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Singaporean Indie Music

What is Indie? Well, this has just recently become a trend. Back in the 2000s, there were so many scenes evolving around the youth that it was just impossible for them to be able to categorize themselves as one. Some of them fit right in while others were caught in between. Back then, there were scenes where people were into hiphop, there were also scenes where people were into punk, there were so many ways for people to associate themselves with a certain scene.

Although there was a wide range of scenes available for people to fit in, some of them just weren’t cut for that scene. Some of them didn’t even want to associate themselves with that specific scene. This is when the hipster phase started to surface. People started to parade how unique they actually were instead of being proud to belong to a certain group, they became proud to stand out. They found beauty in individuality and this is what sort of broke the whole scene format because more and more people started to associate themselves with different things from different scenes.

Hipsters started to put themselves out of the box and would try to stand out as much as possible from the mainstream crowd. Now, what would you listen to if you didn’t want to listen to something mainstream? Well, you would listen to indie music! Most of you still have this huge question stuck in your heads, what is Indie music? To be exact, indie music started when artists felt like they did not belong in the mainstream light and did not want to sign with any labels because of the fear of selling out. Artists wanted to be unique and away from the crowd which is why they wanted their music to be as pure as possible without having to give in to the demands of the public. This is why artists started to publish songs by themselves. You heard me, by themselves!

A huge trend began to emerge. People started using the website Soundcloud or Youtube to easily upload their compositions and slowly but surely, most of them took off. Some artist became instantly recognizable because of their unique style of music and ironically, they became mainstream themselves. They became popular!

Singapore is very involved in social media which is why it is not surprising that a lot of youth like to indulge themselves into indie music trying to find their unique voice in a pile of music from all over the world. This encouraged bands like The Summer State and many others to finally come out without fear to express their own original music.


Franchising in Singapore

Setting up a business in Singapore could be pretty hard because of all the requirements and the tiresome process of running an actual business. Running a business is no joke especially if you built it from the ground up. Singapore is flourishing place of business! Why? Because trade has been Singapore’s source of income all along!

Back in the day, Singapore used to be one of the popular ports around and people would go all the way from the east and the west just to be able to trade goods in Singapore. Naturally, since Singapore was the chosen place of trade, Singapore would frequently be visited by foreigners which would have to pay tax or rent a place or basically spend money on the local businesses. This is how the local government improved. Because of all the trade relations, the government was starting to have power. With money coming in from other places and circulating around in Singapore, prosperity was bound to happen.

Now fast forward to today. There are a lot of businesses around and owning a business in Singapore can be pretty tough. This is why people go to franchising. Singapore is a place which is also well known for having a collection of international brands and franchises. Franchises seem to thrive well in Singapore.

Now, what is a franchise? Well, franchising is basically paying a fee to be able to replicate a certain existing business which is owned by you. The benefits of owning a franchise is that most franchises already have a solid business plan which means that the chances of failure are lower than trying to start your own business. Most people invest in franchises because they don’t want to go through the whole process of trial and error. They want what works right away.

Franchising in Singapore is a great idea because as most researches have shown, Singapore is a very brand conscious country. This means that a strong brand in Singapore can definitely strive longer than smaller brands. The bigger and better the brand that you have, the higher your chances of success. Consumer behavior in Singapore is used to having foreign brands around which makes it easy for a consumer to adjust to a foreign brand as long as it’s presence is popular.

Franchising takes a huge load off of your back. Instead of having to spend months or maybe even years planning out the perfect business, you can just simply franchise it. With a system that takes care of your training, your inventory, your sales, your advertisements and many more, running your business couldn’t be easier. Of course franchising isn’t for everybody. Not everybody is okay with letting other people do the work for them. Some people have an entrepreneurial mindset which works better for them.


The 5 Best Vegetarian Restaurants for Your Money  

Who doesn’t want to eat healthy, right? Problem is, the effort and time required to make delicious vegetarian dishes often outweighs its benefits. So what’s a diet-conscious busy person to do? Well, go to restaurants of course.

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When it comes to delicious vegetable fare, there’s never a shortage in Singapore – and they’re quite affordable too! Here are 5 of the best we’ve found in the country.

  1. Gokul

What if you’re an ardent vegetarian but your friends or your boyfriend are die-hard meat-lovers? At Gokul, that won’t be an issue as the restaurants use mock-meats that taste just like the real thing. They have an extensive 500-item menu of vegetable dishes as well as traditional “meat dishes” like chicken curry and mutton biryani.

  1. Fill-a-Pita

For those who favour Middle Eastern flavours, Fill-a-Pita is the place for you. This resto offers arguably the best authentic falafel in town. (Their hummus is pretty great too!) The place is ideal for vegans as all dishes are free from egg, dairy and other animal products. Plus, all orders are served with a smile.

  1. Komala Vilas

Love dosai? Well, Komala Vilas have delicious masala dosai and cone dosai, plus over 40 other kinds of the dish. Giving customers the best value for their money, they also have a rice meal, which for only $7.20 already has raita, appalam, payasam, dhal, kulambu, sambar, thairu, rasam, pickles and three vegetables. The restaurant specializes on South Indian cuisine and offers customers to customise their orders.

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  1. Veggie Cottage

Veggie Cottage offers a mix of local and Western cuisine. On their menu are local favourites like laksa, claypot tofu, nasi lemak, veggie chicken rice, as well as popular Western fare like spaghetti Bolognese and fish and chips. This restaurant is unique for their homey, café-like atmosphere, providing customers with leisurely dining. The Veggie Cottage is 100% vegan, even using soy milk for all its milk-based drinks.

  1. Zen Fut Sai Kai

Serving vegetarian dishes even before the diet became popular in the country, Zen Fut Sai Kai sure knows how to make excellent meals, especially for Chinese vegetarians. Their best-seller is the mushroom wanton, which features crispy, aromatic filling made of mock meat and mushrooms. This restaurant is also known for favouring Buddhist vegetarians both with its menu and interior décor.

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5 Excellent Bookstores in SG  

Despite the ever-growing prevalence of tablets and e-books, the appreciation of original, ink-and-paper books is far from lost here in Singapore. We have big bookstore chains and cosy independent bookshops filling our literary needs. Here are five of our favourite places to go to:

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  1. POPULAR

Living up to its name, POPULAR is the most famous bookstore in the country, which isn’t a surprise given that it is also our oldest and biggest bookstore chain. Aside from offering literature in all genres, POPULAR is also the top bookstore for getting textbooks and school supplies.

  1. BooksActually

A perfect place to book aficionados, BooksActually is a charming bookshop filled with literary classics like those of Joyce, Nabokov and Steinbeck; modern works from writers like Murakami, Zadie Smith and Ian McEwan; as well as novels and stories from local Singaporean writers.

  1. Times Bookstores

Times is the best bookstore if you want to read travelogues, guide books and works of nature writing, although they also offer all kinds of literature. Their branch at the Changi Airport terminals are the most well-equipped and ideal for those looking for travel reading materials.

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  1. Basheer Graphic Books

This is the go-to place for art students, professionals and hobbyists. Basheer Graphic books offers a comprehensive range of books on art, with special titles on drawing, cartooning, animation, product design, interior design, fashion, picture books, landscaping, crafts, typography, photography and architecture.

  1. Kinokuniya

The “bookstore of all bookstores”, Kinokuniya is the single largest bookstore in the country, even one of the biggest in the region. Its more than 400,000 books in stock and 200,000 monthly visitor should give you an idea how big it is. Needless to say, they have the largest collection of books and magazines in Singapore.

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Free WiFi to all Singapore North East MRT Lines by 2015

One thing that makes Singapore stand out compared to other Asian countries is it’s free WiFi access. Provided it’s tightly controlled by the government but that is only a small price to pay compared to the convenience that the free wireless Internet connection gives its locals and tourists.

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Since one of the Singaporean government’s main goals is to offer great service to its citizens, they make a conscious effort to widen the scope of free WiFi in Singapore. In an effort to fulfill this goal, the government is ensuring that by the end of the year 2015, free wireless Internet connection will soon be available in all North East Line or NEL platforms. In fact, most of Singapore is armed with free and fast WiFi connection. You just have to register and make an account- it’s entirely free.

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As of now, only a selected few platforms at three stations are equipped with free WiFi access. These three stations are Bishan, Outram Park and Ghaut. By the first half of 2015, all the platforms to the mentioned three stations will have available free WiFi connection. This report is according to the Land Transport Authority (LTA) of Singapore.

By August of 2014, three other stations- City Hall, Raffles Place and Orchard- have been provided with free wireless Internet access.

Overall, when 2015 ends, a total of 32 stations will have free WiFi access. This includes stations on the East-West and North-South lines namely, Bedok, Ang Mo Kio, Buona Vista, Bukit Batok, Choa Chu Kang, Eunos, Clementi, Khatib, Jurong East, Paya Lebar, Yishun and Sembawang.

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