The value in local YouTube

 

We live in a time when anything and everything can be found online. Schools? What are those for when you can find a million tutorials on YouTube that teach you what you need to know? The physics behind projectile motion, why the sky is blue, how to be a ninja… everything can be found on YouTube these days! 

But wait, there’s still a lot you’re missing out on. Hidden behind famous, international names like Zoella or Pewdiepie are our local YouTube channels that are so much more useful – and interesting – than you think. 

Here are 5 that will change your life. 

 

1. Learn to make salted egg yolk prawns and other local delicacies!

 

Christmas Sio Bak - 秘制圣诞烧肉
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Christmas Sio Bak - 秘制圣诞烧肉

Nothing beats grandma’s cooking – the taste of local cuisine in the comfort of our homes isn’t something you can easily find elsewhere. But if you have trouble following recipes, theMEATMEN’s videos will save you during your next potluck party. 

Learn how to cook your favourite local dishes and get one step closer to replicating your grandma’s specialties. Guess what – they even have salted egg recipes! Salted egg yolk prawns and chicken will soon grace your dinner tables. 

Their videos are professionally made with crystal clear instructions, and categorised into groups like zi char, seafood, and CNY recipes. Even if you’re no cook, theMEATMEN will give you the inspiration to start! There’s nothing more motivational than sizzling sounds and delicious looking food to be the next masterchef. 

Check out their YouTube Channel here.

 

2. All the financial literacy tips you need – simplified

 

Are You Cleverer Than A Typical Singaporean? Ep 1: Sylvia (NOC) vs Joshua (ABTM)
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Are You Cleverer Than A Typical Singaporean? Ep 1: Sylvia (NOC) vs Joshua (ABTM)

We’ll all reach the stage where money woes and having to plan our expenses become real, and surely I’m not the only clueless one! If financial literacy sessions in school can never get your attention, don’t worry. CPF Board has jumped onto the digital bandwagon, producing simple videos that will leave you with laughs and also knowledge of useful financial literacy concepts.

Influencers from Night Owl Cinematics, Tree Potatoes, and Mediacorp will make appearances on the channel, participating in various challenges to test their financial literacy and logic. And what’s a game show without embarrassing forfeits? Look forward to watching your favourite influencers carry out wildly amusing acts when they fail at a challenge. 

Furthermore, there will be important life lessons you can learn like compound interest, snowballing credit card debt and herd mentality – learning about these “foreign” concepts never seemed so fun.

Check out their YouTube Channel here.

 

3. Find all the life hacks you’ll need in one place

 

How to Travel with 2 Toddlers - Toddler Travel Tips (Part 2 of 2)
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How to Travel with 2 Toddlers - Toddler Travel Tips (Part 2 of 2)

From teaching Korean to fixing a leaking aircon to photography tips, Banana Mana TV is the channel for all the life hacks you never knew you needed. They explore a diverse range of topics; it’s impossible to get bored on this channel!

Banana Mana has also produced various web series such as Perfect Girl, which has won multiple awards in International web competitions, such as Best Drama Series at Toronto Webfest 2015 and Best International Series at Atlanta Webfest 2014. 

Check out their YouTube Channel here.

 

4.  Get the best ideas for DIY gifts!

 

Quit googling “gift ideas” or end up buying something generic – this channel by Brasel Seng is filled with DIY projects and ideas that make perfect presents! Up your card making game with these tutorials that will teach you how to make super pretty and elaborate cards that will blow your giftee’s mind.

DIY birthday exploding box card (Sweetheart surprise)
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DIY birthday exploding box card (Sweetheart surprise)

For art idiots like me who never know how to even start an art project, Brasel’s channel also gives tips on where to get art materials or how to collage photos for your card. So if you ever need some inspiration or a little nudge to start on your DIY art project, this channel will do the trick. 

Check out their YouTube Channel here.

 

5. Learn to make the best desserts!

 

We started with food, and we’re ending with food. No more paying exorbitant prices at cafes for too-pretty-to-eat desserts! KitchenTigress has step by step tutorials on how to make super aesthetic treats like Mille Crepes, Matcha Swiss Rolls, and Bamboo Charcoal Cake.

Besides teaching the steps, their videos are also informative, explaining why certain procedures are necessary such as whisking the batter or grinding the flour. For impatient bakers out there like me, these will stop you from cutting corners again. 

Here’s your chance to learn the art of baking and impress all your friends with hotel standard desserts! Tip: speed up the videos x2 as they might be a bit slow. 

Matcha Swiss Roll (抹茶瑞士蛋糕卷) **
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Matcha Swiss Roll (抹茶瑞士蛋糕卷) **

Check out their YouTube Channel here

 

Singapore’s secret YouTube scene

 

While most of us are familiar with well-known YouTubers from abroad, we don’t have to look further than our own backyard to find gems in our local YouTube scene. From making Sio Bak, to operating a DSLR, to tackling compound interest and opportunity costs, there’s bound to be a local YouTube channel that can answer your questions. 

CPF’s latest foray into the YouTube scene has us excited about things to come. It’s entertaining enough – episode 1 includes a hidden cam experiment! – to forget that there’s a government agency behind it, and with Sylvia, Janice, and Elliot making appearances, we’re sure it’s a series to keep an eye out for.

Check out CPF’s YouTube Channel here!


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