The Weird & Wondrous of 2021: Coconuts’ most read stories of the year

Coconuts Class of ’21
Coconuts Class of ’21

A really, really long eel. A mysterious family of crazy-rich Asians. Foreign privilege in Bali. And speaking of Bali, a mermaid sunbathing on the beach, surrounded by the beautiful backdrop of a whole lot of trash.

We reported, you clicked.

The year 2021 was a wild one and we’re not going to lie, we’re somewhat stoked to see that it was largely the fun stuff AND scandalous important news items that Coconuts delivers on so well that earned your interest — not just stories of COVID developments and the pandemic.

Without further ado, join us as we count down 2021’s biggest hits.

10. That’s a catch: Seafood stall shows off monstrous 12-foot-long eel at Mei Foo market (HONG KONG, March 30)

Stall keepers at a wet market in Mei Foo held up the massive eel before chopping it up into pieces to be sold. Photo: Facebook/Aaron Kwan
Stall keepers at a wet market in Mei Foo held up the massive eel before chopping it up into pieces to be sold. Photo: Facebook/Aaron Kwan

 

9. Man buys S$300 Lazada TV, gets note wishing a ‘happy life’ instead (SINGAPORE, Feb. 16)

A Xiaomi LED television listed on Lazada, at left. The letter Cris Ng received from the seller, at right. Photos: Xiaomi, Cris Ng/Facebook
A Xiaomi LED television listed on Lazada, at left. The letter Cris Ng received from the seller, at right. Photos: Xiaomi, Cris Ng/Facebook

 

8. Night Owl Cinematics called out for ‘toxic’ culture and founder’s infidelity (SINGAPORE, Oct. 8)

At left, Night Owl Cinematics founders Sylvia Chan and Ryan Tan in a 2020 video, and alleged chat comments from Chan, at right. Photos: Night Owl Cinematics/YouTube, Sgcickenrice/Instagram
At left, Night Owl Cinematics founders Sylvia Chan and Ryan Tan in a 2020 video, and alleged chat comments from Chan, at right. Photos: Night Owl Cinematics/YouTube, Sgcickenrice/Instagram

 

7. Rejected: Olympic medalist declines Carrie Lam’s congratulatory call during live TV interview (HONG KONG, Aug. 9)

The Olympic medalist, Sarah Lee Wai-sze, likely did not know that the call she rejected was from the city's leader. Photos: Open TV (Left), TVB (Right)
The Olympic medalist, Sarah Lee Wai-sze, likely did not know that the call she rejected was from the city’s leader. Photos: Open TV (Left), TVB (Right)

 

6. Mystery Chinese family drops S$300M to buy entire Orchard condo building (SINGAPORE, May 26)

The luxury Eden condo on Orchard Road. Photos: Eden Singapore/Instagram
The luxury Eden condo on Orchard Road. Photos: Eden Singapore/Instagram

 

5. 26 liquor brands with Malay, Arabic names other than ‘Timah’ (KL, Oct. 22)

Alcoholic brands we think could suffer the same backlash in Malaysia — simply because they have Malay or Arabic names.
Alcoholic brands we think could suffer the same backlash in Malaysia — simply because they have Malay or Arabic names.

 

4. On foreigner privilege, gentrification, and racism: How one American digital nomad’s Twitter thread about Bali sparked backlash (BALI, Jan. 18)

Photos: Twitter and Unsplash
Photos: Twitter and Unsplash

 

3. Philippine Airlines flight attendant found dead in Makati hotel (MANILA, Jan. 4)

Flight attendant Christine Angelica Dacera. Photo: Dacera/IG

 

2. AirAsia boss shows off new RM230,000 Tesla – people want their money back (KL, Sept. 2)

CEO of AirAsia Tony Fernandes takes a selfie with his new ride, at left, and a side view of a Tesla Model Y, at right. Photos: Tony Fernandes/Instagram
CEO of AirAsia Tony Fernandes takes a selfie with his new ride, at left, and a side view of a Tesla Model Y, at right. Photos: Tony Fernandes/Instagram

 

And here you have it, the most read story from across all of our Coconuts cities in 2021:

1. Photo of mermaid on rubbish-filled Kuta beach welcomes Bali’s tidal trash wave this year (BALI, Jan. 4)

The photo of a woman dressed in turquoise-colored mermaid costume is currently making its rounds online. Screengrab: Instagram
The photo of a woman dressed in turquoise-colored mermaid costume is currently making its rounds online. Screengrab: Instagram

 

Thanks for reading, Coconauts. Here’s to wishing for a very weird and wondrous 2022!