Singaporean man lost S$6000 to 2-dollar ‘bak zhang’ scam

Singaporeans urged to be cautious in online transactions as scammers exploit victims with deceptive deals, leading to financial losses.

In a recent incident, a Singaporean fell victim to an online scam when purchasing 2-dollar ‘bak zhang’ (meat dumplings) and subsequently discovered that approximately S$6,000 had been fraudulently withdrawn from his bank account.

Taiwan ramen restaurant astonishes the internet with bizarre “Giant Isopod Ramen”

Taipei’s Ramen Boy restaurant introduced a limited-edition “Creamy chicken broth ramen with giant isopod,” sparking public aversion. Priced at NT$1,480 (US$48) per bowl, the bizarre dish is made from isopods sourced from the ocean near Pratas Island.

Despite claims of a fresh seafood aroma and unexpectedly sweet taste, food safety concerns have been raised due to the isopods’ diet of marine carcasses and potential toxin residues.

Business man opens pizza stall to prepare autistic son for future self-reliance

Henry Teong, a 56-year-old businessman with no prior experience in the food industry, and his wife opened a pizza stall, 168 Neapolitan Style Pizza, to prepare their 16-year-old autistic son, Jonus, for future self-reliance.

The couple hopes to create a job for Jonus at the stall someday and train him to develop a sense of belonging and habit of doing something without forcing him to change his way of life.

Netizens have applauded Mr Teong and his wife’s dedication to their son, and Rainbow Centre Singapore has also commended their story, hoping for more opportunities for autistic individuals to work and contribute meaningfully to society.

Organizers’ defense of Geylang Serai Bazaar rental costs as “within market rental rates” draw skepticism from netizens

The organizers of the Geylang Serai Ramadan Bazaar have defended their high rental costs, claiming that they are “within market rental rates.”

However, this claim has been met with skepticism from some netizens, who question how the costs were determined and suggest that they may only be comparable to neighbouring shopping centres rather than the wider market.

Critics have also pointed out that some vendors have struggled to make a profit despite paying between S$14,000 and S$25,000 in rent for a stall, with one kebab stallholder claiming that he had to compete with another kebab shop located less than 50 meters away despite paying $24,000 for his stall.

While some commenters have proposed alternative solutions, such as decentralizing the bazaar or highlighting unique and worthwhile stalls, others have suggested that the vendors must have done their calculations and taken calculated risks before committing to taking a stall.

Sim Ann shares details of her budget meal after netizens slammed her in a previous Facebook post

Singapore’s Senior Minister of State, Ms Sim Ann, shared images of budget meal prices after receiving criticism for her S$3.70 meal, and reiterated plans to provide budget meals in HDB coffeeshops.

Some netizens appreciated the efforts, while others expressed disbelief of her earlier post on Monday (3 Apr) that such affordable options were available in Singapore.

Ong Ye Kung’s TikTok video about cheap food in Sembawang ridiculed in comments

The Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) recently published a study titled “The Cost of Eating Out: Findings from the Makan Index 2.0″, which examines the costs of eating out in Singapore’s hawker centres, food courts and kopitiams. The study identified Sengkang, Tampines, and Sembawang as the top three planning areas with high Makan Index scores. … Read more

Humble hawker couple offering affordable drinks for decades despite staggering inflation

Goh Kai Suah and Chua Choon Huay, a charming hawker couple at the Kovan 209 Market & Food Centre in Singapore, have been selling affordable beverages since 1984 despite rising inflation.

Their drinks, including soya bean milk and bird’s nest drinks, are priced as low as S$0.30 a cup, yet maintain top-notch quality.

The couple operates on the basic economics principle of selling high quantities at low prices, and the business has garnered a strong following among customers for their humble attitude and dedication to serving the community.