Victoria and Abdul. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Did you know Queen Victoria was born the same year Singapore was founded?

Nov 9th, 2017 Comedy, Drama Marcus Goh 9 min read

If you haven’t disappointed your History teachers, then you’ll remember that 1819 was the year when Singapore was founded by the British – Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles, to be exact. It was also the year that Britain’s most famous queen was born, Queen Victoria. Her name is where we get the term “Victorian era” from, and it was an era of great positive change for…

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…

A KNPU lesson in Midnight Runners. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Why the Korean National Police University is like a real-life Hogwarts

Sep 9th, 2017 Action, Comedy Marcus Goh 9 min read

You can’t get into Hogwarts, but don’t fret. The Popping Post has found the next best thing – the Korean National Police University (KNPU). Enrolling in the KNPU is almost like studying in Hogwarts, if you don’t mind not learning how to cast magic spells. You do learn how to be the real-life equivalent of an Auror (a magical policeman) though. KNPU has so many…

Masataka Kubota as Ken Kaneki in Tokyou Ghoul. Credit: Encore Films

All you ever wanted to know about ghouls in ‘Tokyo Ghoul’

Aug 23rd, 2017 Action, Adventure, Animation, Asian Cinema, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Thriller Marcus Goh 8 min read

The ghouls in Tokyo Ghoul aren’t just undead monsters running around the bustling metropolis. Besides being stronger and faster than average humans, they each possess a Kagune, a special weapon that’s more powerful than any manmade weapon around (except for a nuclear warhead, perhaps). What can ghouls do? Here’s all you need to know about their powers and weaknesses.   Powers 1. Special predator organs called…

The Emoji Movie. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

6 amazing facts you never knew about emojis

Aug 9th, 2017 Animation, Child-friendly, Comedy Marcus Goh 10 min read

Emojis are lifesavers. When someone you don’t really know messages you a whole lot of stuff that you don’t really care about, emojis are the perfect reply. You just have to choose the face with the most appropriate response to whatever it is that acquaintance sent you, and voila! You’ve responded in a caring, thoughtful way without actually caring or thinking about what they said….

Annabelle: Creation. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

6 haunted dolls that exist right here in sunny Singapore

Aug 9th, 2017 Horror, Thriller Marcus Goh 10 min read

You might think that haunted dolls (or toys, for that matter) only exist far far away, and certainly not in Singapore. You always see television shows or movies about them, but it’s not like Singapore would have a haunted doll right? If we did, you can bet that it’ll be Instagrammed so much that it’d have its own hashtag. Guess what? There isn’t just one…

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

6 cosmopolitan cities that are just like the City of a Thousand Planets


Jul 17th, 2017 Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Teens Marcus Goh 11 min read

If Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets looks familiar, that means that you’re living in the 20th Century. Star Wars, The Fifth Element (also directed by Luc Besson), and even DC and Marvel Comics have all taken inspiration from Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. The film is based on the French science fiction comic series Valérian and Laureline, which started in…

Mad World (一念无明). Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

6 things that get Singaporeans really depressed

Jun 23rd, 2017 Arthouse, Asian Cinema, Drama Marcus Goh 9 min read

Singapore can be a really depressing country, especially when you’re waiting for a bus at 1.30pm and the bus shelter’s shadow doesn’t cover the bus stop’s seats, so you have to decide if you want to sit down in the sun or stand in the shade (stand in the shade of course). Or if it’s one of those super sunny days with a light drizzle…

Bad Genius. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Can you solve these 5 notoriously difficult test questions from Singapore?

Jun 9th, 2017 Drama, Thriller Marcus Goh 9 min read

If you’re in Singapore’s education system, you can’t just be average. You have to be a genius. Have you seen the PSLE Maths questions these days? Even the multiple-choice questions will make you tear your hair out. But then, we did top the recent PISA rankings. PISA stands for Programme for International Student Assessment, and it’s basically the “World Cup for education”. Singapore was literally first…

Gifted. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Confessions of a real former GEP student

Apr 19th, 2017 Drama Marcus Goh 15 min read

Every kiasu parent’s dream is for their child to be in the Gifted Education Programme (GEP). Literally. Just look at the KiasuParents forum for GEP. According to MOE, the GEP selection tests identify pupils with high intellectual potential. Note that it’s not necessarily academic potential, but intellectual potential. To get into the GEP back then (the early 90s), you had to pass two tests in…