Established in 1999

.    .   .   . .   .   .   . .   .   .   .


Home | Entertainment | Arts | Books | Short stories | News | Shopping | Games | Education | CollectiblesGet Singapore things | Food | TV/Radio | What's New | Health | Get something done in Singapore | Attractions | Useful Services | Internet Stuff | Message Board | Stock | Recruitment | Banking & Finance | Hobbies & Crafts | Local Talents | Telecommunication | Associations & ClubsAuctions | Office | Companies | Virtual Cemetery | Virtual Singapore Postcards | BackPackers' Corner | Singaporean Cooking | Free English Lessons | MORE

Founding| OUR PAST | World War II | Our Gazetted Monuments | Sightseeing

Horoscope: ASTROLOGY ZONE® by Susan Miller    

   Singapore Time






  Singapore Law





  Permits & Passes




  Bank ATMs


  24-hour Outlets


  Getting Around 



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.


The Editor

Raymond Han

You can e-mail him at


What's New on our website

CPF Contribution Rates Over The Years

HDB Flats Built Over The Years

Vehicles: Top 10 Sellers

The Straits Times' history

National Service Registration Dates

Health Questions & Answers

List of cinemas

24-hour Outlets

Free English Lessons

ERP Rates for cars

Golden Mike Awards

Recent Property Sale Transactions

Our National Library

Radio Music Awards

Teddy-Bear Making Workshops by Jennifer Laing

The Esplanade - Theatres On The Bay

Approved Institutions for abortion

Banking News

Currency Weekly Closing Rates


House Agents' CEHA

Singaporean Cooking

The WEATHER TODAY: Partly cloudy and slightly hazy with showers expected in the morning and early afternoon mainly over southern and eastern Singapore. TOMORROW'S WEATHER  Slightly hazy conditions, late morning and early afternoon showers for Wednesday and Thursday. WATER TIDES High tide  1.13pm 2.4m  -  SUN Sunrise 7.05 am Sunset 7.17 pm MOON Moonrise 8.43pm  8.15am  PSI: 35 (good) TEMPERATURE: 25-32  degrees Celsius (The weather is updated daily at 8am Singapore time) For more information, call Meteorological Service Singapore Tel: (65) 542 7788.    

Previous FrontPages 

Yesterday   July 2000  Jan-Jun 2000  1999   

Currency Converter      Singapore Currency Notes      My E-mail Account

     Harry Potter makes e-commerce history


Stroll along Orchard Road - the shopping heart of Singapore    

Click logo to start tour

Coming Soon: A walk through HKL's CityLink: Singapore's first subterranean mall

Mdm Kang's Kitchen Chilli Crabs

     The new hard-cover 636-page Harry Potter & The Goblet Of Fire went on sale in Singapore on 8 Jul 2000. It is now available at Times The Bookshop, Times Newslink, EMF, Bookaburra, Borders, Dymocks, Kunikuniya, WH Smith, myepb, Popular Bookshop, RELC English Bookshop, San Bookshop & Tango Mango. The book is priced at S$41.15. However, Kinokuniya, Borders and Popular  offer a 20% discount.

  This 4th instalment in the Harry Potter series made e-commerce history when 250,000 copies of the book, the largest distribution of any single item in one day, was delivered by on its launch date, 8 Jul 2000.

  The author of the Harry Potter series, J.K. Rowling, was awarded an OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) recently. On the Donny & Marie Show last year, she revealed her publisher had convinced her not to use her full name because it was felt that boys wouldn't like to read an adventure book written by a lady. She also said that she had written the books totally for herself but was pleasantly surprised when it became overwhelmingly popular. She has already completed the plot of the 7th book in the series even though it had not been written yet.

  Though some parents are not keen on having their children read the book on account of its stress on wizardry, we say you should give the book a good read, together with your child. Perhaps, you will be able to relive some of your childhood fantasies à la Enid Blyton.

We received our 200,000th hit on 26 Jun 2000!

If you have any comments or questions, please e-mail us at

NEW WEBSITES is designed to help consumers shorten the process of buying selection. Buyers can obtain competitive price quotations from vshopper. helps you buy or sell your car. Also has a free valuation service provided on screen in the comfort of your home Condo Property Listings, Service Providers & Reverse Auctions for the Singapore market. where you can add your name to a buying list without being obliged to buy. Choose from categories, such as audio & video, computers or vehicles. Free local delivery! is an online and procurement solutions service provider for local designer Doreen Chee's dresses and bags. is the website of local makeup label Inuovi. is the website of independent financial planners. It offers unit trusts, money market funds as well as stocks to investors. is a financial portal launched in late June 2000. It provides immediate mobile phone notification of news and stock prices. or the print version, a morning tabloid, Project Eyeball, is a new newspaper set to hit the streets and the cyber-highways on Monday 17 Jul 2000. Coming to you from Singapore Press Holdings (SPH). has gone online! This shop already has nine branches selling everything at S$1.99 each. Items range from crockery, utensils, confectionery,  household accessories, artificial flowers to Hello Kitty stationery. is a legal website coming online in August 2000. It will provide a one-stop centre for people to find lawyers.

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


The Singaporean website community Set up your company's website here. More...

We are now 950 pages thick and growing.

Public Holidays NATIONAL DAY is the next public holiday. It falls on Wednesday 9 August 2000.

General Message Board

Madam Kang's Kitchen Message Board

Singapore Cemetery Warren Message Board 

BackPackers' Message Board

Cathay Cinema screened its last movie show on 30 Jun 2000. The 61-year-old building is expected to be demolished to make way for a new building.


*MeesPierson N.V. has merged with Fortis Bank (Netherland) N.V. and the new entity is known as Fortis Bank (Netherland) N.V. Fortis Bank (Netherland) N.V. has been issued a banking licence w.e.f. 23 Jun 2000 and MeesPierson N.V. has surrendered its banking licence.

New societies registered:

*Arulmigu Velmurugan Gnana Muneeswarar Temple  397 Serangoon road Singapore 218123 (24 Jun 2000)

*Asia DAB Committee of the World DAB Forum  140 Hill St #04-01 MITA Bldg Singapore 179369 (24 Jun 2000)

Please sign our guestbook... Thank you.

PEOPLE SEARCH: Let us flip through the phone book to help you find someone you wish to contact urgently. Email your request to


Singapore Government Website   Police Ministry Of Education  Consular Matters & Migrating (known as permanent residency)

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


 National Day 9 Aug 2000

Have you started displaying the Singapore flag at the facade of your residence yet?

Show your love for your country!

Advance estimates from the Ministry of Trade & Industry show that gross domestic product (GDP) in the 2nd quarter 2000 grew by 7.7%, in real terms, over the same period last year. Goods-producing industries is estimated to have grown by 7.8% and services-producing industries by 6.8%. The financial services industry is estimated to have declined due largely to the high base last year. The construction sector, however, remained sluggish.

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, flying into Singapore, getting an employment pass, and applying for visas for your spouse and children. 

Useful Services  Relocating to Singapore?

Harvard Din & Tonics 2000 a cappella with a twist at Chijmes Hall, 8pm on 17, 18, & 19 Jul 2000. Presented by Caldwell Arts Entertainment. Tickets at S$25 (adults), S$20 (students). Hotline: (65) 332 6274/332 6285 or click CaldwellArts.

Fabulous At 40 Starring Koh Chieng Mun Directed by Hossan Leong. Music by Iskandar Ismail. 21-22 Jul 2000 Chijmes Hall  8pm. Tickets at S$35 & S$45. 

Vengaboys Live In Concert 2000  22 Jul 2000  7pm Siloso Beach, Sentosa

Singapore River Fiesta from 22 Jul - 9 Aug 2000. Venue: Singapore River.

A Vocal Recital by Ying Huang (world renowned soprano) Piano: J.J. Lenna      23 July 2000  8pm  Victoria Concert Hall

National Day Parade at the Padang on 9 Aug 2000.

See Entertainment for more local happenings!


Tourism Board

Tourist Arrival Statistics

BackPackers' Corner

Luggage Repair

Rent A Car

To get free copies of brochures on Singapore, including Singapore Official Guide, please click HERE.


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. 

Good Eats

10 MUST VISIT places


2nd-hand Watches

Shopping Complaints


Fireworks Display


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

Top Ten KINOKUNIYA Bestsellers

 Top Ten BORDERS Bestsellers

 Top Ten MPH Bestsellers

Top Ten TIMES Bestsellers

This website is updated throughout the day every day and the Frontpage is updated between 10.00 pm and 12.00am Singapore time (+8 hours GMT).  


      Contact us at 

P.O. Box 162 Hougang Mall Post Office Singapore 915306 Tel: (65) 282 4221 Fax: (65) 281 4785. The business name is registered in the Republic of Singapore under Certificate of Registration Number 52908811L

Copyright ©1999, 2000  All rights reserved  Just A Click Away™


Tuesday 18 July 2000

Taking back the flats of convicted killer-litter offenders is a harsh measure, but it is needed to press home the point that anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated, said National Development Minister Mah Bow Tan yesterday. At a media briefing on killer-litter, he said the HDB preferred to use public education, but the recent spate of incidents showed that education alone was not enough.

A housewife kicked her Indonesian maid and pulled her hair for lying about not having taken a nap, and made her cry by slapping her when she broke a bowl accidentally. Tan Siam Keow, 33, was fined a total of S$3,000 after admitting to two charges of hurting her 18-year-old maid, Ms Kasiyan Serin.

About 150 tenants of Gay World Amusement Park were served notice to leave the premises by 31 Mar 2000. Many tenants have since moved out and the remaining tenants were given an extension to 30 Jun 2000. The main tenant, Eng Wah Organisation, which was managing the park, terminated its lease with Land Office last month. The 3.2-ha site, earmarked for residential development, is owned by the land Office. 


Manila: Speculation was rife that US1 million (S$1.7 million) was paid to Muslim extremists yesterday to gain the freedom of ailing German flute teacher Renate Wallert after 85 days in captivity.

Hongkong: A man without an airline ticket passed through four security checkpoints at Hongkong's International Airport and boarded a Singapore Airlines plane before alert crew members spotted him, it was reported yesterday. Red-faced airport officials were scrambling to find out how the 30-year-old man, identified only as Mr Kim and said to be holding an American passport, went through the various checkpoints without being stopped.  

 Around the world

London: British Home Secretary Jack Straw has blamed the "baggage of empire" and British colonial jingoism for the widespread English racism in the country. He is the first government minister to admit publicly that English football hooliganism was caused not by hardcore thugs, but by "racist and xenophobic white males".

Courtesy of

The Straits Times

The Straits Times' history

Newspapers In Singapore

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.


Singapore's economy grew at a strong 8.5% in the first half of the year following another period of fast growth in the second quarter. Boosted by the galloping expansion in the manufacturing sector, the April-June growth rate is expected to be a sizzling 7.7%.

Consumer prices fell by 0.4% in Jun 2000, as lower costs of transport, communications and clothing more than offset rises in housing, health and education and stationery.

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.