Swee Heng Full Month Baby Cakes

I just received a “full month” baby celebration gift from a friend who’s had a baby boy! I really like Swee Heng’s cheerful blue-themed box design. I wonder how the baby girl version looks like.

I expected a traditional-looking cake, but this was way better! There were really pretty cupcakes (cleverly designed with pink and blue, so that they can be used either way), a swiss roll, and even two red eggs to boot!

The cupcakes weren’t dry, in fact, they were really edible and tasted delicious. I saved the “party flags” one for the last because it looks so eye-catching. Love it totally! What a pleasant surprise!


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Why isn’t Airbnb allowed in Singapore?

Short-term rentals in Singapore aren’t legal. But if it’s a long-enough stay, it is actually alright.

For instance, if you own a private apartment, the minimum rental period is 3 consecutive months (lowered from 6 months since June 2017). If you own a HDB flat, the minimum rental period for each tenant is 6 months.

Recently, two Singaporean Airbnb hosts were fined a total of $60,000 each for the unauthorised short-term letting of four condo units. This is the first of such cases under Singapore’s short-term property letting rules, and is seen as a deterrent move.

Simply put, if you were to let out a property for the short term illegally, through Airbnb for instance, you are risking yourself to heavy penalties. Align your rental periods with the regulations, please! It doesn’t seem worth it to make quick cash this way.

Why can’t we rent out for the short-term?

Though you’re generating a profit, we know of many Singaporeans who are against short-term rentals. Just think about it – these short-term stays will disrupt the living environment of others around you. Noise by happy holidaymakers, for instance. These tenants may also pose security concerns for neighbours and their children. These, we think, are some concerns Singaporeans have.

To appease the concerns of the Singapore government, Airbnb shared that it is willing to not list public housing on its site. In fact, measures can be put in place to ensure that all hosts comply. For instance, Chicago has a “three strikes” policy, which bars hosts who repeatedly break the rules, while in New Orleans, no accommodation in the oldest section of its city (i.e. the French Quarter) can be listed on its site.

Let’s see how this dialogue works out, shall we? Don’t just leave it to the two parties though. If you have views, you are encouraged to participate in URA’s upcoming public consultation on short-term letting.

P.S.: The irony

Despite these concerns, Airbnb has a swanky new office is in Singapore! Though we aren’t a big market for Airbnb, we’ve been chosen as the headquarters for Asia Pacific. Feast your eyes away!


As the saying goes, if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em. What are you waiting for? Get your resumes out already!

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5 things to love about Gold Coast 2018

The Commonwealth Games 2018 will be held in beautiful, sunny Gold Coast from 4 to 15 Apr 2018 at Carrara Stadium. What is it to you? SG Daybook brings you the 5 things to love about Gold Coast 2018!

1. Equal number of medal events for men and women

The Gold Coast 2018 Games is set to make its mark in sporting history! To achieve parity, the committee has added 7 female medal events – 3 in cycling, 3 in boxing, and 1 in weightlifting.

Of the 275 sets of medals to be won, 133 will be for men, and 133 will be for women. The 9 remaining medals will be reserved for mix-gendered sports!

This makes it the first multi-discipline sports event to award an equal number of medals to men and women. The Games have definitely come a long way since 1930. You go, ladies!

2.Para sports in the main programme

Gold Coast 2018 has significantly expanded the para-sporting programme. As compared to Glasgow 2014, Gold Coast 2018 will see an increase of 45% more athletes and 73% more medals, welcoming a total of 300 para-athletes and 38 medal events across 7 sports.

And yes, there will also be an equal number of men’s and women’s events across all 7 para-sports!

3. Lean and mean

Alright, let’s focus on our little red dot. At the 2014 Games in Glasgow, we were represented by 70 athletes from seven sports. Our score? Eight gold, five silver and four bronze medals. (WOW.)

This year, we will be fielding 59 athletes, making it our smallest contingent for the Games yet! Nonetheless, we will be represented in 12 sports. Talk about quality over quantity!

【CWG 2018】🇸🇬 60 athletes, 11 sports, #OneTeamSG. From 4 – 15 April, get behind our TeamSG Athletes as they do us proud at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games! Your support means a lot to them, leave your words of encouragement in the comments below! PS: Don’t forget to “Like” our Team Singapore FB page for more exclusive updates and features! 😁 . . . . . Photo credits: Andy Pascua / SportSG, Ben Cho / SportSG, Calvin Teoh / SportSG, Cheah Cheng Poh / SportSG, Commonwealth Games Singapore, Dyan Tjhia / SportSG, Huang Xiao Long / SportSG, Knight Ong / SportSG, Samuel Dai / SportSG, Shaun Ho / SportSG, Singapore Gymnastics, Singapore Shooting, SportSG, Stanley Cheah / SportSG, Singapore Table Tennis Association

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4. Our first debut in beach volleyball

Ok, let’s now focus on our little red dot. Gold Coast 2018 is the first time that Singapore is participating in beach volleyball! Our debutants, Lau Ee Shan and Ong Wei Yu, are dedicated individuals who were from their respective school teams.

As Ee Shan shares, “I want to be better than yesterday; that’s what keeps me going. I also want to be able to manage my mindset and mental strength. The crowds will be there, but I have to focus.” OH MY. We love that spirit!

5. Young members

Our team is really young, especially the badminton team! The 10-man team has an average age of just 22.1, down from the 2014 squad’s average of 23.6.

Our women’s singles player, Yeo Jia Min, and our women’s and mixed doubles player Crystal Wong, are the youngest in the squad at age 19!

Youth comes but once in a lifetime. Go get it, Team Singapore!


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Would you date a man who’s less educated than you?

We asked 8 Singaporean (graduate) women this pertinent question: Would you date a man who’s not as educated as you?

  • Woman #1 

Angela, 29, who received private uni education, said that she might be able to accept the man if he was hardworking and humble. She candidly says, “Can be street smart or not?”

“I’m already very dumb liao. If the person more dumb than me how? I think I might consider being single ba. If not become Dumb and Dumberer!”

We had a good laugh but agreed that the other party should ideally bring some smarts to the table. “I hope that we can grow intellectually together,” she says.

  • Woman #2

Hui Min, 35, who has a Master’s degree in pharmaceuticals, believes that it isn’t all about education. “Will he be able to connect with me?” she wonders.

“Sometimes, it is not just about education. Even with education, not many can connect with me,” she recounts. “I would like someone who can connect with me not just intellectually but spiritually.”

  • Woman #3

Sally, 29, an auditor, gave an outright “no”.

“I’m fine if the guy draws a lower income than me,” she says, “But we should have the same frequency. With lower education, I suppose there might be more conflicts.”

Sally further ponders on the question and muses, “I think though that there are successful entrepreneurs who are not as educated, but also others who are just living aimlessly.”

“To me, I guess I just want a guy who has ambition.”

  • Woman #4 

Alicia, 30, a Master’s degree holder, says, “I would want him to have at least a degree.”

“But I think it depends,” she continues. “If a guy has a diploma but has an established career, then I think that’s fine. I need that stability.”

True that. It takes more than just love to keep a family… we need resources!

  • Woman #5

Regina, 25, a public relations associate, adopts a different mindset. “I will be able to accept him because education level doesn’t define his capabilities.”

“Someone with an O Level cert could be earning more than a uni grad, to be honest.”

  • Woman #6

Anita, 29, a public servant, says, “I think there might be a barrier at the start, but perhaps if I fall in love with the guy, it might be another story. But we must be on the same frequency.”

“There are people who got their degrees, but are on a different frequency from other degree holders. There are also some diploma holders who are on the same frequency as degree holders.”

  • Woman #7

Priscilla, 29, an auditor, says, “Doesn’t matter to me. As long as he is able to have a good job or business, and we can connect emotionally, I will be able to accept him.”

  • Woman #8

Valerie, 29, a public servant, believes that it’s more than just qualifications. “If he has a stable job, and is a respectable man, and we have chemistry, education will be less of an issue.”


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5 things you didn’t know about Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan

If you are a Step Up fan like us, you would have been shocked by Channing Tatum and  Jenna Dewan Tatum’s announcement this morning.

Here’s the statement on social media they shared that read in part, “We fell deeply in love so many years ago and have had a magical journey together. Absolutely nothing has changed about how much we love one another, but love is a beautiful adventure that is taking us on different paths for now. There are no secrets nor salacious events at the root of our decision — just two best-friends realizing it’s time to take some space and help each other live the most joyous, fulfilled lives as possible.”

In this post, we bring you the 5 things you didn’t know about Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan’s love story. Just… just get your tissue boxes ready.

1. That instant attraction.

Jenna’s manager called her one day and said she’ll be doing a dance movie with a new hottie, Tatum Channing (yes, the manager said it backwards). Though she showed up late (and saw someone else almost kissing him in an audition), Jenna was instantly attracted to him because obviously, “he’s super hot”! Then they did the scenes, and were asked to stand next to each other on camera. They started completely flirting on camera, with her going, “You’re so big! You’re so tall!” and him like, “You dance really good.” The audition clip ends with them just looking at each other being like, “Hi.” They’ve kept the video and had planned to show their daughter, Everly, one day. *sobz*

2. That realization.

Jenna shared that it was one night when Channing was out partying with a bunch of dancers. His room was right above hers in a hotel, and he went down drunk at 2am that night with a straw hat on, banging on her door. He went, “I couldn’t stop thinking about you. Let’s do this. I just want to be with you.” From that point forward, they got together.

3. Their deep appreciation for one another.

This sensual couple was no stranger to public declarations of affection. When their daughter was born, Channing took to Instagram to say, “She has such deep strength and other worldly grace. Watching her in those first days transform into a mother was life changing. She was every bit the beautiful, sexy, funny, flawed creature I fell in love with. But the prism turned and showed a whole new light that I had no idea existed, the light of a mothers love. Thank you for that baby.”

I took this just days after jenna and I (mostly jenna) brought our little girl into the world. I've taken many like it over the past 3 years but this is one of my favorites. She was so tired. Haha. But she has such deep strength and other worldly grace. Watching her in those first days transform into a mother was life changing. She was every bit the beautiful, sexy, funny, flawed creature I fell in love with. But the prism turned and showed a whole new light that I had no idea existed, the light of a mothers love. Thank you for that baby. Saw this quote today –" The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother. Theodore Hesburgh" there are a lot of important things in being a father. Who knows what the most important thing is? All I know is that in my case this is pretty high on my list. Love you cake!

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4. The sweetest birthday wishes.

On Jenna’s birthday in 2016, Channing said on Instagram, “I’m not sure if this woman is my Rainbow or my pot of gold but I’m lucky either way happy birthday cake baby!”

And in Dec 2017, such was his wish for her: “This creature is one more year beautiful. The transformation she invoked this year has been something they only write about in books of fairytale and magic. Your strength and grace ever evolving. By doing so you make everything around you grow- everything. And i am so very grateful for your lessons. Happy life day my love. #leica”

5. That proposal.

Before proposing to Jenna, Channing did the unthinkable and made her cry. “When I proposed to my wife I did something pretty cruel because I thought she was on to me,” Channing said in an interview on BBC. “I basically told her I never wanted to get married to try to throw her off.”

“I told her, ‘I don’t believe in the institution of marriage and I don’t think I ever want to get married,'” he continued. “She basically broke down crying. I thought, ‘This is not going well at all,’ so I had to propose to her sooner rather than later.”

Thankfully, he ultimately popped the question in September 2008 while the two were vacationing in Maui. Less than a year later, the couple exchanged “I do’s” in front of family and friends in an outdoor Malibu ceremony in July 2009.

In tears yet?

We leave you with this beautiful video of that dance… that beautiful sunset dance. Please excuse while we huddle in a corner and cry.

We had to. #stepup10years

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Where to Bring Friends: Keisuke Takeda’s Duck Ramen Restaurant, Holland Village

If you’ve been stunned by the polished new Raffles Medical building at Holland Village, you have been far away for too long. Today, SG Daybook brings you to Ginza Kamosoba Kyudaime Keisuke, a lovely duck ramen restaurant in Holland Village.

Locate this outstanding red Japanese façade (somewhat near 7-Eleven) that leads you up the stairs to a brightly lit ramen restaurant. At the top, a friendly restaurant staff will take you to a cosy corner with your friends, where you’ll be impressed by the beautiful Japanese-themed décor of the restaurant. It will be easy to forget that you’re still in Singapore.

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Two highlight dishes (at least for me) will catch your eye – a Hybrid Duck Broth Ramen (Rich Soup) @ $14.90 and a Spicy Miso Hybrid Duck Broth Ramen @ $16.50. What I loved about the restaurant is that you can customise your ramen. Select from “Light”, “Normal” or “Heavy” for your broth – in which case I recommend “Normal”. (“Heavy” is too salty for me and I couldn’t finish the broth.) For the noodles, select the shortest cooking time to keep your noodles springy and chewy.

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You can choose to add a flavoured egg for $2, or enjoy the complimentary eggs and cooked beansprouts if you’re dining in. Get your dips ready and enjoy exploring the different variations the sauces provide!

Don’t forget to top off your dinner with an organized-looking set of gyoza. 10 pieces were just right for the 4 of us. Yum!

Duck 6

16 Lor Mambong
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