Six tips for parents to help children relax before PSLE

Children should not revise intensely the day before the exam
Children should not revise intensely the day before the exam

PSLE is around the corner and anxious parents are trying to figure out the best ways to help their children as much as possible.

Here are six tips for parents to help their children relax before the exams from Sept 29 to Oct 4.

1.Enough sleep

Make sure that the child sleeps at least eight hours in the days leading up to PSLE and during the exam days. According to Ms Anita Wilks, senior consultant from Lorna Whiston School, lack of sleep can lead to decreased attentiveness, poorer short-term memory, inconsistent performance and delayed response time.

2. Healthy eating

Provide the child with healthy meals and snacks to raise energy levels. Limit intake of fast food and encourage the child to eat fruits, vegetables and drink plenty of water. "This will ensure that the child has high energy levels and is well-hydrated during the exam period," says Ms Wilks.

3. Relax

 Relax with family. Refresh the child's mind with a walk or just unwind in front of the television. On the day before the exam, take the child out for a meal and avoid discussing about the upcoming papers. This will ensure that the child does not suffer from last-minute nerves, according to Young Parents

4. Review only the important notes

Go through the brief study notes and abstain from last minute-cramming as it only increases stress levels. Only the most important notes should be reviewed. Also, according to Mr Alan Yip, founder of Mind Edge, the child must not try to learn anything new in the hours immediately before the exam as it will only confuse them.

5. Preparation

 Make sure the child has all the necessary stationery items and other things which are required for the exams. This will help them to stay calm and avoid getting flustered when things are missing.

6. Don't overanalyse

 Once an exam is over, do not waste time and energy trying to analyse it. This will make the child demoralised, according to The Asian Parent. Put each exam behind you and instead focus on the next one.

The ultimate aim of PSLE should be for the children to perform to the best of their ability, rather than outrun their peers. Hence, it is important to ensure that they are calm and relaxed before the exam so that they can perform at their optimum level.

Teen who wrote her way out of isolation

She is just 16, but Shivani Ekkanath already has the portfolio of an established writer.

Her work has been published in magazines such as Time, to a piece which was published in international literary magazine eFiction, to letters to the Straits Times Forum.

She is also a featured writer for Borgen Magazine, an online magazine that covers global issues, politics and humanity.

Shivani did a summer internship this year with the organisation in Seattle.

The magazine operates under The Borgen Project, a campaign that fights global poverty.

One of her poems has been featured in Write the World's first annual literary journal, along with pieces written by over 65 other young writers.

Write the World is a global platform for young writers which aims to help improve the writing of tertiary students through its global online community and guided interactive process.


The entries published in the journal were handpicked by the Write the World team from a wide array of stories and poems published on the website.

Titled Write the World - Young Voices Across the Globe: Best of 2016, the journal will be launched at 4pm in Singapore on Saturday (Sept 24), at Booktique in CityLink Mall.

Out of the four featured writers from Singapore, Shivani and two others will be present at the launch to read her work to the audience and sign copies of the journal.

Shivani Ekkanath (middle, in green) is only 16, but her work has been published multiple times. PHOTO COURTESY OF SHIVANI EKKANATH

Originally from Kerala, India, Shivani, a NPS International School student, has been living here ever since her family moved here when she was two.

Shivani told The New Paper: "I am proud of my passion, and (getting published) gives me the renewed vigour to continue expressing my views to the world."


She picked up an interest in writing when she was 12. Before then, she wanted to study astrophysics and become an astronaut.

One day, she wrote a poem about a girl who felt restricted and was often bullied - a story inspired by her own life.

She said: "The poem made me connect with my writing for the first time because I was bullied a lot and felt very isolated. I still have a copy of the poem."

To her, there is no set age when one should start honing writing skills - it is more of how much they want to pursue it.

"As soon as you feel the urge or burning desire to express your opinion, fostering and nurturing that craft of writing will do wonders."

Shivani added: "Every writer has their own gift and craft and I want to urge kids to realise the massive potential of theirs."

15 Singapore-designed items to buy right now

(From left) Clementine Dress in White, MDS Collection; Empire Waist Maxi Dress, COLLATE; Eyelet Cut Out Jumpsuit, Frontrow by Klarra and Boutique

Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams put Singapore brand Charles & Keith on the map this week when she brought three of the brand's bags to three different Hollywood events.

It's not the first time an international celebrity has donned accessories from a local brand.

Singaporean fashion designer Ashley Isham has seen his designs on singers Florence Welch and Kylie Minogue, while The Duchess of Cambridge, Catherine Middleton, wore local fashion brand Raoul on her visit to Singapore in 2012.

The Charles & Keith bags taken by Williams to the Emmy Awards were priced from S$39.90 to S$89.90 and are now sold out in stores and on the brand's website.

Don't fret, though. We've curated a list of red carpet-ready designs designed by Singapore brands that are not only glamorous but also budget friendly.


1. V Neck Blouse With Neck Tie, Frontrow by Klarr

S$49.00 |

A trend which that's been seen on models Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid, this gorgeous blouse by Klarra is the perfect choice if you don't have a choker on hand. Pair it with a pair of white cigarette pants for a classy look.

Klarra is a local brand started by fashion influencer Beatrice Tan in 2014 and has three labels under its belt: Klarra, Frontrow by Klarra and Boutique.

It has successfully expanded to other countries such as the United Kingdom, Thailand and Malaysia.


2. Empire Waist Maxi Dress, COLLATE

S$269 (now S$107.60) |

This dress screams sophistication and elegance with its structured neckline and fitted waist.

You'll be all ready for a red carpet event if you pair this with strappy heels and a gold clutch for a pop of colour.

A fairly new brand, COLLATE was founded by Velda Tan, social media influencer and founder of popular blog shop Love, Bonito.

The brand made its first appearance at Singapore Fashion Week in 2015.


3. Clementine Dress in White, MDS Collection

S$42.90 (now S$30.03) |

This affordable, super versatile, delicate dress can take you from work to a night out on the town.

Back in 2007, MDS Collection was founded by Georgiana Yeo and Joe Phua as an online fashion store. It has expanded with physical stores

in Singapore and has branched out to other countries such as Cambodia, Indonesia and Malaysia.


4. Eyelet Cut Out Jumpsuit, Frontrow by Klarra

S$109.00 |

This may be on the pricier side, but a jumpsuit like this can flatter any figure or height.

Pair this with a statement necklace to jazz it up.


5. Jillian Waisted Dress Pants, Hyphen

S$64.90 |

Say goodbye to hours spent in the morning in front of your wardrobe wondering what to wear as this pair of white dress pants pairs well with any kind of top - cropped, flared, off-the-shoulder, you name it.

Hyphen was established in 2015 in Singapore.



1. Textured Ankle Strap Stilettos, Charles & Keith

S$85.90 (now S$60.10) |

This killer-looking pair of ankle-strapped pointed heels adds spice to an outfit with its gold hardware on the straps.


2. Kiara Strappy Heels, MDS Collection

S$44.90 (now S$13.47)  |

This pair of multi-strapped heels are simple but classy, and versatile enough to go from night to day.


3. Grecian Multi Strap Heels in Black, MDS Collection

S$39.90 (now S$11.97)  |

An absolute steal, these heels give off a gladiator vibe and will pair very well with a little black dress and gold accessories.


4. Mink Fur Stilettos, Charles & Keith

S$79.90  |

If you're feeling a little flirty, pair this beautiful pair of heels with a plain romper for a look that's ready for a party or a club.


5. Cut-Out Heeled Sandals, Pedro

S$93 (now S$65.10)  |

This funky looking pair of heels may be a little too risky for some, but it can jazz up any boring outfit.

Pedro was started in 2005 by founders of Charles & Keith, Charles Wong and Keith Wong. Initially targeted at men, it has since branched out to include women's shoes and accessories.



1. Crackled Quartz Square Bracelet, By Invite Only

S$45.00  |

This delicate bracelet is made with quartz and matte rhodium plated chains, and goes well with any other accessories. Try matching this with a silver watch and you're good to go.

By Invite Only was founded by Trixie Khong in 2013 and each jewellery is carefully hand-crafted in Singapore. Its brand name is meant to reach out to those who value exclusivity and craftsmanship in jewellery.


2. Full Cuff Earring, Ohvola

S$49.00  |

This cuff earring may seem small, but it definitely plays a big part in making a bold look. Pair it with a silver cuff and necklace to match.

Ohvola was founded in 2007 by sisters Jolene Zhou and Lucinda Zhou, when Lucinda sold dresses at a pushcart as part of her school's social entrepreneurship club.

Its items are designed and manufactured exclusively in Singapore.


3. Caged Clutch, Charles & Keith

S$69.90  |

An unusual clutch like this would go well with either masculine outfits - like a women's tuxedo - or more feminine pieces.


4. Embellished Curved Bar Necklace, Part & Parcel

S$10.00  |


5. Statement Bib Necklace, Part & Parcel

S$10.00  |

A simple outfit and minimal accessories is all you need when you put on one of these statement necklaces.

Part & Parcel launched in 2013 in Singapore and sells apparel, shoes and accessories at affordable prices.

EPL SPOTLIGHT: Will Chelsea spoil Wenger's party?

Chelsea are back in the spotlight with a chance to bounce back by spoiling a milestone weekend for Arsene Wenger, while Paul Pogba really needs to find his feet...

Arsene Wenger recently celebrated his 20th year at Arsenal.
Arsene Wenger recently celebrated his 20th year at Arsenal.

MANAGER TO WATCH: Arsene Wenger (Arsenal v Chelsea)

Congratulations on making it to 20 years at Arsenal, Professor.

Up next are the opponents who you've only managed to beat five times in 24 encounters across the past 10 years.

Try not to mess it up the way you did for your 1,000th game in charge in 2014, yeah?



MATCH TO WATCH: Arsenal v Chelsea (Sunday, Sept 24, 12.30am)



As was just mentioned above, the last time Arsene Wenger celebrated a major milestone in his Arsenal career, his side were given "a good hiding" by Chelsea in a 6-0 capitulation at Stamford Bridge.

But in Chelsea, the Gunners are facing a team whose league form is the direct mirror opposite of theirs (LDWWW for Arsenal as opposed to WWWDL for Chelsea).

Ironically, both teams had their respective defeats inflicted on them by Liverpool. At home. By one-goal margins.

Complicating matters will be the form of one Cesc Fabregas.

The ex-Gunner's match-winning brace for Chelsea in extra time against Leicester in the EFL Cup will certainly give Antonio Conte a question to mull over.

Imagine if the Spaniard, who is yet to start a league game for Chelsea this season, did something similar against his former club on his ex-mentor's big day...



PLAYER TO WATCH: Paul Pogba (Manchester United v Leicester, Saturday 7.30pm)


It must all seem like a bad dream for Paul Pogba.

His triumphant return to Manchester United with a 2-0 win over Southampton now seems like an eternity ago, with those flashes of ability that suggested that he was worthy of being the world's most expensive footballer sucked away from existence by some unseen black hole.

Instead of becoming the saviour who would solve the Red Devils' long-standing midfield woes, the former Juventus man looked all at sea in the engine room as his side crashed to three straight defeats in a week.

And while a trip to League One side Northampton in the EFL Cup would have seen like a logical fixture for Pogba to regain his confidence, Jose Mourinho opted to leave him out from his match day squad completely as United romped to a 3-1 win.

While murmurs suggest that Wayne Rooney will be dropped against Leicester to give Pogba a more attacking role to suit his talents, the Frenchman cannot afford to be a passenger any further if his team is to challenge for the title this year.



TEAM TO WATCH: Liverpool (v Hull, Sunday 7pm)



There aren't many teams like Liverpool in the Premier League at the moment in terms of entertainment.

While the Reds have provided some scintillating attacking football under Juergen Klopp (picture), a part of their charm certainly comes from their ability to spectacularly self-destruct in equal measure.

Just look at their 4-1 victory over Leicester two weeks ago where Liverpool took the Foxes apart but very briefly allowed them back into the game courtesy of a completely ridiculous pass across goal by Lucas Leiva.



So far, only Pep Guardiola's Manchester City and the in-form Arsenal have scored more than the 11 goals pilfered by Liverpool, who managed to win comfortably at Stamford Bridge without Roberto Firmino.

With Hull coming to town for a visit, it will be fascinating to see which Liverpool side turns up.

Expect goals.

UNDERDOGS TO WATCH: West Ham (v Southampton, Sunday 11pm)


It simply wasn't meant to be like this for West Ham.

Slaven Bilic might have guided the Hammers to a year of thrills in the post-Big Sam era, but the Croat now finds himself under some serious scrutiny.

Dumped out of the Europa League without making much of an impression in the competition, West Ham are a side in free fall with three straight losses.

The team looks a far cry of the one that managed to beat Manchester City, Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea, Spurs and Manchester United last season.

Some have suggested that the team have yet to take to their new London Stadium home, but considering that they've shipped at least three goals in their past three games suggests a bigger issue with defending.

It will be something that Bilic will hope he has fixed when Southampton come marching in on the back of three straight wins across all competitions.



Paul Scholes confirmed for Singapore's Battle of Europe

Scholes has won 11 Premier League Titles with Manchester United
Scholes has won 11 Premier League Titles with Manchester United

Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has been confirmed for November's Battle of Europe match in Singapore.

Scholes, who is one of the most decorated footballers in the history of the sport, will be part of the England Masters squad which will take on Germany at the Sports Hub on Nov 12.

The event already boasts big-name former players like Teddy Sheringham , Didi Hamann and Steve McManaman , plus World Cup-winning captain Lothar Mattahus .

"I've always enjoyed my trips to Singapore and it will be extra special for me this November and I am looking forward to playing alongside my teammates in a couple of months," Scholes, 41, said in a statement.

Scholes retired from international football in 2004 and club football in 2011 but came out of retirement in 2012 to help Manchester United win their 20th title, before retiring again. Post-retirement, Scholes has been working as a pundit for BT Sport and also has a stake in semi-professional football club, Salford City .

Scholes could be the "game-changer" according to Masters Football Asia chief executive Steve Black.

"We're very excited that Scholes is joining us for the Battle of Europe this year," Black said, in a statement.. "He played with the team in Hong Kong last year and drilled one into the back of the net."

"He's still a game-changer and retirement hasn't slowed him down one bit."

David James Danny Murphy, Darius Vasell and Paul Parker are also among those confirmed for the England side, with Karl Heinze Riedle, Jens Nowotny and Guido Buchwald set to line-up for the German outfit.

Tickets for Battle of Europe 2016 presented by Masters Football Asia are available at Masters Football and Sports Hub Tix.

Organisers have released 25,000 tickets, which start from $19. Family packages(two adults and two children below the age of 12) and VIP Packages are also available at $100 and $200 respectively.

Fighting busking misconceptions in Singapore

(Left to right) Joey Wee, Tang Yu Xuan and Tristan Ong of Xian Za Ren Deng The ETC taking a selfie with their audience.

They started out performing at weddings, restaurants and cafes. Now, you can find them performing in heartland areas like Hougang Mall.

Xian Za Ren Deng The ETC is a band of local buskers.

"We chose the name ETC for our band because it means we are just ordinary people - we hope people will notice us not for who we are, but for the music we share," band member Tang Yu Xuan, 45, told The New Paper.

Their wish has come true, as shown in a video posted by social enterprise The Hidden Good (THG) on Facebook earlier this month.

In the video, Ms Tang and two other band members, Mr Tristan Ong, 40, and Ms Joey Wee, 41, talk about what busking means to them.

Members of the audience were also featured in the video, describing how they came across the band of buskers and how they feel about their music.

One couple said: "The songs (they performed) resonated with us. They brought back good memories and (the band's) rhythm was good."

The couple could be considered one of the band's long-time followers - the first time they saw ETC perform was at Heartland Mall in Kovan in June.

Busking is not their full-time job - Ms Tang and Mr Ong are vocal coaches in the same music school, and Ms Wee is a freight forwarder.

Mr Ong had introduced Ms Wee, who he had known for years, to Ms Tang, and they started performing together in March this year.

Previously, Mr Ong had performed with Ms Wee and Ms Tang on separate occasions, at weddings and other events.

Ms Tang said: "Joey's boss is a music lover, so he is supportive of our busking. As for Tristan and I, we only busk when we have no lessons so it doesn't clash with our job."

All three of them sing, with Mr Ong accompanying them on his keyboard.

They still offer their services for weddings, but most Saturdays, you can find them at Hougang Mall.

The songs performed are all chosen on the spot and Ms Tang said they even accept requests from the audience.

"When we busked at Hougang last Saturday, 90 per cent of the songs we performed in the 3 1/2-hour set were requests from the audience."

If there are no requests, the band picks a song randomly on the spot. Also songwriters, the band occasionally perform their original songs.

Ms Tang said: "Our favourite part is getting different responses and feedback from the audience. We learn from (their comments) and look forward to doing different things to improve ourselves."

The band's passion for music and how they interact with their audience was what caught THG's attention.

THG was established in 2014, and has since conducted multiple social experiments and events which aim to highlight the good in the people of Singapore.

Director Wu Jiezhen said: "We hope to uncover the good in people and the world around them and in turn creating a warmer, more connected and empathetic society."

The idea of featuring buskers was conceptualised by Team Crescendo, a group of THG volunteers.

"We wanted to subvert the conventional mindset that buskers do not have talent, and that they are forced into the role due to lack of skills in other trades," said a spokesman for Team Crescendo.

"(ETC) has taken steps to build a relationship and grow a community of loyal followers during the performances."

The spokesman added: "We chose to feature them because they are different from other buskers - they interact with their audience, and allow song requests."

The band considers their supporters their biggest source of motivation.

Aspiring buskers should "just give it a try", said Ms Tang.

"If you don't try, you'll never know whether you will like it."

She said: "Many people told us they thought busking is only for the old and the handicapped, but it's really more about promoting music and the arts."

Interested listeners can check the band's schedule by leaving them a message on Facebook.

The band also posts updates on upcoming performances.

Tags: busking, Music and Singapore

Singaporean student has ear bitten off by Canadian police dog during chase

Canadian police have since apologised

A dog used during operations by Canadian police. (Inset) Mr Vicknesh Supramaniam.

He was in the wrong place at the wrong time, and might have been wrongly identified as a suspect in a double homicide and kidnapping.

He ended up being attacked by a police dog that tore into him, ripping off his ear lobe and chomping on his thigh.

Mr Vicknesh Supramaniam, a 26-year-old Singaporean studying in Canada, kept shouting that he was innocent, but his cries went unheeded.

The incident happened in New Westminster, a city in British Columbia, Canada, on Monday afternoon (Tuesday morning, Singapore time) during a dramatic police takedown of several suspects following a car chase.

Mr Vicknesh was driving to a Home Depot hardware store when he heard sirens from a police chase and pulled over.

RECOVERING: Mr Vicknesh Supramaniam in the interview with Canadian news outlet Global News. PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM GLOBAL NEWS

A white car that was being pursued by the police then crashed into his car.

The chase was part of a police operation relating to the murders of a man and woman in their home in East Vancouver, and the kidnapping of another man from the house, on Saturday night.

In an interview with Canadian news outlet Global News while recovering in hospital, Mr Vicknesh said: ''I started seeing smoke in the white Acura, and my instincts were not to stay in the car.

''The moment I got out, I heard shots and took cover behind a bus stop bench.''

The next thing he knew, a police dog was attacking him.

TRAINED: A dog used during operations by Canadian police. PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM GLOBAL NEWS

''The dog bit me and dragged me all the way down the hill. All I saw was just blood all over me,'' he said.

In another interview the next day with Global News, he said: ''Why did they have to attack me? I kept saying I'm innocent, I'm innocent, I'm not part of these people you are looking for.

''I want them to answer for what they did.''

CBC news reported that a witness who came out of her home saw a police dog ''dragging a man down the little grassy hill''.

RECOVERING: The wounds on his thigh after a police dog bit his leg and dragged him down a hill. PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM GLOBAL NEWS

The witness also said she was later told that the loud bangs were stun bombs.

The dog ripped off part of Mr Vicknesh's left ear lobe, and left him with bite marks on his thigh.

On Tuesday, Vancouver police apologised for the injuries sustained by two innocent bystanders during the arrest of three suspects.

Without naming Mr Vicknesh, they said a male bystander suffered serious injuries after he was bitten by a police dog.

The incident has sparked demands by civil rights advocates for changes to police dog takedowns.

A Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman said last night that it was rendering necessary consular assistance to Mr Vicknesh and his family members.

Yesterday, Mr Vicknesh told The New Paper over the phone that he had been discharged from hospital and will be seeing a plastic surgeon today.

''I've been through a lot these few days. It's been a very traumatic experience that no one should ever go through.

''I want to put the past behind me and move forward with my health and (be on) the road to recovery,'' said Mr Vicknesh, who is taking a two-year programme in Vancouver to become a pilot.


The savage attack has now put those plans in limbo.

His brother, Mr Gunashekaran Supramaniam, 37, who helps their father run a minimart in Woodlands, said the incident had greatly affected the family.

''We work hard here to pay the expenses for him to study in Canada, and this happens,'' he said.

''I don't understand why they had to release the police dog on him. It's ridiculous.''

Mr Gunashekaran said their mother died of cancer two years ago, and their father, who is almost 70, was heartbroken to hear about what happened to Mr Vicknesh.

''He's very affected, and my brother's education and dreams are now on the line,'' he said.

He added that Vancouver police have yet to find the ear lobe that was torn off.

The youngest brother, Mr Gopinath Supramaniam, 25, who also helps out at the minimart, said Mr Vicknesh was supposed to graduate next year and return to Singapore.

''We've been talking to him every day through video calls,'' he said.

When asked if the family intends to fly to Canada to see Mr Vicknesh, he said that Mr Vicknesh lives with their eldest brother in Vancouver. That brother and Mr Vicknesh's girlfriend are looking after him.

''We trust that my oldest brother has everything under control, and even if we go over, we can't do anything,'' he said.

''It is also not advisable for my father to take a 22-hour flight because he is not in the best condition.

''We need Vicknesh to get well, and we're focused on what we can do next. We just want him to recover and carry on with life.''

Why did they have to attack me? I kept saying I'm innocent, I'm innocent, I'm not part of these people you are looking for.

— Mr Vicknesh Supramaniam

Cotillard denies affair with Pitt

Marion Cotillard

French actress Marion Cotillard, 40, has broken her silence on her alleged involvement in the Brad Pitt-Angelina Jolie divorce.

In a lengthy statement on Instagram yesterday, she denied having an affair with US actor Pitt, whom she co-stars with in upcoming war romance Allied.

In the post, she also took the opportunity to announce that she is pregnant with her second child with French actor-director Guillaume Canet.

Cotillard said: "This is going to be my first and only reaction to the whirlwind news that broke 24 hours ago and that I was swept up into...

"Firstly, many years ago, I met the man of my life, father of our son and of the baby we are expecting. He is my love, my best friend, the only one that I need..."I do very much wish that Angelina and Brad, both whom I deeply respect, will find peace in this very tumultuous moment."



This is going to be my first and only reaction to the whirlwind news that broke 24 hours ago and that I was swept up into. I am not used to commenting on things like this nor taking them seriously but as this situation is spiraling and affecting people I love, I have to speak up. Firstly, many years ago, I met the man of my life, father of our son and of the baby we are expecting. He is my love, my best friend, the only one that I need. Secondly to those who have indicated that I am devastated, I am very well thank you. This crafted conversation isn't distressing. And to all the media and the haters who are quick to pass judgment, I sincerely wish you a swift recovery. Finally, I do very much wish that Angelina and Brad, both whom I deeply respect, will find peace in this very tumultuous moment. With all my love Marion Ceci sera la première et seule réaction que j'aurai concernant la déferlante inouïe qui à commencé il y a de ça 24 heures et à laquelle je suis mêlée malgré moi. Je n'ai pas pour habitude de commenter ni de prendre au sérieux le tas d'absurdités déversées à mon sujet mais la situation prenant une telle tournure et affectant des gens que j'aime, je me dois de m'exprimer. Pour commencer, j'ai rencontré il y a quelques années l'homme de ma vie , le père de notre fils et du bébé que nous attendons aujourd'hui. Il est mon amour, mon meilleur ami et le seul homme dont j'ai besoin. Ensuite, à ceux qui me prétendent dévastée, je vais très bien merci. Ce genre d'inventions aberrantes ne m'affecte en aucun cas. Et pour finir, à la "presse", à tous les haters, trolls et consorts qui ont le jugement si rapide je vous souhaite sincèrement... un prompt rétablissement. Ceci dit et un peu plus sérieusement, je souhaite à Angelina et Brad, deux personnes pour qui j'ai un profond respect, de trouver la paix dans ce moment tumultueux. Avec tout mon amour. Marion

A photo posted by @marioncotillard on


Meanwhile, it appears that even the likenesses of Jolie, 41, and Pitt, 52, are splitting up.

Their wax statues have stood together at the renowned Madame Tussauds in Londonsince they were unveiled in 2013 - until now.

Following news of their break-up on Tuesday, the wax museum has separated the figures.

A Madame Tussauds spokesman said: "Angelina is keeping Nicole Kidman company and Brad Pitt is with his (frequent) co-star Morgan Freeman."

Following news of their break-up on Tuesday, the wax museum has separated the figures (above, with Robert Pattinson between them.) PHOTO: TWITTER/ MADAME TUSSAUDS​

John Mayer to sell detergent, jewellery


US singer John Mayer is moving into the lifestyle business.

The 38-year-old has collaborated with US household goods firm The Laundress to launch a scented laundry detergent, fabric wash and spray set, Out West.

He has also teamed up with US jeweller George Frost to produce a handmade unisex jewellery line.

Pieces from the line start from US$50 (S$68), with the most expensive trinket costing US$190.

The collection, available for purchase on Mayer's website, includes beaded necklaces and hand-woven bracelets, which feature his song titles Born And Raised and Neon.

Sales proceeds from both ventures will go to the Montana Association of Land Trusts.

Aileen Tan snaps pic with Aaron Eckhart


Local actress Aileen Tan met US actor Aaron Eckhart on Monday at the opening ceremony of the 3rd Silk Road International Film Festival in Xi'an, China, and was star-struck by her celebrity encounter.

Eckhart, 48, is known for playing villain Two-Face in 2008's The Dark Knight.

"Wow, Aaron (Eckhart) the Batman Hollywood movie star attending the Xi'an Silk Road International Film Festival 2016... He is so friendly, this is awesome," Tan, 49, posted on her Instagram page.

She was there to promote her two-part nostalgic film Long, Long Time Ago, which was screened on Tuesday as the opening film for the festival's ASEAN Film Week.

She was accompanied by co-star Wang Lei and director Jack Neo, who also managed to snap photos with Eckhart.

Bangkok: World's top tourist destination

21 million visitors expected to visit city this year, which beats London for top spot

SHOPPERS' PARADISE: People at a department store in Bangkok.
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Tags: Bangkok, Tourism and Vietnam