A week after South Korea’s “Descendants of the Sun” actor Song Joong-ki visited Singapore to promote new movie “The Battleship Island”, local dating agency Fabrique has decided to give Singaporeans a chance to find their very own “Song-Song” romance at an upcoming dating event themed after the popular drama series. The 31-year-old actor played the role of Captain Yoo Si-jin (a.k.a Big Boss) alongside co-star-turned-fiance Song Hye-kyo, who played Doctor Kang Mo-yeon (a.k.a Beauty). Meanwhile, fans in Singapore who are seeking love can look forward to a dating event happening two weeks ahead of the stars’ big day.
Even as people here are enthralled by the psychedelic artwork of Yayoi Kusama on exhibit at the National Gallery, news has come that she will be opening her own museum in Tokyo in October.
Princess Aminah of Johor married her Dutch-born fiance Dennis Muhammad on 14 August 2017. The Princess of Johor Aminah Binti Sultan Ibrahim married her Dutch fiance on Monday (14 August) in a ceremony that has captivated people from both sides of the strait. Tunku Tun Aminah, 31, and Dennis Muhammad Abdullah, 28, were pronounced husband and wife after a solemnisation ceremony at the royal family’s residence in Johor Bahru, Istana Bukit Serene.
Singapore marked its 52nd birthday on Wednesday (9 August) with a grand parade at the Marina Bay Floating Platform. Check out the highlights from the National Day Parade 2017, which saw the latest in military technology on display along with a light show performed by dozens of drones.
Five international writers have been revealed as the latest headliners for the Singapore Writers Festival (SWF), the National Arts Council announced last Friday (4 August). The five, Tony Parsons (UK), Ken Liu (US), Perumal Murugan (India), Lu Min (China) and Datin Saidah Rastam (Malaysia) are writers of five different genres across multiple languages.
It doesn’t matter how old you are or what you like to do – there’s something for everyone this weekend. If you dig concerts, festivals, parties, plays, races or even animal fairs, be sure to drag your lazy self out of the house for one of these events.
Singapore writers usually only make the headlines when they a) win a prize of some sort and/or b) find a publisher in the West. Jeremy Tiang’s “State of Emergency” and Sonny Liew’s “The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye”, both published by Epigram Books, had their grants revoked several years apart. It has almost become a badge of honour. As one local writer cheekily commented on Facebook, “Should I be worried about the scorn of the arts community if I do get the NAC grant and they DO NOT withdraw it after I submit my work?
UPDATE: This story has been amended to reflect the grant amount that Jeremy Tiang received from NAC before it was withdrawn. Singaporean author Jeremy Tiang, whose book grant from the National Arts Council (NAC) was withdrawn, said the question of whether it is acceptable that “political considerations” affect NAC’s funding for the arts is unanswered. The story follows a Singaporean family from the 1950s to the present-day, covering key events such as the Hock Lee bus riots, Operation Spectrum and the Malayan Emergency.
Of late, many Singaporeans have been spotted at night markets or pasar malams queuing up for juicy and crispy Teochew meat puffs by local food vendor Hoo Eng, 80. Hoo has added a twist to these snacks – which are also known as UFOs – by adding peanuts and offering a variety of ingredient options such as prawns, scallops, octopus, crab sticks as well as vegetables. When Yahoo Lifestyle Singapore visited his stall at a pasar malam in Sembawang on Saturday (29 July), we ended up queuing for an hour and 40 minutes to purchase the puffs.
The Silver Arts festival will be returning from 1 to 24 September 2017, offering a slew of activities such as film screenings, concerts, theatre performances, workshops, talks and exhibitions. With nearly 70 veterans and senior citizens taking part in the event’s sixth edition, which is presented by the National Arts Council (NAC), the organisers have put together a total of 38 programmes happening across 20 venues and targeting 42,000 attendees. ...
While sex toys might still be a topic many in Singapore tend to hush up, it's a natural discussion for those who work at adult toy shops where handling dildos and vibrators on a daily basis is simply part of their nine-to-five jobs.
With National Day around the corner, there are many events that will bring you into the spirit of celebrating Singapore’s 52nd birthday. From the Open House of Changi Airport’s new Terminal 4 to the Grand Opening of Our Tampines Hub and many film and open-air cinema events, there is indeed no place like home.
In our previous article, Yahoo Lifestyle Singapore explored the Amazon Prime Now mobile app for the first time and found a wide range of items to shop, from groceries such as fresh fruits and vegetables to electronics such as laptops and DSLR cameras. Amazon Prime Now is an online shopping app by American e-commerce giant Amazon that was launched on Thursday morning (27 July). The service can only be accessed via mobile app, which can be downloaded on the Apple app store and Google Play store.
Magnum’s first permanent store in Singapore has opened at ION Orchard. If you love chocolate and ice cream, then you’ll definitely love the new flagship Magnum Pleasure Store that officially opened its doors in Singapore on Friday (28 July). The permanent store, located at Basement 2 of ION Orchard, is specially designed with art installations such as the Singapore skyline made out of Magnum ice cream bar sticks and a collection of Magnum bars.
For LEGO fans, it’s been a long wait but LEGO’s Piece of Peace world tour is finally here in Singapore! The opening ceremony took place on Thursday (27 July) morning at the Fort Canning Arts Centre. The Piece of Peace exhibition sees a total of 44 LEGO replicas of UNESCO world heritage sites made with a total of nearly half a million LEGO bricks and built in a collective time of six man-years. Guest-of-honour and Minister for Culture, Community and Youth, Ms Grace Fu, later unveiled the latest LEGO replica exhibit of the Singapore Botanic Gardens, which was built in commemoration of ASEAN’s 50th anniversary.
Sales of the internationally acclaimed graphic novel “The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye” in Singapore have spiked after its author Sonny Liew won three Eisner Awards. The 42-year-old is the first Singaporean to win an Eisner, the comic industry’s equivalent of an Oscar. Kinokuniya Singapore store director Kenny Chan told Yahoo Lifestyle Singapore that the company’s flagship store in Ngee Ann City shifted close to 80 copies of “Charlie Chan” in the week starting 17 July, as compared to the usual of 10 or more copies a week.
Two days after the award ceremony, while writers, artists and members of the public have been fulsome in their praise of Sonny Liew, the silence from the establishment has been conspicuous.
Hundreds of tea lovers gathered at the inaugural Singapore Tea Festival that took place last weekend (22-23 July) in the basement of ION Orchard. Presented by local heritage tea retailer The 1872 Clipper Tea Co. in conjunction with the Singapore Food Festival, the two-day event delivered a showcase of all things tea in Singapore. There were four main themed elements – A Tea Market, a Teapitiam, a Tea Room and a Tea Museum.
It’s looking to be a really exciting weekend ahead. Apart from the highly-anticipated Eric Nam concert and Piece of Peace world tour, there will be festivals aplenty. From the IGNITE Music Festival to the Iconic Water Festival and even a poetry festival, you won’t want to miss out on the fun!
Despite gaining the most Eisner Award nominations of any creator in 2017, Singapore's Sonny Liew is still "stunned" at having won three of them.
Comic artist Sonny Liew has become the first Singaporean to win an Eisner Award, the comic industry's equivalent of the Oscars. Out of six nominations, Liew garnered XX Eisners at this year's ceremony.
Kim Lim, the daughter of billionaire Peter Lim, revealed via an Instagram post on Friday (21 July) that she is set to get married next March. Lim was rumoured to be engaged to Mario Ho, the son of Hong Kong gambling magnate Stanley Ho, after being seen spending Valentine’s Day with him last year. Earlier on Friday (21 July), Lim was also in the news when football superstar Cristiano Ronaldo visited her and her father at Thomson Medical Centre, where she is warded with her newborn.
Popular Japanese lifestyle brand MUJI opened its largest Southeast Asian outlet in Singapore on Friday (21 July), located on the first floor of Plaza Singapura shopping mall.