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After a 20 year wait, Les Miserables is finally back, this time bigger and better than before. The new, reimagined version of this musical was first created to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Broadway musical. This current version includes new sets, re-orchestrated music scores, and pyrotechnics. For those who are keen, Les Miserables will be showing at the Esplanade Theatre till 17 July 2016 and tickets are available HERE.

Now, for those of you who don’t know, Les Miserables the Musical follows the lives of several characters in the 19th Century French Revolution period, touching on topics of redemption, contradictions in friendship and love as well as survival of the human spirit.

Since its inception in the 1980s, Les Miserables has since taken the musical scene by storm. Originated from the novel by Victor Hugo, Les Miserables was then made into a musical in 1985. It is undisputedly one of the greatest Broadway shows of all time.

Not only was the musical a hit, Les Miserables the movie, starring Hollywood’s greatest stars such as Russell Crowe, Anna Hathaway and Amanda Seyfried, scored 3 Oscars and 3 Golden Globe awards 2012.

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Despite its global fame, did you know that Les Miserables was once dismissed as “witless and synthetic entertainment?” For more, allow us to take you through 5 facts about the musical.

1. The early reviews of Les Miserables were atrocious

When the musical was first released in London’s Barbican Theatre, critics panned it. Newspapers such as The Daily Mail and City Limits called the musical out and described it as a “load of sentimental old tosh”.

Devastated, Producer Cameron Mackintosh made a trip to the box office only to find out that in less than 24 hours, tickets were already selling out fast. It was then that he decided to not take professional critics to heart and instead trust the power of word of mouth.

2. Today, Les Miserables is one of the oldest and most successful Broadway shows

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This blockbuster has won over 125 major theatre awards including an Olivier, 8 Tonys, a Grammy, and 5 Helpmann Awards. The production has played over 45,000 professional performances worldwide to a total audience of more than 70 million people – even more than the population of Italy.

3. There is only one place which still holds the original production

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Though different renditions of the play are still stellar performances which continue to touch the hearts of millions, the only place where you can still see the original musical is in London.

4. The singing you heard from Les Miserables movie was entirely live

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To amp up the realism, Tom Hooper, director of the movie insisted that the entire cast sing live instead of lip-synching to pre-recorded tracks. Even though the live singing did potray raw honesty to the movie, the cast had to prepare their vocals months before the actual acting. On top of that, stars such as Anne Hathaway and Hugh Jackman had a whopping amount of weight to lose before filming commenced. They really deserved their Oscars!

5. After a 20-year hiatus, Les Miserables finally made its way to Singapore with its latest production of Les Miserables

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Consisting of modernised staging, orchestrations and dazzlingly reimagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo, this version of Les Miserables must not be missed!

This production has broken box office records America and in Canada for over three years, as well as in Japan, Korea, Spain and Australia.

Tickets have been on sale since November last year and will be available through all SISTIC channels. The musical will be held at Esplanade from 31st May 2016 onwards, with ticket prices starting from SGD58.

For more information, please head over to www.lesmis.sg.

This post is brought to you in partnership with Mediacorp VizPro.

Madeline Chin
Nuffnang Community Team

Singapore’s food scene has been on an all-time high recently; from salted egg croissants to the latest themed-cafes, even our Instagram feeds have problems keeping up. But hey, everyone loves a variety to choose from and I’m definitely not complaining!

In case you missed them out, we have sourced out some of the trendiest food and cafes that you can probably bring your date to, or even just a simple gathering with loved ones.

1.BAKE Cheese Tart

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Photo Credits: Misstamchiak

Originated from Japan, BAKE has been the talk of the town ever since it set foot in Singapore. I mean, why not? BAKE prides itself on only serving the “Best Cheese Tart Ever” and as far as cheese tarts go, it hasn’t disappoint yet.

Insider Tip: Avoid the long queues by buying your cheese tarts during off peak hours. Word has it that the waiting time for BAKE clocked up to 3 hours!

Aileen Lim for food blogger Maureen, more popularly known as Miss Tam Chiak has done a review on the various type of cheese tarts available in Singapore. Head over to Maureen’s website and find out more!

2.Prima Deli Salted Egg Yolk Cheese Tarts

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Photo Credits: Clara

Salted yolk crabs, salted yolk buns, salted yolk chips, salted yolk croissants… I can go on and on. But salted yolk lava cheese tart? This is a different ball game altogether. Our new foodie to the family, Clara, popularly known as Exploding Belly, swore by the buttery goodness of this tart. This local creation has won the hearts of many and will continue to win every salted-yolk lover’s heart. ;)

Insider Tip: Toast your tart prior to eating to savor the runny salted egg goodies!

Head over to Clara’s blog and be sure to follow her on Instagram! Don’t blame us if you salivate when you browse through her feed in the middle of the night though J

3.DC Comics Super Hero Café

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Photo Credits: Marina Bay Sands

The recent Batman VS Superman movie has got us all hooked onto the DC scene and this DC-themed Café will definitely satisfy the after-effects of the movie. It features superheroes-themed food such as Hall of Justice Combo, Chicken Hawk Quesadilla, Aquaman’s Arrabiata and Batman’s Dark Knight Charcoal Burger.

What is there not to love? While the food in the café tends to be on the pricier side, the view from MBS will be all worth it.

Head over to Marina Bay Sands’ website to find out more about the café!

4.LePark

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Photo Credits: Miss Goob

Situated at the roof top of People’s Park Complex, Lepark is the ideal place to lepak (chill in Malay Language). Lepark serves amazing tapas-styled food as well as proper mains. If you’re looking for a chill night session, you’d love to know that Lepark serves an array of craft beers that is not your usual run-of-the-mill beers.

Insider Tip: Lepark even has live getai (song stages in dialects) sessions occasionally. Like their facebook page and stay tuned to their updates!

Jiehui, more popularly known as Miss Goob, went for a taste event for Lepark’s latest menu. Head over to her dayre and find out more about Lepark!

5.Pompompurin Café

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Photo Credits: Clara

Pompompurin cafe has been the latest craze as far as themed-cafes go in Singapore. Originated from Sanrio, Japan, Pompompurin is now ranked #1 most popular Sanrio character! From its entrance décor all the way to the smallest details such as seats and cutlery, Pompompurin Café is decorated beautifully with Pompompurin’s characters.

Clara did a review on this themed-café here. Read to find out more!

6.Timbre+

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Photo Credits: ShoutSg

As Singapore first container Gastropark, Timbre+ is an urban food hall that offers a diversity of restaurant-grade food and casual eats at affordable prices. With music and live performances, Timbre+ is the ideal place if you want a relaxing and chill session with your loved ones. The graffiti sprays and abstract arts inside the container definitely livens up the mood.

Do note that Timbre+ closes on Sundays and parking lots are extremely limited, so you might want to park at Fusionopolis or take the train to One-north!

Read more about Timbre+ here at Cheekiemonkie’s blog!

That’s all folks! I hope you enjoyed reading about the latest food trends. Happy eating!

Rachel Heng
Nuffnang Community Team

ndp1One year ago with our bloggers and Netccentric staff while packing for SG50’s Funpacks
Credits: Dayre

It has been a year since us Singaporeans have celebrated our golden jubilee and we’re proud to announce that..
Netccentric will be partnering with National Day Parade again for SG51! :)

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Nuffnang blogger and alphas with Brigadier-General Kenneth Liow, Chairman of the NDP 2016 Executive Committee at SG 51’s NDP media event
Credits: Xinlin

Netccentric has been heavily involved in SG50’s NDP event – read all about it here at our CEO Boss Ming’s Dayre. It was a priceless experience to be a part of SG50; from packing the fun packs for the residents of Singapore to penning down sincere and thoughtful wishes, we definitely felt the unity and pride to be a Singaporean. Imagine the excitement that we get to partner with NDP again this year!

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Brigadier General Kenneth Liow, Chairman of NDP 2016 Executive Committee, starting of the media programme.
Credits: Xinlin

This year’s NDP theme will be Building Our Singapore of Tomorrow. As the name speaks for itself, this year’s National Day Parade calls on all Singaporeans to remain strong and work towards Singapore’s future as one people.

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Chelsea Lim, the brainchild behind SG 51’s logo
Credits: Brenda

This year’s celebration will be nothing short of amazing:

Unlike any other year where NDP is held at Marina Floating Platform or Padang, SG51 NDP will be held at the newly renovated Singapore Sports Hub after a 10 year hiatus which will allow 275,000 Singaporeans – double that of previous NDPs – to celebrate Singapore’s birthday together.

Apart from traditional favourites such as the Parade and Salute to the Nation performed by five F-16D fighter aircraft, this year’s celebration will consist of unmanned technologies, 3D projection displays, aerial displays involving performers and props, and indoor fireworks for the first time ever! Just like any other NDP, SG51 NDP will definitely be a memorable and meaningful to all Singaporeans.

Read more about our influencers’ experience during SG51 NDP’s media event here:

Xinlin – NDP 2016: Concept, Theme & Logo
Brenda – NDP 2016: Concept, Theme and Logo
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Stay tuned to Nuffnang’s platforms as we will be updating the latest news regarding SG51’s NDP!

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Rachel Heng
Nuffnang Community Team

Did you know that April Fool’s Day has been around since the 16th century? Apparently, when the Gregorian Calendar was adopted and New Year’s Day was moved to 1st January instead of 1st April, people couldn’t get use to the change. Those who then continued to celebrate New Year’s Day on the 1st April were referred to as “April’s fools” and others played tricks on them.
Even though April fool’s day is cited as an unofficial holiday, people do take them pretty seriously.

Google, for one, is notorious for pranking its users every year.

Netccentric has always been about fun, so how can we miss out on the occasion?

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Source: Dayre

One of our Netccentrics, Selina, pasted this all over the Netccentric office last year.

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Source: Dayre

It easily livened up the office and got everyone in the mood for April Fool’s.

Now, you are entitled to 24 hours of pranking (harmless, of course) others/get pranked. Go make full use of it! Just remember not to ask anyone to be your beau on that day. Nobody will take you seriously, really.

We gathered a few April fool pranks you can pull on your friends, family members, or even colleagues. It may not be anything damaging, but I’m pretty sure it will annoy the victim to no ends. :P

1. The Insect Lamp

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Source: BoredPanda

For everyone who is afraid of insects, this prank cannot get any better. Imagine the horror on their faces the instant the lamp is switched on. Totes worth the paper-cutting effort. If you’re all up for the occasion, improvise this idea in the toilets as well. Draw them on the toilet paper rolls and soon you’ll hear the screeching screams coming from the toilet.

2. Tape an airhorn under a desk chair

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Place the airhorn either under a desk chair or tape it to the wall adjacent to the door and get your snapchat ready to record the reaction of the victim. Try visualising the jolt and the possible fall he/she may encounter due to the shock. Yep. I love April Fool’s Day too.

3. Clogged toilet bowl? Not really.

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Source: Timothy Tiah

This is a creation of our Nuffnang Malaysia team back in 2013. Old is gold, and in no way is this prank outdated. The Churp Churp team in KL poured coffee into the toilet tank so that you’d be greeted with a flush of brown-coloured water whenever you flush. Read more of the whole experience at Timothy Tiah, our COO’s blog. We suggest that you use food colouring instead of coffee. You don’t want to attract ants into your place, surely.

4. The Mouse Prank

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Source: BoredPanda

Effortless but it definitely does the trick.

Be prepared for a scolding from your victim, though. If it was a gaming mouse, they’d probably be very angry at you.

5. Frozen Cereal

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This is for all the times your child made you clean up their food messes. Apart from laughing when you observe their exasperated faces, their reactions will definitely brighten up your week. Nothing can be funnier than watching your children fall for a prank like this.

6. Googly-eyed food?

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Source: HappyDay

Stick these googly-eyed stickers on all the foods you can find in the kitchen or your office pantry. Better still, stick them on your child’s snacks and candy and watch their reactions when they open the refrigerator.

We hope you had a great time reading this post as much as I had fun writing it. I was giggling to myself when I came across the pranks. Just imagining the reactions of my friends and family makes me excited for April Fool’s Day.

Have a great April Fool’s Day! But remember, nothing harmful!

Rachel Heng
Nuffnang Community Team

We are always developing new things for the community and this time we’re sure it’s something all of you will appreciate!

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In this new era where everyone is surfing the internet on their smartphones more than on their computers, we thought we’d have an easier way for you Nuffnangers to earn from us.

Introducing the new Nuffnang Mobile Ads! We’ve integrated the ad units to be mobile-friendly and look awesome on your blog’s mobile website. Say goodbye to out-of-proportioned ads on your phone screen and hello to Nuffnang Mobile Ads that fits perfectly.

As much as we’d like to skip the technical parts, you have to follow the steps below to insert the mobile ads.

Here’s how you can insert the mobile ads into the Mobile Template of your blog-

  1. Copy the Leaderboard code from our Nuffnang Add Ads Page (Yes! The code can be used for mobile templates as well!
  2. Paste the code in your favourite editor (eg. WordPad, TextEdit)
  3. Add <b:if cond=’data:blog.isMobile’> before the code and </b:if> after the blog as shown below-
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    Go back to the HTML section of your blog and paste the entire code directly after the <body> element like in the screenshot below. You can search <body> by pressing Ctrl+F if you’re on a PC or Command+F if you’re on a Mac.

  5. 3After you’ve done that, go ahead and click ‘Save Template‘.
  6. Now, head on back to the ‘Template’ tab and click on the settings button under ‘Mobile‘.
  7. 4Under ‘Choose mobile template‘, choose ‘Custom’ and save your selection.

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Tadah! You now have mobile ads on your mobile website! Here’s an example of how the ads will look like on your mobile device:

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It’s so simple! Nuffnang Mobile Ads is definitely an easier and more efficient way to expose your ads to your readers, considering the fact that our phones are like an extra limb rather than a communication device, which will ultimately increase your Nuffnang earnings. Plus, with these proportioned ads, your articles are now more reader friendly. Woohoo!

We will be showing more campaigns on the mobile ads from now on, so hop on the wagon, Nuffnangers! Install mobile ads now so you don’t miss out. Be sure to follow us on our instagram and dayre for more updates.

IG: @NuffnangSG

Dayre: @NuffnangSG

Christina Lau
Nuffnang Community Team

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