Yo Ho Ho! IT’S THE SHIP’s (ITS) 5th voyage spanned from 4 to 7 November and was one heck of a party. Think all you can eat buffets,On November 17, 2018 / By Brandon Ong
Yo Ho Ho! IT’S THE SHIP’s (ITS) 5th voyage spanned from 4 to 7 November and was one heck of a party. Think all you can eat buffets, costume theme parties, international DJs spinning, our captain Big Shaq and lots of other fringe activities all happening on board the cruise simultaneously. As Asia’s largest music festival, this event is definitely not-to-be-missed on your festival calendar next year!
Check out our ship log for this year as we go analogue & o’skool with the following photos we took, shot on 35mm film.
4th November (Day 1)
2pm – As our first time on board a cruise, we sure were excited to be here! It was capital F.U.N. with the largest music festival in Asia, where the Genting Dream would be home to over 4,000 shipmates for the next 4 days!
2.30pm – After checking-in to our rooms, we explored the various venues and even stopped by the buffet at Lido Restaurant, oh yes food — glorious food! Lots of people were already on board, chilling, drinking and checking out the various sights as well. Check out the views!
5.30pm – Weigh Anchor and Hoist the Mizzen! We were now off to the seven seas (well actually just Phuket). Matey! Who’s ready to party!
6pm – No time to adjust our sea legs! We headed to our first party with an entire line up that would last till the early morning! The Crown stage, which took up the entire Main Pool deck 16 had been completely transformed into an open air festival ground Aye Aye.
11pm – Did someone say Onesie Party?? We went round looking hard for our twins!
12midnight – FOUND ‘EM! We found our twins (there were a few giraffes and even more unicorns and dinosaurs). Party’s only getting started and we met loads of party goers dress up in various costumes/onesie.
1am – Godlands lifted up Lucille Croft, she’s tiny, plays hardstyle music and she can lift! Lucille Croft was of course spinning the decks at the electrified Zouk Club on Deck 16. A prominent model, fashion designer and DJ, Lucille has been mixing the decks for ITS since 2016. Be sure to look out for her and her darkly mesmerising set next time!
3am – Day 1 and we are still up… No time for sleep! We checked out Sleepless society at the Silk Road venue with Le Youth opening the set, intimate club with luscious red drapes all over — it even has beds for you to roll in with a stranger or two!
5th November (Day 2)
12noon – 5 mins more on the bed please…
1pm – 5pm – After a quick lunch, we were off checking out the string of artiste led – fringe activities that ITS had in store for all shipmates to join. Parties were already happening at the Crown and Anchor stage, but we’re here to explore!
6pm – Land ahoy! As we arrived at Phuket, we were greeted by an amazing sunset over the islands of Thailand. Like a frenzy of hungry fishes, we saw ferries alongside our cruise ship waiting to pick up our shipmates by boat to Phuket. Have fun y’all!!
8pm – We on the other hand, are all dress up for the glamorous Gala Dinner on ITS. We heard that the ship’s captain Big Shaq would be there waiting with a sumptuous dinner for all of us. There’s also talk that there would be some exclusive news for all of us.
9pm – Happy 5th Birthday ITS!! As everyone celebrates, we were informed that ITS will be setting off from China next June. This voyage is set to sail from 13-17 June 2019 from China’s biggest city, Shanghai to the humble Japanese island city of Shimonoseki and back. See here for more information.
Now, off for a quick change of clothes and party never stops!
1.30am – Paging for Mike, It’s your birthday today but we can’t find you! Instead we found ourselves partying along with beats from DJ Zack C and some amazing looking Drag Queens. The LGBTQ friendly DJ Zack C is a regular in the Singapore music scene armed with his mix of familiar Top40s tracks with edm/club mix fusion.
3am – We checked the Anchor stage one last time before heading off to bed, and duuude… the parties are still happening, but that’s the end of Day 2 for us.
6th November (Day 3)
1pm – These were the days where we drank, we partied till late and we stayed in bed. Quick lunch and we were off again to check out all that was happening on Day 3 of ITS.
2pm – With Belly Flop happening at the Main Pool deck, the vibe was hyped up and competitive amidst all that belly shaking and big splashes into the pool.
3pm – At the Anchor stage, the theme for this afternoon is Hip Hop, where the captain Big Shaq and a line of other Hip Hop djs got everyone grooving to their beats. No sign of the capt., so we headed around to check the other activities.
3.30pm – Whisky & Cigar session with Sander Van Doorn! Fancy some 12-year Auchentoshan whisky and quality cigar? Well yes… mixed in with the chance to enjoy them both with the legendary dj/producer? Count us in! There was a long queue before we went into the intimate setting humidor lounge.
5pm – We returned yet again to check the Anchor Stage and finally present to you the Captain, Big Shaq! A major draw for all the crowd, as everyone rush in to take a photo with the big man performing his signature Man Not Hot track. There was hip hop everywhere with everyone bouncing to the beats played out by Big Shaq’s personal DJ.
9pm – Meet & Greet – we got our chance to rub shoulders with the headliners of ITS, Cash Cash, and Paul Van Dyk. They were super friendly and even posed for some shots with the fans.
10pm – Lighting and thunder won’t stop this party, after a brief scare we were back and partying with the likes of Cosmic Gate, Vini Vici and Paul Van Dyk on stage. The crowd knew it was the last night but were as energised as ever as trance tunes hit the soundwaves.
3am – Hot Dub Time Machine – the group of us did some time traveling as we went into the Silk Road lounge for our late night after-party. Traveling through the year with hits from the 60s all the way to 2018, everyone simply couldn’t stop dancing through the beats!
5am – Did a quick soak with some new friends in the Jacuzzi; this was simply the best time to chill in a nice hot tub.
7th November (Day 4)
2pm – It’s Day 4 and unknowingly, the last couple of days just went by so quickly. We were able to enjoy the various theme parties on board and had many chances to rub shoulders with world renowned DJs. As if checking out of summer camp, we went through a quick disembarking process and were soon back on land.
While everyone was reaffirming next year’s attendance, we personally felt that it’s an addictive festival… One that can lead party-goers to get hooked by the whole experience of partying out in the sea with the breeze, the sunrise or even the fact that you can get back to your room to rest rather quickly when tired out. ITS 2019, see you there!
With Halloween being almost-a-tradition and yet another excuse to party on our little red dot, what happens to those who’d like a little time-out from company? This AllOn October 27, 2018 / By Renata
With Halloween being almost-a-tradition and yet another excuse to party on our little red dot, what happens to those who’d like a little time-out from company?
This All Hallows’ Eve, non-party goers and tired souls beware… Turn the A/C on at full blast, slip under some comfy blankets in the dark, and renew that Netflix subscription for a bone-chilling weekend with your eyeballs to the screen. Here are six of our recommended favourites for a nail-biting experience… and remember… don’t look away. You never know who’s watching with you…
Wolf expert Russel Core is summoned to the small village of Keelut, Alaska, to hunt down wolves blamed for the disappearance and death of 3 children. In his pursuit of the wolves things get go sideways as the person who hired him, Medora Sloane, and her husband, Vernon Sloane, makes him centre of a bloody trail of murders including that of their son. Is this the doing of psycho killers, or that of a wolf-demon called the Tournaq? Hold The Dark is based on a novel of the same name by William Giraldi and stars Jeffrey Wright (Casino Royale, Hunger Games), Alexander Skarsgard (The Legend of Tarzan), James Dale (The Departed, Iron Man 3) and Riley Keough (Mad Max: Fury Road).
Let’s take a shortcut through an unknown forest – what could possibly happen. To honor the wish of a dead friend, four friends embark on a hiking trip in Sweden but when one of them gets injured they decide to take a shortcut through an unknown forest. Their perilous journey only gets worse by the minute as they come face to face with mutilated elks, horrifying nightmares, and strange symbols carved into trees foreshadowing some form of evil that lurks in the forest. Faced with adversity from the beyond the friends try to survive and head back to civilisation – if that is even possible. The Ritual is based on the novel of the same name by horror writer Adam Nevill.
Stephen King’s legacy as one of horror’s finest writers, is further cemented by the sheer volume of his work becoming film adaptations. King’s work has inspired so many of today’s psychological thrillers and supernaturally themed shows – the likes of Stranger Things and even 1922 . Gerald’s Game is one of King’s most minimalist books, and its tight narrative allows for succinct and visceral on-screen storytelling. When a steamy sex game takes on a macabre turn in classic King style, things aren’t as straightforward as they seem. Forced solitude, coupled with the sensations of thirst, hunger and insomnia, leads the protagonist to hallucinate after her husband dies mid-play. Is she truly alone, or is this all part of the game?
It’s one to watch supernatural horror, but it’s another when it’s a childhood horror story come to life. Bringing fresh blood to the small screen, Ghoul pulls off chunks of inspiration from Arabic folklore and disintegrating political relations to craft a tightly-knit, provocative, monster miniseries. When a new prisoner arrives at a military detention center exhibiting eerie behavior, young interrogator Nida Rahim searches for the truth. Her quest becomes a battle for survival when the prisoner, sect leader Ali Saeed, turns the tables on Nida and the other interrogators, exposing their most shameful secrets. Nida ultimately discovers a ghoul inhabiting Saeed and after telling her colleagues about it learns the alarming truth about what its presence reveals. Scripted entirely in Hindi and Urdu, Ghoul is proof that supernatural horror transcends language.
There’s no place like home. It’s where we return to everyday to relax, unwind and spend quality time with our families. It’s where we escape the demanding clutches of the world and sink into a comforting peace. It’s where we explore and expand on our other interests and hobbies and can truly be ourselves. Well..that is unfortunately not the case for the Crain family. The Haunting of Hill House, dubbed the mother of ghost stories is based on the best selling novel from
celebrated writer, Shirley Jackson, of the same name. Directed by Mike Flanagan, we follow the treacherous journey of the Crain family who try to make a home of their house, but end up in a mind twisting, body bending gothic horror story that will plague them for decades. Flanagan expands on Jackson’s narrative concepts, addressing current issues of mental health, trauma spiced up with body jolting horror whilst remaining true to the spirit of the original. The horror is shown, rather than told and promises to make you jump out of your skin.
When Horror stories are told factually, it usually make them less spooky – or so we thought. Ghosts can’t actually be real. Right? Hinting at an invisible yet palpable presence, horror non-fiction invites audiences to second-guess the supernatural and fill in the blanks with their own imagination or experiences.. Haunted shakes viewers from their preconceived notions, leaving no point of reference for when to expect a scare. Based on first hand accounts, Haunted re-enacts these thrilling experiences of people who have had supernatural encounters, revealing their secrets for the first time with friends and family on camera. It’s the reality of it all that makes it so much more haunting.
So sit tight, lock the doors, and pray you’re alone… Sweet dreams!
IT’S THE SHIP Singapore 2018 welcomes Taiwan based DJs, KAKU and RayRay, who are all set to turn up the music and heat onboard this year’s Asia’s LargestOn September 5, 2018 / By Nookmag
IT’S THE SHIP Singapore 2018 welcomes Taiwan based DJs, KAKU and RayRay, who are all set to turn up the music and heat onboard this year’s Asia’s Largest Festival at Sea!
Back by popular demand, KAKU has played at some of the world’s most prestigious festivals including Ultra Japan and Tomorrowland in Belgium, and will no doubt keep the energy high throughout the night with his signature sound and beats.
Fellow Taiwanese DJ, RayRay is also set to astound guests with her experimental approach to music as she immerses herself and her unique sound into each performance.
This year’s lineup is the brand’s biggest one to date with some of Asia’s best upcoming DJs playing alongside KAKU, RayRay, Paul van Dyk, Sander van Doorn, and many more! Shipmates can also expect to witness the likes of Al Ghazali, Ph4ntam, Devarra, Jyap and Diana Dee just to name a few.
IT’S THE SHIP once again held their Deck Selecta competition this year with the aim of providing undiscovered DJs from across Asia the opportunity to showcase their DJ skills and musical flair to a wider audience.
Yusef Kifah, a 19-year-old DJ and music producer from Malaysia along with Juncoco, music director of World DJ Festival who comes all the way from South Korea were announced as winners. Fellow South Korean, Enoch An, whose remixes of traditional Korean music influenced by EDM and Trap was also announced as a Deck Selecta winner earlier this month.
These three lucky winners will be performing onboard the 4-day 3-night party cruise in front of an expected 4,000 shipmates.
IT’S THE SHIP is a globally renowned festival experience like no other. This year’s cruise will see itself embarking from its home in Singapore and journeying to the beautiful and exotic island of Phuket. Shipmates can expect a variety of parties, exciting artist-led side activities, world-class facilities and a multitude of surprises onboard the floating city. The pioneers of the cruise music experience in Asia are ready to turn up the heat and make this an unforgettable shipcation experience for all.
Official IT’S THE SHIP Singapore 2018 merchandise will be available for purchase this year with a special 15% discount available for a limited time only. All official merchandise can be purchased here.
If you are a Marvel fan, get ready because your favourite superheroes will be taking over Siloso Beach in Singapore for Southeast Asia’s biggest sand festival, Sentosa Sandsation.On August 31, 2018 / By Jochebel Khong
If you are a Marvel fan, get ready because your favourite superheroes will be taking over Siloso Beach in Singapore for Southeast Asia’s biggest sand festival, Sentosa Sandsation.
Come September, the sand festival will feature 15 larger-than-life sand sculptures of popular Marvel superheroes such as Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Hulk, and many more. The sand sculptures will arise from internationally-acclaimed JOOheng Tan and his team – which means this is sand art like you’ve never seen before.
And, this is hardly all. There will be an array of interactive Marvel-themed activities that are set to bring out the inner superhero in everyone. Head over to Hulk Smash and discover how your strength compares to a Marvel superhero, as you watch the ground break and tremor according to the intensity of your smash. You can also show off your superhero moves along with other Marvel superheroes at the Freeze Frame Station in a 180-degree photo opportunity activation, and take home a photo memorabilia after. There will also be a Hero Action Centre where you can find out how similar you are to a Marvel superhero, and bring home a customised Singapore-themed Marvel comic book.
Over the three weekend affair, Marvel fans can anticipate sand sculpting workshops for those aged five and above, movies by the beach and unique offerings at Madame Tussauds Singapore’s Marvel 4D Experience.
Sentosa Sandsation: Marvel Edition
1 – 16 September 2018
10am – 9pm daily
Whether you’re a gym junkie, dance extraordinaire, or aspiring yoga guru, finding the perfect class to fit your packed schedule will soon become effortless. ClassPass, the leading fitnessOn July 26, 2018 / By Nookmag
Whether you’re a gym junkie, dance extraordinaire, or aspiring yoga guru, finding the perfect class to fit your packed schedule will soon become effortless. ClassPass, the leading fitness membership, is gearing up for its much-anticipated global expansion and first Asia launch in Singapore.
ClassPass is set to launch in the lead-up to National Day, and fitness enthusiasts can look forward to a diversity of fitness experiences at exclusive studios across Singapore including yoga, cycling, Pilates, barre, running, strength training, dance, sports and more.
Stay ahead of the curve by registering your interest online, and enjoy first-hand notifications as well as exclusive benefits. Get ready to go into fitness overdrive at your favourite studios, as ClassPass celebrates Singapore’s 53rd birthday with a free month of unlimited classes for a limited time for users who register online.
Since its inception in 2013, ClassPass has rapidly-grown worldwide and continues to gain momentum, nearly doubling in size annually and raising $173M in funding to date. With a growing roster of over 10,000 studio, gym and wellness partners, ClassPass has made over 55 million reservations globally, constantly innovating and pushing the future of fitness through new features that enable flexibility and convenience.
Mandarin series, Meteor Garden 2018 will premiere exclusively on Netflix globally excluding Thailand, Philippines and Indonesia. Scripted, directed and produced by multi-talented showrunner Angie Chai, who teams up withOn July 16, 2018 / By Nookmag
Mandarin series, Meteor Garden 2018 will premiere exclusively on Netflix globally excluding Thailand, Philippines and Indonesia. Scripted, directed and produced by multi-talented showrunner Angie Chai, who teams up with renowned producer Adam Tsuei, this new rendition will recreate the sensation, which swept Asia 17 years ago. Meteor Garden 2018 introduces a new generation of the “F4” cast with talents including Xu Xi Di, Amber Kuo and Harlem Yu.
In most APAC markets, the first six episodes will be available on July 13, 7am PTS / 10pm SGT, with six new weekly episodes added to the service every Friday. The series will premiere in Korea and Japan at a later date.
“Meteor Garden debuted in 17 countries and was well-received across Asia in 2001,” said Chai. “It was a drama series loved by many, including teenagers and young adults. The new rendition is re-adapted for the millennial generation from story, script to an on-demand viewing platform so that a new generation of viewers will enjoy this classic love story. Netflix is top-of-mind for me as the platform to present this classic remake because it will showcase the unique charisma of Asian idol dramas to a global audience. The new Meteor Garden also sets a new high for Mandarin idol drama. ”
Meteor Garden 2018 is scripted, directed and produced by Angie Chai, a TV pioneer in Taiwan. The four male characters will be played Dylan Wang (Daoming Si), Darren Chen (Huazelei), Leon Leong (Meizuo) and Caesar Wu (Ximen).
Two key actresses will be played by Shen Yue (Shancai) and Xu Xi Di (Daoming Zhuang). Special appearances include Amber Kuo and Harlem Yu. This classic love story will be reinterpreted with a fresh and young perspective.
In 2001, Chai adapted Japanese manga Boys Over Flowers into the first TV series in Asia. Its popularity inspired many idol series over the next decade. The series was later adapted into several other Asian languages and became a classic in Asia.
Britain’s Got Talent finalist Calum Scott will be performing live in Singapore on October 31. The platinum-selling singer and songwriter is set to perform live at Capitol TheatreOn June 29, 2018 / By Nookmag
Britain’s Got Talent finalist Calum Scott will be performing live in Singapore on October 31. The platinum-selling singer and songwriter is set to perform live at Capitol Theatre for what is guaranteed to be an unforgettable night!
Calum Scott is the man behind one of the world’s most recognisable and loved renditions of Robyn’s ‘ Dancing On My Own ’. Scott’s heartwarming appearance on Britain’s Got Talent in 2015 shot him to instant global stardom, and when he officially released his audition song ‘Dancing On My Own’ as the lead single from his debut album Only Human, it took the world by storm. The track quickly accumulated more than 6.5 million worldwide sales and saw the former recruitment officer from Hull nominated for the Brit Award for British Single Of The Year.
Only Human is the result of a long, cathartic songwriting journey. Filled with deeply personal material, Scott’s ability to transform pain into beauty is undeniable, whether he is addressing coming out to his father, unrequited longing, adolescent isolation, or the gratitude he feels toward his sister Jade, who pushed him to sing on stage for the first time and auditioned alongside him on Britain’s Got Talent.
Scott’s elegantly sculpted pop centres on his soulful vocals and heartfelt lyrics, exemplified in the gently uplifting single ‘ You Are The Reason ’, aching piano ballad ‘ Hotel Room ’ and hit single ‘ Rhythm Inside ’. The singer’s ability to consistently build on his gift for poignant, emotionally charged performances is a sure sign of the lasting impact the Englishman will continue to have on all who hear his voice. To experience it in the flesh is unmissable.
Scott’s stunningly pure voice is affecting enough in itself, but his lyrics on every one of the (album’s) tracks are vulnerable and raw. – Billboard
2018 has certainly been a significant year for the 29-year-old as he took his upbeat yet deceptively anguished balladry on the road for his first headline tour across the UK and Europe in May. This October, it’s our turn. Fans throughout the region are in for a treat as Scott embarks on the Asian leg of his “Only Human” Tour. Don’t miss out on the chance to witness one of Britain’s most in-demand performers live in Singapore at SGD68 (early bird)/ SGD78 (standard)/ SGD148 (VIP).
Calum Scott “Only Human Tour”
Wednesday, 31 October
8pm, Capitol Theatre
Gossip Girl star Penn Badgley turns full-fledged psycho by posting everything that the object of his affection does in his latest dark series, YOU, a Netflix Original Series.On May 13, 2018 / By Nookmag
Gossip Girl star Penn Badgley turns full-fledged psycho by posting everything that the object of his affection does in his latest dark series, YOU, a Netflix Original Series.
Written by Berlanti and Gamble based on Caroline Kepnes’ best-selling novel, You is described as a 21st century love story that asks, “What would you do for love?” When a brilliant bookstore manager (Badgley) crosses paths with an aspiring writer (not yet cast), his answer becomes clear: anything. He exploits today’s technology to win the heart of Beck (Elizabeth Lail – The Blacklist) amid the growing suspicions of her best friend Peach (Shay Mitchell – Pretty Little Liars). Joe transforms himself from stalker to boyfriend while doing whatever it takes to eliminate all obstacles standing in his way — even if it means murder.
“There you were,” Badgley’s character says in the clip. “Every account set to public. You want to be seen, heard, known. Of course, I obliged.”
The trailer wastes no time in diving straight into Joe’s obsessive thoughts as he exploits technology to win the heart of Beck, transforming himself from stalker to boyfriend all the while.
Set in today’s 24/7 hyper-connected world, YOU explores how vulnerable we all are to stalking and manipulation online and in real life.
Only on Netflix.
Tokyo Disney Resort® is brimming with festive vibes of its 35th anniversary celebration. Titled ‘Happiest Celebration!’, this commemorative event kicked off on 15 April 2018 with special attractions,On April 20, 2018 / By Gracie
Tokyo Disney Resort® is brimming with festive vibes of its 35th anniversary celebration. Titled ‘Happiest Celebration!’, this commemorative event kicked off on 15 April 2018 with special attractions, performances and displays that will get more enchanting along the way.
As you plan your visit to Tokyo Disneyland® and Tokyo DisneySea® during this celebratory period, here are five ways that you can fully immerse in the entire ‘Happiest Celebration!’ experience and savour every part of the merrymaking.
1. Check in to Tokyo Disneyland® Hotel
One of the best ways to relish the celebratory mood of the ‘Happiest Celebration!’ is to stay at the Tokyo Disneyland® Hotel during your visit. Not only would you feel like the celebration never ends even when you’re out of the parks, you would enjoy special programs and exclusive items designed for the anniversary.
Guest rooms and room keys at the hotel will be decorated in 35th anniversary themed designs and elements. The furniture in the rooms will feature images of Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse in their celebratory costumes, while the amenities provided will contain limited edition anniversary designs.
2. Adorn yourself with ‘Happiest Celebration!’ merchandise
As you get consumed by the magical atmosphere at the parks, you will find special edition merchandise with designs that depict various Disney characters jumping for joy to celebrate the 35th anniversary. These items include plush badges, bow ties and fun caps. Grab one (or a few) that suits your style and be a part of this magical occasion.
Craving for a snack? Try the quirky flavoured popcorn at the parks! Some of the current flavours include curry, black pepper, caramel and milk chocolate. If you’re lucky, you will find the popcorn stand that offers the limited edition 35th anniversary popcorn bucket.
3. Hunt down Happiest Mickey Spots
A total of 35 statues of Mickey Mouse donned in special costumes are located at each themed land of Tokyo Disneyland and each themed port of Tokyo DisneySea. You can hunt down every statue with the help of the Happiest Memory Maker, which is designed for guests to enjoy the 35th anniversary celebration in an interactive way. When you are near any Happiest Mickey Spots, the device will be activated and a voice clip of Mickey Mouse will be played. What he says will depend on the location of the statue.
Additionally, the Happiest Memory Maker will be activated with the voice of other Disney characters, at various parts of the parks as a pleasant surprise for guests.
4. Feast on special 35th anniversary menu items
Get in the festive mood even while you are filling up your tummies and taking a break in the parks. At Tokyo Disneyland, you will find a 35-inch hotdog on a bun, and snack sets that include Mickey Mouse shaped bread, peach jelly and a drink. The bread contains chocolate and strawberry cream (on each of the Mickey Mouse ear), as well as cream cheese and blueberry jam. Custard cakes in adzuki and strawberry flavours that come in a souvenir case are also available.
At Tokyo DisneySea, you will find a pasta set and special cocktails amongst many other offerings, in anniversary versions.
5. Grab Chocolate Crunch as souvenirs
Who can argue against chocolates as souvenirs? An iconic sweet at Tokyo Disney Resort, Chocolate Crunch has been a popular souvenir. For the ‘Happiest Celebration!’, a new Chocolate Crunch experience has been set up where you can select a tin from a variety of 35th anniversary themed designs and fill it with different flavours of Chocolate Crunch. The shops offering this experience feature decorations, merchandise and menus that contain the concept of the Duck Family Chocolate Competition.
Dreams shine brighter at Tokyo Disney Resort® this month as it presents the ‘Happiest Celebration!’ to revel 35 years of creating magical moments for guests of all ages.On April 18, 2018 / By Gracie
Dreams shine brighter at Tokyo Disney Resort® this month as it presents the ‘Happiest Celebration!’ to revel 35 years of creating magical moments for guests of all ages. From 15 April 2018 to 25 March 2019, visitors will experience fantasy in a new dimension at the Tokyo Disneyland® and Tokyo DisneySea® Parks.
Fresh from the magic pot, a specially concocted 35th anniversary themed celebration that includes an array of new performances, attractions and displays has been meticulously planned for a sensory overload experience. The parks are decked out in a spectrum of colours and decorations that scream ‘Happiest Celebration!’.
Accompanying these spectacular events is a vibrant anniversary theme song – A Brand New Day – that complements the lively atmosphere. With an assorted selection of exclusive merchandise, guests can bring home a piece of the ‘Happiest Celebration!’.
Nookmag had the pleasure of experiencing the ‘Happiest Celebration!’ during the opening weekend to round up six new attractions to discover!
1. “Dreaming Up!”
Date: Starting 15 April 2018
Venue: Tokyo Disneyland, Parade Route
Duration: Approximately 45 minutes
Headlining the Tokyo Disney Resort® 35th ‘Happiest Celebration!’ is “Dreaming Up!”, a newly choreographed daytime parade. In this performance, Mickey Mouse and Pluto take the lead on a float pulled by winged horses. Various Disney characters follow and transport guests into a world of fantasy.
2. “it’s a small world”
Date: Reopening 15 April 2018
Venue: Tokyo Disneyland
An undisputed crowd favourite, “it’s a small world” reopens after a major revamp as part of the 35th anniversary celebration. A new mural featuring Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse greets guests at the boarding area. Other enhancements include the addition of almost 40 new figures based on characters from Disney films, and a remix of the ride’s iconic soundtrack.
The voyage begins in Europe and travels on to Asia, Africa, Central America and the islands of the South Pacific.
3. “Let’s Party Gras!”
Date: Starting 10 July 2018
Venue: Tokyo Disneyland, Theatre Orleans at Adventureland
Duration: Approximately 25 minutes
“Let’s Party Gras!” will premiere at the open-air theatre in Adventureland this July. The show starts off with Donald Duck and Jose Carioca arriving in New Orleans after travelling the world and planning to hold a ‘Party Gras’ with Mickey Mouse and friends. The finale will feature the new 35th anniversary theme song and a burst of colourful confetti to hype up the carnival mood.
4. “Celebrate! Tokyo Disneyland”
Date: Starting 10 July 2018
Venue: Tokyo Disneyland, Cinderella Castle
Duration: Approximately 15 minutes
Mickey Mouse performs and fascinates the crowd in this new night show that will debut in summer. With Cinderella castle as the stage, the show will feature state-of-the-art projection technology, lasers and water cannons on an grander scale.
5. “Happiest Celebration on the Sea”
Date: Starting 15 April 2018
Venue: Tokyo DisneySea, Mediterranean Harbour
Duration: Approximately 12 minutes
Dressed in their 35th anniversary costumes, Mickey Mouse and various Disney characters, together with Duffy and friends (exclusive characters to Tokyo DisneySea), greet the crowd on board a dazzling boat sailing around the waters of the Mediterranean Habour. Playing in the background is the pulsating 35th anniversary theme song.
6. “Hello, New York!”
Date: Staring 10 July 2018
Venue: Tokyo DisneySea, Dockside Stage at American Waterfront
Duration: Approximately 25 minutes”
“Hello, New York!” will debut at the Dockside Stage in July. The performance will feature Mickey Mouse and friends discovering about street performances, Central Park and a Broadway show in New York. Elements of the 35th anniversary celebration will be incorporated to enhance the atmosphere of the show.
In our next feature of the Tokyo Disney Resort® 35th ‘Happiest Celebration!’, find out about how you can fully immerse and best experience this once-in-a -lifetime celebration. Stay tuned!
Netflix Korean drama series Something In The Rain debuts exclusively on Netflix in Asia and English speaking countries. Something In The Rain is a love story about the buddingOn April 15, 2018 / By Nookmag
Netflix Korean drama series Something In The Rain debuts exclusively on Netflix in Asia and English speaking countries.
Something In The Rain is a love story about the budding relationship between Yoon Jin-ah (played by Son Ye-jin) and her best friend’s younger brother, Seo Joon-hee (played by Jung Hae-in), who have known each other since childhood. The story begins with Joon-hee when he was reunited with Jin-ah after completing his overseas assignment. Working in the same office building, their feelings for each other have grown through different daily encounters – both intentional and unintentional – and their friendship has slowly transformed into somewhat different and sweet. No groundbreaking moment but both admitted that they want to be more than just friends.
Directed by An Pan Seok who has worked on well-made K-drama series such as Secret Affair, the show stars Son Ye-jin who rose to fame in romance-themed TV series and films such as The Classic and a rising star Jung Hae-in who recently made appearance in Prison Playbook.
Netflix members will be able to watch first four episodes of the series from today. Subsequently, two episodes will premiere on Netflix every Friday
Netflix, the world’s leading internet entertainment service, announced that its first Netflix Original Korean variety show Busted! I Know Who You Are will launch on May 4, availableOn April 10, 2018 / By Nookmag
Netflix, the world’s leading internet entertainment service, announced that its first Netflix Original Korean variety show Busted! I Know Who You Are will launch on May 4, available exclusively to Netflix members globally.
Busted! is a new type of K-variety where 7 main cast members position themselves as bumbling detectives that set out to solve a fun-filled mystery in each of the episodes. The show features an all-star K-variety cast including Yoo Jae-suk, Lee Kwang-soo, and Kim Jong-min. Ahn Jae-wook and Park Min-young took a step out of their acting roles and made their debut in the K-variety scene, while K-pop stars Sehun of Exo and Sejeong of Gugudan took the challenge of bringing the vibrant energy into the group of detectives. The show is also filled with special appearances from guest stars in each of the episodes to help complete the story.
The 10-episode season will be released 2 episodes per week starting on May 4. For the new unscripted show, Netflix teamed up with producers Jang Hyuk-jae, Cho Hyo-jin, and Kim Ju-hyung of Company SangSang, who has had a successful track record in the K-variety scene. Jang, Cho and Kim have taken part in producing popular shows including Running Man and X-Man in Korea.
Busted! will be available on Netflix globally in over 190 countries on May 4
The mic is off, the battle is ON! Watch out for fireworks on Comedy Central Asia this month as the stars align for the biggest nights in LipOn March 9, 2018 / By Nookmag
The mic is off, the battle is ON! Watch out for fireworks on Comedy Central Asia this month as the stars align for the biggest nights in Lip Sync Battle history. From a Christina Aguilera tribute to a Fifth Harmony battle – the Lip Sync Battle’s Icon Showcase brings you the best of pop sensations! It is also the month where International Women’s Day takes place and it’s no surprise that all the ladies are showing off their superb skills and proving that they are not to be messed with!
Think you have seen the hottest performances? Hold your breath and expect no less in this episode that celebrates megastar Christina Aguilera’s music! Singer-actor Taye Diggs and The Real Housewife, Erike Jayne, croon to the greatest hits of the superstar and battle head-to-head for the most coveted Lip Sync Battle belt, in front of Aguilera herself, who presides over the battle like a queen!
CHRISTINA AGUILERA TRIBUTE: TAYE DIGGS VS ERIKA JAYNE” will air on Tuesday, 13 March at 8.25PM (WIB, TH) and 9.25PM (SG, MY, PH, TW, HK)
After Christina Aguilera’s tribute, Fifth Harmony members are busy being their own B0$$!
In this must-see episode, expect not two, or three, but all FOUR of the multi-platinum recording artists from Fifth Harmony to square off in an epic four-way battle in the Lip Sync Arena! Expect some booty-shakin’ and getting down on the floor as Ally Brooke, Normani Kordei, Dinah Jane and Lauren Jauregui indulge in some good ol’ competitive rivalry. Get ready to be blown away by massive Girl Power!
A FIFTH HARMONY BATTLE will air on Tuesday, 20 March at 8.25PM (WIB, TH) and 9.25PM (SG, MY, PH, TW, HK)
Promising a brand-new experience that gets participants exploring their city, the first urban exploration race in the world, District Race is making its first stop right here inOn February 22, 2018 / By Nookmag
Promising a brand-new experience that gets participants exploring their city, the first urban exploration race in the world, District Race is making its first stop right here in Singapore.
Happening on 3 March at the Meadow, Gardens by the bay, District Race will bring the city to life through cutting-edge augmented reality and location-based technologies via the District mobile app. The adventurous can anticipate more than 80 virtual checkpoints and challenges which are spread across the city creating a race course known as The Grid, which consists of five districts – Gardens, Chinatown, Downtown, Uptown and Kallang.
Each district has its own theme, inspired by its history and current purpose. Kallang and Garden offer a more physically-challenging experience, Chinatown for its heritage, and the Uptown and Downtown district are for those who relish intellectual thrills. With only two hours to navigate through them, explorers have to collect as many points as possible by clearing virtual checkpoints and challenges.
With 13 checkpoints, three challenges and one bonus challenge in each district, and no set route and no set distance, participants can strategize and plan their own routes, choosing which checkpoints and challenges to clear that will maximize their point score.
There are three different types of challenges, namely Quiz, Time Trial, and Scan Challenge. Each challenge requires different skills to tackle it – speed, city knowledge, dexterity and problem-solving skills, and participants can choose which challenges to take on that play to their strengths.
Making the race more exciting is a live leaderboard built within the District app that tracks participants with the highest points in real time. Attractive prizes totaling to above SGD15,000 from Adidas, MasterCard, Garmin, Pure Fitness and XY Hotel awaits. In addition, all participants also stand a chance to win a host of exciting prizes including three pairs of coveted tickets to a luxury yacht escapade with free-flow champagne and curated canapes onboard The Captain’s Club, valued at SGD4,500.
What to look forward to at the first-ever District Race
The District Base where all explorers will start and finish is at The Meadow, Gardens by the Bay. Explorers can try their hand out at awesome tech experiences including augmented reality and virtual reality activities such as AR-puzzles, basketball and slingshot games; join in recovery classes, yoga and immersive bike experiences conducted by Pure Fitness and Pure Yoga; or watch a live graffiti painting of the five Singapore districts by a local artist.
In addition, racers can also refresh themselves at the District Base in the beer garden by Strongbow Cider and Kirin Ichiban, enjoy ice creams, milkshakes and more, alongside pumping music from start to end.
Tickets are available on the District Race website at SGD80 each
Good things come in threes, and better things come with express delivery. This Boxing Day, catch the premieres of three BBC First Christmas specials, all express from theOn December 20, 2017 / By Nookmag
Good things come in threes, and better things come with express delivery. This Boxing Day, catch the premieres of three BBC First Christmas specials, all express from the UK:
Doctor Who: Twice Upon A Time
Calling all Doctor Who fans! The highly-anticipated Doctor Who Christmas Special: Twice Upon A Time, is right around the corner. The epic final chapter of the Twelfth Doctor’s journey sees the Time Lord team up with his former self; the first ever Doctor, and a returning Bill Potts, for one last awe-inspiring adventure across time and space.
Two Doctors stranded in an Arctic snowscape, refusing to face regeneration. Enchanted glass people, stealing their victims from frozen time, and a World War One captain destined to die on the battlefield but taken from the trenches to play his part in the Doctor’s story. Twice Upon A Time is an uplifting new tale about the power of hope in humanity’s darkest hours, and marks the end of an era. But as the Doctor must face his past to decide his future, his journey is only just beginning.
Twice Upon A Time is written by Steven Moffat, directed by Rachel Talalay, and executive produced by Brian Minchin. The 60-minute special guest stars Mark Gatiss as The Captain and Nikki Amuka-Bird as the voice of the glass woman and will see Peter Capaldi’s Doctor regenerate into the Thirteenth Doctor (Jodie Whittaker).
Click here for a sneak peek of Twice Upon A Time, this year’s Doctor Who Christmas Special starring Peter Capaldi as the Doctor, David Bradley as the First Doctor, Pearl Mackie as Bill Potts and Mark Gatiss as the Captain. Please let us know if you would like to use other available assets for Doctor Who: Twice Upon A Time, as this link is not for sharing.
Catch Doctor Who: Twice Upon A Time express from the UK this Boxing Day, 26 December from 8am on BBC First (StarHub ch 522) and BBC Player.
Not satisfied with just one? We have two more premieres for you to enjoy this Christmas.
Call the Midwife Series 7 Christmas Special
The midwives of Nonnatus House spent last Christmas in the warmth of South Africa, but this year they are back in Poplar celebrating a white Christmas. Starring the cast of Call the Midwife Series 7, this 80-minute special arrives in Singapore on Boxing Day, express from the UK.
It’s 1963 and Poplar is covered by a thick blanket of snow as the nuns and nurses of Nonnatus House face the challenge of the coldest winter for three hundred years. Battling against snow, ice, power cuts and frozen pipes, the midwives brave the elements to provide the best possible care for their patients.
Victoria Christmas Special 2017: Comfort and Joy
Victoria’s Christmas special is coming to you express from the UK! This Christmas, as Victoria and her family enjoy a lovely white Christmas, and Prince Albert gets a bit carried away in the spirit of the holidays. Starring Jenna Coleman and Tom Hughes, the two-hour special will celebrate all of the festivities of a Victorian Christmas at Buckingham Palace.
Set in Christmas 1846, the episode sees Victoria uncharacteristically melancholy as she prepares to tackle her first Christmas without her beloved Baroness Lehzen. Pregnant with her and Albert’s fourth child, the festive period reminds her of her lonely childhood spent at Kensington. Albert, on the other hand, is gripped by an obsession with staging the perfect family Christmas, transforming the palace into a magical festive wonderland. Tensions arise between him and Victoria, however, when Albert invites some unwelcome house guests to join the celebrations.
Catch these enchanting Christmas Specials express from the UK this Boxing Day, 26 December, from 8am on BBC First (Starhub ch 522) and BBC Player.
BBC Player is available as an app that can be downloaded from the Apple iOS and Google Play stores, and on the web.
Calling fun-seekers of all ages, Singapore’s biggest carnival, the Prudential Marina Bay Carnival, has officially opened its fairgrounds to the public earlier this evening, providing accessible, affordable andOn December 17, 2017 / By Nookmag
Calling fun-seekers of all ages, Singapore’s biggest carnival, the Prudential Marina Bay Carnival, has officially opened its fairgrounds to the public earlier this evening, providing accessible, affordable and quality entertainment for everyone’s enjoyment.
Perfect for Singaporeans to relive their fondest childhood memories, the carnival takes over Marina Bay’s The Promontory and Bayfront Event Space, where it takes up to the equivalent of three and a half football field.
The Prudential Marina Bay Carnival will welcome its first visitors with more than 40 rides and games from countries around the world such as UK, Italy and Germany, over 1 million licensed plush toys from Marvel, Pixar, and Dreamworks to be won, and of course, a dizzying selection of programmes, performances and gastronomic delights.
Thrill rides left brave-hearted carnival-goers with racing pulses and pumping adrenaline, while children also had a rousing good time with various attractions – from having a bird’s eye view of the Marina Bay, to pitting their skills at the game stalls to win some of their favourite plush toys.
Visitors were also treated to entertaining music performances and a selection of more than 20 curated food vendors offering everything from fairground favourites and local delights to gourmet options – at affordable prices starting from SGD4.
Mr Barnabas Chia, Lead of the Organising Team behind the Prudential Marina Bay Carnival shared about the opening, “We are excited to see so many people coming to support the Prudential Marina Bay Carnival. We have always intended it to be something that the community can enjoy in the heart of Singapore’s city centre. And we hope everyone can bring more of their loved ones in the coming weeks and months to come create fun and memorable moments together.”
From now till 1 April 2018, The Prudential Marina Bay Carnival opens daily from 4pm to 11pm, except Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve when it will start from 3pm. Admission is free for all, and credits for rides and games can be purchased on-site and online.
Deng Zi Qi’s stage moniker, G.E.M, an abbreviation for Get Everybody Moving, which is also the name of her self-titled EP album released in 2008. Growing up inOn December 4, 2017 / By Nookmag
Deng Zi Qi’s stage moniker, G.E.M, an abbreviation for Get Everybody Moving, which is also the name of her self-titled EP album released in 2008. Growing up in a musical family, she learnt to sing from her grandmother, who was a vocal coach. Her grandfather was a saxophonist and her uncle was a violinist.
She is nicknamed “The Chinese Taylor Swift” as she was the only Asian musician to land on Forbes “30 Under 30 list” in 2016, following an 11th placing on Forbes’ ‘China Celebrity 100 list’ in 2015. In 2016, G.E.M. received the highest number of votes to earn the accolade for Best Mainland China and Hong Kong Act in the MTV EMAs held at Rotterdam, Netherlands. The category included other artists such as Khalil Fong, Momo, Pu Shu and Vision Wei. She is also a Global Ambassador for Mending Kids, where she lends her voice to encourage contribution towards the medical expenses of ill orphaned children.
This December, MTV Asia will be airing the music documentary G.E.M.: <G-FORCE> for the first time. <G-FORCE> tells the story of how G.E.M., an ordinary teenage girl from Hong Kong, became the biggest female singer in China overnight. Through her devotion to music and jaw-dropping talent, G.E.M’s success has inspired many in her generation.
Asia’a largest festival at sea, ‘IT’S THE SHIP’ has drawn the curtain on what was its most successful year to date, with 4,000 shipmates in attendance, energetic performancesOn November 26, 2017 / By Nookmag
Asia’a largest festival at sea, ‘IT’S THE SHIP’ has drawn the curtain on what was its most successful year to date, with 4,000 shipmates in attendance, energetic performances from over 80 artists on-board, as well as a host of unique side activities that included everything from a morning yoga session with Tigerlily to soccer with the Playboy Thailand bunnies.
Moving to the biggest newly-made Singapore-based luxury ship, Genting Dream, the 2017 edition stretched across four days. With ticket sales skyrocketing, festival goers came not just from Asia, but from across 88 different countries.
IT’S THE SHIP has been growing year upon year with the most eclectic line-ups in Asia. This year’s festival was no exception, raising the bar even higher with the level of topflight talent from around the world. Headline performances from EDM power duos Krewella and Yellow Claw lit up the Crown stage on Friday and Sunday nights, with other crowd favourites like Peking Duk, DJ Craze, Third Party, and Tigerlily rocking the boat until sunrise.
IT’S THE SHIP has always offered more than just the music and this year was no different, with side activities ranging from mini-golf to rope course, as well as two shows from legendary male strip troupe The Chippendales.
With a stop-off in Phuket, Thailand, crew members had the chance to party on dry land at the Kudo Beach club and partake in beer yoga before getting back on the ship for the return leg to Singapore.
To experience the most incredible party at sea, head here to pre-register for the 2018 edition
HOOQ – the largest Video on Demand service in South-East Asia – is proud to announce a new exclusive Marvel offering: the 1st 3 episodes of Marvel’s RunawaysOn November 22, 2017 / By Nookmag
HOOQ – the largest Video on Demand service in South-East Asia – is proud to announce a new exclusive Marvel offering: the 1st 3 episodes of Marvel’s Runaways will debuted yesterday with brand new episodes coming every week to HOOQ, same day as the US telecast.
Chief Content Officer of HOOQ, Jennifer Batty said, “We’re very excited, Runaways ticks all the boxes that we are looking for in a comic book Entertainment series! Everyone thinks their parents are evil when they are a teenager BUT what happens when you find out they really are evil!?! With showrunners like Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, producers of Gossip Girl, also available on HOOQ, we can expect the series to break away from some of the conventions and tropes that muddle teenage dramas. The 1st 3 episodes of Runaways drop on HOOQ within 12 hrs of the US on Nov 22nd, and a brand-new episode will follow each week, same day as the U.S. and fully localized for our viewers.”
The series, based on the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name, follows the story of six teenagers who unite against a common enemy: their parents, who reveal themselves to be super-villains in a sinister group called the Church of Gibborim. Running away from their respective homes, the teenagers decide to work together to right the wrongs of their parents, and set on a journey to discover the secret of their origins in a fun and original spin on the superhero narrative. Helping them in this struggle are larger-than-life characters such as Gert, a superheroine with a telepathic connection to a genetically engineered dinosaur known as Old Lace.
Runaways stars Rhenzy Feliz (Teen Wolf), Lyrica Okano (The Affair), Virginia Gardner (Project Almanac), Ariela Barer (Yo Gabba Gabba!), Gregg Sulkin (Sixty Six, Wizards of Waverly Place) and Allegra Acosta (100 Things To Do Before High School).
Runaways comes at the back of an exclusive landmark deal between HOOQ and The Walt Disney Company that gives HOOQ exclusive rights to three of Marvel’s series: Marvel’s Inhumans, Marvel’s Runaways and Marvel’s Cloak and Dagger.
It’s easy to get HOOQ’d. Customers can simply download the HOOQ app from Apple Store or Google Play, sign up or log in, to access HOOQ’s extensive library of Hollywood and Asian hits. Find out more and sign up today for a 7-day free trial at www.hooq.tv and pay for the subscription through credit card.
It has been an amazing 12 years of EATMEPOPTART. Stemmed from a basic ethos of ‘we love to share the music we like and we hope you’d likeOn November 14, 2017 / By Nookmag
It has been an amazing 12 years of EATMEPOPTART. Stemmed from a basic ethos of ‘we love to share the music we like and we hope you’d like it too’, the party has grown from a tiny with a trio of over-enthusiastic music selectors playing for their friends into a noisy brand with club shows, bar nights, festival headline spots and their own outdoor event.
EATMEPOPTART’s 12th anniversary is a homage to the local community. Headlined by Supersect & Sobs, two of the most promising bands of the year, and featuring DJ Thievves, Drujo & Zhan, these DJs will be expressing their vast music range and curious selections, from pop to rock, indie disco and trap. EATMEPOPTART residents weelikeme & kiDG, are set to wrap up the night into a super frenzy of anthems, classics and guilty pleasures.
Happening on 16 December and spread over two zones at Esplanade Annexe Studios Main Stage and Terrace, this party marks a milestone with a celebration of youth, individuality, and expression that have been the mainstay of the nights and the trait of our audiences throughout the years.
Setting dancing floor alight since 2004, EATMEPOPTART has grown to become the longest running indie and alternative rock night in Singapore, and it never disappoints.
Anchored by resident DJs weelikeme and KiDG, the EATMEPOPTART parties are filled with delirious fun, booze, mad moshing and wild love. Bounce yourself around the room with wild abandon to an unhealthy dose of Britpop, Alternative Rock, Indie Rock, Electro, Synthpop, Pop, guilty pleasures and all-round silliness.