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Sing50: Spending $348k To Humiliate Local Music

// Photo by Gourmet Adventures (http://gourmetadventures.net/) Throughout my time dabbling in the media world, I’ve learnt that getting the chance to “work with a famous director” or perform with “established stars at a huge event” is just poppycock for “you’re not going to get paid”. Young and inexperienced, it’s rare to see budding artists forgo such an opportunity that will seemingly kickstart their careers. It’s a double-edged sword practicing your craft in a small, trifling city like Singapore. The music communities are mostly inclusive and welcoming, the close-knit atmosphere a gratifying breeding ground for jam sessions and collaborations, peer reviews and dandy networking. The congenial rivalries propagate a rise in music quality, the friendships a climacteric element for support and encouragement. The tour of an underwhelming paradise stops right there though, as the bleak, cruel, and bleak reality of music in Singapore painfully sinks in. For a city clearly punching way above her weight, the art scene has generally been disregarded as an, to put it eloquently, awful career path, if there’s even a path in …

My Government Waged A War Against Shisha… They Lost.

Before I start this article, I would like to point out that I do not support smoking, or any other kinds of tobacco vice, like shisha. I’m going to be honest here, because it’s pointless trying to sprinkle sugar on bull and call it candy. I think smoking is stupid. Absolutely stupid. I will never have a good first impression of smokers, because let’s be honest here, very few people will. Reasons include plenty, stereotyping present in films, misrepresentation in newspapers, and of course, horrifying descriptions given to us by our parents. The smell and odour probably doesn’t help either. We all speak against discrimination, but our nuances and body language painfully betray us when placed in similar testing positions. I do not expect to gain positive traction by saying what people like to hear, but I believe being clear about my personal take on the subject matter lend credibility to what I’m writing. It is worth noting however, that my issues lie in the act of smoking itself. I do not develop a hatred, or a disliking …

Happy Birthday Singapore! Your Sports Culture Sucks.

Before I start the article, I will like to note that most of the points I’m going to mention relate more to the sport of soccer, although they are still very much valid for the other sports. And before you start reading, check out this amazing arrangement of 7 NDP songs in a sad-sounding minor key by Vint Mint. Feel free to play it in the background as you read through this rather lengthy article. Kinda helps with the mood. At the recent Commonwealth Games held in Glasgow, Scotland, our Singapore team fared admirably against worthy opponents from different parts of the globe. Joseph Schooling broke the national record in the Men’s 100m Butterfly Finals, clocking the 4th fastest time in 2014. Derek Wong became the first Singaporean to reach the finals of the Badminton Men’s Singles event, while Chrisnanta and Triyachart were the first Singaporean duo to reach the finals of the Badminton Men’s Doubles event. Shooters Jasmine Ser and rising star Martina Veloso performed brilliantly in their respective events, and our table tennis contingent brought home six …

And Tango Got Banned (And Now Archie Too)

Yes, you can read about Hitler’s hideous crimes in World War 2, you can learn about the parts of a bomb, you can know about the love triangle between a expressionless girl, a glittering vampire and a ferocious werewolf, but you can’t read a story about two gay penguins raising up a chick. Welcome to Singapore. There has been a huge ongoing uproar in the Lion City after three children’s books, The White Swan Express: A Story About Adoption (about Chinese orphans being adopted by a mix of straight, gay, and single parents), Who’s In My Family: All About Our Families (which portrays many kinds of families, including gay ones), and And Tango Makes Three (a true story about two male penguins at a zoo who adopted a penguin chick), were withdrawn by Singapore’s National Library Board (NLB) following the behest of a single complaining patron, Mr Teo Kai Loon. Yes, just one, single, complain is enough. As a Singaporean, I feel utterly ashamed right now, and I am very well speechless as to how the clean, developed, futuristic city where I …

See, The Thing About The Word Slut,

This article may make me sound like a female, but I’m a boy alright. There are a lot of changes in perspectives, so it might get slightly confusing. I’ll appreciate greatly if you can stay till the end. There are a few overlooked points that I’ve included, and looking through the whole piece will give you a better general gist of the topic at hand. Thank-you. The Oxford American Dictionary defines the word slut as “a slovenly and promiscuous woman”. The definition given is rather vague. Back in the Middle Ages, it was used to describe a sexually promiscuous woman in a negative way. It was an insult for woman who took initiative for their sexuality, who were more open and less conservative than what society deems as expected or acceptable back then. In present day, the meaning of the word slut has expanded and grown, similarly in comparison to the number of North Koreans dying due to overfeeding of non-existent food. Some girls call each other sluts because they’re interacting, and seemingly flirting with …