to step up and play their part in alleviating the COVID-19 situation. To be eligible for the 50 free surgical masks, all you have to do is walk into any of Lending Bee’s four branches (Orchard, Toa Payoh, Bedok North, Jurong East) and our loan officers will provide you with the free masks. It’s that simple! Surgical masks are given out on a first come first serve basis. While we are relieved that the Singapore government has controlled the COVID-19 situation pretty well, we must not rest on our laurels. Now that we will be entering Phase 2, and Phase 3 eventually, let us all unite and emerge as a stronger Singapore together!

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Your All-In-One Guide To Getting A Driving License Singapore: Cost, Procedures, Driving Centres, etc.

What’s the easiest way to get from Point A to Point B? Grab, public transport, walking? How does driving sound? Taking a cab, asking for lifts, dependable public transport and the high cost of cars are some of the factors that contribute to some Singaporeans having a lukewarm response to driving. However, driving is an essential skill that you should have. While you may not own a vehicle, possessing a driving license can be useful when the time calls for it. For instance when you travel abroad; someone needs assistance with moving their car or during a road trip. If you wish to learn how to drive, you’re in luck! This all in one guide will provide you with a list of things to take into consideration, along with the comparison between the costs of various driving schools within Singapore. Singapore Driving Centres: Fees There are three driving centres in Singapore: Bukit Batok Driving Centre (BBDC) in Bukit Batok, ComfortDelGro Driving Centre (CDC) in Ubi and the Singapore Safety Driving Centre (SSDC). It would be a good idea to choose a convenient school in regards to distance and accessibility, but factors such as the passing rate and costs may also influence your final decision. All three schools usually have specific standard fees. Anything that is mandated or conducted by Traffic Police such as the eyesight test, practical test and photo taking is standardised. These aspects are only different in terms of theoretical and practical lessons. Generally, BBDC appears to be the most affordable option for enrolment, taking the required lessons as well as the trail tests before the initial Basic Theory Test that will cost slightly upwards of $173. The most costly option is Singapore Safety Driving Center, with a difference of approximately $7. SSDC charges more for practical lessons. This payment constitutes the majority of the cost because you require over 20 driving lessons to become competent. Below is a comparison table for easy reference: 1. Enrolment Fees The enrolment fee charged as a driving school course is approximately $96.30. This fee is valid for one year regardless of

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The Best TV Streaming Services in Singapore 2020: Netflix Vs HBO Vs Viu Vs HBO GO and More

Ask any of your friends and most of them will probably have a subscription to a TV streaming service. Netflix, HBO, Viu, are just some of the TV streaming services available for subscription. With the Circuit Breaker measures in place, most of us wind up being at home, looking for things to do. While activities such as baking, exercising and gaming can be ways to rewind, sometimes, just sitting back and watching your favourite show can be relaxing as well! When it comes to TV streaming services, Netflix is the most popular option. However, there are other competitive streaming services accessible in Singapore. You can choose from Viu, HBO, and more depending on your preference and budget. During this time, when movement is restricted, it is a good idea to compare different options and determine what you wish to view. Here’s A Comparison Of The Different TV Streaming Services 8 Most Famous Streaming Services In Singapore 1. Netflix AS the most widely used streaming service in Singapore, Netflix has provided Singaporeans with a wide range of TV shows and movies. It is also generally well-known around the world as the ultimate American streaming platform that took over the TV scene. The service is famous for its wide range of content of dramas and movies that include Netflix Originals such as Black Mirror, Stranger Things, Witcher, Kingdom and Never Have I Ever. Here is a more in depth look into its subscription fees and what you can enjoy: 2. Amazon Prime Video Amazon Prime Video has a fairly impressive library of shows, including popular Originals such as The Men in the High Castle, Good Omens. They also have well-known American shows like NCIS, Two and a Half Men and The Office. Some people might find the movie library to be a bit dated with its older options, but there are always some classics gems ranging from the timeless Mean Girls to Mr. & Mrs Smith. Here is a more in depth look into its subscription fees and what you can enjoy: 3. HBO GO HBO GO is the popular streaming service

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Bored At Home This Circuit Breaker Period? Here Are 10 Games To Keep You Entertained

The circuit breaker period that recently started might probably have left you with a lot of free time on your hands, plus a fair share of stress. Singapore’s circuit breaker period will last from the 7 April 2020, to 1 June 2020. Video games are good distractions and help pass the time more easily. However, it’s important to get only the best games, or you’ll get even more frustrated than you already are. Here are 10 popular circuit breaker games that will help you blow some steam during this challenging period. Through these games, you can also take the opportunity to spend some quality time with your family and friends! 1. Pummel Party You’ll like Pummel Party especially if you’re a fan of arcade-style games. This game will have you in a virtual world, fighting with your friends. The participants throw dices to find out how many steps they’re able to take on the map in their quest for “cups”. What makes Pummel Party different is the mini-games you’ll play between rounds, which establish new power structures and advantages. Besides, you can steal your friends’ victories right as they’re about to win. What could be better? Cost: $14.50 Link: Click here for details 2. Animal Crossing Pocket Camp This circuit breaker period leaves you with a lot of free time to start doing some housework. However, doing housework in real life isn’t nearly as much fun as doing it in a game. That’s because Animal Crossing allows you to craft unique furniture for your campsite. Another reason to try Animal Crossing Pocket Camp is that it donates part of its profits to museums that have closed during the COVID-19 outbreak. So while you play, you can also contribute to keeping museums open. Cost: Free, but you may make in-app purchases Link: Click here for details 3. Crossy Road While you’re stuck at home for the COVID-19 circuit breaker, try this game. You can play it online for free, and you’ll get addicted pretty quickly. That’s because playing Crossy Road is very much like going outside during the COIVD-19 outbreak. As such, your

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11 Travelling Tips To Note When Planning For A Trip With Friends

To be able to jet set on an adventure with your friends would most probably have been a thing of your bucket list as a child. Going on a trip with friends can be a wonderful and memorable experience, full of laughter and adventure. You’ll get to explore the world and create beautiful memories with your closest friends. However, as much as you’d prefer not to hear this, you’ll need to be cautious when planning for a group trip. Whether or not your trip turns out well depends on several critical factors which need to be carefully considered. Questions To Ask Yourself Before Planning A Trip Together When choosing friends that you intend to travel with, here are a few questions to carefully consider: How well do you know this particular group of friends? Do you all share similar values and interests? Do you all generally have similar likes and dislikes when choosing outdoor activities and preferred travel destinations? Is this group of friends trustworthy? What are your answers to the above questions? These will determine the group of friends that you’ll choose to go on a trip with. Having made the initial decision, you will then need to embark on a systematic method of planning. Below are 11 tips that are useful for the process. They are broken down into tips to be taken note of before and during the trip. Travelling Tips To Note Before The Trip:   1. Come up with a detailed budget and agree on it This should be the first thing on your group’s mind when planning a trip. After all, your group’s country of intended travel heavily hinges on the budget that all of you have to work with. Everyone should be involved in this critical stage of the planning process. Different travel destinations require different budget amounts. The budget needs to be agreeable to everyone in the group. Those who have slightly more to spend should accommodate those who do not have the same capability. There should also be a clear decision made regarding the total amount required for the entire trip,

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What is the Job of a Guide Dog and What Is It Allowed to Do in Singapore?

Did you know that guide dogs are allowed on public transport such as the MRT and buses? Service animals are allowed to accompany visually handicapped commuters and are allowed on board trains and in train stations. The guide dogs will wear a special harness. Guide dogs are assistant dogs that are specially trained to provide help to people who are living with disabilities. This type of dog serves the purpose of leading visually impaired and blind individuals by helping them find their way around obstacles or situations that they would not typically be able to navigate. Training A Guide Dog A dog is not transformed into a guide dog within a matter of minutes or hours. It takes a lot of time to train and socialize the dog within a range of environments and situations until it is matched with a companion who is visually impaired. Larger breeds such as German shepherds, Labradors and Golden Retrievers are the main options for guide dogs due to their size. They have the ability to lead their companions or handlers and avoid walking into hazardous situations. Puppies that will end up as guide dogs are usually placed inside the homes of foster families or volunteers. This is essential for enabling them to develop social skills. Dogs are expected to begin advanced training sessions after a year. These sessions are facilitated by professional trainers and can last for as long as six months. During this training period, specialized skills like retrieving objects as well as navigation and obedience are taught and practiced. Guide dogs are introduced to the harnesses that they will be wearing when they work in order for them to be able to enhance their partners’ mobility. After completing this level of training, the dog embarks on the next phase that consists of assisting a visually impaired person who has applied for a service dog. An instructor or school is responsible for supervising the matching process. At this time, the handler or partner and dog start to bond and work through training sessions that involve practicing in daily situations that they are

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26 Must-Have Apps For Those Living In Singapore (2020 Update)

Think of the last time you used an app for something. As a technologically advanced city, just about everyone on our sunny island uses a smartphone and with that comes the use of a variety of applications. Apps have made it a lot easier to do just about everything from hailing a taxi, buying food, selling or buying clothes and other items, and so much more. These handy apps are convenient and reliable and make life in Singapore a lot easier. Here are some apps to consider. 1. Navigation: Google Maps, Apple Maps, Waze, Gothere Imagine having to go for an interview, or even a casual thing such as meeting your friend. Then you realise that you have no idea where the location is. This is where navigation apps can prove to be extremely helpful. Navigation apps can help you get to where you need to go. Google Maps is usually the most popular navigation app that people use, with Apple Maps coming in at a close second. Google Maps offers street view, maps out businesses in Singapore, residential areas, and also other places of interest. Apple Maps is only available on iOS, while gothere.sg provides lots of information on store directories and shopping malls but comes at a small price: It is also on iOS only. On the other hand, if you drive frequently, Waze is an app for drivers and offers information in real time about traffic jams, accidents, alerts for speeding cameras and red lights. It’s helpful in that you are able to get live updates on traffic conditions even before you leave the comfort of your home. This way, you’ll be able to plan for alternative routes to your destination. In turn, saving you lots of time. 2. Taxi: Grab, ComfortDelGro, Gojek These are ride-share and taxi apps. Grab is the most popular one and can be used on both Android and iOS devices. It is well known not only for being a ride hailing app, but also an app where you can make relevant payment at selected merchants and get rewards in the process. ComfortDelGro

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10 Essential Ingredients For A Healthy Lifestyle – Take Stock Of Your Health Today

New year, new goals. You’ll probably have embarking on a healthy lifestyle written somewhere as part of your new year’s resolution. Fast forward to more than half a year later. Did you actually abide by your resolution? There’s a difference between existing and living. If you wish to make the most out of your life on Earth, one of the most important things is to be healthy. That way, you can enjoy the good times and have the energy to fight through the bad. As they all say, health is wealth. However, being healthy does not only mean eating right and constant exercise. Here are 10 ways in which you can keep yourself healthy: 1. Eat Healthily If you’re tired of reading about fad diets and celebrities losing weight with miracle recipes or slimming products, you’re not the only one. The truth is when most people hear the phrase “eat healthily”, they think about eating correctly for a limited amount of time, so they can look a certain way. Even if you’re turning healthy food into a lifestyle, you still dream of cheat days. And that’s not ok. Eat healthily to feel great, to eliminate mental fog and to be more content. Healthy eating helps you be more present at home and better at your job. Pro tip: Various diets claim to be the best – Paleo, Keto, Mediterranean or Vegan are just a few. Choose the one you resonate with, but avoid saturated fats, an excess of sugar, salty and fried foods. 2. Sleep Right Different people have different definitions of getting enough sleep. Some of us thrive when we go to bed early, while others are night owls. Some can make do with 6 hours of rest, while others need 9 hours per night. Research has shown that that sleeping right means going through at least four or five sleep cycles each night, from shallow to deep sleep to REM. If you wish to avoid insomnia or sleep interruptions, limit your screen time two hours before bed. Arrange your bedroom for sleep, with no distractions, no screens, not

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13 Must-Visit Nature Hiking Trails In Singapore To Explore And Recharge

Singapore, the green city is endowed with amazing nature parks, spectacular hills, sparkling wetlands and breathtaking landscapes. Whether you’re looking for a change of sceneries, a memorable hiking experience, or to simply connect with nature, Singapore offers hefty myriad scenic options. Here is sneak preview into some of the country’s most striking beauty and nature trails! 1. Chestnut Nature Park This offers it all-hiking, bird watching, mountain biking, and the chance to connect with nature. The nature park is especially popular with cycling and hiking enthusiasts thanks to the separate hiking and mountain biking trails. Chestnut’s 8.2 km-long mountain biking trail vary in difficulty starting from easy, medium, to very difficult and insanely difficult. For hikers, the park provides a total of 5.6 km of majestic trail. Bird watches will have a chance of photographing some of disappearing species including the rare straw-headed Bulbul. 2. Bukit Timah Reserve Located a mere 12 kilometers from the bubbly city centre, the Bukit Timah Reserve proudly stands tall shining its unmistakable natural beauty on the island as its highest peak. Apart from the deep rich war history, the mountain has one of the nation’s thickest and most versatile ecological systems. There’s also the rare wildlife- including sunda pangolin- and an astonishingly huge collection of plants and insects. It’s such an experience trekking among the rare vegetation and raw tropical forest. 3. Kranji Marshes One of the country’s largest freshwater marshes, the Kranji marshes are a sight to behold. If you’re visiting the area for the first time, you will quickly realise why they are one of the most photographed sites on the island. Visitors have a choice of walking along the Neo Tiew Woods watching out for birds and interesting reptiles including monitor lizards. One can also spend precious time in the multiple natural habitats. When the usual raptor migratory season comes, visiting species like the Black Baza plus the Japanese Sparrowhawk dot the area giving visitors a rare chance to enjoy the interaction between the residents and the excited newcomers. 4. Southern Ridges Another of the crown jewels in the countries landscape,

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15 Ways To Reduce Stress And Calm Your Mind For Better Mental Health

Looking for a new job? Unpaid bills? An increase in financial obligation? Health issues? Stress. In Singapore where everything moves so quickly, it is safe to say that we’ve all had a run with being stress. If you are not careful, the build-up of stress can end up affecting your health, relationships and even your career. Sadly, stress is inevitable. But as they say, it pays to make the best out of every situation. Therefore, you’ll have to learn how to cope in the midst of the challenges. Below are 15 ways that will help you to reduce the stress levels in your life and create a mind-set of peace. 1. Have An Attitude Of Gratitude Grateful people are generally happy people. In spite of all the stressful situations, there is always something to be grateful about. It’s easier to focus on the negative aspects of your life, but this will only serve to multiply the amount of stress. You should learn to appreciate all the positives in your life, because this tends to create a different feeling of optimism. An attitude of gratitude is the first step to bringing joy and consequently relieving stress levels. 2. Get Enough Restful Sleep Sleep-deprived people tend to be stressed, moody, and never give their best output physically or mentally. Getting quality sleep is more than just sleeping for long hours. It is actually getting full rest during the hours of sleep. If you sleep for 8 hours but toss and turn for the most part of the night, then that is not considered quality sleep. When you are able to get proper rest at night, you are more mentally prepared to face the day’s challenges, and this automatically reduces the stress levels. 3. Laugh More As the old adage says, laughter does good like medicine. It has been said that a human face uses more muscles to make a frown than to make a smile. Laughter is known to reduce inflammation in the arteries and generally give one a healthier heart. As a way of reducing stress, you can choose to hang

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