Episodes

YLB #49 - “Racist” Straits Times articles get backlash and does singing “HOME” do anything useful?

April 26, 2020

The Straits Times published 2 articles that were accused of racial stereotyping - one about home-based learning and another about domestic workers. But were the accusers just “too sensitive”? And was the govt-initiated singing of “HOME” useful or was it ...

YLB #48 - Circuit Breaker extended by 4 weeks & the Virus Vanguard Superheroes defeated by Netizens

April 22, 2020

We try to wrap our heads around the Circuit Breaker extension. Elsewhere, a collab between Gov.sg and local comic outfit Band of Doodlers (BoD) to create SG superheroes got worldwide backlash. But was it fair? EDIT: News broke AFTER we recorded this that...

YLB #47 - Should we boycott GRAB & other food delivery apps and is “strenuous exercise” a reason to NOT wear a mask?

April 16, 2020

Restaurant owners are lobbying the big food delivery apps to lower commission fees, with some netizens pushing for a boycott. But is that fair? Earlier this week, the govt also made wearing masks mandatory, except during “strenuous exercise” like brisk w...

YLB #46 - Are migrant workers to blame for COVID19 spikes & the doctors who had sex with their patients

April 14, 2020

More COVID19 cases are popping up in migrant workers dorms. But some Singaporeans think the workers are to blame for not keeping their living quarters clean. Fair? Elsewhere, 2 doctors tarnished the name of frontline workers everywhere by taking "sexual ...

YLB #45 - 10 SHIOK THINGS for the week, as the world gets crazier

April 10, 2020

We really wanted to talk about the news, but what can we say that hasn’t already been said (by us). So we figured that we’d share some of the things that have kept us sane through the circuit breaker or made us want to punch ourselves in the face. Or bot...

YLB #44 - Why queue up at IKEA, Sports Stores and Bubble Tea shops days before we “Circuit Break”?

April 5, 2020

The weekend before our country went into “circuit breaker” mode to contain Covid19, many Singaporeans decided that it was their last chance to SHOP. The queues were insane, and the internet was pissed. But why would people do that? And are they wrong if ...

YLB #43 - What services really are “essential” during Covid19 and M’sian wives are told to “speak like Doraemon”

April 2, 2020

The French think pastry shops are "essential services", while the USA thinks gun shops are. Is there a right answer? In other news, domestic abuse cases increase worldwide as more people stay at home. Fortunately, a M’sian Ministry advised women (via rid...

YLB #42 - SG clubbers get slammed for partying amidst Covid-19, but are they wrong? And the upcoming condom shortage the world needs to prep for

March 29, 2020

Clubs and clubbers held 'farewell' parties ahead of stricter Covid-19 measures and got slammed by the public (and a Minister and at least 1 doctor). So should people socialize at all if Singapore isn’t in lockdown? And can business be blamed for wanting ...

YLB #41 - SG’s invasion of privacy shocks the New York Times and Malaysia’s Bomoh is back (and still ridiculous)

March 25, 2020

The New York Times wrote about civil rights plummeting worldwide as govts mine info to curb Covid-19. But does privacy even matter now? And Malaysia’s world-infamous Bomoh (a traditional shaman / mystic healer) is back with his shenanigans. But could the...

YLB #40 - A wet market, the Bible and the Quran - the 3 things in pictures that pissed Singaporeans off this week

March 21, 2020

Melissa Chen, a SG-born activist in the US famous for helping Amos Yee get asylum, faced backlash this week for using a picture of a local wet market in an article about Chinese wet markets. Why? In another picture that pissed off a bunch of people, a pa...

YLB #39 - Malaysia goes into lockdown to battle Covid-19 so should we stock up on toilet paper (again)?

March 16, 2020

Malaysia going into lockdown is the latest development in a week that saw Covid-19 become the most global event in recent times (besides the World Cup or the Olympics). So...toilet paper? Self-quarantine? Social distancing? And what the hell is herd immu...

YLB #38 - The SG student who got hate-punched in London and is it too soon to joke about Covid-19?

March 8, 2020

Jonathan Mok, an SG student in London, went viral around the world after he posted images of his punched-up eye after being jumped by a group of strangers in a coronavirus-related racist attack. And his is just one of many hate-attacks around the world. ...

YLB #37 - Mahathir goes full “Game of Thrones” and our noob-ish views on the future of the Coronavirus

Feb. 29, 2020

Step aside Coronavirus, Malaysia has bigger shit to deal with - their government. What a week it’s been for our neighbours and we TRY to understand and explain what happened. But we can only not talk about the virus for so long, so we share our totally n...

YLB #36 - Minister Chan Chung Sing has a leaked (audio) tape and XiaXue’s accused of “fatphobia” (feat. Munah Bagharib)

Feb. 21, 2020

A 25-min audio clip of Minister Chan Chun Sing spewing Singlish and scolding the “idiotic” hoarders of Singapore leaked online. Some people loved it, some didn’t. But did he go too far? Or is he “the Ah Beng” we deserve? Elsewhere, XiaXue ripped into the...

YLB #35 - A Chinese bride wears a Native American Headdress and the Internet loses it (feat. Noah Yap)

Feb. 15, 2020

"She loves parrots" was one of the reasons given by friends of the Chinese bride. Weird reason aside, is this yet another case of "cultural appropriation" or are netizens being "too sensitive" again? We dive into this with the husky-voiced Noah Yap, one ...

YLB #34 - The PMD ban goes apeshit and were Shakira and J Lo too sexual? Feat. Caitanya Tan

Feb. 7, 2020

Come April 2020, ALL motorised PMDs will be banned from footpaths (even hoverboards *gasp*) and users might even need to take theory tests! But are people as triggered or have we all moved on from anything PMD-related? On the other side of the world, Sha...

YLB #33 - Is Singapore’s travel ban on Chinese nationals xenophobic? And the school soccer game that ended 32-0

Feb. 1, 2020

On 1 Feb, Singapore became yet another country that imposed travel restrictions because of the Corona virus BUT became the FIRST in the world to ban anyone with a Chinese passport. But is it a xenophobic policy? In other news, the Singapore Sports School...

YLB #32 - The Singaporean’s guide to the Wuhan Virus and Facebook calls China’s President Xi “Mr Shithole”

Jan. 25, 2020

Do we really need to be that scared of the Wuhan Coronavirus? And is eating wild animals that wrong? In other China-related news, Facebook incorrectly translated a Facebook post by Aung San Suu Kyi and ended up referring to China’s President Xi “faeces h...