The 12 daze of Christmas

Inspired by the traditional festive carol, The 12 Days of Christmas, BT Lifestyle takes a tongue-in-cheek look back at the events of 2014 - a dizzying year which saw politicians entering showbiz, elite schoolchildren riding public transport, and an anti-gambling ad that made everybody rich

Published Thu, Dec 18, 2014 · 09:50 PM
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Day 1 - One brand new stadium with a pitch that resembles a beach more than a football field. How ironic considering deep in the Garden City, there exists a patch of grass that actually doesn't enjoy the tropical weather inside the Sports Hub. It's enough to make a grown man cry; like national footballer Baihakki Khaizan did as he took to Instagram to pen a break-up note more dramatic than Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow's "conscious uncoupling": "Hey you, you look prettier now... you're all fancy these days... (But) you've sold out... I miss the old you."

Day 2 - Two "value-added" politicians in Baey Yam Keng, who went from selfies to stage by starring in a play written by his wife; while Culture, Community and Youth Minister Lawrence Wong unleashed his inner-Hendrix by playing the guitar at the recent ChildAid charity concert. Not to be outdone, former opposition party candidate, Nicole Seah will star in the upcoming Lee Kuan Yew-inspired historical drama, 1965; while social activists / aspiring politicians Roy Ngerng and Han Hui Hui are showing their own value-add by being professional children's party gatecrashers.

Day 3 - An ultra-cheesy three-minute promotional video by Singapore Tourism Board that went viral for all the wrong reasons. The wooden acting is enough to make our local TV stars look worthy of Oscar nominations and the "twist" at the end (will the baby be named "Singapore" like how the Beckhams named one of their sons Brooklyn?) felt like something that was needed to get any sort of government funding - even though, truth be told, the clip looked like it could have been made for a grand total of $0. Targeted at Filipino tourists, the video has given the people there more nightmares about Singapore than Ilo Ilo.

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