March 19, 2021

YLB #141 - Anthony Chen on directing a Marvel movie, awards acceptance speeches & the future of film in Singapore

We have a heart-to-heart with Anthony Chen, arguably Singapore’s most decorated filmmaker (1 Cannes Camera D’or award + 6 Golden Horse awards baby!). We talk about films, but also about stuff you’ve never heard before - like his standing ovation in Kazak...

March 17, 2021

YLB #140 - The controversial "woke" article by Bertha Henson’s student & the SG music conductor from Russia who now delivers food

On 14 Mar 2021, the TODAY newspaper published an op-ed article criticising cancel culture and “wokeness”. It was by Dana Teoh, a student of media veteran Bertha Henson. It pissed a lot of people off, but why? Elsewhere, an article about an internationall...

March 14, 2021

YLB #139 - Why Oprah’s interview with Meghan and Harry is so polarizing & “Count on me, S’pore” copied in India

We finally watched the FULL interview and we try to make sense of it all. Was it fair? Why do some people hate it, while others love it? What could come next? And does it matter to Singaporeans? Elsewhere, the MCCY announced that they are investigating a...

March 12, 2021

YLB #138 - A viral nature “influencer” on the Kranji forest clearing, wild boars & SG nature (feat. Biogirl MJ)

We speak to BiogirlMJ, one half of the duo behind the viral facebook page “Just Keep Thinking”, which has amassed more than 80,000 followers and tons of viral videos in a very short time. She makes videos about Singapore nature featuring stuff and places...

March 09, 2021

YLB #137 - The Govt’s project to unite S’poreans through football & is Viswa Sadasivan talking about casual racism?

MCCY’s Minister Edwin Tong announced a national FOOTBALL project to encourage youths to train and go professional. It even includes a “football curriculum” for primary school students. But is it aiming too high? Elsewhere, ex-NMP Viswa Sadasivan appeared...

March 06, 2021

YLB #136 - Singapore’s first ARTS university & SingPass to be used to verify age when buying beer

In the same week that the Substation announced their closure, education minister Lawrence Wong announced that the first university of the arts will be formed by an alliance between NAFA and Lasalle. But why are some people pissed? Elsewhere, SingPass wil...

March 03, 2021

YLB #135 - The Substation closes down amidst outcries & the 2 women hospitalised after a spin class

After weeks of buzzing, the Substation finally announced their decision to close permanently after 30 years of being a mainstay in the SG arts scene. Some people are sad, some people are angry and some people are pissed at the National Arts Council. Why?...

February 28, 2021

YLB #134 - A wild boar gets euthanized in SG & thousands sign a petition against “vaccine passports” in the UK

After a couple of attacks on people, a wild boar was captured in Punggol on the afternoon of Fri, 26 Feb. By the evening, it was euthanized due to “aggressive behaviour”. But was that really the best thing to do? Elsewhere, Boris Johnson’s decision to re...

February 24, 2021

YLB #133 - SG Pastor asks girls to dress more “modestly” & the new app that allow you to “chope” parking lots

On Feb 21, Pastor Joanne Chow published a post on the instagram account of @Thir.st, a local Christian publication, asking women not to dress in a revealing or provocative manner, so as not to incite lustful thoughts from men. It caused a huge kerfuffle ...

February 22, 2021

YLB #132 - NUS drops Viswa Sadasivan & Disney drops Mandalorian star Gina Carano

The case of the alleged sexual harrassment by Ex-NMP Viswa Sadasivan continues, with him being dropped by NUS for “all projects”. He also steps down from the NUS Alumni Advisory Board. So why did AWARE just put out a statement responding to...his stateme...

February 19, 2021

YLB #131 - Australia fights back against Facebook & the Kranji forest clearing screw-up

Overnight, Facebook literally turned off their services in Australia and caused a news Australia is still pressing on with their law forcing Facebook to pay news publishers, but what does this mean for the future of internet content? Back home, Singapore...

February 18, 2021

YLB #130 - The most controversial part of Budget 2021 & David Letterman gets called a “bully”

Our DPM a.k.a. Sugardaddy Heng unveiled the budget for 2021 on 16 Feb, and it covers A LOT. It looks good on paper, but is it really that good? Could there be alternatives to the GST hike? Elsewhere, David Letterman is facing backlash for the questions h...

February 15, 2021

YLB #129 - The consequences of the horrible car crash at Tanjong Pagar & the Malaysian Govt wants to stop sugar daddies

On 13 Feb, Singapore woke up to the horrible news of a car crash that killed all 5 passengers. Investigations are ongoing, but is it just the fault of the driver? What about the car or even the road? Elsewhere, the Malaysian government wants to ban Sugar...

February 12, 2021

YLB #128 - Should Singapore companies withdraw from Myanmar & the man who scammed $1m by impersonating Ho Ching

A week after the coup d’etat by Myanmar’s military on 1 Feb 2021, SG businessman and Razer co-founder Lim Kaling cut his minority shareholding of a Burmese tobacco company. But should all Singaporean companies cut ties? Are there even a lot of such compa...

February 11, 2021

YLB #127 - Sexual harassment, patriarchy in Singapore, & Viswa Sadasivan vs Sharul Channa (Feat. AWARE Singapore)

We talk to Margaret Thomas, founder member & current president of AWARE Singapore, and Jasmine Ng, board member of AWARE & producer of their acclaimed podcast, SAGA, which documents the dramatic events of 2009. We talk about the show and dive deep into f...

February 09, 2021

YLB #126 - Ex-NMP Viswa Sadasivan accused of sexual harassment & SG Condo forbids maids from using facilities

On 4 Feb, ex-NMP Viswa Sadasivan after he was accused of sexual harassment by Sharul Channa, a famous local comedienne whom he interviewed for his TV show. Since then, at least one other woman has shared a similar experience and AWARE has made a statemen...

February 02, 2021

YLB #125 - Backlash against Dover Forest development & does MOE want to track our kids’ web history?

A viral video of Clementi forest in 2020 shone light on development plans for the Clementi and Dover forests. But do we always have to choose between nature and development? Elsewhere, a petition was started to lobby against MOE tracking the computer hab...

February 01, 2021

YLB #124 - US travellers get deported from Bali after tweeting & fake news about CNY safety ambassadors

On 17 Jan 2021, Kristen Gray, a US “digital nomad” living in Bali for the past year, posted a Twitter thread proclaiming her “elevated lifestyle” that went viral and pissed off Indonesians. 10 days later, she and her partner were deported. Why? Back home...

January 29, 2021

YLB #123 - Sec 4 student detained for terrorist attack plans & Redditors take on Wall Street with GameStop stock

On Jan 27, the ISD issued a press release with details on a 16-year-old Singaporean boy who was detained in Dec 2020 for planning terrorist attacks on 2 mosques in SG. How worried should we be? Elsewhere, the Redditors vs Wall Street via GamesStop saga c...

January 26, 2021

YLB #122 - A mother gets pissed at SAF for making her wait & ALL bicycles in SG now need brakes (feat. Rishi Budhrani)

On Jan 23, a mother posted on the Complaint Singapore Facebook page about how frustrated she was at having to wait 2 hours for her son to book out of camp. The internet was divided, but does she have a point? Elsewhere, the Ministry of Transport issued a...

January 25, 2021

YLB Week in History #2 - 18 years after GLADIATOR, Russell Crowe says kids these days have “no focus”

In Jan 2003, Russell Crowe became famous for “Gladiator”. 18 years later in Jan 2021, he became infamous for getting pissed at a tweet that called "Master and Commander", his other movie, “sleep-inducing”. He said kids have “no focus”, but does Gen Z act...

January 22, 2021

YLB #121 - The pride flag controversy at SMOL eatery & tighter COVID rules for CNY?

On 18 Jan, the owner of SMOL eatery, a local F&B establishment, uploaded a CCTV video of a random man who ripped off a pride flag on display and hurled abuse at the staff. People pissed and an outpouring of support came, but is there more to it? With CNY...

January 19, 2021

YLB #120 - MOE gets backlash after rant by transgender student & Boris Johnson wants UK to be “like Singapore”

A transgender student recently ranted on Reddit about MOE blocking her hormone therapy. The post went viral, and MOE responded with a post of their own. It got backlash, but was it fair? Elsewhere, the British PM Boris Johnson tasks his UK Chancellor wit...

January 15, 2021

YLB #119 - Trump’s social media ban & Uncle Roger gets backlash about China

President Trump’s ban from Big Tech platforms has been lauded by loads of people, but is it a good thing? Closer to home, Malaysian comedian Uncle Roger got backlash for taking down a video collab with Mike Chen (Strictly Dumpling) because of his views o...