WATCH: 12,000 brave rain to watch Mariah Carey perform in KL

Some 12,000 people braved the rain to catch Mariah Carey's performance in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday night.

The US singer, who is on the Asian leg of her The Elusive Chanteuse Show tour, took to the stage at around 9.15pm before a sea of poncho-clad fans.

She belted out fan favourites Fantasy, My All and Hero amid the pouring rain which started at around 6.30pm and continued well into the night.

And thankfully, she sounded much like her old self.

The diva has been under heavy criticism after failing to hit the right tones at a concert in Japan earlier this month.

Fans reportedly made comments like "It's a wrap for Mariah Carey's singing career", "You're a legend", "Time to retire", "She can't sing anymore at all", "What happened?" after her concert at Makuhari Messe Arena in Tokyo. 

Her singing has since improved by leaps and bounds.

This is what she sounded like on Wednesday:

The diva uploaded a short video on Instagram on Monday of herself warming up her vocals, proving she's still got it.

 

Cleaning and warming up my voice #TheElusiveChanteuseShow

A video posted by Mariah Carey (@mariahcarey) on

She will be performing in Singapore at the National Stadium on Friday.

Judging by how she sounds now, we've got to say, we can't wait!

Click here to find out more about the event.

Sources: The Star, Singapore Sports Hub


Related report:

Mariah Carey hits all the wrong keys during Asian tour opener in Tokyo

Mario mischief: Shirt-swapping Balotelli to face action from Brendan Rodgers

Liverpool's Mario Balotelli walks off the pitch at half-time with Real Madrid's Pepe, before swapping shirts in the tunnel, during their Champions League Group B soccer match at Anfield in Liverpool.

As if being down by three goals against Real Madrid this morning (Oct 23) wasn't enough for Reds manager Brendan Rodgers, Mario Balotelli was seen swapping shirts with Real Madrid defender Pepe while heading into the tunnel.

Though the incident comes as no surprise to those who know Balotelli, it has left Rodgers livid. 

Speaking to Sky Sports, the Liverpool boss said: "That's the first I've heard about it and I wouldn't like it. 

"It's something that doesn't happen here, it shouldn't happen here."  

Brendan Rodgers

This is not the first such incident Rodgers has faced with his team.

Last season, Reds defender Mamadou Sakho was seen exchanging kits with Chelsea forward Samuel Eto'o during a defeat at Stamford Bridge.

"We had a case of a player doing that last season, which I dealt with, and if that's the case again then I'll deal with it again," said Rodgers.

 

 

Balotelli, who endured a dismal first-half performance was subbed off for Adam Lallana after the interval. The decision to take off Balotelli though, was purely tactical according to Rodgers, who was not aware of the shirt swapping incident at the time. 

"I needed more movement centrally to occupy their centre halves and I felt Raheem Sterling's speed would give us that. In the second half you could see every player pressing and working – for us that's the minimum. Lallana came on and did it very well," said Rodgers, according to a report from Daily Mail Online.

Balotelli's future bleak?

Rodgers was not the only one critical of Balotelli. Ex-Reds defender Jamie Carragher told Sky: "Do I think he's going to be here long-term? No, I'd be surprised to see him here next season if I'm being honest. Rafa Benitez was here a few years, bought Robbie Keane and sold him in January. It might not be that quick but I'd be surprised if Mario Balotelli is at the club next season."

Jamie Redknapp, a pundit at Sky Sports, shifted the spotlight of Balotelli's actions to the manager. According to The Guardian, he said:  “I don’t blame Mario Balotelli – I blame Brendan Rodgers for bringing him here. How he thought he could turn around a player that Mourinho, Mancini, Prandelli have all washed their hands of …

“There’s a reason when you go to the supermarket and things are half price. Why on earth they went for him, I’ll never know. They should have just left him alone. The fact he (Rodgers) went and got him, it just doesn’t make any sense to me.”

The defeat to Real Madrid leaves Liverpool languishing in third place on the table, with questions also being asked about the team's sloppy defending, beyond the shenanigans of the not so Super Mario.     


Here are five of Balotelli's maddest moments: 

Bad first impression

Just days after signing for Manchester City, Balotelli hit the headlines after crashing his Audi R8 en route to the club’s training ground. He was found to be carrying £5,000 (S$10,200) in cash at the time of the accident and when police asked why, he reportedly replied: “Because I am rich."

Dart shame

Balotelli once again showed his lack of maturity when it emerged he threw darts at City youth team players through a training ground window in March 2011. No one was hurt in the incident and he escaped punishment.

Fireworks off the pitch

Balotelli had a run-in with the emergency services in October 2011 after a firework was set off in the bathroom of his home, triggering a fire.

The next day, he scored in the Manchester derby and celebrated by revealing a T-shirt which read: “Why always me?”

Bizarre prison break

Mario and 17-year-old brother Enock were arrested strolling through the grounds of a women’s prison in Brescia, near Milan, in October 2011.

Balotelli is said to have told police that curiosity got the better of him and he “just fancied having a look”.

Banned after Parker stamp

 

Balotelli was charged with violent conduct by the Football Association, and subsequently handed a four-match ban, after appearing to stamp on the head of Tottenham’s Scott Parker during a Premier League match in January 2012.

Source: Skysports, Daily Mail Online, The Guardian, AFP

M'sian man crushed to death by his own lorry after it slides down slope

A man was crushed to death in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday in a tragic incident involving his own lorry.

Mr Kum Chok Wen was pinned between the lorry's front door and the driver's seat after the vehicle crashed into a gate.

He died on the spot at around 1.10am.

The 32-year-old had just returned home from work when the incident happened.

Sliding downhill

Mr Kum parked his lorry on a steep road not far from his house in the town of Jinjang, but forgot to apply the handbrake. 

The lorry started sliding downhill soon after the father-of-four exited the vehicle.

Kuala Lumpur​ traffic chief Mohd Nadzri Hussain said: "We believe he attempted to get onto the lorry to stop it from moving. However, the lorry crashed into a gate while he was struggling to get inside."

"Caught between the vehicle’s door and the driver’s seat, he was crushed," he said.

Source: The Star

Marvel fans, this one's for you: Age of Ultron trailer released featuring the Hulkbuster

A screengrab from the trailer.

You may have heard about the trailer that Marvel released for Avengers 2: Age of Ultron.

 

 

But did you know that Marvel had actually planned to released the trailer at the end of Oct 28's episode of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.?

That plan was derailed when a grainy version of the trailer was leaked online.

Marvel then quickly put up the trailer in all its high-definition glory.

Of course they blamed Hyrda (the fictional terrorist organisation that appears in their comics) for the deed.

In any case, it is clear that things revolve around the revelation of the Hulkbuster.

Unfortunately, fans have to wait till May 2015 for the big-screen debut.

Unless, well, someone leaks it. 

Sources: Verge, YouTube

Tags: Marvel, Avengers and movies

S'poreans in Hokkaido bus crash unhurt, keen to continue tour, says travel agency

Screen capture of ANN news, showing the bus crash.

The 33 Singaporean tourists were on a seven-day tour of Hokkaido.

But midway through their holiday, their bus collided head-on with a truck this morning (Oct 23).

The accident killed both the bus and truck drivers. Luckily, no one was seriously injured, a spokesman from Hong Thai Travel Services said.

Earlier media reports said 14 passengers were sent to hospital.

Company spokesman Stella Chow said staff had spent the morning contacting the tourists to check on their well-being.

"More than half the passengers that we contacted suffered only minor injuries," she told The New Paper.

A company representative is on the way from Tokyo to Hokkaido to provide further assistance.

"When contacted, the tourists sounded calm and (wanted to know) if they were going to continue with the rest of their itinerary," she added.

The tourists will be assisting the local police in their investigation.

The group is scheduled to return to Singapore on Sunday, Oct 26.

Related report: S'pore tourist reportedly hurt in bus crash in Hokkaido, drivers killed

 

Never had a dream come true? Well, S Club 7 are bringing it all back

S Club 7 officially confirmed their reunion.
S Club 7 officially confirmed their reunion.

There ain't no party like an S Club Party.

So thankfully, after 12 years, all seven members are finally reuniting

The group set up an official Twitter account and confirmed news of their reunion.

 

 

They even recorded a voice message on SoundCloud - just in case you think this reunion is too good to be true.

 

 

They will be performing a medley of their hits for BBC's Children In Need show.

 

 

Sources: Metro, YouTube

Tags: S Club 7 and reunion

S'pore tourist reportedly hurt in bus crash in Hokkaido, drivers killed

Screen capture of ANN news, showing the bus crash.

A bus carrying 33 Singapore tourists was involved in a head-on collision with a truck this morning (Oct 23). 

Both the bus and truck drivers are dead.

A Singaporean is reportedly injured.

Japanese media reports said that the bus was travelling along National Highway Number 5 in a town in southern Hokkaido when the accident happened.

The Straits Times said the vehicle swerved to avoid a truck that had veered into the opposite lane.

According to 47 News, 14 people were taken to the hospital, with one of them suffering from serious injuries.

The bus was heading towards Sapporo, a popular tourist destination in Hokkaido, Japan.

Sources: 47 News, YouTube, The Straits Times 

Check out the new-look library@orchard

After a seven-year wait, the National Library Board (NLB) opens library@orchard at Orchard Gateway.

After a seven-year wait, the National Library Board (NLB) has opened a library at Orchard Gateway.

The new-look space boasts several firsts:

  • It's the first public library that sought public feedback and suggestions for its design, collection and services.
  • About 30 students and lecturers from the Singapore Polytechnic Design-Thinking Team helped develop several unique spaces and features.
  • It has the largest public library collection on design and applied arts.
  • It also features creative spaces for visitors to try their hand at design and share ideas with others.
  • library@orchard is the first public library to span across two storeys in a shopping mall.

No barking matter: M'sian NGO proposes 'Do not go near dogs' event

Organiser Syed Azmi petting a dog while volunteers and pet owners (in red) look on during the “I Want To Touch A Dog” event on Oct 19, which has triggered an investigation from the Islamic Development Department.

It was billed as the first-ever 'I want to touch a dog' event in Malaysia.

And hundreds of Muslims turned up at Petaling Jaya  last Sunday, just to do so.

But the event has raised the ire of certain authorities and triggered an investigation  from the Islamic Development Department. Now a non-governmental organisation (NGO) is fighting back - with a proposed  a "Do not go near dogs" programme.

The Persatuan Jemaah Pondok-pondok Kedah director, Sobri Osman, said the "I want to touch a dog" event should not have been allowed.

The participation of Muslims clearly reflected their shallow knowledge of their religion..

He suggested that a campaign, such as "Do Not Go Near Dogs", be held, if the objective was to educate Muslims on the proper way of handling dogs, newspaper The Star reported.

He advised Muslims who attended the event, held at Central Park, 1Utama, near Petaling Jaya, to cleanse themselves should they happen to touch the dogs.

"If they are confident that they were dry and the dogs they touched were also dry, it is not necessary for them to do so.

“Otherwise, they should do the proper cleansing method or their prayers will not be accepted," he added.

The 'I Want To Touch A Dog' programme has been widely criticised when Muslims were allowed to touch and play with dogs brought to the event by non-Muslims.

Sources: Star Online, Bernama, Facebook

​Related report: Hundreds of Muslims show up at 'touch a dog' event in Malaysia

Tags: dogs, NGO and muslims

Another Ikea Singapore ad? Warning: This one may just creep you out

Ikea Singapore's new ad parodies the iconic scene from Stanley Kubrick's The Shining.
Ikea Singapore's new ad parodies the iconic scene from Stanley Kubrick's The Shining.

Ikea Singapore managed to wow many people when the ad of its new catalogue parodied Apple's promotional videos.

Did you laugh?

Now, they are at it again - except this time, it might just creep you out a little.

Good news for night owls: The latest ad promotes Ikea's new late night shopping hours (it's now open till 11pm).

And in the grand tradition of things, this spooky ad parodies the iconic tricycle scene from Stanley Kubrick's horror film The Shining - just in time for Halloween.

Spot the difference below.

Instead of the original "Come play with us Danny", the ad has the characters saying "Come pay with us Danny".

It's got the Internet raving once again.

Source: AdWeek

Related report: New Singapore Ikea ad makes fun of Apple 

 

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