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 significant increase in prisoner numbers and staff shortages at the Northern Territory's two youth detention centres have critically impacted their ability to provide basic services to inmates, a report has found.Some young people are locked in their cells for more than 23 hours per day at the Don Dale and Alice Springs facilities, the NT's Office of the Children's Commissioner says.
Tasmania's Public Trustee, appointed to manage the finances and affairs of people when they are unable to, has "genuinely misunderstood" its role for more than 25 years, an independent report has found.The report, ordered by the state government in June after concerns were raised in the media, also found a high level of dissatisfaction with the way the body communicates with clients.
Australian rules football legend Ron Barassi has tested positive for COVID-19, ruling him out of taking part in Melbourne's long-awaited AFL premiership celebrations at the MCG.The 85-year-old is understood to have contracted coronavirus at a 70th birthday party for former VFL player and media identity Peter "Crackers" Keenan last month.
Rory McIlroy views golfers as "independent contractors" and says the PGA and European tours should allow players to compete in the Saudi International in February.The Saudi International, which will be on the Asian Tour schedule in 2022, has released a list of confirmed golfers including the high-profile Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau and Phil Mickelson.
A climate protester has received a suspended jail term after locking herself to a train carriage during two days of action against a controversial north Queensland coal mine, an activist group says.Juliet Lamont was arrested on Tuesday after protesters attached themselves to railway tracks and trains outside Bowen in a bid to stop what they believed was Carmichael mine's first transport of coal.
The Perth Scorchers have added some serious pace to their bowling stocks after signing England international Tymal Mills for the upcoming BBL season.The Scorchers were left scrambling to find a third and final import after English paceman Brydon Carse suffered a serious knee injury last month just 24 hours after signing with Perth.
A thunderstorm asthma alert has been issued for Melbourne and surrounds ahead of an expected change cutting short an early summer scorcher.Professor Mike Roberts, a leading respiratory specialist with Victoria's Department of Health, has forecast a high-risk of epidemic thunderstorm asthma in the state's central weather district on Thursday.
West Australian state Nationals MP and former federal party vice-president James Hayward has been charged with multiple child sexual abuse offences.Hayward, who was elected to WA's parliament earlier this year, is scheduled to face Perth Magistrates Court on Thursday.
Ramping up Australia's space capabilities will benefit all citizens, especially in rural and regional areas, a parliamentary inquiry has found.With the global space industry valued at about $471 billion and tipped to reach $1.
Queensland's corruption watchdog "has failed in the role entrusted to it" and its structure must be reviewed, a landmark report says.A parliamentary committee has found the Crime and Corruption Commission did not act "independently and impartially" in its probe into the former Logan mayor and eight councillors which began in 2018.
New thermal camera technology is to be used for the first time in the battle to control feral deer in Australia.The decision follows a three-day trial on farming properties in South Australia that used thermal-assisted aerial control of fallow and red deer in the Limestone Coast region.
A drug-affected Victorian man shot a mate he thought was wearing a bulletproof vest with a shotgun he thought wasn't loaded.John Nelis, 38, on Thursday faced the Victorian Supreme Court, where he pleaded guilty to the negligent manslaughter of 39-year-old Christopher Jacobs in Geelong in July 2020.
The pandemic has reached another remote Northern Territory Indigenous community, with a COVID-19 infection confirmed in the Tanami Desert.The new case is a 45-year-old fully-vaccinated man from Lajamanu, about 900km northwest of Alice Springs, near the Western Australia border.
Budget deficits across the nation are expected to improve as Australia emerges from the coronavirus pandemic, the independent Parliamentary Budget Office says.In its latest national fiscal outlook, which provides a combined outlook across all levels of Australian government, it shows the country recovered swiftly in the wake of the initial outbreak of COVID-19.
Asian shares have edged higher in choppy trading, helped by advances in Chinese real estate shares, though fears about the Omicron variant of the new coronavirus capped gains regionally.Also weighing on share markets were remarks from Fed chair Jerome Powell reiterating that he and fellow policymakers will consider a faster wind-down to the Fed's bond-buying program, a move widely seen as opening the door to earlier interest rates hikes.
A terror-plotter just released from her second jail term will again be subject to strict controls including a ban on viewing depictions of beheadings.Alo-Bridge Namoa repeatedly breached her first control order including by obtaining images of persons doing an ISIS salute and sending numerous messages which included threats of extreme violence.
Brisbane Roar have named midfielder Ayesha Norrie skipper as the club ushers in a new era in the A-League Women's competition.Norrie, a former Melbourne Victory and Perth Glory player, is embarking on her second stint at the Roar after being at the club from 2013 to 2016.
Thousands of animals and plants could become extinct in Victoria thanks to climate change, invasive species and habitat loss, a parliamentary inquiry has found.A two-year inquiry into ecosystem decline, tabled in parliament on Thursday, found native species are experiencing significant declines in population size and distribution.
Frank Madafferi believes the underhanded actions of his once-trusted lawyer - slain gangland defender Joe "Pino" Acquaro - are his ticket to freedom.He's already eligible for parole having served seven years of a minimum 10-year sentence handed down in 2014 for trafficking 15 million ecstasy pills in tomato tins seven years earlier.