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Estimated population of Singapore citizens and permanent residents - 3,163,500 as at June 1998.

Chinese                   77%

Malays                      14%

Indians                    7.6%

Other ethnic groups 1.4%

Working Language: English

Other official languages: Mandarin, Malay & Tamil.

Planners expect the population of Singapore to reach 5.5 million by 2040 or 2050, taking into account an expected increase in the number of foreigners working here. From just 3 million in 1990, the number has swelled to 3.9 million today, including 700 000 foreigners.

A high-level working committee is now looking at ways to encourage more couples to have babies. Demographer Saw Swee Hock says that if the fertility rate continues to stay below two, the population here, minus the foreigners, will peak at about 3.3 million in 2025 and then begin to drop.


Singapore's water is clean and safe to drink from the tap. There is no need to boil it.


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The WEATHER TODAY: Partly cloudy. Showers with thunder expected in the late morning and afternoon over many areas.  WATER TIDES High tide 0.07am 2.8m  11.50 pm 3.0m  SUN Sunrise 6.57 am Sunset 7.07 pm MOON Moonrise 7.51am  Moonset 8.21pm   PSI: 62 (moderate) TEMPERATURE: 24-31  degrees Celsius (updated daily at 7am Singapore time)    

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     Sungei Buroh Nature Park

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  Sungei Buroh Nature Park is all about getting close to birds that are native to Singapore. When was the last time you had a look at an egret? Do you know what it looks like? Did you know the egret is native to Singapore? Where else besides the Nature Park can you find the egret?

  Well, the answer to the last question is this: busy Singaporeans can take a glimpse of the egret - a white bird with long black legs & feet or black legs and yellow feet - at the open field next to Jurong East MRT station. Some egrets can be found grazing there almost every day.

  But, of course, the best place to look at the bird, and other birds, such as the Heron, Sandpiper, Whimbrel, Redshank and the Plover, is Sungei Buroh Nature Park. But, birds are not the only attraction, there are butterflies, monkeys, fish as well as interesting plants, such as the carnivorous Slender Pitcher Plant, to grab your attention. In fact, on 27 May, 9 Jun & 24 Jun 2000, the Park has this PRAWN-WATCH activity. It goes on from 9am - 11am. You can watch how traditional farmers harvest their prawns right there at the Park. 

  Take time off from your work, take your loved ones or your children along. They will surely love the extraordinary experience and, not least, the escape from the concrete jungle.

  Going there is quite easy. You just need to board TIBS bus service No. 925 from Kranji MRT Station. On weekends and public holidays, the bus will stop at the Park entrance but on weekdays, you have to alight at Kranji Reservoir carpark and then take a 15-minute walk to the Park. If in doubt, ask the bus captain.

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NEW WEBSITES is an online lingerie boutique started by two friends, Gina Toh & Laura Lee. is a personal e-organiser, scheduler, reminder (through phone & pager), and Unified Messaging Service (UMS). You can download real-time web pages to fax machines. It also has English & Chinese email readers.

AF2000 is Temasek Polytechnic's 3rd international Singapore Animation Fiesta 2000 website. The festival runs from 9 - 11 June 2000 at SICEC Suntec City. was launched on 2 May 2000. It addresses the concerns of Asian parents and has articles dealing with family planning, pregnancy, birth issues and childcare matters. It also has an ovulation calculator, gender predictor and name finder for new parents. is a website on mums for mums by mums.  dedicates itself to linking e-angels to promising Internet & Infocomm Start-Up Companies. or the print version, a morning tabloid, Project Eyeball, is a new newspaper set to hit the streets and the cyber-highways in the middle of the year. Coming to you from Singapore Press Holdings (SPH)., which offers listings of short-haul tour packages tour operators want to sell off quickly, will be launched on 17 May 2000. Click for a preview.

BANKmates: Get a Personal Assistant to do your errands in Singapore.


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We are now 516 pages thick and growing.

New! The new Cartier boutique has opened at Ngee Ann City #01-33 & #02-04. Tel: (65) 734 2427.

Renamed! The Lasalle International Design School is now Raffles Lasalle International Design School.


Singapore High Commission in London has launched its website.

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Setting up a business? Do a free Name Search first to see whether the name you want is available. Click RCB.


The 17-storey Cathay Building, which houses Cathay Cinema (opened on 3 Oct 1939), is to make way for a new 15-storey shopping-office-cinema complex. It was completed in 1941.

EscapeArtist.Com  The website on overseas living for international job seekers and expatriates.  

ExpatSingapore  For expatriates planning to relocate to Singapore. Provides excellent information on Singapore.  

ContactSingapore  Step-by-step guide to applying for a job, getting an employment pass, remuneration structure and corporate culture. 

Useful Services  Relocating to Singapore?

     The Singapore Jewellers' Association (SJA) has advised tourists to buy jewellery from retailers accredited with the Singapore Jewellers' Association or who carry the Jeweller Trust or Case Trust logo. Its announcement follows a series of complaints by tourists from China who told the Chinese daily, Lianhe Zaobao that they were "ripped off" by jewellers in Singapore who sold them fake products.


Tourism Board

Tourist Arrival Statistics

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Low Lying Areas In Singapore  Lists the flood-prone areas in Singapore.

Things you should know  Tells you things you need to be aware of. 

The top ten fiction and non-fiction titles sold at these bookstores last week

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 Friday 5 May 2000

Singapore Pools is to open 50 new betting outlets islandwide soon. This will bring the number of outlets selling 4-D, Toto, Singapore Sweep and other lottery tickets to 200 from the present 150.

Former top banking regulator at the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), Koh Beng Seng, has been appointed deputy president of United Overseas Bank Group (UOB). This is the number four position in the group.


Tokyo: The 17-year-old youth who terrorised his hostages on a bus for over 15 hours was overcome by police in a pre-dawn attack yesterday. Reports here said that in late February this year, the youth had shut himself up at home with a knife, prompting his mother to put him in a psychiatric hospital. On Wednesday, he returned home for what was to have been a one-day visit, but disappeared around noon.

Around the world

New York: A taxi driver is far more likely to be killed on the job than any other worker in the United States. The review of Department of Labour data shows that in the 1990s, the homicide rate for cabbies averaged 30 for every 100 000 workers. The national average was 0.6.

Courtesy of The Straits Times

News updated by 8.00 am daily.



30ml Gin

15ml Cherry Brandy

120ml Pineapple Juice

15ml Lime Juice

7.5ml Cointreau

7.5ml Dom Benedictine

10ml Grenadine

A dash of Angostura Bitters

Garnish with a slice of pineapple & cherry

The Singapore Sling was created by Raffles Hotel bartender Mr Ngiam Tong Boon.


The consumer price index (CPI) for March 2000 dipped by 0.3% compared to February 2000. Food prices fell by 1.6% due mainly to cheaper seafood, vegetables and fresh pork. The cost of transport and communications fell by 0.2% due to falling car prices.

The CPI is used as an inflation gauge by measuring the change in the prices of a fixed basket of goods purchased commonly by most households.

The Government has forecast that inflation will be within 2% this year.