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Handcrafted Merriment by Natalie Koh on 22 Jan 2013

While most students on the cusp of graduating are more concerned with finding employment than anything else, Chen Weiyan and Joyce Li, both 25, were busy pushing name cards and looking for potential clients for their then swanky new business, In Merry Motion. True to its name, this quirky business, which kicked off in 2011, strives to make merriment in, well, any event that has celebratory cause, by creating the right ambience with handcrafted decorations that speak the hosts’ unique tastes.

Natalie: You  girls  started  the  business  even  before  you  graduated.  What  inspired  you to  take  the  plunge? Weiyan: It’s one of those things we felt very strongly about but never talked about. Joyce had gone with her sister, who was getting married, to the printer for wedding decorations and was shocked by how mass-produced and how lacking in personality the wedding items were. Joyce: Every couple is very different and every event is different, so I felt it was sad that you’d have to subject yourself to templates. Weiyan: We started questioning things like why Ang Pow Boxes had to be boxes or why Ring Pillows had to look like pillows, and we were thinking up ideas – and we got really excited. So we thought: “Why not try creating our own designs after graduation?” So that was the first day the idea was planted and it just continued over the months.

N: So  tell  me  more  about  In  Merry  Motion. J: Right now, people associate us mostly with weddings, so that’s what we do mostly… We do the designing part of the events – where the colours, the mood, and the ideas come in, mainly the decorations, stationery, props, favours etc… But eventually we hope to design event spaces - that’s where installations come in - or visual merchandising, like decorations on storefronts.

N: Back  to  what  you  were  saying  about  how  each  event  is  unique,  how  do  you  make that  happen  for  each  couple? W: We don’t really look at themes because we don’t want clichés. For instance, if you ask for a nautical theme you’re likely to have stripes and ropes. Instead, we go for the mood, the atmosphere and look that the couple wants. If they say they want their wedding to feel like a fun day at the beach, we’ll create the mood for that, starting with colours and textures.

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J: We had a wedding once where the bride wanted the idea of feasting and abundance. So we helped put her vision of that wedding together, with very warm colours like yellow hues and slight browns and, of course, we couldn’t be stingy with the material.

N: What  were  some  of  the  challenges  you’ve  had  to  overcome? J: When we entered this, we didn’t realise the whole business end of it would be such a struggle, like creating a business plan, marketing, or even hiring people. But I think for us, more than trying to own a business, it’s about doing something that you really love. W: It’s a struggle trying to make ends meet so we rely on word-of-mouth and social media to get word out there and, thankfully, we get a referral for every event that we do. It’s like a ripple effect and it just gets bigger. And we’re so flattered when people call us entrepreneurs because that’s not how we started out. We’re just these two people who are really passionate about this realm of celebrating, crafting and creating this whole experience for people.

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Boutique Living by Natalie Koh on 05 Feb 2013

It is said that when one door closes, another opens – as is the case for Hind Group, which closed the doors of their debut luxury hotel, Naumi Hotel, for remodelling just in time to raise the curtain for the latest boutique hotel in Chinatown: Naumi Liora. Whether you’re in Singapore for business or simply looking for a weekend away from your constantly buzzing Blackberry, here are our picks of boutique hotels in Singapore, as we look at how they compare with Hind Group’s latest offering.

Naumi Liora If the bustling heart of Chinatown doesn’t hit you with its rich cultural heritage, the old post-colonial buildings of Keong Saik Road, where Naumi Liora resides, certainly will.

While the exterior boasts the typical old-school charms of 1920s Pernakan-styled shophouses, the interior offers a warm, homely ambience fused with contemporary touches – designed by Gaurang Khemka, founder of award-winning design firm URBNarc. Take your pick of 79 rooms, which come in three designs. First up is the 25 square metre-large Liora Quaint that offers a cosy space with bold colours against artsy wall patterns. Next, you have the Liora Heritage, which comes with either single or double beds in rooms up to 28 squaremetres large. And finally, there is the Liora Porch of up to 60 square metres, offering guests an attached garden porch overlooking the serene

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landscape of Duxton Plains. Liora Heritage Single Room

Liora Porch Room

Liora Quaint Room

Naumi Liora Price: $380++ onwards

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Address: 55 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089158 Tel: +65 6922 9000 Email: liora.aide@naumihotels.com Website: www.naumiliora.com

Matchbox The  Concept  Hostel

For those who are on a budget, here’s a hostel that offers comfortable beds in an aesthetically pleasing environment, at a fraction of the cost of a boutique hotel room – plus it comes with free WIFI. We’re talking about Matchbox, a boutique flashpacker hostel. Think exclusive, custom-made pod-style dormitories – one with a warm Sunkiss theme, another in the pastel yellows and greens of Spring Mist, and one just for the ladies with the Flamingo theme.

Matchbox Loft

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Matchbox Spring Mist Queen Sized Pods

Matchbox Price: $45 nett Address: 39 Ann Siang Road, Singapore 069 716 Tel: +65 6423 0237 Email: pillowtalk@matchbox.sg Website: www.matchbox.sg

New Majestic  Hotel Touted as Singapore’s first Design Hotel, New Majestic boasts 30 unique rooms designed by local artists and adorned with a rich mix of vintage and designer furniture.

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Spend a night in one of their Mirror Rooms, where a continuous strip of mirrors stretches across the walls and ceiling to form a bedhead, or revel in the large murals behind beds that are supported by vertical beams fastened from the ceiling in their Hanging Bed Rooms. Alternatively, you could enjoy lounging in a glass-encased bathtub in the middle of the Aquarium Rooms, or breathe in the architectural genius of the Loft Rooms, where twin vintage tubs are the centrepiece and your sleeping chamber floats above the sitting area in a quaint attic space.

New Majestic Lifestyle Wayang

New Majestic Attic Ceshire Suite

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New Majestic Hotel Price: $268++ onwards Address: 31–37 Bukit Pasoh Road Singapore 089845 Tel: +65 6511 4700 Email: reservation@newmajestichotel.com Website: www.newmajestichotel.com

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Celebration Of Creatives by Natalie Koh on 09 Nov 2012

In a  time  when  user-­generated  content  seems  to  be  the  must-­have  f or  all  successful  o nline  businesses,  here  comes  OuterEdit  (www.outeredit.com), an  online  store  that  instead  celebrates  established,  or  at  least  up-­and-­coming,  designers.  Co-­founder,  Ryan  Tan  shares  more  about  the  unique  T-­ shirt  store,  which  brings  5  professional-­level  designers  together  each  month  to  create  single,  eclectic  designs  that  encompass  all  5  styles  under  1 umbrella  theme.

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NAT: How  did  you  come  up  with  the  idea? RYAN:  It’s  actually  something  that  had  been  in  my  sketchbooks  for  a  while.    We  were  intrigued  by  the  human  capability  of  being  creative,  which  is often  taken  for  granted.  Instead  of  starting  a  company  that  churns  out  t-­shirt  after  t-­shirt,  we  wanted  to  celebrate  who  designers  are  as  creative people.  We  want  to  show  the  skills,  talents  and  stories  behind  each  design,  and  we  do  that  through  collaborations.  

N: So  OuterEdit  is  more  about  the  process  than  it  is  on  the  product? R:  We  package  both  the  process  and  product  together.  It’s  a  very  different  way  to  look  at  it.  We  get  5  designers  each  time  from  all  over  the  world. They  meet,  they  jam  and  they  take  each  other’s  files  to  create  a  whole  new  design.  Essentially,  they  create  stuff  together  that  only  the  5  can  create. Throughout  the  process,  people  can  get  involved,  comment  and  share  votes  o n  the  site.

N:What do  you  look  out  for  when  approaching  designers? R:  What  we  did  was  search  out  names  that  we  wanted  to  work  with.  We  built  up  a  database  of  about  5000  to  7000,  then  we  engaged  every  single one.  Reaching  out  to  them  isn’t  the  easiest  thing:  plenty  will  say  no;;  some  will  not  even  reply.  But  for  those  who  said  yes,  we  are  very  privileged  to have  some  really  great  names  that  attract  quite  a  big  audience  and  following.  We’re  booked  up  until  the  end  of  next  year  in  terms  of  project  line-­ ups.  And  we’re  in  7  major  cities,  with  designers  f rom  Singapore,  KL,  Tokyo,  London,  Berlin,  P aris  and  Barcelona.

N: How  does  OuterEdit  stand  out  from  user-­generated  t-­shirt  stores  such  as,  say,  Threadless? R:   Our   designer   base   is   different.   We   have   designers   who   have   done   work   for   Lamborghini,   Absolut   Vodka,   Redbull,   Nike,   Adidas   -­   creative professionals  who  do  this  for  a  living.  They’re  pretty  high  level.  I  think  the  value  you  get  from  that  when  you  put  them  all  together  is  quite  special.   Also,  we  have  different  ways  o f  engaging  these  artists.  We  want  to  tell  their  story  and  be  able  to  create  more  value  o ut  o f  who  they  are,  which  really trickles  down  to  their  product.

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Modern Spin On Reflexology by Natalie Koh on 20 Sep 2012

A lover  of  words  and  beautifully-­crafted  works  of  writing,  Natalie  toppled  into  journalism  at  the  age  of  19  and  has  never  looked  back  since.  Now  a full-­time  freelance  writer,  she  spends  what  little  free  time  she  has  sourcing  out  the  latest  lifestyle  trends  and  delights  in  meeting  new  people. Here she   meets   Tom   Lapping,   co-­founder   of   Sole   Service,   and   has   a   little   chat   about   this   novel   start-­up   that   aspires   to   reinvent   traditional   foot reflexology. Think   “foot   reflexology”,   and   “modern”   isn’t   exactly   the   word   that   springs   to mind.   “Traditional”   might   be   a   better   fit,   or   even,   perhaps,   “old-­fashioned”. Entrepreneur,   Tom   Lapping,   however,   aims   to   break   the   mold   by   taking   a modern  spin  on  the  centuries-­old  therapy.  Enter  his  latest  venture,  Sole  Service, a  luxury  mobile  service  that  offers  massage  and  foot  reflexology  services  in  the comfort  o f  your  o wn  home.

NAT: What   inspired   you   for   the   idea   of   Sole Service? LAPPING:  I'm  a  big  believer  in  doing  businesses  that  you  are  passionate  about;;  I  have,  for  many  years,  loved  massages  and  foot  reflexology,  and have  tried  many  spas  all  o ver  the  world.  Having  been  to  most  o f  the  best  spas  in  Singapore,  I  realised  that  the  ultimate  pampering  service  would  be a  luxury  service  in  your  o wn  home.  Hence,  the  beginning  o f  Sole  Service!

N: Did  the  stigma  of  foot  reflexology  being  rather  traditional  daunt  you? L:  Although  I  very  much  enjoy  shoulder,  neck  and  full  body  massages,  I  am  quite  intrigued  by  foot  reflexology.  It  can  be  very  telling  in  exposing your  ailments  and  offers  many  long-­lasting  benefits:  greatly  improved  sleep  and  improved  blood  circulation.  The  stigma  didn’t  worry  me  at  all.  I saw  this  as  a  great  opportunity  to  introduce  this  therapeutic  practice  to  a  whole  new  market  segment.  That’s  why  we  went  about  delivering  this service  in  a  modern  and  contemporary  manner.

N: How  does  Sole  Service  stand  out  from  other  foot  reflexology  services? L:  Sole  Service  therapists  are  all  certified,  highly  experienced  and,  most  importantly,  multi-­skilled.  Our  signature  services  are  our  mix-­and-­match sessions,  allowing  customers  to  pick  and  choose  a  combination  of  foot  reflexology  or  massages  in  their  90-­minute  session.  We  deliver  this  to  their choice  location,  armed  with  all  the  products  and  equipment  f or  a  luxurious  session,  leaving  them  completely  relaxed.

N: Why   did   you   opt   for   a   mobile   service,   rather   than   having   a   brick-­and-­mortar spa/salon? L:   We   can   avoid   very   costly   rents,   which   in   turn   gives   us   the   flexibility   to   hire   the   industry’s   best.   We   are   only   as   good   as   our   therapists   and therefore  invest  a  lot  into  recruiting  the  right  people  and  using  the  best  products.

N: Ultimately,  what  do  you  hope  to  achieve  with  Sole  Service? L:  I  believe  Sole  Service  provides  a  truly  unique  and  accessible  service  that  brings  joy  and  relaxation  to  our  customers.  My  aim  is  to  provide  the ultimate  pampering  island  wide!  As  we  already  have  a  great  infrastructure  to  do  this,  we  now  look  to  introduce  new  services  and  take  pampering  to a  new  level.

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