MALAYSIA BOLEH, OR TAK BOLEH?

After announcing his intention to scrap the high-speed rail (HSR) project that would connect Kuala Lumpur to Singapore, Dr Mahathir Mohamad softened his stance, saying the project has merely been postponed (stop playing with my feelings Dr Mahathir). He explained that the HSR’s projected cost of RM110 billion (S$37 billion) was too expensive, revealing that […]

WORLD WAR TRADE

What Happened? The possibility of a trade war between the US and China seems all the more likely following the Trump administration’s announcement of fresh tariffs on US$50 billion (S$67.3 billion) in Chinese goods. According to the US Trade Representative (USTR), the first wave of tariffs will take effect on July 6th, totalling in US$34 […]

WHAT DID WE GET FROM THE SUMMIT?

It sure was an unexpected moment as Kim and Trump shook hands on 12 June, but what made it all the more surreal was that this historical meeting was held right here in Singapore! Spending S$20 million on the summit, Singapore pulled out all the stops for the two leaders, ensuring smooth proceedings by maintaining […]

TO SUMMIT UP

What Happened? The long-awaited summit has finally come and gone, here’s what happened. The summit was held at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa, where Trump and Kim met on 12 June (and where Kim felt the brunt of Trump’s fat joke). The two leaders signed a joint statement, with Kim reaffirming North Korea’s commitment to […]

FAREWELL TO CHEAP AND NICE LODGING IN JAPAN

Nearly 80 per-cent of Airbnb listings were removed after a new law for minpaku (private lodging services) goes into effect in Japan. As part of a national effort to crack down on illegal or semi-illegal private lodgings, the new law requires anyone participating in home-sharing to register their property and include a license number in […]

IT WAS ONLY A KISS

President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte drew flak from many when he kissed migrant worker Bea Kim on the lips (!) at an event with overseas Filipino workers in South Korea. Bea Kim, who is married to a Korean, and was on stage to receive a book when Duterte sought a kiss from her, asking if she […]

WHEN ESPLANADE HAS SOME ESPLANA-TION TO DO

Recently, The Esplanade removed an artwork by Vincent Leow due to public complaints about obscenity. The work features what looks like a naked human figure riding a rooster, and was part of an exhibition featuring Mr Leow’s artworks since April 13. The call was made after an anti-LGBT Facebook group called Singaporeans Defending Marriage and […]