'Raging' fire at CK Building at Tampines

A fire broke out at CK building at Tampines Street 92.

A fire broke out at the CK Building at Tampines Street 92 earlier this afternoon (Aug 17).

It was reported that the fire started at about 1.30pm and that occupants of the building have been evacuated .

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) posted on Facebook that the 'raging' fire took place on the "3rd and 4th floor".

The building is believed to have stored highly flammable goods such as paper products and aerosols. These created such an intense heat that fighting the fire from inside was out of the question.



It added: "SCDF has deployed 6 water jets on the exterior of the building to contain the fire.

Five fire engines, two red rhinos, two fire bikes, 12 support vehicles and two ambulances were dispatched.




Witnesses took to social media to post updates, with some spotting plumes of smoke on the PIE or from their locations near the vicinity.







Ms Nicole Pestana, 30, said she was shocked when she saw smoke from her HDB flat at Tampines Street 45.

The travel safety coordinator said: "My colleagues were sending photos in our group WhatsApp chat. I can also see it from where I was. It must be quite a big fire for me to be able to see."

Another witness, part-time Deliveroo rider Shaikh Muhammad Ahmad Badjenid, saw the fire when he was delivering food to a nearby building at Tampines Street 93.

The 22-year-old said: "I saw police officers clearing the crowds and fire trucks rushing down towards the direction of the fire. It was quite a scene."

The cloud of smoke was so large that it could be seen from the taller buildings in the Marina Bay area.




Movie Review: Lights Out (NC16)

Producer James Wan's indie horror flick plays on one's fear of the dark.

But the greater evil is schizophrenia.

Maria Bello is schizophrenic single mum Sophie, who has an invisible "friend" Diana.

Diana comes out at night to terrorise the occupants of the house, including Sophie's children Rebecca (Teresa Palmer) and Martin (Gabriel Bateman).

Because Sophie refuses to believe in Diana's existence, Rebecca leaves home and leaves Martin to fend for himself. But big sis returns later to help him get rid of Diana.

Lights Out relies on physical scares instead of CGI and old-school bump-in-the-night tricks that play on your mind.

There's nothing ground-breaking here, but it's effective nevertheless.

​Rating: 3/5

Movie Review: The Infiltrator (M18)

The Infiltrator is like the Hollywood version of the 2002 Hong Kong crime thriller Infernal Affairs.

Similar to Tony Leung's undercover cop who infiltrates a triad, Bryan Cranston plays Robert Mazur, a federal undercover agent who struggles to stay alive as he poses as a money launderer in a sting operation against Pablo Escobar's Colombian drug cartel in this film adaptation of Mazur's autobiography.

Fast-paced and heart-stopping, there is never a moment of boredom as we watch him try to gain the trust of merciless drug lords while constantly having to watch his own back.

Besides invoking the question of "Is he going to make it?", The Infiltrator strikes a deeper emotional chord, making us reflect on the true friendships between Mazur and his criminal buddies, and how it genuinely pains him to have them captured in the end.

​Rating: 4/5


Movie Date: Indignation (NC16)

Girls might not mind the movie but guys may feel the indignation if they have to sit through it.​

STARRING: Logan Lerman, Sarah Gadon, Tracy Letts, Linda Emond

DIRECTOR: James Schamus

THE SKINNY: Adapted from a novel by Philip Roth, the 1950s-set story revolves around Jewish boy Marcus (Lerman) who enrols in a liberal arts college to avoid getting conscripted for the Korean War. Apart from struggling to fit into the university culture, he also has to deal with falling for the sexually-forward Olivia (Gadon). It doesn’t help that his views clash with the school’s dean (Letts).



I've heard that bad books make for good movies.

To me, this rings true.

Then again, I don't read many good books, so I can't be 100 per cent sure.

Movies and books are kind of opposites - qualities that make one interesting can make the other insufferable.

Take Indignation.

Based on an apparently excellent novel by Philip Roth, it aims for high seriousness but ends up a snoozefest.

I don't think I've ever seen a film so inert.

It's like it's composed of static images rather than moving pictures. The actors are like mannequins.

And everything is brown - my biggest cinematic pet peeve.

In one scene, Lerman has a sexual encounter with Gadon in a car.

For a virgin, it should have been a mind-blowing, life-altering experience, but you don't get that sense from Indignation. It's like he got a peck on the forehead from his mum. There is zero passion or emotion.

Later, Lerman fights with his roommate and gets knocked to the floor by the most fake-looking punch in movie history. You can tell the guy's fist came nowhere near Lerman's face.

The great failure with Indignation is that Roth's words are not transformed into something tangible.

Movies aren't about ideas, they're about interactions. If you're going to do a literary adaptation, then adapt it.

Rating: 2/5





Lerman has come a long way since playing a demi-god in the Percy Jackson movies.

He carries himself very well here.

It may not be as strong as his 2014 war drama, Fury, but it is certainly a mature performance for the baby-faced 24-year-old.

Indignation is a slow-burner, and after being bombarded by loud, action-packed summer blockbusters, the pace here is surprisingly refreshing.

That said, it may bore others.

It's a coming-of-age story, and it's engaging primarily because of the strong acting.

Gadon looks the part of the fragile and flirtatious distraction, but her character could have been more developed to explore her troubled past.

For a movie that centres on young love, the standout performances aren't from the couple. They are compelling enough, but somehow their relationship feels clinical.

Maybe it's because I can't shake off the fact that Gadon looks a tad old next to Lerman.

Call me superficial but their chemistry just doesn't sizzle for me.

Instead, watch out for the excellent verbal sparring between Marcus and the dean.

Equally great is when Marcus' mum (Emond) unleashes her mother-hen reasoning on why her precious son should never get tangled up with a woman like Olivia.

Rating: 3/5

THE CONSENSUS: Girls might not mind the movie but guys may feel the indignation if they have to sit through it.​

Movie Review: The BFG


US director Steven Spielberg's first Disney film is breathtaking.

The BFG, a retelling of the classic Roald Dahl children's novel, is a "scrumdiddlyumptious feast" starring Ruby Barnhill as Sophie and Mark Rylance as the Big Friendly Giant.

It's a movie that can make you laugh with its wondrous moments, like when the BFG dines with the Queen at Buckingham Palace and introduces her to "whizzpopping" (farting).

But it also induces wistfulness during the more subtle scenes, like when the BFG shares Sophie's dream with her.

Oscar winner Rylance does a brilliant job at bringing out the warmth and heart of the BFG. You can feel the emotional connection between him and Sophie.

Rating: 5/5

'I'm honoured to tattoo Singapore's national hero'

Joseph Schooling (left) and tattoo artist Kelvin Leow.

When tattoo artist Kelvin Leow received a message asking for an appointment on Tuesday morning, he did not know it was made on behalf of Singapore national swimmer Joseph Schooling.

Speaking to The New Paper, Mr Leow, 28, said he told the sender that he could only squeeze in a slot the next day as he was already fully booked.

As luck would have it - for both Mr Leow and his customer - a slot opened up after another customer postponed.

So, Mr Leow messaged the sender.

Minutes later, he found out that the customer who would be coming down was none other than Schooling.

The tattoo artist, who has more than seven years of experience, said: "It was a huge surprise for me. I didn't expect that Schooling would visit my shop."

Schooling, who had chosen to commemorate his historic feat of winning Singapore's first gold medal by getting himself a new tattoo, turned up at around 2pm with around 10 people.

His choice of tattoo? The Olympic rings, on his right bicep.

Mr Leow said: "Schooling was calm and smiling while he was getting inked. The job took about 30 minutes."



As Schooling walked into the Black Box Auditorium at the Singapore Sports Hub on Tuesday afternoon for a press conference, members of the media immediately noticed his new ink.

Covered by a sliver of plastic wrapped around his right bicep, the freshly-printed tattoo features the five coloured Olympic rings.

Joking that it was still "burning" and that he was trying "not to rub anything" on it, the 21-year-old revealed that he was only considering getting the tattoo done if he had made it to an Olympic final.

Even then, he had his doubts.

"I wasn't going to get this tattoo unless I was, in the very least, top eight," said Schooling.



"Even if I were in the top eight, if I didn't medal, I'd have some doubts.

"It means something special - anything I put on myself has a deep meaning that's important to me.

"So yeah, the goal was at least a medal before I thought I'd earned putting this tattoo on my body."

Said Mr Leow: "I'm honoured to tattoo Singapore's national hero."

Grandma in Chai Chee attack pleaded with woman to stop

Grandmother Toh Siew Hong recalls being attacked by neighbour who has been sentenced to Corrective Training for the crime

ATTACK: Closed-circuit television footage showing Casey Sabrina Ng hurting Madam Toh Siew Hong.
REPEAT OFFENDER: Casey Sabrina Ng was yesterday sentenced to 5½ years' Corrective Training.
REPEAT OFFENDER: Casey Sabrina Ng was yesterday sentenced to 5½ years' Corrective Training.
ATTACK: Closed-circuit television footage showing Casey Sabrina Ng hurting Madam Toh Siew Hong.

She has survived colon cancer and single-handedly raised her three children after her husband died.

Then housewife Toh Siew Hong had to endure the pain and anguish of her neighbour brutally assaulting her for 18 long minutes on Sept 28, 2013.

Casey Sabrina Ng, 43, viciously attacked Madam Toh, 68, just outside the latter's front door on the 12th storey of Block 10, Chai Chee Road, leaving the grandmother bruised and bloodied.

Closed-circuit television footage of the attack at the lift lobby showed Ng repeatedly punching and slapping Madam Toh until blood flowed from the latter's face.

She also stamped on the grandmother's head at least 10 times.

Recalling the horrific attack to The New Paper, Madam Toh said: "I begged her to stop but she ignored my pleas.

"She continued kicking, beating and stamping on my head until I could taste blood in my mouth and blacked out a few times.

"I felt like (I was) dying."

Yesterday, Ng, who is also known as Asha Verma, was sentenced to 5½ years' Corrective Training (CT).

On July 8, she had pleaded guilty to four counts of voluntarily causing hurt and three counts of voluntarily causing hurt to public servants.

She also admitted to one count each of using criminal force on a public servant, performing a rash act, behaving in a disorderly manner and criminal intimidation.

Fourteen other charges for similar offences to Madam Toh and others were taken into consideration during sentencing.

CT is a prison regime for repeat offenders, lasting five to 14 years without time off for good behaviour.

This was the second time Ng was sentenced to the regime. In December 2005, she was given five years' CT for theft, disorderly behaviour and using abusive language on a public servant.

Madam Toh believes Ng had attacked her because of a misunderstanding in May 2013.

She was watching television with her second daughter, who wanted to be known only as Miss Yap, 40,around 11pm when they heard screams from Ng's flat.

Later, police came to Madam Toh's front door to find out more about the commotion.

Miss Yap said: "Somebody must have called the police about the noise but it wasn't us.

"We told the officers we didn't know anything and they left."


Minutes later, they heard Ng kicking their front door, screaming vulgarities and accusing them of being busybodies.

Shocked, Miss Yap tried to explain to her that nobody in her family called the police but Ng refused to listen.

From then on, Ng would lash out at her neighbours whenever their paths crossed.

Miss Yap said: "Casey would scream obscenities and kick our door, and tried to attack my mum. Mother was terrified of her.

"All of us avoided her and quickly moved aside whenever we saw her in the distance - it became like a game of hide-and-seek."

Madam Toh's eldest daughter, human resource executive Madeline Yap, 42, said: "We called the police countless times and made reports. Finally, we decided to spend about $2,000 to install a CCTV camera."

The police confirmed that they followed up on the reports made by the victim and her family, and conducted a thorough investigation.

After the CCTV camera was installed, Ng did not cause any grief to the family for about a week.

Until Sept 28, 2013, when she suddenly attacked Madam Toh around 10am.

The police were called and Madam Toh was taken to hospital in an ambulance.

The grandmother was hospitalised for 10 days. Following her discharge, she did not return to her flat, which they have lived in since 2000, but lived with her eldest daughter for about two years to avoid Ng.

They returned to the Chai Chee flat only last December, after they found out that the Ng's household had moved out.

When told about Ng's sentence yesterday, Madam Toh felt that the sentence was too short. But she said that with time, she will forgive her attacker.

Madam Yap said: "Mother still has nightmares and I've seen her waving her hands around and screaming in her sleep. But she won't remember a thing when she wakes up.

"Until now, my siblings and I still cannot watch the whole video of the attack. It's just too painful."

For each count of voluntarily causing hurt, Ng could have been jailed up to two years and fined up to $5,000. For each count of voluntarily causing hurt to a public servant, she could have been jailed up to seven years and fined.

Tags: Crime, Court and Assault

Grissini: Simple, rustic taste of Naples

Southern Italy is the best for food, and Grissini highlights the best of Naples

I just spent a lovely week of eating in the Italian food city of Bologna, with trips to Florence for more feasting.

Nothing beats the fare in the Emilia-Romagna region.

Until you speak to Italian foodies who insist you must visit Sicily, Sardinia and Naples. Southern Italy is the best for food, they proclaim.

While I'll have to wait till next time to visit, one alternative could be popping into Grissini.

Its chef Antonio Cocozza hails from Naples, and food from that region is the highlight here.

The restaurant looks glamorous and modern, while the presentation of the food is kept simple and rustic. The focus is the food, not the cutlery.

Thank goodness there are many good Italian restaurants in Singapore and this has the potential to join that list. Buon appetito!

The foundation of Italian cooking is pasta, and the Boston lobster linguine ($36) doesn't disappoint. This is not a dish of innovation but it reminds me of the many wonderful pasta dishes I had in Florence and Bologna.

The Sausage & Broccolini pizza (from $20) is laden with great ingredients but it's not so memorable. The white pizza is common in Italy, but I've never fallen for it. Chef Cocozza has many other great pizzas. Try those instead.

The Grilled Ribeye looks good when it comes to the table, but I had to go through my notes to remember the experience. It's part of the set lunch (from $36) but I suggest you pick something else.

I absolutely love the Chilled Datterini Tomato Soup ($14). This is a refreshing one with a dollop of Parmesan ice cream for added creaminess. This is a godsend on a warm muggy evening.


You must have a dessert to end an Italian meal. After all, this is the country that invented gelato. The Classic Tiramisu ($14) is a safe choice but after my visit to Italy, I came to appreciate the glorious Italian lemons, so also try the Lemon Tart ($14). The sweetness from the cherry sauce complements the tartness.

WHAT Grissini

WHERE Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel

WHEN Noon to 2.30pm, 6.30pm to 11pm

CALL 6233-1100

Tags: Restaurant, Italy and Food