• Attendees dressed as Batgirl, Harley Quinn and Catwoman pose on the first day of Comic-Con International in San Diego, California, July 9, 2015Attendees dressed as Batgirl, Harley Quinn and Catwoman pose on the first day of Comic-Con International in San Diego, California, July 9, 2015

    It's a common refrain among locals who have been to San Diego Comic Con (SDCC): If you think Singaporeans like queuing up, you haven’t seen Comic Con.

    SDCC, the world’s largest pop culture event, ended today. A showcase of the latest comics, movies, TV shows, games, anime and more, it attracts some 130,000 attendees each year.

    Comic Con is also the place where you will see more queues than anywhere else on Earth. For the all-important panels with celebrity creators and actors, for free swag, for special exhibits, for coffee, even for the damn toilet.

    The centerpiece of it all: The 6,500-seater Hall H, where the biggest panels are traditionally held. It’s a chance to catch exclusive content from upcoming movies before anybody else, and to attend panels with the most high-profile stars.

    For example, this year’s Hall H panels included those for X-Men: Apocalypse, Deadpool, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Game of Thrones. The likes of Emilia Clarke, Jennifer Lawrence, Henry Cavill

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  • Craft beer from Archipelago at Beerfest Asia 2015.Craft beer from Archipelago at Beerfest Asia 2015.

    Craft beer, as the name suggests, is a kind of beer that’s handcrafted by brewers themselves. Craft beer tends to have more personality, setting them apart from the beer from big companies.

    Here are some of the things we learned about craft beer while we were at Beerfest Asia 2015.

    Most important step in making of craft beer

    The process of making craft beer is one that requires dedication, from start to finish. The most important step in the making of craft beer, according to Robert Beck, the master brewer of Archipelago, is the fermentation process.

    During the fermentation process, sugar is converted into alcohol and carbon dioxide using yeast. There are many different kinds of yeasts, and it is argued that different kinds of yeasts can give your beer a different flavor, says Beck.

    Although there may be some who say that the packaging stage is the most important, as the packaging could determine how long the beer lasts, or how it tastes, in Beck’s opinion, the fermentation is where

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  • FILE - In this May 15, 2015 file photo, Taylor Swift performs at Rock in Rio USA at the MGM Resorts Festival Grounds in Las Vegas. Apple's abrupt about-face on paying royalties for songs during a three-month free-trial period for its new music service was a symbolic victory for superstar Swift and other artists, and a shrewd business move by Apple, at a time when the streaming phenomenon is causing major changes in the music industry. Apple had already agreed to share revenue from the new Apple Music service once users start paying a $10-a-month subscription fee for the service, which it plans to launch June 30, 2015. (Photo by John Davisson/Invision/AP, File)FILE - In this May 15, 2015 file photo, Taylor Swift performs at Rock in Rio USA at the MGM Resorts Festival Grounds in Las Vegas. Apple's abrupt about-face on paying royalties for songs during a three-month free-trial period for its new music service was a symbolic victory for superstar Swift and other artists, and a shrewd business move by Apple, at a time when the streaming phenomenon is causing major changes in the music industry. Apple had already agreed to share revenue from the new Apple Music service once users start paying a $10-a-month subscription fee for the service, which it plans to launch June 30, 2015. (Photo by John Davisson/Invision/AP, File)

    Whatever she does, and whatever headlines she makes, one thing is for sure — Taylor Swift is one person you can’t shake off.

    Swift recently made the music industry sit up and listen when she wrote an open letter to Apple.

    Her Tumblr post criticized Apple for withholding royalties from artists during the free trial of its new music service.

    Apple has since quickly responded to Swift’s letter, saying that they will now pay artists during the free trial period.

    This is not the first time Swift has spoken out over an issue, and we take a look at the times she did and made people of the music business sit up and listen.

    Switching from country to pop

    Swift announced in a live stream in August 2014 that her fifth album would be her debut pop album – a move which possibly made younger fans shriek in delight, and the country scene tremble a little.

    This may not have come as a surprise to those familiar with her songs, as some of the tunes from her previous albums were considered pop. However,

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  • Singapore’s longest-running theatre and dance review website will cease operations after 19 years.

    The Flying Inkpot Theatre & Dance, in operation since 1996, posted a Facebook update around midnight on Monday, announcing the decision by co-editors Matthew Lyon and Kenneth Kwok to shut the website and “call it a day”.

    After uploading one more theatre review, the Facebook update said there will no longer be any updates on the website or Facebook page, with the website shutting down completely from December.

    This means the more than 1,000 reviews in the site’s archives will still be up until then. The Flying Inkpot’s co-founders will make a subsequent announcement as to how to retrieve the website’s archives after December.

    Its sister review site bearing the same name but with reviews on classical music is still running. It is run by another editor and has its own website and Facebook page.

    Playwright Haresh Sharma commented on the update, thanking co-editors Matthew Lyon and Kenneth

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  • Family watching TV (Getty Images)Family watching TV (Getty Images)

    There's so much hype about TV shows such as Game of Thrones and the recent superhero shows like The Flash and Arrow, but the way we watch shows has changed. You can now stream your favourite episodes online (or download them via torrent, if you're a pirate).

    Here are some observations about how different the experience is from the years ago.

    I recall a time when I would sit at the sofa with my family, and all of us would wait for our show to begin. The various commentaries from my mother would irritate us, because she never seemed to understand that she was interrupting our viewing. But that’s what made watching TV fun — being with my family and enjoying some time together after going about our individual busy lives.

    Now, though, I can watch any show I like on my laptop in my room. Although it’s fun to have the screen all to myself, I sometimes feel lonely when I laugh to myself as I respond to whatever the characters just said.

    Watching the usual free-to-air shows on television also

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  • One of the most notorious murder mysteries may have just been solved thanks to the unmasking of 'Jack the Ripper'. One of the most notorious murder mysteries may have just been solved thanks to the unmasking of 'Jack the Ripper'.

    A stall in "hipster kopitiam" Salut Coffeeshop in Bukit Merah called “Jack Ripper” seems to be trying too hard to be edgy.

    It has named the burgers on its menu after the actual five victims of the notorious London serial killer: Mary Ann, Annie, Elizabeth, Mary Jane and Catherine, according to local food blogger Daniel Ang, who wrote about the stall in an entry on his blog DanielFoodDiary.

    "Am I the only person around who doesn’t even find this vaguely funny?" Ang wrote in his post in reference to the burgers' names.

    He noted that Salut Coffeeshop is sometimes known as the “ang moh” coffeeshop, because of the Western-style stalls there, and that it can get pretty crowded during peak hours.

    The stall is a collaboration between Absinthe’s Executive chef Nicholas Reynard and Stew Kuche’s owner’s son, who is also the owner of the coffeeshop, according to Ang.

    Reacting to Ang’s post on Facebook about the stall, Facebook user Emily Su wrote, “That is distasteful to me too… I wouldn’t want

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  • 'Play' project featuring playground at 110 Bedok North Road (Photo courtesy of Stefen Chow)'Play' project featuring playground at 110 Bedok North Road (Photo courtesy of Stefen Chow)

    [CORRECTION: A previous version said Stefen Chow is Singaporean. He is actually a Malaysia-born Singapore PR.]

    Remember when we used to plan a time with our peers to hang out at the playground after school, playing catch or just running around the premises?

    To remind us of those times, about more than a year ago, Stefen Chow, a photographer who grew up in Singapore and is presently based in Beijing, came up with the concept to capture the playgrounds all over Singapore.

    The photographs of the playground are then uploaded to the "Play" website, where they are arranged according to the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) map. Users can click on any station to view the playground from that area.

    Officially supported by the SG50 committee, Chow, together with economist Lin Hui-Yi, decided to focus on playgrounds in Singapore because they felt that the smaller things in the city-state needed as much recognition as the more iconic structures such as the Marina Bay Sands or the Merlion.

    Chow notes, “We

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  • <span style=color: #000000; font-family: Arial; font-size: small; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: normal; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 1; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; display: inline !important; float: none; background-color: #ffffff;>BSG takes to the skies again at Universal Studios Singapore</span>

     

    Sci-fi themed roller coaster Battlestar Galactica will re-open at Singapore’s Universal Studios this week after several stop-starts over the past five years.

    Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) said Monday that the world’s tallest dueling roller coaster will re-open on May 27, with all-new ride vehicles.  The ride will feature all-new two-seater vehicles that are designed to give “every rider a more intimate and personal ride experience and will enhance the feeling of speed and thrill the ride already offers”, the resort operator added.

    The  troubled ride - inspired by the hit TV series produced by Universal Cable productions - first shut down just a week after the theme park opened backi in 2010. At that time it closed down due to technical problems, when cracks were found in the seat-post supports of the coaster cars. It re-opened in February 2011 but was then closed in July 2013 to undergo a major overhaul and review.

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  • Scene from Singapura: The Musical (Photo courtesy of Singapura: The Musical)Scene from Singapura: The Musical (Photo courtesy of Singapura: The Musical)

    "Singapura: The Musical" officially opened on Saturday, 23 May, in a world premiere at the newly refurbished Capitol Theatre in Singapore.

    The production, which comprises an international cast of largely Filipinos, shows Singapore’s trying times in the decade from 1955 to 1965. It follows Tan Kok Yang, who is a bus driver, and his family, attempting to tell the story of the ordinary people who lived during those turbulent times as Singapore struggled to find its place in the world.

    Here are five thoughts on the approximately three-hour long musical.

    Accents/ Language

    Scene from Singapura: The Musical (Photo courtesy of Singapura: The Musical)Scene from Singapura: The Musical (Photo courtesy of Singapura: The Musical)

    The production is by a Filipino company, so it is no surprise that a majority of the cast is made up of Filipinos. What is surprising, though, is that although plenty of effort has been put in to create a musical about Singapore’s history, with extensive interviews and research done, they failed to get the accent and language right.

    Throughout the show, lines are peppered with Singlish, but delivery was only mildly

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  • Grant Gustin as The Flash.Grant Gustin as The Flash.

    It's a question that always hits at the end of every season. It's particularly apt in the age of binge-watching, where you can literally finish an entire season within a weekend. 

    The finales of your favourite TV shows play out, and  the end credits roll. And then you find yourself asking: "Okay. So what do we do with our lives now?"

    That feeling has hit particularly hard in recent weeks. The Flash has just finished its first season, while Arrow's third season is done. Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is over as well, while The Walking Dead finished its fifth season a while back.

    You promise us a multiverse and more zombies and more Hydra, and now we have to wait an entire year before you come back? Seriously?

    This isn't fair. And in the pantheon of first world problems that form my universe, that ranks pretty damn high. What am I supposed to do in the meantime? Go to work? Lead a productive life? Spend time with my wife? The most meaningful time we spend together is when we watch TV!

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