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January 24 - february 13, 2014

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All of this topical tomfoolery sets things up nicely for film awards silly season, with the Golden Globes just behind us and Oscars on the way soon for whichever films the Academy think will best show off their caring, daring, no-opportunity-to-self-promotesparing side. Having won at Cannes and just about everywhere else, local gem Ilo Ilo has probably come to the end of its golden run. (Though it’d be a lock for Best Film Which People Here Only Watched Because They Heard It Won Some Awards in a Far-Away Land.) The good news? There are 30 or more new local films on the way this year, so there’s hope yet for our cinematic future. The even better news? Only 23 of them are further instalments of Ah Boys to Men. *It would have been 110, but the MDA cut four years to get back at him for defecting to Hong Kong in 1957

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It’s been an emotionally trying time for cinemalovers this month. Titan of the Asian scene Run Run Shaw decided that, after a grand old 106 years*, it was finally time to roll the end credits and bow out. Then a crowd of more than 100 foreign workers staged a sit-in protest at the Rex, after the theater was forced to cancel the premiere of Tamil movie Veeram, for which some of them had queued up for more than six hours. (But hey, if you can no longer sit around getting blasted in Little India all weekend, what else are you going to do with your time?) And then there were calls for local movie-goers to boycott the new Scorsese-DiCaprio love-in, The Wolf of Wall Street, after the MDA cut four minutes from the film prior to its release here, including some colorful language and what it described as an “orgiastic-like scene in an airplane”. (Thankfully, else who knows what the bored travelers aboard flight SQ317 might have gotten up to during their unanticipated layover in Azerbaijan earlier this month.)

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A High Court judge has spared Subashkaran Pragasam, 30, the gallows, ruling that he had only been acting as a drug mule and instead sentencing him to life imprisonment. An amendment to the Misuse of Drugs Act last November deemed capital punishment no longer mandatory for drug trafficking offenses, with Malaysian Yong Vui Kong the first person to escape the sentence. This is a win for Singapore’s civil rights activists who have long fought for the abolishment of the draconian law.

Residents can look forward to cleaner air if Singapore’s first community-led smoke-free zone gathers momentum. A grassroots initiative has been launched in Nee Soon South, creating designated areas for smoking in communal spaces and residential blocks. However, smokers will not be penalized for lighting up away from designated spots, as grassroots adviser Lee Bee Wah points out “educating the residents would be more effective than enforcement.”


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Frankie Valli Performing live in Singapore 1960s The Four Seasons Powerful falsetto voice

Year of the Horse Next up in the Chinese zodiac calendar 2014 12-year cycle


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number of U-locks distributed to cyclists in Pasir Ris amid the increasing number of bike theft cases

cost of upgrading and expanding all five polytechnics in Singapore according to the Government



number of counterfeit vodka bottles that were seized by Singapore Customs in June 2013 and handed over to Diageo North America for destruction

percentage of parents who buy toys that are inappropriate for their children’s age according to a study conducted by KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital

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The odds: Even. Two beasts in their own fields

$35,000 price of the Bluefin tuna bought by Itacho Sushi Singapore for their sixth annual fish-cutting ceremony

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CALENDAR Essential Events january 23 - February 13 SEE This

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Way Cool Every cool cat in town is going to be at this year’s Laneway Festival. Never mind if you haven’t heard of half the bands— just keep your sunnies on and bob your head to the tunes, none will be the wiser. Jan 25. See Scenestealer, page 30.

DON’T Miss

Before Midnight Cocktail geeks will definitely want to make a date with Jeff Bell of uber-cool East Village bar PDT (Please Don’t Tell)—which started the whole no-signboard, hush-hush trend—at his guest bartending stint at Jigger & Pony. Feb 13, 8pm. 101 Amoy St., 6223-9101.

Acceptable In The 80s Frenchman Alain Soldeville was BFFs with the local transgender community in the 80s, and he’s got the photos to prove it at Bugis Street. Jan 30-Feb 17. See Art, page 34.


The final deadline for entries to this year’s Noise Hennessy Singapore, VSOP launches DJ Brooklyn which hook under-35 the Privilege novices up with local Collection 4 at a party with creatives. Register on www. Aussie Dj Brooklyn. 9pm. The Butter Factory, #02-02/03/04 noisesingapore.com. FRIDAY, JANUARY 24

One Fullerton, 1 Fullerton Rd., 6333-8243. Invite-only. SATURDAY, JANUARY 25 The fancy Sparkling White Sunset Cruise sets sail. Champagne and yachts— is there a more perfect beverage and vehicle pairing? 6pm. Harry’s, OnE°15 Marina Club, #01-01 11 Cove Dr. $185; call 98076449 or email dwine.me@ gmail.com to register. SUNDAY, JANUARY 26 Brunch freaks will want to be at The Green Door for their Lazy Sundays brunch

neil LaBute’s witty play Fat Pig, about Tom’s budding romance with the unconventionally attractive Helen, opens. Through Mar 2, 8pm. DBS Arts Centre Home of SRT, 20 Merbau Rd. 6733-8166. $30-55. Guys: Last chance to get your bod in order for Valentine’s Day, so book a top-to-toe makeover ($163 through Feb 14) at We Need a Hero. #01-86 57 Eng Hoon St., 6222-5590.

What to do? Where to go? What’s happening?

The Vault’s Sunday Artists Market is back, and we can’t wait. Expect the usual mix of art, home, lifestyle, fashion and even grooming at their new space. 1-6pm. 23 Circular Rd., 6222-5001. Free.

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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 12 Play real life SimCity (and win up to $10,000) by telling uRA what to do with Singapore’s public spaces through their PubliCity competition. Closes Feb 14. Log in to www.ura.gov.sg for details.





It wasn’t so long ago that hip tapas joint Esquina was the talk of the town, but now they’re back with a big Esquina 2.0 party. 7pm. Invite-only.

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The Away Team Our pick of the region’s hottest travel destinations for 2014. By Lauren Jade Hill


he New Year is a time to break out of old habits and make resolutions. To trade your never-used gym membership for a never-to-be-used yoga pass. And when it comes to travel, it pays to look to new destinations too. Here are some off-the-beaten-track spots we think are set to be big this year. You just need to get there before everyone else does.


Paro, Bhutan

Singapore’s Most Googled Destinations

If you’ve climbed Kinabalu and can’t get enough of mountains. The Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan is characterized by rugged mountains, deep valleys and undisturbed forest, with a rich Buddhist heritage reflected by its cliff-top monasteries and red-robed monks, while the nation advocates the philosophy of Gross National Happiness. Indeed, Joni Herison, Director of Bhutan travel specialist Druk Asia, tells us: “The reason many travelers enjoy Bhutan is the country’s warm, hospitable people.” Despite the hefty tourism fee of USD200/250 [$254/317] per night, accommodation, food and transport is all included, as well as a guide. Start your trip from the culturally rich town of Paro, nestled in a valley in south-west Bhutan.

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The Tiger’s Nest monastery, Paro

Fastest Movers for bookings from Singapore in 2013 (compared to 2012)


Spiceroads, Bhutan Heritage by Bicycle Starting in Paro, this seven day tour, leads you on a 190km cycle route to mountain monasteries and through forests and valleys, incorporating visits to cultural sites such as Tiger’s Nest temple complex. The tour costs USD2,300 ($2,913), next scheduled for 24 March. www.spiceroads.com/tours/bhutan_ heritage_cycle World Expeditions, Bhutan Dragon Kingdom If you’d rather explore on foot, this 11-day tour consists of a seven-day trekking and camping journey, high above Paro and Thimphu valleys with views of the Himalayan peaks separating Bhutan and Tibet. You also get to visit the markets, monasteries and fortress-like dzongs of Paro and Thimphu. The next tour is from April 5 and costs USD4,190 ($5,308). www. worldexpeditions.com


Uma by Como, Paro At this luxury resort in Paro Valley, villas are each situated in their own glade, with valley, forest and mountain views, combining artisanship with contemporary luxe. The property features Bhutanese hot stone bathhouses, an indoor pool with alfresco sundeck, steam rooms, and a yoga



cHennai 550% Ho cHi MinH 500% new DeLHi 315% Hanoi 50% Uma by Como villa terrace

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studio with valley views. It serves as an ideal base for camping, hiking and cycling. The five-night Himalayan Explorer package starts from USD5,800 ($7,297) per person. PO Box 222, Paro, Bhutan, 97 5827-1597, www.comohotels.com/umaparo



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Bhutan can be visited all year round. It has a dry spring from March to mid-April, a warm early summer from mid-April to June, the monsoon season from June to late September, a cool autumn from September to November, and a cold winter, with snow, from November to March.



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2 Raja ampat, indonesia 3 chengdu, china

Fly from Singapore to Paro with DrukAsia (www.drukasia.com) for around $1,250.

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Raja Ampat, Indonesia

If you’re done with diving in Thailand.

Travel magazines hype Raja Ampat as “the world’s last paradise,” and it’s something of a whispered secret among dive aficionados. The string of mountainous and rainforest covered islands are fringed by pristine white sand, merging into azure waters, with coral reef lying below the surface. The archipelago has one of the world’s richest marine habitats, while forests are teeming with wildlife. This natural phenomenon of land and sea biodiversity is what brings people here as they explore by boat and underwater and trek through rainforest to seek out the islands’ caves and waterfalls.


Premier Liveaboard Diving Choose from packages of nine to 13 nights, with prices dependent on the type of boat (from $265 per night). An all-inclusive trip on Damai, which acommodates 8-10 people, costs $550 per night, inclusive of spa treatments, unlimited diving, and park fees, as well as food and drink. www. rajaampat.liveaboarddiving.net Lightfoot Travel Liveaboard Cruises For luxury sailing around the islands, with the expertise of an expedition leader, crew


Misool Eco Resort

Raja Ampat

and divemaster, Lightfoot Travel has a range of exclusive yachts and phinisi ships that can be chartered for liveaboard trips. Charter of Tiger Blue (pictured on cover) for up to 10 guests, including all food, tours and watersports costs USD4,400 ($5,595) per night. www.lightfoottravel.com

coral-rich water. The beachside restaurant serves up fresh organic fare, with a terrace for sunset cocktails, while the dive center overlooks the water, with its own jetty for dive boats. Packages of seven nights start from €2,090 ($3,557). Batbitim Island, 629 5132-2613, www.misoolecoresort.com



Misool Eco Resort Striking a balance between luxury and conservation, Misool is located in remote southern Raja Ampat, surrounded by uninhabited islands, inside a 1,220 sq. km. No-Take zone and 46,000 sq. km. Shark and Manta Sanctuary. The resort’s villas offer seclusion, alongside white sand, and

Fly from Singapore to Sorong with Garuda Indonesia (www.garuda-indonesia.com) for around $984.


The best time to go is during the dry season, which is the peak diving season, running from October to April.

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Where looks set to be hot this year? “We are seeing newer flight destinations emerge, which include the likes of Sydney, ho Chi Minh and Xi’an Xianyang.” Chua hui Wan, CEO of travel bookers ZUJI

Chengdu, China

If you’ve had your fill of city breaks in Shanghai and Beijing.

As one of China’s most populous cities Chengdu isn’t exactly a hidden gem. Still, it’s often overlooked for its bigger siblings Shanghai and Beijing. Offering a juxtaposition of old world charm and modern metropolis, the city has more green space than its counterparts, and is celebrated for its rich cultural heritage, exceptionally spicy food, emerging contemporary arts scene and—the big draw—the chance to snuggle up to pandas. Kelly Gillease of tour specialist Viator tells us: “The vivid colors help paint the picture of amazing experiences here: black and white of giant pandas; red of the Sichuan chili; blue of the hot spring; green of the tea leaves; silver of Qingcheng Mountain; and gold of the Leshan Buddha.”


Viator full day tour: Panda Breeding Center and Sanxingdui Museum

Panda Breeding Center

This tour combines the opportunity to see the pandas up close at Chengdu Panda Breeding and Research Center with an insight into Chinese culture at the Bronze Age archaeological site, Sanxingdui Museum. The tour costs USD117 ($148) per person. www.viator.com China Exploration Three-Day Epicure Tour of Sichuan Food For a real taste of Chengdu’s spicy cuisine, take part in this three-day introduction to local specialties like Shujiuxiang hot pot,

“There is a rising trend for luxurious destinations such as the Maldives, made more affordable by budget airlines.” Vikram Malhi, general manager for online travel bookers Expedia


Xiba bean curd and roasted rabbit’s head, while visiting food markets, temples, the famed Panda Garden and Leshan Giant Buddha. The tour costs USD273 ($347) not including accommodation. www.chinaexploration.com


Shangri la Chengdu Located in central and historic Swell Fun—the world’s oldest wine lane, featuring wineries from past dynasties— this hotel overlooks Jinjiang River from its location next to Hejiang Pavilion, reflecting Chengdu’s fusion of colorful history with modern style. The property features four restaurants, a bar with live music, and a spa offering Chinese wellbeing treatments, as well as a pool,

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sauna and tennis court. Room rates start at CNY1,129 ($236). 9 Binjiang East Road, Jinjiang, Chengdu, Sichuan, 86 28 8888-9999, www.shangri-la.com/ chengdu/shangrila


Flights with Cathay Pacific (www. cathaypacific.com) cost around $500, while flights with China Southern (www.csair. com) cost around $540; most of which travel via Guangzhou.


Spring is warm, followed by a short hot and humid summer, cool and rainy autumn, then a cold and foggy winter. The summer months can be stiflingly hot.





Shikoku, Japan

If you’re obsessed with Japan but maxed out on Tokyo.

As popular as Japan is in Singapore, not many make it to the smallest of the country’s four major islands, Shikoku. Between the mountains and lush green valleys lie waterfalls, vine bridges and temples, including the 88 Sacred Temples of Shikoku, a 1,400km Buddhist pilgrimage still undertaken today. In fact, Shigeo Konishi of Tourism Shikoku tells

us: “The reason to visit this year has to be the 1200th anniversary of the creation of the pilgrimage in Shikoku.” The island is also known for its hand-made ‘sanuki udon’ noodles, locally grown fruit and fresh seafood, while also retaining many of its traditions.


Japan Roads – Shikoku Tour This tour takes you around historic Himeji and Kurashiki, and cultural Takamatsu, before travelling to see the natural beauty

and soak in the hot springs of the Iya Valley and Takamatsu. This seven-day tour costs USD2,210 ($2,780) per person. www. japanroads.com

revellers to join the fun. Visitors need to book ahead for hotels. For more info head to www.jnto.go.jp/eng/location/spot/ festival/awaodori

Awa Odori Festival During Obon, the festival of the dead when spirits are welcomed back to their ancestral homes, Tokushima is taken over by Japan’s biggest dance festival Awa Odori (dance of the fools). Mid-August each year, musicians and dancers parade through the streets, encouraging festival


Hotel Kazurabashi In its prime location in Iya Valley, this hotel is close to waterfalls and the island’s famous vine bridge. The traditional Japanese hotel incorporates natural open-air hot spring baths, accessed by cable-car, and is noted for its exceptional cuisine. Time can be spent hiking, white water rafting and relaxing in the famed hot springs. Room rates start from JPY16,000 ($193), dependent on season. Miyoshi, Tokushima Nishiiyayama 33-1, 08 8387-2171, www.kazurabashi.co.jp


Japan Airlines (www.jal.com) and ANA (www.ana.co.jp) have flights from Singapore to Tokushima for around $935.


Iya Valley


Kazurabashi vine bridge

Shikoku has snow in winter and high temperatures in summer. The rainy season is from early June to mid-July. Aside from the festival period, autumn and spring are the most popular times to visit.

Bagan, Myanmar

If you liked exploring the ancient ruins of Angkor Wat. The number of tourists finding their way to Myanmar has been rising steadily, with more convenient travel options and luxurious places to stay, but the country still manages to retains its unique identity. Robert Carmack and Morrison Polkinghorne of Globetrotting Gourmet tell us: “Myanmar is Asia’s last frontier. Here, you experience a lifestyle of yesteryear, but most of all, Myanmar is a top destination because of its people— surely the friendliest and most gentle souls in the world.” Bagan is one of the country’s must-see spots—a vast landscape dotted with over 2000 ruins of pagodas, temples and monasteries. Explore by bicycle, stopping to climb the worn stone steps of the ancient temples.


Globetrotting Gourmet – Burma Up Country Tour From Yangon you’ll journey to cultural hot spots like Inle Lake and Mount Popa in addition to Bagan itself, sampling regional cuisine while exploring villages, temples and monasteries, watching cooking demonstrations and seeking out traditional



A Burmese nun

Balloons over Bagan

handicrafts. The tour takes place April 1323 for USD 5,795 ($7,264). www.globetrottinggourmet.com Balloons Over Bagan The most memorable way to see Bagan’s ancient ruins has to be by hot air balloon. In the early morning light with mist rising over the temple ruins, the balloons drift over the iconic landscape, before landing where you’re met with fruit, pastries and Champagne. Until March 31, flights cost USD 320 ($401) per person. www.easternsafaris.com


Aureum Palace This luxury resort and spa is located among Bagan’s ancient temples, making it an ideal base for easy exploration. Villas are set inside the property’s landscaped tropical

gardens, some with private pools, others that replicate the temples themselves; all sleekly designed with distinct Burmese features. There’s also an art gallery, pool and spa, for when you’re not out exploring. Rooms are from USD299 ($379). Min Nanthu, Nyaung U, Mandalay, 9 56160046, www.aureumpalacehotel.com

Getting there

Return flights to Yangon cost $244 with Tigerair (www.tigerair.com) or $270 with Myanmar Airways International (www. maiair.com). Yangon to Nyaung-U (near Bagan) flights can be booked with Air Mandalay (www.airmandalay.com), cost dependent on the season. Alternatively, take an overnight train—more information can be found at the train travel site Seat 61 (www.seat61.com).

When to go

November to February is dry, then the peak season of March to May, is very hot, after which June to October becomes wet.

“Europe continues to be a big draw, with Paris, London, Barcelona, Rome and Florence dominating travelers’ wish lists.” Alan Chang, managing director for Airbnb (northeast Asia)



Quang Binh, Vietnam

As impressive as Halong Bay, minus the crowds.

Experience the world’s largest cave systems tunnelling through ancient mountains by venturing into the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Phong Nha Ke-Bang National Park of Quang Binh Province. Son Doong, the world’s largest cave, was only recently discovered and for the first time is open to tourists. Luke Ford, Director of Oxalis Adventure Tours, tells us: “Son Doong is quite possibly the most

beautiful untouched paradise on Earth. It is spectacular.” Just 220 tourists permits were granted to Oxalis, the only operator to run tours here. This first phase is booked out, but you can still visit the province’s breath-taking cave formations of Hang En and Tu Lan, both reached by trekking across pristine jungle and river valleys.


Oxalis, Tu Lan Cave System From Phong Nha, Oxalis offer one to four day tours. The Tu Lan Three-Day Exploration tour involves trekking across 10km of jungle and limestone path, before exploring the caves


Oxalis cave tours

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themselves to witness their spectacular formations, underground rivers and waterfalls. By night you’ll share BBQ dinners and camp under the stars. The tour costs USD325 ($410) per person, including all safety and camping gear. www.oxalis.com.vn Oxalis, Hang En Ultimate Two-Day Adventure After leaving Phong Nha, the guides lead the way through jungle, across rivers and streams, and to remote villages, before arriving at the majestic Hang En Cave. A highlight of the tour is spending the night camping in the cave. The tour costs USD275 ($347), including equipment, departing on Saturdays. Oxalis cave tour

La Residence Hue Hotel & Spa

“We predict a real mix of destinations for Singaporeans in 2014; from the Maldives to Taipei, new low cost airline routes are grabbing the interest of Singapore-based travelers who want to visit somewhere new on holiday.” Andy Sleigh, general manager of travel comparison site Skyscanner


Before starting out on your adventure or as a reward La Residence Hue Hotel & Spa is a luxurious French Colonial design hotel on the banks of The Perfume River. This art deco property features a saltwater pool, spa and tennis courts, plus guests can book tours and cooking classes, as well as culinary experiences like a picnic lunch among the pine trees of Thien An Hill. The hotel houses the opulent Le Gouverneur bar and La Parfum fine dining restaurant. Room only rates start from USD176 ($222). 5 Le Loi, Vinh Ninh, Hue, Thia Thien, 845 4383-7475, www.la-residence-hue.com.


Flights from Singapore to Hué are available for around $375 with Vietnam Airlines (www.vietnamairlines.com). From Hué you can take a bus or train to Dong Hoi, then another bus to Phong Nha.


March to November is the ideal time to visit when the temperature is most comfortable. The heat rises significantly from May to September, after which October to February is the rainy season. October to November has very heavy rain, so is best avoided.




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Suked In

The next time you’re in Bangkok, check in at the city’s hottest new hood: Sukhumvit’s sois 31 and 33. By Vasachol Quadri

Potion Bar

Ocean Urban Lounge and Boutique Resort


Potion Bar

Rana. Yoga

This standalone yoga studio moved from their original place on Sukhumvit Soi 39 to join The Green Connect community about three months ago. The tiny studio offers many types of yoga, from hatha and body balance to hot yoga and sun series, with classes limited to a maximum 15 students. The schedule is updated monthly on their Facebook page and no prior reservations are required, though they do recommend it for the Saturday morning classes or weekday ones from 6.45pm. 2/F The Green Connect, Sukhumvit Soi 31. 081965-1951. tinyurl.com/lnsd447 3

Dot Art + Suite

Owned by graphic designer Kasom Deepraditkul, this three-story house first opened as a gallery showcasing the owners’ personal collection of wood carvings, ceramics, furniture and prints all three floor but also open space on the first floor for guest exhibitions. Things kicked off properly last month with Gun Sangkarakan’s Intimate Photography: Droplets on Lotus Leaves. Now, the second and third floor has been converted into a two-room boutique hotel, fully furnished with wood and leather furniture, in keeping with the owners’ showcase downstairs. Booking is available




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5/1 Sukhumvit Soi 31. 089-223-1493. tinyurl. com/kezncgt

6 What If The Green Connect, Sukhumvit Soi 31, 02662-8048.


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Another hip spot for dinner and drinks has just popped up on Sukhumvit Soi 33. Ocean Urban Lounge and Boutique Resort goes for a beachclub-cum resort atmosphere, with eight rooms, one restaurant and a bar. The laidback Ocean Gastro Tapas bar serves up Mediterranean and Asian fusion courtesy of Chef Jacobo Astray. On the club side, the bar offers cocktails from mixologist Joseph Boroski and lets you choose between indoor and poolside seating. We were told the club will soon be expanded to the basement floor, too. Give the bar a try with any of their daily promotions, including Thursday Ladies’ Night offering free-flow sangria from 6-8pm and a complimentary mani-pedi by the pool.

7 Simple 235/5 Sukhumvit Soi 31, 02-662-2510. 8 Ceresia 593/29-41 Sukhumvit Soi 33/1, 086-8438235.


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7 Sukhumvit Soi 33. 02-261-2800. www. oceanbangkok.com 5

Coffeas Coffee Lab & Pub

Coffeas Coffee Lab & Pub is an extension of Coffeas, sister company of the Zutto retail brand, and is yet another new addition to Sukhumvit’s serious coffee scene. Using beans sourced from Northern Thailand, the place will not only serve freshly brewed coffee, but try to set itself up as a real coffee lovers’ community with brewing workshops to share new products and techniques. 2/F The Green Connect, Sukhumvit Soi 31. www. facebook.com/Coffeas n

Essentials GETTING ThERE Thai Airways (www.thaiairways. com.sg) has around five flights a day to Bangkok, starting from $370. Thai Airways

10 Mousse & Meringue 245 Sukhumvit Soi 31, 02-2614830.

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235/10 Sukhumvit Soi 31 (Soi Sawasdee). 091868-9974. Showroom open daily 10amonwards. Bar open daily 6pm-midnight.

through airbnb.com with prices starting from B3,000 per night including breakfast.

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The newest arrival at The Green Connect building, following cafes What If and Sweet Pista, Potion Bar puts its main focus on furniture and creative Thaiinfluenced cocktails. Here, the owners’ passions come to the fore: one partner runs an import wallpaper business, Pinpina, while another is a furniture designer for the brand Cast. The space has been set up as if it’s a furniture showroom, only with a bar installed, and you can actually buy the furniture to take home. The cocktails here are all made with a base of Thai liquor (Sangsom, Mae Khong and Ma-Jai-dum, to name a few) and infused with herbs and fruit like pandanus and pomegranate. Try Tarn, the simply named cocktail where pomegranate-infused liquor is blended with palm juice (B270).

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11 The Lab 2&3/F, RSU Tower, Sukhumvit Soi 31, 02-6621618. (See Cover Story, page 6) 12 Appia 20/4 Sukhumvit Soi 31, 02-261-2056.

Beach, Please If you want to squeeze in a really quick getaway from the big city during your trip, Pattaya is your best bet—it’s only about 90 minutes away from Suvarnabhumi Airport via a private transfer service (from THB 3,150, or $120). The city center isn’t as sleazy as it used to be, thanks to gleaming malls like CentralFestival (right next to the Hilton), decent bars like German brewpub hopf Brew house (13/1 Beach Road) and events like the annual Pattaya International Music Festival (Mar 21-23; see www.pattayamusicfest.com for more info) along the beach. Also worth hunting out are scenic places farther afield, like Silverlake Vineyard (32/62 Moo 7, Na Jomtien, www. silverlakevineyard.com) and luxe polo resort Polo Escape (9 Moo 13 Tambol Hueyai, Amphoe Banglamung, www.poloescape.com), where Asian tycoons are rumored to hang out when they want some peace and quiet.

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Overview: This new boutique property opened at the end of 2013 after an extensive conservation project that resulted in the former temple Fuk Tak Chi being incorporated into the contemporary hotel, paying homage to Singapore’s past. As the island’s first hotel to incorporate a museum, guests are given an insight into the history of early immigrants from China, while the street entrance leads you through the former temple that was also the headquarters of the 1800’s Hakka and Cantonese communities. Situated in conservation enclave Far East Square, AMOY is just steps away from eateries and shops.

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Ice, Ice Baby For the ultimate winter break, check out China’s celebrated event Harbin Ice Festival (www.icefestivalharbin. com), taking place in the capital of Heilongjiang Province until the end of February. The spectacular set-up includes an Ice & Snow World, the International Snow Sculpture Expo that features dramatic sculpted pieces by artists from around the world, and an ice lantern art fair. Just be prepared to wrap up warm. Events cost from CNY40 ($8) to CNY330 ($69). A top spot to stay while there is plush hotel Shangri-La Harbin (www.shangri-la.com/harbin/ shangrila), overlooking Songhua River and a convenient base for the festival events. Room rates start from CNY1,400 ($293). indonesia

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an interior stateroom. We recently took a trip on this very boat and can vouch that cruising’s a whole lot more entertaining than you might think.

Design: The hotel’s distinctive interior fuses luxury contemporary design with heritage features, such as opium beds and stunning painted porcelain sinks, in its 37 rooms. Each room is distinguished by a Chinese family name that’s emblazoned on the door.

Read about our experience at is.gd/royalcaribbean

Rave: AMOY stands out from the crowd for its unique style that incorporates the comfort of a luxury hotel with distinct features that reflect a past Chinese era. The temple entrance really gives the place its edge.


Vision Quest

Rant: While we love the hotel’s design features, the property itself doesn’t have any dining or recreational facilities.

Get the year off to a positive start by signing up (and shaping up) for World Vision’s charity cycle (www.worldvision. org.sg ). Ride for Change, a 265km route through Yunnan and Lijiang from April 20-26, will support children and the community in Yongsheng, China. Sheryl Huang of World Vision tells us: “Cyclists go on a route that is not just beautiful, they get to witness the positive transformation in the lives of the poor and vulnerable.” Register online, with an entry fee of $3,000.

Price: Opening rates are $268 for the deluxe double room, valid for stays until February 10. 76 Telok Ayer Street, 6580-2888, www.stayfareast.com/en/hotels/amoy. LAuREN JADE HILL PCCommWeek2014(I-S Mag)_2-12-2013.pdf



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If you’re planning a For watersports devotees Banyan romantic weekend away this a new luxury retreat, Centara tree Bintan Valentine’s, you don’t have to Grand Azuri Resort & Spa travel too far for the seclusion (www.centarahotelsresorts.com/ of luxe resort Banyan Tree Bintan centaragrand/cgam), opened this (www.banyantree.com/en/bintan), month in Haute Rive on the northeast situated on its own private beach, coast of Mauritius. Located at 420-acre surrounded by rainforest and looking Azuri Oceanfront Village, the property out across the South China Sea. The features a lagoon for marine activities; Valentine’s package entitles you to VIP non-motorized watersports are free of clearance through Bintan Ferry Terminal, charge. When you’re not getting wet, a spa session and a private beach dinner. check out the resort’s Spa Cenvaree. For two-night stays from February 14, Room rates are from uSD396 ($501). rates start at uSD450 ($570) per night.








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Out to Sea Alternatively, for a Valentine’s 2014 at sea, the Royal Caribbean’s (www. royalcaribbean.com) luxury cruise liner Mariner of the Seas will set sail from Singapore on a three-night Valentine’s cruise to Kuala Lumpur. This epic 1,020 ft., 138,000 ton ship has an extensive choice of attractions on board from rock-climbing and ice skating to lying by the pool or catching one of the outdoor movies. The cruise sets off on February 12, rates from $419 for

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Meet Free Badass studio Goodstuph (their words, not ours) recently launched Adverjargon notebooks, cool writing pads designed to make jargon-filled meetings more bearable. The Douchebag Meeting Scorecard ($19.90) and Bingo Wingo ($12.90) have ordinary-looking covers but contain scoring sheets to let you keep track of bullshit buzzwords for instant entertainment. Available at the Damn Good Shop (www. thedamngoodshop.com).

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Obsessed with Instagram but tired of your tiny screen? The toy-like, matchbox-sized projecteo lets you view your Instagram photos in a mini slideshow. To get one yourself just login to your Instagram account via the website and choose your images. Your selection is developed on 35mm Kodak film, which is then mounted on to a special wheel (nine images per wheel). uSD$34.99 ($44.34) from Projecteo (www.getprojecteo.com).

Since their launch at nana & Bird’s flagship store last September, local lifestyle label Bertha & Biggs has grown its collection to include candles, textiles and pretty tableware that’s bound to impress your guests. new in are the utterly adorable Lemon Tree plates, featuring dainty birds, trees and patterns. $59 upwards, from #01-65, 59 Eng Hoon St., 9117 0430, www.nanaandbird.com.

The new Nissan teana has some pretty impressive tricks up its sleeve. Ideal for zipping around town, the model’s 2.5 liter engine delivers acceleration when you need it. Inside, the interior features “gravity inspired” seats that ensure maximum comfort for long-haul rides and a BOSE audio system with superb sound quality. The huge boot and ample leg room make for a super spacious ride. $98,300 from nissan Showroom, no. 19 ubi Rd. 4, 6226-7711, www.nissan.com.sg.




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The Early Gates A sneak peek of new mall Orchard Gateway, scheduled to welcome shoppers in April, as four hip residents put the final touches to their soon-to-open stores. By Crystal Lee



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#02‑06, www.whole9yards.com

#04‑14, www.facebook.com/ Sects.ShopbyDepression

Shutting down all their outlets and moving into a single space at 313@somerset was uncharacteristic of the Actually crew, who have always had two or more boutiques under their hipster belt. So it was no surprise that the indie multi-label store is back in the chain business with the opening of their biggest boutique to date. Signature brands like Freitag, Boy London and Dr Denim Jeansmaker are still in stock, plus more new labels to look forward to, including sneaker label BucketFeet.

The cult British label known for its anarchic graphics and heavy punk-rock vibes is set to launch its first standalone store within the mall. Besides its signature distressed tees, expect printed maxi dresses and destroyed knits for women, as well as dropcrotch berms and leather jackets for men ($90 upwards). If you can’t wait to get your hands on the cool threads that won over the likes of Agyness Deyn, Matt Bellamy and Michael Fassbender, head to its dedicated space at Isetan Orchard.

Launched online in September last year, the emerging Singapore-based womenswear international label pays a beautiful tribute to the fashion of the ‘50s with its romantic, vintageinspired aesthetic, pared down for a modern feel. Silhouettes are typically hourglass and feminine, kept fresh with geometric prints and classic cuts (shirts and tailored vests). Colors aren’t wild either—think black, white, grey, blue or pastels—which should do well in the office.

Helmed by designer-duo Kenny Lim and Andrew Loh of local label Depression, this 1,600 sq. ft. menswear-focused multi-label boutique is divided into five sections, each catering to a specific style—casual, street, preppy, edgy and unisex. Look forward to a slew of new-to-Singapore brands, including Bangkok’s Shake Appeal, UK’s Bad Taste and Hong Kong’s 11 After 11, and their affordably priced apparel, accessories and home wares ($10 upwards). Actually

Orchard Gateway is at 277 Orchard Rd.



The Redundant Shop The buzz: This lifestyle store—the retail arm of Redundant Magazine— is the newest kid on the block at Everton Park. The vibe: Simple and understated, the walls are painted in somber shades of black and grey, with most of the goods neatly displayed on a large wooden table that is the centerpiece of the store. The tongue-in-cheek slogan,

“Great suit. Nobody noticed. Redundant.” above the cashier lend an overall toocool-for-school vibe to the store. The goods: Despite the name, products in-store are actually practical on top of being undeniably hip. Find accessories, such as totes, wallets, watches and sunnies ($19 upwards) from a host of independent labels, including Monofold, Bellroy, Happy Socks, Archival and Sunday

Somewhere. They also have eye-catching vintage bicycles from Papillionaire (from $1088 upwards), and gorgeous disposable cameras ($19 each) in various colors from Alive & Live. Why you’ll be back: With its carefully curated range of cool gear, it’s the perfect place to pick up a quality (or maybe quirky) gift. Plus, it gives you one more reason to visit hip hood Everton Park.

#01‑22, Blk 5 Everton Park, 6707‑2005, www.redundant‑shop.com. Open daily 11am‑8pm. DELLE CHAN



Eat, Play, Love at Clarke Quay

Quayside Seafood


ot everyone’s idea of romantic dining is the same—some prefer a bustling, convivial atmosphere while others want a luxurious, intimate affair. Whether you’re looking to impress your date, spend a quiet evening with your long-time partner or celebrate the occasion with friends, there’s something at Clarke Quay to suit every taste. Plus, with Chinese New Year just around the corner, expect a flurry of festive deals for an auspicious start to the year. The Pump Room

Drinks Hooters singapore Blk D #01-03, 6332-1090 www.hooters.com.sg The deal: Get a pair of Lovey Dovey Cocktails for $20 ($12.90 per glass) and feast on special main courses including Lovers’ Passion at $23.90 (pan-seared fish with poached pear, served with thyme mustard sauce) and Sweetheart’s Desire at $25.90 (honey thyme chicken with wild mushrooms and cupid’s knot of golden mushrooms served with creamy fettucine). Valid on February 13, 14 and 15.

Dining MarrakesH Blk D #01-01 The deal: Enjoy a four-course Valentine’s Day set dinner at $75++ per couple. Pick from a range of appetisers, main courses and desserts, accompanied with two glasses of Moscato or the I Love You, You Love Me cocktail. Ladies will receive roses as a cherry on the top.

octapas Blk D #01-08, 6837-2938 www.octapasasia.com The deal: For $84 a couple, get a three-course meal that comes with a main course (choose from baked mussels, bacon-wrapped prawns, gratinated cod fish or chicken and beef skewers), and churros, plus Cava Scarlet cocktails.

Quayside seafood Blk A Outdoor, 6338-3195 www.quaysidedining.com The deal: At $98++ per person, Quayside Seafood’s In the Mood for Love set dinner includes an appetiser, soup, mains like the grilled beef of tenderloin with half baby lobster, and dessert. For a more luxurious dining experience with beautiful riverfront seats, go for the Love is in the Air set at $150++ per person that includes a seafood platter, shark’s fin soup, Boston lobster or blue-eyed cod and desserts. Champagne and oysters are also available at $128++ per couple. Valid on February 14.

tHe puMp rooM Microbrewery + bistro + club Blk B #01-09/10, 6334-2628 www.pumproomasia.com The deal: Feast on a four-course Valentine’s Day dinner set, with dishes like seared ocean scallops, lobster bisque, flank steak and fresh mango mille feuille, then




top it all off with a glass of Quartz Reef Methode Traditionnelle Rose Bubbly at The Pump Room.

Vintry at royal selangor Blk A #01-01, 6338-2808 www.vintry.com.sg The deal: Vino lovers shouldn’t miss Vintry’s four-course Valentine’s Day dinner with wine pairing at $88 nett. On the menu are liver and pork belly rillettes with crostini, pan-seared grain-fed New Zealand sirloin, baked salmon fillets, and blood orange meringue. There is also 30% off bottled wines from the Vintry Library.

EventHappenings Happenings Event “insta-loVe” cHina one’s st Valentine’s day dating 12 February 2014, 8pm - 10pm Fancy the new way of photo-online dating as opposed to the contrived method of setting up a date? This new-edge dating event is ideal for Instagram-loving singles to meet their matches. Party the night away with live dance music and free flow of beers, wines and cocktails. Secure your spot now! Follow China One on Instagram @ chinaones today and you will be invited to participate in this fun event.

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With any spending from Clarke Quay outlets and get your caricature drawn by an artist at the Central Fountain Square from Feb 14 - 15, 8 10pm. Each couple will also receive a $10 F&B voucher.

Vintry at Royal Selnagor

Lunar New Year Specials

Quayside Seafood

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Blk E, #02-01/02/03, 6339-0280 www.chinaone.sg

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Blk A Outdoor, 6338-3195 www.quaysidedining.com

The deal: Cover charge is $20 per guest from 8-11pm and $30 per guest from 11pm-3am, including a choice of two housepours or one monster bomb along with one housepour. Drink to your heart’s content with liquid buffet at $28 per guest from 8-10pm, $38 per guest from 10pmmidnight and $55 per guest from 8pm-midnight.

The deal: Enjoy $2 off all craft beers by the bottle, or $39 for a bucket of five till 8pm. UOB cardholders enjoy 10% discount off food items and extended Happy Hours on all bottled craft beers till 10pm.

tHe forbidden city by indocHine Blk A #01-02 Tel: 6557 6266 www.indochine.com.sg

The deal: Get the Fortune Treats platter for $88++, which includes beef skewers, oriental salad, roasted duck breast, fresh spring rolls, and sugarcane prawns, with Val D’oca Prosecco. Valid from January 27 to February 2.

The deal: Wines of the month, the McGuigan Bin 7000 Chardonnay 2011 and McGuigan Bin 4000 Cabernet Sauvignon 2011, go for $14++ per glass and $65++ per bottle. Tenuta Ca’ Vescovo Prosecco DOC Spumante Brut is at $65++, Veuve Clicquot Brut at $98++, Greygoose Vodka at $190 nett, Lexus car owners get a bottle of housepour with $150 spent on a single receipt when they flash their Lexus car keys. Valid from December 6 to February 14.

peony Jade restaurant

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Blk A #02-02, 6338-0305 www.peonyjade.com

Blk A #01-04, 6333-0100 www.tomoizakya.com

The deal: Get 15% off with free flow Chinese tea and soft drinks* when you order the Prosperity Set Menu. Takeaway specials are also available for Pot of Fortune poon chai with four free premium dishes and the Family Reunion Prosperity set menu for 6 to 9 people. Valid from January 16 to February 14.

The deal: Toss specially-created Japanese-inspired yu sheng with top-grade sashimi at $88++ (for two to three people, with salmon, kanpachi and mekajiki) or $168++ (for two to three people, with Japanese geoduck, chutoro, amaebi, hirame, amberjack, snapper and more. Valid January 31 to February 14.

little saigon Blk E #01-02, 6337-5585 www.littlesaigonasia.com

The deal: Choose from three Lunar New Year set dinners including the Family Reunion Prosperity Set Menu nine, Premium Sea Treasures Poon Chai (only takeaways with minimum order for six people) and Prosperity Hamachi Sashimi Yu Sheng for dine-in or takeaway. Valid from January 16 to February 14.

Vintry at royal selangor

Blk A #01-01, 6338-2808 www.vintry.com.sg

The deal: Take 40% off all takeaway wines. Valid from now till January 31, closed from February 1-3.

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BUy sPy

With Crystal Lee

hiatus, with a new and socially conscious identity for her label Amado Gudek. Titled Sea Invaders, the latest collection, made with ethically sourced, hand-painted corals, eco-friendly bioresin and geometrically cut gold-colored metals, features chunky, statement-making necklaces, earrings and rings with a whimsical, offbeat feel ($89 upwards, from www.amadogudek.com).

Encore, Encore

Workshop Element

Just for You

The local label, also the first to utilize clever software that automatically translates your measurements into precisely-drafted shirt patterns, offers more than 125 fabrics for various styles, plus prices are incredibly affordable—$59 upwards for basic shirts and $89 upwards for premium options. Even better, create your fit profile and get your tailored pieces online if you’re too time-starved to head down to the boutique.

In celebration of Chinese New Year, Swedish high-street giant H&M (1 Grange Rd., 62351459, www.hm.com/sg) has launched a capsule collection with lots of red, of course. We’re digging the oversized knits and edgy printed skinny pants, plus the Marcella stylish accessories to amp up your outfit ($17.90 upwards). For the Rising Seas boys, get your shirts custom-made at men’s Local jewelry designer Elaine Tan is back shirt bar Marcella (#04-08 The Cathay, in the game after an eight-month-long 6735-3653, www.marcellacustom.com).



Speaking of returns, the folks behind multi-label store Workshop Element #01-34/35 Westgate, 3 Gateway Amado Gudek Drive, www.facebook.com/ Workshop.Element) have brought it back for a second edition, this time at Jurong East’s latest shopping mall Westgate. At 6,000 sq. ft., the pared-down, warehouse-like space is bigger than its former Wisma Atria outlet and houses 19 established and emerging local labels including Depression, Mu, A.W.O.L, Jaunty Boys, Revasseur and Coupe-Cousu. Lease is supposedly up next month (though an extension is in the pipeline), so pop along before it pops off. style@asia‑city.com.sg

If you wouldn’t dream of wearing a cheongsam but need to add an oriental touch to your CNY outfit, Malaysian shoe label XALF (www.xalfdesign. com) might be just what you’re looking for. Inspired by the traditional Chinese getup, the Belle pump (RM1,650 or S$637), with bright red lace, gold leather heel and orientalinspired pattern, has just the right amount of festive spirit without being too tacky. Better still, you can get it customized to your every whim and fancy. CRYSTAL LEE


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Classic Shooters


If you want a camera that looks as good as the pictures it takes, here’s our roundup of the latest retro-style models. By Gregoire Glachant and Vasachol Quadri 1 1

Olympus Pen E‑P5


Fujifilm FinePix X100s

Inspiration: The original Pen, born in 1959, used regular 35mm film, but was the most compact camera to do so. By shooting half-frames, it also got over 70 shots out of a single roll of film.

Inspiration: The Finepix X100 really launched the retro-style trend, evoking the rangefinder Leicas of great photo journalists like Cartier Bresson. And the X100s looks just like its processor.

Specs: Wi-Fi, 16.1 MP full HD video. Micro Four Thirds sensor, ISO 100-25,600. 3” touch screen (1,040k pixels), RAW/JPEG.

Specs: 16MP sensor, RAW/JPEG. 2.8” LCD Screen (460k pixels), full HD video, 2.8” screen (480k pixels), Built-in flash.

Verdict: It’s definitely the best styled and most capable of the Pen series. Its sub par video and inability to correct camera shake are compensated by one of the most compact designs in this segment and good Wi-Fi tethering.

Verdict: The compact magnesium alloy body makes this a favorite for stylish photographers, but it comes with a non-interchangeable 35mm equivalent lens. That’s a pretty serious limitation that old-school street photographers actually feel boosts their creativity, but it might not work for those seeking a casual camera. The sensor, lifted from the Fuji X-Pro1, is superb, though.

Price: $1,998 from Harvey Norman 2

Sony Alpha 7

Inspiration: Those gorgeous all-black magnesium bodies hark back to Nikon’s 35mm film reflex cameras. But while retro-style cameras tend to be a bit baroque (and silly), the Sony has a clean, sleek design of its own. Specs: 24.3 MP full-frame sensor, 2.4 million dot electronic viewfinder, full HD video with uncompressed HDMI output, RAW/JPEG, Wi-Fi with NFC capability and downloadable apps. Highlight: If you’re still watching Nikon and Canon duke it out for the top DSLR spot, you’re looking at the wrong fight. Sony has been putting both to shame lately, and this particular model is just superb in terms of design, build quality and performance. Price: $1,999 from Sony Store 3

Nikon DF


Price: $1,799 from Challenger 5

Leica M240

Inspiration: Its very own ancestor, the Leica M3, which launched in 1953, was the first Leica to combine a viewfinder and rangefinder in one big bright window. Specs: 24MP sensor. RAW/JPEG. 3” TFT Display (920k pixels). Full HD video (25 fps only).


Verdict: No-delay start up (750ms), long battery life and a much quieter shutter than its predecessor (the LEICA M9) show Leica is still aimed at dedicated street photographers. Still, owning a Leica is a bit like owning a luxury car—expect to pay a lot for design and branding.


Price: $9,800 from Alan Photo Trading

Inspiration: It looks like a classic 35mm Nikon FM, particularly because of its large, angular optical viewfinder.


Panasonic ‑ Lumix DMC‑GM1

Specs: Top continuous shooting speed at 5.5 frames per second (full resolution), ISO 100-12,800, 16 MP full-frame sensor, RAW/JPEG. 3.2” (921k dots)

Inspiration: Another rangefinder lookalike based on old Leicas, except the scale is off. Its face is just about the size of a credit card, making it more Rollei 35S than Leica M.

Verdict: This camera’s guts are the same as the insanely high-end D4, minus the video. That, and the fact that it comes with a similarly retro looking 50mm lens, shows you’re really meant to use this one as a serious photographic tool.

Specs: 16 MP sensor, RAW/JPEG, Wi-Fi, 3.0-inch, 1036K dot 3” touch-sensitive LCD, full HD video recording at 60i/30p, built-in pop-up flash. Micro HDMI output.

Price: $3,699 from Harvey Norman



Verdict: The size is amazing, given that it packs as much might as much larger competitors. And we love the-wide angle 24-64mm equivalent kit lens. Price: $999 from Harvey Norman

Essentials Alan Photo Trading #02-07 Funan Digital Life Mall, 109 North Bridge Rd., 6883-0922, www.alanphoto.com.sg | Best Denki #05-01/05 Ngee Ann City, 391 Orchard Rd., 68352932, www.bestdenki.com. sg | Challenger #06-00 Funan DigitaLife Mall, 109 North Bridge Rd., 6339-9008 , www.challenger.sg | Harvey Norman #03-22/23 Raffles City Shopping Centre, 252 North Bridge Rd., 63396777, www. harveynorman.com.sg | Sony Store #04-01 Isetan Orchard, 435 Orchard Rd., 6733-1876, www.sony.com.sg



Robinsons Orchard The buzz: If it wasn’t official before, it is now—Robinsons is hip. The department store has opened its $40 million flagship at The Heeren, and it’s as close as Singapore gets to London’s Selfridges.

while industrial-style lighting and warm wood roughen the polished space. Gorgeous installations, like the I.Rain chandelier by designer Thierry Gaugain, add visual interest.

cult and luxury labels like Sergio Rossi and Retrosuperfuture in accessories; See by Chloe in womenswear; The Kooples in menswear; plus Calvin Klein Home and Jamie Oliver in the home section.

The vibe: That glossy-gold, whitemarble-dipped look that Robinsons has had for decades is—thankfully— gone. Sleek black-framed displays and racks pepper the mammoth store,

The goods: The list of over 200 exclusive brands is almost overwhelming. In the beauty section, there’s Illamasqua, ORBIS and IOMA amidst big names like Dior and SK-II. Find

Why you’ll be back: More than a handful of its impressive range of labels can’t be found anywhere else, plus the sheer variety of cool products should garner return visits.

260 Orchard Rd., 6735‑8838, www.robinsons.com.sg. Open daily 10:30am‑10pm. CRYSTAL LEE



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Double the Pleasure

We’re not sure about the name—sounds like a rejected Spice Girls tune—but this treatment is all about floral sweetness. Rose, orange blossom and jasmine oils are blended together for a massage that focuses on what they claim are your sexy chakras. $600 for 120 minutes at Away Spa, W Singapore Sen‑ tosa Cove, 21 Ocean Way, 6808 7290, www.wsinga‑ poresentosacove.com. Open daily 10am‑10pm.

The city’s best couple’s spa packages, for when going solo doesn’t cut it. By Clara Lim

A Chocolatier Affair Chocolate and roses may be the cheesiest combo ever, but who cares? You’re going to smell good enough to eat after Japanese spa Ikeda is done with you. They start with a white chocolate body scrub, put you in a hot and steamy red rose bath, then top it off with a dark chocolate deep tissue and regular massage; all in a VIP couple suite. Available February 1-28. $388 for 120 minutes at Ikeda Spa, 787 Bukit Timah Rd., 6469‑ 8080, www.ikedaspa.com. Open daily 1:30‑10:30pm.

For something a touch more tropical, this package starts with a peony and plum blossom scrub, a Senja Sunyi massage—a blend of Chinese and Javanese massage styles—and an energizing kaffir lime bath. Afterwards, kick back and take in the view with afternoon tea at The Knolls at Capella. $688 for 150 minutes at Auriga Spa, Capella Singapore, 1 The Knolls, 6591‑5023, www.capellasingapore. com. Open daily 10am‑10pm.

Spa by Night Take your pick from aroma oil massage, Swedish massage or a cucumber body scrub at Spa Botanica, then spend the rest spa Botanica of the day frolicking around the Spa Garden, which has lots of little pools, waterfalls, labyrinths and a tea garden to play in, before a four-course dinner at The Garden restaurant. Available Feb 13-15. $556 for 60 minutes at Spa Botanica, The Sentosa Re‑ sort & Spa, 2 Bukit Manis Rd., 6371‑1318/1288, www. spabotanica.com. Open daily 10am‑10pm.

Best of Friends

the spa at Mandarin Oriental


Senja Sunyi Couple’s Ritual

For those who don’t need a partner to make them happy on Valentine’s Day, this package for BFFs includes Ikeda spa matching facials and Damai’s signature orchid essence massages. They’ll also throw in a wholesome lunch at Oasis by the Grand Hyatt pool. Not too shabby.

If you really want to splurge, this is it. In a private couple’s suite, you start off with a soothing foot treat, followed by a soak in the tub and vanilla and honey sugar scrub. Finally, there’s a full body massage with blended frankincense, mandarin and ginger essential oils. We like the combination of sugar and spice.

$750 for 180 minutes at Damai Spa, Grand Hy‑ att Singapore, 10 Scotts Rd., 6416‑7156, singapore. grand.hyatt.com. Open daily 10am‑10pm.

$1,020 for 160 minutes at The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, 5/F 5 Raffles Ave., 6885‑3533, www.mandarinoriental.com. Open daily 10am‑11pm.

REVIEW Jawbone Mini Jambox


the speaker that’s small in size but big on sound.

Suite Romance


Nail Alcove

The buzz: This gem of a nail salon has just opened along Temple Street offering quality me-time to stressed office ladies—and some men too.


The vibe: Warm and cozy, as though you’ve just stepped (not snuck, mind you) into someone’s home. Cheerful framed prints and polaroids adorn the walls, while exposed pendant lights hang from the ceiling. The chairs are plush and comfy too.

basic services like shaping, buffing and coloring—you’ll be in and out of the salon in less than an hour. If you’re looking for something a little more luxe, treat yourself to the Classic Manicure ($28) or Classic Pedicure ($38), which comes with an additional foot file and scrub, massage and cuticle care. Or, try the salon’s signature Organic Wild Thyme Foot Scrub ($10), an add-on treatment that reinvigorates tired feet.

The Jambox skillfully blends great sound quality with neat design. While it isn’t the best bang-for-the-buck speaker, it’s definitely a real looker.

The goods: If you’re always in a hurry, go for the Express Manicure ($12) or Express Pedicure ($16), which offers

Why you’ll be back: To get your nails done in what feels like the comfort of your own home.

$278 from Nubox, #03‑25 Raffles Shopping Centre, 252 North Bridge Rd., 6334‑ 8132, www.nubox.com.sg. KHAIRUL AMRI

59A Temple St., 6226‑6278, www.nailalcove.com. Open Mon‑Sun 11am‑9pm. DELLE CHAN



+ Its petite dimensions and smooth metallic

- It’s not the toughest

surface make it slip effortlessly into your bag or pocket—great for outdoor settings.

+ Bluetooth calls are crisp and clear. + Loud enough for a big room or small party. + There are six awesome designs to choose from, each with a unique patterned front mesh.

speaker around, so you have to be careful.

- You can’t power a dance hall. - The max volume isn’t that high. - It’s pretty expensive compared to its counterparts, like the Marley Chant ($138).




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This swish izakaya, helmed by chef Kazumasa Yazawa (formerly of Waku Ghin), is a long narrow concretelined space offering uber sophisticated Japanese bar food. We love the colorful Pop Art on the walls and cool light fixtures made from repurposed bottles. The food’s great, no matter what you order, but don’t miss the perfectly fried chicken karaage and the pork belly roll with fresh ginger. 27 Club St., 6220-3327, www.izy.com.sg.

4 Moosehead Opened: July 2013

A 40-seat Mediterranean dining spot run by father-and-son team Glen and Daniel Ballis, this joint is outfitted with quirky furnishings like tables made from repurposed sewing machines. On the menu are small plates like chargrilled asparagus with garlic miso dressing and stewed baby calamari. There are also lunchtime specials like a pulled pork sandwich. 110 Telok Ayer St., 6636-8055, www. facebook.com/MooseheadKitchenBar.

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Chef Ryan Clift’s acclaimed eatery has just moved in from Dempsey. There are new additions to the menu, like foie gras apple, with apple in several forms such as freeze dried and fluid gel, but the fun molecular cuisine concept remains the same. New cocktail creations have also been added to the range of tipples on offer at the bar, plus there’ll soon be a new lunch set to tuck into.

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Chris Morris—who A cozy space featuring an hails from Trinidad open-concept kitchen, this and Tobago—runs restaurant is helmed by Singapore’s first French chef-owner Alexandre Caribbean eatery. The Lozachmeur, who was previously Fleur De sel décor of the two-story at the Spoon restaurants and establishment is homey and Alain Ducasse Au Plaza Athénée. rustic, featuring mismatched vintage The menu includes classic French tables and chairs. It’s a great place dishes like Atlantic cod with beurre to chow down on well-spiced blanc and grand marnier-soaked Caribbean recipes like jerk baba, as well as an eight-course chicken and goat curry, degustation meal and set lunches. served up in generous


This convivial French restaurant established by chef Stephane Istel (formerly of the Daniel Boulud Group) offers dishes such as tart flambee, as well as a range of meats (French free range chicken and pork knuckle). Also, don’t miss their signature rustic apple pie for dessert, which features some seriously delicious caramelized apples.

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Horsing Around Don’t know where to go for your Chinese New Year feast? Here are three top picks.


Boathouse Restaurant Food playground

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the Courtyard

Top Chef

Full House

Those of us who’re lucky enough to be born and bred here have no problem navigating local hawker centers and food courts, but it’s not such a breeze for the uninitiated. (Savory carrot cake that’s available in black and white versions? What?) If you’re new in town, head to Food Playground’s acclaimed Cultural Cooking Class (Mon-Fri, 9:30am, $99) for a crash course on the weird and wonderful aspects of Singaporean food culture. Participants learn about cuisines of different ethnic groups, go on a simulated food trail through hawker centers, get up-close and personal with local ingredients, cook three popular dishes and tuck into the delicious results together.

The Courtyard at the Fullerton is perhaps best known for its indulgent chocolate buffet (Fri-Sat 8-11pm, from $38), which pretty much singlehandedly started the dessert buffet craze years ago. Even today, the chocolate fondue fountain is still a stirring sight for chocoholics. But there’s more to this sunlit bar in the lobby of the hotel. Sink into their plush sofas and kick back with a huge selection of exotic teas from TWG or their Champagne cocktails, all while enjoying the soothing strains of jazz. Light bites are also available all day, with Japanese bento boxes and bar snacks, like tempura prawns, joining Western café classics on the menu.

4A Craig Rd., 9452-3669, www. foodplayground.com.sg.


G/F The Fullerton Hotel Singapore, 1 Fullerton Sq., 6877-8129, www.fullertonhotel.com.

Must-try: Pan roasted Saint Jacques with braised leek and scallop jus ($78 for the three-course set menu) Available Jan 27-Feb 1. #03-01 The Waterboat House, 3 Fullerton Rd., 65389038, S(049215), www.boathouse.com.sg.

Peony Jade Must-try: "Pot of Abundance Harvest" Premium Whole Abalone Treasures Poon Choy ($388.88 for the set menu) Available Jan 16-Feb 14. The Keppel Club, 10 Bukit Chermin Rd., 6276-9138, S(109918), www.peonyjade.com.

Brotzeit Must-try: Abundance Pan with grilled pork chops, roasted pork belly, braised pork cheeks and German pork knuckles ($88) Available Jan 22-Feb 16. #01-17 Raffles City Shopping Centre, 252 North Bridge Rd., 68831534, S(179103), www.brotzeit.co.

Want more? Check out our list of Chinese New Year dining deals and take your pick at is.gd/cny2014eats. SAMANTHA DAVID

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One for the Road

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Here’s one more hipster, underground dining spot to add to your list: Ronin (17 Hongkong St., S(059660)). An all-day breakfast spot, it’d be easy to walk past and miss it—there’s no signage on the outside. On the menu are items like scrambled eggs on toast ($9) and a selection of sandwiches, including Common Man the spicy pork chorizo, Coffee roasters miso mayonnaise and gruyere-stuffed Dirty Ronin ($12). Coffee choices include Ronin’s specials, like Wicked ($5.50)—a mintinfused mocha.

It's Caribbean flavors all the way at Sea Salt Caribbean Deli (#02-40/#02-K40 Pasarbella, The Grandstand, 200 Turf Club Rd., 9767-8313, S(287994)), one of PasarBella’s latest additions. You’ll find classic creations like a pulled pork sandwich ($14) and yaroa (from $12)—meaty stew with three different kinds of meat—plus a range of desserts like chocolate torrone ($8) and refreshing fruit drinks made in-house like cherry with dark brown sugar ($4.50 per bottle).

Big Apple Slice Taking over the spot formerly occupied by Irvin's Seafood, and offering huge New York-style pizza slices is Tony's Pizza (397 R iver Valley Rd. 6777-4992, S(284292), www.tonyspizza.sg). Try the main star, the cheese slice ($6.50), and if you prefer, add toppings for $1 per item (there’s pepperoni, ham, spinach and more). Tony's also offers delivery to nearby neighborhoods in the River Valley area, so you can get a whole 18” pizza delivered right to your doorstep. They're open to 11pm too.

Something's Brewing Get your java fix for free at Common Man Coffee Roasters Cupping Sessions (#01-00, 22 Martin Rd., 6836-4695, S(239058), www.commonmancoffeeroasters. com). Happening every Wednesday from 2-3pm, nab this chance to learn everything you need to know about coffee with the in-house experts.

Eat Your Greens The farm-to-table dining scene is about to get a whole lot more exciting. Urban farmers like Bjorn Low of Edible Gardens are currently working on an urban farm shop in the Chinatown area. Details are still a little hazy, but the pop-up concept will feature exhibitions, art displays, workshops and more events on a rooftop carpark so watch this space or follow them on Facebook (www. facebook.com/nongediblegardens) for more info.

tony's pizza

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Citrus Beer

No nasty neon orange soda for us this Chinese New Year, thank you.

Hangar 24 Orange Wheat

Set your hearts aflutter with a romantic dinner in the exclusive hilltop ambience of Alkaff Mansion Ristorante.

The juiciest and lightest of the lot, this sunny beer is made with Californian oranges, pureed whole and added to the brew. It delivers a tangy hit of citrus while remaining airy, so it’s perfect for washing down greasy snacks. $6.90 at Thirsty - The Beer Shop, #0234 Liang Court Shopping Centre, 177 River Valley Rd., 8307-1995, www. thirsty.com.sg.

Baird Rising Sun Pale Ale Japanese brewer Baird puts out some really exceptional beers, and this is one Baird rising of our favorites. It’s an sun pale ale American-style pale ale that’s citrusy without being overwhelming, with little hints of honey to counter the hops. The orange-amber color makes it extra festive, too. $16 from Taphouse, 18E Dempsey Road, 6634-1229, www.brewerkz.com.

Mikkeller …Zest Please! It’s not just blonde beers who have all the fun. Brewed with orange zest by the ever-dependable Mikkeller, this is a dark, malty, chocolatey porter with a pleasant citrus kick. Think liquid jaffa cakes—great for dessert. hangar 24 orange Wheat


open Door

Longtail Asian Brasserie & Bar

A delectable dinner accompanied by romantic live music, surrounded by over 7,000 fairy lights to get you in the mood for love.


5-COURSE SET 8PM – 10.30PM






Reservations are recommended enquiry@alkaff.com.sg • 6510 3068

$13.50 from 99 Bottles, #02-08 TIDES, 217 East Coast Rd., 9430-2750, www. facebook.com/99BottlesSG. CLARA LIM

The buzz: Named after SE Asia's iconic long-tailed boats, this new spot is the latest addition to the chic dining scene at Customs House. The vibe: With a buzzing atmosphere and stunning views of the bay, Longtail is already popular with the afterwork crowd. While the décor was designed to replicate a contemporary European brasserie, it has distinctly Southeast Asian accents, with wood panels, bamboo and an aquamarine color scheme. Tables spill out for al fresco dining.

The food: Southeast Asian street cuisine with dishes hailing from Laos, Thailand and Vietnam. Asian favorites are given a modern twist, like tender slices of grilled pork shoulder with sticky-sweet tamarind sauce and unctuously sticky rice ($14), light bites like the super spicy, tam mak hoong, a Laotian papaya salad ($14), and heartier dishes like massaman lamb shank with peanuts and sweet potato ($21.50). To end on a sweet note, try pang pen, a towering combo of bread cubes, syrup, milk and crushed ice. The drinks: Asian beers (from $10) or luscious cocktails, like kumquat mojitos ($16) and the passion cairpirinha ($16), an addictive fusion of cachaca, passion fruit and lime. There’s a happy hour from Monday to Saturday, 4-8pm, with 50 percent off beers and mojitos. Why you’ll be back: This laid-back scenic spot serves up seriously tasty Asian bites and lush happy hour cocktails.

#01-03 Customs House, 70 Collyer Quay, 6532-1319, www.longtail.sg. Open Mon-Sat 11.30am-11pm. LAUREN JADE HILL

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Mykonos on the Bay

The buzz: This Greek restaurant is one of Quayside Isle’s newest additions. The vibe: From the rough cobbled flooring to the quintessential blue and white color scheme found throughout Greece, they’ve definitely gone all out with the Greek-themed décor. The interior’s spacious and overall it’s a laidback spot to dine at. The food: You’ll find classics like the yogurt spread, tzatziki ($13.90) to go with pita bread ($4), and graviera saganaki ($15.90), that’s essentially fried cheese. Bigger bites on the menu include items like smoked pork

belly shave steaks, part of the gyros platter ($27.50). For dessert, there’s baklava ($15.90) and a variety of other treats, like Greek yogurt ice cream ($7.90). The drinks: There are a range of labels from the main wine regions, such as Australia and Italy ($12-$14 per glass). The cocktail menu is pretty extensive but if you can’t find what you’re looking for they’ll gladly create something for you. Why you’ll be back: It’s one of the few places on Sentosa where you can get your hands on GreekMediterranean fare.




#01-10 Quayside Isle, 31 Ocean Way, Sentosa Cove, 6334-3818, www.mykonosonthebay.com. Open Mon & Wed 6pm-11pm, Thu & Fri 12pm2:30pm & 6pm-11pm, Sat-Sun 11am-11pm. Closed on Tue. SAMANTHA DAVID






The traditional pineapple tart gets a modern makeover thanks to SUCRE (www.ruedusucre. com)—a new brand of gourmet “truffles” that come in flavors like green tea, chocolate and cinnamon (from $18.80 for 18 pieces). The handmade goodies are packaged and sealed in fancy aluminum foil bags (none of your boring plastic containers), allowing the truffles to stay fresh for a longer period of time.

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Spend an enchanting evening away from it all.

LUNCH BOx Bochinche

Be caressed by the cool breeze. Unwind with a ossobuco papardelle, a crème bruleelike chicken liver parfait—all vie for attention. Meanwhile, desserts, like an oversized blueberry tart, are much homelier. The portions are sizeable enough that light eaters will appreciate the two-course option ($28).

The deal: It’s hard to decide what to have from this three-course lunch ($35). The starters and mains—squid ceviche, pea and blue cheese risotto,

Why it’s worth it: This is a definite must-visit for medium-to-adventurous palates; Diego Jacquet doesn’t play safe, not even with lunch sets. Plus, the menu changes weekly, so you won’t get bored.

couple of premium beers or signature cocktails paired with tantalising grilled tapas. Drink in the unique charm of Tiong Bahru at Halo; above WANGZ Hotel and below the stars.

Halo, Level ‘R’, WANGZ Hotel 231 Outram Road, Singapore 169040 www.wangzhotel.com www.facebook.com/Halorooftop For reservations, please call (65) 6595 1 388 or email inquiry@wangzhotel.com

#02-01, 22 Martin Rd., 6235-4990, www.bochinche.com.sg. CLARA LIM




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The dining landscape of Resorts World Sentosa is deservedly famous for its impressive list of restaurants by superstar chefs. But spend a little more time within the integrated resort, which is home to over 50 F&B outlets, and you’ll find a smorgasbord of culinary offerings that cater to every possible palate and budget, whether you wish to splurge on spectacular French dining at L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon, eat clean at Tangerine or tuck into that sinful plate of Oh Chien at Malaysian Food Street. Let the gastronomic adventure begin!



Quite possibly one of the most underrated restaurants in the city, Australian celebrity chef Scott Webster’s no-frills dining spot has modern, breezy décor that’s business-appropriate yet not too stuffy. Helming the kitchen is chef de cuisine Douglas Tay, who has designed an innovative East-meets-West menu inspired by fresh Australian produce. Signature items to bet on are the Seafood Ice Experience, Razor Clam, Atlantic Halibut and Hokkaido Scallop plate, beef tenderloin and the perfectly crafted Macadamia Souffle for two. $$$


JOëL rObuchOn restaurant

The namesake restaurant of the world’s most-decorated Michelin-starred chef is exactly how you would imagine it to be: plush, elegant and breathtaking. Joël Robuchon Restaurant serves inventive, highly stylized French classics, care of executive chef Tomonori Danzaki. Splurge on the terrific 14-course degustation menu if you’re having troubling deciding what to order, though selections from the a la carte menu are just as magnificent. Joël Robuchon’s bread, cheese, dessert and tea trolleys are of course impressive, as is the superb wine list that counts over 1,300 labels. $$$$$




L’ateLier de JOëL rObuchOn

The more “casual” of culinary heavyweight Joël Robuchon’s two Singapore outposts, L’Atelier (meaning workshop) de Joël Robuchon follows in the same vein of the others around the world with a distinctive red and black décor. The spacious, open kitchen right in the center of the room gives the restaurant a convivial atmosphere as chefs fuss over haute French dishes inspired by Japanese cuisine, like the yellow tartare with spicy tomato coulis and daikon bouillon. After devouring the eight-course decouverte menu, highly recommended for first-timers wanting to try signature plates, don’t forget to give the potato puree (it made it to I-S Magazine’s popular 50 Things to Eat Before You Die list) a go. $$$


Ocean restaurant by cat cOra

Situated within the world’s largest aquarium, Iron Chef Cat Cora’s modestly-sized establishment is truly a sight to behold with its beautiful floor-to-ceiling view of marine life. The menu, in line with Marine Life Park’s eco-friendly mission, focuses on Pacific Rim-style dishes that use sustainably sourced seafood. Must-try signature items include the 42°C sous vide king salmon, lobster milk and chicken roulade with fried escargot. There are also four and six-course menus plus vegetarian options to be had. $$$

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Local celeb chef Sam Leong flexes his culinary muscles at this whimsically designed restaurant, delivering contemporary Chinese fare that draws on other Asian influences such as Thai and Japanese. Sample the best of the menu with the eight and ten-course discovery sets, or go a la carte with the Japanese pearl rice with seafood broth topped with crispy rice or the steamed New Zealand cod fillet with crispy bean crumbs. $$$




This fine-dining Cantonese restaurant looks every bit like an exclusive VIP-only spot from the outset, but it’s a different story within. White tablecloth and fancy china aside, the ambience is relaxed enough for the bustling dim sum crowd during the day, and an intimate dinner by night. On the menu is Hong Kong chef Li Kwok Kwong’s reliable Cantonese favorites, like Chinese barbecued meats and seasonal fresh seafood. $$$


ESPA’s dedicated restaurant, headed by chefs Sam and Forest Leong, is a tranquil space to recharge, rewind and reinvigorate pre-or post-spa treatments. Light and nutritional recipes made with healthy and sustainable ingredients, like the barley porridge with quinoa and seafood and sous vide salmon fillet, are the order of the day here. $$

MaLaysian FOOd street

Designed to look like an old Malaysian town complete with wooden tables, round stools, lamp posts and art deco shophouse facades, this quaint food center offers our neighbor’s famed hawker fare, including Penang curry mee, satay, assam laksa, hokkien mee and a whole lot more, at pocket-friendly prices. $

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This rustic and unpretentious Italian restaurant offers authentic Tuscan cuisine with seasonal ingredients freshly flown in from Italy. Don’t miss out on the Italian buffalo mozzarella cheese salad Caprese del Palio, signature “Hotel Michael” Pizza, generously covered in fresh Mediterranean seafood, and traditional homemade eggless pasta with baby crayfish and green zucchini. $$



Hard Rock Hotel’s buffet restaurant—which boasts a laidback, rock-and-roll vibe in a hip, vibrant space—features an extensive variety of international cuisine from fresh seafood and classic Western favorites to Asian dishes, plus live stations for all manner of ‘a la minute’ requests. Even better is the affordable price list, with lunch at $39 and dinner from $55. $$

Price guide $

Under $40

Win a dinner FOr tWO this VaLentine’s day!



Win a dinner for two at Osia, L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon or Ocean Restaurant by Cat Cora on Valentine’s Day! Simply take a photo of this page, post it on Instagram with the hashtag #rwsentosa and tell us why you deserve a table. Submissions close February 5. Three winners will be contacted three days before February 14.






$200 and up


(Price per person, including one drink, appetizer, main course and dessert. Prices do not include bottles of wine).

Reserve now 6577-6688 or email dining@rwsentosa.com.

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Need to know Theater & Arts The Arts House > 6332-6919



Ticketbooth > 6296-2929

Esplanade Box Office > 6828-8377

Cinema Ticketing Hotlines


Fort Canning Park > 6332-1302

chart the weeks ahead

The Substation > 6337-7535


Gatecrash > 6100-2005 www.gatecrash.com.sg

National Museum of Singapore > 6332-5642


Cathay > 6337-8181 www.cathay.com.sg

Eng Wah > 6836-9074


Filmgarde > 6344-5997 www.filmgarde.com.sg


Golden Village > 1900-912-1234

Singapore Art Museum > 6332-3222

Shaw > 6738-0555


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Sistic > 6348-5555 www.sistic.com.sg

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SEE This

Dilla Loving Stephan Balkenhol makes art goers think twice about sculpture at his much-anticipated debut show in the region.

Put on your dancing shoes and pay tribute to legendary hip hop producer J Dilla at Blu Jaz’s instrumental homage and Darker Than Wax’s gig.

See Art, page 33

See DJ Gigs, page 37

Elephant Man

SCENESTEALER jagwar Ma The Australian duo is set to wow audiences with psychedelic sounds at Laneway this weekend. We took five with their multi-instrumental frontman jono Ma. How did you guys start out and where does the name come from? We grew up in Sydney. We were supporting other bands and started to make music together. The name is an adaptation of my last name and a painting of a jaguar. It doesn’t have any meaning and I don’t know where the painting is now.

What's your biggest nightmare when it comes to making music? I don’t want to end up detached from making music and not liking it. It’d be horrible to wake up and realize you hate what you’re doing. How are you guys going to end up five years from now? I’ll be 27 by then. That’s the age when everyone dies. Let’s hope that doesn’t happen.

What do you think of social media? We have social media but we’re not on it all the time. We don’t want to come across as a band that spends every waking hour on Twitter. Have you had any stage invasions? It’s starting to happen now. I don’t really know what to do. They’ll jump on stage and try to take things away. This girl asked for my sock the other day. And I said to her, “But I won’t have any socks to wear.” She replied, “Well you can have mine.”

Jagwar Ma will perform at Laneway Festival on Jan 25. The Meadows, Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Dr., 6420-6841, www.singapore.lanewayfestival.com. $150 from SISTIC. KHAIRuL AMRI





MUSIC classical


Strauss Festival: Four Last Songs Mark Wigglesworth will conduct Richard Wagner's Tristan & Isolde, while Swedish soprano Annalena Persson will present her haunting renditions of Isolde's Liebestod and Strauss' Four Last Songs. Jan 25, 7:30pm. Esplanade Concert Hall, 1 Esplanade Dr., 6828-8377. $1572 from Sistic.


I-S PICK> Spirited Away - The Music of Joe Hisaishi SSO plays film music by renowed composer joe Hisaishi, who's best known for his work on the award-winning movie Departures and Hayao Miyazaki productions like Spirited Away. Feb 15, 7:30pm. The Star Performing Arts Centre, 1 Vista Exchange Green. Call 6602-4200 for more info. $20-78 from Sistic.

I-S PICK> Hostess Club Weekender Highly regarded music festival Hostess Club Weekender debuts in Fort Canning Park with The national, Mogwai and many more in tow. Feb 22, 3pm. Fort Canning Park, Cox Terrace, 6332-1200. $118-150.


Singapore International Jazz Festival Get jazzed up at this inaugural festival featuring local and regional jazz musicians, as well as big-name international stars like jamie Cullum, natalie Cole, james Morrison and India Arie. Feb 27-Mar 2, 6:30pm. MasterCard Theatres at Marina Bay Sands, B1/F The Shoppes @ Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Ave., 6688-8868. $70-330 from Sistic.


concerts & gigs


The Alphabet Series: F is for Foreign Talent 'F' showcases composers who write music in foreign languages, including Russian, German, French, and so on. Jan 24, 8pm. Living Room, The Arts House, 1 Old Parliament Lane, 6332-6900. Free.


The Steve McQueens Expect a mix of this local band's soulful tracks, as well as new compositions. Jan 24, 9:30pm. Esplanade Recital Studio, 1 Esplanade Dr., 6828-8377. $25.


Extreme Noise Terror English grindcore band Extreme noise Terror rock the stage with tracks from their latest album, Law of Retaliation, and more. Feb 8, 2pm. Home Club, #B101/06 The Riverwalk, 20 upper Circular Rd., 6538-2928. $35.



Yuna: “Nocturnal” Catch Malaysian singer-songwriter Yuna live in concert as she brings you old favorites, as well as brand new songs, from her latest album “Nocturnal”. Feb 24, 7:30pm. Esplanade Concert Hall, 1 Esplanade Dr., 6828-8377. $68-118 from Sistic.

music festivals


I-S PICK> Laneway Festival Made for the indie crowd, this hip music festival brings together hip names like Savages, Mount Kimbie, jamie xx, Daughter, Chvrches and the jezabels. So cool it hurts. Jan 25, 11am. Gardens By The Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Dr., 6420-6841. $150.




Bane This hilarious one-man, one-musician performance by duo Joe Bone and Ben Roe tells the story of Bruce Bane, who must solve the mystery of who's out to end his life before it's too late. Feb 8-9, 8pm. Drama Centre Theatre, National Library, 3/F National Library, 100 Victoria St.,8118-9144. $50-90.



Singapore International Bachata & Latin Festival Three days of workshops, competitions, shows and parties await at this festival celebrating street dance genres like bachata, salsa, chacha, samba and tango. Jan 24-26, 7pm. Various venues Call 9159-7811 for more info. $199-319.



Patchwork: A USP Production Follow Madeline as she navigates a series of choices on her graduation day; choices that force her to confront both her past and her future. Jan 24-26, 8pm; Jan 25, 2pm. Goodman Arts Centre Black Box, #01-53 Block M, 90 Goodman Rd.. $22.


I-S PICK> Take Me Out This Broadway play, which garnered a Tony Award in 2003, centers on the story of a popular baseball player who faces negative social repercussions after he casually announces that he is gay. The play will run at the Alliance Française Theatre from jan 8-24, and at the DBS Arts Theatre from jan 25-31. Through Jan 31, 8pm. DBS Arts Centre - Home of SRT, 20 Merbau Rd., 6733-8166. $65-75.

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Huayi - Chinese Festival of Arts Esplanade's festival of Chinese culture features ticketed and free programs across genres like theater, dance, visual arts, music and more. Feb 6-16. Esplanade, 1 Esplanade Dr., 6828-8377.


Romeo & Juliet Toy Factory jazzes up the Bard's romantic classic with a sexy young cast and exquisite costumes and set designs. Feb 13-23, 8pm. Drama Centre Theatre, national Library, 3/F national Library, 100 Victoria St. 62221526. from SISTIC.

history. Through Feb 16, 11am. Future Perfect (Gillman Barracks), #01-22, 47 Malan Rd., 9835-8271. Free.


The Fish Glitters As Its Scales Tremble japanese artist nana Funo embraces decorative patterns, animals, plants, figures, landscapes and written characters through her whimsical creations. Her delicate motifs of personal memories form an endless kaleidoscope of colours and imageries that are haunting and unforgettable. Through Feb 16. Tomio Koyama Gallery (Gillman Barracks), #01-26 Gillman Barracks, 47 Malan Rd., 6659-7068. Free.

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continuing Motley & Me Myanmar artist Zaw Win Pe's works are influenced by his visits to the northeastern state of Shan near China, where he captures, through the pieces, a distinct sense of place and intrinsic identity. Through Feb 15. Art Seasons Gallery, #02-21/24 PoMo, 1 Selegie Rd., 6741-6366. Free.


SEA STATE 3: Inversion The third chapter of Charles Lim's SEA STATE project features sculptural and video works drawn from Lim’s ongoing exploration of Singapore’s maritime geography and

I-S PICK> Stephan Balkenhol German artist Stephan Balkenhol's first solo show in Southeast Asia features wood sculptures of common people that are at once childlike and raw, yet also bizarre, uncanny and stirring. Through Feb 23. ARnDT, #01-35 Gillman Barracks, 22 Lock Rd., 6734-0775. Free.


I-S PICK> Where Does It All Begin? Pearl Lam Galleries’ inaugural exhibition showcases major abstract artists from around the world such as Pat Steir, Zhu jinshi, Su Xiaobai, Peter Peri and Chrstine Ay Tjoe side by side. Through Feb 28. Pearl Lam Galleries (Gillman Barracks), #03-22 Gillman Barracks, 9 Lock Rd. Free.

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not a fan of the same old team-building exercises? We feel you. The next time you get involved in a corporate gettogether, try travel planning company East West Planners, who also offer customized activities and events for locals. Based on a brief provided by your team, they’ll propose a range of options. Expect creative indoor and outdoor activities, such as The Amazing Race-type contests, that are a cut above the usual games. Past projects include the acclaimed unlock Singapore program, which got 320 business travelers together on a single afternoon, split them up into 30 teams to explore 10 local heritage and cultural districts, and had them film their adventures on a camcorder.

Though Singapore is about as forwardlooking a country as they come, dig a little into its history and you’ll find fascinating reminders of more turbulent times, such as the japanese occupation during World War II. People don’t talk about it much now, but you can learn all about it at Changi WWII™ - A Changi Museum War Trail (every Sat, 10am, $55). As you visit selected WWII sites via coach, researcher-guides vividly but sensitively recount the explosive events, war strategies and human drama behind one of the most painful events in the nation’s history. Tours operate on a first come, first served basis, but you can book a place by phoning in by 5pm the day before. Meet at Pasir Ris MRT Exit B, 6325-1631 / 6214-2451, www.journeys.com.sg.

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STATE OF THE ART Zhang Chun Hong Chinese-American artist Zhang Chun Hong showcases clean, yet haunting, trompe l'oeil artworks at her latest show Currents: Flow, Fall, Calm, Curl at Galerie Steph. She talks hair and art with us. Tell us about the exhibition. I created three fine ink paintings and three large charcoal drawings that look like ocean waves, river currents and waterfalls from a distance. However, upon closer inspection, you can see that each image is made up of strands of hair that represent my identity.

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What was the inspiration? I’m inspired by the natural environment of the Pacific Ocean (as experienced in California, where I lived for seven years) and the Yellow River in my homeland, China. What’s the process like? It’s very time consuming, especially for the large scale charcoal drawings. I always begin with a small study first and work on a larger size second. I also take pictures of my own hair as reference to get detailed information. For large works, I start with a light composition and then work on sections with details and darkness. How does your current exhibition relate to your past works? I have been working with hair imagery since 2000. In my early work, I used the disembodied image of long, straight, black hair to represent my own identity through a series of large scale charcoal family portraits. Then I combined my hair with everyday objects to create a second series of small graphite drawings and oil paintings that evoke different emotions through a surrealistic approach. What aspects of your art are you most proud of? My work is a mix of traditional skills with contemporary ideas. It’s a combination of craftsmanship—I’ve trained in Chinese ink medium and use charcoal on a monumental scale—and a modern hair/water concept that explores identity.

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Currents: Flow, Fall, Calm, Curl is on through Mar 1. Galerie Steph, #01-05 ArtSpace@Helutrans, Tanjong Pagar Distripark, 39 Keppel Rd., 9176-8641, www.galeriesteph.com. Free. CLARA LIM



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Jane Lee: 100 Faces One of Singapore’s most well-known sculptors presents a new collection of paintings informed by her sculptural practices and techniques.Through Mar 2, 11am. Sundaram Tagore Gallery Singapore (Gillman Barracks), #01-05 Gillman Barracks, 5 Lock Rd., 6694-3378. Free.


I-S PICK> Logical Progressions Video works by Singaporean artist Ang Song-Ming, featuring Backwards Bach—a twochannel video of the artist playing The Well-Tempered Clavier backwards on a harpsichord in a Baroque-era villa in Germany. Through Mar 2. Fost Gallery (Gillman Barracks), #01-02, 1 Lock Rd., 6694-3080. Free.



ROTATIONS: The Art of Tim Yip Admire the works of award-winning production and costume designer Tim Yip—best known for his creations for Ang Lee's Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Feb 7-Jun 29. jendela, 2/F Esplanade, 1 Esplanade Dr., 6828-8377. Free.

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Portuguese Wine Dinner Enjoy Portugese creations at this special wine dinner, featuring dishes like duck burger with flash seared foie gras. Also, catch special guest Mario neves of Portugal's Alianca Winery. Jan 28, 7pm. Wine Connection @ Cuppage Terrace, 41 Cuppage Rd., 6836-9069. $79.


Basic Bread Baking Pick up baking skills by learning how to make a variety of breads and rolls from just one type of dough. Jan 27-28, 6:30pm. Baker & Cook, 77 Hillcrest Rd., 6469-8834. $150.


I-S PICK> Eben Freeman at Horse’s Mouth Drink away your blues with top-ofthe-range cocktails by new York mixologist Eben Freeman at his guest gig. Through Feb 5, 6pm. Horse’s Mouth, #B1-39 Forum The Shopping Mall, 583 Orchard Rd., 6235-1088.

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The Rain in Spain You’d think Dempsey art newcomer Barnadas Huang (22 Dempsey Rd., 6635-4707, www.barnadashuang. com) would lose steam after their grand debut of diverse contemporary European art last year, but in fact the current exhibition Blazing City (through Mar 1) is just as impressive, if not more so. Spanish painter ulpiano Carrasco transforms Singapore’s cityscapes from hygienic blandness and wellengineered precision into bursts of lurid color and light.

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Comings and Goings This year’s Mosaic Music Festival (Mar 7-16) at the Esplanade (1 Esplanade Dr., 6828-8377, www.mosaicmusicfestival.com) is the tenth and also the last. Yeah, it’s hard for us to forget high points like Aphex Twin and Grimes too, but dry your eyes— there’s still lots to catch at this year’s edition. We’re super excited about alt-folkster neko Case and genre-bender Olafur Arnolds who has opened for Sigur Ros. Another don’t-miss fest is the inaugural Singapore Rock Festival (Mar 5-6, Fort Canning Park, www.facebook.com/sgrockfest. $118-198 from Sistic), with heavies like Rob Zombie and Korn.

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If you liked Archifest, don’t miss the upcoming SingaPlural (Mar 12-16). The islandwide event celebrates design—especially homegrown—through a host of installations, exhibitions and talks by top names like Tim Power and Claudio Colucci. With all genres represented, from urban planning to fashion, we’re expecting to see our favorite people in the local design scene getting some well-deserved attention. Log on to www.singaplural. com for the full lowdown. clim@asia-city.com.sg

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I-S PICK> Bugis Street Recently unearthed photographs by French photographer Alain Soldeville features portraits of the transgender community in 1980s Singapore. An eye-opening glimpse into a lesser-known aspect of local history. Jan 30-Feb 17. Objectifs, 56A Arab St., 6293-9782. Free.

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Neo Folk 2 Asian artists rediscover their roots and traditional crafts by remixing and creating images inspired by their heritage. Curated by Singaporebased art collective Kult, Paris-based art consultant Damien Brachet and Tokyo’s Clear Edition & Gallery. Through Mar 1. Ikkan Art Gallery, G/F-#01-05 Artspace@ Helutrans, Tanjong Pagar Distripark, 39 Keppel Rd., 66816490. Free.



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Catch the Super Bowl live on the morning of February 3 at these venues.

BOOMARANG BISTRO & BAR #01-15 The Quayside, 60 Robertson Quay, 6738-1077, www.boomarang. com.sg. Despite being a predominantly Aussie bar, Boomarang seems to be partial to a spot of American football, too. Doors open at 7am.

BREWERKZ RIVERSIDE POINT #01-05/06 Riverside Point, 30 Merchant Rd., 6438-7438, www.brewerkz.com.

Cheer on your favorite team while tucking into hearty American fare such as chilli cheese fries, sandwiches and burgers. Of course, there’s booze to be had, too (yes, even at 6am).

HARD ROCK CAFE SENTOSA #01-209/214 The Forum, 26 Sentosa Gateway, Sentosa Island, 6795-7454, www.hardrock.com. Flock here at 6am and munch on an American-style big breakfast, while keeping your eyes glued to the screen. DeLLe ChAn


I-S PICK> 4 Hands World-renowned Spanish chef joan Roca teams up with culinary maestro Andre Chiang for this exclusive one-night-only dinner in support of the victims affected by the Typhoon Haiyan disaster in the Philippines. Feb 21, 7pm. Restaurant AnDRE, 41 Bukit Pasoh Rd., 6534-8880. $980.

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Jam Session on Wood Fire Two of Singapore's most well-known chefs, Andre Chiang of Restaurant Andre and Dave Pynt of Burnt Ends, will create special dishes using a traditional custom-made wood fire kiln. Feb 24, 10:30am. Burnt Ends, 20 Teck Lim Rd., 6224-3933. $180.



2XU Compression Run Run 10km, 21.1km, or even 42.195km around Marina Bay's urban cityscape during this race. Runners will be entitled to 2Xu compression gear, varying depending on the race category. Mar 2, 4:30am. Marina Bay Waterfront, Marina Blvd.. www.2xucompressionrun.com.sg.


Men’s Health Urbanathlon Conquer nine exciting and challenging urban obstacles, plus a mystery challenge, at this 14km-long race. Mar 2, 7am. nicoll Highway, 6340-4204.


X-Bionic Venus Run Take part in this 5km-long running event for women, held in celebration of International Women’s Day. Mar 8. Marina Barrage, 8 Marina Gardens Dr., 6514-5959.


I-S PICK> OCBC Cycle Singapore The nation's first mass cycling event on public roads returns. The highlight of this year's race is the Professional Criterium on opening night, where pros race one another on a highly complex track. join as an individual or a team at the website. Mar 28-30. F1 Pit Building, 1 Republic Blvd., 6799-5900.


I-S PICK> Twilight Ultra Challenge Test your endurance and run all night long in this challenging 16-hour marathon. Pit stops, first aid and special needs support are all on hand to keep the experience fun. Register on the website. Mar 29-30, 7pm. East Coast Park, East Coast Parkway, 6440-0046. $70-90.

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HSBC Women’s Champions Watch 63 of the best names in women's golf battle it out for the US$1.4 million purse prize at the seventh edition of this tournament. Expect to see superstars, such as Inbee Park, Suzann Petterson, Stacy Lewis and Lydia Ko, in action. Feb 27-Mar 2, 8am. Sentosa Golf Club, 27 Bukit Manis Rd., 62750090. $20-60 from Sistic.

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I-S PICK> Lovestruck.com Does Loof Snag a date in time for Valentine's day at this casual and discreet event. All you need to do is show up, order a drink and ask for a red straw. Feb 12, 5pm. Loof, #03-07 Odeon Towers Extension Rooftop, 331 north Bridge Rd., 9773-9304. Free.


Insta-Love Calling all Instagramloving singles: meet your significant other at this Instagram matchmaking event that will also feature live beats from China One's Dj Timo and Dj Bay, as well as rock band Tabula. Follow China One on Instagram @chinaonesg to snag a spot. Feb 12, 8pm. China One, #02-01 Blk. E Clarke Quay, 3 River Valley Rd., 6339-0280. Free.

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I-S PICK> The U Factory The u Factory is a temporary experimental platform curated by underscore, dedicated to discussion, exchange and execution of shared visions, playing host to an array of events, exhibitions, workshops, retail outlets and cafes. Through Jan 31, 11am. Gillman Barracks, 9 Lock Rd.


MAAD This monthly arts market by the MAAD collective features original artworks, quirky finds by local artists and creatives as well as performances by homegrown musicians. Feb 7, 5pm. Red Dot Design Museum, Red Dot Traffic, 28 Maxwell Rd., 6534-7194.


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Singapore-grown patisserie that takes on both traditional peranakan and french methods to create the pleasure of taste. With a twist of combining old school and modern flavours, 51 Fiveone Degrees creates a spread of delicate pastries for your palette ranging from cupcakes, tartlets, butterbloc and chiffon cake. —As we continue pouring our hearts and sincerity into making each piece of desserts like our precious being, do check out our pastry shop for upcoming new flavours and products.

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No Party Here presents Soul Clap uS duo soul Clap will spin their brand of funk at this hush-hush gig that is part of the Happily Ever After party series. Register at www. nopartyhere.com/letmein to be updated with the event's location, plus more spicy info. Jan 24, 10pm.

I-S PICK If no-frills is the way you roll, get ripped with bouldering sessions at Kinetics. The instructors will give you the lowdown on the rope-free climbing technique, making sure you have fun at the same time, with like-minded people. The course doesn’t require any previous experience and, in case you’re wondering, they’re open to all fitness levels. Best of all, the classes themselves are free, so you only need to pay the entry fee of $15. For more information, visit www.kineticsclimbing.com.sg or call 6745-6246. Khairul Amri



Aspiring Entrepreneur Venture Night Budding entrepreneurs will be able to share their business ideas and have their business plans reviewed, refined and revised by the organizers at this networking event. Good proposals have the potential to get the right assistance in terms of mentorship, coaching and investment. Jan 27, 7pm. Lubritrade Building, 408 north Bridge Rd., www.meetup.com/singaporeentrepreneurs-network. Free.


Beginning of the Becoming Find out more about the culture of the Batak people of northern Sumatra and be intrigued by more than 80

extraordinary wood, stone and bronze sculptures built by them during ancient times. Through Jun 1. Asian Civilisations Museum, 1 Empress Place, 6332-7798. $4-8 from Sistic.

ANNOUNCEMENTS NOTICE OF INTENDED MARRIAGE i, Christopher Ronald Lane divorcee, of 356 Yishun Ring Road #03-1816, singapore intend to marry nicamae glenn Baylen single, of 2 hercules street Crestview subdivision, Antipolo City, philippines, at tagaytay highlands international golf Club, Brgy Calabuso, tagaytay City, philippines on 6th April 2014. 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.



Whistleblower Inspired by actual events, The Whistleblower stars Rachel Weisz as an American police officer working as a peacekeeper in post-war Bosnia. Jan 25, 7:30pm. Screening Room, The Arts House, 1 Old Parliament Lane. Call 9758-8859 for more info. Free. www.emancipasia.org.


The Dancing Boys of Afghanistan Director Mike Healy provides an insightful and poignant documentary that examines how street orphans and poor boys in Afghanistan are dressed in women's clothes, trained to sing and dance, and even sexually abused. Jan 24, 9pm. Screening Room, The Arts House, 1 Old Parliament Lane. Call 9758-8859 for more info. Free.

Para//el x DJ Kicks Tour present John Talabot Hit the dancefloor to house and electronic beats from Spanish Dj-producer john Talabot, as he makes his Singapore debut. Jan 24, 10pm. Velvet underground, 17 jiak Kim St., 6738-2988. $25-32 two drinks included.


Bassis:Oneman Oneman, a cult figure in the uK garage scene, mesmerizes with his trademark bass and electronica sounds. Jan 25, 9pm. Home Club, #B1-01/06 The Riverwalk, 20 upper Circular Rd., 6538-2928. $17-22 one drink included.


I-S PICK> Sven Väth with Hong German club stalwart Sven Väth, will spin his iconic techno, trance and house mixes at this gig, backed by resident Dj Hong. Jan 25, 10pm. Zouk, 17 jiak Kim St., 6738-2988. $28-35 two drinks included.



Bacchanalia Brunch Series: Pyjama Party Edition Come dressed in your best Pjs and enjoy a three-course brunch before partying the day away with guest Dj Stephen Day. Jan 25, 1pm. Bacchanalia, 23A Coleman St. 6509-1453.


Chroam: Cue the Music The Chroam music collective presents a special evening of R'n'B, soul, dancehall, reggae, jazz, funk and hip hop, with guest Djs Paulsilver and Drem. Jan 25, 10pm. Blu jaz, 11 Bali Lane, 6292-3800. Buy a drink.


No Party Here presents Wolf+Lamb This instalment of the Happily Ever After party series will guest-star masters of house music Wolf+Lamb. Register at www.nopartyhere. com/letmein. Jan 31, 10pm.

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Australia Day This annual beer-fueled affair celebrates the home of all things surf, beach and party. Expect jolly greetings “g'day mate” and chants of “Aussie, Aussie, Aussie, oi, oi, oi!”. Jan 26, 4pm. Tanjong Beach Club, 120 Tanjong Beach Walk, 9750-5323. Free.


EXPOSÉ: Featuring DJ Andrew Chow Celebrate the long weekend at this special edition of EXPOSÉ, which will feature three-time DMC Champion Dj Andrew Chow, along with resident Djs Yafifth and Doze. Jan 31, 9pm. Ku DÉ TA, 57/F Marina Bay Sands Skypark, 1 Bayfront Ave., 6688-7688. $38 one drink included.


Alter Ego #2: Mad Orange Dress up in your best citrus-inspired outfits for this Mad Orange party to celebrate the Lunar new Year. Enjoy free flow housepours from 10.30pm-11.30pm. Jan 31, 10pm. Kyo, #B1-02 Keck Seng Tower, 133 Cecil St., 8299-8735. $20-25 one drink included.


I-S PICK> Fall In Love: A tribute to James "Dilla" Yancey Blu jaz regulars Aaron james, naztyKeys and Tim De Cotta instrumentally interpret j Dilla's body of work. Feb 13, 8:30pm. Blu jaz, 11 Bali Lane, 6292-3800. $15 from Peatix.


I-S PICK> Beats and Beyond This monthly session by music collective Darker Than Wax is another special tribute to j-Dilla. Feb 14, 10pm. Gem Bar & Lounge, 10 Ann Siang Hill, 6423-9562. Free.

ON THE BAR Aussie Bars Make the most of Australia Day on january 26 and check out these bars to get a taste of Down under.

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Ribbery and Wine Co. Get house wines, NEW housepour spirits and Heineken half-pints for just $6 a pop to go with your BBQ ribs. Tue-Sun, 5-8pm. #01-04 Sixth Avenue Centre, 805 Bukit Timah Rd., 6364-2830.


SCOOP Get three NEW bottled beers or mixed drinks for $21, or order your second bottle of wine half price. (Media people, flash your card on Wednesdays to get 1-for-1 drinks.) Daily, 5-8pm. 19 Ann Siang Rd., 6423-1213.

Barossa Restaurant & Bar This laid-back waterfront hangout serves up hearty Australian cuisine; expect dishes like roasted Tasmanian rack of lamb. Wash your meal down the quintessentially Aussie way, with the diverse range of Australian boutique wines, draught beers and cocktails on offer. #01-11 Esplanade Mall, 8 Raffles Ave., 6534-5188, www.barossa.com.sg. Open Mon-Thu 12pm-3pm, 5pm-12am; Fri 12pm-3pm, 6pm-2am; Sat 12pm-2am; Sun 12pm-12am.

Merchants Wine Cellar & Store While it’s not exactly an Aussie bar, this boutique wine cellar offers almost 200 artisan wines from various regions across Australia, including Clare Valley, Adelaide Hills, Geelong and Margaret River. The place also serves up delicious bistro fare, like slow roasted pork belly, that pairs perfectly with a glass of vino. 52 Duxton Rd., 6222-1162, www.merchantsofsingapore. com.sg. Open Mon-Thu 8am11pm; Fri 8am-12am; Sat 9am-12am; Sun 10am-6pm.

Prince of Wales Despite its location in Little India and being named after a Welsh prince, this backpacker hostel cum bar is as Aussie as it gets. There are plenty of Australianstyle counter meals, like chicken parmigiana, to choose from, as well as a selection of Aussie beers, such as Grand Ridge Gippsland Gold. 101 Dunlop St., 6299-0130, www.pow.com.sg. Open Sun-Thu 9am-1am; Fri-Sat 9am-2am. DELLE CHAn

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AQUARIUS (Jan 20-Feb 18): The Flemish artist Jan van Eyck (1385-1441)  was renowned for his innovative mastery of oil painting. He signed many  of his works not just with his name but also with his motto: Als ick kan.  Its idiomatic translation is “The best I can do.” What he meant was that he  had pushed his talent and craft to the limit, and then stopped and relaxed,  content that he had given all he could. I invite you to have a similar attitude  as you wrap up the projects you’re currently involved in, Aquarius. Summon  all your passion and intelligence as you create the most excellent outcome  possible, but also know when to quit. Don’t try too hard; just try hard. PISCES (Feb 19-Mar 20): It’s an excellent time to  rise up and revolt against conventional wisdom.  I urge you to immunize yourself against trendy  group think as you outwit and out manoeuver  the status quo. Have fun and activate your playful  spirit to the max as you create workarounds to  the way things have always been done. At the  same time, Pisces, stay acutely attuned to your  compassion and common sense. Don’t be a  quarrelsome intransigent. Don’t be rebellious just  to please your ego. If you follow these guidelines,  you will be able to pull off a graceful insurrection  that both soothes and stimulates your soul. ARIES (Mar 21-Apr 19): Whose enemy are you?  Are you anyone’s adversary or obstructionist or  least favorite person? Answer honestly, please.  Don’t be in denial. Next question: Do you derive  anything useful from playing this oppositional  role? If your answer is yes, that’s fine. I won’t  try to talk you out of it. Continue to reap the  benefits of being someone’s obstacle. But if, on  the other hand, you get little value out of this  negative relationship, now would be a good  time to change it. You have more power than  usual to free yourself from being an antagonist.

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TAURUS (Apr 20-May 20): You Tauruses are  customarily more grounded than the rest of  us. But this week, I’m wondering if you will  be tempted to escape the laws of gravity and  rebel against the call of duty. I suspect that your  dreams, at least, will feature uninhibited forays  into the wild blue yonder. While you’re sleeping  you may float weightlessly in an interplanetary  spaceship, become an eagle and soar over  forests, wear a futuristic jet pack on your back  and zip through the sky, sail across the Serengeti  Plains in a hot-air balloon, or have a picnic  on a cloud with a feast of cotton candy and  sponge cake and mint tea. Would you consider  bringing this kind of fun into your waking life? GEMINI (May 21-Jun 20): What part of your life  is too small, and you want to make it bigger?  Is there a situation that’s overly intense and  dramatic, and you wish you could feel more  light-hearted about it, less oppressed? Are you  on a quest that has become claustrophobic,  and you’d love to find a way to make it more  spacious and relaxed? If you answered yes to  any of those questions, Gemini, there’s good  news. Very soon now, you will have a close  encounter with the magic you need to open  what has been closed and expand what has  been narrow. Be alert for it. Be crafty as you  gather it in and harness it for your use. CANCER (Jun 21-Jul 22): In her poem “Catch a  Body,” Ilse Bendorf says she dislikes the advice  “Don’t ever tell anybody anything.” On the other  hand, “Tell everyone everything” isn’t the right  approach, either, she says. Judging from your  astrological omens, Cancerian, I surmise that  you’re wavering between those two extremes.  You’re tempted to think you’ve got to do one  or the other. Should you cultivate the power  that comes from being silent, and keep people  guessing about your true feelings? Or should you  seek greater intimacy but risk giving away your  power by confessing all your inner thoughts?  I suggest you take a middle path. Tell the  vivid truth, but carefully and incrementally. LEO (Jul 23-Aug 22): If a substance has been  burned, it can’t be burned again. There’s no  flammable stuff left to feed a fire. That’s simple  physics. Now as for the question of whether a  person can be burned more than once—we’re  speaking metaphorically here—the answer  is, unfortunately, yes. Some folks don’t learn  from their mistakes and don’t have enough

emotional intelligence to avoid the bullies  and manipulators who burn them again in the  future. But I’m confident that you aren’t one of  these types, Leo, or that at least you won’t be  in the coming days. You may have been burned  before, but you won’t be burned this time. VIRGO (Aug 23-Sep 22): “People who don’t  take risks generally make about two big mistakes  a year,” said author Peter Drucker. “People who  do take risks generally make about two big  mistakes a year.” In general I agree with that  assessment. But I think it needs to be altered  for your situation in the coming months. Here’s  the adjusted version of the formula: Virgos who  don’t take risks in 2014 will make an average  of 3.1 big mistakes. Virgos who do take risks in  2014 will make, at most, a half a big mistake. LIBRA (Sep 23-Oct 22): “You know what the  greatest tragedy is in the whole world?” asks  novelist Terry Pratchett. “It’s all the people who  never find out what it is they really want to do or  what it is they’re really good at. It’s all the people  who never get to know what it is that they can  really be.” If that description applies to you even  a little, Libra—if you’re still not completely sure  what you’re good at it and what you want to  do—the coming months will be prime time to fix  that problem. Start now! How? Open your mind  to the possibility that you don’t know yourself  as well as you someday will. Take vocational  tests. Ask smart people you trust to tell you  what they think about your special aptitudes and  unique qualities. And one more thing: Be wildly  honest with yourself about what excites you. SCORPIO (Oct 23-Nov 21): In his book  Schottenfreude: German Words for the Human  Condition, Ben Schott dreams up new compound  German words for use in English. Here’s one  that would serve you well in the coming  week: Fingerspitzentanz, meaning “fingertipsdance.” Schott says it refers to “tiny triumphs  of nimble-fingered dexterity.” His examples:  fastening a bracelet, tightening a miniscule  screw, unknotting, removing a recalcitrant  sticker in one unbroken peel, rolling a joint,  identifying an object by touch alone, slipping  something off a high shelf. Both literally and  metaphorically speaking, Scorpio, you now have  an abundance of this capacity. Everything about  you is more agile and deft and limber than  usual. You’ll be a master of Fingerspitzentanz. SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22-Dec 21): The four  elements that compose cocaine are the same  as those that make up TNT, caffeine, and nylon:  hydrogen, carbon, nitrogen, and oxygen. The  combinations and proportions of elements  are different in each substance, of course.  But the point, for our purposes, is that the  same raw materials lead to different results.  I foresee a similar drama unfolding in your  own life, Sagittarius. How you assemble the  ingredients you currently have at your disposal  could produce either a rough and ragged  high, a volatile risk, a pleasant stimulation,  or a useful resource. Which will it be? CAPRICORN (Dec 22-Jan 19): Metaphorically  speaking, you have recently come into possession  of some new seeds. They are robust. They are  hardy. They have the potential to grow into big,  strong blooms. So when should you plant them,  metaphorically speaking? I’m going to suggest  that you wait a while longer. It wouldn’t be bad  for them if you sowed them right now, but I think  their long-term vitality will be even greater if  you postpone the planting for at least a week.  Two weeks might be better. Trust your intuition.


Saiyidah Aisyah


Fresh from winning a gold medal in rowing at the Southeast Asia Games in Myanmar,  Saiyidah Aisyah talks to Khairul Amri about motivation and Mega Burgers.


Into the Night You have to be obsessed  with doing something or else  you’re just an average Joe. I think it’s a waste to live  life without seeing how strong  or fit you can be. Just put on  your running shoes and get out  there. Run while you can.

I hope the government supports  athletes no matter how big or small  the sport is. Every athlete deserves  an opportunity to be the best. It doesn’t hurt to be self-centered  once in a while. If you’re always  out to make people happy, you  won’t be happy yourself.

I don’t think many people  are as motivated as me.  There are ways to get around eating  healthily and  affordably. If  healthy food  is expensive,  make your  own juice.  At the end of  the day, it boils  down to effort.

I complained once to my Japanese  coach about having too many  foreigners in Singapore,  realizing without realizing that he’s  himself. Truthfully, one himself. Truthfully,  can’t chase them we can’t chase them  Ittdoesn’t away because they’re away because they’re  hurt to be contributing to our contributing to our  economy. We must  economy. We must self-centered learn to adapt.  learn to adapt.

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My guilty pleasure is Swenson’s Mega Burger. I  love it, even though I know it  adds up to a million calories. I have too many friends who  are doing full-time work on a  day-to-day basis with a complete  lack of interest. Do what you  love and love what you do. No matter how much I love  rowing and want to train fulltime, the government doesn’t  pay athletes. They’re not going  to pay your hand-phone bill.

Men with the right amount of muscle in the right  muscle in the right places turn me on. turn me on.

Love is about being obsessed  being obsessed with something until you want to  until you want to spend as much time as possible  time as possible with it. You’re truly in love when  truly in love when you go through a day feeling empty  day feeling empty without it. No guy can replace  guy can replace the love I have for rowing. for rowing. I would want my future kids  my future kids to grow up in a society  society where sport is big and well  big and well supported in every way.  every way. When I was in Sydney, I  Sydney, I lived with a doctor and  doctor and

an engineer who managed to row  in the morning at six, have coffee,  breakfast and go to work by 8.30am.  We seem to not be able to do what  we really want here in Singapore. I want to be able to stop time  because we’re always rushing  and wanting to get things  done without enjoying life.

Local filmmakers Ryan Tan and Sylvia  Chan from Night Owl Cinematics  talk about their recent success. is.gd/nightowlcinematics

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Say “I love you” with these sweet  staycation deals for Valentine’s Day. is.gd/vdaystaycations

Bay Watch

After the first Telok Ayer Day  last month, we checked out  the best of what’s happening  in the neighborhood. is.gd/telokayer

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