Buro.'s 10 most-read Culture articles of 2019
From the incendiary K. Muthusamy saga that sparked a national conversation about race in every room of the country to the global frenzy caused by the impeachment of Trump, 2019 has been nothing short of drama with a capital 'D'.
At Buro. this year, we crafted stories that didn't just react to the latest happenings and trending personalities, but sought to take the conversation further for our in-the-know readers with plenty of heart and thought.
In 2019, these articles just happen to touch on a diverse array of themes: from predictable hot-button issues such as race and mental health to profiles on exciting emerging creative talents in photography and entertainment to revealing first-person accounts of how Singaporeans party and live.
We're stoked to continue the Culture section's winning streak in 2020 through amusing and informative articles that flirt with the boundaries of storytelling and criticism. In the meantime, catch up on our top 10 most-read stories of the year in no particular order below. Enjoy and have an awesome New Year!
1. ART | Photographer Jayden Tan's portraiture and still-lifes capture what it means to be Singaporean
Our long-running 'New Gen' series profiles the most unique talents in photography locally and abroad. This year, Jayden Tan's distinctly Singaporean body of work captured our imaginations. He launched his very own production studio HeadQuartors in September. Keep up with Jayden on Instagram.
2. MUSIC | I went to One Min — Club Easy and here's what happened
Schizophrenic music, pretty girls, and petty fights — find out what happened when I sent my editorial intern to a popular Thai disco.
3. DESIGN | Inside the new home office of married graphic design team, Ella Zheng and Ryan Len of The Workbench
This year, we launched Buro. Homes — a video series where contributing editor Tracy Phillips brought you inside the inspired homes of Singapore-based creatives to find out how they've put together their living spaces. Get inspired by the quirky interiors of graphic design and illustration studio The Workbench.
4. MUSIC | The Sam Willows' Narelle Kheng goes solo after a period of grief
"I thought I was the most useless, trashy person". A quarter of Singapore's most beloved band, Narelle Kheng opened up about heartbreak, seeking therapy, and finding her own voice in this open-hearted interview.
5. DESIGN | I stayed at Hmlet Cantonment and here's what happened
One of the fastest growing players in Singapore's co-living market, Hmlet opened its largest property on Cantonment Road at the edge of Tanjong Pagar in the CBD. I checked in for a weekend to see what was all the fuss about.
6. INSIDERS | What a Singaporean Indian learnt during a six-month trip to India
There's possibly nothing worse you could say to an ethnic minority than "go back to your own country", but a bold 29-year-old chef decided to put it to the test and the results were eye-opening.
7. TV | The sexiest Game of Thrones scenes from all seven seasons
HBO's hit fantasy series Game of Thrones might have ended on 19 May, but it gave us titillating memories worth a lifetime. We still lie awake on certain sleepless nights thinking about that epic scene where the Mother of Dragons, Daenerys, emerged naked and unscathed from the flaming ruins of the Dothraki's Temple of the Dosh Khaleen. Relive the sexiest moments again with our round-up.
8. INSIDERS | Singapore's most controversial siblings Preetipls and Subhas on family, fame, and finding their voices
One racist brown-face print ad, two enraged personalities, and one self-righteous politician — who could forget the K.Muthusamy saga? As part of our self-penned 'Here's My Story' series, Preetipls and Subhas tell their side of the narrative alongside exclusively commissioned portraits by photographer Faiyaz.
9. BURO LOVES | Saizeriya's atrocious food and other cool Singaporean Instagram accounts to follow
Nobody gets more excited about a meme account than me. In my 'Screenshots' series, I rounded up the most hilarious local IG accounts that poked fun at what it means to live in Singapore.
10. TV | Singaporean actor Ayden Sng on constructive criticism, Instagram, and his upcoming YouTube channel
Ayden Sng might be one of the freshest talents in our local entertainment scene today, but he is certainly more than a pretty face. He discussed his rise to fame, venture into acting, and his yet-to-be-launched men's grooming YouTube channel in this interview.
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