TL;DR – What a 2017.
From elections and war threats to the frequent SMRT breakdowns, 2017 was a year like no other.
Did these events MAKE or BREAK the year? You decide.
10. Rise of Influencers (and still rising)
Influencer marketing has been steadily on the rise in Singapore but this year saw a controversy that took the community by storm. In April, Faves Asia launched a promotional video on the services it could offer for those looking to become an influencer. However, the video was met with very strong criticism as netizens commented that it portrayed an unrealistic and materialistic lifestyle. Faves Asia then tried to defend themselves but it was probably too late.
Then again, in that same month, no one objected when Sing! China finalist Nathan Hartono was made the ambassador of “MILO Peng”. Also, social media influencers like Youtiao666 and Prettipls rose to fame with their witty and satirical content.
What do you think of influencers?
9. En bloc fever
This year saw many developments joining the en bloc fever, including several high profile successes like privatised HUDC estate Rio Casa being sold for $575 million, former HUDC estate Eunosville for $745 million and Normanton Park for $800 million. The en bloc fever is said to be due to developers trying to replenish their land bank as the government is not releasing land parcels for now. We can only say, enjoy the fever while it lasts.
8. Speaking out about suicide
Very often, we don’t talk about mental health and suicide but this year saw the need to speak out and raise awareness on suicide prevention. While Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why sparked controversy for glamorising suicide, the director and executive producer said it was important to not shy away from conversations regarding suicide and mental health. Yet just a few months later, the death of Chester Bennington took the world by storm when he committed suicide after struggling with years of depression. The fact that his death was on the birthday of his close friend Chris Cornell, who also died by suicide in May, triggered more intense emotions and the need to reach out and speak openly about one’s struggles with depression and suicidal thoughts. To remember Bennington, Linkin Park set up a tribute website and information on suicide prevention.
And a little closer to us in Asia, the very recent suicide of Kpop star, Jong Hyun, shocked more than just the Kpop world. He’s the lead vocalist of the five-piece Kpop boy band, SHINee and his suicide not also indicated that he had been suffering from depression for years.
We should not be afraid to come forward and face our struggles. We should encourage those suffering with mental health to seek therapy. Know someone who is struggling? Show you care today: https://sos.org.sg/
7. Awesome concerts and the rise of scalpers
From Coldplay and Backstreet Boys to Britney Spears and Ed Sheeran, it was a year of awesome and unforgettable concerts. But with great concerts, came the rise of scalpers. Within minutes after tickets are sold out, scalpers moved online to reap profits from their tickets. Coldplay tickets went as high as $8,888 (U.P. $298), Ed Sheeran for $920 (U.P. $188) etc. Ticket scalping is a grey area internationally. Lawyers have said reselling tickets should be made illegal like how it is illegal in some states in the US.
What do you think? What concerts are you looking forward to in 2018?
6. Endless SMRT breakdowns and disruptions
SMRT might have broken their records this year, quite literally. Singaporeans got more and more tired and frustrated by the frequent delays. In fact, frequent may be an understatement. Train breakdowns have almost become a norm as there are faults on ALL lines at both peak and non-peak hours. Train faults, track faults, signalling faults.. you name it. SMRT might even be afraid to make announcements on train faults now. However, the most recent train collision at Joo Koon station was the cherry on top, causing a public outrage at SMRT. To think just two years ago, SMRT won an international awardfor Risk Management.
We can only say..
5. Frequent Mass Shootings
From the Charlottesville attack to a Texas church shooting to the deadliest US shooting in Las Vegas, there were 317 mass shootings in the U.S alone this year. Thousands have lost their lives, families have lost their loved ones. Yet, the debate over gun laws are still ongoing and American minds have not been changed. In fact, the disparities between those in support and against gun control are widening. Here in Singapore, we can only be thankful and appreciative of the security we have. Don’t you think?
4.Halimah Yacob becoming President
In September, Madam Halimah Yacob made history by becoming Singapore’s first Malay woman President.
3. Nasi Lemak Burger
Of course we had to add the Nasi Lemak Burger to this list! This year, McDonald’s launched the best burger ever that was so popular among Singaporeans, it was sold out in less than two weeks. Featuring a strong coconut taste, fried chicken thigh patty with a fried egg, caramelised onions, cucumber slices and complete with spicy sambal sauce, it was like eating almost the real dish.
Share with us if it was your favourite burger too!
2. Tensions between US and North Korea
The US and North Korea have been involved in an escalating war of words throughout the year, accentuated by the mad dash to war by the recklessness of the Trump administration. Tensions between the US and North Korea are said to be the most serious threat to world peace. President Trump has publicly reported that US was “ready, willing and able” to “totally destroy” North Korea and its 25 million people.
1. Trump becoming President
The top on this list for us will be Donald Trump officially taking office and becoming the President of the United States. On 20 January 2017, Trump was inaugurated as 45th President of the United States and during his inaugural address, promised to restore the nation’s strength and purpose and to rebuild it from within, vowing to “bring back” American jobs, borders, wealth and dreams.