Christmas – the most wonderful time of the year is almost here! Even Singapore, normally sunny and humid, is now rainy (and still humid). With the temperature on the lower end of our equatorial scale, we can at least pretend we are in rainy London on the darkest of days.
This brings me to hot chocolate drinks, Christmas songs and yes, Christmas gifts shopping!
First up, let's get into some festive tunes to set the mood.
Next up, let's dive right into gifts that we have categorised by budget because money is hard to earn. Happy festive shopping!
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A new parcel facility has been set up by Australia Post in southeast Sydney to keep up with record demand following Black Friday sales and in the lead up to Christmas.The 20,000 square metre facility in Botany is capable of processing more than 100,000 parcels daily, bringing Australia Post's total processing capacity in NSW to almost 1.
When Pat Shannon was contacted by the Australian army to ask if he was related to Peter Shannon, a shearer-turned-soldier who died in the trenches during World War I, he was absolutely positive he couldn't be.The self-professed family historian from New Ross, Ireland had been fascinated by his family tree since he was a boy and was convinced he knew all the Shannons in the small town, dating back for generations.
The Morrison government is sticking to its argument that Labor must agree to its version of an integrity commission before introducing legislation to parliament.The government says draft legislation has been available for scrutiny for some time but Labor says it does not go far enough.
At least 18 people have died and another five injured in a road accident in West Bengal state in east India."Deeply pained at reported death of 18 people and five others injured in Nadia District after the vehicle they were travelling in collided with (sic) a truck parked on the side of road," West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar said on Twitter.
Advisers to the World Health Organisation are holding a special session to flesh out information about a worrying new variant of the coronavirus that has been detected in South Africa, though a top expert says its impact on COVID-19 vaccines may not be known for weeks.The technical advisory group on the evolution of COVID-19 was meeting virtually on Friday to discuss the so-called B.
Boris Johnson has ordered the return of mandatory mask-wearing in shops and on public transport, and for contacts of Omicron COVID-19 cases to self-isolate, even if they are vaccinated, after the concerning variant was detected in Britain.All international arrivals will have to take a PCR test by the end of their second day in the United Kingdom, as the prime minister prepared to reimpose measures to control the spread of coronavirus over fears the new strain could evade existing vaccines.
At least two people have been killed and 16 others injured in western Niger when protesters clashed with a French military convoy they blocked after it crossed the border from Burkina Faso, the local mayor says.The armoured vehicles and logistics trucks had crossed the border on Friday after being blocked in Burkina Faso for a week by demonstrations there against French forces' failure to stop mounting violence by Islamist militants.
The Omicron variant of COVID-19 has probably arrived in Germany, a minister in the western state of Hesse says, after mutations were found in a passenger arriving from South Africa."Last night several Omicron-typical mutations were found in a traveller returning from South Africa," tweeted Kai Klose, social affairs minister in Hesse, home to Frankfurt airport, Germany's biggest hub and one of Europe's busiest airports.
South Africa say it is being punished for its advanced ability to detect new COVID-19 variants early, as travel bans and restrictions imposed because of the new Omicron variant threaten to harm tourism and other sectors of the economy.South Africa has some of the world's top epidemiologists and scientists, who have managed to detect emerging coronavirus variants and their mutations early on in their life cycle.
A large search effort in Victoria's alpine region is continuing into the weekend as police comb rugged bushland to try and locate the remains of missing campers Russell Hill and Carol Clay.The story of the campers, last heard from at a remote Wonnangatta campsite, has captured public attention since March 20 last year.
An evacuation order has been issued to residents of towns along the Hunter River in NSW as rising floodwaters threaten power and water services.People along within the Whittingham, Scotts Flat, Glenridding, Dunolly and Combo areas had to evacuate the high danger area by 7pm on Saturday, the State Emergency Service said.
Hundreds of environmental protesters have blocked major roads in Serbia to protest against new laws they say will give free rein to foreign mining companies.Serbia's government has offered mineral resources to companies including Chinese copper miner Zijin and Australia's Rio Tinto, but green activists say the projects would pollute land and water in the Balkan nation.