NOW! Singapore Feb-Mar 2015 Issue

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Singapore's Golden Year SINGAPORE'S GOLDEN YEAR



Singapore’s Golden Year NOW & THEN 8 9

Chinese New Year, Singapore Style Ramen Rules

10 12 14 16 18

Se ng The Stage Bring On The Bumbo Month Of Love Shock & Core Soul Journey

ATTRACTIONS 24 Family Fun, My Perfect Weekend 28 On Track

SPA & HEALTH 82 86 88 90 92



Green Spaces

DINING 48 50 52 54

Garden Delight Gastro Botanica Progressive Pizza Blind Tas ng


Do Good Design: Singaporean Fashion With A Cause


For The Love Of Fashion

ARTS 103 Performance Art

DIRECTORY 105 Directory

Suite Life


Spa News Born To Move Nailing It! Five Reasons Your Neck Hurts From Healthy To Harmful

To Each His Own

Front Cover: RIVER HONGBAO Photo by Erwin Soo Photo Courtesy of

PROFILES 72 74 78 80

Mum’s The Word Soul Provider Sky’s The Limit Influence Is Key FEBRUARY-MARCH 2015



NEW YEAR, COCKTAILS AND FESTIVALS Welcome to the third issue of Now! Singapore. Every issue so far we’ve had something to celebrate and this issue is no different. February sees the city celebrating a month of romance before welcoming the new lunar year on February 19th. Chinese New Year is a great time to visit the lion city with the streets of Chinatown decked in their finest livery and the population in fine festive mood.

As the city continues to celebrate the big 50 years since independence, there will be lots of events to look out for over the coming months. March sees the inaugural Singapore Cocktail Week, offering seven days of events, workshops and promotions, held at some the city’s now legendary cocktail bars. Singapore has become a cocktail capital in the past three years and now is home to some of the most creative and ground-breaking cocktail houses in the world. As a result, this week will be a good opportunity for guests to meet some of the main players and get some insider knowledge. March is also a good month for travelling gourmet enthusiasts. The food festival Savour returns for another year of culinary creativity at the F1 pit building, while the whole month will feature events held at restaurants around town as part of the Salon Gourmet Festival. With the Singapore Jazz Festival and the Magner’s Comedy Festival also taking place in March, this is a great time to visit the city. Be sure to keep up with our regular updates, news and competitions on our website ( and Now Singapore Facebook page. And please follow us on Instagram and Twitter for regular insider information on what’s going on in Singapore. Justin Eeles



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With the majority of Singapore’s population being Chinese, it is no wonder why marking the beginning of the Lunar New Year is celebrated on a scale that rivals Christmas.

What more appropriate place to start than the cluster of events in and around the historic district of Chinatown? Spend an evening strolling along Eu Tong Sen Street, New Bridge Road, South Bridge Road and Garden Bridge, to admire the crea ve light displays (inspired by the Zodiac Year of the Goat) that decorate the streets. The features will be displayed all throughout the Chinese fes ve season from 7pm un l late in the evening, every night un l 19 March 2015. But before the sun sets, take the opportunity to explore the district at its best, with one of the Chinatown Walking Tours scheduled throughout February. Be sure to save your appe te for the Fes ve Carnival (11am to 10.30pm, Pagoda Street, Smith Street, Sago Street, Temple Street and Trengganu Street) and Fes ve Street Bazaar (6pm to 10pm, un l 18 February 2015, People’s Park Complex) too. Wander through the market stalls and nibble on every Chinese New Year delicacy on o er, from the sweet and bu ery pineapple tart to bak kwa (dried barbeque pork). Chinatown also hosts nightly stage shows at Kreta Ayer Square (8pm to 10.30pm, un l 18 February 2015), featuring cultural performances from the singing of tradi onal Chinese opera to theatre and dance, by both local and interna onal entertainers. Alterna vely, hold out for the 8th 6



Of course, much of Chinese New Year is a family a air, with in mate gatherings of extended family and the exchange of hong baos (customary red money packets) to wish one another good fortune. However, it is by no means an exclusively Chinese a air, as virtually everyone on the island is welcome to take part in the celebra ons. Singapore’s Lunar New Year calendar is marked with several annual highlights that each captures the spirit and excitement that infects the island.


Throughout almost a month of celebra on, the city transforms into splashes of red and gold, a spectrum of dazzling, coloured lights and the air filled with the hypno c drumming of travelling street performers ferried from place to place across the island on lorries. Restaurants serve up their unique twists on customary dishes like yusheng and the drama c dining table centrepiece, a suckling pig!

Interna onal Lion Dance Compe on (6pm to 11pm, 7 February 2015 at Kreta Ayer Square) and watch as leading dance troupes from all over Asia compete through a series of acroba c stunts. The shows culminate on the 18 February 2015 with a New Year Countdown Party, Chinese style (9.30pm to 12.30am)! Venture beyond Chinatown and pay a visit to the River Hongbao, held at The Float @ Marina Bay (17 to 28 February 2015), an iconic floa ng pla orm set against the backdrop of one of Asia’s most stunning skylines. This tradi onal fes val, held every year since 1986, o ers the ul mate Chinese New Year experience, with handcra ed themed lanterns depic ng Chinese legends, plenty of food to sa sfy every taste bud and a slew of cultural performances, carnival games and crea ve workshops. Arguably the climax of every Chinese New Year, the annual Chingay Parade (from 8pm, 27 to 28 Feburary) is a spectacle not to be missed. Held at the F1 Pit Building – next to the landmark, Singapore Flyer - The Chingay Parade is a grander celebra on of Singapore as a mul -cultural whole, as the streets are filled with brightly coloured parade floats.

Slightly unique to previous years, 2015 pays tribute to Singapore’s 50th year of independence with the theme “We Love SG” and promises to be the largest edi on yet, with over 11,000 mul -cultural performers. For a touch of theatre, the annual Huayi: Chinese Fes val Of The Arts will take the stage at Esplanade – Theatres On The Bay (1 Esplanade Drive) from the 20 February to the 1 March 2015. This fes val showcases Chinese art across various mediums, from theatre to art, music and dance, as well as a series of free programmes and ac vi es for visitors to take part in. This year’s highlights include Savage Land – An Opera in Concert by the Singapore Chinese Orchestra (28 February 2015), Rice by the Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan (28 February and 1 March 2015) and the heart-warming Travel With Mum by The Nonsensemakers (28 and 1 March 2015), which tells a tale of a loyal son’s e ort to fulfil his 99-year old mother’s wish to see the beauty of the world by travelling across China. Whatever way you choose to experience the Lunar New Year celebra ons, you will surely get a taste of Singapore at its best.

RAMEN RULES Lovers of authen c Japanese ramen are in luck in Singapore, with Takumen opening its first store outside Japan on Circular Road. Uniquely, Takumen features not one style of cooking but a rota on of six famous Ramen dishes, sourced from di erent restaurants across Tokyo, and then replicated in minute detail for Singapore diners to enjoy. What’s more, each dish will be prepared in both its authen c form and in a Singapore version using less oil and salt. This gives diners the chance to try some of Tokyo’s best ramen, including the award-winning Ramen Hajime, without leaving the country. Our favourites include Hajime’s Tori-Paitan, a creamy light chicken brew, the rich and flavourful Yokohama Iekei from Sakutaya and the Jiro-inspired Ramen from Chibakara, which features huge slabs of Char Siew. Recommended! Takumen, 66 Circular Road, tel: 6536 4875 FEBRUARY-MARCH 2015




Ahmad Zakii Anward - I Am Not What I Am

THIS YEAR’S ART STAGE SAW 51,000 VISITORS PASS THROUGH ITS DOORS OVER FIVE DAYS, WITH THE EVENT SEEMING BUZZIER THAN EVER. ITS KEY SELLING POINT IS ITS STRONG ASIAN IDENTITY, AND THE FACT THAT IT PROMOTES EMERGING ARTISTS AND GALLERIES FROM THE SOUTH EAST ASIAN REGION. IN ALL, OVER 200 GALLERIES FROM 29 COUNTRIES –75 PERCENT OF WHICH WERE FROM ASIA-PACIFIC − WERE REPRESENTED. GALLERIES FROM JAPAN, KOREA AND TAIWAN WERE WELL REPRESENTED, SO THERE WERE BRUSHSTROKES APLENTY. BUT THE FOCUS WAS ON SOUTHEAST ASIA, WITH SINGAPORE AT IT’S CENTRE, IN A BID TO DEVELOP AND GROW THE REGION’S ARTISTIC PRESENCE. A curated South East Asia pla orm, featuring the works of 32 emerging ar sts from Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam and Singapore was a focal point for visitors and collectors alike – a er all, it’s always be er to buy early when it comes to an ar st’s career. Curated by Singaporean curator Khim Ong, Eagles Fly, Sheep Flock – Biographical Imprints: Ar s c Prac ces in South East Asia, presented a diverse range of work – from pain ng, installa on and photography to video and performance. A standout ar st was Singaporean painter and video ar st Hilmi Johandi, who has been steadily gaining awards and interna onal exposure. He showed two large-scale pain ngs: Framing Camellia and The Vernissage. Johandi takes images from post-war Singapore films, archival photographs, found footage, and uses them as reference in his works, which are set against the backdrop of a Singapore that is rapidly changing. There is a strong feeling of nostalgia in his work and his pain ngs are emo ve and nuanced. Being Human, a special exhibi on of 16 Malaysian ar sts who use the human figure as their main subject, featured works by Ahmad Zakii Anwar, Chong Ai Le and Kow Leong Kiang. Organised by ar st collec ve F Klub (F is for figure), this group is perhaps trying to go against the grain in the contemporary art world’s love of conceptual and mul media work. The red dots next to many of the pain ngs is testament to the 8


enduring popularity of figura on among collectors in the region. But figura ve work was not the only form on show - Malaysian gallerist Richard Koh featured many abstract ar sts from Malaysia and the region.

“an important role to play in helping to build the eco-system to support contemporary art from the region.”

Malaysian ar st Wong Perng Fey showed a series of textural abstract works with the gallery. In these oil and enamel works, the picture plane is more like an arena where the ar st plays out a series of gestures and incorporates the accident into the surface. A young Malaysian ar st, Yeoh Choo Kuan, working within the abstract expressionist tradi on of pain ng, creates thick impasto surfaces in his work. He places string at intervals across the canvas as he applies paint. Once dry, he removes the string to create strong linear pa erns. Many regional galleries, like the Thai La Lanta Fine Art, made their debut this year, showing work by Thai ar st Thanawat Promsuk. His delicate series of in mate work included faded images of the ar st himself, or people who have played an important part in his life such as his girlfriend. What is interes ng about these works is how he has unpicked the raw canvas in the centre of the image, leaving behind a tangle of threads that – for the ar st – communicate the complex es between two people. Art Stage Singapore has to be applauded for bringing South East Asian art to a wider interna onal audience. As Lorenzo Rudolf, Founder and Fair Director says, the fair has

Kow Leong Kiang - Lonely Assassin

Thanawat Promsuk - Love Interlaced

Hilmi Johandi

Wong Perng Fey in Studio

Hiroshi Senju - Waterfall

Art Stage Singapore 2015, Gilbert & George at their book signing

Art Stage Singapore 2015 FEBRUARY-MARCH 2015




The Bumbo Rum Club is a casual restaurant and bar that immediately transports guests from inner city cool to laid-back beachside chic. O ering cuisine from the Caribbean and South America, Bumbo lives up to its name in style with a collec on of over 70 premium rums from around the globe. Added to this are their selec on of homemade infused rums and a cocktail list that will have pirates and rum aficionados clambering excitedly ashore. The interior is an invi ng casual space of pastel colours and wood, with a wall of rum displayed in a large cabinet behind diner style sofa sea ng. On the wall, a ship’s bell awaits the generous-hearted – ring it and you buy the whole bar a shot of your choice. Not

something to lean on by mistake on a busy Friday night! This light-hearted fun theme con nues throughout the week, with Reggae Night, Salsa Night, Caribbean Night and so on. Happy Hour o er very a ordable deals un l 9pm making this one of the cheaper places on Club Street for an evening out. The food celebrates the best that the region o ers, fresh salmon, sea bass and prawn ceviche is a highlight, as is the Accras Bacalao, cod fishcakes served in a spicy tomato sauce. Don’t miss the Cos llas de Cerdo, tender pork ribs served in a sweet blackcurrant sauce, which literally fall o the bone. At the helm is Execu ve Chef Damien le Bihan, who worked in Michelin-star restaurants in Paris before

joining Guy Savoy at Marina Bay Sands. He then joined Deliciae in 2011 and currently overseas the group’s other restaurants in town, which include L’Entrecote, Sabio, Forlino and La Can ne. On the extensive cocktail list, the Bumbo Rum Club Signature Cocktail is a refreshing blend of red wine, infused rum and strawberry that serves as a perfect accompaniment to the food menu. Alterna vely try the stronger Discover the Bumbo Rum Club, a very drinkable blend of four rums and a secret ingredient that slips down very nicely. In a group? Share the Voodoo Punch, a mixture of gold rum, Malibu, orange, pineapple, Sprite and Angostura, served in a hollowed watermelon – guaranteed to get you in a carnival mood!


The Bumbo Rum Club, 83 Club Street, tel: 6690 7563,



Tom Hogan, An :dote

SHAKING IT UP March heralds the inaugural Singapore Cocktail Week, an eight-day showcase of local talent, emerging trends and interna onal exper se. From March 7 to March 14, this exci ng event will feature cocktail workshops, pop-up bars, guest bartending stars, The Singapore Bar Awards and a selec on of signature cocktails available at par cipa ng outlets priced at $14++. The event will highlight the strength of the Singapore Cocktail scene, providing guests with a unique experience of some of the best bars in the capital. This will include cocktail tours, where guests experience a selec on of the best cocktail bars in Singapore, cocktail workshops, where industry professionals will teach spectators about new techniques and ingredients. The Singapore Bar Awards will include categories such as the Best Male and Female Bartender, the Best Bar, Best Bar Food and the Best Service Crew. Par cipa ng bars in the S$14++ cocktail promo on include 28 HongKong Street, An :dote, Bar Stories, Ding Dong, Elixir Bar, FOC, Jekyll & Hyde, Jigger & Pony, Horse’s Mouth, Hopscotch, House of Dandy, L’Aiglon, La Maison du Whisky, Long Bar, Manha an, Manor, Mars Bar, Nutmeg & Clove, Opera on Dagger, Potato Head Folk, Sugarhall, Tess Bar & Kitchen, The Cu ink Club, The Library, The Refinery, The Secret Mermaid, The Spi y Dapper and Tippling Club. Tickets are available online at The first 500 to purchase the wristband sets online will enjoy an early bird price at only $28 per pax (standard price is $38); while a bundle

deal en tles early birds to get one free set with every five purchased. Wristband sets will also be available for purchase at par cipa ng bars from 16 February 2015. Prices exclude cke ng/processing fee for online purchases. The wristbands en tle fes val-goers to enjoy a 10% discount on cocktail tours and workshops, the special price of $14++ for a signature cocktail on the #SGCocktailWeek menu at all par cipa ng bars, and complimentary cocktails at selected events. For more informa on visit www. sg. For cke ng details, visit h p:// Miss Joaquim , Bar Stories

Arijit Bose, 28HKS FEBRUARY-MARCH 2015 11




1. STAND UP COMEDY Can’t make her laugh? Get somebody else to do it. Local comedians sling insults and crack jokes at Comedy Masala on Tuesdays at Hero’s bar. This date is par cularly good for strong silent types who need an opening act before proper dinner conversa on. If you’re able to get her front row Russell Peters ckets on 7-8 April, you’re guaranteed a second date. The second best thing is ckets to the Interna onal Comedy Fes val in Singapore 19-21 March. Comedy Masala, Hero’s Bar, 69 Circular Road, tel: 6438 6058,



A breeze is essen al for an outdoor date in sweaty Singapore unless you want to be known as “pit-stain guy date #4” or “old panda eyes”. Head up the Southern Ridges to Singapore’s fourth highest point which is 104m above sea level. It’s no Kilimanjaro but we’re pre y sure the fi h highest point is the top of an escalator in Plaza Singapura. Mount Faber is a cooler (literally) alterna ve to the Botanical Gardens.

The Ten Courts of Hell in Haw Par Villa is an excellent place to bring a date from out of town, especially one who thinks that Singapore is boring. A recrea on of Confucius beliefs, it’s a great idea for a date to remind your boyfriend what happens when he refuses to visit your grandma’s house. Next to one of the terrifying models of hell, there is a crime and punishment area that reminds everyone that you get your “heart cut out” for “disrespec ng elders”. Haw Par Villa, 262 Pasir Panjang Road, tel: 6736 6622.

4. RETRO MINI GOLF AT LILIPUTT 2. DOUBLE DATE ESCAPE GAME O en seen as an o ce team-bonding ac vity, you have to work with others to unlock a series of clues to find keys to exit a small room. Companies use this to find out if their employees are claustrophobic weirdos or team players, but it’s a nice way to get in the mind of another person. If your partner is the type who gets frustrated and tears o the wallpaper to get out, it’s be er to know now rather than later on, right? Exit Plan, 279 New Bridge Road #03-01, tel: 6536 4261,

This uninten onally kitsch 18-hole indoor pu ng course is the perfect way to test your partner’s skills on a rainy day. Each hole is modelled a er a poorly made, but adorable version of a Singapore landmark like the MRT, shipping port, Changi Airport and of course the Merlion. Tip: You have to wear socks to be on the course so make sure they match or that there’s no pinky toe hanging out. LilliPu , 902 East Coast Parkway Block B #0305 Big Splash, tel: 6348 9606, lillipu .com




6. ISOLATED IN THE GREEN CORRIDOR Walking through a muddy tunnel of green foliage sounds like the ideal date for someone who feels like their A-game can’t be contained within the walls of a ny bistro. Running the en re length of Singapore, the grown-over railway network (sans rails) runs the length of the city. Nothing gets a man’s heart racing like a hot muddy trail walk and a really high pony tail. Green Corridor,



9. CATCH AN INDIE FILM I long for a roman c winter getaway, but catching a Jennifer Aniston rom-com in Singapore’s ice-cold movie theatres does not get my fire burning. Instead, opt for the real old- mey cinema experience. Renovated from the old Golden Theatre – built in 1973 – the Projector shows classic and indie movies like 2001 Space Odyssey and eerie Kubrick films. The Projector, #05-00, Golden Mile Tower, 6001 Beach Road


7. FLY A KITE Nowadays teenagers are more likely to look up at a selfie s ck than a kite, which makes this date all the more a special surprise ac vity. Singapore has tons of wide open spaces for a kite to catch the wind. East Coast Park and Marina Barrage are great op ons. Warning: the real test to a rela onship is not distance or a new baby, it’s untangling a kite knot.

You don’t really know someone un l they flip out at a cockroach or try to unstrap themselves from a harness before running to the nearest parking lot. MegaZip is an exhilara ng ride that o ers a beau ful view of Sentosa’s jungle canopy. At 450 metres long, 75 metres high and at incredibly high speed, it’s either a terrific or terrifying way to see the island together. MegaZip Adventure Park, Sentosa,


8. ROLL THE DICE AT JIGGER AND PONY So let’s say the date went well and there is the opportunity for a nightcap. Jigger and Pony o ers a nice in mate se ng and doesn’t require a gimmicky password like “Mozeltof” to get in. The menu of cocktails is also laid out like a grid with 24 super classy and delicious cocktails on o er. To make ordering more fun, download a plain dice app like Virtual Dice, roll five dice and count down clockwise on the “game board” to select a random cocktail. Choose drinks this way un l you can’t count any more. Jigger and Pony, 101 Amoy Street, tel: 6223 9101,




IT’S THE TIME OF YEAR WHEN YOU MAY BE DESPERATELY TRYING THE SHED THE POUNDS FROM THE EXCESSES OF DECEMBER BEFORE THE ENDLESS FEASTING THAT IS CHINESE NEW YEAR SLAPS ON ANOTHER LAYER OF UNWELCOME BULK TO DEAL WITH. IT’S ALSO A VERY BUSY COUPLE OF MONTHS IN SINGAPORE, AS THE RUSH TO FINISH PROJECTS BEFORE THE HOLIDAYS TAKES ON EPIC PROPORTIONS. THERE IS NOT MUCH TIME FOR THE GYM OR RUNNING OR ANY EXERTION BEYOND STROLLING OUT FOR A QUICK LUNCH BEFORE RETURNING TO THE GRIND. NEW YEAR HEALTH RESOLUTIONS HAVE ALL BUT EVAPORATED OUT OF CONSCIOUSNESS WITH NO OBVIOUS REMEDY IN SIGHT. Step in BODYTEC! With a slogan that promises fitness and be er shape a er spending only 20 minutes working out a week, I was intrigued to give it a try. 20 minutes is just about long enough for the a en on span not to waver and once a week is manageable even for the busiest amongst us. It’s also quite a bold claim to make – how much exercise can you actually do in 20 minutes to put your whole body to the test? BODYTEC o er three studios around town so you’re never that far from one of their outlets. The unini ated are first talked through a medical disclaimer and once everything is signed and understood, the work-out begins. As this happens at most gyms when you sign up, you may not give it a second thought. At BODYTEC it needs 14


to be taken a bit more seriously because the training, or more accurately, treatment, involves performing a set of exercises and poses while having your body systema cally electrocuted. If it sounds drama c, it is! Before you begin, you change into the provided skin- ght ou it (outlets feature changing rooms, lockers and a power shower) before ge ng into the suit which is a bit like a cross between a wetsuit and a rock climbing harness. This is responsible for administering the electrical current to di erent areas of the body targeted during the workout. Once connected to the mother-ship console, the suit will zap you for a period of eight seconds before allowing you eight seconds to recover before the next round. During these bursts of electric s mula on, the instructor will take

you through a series of poses, some easy some quite tricky, and prepare you to clench your muscles while the electricity flows through you. The strength of the current is controlled for each area of the body and new students will not find the experience par cularly uncomfortable but it’s pre y clear from the word go that it’s not a walk in the park. Within a couple of minutes I was dripping in sweat and had to repeatedly mop myself down while only comple ng simple stretches. As the exercises became more challenging I could see how 20 minutes was enough for a week – it suddenly felt like a very long me indeed! Determined to make it to the end without revealing my lack of fitness and strength – I’m sure it was on display – I was relieved when me was up. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t exhausted and

my body reminded me how unfit I was for the next 72 hours, as muscles unused in decades made their presence known. The technology behind the experience is Electrical Muscle S mula on (EMS), which was originally developed in Europe as a way of trea ng muscle and spinal injuries. It soon became apparent that pa ents undergoing regular EMS treatment not only recovered quicker but also benefi ed from both increased strength and improved physique. The secret is doing physical ac vity while undergoing EMS, with the series of poses and exercises designed by BODYTEC guaranteed to have you well tested during the 20-minute session. While EMS is not a miracle product, as adver sed by the many home EMS appliances on the market, it definitely has its merits, especially for the me-strapped – the studio I visited has a long list of regulars, with ages ranging from the mid 20s to 75 years old. As the new lunar year beckons, a trip to BODYTEC could just have you in shape for the first banquet celebra on.

BODYTEC, 6 Stanley Street, 121 Upper East Coast Road and 200 Turf Club Road, tel 6423 1306, FEBRUARY-MARCH 2015 15


SOUL JOURNEY By: Catharine Nicol Images courtesy of Soul Centre

How to attain happiness and confidence, success and fulfillment may not be lessons scheduled into school syllabuses but they should be. They are surely life’s most essential skills. 16


NOW & THEN At Singapore’s Soulcentre (, co-founder and modern-day guru Vikas Malkani is renowned for courses like Medita on Made Simple, The BEST Technique life coaching and his library of personal development books. Working side by side with co-founder Sally Forrest, his life is dedicated to helping people achieve happiness and success, and this includes children too. For over a decade he has been developing and teaching his unique course, SoulKids, designed to bring out the very best in every child through life skills learned during weekends of games, stories and fun. PASSIONATE SOULKIDS MENTORS

Late last year, I followed the five-day SoulKids Mentor Training led by Malkani. While I don’t have my own children or work with them, I am the proud aun e to two ny tots and godmother to six kids of various ages. I’ve long been dissa sfied with the lack of development skills taught at school and wanted to understand how best to communicate with the next genera on to help them be happier and healthier, more confident and ul mately more successful. Although the tle of the course is ‘SoulKids’, the lion’s share of the teaching of these vital life skills focused on us mentors-to-be. Malkani started the first day saying, “This course is a doorway to your highest poten al; to a bigger life, a be er life and a brighter life.” The emphasis was to first develop my fellow students and I as happy, confident, successful and fulfilled people before we went out and a empted to mentor the next genera on and beyond.


Because Malkani believes, “When you change, and you influence one child, you change three genera ons; the child you mentor and their child in turn. You are the first genera on and so the first person to benefit is you.” The journey he took us on was challenging and confron ng, surprising and yet simple, and it really did deliver a blueprint for being a bigger, be er and brighter person. While Malkani might be infinitely kind and compassionate, he doesn’t sugarcoat the lessons for adults. In no uncertain terms he taught us that rewards come with risk; inten ons don’t ma er, ac on is key; ac ons always require risk, so we must step out of our comfort zone. The founda on of his lessons also taught us how our minds work, uncovering the pa erns they follow. “Life isn’t disfavouring you. Life has enough money, resources, organiza on. What is holding you down is your internal environment. Your mindset.”



Some elements of our mindsets may date back to our condi oning, through parents, culture and community. As we reflected on the condi oning we’d received all our lives and the nega ve consequences much of it has had, we reconsidered the kind of condi oning we’re inflic ng on the next genera ons, whether as parents, aunts or


uncles, teachers or friends. When it came to looking at children, he cau oned us that children learn through imita on and repe on, which means we need to be sure our behavior is always encouraging and posi ve. Later at the SoulKids weekend following the course, we were able to put all this into prac ce. We were interac ng with 18 children between the ages of six and ten, but above all, we were listening and learning from them. Being posi ve is a key lesson taught during the weekend, as is seeing the good in yourself, focusing your ac ons, being a team leader and a team follower at various mes and growing your self-esteem. At the end of the second and final SoulKids day, Malkani led a short session with the parents (who are not present for the rest of the weekend). Insights into how their children were coping and reac ng ensured they were aware of their strengths and any poten al issues, and they were encouraged to ask their children about the stories and lessons to keep them fresh. As we all le to go back to our individual lives, there was no doubt that the adults and kids alike had all been given tools to create, “a bigger life, a be er life and a brighter life.”


SALON GOURMET 2015 Singaporeans and expats alike will be marching on their stomachs with yet another culinary fes val happening this March, Salon Gourmet (1 to 31 March, 2015). Showcasing the best of European culinary ar stry, Singapore’s leading European restaurants - including Stellar at 1-Al tude, L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon and UNA at One Rochester, to name a few - will host a slew of gastronomic events from wine and spirit pairings, culinary workshops and exclusive dinners, curated by visi ng interna onally-renowned chefs. For more informa on, visit:

SAVOUR IT The foodie fes val Savour returns to the F1 Pit Building from March 26-29. O ering a gourmet market, wine workshops, celebrity chef master classes and over 50 signature dishes from a selec on of the city’s best restaurants, the 2015 event promises to be be er than ever. For more informa on, contact

SINGAPORE INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL Catch headlining interna onal acts, from Jessie J to Chaka Khan, Bobby McFerrin and Malaysia’s very own, Yuna, as they take the stage for what is rapidly becoming one of the world’s leading interna onal, jazz-inspired music fes vals (5 – 8 March, 2015). For more informa on, visit: 20

GREEN CORRIDOR RUN Lace up your running shoes and head out on a 10.5 kilometre fun run (8 March 2015) in the lush greenery between the old Tanjong Pagar Rail sta on and the Bukit Timah Rail sta on. Held in conjunc on with World Water Day, this year’s edi on will host a unique ‘Water Challenge’, where runners are invited to carry buckets of water throughout the race, and every litre deposited into a ceremonial well at the finish line will be matched with a $1 dona on to charity:water. For more informa on, visit:


MAGNER’S INTERNATIONAL COMEDY FESTIVAL This isn’t just any ordinary bar crawl. Make a beeline for some of Boat Quay’s best bars, such as Penny Black, London Bar, Harry’s Bar and Molly Malone’s and have a real laugh with up to 27 comedians as they perform 130 shows in Asia’s largest comedy fes val, happening from the 19 to 21 March 2015. For more informa on, visit:

SLEEPING BEAUTY Set to Tchaikovsky’s famed musical score, Sleeping Beauty takes on the elegant form of a full-length classical ballet. A truly magical show, the meless fairy tale is sure to entertain and enchant audiences of all ages! Performances will be held from the 12 to 15 March 2015 at the Esplanade Theatre. For more informa on, visit:

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Watch as everyone’s favourite Disney story comes to life from the 21 March to 12 April 2015 on the Grand Theatre stage of the Mastercard Theatres at Marina Bay Sands. From the creators of the original Broadway produc on, with Tony Award®-winning designed costumes cra ed by Ann HouldWard, and the award-winning musical score from the animated film, the musical unveils the story of Belle and the cursed Beast who must learn to love. For more informa on, visit: FEBRUARY - MARCH 2015 21

Gardens by the Bay Consist of more than 1 million plants from more than 5,000 species

Flower Dome

Flower Dome imitates the Mediterranean climate that is cool but dry, highlighting 9 different gardens from 5 continents. • Californian Garden • Baobabs and Bottle Trees • Mediterranean Garden • Succulent Garden • Olive Grove • Australian Garden • Changing Flower Field Display • South African Garden • South American Garden

Cloud Forest

Explore the orchids around the mountains, carnivore plants, and ferns from humid yet refreshing Tropical Mountain area, with one of the tallest indoor waterfalls in the world, reaching 35 meters in height, as well as becoming the meeting point of 7 zones. • Lost World • Earth Creek • Cloud Walk • 5+ Degrees • Treetop Walk • Secret Garden • Crystal Mountain

OCBC Skyway & the Supertrees

Hanging above the land, 22 meters high, between our vertical Supertrees, OCBC Skyway comes to life every night with the Garden Rhapsody – a free performance of light and sound – starting at 19.45 and 20.45.

Free Outdoor Garden

Free Outdoor Garden presents thematic Heritage Gardens of India, China, Malay, and Colonial. Don’t forget to visit the World of Plants with amazing corners like Secret Life of Trees, World of Palms, the Understorey, Fruit & Flowers, Web of Life and Discovery Gardens. For more information, please contact us on (65) 6429 6844 or Opening hours for Glass House from 09.00 – 21.00 every day, Outdoor Garden from 05.00 – 02.00 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018953



my perfect weekend By: Oscar Cheng

With a bit of know-how, keeping small children entertained in Singapore needn’t be a hassle. On the contrary, the possibilities for fun and frolics are endless. Singaporean parent, Oscar Cheng, plans his ideal weekend in Singapore, custom-made for those travelling with little ones. 24


SATURDAY If Saturday morning starts early, with your bundle of joy up bright and early ready for outdoors entertainment, a great compromise on a hot humid day is the cooldry conservatory, the Flower Dome, located at Gardens by the Bay. Before going in, stop at Café Crema near the entrance for a quick co ee for mum and dad and some Blueberry pancakes for the young ones. Helpings here are quite generous so you probably won’t go hungry either. A stroll through the Flower Dome is ideal to walk o a big breakfast. It’s not o en you can stroll around Singapore under the mid-morning sun without breaking a sweat, but this is exactly what the dome o ers. The award-winning glasshouse structure provides a stunning se ng for an even more impressive variety of plants from temperate regions around the world. Don’t miss the baobab trees on the second floor - most impressive is the African Baobab, which apparently weighs more than 32 tons. This should spark a reac on from the kids! Outside the dome, head over to the Children’s Garden. Bring your swimwear so you can spend an hour splashing around in the water play area, which includes a Toddler Play Zone with mini fish fountains and water tunnels. Once you’ve worked up an appe te, there’s lots to eat in the area. Our family favourite is just a five-minute walk from the gardens in Marina Bay Sands. Located on level B1, Pizzeria Mozza is our go to pizza restaurant in Singapore and never disappoints – if you like authen c thin crusty Italian pizza, it’s a must-try. If the young have renewed energy a er lunch, head to Fidgets City, just a few doors along from Pizzeria Mozza. Fidgets City o ers a mul -level play structure, which provides endless fun for li le ones, especially the three-way slide. There are also sta on-hand to help out at the art and cra sta ons, where kids can test their art skills, giving you me to have a relaxing co ee. One of the best things about Singapore is its size – you’re never far from anywhere. A short drive from MBS is the Katong neighbourhood, where the newly launched Amped Trampoline Park o ers an ac vity centre that’s great for kids who like to bounce around. Book a one-hour session for the li le ones and take a well-earned rest. Once energy levels are well depleted, head to Drink & Dine @ Parkland Green nearby. This new development in East Coast Park o ers lots of casual cafes, restaurants and bars to choose from. Blessed with sea views and breezy terraces, it’s an ideal place to end the day with sunset drinks and a relaxed dinner. FEBRUARY - MARCH 2015 25


SUNDAY A er a hec c day Saturday, Sunday should be more relaxing. What be er way to ease into the day than a morning walk in the Botanic Gardens, a highlight for any resident or visitor to the ‘garden city’. A er communing with nature, head to The Four Seasons nearby. On Sundays, the hotel has a fantas c Children’s Playland in the hotel’s ballroom. This supervised meal features a children’s bu et created by Chef Nicholas Owen. Kids favourites like riso o, pasta, chicken nuggets and pizzas are balanced out with mum and dad favourites like fruits and veggies – all nicely cut into toddler bite-size pieces. Perfect! A er ea ng, kids can have fun face pain ng and exploring the arts and cra s available. A er lunch, Orchard Road is just a short walk away should you require some retail therapy. At Forum Mall on weekends, the Hip Kids Club Playground is open in the morning and a ernoons. One of the best indoor playgrounds in Singapore, this o ers lots of fun including a ball pool, climbing frame and playhouse, in a safe secure environment. For a pick-me-up before hi ng the malls, PS Café in Palais Renaissance opposite is an outpost of the Dempsey stalwart, providing the same quality co ees and pastries. As well as the usual indoor air-condi oned sec on, this branch also has a lovely first floor pa o with outdoor sea ng, recommended for enjoying your cake and ca eine fix. Just up Orchard Road, the ideal shopping loca on for families is the upmarket mall Paragon. With another play area on the 5th floor, there are lots to keep toddlers happy while one of you escapes for a quick shop. Once everyone is worn out, head to Din Tai Fung for some Sunday dumplings, a weekend ins tu on. The combina on of friendly sta who love kids and mini dumplings with paper-thin wrappers and savoury fillings make this the perfect end to the weekend. 26


Details: Gardens By The Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Pizzeria Mozza, 2 Bayfront Avenue, #B142/46 The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, tel: 6688 8522,

Singapore Botanic Gardens, 1 Cluny Road, The Four Seasons, 190 Orchard Boulevard, tel: 6734 1110, Hip Kids Club Playground, 585 Orchard Road, Forum The Shopping Mall

Fidgets City, B1 57 The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, tel: 668 87406,

PS. Café, 390 Orchard Road, Palais Renaissance, tel: 9834 8232,

Amped Trampoline Park, 369 Tanjong Katong Road,

Paragon, 290 Orchard Road, tel: 6738 5535,

Parkland Green, 920 East Coast Parkway

Din Tai Fung, Paragon Shopping Centre, tel: 6836 8336,


ON TRACK By Mark Tan

Sentosa is fast becoming the adrenalin capital of South East Asia with an ever-growing selection of activities and attractions designed for the adventurous at heart. As the ranks swell, it’s important to also salute the pioneers whose efforts have been instrumental in the transformation of the island. One of these is the Skyline Luge, which this year is celebrating ten years in operation on Siloso Beach during which time ten million riders have made the descent. With major upgrades completed in 2014, we were excited to test our downhill driving skills on the improved circuit and experience this iconic attraction firsthand.




Located on Silosa Beach, Skyline Luge o ers two routes, the Jungle Track and Dragon Track, both which wind down the hill through the trees towards the beach below. Beginners should start with the Jungle track to get the hang of controlling the luge itself, which is essen ally a small go-kart styled like an alpine luge bobsleigh. Once the Jungle is mastered, the Dragon o ers a longer and more exhilara ng series of chicanes and turns to test your skill. The fun starts well before you get in your luge though. To get to the summit, the ‘skyride’ chairli takes you on a breathtaking journey over the trees, revealing panoramic views not only of Sentosa but stretching all the way to the CBD and beyond. Suspended slowly above the dense tropical tree line, with only birds for company, this is a very relaxing way to travel, very di erent from the high-speed thrill that awaits at the top. Amongst the choice of Sentosa a rac ons visible from the skyride, we spo ed the futuris c soon-to-open cable car sta on hidden in the trees – this will connect the west and east of the island later in the year.



Once you’ve arrived at the summit and collected your helmet, first- me riders are given a quick lesson in steering and stopping the luge before being waved through the star ng gates to begin the descent. Controlling the luge is easy, braking is a simple pull on the handlebars, which also respond with ease to the twists and turns of the course. Speed demons will enjoy pushing themselves to the limit although the course is never steep enough for drivers to lose control. It’s all over in a ma er of adrenalinfuelled minutes with the immediate reac on, much like ski-ing, is to queue up to have another go.


There are numerous ways to enjoy the Skyline Luge. As their slogan “once is never enough” points out, this is a ride that needs to be tried at least three mes for maximum enjoyment. The Skyline Luge is available on the Sentosa Fun Pass but we’d recommend the Mul ple Ride ckets available at the recep on o ce. If you can, we’d advise going in a group or family and doing as many rides as possible. There are both three and five-ride packages available with the price going down the more you do. Not only is this much more a ordable, it’s also a lot more fun!

Skyline Luge Sentosa, 45 Siloso Beach Walk, 2 minutes walk from Sentosa Express - Beach Sta on tel: 6274 0472,




Text & Photos by Jus n Eeles

Singapore is known as the garden city and for good reason – the city offers visitors a great selection of parks and green spaces in which to walk, hike or laze in the sun. In this issue we look at a selection of parks across the city-state, each offering a unique visitor experience as well as welcome respite from the busy streets of the city. So pack your picnic hamper, dust off your hiking boots and brush up on your botany – whatever your interest or incline, there’s a park here for you.



Gardens by the Bay One of Singapore’s most impressive new attractions is Gardens by the Bay. With two large temperature-regulated enclosures, the Flower Dome and the Cloud Forest, and parkland spread over a large area of Marina Bay, this is a must-visit for guests to the city. There is nothing quite like the Gardens by the Bay anywhere in the world. The grove of towering ‘supertrees,’ their trunks covered in thick foliage, provide a dramatic first impression, both day and night. During the day, the OCBC skyway takes visitors on a high altitude walk above the trees, offering startling views of the surroundings. As the sun sets, head to the main supertree, where restaurant and bar Indochine occupies the two floors at the summit – one of the more unique locations for a sundowner in a city full of iconic rooftop bars. As night falls, crowds gather at the base of the trees to enjoy the atmospheric light show, a calming prelude to the nightly Marina Bay Sands laser show at 8pm. FEBRUARY - MARCH 2015 37




Although entry requires a ticket, the Flower Dome and Cloud Forest are recommended for visitors, whether green-fingered nature lovers or families on a a day out. The Flower Dome provides the ideal place for a walk in the park, its temperature kept to a temperate 23-25C – there’s no danger of breaking into a sweat here! The assembled collection of plants from across the globe includes huge Baobabs from Africa, giant cacti, a one-thousand-year-old olive tree and a huge selection of flowers – look out for the Dahlia exhibition currently on show and the beautifully decorated Chinese New Year garden. In the damp misty Cloud Forest Dome next door, a man-made waterfall cascades down a mountain of rare plants from the tropical highlands. Discover a world of orchids, bromeliads and begonias as you descend from the summit. Beyond the domes, there are acres of park to walk through, with food and refreshments available at a selection of restaurants and the waterside hawker centre Satay by the Bay. For a special experience, book a table at Pollen (see review on page 48-49) in the Flower Dome and enjoy haute cuisine in a Mediterranean garden. 18 Marina Gardens Drive, tel: 6420 6848, FEBRUARY - MARCH 2015 39




Singapore Botanic Gardens If Singapore is a garden city, then this is the garden where it all started. Many of the trees, flowers and plants that line the city’s streets started their life here. Entrance to the gardens is free with only specialized attractions like the orchid garden requiring a ticket. With lakes, ponds, exotic flora and acres of green to enjoy, the gardens are a popular place for locals to exercise and get some fresh air, from sunrise Tai Chi rituals to after-work joggers. For the keen botanist, there is a lot to take in – it’s quite easy to spend a whole day exploring the garden’s many different areas. Refreshments are on hand at both entrance gates but for something memorable, book at table at Corner House, once the home to a leading botanist during up to the Second World War (see review page 50-51), and enjoy the creative cuisine of one of Singapore’s best new chefs, Jason Tan in beautiful surroundings. 1 Cluny Road, tel: 6471 7138, FEBRUARY - MARCH 2015 41




MacRitchie Reservoir Walkers around this picturesque stretch of water may be outnumbered by joggers by three to one, but that doesn’t negatively affect the experience – this is one of Singapore’s more impressive natural parks. Offering hiking trails, kayaking and a stunning tree-top walk, MacRitchie is Singapore’s oldest reservoir and offers walkers a good choice of trails through the forest ranging from an easy 90 minutes to a challenging five hours. Alternatively take it easy, relax by the water-side and meet some of the local macaque inhabitants. MacRitchie Nature Trail and Reservoir Park, Lornie Road FEBRUARY - MARCH 2015 43




Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve Located over 130 hectares on the northwestern tip of Singapore, this corner of green offers a natural escape from city life, attracting mainly nature enthusiasts and birdwatchers but never suffering from overcrowding. Spread over a large area and offering a selection of trails and lookout huts, this is an ideal place for a leisurely hike. Early mornings and late evenings are best for the birdlife, which is abundant, while daylight hours feature lumbering monitor lizards and the odd wild crocodile. Recent additions to the park include a raised coastal boardwalk with unique wooden viewing pods. Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, 301 Neo Tiew Crescent, tel: 6794 1401 FEBRUARY - MARCH 2015 45




River Safari The Singapore Zoo and Night Safari offers acres of green space to enjoy while visiting the resident animal population. The newest attraction here is the River Safari, which is well worth spending up to a day visiting. Celebrating the world’s great rivers and their inhabitants, both on land and in water, this park offers much more than its name suggests. Apart from the two separate water-boat rides available here, one across the reservoir in a large craft and the other on a manmade fun ‘Amazon River Quest’ circuit through an animal enclosure, there are a series of aquariums housing freshwater fish and mammals from across the globe – the size of some of them has to be seen to be believed! FEBRUARY - MARCH 2015 47




The highlight for many is the panda pen here, where resident giant pandas Kai Kai and Jia Jia entertain with their well-honed eating and lazing skills. Much more energetic are the adorable red pandas, which visitors can get so close to, they can almost touch them. The Amazon River Quest is a fun circuit through some of the different species from the world’s largest river. Giant rats, a trudging ant-eater, squawking flamingoes, a hilarious brown tufted Capuchin and a pair of Jaguars are just some of the creatures on display. River Safari, 80 Mandai Lake Road, tel: 6269 3411, FEBRUARY - MARCH 2015 49









- CHEF COLIN BUCHAN by Luke FInn One of the most significant restaurant openings in the past five years in Singapore has been Pollen at Gardens by the Bay. Located inside the Flower Dome, a vast enclosed temperate garden housing plants from across the globe, Pollen was never going to be just another restaurant. Part of the growing culinary empire of Bri sh Chef Jason Atherton, who famously worked closely with Gordon Ramsay for many years before achieving his own fame, Pollen o ers a unique dining experience in a truly original se ng. The Gardens by the Bay themselves are well worth a visit (see page 34). Apart from the two domes, there is a wide expanse of park to cover around the iconic ‘super-trees,’ with lots of chance to work up a suitable appe te. Pollen is open for lunch and dinner and a ernoon tea but for the most extraordinary experience we would advise going for dinner and enjoying the seven-course tas ng menu put together by Execu ve Chef Colin Buchan. The restaurant itself is separated into two sec ons, an informal area on the second floor for snacks, high tea and drinks and the main dining room on the ground floor overlooking the water. As Pollen is actually inside the Flower Dome, the restaurant is blessed with the same temperate climate and the wonderful aroma of exo c plant life. It’s like enjoying a meal on a Mediterranean terrace on a summer evening – close by a thousand-year-old olive tree borders the restaurant’s herb garden. Be warned though, in the evenings it can be slightly on the chilly side so bring an extra layer just in case – the restaurant also though ully provides a selec on of cashmere scarves which I accepted gratefully on a par cularly fresh January evening.

Images courtesy of Pollen

Despite the quality of the food, the dining area has a relaxed informal feel to it, tables are bare wood, service is friendly and jazz sets the laid-back tempo. The garden theme is evident in the interior design – plates are beau fully illustrated with plant species and a flower rock garden creates a natural border. The menu also includes ingredients from the garden, herbs freshly picked and edible flowers providing garnish. It’s part of the overall experience that makes dining at Pollen quite di erent from anything else Singapore has to o er. Chef Colin describes the concept as. “we want customers to experience something di erent, making each dish a talking point on the table. We use di erent techniques like fermenta on and liquid nitrogen but we don’t go too far – we don’t want customers to be in midated by the food.” The first dish on the seven-course tas ng menu illustrated both the theatre of the presenta on and the quality of the cuisine. A Carpaccio of Hokkaido Scallops, served with marinated cucumber and finger lime sago, caviar and frozen dill water, it was delivered in a swirl of fragrant dry ice. The scallops, tender and succulent, were brought to life by the freshness of the ingredients and strong clean flavours. Likewise the Heritage Beetroot Salad, served on a sandalwood trunk with rico a and nastur um leaves, flowers and blackberry, was light, fragrant and delicious. “I don’t like to label the food as Mediterranean or modern Bri sh but just concentrate instead on high quality ingredients. We work on two seasons, impor ng ingredients from New Zealand and Australia for half the year and then from Europe and of course Japan. We do try and source as much as we can locally and there is a growing farm culture in Singapore but the majority is s ll imported.”

In the following two courses, examples of this are plain to see. A delicate Foie Gras served with pumpkin puree, poached quince and homemade cider chaser and a perfectly prepared Jasmine Tea-Cured Norwegian Salmon, served with ar choke barigoule, mandarin, Ikura caviar, so shell crab and a wonderful Earl Grey foam. Por ons are generous without being too large to finish. “We want diners here to enjoy the evening, take their me and not get too full. They can perhaps have a kitchen tour during the meal before finishing the night at our Dessert Bar.” Despite the generous por ons, the tas ng menu was not too much to enjoy fully but diners should set aside at least two hours for maximum enjoyment. Even a er the two meat courses of Bresse Pigeon, served with mushroom and spelt riso o, grapes, calvados and Sichuan jelly and the Wagyu Beef Teres Major, we eagerly sat down at the Dessert Bar where pastry chef Joanna Voth prepared us a dazzling assortment of sweet tempta ons – don’t miss their take on Hendrick’s gin. With Bano ee Pie and a glass of Moscato d’As ’s La Rosa Selva ca wrapping up the evening’s gastronomic experience, Pollen successfully delivered a truly excellent dining experience. Recommended! Pollen is open every day. Apart from the seven-course tas ng menu, there is a la carte selec on and a three-course business lunch at High tea is served everyday. Pollen guests are allowed free entry to the Flower Dome, a nice way to either build up your appe te or walk o a large meal. The dome closes at 9pm so it’s advised to visit before your meal in the evenings. Pollen, Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Drive, tel: 6604 9988, FEBRUARY - MARCH 2015 51







GASTRO BOTANICA by Marc Tan Images courtesy of Corner House

One of the restaurants topped for big things in 2015 is Corner House, located in the Botanic Gardens. This charming restaurant, open since late last year, sits in an old colonial black and white house, once home to botanist E J H Corner, who worked at the gardens up until the Second World War. Lovingly preserved, the interior design of the ground floor is not far removed from how he would have lived, and photographs of Corner at home, and the plants he was studying, adorn the walls. Split over two levels, the lower floor housing the bar, hall area and kitchen, and the upper floor the dining space, Corner House o ers the unique opportunity of enjoying me in one of these historical abodes. Whereas Singapore’s ubiquitous shop-houses have been transformed into restaurants by the hundreds, it’s a rare pleasure to dine in such an atmospheric black and white house. The dining area uses its space well - diners are not squeezed in to fit more tables but in contrast given lots of room to take in the scene. With alcoves and converted balconies, there is lots of available privacy. Given its prime loca on in Singapore's oldest and grandest garden, views from the upstairs windows are blessed with natural surroundings. During the day, birds swoop and bu erflies flu er in the surrounding green canopy, making it a very relaxing place for a leisurely lunch. In the evenings, the dining room o ers one of the most roman c loca ons in town for a gastronomic journey par excellence. With its loca on and heritage firmly wedged

in the past, the kitchen o ers the very opposite. Although Chef Jason Tan was schooled in classic French cuisine, his menu is a burst of modern crea vity and method. Labelled ‘gastro-botanica’ the menu is not vegetarian but pays homage to nature’s finest ingredients, whether imported meats, prime vegetables or edible flowers from the garden. Chef Tan’s background provides the ideal pla orm for him to release his crea ve flair and culinary knowledge at Corner House. Having worked most recently with Jus n Quek at Sky on 57 at Marina Bay Sands, a er s nts in the dis nguished kitchens of Joel Robuchon, Julien Bombard and the Mandarin Oriental, he has developed a unique signature cuisine, which he approaches at Corner House with rigour. As is the case for all top restaurants, the quality of the ingredient is key. At Corner House, Chef Tan celebrates the flavours and textures of simple vegetables like the tomato, the beetroot and his favourite, the onion, by preparing each ingredient in contras ng ways. All are sourced from the best providers available, beau fully prepared and presented with passion – don’t miss his amazing onion tea or the onion puree with sous-vide egg, onion confit and shaved black tru e, served in a hollowed-out onion shell. His tender Japanese A5 Omi Beef, presented as a splash

of raw colour on an ar st’s pale e, is served with varia ons of beetroot, raw, boiled or baked with a Comte topping. His tomato varia on is just an inven ve, ranging from cherry tomatoes marinated in basil and honey or mint and sour plum, to his fragrant tomato cloud, sorbet and confit. Dishes at Corner House do not overpower or in midate but achieve a fine balance flavours are light, honest and celebratory. His lobster with riso pasta, sautéed squid and burnt leeks is a wonderful blend of flavours, likewise the pre-dessert palate cleanser of passion fruit reisling jelly, marinated pineapple, tapioca pearl with cardamom and a basil lime sorbet. Like each preceding course, dessert is a work of art that you feel guilty destroying with an eager spoon. Don’t miss the Cocoa Pebbles, chocolate mousse with lemon curd, served on bed of chocolate soil with mandarin sorbet, mushroom meringue and lightly pickled shimiji – exquisite! Corner House is set to become very popular very quickly, so we’d advise trying it as soon as possible. Reserva ons recommended!

Corner House, Singapore Botanic Gardens (Nassim Gate), tel: 6469 1000, FEBRUARY - MARCH 2015 53



Brian Spencer meets Matthew White and Shen Tan, two chefs doing something a little bit different with their pizzas.

Armed with an impressive culinary pedigree forged in the kitchens of such acclaimed US restaurants as Michael Mina (Las Vegas, NV) and Spago (Beverly Hills, CA), White came to Singapore in 2011 on a three-month consulta on contract with The Lo & Behold Group, the management firm behind a selec on of Singapore’s top restaurants including Extra Virgin Pizza. A er three months turned into three years, White decided the me was right to break out on his own with Alt. Pizza, which opened last June. “As a consultant I didn’t have much final say, so now I get the chance to really unleash my crea vity and do something original that hopefully people really grow to love and enjoy,” he says. “I’m pouring my heart and soul into this food.” From the dining room’s gra -style mural by local illustrator Ben Qwek, to thincrust 11-inch pizzas with cheeky names like ‘The Hangover’ and ‘Crabby Ninja,’ Alt. Pizza is certainly one of Singapore’s most idiosyncra c pizza parlours. Most unique, perhaps, is White’s choose-



your-own-adventure menu, which in addi on to 14 of the chef’s own crea ons ($12 - $18) features a DIY bar with six di erent sauces, seven cheeses, twelve meats and seafood, and nearly twenty vegetables, including uncommon op ons like blue crab, garlicchili prawns and skirt steak. “I wanted to keep the menu small with my somewhat unconven onal signatures, but also wanted to give our customers the chance to make, say, a cheese pizza,” he says. “If they really want to go o the wall, they have the freedom to make a pizza with up to 50 di erent toppings; you could poten ally

make 20,000 di erent combina ons.” White also breaks conven on on his well-curated drinks menu, which has an excep onal choice of quality wines and American cra brews at prices rarely seen in Singapore. These include beers from California-based breweries like Lost Coast (dra $10), and Modern Times (500ml cans $12). All wines come by the glass or bo le, with prices star ng at $8. A cool, casual se ng, stellar pies and a ordable pple— what’s not to like? “Nothing makes me happier than the buzz of a bustling restaurant

where people can meet up with their friends and family and have a good me with great food, drinks, and service,” says White.

hotspot, and cranked out scores of woodfired pizzas at Gastrogig’s wildly popular Pizza X par es.

Singaporean chef, Shen Tan, also knows a thing or two about crea ng fresh, fun food experiences. Now Culinary Director of popup party planners Gastrogig, Tan has in the past two years hosted a series of sold-out “aPORKalypse” porcine feasts, turned an art gallery/café into a two-day only brunch

“I love working on events because there is such a rush of crea vity, adrenaline, and excitement,” says Tan. “Everything is new and fresh. We create new dishes, customize our food and decor to meet the client’s needs... I love the buzz and energy.” At Pizza X, Tan sets up her mobile oven at non-tradi onal Singapore loca ons scouted by her and Gastrogig founder Jasmine Cheah. The des na on is not revealed to cket holders un l the day before the event; to date, Pizza X has popped up everywhere from a Chinatown parking garage and West Coast po ery complex to a deserted alleyway and a roo op in the woods. “Sussing out a cool secret loca on is key,” says Tan.


Tan’s signature Pizza X pie, the beef rendang, first turned heads at Wok & Barrel, Tan’s now-defunct Duxton Hill eatery, though its incep on came more than 10 years ago in Tan’s home kitchen. “I had some le over rendang in the fridge, so I whacked some on top of the pizza crust, together with some cheese and tomato sauce, and found that the tangy tomato sauce went really well with the rich, coconu y rendang,” she says. “Strangely

enough, the cheese worked, too!” Plans are underway for the next party, which Tan cryp cally hints will include a “childhood junk food” themed food carnival. Watch for details.

Alt. Pizza, 3 Temasek Blvd., Suntec City Mall Tower 4, 01-602, tel: 6836 9207, Gastrogig,

Pizza Perfect Three more recommended restaurants for ge ng your pizza on. Eighty Days Here, cracker-thin, bite-sized pizzas inspired by foods and flavours from around the world are paired with more than 30 bo led cra beers. 8A Marina Blvd., Marina Bay Link Mall, #B2-67, Ph. +65 6634 2962, Pizzeria Mozza Authen c, Neapolitan-style pies are the specialty at this buzzy MBS bistro from celebrity chef Mario Batali. 2 Bayfront Ave., The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, #B1-42/46, Ph. +65 6688 8522, singapore. Skinny Pizza Squid-ink pizza, chicken satay, and English breakfast are just a few of the rela vely light, lowcarb pies fired at this fast-growing chain. Five Singapore loca ons;



BLIND TASTING by Luke FInn Photos courtesy of Nox


They say that fine dining is a feast for the senses, a symphony that starts with the presentation of the dish, before taste buds are awoken by the food’s aroma and then satisfied with the first taste. Take perhaps the sense we take most for granted away though and dining becomes a very different sensual experience. At Nox, Dining in the Dark, they do just that, invi ng guests to enjoy a three-course menu of modern interna onal cuisine in complete darkness, without knowing what they are ea ng or where exactly they are ea ng it. If it sounds like a recipe for disaster, in reality it is anything but. Nox have clearly done a lot of work to ensure that the experience is not only unique but also food for thought regarding how we behave in restaurants, what we expect and how we cope when we can’t see what we are doing. It also challenges the diner’s ability to iden fy dishes and ingredients when they are not in plain sight, which is not as easy as you might expect it would be. An evening at Nox starts with a cocktail and amuse bouche in the lit ground floor lounge bar where the menu is carefully explained, food allergies are iden fied and any ques ons are answered. The kitchen o ers a daily three-course set dinner menu in the second-floor dining area, available with either a wine pairing or drinks of your choice. Each course is served in four bowls, which each diner is advised to eat in a clockwise direc on star ng from his or her nearest bowl. Once the menu has been explained, diners are asked to lock away all cell phones and light emi ng devices in a downstairs locker before one of the restaurant’s waiters takes them upstairs into the darkness of the dining hall. This is an experience in itself. The waiters at Nox are all visually impaired and so have developed the skill to navigate their way through the dining rooms with ease. Guests are led by holding onto the waiter’s shoulders and shu ing slowly through the dark un l they reach their table and through touch and guidance take their seats. Our guide, Halimi, expertly delivered us to our table and reassuringly put any unease at rest with his calm and professional manner – this is a restaurant where you will develop an immediately close rela onship with your waiter. When you have given up trying to make out any shapes or light inside the room – you won’t – you have to rely on your other senses to work out what’s around you. I was happy enough to locate my wine glass and cutlery on the table, with a rough idea how many diners were in the room – the ones who were talking that is. Being without the distrac ons

of smart phones, you are le to enjoy the food for its taste and texture while prac cing the increasingly ignored art of conversa on. This is not as easy as it sounds, the former that is. To ensure most of the food doesn’t end up on your lap, it’s best to hold the bowl close to your chin and slowly shovel the food into your mouth – not exactly the epitome of elegance but thankfully no one’s watching. Without any prior knowledge of what’s on the menu, it’s up to your nose, tongue and taste buds to iden fy what you are ea ng – at the end of the meal, diners are given a short ques onnaire quiz to see how well they have done. Chef Desmond Lee has introduced ingredients of varying texture and consistency to the menu to make this fun, some are easy and some very hard – it makes you realize how much we rely on our eyes when we eat. Luckily all is served in small pieces so knives are not necessary. For the record, I got two out of four of the meat dishes completely wrong, at one me mistaking beef for chicken! I didn’t do much be er with the wine either. Throughout the meal I was content to work my way through the dishes slowly savouring each taste while my partner was tearing through each dish

at great speed, at some mes two dishes ahead - I guess the experience is unique to each diner. Dishes were all delicious, trea ng the palate to a sensory journey of contras ng flavours and taste. Service was quick and remarkably quiet and when we’d finished we were again led by Halimi down to the lounge below. Here we asked him how he was able to look a er so many diners and navigate the restaurant with no guidance. His story is a remarkable one. Born with normal sight, he was working as a steward for Singapore Airlines when he was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Surviving the opera on, he lost his sight when the tumor was removed but has con nued on working regardless, charming diners at Nox with his infec ous posi vity and grace. Before leaving the restaurant, guests are shown photos of what they consumed, some familiar and some quite surprising, a sa sfying conclusion to a fun and memorable evening. Reserva ons recommended!

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SUITE LIFE The Fullerton Bay Hotel



In this issue we look at some of the best suites available within walking distance to the Central Business District. Whether you want to be stationed elegantly on the water, eclectically in atmospheric Chinatown or ensconced in a natural oasis in between, we have a room for you.

Those looking for an exclusive suite experience offering bay views, walking distance to the CBD and an interior that leaps out of a glossy style guide should check into the Anderson Suite at The Fullerton Bay Hotel. The hotel alone is one of the most sought after addresses in town. Perched on the water at Marina Bay, most guest rooms here o er a water view but the Anderson Suite sits on the far right corner, o ering uninterrupted views of Marina Bay Sands from its front balcony and side views of the Customs House and Marina Bay Financial Centre. The Anderson Suite, named a er Sir John Anderson, the first governor of the Straits Se lement, is a lavishly decorated blend of historical chic and modern sophis ca on. Everything you could possibly

think of has been an cipated here, and a lot that you hadn’t. Toilet seats rise by magic as you enter the cubicle, blinds purringly switch from day into night and a chilled bo le of fine champagne awaits your arrival, along with a burgeoning fruit bowl and bespoke handmade chocolates. Not content with o ering one brand of luxury toiletries, the hotel o ers a selec on (Bulgari, Ferragamo and Hermes), promising to remember your favourite on your next visit. Underneath the Peranakan mo fs and luxurious decor lies enough technology to run a small business. Wifi is complimentary and seamless, Bose docks provide your soundtrack and three televisions (one in the tub) mean you’re never far from the latest entertainment. At hand, intelligent touch pad controls for your ligh ng and temperature e ortlessly create a 21-century environment. With its velvet daybeds, sweeping vistas and

acres of gorgeous space, it’s a hard suite to leave but if you do, you’re within walking distance of the city’s top museums, the best nightlife Singapore has to o er and enough fine dining establishments to keep you busy for weeks. What’s more, the daily light show put on by Marina Bay Sands opposite might as well have been put on in your honour so close are you to the ac on. With the facili es of the hotel’s sister property The Fullerton also at your finger ps, now accessible by an underground walkway, guests are now spoilt for choice in dining, spa and entertainment facili es without having to leave the property. Don’t worry about having to make reserva ons though, the suite comes with a personal butler whose job it is to make your stay at the hotel as seamless and stress-free as possible. The Fullerton Bay Hotel, 80 Collyer Quay, tel: 6333 8388, FEBRUARY - MARCH 2015 59


PARKROYAL on Pickering

If Singapore is the garden city then PARKROYAL on Pickering is the city’s garden hotel. Located in between Marina Bay and Chinatown, just a short stroll to the Central Business District, this impressive structure has been winning awards for its dynamic architecture and strict environmental position since opening its door in 2013. With an exterior inspired by the curves of Asia’s iconic terraced rice paddies and a clean designed spacious interior, the hotel’s boun ful plant life provides a natural reflec on to the park located at its front. Inside, water features, natural wood and stone complete the calming environment – you could be checking into a Bali resort. The Orchid Club Suite here is an extension of this relaxing aura – high ceilings, acres of room and an interior that’s part Swedish 60


health resort and part high tech zen minimalism. And did we men on the view? At the touch of a bu on, blinds raise to a ord guests 180-degree views of the cityscape through the enormous floor to ceiling windows. Spread over two spacious rooms and a generous bathroom with rain shower and large tub, this light-filled space features two flat-screen televisions, intelligent touch ligh ng, free wifi and a well-stocked minibar. Drinking water is purified in-house and presented in large glass bo les, no wastage here with water pressure specially adjusted to prevent unnecessary harm to the environment. That’s not to say you can’t enjoy your Elemis toiletries without an invigora ng rain shower, you most certainly can. Orchid Club guests have access to the Lounge, where champagne breakfast, high tea and evening cocktails are served daily. If like me, your idea of the perfect breakfast is a freshly baked croissant (worth men oning as here they are up there with the best in

town), gourmet Echiré bu er, French jam, freshly squeezed orange juice and quality co ee, then you’ll feel right at home here. Oh and a complimentary glass of champagne to get the day started in fine fashion as well as fresh fruits, eggs and a spread of interna onal delicacies. Alterna vely head down to Lime restaurant on the ground floor where an extensive bu et spread at breakfast, lunch and dinner make this one of the most popular loca ons in the city for a gastronomic splurge. To work it o , head to the pool level where a walking/jogging track takes you through the hotel’s lush elevated gardens on a breezy circuit of green or pump some iron in the gym. Relax a erwards in the pods that line the garden pool terrace. Shaped like giant birdcages, these o er the ideal place to catch up on the latest novel or work your way through the Sunday papers. We love this hotel. PARKROYAL on Pickering, 3 Upper Pickering Street, tel: 6809 8888, Pickering FEBRUARY - MARCH 2015 61




New Majestic Hotel

Located in the atmospheric streets of China town but still just a short hop from the CBD, The New Majestic Hotel was one of the original boutique hotels in Singapore and still sets the standard for others to follow in terms of character, artistry and a sense of fun. The interior is whimsical and creative, with no two guestrooms alike. For a unique experience, check into the Cheshire Suite (402). Split over two levels – a ladder takes you to your bedroom quarters – this a c room comes equipped with complimentary smart phone, Nespresso machine, two smart televisions and best of all, twin free-standing bath tubs. These majes c cast-iron beau es take centre-stage in the downstairs living area, providing a bathing experience you are unlikely to ever forget. Apart from the twin tubs, there’s a rain shower stocked with Kiehl’s toiletries and the so est bedding we’ve experienced for a long me. The eclec c decor throughout the hotel reveals the owner’s passion for chairs in all forms and sizes – the Cheshire is blessed with a beau fully preserved white barber chair – an ideal place to read the morning papers, delivered each day to the room. The suite’s interior décor, painted by ar st Sandra Lee, has a nau cal fairytale feel, featuring flying sheep clouds, a friendly turtle and a mari me adventure – its inspira on lying with Lewis Carrol’s classic Alice in Wonderland. As is de rigeur, mini bar drinks are all complimentary as is the wi-fi, but travellers here are also provided a complimentary smart phone, with internet access and complimentary unlimited local calls – you can also make up to 15 interna onal calls (to certain countries) at no cost! Upon check-in, the welcome drink is a chilled bo le of Singapore Sling, a nice way to ease yourself into this dynamic neighbourhood. Within spi ng distance of the hotel, wining and dining opportuni es include some of the very best in town– the stellar Restaurant Andre is right next door. Other recommended choices nearby include Esquina, Burnt Ends, The Study, the Cu ink Club and Potato Head Folk. Alterna vely, enjoy the fine Chinese cuisine available at Jing restaurant on the ground floor. New Majes c Hotel, 31 Bukit Pasoh Road, tel: 6511 4700, newmajes FEBRUARY - MARCH 2015 63


For Business and Pleasure If you’re in town on business and are looking for convenience, a great location and some leisure thrown in for good measure, check out the Corporate Suites at the Royal Plaza on Scotts. These large spaces are so well equipped you won’t need to leave them. No need to worry about booking mee ng rooms or making appointments, all can be done in the room which comes with large mee ng table, projector, sound system, complimentary



Wi-Fi and mini bar, secretary table and Nespresso machine. And once the work is over, a Wii sta on provides a fun way to let o steam and relax. The Corporate Suite Package (S$1,700++) includes lunch for ten guests at Carousel restaurant, co ee breaks and accommoda on for two guests.

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The WOW factor For the leisure traveller looking for the extraordinary, the Extreme Wow Suite at the W Singapore, Sentosa Cove might be just the ticket. With its own kitchen, bar, DJ station and generous space, both inside the living area and outside beside the private plunge pool, entertaining here will never be a problem. Lavishly decorated and fuelled by the latest technology, this suite is guaranteed to make a las ng impression. The bathroom alone, with an impressive circular jacuzzi tub, is large enough to hold a small cocktail party. Take advantage of 24-hour dedicated service, enjoy the sweeping sea views and relax in the knowledge that you’re sampling the best the hotel can o er. W Singapore, Sentosa Cove, tel: 6808 7288




TO EACH HIS OWN By: Raphaelle Choel




Whether you fancy a historic retreat, a trendy inner-city destination or a kids friendly resort, Singapore has it all. We look at three accommodation options offering a very different experience of the city-state.

LIVING HISTORY AT RAFFLES HOTEL Ra es Hotel is more than a legendary ins tu on on the island. Named a er Sir Thomas Stamford Ra es, founder of the state of Singapore in 1819 and designed by architect Regent Alfred John Bidwell, the hotel opened to the public in 1887. It was originally part of the Sarkies brothers’ hotel empire, which included the Eastern and Oriental in Penang and the Majapahit in Surabaya. Famous guests, when it opened, included Joseph Conrad in 1888 and Rudyard Kipling who is famously quoted as saying, “when in Singapore, feed at Ra es.” Today the lobby’s ‘Writers’ Bar’ and the 12 authorsuites pay homage to these intellectuals. In 1921 Somerset Maugham stayed at the hotel and he returned in 1926 and 1959, always staying in Suite 12, where one of his original le ers is on display. Over the years, the hotel has caught the public’s imagina on for more than its

legendary hospitality. Not many current guests are aware that a ger was once shot at the hotel. In 1902 the animal escaped from a nearby circus and next-door neighbour and hunter Charles McGoven was called to avoid a poten al drama. It was late at night and he had reportedly had quite a few drinks that night so it took him a few shots before he actually hit the animal under what is now the Bar & Billiard Room. Another claim to fame is the inven on of the iconic cocktail, the Singapore Sling, which was created by barman Ngiam Tong Boon in 1915. Made with gin, Peter Heering, Cointreau, grenadine, angostura bi ers, pineapple & lime juice, this sweet concoc on was first invented to allow women to drink alcohol without arousing the suspicion of disapproving eyes. These days, a thousand Singapore Slings are said to be sold every day at the hotel. Over the years, the hotel has hosted a long line of celebri es and VIP guests. Michael Jackson, Jackie Chan, William & Kate, Charlie Chaplin, Frank Buck, Jean Harlow, John Wayne and even the Queen of England – all have enjoyed Ra es hospitality. Today, you can join their ranks by trea ng yourself to a stay in one of the 103 colonial-style suites, including the unique Courtyard or Palm Suites and even the Presiden al Suite. Ra es also boasts a luxury spa with a

long list of temp ng signature treatments, including body massages and therapies, body scrubs and wraps and facial treatments, to enjoy a er a few laps in the beau fully secluded roo op pool. Once you’ve worked up an appe te, enjoy an exquisite Indian bu et feast at the Ti n Room. Other dining highlights include the Long Bar Steakhouse for meat lovers and the Ra es Grill for unique Frenchinspired delicacies by talented young Chef Michael Le Calvez. The Halia, located in the hotel’s grounds, is another dining highlight, especially for those who appreciate communal dining. The signature crabmeat spaghe and oven-baked halibut are definitely dishes to try here, as is the amazing Javanese spiced lamb rump and the stunning desserts – I recommend the beau ful ginger nougat parfait and delicious milk chocolate cloud. And if your stay happens to take place over the weekend, treat yourself to the city’s most amazing brunch at the Bar and Billiard room. Last but not least, don’t forget to enjoy a Singapore Sling in the Long Bar or under the stars in the Courtyard, adding your own chapter to the hotel’s long history. Ra es Hotel, 1 Beach Road, tel: 6337 1886, ra FEBRUARY - MARCH 2015 69


TRENDSETTING AT SOFITEL SO SINGAPORE! This recently opened hotel is a one-of-a kind des na on. Located in the heart of the city’s CBD, Sofitel So is definitely set to change the face of Singapore’s hospitality scene, o ering a unique luxury experience in an iconic heritage building. Designed by Singapore’s only French design house, MIAJA Design Group, original features include a light-filled atrium that welcomes guests in a lobby filled with artworks and a crea ve hexagonal light installa on, a plush ‘bed-table’ within the restaurant and a glamorous golden- led roo op pool with views of the city. The hotel commissioned Karl Lagerfeld to add his touch to the interior, resul ng in the unique lion seals found throughout the hotel’s design. At Sofitel So, every unique detail is thought through with the overall experience conveying the So Concept. In guest rooms, all equipped with hi-tech Apple devices, a map of the city is projected onto the ceiling and a light box features images of pala al glass domes inspired by both the tradi onal architecture of Europe and modern construc on in Singapore.


The design concept throughout the hotel is fun and playful: in the toilet, two eggs with a sentence each: take a seat and take your me, illustrate So humour. In-room ameni es are generous with a dedicated set for both him and her. The mini bar is just as indulgent, o ering a wide selec on of free drinks and snacks. In the mini-kitchen space, three dolls represen ng Singapore’s main ethnic communi es inform guests on Chinese, Malay and Indian heritage – a unique way of acquiring some local knowledge. Sofitel So Singapore, 35 Robinson Road tel: 6701 6800,



FAMILY FUN AT SHANGRI-LA RASA SENTOSA Located on Siloso beach, this hotel is the perfect des na on for parents travelling with children who don’t want to end up spending more me tending to their kids than enjoying a holiday experience. While adults take me o or indulge in a spa session (the 90-minute Singapore massage, which combines aspects from Chinese, Malay and Indian techniques and tools like bamboo s cks and Kansu metal bowl is recommended), children aged five to 12 can enjoy a full day of fun at the Cool Zone, which consists of a Game Zone, Cra Zone and a Mini Toots Club. The highlight here is the giant tree-house slide, which winds all the way down from level three into a pool of colourful balls on level one. Full-day children ac vity programmes, inclusive of lunch and dinner, are also available for your li le ones. These include indoor musical games, scavenger hunts, arts and cra s, mini pu ng, island tours, water polo and non-motorised water sports such as kayaking and pedal boats. All this is o ered under sta supervision, which is a en ve, caring and very professional. Children can also try the Flying Trapeze - the first of its kind in Singapore – to test their acroba c skills. The hotel is also unique in that guests are exposed to a semi-jungle environment, with peacocks, monkeys and birds all part of the landscape, making a stay here a truly tropical nature experience.


When it comes to dining, there are numerous op ons o ered to families. These include a casual all-day dining bu et at Silver Shell Café. This specifically caters for families with babies with a dedicated zone, providing complimentary food for di erent stages of infancy, milk bo les, wipes and even diapers. The fantas c Sunday brunch is also a major highlight, making the des na on a unique trip for families wishing to spend me together. Expect an amazing spread including fresh seafood (crab, prawns, lobster and French oysters), sushi, appe zers, roast meats, a selec on of Asian and interna onal dishes and a wide selec on of cheese and desserts. A er ea ng, children are kept entertained by ac vi es like magic shows, balloon sculp ng and singing. A er lunch, families can then enjoy the resort’s swimming pool area which o ers children’s slides and lots of fun water features, relax by the beach or explore the many wonders available on Sentosa. Shangri La’s Rasa Sentosa Resort and Spa, Singapore, 101 Siloso Road, tel: 6275 0100, FEBRUARY - MARCH 2015 71


Mum’s the Word Jamie Yeo, actress, presenter, entrepreneur and mother, took time out of her busy schedule to talk to us about her new web business and why she thinks Singapore keeps getting better and better as a gourmet destination.



You are juggling a career as a radio dj, a TV presenter, an entrepreneur and a mother, how do you find the me and how have your priori es changed in recent years? Honestly, there are days when I don’t know how I do it. During par cularly busy weeks, something’s got to give. Most mes I forsake a social life or going to the gym or sleep. I’m ge ng really good at stealing 20-minute naps whenever I can. I once dozed o for a good 10 minutes si ng straight up in the middle of filming while we were wai ng on some food/ props. My top priority now is definitely my daughter. I’m lucky that my parents live so close by so they can help me out when I need them.

How has becoming a mother changed your outlook on life? I’ve learnt not to worry too much about the small stu and now see the world in a di erent light. Through the eyes of a child, there is wonder in everything, even the most mundane things, which is beau ful to witness and be part of.

What inspired you to set up mums. sg and what do you hope to achieve through the business? Is it your first business enterprise? is my first enterprise, yes. My business partner and I set it up because there was no online shopping pla orm and community for mothers available in Singapore. It o ers an online shopping portal for mums who want to buy top quality brands at a frac on of their price in stores. In fact, mums can sell their own products on the site as well! We o er 20 great deals a week on selected products, with many more in our general shop pages.

You won the hearts of millions of soccer fans when you presented ESPN’s Football Crazy, are you s ll involved in the game? Yes I am! I host a weekly Premier League review show on Singtel Mio tv. I also follow and support Arsenal. Unfortunately I don’t think they’ve got any hope for the Premier League trophy this season but it would be nice to see them li the FA cup again soon!

How are the Singapore Lions’ chances in 2015? Are there any big games coming up we should look out for? Our boys need plenty of support from the fans here. Their chances are just as good as any other team. They just need to play hard and not buckle under pressure. We need

more quality youngsters too for the future. Former Lions star Safuwan Baharuddin was just picked up on loan by Melbourne FC. He’s one of SG’s brightest footballers and at 23 years old has the world at his feet. I think moving to the A league was the right move for him and hopefully he can improve by leaps and bounds to make a di erence in our na onal squad, which needs a boost big me.

How do you think Singapore has changed as a des na on in the past five years and is it an exci ng me to visit the city? For me the dining scene in Singapore has changed dras cally for the be er in the last five years. There are now countless quality restaurants in Singapore that o er everything from authen c tapas to fine French to hearty Italian. You’ve the big names here too like Joël Robuchon, Jason Atherton and many more, so going out to eat is a real pleasure these days. I love the cool hipster cafes that have sprung up all over the island too! I’m so glad there’s proper co ee around now.

How do you relax when you’re not working? I love ea ng out in Singapore. There’s nothing like a good meal on a Friday or Saturday night and then drinks at a cocktail bar. During the weekends, I love to relax by watching movies and enjoying a good massage.

What’s your favourite hangout o the tourist trail for a co ee or casual dinner with friends? I love Dutch Colony at PasarBella market for their amazing co ee and Bar-Roque Grill at the Amara Hotel for their excellent French food.

What are your essen al five hawker dishes from across Singapore that every visitor should try and who do you think does the best chilli crab? I’d go for Chilli Crab at Jumbo Seafood on the East Coast because it’s the original and is right by the ocean. Be prepared for a long wait for tables if you don’t reserve a table though, especially on weekends. For other local food, I also love Katong Laksa on East Coast Road – this is the one that Gordon Ramsay visited when he was challenged to prepare local dishes and compete against local chefs. Tian Tian Chicken Rice, located at Maxwell Food Centre in Tanjong Pagar, in my mind o ers the most delicious Chicken Rice in Singapore. You should also check out Desmond’s Crea on at 592 Geylang Road.

“I’ve learned not to worry too much about the small stuff and now see the world in a different light. Through the eyes of a child, there is wonder in everything, even the most mundane things, which is beautiful to witness and be part of.”

This is tradi onal Chinese food done with a modern twist and without too much msg. There are only 13 items on the menu, all prepared with care by Chef Desmond. Must-try dishes include the Steamed Fish Head, the Sweet and Sour Pork and the watercress soup. For me this is definitely the best sweet and sour pork in a casual restaurant in town!

What are you most looking forward to this year? I’m excited to be moving back to MediaCorp with a new show on Gold 90.5 FM! I’m looking forward to connec ng with a wider audience and being on TV, as there are plans for me to ply my ac ng and presen ng chops on the small screen. There are some exci ng new restaurants opening in town, including David Thompson’s Long Chim and Gordon Ramsay’s Bread Street Kitchen, both located at Marina Bay Sands – I can’t wait to try these! FEBRUARY - MARCH 2015 73


Soul Provider Cynthia Chua never fails to amaze us with the creative lifestyle businesses that she comes up with, and she has 16 brands to date.

Just what are the ideas bubbling in her head, and how does she do it all? Marie Wee finds out.


While she has mastered the science of making a business profitable, deep inside, Cynthia Chua is a crea ve soul just hungry to feed her inspira ons.

Singapore to New York and London, do ng Asian des na ons such as Jakarta and Hong Kong in between, its outlets are popping up at meteoric speed.

“My passion is in spo ng the needs of the market and crea ng what I believe it wants. O en, I have a strong intui on on that,” says Chua, the CEO of the Spa Esprit Group of lifestyle businesses which includes spa, grooming and food and beverage enterprises.

Chua reminds us however, that it hasn’t always been so fast-paced. She looks back to when her first outlet, Spa Esprit, opened in 1996 when she was 25 years old.

One can imagine it has been no mean feat expanding her conglomerate to 90 outlets, stretching all the way to New York from Singapore. What is the secret to her tenacity? She treats her work as play and is constantly inspired by interac ng with other crea ve people and exploring ideas with them.

The Quirky Lifestyle Purveyor With the Spa Esprit Group’s expansion leaving a blazing trail around the globe from

“I started with the day spa and it took almost five years before we moved onto the second one. It was a very important learning curve; I wasn’t in a hurry to grow,” recalls Chua. When it came to Strip however, things were already rolling. “With Strip, I had acquired enough experience and the growth was within our means. The right spaces kept coming up so we took the opportuni es and grew faster than we had imagined.” Chua has always concentrated on the research and development for products and treatments at her spa. Not sa sfied with

just being a qualified massage therapist/ owner, she went to New York to get hotstone massage training to set a precedent for the spa industry here. She also concocted a unique line of Happy Oil essen al oil blends for common urbanite issues such as stress and insomnia, and incorporated them into the spa’s treatments. Strip opened in December 2002 as the first waxing only specialty concept salon in Singapore. The brand set another standard in the industry in April 2008 when it launched its “No Double Dipping” campaign, providing every customer with their personal hygiene wax pack.

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No Gain without Pain Back when it first started, the group was launched with an ini al capital outlay of $500,000 with eight sta for the first Spa Esprit in Holland Village. Today, the group is worth $80 million with 600 sta . Enviable as it may seem, there have been hits and misses. Her vintage fashion bou que Po on failed, being too labour and cost intensive, and she humbly admits, “I feel that fashion is a code I do not know how to crack in a small city like Singapore.” This is the reason why she urges aspiring young entrepreneurs to start o by “loving what they do” in order to overcome the inevitable challenges. Apart from a couple of hiccups, her other brands are a huge success. Provoca ve in its me, waxing down under was unheard of in Singapore when she set up Strip in 2002. Yet her intui on proved right and it was an instant hit, opening in Kuala Lumpur in 2006, and London in 2009. Browhaus was started in 2004 with a concept as tradi onal as eyebrow threading and tweezing, but it was developed and marketed with twists such as its browgraphy technologies that include eyebrow colouring. Today, Browhaus has 30 outlets in Singapore and overseas.

Bright Sparks What goes on in the head of this pe te 43-year-old that she comes up with such new-to-market yet well-received ideas? First of all, Chua’s trademark approach tends to a ract interest – she builds the branding for each of her business models with quirky and wi y characteris cs, made all the more memorable by their cheeky, provoca ve, and some mes, headline-hi ng adver sing campaigns. The idea of Strip came up when she heard from friends that Asian women were stereotyped as being badly groomed and she wanted to change that. In 2007, the chain had its adver sing firm JWT Singapore customise huge bikini bo oms that were (barely) wrapped around enormous bushes in town, near beaches and near swimming pools. How could anyone miss such a tongue-in-cheek reminder? Indeed, JWT announced that such ambient adver sing managed to double firstme visits in the first week of the campaign. “I am constantly incuba ng ideas in my head. My crea vity comes from di erent influences in the environment, from what I read to what I see and watch. And when the right elements come along, I put them together as a form of my expression,” says Chua. From the top : Ac vi es at men’s grooming salon, ‘We Need A hero’; Customers at 40 hands; worker at Tiong Bahru Bakery.



Uniquely Singapore Having been recognised with the Tourism Entrepreneur of the Year award at the Singapore Experience Awards 2012, Chua now endeavours to make her businesses uniquely Singaporean, while also being world-class. The ‘lifestyle ambassador’ of Singapore finds that it’s an exci ng me to be living here because “Singapore’s food scene has changed a lot in the last five years.” She adds, “We have good creden als as being food-centric and the citystate is buzzing with crea vity.” It must be credited to her that areas such as Tiong Bahru, which used to be merely an old estate of pre-war housing, is now one of the hippest places in town. “My partner’s brother lives in Tiong Bahru and was vocalising his need for a good cafe. So we started with 40 Hands in a quiet corner, tes ng it with a small shop for a calculated risk,” explains Chua. “It was a

lonely cafe so I broadened my vision to curate the street.” Now, Tiong Bahru also hosts the bistro Open Door Policy (where she loves to hang out), Tiong Bahru Bakery and men’s grooming salon, We Need a Hero. With the success of the district, which other neighbourhoods have caught her eye? Her latest ventures have been sprou ng up on Mar n Road and this me round, savvy entrepreneurs have been hot on her heels, opening up concepts in the area quickly. Back “home” at House at Dempsey Hill, where in 2007 she started the 17,000 sq mul -concept venue, another new concept is literally blossoming: the Edible Gardens, where micro greens will be grown on the roo op! House was first started with a café, mul -func on rooms, the Tippling Club restaurant, and Beauty Emporium, which o ers spa treatments from Spa Esprit and their in-house beauty products for retail.

How did this completely di erent business grow? “I was exposed to a conversa on with farmers on a poten al project on farmto-table and this evolved into a deeper conversa on of collabora on at di erent levels and acquiring roo ops. You will definitely see more projects coming along on a bigger scale to create more awareness in urban farming and gardening,” reveals Chua. Remember, you heard it here at Now! Singapore first, so keep your eyes peeled for her upcoming ventures!

Keeping Track of Cynthia’s Crea ons: 2002

STRIP, waxing specialist salons


BROWHAUS, eyebrow shaping salons


HOUSE – a cafe and a bar joint under one roof


TIPPLING CLUB, innova ve cocktail club and fine dining cuisine


SKINNY PIZZA crunchy skinny-crust pizzeria chain


BEAUTY EMPORIUM, one-stop beauty and lifestyle store


40 HANDS, ar sanal co ee jointly owned with Harry Grover


O MY DOG, gourmet hot dog takeaway stand


OPEN DOOR POLICY, modern bistro


TIONG BAHRU BAKERY, a collabora on with celebrity French baker Gontran Cherrier.


FOOD COLLECTIVE was set up as a holding brand for all the F&B concepts.


COMMON MAN COFFEE ROASTERS, a café and a fullpledge co ee roas ng en ty WE NEED A HERO, the group’s first all men’s grooming store DING DONG, Southeast Asian dining with small plates, co-conceptualised with chef Ryan Cli , who also co-owns Tippling Club

Clockwise from top le : Browhaus HD mascara, (Malin+Goetz) Ingrown Hair Cream, Spa Esprit Custom Blend Shower Gel, SCO Sunlover Facescreen.

BOCHINCHE, Argen nean dining with small plates in collabora on with chef Diego Jacquet FEBRUARY - MARCH 2015 77

Sky’s The Limit

Mohammed Halil Bin Ngah is the founder of Climb Asia. He captained the National Speed Climbing squad at the Singapore Climbing World Cup 2002 and has been actively climbing since 1994. Halil has travelled far and wide, climbing some of the world’s best crags and peaks, competing against some of the world’s best climbers. Recently he completed his latest project, Climb Central, located at the Singapore Sports Hub. Mums in Sync founder Kareen Lai talked to him about the rise of climbing as a sport in Singapore and how the Sports Hub offers climbing opportunities for the whole family, whatever their standard. When did you start Climb Asia? What were the factors that led you to se ng up Climb Asia? Climb Asia was started in 2002. My partners and I started it to print climbing guidebooks for Singapore and Malaysia, which were non-existent at that me. During that period of me, I was travelling and climbing a lot in far-flung corners of the world. I was considered a full me climber then but broke my arm and needed something to do! I had visited a lot of climbing gyms and wondered why we did not have any in Singapore. The only climbing walls in Singapore back then were in schools and Singapore Armed Forces Reservist Associa on (SAFRA) clubhouses. Since we needed a workspace to print our books, we decided to rent an old two-storey shop-house to do our work. We built a li le climbing gym at the first level and had our o ce on the top.

Has climbing always been a part of your life? Actually I started climbing quite late. In 1994, I signed up for a ‘Basic Wall Climbing Course’ a er watching Sylvester Stallone in ‘Cli Hanger’! However, I did not pick it up 78


as I was too occupied with mountain biking, diving and wind surfing. I had just graduated and was working in my first job back then. With a sudden increase in spending power, I was partying away and having fun! Soon, I inherited a credit card debt and was dangerously pping over! In 1996, I went along with some friends to climb in Krabi and realized that this was what I wanted in the foreseeable future. I dropped everything else and started to focus on climbing. Climbing gave me focus in life and saved me in many ways.

If someone without any climbing experience wants to start climbing, what steps would you recommend that he/ she take? Well, you have to see if you like it first and the best place to try it now is at Climb Central at the Sports Hub. If you really like it, then the next step is to a end a full-day Level 1 Climbing Course at Climb Asia, or any of the growing list of climbing facili es in Singapore. Ul mately, the real climbing is done in the outdoors on natural rock surfaces, and not on these puny man-made equivalents. So as soon as you are ready and have the opportunity, go climb on the real thing!

What are the mistakes a lot of beginners make when they first started climbing? Did you make those mistakes? A lot of beginners concluded too early that they are not ‘strong’ enough and start doing chin-ups or other upper body and finger strengthening exercises. This is totally not necessary for the first few years of climbing, and will instead be detrimental to your climbing progress in the future. Climbing is a lot more about movement and balance. Being too strong when you start means you will overlook climbing techniques. This happens when you can get away with muscling your way through the di cult parts of a climb, as opposed to using proper climbing techniques to get pass it. It is di cult to focus on climbing techniques when you are already strong. It will be ideal for a beginner to create a strong founda on based on good climbing techniques, route reading and balance. Then when the me is right, include some physical condi oning to get up to speed!

Sports and ac vi es generally benefit people in many ways. Can you name the top three benefits of climbing?



Firstly climbing keeps you lean. Honestly climbing doesn’t make you lose weight but when you climb regularly, you get really conscious of your weight and do whatever it takes to keep yourself trim and fit! Secondly it’s a total body workout, your brain included. Climbing is an ac vity that gets you to coordinate all the various muscles in your en re body to work together at any one me. To be good at it, there is no doubt that you have to improve your core strength. Thirdly it’s a great way to meet new people. If you thought climbing was an individual sport, you’d be wrong. Climbing is actually a very social sport and climbers make a lot of good friends at climbing walls or on the cli s.

Is it ever possible to enjoy climbing for someone who is older and on the heavier side? Climbing is for anyone willing to do it. The reality is that it is a dance with gravity, so will not be an easy feat if you are built like a sumo wrestler! Generally speaking, if you are an average-sized person who is not extremely overweight, you should be able to enjoy climbing on ver cal terrain.

What is the main purpose of Climb Asia? How big is the company now? From a li le two-storey crumbling shophouse, Climb Asia has grown to operate seven di erent climbing gyms from China to Australia. But our mission is the same, to share the joy of climbing with everyone.

You have plans to expand Climb Asia. What is your vision for the climbing scene in Singapore/ Asia and what do you hope to accomplish? The vision of Climb Asia is to share the joy of climbing in Asia. So we are always looking out for business opportuni es beyond Singapore, especially in South East Asia. I hope to build a network of a liated climbing gyms and related businesses across the region. There is so much more we can achieve through synergy and economy of scale.

You have a spanking new climbing facility at the Sports Hub, called Climb Central. How di erent is it from any other climbing centres in Singapore? Unlike the other three climbing gyms that we set up in Singapore, Climb Central

was designed right from the start to be a beginner-friendly climbing gym. My vision is to make climbing as easy ren ng a bicycle on the East Coast Park to go cycling. You don’t need to plan for it but can do it without hassle. Climb Central is such a place, designed for people who wished to climb but never had the opportunity before. Before Climb Central, you could not just walk into a climbing gym and start climbing - you would have to complete a seven-hour workshop to get cer fied to belay or book an instructor to climb with you. At Climb Central, we have engineered a solu on so it’s possible for anyone to start climbing and belaying a er a quick 10-minute safety induc on. With our unique rope management and safety system, there is finally a place in Singapore where anyone can start climbing with no fuss!

Is Climb Central children friendly? When can parents start sending their children to climbing classes? Yes, most certainly! Children have a natural a nity with climbing. We run Introductory and Beta classes that are specifically designed for children. We advocate ac ve families and would like families to climb together! Most parents are happy to ‘drop o ’ their kids at the classes, which I find a pity. Parents should recognize that this is a great opportunity for the whole family to have good fun!

Was 2014 a good year? What is there to look forward to in 2015? 2014 was an incredible year for us, as we set up two new climbing gyms in Singapore and Malaysia. We are looking forward to an even more exci ng 2015, based on the current opportuni es that we have been presented with! Do keep in touch with us at so you get the latest updates on our new programs and loca ons. We certainly look forward to a bigger climbing popula on in Singapore going forward!

About Kareen Lai Kareen is the founder of Mums In Sync. She runs fitness & nutri on programs that specialise in helping mummies stay in ptop shape. She is the author of the upcoming book ‘18 Again - Bringing Out the Sexy Fit Mummy in You’. Mother to a pair of twins, she also advocates raising children to become healthy eaters and ac ve individuals. For more informa on, contact FEBRUARY - MARCH 2015 79


“You are already standing on a mountain of value.”

INFLUENCE IS KEY Callum Laing has created, built, bought and sold half a dozen businesses in the last decade. A regular writer and speaker on Entrepreneurship, The Connection Economy and Doing Business in Asia, his ‘Callum Connects’ series regularly interviews business leaders in the region. He also publishes the bi-annual ‘Asia Snapshots’. When he is not advising companies on their strategy, he heads up Entrevo Training in Asia, helping business owners to build their personal brands. He spoke to Now! Singapore about his experience of living in Singapore.



You’ve been part of a number of start-ups in the past ten years, what excites you most about a new project?

countries you have lived in for doing business?

Pitch: The ability to pitch in a way that encourages people not just to take ac on, but to share your ideas with others. Publish: Building your credibility and reputa on by publishing your ideas either through blogs, magazines or by wri ng a book. Product: You need to have a Product Ecosystem that is not reliant on you being physically present to generate income. Profile: You don’t need to be the next Jus n Bieber, but everyone who ma ers in your industry needs to know who you are. Partnerships: This is really the money step. Being able to put together strategic partnerships that create value for the biggest number of people will propel your influence and wealth. All our clients work hard to master the five steps.

New projects are always exci ng to me because of the opportunity that comes with them. You have a chance to visualise a future that is in someway be er because of something your team is bringing together and crea ng. Then the game really starts; how do you a ract the right clients, partners and sta ? How do you communicate the value you are crea ng, the problem you are solving? It is like a constantly shi ing puzzle and, weirdly, that’s fun for me.

I interview hundreds of business owners and leaders in Asia year round and Singapore always ranks as one of the easiest places to do business due to the remarkable e orts of the government. However, every country has it’s plusses and minuses. I have never yet met a CEO in any country in the world, that didn’t think it was hard to find good people in their country. My first business was launched in The Netherlands and there are quite a lot of similari es between there and Singapore I definitely prefer the weather here.

What determines your belief in a new venture and has it always been the same thing?

Who is KPI aimed at? Do you o er seminars for overseas visitors? What is the philosophy behind it?

My approach has definitely matured. When I was younger I would jump into anything that I thought was a good idea. However, I soon realised that it didn’t actually ma er what I thought was a good idea, it only ma ered what the market was prepared to pay for. The ventures I’m involved in today are all fast growth and have all been proven in the market before I get involved. Typically it is about connec ng businesses to the right people in my network. The right person at the right me can be transforma onal to most businesses.

KPI stands for ‘Key Person of Influence’ and we run a 40-week program for business owners and leaders who are looking to raise their visibility and their value in their industry. Whilst we’re based in Singapore we do have people flying in from around the region to be a part of the program. We generally work with people who are 3555 years old, they have been in their industry for 10 or more years and our philosophy is very di erent from most training companies. We believe by that stage of your life you are already standing on a mountain of value. There are things you love about your industry, things you hate, ways you think things should be done. Our job is to help you package those things up in a way that you can create more value for more people. That is ul mately where success lies.

What do you think are the most important aspects for a business or person to achieve success?

What can students hope to achieve through the KPI mee ngs, seminars and network?

With KPI, our focus this year is really to magnify what we started in 2014 so that we can help more business owners. We run monthly networking events where people can come together to meet and share ideas We also run monthly workshops where people can learn the systems and methodologies of the KPI way. Check out for more informa on and come be a part of the movement!

From a business sense, what have you learned a er over ten years in Asia? Being a business owner is to be in a constant state of learning. Every me I take on a new client or am brought into advise a new company I con nue to learn and grow. My life would be a lot easier if I remembered more of it!! One of the things I have learnt recently, especially since being involved in the KPI Training business, is that the ‘entrepreneur journey’ is pre y predictable. Once you have that understanding it becomes much easier to see what is coming next and plan for it. How does Singapore compare to other

A quick look on YouTube will show you the amazing success stories that come from applying the KPI methodology. Our clients focus on five areas as they go through the program and these are the five things that separate the truly influen al from people who are just commodi es in their industry. They are:

I genuinely think we are living in truly amazing mes where en re industries, en re ways of doing business are being replaced almost overnight. Never before has it been possible to grow a billion dollar business so quickly, but equally that wealth can also disappear in a heartbeat. The successful individuals that I see are embracing that change, even if it means reinven ng themselves over and over again. To my mind that means a willingness to learn and adapt to the market is the cri cal advantage you can give yourself. What are your plans for 2015? What can we look forward to on the KPI calendar? FEBRUARY - MARCH 2015 81


SPA NEWS By: Catharine Nicol

It’s all about relieving stress at the Mandarin Oriental Singapore, where their spa’s celebratory treatment for Singapore’s 50th birthday is the Golden Jubilee treatment. First nailing those back issues with a massage before moving on to the neck and scalp, the therapist slathers on a heady mix of bergamot, neroli, lemon and orange. A er you’ve been breathing this in for an hour you’ll be refreshed and calm from the inside out as well as the outside in.

At Browhaus, the brow specialists have introduced Browhaus HeavyDuty Bi-Liner for intense defini on of eyes. The gel pencil acts as a liner, and is Chi, The Spa at Shangri-La, is the only place in town you’ll be able to find the scien fic and results-driven French skincare line Biologique Recherche. Created back in the 70s by Dr Yvan Allouche, it is now his son Dr Philippe who con nues to expand the range, with hightech facials that are beloved by celebs like Madonna and Brad Pi . Especially for an -aging, the therapists ‘read’ your skin at the spa and then cherry pick the products that will rejuvenate even the most weary complexion. 82


waterproof to boot, ideal for a sophis cated day look in the o ce. Choose from Noir Shimmer, as well as Midnight Blur, Burgundy, Amber and Blush. Post-work, turn to the so smudge- p the other end, which so ens the hard lines to go with your sexy evening ou it.

Cryotherapy – the perfect an dote to Singapore’s climate, or a bizarre sci-fi experience best le to aliens? In order to jumpstart healing circula on, your therapist will swap the conven onal hot towels for freeze therapy, lowering your face to -10 degrees. Painless and non-invasive, the temperature sets o vasoconstric on followed by vasodila on of the microcircula on, flushing the skin of toxins, s mula ng cell oxygena on and ac ng as an an -aging system to improve the appearance of skin tone, eye bags, fine lines, acne scars and pigmenta on.

Over on Sentosa, book in to ESPA by Resorts World Sentosa and feel the magic of super-trendy super-food turmeric on the skin. Turmeric root, for even skin tone and radiance, is the main ingredient in ESPA’s Op mal Body TriSerum, alongside Omega oils 3, 6 and 8, plus plant, marine and essen al oil extracts.

If 2015 feels like it needs some help, a new you could be only 21 days away from a new you. COMO Shambhala day-spa’s ‘21 days to change’ program follows lifestyle coach Rita Haque’s advice, not just for health and nutri on but also work and rela onships. Consultaons with experts will unveil your bespoke diet, plus health, personal and work goals, as well as style and appearance, including a makeover. Embark solo or bring three friends and make changes in all your lives. FEBRUARY - MARCH 2015 83


The romance of the spa Spa treatments are ideal go-to gifts. Whether it’s a deep tissue massage for your stressed out girlfriend or a first ever grooming package for your boyfriend, everyone appreciates a little downtime with plenty of TLC.

Luxury day spa LS Philosophy aims to bring couples together with their spa suite experience of a sensual blend of massage therapies using fragrant oils, ideal to book before a roman c night out on the town. Alterna vely, send your partner o on an adventure called Get Ready with LS Philosophy. It’s the perfect trifecta of a beauty-boos ng facial for a glowing, radiant skin, followed by a hair-styling salon-look, and an icing-on-the-cake manicure.

For an island break, book in to The Singapore Resort & Spa Sentosa and before the divine 5-couse Aphrodisiac Valen ne’s dinner, reserve a couples spa suite for the So in Love treatment at So SPA by Sofitel. A soothing Neem Body Polish, a bath for two and finally a So Abhyanga Massage all help dispel nega ve energy and ins ll a sense of feel-good bliss. Top it o with a complimentary glass of champagne and canapés within the spa gardens. 84


Zip up to the heady heights of Banyan Tree Spa’s treatment rooms in MBS for a Roman c Escape available throughout February. Scrub the day’s worries away with a mix of herbs, spices and fruits, before an hour’s sensual Lomi Lomi or Swedish massage for the girls, sports or Balinese massage for the boys. Prolong the escape with half an hour’s roman c bath and divine Calm Time.

Go Zen at Ikeda Day Spa with the Zen Candle Massage. Your therapist starts by ligh ng a candle, which melts into the oil used for your massage. A mix of shea and cocoa bu er, jojoba and sweet almond oil and other essen al oils, the fragrant and silky salve is heated to 42C for op mum skin absorp on, before being poured gently onto the skin for a massage that incorporates so Swedish and therapeu c deep ssue techniques for deep healing and relaxa on. The Bamboo Bliss is woody and purifying, the Sakura Passion is floral and sensuous and the Yuzu Refresh is citrusy and upli ing.

You’re usually piling in the berries over breakfast for an an oxida ng way to start the day. At The Wes n

At the The Four Seasons, their DUO Relaxa on cossets couples in the professional hands of their therapists for a choice of massage between The Reviver, a signature massage of Asian techniques, a firm and therapeu c Balinese massage or fragrant and calming Aroma, throwing in a complimentary rose foot bath, available in the first half of the month.

Singapore’s Heavenly Spa, The Berry Romance is a 90-minute blueberry scrub followed by an hour of blueberry massage. Cleansing and soothing to the skin, you’ll emerge from their stunning 35th floor property, feeling completely refreshed and zinging with health. www.thewes heavenlyspa FEBRUARY - MARCH 2015 85


Born to


Our Pilates expert LayYong has just published her first book, “Born to Move, five steps to mobility fitness.” We spoke to her about the project, the growth of Pilates in Asia and her goals for the future.

How did you first get interested in Pilates? I have been an ac ve person since my schooldays. In my corporate days, I liked to go to the gym two or three mes per week when I was not travelling. My personal trainer introduced me to Pilates in early 2000. In those days, Pilates was new in Singapore. In the beginning, I was taught some basic Pilates movements and even though I was an ac ve person, I found the exercises challenging. That was how I became interested in Pilates - it was unlike any other form of exercise I had tried. At the same me, I felt good a er prac cing the movements and I would prac ce by myself so I could show my personal trainer my improvements. That was when I knew I was hooked. What exercises should we all do to prevent injuries and maintain a strong core? The majority of people today spend a lot of hours on media devices and on the computer. As such, it is quite common to see people acquiring a posture with a forward head, rounded shoulders and weight sagging into their hips as shown in this picture – the person on the right.



This posture presents a number of muscle imbalances, namely ght front chest muscles, weak upper back muscles, weak ght lower back muscles and weak ght hip muscles. These imbalances can lead to a number of problems such as aches and pains in the neck, shoulder and lower back.

My recommenda on is to follow the following three steps. First, stretch and release ght muscles, then strengthen weak muscles and then do mobility exercises for the joints of the shoulder, spine and hips. If you are looking for exercises to prac ce at home according to the above steps, you can find them in my book!

What are the factors that have led to the growth in the popularity of Pilates? To me, a key factor is the realiza on that even though some people are ac ve, they are s ll developing aches and pains or have injuries they couldn’t resolve. Recently we worked with a male execu ve who is ac ve but has been su ering from back problems for 17 years. A er a few months of Pilates, he recovered and regained his confidence in his physical health. Pilates is a system of fitness training that will challenge the individual, yet it is not harsh on the joints compared to exercises like running. It is a fitness training aimed to correct muscles imbalances, build strength and improve joint mobility. There is greater acceptance of being aware of our body in order to make changes. We used to think that to build physical fitness we should just put on our running shoes and go for a run. But then, people were ge ng injured or developing aches and pains in their joints so we need to understand and be aware of our own bodies and know whether they are capable of doing high impact ac vi es without proper training. Pilates can prepare and train people in their choice of sports. What is the philosophy behind Pilates and how does it di er from yoga?

Health experts have coined a new phrase – the ‘si ng’ disease. We do too much si ng in the modern era and research is showing that this contributes to developing aches and pains in the joints and other health diseases such as heart disease. Even as I am being interviewed for this ar cle, I am si ng. Most of us spend many hours si ng and working at the computer. Modern technology makes us less mobile – we drive to work, we use the remote control to switch on the TV, we buy online instead of walking to the shops and we have our groceries delivered. The list goes on!

Are your classes available to visitors to Singapore?

What is the main message behind your book?

How has Pilates changed your life?

The main message is that physical fitness does not equate to mobility fitness. Due to the lifestyle of the modern era, we have changed the way we use or underuse our body and joints, giving rise to the prevalence of aches and pains. For a long me, we have been training to build fitness, with our emphasis placed primarily on acquiring cardiovascular endurance and strength. But this is not enough – we need to redefine fitness and focus on building mobility fitness, which is essen ally developing strength, flexibility and quality of movement, so that our joints are capable of moving to the full range of mo on and stay healthy.

Joseph Pilates created Pilates and he called it Body Contrology. In his book ‘Return to Life’, Joseph Pilates defines contrology as the “complete coordina on of body, mind and spirit.” It is the balanced development of the body so that we can naturally and easily perform our many daily ac vi es with zest and pleasure. The Pilates system comprises movements both on the mat and on equipment such as the reformer, wunda chair, spine corrector and Cadillac. These are some of the main di erences between Pilates and yoga.

Do you think Pilates should be mainly used as a cure or treatment for injuries or as a way of preven ng injuries?

What are the most common ailments a ic ng us in the modern era?

Having said that, based on my prac ce and working with a number of movement teachers, there are some systems which are equally e ec ve in trea ng and preven ng injuries. To me, the key lies in understanding how the body func ons and what it needs to stay healthy.

There is an increasing number of people developing aches and pains in their joints, and it is not just a ic ng the older genera on. We are seeing younger people in their twen es and thir es experiencing aches and pains. It is a term called WMSD – workplace musculoskeletal disorders. Another term for it is ‘Overuse Syndrome’ (OS). An example of OS is wrist pain due to many hours spent working on a keyboard. The Workplace Safety and Health (WSH) of Singapore reported that “ergonomic health issues, such as s necks, aches and pain in the back, shoulders or hands, cost Singapore S$3.5 billion a year”.

In my book, I have listed the 5 Steps to Mobility Fitness and these steps are essen al in any program to prevent or treat injuries. I believe in preven on. It’s less expensive – for money, me and emo onal costs. Pilates can be used for both – preven on and helping people to overcome their injuries. Personally I have used Pilates to help me with shoulder pain.

Yes they are. We do encourage beginners to do one-on-one sessions, instead of joining a group class. Are you involved in training Pilates instructors? We own BodyTree Academy and we have provided Pilates teacher training and con nuing educa on for fitness professionals in Singapore and South East Asia since 2008.

Pilates has definitely changed my life! I le my corporate career to pursue Pilates. I have been prac cing and teaching Pilates for over 10 years. Through Pilates, I have become much more aware of my body – where my strengths and weaknesses are. It has been given me confidence and allowed me to explore di erent forms of strength and mobility training. It has also allowed me to learn through teaching others and the insights to write my book! Joseph Pilates in his Return to Life wrote “Physical Fitness is a prerequisite to happiness”. I will add mobility fitness is a prerequisite to happiness. What are you excited about in 2015 in Singapore? For our business, Pilates BodyTree has moved to a bigger loca on to provide a remarkable experience for our clients. Singapore is one of the easiest countries to start a small business and small businesses are a key contributor to the country’s GDP and employment. There are many ac vi es available to help small businesses acquire knowledge and find partnerships. Singapore is an excellent hub, a launchpad where we can reach people across South East Asia. Last year, Pilates BodyTree opened an a liate studio in Jakarta. Is Singapore growing as a centre for health and well-being and how?

We are born to move. Our joints are like the door hinges - if they are not used, they become rusty and don’t work well. If they are abused, they will break down early.

A good indicator is Vision 2030 by Sport Singapore which aims for Singaporeans to lead a healthier and be er life through sports. When the enviroment is created to encourage more people to be ac ve, it will inevitably lead to a greater variety of related services. It’s all good news for consumers. Now we have to get them to take the first step!

The program we choose to stay fit must have the underlying objec ve of keeping our joints healthy and moving well – i.e. Mobility Fitness. If our prime objec ve is to look good, have more energy and look younger, a wellprogrammed mobility fitness training regime will help you achieve it!

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Nailing It! By: Marisse Gabrielle Reyes

Because it’s more than just a paint job, we have hand-picked four fantastic nail salons who’ve hit the mark when it comes to going above and beyond the standard set. MANICURIOUS The damage: S$28 for a classic manicure and S$38 for a classic pedicure.


If you’re a gastronome and a fashionista with fading polish and me to kill, book yourself a slot at Manicurious. This mul -concept nail studio has two loca ons. Their Beach Road outlet includes a quaint li le cafe that serves co ee from Papa Palheta (the beans behind Chye Seng Huat Hardware and Loysel’s Toy), warm crusty pies and tarts from Windowsill Pies, and decadent frozen desserts from Ice Cream & Cookie Co. Then browse through Bag Bistro’s shelves for the season’s latest ‘it bags’ from fashion houses like Givenchy, Celine and Saint Laurent at discounted prices. But if it’s cocktail hour, make a beeline for their Tras Street outlet as it’s located just above cocktail bar, Jekyll & Hyde. It’s here you can enjoy themed cocktails shaken up by Head Bartender, Je Ho. 41 Beach Road, Tel: 6555 9096 and 49 Tras Street, Tel: 622 3349

BLOW + BAR The damage: S$32 for a classic manicure and S$42 for a classic pedicure.

#01-31, 7 Rodyk Street, The Watermark, Tel: 6238 7338 88



Although the price point for a classic mani and pedi at this funky ‘lifestyle grooming bar’ costs slightly more than most nail salons will charge, you’ll surely get more bang for your buck as you’ll be gi ed with a glass of bubbly upon arrival. Add some more luxury to your nail service by adding on a collagen hand mask, thermal foot wrap, hydra ng oil mask or a quick back and shoulder massage. Apart from ge ng your nails all dressed up, you can treat your tresses to Blow + Bar’s signature blow-out or perhaps a stylish hair cut, colouring or treatment. If you’re ge ng ready for a big night out, their makeup ar sts will leave you dolled up and feeling pre y. We’re not surprised that this is where local celebs go to prep for an evening out on the town!

STRIP NAILS @ BEAUTY EMPORIUM The damage: S$32.10 for a classic manicure and S$37.45 for a classic pedicure.


Trend-se ng Singaporean beauty and food giant Spa Esprit occupies the bo om floor of a sprawling Bri sh era barracks in Dempsey Hill with several of their concepts. Come by for a full experience of their o ering, star ng with an expert mani and pedi at STRIP Nails, located in the Beauty Emporium. It’s an ultra-relaxing a air as the salon’s plush chairs face the beau ful floor to ceiling windows that overlook the peaceful luscious foliage of the area. As your nails dry, partake in some retail therapy and shop Beauty Emporium’s selec on of cosme cs, by cult brands like SCO, Ren, and Malin+Goetz or take home a bouquet of flowers from their florist. If all this pampering has got you in the mood to indulge, book a massage at Spa Esprit, have your brows groomed at Browhaus, get waxed at Strip, or sa ate your appe te with a delicious meal at House. Level 2, Block 8D, Dempsey Road, Tel: 6475 7375

THE NATURALLY BETTER COMPANY The damage: S$25 for a classic manicure and S$38 for a classic pedicure.


Ethical and sustainable cosme c store, The Naturally Be er Company, has a cosy and li le-known nail salon at the back of their shop. True to their philosophy for sourcing products which are both good for the environment and our bodies, the nail polishes used here are vegan, crueltyfree, and completely devoid of harmful ingredients like petroleum and camphor, as well as carcinogens like toluene, DBP and formaldehyde. Top up your classic nail service with an organic treatment and massage and you’ll be treated with luxurious products that contain gorgeous all-natural scents such as jasmine and tuberose, mint and rosemary, and Moroccan rose, pear, and vanilla. #02-46, 9 Ra es Boulevard, Millenia Walk, Tel: 6471 7220 FEBRUARY - MARCH 2015 89



Reasons Your neck

hurts By Dr Gary Tho

In modern times, neck and shoulder aches are afflicting the whole population, from school children to the elderly. Modern technology has given us new tools for entertainment and convenience, with endless possibilities, but very often they come at the expense of our health. Headaches, neck pain and shoulder aches are now considered a ‘normal’ part of everyday life. This shouldn’t be the case. Here are five reasons why you may be suffering from neck pain with some tips to prevent further suffering. 1. FANCY PHONES The high-powered technology and convenience of smartphones means you are always connected to the Internet. Whether it’s sending emails for work, cha ng with friends, playing games or upda ng Facebook, people tend to use smartphones for long periods of me. Unfortunately, the only way to use a smart phone is to crane your neck down over the screen. Bowing your head down to look at the screen is like hanging a 5kg watermelon o your neck and shoulders. It’s a huge (and constant) stress on the spinal joints, discs and muscles of your neck. Headaches and arm pain are reminders that your body really hates this posi on. What to do? Look forward once a while and pull the chin back into the neck and hold that posi on for 15 to 20 seconds.

2. LIGHT LAPTOPS As I write this point on my 11” MacBook air, I’ve decided to plug my display into the larger 48” TV. This means I can sit in a be er posture and look straight ahead, so my head, neck and shoulders are neutral and relaxed. The reason why laptops users (and many 90


desktop users) get neck pain is because the screen is way too low. Because you spend hours in front of a laptop, your head and neck shi forward permanently. Over me, this may result in a reversed neck curve, premature degenera on of the spine and pinched nerves. Imagine trying to constantly reverse the way your elbow bends - that’s what you are doing to your neck. It will hurt. What to do? Posi on your screen so that the top of the screen is at eye level. This may require you to raise your laptop higher and a ach a separate keyboard and mouse. Alterna vely plug your laptop into a separate monitor.

3. MULTI-PURPOSING YOUR BED. Lying in bed watching TV, reading a book or playing games on your phone or tablet may seem relaxing. Unfortunately it’s the complete opposite for your neck. A er spending the whole day staring at screens with your head forward or bowing down, you are then spending the rest of your evening pushing your head and neck forward with these pillows. If you wake up the next morning with a s neck, don’t blame the pillows. They’re innocent. Unknowingly you went to bed with excessive neck stress, but your neck only told you about it in the morning.



With wireless devices, remote controls and fantas c public transport systems, you may be spending much of your day si ng down. Generally we don’t really move our spine unless it’s to look up from our screens, or move onto a seat or bed. We hold sta c posi ons for extended periods of me and even when we take a toilet break, there’s a high chance we end up in a similar posi on hunched over our phones. This lack of movement causes poor circula on. Our muscles ghten up, our joints lock up, with a loss of flexibility and restric ons in mobility. Or simply put, more stress and pain.

You know you need to exercise. You also know you should sit properly. You may know how to stretch your neck. But knowing does not translate to doing. And if you don’t know, ask someone who does. Stretching and the other recommenda ons above don’t take long to do, but require a willingness to do so. A stretch should last 20 seconds and be repeated three mes. At most this is just two minutes for both the right and le sides.

What to do? Wriggle. Remember that amazing morning stretch you do before ge ng out of bed? Where you stretch your arms and legs, arch your back while ghtening your muscles. Now do that while wriggling. Twist, squirm, stretch and move your whole body in any and every direc on possible while maintaining muscle contrac on. This will release muscle tension and get your joints moving. You can also simply do shoulder rolls!

What to do? Take ac on. Follow the recommenda ons above and be consistent about it. Just like brushing your teeth, make it part of your daily rou ne. Remember, health is like wealth. It takes me and consistent e ort to build up. If you aren’t ge ng your desired results, ask for help. The right healthcare professional will know what to do, get you to do it and get results. Find someone who can help you achieve the results you want, and live a life without pain.

What to do? Lie on your back (without your pillow) and place a ghtly rolled towel (about the width of your neck) under your neck, crea ng an inverted ‘U’ arch in your neck. Relax for five minutes. Repeat this twice a day.

Dr Gary Tho is the founder of ChiroWorks, a healthcare clinic specialising in peak performance for anyone who can’t a ord an ‘o ’ day. His clients include execu ves, corporates, professional athletes and ar sts. He is also a speaker & writer. Dr Gary conducts a variety of engaging health workshops and his book The Pain Free Desk Warrior - 6 Steps to Eliminate Aches and Pains will be launched in mid-2015. Dr Gary is changing the world, one posture at a me. FEBRUARY - MARCH 2015 91


from healthy to Harmful By Ruby Tan

We all know we need to eat well, but too many good nutrients, vitamins or minerals can actually affect your body negatively and cause discomfort. We take a look at a few.



PROTEIN Protein has many func ons, including bodily growth and maintenance, the forma on of enzymes, hormones and an bodies, and regula on of fluid balance. Protein is also what makes you full and sa sfied a er a meal. RDA: About 1g per kilogram of body weight for adults (eg. 68g per day for a 68kg man). WHICH IS LIKE... Two 90g serving of cooked meat (21g x2) and three eggs (21g). CAN YOU TAKE TOO MUCH? Yes, easily. “Many people are consuming much more protein than they require,” says Lauren Ho, die cian at the Singapore Heart Founda on. “It’s recommended that you take up to 35% of your total calories in protein. For example, a person consuming 2,000 calories a day should not exceed 175g of this muscle-building nutrient. Otherwise you may experience dehydra on, weight gain and increase your osteoporosis risk, as protein increases the excre on of calcium from bones,” adds Lauren. Unless you’re a compe ve athlete, you are unlikely to need protein powder as a supplement.

and-meat meals for salads) over six to eight weeks or you might experience indiges on.

VITAMIN D It helps promote calcium absorp on for bone growth! RDA: 2.5mcg for both men and women.

This nutrient acts as roughage and creates bulk in your stool, reduces cholesterol and keeps you fuller for longer. RDA: About 20g for women and 25g for men. WHICH IS LIKE... About 1.5 cups of wheat bran or two cups of prunes.

VITAMIN C An an oxidant that is important for keeping your skin, bones, connec ve ssue and immune system in good working order. RDA: 85mg for women and 105mg for men.

WHICH IS LIKE... 20g of cooked salmon or 2.5 large egg yolks.

WHICH IS LIKE... About one kiwi and a wedge of pineapple, or half a cup of bell peppers with half a cup of broccoli.

CAN YOU TAKE TOO MUCH? Yes, but it’s unlikely.

CAN YOU TAKE TOO MUCH? Yes, but it’s very unlikely.

Symptoms of toxicity include nausea, poor appe te, cons pa on, weakness and weight loss. Because Vitamin D can raise calcium levels in the blood, it may also result in confusion, problems with heart rhythm, and damage to the kidney. Thankfully, the limit for Vitamin D – about 100mcg – is quite a feat to go over. “Consuming too much Vitamin D usually only occurs from abuse of supplements. Excessive sun exposure doesn’t cause Vitamin D poisoning and it’s unlikely you’ll hit 100mcg a day from food sources,” says Clement.

Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin and is not stored in your body – excess amounts are passed out in your urine. “You’ll have to go well over and consume what is called a “megadose” of 2,000mg of Vitamin C, daily, to be causing harm to your body. When that happens, you can experience diarrhoea, nausea and stomach cramps,” says Bibi. “If you take two por ons of fruit and two por ons of vegetables, you’re likely to meet the RDA – you don’t really need supplements,” she advises.



walnuts to meet the daily requirement.

It does a lot more than keep your bones and teeth strong. It helps to maintain normal blood pressure, regulates muscle contrac on and relaxa on and ensures normal blood clo ng func ons.

It has a myriad benefits – from building healthy cell membranes and vision, protec ng against cardiovascular heart diseases to reducing inflamma on for improved muscle recovery.

RDA: 800mg.

RDA: 1.1g for women and 1.6g for men.

WHICH IS LIKE... A glass of milk and 30g of cheese or about three cups of spinach.

WHICH IS LIKE... 85g of salmon or five walnuts.


CAN YOU TAKE TOO MUCH? Yes, if you overdo ‘healthy ea ng.’


“It’s hard to place a limit on dietary fibre,” says Clement Gan, nutri onist at nutri on consultancy Eat Right, “as people tend to consume under the recommended daily amount.” However, o en in a bid to eat be er, people quickly start loading up on salads. You might have been overenthusias c with your fibre intake if you see signs of cons pa on, bloa ng and stomach cramps. Clement advises that you ease your body into the change (say, if you’re swapping your rice-

“There are some safety concerns when fish oil (a common source of omega-3 fats) is taken in high doses – over 3g per day,” says Bibi Chia, principal die cian at Ra es Diabetes and Endocrine Centre. “It might keep blood from clo ng and cause sidee ects like loose stools and nausea,” she adds. Bibi advises that you get omega-3 fats from food, and to only consider supplements if you are lacking. Have fish two to three mes a week and add things like flaxseed and

But this is most likely from supplements. “Asians are more likely to not drink/consume enough milk and dairy products, than to do so excessively,” says Lauren. “The adult body can tolerate up to a range of 2,000mg to 2,500mg a day. Go at that level, or more, for an extended period of me, and you’ll experience cons pa on, reduce the absorp on of other nutrients and run an increased risk in ge ng kidney stones.” Again, consume from natural sources and take supplements only when you’re lacking. FEBRUARY - MARCH 2015 93


do good design:

Singaporean Fashion with a Cause

Shop these Singapore-bred fashion labels to break the cycle of irresponsible consumption. By Marisse Gabrielle Reyes Photos courtesy of Etrican, Saught, and Heads of State Millinery

We scour the city to find four of the most interesting independent designers that are changing the way Singaporeans view fashion by going the path less travelled. To Saught, Heads of State Millinery, Matter, and Etrican, conscious (socially and environmentally responsible) fashion is not just a buzzword or a trend, it’s paramount.



SAUGHT Jewellery label Saught was founded by three freshly-graduated Singaporean ladies with a deep passion for spreading the message of peace. By collabora ng with Golden West Humanitarian Founda on, Cambodia Mine Ac on Centre, and young designers from around the globe, Saught has created several collec ons of delicate handcra ed metal jewelry for men and women out of redeemed ar llery shells from Cambodia. The designs are cra ed by fairly-paid ar sans in developing countries, thus providing secure employment opportuni es for the less fortunate. A handful of collec ons are produced each year, with guest designers from around the globe, such as Yuki Mitsuyasu and Protest Design Company, contribu ng capsule collec ons. Expect symbolic designs such as doves of peace and abstract forms sugges ng themes of ‘integrity’ and ‘embrace’. It’s all proof, Saught’s founders say, that an object of destruc on and pain can be transformed into and an object of beauty and desire. FEBRUARY - MARCH 2015 95


MATTER Ma er is a tex le-focused label, founded by Singaporean Ren Young Ho and Spaniard Yvonne Suner Beltran. It features a range of pants, shorts and scarves in punchy ethnic-inspired pa erns and colours. The designs are simple, comfortable, and versa le, focusing on updated classics like the ‘wide-leg’ and the ‘dho ’. However, at its core, Ma er is a socially-driven business, with its fabrics woven and painted by hand by tradi onal tex le ar sans from rural parts of Asia. The goal behind this is twofold. Firstly to connect the wearer to the source of produc on - to the story of the community in which it’s made, and secondly to support the tex le cra in developing countries, which in turn creates employment for women and an outlet to maintain the community’s tradi onal cra . Simply put, it’s fashion with a narra ve – perfect for fashion-forward wanderlusters. Now that’s what you call statement-making pants!



HEADS OF STATE MILLINERY Self-taught Singaporean milliner Chee Sau Fen believes in the transforma ve power of fashion. Through her high-fashion hat label, Heads of State Millinery, Chee aims to “redeem [fashion] from its o en wasteful and exploita ve image and become a champion of ecologically and ethically responsible development.” Heads of State Millinery is a mix of eccentric ready-to-wear and bespoke crea ons made from sustainable materials. For example, the ‘Vanguard’ collec on is a play on the masculine and the feminine and is made from vintage men’s neck es and belt buckles; the ‘Neo Tribe’ collec on is made en rely from natural abaca (banana) fibres from the Bukidnon tribe in the Philippines; and the ‘Proto’ collec on is an explora on of sculptural shapes which are made from up-cycled magazines.

ETRICAN Etrican, the self-proclaimed pioneer of ecofashion in Singapore, is one of the city-state’s first players in sustainable fashion. The company was founded by Yumiko Uno and Dragos Necula, who also dedicate a fair bit of me educa ng the public on the importance of environmentally conscious design. Their designs are for youthful and feminine women – so think breezy co on dresses, tops and skirts for everyday wear. All of Etrican’s pieces are made from 100% organic co on, (which apparently produces up to 94% less greenhouse emissions than regular co on), produced in a small ethically and ecologically friendly factory in India, cer fied by the Global Organic Tex le Standard. FEBRUARY - MARCH 2015 97


For The love of fashion By Mandy Heng Photos courtesy of Noel Caleb

A first in Singapore, fashion label NoÍl Caleb offers personalized fitting services to its customers before they make their purchase. Shoppers can select their desired styles online at and arrange a fitting session before committing to purchasing the clothes. With such personalized service, it’s no wonder that the brand is becoming a fast favourite with local and international style-seekers alike.



Although the label is only three years old, designer Eileen Yap has about 9,000 fans suppor ng the Noël Caleb label. Eileen herself o en hosts fashion par es and events to connect further with her clients, keeping true to the Noël Caleb image – a brand based on love, devo on and the thanksgiving spirit. Now! Singapore’s fashion guru Mandy Heng caught up with Eileen Yap to find out more. “I think that fashion is a great way to connect and touch people’s lives since it is something everyone needs,” says designer Eileen Yap. “You also get connected to music, art and lifestyle, which are all crea ve aspects that I enjoy as well.” How would you describe the Noel Caleb woman? The Noël Caleb woman is fashionable, experimental and feminine. She is sociable, loves people and appreciates all aspects of life that are crea ve and unique. What inspires your aesthe c and why do you think women respond to it? Each Noël Caleb collec on launched surrounds a par cular story or theme. From our collec on Teddy Girls, inspired by the girls of the 1950s, to the Honey in a Rock collec on, inspired by gemstones, we are able to tell a story using fashion as the medium. There is a sense of an cipa on and excitement to see how the collec on unfolds, through the inspira on and the stories created by the clothing.

What do you think makes a woman a rac ve? A woman is a rac ve because she is gentle yet strong; she encompasses femininity and grace. A woman has mul ple roles to play in today’s society, but the ability to be strong in holding the helm of the family and at work makes a woman really stand out. What are five essen al items that you think a woman should have in her wardrobe and why? FEBRUARY - MARCH 2015 99

• An edgy and brightly coloured jacket – this helps turn an individual into a fashionable head-turner at an event instantly.

• The li le black dress – the one dress that embraces versa lity for every occasion, and can be dressed up and down with accessories. The LBD is an absolute essen al item in every woman’s wardrobe!

• Accessories – perhaps the most personalized part of any woman’s wardrobe. From bags, shoes to jewellery, these are the details that complete a woman’s look.

• A vest – a vest adds layers and details to an ou it; it is an easy addi on to basics while maintaining a chic and stylish feel.


• A versa le top – a great top that can be paired with jeans for a casual night out, or a floor length skirt for a dressier a air, is a must have.

What has inspired you for the next collec on? In 2015 we want to celebrate fashion with love. Our next collec on is infused with roman c pa erned lace, lightweight chi ons with veil-like details and is aptly named Casablanca. The Casablanca collec on takes inspira on from aspects of bridal wear and transforms them into daily wear. With the streets as her aisle, every woman is allowed to embrace her lovely, blushing and elegant best at any stage of love. Tell us about your best-selling/hallmark piece and why it’s so popular? Our best-selling piece is a jersey top named Pyrus. The versa lity lies in the fluidity of the fabric, which allows it to be styled in at least eight di erent ways. Tops are the most popular item within the Noël Caleb range and a versa le top takes a woman from day to evening e ortlessly. The other bonus about Pyrus is that it fla ers most body types. Before we let you go, what is there to look forward to in 2015? The Noël Caleb concept store also stocks 14 independent labels apart from Noël Caleb. We are looking at forming a branding and marke ng agency for the independent labels we stock, to further nurture them. Our agency will kick start opera ons in March 2015, with our first fashion show planned for the Millionaire Asia’s 10-year anniversary party in April 2015! Noël Caleb Concept Store, 02-24/25 Orchard Central, FEBRUARY - MARCH 2015 101



art By Richard Horstman Photos courtesy of Angie Seah

Emo ons Are Like Weather, 2012, mixed media on paper.


Pocket Your Fear, 2012, mixed media on paper

Arguably, the most frequent question pitched at a contemporary artist nowadays is, who is your gallery? Rising Singaporean artist anGie seah, however, replies to the contrary. No orthodox artist, anGie is driven to express herself in unconventional ways. With a confident smile she answers, “I have no gallery.”

Pondering Singapore’s size and short history, the ingredients for a thriving art scene could appear to be lacking. Engaging with anGie, however, reveals a vigorous and diverse contemporary art scene with exci ng prospects. “Singapore is a small consumer-driven na on, therefore the role of contemporary art is important in nurturing society,” she says. “Art opens our minds and helps us to appreciate things from many perspec ves. Art is essen al to the healthy development of Singapore.” In 1988 the Singapore Government ini ated the Advisory Council for Culture and Arts (ACCA), driven by the faith that art and culture were essen al in developing a culturally vibrant society. The ACCA’s Renaissance City Plans’ vision to transform Singapore into a global city for the arts and culture has realised massive investment into art infrastructure that has succeeded in posi oning Singapore as the new, booming art hub of South East Asia. “Singapore is a place where people come and go, they o en come to network,” anGie

says. “Therefore big art events, such as Art Stage Singapore (the premiere interna onal art fair in South East Asia) enable people to gather here and this is an important role for Singapore. Even though Singapore is a small and young na on, it has a large and diverse popula on of ar sts. There are also many interna onal ar sts that come and go leaving an imprint, all which help to characterize Singaporean contemporary art. Perhaps because we are not as rooted in culture, as for example Indonesian ar sts, we tend to be flexible and dynamic. Singaporean ar sts are indeed world class.” On her own career, inspira on and being an ar st in Singapore, “I am very lucky that I have received regular commissions that have supported my career. Sketching is my basic fundamental as it helps to generate my thoughts and develop my thinking process. I have worked on and o with clay over many years; it allows me to work in ways other mediums won’t. I o en construct 3-D models of my work. I love the tac le sensa on and find clay very grounding. I love the freedom when I create art, it is without limita ons.” anGie’s work fuses the genres of sketching, pain ng, installa on, video, sound and performance. Born in 1979, she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree with Dis nc on RMIT (Royal Melbourne Ins tute of Technology) Australia in 2000 and was then awarded an educa on bursary from the Singapore Na onal Arts Council. This followed on a er a Diploma in Visual Arts (Sculpture) at LaSalle College of the Arts (SIA), Singapore in 1999. She was then awarded a scholarship from the Goethe Ins tute Berlin in 2005. “A er I graduated I focused on sculpture as I am always interested in the 3-D form. So to explore into performance art came naturally, yet it was also challenging for me. I am excited about using my voice and body

ac ons along with objects to express my ideas, yet I am always wondering how to combine all of these together.” “Performance art is not only about the moment because there is always something rather sacred, like a relic, le behind. Voice to me is like the spirit that comes from the inside out,” she explains. “I like to invent happenings that combine gestures with sound to create ritually infused works that are akin to installa ons with voice, echo, shadow, objects and bits and pieces.” anGie’s fascina on in mys cism and sacred music increasingly leads her to evoke the unseen and unexplainable aspects of the human experience that permeate everyday life into her works. Singapore’s art infrastructure has evolved drama cally in the past decade boas ng world-class museums, na onal and interna onal galleries and private museums, and numerous annual art fairs. It has also become a centre for local and foreign art collectors and a thriving market that is also driven by powerful auc on houses, galleries and collectors. “I don’t like to think too much about the market as it may become a distrac on. I want to learn and grow as an ar st and therefore I have to think beyond this. Ar sts in Singapore are quite fortunate that we can access state-of-the-art facili es and libraries to enhance our research.” Since 1997 anGie has exhibited, par cipated in ar st residencies and performance art fes vals in 12 countries. For a decade she has been ac ve in ini a ng art projects and workshops within communi es in Singapore. One of anGie’s highlights was par cipa ng in Singapore Biennale 2013 with “Conduc ng Memories” a sound interac ve installa on. FEBRUARY - MARCH 2015 103

ARTS Rather than using visual images, she u lized pre programmed sound clips of voices, music and noises from nature and the surroundings as an auditory scrapbook, represen ng her memories and aural cameos of everyday life in Singapore. Using atmospheric sound she ignites the forgo en reflec on of what has been lost, signifying the shi ing ideological landscape of Singapore. A collabora ve live

performance with the female punk rock band Chicks On Speed and Francesca von Habsburg (TBA21) in the Australian Pavilion Party at Venice Biennale 2013 also capped o a landmark year. Currently anGie is fine-tuning her latest crea on, ‘From Shadow to Shaman’, a performance to be presented in April at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Lyon, France.

of art and culture” Singapore may now define itself by its unique art and cultural infrastructure and rapidly developing art scene. This modern interna onal metropolis is inspiring a growing number of unique local ar sts like anGie, gaining interna onal a en on and contribu ng not only to the development of Singaporean society, but the development of contemporary culture in the blossoming Southeast Asian region.

Once labelled a “barren wasteland in terms

anGie Seah

1000 Screams, 2012, mixed media

When The Sound Captures The Heart, mixed media installa on 104 FEBRUARY - MARCH 2015


On the following pages you will find lists of places, people and things that we think are important. It’s not the telephone directory NOR the yellow pages but we think we’ve covered a lot of useful numbers-including some interesting local brands and some of the city’s best restaurants & bars. FEBRUARY - MARCH 2015 105

EMERGENCIES Airport Informa on +65 6595 6868 Ambulance and Fire 995 Police 999 (for emergency only) Police Hotline 1800 225 0000 Tra c Police +6547 0000 ATTRACTIONS & AMUSEMENT PARKs Army Museum Of Singapore 520 Upper Jurong Road Singapore 638367 Ph. +65 6668 0338 E: ArtScience Museum 10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956 Ph. +65 6688 8888 Asian Civilisa ons Museum 1 Empress Place, Singapore 059199 Ph. +65 6332 7798 Esplanade 1 Esplanade Drive, Singapore 038981 Ph. +65 6828 8377 Faber Peak Singapore 109 Mount Faber Road, Faber Peak, Singapore 099203 Ph. +65 6270 8855 Fuk Tak Chi Museum 76 Telok Ayer Street, Far East Square Singapore 048464 Ph. +65 6532 7868 Gardens by The Bay 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018953 Ph. +65 6420 6848 Haw Par Villa 262 Pasir Panjang Road Singapore 118628 Ph. +65 6872 2780 Ifly 43 Siloso Beach Walk #01-01 Singapore 099010 Ph. +65 6571 0000 Images of Singapore LIVE 40 Imbiah Road, Singapore 099700 Ph. +65 6736 8672

Kong Hiap Memorial Museum 17-19 Kim Yam Road Singapore 239329 Ph. +65 6737 2630 E: Land Transport Gallery No 1 Hampshire Road Block 1 Level 1, Singapore 219428 Ph. +65 6396 2550 E: Marina Barrage 8 Marina Gardens Drive Singapore 018951 Ph. +65 6514 5959 Memories At Old Ford Factory 351 Upper Bukit Timah Road Singapore 588192 Ph. +65 6462 6724 mo Mint Museum Of Toys 26 Seah Street Singapore 188382 Ph. +65 6339 0660 Na onal Museum of Singapore 93 Stamford Road, Singapore 178897 Ph. +65 6332 3659; +65 6332 5642 na Peranakan Museum 39 Armenian Street Singapore 179941 Ph. +65 6332 7591 Red Dot Design Museum 28 Maxwell Road Red Dot Tra c, Singapore Ph. +65 6327 8027 Reflec ons at Bukit Chandu’s 31-K Pepys Road Singapore 118458 Ph. +65 6375 2510 Resorts World™ Sentosa 39 Ar llery Avenue, Sentosa Singapore 099958 Ph. +65 6577 8888 Singapore Art Museum 71 Brass Basah Road, Singapore 189555 Ph. +65 6332 3222

Ph. +65 6270 8855 Singapore Coins And Notes Museum 40 Pagoda St, Level 1 Singapore 059199 Ph. +65 6222 2486


Singapore Flyer 30 Ra es Avenue, Singapore 039803

1-Al tude 61/62/Roo op One Ra es Place Singapore 048616 Ph. +65 6438 0410 E: reserva ons@1-al 1-al

Singapore Philatelic Museum 23-B Coleman Street Singapore 179807 Ph. +65 6337 3888

28 Hong Kong Street 28 Hong Kong Street, Singapore 059667 Ph. +65 6533 2001 E:

Singapore Zoo 80 Mandai Lake Road Singapore Ph. +65 6269 3411

83 on Club Street 83 Club Street, Singapore 069451 Ph. +65 6690 7563 E:

Tan Swie Hian Museum 460 Sims Avenue, Singapore Ph. +65 6744 0716 The Changi Museum 1000 Upper Changi Road North Singapore 507707 Ph. +65 6214 2451 Trick Eye Museum Resorts World Sentosa 26 Sentosa Gateway #01-43/44 Singapore 098138 Ul mate Drive 1 Bay Front Avenue Singapore 018971 Ph. +65 6688 7997 ul Underwater World Singapore 80 Siloso Road, Sentosa, Singapore 098969 Ph. +65 6275 0030 Universal Studios Singapore™ Resorts World™ Sentosa Singapore 8 Sentosa Gateway Singapore 098269 E: Wave House 36 Siloso Beach Walk, Sentosa Ph. +65 6377 3113; 6238 1196

Singapore Botanic Gardens 1 Cluny Road, Singapore 259569 Ph. +65 6471 7138 / 65 6471 7361

Wings of Time Siloso Beach, Sentosa Express Beach Sta on, Singapore 099538 Ph. +65 6736 8672 E: wingso

Singapore Cable Car 109 Mount Faber Road Faber Peak, Singapore 099203

YOG Gallery @Singapore Sports Museum 1 Kay Siang Road #01-02


Singapore 248922 Ph. +65 6471 4430

Ah Sam Cold Drink Stall 60 A Boat Quay, Singapore 049848 Ph. +65 6535 0838 E: A ca 3A River Valley Rd, #01- 03 Clarke Quay, Singapore 179020 Ph. +65 6333 9973 www.a Bang Bang Pan Pacific Singapore 7 Ra es Boulevard Ph. +65 8127 2808 Bar Stories 55-57A Haji Lane, Singapore 189248 Ph. +65 6298 0838 Bar ni 46 Club Street, Singapore 069423 Ph. +65 6221 1025 E: info@bar Bi ers & Love 36 North Canal Road Singapore 059292 Ph. +65 6438 1836 Blujaz Café 11 Bali Lane, Historic Kampong Glam Singapore 189848 Ph. +65 9199 0610 Canvas #B1-01/06 The Riverwalk, 20 Upper Circular Rd Ph. +65 6538 2928 E: Club Kyo 133 cecil street, keck seng tower

#B1-02, singapore 069535 Ph. +65 8299 8735 Crazy Elephant 3E River Valley Road #01-03/04 Clarke Quay, Singapore 179024 Ph. +65 6337 7859 E: Empire Level 45 Singapore Land Tower, 50 Ra es Place, Singapore 048623 Ph. +65 8349 1672 Fenix Room Block 3C, River Valley Road, Clark Quay, Singapore 179022 Ph. +65 6305 6768 Jekyll & Hyde 49 Tras Street, Singapore 078988 Ph. +65 6222 3349 Jigger & Pony 101 Amoy Street, Singapore 069921 Ph. +65 62239101 KPO 1 Killiney Road, Kilinery Post O ce Ph. +65 6733 3648 KURO Restaurant & Bar 3C River Valley Road, Clarke Quay, The Cannery, #01-11 Singapore 179022 Ph. +65 9733 6669 E: La Terraza Roo op Bar Screening Room, 12 Ann Siang Road Singapore 069692 Ph. +65 6221 1694 ext 3; +65 6532 3357 E: Loof 331 North Bridge Rd, #03-07 Odeon Towers, Extension Roo op Singapore 188720 Ph. +65 6338 8035 E: Maison Ikkoku 20 Kandahar Street, Singapore 198885 Ph. +65 6294 0078 Manha an 2/F The Regent Singapore 1 Cuscaden Road Ph. +65 6725 3377 ansg. Mars Bar 83 Duxton Road, Singapore 089540 Ph. +65 9651 6714. Molly Malone’s

56 Circular Rd, Singapore 049411 Ph. +65 6536 2029 Nutmeg & Clove 17 Ann Siang Road Singapore 069697 Ph. +65 6423 9885 Prince Of Wales Boat Quay 51 Boat Quay, Singapore 049840 Ph. +65 6557 2498 E: Prince Of Wales Li le India 101 Dunlop Steet, Singapore 209420 Ph. +65 6299 0130 E: RedDot BrewHouse @ Dempsey Road 25A Dempsey Road, #01-01 Singapore 247691 Ph. +65 6475 0500 RedDot BrewHouse @ Boat Quay 33/34 Boat Quay Singapore 049823 Ph. +65 6535 4500 Tanjong Beach Club 120 Tanjong Beach Walk Sentosa, Singapore 098942 Ph. +65 9750 5323 The Cu ink Club 6 Jiak Chuan Road, Singapore 089262 E: info@thecu thecu Timbre @ Gillman 9A Lock Road, Gillman Barracks Singapore 108926 Ph. +65 6694 4201 Timbre @ The Arts House 1 Old Parliament Lane #01-04 Singapore 179429 Ph. +65 6336 3386

CAFES 31 Bar & Kitchen 31 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089138 Ph. +65 6224 9141 40 Hands 78 Yong Siak St., #01-12 Tiong Bahru Ph. +65 6225 8545 E: info@40handsco 40handsco Ar choke Café + Bar Sclupture Square, 161 Middle Road Ph. +65 6336 6949 ar Ca e Pralet 17 Eng Hoon Street #01-04 Singapore 169767 Ph. +65 6223 5595 E: ca epralet@crea crea Coastes Singapore 50 Siloso Beach Walk, Singapore 099000 Ph. +65 6274 9668 Common Man Co ee Raosters 22 Mar n Road, Singapore 239058 Ph. +65 6836 4695 commonmanco Dutch Colony Co ee Company 113 Frankel Avenue, Singapore 458230 Ph. +65 6448 5852 Jones The Grocer Block 9 #01-12 Dempsey Road Dempsey Hill, Singapore, 247697 Ph. +65 6476 1512 E: Hard Rock Café 50 Cuscaden Road, #02/03-01 HPL House, Singapore 249724 Ph. +65 6235 5232 Resort World Sentosa, The Forum #01-209, Singapore 098138 Ph. +65 6795 7454 Changi Airport Terminal 3 Departure Lounge Ph. +65 6241 6267 HARDROCK.COM

Rouse 36 Dunlop Street, Singapore 209364 Ph.+65 6292 2642 Tiong Bahru Bakery 56 Eng Hoon Street, Singapore 160056 Ph. +65 6220 3430 The Library 47 Keong Saik Road Ph. +65 6221 8338 The Scoop 19 Ann Siang Road, Singapore 069699 Ph. +65 6423 1213 CINEMAS Golden Village Golden Village Katong 112 East Coast Road #04-09 Singapore 428802 Golden Village Bishan 9 Bishan Place, #04-03 Junc on 8 Singapore 579837 Golden Village VivoCity Levels 2 & 3, VivoCity Harbour Front Precinct Golden Village Tampines 4 Tampines Central 5, #04-17/18 Tampines Mall, Singapore 529510 Golden Village Grand 1 Kim Seng Promenade, #03-39/40, Great World City, Singapore 237994 Golden Village Jurong Point 1 Jurong West Central, #03-25B/26 Jurong Point, Singapore 649846 Golden Village Plaza 68 Orchard Road #07-01/15 Plaza Singapura Singapore 238839 Golden Village Yishun 51 Yishun Central 1 Singapore 768794

Timbre @ The Substa on 45 Armenian Street Singapore 179936 Ph. +65 6338 8030

High Society Marina Bay Sands Café & Restaurant The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, #B2-47/48 Ph. +65 6688 7522 E:

Golden Village Marina 5A Ra es Ave, #03-01 Marina Leisureplex, Singapore 039801 Golden Village Tiong Bahru 302 Tiong Bahru Road #04-03/04 Tiong Bahru Plaza Singapore 168732

Verre Wine Bar 8 Rodyk Street, Singapore 238216 Ph. +65 6509 1917

Penny University 402 East Coast Road, Singapore 428997 Ph. +65 6765 4531

Shaw Theatres

Zouk Singapore 17 Jiak Kim Street, Singapore 169420 Ph. +65 6738 2988

Ronin 17 Hongkong Street Singapore 059660

Shaw Theatres Lido 350, Orchard Road, 5th/6th Floor, Shaw House, Singapore 238868 Shaw Theatres Choa Chu Kang Lot 1 Shoppers’ Mall, Choa Chu FEBRUARY - MARCH 2015 107

Kang Ave 4, 5th/6th Floor Singapore 689812 Shaw Theatres NEX 23, Serangoon Central, #04-64, Nex, Singapore 556083 Shaw Theatres Bales er 360, Bales er Road, Shaw Plaza, #04-04, Singapore 329783 Shaw Theatres Bugis 200, Victoria Street, #04-02, Bugis Junc on, Singapore 188021 Shaw Theatres Century 2, Tampines Central 5, #05-00, Century Square, Singapore 529509 Cathay Cineplex Cathay Cineplexes The Cathay Cineplex Levels 5 & 6, The Cathay, 2 Handy Road Singapore 229233 The Cathay Cineleisure Orchard Levels 4, 5, 6 & 9 Cathay Cineleisure Orchard, 8 Grange Road Singapore 239695 The Cathay Causeway Point 1 Woodlands Square, Level 7 Singapore 738099 The Cathay AMK Hub 53 Ang Mo Kio Ave 3 AMK Hub Level 4 Singapore 569933 The Cathay Cineplex Downtown East 1 Pasir Ris Close, Level 4, E!hub Singapore 519599 FILMGARDE FILMGARDE - Iluma, Bugis Level 5 Iluma, Bugis 201 Victoria Street Singapore 188067 Ph. +65 6835 9087 FILMGARDE - Leisure Park Kallang Level 3, Leisure Park Kallang 5 Stadium Walk Singapore 397693 Ph. +65 6344 5997 JADE Theatre Level 2 Shaw Towers 100 Beach Road, Singapore 189702 Ph. +65 6293 5717 EDUCATION Village Camps UWCSEA East Campus, 1 Tampines Street 73 Ph. +65 8168 9057 3D Class Works

20 Science Park Road #03-35A Tele Tech Park Singapore Science Park 2 Singapore 117674 Ph. +65 6776 1336 E:

E: Forest Adventure 825 Bedok Reservoir Road, Singapore 479244 Ph. +65 8100 7420; 8100 7421

100 Victoria Street, Singapore Ph. +65 6332 3255 Red Sea Gallery Block 9 Dempsey Road #01-10 Dempsey Hill Singapore 247697 Ph. +65 6732 6711

Art Lo 116 Middle Road #03-01 ICB Enterprice House Singapore 188972 Ph. +65 6443 6221 E: enquiries@artlo artlo

Mastereign Learning Journeys Ubi Avenue 4 #11-05, UB. One Singapore 408830 Ph. +65 6836 6466 E:

Camp Challenge Pte Ltd 8 Admiralty Road East Singapore 759991 Ph. +65 6257 4427 E:

O School Ltd Scape 2 Orchard Link #04 - 04 Singapore 237978 Ph. +65 6509 0016 E:

Centre for Robo cs Learning Nullspace 272 Upper Bukit Timah Road, #03-14, Singapore 588212 Ph. +65 9099 4914 E:

Singapore Discovery Centre 510 Upper Jurong Rd Singapore 638365 Ph. +65 6792 6188 E:

White Canvas Gallery 57 Eng Hoon Street, #01-82 Tiong Bahru, Singapore 160057 Ph. +65 6220 8723

Singapore Media Academy Pte Ltd 30 Merchant Road #04-13 Riverside Singapore 058282 Ph. +65 6435 6000 E:

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City College Private Limited 2 Bukit Merah Central, #20-00 Singapore 159835 Ph. +65 6511 6833 E: Cookery Magic 117 Fidelio Street, Singapore 458492 Ph. +65 9665 6831 E: EMC Workshops Blk 250 Bishan Street 22 #B1-384 Singapore 570250 Ph. +65 6451 4188 E: Escape Hunt 100 Orchard Road, Concorde Hotel & Shopping Mall, #02-43, Singapore 238840 Ph. +65 6100 0828 E: F1 in Schools Pte Ltd 81 Ubi Avenue 4, UB.One Unit 11-05 Singapore 408830 Flight Experience Singapore Flyer, 30 Ra es Ave #02-06, Singapore 039803 Ph. +65 6339 2737 E: Food Playground 24A Sago Street, Singapore 059020 Ph. +65 9452 3669


Singapore Repertory Theatre 20 Merbau Road, Singapore 239035 Ph. +65 6733 8166 E: Science Centre Singapore 15 Science Centre Road Singapore 609081 Ph. +65 6425 2500 E:

Singapore Art Gallery 27 Woking Road #01-01 Singapore 138705 Ph. +65 3108 0301 Singapore City Gallery 45 Maxwell Road, The URA Centre, Singapore Ph. +65 6321 8321

Grassroots Heritage Centre 70 South Buona Vista Road Ph. +65 6474 4241 peranakan culture NUS Baba House 157 Neil Rd Singapore 088883 Ph. +65 6227 5731 E: Katong An que House 208 East Coast Road Singapore 428907 Ph. +65 6345 8544

The Escape Ar st Bukit Timah Shopping Centre #11-02, Singapore 588179 Ph. +65 6463 6690 E: Enquiry@TheEscapeAr theescapear

Rumah Bebe 113 East Coast Road, Singapore 428803 Ph. +65 6247 8781

The Escape Ar st 52A Prinsep Street #01-01 Singapore 188683 Ph. +65 6883 1540 E: Enquiry@TheEscapeAr theescapear


GALLERIES IRAS Gallery - The Singapore Tax Story 1st storey of Revenue House 55 Newton Road Ph. +65 6351 2076 E: Na onal Library Gallery


Chinatown Heritage Centre 48 Pagoda Street, Singapore 059207 Ph. +65 6534 8942 E: marke Buddha Tooth Relic Temple & Museum 288 South Bridge road Singapore 058840 Ph. +65 6220 0220 Thekchen Choling 2 Bea y Lane, Singapore 209945 Ph. +65 6466 3720 Singapore Hong San See 31 Mohamed Sultan Road Singapore 238975 Ph. +65 6737 3683 Lian Shan Shuang Lin Temple 184E Jalan Toa Payoh, Singapore 319941 Ph. +65 6259 6924 Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple 178 Waterloo St, Singapore 187964 +65 6337 3965 Ngee Ann Cultural Centre Teochew Building (2nd floor) 97 Tank Road, Singapore 238066 Ph. +65 6737 9555 Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall 12 Tai Gin Road, Singapore 327874 Ph. +65 6256 7377 CHINESE CULTURE ARTS Chinese Garden Chinese Garden Road o Yuan Ching Road, Singapore 619795 Drama Box 14A – 14C Trengganu Street Singapore 058468 Ph. +65 6324 5434 MALAY CULTURE SHOPPING Jamal Kazura Aroma cs 728 North Bridge Road Singapore 198696 The Heritage Shop 93 Jalan Sultan, #01-01, Singapore 198997 Ph. +65 6223 7982 MALAY CULTURE ARTS Teater Ekamatra Telok Ayer Performing Arts Centre 182 Cecil Street #01-08/10/11 Singapore 069547 Ph. +65 6323 6528 MALAY CULTURAL CENTRE Malay Heritage Centre 85 Sultan Gate, Singapore 198501 Ph. +65 6391 0450 WORSHIP Sultan Mosque

3 Muscat St, Singapore 198833 Jamae Mosque 218 South Bridge Rd Singapore 058767 Hajjah Fa mah Mosque 4001 Beach Road Singapore 199584 INDIAN CULTURE WORSHIP Sri Mariamman Temple 244 South Bridge Road Singapore 058793 Ph. +65 6223 4064 Sri Thandayuthapani Temple 15 Tank Road, Singapore 238065 s Sri Senpaga Vinayagar Temple 19 Ceylon Road, Singapore 429613 Ph. +65 6345 8176 Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple 141 Serangoon Road Singapore 218042 Ph. +65 6295 4538; 6293 4634 E: Sri Krishnan Temple 152 Waterloo St EURASIAN CULTURE Eurasian Heritage Centre Eurasian Community House 139 Ceylon Road, Singapore 429744 Ph. +65 6447 1578 CLINICS Amaris B. Clinic 140 Arab Street, Singapore 199827 Ph. +65 65364211; +65 62961416 E: Freia Medical 435 Orchard Road, Wisma Atria O ce Tower, #19-03 Singapore 238877 Ph. +65 6735 8180 E: Innate 58 Club Street, Singapore 069433 Ph. +65 6835 9538 The Counselling Place 7500A Beach Road, #04-323 The Plaza Singapore 199591 Ph. +65 6887 3695 HOTELS

Amara Sanctuary Resort Sentosa 1 Larkhill Road, Sentosa Island, Singapore 099394 Ph. +65 6825 3888 E: Amara Singapore 165 Tanjong Pagar Road Singapore 088539 Ph. +65 6879 2555 Asco Ra es Place Singapore 2 Finlayson Green, Singapore 049247 Ph. +65 6577 1688 the-asco .com Beach Villas Resorts World Sentosa - Beach Villas 8 Sentosa Gateway, Sentosa Island Singapore 098269 Ph. + 65 6577 8888 Bayview Hotel Singapore 30 Bencoolen Street Singapore 189621 Ph. +65 6337 2882 Capella Hotel, Singapore 1 The Knolls, Sentosa Island Singapore 098297 Ph. +65 6377 8888 Capri by Fraser Changi City, Singapore 3 Changi Business Park Central 1 Singapore 486037 Ph. +65 6933 9833 Carlton City Hotel Singapore 1 Gopeng Street, Singapore 078862 Ph. +65 6632 8888 Carlton Hotel Singapore 76 Bras Basah Road Singapore 189558 Ph. +65 6338 8333 Concorde Hotel Singapore 100 Orchard Road Singapore 238840 Ph. +65 6733 8855 Conrad Centennial Singapore 2 Temasek Boulevard Singapore 038982 Ph. +65 6334 8888 Days Hotel Singapore at Zhongshan Park 1 Jalan Rajah, Singapore 329133 Ph. +65 6808 6868 Dorse Singapore 333 New Bridge Road Singapore 088765 Ph. +65 6678 8333 dorse Equarius Hotel Resorts World Sentosa - Equarius Hotel, 8 Sentosa Gateway, Sentosa Island, Singapore 098269 Ph. +65 6577 8888 Fairmont Singapore 80 Bras Basah Road Singapore 189560 Ph. +65 6339 7777 Fes ve Hotel Resorts World Sentosa - Fes ve Hotel, 8 Sentosa Gateway Sentosa Island, Singapore 098269 Ph. +65 6577 8888 HotelsAndSpa/Fes veHotel Four Seasons Hotel Singapore 190 Orchard Boulevard Singapore 248646 Ph. +65 6734 1110 Furama City Centre Singapore 60 Eu Tong Sen Street Singapore 059804 Ph. +65 6533 3888 Furama Riverfront Singapore 405 Havelock Road Singapore 169633 Ph. +65 6333 8898 Gallery Hotel 1 Nanson Road @ Robertson Quay Singapore 238909 Ph. +65 6849 8686 E: Goodwood Park Hotel 22 Sco s Road Singapore 228221 Ph. +65 6737 7411

Copthorne King’s Hotel Singapore 403 Havelock Road Singapore 169632 Ph. +65 6733 0011

Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel Singapore 392 Havelock Road Singapore 169663 Ph. +65 6733 0880

Crowne Plaza Changi Airport 75 Airport Boulevard Singapore 819664 Ph. +65 6823 5300

Grand Hya Singapore 10 Sco s Road Singapore 228211 Ph. +65 6738 1234 FEBRUARY - MARCH 2015 109

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Grand Mercure Roxy Hotel 50 East Coast Road Roxy Square Singapore 428769 Ph. +65 6344 8000

Hotel Jen Orchardgateway Singapore 277 Orchard Road Singapore 238858 Ph. +65 6708 8888

Grand Park City Hall 10 Coleman Street Singapore 179809 Ph. +65 6336 3456

Hotel Jen Tanglin Singapore 1A Cuscaden Road Singapore 249716 Ph. +65 6738 2222

Grand Park Orchard 270 Orchard Road Singapore 238857 Ph. +65 6603 8888

Hotel Michael Resorts World Sentosa - Hotel Michael, 8 Sentosa Gateway, Sentosa Island, Singapore 098269 Ph. +65 6577 8888 HotelsAndSpa/HotelMichael

Hard Rock Hotel® Singapore Resorts World Sentosa - Hard Rock Hotel Singapore, 8 Sentosa Gateway, Sentosa Island, Singapore 098269 Ph. + 65 6577 8888 Hilton Singapore 581 Orchard Road Singapore 238883 Ph. +65 6737 2233 Holiday Inn Express Singapore Clarke Quay 2 Magazine Road, Singapore 059573 Ph. +65 6589 8000 Holiday Inn Express Singapore Orchard Road 20 Bideford Road, Singapore 229921 Ph. +65 6690 3199 Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium 317 Outram Road, Singapore 169075 Ph. +65 6733 0188 Holiday Inn Singapore Orchard City Centre 11 Cavenagh Road, Singapore 229616 Ph. +65 6733 8333 Hotel 1929 50 Keong Saik Road Singapore 089154 Ph. +65 6347 1929 Hotel Bencoolen Singapore 47 Bencoolen Street Singapore 189626 Ph. +65 6336 0822 Hotel Fort Canning Singapore 11 Canning Walk, Singapore 178881 Ph. +65 6559 6770 Hotel Grand Pacific 101 Victoria Street Singapore 188018

Mandarin Oriental, Singapore 5 Ra es Avenue Marina Square, Singapore 039797 Ph. +65 6338 0066 Marina Bay Sands 10 Bayfront Avenue Singapore 018956 Ph. +65 6688 8866

Pan Pacific Singapore 7 Ra es Boulevard Marina Square, Singapore 039595 Ph. +65 6336 8111 Park Regis Singapore 23 Merchant Road Singapore 058268 Ph. +65 6818 8888

Marina Mandarin Singapore 6 Ra es Boulevard, Marina Square, Singapore 039594 Ph. +65 6845 1000

Parkroyal on Beach Road 7500 Beach Road, Singapore 199591 Ph. +65 6505 5666

Mövenpick Heritage Hotel Sentosa 23 Beach View, Sentosa Singapore 098679 Ph. +65 6818 3388

Parkroyal on Kitchener Road 181 Kitchener Road Singapore 208533 Ph. +65 6428 3000

Hotel Miramar Singapore 401 Havelock Road Singapore 169631 Ph. +65 6733 0222

Naumi Hotel 41 Seah Street, Singapore 188396 Ph. +65 6403 6000

Parkroyal on Pickering 3 Upper Pickering Street Singapore 058289 Ph. +65 6809 8888

Hotel Novotel Singapore Clarke Quay 177A River Valley Road Singpore 179031 Ph. +65 6338 3333

Naumi Liora 55 Keong Saik Road Singapore 089158 Ph. +65 6922 9000

ibis Singapore Novena 6 Irrawaddy Road Singapore 329543 Ph. +65 6808 9888

New Majes c Hotel 31-37 Bukit Pasoh Road Singapore 089845 Ph. +65 6511 4700 newmajes

ibis Singapore on Bencoolen 170 Bencoolen Street Singapore 189657 Ph. +65 6593 2888

Nostalgia Hotel 77 Tiong Bahru Road Singapore 168727 Ph. +65 6808 1818

InterCon nental Singapore 80 Middle Road, Singapore 188966 Ph. +65 6338 7600 intercon

Oasia Hotel Singapore 8 Sinaran Drive Singapore 307470 Ph. +65 6664 0333

Klapsons, The Bou que Hotel 15 Hoe Chiang Road Singapore 089316 Ph. +65 6521 9000

ONE°15 Marina Club 11 Cove Drive #01-01 Sentosa Cove Singapore 098497 Ph. +65 6305 6988

Link Hotel Singapore 50 Tiong Bahru Road Singapore 158794 Ph. +65 6622 8585 M Hotel Singapore 81 Anson Road, Singapore 079908 Ph. +65 6224 1133 Mandarin Orchard Singapore 333 Orchard Road Singapore 238867 Ph. +65 6737 4411


Orchard Hotel Singapore 442 Orchard Road Singapore 238879 Ph. +65 6734 7766 Orchard Parade Hotel 1 Tanglin Road, Singapore 247905 Ph. +65 6737 1133 Pan Pacific Orchard 10 Claymore Road Singapore 229540 Ph. +65 6737 0811

Peninsula.Excelsior Hotel 5 Coleman Street Singapore 179805 Ph. +65 6337 2200 Ra es Hotel, Singapore 1 Beach Road Singapore 189673 Ph. +65 6337 1886 singapore-ra es.ra Ramada Singapore at Zhongshan Park 16 Ah Hood Road Singapore 329982 Ph. +65 6252 9500 Rendezvous Grand Hotel Singapore 9 Bras Basah Road Singapore 189559 Ph. +65 6336 0220 Resorts World at Sentosa 8 Sentosa Gateway, Sentosa Island Singapore 098269 Ph. +65 6577 8888 Riverview Hotel Singapore 382 Havelock Road Singapore 169629 Ph. +65 6349 4888 Robertson Quay Hotel 15 Merbau Road Singapore 239032 Ph. +65 6735 3333 Royal Plaza on Sco s 25 Sco s Road, Singapore 228220 Ph. +65 6737 7966

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Santa Grand Hotel East Coast 171 East Coast Road Singapore 428877 Ph. +65 6298 8889

The Fullerton Bay Hotel 80 Collyer Quay, Singapore 049326 Ph. +65 6333 8388 E:

Shangri-La Hotel Singapore 22 Orange Grove Road, Singapore 258350 Ph. +65 6737 3644

The Fullerton Hotel Singapore 1 Fullerton Square, Singapore 049178 Ph. +65 6733 8388 E:

Shangri-La Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa 101 Siloso Road, Sentosa, Singapore 098970 Ph. +65 6275 0100 Sheraton Towers Singapore 39 Sco s Road, Singapore 228230 Ph. +65 6737 6888 Siloso Beach Resort 51 Imbiah Walk, Sentosa Singapore 099538 Ph. +65 6722 3333 E: Singapore Marrio Hotel 320 Orchard Road Singapore 238865 Ph. +65 6735 5800 marrio .com/sindt Studio M Hotel 3 Nanson Road, Singapore 238910 Ph. +65 6808 8888 Swissotel Merchant Court, Singapore 20 Merchant Road Singapore 058281 Ph. +65 6337 2288 Swissotel The Stamford 2 Stamford Road Singapore 178882 Ph. +65 6338 8585 The Amoy 76 Telok Ayer Street Singapore 048464 Ph. +65 6580 2888 The Duxton Hotel 83 Duxton Road, Singapore 089540 Ph. +65 6837 0114 The Elizabeth Hotel 24 Mount Elizabeth Singapore 228518 Ph. +65 6738 1188 The Quincy Hotel 22 Mount Elizabeth, Singapore 228517

The Gallery Hotel 1 Nanson Road @ Robertson Quay Singapore 238909 Ph. +65 6849 8686 The Quincy Hotel 22 Mount Elizabeth Singapore 228517 Ph. +65 6738 5888 The Regent Singapore 1 Cuscaden Road Singapore 249715 Ph. +65 6733 8888 The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore 7 Ra es Avenue Singapore 039799 Ph. +65 6337 8888 es/ Singapore The Scarlet Hotel 33 Erskine Road Singapore 069333 Ph. +65 6511 3333 The Singapore Resort & Spa Sentosa 2 Bukit Manis Road, Sentosa Singapore 099891 Ph. +65 6275 0331 The St. Regis Singapore 29 Tanglin Road Singapore 247911 Ph. +65 6506 6888 The Wes n Singapore 12 Marina View, Asia Square Tower 2 Singapore 018961 Ph. +65 6922 6888 thewes Village Hotel Albert Court 180 Albert Street Singapore 189971 Ph. +65 6339 3939 Village Hotel Bugis 390 Victoria Street Singapore 188061 Ph. +65 6297 2828

Village Hotel Changi 1 Netheravon Road Singapore 508502 Ph. +65 6379 7111 Village Hotel Katong 25 Marine Parade Singapore 449536 Ph. +65 6344 2200 village-hotel-katong.aspx W Singapore - Sentosa Cove 21 Ocean Way, Singapore 098374 Ph. +65 6808 7288 Wanderlust Hotel No. 2 Dickson Road Singapore 209494 Ph. +65 6396 3322 York Hotel 21 Mount Elizabeth Singapore 228516 Ph. +65 6737 0511 LOCAL BRANDS & DESIGNERS AIJEK(Danelle Woo) Nana & Bird 59 Eng Hoon St #01-65 Eclec cism Paragon Shopping Centre #03-08 Ph. +65 9117 0430; +65 6235 5514 E: ANGELIA (Zen and Angela Tan) Orchard Central, #01-16 (Flagship) PARCO next NEXT, Millenia Walk Level 2 Ph. +65 6338 8246 E: AZIMUTH WATCH Co. (Alvin Lye & Christopher Long) Krasnaya, The Watch Gallery ION Orchard B3-03 Red Army Watches Millenia Walk, #01-78 Ph. +65 6509 8606; 6341 9007 BOUTIQUE (Ashley Isham) Bou que Orchard Central, #01-27 Flagship The Fullerton Hotel, #01-04 Ph. +65 6509 5408; +65 6536 4036 BYSI (Tan Yiew Kiat, Susan Horn & Queeneste Er) Far East Plaza, #01-01/01 A/02 Suntec City Mall, #02-377/378 Ph. +65 6836 7715; +65 6336 2116 CARRIE K. (Carolyn Kan)

(Atelier) 136 Bukit Timah Road (Stockist) TANGS Orchards, level 2 (Stockist) Front Row, Ra es Hotel Arcade Ph. +65 6735 4036 E: CHARLES & KEITH / PEDRO (Charles & Keith Wong) The Shoppes Marina Bay Sands, Basement 2 ION Orchard, Basement 3 Ph. +65 6488 2688 ; 6590 7800 (Pedro) E: CHOOYILIN (Choo Yilin) Amber Point, 1 Amber Road, #16-1 (Stockist) TANGS Orchards, level 2 Ph. +65 8571 9138 E: CODE DECO (Gauri Garodia) (Flagship) Code Deco at PACT Orchard Central, #02-22 (Stockist) Nana & Bird Tiong Bahru, 59 Eng Hoon St (Stockist) TANGS Orchard Level 2 Ph. +65 9117 0430 COUPE - COUSU (Alex Yeo & Xie Shangqian) Tangs Orchard, 310 Orchard Road, Level 3 Menswear Ph. +65 9008 9923 E: CLOTHESMITH (Leslie Tay) Triple One Somerset 111 Somerset #01-01 Ph. +65 6235 9767 E: CYC THE CUSTOM SHOP (Fong Long Fern) Ra es Hotel Arcade, #02-12 328 North Bridge Road Ph. +65 6336 3556 E: Dave Fine Jewellery (Dave Soh) (Flagship) Wheelock Place 501 Orchard Road #03-17A (Stockist) TANGS Orchard 310 Orchard Road Level 2 (Stockist) Takashimaya Shopping Centre, Level 1 Ph. +65 6836 5488 E: DEPRESSION (Andrew Loh & Kenny Lim) Cineleisure Orchard, #03-05A 8 Grange Road Ph. +65 9889 2179 E:; FEBRUARY - MARCH 2015 111 DZOJCHEN (Chelsea Sco - Blackhall) CODA Co., Sco s Square, #02-03 Ph. +65 9617 7157 E: EDGE OF EMBER (Lyne e Ong) (Stockist) Nana & Bird 79 Chay Yan Street, #01-02 (Stockist) What Women Want Mandarin Gallery, #02-02 (Showroom) 115 Amoy Street, #04-00 Ph. +65 9117 0430 E: ED ET AL (Edwin Neo) Fi yfive, 55B Boat Quay, Level 3 Ph. +65 9227 4728 E: EDYPOI (Leroy Xavier Zhong) Swagger, 15 Ann Siang Road Ph. +65 9834 7680; 6223 5880 E: ELOHIM (Sabrina Goh) (Flagship) Orchard Central, #02 - 11 / 12 (Retail) TANGS Orchard, level 2 & Isetan Sco s Level 2 Ph. +65 6634 2201; 6737 5500 ETHAN (Ethan Koh) Malmaison by The Hour Glass Ph. +65 6884 8484 E: Knightsbridge 270 Orchard Road, #01-01 Ph. +65 6884 8484 E: FINESPUN CLOTHIERS (Caroline Yak) 28 Ann Siang Road (Inside The Club Hotel) Ph. +65 6225 6016 E: FOUNDATION JEWELLERS (Kwan Thim Fa & Kwan Thim Kiong) Holiday Inn Singapore Orchard City Centre, #01-03/04/05 Ph. +65 6732 6141 FREDERIC SAI (Frederic Sai) Cineleisure Orchard, #03-04B 8 Grange Road Ph. +65 6887 5408 FRONT ROW Ra es Hotel Arcade, #02-08 328 North Bridge Road

Ph. +65 6224 5501 E: GG<5 (Monique Seow) Ra es City Shopping Centre #03-28 313 @Somerset, #B2-12/13 Ph. +65 6338 3688; 6735 2289 HANSEL (Jo Soh) (Flagship) Mandarin Gallery #02-14 Ph. +65 6836 5367; 6737 5500 E: IN GOOD COMPANY (Sven Tan & Kane Tan) (Stockist) Front Row Ra es Hotel Arcade, #02-09 (Stockist) TANGS Orchard, Level 2 Ph. +65 6475 0298 (Press/Media) E: K BY KEVIN SEAH (Kevin Seah) Fi yfive, 55B Boat Quay, Level 3 Ph. +65 8189 2150 E: KWANPEN (Kwan Pen) ION Orchard #03-17 Ph. +65 6238 0223; 6688 7922 LEE HWA (Jewellery) ION Orchard, #B2-58 Suntec City, #01-317/318 Ph. +65 6509 8820; 6884 5319 E: LING WU (Goh Ling Ling) (Studio) 129 Tyrwhi Road Ph. +65 9696 3118 E: MAE PANG (Pang Ai Mei) Actually …, 313 @Somerset, #04-06 Ph. +65 6223 4804 MARILYN TAN JEWELLERY (Marilyn Tan) (Atelier) Tiong Bahru Block 59 Eng Hoon Street, #01-71 Front Row, Ra es Hotel Arcade, #02-08/09 TANGS Departmental Store, 310 Orchard Road Ph. +65 6222 4736 E: MAX TAN (Max Tan) (Stockist) Egg3 33 Erskine Road, #01-10/11/12 (Stockist) Hook & Union Orchard Central, #02-24/25 Ph. +65 6536 6977 E:


M)PHOSIS (Colin Koh) ION Orchard, #B3-65 Ngee Ann City, #B1-52 Ph. +65 6509 1017; 6737 2190 MU (Alfie Leong) Bugis Junc on, 01-48/49 The Centrepoint Robinsons, Level 3 Ph. +65 6337 7505 NANKAI Takashimaya S.C Ngee Ann city, #05-27A Singapore Flyer #02-10 Ph. +65 6235 4068; 6338 8985 NICHOLAS (Nic Wong) nicholas MARINA SQUARE 6 ra es boulevard, Unit 02-323, Marina Square, Singapore 039594 Ph. +65 6337 3726 ONG SHUNMUGAM (Priscilla Shunmugam) Hong Leong Building B1-36 16 Ra es Quay Ph. +65 6223 4804 E: PAULINE.NING (Pauline Lim) (Studio Showroom) Parco Millenia Walk #P2-21 (Stockist) Robinsons Jurong East Mall (JEM) (Stockist) MU Singapore Bugis Junc on, #01-48/49 Ph. +65 6336 5380 E: RAOUL (Douglas & Odile Benjamin) Paragon Shopping Centre, #02-49 The Shoppes, Marina Bay Sands, #B2-17 Ph. +65 6737 0682; 6509 4296 E: douglas.benjamin@ RECKLESS ERICKA (A on Chen, Louis Koh & Ruth Marbun) Orchard Central, #02-08/09 Ph. +65 6338 8246 SARA TASEER FINE JEWELLERY (Sara Taseer) Hilton Hotel Shopping Gallery, #02-15, 581 Orchard Road Ph. +65 6235 8860 E: SATURDAY (Nic Wong) (Flagship) Wheelock Place, B2-04 TANGS Orchard Level 2 Ph. +65 6887 3860; 6303 8688 SOO KEE JEWELLERY (Flagship) The Shoppes Marina Bay Sands, B2-235

ION Orchard, #B2-66 Ph. +65 6509 8533 E: STOLEN (Elyn Wong) Nana and Bird 79 Chay Yan Street #01-02 Hide and Seek 71 Bussorah Street Ph. +65 9117 0430; 6222 2825 SURRENDER Ra es Hotel Arcade, #02-31 328 North Bridge Road Ph. +65 6733 2130 SWAGGER (Stan Lee) 15 Ann Siang Road Ph. +65 6223 5880 VANDA FINE CLOTHING (Gerald Shen & Diana Chan) (Atelier) Block 1014 Geylang East Ave 3, #02-218 Ph. +65 6842 2124 WOMB (K.Mi Huang) (Flagship) ION Orchard, #B3-37 Ra ess City Shopping Centre, #03-26 Ph. +65 6509 8128; 6338 9011 www.facebook/wombsingapore ZARDOZE Robinsons Orchard level 2 Robinsons Ra es City, level 2 Ph. +65 6532 3262 MALLS 313@somerset 313 Orchard Road, Singapore 238895 Bugis Junc on 200 Victoria St, Singapore 188021 Ph. +65 6557 6557 bugisjunc Centre Point 176 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238843 City Square Mall 180 Kitchener Road, Singapore 208539 Delfi Orchard 402 Orchard Road, Singapore 238876 Far East Shopping Centre 545 Orchard Road Singapore 238882 Fes veWalk™ at Resorts World™ Sentosa 8 Sentosa Gateway Singapore 098269 Funan Digitalife Mall 109 North Bridge Road Singapore 179097 Golden Mile Complex Golden Mile Complex 5001 Beach Road Singapore 199588 ION Orchard 2 Orchard Turn, Singapore 238801 Ph. +65 6238 8228 Joo Chiat Complex 1 Joo Chiat Road Singapore 420001 Knightsbridge 270 Orchard Road Singapore 238857 Ph. +65 6593 6999 Mandarin Gallery 333A Orchard Road, Singapore 238897 Ph. +65 6831 6363 Marina Square 6 Ra es Boulevard Singapore 039594 Ph. +65 6339 8787 Millenia Walk 9 Ra es Boulevard Singapore 039596 Ph. +65 6883 1122 Mustafa Centre 145 Syed Alwi Road Singapore 207704 Ph. +65-6295 5855 Ngee Ann City 391 Orchard Road Singapore 238872 Ph. +65 6506 0460 Orchard Central 181 Orchard Road Singapore 238896 Ph. +65 6238 1051 Palais Renaissance 390 Orchard Road Singapore 238871 Ph. +65 6737 6992 Paragon 290 Orchard Road Singapore 238859 Ph. +65 6738 5535

Park Mall 9 Penang Rd, Singapore 238459 Ph. +65 6908 0320 / 6908 0324 Plaza Singapura 68 Orchard Road Singapore 238839 Ph. +65 6332 9248 Ra es City Shopping Centre 252 North Bridge Road Singapore 179101 Ph. +65 6318 0238 ra Sco s Square 6 Sco s Road, Singapore 228209 Ph. +65 6235 0575 sco Suntec City Mall 5 Temasek Boulevard Singapore 038985 Tanglin Shopping Centre 19 Tanglin Rd, Singapore 247909 Ph. +65 6373 0849 TANGS Orchard 310 Orchard Road, Singapore 38864 Ph. +65 6737 5500 The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands® 2 Bayfront Avenue Singapore 018972 VivoCity 1 HarbourFront Walk Singapore 098585 Ph. +65 6377 6860 Wisma Atria Wisma Atria, 435 Orchard Rd Singapore 238877 Ph. +65 6235 8177 Changi Airport Singapore Airport Boulevard, Singapore Terminal 1: 819642, Terminal 2: 819643, Terminal 3: 819663 Ph. +65 6595 6868 E: RESTAURANTS SALTA #01-56/57 Icon Village 12 Gopeng Street Ph. +65 6225 8443 Sugarhall 102 Amoy Street Ph. +65 6222 9102 The Market Grill 208 Telor Ayer Street Ph. +65 6221 3323

Match Restaurant & Lounge 1/F Pan Pacific Singapore 7 Ra es Blvd Ph. +65 6337 0800

Cuisine Master Hotpot 68 Boat Quay Ph. +65 6438 9979 Golden Peony 2 Temasek Blvd, Conrad Centennial Hotel Level 3, Singapore Ph. +65 6432 7482


Hai Tien Lo 7 Ra es Blvd, Singapore Ph. +65 6826 8240

Café Le Caire 39 Arab street, Singapore 199736 Ph. +65 6292 0979 E:

Hua Ting Restaurant 442 Orchard Road, Singapore, 238879 Ph. +65 6739 6666 E: hua


Immigrants The Singapore Gastrobar 467 Joo Chiat Road Singapore 427678 Ph. +65 8511 7322 E:

BOCHINCHE #02-01 22 Mar n Road T: +65 6235 4990 ASIAN 328 Katong Laksa 51/53 East Coast Road 216/218 East Coast Road Singapore 428770 101 Thomson Road United Square, #01-K1 Singapore 307591 1 Queensway, Queensway Shopping Centre #01-60, Singapore 149053 A.T.O.S (Asian Tapas On Sco s) 25 Sco s Rd, Singapore 228220 Ph. +65 6589 7799 E. Bamboo Bar 3A River Valley Road, #01-02 Singapore 179020 Ph. +65 6557 6268 Candlenut #01-03 Dorse Residences 331 New Bridge Road Ph. +65 8121 4107

AMERICAN Luke’s Oyster Bar & Chop House 20 Gemmill Lane Ph. +65 6221 4468

Singapore 238872 Ph. +65 6735 2388

Chopsuey Café Block 10, Dempsey Road, #01-23 Singapore 247700 Ph. +65 9224 6611 Crystal Jade Palace Restaurant 391 Orchard Road, #04-19 Takashimaya, Shopping Centre

Imperial Treasure (Super Peking Duck) 290 Orchard Rd, #05-42 Paragon Singapore Ph. +65 6732 7838 Imperial Treasure (Teochew Cuisine) 391 Orchard RD, #04-20A Ngee Ann City, Singapore Ph. +65 6736 2118 Imperial Treasure ( Noodle & Conee House) 100 Tras ST, #02-10 100 AM, Singapore Ph. +65 6543 6668 Imperial Treasure Shanghai Cuisine #04-22 Ngee Ann City 391 Orchard Road Ph. +65 6836 6909 JIANG-NAN CHUN Four Seasons Hotel, 190 Orchard Blvd Ph. +65 6831 7220 Li Bai Cantonese Restaurant 39 Sco s Road, Singapore 228230 Ph. +65 6839 5623 LIME 3 Upper Pickering ST, Parkroyal On Pickering, Singapore Ph. +65 6809 8899 Morsels FEBRUARY - MARCH 2015 113

35 Mayo Street Ph. +65 6396 6302 NOSH 9 Rochester Park Ph. +65 6779 4644 Old Hong Kong Legend 252 North Bridge Road #02-18 Ra es City Shopping Centre Singapore Ph. +65 6336 3038 Park Palace 10 Coleman ST, Singapore Ph. +65 6432 5543 PIDGIN KITCHEN & BAR #01-04 7 Dempsey Road Ph. +65 6475 0080 Shin Yeh 177 River Valley RD #02-19 Liang Court SC, Singapore Ph. +65 6338 7337 Si Chuan Dou Hua @top of UOB Plaza 80 Ra es Place, #60-01 UOB Plaza 1 Singapore Ph. +65 6535 6006 Straits Kitchen 10 Sco s RD, Grand Hya Singapore Singapore 228211 Ph. +65 6738 1234 singapore.grand.hya The Halia Ginger Garden, Singapore Botanic Garden, 1 Clunny Road Ph. +65 8444 1148 The Song of India 33 Sco s Road Singapore 228226 Ph. +65 6836 0055 Tian Tian Chicken Rice Maxwell Branch Stall No. 10 & 11 Maxwell Food Centre, Singapore 069184 Ph. +65 9691 4852 Joo Chiat Branch 443 Joo Chiat, Singapore 427656 Ph. +65 6345 9443 Simpang Bedok Branch 12 Jalan Pari Burong Singapore 488678 Ph. +65 6448 0120 E: enquiries@ an an Tunglok Heen 26 Sentosa Gateway, Resorts World Sentosa, Hotel Michael, Lobby Level #02-142/143, Singapore Ph. +65 6884 7888 Tunglok Signatures 11 Tanglin RD, #02-18 Orchard Parade Hotel, Singapore Ph. +65 6834 0660 Tunglok Xihe Peking Duck 200 Turf Club RD, #01-23/26 The Grandstand, Singapore Ph. +65 6466 3363

Summer Palace 1 Cuscaden RD LVL 3 Regent Singapore Ph. +65 6725 3288

Violet Oon’s Kitchen 881 Bukit Timah Road Ph. +65 6468 5430

Summer Pavilion 7 Ra es Ave Singapore Ph. +65 6434 5286

Wah Lok Cantonese Restaurant 76 Bras Basah Road, Level 2 Carlton Hotel, Singapore Ph. +65 6311 8188/9

Szechuan Court 80 Bras Basah RD, LVL 3 Fairmont S’pore Singapore Ph. +65 6431 6156

Yan Ting - Fine Cantonese Cuisine The St. Regis Singapore Level 1U, 29 Tanglin Road Singapore 247911 Ph. +65 6506 6887 E: yan yan

The Blue Ginger Restaurant 97 Tanjong Pagar Road Singapore 088518 Ph. +65 6222 3928 The Cli ord Pier The Fullerton Bay Hotel 80 Collyer Quay Ph. +65 6597 5266

AUSTRALIAN Broth 21 Duxton Hill, Singapore 089604 Ph. +65 6323 3353 Osia Sentosa Gateway, Singapore


Ph. +65 6577 6688 Salt Grill & Sky Bar 2 Orchard Turn, ION Orchard, #5501 & #56-01, Singapore 238801 Ph. +65 6592 5118 BRAZILIAN Brazil Churrasco 14/16 Sixth Ave Singapore 276476 Ph. +65 6463 1923

Crystal Jade Pris ne 6 Sco s Road, #03-04 Sco s Square Singapore 228209 Ph. +65 6636 1836 Din Tai Fung 290 Orchard Road, # B1-03 Paragon Singapore 238859 Ph. +65 6836 8336


Hai Di Lao #02-04 Clarke Quay 3D River Valley Road Ph. +65 6337 8626

Cassia 1 The Knolls Capella S’pore 3/L, Singapore 098297 Ph. +65 6591 5045

Lei Garden Restaurant 30 Victoria ST, #01-24 Chijmes Singapore Ph. +65 6339 3822

Cherry Garden 5 Ra es Ave, Marina Square Singapore 039797 Ph. +65 6338 0066; 6885 3500 fine-dining/cherry-garden

Majes c Restaurant New Majes c Hotel 31-37 Bukit Pasoh Road Singapore 089845 Ph. +65 6511 4718 E: restaurant@newmajes restaurantmajes

Crystal Jade Dining In 1 Harbour Front Walk, #01-112 VivoCity, Singapore 098585 Ph. +65 6278 5626

Man Fu Yuan Restaurant 80 Middle Road Singapore 188966 Ph. +65 6338 7600

Crystal Jade Golden Palace 290 Orcard Road, #05-2 Paragon, Singapore 238859 Ph. +65 6734 6866

Min Jiang 22 Sco s Road Goodwood Park Hotel Ph. +65 6730 1704

Crystal Jade Jiang Nan 1 Harbour Front Walk, #01-52 VivoCity, Singapore 098585 Ph. +65 6221 1830

Min Jiang At One-North 5 Rochester Park, Singapore Ph. +65 6774 0122

Crystal Jade Kitchen 2 Lorong Mambong Ph. +65 6469 0300 Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao 391 Orchard Road, #04-19 Takashimaya Shopping Centre Singapore 238872 Ph. +65 6238 1661

Peach Blossoms 6 Ra es Boulevard, Marina Square, Singapore 039594 Ph. +65 6845 1118 E:

Crystal Jade Palace 391 Orchard Road, #04-19 Takashimaya Shopping Centre Singapore 238872 Ph. +65 6735 2388

Peach Garden 65 Chulia ST, #33-01 OCBC Centre, Singapore Ph. +65 6535 7833 401 Havelock RD, LVL 3 Hotel Miramar, Singapore Ph. +65 6736 3833 301 Upper Thomson Road, #01-88 Thomson Plaza, Singapore Ph. +65 6451 3233

Crystal Jade Premium 11 Cove Drive, Sentosa Cove #01-01 One 15 Marina Club, Singapore 098497 Ph. +65 6305 6998

Peony Jade (clarke Quay) 3A River Valley RD #02-02 Clarke Quay Singapore Ph. +65 6338 0305

Shang Palace 22 Orange Grove Road Singapore Ph. +65 6213 4473 Shisen Hanten 35/F, Orchard Wing Mandarin Orchard Singapore 333 Orchard Road Ph. +65 6831 6262 Silkroad 165 Tanjong Pagar RD Level 2 Amara Singapore Ph. +65 6227 3848

Singapore 089267 Ph. +65 6222 1616 E: Fordham & Grand 43 Craig Rd Ph. +65 6221 3088 FORTNIGHT 78 Horne Road Ph. +65 9004 7827 Gordon Grill 22 Sco s Road, Singapore 228221 Ph. +65 6737 7411

Tong Le Private Dining 60 Collyer Quay, LVL 4& 5 Oue Tower, Singapore Ph. +65 6634 3233

GRUB 510 Ang Mo Kio Ave 1 Ph. +65 6459 5743

Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant 3/F Singhapore Marriot Hotel 320 Orchard Road Ph. +65 6831 4605

Lawry’s The Prime Rib #04-01/31 Mandarin Gallery, 333A Orchard Road Ph. +65 6836 3333


LeVel 33 8 Marina Blvd, #33-01, MBFC Tower 1, Singapore 018981 Ph. +65 6834 3133

&Made*** #01-04/05/06 Pacific Plaza 9 Sco s Road Ph. +65 6690 7566 7 Adam 7 Adam Park, Singapore 289926 Ph. +65 6467 0777 Bar & Billiard Room 1 Beach Road Singapore 189673 Ph. +65 6337 1886 ra Bitro Soori 2 Teck Lim Road Ph. +65 6438 3802 Broadcast HQ 109 Rowell Road Singapore 208031 Ph. +65 6292 4405 Corner House E J H Corner House Botanic Gardens 1 Clunny Road Ph. +65 6469 1000 Enoteca L’Opere a 78 Boat Qua, Singapore 049866 Ph. +65 6438 2482 opere Esquina 16 Jiak Chuan Road

Open Door Policy 19 Yong Siak Street Ph. +65 6221 9307 Pollen Flower Dome, Gardens By The Bay 18 Marina Garden Drive #01-09 Singapore 018953 Ph. +65 6604 9988 E: Restaurant Ember G/F Hotel 1929 50 Keong Saik Road Ph. +65 6347 1928 Shoebox Canteen 36 North Canal Road Ph. +65 9296 4836 Skirt W Singapore Sentosa Cove 21 Ocean Way (Sentosa Cove) Ph. +65 6808 7278 Stellar at 1-Al tude 62/F One Ra es Place 1 Ra es Place Ph. +65 6438 0410 1-al Symmetry #01-01 9 Jalan Kubor Ph. +65 6291 9901 The Black Swan 19 Cecil St, Singapore 049704 Ph. +65 8181 3305 The Cli 2 Bukit Mnais Road, Sentosa, Singapore 099891 Ph. +65 6371 1425 thecli .sg The Disgruntled Chef 26B Dempsey Road Ph. +65 6476 5305 The White Rabbit 39C Harding Road Ph. +65 6473 9965 FRENCH Balzac Bar & Brasserie 9 Brass Besah Road, #01-01 Rendezvous Gallery, Singapore 189559 Ph. +65 6336 0797 Bar-RoQue Grill #01-00 Amara Hotel 165 Tanjong Pagar Road Ph. +65 6444 9672 Bistro Du Vin 1 Sco s Road, Shaw Centre, #02-12 Singapore 228208 Ph. +65 6733 7763 Bistro Pe t Salut #01-54, 44 Jalan Merah Saga Singapore 278116 Ph. +65 6474 9788 aupe Brasserie Gavroche 66 Tras St. Singapore 079005 Ph. +65 6225 8266 Brasserie Les Saveurs 29 Tanglin Road, Singapore 247911 Ph. +65 6506 6860 Cli ord 80 Collyer Quay The Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore 049326 Ph. +65 6597 5288 ord-pier Coco e 1/F Wanderlust, 2 Dickson Road Ph. +65 6298 1188 restaurantcoco DB Bistro Moderne 2 Bayfront Avenue,

The Shoppes at Marina Bay, Singapore 018972 Ph. +65 6688 8525 Entre - Nous Creperie #01-01 27 Seat Street Ph. +65 6333 4671 Fleur De Sel #01-1 64 Tras Street Ph. +65 6222 6861 Gunther’s Modern French Cuisine 36 Purvis Street #01-03 Singapore 188613 Ph. +65 9010 3075 JAAN Level 70, Equinox Complex Swissôtel The Stamford, 2 Stamford Road, Singapore 178882 Ph. +65 6837 3322 E: reserva Joël Robuchon Restaurant 8 Sentosa Gateway, Resorts world Sentosa, L1 Hotel Michael, Singapore Ph. +65 6577 6688; 6577 7888 E:; L’Angelus 85 Club Street, Singapore 069453 Ph. +65 6225 6897 L’Atelier De Joel Robuchon Resort World Sentosa, Hotel Michael 8 Sentosa Gateway T: +65 6577 6688 L’entrecote 36 Duxton Hill, Singapore Ph. +65 6690 7561 La Can ne By Bruno Menard 8 Marina View #01-01 Asia Square Tower 1 Singapore Ph. +65 6690 7567 lacan Le Bistrot du Sommelier 53 Armenian Street Ph. +65 6333 1982 Le Comptoir 79 Circular Road Singapore 049433 Ph. +65 6534 7645 Les Bouchons 7 Anne Siang Road Ph. +65 6423 0737 Lewin Terrace FEBRUARY - MARCH 2015 115

Fort Canning Park 21 Lewin Terrace Ph. +65 6333 9905 Nicolas Le Restaurant 10 Teck Lim Road Ph. +65 6224 2404 O Ba gnolles 2 Gemmill Lane Ph. +65 6438 3913 oba OCF #02-02 The Arts House 1 Old Parliament Lane Ph. +65 6333 9312 Saveur #01-04 5 Purvis St Ph. +65 6333 3121 Toots Brasserie The Sultan Hotel 101 Jalan Sultan #01-01 Singapore 199002 Ph. +65 6723 7117 Vineyard 33 Hyderabad Road #02-02 Hort Park Singapore 119578 Ph. +65 6479 7977 GERMAN Magma German Wine Bistro + Shop Chinatown 2-4 Bukit Pasoh Road Singapore 089816 Ph. +65 6221 0634; 9222 1899 E: reserva

Muthu’s Curry 54-58 Race Course Rd Mustard 32 Race Course Road, Singapore- 218552 Ph. +65 62978422 E: PIND Balluchi Bar & Grill #01-15 3B River Valley Road Ph. +65 6337 7350 Rang Mahal 7 Ra es BLVD, Level3 Pan Pacific Singapore 039594 Ph. +65 6333 1788 SAHA Signature Indian Restaurant 9A Duxton Hill Ph. +65 6223 7321 Samy’s Curry 25 Dempsey Road Ph. +65 6472 2080 Shahi Maharani 252 North Bridge RD, #03-21B Ra es City SC, Singapore Ph. +65 6235 8840 Tandoor #B1/F Holiday Inn Singapore Orchard City Centre 11 Cavenagh Road Ph. +65 6733 8333 Yantra 163 Tanglin Road, #01-28/33 Tanglin Mall, Singapore Ph. +65 6836 3088

GREEK INDONESIAN BLU KOUZINA 893 Bukit Timah Road Ph. +65 6875 0872 INDIAN Banana Leaf Apolo 54 Race Course Road Ph. +65 6293 8682 Earl of Hindh 31 Ocean Way, 01-16 Quayside Aisle Sentosa Cove, Singapore 098375 Ph. +65 6681 6694 Gayatri Restaurant 122 Race Course Road Ph. +65 6291 1011

Ayam Penyet Ria Restaurant Lucky Plaza #01-45, #04-25, 304 Orchard Road, Singapore 238863 Ph.+65 6235 6390; 6235 7385 Far East Plaza #05-22, 14 Sco s Road Singapore 228213 Ph.+65 6733 4336 #B1-06, 1 Jurong West Central 2 Singapore 648886 Ph.+65 6794 3015 Bedok Mall 311, New Upper Changi Road #01-71/72 Singapore 467360 Ph.+65 6441 0025 Cumi Bali Indonesian Restaurant 66 Tanjong Pagar Road Singapore 088487 Ph.+65 6220 6619; 9385 2116 Djanoer Koening


191 Joo Chiat Road Singapore 427462 Ph.+65 6440 0774 TrueJavaneseCuisine Garuda Padang Cuisine VivoCity #B2-28 1 Harbourfront Walk Ph.+65 6376 9595 Indo Chili 54 Zion Road, Singapore Ph. +65 6445 1766 E: Indo Padang 2 Handy Road, #B1-19 Singapore 229233 Ph. +65 6732 1679 Kar ka Jaya Indonesian Food 31 E Coast Road, Singapore 428752 Ph.+65 6344 0211 Kintamani Indonesian Restaurant Furama Riverfront Singapore 405 Havelock Road Singapore 169633 Ph.+65 6739 6463 Pagi Sore Far East Square Outlet 405 Havelock Road 88 / 90 Telok Ayer Street Singapore 048470 Ph. +65 6225 6002 Rumah Makan Minang 18 & 18A Kandahar St Singapore 198884 Ph.+65 6294 4805 Tambuah Mas Tanglin Shopping Centre 19 Tanglin Road #04-10/13 Singapore 247909 Ph.+65 6733 3333 Paragon, 290 Orchard Road #B1-44 Singapore 238859 Ph.+65 6733 2220 The Rice Table 360 Orchard Road, #02-09/10 Interna onal Building Singapore 238869 Ph. +65 6835 3782; 6835 3783 The Moluccas Room The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands 2 Bayfront Avenue L1-81 Singapore 018972 Ph.+65 6688 7367 E: Warung Lele 8 Shenton Way #01-16/19 AXA Tower, Singapore 068811 Ph. +65 6423 1553

E: INTERNATIONAL 10 at Claymore 10 C Claymore Road, Singapore 229540 Ph. +65 6831 6686 dining/10-at-claymore A For Arbite #01-01 28 Aliwal Street Ph. +65 8321 2252 Aquamarine Level 4 Marina Mandarin Singapore 6 Ra es Boulevard, Singapore 039594 Ph. +65 6845 1111/2 Bacchanalia Singapore 23A Coleman Street, Singapore 179806 Ph. +65 6509 1453 E: reserva BARstop 56 Tanglin Road, Tanglin Post O ce #81-02 Ph. +65 6834 1128 Bar ni Kitchen 29 Boon Tat Street, Singapore 069624 Ph. +65 6220 0629 E: info@bar bar Bar ni Keong Saik 21 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089128 Ph. +65 6223 1334 E: info@bar Bed Rock 96 Somerset Road, #01-05 Pan Pacific Serviced suites Orchard, Singapore 238163 Ph. +65 6238 0054 Bistecca Tuscan Steakhouse 25 Mohd Sultan Road, Singapore 238969 Ph. +65 6735 6739 Burnt Ends 20 Teck Lim Road Ph. +65 6224 3933 Café Mosaic 76 Bras Basah Road, Carlton Hotel Singapore 189558 Ph. +65 6311 8195 Carlton Hotel Singapore 76 Bras Basah Road, Singapore 189558

Ph. +65 6311 8195 Carousel 25 Sco s Road, Royal Plaza on Sco s Singapore 228220 Ph. +65 6589 7799 carouselbu Charlie’s Tapas. Grill & Bar 32 Boat Quay, Singapore 049812 Ph. +65 6533 5880 E: CM - PB (Contemporary Mel ngPot & Bar) Block 7, Unit 01-05, Dempsey Road Singapore 249671 Ph. +65 6475 0105 Cook & Brew 12 Marina View, Asia Square Tower 2 Level 33, Singapore 018961 Ph. +65 6922 6948 E: cookandbrew.singapore@wes thewes cookandbrew Cut 2 Bayfront Ave, #B1-71, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore 018792 Ph. +65 6688 8517 DIBS 51 Duxton Road Ph. +65 6223 3784 Disgruntled Chef 26B Dempsey Road, Singapore 247693 Ph. +65 6476 5305 E:

#01-02/03 The Cannery Clarke Quay, Singapore 179024 Ph. +65 6336 2271; 6336 1213 E: Flutes The Na onal Museum of Singapore 93 Stamford Road, Singapore 178897 Ph. +65 6338 8770 E: House 8D Dempsey Rd Ph. +65 6475 7787 Iggy’s The Hilton Hotel 581 Orchard Road Level 3 Singapore 238883 Ph. +65 6732 2234 E: Indocafe The White House 35 Sco s Road Singapore 228227 Ph. +65 6733 2656 E: Jones The Grocer 2 Orchard Turn, #04-14 Singapore, 238801 Ph. +65 6884 5597 E: Jones The Grocer 333a Orchard Road Level 4 #21-23 Mandarin Gallery Singapore, 238897 Ph. +65 6836 6372 E:

East 8 10 Coleman Street #01-21/22 Grand Park Hotel City Hall Singapore 179809 Ph. +65 6338 8289 E: Eat@East-8.Com

Kilo #02-01, 66 Kampong Bugis Singapore 338987 Ph. +65 6467 3987

EDGE 3/F Pan Pacific Singapore 7 Ra es Blvd Ph. +65 6826 8240

Kuriya Dining #01-28 Great World City 1 Kim Seng Promenade Singapore 237994 Ph. +65 6736 0888 E:

Equinox Restaurant 2 Stamford Road, Singapore 178882 Ph. +65 6338 8585 E: Fat Cow 1 Orchard Boulevard #01-01 Camden Medical Centre Singapore 248649 Ph. +65 6735 0308 Fern & Kiwi 3C River Valley Road

La Nonna 26 Lorong Mambong Ph. +65 6468 1982 La Nonna 76 Namly Place Ph. +65 6762 1587 La Strada Ristorante 1 Sco s Road, #02-10 Shaw Centre Singapore 228208 Ph. +65 6737 2622 Les Amis 1 Sco s Road, #02-16 Shaw Centre Singapore 228208 Ph. +65 6733 2225 E:

Original Sin Blk 43 #01-62 Jalan Merah Saga Holland Village, Chip Bee Gardens, Singapore 278115 Ph. +65 6475 5605 E: Osteria Mozza #B1-42/46 10 Bayfront Ave Ph. +65 6688 8522

Lime House 2 Jiak Chuan Road Ph. +65 6222 3130

The Pelican 1 Fullerton Road, #01-01 one Fullerton Ph. +65 6438 0400

Lolla 22 Ann Siang Road Ph. +65 6423 1228 Long Bar Steakhouse 1 Beach Road, Singapore 189673 Ph. +65 6337 1886 ra The Macallan 8 Marina View Asia Square Tower 1 Level 41-01 Singapore 018960 Ph. +65 6653 2000 Marmalade at the Stables 55 Fairways Drive Ph. +65 6467 7748 ME@OUE 19/F OUE Bayfront, 50 Collyer Quay Ph. +65 6634 4555 Mezza 9 10 Sco s Road, Grand Hya Singapore Hotel, Singapore 228211 Ph. +65 6732 1234 singapore.grand.hya MOOSEHEAD 110 Telok Ayer Street Ph. +65 6636 8055 Morton’s Of Chicago Mandarin Oriental Singapore Fourth Storey, 5 Ra es Avenue Marina Square, Singapore Ph. +65 6339 3740 Nassim Hill 56 Tanglin Road, Tanglin Post O ce #01-03 Ph. +65 6835 1128 Ocean Restaurant By Cat Cora 8 Sentosa Gateway Sea Aquarium Resorts World Sentosa, Singapore Ph. +65 6577 6688 Open Door Policy 19 Yong Siak Street, Singapore 168650 Ph. +65 6221 9307 E:

Pluck 90 Club Street, Singapore, 069548 Ph. +65 6225 8286 E: Potato Head Folk 36 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089143 Ph. +65 6327 1939 E: wordup@p p Praelum Wine Bistro 4 Duxton Hill, Singapore 089590 Ph. +65 6238 5287 Privé Marina at Keppel Bay No. 2 Keppel Bay Vista, Singapore 098382 Ph. +65 6776 0777 E: PS.Cafe 28B Harding Rd Ph. +65 9070 8782 Punjab Grill By Jiggs Kalra 2 Bayfront Ave, B1-01a The Shoppes At Marina Bay Sandds, Singapore Ph. +65 6688 7395 Restaurant Andre 41 Bukit Pasoh Road Singapore 089855 Ph. +65 6534 8880 Restaurant Labyrinth 5 Neil Road Ph. +65 6223 4098 Saint Pierre 31 Ocean Way, #01-15, Singapore Ph. +65 6438 0887 SALT Grill & Sky Bar 2 Orchard Turn, ION Orchard #55-01 & #56-01, FEBRUARY - MARCH 2015 117

Singapore 238801 Ph. +65 6592 5118 Senso Restaurant & Bar 21 Club Street Ph. +65 6224 3534 Wooloomooloo Steak House 2 Stamford ROad, Level 3 Swissotel Stamford, Singapore Ph. +65 6338 0261 ITALIAN

Social Haus 11 Yong Siak Street Singapore 168646 Ph. +65 6557 0286 E:; SKY ON 57 Sands SkyPark, Tower 1, Level 57 Ph. +65 6688 8857 The Dining Room 39 Sco s Road, Sheraton Towers, Singapore 228230 Ph. +65 6839 5621 The Knolls 1 The Knolls Sentosa Island, Singapore Ph. +65 6591 5046 The Line 22 Orange Grove Road, Singapore Ph. +65 6213 4275 The Royal Mall Restaurant 2 Finlayson Green, Asco Ra es Place, Singapore 049247 Ph. +65 6509 3589 The Wallich Grill Bar Lounge Anson House, 72 Anson Road Ph. +65 6438 3151 Tippling Club 38 Tanjong Pagar Road Singapore 088461 Ph. +65 6475 2217 Town Restaurant 1 Fullerton Square, The Fullerton Hotel Singapore, Singapore Ph. +65 6877 8128 Triple Three 333 Orchard Road, Singapore 238867 Ph. +65 6831 6271

Basilico 1 Cuscaden Road, Level 2 Regent Singapore, Singapore 249715 Ph. +65 6725 3232/3 Cuisine/Basilico Buona Terra 29 sco s Road, Singapore 228224 Ph. +65 6733 0209 sco html Burlamacco Ristorante 77 Amoy ST, Singapore 069896 Ph. +65 6220 1763 Ca e B 2 Bayfront Ave #B1-15 & #101-83 Marina Bay Sands Singapore 018792 Ph. +65 6887 3311 Da Laura 47 Neil Road, Singapore 0888272 Ph. +65 6224 8251 Domvs, The Italian Restaurant 39 Sco s Road, Singapore 228230 Ph. +65 6737 6888 Extra Virgin Pizza Asia Square, Tower 1 8 Marina View, #01-04 Singapore 018960 Ph. +65 6247 5757 E: Extra Virgin Pizza United Square 101 Thomson Road #01-14 United Square Shopping Centre Singapore 307591 Fra ni La Tra oria 10 Greenwood Avenue Hillcrest Park Singapore 289201 Ph. +65 64682868 E: info@fra nilatra fra nilatra

Waku Ghin L2-02, Atrium 2, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, Same level as Imperial Treasure restaurant Ph. +65 6688 8507

Forlino 1 Fullerton Rd #02-06 One Fullerton, Singapore 049213 Ph. +65 +65 6690 7564

Wild Rocket 10a Upper Wilkie Rd Ph. +65 6339 9448

Garibaldi Italian Restaurant & Bar 36 Purvis Street #01-02 Singapore 188613


Ph. +65 6837 1468 E: Ga opardo 34/36 Tras Street, Singapore 079026 Ph. +65 6338 5498; 9325 8843 E: reserva ons@ga ga Il Lido 27 Bukit Manis Road, Sentosa Golf Club, Singapore 099892 Ph. +65 6866 1977 il Cielo 581 Orchard Road, Singapore 238883 Ph. +65 6730 3395 In Italy Bar Ristorante 38 Craig Road, Singapore 089676 Ph. +65 6423 0918 E: reserva Jamie’s Italian #01-165-167 VivoCity 1 Harbourfront Walk Ph. +65 6733 5500 La Brezza The St. Regis Singapore Level Two, 29 Tanglin Road Singapore Ph. +65 6506.6884 E: The Light House Restaurant & Roo op Bar 1 Fullerton Square Singapore 049178 Ph. +65 6733 8388 No Restaurant & Bar 54 Club St Singapore 069431 Ph. +65 6222 0089 asia Prego 80 Bras Basah Road LVL 1 Fairmonth S’pore Singapore 189560 Ph. +65 6431 6156 dining/prego Senso Ristorante & Bar 21 Club Street Singapore 069410 Ph. +65 6224 3534 E: reserva Sopra Cucina & Bar #01-02 Pan Pacific Orchard 10 Claymore Road Ph. +65 6737 3253 Tra oria Nonna Lina 61 Cantonment Road Ph. +65 6222 0930 Za erano Ocean Financial Centre, Level 43, 10 Collyer Quay, Singapore 049315 Ph. +65 6509 1488 E: info@za za JAPANESE BINCHO #01-19 78 Moh Guan Terrace Ph. +65 6438 4567 Choubei Japanese Restaurant 1 Netheravon Road, #01-03 Changi Village Hotel, Singapore 508502 Ph. +65 6542 6881 IKYU 5 Yong Siak Street Ph. +65 9663 2003

O o Locanda 32 Maxwell Road #01-03 Singapore 069115 Ph. +65 6224 0978 o

Ippudo SG @ Mandarin Gallery 333A Orchard Road, #04-02/03/04Mandarin Gallery Singapore 238897 Ph. +65 6235 2797

O o Ristorante 28 Maxwell RD #01-02 Red Dot Tra c BLDG Singapore Ph. +65 6227 6819 o

Ippudo SG @ Mohamed Sultan 207 River Valley Road #01-55/56 UE Square Singapore 238275 Ph. +65 6887 5315

Pepenero 14 Stanley Street Ph. +65 6222 5808

Ippudo Ramen Express 12 Marina View, #02-01 Asia Square Tower 2, Singapore 018961 Ph. +65 6844 9952

Pon ni Restaurant 392 Havelock Road Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel Singapore Ph. +65 6733 0880

Ippudo SG @ Westgate 3 Gateway Drive, #03-03 Westgate Singapore 608532

Ph. +65 6465 9308 Japanese BBQ Yakiniku Yazawa #01-01 Robertson Walk 1 Unity Street Ph. +65 6235 2941 Han 331 North Bridge Road, #01-04, Odeon Towers, Singapore 188720 Ph. +65 6336 2466 E: Hanayoshi 21 Duxton Road, Singapore 089487 Ph. +65 6225 5567 Hashida Sushi #02-37 Mandarin Gallery 333A Orchard Road, Singapore Ph. +65 6733 2114 Hide Yamamoto 10 Bayfront Avenue Marina Bay Sands Casino #02-25 Singapore 018956 Ph. +65 6688 7098 Ito-Kacho #04-08 333A Orchard Road Ph. +65 6836 0111 Izy 27 Club Street Ph. +65 6220 3327 Keyaki 7 Ra es Boulevard, Pan Pacific Hotel Singapore #04-00 Singapore 039595 Ph. +65 6826 8240 dining/keyaki.html Kinki 70 Collyer Quay, #02-02 Customs House, Singapore 049323 Ph. +65 6533 3471

Satsuma Shochu Dining Bar 1 Nanson RD, #01-10/#02-10 Gallery Hotel, Singapore 238909 Ph. +65 6235 3565 Shinji By Kanesaka 1 Beach Road, Ra es Hotel #02-20 Singapore 188719 Ph. +65 6338 6131 Shinji By Kanesaka 29 Tanglin Road, Lobby Floor The St. Regis Singapore Singapore 247911 Ph. +65 6884 8239 Shunjuu Izakaya 30 Robertson Quay, #01-15 Riverside View, Singapore 238251 Ph. +65 6887 3577 Sushi Ichi 6 Sco s Road, #02-02 Sco s Square Singapore 228238 Ph. +65 6299 0014 Sushi Kuu 390 Orchard RD, #01-07 Palais Renaissance, Singapore 238871 Ph. +65 6736 0100 Tamashi Robataya #02-01 12 North Canal Road Ph. +65 6222 0316 Teppei Japanese Restaurant #01-18 Orchid Hotel, 1 Tras Link T: +65 9229 4941 Tonkotsu King #01-19 Orchid Hotel, 1 Tras Link Ph. +65 6636 0855 Tsukiji Sushi Dai #04-600 Marina Mandarin Singapore, 6 Ra es Blvd Ph. +65 6820 0637 MEXICAN

Ki-Sho 29 Sco s Road, Singapore 228224 Ph. +65 6733 5251 sco

El Rocho’s 36 Circular Road Ph. +65 6438 7879

Mariko’s 4 Jiak Chuan Road, Singapore 089261 Ph. +65 6221 8262

Lucha Loco 15 Duxton Hill Ph. +65 6226 3938

Mikuni 3/F Fairmont Singapore 80 Bras Basah Road Ph. +65 6431 6156

Piedra Negra 241 Beach Roa cor 3 Haji Lane Ph. +65 6291 1297 SEAFOOD

Long Beach 1018 East Coast Parkway Ph. +65 6445 8833 Long Beach Dempsey 25 Dempsey road Singapore 249670 Ph. +65 6323 2222 Long Beach KING Next to Kallang Park KFC/ McDonald’s (along Mountba en Road/ Old Airport Junc on) Opposite Mountba en MRT Ph. +65 6344 7722 Long Beach IMM Level 3, Next to Roo op Garden, IMM Building, Jurong East St 21 Singapore 609601 Ph. +65 6566 9933 Long Beach UDMC #01-04 East Coast Seafood Centre Singapore 449811 Ph. +65 6448 3636 No Signboard Seafood Vivo City, 1 Harbourfront Walk #0302, Singapore 098585 Ph. +65 6376 9959 East Coast Seafood Centre, Blk 1202 East Coast Parkway #01-02 Singapore 449881 Ph. +65 6448 9959 No Signboard Seafood Esplanade, 8 Ra es Avenue, #0114/16, Singapore 039802 Ph. +65 6336 9959 Geylang, No. 414 Geylang Singapore 389392 Ph. +65 6842 3415 Greenwood Fish Market & Bistro No. 34 & 38 Greenwood Ave Singapore 289236 Ph. +65 6467 4950 E: Jing One Fullerton, #01-02/03 1 Fullerton Road, Singapore 049213 Ph. +65 6224 0088 ; 6224 0033 E: reserva Majes c Bay Seafood Restaurant 18 Marina Gardens DR #01-10 Gardens By The Bay Singapore 018953 Ph. +65 6604 6604 E: reserva ons@majes majes Paradise Dynasty at ION Orchard 2 Orchard Turn, #04-12A ION

Orchard, Singapore 238801 Ph. +65 6509 9117 Paradise Dynasty at Lot One 21 Choa Chu Kang Avenue 4, Lot One Shoppers’ Mall #03-02B, Singapore 689812 Ph. +65 6766 2380 Paradise Dynasty at Causeway Point 1 Woodlands Square, Causeway Point, #05-16/17/18, Singapore 738099 Ph. +65 6894 6322 Paradise Dynasty at Westgate 3 Gateway Drive,#02-13/14, Westgate, Singapore 608532 Ph. +65 6465 9271 Paradise Dynasty at VivoCity 1 Harbourfront Walk, #03-08A, Singapore 098585 Ph. +65 6376 8103 Paradise Dynasty at Changi Airport T3, 65 Airport Boulevard, #03-32 Terminal 3, Singapore 819663 Ph. +65 6242 4372 The Seafood Interna onal Market & Restaurant 902 East Coast Parkway, Block A #01-01 Big Splash, Singapore Ph. +65 6345 1211/2 Seafood Paradise, Singapore Flyer 30 Ra es Avenue, #01-01 Singapore Flyer, Singapore Ph. +65 6336 5101 SPANISH Binomio 20 Craig Road, Craig Place #01-02 Singapore 089692 Ph. 6557 0547 Catalunya 82 Collyer Quay, The Fullerton Pavilion, Singapore 049327 Ph. +65 6534 0886 MY Li le Spanish Place 619 Bukit Timah Road Ph. +65 6463 2810 myli Ola Cocina Del Mar #01-06 Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 3, 12 Marina Blvd Ph. +65 6604 7050 Sabio 5 Duxton Hill, Singapore 089591 FEBRUARY - MARCH 2015 119

Ph. +65 6690 7562 E: Sabio By The Sea 31 Ocean Way, #01-02 Quayside isle Singapore 098375 Ph. +65 6690 7568 Salt Tapas & Bar #01-22A Ra es City Shopping Centre, 252 North Bridge Road Ph. +65 6837 0995 sal

Ph. +65 6535 3718/9 Tamarind Hill 30 Labrador Villa Road Ph. +65 6278 6364 Thanying Restaurant 165 Tanjong Pagar Road, Level 2 Amara Singapore Singapore Ph. +65 6222 4688 TURKISH

UNA Tapas, 1 Rochester Park Ph. +65 6773 0070 THAI Folks Collec ve #01-25 China Square Central Ph. +65 6536 6739 folkscollec Mai Thai Blk 44 Jalan Merah Saga #01-58 Chip Bee Gardens Singapore 278116 Ph. +65 6474 3108 E: Jim Thompson: A Thai Restaurant 45 Minden RD, Dempsey Hill Singapore Ph. +65 6475 6088

Alaturka Interna onal Turkish & Mediterranean Restaurant 16 Bussorah Street Singapore 199437 Ph. +65 6294 0304 VEGETARIAN Lingzhi Vegetarian Liat Towers #05-01, 541 Orchard Road, Singapore 238881 Ph. +65 6734 3788 Loving Hut 229 Joo Chiat Road #01-01 Singapore 427489 Ph. +65 6348 6318


Cat Socrates 231 Bain St. #02-25 Bras Basah Complex, Singapore 180231 Ph. +65 6333 0870 Doorstep Luxury Bou que (Main Store) 163 Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 068616 Ph. +65 6238 5582 @ Tangs Vivo City 1 Harbourfront Walk, Singapore 098585 Ph. +65 6238 5582 @ Robinsons Orchard 260 Orchard Road, Singapore 238855 Ph. +65 6238 5582 E: Granny’s Day Out 3 Coleman St., #03-25 Peninsula Shopping Centre, Singapore 179804 Ph. +65 6336 9774, The Hour Glass Limited 302 Orchard Road #11-01 Tong Building Singapore 238862 Ph. +65 6787 2288 E: Manicur.ious 41 Beach Road, Singapore 189 680 Ph. +65 6333 9096 E:

Ana Bou que 86 Club Street, Singapore, Singapore 069454 Ph. +65 6221 2897 anabou

Mythology 88 Club Street, Singapore 069456 Ph. +65 6223 5570

Rochor Thai 340 Joo Chiat Road Ph. +65 6440 3270

An podean 27A Lorong Mambong Ph. +65 6463 7336 E: enquiries@an an

Spa Esprit Downtown 290 Orchard Road, #05-10 Paragon Singapore 238859 Ph. +65 6836 0500

Sabai Fine Thai On The Bay 70 Collyer Quay #01-02 Customs House Singapore 049323

BooksActually 9 Yong Siak St, Singapore 168645 Ph. +65 6222 9195

Spa Esprit at Beauty Emporium House 8d Dempsey Road, Level 2 Singapore 249672 Ph. +65 6479 0070

Patara Fine Thai Cuisine 163 Tanglin RD, #03-14 Tanglin Mall Singapore Ph. +65 6737 0818 Strangelets 7 Yong Siak St., Singapore 168644 Ph. +65 6222 1456 Swagger 15 Ann Siang Road, #01-01 Singapore 069695 Ph. +65 6223 5880 The Li le Dröm Store Sota (School Of The Arts) 1 Zubir Said Rd., Singapore 227968 Ph. +65 6884 4651, theli Threadbare & Squirrel 660 N Bridge Road, Singapore 188797 Ph. +65 6396 6738 E: Willow & Huxley 20 Amoy Street, Singapore 069855 Ph. +65 6220 1745 TECHNOLOGY Star Hub 67 Ubi Avenue 1, #05-01 StarHub Green, Singapore 408942 Ph. +65 6873 2828 Sim Lim Square 1 Rochor Canal Road Singapore 188504 Ph. +65 6338 3859

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