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» 1Admit it. We're a sucker for sales, and the Great Singapore Sale is coming! With the upcoming annual shopping season running from June 3 to Aug 14, travel search engine Skyscanner reveals that there is a 22% year-on-year increase for Thais travelling to Singapore during this time of year. So in case you plan to blow your budget there, cross out ION Orchard and Takashimaya on your next shopping trip because the site rounds up off-the-beaten-track spots from the hip Haji Lane and Malay heritage district Kampong Glam to Singapore's largest outlet mall IMM, as well as super-saving tips and tricks to spare more bucks for you to splurge. Check out skyscanner.co.th for where to shop in these hot neighbourhoods and, of course, for cheap fares.
» At the age of 12, after finishing Prathom 6, Shakireen Malilee left normal education to study to become a hafiz. Originally from Prachuap Khiri Khan, he moved to an Islamic boarding school in Min Buri, a Bangkok suburb, and devoted himself to the ancient art of memorising the Koran. Every day for eight hours, Shakireen recited from Islamic holy scripture and committed each word, each verse, each page, each chapter into his young brain. After four years, he had memorises the entire book, roughly equivalent of memorising every single word of a 500-page tome. At 16, he achieved the rare honour of being called a hafiz.
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