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If you can’t go through a day without obsessing over food, spare a thought for families who can barely afford a decent meal each day. The Student Advisory Committee organizes a monthly Food for Families food disbursement program that aims to support 120 needy families around Singapore. They require volunteer support to pack food materials and deliver them on the third Friday and Saturday of each month respectively. The next slots are Oct 11-12. Sign up via the website at

Back Alleys We could one day see the alleys and narrow backstreets of places like Duxton Hill and Jalan Besar put to better use. Ambitious plans, revealed at last week’s Sustainable Building Singapore conference, are currently on show at NUS’s Create Tower (until year end). They propose replacing the multitude of individual aircon units that currently clog such streets with one big unit on the roof. The result? Less heat, less noise, and the possibility of transforming these unloved and unvisited lanes into tree-lined, alfresco dining spots.

Elisha Tan is the founder of Learnemy (www. learnemy. com), an online service that hooks aspiring hobbyists up with instructors in a variety of fields, from sports like squash to career skills such as marketing. You got your start really young. Has that helped you as an entrepreneur? Yes, people don’t feel intimidated by me, plus I benefit from youthoriented events and schemes such as StartupMalaysia and free co-working space at SCAPE. What are the biggest differences between Singapore and Silicon Valley? People in Silicon Valley have a cando spirit. Singapore has not seen much big acquisition and people have no reason to take bigger risks. But with the recent Viki acquisition for $200 million, I believe that there are bigger things to come. What are some of the most unique lessons offered on Learnemy? A dating class by an expert coach from LunchActually, a cheerleading class from a competitive cheerleader with seven years of experience, and a clay-sculpting class by a miniature-food artist. Where do you see Learnemy in the next 10 years? I see it transforming education. Just imagine this: someone wants to learn to be a designer. He can schedule a web design class in the morning, logo design in the afternoon and a marketing class in the evening. There’s no need to take on a full bachelor’s degree at university. That’s the world I want to live in. Chin Hui Wen

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CALENDAR Essential Events September 27 - October 10 SEE This

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River Dance Head down to Tuesdays by the River to drink up on a river taxi, dine on the cheap with a Visa card, or do some yoga with Lululemon (see Sports, page 25). Oct 1, 8. Log on to for the lowdown.

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Size Don’t Matter Archifest returns with a theme “Small is Beautiful” and celebrates the littlest things that make living in the city wonderful. See Stuff, page 26.

Frayed Nerves We hope you’ve got your hands on tickets to catch US rockers The Fray—plus lucky local band The Facade—at Guinness Arthur’s Day’s secretive party. Details TBA; check for updates.

CALENDAR FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27 Food, music and design fest CRAFT gets into full swing with a one-off dinner that features homebrewed beers, followed by post-dinner musical performances at Aliwal Arts Centre. 6pm. A for Arbite, #01-01 28 Aliwal St., 8321-2252. Festival runs through Sep 29; check out for full lineup and tickets.

OPEN BAR WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 2 Learn how the pros blend eaux de vie and sample rare cognacs at the Rémy Martin The Heart of Cognac Experience masterclasses (through Oct 5). 7pm. 72-13, 72-13 Mohamed Sultan Rd. Free with registration at www. Invite-only. (Show runs through Oct 13; $90-120 from Sistic.) SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5 Caffeine junkies won’t want to miss Singapore’s second #BettrWeek, which comprises an islandwide specialty café crawl, coffee making workshops and a charity pop-up dinner. Through Oct 13. $30-88 from

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 3 If you’ve lived through Britpop, This year’s chances are you’d be belting out Perspectives Film Suede’s anthems of suburban Festival opens ennui at The Coliseum. 8pm. See with the Singapore Stage, page 24. DJs Arms, the Matteblacc premiere of satirical Darren crew and Darren Dubwise Bangladeshi film Television. Dubwise 7:30pm. National Museum Midnight Shift presents the spin at vinyl-only party Wax of Singapore. See Film, page 28. Singapore debut of top producer On Wax Off. 9pm. Loof, #03-07 Eduardo de la Calle. Catch this Odeon Towers Extension Rooftop, Sample an all-Spanish pairing brilliant recluse at work. 10pm. 331 North Bridge Rd., 6338-8035, menu of food and award-winning Kyo. See Nightlife, page 26. Free. wines at the inaugural Artisan Sessions, with introductions SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 Get your super bass on at RBMA by wine judge John Chua. x Syndicate ft. Africa Hitech, Food crawl FIJI Water 7pm. Gourmet Plus, Signature Creations which sees the usual Syndicate 117 Frankel Ave., Expedition lets crew supporting the acclaimed 6681-6630, www. participants hit up headlining duo. 10pm. Home Club. a whole bunch See Nightlife, page 26. $120; email rsvp@ of top restos to register. including Tippling THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10 Club, Absinthe and Opening of 100 Friends – 100 FRIDAY, OCTOBER 4 Hashi and sip on—wait Artists – 100 Songs, TCC’s megaThe Mousetrap Opening night of for it—free flow FIJI water. show of affordable works by a quintessentially British whodunit Plus, proceeds go to the Children’s who’s who of the local art scene play The Mousetrap, plus a glitzy Cancer Foundation. $180 at www. in response to their favorite music. afterparty with the cast and VIPs. Noon-7pm. See Art, page 25. 8pm. Jubilee Hall, Raffles Hotel, 1 Beach Rd. , 6412-1335, www.

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The buzz: An unassuming, quiet little café on the perennially cool Arab Street has been attracting craft beer fans on the down-low. The décor: Thrift store chic with mismatched furniture rescued from the dumpsters and retro knick-knacks like floppy disks. The drinks: A small but tasty selection of brews at close to retail prices. We were stoked to find US favorites like the feisty Deschutes Black Butte Porter ($9), nerdy-sexy Anderson Valley Oatmeal Stout ($8) and rotating selections from hipster Brooklyn brewery Evil Twin. Less hopheavy drinks include Lindemans fruit beers ($7.50) and Crabbies Ginger Beer ($8). The food: Really simple bites, the kind you’d whip up as an

afternoon snack—think egg salad or apple/cheddar/peanut butter sandwiches ($5), truffle tater tots ($5) and pizzas ($4/slice, $12/ whole). Oh, and they stock the now-ubiquitous (but still very tasty) Windowsill Pies as well. The music: There’s an acoustic guitar in the corner if you want to strum your own tunes. The crowd: Scruffy backpackers—there’s a hostel upstairs—and a stream of beer geeks who come in to ask questions like, “Have you brought in that IPA I recommended?” Why you’ll be back: Because the craft beers here cost little more than what you now have to pay for a latte at the city’s speciality coffee joints.

48 Arab St., 9734-4187, Open Sun-Thu 9am-10pm; Fri-Sat 9am-midnight. CLARA LIM




Splurge or save—two very different ways to enjoy the finer things in life. By the I-S Team


ot one of the 101,000 millionaires (according to the World Wealth Report 2013) in Singapore? Neither are we. But with F1 just wrapped we’ve got something of a taste for the high life—so we went looking for it. And while in this town it’s easy to chalk up six-figure bills, you can also enjoy luxury for a lot less—and we know just where to go.

1Get on Board Sea Bear Westport 130 Sail the high seas in style on the 40-meter, $14.8-million Sea Bear Westport 130 once owned by golf legend Jack Nicklaus. The superyacht, which boasts a snazzy sky lounge complete with a wet bar, gaming table and a Jacuzzi, spreads over three decks and five rooms, and accommodates up to 40 people for cruising trips. A four-hour charter costs $12,000 upwards—not including catering services— via Aqua Voyage (

2 The Suite Life

Marina Bay Sands and Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore The world’s wealthiest will feel right at home in Marina Bay Sands’ (10 Bayfront Ave., 6688-8868, www. $17,000-a-night Chairman Suite, set high on the 54th floor of the multi-billion-dollar property. It has two living rooms, four bedrooms, an exercise room, a study and 24-hour butler service. An alternative is the Ultimate Sanctuary package at Shangri-La Hotel (22 Orange Grove Rd., 6737-3644, www.shangri-la. com/singapore), starting from $35,000 for a two-night stay. It’s pricier than putting up at MBS, but you get to officially name an orchid, and enjoy personalized meals, a wellness consultation at CHI, The Shangri La Hotel’s Ultimate Spa, personal shopping and unlimited Sanctuary package Marina Bay Sands’ Chairman Suite booze from the hotel’s Champagne Bar.

Sea Bear Westport 130 The Ritz-Carlton Millenia Singapore’s Club Premier Suite

The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore Live it up on a budget (well, sort of) at one of The RitzCarlton’s (7 Raffles Ave., 6337-8888, www, luxurious Club Premier Suites (from $820 for a night), which boast killer views of the Marina Bay skyline (from the room’s marbled bathrooms, too). Guests staying in any of the hotel’s suites also enjoy exclusive access to the newlyrenovated Club Lounge, where Champagne breakfast, afternoon tea, hors d’oeuvres, desserts are served alongside free-flowing Champagne, wines, beer and cocktails.

3 Sitting Pretty Pure Lust’s 310 Signature

310 Signature Take to the waters without busting your credit card limit on yacht charter Pure Lust’s ( 310 Signature. Small it may be (accommodating only up to 10 pax), but the well-appointed cruiser is no shabby speedboat: interiors are fitted in the lap of luxury with glossy wood, plush leather seats and carpeted flooring. Even better are the affordable rates, with a five-hour charter out to sea setting you back just $899 onwards on weekdays.


Herman Miller Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman No other chair says you’ve made it like Herman Miller Eames Lounge this quintessential classic designed by Charles and Ray Eames, Chair and Ottoman exhibited at art galleries like MoMA and most recently in town at the ArtScience Museum. $6,799 from Xtra (#01-01/02-01 Park Mall, 9 Penang Rd., 6336-0688). Elcid Lounge Chair Based on the original design by the Eames duo, this modern replica by Picket & Rail does the job equally well. Plus, only hardcore furniture and design enthusiasts will know the difference. $1,999 from

4 Drink Up

The Jewel of Pangaea Trust the world’s most expensive club (#B2-05 South Crystal Pavilion, Marina Bay Sands, 2 Bayfront Ave., 6688-7448, www.pangaea. sg) to concoct Asia’s most expensive cocktail. Local mixologist Ethan Leslie Leong is the man behind Pangaea’s $32,000 creation that contains gold-flaked Richard Hennessy cognac and comes topped with a GIA-certified triple ‘X’ diamond from Mouawad.

The Jewel of Pangaea

agnés b. 1941

Salted Caramel Martini

Cocktails at Maison Ikkoku Thankfully, it won’t cost you an arm and leg to try Leong’s other delish drinks at Maison Ikkoku (20 Kandahar St., 6294-0078, Leong himself recommends the collaborative agnès b. 1941 ($28), a garden-appropriate drink with fruity-green notes, and the salted caramel martini ($28), perfect for ice cream lovers.

5 The Right Fit


Gym and personal trainers vs. Ritual Personal trainers and gyms are notoriously cagey about sharing their rates. Your luxe option is a personal trainer and the cheaper one (short of just working out by yourself) is large group classes. Ritual (#03-01, 11 North Canal Rd., 6536-7291,, on the other hand, offer something in between: what they call “semi-private training” which translates to no more than 10 people per class, guided by two trainers. Rates vary depending on what you’re trying to achieve.

6 A Cut Above Kim Robinson

Pact & Lim

Kim Robinson We’re talking about the celebrity hairstylist, who counts A-listers like Kate Moss and Carina Lau as clients, here, not his namesake studio (#02-12 Ngee Ann City, 391 Orchard Rd., 6738-8006, For red-carpet-worthy hair, go for a cleanse-cutfinish session with the man himself at $2,680. Kantaro The director of hip salon Pact +Lim (#0217/18/19 Orchard Central, 181 Orchard Rd., 6884-4143, pact) is your go-to hairstylist for edgy yet versatile styles. His cuts are $100 for men and $150 for women, but the jetsetter is only in town for one week a month.


COVER STORY 7Feast of Eden

Joël Robuchon Restaurant For a blow-out dinner, this venue at Resorts World Sentosa (8 Sentosa Gateway, 6577-7888, can’t be beat. At this Singapore outpost by the most decorated chef in the world—with 26 Michelin stars under his belt— the 14-course degustation menu ($488) features expertly executed plates such as roasted frog legs on spelt risotto, as well as crisp-skinned suckling pig with gratinated cannelloni.

Joël Robuchon Restaurant

Otto Locanda

Otto Locanda A steal at $60, the three-course degustation meal at this lovely Italian spot (#01-03 32 Maxwell Rd., 6224-0978, www. spotlights seasonal ingredients. Head chef Marco Violano creates a different menu every day based on what’s fresh, but some past specialities include saffron and cauliflower soup with pan-roasted scallop, plus chargrilled beef tenderloin with spinach and potato cake.

9 Bag it Hermes Birkin Arguably the holy grail of luxury bags, the Birkin is notorious for its long waiting lists, unavailability and hefty five-figure tag. As you’d expect, the elusive style Hermes Birkin icon (in any imaginable variation) can’t be readily bought from any Hermes store in Singapore. But if you’re dead-set on buying one directly from the French label (the one pictured costs $25,000), try your luck in Paris or online—with insurance, no less. Hermes Birkin Can’t quite stretch your budget to own the Birkin? Multi-label store The Luxury Galleria (#01-25 Robertson Walk, 11 Unity St., 6735-2555, offers interest-free instalment plans of up to 36 months for a guilt-free purchase. If you don’t mind a second-hand piece (and saving some cash while you’re at it), there’s a couple retailing at new online store ChicStash ( for about 30% off its usual price ($16,500).

10 Suit Yourself One-off customized suit by Kevin Seah What better way to make an entrance than by owning your own personalized garment? Not only is this piece made-to-measure by local master tailor Kevin Seah himself, each piece will be sent to close friend and collaborator, French street artist Kongo, to be illustrated with the latter’s signature graffiti strokes. The cool price tag? US$35,000. Get measured at Kevin Seah (5 Jalan Kilang, 6334-5128,

8 Spa and Away

Harmony Banyan Slip into a state of utter bliss with this indulgent three-hour treatment ($620 upwards) at Banyan Tree Spa (55/F Tower 1, Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Ave., 6688-8825, www. The pampering session consists of a therapeutic exfoliating scrub, a top-to-toe massage by two therapists and a luxurious bath soak to melt away stresses.

Kevin Seah

Benjamin Barker

Customized jacket by Benjamin Barker At $650 upwards for both jacket and pants, Benjamin Barker’s (#02-08 VivoCity, 1 HarbourFront Walk, 6337-6860, customized twopiece will do the job equally well. Never mind that they’re not one-offs. Spruce up the suit with additional trims like grosgrain ribbons and monogram embroidery for an additional $10.

11 Dress Up Banyan Tree Spa

Thai Thai Aroma One of cool spa Nimble/Knead’s (#01-28, 66 Eng Watt St., 6438-3933, signature massages, the two-hour treatment ($143) combines traditional Thai techniques like gentle stretching with an aromatic rubdown, giving you the best of both worlds. Want a longer session? Opt for the heavenly 180-minute combo package ($218) that comes with a massage, scrub and mask.


Club 21 Style Services

Club 21 Style Services For anyone too busy making money to go shopping, there’s Club 21’s fashion experts to turn to at $300 per consultation (or free with a minimum spend of $1,000). Your personal styling session is carried out in the posh Club 21 Style Services Suite (#02-20/21 Hilton Singapore, 581 Orchard Rd., 6304-1388, www., which features a main lounge, spacious fitting rooms, a dining room and a VIP powder room that houses a M.A.C makeup bar to get primped in before an event.

Topshop Personal Shopping Figuring out what to buy at Topshop (#01-05/06 Knightsbridge, 270 Orchard Rd., 6733-8912, can be overwhelming. And that’s precisely why you’ll appreciate the UK label’s free personal shopping service. An appointment ranges from a half-hour quickie to a threehour fashion party. Email or call 6733-4608 to reserve a slot.

12 Table Manners Velvet Underground You’d think tables at ultra-luxe clubs like Pangaea would cost way more than one at everyone’s favorite superclub Zouk, but in fact the minimum spend ($1,500) for a table at Velvet Underground’s (17 Jiak Kim St., 67382988, members lounge is on par with that at Sabrina van Cleef Ault’s safari-themed playground. Plus, it affords you instant scene status as a member—which, despite Zouk’s long reign, is still priceless.

14 Stretch Out

Lotus Limo Channel your inner Vinnie Chase (and bring your entourage) in one of Lotus Limo’s ( cars. Part of the IndoChine Group, they offer 8-seater Chrysler 300 Super Stretch cars, fitted with TVs, DVD players, fiber optic mood lighting and the always-important vanity mirror. A three-hour package goes for $888 ($250 per additional hour), while the special 10-hour package will set you back $2,500. Bonus: bring your own booze (for an $80 corkage fee, naturally).

Velvet Underground

Lotus Limo

Uber It’s not quite the same, but tech upstart Uber’s iPhone and Android app (www. connects you with your nearest available driver, as an alternative to waiting around for cabs that never come. This on-demand premium limo service is charged by time and distance and, while it isn’t cheap (from Gillman Barracks to Dempsey around midnight on a Wednesday clocked in at around $20), it certainly makes a change from riding in a Sonata. You have to sign up for an account to book, but then that means easy fare splitting with friends as well as a totally cash-free experience. Well, maybe “free” is the wrong word.


Kyō With guest DJ lineups that rival Velvet Underground’s in terms of curation, slick underground club Kyō (#B1-02 Keck Seng Tower, 133 Cecil St., 8299-8735, can clearly hold its own. It’s not the usual beer-y CBD watering hole, either, with lots of Champers and specialty Japanese whiskeys and sakes on the drinks list. Get a table for just $600 on a weekend night.

15 Fly High

13 Get Crafty

Sopra Cucina & Bar’s Beer 32 Even the nerdiest craft beer geek might baulk at the $36 price tag on Sopra Cucina & Bar’s (#01-02 Pan Pacific Orchard, 10 Claymore Rd., 67373253, Beer 32. Fortunately, it’s for a 750ml bottle (wine-sized, in other words) from the elusive Italian microbrewery 32 Via dei Birrai. It comes in five different varieties, too.

Sopra Cucina and Bar’s Beer 32

Paramount Business Jets Forget first-class seats. The way to travel luxe is via a private jet, and consulting firm Paramount Business Jets ( takes you to anywhere in the world at a moment’s notice—you can be up in the air in just four hours from the time you book. Charters are priced according to flight hours ans aircraft type—a trip to Bangkok from Singapore on a Turboprop King Air 350 (up to eight people) will cost you around USD29,200 ($37,100) upwards.

Paramount Business Jets

JetSuite Singapore Airline’s business or first-class travelers flying to Los Angeles, San Franciso, New York, Newark and Houston (SIA’s US gateways) can charter America’s private jet operator JetSuite transfer to other US states at an exclusive rate (USD3,428 or $4,332 upwards, for destinations within two flight hours. Not holding a business or first-class ticket? Check out JetSuite’s daily deals when you’re traveling from state to state in the US for even cheaper rates (from only USD536, or $677 each way for the whole jet). n

Jungle Beer’s Kiasu Stout More affordable, but still brewed with real TLC, is the Kiasu Stout ($9) from local brewers Jungle Beer (, which recently won “Best Beer in Singapore” and “Best Beer in World” at the Asia Beer Awards 2013. Find the 330ml bottles for $9 at The Good Beer Company (#02-58 Chinatown Centre, 335 Smith St., 9430-2750). Jungle Beer’s Kiasu Stout



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City Smarts

Japan’s third largest city, Osaka, is transforming into the country’s creative capital. Story and photos by Anne Jansuttipan


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saka has long been known as the “kitchen of Japan” for its expansive food culture, but it’s also slowly emerging as the country’s hub for creativity with new museums, innovative boutiques and cutting-edge galleries.

Creative Capital

The recently opened multi-purpose facility, Knowledge Capital (3-1 Ofukacho, Kita-ku, +81 6 6372-6427, en), situated in the north building of the new Grand Front Osaka development, is packed with hotels, shops, malls, bars as well as creative spaces. The six-floor compound is home to members-only co-working space Knowledge Salon comprising small-scale offices and conference rooms, as well as a theater, convention centers and a public laboratory. Apart from these great facilities, Knowledge Capital also provides staff known as “The Communicators” who can help launch your ideal project by putting you in touch with industry insiders. For instance, if you want to develop an innovative running shoe, the staff can connect you with designers and manufacturers to help make your dream a reality—or, at least, a prototype. These prototypes are then showcased at The Lab, an open laboratory that allows you to gather real feedback from members of the public in order to improve and refine your product. Knowledge Capital is also packed with more than 20 exciting concept stores, or what they call Future Life Showrooms, featuring many famous brands. The Asics Running Lab, for example, offers 3D foot mapping services in order to fit you with the perfect running shoe. Meanwhile, at the Mercedes-Benz Connection you can find a café and a “Trial Cruise” service that allows you to test-drive almost 20 of the German motor manufacturer’s models. Just remember to prepare your international license in advance. On top of these, there are many more cool fashion, living and furniture shops. With all that technology, you’re bound to work up an appetite. And true to form, this venue also offers up a glimpse into the future of food. For starters, there’s the Smart

Camp concept restaurant that grows all its vegetables in the City Farm, sat just next door on the sixth floor. By peering through the restaurant’s large windows, diners can see just how the vegetables are grown in an advanced temperaturecontrolled room. Choose from healthy fresh-veggies-only or low-carb choices, all overseen by Kiyomi Mikuni, a chef renowned for his unique take on French cuisine. Another can’t-miss food experience here is eating farmed tuna at Kinki University Fisheries Restaurant. The university fisheries lab is renowned for its bluefin called Kindai—the first ever raised in captivity from the egg—which it serves up here. Kindai is being touted as a healthier and more eco-friendly option, prized for its lower mercury content, as well as fattier, more delectable taste. Book ahead or prepare to join the queue as locals flock there for lunch (11am-3pm) and dinner (5-10:30pm). If you have an unquenchable thirst, there’s a selection of bars that are open until 4am.

Making Mama

In Osaka, you can even get creative with the most humble of meals, instant noodles. The Instant Noodle Museum (8-25 Masumi-cho, Ikeda-shi, +81 7 2751-0825, ZdlhmR. Open Wed-Mon 9:30am-4pm) tells the story of the invention of the world’s first instant noodle product by Momofuku Ando in a small shack in his the backyard in 1958. On top of this, visitors can also create their very own

Instant Noodle Museum


from JPY500-1,000 ($6.50-13) for beginner and advanced courses and must be booked three days in advance. Apart from your own artwork, you can also purchase souvenirs in the form of notebooks, bags and small art pieces. For more information, visit

Where to stay InterContinental Osaka (3-60 Ofuka-cho, Kita-ku, +81 6 6374-5700, This newly opened hotel at Umeda Grand Front Osaka is situated conveniently in the middle of the business district. Rooms range from $322-1,308.

In the Frame Knowledge Capital

one-of-a-kind cup of noodles. There are two workshops here. The first is the Chicken Ramen hands-on workshop, which requires booking in advance. The less timeconsuming option is heading to the My Cup of Noodle Factory where you can decorate your own noodle cup and even concoct your own flavor. Entrance is free but you have to pay JPY500 ($6.50) for the Chicken Ramen workshop or JPY300 ($3.90) for a noodle cup.

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For those who want to try their hand at small but cute art pieces, look no further than Kamigata Ukiyoe Museum (1-6-4 Namba, Chuo-ku, +81 6 6211-0303. Open TueSun 11am-6pm). This small museum is hidden amid the bustling area of Namba, a popular spot for shopping and food. Here, you’ll find the original woodblock prints of Kamigata Ukiyoe that trace back to the Edo Period (16031868). Most of the works on display were created for the famous kabuki actors of that era. You can also join a small workshop to learn how to make your own print under the supervision of Takano Seiko, the museum’s director. Admission is JPY500 ($6.50) while workshops range



Another must-visit for art in the city is the National Museum of Art (4-2-55 Nakanoshima, Kita-ku, +81 6 6447-4680, Open Tue-Sun 10am-5pm). With its emphasis on contemporary art, the museum brings to town many world-renowned exhibitions, the latest comprising works from Pablo Picasso. The museum currently houses over 6,000 art pieces, spanning nihonga (Japanese-style painting) and sculptures to industrial designs from local artists. The normal admission fee is JPY420 ($5.50) and but special exhibitions vary in price. Check the exhibition schedule at

Cross Hotel Osaka (2-5-15 Shinsaibashisuji, Chuo-ku, +81 6 6213-8281, www.crosshotel. com). This top-ranked hotel from Tripadvisor is nestled amid Osaka’s most famous shopping street, Dotonbori. Rooms range from $178-341.

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Direct and convenient return flights with Jetstar ( start from around $510; and if you take the red eye (departing 22:20, arriving 06:00) you can hit Jetstar the ground running on arrival—just perfect for a long weekend.

Osaka’s main shopping streets are all found in the Shinsaibashi and Namba areas, but if you’re looking for something more creative and fashionable, head to the Minami Horie or Kita Horie area. Once known for its many lumber dealers, this neighborhood is now home to stylish fashion boutiques, hip cafés and cool furniture shops. Just across the street is Amerikamura (American Village), a vibrant enclave of shops and restaurants where East-meets-West. Trendy young locals love to gather here to chat and shop amid the narrow graffiti-strewn streets. The area is a great place to wile away an afternoon in Osaka, whether it’s taking photos of the weird and wonderful architecture or simply people-watching. n

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Picture Perfect Budding photographers, check this out. Restoration Works International is set to offer a volunteer trip to Nepal with seasoned photographer Tom Fakler from Oct 21-Nov 1. The NGO focuses on restoring culturally significant structures in developing countries and this trip will take volunteers to the organization’s Chhairo Gompa Project in Nepal (a Tibetan-style Buddhist monastery built in the 1600s). The photo session can accommodate all skill levels and Fakler will be on hand to offer tips on how to best capture the rugged terrain and local people. The trip cost, US$2,500 ($3,197), goes entirely to the restoration efforts and in-country costs, helping to support the local community. For full deets, head to www.

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Here’s a charming way to explore Myanmar: new cruise M.S.Hintha, set to operate between Mandalay and Bagan from Oct 16-Mar 31, 2014. The traditional teak boat will travel twice weekly between Mandalay and Bagan. Plus, it will do shorter trips to Kyaukmyaung, Innwa and Mingun. Onboard, there will be foot and body massages, as well as a sun terrace, bar and dining area. Find out more at

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Outside In Designer furniture retailer Space’s latest addition Janus et Cie might be intended for the outside, but its chic, cheery and versatile collections will look great indoors, too—so never mind if you don’t live in a landed property with a nice backyard. And because they’re made to withstand the elements, the American label’s pieces—such as the Chee armchair ($495) that comes in a string of happy hues— are great for high-traffic, spillprone areas at home. Available from 77 Bencoolen St., 6415-0000,

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Slip on the Sennheiser Momentum On-Ear headphones and chances are you’ll be listening to a few more songs from your playlist than usual. Its lightweight, sleek Alcantara covering and a stainless steel headband comes in a variety of colors (take that, iPhone 5C). Acoustically, it’s all about the bass, and being “on-ear” means you can say goodbye to ambient noise. $299 from Sennheiser Concept Store (#03-123 Marina Square, 6 Raffles Blvd., 6336-5668).


beauty The Mane Event Looking like you’ve stepped out of the hair salon—on a daily basis—takes work, but Toni & Guy promises to make that a breeze with its latest range of AW13. Go from flat to fab with the new Sculpting Powder ($12.90), which helps pump up volume without weighing hair down, or try the Dry Shampoo ($10.90) to make your perfect blowout last another day. Available at selected Guardian and Watsons outlets islandwide.

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Brave the rain the next time you’re on the tracks with Nike’s latest Tech Fleece collection. Not only are these goods stylish, they are functional, too, equipped with a kangaroo pocket for ample storage and seam-bound stitching for durability. Made from tri-layered cotton jersey fabric for extra warmth and comfort, pieces include track jackets, hoodies and windrunners. $129 upwards from Nike (#02-29 Raffles City Shopping Centre, 252 North Bridge Rd., 6337-0276).

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Flos Kelvin LED Light Green Mode by Antonio Citterio $755 upwards from Space With more reach than the original Kelvin table light, this minimalist piece detects the ambient light level when you brush against the sensor on its head and intuitively adjusts the intensity of the LED.




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$99 from Greenviron This good-looking portable solar charger is seriously rugged—its compact shape and sturdy dust, drop and water-resistant casing means you can take it anywhere. Plus, it has its own flashlight, radio and insect repellent.





LuminAID $39.40 from Technobay If you’re off camping but don’t have much space, grab this solar-rechargeable and inflatable light bag. Or stash it at home in the first aid box.

Bosch Filtrino Hot Water Dispenser $279 from Harvey Norman Superstore Unlike most other dispensers, which boil water constantly, this one only heats up the amount that’s actually needed, cutting electric consumption by about half.

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pieces from established and emerging designers including House of Holland, LIE by Lie Sang Bong, Hartford and Mauro Gasperi—all of which are edgy, fashion-forward stuff that conjure the Antwerp Six. Plus, collections are sourced directly from designers, which mean they are available at the same time as top international boutiques.

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After a few much-raved-about collabs with H&M and G-shock, Maison Martin Margiela has teamed up with Converse for a new sneaker collection. The all-white, handpainted Chuck Taylor All Star and Jack Purcell look just like our regular school kicks, except that the outer coat of paint is made to eventually crack and shed overtime, revealing the original red, black, navy or vintage yellow canvas underneath. $269.90, available exclusively at Surrender (#02-31 Raffles Hotel Arcade, 328 North Bridge Rd., 6733-2130, Sarah’s bags

Move over, Zara. H&M’s higher-end sister label COS (short for Collection of Style, www.cosstores. com) is opening its first Southeast Asian store— said to spread across a good 5,900 sq. ft.—at ION Orchard in November, and we’re readying our wardrobe and wallets for their effortlessly cool, minimalist-chic new arrivals. A second store is also expected to be launched towards the end of the year at the new Westgate mall in Jurong East. Lucky Westies!

On the Line Singapore can now boast its own Net-A-Porter (OK, maybe on a much smaller scale), thanks to tastemakers Bryan Tan and Esther Wee, founders of new global online fashion retailer In case you’re thinking it’s one of those rampant same-same blogshops with identical goods, the cool site stocks

Clutch Moments Multi-label store MYthology (88 Club St., 6223-5570, has recently launched its new collection of accessories, and among it is Beirut-based label Sarah’s bags ($250). Not only does the brand produce gorgeous pieces that rival some four-figure Alexander McQueens, it also employs underprivileged female prison workers—with the goal of helping them hone a new skill set and gain meaningful employment.


BUY SPY Local design label Democratic Society’s quirky-cool HDB Series of ceramic wares by designer Chang Shian Wei serves up food fun. $44 for a set that includes a big dish, small dish and a chopstick rest, from hip online lifestyle store

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The buzz: Takashimaya is undergoing a revamp, but it’s business as usual already for some of the fancy new arrivals including American fashion house Coach’s first standalone boutique for men in Singapore. The vibe: The 575 sq. ft. space blends in with the rest of the department store with its simple, contemporary interiors that feature glass fixtures, mirrored walls, glossy white alongside black framed shelves and wooden display counters. The goods: What it lacks in décor and size, the store makes up for in its

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impressive dapper wares. The entire range of the men’s line is stocked here—handbags, small leather goods, outerwear, footwear, watches and sunwear ($100 upwards)—plus the brand’s collaborative and special edition pieces like those designed and impeccably crafted by American designer Billy Reid ($430 upwards). Why you’ll be back: For obvious reasons: it’s currently the only men’s dedicated Coach boutique in town. And if that’s not enough of a draw, the departmental store’s tenant mix is becoming more stylish by the day.

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DINING Pork Knuckle Oktoberfest is here (see page 25), so dig into some meaty German goodness at these joints. Baden Restaurant & Pub 42 Lorong Mambong, Holland Village, 6463-8127. Brotzeit German Bier Bar & Restaurant #01-17 Raffles City Shopping Centre, 68831534, www.

Hole in One Fried dough is where it’s at in the food world these days. Cult favorite Krispy Kreme (Basement, Tangs Orchard, 310 Orchard Rd.) is set to arrive on our shores on October 12, and donutcroissant hybrids modelled after the much-coveted cronuts from Dominque Ansel Bakery in NYC are popping up all across town. The trend might be a little overblown, but we’re glad folks no longer have to settle for the candy-colored specimens—festooned with sprinkles and neon glaze—found at existing donut chains. Check out our guide to the best donuts in Singapore (classics, cronuts and churros) at DQ (IS 27 Sep 2013)FA.pdf



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Before You Die

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It's almost time again for our 50 Things to Eat Before You Die issue (look out for it Oct 25!) featuring our picks of the best things to eat in Singapore, right now. It's always a controversial one (our favorite Facebook comment from last year: "this list is too ang moh, even for an ang moh") and we want to hear what you think should be included. Tag your social media posts with #50thingstoeat and your suggestions might make it into the magazine.

We’re also welcoming French restaurants like Fleur De Sel (#0101 64 Tras St., 6222-6861, www., which offers a la carte classics, an eight-course degustation menu ($168) and set lunches (from $38).

Chop, Chop You’ve already heard of enomatic machines for wine. And now there’s the SelfTap Beer system. (Buy beer with a stored value card and pull your own pint.) The first one in town is at The Chop House (1 HarbourFront Walk, 6376-9262,, a gastrobar created by the folks behind Wooloomooloo Steakhouse (3/F Swissôtel The Stamford, Singapore, 2 Stamford Rd., 6338-0261,

Bake & Shake The craft baking scene here’s really heating up with newbies like Artisan Boulangerie Compagnie (#01-01 118 Killiney Rd., 64448130), a bright airy 75-seater with not just the usual croissants but also lesser known specialities like yeasted German cake kugelhophf.

Seven Up It might seem old hat now but Singapore Restaurant Week (see page 25) still provides great value for the seven days it's on from October 7-13.

Sweet Cheeks Dessert fiends will have a good excuse to indulge next month, with the third edition of Sweet Charity Month (www.sweetcharitymonth. com) set to hit town from Oct 1-31. $5 from each signature dessert sold at 13 restaurants around town will go to the NUHkids fund.

Till the Fat Lady Sings More sweet treats can be found at eagerly awaited New York import Lady M (#02-103 Marina Square Shopping Mall, 6 Raffles Blvd., www., famous for their mille crepe cake ($7/slice, from$40/whole), featuring 20 layers of crepes.

Bar Hop The folks behind Club Street watering hole Bartini (46 Club St., 6221-1025, www.bartini. have just launched Bartini Kitchen (29 Boon Tat St., 62200629, www. BartiniKitchen) No Menu Bar serving modern European eats (from $14). Osvaldo Forlino has also got a fresh project No Menu Bar (7 Boon Tat St., 6224-0091) on the same street offering both Italian and—yep, you heard right—Chinese grub. I-S Online: Read our full interview with chef Forlino at

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DINING Open Door

Nox - Dine in the Dark

The buzz: The unique concept of dining in a pitch black room, which has swept the world, has finally arrived in Singapore. The vibe: Down a (much needed) aperitif to loosen you up before being led upstairs for dinner by well-trained servers—all blind or visually impaired. You can’t actually see the second floor dining room (see picture above). But they play soothing melodies to make what could be a stressful situation more relaxing. The food: Modern European fare cooked up by chef de cuisine Desmond Lee (Private Affairs and Ember). There’s a three-course prix fixe menu ($78) and each course comprises four little bowls, which you are instructed to eat in a clockwise direction. The good thing

is that you can bring the dishes up to your mouth and just shovel it in— who cares about manners? No one’s watching. What you’re eating each night is kept a surprise— you might mistake duck confit for chicken, or a soft-cooked egg for jelly. The drinks: Order creative swigs, like A Touch of Rose—a mix of gin with lime, cucumber and rose water—at the bar before or after the meal. Drinks during the meal are kept quite simple (just bottled water) to minimize mess and spillage. Why you’ll be back: It may seem gimmicky but a meal here’s plain good fun—it’ll put your senses to the test. There’s something rather transgressive about the cover of darkness.

269 Beach Rd., 6298-0708, Open Tue-Sun 6pm-midnight. Chin Hui Wen

Singapore's Top Tables It's not published until December, but our annual Top Tables dining guide is already shaping up to be the best ever, with category awards, star ratings and page after page of Singapore's most outstanding restaurants. Plus we've partnered with the Singapore Tourism Board to extend the print run to 60,000 copies! To advertise, contact our Sales dept at sales@ Bookings close end October.

lunch box Halia @ Raffles Hotel The deal: You get three-courses of modern European fare—with two choices for each course—for a real affordable $25. Options change monthly but you might have fresh cumin paneer salad and comforting wagyu beef bolognaise. Why it’s worth it: Set in the iconic Raffles Hotel, the restaurant space is relaxed yet sophisticated, plus the food’s no slouch. Where else can you get a multi-course lunch for this price? The Halia @ Raffles Hotel, #01-22/23 Raffles Hotel, 1 Beach Rd., 9639-1148, Available Mon-Fri 11:30am-2pm. Chin Hui Wen


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Drink Coffee Cocktails Mark International Coffee Day (Sep 29) by sampling some of these bittersweet drinks.


The Melbournite

A harmonious mix of strong hot coffee, creamy baileys, sweet hazelnut liquor and fluffy whipped cream, this warming beverage’s a great nightcap.

Sip this coffee-based tipple either warm (a hot Melbournite) or iced (a cold Melbournite). Both options comprise a shot of Black Cat Coffee Absinthe—a Spanish spirit combining aniseed flavor with a good dose of caffeine— plus espresso. It works as an after dinner digestif as well as the morning after a party: the concoction serves as both hair of the dog and your morning cuppa.

$14 at Café & Bar Gavroche, 69 Tras St., 6225-4869,

Le Cafe Cocktail Spiked with Courvoisier VS cognac and port, this nondescript-looking cupful is surprisingly potent. Though it doesn't actually contain any coffee and is served chilled, it also boasts a layer of “crema” created with frothy egg yolk. The little squares of cognac and grand marnier jelly served alongside provide an extra boozy hit. $16 at Fordham & Grand, 43 Craig Rd., 6221-3088,


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Open Door


Pidgin Kitchen & Bar






The buzz: Chef-owner Adrian Ling of contemporary European restaurant Pamplemousse Bistro + Bar has revamped his Dempsey space with a whole new concept: Pidgin, a modern Southeast Asian joint with a focused locally-inflected menu. The vibe: This 60-seater is narrow and cavernous, with a cool bar counter made from sleek dark metal beams. But there are also charming little touches that keep the place from feeling cold or intimidating: rustic pottery pieces—made by restaurant staff on a company bonding excursion—and a funky wall embossed with restaurant names they’d bandied around before settling on Pidgin. The food: Western classics infused with regional ingredients. There are snacky starters like chicken rice arancini ($8), as well as rich bak kwa mac and

cheese ($20) and savory razor clam tau suan ($20) for mains. Desserts would be likewise familiar to anyone who’s grown up here, including kaya bread and butter pudding ($15). The drinks: Asian-inspired cocktails such as the Nin Jiom Old Fashioned ($20), featuring High West double rye, fernet branca, pipargao syrup and angustura bitters, plus the sweeter Masala Apple Strudel ($20), with Laird's Straight Applejack, chai, lemon and egg. Why you’ll be back: Ling offers a real fine version of Mod Sin cuisine here: It’s creative but not just for the sake of innovation—the components actually work together. If you’re entertaining visitors or are new to the island yourself, this spot’s a great introduction to local flavors.

#01-04, 7 Dempsey Rd., 6475-0080, Open Mon-Sat noon-2:30pm, 6:30-10:30pm. CHIN HUI WEN

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Ratings ★ Forget it ★★ Only if you're stuck in the neighborhood ★★★ A pleasant dining experience ★★★★ More than just great food, tell your friends ★★★★★ Not to be missed

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California-Mexican. 22 Keong Saik Rd., 6220-0458,

Chinese. #02-181 Marina Square, 6 Raffles Blvd., 6333-4978.

This burrito joint seems to have everything going for it—hip location, industrial-chic décor complete with exposed light bulbs and stark concrete walls, and of course everyone’s talking about Latin American food right now. And it’s a cool, if a little Subway-esque, dining concept. You come in and order yourself a burrito ($12) or (in a rather tasteless jibe on the menu aimed at effeminate people) a slightly smaller burritino ($9). You pick one of five meats—most of them are soggy duds, so go straight for the juicy pork butt—and pile on rice, beans and your choice of three salsas. Cheese is an additional $1, guac another $2, but you can barely taste it really; try adding the flavorful roasted veggies ($1.50) instead. You end up with a bloated wrap that’s perfectly serviceable if you’re hungry, but off-puttingly soggy and oddly fibrous if you’re not. You’ll definitely need to wash this down. The range of wines by the glass ($7.50) by Cali wine producer Barefoot—there’s seven grape varieties represented—are none-too-memorable, but great value and an unexpectedly nice touch to an otherwise underwhelming meal. Mon-Sat noon-midnight. $

This Chinese restaurant is cheap and—for the most part—the food is decent (the chef is an Imperial Treasure alum). There are a few standouts on the menu (which you can see the sizable kitchen team preparing in an open kitchen): The pork knuckle’s a steal at $28, offering a hefty pig leg with silken fat and tender meat; and there are lots of fun snacky things like wo wo tou ($14), hollow little buns that you fill spicy egg and shrimp stir-fry, which are straightforward and tasty. And an order of the three makes a real affordable feast. Too bad there are also awful let downs like the braised pork ribs with homemade special sauce ($9). Despite occupying prized spot on the first page of the menu (with a large picture), the meat on our visit was utterly devoid of flavor, save for the coating of sugary sweet sauce. Plus, the sze chuan la mian with pigs’ intestine ($8.50) featured a one-dimensional broth (tasting of nothing but stale peppercorns). Those recipes, combined with the garish décor (what might be politely described as communist chic, with ruffled red velvet chairs and colorful murals on the walls—in almost fluorescent hues—of Chinese pastoral scenes), mean that we probably won’t be back. But if you’re stuck in the area and the craving strikes, this is a convenient option that won’t burn a hole in your pocket. Daily 11am-10pm. $

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Beautiful Ones Brett Anderson and crew return for a highly-anticipated gig. See Concerts & Gigs, page 24

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Step to This Local online boutiques and labels showcase their goods at Mad Nest’s shopping-exhibition Treats of the Trade. See Sales & Fairs, page 26

Aye Captain Don those sailor stripes for Velvet Underground’s 19th Anniversary as the club turns into a luxe cruise ship, with Gary Beck and Zouk resident Adrian Wee at the helm. Sep 27, 10pm. See Nightlife, page 26.

SCENESTEALER Al Murray The British standup comedian tells us about the funny business prior to his one-night only performance. You make people laugh. So personally, what tickles your funny bone? I love all sorts of different stuff: Laurel and Hardy, Tony Hancock, Pete and Dud, Fawlty Towers, Steve Martin, Billy Connolly, Larry David, Alan Partridge… Is humor a serious business? Yes, but if you have decided you’ll do anything to make the joke work you can find yourself naked on stage or on TV pretty quickly—in this case you can't take yourself too seriously.

What sort of challenges did you face when you first started out? When you first start out you die a few horrible deaths on stage, but you chalk them up to experience and keep trying. It certainly helps you make up your mind about whether you really want to do it. Best thing about British humor? I don’t know, because I don’t know my way around enough other kinds of humor to make a sensible comparison! We like to say we like laughing at ourselves, so I guess it might be that.

What sort of preparations do you make before you go on stage? Do you have to “get into character”? Not any more. I like some quiet time when I’m left alone to read or generally chill out. From a scale of 1-10, how funny do you think you are? A stone cold 10. Al Murray The Pub Landlord: THE ONLY WAY IS EPIC is on Sep 27, 8pm. Kallang Theatre, 1 Stadium Walk, 6348-7907. $58-$108 from Sistic. KHAIRUL AMRI

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concerts & gigs I-S PICK> Suede Brett Anderson and company are back to promote their first new album in over a decade, Bloodsports. Sep 27, 8pm. The Coliseum, Resorts World Sentosa, 8 Sentosa Gateway, 6577-8888. $115-130 from Sistic. I-S P



Guinness Arthur’s Day Concert A very special celebration with lots of Guinness in the house and a special appearance by rock band The Fray. So special, even the location’s a secret for now. Sep 27. www.


Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan This master of Sufi music, who's worked with the likes of Eddie Vedder of Pearl jam and James Horner, dazzles at this concert of devotional music as well as pop numbers and ballads. Oct 5, 7pm. The Star Performing Arts Centre, 1 Vista Exchange Green, 6636-0055. $60-250.


Jay Sean Live in Singapore UK singer-songwriter, rapper, beatboxer and producer Jay Sean, best known for smash hits like “Do You Remember” and “Tonight”, comes to town for his debut Singapore concert to promote his latest album Neon. Oct 11, 7:30pm. Siloso Beach. $98-150 from SISTIC.


I-S PICK> Camp Symmetry If you're into indie music then you can't miss out on this array of exciting acts, from the likes of Texan post-rock band, Explosions in the Sky, to Californian surf band, Best Coast. Nov 2, 12pm. Gardens By The Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Dr., 6420-6841. $125350 from


The prolific street artist recently showcased a live graffiti work at the Anthropos: Navigating Human Depth in Thai and Singapore Contemporary Art exhibition at Gillman Barrack’s Sundaram Tagore Gallery.

Comedy Masala 3rd Year Anniversary The ever hilarious Comedy Masala celebrates its third birthday with a bumper laughathon with Hawaiian-born Paul Ogata and local jokester Fakkah Fuzz headlining, hosted by Umar Rana. Oct 1, 8pm. Home Club, #B1-01/06 The Riverwalk, 20 Upper Circular Rd., 6538-2928. $10 one drink included.

More and more works like yours are moving into the galleries—what does this signify? An increased level of appreciation, I guess. It’s good that the art form is going places not just remaining on the streets. It gives the artworks a higher chance of mortality. Although the issue about how “street art should remain in the streets” will surface, the move adds more value to both the art and the maker.



I-S PICK> Kings & Queen of Comedy Asia 4 Some of the biggest names in the international standup comedy scene will be taking over the mic. Line-up includes Danny Bhoy, Jonathan Atherton, Imran Yusuf, Sheng Wang and our very own Kumar. Oct 4-5, 9pm. Esplanade Theatre, 1 Esplanade Dr., $38-98 from Sistic.

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The Temp We love pop-ups, and here’s a new one that's arguably one of the most interesting so far. 4,000 sq. ft. Temporium has just opened in Little India, carrying a cool range of clothes, ceramics, books and curios, including local brands like menswear label Sundays upstairs, while downstairs is where food and coffee can be had, created especially for the space by Chye Seng Huat Hardware’s Leon Foo and Wild Rocket’s Willin Low. Go get your fix at 72 Dunlop St. before it disappears in about five months. It's open Tue-Sun between 9am-10pm.

Cultural Cache Budding young designers and artists now have a new space to showcase their creations. New, smallish art

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With public spaces here still out of bounds, is there a real street art scene here? Of course there is. We honestly don’t care whether a space is out of bounds or not. We go out and do it regardless. It’s been around for years and only noticed by those who are attentive.

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gallery Culture Square (72 Duxton Rd., 6222-3282, www.culture-square. com) is the latest of the affordable art (look out for the upcoming Affordable Art Fair later in November) which offers original works from just $170. “Many people want original art in their homes but do not want to pay thousands of dollars for it,“ says founder Toni Chan. Currently on show are funky pieces by Singapore-based artists like Nicola Anthony and Zoya Chaudhary. In October, look out for The Elements of Play show by artists Bradley Foisset and Deusa Blumke.

Fright Night Fine, so Halloween’s not happening till the end of Oct, but here’s one that’s got us all psyched up. The Rocky Horror party at 1-Altitude (61-63/F One Raffles Place, 6438-0410, on Oct 26, 9pm, based on the classic movie of the same name, promises to be a hoot. The décor for one, will evoke the spirit of the film, with lots of zany characters, and the most innovatively dressed walking home with the Best Dressed Award.

Tell us more about your latest work in the gallery. I like my works to interact with spaces, be it indoors or outdoors. For this show, I was given a small section in the gallery to work with and see what I could come up with. I painted multiple layered stencil figures of myself exploring that space, as a replacement to tags where a graffiti artist usually paints his or her name. Who are you influenced by? My collective RSCLS has been a major influence in my art lately. They’re a bunch of unique individuals who are always challenging themselves in their work, and that drives me to push further with mine. I work primarily with spraypaint or any fast drying medium. I have very little patience. Anthropos: Navigating Human Depth in Thai and Singapore Contemporary Art is on through Oct 13. Sundaram Tagore Gallery, #01-05 Gillman Barracks, 5 Lock Rd., 6694-3378, TERRY ONG



Hairspray the Musical The award-winning Broadway hit makes it Southeast Asian debut in Singapore. Follow the breathless adventures of Tracy Turnblad as she shoots to stardom amidst an ethnicallydivided America. Sep 26-27, 30-1, 8pm; Sep 28-29, 3pm, 8pm. Esplanade Theatre, 1 Esplanade Dr.. Call 6828-8377 for more info. $110-230 from Sistic.



I-S PICK> The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) A crash course in Shakepeare's works unlike any other. Witness all of his comedies, histories and tragedies rolled into one. Oct 1-4, 8-11,

7:45pm; Oct 5, 3pm, 7:45pm; Oct 6, 3pm, 7pm; Oct 12, 3pm, 7:45pm. DBS Arts Centre - Home of SRT, 20 Merbau Rd., 6348-5555. $68-108 from Sistic.


The Taming of the Shrew An all-female cast will set the stage for a rendition of Shakespeare's most controversial comedy. Oct 2-13, 7:30pm. Fort Canning Park, Cox Terrace, 6235-3817. $68-138 from Sistic.




The Art of Collecting, Masterpieces from the Pinacothèque de Paris Before successful private museum

Pinacothèque de Paris officially opens its first international outpost in Singapore in 2015, look out for its pop-up exhibition this year. The showcase includes 20 masterpieces by European masters such as Botticelli and Picasso. Through Nov 17. Singapore Pinacothèque de Paris, Fort Canning Centre, Cox Terrace. $12-15 from Sistic.


I-S PICK> Universe of the Abstract Masters and Richard Texier This group show is held in conjunction with F1, showcasing the works of distinguished abstract masters like Joan Miro, George Mathieu and Pierre Soulages. Through Oct 13. Opera Gallery, #03-05 ION Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn. Call 6735-2618 for more info. Free.

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100 Friends – 100 Artists – 100 Songs One hundred local and international designers and creatives come together to create an artwork based on their favorite song, co-curated by Phunk Studio. Each A4-sized work is priced at $199. Oct 10-Jan 6 2014. tcc-the coffee connoisseur, “The Gallery”, 51 Circular Rd., 6479-2445. Free.



I-S PICK> Yoga on Read Bridge Yoga apparel and gear label Lululemon organizes this free mass outdoor yoga session, part of Singapore River's Tuesdays by the River campaign. Bring your own mat; email to register. Oct 1, 8, 15, 7:30pm. Read Bridge, Clarke Quay, 3 River Valley Rd. Free. singapore/clubstreet.


Swissôtel Vertical Marathon 2013 Make your way to the top at this annual vertical race up Swissôtel The Stamford. (That's 226 meters, to be exact.) Nov 24, 7am. Swissôtel The Stamford, Singapore, 2 Stamford Road. Call 9474-1797 for more info. $45-55. www.


I-S PICK> Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore 2013 Singapore's marquee running event comes with races for individuals, teams, the wheelchairbound and kids. Dec 1, 5am. Call 6643-9191 for more info. $20-360.

ON THE BAR Oktoberfest Singapore's love-hate relationship with foreigners is magically put on hold when October rolls around. Beer: uniting people everywhere.

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ToTT Taste Challenge To celebrate ToTT’s third anniversary— up to 50 blind-folded contestants will be challenged to identify a list of over 50 different food ingredients (in batches of 10-15 in 30 second rounds). Oct 5, 11am. #10-01A, 896 Dunearn Rd. 6219-7077.


Singapore Restaurant Week Dine like royalty this gastronomic event with some of the very best culinary spots in Singapore offering affordable three-course lunches and dinners. Book yourself a spot by logging on to their website. Oct 7-13, 12pm. Various venues. $25-35. www.

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This inaugural four-day outdoor fest ($75-85 from Sistic) will have you knocking down pint after pint of Paulaner Brauhaus, Spaten or Schneider Weisse—you pick—and professional servers dressed in dirndls bringing you loads of traditional German food. To keep you thoroughly entertained, there are also live performances from bands such as The Original Hofbräuhaus Show and comic acts like The Comedy Pimp.

Tuck into Brotzeit’s massive, meaty Oktoberfest Platter ($168) and wash it all down with Paulaner Oktoberfestbier ($14.90/pint), available on tap for this period only. (Tip: If you absolutely must hoard this seasonal beer, it’s available for sale in 1 liter cans at $39.50.) Perhaps the biggest draw this year is the final round (Oct 17, 7:30pm) of their inaugural drinking games which pit beer guzzlers against one another.

It's free and easy but no less fun this Oktoberfest season here with beer booths operated by bars around the Clarke Quay area, plus stalls hawking German favorites such as sauerkraut and bratwurst. There'll also be live performances and games to keep you entertained—it’s going to be quite the carnival.

Keppel Island Plaza, Marina at Keppel Bay, 2 Keppel Bay Vista, Oct 16-19, 5pm-1am.

Brotzeit German Bier Bar & Restaurant, #01-149/151 VivoCity, 1 HarbourFront Walk, 6272-8815, Oct 10-13, 17-20, 7pm-late.

3 River Valley Rd., 6337-3292, Oct 11-12, 7-11pm. CLARA LIM For more Oktoberfest events including those at Brewerkz and Paulaner Brauhaus, go to Got an idea for On the Bar? Email us at

A Party You Can’t Miss! 6,000 ltr of hearty Oktoberfest Bier, freshly brewed on the premises Live music by “Scharivari Sextett” flown in from Munich, playing traditional and modern Bavarian tunes spiced up with all-time favorite Oktoberfest hits Authentic Oktoberfest Menu specially created by Executive Chef Klaus Lukarsch

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Whisky Live Singapore 2013 This year's edition of Whisky Live Singapore, a one-day showcase of the finest whiskeys on the market, features tastings, masterclasses, a cocktail bar and a wide spread of canapés. There'll also be a blind tasting competition..Oct 19, 4pm. Raffles Hotel, 1 Beach Road. 6733-0059. $80-110 from Sistic. www.


I-S PICK> Singapore Wine Fiesta 2013 Singapore's largest outdoor wine fair returns, this time with over 200 wines from all over the world and over 60 winemakers and experts in attendance. Oct 31, 6pm; Nov 1, 4pm; Nov 2, 12pm; Nov 3, 12pm. Customs House, 70 Collyer Quay. Call 1800-8888-333 for more info. $45 from SISTIC.



I-S PICK> Archifest 2013 The fortnight-long architecture festival returns with a “Small is Beautiful” theme, a specially constructed Pavilion as the event's key venue, more curated Architours, as well as a pop-up design school of ideas. There are both free and ticketed events. Sep 27-Oct 13. Dhoby Ghaut Green, 10 Penang Rd. www.


Sunday at The Training Shed This chill all-ages weekend party, complete with beers, beats, BBQ, live music and graffiti, is even open to your pet dogs. Oct 13, 3pm. The Training Shed, 8 Port Rd., 6273-1993. Free.


Fide Fashion Weeks This fashion festival comprises Men's Fashion Week, Women's Fashion Week and Haute Couture Week, and will showcase the best of Asian fashion design together with top international names. Oct 9-18. Marina Bay Sands Expo & Convention Center, 10 Bayfront Ave., 6688-8868.


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Midnight Shift Label Showcase ft. Eduardo de la Calle Brilliant and eccentric producer Eduardo de la Calle makes his Singapore debut. Sep 27, 10pm. Kyo, #B1-02 Keck Seng Tower, 133 Cecil St., 82998735. $20-25 one drink included.


Zouk Soundsystem presents Formative and Hong A platform for showcasing the dexterity of resident DJs, this edition of Zouk Soundsystem pulls together big room house stalwart Formative with its resident Hong for a night of body-moving action. Sep 28, 10pm. Zouk, 17 Jiak Kim St., 6738-2988. $25-32 two drinks included.


Forward ft. Sigha & Shifted It's total technomania as two rising stars of the UK electronic music scene, Sigha and Shifted, come by and dish out their experimental, abstract sounds. Oct 5, 10pm. Kyo, #B1-02 Keck Seng Tower, 133 Cecil St., 8299-8735. $20-25 one drink included.


RBMA x Syndicate ft. Africa Hitech Acclaimed duo Africa Hitech dish out their signature hip hop-, grimeand even jazz-inflected beats. Syndicate regulars Max Lane, Kiat and Vandetta, plus new kid Mean, round off the sonic lineup. Oct 5, 10pm. Home Club, #B101/06 The Riverwalk, 20 Upper Circular Rd., 6538-2928. $20 one drink included.

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I-S PICK> Velvet Underground’s 19th Anniversary: Voyage Under Velvet Skies with Gary Beck All hands on deck! Velvet Underground's lounge and dance rooms are transformed into a luxurious cruise ship with captains Adrian Wee and famed UK producer Gary Beck (making his Singapore debut) at its 19th anniversary party. Sep 27, 10pm. Velvet Underground, 17 Jiak Kim St., 6738-2988. $25-32 two drinks included.

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FILM continuing I-S PICK> 1 • (US) Michael Fassbender narrates this documentary about the F1 race, featuring the likes of Lewis Hamilton and Michael Schumacher.

opening I-S PICK> Blue Jasmine • (US) The first collaboration between Woody Allen and Cate Blanchett is a story about a woman reconciling with her sister. Also stars Alec Bladwin.



(Singapore) Directed by Wong Chen-Hsi. Stars Nameera Ashley, Cai Chengyue and Norhanisah.


A Good Old Fashioned Orgy • (US) Screwball sex comedy about 30-somethings attempting get their mojo back during a summer orgy. I-S PICK> Aftershock • (US) Disaster flick with a cool twist, with Hostel director Eli Roth in the lead role as a survivor at a Chilean earthquake. I-S PICK> Behind the Candelabra • (US) Michael Douglas is a hoot as Las Vegas entertainer Liberace, aptly supported by Matt Damon as his confidante and lover. Directed by Steven Soderbergh. The Bling Ring • (US) Sofia Coppola’s latest is well-filmed and fun, but its characters remain twodimensional throughout. It’s like Marie Antoinette all over again. Elysium • (US) Matt Damon and Jodie Foster headline a wellconceived futuristic sci-fi set in 2154 centering on one man’s mission to save a ruined earth. I-S PICK> The English Teacher • (US) Julianne Moore sizzles as a teacher having a torrid affair with a former students in this alt rom-com. Also stars Greg Kinnear and Nathan Lane.


Byzantium (UK) Neil Jordan’s (The Crying Game) latest film is a majestic take on the vampire film genre. Stars Saoirse Ronan and Sam Riley. The Colony • (US) Banal actioner about a bunch of survivors trying to save the world during the ice age. Stars Laurence Fishburne and Bill Paxton. Stuck in Love • (US) Jennifer Connelly and Greg Kinnear headline this family drama about a family of writers struggling with both their creative and familial pursuits. Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning • (US) ‘90s action stars Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren reunite as geneticallyenhanced soldiers. Times are bad.


The Frozen Ground • (US) Nicolas Cage in yet another action film, this time as state trooper. Someone get this guy a new agent. I-S PICK> Ilo Ilo • (Singapore) Wellcrafted award-winning local film by Anthony Chen with commendable performances. My Lucky Star • (Hong Kong) Partly shot in Singapore, this sprightly rom-com stars Zhang Ziyi and Wang Leehom. Prisoners • (US) Hugh Jackman dons a different hat for his convincing father looking for a missing daughter. Also features credible performances by Viola Davis and Jake Gyllenhaal. Riddick • (US) Vin Diesel reprises his role as the half-human, half-alien Riddick in this so-so follow-up. Runner Runner • (US) Before he dons his cape for Batman (boo!), Ben Affleck stars as a ruthless gangster in this one alongside Justin Timberlake. Rush • (US) Chis Hemsworth goes back in time to the ‘70s as a playboy F1 driver. The Way Way Back • (US) Indie comedy about a lost teen and his unlikely friendship with the manager of a water park. Think Little Miss Sunshine, but less affecting. Stars Steve Carell and Toni Collette.

This is the kind of contemplative cinema that is rare here, so kudos to first-time feature director Wong Chen-Hsi for her dreamy Innocents, which centers on two lost teens trying to find meaning in a harsh adult world. Filmed on-site at the North South corridor of the old KTM railway tracks, alongside many decrepit buildings around the city, the film maintains a quiet pace throughout, keenly filmed by American cinematographer Joseph White, whose beautiful visuals buoy the film. The storyline is simple: Newly arrived transfer student Syafiqah (Nameera Ashley) befriends Huat (Cai Chengyue), the local prankster in school who has a penchant for turning up late for class, if at all. While little is known about the former, the story of Huat slowly unfolds. As a means of escape

from a drunkard father and bullying teachers, he hangs around at lush, empty spaces to lull his life away, with Syafiqah drawn to follow him. While the premise is not entirely convincing, hampered by its two leads who deliver their lines as if they were reading from a text book (both are newbie amateur actors), Innocents works at a more metaphysical level. We’re thankful that dialogue is kept to a minimum here as director Wong chooses to tell the story through its dreamlike settings, and the camerawork is some of the best we’ve seen in a local film. It’s a meditative tone-poem that is a must-watch simply for its sheer audacity in challenging the conventions of local cinema, and that to us, is worth the ticket price alone. Terry Ong

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Tokyo Family (Japan) A tribute to legendary director Yasujiro Ozu, this family drama by Yoji Yamada explores the dynamics of a troubled family set present day Japan.

etc SFS Talkies @ The Arts House: Tyrannosaur This film centers around a self-destructive man overwhelmed by violent behavior who embarks on a path of self-redemption. Sep 29, 7:30pm. Screening Room, The Arts House, 1 Old Parliament Lane, 6332-6903. $12 at the door. I-S PICK> Perspectives Film Festival The sixth edition of the festival showcases independent gems from around the world, past and present, including Hou Hsioa-Hsien’s Mean Streets. Oct 3-6, various times. Gallery Theatre, National Museum of Singapore, 93 Stamford Rd., 6332-5642. $10 from Sistic. Log onto www.perspectivesfilmfestival. com for full lineup.

The direcor of Innocents talks to us about the significance of her debut feature. How did the film come about? I’ve always been very interested in outsiders, people on the edge of society who are looking in from the periphery. It was very important to me to shoot the film in Singapore rather than find an equivalent location in Malaysia. The film is very much about memory, and capturing a part of Singapore I knew we would soon lose. Every single location that we shot in was demolished or torn down soon after. What problems did you have putting the film together? The entire film, including post, was made for around $150,000 and we only had 18 shooting days. A lot of people worked on the film pro bono simply because they believed in it, and that allowed us to achieve a wonderful intimacy on set that is reflected in the final film. But our post took over a year, because people were donating time in

between their other jobs and could only work on the film during odd periods. We could barely afford any lights so we had to utilize the directionality and intensity of natural sun for our classroom scenes, giving us very limited shooting periods. For both the interiors and exteriors, we were always rushing to catch the light. In fact, we were also always rushing to catch the rain. It seems that it’s a rule of thumb that it rains when you need it to be sunny, and that it’s sunny when you need it to rain! How do you think the film will fare in the canon of contemporary local cinema? I do hope it can still find cultural permanence and that people will be willing to support small films like this. This is a film about loss, and I hope that we’ve managed to capture in some small way the heartbeat of our generation, and that Singaporeans can relate to Innocents in terms of pieces of half-forgotten memories, objects from childhood that were left behind, or in terms of the many physical spaces of childhood that no longer exist. Innocents is on through Sep 29, Oct 3-5, various times. Screening Room, The Arts House. 1 Old Parliament Lane, 6332-6903. $10 at the door. Log onto for more details. TERRY ONG

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LIBRA (Sep 23-Oct 22): Mystical poet St. John of the Cross (15421591) was one of Spain’s greatest writers. But not all of his work came easily. When he was 35, a rival religious group imprisoned him for his mildly heretical ideas. He spent the next nine months in a ten-foot by six-foot jail cell, where he was starved, beaten, and tortured. It was there that he composed his most renowned poem, “Spiritual Canticle.” Does that provide you with any inspiration, Libra? I’ll make a wild guess and speculate that maybe you’re in a tough situation yourself right now. It’s not even one percent as tough as St. John’s, though. If he could squeeze some brilliance out of his predicament, you can, too. SCORPIO (Oct 23-Nov 21): The American naturalist John Burroughs (1837-1921) traveled widely and wrote 23 books. “I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think,” he testified, “all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read, and all the friends I want to see.” Let’s make that longing for abundance serve as your rallying cry during the next two weeks, Scorpio. According to my analysis of the astrological omens, you have a cosmic mandate to push to the limits—and sometimes beyond—as you satisfy your quest to be, see, and do everything you love to be, see, and do. SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22-Dec 21): Punk icon Henry Rollins did an interview with Marilyn Manson, rock and roll’s master of the grotesque. It’s on Youtube. The comments section beneath the video are rife with spite and bile directed toward Manson, driving one fan to defend her hero. “I love Marilyn Manson so much that I could puke rainbows,” she testified. I think you will need to tap into that kind of love in the coming days, Sagittarius: fierce, intense, and devotional, and yet also playful, funny, and exhilarating. You don’t necessarily have to puke rainbows, however. Maybe you could merely spit them. CAPRICORN (Dec 22-Jan 19): ): If you want to know a secret, I talk less crazy to you Capricorns than I do to the other signs. I tone down my wild-eyed, goddess-drunk shape-shifting a bit. I rarely exhort you to don an animal costume and dance with the fairy folk in the woods, and I think the last time I suggested that you fall in love with an alien, angel, or deity was…never. So what’s my problem? Don’t you feel taboo urges and illicit impulses now and then? Isn’t it true that like everyone else, you periodically need to slip away from your habitual grooves and tamper with the conventional wisdom? Of course you do, which is why I hereby repeal my excessive caution. Get out there, Capricorn, and be as uninhibited as you dare. AQUARIUS (Jan 20-Feb 18): Germany’s Ostwall Museum displayed a conceptual installation by the artist Martin Kippenberger. Valued at $1.1 million, it was called “When It Starts Dripping from the Ceiling.” Part of it was composed of a rubber tub that was painted to appear as if it had once held dirty rainwater. A new janitor came in to tidy up the premises one night, while the museum was closed. While performing her tasks, she scrubbed the rubber tub until it was “clean,” thereby damaging the art. Let this be a cautionary tale, Aquarius. It’s important for you to appreciate and learn from the messy stuff in your life— even admire its artistry—and not just assume it all needs to be scoured and disinfected.

ANNOuncements notice of Intended marriage

notice of Intended marriage

I, Michelle Robinson, Single, of 05-06, 7 The Peak at Balmeg, 119914 intend to marry Benjamin Lee Jones, Divorcé of 05-06, 7 The Peak at Balmeg, 119914 in Bali, Indonesia on 20 November 2013. Any person knowing of any lawful impediment to the marriage should without delay notify the Consular Section, British High Commission Singapore, 100 Tanglin Road, Singapore 247919.

I, Richard James Andrew single, of The Mercury, 15-03, 38 Shanghai Road, Singapore 248201, intend to marry Michelle Morales Sabater single, of 2104, 108 Dela Rosa street, Legaspi Vill San Lorenzo, Makati city, Metro manila, Asian Mansion 2, at Sunset at Aninuan Beach Resort, Aninuan, Puerto Galera 5203, Philippines on 18th November, 2013. Any person knowing of any lawful impediment to the marriage should without delay notify the Consular Section, British High Commission Singapore, 100 Tanglin Road, Singapore 247919.

I, Benjamin Lee Jones, Divorcé, of 05-06, 7 The Peak at Balmeg, 119914 intend to marry Michelle Robinson, Single of 05-06, 7 The Peak at Balmeg, 119914 in Bali, Indonesia on 20 November 2013. Any person knowing of any lawful impediment to the marriage should without delay notify the Consular Section, British High Commission Singapore, 100 Tanglin Road, Singapore 247919.

notice of Intended marriage I, Khalid Al Mkhlaafy divorcee, of 89B Lorong H Telok Kurau, Singapore 426104 intend to marry Bhremma Flor Genares Pardillo single, of 69 Del Carmen Vill., Sasa, Davao City, Philippines at The Office of the City Registrar, Sangguniang Panglungsod Building, San Pedro Street, Davao City, Philippines on 20th December 2013. Any person knowing of any lawful impediment to the marriage should without delay notify British High Commission, Singapore, 100 Tanglin Road, Singapore 247919.

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PISCES (Feb 19-Mar 20): In her novel White Oleander, Janet Fitch suggests that beauty is something to be used, “like a hammer or a key.” That’s your assignment, Pisces. Find practical ways to make your beauty work for you. For example, invoke it to help you win friends and influence people. Put it into action to drum up new opportunities and hunt down provocative invitations. And don’t tell me you possess insufficient beauty to accomplish these things. I guarantee you that you have more than enough. To understand why I’m so sure, you may have to shed some ugly definitions of beauty you’ve unconsciously absorbed from our warped culture. ARIES (Mar 21-Apr 19): “No regrets? Really?” asks author Richard Power. “I have regrets. They are sacred to me. They inform my character. They bear witness to my evolution. Glimpses of lost love and treasure are held inside of

them; like small beautiful creatures suspended in amber.” I think you can see where this horoscope is going, Aries. I’m going to suggest you do what Powers advises: “Do not avoid your regrets. Embrace them. Listen to their stories. Hold them to your heart when you want to remember the price you paid to become who you truly are.” (Find more by Richard Power here: TAURUS (Apr 20-May 20): Urbandictionary. com says that the newly coined word “orgasnom” is what you call the ecstatic feelings you have as you eat especially delectable food. It’s derived, of course, from the word “orgasm.” According to my reading of the astrological omens, you are in an excellent position to have a number of orgasmic-like breakthroughs in the coming week. Orgasnoms are certainly among them, but also orgasaurals, orgasights, and orgasversations—in other words, deep thrills resulting from blissful sounds, rapturous visions, and exciting conversations. I won’t be surprised if you also experience several other kinds of beautiful delirium. GEMINI (May 21-Jun 20): If you were about to run in a long-distance race, you wouldn’t eat a dozen doughnuts. Right? If you were planning to leave your native land and spend a year living in Ethiopia, you wouldn’t immerse yourself in learning how to speak Chinese in the month before you departed. Right? In that spirit, I hope you’ll be smart about the preparations you make in the coming weeks. This will be a time to prime yourself for the adventures in self-expression that will bloom in late September and the month of October. What is it you want to create at that time? What would you like to show the world about yourself? CANCER (Jun 21-Jul 22): The Constitution of the United States is the supreme law of the land. It’s the foundation of the most politically powerful nation on the planet. And yet when it originally went into effect in 1789, it was only 4,543 words long—about three times the length of this horoscope column. The Bill of Rights, enacted in 1791, added a mere 462 words. By contrast, India’s Constitution is 117,000 words, more than 20 times longer. If you create a new master plan for yourself in the coming months, Cancerian— as I hope you will—a compact version like America’s will be exactly right. You need diamond-like lucidity, not sprawling guesswork. LEO (Jul 23-Aug 22): There are two scientific terms for tickling. “Knismesis” refers to a soft, feathery touch that may be mildly pleasurable. It can be used to display adoring tenderness. The heavier, deeper kind of tickling is called “gargalesis.” If playfully applied to sensitive parts of the anatomy, it can provoke fun and laughter. Given the current planetary alignments, Leo, I conclude that both of these will be rich metaphors for you in the coming days. I suggest that you be extra alert for opportunities to symbolically tickle and be tickled. (P.S. Here’s a useful allegory: If you do the knismesis thing beneath the snout of a great white shark, you can hypnotize it.) VIRGO (Aug 23-Sep 22): In his “Song of the Open Road,” Walt Whitman wrote some lyrics that I hope will provide you with just the right spark. Even if you’re not embarking on a literal journey along a big wide highway, my guess is that you are at least going to do the metaphorical equivalent. “Henceforth I ask not good fortune—I myself am good fortune,” said Uncle Walt. “Henceforth I whimper no more, postpone no more, need nothing. Strong and content, I travel the open road.”


Sunita Kuar


The director for Asia of music streaming service Spotify tells Chin Hui Wen what it takes to succeed in the new digital age. My parents loved Queen and David Bowie and my dad also loved country music. I’m pretty sure I can sing any Kenny Rogers song. We definitely have a vibrant music scene in Singapore—with

great singers such as Jack & Rai, Tanya Chua and Stephanie Sun. The indie music scene has really been thriving in recent years. Our music is typically Singaporecentric and comes with a

dose of local flavor. That gives us an edge to branch out bothregionally and globally. My energy and inspiration comes from my family. At work, we are all adults and as long as everything gets done, it’s all good.

As a kid, I always enjoyed school. I met a group of girls in primary school and still remaining incredibly close to them 33 years on. In fact, we are just about to head to Italy for two weeks to celebrate the beginning of a new decade. Everyone’s first job is the best. I started with Time Warner and got to work with many different industry icons, as well as travel pretty extensively. I never knew what I wanted to be, not even

High Art I had a mentor who was 16 years old. The move from print to digital proved to be more challenging than I thought it would be. But I was determined to learn, so I just focused and did what I had to do to. Remember your first Walkman? Back then, I would have never thought I could stream 20 million songs through my smartphone.

Do the things that scare you most

when I started college. But once I got a taste of sales and marketing, I realized that was where my interests lay and never looked back. Having started in print

and moved to digital—and working in the region for 17 years—I have seen how each country adapted to this new world at different paces. I am an immigrant in

this new world and it never ceases to amaze me how technology is changing the way we do things.

Go and do the things that scare you most. It is the best confidence builder and you will be surprised by how it actually helps put everything into perspective.

I can stand in front of 800 people and actually enjoy myself. Public speaking used to make me so incredibly nervous, but I made sure I put up my hand at work and got a chance to do it. Wallflower would struggle at

Spotify. We love people who want to push boundaries and we are also an office that heavily subscribes to the “work hard, play hard” philosophy.

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