Juventus FC ended #JuveTour of Asia-Australia pre-season with a thrilling 5-0 victory over Singapore Selection on Saturday, 16 August – the first football match to be staged at the new National Stadium at the iconic Singapore SportsHub.
Following last Wednesday’s 8-1 win in Jakarta, Indonesia, over Indonesian Super League All-Stars and Sunday’s 3-2 win against A-League All Stars in Sydney, Australia, the trio of wins on the tour shows the Bianconeri’s strength and utmost readiness forthe new Serie A season to come.
“Looking at this three-leg tour, I must say that players adapted well to differing weather and playing conditions and I’m very satisfied with their performances in Jakarta, Sydney and Singapore,” said Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri.
Tactical fluency was the overall key to the fluid performance of Juventus as the difference between the two teams, but Singapore Selection did what they could and put on a great performance for the crowd marking this historic football match. Singapore Selection goalkeeper Hassan Sunny was making save after save in the early stages, before Italian World Cup hero-midfielder Andrea Pirlo hit the back of his net with two classic goals, one from a 19 yard free-kick in the 19th minute and a penalty kick in the 42nd minute after striker Fernando Llorente was brought down by Shakir Hamzah. That gave the reigning Serie A champions a 2-0 halftime lead.
Juventus tightened their defences in the second half, against an energetic Singapore team, and within seven minutes of the start of the second half, scored another two goals through Paul Pogba’s sublime finish (49th minute) and Sebastian Giovinco’s piledriver of a volley from an Andrea Pirlo corner (52nd minute). The 4-0 lead allowed coach Allegri to replace Pirlo in the 58th minute, to the rounding applause of the 27,338 strong crowd. The Architect was overwhelmingly the crowd’s favourite and won the Gillette ‘Man of the Match’ award.
The stadium cheered again in the 71st minute when an unmarked Kwadwo Asamoah hit a superbly struck ball from the middle of the penalty-area after some fantastic build up play from Sebastian Giovinco and Martin Cáceres. Singapore Selection substitute keeper Izwan Mahbud came on and had a string of brilliant late saves to avoid a further deficit as Juventus relentlessly maintained the pressure in the closing stages of the match.
There was reason to cheer for the Singaporean fans though, as young talents like Shafiq Ghani and Faris Ramli were playing bravely, with valour and grit. Faris even had a wonderful chance to score a goal in the 49th minute, taking on Martin Cáceres, then playing a one-two that split the Bianconeri defence with Singapore Selection captain Shahril Ishak.
The future looks bright for Singapore football as could be seen on display during the match. Juventus Head Coach Massimiliano Allegri concurs, “Singapore football is developing and improving. It is getting better, and that is worth highlighting.”
Singapore’s German coach Bernd Stange said: “The result is not the most important thing for a friendly against a top-class team like Juventus. It is the experience of playing against such a high-level opponent, which is rare, that is most important for the players’ development, both individually and as a team.
“Regularly playing against tough opposition like the teams we recently faced in Austria, today against Juventus, and our participation in the upcoming Asian Games (in Incheon, South Korea) can only be beneficial to our players.”
He remarked that he was happy the Singapore fans could “see that our players always give their best efforts for every match we play in”.
Singapore VS Juventus Match covered by Faris & Celestine from #SPORT-IFY
When it hit us that Pentatonix (PTX) was making their way to Singapore, for their first ever performance here, we were overwhelmed! After jostling with a near immediate sellout of their first show, Midas Promotions managed to sneak two more, making the acapella group a record holder of near 5,000 total for their audience. Incredible!
Set at the Sands Theatre – in Marina Bay Sands no less – PTX rocked the opening night, which coincidentally was also the start of their “PTX Vol. III” album pre- orders [https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/ptx-vol.-iii/id907175342]!
The PTX stage setup was pretty simple, with their iconic P-T-X signage that pretty much stood as testament to their music making, which stemmed from the 5-member’s powerful voices. Even more interestingly, was the crowd itself which included the likes of Singapore’s own varsity singing groups such as SMU Voix, and even the local music scene, with members from The Sam Willows, among others, eagerly cheering for PTX.
In their act, the group started with their iconic “Daft Punk Medley”, which was befitting, as it is their most popular song to date. Mitch Grassi, immediately took the stage by storm, as his consistent on-point high notes and immensely feisty choreography, won screams from the crowd – especially during the group’s “Beyoncé Medley”.
As the group told their story from the stage, we were graced with Kevin Olusola’s incredible cello playing, accompanied with his beat boxing, who was appropriately introduced by Avi Kaplan, with “Kevin, you ready, baby?” If you’re trying to imagine it, picture the most ovaries exploding, earthshaking, deep-voice of a man you can, saying that to you.
Other musical gems throughout the performance were PTX’s original number “Natural Disaster” from their second album, “PTX Vol. II” and the music mash up that is the “Evolution of Music”. We later come to a special performance of Marvin Gaye’s “Let’s Get It On” where the group opened the stage to one, very lucky fan!
Yet, lo and behold, “Kim” bringing out an immense sign (with fellow comrades bring out giant arrows to point to her), won the hot seat – even earning a “Someone’s well prepared!” shout out from the group. Our fangirl here, had the honor of BOTH Scott Hoying and Avi Kaplan, sitting on her lap, before getting a hug from all five members. We wonder if the throngs of other jealous fangirls haven’t swarmed her afterwards!
The group sang quite a few other songs, with “Run To You” sending eargasmic waves to everyone and “Thrift Shop” and “We Are Young”, as encore songs. At the end, fans were dying at the entrance to the theater, with Zina Ng who “couldn’t deal with this” along with “Mitch’s hips don’t lie”, and another fan, Sophia Lee who “could see the passion in their voices” which she loved the most.
With amazing voices, gracious fan treatment and really energetic stage theatrics, Pentatonix has definitely earned a lot more fans here in Singapore, and we’re honored to have them grace our sunny, little island home. – #GEEKOUT DJ Danish Lukawski
Special thanks to Midas Promotions for providing Radio Heatwave, with access to Pentatonix, for media coverage!
As cliché as it is to start your 3 course meal with the Will Smith of soups, you want to try the more radical fusion of foods but you end up picking the more boring safety net option because since when has Will Smith or mushroom soup ever failed you? Served with their own freshly baked wholemeal bread, the earthy mushroom bits adds to the blend of the creaminess of soup. You can never go wrong with mushroom soup and Ren’s Hearty Mushroom Soup certainly does it all right.
Supposedly their signature main and customer’s favourite, and evidently so. When this plate first came to the table, I assumed it was curry-based from its vibrantly bright colour. However, their Pesto Chicken Stew puts a very interesting twist on their seemingly light pesto and cheese sauce with a surprisingly rich flavour and creamy aftertaste. Looks like we have a winner.
It comes with pesto-baked chicken, baby spinach, cherry tomatoes, carrots and bacon, accompanied with the choice of either mixed rice or wholemeal bread.
I for one, love greasy burgers but they’re probably the next are the next best thing to a clogged artery. Ren’s Tuscan Beef Burger however does without that extra oiliness with a thick, tender beef patty, a sweet slice of pineapple wedged in the sautéed mushrooms and lettuce, all wrapped up in their own homemade sesame bun with a side of cherry tomatoes in sweet vinaigrette.
The best part is that all the juices from the beef, mushrooms and pineapple soak down all the way to the bottom bun and it becomes a petri dish of palatableness.
My favourite part was dessert. We got a taste of their Italian-style tiramisu that has claimed to won the approval from Italians themselves. Tiramisu translates to ‘lift me up’ in Italian and this treat was definitely as light as air. The traces of coffee liqueur linger in the creamy aftertaste as it melts in your mouth.
The Triple Chocolate Mousse cake was another winner here, using no sugar but just the natural sweetness from the chocolate; it brings out the smooth richness from each type of chocolate while the crunchy wafer at the bottom adds dimension to the overall cake
California Cheesecake & Vanilla Panacotta
Usually they tend to be too rich and dense, Ren’s rendition of it becomes another ultra low sugar desert for you. While the California Cheesecake may overpower the Vanilla Panacotta, it’s still much lighter than your average cheesecake.
Fudge-y Chocolate Cake
This one was tough to eat and that had nothing to do with how it tasted like. The outer coat of chocolate was just so porcelain smooth, that I couldn’t bare to poke my cake fork into the chocolate Ganache for a slide. It this cake was rich. I’m not even kidding when I say that it is filling enough on its own. A rich ‘fudge-y’ chocolate cake, as the name suggests.
If you’ve got some monster appetite for savoury finger food, pasta, burgers and stews to the sumptuously sweet desserts, well look no further. Ren Gastronome does all that and promises that indulging your inner glutton doesn’t compromise your health.
Using only fresh premium ingredients, rich in Omega-3. No trans-fat, artificial flavourings, MSG or chemical preservatives in the making and little to absolutely no sugar and salt.
Yes, you read that right.
They have cakes with no sugar tasting devilishly sweet. What kind of sorcery is this?
Location: 121 Upper Paya Lebar Road, Singapore 534836
Tel: 6288 3144
Facebook: Ren Gastronome仁料理
This was an invited tasting