Features, Music Journalism

Chinese hip hop and the question of authenticity

China has banned hip hop from mainstream media on the grounds of it being “Western”, “Black” and “decadent”. Is this a valid accusation? What does it say about Chinese society? New state policies have specified a ban on hip-hop culture – including tattoos – from appearing on television. China’s top media regulator – the State […]

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Album Reviews, Music Journalism

Starboy – The Weeknd

From the dramatic shearing off of his iconic palm-tree dreads to the annihilation of his former self in ‘Starboy’’s music video and his “r.i.p @abelxo” Instagram post, signs of a lead up to major change in The Weeknd have been obvious. What is this change and who is the new The Weeknd? His collaboration with […]

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Features, Other Writing

Five reasons to live in Singapore

Published in the Financial Times. The world’s second-safest city boasts Michelin-starred street food and good schools   This international trade and technology hub is not much more than a glitzy stopover to some travellers, but expats who call the sunny island home enjoy a high standard of living, with safe streets, efficient transport and delectable cuisine. […]

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Advertorials, Features

Little Red Book: Home-grown passions taken beyond borders

THE world knows Singapore as a vibrant destination and bustling business hub. But let’s not forget what makes this nation tick: our people. These are the stories of the Little Red Book, featuring aspiring Singaporean individuals who have taken their dreams and brought it to an international stage. “We designed the Alala brand to go from […]

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