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Deepa D/O Sundararaju

Animal and music lover, bookworm and movie enthusiast. #blackismyhappycolour
Meet Jian Yang, the man with over 12,000 toys and a book about tissue couture for dolls
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Meet Jian Yang, the man with over 12,000 toys and a book about tissue couture for dolls

With over 12,000 toys in his collection, Jian Yang is one of Singapore’s largest toy collectors. The 39-year-old PR consultant had painstakingly built his collection since 1984, and now has the largest Barbie collection in Asia and an international following of over 20,000 and growing!  We recently visited Jian’s toy haven – his home – to talk about his journey as a toy collector. He shared with us on both the unique experiences he never would have had otherwise, as well as the dissent faced by the community, who even falsely label him as a gay, rich doll collector. Jian…
Traditional meets contemporary at Guo Pei’s exhibition in Singapore
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Traditional meets contemporary at Guo Pei’s exhibition in Singapore

In collaboration with world-famous couturière Guo Pei, Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM) presents ‘Guo Pei: Chinese Art and Couture’. Held till 15 September 2019, the exhibition spans across two galleries and feature 29 of Guo Pei’s dresses, as well as 20 Chinese art pieces from the museum.  Guo Pei’s creations were erratic yet full of grandeur, it felt like I was walking through Lady Gaga’s wardrobe – had she been a fan of Chinese-inspired fashion. I personally like how each of her gowns come complete with accompanying accessories, headgear, and shoes. Yellow Queen Even before entering the galleries, visitors are met…
The Vamps ‘Four Corners’ Tour in Singapore: A night of surprises and celebrations with the Vamily
Concerts

The Vamps ‘Four Corners’ Tour in Singapore: A night of surprises and celebrations with the Vamily

Back after three years, British pop-rock band The Vamps set base at The Coliseum, Hard Rock Hotel Singapore once again. Held on 15 August 2019 as part of their Four Corners Tour 2019, The Vamps enthralled fans with their high-energy performance and electrifying setlist filled with songs both new and old.  The night also saw the quartet – consisting of vocalist Bradley Simpson, James McVey on guitars, Connor Ball on bass and drummer Tristan Evans – join the vamily for a night of celebrations, such as Tristan’s birthday and even a wedding proposal! At slightly after 8pm, The Vamps took…
Quick Beats: Events for September 2019
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Quick Beats: Events for September 2019

September sees the return of many events and music acts. Techies will be excited to know that COMEX 2019 makes a comeback this month, while music enthusiasts can keep an eye out for returning K-pop artists such as Epik High, EXO, and the iconic Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix star-studded concert lineup. This month, we are also looking forward to a slew of cultural events leading up to the Mid-Autumn Festival and other fun ones like the Universal Studios Singapore’s Halloween Horror Nights and Pangdemonium’s Urinetown musical. Let’s get right into it. 29 August to 8 September – Walking With…
IT’S THE SHIP 2019 releases full artiste lineup: Darren Styles, Hyo of Girls Generation, and more
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IT’S THE SHIP 2019 releases full artiste lineup: Darren Styles, Hyo of Girls Generation, and more

For the sixth year running, IT’S THE SHIP takes the open waters by storm once again! Held from 13 November to 15 November 2019, IT’S THE SHIP 2019 boasts a high-octane, uninterrupted 3D2N experience onboard the award-winning Genting Dream, along with an electrifying roster of widely-acclaimed headliners and talented music artistes. Nervo IT’S THE SHIP’s larger-than-life headlining acts will see electronic dance music duo Nervo return to rule the dance decks, alongside modern UK dance music legend Darren Styles – best-known for blazing the path for hardstyle crossover to the mainstream. Joining the star-studded lineup are EDM artistes Brooklyn, Indigo Starlight,…
Behind the scenes of Disney’s Aladdin musical: 500,000 Swarovski crystals, 120 gold pieces on the ‘Cave of Wonders’, and the Merlion has a cameo
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Behind the scenes of Disney’s Aladdin musical: 500,000 Swarovski crystals, 120 gold pieces on the ‘Cave of Wonders’, and the Merlion has a cameo

Since the curtains have lifted at the Sands Theatre at Marina Bay Sands Singapore, the Broadway musical production of Aladdin was met with rave reviews. With less than 5 days left to the end of the extravagant yet mesmerizing production, Aladdin continues to transport audiences into an exotic world of daring adventure, classic comedy and a timeless romance.  Many of you Disney fanatics would have seen the spectacular show by now, but did you know how much efforts was required behind the scenes to deliver the grandeur that we see on stage?  Let us take you wonder by wonder as…
Singapore Night Festival 2019: 5 Light Installations to Check Out This Year
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Singapore Night Festival 2019: 5 Light Installations to Check Out This Year

Singapore Night Festival returns for its 12th edition from 23 August to 31 August 2019, featuring a plethora of experiences and artworks that are set to transform the Bras Basah.Bugis district into an arts and cultural oasis.  View this post on Instagram The Singapore Night Festival returns for its 12th year, transporting you to an ethereal wonderland as always — and this time, tackling issues such as climate change along the way. Check out what's new in bio. A post shared by DANAMIC (@danamicorg) on Aug 25, 2019 at 9:05pm PDT This year, the Singapore Night Festival will host two…
Disney’s Aladdin musical sprinkles some Disney magic in its Genie-ous production
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Disney’s Aladdin musical sprinkles some Disney magic in its Genie-ous production

Hot on the heels of the Aladdin film that hit the big screens on 23 May 2019, the Broadway Musical of Aladdin has also arrived the Marina Bay Sands’ stage on 21 July 2019. Complemented with set pieces that transform smoothly between sets and dazzling stage effects, Aladdin is a bold and extravagant musical that sweeps audiences into an exotic world of daring adventure, classic comedy, and timeless romance in this production that was nothing short of genie-ous. Set in the city of Agrabah, the Aladdin tale follows the eponymous Aladdin, a common thief and ‘street rat’. Upon discovering a…
From simple shadow art to gravity-defying acts, KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities has it all!
Arts

From simple shadow art to gravity-defying acts, KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities has it all!

Cirque du Soleil dons an all-new white and grey top for its highly-anticipated return to Singapore! Setting its Big Top beside Marina Bay Sands once again, the troupe presents the highly-acclaimed KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities from 5 July (Friday) to 18 August 2019 (Sunday).  Set in an alternate yet familiar past – in a place where wonders abound for those who trust their imagination – a Seeker pursues works to take a glimpse of the marvels that lie just below the surface. In his larger-than-life curio cabinet, the Seeker discovers a hidden, invisible world; a place where the craziest…
‘Bicentennial’ is 2019’s ‘it’ word, and it’s annoying
Culture

‘Bicentennial’ is 2019’s ‘it’ word, and it’s annoying

Four years ago, we had ‘SG50’ plastered all over every possible physical and digital space around us. This year, we have the b-word; yes, you guessed it, the word is ‘bicentennial’. 2019 saw many new and recurring Singaporean events jumping on board the ‘Bicentennial edition’ bandwagon. Is it just me, or is the b-word starting to become so overused? If I had a dollar every time “Bicentennial Edition” is said, I’ll probably have enough to buy a S$20 bicentennial note from Carousell’s black market. I’m not exaggerating here. With the exception of Bicentennial-special events such as the Raffles in Southeast…
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