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Local singers take the stage

Singer-songwriters Inch Chua and Art Fazil might be better known for their music, but the pair are taking on the theatre scene with their newest works. The Straits Times speaks to Chua, whose music-driven theatre production, ‘Til The End Of The World, We’ll Meet In No Man’s Land, opens on Wednesday; and Art, whose play, […]

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Maestro Choo Hoey charms at SSO’s 40th-anniversary bash

The Singapore Symphony Orchestra’s 40th-anniversary celebrations continued with a concert led by the orchestra’s founding music director and conductor emeritus Choo Hoey. Forty years ago, the Sumatra-born, Singapore-raised and London-trained conductor helmed the orchestra’s inaugural concerts in an air of anticipation but uncertainty with regard to its long-term viability. The SSO’s existence is no longer […]

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Privacy issues to the fore after Andy Hui scandal

HONG KONG • Did the taxi driver who sold a 16-minute video of actor Andy Hui’s hanky-panky with actress Jacqueline Wong to newspaper Apple Daily break the law? Is it acceptable when advertisers tap the Hong Kong scandal to promote their brands or messages? These issues have been pushed to the front now that the […]

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On social media: Aaron Kwok is a father again

The photo – showing four intertwined hands – says it all. On Thursday, Hong Kong actor-singer Aaron Kwok posted the picture, writing: “Today, I am very happy as it’s a very special day. I would like to share the good news. “Chantelle (his daughter) now has a sister, our second treasure is healthy, and mummy worked hard. […]

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Furnish with fashion: Fashion houses are taking homeware up a stylish notch at Milan’s Salone del Mobile

Once a year, players from the design industry congregate in Milan for Salone del Mobile – the most prestigious design and furniture fair in the world. In more recent times, fashion has been hungry to get in on the interior action – and, indeed, stalwart brands such as Armani, Versace and Fendi have long had […]

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Root Awakening: Mango tree may be suffering from a bacterial disease

Mango tree may be suffering from a bacterial disease I notice a black sticky substance (above) at the tips of the branches of my young mango tree, where new young leaves are growing, and at the dividing parts of the main stems. I have tried to cut off the end of the young branches, but […]

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The Chic Home: Bold, blue and beautiful

National rower and model Oz Titus Hong’s apartment is located a stone’s throw away from the Singapore Sports Hub where he trains. The SEA Games bronze medallist had trained as an interior designer and used to specialise in hospitality design. Please subscribe or log in to continue reading the full article. Learn more about ST […]

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Woman claims Choi Jong-hoon and 4 others raped her

SEOUL • When the woman woke up, she found out that she was naked and singer Choi Jong-hoon was beside her. The woman, who was identified only as A, told a South Korean cable show that after chatroom messages linked to several K-pop artists surfaced recently, she suspected that she could be the person mentioned in […]

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Warm tale of a sports underdog

FIGHTING WITH MY FAMILY (PG13) 109 minutes/Opens today/4 stars 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 on multiple devices In-depth analyses and opinion pieces ePaper and award-winning multimedia content

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Top 10 Movies

SINGAPORE 1. (1) Shazam! 2. (-) Hellboy 3. (2) Dumbo 4. (4) Captain Marvel 5. (5) P Storm 6. (3) Pet Sematary 7. (6) Friend Zone 8. (-) The Curse Of The Weeping Woman 9. (7) Us 10. (8) Five Feet Apart • Information from Cinematograph Film Exhibitors Association UNITED STATES 1. (1) Shazam! 2. […]

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Bold cultural critiques

Warrior and Delhi Crime have little in common on paper. The first is a martial arts drama set in the 19th century and the latter, a procedural crime series about a gang rape in India. But both show they can stand out from the glut of similar series by colouring outside genre lines and being […]

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Same old tale of vengeful ghost with Latino flavour

THE CURSE OF THE WEEPING WOMAN (NC16) 93 minutes/Now showing/2.5 stars 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 on multiple devices In-depth analyses and opinion pieces ePaper and award-winning multimedia content

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Mila Jovovich is ‘Biohazard’ in Japan

Known for science-fiction films such as The Fifth Element (1997) and the Resident Evil franchise (2002 to 2016), actress Milla Jovovich, 43, is in cinemas now playing the sorceress Nimue (above) in the comic-book fantasy Hellboy. Here are five things you may not know about the star. The daughter of a Serbian doctor and a […]

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Rapper’s lush, soulful spread

Grammy-winning singer, rapper and songwriter Anderson .Paak continues his northern trek up the Californian coast with Ventura, his fourth album. Like its predecessors, named after places in the sun-kissed United States state, the album is a delectable spread of neo-soul tunes that takes as much from 1970s Philadelphia and Motown as it does from the […]

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Rocky romance: ST retraces Andy Hui and Sammi Cheng’s tumultuous relationship

Cantopop’s golden couple Sammi Cheng, 46, and Andy Hui, 51, have had a roller-coaster relationship, full of twists and turns and highs and lows. When they finally got together and tied the knot around 2014, it seemed like the perfect ending to a longrunning saga. Hong Kong actorcomedian Dayo Wong called their story “the fairy […]

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Shaw unveils shining Jewel: Cineplex is ‘the culmination of everything I have learnt’

Mr Mark Shaw says the cineplex at Jewel Changi Airport that bears his family name is “the culmination of everything I have learnt”. He has learnt that details such as the size of the lobby and leg room and investing in Imax large-screen technology matter. Please subscribe or log in to continue reading the full […]

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Relationship and career jeopardised

HONG KONG • Hong Kong actress Jacqueline Wong has apologised after she was caught in a cheating scandal with singer-songwriter Andy Hui. The 30-year-old TVB actress and former Miss Hong Kong first runner-up wrote on Instagram yesterday that what she had done was wrong and unforgivable and she sincerely apologised to everyone who has been […]

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Wrestling with life in and outside the ring

On a sleepless night in London while filming Fast & Furious 6 in 2012, actor Dwayne Johnson came across a documentary about an English family of working-class professional wrestlers. Their story struck a chord with the star, a former pro wrestler whose father was one as well. Please subscribe or log in to continue reading […]

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It’s time to ditch your mobile contract: New telcos pulling out all stops with no-contract plans

The arrival of five new telcos over the last two years has upped the ante in the battle for the wallets of Singapore consumers. “Unlimited” data plans, free caller ID, monthly rebates, affordable XL-sized data bundle and unlimited talk time are now common offerings in a very competitive mobile marketplace. Please subscribe or log in […]

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Excellent and affordable mirrorless camera

The X-T30 is the mid-range model of Fujifilm’s acclaimed X-T series, famed for its excellent image quality and retro DSLR-style design with classic-looking control dials.  This camera is essentially a smaller version of the X-T3 (159g lighter and 37 per cent smaller in volume), the series’ flagship model. Both models have the same 26.1-megapixel X-Trans […]

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New products, Apr 17, 2019: Xiaomi Mi 9, Beats Powerbeats Pro and more

Xiaomi Mi 9SMARTPHONE $579 (64GB), $699 (128GB) It may have a price tag that is significantly less than other flagship smartphones, but Xiaomi’s latest flagship Mi 9 still packs in the top features. It comes with a rear triple-camera system, which consists of a 48-megapixel wide-angle camera, a 16-megapixel ultra wide-angle camera and a 12-megapixel […]

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Heightened bleakness in the dark

Voices will cut through the darkness of the Esplanade Concert Hall on Friday, when the stage lights are turned off for the performance by choral group Schola Cantorum Singapore and six soloists from Sydney’s The Choir of St James’.  The 70-minute rendition of Estonian composer Arvo Part’s Passio – his 1982 musical setting of the […]

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Remembering the forgotten ‘houseboys’ of colonial times

An exhibition at the Deck arts space in Prinsep Street sheds light on a lesser-known aspect of Singapore’s history – the servitude of “houseboys” in the colonial era.  The artworks by Singaporean artist Tristan Cai are mostly digitally manipulated archival images of British people and their servants from the 1850s to 1930s. Please subscribe or […]

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Bank job bored veteran actress Hong Huifang

When a then 19-year-old Hong Huifang began working at a bank, she was so bored with her job that she felt sleepy whenever she stepped into the office and had to seek refuge in the toilet to take 40 winks. “I am not suited for a nine-to-five job,” the local actress, now 59, said of […]

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Ready to wrangle over Native Son

The director and cast of the racially charged movie Native Son, available now on HBO Go, are prepared for it to spark some controversy. The dramatic thriller maps the tragic events set in motion when a young black man, Bigger Thomas (Ashton Sanders), starts work as a chauffeur for a rich white Chicago family and […]

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Ready, set, Pokemon Go: Trainers gather for Pokemon safari

Vietnamese national Khanh Pham started making travel plans once he heard the Pokemon Go Safari Zone event is going to be held in Singapore. In fact, the 50-year-old doctor was so eager to take part that he booked his air tickets without knowing if he had won in the ballot for the event’s ticket – […]

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First look: Quality wefies from Galaxy A80

How many times have you complained about the quality of the selfie camera on your smartphone and wished that it could be as good as the rear camera? My friends and I have had this issue several times, especially when attempting to take selfies in low-light situations. The new Samsung Galaxy A80 solves this problem […]

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Pity smart audio doorbell has no camera

Ding-dong, the doorbell is dead. If smart home firms like Nest and Ring have their way, old-school doorbells are heading for the exit, replaced by smart versions that let you see and talk to the person at the door. Such doorbells, when equipped with motion-detection technology, can even alert you when someone is outside your […]

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Culture Vulture: Conserve artists’ homes to inspire next generation of creative minds

I was 17 when I visited Shakespeare’s birthplace – his childhood home – in Stratford-upon-Avon. It was the year after I had spent an inordinate amount of time studying the Bard’s Scottish tragedy Macbeth as an O-level literature text, so I was well acquainted with his work, but knew little about his person. Please subscribe […]

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Join Mad Hatter’s tea party for a visual feast

If you have ever longed to be a part of the Mad Hatter’s tea party, you now have a standing invitation at the ArtScience Museum. But there will be no tea or cakes to nibble on. Instead, guests are seated around a large table set with teacups, teapots and plates and treated to a visual […]