Author: Kasturba Subba

  • Burning Hope

    Burning Hope

    Do you know that Singaporeans burnt over $21 million dollars-worth of money in 2014[1]? Paper money that is. A ritual practiced by many ethnic Chinese in Singapore, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Malaysia, the veneration of ancestors through burning offerings is common during Chinese New Year, Ching Ming Festival and Hungry Ghost Festival. The UrbanWire goes behind…

  • Ip Man 2: Same Plot, But Great Action

    Ip Man 2: Same Plot, But Great Action

    The filmmakers of Ip Man 2 had meant for this movie to centre around the relationship between him and his famed disciple, Bruce Lee. However, the filmmakers couldn’t get permission from Lee’s descendants and so could only portray him as a child at the very end of the movie. Which leaves us with a pivotal character is missing…

  • Morrissey Live in Singapore – Heaven Knows We’re Not Miserable Now

    Morrissey Live in Singapore – Heaven Knows We’re Not Miserable Now

    At 52, he’s older than your dad, but Morrissey ripped off his shirt exposing his well-toned torso in the middle of singing “So close your eyes / And think of someone you physically admire / And let me kiss you / Let me kiss you.” As the former frontman of indie legends The Smiths tossed it into the crowd…

  • Wizardry Online – The Essential Guide to Harry Potter Websites

    Wizardry Online – The Essential Guide to Harry Potter Websites

    Are you absolutely crazy about Harry Potter, and would like to have something magical to ravel in during those long waits for the books or movies to be released? Well, a large Harry Potter online community has already been established on the web, and it consist sites featuring Harry Potter news, fan fiction, fan art, and even information databases on…

  • The Email Interview: Nathan Hartono

    The Email Interview: Nathan Hartono

    UrbanWire spoke to the jazz singer last year – before he won a mentorship with Mandopop king Jay Chou. Homegrown singer-songwriter Nathan Hartono has gained overnight fame in China. His standout performance on Sing! China recently won him a coveted place in the team of Mandopop superstar Jay Chou, one of the show’s celebrity vocal…

  • A Seductive Musical Affair

    A Seductive Musical Affair

    The Manganiyar Seduction performed its second show at the Esplanade Theatre on 20 May and awed the audience including President S R Nathan; Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong; Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean, Members of Parliament and foreign ambassadors On a stage setting of what seemed like a decorative illuminated chocolate box with 36…

  • Jack And The Bean-Sprout!

    Jack And The Bean-Sprout!

    A 36-year-old doctoral candidate plays a naïve and lazy boy, another man acts as his mother, people sell cows in Singapore, and the quickest way to get up to the clouds is to climb a bean sprout. If you’re muttering, “What in the world?!” or some less sanitized version, you’ll be in the minority among…

  • Bringing Se*y Back

    Bringing Se*y Back

    Way ahead of the Christmas season, Orchard Rd will be brimming with festivities as early as November. But, we’re not talking about Christmas here, at least not yet. We’re talking about the second phase of Get Your Se*y Back for this year. Look out for the Heeren Festive Event in November, which promises a line-up some…

  • Pause for a Cause

    Pause for a Cause

    Pause for a Cause More needs to be done to encourage Singaporean youth to volunteer regularly. Mon, 3 Jul 2017 Kelsey Tan Xue Qi “Work for a cause, not for applause” is a quote 19-year-old Samantha Sethi lives by.Having grown up with a family of dog lovers, she has been actively volunteering with 2 animal…

  • “I’ve already gone to jail once anyway”: Vape Importer

    “I’ve already gone to jail once anyway”: Vape Importer

    An importer and distributor of e-vaporisers shares why he continues to sell the banned items in Singapore despite the risk of arrest. You’ve probably seen people vaping in public, but make no mistake – selling, buying and using electronic vaporisers is illegal in Singapore. Despite hefty punishments for breaking the law, the risk is well worth it for a…