M'sian woman disfigured by dad in acid attack says: 'Stares from others rarely bother me anymore'

Miss Tan Hui Linn, who was disfigured by her father in 2009, offering Chinese New Year greetings to friends and family who supported her through the ordeal.

She has come a long way since being attacked and disfigured by her father more than four years.

Miss Tan Hui Linn's looks were ruined and she was blinded in her right eye during an acid attack at her home in Malaysia in October 2009. 

Her 50-year-old mother died in the incident, reported The Star Online.

Fast forward to 2015: The 22-year-old woman recently completed her sixth and final corrective surgery in Seoul, South Korea.

She inow looking forward to her convocation in April.

Stares rarely bother me now

Miss Tan said she received numerous scholarship offers after the incident. She chose to do an accountancy course at Sunway College.

She said: 

"College life has been good for me. I got to know many people.

"The experience has given me more confidence and made me into a more cheerful person. The stares from others rarely bother me anymore."

Jelutong MP Jeff Ooi, who accompanied Miss Tan to Seoul, said she would need to go for a follow-up in Korea every six months.

He said at a press conference on Friday: "She would need to go for the stem cell injection and laser treatment to improve her skin."

Blinded in her right eye

Mr Ooi said Miss Tan is unable to see with her right eye, while her left eye suffers from astigmatism and short-sightedness (myopia).

"We consulted two specialists here and another from South Korea. They said her cornea structure was too weak for an operation.," he added.

"They suggested glasses for corrective vision instead."

Mr Ooi said that the cost of Miss Tan’s operations, which was about RM1million (S$378,000), was sponsored by JK Surgical Group, while the RM750,000 in additional expenses were borne by him and several others.

Source: The Star Online

The Epic TNP Valentine's Day $10 Gift Challenge

Valentine's Day on a shoestring. Look what you can make on a $10 budget.

It's a common situation for the common bloke: They forget Valentine's Day 

Three men from The New Paper were set a challenge. With one day to create and make a lovely Valentine's Day gift on a $10 budget. 

Why $10? Well, there is that sentiment about "It's the thought that counts". 

We initially thought this would be a handy guide for men looking to create a last-minute yet heartfelt gift.

Then the results came in.

Romance may not be dead, but with these guys, it certainly isn't well...


There are not a lot of things that you can do during Valentine's Day for $10.

So you have to be creative for your "bae" and use a bit of elbow grease.

I decided some citrus salt might fit the bill.

Before you scoff at the the humble gift of salt, it makes quite a cute gift for the Jamie Oliver-obsessed woman in your life. It's also pretty handy to add some posh artisanal flavour to your food.

Well, those are the reasons I formulated.

Yes, I was going super cheap. A raid on my kitchen revealed a surplus of kitchen salt (though sea salt is meant to be better for this), some limes and oranges (thank you Lunar New Year).

All I needed was a lemon for the zest, and a much needed container. Well how else was I supposed to present my gift? Freeform salt, no matter how tasty, does not conjure thoughts of romance.

A trip to the supermarket found me my vessel - a small plastic container ($2.25) and three lemons ($1.55). For an extra flourish, I added some ribbon from Daiso ($2)

Zest of three limes, one lemon and one Lunar New Year orange were sacrificed for the Valentine's Day gift.

zested the fruit, baked them in oven at 180 degrees Celsius for 15 minutes to dry them out.

I mixed the zest into five generous tablespoons of salt and... Voila!

My total expenditure was $6.10 but the heart that I put in it was immeasurable.

Or at least that's what I'd tell my intended.

Obviously, presentation is everything.



So I found out last week that love does indeed have a price. $10, to be precise.

Was it possible to make a gift for that amount? Yes. Was it easy? No.

I had one grand plan: Origami.  

It was the only idea that stood out to me - cheap, handmade, creative and most importantly, you won't run the risk of your lover screaming: "Why you never put in any effort!"   . 

And so I ventured to the $2 paradise that is Daiso  for origami paper and a gift box to present my masterpieces in. Oh, and flowers too.     

But as I was searching, something else caught my attention - "handmade" Japanese cut glass. 

Beautiful and intricate, I decided to get two of those as well - all within $10. 

Satisfied, I headed home to piece my gift together . 

Each item (above) costs $2 at Daiso 

A few failed attempts at paper folding later - the origami tutorial on YouTube was easier watched than done - my gift was complete.  

Two glasses in the gift box accompanied by a couple of paper cranes and topped with miniature roses. 

And all within half-an-hour (minus shopping time).

You're welcome.

Voila, the end product!



Ten dollars?  I figured the best way to approach this "assignment" was to get crafty.

I decided to fall back on a nifty little trick my friend Terry had taught me a number of years ago. I decided to fashion a little snow globe from scratch.

My budget shopping trip yielded - a glass bottle, beads, a pack of fabric decorations as well as a vial of silver glitter.

NOT PICTURED: The trouble I would have to go through making this whole thing work later on. Including getting glitter all over the place.

After removing the label from the bottle, I added some glitter and beads.

Then came the tricky part for a Singaporean male not used to the domestic art of sewing.

The idea is to have the heart as the centrepiece, suspended by thread in the middle of the bottle while the beads and glitter swirl around it.

A quick check on the internet to recall how to actually thread a needle and I was off.

Sew, a needle pulling thread...

But my plans soon fell apart. I tried to glue the thread to the underside of the cork but the glue would not stick.

And when I added water to my jar, some of the beads - which were intended to sit at the bottom - floated to the top. Uh oh.

Then the heart was too light, so that floated too.

If that wasn't a large enough  fail, the glue for the heart string (Geddit? Heart string, heartstring? Hahah... Oh, never mind.) dissolved in water.

But in the name of love, I had to strive onwards.

Despite the disaster on my hands (along with a lot of glitter), I had to continue.

So the heart underwent minor surgery with a small incision made to insert a five-cent coin as a weight.

I then tied the heart's string over the top of the stopper and secured it with a staple.

With the bottle topped up with fresh glitter, beads and water, I placed my now heavy heart into the water and secured the stopper.


The finished product. You can even see the silhouette of the coin inside the heart against the light...

To hide the staple, I used one of the ribbons from the fabric decoration pack.

The floating beads even turned out to be a blessing in disguise because it somehow gave the whole thing a sense of balance.

The final damage? A grand total of $8.35.

Here's the proof:

Okay, if you wanna be calculative and include the coin, it's $8.40...

And there you have it - a cutesy Valentine's Day gift that costs under $10 to make.

Now that wasn't too difficult... right?



There's the boys results. But would women actually happily accept them?

We asked five young women in the office to see which of the gifts they would prefer.

Okay, maybe prefer is too generous a term. The gift least likely to cause an immediate  break up.

Linette and Patrizha both grudgingly plumped for Azim's salt, purely on a practical, not aesthetic level. Both thought a glass jar would make it look like less of an afterthought.

After a few umms and ahhs, Angeline and Ashikin went for the sparkles of Greg's heart in a jar - a gift which has a slightly sinister connotation if you think too much about it.

And Heather found Gerard's origami and glass combo to be sufficiently charming.

Our advice: If you are going the homemade route, grab someone who is fluent in arts and crafts to help/do it for you.

NorthLight students tour navy ship with Ah Boys cast

GUIDE: NorthLight students (above) get a brief overview of what happens in the control room of the RSS Endurance.
GUIDE: (Above) Actor Wang Weiliang pausing for a selfie with the students in the middle of the tour.
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Maxi Lim strips nude, others appear topless for Ah Boys To Men 3: Frogmen

Maxi Lim.
STARS: (left to right) Tosh Zhang, Joshua Tan, Maxi Lim and Jaspers Lai are the cast of the upcoming movie Ah Boys To Men 3: Frogmen.
HOT: Wang Weiliang (above) shows off his taut body, complete with six-pack abs in Ah Boys To Men 3: Frogmen.

For the upcoming third instalment of the popular Ah Boys To Men movie series, cast member Maxi Lim went all out and stripped butt naked - literally.

Lim plays "Wayang King" Aloysius Jin in Ah Boys To Men 3: Frogmen, an overzealous new army cabin mate who is unpopular with the other newbies in camp.

The scene, which appears in the middle of the sequel, depicts Lim getting pranked by the other soldiers while showering in camp. Not only is there a fully naked view of him from the back, he is shown running out of the shower naked save for a toilet pump covering his genitals.

The 27-year-old, who lost 10kg in preparation for Frogmen, told The New Paper: "Thankfully I lost weight and wasn't that fat. But I still didn't have six-pack abs in the movie."

He added: "I was very nervous but it turned into excitement. Initially, everyone on set was giggling as it was quite funny but they became very professional later on and supported me."

He also took extra precautions on set so that he would not accidentally expose himself.

"I wrapped my private area with flesh-coloured socks and stockings," he said,

"I also went for a body scrub prior to filming the scene as I didn't want to have any pimples on my body."

Read the full report in our print edition on Feb14.

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'It did not smell like normal haze'

Residents in eastern part of S'pore alarmed by 'burning smell'

HIGHER: The PSI level was still higher for eastern part of Singapore at 7pm last night.
HIGHER: The PSI level was still higher for eastern part of Singapore at 7pm last night.
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Japanese women splurge on chocolates

Valentine's Day shopping madness

LAVISH: A woman looking at a box of chocolates produced by Jean-Paul Hevin, priced at 37,032 yen (S$422) as a gift for Valentine’s Day at Tokyo’s Mitsukoshi department store yesterday.
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JTC breaks new ground

It is a first-of-its-kind integrated industrial complex that will not only feature factory space for both heavy and light manufacturing, but also incorporate supporting facilities such as a workers' dormitory, a foodcourt, a supermarket, clinic and shops. Infographics artist TEOH YI CHIE looks at the different features of JTC Space @ Tuas, which is scheduled for completion in 2017

7 ground-floor factories (Level 1) - These factories will feature a height clearing of 13.5m and heavy floor loading of 30 kilonewton per square metre, the highest among JTC’s developments for manufacturing to date.
36 ramp-up factories (Levels 2 to 5) - These factories can have vehicles deliver items right to their doorstep. Their height clearing of 7.5m allows them to house larger machines.
Amenities (Level 1) - There will be an amenity centre with facilities such as a foodcourt, supermarket, clinic and shops.
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Runway model and role model

She's first with Down syndrome on catwalk at NY Fashion Week

INSPIRING: Jamie Brewer (above) backstage at New York Fashion Week.
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Faridzuan goes Dutch with NEC

"I scored a few goals in training and the coach told me that he likes how I'm performing. It's just that I have to be smarter in my decisionmaking." - Faridzuan Fuad (above), on his stint in Holland.

First, it was Singapore No. 1 Hassan Sunny to Thailand, Then, national defender Safuwan Baharudin became the first Singapore footballer to play in Australia’s top flight.

The trend of playing overseas seems to be catching on with local footballers, as another National Football Academy (NFA) product is giving it a shot — this time, in Holland.

Former NFA winger, Faridzuan Fuad, who starred for the Under-16 side which reached the final of the Lion City Cup in 2012, is currently on a two-month trial with Dutch second division club NEC Nijmegen.

The 18-year-old, who scored the winning goal for the Under-15s in the 2011 Lion City Cup against Newcastle, arrived in Nijmegen on Jan 27 and has been training with the reserve team.

He is set to play his first friendly with the side next week.

Read the full report in our print edition on Feb 14.

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Carroll out for the season

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