A wild squirtle appeared! And it’s none other than NU’EST’s JR aka Kim Jonghyun, who surprised fans by dressing up as the Pokémon character for his 23rd birthday. Fun fact: JR’s known for his uncanny resemblance to wartortle, which gave him the lovable nickname of onibugi (wartortle in Korean).

It all started when the NU’EST leader posted a selca on his Instagram along with the caption “JR tour” a day before his birthday, which led to a flurry of speculation amongst fellow L.O.Λ.Es regarding the so-called tour.


감사합니다 예압

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On 8 June, people spotted a random squirtle mascot going around the subway stations in Seoul and checking out the various birthday advertisements that were put up for 23-year-old. It turns out that it was in fact our resident onibugi inside the costume, evidenced by the Alexander McQueen sneakers that eagle-eyed fans recognised.

As usual, JR’s fanservice was off the roof. We couldn’t stop squealing over how cute he was waving his little hands and waddling around like a penguin – the chap even did a heart-fluttering dance in front of the billboards and took photos with fans to thank them for their support. Check out these oh-so-adorable moments below and try not to melt.

That’s it. We’re stanning forever.

Happy (belated) birthday, JR!

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Celebrities might have the world swooning at their feet, but clearly, not everyone is a fan. Especially not Gordon Ramsay, who’s known for never mincing his words when it comes to critiquing food. Your favourite K-pop stars are no exception – just ask these fellow idols!

Victim #1: Jin (BTS)

Eat Jin’s mukbang career might very well be in danger thanks to a certain Twitter user, who tweeted Gordan Ramsay a picture of Jin’s jajangmyeon along with the caption: “My boyfriend thinks he can win a season of Hell’s Kitchen, could you rate his food and make sure that egg is properly cooked?” Although we think it looked absolutely delicious, the Hell’s Kitchen host wasn’t too impressed. Yikes!

Just yesterday, our resident foodie suffered yet another fresh blow with a fan showing the restauranteur a photo of an unassuming plate of fried rice that she “whipped up for mom” – when it was actually Jin’s creation. Needless to say, he spared no mercy in ripping it apart: “Looks like you’ve just tripped up!”

Victim #2: Cha Hun (N.Flying)

The N.Flying member made headlines earlier this January, but unfortunately for the wrong reasons. It all started when a fan wanted the celebrity chef’s input on “my brother’s halloween themed pasta” and has been “sending this to you since Halloween”. Predictably, he responded in typical Gordon Ramsay fashion: “I’ve been trying to ignore it since last October”. Ouch…

Victim #3: Mark (NCT)

NCTzens decided to join in the trolling fun by asking Gordon Ramsay’s opinion on Mark’s fried eggs that he made during an episode of It’s Dangerous Outside The Blanket: “my boyfriend was making eggs… What do you think?” To which, the TV personality drew laughs by suggesting that she dump him by replying: “Get back on Tinder!” Savage as ever.

It’s all in the name of harmless, sarcastic humour though – even the NCT members caught wind of the hilarious incident and couldn’t stop cracking up about it!

Oh well, there’s always room for improvement! Meanwhile, we’ll just be sitting here wondering who’s next to fall victim to Gordon Ramsay’s wrath…

Breaking news for music aficionados and esports enthusiasts! In celebration of ASEAN Singapore 2018, Hyperplay has announced its first wave of performers for MTV Spotlight including K-pop sensation CL, Thailand rockers Slot Machine, Indonesian idol Afgan as well as our very own The Sam Willows – and more acts are coming in the following weeks.

Powered by Riot Games and MTV, presented by the Singapore Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth and the National Youth Council, Hyperplay is the first ever integrated ASEAN Esports and music festival that will take place at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. The two-day extravaganza is set to feature an exciting array of music performances by international, regional and local artistes. Only the first wave has been revealed so far, but it’s already shaping up to one heck of an explosive lineup. Get ready for an electrifying weekend ahead this August!

Hyperplay ASEAN Esports X Music Festival

Hyperplay: ASEAN Esports X Music Festival
Date: 4 & 5 August 2018
Time: 12.30pm (4 Aug), 3.30pm (5 Aug)
Venue: Singapore Indoor Stadium

Early bird tickets are available via www.apactix.com till 22 June, 11.50pm.

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What does Rihanna, Kylie Jenner and Jessica Jung have in common? Besides their unbeatable star power, these enterprising celebrities are also self-made bosses in their own right.


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As if Seungri’s not busy enough being a global K-pop star, the 27-year-old has also been juggling several businesses on the side, including an EDM music label, a luxury lounge bar and a new high-end nightclub. His Japanese ramen chain Aori Ramen is arguably his most successful venture, having opened its 34th domestic branch this May. In recent news, the BIGBANG member is reportedly preparing for his solo comeback.



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RiRi’s fabulous makeup brand Fenty Beauty has been slaying since its epic launch last year, boasting an all-inclusive range of products that’s paving the way for diversity – one foundation shade at a time. Besides the 40-shade foundation range, other cult favourites include the Killawatt Trophy Wife Highlighter and the Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer. And her Fenty empire is about to get even bigger with her newly-launched Savage X Fenty lingerie line, which includes pieces catering to women of all shapes and sizes. Queen did that!

Jessica Jung

From K-pop darling to helming her own fashion line BLANC & ECLARE, former SNSD member Jessica Jung has come a long way. Launched in Jung 2014, the minimalist label started off by creating a curated selection of wardrobe essentials – and it has since expanded their offerings to include denim pieces, accessories, eyewear and even a cosmetics range. Now, BLANC & ECLARE has made its mark on the international fashion scene, with a flagship store in New York and branches in China, Korea, Taiwan, Thailand etc.

Kylie Jenner


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In just 18 months, Kylie Jenner turned her $29 lipstick venture to a $420 million business – and she’s poised to become the next billion-dollar baby in the beauty industry by 2022. Even though the 20-year-old has been busy with her new-mum duties, her dedication to Kylie Cosmetics hasn’t dwindled. “It’s not like I’m doing this to make money. This is just something authentic to me.” And she proves it through her generous efforts, having donated half a million dollars from her Birthday Collection Lip Kit to Teen Cancer America. 

Seo Eunkwang


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Leader and powerhouse vocalist of K-pop boy band BTOB can now add F&B boss to his list of credentials. Seo Eunkwang is the co-owner of PLUSEIGHTTWO, a Korean dessert cafe that opened its doors right here in Singapore this January. Located at the first floor of Rendezvous Hotel, this minimalist space serves your usual brunch suspects of fancy toasts, coffee cubes and shaved ice. While the BTOB member isn’t able to oversee the operations personally, he might still pop by every once in a while so don’t freak out if you bump into him at the cafe!

Jaden Smith


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You may know him as Will Smith’s son or Dre Parker from The Karate Kid. Today, Jaden Smith is also known as the co-founder of JUST Water. The 19-year-old has officially revolutionised the bottled-water industry by creating sustainable bottles made of paper-based carton and plant-based caps. JUST Water also gives back to the community in Glens Falls, where the profits go towards helping to improve the city’s water infrastructure system. Organic spring water with a gorgeous packaging to boot and all for a wholesome cause? Get us a carton – or maybe 10!

This article was adapted from Teenage Vol.30 Issue 2, out on newsstands now.

Earlier in January, JJ Lin revealed that he’ll be kicking off his Sanctuary World Tour starting from Shanghai in March before heading off to other cities such as Beijing, Shenzhen and Kuala Lumpur – to sizzling response as tickets to his shows were all snapped up shortly after going on sale, as expected of the Mandopop king. With his upcoming stop in Singapore this August, we wouldn’t be surprised if he manages to sell out his two-night show. After all, it’s JJ Lin we’re talking about.

Local organisers Unusual Entertainment announced that the prodigal son will be returning to his homeland for the Singapore leg of his Sanctuary World Tour, which promises to be a “360 all-rounded experience” complete with elaborate stage effects and top-notch vocals added to the already incredible venue. We can’t wait to belt out to his endless list of well-loved hits such as ‘A Thousand Years Later’, ‘Those Were The Days’ and ‘If Only’!

JJ Lin Sanctuary World Tour in Singapore 2018

JJ Lin Sanctuary World Tour
Date: 18 & 19 August 2018
Time: 7.30pm
Venue: Singapore Indoor Stadium
Ticket prices: $348, $288, $228, $148

Tickets go on sale from 16 June, 10am via www.sportshubtix.sg.

[UPDATE] Tickets to both shows are sold out, but additional shows will be launched on 15 and 16 August. Tickets across all price categories will go on public sale from 25 June, 10am via www.sportshubtix.sg.

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