Pattaya- The postponed music festival, originally set in March of this year but delayed due to Covid-19, will tentatively take place on December 11 and 12 of this year, said Pattaya City Hall this week. The music festival will feature four stages and dozens of famous Thai artists and is designed to boost domestic Thai tourism to Pattaya. Deputy Mayor Ronnakit Ekkasing is heading the planning of the event and stated at a meeting this week that the event will be drastically different this year than prior years. The festival normally brings tens of thousands of young Thai people to Pattaya. Ronnakit said the city is looking at festival ideas from other places that have done events and is leaning towards booths to separate large groups like can be seen below. Masks and the Thai Chana check-in platform will also be required. Hand sanitizer stations will also be available. The city is also planning a fireworks festival but the exact date has not been decided upon. ... » Learn More about Pattaya Music Festival 2020 tentatively set for December
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On March 11, auction house Christie's announced that a digital artwork by artist Beeple (real name Mike Winkelmann) had been sold for US$70 million (S$93 million). Titled Everydays: The First 5,000 Days , the artwork is a collage of 5,000 works of art by Winkelmann which he produced one-per-day over the course of 13 years. It was the first ever piece of art ever sold by a major auction house, that does not exist in a physical form. The buyer was a mysterious man who went by the pseudonym Metakovan, said to be one of the oldest investors in Non-Fungible Tokens. Buyer is immigrant from Tamil Nadu Two days ago, Metakovan's identity was revealed : Vignesh Sundaresan, an entrepreneur, coder and angel investor in blockchain technologies. Based on previous interviews by Metakovan, Vignesh is based in Singapore. According to The Straits Times , Vignesh is the chief executive of Portkey Technologies, an IT-consulting firm based in Singapore. His collaborator, ... » Learn More about Mystery S’pore buyer of S$93 million digital artwork revealed to be Tamil Nadu entrepreneur
A North Korean website has claimed that some K-pop artistes are being treated like slaves by large companies and forced to lead miserable lives. The claim was made by the propaganda site Arirang-Meari on March 13, under an article titled " South Korean youth singers owned by large companies forced to lead miserable lives ." BTS and Blackpink singled out as examples Both BTS and Blackpink were singled out as examples of how the majority of K-pop artistes were youth singers who had signed exclusive contracts with companies such as SM Entertainment at early ages and received education to become pop stars. Arirang-Meari further alleged that the artistes were isolated from the outside world and made to endure harsh training with only two to three hours of sleep per day. In addition, the artistes must endure "inhumane" humiliation and treatment, with female youth singers "forced to sexually please politicians and industrialists". In likening their conditions to a ... » Learn More about BTS & Blackpink treated like ‘slaves’ & forced to lead ‘miserable lives’: North Korean website
Chances are, you already know quite a bit about the cherry blossom flower, or sakura. The delicate and ephemeral flower not only represents the arrival of spring, but also the circle of life. This change in scenery also reminds the industrious Japanese to take a break from work, open picnic mats in nearby parks and just relax. A brief history of Hanami The act of gathering under sakura trees to eat, drink and socialise is called hanami , which translates to “flower viewing”. Marking the beginning of the rice planting season, hanami was initially only enjoyed by Japanese nobility . Dating back to the Nara period (710–794AD), it was ume (plum) blossoms or momo (peach) that people admired at that time. Eventually, sakura, being similar in appearance to ume blossoms, gained popularity and became synonymous with hanami . Rulers of the archipelago would eventually plant cherry blossom trees across Japan, so that sakura and hanami can be enjoyed by people of ... » Learn More about People around the world have been admiring sakura blossoms for more than 100 years. Here’s why.
Follow us on Telegram for the latest updates: https://t.me/mothershipsg With over 26 years of acting experience and over 40 television shows under his belt, Singaporean actor Thomas Ong has come a long way since his early days as a flight-steward-turned-model with no acting experience or training. Unlike many of his colleagues, Ong has avoided making variety appearances in his career. Quan Yi Fong's talk show, "Hear U Out", marks Ong's second variety appearance. In part one of the episode, the 52-year-old discussed his early days of his career with Quan and his financial troubles after leaving the television scene in 2000. Being homeless in between places After leaving Mediacorp in 2000, Ong dabbled in a business that involved corporate gifts and events. Ong admitted that he encountered some setbacks when attending to business dealings but remained optimistic about them, viewing them as "life experiences". During the interview, Ong recalled a specific ... » Learn More about Retired actor Thomas Ong used to live in his car, showered at ‘cheap country club’ for 4 months
A push back. Officials from different government agencies joined forces on Tuesday, May 2, in a forum dubbed “RealNumbersPH". The forum was organized by several agencies led by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and the Philippine National Police. From 3 to 5 pm, representatives from different agencies took turns presenting video after video, and sought to debunk claims that President Rodrigo Duterte’s popular but controversial war on drugs advocates the violation of human rights and is as bloody as local and international media paint it to be. Social Welfare Assistant Secretary and staunch Duterte supporter Lorraine Badoy, one of the speakers, said the forum was a “push back” against the apparent lies being peddled about the war on drugs. “We’re here because a narrative is being pushed down our throats, di ba ? And not just that, but the whole international community, and it’s patently false. We’re here because we’re pushing back. It’s not ... » Learn More about PH gov’t moves to counter ‘false’ narrative on drug war