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How often should you visit the dentist?

For the longest time, people have been told that the best way to keep their teeth in tip-top condition is to go for twice-a-year dental check-ups, but this has changed. Although this advice remains common, there are now dentists who advise less frequent visits for those who have good oral health. Those who have dental […]

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Doc Talk: Fight against smoking addiction

I am an addictions psychiatrist who chose to go into this field, partly because my father died from smoking-related lung cancer. He could have lived longer and enjoyed better quality of life if he had kicked the habit. As such, I am pretty much an advocate of saying no to smoking and helping those with […]

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Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay’s turn to get grilled

Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay has been taking heat for his new food-and-travel show ever since it was announced in June last year. Even before filming began, some critics felt the premise of the show Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted smacked of cultural appropriation and imperialism. Please subscribe or log in to continue reading the full article. Learn […]

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Amritha sings in Mandarin to win xinyao contest

Crescent Girls’ School student Amritha Devaraj has been an avid fan of xinyao singer-songwriter Jimmy Ye for years, so when her Higher Chinese teacher encouraged her to sign up with friends for a national xinyao competition last year, she seized the opportunity. Amritha, now 16, performed at the National Schools Xinyao Singing and Songwriting Competition […]

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Piano prodigy Lang Lang grows up

NEW YORK • It was late one afternoon in spring this year and Madison Square Garden’s 19,000 seats were empty as Billy Joel and Lang Lang began jamming on stage. Pop’s piano man had invited the superstar classical pianist to make a guest appearance at his sold-out April show and they were rehearsing a duet […]

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Voice of giggly Minnie Mouse dies at 75

NEW YORK • She was picked from 200 candidates at a 1986 audition. On Friday, Russi Taylor, the voice of Minnie Mouse for more than three decades, died. She was 75. Taylor, who was prone to giggles just like the character she voiced, captured the heart and sound of Mickey Mouse’s counterpart on television, in […]

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Sammi closes HK show with a bang

Hong Kong singer Sammi Cheng pulled out all the stops, including a heavy metal segment where she head-banged and drummed to the tune of The Power Of Love, with underground band Tie Shu Lan. She concluded her run of 13 shows for the Hong Kong opener of her FollowMi tour on Saturday, with guest stars, […]

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One-Armed Swordsman star to get Golden Horse lifetime award

TAIPEI • Jimmy Wang Yu once slayed box-office opponents as the One-Armed Swordsman (1967) on screen. The actor went on to introduce the martial arts genre of movies with The Chinese Boxer (1970). For his ground-breaking efforts, Yu, now 76, will be honoured with a lifetime achievement prize on Nov 23 at the Golden Horse […]

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Nicholas Tse returns to action films in Raging Fire

HONG KONG • Nicholas Tse, who has lately helmed cooking shows, now hopes to whip up another feast for the eyes – on movie screens. He is reuniting with actor Donnie Yen after 14 years to shoot a thriller called Raging Fire. It marks a return to action movies after stints in films such as […]

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Game Of Thrones prequel in the works

LOS ANGELES • There is life after Game Of Thrones. The first episode of a possible prequel series to the global hit has completed filming in Belfast, a network executive said on Wednesday. HBO executives will review the episode before deciding whether to make a full season, but Mr Casey Bloys, president of programming at […]

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Let’s play fair: More businesses are paying attention to labour ethics

Fancy a gold-plated brass necklace hammered smooth by nimble-fingered artisans from Kenya? The only thing that could make the piece more valuable is knowing that the craftsmen were paid fairly for their work – three times more than what they usually earn, in fact. The weighty accessory is from Ashepa Lifestyle, a locally based brand […]

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Gaultier brings catwalk to the London stage in Fashion Freak Show

LONDON • French designer Jean Paul Gaultier brought his lively and eccentric Fashion Freak Show to the London stage this week, a musical production looking back on his life from childhood classroom sketches to the Paris haute couture catwalks. The two-hour extravaganza, previously at Paris’ Folies Bergere hall, sees actors, dancers and performance artists take […]

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One-off watches to covet

It is one of the world’s biggest fund-raisers and a key event in the world of haute horlogerie. Every two years, many of the most celebrated watchmakers – both big mainstream names and independent brands – come together to contribute unique one-off pieces to a special auction. Please subscribe or log in to continue reading […]

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Gig Picks

WE ARE SINGERS The similarities between Taiwan’s Lala Hsu, A-lin and Rachel Liang go beyond their choice of occupation. All three have appeared on the Chinese reality show I Am A Singer (2013 to present), boosting their popularity in China. Apart from their own hits, they will probably perform some of their best-loved covers from […]

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Wild Rice takes centre stage

With a spanking new theatre boasting Singapore’s first, and only, dedicated thrust stage, Singapore theatre company Wild Rice has unveiled its new performing arts complex at the revamped Funan mall. On one side of the mall, the company’s marquee stands out in flamboyant red. At night, it is illuminated by eye-catching lights. Please subscribe or […]

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Obituary Rutger Hauer shot to fame with Blade Runner

AMSTERDAM • Actor Rutger Hauer, who became a global cult icon for his role as a scary yet thoughtprovoking humanoid android in 1982 sci-fi classic Blade Runner, has died at age 75. His non-profit HIV/Aids charity, the Rutger Hauer Starfish Association, said he died last Friday after a short illness in his Dutch home. Dutch […]

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Stallone has ‘zero ownership’ of Rocky

NEW YORK • The 1976 movie Rocky and its sequels made Sylvester Stallone a box-office knockout. But few know that the actor, now 73, lost the fight in one area – he does not have an equity stake in the lucrative franchise, including the Creed and Creed II spin-offs. In an interview with trade publication […]

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Film Picks: John Lui Film Correspondent recommends

BYO CINEMA Organised by the Singapore Film Commission, this free open-air celebration of Singapore cinema heads into its third film tomorrow with Ramen Teh (left, 2018, PG, 90 minutes), director Eric Khoo’s drama about food linking members of a family across disparate cultures and generations. Japanese actor Takumi Saitoh is Masato, a chef searching for […]

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Fat virgins who stand the test of time

REVIEW / THEATRE THREE FAT VIRGINS UNASSEMBLED TheatreWorks 72-13 Home of TheatreWorks Wednesday Some classic plays do not age well. Ovidia Yu’s Three Fat Virgins Unassembled is not one of them. Twenty-seven years after its debut, it feels just as germane today. That, actually, is depressing – that Yu’s seminal feminist work should be not […]

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Bata steps up its game

The brand synonymous in Singapore with white canvas school shoes – Bata – is turning to new technology to woo customers. Over six months, starting from August, the footwear company will release a new range of shoes every month in its Asia-Pacific stores. Each range will feature a different type of comfort technology, from acupressure […]

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Chaumet banks on celebrities

What do French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte and Chinese actress Angelababy have in common? They both wore jewels from the same maison on their wedding day, more than 200 years apart. Such is the longevity of Chaumet, founded in 1780. The French jewellery house, today owned by the LVMH Group, has a 239-year history that includes […]

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Old is gold on South Korea’s runway

SEOUL • Five years ago, she was working 20 hours a day in a hospital just to make ends meet. Now, at 75, Choi Soon-hwa is an unlikely fashion star and model in South Korea, one of a handful of seniors who have become socialmedia and fashion celebrities in a country where inter-generational conflict is […]

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Cruise 2020 fashion shows: A season of extravagance and ease

At the recent Cruise 2020 fashion shows, there was a duality of fantasy and reality. The Cruise season, for all the spectacle these days, is vital to many big designer names as the fashion shown on the runway is more likely to get produced and sold. The cruise clothes land in stores before the big […]

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Gigs Picks: Anjali Raguraman recommends

DJ MASEO (DE LA SOUL) PRESENTED BY COLLECTIVE MINDS X MATTEBLACC X SOUL VIBES ASIA Music fans might recognise his infamous laugh, which starts off British virtual group Gorillaz’s 2005 track, Feel Good Inc. But DJ Maseo is also one-third of American hip-hop trailblazers De La Soul, who introduced the world to acts like A […]

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Food Picks: Eunice Quek Food Correspondent recommends

When I think of eating sea urchin, I naturally associate it with dining at a Japanese restaurant. But at The Lighthouse Restaurant & Rooftop Bar at The Fullerton Hotel, the new four-course degustation menu ($148 a person) celebrates the Sicilian sea urchin, also known as ricci di mare. This month, says Italian chef Carlo Marengoni, […]

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Arts Picks: Melissa Sim Deputy Life Editor recommends

THE BREATH OF CHANGE Cambodian artist Svay Sareth, 47, holds his first solo exhibition in Singapore, featuring pieces such as a single-channel video and an installation comprising about 180 soft sculpture water lilies. “The water lily, in my personal point of view, means freedom. For Cambodians, the water lily is a symbol of tradition and […]

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Brilliant homage to master of bossa nova

JAZZ GETZ/GILBERTO (EXPANDED EDITION) Stan Getz & Joao Gilberto Verve 5 stars Brazilian musician Joao Gilberto died last Saturday at the age of 88. The singer-guitarist, along with composer Antonio Carlos Jobim and saxophonist Stan Getz, launched the bossa nova craze with their landmark 1964 album Getz/Gilberto. While the original had just eight tracks, I […]

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Taiwanese singer Leo Wang breaking out with hip-hop album

Prolific Taiwanese musician Leo Wang has been active since 2012, first as the lead singer of punk band Gigantic Roar and then as a member of rap act Ye Mao Zu (literally, Night Cats Group). In 2015, he released his debut solo EP, whose title roughly translates to Leo Wang Sings His Own Praises. Please […]