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Jiak Kim St renamed Jiak Sai St after Zouk moves out

Jiak Kim St renamed Jiak Sai St after Zouk moves out


Anything that is over and done with in Singapore can jiak sai.


Singaporeans from all walks of life, who lost their purse, shoes, phone and/or virginity in Zouk but gained precious memories in return, have renamed Jiak Kim Street as Jiak Sai Street.

This after Zouk has confirmed it is moving out of the premises to go to Clarke Quay at the end of 2016 and held its last parties there already.

One Singaporean, Tiao Bu, said: “Now without Zouk around, Jiak Kim is really Jiak Sai already.”

“Just like a lot of things in Singapore that get acquired or torn down, all jiak sai.”

Other locals said the renaming might in fact be a good thing.

Another local, Hai Hao, said: “From Jiak Kim to Jiak Sai is still okay.”

“As more and more places get removed in Singapore and renamed Jiak Sai as well, the more Jiak Sai places in Singapore will show how far Singapore has progressed.”







ACS (Barker) carnival tickets would have sold out immediately if event was held at Zouk

ACS (Barker) carnival tickets would have sold out immediately if event was held at Zouk

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Mismatch in demand and supply can be easily fixed with some planning in the future.


The recent news about Anglo-Chinese School (Barker) boys feeling pressured by their principal Peter Tan to sell tickets for their school’s carnival have caused bystanders who read about the issue to be confused.

This after it was reported that the ACS boys who were left holding unsold tickets faced the prospect of buying the tickets themselves as demand for the event was low.

Singaporeans from all walks of life said the under-subscription and high number of unsold tickets could have been solved easily with some planning.

Kee Tiao Bu, a local, said there would have been an over-demand if the carnival was held at Zouk: “Every Friday and Saturday, you can easily find many ex-AC boys at Zouk and many other night clubs, where they willingly pay $50 to $60 for coverage and some drinks to be there.”

“If ACS planned the event such that it included convent girls, the news would have been how tickets to the carnival are being snapped up so fast they end up on the black market.”

“In that event, if each boy was given 20 tickets to sell, with each costing $10, on the black market they would have been trading for $100 each.”


This is how you make things hot and with demand:

More people in S’pore take part in viral Pang Sai Challenge

Government fail: Doesn’t understand what young people want

Government fail: Doesn’t understand what young people want

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Therefore, they should consider leaving *SCAPE in private hands.

By Belmont Lay

Having the ability to run a $200-billion-a-year economy would give any government in the world a lot of confidence.

Therefore, it comes as no surprise that the PAP folks can strut around cocksure in their whitey-tighties, decreeing this and that, because they’ve gotten the fundamentals down pat with our $200-billion economy.

But, regardless of hubris or the level of confidence, there are certain pies that the PAP government should never, ever get their fingers into.

For example, they should never, ever try to predict again what sort of youth leader people want.

Lest they give us another Tin Pei Ling.

Also, they should never again predict what constitutes as “fun” and “entertaining”.

Lest they give us another *SCAPE.

So you should know, *SCAPE is that shopping mall thing located next to Cineleisure in the Orchard Road strip.

Set up and set aside since 2004 by the Ministry of Community Development, Youth & Sports (MCYS) to manage spaces in the heart of Singapore city, it is supposed to provide cool, urban, funky, buttocks-clenching excitement for young people up to 35 years old.

But there is a problem.

It is neither a provider of buttocks-clenching excitement nor attractive to youths at all.

It has, in fact, been suffering from a low turnout since its inception.

This example only serves to show that the PAP folks and government in general are rubbish at having fun and inculcating it in others.

So when I found out that *SCAPE will be launching a new entrepreneurship programme in March next year targeting youth-run businesses, I laughed so hard, incredulous, I snorted and farted at the same time.

After which I fell off the chair hysterical, ROFL and suffered spasms.

In the original Channel News Asia report proclaiming this new harebrained scheme, the mood of the article is already one of doom and gloom.

It highlighted three points:

1. Five tenants have moved out since *SCAPE’s official launch in June last year.

2. Retailers complain *SCAPE has not attracted as many youth as what it originally set out to do.

3. They are also unhappy with the low traffic, even though the building is located in the heart of Orchard Road.

So, the pertinent question is: What kind of sorcery is MCYS going to use to not only start getting young people with spending power there but also get going an entire entrepreneurship programme?

Beats me, but the CNA article correctly quotes Tracy Phillips, owner of A Curious Teepee at *SCAPE, saying: “Initially, when they spoke to me about youth, they told me youth was anyone under 35… but in reality, everything that is being done now is targeted to youth who are very, very young. And the fact is youth don’t want to hang out in a place where you tell them to hang out.”

So, here’s the point of today’s missive: You can trust “fun”, “funky” and “entertaining” to be true to form, if and only if, it is left to enterprising private hands. The government might be able to manage an economy on a macro scale, but mastering the finesse of knowing what young people want?

Hell no.

And you can trust Tracy to know exactly what she is talking about.

Because she is right that young people will never do what they are told.

The last time I checked, she used to be the ex-marketing manager of Zouk – a place where boys would pay through the nose just to show up to see and meet girls who will be there dressed to the nines as if it was SlutWalk every time.

Which means, in short, Tracy knows what young people want.


On the other hand, the Acting Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports is Chan Chun Sing.

Chan Chun Sing. Enough said.

Needless to say, I might as well have just shown you this picture right at the start: I would have won the argument with just this picture alone.

Just being Ris Low

Just being Ris Low

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New Nation catches up with the former beauty queen, as well as actress Irene Ang and magicians J C Sum and ‘Magic Babe’ Ning at the m:idea Youth Choice Awards.

By Dannon Har

Arriving late on scene but enjoying the limelight nonetheless, Ris Low ladies and gentlemen. Photo: KIMBERLY ONG

Award winners

Cutest Male Personality I Wanna Bring Home – Dai Yang Tian

Hottest Female Personality I Wanna Date – Joanne Peh

Best OMG! MomentRis Low’s April Fool’s Day prank on 987FM

Band I Wanna Throw Myself At – Jack & Rai

Celeb Duo I Wanna Chill With – The Muttons

Coolest Blogger I Wanna Gossip With (Xoxo) – Xiaxue

Favourite Nightspot – Zouk

Favourite Tech Brand – Apple

Favourite Fashion Brand – Topshop/Topman

Favourite Restaurant – Swensen’s

Favourite Dessert Café – Frolick

Favourite Online Store – Love, Bonito

AVID reader of The Business Times? Then consider yourself in the same league as former beauty queen Ris Low.

“People who don’t know me might think that I am a shallow person, but mind you I do read Business Times one okay!” she says.

She also admits to putting on her best behaviour recently, considering that her 24 months probation for credit card fraud is finally coming to an end.

And yeah, she had just won the “Best OMG! Moment” award for two years running at the m:idea Youth Choice Awards held last Saturday.

The event is organised by m:idea – Singapore’s first youth-led media conglomerate from Ngee Ann Polytechnic.

But some things don’t change: Ris arrived late (read: after the event), and one wonders if this was another publicity stunt. Her excuse this time? Bad weather and vehicular malfunctions.

The event saw about 200 people turn up. Youths gave their verdict on their favourite celebs and brands by casting over 58,000 votes between November 15 to December 14 last year.

Popular celebs that made the red carpet event include heartthrob Nat Ho, funny host Irene Ang, comedic DJs The Muttons, local musicians Jack and Rai, and illusionists J C Sum and ‘Magic Babe’ Ning, just to name a few.

Irene Ang, a famous comedienne, cafe owner, and movie producer, had audiences laughing out loud.

Better known as Singlish-speaking, flowery-dressed, Ah Lian, Rosie Phua from the hit sitcom Phua Chu Kang, Irene turned heads and melted hearts as she stole the show with her unique brand of humour.

“I come from the school of hard-knocks, hard-work, and heart-breaks,” says Irene when asked how she became so good at what she does.

Her wisdom for the young and entrepreneurial: “The thing is, don’t give up so easily, and if it doesn’t work, be brave enough to say this is not what I am good at, let me look for something else; because you’re still young; so when you are young don’t feel like you have to get it right the first time.”

Want more advice from top celebs?

“We use Facebook alot” says Ning the ‘Magic Babe’, lashes fluttering. “It’s really wasted if you aren’t contemporary; we see ourselves as commercial artists and you need to constantly revamp and be in tune with what today’s people wanna see.”

J C Sum added: “With YouTube we can see what other people are doing so we make sure we don’t do anything that anyone is doing; and what we do is first in the world.”

But there’s more to it.

“If you want to do it (magic) commercially, for money; just understand that this is showbiz and it is a different ballgame altogether just like any other commercial creative artist.”

Finding it difficult to resist, I asked them for next week’s winning 4D numbers (since they successfully predicted the winning digits before). Ask and you shall receive, right?

“Zero, zero, zero, zero,” says J C Sum confidently.

But I wouldn’t bet on it if I were you.

  • Eager audiences line the red carpet anticipating for the celebrities that should arrive anytime now..or now..or now.. Photo: KIMBERLY ONG
  • No it’s not a protest. Nat Ho’s fan club came down in full-force bearing posters, placards and neon signs all for the sake of fandom. Photo: KIMBERLY ONG
  • The ‘bad weather’ Ris Low was talking about. Somehow other celebs managed to come on time. Sorta. Photo: KIMBERLY ONG
  • Multi-talented artist and entrepreneur Irene Ang graced the event as a Celebrity guest host. Photo: KIMBERLY ONG
  • Winning “Celebrity Duo I Wanna Chill Out With”, The Muttons agree that the best chill-out spot is still at home. Photo: KIMBERLY ONG
  • Duane Ho, finalist in Singapore Idol 3, is here to do a surprise opening number for the m:idea Youth Choice Awards 2011. Photo: KIMBERLY ONG
  • Luminiq: Dance crew and runners up of One Moment of Glory. Photo: KIMBERLY ONG
  • Dual-wielding Sai action by 'Magic Babe' Ning. This scene was probably more alluring than the illusion itself. Photo: KIMBERLY ONG
  • Dannon poses with Ris: She does look smarter now! Maybe it was just a matter of wearing the right accessories. Photo: KIMBERLY ONG