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Seungri indicted, without detention

SEOUL • Seungri was arguably the most high-profile artist ensnared in a K-pop scandal that erupted last year, but was not hauled to court even as two other singers were charged and received jail sentences. On Thursday, however, the Seoul Central District Prosecutors Office indicted, without detention, the former BigBang singer for allegedly gambling overseas […]

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Will users switch to new telco TPG?

Singapore’s fourth telco – TPG Telecom – is planning for a 4G commercial launch some time this year. Although a newcomer compared with established players M1, Singtel and StarHub, TPG has already signed up more than 300,000 trial users for its free mobile plan. Please subscribe or log in to continue reading the full article. […]

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Ergonomic Logitech gaming mouse great for right-handers

The Logitech G604 Lightspeed is a wireless gaming mouse designed for players of the massivelymultiplayer online role-playing and multiplayer online battle arena games. Such games require a lot of hotkeys to execute different commands and macros. Hence, players prefer gaming mice with plenty of buttons that they can program to fulfil certain commands quickly. For […]

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Apple Watch alerted him to heart problem

Mr Farhat Haniff, a 30-year-old Malaysian restaurateur and freelance architect based in Kuala Lumpur, bought an Apple Watch Series 4 because its design caught his eye. But the smartwatch might have saved his life. On a flight back home from Langkawi in August last year, Mr Farhat’s watch alerted him to an elevated heart rate. […]

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Compact mirrorless camera packs a punch

Japanese imaging giant Nikon launched the full-frame Z6 and Z7 mirrorless cameras in late 2018, but their hefty price tags – from $3,300 to more than $5,000 – meant not many could afford them. There is now a more affordable Z series: the Z50. Its price starts at $1,499 with a Nikon Z DX 16-50mm […]

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Sturdy, competitively priced laptop

The orange accents and LED strips of the Terra 15 gaming laptop – an extroverted look that departs from Aftershock’s usual minimalist designs – are unlikely to cause a stir among gamers used to flashier designs. But gamers will appreciate that the local PC builder continues to price its products competitively. My review set – […]

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6 ways to get the most out of YouTube

Exactly 15 years ago, on Valentine’s Day, the YouTube domain was registered by its three founders – Steve Chen, Chad Hurley and Jawed Karim – who were then working at PayPal. The first YouTube video, an 18-second clip called “Me at the Zoo”, was uploaded by Mr Karim at the San Diego Zoo on April […]

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Security camera worth its price

Arlo’s wire-free security cameras are arguably the best in their category. Simply place these battery-powered, weather-proof and motion-activated wireless cameras anywhere inside or outside your residence and within range of a Wi-Fi network, and you can monitor your home from anywhere in the world with a smartphone. The latest Arlo Pro 3 security camera system […]

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New products, Jan 29, 2020: Wacom One, Razer Basilisk v2 and more

Wacom One DISPLAY TABLET $549 The Wacom One is an entry-level pen display tablet with a matte 13.3-inch, full high-definition LCD touchscreen display that is said to feel like natural paper. With the included Wacom One Pen stylus, it allows artists to convert their doodles into a digital format right away. This stylus does not […]

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Shining a light on old times

Off camera, Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe barely spoke to each other while making The Lighthouse – a strange and darkly funny tale of two lighthouse keepers stranded in a storm and slowly driving each other mad. This is because the actors were too exhausted to socialise at the end of each day’s filming on […]

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Scientists give ‘voice’ to an ancient Egyptian priest

LONDON • In life, Nesyamun was an Egyptian priest who sang and chanted words of worship at the Karnak temple in Thebes. In death, he was ritually mummified and sealed in a coffin with the inscription, “Nesyamun, true of voice”. Now, some 3,000 years into the afterlife, with the aid of a 3D-printed vocal tract, […]

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Taking on cancer at 30 and celebrating every victory

A few months before her wedding in November 2015, Ms Tracy Hoo felt a hard lump in her breast. Caught up in the flurry of wedding planning and renovation for a new home, she did not do anything about it. That was until about a year later when her aunt, then 54, was diagnosed with […]

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Size matters for these pancakes and buns

There are a handful of stalls outside and around People’s Park Complex in Chinatown that I term collectively as The Stalls Of Supersized Food. A hole-in-the-wall stall around the corner sells meat bao that are almost the size of a newborn baby’s head. And then there is Bao Tian Xia, a standalone kiosk outside the […]

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Rad designs this CNY

The rat has shed its grimy image and put its best whiskers forward this Chinese New Year, as many hongbao designs feature cute and creative versions of the animal. A trio of white rats can be spotted peeking out of an elaborate floral display on local furniture brand Scene Shang’s hongbao, while the flap on […]

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Ditch rat race talk in Year of the Rat

I must admit, I dread the Chinese New Year holidays. Growing up, I have somehow developed a negative association of the festive holidays with humble bragging (or humbragging). Please subscribe or log in to continue reading the full article. Learn more about ST PREMIUM. Enjoy unlimited access to ST’s best work Exclusive stories and features […]

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Forget about New Year resolutions, go for petite personal mantras

Nineteen days have passed into this new year. Already for many of us, our resolutions, although extremely noble, have sadly gone to pot. That new gym membership is now an expense we are trying to cancel, that dry January with nary a drop of whiskey or wine touching our lips lasted for less than a […]

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Kuching charms with its traditional architecture, food, hipster cafes

“Singapore is small but it feels big, unlike Kuching which is big but feels so small,” says my new friend, Jee, a local photographer. He isn’t joking. Whenever I am with a local, every 10 minutes or so, they will bump into someone they know. Please subscribe or log in to continue reading the full […]

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Fresh look at Thailand: Where the Thais escape Bangkok to eat, play and chill

Beyond Bangkok lies idealised European villas on cool hills, organic lemon groves and fluffy sheepdogs. There is also a hip ceramics factory, an improbable railway market and an alpaca farm, all full of Thai whimsy. Please subscribe or log in to continue reading the full article. Learn more about ST PREMIUM. Enjoy unlimited access to […]

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Don’t cancel – blue skies will return Down Under

The afternoon smoke is stifling and 16 of us shelter inside, with all windows and doors firmly shut. The visibility plummets to 10m and the blanketing smoke turns the air an ominous blood-red. I wonder if this is what hell looks like, when suddenly things get worse. It takes 10 minutes for smoke to completely […]

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Bak kwa goes beyond pork

As prices of bak kwa (barbecued sliced pork) continue to soar – tipping $62 a kg at bak kwa specialist Lim Chee Guan – and the queues to bag some grow more epic each day, perhaps it is time to take a look at alternatives. And they are plenty to choose from this year, from […]

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Make your own hot pot sauces

Steamboat is a popular reunion dinner option, especially for those who do not have time to whip up a feast. Dipping sauces are an integral part of the hot pot experience and we have all been spoilt by the array offered at steamboat restaurants. Please subscribe or log in to continue reading the full article. […]

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Shell out for peanuts

Peanuts have become the new durians at Chinatown’s Festive Street Bazaar this year. There are stalls selling fancy peanuts with names such as Black Pearl, Butter and Black Sugar. Please subscribe or log in to continue reading the full article. Learn more about ST PREMIUM. Enjoy unlimited access to ST’s best work Exclusive stories and […]

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More than just steak

The last restaurant unveiled by the newly renovated Raffles Hotel does not feel totally new. Butcher’s Block, which opened last month, replaces the Long Bar Steakhouse on the second floor of the hotel’s shopping arcade – next to the Long Bar, famous for its Singapore Sling cocktail and a floor strewn with peanut shells. Please […]

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Music Picks: One dance presents Madeon

ONE DANCE PRESENTS MADEON Even before French DJ-producer Madeon released his debut album in 2015, the wunderkind had been invited to play four major American music festivals in 2012, including Ultra Music Festival and Coachella. Off the back of his second album Good Faith – which was released in November last year and debuted on […]

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Food Picks: Small’s big flavours

SMALL’S BIG FLAVOURS After a rocking 12-course meal at chef Bjorn Shen’s new four-seat micro restaurant, we kick around some ways to describe what we just had. Doughmakase is my contribution. My colleague Eunice Quek has a better one – doughgustation. Small’s, which occupies a pocket-sized space at Shen’s restaurant, Artichoke, celebrates dough. He ferments […]

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Arts Picks: Tan Siah Kwee’s Calligraphy Exhibition

TAN SIAH KWEE’S CALLIGRAPHY EXHIBITION The Chinese Calligraphy Society of Singapore and Singapore Cultural Studies Society are jointly presenting a solo Chinese calligraphy exhibition featuring 100 works by Professor Tan Siah Kwee, a Cultural Medallion recipient. Prof Tan, 71, is also the president of the Chinese Calligraphy Society of Singapore, as well as the founder […]

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Film Picks: Little Women (PG)

LITTLE WOMEN (PG) 135 minutes/ 4 stars There have been several movie adaptations of the classic Louisa May Alcott novel. The latest brings a jolt of energy to a story set in 19th-century Massachusetts, making it spring to life in a way that sets the standard for period drama. The story opens with the March […]

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Mango dessert specialist Hui Lau Shan back in Singapore

Famed Hong Kong dessert chain Hui Lau Shan – best known for its mango desserts – is back in Singapore, after closing its Orchard Road store 15 years ago. Its first outlet opened on Wednesday at Nex, followed by two more to open soon at Chinatown Point and Jem mall. Highlights on the menu include […]

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Vintage Star Wars toys on display

In his early days as a collector of Star Wars toys, Mr Derek Ho was shocked when a friend spent $150 on a Revenge Of The Jedi proof card – a piece of draft packaging with the original title of the 1983 film later known as Return Of The Jedi. “I said, ‘Are you crazy? […]