Man dies after explosion while preparing aromatherapy diffuser

Husband dies after explosion while preparing aromatherapy diffuser. Wife recalls his words while waiting for ambulance.

HAPPIER TIMES: Madam Nurul Asyikin Norman remembers how her husband, Mr Mohd Rizalludin Hassan, always doted on their children.

The family were in the master bedroom while Mr Mohd Rizalludin Hassan, 35, went to its bathroom to prepare an aromatherapy diffuser.

It had been their nightly routine since the haze started. Mr Rizalludin, an engineer, would light up the diffuser in the bathroom before taking it into the room.

But it went terribly wrong on the night of Oct 13.

His wife, Madam Nurul Asyikin Norman, 34, was helping their oldest daughter, Anggun Ardini, eight, with her mathematics revision.

Madam Nurul's mother, Madam Juraidah Nabi, 53, was playing with the other three children - five-year-old Ayra Arinah, three-year-old Aariz Anaqi and 10-month-old Ana Auliyah.

Then they heard a loud sound coming from the bathroom.

"It sounded like a cupboard had toppled over," said Madam Nurul, a teacher.

She will never forget what happened next: Her husband ran out of the bathroom, his body in flames.

Recalling the horrific sight, she told The New Paper yesterday evening: "When I saw my husband in flames, I was so shocked, I didn't know what to do.

"I completely forgot all fire safety procedures in my panic."


Mr Rizalludin screamed in pain and jumped on and off the bed in a frenzy.

After getting over their shock, Madam Nurul and her mother pinned him to the floor and smothered the flames with a blanket.

Mr Rizalludin told Madam Nurul that he was having difficulty breathing and asked for a glass of water.

Their maid, who found what had happened, ran outside the flat and shouted for help.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force said it was alerted to the incident at about 9.55pm on Oct 13 and it dispatched a fire engine, an ambulance and a supporting appliance.

SCDF, which is investigating the incident, also said that a man in his 30s was taken to National University Hospital with burn injuries.

Madam Nurul said they had bought two 5-litre plastic containers of essential oil for about $600 from a company showroom after seeing its promotion online. The purchase came with a free aromatherapy diffuser and an extra 2-litre bottle of essential oil.

They had kept the containers of essential oil in the master bedroom's bathroom.

Madam Nurul still remembers vividly how her husband groaned in pain.

"It pained my heart to see him that way. While waiting for the ambulance, he turned to me and whispered 'sorry'," she said.

Mr Rizalludin suffered severe burns on his body and was later transferred to the Singapore General Hospital where he was warded in the Intensive Care Unit for nine days.

His children could only see him through a glass window. They sang to him and told him stories through the intercom. But he was unresponsive most of the time.

On Oct 22, his blood pressure dropped to an all-time low and his condition worsened, said Madam Nurul.

He died that day.

The widow said that the family meant the world to her husband. He would come home straight from work just to help around the flat and monitor his children's well-being.

As the oldest of four siblings, he was doted on by his family, especially his mother and grandmother. Even her parents adored their only son-in-law, said Madam Nurul.

"My husband would usually take Anggun to school every morning and tuck our son, Aariz, into bed every night. I lost the person I depended on the most in this world," she said while trying to hold back her tears.

Mr Rizalludin's last request was for his wife to accompany him on a fishing trip on his birthday on Nov 15. Fishing was his hobby, but Madam Nurul was never a fan of it.

"I had agreed to it, but sadly it will never happen now," she said.

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Local film-maker gets to the heart of local football
Local film-maker Jacen Tan describes his latest short film Homeground as a love letter to playing spaces where Singaporean footballers call home.
Local film-maker Jacen Tan describes his latest short film Homeground as a love letter to playing spaces where Singaporean footballers call home.

He is no stranger to making films about local football.

And from the look of things, it looks like Jacen Tan isn't about to stop making films about the Beautiful Game any time soon either.

The local film-maker recently premiered his latest short film Homeground at *Scape on Saturday (Oct 24).

The film, which cost $50,000 to make and was funded by the POSB Storytellers Grant, will be released on POSB's in the first week of November.

Homeground is Tan's fifth football-related film and was inspired by the basketball court in Serangoon, where he has played football at with his friends for the past 20 years.

The 32-year-old describes the 23-minute documentary as a love letter to playing spaces in Singapore that footballers call home, capturing scenes from 10 different locations around the island.

From open fields to a rooftop in Chinatown, and even a foreign worker dormitory in Seletar, the film showcases a passion for football that transcends race and nationality.



Tan's previous works include Tak Giu (Hokkien for Kick Ball), Kwa Giu (Watch Ball), and Lions All The Way.





While he is working on a full-length zombie film set in Singapore called Zombiepura,Tan has another football movie – also a full-length feature – in the works.

Movie Review: Goosebumps (PG)

This is the perfect post-exam escapade for kids - and just in time for Halloween.

Fans of R.L. Stine's children's horror novels are in for a treat as his monsters literally jump off the pages and start terrorising as they do in his bestselling books.

Jack Black is in his element as the eccentric writer who, together with daughter Hannah (Odeya Rush) and neighbour Zach (Dylan Minnette), try to save the town from his creations.

The main villain, Slappy the Dummy (voiced by Black), is quite a terror. But don't worry, he's not scary enough to give nightmares.

The action is fast, the creatures look amazing and the humour is tongue-in-cheek. Definitely family-friendly fun.

Rating: 3/5

A happily horrific Halloween make-up how-to


It is the night everyone gets to cosplay.

You could spend big money on a costume, but it's for one night.

If you go for the homemade option, distressed clothing is easily created.

But what about the gruesome make-up?

There are a variety of kits that will give you wax, fake blood and a variety of colours to sponge on in order to create a fake wound.

But there are cheap homemade alternatives that will scare the guts out of everyone in the office (cue evil laughter).

The New Paper on Sunday brings you a simple DIY Halloween Fake Wound Look. 

For less than $10, you can create your own horrifying look, complete with homemade fake blood.

WARNING: This is not for the faint-hearted. The visuals presented may be disturbing, graphic and bloody.

Fake blood:

1.    Chocolate syrup
2.    Red food colouring
3.    Small container for mixing

Fake skin:
1.    1 piece of tissue paper
2.    Liquid latex (recommended) or white glue
3.    Disposable chop stick
4.    Tweezers (optional)

1.    Foundation  
2.    Dark red lipstick and blusher (optional for mattifying purposes)
3.    Black eyeshadow 
4.    Bronzer (or brown eyeshadow)
5.    Brushes (for blending)
6.    Cotton tips

Many of these items like cotton tips can be found at home. 

And you can use old make-up rather than buy new sets. So the remaining items should not cost you more than $10.

Plus you can keep the chocolate syrup to go with your pancakes.


Fake blood:
1) Fill a small container with about three tablespoons of chocolate syrup 
2) Add 5-10 drops of red food colouring into the container (feel free to add more if you want the blood to be more red)
3) Mix well

Fake skin:
1) Take one piece of tissue paper and split it into two

2) Flip on long side and tear the piece into half again

3) Start rolling one piece into a skinny "cylinder" and do the same for the other piece

4) Use a wooden stick (or brush) to spread some liquid latex (or white glue) on the area you would like "wounded"

5) Paste the tissue rolls and form an oval shape to create an "open wound"

6) Apply more liquid latex (or white glue) over the "cylinder" rolls to blend them into your skin

7) Let it dry for 5-10 minutes

Blending the fake skin:
1) Use a foundation that suits your skin tone and apply it over the fake skin using a brush (or cotton tip)

2) Use an eyeshadow brush to apply bronzer or brown eyeshadow around the fake skin to make it look more stagnant and dead

3) Apply some dark red lipstick inside the oval to create an illusion of flesh 

4) (Optional) Use the same eyeshadow brush to add red blusher or eyeshadow on top of the dark red lipstick

5) Add some black and brown eyeshadow in the corners of the oval to create more depth and a 3D effect 

Complete the fake wound:
1) Lastly, use a spoon to fill the "open wound" with fake blood

2) Move your hand around and let the fake blood naturally drip out

3) Smear some of the fake blood around the wound to create a more messy, natural look

This wound can last for over eight hours. But in between you may need to refill the fake blood. To remove it, you can just peel it off and use some make-up remover to remove the foundation and make-up.

And if you want to use your new wounds to their new scary potential, here are some Halloween events to look out for:

Changi Revisited - The Hendon Horrors

This is no typical haunted house affair. The event is set in 1981 in the fictitious The Hendon Hotel.

Visitors form part of an investigative unit tasked to solve a mystery after a series of unexplained events which culminate in the disturbing disappearance of a hotel guest and a police officer.

These events are inspired by real reports of sightings and history in Singapore.

When: Oct 30

Afternoon: 12pm-6pm

Evening: 7pm-12am

Where: 24-35, Hendon Road

How much: (1-3 Pax): $68 each

(Team of 4) : $62 each

(Team of 6): Buy 5 Tickets at $62 each and get 1 free


Halloween Brick-or-Treat with Frankenstein, The Green Witch and more at Legoland

Frankenstein's monster has just arrived at Legoland Malaysia Resort for Halloween.

Kids can also attend special shows hosted by Lord Vampyre and the Green Witch, get lost in Lord Vampyre's Ballroom Maze, build pumpkins from Legos.

Those who love sweet treats can get messy at the Monster Cupcake Station, where they can decorate their own cupcakes with plenty of yummy soil and worms!

When: Until Oct 31

Where: Legoland Malaysia Resort, 7, Jalan Legoland, Bandar Medini, 79250 Nusajaya, Johor, Malaysia

How much: RM85 (S$28)


Scary Scary Night: Halloween at Bugis Street

Visitors can expect chills down their spine as they experience Bugis Street's alleys after the shops' shutters come down and the lights go out.

When: Oct 30 and 31 after 10pm

Where: Bugis Street

How much:

Student: $29 Standard: $45




When: Oct 31, 10.30pm

Where: 133, Cecil Street, #B2-01

How much: $20 for women and $25 for men (includes one drink for both)

Tales from the Crib

When: Oct 31, 7pm

Where: 79, Circular Road, #02-01/#03-01

How much: $12 (includes one drink)

Safari Boo: A merry not scary kids event

When:  Until Nov 1, 6pm-10pm

Where: River Safari, 80, Mandai Lake Road

How much: Free for kids aged 12 and below, adults $20


Halloween Trick or Treat @Woodlands Woodgrove

When: Oct 30 and 31, 6pm-8pm (or until the candy runs out!)

Where: Woodlands Woodgrove

How much: Free!


Halloween Spooky Freeze at The Rink

When: Oct 30 and 31, 10.30am-11.45pm

Where: The Rink, 2, Jurong East Central 1, Level 3, JCube

How much: Earlybird Ticket (before Oct 22): $18, Standard Ticket: $23 for a two-hour session, skates included in the price



Paradise Found: The White Rabbit's Annual Halloween Bash

When: Oct 31, 9pm-late

Where: The White Rabbit, 39C, Harding Road

How much: Free. Text or call 97210536 for reservations


Murder on the Dancefloor

When: Oct 30 and 31, 10.15pm till late

Where: Timbre @ Substation

How much: Free


Illegally-modified vehicles will be inspected more often

LTA announced that vehicles owners whose cars were repeatedly found with illegally modified engine or exhaust system will be made to undergo more frequent inspections.

Cars found with illegally-modified engines or exhaust systems will have to go through more frequent inspections.

Starting from Sunday (Nov 1), vehicle owners caught with illegally-modified engines or exhaust systems in their vehicles for the second or subsequent time will have to bring in their vehicles for inspection once every six months for a period of two years.

Those caught for the third or subsequent time will face even greater scrutiny - their cars will be inspected once every three months for a period of two years, said the Land Transport Authority (LTA) on Wednesday (Oct 28).

Normally, a vehicle is required to go for an inspection once a year or two years, depending on the age and type of the vehicle.

So, what modifications can you make to your engine or exhaust systems?

According to the One Motoring website, you can change a vehicle's engine, provided it is the same type as the original one. If swapping engines between two vehicles, one of the vehicles must be scrapped immediately. All changes are subject to LTA's approval.

As for the exhaust system, any modification will have to be approved by the LTA.

What can you do to your vehicle? 

For the full details on what you can and cannot do to your vehicle head over to One Motoring's website.


Those who do not comply with the new inspection regime the first time can be fined up to $1,000 or jailed for up to three months.

For those who fail to comply for the second or subsequent time, the maximum penalty will be doubled.

This new inspection regime is on top of the current penalties against those with illegally-modified vehicles.

Any person who is convicted of an illegal modification can be fined up to $2,000 or jailed up to three months, for the first offence.

Repeat offenders can be fined up to $5,000 or jailed up to six months.

Additionally, a vehicle with tampered engines will be deregistered and the owner may not be granted rebates for the remaining value of the vehicle's Certificates of Entitlement and the Preferential Additional Registration Fee (PARF), if any.

Source: One Motoring

Simple treasures

This month-old restaurant is the latest offering from the well-regarded Joyden Concepts and focuses on heritage recipes.

The most extraordinary thing about Joyden Treasures is how ordinary its dishes are. These are simple dishes meant to be comforting, rather than impressive.

But that doesn't mean the food here is not good - far from it. Expect a full-flavoured, nostalgia-inducing meal.

I ate there twice and was impressed by the food and service. When I went there unannounced, the service was even friendlier.

Also make sure you have the hand-pounded belachan on your table. It's delicious and goes with everything.

But don't be greedy - only a limited amount is available daily, so don't take more than you need.

I love the Jumbo Prawns in Traditional Dark Sauce ($26). It comes with a pleasing sauce. Ask for a bowl of steamed rice, add belachan and you'll forget the prawns are even there.

The "Tai-O" Vermicelli ($18) impressed with its amazing aroma and smokey "wok hei". The vermicelli had just the right amount of bite.

The flavours of the Double Boiled Seafood Soup in Whole Old Cucumber ($14) are as retro as the presentation. The broth - made of mushrooms, dried scallops and fish maw - takes it up one more notch.

The ma-la-gao ($4.20) is one of the best steamed cakes I've tasted - less sweet than other versions, but very fragrant. It's available only for lunch though.

The one dish I didn't like was the too-dry Mandarin Peel Pork Ribs ($22). The taste of the orange peel overwhelmed. Eat it with the cucumber, it'll make a difference, although that helped with the taste but not the texture.

WHAT: Joyden Treasures
WHERE: #02-42 Leisure park Kallang
WHEN: Weekdays, 11.30am to 3pm, 6pm to 10pm. Weekends and public holidays, 10.30am to 3pm, 5.30pm to 10.30pm
CALL: 6446-8488

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