From Crazy Rich Asians to Noah Centineo, MasterChef glory to S-hook zehzeh, 2018 has been quite a wild (an understatement, really) year. We recap the top headlines that had the world talking in the past months – no tea, no shade, just facts!
#1 GOTTA CATCH ’EM ALL
Get your Poké Balls ready, ’cause Singapore is getting her very own Pokemon Centre! To be situated at Jewel Changi Airport, the spanking new outlet will be the game franchise’s only permanent retail store outside of Japan, and will feature merchandise created exclusively for the Jewel branch – think old-school trading cards, adorable accessories and plushies. Pokémon fans will no longer need to travel far to catch ’em all when it opens in the first half of 2019!
#2 RIHANNA TAKEOVER
We just can’t get enough of Rihanna! Our all-time favourite queen has been hard at work throughout the year – she launched four new Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paints, returned with the all-inclusive Savage x Fenty lingerie collection, and not to mention her surprise visit at Sephora ION Orchard for Fenty Beauty’s anniversary celebrations. Despite of all these, we still want more of RiRi.
#3 CRAZY RICH MADNESS
We might be a little biased, but the Jon M. Chu-directed Crazy Rich Asians (CRA) was undeniably the movie of 2018 – from a gratuitous display of our little red dot on the international stage, to seeing fellow Singaporeans on the big screen (shout-out to Pierre Png’s abs). On top of that, the all-Asian cast was a win for racial representation in Hollywood, so it’s hard to not feel a little proud when watching this flick. It has also been confirmed that a sequel to the blockbuster romcom is in the works, so we think it won’t be long before the CRA gang gets back together again.
#4 NOAH CENTINEO FEVER
We have nothing but gratitude for Netflix for blessing us with not one, but two movies that featured the perfect specimen that is Noah Centineo. The 22-year-old heartthrob first came into our lives as the swoon-worthy Peter Kavinsky in To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, before capturing our hearts all over again as Jamey in Sierra Burgess Is A Loser. Here’s hoping we get to see more of this hottie in 2019!
#5 BABY, ONE MORE TIME
It’s hard to keep up with the Kardashian-Jenner clan. In the year of 2018 alone, three of the sisters gave birth to adorable babies. Questionable names aside, it’s time to acquaint yourself with these new and very cute additions to the family: Stormi Webster is the daughter of Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott, Chicago West is the latest offspring in the Kim-Kanye union, and Khloe gave birth to True Thompson with husband Tristan.
#6 BLAST FROM THE PAST
Who could ever forget good ol’ games of yesteryears like Neopets and MapleStory that accompanied us growing up? If you’re a fellow ’90s kid, chances are you’ve spent your time after school earning Neopoints through games like Cheat, or farming for mushrooms to level up in Henesys. We’ve got good news: your favourite childhood games have made a comeback in the form of mobile apps, such as Neopets: Legends and Letters and MapleStory M that are sure to be a hit amongst today’s tech-savvy generation.
#7 HISTORY IN THE MAKING
Another historic event that put our humble stomping grounds in the spotlight: the 2018 North Korea-United States Summit, which was hosted at Sentosa Island. In that time, Singapore unexpectedly received the attention of a global audience – queries of where exactly is this ‘secluded island’ spiked, while the ‘dark history’ of our current tourist spot, Sentosa, was drudged up by international media. Who knew that people knew so little of our homeland?
#8 #TEAMYANNY OR #TEAMLAUREL?
This year also saw the legendary poll created by Twitter user @CloeCouture cause rifts between friends, family and everyone on the Internet. Did you hear ‘Yanny’ or ‘Laurel’? Everyone thought they were right – but as it turns out, science didn’t exactly have an answer. Between the ambiguous sound waves and poor audio quality, it was basically impossible to discern. In case you were wondering, we heard ‘Yanny’.
#9 THANK YOU, AVICII
The passing of 28-year-old Swedish DJ Avicii came as a shock for the music industry. We lost a bright mind, but it also shed light on important conversations about mental health, depression, and the gruelling effect the music scene has on its artistes. In recent news, the ‘Wake Me Up’ producer’s Avicii: True Stories documentary is revealed to be qualified for Oscars consideration and will also be making a theatrical comeback with showings in New York and LA beginning this December.
#10 THE NAS DAILY EFFECT
Hands up if you’ve learned more about Singapore from travel blogger Nas Daily than you did from your Social Studies textbook. Known for his popular daily 1-minute video series, the Internet sensation made a total of 14 videos dedicated to our country – citing Changi Airport as the “world’s best airport”, spending a day at a landfill, and experiencing being a Freegan with a local dumpster diver. His trip might be short, but he certainly taught us a lesson or two about how good we have it in this “almost perfect country”.
#11 SALTED EGG, AGAIN
It’s no secret that we are a predictable bunch; slap on ‘salted egg’ to anything and it’s enough to drive Singaporeans nuts. Case in point: Indomie’s Salted Egg Instant Noodles. Labelled as a premium flavour, demand for the highly-raved ‘curly fried noodle’ reached an all-time high since its release in August. What used to be an Indonesia-exclusive product is now carried by major supermarkets. Food fads may come and go, but it certainly seems like salted egg yolk is here to stay.
#12 A MODERN FAIRYTALE
Behold, a wedding so grand it stole the attention of the entire globe. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tied the knot on 19 May in a royal ceremony that featured famous guests, a sparkly tiara, and a dramatic veil with delicate embroidery that included every flower in the Commonwealth – and that meant a space for our very own national flower, the Vanda Miss Joaquim. May the Duke and Duchess of Sussex live happily after ever!
#13 KIKI, DO YOU LOVE ME?
Another year, another viral challenge. Known as the #InMyFeelings Challenge, the Drake-inspired dance craze was first created by comedian Shiggy, who busted out his slick moves to the meme-worthy tune of ‘In My Feelings’. It has since taken the world by storm, with Hollywood heavyweights like Will Smith and DJ Khaled as well as K-pop idols like BTS’ J-Hope jumping onto the bandwagon. The star of the show himself subsequently dropped the long- awaited music video featuring a bevy of celebrity cameos in the closing credits, including the aforementioned stars!
#14 COOKING UP A STORM
Things are flaming up in the MasterChef kitchen! In the UK edition, a judge made news when he commented that a rendang was lacking in crispiness (which was just outright baffling). The Australian edition saw Singapore-born Sashi Cheliah taking home the winning trophy, thanks in part to his rendition of a chicken lemak dish and pineapple tart with lime ice cream dessert. And riding the MasterChef waves is Singapore’s own inaugural edition of the reality show, where Zander Ng bagged the coveted title after winning over the judges with his five-course banquet. Congratulations to Singapore’s first ever MasterChef!
#15 S-HOOK INFLUENCE
Marketing 101: think outside the box. For a certain Lerine Yeo, her unique selling tactic has made her quite the sensation on Facebook. By using S-hooks, this enterprising comedienne taught everyone how to maximise holes in a shirt to carry extra items like an umbrella, EZ-link cards and even wanton mee. Thanks to the Internet, the 30-year- old ended up scoring a contract deal with Mark Lee’s company. One thing’s for sure: this won’t be the last you’ll see of her.
#16 THE BTS TAKEOVER
2018 is, without a doubt, BTS’ year – we’re just living in it. Many K-pop acts have attempted to break into the American market, but none have seen as much success as that of BTS. Vox labelled them as “the band that changed K-pop”, and TIME even gave them a spot on their “25 Most Influential People on the Internet” list. The seven-member juggernaut became the first South Korean band to top the Billboard Artist 100 chart, took to the Times Square, and collaborated with the likes of Nicki Minaj, Steve Aoki and Fall Out Boy, amongst other record-breaking achievements.
#17 MAD FOR PLAID
Plaid is now back in style! Although checkered prints have always been a wardrobe staple, there’s no denying the fact that the Cher Horowitz-inspired look is having a huge moment in the fashion world lately. Designer brands like Versace, Michael Kors and Dior began putting their own contemporary spin on the trend, with matching co-ords, unexpected colour pairings and bold silhouettes dominating the runways.
#19 POWER DUO
Of course, we can’t miss ￼￼out on the collaborative masterpiece that is Everything Is Love. A creative union between husband-wife duo Beyoncé and Jay-Z, the surprise joint album offers listeners an intimate glimpse into their life, their love and their family. We couldn’t have asked for a better finale to their trilogy of albums, and that’s not forgetting the epic music video of ‘APES**T’ where the power couple rented out the whole of the Louvre in Paris. Cue standing ovation!
This article was adapted from Teenage Vol.30 Issue 4.
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