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What's trending in Singapore this month

Written by
Time Out Singapore editors

The top things in Singapore people are talking about in May 2018 – served up in bite-sized format.

1. You so atas

Last month, a social studies guidebook (not in MOE approved textbook list, we must add) caused quite a bit of a stir with its classification of various socio-economic classes in Singapore, although that didn't stop people from labelling certain actions, albeit in a joking manner, as "high SES" or "low SES". After years of joking that your friend is too atas, you now have a new phrase to add on. 


2. #Rendangate

When a Malaysian contestant was told by MasterChef UK judge Gregg Wallace that her rendang lacked ‘crisp’ a few weeks ago, a wave of online furor was unleashed across Southeast Asia. But in the face of the heated debate, crispy rendang has now officially become a thing with various local food chains like IKEA serving up renditions of the polarising dish. But if you're looking for the best, look no further than our list of best rendang in Singapore that's definitely not crispy.


3. Move over, Uber

It doesn’t matter if you’re Team Uber or a staunch fan of Grab because we no longer have the luxury of choosing between the two. On May 7, the Uber app shuts down its operations in Southeast Asia. And as we bid the ride-hailing service farewell, all we can say is: we’ll miss your promo codes.

Avengers Infinity War

4. Legs Benedict

Film fans were in for a treat when British star Benedict Cumberbatch stretched his legs in our city in April. He turned up at the Avengers: Infinity War red carpet event at Marina Bay Sands with the likes of Robert Downey Jr to promote the blockbuster (that’s out now) before checking out the ArtScience Museum and snacking on local grub. Elementary! Have yet to watch the film that everyone is talking about? Read our review here

5. One last hurrah

Singapore’s longest-running Mandopop nightlife spot, Shanghai Dolly, bowed out of business in April after nine years in Clarke Quay. The cabaret-style venue saw droves of sentimental party-goers turn up for one last rave over a weekend – reminiscent of the crowds it drew when it was at its peak.

Workers' Party

6. Singh his praises

Low Thia Khiang, after 17 years, has stepped down as leader of The Workers’ Party last month. We’re digging the new top man, Pritam Singh. Why do we like him? Because he champions democracy at its roots – and his glasses are geek-chic. 

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