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Covid-19: 506 new cases reported today with only 5 community cases, Singapore News

The Ministry of Health has confirmed 506 new coronavirus cases in Singapore today (May 30). Out of these, there are five community cases while the majority of the remaining cases come from Work Permit holders living in dormitories. Of the five community cases, two are Singaporeans/Permanent Residents while three are Work Pass holders. This brings the total number of cases... → Read More

Anti-McSpicy grandpa is back and taking on dalgona coffee in another viral clip, Digital News

Everyone’s favourite nonagenarian who tried a McSpicy burger for the first time (and was not loving it) is back. This time, the sprightly 91-year-old took a crack at another fare treasured by Singaporean millennials: dalgona coffee. Encouraged by the overwhelming response to his first video, Emerson Gideon Ng took to the Subtle Asian Traits Facebook group once again to feature... → Read More

Racial harmony as a crowdfunded board game? Why I think it's problematic, Digital News

Regardless of how well-intentioned this project could be, using a simple board game to introduce the Gordian knot of ethnicity and religion to kids might prove to be a wee bit ill-judged. Attempting to break down complicated issues like racial harmony and diversity for children to comprehend is always worthy of praise, of course. But perhaps it could be deemed... → Read More

Man gets his family to don uniforms of food delivery services for viral Hari Raya greeting, Digital News

For Muslims in Singapore, celebrating Hari Raya Puasa has been more than a little different this year, what with the coronavirus outbreak preventing everyone from having big family gatherings outside their own household. Gone too are the usual sight of families out and about dressed in traditional, colourful baju for the occasion. The vibrancy of the festivities is definitely not... → Read More

SCDF doctor shares insight from frontline of pandemic; internet thirsts for him instead, Digital News

Millennials of Singapore, a media company geared for Singapore’s millennials (go figure), recently chatted with a Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) medical officer, a doctor by the name of Darren Choo. In a Facebook post yesterday (May 25), the young captain recounted the risks, fears, worries and optimism he had as a frontline worker since the Covid-19 outbreak. It’s been... → Read More

Freshly brewed Starbucks Caramel Macchiato at $1.50 a cup? , Digital News

Most Starbucks outlets remain open during the circuit breaker, but not all of us are living near one. Unless you’re willing to go the distance to get your regular cup of Starbucks joe (hey, you do you), the only other way to get their trademark Cappuccino or Java Chip Frappuccino pumped into your veins is by ordering online to get... → Read More

Netizens smitten by Singapore Zoo animals celebrating Hari Raya with ketupat feast, Digital News

Like the rest of their human compatriots, the animals of the Singapore Zoo had to spend their long Hari Raya weekend sheltering in place during the Covid-19 pandemic. Nonetheless, the celebratory spirit remains very much intact. The critters residing in the zoo’s Fragile Forest took part in festivities on Sunday (May 24) by having a ketupat feast of sorts, which... → Read More

How Muslims in Singapore can mark the end of Ramadan on Facebook and YouTube, Digital News

Things have been plainly different for Muslims in Singapore observing the month of Ramadan this year, and the abnormality will continue for Hari Raya amid the global viral outbreak. Tradition calls for Muslims to congregate at the mosque to conduct prayers en masse on the morning of Hari Raya, but the current circumstances dictate that this will not be possible.... → Read More

Couple inspired by Crimewatch episode to commit string of Carousell scams, Digital News

A couple was inspired to commit crimes by a TV show produced to, ironically, serve as a warning to people from doing so. An episode of Crimewatch focusing on Carousell scammers inadvertently motivated Muhammad Haadii Asmadi and his fiancee Sushilawati Selamat, both 30, to go on a crime spree of conning people on the popular online marketplace. Haadii has since... → Read More

In viral clip, 91-year-old grandad tries a McSpicy burger for the first time and hates it, Digital News

Sheltering in place during the Covid-19 outbreak has offered folks a chance to spend more quality time at home with their family and trying out new things. In the case of Emerson Gideon Ng, he guided his 91-year-old grandad through a new experience: eating Singapore’s cult favourite McDonald’s order, the McSpicy burger. Much has been said about the chicken sandwich... → Read More

Literal catfight goes viral as furs fly during serious Filipino news broadcast, Digital News

Move aside BBC Dad, this year’s viral video conferencing sensation is veteran Filipino journalist Doris Bigornia and the two cats duking it out behind her on a live TV interview. To her credit, Bigornia remained stoic (and visibly confused) on screen as the two felines got into an intense catfight right behind her shoulder. According to Coconuts Manila, the reporter... → Read More

K-pop fans kick off #straitstimesisoverparty on Twitter for a report they didn't like about their idols, Digital News

Humpday this week brought us three magnificent things — early morning showers, cool weather, and a ridiculous saga brewing in the local Twitterscape. Trending on the Twitter charts today (May 20) is an attempt to 'cancel' national broadsheet The Straits Times in a hashtag dubbed #straitstimesisoverparty. As it turned out, K-pop fans were just mad at The Straits Times for... → Read More

Thinking of going budget-conscious with the OnePlus 8? Just get the OnePlus 8 Pro instead, Digital News

Among budget phone enthusiasts, the name OnePlus comes up top as a brand known for being flagship killers. That’s the Shenzhen-based company’s gimmick really — powerful, excellent smartphones that cost half the price of its bigger rivals. A good schtick to have right now, probably, given that personal finances aren’t as stable as it was before due to the pandemic.... → Read More

Malaysian gamers modify GTA V to hold a virtual Malay wedding procession , Digital News

We’ve seen some pretty insane GTA V mods floating around — including equipping your character with an Iron Man suit — but this one might actually be the most jaw-dropping. Malaysian fans of the open-world action game managed to inject elements and assets into the city of Los Santos to allow for a virtual Malay wedding procession to take place.... → Read More

'Disrespectful to our servicemen and women': Mindef files police report over uniformed BDSM duo, Digital News

The Ministry of Defence has confirmed that a police report has been lodged over an incident that saw two individuals in Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) uniforms pictured in the midst of a BDSM activity. On Tuesday (May 12), Mindef was alerted to a highly explicit tweet that saw the two men engaged in the throes of an unorthodox sexual activity.... → Read More

Explicit tweet depicts BDSM dog play involving SAF uniforms; Mindef investigating, Digital News

It’s a dog-eat-dog world out there, and what happens in bedrooms should probably stay in bedrooms. Especially if one’s kink involves BDSM, animal roleplay and the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) uniform. In an explicit tweet made by an account by the handle of @KingMrXX on Jan 20, two publicly viewable images depicted two uniformed men in the throes of an...... → Read More

Sarcastic sympathy erupts after influencers say TikTok is challenging amid CB, Digital News

During the course of the ongoing global pandemic, everyone’s suffering one way or another. Be it a food delivery worker getting treated badly; the homeless without a roof to stay safe under; or medical practitioners risking their lives in the frontlines of the outbreak. Spare a tear as well for our local social media influencers straining themselves to wander outside... → Read More

Malaysian comedian parodies the pitiful video quality of so-called online financial gurus, Digital News

It’s common knowledge that so-called internet marketing and wealth coaching gurus are shady — just look at their aggressively amateur internet ads. The patterns between their ads are similar, Malaysian comedian Dr Jason Leong highlighted. In a hilarious video he shared yesterday (May 14), the man parodied the pitiful stylistic calibre of self-promo clips put out by these “financial gurus”.... → Read More

New site allows online shoppers to buy exclusively from Singaporean businesses and sellers, Digital News

No doubt, all businesses have been majorly impacted during the Covid-19 pandemic. It might be even direr for local business operators, most of whom run their enterprises independently through various e-commerce platforms amid the heightened social distancing measures. Instead of rummaging through various websites, an initiative started by five local college students is encouraging Singaporeans… → Read More

Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park's safe-distancing robo-dog makes it to US late-night talk show, Digital News

Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park’s state-of-the-art protector of safe distancing has made big enough waves overseas to get featured in a late-night talk show in the US, and it’s not for its adorability. Like everyone else on the internet, comedian Stephen Colbert couldn’t resist pointing out the resemblance between our own robotic public-health ambassador and a certain dystopian murder-machine from a... → Read More