Young Instagram stars around the world

The Song Triplets: Daehan, Minguk and Manse

@songilkook | 1.2 million followers

POPULAR: The Instagram accounts of the Song Triplets (above), Aden Chen and M&D twins.

Korean triplets Song Daehan, Song Minguk and Song Manse shot to fame through The Return of Superman, a South Korean reality-variety show where celebrity fathers try to handle the home and children while their wives take off for 48 hours.

Their father, actor Song Il Kook, started an Instagram account early this year and has been sharing pictures of his sons.

Average number of likes per picture? Oh, just around 250,000.

A picture showing them in their pyjamas and their birthday cake netted a solid 31,000 comments.

That's stardom.


Aden Chen, son of Mediacorp artists Andie Chen and Kate Pang

@aden_kandie | 21,600 followers

POPULAR: The Instagram accounts of the Song Triplets, Aden Chen (above) and M&D twins.

Andie and Kate, known collectively as Kandie, have been documenting Aden's growth since he was born almost two years ago.

The couple share cute moments and their family wefies get super responses.


M&D Twins: Michael and Daniel Flora

@2yungkings | 150,000 followers

POPULAR: The Instagram accounts of the Song Triplets, Aden Chen and M&D twins (above).

Identical twins Michael and Daniel became Internet sensations in 2014, when they were just three years old.

They are also not shy about posing in front of the camera, doing so with the ease of professional models.

The twins, who are from East London, are often dressed to the nines in fashionable outfits, with sunglasses, bow ties, cardigans, branded belts, loafers and patent-leather shoes.


WANT TO START AN INSTAGRAM FOR THE KIDS?

1. Keep the photos lighthearted and cheerful.

2. Do so because you want to share your bundle of joy with the world — not for the money.

Ko surges three shots clear

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'Cruyff made us winners'

Barcelona fans pay homage to Dutch legend

TRIBUTES POUR IN: A black ribbon and a message, which reads “More than a club”, displayed in the grandstands of the Nou Camp Stadium during the Johan Cruyff memorial.
TRIBUTES POUR IN: Former Dutch football star Edwin van der Sar signing a condolence book at the Amsterdam ArenA.
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School of Frock: Red hot Gal Gadot

Atta-Gal! When you have Wonder Woman in the running, expect nothing less than red carpet domination

Gal Gadot.

GAL GADOT

Premiere of Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice in London

Gown: Prada

The movie is all anyone can talk about at the moment, with Gadot as Wonder Woman being the best thing about it. The untested beauty queen-turned-actress manages to rise to the occasion in the style department too, with this classic "lady in red" moment.

Rating: A-


HOLLY HUNTER

Premiere of Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice in New York City

Gown: Antonio Grimaldi

Glad that Hunter got the superhero dress code memo. The silver-blue hue and scales-like print have a cool sci-fi/comic book feel to it. It would've been perfect for the Aquaman movie though.

Rating: B+


GIGI HADID

Fashion Los Angeles Awards in Los Angeles

Dress: Yanina Couture

Bodysuit: La Perla

The hottest model on the planet can get away with crazy see-through stuff, but certainly not "death warmed over" hair and make-up.

Rating: C-


LADY GAGA FASHION LOS ANGELES AWARDS IN LOS ANGELES

Dress: Saint Laurent

Shoes: Brian Atwood

Wow, a dress that comes with its own set of pom-poms attached. Too bad there will be no cheering for this shiny mess.

Rating: D-


COCO AUSTIN

PaleyFest Los Angeles in Los Angeles

Dress: Not known

Rapper Ice-T's attention-seeking model-wife's ridiculously supersized assets are under wraps for once - or so it seems. You can see they are still trying to make a run for it through the sheer panel. In short, it's a bust.

Rating: F


MOST IMPROVED

ELIZABETH OLSEN

Come on Scarlet Witch, surely you're more badass than this loose-fitting pink piece of nothing? You can tell Olsen put slightly more effort and polish into her next look. The red feather-print silk dress isn't earth-shattering, but at least the boho vintage vibe suits her.

Stella McCartney Autumn 2016 Collection show in Los Angeles, Jan 12

Dress: Stella McCartney

Premiere of I Saw The Light in Los Angeles, March 22

Dress: Emilio Pucci

 

A voice tells her to kneel to 'atone for her sins'

Woman stricken with schizophrenia after tragedies

RECOVERY: Rebecca (not her real name) was diagnosed with schizophrenia five years ago and represented Singapore at the International Abilympics last week.

At her worst times, Rebecca (not her real name) frequently got down on her knees at home.

Kneel to atone for your sins, she heard a voice telling her.

That was actually an auditory hallucination for the 37-year-old, who is diagnosed with schizophrenia.

Rebecca joined seven other candidates to represent Singapore in the recently-concluded International Abilympics. The team is due to arrive back in Singapore today.

The Singapore delegation clinched a bronze medal for outdoor photography. The team also competed in other events such as word processing, pottery, studio photography, bicycle assembly, painting and poster design.

When The New Paper spoke to Rebecca before she went to France two weeks ago, the graphic designer looked excited.

"It feels like a dream. I think it will be an experience," she said, adding that she hopes to make friends with the other participants.

Taking part in the International Abilympics was a chance for Rebecca to showcase her ability and talent in graphic design.

These were previously undermined by her condition, said Ms Ang Suying, a senior case manager at the Institute of Mental Health (IMH) who worked closely with Rebecca.

Rebecca was first diagnosed with schizophrenia about five years ago, after poor financial investments left her broke.

It is an incident she did not want to elaborate on, except to say that she lost all her savings from that decision.

First, Rebecca lost her appetite and had sleepless nights.

Then, she started hearing voices in her head telling her to kneel to ask for forgiveness for losing money.

Her father and brother spotted her talking to herself and realised something was wrong.

With little knowledge about mental health issues, they did not know where to seek help.

Said Rebecca: "They hailed a cab and asked the taxi driver if there was any mental hospital in Singapore."

That was how she ended up being hospitalised for two months at IMH.

After being discharged, Rebecca was motivated to get her life back on track.

GRIEF

But life dealt her a second blow two years later, in 2013. Her father, who was in his late 80s, died from a liver condition.

Filled with grief and self-reproach, the same voice that haunted her back in 2011 returned, one that belonged to what Rebecca called a "24/7 friend".

"I felt like there were so many things I could have done, but didn't do.

"There was a lot of regret... A voice in my head told me my dad's going to hell and it's me to blame. It had quite an impact on me," she told TNP quietly.

Rebecca was taken to IMH again, this time in an ambulance, although she does not remember the circumstances that led to her re-admission.

At IMH, there were times when Rebecca had to be strapped to the bed because she could not stop kneeling, she said.

Memories of her second two-month stay are few, partly because she felt groggy from the medication, she said.

"In the hospital, it's not that bad. It's when you step out of the hospital that you realise not only the losses you made in life, but also that you were in IMH...

"When you see your friends who have careers and a family, and you have nothing, you really feel like you want to go to a box to hide," she said.

She considered job options that allowed her to avoid interacting with people, like a factory operator.

It was a friend, a man in his late 20s with two children who was into cosplay, who inspired her to get back on her feet.

Said Rebecca: "He likes anime and his mentality is that you have to try everything. He told me I could do whatever I like, too. His hobby inspired me."

Said Ms Ang: "Rebecca has always been very open and willing to engage with people, which are attributes that helped in her recovery process.

"She has shown resilience when dealing with grief and losses brought about by personal setbacks and the impact of her illness."

Rebecca goes for a check-up at IMH every two months and keeps her condition under control with a minimum dosage of medication.

Last year, she secured her job as a graphic designer, designing course materials for a school.

She said: "It feels like I'm at ground zero now, but at least I can now say that I'm happy to be doing what I'm doing."

I felt like there were so many things I could have done, but didn't do.


There was a lot of regret... A voice in my head told me my dad's going to hell and it's me to blame.

- Rebecca on hearing voices from her imaginary '24/7 friend'

Home, sleep, home

Residents in West Bengal's capital, many of them homeless, sleep in the streets or where they work

SLUMBER: Cycle rickshaw drivers sleep in their rickshaws along a roadside early morning in Kolkata
FUN: Mohammad Afroze, 15, plays football in an alley as used pairs of jeans are hung to dry before they are sold in a second-hand clothes market in Kolkata
CHATTY: Roadside vendors Sabitri Das (left), 59, and Narayan Prasad, 69, chat as they wait for customers in front of a parked truck.
BREAK TIME: Labourers drink tea as they rest after work in a wholesale vegetable market.
KEEPING CLEAN: Men bathe at a roadside municipal tap in Kolkata.

In Kolkata, capital of India's West Bengal state, many people work, play - and sleep - on the streets.

Some of them, who moved to the city once known as Calcutta to earn a living, sleep where they work. This allows them to send more money home.

"We have no shelter," said Mr Nizamuddin, 60, who works in a wholesale market.

But street workers, from second-hand clothes sellers to rickshaw drivers, usually too poor to afford a home, say they are mostly left undisturbed by the authorities.

Many of them are from other states such as Bihar, Jharkhand and Odisha.

Mr Bikash Tati, a 39-year-old labourer, is unperturbed by life on the streets. "We have food and we can sleep peacefully at night," he said.

WISHLIST

Mr Nizamuddin, whose duties at his workplace include pouring cooking oil into tins and weighing them, uses plastic sheets to take shelter from the rain and the chilly winter.

He wishes there were night shelters for workers like him.

In Kolkata, whose poverty Mother Teresa embraced, cycle rickshaw drivers sleep in their vehicles at night, while workers in a vegetable market call their place of work home too.

Men wash at municipal taps in the streets. Others brush their teeth with neem twigs early in the morning.

Some have set their sights on life goals early on.

Rahul Shaw, 10, reads a textbook in his father's rickshaw before he goes to a government-run school that gives him free meals. His ambition: to become a doctor and treat people for free. - Reuters


We have no shelter.

- Mr Nizamuddin, 60, who works in a wholesale market

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Trust Loew to get things right

Pragmatic coach has uncanny ability to bounce back from adversity

FINAL TEST AGAINST ITALY: Germany coach Joachim Loew has one more friendly match to gauge his players (above) before announcing his 23-man squad for Euro 2016.
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What they say

ENGLAND POTENTIAL

"(England) surprised me completely. When you see the team, young players but players who like to win and give their best for their country. This is a team who have a big chance, when they play like they did today, to be one of the best teams in the world in three years."

- Lothar Matthaeus, Germany's 1990 World Cup-winning captain says 
England can be one of the best teams 
in the world in three years



SPURS ARE SUPER

"With my Spurs connections, I'm obviously delighted to have seen four players from the club make a big contribution. Harry Kane and Eric Dier scored and Alli should have done with a late open goal, it was possibly the only thing he did wrong all night.

"Harry's 'Cruyff turn' was poignant as well, given the great man's passing last week. The fourth Tottenham player Danny Rose was as good as anybody."

- Glenn Hoddle impressed with the four Tottenham players who featured 
in England's win over Germany



SEMI-FINAL TARGET

"A good performance in the quarter-final and possibly a semi-final at least, I think we're absolutely looking at that in a Euro competition.

"Anything less than that would be extremely disappointing for the squad, the players and the fans, and people like myself who are huge fans of England."

- Sir Geoff Hurst, England's 1966 World Cup hero, believes anything less than reaching the semi-finals would be a disappointment at Euro 2016


ROOM FOR ROONEY


"Harry Kane is about to make the breakthrough at the very highest level.

"The problem for Roy Hodgson is how he gets both Rooney and Kane into his starting line-up... if that 
is what he wants.

"So if Hodgson wants to start with both Kane and Rooney, it probably means that Wayne would have to play at 
No. 10."

- Thierry Henry 
says Roy Hodgson faces a challenge 
to accommodate both Rooney and Kane in his England team 
for Euro 2016

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