Esquire Singapore's Top 10 Stories Of 2016
It's quite a list.
2016! What a year it has been. As we finally close the page to a chapter that we just couldn't wait to tear off the bind, we look back at some of the most-read stories on esq.sg. There's one about the father of Singapore's first Olympic gold medalist. There's a column by Neil Humphreys that sparked an online debate. There are stories on two momentous local events that made us question who we are as a nation: the launch of Pokémon GO and the arrival of the Michelin Guide in Singapore. And profiles of Singaporean women, three of them, made it to the list. What have we learned? Nothing. Here's the full list of esq.sg's top 10 stories in 2016.
DEAR FUTURE SON...
By Dylan Soh
13-year-old Dylan Soh writes a letter to his future son about the importance of asking "why" and "why not" and the need to carve out his own narrative.
A WOMAN WE LOVE: YIP PIN XIU
By Lestari Hairul, Eugene Lim and Nicky Loh
Singapore's three-time Paralympic gold medallist takes us underwater to reveal her most powerful and defining form.
SPECIAL REPORT: MEET THE LAST TWO BODY EXTRACTORS OF KODAIKANAL'S INFAMOUS SUICIDE POINT
By Prabhu Silvam and Zakaria Zainal
Trekking up toward Kodaikanal's infamous Suicide Point guided by stories of dignity in the face of desperation.
SCREW THE EXPOSURE, SHOW US THE MONEY
By Neil Humphreys
Work for free? Pay to work? What's wrong with Singapore?
A WOMAN WE LOVE: JEAN DANKER
By Wayne Cheong, Janie Cai and Joel Low
Jean Danker typifies the good girl that you hear about, the studious, “by-the-books” kind that you can take home to mother.
AN OPEN LETTER TO THE MAKERS OF POKÉMON GO FROM A DISTRAUGHT ASIAN FAN
By Beatrice Bowers
Fuck you, Niantic.
By Celine Asril
After rumours of Michelin Inspectors leaving name cards at various Singapore restaurants surfaced, the anonymity of the famous reviewers, it seemed, had been compromised. Here is the account that no one wanted to put his or her name to.
FIRST PERSON: IN THE PAST 5 DAYS, I WALKED OVER 60 KILOMETRES AROUND SINGAPORE TO CATCH POKÉMON
By Patrick Chew
What 60 kilometres, 1,000 PokéStops, 700,000 XP and over 1,500 Pokémon have taught me.
A WOMAN WE LOVE: PRISCILLA SHUNMUGAM
By Lestari Hairul, Janie Cai and Ivanho Harlim
The fashion designer threads through the problem with fashion.
ESQUIRE SINGAPORE MAN OF THE YEAR: COLIN SCHOOLING
By Wayne Cheong, Priscilla Wong, Eugene Lim and Lavender Chang
In the house of the father, comes the rising son.