Zico & Seolhyun - Our Newest K-Pop Couple

11 Aug 2016 by Venetia Sng

Block B’s Zico and AOA’s Seolhyun is officially dating! This came really unexpected as both of them have really different images, but then again we don’t know them personally so who are we to judge right?

Shortly after Korean media Dispatch released photos of Zico and Seolhyun on dates, their respective agencies have released official statements to confirm the two idol’s relationship!

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Seolhyun was captured running towards Zico’s apartment on multiple occasions.

Zico Seolhyun Dating 1

Are you shipping this new couple? Let us know in the comments below!

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12 K-Pop MVs That Are Actually Advertisements

10 Aug 2016 by Venetia Sng

Did you know some of our favourite K-pop music videos (MV) are actually paid endorsements by companies like LG, Coca-Cola and even Toyota? We didn’t know that ‘Galaxy Supernova’ by Girls’ Generation is an advertisement for Samantha Thavasa Jeans! We list down 12 MVs that are actually advertisements!

Girls’ Generation – Visual Dreams
Advertisement for Intel

Hyuna – My Colour
Advertisement for Toyota

Dara – Kiss
Advertisement for Cass Beer

Girls’ Generation – Galaxy Supernova
Advertisement for Samantha Thavasa Jeans

Wave – GFriend
Advertisement for American Tourister

Lollipop – Big Bang & 2NE1
Advertisement for LG

Taste The Feeling – NCT 127
Advertisement for Coca-Cola

Chocolate Love – Girls’ Generation
Advertisement for LG

Don’t Stop The Music – 2NE1
Advertisement for Yamaha

Maxstep – Younique
Advertisement for Hyundai

Woo Hoo – Mamamoo
Advertisement for LG

Hello Bubble – Girl’s Day
Advertisement for Miseenscene

Did we miss out on any? Let us know by commenting below! By the way, we bet you didn’t know that some of your favourite K-Pop songs are actually remakes. Check them out here.


Watch Scarlet Heart Ryeo Same Time as Korea’s Telecast

4 Aug 2016 by Venetia Sng

Say goodbye to painfully waiting for your favourite Korean dramas to be subbed and be available for viewing, ’cause the highly anticipated Korean drama Scarlet Heart Ryeo will be aired the same time as Korea exclusively on ONE (Singtel TV Ch 513 & 604, StarHub TV Ch 124, 820 & 823)!

Scarlet Heart Ryeo Individual Posters

This drama is a remake of the popular Chinese series 步步惊心. Featuring IU, Lee Joon Ki, Hong Jong Hyun, Nam Joo Hyuk, Kang Ha Neul, Baek Hyun and Ji Soo, we’re expecting this pre-produced drama to be bigger than Decedents of the Sun (DOTS) already!

White waiting for the drama’s debut, let’s admire the gorgeous cast in this spread they did with Cosmopolitan!

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Scarlet Heart Ryeo will debut in Korea and in Singapore on 29 August, airing every Monday and Tuesday at 9pm. First and exclusively on ONE.


Movie of the Week: Jason Bourne

27 Jul 2016 by Venetia Sng

First was Identity then Supremacy then Ultimatum and lastly (without Matt Damon) Legacy. Our favourite Matty Matt is back as Jason Bourne and he is going to end this once and for all.

Matt Damon returns to his most iconic role in Jason Bourne. Paul Greengrass, the director of The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum, once again joins Damon for the next chapter of Universal Pictures’ Bourne franchise, which finds the CIA’s most lethal former operative drawn out of the shadows.

If you didn’t catch any of the Bourne movies and too lazy to sit through all four, here’s everything you need to know before catching Jason Bourne.

Jason Bourne will be in theatres near you 28 July!

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It seemed like yesterday that The Sam Willows was just a group of bright young things churning out pop covers to an anonymous online audience – but on 22 July 2016, the homegrown quartet played to a 2,500-strong crowd at their first headline gig at Hard Rock Hotel’s The Coliseum, Resorts World Sentosa, and boy was it absolutely insane.

The Sam Willows

What followed over the next two hours was an incredible set of crowd favourites such as ‘For Love’, ‘All Time High’ and ‘Take Heart’, as well as a jaw-dropping cover of Little Mix’s ‘Secret Love Song’ delivered in all its harmonised glory. 

The Sam Willows Benjamin Kheng

However, what really stood out for us that night was the solo highlights. Don’t get us wrong here; while we love The Sam Willows as a whole, anyone who’s seen their live stages that night would agree that it’s impossible to ignore the charms of each member. How phenomenal was Ben’s goosebumps-inducing spoken word poem? How soulful was Narelle’s rendition of ‘Some They Lie’? How sultry was Sandra’s performance of Christina Aguilera’s ‘Ain’t No Other Man’? How electrifying was Jon with his guitar solo and underrated vocals? See what we mean.

The Sam Willows Shigga Shay

Yet despite their burgeoning popularity, we appreciate how they didn’t just keep the spotlight on themselves. Instead, it was a celebration of local arts and music with Singaporean singer-songwriter Sam Rui and Indonesian acoustic trio The Overtunes opening the show, contemporary dancers and ballerinas joining them onstage for choreographed routines, and lastly, rapper Shigga Shay who made a surprise appearance during ‘Taking All His Time’. Way to go, Willows!

The Sam Willows Crying

Understandably, it was a sentimental moment for the four-year-old band, who finally realised their dreams of putting out a full record and holding a regional concert tour – a massively successful one, at that. In the midst of boisterous applause and endless cheers, the foursome huddled in an emotional group hug after the encore (and ended up triggering even more waterworks from Narelle, who has already exhausted her tear ducts during ‘Nightlight’.) Not gonna lie, we were so close to getting weepy ourselves.

The Sam Willows Ending

Our local music scene may be small, but this evening was a lovely reminder of how tight-knit and inclusive the community is towards one another. We also spotted many familiar faces in the crowd, including fellow musicians Nathan Hartono, Gentle Bones and Sezairi who specially swung by to show their support.

Check out who else turned up!


crying for @thesamwillows ???❤️

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milestone ?? @thesamwillows

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We love @thesamwillows ❤️ #takehearttoursg

A video posted by CHRISTABEL CHUA ? (@bellywellyjelly) on

Not there in person, but he’s always a tweet away!


Insanely proud of these 4 individuals I get to call… Family. @thesamwillows

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Last but not least, a mandatory wefie of the #TSWsquad.

Move over, T-Swift – these are the real #SquadGoals right here. 

We’re totally feeling the concert withdrawals kicking in now, and if you’re anything like us, why not pick up a copy of our latest August issue and read more about The Sam Willows? Hear ’em talk about their favourite local dishes, go-to Singlish phrases and the most ‘Singaporean’ things they’ve ever done on p.46–47!

Image credits: Aloysius Lim

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