04 May 2017
8 times Singapore went viral
Singapore is known for several things: its cleanliness, the award-winning Changi Airport, the F1 night race, caning of vandals, and rarely does it ping the radars of journalists overseas for other reasons. But once in a blue moon, something bizarre like an “unbelievable” song or online post pops up and it becomes the talk of the town at home as well as abroad. Here are eight times the little red dot went viral.
04 May 2017
When Gordon Ramsay gave his two cents on this plate of “fish and chips”
Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay is known for his straight talking ways and he certainly did not hold back when he was asked to rate the fish and chips served at LeVel33, a restaurant located at Singapore's Marina Bay Financial Centre.
“That's 8 chips & 8 anchovies @ $1 each please.... the lemon is bigger than the fish!" wrote the acid-tongued chef on Twitter. Yup, we couldn’t have said it better.
The photo of the plate of fish and chips went viral this week after Facebook user Jaze Phua shared how he felt “cheated” and “almost died from laughing with internal-organs-explosion” when the dish turned out like nothing he expected.
To be fair, this was from the bar bites menu which clearly states that it is whitebait. But still, to charge $13 for eight pieces of ikan bilis and fries is a tad steep. Next time just call a spade, a spade - or in this case, whitebait.
Photos: Jaze Phua
22 Jun 2016
When two shoplifting teens grinned their way to infamy
Two Singaporean 18-year-olds learned the power of social media the hard way after they were publicly named and shamed when their grinning mugshots went viral in Thailand last week.
The girls, who were caught on CCTV stealing two tops from an unattended store in Bangkok’s Platinum Mall in June last year, were caught in a nearby shopping centre and detained after their photos were widely circulated on instant messaging app Line. Though the pair claimed they were “very scared and confused”, the shop owner said they didn’t show any remorse and even joked around and smiled for their mugshots, which one of them posted on Instagram.
In their defence, one of the girls, Low Yu Min, said the security guard handling the case had “tried to lighten the mood” and that it was only after the case was settled that they posed for the photos. “On hindsight, it was completely wrong of us to make light of the situation,” Yu Min told a Singapore newspaper, adding that they spent the next few days feeling ashamed of their actions.
Photo: Auk Thanima's Facebook page
29 Sep 2015
When beauty blogger Juli ‘Bun Bun’ live critiqued her friend’s wedding
With friends like this, who needs enemies? Singapore beauty blogger Juli ‘Bun Bun’ earned herself the title of ‘Worst Wedding Guest Ever’ when she ripped apart the wedding of her husband’s pal in a live blog in 2015, critiquing every aspect of the event, from the bride’s gown and her bouquet, to the bridal car decoration and the wedding reception. She even claimed that people who peered into the bridal car were looking at her, thinking she was the bride - talk about having a massive ego.
Despite her scathing comments, Juli, who shot to fame in 2013 after sharing photos of her allergic reaction to a facial treatment, wrote that she was “not suggesting superiority over another couple’s decision” but just felt sad for the groom and also “sad that they kinda got ripped off”.
Her blog post drew the ire of netizens and went viral, even catching the attention of UK news sites. Though Juli has since deleted the post and changed her Instagram account to private, what’s on the Internet stays on the Internet. We just pity her husband. Must be awkward meeting his good friend after this.