You’ll be surprised how many cultures revere this sacred number

Jan 18th, 2018 Action, Adventure, Drama, War Marcus Goh 8 min read

Have you noticed how there are 12 months in a year, most people use a 12-hour clock, and we even have a dedicated word for “twelve units of something” (a dozen)? Yes, the number 12 is kind of special. Numbers are important to many cultures because it affects how calendars and dates are generated, which in turn affects significant events and holidays, and therefore everyday life….

Along With the Gods: The Two Worlds. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

‘Along With the Gods: The Two Worlds’ is the movie version of Haw Par Villa and this is why

Jan 11th, 2018 Action, Adventure, Asian Cinema, Drama, Fantasy Marcus Goh 9 min read

Did you know that Haw Par Villa is actually operational? My editor didn’t, haw haw, and it seems that she isn’t the only one! If you were born in the 70’s or 80’s, a day trip to Haw Par Villa would have been unforgettable (to put it in an understated way). The ostensibly “educational” theme park features more than 1,000 statues in a series of…

The Greatest Showman. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

6 of the best classes in Singapore to get you ready for the circus

Dec 28th, 2017 Action, Adventure, Drama, Musical Marcus Goh 9 min read

Want to run away and join the circus? You can, and here are the classes that will train you! Yes, the circus is serious work, and life as a circus showman/woman is gruelling. Just an idea of what you’re in for: the actual audition for Cirque du Soleil can take up to two days. Singapore has several local circus groups, like Circus in Motion, and some…

Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Credit: Walt Disney Studios

Only true Star Wars fans will be able to answer these 13 questions correctly

Dec 26th, 2017 Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Science Fiction Amelia Silva 9 min read

Merry Christmas and Happy Boxing Day! The Popping Post is honoured to have one of the most dedicated Star Wars fans we know to construct a quiz that only real fans would be able to answer! Amelia Silva happens to be a female fan who not only does not need Star Wars mansplained to her, but is well-versed enough in the lore to know the difference…

Ferdinand. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Do you know that real animals voiced these famous movie characters?

Dec 19th, 2017 Adventure, Animation, Child-friendly, Comedy Marcus Goh 6 min read

If you think we’re going to be telling you all about famous actors who voice talking animals in movies – nope! We’re going to be talking about real animals, the type that roar or grunt and bark, who have provided some of the most iconic sounds in movies. Chewbacca’s vocalisations, for instance, include the field recordings of real animals such as four different bears, a lion,…

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

6 ways to waste time that don’t require a computer

Dec 14th, 2017 Action, Adventure, Fantasy Marcus Goh 15 min read

By wasting time, we mean “games”. I mean, that’s what they really are for, right? But it’s impossible to waste time play games without a computer. And nowadays computer games have those crappy things called microtransactions (paying for things in the game itself), so you not only have to pay for a game sometimes, you have to pay even more after buying it. What if I…

Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

How to explain Star Wars to your girlfriend

Dec 11th, 2017 Action, Adventure, Celebrities, Drama, Fantasy, Science Fiction Marcus Goh 24 min read

Update from editor: We have been overwhelmed by fans all over the world who were appalled by the mansplaining angle this article took, and we acknowledge that we had underestimated how strong the Force is with the Star Wars female fan base. After reading what everybody had to say, we pledged to do better next time, starting with this open-ended quiz contributed by Singaporean Star…

Know a guy who loves MLP? He could be a “brony”

Nov 3rd, 2017 Adventure, Animation, Child-friendly, Fantasy Rachel Chan 7 min read

Before your mind goes to dark and dirty places in order to decipher what “MLP” stands for, let’s get this straight: MLP is Hasbro’s pastel-sweet cartoon My Little Pony, and a brony is a male My Little Pony fan. More specifically, they are fans of the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic incarnation of the franchise. While the subculture is believed to have started in…

Thor (Chris Hemsworth) fan service in Thor: Ragnarok. Credit: Walt Disney Pictures

What we’re betting will happen in ‘Thor: Ragnarok’

Oct 23rd, 2017 Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Superheroes Marcus Goh 11 min read

Thor has been considered “the most boring superhero in the Marvel pantheon” (we beg to differ however, have you read about Thor’s exploits in traditional Norse mythology?), so it’s amazing how he’s getting his third movie, The Revengers Thor: Ragnarok, just six years after his debut in 2011! To begin with, let’s all learn how to pronounce Ragnarok properly – the Nordic pronunciation sounds more…

Mary and the Witch's Flower. Credit: Purple Plan

7 regular plants that have unbelievable magical powers

Oct 13th, 2017 Adventure, Animation, Asian Cinema, Child-friendly, Fantasy, Teens Marcus Goh 15 min read

You don’t need to have attended Professor Pomona Sprout’s Herbology lesson at Hogwarts to know that plants and flowers are not just good to look at – many of them possess medicinal properties which make them seem almost magical. Granted, we often see all kinds of flowers in our Garden City – bougainvilleas, ixoras, hibiscuses, and others – which may be why they don’t carry…