Self-expression: it’s one of the greatest qualities that I treasure. There are so many ways to express yourself, from fashion to music to art, but the one avenue of self-expression that has always held a special place in my heart is writing. There’s nothing I enjoy more than pouring out my passions and emotions into words, so being able to take on the role of Editor in HYPE is one that I cherish.
One of the most timeless joys in life is being able to sit back and enjoy a good read. For 28 years, HYPE has been delivering a multitude of articles, from introspective deep dives to lighthearted reviews and fascinating profile stories that have delighted, entertained and educated its readers.
It is with great pleasure that we at the 56th edition of HYPE are able to continue the legacy that has been laid out by previous batches of writers and editors.
We hope that our stories will connect you to new thoughts, ideas, and people, and hopefully, you’ll enjoy reading them as much as we enjoy writing them.
Welcome to the new HYPE.
If you’re reading this, welcome and a huge thank you for reading HYPE. Our team is constantly on the lookout for the latest trends, hype (pun not intended) and wonderful stories that ought to be heard. With passionate writers in the team, we love to go all out and beyond to explore different ideas and perspectives.
After two full years, the Covid-19 restrictions are finally starting to loosen up. With that, our team can’t wait to share even more exciting stories for everyone to enjoy. Although the road ahead is still uncertain, the stories never stop. It’s a fresh new beginning!
HYPE Issue #56
Few things scare the invincible Celest, perhaps except the extinction of truffle fries or brioche bread. Be warned when you’re close to her – the world turns wrong-side-up when she lets out her signature laughter. You might be able to catch her performing echolocation in school bathrooms and hunting for ShopeePay $0.01 deals, all while editing our articles. One is reminded to never put Celest in a wardrobe full of neutral tones, or in a world where there are no complex carbohydrates.
It’s said that striking the lottery is easier than spotting Ashley without a cap. When she isn’t tending to the wildflowers of her record store, Ashley can be found amongst all things modern yet sentimental, or wondering why store-bought tartar sauce doesn’t taste very good. She’s happy that she finally got together with her childhood crush in the last semester of school – longform editorial. She hopes to write stories her mother can finally understand.
Don’t give Chloe a pair of scissors, because all she’ll talk about is using them to whip up a plate of Beach Road Curry Rice. Because Chloe can never walk or stand straight, she’s in charge of HYPE’s publicity, making sure our content zigs, zags, and unconventionally delights you at all times. Apart from her supermodel height, Chloe also hides well her favourite fun-fact nugget – she’s part Mongolian!
Play ball! Eugene, a.k.a Only Guy in HYPE, and everyone’s “guy best friend”, is the most easy-going dude you’ll ever meet. According to the man himself, he “likes stuff”. A true basketball fiend, Eugene’s spotted in exclusively NBA or vintage tees, which somehow resulted in him apologising for existing when we were editing these photos. Our editor believes he has the best eyebrows and possesses very beautiful, feminine features.
Red, yellow, green. That isn’t a traffic light – it’s just Jiamin’s most recent hair colours. Jiamin’s ability to strike up weird and wacky conversations about anything under the sun is only beaten by her love for body art, where she easily counts 200 tattoos (that’s just on her elbow) and 50 piercings (that’s just on her tongue). She’s also gotten the HYPE team very serious about investments, because we’re all really proud of her assets.