Irene Pyne

Irene Pyne is a professional copywriter, storywriter and all-round content guru. Her interests include East Asian culture and politics, modern art, food, television and film. When she’s not writing for us, she’s spending time at idNerd’s animation studio, debating over the projectile speed of snot - for a cartoon, of course.

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5 facts about Mulan – the live-action, all-Asian movie starring Jet Li, Liu Yifei, Gong Li, Donnie Yen, Jason Scott Lee, Tzi Ma and Rosalind Chao

The new Mulan live-action remake, set for release in 2020, features an all-star Asian cast including Jet Li and Liu Yifei and faithfully follows Disney original

6 Dec 2019 - 6:00PM

The new Mulan live-action remake, set for release in 2020, features an all-star Asian cast including Jet Li and Liu Yifei and faithfully follows Disney original

5 facts about Mulan – the live-action, all-Asian movie starring Jet Li, Liu Yifei, Gong Li, Donnie Yen, Jason Scott Lee, Tzi Ma and Rosalind Chao
Godfrey Gao tributes: Jamie Campbell Bower, Michelle Yeoh, Cassandra Clare, JJ Lin and Dorothy Wang share heartfelt memories of Taiwanese-Canadian star

A raft of Hollywood and C-drama stars have dedicated Instagram, Twitter and Weibo tributes to Godfrey Gao, the Taiwanese-Canadian actor and model who died suddenly this week

29 Nov 2019 - 4:46PM

A raft of Hollywood and C-drama stars have dedicated Instagram, Twitter and Weibo tributes to Godfrey Gao, the Taiwanese-Canadian actor and model who died suddenly this week

Godfrey Gao tributes: Jamie Campbell Bower, Michelle Yeoh, Cassandra Clare, JJ Lin and Dorothy Wang share heartfelt memories of Taiwanese-Canadian star
Godfrey Gao remembered: 5 facts about the crossover actor, Toy Story voice star and first male Asian model to be signed by Louis Vuitton

In memory of the Taiwanese-Canadian actor and model, who died today suddenly, after earlier collapsing on the set of Chinese reality TV show Chase Me

29 Nov 2019 - 4:43PM

In memory of the Taiwanese-Canadian actor and model, who died today suddenly, after earlier collapsing on the set of Chinese reality TV show Chase Me

Godfrey Gao remembered: 5 facts about the crossover actor, Toy Story voice star and first male Asian model to be signed by Louis Vuitton
This is how BTS look so good – make-up for men, already popular in Korea, is now the norm for millennial and Gen Z male consumers

Chanel, Tom Ford and luxury brands join mainstream companies in creating make-up products for men, already popular with K-pop bands such as BTS

11 Nov 2019 - 2:00AM

Chanel, Tom Ford and luxury brands join mainstream companies in creating make-up products for men, already popular with K-pop bands such as BTS

This is how BTS look so good – make-up for men, already popular in Korea, is now the norm for millennial and Gen Z male consumers
Try some new positions: Spin 360 degrees in your US$450,000 rotating Three Sixty bed

Savoir Beds makes fewer than 1,000 beds a year so – and new model the Three Sixty lets you spin in your sleep

6 Dec 2019 - 3:55PM

Savoir Beds makes fewer than 1,000 beds a year so – and new model the Three Sixty lets you spin in your sleep

Try some new positions: Spin 360 degrees in your US$450,000 rotating Three Sixty bed
6 items to buy when you win Hong Kong’s US$17.9 million Mark Six lottery prize

If you have millions of dollars to burn, why not get a solid gold pony like Beyoncé and Jay-Z bought for Blue Ivy, a Lamborghini Veneno Roadster or even a Hong Kong flat?

7 Nov 2019 - 5:33PM

If you have millions of dollars to burn, why not get a solid gold pony like Beyoncé and Jay-Z bought for Blue Ivy, a Lamborghini Veneno Roadster or even a Hong Kong flat?

6 items to buy when you win Hong Kong’s US$17.9 million Mark Six lottery prize
What makes Devialet’s new Phantom Reactor wireless speaker such a sound investment?

Despite being less than 22cm long and under 17cm in height, Devialet’s new Phantom Reactor in matte black speaker delivers exceptional sound

14 Nov 2019 - 10:08AM

Despite being less than 22cm long and under 17cm in height, Devialet’s new Phantom Reactor in matte black speaker delivers exceptional sound

What makes Devialet’s new Phantom Reactor wireless speaker such a sound investment?
5 Instagram spots in Malaysia to impress your social media followers

Featuring gorgeous white-sand beaches, stunning mosques, beautiful Hindu temples and cool graffiti, these Instagramable spots in Malaysia are perfect for social media addicts

21 Oct 2019 - 10:00AM

Featuring gorgeous white-sand beaches, stunning mosques, beautiful Hindu temples and cool graffiti, these Instagramable spots in Malaysia are perfect for social media addicts

5 Instagram spots in Malaysia to impress your social media followers
Delicious or disgusting? 6 of the weirdest matcha-flavoured foods, from burgers to ramen – washed down with matcha cola

A healthy eating craze for powdered green tea-infused foods has seen bright green matcha-flavoured burgers, curry, hotpot, pasta and even beer – would you try any of it?

18 Oct 2019 - 2:09PM

A healthy eating craze for powdered green tea-infused foods has seen bright green matcha-flavoured burgers, curry, hotpot, pasta and even beer – would you try any of it?

Delicious or disgusting? 6 of the weirdest matcha-flavoured foods, from burgers to ramen – washed down with matcha cola
YouTubers under 18 who are earning up to US$22 million per year: Ryan ToysReview, Boram Tube Vlog and more

Ryan Kaji, star of the Ryan ToysReview channel, has over 22 million followers and earned US$22 million in a single year, upstaging millennial rivals PewDiePie and Jeffree Star, and Gen-Z’s Paul brothers, Logan and Jake

18 Oct 2019 - 5:42PM

Ryan Kaji, star of the Ryan ToysReview channel, has over 22 million followers and earned US$22 million in a single year, upstaging millennial rivals PewDiePie and Jeffree Star, and Gen-Z’s Paul brothers, Logan and Jake

YouTubers under 18 who are earning up to US$22 million per year: Ryan ToysReview, Boram Tube Vlog and more
Saint Laurent condoms and Hermès rubbish bins: 5 weird products rich people buy

Hermès waste baskets and Supreme voodoo dolls are among the expensive OTT items luxury brands pass off as being steeped in history or exquisitely handcrafted at artisanal studios

17 Oct 2019 - 12:00PM

Hermès waste baskets and Supreme voodoo dolls are among the expensive OTT items luxury brands pass off as being steeped in history or exquisitely handcrafted at artisanal studios

Saint Laurent condoms and Hermès rubbish bins: 5 weird products rich people buy
5 Hong Kong hotpot restaurants serving everything from Instagramable almond daisies to sake bombs

We’ve highlighted five of the weirdest – and most delicious – hotpot restaurants in Hong Kong that will satisfy even the most adventurous hotpot lovers

16 Oct 2019 - 12:00PM

We’ve highlighted five of the weirdest – and most delicious – hotpot restaurants in Hong Kong that will satisfy even the most adventurous hotpot lovers

5 Hong Kong hotpot restaurants serving everything from Instagramable almond daisies to sake bombs
Forget Cathryn Li: 5 fitness influencers who defy body shaming and spread positivity

Fitness influencers like Chessie King, Cassie Ho and Jem Wolfie inspire millions around the world to find acceptance, positivity and confidence in their own appearance

4 Nov 2019 - 5:35PM

Fitness influencers like Chessie King, Cassie Ho and Jem Wolfie inspire millions around the world to find acceptance, positivity and confidence in their own appearance

Forget Cathryn Li: 5 fitness influencers who defy body shaming and spread positivity
Singapore’s Instagramable spots are so Crazy Rich Asian-fabulous you’ll be snapping selfies for days

Singapore has loads of Instagramable spots to fill up your social media feed – here are all the top sites, and the hottest hashtags to use

14 Oct 2019 - 10:35AM

Singapore has loads of Instagramable spots to fill up your social media feed – here are all the top sites, and the hottest hashtags to use

Singapore’s Instagramable spots are so Crazy Rich Asian-fabulous you’ll be snapping selfies for days
How UK lifestyle brand Bamford and The Upper House are encouraging sustainable living in Hong Kong

British label Bamford is opening a pop-up store at The Upper House in Pacific Place, offering a swathe of products all certified by the Soil Association, the UK’s highest standard of organic certification.

8 Oct 2019 - 7:11AM

British label Bamford is opening a pop-up store at The Upper House in Pacific Place, offering a swathe of products all certified by the Soil Association, the UK’s highest standard of organic certification.

How UK lifestyle brand Bamford and The Upper House are encouraging sustainable living in Hong Kong
Would you buy a US$100,000 Chakracarma yoga mat studded with rubies, emeralds and diamonds?

The exclusive range of yoga mats by Chakracarma – which cost anywhere between US$15,000 and US$100,000 – and comes with precious stones and a lifetime guarantee

7 Oct 2019 - 2:00PM

The exclusive range of yoga mats by Chakracarma – which cost anywhere between US$15,000 and US$100,000 – and comes with precious stones and a lifetime guarantee

Would you buy a US$100,000 Chakracarma yoga mat studded with rubies, emeralds and diamonds?
Is it a sports car, or a tank? Check out the US$1 million ‘multipurpose hypercar’ even Batman would trade his Batmobile for

Only 12 prototypes will be made of the Ramsmobile RM-X2 – a bulletproof mix of luxury tank and racing car

21 Oct 2019 - 12:57PM

Only 12 prototypes will be made of the Ramsmobile RM-X2 – a bulletproof mix of luxury tank and racing car

Is it a sports car, or a tank? Check out the US$1 million ‘multipurpose hypercar’ even Batman would trade his Batmobile for
Royals meet Victoria’s Secret supermodels at Bulgari’s ‘Born to be Gold’ event at London Fashion Week

The luxury brand reveals its new gold Serpenti watches and the Seduttori case, which is thinner than its predecessors, features cabochon-cut gemstones

4 Oct 2019 - 10:00AM

The luxury brand reveals its new gold Serpenti watches and the Seduttori case, which is thinner than its predecessors, features cabochon-cut gemstones

Royals meet Victoria’s Secret supermodels at Bulgari’s ‘Born to be Gold’ event at London Fashion Week
Angelina Jolie and 4 other celebrities who have shared their inspiring stories for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

For those in the dark about breast cancer, preventive care can take many forms – from self-examinations, mammograms and blood tests to more invasive surgery

3 Oct 2019 - 12:33PM

For those in the dark about breast cancer, preventive care can take many forms – from self-examinations, mammograms and blood tests to more invasive surgery

Angelina Jolie and 4 other celebrities who have shared their inspiring stories for Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Gucci is entirely carbon-neutral – here’s how the luxury brand has committed to sustainability

Steps the fashion house is taking include boosting the use of renewable energy, upcycling and recycling, and sourcing raw materials from countries with a lower environmental impact

1 Oct 2019 - 2:00PM

Steps the fashion house is taking include boosting the use of renewable energy, upcycling and recycling, and sourcing raw materials from countries with a lower environmental impact

Gucci is entirely carbon-neutral – here’s how the luxury brand has committed to sustainability
Top influencers celebrate Michael Kors’ jet-setting heritage in TWA Hotel at New York’s JFK airport

More than 20 international influencers – including YouTube star Camila Coelho – were flown in for the 24-hour event in New York, which also highlighted the brand’s Fall Signature Logo collection

23 Sep 2019 - 2:00AM

More than 20 international influencers – including YouTube star Camila Coelho – were flown in for the 24-hour event in New York, which also highlighted the brand’s Fall Signature Logo collection

Top influencers celebrate Michael Kors’ jet-setting heritage in TWA Hotel at New York’s JFK airport
Cardi B vs Normani – who was the best-dressed celebrity at Rihanna’s Fifth Annual Diamond Ball?

Pharrell Williams, Karlie Kloss, DJ Khaled, Paula Patton and 2 Chainz among the A-listers who turned out for RiRi’s star-studded annual charity gala

20 Sep 2019 - 5:00PM

Pharrell Williams, Karlie Kloss, DJ Khaled, Paula Patton and 2 Chainz among the A-listers who turned out for RiRi’s star-studded annual charity gala

Cardi B vs Normani – who was the best-dressed celebrity at Rihanna’s Fifth Annual Diamond Ball?
K-drama’s Song-Song Couple divorce and 4 other celebrity break-ups that showed us fame does not guarantee a happy marriage

These power couples showed how beautiful love could be – only to drown in a despair that no K-drama could ever hope to match

22 Nov 2019 - 12:29PM

These power couples showed how beautiful love could be – only to drown in a despair that no K-drama could ever hope to match

K-drama’s Song-Song Couple divorce and 4 other celebrity break-ups that showed us fame does not guarantee a happy marriage
How Bruce Lee outlined his plan to become America’s first ‘Oriental super star’ – and earn US$10 million – in 1969

Iconic martial artist’s items, including punchbag and kung fu costume worn in 1973 film, Enter the Dragon to be auctioned

12 Sep 2019 - 12:42PM

Iconic martial artist’s items, including punchbag and kung fu costume worn in 1973 film, Enter the Dragon to be auctioned

How Bruce Lee outlined his plan to become America’s first ‘Oriental super star’ – and earn US$10 million – in 1969
Where do Donald and Melania Trump rank on our list of celebrity marriages with big age gaps?

US President, American actors Leonardo DiCaprio, Michael Douglas and Bruce Willis and British rock star Mick Jagger all have one thing in common – much younger partners

4 Sep 2019 - 12:00PM

US President, American actors Leonardo DiCaprio, Michael Douglas and Bruce Willis and British rock star Mick Jagger all have one thing in common – much younger partners

Where do Donald and Melania Trump rank on our list of celebrity marriages with big age gaps?
How 3 smart skincare steps can awaken your skin’s ‘intelligence’

Clé de Peau Beauté’s revamped Key Radiance Care skincare range taps into the skin’s ability to repair and protect itself

1 Sep 2019 - 12:00PM

Clé de Peau Beauté’s revamped Key Radiance Care skincare range taps into the skin’s ability to repair and protect itself

How 3 smart skincare steps can awaken your skin’s ‘intelligence’
Qi Qi and Zelia Zhong among the stars spotted at the NARS 25th anniversary party in Hong Kong

More than 70 new lipstick shades in matt, satin and sheer finishes were unveiled at the brand’s celeb-studded party

31 Aug 2019 - 2:00AM

More than 70 new lipstick shades in matt, satin and sheer finishes were unveiled at the brand’s celeb-studded party

Qi Qi and Zelia Zhong among the stars spotted at the NARS 25th anniversary party in Hong Kong
Summer dresses rule at the Grey Gardens lunch for the Tiffany T collection pre-launch

The exclusive pre-launch of the Tiffany T Collection in the Hamptons was a true summer’s day affair at the home of US fashion designer Liz Lange

29 Aug 2019 - 3:00PM

The exclusive pre-launch of the Tiffany T Collection in the Hamptons was a true summer’s day affair at the home of US fashion designer Liz Lange

Summer dresses rule at the Grey Gardens lunch for the Tiffany T collection pre-launch
Alexander Wang reinterprets Bulgari’s Serpenti capsule collection, with Hailey Bieber

Wang uses traditional packaging and inspiration from design archives to give long-running Serpenti series attitude

26 Aug 2019 - 6:00PM

Wang uses traditional packaging and inspiration from design archives to give long-running Serpenti series attitude

Alexander Wang reinterprets Bulgari’s Serpenti capsule collection, with Hailey Bieber
Taylor Swift and Stella McCartney get all romantic for their eco-friendly capsule collection

Limited-edition Stella x Taylor Swift T-shirts, sweatshirts, jackets, hats and bags that use sustainable fabrics are inspired by the American singer’s new album, Lover

28 Aug 2019 - 12:47PM

Limited-edition Stella x Taylor Swift T-shirts, sweatshirts, jackets, hats and bags that use sustainable fabrics are inspired by the American singer’s new album, Lover

Taylor Swift and Stella McCartney get all romantic for their eco-friendly capsule collection