Spend some quality time with Dad this Father’s Day. For the couch-potato daddies after a long week at work, draw the shades, pop open a drink and tuckOn June 14, 2019 / By Nookmag
Spend some quality time with Dad this Father’s Day. For the couch-potato daddies after a long week at work, draw the shades, pop open a drink and tuck in to these Netflix Original shows with your kids! From a fantasy period drama to a witty stand-up comedy, there’s something for everyone on this checklist to binge :
Arthdal Chronicles is a Korean epic fantasy drama, depicting the birth of civilization and nations in ancient times. A story of mythical heroes, their struggle, unity and love of people living in a virtual land called Arth, A rthdal Chronicles is centered around the ancient city of Arthdal, established on Arth.
After being left at the altar, workaholic young executive Rachel ends up on her Carribean honeymoon cruise… not with her fiancé – but her estranged f ather ! The two ventured off a lot like strangers, but over the course of a few adventures, a couple of umbrella-clad cocktails and a whole lot of soul-searching, they return with a renewed appreciation for family and life.
THE CHEF SHOW
Cooking is a journey. And making a meal is about more than just food. It’s about appreciating family, friends and tradition. In The Chef Show actor/director Jon Favreau and award-winning Chef Roy Choi reunite after their critically acclaimed film Chef to embark on a new adventure. The two friends experiment with their favorite recipes and techniques, baking, cooking, exploring and collaborating with some of the biggest names in the entertainment and culinary world.
In this second-generation Shaft saga, the badass detective has been largely absent from his son’s life. But when John Shaft Jr., an FBI expert in cybersecurity, needs help discovering the truth about his best friend’s death, he turns to his dad, played by the versatile Samuel L. Jackson.
JO KOY: COMIN’ IN HOT
Witness the Blaisdell Arena explode with laughter when Jo Koy takes the stage. Returning for his second Netflix special, J o Koy: Comin’ In Hot , be prepared to witness a dazzling display of hula dancing and an arsenal of self-deprecating humor. Koy is fired up to educate the masses on how to raise a millennial, the intricacies of Filipino traditions, and more!
Get ready for a big adventure, with hundreds of Pokémon descending upon Singapore this June school holidays as part of the Pokémon Carnival at Sentosa Cove Village! MarkingOn June 5, 2019 / By Nookmag
Get ready for a big adventure, with hundreds of Pokémon descending upon Singapore this June school holidays as part of the Pokémon Carnival at Sentosa Cove Village!
Marking the first time in Asia where fans will be able to see all 403 Pokémon from the Pokémon region of Alola in one place, the Carnival will also feature the hugely popular Pikachu Parade. Plus, Pokémon plushies will be up for grabs when guests complete the Pokémon Adventure, which will take fans on a journey around Sentosa Cove Village.
Guests can also look forward to relaxing in the evening breeze together with loved ones by the waterside, as well as meet-and-greet sessions with their favourite Pokémon.
Happening between 15 and 30 June 2019, from 5pm to 9pm daily, entry to the Carnival is free for all!
Find ‘em all on an exciting Pokémon Adventure
Grab a Pokémon plushie during the Carnival by participating in the Pokémon Adventure. To start the Adventure, all guests need to do is submit a receipt – showing any spending in Sentosa in the month of June 2019, to the redemption booth located at Sentosa Cove Village. The receipt can be from any retail shops, attractions, hotels as well as food and beverage outlets across Sentosa Island. Guests will then receive a Pokémon Adventure activity booklet and carnival game vouchers.
Complete the Adventure by correctly answering questions about the various Alola form Pokémon – just scan the QR codes on the Pokémon standees around Sentosa Cove Village for the information. Once the booklet is completed, redeem a Pokémon plushie at the redemption booth, while stocks last!
Crowd favourites Pikachu Parade and Meet & Greet await
The popular Pikachu Parade will be happening between 16 and 30 June 2019, where guests can bop alongside the dancing Pikachu!
The 15-minute parade will take place at the Sentosa Cove Village concourse at 8.15pm on alternate evenings – specifically, on the following dates: 16, 18, 20, 22, 24, 26, 28 and 30 June 2019.
On days when the Parade does not take place, guests can also look forward to meet & greet sessions with Pikachu at the Pokémon Carnival. Get up close to the adorable Pikachu during these sessions on 15, 17, 19, 21, 23, 25 27 and 29 June 2019, at 7pm and 8.15pm.
Movies under the stars, games and Pokémon photo points
With the Carnival games vouchers, guests will also be able to enjoy other fun Pokémon-themed activities – from catching Pokémon to identifying the different Pokémon elements. Players who complete the four Carnival games will win a set of Pokémon stickers, while stocks last.
That’s not all. Snap photos with different Pokémon inflatables at various photo points, including a five- metre-tall Pikachu, or let the kids enjoy the Pokémon-themed inflatable slide and ball pit.
Guests can also enjoy various family friendly movies under the stars at Sentosa Cove Village. Happening on Saturdays and Sundays between 15 and 30 June 2019 (except 29 June 2019), it will be the perfect opportunity to spend time with loved ones.
From May to August this year, Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) is blazing with exciting programmes and experiences for guests of all ages to play, explore and learn atOn May 21, 2019 / By Nookmag
From May to August this year, Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) is blazing with exciting programmes and experiences for guests of all ages to play, explore and learn at its themed attractions. Families and young children can discover, tinker and recreate the sounds of the ocean at interactive exhibits in S.E.A. Aquarium’s sound-sational Ocean Fest: The Noisy Ocean!. Universal Studios Singapore will debut an all-new interactive talking Megatron, along with favourite characters such as the Minions, Hello Kitty and Dear Daniel dressed in their summer best. Millennials can up their Instagram game and achieve that bronzed summer glow at Adventure Cove Waterpark’s Splash Bash.
Celebrate World Oceans Day with S.E.A. Aquarium’s Ocean Fest – The Noisy Ocean! (17 May – 30 June)
S.E.A. Aquarium’s Ocean Fest returns with the theme of “The Noisy Ocean”. Held in celebration of World Oceans Day on 8 June, this festival aims to raise awareness on ocean soundscapes and the negative impacts of sound pollution through immersive installations, musical performances, project showcases and more.
Discover the unique characteristics of the aquarium’s largest and most iconic species – three manta rays – and how to protect these animals in an all-new talk held daily at 1pm at the Open Ocean Habitat. Guests can also meet S.E.A. Aquarium’s adorable line-up of manta ray and shark mascots at 12.30pm and 3pm daily.
Bringing ocean conservation outside the aquarium, families and young readers can learn more about the sounds of the ocean and how to take action against sound pollution through a series of talks and engagement sessions at various National Library Board branches from now until 30 June 2019.
Singapore Residents and families enjoy online discounts at only SGD 30 for an adult one-day ticket (U.P. SGD 36) or SGD 79 for a bundle of two adult and one child one-day tickets to S.E.A. Aquarium. Terms and conditions apply. For more information on Ocean Fest, visit Resorts World Sentosa.
Dive into Splash Bash at Adventure Cove Waterpark (1 – 30 June)
On Fridays, weekends and public holidays, beat the summer heat at Adventure Cove Waterpark’s Splash Bash. Millennials can step into a whimsical photo zone complete with larger-than-life decorations of tantalising ice cream cones, icy popsicles and an ice-cream scoop see-saw – perfect ingredients for the ‘Gram!
Those with a competitive streak can put their brains and brawns to good use with riddles and physical challenges at Adventure River and Bluwater Bay. Teams can step into a water-filled battleground in a quest for glory and victors stand to win attractive prizes! Guests can binge on their favourite dramas with a free six-month Viu subscription by uploading a photo of themselves on Instagram. New sign-ups for Annual Passes can also win two OPPO smart phones with creative entries of their passes on Instagram. More information about the event can be found at Resorts World Sentosa.
Soar into Summer at Universal Studios Singapore
Kick off the summer at Universal Studios Singapore with thrilling rides, attractions, spectacular shows and more! In addition, from 5 July to 18 August, meet the first talking Megatron in Singapore in an all-new interactive meet-and-greet programme at Sci-Fi City. Guests can also snap photos with the loveable Minions in Hawaiian-inspired grass skirts and coconut shell bikinis, as well as Sanrio’s famous duo: Hello Kitty and Dear Daniel.
Experience more thrills and fun after the sun goes down with the Universal After Hours programme. On weekends and select nights, soak in the cool line-up of activities, including the first-ever Hollywood Dreams Light-Up Parade, entertaining local bands, brilliant fireworks display, delicious food from pop-up stalls and more!
With a minimum spend of SGD 80 at dining and retail outlets in Universal Studios Singapore, guests can spin the dial at gashapon machines outside Hollywood China Arcade and take home specially-designed character pins from Transformers, Minions and more. 10 lucky winners will also walk away with exclusive merchandise such as luggage bags and VR sets. Guests will also receive a free Mystery Bag with prizes worth up to SGD 200* with a minimum four one-day tickets purchased in a single receipt.
* While stocks last. For a minimum of four one-day tickets purchased in a single receipt, each ticket will receive a Mystery Bag.
More details of all the activities can be found at Resorts World Sentosa.
Are you… A fan of multiple genres? Lacking a choice that ticks all the boxes for you? Fret not, here comes a selection of Netflix series that willOn May 17, 2019 / By Nookmag
Fret not, here comes a selection of Netflix series that will satiate your genre-blending appetite and appease the multi-faceted fan in you. So, find your favourite comfy spot and cue them up for the long weekend!
GENRE BLEND : KOREAN / COMEDY / CRIME
THIS PROGRAMME IS : OFFBEAT / OMINOUS
Abyss is a fantasy drama that tells a story of two people who are brought back to life with the help of a soul-reviving marble called ‘Abyss.’ Go Se-yeon (Park Bo Young) and Cha Min (Ahn Hyo-seop) are revived with completely different appearances. Go Se-yeon is a strikingly beautiful prosecutor who is reincarnated as a lawyer with an ordinary look. Cha Min is a smart, rich yet unattractive businessman who is reborn with the most handsome face ever.
GENRE BLEND : TEEN / DRAMA
THIS PROGRAMME IS : YOUNG ADULT / DARK / FULL OF SUSPENSE
When everyone else mysteriously vanishes from their wealthy town, the teen residents of West Ham must forge their own society to survive.
Follow a group of teenagers who are mysteriously transported to a facsimile of their wealthy New England town and left without any trace of their parents. As they struggle to figure out what has happened to them and how to get home, they must establish order and form alliances if they want to survive.
The series is a modern take on Lord of the Flies.
DEAD TO ME
GENRE BLEND : DRAMA / COMEDY / DARK
THIS PROGRAMME IS : OFFBEAT / WITTY / EMOTIONAL
Jen (Christina Applegate) is a sardonic widow determined to solve her husband’s recent hit-and-run murder. Judy (Linda Cardellini) is an optimistic free spirit who’s recently suffered her own tragic loss. When the two women meet at a support group, they become unlikely friends despite their polar-opposite personalities. But as they bond over bottles of wine, Entenmann’s cookies and a shared affinity for The Facts of Life, Judy desperately tries to shield Jen from a shocking secret that could destroy her life as she knows it.
DEAD TO ME, created by Liz Feldman (2 Broke Girls, One Big Happy), is an addictive dark comedy that dives into the painfully unfiltered, weirdly funny waters of grief, loss and forgiveness.
GENRE BLEND : GRITTY / DARK / VIOLENT
THIS PROGRAMME IS : CHILLING / OMINOUS
Follow survivors of a cataclysmic event as they contend with zombies — and each other — to reach a military evacuation site. Jaime King (White Chicks, Sin City) stars as a mother, torn from her daughter, who embarks upon a harrowing journey, stopping at nothing to find her.
Thrust alongside a small group of American refugees, she must brave a hostile new world and make brutal decisions during the most deadly summer of a zombie apocalypse.
GENRE BLEND : TEEN / HORROR / MYSTERY
THIS PROGRAMME IS : CHILLING / OMINOUS
A young heart attack survivor becomes consumed by the mystery surrounding the heart that saved her life. However, the closer she gets to uncovering the truth about her donor’s sudden death, the more she starts taking on the characteristics of the deceased — some of which are troublingly sinister.
Oscar nominee Uma Thurman stars opposite Tony Goldwyn (Scandal) and Sivan Alyra Rose.
LUCIFER (SEASONS 1 TO 4)
GENRE BLEND : SCI-FI / DRAMA / CRIME
THIS PROGRAMME IS : IRREVERENT / EXCITING
Based on characters created by Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth and Mike Dringenberg, this series follows Lucifer, the original fallen angel, bored and unhappy as the Lord of Hell, resigns his throne and abandons his kingdom for the gorgeous, shimmering insanity of Los Angeles, where he gets his kicks helping the LAPD punish criminals.
Starring Tom Ellis (Miranda, Rush) and Lauren German (Chicago Fire, A Walk To Remember).
After delighting Korean drama fans worldwide with its Original series, My First First Love, which launched on April 18 worldwide, Netflix has announced two brand new drama seriesOn April 30, 2019 / By Nookmag
Abyss is a fantasy drama that tells the story of two people who are brought back to life with the help of a soul-reviving marble called ‘Abyss.’ Go Se-yeon and Cha Min, respectively played by the Korean rom-com goddess Park Bo-young (from Strong Girl Bong-soon and Oh My Ghost) and a rising star Ahn Hyo-seop, is revived with completely different appearances. Go Se-yeon is a strikingly beautiful prosecutor who is reincarnated as a lawyer with an ordinary look. Cha Min is a smart, rich yet unattractive businessman who is reborn with the most handsome face ever. As the story unfolds, Go and Cha encounters a series of twists and turns, trying to get to the bottom of their own deaths and revival.
Abyss will launch two episodes weekly in most English-speaking territories and Asia from May 7. In Canada, Argentina, Sweden and Japan, all episodes will be released on June 26, while the same goes for Hong Kong and Macau on July 1. In the rest of the world, two episodes will launch weekly from May 16 (12 a.m., PST).
One Spring Night is a story of two people whose uneventful lives become shaken by unexpected love, leading them to seek what their hearts truly desire, instead of being fixated on faith. Lee Jeong-in, played by Han Ji- min who is well known for her leading roles in Yi San, Familiar Wife and The Light in Your Eyes, is a librarian who knows how to appreciate the small things in life. Jung Hae-in, whom Netflix fans fell in love with for his role in Something in the Rain, plays Yu Ji-ho, a well-mannered pharmacist who tends not to hesitate when it comes to love.
The series is directed by Ahn Pan Suk who is known for his realistic storytelling of love and emotions in such television dramas as Behind the White Tower and Secret Affair. For One Spring Night, Ahn has collaborated once again with writer Kim Eun whom he worked together for the mega-hit drama Something in the Rain.
One Spring Night will launch two episodes weekly in Asia and most English-speaking territories from May 22, one hour after its television broadcast in Korea. In the U.S., Mexico, Norway and Japan, all episodes will be released on July 12, while in the rest of the world, two episodes will be on the service weekly from June 1.
While you wait for Abyss and One Spring Night, fall in love anytime, anywhere by streaming or downloading The Perfect Date, My First First Love, and more…
Comedy Central is welcoming a hilarious February with the spotlight on the craziest and funniest Asians in sketches, dramas, sitcoms and even docuseries! Break out the popcorn andOn February 15, 2019 / By Nookmag
Comedy Central is welcoming a hilarious February with the spotlight on the craziest and funniest Asians in sketches, dramas, sitcoms and even docuseries! Break out the popcorn and stay tuned for not one, not two, but three new shows and a whole new season of The Family Law, as #crazyfunnyasians bring down the house.
Dr. Ken – 8:00PM (WIB, TH), 9:00PM (SG, MAL, PH, TW, HK)
The Family Law – 8:30PM (WIB, TH), 9:30PM (SG, MAL, PH, TW, HK)
Just Another Immigrant: Romesh Ranganathan – 9:00PM (WIB, TH), 10:00PM (SG, MAL, PH, TW, HK)
CRAIG DAVID PRESENTED BY COLLECTIVE MINDS (Thursday, 14 February) Contributing an integral piece to the soundtrack of many of our teenage/young adults years was just the beginning, withinOn February 14, 2019 / By Nookmag
The mastermind behind Wild$tyle Records, YoungQueenz is a Hong Kong-based rapper leading the charge in propelling the DIY rap scene his home ground. A visionaire known for his visceral lyricism, unique delivery and a old school meets new age approach, YoungQueenz prides himself as a creator who is always in search for originality and expression. Despite being in his early 20s, the rapper has already conquered sold out gigs around Asia, and has shared the stage with fellow Asian rap royalty, Rich Chigga, KOHH and more. Bringing with him a repertoire of hard-hitters and chaotic energy, YoungQueenz is set for his Singapore debut at Phuture on 23 February.
Bid goodbye to 2018 and ring in 2019 with a playful twist at Clarke Quay’s annual New Year’s Eve Countdown featuring a line-up of bands, DJs and MCsOn December 23, 2018 / By Nookmag
Bid goodbye to 2018 and ring in 2019 with a playful twist at Clarke Quay’s annual New Year’s Eve Countdown featuring a line-up of bands, DJs and MCs who will rave up the party atmosphere with music and entertainment at Clarke Quay’s Fountain Square. This year’s NYE’s block party theme PLAY will see specially constructed three-dimensional, solid-shaped play block structures designed to bring a fun and imaginative playground element to the party.
There’s never been a better time to unleash your inner child then this New Year’s eve. Vibrant coloured interlocking play blocks symbolizing the four main enclaves of Clarke Quay will be fabricated to create the main stage and various play areas. Expect to find a pedal-powered LED wall that will light up the harder you pedal; converting cycling power into beautiful illuminating patterns and lights.
Set your imagination free the minute you enter Clarke Quay where roaming, dancing, green “toy soldiers” and The Unicorn Parade (3m tall unicorn mascots) will interact with party-goers; providing many instagram-worthy photo moments to strike a pose and put on your best smile for the new year.
On stage, DJs Gerald Koh and Kimberly Wang from 987FM will host the countdown into 2019 with the party kicking into gear high at 9pm with award winning local band Shirlyn & The UnXpected performing energetic covers. There will be lots of stage games to get the show going before midnight strikes on New Year’s eve.
At midnight, raise your glasses and toast to the new year singing the traditional song of Auld Lang Syne, a time honoured custom practiced around the world. The party continues all around Clarke Quay at various bars and clubs.
Clarke Quay invites all to their PLAY themed block party 31st December, 9pm onwards, admission is free.
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 Ren
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