To date, her hit song – World is Mine – has received more than 16 million hits on YouTube. She has appeared in a TV commercial for Toyota, which aired in the US. She is the star of her very own video game – Project DIVA and her concerts are often sold out. It’s hard to think of her as anything but human, but the hugely popular Hatsune Miku is a virtual creation, and very unlike you and me. The face of Vocaloid 2, a singing synthesizer application first developed by Yamaha, Miku is a virtual pop star with a fan base that can rival Justin Bieber’s Beliebers. Her creators, Crypton Future Media, explain the inspiration behind her birth, and what the future holds for virtual stars like Miku.
Compiled by: Kota Suzuki & Chitra S
This month, we sit down with thespians Tony Eusoff (TE) and Aaron Khaled (AK) who play father and son in the Singaporean production of La Cage Aux Folles, one of Broadway’s best-loved hits. This funny yet heartwarming tale of family bonds put to the test revolves around what happens when John (Khaled), introduces his fiancée and her conservative family to his father George (Eusoff), a gay man who runs the La Cage Aux Folles nightclub with his larger-than-life partner.
Compiled by: Chitra S
She grew up in abject poverty under the Khmer Rouge regime, was sold into sexual slavery when she was just a child, and endured torture and rape in Phnom Penh brothels, until she escaped with the help of a foreign aid worker. Instead of distancing herself from the past, Somaly Mam set up AFESIP (Acting for Women in Distressing Situations), an organisation that helps victims of sexual slavery empower themselves and regain their dignity. Mam shares with us her hopes and dreams for the future, and tells us what keeps her going.
Compiled by: Chitra S Images: Courtesy of AFESIP
From Scotland’s Ben Nevis to Mt. Cook in New Zealand, Mt Damavand in Iran to the spectacular Mt. Everest, no mountain proved high enough for adventurer Khoo Swee Chiow, who scaled eight peaks in just as many months as part of the AirAsia Altitude-X Expedition. The father of two speaks to us about his love for majestic peaks and what sparked his passion for mountaineering.
Compiled by: Chitra S Images: Khoo Swee Chiow
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