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.
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Introducing Converse Shapes, our new apparel essentials, inspired by body shape not gender. Born from the belief that size is a reference point, not an identity, we condensed the 14 men’s and women’s sizes traditionally found in a collection to four. Our intelligent sizing uses radical pleats and gussets to create expansion, freedom and movement. Made from about 50% recycled cotton and about 50% virgin cotton, the collection was carefully crafted with a minimalist design approach.” Gender free. Without traditional labels. Ready to be worn, your way. Converse Shapes Collection available now on Converse.com.
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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!
Have you heard of the term “Mercury is in retrograde” followed by multiple groans and sometimes even tears? When something isn’t going right – people blame Mercury. IfOn June 28, 2020 / By Sofea
Have you heard of the term “Mercury is in retrograde” followed by multiple groans and sometimes even tears? When something isn’t going right – people blame Mercury. If you have been wondering why, here are the answers!
Mercury is the smallest planet in our Solar System and the closest to the Sun. Because of its higher speed of travelling (or orbiting) around the Sun than Earth, at multiple times a year, Mercury appears to be moving backwards! In astrology, moving backwards has a negative implication to us earthlings.
Since Mercury is named after the Roman God of communication, all things will be lost in translation. Expect misunderstandings, wonky technology and difficult short-distance travel. Fights with loved ones, the LRT & MRT lines facing technical difficulties during peak hours, death of your laptop or phones – all because Mercury wants to moonwalk backwards!
Currently, we are in the second Mercury Retrograde of the year which will last until 12 July 2020. The final one will be a whole month-long starting 13 October – 13 November 2020. If nothing is going well for you right now, hang in there. The lucky stars will return soon.
The annual book fair was set to happen on 27 March – 5 April 2020 but like all plans in 2020, it was first postponed and then cancelledOn June 24, 2020 / By Sofea
The annual book fair was set to happen on 27 March – 5 April 2020 but like all plans in 2020, it was first postponed and then cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Luckily, the 39th Kuala Lumpur International Book Fair (KLIBF) 2020 has decided to go online from 25 June – 8 July 2020!
Gather your bookworm friends on Zoom! The KLIFB 2020 will be hosted by Shopee and feature more than 140 booksellers with over 30,000 book titles. This is the first time in KLIBF history that it will be held online. A game-changer for the book industry in Malaysia.
Gear up on their social media as well because there will be literary discussions conducted. Other than that, join their virtual daily contests to win free books and game vouchers! The KLIBF was first held 1982 but became international in 1991. Since then, without fail, the annual event hosts about two million visitors each year.
With an online transition, the hosts are hopeful to achieve a higher number of visitors and fulfil UNESCO’s World Book Capital 2020. If you are new to KLIBF, expect cheap reads, announcements of new books by famous authors and fun family activities! Support the 39th Kuala Lumpur International Book Fair 2020 from your devices! Don’t forget to claim your Shopee voucher before the fair.
With the “new normal” in place, wearing a face mask outdoors is essential. As for services personnel, they are required to don on face shields to ensure theOn June 17, 2020 / By Sofea
With the “new normal” in place, wearing a face mask outdoors is essential. As for services personnel, they are required to don on face shields to ensure the safety of their customers. There are many face masks with unique designs available but none of face shields – until now.
Maysa Talerd, a 31-year-old single mother from Thailand, designs face shields with cartoon characters on them! From Darth Vader to characters of Thai folklore, Talerd aims to revamp the boring ol’ transparent face shield. Not only that, with these designs, she hopes that more children wear them and protect themselves.
The entrepreneur designs and press stickers onto the face shield herself. The equipment is sold for 180 baht (approximately SGD8.06/RM24.75) a piece. Thailand currently has a little over 3000 COVID-19 cases nationwide with only single digit local transmission recorded daily. We hope these face shields will make its way to Singapore & Malaysia soon!
Ever wanted to go camping but not letting go of that warm 5-star hotel room feel? Your time has come. Gone are the days of uncomfortable sleeping bagsOn June 11, 2020 / By Sofea
Ever wanted to go camping but not letting go of that warm 5-star hotel room feel? Your time has come. Gone are the days of uncomfortable sleeping bags and taking a dump behind the bushes – the Lumipod is here.
The Lumipod is a prefab cabin which aims to connect you with Mother Nature. A prefab – or prefabricated – home refers to buildings that are pre-built in a factory, as opposed to being built onsite. It is then transported to a designated area for installation. Imagine an IKEA item in the form of a house.
Manufactured by the French company Lumicene, it features the company’s trademark circular 180-degree glass window design. The minimalist yet luxurious interior will give you the best of comfort for a weekend getaway in the woods. Measuring at 180 square foot per unit, it includes a bedroom, a bathroom and a shower area. The curved 5 metre glass window will roll along the rails to give you a step into the outdoors.
Assembling an entire Lumipod takes only up to 2 days! Shipping are available worldwide.
The Eisner Award (short for the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards) is THE award in the comic-verse. There are only 6 nominees named in each category. Winners areOn June 8, 2020 / By Sofea
The Eisner Award (short for the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards) is THE award in the comic-verse. There are only 6 nominees named in each category. Winners are announced at the annual San Diego Comic-Con. This year, Malaysian Erica Eng is one of them under the Best Webcomic category for her work titled Fried Rice!
“Well at first I was very shocked and then afterwards I was like, oh thank you! Thank you, God! [Laughs] I was just very grateful because I didn’t expect to be nominated. Big reason is because it’s not a lot of progress on it because I am having school at the same time so there’s only like 40-something pages up and usually the award goes to like long-format comic. So, like full length novels. So, yeah I didn’t think it would be long enough to even get considered!” says Eng on the nomination.
The 21-year-old from Batu Pahat, Johor is a 3D animation student of the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Juggling schoolwork and her webcomic, Eng shoot her shot following the footsteps of the Eisner Award winner last year, Sophie Yanow – who submitted her work without a publisher.
Fried Rice tells a tale of Min from Batu Pahat, Johor who is visiting her cousin Lilly in Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur. Fresh out of secondary school, we see the two relatives discuss colleges and studying abroad. It’s nostalgic, familiar and 100% Malaysian! The webcomic is based on Eng’s experiences though the characters are fictional.
Drawing her work on paper first before digitalising it, Fried Rice will give you a glimpse of the everyday life of a Malaysian teenager who wishes to run away from it all. It also features local delicacies (shout out to char kueh for breakfast!) which will leave you with cravings. Even the title – Eng’s comfort food – can make you salivate while thinking about your favourite fried rice.
Give Fried Rice a read here! It is updated every Sunday morning so stay tuned. Congratulations Erica Eng for this huge achievement!
UPDATE: On 25 July 2020, Erica Eng became the first Malaysian to bag the Eisner Award with ‘Fried Rice’!
The English-based anonymous street artist had painted a new artwork in tribute to frontliners of the United Kingdom National Health Service (NHS). The piece, known as ‘Game Changer’,On June 3, 2020 / By Sofea
The English-based anonymous street artist had painted a new artwork in tribute to frontliners of the United Kingdom National Health Service (NHS). The piece, known as ‘Game Changer’, was painted in lockdown. It is currently on display at the Southampton General Hospital.
Located at the corridor of level C, it shows a little boy with a basket of toys beside him. In the basket lies a couple of superhero figurines but, in his hand is a figurine of a nurse donned in a cape and face mask. The black and white homage was left with a note by Banksy himself that says, “Thanks for all you’re doing. I hope this brightens the place up a bit, even if it’s only black and white.”
There are plans of putting the painting, which is of one metre height and width, on public display before auctioning it. All proceeds of the auction will go to NHS charities. Check out Banksy’s artwork on his Instagram Page!