History of the Old Green Bus

History of the Old Green Bus

Every country has their own transportation history, from the old version in the past, and then keep developing to the newest version until today, or just perish because it can't satisfy people needs as the new, effective, and faster technology has developed. In Singapore, bus as a public transportation has its own story.

This Bus Company was established in the 1930s by Ong Chin Chuan and the associates. This company's vehicles had 30 seats. The type of Vulcan omnibus, which come from England. This bus painted in green and operated for 5 routes, from the terminals in Queen Street to Lim Chu Kang and Johor Baru. The Bus No. 5 operated from Bukit Timah area, until the Princess Elizabeth estate, was the most profitable route. This bus had a cost started from five cents to the most expensive 50 cents. This most expensive route is headed to Johor Baru, as the longest track. Before the war occurred, this company ran a mosquito buses, it is a motor bus which had seven seats and ran in rural areas. This is the most popular vehicle at that time, besides affordable in price, it also fast

Behind the company's story, there's also a story about the owners who grew in this business. Ong Cheng Siang, the son of Ong Chin Chuan, has inherited the green bus Company as the second generation. This business has boomed at that time but then led to internal strife between the staff and the shareholders. In 1960, Mr. Ong Cheng Siang has been kidnapped. He was 44 years old. He was brought to some place on the east coast. One of his sons has said that they heard their father was buried inside the hole underground. As the newspaper reported, Mr. Ong Cheng Siang has been released a few days later, after paid $500,000. He's been dumped from the car by the kidnappers at Amber road and have him helped by the cab driver who sent him to his motor workshop. He came back with rashes. His misfortune didn't end there. In 1960, he also became a victim of acid attack and left a scar on his particular body parts. And in 1971, he diagnosed to have a throat cancer and then facing his death after this illness at 55 years.

In 1971, this company is being merged with another two companies. The government taking control and merged all of the bus company operated under the Singapore Bus Service (SBS) in 1973.

Mr. Ong Cheng Siang has left three children, Ong LekMeng, Ong Bee Geok, and Patrick Ong Pei Wen. Lately, they've been asked by Alvin Tan from the National Heritage Board, to tell the stories and showed their photos of the bus company. They are happily loaned about 50 photos of the company histories, and said they want to share their family legacies with public, to let them know the history of the transportation and their family contributions, and also help with the research including the Singaporean past transportation. They also tell the stories about their beautiful memories in their past, when they took the bus and the bus driver knew them and they didn't have to pay for the ride. And when they were a child's, they used to spend their evening at the bus terminal and helped to count the takings. Mr. Alvin Tan said that the photos and the memories of the Ong family have filled the gap in the Singapore early transportation history.

Changi International, world’s best airport

Changi International, world’s best airport

If you travel from Europe to Down Under or vice versa, and you happen to choose your layover, you might want to pick Singapore Changi International. With an indoor garden, butterflies, rooftop swimming pool, movie theater and top-class quality service, on-time performance and efficiency, Singapore Changi is still considered the world's best airport and is almost a holiday destination in itself.

There's a consensus among travelers that Singapore Changi, which serves almost 59 million passengers a year, is everyone's favorite airport. Every year since 2011, Singapore Changi has won the Skytrax's World Airport Award. Meanwhile, many reviews and bloggers consider it the best airport to sleep.

The airport has also been named the best in the world by travel site Air Help, which factored in the number of delayed and cancelled flights, quality and service ratings as well as social media sentiment. Singapore's Changi Airport scored excellently in all three areas, particularly in on-time performance.

Despite the daily traffic, the airport ranked 8.8 on a scale of 10 for punctuality. Most significantly, it was awarded 10 out of 10 for quality of service. After an analysis of passenger's opinions on Twitter, the overall satisfaction level was 6 out of 10, higher than most airports on the survey.

The airport even boasts an eco-friendly terminal (number 3) dotted with natural skylight and gardens featuring over 200 species of foliage and butterflies. This is the world's first Butterfly Garden in an airport, which offers more than 1,000 insects ranging from 40 different species. Meanwhile, terminal 2 is famous for its entertainment offer, which includes a 24-hour cinema and children's playground. Last but not least, with its rooftop pool and round-the-clock spa service, Terminal 1 is also a favorite.

Singapore's airport is such a great place to be in that it's even marketed as its own destination within Singapore. It's not uncommon to see families visit Changi to shop and dine, and students to stop by for a coffee and study. Indeed, the airport boasts a multitude of shopping, dining and entertainment experiences. From cosmetics and liquor to luxury watches and fashion accessories, the airport offers some of the best duty-free outlets in town. The dining offer is also exceptional, offering a wide range of local, regional and international cuisines to pick from.

With its video game consoles, large screen televisions and movie theaters, you won't have the chance to get bored while waiting for your flight. There's also free internet access and comfortable seats scattered throughout the airport if you want to watch up on work. However, if you'd rather just chill and relax, there's the choice for you to pamper yourself with an oriental foot reflexology massage.

Singapore's Changi Airport plans to retain its “best airport in the world” title and for that reason it is opening an amusement park-style experience in 2019. Named Jewel, the new building outside Terminal 1 will be home to 300 restaurants and shops, including major attractions such as Singapore's largest indoor garden called Forest Valley - five story garden - and a 40-meter tall waterfall known as the Rain Vortex - the world's tallest indoor waterfall.

“Not only will Jewel capture the hearts and minds of travelers and boost Singapore's appeal as a transit hub, it will enhance the Changi Airport experience for our passengers and visitors,” Jewel Changi Airport Development CEO Jean Hung said.

Other airports that rank high on the list are Munich International Airport (Germany), Hong Kong International Airport, Copenhagen Kastrup Airport (Denmark), Helsinki Vantaa Airport (Finland), Cincinnati Northern Kentucky International Airport (USA), Barcelona El Prat Airport (Spain), Madrid Adolfo Suarez-Barajas (Spain), Auckland International Airport (New Zealand) and Frankfurt International Airport (Germany).

Singapore's Changi Airport is founded on principles that have turned it into the best one in the world. For instance, Singapore relies on customers' feedback to improve itself. From restrooms, customer service agents and even the garden, over 1.8 million customers give feedback each month. The real-time data collected is used to inform business operations. Therefore, depending on a customer ranking the toilet facilities, the monitors will deploy cleaning staff to any location that is not highly rated.

The idea to use carpeting instead of tile - like most airports do - mean that Changi Airport is less noisy and therefore it feels less chaotic; this element of relaxation is crucial when it comes to traveling as the activity is stressful enough.

Super tutors who earn over $1m

Super tutors who earn over $1m

The tutor Economics Anthony Fok, 32, has almost a total of 200 students and 40 names of potential students on the waiting list where some of them even come from Johor Baru. Many parents call for demanding their children an A-level tuition economy, where the reserves can reach up to three years in advance, and often the parents who have an income better offer a two-year advance a fee of $ 8,000. The tutor economy Anthony Fok is part of a small growing group of "super mentors" that reach a gain of at least $ 1 million a year in fees.

You can find at least 10 of these particular teachers, related by educators in the growth registration industry. Private lessons as Mr. Fok has to be registered in their GST centers from the moment that his annual revenue exceeds the mark of $ 1 million. He and some other tutors are part of a registration industry to reach the value of over one billion dollars annually, and it is about double the $ 650 million homes here that are spent on tuition fees in 2004.

Goods and services tax (GST) is a tax on domestic consumption. The tax is paid when money is spent on goods or services, including imports. It is a multi-stage tax which is collected at every stage of the production and distribution chain. GST was first introduced in Singapore on 1 April 1994 at 3%. The GST rate was increased to 4% in 2003 and to 5% in 2004. As announced in Budget 2007, the GST rate was raised to 7% on 1 July 2007.

The 32-year-old Mr. Fok says students looking for him, for the mere fact that they wish to have your degree ... The independent are already doing well in school or not. The tutor has about 200 students and 40 names on their waiting list. Some even come from Johor Baru. And according to Sr.Fok, most of his students passed ace paper level A. The tutor rates can vary between $ 380 and $ 420, entitled to four 1 ½ hour classes per month. With that, he earns around $ 500,000 a year after the deduction of income from its two centers in Bukit Timah and Tampines and some other expenses. However, the traditional time intervals about his classes are absolutely booked. His class comprises about 30 to 40 students. Unfortunately, Mr. Fok does not intend to provide more classes. He who was a high school teacher for nearly four years delegates its great achievement to very hard work and dedication.

Mr. Fok is a different teacher so that he gives his mobile number so that his students can send you a message whenever they need support. He is always ready to assist their students in the topics "stain" that may arise in testing through the analysis of earlier documents and thus attest them with concise, complete notes with key pointers. According to Mr. Fok, The class industry is experiencing rapid growth, with many tutors sticking to this industry, attracted by an attractive source of income. "Top tutors put in a lot of hard work to help students. It is not easy to be industry, fueled by demanding parents and many competitive tutors." Physics tutor Phang Yu Hon, a 49-year-old earned an income of US $ 1.1 million in fees last year, and according to the tutor, parents do everything and disburse for tutors known for the purpose of win results. He was hitting the million mark dollar since 2011. The amount charged for their O- and A-level classes can range from $ 400 to $ 700 for four classes of two hours. Each class that tutor has on average about 25 students. It works with about 200 students per year are part of the upper-middle income group, and are part of sons and daughters of medical professionals, businesspeople, academics and senior civil servants. The former research engineer who has the first class degree with honors in Electrical Engineering said that parents are more concerned about the teacher's track record than the cost of the lessons.

For example, one of his students, the student's former school Chij St Nicholas Girls' Ivana Ding went through difficult times in physics before joining the Mr. Phang class in March last year. Last year was a student Level O, and now a first-year student of biomedical sciences at Ngee Ann Polytechnic marked A2 to it with your help. According to the student, Mr. Phang transformed the difficult concepts to an easier method to handle and understand through analogies, using methods such as dances and songs he composes and choreographs the. These physical all made not only fun but also easier to study. However, not all tutor who put him in the top of the league. Mr. Phang believes that tutors can have charisma, but not all. And in recent years, a crop of new tutors are slowly making a name for themselves in the business. Former Professor Wynn Khoo, in the past five years, has taught physics and principles of accounts, made a significant change to full-time classes in January. And in turn, the 31-year-old, who charges $ 280 compared to $ 320 for four lessons, has approximately 100 students.

Math tutor Gary Ang, 37, who earns a monthly income of five digits claims that often parents think tutors perform miracles, and that can make a failing student on a student level A. This is so if the student is willing to give their all. Another math tutor, director of the Center Joss Sticks Class, Ms. Celine Loi, states that students need to take responsibility for their education, attend classes on time and to work with tutors. The 40-year-old center, which employs 20 tutors, runs about 55 classes per week, for about 400 students. The National University of Singapore There are many education experts as the speaker Kelvin Seah, for example, who believes that sending students to star tutors can become something counterproductive. According to him, the act of making the use of such star tutors services is no guarantee of better academic grades. He believes that from the time that students are forced to have more lessons in class, they can generate a greater aversion rather than creating more significant interest in it.

Multiculturalism: Singapore’s foundation

Multiculturalism: Singapore’s foundation

Due to Singapore's history as a trading port British ships on their way to India, the city-state is a unique mixture various ethnic influences, both from Britain and from other Asian countries. Most relevantly, Chinese and Indian workers moved to Singapore to work at the harbor. Today, a mix of various languages, traditions and religious is prevalent all over the state. Thanks to this foreign influence, Singapore is now one the most diverse cultures in the world, and a mix of traditions and local customs, including Chinese, Malay, Indian and Western influences.

Singapore stands out for policies around multiculturalism, which are both a recognition of the city's demographic realities and something that shapes them. This includes the management of race, culture and religion.

Although there is freedom of religion, there are some exceptions. Singapore is home to many religious with an important relevance on the country: Islam (Malay), Hinduism (Indians), Buddhism, Taoism, and folk religion (Chinese), along with a substantial number of Christians of various denominations.

Whether Singapore follows the premises of multiculturalism or is actually a melting pot, the city-state is the combination of Asian and European cultures. Shaped by Malay, South Asian, East Asian and Eurasian cultures, Singapore has been described as a country where “East meets West.”

Multiracial and multi-religious harmony is the foundation of Singapore's progress and success, said President Tony Tan Keng Yam, who highlighted it is vital for Singaporeans to protect this multiculturalism.

“We cannot take multiracial peace for granted,” he said. “There is a big challenge for us in order to maintain our multiracial, multi-religious harmony, and we have to continue to work at it in order to promote understanding.”

Tan also mentioned his visit to the recently opened mosque Masjid Yusof Ishak at Woodlands, where he joined about 400 congregants for an iftar (breaking of fast) session.

He highlighted that the iftar event was “special” for him, since it was held in the mosque named after one of Singapore's presidents. “He is a strong promoter of multiculturalism and multiracial understanding. I think all of us can be inspired by his example. He embodied it and did a lot during his term of office to bring all the different races and faiths together,” said Tan.

He emphasized the mosque's key role in reaching out to other communities as well. He met with members of the Mosque Management Board and toured a heritage gallery highlighting the late president Softy Ishak's legacy. One of the galleries in the mosque chronicles the Rahmatan Lil Alamin Foundation and its projects.