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Welcome to the Second Annual Edition of Best of Singapore

Best of Singapore Volume 2 International Group Publisher Sven Boermeester

Publishers Amit Sen T. Shanmugartanam Scott Birch

The Best of Singapore is part of a series of books published globally across various territories from South Africa to Dubai to Bangalore to Australia, each showcasing the very best in leisure, lifestyle, entertainment and business that the country or city has to offer.

Managing Editor Scott Birch

Editorial Contributions Jimmy Yap, Amita Sarwal, K. Dorai Raja

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This edition profiles the leading brands across Singapore’s most vibrant industries. From Singapore’s finest accommodation choices to the city’s best Spas and leading Education Institutes, we have together 18 unique chapters in striking photography truly bringing out the “Best of Singapore”. We also profile Singapore’s finest achievements over the past one year including the inaugural SingTel F1 Grand Prix Night Race. For the first time we have included a Weekend Getaways chapter to destinations near Singapore and also expanded our popular Sentosa chapter - your one stop guide to Singapore’s favorite island. Lastly, our Future Developments chapter looks ahead to the eagerly awaited Integrated Resorts and other developments coming up. We would like to thank all our partners especially STB and Sentosa Leisure Group, our distributors and all those who contributed to the success of this edition. Your feedback is always appreciated and we look forward to bringing to you future editions of Best of Singapore every year. The Editorial Team

Special Thanks To: Singapore Tourism Board (STB) Sentosa Leisure Group Singapore Hotels Association (SHA) Singapore Chefs Association Tien Wah Press (Pte) Limited

Co- Published by Mapletree Media Pte Ltd & Birch Publishing Pte Ltd #03-05 Red Dot Building 28 Maxwell Road Singapore 069120 Tel +65 96276717 Fax : +65 6372 9458 www.mapletreemedia.com In conjunction with Global Village Partnerships www.gvpedia.com ISBN No.: 978-981-08-1957-6

Printed By Tien Wah Press (Pte) Limited 4 Pandan Crescent Singapore 128475 Tel: +65 67718892 Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information in Best of Singapore Vol.2. Neither Best of Singapore nor Birch Publishing Pte Ltd nor Mapletree Media Pte Ltd nor Global Village Partnerships take any responsibility for any errors or omissions. All rights are reserved No part of this publication shall be reproduced, copies, transmitted, adapted or modified in any form or by any means.. This publication shall not be stored in whole or in part in any form in any retrieval system.

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Management Sven Boermeester Lisa Durante Charles Neil Leon Swartz

Building an Atlas of Success, Sustainability and Culture

Brand Image Branding a Nation, a City and its People GVP brands and builds the image of the world’s most exciting economic regions to affect a change in the perception of a nation, a city and its people by the rest of the world. This then promotes the region in terms of its investment opportunities, key industries, innovations, people, culture, tourism potential and international objectives. Product - The Books Celebrate your success The 'Best of‌' publishing series produces annual maxi format book publications in over 30 territories, from Bangalore to Belgium. These detail success stories of people and companies making positive inroads into the commercial fibre of both mature and emerging markets. The books showcase entrepreneurial spirit; establishing powerful global networks and the creation of individual brand awareness by bridging cultures. The result is the ultimate interactive corporate gift and P.R. marketing tool for governments, companies, hotels and business people providing leading products and services for their region.

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Product - The Folders Fast track to the world Market Essentials works closely with Foreign Embassies, High Commissions, International Chambers of Commerce and Trade Associations worldwide to produce high quality trade folders. Each folder is designed to offer support and advice to companies interested in trading with or investing in overseas markets. Product - www.gvpedia.com Connecting the world's most interesting people and organisations The portal provides GVP customers an interactive Public Relations Box managed by a user friendly 'Enterprise Content Management System' that allows clients to upload their press releases, photos, videos and management profiles. The latest networking add-ons and social media applications are integrated within the site providing maximum reach and feedback. The value proposition for Subscribers to gvpedia.com essentially covers four elements: exposure, expertise, exclusivity and networking.

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Sven Boermeester, Chairman with Lisa Durante, Managing Partner, GVP

With its mission to serve as the premier platform for showcasing and networking the world’s top brands and companies in business, tourism and lifestyle, Global Village Partnerships (GVP) is building an atlas of success, sustainability and culture. This is carried out through the ’Best of’ book series, the Global Village online information portal and the development of an ever expanding business network of international partners and clients. Market Promote and network the 'red apples" within each economy GVP’s market sectors embrace publishing, public relations, corporate gifting, online community building and networking. Its target market covers large, medium and small entrepreneurial organisations enjoying growth, success and sustainability. GVP explores every geographic region to pick the 'red apples' in business, exports, innovation, design, fashion, retail, hospitality, specialty foods, the arts and more. Unique Selling Point (USP) New markets create new business opportunities GVP publications promote, showcase and network successful economies, organisations

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and individuals from across the globe. The organisation celebrates success and provides recognition amongst its ever expanding international network of influential clients. Its online portal, www.gvpedia.com, provides a platform for clients and readers to network, share best practice and grow new markets, creating exciting new business connections and opportunities. Corporate Social Responsibility There is no success without ethics and sustainability The best of world business, travel and lifestyle within the Global Village is dependent on more than monetary profit. There is no success without core values such as sustainability, integrity and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). GVP’s exclusive client base is selected by

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invitation only based on these criteria, with the added focus of dedicated chapters covering CSR, sustainability, green innovation and giving back to the community. Growth and Opportunity Exchanging knowledge, skills and economies of scale in media With regional head offices in 5 continents, the organisation is currently involved in more than 30 territories where the 'Best of' series is published. GVP has a 5-year growth plan to develop a further 150 economic territories organically, through each continent’s regional head office, and through partnerships with companies and individuals that have the expertise to showcase their city, state or country.

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INTRODUCTION

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Chapter 1

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FINE DINING

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Chapter 2

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HOTELS & HOSPITALITY

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SHOPPING

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DESIGN & INTERIORS

SPAS & BEAUTY

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WEALTH MANAGEMENT

EDUCATION

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LUXURY LIFESTYLES

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Chapter 9

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HEALTHCARE

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Chapter 12

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PROPERTY

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Vibrant Singapore Every National Day, this City-State comes alive to celebrate its amazing achievements and looks brightly towards its future.

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Just as the world turns, the eyes of the world have been turning east in recent years. The rise of China as a global superpower and economic giant have diverted attention from traditional Western markets and made Asia the most important place on the planet. Perfectly situated to benefit from this both in geography and ideology is Singapore – a small nation with large ambitions and a track record of impressive achievement. A nation of just over 4 million, Singapore has a global reputation and presence that belies its size. Everywhere you look there are accolades and achievements, worldfirsts and pioneering technology. Sitting at the gateway of east and West, and flanked by huge markets in India and China, the Singapore success story shows no signs of slowing. Whether in Singapore for a well-earned family holiday or on a business stopover, the Lion City will impress you from the moment you arrive at its world-famous airport. Changi Airport has won more than

With its rich history of immigration, talents from all over the world have contributed in developing Singapore into the vibrant and cosmopolitan city of today – a hub for commerce, creativity, culture, education, finance, healthcare, information technology, transportation and research and development. 250 awards in its 26-year history, perhaps the most prestigious one coming in 2006 when it was voted the World’s Best airport by Skytrax. Your first experience of service standards in Singapore, arriving by air, is guaranteed to be a memorable one. It’s no wonder so many expatriates decide to make the island their home. People are a resource that has been key to Singapore’s success. Today, Singapore continues to welcome immigrants to work, study or set up home in the garden city. As Singapore’s forefathers were largely immigrants from all over the

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Singapore is a modern and cosmopolitan city, with a reputation for having a stable and responsive government, safe and secure environment, and an efficient infrastructure to attract foreigners to study, work and live here.

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World, Singapore is a mix of cultures and religions woven together by a common respect and understanding. Singapore is a modern and cosmopolitan city, with a reputation for having a stable and responsive government, safe and secure environment, and an efficient infrastructure to attract foreigners to study, work and live here. Permanent residency in Singapore is attractive with the country’s high employment rate, financial and political stability, mature infrastructure, high quality of life and a genuine sense of safety and security that is the envy of the world. With its rich history of immigration, talents from all over the world have contributed in developing Singapore into the vibrant and cosmopolitan city of today – a hub for commerce, creativity, culture, education, finance, healthcare, information technology, transportation and research and development. Singapore welcomes foreigners who can identify with its way of life and wish to contribute positively to its development. Many of these foreigners decide to take up Permanent Residence and eventually Singaporean Citizenship. Permanent

Residents enjoy better privileges than foreigners ranging from dedicated immigration facilities to subsidized education and healthcare. Located at one of the crossroads of the world, Singapore’s strategic position and passionate people have helped it grow into a major centre for trade, communications and tourism. WINNING FORMULA Think Singapore has solely been a runaway success due to its location and luck? Think again. It has taken hard work and investment for the small state to become the envy of the world and a consistent winner of international awards, for both leisure and business. The earliest mention of Singapore dates back to the 3rd Century and a Chinese account which described Singapore as “Puluo-chung” (“island at the end of a peninsula”), but it was not until the 11th Century that the island gained its now famous moniker. According to legend, a visiting prince spotted an animal he thought was a lion and Singapore’s modern day name


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“Singa Pura” (“Lion City”) was born. Before the British arrived in the 18th Century, Singapore had already become a small town, welcoming traders from China, India, Arabia and Europe on their long sea voyages. The British saw the need for a strategic port to repair and maintain their fleet, during its journeys to the far corners of the then mighty British Empire. So it was that Sir Stamford Raffles established Singapore as a trading station. The policy of free trade attracted merchants from as far afield as the Americas. By 1824, just five years after the founding of modern Singapore, the population had boomed from 150 to 10,000. The trade between east and West escalated and advancements in technology, such as steamships and the telegraph, and the opening of the Suez Canal in 1869, increased Singapore’s importance as a centre for trade. After the Second World War, Singapore became a Crown Colony. The growth of nationalism led to self-government in 1959 and on 9 August 1965, Singapore became an independent republic. In those 43

Permanent Residency in Singapore is attractive with country’s high employment rate, financial and political stability, mature infrastructure, high quality of life and genuine sense of safety and security that is the envy of the world. years, Singapore has not looked back and has grown into one of the world’s great city states. Singapore is the busiest port in the world with over 600 shipping lines. One of the world’s major oil refining and distribution centres, Singapore is a major supplier of electronic components and a leader in shipbuilding and repairing. It has also become one of the most important financial centres of Asia, with more than 130 banks. Singapore’s strategic location, excellent facilities, fascinating cultural contrasts and tourist attractions contribute to its success as a leading destination for both business and pleasure.

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Singapore is a mix of cultures and religions that is woven together by a common respect and understanding. BEST FOR LEISURE It’s fair to say that Singapore has built its success on business, but it has also used those foundations to develop another key industry – tourism. The Singapore Tourism Board (STB) is a statutory board operating under the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) that focuses on developing and implementing policies, strategies and plans to transform the tourism sector into a key driver of economic growth. The STB was established in 1964 to promote Singapore as a tourist destination. Then known as the Singapore Tourist Promotion Board (STPB), its mandate was to coordinate the efforts of hotels, airlines and travel agents in promoting the overall image of the destination. Through the 1960s and 1970s, the STPB actively encouraged investments in infrastructure such as the building

of hotels and tourist attractions like the Jurong Bird Park and the resort island of Sentosa. The STPB was re-named the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) in 1997, to reflect the Board’s expanding role beyond that of simply tourist promotion. From attracting 91,000 visitors in 1964, the Board today attracts more than 10 million visitors annually. In 2007, a record number of 10.3 million visitors landed, an increase of 5.4% over 2006. In pursuing its mission to develop and champion tourism, the STB adopts a comprehensive and holistic approach. To ensure that the tourism industry continues to be a key contributor to the economy, the STB unveiled the tourism 2015 Master plan, in which targets were set to achieve S$30 billion in tourism receipts and 17 million in visitor arrivals. “We see no need to adjust our strategy under the tourism 2015 plan at the moment,” says STB. “Our current focus is still giving us good growth from key markets and from key segments.”

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BEST FOR BUSINESS The Republic of Singapore is one of the world’s great economic successes. A tiny, multiracial island state, Singapore offers its disciplined and hard-working citizens a standard of living unmatched in Asia. Though predominantly Chinese, English is the language of Singapore -the language of international business inherited from its Colonial past. Singapore is right here, right now, at the very epicentre of world growth. As the economy of the world shifts from West to East with the opening up of China and India, in particular, and countries like Vietnam, Thailand and Malaysia working towards First World status, Asia will become the centre of the economic boom. And when you consider that Asia’s population is over three billion people – that’s half the world’s population – and that the population will rise to 5.6 billion in 2050, the understanding of how significant Asia will be in the future, becomes clear. With one of the most stable

Singapore is at the very epicentre of world growth. Asia’s population is over three billion people – that’s half the world’s population – and that will rise to 5.6 billion in 2050. The understanding of how significant Asia will be in the future is clear. political regimes in Asia, a reputation for being honest, efficient and free of corruption and a government that offers numerous free trade agreements, it is no wonder that Singapore is, and will become even more, the strategic gateway to Asia. And as more and more international companies from the Americas and Europe wish to do trade with China and India, Singapore will be there to help and to offer itself as the premium hub for international organisations and associations to set up headquarters as well as invest in and the ideal place to live, meet and do business.

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Strong infrastructure and a highly skilled workforce, together with a perfect location on the cross roads between East and West has ensured that Singapore is the amongst the worlds leading choices for doing business.

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Singapore has one of the world’s most developed economies with 7,000 resident multinational companies and 100,000 enterprises, creating a vibrant business environment. According to the latest figures from the Ministry of Trade and Industry, the Singapore economy is expected to grow by 4-5% in 2008. For the first half of 2008, real GDP grew by 4.5% -bucking the trend towards a global economic downturn and confirming the strength of Singapore. In particular, the services sector continued to grow, while financial and business services continued to register strong growth. Construction sector also remained strong. Singapore remains the world’s second-freest economy, behind Hong Kong, according to the latest index of Economic Freedom, released by US think tank, the Heritage Foundation. The gap behind Hong Kong has also narrowed this year, with Singapore increasing its score. The higher the score, the lower the level of government interference in the economy. In 2007, Singapore scored 87.4 out of 100.

Singapore is renowned for the ease of doing business. Amongst the world’s globalised nations, the workforce is recognised for its high level of productivity and positive can-do attitude. For the second year in a row, Singapore has come top in the World Bank’s Doing Business report. Singapore finished ahead of New Zealand and the United States when it comes to the ease of doing business in a report that covered 178 countries. Besides having a safe environment that is conducive for individuals and families to make Singapore their best home, Singapore is also renowned for the ease of doing business. Amongst the world’s globalised nations, the workforce is recognised for its high level of productivity and positive, can-do attitude. As economic freedom is linked

This page: Biomedical Research has been one of the fastest growing areas and a key focus for Singapore’s economic development. Opposite page: The Marina Bay Financial Centre - Singapore has found innovative solutions such as reclaiming its land to find space for its growing economy.

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with economic growth and prosperity, this ranking and recent growth means that Singapore is, in 2008, in a very healthy position. The Singapore government encourages companies, investors and start-ups, with no restrictions on foreign ownership of Singaporean assets; tax incentives to attract foreign multinationals (especially those offering to impart knowledge and technology); and no exchange controls. The government and numerous trade associations proactively encourage Singaporeans to set up their own businesses, ventures and entrepreneurial projects. While the Association of Small & Medium Enterprise helps to elevate the profiles of SMEs in Singapore and motivates entrepreneurs, International Enterprise (IE) Singapore provides Singapore-based companies with business-critical support. As for regional industry, Singapore boasts machinery, mineral fuels, chemicals, agricultural products, foodstuffs, and crude materials among its principal exports – sending them as close as Malaysia, Hong Kong and China and as far as the

US. Ship-building, shipping and marine-related sectors are also a huge part of Singapore’s economy and they have recently experienced a boom as orders for oil rigs, tankers and specialised vessels surge on the back of rising global demand for energy. New shipbuilding and conversion activities are also taking place in the region, driven by increasing inter-regional trade as Asia’s economies continue to strengthen. This, in turn, has led to a growth in the regional steel industry too -another huge Singaporean industry. Thanks to high oil prices, the oil, gas and petrochemical industries have boomed and with China’s need for energy seemingly insatiable, Singapore is in the perfect position to supply new oil and gas reserves. Masses of foreign multinationals already use Singapore as their regional headquarters for Asia and remarkably, they now account for 75% of Singapore’s manufactured exports. Coming to Singapore will be easy and ideal then for many


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internationals who wish to use the Republic as a springboard into the regional and global markets. Favourable tax system as compared to many other global cities and residents appreciate that those taxes contribute directly to bettering the lives of its people Add to this Singapore’s global network of air links, shipping lines and freight forwarders that make it a highly efficient logistic hub and you can see why Singapore is the smart choice for business. Singapore is the leading centre in Asia for major trade fairs, conferences and conventions and has won any number of accolades for its facilities. In September 2006, Singapore proudly and successfully hosted the annual meeting of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund. By further offering numerous incentive schemes and joint promotional support to overseas exhibition organisers and great Intellectual Property (IP) protection (Singapore is ranked number one in Asia), the Singapore government is making sure that Singapore becomes

the premier location for international trade exhibitions. The International Exhibition City (IEC) programme, with endorsement from the Approved International Fair (AIF), has been set up to help make this happen. Singapore’s spotlights for the coming years are on using Singapore as an international conference arena, meeting demands with excellent infrastructure and networking, superb facilities and world-class accommodation. While the Singapore economy is doing well, the government is certainly not resting on its laurels but instead is seeking to fund Research and Development (R&D) initiatives that would reap economic benefits for the country, in particular two new sectors – Environmental and Water technologies, and interactive and Digital Media (sectors that Singapore believes it has a competitive market in) – have been targeted for the next 10 years. When it comes to business, Singapore is leading the way.

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Singapore continues its evolution into a compelling, must-visit destination with mega developments such as the Integrated Resorts (IRs) in the works, and world-class events like the world’s first Formula OneTM night race, held on 28 September 2008. Singapore also has a calendar of regular events to draw in millions of tourists every year. These include the Singapore Airshow, the Great Singapore Sale, the Singapore Arts Festival, the Singapore Food Festival, the M1 Singapore Fringe Festival, the Singapore Garden Festival and the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon, among others. This nation is also the region’s preferred business destination, with about 5,000 Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions (MICE) held here annually. Singapore has enjoyed four successive years of record growth in Visitor Arrivals (VA) and Tourism Receipts (TR) since 2004, with continuous growth each month for 46 months since March 2004. Latest fullyear’s (January to December) results released for 2007 showed that the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) had

Key attractions in Singapore which continue to be popular among visitors comprise the Night Safari, the Singapore Zoo, the Jurong Bird Park, Sentosa Island and its Underwater World, Asian Civilisations Museum, and the National Museum of Singapore. 10.3 million visitor arrivals registering a growth of 5.4 per cent over 2006, and posted an estimated S$13.8 billion in tourism receipts. Further, in line with its Tourism 2015 vision, STB hopes to attract 17 million visitors and targets S$30 billion in tourism receipts. Singapore’s top five-visitor generating markets for 2007, with arrival figures, were Indonesia (1,956,000), PR China (1,114000), Australia (768,000), India (749,000) and Malaysia (646,000). These countries accounted for about 51 per cent of total visitor arrivals. Benefiting from these impressive arrival figures, the hotel industry saw both the Average Room Rate (ARR) and the Average Occupancy Rate (AOR) setting new highs. The ARR

This page: Dragon Boat races are a common sight and the participants are often seen training near the Kallang River. Opposite page, above: Clarke Quay facade at night featuring five blocks of restored warehouses, Clarke Quay offers a quirky alternative to mainstream attractions, with second-hand and antique shops and restaurants with an amazing array of F&B options. In the evenings, dance clubs and pubs come alive with music from the 1960s to the present. Opposite page, below: National Museum of Singapore at night.

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for 2007 was S$202, an increase of 23.1 per cent year-on-year, while the AOR was estimated to have reached 87 per cent. In January 2005, STB identified three key areas of focus under its Tourism 2015 plan: (a) Strengthening Singapore’s position as a leading Convention & Exhibition City in Asia with a strong and dynamic business environment. (b) Developing Singapore as a leading Asian leisure destination by providing an enriching experience that is Uniquely Singapore. (c) Establishing Singapore as the Services Centre of Asia – a place where visitors come to enjoy high-end quality services such as healthcare and education. To achieve the 2015 targets, STB has focused its efforts on achieving leadership positions in key customer segments, including Leisure, BTMICE (Business Travel, Meetings, Incentive travel, Conventions and Exhibitions) and Services (Education and Healthcare). Key attractions in Singapore which continue to be popular among visitors comprise the Night Safari, the Singapore Zoo, the Jurong Bird Park, Sentosa Island and its Underwater World, Asian Civilisations Museum, and the National Museum of Singapore. Besides these there are many smaller yet consequential niche museums like the Chinatown Heritage Centre, Malay Heritage Centre, Changi Chapel and Museum and Mint Museum of Toys. Other must-visit attractions include Singapore’s ethnic districts of Chinatown,

Little India, Kampong Glam, and the Katong / Joo Chiat area. These are where you can participate in festive light-ups and religious and cultural festivals such as the Chinese New Year, Hari Raya, Thaipusam, Singapore River Hang Bao, Chingay, the Fire-walking ceremony, and Deepavali among others. These are charming precincts in their own right and give visitors a fairly good idea of the nation’s rich history, how the various ethnic groups have coexisted and how they worked together to create the Singapore of today. In March 2008, another addition to the range of new attractions was the Singapore Flyer, a giant observation wheel with 28 capsules, each capable of holding up to 28 people. Also for history and culture buffs, the first-of-its kind Peranakan Museum opened its doors. By 2010 Singapore will have two Integrated Resorts (IRs) developed in its tourism landscape – The Marina Bay Sands™ and the Resorts World at Sentosa. There are also plans to develop the natural reserves of Mandai into a unique nature destination embracing the precinct’s rich biodiversity and natural attributes. Other upcoming attractions include the Gardens by the Bay and the National Art Gallery, each of which will add depth to the islandnation’s product offerings. A visit to Singapore isn’t complete without the experience of the sun and sandy beaches and trips to soak in the rustic charm of Kusu Island, Pulau Ubin and St. John’s Island. Singapore’s culinary options are


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legendary and besides its range of hawker centres, food courts, restaurants and dining hubs, there are two annual events which attract food enthusiasts in large numbers. One is the month-long Singapore Food Festival (SFF) – a Uniquely Singapore event – featuring an exciting line-up of weekly core events, culinary workshops and competitions, and multicultural cuisines. The World Gourmet Summit (WGS) appeals to discerning individuals who appreciate fine wine and cuisines. This epicurean festival showcases the craftsmanship of prestigious chefs from around the world and is complemented by an exposition of the internationally acclaimed vineries. In recent years, the dining and entertainment scene has also seen new concepts and establishments that bring novel experiences to visitors while enlivening one’s senses with the varied flavours, textures, colours and aromas of Singapore. Dining options around the island have expanded to include lifestyle enclaves such as Dempsey Road / Harding Road and the Rochester strip which have restaurants, pubs bars, and boutiques and antique shops housed in buildings which were originally army barracks, black-and-white bungalows and chapels. For nightlife, iconic world-class home-grown products that enjoy strong international appeal are those dotting Clarke Quay and Dempsey Hill, and the famed Zouk Club with its popular ZoukOut annual

dance party on Sentosa’s Siloso Beach. These have placed Singapore on the global party map and injected much buzz to the city’s leisure options after dark. For those wanting to get an adrenaline high, there is Singapore’s first and only G-Max Reverse Bungy at Clarke Quay. Shopping is another activity that ranks high on the agenda for visitors – namely along Orchard Road which is studded with high-end malls. Between 2009 and 2010, this popular shopping belt will see new developments – ION Orchard, Somerset Central and Orchard Central. These will, in turn, add another 100,000sqm of retail space and introduce new retail concepts and international brands that will benefit shoppers. In other parts of the island, shoppers can indulge in the offerings at Marina Square, VivoCity and Central at Clarke Quay. Singapore was the first Southeast Asian stopover in the Volvo Ocean Race in January 2008. Hailed as the FORMULA 1 of the sailing world, and taking place over a period of 10 months, spanning Europe, Asia and the Americas, it will again have millions of viewers worldwide watching the next stopover in Singapore in January 2009 which will be hosted at OneDegree 15 Marina Club in Sentosa.

This page: Singapore’s Chinese New Year celebration is one of the most vibrant in Asia. The Singapore River Hang Bao, as one of the major events of this festival, showcases the best of Chinese culture. Opposite page, above: One Fullerton offers an array of restaurants, lounges and pubs. Opposite page, below: Fine dining and lounging at One Rochester.

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SINGTEL SINGAPORE F1 GP – FIRST EVER NIGHT RACE September 2008 saw Singapore hosting the highly-successful inaugural FORMULA 1™ SingTel Singapore Grand Prix, the first night race in the F1 calendar and Asia’s first street circuit. There were some ‘firsts’ notched – and milestones created – in Singapore during the recently concluded 2008 FORMULA 1™ SingTel Singapore Grand Prix. To begin with, the first night race in F1’s World Championship history had an unexpected winner when Fernando Alonso, ranked seventh in the Driver’s standing with 28 Points, proved his mettle by piping his challengers to the finishing post. Alonso had virtually stood no chance after the qualifying rounds! And behind the success of this event was the important role Singapore Tourism Board (STB) played in coordinating, planning and executing the show with the trademark attributed to this body. Many parties contributed to Singapore’s success in securing the rights to host a Formula One™ Grand Prix. It was a result of a multi-agency effort and close collaboration among various government agencies, including the Ministry of Trade and Industry, the Singapore Tourism Board (STB), Land Transport Authority (LTA), Singapore Police Force (SPF), Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF), National Parks (NParks), Singapore Sports Council (SSC), People’s Association (PA) and many others.

Working with the various government agencies, the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) coordinated various areas of the race preparation, such as the construction of the Pit Building, re-surfacing of roads for the race track, installation of the lighting system and managing the business continuity needs of stakeholders in the Marina Centre area. STB was also responsible for ensuring a positive and enriching total visitor experience for the overseas visitors coming to Singapore for the race, and increasing tourism spend in Singapore during the race period. In the swing of things, soon it was party time on the fringes in Singapore. On the top of the list was the Charity Luncheon held on the lawns of the Presidential Palace, Istana, which besides President SR Nathan had high net worth individuals such as F1’s Bernie Ecclestone, HPL’s Ong Beng Seng and Esplanade’s CEO Benson Puah and all the F1 drivers present. The luncheon was open to the public with 18 tables at S$30,000 each and 12 tables at S$50,000 per table which were picked up by the movers and shakers of the corporate world. The smart casual event was a departure from the normal black tie dinners usually hosted on Day One of the F1 races. Luxury brand Chopard premiered its L.U.C Tourbillon Tech Twist watch tagged at more than S$200,000 which was auctioned among other items to raise funds for the President’s Charity. VIPs gracing various occasions and enjoying the F1 included Minister

This page: Felipe Massa of Ferrari leading the inaugural Singtel’s Singapore F1 GP. Opposite page, above: Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong of Singapore and F1’s Bernie Ecclestone. Opposite page, below: The Singapore GP Circuit Map.

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Mentor Lee Kuan Yew, Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong who gave away the winning trophy, Cabinet Ministers and the Who’s Who of F1 aficionados. Spotted among visitors from abroad were Indian industrialist Vijay Mallya of the UB Group and Kingfisher Airlines who had his Force India cars participating in the race, and Bollywood star Shilpa Shetty escorted by London-based tycoon Raj Kundra. The SP season continued with other parties dotting the island, including the ultra-exclusive, luxurious evening at Amber Lounge set up outside Millenia Tower which had Mika Hakkinen present. This travelling venue accompanies F1 to selected races. Event title sponsors SingTel hosted a packed evening at White Rabbit housed in a converted chapel in the Dempsey area. Mercedes Benz transformed its show room to host the Stylo evening, while an invitation-only party was at the waterfront Prive at Keppel Bay Marina where Renault’s Nelson Piquet turned up. On the ground the preparatory work to build the infrastructure started a year in advance. The island-nation living up to its reputation of efficiency created a brandnew track matching the high specifications and expectations of the standards set by motor racing’s premier category, FORMULA 1™. The result was one of three F1 circuits worldwide to run in an anti-clockwise direction, with the 5.067 km track having 61 laps and 23 turns (13 left, 10 right). The organisers surmounted one of the

greatest challenges of creating a track through the heart of one of Asia’s most active and bustling cities without unduly disrupting or bringing to a halt commercial and private life and transportation. The installation of the lights was another test – to create a day-like scenario during the night time event. This task was handed over to Italy’s competent lighting genius Valerio Maioli. He successful transformed the racing track from night-time into day – or ‘Day for Night’: a term borrowed from Hollywood. The three-storey high, 350-metres long Pit Building, completed at a cost of S$40 million in under a year has 36 garages to house the visiting race teams for this premier – and annual future F1 races. With overall floor space measuring 23,000m2, it will continue to be home to the Media Centre, to VIP hospitality areas and the top-of-the-range Paddock Club with its capacity for 4,000 guests. With the success of first ever night race, the world is looking forward to next year’s race in Singapore.

Some interesting trivia (Courtesy SingTel Singapore GP): • 180 Corporate Suites accommodated 50 guests each • 13 Five star hotels prepared meals for Corporate Suites and Paddock Club™ guests • 350 Chefs prepared meals for guests in the Corporate Suites and Paddock Club™ • 15,000 - Estimated bottles of champagne consumed • 1,700 - Floral arrangements for Corporate Suites and Paddock Club™ • 650 tonnes - equipment air-freighted by Formula One™ teams • 150 tonnes - equipment sea-freighted by Formula One™ teams • 1,000 – Marshals on duty

This page: The first Singapore GP was showcased against the city’s dramatic night skyline. Opposite page, above: Fernando Alonso celebrates his maiden victory in Singapore. Opposite page below: The top three winners address a press conference.

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Singaporeans are passionate about food and eating. Indeed, while shopping is often described as a national pastime, it’s food that is closest to the heart of most Singaporeans. One look around will show you why. Everywhere you turn you are confronted by delicious-smelling stalls, fine restaurants and neighbourhood cafes and kopitiams packed with character. Singapore being a melting pot of nationalities, it’s no surprise that choice of cuisines also rich and diverse. Hawker centres are excellent covered food markets featuring many stalls with communal seating. Here, you can enjoy some typical Singaporean favourites for just a couple of dollars. The choice can be bewildering, so a good rule of thumb is to join the longest queue for the best food on offer. Many of the stalls specialise in just one dish, and may have been cooking just that for decades. It’s also not unusual to hear Singaporeans debating where to get the best dishes and to have family outings across the island to find their personal favourites. At the other end of the scale, there is an increasing emphasis on international eateries run by renowned chefs and adhering to the highest standards. And of course, five-star hotels in Singapore have paved the way for global cuisine and continue to offer some of the best restaurants in the country. Eric Teo, president of the Singapore Chefs Association, describes Singapore as a food paradise where most world cuisines can be found. “People here love food and they love to try

People here love food and they love to try everything. There are so many types of cuisine in Singapore, like Chinese, Malay, Indian, Thai, French, Italian, Mediterranean and American. everything. There are so many types of cuisine in Singapore, like Chinese, Malay, Indian, Thai, French, Italian, Mediterranean and American,” says top chef Teo. “Singapore food is very tasty and flavourful. It has a sweet, sour and spicy taste. The spices used in the food are usually coconut milk, pandan leaf, sambal chilli , lemongrass and dried shrimps. The main signature dishes are Singapore Hainanese Chicken Rice, Singapore Laksa and Chilli Crab.” Singapore is also a food destination. On alternate years in April, the World Gourmet Summit descends on Singapore, with guest chefs from all over the world invited to cook. Each June, there is also the annual Singapore Food Festival organised by Singapore Tourism Board. Whatever your preference and taste, Singapore will cater to you.

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Cantonese Cuisine With Cachet In the ever-changing culinary landscape, even good restaurants can be here today, gone tomorrow. But with three thriving restaurants, a broad range of unique and traditional Cantonese dishes and a fiercely loyal customer base, Peach Garden is destined to blossom Cantonese cuisine is widely regarded as the finest of China’s regional cookery. Its cornerstones are the finest, freshest produce, inventive use of ingredients not necessarily indigenous to the region while continuing to uphold culinary traditions. Amid the establishments in Singapore specialising in Cantonese cuisine, none have blazed trails and won the hearts of critics and foodies alike quite as quickly and as thoroughly as Peach Garden has. Soon after they first opened the doors of their cosy and understated restaurant in Novena in 2002, they garnered accolades from Singapore Tatler and Wine & Dine not just for their food but for their warm, friendly and highly personal service. What followed was a larger restaurant in Thomson Plaza and then in 2006, they opened their newest and most impressive restaurant on the 33rd floor of the OCBC Centre on Chulia Street in the heart of the business district. In fact, their network of three establishments landed a spot on the Sunday Times Life 10 Best Restaurants of 2007. The secret of their phenomenal success? Exquisite Cantonese food for the traditional connoisseur served in fine dining

portions with matching ambience. Veronica Tan describes the Peach Garden team simply as people with a passion for good food. She and partner Angela Ho met in the hotel F&B industry and after years of working together, they hatched the plan to set up their own restaurant. Calling it The Peach Garden was a mindful and deliberate choice. Says Tan, “A peach tree has branches, it bears fruit, and it comes from one seed. That’s what we wanted from our restaurant.” And what they wanted, they got. The diners keep coming back for more, and all three restaurants are booked for special occasions well in advance. Says Angela Ho, “Our diners are more than just customers, they become our friends.” Just like the partners, the customers become friends - friends who love great food, most especially Peach Garden’s deliciously inventive signature dishes. There is a hint of creaminess in the tasty double-boiled shark’s bone cartilage soup with fish maw and bamboo pith in golden melon, and yet the owners swear the chef has used no milk. The fried prawn in salted egg yolk delivers a shock of pleasurably intense flavour with every bite. The zing of

the fried prawn in wasabi sauce is delightfully unexpected. Be sure to try the roasted shoulder of lamb, served with mustard and mint sauce. And what makes it Cantonese? The tender meat is marinated in black vinegar that laces it with a proper tang. You might also want to sample the fried crispy noodle with succulently tender baby lobster in creamy egg sauce – you will not regret it. The list of varied and remarkable dishes goes on and on. And because the food-loving partners take a very hands-on approach to menu development, constantly doing research, and trying out new dishes, they keep hitting upon wondrous taste sensations that delight their loyal diners. Whichever restaurant you visit, you can count on a stellar dining experience. Furthermore, it’s also one that can be replicated at home or even in another venue of your choosing. Peach Garden offers a catering service for private dining events, which means you can have haute Cantonese cuisine in the comfort of your own home. Tel: 6535 7833 www.peachgarden.com.sg

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Award-Winning Italian Cuisine With Unbeatable View il Lido, acclaimed as the New Restaurant of the Year 2008, is located on the resort island of Sentosa and boasts a panoramic view of the Singapore Straits and a wine list that has gained international acclaim. Perhaps it was the stunning sea view that did it. Or it could have been the delicious modern Italian cuisine. It didn’t hurt to have a wine list which made it to Wine Spectator magazine’s Best of Award of Excellence. In truth, it was probably a combination of all this that helped il Lido overcome the competition and pick up the prestigious New Restaurant of the Year award at the 2008 World Gourmet Summit. This award comes just after il Lido was voted Italian Restaurant of the Year and Best Restaurant Bar by Singapore Business Review magazine. Nice though they are, these awards merely confirm what discerning Singaporeans already know; that if you are looking for an unforgettable gastronomic experience, il Lido is the place to go. Il Lido may only be two years old, but in that short time, it has rapidly risen up the ranks. Helmed by visionary restauranteur Beppe De Vito, the restaurant bar is located on the resort island of Sentosa, and boasts a panoramic view of the Singapore Straits on one side, and the rolling greens of the Sentosa Golf Club on another. The view is so beautiful that is not uncommon for people to spend hours on

the terrace just soaking in the view while sampling the best of Il Lido’s wine cellar. It helps that this is no ordinary wine collection. It is thanks to this wine list that il Lido earned the title Best of Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator magazine. The wine list includes an extensive champagne selection comprising some hard-to-get names, an enticing range of French labels, delectable New World bottlings and of course, the best of Italy. However, people keep returning to il Lido not for the gorgeous view or it is the rare champagne. They come because of the superb food. The head chef at il Lido is Giuliano Dacasto, who had previously worked at Gordon Ramsay’s Boxwood Café under Head Chef Stuart Gillies. His first head chef position was in London at the well-reviewed 2 Veneti. Chef Guiliano, together with the pastry chef Saverio Busata as well as sous chef Daniele Bettini all previously worked together at Bauer Hotel, considered one of the top five-star properties in Italy. Today, they have reunited to become Singapore’s most formidable culinary team. Chef Guiliano is a new arrival to the il Lido family. He came to Singapore to take over from 60

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Chef Osvaldo Forlino, whose culinary creations have helped il Lido earn so many awards. Chef Osvaldo is now heading a fine dining restaurant at the Fullerton called Forlino, which is also owned by the il Lido group. For Chef Osvaldo, this move is a return to his roots, in a way. Chef Osvaldo learned his craft working in his familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Michelin-starred restaurant, Forlino, in the northern Italian region of Piedmont. He subsequently worked at other award-winning restaurants in northern Italy before eventually joining il Lido in Singapore. Because his culinary efforts were so well re-ceived, Chef Osvaldo and il Lido owner Beppe De Vito decided that Singapore was ready for a different kind of restaurant. Chef Osvaldo thus persuaded members of his family to uproot themselves from Piedmont to start a Forlino family restaurant in Singapore. In Singapore, Forlino will offer fine Italian dining with a northern Italian bent. The restaurant itself has been made to resemble the interior of a plush Italianate villa. Forlino is located on the second floor of One Fullerton, and diners will enjoy unparalleled views of Marina Bay as well as the Marina Bay Sands Resort. Between il Lido on Sentosa, Forlino at One Fullerton, and the il Lido luxury yacht which can also be chartered for dinner on the high seas, lovers of fine Italian cuisine in Singapore can truly be said to enjoy La Dolce Vita.

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The Cliff Is At The Cutting Edge Of Sophistication Award-winning seafood restaurant at The Sentosa Resort & Spa is in another league The Sentosa Resort & Spa offers a variety of dining options, ranging from casual to elegant chic. For seafood connoisseurs, The Cliff featuring contemporary cuisine inspired by the sea is a gastronomic experience not to be missed. Designed by famed Japanese designer Yasuhiro Koichi, The Cliff sets new standards in the culinary arts in Singapore. Perched on a cliff overlooking the South China Sea, this alfresco-style restaurant is a haven for discerning aficionados of the best in seafood and fine wines. The menu reflects the creative spirit of the talented Chef de Cuisine Shawn Armstrong who prepares his dishes with a distinct contemporary French flair. Chef Shawn, who has won several prestigious awards, is a master of classical French cooking and has built a formidable reputation as a seafood expert. After enjoying a drink at The Cliff’s outdoor bar amidst the enchanting sunset, diners can savour the freshest ingredients produced with finesse and presented like delectable works of art. Signature dishes include the House Smoked Loch Duart Salmon with Indian spiced aubergine salsa and caviar; Roasted ‘True’ Cod with cabernet braised lamb shank, organic carrot puree and truffles; and among

the desserts is Raspberry Extravaganza with pistachio and raspberry five-way-jelly croustillant, sorbet, foam and “ravioli”. A favourite with regulars are the Tasting of Oysters, available with a number of winning combinations, including fresh shucked with tuna and avocado tartare or baked with forest mushroom fricassee and foie gras hollandaise. High on the list of the Chef’s pick of the mains include the Wild Canadian Lobster poached in chardonnay nage, creme fraiche with linguini and fresh herbs and Panseared Grey Sea Bream with Crayfish and wild mushrooms. Meat lovers can delight in the Duo of Wagyu Beef with braised ribs and roasted strip loin. The Cliff’s reputation has earned it numerous laurels, with recent ones being the winner of the Singapore Business Review The Top 50 Restaurants Awards 2008 – Three Chef’s Hats, Wine & Dine Singapore’s Top Restaurants Guide 2008 – Special Awards; Best Ambience (Western), Singapore Best Restaurant Guide by Singapore Tatler 2008 and Simply Dining Restaurant Guide 2008 – Gold Award. All these are authentications of one of the finest culinary experiences in Southeast Asia.

Tel: (65) 6371 1425 www.thesentosa.com

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Get Away From It All In The Heart Of The City The Sentosa Resort & Spa is a luxury hotel that is packed with personality and geared towards pampering, with a stunning spa and delectable dining options Situated just minutes away from the city centre in glorious natural surroundings, The Sentosa Resort & Spa combines the convenience of a city hotel with the serenity and tranquility that only a resort can offer. A member of the Small Luxury Hotels of The World, the resort presents 215 rooms, including 37 suites and 4 villas. All rooms offer a picturesque garden view, with plenty of natural light. The rooms are luxuriously furnished and guests enjoy the privacy and solitude that each room provides. Each room is equipped with the amenities expected of a deluxe hotel. All ensuite bathrooms have their own separate bath tub and standing shower. Set atop a cliff in the midst of 27 acres of lush tropical woodlands overlooking the South China Sea, The Sentosa Resort & Spa has an incredible location that is the envy of the city. The resort is made for relaxation and to take this mood further, there is a variety of restaurants ranging from casual to elegant fine-dining. All-day dining at The Terrace features both a tempting daily buffet selection as well as a la carte specialising in regional Asian cuisine. For seafood connoisseurs, The Cliff is a gastronomic experience not to be missed and without doubt is one of the best restaurants on the island-nation. An all-new restaurant, The Garden – nestled next to Spa Botanica – delivers a destination dining experience termed Conscious Dining, a wholesome contemporary cuisine set in an idyllic respite. The chef uses specially-sourced organic or

bio-dynamic ingredients. Spa Botanica is the resort’s most outstanding attraction. Spa Botanica holds the status of Singapore’s first garden destination spa. It promises a blend of indoor pampering with treatments outdoors, which draw on the healing powers of nature. The award-winning spa is a hit with local residents and overseas guests, as well as continues to be a winner of many industry and media accolades. Complementing Spa Botanica is Seven Eden Wellness Centre encompassing a lifestyle gymnasium with top-of-the-range fitness equipment, Zest Café and Zest Studio. Included in the menu are Traditional Chinese Medicine and anti-aging consultations. Seven Eden is a total holistic wellness retreat to reinvigorate the body, soul and mind. When it comes to meetings and conferences, The Sentosa Resort is totally committed to successful events and can accommodate groups of between 20 and 400. The resort emphasises on the concept of providing conference delegates with a selfcontained environment where a balance of work and play is achieved in order to ensure successful meetings. For business, pleasure or leisure, The Sentosa Resort & Spa is the natural choice.

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Timeless Elegance Of Raffles Hotel The Grand Dame is synonymous with the style and grace of a bygone era and has been aptly called by Somerset Maugham as the legendary symbol for “All the Fables of the Exotic East”. Raffles Hotel is a landmark hotel and an institution that is distinctly Singapore. From its world-famous Singapore Sling cocktail that harks back to colonial splendour, to the very best service standards available in the world today, Raffles Hotel maintains the romance and ideals of a bygone age – complemented with all modern conveniences. This unique combination makes it a winner with all travellers alike. Raffles Hotel has been conferred with numerous prestigious accolades since she welcomed her guests more than a century ago. These impressive honours include, for the sixth consecutive year, Raffles Hotel being voted ‘Best Luxury Hotel’ by readers of Travel Trade Gazette (TTG) Asia and

China, Business Travel Mice China and TTG Mice magazine readers. A month earlier the iconic hotel was recognised as the ‘Best Boutique Hotel in Asia-Pacific’ for the second consecutive year, by readers of Business Traveller Asia-Pacific Magazine. Other awards include the ‘World’s Best Service’ award in Travel + Leisure’s Annual World’s Best readers’ poll, and prior to that, for the second consecutive year, Raffles Hotel was voted ‘Best Hotel in Asia’ by readers of the acclaimed Ultratravel Magazine, a publication of the prestigious The Daily Telegraph from the United Kingdom. Raffles Hotel features 103 elegantly appointed suites, 18 distinctive restaurants and bars, the world-class RafflesAmrita Spa,

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and Raffles Hotel Arcade housing the best in regional specialities and international brands, offering a wide array of exquisite merchandise and services. Declared a National Monument in 1987, the hotel has grown from strength to strength. With its restoration and reopening in 1991, Raffles Hotel today stands as a jewel in the crown of Singapore’s hospitality industry, renowned and loved for its inimitable style and unsurpassed excellence. In multicultural Singapore it is not surprising that the visionary founders of Raffles Hotel were a quartet of enterprising Armenian brothers: Martin, Tigran, Aviet and ArshakSarkies. Raffles Hotel opened in 1887 in a bungalow known as the Beach House. It was named

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after Sir Stamford Raffles, the founder of modern Singapore. Tropical suites and sola topis were as much a part of Raffles Hotel’s early style as bentwood tables and rattan chairs. Over the years the hotel has evolved into one of the world’s most beloved hotels. Raffles Hotel is the flagship hotel of Raffles Hotels & Resort, a collection of luxury hotels and resorts worldwide, each distinguished by its luxury, elegance and residential charm. Each hotel is a landmark in its respective city, positioned at the top of its local market and rated among the very best in the world.

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The nightlife scene in Singapore has changed dramatically over the last few years. So much so that when Singapore was voted second only to Italy in terms of nightlife and dining, a few eyebrows were raised. But that’s how far the nocturnal scene has developed and matured, with Singapore now offering some of the finest and most varied nights out in Asia. Esplanade - Theatres By The Bay is an architectural wonder that welcomes the very best in art, theatre, music and dance. West End and Broadway shows can be seen here, as well as classical concerts and pop festivals. Affectionately known as the armadillo due to its unique design, you can’t ignore Esplanade. It’s also worth mentioning that Singapore has a burgeoing contemporary arts scene, with Wild Rice being one of the leading theatre companies producing great work. Elsewhere, chart-topping Western bands regularly stop off as part of their sell-out world tours. In recent years music legends such as Eric Clapton and here-and-now superstars like Coldplay have taken the Singapore stage. The nightclubs on offer include brands such as Barnone, Crazy Elephant The Thumper Night Club and Cafe del Mar, while homegrown pioneers like Zouk continue to be a

For late-night drinks and some bar-hopping, people are drawn to the popular Clarke Quay and Boat Quay areas, packed with bustling bars and relaxing restaurants.

favourite, especially with their annual Zouk Out beach bash. St James Power Station is a recent addition and the largest entertainment complex in Singapore with nine different clubs under one roof. For late-night drinks and some bar-hopping, people are drawn to the popular Clarke Quay and Boat Quay areas, packed with bustling bars and relaxing restaurants. Boat Quay is more old school, while Clarke Quay is its funky younger sister. Cinema plays a large part in the lives of Singaporeans and there are numerous multiplexes dotted around the island in malls. Local films always have a huge following and there is hope to turn Singapore into a major movie production and performing arts centre. For shopperholics there is a 24 hour shopping at Mustafa Shopping Centre in Serangoon Road.

This page: The Annual Zouk Out party which attracts revelers from around the region Opposite page: 24 hour shopping at Mustafa Shopping Center in Serangoon Road

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Spirit Of Independence Set in a colonial house amidst lush vegetation, this bar and restaurant is a real home away from home

Unlike many one dimensional establishments, the bungalow setting means that there are different themed areas to choose …

One Rochester is truly one of a kind. An independent gastro bar situated in the stunning surroundings of a former heritage bungalow, it is like nowhere else in Singapore. From the extensive wine menu (more than 280 to choose from) to the unique cuisine created by Chef Reif (who has worked with such luminaries as Gordon Ramsay and Jean Paul Laquin), everything about this secluded haven says unpretentious sophistication. Once the sun goes down, One Rochester comes to life. Unlike many one-dimensional establishments, the bungalow setting means that there are different themed areas to choose from – from the atmospheric library to the breezy balcony and to the in-house pastry bar. But perhaps the biggest draw are the gardens. Softly illuminated and kept cool with

unobtrusive fans, these lush seating areas offer seclusion amidst the calming greenery. As well as offering gourmet tapas, Chef Reif has unveiled a more formal dining concept. Set to the side of the bungalow in the gardens, this intimate area offers a modern European menu with a suggestion of Asian flair. Spirit Of Independence Set in a colonial house amidst lush vegetation, this bar and restaurant is a real home away from home. As with the rest of One Rochester, service standards are a signature, with attentive and friendly staff knowledgeable about the food and the drinks available. The versatility of the venue means that it is also a favorite for events – from weddings to product launches. Whether it’s for a

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small gathering of friends or for entertaining important business clients, One Rochester has the perfect solution tailor-made to your needs. Described by Time Out as one of Singapore’s “best kept secrets” and by Forbes as “one of the top ten restaurants in Singapore”… we can assure you that your night will be an excellent one.

Tel : 6773 0070 Website : www.onerochester.com

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East Meets West in Archipelago Beers Originally established in 1931, Archipelago Brewery has once again opened its doors to offer discerning drinkers an alternative experience Originally established in 1931 in Singapore, Archipelago Brewery was the first commercial brewery to be set up in Singapore and became renowned for its techniques and quality products. However, after being annexed by the British Government in 1939, the brewery was sold to Malayan Breweries in 1941 and disappeared from the beer drinkers’ radar. In 2006, Archipelago Brewery reopened its doors, bringing the best brewing traditions from the West and the finest Eastern spices together again to create bespoke craft beers for the discerning drinker. Each Archipelago beer is hand-crafted in small batches using traditional methods and the very finest ingredients. A range of signature tastes created by the resident brewmaster is another key factor that sets Archipelago apart from the pack. Award-winning brewmaster Fal Allen spends countless hours exploring Asian culture and cuisine, scouring markets in Chinatown, Geylang and Little India in his quest for the perfect flavours for beers to complement Singapore’s diverse cuisine. Archipelago Trader’s Brown Ale, with a distinct taste of gula melaka, goes down well with robust flavours like roast meats and rice 102

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dumplings. Archipelago Traveller’s Wheat uses a unique blend of lemon grass and tamarind and is the perfect accompaniment for sour and spicy dishes such as Thai Vermicelli Salad. Archipelago Straits Pale is a wheat beer that complements curries and Singapore’s famous Laksa with consummate ease. With its rich coffee flavour and creamy taste, Archipelago Java is well suited to everything from cheese to chocolate. Commemorative

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birthday brew, Archipelago Samui, has distinctive flavours of calamansi lime and pandan leaf - perfect with pizzas. Completing the Archipelago family, Archipelago Explorer has more than a hint of Anise, making it ideal when paired with good friends and conversation. Archipelago’s range of speciality brews are available at numerous quality bars across Singapore (as well as flagship outlets Archi pelago at Circular Road and The Straits at

Pekin Street). For those who enjoy savouring craft beers in the comfort of their own home, a selection of Archipelago beers are also available at all Carrefour, Jason’s Marketplace, Cold Storage and Giant outlets island-wide.

Tel: (65) 6861 6200 www.archipelagobrewery.com


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The Best Place For Live Music And Great Food Timbre @ The Arts House and Timbre @ The Substation set the standard for live music venues in Singapore. When you need to let your hair down to just enjoy good music, great food and a relaxing riverside ambience, then Timbre @ The Arts House is the place to be. Located on the quiet side of the Singapore River, Timbre has made a name for itself as the place to see and be seen. What does Timbre @ The Arts House have going for it? First it has been garnering rave reviews for its food. It has more than 20 types of pizza as well as tapas, salads and desserts. However, lots of restaurants have tapas and

pizza. What’s unique about Timbre is that it is one of the few places in Singapore to boast a line-up of good local bands. At Timbre, the music is not background noise, it’s the reason that connoisseurs of Singapore musicians congregate there. Well known bands like The Goodfellas, EIC, Pam & Fatt and the 53A duo take turns to entertain the crowd on different nights. Whether you’re on a comfortable sofa in the restaurant or chilling outside as you dine al fresco, you’re never far away from the music.

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Timbre takes its music seriously because it was started by a musician. Danny Loong, the deputy managing director who joined forces with Edward Chia to form Ublues Group which owns Timbre, is also the founder and bandleader of blues band Ublues, one of Asia’s best known blues bands. Ublues shared the same billing with James Brown, Jackson Browne, Robben Ford and many other music greats at the East Coast Blues & Roots Festival at Byron Bay Australia in April 2004 as well at the Barcelona Blues Festival in Spain. Because of his background, Danny takes music very seriously and the bands that perform at Timbre have to meet his high standards before they are allowed to take to the stage. The managing director of Ublues Group, Edward Chia, started out as a youth and arts activist and founder and chairman of Arts For Us All, a non-profit aimed at promoting the arts in Singapore and now leading Ublues Group which has also expanding the timbre brand to include festival, artistes and concert promotion with Timbre Music, food catering services

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with Timbre Catering, as well as bespoke cocktail bar, Klee @ Portsdown Road and the newest outlet, Timbre @ Old School located at Mount Sophia which opens on Oct 2008. Timbre @ The Arts House is part of the Ublues Group’s growing empire which began with Timbre @ The Substation. Located on Armenian Street, Timbre @ The Substation took over the old café attached to The Substation and turned it into a successful restaurant cum live music venue that was the model for Timbre @ The Arts House. The first outlet, which was opened in 2005, quickly gather a local following of music fans hungering for great live music by its lineup of Singapore bands. Timbre @ The Substation may not be by the river but it has a great ambience nonetheless, situated in a lovely old garden with mature trees and ancient walls that celebrate authenticity and youthful artistic expression. Dine al fresco amidst the greenery or just pull up a stool and enjoy a beer with the live music. Timbre @ The Arts House seats about 200

people and is open from 6pm from Monday to Saturday. Timbre @ The Substation seats about 250 people and is open from 6 pm everyday.

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Whether you are yearning for highbrow theatre or mainstream cinema, cultural museums or adrenalin-fuelled theme parks, Singapore has it all - a wide array of museums, beaches, neighbouring islands, a world class zoo, night safari and so much more to explore.

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Singaporeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s arts and cultural scene has grown by leaps and bounds. Esplanade is one such place where the local and international arts communities meet.

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Sentosa Beneath the tropical night, lights dazzle and music beckons at the award-winning Songs of the Sea, a multi-sensory extravaganza

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Sentosa, Asia’s Favourite Playground Where there is something for every side of you. Set on Singapore’s thriving southern tip, Sentosa is fast becoming Asia’s favourite waterfront leisure destination. Named after the Malay words for ‘peace’ and ‘tranquility’ in 1972, Sentosa has changed dramatically from a fishing village to a vibrant island resort. While this island haven still retains pockets of calm and serenity, its plethora of exciting leisure offerings proves to be a magnet to the 6.1 million annual visitors who come to experience this entertainment and activity hotspot. Located just 15 minutes from the heart of the city, Sentosa offers a unique blend of leisure and recreational facilities including family attractions, sea sports, golf and luxury hotels. All these in close proximity to Singapore’s largest shopping mall, VivoCity, with its wide range of shops, restaurants and bars, and the chic clubs at St. James Power Station, an old coal-fired power station that is a major draw for the young and trendy. Those seeking a romantic getaway have the option of Jewel Box on Mount Faber, which is just a cable car ride away from Sentosa. Covering an area of five square kilometres, Sentosa is accessible by car, taxi, bus, monorail

and cable car. With world-class attractions and recreational developments, championship golf courses, an emerging waterfront residential cum marina enclave adding to its established appeal and unique MICE facilities, the island is poised to be your favourite place to live, work and play. Island paradise Sentosa is best known as an outdoor playground, a place of sun-kissed beaches and many other attractions. Home to beach volleyball as well as numerous beach bars and pubs including the well-known Café del Mar, Siloso Beach is where all the action takes place. Whether it is fun in the sun or chill-out sunsets, Siloso is the place to be.

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Palawan Beach, on the other hand, is Singaporeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s happiest family beach. Families are drawn here because there are so many things for the young ones to do. For example, there is the Animal & Bird Encounters at the 300-seat amphitheatre where people can get up close to reptiles, primates and birds. On weekends, public holidays and school holidays, Captain Palawan can be found prowling the beach and children are invited to help him find his buried treasure. Palawan Beach also has a suspension bridge that leads you to the southern-most tip of continental Asia. The tranquil Tanjong Beach on the eastern end of Sentosa is where people go to get away from it all. The white sands of Tanjong Beach draw those seeking peace and serenity.

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Photo courtesy of Resorts World at Sentosa Sentosa isn’t just about beaches though. Songs of the Sea is an award-winning worldclass water extravaganza with dramatic fire effects, water jets, lasers and music. This S$30 million night attraction, where mystical sea creatures, a dashing hero and a beautiful princess come to life, is the only one in the region to be set in the sea. Another popular spot is Imbiah Lookout, which has a cluster of eight attractions, all within walking distance. There is the Tiger Sky Tower, which is Singapore’s tallest observatory; Images of Singapore, a showcase of Singapore’s heritage and culture; Cineblast, a cinema simulation ride; the experiential Sentosa 4D Magix cinema; the exciting Sentosa Luge and Skyride and the 37 metre-tall Merlion. Also at Imbiah Lookout is the Butterfly Park and Insect Kingdom, where you can come up close with some of the world’s most beautiful ‘live’ and specimen butterflies and insects. New developments coming up soon include iFly Singapore, a vertical wind tunnel which allows you to experience skydiving at a flying height of 17 metres; and Resorts World at Sentosa, the integrated family resort which Best of Singapore

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will house the region’s first Universal Studios theme park, the world’s largest oceanarium, a water park, casino, hotels and spa. Visitors to Sentosa will have a host of more than 50 food and beverage outlets to choose from. There are gourmet restaurants like Santaro and Nogawa Japanese Restaurant for authentic Japanese cuisine, il Lido for five-star Italian dining and The Cliff for award-winning modern French cuisine. If you wish to host an intimate party, there is 35 Artillery, which is a private dining room that seats six to 10 people. Apart from gourmet dining, Sentosa also has numerous delis, cafés and food outlets serving Asian and Western delights to suit every taste bud. More than just sun, sand and sea, Sentosa is the ideal corporate destination for business and leisure. When it comes to innovative and refreshing venues, Sentosa offers a variety of outdoor settings and first-class MICE facilities, whether it is at one of the resort hotels such as the Amara Sanctury Resort Sentosa, The Sentosa Resort & Spa and Rasa Sentosa Resort, or at the Sentosa Golf Club. One of the most prestigious golf courses in Singapore,

Sentosa Golf Club is also home to the Barclays Singapore Open, Asia’s richest national Open. Other mega corporate events which Sentosa has hosted included the Forbes Global CEO Conference and the World Gourmet Summit. It is also host to the Volvo Ocean Race 2008/2009. Located on the eastern tip of Sentosa is the exclusive residential enclave Sentosa Cove and One°15 Marina Club. Sentosa Cove offers true waterfront living to the discerning elite, alongside the One°15 Marina Club, Singapore’s deepest natural marina with berths for mega yachts. From beach sports to romantic sunsets, from gourmet dining to hard partying, Sentosa offers something for every side of you. Everything comes together on Sentosa, Asia’s Favourite Playground.

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Championship Courses With Stunning Scenery An unrivalled golfing experience at Sentosa Golf Club For the avid golfer, nothing in Singapore offers quite the same experience as the Sentosa Golf Club, home to two beautiful and challenging courses – Serapong and Tanjong. Serapong, which is one of the top five championship courses in Asia, has gained much international acclaim as the venue host for the prestigious Barclays Singapore Open. At the Barclays Singapore Open in 2007, the Sentosa Golf Club welcomed Phil Mickelson, Adam Scott, Angel Cabrera and three-time Major winner Ernie Els. Other golfing stars included Lee Westwood, Nick O’Hern, K J Choi and Darren Clarke. Serapong has also seen some of Asia’s giants—Thaworn Wiratchant, Thongchai Jaidee, Jyoti Randhawa and Jeev Milkha Singh—battle it out on the Par-71 course. Created by renowned golf course designer Ronald Fream, the course was redesigned in 2007 by golf course architect Gene Bates. The friendlier Tanjong course features natural hazards, freshwater lakes, towering trees, mounds and bunkers as well as undulating fairways with narrow landing areas. The spectacular Tanjong course is well-known for its stunning backdrop of the South China Sea. Its signature Hole 2 boasts a very scenic Par 3 which is one of the most photographed holes in the region.

Adding to the attractiveness of the club are the excellent gourmet dining options available at the club. The highly regarded Nogawa Restarant serves excellent Japanese cuisine while the award-winning il Lido restaurant is well-known for its gourmet Italian cuisine. Golfers rushing to their tees can enjoy a quick meal during lunch at the Golfers’ Terrace which serves up delicious local and Asian meals. All the food and beverage outlets at the club are open to the public as well. The club also has excellent meeting and banquet facilities. There are over 10 meeting and function rooms with varying seating capacities to suit every occasion. The beautiful green surroundings of the club naturally make it a popular venue for weddings, birthday parties or anniversaries. Great golf, excellent food and an abundance of nature. For all these reasons, Sentosa Golf Club is undeniably one of the most sought-after clubs in Singapore.

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Asia’s Paradise On Earth Spectacular waterfront living - a reality only for the privileged few. Immerse yourself in the dazzle of an oceanfront paradise beyond compare. Surrounded by soothing waves and cool ocean breezes, take time to bask in romantic sunsets and enjoy casual strolls along tree-lined boulevards. The allure of Sentosa Cove is unmistakable. This is a dream address for only an elite few who take pleasure in calling the exclusive enclave, home. A Rare Vision Like every phenomenal success, Sentosa Cove too started with a vision. A unique vision to build an exclusive international marina community that is unsurpassed in terms of location, concept and prestige. Sentosa Cove was first conceived to emulate the splendour of renowned waterfront resorts and towns in the Mediterranean, the Australian Gold Coast, and Southern California. Acclaimed master planners from these regions have been engaged over the years to advise on the development’s concept master plan.

A Tropical Haven The evolution of exclusive community living comes full circle at Sentosa Cove, an island retreat that has it all – indulgent beauty, reflecting pools, private berths and best of all, spectacular views. Situated on Sentosa, Singapore’s premier island resort, known to all visitors for its pristine beaches, lush greenery and exciting attractions, Sentosa Cove residents can enjoy these full resort facilities within the neighbourhood, including two 18-hole championship golf courses, and moor their yachts at their doorsteps. Sentosa Cove is also home to one of the finest yachting hubs in Asia, the esteemed ONE°15 marina club. This is the first marina in Singapore capable of berthing mega yachts in sheltered waters. Scheduled to open in 2010 is Resorts World at Sentosa which will have many world-class attractions such as the Universal Studios Singapore 126

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Singapore has a deserved reputation as a shoppers paradise. From the latest in destination malls to ethnic markets and tourist enclaves, there is something for even the most hardened bargain hunter or high fashionista to get excited about. Shopping has become a pastime that borders on an obsession for Singapore residents tempted by the variety and keen prices. TANGS department store is to shopping what Raffles Hotel is to hospitality. The oldest shopping mall on Singapore’s Orchard Road retail belt is 50 years old and remains an institution sought after for its uber-chic fashion labels from around the world. Malls of all sizes line both sides of Orchard Road and rentals have hit a premium, with vacant lots snapped up by eager developers. But it’s not just about the bright shrines to consumerism on Orchard Road. Over in Little India, Mustafa Centre is a hive of activity 24 hours a day. Founded by Indian immigrant Mohamed Mustafa in 1952, it was primarily a shop for Indian nationals before it began

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Exquisite Jewellery For Women Of Impeccable Taste La Putri presents uniquely designed pieces using the finest gems for discerning jewellery connoisseurs. When a deep knowledge and understanding of gems is combined with impeccable taste and exquisite workmanship, the result is beautiful pieces of jewellery that simply cannot be found anywhere else. This is how La Putri, a haute designer and retailer of fine jewellery, has made a name for itself as a destination for sophisticated women who want their jewellery to be as special and individual as they are. In-house GIA graduate gemologists scour the globe to hand-pick precious stones to add to the La Putri collection, selecting only the finest and most unique gems. These gems are transformed through designs specifically created to enhance and bring out the best in each gem. The La Putri collection includes classic precious colour stones such as blood red rubies and sparkling sapphires, magnificent pearls, sensuous jadeite and the perennial favourite, diamonds. Its collection also has pieces that use rare gems such as natural spinel, a precious stone that comes in many hues. Other prized collection pieces include Padparascha sapphires, natural colour-change alexandrites and Keshi South Sea pearls. Each piece in the La Putri collection bears a distinguishing characteristic, such as an unusual hue, size or shape. The correct balance of aesthetics and intrinsic value are key criteria for selection. With such a wide array of dazzling pieces, La Putri is undoubtedly a jewellery lover’s treasure trove. Whether one is looking for a

modest gift to give away, something intimate to mark a special occasion, or simply as a selfreward, La Putri has the appropriate offering. And for those who prefer to commission a custom-designed piece, the journey can begin at La Putri with the selection of that special gem, selected from the boutique’s collection of loose stones. Through discussions with La Putri’s specialist designers, design concepts can be tailor-made to reflect the individual’s personality and embody the individual’s vision. La Putri is also happy to assist in rejuvenating or re-designing existing pieces. La Putri has a distinguished history of more than 35 years and the brand is now synonymous with quality and tradition. Not surprisingly then, La Putri’s exclusive clientele includes royalty, foreign dignitaries as well as many esteemed members of high society in Malaysia, Singapore and beyond. In Malaysia, the atelier showcases its finery at Star Hill Gallery, Kuala Lumpur. In Singapore, the boutique is currently located at #09-09 Ngee Ann City Tower A. With the rising profile of the La Putri brand, this boutique will re-locate to the soon-to-be opened Mandarin Gallery. The targeted opening date is August 2009. In 2009 until the boutique is opened at the Mandarin Gallery, La Putri will be available for viewing by appointment (email info@laputri.com).

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The Authentic Singapore Shopping Experience Bugis Street is an Asian street shopping venue that brims with youthful energy. Too often, shopping in Singapore means stepping into a generic mall to see the same old brands being sold in the same old shops. Sometimes it seems that the main appeal of these places is the air-conditioning. However, go to any other major metropolis in Asia and you’ll find that the thrill isn’t about going to a shopping mall there. The real Asian shopping experience is stepping into a cacophonous, crowded place, lurching from shop to shop to browse through racks of clothes or piles of t-shirts in search of the ideal t-shirt (or bag, or pair of shoes). That is exactly what Bugis Street offers. With 70,000 sq ft of retail space, Bugis Street is probably Singapore’s largest street shopping venue. It is certainly Singapore’s most authentic shopping venue. Nowhere else in Singapore will you get the feel of traditional Asia that you can get in Bugis Street. It is a warren of shops that seems to go on without end. That’s because Bugis Street has some 600 retail shops offering a wide array of goods jam-

packed into the area. At Bugis Street, you can find trendy streetwear, cool handbags, fashionable shoes, fun watches, kitschy souvenirs and unique locally-designed products. The shops appear to be thrown together higgledy-piggledy, which is part of its charm. It is the polar opposite of Singapore’s antiseptic shopping malls that seem to be clones of each other. And as part of the authentic shopping experience, many of the prices in Bugis Street are negotiable. Time to brush up on your bargaining skills and join in the fun of goodnatured haggling. Bugis Street is open from 11am to 10pm everyday so there is plenty of time to shop to your heart’s content. The atmosphere of Bugis Street is enhanced by the adventurous architecture of this exciting landmark. The high roofs allow natural light onto the space below, giving the place a bright and inviting atmosphere. Aggressive cooling and lighting systems were also developed to ensure that shoppers enjoyed a street shopping experience in a cool and pleasant environment.

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The atmosphere is complemented by the many food offerings in Bugis Street. Pick up a traditional snack as you wander through the street or head for the coffeeshop for more substantial but inexpensive local fare. If you have a hankering for Hong Kong cuisine, you’re in luck because there’s a Hong Kong Café that serves Cantonese cuisine as well. And just before you go back home or to the hotel, stop by the many fruit shops on the outside of Bugis Street to pick up fresh tropical fruits from the friendly fruit vendors located there. Conveniently located opposite Bugis Junction and just next to Bugis MRT station, Bugis Street is a unique shopping destination that appeals to Singaporeans and tourists alike. If you’re tired of cookie cutter shopping malls and you’re looking for a place brimming with youthful energy, one that recalls the great street shopping destinations of Asia like Chatuchak in Bangkok, then Bugis Street is the place to be.

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Singapore boasts of excellent choices when it comes to interior furnishings and furniture whether be it modern contemporary or baroque. It complements the highly talented pool of interior designers such as The Plush who are dedicated in making each project unique and extraordinary.

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Bespoke Design Solutions For Life For the discerning client, design collective The Plush provides the passion and flair to make your home, office or business premises truly unique Passion is the most precious commodity on earth. Without passion, there is no desire, no feeling. And nowhere is passion more important than in the creative industries. Passion is a keyword at interior design house The Plush and permeates their work with grace and taste. Design Director Evelina Hu’s eyes light up when she starts to talk about her work. Even small details like the sourcing of a certain hue of fine Italian marble bring a sparkle to her eye that is infectious. No wonder so many of her clients keep coming back for more. “95% of our new business comes from recommendation,” says Hu proudly. “We also have a lot of repeat clients. Some of them even fly our team to another country to do the design for them, with one very happy client letting us do six of his houses”. We all know that people can be very precious about their homes and are aware of the fact that a tastefully furnished abode can be a reflection of your own personality. Bearing that in mind, is it a challenge balancing the client’s expectations with the desire to create a masterful design? “Experienced professional designers would know the design process which will make things much smoother for both the client and the designer. Practicality must be the first thing to be discussed, followed by the design theme the client desires A

successful project reflects not only the best standard and quality, but always incorporates the client’s tastes and lifestyle,” says Hu. “We love working on different styles and trying new things – whether that be utilising a new material or even accommodating a completely different lifestyle. ” It’s not just homes where The Plush excels. Clients also expect the very highest standards for their offices, retail outlets and restaurants. Turn to The Plush for that polished shine of success. The Plush collective offers a personalised, unique interior design service to discerning clients who demand the extra yard. The dedicated creative team source only the best materials and solutions from around the world, drawing in talented artisans and artists to add the extra touches that make all the difference and also make each home design unique. With projects not just in Singapore but also in Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Philippines, Taiwan and across Mainland China, The Plush has a growing and enviable portfolio. Their commitment to quality, being able to adapt and interpret their clients and that all-important passion is what makes The Plush truly special.

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Contemporary Pieces For Contemporary Lifestyles This innovative multi-label furniture and home accessories shop gathers together unique and exceptional pieces from some of the very best names in Europe, offering its customers a collection of pieces both classic and trendy. Your home is your sanctuary. It is where you unwind, relax and restore your soul, and prepare for your day. And this is why it is imperative to fill it with things of beauty, each destined to be a joy forever. The furniture in your home expresses who you are while creating the setting that you choose for yourself and for the people you care about. Pieces that are as much about form as they are about function â&#x20AC;&#x201C; this is what can be found at ModLiving, a comprehensive multi-label furniture shop in Singapore. ModLivingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s collection exudes contemporary simplicity and versatility in updated and stylish furniture and accessories. Bringing together the best from Europe, ModLiving provides everything you need for practically every room in your home, from your living and dining room to your kitchen and home office, as well as your bathroom, wardrobe, and outdoor spaces. With its clean, elegant lines, this range of furniture is understated 152

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and modern, ranging from avant-garde to urban chic. They set the mood in any space, presentable enough to impress dinner guests, yet comfortable enough to relax and unwind in. Only ModLiving brings to Singapore such well-known brands as Moroso, Nube, Emmemobili, Arflex, Seven Salotti, Salvarani, FEG, Some, Globe, Zero 4 and Fontana Arte. What’s more, ModLiving’s in-house stylists and consultants are on hand to help you sort through their extensive collection and help you make decisions about your home, based on your lifestyle and what your space requires. Aside from individual home needs, the Contracts Division of ModLiving also specialises in commercial, hospitality, institution and residential projects. Their staff of professionals work exclusively with contract manufacturers from Europe, United States and Asia so as to provide customers with an extensive range of products at different price ranges and design styles, Best of Singapore

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while responding to the needs and demands of their clients. Its exclusive brands include Parri, Costantini Pietro, Fasem, Frag, Paco Capdeil, Plank, Oken, ICF, Miodino and Tecmo. Not only does ModLiving bring its designer furniture and accessories to customers in Singapore, its styling service also helps them achieve whatever look is desired, whether it is in a private residence or a commercial or industrial projects. Their work includes a number of luxury condominium show flats like Newton Suites, Pan Pacific Serviced Suites, Singapore and Tan Chin Tuan Mansion@Cairnhill. Their other commercial projects include serviced apartments, clubs, restaurants, cafes and hotels, offices, airports and school auditoriums. Recently completed projects include Changi Airport Terminal 3, Crown Plaza Hotel@ Terminal 3 and SIA’s Silver Kris Lounge. Their experience in the business demon-

strates precisely how ModLiving pays attention to details. Their stylists start by conducting a survey analysis and space planning. They also manage projects and maintain cost controls while scheduling and coordinating with other consultants on a any given project. Execution in projects is key and ModLiving goes from conceptualizing rooms to making them a reality. With a wealth of experience and a solid reputation for sophisticated design, ModLiving has earned its reputation as more than a furniture store. It’s a one-stop shop with a vision. With its collection of unsurpassed quality, it’s no wonder ModLiving is synonymous with those who are meticulous about details and a finished project that’s not only stylish, comfortable, it makes that exceptional statement in an understated way.

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THE GRAPE HARVEST Created in 1981 by Luciano Cazzola is a typical happy scene depicting wine making until 30 to 40 years ago in Italy which has now been beautifully preserved in porcelain. The entire family is seen gathering together picking and squashing grapes and putting them in the big vat where after one or two weeks the juice is put in the barrels. The grandmother is seen bringing out the food but whilst crossing the courtyard bumps into a cheat who is running after chickens and rabbits. 500 of these limited pieces have been sold worldwide and currently Meroni exclusively owns 498/500 & 499/500.

MERONI FURNITURE(S) PTE LTD 6, Raffles Boulevard, #03-308/339/340, Marina Square, Singapore 039594

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There is a superb selection of spas with the very best offering unique treatments in stunning surroundings. A decade ago, the spa phenomena was virtually unheard of in Singapore but like so many successful industries on the island, things have changed dramatically in a short space of time. Visiting a spa has become less of a luxury while becoming more luxurious. There is a superb selection of spas with the very best offering unique treatments in stunning surroundings. Retreating to a spa in Singapore has become a gourmet treat as day spas serve up Uniquely Singaporean treatments such as ginger baths, chilli scrubs, curry wraps and even our very own Singapore Flower Ritual at Singapore’s first garden spa, Spa Botanica. Singapore’s efforts to position itself as Asia’s preferred spa destination has created a booming spa industry. Variety and pure indulgence are guaranteed at day spas, niche spas and luxury spas alike found on virtually any street and shopping mall. Along busy Orchard Road, Estheva Best of Singapore

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Spa at chic Palais Renaissance is a top-notch day spa that caters mainly to women but also offers some tantalising treatments for couples. Spa Botanica, perhaps the most famous of all, offers Traditional Chinese Medicine treatments as well as yoga and pilates sessions to promote overall well being. Singapore is also earning a reputation as a medical spa destination. Established to complement Singapore’s position as a sophisticated medical hub, medical spas are managed by qualified doctors and healthcare professionals who can tailor a combination of surgical and cosmetic procedures to help clients achieve maximum results. Their draw lies in providing a Ritz-like experience and a team of specialists who take care of your every desire.


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Spa Botanica Brings You Back To Nature The stunning, award-winning garden destination spa is a haven in the urban jungle and a firm favourite for ultimate relaxation Spa Botanica, set in the lush grounds of The Sentosa Resort & Spa on Sentosa island is Singapore’s first tropical garden destination spa. Constantly ranked among the best destination spas in the world, Spa Botanica is a haven for luxurious indulgence. From a tropical garden setting to a carefully choreographed menu of signature treatments to the dedicated service delivery, Spa Botanica offers a unique experience that allows the guests to connect with themselves and embrace nature. Spa Botanica promises a blend of indoor pampering or treatments outdoors. By harnessing the very best in spa ingredients and blending it with a lush environment, you can look forward to soothing treatments from the region’s top spa therapists. Before treatments even begin, guests are encouraged to enjoy the spa gardens with the cascading waterfalls, floatation pools and lap pool. Opt for volcanic mud to be applied to the body to cleanse, nourish and moisturise the skin. Then de-stress and reconnect with nature in the meditation labyrinth. This pretreatment ritual increases the therapeutic effect of the treatment to follow. In fact, for most visitors possibly the most stressful part of their visit is deciding which treatment to revel in! Designed for ultimate relaxation, the signature packages are best enjoyed when time is of no object. Guest can make optimum use of the spa’s facilities and garden grounds.

Our spa’s highly-recommended signature treatment is the Five Elements Cleanse and Purifying Ritual. The detoxifying body treatment comprises Tibetan and Traditional Chinese medicine origins with ginseng and lotus blossom. It begins by cleansing the body with natural watercress body cleansing milk. A detoxifying massage with warm Tibetan oil and healing clay enhances the elimination of body toxins. The next step is a healing clay wrap rich in natural salts which deeply nourishes the skin. Finally, a herbal bath and refreshing body moisturising session prepares the guest for a revitalising journey to good health. The three-hour Tropical Glow treatment is an established favourite. The blend of indigenous tropical fruits, flowers and spices smoothens the skin and creates a truly natural botanical experience. It includes a rhythmic massage for a natural skin workout followed by a refreshing shower. The result? Radiant healthy glowing skin! As with many of the treatments available, this too can be enjoyed by either individuals or couples. For guests with the luxury of time, the Botanical Refresh is an ultimate indulgence. The total experience is one that revitalises, relaxes and refreshes one’s senses with specialised aromatherapy treatments. A Vichy hydrotherapy treatment is offered with an aromatic Body Booster and an aromatherapy massage. After a light lunch, an aromatherapy facial and a spa pedicure treatment will round

up the day leaving the guest feeling fully rejuvenated. Nestled next to Spa Botanica, an all-new restaurant, The Garden delivers a destination dining experience termed Conscious Dining. Serving a wholesome contemporary cuisine in an idyllic respite, the chef uses speciallysourced organic or bio-dynamic ingredients. Moving into the wellness arena and complementing Spa Botanica is Seven Eden Wellness Centre, it encompasses a lifestyle gymnasium with top-of-the-range fitness equipment, Zest Café and Zest Studio. Offering Traditional Chinese Medicine and anti-aging consultations, it is a holistic wellness retreat to reinvigorate the body, soul and mind. As a testimony to Spa Botanica’s premium services, multiple awards have poured in. The most recent ones being Conde Nast Traveller UK Readers’ Spa Awards 2008 – Top Ten Day Spas – Overseas (Sixth in ranking) and winner of the 22nd Tourism Awards 2008 Best Spa Experience and Best Tourism Host – Spa and SpaFinder Readers’ Choice Awards 2008 – Favourite Spa in Singapore.

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ESTHEVA Spa Singapore’s Most Luxurious Spa Experience for Ladies and Couples The name ‘ESTHEVA’, certainly creates exotic connotations, but it has a simple, yet luxuriant meaning: “A place where life is always a beautiful and rejuvenating experience. The kind of experience derived only from a balance of mind, body and spirit.” To this you could add “a touch of opulent pampering and refreshing experience”. Into its twelfth year, ESTHEVA is inspired by the natural thermal spas in Southern Italy, and continues to employ this ancient art of enhancing beauty and wellness to its guests within conducive surroundings. The premier Esthetics Day Spa in this country has consecutively for four years been voted ‘Top Day Spa’ on The Best of Singapore in Singapore Tatler and other numerous awards. ESTHEVA is built on a philosophy that continuously seeks to provide its clients with the highest level of service and the finest “in” treatments and products. This comes from its close association with some of the leading European brands in this industry. Upon entering the soothing confines

of the spa the guest is embraced in an ambience of calm tranquility much of which is due to the soft pastels and fresh blossoms used in the décor. With lavishly furnished over-sized treatment rooms guided by Feng Shui principles for the ultimate in luxurious pampering, ESTHEVA has created an elegant oasis in the heart of bustling Orchard Road for ladies and loving couples to revel in beauty, massage and spa therapies. It is ESTHEVA’s collection of treatments which continue to remain the main draw for its repeat and new clients, which include a list of celebrities and society’s Who’s Who from with the island-nation and beyond its shores. Then it is no wonder that its most popular item is the Celebrity Peel©, a truly state-ofthe-art treatment to reduce the number of years on the client’s face. It was inspired by a technique much revered by celebrities in Hollywood and in Singapore has a regular female client following from as far as New York! Another much-in-demand treatment is the Ultimate Scrub Package, which includes an

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exotic Personalised Scrub (with 12 different scrubs to choose from), an invigorating HydroBath (tailored according to your body type) and a revitalising Body Massage. This package offers the guest the option of being able to indulge in each of the 12 different scrubs, once a month during the year. The comprehensive range of spa treatments includes 128 body treatments and 18 exclusive luxurious facials. Some of the other highly popular treatments are the Sparomatic Detox Package, Ice Tonic Express Treatment (for Slimming), OxyAromatic Seaweed Wrap, Swiss Very Whitening Treatment, Sparomatic Mineral Mask with Face-Gym© Massage, and Ultimate Eye Face Chest with Marine DNA and Vitamins A, C &E. ESTHEVA believes in constantly developing new and highly unique signature and world-class treatments that are popular not just with its wide range of discerning clients, but among its overseas guests who are aware that they cannot get many of the treatments in their own countries. This full-fledged day spa added a new

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dimension recently to coincide with the world’s first Formula 1 (F1) Night Race 2008 held in Singapore in September. The advent of the ladies’ Spa Nights includes a range of spa packages and ESTHEVA found itself featured as a highly-recommended top spa on Singapore Grand Prix’s official website. As another first in Singapore, ESTHEVA Spa offers Spa Parties exclusively for ladies to celebrate special occasions with their friends or loved ones. Targeted at groups of five or six within a private area, the Spa Party comprises the services of a personalised “butler” with therapist in attendance, exquisite spa refreshments, use of AromaSteam and Retreat Space and exclusive spa treatments specially customised for the guests. ESTHEVA’s flagship property at Palais Renaissance (which was officially opened on 1 July 2000 by His Excellency Mr. R Loretan, The Ambassador of Switzerland), has helped raise the bar for the local spa industry to greater heights in Singapore, and the management aims to continuing to do so. Now in its 12th year, ESTHEVA is also

known by its overseas clientele, given the recent publicity it has garnered in popular magazines and on TV channels in South Korea, Japan, India and Shanghai. One of its signature treatments, Choc De-Ager©, an indulging and anti-aging treatments using chocolate, was featured in upmarket lifestyle magazines in Mumbai and New Delhi, as part of Singapore’s campaign to draw in affluent Indian travellers. That is the kind of standing ESTHEVA has managed to achieve as one of the leading pioneers in the spa industry in Singapore. ESTHEVA is highly valued by its clients and business partners, both for its professionalism and commitment to service excellence. Our clientele includes celebrities, socialites, professionals and those who seek a beautiful and balanced lifestyle.

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Time To Get Back To Nature While many spa retreats claims nature as its inspiration, few can maintain the total incorporation of nature into its facilities. The award-winning Aramsa ~ The Garden Spa can. Billed as Asia’s first outdoor spa in a park, Aramsa ~ The Garden Spa is set in the lush botanical beauty of Bishan Park II. From its luxuriant surroundings and naturebased treatments to its garden facilities and botanical ingredients, Aramsa is the perfect destination for relaxation & rejuvenation in Singapore; a haven tucked away from the maddening crowd. Winners of the Singapore Tourism Board’s “Best Spa Experience” in 2006 and a finalists again in 2007, Aramsa offers a unique garden spa experience not found elsewhere in Singapore. The architectural design by local design firm Formwerkz has also been awarded with numerous awards and accolades including the SIA Architectural Award. Aramsa-The Garden Spa stays true to its name having an allnatural concept in a secluded haven that boasts earthy décor and glorious gardens with an incredible 22,000 plants from 200 species. There is simply no escaping the ‘at one with nature’ feel, from the reception to the treatment rooms to the alfresco dining at the Green Room Café and Canopy Garden Dining bistro. Pebble paths lined with scented herb gardens lead to 17 separate treatment suites including couple suites, a hydrotherapy suite and a Vichy shower suite, all of which replicate the outdoor garden feel complete with outdoor rain showers and sunken garden baths. Further meandering paths lead to other nature-inspired facilities that focus on enhancing wellness. Aramsa’s exclusively created products tap into the curative powers of nature using botanical extracts and herbs as well as

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nutritive ingredients including coconut, lemongrass, marine mud and seaweed. A combination of traditional Asian and Western massage techniques are used to relax and soothe the body, mind and soul. One of their signature garden packages is the “Tropical Java Lulur” which begins with a rice and turmeric scrub before a nourishing yoghurt mask followed by their Aramsa Touch Massage and then completed with a floral garden bath.Their signature Aramsa Touch massage is a fusion of Eastern meridian and Western massage techniques which focuses on complete relaxation. The multitude of massages offered at Aramsa Spa uses a combination of techniques including acupressure, Swedish, Thai, traditional Chinese and rhythmic Hawaiian massage, all of which will leave you wonderfully relaxed and recharged. Other spa therapies includes body scrubs, ear candling, water treatments and body wraps. To complete your spa experience, an outdoor shower or a soothing garden bath is the ultimate in solitary water refinement. To compliment the spa’s philosophy of encompassing nature with natural living there are several healthy dining and recreational options which truly makes Aramsa Spa a one-stop wellness experience.

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The Spa’s Pilates studio “PowerMoves”, specialises in helping to enhance flexibility and coordination and build strength. The Green Room Café is vegetarian dining at its best. Catering to all strict health aficionados, this vegetarian café uses quality, fresh ingredients in delicious (but guilt-free) dishes, served either indoors or alfresco among the gardens. Health drinks ranging from herbal teas to smoothies to power juices have been specially created to complement the Aramsa lifestyle and provide preventative health benefits. For meat lovers and those desiring richer dishes, hit the stylish Canopy Garden Dining bistro. The mouth watering menu is ideal for a meal on balmy evenings. There is a certain quirkiness about the menu that draws on diverse culinary influences from various western cuisines. If that isn’t enough to tempt your taste buds, Canopy recently launched an outdoor bar complete with an alfresco lounge area. Opened in the evenings, Canopy bar serves quality wines, wine cocktails, spirits and beers alongside tempting tasters such as tapas and mezze plates to help you unwind for the day.

Tel: (65) 6456 6556 1382 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1 Bishan Park II S(569931) www.aramsaspas.com

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We have already seen that Singapore is a leading destination for business and leisure. But much more than that, it is also the medical hub of Asia, offering worldclass, affordable and safe healthcare. With well-respected and highly-trained doctors, internationally-accredited hospitals and clinics, global reputation as a medical centre of excellence, it’s no surprise that Singapore welcomes medical travellers from around the world. Singapore is a regional medical hub with many foreign patients taking advantage of the country’s superior facilities and expertise. A flexible immigration policy for those requiring medical treatment ensures they receive the best possible care with peace of mind. Singapore Medicine is a multi-agency government initiative that was launched in October 2003 to develop Singapore into one of Asia’s leading destinations for healthcare services. The agencies involved are the Economic Development Board (EDB), Singapore Tourism Board (STB) and International Enterprise (IE) Singapore. Every year, more than 400,000 international patients visit Singapore for a range of healthcare services. STB targets to attract one million foreign patients per year by 2012. Whether their needs are basic or complex, patients find assurance in Singapore’s world-class healthcare system which emphasizes safety and pushes boundaries of excellence. Singapore’s healthcare system was ranked as the

sixth best in the world and the best in Asia by the World Health Organization in 2000. Singapore’s Ministry of health maintains a transparent healthcare system, publishing information and statistics online. This transparency allows medical professionals to respond effectively to ever-changing scenarios and enables patients to make more informed decisions on their treatment options. Healthcare providers in Singapore are customerfocused and most healthcare facilities in Singapore have dedicated International Patient Service Centres to attend to needs varying from airport transfers to the provision of interpreters and after-care. Indeed, Singapore’s leading healthcare providers have facilities akin to five-star hotels. The combination of a hospital’s rational and technical appeal and a hotel’s emotional appeal is creating the ‘hospital’ of the futureright now in Singapore Cost is an important consideration for many international patients, with treatment in Singapore costing a fraction of what it does ‘back home’. Visitors from the United States, for example, can enjoy state-of-the-art treatment coupled with a welcome holiday and still have money spare to spend in Singapore’s famous shopping malls. The combination of excellent infrastructure, skilled medical professionals and latest technology has enabled Singapore to remain at the cutting-edge of healthcare.

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Trusted Leader In Highly Specialised Medical Care With the rapidly expanding developments in the landscape of medical treatment and technology, SingHealth, Singapore’s largest most established medical and healthcare group consistently delivers specialised cutting edge solutions to one of life’s greatest mysteries: the ailments of the human body With three internationally accredited hospitals and five national specialty centres under its wings, SingHealth still remains the country’s largest and most comprehensive medical and healthcare group, providing facilities and services for holistic and up-to-date inpatient and outpatient treatments. It provides leading edge treatments in the fields of stomach cancer, orthopaedic, eye and heart surgeries, and neuroscience with strengths in the fields of stem cell research and biomedical research. In fact, many of its specialty centres are singled out as being the pioneer in their various fields in the region and even the world. Its flagship hospital, Singapore General Hospital (SGH) has recently celebrated its 187th anniversary. Headed by Prof. Ang Chong Lye, SGH is Singapore’s largest acute tertiary hospital and national referral centre. It provides state-of-the-art facilities for its patient services with 29 clinical specialties and acts as the national referral centre of medical specialties such as Haematology, Endocrinology, Geriatric Medicine, Dermatology

and Nuclear Medicine & PET (Positron Emission Tomography). One of its latest offerings is the new Khoo Teck Puat-NNI Integrated Neuroscience Centre, a world’s first that brings in the most modern technology in complete cancer care, otolaryngology, and orthopaedic surgery, allowing surgeons to conduct more complicated procedures in a shorter span of time.This enables the patient to heal quicker and better. Meanwhile, the KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital (KKH) has the distinction of being the only hospital in Singapore that caters specifically to women’s and children’s health. With 150 years of service under its belt, KKH specialises in neonatology, paediatrics, and obstetrics & gynaecology. It has also recently opened a one-stop Centre for Breast Conditions and the Children’s Hospital Emergency Transport Services (CHETS). As the first hospital to be allowed to use the FDA-approved digital computerised plate mammography, combined with computer-aided detection and analysis, the diagnosis of breast 178

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cancer in women below 50 years old has significantly improved. Furthermore, KKH also provides a convenient one-stop “KK Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) Centre”, for convenient diagnosis and treatment of gynaecological conditions, such as the removal of polyps, endometriosis, and selected ectopic pregnancies. The newest SingHealth hospital, Changi General Hospital (CGH), is located 10 minutes away from the hustle and bustle of Changi International Airport. Celebrating 12 years of service in the medical industry, CGH is a growing hospital that specialises in gastroenterology, sports medicine and rehabilitation services, and male-related medical conditions such as impotence and urinary incontinence. It also offers an inclusive medical facility for international travellers, and provides 24-hour Accident & Emergency (A&E) services. The five specialty centres – National Cancer Centre Singapore (NCCS), National Heart Centre Singapore (NHCS), National Neuroscience Institute (NNI), Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC), and National Dental Centre (NDC) – all provide outpatient diagnosis and specialised treatments for specific ailments. NCCS oversees over 50 per cent of all cancer cases in Singapore, and provides cross-consultation among the largest pool of oncologists in the country. Meanwhile, NHCS specialises in cardiovascular medicine and treatment, becoming the first heart centre in Asia to receive the Joint Commission International (JCI) accreditation for quality patient Best of Singapore

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care. Similarly, NNI oversees all brain, spine, nerve, and muscle ailments, providing surgical and outpatient services across the board. SNEC, on the other hand, focuses on maximising optical health care and treatment, managing over 14,000 major eye surgeries and 13,000 laser procedures each year. And finally, NDC manages the full spectrum of simple to complex dental treatments with over 91 dental operatories and sees over 160,000 patients annually. SingHealth’s services span the breadth and depth of medical specialties and seek to bring together doctors and surgeons, clinicians, nurses and medical technicians in a vibrant, multidisciplinary setting to create a one-stop, across-the-board medical and healthcare organisation that brings the best of medical science, technology and care right to the doorstep of Singapore residents, both local and foreign. As a testament to its success, patients from overseas are also coming to seek treatment for complex medical issues and to tap on the leading edge solutions that the group is able to offer. SingHealth doctors are even able to collaborate with medical practitioners in other Southeast Asian countries. Ultimately, SingHealth’s teams of doctors, researchers, and support staff strive as one to shape not just a hearty and healthy nation, but extend that goal beyond the borders of Singapore. 24 Hour Hotline: (65) 6326 5656 www.singhealth.com.sg


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Aesthetics Par Excellence The Sloane Clinic is a pioneer, delivering the latest in non-invasive treatments for people looking to enhance their appearance The field of cosmetic and aesthetic services has come a very long way so much so that the city of Singapore has become recognised as a regional hub for the finest, safest and most advanced aesthetic treatments. Among the vast number of aesthetic centres, The Sloane Clinic, a medical aesthetic clinic which started operations in 2003, has emerged as one of the city’s premiere aesthetic centres with the technology, staff and expertise necessary for delivering the fullest range of the most up-to-date non-invasive cosmetic treatments. A medical clinic that addresses the skin, face and body concerns, The Sloane Clinic stays at the forefront of new technologies using non-invasive cosmetic dermatological techniques and the latest FDA-approved lasers to help their customers improve their appearance. When Dr Low Chai Ling and Dr Lee Cheng San teamed up to start The Sloane Clinic five years ago, their goal was to deliver the very best in customised treatments, quality and service vis-à-vis the customers’ needs. Their philosophy involves putting people before profit. Whether the problem is adult acne, wrinkles, or slimming, both Dr Low and Dr Lee take part in periodic training programmes to advance their skills so as to offer only the best

non-invasive cosmetic procedures for their patients. They encourage their customers to “throw away their personal notions of beauty and ageing. If you think you know how a 30- year-old should look or how a 50-year-old should age,” they say, “Think again… “ Innovation in aesthetics also continues to be a primary focus. For instance, The Sloane Clinic pioneered the use of the Fraxel Laser, a technology that transforms and rejuvenates skin, wholly minimising problems like scars, enlarged pores, pigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles. The doctors there were also the first to introduce the PPx PhotoPneumatic technology, which addresses and manages adult acne, as well as the Mixto Micro Resurfacing Treatment. The doctors at The Sloane Clinic don’t offer invasive procedures like liposuction or cosmetic surgery. Their concept of perfecting appearance involves the use of non-invasive treatment methods as well as consistent use of technologically advanced skin care innovations. In fact The Sloane Clinic brought to Singapore the Epicuren range as well as the very popular Skin Inc range of cosmeceuticals. Both doctors believe that wellness and beauty are integrated entities which is why The Sloane Clinic has a mandate to inspire

and educate people towards that. Aesthetic treatments are not just short-term fixes for physical issues but paths to wellness and beauty, inside and out. Dr Low’s specialty is in lasers and cosmetic formulation. But as the author of In Full Bloom, a book on looking good before, during and after pregnancy, Dr Low has much to offer beyond medical aesthetics. Like Dr Low, Dr Lee is committed to training other doctors in aesthetic disciplines. Both are also certified as International Master Trainers for Restylane treatments. Clearly the team behind The Sloane Clinic is not just about superficial aesthetics, as they volunteer their time for worthy causes as well as provide medical aesthetic treatments pro bono to those with low income who are debilitatingly disfigured. Those seeking to enhance and improve their appearance should look no further than The Sloane Clinic, which prioritises excellence and service. As their very own doctors attest, “You are only as old as you think you are, or as plain as you let yourself be. This is the place to go to free yourself from your limits of beauty.” Tel: (65) 6533 2522 www.sloaneclinic.com 180

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Ageing Gracefully NeuGlow offers safe and effective solutions to defy the ageing process Growing old may be inevitable, but looking old doesn’t have to be. Thanks to advances in medical science, you can banish lines and wrinkles and look younger. NeuGlow The Aesthetics Doctors is one of Singapore’s best-known practitioners of aesthetic medicine in Singapore. Part of the Healthway Medical Group, NeuGlow has more than 10 years of experience in this area. NeuGlow is a full service aesthetic practice that offers a wide range of treat ments such as facial rejuvenation, acne management, body contouring, laser hair removal and cosmetic surgery. For face and skin rejuvenation, NeuGlow offers Botox injections, chemical peels, dermal fillers, gold thread skin rejuvenation, Intense Pulsed Light, laser photorejuvenation, micro Botox, microdermabrasion, radio frequency and threadlifts. NeuGlow is one of the few select clinics in Singapore that offers Plasma Skin Resurfacing and Regeneration, a US Food and Drug Administration approved procedure for treating acne scars, wrinkles and pigmentation. To limit the damage caused by acne, NeuGlow offers Blue Light Treatment

which helps control acne without use of medication. It also offers in-house skin care products to manage oily or acneprone skin. For those interested in body contouring, NeuGlow has a battery of surgical and nonsurgical options such as Vaser LipoSelection, Radio Frequency slimming, prescription weight control drugs as well as on-staff nutritionists to draw up customised diet plans. Unsightly body hair is an annoying problem that can now be treated safely and effectively by lasers. NeuGlow has a range of lasers for permanent hair reduction from anywhere on the body and for most skin tones. The procedure is almost painless, they don’t use gels so they are clean and neat, and the procedure is over in minutes. After a few treatments, hair growth becomes reduced and the new hairs that grow are much finer. In addition to all this, NeuGlow also offers laser services like mole and age-spot removal, tattoo removal, hair loss management and weight loss management. And apart from standard aesthetic treatments, NeuGlow also offers the service 182

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of a plastic surgeon for surgical procedures such as blepharoplasty (eye bag removal surgery and double eyelid surgery), breast augmentation, chin augmentation, double eyelid surgery, face threadlift, jaw augmentation and rhinoplasty (nose surgery). NeuGlow has three locations â&#x20AC;&#x201D; at Square 2 in Novena, OUB Centre, and Chinatown Point â&#x20AC;&#x201D; so getting a consultation or going for a procedure is very convenient. With its wide array of procedures, skilled doctors and dedicated nurses, NeuGlow is setting the standard for aesthetic medicine in Singapore.

Tel: (65) 8298 8000 www.neuglow.com

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A Quarter Of A Century Of Wealth Management Expertise Founded in 1983, ipac celebrates a 25-year history together with a five-year presence in Asia ipac is an international financial advice and investment group that helps clients achieve their financial and chosen lifestyle goals. One of Asia Pacific’s leading financial planning company, ipac manages more than US$14.3 billion for individuals and institutions worldwide. Its lifestyle financial planning process is practiced in Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, South Africa and Taiwan. ipac launched its business in both Hong Kong and Singapore in 2003 as a comprehensive financial planning practice. ipac is licensed by the Monetary Authority of Singapore and the Securities and Futures Commission in Hong Kong. 2008 marks its fifth year in Asia and 25 years since its formation in Australia. The stability that ipac offers comes also from being part of the Global AXA Group, a worldwide leader in financial protection and wealth management with assets under management of around US$1.9 trillion. The AXA Group ranked

15th in the 2007 FORTUNE GLOBAL 500 Survey of “The World’s Largest Corporations”. ipac’s approach and philosophy to financial planning is different from most other independent financial advisory firms. Recognising that smart money management is a means to achieving a desired retirement lifestyle, the process begins with and focuses on helping clients to set their various long and short-term financial lifestyle goals. Then, ipac devises a personal, step-bystep plan on how to get there, providing advice along the way to ensure their clients make the right choices and stay on track with the plan. ipac believes in a holistic approach to financial planning. Other firms specialise specifically in either tax, real estate and insurance for instance, but the ipac philosophy is to examine the client’s overall needs, including issues of tax, real estate, debt management, among others, to help make the right choices for all the important financial 192

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decisions in life. The focus is on the individual needs of the client, on his total financial situation, to help him achieve his retirement aspirations. From the first obligation-free meeting with one of ipac’s advisers, the objective is to help clients focus on making decisions toward financial choices in life that will make them feel fundamentally happy and engaged. Part of the goal setting process involves the education to think of money as the enabler and not the beall-and-end-all of retirement. Then the client is presented with a comprehensive plan, which will include well-researched recommendations to address investment, cash flow, tax, estate planning and risk management needs. ipac guides their clients through the entire process, helping them to stay on track with their financial plan. Another important part of the ipac process is in keeping the financial plan ‘alive’ by helping clients navigate the ever-changing global environment. Best of Singapore

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ipac takes a proactive role in accommodating any changes in the economy, markets, legislation and clients’ personal circumstances (e.g. marriage, new addition to the family, change in retirement goals), to update the financial plan to make sure goals are achieved. Effective and open communication is key and clients can expect regular meetings to review objectives and strategy. Clients will also receive regular portfolio valuation statements, newsletters and invitation to ipac events to keep up to date with business, the economy and markets as well as lifestyle events. ipac will give you confidence with its unique approach to financial planning to help you realise your life’s dreams.

Tel: (65) 6512 7000 www.ipac.com.sg


The Canadian International School (Singapore) has long held a position of pre-eminence in the education of children in the International Schools market of Singapore and Asia. This standing has been earned through years of successful practice and a firm footing on the latest research on effective teaching methodologies tailored for the global student. The Canadian International School, Singapore provides the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme, Middle Years Programme and Diploma Programmes of Education, from Early Child Education to Grade 12. We are also accredited by the Ontario Ministry of Education, Canada. Our graduates receive the Ontario Secondary Diploma or the IB Diploma, both of which are recognized around the world by major universities. We are also very pleased to be an associate member in the Council of International Schools (CIS). This prestigious designation puts us in the forefront of education leaders in the world. Our student body that draws from nearly fifty countries is well served by teachers of excellent quality and by our comprehensive and challenging curriculum. Our focus at every grade is the needs of each individual learner. Our students pursue excellence in the mastery of creative problem solving, effective communication, leadership, international understanding, and responsible citizenship. The Canadian International School currently has 4 campuses in Singapore. Website www.cis.edu.sg Email admissions@cis.edu.sg

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Early Childhood to Grade 8 371 Tanjong Katong Road Singapore 437128 Tel (65) 6345 1573 Fax (65) 6345 4057

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Grades 4 to 8 71 Bukit Tinggi Road Singapore 289759 Tel (65) 6875 1519 Fax (65) 6875 1516

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From renowned universities to expatriate schools, Singapore students are assured of a holistic approach to education which encapsulates creative thinking to go beyond the classroom and text books to ensure that the future of Singapore is in good hands.

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Perhaps nothing in this world is as important as education. In Singapore, education is taken seriously and it is seen as a thriving emerging market segment that offers a great deal to both the country’s economy and future. Known for its top schools and excellent scholarship in a wide range of subjects, Singapore is a global school for local and foreign students and a hub for educational excellence. Singapore has a high quality education system to nurture future leaders and entrepreneurs. Foreign students from around the world come to Singapore to study, making Singapore a global schoolhouse. The Ministry of Education (MOE) aims to help young Singaporean students discover their own talents. Singapore’s students have a global reputation for achievement, which reflects well on both the schools and teachers as well as on the hard-working students themselves. This national excellence has created a culture for learning that has formed a strong collection of private schools for nursery, primary and secondary age students, as well as universities that attract the cream of Asia’s tertiary talent. There are many international schools that cater specifically to the large expatriate communities, such as the American School,

Known for its top schools and excellent scholarship in a wide range of subjects, Singapore is a global school for local and foreign students and a hub for educational excellence. Canadian School and Global Indian School. The National University of Singapore (NUS) is the largest university and the most respected. With more than 32,000 students, NUS nurtures scholars from around the world. As with healthcare, education is another sector which has been identified by the Singapore Government as hub material. Singapore education is a multi-government agency initiative launched by the Government in 2003 to establish and promote Singapore as a premier education hub and help international students make an informed decision on studying here. For foreign students wishing to study in Singapore, the application process for the Student’s Pass is fast and efficient. It’s no wonder Singapore is the destination of choice for so many foreign students. 198

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Educating Citizens Of The World Fostering a worldwide outlook in their students, the Canadian International School provides a quality academic education from Early Childhood to Grade 12. Founded in 1989, The Canadian International School (CIS) has grown successfully into a full-service premiere educational institution, offering kindergarten through grade 12 classes and enjoying a strong and vibrant reputation as well as a very loyal following in the expat community in Singapore. Its diverse student body of approximately 2,000, represents over 50 countries – a world-class community that is, in itself a testimony to its world-class status. While the elementary, middle and high school campuses are currently in three separate locations, all will be integrated into one campus in Jurong West which will be a state-of-the-art facility that caters to each student’s needs. Aside from the sports complex that boasts three gymnasiums and two swimming pools, there will be an arts center, a 400-seat amphitheater, two libraries and two cafeterias. There will also be outdoor playing fields to be enjoyed by the students, which are not always found in city schools commonly limited by space constraints. Responding to the demand for quality education on the East Coast, CIS recently opened an East Campus that goes from Early Childhood (age 3) through Grade 8 (as of August 2008).

The East Campus, also known as CIS Tanjong Katong campus (tel: 6345 1573) is CIS’ largest campus to date. The campus is housed on a heritage site that preserves the historic value of the building while updating it into a facility that holds fully air-conditioned classroom, an outdoor playground, a large gymnasium, a bicycle track, futsal and basketball courts, canteen with kitchen facilities and a vast open field. CIS also operates out of three other locations. The Elementary Campus (tel: 6467 1732) is in Toh Tuck Road and offers classes from Early Childhood to Grade 3. The Middle School Campus (tel: 6875 1519) is in Bukit Tinggi Road and runs classes from Grade 4 to 8. Older students go to the High School Campus (tel: 6323 0208) in Kampong Bahru Road. This campus handles Grades 9 to 12. Following the International Baccalaureate Program, CIS offers the primary and middle year programs as well as the IB diploma. CIS is also accredited to award the Ontario Secondary School Diploma to qualified students. Recognising the importance of a well-rounded education, CIS distinguishes itself by going beyond the classroom in more ways than one.

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CIS operates an Open Minds program that seeks to make what the students learn in the classroom relevant to their lives by taking trips outside of the classroom for hands on training and experience, sometimes for several days. And there is the Wednesday Afternoon Experimental Learning Program where classes are suspended in exchange for exploration of new experiences like drama, music, technology, kayaking, golf, and tennis. Finally, there is the wealth of opportunity for students to explore numerous extra-curricular activities, from various clubs to sports to community outreach programs. Ever mindful of the modern student in this brave new world of technology, the school has instituted the Laptop Learning Programme to enhance this kind of literacy. Above all, CIS is committed to preparing its students to become complete and independent individuals who are global citizens of the world -- successful in their endeavors, well-rounded in their outlook and responsible for themselves and the world around them.

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A Truly International Education A new international school is up and operational in Singapore and it is a force to be reckoned with, offering its students a holistic, integrated and all-rounded education in a multi-cultural, multi-racial environment With a significant proportion of Singapore’s population comprised of foreigners, there is a wide array of international schools catering to the expatriate student. Demand for international education at all levels greatly exceeds supply and as the expatriate population here continues to grow, so does the demand for quality education. EMAAR International School (EIS) has responded to this need placing them at the forefront as one of the leading expatriate educational institutions in Singapore. EIS (formerly known as E R International School) is managed by Raffles Campus, and is part of the growing network of schools within EMAAR Education of Dubai. Nestled at the end of Holland Road, on Ulu Pandan in a 44,085 square meter campus, the school facilities include airconditioned classrooms, subject specific

laboratories as well as sports and recreational facilities for up to 1,500 students, all in one convenient and highly accessible central location. The goal is to provide an integrated campus for the all rounded development of students from the nursery stage to the tertiary levels, offering a “balanced focus on academic courses, personality development, sports and cultural activities,” according to Mr Boon Yew Ng, Chief Executive Officer of EMAAR Education. Already, the school has grown into a lively and progressive student community of 55 distinct nationalities, and even the administration, faculty and staff are likewise international in their background. Its mandate is to equip students with a holistic education comprising relevant skills, knowledge and confidence for a brave new world. Creativity, the arts and personality and

attitudinal development are given as much focus as academics and the school is committed to help create the kind of adults that will make a significant and positive contribution in their work and in their lives. The EMAAR International Pre-School offers a child-centred programme that focuses on academic, physical, social and emotional development in an environment equipped with all the necessary facilities to support the full range of activities for children of this age. The Junior School is an IB-PYP candidate school*. They adopt an inquiry based system of learning, where students are encouraged to ask questions and facilitate their own learning. To support this, the faculty employs internationally-trained educators. Finally, in the middle school and high school, the students renew focus on academics and prepare to take Cambridge IGCSE and

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A-Level examinations as well as take part in the full range of cocurricular activities. EMAAR International School also offers the IB Diploma. IB World Schools share that critical commitment to a high quality and challenging international education and values which the new institution already dearly values and upholds. An excellent, well-rounded education as well as a truly multicultural, international community where no single nationality dominates and where the focus is on creating life-long learners. This is what students at EMAAR International School will enjoy and which will be their foundation for a bright future. Tel: (65) 6536 6566

* Only schools authorized by the International Baccalaureate (IB) Organization can offer any of its three academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), or the Diploma Programme. Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted.

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Educating Tomorrow’s Leaders The Global Indian International School’s rapid growth is testimony to the quality of the experience it provides. In the words of its co-founder and first president, the late Dr. L.M. Singhvi, “The vision of the Global Indian Foundation is such that its heart is Indian, its mind global and its soul always striving for excellence.” In the six years since it set up the first school in 2002 in Singapore, with a mere 60 students, the success of the Global Indian International School has been nothing short of startling. The numbers speak for themselves. In this short period, the school has grown to provide an outstanding education to over 4000 students in Singapore alone. Its educational reach has extended all over Southeast Asia, and into places far flung from its first endeavour, such as Japan and New Zealand. If that pace of growth is anything to go by, the Global Indian International School is equipped to be a global education provider. The main aim of the Global Indian Foundation has been to further the quality of education and increase the level of knowledge. This has been achieved by setting up schools in places where the Indian diaspora is large or

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growing at a fast pace. Although education is the main focus of the schools, they also play a pivotal role in serving the community around them. Many aspects of Indian culture, in the form of music, theatre, dance, languages and yoga are also imbibed in the students. GIIS Queenstown campus focuses on High School and Junior College education and has excellent facilities for the Sciences, Biotechnology and Computer Studies.

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EDUCATION The GIIS East Coast campus sports facilities include an Olympic running track, two cricket grounds, basketball, tennis, badminton and volleyball courts. GIIS Balestier campus was formally inaugurated by H.E. Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, eminent scientist and ex-President of India in August 2008. This new campus provides Pre-Primary and Primary education to the Indian diaspora in North Singapore. The growing number of international students including Korean, American and Australian students enrolled in the campuses in Singapore is a testament to the popularity of the Global Indian International School. GIIS schools now educate over 17,000 students from 30 nationalities in seven countries. GIIS schools have seen tremendous growth, and in 2008, the local community in Kuala Lumpur were fortunate to have a second campus in Malaysia. The Global Indian International School in KL can be credited with another milestone. The enrollment for the students stands at 35% Malaysian citizens, close to the maximum quota allowed for international schools there. The next international move was to Japan where GIIS won the approval of confidence from the Japanese government as well as the Japanese community to pave the way for the establishment of schools in Tokyo, Kofu and Yokohama. The local communities in New Zealand and Thailand caught notice of this educational windfall and the GIIS educational model was replicated in these countries in 2007.

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Opposite page, from top: East Coast students planting trees with the National Parks Board officials at ECP. Mr Chan, MP Joo Chiat, talking to students in the auditorium at the Chinese New Year Celebrations. GIIS welcomes students of all races and creeds. This page, from top: Keeeping our culture and traditions alive in school concerts. East Coast campus. Queenstown Campus. To leverage on the unique cultural milieu of diaspora communities and local residents, the Global International Foundation started Global International Cultural Centres at all its schools. The main goal of these centres is to teach courses in foreign languages, fine and performing arts, yoga, speech, drama and sports. These varied courses form an enriching intellectual glue that binds the communities together in addition to being a community hub for parents and students. Parents often enjoy meeting at these centres over a meal while their children are engaged in learning. Global Indian Foundation gives back to the society, where it enjoys the fruits of hospitality. In Singapore, the Foundation works closely with the Singapore Indian Development Association (SINDA), in addition to cooperating with local community centres, orphanages and old aged homes. It has also instituted scholarships for meritorious students from India and GIIS schools. This sense of collective responsibility and social awareness drove the foundation to manage the Eklavya tribal school, now called the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Mahatma Gandhi-Eklavya Schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, located in the tribal belt of Tilakwada, near Baroda, Gujarat, India. The funding for the school is provided by the Gujarat government but the honour of managing such an innovative project has been given to the foundation.

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From new shopping centres on Orchard Road to luxurious beach front property, the Singapore property market has seen steady growth over the years and home grown brands have expanded their developments globally.

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The property market is enjoying a healthy boom period in Singapore. Years of steady growth have seen demand for luxury apartments especially go through the roof. There are now fabulous facades springing up all over the island, from beachfront villas on Sentosa to must-have high-rises around the magnificent Marina Bay. Most Singaporeans, as many as 80%, live in excellent public housing called HDBs. These foster strong communtity spirits and normally the neighbourhoods also feature schools, shops and other services so that they are almost self-contained. The standard of HDBs is very high, making it amongst one of the best public housing in the world. A smaller portion of Singaporeans live in private housing, while most expatriates rent apartments in luxury condominiums or huge landed colonial-style houses. However, foreign ownership of property is restricted and anyone wanting to buy will be restricted. But the seemingly insatiable appetite for quality property shows few signs of being satisfied.

Developers such as CapitaLand, Frasers Centrepoint, Far East Organization and City Development Limited (CDL) are appropriately, household names in Singapore, and responsible for key landmark developments in prime locations. Developers such as CapitaLand, Frasers Centrepoint, Far East Organization and City Development Limited (CDL) are appropriately household names in Singapore and responsible for key landmark developments in prime locations. Many of these companies also operate far beyond Singapore’s shores. Sentosa Cove heralds another first for Singapore - luxurious beachfront property available to buy. Perhaps the ultimate address in modern Singapore, these marine mansions will form a community based around cafes, shops and bars befitting the stature of its residents.

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Breathing Life Into Space Frasers Centrepoint Limited is a top-selling residential developer and an award-winning hospitality provider with a stable of successful retail and commercial assets. From shopping malls to luxurious residential developments and serviced apartments, Frasers Centrepoint Limited (FCL) is a leader in its many fields, both in Singapore and overseas. Established in 1963, FCL is a classic Singapore success story. From just a single shopping centre on Orchard Road it now has a diverse portfolio of malls, commercial and residential property and serviced residences both here, and in key cities around the world. FCL is now one of the leading residential property developers, retail mall, office and high tech business space owners and operators in Singapore. Not content to rest on its laurels, the company has 37 million sq ft of land

This page, from top: The deep beauty of the sea highlights the serenity of The Azureâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s spectacular views. Below: Fraser Suites Glasgowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s service residences match impeccable apartments with warm personal service. Opposite page, top: Martin Place Residences is just minutes away from Orchard Road in Singapore, yet in a quiet green neighborhood. Below: Floating high above the city, Martin Place Residences is the pinnacle of fine living.

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here and overseas awaiting development. A fully-owned subsidiary of Fraser and Neave Limited, FCL has its businesses distinctly branded as: Frasers Centrepoint Homes (residential), Frasers Centrepoint Commercial (commercial properties and fund management), Frasers Hospitality (serviced apartments) and Frasers Property (overseas developments). Frasers Centrepoint Homes offers Singapore residents the finest choice of innovative homes finished to the highest specifications. Recent high-profile developments (including The Azure, Soleil @ Sinaran, and St. Thomas Suites) have seen the numbers of Frasers Centrepoint homes swell to more than 10,000 units island-wide. Martin Place Residences is one of the companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s latest developments and has set the standard for high-rise luxury living in the city. Located in a quiet residential enclave just minutes away from bustling Orchard Road, the two 33-storey towers house 302 apartments, each outfitted with the finest finishings and offering stunning views of the city. Frasers Centrepoint Commercial focuses on commercial property investment and management, as well as fund and asset management. It has a portfolio comprising retail, office and industrial assets that spans six countries, including Singapore. Frasers Centrepoint Commercial manages its stable of seven local shopping centres under the brand â&#x20AC;&#x153;Frasers Centrepoint Mallsâ&#x20AC;?. Under its fund management arm, it also manages two SGX-listed Reits - Frasers Centrepoint Trust (FCT), a retail REIT with a S$1 billion portfolio of three quality suburban malls in Singapore and Frasers Commercial Trust (FCOT), a commercial REIT with a

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PROPERTY S$2 billion portfolio comprising nine commercial properties in Singapore, Australia and Japan. FCT also has a strategic stake in Hektar Reit, a retail reit listed on the Malaysian Bursa. Frasers Hospitality is a premier global serviced residence owner and management company that has won numerous international awards. Starting from relatively humble beginnings in 1998 with two properties in Singapore, Frasers Hospitality has expanded tremendously in just a few years to now feature 30 Gold-Standard residences in 17 major gateway cities in Europe, the Middle East, North Asia, South Asia, South-east Asia, and Australia. Dubai, Bahrain and Osaka are just a few of the vibrant cities where new developments are launching. Targeting to manage 8,500 rooms by 2010, Frasers Hospitality is well poised to embrace the world with over 81 properties in all major gateway cities over the next five years. Perhaps the most exciting member of the FCL family is Frasers Property. This is the international arm that develops world-class residential projects, offices, industrial parks, retail and serviced apartments world-wide. Frasers Property is responsible for stunning architectural landmarks around the world. For example, the Foster + Partners-designed Lumiere Residences located in Sydney’s city centre is Australia’s first ‘vertical village’. Frasers Broadway, on the other hand, consists of six hectares of land in the city being developed with the goal of becoming Australia’s first six-star green community. In London, the Gardens at Riverside Quarter is garnering a lot of attention. Sited in Wandsworth, along the River Thames, Gardens will consist of 401 apartments in six residential buildings. Each apartment will include a Winter Garden, balcony or south-facing sun terrace. Frasers Property’s headturner in Bangkok is The Pano, a 55-storey apartment building next to the Chao Phraya River. The apart-

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ments in the Pano will enjoy panoramic views of the river, the city and the spectacular King Rama VIII suspension bridge. On a completely different scale is the SongJiang Four Seasons in Shanghai. This development will sit on 710,000 sq m of land and will comprise townhouses, semidetached villas, medium-height and high-rise residential buildings as well as residentsonly clubs, commercial blocks and kindergartens. To be launched over five phases, the first phase comprises townhouses and semi-detached villas set amidst a green space complete with winding streams. With the clarity of its vision, impeccable design sense, and innate understanding of the

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needs of modern urban living, FCL is set to continue playing a major role in Singapore and the global property scene in the years to come.

Tel: (65) 6276 4882 www.fraserscentrepoint.com

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Redefining City Living Wheelock Properties offers luxury homes in the heart of Singapore. In Singapore, one property development company has set the standards for luxury apartment-living – Wheelock Properties. Ardmore Park, a Wheelock Properties development, is one of the most desired addresses in Singapore. Set on eight acres of prime real estate in the exclusive Ardmore Park enclave, the 330 upscale apartments enjoy privacy and seclusion, while being within a short stroll from bustling Orchard Road. Wheelock Properties also has two major new developments that will reinforce the company’s reputation as a builder of luxury homes—Scotts Square and Ardmore II. Situated on prime Scotts Road, between the Grand Hyatt Hotel and the Marriott Hotel, the freehold Scotts Square development will consist of 338 international-quality apartments in two residential towers—the 35-storey Orchard wing and the 43-storey Scotts wing. Scotts Square’s location offers stunning views of Scotts Road, Orchard Road and the sea. Each apartment will be fitted with superb European appliances and fittings with perfect form and function. In addition, for added privacy, all apartments will be served by a private lift and lobby.

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Residents of Scotts Square will enjoy all the facilities of a modern, highend development, including an almost-40-metre swimming pool, residents’ lounge, business centre, concierge services and a gymnasium. There is also a sky garden on the 35th floor featuring a 24-metre infinity-edge pool and heated Jacuzzi. Scotts Square is expected to complete in 2011. Ardmore II is another major development in the Ardmore Park neighbourhood by Wheelock Properties. It comprises 118 freehold homes in two 36-storey towers. Apart from its excellent location, trademarks of the 2,034-squarefeet apartments are their stunning architecture, well-planned interiors, and top-of-the-line fittings. Each apartment will be served by its very own private lift to ensure privacy. Ardmore II will feature amenities which include a 50-metre lap pool, a 25-metre resort pool and a unique event lawn for residents to use for outdoor events. Ardmore II is expected to be ready for occupation by 2010. When completed, Scotts Square and Ardmore II will join Wheelock Properties’ portfolio of stylish modern homes, which also includes the awardwinning Glencaird Residences, Grange Residences and The Cosmopolitan. This impressive portfolio amply demonstrates Wheelock Properties as one of Singapore’s leading luxury property developers. Wheelock Properties, which is listed on the Singapore Exchange, was originally known as Marco Polo Developments before it was renamed in 2004. Wheelock Properties is a subsidiary of Hong Kong’s Wheelock and Company.

Tel: (65) 6733 1188 www.wheelockproperties.com.sg

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Although only a small island, Singapore has plenty to offer the affluent and pamper the privileged. From championship golf courses to world renowned spas, stunning beachfront property to top marquee sports cars, if you have money then all you could wish for would be at your disposal in Singapore. Although the infrastructure for luxurious living may have been put in place for the millions of tourists that visit each year, there has been a noticeable shift towards catering to Singapore’s own high society. Singapore has enjoyed a period of growth and prosperity that is the envy of the world. As the standards of living have increased, there has been a demand for greater facilities and developments to cater to those residents for whom money is not a concern. This new affluence is best demonstrated by the construction of luxury city centre apartment buildings and, for the first time, world-class beachfront villas. In many respects it’s the entertainment and party island of Sentosa that is fast becoming the

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Where The Sport Of Kings Reigns If you are looking for a Polo or Equestrian lifestyle, then look no further than the Singapore Polo Club. There are numerous private clubs situated around Singapore. However, there is only one polo club. Founded in 1886 by the officers of the 1st Battalion, King’s Own Regiment, the Singapore Polo Club is the only place to indulge in the “Sport of Kings”. Nestled amidst the lush, tropical greenery of Mount Pleasant Road, polo is played weekly throughout the year (except the months of January and February). Club chukkas are played on Tuesday & Thursday from 5:30pm and Saturday & Sunday from 5pm. There are monthly club tournaments and, at present, two major international events. Members can keep their pony in a club stable or, alternatively, lease a pony from the club. In addition to polo, the Club is also a centre for other equestrian activities. The club has a very active Riding Section, including basic riding, dressage and show jumping at various levels. Alternatively, riders can enjoy the simple pleasure of exploring the jungle trails adjacent to the club on horseback. There is also a covered arena for indoor riding and events. The arena boasts a mezzanine viewing gallery with premium views for spectators of indoor equestrian events and the polo field. If you want to learn to ride, there is no better place than the Singapore Polo Club. 230

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It has fully-equipped facilities and a dedicated staff of certiďŹ ed teaching professionals, both local and international. Group, private and semi-private lessons are available, and school horses are matched to the abilities of the riders. Once a student masters the basics of riding, he/she may opt to learn the elegance of dressage; the thrill of show-jumping; or the fast-pace of polo. As a premier social institution, the Singapore Polo Club also has all the facilities expected of a private club: gymnasium, spa, swimming pool, tennis courts, squash court, bar and three well-regarded restaurants. The Mountbatten Room serves exquisite French cuisine and has a purpose-built wine cellar;

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the Verandah serves local delicacies to diners overlooking the polo ďŹ eld; and the Mediterranean Poolside Grill offers delicious Mediterranean cuisine with a poolside ambience. The spa, bar are all restaurants are open to both members and non-members of the Club. The Singapore Polo Club is a welcome relief to the pace of life in this thriving city. Once you are ensconced in its green embrace, you will be hesitant to return to the noisy shopping malls, busy business districts,or bustling heartlands.

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A Golf Haven And A Resort Getaway Renowned New Zealand course architect Chris Pitman designed Orchid Country Club’s three 9-hole courses that were used for the 1999 Singapore Open. Located in the picturesque surroundings of Singapore’s Seletar Reservoir, Orchid Country Club is a haven of leisure and recreation. Spread over 100 hectares of parkland, the club was the brainchild of Ong Teng Cheong, former President of the Republic of Singapore. Conceived to provide affordable luxury country club facilities for members, Orchid Country Club’s wide range of amenities make it an ideal destination for both business travellers and families. Many activities are centred on the Social Clubhouse. Children will be thrilled with O’kidspot – an indoor air-conditioned twostorey play system complete with slides, tunnels, a bumper maze, ball pit and suspended net bridge, while adults can opt for an abundance of recreational pursuits including ballroom dancing, karaoke, snooker, jackpot/cards room and many more. This is in addition to sporting facilities such as the Olympic-sized swimming pool, tennis and squash courts, a 5,000 square feet gym and a 36-lane bowling alley, the largest country club bowling centre in the country. One of the main attractions of the club is its 27-hole international championship golf course, made up of three 9-hole courses designed by renowned New Zealand course

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A highlight at the Orchid Country Club is the Orchid Lodge, a 69-room tropical resort with full hotel facilities. Designed to a tropical resort theme, the mixed cane furniture, soothing earth tones and wood cravings ensure a warm, resort-like atmosphere. Each room comes with a panoramic view of the golf course and Seletar Reservoir. The Orchid Country Club is also ideal for corporate meetings, special events and weddings. There are a total of nine function rooms, all equipped with modern audio and visual technology. From casual outdoor tea receptions to grand multi-course Chinese wedding dinners, the club can arrange for all your catering needs. The Grand Ballroom is their pride and joy. With a capacity for 1,800 guests and decorated with marble Åoors and three magnificent Best of Singapore

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chandeliers, the grandeur of the hall promises to make any event a memorable one. You can also engage in outdoor teambuilding activities at the Club. With Tag Paintball available, companies can help their staff relieve stress as well as promote teamwork in a fun and interactive way. Alternatively, companies can sign up for corporate teambuilding packages – a joint collaboration with Focus Adventure – which include a facilitator and the use of low outdoor elements. Whether for business or pleasure, the Orchid Country Club is one of the most complete venues in Singapore, offering total integrated functions for all guests.

Tel: (65) 6755 9811 www.orchidclub.com


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The Perfect Island Getaway Banyan Tree Bintan is a magical island paradise that refreshes the soul. Located amidst a lush rainforest with a picturesque seafront location, an intimate sanctuary is yours to behold at Banyan Tree Bintan. Bintan islandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most exclusive resort getaway, this rustic Asian environment is located just an hour by high-speed catamaran from Singapore, offering guests space and time to contemplate the natural beauty surrounding them. The award-winning Banyan Tree Bintan enjoys breathtaking views of the South China Sea and comprises 62 Balinese-inspired villas. Each villa is raised on stilts, perched on hillsides with stunning views of the bay below,

providing for an exciting tree-top experience. Activities available include marine snorkelling and tree-trek walks with rangers from the Banyan Tree Bintan Conservation Lab. Renowned for its signature Banyan Tree Spa and its Greg Norman-designed 18-hole championship golf course, this romantic sanctuary comes into its own once dinner is served. Dining takes on an additional dimension when complemented by the beach. Situated by the sea, Saffron, the ďŹ ne-dining fusion and Thai restaurant, seats 59 guests and is modelled after its namesake in Banyan

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Tree Phuket. Although the interior is more Indonesian and eclectic in appearance, the standard of its cuisine remains top-notch. Unique dining experiences are a major attraction at the resort, proving a hit with tourists and frequent visitors from nearby Singapore looking for a romantic getaway coupled with the ultimate in gastronomy. Dinner On The Rocks is a perennial favourite that still maintains that wow factor, with an elevated position on the dramatic coastline. Dishes are chosen to match the surroundings and excite the tastebuds, with the fusion of flavours from East and West combined in unexpected ways. Perhaps the world’s most relaxing meal can be savoured with Massage of the Senses, as it combines a pampering body massage by the beach followed by a sensuous four-course dinner under the stars. Dinner Of The Legend is an Indonesian meal inspired by the ‘rice table’ concept of appetisersized dishes - a truly memorable banquet on the beach. First, diners are told the story of the Violet Rainbow Goddess, a traditional tale infused

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with food. Trays are then delivered laden with authentic delicacies and delectable desserts. Dinner at 8 is a stunning choice for romantics and golf fans, with a private waiter and chef catering to your every whim with a five-course degustation menu served right on the signature eighth hole overlooking the South China Sea. A dramatic dining experience awaits on the surface of the Rock Edge Pool. Reflection offers couples an intimate dinner with an Asian-accented five-course menu. Finally, authentic seafood and a stunning setting combine at the Fisherman’s Table, including wok-fried chilli crab from Bintan’s own mangroves. Seating up to six people, this is an excellent selection for groups and families looking for something genuinely unique. With so many dining options, indulgent spa experiences and luxurious accommodation, it’s no wonder Banyan Tree Bintan is the resort of choice for discerning travellers.

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ingapore is recognized as a gateway to Asia and a doorway to South East Asia even though it has inadequate natural resources and land. It is a great place for investments with its sound infrastructure, educated multi-lingual/cultural human resources, low taxes, and a sound legal and ¿nancial system. Many foreign companies have invested in Singapore, making it their regional headquarters for business operations. International companies in example of consulting and ¿nancial businesses generally ¿nd themselves in the central business district of Singapore, an area with limited supply growth in of¿ce space and one of the highest of¿ce rental rates in the world. Millenno – The Strategic Of¿ce, a business division of Millennia Corporation Pte Ltd, offers excellent alternative solutions to foreign companies that needs to set up business presence in the central business district of Singapore without vast capital requirement. Located in one of the most vibrant business environments in Singapore, the company provides premiere Serviced Of¿ce and Virtual Of¿ce solutions to all its international and local clientele cost-effectively. This is one of the rare few companies in their business domain which have set its sight in the international market and which have consistently invested in protecting its brand and prestige. The marketing and sales strategies of the company are constantly and stringently audited for the maximum preservation of brand and the maximum return of value to their clientele. And Millenno also works selectively with well known and respectable international partners in order to reach their potential clients with information and solutions ef¿ciently.

The Àagship of Millenno is the Virtual Of¿ce service. Innovative technologies have been embedded into the critical service component of one of their three plans, the Premium Plan, for maximum Àexibility in dedicated number call forwarding and fax forwarding. By offering secured payment gateway solutions via the largest provider in the world, they have greatly assured purchasing clients with maximum Àexibility and options in payment transactions via their web purchase platform. The company has already emerged as a recognized service provider for many satis¿ed clients from Singapore and countries in other parts of the world. The client pro¿les include award winning branding companies to Forbes fastest growing international companies and prominent ¿nancial market association and consultants, and many more others which are returning clients.

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