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S’poreans react to PM Lee teaching Aussie PM Tony Abbott how to wear S’pore’s national headdress

S’poreans react to PM Lee teaching Aussie PM Tony Abbott how to wear S’pore’s national headdress

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Three thoughts that must have went past your mind at some point.


Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott began his two-day official visit in Singapore on Sunday, June 28, 2015.

To celebrate Singapore’s Golden Jubilee and 50 years of bilateral relations between the two countries this year, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong taught the Aussie PM how to put on Singapore’s national headdress, as they presided over a special barbecue at Bishan Park.

Here are three thoughts Singaporeans have:


sian-half-auntie “It is good to see world leaders taking time out to do something serious.”
Jiao Bin, 42-year-old florist


sian-half-uncle “It is hard to admit they look odd or out of place. It is as if they were born to do this.”
Dai Mao Zi, 63-year-old ex-fishmonger


happy-bird-girl “I wouldn’t mind wearing anything on my head if I also made a couple of million dollars a year.”
Zuan Da Qian, 19-year-old waitress










4 koalas donated to S’pore for SG50 as goodwill gifts turn out to be drop bears

4 koalas donated to S’pore for SG50 as goodwill gifts turn out to be drop bears

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Drop bears are genetically different, more vicious variety of koalas that attack non-Australians.


Four koalas donated to Singapore as goodwill gifts have turned out to be drop bears.

Housed in the Singapore Zoo and prior to revealing their true identities, Paddle (aged eight), Pellita (aged six), Chan (aged five) and Idalia (aged two) were perceived to be docile, eucalyptus leaves-chewing marsupials, that help to mark 50 years of diplomatic ties between Australia and Singapore, and to celebrate SG50 year.

Before showing true colours:

After showing true colours:

Drop bears are a genetically-deviant version of the koala, which makes them vicious, carnivorous marsupials related to koalas only in superficial looks. Instead of having herbivorous biological traits, drop bears have fangs for teeth and sharp claws for tearing flesh.

They are known to drop from trees on tourists in Australia, which is unlike the irresistible charms of its real koala cousin with its large insipid-looking nose that is often used to break the ice and melt hearts and seal diplomatic treaties of peace.

The Singapore Zoo has pledged to continue to house the drop bears out of goodwill and to contain the attacks on non-Australian visitors. Immunisation shots to tourists have been made available to lessen the risk of unwanted drop bear encounters when in the zoo.

This is similar to the immunisation programme offered by Australia to tourists who go on bush trails and run the risk of encountering drop bears in the wild.

Attempts to track the drop bear population in native Australian territory have proved futile, as their aggressive nature deters the use of satellite trackers tagged to them.

Researchers have been relying on tracking the drop bears’ prey, usually made up of dead people and dingoes, in order to map their population in a particular area.


Animals in S’pore struggle to keep up:

High cost of living in S’pore kills giant 400kg crocodile

High resale flat price deters monitor lizard from taking up S’porean citizenship






More people from S’pore can now escape to Perth as Australia airports allow for self-check-out

More people from S’pore can now escape to Perth as Australia airports allow for self-check-out

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It’s a breeze these days to screw life up on social media and head Down Under.


It is good news all around for some segments of people from Singapore who have a tendency to put their feet in their mouths.

Automated self-check-out systems have been put in place in various airports in Australia, in a bid to facilitate people from Singapore to enter the country more conveniently — and flee to Perth after putting their foot into their mouths on social media.

This news of the newly-implemented system to assist escapees has been met with cheers from some quarters in Singapore.

Amy Leong, an assistant director at NTUC, said: “Now I can bitch about void deck weddings on Facebook knowing that I can make a run for it without hassle.”

Other people from Singapore, such as Anton Hazey, said: “Now I can take public transport, say it stinks on Facebook, get sabo-ed by my friends who repost it on social media, pack up my wife and kid and make a run for it in under three hours before it blows over.”

“And then get a PR company to write an apology on my behalf so that the whole of Singapore can appreciate my sincerity.”


News from Down Under:

Super efficient NTUC fires Amy Cheong, immediately advertises her vacated position

S’poreans touched by British expat Anton Casey’s heartfelt apology

Perth says she will not take in Jesslyn Tan

Aborigines outraged White Australians still hanging around continent

Aborigines outraged White Australians still hanging around continent

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This after White Australians outraged they were shunned at Singapore Day in Sydney.


More than 150 years after colonising the known world, White people suddenly find themselves discriminated against.

This after the Singapore Day event held at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney on Oct. 14 reportedly disallowed white people from entering.

This prompted some white Australians to call their radio stations to make angry comments as they feel discriminated against.

However, a non-White Aboriginal Australian, whose family lineage extends back to the First Nations people who have subsisted on the continent for more than 20,000 years before the arrival of colonisers, said: “White people didn’t even originally belong in Australia.”

One White Australian, who allegedly showed up at the Singapore Day event, said: “I love Chinese food, you know that it’s true.”

He was turned away and told to mo-mo-mo-moved on.





How to pursue a music career overseas

How to pursue a music career overseas

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Write good music, network and play a lot of gigs. You might just earn a following – and maybe a big break.

By Belmont Lay

Based in Perth, The Optimist are playing gigs regularly to gain a reputation as a compelling live act.

Recently, Singaporean musician Inch Chua left her broken bleeding heart out to dry by writing a personal Facebook note saying that she is leaving Singapore to pursue her music career overseas due to a lack of local support for artists who compose original material.

Her note resonated with a lot of readers who liked what she said and sent their well wishes.

But what does it mean to pursue a music career overseas? How does a musician starting out accumulate attention, experience and fans? Is a mature music market important?

Well, there’s only one way to find out: Ask a young band starting out overseas, experiencing the culture and community of the music trade first-hand, about what they’re doing to get noticed.

So here I present to you, The Optimist.

They are Australian, slightly more than half-a-year-old, having played their first live show in December 2010. (Check out the track Ain’t No Better. It’s twitchy and riffy!)

Based in Perth at the moment, the three core band members consist of 21-year-old vocalist-guitarist Chris Burke, his drummer-brother Pat, who is two years his senior, as well as 23-year-old bassist Dave Van Niekerk.

They recently won a university band competition and might be heading to Melbourne for the finals, which will be their first outing playing outside Perth.

So how is The Optimist going about getting known?


I spoke to front man Chris Burke, and here’s what he has to say:

As far as promotion goes, the best way to promote yourself is obviously to play live, where people who have never heard your music have a chance to hear it for what it really is.

In the beginning, however, simple things you can do to get started include setting up a Facebook page/ myspace/ website for the band, and doing so with a decent amount of professionalism.

Getting some decent band photos taken helps, and also recording some tracks to put up so that people can hear you.

It’s worth spending a bit of money and getting tracks done that are of decent quality, as no one’s impressed by crappy sounding demos.

As far as breaking into the music scene and getting started, that takes time. It’s all about who you know, and whether or not they like your music.

There are local music magazines released around Perth, so I started by getting those and searching through for any contacts available.

These included venue owners, promoters, and even other bands. I then went about emailing them a track and a request to play if they need someone. And that’s pretty much how we got started. You have to ask a lot of people, and be persistent.

The main ways that bands get noticed in Perth are as follows:

1. You know someone that has the necessary foot in the door and is willing to promote you.

Some bands I know have made the right contacts and gained the favour of the right people, and this can be a good launching pad for your career.

However, making such contacts and getting them on your side can be difficult.

2. You record something that’s particularly brilliant, and the right person hears it.

This has happened for artists such as Tim and Jean, and Tame Impala. Both of them basically got discovered when the right producer/ manager heard their recording, and they pretty much got signed really quickly.

However, to do this, you need to be writing some music that’s really cutting edge, that a producer would jump at. You also need to have it recorded really well.

With this, it comes down to the basic rule that if you’re writing really good music and putting it out there, the right person will eventually hear it. But you do need to be writing something exceptional.

3. Develop a reputation as a good artist via your live performance.

This happens when a band has exceptional live presence and music quality. It can also happen when a band is able to play very regularly, such as a band that is requested by a well known band to do support for a tour.

Some artists get established and really make it as a result of doing support for a well known national or international artist. As a general rule, the more you play, the better. Every gig you do, more people know who you are. Exposure is always good.

But are Australians supportive of musicians from overseas?

With foreigners, yes, but at times Australians may be more supportive of other Western foreigners (those from England, America, etc) as opposed to foreigners that are from cultures that are exceptionally different from our culture.

They may be slow to take to a Singaporean artist, although this is not a strict rule.

Also, Australia has a diverse cultural makeup, and so within Australia, an artist coming from Singapore, for example, could probably find a large number of Singaporeans here that would be keen to follow them. This could serve as a good starting ground for a fan base, and from there expand.