• How often do you express your affection towards your mum?

    As Mother’s Day is just round the corner — 10 May, to be exact — Jurong Point shopping mall has uploaded a video on Youtube, in which shoppers were approached to take part in a campaign to say “I love you” to their mums.

    The video, which was uploaded on 5 May, has gotten over 4,000 views on Youtube, and has been shared over 4,000 times on Facebook.

    Participants from young kids to working adults made a surprise call to their mothers, to say the “words they’ve wanted to say, but never did".

    It seems that expressing our affection is not a very common practice in Singapore, as some participants can be seen struggling to say the three simple words packed with meaning. 

    A teenager thanked her mother for “taking care of me", and began tearing up.

    Other participants thanked their mothers for the effort they’ve put into taking care of them, such as a little girl who said, “Happy Mother’s Day, thank you for your nice spaghetti.”

    Inspired

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  • Recently, an article about the germs in a human beard made hipsters and mountain men around the world cringe in fear. But when we generally think of germs, the first thing that comes to mind is the toilet seat, because, of course.

    But that widely-believed tale is just what it is — a tale. Germs live everywhere, and in some places, they thrive. Often, it's not the toilet seat that's the most germ-infested place in sight.

    Here are some things around your house that contain more germs than a toilet seat.

    1. Keyboard

    The fact that the keyboard contains more germs than a toilet seat may not come as a big surprise to people, because truth be told, how many of us actually bother disinfecting our keyboards?

    Studies have shown that keyboards contain bacteria that can cause food poisoning, such as E.coli and staphylococcus aureus (staph). Researchers did a swab analysis, and found  that one swab on a keyboard contained 7,500 bacteria, compared to an average toilet seat which had 5,400 bacteria

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  • Photo of children in Singapore. AFP file photo.Photo of children in Singapore. AFP file photo.

    Not too long ago, my son (I’ll call him Z) turned one.

    Someone once told me that your child’s first birthday is a momentous one. Not mainly because your child has developed so much over the past year … But because you, as a parent, have survived one whole year of dirty diapers, sleepless nights, and uncontrollable crying.

    So congratulations to all the parents out there who have passed this milestone!

    When I envision Z’s future, I’m hopeful. But I’m also afraid.

    Why?

    Because, through my work, I get to interact with thousands of teenagers every year. I’ve worked with teenagers who are disciplined, focused, kind, and enterprising.

    But at the other extreme, I’ve also worked with teenagers who are angry and out-of-control. Some of them even struggle with depression and suicidal thoughts.

    So I wonder …

    Will Z become more like the first group of teenagers described above, or the second?

    Will he use his talents in the service of society?

    Will he become a person of unwavering integrity?

    I know that

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  • 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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