5 x 5: Rain gear on for BKK, Hello Kitty’s designer puzzled people think Kitty’s a cat & more

By June 22, 20165 x 5, Current

TL;DR – Everything you need to know, summarised for you daily at 5pm.

1. Rui En charged with careless driving today

Rui En (centre) who was charged in court on June 22.ST PHOTO: WONG KWAI CHOW

Rui En (centre) who was charged in court on June 22.ST PHOTO: WONG KWAI CHOW

The 35yo actress told the courts today she intends to plead guilty. She is not represented by a lawyer and the case has been adjourned to July 1. The charge was over an accident that happened on 12 April when she reportedly knocked over a stationary motorcycle while turning into the carpark of her apartment. She may be jailed up to six months and/or fined up to S$1,000 for the offence.

More here.

2. One door closes, hopefully another opens?

Did you read our retrenchment stories on Double Negative and also the one from the Oil & Gas industry?

Hot on those heels is the online retailer Ensogo (previously known as Deal.com.sg) has abruptly closed its Singapore operations after its Australian unit hit massive problems back home. A source familiar with the employees said,

“They were chased out of the office and the doors were locked. Employees had been sitting outside the premises since 11am.”

Hope they find better jobs soon! More here.

3. Free life and personal insurance coverage for our men!

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The Ministry of Defence (Mindef) and Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) will provide free life and personal insurance coverage for both full-time and operationally ready national servicemen with effect from 1st July. The scheme applies to servicemen in the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF), Singapore Police Force (SPF) and Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF).

More here.

4. Bring your Wellingtons to Bangkok!

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If you’re heading for Bangkok, be sure to pack your rain gear! Heavy rain yesterday brought traffic to a standstill in some parts of the city. Some schools and businesses even had to close. Weather forecasts update that rainy seasons with more rain and thunderstorms are coming, so consider yourselves warned!

According to the Bangkok Post, the Bangkok governor MR Sukhumbhand Paribatra said,

“We apologize to the people affected by floods. But this problem will occur again [in the future] because Bangkok is a city of water and rain,”

More here.

5. Hello Kitty’s lead designer spills some beans

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Hello Kitty’s lead designer tells the origin story of the British schoolgirl. Remember how the world went cray last year when it was revealed that Hello Kitty is not actually a cat, but a British girl? There’s more.

The lead designer was actually puzzled why people thought Hello Kitty is a cat. Ermmm… Moving on… Did you know Hello Kitty had a mouth back in the 1980s? And they’re gonna roll out more Kitty relatives after introducing Paul, Daniel’s father. They’re working on Daniel’s mother and his twin brother.

More here.

(Featured image via Asiancorrespondent.com and is from the 2011 floods in Bangkok)



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