#WkndMmts: A Christmas Story Live, SPOTY, SG Carnival, Asia’s Got Talent


A Christmas Story Live

A Christmas Story Live!” — is inspired by the holiday classic feature “A Christmas Story” and the Tony Award-nominated Broadway production “A Christmas Story: The Musical.” Not to be confused with the 1983 film that annually airs in 24-hour marathons, this is a live version of the Broadway musical adaptation of the yuletide classic about Ralphie Parker and his dysfunctional clan.

The live Musical will feature several new songs and is aired today Sunday, December 17 from 7 to 10 pm ET on FOX! For the opening number, American singer BebeRexha is performing the original “Count on Christmas” by PasekAndPaul.

“A Christmas Story Live!” is inspired by the holiday classic feature A Christmas Story and the Tony-nominated A Christmas Story: The Musical. It will be the first time a holiday classic has been adapted into a live format.

The cast includes Ana Gasteyer as Mrs. Schwartz, Andy Walken as Ralphie, Emmy nominee Maya Rudolph as Ralphie’s mom, Tony winner Jane Krakowski as Miss Shields, Chris Diamantopoulos as Ralphie’s dad and two-time Tony winner Matthew Broderick as the narrator.

Other casts include three-time Tony nominee David Alan Grier, film star Ken Jeong, and the boyband PRETTYMUCH. Grier will play as Santa Claus, Jeong will take on two roles — a Christmas tree salesman and a restaurant owner, and PRETTYMUCH will perform as the Hohman Indiana carolers.

The the official hashtag #AChristmasLiveStory is trending today with the musical so hop over to find out what people are talking about the show on Twitter!


SPOTY: BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2017

The annual award show is one of the highlights of the sporting calendar with all of sport’s great and good gathering for a celebration of all their achievements in the year.

This year, four-time Olympic champion Mo Farah has beaten favorites Anthony Joshua and Lewis Hamilton to clinch the annual prize of BBC Sports Personality of the Year. At aged 34, Mo Farah is Britain’s most successful-ever distance runner. The long-distance runner wound up his track career this year at the London Stadium by winning the 10,000m gold at the World Championships and finishing second in the 5,000m.

Supporters took to Twitter to commemorate the annual award event and while most tweets for the trending hashtag (UK) #SPOTY was to congratulate the winners, there seem to be a couple of hiccups as well.

One of the hiccups was BBC’s technical glitch during the award show – Viewers witnessed a look of surprise spread across Mo Farah’s features before the screen went blue and in his moment of glory the victor was replaced with three words, written in simple white type: signal loss detected.

Others expressed their dissapointment and disbelief that British professional boxer Anthony Joshua and British racing driver Lewis Hamilton have both failed to make it to the top 3.

Among the list of winners for the night was Bradley Lowery who received the Helen Rollason Award – given for the outstanding achievement in the face of adversity. Bradley Lowery’s parents collected the award on behalf of their son and were unable to contain their emotions, as they tearfully gave their speech and the audience gave them a standing ovation.

Lowery suffered from neuroblastoma – a rare type of cancer – from the age of 18 months and captured the nation’s hearts during a number of appearances as a mascot. He struck up a close friendship with former Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe and the pair led out England at Wembley for a World Cup qualifier against Lithuania in March (Dailymail).

Here is the full list of SPOTY award winners:

  • Sports Personality of the Year – Sir Mo Farah (second, Jonathan Rea; third, Jonnie Peacock)
  • Young Sports Personality of the Year – Phil Foden
  • Lifetime Achievement – Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill
  • Helen Rollason Award – Bradley Lowery
  • Overseas Sports Personality of the Year – Roger Federer
  • Coach of the Year – Benke Blomkvist, Stephen Maguire and Christian Malcolm
  • Team of the Year – England women’s cricket team
  • Get Inspired Unsung Hero – Denise Larrad


(Singapore) Marina Bay Carnival 

Singaporeans are in for a treat this festive season with the largest carnival right here in town!  Located at Bayfront Event Space, overlooking one of the top skyline of Singapore, the Marina Bay Carnival is the largest yet in the country with over 40 rides and games.

Check out Thomas K’s vlog on all the various fun activities and games at the carnival!

Carnival goers can expect thrilling rides like the roller coaster, viking and the Star Flyer. Millions of toys are also available to be won through a variety of booth games such as bowling, fishing and lobster ball. Of course, there are also various food options and performances – it’s endless fun from now until the 1st of April 2018!

The carnival met some delay and was only officially opened to public last Friday. It has only been the first weekend and our Instagram is already been filled with the carnival photos – all the soft toys!

For those who are considering the rides, why not check out Stirr Singapore’s review on the most extreme rides at the carnival? Find out more information on some of the top rides and games that are worth trying out for your next weekend night!


Asia’s Got Talent 2017

Not exactly a weekend moment but this is so spooky and incredible at the same time, we just had to make an exception and talk about it here! The result show of Asia’s Got Talent 2017 happened on Thursday 14 Dec and Indonesian magician by the name The Sacred Riana is crowned the winner of the competition.

The Sacred Riana is best known for her ghost-like appearance, dramatic twitchy movement, and spine-chilling performances. Despite her less mainstream style, she managed to beat all other participants from all around Asia and gather a strong fan support/ public votes to bring home the winner title.

If you have not been following the season, just take a look at her final performance (be prepared)… Watch how she manage to spook Kpop star/Judge Jay Park and the entire crowd!

The video clip of her last performance was uploaded on the day of finals (14 Dec) and it has since gathered over 8.4 million views in 4 days. It is also the #2 Trending on Youtube with multiple reshares across various platforms such as Facebook and Twitter.

Netizens were all extremely impressed with Riana who stayed in her character of Sacred Riana all the way from audition to even after during result release, just look her reaction or lack of reaction in this case!

To find out more about The Sacred Riana, you’d be pleased to know that she has her very own Instagram account (managed by her company) which gives you a view of her spooky life.

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