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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 and slightly hazy. TOMORROW'S WEATHER  Winds should be from the south-west. Generally fair except for isolated showers in the morning for Wednesday and Thursday. WATER TIDES High tide 11.46am 2.6m  11.01pm  3.1m  SUN Sunrise 7.02 am Sunset 7.10 pm MOON Moonrise 6.44am   Moonset 7.14pm  PSI: 43 (good) TEMPERATURE: 24-32  degrees Celsius (The weather is updated daily at 8am Singapore time) For more information, call Meteorological Service Singapore Tel: (65) 542 7788.    

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  Today marks the first day of the Eighth month in the Lunar Calendar. The Chinese can hold celebrations once again. For the past one month, the Chinese have put off many activities, such as weddings, renovations, moving house, installing a water heater, buying a new house, etc., simply because it was the Seventh Month in the Lunar Calendar.

  Last night, final prayers were offered by many Chinese families around the world to mark the end of the Seventh Month. Meats, fish and other goodies were offered to the wandering ghosts and spirits. After much feasting, these ghosts and spirits, let out into our world, returned to their own world before the gates of hell closed at midnight early this morning.

  The Eighth Month heralds the Mid-Autumn Festival or Mooncake Festival or Lantern Festival - call it what you may. The Mid-Autumn Festival is celebrated on the 15th day of the Eighth Month - 12 Sep 2000 on our Georgian Calendar. Already, shopping centres here in Singapore are abuzz with activities as hotels, restaurants and eateries set up kiosks in the atriums of such shopping centres to ply their mooncakes. The largest gathering of mooncake makers must be the one in the basement atrium of Ngee Ann City in Orchard Road. There, rows upon rows of mooncake stalls attended by chefs and helpers from the main hotels and restaurants of Singapore dangle their delicious mooncakes in front of salivating customers. Many of these stalls have chefs rolling out mooncakes on counters behind display shelves - to the delight of the shoppers. Free bite-sized pieces of mooncake are offered to passing shoppers to entice them to the stalls. If you happen to be in Orchard Road, do drop in for a visit.

  Don't forget to attend the Lantern Festival 2000 at the Chinese Garden from 31 Aug - 13 Sep 2000. Over 3,000 lanterns from Guangdong and Jiangsu provinces in China are on display. There are other attractions, such as a food fair and cultural shows to keep you entralled during its opening hours from 9am - 10pm. Admission charges are S$7 (adult) and S$4 (child).

We received our 400,000th hit on 22 Aug 2000!

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NEW WEBSITES is the official website of the Sydney Olympics 2000. Officials predict a staggering total of 6.5 billion hits for the site. is devoted to enriching the lives of seniors. It is the Internet arm of Senior Life, a bi-monthly magazine. is a career website that searches for a suitable "match" between their clients and candidates. It was established in 1993.

Bikers Homepage fulfils all your motorcycling needs in Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand. Info, rides, ads, links, tours, pics, hangouts, and much more.  is a search engine. is an online grocery shop launched on 23 Aug 2000. They deliver during working days but you can get free delivery with orders exceeding S$30. You can also return unsatisfactory goods within 7 days. is a travel website with bargain fares from the region (Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Australia & New Zealand). It is an e-commerce initiative of Chan Brothers. is a community messageboard for people living in Singapore & Hongkong. Post or view messages on schools, work and play. is the website of The Legends Golf and Country Resort in Malaysia. It is a masterplanned resort. or the print version, a morning tabloid, Project Eyeball, is a new newspaper which hit the streets on 12 Aug 2000. Brought to you by 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 1,196 pages thick and growing.

Public Holidays DEEPAVALI is the next public holiday. It falls on Thursday 26 October 2000.

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Registration for national service for all male Singaporeans and permanent residents born between 13 Dec 1982 and 12 Mar 1983 started on 31 Jul 2000 and ends on 29 Sep 2000. For those born between 13 Mar 1983 & 12 Jun 1983, registration starts on 2 Oct 2000 & ends on 24 Nov 2000.


New Schools Registered:

Linguabridge Language Centre  35 Selegie Rd #05-13 Parklane Shopping Mall Singapore 188307 Supervisor: Mdm Xu Xue Qing

Syscom School of Business & Technology  545 Orchard Rd #08-09 & #08-09A Far East Shopping Centre Singapore 238882 Supervisor: Maj. (NS) Chew Choon How

Change of Address

*British Chamber of Commerce  10 Collyer Quay #03-04 Ocean Bldg Singapore 049315 (22 Jul 2000)

*University of Dubuque Alumni  51 Bras Basah Rd #01-02 Singapore 189554 (19 Jul 2000)

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 The economy grew by 8.8% in the first half of this year, Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong revealed on 8 Aug 2000 in his National Day message.

The Singapore Economy

Current issues affecting our community:

Baby Incentives Package

Scholarship Bond-Breakers Debate


School Discipline: Put the cane in our teachers' hands

Speakers' Corner at Hong Lim Park to open on 1 Sep 2000

Storm over Hainan Kopi Tales


Food Stalls Suspended From Business

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. 

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Singapore Youth Choir with Magic Songs Conductor: Jennifer Tham  29, 30 Aug 2000   8pm   Victoria Concert Hall

International Guitar Festival 2000 from 31 Aug - 3 Sep 2000. Includes seminars and workshops.

"You're A Good Man Charlie Brown"  Directed by Roberta MacDonald   A Musical Dinner Theatre Experience brought to you by Caldwell Arts Entertainment & Golden Apple Dinner Theatre 16 - 31 Aug 2000 CHIJMES Hall

Invisibility Rated P(G) and performed in English and Mandarin  Presented by Drama Box Written by Quah Sy Ren  Adapted & Directed by Sim Pern Yiau     Performed by: Alvin Chiam, Caroline Fernandez, Zelda Tatiana Ng & Yeo Yann Yann  13 - 17 Sep 2000, 19 - 23 Sep 2000  8pm

Lantern Festival 2000  31 Aug - 13 Sep 2000  Chinese Garden  9am - 10pm      Over 3,000 lanterns from Guangdong and Jiangsu provinces in China are on display. Other attractions include cultural shows and a food fair. Tickets at the door: S$7 (adult) & S$4 (child)

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5 and still counting That's the number of MediaCorp Studios artistes so far to have resigned to cross over to rival MediaWorks set up by the SPH group.


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Tuesday 29 Aug 2000

From 1 Oct 2000, couples with at least one partner younger than 30 who apply for a four-room Housing Board flat can pay the 20% down payment in two stages: 10% when they sign the agreement and another 10% when they take over the flat. Also, civil servants who marry will soon get three extra days' paid leave. These are some of the latest measures, announced by the Working Committee on Marriage and Procreation yesterday, to address Singapore's declining marriage and birth rates.

United Overseas Bank has told its publicly-shamed nvestment banking unit to stop taking on any new Initial Public Offerings (IPOs) - at least until it gets a clean bill of health from an independent high-powered team. Announcing this yesterday, it said it had appointed accounting heavyweight Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC), its external auditor, to look into UOB Asia's handling of the (eWOS) IPO.

Two foreign S-League players were arrested yesterday for being involved in a match-fixing scam. One of the suspects is said to be playing for Sembawang Rangers and the other is believed to be a player from Geylang United Football Club.


Sydney: Police yesterday used water cannons and tear gas to try to quell a riot by illegal immigrants protesting against Australia's decision to deny them asylum, officials said. Police and government protection officers in full riot gear were sent to South Australia's isolated Woomera detention centre after some of the 800 detainees set fire to buildings and stoned staff.

Tokyo: The United States has threatened trade sanctions over Japan's continued slaughter of hundreds of whales. US Commerce secretary Norman Mineta wrote in The Washington Post newspaper on Sunday that possible "trade measures under the Pelly Amendment to the Fishermen's Protective Act of 1967" were among the options being considered by his department to show US disapproval of Japan's latest proposal to kill sperm and Bryde's whales.

Beijing: China has launched a campaign to curb a thriving illegal market in used disposable syringes, state media reported yesterday. The Health Ministry has ordered all hospitals to make sure discarded syringes are destroyed so that they do not get picked up and sold. 

Around the world

Washington: Criminals have begun to outwit the use of DNA to convict them - and have come out with tricks to undermine the biological evidence that is often critical in criminal cases. Police and prosecutors from New York to California report, for instance, that more would-be rapists than ever are wearing gloves, masks and condoms to avoid leaving behind any body fluids or other evidence at crime scenes. 

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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.