• Kirsten Han is a Singaporean blogger, journalist and filmmaker. She is also involved in the We Believe in Second Chances campaign for the abolishment of the death penalty. A social media junkie, she tweets at @kixes. The views expressed are her own.

    Let’s be clear: I detest The Real Singapore (TRS). Far from journalism, it has participated in rumour-mongering and the demonisation of groups of people, many already marginalised and stigmatised in society. If everyone in Singapore chose to stage a boycott of the site, or to write a public statement protesting its behaviour, I would be a most willing participant.

    Yet this isn’t what happened on Sunday, when the Media Development Authority (MDA) suspended TRS’ licence to operate. What happened - and on World Press Freedom Day, no less - was a government body summarily deciding to shut down a website, even before its ongoing court case has been concluded. 

    It’s unlikely that this particular website will be much missed by anyone with a sense

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  • 'Punch Out' Parody game sadly predicts the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight

    The 'Fight of the Century' turned out to be a swing and a miss with some criticising it for being 'boring'. It seems Noober Gaming saw it coming, putting together this parody game which looks all-too-familiar now that the fight is done.

     

  • Is this boy a reincarnation of Bruce Lee?

    Maybe, if you believe in that.

    In a video posted on Youtube on 1 May, Ryuji Imai, a 5-year-old Japanese boy, perfectly executes Bruce Lee’s famous nunchaku fight moves from the movie Game of Death.

    The clip has since garnered over 4 million views.

    In the video, Imai is seen executing the moves with a nunchaku, completely in sync with Bruce Lee in the movie, which plays on a television behind him.

    Nunchaku is a traditional Japanese martial arts weapon, consisting of two sticks connected by a short chain, or rope.

    Imai is a big fan of Bruce Lee, according to the description on the Youtube video.

    Scrolling through Imai's Facebook page, one can see just how big a fan the little boy is of the late Hong Kong-American martial arts legend.

    The page, which has more than 19,000 followers, showcases videos of him training in martial arts routines and pictures of him posing in a "come-and-get-me" stance.

    ABC News even had a feature on him, with the anchor

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    Blaire (Shelley Hennig) and Mitch (Moses Jacob Storm). (Universal Pictures)

    Marcus Goh is a Singapore television scriptwriter. He’s also a Transformers enthusiast and avid pop culture scholar. He Tweets/Instagrams @Optimarcus and writes at marcusgohmarcusgoh.com. The views expressed are his own.

    Secret ending? No.

    Running time: 83 minutes (~1.5 hours)

    “Unfriended” is a teen horror movie that takes place entirely on a MacBook’s screen. It follows the Skype chat of six high school friends on the anniversary of their schoolmate’s suicide. It stars Shelley Hennig (Blaire Lily), Moses Jacob Storm (Mitch Roussel), Renee Olstead (Jess Felton), Will Peltz (Adam Sewell), Jacob Wysocki (Ken Smithy), Courtney Halverson (Val Rommel), and Heather Sossaman (Laura Barns). It is rated NC-16.

    For a movie that only shows a laptop monitor for its entirety, “Unfriended” is surprisingly horrifying and nailbitingly scary. Unlike other found footage movies, “Unfriended” thankfully does not have the

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  • Our city-state has been featured in Japanese anime series Plastic Memories.

    Images of the animation series were posted on reddit, in which a user compared scenes spotted on the television series to real life places in Singapore.

    One might be surprised to see Singapore featured on a Japanese show, but the premise of the show may explain things a little.

    Plastic Memories is a science-fiction series, set in the future, where androids that look exactly like humans begin to spread across the world. These androids have emotional, human-like qualities, according to AnimeNewsNetwork.

    However, due to limitations in technology, these androids have a service life and once that life is over, the android will go through technical changes. As such, a terminating service is created to retrieve all the androids that are nearing, or have gone, past their service life.

    With Singapore’s high-rise buildings, modern infrastructure, and our nation’s plan to become a Smart Nation, this depiction hits quite

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  • by Nicholas Yong

    [UPDATE on Monday, 27 April 2015, 4:30pm: TWC2 responds to backlash over 'Mums and Maids' video]

    Four days after a controversial video urging employers here to give their domestic workers a weekly day off was released, migrant workers advocacy group Transient Workers Count Too (TWC2) says the campaign has achieved its objective of drawing attention to the plight of foreign domestic helpers here.

    Noting that the video has reached more than 2.6 million viewers worldwide, a TWC2 spokesman said, in its Facebook page, "Never has the issue of domestic workers' right to a day off been discussed on this scale and generated so much buzz. This is what we hoped for when we lent our support to the campaign."

    Titled Mums and Maids, the video urged employers to give their domestic workers time off, noting domestic workers’ absence is not an inconvenience, but an opportunity for parents to bond with their children.

    The product of a partnership between TWC2 and Ogilvy & Mather (O&M)
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  • Two foreign workers - Subramaniam Shanmuganathan and Ponnan Muthukumar were commended by the SCDF on Friday for their public spiritedness.

    The duo received the SCDF Public Spiritedness Awards on Friday for climbing onto a balcony to rescue a toddler.

    Speaking to the media at the SCDF headquarters, the two said they were not expecting any reward, and were just happy to be able to save a life.

    A video of them saving a baby in Singapore surfaced on local website Alvinology Friday.

    In the video taken Thursday, a bawling toddler has its head stuck between the rails of a balcony window, with its body hanging off the ledge.

    The foreign worker then came into scene in the video and climbed up the wall to the ledge and got to the baby.

    As the baby’s head was stuck, he lifted the baby so that the weight on its head was lessened. A second foreign worker then climbed up the ledge as well to help.

    Lifestyle blogger Alvin Lim, editor of the website, said the video was taken by a friend at the scene

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  • The lesbian blogger who claimed in a blog post that her Singapore niece got an 'F' grade and detention over an essay on her said on Friday that she would not disclose details of the school or teacher involved.

    In an entry titled “The Internet Zombie Horde Is Here”, Jane, who says she is a Singaporean-Dutch lesbian, wrote that it was "completely unfair of the school but I am not going to throw a young child out in front of a selfie needing crowd..."

    Her niece "will only end up in the center of two sides where they for all the wrong reasons focus on her, what she wrote and then afterward anally dissect if she wrote anything right or wrong out from an (sic) somehow adult perspective that got no interest in her wellbeing or person,” she explained.

    Jane had earlier written that a niece in Amsterdam received a gold star and an 'A' for her essay on why Jane is the best aunt, while the niece in Singapore received an 'F' for her work on the topic of “describe a family member who inspire (sic)

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  • By now, you might have noticed your social feeds are getting packed with short clips of your friends lip-syncing to famous lines by celebrities.

    If you’re starting to get annoyed by these hilarious clips, then brace yourselves for more as the Dubsmash trend appears to be taking off in Singapore.

    Here’s what you need to know about the new social phenomenon:

    Dubsmash is a mobile app launched in November 2014, which basically allows users to lip-sync to recordings of famous voices available from the app’s library. Users can video-record their dubs and then share it to their friends on other social media platforms.

    Since its launch, the German app has garnered over 20 million users across 192 countries, according to its website. On Instagram alone, the total number of clips with the hashtag, #dubsmash, has reached 1.6 million clips. 

    In Singapore at least, many “Dubsmashers” have been sharing them on the platform.

    Here are some of our favourite Singapore Dubs:

     

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