Big Changes Start with Small Choices   I get snail-mailed bank statements every month. I open the letters, take a 5 second look at what I already know, then throw them away. It's a pointless cycle I perpetuate. And it's all because I've been too lazy to go to my bank websites and tick the box that says "have all paper statements delivered to you digitally." I'm sure I've seen the banks prompt me with pop-ups whenever I log into my online account. But my anti-spam reflexs are strong and I click close before I even bother to read a word...
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About Pink Ribbon Walk 2014   In light of the upcoming Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, the Breast Cancer Foundation (BCF) is organizing the annual Pink Ribbon Walk to raise awareness for breast cancer. The Breast Cancer Foundation, established in 1997, is a non-profit charity organisation that aims to eradicate breast cancer as a life-threatening disease. Like most other cancers, breast cancer is curable if detected at an early stage. BCF hopes to spread this knowledge by raising awareness and encouraging women to screen themselves regularly, greatly increasing their chances of surviving the disease. The Pink Ribbon Walk is a...
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About HOTPANTS   Source: Olivier Henry from Milk Photographie  Celebrating his 40th anniversary in the music industry, Singapore's most established musician, Dick Lee, has decided to restage his 1997 musical, HOTPANTS. Reminiscent of his breakthrough in the 70s, this musical comedy is set in the same era and features 10 dynamic characters who try to overcome the challenges of an evolving world.  The plot focuses on the development of 3 mother-daughter pairs as they go through a journey of self-discovery when 3 schoolmates join an Inter-school Talentime competition. The talented cast includes the likes of Radio DJ Denise Tan, Tv host...
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About Jeremy Wade   Survived a plane crash, detained as a suspected spy, caught Malaria, been threatened at gunpoint, and narrowly escaped drowning from a sinking boat - such is the life of Jeremy Wade. Maybe it’s because we all live such sedentary lives - sitting at desks, staring at screens and allowing our lives to fall into a mundane cycle. So we can’t help being fascinated with the lives of adventurers and mavericks like Jeremy Wade, people who travel the globe to find ugly and often legendary creatures that lurk in murky waters. Wade, a renowned angling guru, shares stories...
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Guy Sebastian at Resorts World Sentosa   Bursting onto the music scene after being crowned the first Australian Idol in 2003, the 32-year-old Guy Sebastian shows no sign of slowing down. The singer-songwriter has being extremely active in the industry for the last decade. Having traded his awkward afro and popped collar for burly tattooed arms, Guy Sebastian has proved to be much more than a glorified singing competition winner, but a seasoned performer as well. Performing before a crowd of 200 for MTV Sessions at Resort World Sentosa’s Waterfront Studio, Guy immediately got his audience into the groove with the opening songs “Gold”, “Who’s...
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Pink Dot and the Freedom to Love   Hong Lim Park might not be big enough to house the Pink Dot movement in future - this year’s 26,000 strong crowd swarmed the park. Everywhere you turned, people were gathered in herds of pink.  From pink balloons, to pink wigs, pink gerbera daisies, pink torchlights, and pink cotton candy, you've probably never witnessed a bigger group of people who believed in the power of pink. I must say, even the walk from Clarke Quay MRT to Hong Lim Park stirred my emotions a little bit. I saw gay men holding hands with huge...
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Singa and the Kindness Movement   I've always thought it was a little contrived to pick a lion to be the mascot for a kindness movement, but I digress. How many times have you smiled at someone you didn’t know this week? How often do you thank the stranger who holds the lift or the door for you? Did you thank the person who cleared your plates, and who cleans the public toilet after you?   Becoming a friendlier and a more loving society is more than having Singa appear in schools once a year, or handing out yellow gerbera daisies...
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About No Man's Land   No Man’s Land showcases young Thai artists’ take on the human body and more specifically, the theme of femininity and what it means to be a woman in this day and age.  In art, women have long been defined as objects, and have been subjected to the male gaze since most painters and owners of works of art were men. You can thus imagine my excitement when I first found out the title of this exhibition - No Man’s Land, and then the level of anticipation I held when I found out that these were young,...
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“When we come together, it’s powerful.”   Compared to previous years, the sense you get when you watch the Pink Dot 2014 campaign video is more celebratory than sombre. We do have much to be proud of - the LGBT community in Singapore has come a long way.  The optimism in the video isn’t long-lived. Any LGBT campaign video will show you how dangerous stigmatization and intolerance can be. We’ve outdone ourselves by leaps and bounds, but less can be said about the micro-aggressions that members of the LGBT community still continue to face everyday.  Whether it is sniggering at the...
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Continuing the Saga, Orchestra Style    The Lord of the Rings (LOTR): The Two Towers orchestra premiered in Asia with its return to Singapore after a year, picking up where The Fellowship of the Ring left off. The highlight of this orchestral event was the live performance of the iconic soundtrack composed by Academy and Grammy Award-Winning Composer, Howard Shore. The soundtrack was brought to life by the Metropolitan Festival Orchestra (MFO), the Vocal Associates Festival Chorus and Children's Choir, boy soprano Samuel Yuen, and vocalist Rosalind Waters. Back in Singapore to head the performance was American conductor Justin Freer, who conducted the orchestral...
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