2023 yr in evaluation: Singapore’s unforgettable moments, from Taylor Swift to the Presidential Elections

2023 year in review: Singapore’s unforgettable moments, from Taylor Swift to the Presidential Elections
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From Taylor Swift live performance tickets and the Presidential Elections to a few private milestones, right here’s 2023 in evaluation.

It’s the time of the yr once we revisit our high moments of 2023. Forgot what made this yr tick? No worries! We’ve condensed all of the motion to maintain you within the loop. Right here’s our recount of 2023’s yr in evaluation.

The yr in evaluation: Singapore’s high moments in 2023

1. We launched a podcast!

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We’re beginning the record on a excessive be aware. This yr noticed many thrilling moments for us together with the launch of our new Honeycombers podcast! Honey bees Sufyan and Ashe spill the tea on all issues Singapore – from the most well liked happenings to hidden gems. Be part of us for fast bites of information on the go, and let’s navigate the little crimson dot collectively.

2. Barbie mania hit us onerous

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Did you dance the night time away whereas channelling Barbiecore and crushing onerous on Ken? You weren’t alone. Greta Gerwig’s Barbie wasn’t your typical ‘plastic incredible’ story – it delved into the true stuff, tackling expectations on girls, difficult the patriarchy, and celebrating the rollercoaster that’s the feminine expertise.

3. Presidential Elections

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The Presidential Elections have been held in Singapore on 1 September 2023, contested by three candidates: Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Ng Kok Track, and Tan Kin Lian. However it didn’t go down with out some fascinating moments. Ultimately, the pineapple prevailed as Shanmugan gained by a landslide at 70.41% of the votes.

4. Scandals in politics

Mmm-mmm, what do we’ve got right here? Nothing like somewhat drama in politics to curiosity the apathetic. Keep in mind Cheng Li Hui, the ex-MP from Tampines and Tan Chuan-Jin, the previous Speaker of Parliament, who made waves in July? They hit the information once they each resigned due to an ‘inappropriate relationship’.

Two high-up members of the Employees’ Celebration (WP) additionally known as it quits. Leon Perera, a member of parliament, and Nicole Seah, the president of the youth wing, owned as much as being extra than simply colleagues after a video went viral, catching them holding arms.

5. The devastating Israel-Hamas battle

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The armed battle between Israel and Hamas-led Palestinian militant teams took a flip for the more severe on 7 October, with clashes in and across the Gaza Strip, the West Financial institution, and the Israel-Lebanon border. It marks the fifth battle of the Gaza-Israel battle. The present scenario has resulted in a major civilian demise toll, inner displacements, and accusations of battle crimes on either side. The battle is ongoing, with international protests calling for a ceasefire and the US supporting Israel.

6. We mentioned hiya to new points of interest

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We proceed to debunk the notion that Singapore is boring with our high new points of interest and openings. Highlights embody Fowl Paradise, Coach Play Singapore Shophouse, Tiny Away Escape at Lazarus Island, Tipsy Unicorn and Curler Mania 3.0, simply to call a couple of.

7. It’s concert events galore

Coldplay: Music of the Spheres World Tour
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RIP to our financial institution accounts ‘cos we have been spoilt with numerous worldwide acts gracing our metropolis this yr. From concert events to theatre reveals and musicals to stand-up acts, there have been a lot! We will solely think about what’s to come back subsequent yr.

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8. The turmoil of securing Taylor Swift live performance tickets was actual

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Taylor Swift on high of Marina Bay Sands. What extra are you able to ask for?

Solely Swifties will bear in mind the emotional turmoil they skilled as they tried to get their arms on the Eras Tour tickets, occurring in March subsequent yr. From tenting out at SingPost to making use of for bank cards to get first dibs on tickets, it was a sight to behold. As we countdown the times, right here’s the place we predict Taylor Swift ought to go to throughout her stopover in Singapore.

9. We celebrated 100 years of Disney

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Disney followers have been handled to numerous occasions in celebration of the model’s a centesimal anniversary. We began the yr with Disney-themed actions at Jewel Changi Airport and Frozen, the hit Broadway musical, adopted by cool pop-ups and immersive experiences.

10. The mattress bug infestation put a stinger on our journey plans

Following reviews of those critters inflicting chaos throughout Europe, they quickly set their sights on South Korea (which could be very near Singapore, yikes!). Although they’ve gone all out with pest management and inspections in public spots, we’ve got to remain ready in case the infestation hits our metropolis. Keep protected with these pest management providers.

11. We welcomed new (and refurbished) inns in Singapore

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Has anybody else observed a surge in resort openings this yr? We’ve bought newcomers like Pullman Singapore Hill Road, Mondrian Singapore Duxton, Como Metropolitan Singapore, The Singapore Version, Pan Pacific Orchard and Artyzen Singapore arriving in Singapore. Mandarin Oriental additionally reopened after a six-month renovation, Marina Bay Sands newly configured a few of its rooms and suites, and The Robertson Home bought a rebrand. Hey, we aren’t complaining about it – extra staycay choices for us!

12. TOW with Matthew Perry’s farewell

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Followers of Buddies have been devastated to listen to in regards to the premature passing of Matthew Perry. He was discovered unresponsive in his dwelling’s scorching tub and handed away on 28 October. You’ll know by now that he was fondly often known as the sarcastic and hilarious Chandler Bing on the hit American TV sitcom Buddies. Revisit the great, the dangerous, and the inspirational classes we learnt following his demise.

13. Shanti Pereira solidified her spot amongst Singapore’s best athletes

It was a fantastic yr for our dash queen as she broke nationwide information within the 100m and 200m races, securing two golds on the SEA Video games and one other two on the Asian Championships. The head got here in October on the Hangzhou Asian Video games, the place she not solely ended a 49-year medal drought with a 100m silver medal but in addition secured Singapore’s first Asian Video games athletics gold since 1974 within the 200m race.

14. We welcomed extra eating places, cafes and bars…

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Maintain your forks, as a result of Singapore’s F&B scene introduced the flavour occasion as soon as once more with new eating places, cafes, and bars. From worldwide franchises organising store to catching the most recent developments, and native maestros spreading their culinary wings – we’ve been indulging in a gastronomic extravaganza.

15. …However we additionally mentioned goodbye to others

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As we welcomed the newcomers, we additionally bid a fond farewell to common institutions. This yr, we mentioned farewell to Wimbly Lu, Wheeler’s Yard, Rider’s Cafe, California Republic, and Barood, amongst others.

Oh, what a yr it’s been. What was your favorite second in 2023?