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Past articles by Tan:

Kukubird, the fashion brand, rides on Singapore interest by offering 'special', Singapore News

We wish we could spare you the slang generally considered crude in Singapore, but the saga seems to have wings. Kukubird, the fashion brand from the UK that shares an unfortunate name with our local slang for penis, is now penetrating the Singapore market by offering a "special rate" to customers here. This comes after the internet spotted Kukubird's existence half the world away recently. We… → Read More

Over half of Singaporeans believe there’s life after death: Survey, Singapore News

Of all the polling data Singapore has on hand — from the salary increment expected when switching jobs to what we think of doing nothing — we now have one on death and the afterlife. It's official: most Singaporeans believe there's life after death. → Read More

Manchester United fanboys in Singapore included one Lee Chong Wei, Singapore News

By now, English football giants Manchester United are back in Europe preparing for the new season kicking off on Aug 9. Not long ago, the team's sporting idols were in Singapore thrilling local fans at the National Stadium and at sponsor events around the island. United played a friendly match with Italy's Inter Milan on July 20 and did not forget to chronicle their time here on social media. → Read More

Fake news: Ferrari squeezes under trailer truck to escape cops, World News

A Ferrari car can probably outspeed a police car. Whether it can outmanoeuvre the cops by changing lanes under another vehicle, however, is not that clear cut until it's tried out. A video showing that feat has been revving up online recently, giving some people the impression that it can be done — and has been done. In the clip, a red Ferrari squeezes under a trailer truck before emerging from… → Read More

DJ Bernard Lim set to remarry and adopt Thai girlfriend's niece, Entertainment News

Wedding bells are ringing for Bernard Lim again. The 51-year-old radio deejay, who divorced in 2007, will remarry this Saturday (July 27) with a simple lunchtime wedding. The bride is Pim Suvarnakuta, a Thai public relations and marketing executive. Bernard revealed too, that the couple would be adopting his girlfriend's niece Minnie, whose mother died from brain cancer last November. → Read More

Manchester United remind Singapore again and again they beat us 8-1, Singapore News

Eighteen years ago, at the old National Stadium, Manchester United thrashed a Singapore selection team 8-1. Eighteen Julys on, United, arguably the most supported football club here, finally returned, although this time no Singaporean had to lace up his boots. Still, when they were in town during the weekend, some in the English team's camp seemed unable to avoid mentioning that night in 2001. → Read More

Original 'Captain Marvel' Bryan Robson: My grandson can't understand why people call me that, Singapore, Lifestyle News

Utter the name Captain Marvel to anyone born this side of the millennium, and the first thing in their minds would probably be the comic-book superhero portrayed by Brie Larson. To a football fan a decade or two older, however, the moniker belongs to a being more human but no less marvellous in his heyday. Bryan Robson was the original Captain Marvel, so christened by fans of Manchester United… → Read More

How can dis b allow? This week in the comments section, Singapore News

Netizens are a difficult bunch to please. They have opinions on everything. And for whatever reason, on the internet, people lose all filters. What is most ironic is how netizens react strongest to posts or tweets they abhor most. They may be trolls or may sincerely mean their comments, but never a day passes when we don't appreciate this gift that keeps on giving. It makes us ask in turn: How… → Read More

Singapore 'poor', 'less developed' and 'very dangerous': Online comment riles internet, Singapore News

Singapore is a lot of things. Small, check. Green, check. Hot and wet, usually. Kiasu, definitely. But words such as "poor", "less developed" and "very dangerous" cannot be further from the truth, regardless of how wholeheartedly you believe in them. An answer to a question on Quora from May 2018 has been dug up by cyber sleuths for its baffling negligence of facts. The question posed: "Where… → Read More

From Yishun man to Singapore man: Benz Hui to apply for citizenship, Entertainment, Singapore News

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Fan Bingbing shoots down talk she's pregnant with tycoon's child, Entertainment News

Just one day after Fan Bingbing announced she has broken off her engagement to Li Chen, the rumour mill is claiming the Chinese superstar is pregnant with somebody else's child. CCTV footage of a pregnant-looking woman resembling Bingbing has been making its rounds online. The person who uploaded the video, which shows the date June 19, claimed it's from Nanjing's World Trade Center, where the… → Read More

Kit Chan has a new best friend

Get together already, netizens screamed. This was the response to Kit Chan posting a series of photos on Weibo on Monday (June 17) of herself and Sheren Tang holidaying in Scotland. The pair looked to be having the time of their lives, with one picture showing Kit planting a kiss on the Hong Kong actress. It was not previously known they were good friends. "This Scotland trip allowed me to know… → Read More

Starlet claims Show Lo cheated with her, Entertainment News

As recently as last year, there was talk of Show Lo tying the knot with girlfriend Grace Chow. That picture of bliss is now perhaps disrupted by claims from a Taiwanese starlet that he had an affair with her in 2016. Several media reported today (June 20) screenshots of Cherry Yu's text messages with a friend, in which she said she dated a "pop king" for six months. The 25-year-old added that… → Read More

Widespread criticism of her singing haunted Maggie Cheung for a year, Entertainment News

For years, Maggie Cheung was the toast of the town. The Hong Kong actress was starring in acclaimed movies and sweeping up awards. "Everything was just so smooth and I had never suffered any major blows in life," she recently said on the Chinese variety show Master In The House. Then came her infamous performance in 2014, when she took to the mic at the Strawberry Music Festival. → Read More

TV host Ah Xiang caught cheating with Cheryl Hsieh, apology leaves us confused, Entertainment News

Golden Bell Award winner Ah Xiang has been photographed kissing fellow television host Cheryl Hsieh on June 8 in images released today (June 12). The married man then held a damage-control media conference soon after, but instead of admitting to infidelity, he claimed that they are such close friends that they might have crossed the boundaries. "When we're down, hugs and encouragement are… → Read More

The fake art that toilet guru Jack Sim shaded is actually real art

What is art? Does it have to be epic, like The Gates of Hell sculpture, which took 37 years until its creator Auguste Rodin died? Or can it just be a pen on the floor? Or, what if it's an illusion of art within a piece of real art? [/embed] Jack Sim, toilet activist and former businessman and "Asian of the Year", shared a social experiment he conducted out of the blue at the National Gallery… → Read More

$4,000 worth of durians gone after car crashes into Geylang fruit stall

When you drink, don't drive - and don't eat durians. Although the old wives' tale of mixing alcohol and durians remains scientifically contentious, a 27-year-old managed to prove it's an unhealthy combination after driving into a durian stall while allegedly intoxicated. The accident happened early this morning along Sims Ave near Geylang Lor 13. → Read More

Singaporean man transitioned to woman while being single parent to 9-year-old girl

As if becoming a transgender wasn't difficult enough, a trans woman went through the process while being a single parent to a young daughter. To her surprise, she received the nine-year-old's blessings and support, which gave her the courage to do it. Transgender Day Of Visibility took place on March 31 and The T Project, a Singaporean shelter for the female transgender community, released a… → Read More

Does $0 mean free? Here are the most irritating things Carousell-ers do

If you've been on Carousell, you've encountered it. A listed item that uses the product's original advertisement, not how it actually looks. A seller who only deals in super-ulu locations. And what does a $0 price even mean? A graphic of a "Carousell Seller Starter Pack" has appeared on Reddit, attracting both laughter and agreement. → Read More

Bye dyed hair, hello volunteer work: China's Idol Producer 2 heralds in new era of 'socially responsible' idols

Now you see it, now you don't. Popular Chinese survival audition show Idol Producer suddenly went off air midway through this second season. When it returned the following week, gone were the colourful dyed hair of its many contestants competing to be China's next big thing. Filling the screens were now black and dark brown hair, with eagle-eyed viewers spotting other editing tricks they believe… → Read More