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In June, we said goodbye to one of the biggest bubble tea chains, Gong Cha. Franchisee Mr Rodney Tang announced that all the Gong Cha outlets island wide were going to be converted into home-grown brand Li Ho. The news received mixed reactions from Singaporeans and many scrambled to get a cup of their favourite drink just before the shops get converted. In fact, many braved the long queues at Gong Cha’s last store (was located at Marina Bay Sands) to get their very last cup of bubble tea.

6 months later, Gong Cha is finally back! Whether you are still contemplating on patronising the newly reopened chain, or if you are already in queue eagerly waiting for your turn or sipping on a cup of Gong Cha right now, we’re here to concoct 5 relatable lyrics for their return.

 

1.     I Miss You – Clean Bandit ft. Julia Michaels

I miss you, yeah, I miss you
I miss you, yeah, I miss you, oh, I do
I miss you, yeah, I miss you

Some of us can’t live without music, some of us can’t live without coffee and maybe some of you can’t live without Gong Cha? If Gong Cha was your go-to bubble tea chain, then this song would be most relatable.

 

2. Finally Here – Flo Rida

That day is finally here
That day is finally here
That day is finally here

When the newly built SingPost centre opened in October, rumours started surfacing that Gong Cha was going to make a return to Singapore. Things were confirmed when a shop was spotted with the brand’s posters all over the windows but we still had to wait a couple of months till the drinks were being served. No more waiting now (except for the extremely long queues)!

 

3. Everybody (Backstreet’s Back) – Backstreet Boys

Everybody
Rock your body
Everybody, rock your body right
Backstreet's Gong Cha’s back, alright

It is time to celebrate! Not only because the Holiday season is here, but also because Gong Cha is back. We’re sure we have all sent our pals or received articles about the chain’s return.

 

4. Worth It – Fifth Harmony

Give it to me I'm worth it, baby I'm worth it
Uh huh I'm worth it, gimme gimme I'm worth it
Give it to me I'm worth it, baby I'm worth it
Uh huh I'm worth it, gimme gimme I'm worth it

If you decided to brave the long snaking queues and make it all the way to the order counter, this is for you. Maybe this song went through your mind while waiting to collect your favourite cup of bubble tea? We definitely give you props for braving the crazy queues!

 

5. For The First Time In Forever – Walt Disney Records for Frozen

For the first time in forever
There'll be magic, there'll be fun

6 months could be “forever” to those hardcore Gong Cha patrons, and for the first time they’ll be able to get their favourite cup of bubble tea again. There was a lot of hype around the new opening and in fact queues started to form the day before the store’s opening.  

 

 

Picture Credits: Gong Cha Singapore on Instagram

Does this ring a bell?

On 1st December 2004, Singapore crowned our first ever Singapore Idol, Taufik Batisah. After rounds of competition, he beat Sylvester Sim to take home the prize.

Since then, local broadcaster Mediacorp ran another two seasons of the talent contest before putting an end to the era. 13 years later, we wonder what ever happened to some of these forgotten finalists. 

 

Season 1

Taufik Batisah

Batisah has been active in the music industry throughout the years, putting out both English and Malay albums. In fact, his debut album Blessings still remains in the Singapore Book Of Records as the fastest selling English album.

 

Sylvester Sim 

Sim made a switch after the show and worked on Chinese music and released his first album Take Flight in 2005. He was also supposed to fight Steven Lim in the Asia Fighting Championships this year in September, but later pulled out. The 34-year-old is currently a partner in SGEE Ventures, an events and exhibition and talent management company, and also heads the music team at Unplugged, a live music bar in Dempsey.

 

Olinda Cho

Cho not only stayed in the music line but also branched out to acting and started up her own company, Oli Mgmt. She flew Singapore’s flag up high when she represented our country in China Super Vocal and more recently in Sing! China as part of Jay Chou’s team. 

 

Haneri aka Daphne Khoo

You might remember Haneri as Khoo, but today she prefers to be known as the former. Her journey hasn’t been the easiest after being diagnosed with ovarian cancer; thankfully she beat it in style, gained a new meaning in life and came back stronger than ever. She had a brief stint as a radio DJ with Power 98 in 2015/16. In June this year, she released her debut single Burning Up

 

Maia Lee

Feisty – as one would describe her. In 2015, Lee switched her focus to groom what she calls “Singapore’s youngest all-girl dance-pop group”, The Lovettes. The trio group consists of her daughter Julka and two of her friends. 

 

Season 2

Hady Mirza

Mirza decided to leave the music industry a couple years ago to embark on his new business venture, Tempting Tempe. With his business at hand, he has no plans to return to singing.

 

Jonathan Leong

In 2010, Leong ventured into theatrical circus playing the lead role in Voyage De La Vie, a resident show at Resorts World Sentosa. In fact, he was the only Singaporean cast member in the production. A year later, Leong released his solo Chinese album, which he had his hands on for writing, production and arrangement. The 35-year-old has since deactivated his official website and Facebook page. His Instagram account is currently still active.

 

Joakim Gomez 

Dubbed the Sanjaya Malakar of Singapore, Gomez’s charm won the hearts (and votes) of many fan girls despite receiving criticisms from the judges for his weak vocals. He has since stayed away from singing and have been a radio DJ on 987fm or one-half of “The Shock Circuit”. Soon, we’ll get to watch him act in a new series Trendsetters.

 

Paul Twohill 

Twohill has since shed his “typical metal band member” look for a cleaner style today. Currently, he is a host on Clicknetwork (Singapore’s first ever YouTube channel to hit a million subscribers) on the show Wonderboys

 

Gayle Nerva

Nerva was only 17 when she was on Singapore Idol, besides making music she has also gone into art and acting. She occasionally releases new music on her YouTube channel. (https://www.youtube.com/user/iamgaylenerva/videos) You might remember seeing her in the long-form TV series Tanglin. She even got a shout out from Ellen and Oprah for her stunning sequin portraits. 

 

Season 3

Tabitha Nauser

Nauser’s hunger for creating music never stopped even after her idol days. You might remember her representing Asia in the official theme song of the 2010 Youth Olympics Games. (https://youtu.be/lfXOysuoUoI) Fast forward to 2016, she put out her first ever-single Bulletproof and is currently a full-time recording artist.

 

Sezairi Sezali

A year after winning the 3rd season of the talent contest, Sezali released his debut album Take Two and his first single Broken, which later became one of the highest-ranking Asian songs of the year. In 2014, Sezali was signed to Sony Music Singapore and in July this year, he released his retro tune 70’s

 

Sylvia Ratonel

Ratonel is the embodiment of girl power! She became the only ever female Singapore Idol finalist and later became the first-ever Singaporean celebrity ambassador for Maybelline New York. She has since stayed out of the limelight in recent years.

 

Jonathan Cheok

After idol, Cheok made a career switch and decided to pursue YouTube. He is more famously known as cheokboardstudios. The channel aims to entertain with their comedic skits and boasts over 220 thousand subscribers currently.

 

Duane Ho

If you were at Jessie J’s concert in Singapore last year, you might be familiar with Ho. The British pop star picked Ho out of the crowd and they performed a stunning duet together. He is currently working at A*STAR as a Marketing Assistant/ Graphic Designer.

Their idol days might be long gone, some of them stayed on to pursue music while others made a career switch. Who knows what they’ll get up to in the future, but one thing is for sure, we’ll keep you updated!

 


Picture credits: Eurovoix World, The New Paper, AsiaOne, Haneri on Instagram, Cleo, Her World, Joakim Gomez on Twitter, Paul Twohill on Instagram, Gayle Nerva on YouTube, Juice, summerr-in-the-shower on Blogspot, TODAY, Sylvia Ratonel on Instagram, cheokboardstudios on Instagram, Duane Ho on Instagram and 50goldenyearsoftv on Wordpress.

KatyCats REJOICE!

Katy Perry will bring her Witness Tour to Singapore for a one-night only performance on April 8, 2018 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium!

The Tour is in support of her fifth studio album, Witness, and is one of the most anticipated tours this year. From an ’80s palette of flat Art Deco women and pastel geometric shapes, to the Alice In Wonderland-inspired costumes and props, expect a fun and colourful night when she returns to Singapore next year. The American pop star last brought her Prismatic World Tour to Singapore in 2015 and performed at Singapore Indoor Stadium.

Would she be wearing the dress adorned with 30,000 Swarovski crystals on stage? Your guess is as good as ours. 

Concert Details:

Date               : 8 April 2018, Sunday
Venue            : Singapore Indoor Stadium
Ticket Prices : $128, $188, $228, $288, $348

Ticket sales for the public start from 11 December. Early birds tickets for American Express Centurion members start on 5 December at 10am and all other American Express cardmembers can purchase from 6 December to 10 December. Call 3158 8588 to book or log onto www.sportshubtix.sg.

Tickets also available at the Singapore Indoor Stadium Box Office and all SingPost outlets islandwide.

Photo credit: AEG Presents

Pop concerts, classic musicals and Asia’s largest dance music festival to end off 2017 on a high note.

The holiday season is once again upon us, kick back and take a break from the hectic schedules you have been through in the past 11 months. Whether you are into pop concerts, musicals or parties, there is something here for you.

Here are 12 gigs you can catch in December!

 

Disney In Concert: Frozen (2 Dec)

Do you want to build a snowman? If you can’t get enough of Frozen and its super-catchy music, then this is for you. Experience the movie like never before, this time with the accompaniment of a full symphony orchestra.

More info here.

 

VIXX Shangri-La in Singapore 2017 (2 Dec)

Formed through the talent show “MyDOL”, VIXX (aka Voice, Visual, Value in Excelsis) is a 6-member boy group from South Korea. They will make their highly anticipated return to Singapore and perform for one night only at Zepp @ Big Box.

More info here

 

The Sound Of Music (Till 3 Dec)

Do- A deer, a female deer… We’re sure you know what comes after that! From now till 3rd December, catch the live-action musical at the MasterCard Theatres at Marina Bay Sands.

More info here

 

The Addams Family (Till 3 Dec)

Our favourite strange and spooky family is here to visit! From now till 3rd December, they’ll be at Mediacorp’s MES Theatre waiting for you.

More info here

 

Eason Says C’mon In (3 Dec)

Here’s your invite, c’mon in! After a short hiatus, Hong Kong singer Eason Chan is back with new album and a tour. Mandopop lovers, this is for you.

More info here

 

ZoukOut 2017 (8 & 9 Dec)

Known as Asia’s largest dance music festival, the annual ZoukOut Siloso Beach party is back. Get ready to catch DJ Snake, Marshmello, Flume and many more in action at this year’s event.

More info here

 

Shawn Mendes (9 Dec)

Canadian pop singer Shawn Mendes will make his Singapore debut at The Star Theatre come 9th December. Sing along to his smash hits Stitches, Mercy and There’s Nothing Holdin' Me Back as well as underrated tracks like Lights On and Don’t Be A Fool.

More info here

 

Culture Club (11 Dec)

Throwback to the 1980s, Culture Club is here and YES it is the original line-up! Relive the past and jam out to classic hits like Do You Really Want to Hurt Me and I'll Tumble 4 Ya.

More info here

 

SSO Christmas Concert (15 Dec)

Get ready for a night of classical music coupled with some of your favourite Christmas tunes. Some include Colours of Christmas, A Christmas Carol Fantasy and Hallelujah. Let the festivities begin!

More info here

 

Bee Gees Gold (15 & 16 Dec)

If you love the Bee Gees, then this is for you! Straight from Las Vegas, the ultimate Bee Gees tribute band will perform in Singapore for two nights only. Dance along to disco anthems like Stayin' Alive and You Should Be Dancing!

More info here

 

Mayday 2017 Live Tour (15 to 17 Dec)

Mayday set a new record when they sold out three shows at the Singapore Indoor Stadium upon release. Be prepared for a super-exciting-adrenaline-pumping show that you definitely don’t want to miss.

More info here

Rock 'N' Roll Music Festival Singapore 2017 (23 Dec)

Rock ‘N’ Roll goes local with homegrown bands like Jerry & the Neufaces, The Dukes, The Silver Strings and The Easybeats! Will this be a blast to the past for you?

More info here


Picture Credits: Freepik, Skadyfernix for Freepik, Apactix, ZoukOut

Known for a plethora of creative proclivities, 19-year-old electronic singer-producer Of Methodist makes his directorial debut for his latest single off an upcoming record, Dead To Me.

The video transports viewers into a Sofia Coppola-esque setting comprising of a hypnotic coven of witches. It captures a propelling narrative that serves as a short glimpse of the R&B artist’s writing process – “I wanted this video to touch on the macabre and eeriness underlying my lyrics and productions.”

What one could easily assume as a metaphor for facing inner demons, the video also serves as a perfect encapsulation of what young local talents can offer – one of which is unapologetically channelling frustrations into mesmerizing art forms.

Watch the music video here:

 

Photo Credit: Benita Leong