Justin Kor

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Singapore’s first-time homebuyers in a bind as public housing prices close in on record levels

With a pandemic-induced labour shortage adding years to the wait times for future builds, prospective homeowners are turning to the resale market – but this means the HDB price index has risen for 14 straight months, and is now just shy of the record high set in April 2013.

With a pandemic-induced labour shortage adding years to the wait times for future builds, prospective homeowners are turning to the resale market – but this means the HDB price index has risen for 14 straight months, and is now just shy of the record high set in April 2013.

1 Oct 2021 - 12:16AM
Tokyo Olympics: will European shuttlers threaten Asia’s badminton dominance?

Asian countries such as China and Indonesia have long had a stranglehold on Olympic badminton, leaving the West with an uphill fight.

Asian countries such as China and Indonesia have long had a stranglehold on Olympic badminton, leaving the West with an uphill fight.

19 Jul 2021 - 3:13PM
How Singapore supermarket chain Sheng Siong’s local focus during coronavirus pandemic lifted its fortunes

Singapore’s third-biggest supermarket chain reported soaring revenue during the Covid-19 pandemic, but its mass-market strategy means it is still seen as a budget option.

Singapore’s third-biggest supermarket chain reported soaring revenue during the Covid-19 pandemic, but its mass-market strategy means it is still seen as a budget option.

12 Feb 2021 - 10:54AM
Online to Orchard Road: why some Singapore e-retailers are opening physical shops amid the coronavirus pandemic

A combination of cheaper rents and the ‘tactile, communal’ draw of physical spaces has seen newer, nimbler firms succeed even as some older companies falter.

A combination of cheaper rents and the ‘tactile, communal’ draw of physical spaces has seen newer, nimbler firms succeed even as some older companies falter.

1 Dec 2020 - 12:15PM
In Singapore, more millennials are choosing to rent as values shift

A lack of privacy triggered by Covid-19, long wait times for new flats and changing values are some reasons Singaporeans are leaving the nest.

A lack of privacy triggered by Covid-19, long wait times for new flats and changing values are some reasons Singaporeans are leaving the nest.

3 Nov 2020 - 10:30PM
Singaporeans open their hearts and wallets to donate to the needy during coronavirus outbreak

The spike in donations is driven partly by a government support payout and a campaign for those not needing the cash to donate it. But challenges remain.

The spike in donations is driven partly by a government support payout and a campaign for those not needing the cash to donate it. But challenges remain.

28 May 2020 - 4:09PM
Coronavirus: in Singapore, small religious groups pray for survival as donations dry up

Some places of worship in Singapore are dipping into their reserves to keep operations running as donations dry up amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Some places of worship in Singapore are dipping into their reserves to keep operations running as donations dry up amid the coronavirus pandemic.

11 May 2020 - 10:49AM
How Japanese club Albirex Niigata scored big in Singapore soccer

The satellite team has been a huge success in the Singapore Premier League, winning all 11 trophies on offer since 2016 and drawing bumper crowds. But what does its dominance say about the standard of local football?

The satellite team has been a huge success in the Singapore Premier League, winning all 11 trophies on offer since 2016 and drawing bumper crowds. But what does its dominance say about the standard of local football?

28 May 2019 - 2:58PM
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Singapore’s university challenge: to value skills as much as degrees

The Lion City is doing its best to encourage its citizens that vocational training is as worthy as university study – but social stigmas remain, even for high-flyers.

The Lion City is doing its best to encourage its citizens that vocational training is as worthy as university study – but social stigmas remain, even for high-flyers.

24 Jun 2018 - 11:21AM
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Singapore’s got a taste for Hong Kong cooking – and it’s coming back for more

Hong Kong eateries like Tim Ho Wan, Honolulu Café and Mak’s Noodles are using the Lion City as a launch pad into the rest of Southeast Asia. And their current popularity is just an appetiser of what’s to come.

Hong Kong eateries like Tim Ho Wan, Honolulu Café and Mak’s Noodles are using the Lion City as a launch pad into the rest of Southeast Asia. And their current popularity is just an appetiser of what’s to come.

20 May 2018 - 5:16PM
The migrant workers falling into debt traps in Singapore’s casinos

With no alternative entertainment options in the Lion City, many are literally gambling their wages away.

With no alternative entertainment options in the Lion City, many are literally gambling their wages away.

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM