January 14, 2021

YLB Week in History #1: 2017 Australian Open & the birth of Wikipedia

It’s our new “3rd EPISODE”, where we look at 2 interesting things that happened this week in any past year. Today, it’s the epic tennis final between Roger Federer & Rafael Nadal (2017) and the birth of Wikipedia (2001). We also have a section dedicated ...

January 11, 2021

YLB #118 - Backlash against TraceTogether’s data use & PM Lee listed on Carousell for $5m

On 4 Jan 2021, the Govt revealed that data from the TraceTogether app could be used by the police for investigation of crimes, which prompted a LOT of debate. WTF or fair compromise? Elsewhere, troll accounts have started listing prominent Singaporeans a...

January 08, 2021

YLB #117 - Rioters run wild on Capitol Hill & the 3 women accused of whitewashing Mahjong

Trump supporters went apeshit and stormed Capitol Hill to protest the 2020 US Election results, but why is that being referred to as a catastrophe of epic proportions? Elsewhere, 3 Texas-based Caucasian women who started a company called Mahjong Line hav...

January 03, 2021

YLB #116 - KL-Singapore High Speed Rail gets #Cancelled & Man Utd’s Cavani gets banned for a “racial slur”

On 1 Jan 2021, the plans for the KL-SG HSR was scrapped after SG & M’sia couldn’t agree on a way forward. But after all the work since 2013, why did this happen? Elsewhere, Uruguayan soccer player Edinson Cavani received a 3-match ban and a £100,000 fine...

December 31, 2020

YLB #115 - News in 2020 we wanted to talk about but DIDN’T

2020 has been _______ . We’ll leave that to you to fill up. Amidst the craziness, that are stories we didn’t cover on YLB for whatever reason. From UFOs to naked people in Bedok to BREXIT and Singapore having the biggest “masturbation gap”, we close the ...

December 25, 2020

YLB #114 - Ah Boys to Men actor and other celebs flout COVID Rules & the influencers selling “pre-loved” pillows

Maxi Lim, the Ah Boys to Men actor, is being investigated for flouting COVID19 rules at his recent wedding, while Sonia Chew and 12 other local celebs did the same at a gathering back in Oct 2020. Why do celebs keep doing this? Elsewhere, a recent viral ...

December 15, 2020

YLB #113 - Singapore moves into Phase 3 & hotel staycations cause 7-hour queues

On 14 Dec 2020, Singapore stopped again to watch PM Lee announce Phase 3 starting on 28 Dec 2020. But why that date, and what does it mean for Singaporeans? On a different note, this past weekend saw check-in queues of up to 7-hours form at various hotel...

December 12, 2020

YLB #112 - Is Warners Bros killing the cinema industry? Feat Antti Toivonen, co-writer of Tiong Bahru Social Club

Warner Bros announced that they’ll be releasing their entire 2021 slate of movies (17 of them) simultaneously on their streaming platform AND cinemas. Lots of Hollywood big guns have fired back and slammed them, but is that the future of films? Joining u...

December 07, 2020

YLB #111 - MP Shanmugam is unhappy with UN’s decision on cannabis & Yeezy release draws huge crowds in Orchard

On 2 Dec 2020, the UN reclassified Cannabis and no longer considers it a risky narcotic. But MP Shan was unhappy and said it’s because of “money”. Does he have a point? Back home, the latest release of the Yeezy Bred 350 Sneakers caused huge crowds to ga...

December 03, 2020

YLB #110 - Singapore becomes the 1st country to approve lab-grown meat & SAF NSFs get new army vests

Food tech startup Eat Just got the go-ahead to sell their lab-grown meat in Singapore, which will be a world’s FIRST. But would you want to eat lab-grown meat? Or should we wait for more testing? Elsewhere, the SAF announced a new high-tech load-bearing ...

November 30, 2020

YLB #109 - A child rapist gets whipped 146 times in Aceh & the horse-petting event that got backlash

The public flogging took place in the conservative province of Aceh, which is ruled under Sharia Law. Human rights organisations want caning to be abolished but what about caning in Singapore? Elsewhere, fashion label In Good Company & EQUAL, a horse-bas...

November 24, 2020

YLB #108 - Will a UNESCO listing actually be good for “hawker culture” and the breast cancer ad that went wrong

Come Dec 2020, we’ll find out if our “hawker culture” is officially listed as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. But will it actually do anything to preserve hawking, or is it just lip service? Elsewhere, a breast cancer ad by the Breast ...

November 20, 2020

YLB #107 - A widow gets rejected as a foster parent by the authorities & George Clooney gives his friends $1 million each

First, a widow gets rejected as a foster parent by the Ministry of Social & Family Development (MSF) BECAUSE she’s a single parent. Then, her daughter posts about it on Facebook and it goes viral. Then NUS Prof rebutts her points. But why were people pis...

November 16, 2020

YLB #106 - Calvin Cheng’s “social experiment” on Facebook & local YouTuber gets “sued” by a “marketing guru”?

Ex-NMP & current social commentator Calvin Cheng did a Facebook "social experiment” criticising WP's Jamus Lim and Raeesah Khan for their material pursuits. But was it useful or just unnecessary fluff? Elsewhere, local YouTuber Rishi is facing legal acti...

November 13, 2020

YLB #105 - 21 members of S Korean “cult” arrested in Singapore & can STB + Pokemon Go help tourism?

Members of the infamous Shincheonji Church from South Korea were arrested here in S'pore after investigations began in Feb 2020. But why are they considered a “cult”? Does SG have other cults? Elsewhere, Singapore Tourism Board has a tie up with Pokemon ...

November 08, 2020

YLB #104 - What’s next after Biden finally beats Trump & EVA Air launches speed dating on flights

We recorded this episode JUST as Biden was confirmed as POTUS 46, but what happens next? What’s the worst that Trump could do? Elsewhere, EVA Air from Taiwan launches flights to nowhere with speed dating for 40 singles. Good idea or WTF? Check out our #Y...

November 05, 2020

YLB #103 - Was MP Shanmugam’s statement on Parti Liyani fair & Baby Shark Becomes Most-Watched YouTube Video

MP Shanmugam divided the Internet with his Ministerial statement on the controversy around Parti Liyani’s case. Why? Elsewhere, Baby Shark dethrones Despacito as the most-watched video on YouTube with 7 billion views and shows why Korean Pop Culture is t...

November 01, 2020

YLB #102 - Why Mahathir’s Tweet got banned & the ugly reality of Robinson’s liquidation

Last week, French’s President Macron pissed off the Muslim world and now Dr Mahathir from Malaysia pisses off Twitter. What exactly did Mahathir say that was considered hate speech? Was the backlash he got fair? Back home, Robinson’s announced their clos...

October 29, 2020

YLB #101 - France’s President Macron pisses off the Muslim world & how cashless payments may be hurting hawkers

President Macron rightly condemned the horrible murder of a French teacher by a terrorist, but in the process, he said some things that angered Muslims around the world. Why? Back home in Singapore, a viral social experiment showed our Hawkers could be g...

October 25, 2020

YLB #100 - Will Malaysia go into “emergency” rule & our favourite moments from 100 YLB episodes

If you’re wondering WTF is going on in Malaysia’s “emergency” discussions, we do a recap so you don’t have to. Heads up that at the time of this upload, Malaysia’s royal rulers were still in discussion. On a happier note, this is our 100th FRIGGIN YLB ep...

October 22, 2020

YLB #99 - NUS Professor fired for sexual harassment & what is the future of nightlife in Singapore?

Another week, another case of sexual harassment from NUS/ NTU. But this time it’s a Prof. What happened and what impact does the case have? Elsewhere, news of Phase 3 is bubbling. But nightlife venues are gonna remain close. So how? Check out our #YLB S...

October 18, 2020

YLB #98 - Amos Yee is charged with child porn in the US & are sneaker resellers unethical?

Amos Yee has gone from being a YouTube star to international free-speech hero to an asylum-seeker in the US. But last week, he was charged with solicitation of child porn. What happened? Elsewhere, a recent CNA video glorified a 16-year-old who makes SGD...

October 14, 2020

YLB #97 - SIA’s onboard meals are world-famous after selling out in 30 mins & SG home cam footage sold on porn sites

SIA recently launched an A380 “plane restaurant” and home-delivered premium meals, and it’s sold out faster than hotcakes. Some people think it’s great, some think it’s dumb. Why? Elsewhere in SG, hackers have stolen homecam footage from SG flats and are...

October 11, 2020

YLB #96 - Spotify employees “offended” by Joe Rogan’s podcast & XiaXue complains to the Workers Party

Spotify employees are demanding censorship of Joe Rogan’s unfiltered podcasts but should he listen? Back home in Singapore, XiaXue’s rants on Instastories about the state of her HDB estate pisses a whole bunch of people off. Why?  30% OFF! This episode w...