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. Use CTRL-F to search for keywords, e.g. to find info on registering a business, search for keyword “business”.
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.
- Online Library book renewal (note: From 2 Feb 2015, all NLB members must use their myLibrary ID to access electronic resources, check library accounts or place reservations online.)
Police – Need Singpass authentication userid/pwd for the following services, this service is not available for foreigners.
- Electronic Police Centre (ePC) – For reporting of non-emergency police reports (e.g. report of lost phones, stolen bicycles etc) that do not require immediate Police action. It will save you more than 2 hours waiting and interrogation time typically wasted 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/
“Free” Legal Advice
- IP Legal Clinics: A service provided by legal firms but funded by IPOS, technically not free but on a reimbursement basis. click here to make an appointment. T: +65 6339 8616
- 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/
Maps / Journey Planner.
- gothere.sg: Best to use to plan transport journey in Singapore than a street directory. It has bus stop info, ERP rate and bus/MRT fare estimator.
- StreetDirectory: available in both website and mobile apps, very detailed buiding info, better than Google Maps.
- 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”.
- Bus services from Singapore to Johor Bahru (JB)
- Transport to and within Pulau Ubin, or How to get to and get around on Pulau Ubin
- sgcarmart:find the cheapest car park ratein Singapore. bad user interface but makes it 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.
Carpool. more new rules and regulation on carpooling in Singpaore
- singcarpool.com – Very user-freindly and many postings
- sharetransport.sg – The largest sg carpool site but not that user friendly
- Gumtree Ride Share - classified ad for ride sharing, car pooling
- carpoolworld.com - carpooling to/from Malaysia, Singapore
- Lompang is a carpooling mobile app that pairs you with nearby commuters. Available only in iOS.
MRT Traffic webcam and free morning travel
- SG Traffic Cam – Android app to monitor road traffic
Free shuttle services
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/
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
- List of farms to visit
- Kidz Amaze is one of the largest indoor playgrounds in Singapore that is equipped with vertical mazes and huge playground arena.
- Kaboodle Kids- based on innovative Imagination Playground as invented by David Rockwell, an innovative game that encourages children to exercise their creativity
All about local and overseas postage, click here.
Want to watch Singapore News and Dramas while traveling or living overseas? This is a live saver for the homesick Singaporeans, it is free for now (Dec 2012): http://www.toggle.sg. Toggle Now App is now available on Google Play and Apple App Store.
Bank and Branch Code Guide for all banks operating in Singapore.
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Last updated on Apr 2015