Here is a list of Singapore websites that are most useful in your everyday dealings in Singapore. It is by no means exhaustive. We welcome suggestions and inputs to improve this list.
For the one stop government website, you have the www.sg, the official gateway to all things related to government. Other useful and frequently used government websites are:
National Library - useful for finding books online, check their availability at the various branches and renewal of borrowed book online. One of the most innovative government websites if not the best.
Police – Need Singpass authentication userid/pwd for the following services, this service not available for foreigners.
- Electronic Police Centre (ePC) – For reporting of non-emergency police reports that do not require immediate Police action. It will save you more than 2 hours waiting and interrogation time typically visiting at the police post. http://www.spf.gov.sg/epc/policereport_info.html
- Stolen and Lost Property Index (SPEX) – Singapore Police Force - contains records of selected property with serial numbers (e.g. mobile phones, laptop etc) which have been reported to the Police as stolen or lost. Useful for checking whether second-hand/used goods are stolen or not. (to access IMEI on your mobile: dial *#06#)
OneMotoring.com– an outsourced government website for all things related to transport. From checking the webcams for the various traffic hotspots in Singapore, paying your traffic fines, buying of OPC license, bidding of COEs, to renewing the license, this website as almost everything you need for vehicle related matters.
Central Provision Fund– A really poorly designed website but nevertheless a necessary evil if you have to check your CPF statement, arrange your home loan or submit the pay information to the authority.
Flood-prone check – you can check the water level of these flood-prone areas on a google map style view:
Enterprise One (Business related portals) – A one-stop business portal that allows you to apply for licenses required to set up a business in Singapore.
- EDB FAQ : Covers lots of Government links pertaining to setting up company/rept office, investing in Singapore, recruitment of foreign workers, applying for patents/trademarks, Import/Export Documentation etc.
- School holidays : http://www.moe.gov.sg/schools/terms-and-holidays/
- sgentrepreneurs.com - many good articles related to entrepreneurship in Singapore
- E27.sg – covers the companies, people and technologies that are changing Singapore’s web and mobile ecosystem.
- Starting a (internet/Dotcom) business in Singapore – A good summary guide by Bernard Leong
Todayonline. This is probably our all time favorite.This free newspaper by Mediacorp has been distributing mainly at the MRT Stations every morning for many years now and has given the incumbent SPH a run for their money. The electronic version is even more amazing, not only it is fast, it is highly interactive.
- www.asiaone.com – the front page flash page features breaking news and interesting reads.
- sg.yahoo.com/ - arguably the only local news portal that report neutral news about Singapore and at times critical of Singapore Government
For up-to-date major events happenings, visit Upcoming Events in Singapore.
POLITICS AND SOCIAL
TemasekReview. Want to hear an alternative voice from the main stream media? TemasekReview.com has many featured articles that you will not find in many main stream media. Many articles are highly critical to the government policies. The discussions are almost always one-sided for the many unhappy dissidents to “throw stones” at the ruling party.
- http://www.temasekreview.com/ (it has since changed to www.tremeritus.com since 2012 reportedly due to a legal letter from Government owned Temasek Holdings).
MrBrown and YeoCheowTong. Want something light hearted and yet poking fun at the government and ruling party? Try these two satire websites especially the latter. This may be a way for Singaporeans and dissidents in letting go of their frustrations since they can not launch demonstrations and strike legally.
ChewOnIt often digs social issues with a deep sense of humour using cartoons Arguably the best cartoonist in Singapore. http://chewonitcomics.blogspot.com/
GoThere. This is a young company started by three young graduates in 2008. In many ways, they have done better than the Gorilla giant such as google map. The website features many innovative features before they were even found on google map. E.g. the launched streetview for Singapore in 2009 before google did in Singapore. Their website also features bus stop, car park and fare calculation for the various mode of transport. Other innovative features such as typing “from 038988 to Orchard Ion” in the search box will instantly give you the routes and the fares for the various mode of transport. For people who is driving, the website even calculates the ERP rates based on the time of travel. It is amazing how a few young chaps can do something so complex, way to go!
- http://mappery.com/Singapore-MRT-Map - Latest MRT maps
- Publictransport.sg – the official journey planner for public transport that are so badly designed that highly “un-recommended”.
StreetDirectory. While gothere.sg is great, it lacks the refined details streetdirectory information that we sometimes needs for street navigation. This is where Streetdirectory.com comes in. Check it out.
Sgcarmart. Our all time favourite when it comes to finding the cheapest car park information in Singapore. While the user interface needs a lot of improvement, it makes up with its user friendliness and updated information. Currently the search facility still have not included postal code and road name search.
Real-time Parking Lots Availability. Check for real-time parking lots availability in commercial buildings.
MRT Traffic cam and free morning travel
Free shuttle services
Qoo10 and Ebay. Surprising but it is true, there is no one-stop website that sells general stuff from ink cartridges, locks, books, computers etc. You can almost shop almost everything on eBay and most of the sellers are willing to ship the item to Singapore free or at a low cost. You will be surprise many items sold on eBay and Qoo10 are cheaper than the local stores. As of 2012, Qoo10 has bypassed Ebay to become the preferred e-commerce website in Singapore.
TuaLoBang. It is a Singapore colloquial term for big bargain. This blog site has been featuring latest bargains in town especially the newspaper cuttings.
Flea Markets. Want to know where to find out the many flea markets in Singapore?
Indicative price list of electronic and IT goods sold in Singapore. Bootstrike.com has an extensive collections of past IT/PC shows events. Hardwarezone.com and VR-Zone is another two websites where you can download the latest pricelist in Sim Lim’s computer-related products.
COMMUNITY SERVICE, CONSERVATION AND CHARITY
- Blood Donation: donorweb.org/, check out latest blood donation venues and schedules
- Online donation portal: www.sggives.org/, online donation portal for donors who seek to give to Singapore-registered charities
- National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre (NVPC): the national body which promote volunteerism and philanthropy in Singapore. a one stop portal for signing up as volunteer for various charity organisations
- All things relating to recycling in Singapore: http://www.zerowastesg.com/
- Dedicated to green and conservation in Singapore: http://www.wildsingapore.com/
HungryGoWhere. This is one of the prominent successful web2.0 community websites that offers community reviews and ratings of the popular food stalls and restaurants in Singapore.
BUY & SELL PROPERTY
Buying and Selling of Used Goods - the followings are the more popular website for buying and selling of second-hand goods. VR-zone tends to gear towards computer related stuff and consumer electronics. The Gumtree Singapore version often ranked high in Google search.
Motoring and Transport
Wedding, Bride and Motherhood
Swopping,Bartering,Exchange or Free
- Rent children’s toy: www.rent-that-toy.com
- Rent baby equipment: www.thebabyspecialist.com.sg
- Rent or buy maternity wear: www.maternityexchange.sg
- Car and taxi-pooling: www.myridebuddy.com
- Free items: www.sgfreecycle.org
- Trade services or goods for other items: www.barterfolks.sg
- Share a workspace: cowork.sg
- Lessons: www.learnemy.com
- Sub-cultures: www.helloworldhq.com
All about local and overseas postage, click here.
Want to watch Singapore News and Dramas while travelling or living overseas? This is a live saver for the homesick Singaporeans, it is free for now (Dec 2012): http://www.toggle.sg
Want to know the top ranking websites in Singapore? Click here.
Last updated on Feb 2014