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How to be a Busker in Singapore? (Quick Guide)


Do you want to sing, dance, juggle, draw, paint, or mime? Just do it, rock the street! Oh wait, you first need a license from the National Arts Council. If you find it tedious already, then too bad, no busking for you.

If not, are you ready?
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Bess Chan at iPreciation - Undertone Exhibition
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SG Arts: Undertone Exhibition @ iPreciation Gallery


Yesterday saw the conclusion of Undertone, an exhibition at the iPreciation gallery of 3 emerging artists from Singapore: Yeo Tze Yang, Bess Chan, and Goh Jian Hong. As an aspiring creator myself – albeit of a different medium – I wanted to witness the efforts of these artists, two of whom are younger than me. Their works share a liminal quality, perhaps reflective of Singapore’s uncertain position. I feature below one work apiece of the trio:

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Bolt Phelps Rio Olympics 2016

Rio Heroes: From Legends to Mortals


Why do we watch sports? You can do the research, but I’m guessing we are looking for heroes. Heroic stories to rouse us from the monotony of our everyday routines. Maybe even restore our faith in humanity, battered too much by terrorist attacks, keyboard warriors, and Donald Trump insults.

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CNY River Hongbao Multi-Ethnicity

SG Streetscapes: Photographing River Hongbao


Most of my Lunar New Years had been spent among relatives, so I wanted to immerse in the public festivities for a change. Taking photos was easy in the thick of camera-equipped crowds. The main issue was, how well can I represent the cultural realities in ever-moving crowds? The field required me to move around and respond to situations, meaning I had to be actively selective. Yet this could easily manifest as distortions of reality.

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红星大奖 Star Awards 2016 Rocket Award Contenders


There is a massive revamp for this year’s Star Awards, and they have drawn much debate. Perhaps rightfully so. Here are some key changes:

‘Best Evergreen Artiste Award’ – New
‘Best Programme Host’ – 2 combined into 1
Top 10 Most Popular – Female in Show 1; Male in Show 2
Backstage Awards – Moved backstage

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