2011 has been a 'meme-filled' year. With social media tools like Facebook and Twitter, news now travels faster than text messages. This year, we saw the rise of the (in)famous Rebecca Black and the very charming Mr Trololo, who is now a symbol of the Trollface meme.
And it looks like Singapore has jumped on the bandwagon too, as various events from Singapore made its rounds through the net. Let us end the year by revisiting the top 5 Singapore internet sensations in 2011!
1. General Elections
The day (or night) where old folks, parents, teenagers, uncles, aunties and children sat united in front of the television, watching the live telecast eagerly for the election results. Usually, elections would have been a bore but this year’s was quite phenomenal, not just because of the strong presence of opposition candidates but also because of a few 'stars'.
People’s Action Party's youngest member, Ms Tin Pei Ling, was cast into the spotlight and was heavily scrutinised, especially after a picture of her went viral:
Now everyone knows she loves Kate Spade. Mediacorp actor, Tay Ping Hui, even spoofed her in 8 Days:
I LOVE KATE SPADE TOO :)
Besides Ms Tin, there was someone else who was even more of a superstar. He is none other than the returning officer extraordinaire Mr Yam Ah Mee:
A 'MOTIVATIONAL' POSTER SOMEONE MADE
Everyone loved him for his monotonous manner of speech when he declared the election results and he soon became an internet celebrity and meme. People started making remixes of his speech:
He even has his own medicated oil, crackers, and instant noodle brand:
Then, products started coming out for Ah Mee's fans:
DID YOU GET YOURS?
2. Train Otaku
When the Circle Line started operations in October, everyone was going about their usual lives but for this person, it was a day of elation. Train Otaku, Jay Tan, became an overnight star after he was featured in a Channel 5 news segment on the opening of the Circle Line.
The news clip was then posted on YouTube:
Jay became a hot topic online, especially in HardwareZone.com.sg, with many dreaming to meet Jay on the train one day.
Jay is somewhat an icon now; he even made it to popular comedy website 9GAG.
3. Adelyn Hosehbo and Aaron Tan
These two teenagers became infamous over the internet after they were Stomped (Adelyn, Aaron): for being delinquent. Adelyn Hosehbo slapped her mother and appeared proud of it while Aaron Tan posted a video threatening to kill a 14-year-old boy who stole his girlfriend.
Both Adelyn and Aaron were heavily criticised and mocked for their undesirable behaviour. But perhaps the more 'adored' of the two was Aaron, as people started poking fun of his language through pictures and 'posters':
THE DEATH THREAT VIDEO
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After the two incidents, there were people who jokingly paired Adelyn and Aaron together, saying they would make a perfect couple.
Fresh in our memories, who can forget SMRT's Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Ms Saw Phaik Hwa? She has been in the spotlight since the trains and bus services became more than unsatisfactory. The quote that threw her into instant infamy: "People can choose to board the train, it is whether they choose to." Many were outraged by that and soon, netizens started circulating pictures that spoke a thousand words:
RECENT TRAIN BREAKDOWNS PUTTING HER BACK UNDER SCRUTINY
During the recent train breakdown, a commuter broke a train window with a fire extinguisher to let some air in and the photo went viral, with many photo editing experts giving their take:
Besides those, photos of Ms Saw being carried on a throne by an entourage of topless guys, allegedly taken two months ago at a SMRT Dinner & Dance event at Resorts World Sentosa, went viral recently, resulting in another wave of spoofs on HardwareZone.com.sg:
You can find more here.
5. WRS Halloween Horrors
When the much-loved Halloween Horrors was suddenly cancelled by the interim CEO of Wildlife Reserves Singapore, it resulted in a big hoo-ha. It was expected though, especially since it meant seven months of hard work by Singapore Polytechnic's student interns going down the drain.
Naturally, netizens displayed their unhappiness online, slamming the CEO, Ms. Isabella Loh, as the villain of the whole saga.
A 'tribute' video dedicated to her:
Twitter users were the most creative of the lot: Creating a hashtag #whyisabellalohcanceledhalloween, that went into the trending list for a few days. Some of the funny ones include:
"#whyisabellalohcanceledhalloween real ghost heard of the party and has sent her emails enquiring if they could join the party" and "She was worried the Night Safari animals would be afraid of the dark. #whyisabellalohcanceledhalloween"
View a list of others here!
Summing up 2011, it has been an entertaining year for netizens and let us wait and see what 2012 brings us!
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