The past year has undoubtedly been eventful — let’s look to the new year in hope of greater things to come in various aspects of our lives
As we wave goodbye to 2015 and all that has come and gone, what can we look forward to in the new year ahead?
We take a look at some things that we’re excited about, and have started counting down to in 2016.
1. BIG-NAME BLOCKBUSTER MOVIES
Look out for exciting movies coming out in 2016, such as Suicide Squad.
The upcoming year will bring a host of highly-anticipated movies. In particular, superhero fans will be treated to a smorgasbord of action with Deadpool (Feb 4), Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice (Mar 24), X-Men: Apocalypse (May 19), Suicide Squad (Aug 4), Doctor Strange (Nov 3) and the ultimate clash of titans in Captain America: Civil War (May 5).
Non-action hero fans may feel at least a tinge of excitement for movies such as the Harry Potter spin-off, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Nov 17), Star Wars: Rogue One (Dec 15) and, my personal must-watch, Finding Dory (Jun 16).
Bright prints, flowing silhouettes and pattern-matching look set to lead the fashion scene in 2016, as seen on model Sui He. (Photo: Christopher Macsurak)
The fashion world saw many noteworthy trends in 2015. Some, such as culottes for ladies and denim tops for men, may be here to stay, at least a while. Meanwhile, others such as “normcore” — dressing down in sweatshirts and leggings — skorts and man buns should step aside for the new looks on the block.
Of the Spring/Summer 2016 collect-ions that were showcased on Fashion Week runways around the world, we’ve spotted an emerging trend toward breezy silhouettes encompassing wide-legged pants and bell sleeves, pattern-mixing and even pattern-matching, where your whole outfit is of a single print or colour.
Now may be a good time to do a wardrobe overhaul and catch the crest of these trends before they flood the stores.
3. FLAVOURS OF THE YEAR
Deliveroo joins the local food delivery trend, bringing even more restaurants to our doorsteps. What new food trends may this open up?
This past year has given us a bounty of truffle, salted egg and Korean fried chicken dishes, which many of us aren’t quite ready to say goodbye to. Thankfully, the food trend wheel doesn’t turn fast and furious in Singapore.
We are, however, starting to see the industry leaning toward speedy food delivery services. Now that London-based Deliveroo has joined local company FoodPanda in Singapore, we can feast on even more from our favourite restaurants without having to budge from our couches.
Recently, even Uber entered the fray with a trial run, where its drivers dropped off hearty set meals at select homes for free.
It seems like this convenient food delivery trend is here to stay. I’m not complaining but it does make me want to finally sign up for that gym membership just to make sure I don’t become a real couch potato.
4. SOLIDARITY WITH OUR FELLOW MAN
Solidarity should be a goal to work towards in 2016, both among our fellow citizens and between nations. (Photo: MCI Tan Pei Wen)
If SG50 has taught us anything, other than how creative our country can be, it’s the importance of harmony and support for our fellow man.
Many other countries have not been as fortunate as us, and the world has been in a state of turmoil due to various incidents around the globe in recent months. In light of this, we can’t wait to see greater solidarity among nations for a safer, more peaceful and more supportive world in 2016 and beyond.
Let’s start by being more considerate and caring for our own Singaporeans, whether it be family, friends or strangers. After all, kindness begins at home!
By Pamela Chow