This Chinese New Year, experience ION Orchard’s “Rise in Valour” from 22 January to 26 February 2021! Inspired by the vibrant colours of Chinese culture and the nobleOn January 24, 2021 / By Nookmag
This Chinese New Year, experience ION Orchard’s “Rise in Valour” from 22 January to 26 February 2021! Inspired by the vibrant colours of Chinese culture and the noble tradition of the lion dance, the iconic retail destination will be decked out in décor that honours key elements of the festive season. Shoppers can also look forward to marveling at the sky high Seasonal Light Show, a selection of Chinese New Year retail and dining options and a host of rewards for ION+ Rewards Members.
In addition, the ION Orchard Chinese New Year experience will go digital this year with a Red Packet Lucky Dip, as well as a ION Orchard x Ang Ku Kueh Girl™ and Friends™ sticker pack available on WhatsApp and Telegram.
Red Packets of Abundance and Mandarin Orange Carrier
ION Orchard patrons can also look forward to the highly anticipated red packet designs this year. Taking a cue from the classic gift of oranges and ancient tradition of the lion dance, the exclusive ION Orchard Red Packets are printed with contemporary orange and lion head pop motifs that are perennial symbols of the festivities but given a modern interpretation.
Exclusively for ION+ Rewards Members with a minimum spend of SGD80, members can proceed to redeem these at L4, L1 or B3 Concierge Counter, while stocks last.
Huat! Red Packet Lucky Dip
ION Orchard brings best wishes of prosperity and wealth for the Chinese New Year online as it gamifies online with a Red Packet Lucky Dip. From 11 to 26 February, shoppers can scan the QR code on the inside flap of the ION Orchard Red Packet to participate in the Red Packet Lucky Dip and stand a chance to win up to 88 ION+ Points (worth SGD35 shopping vouchers). Limited to 10,000 ION+ Rewards Members only. T&Cs apply.
Greetings for Loved Ones
As part of its collaboration with adorable local brand Ang Ku Kueh Girl™ and Friends™, ION Orchard has launched a pack of adorable stickers for WhatsApp and Telegram. The stickers celebrating the Chinese New Year with auspicious greetings are perfect for sharing with loved ones.
Download your ION Orchard x Ang Ku Kueh Girl™ and Friends™ sticker pack via Google Play, App Store or Telegram and share your Chinese New Year well-wishes with your loved ones.
Rise in Valour: Chinese New Year Seasonal Light Show at ION Sky
Usher in the New Year with moving tales of valour and good fortune. Showing for a limited time only from now till 26 February at ION Sky, redeem your tickets to an immersive multimedia experience, with every SGD20 spend in a single receipt. T&Cs apply. Visit ION Sky for more details.
Celebratory Perks: Virtual Lion Dance
Love the beat and an adrenaline-filled performance from the Lion Dance Troupe? From 1 to 15 February 2021, tune in to ION Orchard’s Facebook page for a virtual lion dance experience, and a contest for a chance to win 168 ION+ Points (worth SGD67 in shopping vouchers) if you guess the correct answer.
Discover Chinese New Year Retail and Dining Specials
Open throughout the first two days of the Chinese New Year and home to famed designer brands, ION Orchard hosts a variety of dining, apparel and accessory options for the New Year.
Bvlgari’s jewellery and accessories in captivating designs and iconic styles are designed with splashes of festive red. To celebrate the Year of Ox, Moncler has collaborated with acclaimed photographer Leslie Zhang to present the Chinese New Year Campaign. The whole capsule features the place of zodiacal Ox in the constellation for 2021.
Watch collectors seeking a single touch of sophistication can check out the latest Métiers d’Art The legend of the Chinese zodiac by Vacheron Constantin based on the sign of the ox. Vegetal motifs based on classic Chinese iconography are etched directly in the metal, inspired by a paper-cutting technique known as Jianzhi.
Alternatively, get extra lucky this Lunar New Year with Van Cleef & Arpels’ emblematic Alhambra and Perlée creations crafted in gold; through the poetic interpretations of Korean artistic director, Younghee Suh.
Cosmetic and beauty lovers can look forward to artful shades for eyes, lips and skin that set the tone for a bountiful New Year at MAC with its products adorned in limited-edition Pop Art packaging or at Yves Saint Laurent Beauty with its 11 new burning shades from the Rouge Volupte Shine Burning Chilis.
During this time of fun and festivities, skincare is more important than ever. Skincare fanatics can purchase Shiseido’s Power Illuminating Skincare Set and Synchro Skin Glow Up Set that feature products with limited edition Chinese New Year designs. The new year also calls for a hair makeover at Jeric Salon, which is offering cut, colour, and treatment at SGD288 nett.
To entertain the young ones, LEGO® Singapore’s flagship store is retailing sets and collections based on Chinese culture and traditions, and from 4 January to 28 February, shoppers may receive a free LEGO® Lantern & Pagoda upon purchase of either the LEGO® Story of Nian or Spring Lantern Festival sets.
ION Orchard also has a multitude of festive dining concepts for family reunions this Chinese New Year!
The newly opened 1-Atico’s FLNT starts the year off on a prosperous note with a lohei of premium assorted sashimi and vibrant vegetable juliennes, dressed up with FLNT’s house-made Japanese plum sauce. The lohei will be available from 8 to 28 February at SGD108++ for 4 pax and SGD158++ for 6-8 pax.
Alternatively, lavish selections of Marinated Duck Combination, Braised Sea Cucumber with Dried Oyster & Vegetables, Stir-fried Glutinous Rice with Chinese Sausage & Mushroom are presented in Imperial Treasure Fine Teochew Cuisine’s decadent CNY Set Menus from SGD398++ for 4 pax.
Treasures Noodle & Congee House on the other hand, serves exquisite takeaway goodies including Round Carrot Cake, Round Glutinous Cake, Round Yam Cake, and Round Chestnut Cake, housed elegantly in a festive designed box.
For snacks to treat loved ones, Hang Heung presents the CNY Shortbread Gift Set (30pcs), which includes Crispy Grain, Almond Cake, Sesame Cake, Mini Walnut Shortbread, and more.
ION+ Rewards Members can earn Treasured Rewards by shopping at ION Orchard from 22 January to 26 February 2021. T&Cs apply. Visit ION Orchard or check with their mall concierge for more details.
There’s no denying that Garden By The Bay’s annual Christmas Wonderland holds a special place in most Singaporeans’ event calendar. From now till December 31, the seventh editionOn December 23, 2020 / By Jochebel Khong
There’s no denying that Garden By The Bay’s annual Christmas Wonderland holds a special place in most Singaporeans’ event calendar.
From now till December 31, the seventh edition of Christmas Wonderland goes virtual, while the on-site whimsical décor and dazzling light installations illuminate from December 4.
Complementing the light display is an enchanting online experience that will delight both the young and the young-at-heart. Expect hyper-realistic graphics and interactive content such as video calls with Santa, snowball challenges, carnival game booths, and merry performances – all with a digital twist.
But if you’d rather feast your eyes on the stunning light installations in the flesh, you can expect a total 1,215,600 LED bulbs across nine installations on-site so expect to razzle and dazzle at the Walk of Lights, a 370-metre-long route that spans across Supertree Grove and The Meadow. The route will take around 20 to 30 minutes to complete, which includes eight other stunning light installations in brand new designs such as the Path of Tranquility, Cassa Armonica and more.
Here are some reasons why you might want to see it in person:
Get your cameras ready to take Insta-worthy photos of The Path of Tranquility, 40-metres long, tunnel-like display made up of more than 60,000 LED bulbs.
The Field of Lights is made up of around 1 million LED bulbs. If you line them up in a straight line, it stretches out over 10km — nearly 60 times the height of the Singapore Flyer!
Get into the Christmas spirit under The Spalliera, a stunning 17-metre tall structure handmade by Italian craftsmen using white wood from the South of Italy. Perfect spot to get a shot with your bae.
Did you know it takes 11 days to set up and has 96,000 LED bulbs?
Pretend you’re a Disney princess at this 8-metre long Magical Carriage that has 60-metres of LED neon tube and 600 LED bulbs illuminating the installation.
Tickets to the onsite event are only available online, and start from $5. Both online and onsite tickets are sold separately. For all other information, christmaswonderland.sg.
As Christmas draws near, we are sorely reminded of the fact that our travel plans have to take a backseat this year. Even so, who said our eyeballsOn December 20, 2020 / By Nookmag
As Christmas draws near, we are sorely reminded of the fact that our travel plans have to take a backseat this year. Even so, who said our eyeballs can’t do the traveling for us? For the secret personalities in all of us who love fantasies, thrillers, comedies, romances and the magical spirit of Christmas, there’s something for everyone in movies, and a part of a movie in all of us.
Without much further ado, here are 12 shows (and a few more for those who “travel” a little faster!) from different parts of the world for a little spin on what our vacation could have been, if we could walk it ourselves on foot.
Now Streaming on Netflix
What happens when you find out your child is a genius? That’s the dream of every Indian parent – you can finally claim to have a child better than Sharma Ji ka beta.
When a slum dweller spins a web of lies in pursuit of the upward mobility he has long craved, his ruse could be especially dangerous for his young son. Hearing your son being called the junior APJ Abdul Kalam, the next Einstein, may sound great but is all that attention positive? Ayyan and Oja Mani want their son to shine, thanks to his talents. They want him to be successful and defy the odds to better the condescending ‘Serious Men’ around them, but will he? Find out now on Netflix.
Ginny Weds Sunny
Now Streaming on Netflix
A little bit of drama, a little bit of romance and a LOT of siyappa; Welcome to the headache of the year!
Living with her matchmaker mother in Delhi, Ginny is a free spirit who refuses to settle with mediocre. Enter: Sunny. He’s got cheesy romantic lines, witty answers, an aversion for risk and a determination to make Ginny his wife. But, the match is not that simple. As Ginny meets Sunny, there’s a lot more that comes to the fore than previously imagined in this tale of love, life, weddings and music. Will this mismatch made in heaven make it against all odds? Find out what happens next on Ginny Weds Sunny, only on Netflix.
Now Streaming on Netflix
There’s more to life than the race to the top. Three college friends are going to find out… the fun way.
Hint : For a good laugh, watch the trailer till the end!
Now Streaming on Netflix
“I decided it was time to die… and the world agreed with me.”
For horror lovers, welcome to Hell. When you open your eyes, all you see are monsters. Try to survive the end of a doomed world!
Love Struck in The City
Available on 22 December
When an architect who’s a self-proclaimed hopeless romantic crosses paths with a free-spirited young woman while on holiday, he thinks he’s finally found The One — until she runs away with his camera. Follow six young adults as they navigate their way through dating and love in the midst of their fast-paced lives in the city.
Now Streaming on Netflix
Fancy a thriller? Sit tight as this woman returns to her former home and finds an old phone that allows her to speak with someone living in the same house 20 years ago.
The Uncanny Encounter
Now Streaming on Netflix
Demon hunters called Counters come to Earth disguised as employees at a noodle restaurant in order to capture evil spirits in pursuit of eternal life.
Now Streaming on Netflix
To better connect with other people — and her own emotions — an HR manager seeks the mentorship of a coveted escort, who soon opens her heart.
Now Streaming on Netflix
When an abandoned son needs to come to terms with the past mistakes of his estranged mother, he embarks on a journey to find reconciliation and hope.
A Whisker Away
Now Streaming on Netflix
A peculiar girl transform into a cat to catch her crush’s attention. But before she realizes it, the line between human and animal starts to blur. Can she find herself in time, before her human self is lost forever?
Now Streaming on Netflix
Dee Dee Allen (Meryl Streep) and Barry Glickman (James Corden) are New York City stage stars with a crisis on their hands: their expensive new Broadway show is a major flop that has suddenly flat-lined their careers.
Meanwhile, in small-town Indiana, high school student Emma Nolan (Jo Ellen Pellman) is experiencing a very different kind of heartbreak: despite the support of the high school principal (Keegan-Michael Key), the head of the PTA (Kerry Washington) has banned her from attending the prom with her girlfriend, Alyssa (Ariana DeBose).
When Dee Dee and Barry decide that Emma’s predicament is the perfect cause to help resurrect their public images, they hit the road with Angie (Nicole Kidman) and Trent (Andrew Rannells), another pair of cynical actors looking for a professional lift. But when their self-absorbed celebrity activism unexpectedly backfires, the foursome find their own lives upended as they rally to give Emma a night where she can truly celebrate who she is.
The Midnight Sky
Available on 23 December
This post-apocalyptic tale follows Augustine (George Clooney), a lonely scientist in the Arctic, as he races to stop Sully (Felicity Jones) and her fellow astronauts from returning home to a mysterious global catastrophe. Clooney directs the adaptation of Lily Brooks-Dalton’s acclaimed novel Good Morning, Midnight, co-starring David Oyelowo, Kyle Chandler, Demián Bichir and Tiffany Boone.
Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting
Now Streaming on Netflix
When high school freshman Kelly Ferguson reluctantly agrees to babysit on Halloween, she is recruited into a secret society of babysitters who protect kids with special powers from monsters.
The Girl in Pinafore
Now Streaming on Netflix
A group of friends and music lovers follow their hearts and fight to bring business back to a struggling xinyao cafe.
Now Streaming on Netflix
Featuring a potpourri of genres, this affecting anthology of works by seven Singaporean filmmakers celebrates the 50th anniversary of the country’s independence, offering sentimental and surprising glimpses of Singapore’s past and present.
The Christmas Chronicles
Now Streaming on Netflix
The Christmas Chronicles tells the story of sister and brother, Kate (Darby Camp) and Teddy Pierce (Judah Lewis), whose Christmas Eve plan to catch Santa Claus (Kurt Russell) on camera turns into an unexpected journey that most kids could only dream about. After staking out Santa’s arrival, they sneak into his sleigh, cause it to crash and nearly derail Christmas. As their wild night unfolds, Kate and Teddy work together with Santa – as you’ve never seen him before – and his loyal Elves to help save Christmas before it’s too late.
Also watch the sequel to find out what happens when teenage Kate runs away to the North Pole, only to find a naughty elf plotting to cancel Christmas! Is Christmas doomed for good this time?
The Princess Switch
Now Streaming on Netflix
What happens when Chicago baker Stacy meets a soon-to-be princess who looks exactly like her? Well, they trade places, of course. This holiday season join in the mischief as Vanessa Hudgens stars in The Princess Switch, and The Princess Switch: Switched Again.
We heard you coffee lovers! This year, for the first time ever, tea and coffee lovers can look forward to having your tastebuds blown at the inaugural phygitalOn November 25, 2020 / By Nookmag
We heard you coffee lovers! This year, for the first time ever, tea and coffee lovers can look forward to having
your tastebuds blown at the inaugural phygital Singapore’s Tea and Coffee Festival taking place both online and offline over nine days, from 28 November to 6 December.
Proudly presented by teapasar, the Singapore Tea and Coffee Festival will be bringing you new flavours and blends with over 50 tea and coffee vendors as well as complementary food and lifestyle products – from Australia, Hongkong, Malaysia, Russia, South Africa, Singapore, Taiwan and United States of America – to enhance your festival experience.
A Phygital Festival
Start your Singapore Tea & Coffee Festival adventure as you go embark on a Singapoliday with an array of phygital experiences available at five participating vendor outlets islandwide. Your tour of new flavours will take you North to Parchmen Academy of Coffee and Tea, East to Camelia Tea Bar, South to teapasar, West to Lemuel Chocolate or Central to The 1872 Clipper Tea Co. When you visit, enjoy three taster cups of tea or coffee at a steal of just $5. That’s not all, you’ll also receive a SGD5 voucher to offset your purchases at sgteacoffee.com. Win-Win I’d say!
Making your Online Experience BREW-tiful
teapasar has also developed a seamless interactive site for web and mobile exploration. Recreating the live event experience, sgteacoffee.com allows you to pop by individual brand pages that function just like brand booths where you can browse available products, prices, and find out more about their brands via virtual real-time chats with the vendors through a zoom call for that personal touch.
Live streams will be happening throughout the nine days, where you can chat with brand owners and find out more about what motivates them to bring you the freshest and most delicious brews. There will also be flash sales to look out for! Keep your eye on teapasar for the full line up.
To kick off the Singapore Tea Coffee Festival, on the 28 November at 11am, join Alan Lai, founder of teapasar and Alisha Barnes from JJ Royal Coffee live on @sgteacoffee website, Instagram or Facebook as they introduce participating brands, workshops and what you can expect during these exciting nine days. Watch for the flash sale during the live stream and get your hands on theSingapore Tea and Coffee Festival goodie box worth SGD75 at an irresistible 50% discount, while stocks last!
Discover your Perfect Blend
Take the guesswork out of the equation and confidently make online purchases of not only tea, but coffee as well. Made possible by the patented ProfilePrint technology that identifies taste profiles based on metabolomic fingerprint and machine-learning algorithm, you can create your personal taste profile online, discover, map and match tea and coffee taste profiles to your own – simply put – we guarantee no buyer’s remorse.
Stock Up Your Pantry with Tasty Treats
Satisfy your tastebuds with a variety of global treats at the festival! Look out for some of last year’s favourite brands as well as new launches such as Pryce Tea’s NOËL Collection that includes an advent calendar of limited-edition blends, Nespresso capsules and even Grab vouchers – a thoughtful gift for the season. If you’re moderating your caffeine intake, consider Botana & Tea Organic Green Mountain Tea – a caffeine-free herbal tea that can only be found in Mediterranean countries. For timeless treasure lovers, explore the Infusion-de-vie aged white tea collection, made from the youngest silver-needle white tea, highly prized for its health benefits and rich flavors which continues to mature over time, becoming sweeter and mellower with age.
Try out some international brands like Taiwanese brand, OKLAO Speciality Coffee – the only coffee chain in Taiwan that produces and sells its own grown coffee (yes, they have coffee estates in Panama and Costa Rica) or if you’re in the festive mood choose a Christmas Coffee Blend inducing hints of cookie dough, honey and blueberry by the Barn, all the way from Germany.
That’s not all! To satisfy your sweet tooth, try chocolates made by local specialty chocolate bar, Lemuel Chocolate, in popular flavours such as toasted cookies and fruity like plums and citrus. Indulge in gluten-free bakes in all-time favourite flavours like Nutella and PBJ by Some Days We Bake, then top it all off with some rich and creamy delights like Oat Coffee and Strawberry Rose Balsamic Gelato by Empirical.
Aside from filling your tummies up with scrumptious delights, Singapore Tea and Coffee Festival provides a line-up of lifestyle products perfect for the gifting season! Treat yourself to some much-deserved coffee-flavoured spa time at home with natural, vegan, cruelty-free and eco-friendly local skincare brand, Maia Botanicals, or enjoy a warm cup of coffee with the 2-in-1 tumbler that functions as a sleek cup and drip coffee maker – who says you can’t do two things at once?
What’s more, you can consolidate your orders from selected brands in one single shipment and pay a fixed flat shipping fee.
There are also eight workshops available for you to choose from. Refine your tastebuds at a tea taster course by Parchmen Academy of Tea and Coffee, create your own tea-flavoured cocktails at a tea mixology workshop by Blue Brew Tea, or join any one of the three (why not all?) workshops offered by the Australian Tea Masters – TEA 101, Online Certificate in Advanced Black Tea Cupping or Online Diploma in Advanced Tea Blending (honestly, you’ll probably come out of this as a tea expert). If you want to try something different, you can join a free virtual DIY Acupressure Massage to help relieve yourself from your late nights with Eight Healer, or head down to Westway for some Craft Chocolate Appreciation with Lemuel Chocolate.
Become a Kombucha expert in just 90 minutes with Fizzicle. Learn the art of making some kick-ass Kombucha for only SGD150, which includes your Kombucha starter kit sent to your house before the online workshop led by Melissa Mak, founder of SG Fermentation Friends. Check out workshop schedules and register at sgteacoffee.com. Limited slots are available so make sure to book your sessions early
While cross border travel may be off the cards for now, let your tastebuds do the roaming and join us at the Singapore Tea and Coffee festival both online and offline, where we celebrate and lend our support to local and international indie food and lifestyle brands as well as tea and coffee craftsmen from all over the world. Join our vibrant and ever-expanding global tea and coffee community today!
The Singapore Tea and Coffee Festival will be happening from 28 November to 6 December 2020 at sgteacoffee.com.
While binging on horror flicks is nothing new on Halloween, this year will prove to be different as virtual trick-or-treating takes over. This halloween, curl up under theOn October 29, 2020 / By Nookmag
While binging on horror flicks is nothing new on Halloween, this year will prove to be different as virtual trick-or-treating takes over. This halloween, curl up under the blankets with a huge bowl of popcorn (or your deliveroo, foodpanda, and McDonald’s deliveries), and catch these 9 Asian horror flicks on Netflix with the blue moon as your TV pal.
Who needs friends and a party when you have Taurids meteor shower, a very visible (but tiny) Uranus and a mystical blue moon on All Hallows’ Eve?
Country of Origin: South Korea
As a grisly virus rampages a city, a lone man stays locked inside his apartment, digitally cut off from seeking help and desperate to find a way out from an apartment complex full of zombies.
Country of Origin: South Korea
While strange rumours about their ill king grip a kingdom, the crown prince becomes their only
hope against a mysterious plague taking over the land.
Country of Origin: Japan
A paranormal researcher searches obsessively for a cursed home where something terrible
happened to a mother and her child long ago.
Country of Origin: Thailand
In a haunted mansion, a new maid with a vendetta uncovers her employers’ secrets and encounters supernatural inhabitants.
REVENGE OF THE PONTIANAK
Country of Origin: Malaysia
A wedding in a Malaysian village leaves out one guest: a scorned vampire ghost bent on settling a secret score with the groom and anyone in her way.
Country of Origin: Singapore
When an army recruit is found dead, his fellow soldiers are forced to confront a terrifying secret
that’s haunting their jungle island training camp.
Country of Origin: Thailand
After killing a young girl in a hit-and-run accident, a couple is haunted by more than just the
memory of their deadly choice.
Country of Origin: Philippines
When a student’s suicide rattles an all-grils Catholic school, a clairvoyant guidance counselor leans on a ghost to uncover the convent’s abusive past.
Country of Origin: India
When a new prisoner at a military detention center exhibits eerie behaviour, a young interrogator’s search for the truth becomes a battle for survival.
With most of us still doing the work-from-home routine, our TVs, game consoles, and other electronic devices are bound to be our best friends sooner or later. RightOn October 2, 2020 / By Nookmag
With most of us still doing the work-from-home routine, our TVs, game consoles, and other electronic devices are bound to be our best friends sooner or later. Right on cue, Netflix throws us more goodies to binge on just as we’re running out of things to watch.
Here are 5 new October shows to catch before we write our next listicle for Halloween flicks!
BLACKPINK: Light Up The Sky
Available on 15 October
In this Netflix Original Documentary series, watch as record-shattering Korean girl band BLACKPINK tell their story — and detail the hard-fought journey of the dreams and trials behind their meteoric rise.
Emily In Paris
Emily, an ambitious twenty-something marketing executive from Chicago, unexpectedly lands her dream job in Paris. Her new life is filled with intoxicating adventures and surprising challenges as she juggles work, friendships, and romance.
Sloane (Emma Roberts) and Jackson (Luke Bracey) hate the holidays. They constantly find themselves single, sitting at the kids table, or stuck with awkward dates. But when these two strangers meet one particularly bad Christmas, they make a pact to be each other’s “holidate” for every festive occasion throughout the next year. With a mutual disdain for the holidays, and assuring themselves that they have no romantic interest in the other, they make the perfect team. However, as a year of absurd celebrations come to an end, Sloane and Jackson find that sharing everything they hate may just prove to be something they unexpectedly love.
Available on 22 October
After a whirlwind romance in Monte Carlo with handsome widower Maxim de Winter (Armie Hammer), a newly married young woman (Lily James) arrives at Manderley, her new husband’s imposing family estate on a windswept English coast. Naive and inexperienced, she begins to settle into the trappings of her new life, but finds herself battling the shadow of Maxim’s first wife, the elegant and urbane Rebecca, whose haunting legacy is kept alive by Manderley’s sinister housekeeper Mrs. Danvers (Kristin Scott Thomas).
The Queen’s Gambit
Available on 27 October
Based on the novel by Walter Tevis, the Netflix limited series drama THE QUEEN’S GAMBIT is a coming-of-age story that explores the true cost of genius. Abandoned and entrusted to a Kentucky orphanage in the late 1950s, a young Beth Harmon (Anya Taylor-Joy) discovers an astonishing talent for chess while developing an addiction to tranquilizers provided by the state as a sedative for the children. Haunted by her personal demons and fueled by a cocktail of narcotics and obsession, Beth transforms into an impressively skilled and glamorous outcast while determined to conquer the traditional boundaries established in the male-dominated world of competitive chess. The series is directed and written by two-time Academy Award nominee Scott Frank and executive produced by Frank, William Horberg and Allan Scott, who also co-created the series. THE QUEEN’S GAMBIT stars Anya Taylor-Joy, Marielle Heller, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Moses Ingram, Harry Melling and Bill Camp.
American mega-actor Chadwick Boseman whose iconic role as T’Challa/Black Panther in the Marvel-verse has unexpectedly passed away. The announcement was posted on his Facebook and Twitter pages atOn August 29, 2020 / By Sofea
American mega-actor Chadwick Boseman whose iconic role as T’Challa/Black Panther in the Marvel-verse has unexpectedly passed away. The announcement was posted on his Facebook and Twitter pages at approximately 10am local time today.
— Chadwick Boseman (@chadwickboseman) August 29, 2020
According to the posts, Boseman was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016 and has battled with it in private for the last 4 years. During his journey of therapy “between countless surgeries and chemotherapy”, Boseman had starred in 9 movies in total. As T’Challa, he broke the racial barrier and became a global icon for Black power as well as an inspiration for our generation.
A real-life superhero, rest in power Chadwick Boseman.
Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan has announced the appointment of cultural icon Phua Chu Kang as its first brand ambassador for Singapore. ThisOn August 25, 2020 / By Nookmag
Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan has announced the appointment of cultural icon Phua Chu Kang as its first brand ambassador for Singapore.
This announcement marks yet another milestone for Shopee as it continues to deepen its engagement with local audiences, and coincides with the kick-off of Shopee’s highly anticipated signature annual shopping event, the 9.9 Super Shopping Day. The partnership also reflects Shopee’s continued commitment to support and unite local communities, including homegrown businesses, as e-commerce continues to play a significant role in the lives of Singaporeans especially amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
In his role as local ambassador of Shopee, Phua Chu Kang will be the face of various Shopee campaigns, starting with Shopee’s 9.9 Super Shopping Day. This year’s 9.9 Super Shopping Day takes on greater significance as communities across Southeast Asia and Taiwan adapt to the new normal. Shopee has also outlined three commitments for communities in the region to support them during this time:
From today until 9 September, users can look out for Million $ Discount deals, 50% off vouchers, and 18% cashback with no minimum spend.
The key highlights of 9.9 Super Shopping Day include:
For more information, visit Shopee.
American mega-actor, filmmaker, singer and entrepreneur is calling for Malaysians to be a part of his upcoming Netflix movie, Project Power. Yes, you read that right!On August 13, 2020 / By Sofea
American mega-actor, filmmaker, singer and entrepreneur is calling for Malaysians to be a part of his upcoming Netflix movie, Project Power. Yes, you read that right!
There are three different creative projects that needs a Malaysian input. The first is for a song and music video inspired by the upcoming movie Project Power. He calls for “musicians, singers, rappers and artists of all kinds to help create a song”. The rap-cypher will have to answer to the question, “What is your power?”.
Next, the actor in search for those with an affinity for writing! In a photo caption challenge, he asked for Malaysian writers to give a one-line story of what an astronaut is thinking about while sitting in a retro living room all alone. If you are not a master in the English language, fret not because you can join the contest in Malay as well!
That’s not all, the final piece in this trilogy is for anyone who speaks the Malay language, anyone at all! All you have to do is record yourself saying “puisi” (translation: poetry) and you’re good to go!
In collaboration with Netflix and Gordon-Levitt’s HitRecord, the project will result in a song and a music video, as well as 6 social ‘Power’ stories to be released on HitRecord’s social media platforms.
Project Power will be out on Netflix globally on 14 August 2020. It tells a tale of an ex-soldier, a cop and a teenager looking for the source of a new drug that gives people superpowers for 5 minutes. Other than Joseph Gordon-Levitt, it stars Jamie Foxx, Dominique Fishback and Machine Gun Kelly!
It’s not too late to make your mark in the project. Click here to participate!
Netflix has announced that 106 Singapore-made films and series will launch progressively on the service starting this week, for members to enjoy this National Day and beyond. ThisOn August 6, 2020 / By Nookmag
Netflix has announced that 106 Singapore-made films and series will launch progressively on the service starting this week, for members to enjoy this National Day and beyond. This is made possible through partnerships with local studios Clover Films, Mediacorp, MM2 Entertainment and Memento Films.
If you’re staying home this National Day weekend, enjoy classic films such as the award-winning Ilo Ilo, I Not Stupid, Homerun, 881 and Ah Boys to Men II along with well-loved series like Phua Chu Kang Pte Ltd (release on 8 Aug), Growing Up (release on 8 Aug), Under One Roof (release on 30 Aug), The Noose (release on 30 Aug), The Unbeatables (release on 30 Aug) and Bunga Tanjong (release on 8 Aug). This is in addition to existing Singapore titles on Netflix such as Shirkers, A Yellow Bird, A Land Imagined, Ah Boys to Men, and Revenge of the Pontianak as well as a selection of Mediacorp dramas.
“I’m always heartened by opportunities to introduce my work to new audiences. It’s been seven years after the first release of llo Ilo and I hope the film will continue to touch the hearts of audiences in Singapore and across the region, especially if they are seeing it for the first time,” said Anthony Chen, Director of Ilo Ilo.
“I am very happy that many of my movies will be available on Netflix! These are some of my proudest works, and many of them have been box-office hits. However, as these movies were made more than 10 years ago, our young audience today may not have had the chance to watch them. With these movies being available on Netflix, I hope we can now reach out to both the young audience and a wider audience. To me, it is also important to showcase how the Singapore film industry has evolved over the years, and how we could create good, well-received movies under challenging conditions back then. I feel that with Netflix supporting local movies, it will be win-win for both Netflix and the entire Singapore film industry!” Jack Neo, Director of films such as I Not Stupid, Homerun and Ah Boys to Men.
“It’s the 25th anniversary of Zhao Wei films and we hope that the relaunch of our titles will find a place in the hearts of a whole new generation,” said Eric Khoo, Director and Founder of Zhao Wei Films.
“We are very pleased to work with Netflix in bringing over 50 local movies to its subscribers. With the support Netflix has given to the Singapore movie industry, it is heartening to see our local movies being able to reach a wider audience through their platform. We also thank all directors, producers and talents who have entrusted us with their movies, and hope that through this partnership with Netflix, the great movies that our local industry has created over the years will become more accessible to Singaporeans!” Lim Teck, Managing Director, Clover Films
“We are proud to showcase our local stories to a broader base of regional Netflix subscribers this National Day. This partnership points to the value we continue to place on content collaborations in powering audience engagement, both in and beyond Singapore. We are confident that Netflix users will be captivated by our curation of Singaporean tales told by Singaporean talent, and hope this taste of our uniquely local flavours will encourage new and existing audiences to explore the extensive array of wonderful work we have to offer,” said Jesslyn Wong, Vice President of Content Distribution, Mediacorp.
“As a Singaporean growing up with a lot of these classic shows and films myself, I am incredibly excited to enrich the Netflix catalog with these best-in-class Singaporean stories that are made in Singapore, by Singaporeans, for Singaporeans, to celebrate this National Day,” said Raphael Phang, content acquisition manager for Southeast Asia at Netflix. “By making these titles easily accessible through Netflix, we hope that it will reignite the joy they’ve brought to many Singaporeans over the decades, but more importantly introduce these great works of art by some of the best local filmmakers to the younger generations.”
Mr Joachim Ng, Director, Singapore Film Commission said “The bringing together of Singapore stories and featuring them on Netflix’s global OTT platform is a great way to applaud our Singaporean creators and content. Launching this during our 55th National Day is a wonderful birthday present to the nation. I hope that these stories continue to encourage and comfort Singaporeans everywhere in the world, amidst these extraordinary times. Thank you to Netflix and our Singapore producers for making this possible.”
A Uniquely Singaporean Experience on Netflix
In order for members to easily find their beloved Singaporean stories, Netflix has exclusively housed both its upcoming and existing Singapoream films and series under a special “Singapore, Now Streaming” collection. Netflix viewers can simply enter “SG Now Streaming” into the search bar to access this list.
Additionally for a limited time and only in Singapore, viewers will see a variety of fun Sing-lish renditions of their favourite Netflix rows:
Celebrating National Day with Lasalle College of the Arts
Netflix will also be partnering with LASALLE College of the Arts to reimagine iconic scenes from a few of the classic titles. Students were invited to interview a member of the older generation to share their recollections and anecdotes about these favourite local stories, and in turn recreate a poster which will be featured on Netflix Singapore’s Instagram page.
The video of a BBC host cooking rice had Asians cringing over the weekend. We, Asians take pride in our fried rice, and especially the way we cookOn July 29, 2020 / By Sofea
The video of a BBC host cooking rice had Asians cringing over the weekend. We, Asians take pride in our fried rice, and especially the way we cook rice. It’s no secret that our society is closely linked to the delicious grain – it’s a diet staple! Being a major source of carbohydrate, it is almost impossible to remove rice from our plates.
The video, published in April 2019, was brought to light by UK-based Malaysian comedian Nigel Ng, also known as Uncle Roger, who posted his video reacting to it. BBC Food host Hersha Patel began her recipe by filling up a pan with unwashed rice grains, followed by water. Just when we thought she would rinse them, she proceeded to boil the rice right away!
If you think she did a grave mistake, it wasn’t the only one. Even before the rice had been fully soaked and cooked, Patel drains the pan with a strainer and – get this – ran tap water to rinse the semi-cooked rice! *gasp* She then went on to fry the classic egg fried rice.
In his reaction video, Ng expressed confusion and shock over the way the rice was cooked. However, with a twist of events, Uncle Roger posted on his Twitter account that he had contacted Patel and a collaboration video is coming soon! Patel promised that this time, she will show how she actually cooks rice.
To all my new friends/haters @MrNigelNg and I have just had a lovely afternoon discussing my 'crimes' against rice… watch this space.. collab coming soon, give me a follow! #riceislife #uncleroger pic.twitter.com/vQivHNp9V5
— Hersha Patel (@hershapatel1) July 24, 2020
Let’s see how this second take at egg fried rice by Hersha Patel will go!
Super Mario Bros. fans, rejoice! To honour the 35th anniversary of the Nintendo Entertainment System, they have teamed up with LEGO to build the ultimate collector’s item –On July 22, 2020 / By Sofea
Super Mario Bros. fans, rejoice! To honour the 35th anniversary of the Nintendo Entertainment System, they have teamed up with LEGO to build the ultimate collector’s item – the LEGO Super Mario Nintendo Entertainment System!
This buildable replica has 2,646 pieces which will form the original NES console, a 1980s television, Game Pak cartridge, and controller. Reminisce with the classic 8-bit Super Mario Bros. game. To play, crank the handle on the television to move the puppet Mario across the panoramic, looping visual, all while the original game’s theme song plays!
If you have the LEGO Super Mario Starter Course, also released on the same day for USD60, connect the special figurine on top of the television for Mario’s face to mimic what is happening in the game. On top of that, the build-in speaker of the figurine will also provide sound effects as you scroll through the game.
The LEGO Super Mario Nintendo Entertainment System is priced at USD230 and will be exclusively released at LEGO Stores and the LEGO webstore on 1 August 2020. This LEGO set is recommended for those age 18 and older.
It’s a blast from the past with Malaysia’s First Drive-in Cinema! With the ‘new normal’ changing most parts of our daily lives, now you can watch movies withOn July 21, 2020 / By Sofea
It’s a blast from the past with Malaysia’s First Drive-in Cinema! With the ‘new normal’ changing most parts of our daily lives, now you can watch movies with your loved ones in the comfort of your own car.
Operating since 17 July 2020, the Casuarina Sini-Drive-In is located at Meru Downtown Area in Perak. With one screening per night, the total capacity allowed is 65 cars capped at 4 people per vehicle. Don’t worry as SUVs and other large vehicles will be put at the back for optimal viewing for all.
For the price of RM36 per couple and RM64 for 4 people, you will get snacks and drinks inclusive of the ticket price! Once you have parked your car, all you need to do is tune into a dedicated radio frequency on your car radio to listen to the movie’s audio. Several other drive-in cinemas will be opening real soon in Kuala Lumpur! Look out for the announcements from M Junction and Drive-in Cinema Malaysia.
Movies, snacks, and good company – what more could you ask for? Book your tickets here!
We might be halfway across the year but there are still plenty of games to look forward to. With PS5 and Xbox X set to release at theOn July 15, 2020 / By Sofea
We might be halfway across the year but there are still plenty of games to look forward to. With PS5 and Xbox X set to release at the end of 2020, it’s an exciting time to be a gamer! Here are some of the most anticipated games to look out for in the months to come.
The official trailer was premiered at UFC 251 revealing not one, but two cover stars – middleweight champion, Israel Adesanya and BMF champion, Jorge Masvidal. With enhanced everything, the early release date of 14 August 2020 makes the UFC 4 the most anticipated game at the moment.
A remastered of the first two classic Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater franchise, this game is the old school fans’ ultimate dream! And it’s coming true on 4 September 2020. The game will feature moves from other editions as well, making this the best and most anticipated game out of the Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater franchise!
Crash Bandicoot fans, rejoice! Your favourite marsupials are back. It’s really about time a new game comes out – and the time is 2 October 2020. After years of waiting, this will be the first true sequel of the Crash Bandicoot series.
Every year, basketball enthusiasts look forward to one common interest – who will be on the cover of NBA 2K series. NBA 2K21, out 4 September 2020, sees Trail Blazers point guard Damien Lillard on the cover. But that’s not all, Pelicans rookie Zion Williamson is also the face of NBA 2K21 for PS5 and Xbox Series X. A special ‘Mamba Forever’ Legend Edition will also be released to honour the late Kobe Bryant.
The latest instalment of the Master Chief’s saga is one of Xbox X’s many launch titles and will also be landing on Xbox Game Pass on the same day! With the release date set to be ‘Holiday 2020’, fans all around the world are eagerly waiting for more information to be announced on 23 July 2020.
As for PS5, one of its launch titles is the follow up from Marvel’s Spider-Man, one of the top video games of 2018. The sequel will star Miles Morales as Spider-Man, just like the movie Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse! Its release is set for the fourth quarter of 2020.
We may not be in Movement Control Order and Circuit Breaker anymore, but these games will make you wish you could just stay home and play games all day long.
As we enter July 2020, and Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO), theatres and cinemas are now permitted to operate again! To commemorate the occasion, local theatrical project LiverOn July 11, 2020 / By Sofea
As we enter July 2020, and Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO), theatres and cinemas are now permitted to operate again! To commemorate the occasion, local theatrical project Liver & Lung Productions is bringing back ‘Sepet: The Musical’ to the big stage.
With back-to-back sold out weekends for their debut last year, this revival and tribute to the late Yasmin Ahmad is one not to miss. If you loved the musical when it was streamed live back in May on YouTube, you get to relive it right before your eyes next month. The show will go across 3 weekends; 7 – 9 August, 14 – 16 August and 21 – 23 August at GMBB Mall, Bukit Bintang.
For 1 hour and 45 minutes, experience the heartbreak and happiness of this Malaysian romance all over again. On top of that, for the first time ever, Liver & Lung Productions will play not one, but two musicals! ‘Songs Inspired by A Little Life’ brings the novel by Hanya Yanagihara to life in a perfect blend of singing and acting.
This will be Malaysia’s first production since the Movement Control Order. Rest assured, the play will be SOP-compliance with food and lots of fun. Don’t miss this once in a lifetime chance! Book your tickets here.
Are you looking for a house to rent in Japan? Let Netflix Malaysia help you with that! The spacious, 80s design, cozy house in Suginami City of Tokyo,On July 6, 2020 / By Sofea
Are you looking for a house to rent in Japan? Let Netflix Malaysia help you with that! The spacious, 80s design, cozy house in Suginami City of Tokyo, Japan is looking for a roommate to replace the one that has gone AWOL.
[LOOKING FOR ROOMMATE] Need to find a roommate ASAP. Not picky! Find out more about the space on Ju-on: Origins, now streaming. pic.twitter.com/8ZODfDjUb1
— Netflix Malaysia (@NetflixMY) July 3, 2020
You won’t be bothered during the day but a motherly figure will keep you company at night. She will even snuggle with you if you’re having a bad day! Only live applicants are advised. If you need more information, watch Ju-On: Origins on Netflix Asia now!
As part of their promo, Netflix Malaysia has posted the rental advertisement via Twitter. If Ju-On was one of your nightmares in the past, learn its origins with Netflix’s latest series. Yes, a series with 6 episodes. Watch it, and rent the house, at your own risk. Netflix and Nookmag are not responsible for the little friend under your sheets.
Move over, Donald Trump! There is a new candidate in town. American rapper Kanye West has announced his apparent candidacy via Twitter on 4 July 2020 – America’sOn July 5, 2020 / By Sofea
Move over, Donald Trump! There is a new candidate in town. American rapper Kanye West has announced his apparent candidacy via Twitter on 4 July 2020 – America’s Independence Day. Talk about living it up to the occasion.
We must now realize the promise of America by trusting God, unifying our vision and building our future. I am running for president of the United States 🇺🇸! #2020VISION
— ye (@kanyewest) July 5, 2020
From his undying support for the current American President since 2018 (much to everyone’s dismay) to his confession in 2019 that it was all an act to tease the Democrats, West has been vocal about his presidential dreams. That doesn’t mean his announcement did not come off as a shock to the world.
The 21-time Grammy Awards winner has 4 months to prepare for the November 2020 election. His announcement tweet has been retweeted more than 300,000 times (and counting) since he posted, with Elon Musk offering his “full support”. Wife Kim Kardashian-West who was just recently announced a billionaire also shared her support. The reality star will be America’s First Lady if West wins the election.
Though West nor any official sources have announced anything further, if it is true, grab your popcorn because things just got a lot more interesting in 2020! #2020VISION
With the Recovery Movement Control Order & Phase 2 of Circuit Breaker, you can now meet your friends (don’t forget SOP!). Catch up with your best buds andOn July 3, 2020 / By Sofea
With the Recovery Movement Control Order & Phase 2 of Circuit Breaker, you can now meet your friends (don’t forget SOP!). Catch up with your best buds and play some card games while you’re at it. Did you know Malaysia and Singapore have their own local sets of card games?
The Lepak Game is a local twist to Cards Against Humanity. Think of it as a PG-version of Cards Against Humanity with a bunch of Malaysian slangs on the cards. It will sure to tickle your bones during family gatherings or lepak sessions with your friends. You can get them here!
Singapore has its own version of Cards Against Humanity too. Meet Limpeh Says, not quite PG like its Malaysian counterpart. Rated 18+, the party game makes a parody out of the Singaporean culture. Unsure of what we mean? Play to find out. Click here to purchase!
This card game is made by MGAG, your one-stop journey to everything hilarious about Malaysia. This card game is about collecting all the dreams you have wished for as a Malaysian. From paying off PTPTN loan to buying a bungalow, the person with the most dreams win! Get your dreams here. Careful, players can sabotage each other to achieve their dreams.
The Singaporean Dream is made by SGAG, therefore expect hilarious local jokes and slangs. You can play your way through fairly or steal and sabotage your way up to achieve the ultimate Singaporean dream. You can purchase them here!
We all know what happens in the 7pm drama series – the rich CEO, married son of CEO two-timing his wife, the girl from a kampung. Now, you can be the protagonist of your own ‘Drama Pukul 7’ with this card game! Be the star while sabotaging other players with plot twists of your show. Get your cards here!
This card games brings you on an adventure of heartbreaks, heartaches and love affairs. It will test you and your friends’ relationship skills to the fullest. Be open to face your feelings and your broken heart. You can purchase the game here!
Aren’t you tired of killing zombies, soldiers and well, other players? If you are, kill familiar ghosts and ghouls instead! Inspired by South East Asian folklore, you willOn June 23, 2020 / By Sofea
Aren’t you tired of killing zombies, soldiers and well, other players? If you are, kill familiar ghosts and ghouls instead! Inspired by South East Asian folklore, you will find Pontianaks, rakshasa and many more in the game Ghostlore.
Available as a demo, the game currently has only one mission – to defeat the moguis (cantonese word for evil spirit) in the form of the giant parasitic flower Rafflesia. Once you enter the game, meet the lead ghosthunter who will give you your quest.
Ghostlore is the brainchild of Singaporean game developer, Andrew Teo. Tired of European fantasy games filled with dungeons, castles and dragons, Teo brought his new game a little closer to home. From a statue of the Merlion in the middle of the plaza to using durians to fend off enemies, it is as local as it gets!
One that tickled our funny bone is the Pontianaks flying around. To kill them? Kill the Pontianak tree which are banana trees! Try the demo here.
Ever wanted to watch K-dramas and understand them without subtitles? Or sing along to your favourite K-pop songs with a heart full of meaning? This is your chance!On June 9, 2020 / By Sofea
Ever wanted to watch K-dramas and understand them without subtitles? Or sing along to your favourite K-pop songs with a heart full of meaning? This is your chance! Big Hit Entertainment has launched ‘Learn Korean with BTS’. Yes, you read that right. The biggest K-pop boy band is teaching you their native tongue!
As they began to tap into the Western music scene, they have garnered an international audience. Since then, many have requested for English subtitles in any Korean content. While catering to their fans is an importance for Big Hit Entertainment, it also works both ways!
All you have to do is download the WeVerse app (it’s free!) and watch the tutorials. They have been uploading every Monday at 9pm KST (8pm local time). The videos consist of clips of the boyband from various TV appearances where one of them will say a phrase in Korean. The video will then be rewound back and replay for you to follow!
There will be tests at the end of each videos so pay close attention to what they SAY and not to how they look (wink wink).
.@BTS_twt fans match BTS' one million dollar donation to Black Lives Matter.
— One in an ARMY⁷ Charity Project 💜 (@OneInAnARMY) June 8, 2020
In another news, the Korean boy band and Big Hit Entertainment have donated USD1 million to non-profit organisation Black Lives Matter. Not long after, the fans, known as A.R.M.Y, have taken to themselves to #MatchAMillion with their very own fundraiser. In just one day, One in an Army raised USD1 million for the cause. Never underestimate the power of the A.R.M.Y.