Get ready to embark on a colourful and illuminated night walk at Southeast Asia’s only Lumina—Rainforest Lumina—in its final season at Singapore Zoo. Guests will experience a multi-sensoryOn July 19, 2021 / By Nookmag
Get ready to embark on a colourful and illuminated night walk at Southeast Asia’s only Lumina—Rainforest Lumina—in its final season at Singapore Zoo. Guests will experience a multi-sensory journey, melding nature and technology through the latest in light, projection and audio, that expertly harmonises the natural sights, sounds and scents of the rainforest at night.
A different perspective of the park (which is not the usual animal-based interactions of the day park) is core to this sensorial experience. Focusing entirely on the setting and environment, visitors will immerse themselves in a symphony of lights, beautifully orchestrated music and interactive play that will inspire everyone to appreciate nature and help protect wildlife and conserve biodiversity so habitats and the planet can continue to thrive. Rainforest Lumina’s Creature Crew, made of up eight virtual animals, embodies a special virtue reminiscent of their species as they lead everyone on a mission to discover that ‘We Are One’—how humans and nature are interconnected, and how each has a vital role to sustain life on earth.
This year, visitors can look forward to singing and playing with the Creature Crew at popular interactive play zones and be immersed in a dazzling laser display as they make their way through the Luminous Pathway.
They will meander through thousands of sparkling pixel lights at the Shimmering Islands and they can also dance through a digital thunderstorm to the beautiful symphony conducted by Bob the playful otter. The journey comes to a close with a stunning laser and projection display which reminds guests that ‘We Are One’, and to do their part to protect the rainforest.
This seasonal attraction will run from now till 13 Feb 2022. Rainforest Lumina is available on Thursdays to Sundays, public holidays and eve of public holidays from 7.15pm to 12.00am, with the last admission at 10.15pm. In addition, visitors to any of Wildlife Reserves Singapore’s day parks—Jurong Bird Park, River Safari or Singapore Zoo—need only top up SGD10 to complete their wildlife experience with Rainforest Lumina.
More information is available at www.rainforestlumina.sg.
The Singapore art scene has just become more colourful with the launch of Carré d’artistes, the only art gallery in Singapore to sell artworks at a fixed priceOn April 23, 2021 / By Nookmag
The Singapore art scene has just become more colourful with the launch of Carré d’artistes, the only art gallery in Singapore to sell artworks at a fixed price based on the size of each piece of art. With more than 30 opened spaces globally, the brand has now made its debut in Southeast Asia with an inaugural art gallery at Paragon Shopping Centre (#04-08).
Affordable and Accessible Art In A Welcoming Environment
Decked out in a clean and contemporary style, the new Carré d’artistes gallery exudes a warm and welcoming ambience. It offers over 600 unique and original artworks in varied styles, mediums and sizes from a first selection of 18 international and carefully-curated artists, starting at an affordable SGD190 for the smallest size.
The artworks are all placed in open display racks, similar to vinyl records in a record store, and customers are welcome to hold up and scrutinize the artwork at close proximity.
Carré d’artistes believes that everyone should have the right to buy art. To make art accessible to all, the gallery’s unique fixed pricing system is based solely on the size of the artwork, regardless of the artist, techniques and medium used. This approach that Carré d’artistes practices promotes openness between the buyers and the artists, and removes any obscure aspect of the art market in particular for first time buyers.
So, be it buying an art piece to spruce up a living space or as a gift for a loved one, there is something for everyone.
Two Decades On… A Global Success
2021 marks the 20th Anniversary of Carré d’artistes, as the first gallery was opened in Aix-en-Provence, France, in 2001 by French entrepreneur Stephanie Tosi. Back then, Tosi wanted to change the notion that art is elitist, and thus embarked on her mission to make art accessible to everyone.
This concept has become so successful in the last two decades, that Carré d’artistes now has a global presence in the form of galleries opened in Amsterdam, Beijing, Barcelona, Istanbul, Moscow and more.
Today, the gallery also represents and promotes more than 600 artists globally, offering a wide range of artworks across all styles. Its group of curators are also constantly on the lookout for promising new artists to help them develop their craft and sell their works.
“Art brings about a lot of intangible benefits and is a way to share happiness and positivity. In this current difficult period, opening the art gallery is an opportunity to add to the quality of people’s daily lives by giving them access to a large choice of quality artworks that cater to all budgets,” shares Mr Sebastien Chen, Managing Director of Art & City Pte. Ltd. “I am also thrilled to be promoting the works of talented and inspiring artists so that they can gain greater international recognition.”
Carré d’artistes Singapore
Paragon Shopping Centre
290 Orchard Road, #04-08
11am to 8pm daily
A term that was first coined in Japan in the 1980s, White Day is typically celebrated on 14 March, one month after Valentine’s Day. In appreciation for theOn March 14, 2021 / By Renata
A term that was first coined in Japan in the 1980s, White Day is typically celebrated on 14 March, one month after Valentine’s Day. In appreciation for the gifts they received on Valentine’s Day, people (mostly males) would give a gift to their admirer in return on this day. Although it first began in Japan, this holiday is now celebrated in various countries across South East Asia, including South Korea, Taiwan and even in some of the bigger cities in China.
As photographs are a perfect medium to remember special occasions with, we decided to speak to three couples in the instant photography community to discover how they came together through a bond sparked by photography. Likewise, while most of us in Singapore don’t celebrate White Day, we asked our couples what they would gift each other if they were to celebrate the occasion.
The first couple we asked, Brandon and Phoebe, run a Polaroid retail company known to the instant photography community as OKB. “It’s another chance for me to get chocolates from Brandon!” Phoebe laughs, as Brandon told us that he was unaware of White Day’s existence. “I guess I’ll have to get Phoebe chocolates now on every White Day…” He muses.
Our second couple (Damian and Sandra) on the other hand, are well known in the instant photography community and go by the moniker damianwithsandra. Despite not celebrating White Day, they expressed that they typically like to give things to each other regardless of the occasion, and don’t have any views on this holiday in particular.
Last but not least, our third couple consists of Felix, who is well versed in lomography shots and Hanna who is known for her double exposure images. “[White Day] is an interesting take on appreciation because reminds the men to celebrate their partners. If we were to celebrate it, I’d give Hanna some white frame Polaroids and take her to art galleries,” said Felix, while Hanna decided that she would love to “get Felix a white set of wheels or a pair of trucks for his longboards for White day,” before going for a stroll with skates and a polaroid camera in tow.
More about each couple…
BRANDON & PHOEBE
Fun and quirky with a ribbon or handkerchief in her hair, you’ll never miss spotting Phoebe on the streets. As much as this fashionista is an avid photographer both at leisure and professionally, her real love for Polaroids began with wefies taken on an old polaroid camera. In contrast, Brandon’s love for instant photography sparked with an old Polaroid photo taken during his youth.
Although they only met briefly online, their chance meeting quickly became a regular occurrence after Brandon first invited Phoebe out on a photowalk with his friends from the instant photography community. This common interest was later fueled by a pet peeve shared between both of them (“not all instant photography are Polaroids!“), which led Brandon to ask Phoebe on a date over a vintage Hello Kitty Polaroid.
The rest is history as the couple attend conventions and flea markets together, setting up booths and eventually, a company fueled by their passion for Polaroids. “One of our best experiences till date was at the first culture cartel convention. We had a Polaroid booth at the marketplace, and the highlight was hunting for people to shoot around the event space during our break. We managed to catch a graffiti artist, a prominent KOL of the street scene, and even the event organiser on Polaroid!”
DAMIAN & SANDRA
Having been together for several years, Damian and Sandra were classmates in polytechnic, and both discovered their love for photography before they met. Although they spent some time apart during their university days, they eventually got together officially after graduation and reignited their passion for instant film photography together.
I moved away from it but never forgot about Polaroids…
“When we first explored the world of instant film photography together, we were disappointed to hear that Polaroid had long ceased their production of analog film and cameras. However, we encountered the Impossible Project; a group of like-minded individuals who had painstakingly acquired old Polaroid technology to recreate and re-produce integral film. We got our first SX-70 Sonar Polaroid Camera and Impossible Project film, and our first time shooting the film was an exciting adventure, unknown or unaware of how the film would turn out,” shared the couple while telling us about their Instagram account, which documents their photography journey in the hopes of meeting other like-minded enthusiasts.
Along the paths they’ve weathered in their photography journey, one of their most memorable experiences lie in their trip to Turkey, Cyprus and Greece. Having planned this leg of their Europe trip with photography in mind, it comes as no surprise that they managed to capture precious moments in shooting the night sky and stars in the middle of North Cyprus; standing from the mountains of Meteora and watching the sunset; and capturing the centuries-old monuments in the heart of Istanbul.
FELIX & HANNA
Yet another couple to meet through the internet, Felix and Hanna found each other through the online photography community on lomography a few years ago. They finally met face-to-face in Manila while Hanna was on holiday, and eventually progressed from being very good friends to being in a relationship for the past almost seven years. Although they are now dating long distance (Felix is in Malaysia and Hanna is in Singapore), they find joy in their shared love for photography and show each other the interesting spots in their respective cities whenever they have the opportunity to travel together.
While Hanna’s first experience with Polaroids came from borrowing Felix’s cameras, he eventually gifted her with her very own Polaroid camera for Christmas, which she then relied on to keep herself preoccupied during the Covid-19 lockdown period in Singapore. “That’s when I really fell in love with it.”
In contrast, Felix first came across Polaroid photography in a film shop in Manila. “They were selling Polaroid cameras and film along with Lomography (Lomo) products. I was into film and Lomo at the time, and Polaroid definitely piqued my interest but it was quite expensive for me at the time.” It was only later on that Felix rediscovered Polaroids through SX-70 cameras in a bid to explore portrait photography.
Tips and tricks?
As we moved to understand more about instant photography and Polaroid in particular, we asked our three couples to share their advice for people embarking on their instant photography journeys for the first time.
“Just grab a camera and start shooting, you will start discovering what you like and don’t like about it,” advises Brandon, “and also, join groups like ours for updates and photowalks. That’s the best way to learn and meet the rest!”
“Learn to embrace the imperfections of shooting Polaroid film! In the first place, Polaroids are known to produce softer tones, so one should not expect the same quality as digital cameras. In fact, the soft tones of the Polaroid appeal to some photographers, even despite shooting with sharp lenses. Further, we believe the beauty of shooting Polaroids lies in its occasional unpredictability.”
Damian and Sandra share that despite obtaining unintended results at times during their journey as instant photographers, “we thrive in that moment of anticipation and excitement while we wait for the physical Polaroid to develop. Ultimately, the experience of shooting Polaroid film matters even more than the result, as it helps you to be a better photographer and also to learn how to appreciate this beautiful medium.”
Likewise, Felix encourages us to “appreciate the quirks of polaroid film and explore different ways of shooting it; there’s no wrong way!” while Hanna reminds us not to be afraid of making mistakes. “Have fun! There’s so many things you can do with shooting on polaroids!”
As White Day drops in on us (today!), how would you celebrate this second Valentine’s Day? Tell us here!
Christmas is just around the corner and this year, we say spruce up your gift ideas with goodies from the first ever phygital Singapore Tea & Coffee FestivalOn November 27, 2020 / By Nookmag
Christmas is just around the corner and this year, we say spruce up your gift ideas with goodies from the first ever phygital Singapore Tea & Coffee Festival 2020! Happening from 28 November to 6 December, there’s definitely something for everyone, coffee and tea lovers alike!
Here are 5 of our favourite gift ideas from teapasar for you.
1. 24 TEA-riffic Days
Who doesn’t get excited by the idea of a yearly festive advent calendar?
This year, surprise your loved ones for 24 days with the Pryce NOËL Advent Calendar – spoil them with limited-edition NOËL blends, Grab Vouchers and Nespresso Capsules, all in one box! For only SGD62.90, show how much you love them with a festive treat every day!
2. To all Coffee Lovers…
Let’s face it, coffee aficionados actually make for the easiest people to shop for, because there are just so many trendy and stylish coffee gifts lately. A perfect example is the OKLAO Specialty Coffee Christmas set. Your coffee-lover pal will enjoy a medium-light and medium roast drip coffee bag, a heat-resistant glass and a 350ml classic black pour-over kettle. For only SGD66, gift them the motivation to wake up early for morning meetings even while working from home!
3. Tasty Festive Delights
If you’re shopping for someone with a sweet tooth, try something delectable like Christmas dessert gifts, but be warned! You might find them just too adorable to munch on. With Nanatang’s set of 3 Christmas Cake Popsicles, surprise your friend with an adorable reindeer, snowman and Christmas tree for just SGD18. The way to a perfect Christmas is through their bellies indeed!
4. Christmas scents to make this season extra special
Make their homes (and maybe yours too!) smell like it’s ready for Santa to visit. From fruity Apple Orchard, to the smells of a European Christmas Market, or even the exciting feeling of the First Snow drops, The Wknd Candle Co. is offering an exclusive set of 3 candles for only SGD80.
To top this off, these three tins each consist of 100ml vegan coconut soy wax, phthalate-free blended oils that are infused with essential oils.
5. An invite to teapasar’s Singapore Tea and Coffee Festival!
If there’s anything better than a perfect gift, it’s shopping for one with your bestie, and maybe grabbing some snacks and coffee/tea along the way. While this may be a virtual event, who says we can’t be sharing our screens on a zoom shopping experience together? Let’s get online!
So what are you waiting for? Head over to the Singapore Tea and Coffee Festival here from tomorrow till 6 December, and explore the plethora of gift options available!
The eighth edition of the Young Talent Programme (YTP), a joint initiative by ION Art and Affordable Art Fair Singapore, continues to run as planned with the necessaryOn November 10, 2020 / By Nookmag
The eighth edition of the Young Talent Programme (YTP), a joint initiative by ION Art and Affordable Art Fair Singapore, continues to run as planned with the necessary precautionary measures in place, at a time when the arts and culture industry has had to stay resilient amidst exhibition closures and event cancellations. This year’s YTP Winners’ Solo Exhibitions will take place from 6 – 22 November 2020, showcasing the unique works of emerging young artists from across the region for all art lovers to enjoy at the ION Art gallery.
Young Talent Programme – Shining a spotlight on emerging talents in the region
Inaugurated in 2012, the Young Talent Programme is a two-part award programme inviting young artists in the region with no gallery experience to exhibit at the Affordable Art Fair Singapore. From there, two to three artists are shortlisted to work for 10 months with the programme curator to present the Winners’ Solo Exhibitions in the ION Art gallery the following year. The programme creates the platform for emerging artists to exhibit their artistry in a space with a focal point for contemporary art dealers and their collectors to access fresh art works. The YTP also presents an opportunity for young artists to build a strong portfolio in the art industry. The YTP Winners’ Solo Exhibitions are fully supported by ION Art.
Ms. Yeo Mui Hong, CEO of Orchard Turn Developments, said, “While we find ourselves in uncertain circumstances this year, we have not let the art industry, nor our young talents take a back seat. We recognise the importance of supporting the young talents in the industry now more than ever, and it is heartening to know that this joint platform and meaningful initiative with Affordable Art Fair has enabled young artists to kickstart their journeys. We’re honoured to continue lending a voice to young talents and believe that every effort must be made to enable continual appreciation and enjoyment of the arts, with the necessary precautionary and safe distancing measures in place.”
Mr Alan Koh, Affordable Art Fair Singapore Director, said, “Though it has been a challenging year for everyone, it does not stop our mission to support galleries and artists. Over the years, we have dedicated ourselves to actively develop a new group of local art collectors from the ground up and to create a sustainable and healthy art eco-system in Singapore for art businesses. We need to do that even more so now. Working together with ION Art has enabled us to continue doing this for the artists and art lovers as we go through this time together.”
Winners’ Solo Exhibitions at the ION Art gallery
This November, the eighth edition of the Winners’ Solo Exhibitions will present the distinctive works of three talented young artists from around the region, working introspectively, using ceramic, textile and photography. Headlining this seasons’ exhibitions are Daisy Toh, presenting ‘To Return from Sojourn’, Louisa Violet showcasing ‘Disquiet’, and Nuridah Rostam, who will present ‘Woven’. From 6 – 22 November 2020, visitors can expect to meet the three young artists who will lead exhibition tours at ION Art gallery. They will each also be discussing their art through online talks, scheduled to take place on 6 November (Louisa Violet), 13 November (Daisy Toh), and 19 November (Nuridah Rostam), from 7.30pm – 8.30pm.
Daisy Toh from Singapore works with ceramics, a medium which allows her versatility in her creativity. Her latest series explores her experiences growing up in both Taiwan and Singapore, drawing the attention of visitors to appreciate the various details that reflect her growth during formative years. She was awarded the FRANZ Rising Star Award and scholarship by FRANZ, Taipei, Taiwan in 2018, and exhibited at Révélations, 2019, International Crafts and Design Biennale, Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais, Paris, France and at New Orientalia: Ceramics Generations – Exploring Taiwan Contemporary Ceramics, International Academy of Ceramics National Exhibition, Taipei, 2019.
Louisa Violet from Singapore presents her emotive photography series, which explores the effects of insomnia. Her work showcases contrasting elements of light and darkness, reflecting the process behind navigating through personal thoughts and her identity. She won a place on the Singapore Noise Art mentorship programme for Photography and Moving Images from June to November 2016, exhibiting at Between Home and Home at Objectifs in February 2017.
Nuridah Rostam, also from Singapore, creates a series using thread, a free motion sewing technique and embroidery. Her inspiration is drawn from the passing on of a close friend, as well as the shared connection people have through music–namely, K-pop–amidst the different backstories and lives people have. Nuridah’s work captures and preserves the mutual happiness that music brings. She received the Goh Chok Tong Youth Promise Award (Merit) conferred by Yayasan Mendaki, Singapore in 2016. Currently a freelance art teacher at ARTARY, Nuridah is committed to using art to educate her students about the value of life.
The Young Talent Programme
Winners’ Solo Exhibitions 2019/20
ION Art gallery, ION Orchard Level 4
6 – 22 November 2020 | Open 10am to 10pm daily
YTP Artists’ Exhibition Tours at ION Art
Saturday | 7, 14, 21 November | 2.30pm – 4pm (every 30 minutes)
Sunday | 8, 15, 22 November | 2.30pm – 4pm (every 30 minutes)
Meet the artists as they tour the exhibition with visitors
(Limited to 5 persons per group)
Artist Talks (Online)
“Disquiet” by Louisa Violet | 6 November (Friday), 7.30pm – 8.30pm
“To Return from Sojourn” by Daisy Toh | 13 November (Friday), 7.30pm – 8.30pm
“Woven” by Nuridah Rostam | 19 November (Thursday), 7.30pm – 8.30pm
Culture Cartel (CC), Asia’s all-encompassing street culture convention, is refashioned for a virtual world in its third edition this year. Supported by the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) sinceOn November 4, 2020 / By Nookmag
Culture Cartel (CC), Asia’s all-encompassing street culture convention, is refashioned for a virtual world in its third edition this year. Supported by the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) since 2019, the digital convention brings together burgeoning subculture artists and noteworthy labels in Singapore and from around the world to put up an exciting line-up of masterclasses, performances and talks on Saturday, 5 December 2020, from 1pm to 12midnight (GMT+8) via Culture Cartel.
In the lead-up to the virtual event, CC 2020 raffle tickets* are now sold via Klook at SGD2 each. All raffle ticket holders are eligible for weekly draws every Friday at noon, from now till 4 December 2020; as well as the final raffle draws during CC 2020’s virtual event on 5 December 2020. The weekly winners will be announced on CC social media platforms, and prizes include customised sneakers and skateboards amongst others. The final raffle draw prizes include limited-edition drops and exclusive collaboration merchandise, as well as shopping vouchers.
* T&Cs apply.
For fans of past CC editions, CC’s exciting marketplace has always been one of the key highlights, with a well curated line-up of the trendiest streetwear brands from the region. This year’s online marketplace takes it up a notch with custom-designed 360-degree rotatable interactive digital booth embedded with pop-ups that will feature visuals and videos of participating brands, showcase product launches and exclusive campaign highlights, as well as provide 3D product rendering and gamification options. For instance, cult label Monsoon Patrol will be dropping their 2nd edition, which includes the highly coveted Asics Gel Lyte III sneakers and also feature a hyper-realistic virtual personality called Rae (@here.is.rae) in their campaign.
Jeremy Tan, CC’s Convention Director, said: “Culture Cartel was founded three years ago with a passion for originality, and the aim to bring new order to the subculture world by connecting people and brands from across the world. Despite the current challenging pandemic situation, we continue to forge ahead with the gritty roots and grounded authenticity that are well-associated with the street culture community by pivoting the convention onto the online realm. As one of the stewards in Asia, we will once again converge the region’s best minds spanning art, toys, fashion, tattoos and music for a single-day online event targeted at Culture Cartel fans and the uninitiated alike to push the boundaries of street culture once again.”
Get ready to experience a digital street culture convention like never before as the free-for-all CC 2020 virtual event will go “live” online for registered visitors from 1pm to 12 midnight (GMT+8) on 5 December 2020!
CC 2020 is supported by various partners, including Klook (Official Ticketing Partner), Lazada (Official E-Commerce Platform), ActionCity, Limited Edt and Word of Mouth Communications (Official PR Partner).
Stay tuned for a full line-up of partners and participating brands!
Earlier this month, dubblefilm celebrated the worldwide launch of their latest 35mm camera , SHOW, online and in selected stores. A fun, affordable 35mm reusable camera with flash,On September 19, 2020 / By Nookmag
Earlier this month, dubblefilm celebrated the worldwide launch of their latest 35mm camera , SHOW, online and in selected stores. A fun, affordable 35mm reusable camera with flash, SHOW readily replaces the insane amount of disposable cameras trashed every year, as well as provides a more affordable alternative to overpriced 2nd hand cameras during the huge 35mm film revival that we’re currently experiencing today.
Available at €55 from dubblefilm, SHOW uses any colour or black & white 35mm film, and includes a cotton neck strap, custom Nähe case by Hightide Japan, and Riso printed instructions illustrated by Jose A. Roda in each pack.
32mm Lens f=8
Shutter speed 1/125s
Focus = 1m to ∞
Electric flash powered by one AAA battery (not included)
Size: 114mm(W) x 63mm(H) x 35mm(D)
Cotton neck strap
PVC with metal zip
Size: 118mm(W) x 89mm(H) x 60mm(D)
Inside and outside pockets
dubblefilm is a Barcelona-based photography brand launched in October 2017 as a spin off from an iOS photo app called dubble. dubblefilm aims to bring creativity and fun to the analogue community with their range of speciality 35mm films, effects and accessories such as their nylon camera straps in bold colours that can be found in many stores worldwide. With the latest launch, SHOW is a very important addition to the dubblefilm product range.
Vans, the original action sports brand and global advocate for creative expression announces the worldwide expansion of the brand’s celebrated music platform, Vans Musicians Wanted. Originally launched in Vans’ Asia-Pacific regionOn September 3, 2020 / By Sofea
Vans, the original action sports brand and global advocate for creative expression announces the worldwide expansion of the brand’s celebrated music platform, Vans Musicians Wanted. Originally launched in Vans’ Asia-Pacific region in 2015, the Vans Musicians Wanted competition is a global music platform that provides undiscovered musicians a chance for their original music to be heard by a global audience.
This year’s competition has evolved into a seamless digital experience, and will award one grand prize winner the opportunity to share the stage with Vans Ambassador and Grammy award winning artist Anderson .Paak.
Launching in partnership with the trailblazing talent from Vans’ final chapter of the ‘THIS IS OFF THE WALL‘ brand campaign released yesterday, Vans shares the compelling journey of two artists: Atlanta-based rapper, J.I.D and Chinese-born and American-raised artist, Bohan Phoenix, who express their personal identities through music. Vans has partnered with J.I.D and Bohan Phoenix to serve as guest judges for the global competition.
Vans’ ‘THIS IS OFF THE WALL’ campaign stories celebrate creative expression through the pursuit of artists making their own way forward in hip hop. The genre has become a distinct language of choice for young voices who continue to work to forge their own path by any means necessary.
Joining J.I.D and Bohan Phoenix as special guest judges, European based singer-songwriter Nilüfer Yanya, and Grammy award-winning artist, Anderson .Paak will review the top-5 artists from each region. Top-5 artists from APAC will perform at the Vans Musicians Wanted Virtual Concert this December, they will also receive free album distribution through Spinnup, Universal Music Group’s distribution service for independent artists.
One grand prize winner will be selected to receive Vans product, Fender Gear, Vans Spotify and Apple Music playlisting, music video produced by Universal Music Group and one year of free and unlimited global music distribution from Spinnup (APAC exclusive), and the opportunity to share the stage with Anderson .Paak as the opening act in 2021.
Imagine this: It’s 1am and you are the only one awake. You’re chasing deadline for work so you’re focused on your laptop on your dining table, typing theOn September 2, 2020 / By Sofea
Imagine this: It’s 1am and you are the only one awake. You’re chasing deadline for work so you’re focused on your laptop on your dining table, typing the night away. Suddenly, you felt a gush of cold air. You checked the air conditioning, but it’s off. The hair at the back of your neck starts to stand and at the corner of your eyes, in the dark hallway…
That got you gripping your seat, huh? For the uninitiated, Hungry Ghost Festival falls on the 7th month of the Chinese Calendar, also known as the Ghost month. In this month, the ghosts of Chinese ancestors are let out of hell – and some spirits may be out to look for vengeance. It is said to be the scariest month of the year! Yes, even spookier than Halloween.
To commemorate the festival, which is celebrated on the 15th day of the 7th month (that’s today!), here are 7 most chilling true ghost stories of Malaysia and Singapore.
I was a new lecturer in a well-known local college that was known for its spooky stories. It was built on the grounds of the previous Japanese occupation, and it was a popular rumor that the buildings were built over the deceased bodies of the war. In our buildings, there was no 4th floor – only 3, 3A and 5, and my students and I used to laugh and say that the college was way too superstitious.
Then came a day when I was hanging back late to finish marking assignments. The lower floors of the college were brightly lit, but the offices above the 3rd floor were darkened as most of the lecturers had gone home. I looked up when someone tapped the glass of the office to see my colleague beckoning for me to come out. She made a hurried eating gesture, so I assumed she wanted to eat dinner together, and proceeded to pack my things and join her.
As we were going down the lift, my colleague asked if I stayed late often, to which I replied no, not really. She then looked around her nervously, as if there were more people in the lift that could hear our conversation.
“It’s not good to stay late. Next time go home by 7,” she said.
“Why? I don’t mind staying late,” I said.
My colleague shuffled her feet. “There is an agreement,” she said, with a tensed smile. Her eyes did not meet mine, even as we exited the lift. Confused, I shrugged it off and assumed she was talking about our contract with the college, and how working hours were flexible. I didn’t bother thinking too much of it as I was hungry, and immediately forgot about it by the next day.
The following week, I stayed late once again to look through more student assignments. The office was quiet and dark except for the light I had on above my desk, and the distant music of the college’s dance club practicing downstairs. As I marked assignment after assignment, I failed to notice that the light through the windows were fading, and that I was the only one left in the office.
Eventually, the first thing I noticed was the cold. I looked up in bewilderment, checking if the air conditioning was still on. Then it hit me that I was the only one in the darkened office, and the cold was seeping through my clothes, down my neck and spine as I slowly turned in my seat.
It felt like I was being watched.
I looked back at my work, and even though my eyes moved across the words on the paper, my mind seemed to be unable to absorb anything. In that instance, I saw something move at the corner of my eye, but something told me to avert my gaze. But it was too late – I swore it was a figure, with an undiscernible face and features that seemed to shift even in the darkness.
With shaking hands, I swept my belongings into my bag and hastily left, stumbling towards the exit of the office. When I looked back through the glass, it seemed like all was quiet – the darkness of the room seemed to mock me, and I wondered for a moment if I had just imagined it. But the longer I looked, the more uncomfortable I felt, so I made my way to the lifts and went downstairs to leave. That night in bed, I had a hard time falling asleep.
The next day when I entered the office, my female colleague looked at me hard, as if scrutinizing my expression. She gestured to me to follow her outside to the hallway, where she spoke to me in hushed tones.
“Were you still in the office after 7 yesterday?” she asked.
“How did you know?”
“You had a weird look on your face. I told you not to stay after 7! You probably made her angry because you stayed late.”
I felt that chill again. The confusion and fear were likely evident on my face as my colleague proceeded to explain further hastily –
In the early days of the college opening its grounds, the staff had some troublesome experiences of the otherworldly sort. Some mornings when lecturers and staff entered the office, it would be in terrible disarray – chairs upturned, papers strewn about, books torn and tables on their sides. No matter how many times things were set straight and fixed, there would eventually be one day where staff would walk in to see the office in a mess. Cameras would glitch out, cellphone reception would fail, and things were reported missing constantly.
After an internal agreement, the college sought the help of a local exorcist, who told them that there was the unrestful spirit of a woman lingering in the office.
“She refuses to leave,” the exorcist said solemnly. “She used to stay here years ago, and she is still looking for her child.”
While the exorcist managed to assure the spirit that the college staff meant no harm, she was apparently adamant on staying. She insisted that if she stayed, she could find her child again. So the exorcist convinced the spirit to strike a deal. During the day, the staff and students could roam about, unharmed and safe from any spiritual activity – however at night after 7, it would be her domain, and she would have the area to herself.
“I honestly don’t really want to believe it,” my colleague admitted sheepishly. “Some people say it could have just been people messing with us. But it’s become a norm, so I just respect the agreement. Good reason not to work too late anyway.”
Ever since that day, I took great care to pack my things and leave by 6pm. Regardless if people believed it or not, or if it was just my imagination that night, I told myself to ‘respect the agreement’, and leave the office before night fell.
Story by Lang*.
Everyone talks about possession in similar ways – a spirit enters a person, and that person then acts in a strange way. Movies, documentaries and all usually end with the person being exorcised, and most likely having no memory of the entire incident. Some people scoff and wave it off as a medical issue, not willing to believe in the supernatural. However, my story is rather unusual, and far from medical, as I got externally possessed.
When I was 13, I frequently felt like my back was weirdly heavy and tense. Even if I was bigger than average as compared to other pre-teens, it constantly felt like I was carrying a bag of very heavy books. One day, my right arm started twisting itself to my back, as if someone was pulling it – it wasn’t forceful or painful, but I knew I had no control over it. At the same time, it felt really ticklish, and I would end up having a laughing fit for no particular reason.
For obvious reasons, my parents grew concerned and decided to take me to a neurologist. Their main worry was that I was experiencing seizures, hence the strange laughing fits and the loss of control of my body. After various tests, the doctor diagnosed me with Frontal Lobe Seizure, and put me on rounds of medication, even epilepsy pills for a while.
The entire time after that, my mother took care to record my ‘episodes’ whenever it happened, to show the doctor during our checkups. Being a typical mother, she shared these videos with the rest of our extended family to tell them about my issues, and to ask for help or recommendations.
This was where things got creepy – my aunt had a young son who was sensitive to the supernatural and claimed that he could see things that others couldn’t. Some took him seriously, and some brushed it off as a child’s nonsense, but he was probably the reason I could live until now. While watching the video with my aunt, the young boy pointed at the screen and said –
“Mama, there are people on his back.”
After prodding him for further information, the young boy described that he saw two small figures – almost child-like – riding my back while pulling and twisting my arm. One even waved at my mother, who was recording the video! While his parents found hard to believe, my parents did not want to take any chances. They arranged for a priest, who then performed an exorcism ritual on me.
Before anyone asks, no, it was not like in the movies – there was no yelling, no blood, no spirits screaming and tearing the house apart, and my face did not contort into different shapes. I remember the whole procedure clearly, in fact; all they did was sit me down, calmly read out a few verses from the holy book, and told me I was good to go. I distinctly remember the only difference I felt was that my back gradually felt lighter, and my shoulders loosened up.
As to the children who were possessing me, no one knew who they were, or why they even chose me. The priest told my parents that it could just be two lost children, who wanted to have a little bit of fun. The spirits were not strong or malicious, and disappeared immediately after the ritual.
I am 23 now, and while the experience was a whole ten years ago, the story is still fun to recount during late-night parties or sleepovers. Not many people can say they’ve been possessed, let alone by two spirits, right? Although it still creeps me out when my aunt’s son – now also grown up – stares weirdly at me, as if he was still picturing the two children waving at him from behind my shoulders.
Story by Patrick*.
The job of an airline stewardess comes with many perks – you get to travel all around the world, stay in luxurious hotels, eat all kinds of food and buy just about anything you ever want. People envy the lifestyle of airline crew, and some even call us ‘glorified waitresses’. They don’t see the job for what it is – long hours standing in a plane rattling several thousand feet in the air, while having to babysit hundreds of cranky passengers. My husband has grown to fear the line ‘chicken or beef’ as sometimes I even say it in my sleep.
But enough about my job and what I have to do, these are just part and parcel of the experience. Fear is like a second emotion to me at this point – flying in a plane that could go down due to problems, bomb threats on board, unruly and violent passengers, and now in the pandemic, literally everything is a risk. What I don’t talk about often enough is my own personal fears that kick in after I land in a different country, and check into a hotel.
Whenever we are assigned a hotel on duty, we usually have the privilege of getting our own room. You may think that it is a luxurious experience – having a big room, a king-sized bed, a large bathtub and television all to myself, but there is an unspoken reason as to why most of the time, we crew end up sharing rooms with each other. It is also the same reason as to why most hotels have a holy book in the dresser next to the bed.
From the biggest, most luxurious hotel in the heart of Vegas, to the tiniest, dingiest room in the alleys of Glasgow, the paranoia was all the same. Every time I stood in front of my room for the night, I would tap the door firmly three times before entering, just like how my mother taught me to. As I entered, I would say ‘thank you for letting me stay’ as I turned on the lights and took off my shoes. The next thing I would do is to open the doors of the bathroom and draw back the shower curtains, my heart beating rapidly as I prayed no one would be hiding back there. Then would be the bed, the window curtains, the closets and anywhere else that could hide a person.
Looking back at it, I confess that it might have been just my young, naïve mind playing tricks on me, telling me that there could be a man waiting in the tub holding a knife, ready to end my life just in 1960’s Psycho, or blood would seep out from under the closets as I opened them. At the same time, I’ve heard too many spooky tales from my seniors in the airline that got under my skin – figures standing around them as they slept in bed, blood pouring out of taps instead of water, experiencing sleep paralysis at night, body parts hidden in the lining of the bed, etc. These stories practically lived rent-free in my mind and replayed themselves frequently as I slept alone in large, dark hotel rooms.
But despite my fears, I’ve never had any paranormal experiences up till a time where I stayed in London years ago as a young stewardess. It was a brightly lit hotel room, with a big bed, wide windows and a marble bathroom with soft fluffy towels. I had a nice dinner with the other crew, came back and took a shower, then made myself a hot cup of English tea – in true British style – before I tucked myself into bed. All seemed fine and well, and I closed my eyes and felt myself drifting off to sleep… until I heard the kettle bubbling.
Confused, I sat up blearily and looked towards the electric kettle, trying to remember if I had forgotten to turn it off after I made my tea. I slid out of bed to turn it off, making sure the kettle’s light stopped blinking before I went back to bed. Once again, I closed my eyes and felt myself slowly sink into sleep.
The next time I jolted awake, it was because the television came on. The laughter from a variety show blared out, echoing around the room. I squinted in the dark, trying to make out where the remote was – could I have accidentally slept on the remote and turned the television on? Eventually I found the remote right next to the television, and I grumpily turned it off, wondering if it was one of those fancy televisions that turned themselves on and acted like an alarm clock. Either way, I was tired and jet lag wasn’t helping, so I crawled back to bed and closed my eyes once more.
While a few good minutes had passed, it seemed as if I closed my eyes for only a few seconds before I heard water slushing in the bathroom. This time, I groggily dragged myself out of bed, thinking if I had been so tired that I forgot to turn off the tap. Turning the bathroom light on, I then realized it wasn’t the sink tap that was on – it was the tap in the bathtub, and I hadn’t even taken a bath in it yet. The showerhead that I had used earlier was still slightly damp, but the tap that I had yet to touch was spitting out jets of water.
Feeling spooked out, I hastily turned off the tap, feeling the chill from the cold water run up my arm. I did not feel as sleepy as before anymore, and I was starting to get scared. Slowly, I walked out of the bathroom and turned on the lights of the hotel room. It felt like my heart was pounding in my throat as I looked around, but I could see nothing out of the ordinary.
As I was about to reach for the lights, I heard the merry bubbling of the kettle once more. This time, I was positive that it wasn’t some fancy, self-boiling kettle, as I had turned the main plug off. At the same time, the television flickered, filling the room with the same, echoing laughter of the late-night variety show.
I did what any scared person would do – I fled the room.
I spent the night at my fellow stewardess’s room, too afraid to return to my own until the next morning. She was understanding enough not to scoff or laugh at me, and kindly told me to stay until I felt comfortable enough to go back to my room. Even so, I gathered my stuff and spent the rest of my time in London staying with my colleague.
As an airline stewardess, that was just one of my various spooky encounters. Over the years, I’ve grown to learn how to respect the spaces I stayed in, and to always stick with my fellow crew the moment I felt uncomfortable about where I was. The countries and hotels may have differed, but my paranoia stayed with me until I resigned from being a crew, and even now when I go on holidays with my family.
Story by Angie*.
It was a normal morning in school and there was nothing particularly memorable about it. After the regular morning assembly, we all made our way back to class and that’s when I realized a group of teachers surrounding someone who had fainted. I was a first aider in school, and I had access to first aid kits, so I decided to bring it down for the teachers. I wasn’t planning to help as I was already late to my first period of the day.
Once I got there, the teachers instructed me and another first aider to assist with bringing the girl to the sick room. We complied though somewhat hesitantly. Once we arrived, we started trying to get her conscious. After a few attempts of tapping on her shoulders and calling out her name, she snapped awake. No, it wasn’t the usual drowsy and weak waking up that one would expect from someone who had just passed out.
She literally sprung up from the bed and sat up. What made me froze was her eyes. They were far from human. This was when I felt the other first aider cling onto my back, she must have seen it too. For a moment, we were both lost and confused but deeply terrified. The girl suddenly became hysterical and 4 men had to hold her down. The teachers eventually called an ustad to perform prayer. This was when I grasped the situation – the girl hadn’t passed out; she was possessed by a spirit.
We had to stay in the room while the prayers were carried out and we were instructed to avoid making eye contact with the girl. After 15 mins of relentless screaming and struggling, the teachers eventually dragged her out to the surau. Upon making sure both my friend and I were okay we were dismissed to class. This experience is one I would never forget as it was the day, I woke up a spirit.
Story by Sherly*.
I was in standard four when I went to my sister’s Canteen Day at the high school beside mine. I brought along a friend as I didn’t want to be left alone, knowing that my sister was tasked to act as a ghost for her class’ ghost house. We spent the entire day walking around, buying food and playing games, strictly avoiding the ghost houses. However, at the end of the day, one ghost house could not be avoided – my sister’s.
Her friend had found me and said that she was looking for me, leading us to her classroom right at the top of the building. “That was the last customer! We have to close up” I hear from inside the classroom, and I let out a breath of relief. “Wait, is that Fiona’s sister? It’s okay lah we’ll do this one last time for them” Damn it.
I take a glance at my friend and she looks back at me, visibly scared. Holding her hand, we enter the pitch-black classroom. Right at the door, my sister’s best friend dressed as a pontianak greeted us and acted as the host, guiding us through the haunted house to make sure we don’t divert from the designated path. A zombie, a scary doll, random painted white cloths, we came across all of them with eerie music playing in the background before we got to a dark corner in the room.
Out of the blue, the song changes to a sound of a baby crying and I see movement under a desk placed right by a window. I nudged my friend and she seemed to notice it too. It was a long-haired lady dressed in white cloth, another pontianak sitting underneath the desk in a fetal position, rocking to the cries playing in the background with her head pressed into her knees. I bite my lip to stop myself from making a sound while my friend lets out a scream. My sister’s friend, the host, brought us over to another area in the room where I easily spot my sister on the floor, crawling. “Kakak?”
She rolls her eyes and stops crawling, annoyed that I spotted her before she could scare me. We moved around the room for another while, my friend screaming at every ghost passing by while I surprisingly kept calm, mostly because I recognise them as my sister’s friends dressed up as ghosts. Not long after, they turned on the lights and started packing up, my friend and I staying back to talk to my sister.
We spot the wig my sister’s friend used to dress up as a pontianakand started playing with it. “Hey, where’s the other wig?” My friend asked me, I looked around the room, but I couldn’t spot it. I tug on my sister’s shirt. “What?” she said. “Where’s the other wig?” “What other wig?” My friend and I looked at each other. “For the other pontianak.” “What do you mean? There was only one pontianak.”
Story by Lisa*.
Nightmares are seldom welcome in our sleep. Most leaving us gripped in fear and a reminder of moments that hurt us deeply.
So, when I say that a nightmare may have saved my life from harm, would be a difficult story to be believed.
It was a cold midnight as I was up in my room, laying on my bed, my laptop balanced on my lap, typing away on an assigned project in my pyjamas of an old red and white shirt and red shorts. I lost track of time and how many minutes has passed, but I was shocked out of my focus when I heard insistent soft scratching above me. Looking up, my eyes met with another pair of bloodshot eyes, hovering above me. Except the eyes belonged to a woman, in a tattered and bloodied white dress, hands outstretched with her long nails towards me. Her face mangled, bones and blood dripping down her pale face and eyes bulging.
As our eyes met, her lips stretched into what resembled a maniacal grin… and started to drop towards me from the ceiling.
Gripped by fear, I jumped off my bed and dashed towards my room door. My attempts to open the door was futile, as no matter how I twisted the knob, it wouldn’t unlock.
The last thing I felt was intense fear for my life, fear of what would happen to me when that creature gets to me… before opening my eyes to bright sunlight streaking through my window.
I was no doubt shaken, but quickly tried to brush it off as a nightmare caused by stress. However, the entire day my thoughts kept revisiting that scene. It was not easy to forget such a vivid nightmare, even more so that it happened in my very own room.
That night, my parents went to bed early and left me with my laptop in my room and an essay to write. Settling in my bed, I fired up my laptop and begun typing. The feeling of Deja vu nestled into my mind as my fingers tapped on the keys, but with an essay and tight deadline to meet, I brushed it off.
It only took a familiar soft scratching to kick my entire body into high gear. Looking down, I realized I was in the very same position, wearing the red and white shirt paired with red shorts from the nightmare.
I made sure to not look up, setting down my laptop on my bed and immediately diving for my door, twisting the knob, praying it is not locked.
Thankfully, the door swung open and I dashed into my parents’ room as quickly as I could.
Story by Chang*.
When I was in the first grade of primary school, I never went a single day without crying in school. I never understood why I was crying. But all I knew was if my mom was in my sight, I would feel better. Thus, my mom had to take care of me in school from 7:30am – 1:00pm daily. Every time she wasn’t around, I would just start crying over and over again. Till this day, I never knew what I was crying about or why. I never felt any sort of fear, in fact I liked being in school.
But after a while, my classmates started hating me. My teachers hated me even more. My dad would bring me to the zoo every other weekend in hopes that I would feel better in school. He would pray for me and he would do just about anything just so that I would stop crying in school. But nothing worked. It went on for almost a year. He couldn’t stand it any longer.
Then one day, my parents decided to bring me to see a spiritual healer. As we sat down, she did not ask us anything nor talked to us. She started talking to an invisible figure behind us and we simply thought it was part of her ritual. Then after a while, she turned her attention to us. She told us that a spirit has been following me around for almost a year now and we had to perform a ritual at a specific location to get rid of the spirit.
My parents couldn’t figure out how we even come across a spirit in the first place. Then the spiritual healer revealed the specific location. When I was 6 years old, my family went for a picnic at a secluded location on the local beach. We were having a great time until a major commotion broke out among the villagers. Me and my dad approached the villagers and we found a boy lying on the sandy beach. He had drowned and passed away on the spot. His spirit followed me home after. He was the reason I had been crying for no reason in school. The very next day I went back to school, I did not cry.
Story by Jayden*.
*Names were changed for confidentiality.
All around the world, the popular fast-food chain McDonald’s is given a localised nickname. For instance, in Australia and New Zealand it is known as Maccas. In Malaysia,On August 31, 2020 / By Sofea
All around the world, the popular fast-food chain McDonald’s is given a localised nickname. For instance, in Australia and New Zealand it is known as Maccas. In Malaysia, it’s Mekdi! In conjunction with Malaysia’s Independence Day and Malaysia Day last year, McDonald’s Malaysia embraces the “Malaysian-ness” by changing the signage at their Bukit Bintang outlet to ‘Mekdi’! It was all love and support from the rakyat (the people).
This year, McDonald’s Malaysia has given the power to the people to vote for their favourite outlets across the country to earn the honourable title of ‘Mekdi’! Aiming to choose 10 outlets, they ended up choosing 16 outlets all over Malaysia due to overwhelming responses.
This grand gesture is Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Melati Abdul Hai’s way to say, “Thank You, Malaysia!”, for their undying support for the past 38 years. If your favourite outlet was not chosen, fret not as other McDonald’s restaurants nationwide will have an AR Mekdi filter!
The signages will be up until 16 September 2020 so don’t forget to head over to one of the 16 chosen locations to witness history!
Public toilets. We all know the horror. Foul-smelling, dark and wet – it’s everyone’s nightmare no matter where we are in the world, even in Japan where theOn August 26, 2020 / By Sofea
Public toilets. We all know the horror. Foul-smelling, dark and wet – it’s everyone’s nightmare no matter where we are in the world, even in Japan where the public toilet has a better reputation.
To improve the views on public toilets, The Nippon Foundation has launched THE TOKYO TOILET Project – a movement to renovate 17 public toilets in parks located in Shibuya by 16 renown architects. Three of these have been up-and-running since 5 August 2020.
The most raved-about public toilet is designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Shigeru Ban. The transparent public toilet baffles not just the people of Japan, it baffles the whole world! Using a new smartglass technology, the glass will turn opaque when the door is locked so you do not have to worry about public indecency.
The see-through design aims to make it bright and easy for you to check if there is any bad guy lurking around. On top of that, at night, it serves as an aesthetically pleasing lantern for the park!
Read more about it here!
Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan has announced the appointment of cultural icon Phua Chu Kang as its first brand ambassador for Singapore. ThisOn August 25, 2020 / By Nookmag
Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan has announced the appointment of cultural icon Phua Chu Kang as its first brand ambassador for Singapore.
This announcement marks yet another milestone for Shopee as it continues to deepen its engagement with local audiences, and coincides with the kick-off of Shopee’s highly anticipated signature annual shopping event, the 9.9 Super Shopping Day. The partnership also reflects Shopee’s continued commitment to support and unite local communities, including homegrown businesses, as e-commerce continues to play a significant role in the lives of Singaporeans especially amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
In his role as local ambassador of Shopee, Phua Chu Kang will be the face of various Shopee campaigns, starting with Shopee’s 9.9 Super Shopping Day. This year’s 9.9 Super Shopping Day takes on greater significance as communities across Southeast Asia and Taiwan adapt to the new normal. Shopee has also outlined three commitments for communities in the region to support them during this time:
From today until 9 September, users can look out for Million $ Discount deals, 50% off vouchers, and 18% cashback with no minimum spend.
The key highlights of 9.9 Super Shopping Day include:
For more information, visit Shopee.
Celebrating inclusivity, Converse is releasing an apparel line that is not defined by gender. Gone are the days of exclusive male/female gender pieces as the world rejoices diversity.On August 22, 2020 / By Sofea
Celebrating inclusivity, Converse is releasing an apparel line that is not defined by gender. Gone are the days of exclusive male/female gender pieces as the world rejoices diversity. With their sole idea of “you define the clothes; the clothes don’t define you”, express yourself in whatever way that makes you feel like, well, YOU!
SHAPES comes in five core pieces; the triangle pullover hoodie, the box tee, the bubble crew, the triangle front chino and the triangle raglan tee. The sizes available are also getting a revamp with only 4 different options as opposed to the traditional 14-sizes range. The apparels are equipped with adjustable design elements for a further personal touch for their consumers.
Not only are they gender-fluid, the pieces from the SHAPES collection are also made from sustainable material – 50% recycled cotton and 50% virgin cotton. It is unsure when the exclusive collection will arrive on our shores but it is available online now at Converse US’ website.
Vans, the original action sports brand and advocate for creative expression, has opened Singapore’s first brand concept store! Located at Level 2 Bugis Junction, the space is comprised of multiple zonesOn August 19, 2020 / By Sofea
Vans, the original action sports brand and advocate for creative expression, has opened Singapore’s first brand concept store! Located at Level 2 Bugis Junction, the space is comprised of multiple zones showcasing different product ranges; footwear to apparel, accessories for men and women, and a fully loaded Pro-Skate Collection.
The Vans Customisation table is the first of its kind in Singapore. The station allows for customisation of Vans goods using an array of artistic supplies. More than just a DIY workstation, there will be regular programming spanning creative workshops, forums, product talks, and community happenings.
Highlighting local creative, Lydia Yang’s (@Oak&Bindi) collection from the 2020 OTW Art Collection will be featured in the Semi-permanent Store window showcase.
Vans Bugis Junction also offers various brand experiences for consumers, including in-store activations and customisation corner. Not only that, the store will broadcast live moments and pinnacle Vans events such as Vans Park Series, Vans Musicians Wanted, and Side Stripe Sessions.
Vans will have exclusive apparel for sale to celebrate the store opening on 18 August 2020, so don’t miss out!
Nothing screams luxe than sipping on a glass of rosé by the beach in the Summer. Embodying French hauté couture, high fashion powerhouse Chanel has released its firstOn August 11, 2020 / By Sofea
Nothing screams luxe than sipping on a glass of rosé by the beach in the Summer. Embodying French hauté couture, high fashion powerhouse Chanel has released its first rosé wine for the Summer. One might not think of wine when it comes to Chanel, but they own 5 wine estates.
The house of Chanel is the owner of multiple wine estates in Bordeax and Margaux in France, and had acquired Domaine de l’Ile, a 34-hectre vineyard on the island of Porquerolles in the South of France to add to their collection. It’s at this maison where the Chanel’s debut rosé was born!
The Domaine de l’Ile Provence Rose is a perfect blend of Grenache, Cinsault, Mouvedre and Syrah. It is described as “soft, dry, crisp palate with crushed summer berry fruit and a lovely clean acidity on the finish”. It’s best paired with shellfish. First harvested in 2019, the 2019 rosé is classified as organic wine and can be bought online for €30 (approx. SGD49/RM148).
“In this extraordinary natural setting, our desire is not only to include the estate in a global eco-responsible approach that respects the environment, but also to support local reflections and initiatives in terms of ecology and preservation, in connection with the territory,” explained Chanel, as it introduced the Domaine de l’Ile.
The 90’s kids know what’s up! Sailor Moon was more than an anime, it was a culture. It first aired on television in 1992, and 28 years later,On August 6, 2020 / By Sofea
The 90’s kids know what’s up! Sailor Moon was more than an anime, it was a culture. It first aired on television in 1992, and 28 years later, it’s still relevant! Every year on 6 August, we celebrate International Sailor Moon Day. To commemorate the party, here are some of the most exclusive Sailor Moon collaborations!
American cosmetic brand ColourPop is everyone’s favourite go-to make-up, even in South East Asia where they don’t deliver! Currently, their hottest collaboration is the Sailor Moon collection, having sold out its first batch the moment it was released. They have recently restocked the products, so act quick!
Last year, Uniqlo released Sailor Moon UT collection to celebrate the show. The collection features 12 designs – which are the original artwork by the creator Naoko Takeuchi. It sold out both in-store and online faster than you can say Sailor Moon!
Streetwear brand Kith had also released a Sailor Moon collection in April 2020. A women’s collection, it appeared in pastel spring colours with the 5 Guardian members guarding the brand’s logo.
This exclusive version of your favourite board game is unfortunately only available in the US, but the fact that it exists excites us! Imagine swapping the ol’ generic tokens to the cosmic heart compact, moon chalice and many more!
Show some love for the classic anime on International Sailor Moon Day!
Netflix has announced that 106 Singapore-made films and series will launch progressively on the service starting this week, for members to enjoy this National Day and beyond. ThisOn August 6, 2020 / By Nookmag
Netflix has announced that 106 Singapore-made films and series will launch progressively on the service starting this week, for members to enjoy this National Day and beyond. This is made possible through partnerships with local studios Clover Films, Mediacorp, MM2 Entertainment and Memento Films.
If you’re staying home this National Day weekend, enjoy classic films such as the award-winning Ilo Ilo, I Not Stupid, Homerun, 881 and Ah Boys to Men II along with well-loved series like Phua Chu Kang Pte Ltd (release on 8 Aug), Growing Up (release on 8 Aug), Under One Roof (release on 30 Aug), The Noose (release on 30 Aug), The Unbeatables (release on 30 Aug) and Bunga Tanjong (release on 8 Aug). This is in addition to existing Singapore titles on Netflix such as Shirkers, A Yellow Bird, A Land Imagined, Ah Boys to Men, and Revenge of the Pontianak as well as a selection of Mediacorp dramas.
“I’m always heartened by opportunities to introduce my work to new audiences. It’s been seven years after the first release of llo Ilo and I hope the film will continue to touch the hearts of audiences in Singapore and across the region, especially if they are seeing it for the first time,” said Anthony Chen, Director of Ilo Ilo.
“I am very happy that many of my movies will be available on Netflix! These are some of my proudest works, and many of them have been box-office hits. However, as these movies were made more than 10 years ago, our young audience today may not have had the chance to watch them. With these movies being available on Netflix, I hope we can now reach out to both the young audience and a wider audience. To me, it is also important to showcase how the Singapore film industry has evolved over the years, and how we could create good, well-received movies under challenging conditions back then. I feel that with Netflix supporting local movies, it will be win-win for both Netflix and the entire Singapore film industry!” Jack Neo, Director of films such as I Not Stupid, Homerun and Ah Boys to Men.
“It’s the 25th anniversary of Zhao Wei films and we hope that the relaunch of our titles will find a place in the hearts of a whole new generation,” said Eric Khoo, Director and Founder of Zhao Wei Films.
“We are very pleased to work with Netflix in bringing over 50 local movies to its subscribers. With the support Netflix has given to the Singapore movie industry, it is heartening to see our local movies being able to reach a wider audience through their platform. We also thank all directors, producers and talents who have entrusted us with their movies, and hope that through this partnership with Netflix, the great movies that our local industry has created over the years will become more accessible to Singaporeans!” Lim Teck, Managing Director, Clover Films
“We are proud to showcase our local stories to a broader base of regional Netflix subscribers this National Day. This partnership points to the value we continue to place on content collaborations in powering audience engagement, both in and beyond Singapore. We are confident that Netflix users will be captivated by our curation of Singaporean tales told by Singaporean talent, and hope this taste of our uniquely local flavours will encourage new and existing audiences to explore the extensive array of wonderful work we have to offer,” said Jesslyn Wong, Vice President of Content Distribution, Mediacorp.
“As a Singaporean growing up with a lot of these classic shows and films myself, I am incredibly excited to enrich the Netflix catalog with these best-in-class Singaporean stories that are made in Singapore, by Singaporeans, for Singaporeans, to celebrate this National Day,” said Raphael Phang, content acquisition manager for Southeast Asia at Netflix. “By making these titles easily accessible through Netflix, we hope that it will reignite the joy they’ve brought to many Singaporeans over the decades, but more importantly introduce these great works of art by some of the best local filmmakers to the younger generations.”
Mr Joachim Ng, Director, Singapore Film Commission said “The bringing together of Singapore stories and featuring them on Netflix’s global OTT platform is a great way to applaud our Singaporean creators and content. Launching this during our 55th National Day is a wonderful birthday present to the nation. I hope that these stories continue to encourage and comfort Singaporeans everywhere in the world, amidst these extraordinary times. Thank you to Netflix and our Singapore producers for making this possible.”
A Uniquely Singaporean Experience on Netflix
In order for members to easily find their beloved Singaporean stories, Netflix has exclusively housed both its upcoming and existing Singapoream films and series under a special “Singapore, Now Streaming” collection. Netflix viewers can simply enter “SG Now Streaming” into the search bar to access this list.
Additionally for a limited time and only in Singapore, viewers will see a variety of fun Sing-lish renditions of their favourite Netflix rows:
Celebrating National Day with Lasalle College of the Arts
Netflix will also be partnering with LASALLE College of the Arts to reimagine iconic scenes from a few of the classic titles. Students were invited to interview a member of the older generation to share their recollections and anecdotes about these favourite local stories, and in turn recreate a poster which will be featured on Netflix Singapore’s Instagram page.
Most organisers are finding revolutionary ways to navigate through the pandemic. For UNTITLED, Art, they are teaming up with Danish art-and-tech company Artland to bring us the world’sOn July 30, 2020 / By Sofea
Most organisers are finding revolutionary ways to navigate through the pandemic. For UNTITLED, Art, they are teaming up with Danish art-and-tech company Artland to bring us the world’s first virtual reality art fair!
Set to take part in a virtual layout of their Miami Beach gallery, they are using video game technology to provide you with an out of this world experience in the comfort of your own home. Art enthusiasts are able to steer their way across various booths to browse through showcased paintings and make a deal in real time with the automated chatrooms available.
Enter a booth to view the dialogue box for details such as artist’s name, price and medium. Another special feature of UNTITLED, Art Online is that they will also operate as an e-commerce platform, easing all purchase deals. Participants will include Addis Fine Art, El Apartamento, and many more! Click here for the full list.
UNTITLED, ART Online will run for 24 hours a day from 31 July – 2 August 2020. Click here to be a part of the art fair of the future.
Having been home to some big names in the DJ industry, E-TracX is still well on it’s (almost!) two-decade journey in growing its family of champions in sunnyOn July 26, 2020 / By Renata
Having been home to some big names in the DJ industry, E-TracX is still well on it’s (almost!) two-decade journey in growing its family of champions in sunny Singapore. With many experienced instructors such as Koflow, Perk Pietrek, Shin and Anrev on board, students of E-TracX have often grown in their career as professional DJs, and won various awards and accolades from prestigious competitions in the industry.
As one of Asia’s most reputable DJ academies, the E-TracX family has managed to stay true to their original mission of creating champions and uniting communities, even beyond the accolades they have piled up over the years. With plenty of opportunity for exposure at major festivals inclusive of the ULTRA Music Festival and ZOUKOUT, breaking into the scene as a new graduate is hardly a concern for graduating students, especially with the support of veterans who have your back at every turn.
Although there are no overnight sensations in DJ-ing, fans around town are sure to recognise names like WUKONG, Inquisitive, Anrev, DJ Eclipse, and Stas of Rave Republic. To find out more about how the art of skratching and spinning has affected DJs such as Anrev and Eclipse respectively on their career path, we decided to dig deep and ask questions from when they started as students at E-TracX.
Nookmag (N): Tell us about how DJ-ing changed your life?
Anrev (A): Oh my, this is a tough one! There are many ways DJ-ing has changed my life, but the one thing that [it] ultimately provided me with, is the ability to appreciate true beauty and the intrinsic value of all music.
DJ Eclipse (E): Firstly, I would like to give full credit to my mentor DJ Rough for keeping me sane, till this day whom I very much respect. The experiences have taught me to better self-manage my personal life and profession, and not forgetting a different world out there, which is not your everyday kind of industry.
N: What were your first lesson modules at E-TracX?
A: The Advanced Turntablism course with Wayne “DJ Koflow”. It solidified my foundation in DJ-ing, and gave me the tools needed to excel in competitions. In addition, Wayne has been a good friend and buddy I know I can always rely on.
The other course I took was a music production course with Pietrek “Perk Pietrek”. I picked up some invaluable skills in production, which helped me integrate my prior knowledge of music theory, with the technical skills of operating a DAW (Digital Audio Workstation). Up till today, I still utilize these skills in my day-to-day music production sessions.
E: I think it was the most basic course on counting bars and beat-matching. It drills your daily routine from the moment you pick any record and scratching the vinyl to “find” the first beat. Simple, yet I have always believed that having a strong fundamental is the key to any growth till date, and that credits my mentor too.
N: What’s your most memorable experience with E-TracX?
A: E-TracX is not just my alma mater, nor a school that I just simply work for – it is a family to me; a family that is bonded tightly, a family that believes in helping those in need, a family that provides a listening ear in tough times, and a family which supports our own out of pure kindness, without expecting anything in return.
The moments with E-TracX that I enjoy the most are honestly the ones where we just get to hang out and chat for hours on end. We can be chilling in the break room and having a drink one moment, having a jam session the next, and having dinner at the nearby kopitiam a while later, before enjoying a LAN session together afterwards. These are the simple moments that are the most precious to me.
E: I think it would have to be the sunset gig in Sentosa that E-TracX had organized for the students; all of us had put in long hours for it, which felt like a National Day Parade!
N: What advice would you give people who may be undecided about learning to DJ?
A: Just do it! There are usually two primary reasons someone would be hesitant to try their hand at DJ-ing:
1. DJing is an expensive hobby…
2. I am an introvert! How can I possibly be a DJ?
E: Take the leap of faith! It will be an experience and a journey that you can never buy or come across; it might even change your life.
A little background…
Anrev has been DJing for 8 years now, and counts himself blessed with opportunities to perform at multiple “dope” venues throughout the course of his career. In addition to being a finalist at the Goldie Awards DJ Battle World Finals in New York City, he also won the local leg of the Red Bull 3Style World Championships in 2019, and will go on to represent Singapore at the world finals, which has been postponed due to the current pandemic. Anrev was also chosen to lead DJcity’s Singapore team that was launched just last year.
When asked about where his favourite place to perform was, his top 3 spots included Brooklyn Steel in New York City where he had his first experience performing in front of a massive international audience, Zouk in Singapore where he could finally tick off his DJ bucket list of places to skratch at, and Kasho Club in Ho Chi Minh City where he experienced his first proper international booking as a professional DJ.
“Although just a short two-hour flight from Singapore,
this was the first time I headlined an event abroad.
Met many amazing people during my stay there,
and I’d absolutely do it again!”
DJ Eclipse first joined the E-TracX family in 2005. His DJ-ing career took off after joining the Zouk family in 2009, and he subsequently won the 2010 Top 10 DJs and Best New DJ awards, as well as the 2011 Best DJ award hosted by I-S Magazine and Juice Magazine respectively. On top of his various accolades, DJ Eclipse has also appeared alongside the Swedish House Mafia for their “One Last Tour” in Asia, and has played at venues all over the world.
“This musical journey has taken me
across the whole of Asia, to Australia,
and the biggest summer parties in Ibiza!”
— DJ Eclipse
It’s National Day!
If you’ve been wanting to try your hand at DJ-ing, here’s your chance: E-TracX is offering a special 10% off of their Elementary DJ Course for all new students only! This promotion will be valid only for payments made during the National Day weekend, from 8 to 10 August 2020, and the course will be available for SGD435 instead of the usual SGD480 for three private sessions lasting two hours each.
If you’re a more advanced student and would like to try something else, here are a couple of other courses recommended by E-TracX for a solid foundation to mastering the art.
1. Turntablism Courses
* This is an advanced course for DJs who would like to take their skills to the next level.
2. Mentorship Programme
* Private sessions will be launched soon. To date, only group sessions have been offered once per year.
Don Don Donki (or just Donki) is THE ultimate Japanese discount chain store. From skincare to stationery and snacks, you can find anything and everything kawaii here. ApartOn July 24, 2020 / By Sofea
Don Don Donki (or just Donki) is THE ultimate Japanese discount chain store. From skincare to stationery and snacks, you can find anything and everything kawaii here. Apart from local outlets in Japan, they also have branches in Singapore, Thailand, Hong Kong, California, Hawaii – and now Malaysia!
Set to open their doors early next year, it will be located at LOT 10 in the heart of Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur. The Malaysian debut will feature three storeys of amazingly affordable Japanese and globally sourced products. Prepare to spend hours ogling at the array of Japanese delights!
Since its first introduction in South East Asia with Singaporean branch located at Orchard Road in 2017, it has opened 7 more outlets in Singapore alone alongside 3 outlets in Hong Kong and 2 outlets in Thailand. In fact, the Donki in Orchard Road is 24 hours!
Every country has its own mascot and we can’t wait for the Malaysian charter to be unveiled. Now you don’t have to wait for international borders to be open to step foot in Don Don Donki!
Here are some of the things you can expect to find in Don Don Donki:
1. For the foodies
2. For the pet lovers
3. For the snack lovers
4. For the drinkers
5. For the beauty queens
6. For the kitchen
7. For rainy days
And many more!