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Man forces mother to sit in car boot so son can lie down

A man forced his mother to sit in the boot of his sport utility vehicle (SUV) during a family road trip across China.

Why couldn't she sit in the back seat? Because her grandson wanted to lie down and rest.

The man was travelling with his wife, his four-year-old son and his 60-year-old mother from Jiangxi province to Hubei province for a holiday.

The elderly woman said: "I was taking care of my four-year-old grandson along the way.

"However, the boy whined that the car was too narrow and he could not lie down to sleep.

"After hearing the complaint, my son asked me to sit in the car boot so his son could have enough space to rest."

As it was an SUV, that meant she had to sit in an L-shaped position facing one side of the car.

Police were shocked to find the woman seated in the boot during a routine car inspection at a road block.

The elderly woman begged the police officer not to take action against her son and even claimed it wasn't all that uncomfortable in there.

As if all that wasn't bad enough, the car they were in was actually a present from the elderly woman to her son.

She had bought the brand new vehicle earlier this year using her savings.

Sources: The Star, Shanghaiist

Chris Brown to be refused visa to tour Australia

File photo of Chris Brown.

Looks like American R&B singer Chris Brown may have to cancel the Australian leg of his "One Hell of a Nite" tour.

He was issued a "notice of intention to consider refusal" for his visa application.

Why? Because of his criminal history.

He was previously convicted of assaulting his then-girlfriend pop star Rihanna in 2009.

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton said in a statement on Sunday (Sept 27): "People to whom these notices are issued have 28 days to present material as to why they should be given a visa to enter Australia.

"Decisions on whether a visa will or will not be issued are made after that timeframe and consideration of the material presented to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection."

It was recently appointed Minister of Women Michaelia Cash who mooted the idea of banning the Grammy award-winning performer.

Prior to Mr Dutton's decision, Ms Cash had said: "People need to understand, if you are going to commit domestic violence and then you want to travel around the world there are going to be countries that say to you 'You cannot come in because you are not of the character that we expect in Australia'.

"This is a government that's not afraid to say 'no'."

But tickets for his December concerts in the Australian cities of Perth, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane​ will still go on sale on Monday (Sept 28) as planned, reported The Sydney Morning Herald.

Brown previously toured Australia in 2011 and 2012.

What are worst things Brown has done?

It's not hard to find examples of Brown's bad behaviour. But this is the worst of the lot.

He attacked Rihanna during an argument, leaving her bruised and battered. He admitted to the assault and was sentenced to a five-year probation and six months of community service.

In 2013, Brown punched a man who tried to take a photo with him. 

He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to time served, which was two days in jail.

At that time, he was still on probation for assaulting Rihanna. As a result, he was sentenced to 131 more days in jail.

He had an on and off relationship with Karrueche Tran.

(Basically, he dated Rihanna, then Tran, then Rihanna, then Tran.)

And some time in between, he had a fling with Nia Guzman and fathered a baby girl.

Tran found out about the baby about the same time as everyone else, in March this year through entertainment news site TMZ.

She broke up with the man.

Brown flew into a rage and smashed a dressing room window after a 2011 Good Morning America interview.

Why? Because the interviewer asked him about Rihanna.


In 2012, Drake and Brown were involved in an incident at a nightclub. 

Their entourages threw bottles at each other.

Brown ended up with cuts on his chin.

(P.S. The two are constantly feuding.)

He faced a hit-and-run charge in 2013. It was later dropped after he reached a civil compromise with the other driver.

He was accused of snatching a fan's mobile phone in 2012. The case was later dismissed.

He was kicked out of anger management rehab in 2013 for throwing a rock at his mother’s car window when she visited him.

He was booted from court-ordered rehab in 2014 for breaking the rules. For that, Brown was arrested and jailed. 

Sources: AFP, Hollywood Life, Time, Gawker, NY Daily News, TMZ, Billboard, Huffington Post, Rolling Stone

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S'pore bites in a Box

DELICIOUS: Ngoh hiang meatballs
DELICIOUS: Laksa yong tau foo.
DELICIOUS: The crowd at the Singapore Hawker Food in Madison Square Park.
DELICIOUS: The classic popiah.

Local heritage food was, surprisingly, not prominently featured in the recent series of Singapore Inside Out events in London and Beijing.

So I jumped in on the action when the Singapore Tourism Board folks asked if I could power a hawker stall pop-up as part of their New York leg of the gig a few days ago.

I had the pleasure of working with Larry Reutens, a Singaporean chef based in New York. He used to own Masak, a restaurant serving Singaporean dishes that had rave reviews but had to close due to 2012's Hurricane Sandy.

The idea was exciting, just imagining the responses we would get operating The Box (a food container kitchen), which sat in the middle of Madison Square Park in the heart of Manhattan.


The nightmare was when we realised just what equipment was available in that Box - a deep fryer, microwave oven, panini press and a bain-marie (ingredient warmer), plus chillers. The thought of doing fancy stir-fry noodles and sambal stingray with cincalok salad went out the door.

But I had the backup of a central kitchen from Ilili Restaurant, a Mediterranean set-up that owns The Box, and was partnering us for the event.

I almost regretted the tedious menu I created and cooked for the event: laksa yong tau foo, kaya toast and popiah (the three most popular items), plus ngoh hiang balls and Milo Dinosaur.

Imagine how much laksa sambal we had to blend and fry up, the amount of pandan kaya we had to freshly make each day plus the 10 handmade items that went into the popiah.

I had the support of the kitchen team to put the show together. Think 1,000 handmade ngoh hiang balls and 1,000 stuffed yong tau foo pieces each day - you get the idea of the workload involved.

Ms Hsuen Ling, a housewife based in New York, could see "the flotilla of spices in the laksa" and Ms May Young, a Hong Kong-born graphic designer based in New Jersey, was surprised by the turnip bits buried in the ngoh hiang balls.

Other chefs and cooks involved included Justin Quek, Lee Boon Seng, Janice Wong and the second-generation kids from Keng Eng Kee Seafood restaurant in Bukit Merah.

It may be awhile before the wider American population gets cosy with Singapore heritage food. But with the upcoming Bourdain Market, a massive hawker centre-inspired eatery, the game may change.

Who knows, the kway chap reference that Anthony Bourdain made in an episode of The Simpsons a few years back may not be so strange in the future.


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Ride away with these goodies

Win riding jeans and tyres in this week's Full Throttle contest

It's that time again when we reward our readers.

This week, sponsors for June's Full Throttle motorcycle supplement will be giving away four prizes - three courtesy of Ban Hock Hin (BHH), a one-stop motorcycle workshop and accessories outlet, and one prize from tyre and motorcycle accessories specialist, Hodaka Motoworld.

The total value of this week's prizes is about $1,200.

There are at least $22,000 worth of prizes to be won, including a Harley-Davidson Street 750.


Winners of the first two prizes sponsored by BHH will each walk away with a pair of rugged riding jeans from Resurgence Gear, one waist pouch from Enduristan and two sets of RokStrap.

These jeans aren't your everyday denims. They protect against road rash as they've been fortified with a Pekev lining - a synthetic fibre said to withstand up to 20 seconds of abrasive abuse when dragged over tarmac. The lining covers vulnerable areas such as buttocks, thighs and hips.

The RokStrap is a sturdy way of securing bags onto your motorcycle. But we've used ours to tow other stricken dirt bikes during off-road sessions.

The Enduristan pouch allows you to stash your small tools, spark plugs and tyre repair kits.

The third prize from BHH is a $100 RAM Mount voucher.


Hodaka Motoworld has sponsored a set of Pirelli Diablo Rosso II tyres, touted for their superbike performance for everyday road use.

The bi-compound tyres feature more contact patch on the centre and sides of the rear of the tyre for improved traction.

Wet grip is enhanced in the rear tyre with the use of a higher concentration of silica.

The set of Pirelli tyres being given away is suitable for a motorcycle in the middle class or 600cc range.


Write us an e-mail and answer this question: What is used to enhance wet grip in the Pirelli Diablo Rosso II tyres?

Send your answer to and include your full name, address, age, NRIC number and contact number. The contest ends on Oct 4, 2015.

Congratulations to our past winners - Mr Seah Teng Qing, Mr Adam Azhari and Ms Natasha - who each won a Curve Prestige 100 action camera, plus Ipone's chain cleaner and lube.

Investing is 'like approaching a girl you like'

As long as you've done your research, don't be afraid to take some risks, says young investor

Mr Robin Lim started investing when he was in junior college.

At an age when his peers were grappling with dating woes, Mr Robin Lim was busy reading up on investment tips.

By the time he was in junior college, he was already an investor.

Mr Lim, now 20, started investing seriously last year but he first practised using stock simulators and virtual cash.

He says: "While it was easy to make a trade in trade simulators using fake money, it was not the same with real cash.

"I was hesitant to make the first move a few times, and I ended up with a few missed opportunities.

"While I have done some due diligence before buying into the stock, I am still not sure if my analysis was relatively sound.

"Come to think of it, it is like finally going forward to talk to the girl whom you have a crush on for the longest time."


Both his parents are keen investors so Mr Lim, who will be studying business at the National University of Singapore next year, was indirectly introduced to investing.

He says: "My parents often talked about the stock market and I picked up things along the way.

"They would also tune in to the radio pretty often and I would hear about the news on the stock market."

He gleans most of his knowledge from reading and the Internet, as well as advice and experience shared by other investors.

He says: "I look for stocks that will provide decent dividends or capital appreciation in the future.

"I only deal with blue chips, or big and mid-cap stocks. I avoid penny stocks because they are too speculative for my liking.

"I would prefer to have some sleep, rather than ponder over some risky investments."

His first trade turned out to be his most memorable one. He invested his savings - from pocket money and holiday jobs like working in a bookshop - in ST Engineering.

He said: "It made me some (extra cash) but it was also memorable because that was my first trade!

"I remembered the stock had a bit of a roller-coaster ride after I bought it but thankfully, it rebounded later."

Since the middle of this year, he has not been holding any positions.

He says: "I had the niggling feeling that the market was too high... so I thought it would be a better idea to sit out and observe from the sidelines.

"I am still waiting very patiently to pick up some blue chips when they are priced attractively to their book value. Attractive dividend yield, coupled with good fundamentals, are also some prerequisites that I am looking for."

When he makes a profit, he spends a little to reward himself while the rest goes back to the fund for further investment opportunities.

He also keeps a financial diary in which he records the daily movements of various indices and happenings in the financial world.

He is still learning through Investopedia and other financial sites to understand the jargon that is used in the reports, he says.

His worst financial decision was during his junior college days when he dabbled in a complicated investment (binary options) with his friend.

Mr Lim says: "We lost a fair bit of money. This experience taught us not to speculate blindly and that there is no such things as a free lunch in this world."