90 YEARS OF DISNEY – THE PROCESS FROM PAST TO FUTURE

It’s no exaggeration to say that Disney‘s allure is a multi-generational affair. From 26 October 2019 till 29 March 2020, visitors to the ArtScience Museum can revisit close to a century’s worth of animation styles and legacy in the brand new exhibition Disney: Magic of Animation. The event draws upon the archives of the Walt…

A WINNING FORMULA: THE SINGAPORE NIGHT GRAND PRIX

With last year’s Crazy Rich Asians pulling the spotlight on Singapore as a luxurious haven for the elite, much travel plans must have been fixated on a calendar event – the Singapore Grand Prix. Now in it’s 12th year, the racing event that once was notorious locally for its disruption to traffic, is now viewed…

THAT UNEXPECTED CHILL

Because of the weather, I had a rare chance to see a different side to Singapore. People smilingly scrunched up in jackets; hot coffee passing me by, smelling like it’s from another dimension; an odd sapped-out palette that makes everything look like a timeless print from an old newspaper. Amidst that, I enjoyed my evening…

OMG I WON

The message came in during a media movie preview session. After seeing the notification when I was exiting the cinema, I was confused. Why was this Indonesian guy on Instagram telling me that I won a Uniqlo contest? So I went over to the Uniqlo Wherever contest site and turns out, I won! My hand…

CHRONICLING SINGAPORE’S HERITAGE HAWKERS: ALVIN FOO

We Singaporeans love our food. There’s been a recent awareness that the local hawker trade might be in danger of fading away, with no heirs to the wok. Alvin Foo teams up with the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) to chronicle our legendary chefs in the project: Heritage Hawkers. Hunting down our food culture icons is…

FAIRY TALE, ENDING

So this is it. It’s not the day that democracy died, because opposing pundits will say that that was already a dead dog. But certainly this is the day that it was most felt by the general Singaporean. Halimah Yacob, uncontested, has become the next President of Singapore in an uncontested walkover. The memes came…

LIFE IS THE HEART OF A RAINBOW

So. Thank you Yayoi Kusama for letting us participate in your mental and emotional landscape. To have you achingly search and generate joy for others as you yourself struggle to make sense of your own being – it’s been our privilege. It’s such an irony then to see some people turning gallery to theme park,…

FIRST DAY. LAST DAY.

My earliest memory eating at a kopitiam is also one of my fondest. It was a coffee shop beside the main market at Toa Payoh Lorong 8 and it had all the fixtures – slightly slippery floor tiles, wooden chairs caved to the butt with floral pattern worn away by diners, cracked marble table tops turned…

This Is ReaLee Not About That House

For all the years the Opposition have tried to justify their accusations of nepotism and corruption of the ruling party, none have delivered a blow like the recent allegations from PM Lee Hsien Loong’s own siblings, Mr Lee Hsien Yang and Dr Lee Wei Ling. Singaporeans are understandably, up to this day, divided. This is…

EOS Professional: Nick Soo of OtterWatch

As a regular contributor to OtterWatch, Singapore’s leading project platform for consolidating otter images, full-time IT engineer Nick Soo has turned hobby into cause, with spirited and eye-catching documentations of the playful creatures. How did your journey in photography begin and how did it lead you to OtterWatch? I started my photography journey as a…

The Heart Strings Of Chinese Culture

Tucked away along Geylang Lorong 24A, is a shop not many may know about. Mr Jeffrey Eng is the third generation proprietor of Eng Tiang Huat –  a shop that is a cultural hotchpotch of Chinese opera costumes, prop weapons, orchestra instruments and celebratory tapestries. Stepping into Eng Tiang Huat today, you’ll find that little…

Stolen Stories: Sungei Road’s Last Page

There are antique timepieces beside mobile chargers and colourful plastic jewellery. A Barbie sits patiently, her dress a little weathered but still pretty. Underneath a table, an old photo of a man in his youthful glory is captured with an auric glow. These remnants of the past may seem useless, but new owners can be…

Rochor Centre – Final farewells

Rochor Centre at night, with darkness veiling the bright colours, brings out another mistress – one pensive yet still robust. The quiet voice of rebellion exists, as activities in her compound past its official clearance deadline, is flickering but still seen, from the occasional odd window with clothes left out to dry. There’s also a bunch…

4Love (Film Review)

It bears some comparison to 7 Letters, the other anthology debuting last year for SG50, helmed by the venerable Royston Tan. 4Love is mm2 Entertainment’s own gathering of four local directors, expressing their styles on that elusive subject of love. Unfortunately, all other resemblance to the former ends there. Scheduled to debut at our upcoming…

Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa (Event Space Review)

Ah, sunlight – it makes everything better. From illuminating perfect Instagram photos to bestowing a golden sheen to our skin, that natural gift from Mother Nature gives everything an enviable spa-glow quality. Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Spa & Resort, languishing in natural daylight, has been a choice destination for events seeking that same quality, from luxurious…

The Sound Of A Bomb

Terrorism in Singapore – are we unfazed or unaware? Dominic was a Facebook acquaintance of mine. Well, ex-acquaintance. “Stupid security staff,” he ranted, in a post about his morning’s random bag-check at the MRT. “Can’t even do his job properly. Do I look like a terrorist?” He cursed. To which I asked, “how is a…

Singapore Is Heading To Space

But it’s not what you think. It happened when I was watching this year’s new National Day music video. As the 6-piece 53A strummed away, singing about “Tomorrow’s here today”, icons of nostalgia like a plastic stool, formica tables, trishaws and now-celebrated dragon playground were paraded with pride across the screen. But remembering how that…

Of why I enjoy my bus rides

Because it usually accords me a seat. And because sometimes, moments like these appear, where three strangers get lulled by the bus into a deep sleep, all made lethargic by the beating summer sun of Singapore. I love my bus rides.

From Köfte to Kopi

Murat Salman shares his induction into Singapore’s lifestyle, with lingo to match. Amidst the bustle of the Starbucks at Change Alley, Mr. Salman chuckles as he recollects his first days here in Singapore. “Now going about 7, 8 years back, now I can smile – those moments.” Born and raised in Istanbul, Turkey, Mr. Salman…