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Weekend in Seven days a weekend | loveissue

Journey Through Europe Planning your rail trip

A Cut Above

The best steakhouses in town

Resort Styles 2014

Nautical, Hawaiian Prints and Denim

At The Helm Of Cut

Chef Joshua Brown spills the beans

Cottage-style Decorating Used rattan, painted furniture and cheerful patterns

Across The Straits

A trip across Kuala Lumpur, Ipoh and Penang

Love is in the Air Enlivening Valentine’s Day

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News | Events | Promos Valentine’s Day Specials

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News, events and promotions plus Valentine’s Day specials

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Upscale living in the city Carlton City Hotel in a neighbourhood steeped with history Staycation packages from city hotels to island resorts

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Vernetta Lopez & The Roundhouse of Lurve A cut above Best steakhouses in town CUT by Wolfgang Puck SKIRT Morton’s The Steakhouse Long Bar Steakhouse Bedrock Bar & Grill One-Ninety Wood-Fired Steaks and Seafood Restaurant The Prime Society Fat Cow Porterhouse Restaurant & Bar

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Love is in the air Celebrating Valentine’s Day Breakfast in bed recipes Chocolate galore Romantic getaways More than just a Valentine’s Day staycation A whole lot of lovin’ at Amara Sanctuary Resort Sentosa Valentine’s Day dining

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Resort Style Working the Nautical, Hawaiian print and Denim trends Diamonds to seal the deal

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Cottage decorating Cosy up with rattan furniture, painted furnishing & cheerful patterns

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A Cut Above

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The best steakhouses in town

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At the helm of CUT Meet Chef Joshua Brown Kids talk Kyra Cheung and Sophia Cheng Lisa Yamada’s essay called Louisa makes a new friend

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Movies for February Top reads of the month

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Crusing along Valentine’s Day cruise packages

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Cottage Decor

Cosy and charming pieces

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Puuya Kuntha - Strong Heart Modern contemporary indigenous art Opening of Trickeye Museum at RWS

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Valentine’s French Toast by Executive Chef Kevin Thomson (Image courtesy of Singapore Marriott Hotel) Published monthly by:

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The region’s first Trickeye Museum

Puuya Kuntha - Strong Heart Modern contemporary indigenous art Opening of Trickeye Museum at RWS

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No more nip & tuck Modern cosmetic procedures Lavish Lavender

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After hour bars Where to unwind after work

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Delivering a comfortable and quiet ride Lexus ES 3500

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Learning more about the Singapore Association for the Deaf

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Tracking Through Europe

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Shop Style Luxury leisure shopping

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Journey through Europe Planning your rail trip

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Visit Malaysia Year - 2014 A trip across Kuala Lumpur, Ipoh and Penang

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Weekend in Publisher Joseph Lim joseph@expatweekend.net Consulting Partner Adam Sullivan adam@weekendin.com.sg Group Editor Avril Sullivan avril@expatweekend.net ISSN: 19053878

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Enlivening your Valentine’s Day

Editor Editorial print | digital | film Melanie Brett (Thailand) Jo Jewel melanie@weekendin.com.sg joyin@weekendin.com.sg Carol Misson Editorial Consultant carol@weekendin.com.sg June Ng Lianne Choo june@weekendin.com.sg lianne@expatweekend.net Sub-Editor Keisha Srinivasan John Howe (Thailand) keisha@weekendin.com.sg john@expatweekend.net Fidella Low fidella@weekendin.com.sg Sub-Editor Lexie Sim Melissa Wong melissa@expatweekend.net lexie@weekendin.com.sg

Contributors Louise Barker Tanya Micallef Heidi Hudson Ian McKellar Stephan Lai Rebeka Bek Jeannette Lim Alastair Carthew Leong Kai Yan Jeanie Li

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Valentine’s Day Speed Dating Cooking Class 10am to 1pm | 8 Feb 2014

Tools of The Trade (ToTT) brings a new dimension to dating and cooking with a first ever Speed Dating Cooking Class. Instead of arming individuals with Cupid’s arrows, ToTT’s delectable approach brings couples together through culinary fun and flair. Drawing singles together through a fun and collaborative hands-on cooking class this Valentine’s Day, ToTT opens its kitchen on 8th February for this special event. The class is limited to 24 pax (12 females and 12 males). Guests will also be able to pick up cooking tips and two new recipes from Dan Segall, Group Executive Chef of leading restaurants such as Fat Cow and Kinki. Priced at $69 per person, ToTT members will enjoy a 10% discount. For more information visit www.ToTTStore.com.

i Light Marina Bay - A Dazzling Festival of Light and Art 7 - 30 Mar 2014 | Marina Bay A light art Festival powered by an energy-saving campaign, i Light Marina Bay 2014 promises a spectacular showcase of light and colour along the Marina Bay waterfront. The biennial Festival will feature innovative, sustainable light art installations from Singapore and around the world, along with this year’s chosen theme, Light+HeART. i Light Marina Bay 2014 will showcase a mix of art and light installations from local and international artists. Festival-goers can expect over 25 stunning largescale outdoor installations by artists from 11 countries such as Singapore, China, Philippines, France, New Zealand, the Netherlands, United Kingdom, and the USA. For more information, visit www.ilightmarinabay.sg

Singapore International Jazz Festival 2014 27 Feb - 2 Mar 2014 | Marina Bay Sands Organised by Orbis Festival Productions, in partnership with Marina Bay Sands (the Official Venue Partner) and the Java International Jazz Festival (‘Java Jazz’), Sing Jazz is set to invigorate the local jazz and music scene, boosting the following for this most creative and inspiring of live music forms, while at the same time helping to nurture and encourage the development of home-grown jazz talent.

Dine at OCF and Win a Kate Spade Tudor City Lacey

Cullum, Natalie Cole, James Morrison, India Arie and Incognito, together with upcoming international stars such as Gregory Porter, Allen Stone and Dirty Loops, all performing alongside a host of regional and local jazz icons, the likes of Glenn Fredly, Jeremy Monteiro, Melissa Tham and Alemay Fernandez, Sing Jazz is slated to be Singapore’s largest ever jazz and jazz- influenced music festival.

Featuring jazz and R&B legends Jamie www.MarinaBaySands.com/Ticketing Concocting a special menu for Valentine’s Day, Olivia Cassivelaun Fancourt (OCF) has a lineup of delectable surprises. The restaurant offers an elegant setting where you can savour scrumptious cuisine accented by the classy setting of The Arts House. The atmosphere promises to an enchanting one with serenading tunes performed by their own homegrown jazz artistes. Who knows, you may be lucky enough to win a Kate Spade Tudor City Lacey if you are the first 50 to secure your reservations with the restaurant. For reservations, please call 6333 9312 or visit www.ocf-singapore.com Weekendin 6


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All you need is Love On a day that glorifies romance, have we forgotten what love really is? Valentine’s Day is usually a day in which people convey their love to one another by presenting gifts, such as cards, candy, flowers and other symbols of love or fondness. On Valentine’s Day—a holiday set aside for a chocolate-fueled celebration of all things romantic—the question resounds deeper than ever: What is love? Romantic love is perhaps most glorified because it feels like the truest form of returned love. A romantic story, a romantic dinner and a romantic first kiss—these things make people fall in love and feel loved. There is the promise of mutuality and commitment—even when we’ve seen (or experienced) it fail before. There are plenty of men who think Valentine’s Day is a great chance to romance the women in their lives and plenty of women who wish it would be wiped off the calendar. Has Valentine’s Day become another commercial holiday that cheapens romance by making it a box to be checked off every February 14? A reason for inflated rates for the bulbs that never fail to bring on a smile to your gal. That’s not what romance is about! Romance is not contrived. It does not come with a “sell by” date. Unfortunately, Hollywood and Hallmark have led consumers to believe the 14th is romance’ big day, and if you are alone on Valentine’s Day, you are unloved and unromanced. There is nothing wrong with wanting to spend Valentine’s Day with someone else. Human beings were built for companionship. After all, life is meant to be done together. The good news is, whether or not you are alone this Feb. 14, you don’t have to be in a relationship to part take in the season of love. We’ve got the perfect guide for you in our Valentine’s Day feature, with ideas on how to spend your day with someone special. Perhaps our culture isn’t guilty of raising romantic love. Perhaps it is instead that we are guilty of pulling down and cheapening what love really is—truthful, continuous, unconditional and sacrificial. Whether or not you choose to acknowledge the significance of Feb. 14, use the holiday as an opportunity to tell someone close to you how much they really mean to you.

avril Sullivan Yours Truly

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Exciting Promotions from Robinsons Usher in a new year with abundance and style with Robinsons’ elegant festive hampers and in-store promotions! With three specially-curated variations of festive hampers and a slew of irresistible promotions to give you even more rewards, shopping at Robinsons promises to bring a dose of festive cheer to your family and friends! Check out their limited edition Year of the Horse Robinsons Gift Card valued at either $88 or $168! The festive hampers, Robinsons Gift Card and in-store promotions are available at all Robinsons stores—Robinsons Orchard, The Centrepoint, Raffles City and Jem®. For more information, please visit www.robinsons.com.sg.

Crabtree & Evelyn® Men’s collection

Cheval Blanc Special Edition

Long-standing favourites in the Crabtree & Evelyn® Men’s collection, Nomad® and Sandalwood will be re-launched in June 2014 with new names and packaging.

Celebrating true craftsmanship, exclusive privacy, creativity and genuine, and caring service, Hublot pays tribute to the beauty of the site, the refined and elegant Maison conceived in synergy with the island’s natural surroundings and lagoon, by unveiling a special diver’s watch, only available at Cheval Blanc Randheli.

These collections are inspired by classic perfumery ingredients sourced from around the world and chosen for their distinctive scents. Each fragrance is infused into an array of bath, body and grooming items that are packed with additional benefits to ensure superior cleansing, moisturising and styling. For more information, please visit www.crabtree-evelyn.com.sg

Banyan Tree’s Horse Collection Banyan Tree unveils their lifestyle and home furnishing collection that pays homage to the sturdy and dependable horse. The Horse Collection, comprised of table runner, placemat, shawl, travelling bag and cosmetic bag, are adorned with eight running horses galloping and running upwards that signify upward mobility, success and promotion.

Travel in Sophistication Fretting over what to get for your beau this Valentine’s Day? Hesitate no more with the newest range of Dom Reilly travel accessories. Encompassing a wide range of products ranging from a weekend bag, a chic all leather briefcase, to a business card case, just to name a few, this signature collection is available at the Raffles Gift Shop. Each piece is crafted in three distinct colours—midnight blue, beige and olive and is lined in a warm shade of orange, thus evoking a sense of opulence. Deeply inspired by Raffles Singapore’s exquisite and charismatic history, designer Dominic Reilly, who is a former Marketing Chief for the Williams F1 Team, reasoned that the orange colour encapsulated the essence of the Raffle’s Garden. All the products from the Dom Reilly for Raffles collection are made in France’s traditional leather artisan workshops, utilising quality British canvas, superior Italian leather and Milanese gunmetal grey hardware. www.raffles.com/singapore Weekendin 10

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The Horse Collection includes exquisite lifestyle and home furnishing merchandise, which feature the auspicious eight running horses, inspired by Xu Beihong’s painting. • Table Runner – SGD 65.00 • Placemat – SGD 28.00 • Long Shawl – SGD 180.00 • Travelling Bag – SGD 85.00 • Cosmetic Bag – SGD 37.00 For further information and online purchases, please visit Banyan Tree Gallery’s website at banyantreegallery.com or drop by The Heritage Collection By Banyan Tree located at the National Museum of Singapore.

Made of titanium, with luminescent indexes in Cheval Blanc Randheli yellow, this watch withstands the pressure exerted at the extreme depth of 4,000 m. www.hublot.com

New Executive Chef Aqua Expeditions appoints renowned Michelin starred Chef David Thompson to its culinary team. David Thompson will join Aqua Expeditions as Executive Chef of the eagerly awaited Aqua Mekong river cruise, which is scheduled to launch in September 2014. David will create an exclusive menu for Aqua Expeditions guests, combining the culinary traditions of Mekong River culture with the freshest ingredients. www.aquaexpeditions.com

The New Blanc de la Mer The latest addition to La Mer’s illuminating Blanc de la Mer collection promises benefits far beyond sunburn protection, this weightless formula helps prevent the appearance of future hyperpigmentation and visible signs of aging by defending skin against UVA and UVB rays. La Mer’s cellrenewing M i r a c l e BrothTM empowers skin’s natural healing energies and renews its appearance.


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NEW NOW AVAILABLE AT SPOTLIGHT PLAZA SINGAPURA Introducing the new craze that’s already taken hold in the United States and is sweeping the rest of the world, The Rainbow Loom.

SELLING FAST! Better hurry as we can’t keep up with demand The Rainbow Loom is an adjustable loom that allows you to weave latex-free rubber bands into all kinds of fun, colourful creations, limited only by your imagination. The Rainbow Loom has already won the Craft & Hobby Associations Innovation Award and has been since nominated for the Activity Toy of The Year, the Girl Toy of The Year and the Special Toy of The Year, by the Toy Industry Association, Inc.

Visit the youtube page for endless projects and instructions: www.youtube.com/user/TwistzBandz Or, visit the Facebook page for more information on the original Rainbow Loom. www.facebook.com/pages/Rainbow-Loom/340822649338519

The Rainbow Loom, Rainbow Bands and Accessories are now exclusively available at: Plaza Singapura, Level 5, 68 Orchard Road,(Located at the Dhoby Ghaut MRT), T (65) 6733 9808


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Atleenta Phuket Named Best Overseas Hotel at the prestigious China Best Design Hotel Awards.

Aleenta Phuket-Phang Nga Resort and Spa has added another impressive accolade to its impressive trophy cabinet after being named Best Overseas Hotel at the prestigious China Best Design Hotel Awards. 

Aleenta Phuket, part of the AHMS Collection of boutique resorts, was in illustrious company, with other winners at the annual event comprising luxury hospitality’s elite: St Regis Sanya Yalong Bay, Amanfayun in Hangzhou, and the Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund.

Aleenta Phuket’s latest honour follows a USD2 million renovation-and-innovation spend to further elevate the barefoot luxury experience for guests. 

 Anchalika Kijkanakorn, managing director and founder of Aleenta owneroperator Akaryn Hospitality Management Services (AHMS), said the award was recognition for the resort’s continual metamorphosis into something better while cherishing its surrounds. www.aleenta.com

Leading Family Resort in the Maldives

Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa Maldives wins again Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa Maldives garners, for the second year in succession, the award of Leading Family Resort in the Maldives Travel Awards 2013.

Body & Soul: Four Colours in Four Days 11 Mar - 7 Apr 2014 | Club Med Bali

Back by popular demand after its first run in Club Med Cherating Beach and Bali in 2013, the second rendition of Body and Soul: Four Colours in Four Days will be hosted at Club Med Bali for an entire month, offering vacationers more opportunities to attain the perfect balance of mind and body. Dedicated to vacationers looking for an escape from hectic work lives, this unique Club Med event serves to give tired minds a much needed respite and pamper guests into a state of complete relaxation. Scheduled from 11 March till 07 April 2014 (4 weeks), workshop sessions are complimentary to all guests staying at the resort. Club Med’s Body & Soul event is a rejuvenating health and wellness retreat designed to boost your well-being and overall health. Through a series of activities on four colour-themed (Yellow, Red, Green, Purple) days, the event aims to influence your mood, emotions and state of well-being. Guests are strongly encouraged to participate in all 4 days of the programme for a holistic experience. DAILY PROGRAMMES Look forward to a host of wholesome activities each day: • A colourful diet of healthy eating • Additional resort activities • Getting fit with international wellness experts • Physical Best – an award-winning Australian fitness company • Yoga – a celebrity yoga instructor from Korea • Pure Yoga – Leading lifestyle brand with yoga studios in Asia • Renae & Paul – Empowerment consultants from Singapore • Colour-themed programmes tailored for kids • Special coloured-themed parties at night • Special Spa promotions For more information visit www.clubmed.com.sg Weekendin 14

The resort features a cashless island experience with its Ultimate All-Inclusive programme—for children and teens this means all meals, soft drinks and activities throughout their stay, including being able to join their parents on up to five excursions. Accommodation is designed specially for families, with the Water Villas fitted with child safety features, bunk beds and a PlayStation 3. The Two-bedroom Pool Villas have one of the bedrooms equipped with twin beds. The house reef offers snorkelling just metres from all sides of the shore, with free snorkelling equipment and non-motorised water sports. The Kids’ Club features an E-Zone for teenagers, with videos, PlayStation 3, pool tables, air hockey, snooker, and other games, while Camp Safari is a separate zone for younger children, offering supervised activities. All without charge. For more information, visit www.centarahotelsresorts.com


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Coral Conservation Programme

Alila Manggis collaborates with Local Fisherman to Restore and Preserve Indigenous Coral Reefs

The luxury boutique hotel on the east coast of Bali teamed up with conservation organisation, Yayasan Alam Indonesian Lestari (LINI) and local fishermen, to develop the Coral Conservation Programme, with the aim of conserving the coral reefs in the local area. The pilot programme sees Alila Manggis working with over 20 fishermen from surrounding local villages to implement reef restoration. The team will also implement a training and awareness programme for the fishermen and the hotel staff, to educate the current and future generations about marine conservation and the impact over-fishing can have on their habitat and the local economy. The waters east of Alila Manggis teem with rich and diverse marine life and are home to seven world-class dive sites. The resort is also situated within the regency of Karangasem, close to the village of Candidasa, where the local people follow a traditional lifestyle, with fishing providing a key income to many. Tourism is also a key contributor to the economy and the Coral Conservation Project will ensure that the spectacular coral reefs in the region will remain for years to come, ensuring a stable future for the villagers. The programme will see the hotel and the local community working together to place artificial structures, known as fish domes and roti buaya, into the waters. Designed to restore the existing coral reefs, and to encourage new coral to settle and grow, the structures will also attract other organisms as well as a large number of fish. The project will consist of 27 fish domes and 45 roti buaya, which will allow the damaged natural reef time to recover and regenerate. Alila Manggis is offering guests an opportunity to get involved in the Coral Conservation Project. Guests will be able to contribute to the project and plant their own coral as well as visiting a local village to gain a greater understanding of how the project impacts on the community. The ‘Gift-to-Share’ package starts from USD540++. www.alilahotels.com

Centara World Masters 15 - 21 June 2014 | Hua Hin

More than half of the tickets for Centara World Masters Golf Championship has been sold. The championship to be held at Hua Hin in Thailand will be venued at Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin. More than 600 golfers from 20 countries are expected to participate, and this will be Asia’s biggest week of amateur golf.

 We anticipate that every place available will be booked long before the event begins, says Chris Bailey, senior vice president for sales and marketing at Centara Hotels & Resorts.

This event has been a success every year in which it has been staged, and its reputation as a week of golf, fun and sunshine has spread worldwide. The event is also Thailand’s richest amateur tournament with US$30,000 in prizes to be won.
The Centara World Masters is open to all amateur golfers over 35 who have an official golf handicap, and there are 15 tournament divisions based on age and handicap.

Participants will play at four of Hua Hin’s world-class golf courses, namely Black Mountain, Banyan, Majestic Creek and Imperial Lake View.

 Hua Hin was named Golf Destination of the Year for Asia and Australasia at the International Association of Golf Tourism Operators’ convention, held in Spain in November last year.

Along with the superb golfing and good camaraderie there are lively social and entertainment events every night, as Thailand’s biggest 19th hole moves each night to stunning rooftop, beach, and poolside settings. A grand farewell dinner caps off the fun filled week.

 For more information visit www.thailandworldmasters.com

Angsana Waterfront Suites Scheduled for completion in 2016

The Banyan Tree Group has unveiled a new extension of its Angsana Hotels & Resorts brand, with its latest investment property opportunity, Angsana Waterfront Suites, situated within Laguna Phuket. Located on a tropical lagoon overlooking the Andaman Sea, the Angsana Waterfront Suites offer potential investors a strong value proposition with its attractive leaseback model. The starting price for the one-bedroom fully furnished Angsana Waterfront Suites is Baht10.5 million and will also include a 5-year membership to the Laguna Phuket Golf Club. The show unit is now open at Laguna Property’s new Property Sales Centre, located within Laguna Phuket. For more information, visit www.lagunaproperty.com 15 Weekendin


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Kolibree WORLD’S FIRST CONNECTED ELECTRIC TOOTHBRUSH Kolibree is the world’s first connected electric toothbrush. Unlike anything else that exists today, Kolibree’s smart toothbrush has a unique technology to analyse your brushing habits and display them on mobile dashboard for easy access on your smartphone. Kolibree’s connected toothbrush is the most advanced and comprehensive solution out there to make sure you stay ahead of the curve. Simply download the free mobile app, connect via Bluetooth and every brushing is recorded. The data about how you brushed automatically synchronizes to your smartphone telling you whether you brushed long enough and reached the hard-to-reach but important parts of your teeth and gums.

Singing Machine

KARAOKE GOES HIGH TECH WITH THE SINGING MACHINE Singing Machine Home is an elegantly designed Bluetooth® speaker system capable of filling any room with rich, full sound. Pair with any Bluetooth device to play your favorite saved music or songs streamed from sites like Pandora, Spotify and more. When the mood strikes, connect Home to your TV through HDMI and WiFi, and it transforms into a party-starting, on-demand karaoke system with over 8,000 HD karaoke music videos. Instantly access the world’s largest karaoke collection hosted in the cloud and available through Singing Machine Play subscription. (Karaoke function requires WiFi and Internet Connection) The wireless Mic-Remote works double time as both a remote control and as a microphone to sing into when you activate Singing Machine Play. The wireless Mic-Remote puts you in control of a searchable vault of karaoke songs. Customize a play queue to keep the party going, without interruption. Select, sing and share the experience of any song, any time. With purchase of Singing Machine Home, you get a free 1-month subscription.Simply log in from your television when you connect Home and switch to Play mode. Set up is easy! After your free trial ends, simply choose from one of three convenient options for anyway you karaoke.

With the Kolibree connected toothbrush and mobile app, you can take control of your health and teeth with easy-to-understand monitoring and scoring. You can easily share your stats with your dentist and family or choose to keep it private. Designed for families, the app works with several toothbrushes so the entire family can participate together. Kolibree rewards your progress and cheers you on when you are improving, allocating points to kids to encourage them to improve their brushing habits. While Kolibree does not proclaim to solve periodontal disease or suggest that it can keep cavities or gingivitis at bay, the better you take care of your teeth, the more likely it is that you can and will avoid serious problems. Before Kolibree, the issue is that there has been no easy and quick way to monitor whether you’re doing an A+ job or a C- one when you brush, so how can you improve on a habit you don’t have any data about? Kolibree solves that problem. www.kolibree.com

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myris

No more user names. No more passwords. One look is all it takes to verify your identity. myris gives you 1-in-2-trillion security. And it’s as easy as using a mirror. myris uses video of your irises to verify your identity. Since no two irises are alike, the chances of a false match are less than one in two trillion. That’s more than the population of earth. In fact, that’s more than the population of 315 earths. myris uses video, not still pictures, to get an image of your eyes. At 20 frames per second, it doesn’t take long to get a clear picture and verify your ID. Every iris is different. Checking one gives a 1-in-1.5 million chance of a false ID. But myris checks both irises—reducing the odds to just one in 2.25 trillion. www.eyelock.com Weekendin 16


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Discover Paradise Welcome 2014 with a Getaway to your own Private Haven

Discover Paradise Promotion Sari Pacifica Beach Resort & Spa Sibu Island, Johor 2 Nights, 3 Days @ SGD360 nett (Valid from 1st March 2014 to 30th April 2014) Package includes: Garden View for 2 pax Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner for 2 pax Return boat transfer for 2 pax.

Luxury Boutique Island Resorts Elegance | Beauty | Peace | Tranquility SARI PACIFICA HOTELS & RESORTS MANAGEMENT SDN BHD

Level 7, Block A, Sazean Group, Mines Waterfront Business Park | No.3, Jalan Tasik, Mines Resort City, 43300 Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia | Tel: +603 8942 8882, Fax: +603 8941 8887 Website: www.saripacifica.com | Email: reservations@saripacifica.com 3 Weekendin


Romance Under The Stars

Valentine’s Retreat In Bintan

Valentine’s Day at Capella Singapore

Valentine’s Day at Banyan Tree Bintan

Capella Singapore offers guests the opportunity for a truly romantic getaway with its “Be My Valentine” package, which includes accommodation in a luxurious one-bedroom spa-themed pool villa by the award winning Auriga spa, as well as an exclusive dining experience by the poolside for just seven couples.

With the Valentine’s Retreat package, the weekends starts with the couple being whisked through the Bintan ferry terminal with VIP clearance. After arriving at the resort, a relaxing 120-min session at the award-winning Banyan Tree Spa awaits the couple. The highlight of the stay is a private dinner on the beach, where the couple can exchange sweet nothings under the moonlight, accompanied by the soothing sound of waves lapping in the distance.

With over 30 acres of lush tropical landscape, Capella Singapore reinvents the way for couples to say, “I love you”, surrounded by the inspiring beauty of nature. From S$3,500++, for a two-night stay in a One-Bedroom Garden Villa, guests will enjoy: • Flowers, Champagne and Chocolates in the room • Breakfast for two at The Knolls • One Champagne Breakfast for two in your room • In villa spa treatment by the award winning Auriga spa • One-hour photoshoot by Lighted pixels on the hotel grounds • Valentine’s Day Dinner at The Knolls Restaurant T +65 6591 5000 | reservations.singapore@capellahotels.com

The Valentine’s Retreat package is valid for a minimum stay of two consecutive nights at Banyan Tree Bintan for bookings of the Pool Villa – Seaview, Pool Villa - Seafront or Pool Villa - on-the-Rocks. Guests who book the package enjoy the following inclusions: • Daily buffet breakfast for two • VIP express immigration clearance in Bintan • Return land transfer by a private car between Bintan Ferry terminal and Banyan Tree Bintan • 120-min session body massage for two in Banyan Tree Spa per stay • One romantic Valentine’s Day special dinner by the beach for two www.banyantree.com

Valentine Packages Loving Is Sharing

Be My Valentine Tonight

Valentine’s Day at Petite Menu

Valentine’s Day at Carlton City Singapore

Petite Menu believes that the most sincere feelings are the hardest to be expressed by words; let your actions show your love instead. The restaurant will be creating a special Valentine’s Set Dinner that come with Champagne for two at $118++ per couple.

On Valentine’s Day, splurge on your significant other half with a “Be My Valentine Tonight” experience from $388++. This exclusive room package includes a four-course set dinner menu for two, put together by the hotel’s Executive Chef and two flutes of Chandon Sparkling.

Enjoy aphrodisiacs like oyster and foie gras (the duo of panseared foie gras and foie gras parfait made its debut at the Dubai World Hospitality Championships in November 2013 where Chef Nixon Low captained the Singapore team to gold). For the mains, ‘two-become-one’ with a shared platter for two; select from three delectable options of tomahawk beef, snapper or spring chicken. End the evening on a sweet note with a deconstructed cookies and cream dessert. Petite Menu, located at Aqueen Lavender Hotel, sets out to refine dining through modern preparation styles of classic dishes in their quest to bring out the flavours and essence of the ingredients. A wonderful venue to enjoy dinner in a cosy and sublime setting. T: +65 6395 7782 | petitemenu@aqueenhotels.com

Spend quality time in their designer-inspired guest rooms over a bottle of wine and enjoy an international breakfast selection for two at Plate (all-day dining at level 3). A Londonbased Molton Brown amenity gift set is also included. Upgrade the stay experience to an Executive Room from $418++ or a Carlton Club Room (includes Carton Club Lounge privileges) from $488++, per room, per night. “Wine and Dine Me” (14 February 2014) Dine out and spend quality time with your other half on Valentine’s Day over a four-course set dinner menu, specially put together by Executive Chef Fong Chee Chung. At just $138++ per couple, whisper sweet nothings to each other while enjoying the evening together. T +65 6632 8999 | email reservations@carltoncity.sg.

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Hilltop Romance

My Sweet Valentine

Valentine’s Day at Alkaff Mansion

Valentine’s Day at The Fullerton Hotel

Celebrate Valentine’s Day in splendour at Alkaff Mansion Ristorante over a delectable 4- or 5-course set dinner amongst thousands of fairy lights. The resounding chorus of live music promises to stir up an enchanting ambience for a romantic night ahead.

Surprise your loved one with a getaway that is tailored for two. From 14 to 16 February 2014, celebrate the occasion amidst the classic elegance of The Fullerton Hotel Singapore at S$478* per night for accommodation in a Quay Room with charming views of the Singapore River or Marina Bay. Wine and dine in the privacy of your room with a romantic four-course dinner and relax with a butler-drawn candle and bubble bath. You can also indulge in a hearty American buffet breakfast at the hotel’s riverside Town Restaurant in the morning.

The five-course dinner option starts off with a portion of Fresh Coffin Bay Oysters accented by Italian Tomato Salsa & Fresh Lemon. A selection of exquisitely concocted dishes flavours up a scrumptious spread designed to please the most discerning palates. Choose between two dinner seatings based on a four or five course set beautifully customised by the culinary team. First Seating: 6pm – 7.30pm 4-Course Valentine’s Day Dinner (Menu opens in a pop-up window) $89++ per person Second Seating: 8pm - 10.30pm 5-Course Valentine’s Day Dinner (Menu opens in a pop-up window) $118++ per person T +65 6510 3068 | www.alkaff.com.sg

T +6533 8388 | reservations@fullertonhotel.com. “Time for Romance” room package at The Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore Spend private moments together with the Hotel’s “Time for Romance” room package 14 to 16 February 2014 at S$668* per night per Deluxe Room. Linger in the sumptuous luxury of your room with a welcome bottle of wine and a threecourse dinner. T +65 6222 8088 | reservations@fullertonbayhotel.com.

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Extreme Love

Valentine’s Day at The Sentosa

Valentine’s Day at W Singapore

Magical moments are in the air this Valentine’s Day at The Sentosa, A Beaufort Hotel. For an impeccably planned evening to sweep anyone off their feet, The Sentosa shares some tips to help you build beautiful memories to look back upon fondly.

Let’s get hot & bothered as W Singapore – Sentosa Cove takes it up a notch and reinvents the way you say “I love you”

For the perfect atmosphere of an enchanting Valentine’s retreat, choose a resort getaway in the Deluxe Suite, overlooking exquisite manicured gardens. Package includes: • Two-night’s accommodation in a Deluxe Suite • Daily breakfast for two • Intimate 7-course Valentine’s Dinner at The Cliff with 2 glasses of champagne and a rose for the lady • Rose Paradise spa treatment (3 hours) for two at the awardwinning Spa Botanica • One bottle of champagne • Gourmet signature chocolates (13 & 14 or 14 & 15 February 2014 @ $2,100++ per package) www.thesentosa.com

Remember whatever happens in W Singapore, stays in W Singapore. Opt to stay in and indulge in an intimate dinner for 2 within the comfort of your room with “Shhh… Do Not Disturb”. Enjoy the in-room whimsical dining experience featuring a tapas menu served in birdcages and desserts of strawberries and whipped cream or chocolate paintbrushes served with wine or prosecco. Extreme Love package includes: • 2-way limousine transfer • AWAY Spa Couple Treatment - “2 better than 1” • One-night stay in the luxurious Extreme WOW Suite • Sunset cruise • Dinner at The Lighthouse • Champagne & bubble bath in the suite • Breakfast between the sheets T: +65 6808 7288 | www.wsingaporesentosacove.com/vday

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Private Retreat For Two

Cocktail Courtship

Valentine’s Day at The RitzCarlton, Millenia Singapore

Valentine’s Day at The Halia at Raffles Hotel

Pamper someone special with a private retreat for two with a choice of spacious rooms and suites enhanced with Club privileges at The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore.

Celebrate the season of love with a unique “Cocktail Courtship” experience, and a delectable Valentine’s Day menu on 14 February 2014 (available during dinner only) at The Halia at Raffles Hotel.

Reserve the Valentine’s Day room package and luxuriate at the newly-renovated Club Lounge, where culinary presentations and experiential activities have been specially tailored for the occasion. Sketch a picture of bliss at The Drawing Room or sip Ronnefeldt rose tea while enjoying traditional three-tiered English afternoon tea. End the evening with champagne or bespoke Valentine’s Day cocktails and be enthralled by the soft shades of the sunset. This package includes: • A one-night stay in a luxuriously appointed room with spectacular views of the city • Exclusive access to the newly-renovated Ritz-Carlton Club Lounge with tailored Valentine’s Day highlights • A romantic butler-drawn bath complemented with a bottle of Champagne and strawberries overlooking the city • Late check out at 3 p.m. • Available from 14 to 16 February @ S$690 T: (65) 6434 5118 | rc.sinrz.reservations@ritzcarlton.com

Begin the evening with a surprise element by making a Valentine’s cocktail for her at the Halia Bar! Lovebirds can participate in “Cocktail Courtship”, a special session where the gentleman will be invited to prepare a pre or post dinner cocktail or mocktail for the lady, under the guidance of professional bartenders. Start off with Freshly Shucked Oysters served with lime granite, chilli and coriander, and Roast Butternut Squash Soup served with crab, paprika and crème fraiche. The Halia at Raffles Hotel’s Valentine’s Day dinner menu is available for booking at $250nett per couple. “Cocktail Courtship” is available at an additional $60nett per couple (includes 2 surprise cocktails or mocktails). The cocktail making session is allocated a 20 minute slot and slot timings are subject to availability from 6pm to 10.30pm (last seating at 10pm). T: (65) 6287 0711 | alicetang@thehalia.com

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Perfect White Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day at NEO Tamarind

Valentine’s Day at Club Med

Located in the heart of KL city, NEO Tamarind is a stylish luxe-lounge style restaurant with an innovative concept. With a mixology bar as well, it is inevitably a great place to chill and unwind any night. Where one can relinquish the everyday-drama to immerse in a neo-experience of delicious food, electro-chill music and a very colorful list of liquid desserts, whisky from its own single-malt cellar and hundreds of wine labels to choose from. Hence best described as ‘NEO-rotic’, dining within this domain feels sexy, satiating and quite a state of mind. NEO’s kitchen serves an interesting selection of dishes from the ‘Tamarind’ menu (Thai and Indochinese) and some European picks too which Chef Sombat then reinvents with an Asian twist of his own.

Celebrate true love amidst snow-capped mountains and pristine white snow in Club Med Sahoro this Valentine’s Day 2014. With Club Med’s 7D5N fixed departure White Valentine all-inclusive promotion, look forward to wonderful, lasting memories with your partner in a romantic winter paradise

NEO Tamarind is semi-open air with dining sections divided into AC glass rooms and alfresco. A comfortable hangout for non-smokers, the incredibly spacious floor is decked with lounging spots and long bar benches if you plan to straddle on a long night.

With secluded spots located around the resorts, Club Med provides the perfect intimate setting for couples to enjoy each other’s company - a quiet corner in the lounge area, a walk along the beach or a dining table just for two in the specialty restaurant.

Check out NEO Tamarind’s Valentine menu.

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From 12th to 19th February 2014. Booking Period: First come first serve Travel Period: 12 - 19 February 2014 Partnering Airline: Japan Airlines Pricing (Per Adult): Superior: $2,350* / Deluxe: $2,535* * Club Med T&Cs apply


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Valentine’s Day

at Carlton City Singapore It’s the time of the year to celebrate Valentine’s Day and indulge in all things romantic and pretty. Retreat into your own alcove with allinclusive room packages or wine and dine your significant other half with an exclusive set dinner menu. “I want a Romantic Getaway in the City” (14 to 16 February 2014)

From just $258++ per room, per night, date your other half to a one night stay in a designer-inspired Deluxe room, including buffet breakfast for two and complement the experience with two complimentary flutes of Chandon Sparkling on us! The date night is complete with a pair of movie tickets, enhanced with a branded London-based Molton Brown amenity gift set. Upgrade the getaway to an Executive Room from $288++ or a Carlton Club Room (includes Carton Club Lounge privileges) from $358++ per room, per night.

“Be My Valentine Tonight” (14 February 2014)

On Valentine’s Day, splurge on your significant other half with a “Be My Valentine Tonight” experience from $388++. This exclusive room package includes a four-course set dinner menu for two, put together by the hotel’s Executive Chef and two flutes of Chandon Sparkling. Spend quality time in our designerinspired guest rooms over a bottle of wine and enjoy an international breakfast selection for two at Plate (all-day dining at level 3). A London-based Molton Brown amenity gift set is also included. Upgrade the stay experience to an Executive Room from $418++ or a Carlton Club Room (includes Carton Club Lounge privileges) from $488++, per room, per night. Room reservations - T: +65 6632 8999 or email reservations@carltoncity.sg.

“Wine and Dine Me” (14 February 2014)

Dine out and spend quality time with your other half on Valentine’s Day over a four-course set dinner menu, specially put together by Executive Chef Fong Chee Chung. At just $138++ per couple, whisper sweet nothings to each other while enjoying the evening together. “Wine and Dine Me” Set Dinner Menu (Includes two complimentary flutes of Chandon Sparkling and coffee or tea) Appetisers to Share Crispy Scallops, Lobster Rolls and Smoked Salmon with Spring Salad Soup for the Soul A serving of Double-boiled Superior Herbal Chicken Soup and Cream Chowder with Truffles and Smoked Oyster Main Entrée Choice of Bacon Wrapped Fillet Mignon with Rotisserie Sweet Potato and Toss Spinach Salad in Madeira Wine Reduction or Herb-crusted Garoupa Fish Fillet on Red Beet Risotto & Asparagus Spear with Mushroom Cream Foam Sweet Nothings A platter of Baked Red Velvet Lava Cake, Lime Sherbet Surprise and Macaroons with Strawberry For dining reservations, please call +65 6632 8922 or email f&b@carltoncity.sg.

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Carlton City Hotel Singapore offers modern living in a neighbourhood steeped with history When I found out that I was invited to stay at the brand new Carlton City Hotel Singapore, I was thrilled. Positioned as an upscale business hotel in one of the busiest Central Business Districts in the world, I knew that my stay was going to be a good one. The latest landmark to hit Tanjong Pagar opened its door in August last year and since then has earned rave reviews from guests. I was eager to sample what this hotel had to offer. Located along the exciting fringes of Chinatown and Raffles Place, Carlton City Hotel towers over its immediate neighbours, giving guests unparalleled views of the bustling city. Boasting 29 floors and 386 guestrooms, there is no doubt that this brand new hotel is poised to be the top choice of travelers who flock to Singapore for business and pleasure. The moment I stepped into the lobby, I was duly impressed. With high ceilings, gleaming marble, soft lighting and beautifully decorated foyer walls, Carlton City Hotel immediately raked up major points in my mental “first impressions� category. Check-in was swift and I was up in my room in record time. I am not ashamed to say that I gasped aloud in pleasure when I walked into my room. I was impressed not only by the designer inspired furnishings, but also by the spacious room layout. I have stayed at numerous business hotels in the past but Carlton City Hotel Singapore managed to make me feel right at home the second the door shut behind me. Although I was not located on one of the very top floors, I was treated to a wonderful view of the cityscape. City views by night are one of my favourite things to indulge in and Carlton City Hotel Singapore successfully whetted my insatiable appetite for bright lights, towering skyscrapers and wonderful Instagram photo ops. The bathroom was extremely spacious and boasted rain shower facilities and a separate bathtub. Given the fact that I had some writing to finish up during my stay, I was thrilled to find an ergonomic work desk and supremely comfortable Herman Miller work chair at my disposal. Complimentary wired and wireless broadband internet was the cherry on top of the cake. I am very sure that other business travelers will be just as thankful for such a comfortable workstation. Testing out the bed is something that I love to do when I check into a hotel room. The posturepedic mattress that I sank into was beyond comfortable and the fluffy pillows had just the right amount of fluff and puff to guarantee a flawless night of much needed rest. But first, food!

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Dining and Wining Carlton City Hotel Singapore plays host to stellar in-room dining and four top-notch spots to wine and dine at. Both The Trading Floor and Tuxedo are located on the first floor whereas Plate is on the third. As its name suggest, Graffiti Sky Bar is located on the roof.

I highly recommend trying Plate’s ‘Chef’s Creation’ Open-faced wrap. This vegetarian option is perfectly prepared and will satiate even the biggest of carnivores. Next up is the soup. Whether you pick the cream of forest mushroom, seafood Tom Yam or Gazpacho, rest assured that you will not go wrong with your choice as all three are simply delicious. The main entrée is next. Similar to the lunch menu, expect a myriad of Eastern and Western choices. I opted for the Portobello burger and was simply blown away by the exquisite explosions of flavors that tickled my taste buds. By the end of the meal, I was literally unbuttoning the top button of my jeans to make room for dessert. With a choice between a slice of Tuxedo cake, chocolate lava cake, chilled mango pudding and fruit platter, I opted for chocolate of course. Boy, I was certainly glad that I did as it was simply perfect. Sit and stay for some friendly banter with your dinner guests over complimentary coffee and tea. Plate truly offers a wonderful dining atmosphere. With its chic yet laid-back ambiance and delicious food, it offers every diner an excuse to keep heading back for more.

The Trading Floor provides business travelers with everything they need to kickstart their day. From fully functional business centre facilities to beverages and refreshments, this is the perfect place to head to for a morning meeting or for a quick prep before one’s big presentation. Expect coffee, tea and juices throughout the day and cocktails in the evening. Ornately decorated, this is a great place to pitstop at for a breather in between meetings and leisure activities. Tuxedo offers a little more bite than its first floor counterpart. Serving fine European coffee, cakes, pastries and sandwiches, this is the place to head to for a quick chomp before heading out the door. Whilst indulging in pretty pastries and cakes, I could not help but feel like I was sitting in a chic coffee house somewhere in Europe. I highly recommend spending Graffiti Sky Bar is located on the 29th floor and boasts a stunning view of the city. Nothing beats dolling up and sitting pretty with a specialty cocktail in hand whilst soaking in the panoramic views of Singapore by night. As previously mentioned, I am a sucker for cityscapes and nothing beats the one offered by Graffiti Sky Bar. This is the perfect place to head to for pre and post dinner drinks with friends. Stellar Facilities You do not have to leave the hotel to have a rockin’ time. A beautiful outdoor pool is conveniently located on the third floor, beckoning guests to relax and unwind in the tropical weather. If you are hungry, you can hail one of the staff and place an order from Plate, located right next door. If you are a fitness buff and need to get a workout in sometime during the day, you will be pleased with the array of state-of-the-art equipment at the hotel’s fitness centre. From treadmills to cardiovascular machines, some time here during teatime as the selection of breads and signature you will undoubtedly feel and look great post-workout. specialties are simply delectable. As Carlton City Hotel Singapore is positioned as a top-notch business Plate is a definite must-try when you stay at Carlton City Hotel Singapore. hotel, there is no surprise that the meeting and event facilities are With plenty of natural light streaming through gargantuan glass excellent. Whether you are hosting a huge conference or a small meeting, windows, Plate gives one the feeling of dining at an upscale suburban the hotel is fully equipped with the technology, experience and space to restaurant. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served at Plate, so be sure to ensure that your event goes off without a hitch. check out the delectable and wallet-friendly 3-course set lunch. With a choice or either two appetizers, a soup, or a dessert, this set also gives one the choice between a variety of Eastern and Western flavors as a main course. From Plate’s signature Wagyu burger, to Hokkien noodles, expect a myriad of cuisines and choices on the menu. Take some time to enjoy the lush greenery surrounding Plate during the after-meal coffee or tea. I also highly recommend having dinner here. Opt for the 4-course set dinner as it offers a wonderful array of tastes and flavors. As an appetizer, you have the choice between four mouthwatering selections. Weekendin 24

In conclusion, Carlton City Hotel Singapore is the perfect place to head to if one wants to relax, unwind and enjoy the sights and sounds of Singapore. Whether one is in Singapore for business or pleasure, or if one wants to get away from everyday life and indulge in a staycation, this is definitely the place to be. Carlton City Hotel Singapore 1 Gopeng Street | Singapore 078862 | T 6632 8999 | F 6632 8800 reservations@carltoncity.sg | carltoncity.sg


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This package includes: Free entry to Sentosa Island Free Sentosa Express tickets Free buffet breakfast at Silver Shell Cafe Free buffet dinner at Silver Shell Cafe Complimentary lunch and dinner for children registered with Cool Zone’s full day programme Three free swings on The Flying Trapeze per stay Free broadband Internet access in guestrooms and around the resort One complimentary sofa bed for the child

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Sheraton Towers From S$295++

When 2 Become 1 Valid until 31 December 2013 for Friday to Sunday only For those who yearn for some private moments with your beloved, enjoy an exclusive romantic package which includes: American Buffet Breakfast for 2 (In-room service or The Dining Room) Welcome amenity of a bottle of sparkling wine and fruit basket. Sheraton Towers Singapore | 39 Scotts Road | Singapore 228230 | T 6737 6888 www.starwoodhotels.com/sheraton

Ascott Raffles Place From S$298 As an individual who expects no less than the highest standards of service combined with exclusive and luxurious living, you’ll find a ready welcome at Ascott The Residence. The Weekends Away package includes: Daily breakfast for two persons Daily housekeeping service Wired and wireless internet access 20% discount at The Royal Mail (valid on a-la carte food orders for dinner on Fri and Sat only) 2 Finlayson Green | Singapore 049247 | T 6577 1688 | F 6577 1668 www.the-ascott.com

Carlton City Hotel From S$288++ | All-inclusive Weekend Festive Staycation | From 1 Dec ‘13 to 5 Jan ‘14 The newest upscale business hotel in town, experience a Carlton City Christmas and New Year with a fresh take on international buffets, all things festive and a countdown party. Package includes: Buffet breakfast for two Two flutes of Chandon sparkling at Graffiti Sky Bar A pair of movie tickets Unlimited WiFi access & local calls Late check-out up to 4pm (subject to availability) Terms & conditions apply. 1 Gopeng Street | Singapore 078862 | T 6632 8999 | F 6632 8800 reservations@carltoncity.sg | carltoncity.sg

Summer Staycation at Raffles Singapore From S$550++ Valid only during the Weekends from 1 September 2013 onwards. Suite package includes: - Children below the age of 12 stay (using existing beddings) and dine for free with their parents at Hotel-operated restaurants - Welcome Singapore Slings and fruit upon arrival, while children will enjoy fruit smoothies and cookies - Complimentary breakfast at Tiffin Room on the first morning - Complimentary Buffet Dinner at Bar & Billiard Room or Tiffin Room - Complimentary in-suite internet access - 24-hour Butler Service - Complimentary S$500 Raffles Hotel Arcade Shopping Discount Vouchers - Complimentary late check-out until 6pm - Complimentary parking Raffles Hotel | 1 Beach Road | 189673 | T 6337 1886 | www.raffles.com Weekendin 26


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Relax and Unwind Unwind with a special weekend getaway. With leisure activities included and a gift at turn down, you can relax, work out, socialise or simply indulge yourself. This package includes: Accommodation in a suite Daily buffet breakfast in the Tiffin Room Use of health and fitness facilities 1 Singapore Sling each in the Long Bar Raffles Hotel | 1 Beach Road | 189673 | T 6337 1886 | www.raffles.com

From S$228 | Until 30 December 2013 Overnight luxurious accommodation in the Shophouse Room or Suite, including Club InterContinental access and benefits, entrance to the Peranakan Museum for two guests and an exclusive Peranakan gft. Club InterContinental access and benefits include Club breakfast, afternoon tea and evening cocktails with canapes and all-day refreshments.

Regent From S$259++ | Until 29 December 2013 The Weekend Indulgence promotion for a Superior Room applies only for arrivals on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Package includes: Welcome Champagne upon arrival Breakfast for two in Basilico Complimentary Internet Access Complimentary upgrade of room (for min. 2-night stay) 10% off Perfect Picnic, a customised basket of Italian picnic treats from Dolcetto by Basilico (starts from $30 per pax and advance notice is required) Please quote the promotional code: INDULGE Regent Singapore| 1 Cuscaden Road | T +65 6725 3088 | email: reservation.rsn@fourseasons.com.

Pan Pacific From S$318++ | Until 30 December 2013 Indulge yourself in a 5-star staycation at Pan Pacific Singapore. Package includes: Breakfast at Edge for two Complimentary Internet access Two complimentary parking coupons daily Includes S$40 hotel credit Complimentary late check out until 3:00pm

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Valentine’s Day by Vernetta Lopez

actress, radio DJ and owner of Roundhouse Pizza, Bar and Grill It’s that time of year where the air is softer, the night skies are filled with the scent of roses and pathways are blocked by couples attached at the hip. Or, through more tense heat-condensed tintedglasses, the air is highly pressurised due to the rush of getting a reservation at a restaurant, the skies are clouded by the confusion of whether to cook or reserve a table in the first place, and pathways are filled by couples that are, well, still attached at the hip. I used to be a skeptic but then I thought, why? Let’s just enjoy the day and be silly with love the way the rest of the world gets! But the one thing that is forever a constant, whether it’s with your significant other or with significant friends who enjoy being significantly single, food is the common factor! Holidays and celebrations must always have the central focus of a feast with plenty of drinks! But if I could pass along a little bit of advice with regards to eating & fashion during this Valentine’s celebration, I’d focus on one thing for the guy and one thing for the gal: How You Eat and What To Wear While You Eat For the Guy - How You Eat. Be aware of how you eat. Ask an honest friend or videotape yourself if you have to. I’ve been on a date where the ‘gentleman’ used his spoon as a shovel. And not just any shovel; an electric powered one. At least it seemed to be. The fully loaded spoon delivered food into the already full, gaping hole called the mouth, in three lightning moves while my first spoonful hung in the air as I rudely stared in shock. I would say be yourself at dinner but if that means allowing food to make a U-Turn out of your chewing orifice, I’d say, load a medium sized spoonful into your mouth, take your time and chew at least 15 times before swallowing. Most people’s eating etiquette is fine but wouldn’t it be good to just make sure? For the Gal - What To Wear While You Eat. Let’s face it. You’re more than likely to get up to oh-so-good no-good activities after dinner. If you have great abs, you’re not going to have this problem: a large tummy after a fantastic dinner. But for the less firm of us, we’d like dinner to be substantial lest we faint, therefore ruining our chances of being conscious during hanky-panky, so we aren’t going to skimp on food. But we don’t want to be bulging out of the dress either, do we? That bandage dress might end up living up to its name if it should snap off in his direction and hit him in the eye, so we don’t want to wear a dress that’s too tight either. But hey, you could use the various brands of tight undies that go from below the hemline to just under the eyeballs, right? Not unless you’re dating Daniel Cleaver who seemed to enjoy Bridget Jones’ granny panties. So the rule here is wear something that hides the tummy, giving you ample space to eat sufficiently, and allows you to wear your sexy barely-under-there to make your man not blink for a full hour. The mock waist dress with a sexy tight skirt, the empire waist tops or dresses, the sexy tunic tops with skinny leggings, fashionable jackets or cardigans or well-chosen peplums are ideal for such an occasion, and skyscraper stilettos are a must; good excuse to hold onto his arm. Happy Valentine’s Day and we hope to see you at Roundhouse: Pizza, Bar & Grill! Call 64660966 for dinner reservations. Roundhouse Pizza, Bar & Grill | 100 Turf City | Singapore 287992 | T 6466 0966 | www.roundhouse.com.sg Weekendin 28

The RoundHouse of Lurve! 2 Complimentary Glasses of Sparkling Wine A 250ml Bottle of rosé Boteega on the ‘House A Romantic 4-Course Dinner for Two & A Stalk of Rose… aww Your Valentine’s Day Menu $138++ For Two Cream of Potato & Leek Soup with Grilled Oyster To start Baby Spinach & Bayonne Ham Salad with Pine Nuts Served with Pomegranate Dressing your appetizer Angus Chateaubriand with Cauliflower Mash & Asparagus Or Grilled Salmon with Glazed Carrot, Parsnip Mash & Saffron Cream Sauce Your main Green Apple Sorbet your palate cleanser Royaltine Chocolate Mousse Cake with Mix Berries Compote your dessert


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CUT

For meat aficionados, seeking out that perfect piece of steak in Singapore that is soaking through with flavour and glistening with tenderness is comparable to uncovering that Holy Grail, or even harder. It is a momentous occasion if we manage to chance upon meats that are flawlessly prepared and precisely seasoned, that they somehow atone for all the times when we had to put up with substandard excuses for steaks. Weekendin has scoured the island for the best steakhouses in Singapore. Thumb through the pages to find out who are the ones who have made a cut above the rest. 29 Weekendin

Porterhouse Steak by CUT BY WOLFGANG PUCK

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CUT by Wolfgang Puck CUT by Wolfgang Puck needs no introduction. An epitome of modern steakhouses, the place is something a true meat connoisseur will appreciate. The posh establishment presents a contemporary twist on the classic steakhouse menu from master chef Wolfgang Puck. At the helm of CUT by Wolfgang Puck is executive chef Joshua Brown, a down-to-earth guy whose food reflects his personality. He takes his food seriously, with no exception to steak.

At the entrance to CUT, visitors are greeted with a dramatic façade of four-metre high, lacquered bronze panels with a series of alternating flush frameless doors that open outward like shutters. The main dining room is concealed behind the bar, which is lined by iconic Mario Bellini leather upholstered barstools. Custom-designed swilling lunge seats along the open façade, are where guests can enjoy drinks and lounge bites. An extensive cocktail menu bedazzles you, but if you feel at a loss with the number of options, the Rough Love is a signature cocktail that is enchantingly sweet but dangerously lethal. Steak sandwiches and mini wagyu sliders served at the bar are among their top rated dishes to go along with alcohol. The main dining room, which features the same iconic Bellini armchairs and side chairs, also offers private dining booths, each seating up to five guests. Massive photos of Hollywood celebrities are framed up on the walls, adding a special touch to the room. Dimly lit with only subtle warm glows of light, you can’t help but kick back and enjoy the night. Effable servers, who are all smiles, drop by occasionally to make sure that your night is perfect. Although known as one of the most popular steakhouses in the world, their appetisers remain on par. Choose from a wide array of appetisers such as Blue Fin Tuna Tartare, Maple Glazed Pork Belly, American Blue Crab and Shrimp “Louis” Spicy Tomato-Horseradish, Hokkaido Scallop “Carpaccio”, and the widely raved Bone Marrow Flan. With all appetisers impeccably executed, it is an ordeal selecting the best, but my top picks have to be the American Blue Crab and Shrimp “Louis” Spicy TomatoHorseradish and Bone Marrow Flan. A light and refreshing mix of flavours, the former had succulent chunks of blue crab and shrimp tossed in a creamy dressing and lay over the base of horseradish panna cotta. Just as recommended, the highly revered Bone Marrow Flan was well balanced and although richly decadent, had no

overpowering taste of bone marrow. After being teased by delightful appetisers, my taste buds were ready for entree. A tasting of New York Sirloin consists of 120grams of U.S.D.A. Prime, Illinois Corn Fed, 120grams of American Wagyu from Snake River Farms, and 60grams of True A5 Kobe Beef from Hyogo Prefecture. All premium meats personally handpicked by Chef Joshua Brown go through several levels of control to ensure a quality that surpasses all others. Indeed, all three cuts in the New York Sirloin tasting, although differing in flavour and texture, were all impressively transcendent. My favourite was the Japanese Kobe Beef that had remarkable marbling, allowing it to seal in all the flavour with the perfect balance of smokiness and robustness. Finally, we cut to the chase and finished off with desserts. The Valrhona Chocolate Souffle came with condiments like Crème Fraiche, Homemade Caramelised White Chocolate Ice Cream, and Chocolate Sauce, definitely for the chocolate lover. Light and fluffy, the soufflé is a delight to enjoy in itself. A lighter but equally heavenly alternative is the deconstructed Banana Cream Pie that comes in layers of Crème Brûlée, Chocolate Pearls, Caramelised Ice Cream, and Whipped Cream and served with a dollop of Chocolate Sorbet. CUT by Wolfgang Puck has so much to offer, that one visit may not suffice. Although their steaks are exemplary, their appetisers and other entrees are comparably sublime and not lacking in standard. The establishment certainly upholds its name as one of the best steakhouses around.

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SKIRT

Experience a symphony of grilled meats and seafood at W Singapore’s modern grill restaurant, SKIRT, where leather and horn chandeliers and other details tell a story behind the concept of the restaurant. Racks of raw meat hung up on display in ageing cabinets and dishes served in copper pans and wooden platters, play along with its raw organic design aesthetic, infusing a rustic edge to an otherwise elegant setting. While we eagerly waited for the chef to prepare our dishes, a pan of soft buns was served together with chorizo oil. Warm and fluffy, it is easy to devour roll after roll, forgetting the whole menu lined up for the night. Pairing it with the chorizo oil that comes alongside adds an aromatic and slightly spicy flair to the plain buns.

For starters, the server placed the SKIRT Made Blackmore Charcuterie in front of us, which was elegantly plated on a wooden platter. Served in an adorable copper pot, the liver pate leaves a whirl of complex flavours in your mouth, rendering you confounded. Should the taste be too overpowering for your palate, you can spread it on the accompanying crusty sourdough bread and savour it just the same. Laid tastefully on the platter are also two variations of cured blackmore, best taken with the thinly sliced asparagus and cauliflower for that added crunch. The pulled oxtail meat was so flavoursome to the point of being heavily addictive. Despite being known for its famed steaks, the Grilled King Prawns was what made my night. Simply split into halves and lightly seasoned with pepper, allowed the fresh sweetness of the prawns to be emphasised. A light squirt of lime over the gems of seafood further brings out the palatableness of the dish, making it more appetising. Each chewy bite was a mouthful of pure bliss – an exemplary dish indeed. Just as the earlier dishes start to whet the appetite, the Confit Pork Belly was introduced. A dainty slab is all you need to quell your craving for this fragrant dish. The gelatinous pork belly confit under a jacket of perforated crispy skin and a lace of amber-like caramelised sugar fairly justifies the number of calories consumed. Braised to possess a tender texture, the pork breaks apart in the mouth and does not coat the mouth with a layer of fatty oil. Lightly grilled pearl onions adorning the plate complement the pork. We breezed through the menu and reached the glorious moment for what was highly anticipated for – the Australian Black Market Sirloin. But before we progressed to the steak, two little bottles were presented – a palate cleanser

concocted with apple juice and bourbon whiskey, and Barbeque Sauce to go with the beef. The cut from the back of the animal was grilled to perfection, leaving it wonderfully tender and juicy. The marbling in the sirloin is more intense than in other cuts, giving flavour and texture never tasted before. My cut of Marbling Score 5+ Sirloin had a deep smoky flavour that lingered as an aftertaste. For an extra oomph, you can sprinkle your choice of garlic, smoked or rosemary salt over the meat. As a grand finale to the hearty meal, the Texture of Champagne was an appealing dish, both visually and to the palate. As what its name suggests, this dessert was made with creating the different textures of champagne in mind. Served in a shot glass and drunk through a straw, was a shot of what felt like a champagne milkshake with a strong punch of alcohol. In a separate plate was champagne jelly strips with a pleasant bite and champagne mousse that resembled thick ice cream in terms of consistency. Creamy yet light, this chilled dessert was a great way to end the meal. SKIRT is a steakhouse unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. The service is impeccable; as the waitress attending to you uses every ounce of attentiveness and charm she has at her disposal to meet your intrinsic needs and comfort. Whether you are looking to be blown away by the cuisine, or in search for a wholesome dining experience, SKIRT is the answer.

SKIRT W Singapore | 21 Ocean Way | Singapore 098374 | T 6808 7278 | skirt.singapore@whotels.com 33 Weekendin


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Morton’s The Steakhouse Nestled within the enclave of hotels, lies a gem of an all-American steakhouse. While there may be a myriad of similar grills within the area, this one would certainly leave you with an impression so strong, you literally heft it back home in you. Located on the fourth level of Mandarin Oriental Singapore, Morton’s Steakhouse Singapore has been in business for many years now and has remained as one of the most revered steakhouse in Singapore. The steaks served are cooked to perfection.

Morton’s Bar and the main diner are at different locations, providing an opportunity to walk up an appetite before the dinner. A wonderful predinner nip would be to head down to the bar that is right above the main diner, for their classic Appletini and Lychee Martini. If you are a bit more adventurous, the highly recommended is the Chocotini. Presented as an opaque creamy milk drink, the Chocotini has melted chocolate swirled into the bottom of the glass, with not the usual one but three ounces of spirit added into the simple yet lethal concoction. If alcohol is not your cup of tea, there are other non-alcoholic drinks that the house serves too. To top the experience off, the house serves a free flow of filet mignon sandwiches that pairs perfectly well with any drink from the menu. A short walk down from the bar lands you in the restaurant. In it, a soft warm ambience coupled with dimmed chandeliers that line the ceiling, welcomes diners into the hall. An open concept kitchen that is situated at the far right of the diner oversees the expanse of the restaurant. The first dish of the evening was the Baked Seafood Platter that consisted of Jumbo Shrimp Alexander, Jumbo Lump Crab Cake, Broiled Sea Scallops and Oysters Rockerfeller. The chef tenderly prepared each item in the dish and the definite highlight of the dish had to be the Broiled Sea Scallops. They were prepared carefully so as not to overcook the delicate shellfish. The seafood paired well with the accompanying dips, however, they were equally good eaten alone. Providing an exceptional taste, the lobster bisque is prepared with an explosive mix of blended lobster shells and other fine ingredients. The creamy texture of it makes it very easy on the palate, leaving you craving for more. Morton’s Steakhouse only uses a fine selection of prime cut beef from the United States (USDA) and Australia (Black Angus). The restaurant spares no expense by selecting only the prime grade for their beef selections. The result of such would mean that the marbling of the fats in the meat is high, making it extremely tender. All of Morton’s steaks are wet marinated in a vacuumed sealed bag for sixty days before serving, allowing for penetration of the seasoning and high moisture retention in the meat.

The Centre Cut Filet Mignon, taken from the smaller end of the tenderloin, is the most tender cut of the beef and also the most desired especially among the ladies. Succulent as it is, medium-rare doneness is highly recommended for it. The Centre Cut Prime Ribeye and their Signature Cut Prime New York Strip were equally good too. The surface of the steak is decorated with charred lines from the grill it came from and the juiciness from every bite is evident as a light smoky initial taste brings out the beefy flavour of the steak. Unlike the Filet Mignon, the consistency of the meat is dependent on the amount of surrounding fats, therefore every slice brings a different texture. While there were other preparations available for the steak like Cajun and Five Peppercorn Rubbed, the lightly salted version was exceptional. Before placing the dessert order, the server brings you a silver serving tray with a selection of fresh desserts prepared daily to choose from. The best were selected and we were presented with Creme Brulee, New York Cheese Cake and of course, the one and only, Morton’s Legendary Hot Chocolate Cake. Paired with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and raspberries, this sweet yet sinful cake was simply delicious. This decadent dish is suitable for singular or group consumption but the former is recommended as the irresistibile thick molten chocolate that flows out when you cut the cake is too much to give up. Creme Brulee is also another highly anticipated dish with the layer of sugar on top carefully caramelised with a mini-blowtorch to a thick crunchy layer, sealing the pale coloured light creme beneath. The crème brulee is very smooth and light on the palate as it melts in the mouth leaving a sweet yet supple aftertaste. As much as the food goes, the ambience and the staff at Morton’s never fail to disappoint. It is definitely a place where memories are created and the palate pleased. Morton’s Steakhouse Singapore is a place to visit at least once in your lifetime.

Morton’s The Steakhouse Mandarin Oriental Singapore | Fourth Storey | 5 Raffles Avenue | Singapore 039797 | T 6339 3740 | www.mortons.com 35 Weekendin


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Located on the 2nd storey of Raffles Hotel Arcade, adjacent to the world-famous Long Bar, Long Bar Steakhouse offers grilled prime cuts of Australian and US beef, quality seafood and a tantalising selection of cold and hot appetisers and an extensive selection of old and new world wines for the perfect food and wine pairing. Walking through the legendary Long Bar, where the internationally acclaimed Singapore Sling was originally created, was a momentous occasion as it was my first time observing the honoured bar with piles of peanut shells covering the ground. Once strolling through the rowdy bar crowd emanating such vibrancy and energy, I was led to a subtly concealed door in a wall that led to Long Bar Steakhouse.

Charmingly old-world and reminiscent of the days of the past, the interior is simple with wooden accents and unique elements that accentuate the historical look. Black and white photographs of famous people, who have stayed in Raffles Hotel back in the day, adorn the wall in wooden frames. An assortment of china porcelain line up on display as well. In the case when the menu is extensive and you are unsure of what to order, asking the restaurant manager for his recommendations is the way to go. For a wider variety and the chance to try an assortment of miniature appetisers at one shot, the Long Bar Steakhouse Platter is a great option. Served in dainty bite-sized portions were the Dungeness Crab Cake with Celeriac Remoulade, Beef Tenderloin Carpaccio, and Tiger Prawns with Vegetables. The best out of the three, the crab cake had delightfully sweet shreds of crabmeat paired with perfectly sliced and seasoned raw mangoes, giving a refreshing crunch. With the company of that night raving about the Escargot with Garlic Butter, I had high hopes for the dish, and it did not disappoint. Not an easy dish to master, the escargots was executed perfectly and mouthwatering. It had a nice firm texture and had absorbed the essences of the butter garlic amalgam. With appetisers put away, then came the great meats. So that we would have a diversity of different cuts to sample, we ordered the Tasting of Rib Eye, which came with 120grams of Australian Angus, US Prime Greater Omaha, and Australian Full Blood Wagyu. Not only is there a range of homemade mustards to choose from – Dijon, wholegrain, green peppercorn – there is also a list of sauces on the menu you can select to complement the steak. If you are bewildered by the variety, the safest to go with is always the signature bogorlaise sauce, which is a red wine reduction.

Starting from the left to the right, the 200 days grain fed Victoria State Angus was lightly seasoned, and ideal for meat lovers who have a preference for a robust flavour and firmer texture with more bite. Moving on to the US Prime Greater Omaha, each savoury slice renders you at a loss of words as the well-seasoned cut tastes perfect without the fuss of sauces. The Australian Full Blood Wagyu was the most gratifying. Being cooked medium well rendered the cut of beef full-flavoured and juicy while the sides were seared a lovely brown and crispy on the edges. Holding a rich and smoky flavour, this steak is perfect for those who look for something with a strong flavour. Paired with a glass or red wine from Tuscany, the combination is enough to pander to your fancy and leave you longing for more. The side dishes are delectable in itself and do not fall short of anything less than perfect. The Macaroni “Zita” with Comte Cheese is their rendition of the macaroni and cheese, and comes with tubes of macaroni laid neatly in a row and baked with a coating of sinfully aromatic Comte cheese. The Sauteed mushrooms with garlic and parsley was a pleasantly simple yet tasty dish that will suit most palates. When it is finally down to dessert, you can go light and opt for a couple of scoops of homemade sherbets in flavours such as mango, raspberry, lime and coconut, or pick something more indulgent like the Chocolate and Vanilla Profiteroles, with homemade vanilla ice cream sandwiched in between and drizzled with heavenly rich chocolate sauce. A uniquely refreshing twist to a berry dessert is the Berry Salad that is served in a bowl of fresh berry juices, fresh mixed berries and topped with a dollop of lime sherbet so that there is a balance of sweet and tangy flavours – the perfect way to end an utterly gratifying meal. Long Bar Steakhouse Raffles Hotel | 1 Beach Road | Singapore 189673 | T 6412 1816 | dining.singapore@raffles.com 37 Weekendin


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Bedrock Bar & Grill Refinery Concepts has taken a bold step in heightening Bedrock Bar & Grill’s potential. Chef Dan Segall and his team are continuously creating new dishes to enhance your fine dining experience, while keeping their signature creations on the menu. I had the pleasure of dining at Bedrock Bar & Grill, situated just below Pan Pacific Serviced Suites Orchard, a hidden jem behind 313 Somerset. It was utterly shocking as it led me into a completely different atmosphere as I stepped foot into the restaurant. The elegance and sophistication of the setting was absolutely captivating, with dim cosy lights and outstanding elements such as unfinished wooden tables and custom-made plush leather booths. The exquisiteness of this modern classic and intimate setting complements the entire concept of the restaurant.

Looking at my surroundings, I had completely forgotten that I was in Orchard, Singapore’s busiest central shopping belt. As I patiently waited for the sumptuous meal to begin, the professional staff kindly introduced the menu of the day that made my stomach growl with excitement. To ease my hunger, a plate of freshly baked Flat Bread was served as a complimentary starter. The soft and fluffy bread was served together with salted butter and roasted garlic in olive oil that was light yet fragrant. It finally came down to real business as we started off with Jamon that consisted of shaved jamon iberico de bellota alongside some crisp bread. It was my first time tasting it, and I found that the thinly sliced dry meat went hand-inhand with the remarkably crispy bread. Next, to quench our throats, the Bedrock Smoked Tomato Soup was readily served. Immediately after the first spoonful, I was rejuvenated by the freshness of the tomatoes. The applewoodsmoked tomatoes with basil mascarpone are distinguishable from other soups because of its bold smoky aftertaste. Moving on, the Baked Camembert really captured my attention with each mouthful of sizzling hot Camembert Normandy cheese. I was sealed silent as the cheese was creamy and oozing, and was topped with black pepper and capers to cut through the richness of the cheese. Meat lovers will appreciate the Tomahawk Steak that was grilled to perfection. Five homemade sauces that gives plentiful choices to sample accompanied it. This 400-day grain fed ensured the perfect amount of fat streaks through these lovely slivers of medium rare meat, seared soft wooden at the edges. The inside was gloriously juicy and not too rare. Every mouthful of steak brings you one step closer to a blast of splendour. A main course is never complete without

an assortment of sides. Presenting Bedrock Mac n’ Cheese, the intense aroma of melted cheese immediately awakens the five senses. My inhibitions were gone as I savoured every spoonful of golden creamy goodness. To ease my taste buds, the sautéed mushrooms and steamed broccoli were lightly seasoned with fresh herbs, keeping all its natural vitamins and flavour. We ended the meal with the signature homemade Apple Crumble for two. It was freshly baked right in front of us as we took several glances back at forth with excitement. I could not resist slicing through the steaming hot oven-baked apple slices that were coated with a hefty layer of cinnamon sauce that was well balanced. The walnut streusel was crispy brown, harmoniously paired with a gigantic scoop of vanilla ice cream making the whole dessert divine. The aromatic apple crumble was baked wholly with crunchiness of the apples, smoothness of the ice cream and crispiness of the streusel. A sinful plate of endearing delights will never go wrong at any time of the day. Nevertheless, this dining experience not only brought back snippets of childhood memories but also developed my newfound love for steaks.

Bedrock Bar & Grill 96 Somerset Road, #01-05, Pan Pacific Serviced Suites Orchard | Singapore 238163 | T 6238 0054 www.bedrock.com.sg 39 Weekendin


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One-Ninety Wood-Fired Steaks and Seafood Restaurant Evoking new food and style that revolves around artisan gastronomy and bespoke experiences, One-Ninety guides diners through a seasonal menu that features world-class cuts of meat, fish and fresh produce. While new interiors, uniforms, style of service and menus are part of the recent remodeling, the highlight of the revamp is the addition of the applewood grill, providing guests with a definitive wood-fired steaks and seafood experience.

As the lunch hour strikes, the Mezze Lunch unfolds with a smorgasbord of fresh seasonal selections served at a rustic-style buffet displayed on top of two distinctive tables made of Suar wood. Although the buffet spread will be more than sufficient in filling a normal appetite, add on entrees are allowed for ravenous eaters who cannot do without their piece de resistance. From salads to seafood, cured meats, terrines and market-style daily highlights, the fresh and healthy theme continues as guests choose from a main course of grill items.

shoestring fries are way too enticing to ignore.

There’s something almost satisfyingly primal in sinking your teeth into a well-seasoned quality cut of meat that’s so intensely flavourful and juicy that you’re surreptitiously dabbing your mouth with your napkin after every bite. The 230grams Tajima Wagyu sirloin, with a gorgeous grade 8-9 marbling score, was grilled to the perfect amount of char and does just that. Straight from the wood-burning grill, a smoky aroma awakes the senses. A slice of the knife reveals the glistening pink meat within that is mouthwatering just to look at. Other choices of meats are available as well, like the stunning 1kg Tomahawk Australian Black Angus Ribeye that’s just the ideal size for two to share.

For desserts, channel your focus back to the buffet spread that avails comfort-style desserts and pastries crafted by Pastry Chef Audrey Yee. Classic and traditional sweet treats like Blueberry Cheesecake, Tiramisu, Brownies and Chocolate Roll tempt you as they sit majestically on display. The plethora of indulgences seduces the palate, as the desserts are so addictive, tempting you to go back for more.

If you want to go for a classic burger, the Grilled Wagyu Beef Burger presents Wagyu at its best. Serving up a delish Wagyu patty that has been grilled over applewood charcoal, it is well seared to a perfect medium, and is flavourful with juices overflowing. The focus is concentrated on the patty and the chef definitely makes the best out of it. Though slightly messier to chow down, the delicate smoky flavour within that is wrapped up with marinated tomatoes and onions, making it all worthwhile. For extra indulgence, you can choose to top your patty with Cheddar or Emmentel cheese. On the side, the

The hefty mains are best paired with sides that are more forgiving on your stomachs, in which case the “La Ratte” Potato Mousseline and Grilled Portobello Mushrooms make perfect accompaniments. Though delightful to munch on, they do not distract you from the main course. Airy and buttery, the potato mousseline is a great rendition of ordinary mashed potatoes, while the Portobello mushrooms were prepared with no frills and lightly seasoned.

Although not famed specifically as a steakhouse, you might be surprised with the impressive steaks this unpretentious bistro has to offer. Serving up a sumptuous feast and providing discerning palates with an authentic experience, One-Ninety is a new benchmark in culinary excellence and should not be overshadowed by other more popular steakhouses out there.

One-Ninety Four Seasons Hotel Singapore |190 Orchard Boulevard | Singapore 248646 | T 6831 7250 | www.fourseasons.com/singapore 41 Weekendin


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The Prime Society Located at Dempsey Hill, The Prime Society offers modern contemporary cuisine, which showcases the very best breeds of Australian beef. Many people may have a preconceived notion that The Prime Society only serves cuts of meat, which is not the case at all. Besides serving the best cut in town, the restaurant also includes seafood and vegetable dishes in the menu to remain competitive within the local dining scene.

The interior of the restaurant is breathtaking. One step into the restaurant is equivalent to a step into a realm of class, sophistication and grandeur. The high ceilings and intricate interior design exudes a sense of contemporary chic amongst the classy dÊcor. Once I stepped in, I was most impressed by the superior service from the staff, as they were attentive and paid great attention to detail. That added an intimate touch and provided a comforting ambience while dining in an exclusive environment. The gastronomical evening began with a few light appetisers to whet our appetite. We were first served the Beetroot Salad with Homemade Coconut Ricotta and Pine Nuts, and it was the perfect starter as it was light and refreshing on the palate. The sweetness of the beetroot was well complemented with the chef’s homemade concoction of coconut ricotta that was slightly tart, and the pine nuts added a nice touch of texture to the dish. Next, we had the Grilled Asparagus with House Cured Pork Cheeks and Chutney. The asparagus were lightly grilled and crunchy with a slightly bitter aftertaste, and the pork cheeks had a robust taste to it. The final appetiser, my personal favourite of the starters, was the tuna tartare with Korean flavours, egg yolk and sesame. The head chef, Dallas, added his own take to the dish by adding his own kimchi recipe to the tuna, and the results were amazing. The kimchi flavour was subtle, and it added just the right amount of flavour and spice to the tuna, which tasted very fresh. Next up was the main course, undoubtedly the highlight of the meal, as we were served the Robbins Island full blood wagyu from Tasmania. I was most looking forward to this dish, and it definitely did not disappoint me. The grass fed Australian beef was cooked to perfection, with a juicy pink centre. The meat was succulent and tender, nearly melting in my mouth with every bite, and had a smoky aroma to it. For a unique twist, an array of sauces and homemade flavorued salts, such as green tea, celery and cumin, were served on the side. I especially enjoyed adding the pepper sauce and the green tea flavoured salt on the beef for an interesting twist of flavour.

We were served two vegetable side dishes along with the main course, which paired perfectly with the beef. We first had the brussel sprouts and housemade bacon. The brussel sprouts were a little on the hard side, but the housemade bacon had just the right amount of salty tinge to it. We also had the grilled corn with preserved limes, which was a refreshing taste to all the salt-laden food that was going on at the table. To end the meal, desserts were a definite must. We were spoilt for choices but went with the Peanut Butter Parfait with Salted Caramel and Roasted Hazelnuts, and the intense Chocolate Pudding with Honeycomb, Hibiscus Salt and Wood Sorrel. Since I was already feeling satiated from the previous dishes, I did not expect to have much of the desserts but I was soon proved wrong. As always, the presentation of the food was impeccable, and the desserts looked almost too good to be eaten. The chocolate pudding was very creamy and rich in flavour, and the bits of honeycomb were an excellent addition to the dish as the chocolate could be a little overwhelming by itself. The highlight of the desserts for me was the peanut butter parfait. One bite into it and I could taste the creamy peanut butter with a mixture of aromatic roasted hazelnuts and crunchy bits of salted caramel. It was truly a decadent dessert and not one to be missed when dining at The Prime Society. The Prime Society is definitely worth a visit. From the starters to the desserts, every dish was of superior quality with an added personal touch from Dallas. Combined with the classy ambience, The Prime Society is the place to go for a quality dining experience.

The Prime Society 10 Dempsey Road | #01-20 | Singapore 247700 | T 6474 7427 | www.theprimesociety.com 43 Weekendin


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Fat Cow

Its peculiar location had already captured my attention before stepping foot onto the compound of Camden Medical Centre. After going on a detour, we finally spotted the door which seemed to blend seamlessly with the walls of the entrance. Famed for their Wagyu beef, Fat Cow has continued its practice of serving the best original Japanese-inspired cuisine there is. Recent months have seen the emergence of a revamped a la carte menu which was specially conceived by Group Executive Chef Dan Segall.

The strikingly opulent interiors seemed to emit a warm glow which brought forth a tinge of femininity as we were ushered into our seats. Before long, we were served our first dish, a new addition to the menu – Hourensou Fat Goumada Ae; a medley of pressed baby spinach in creamy sesame sauce in Fat Cow-style. With a tad of a disfavour towards greens, I approached the dish with slight apprehension, expecting it to possess a raw, fibrous taste. To my amusement, the use of sesame seeds had created a distinctive milky texture with a nutty oomph to it. To complement this, we had a serving of the Momotaru ‘Sashimi’ Salad – a combination of thinly sliced Japanese fruit tomato, mizuno, fresh herbs and ginger ponzu, glazed with a sesame dressing. A simple piece by the chef, the salad emanated a tangy and aromatic flavour which I found rather titillating to the palate. Moving on, the servers brought forth a bowl of Onsen Tamago No Gyu ‘Marrow’ Furai, featuring a warm traditional onsen-egg with a hunk of crispy fried beef bone marrow in a citrus dashi. While the egg was wonderfully prepared, the beef bone marrow was delectable with a crisp exterior packed with a rich and delicately soft centre. The smack of citrus dashi did its job of enhancing the flavour of the dish without overpowering the natural flavours of the marrow. While waiting, I took a sip of the Nashi Nashi – a special fruity brew added with a dose of whiskey. Noting the sweetness of the drink due to the use of tropical ingredients, the cocktail was a balanced one and definitely well worth a try. Moments later, we were served the Maguro Shoyu-Zuke To Moromi Miso Tofu which is a rendition of soy-soaked cubes of tuna over barley miso bean curd with fresh ginger. Not overly mushy and comforting to the belly, the bean curd had a silky texture with a touch a spring onions to give the dish an overall zing. The tuna on the other hand was perfectly done – the soy sauce had accentuated the natural taste of the tuna, eliminating the fishy odour of the fish. It was instant gratification when they served the Wagyu Suji No Tare To Foa-Gura. Not having tried ox meat before, this dish of slow-cooked ox tendon and seared foie gras with daikon was

an eye-opener for me. It did not take long for the rich aroma of the buttery tendon to diffuse in my mouth upon the bite. The accompanying foie gras was a job well done without losing its natural flavour. After what seemed like a long time, two tasting portions of the Ohmi Grade A4 Ribeye and Iwate Grade A5 Ribeye were placed on a stone plate washed in a deep shade of grey. The Grade A5 cut from Iwate Prefecture was like ecstasy to me with a crisp exterior and a delicately tender interior sending me to cloud nine as the flavours began to radiate throughout my mouth in a buttery fashion. For a tad lower fat content, opt for Ohmi A4 beef, a favourite of the Japanese Imperial Household. Our evening concluded with a couple of dishes off their dessert menu. The first being the Shaved Ice ‘Kakigori’ with Green Tea Milk and Black Soy Bean and the other was Red Bean ‘Obanyaki’ with White Peach Sorbet. The former doused in a selection of flavoured syrups and topped with a serving of green tea-flavoured ice cream, with bits of black soy beans at the base giving the dessert a dash of dynamism. The latter on the other hand was my personal favourite. Mini pancakes topped with red bean laid on one end of the plate while the other was plated with a portion of white peach sorbet crowned with bits of sakura-infused microsponge and crumbs of meringue shrouded at the base. The microsponge gave a bit more texture to the already pleasingly refreshing scoop of sorbet. Chill at the chic lounge with pre-dinner cocktails and shochu infusions before dinner. If you are looking to impress your date this Valentine’s Day, Fat Cow is a place worth considering. A night here will guarantee you an evening’s dinner that will be hard to forget.

Fat Cow 1 Orchard Boulevard | #01-01 Camden Medical Centre | Singapore 248649 | T 6735 0308 | www.fat-cow.com.sg 45 Weekendin


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Porterhouse Restaurant & Bar A quaint shophouse exuding old-world charm with a hint of elegance, Porterhouse offers an exceptional dining experience for those on the hunt for quality meats to take their breath away. The ambience was very settling, with its dim lighting, while the wooden furnishings and raw industrial appearance carries a touch of modern simplicity. What makes Porterhouse stand out and even more reputable is their originality of being the first in Singapore to import the josper charcoal oven that is highly distinctive from other steakhouses.

As I settled into my seat, Porterhouse’s in-house drink, Fruit Punch Freeze was elegantly presented in a martini glass. This thirst-quenching saccharine drink instantly refreshes with a special concoction of mango juice, cucumber, raspberry syrup and a dash of Sprite. Although not on the menu, regulars of Porterhouse are well acquainted with this drink and highly recommend this energising cooler. The appetisers served were the Mini Crab Cake Trio and Fresh Ocean Prawns. Between the two appetisers, the Fresh Ocean Prawns garnered the most attention as it was delivered effortlessly with quality. The jumbo prawns were extremely fresh and succulent, drowned in chilli gravy that was impressively capable of being a dish of its own. The Mini Crab Cake Trio was freshly baked, served straight from the oven and was generously stuffed with crabmeat alongside Dijon mustard. The soft texture and moistness of the meat is indescribable. Following that, the Potato and Leek Soup was served with a drizzle of cream and crispy thin croutons atop. The potato and leek was simply blended with mild spices, giving it a smooth texture and delectable creamy taste. The highlight of the day, in my opinion, would have to be the Colorado Rack Of Lamb. Despite the many cooking techniques available, we had our lamb medium well done. Presented in front us was a whole rack of lamb served with mashed potato, mesclun salad and mint sauce. The soft texture of the lamb that was cooked to absolute perfectness was impressive, as they were capable of eliminating the common overpowering lamb aftertaste. Dazzled by this dish, we ordered two additional sides consisting of Sauteed Baby Spinach & Mushrooms and the Grilled Asparagus with extra virgin olive oil and balsamic glaze. It was indeed a great combination with the opulent meat dishes as it was lightly cooked with seasonings, bringing out the natural flavours of the vegetables.

The next dish to try was the Brandt US Beef Striploin, grain-fed for more than 365 days. Producing one of the world’s most premium beefs, Brandt continuously prides itself by selling only the best-fed beef. Beyond doubt, the meat was excellently cooked resulting in a delicate texture and well seasoned with the right amount of salt and pepper that complements the natural flavours of the striploin. As I took my time to appreciate the impeccable tender texture and the mild sweetness of the juices, the dish had a memorable taste that was etched in my memory. To end off the night after a hearty meal, two delectable desserts were served – the Lejoy Chocolate Lava Cake and Crème Brulee. Served piping hot, the Lejoy Chocolate Lava Cake was a joyous treat as I took a spoonful of comfortingly decadent chocolate made from premium valrhona araguani, 72% dark chocolate, served with a scoop of Haagen-Dazs vanilla ice cream and fresh berries. The rich and warm liquid chocolate that oozed out from the moist cake was simply fantastic. It was certainly well executed with a balance of flavours and textures that played cleverly in the mouth. The baked Vanilla Crème Brulee was a light and fresh dessert that consisted of a silky smooth pudding. The texture is akin to that of silken tofu, extremely soft and delicate. On top, the sugarcoated layer of crunchy caramel crust created the perfect balance of sweetness. Unquestionably, Porterhouse has kept its promise by creating a palatable menu with a combination of flamboyant flavours and culinary treats that makes it so memorable to diners. The intimate setting and reticent atmosphere will definitely be a bonus towards a momentous dining experience with family and friends. Porterhouse Restaurant & Bar 111/113 Killiney Road | Singapore 239550 | T 6732 5113 | www.porterhouse.sg 47 Weekendin


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ALENTINE’S DAY

Valentine’s Day is not only for lovers, it is also a day to celebrate love with friends and family. Whichever camp you fall into on February 14, Weekendin has a list for you — from flowers you need to express your love to the holiday destination that will sweep you away in a romance nearly as epic as the ones in the movies. Treat yourself to some chocolate and browse away!

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Breakfast in Bed

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and although some of you will not be celebrating it, a little bit of romance won’t hurt anybody. This Valentine’s Day, kick start your day with a breakfast menu that is as quick and easy as it is special. Breakfast in bed is a wonderful way of telling someone that he or she holds a place in your heart. The perfect recipe is crucial and since your beloved person will eat it in bed it has to be something that is easy to eat… in bed. Although you do not require professional culinary skills to prepare breakfast, here are a few recipes from Venetta Lopez, and renowned chefs Dallas Cuddy from Prime Society and Kevin Thompson from Marriott Singapore to get you started.

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Name of chef: Kevin Thomson Restaurant: Executive Chef, Singapore Marriott Hotel Age: 42 Country of origin: UK Favourite cuisine: Thai

Valentine’s French Toast Ingredients

4 fluid ounces eggs, liquid pasteurised 120 ml 4 fluid ounces whole milk (120 ml)
 4 teaspoons granulated sugar
 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 5 ml 1⁄2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
 2 each brioche bread, sliced 1 inch thick
 1 teaspoon clarified butter
 1/8 teaspoons confectioner’s sugar
 2 ounces pure grade B maple syrup, warm 60 ml
 2 ounces whipped butter, room temperature 60 ml
 2 ounces fresh strawberries halved or quartered 60 g 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
 1 teaspoon lemon juice
 1/8 teaspoons confectioner’s sugar

Method

1. In a shallow dish or hotel pan, combine the eggs, milk, sugar, vanilla and cinnamon.

5. While the French toast is cooking, combine the strawberries, 1 tablespoon sugar and lemon juice.


2. Heat griddle to 375o F (175oC). Use clarified butter on the surface. This eliminates the potential for the butter to burn.


6. Transfer cooked toast to a warm plate, sprinkle with powdered sugar and spoon strawberries and juice over top.


3. To order, dip the brioche bread into the egg batter, allow the bread to soak until saturated, about 30 seconds on each side.


7. Serve with whipped butter and warm.


4. Place bread on griddle and cook, flipping once, until golden brown and cooked through.


8. Romantic tips: Use a heart-shaped ring to cut the brioche bread before cooking. Surprise your loved one with a stalk of rose too!

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Name of chef: Dallas Cuddy Restaurant: Executive Chef, The Prime Society Country of origin: Melbourne, Australia

Smoked Baked Beans and Bacon Ingredients

250g dried haricot beans 2 tbsp olive oil 100g smoked pork hock 1 large onion, finely chopped 2 large garlic cloves, crushed 3 tbsp tomato purée 500ml water 1 tbsp dark brown muscovado sugar 1 tbsp treacle 2 tsp English mustard powder 1 tsp smoked paprika ½ tsp ground cumin 2 tsp chilli powder Weekendin 52

Method

1. Rinse and soak the haricot beans in a bowl of cold water for about 8 hours or overnight. 2. When you’re ready to cook, heat the oil in the uncovered pressure cooker pan over a medium heat. Add the pork hock, cook for a few minutes until it begins to brown, then stir in the onion and garlic. Carry on cooking for a further 4-5 minutes until softened. 3. Drain the beans, then add them to the pan along with the other remaining ingredients. Mix everything together well.

4. Secure the lid, then bring the cooker up to pressure. Once the correct pressure has been reached, lower the heat. Cook for 40 minutes. 5. Reduce the pressure using the quick-release method (see manufacturer’s instructions) and remove the lid. Test the beans for tenderness; the sauce should be thick enough to coat them. Season to taste and then serve with buttered slices of toasted sourdough bread.


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Name of chef: Vernetta Lopez Restaurant: Owner, Roundhouse Country of origin: Singapore

Eggs Ala Nom Nom Ingredients

Eggs Truffle Salt Milk Cheddar Cheese 2 Muffins Bacon Butter

Method

1. Scramble eggs with a pinch of truffle salt, milk and butter 2. Separate into quarters

6. Place on plate with bacon strips, serve in bed, pull out a quarter like a pizza and enjoy! 7. Serve with hot english breakfast tea, a bowl of fresh frangipani flowers for that holiday feel, and lots of love!

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Chocolates

Although giving chocolates as a Valentine’s Day gift is a cliché, it is an age old tradition that will certainly capture the heart of your loved one, if not their sweet tooth. From the moment chocolate was discovered, it was considered valuable, divine, and decadent, so what better gift to give a woman? Here are some of the best chocolatiers that will express the endearment the love that you’ve longed to. Hediard Boutique

Situated at Tudor Court, Hediard Boutique offers lavish sweet treats, bringing you on an adventurous journey for both the giver and receiver. Celebrate Valentine’s Day by indulging in an array of timeless chocolates, with flavours that are soothing to the soul and leave a comforting aftertaste. They offer a range of chocolates with different levels of cocoa to your preference. The sophisticated design of every chocolate represents different personalities of each flavour. Besides chocolates, they specialise in other confectioneries such as calissons, fruit jellies and caramel candies that cater to the whim of everyone. Hediard joins the top luxury brands in town with a touch of French classicism. Hediard Boutique | 125 Tanglin Road | Tudor Court | Singapore 247921 | T 6333 6683 | www.hediard.com.sg

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Max Brenner Chocolate Bar

Max Brenner is a contemporary chocolate bar that has set a new culture in the world of chocolatiers. Their offering of splendid servings of desserts and delectable chocolates will definitely set you in a pleasant mood. Max Brenner’s chocolates encourage you to have a positive outlook in life, be adventurous and explore life. Their signature items are Max’s Bonbon, 100% pure milk chocolate thins and colourful bricks of caramelised pecans and crispy wafers waiting for tasting. Max Brenner Chocolate Bar | 1 Harbourfront Walk | #01-116, VivoCity | T 62784218 | www.maxbrenner.com

Godiva Chocolatier

Godiva Chocolatier is a renowned chocolatier that produces one of the world’s finest chocolates with greatness and delight. Since 1966, Godiva has effortlessly upheld its reputation of creating chocolates using premium ingredients to accommodate the taste of each flavour. Using fine, highflavour cocoa beans, the chocolates are processed to divine smoothness. After many attempts of experimentation, Godiva has found the ultimate recipe in creation of all chocolate fillings. By using large quantities of Grade A dairy butter and heavy cream-both, it complements well with the sweetness of the chocolates. They offer a variety of unique flavours, from signature to fruity treats. This will be a great option for those looking for modern sophisticated gift. Godiva Chocolatier | Ngee Ann City | 391 Orchard Road | T 67383657 | Singapore 039393 | www.godiva.com.sg

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Royce

Royce has reached soaring heights by venturing into a myriad of countries around the world. Founded in Sapporo in 1983, the Royce team is proud to offer premium quality chocolates produced by exceptional ingredients and the best techniques. Ideally located in the heart of Singapore, the rich aroma of freshly baked sweets will instantly tempt you. Royce’s signature Nama Chocolate, made ever since 1995, has attracted overwhelming response. As you endeavour into each bite, you will be enticed by the fresh blend of the choicest milk chocolate and fresh cream. They are also well known for their unique creations such as the Potato Chip Chocolates and Baton Cookies. Royce | 2 Orchard Turn | #B4-10, ION Orchard | T 6509 9340 | www.royce.com

Laurent Bernard Chocolatier

Laurent Bernard Chocolatier is a French patisserie located at Robertson Quay, showcasing an incredible range of fine delicious chocolates. As his passion for chocolate making reaches great heights, his creations consist of premium French ingredients that differentiate them from other luxury brands. Each ingredient is specifically sourced around Europe to ensure top-notch quality and safety of all products. His signatures are his soft and feathery soufflĂŠ and extensive range of chocolates that will make the perfect gift for your loved one. Laurent Bernard Chocolatier | The Pier at Robertson Quay | 80 Mohammad Sultan Road, #01-11 | Singapore 239013 | T 97250579 | www.nibschocolate.net

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Au Chocolat

Situated at Marina Bay Sands, Au Chocolat is a French inspired bistro and retail confiserie that offers a delectable range of dining and sweet confections. Au Chocolat promises you a place you will never forget as you dine in pleasure with a comforting ambience and an extensive menu. Making its mark in Singapore, you will be able to relish opulent handmade chocolates, surrounding yourself in a space filled with decadent bonbons and cakes. Take the time to appreciate the French ambience and beautiful pastel colours as you decide to satisfy your sweet cravings. Au Chocolat | 2 Bayfront Avenue | Bay Level L1-03 | The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands | Singapore 018956 | T 6688 7557 | www.auchocolat.com

Leonidas

Leonidas has established an applauding reputation over the years by creating impeccable fresh Belgian chocolates that are distributed all around the world. They use the best quality ingredients consisting of 100% pure cocoa butter and naturals that accentuate the milky taste. Satisfy your desire by indulging in their signature items such as the Neapolitan and Finesse Chocolates. In eye of Valentine’s Day, do consider their special garnishments that are shaped of a heart, representing love and care. Make Leonidas part of this special occasion as these delicious pralines make an ideal gift. Leonidas | 3 Temasek Boulevard | #01-K19, Suntec City Mall | T 68366317 | www.leonidas.com

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Romantic getaways

When in love, there is a desire to share it with the world, and lucky for you, it is a big world out there. Whether you want to declare your love from the top of a snowcapped mountain or across a lavender field, there are plenty of places around the globe to honour your soulmate. There are endless romantic destinations on the planet where you and your partner can create enough memories to last a lifetime in the world’s most romantic idylls. Rediscover romance this year by stealing away to one of these hot spots.

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Santorini, Greece Sitting atop a vast remnant of a volcanic caldera, the island of Santorini is renowned for its magnificent view of the Aegean Sea. If you are looking for a romantic escapade this Valentine’s Day, we recommend that you and your other half catch a flight into this unique island to witness nature at its finest. Upon arrival, you will be greeted by a rare sight of whitewashed or limewashed low-lying cubical houses that spread across the expanse of the overlying caldera. This is just the beginning of an otherworldly adventure in this geographically-rich site. Embedded within the surface of the island is an endless supply of extremely fertile soil, a type which reaps the tastiest produce of the finest quality. Its volcanic ash soil yields a luscious selection of crops such as the famed cherry tomatoes, white eggplants, and cucumber. Home to a harvest of grape variety, Santorini is highly regarded for its thriving wine industry. Naturally resistant to many diseases, the wellknown Assyrtiko can be found in 70% of the vineyards in Santorini as well as in other parts of Greece. This grape brings forth a dry, full-bodied citric aroma, which is attributed to volcanic soil that dwells within the surface of the island. As a vibrant selection of grapes sprout throughout the vineyards, touring the island’s wineries is definitely an opportunity not to be missed. One of the most frequented tourist spots are the beaches, which are situated in various locations across the island. One of the more notable beaches is Perivolos Beach, a site which has received much recognition for its black sand – the colour deriving from the elements of the volcanic soil. This is the ideal spot for sunbathing while lying on the deckchairs that line the beach as the sound of summer music resounds throughout the vicinity.

For those seeking an experience like none the other, there is nothing more fulfilling than an evening out in Oia at Ambrosia Restaurant with your loved one. This is where you satiate yourselves over a selection of the finest Greek cuisine at the restaurant’s terrace as you wait in anticipation the glorious sunset that looms over the horizon. The perfect marriage of the antique-filled interiors with the backdrop of tranquil magnificence of the Aegean Sea emanates an air of romance, a memory that will linger for a lifetime. When in Santorini, you will be in for a gastronomical adventure with the array of fresh produce that the locality has to offer. Many of the Greek cuisines are infused with locally-cultivated herbs which are known for the aromatic and curative properties. Be sure to try out the Mediterranean seafood such as their highly-rated fresh grilled fish. For couples that desire for a more thrilling experience, take your journey on this Greek island a notch higher by going scuba diving off the coast to discover the history of preceding volcanic events. Undersea rock formations and shipwrecks are some of the eye-openers in this geographicallyrich landscape. VISA REQUIREMENTS Singaporeans: No (For stay up to 90 days) British/ Australian/ Other Passports: No (For stay up to 90 days) FLIGHT ROUTE Singapore International Airport (SIN) - Doha International Airport (DOH) Athens International Airport (ATH) - Santorini Airport (JTR) FLIGHT PROVIDERS Qatar Airways: Flight to Athens from Singapore Aegean Airlines: Flight to Santorini from Athens 59 Weekendin


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The Atamisque Lodges Mendoza Argentina Widely known as Ruta del Vino or Wine Route, this social enclave tucked away in the Uco Valley in Tupungato is one that will strike your attention this Valentine’s Day. There, it is as though time has come to a standstill. Settled snugly within a vast expanse against the backdrop of the prominent figures of poplars, The Atamisque Lodges is a place where you would want to spend a time of intimacy with your valentine. The Atamisque Lodges provides the ultimate seclusion to soak in the rural Mendozian way of life. Wake up refreshed and be greeted by the towering range of the Andes Cordillera and figures of vines and fruit trees that stand in a distance. As dusk falls, the skies will be lit up in a sparkling display of stars - a rare yet mesmerising sight to behold. The Atamisque has adopted a different design concept in each of its lodges. Every room is spacious and emits an air of uninterrupted comfort with a picturesque view of the Andes. In addition, all are fully furnished with a bedroom, living area, a chimney as well as an outdoor Jacuzzi. You will be instantly relieved of your troubles when you recline in the armchairs by the fire while sipping a glass of wine. Venture beyond the walls of your lodge and explore the treasures that give the terrain its distinctiveness. Apart from being in the public eye for its majestic beauty, the Andes Mountains plays a paramount role in the cultivation of their freshwater trout. The runoff from the Andes ice caps and groundwater are the key ingredients in providing water of the purest quality. You can stop by their production facility to catch a glimpse of the thousands of fish that hold residence there.

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For couples that want to spend an intimate Valentine’s Day away from the metropolitan buzz, this nature enclave gives off a placid sense of comfort that is befitting for the occasion. Encompassing the establishment is a vast expanse of vineyards, fruit trees and their stunning centenary park. A ride on the horse-driven carriage ride along the countryside will definitely score you a point from your loved one. A complete amalgamation of colours and flavours from the awe-inspiring landscape and earth produce, it will be a titillating getaway of a lifetime. For those who want an all-inclusive trip to The Atamisque, pick an itinerary at Vin@alto, the estate’s partnering travel and tourism agency. You will be led on trekking tours of the vicinity, horse-riding trips and wine-tasting, just to name a few. The property is also equipped with a 9-hole golf course where you can tee off at your own pleasurable pace while being serenaded by the picturesque view of the landscape. VISA REQUIREMENTS Singaporeans: No (For stay up to 90 days) British/ Australian/ Other Passports: No (For stay up to 90 days) FLIGHT ROUTE Singapore International Airport (SIN) - Sydney Airport (SYD) - Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport (SCL) - El Plumerillo Airport (MDZ) FLIGHT PROVIDERS Singapore Airlines: Flight to Sydney from Singapore Qantas Airways: Flight to Santiago from Sydney LAN Airlines: Flight to Mendoza from Santiago


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Cervo Zermatt Switzerland With only a population of about 5,800 inhabitants and enveloped by the snow-capped Swiss Alps, this little snowy enclave of Zermatt is akin to the scenes which are commonly illustrated in children’s stories during the winter season. The town is home to the world-famous mountaineering and ski resort of the Swiss Alps.

to have an authentic experience of a lifetime. If you want to be caught in the stillness of time, having a meal at one of the many restaurants in the vicinity would be an excellent option. There is no better place than sitting at the deck over a glass of wine while gazing at the panoramic view of the terrain in the distance.

For couples that seek ultimate privacy in the Swiss Alps, Cervo Zermatt’s would be an excellent choice to seek refuge. Adopting a chalet style of living, its folksy and woody exterior begets a sense of homely comfort that is almost alluring at first sight. With a wide selection of room types to choose from, each of the rooms are accompanied by a remarkable view of the mountains or the foliage that encompass the property.

Do not be misled by the tranquil and spotless blanket of white that coat the roofs and landscape of the roofs. Set aside some time to explore what lies beyond the façade of this small town. Positioned amongst the rest of the humble infrastructure is the famous Boîte à Chocolat, a chocolate confectionary which sells an extensive range of Swiss treats ranging from chocolate classics, sweets to pastries. The penetrating aroma of the freshly baked cakes, freshly brewed coffee, premium teas and chocolate drinks will ingenuously lure you into the Tea Room where you can cosy up with your other half. Other notable places where you can experience a taste of Switzerland is Horu Käserei, which sells dairy products, and Metzgerei Bayard, the local butcher.

Your mood will instantly be lifted and your weariness from prolonged periods of travelling will dissipate upon entering the room. There is nothing more gratifying then absolute tranquility by the woods with the majestic Alps greeting you when you arise from your slumber. Over here, you will be equipped the necessary elements needed to create a romantic ambience. Reinvigorate your body with their collection of sophisticated massage treatments, ranging from their signature Après-Ski massage after a day of skiing to a hot stone massage to take that load of stress off your back. Every chalet is furnished with a sauna, samarium, outdoor whirlpool, massage showers, bucket shower and massage room, among others. As the light of dawn begins to stream through the glass windows, prepare yourself for an eventful day out at Zermatt. Till April, weather conditions in Zermatt present the perfect opportunity to experience the thrills of winter sports. Hop on down to any one of their ski and snowboarding schools

VISA REQUIREMENTS Singaporeans: No (For stay up to 90 days) British/ Australian/ Other Passports: No (For stay up to 90 days) FLIGHT ROUTE Singapore International Airport (SIN) - London Heathrow Airport (LHR) Bern Airport (BRN) FLIGHT PROVIDERS British Airways: Flight to London from Singapore Sky Work Airlines: Flight to Bern from London

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The Glacier Express Being one of the highly-notable travel systems in the world, the Glacier Express is no stranger to many worldwide. For those who have not heard of its name, you will soon realise that embarking on this journey will be a trip of your lifetime. Beginning at Zermatt, you will cruise through regions featuring panoramic views of the geographical landscapes that have been left untouched and stand proudly alongside the railway. There are two routes that the train embarks on – from Zermatt to Davos or the former to St. Moritz in either direction. Either option will take you on a jaw-dropping view of the Swiss terrain. Surrounded by the Alps, Zermatt is the perfect illustration of Switzerland. This is where the renowned health resort is situated at and has been frequented by mountaineers from all over the world. To be at Zermatt is an opportunity not to be missed and you might want to consider taking a tour of this village before setting off. As the train departs from the snow-capped Alpine mountains, you will soon be brought into another dimension adorned with sights of lush beauty and elegance. Thunderous mountain streams, age-old fortresses and verdant meadows are just some of the splendid sights that await you. As the train ventures deeper into the Swiss landscape, you will catch a glimpse of rugged cliffs, clusters of villages and even alluring vineyards. 20 miles out of Zermatt will you arrive at Brig, a village enclosed with century-old building that are devoid of in many of the cities today. Soon, the train approaches the Rhône, one of the major rivers in the European region that leads to the Southeastern region of France and into the Mediterranean Sea. Drawing away from Rhône will see you glide through the region of Goms, where quaint village houses dot the verdant landscape. Weekendin 62

You will eventually arrive at the Furka Basis Tunnel, a structure which has been significant in allowing the Glacier Express to operate during the winter months. The ride is not complete without reaching the climax – travelling across Oberalp Pass at a peak of 6,670 feet. While on board, you can opt for a 3-course menu in the dining car or the dish of the day at your seat. All the trains are rigged with a Railbar serving an assortment of snacks, sweets and drinks. As the train pulls in to Disentis, what awaits out the window is a feast for the eyes as the railway starts to curl along the edge of the canyon. Once you have come to the end of this approximately 8-hour journey, you would have passed 291 bridges and 91 tunnels, at a peak altitude of 6,670 feet. For those who fancy an alternative dose of excitement on Valentine’s Day, the Glacier Express is an opportunity not to be missed. Packed with a lineup of spectacular views of flawless beauty, this 8-hour ride would become an unwavering memory to be etched on your mind forever. VISA REQUIREMENTS Singaporeans: No (For stay up to 90 days) British/ Australian/ Other Passports: No (For stay up to 90 days) FLIGHT ROUTE Singapore International Airport (SIN) - London Heathrow Airport (LHR) Bern Airport (BRN) FLIGHT PROVIDERS British Airways: Flight to London from Singapore Sky Work Airlines: Flight to Bern from London


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Vaucluse en Provence, France The region of Provence is renowned for its astonishing sights of nature as well as captivating views of age-old infrastructure that have withstood the test of time. The region paints a picture of natural splendour, rendering it one of the must-go places on earth. If you are looking for an immersive holiday with your better half this Valentine’s Day, Provence should well be on your list of destinations to travel.

Today, the hilltops are still dotted with archaic villages; plains hold residence to vineyards and crop fields whereas the locals reside around the château. Labeled as one of the Most Beautiful Villages in France, a visit to the village of Ansouis is worth a mention on your itinerary. Weave through the narrow passages that take you past buildings that date back to the 15th century. When in Ansouis, do drop by the Wine and Vineyard Museum at Château Turcan (Musée de la vigne et du vin au Château Turcan).

One of the most iconic scenes in this region is their deep sea of purple lavenders at full bloom during the months from June to August in Luberon. Many have come from all around the world just to marvel at this beguiling phenomenon that will almost certainly enrapture your hearts. It is on this tract of land where you will discover the wondrous properties that this species of flower brings. This will be the opportune moment to take home a piece of their soap, honey, cosmetics and nectarous sorbets, all of which are based on one key ingredient – lavender. Quell your inquisitive mind at the Gerbaud Discovery Farm where you will be enlightened on the region’s heritage, ethnology as well as the properties of aromatic plants that are cultivated on the property.

Bring things up a notch by engaging in an adrenaline-pumping trip up on the hot air balloon. Capture the moment on camera with your ideal partner while hovering over the Luberon range with a birds eye view of some of the most beautiful villages in France. For a more comprehensive coverage of the terrain, flights beyond the French borders are available as well! Round up the day by retreating into the uninterrupted refuge of one of the finest boutique hotels in the region.

Vaucluse is also famed for its fine selection of wines that are produced from their locally harvested vineyards. Instead of sipping a glass of wine over a hearty meal, take this opportunity to make your own wine instead at Violes. With the guide of the oenologist, you will learn to grasp the basics of blending using the grape varieties that sprout in the Rhone Valley.

FLIGHT ROUTE Singapore International Airport (SIN) - Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) - Marseille Provence Airport (MRS)

Feast on their local fare by patronising any of their restaurants. At Vaucluse, only the freshest of local harvests are used, ensuring that each meal would be a mouth-watering experience. The recipes are uncomplicated, yet it seemingly diffuses with a myriad of flavours in your mouth.

VISA REQUIREMENTS Singaporeans: No (For stay up to 90 days) British/ Australian/ Other Passports: No (For stay up to 90 days)

FLIGHT PROVIDERS Singapore Airlines: Flight to Paris from Singapore Air France: Flight to Marseille from Pariswant to consider taking a tour of this village

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From a sexy couple’s fitness program, to indulging in an in-room fine dining experience, the Amara Sanctuary Resort Sentosa promises a whole lot of lovin’. The tranquil paradise offered by Amara Sanctuary Resort Sentosa makes it the perfect place to head to with a special someone. I was treated to a stay at one of the suites at the Larkhill Terrace. Built during World War II, the building was once a colonial British barrack. Beautifully restored, this double story building gave me the feeling that I had just stepped through the looking glass into the grandeur of old Singapore. Larkhill Terrace boasts charm and elegance that can only be proffered by buildings with a history as colourful as a rainbow’s. Do not be fooled by the throwback architecture. The interior of each suite is meticulously designed and decorated to suit even the most modern and high-tech of guests. I was booked into one of the corner suites on the second floor of Larkhill Terrace. With a stunning view overlooking the infinity lap pool and a wraparound balcony featuring classic rattan furniture and comfortable throw cushions, I knew that I had a luxurious stay in store for me. The interior was nothing short of sensational. I was greeted by a massive living area with a comfortable L-shaped couch, flat screen television, study desk with complimentary stationary and a beautifully set table for two complete with a romantic tropical floral arrangement for my in-room dining session that evening. The adjoining bedroom boasted a king-size four poster bed and throw pillows, beckoning me to sink into its warm embrace. The bathroom was magnificent. A large rainfall shower area on the left and toilet on the right led to a tub that overlooked the infinity pool below. His and her sinks flanked each side of the tub and high quality bathroom amenities completed the overall welcome. The canopy of the surrounding greenery carried forth the calm whispers Weekendin 64

of rustling leaves and chirping birds. Not too far into the distance, glints of sunshine danced off the surface of the South China Sea and the distant sounds of a foghorn signaled the passing of massive ships making their way to and from the world’s busiest port. I could not help but daydream of a forgotten time when pirates and traders ruled the high seas, waging wars against opium and spice kings. I was jolted out of my daydream by the phone ringing, gently reminding me that I had a gym appointment to head to at Aileron Wellness, the resort’s 24-hour fitness centre. Aileron Wellness As part of Amara Sanctuary Resort Sentosa’s special couple’s package, I was treated to a personal session at the resort’s 24-hour gym managed by Aileron Wellness. Aileron Wellness is a fully equipped gym with some of the best facilities and trainers in the country. Boasting some of the finest body-building and cardiovascular equipment one could possibly ask for, Aileron is every fitness buff’s dream come true. Aileron Wellness also boasts a fitness playground complete with Astroturf and partial hardwood floors. The green concept certainly pairs well with the gym’s image as an unconventional fitness centre nestled in the heart of Amara’s surrounding greenery. With a stunning view of the ocean, Aileron Wellness is the perfect place to head to should one wish to sweat the calories away without actually feeling like one is at the gym. The session I partook in was the Couple’s Fitness Program. Designed for couples, this simple yet sweat-promising regime encourages couples to motivate each other through harmonious exercise movements. I was lucky enough to score a session with the gym’s owner, Keith, and by the end of my 45-minute session was feeling great.


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Although tiring, I thoroughly enjoyed the fun-filled session that encompassed games and interactive fitness activities. The session is thoughtfully designed in such a way that couples who partake in it do not feel like they are working out, but rather, staying in tune with each other as they work as a team and bond by completing the exercises. Bucket loads of laughter ensured and I loved how much fun I had. By the end of my session, I was half in love with my stand-in partner, Sufian, one of the trainers who stood in as my workout buddy. I can only imagine how much fun it would be with a special someone! In-Room Dining After my dip in the infinity lap pool and a luxurious soak in the tub, I was ready for my 3 course in-room dining. Post-workout, I was more than ready to sample the culinary delights that I had heard so much about. A liveried waiter rang my doorbell at the stroke of 7pm. Balancing a tray complete with champagne, bread basket and crab meat salad entrée, he skillfully placed everything on my pre-set table and deftly lit a candle, bathing the room in a romantic glow. When I was done with my entrée, he waltzed back in with a beautifully placed tray that comprised of my appetizer, main course and dessert. My taste buds were indulgently treated to a perfectly seared piece of fois gras with toasted brioche, poached pear and Morella cherries. For the main course, I practically melted when I took my first bite of the braised Wagyu beef brisket, slow cooked for 48 hours and served with fondant potato, glazed baby vegetables and drizzled with Bordelaise jus. As a huge fan of creme brulée, I was amazed by the chef’s creativity with the epitome of an east meets west dessert- jackfruit creme brulée topped with slices of fresh strawberry, raspberry and blueberry. The meal was simply delicious and I was thoroughly satisfied by the time I took my final mouthful. Within minutes of my call, someone was at my door ready to whisk the non-existent remnants of my dinner away, leaving me in complete peace and serenity.

Breakfast at Shutters The next morning, I woke up completely refreshed from one of the best sleeps I had ever had and headed to Shutters, the resort’s all-day dining restaurant for breakfast. I was led to my table and immediately noticed that the deco had a modern touch and feel to it. The sleek architecture gave me the illusion of being on a cruise ship and glimpses of the ocean in the distance completed the overall illusion. The nautical deco and natural light that streamed though the glass windows complemented my buffet breakfast and I was thoroughly satisfied after my feast that comprised of Singaporean delights and Western favourites. The Resort My ensuing stroll around Amara Sanctuary Resort Sentosa’s vast grounds brought me past beautiful gardens, well manicured lawns, towering ancient trees, and resident peacocks. Sentosa’s Palawan Beach is located several minutes away and guests with a sense of adventure are more than welcome to pop over. The resort also offers a complimentary shuttle every 15 minutes to and from Vivo City. Not only that, guests are treated to a complimentary ride on the Sentosa Bus, Beach Tram & Sentosa (Train) Express. I however, found myself back at Larkhill Terrace where I proceeded to laze by the gorgeous infinity pool. Amara Sanctuary Resort Sentosa is truly is a one-of-a-kind holiday destination. Perfect as a staycation venue, I recommend that kids, pets, job stresses and everyday worries be left at home and one hundred percent of your attention, focus and love be centered on your partner. There is no better place at which to rekindle the love and passion in a relationship than to indulge in a couple of days at this majestic and tranquil resort. Will I be returning? You bet, but next time with someone special. Amara Sanctuary Resort Sentosa 1 Larkhill Road, Sentosa Singapore 099394 T: +65 6825 3888 | amarahotels.com 65 Weekendin


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Dining in style

Faber Bistro

If you are seeking out a chic and contemporary atmosphere, Faber Bistro is the place to be. Dine in humble elegance at the top of Mount Faber overlooking an unobstructed view of the city. The Faber Bistro is the ideal place for couples who simply want to chill over a simple meal. Relish in their Valentine’s special infused with a local twist – Smoked Salmon Tartar with Ginger and Chives with Yellow Frisee and Pineapple Chilli Salsa for the appetiser. Following which, you will be served the Oven-Roasted Chicken Roulade with Wild Mushrooms Potato Purée, Seasonal Vegetables and Sage Sauce. You will almost certainly be blown away by their Red Rose Ivory Chocolate Crumble Tart or have a simple serving of Cherry Compote with Chocolate Ice Cream. Price: From $120 per couple Faber Bistro | The Jewel Box | 109 Mount Faber Road | Singapore 099203 | T 377 9688 | www.mountfaber.com.sg

Senso Ristorante

Romance your loved one with Senso’s 6-course Valentine’s Dinner Menu, and be enthralled by the luxurious spread of exquisite courses, created by Executive Chef, Yves Schmid. Prepare to be blown away with dishes such as the Creamy Artichoke Soup with Italian Black Winter Truffle from Piedmont, as well as mains such as fresh Monk Fish Medallion A la Plancha, King Crab Meat, Cabbage and Vegetable Cake and Australian Full-blood Wagyu Beef Tenderloin Mayura. Senso extends the Valentine’s Day spirit by presenting the Love Brunch on 16th February. Expect a luxurious buffet spread of Italy’s finest produce, with uniquely coloured creations of desserts, hot mains and pastas served ala minute to your table, and a free flow of Prosecco, Italian wines and beers. Price: 14 Feb 2014 Senso’s 6-course Valentine’s Dinner Menu: $148++ per person 16 Feb 2014 Senso’s Love Brunch: $118++ per person Senso Ristorante | 21 Club Street | Singapore 069410 | T 6224 3534 | reservations@senso.com.sg | www.senso.sg

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What better way to spend Valentine’s Day than dining out in style? What can compete with gazing into your true love’s eyes over a table of delicious treats? February 14th is a special day in almost everyone’s book, and that is when restaurants devise the best of menus and promotions to cater to the craze. From the amusebouche to the sweet finale, here are some dining-out options for Valentine’s Day in Singapore.


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Olivia Cassivelaun Fancourt (OCF)

For guys looking to impress their ladies this Valentine’s Day, do consider dining in absolute opulence at OCF. Using only the freshest of seasonal produce, expect a satiating evening on this special occasion. Expect an air of romance to reverberate throughout the dining area as the locally-renowned jazz artistes: Michaela Therese, Dawn Ho and Alina Ramirez take centrestage by belting out their music pieces. Whet up your appetite with the Le Homard – a dish containing Maine Lobster Salad, Ratte Potato Confit and Perigord Black Truffles before moving on to the mains. Dinner will not be complete without dessert and OCF will definitely leave you on seventh heaven with the Le Moka – a recipe which includes Valrhôna Chocolate Royale, Coffee Crémeux and Caramel Ice Cream. Price: From $168 per person (Includes an exclusive door gift with compliments from OCF). Additional $50 for a hand bouquet of roses. Olivia Cassivelaun Fancourt | The Arts House | 1 Old Parliament Lane | #02-02 | T 6333 9312 | www.ocf-singapore.com

Pollen Surrounded by the all-encompassing view of the flora at Gardens by the Bay, the Flower Dome is home to Pollen – a fine-dining restaurant featuring the best of Mediterranean-inspired cuisine. To complement the Mediterranean landscape, the restaurant is surrounded by temperate olive trees and herbs, all within the comfort of a sub 20 degree temperature. As Valentine’s Day is around the corner, the culinary team has put together a menu to mark the occasion. Following a glass of champagne, a selection of dishes which include cured foie gras with smoked passion fruit, almonds and muscavado, as well as wagyu short rib of beef cooked for 36 hours alongside servings of braised oxtail, cep purée and salt-baked potato foam ensues. To end the night, your sweet cravings will be satisfied to the fullest with one of their in-house desserts. Price: From $200 per person Pollen | Flower Dome | Gardens By The Bay | 18 Marina Gardens Drive, #01-09 | Singapore 018953 | T 6604 9988 | www.pollen.com.sg

The Cliff

Fronting the South China Sea, The Sentosa, A Beaufort Hotel has played a significant role in creating many memories in recent years. Sign up for their all-inclusive Valentine’s Day package consisting of a two-night accommodation at the Deluxe Suite and dinner at The Cliff. Alternatively, pamper yourselves in their indulgent 7-course Valentine’s Dinner, which serves a separate menu catering to the taste of the both the gentleman and the lady. Their extensive list comprise of dishes such as Sauté Porcini Mushroom with cream topped off with a drop of truffle oil and a more feminine serving of cod with endive and crushed purple potato with butter nantais. Price: $2100 per package, $468 per couple at The Cliff The Cliff | 2 Bukit Manis Road | Sentosa | Singapore 099891 | T 6275 0331 | www.thesentosa.com Photo by: DFW Creative PR

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Resort Style

Resort styles are undoubtedly bigger than ever this year. The nautical trend seems to crop up every few years, and is obstinately here to stay. Denim has matured and taken on clean lines. Hawaiian prints, in the form of classic dress shapes not shirts, are back with brash prints and bright colours adorning the season. Get these coveted looks without breaking the bank – here are some affordable alternatives that will still leave you trendy and very much in style.

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1. Farhi by Nicole Farhi Linen Regatta Top, SGD147, 2. Charlotte Olympia Meredith Striped Canvas Wedge Sandals, SGD825, 3. Saint Laurent AnchorEmbellished Leather Belt, SGD1,145, 4. Kate Spade New York Anchors Away Bracelet, SGD87, 5. La Mer Collections Nautical Charms Leather Wrap, SGD216, 6. Valentino Super Stripes Flap Bag, SGD2,640, 7. Chloé Eau de Parfum, 2.5oz, SGD164, 8. Chanel Resort 2014 – Stripe Top, price unavailable


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You can’t go wrong with a stunning piece of jewellery. Nothing says “I love you” better than diamonds do, and it makes the perfect gift for anyone in a romantic relationship, and women of all ages love new baubles. If you choose to give diamonds this Valentine’s Day, choose a piece of jewellery that is truly timeless. Here is a list of luxurious jewellery gift choices that will charm the heart out of your loved one. 3

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Cottage Decorating Use rattan, painted furniture and cheerful patterns to give any room an air of casual and effortless elegance You do not have to live in an actual cottage to indulge in pretty cottage-type decor. If you are thinking of remodeling or redecorating your home, what better way to do so than to be inspired by quaint cottage-style interiors? Keep in mind that cottage-inspired decorating should fulfill the

goals of making your home look cosy, charming, comfortable and inviting. By adding vibrant colours and adorable one-off pieces of furniture to the mix, you too can transform a cold and dull abode into one worthy to be featured in the glossy pages of a home decor magazine.

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Clockwise from top: Feelgood Designs Basket Chair, price upon request, available at Stylecraft Feelgood Designs Swing Sofa, price upon request, available at Stylecraft DecoTalk Jelly Round Stool, price upon request, available at Star Living Source Relaxer & Footstool, $5129, available at Danish Design Feelgood Designs Manta Lounge Chair, price upon request, available at Stylecraft

One of the great things about living in Singapore is the easy accessibility to one-of-a-kind furniture pieces and decorative items. From beautiful rattan sets to antique hand painted armoires, all you have to do is seek and you shall find. One thing to remember when delving into a cottageinspired decorating project is to always ensure that the pieces you select have character, character and more character. Here are some tips to help you in your quest to fulfill your dream of giving your space an air of casual and effortless elegance. 1. Include Rattan Furniture Gone are the days when rattan furniture sets were reserved for senior shoppers looking to bring back memories of their childhood. Known as wicker to many, rattan is a material made out of vine whereas wicker is the process of making furniture from natural materials. Wicker, or rattan, is a staple at most classic furniture stores in Singapore so it will not be a problem getting your hands on a lovely set. Instead of opting for classic dark coloured rattan sets, select rattan furniture in light and neutral colours as they have a rustic look to them. Beige and white are good bets as they will match almost everything else in your home. Create a rustic and charming look and feel to your rattan couch by adding on brightly coloured pillows and throws. Remember that shabby-chic is what you are looking to achieve so pick throws made from soft and cosy fabric and opt for comfortable deep pillows. 73 Weekendin


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Transform your outdoors Whether you have a blacony, patio, veranda or garden, turn your outdoor space into a beautiful cottage garden. Transform your outdoor living space by adding comfy furniture. Avoid anything contemporary. Instead look for Adirondack, wicker, or painted metal shellback chairs. The furniture doesn’t have to match: Part of the charm is how informal it is. An eclectic mix fits right in. Cottage gardens don’t look designed. In fact, they’re usually exuberant, free-flowering, and sometimes even unrestrained. To get the informal look, avoid planting in straight lines or defined patterns. Let plants cascade over paths and weave through each other. It adds to their charm. And grow self-seeding plants that pop up in unexpected places.

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2. Give Painted Furniture a Chance Forget any pre-conceived notions that you may have about colourful furniture being tacky and too over the top. On the contrary, painted furniture can introduce special charm and joy into a room, especially if it is an antique piece. Newer pieces with intricate designs and hand painted addons are also a wonderful way to bring some cottage style inspiration into your home. If you have the choice, pick out pieces that have a distressed or weathered look to them as pieces that look a little rough around the edges are the epitome of cottage elegance. You can give recycled pieces made out of driftwood and old furniture a new lease on life simply by adding a coat of paint over them. Pieces such as these make for the perfect addition to rooms seeking to achieve a cottage-inspired theme. 3. Add Cheerful Patterns & Colours Pay a visit to the next flea market in town and you will be surprised at the myriad of trinkets and vintage finds that you will be able to get your hands on. Instead of opting for neutral coloured accessories, choose some with a burst of colour and character. Most of the time, the little details can make or break the feel of one’s space. If you are aiming for a cosy cottageinspired feel, then stick to the theme and bypass anything that screams modern and opt for comfort and warmth instead. Get creative and play around with patterns and colours. Do not be afraid to mix and match but remember not to overdo it as you do not want your accessories and addons to clash with your furniture. Pick a general theme and play around with it. For example if you are hoping to achieve a beach cottage-inspired look, stick to ocean themed colours and decor. Beige, teal, grey, white, and turquoise go wonderfully together so have some fun playing around with your theme’s colour palette. At the end of the day, keep things simple and you will find that achieving a rustic cottage-inspired flair and feel in your home is not as difficult as you envisioned. Remember to retain your own personal style and you will be all set to have guests over in no time. Good luck! 75 Weekendin


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At the Helm of CUT

Running the house of CUT by Wolfgang Puck is Executive Chef Joshua Brown, a genuinely forthright man whose charisma is reflected in each exquisite dish he creates. It is easy to see how Chef Joshua Brown stands out from the pack once we talked to him. Read on to find out his take on food and what CUT has to offer.

Q: Tell us more about yourself. I’m from California. I’ve been in Singapore for 4 years in April. I love Singapore and honestly, I don’t ever plan on moving back home. I plan on staying here because it’s a fun place to be. There is a great food scene, nightlife is usually pretty entertaining, and you meet a lot of different interesting people from different cultures and countries. Coming from LA in the States, you grow up and you hang out with the same people you grew up with. I don’t want to say it’s boring, but it’s just kind of stagnant. Here, things are a little more exciting. Q: What is your favourite restaurant? I don’t know if I have a favourite restaurant. It really depends on what I feel like eating that day, because I don’t just like one specific restaurant for one type of cuisine. Generally, I eat more local fare. I don’t really go to restaurants that much. Q: At what age did your love for cooking start? I don’t know about cooking but I can tell you when my love for food started. I can still remember a couple of my first real experiences tasting really bold, new flavours. I think that was when I really started opening my eyes to food. But as far as cooking, I just figured since I like food and I was working in construction before this and I did not want to work with concrete my whole life, I decided to go to school and do cooking. Q: Tell us more about your role as Executive Chef of Cut. I’m pretty much responsible for the whole restaurant. Wes, the General Manager here, and I have a great working relationship. We share a partnership in the restaurant, where essentially we share responsibility both front and back of the house. If I see something in the front of the house that he didn’t notice or wasn’t around to take care of, I address it. Same thing with the back of the house – if there is an issue back there, he doesn’t address it directly himself. He would go to my executive sous chef, and I will address it with him and we can work on it there. A lot of restaurants are very divided – this is your Weekendin 76


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world, here’s my world – but it’s different here. You need to be aware of everything that is going on at all times. Q: How is it working with Chef Wolfgang Puck? It is good. I’ve worked for Wolf for 12 years. When I first started working with him, I actually worked with him in the same restaurant. He was in everyday; it was like that for a couple of years. And then he started travelling a little more, but it’s fine. Most of the people who are in the managerial position within his company have been with him for at least 8 years, I’m guessing. It’s a good company to work for, because he is good to work with. He can be extremely demanding, but you don’t get to that level without being real crazy. So it is totally acceptable and normal. Q: Is he one of your mentors? I guess. But my real mentor would be Chef Lee Hefter, who is Wolfgang’s right hand. He would essentially be the one. Q: What are the differences in managing a restaurant in the US compared to Singapore? Logistically, there are other issues here as far as bringing in ingredients and having products available. I could order some right now and have it in a couple of hours in the States. Here, since everything is imported, it’s not always in Singapore. So it takes a little more planning and projection on business levels on what you are going to actually want to use. As for staffing, I think working with the staff here is far better than working with the staff in the States. Q: Is there a difference in the working culture between Singapore and the US? Everyone here just seems more eager to learn and they genuinely love what they do. I worked at Beverly Hills, where almost everybody who is working in the front of the house all wanted to be actors and models. So they didn’t really look at it as a job, it was just something they did to pay their bills. On the other hand, the people that I am working with here truly want to do what they are doing. They are eager to learn,

they accept constructive criticisms and the attitude I had to deal with in L.A. is not there. Q: What is the most creative dish you have ever constructed? We have a dish that we just recently put on the menu, which is pho that we deconstructed without the broth, so it’s a steak carpaccio in a way, with a lot of Vietnamese spices. The flavours of the pho are there, but it’s just a different spin on that type of dish. When I first started cooking with Wolf, it was about how many ingredients we can put on one plate – that was what we thought of as creative. Sometimes you over do it, and it mellows everything down. So it’s really more about sticking to the true flavour of the ingredients that complement each other. Not necessarily keeping it simple, but more about knowing when to stop. Q: What is the most challenging dish you ever had to make? Rabbit in 5 different ways in one plate. It’s basically taking down one rabbit into a bunch of different pieces and cooking each piece in a different way, with a different sauce or a different roasting method. It all comes together on one plate at the same time. We did a roasted loin, did a ragout with the shoulder, skewered the innards, such as the heart, the gizzards and the liver. We also did a stuffed roasted leg. It was very challenging, having 8 or 9 sauté pans on the stove at one time just for one dish. That one is a pain. Q: How is steak best cooked in your opinion? Season it full of salt and throw it on a burning grill. That’s it. You just have to use good quality beef; it’s not rocket science. Just buy a really high quality piece of meat, season it properly, get a nice grill and cook it there. It’s easy.

selects all the meats for all the Wolfgang restaurants. We get the top 1% of the prime beef that is available to him. All our steaks are farmed Wagyu from the US, and it is all hand selected. There are levels of quality control before it even gets to me. Once it gets to me, if I don’t think it is up to par, I reject it. Q: What are your recommended dishes at Cut? The Bone Marrow Flan, Hokkaido Scallops, Prime Rib Eye. We have Japanese and American Wagyu, but I think the Prime Rib Eye has a great mixture between its richness and beefy flavour. Some people prefer really rich steak like the wagyu, but I want something that is a little bit more balanced. Q: What is your favourite Singaporean food? I live on the East Coast, and they have this place that serves Nasi Padang in the food court of Parkway. I used to go there everyday for breakfast before I came in to work. They closed the place down and remodelled it. It is now Food Republic, so it’s not the same anymore. That was my favourite thing in Singapore. Till now, I have yet to find a place I like as much as that place. Otherwise, I also like sambal stingray, oyster omelette and pork porridge. Q: What do you do when you are not working? It depends on the day. Some days I sit at home and do nothing, some days I go to East Coast Park, down to Tanjong Beach Club, go for tea. It all depends. Q: What is your family’s preferred activity in Singapore? My youngest likes eating and my oldest likes playing on the computer. But they both love Din Tai Fung.

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Q: What are you most proud of achieving? A: I am very proud of achieving a role in the first TV series that I was in because it was one of my first real auditions; although, I didn’t know it was an audition because my mom tricked me. Q: What are you most thankful about your parents? A: I am thankful that my parents support my dreams. Q: What is the most fun thing you like to do? A: I’ve recently discovered roller coasters. I was never tall enough before, but a few weeks ago I went to Hong Kong Disneyland and was able to ride a few and I LOVED it! Q: Who is your best friend and what do you like doing together? A: My mom is my best friend – we do everything together. I especially like playing board games with her and baking (although, we don’t have a lot of time to do this). Q: If you could change one rule that your family has, what would you change? A: In my house, you can only eat sweets after you’ve eaten ‘real’ food. I understand this, but sometimes I don’t like it. Q: Of all the things you are learning, what do you think will be the most useful when you are an adult? A: Please and thank you’s – basic manners are very important because if you don’t have these, people will think less of you. Q: Would you cheat on a test if you knew you would not get caught? Why or why not? A: I know you want me to say that I wouldn’t cheat because cheating is the wrong thing to do, but I think I would…wouldn’t you?? Wink wink. On the other hand, I wouldn’t need to cheat because I’m oh-so-smart! Q: If you could grow up to be famous, what would you want to be famous for? A: At first I thought acting and performing, but I thought about it some more and decided…yep, that’s what I want to be famous for. Sorry mom, I won’t be discovering the cure for cancer. Q: If you could give one gift to every single child in the world, what gift would you give? A: This is a hard one. Every night I thank God for the roof over my head, the clothes on my back and food to eat. If I could give every child these things and love, then that would be great.

Kyra Leyi Cheung

8 Years Old

Eight-year-old Kyra Leyi Cheung is pursuing her dream of becoming an actress. This hardworking little girl has already had a lead role in 40 episodes of a preschool children’s programme, along with many other short films, theatre productions, television commercials, music videos and print ads. Kyra has recently become passionate about gymnastics as well, and is training with Alpha Gymnastics on the East Coast. She went to her first competition in Hong Kong in November 2013 and brought home two gold medals for the balance beam and the uneven bars. When Kyra isn’t acting or doing gymnastics, you can find her dancing with Alaine Handa of A.H. Dance Company, or practicing her piano and vocals with Aaron Goh of D-flat Studios in Tiong Bahru. Kyra is passionate about everything she undertakes, and she never grows tired of her busy lifestyle. Kyra will be playing the part of Sheila the fairy in the new show Wizards of Honey Street. Filming starts mid-February and will go through the entire month of March. We had a moment to interview Kyra and this is what she said… More on Kyra at www.kyraleyicheung.com or like her Facebook Page: Lights, Camera, KYRA Weekendin 78

Q: When was a time that you felt blessed? A: I feel very blessed every day because I am exposed to so many different things. I’m very lucky to be able to act, do gymnastics, dance, sing and play the piano. I’m also very blessed to have teachers that I adore and who help me, encourage me and believe in me. Q: If you could make one rule that everyone in the world had to follow, what rule would you make? Why? A: Everyone must play nice. If we were all a bit kinder to each other then I think the world would be a better place. Q: How would you enjoy spending your birthday? A: As far as my birthday is concerned, I’m actually pretty easy. A nice relaxing day at home with my family is nice, a little time to play with my Barbies, or play games with my parents. Oh, a good movie sounds fun…but those roller coasters are calling me. I hear them. I must go find them. Q: One random question for you. Why aren’t birds electrocuted on wires? A: Seriously?? I don’t know why.You should Google it.


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Lisa Yamada

7 Years Old

Louisa makes a new friend

On a crisp and cool Sunday morning, Louisa’s parents brought her to the bird park. In the beautiful morning, they were getting ready to get into the car. When they reached the bird park, they could hear the birds making lots of noise. They could also hear the children skedaddle. Once Louisa got out of the car, she ran as fast as her legs could carry her into the park full of birds. Her parents told her not to go in by herself as it was dangerous.

Sophia Jae Cheng

2 Years Old

Q: Do you have a nickname? A: Yes. Soph, Sophie, sometimes mama calls me Pipu or Fifi. Q: What is your favourite movie? A: Sofia, the First Q: If you could be an animal, what would you be and why? A: Crocodile so I can swim, and swim, and swim. Q: Who is your best friend? A: Mommy and Daddy Q: What do you like to do on the weekend? A: Sing and dance Q: What is your favourite thing to eat? A: Mee Sua, eggs, squash, veggies and fried rice Q: Is there anything your Dad or Mom does that makes you laugh? A: When they laugh, I laugh Q: What do you want to be when you grow up? A: Chef because i like cooking, so mommy and daddy can rest. I will cook fried rice for everyone. Q: If you had one special power, what would it be? And what would you do with it? A: I want to fly like an airplane. I want to be like superman and travel. Q: Pretend that you could fly anywhere that you wanted to. Where would you go? A: I want to visit ama and gwammy in Manila.

While Louisa was walking, she saw a little girl crying. She asked the girl what her name was. She said that her name was Michelle. Louisa also asked Michelle what happened. She said she got lost and wanted to call her parents. Louisa asked her parent for their phones so Michelle could call her parents. While waiting for Michelle’s parents, Louisa comforted Michelle. Suddenly, they became good friends. Michelle’s worried face turned into a very happy face. When Michelle’s parents came, she introduced Louisa to them. After introducing Louisa to them, Michelle’s parents thought that they should have a play date together! Michelle was always shy with people as she is scared of talking to strangers. However, Michelle really liked Louisa. Michelle thought Louisa was very kind and helpful. In the play date, Louisa and Michelle tried to talk to each other. After an hour, they started talking a lot. Louisa’s mother was very happy that the two girls got along fine. They became best friends forever and they wished they were in the same school and in the same class, going to recess together every day. About the Author My name is Lisa Yamada and I am 7 years old. I go to the Singapore Chinese Girls’ School and my hobbies are playing the violin, dancing, swimming, sewing, cooking, writing, and reading. I like these hobbies because violin allows me to enjoy music, dancing makes me flexible, sewing stretches my mind, cooking makes me happy, writing makes me smart and reading teaches me like English! One of my role models is Jocelyn, the 9 year-old violinist who plays The Moon Represents My Heart.

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MOVIES TO WATCH OUT FOR IN FEBRUARY

Nebraska | 6 Feb ‘14 Cast: Bruce Dern, Will Forte, June Squibb, Stacy Keach, Bob Odenkirk Director: Alexander Payne

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues | 20 Feb‘14 Cast: Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, Kristen Wiig, Christina Applegate Director: Adam McKay

After receiving a sweepstakes letter in the mail, a cantankerous father thinks he’s struck it rich, and wrangles his son into taking a road trip to claim the fortune. Along the way, the two meet up with friends, relatives and acquaintances to whom the father owes money. Shot in black and white across four states, Nebraska tells the stories of family life in the heartland of America.

With the 70’s behind him, San Diego’s top rated newsman, Ron Burgundy, returns to the news desk. Also back for more are Ron’s co-anchor and wife, Veronica Corningstone, weather man Brick Tamland, man on the street Brian Fantana and sports guy Champ Kind - All of whom won’t make it easy to stay classy... while taking the nation’s first 24-hour news channel by storm.

Lone Survivor | 13 Feb ‘14 The Lego Movie | 6 Feb‘14 Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Ben Foster, Taylor Kitsch, Cast: Chris Pratt, Will Arnett, Channing Tatum, ElizaEmile Hirsch, Eric Bana beth Banks, Morgan Freeman, Alison Brie, Will Ferrell Director: Peter Berg Director: Phil Lord, Chris Miller, Chris McKay Based on The New York Times bestselling true story of heroism, courage and survival, Lone Survivor tells the incredible tale of four Navy SEALs on a covert mission to neutralise a highlevel al-Qaeda operative who are ambushed by the enemy in the mountains of Afghanistan. Faced with an impossible moral decision, the small band is isolated from help and surrounded by a much larger force of Taliban ready for war. Weekendin 80

Emmet, an ordinary, rules-following, perfectly average LEGO minifigure is mistakenly identified as the most extraordinary person and the key to saving the world. He is drafted into a fellowship of strangers on an epic quest to stop an evil tyrant, a journey for which Emmet is hopelessly and hilariously under prepared for.

Out Of The Furnace | 20 Feb ’14 Cast: Christian Bale, Forest Whitaker, Woody Harrelson, Casey Affleck, Zoe Saldana, Sam Shepard, Willem Dafoe Director: Scott Cooper The film tells the story of two brothers living in a mill town in the economically depressed Rust Belt. A cruel twist of fate lands the elder brother in prison and the younger becomes involved with a violent Northeastern crime syndicate. When Russell Baze is released from prison, he finds that his younger brother has been brutally murdered. Baze then sets out to avenge the death and track down the killer.


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Sycamore Row by John Grisham

Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County’s most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raise far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly? And what does it all have to do with a piece of land once known as Sycamore Row?

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

Theo Decker, a thirteen-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don’t know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art. As an adult, Theo moves silkily between the drawing rooms of the rich and the dusty labyrinth of an antiques store where he works. He is alienated and in love - and at the centre of a narrowing, ever more dangerous circle.

Dear Life by Alice Munro

With her peerless ability to give us the essence of a life in often brief but spacious and timeless stories, Alice Munro illumines the moment a life is shaped -- the moment a dream, or sex, or perhaps a simple twist of fate turns a person out of his or her accustomed path and into another way of being. Suffused with Munro’s clarity of vision and her unparalleled gift for storytelling, these stories (set in the world Munro has made her own: the countryside and towns around Lake Huron) about departures and beginnings, accidents, dangers, and homecomings both virtual and real, paint a vivid and lasting portrait of how strange, dangerous, and extraordinary the ordinary life can be.

The First Phone Call From Heaven

The First Phone Call from Heaven tells the story of a small town on Lake Michigan that gets worldwide attention when its citizens start receiving phone calls from the afterlife. Is it the greatest miracle ever or a massive hoax? Sully Harding, a grief-stricken single father, is determined to find out. An allegory about the power of belief—and a page-turner that will touch your soul—Albom’s masterful storytelling has never been so moving and unexpected. Readers of The Five People You Meet in Heaven will recognise the warmth and emotion so redolent of Albom’s writing, and those who haven’t yet enjoyed the power of his storytelling, will thrill at the discovery of one of the best-loved writers of our time.

The above books are available at major bookstores.

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of Paradise It can be said that going on a cruise holiday tour is much like staying in a hotel. Only, you glide smoothly across the vastness of the ocean as you enjoy all the relaxing treats of life.


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t is a unique experience which is now receiving more and more attention from travellers. It is no longer deemed as an activity for the elders alone. As time passes, it is becoming one favourite option for unforgettable getaways and vacations.

But what should we expect from a cruise?

 1. Impeccable culinary adventure


 People say that the best way to a person’s heart is through his stomach. Cruising obviously knows that well because it is usually focused on providing the best dining experiences to its passengers. That is why the most common activity to do while on board is to try out the various specialties served in its restaurants - most of which are prepared by gourmet chefs. Afternoon teas and snacks are also served on decks, even barbecues!

 2. Endless entertainment


 Aside from the dining, expect great and endless entertainment on board. As sailing through the seas can be quite boring, entertainment facilities are provided for the satisfaction of guests. First-time passengers may not believe it, but there are actually bars and lounges for a spectacular night life within the ship. Furthermore, there are also theatres, cinemas and casinos for everyone to visit.

 3. Health and wellness


 This may sound weird but passengers can actually swim in a pool while in the middle of a cruise. That is because ships usually have pools on decks to provide guests with a better experience. Completing the feature are spas and massage centres where one can get pampered without any hesitation. There are also gyms to keep fitness in check; as well as sports courts for tennis, golf, squash, etc.

 4. Continuous promotion of knowledge and information


 In order to provide more option for entertainment, cruise ships often integrate fun with knowledge through offering lectures and workshops on board. It can be as informative as history or marine ecology classes, or as helpful as Tai Chi and Yoga classes. Kids are often offered art workshops to keep them entertained, and it is highly recommended that parents enroll their kids in these classes as cruising can get them easily bored.

 5. Stunning shopping experience

 Cruising is often hailed as an epitome of luxury, and luxury often encompasses shopping. Thus, one can go on a relentless shopping spree while on board. Matching the opulence of the environment are numerous designer stores selling great items!

 Going on a cruise basically promises a great and unforgettable experience. If trying it for the first time, we’ve got a few packages from cruises that we love best! Hope to catch you cruising the seven seas soon!

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Cruise Packages Royal Caribbean: 4 Day 3 Night Valentine’s Cruise on Royal Caribean International’s Mariner of the Seas Onboard Royal Caribean International’s Mariner of the Seas, you are able to gain a vast collection of experiences and memories that make the best vacation of a lifetime. The Mariner of the Seas has 15 decks that hold up to 3,807 guests, and is the largest ship specially designed for fun adventures and pure relaxation. You’ll find a wide range of exciting amenities and activities such as the Royal Promenade with duty-free boutiques, a rock-climbing wall, pools, fitness centre, spa, theatre, ice-skating rink, bars and exquisite restaurants to choose from for a romantic dinner for two. ww.royalcaribbean.com.sg Music and dancing on deck the Seabourn Sojourn

Departure Date: 12 February 2014 Port-of-call: Singapore Price: From S$ 250

Silversea: 14 Day 13 Night Cruise on Silversea’s Silver Shadow Luxury Cruise Onboard, the style is inspired by the golden age of cruising. Decorative Art Deco design elements lend a sophisticated 1930s ambience to this luxury cruise line. From the ceiling lights in Le Champagne and the sky-lit main staircase, to the all-suite luxury and trademark intimate ambience aboard Silver Shadow, Silversea guests sail the world surrounded by a provocative blend of modern elegance and timeless glamour – the sensations of history’s most romantic travel era. For a romantic date night, start off your night with a selection of lavish cocktails and indulge in a fine dining experience before heading back to your cabin for an intimate time together. - www.silversea.com

The Royal Caribbean cruising the sea

Departure Date: 13 February, 2014 Port-of-call: Singapore Price: From S$8250

Seabourn: 11-Day World Voyage XIII A Seabourn ship is like a private club, where members share expansive open decks, inviting social spaces, and the personalised attention of an exceptional crew. The Seabourn Sojourn is a 650 feet long ship, with a capacity of 450 guests on board. Take the chance to revitalise in their whirlpool that is out on the deck while admiring the beautiful scenery and natural surroundings. Spice up your night by bringing your dancing shoes and dance the night away at their deck parties with caviar, cocktails, starlight dancing, with one of the most well travelled group of cruisers you will ever meet. Departure Date: 29 March 2014 Port-of-call: Singapore Price: From US$5503

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Celebrity Cruises: 15 Day 14 Night Northbound Asian Allure Cruise on Celebrity Millennium Take a breather and begin your adventure by immersing yourself in Celebrity Millennium’s spectacular atriums alongside with stylish interiors that propels you into a world of elegance. Couples will be set in the mood of a romantic ambience right away as they board the ship. This ship features award winning restaurants such as Blu and Qsine, a place to linger over a meal with your companion, making your dining experience a romantic and unforgettable one. Couples can expect to be pampered with massages at Aquaspa by Elemis and other activities and amenities. Get ready to be entertained by electrifying productions and shows from dawn to dusk while sipping on some of the finest wines from Cellar Masters. This cruise is the ultimate place for the perfect getaway trip to forge stronger relationships with your lover. Departure Date: 29 March, 2014 Port-of-call: Singapore Price: From S$1979

Azamara Club Cruises: 13 Day 12 Night The Spice Route Voyage on Azamara Journey The Azamara journey is a mid-sized ship specially designed for modern voyagers who are seeking for more privacy while enjoying their sailing experience. Inspired by European influences, the deck gives off a tint of royalty and touches of simplicity, where each stateroom is outfitted with a veranda. As you and your companion set sail into the lush tropical islands, sacred caves, temples, colonial outposts and modern cities, all your troubles will seem to dissipate. Tantalise your taste buds in a cultural exploration of trying out an array of international cuisines and traditions. Nothing can be better than being greeted by a refreshing sea view. - www.azamaraclubcruises.com

A Seabourn quest

Departure Date: 3 April 2014 Port-of-call: Singapore Price: From S$3940

Aqua Voyage: 3 Day 2 Night on Sunseeker Manhattan 64 Yacht Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a romantic weekend getaway cruising from Singapore to the serene island recluse of Nongsa, aboard Aqua Voyage’s luxurious private yacht charters. Enjoy exclusive use of the stylish and spacious Sunseeker Manhattan 64 for a group of six persons (three couples). Begin your sea excursion marveling at the glittering Singapore city nightscape before heading to Montigo Resorts, Nongsa in Batam for a romantic candle-lit dinner. Accommodation for the night for each couple will be in a private pool villa at the island’s most luxurious resort, Montigo Resorts, Nongsa. The next morning, wake up to a sumptuous breakfast onboard and en route to Nikoi Island where you will enjoy pristine beaches and waters. Lunch is a specially catered island picnic. On the final day, experience Montigo’s in-villa breakfast followed by a 90-minute couple’s massage before cruising back to Singapore. - www.aquavoyage.com Departure Date: 14 February 2014 Port-of-call: Singapore Price: From S$12,000

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he ReDot Fine Art Gallery presents their first ever exhibition in Singapore from the Lockhart River Art Centre, which in recent years has gone through a major resurgence after bursting on the scene in the mid-90s with a staple of young, inspiring, modern focused Indigenous artists, painting in an extreme modern and western approach. The artists of Lockhart River Art Centre were identified from the very early years, both nationally and internationally, as The Art Gang. The Art Gang formed in 1995 with a group of young artists just out of school. In the same sense that those who worked on the roads were called the The Road Gang, this young group of teenagers worked on art. Lockhart River Aboriginal community is 850kms north of Cairns and is nestled between Quintell Beach and nearby lush lowland rain forest, which boasts a bird life that draws watchers from across the world. The beach is dramatic and spectacular and features as a common thread in the artists’ work. Many of the language groups from this area have traditionally lived close to the beach which has always provided an excellent source of food. Fishing is still one of the most popular pastimes at Lockhart River. Puuya Kuntha - Strong Heart, will be the first ever international solo show of Irene Namok, the mother of renowned founding Lockhart River artist Rosella Namok; whom in recent years has become an accomplished and highly collectable artist in her own right. Irene’s paintings are inspired by her close connection with local country; they are often emotional responses to the beautiful views and look-outs around Lockhart and her favourite fishing spots, where Irene especially enjoys fishing during Salmon Season. The extremely abstract nature of her work has been received with huge acclaim by the global art community and her two previous solo shows in Australia were both sold out as collectors strived to add her modernity to their Indigenous and contemporary art collections. Her work, which has been likened to the works of such greats like Gerhard Richter the Weekendin 86

abstract and photorealistic artist that took Europe by storm in the 6070s, retains a freshness and intoxicating hold over its viewers which is remarkable given the untrained and natural origins of Irene’s painting career. Irene comments ‘I was born on Thursday Island and my grandfather was a church minister at the Old Site. I was going to get married but the man I was going to marry died. I have got six kids. Four boys and two girls, but one of my girls died so now I only have one. I like to paint about my culture because it’s all I know. The old ones have taught me and showed me everything. My paintings are about my emotions. I paint about the bush fires and the waterholes. I paint the lagoons because we like to swim in the lagoons. I also paint about meeting times and festival times and meeting places. We dress the kids all up and paint them all and we sit together and we yarn around the fireplace under the moonlight.’ The exhibition opens on Tuesday, 14th January and runs till Saturday, 1st March 2014 and it is a must-see for anyone interested in following the development of modern contemporary Indigenous art, from one of the Aboriginal art movement’s most refreshing and innovative art centres. The show will be attended by Irene Namok herself, accompanied by Ms. Robbi Neal, Artistic Director of Lockhart River Arts Indigenous Corporation. Location: ReDot Fine Art Gallery ArtSpace@Helutrans | Tanjong Pagar Distripark | 39 Keppel Road | Gallery 9 Unit #01-05 | Singapore, 089065 | T 6222 1039 www.redotgallery.com Admission Free Tuesday – Saturday : 12pm – 7pm, Sunday/Monday/Public Holiday – Open by Appointment Opening January 14 2014 – March 1 2014


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ome mid-2014, Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) will be home to the region’s first Trickeye Museum. This new interactive museum will be sited at the integrated resort’s Waterfront. Occupying an area of 800 square metres, the museum will feature six theme zones, with 80 threedimensional paintings and optical illusion masterpieces.

“Trickeye” is derived from the French compound word - Trompe-l’oeil – meaning trick of the eye. Guests visiting this museum can expect paintings that stimulate creativity and imagination techniques through their vision. Not only will they see with their eyes, the museum requires the active participation of guests to become subjects within the masterpieces. In conceptualising the museum at RWS, Trickeye took into account some of the most remarkable aspects of the Singapore – a truly cosmopolitan city with a thriving ecosystem of nature and wildlife – and transferring them into artworks. The six zones will cover the themes of Love, Circus, Masterpiece, Safari, Fairytale and Adventure. The works displayed will also blend together cultures of East and West in interesting ways, reflecting the melting pot culture of Singapore. Ms. Sujin Seong, Director of Trickeye Museum said, Since we initiated this popular concept in Seoul back in 2010, we have always aimed to expand the footprint of Trickeye beyond the shores of Korea. As a key tourism hub, Singapore was the obvious choice, and Resorts World Sentosa is a prime spot to set up our first overseas venture. We believe that Trickeye Museum will complement the resort’s existing offerings and provide more compelling reasons for tourists from around the world to come visit. Mr. Goh Chye Boon, Executive Vice President of Resort Operations, Resorts World Sentosa, said, We are proud to have Trickeye Museum join the exciting line-up of attractions at Singapore’s first integrated resort. As a key player in the tourism industry, Resorts World Sentosa will continuously refresh our offerings to attract new and repeat visitors, and to stay on top of the game in this dynamic industry. Trickeye Museum will be one of the anchor tenants at the Resort’s Waterfront, and Mr. Goh added that, We will continue to roll out a series of exciting offerings to inject vibrancy to the area. Guests can look forward to enjoying even more unique moments and experiences when they visit our resort, where there is something for everyone in the family. Looking ahead for 2014, the Resort will continue to push into secondary cities in its key markets and roll out campaigns throughout the year to attract repeat visitations from locals and nearby markets including Malaysia and Indonesia. Trickeye museum first opened in Seoul in December 2010 and has welcomed more than a million visitors to date. It has since opened two other museums in popular tourist locations of Busan and Jeju, and established itself as a leading art gallery in Korea. More details of the Trickeye Museum at Resorts World Sentosa will be unveiled closer to opening. To stay tuned to the latest updates, guests can visit www.trickeye.com, www.rwsentosa.com or RWScoop at www.rwsentosablog.com.

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Indeed, today’s men and women have the benefit of looking as good as they can with the availability of more affordable and less invasive cosmetic procedures. Weekendin brings you some of the latest ones. For the face, Microbotox appears to be the way to go to iron out the wrinkles; the traditional botox may soon be a thing of the past. Too much cellulite giving you less than a well-defined chin? Well, Carboxy Therapy to contour your face may be the solution. For hair removal, laser removal will be a more effective way. Middle-agers need not fret too - Therma Slim can help tone expanded waist-lines and sagging tummies while the Slimming Suit Vacu and SmartLipo helps to remove excess body fat and cellulite. The list is long. There are even procedures to stem the effect of ageing Stem Cell Therapy and Anti Ageing programmes are definitely welcome news to the more matured and senior among us. After all, recent findings indicate that the average person’s lifespan has increased by 5 more years - so, why not 5 more quality years?


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Cellulite

The Answer Microbotox, or Meso Botox

The Answer SmartLipo

What is it? Microbotox, or Meso Botox, is a new Botox skin rejuvination and face lifting technique by Allergan Inc. It involves the injections of micro doses of Botox in multiple epidermal blebs. Unlike the conventional Botox injection, Microbotox goes slightly deeper into the facial muscles. The Microbotox helps to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, creates a more naturally tightened and lifted face and also aids in the reduction of oil production, resulting in a smoother and pore-free clear skin. The results of the Microbotox are expected to last 3 months.

What is it? SmartLipo or laser liposuction is an innovative technique used for minimal invasive liposculpture treatment that is performed in a less traumatic manner as compared to conventional methods. No surgery is involved because laser energy liquifies fat rather than the usual suction procedures. Thus, the recovery times of SmartLipo/Laserlipolysis are much faster. Patients can resume work after two days, while it is advisable to avoid vigourous activity for 1-2 weeks.

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Vericose Veins

Sun Damaged Skin

The Answer V-beam Laser Treatment

The Answer Fraxel Laser Treatment

What is it? Nothing is quite as beautiful as soft, smooth, healthy-looking skin. Advanced laser technology allows safe, easy, and effective treatment of many skin disorders painlessly, on an outpatient basis. How does laser work? The V-beam laser uses an intense beam of light. Port wine stains; strawberry hermagiomas and spider veins are all forms of vascular lesions.

What is it? Fraxel Laser Treatment (FLT) is the latest beauty breakthrough to help restore ageing and sun-damaged skin - pixel-by-pixel, spot by spot. It is the only laser device specially designed to resurface a fraction of skin at a time with a million points of light, reducing downtime and maximising patients’ safety. FLT offers rapid results - most patients report softer, smoother and better-toned skin, with cumulative improvement that restores a more healthy and vibrant appearance in as few as four to eight weeks.

Estimated price: From S$1,800

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Laser Hair Removal

Facial Contouring

The Answer CoolGlide Xeo and LightSheer

The Answer Carboxytherapy

What is it? Excess and unwanted hair is a common problem for both women and men, which can be unsightly and embarrassing especially when sited around the upper lip, in the bikini area, under the arms (armpits) or on the legs.

What is it? Carboxytherapy is the new, simple and proven technique that can dramatically remove the appearance of cellulite on your face, chin and neck. It is a non-surgical method. Carbon dioxide is infiltrated into subcutaneous tissue to rapidly improve the total look and feel of your face.

Today’s advanced solutions for hair removal deliver better results than the past traditional hair removal treatments. As the laser treats more than one hair at a time, it is possible to treat larger areas such as the back shoulders, arms, legs and face. Shaving, plucking, waxing and depilatory creams provide temporary results that are irritating, time consuming, messy, and inconvenient.

Estimated price From S$120 per session

With the technology of CoolGlide Xeo and LightSheer, laser hair removal is an effective solution that is gaining popularity worldwide. Besides being effective in removing unwanted body hair, these treatments do not damage the surrounding tissue. Laser treatments will leave your skin looking and feeling silkier, brighter and smoother. Estimated Price: From S$250 91 Weekendin


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The Complete Detox The Answer Colon Cleansing What is it? The body is like a stream that needs the flow of fresh and clear water for proper irrigation. Colon hydrotherapy is also known as colonic irrigation, a procedure that cleanses the inner wall of the colon (a part of the large intestines), by evacuating waste and encouraging the digestive system to function more efficiently. A healthy colon is essential for a healthy body. For those who have normal bowel movements, there is still waste in the colon, which does not get completely eliminated. Colon hydrotherapy helps the removal of waste remaining in the colon which elimates the acumulation of toxic waste and exourages the large intestines to carry out it’s natural peristaltic action, promoting a clean, healthy body. The procedure involes a soothing flow of purified, temperature regulated water, inserted gently into the colon through a thin rectal tube, stimulating the colon’s natural peristaltic action to release softened waste. The inflow of a small amount of water and the release of waste may occur several times during a session. The removal of waste encourages better colon function and excretion. Estimated price: From S$180 per session

Excess Body Fat The Answer The HYPOXO—Vacu Training System is a system designed to target and burn fat. What is it? This specialised treatment comprises of three different machines—the Slimming Suit, Vacuum Dome and the Active Suit. 400 vacuum suction cups are used to accelerate blood circulation to activate your lymphatic system, draining out toxins and firming your skin. The 400 vacuum suction cups are applied to areas of your belly, back and hips. 200 vacuum cups apply suction and 200 apply pressure to your skin tissue. The Vacuum Dome is designed for the best comfort of your body. Lying on a bed designed to provide your body with the best posture, you are sealed within a dome shape and the ergo metre is set to create and maintain a vacuum status. 20 minutes of training will burn 1,000 calories inside this vacuum atmosphere, which can be monitored and adjusted by the computer processor to achieve the maximum status for fat burning training. The body’s problem zones experience increased blood circulation through the vacuum suction process. Fatty acids are broken down to fat molecules and absorbed into the blood stream and supplied via the blood circulation to the exercised muscles, which in turn convert the fat molecules in the blood into energy and burns fat. Estimated price: Per session S$150 Weekendin 92


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Lavender

Not just aromatic flower, but for culinary and other usage

Lavender, having garnered past Herb of the Year awards by the International Herb Association, is an aromatic Mediterranean native. The two most commonly produced types of lavenders are English lavenders (Lavandula angustifolia) and lavandins (L. x intermedia). English lavenders produce seed; lavandins do not. Seed of the cultivars Munstead, a popular compact variety, and Hidcote, a slow-growing variety with very gray foliage and dark-purple flowers, are offered in catalogues, but the plants produced from seed don’t produce uniform stands. Hidcote plants, grown from seed, will not look the same as those produced from cuttings. The flowers have different shades of purple rather than being deep purple and there will be slight differences in growth habit. Though seed-grown English lavenders can be used in the landscape, the plants will look uniform in height and flower colour. Lavender Lady, a 1994 All-American Selections winner bred by Burpee Seed and available from PanAmerican Seed, is a seed-produced cultivar that is uniform in plant habit and will flower the first year. Lady is hardy to USDA Zone 5. Some retailers are finding that more of their customers are asking for cultivars by name. Some of the popular cultivars of Langustifolia include the dark-purple Hidcote, Lodden Blue’ and Royal Velvet; white Nana Alba; and pink Rosea and Hidcote Pink. Because of plant variability from seed, propagate these cultivars vegetatively to ensure they are true to the type. The best vegetative cuttings for both English lavenders and lavandins are taken from non-flowering new growth. Cuttings should be taken in late summer, although pre-flowering stem cuttings taken in the late spring can also be successful. Cuttings can be dipped in a rooting compund and placed in flats filled with perlite. Supplemental bottom heat should be used during cooler weather to maintain a medium temperature of 65F— 70F. Misting the cuttings may not be necesaary, but the cuttings should

be kept under at least 45% shade until they are rooted. Rooting occurs in four to six weeks. Botrytis can be a problem on cuttings taken late in the season. Production time for vegetative-propagated lavenders is six to eight weeks after transplanting rooted cuttings. Use a well-drained medium with a pH of 6.5. Crop time for Lady is usually five to six months everywhere but in the South, where it’s two months less. Sow seed in a well-drained medium at a germination temperature of 72F. Germination is best with light. A slight covering with coarse vermiculite provides better germination and plant stands. Germination takes five to ten days. The hypocotyls can stretch very rapidly under low light, so be sure to move the seedlings to Stage 2 conditions immediately after germination. Seedlings will need an additional month of growth before they are ready for transplanting into finished containers. Transplant the seedlings into a well-drained, pH neutral medium and grow on at 60F—65F nights, 72F days. Seedlings may be transplanted slightly deeper than they have been grown in the plug trays if necessary to compensate for stretched hypocotyls. The medium should be allowed to dry out between watering, but don’t allow plants to wilt. Plants can be finished in packs, 4” pots and miced containers. Don’t plant more than two seedlings per 4” pot. From transplant to finish takes 16-20 weeks. The first flower appears at 17 weeks. In the landscape, lavenders grow in full sun, but will do fine in partial shade. Lady should be spaced 15”—18” apart. This cultivar reaches 12”— 26” and has a spread of 10”. Plants in the landscape require areas with good drainage. 93 Weekendin


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After Hour Drinks Having a drink at a bar is always a good way to unwind after a long day at work. With so many new bars popping up in Singapore, one can be spoilt for choice. But fret not, we have rounded up a few great places for you to sit back and relax with a drink in hand. Weekendin 96


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Orgo Located on the Roof Terrace at the Esplanade, Orgo is the perfect vantage point to take in the ever-changing Singapore skyline. Short for “Organic Chemistry”, this rooftop bar was designed without walls so it utilises glass structures instead to accentuate its modern, city feel. Its spaces are also continually used to display work by leading local creative talents. The food and beverage team at Orgo is headed by renowned Japanese master mixologist, Tomoyuki Kitazoe. Adhering to the organic theme at Orgo, Tomoyuki has created a series of drinks at Orgo that avoids the use of any artificial flavourings and colourings, syrups and canned juices. For a unique experience in the midst of the city, Orgo is the place to go. - www.orgo.sg

COAST @ 1 TwentySix What better place to unwind at besides the beach? Situated at East Coast Park, COAST @ 1 Twenty-Six is a refreshing dining and lifestyle concept combining superb food, service and ambience. COAST @ 1-TwentySix is about clean, uncluttered flavours that celebrate the natural essence and freshness of seafood. For entertainment under the stars, you can unwind to the soulful sounds from Dylan Foster every Tuesday while resident spinmeister DJ Funkman serves up a mix of electro, disco, jazz and funk every Friday. With stunning ocean views and a relaxing atmosphere, COAST @ 1-TwentySix is the perfect place for a chill night out. - www.1-twentysix.com

Drink Culture Singapore Focused on bespoke drink experiences, Drink Culture is a bona fide bar that is serious about its mixology. The bar is tastefully decorated, with a primarily white colour scheme. The people over at Drink Culture believe in the benefits of fresh ingredients in cocktails, as opposed to bottled juices and mixers. Enjoy a drink made with fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices in your customised cocktail to enhance your drinking experience. The drinks are listed by flavours: Sweet, sour, bitter, fruity or refreshing. Sample interesting flavours such as the Banana Split Martini, or speak to one of the mixologists to aid you in finding your preferred flavour. - www. drinkculture.com.sg

The Horse’s Mouth Tucked in the basement of Forum Shopping Mall, The Horse’s Mouth is a cocktail bar that aims to provide guests with an unforgettable experience. Utilising a wide range of premium spirits, liqueurs and ingredients, cocktails there are seen as pieces of art and are crafted to suit each individual’s palate. Guests can also peruse the menu for whiskey, sake and wine. To go along with the drinks, guests can also order Japanese small plates, such as Tsukune (braised chicken meat balls), or the Wagyu tongue with sesame dressing and Kawa Ebi. - www.horsesmouthbar.com

House of Dandy Located along Tras Street, House of Dandy exudes a Gatsby-esque feel that envelops you the minute you enter the door. The 2,200 sq ft, 60-seater bar is a nod to the dandy, an 1800s concept of middle-class men who highly valued physical appearance, refined language, leisurely hobbies and other trappings of an aristocratic lifestyle. Award winning mixologist, Zac Mirza, has over 20 years of experience under his belt. Make your way to House of Dandy and try out his specialty: The Dandy Threesome, a blend of Artenum blanco tequila, Cointreau and kaffir lime topped with caramelised ginger and a touch of egg white for a creamier; full-bodied flavour. - www.house-of-dandy.com 97 Weekendin


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Lexus ES 350

The Lexus ES 350 delivers one of the most comfortable and quiet rides in the segment The Lexus ES sedan line has a history of reshaping the entry-luxury segment, and the sixth-generation ES models raised the benchmark again, with increased interior room, a new hybrid, higher fuel efficiency in the V6 model and even more flagship-type amenities. While the ES 300h hybrid has understandably taken the efficiency spotlight with its 40-mpg combined EPA fuel economy estimates, the ES 350, with a 268-horsepower V6, remains the sales leader in the line and is itself highly efficient, with a 31-mpg EPA highway fuel economy rating.

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New for 2014, the ES 350 gains LED fog lamps and adds the availability of bamboo interior trim, which was already offered in the ES 300h. In addition, customers who do not prefer leather can now get heated/ventilated seats in perforated NuLuxe trim. Genuine leather-trim is available, as is semi-aniline leather for a more refined look and feel. Long a leader in user technology that’s easy to use, Lexus has integrated Sirii Eyes Free Mode, with technology licensed from Apple, in the 2014 ES 350. Compatible with the iPhone 4S and iPhone 5 models forward, Siri lets you call contacts, select and play music from iTunes, get turn-byturn navigation through Siri and Apple maps, and much more. To help you keep your eyes on the road and hands on the wheel, Siri can read notifications, read calendar information and allow you to add reminders, calendar appointments and notes. The Car That Reshaped Its Category The original ES sedan upended the entry luxury category nearly 25 years ago by making a V6 standard in a segment populated by four-cylinder models, and by offering more interior room and more standard luxury amenities. Lexus continues to set the trend in the entry-luxury segment by virtue of a unique two-model sedan strategy: The front-wheel drive ES models emphasise roominess and comfort, and the sport-minded IS models, which are built on a different platform, offer a choice between rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive. In contrast, other brands try to mold one model series to fit both roles. The ES 350 offers an unmistakable look in the class, thanks in large part to the brand’s distinctive spindle grille design flanked by L-themed LED daytime running lights. The roof sweeps back for a coupe-like stance, and the taillights repeat the L motif. The shape cheats the wind with a low 0.27 coefficient of drag (Cd), which helps fuel efficiency while minimising wind noise. This generation ES 350 design also fools the eye, offering more interior Weekendin 100

space in a sleeker package. The 1.8-inch stretch in wheelbase over the previous generation yielded a 4.1-inch gain in rear seat legroom, which now stretches to 40 inches (on par with larger sedans) and a 2.8-inch increase in knee room. Even with the sleeker roofline, this generation ES 350 offers nearly an inch more rear seat headroom than the previous generation. Rear passengers also get more foot spacebelow the front seats. Lexus filled the larger space with comfort, features and design details that belie the “entry luxury” label. The ES 350 comes standard with 10way adjustable power front seats, automatic climate control, NuLuxe interior available in parchment, light gray or black and elegant piano black trim for instrument panel, doors and upper console. Lexus offers espresso bird’s eye maple for the trim or, new for 2014, bamboo. Also available, 12-way heated/ventilated power front seats allow the seat cushions to extend by 1.4 inches for added leg support. Several options take luxury to an even higher level, including the optional Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) with Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) that helps detect vehicles in side blind spots and alerts the driver to rear cross traffic when backing out of a parking spot. Also available are Premium and Luxury packages, and bringing flagship-style luxury to the ES 350, the Ultra Luxury Package. Lexus designed the ES 350’s controls to help reduce both driver body movement and eye movement. The ES 350’s available second-generation Remote Touch Interface (RTI) is designed to provide access to many vehicle functions while helping to reduce driver movement. Using the system controller on the centre console, the driver can intuitively operate the climate control, audio system, phone, optional navigation system and more, which helps the driver with paying attention to the road. Menus display in the 3.5-inch instrument panel screen or larger centredashboard screens that come with audio and navigation options.


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The Singapore Association for the Deaf (SADeaf) Deafness is a hidden disability. Hearing loss is a chronic and often lifelong disability that can affect development of speech and language. It causes difficulties with interpersonal communication for the Deaf. In line with their mission to assist the Deaf achieve a better quality of life, integrate and contribute to society, the Singapore Association for the Deaf (SADeaf ) have been providing a range of services to deaf clients. These services include education, tuition, discount for purchase of hearing aids, guidance and counseling, interpretation, social care and financial assistance to the needy. The SADeaf is an organisation under the National Council of social services and is affiliated with many other governmental organisations in Singapore. They believe that with care, patience and moral support, they can learn life-changing skills and help contribute to society, shaping their overall life. You can always begin with a small act of kindness by joining this association in advocating equal opportunities, in all aspects, for the Deaf and supporting the Deaf to reach their full potential. This can help enhance and make society a better ground. The Singapore Association for the Deaf (SADeaf ) has been an advocate for the Total Communication (TC) approach since 1975. This is a communication philosophy and is flexible in its approach. In practice, TC programme may use signs,speech, gestures, lip reading, amplification, and/ or fingerspelling to provide linguistic input to deaf persons. For sign language, Signed Exact English (SEE II) has been adopted as a means of teaching English. It is an adaptation of American Sign Language (ASL), and includes additional components such as pronouns, contractions, plurals, possessives and affixes. It is designed as a tool to make it easier for a deaf person to speak standard English. Weekendin 102

Volunteers can help the Deaf to integrate better into society. Volunteers from all walks of life bring in the diversity of additional knowledge and skills complemented with passion, energy and experience. Together with the staff, SADeaf can do more by creating further Deaf Awareness and providing quality services to the Deaf Community.

Tips in communicating with a deaf person Dos: •Do use terms such as “deaf”, “hard of hearing” or “hearing-impaired”. •Do speak clearly and carry a small notepad and pencil. •Do maintain eye contact with a deaf person. •Do tap the arm of a deaf person lightly to get attention. •Do call a hearing person to prompt a deaf person if you are a distance away from him/her or use a flashlight to get his/her attention during an emergency. DON’Ts: •Don’t speak fast, mumble or shout. •Don’t cover your face while communicating with a deaf person. •Don’t pretend to understand when you don’t. •Don’t throw papers or other objects to get the attention of a deaf person. •Don’t ignore a deaf person who is among a group of hearing people. 227 Mountbatten Road | Singapore 397998 | T 6344 8274 | www.sadeaf. org.sg


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Luxur y Leisure Shopping 24 purse-emptying reasons why retail therapy is important

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Kitchenaid Food Processor, SGD811, available at www.harrods.com

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Travel the Eurail around

Europe in 18 Days

There are a handful of destinations that merit the ‘dream holiday’ tag and Europe surely still tops that list. Every aspiring traveller has this long-nurtured dream of visiting Europe at least once in a lifetime. From Alps to Eiffel Tower and from canals to museums, this magnificent continent keeps on thrilling, surprising and alluring with its extraordinary wealth of sights, sounds, art and people. The best thing about Europe is that it has something for everyone. You may be a history fanatic, an art enthusiast or a crazy nature lover; with Europe’s riveting history that goes back thousands of years, its amazing heritage of art and the backdrop of panoramic scenic beauty, no visitor will be leave disappointed. Now that your dream is materialising you are in the midst of planning your trip to Europe, don’t go ahead and buy a roundtrip flight to Paris in haste. You’ll want to sketch out a day-by-day itinerary of your perfect trip to Europe before you book a thing. Maybe it’s tulips in Netherlands or visiting Eiffel Tower in Paris or taking a gondola ride in Italy; whatever it is, mark those down and plan your trip around them. Eurail is your passport for exploring pretty much the entire Europe continent, so deciding where to go can be arduous. Don’t feel like you have to travel every day, never stopping in one place long enough to see anything. How fast you want to go is up to you, and you don’t have to be on the move the whole time to get the maximum value of the pass. Enjoy a feast for the senses with this rail journey through Europe.

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Eurail map. All over Europe!

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NOTE TO SELF Don’t forget to pop back to the bakery for more cheese and baguette. So good!

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We’ve strolled Avenue Monta a macaron igne, had at Laduree, and sipped wine next to th crave more of e Louvre, and now Pa the St Mart ris. We followed in Canel to this quiet Paris neighbo rhoo in body and d. This place is far spirit from the more touristed hi gh-rent qua rtiers, and draws a young, cr eative crowd that app reci ates its picturesq ue atmospher e, hip boutiques , lively win e bars, and w ell-p riced eateries.

Visit the Best of the West

Head to Western Europe with a Eurail pass and be amazed by how much you can see by train on a single vacation. This travel itinerary takes you to famous cities including Paris, Geneva, Munich, Berlin and Amsterdam. Check out world-class monuments in Paris, admire the dramatic mountain ranges of the Alps as you travel by train between Geneva and Interlaken, and be charmed by Amsterdam’s canals. All you have to do if get yourself an air ticket to get to Paris and soon enough, you’ll be on your way around Europe! Whether it’s a riverside vista that takes in the Seine, Notre-Dame Cathedral, and the Eiffel Tower, or the view of elegant buildings and mansard roofs from a hotel room window, or waking to the smell of fresh-baked croissants gently rousing you in the morning, it doesn’t take much to convince anyone that Paris is one of the most beautiful cities on earth. The French capital’s embarrassment of riches is unsurpassed. Whether you opt to explore the historic, fashion-conscious, bourgeois, or bohemian and arty sides of Paris, one thing is certain, the City of Light will always enthrall. Paris is a city loved by many over the world and for very good reasons. The capital of France has a multitude of must-sees, and as cliché as it may be, the Eiffel Tower tops the list. Dedicate half a day to roaming around

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the Louvre, the most visited art museum in the world and set eyes on Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. Once you’ve had your artistic fill, find a spot along the Seine and absorb the charisma that dances through this beautiful city. Escape the hustle and bustle of Paris in the peaceful grounds of the Père Lachaise Cemetery (Cimetière du Père-Lachaise). Many renowned artists and authors were laid to rest there, including The Doors’ singer Jim Morrison and celebrated writer Oscar Wilde. Montmartre – the highest point in the city – is another place of calm offering spectacular views over Paris. Drop into the Sacré Cœur (Basilique du Sacré-Cœur) while you’re there. The Champs Elysees is the most famous avenue in Paris France. Stretching from the Arc de Triomphe to the Place de la Concorde, this wide tree-lined street is known around the world for its chic stores and fashionably dressed pedestrians. At its western end, cinemas, theatres, cafés and luxury shops border the street. On the opposite end near the Place de la Concorde, the street is bordered by the Jardins des Champs-Elysées, beautifully arranged gardens with fountains and some grand buildings including the Grand and Petit Palais at the southern side and the Elysée at its northern side.

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Chillon Castle, a romantic site par excellence, is located near Montreux and built on an rocky islet on Lake Geneva built against a steep forest slope.. So beautiful....

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Known both as the “smallest of big cities”, or the “city of peace”, Geneva, among other things, is home to the European headquarters of UNO. As one of Europe’s most cosmopolitan cities and home to international bodies the United Nations and International Red Cross, the offices can be visited as these organisations allow visitors a glimpse of the unseen lifeblood of the city, the diplomatic and administrative flair that has made Geneva world capital of bureaucracy. The quayside of Lake Geneva, the parks, the old alleyways and smart boutiques are an invitation to a leisurely stroll. Do a spot of retail therapy on the Rue de Marché where Switzerland’s best-loved brands may tempt you to part with your money. Catch breath-taking views of Western Europe’s tallest mountain Mount Blanc (15770ft / 4807m) – visible from the city centre. Most special of all is the French-styled old town with its winding roads and café terraces laid out. Not forgetting that Geneva is home to Europe’s largest glacial lake with the French and Swiss Alps punctuating the stunning backdrop. The scenic train route around the lake offers fantastic views of this spectacular part of Switzerland. For a change of pace take a cruise on the lake or relax in one of Geneva’s main waterfront parks. Eurail pass holders get free boat rides around Lake Geneva with CGN boat services – just show your pass. Weekendin 108


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This unique round-trip by modern cogwheel railway takes you first to Kleine Scheidegg, altitude 2061 metres, at the foot of the notorious Eiger North Wall. From here the Jungfrau Railway climbs to the station at Eigergletscher , well known for its mountain restaurant and polar dog kennels.

It’s not unusual for a town to be on a river, lake or an ocean, but for it to sit between two lakes may well be unique. Interlaken – between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz – can boast such a privileged position. What’s more is that it is also in the heart of the magnificent Jungfrau region mountain world and affords the views of the world famous icy icons, the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. Interlaken is Switzerland’s (and perhaps Europe’s) adventure-sport mecca, where anything goes from snowboarding and skiing world-class pistes to paragliding and skydiving above the sparkling Brien and Thun lakes, to plunging through white rapids aboard a raft. The mountain town is named after its geographical location, “between lakes” and has gleaming bodies of alpine water straddling both sides.

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The excursion opportunities in a rich and varied natural and cultural landscape are virtually limitless. There are mountains with spectacular panoramic views and traditional customs; delightful chalet villages like Beatenberg and Habkern, offering historical discovery tours; and of course the pretty town of Interlaken itself, with its first-rate shopping and culinary experiences. For adventure seekers, Interlaken offers a genuine adrenaline rush. Those who prefer a more leisurely pace will certainly want to stroll along the Hohematte with its views of the Jungfrau, then sit at a café and enjoy the hustle and bustle of the town centre. What’s more, the entertaining calendar of events is filled with festivals from classical to rock. Gala and open-air concerts featuring jazz rhythms and folklore music, not to mention the open-air theatre productions. One of the big draws to Interlaken is the Jungfrau mountain which dramatically towers over the town. The Jungfrau Railway* – an extraordinary feat in rail engineering completed in 1912 – chugs its way to Europe’s highest altitude train station (11332ft / 3454m) and rewards you with mind-blowing views of the mountain giants Jungfrau, Eiger and Mönch. 109 Weekendin


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Coveted by empires and republics th tory, Innsb rou ruck was th e seat of th ghout its hisof Maximilia e imperial co n I by the urt end of the Trams make 15th century getting aro . und the city and cheap. Explore the quick, efficien Tyrolean ca t Archduke Fe pital’s histor rdinand II y at ’s 10th-centu the Tyrolea ry Schloss n Fo Ambras, Imperial Pa lk Art Museum, the gr and 15th-ce lace and M ntury aximilian I Roof. One of ’s famous G Eu ol den nestled in th rope’s most idyllic citi es, Innsbru e heart of th ck is e Alps.

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Travel back in time strolling through the 800-year-old city centre of Innsbruck. The first thing you’ll notice upon stepping out of Innsbruck train station is the mountain vista that surrounds the entire Austrian town. A classic Austrian hybrid of Gothic and Baroque, the Old Town exudes a special charm and sophistication that is unique in the Alps. The Old Town is the city’s beloved centre, dressed in bright-coloured medieval buildings and home to the Goldenes Dachl (Golden Roof ) – an intricately detailed gothic balcony. As you stroll along the main street of the Old Town Innsbruck, you’ll feel as if you had taken a trip back in time to an era of knights and medieval merchants. Visitors are taken on a journey back in time with an enchanting array of splendid architectural gems from the Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and Neo-Classical period. Historical landmarks such as the Golden Roof, the Court Church with its stunning bronze statues, the Imperial Palace and Ambras Castle evoke the grandeur of the Habsburg empire’s bygone greatness. But Innsbruck scores also with visionary urban design to make any modern architecture enthusiast’s heart beat faster – for example Heinz Tesar’s inspired BTV Stadtforum, or the spectacular Bergisel Ski Jump Stadium created by Zaha Hadid. For great views of the Tyrolean capital, you’ve got plenty of options – take the Hungerburg Funicular up the mountainside, or visit the Bergisel Ski Jump Stadium where you can also take in views of the jump used in the 1976 Winter Olympics. Alternatively take the sightseeing bus to Ambras Castle perched up on the Innsbruck mountainside. For adrenaline junkies, there are heaps of adventure sports to partake in, come snow or shine. With a late-medieval Altstadt (old town), vibrant cultural scene and adrenalin-fuelled pursuits of Olympic fame, Innsbruck is one of those rare places that really can say it has something for everyone without sounding clichéd. Weekendin 110


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NOTE TO SELF Must come back here. Maybe join the Sound of Music Choir??

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Salzburg is a storybook version of Austria. Standing beside the fast-flowing Salzach River, your gaze is raised inch by inch to the Altstadt’s mosaic of graceful domes and spires, the formidable cliff-top fortress and the mountains beyond. This view that never pales is a backdrop that did the lordly prince-archbishops and homegrown genius Mozart proud. Tempting as it is to spend every minute in the UNESCO-listed Altstadt drifting from one baroque church and monumental square to the next in a daze of grandeur, Salzburg rewards those who venture further. Give Getreidegasse’s throngs the slip, meander side streets where classical music wafts from open windows, linger decadently over coffee and cake, and let Salzburg slowly, slowly work its magic.

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Salzburg, Austria’s gem of a city was the birthplace and home to Mozart. Check out the 2 fascinating museums dedicated to the city’s prodigy, both of which he once lived in. Wander aimlessly through the old town and step back to a period of magnificent architecture and riches. From atop the Hohensalzburg Fortress enjoy enchanting views of the city and the Salzach River as it radiates through the city. A trip to Salzburg wouldn’t be the same without joining the Sound of Music Tour, taking you on a whistle-stop tour of the film’s key locations, passing the snow-capped mountains, sprawling green meadows and crystal blue lakes of Salzburg’s Lake District. You’ll also be let into the facts and fiction of the Von Trapp family as portrayed in the Hollywood movie.

Beyond Salzburg’s two biggest money-spinners – Mozart and The Sound of Music – hides a city with a burgeoning arts scene, wonderful food, manicured parks and concert halls that uphold musical tradition 365 days a year. Everywhere you go, the scenery, the skyline, the music, the history sends your spirits soaring higher than Julie Andrews octave-leaping vocals. 111 Weekendin


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Since 1950, the festivities only begin when, at noon, 12 guns sound a salute and the mayor cracks open the first beer barrel, yelling “O’ zapft is!” Also, don’t be surprised to find yourself sharing a toast, or Prost!, with a few fresh-faced school kids. The legal drinking age for beer and wine in Germany is 16 years old, and just 14 if you’re accompanied by an adult.

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Munich, set in the heart of Bavaria, is Germany’s third largest city. Visit during Oktoberfest and you’ll be in for a treat during this traditional Bavarian beer drinking festival. Held annually, this is Germany’s most famous festival attracting more than 5 million people. The city itself is centred around Marienplatz, the main square and the life and soul of the city. Pulsing with prosperity and Gemütlichkeit (cosiness), Munich revels in its own contradictions. Folklore and age-old traditions exist side by side with sleek BMWs, designer boutiques and high-powered industry. Its museums include world-class collections of artistic masterpieces, and its music and cultural scenes give Berlin a run for its money. Visit the Munich Residence (Münchner Residenz), once the royal palace to the Bavarian monarch. Marvel at the renaissance, baroque, rococo and neoclassical styles of decoration. Once you’ve fed your artistic taste buds, it’s time to join the locals at the Hofbrauhaus – one of Munich’s oldest breweries. This famous beer-drinking hall can hold up to 3,500 revelers. Try not to be intimidated by the 1-litre glasses – known as a maß. Despite all its sophistication, Munich retains a touch of provincialism that visitors find charming. The people’s attitude is one of live-and-let-live – and Müncheners will be the first to admit that their “metropolis” is little more than a Weltdorf, a world village. During Oktoberfest, representatives of the entire planet turn out to toast the town. Weekendin 112

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The magnificent Baroque structure dates back only from 1905, but stands on the site of several earlier structures. Within the richly decorated interior of the church lies the magnificent Sauer’s Organ, the 1530 Elector’s tomb, the neo-baroque pulpit and the stained glasses designed by Anton von Werner. The main altar, which was a part salvaged from the previous cathedral, dates back to 1850. The best vantage point of the dome and entire interior is at the end of a 270-step climb to the dome’s gallery.

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Perhaps Europe’s coolest capital, Germany’s Berlin is famous for its underground subcultures and alternative attitude, while being surrounded by remnants of an altogether dramatic past. To get your head around Berlin’s part in the Cold War, visit Checkpoint Charlie – once the official crossing point between East and West. There are also a number of World War II bunker tours including detailed accounts of the events that unfolded there. Berlin is home to an eclectic bunch of artists, musicians and many on a journey of experimentation and discovery. There’s an array of art galleries and exhibitions across the city, including the Berlinsche Gallery with a permanent collection from local artists dating back to 1870, covering a broad spectrum of themes and periods. Come night, decadence and hedonism is in full flow throughout Berlin’s underground scene. Berlin has had a more wrenching history than most cities on Earth. It’s been ravaged by war, enslaved by fascism, bisected during the Cold War, and rejoined at the fall of the Wall. Out of such chaos has grown a city that’s adaptable in the extreme. Its waves of immigrants, expats, and creatives ensure that tolerance is its greatest value. Nightlife and partying here are akin to religious rites, and new trends emerge 24/7. But Berlin is also a place of incredible beauty in its forests, rivers, and historical sites. Culture blossoms everywhere, and dining is an international smorgasbord. You’ll find any version of Berlin you envision and, in the process, perhaps find a new version of yourself. 113 Weekendin


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Amsterdam may be small for a capital but it is one of the greatest small cities in the world and there’s plenty of reason to stop there. From its canals to world-famous museums and historical sights, Amsterdam is one of the most romantic and beautiful cities in Europe. From its earliest days, Amsterdam has been a bustling hub of commerce that welcomed other cultures with open arms. Learn more about this lovely canal-side city, including the rich history and development of its tolerant society, or jump straight to the modern day and find out about the city’s architecture and its colourful neighbourhoods. If you’re feeling ambitious, you might even pick up a few words of Dutch! Visit the Van Gogh Museum and journey through the works of the famous Dutch painter or drop by the Rijks Museum with its display of Dutch art from the Golden Age. Another must-see is the Anne Frank Museum – step inside the Secret Annex that was the home and hiding place to the Jewish girl and her family for over 2 years during World War II. Amsterdam is best known for its luxurious canal houses and charming gabled facades, but the city has enough architectural treasures to keep design lovers busy for weeks. From windmills and drawbridges to the Amsterdam School and cutting-edge modern design, learn the stories behind Amsterdam’s most memorable structures. Although you see the city’s famed Red Light District lined with coffee shops, don’t be tricked into thinking that Amsterdam is one-dimensional. Wander through the cobbled canal-side lanes and stop off at one of the traditional Amsterdam brown cafés (bruin café) for a local beer or head to the Nine Streets (Negen Straatjes) for a spot of retail therapy in the hip and trendy stores. Weekendin 114


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The historic town of Bruges Belgium (Brugge) is a gorgeous Gothic city located near the Belgium coast. In the 11th century, Bruges was one of the world’s largest cities. Today, it is a popular tourist destination that features famous landmarks, tourist attractions and some great museums and art galleries. It’s a city of colourful bricks and mortar, long in the tooth but shedding the memory of the terrible wars and revolutions that have brought death to its streets with an invincible spirit of survival. Bruges is filled to the brim with wonderful witnesses of a prosperous past, whether they are peaceful and picturesque, spiritual or, on the contrary, extremely entertaining. If you’ve got just a short time in Belgium then the medieval town of Bruges should be your main focus. The location of movie hit, In Bruges, the city is every bit as enchanting as it appeared on screen, minus all the drama that unfolded. Ascend the 366 steps of the Belfry – the medieval bell tower – an iconic symbol of the city.

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along dykes, strolls through local parks and shopping throughout the town. Bruges is the chocolate city par excellence. Once you’ve seen all there is to see, reward yourself with a Belgian beer on a sunny terrace or stop off to buy some handmade Belgian chocolates to take back with you. The city has more than 50 passionate chocolatiers and acts as a genuine chocolate laboratory. In Bruges you can both sample the traditional chocolate craft and boundary-pushing chocolate creations. With De Halve Maan and Fort Lapin, Bruges today has two working breweries. De Halve Maan has been brewing since 1856. As well as Straffe Hendrik Tripel, Quadrupel and Heritage they are best known for Brugse Zot (Blonde and Dubbel), which has already won several international awards.

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across the Straits In this issue: Special features on Kuala Lumpur Perak - Ipoh Penang

You can say that Malaysia is evolving into one of the region’s travel hub in recent years. Flagged off by The Right Honourable Tan Sri Dato’ Haji Muhyiddin Mohd Yassin, Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia and graced by The Honourable Dato’ Seri Mohamed Nazri bin Tan Sri Abdul Aziz, Minister of Tourism and Culture Malaysia, Visit Malayia Year (VMY 2014) took off with a momentous bang earlier last January. Thousands witnessed the extravaganza of Malaysia’s vocal powerhouses and a dazzling display of fireworks, hence hailing the start of a year round of activities and festive galore. Having received several accolades and yielding in a number of international awards to date, Malaysia is fast-becoming as one of the prime destinations regionally as well as internationally to visit. Ranked on the top ten list of the Friendliest Country in the World by Forbes Online in 2012, you will be made to feel at home by the warm reception of the locals there.

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View of the Patronas Towers from the Grand Hyatt KL

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Kicking off Visit Malaysia Year 2014

Malaysian street food

A shopaholic’s haven, avid shoppers should know that Kuala Lumpur was listed as the 4th Best Shopping City in the world by CNN in 2012 and 2013, as well as the 2nd Best Shopping Destination in Asia Pacific by Globe Shopper Index. In celebration of VMY 2014, rev up to events such as the Formula One Grand Prix and Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition. This is an opportunity to relish in the glamorous high-ceilinged megamalls during the 1Malaysia Year End Sale, 1Malaysia Mega Sale Carnival and the 1Malaysia GP Sale. An air of vibrancy is omnipresent throughout the country – where the streets come to life to showcase a diversity of local festivities, cultural and religious scenes and infrastructure. Despite the rapid developments in some of the dwellings, Malaysia still retains the remnants of pre-war structures, which are often placed in juxtaposition with modern-day establishments. The same practice holds true in the forested terrains as well. The untouched beauty of the tropical rainforest is preserved as it was decades ago and still holds residence to some of the region’s rare and endemic species. In the same vein, Malaysia has also been revered for its pristine natural beauty. World-class dive sites in Terengganu and Sabah are heavily frequented by divers from all over the world and the land is also home to some of the world’s fin-

est resorts. You will be left scratching your heads over what to include in your itinerary even if you head down for a week long getaway. If you want to get the most out of VMY 2014, you might want to consider backpacking throughout the various states and jump in the bandwagon to get in the heat of the celebrations. Regardless of the purpose of your visit, there will be something in store for everyone! If you would like a tranquil spot to spend a night of intimacy with your valentine, head down to the coasts for some of their finest resorts or be chartered off into the neighbouring islands. Alternatively, you can seek quietude amongst the wilderness. Families with children will be thoroughly entertained at their famed theme parks. Furthermore, adventurists can venture to beyond the urban borders and participate in precarious climbs of the majestic landforms that reside in the rainforests. Touring the city is an experience like none the other, with intriguing urban landscapes and emblematic buildings often residing in the core of Malaysia’s central region. A cultural melting pot, Malaysia is jam-packed with a myriad of local and international cuisines. You can even find antiquated food stalls selling street snacks lurking at every corner. Facilitated by the extensive transport system, navigating around the city can be accomplished without much effort.

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Also known as the “Green Lung of Kuala Lumpur”, the botanical gardens is parked within the Tun Abdul Razak Heritage Park

Indoor theme park in Times Square

A plethora of international banks in Kuala Lumpur

In the Heart of Modernity

Start your trip on a gentle note by setting foot in Malaysia’s central region by touring the sights of Malaysia’s capital city of Kuala Lumpur (KL), which is home to the iconic Petronas Twin Towers. Standing at an astounding 451.9 metres with a total of 88 floors, it is the tallest twin towers in the world. Visits are allowed to the public up to the 86th floor where you will be able to get a breathtaking panoramic view of the city’s skyline. Serving just more than a viewing sanctuary, the building is widely used to house offices with a shopping mall occupying the lower floors. It symbolises Malaysia’s progress and achievement as an emerging world-class economy. Straying away from the bustling city centre, drop by the New King’s Palace for a photo opportunity against the lush green lawns and park that encompass the vicinity. Currently the official residence of the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong, which translates into “Supreme Head”, it will be intriguing for your children to see the entry points being punctiliously guarded by the Royal Guards donned in white Malay and red British-

Drop by the New King’s Palace for a photo opportunity against the lush green lawns and park that encompass the vicinity

inspired attires with their horses in reign. In spite of the constant developments in the city, it is interesting to note that The Perdana Botanical Garden is embedded right in the heart of the densely populated urban jungle. Also known as the “Green Lung of Kuala Lumpur”, the botanical gardens is parked within the Tun Abdul Razak Heritage Park. Apart from housing a collection of forest trees that can be found in the region’s tropical rainforests, the garden is also the proud owner of a variety of plant species that can only be found beyond the Malaysian territory. You will discover that trees endemic to the African region such as the Andasonias and Moringas thrive here as well. A cluster of variegated wrightias can also be found near the conservatory. Take a breather from the midday sun and snap away at the waterfall and fish pond located at the edge of the Heliconia Garden. In Malaysia, the use of herbs in the culinary profession as well as in traditional medicine practices is a commonplace. Explore the origins of these ingredients at the Herb Garden and be informed about the cultures that are still predominant today in many areas of the tropics. Amazing shopping malls in Kuala Lumpur

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Presenting History at its Finest

For a quick history lesson, embark on a trail at the Kuala Lumpur City Gallery. This marks an excellent starting point to learn more about the history of KL. Previously housing the main colonial printing office, the same soil now plays host to this neo-Renaissance structure. Entitled Memories of Kuala Lumpur, the exhibit serves as an informative pictorial guide of the events leading up to the city’s current day success. Before retreating into the comfort of your hotel, your abated strength will instantly be regenerated from a visit to the Central Market. Dating back to the year 1888 when it was still a humble market selling fish, poultry and vegetables, the Central Market Kuala Lumpur has ventured far from just selling the daily house

hold necessities and evolved into a prime location for shoppers from all walks of life. Today, bright and dazzling colours line the interiors, a perfect match with the Art Deco that embellishes the building’s façade. It is at this point where you can find a range of shops modeled after the antediluvian architecture, each of them selling crafts representing an amalgamation of Malaysian cultures. Be a part of the newest addition to the family: the Kasturi Walk. The stretch holds up a series of arches featuring the decorative Wau Bulan (Moon Kite of Kelantan) and is a meeting point for many performers who take to the stage at 9pm daily. Like other wandering tourists, delve into the shops for a wide selection of handicrafts and Malaysian Art and Craft.

Learn more about the history of KL at the City Gallery

Kuala Lumpur City Gallery - A must to see for those who haven’t been yet

Famous milk tea also known as Teh Tarik

You might even find a souvenir to take home with you. Fill up your rumbling tummies by patronising the many food stalls that line the district selling an extensive variety of street food and local snacks. Alternatively, delve into the foodies paradise at Petaling Street, a thriving place for street hawkers and indulge in one of the simplicities of Malaysian culture of perching on one of the stools and lavishing on their hawker fare. Some of their highly-revered dishes include the Hainanese chicken rice, aromatic popiah springrolls and the ever-sofragrant honey-glazed pork.

Food galore at Petaling Street

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Beautiful Kellies Castle

Up in the North

Because of its vast expanse of greenery, Perak has a cornucopia of wonders have for you to discover and not a single day here will you be left disappointed.

The Northern Region comprising of Perak , Penang, Kedah and Perlis, is distinctively characterised by its abundance of luscious vegetation, rich cultural and vibrant historical heritage, jaw-dropping views of the coastal areas and beguiling countryside. Promising to captivate your imaginations and stimulating your senses with the intoxicating mixture of sights, sounds and aromas, the region is labeled as a UNESCO World Heritage City in addition to its title of being a UNESCO Global Geopark. Also known as ‘The Land of Grace’, Perak had a wealthy track record to its name due to tin-mining activities in the past. Because of its vast expanse of greenery, Perak has a cornucopia of wonders have for you to discover and not a single day here will you be left disappointed. Propel yourself further into the past by embarking on a heritage trail amongst the landscape of Ipoh, Perak.

Kellie’s Castle

A little way off the capital city, Ipoh, is the world-renowned Kellie’s Castle. Serenaded by a river near Batu Gajah, this incomplete, ruined mansion has a tale of its own to tell. The residential structure was built by a Scottish planter named William Kellie Smith. At only 20 years old, he arrived at the formerly undeveloped Malayan region in the year 1890 to seek better business prospects. Not long after setting

foot here, he met an estate owner called Alma Baker, who had won the privilege from the state government to clear 360 hectares of forests in Perak to pave the way for development. It did not take long for Smith’s business venture with Alma baker to take off, and eventually started to plant rubber trees and dabbled in the tin mining industry. These proved to be a massive success when he became the owner of Kinta Kellas Estate and the Kinta Kellas Tin Dredging Company. In the wake of the birth of his son, Smith initiated plans to construct the castle which was named after his hometown in Scotland. Awestruck by the Hindu and Indian culture, the capable businessman made plans for the house to possess the same architectural traits as those of the Mandras, and even to the extent of importing bricks from India. As much as how the build fascinated the locals of Malaya, you will also be swept off your feet when you learn that the Kellie’s Castle was equipped with the first elevator of Malaya which connects to the top floor. Beneath the surface of the river also lies two tunnels – one leading up to a Hindu temple located at just a stone’s throw away. The house is haven topped with a rooftop courtyard specially built to entertain the rich colonial planters who had sought residence in Malaya. In a sad twist of fate, the unfinished property was eventually sold when Smith passed away from a bout of pneumonia during a short trip to Portugal in 1926.

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Photo opportunity at the Lost World The Lagoon Deluxe Balcony Rooms

Infinite Family Fun

The entrance of the Lost World Ariel View of the Hard Rock Hotel Pool

Get into the heat of the mayhem at the Lost World of Tambun with your family over the weekends. Perhaps the location of being set in the natural landscapes of Ipoh of being encompassed by majestic limestone features have led to its understated popularity. Just stepping beyond the gated entrances and you will realise that the playing ground is packed with truckloads of fun and adventure befitting for all occasions. 7 main features make up this family wonderland – the Waterpark, the Amusement Park, Lost World Hot Springs and Spa, the Tiger Valley, Lost World Petting Zoo, the Lost World Tin Valley and the Lost World Team Building Park. To start the trip on an exhilarating note, avail yourself to the rides and attractions at the Waterpark. Surrounded by the thunderous gush of water from the 20 feet twin waterfalls, a perfectly landscaped beach is molded at the River & Beach Garden. The crystalline sand alongside with the lush tropical gardens and breathtaking rock formations sets the tone for an intense day out at the park. The Jungle Wave Bay is home to Malaysia’s largest wave pool with waves swelling up to 3 feet high, almost mimicking the natural waves found at sea. Families with young children can hang around Explorabay where it is highly-supervised by the staff there. You children will be just as thrilled and will spare no reservations by plunging into the large interactive play areas, fully-equipped with smaller slides, giant tipping buckets, water cannons, spraying elephants, water curtains and fountains. Boasting the longest inflatable tube ride in Malaysia, the Tube Raiders is one attraction that should

certainly not be missed. Moving onto drier land, head down to the Amusement Park for some of the must-try rides in Malaysia. If you are up for a thrilling yet rewarding experience, hop onto Lupe’s Adventure, a roller coaster ride that is bound to send chills down your spine by weaving through the lush green trees and an opportunity to catch a glimpse of the magnificent birds-eye view of the theme park. Those with a low threshold for a heart-pumping experience, recline in the comfort of the Lost World Hot Spring and Spa. The water in the hot springs stem from a natural source whereas the thermal water in the pool is never recycled. There is no better way than to escape from all the noises into the Lost World Steam Cave. The facility provides the ideal retreat to relieve your stress. With temperatures up to 40°C, the steam resembles a sauna where wastes and toxins are discharged from the body through perspiration, thus encouraging new cell growth and skin rejuvenation. A dip would relieve your ailing aches and pains, anxiety, insomnia and even depression. Bring your inquisitive little ones to Tiger Valley to catch a glimpse of the Siberian Tigers during the feeding times. Alternatively, engage their senses by paying a visit to the Petting Zoo. It will be an excellent start for your children to step beyond their comfort zone by experiencing an intimate encounter with the animals such as rabbits, guinea pigs and tortoises through feeding and playing with them. Capture the photo moment with the Ferret, Wallaby, Sugar Glider and the Giant Iguana at the Rock Canopy.

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Also known as the “Green Lung of Kuala Lumpur”, the botanical gardens is parked within the Tun Abdul Razak Heritage Park

Indoor theme park in Times Square

The Lost World of Tambun Swan Lake

Education through Fun

Apart from its quirky and wild rides, the Lost World of Tambun is also purposeful in educating visitors. Capitalising on their rich heritage, the Lost World Tin Valley is one such attraction to bring to light about the humble beginnings of Malaysia’s tin mining community. A form of labour practiced for centuries, tin mining has come a long way in granting Malaysia economic success. Initially mined by the orang Asli and the Malays, the mining industry blossomed during the influx of the Siamese, Mandailings and the Hakka Chinese immigrants. In the bid to show newer generations this period of fortitude, the Tin Valley was created in the Lost World of Tambun, a time where the dulang washer diligently panned the rivers to feed their family. This attraction opens up an opportunity for children to participate in the dulang washing activities and have and take a closer look at the real historical artefacts at the Galleria. The Lost World of Tambun is also a fitting place to cultivate your character. At the Lost World Team Building Park, a series of high rope elements deck the limestone façade, giving forth a magnificent backdrop of the natural environment. Activities such as

the High Rope Course, and Para Jump are para mount in building your confidence, self-esteem and endurance.

Exploring Outdoors

Pack your bags and venture out away from the comfort of urbanity into the forested vicinity. Trek through the deep limestone hill forests and get a firsthand experience at meeting the flora and fauna that flourish in the foliage, waterfalls and mysterious caves. Delve deep into Gua Datok on a guided tour and discover the history and formations of the stalactites and stalagmites that have taken their position from 400 million years ago. Get yourself dirty by touring the Six Mile Tunnel where you will be educated on mining artifacts as well as stalactites in the making. Foster bonds with your friends or family at the Needle Village and the Riverside Village where activities such as lake kayaking, rafting and themed dinners are readily available. To conclude the day, seek refuge at the Lost World Hotel and be awaken refreshed to the smell of the crisp fresh air and an amazing view of the archaic limestone hills.

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“Little Girl in Blue” - One of the many murals by Ernest Zarevic in Penang

Presenting History at its Finest

Penang is a pleasurable fusion of nature, culture and history, and is capable of leaving an indelible mark on each visitor upon departure. Awarded the title of UNESCO World Heritage City in 2008, the streets are laden with a mishmash of cultural practices, historical landmarks as well as heritage buildings. Planning ahead of your journey, you may want to check out the accommodation available. We reckon that you spend a couple of nights at the Hard Rock Hotel, Penang. Constructed along the renowned Batu Ferringhi beach, the hotel rocks a contemporary cutting edge design with an unprecedented view of the sea. As dusk falls, soak up in the atmosphere with tunes of Rock ‘n’ Roll music resounding through the air. When in Penang, visit the streets of Lebuh Armenian in George Town, which is home to a series of funky art boutiques such as Studio Howard, Jonathan Yun Sculptural Jewelry and Galeri Seni Matiara. When at the junction of Lebuh Armenian and Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling, you definitely have to try Penang’s world-famous street food such

as their Nyonya cuisines and their famed local coffee. Shopping in Chowrasta Market is filled with colour, variety and flavours and sells some of the best nutmegs and dried fruits there is in the area. Teeming with antique shops, Jalan Pintal Tali and Lorong Kulit has their fair share of surprises as well. Join in the crowd in Batu Feringghi every evening starting at 7pm for a splendid display of souvenirs, decorative pieces and other items at reasonably low prices.

Penang’s History

Made up of a rich tapestry of a variety of ethnic groups and practices, Penang is another living testament to Malaysia’s reputation of preserving its heritage. The state of Penang is a holding ground for people coming from a myriad of ethnic backgrounds, bringing together an assortment of cuisines, crafts, traditions and architecture. The city of George Town is a living museum of sorts, with remnants of the past still evident all over the city. One of the highlights is the Penang State Museum. A small museum was first established at St. Xavier’s Institution but was destroyed during the war. After a long

Learn more about the history of KL at the City Gallery

series of events, The Penang State Museum and Art Gallery was opened by his Excellency Raja Tun Uda Al-Haj Bin Raja Muhammad on 14th April 1965. Its primary reason for the establishment was that the locals, and tourists will have a better understanding of its history, cultures and art scene. In the bid to continue abiding its mission of collecting, studying and showcasing the cultural heritage of Penang, the Penang State Art Gallery is constantly increasing the permanent collections to be equal with other public and private galleries.

Fort Cornwallis

Standing at the forefront of Penang Island, Fort Cornwallis is probably one of the most eyeopening experiences here. Despite being more than two centuries old, it is the largest and most intact fort there is in Malaysia today. The birth of Fort Cornwallis can be traced back to the year 1786, when Sir Captain Francis Light from the British India Company first came upon the shores. In his desire to create a base for the British Company’s spice and silk trading route, he started to build a fort to protect his goods from

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Despite being more than two centuries old, Fort Cornwallis the largest and most intact fort there is in Malaysia today.

foreign military forces, pirates and also the Sultan of Kedah himself. Although the purpose of the fort was to ward off attacks from enemy invasions, no fights had ever occurred during the reign of the British Company. Rather, it was predominantly used for administrative and storage purposes. Upon reaching the fort, you will be greeted by the unmistakable figure of Sir Captain Francis Light. Moving along, you will arrive at the infamous Sri Rambai cannon. Initially a gift from the Dutch to the Sultan of Johor in 1606, the cannon was later acquired by the Portuguese and taken to Java and Aceh, before being seized once more by the British in Kuala Selangor and brought to its current location. It is on these same grounds that the first ever Christian chapel and one of the earliest roofed structures were erected in Penang. It was recorded that after the demise of Francis Light, his wife remarried to John Timmers in this modest structure on the same year that it was built. Finally, take quick tour beside the chapel where a row of barracks and a small jail cell is situated for a photographic moment. Be sure to jump into the celebrations of the various festivals when the opportunity presents itself when in Malaysia this 2014. Visit Malaysia Year 2014 proves to be a year of celebration and festivities. You never know when you will be lured back into the wondrous diversity of the modern 窶電ay cultural heritage hub.

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Sky high

Resplendence

A uniquely one-of-its-kind lobby presents itself as you ascend 39 floors to the sky lobby of Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur for check-in. The lift doors open to reveal the most magnificent of views of Kuala Lumpur you can lay your eyes on. The lobby spans the views of the city and mountains in the background, where you will be able to cleverly spot Genting Highlands in the near distance. Located ideally in the city centre—adjacent to the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre and surrounded by lush gardens of Kuala Lumpur City Centre Park – the hotel is easy to find. If you are looking to get out of the five-star luxury and explore the city, the entertainment district, major shopping malls and tourist attractions are all within walking distance. The KL Tower and Aquaria KLCC are a few steps away, where food and convenience stores are within reach.

Grand Hyatt’s opulent Grand Ballroom

To reach your room, you have to take a separate lift down. Entering into one of the luxuriously spacious guestrooms, the sight of the iconic Petronas Twin Towers right smack in the middle of your vision takes your breath away. All rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows, affording guests with the most spectacular view to revel in during their stay. With room sizes amongst the largest in the city, you are sure to get the comfort you need. Travelling with my husband and 7-month-old daughter, the room definitely provided for all our needs and more. With one simple request, a complimentary crib was shortly wheeled into our room, along with baby bath amenities, an extra towel, and additional bottles of water. I found it comforting that the bathroom was sectioned off into different parts—bath and shower area, changing room, toilet, vanity, and sink—all separated but still comfortably within reach. To cordon off the wet area from the rest of the room, a sliding door can easily be pulled. Directly behind the bed sits the bath area, with see-through glass in case you want to bask in the wonder of superb views whilst taking a shower (or other reasons). But in case you are terribly shy and require that extra privacy, the glass is instantly frosted at the flick of a switch. A reasonably-sized bar is the first thing that welcomes you when you step into the room. In the drawers underneath, cleverly hidden from the naked eye to avoid clutter, are a flask, fridge full of snacks and beverages, and cutlery. Instead of the usual flask and mugs on the bar counter, a dainty teapot with an infuser and two teacups are placed there instead, instantly enhancing the aesthetics of the room. It is these little shrewdly appointed touches that make a difference. After enjoying the comforts of the room, wander down to one of the restaurants to satiate your hunger pangs. All the restaurants in the hotel feature exciting show kitchens, heightening the dining experience to a more fun and engaging one. Weekendin 126

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For a change in scenery or somewhere quiet to take a breather, head up to the Grand Club Lounge on the 37th floor where privacy abounds. At the Grand Club, exclusive services can be enjoyed. Instead of joining the mass of people for the buffet breakfast at THIRTY8, you have the option of enjoying the complimentary continental breakfast served daily at the Grand Club Lounge. Should you feel peckish later in the day from 6:00 to 8:00pm, a wide variety of drinks accompanied by hot and cold canapés are served every evening. Do not hesitate to retreat to Essa Spa for that well deserved respite when you feel like it. A unique spa brand created for Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur alone, Essa Spa cannot be found elsewhere. Pick what you need from an extensive range of facial treatments, body treatments like body polishes, wraps and massages. June Jacobs spa products, a trusted spa brand from New York, are used during treatments to guarantee results. Alternatively, guests can head to the hotel’s 24-hour fitness centre or the outdoor swimming pool, both adjacent to the spa. The fitness centre offers guests a range of the latest cardiovascular and strength training equipment. Guests are able to book personal training sessions with the fitness trainer as well. The hotel’s outdoor swimming pool is kept at a temperate 28ºC for guests that would like a leisurely and refreshing dip in the pool.

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It was a pleasant surprise to receive a whole birthday cake at the door for my husband’s birthday; a little something the hotel does at going the extra mile to surprise guests on their birthday. Whether visiting Kuala Lumpur for business, leisure or a little of both, Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur welcomes you with authentic Malaysian hospitality to make your stay a warm and pleasant experience. Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur | 12 Jalan Pinang | Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 50450 | T +603 2182 1234 | F +603 2182 1288 | kualalumpur.grand@hyatt. com | www.grandhyattkualalumpur.com

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For sheer pampering, guests can retreat into the tranquil sanctuary of Essa Spa and indulge in one of the signature body treatments or traditional massages. Essa Spa does away with complicated designs and sticks to plain dÊcor with clean-cut lines, which does wonders at putting one’s mind at ease. The medium brown colour palette that is consistently used through wood throughout the spa, brings a sense of warmness that can be felt instantly upon entering.

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volved using a blend of jasmine, ylang ylang and bergamot to initiate and maintain a deep sense of calm for the duration of the massage. The therapist focuses on six to seven energy points and adds pressure point stimulation for ears, face and palms to create a deeply hypnotic dreamlike state, as its name suggests. Although skeptical about the results at the beginning of the treatment, I was very soon convinced as I felt my mind quiet down, soothe the body, mind and spirit, easing me into a state of total relaxation. Distracting thoughts were floating by like clouds. This treatment is definitely an antidote to stress and overtiredness, as its soporific effect induces sleep effectively. I let myself go to the reigns of slumber and was only awoken to the gentle tap of the therapist as she informed me that the treatment was over. It took me a minute to regain composure as I returned to reality and gained orientation as to where I was. Even as I roused, it was comforting to note that the soothing effect from the massage was not lost and even stuck through the night. I was helped off the bed and sunk snugly into the seat once again, but this time to enjoy a tepid cup of lemongrass ginger tea that left a warm fuzzy feeling inside. At Essa Spa, they strive to provide guests with the most relaxing and soothing spa experience from the moment you arrive to the moment you leave. Restoring flow, serenity and energy, experience the true essence of wellness in Kuala Lumpur at Essa Spa. Essa Spa | Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur | 12 Jalan Pinang 50450 Kuala Lumpur | T +603 2182 1234 | essaspa.my@hyatt.com


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f you seek a sensory experience featuring the different facets of the best of authentic Malaysian cuisine, JP teres is the place. Showcasing a combination of local favourites prepared in show kitchens with satay grills, tandoor ovens, roti hot plates and wok stations, you can enjoy the different types of Malaysian cuisine, be it Indian, Malay or Chinese, all in one restaurant while observing how it is prepared at the same time. Located on the ground floor, JP teres offers guests both a cosy indoor and outdoor dining area with convenient street access from Jalan Pinang or the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre driveway. The large outdoor terrace is surrounded by greenery and water features, and is an ideal venue for after work get-togethers, family occasions or catching up with friends. Or relax and unwind at the large outdoor terrace with a pint or two while watching sports on one of the three 55-inch LED televisions. With all the enticing dishes of roti canai, beef rendang, satay, chicken rice, ais kacang and teh tarik available, I knew instantly that the dinner buffet option was right up my alley so that I could sample a little of each dish. However, if buffets do not fit your fancy, an a la carte menu is available all day as well. Soon after deciding on a seat outdoors where it was cool and breezy, I hurried into the restaurant, eager to start evaluating the dishes and begin my quest of attempting to try every dish on display. Starting from the Indian station, which was closest to the entrance, I had a whiff of the titilising aroma of curries that surrounded the area. Vegetable dhal, chicken curry with tomatoes, and palak paneer (spinach with cheese) can be eaten alone if you want to appreciate its flavour in full glory or accompanied with biryani rice, plain naan or garlic naan.

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At the Malay station, local delicacies such as roasted lamb carved upon request, beef rendang, sambal prawns are presented with steamed rice. My favourite was the chicken satay, which was prepared with the right condiments like ketupat, cucumbers, onions and peanut gravy. Tender and well marinated, each skewer proved to be flavourfully delectable. However, the best part was the peanut gravy, which was the perfect marriage of sweet and salty – nothing I’ve quite introduced to my palate before. Last was the Chinese station, where chicken rice, curry laksa, assam laksa, prawn noodles and wanton noodles are readily made a la moment so that it is served piping hot. Other than that, on display for one to help themselves to are other dishes like mixed vegetables, fried noodles, and black pepper beef. On the a la carte menu, the restaurant offers local delicacies such as Rojak Buah, Prawn Sambal with Petai and Ayam Goreng Berempah. For desserts, the must try items are the Pandan Chiffon Cake with Kaya Jam and Tropical Fruits, Ice Kacang and lots more. Unique local drinks such as Ice Bandung (rose syrup with milk) are worth a try as well. Should you wish to pop by the restaurant at other times of the day, JP teres is open at 9:00am, daily, serving local breakfast favourites such as soft boiled eggs, nasi lemak with chicken rendang, toast with butter and homemade kaya. Or you can opt to savour the Weekday Buffet lunch with Malaysian specialties rojak buah, popiah, kerabu, ikan bakar and more. JP teres | Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur | 12 Jalan Pinang 50450 Kuala Lumpur | T +603 2182 1234 | kualalumpur.grand@hyatt.com 129 Weekendin


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HIRTY8, the signature restaurant – simply named after the floor it is on – was where I had my lunch. Located strategically on the 38th floor, THIRTY8 comprises of a 360-degree city view, restaurant, bar and lounge.

The design and layout of this restaurant allows for effortless space, an open but comfortable ambience. It is the elegant curves, captivating views, the dramatic sense of space and the vibrant cuisine that makes THIRTY8 the signature restaurant of the hotel. It is not only the perfect place to feast your eyes on panoramic vistas of the city skyline, but also ravage through a selection of steaks, seafood, sushi and sashimi. At lunchtime, THIRTY8 offers a set lunch that comprises of the soup of the day, salad, a choice of main course and dessert. If the set lunch fails to coax your palate, the a la carte menu avails for ordering as well. Completely sold by the value of the set lunch, my husband and I both picked out what we wanted from that menu and had our order set. In a mood for something substantial to sate my ravaging appetite that day, I settled for the sirloin steak with roast potatoes. First came the soup of the day served in a deep bowl – cream of carrot. Although the portion was not large, it was a thick concentrated blend of sweetness from the carrots and cream. A light layer of froth on top made it a smooth and easy broth to drink. I made sure not to gulp down the soup in haste, but slowly savour each spoonful instead. What I was waiting for finally arrived. The cut of Black Angus beef sirloin was of a considerable size of 250g, enough to leave me satisfied. The tenderness and ease of slicing through the meat reflected how the beef was well executed. Although I had requested for my steak to be cooked well Weekendin 130

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done, I was thrilled to find that the meat was not at all sinewy but divinely succulent instead. On the side, lightly salted rosemary roast potatoes were great along with the steak. Unlike the usual roast potato that tends to be dry and shriveled, this was moist with a delectable bite to the skin. The rich and buttery béarnaise sauce perfectly complemented both the potatoes and steak, making them more aromatic and appetising than they already are. When it comes to dessert, you are given options to choose from again – a sundae, tart of the day or fresh seasonal fruits. Having had steak for mains, I reckoned it would be a sensible decision to go with cut fruits, and it was a wise choice. Presented on a platter was an assortment of ready-cut fruit like watermelon, honeydew, dragon fruit and papaya, all fresh and incredibly sweet. The perfect setting for meeting friends or entertaining business associates amidst the alluring Kuala Lumpur city skyline, the restaurant is a casual yet sophisticated venue to mingle. Should you require a little privacy for your meeting, private rooms avail, albeit with full glass windows to enable guests to enjoy the view as well. A chic venue for guests to unwind with a glass of wine or a signature cocktail, the bar at THIRTY8 commands great views of the city and is the perfect venue for guests to unwind. The relaxing and stylish seating area creates a welcoming ambience with warm interiors and mood lighting. To elevate the atmosphere, live jazz bands start playing in the evening, echoing soothing lounge tunes throughout the restaurant, bar, and sky lobby. Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur | 12 Jalan Pinang | Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 50450 | T +603 2182 1234 | F +603 2182 1288 | kualalumpur.grand@hyatt.com


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A somewhat plain façade masks what lies behind the glass doors of Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral. Floor-to-ceiling glass window and doors, showcasing bright and bold re:mix lounge, makes entering the hotel exciting and inviting. Colourful robot-themed wallpaper adorns the walls and a circular-shaped Aloha desk designed like a DJ console bar serves like the heartbeat of the hotel. An overall young and trendy vibe exudes from the hotel from its design and energy, one that will attract the younger crowd like metal clips to a magnet. Considered Kuala Lumpur’s new Central Business District, an easy breezy adventure awaits you at the heart of Sentral district, with the hotel’s lively loft-inspired style. Once you stroll out the door, you will be among major corporations and the city’s transport hub so you can zip around to all the buzzing city attractions. Nearby attractions include Little India, National Museum, Bird Park and Lake Gardens. The airtrain link to Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) is part of the Sentral complex where the hotel is located, and a brand new adjoining retail mall which provides lots of shopping choices. Appealing to on-the-go and in-the-know travellers seeking a unique experience, the Loft Rooms at Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral are equally carefree and bold. Soaring eleven-foot ceilings and ample colossal windows create a bright, airy environment full of natural light. In the king rooms you’ll face the windows—not the walls—as you drift to sleep in the ultracomfortable platform bed topped with plush bedding. The bathroom features oversized showerheads and Bliss® Spa products, which leaves you emerging from the shower smelling fruity fresh. Designed with the digital generation in mind, there is free wireless internet access throughout the whole hotel, including all guest rooms. Each room is also equipped with a unique plug-and-play connectivity solution which connects most electronic devices to the 42’’ flat-screen TV, turning the room into a high-tech office as well as an entertainment centre. Incorporating industrial design elements throughout the hotel, Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral offers vibrant public spaces where guests can mix and mingle, read the paper, work on laptops, play a game of pool, or grab a drink with friends. The hotel is a casual one where all barriers and inhibitions can be let done so that guests can thoroughly let loose and enjoy themselves. High up on the 30th floor, is splash – the rooftop infinity pool and a children’s wading pool where I had great fun with my baby daughter sloshing around. In the day when the heat is searing, a dip or lounge in the pool will keep you cool while you enjoy the panoramic views of the city skyline. Right by the poolside is the tiki-themed rooftop MAI Bar that is set to reinvent the Kuala Lumpur party scene. At night, talented DJ’s spin the latest tunes that pulsate through the floor, making it a great place to either sit back with cocktails or move and groove to the beat. There is also a cigar Weekendin 132


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lounge on the same level, comfortably furnished with leather armchairs and industrial design. The men would surely enjoy lounging there just as much as my husband did. Putting a sassy twist on Malaysian heritage dishes and Western classics is Nook, a bold and bright modern all-day dining venue. This is where guests head to for the breakfast buffet spread to kickstart the morning. Western breakfast delights, local delicacies, puffs and pastries, an egg station, a noodle stall, and fruits are just some items of the extensive range available for breakfast. Whilst there, don’t leave without feasting on the signatures: Sarawak Laksa, Nasi Lemak, Chicken Rice and Aloft Burger. Throughout the stay, the “cool concierge” as they call it, is readily at hand to serve and assist you with anything under the sun. Need a taxi to go somewhere? They will not only flag you a taxi, but also make sure the driver gets you to the right place. Require some local information about the area? They will share with you what knowledge they have, and research for more if needed. When you enter the door carrying bags, the young and vibrant concierge boys rush over at the drop of a hat to take the load off you. The service and infectiously chirpiness of the concierge has left a lasting impression and defines the best of Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral.

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The first peek into the newly refurbished lobby of Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur unveiled a contemporary chic debut that was proof of the hotel’s impressive transformation. With a new lounge area and café for guests and visitors to hang around at whether for a meal, meeting or with some friends, the atmosphere is vibrant and electrifying. Wandering into the latest dining establishment of Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur, I was met with the swanky Gastro Sentral with its awe-inducing high ceilings and contemporary décor. Taking a closer look, however, it dawns on you that a casual and laidback atmosphere pervades the air. It serves more as an informal venue for open-minded and well travelled individuals who enjoy a modern interpretation of classic pub and local comfort food. Every design features is intended to reflect the modern classic interpretation of a timeless chic ambience. Striking and contrasting colours allow for the creation of different milieu for different functions. The design, lighting and colours of the venue set the tone on the atmosphere where art deco design of modern classics intersperse with past heritage, making it a comfortable venue for guests of all ages. A show kitchen where culinary brigade entertain guests with their cooking flair through a wide glass panel, makes for a thriving and lively ambience. Who says breakfast fare can only be enjoyed in the morning, and not for lunch or dinner? With its innovative twist of classic pub and local comfort food, Gastro Sentral starts off the day with classic breakfast favourites to be available throughout the day. The quintessential egg benedict and truffle scrambled eggs bring breakfast up a notch. The all day menu consists of an array of Continental, Asian and local delights. Finger food and tapas provide delicious alternatives to those who enjoy a light meal. Specialising in boutique beverage and craft beer, there is a plethora to accompany its range of scrumptious culinary wonders. Starting off with the Leek and Potato Soup is a great way to warm the stomach and comfort the soul. Fused with the flavours of diced spicy sausage, wilted spinach and tarragon pesto, the soup is light but tasty. Accompanying the soup are two adorable wooden crates of cheese and croutons to pump up the piquancy. Another light but incredibly refreshing dish is the seafood combo. Although the dish resonates as a seafood platter, it is quite the contrary. Sliced sea scallop ceviche, lobster medallions and young coconut sit appealingly on a thick slice of watermelon. Seasoned with lime and basil, each bite reveals the blend of sweet juices of watermelon with savoury seafood that creates a perfect harmony of conflicting flavours. An utterly uncomplicated dish of thick slices of foie gras encapsulated between two soft fluffy buns, the Foie Gras Burger promises sensual pleasure. Having a reputation for being tricky to prepare, the foie gras reflected the culinary expertise of the chef from how it was flawlessly cooked. Each crisply sautéed slice of foie gras, with its deep and rich flavour and startlingly silky texture, paired great with bread to prevent the dish from being overwhelming. Main courses at Gastro Sentral can never get more savoury and comfortWeekendin 134

ing. The Maltagliati, a serving of roughly cut fresh pasta with lamb ragout and parmigiano, is produced by cutting flat pieces of random shapes from the scraps of pasta and paired with the meat sauce that was slowly braised until tender and flavoursome. Next is the exalted 22-hour Braised Wagyu Cheek, served together with creamy mashed potato, toasted baguette, grilled green asparagus, and béarnaise sauce. Each delicate bite was divine as the meat fell apart in the mouth and brought forth a burst of flavour that is indescribable. For the chocolate fanatic, the Experience Latitude ArtCacao cannot be missed. Served in small portions are the Delicious Vero Hot Chocolate Shot that is sure to trigger your endorphins, Artisan Chocolate Bar, and 70% Cacao Guanaja Chocolate Mousse that is rich but not heavy nor overly sweet. Eton Mess 1930’s – the Story of the Great Accidental Dessert consists of a heavenly medley of crushed meringues, fresh chopped strawberries and whipped cream. Surprisingly light and creamy, the crunch from the meringues and tartness from the strawberries blend well together. Gastro Sentral ensures to provide a gastronomic experience as a destination of choice. It is perfect for gatherings of all sorts or for those who wish to relax and rejuvenate with the company of food. Discover the new taste of Gastro Sentral, the epitome of gastronomic excellence in an ingeniously designed venue. Gastro Sentral | Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur | 2 Jalan Stesen Sentral | 50470 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia | T +603 2263 7434 | www.discoverlemeridien.com


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Ideally located in the heart of KL city, NEO Tamarind is a stylish luxe-lounge style restaurant with an innovative concept. In the midst of the bustling city, it sits quietly elegant on a hill like a lovers’ nest hidden by green foliage. Rustic-luxe and dramatic, the interior is atmospheric enough to offer one the illusion of being out-of-town. Hypnotic liquid walls, a colossal chandelier and the galactic bar all fashioned by the effects of water, fire, sounds and light creates a blue aura in the restaurant, giving NEO Tamarind its high style. Semi-open air with dining sections divided into air-conditioned glass rooms and alfresco, the incredibly spacious floor is decked with lounging spots and long bar benches if you plan to straddle on a long night. Special private booths decked in all glass walls and ceiling allows for exclusive intimate dining and gives the illusion of floating on air. Complete with dim lighting, it is unequivocally an experience for the romantics. Best described as ‘NEO-rotic’, dining within this domain feels sexy, satiating and quite a state of mind. NEO’s kitchen serves an interesting selection of dishes from the ‘Tamarind’ menu (Thai and Indochinese) and some European picks too which Chef Sombat then reinvents with an Asian twist of his own, creating a menu that lives up to its name and indeed one of its kind. For appetisers, the Smoked Duck Salad, Grilled Mushroom, and Maguro Tuna definitely stand out amongst the rest. In the Smoked Duck Salad, lying stealthily in between a soft bed of fresh greens are thin slices of smoked duck, adding a punch of flavour and chewiness to an otherwise dull dish. Drizzled atop the salad is a sauce reduction that is used invariably in every single dish that is produced. A separate dish, the Grilled Mushroom was served with well-marinated half mushrooms on top of greens. Slices of Parmesan cheese were sprinkled to give the dish an extra punch. The Maguro Tuna on the other hand, was lightly seared on the outside so it forms a cooked outer layer to the raw centre. Lightly seasoned, the tuna exudes its very own sweet freshness that is not masked by heavy flavouring. A perfect texture, each slice melts in the mouth and goes agreeably with the side dip.

Having thoroughly enjoyed the appetisers, it was surprising to find that the main courses had surpassed the dishes before in standard. The Tiger Prawn Risotto and Duck Confit baked in Firewood Oven had to be the highlights of the night. Served in three separate bite-sized portions, each section of risotto was topped majestically with a succulent prawn. Delightfully crunchy and flawlessly grilled, the prawns forged a perfect marriage with the risotto. The risotto’s seductive appeal comes from it encompassing two irresistible textures – creamy and al dente, creating a toothsome bite. The Duck Confit blew me away once again with its tender texture, which was evident the moment the meat fell off the bone with one slight nudge of the knife. Each mouthwatering bite was enjoyable as the duck leg was seasoned and slowly cooked to reveal a piquant flavour. The duck was just how I liked it, with a richer flavour of its meat and an utterly crisp skin. Finishing off with some sweet treats, it is a good idea to go with a dessert platter so that you can sample the best of the restaurant’s desserts. That night, we were presented with lemon cheesecake, green tea brulee and warm chocolate lava cake. Out of the assortment, I took a strongest liking to the green tea brulee and found myself wolfing it down in a second. A creamy pudding version of matcha, the dessert was such a delightful thing to devour! With a mixology bar as well, it is inevitably a great place to chill and unwind any night. It is a destination where one can relinquish the everyday drama to immerse in a neo-experience of delicious food by a very ‘dope’ chef, electro-chill music and a very colorful list of liquid desserts, whisky from its own single-malt cellar and hundreds of wine labels to choose from, 20 which is available in glass.

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Malaysia

11 states

Johor Peninsular Malaysia’s southern gateway state offers tropical island getaways, lush forests, waterfalls, historic sites and golf courses. The islands of Sibu, Rawa, Besar and Pemanggil in the South China Sea provide excellent retreat with water sports and underwater attractions. The pristine Endau-Rompin National Park provides trekking routes and intriguing jungle adventure. Johor Bahru is a popular weekend shopping and recreational retreat for locals and visitors from next door Singapore.

28 million population

Kuala Lumpur The vibrant capital city of Malaysia has its origins as a tin-mining outpost in the 80s. KL’s skyline is a striking contrast of ultra-modern structures and charming heritage buildings. The imposing Petronas Twin Towers, the world’s tallest twin structures, is a major draw for visitors. KL’s fascinating sights, irresistible shopping, endless festivals, exciting nightlife and gastronomic delights make it an exciting holiday destination. A survey by CNN ranks Kuala Lumpur as the fourth top shopping destination in the world

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Melaka

Putrajaya

The state’s successive colonial influences have made it a cultural melting pot and a veritable treasure trove of the past. Visitors are drawn to its historical precinct, containing the well-preserved 17th century Dutch Stadthuys and the remains of the Portuguese A’ Famosa. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the city boasts fascinating museums, historical vestiges and replicas of ancient palaces.

Situated 25km south of Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya is the futuristic administrative capital of the nation.

Legoland | Hello Kitty | Islands of Tioman: Rawa, Sibu, Besar and Permanggil | Iskandar Malaysia with an area of 2,217 sq. km 3 times the size of Singapore is destined to be the new metropolis for living and business

The Baba and Nyonya Heritage Museum provides an insight into this unique community. Nearby Ayer Keroh and A’ Famosa Water Park provide numerous sightseeing spots and recreational activities.

KLCC | Sunway Lagoon | Mid-Valley Mall | Paragon Shopping Mall | Bangsar Baru | Sungei Wang |

Hailed as in Intelligent Garden City, this model township is a proud symbol of Malaysia’s aspiration to be a developed nation. The focal point here is Putra Square, the stately Prime Minister’s office and the aesthetically-pleasing Putrajaya Mosque. Another impressive feature is the uniquely-designed bridges that span the various points of the sprawling Putrajaya Lake.

Dining | Museums | Heritage | River Cruise | Nightlife

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Kelantan

Selangor

Kelantan’s appeal lies in its laid-back lifestyle, tranquil countryside scenes, rustic fishing villages and a wealth of cultural activities.

Selangor is the main gateway for visitors to the country, with the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) in its midst.

Jonker Street | Red Square | A’ Famosa | Porta De Santiago | Melaka Wonderland Malacca (Malay: “The Historic State”) is the third smallest Malaysian state after Perlis and Penang

Putra Square | PICC | Putrajaya Wetland | Botanical Garden | Putrajaya Lake Putrajaya is a planned city, located 25km south of Kuala Lumpur, that serves as the federal administrative centre of Malaysia.

Traditional pastimes such as giant kiteflying, top-spinning competitions and silat, the Malay art of self-defence, are among its interesting attributes. Kelantanese are gifted among craftsmen with many cottage industries producing silverware, textiles, kites and brass work.

Attractions in the state include the unique Kampung Kuantan Fireflies Park, the magnificent Batu Caves, fabulous theme parks and great shopping spots. An annual sporting highlight is the action-packed Formula One race held at Sepang International Circuit. Shah Alam, the state’s capital, is the site of the splendid Blue Mosque.

Dining | Heritage | Eco-tourism | Beach | Horse-riding | Handicrafts | Religious

Shopping | Firefly Parks | Massage & Spa | Sports & Adventure | Golf | Nightlife

Terengganu

Negeri Sembilan

Terengganu is blessed with captivating island retreats of soft white sand, crystalclear waters and prolific marine life.

The pervasive influence of the Minangkabau culture is a distinct characteristic of the state. Its flourishing capital of Seremban has several interesting historical and cultural sites.

State Museum | Siti Khadijah Market | Handicraft Village | Kuala Koh National Park Kelantan is the only Malaysian state that categorises people based on their place of origin rather than the colour of the skin.

The islands of Redang and Perhentian attract holidaymakers from around the world. Boat-building and traditional handicraft activities such as batik-painting and songket-weaving can be observed around Kuala Terengganu, the main town.

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Batu Caves | Royal Selangor | I-City | Sunway Lagoon | Wet World Water Park Selangor has the largest city in Malaysia and it is growing rapidly due to modernisation in the Klang Valley.

Seri Menanti, a royal enclave, is home to Malaysia’s largest traditional timber palace. Port Dickson is a popular weekend retreat with its long coastline and a wide choice of resort accommodations. Homestays offer an authentic experience of the local village lifestyle. Beach | Water Sports | Camping | Handicrafts | Homestay | Recreation

Port Dickson | Ulu Bendul Recreational Forest | State Museum Complex Negeri Sembilan lies on the western coast of Peninsular Malaysia, just south of Kuala Lumpur and borders Selangor on the north.


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3 Federal Territories Perlis This northernmost state in Peninsular Malaysia shares borders with neighbouring Thailand. The town of Padang Besar is an important entry point by rail for visitors from the north. A variety of attractions await visitors, including Gua Kelam (Dark Caves), Gua Wang Burma, Perlis Snake and Reptile Farm and the Perlis State Park.

Borneo Pahang The largest state in Peninsular Malaysia is the location of Taman Negara, Malaysia’s premier national park, as well as the peninsula’s highest peak, Gunung Tahan. The popular hill resorts of Genting Highlands, Cameron Highlands, Berjaya Hills and Fraser’s Hills are the major tourist attractions here. Cherating is the site of Asia’s first Club Mediterranean and off the state’s coastline is the island gem of Tioman, voted as one of the most beautiful islands in the world.

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Kedah

Sabah

The Rice Bowl state of Malaysia is characterised by a landscape of vast paddy fields and lush greenery. Alor Setar, the administrative centre, is the site of many well-preserved historical landmarks.

Sabah is a paradise for nature lovers. Major attractions here are Mount Kinabalu located in the Kinabalu National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Perlis State Park | Padang Besar | Rimba Herba | Lake Melati, Beseri Perlis is the smallest state in Malaysia. It lies at the northern part of the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia.

Tioman Island | Cameron Highlands | Taman Negera | Kelapa Gading Cave Pahang is the third largest state in Malaysia, after Sarawak and Sabah, and the largest in Peninsular Malaysia. The state occupies the huge Pahang River river basin.

The island resort of Langkawi consists of 99 islands shrouded in fascinating myths and legends. Its breathtaking scenery, rustic ambience, enchanting marine life and duty-free status make it an ideal holiday destination. Langkawi is accorded the UNESCO Global Geopark status for its spectacular limestone formations.

The cluster of islands, Tunku Abdul Rahman Park and Sipadan, a world-class diving destination, offer a wealth of marine life. The state’s capital of Kota Kinabalu is the gateway to Sabah’s many tourist spots. The 32 ethnic groups in the state – such as the Kadazandusun, Murut and Bajau – make up the colourful tapestry of Sabah’s culture.

Geopark | Museums | Trekking | Water Sports | Recreation | Yachting

Sports | Culture | Diving | Golf | Shopping | Sight-seeing

Penang

Sarawak

The Pearl of the Orient is famed for its lovely beaches, colourful history and rich potpourri of cultures.

Situated on the northwestern coast of Borneo, the Land of the Hornbills beckons visitors with its prestige rainforest and the diverse lifestyles of its indigenous people.

Island of Langkawi | Alor Setar Tower | Sedim River Recreation Park Kedah is famed for its padi fields and is known as “The rice bowl” of the country.

George Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the state’s bustling capital, combines the best of the East and West as evident in its numerous heritage buildings. This food paradise tempts the palate with a mouth-watering array of local cuisine. The island is connected to the mainland by a vehicular ferry service and the magnificent Penang Bridge.

Gombizau Honey Bee Farm | Kudat Golf Club | Mabul Island | Kilias River Sabah is often referred to as “The Land Below The Wind”, a phrase used by seafarers in the past to describe lands south of the typhoon belt.

The magnificent Mulu Caves, Sarawak Cultural Village and the state’s national parks rank among its major attractions. Go on a river cruise adventure to visit the numerous ethnic groups with their colourful customs and traditions.

Dining | Heritage | Religious | Museums | Eco-tourism | Nightlife | Water Sports

CSR | Shopping | Culture & Heritage | Dine | Nightlife | Beach

Perak

Labuan

Perak in its heyday was synonymous with the nation’s flourishing tin mining industry. Its claim to fame today can be attributed to its charming tourist attractions.

Located off the west coast of Sabah, Lebuan is a paradise for wreck diving and international deep-sea fishing.

Penang Bridge | Kek Lok Si | National Park | Penang Hill | Fort Cornwallis Penang, known as “Pearl of the Orient” to many people, is one of the famous islands in South-East Asia. It is renowned for its culture, food and heritage.

Alluring Pangkor Island is the location of the award-winning Pangkor Laut Resort. Ipoh, the state’s capital, and Taiping with its picturesque lake gardens, still retain a strong semblance of the British era. The royal town of Kuala Kangsar, Gua Tempurung’s fascinating limestone formations and mysterious Kellie’s Castle are some of the state’s other attractions. Dining | Museum | Hot Springs | Eco-adventure | Extreme Sports

Islands of Pangkor and Sembilan | Royal Belum | Zoo Taiping & Night Safari Perak, or Perak Darul Ridzuan, is one of the thirteen states in Malaysia, and is located on the west coast of the West Malaysia.

Info and photos courtesy of Tourism Malaysia

Brighton Beach | Annah Rais Bidayuh | Airport Road Outcrop | Bakelalan Known as Bumi Kenyalang (“Land of the Hornbills”), Sarawak is situated on the northwest of the island.

The annual Labuan International Sea Challenge is an exciting water sports event for enthusiasts. The island is the site of several World War II memorials.

Islands | Golf | Wreck Diving | Sea Sports | Shop | Dining

International Sea Sport Complex | Labuan Golf Club | World War 2 Site Labuan is an Island with an estimated population of 100,000 people. Labuan Town is information and photos courtesy of Tourism Malaysia among the cleanest towns in Malaysia.

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Malacca TOURIST INFORMATION www.melaka.net EMERGENCY Police | Ambulance | T 999 Fire | T 994 Civil Defence | T 991 INFORMATION Malacca International Airport | 06 317 5860 Railway Station | 06 441 1034 Malacca Sentral Bus Station | 06 288 2246 Express National 07 223 7204 Greenland Express 07 355 6133 Immigration Department | 07 224 4255 Time Announcement | 1051 Tourist Hotline | 607 223 4935 CALL A CAB MaxiCab Limo| 84 480 222 MaxiCab 7-Seater | 96 569 997 SKK Taxi | 283 383 1 Taxi Peong | 60 012 257 6476

Accommodation The Majestic Malacca | 188, Jalan Bunga Raya | 75100 Malacca | T 06 289 8000 | travelcentre@ytlhotels.com.my | www.majesticmalacca.com Courtyard @ Heeren Boutique Hotel | 91, Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock (Heeren St.) | 75200 Malacca | 06 281 0088 | info@courtyardatheeren.com | www.courtyardatheeren.com/ Casa Del Rio Melaka | 88 Jalan Kota Laksamana | 75200 Malacca | T 06 289 6888 | reservation@casadelrio-melaka.com |www. casadelrio-melaka.com

Bayview Hotel Melaka | Jalan Bendahara | 75100 Malacca | T 06 283 9888 | bayviewmelaka@bayviewhotels.com | www.bayviewhotels.com

Attractions

Hotel Equatorial Melaka | Bandar Hilir | 75000 Malacca | info@mel.equatorial.com | www.equatorial.com

Crocodile & Reptile Farm | Pusat Pelancongan | Ayer Keroh | T 606 232 2349

The Sterling | Lot 232 Jalan Temenggon | 75100 Malacca | www.thesterling.my

D’Paradise Malacca |63, Jalan Solok Uban | Kampung Brisu | Lubuk China | Malacca | T 606 552 8010

Jonker Boutique Hotel | 82-86A & B | Jalan Tokong | 75200 Malacca | T 06 282 5151 | info@jonkerboutiquehotel.com | www. jonkerboutiquehotel.com

Hard Rock Cafe Melaka Rock Shop | 23 Lorong Hang Jebat | 75200 Malacca | T 606 281 2721

Restaurants

Melaka Zoo & Night Zoo | Hang Tuah Jaya | Ayer Keroh | 75450 Malacca | T 606 232 4053

Hoe Kee Chicken Rice | 468 Jalan Hang Jebat | 75200 Malacca | T 06 283 4751 Nancy’s Kitchen Restaurant | Jalan Hang Lekir | Off Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock | Malacca | T 06 283 6099 Pak Putra Tandoori & Naan Restaurant | Jalan Laksmana 4 | Malacca Restaurant Pak Putra | 4 Jalan Laksamana | Taman Kota Laksamana | Malacca

Menara Taming Sari | Jalan Merdeka Banda Hilir | Malacca 75000 | T 06 288 1100

Me & Mrs Jones Café | 3 Jalan Hang Kasturi | Malacca 75200 Calanthe Art Café | 11 Jalan Hang Kasturi | Malacca | T 06 292 2960 Amy Heritage Nyonya Cuisine | 75 Jalan Melaka Raya 24 | Taman Melaka Raya | T 06 286 8819

Kocik Kitchen | Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock | Malacca | 601 2377 4732

Everly Resort Hotel Malacca | 10km Jalan Tanjung Kling | 76400 Malacca | www.everly.hotels.net.my Weekendin 138

Queen Victoria’s Fountain | Jalan Gereja | Bandar Hilir | Malacca

Nadeje Patisserie Café | 23, 25 Jalan Pm 8 | Malacca

A’Famosa Resort | Jalan Kemus | Simpang Empat | 78000 Alor Gajah Malacca | T 06 552 0888 | customerservice@afamosa.com | www.afamosa.com

Mahkota Hotel | No. 16, Jalan Syed Abdul Aziz | 75000 Malacca | T 06 281 2828 | reservation@mahkotahotel.com.my | www. mahkotahotel.com.my

A’ Famosa Water Theme Park | Jalan Kemus | Simpang Empat | 78000 Malacca | T 06 552 0888

Malacca Heritage Centre | Jonker St | Malacca | T 016 623 3543 | www.malaccaheritage. com

Daorae Korean BBQ Restaurant | No. 100A 100 Taman Melaka Malacca | Malacca 75000

Avillion Legacy Melaka | 146 Jalan Hang Tuah | 75300 Malacca | T 06 281 6868 | res@ avillionlegacymelaka.com | www.avillionlegacymelaka.com

Flashpoint Paintball Park | 1577-A Jalan Solok Bukit Bayan | T 06 268 3158 | flashpointpaintball.com.my

Restaurant Ban Lee Shiang | 45E Jalan Ong Kim Wee | Malacca

Holiday Inn Melaka | Syed Abdul Aziz | 75000 Malacca | T 0877 859 5095 | www. ihg.com The Sterling | Lot 232, Jalan Temenggong | Melaka 75100 | Malaysia | +606 283 1188 | reservations@thesterling.my | www. thesterling.my

D Paradise | 63 Jalan Solok Uban | 78200 Kampung Brisu Malacca | www.d-paradise. com.my

Jonker Walk Malacca | Jalan Hang Jebat | T 606 284 8282

Geographér Café | Jalan Hang Jebat | Malacca | T 606 281 6813 | www.geographer. com.my

Restoran Nyonya Makko | 123 Malacca | T 06 284 0737 | www.makkonyonya.com.my Capitol Satay Celup | 41, Lorong Bukit Cina | 75100 Malacca | T 06 283 5508 Riverine Coffeehouse | Lorong Hang Jebat | Malacca | T 60 17 755 6767 San Pedro | Portuguese Square | Malacca | T 606 284 2170 Orang Belanda Art Café | 32 Tun Tan Cheng Lock | 75200 Malacca | T 014 232 9410

Golf Clubs & Resorts Others

Orna Golf & Country Club | Jalan Gapam Jasin | T 606 521 0333 | www.ornaresort.com. my A’famosa Golf Resort | Jalan Kemus | Simpang Ampat | Alor Gajah | 78000 Alor Gajah, Malacca | T 606 552 0555 | www.afamosa.com/ Golden Valley Golf & Country Club | Km. 24, Air Panas | 77200 Bemban Malacca Tiara Melaka Golf & Country Club | 3 1/2 KM Jalan Gapam | Ayer Keroh | 75760 Malacca Pandanusa Golf Club | PT.30 | Pulau Besar | Mukim Pernu | Malacca Bukit Terendak Golf Club | Kem Terendak | 76200 Malacca


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Johor TOURIST INFORMATION www.johortourism.com.my EMERGENCY Police | Ambulance | T 999 Fire | T 994 Civil Defence | T 991 INFORMATION Senai Airport | 07 599 4500 Railway Station | 07 223 4727 Ticketing Counter | 07 223 3040 Bus Terminal 07 223 3159 Express National 07 223 7204 Greenland Express 07 355 6133 Immigration Department | 07 224 4255 Time Announcement | 1051 Tourist Hotline | 607 223 4935 CALL A CAB Comfort Taxi | 07 332 2852 City Enterprise Taxi | 07 354 9966 Khidmat Saujana Taxi | 07 238 5315 Intan Nirwana Taxi | 07 334 3068

Accommodation Grand BlueWave Hotel Johor Bahru | 80300 Johor Bahru | T 07 221 6666 | www.grandbluewave-johorbahru.com Renaissance Johor Bahru Hotel | 2 Jalan Permas 11 | Bandar Baru Permas Jaya | 81750 Masai Johor | T +607 381 3333 www.renaissancehotels.com

Mutiara Johor Bahru | Jalan Dato Sulaiman | Taman Century | 80990 Johor Bahru | T 07 330 0300 | adminjb@mutiarahotels.com | www.mutiarahotels.com Le Grandeur Palm Resort Johor | Jalan Persiaran Golf | Off Jalan Jumbo | 81250 Senai | T 07 599 6000 | reservation@palmresort.com | www.palmresort.com New York Hotel Johor Bahru | No. 22 Jalan Dato’ Abdullah Tahir | 80300 Johor Bahru | T 07 331 1588 | nyhotel@newyorkhotel.com. my | www.newyorkhotel.com.my Pariss Hotel Skudai | 38 Jalan Bestari | 7/2 | Taman Nusa Bestari | 81300 Skudai | T 07 232 8250 | info@parisshotel.com.my | www. parisshotel.com.my HTL Granada | No. 55,Jalan Indah 15/2 | Taman Bukit Indah | 81200 Nusajaya | info@ careluxury.com | www.htlgranada.com/ Suria City Hotel Johor Bahru | 10 Jalan Bukit Meldrum | Tanjung Puteri | 80300 Johor Bahru | T 03 6205 3323 | www.suriacityhoteljohor.com The ZON Regency Hotel | 88 Jalan Ibrahim Sultan | Stulang Laut | www.zonhotel.com. my Grand Hallmark Hotel | 32 Jalan Molek 2/2 Taman Molek 81100 | T 07 357 2288 | enquiry@grandhotelhallmark.com | www.grandhotelhallmark.com

Blue wave bistro | 9. Jalan Indah 15/2 | Taman Bukit Indah | 81200 Johor Bahru Grand Straits Garden Seafood Restaurants | No.3, Jalan Persiaran Danga | Kawasan Danga Bay | 81200 Johor Bahru | T 07 238 8118 | www.grandstraitsgarden.com Evergreen Restaurant | Sutera Mall, Lien Ho Complex | Pelangi Indah | 80250 Johor Bahru | T 07 558 9966 Ho Seng kee | 187 Jalan harimau | taman century | Johor Bahru Restaurant Teck Sing | 3 & 5, Jalan Sutera Satu | Taman Sentosa | Johor Bahru Breakfast at 7 | G-01, Block 5, Danga Bay | Jalan Skudai | Johor Bahru Infusion | 33, Jalan Seladang | Taman Abad Johor Bahru 80250 | T 07 288 2666 | www. kslresorts.com.my

Attractions Legoland | 7, Jalan Legoland | Bandar Medini | Nusajaya Malaysia | Johor | T 607 597 8888 | www.legoland.com.my Sanrio Hello Kitty Town | Puteri Harbour Indoor Family Theme Park | Nusajaya, Johor Bahru | www.playtime.com.my Danga City Mall | Jalan Tun Abdul Razak Susur 1 | 80000 Johor Bahru | T 607 – 221 5008 | www.dangacitymall.com

Thistle Johor Bahru | Jalan Sungai Chat | 80100 Johor Bahru | T 07 222 9234 | www. thistle.com

Sultan Abu Bakar Royal Palace Museum | Jalan Tun Doktor Ismail | Johor Bahru | T 60 07 223 0555

The Puteri Pacific Johor Bahru Hotel | Jalan Abdullah Ibrahim | ‘The Kotaraya’ | 80730 Johor Bahru | T 07 219 9999 | info@puteripacific.com | www.puteripacific.com

Zoo Negeri Johor | Jalan Gertak Merah | 80000 Johor Bahru | T 607 223 0404

M Suites Hotel | 16 Jalan Skudai Straits View 80200 Johor Bahru Johor | T 07 22 11 000 info@m-suites.com | www.m-suites.com Lotus Desaru | Lot 1854, Jalan Desaru Bandar Penawar | 81930 Kota Tinggi | Johor Darul Ta’zim | T 07-884 2800 | rsvn@lotusdesaru.com | www.lotusdesaru.com Hotel Sentral Johor Bahru |17 Jalan Tenteram | Tanjung Puteri | 80300 Johor Baharu | T 07 222 7788 | infojb@hotelsentral.com. my | www.hotelsentral.com.my Silka Johor Bahru | Lot 101375 | Jalan Masai Lama | Mukim Plentong | 81750 Johor Bahru | T 07 360 1000 | info.johor@silkahotels. com | www.silkahotels.com Bayu Marina Resort | Jalan Bayu Puteri 2/1 | Taman Bayu Puteri | 80150 Johor Bahru | T 07 340 5555 | enquiry@bayumarinaresort. com | www.bayumarinaresort.com Pulai Springs Resort | 20km, Jalan Pontian Lama | 81110 Pulai | T 07 521 2121 | enquiry@pulaisprings.com | www.pulaisprings.com

Restaurants Chez Papa French Bistro and Wine Room | 38 and 40 Jalan Jaya | Taman Maju Jaya | 80400 Johor Bahru | T 07 333 4988 | enquiry@chezpapa.com.my | www.chezpapa. com.my

Golf Clubs & Resorts Jalan Persiaran Golf | Off Jalan Jumbo | Senai Johor | T 07 599 6222 | www.palmresort. com

Grill Bar Steakhouse | 202 Jalan Sri Pelangi | 80400 Johor Bahru | T 07 333 3400

Ponderosa Golf & Country Resort | 10-c Jalan Persiaran Bumi Hijau | Johor Bahru | T 07 354 9999 | www.ponderosagolf.com

Gianni’s Trattoria | 110, Jalan Serampang | Taman Pelangi | 80400 Johor Bahru | 07 331 2230

Pulai Springs | 20 km Jalan Pontian Lama | T 07 521 2121 | www.pulaisprings-johor.com

Maio Restaurant 16 Jalan Skudai | Straits View | 07 221 1000 7 Spices | G-01, Block 5 | Danga Bay | Johor Bahru 80200 | Malaysia | T 07 235 6969 Chakra | No 1 Jalan Yusof Taha | 80100 Johor Bahru, Malaysia | T 07 223 9991 Meisan | Jalan Dato Sulaiman | E of Town Centre | T 07 332 3800 Yeo’s Seafood Restaurant | Pendas Pelabuhan Tanjung Pelepas | 81550 Johor Bahru | T 07 507 3210

Royal Johor Country Club | 3211 Jalan Larkin | Johor Bahru | T 07 223 3322 Bukit Banang Golf & Country Club | No. 1, Persiaran Gemilang | Bandar Banang Jaya Batu Pahat | Batu Pahat 83000 | T 07 428 6001 Maxi Action Sdn Bhd | 2, Jalan Satria 8 | Taman Perindustrian Johor Bahru Perdana | Skudai 81300 | T 07 512 1236 Poresia Golf Club & Resort | Gelang Patah | T 07 510 2033

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Kuala Lumpur TOURIST INFORMATION www.tourism.gov.my EMERGENCY Police | Ambulance | T 999 Fire | T 994 Civil Defence | T 991 Tourist Police | T 03 2149 6590 INFORMATION Kuala Lumpur International Airport | 038776 2000 Subang Airport | 03 7846 1833 Terminal Bersepadu Selatan | 03 9051 2000 Malaysia Tourism Centre | 03 9235 4848 KL Tourism Board | 03 2693 6664 KLIA Limousine Service | 03 8787 3030 Star LRT | 03-2698-4977 KTM Railway Service | 03-2273-8000 CALL A CAB Airport Taxi | 03 8787 3691 Comfort Radio Cab | 03-6253-1313 City Line Cabs | 03-9222-2828/ 7878 Super Cabs | 03-7875-7333

Accommodation Ascott Kuala Lumpur | 9 Jalan Pinang 50450 Kuala Lumpur | T + 603 2142 6868 www.the-ascott.com Berjaya Times Square Hotel | 1 Jalan Imbi | 55100 Kuala Lumpur | T +603 2117 8000 | www.berjayahotel.com Fraser Place Kuala Lumpur | Lot 163, 10 Jalan Perak | 50450 Kuala Lumpur | T +603 2118 6288 | www.kualalumpur.fraserhospitality. com Grand Millennium | 1605 Jalan Bukit Bintang 55100 Kuala Lumpur | T +603 2117 4888 www. grandmillenniumkl.com Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur | 12 Jalan Pinang 50450 Kuala Lumpur | T +603 2182 1234 www.kualalumpur.grand.hyatt.com Hilton Kuala Lumpur | 3 Jalan Stesen Sentral 50470 Kuala Lumpur | T +603 2264 2264 www.kuala-lumpur.hilton.com Hotel Istana Kuala Lumpur City Center | 73 Jalan Raja Chulan | 50200 Kuala Lumpur T +603 2141 9988 | www.hotelistana.com.my InterContinental Kuala Lumpur 165 Jalan Ampang | 50450 Kuala Lumpur T +603 2161 1111 | www.intercontinental.com JW Marriott Hotel Kuala Lumpur | 183 Jalan Bukit Bintang | 55100 Kuala Lumpur T +603 2715 9000 Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur | KL City Centre | 50088 Kuala Lumpur | T +603 2380 8888 | www.mandarinoriental.com Prince Hotel & Residence Kuala Lumpur | 4 Jalan Conlay | 50450 Kuala Lumpur | T +603 2170 8888 | www.princehotelkl.com

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Renaissance Kuala Lumpur Hotel | Corner of Jalan Sultan Ismail and Jalan Ampang | 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia | T +603 2162 2233 | www.marriott.com

Albion | 31 Jalan Berangan | Changkat Bukit Bintang | 50200 Kuala Lumpur | T 603 2141 9282 | www.albionkl.com

Shangri-La Hotel Kuala Lumpur | 11 Jalan Sultan Ismail | 50250 Kuala Lumpur | T +603 2032 2388 | www.shangri-la.com

Maison Francaise | 5 Jalan Changkat Kia Peng | 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia | T 603 2144 1474 | info@maisonfrancaise. com.my | www.maisonfrancaise.com.my

Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur Hotel Jalan Sultan Ismail | 50250 Kuala Lumpur T +603 2717 9900 | www.sheraton.com/ imperialkualalumpur

Tamarind Springs Restaurant | Jalan 1 | Taman Tun Abdul Razak | 68000 Ampang, Selangor | T 603 4256 9300 | www. tamarindrestaurants.com

Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa | Persiaran Lagoon, Bandar Sunway | 46150 Petaling Jaya | T +603 7492 8000 | www.kualalumpur. sunwayhotels.com

Attractions

The Ritz Carlton Kuala Lumpur | 168, Jalan Imbi | 55100 Kuala Lumpur | T + 603 2142 8000 | www.ritzcarlton.com The Royale Chulan Hotel Kuala Lumpur | 5 Jalan Conlay | 50450 Kuala Lumpur | www. theroyalechulankualalumpur.com The Westin Kuala Lumpur | 199 Jalan Bukit Bintang | 55100 Kuala Lumpur | T +603 2731 8333 | www.westin.com/kualalumpur Traders Hotel by Shangri-La | 50088 Kuala Lumpur City Centre | T 603 2332 9888 | www.shangri-la.com

Dine & Wine - Sky High Dining Bridge Bar | Level 28 GTower | Jalan Tun Razak T +603 2168 1919 | www.gtowerhotel.com Luna Bar | Level 34 | Pacific Regency Hotel Jalan Punchak | T +603 2332 777 | www. luna.my

Sunway Lagoon Theme Park | 3 Jalan PJS 11/11 | Bandar Sunway | 46150 Petaling Jaya | T 603 5639 0000 | F 603 5637 0050 | http://www.sunwaylagoon.com.my Mines Wonderland Theme Park | Jalan Dulang Mines Resort City | 43300 Seri Kembangan | T 603 8942 5010 Kuala Lumpur Bird Park | 920 Jalan Cenderawasih | Taman Tasik Perdana | 50480 Kuala Lumpur | T 603 2272 1010 info@klbirdpark.com | www.klbirdpark.com Aquaria KLCC | Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre Complex | Kuala Lumpur City Centre | 50088 Kuala Lumpur | T 603 2333 1888 | www.aquariaklcc.com Lake Gardens | Jalan Parlimen | 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia | T 603 2693 4132 Kuala Lumpur Butterfly Park | Jalan Cenderasari | Taman Tasik Perdana | 50480 Kuala Lumpur | T 603 2693 4799 | www. klbutterflypark.com

Marini’s on 57 | Level 57 Menara 3 Petronas | Persiaran KLCC | T +603 2161 2880 | www. marinis57.com

Central Market | Lot 3.04-3.06, Central Market Annexe | Jalan Hang Kasturi | 50050 Kuala Lumpur | T 603 2031 0399 | 603 2031 5399 | www.centralmarket.com.my

Skylounge | Level 22 Ascott Kuala Lumpur | 9 Jalan Pinang | T +603 2142 6868 | http:// sevenatenine.com/kl/skylounge.html

Merdeka Square | 1 Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Malaysia | T 603 2697 2797

Sky Bar | Level 33 Traders Hotel | T +603 2332 9911 | www.skybar.com.my

Golf Clubs & Resorts

THIRTY8 | Level 38 Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur T +603 2182 1234 | http://kualalumpur. grand.hyatt.com/en/hotel/dining/ THIRTY8.html View Bar | Level 30 GTower | Jalan Tun Razak T +603 2168 1881 | www.view.com.my

Restaurants Frangipani Restaurant & Bar | 25 Changkat Bukit Bintang | 50200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia | T 603 2144 3001 | F 603 2145 3001 | www.frangipani.com.my Dining in the Dark | 44A & 46A Changkat Bukit Bintang | 50200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia | T 603 2110 0431 | F 603 2145 1375 | info@dininginthedarkkl.com | www.dininginthedarkkl.com

Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club | 10 Jalan 1/70D | Bukit Kiara | 60000 Kuala Lumpur | T 603 2093 1111 | F 603 2093 3393 | www.klgcc.com The Royal Selangor Golf Club | Jalan Kelab Golf | Off Jalan Tun Razak | 55000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia | T 603 9206 3333 | F 603 9285 3939 | rsgc@rsgc.com.my | www.rsgc. com.my Bukit Kemuning Golf & Country Resort | Lot 6031, Batu 7, Bukit Kemuning | 42450 Shah Alam, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia | T 603 5121 6412 | F 603 5121 6416 | golf@ bkgcr.com | www.bkgcr.com Kota Permai Golf & Country Club | 1 Jalan 31/100A | Kota Kemuning, Section 31 | 40460 Shah Alam, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia | T 603 5122 3700 | F 603 5122 3702 | kpgcc@kotapermai.com.my | www. kotapermai.com.my


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Penang TOURIST INFORMATION www.visitpenang.gov.my EMERGENCY Police | Ambulance | T 999 Fire | T 994 Rescue | T 991 INFORMATION Penang International Airport | 04 643 4411 Tourist Information Centre | 04 261 4461 Immigration Office | 04 250 3419 Penang Hill Railway | 04 828 8880 George Town Ferry Terminal | 04 210 2363 Butterworth Ferry Terminal | 04 310 2377 Butterworth Railway Station | 04 261 0290 Penang Bridge | 04 398 7419 CALL A CAB Penang Geogetown Taxi Service | 04 261 7098 Penang Sunshine Taxi Services | 04 642 5961 Super Radio Taxi Service | 04 281 8766

Accommodation Sunway Hotel | Georgetown 33 New Lane | T 604 229 9988 | WWW.georgetown.sunwayhotels.com Hotel Equatorial Penang | Jalan Bukit Jambul Penang | T 604 632 7000 | www.equatorial.com/pen Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion | 14 Lebuh Leith Georgetown | T 604 262 0006 | www. cheongfatttzemansion.com Hotel Malaysia | 7, Penang Road | 10000 Penang | Pulau Pinang | T 604 263 3311 | WWW.hotelmalaysia.com.my/ Bayview Hotel Georgetown Penang | 25-A Farquhar Street | Penang Island | T 604 263 3161 | www.bayviewhotels.com Hotel Royal Penang | Jalan Larut | Georgetown | T 604 226 7888 | www.hotelroyalpenang.com Eastern and Oriental |10 Lebuh Farquhar | Georgetown | T 604 222 2000 | www.e-o-hotel.com Copthorne Orchid Hotel Penang | Tanjung Bungah | 11200 Penang | Malaysia | T 604 892 3333 | rsvn@copthorne.com.my | www. millenniumhotels.com/copthornepenang/ Hydro Hotel Penang | Miami Beach,Batu Ferringhi | 11100 Penang | res@hydrohotelpenang.com | www.hydrohotelpenang. com Naza Talyya Hotel Penang | 555 Jalan CM Hashim | Tanjung Tokong | 11200 Penang | T 604 890 9300 | penang@nazahotels.com | www.nazahotels.com The Gurney Resort Hotel & Residences | 18 Persiaran Gurney | 10250 Georgetown, Penang | T 604 370 7000 | F 604 370 5000 | www.swissgarden.com

Eastin Hotel | 1 Solok Bayan Indah, Queensbay | 11900 Bayan Lepas, Penang | T 604 612 1111 | F 604 612 1199 | www.eastin. com Georgetown City Hotel | 1-Stop Midlands Park | Burmah Road | 10350 Georgetown, Penang | T 604 227 7111 | F 604 226 7111 | www.georgetowncityhotel.com

Fireflies of Krian Rivers | Jetty Pasar Lama | Nibong Tebal, Penang Tropical Fruit Farm | Jalan Teluk Bahang | George Town, Penang, Malaysia | T +604 866 5168 | www.tropicalfruits.com.my Penang National Park | Jalan Hassan Abas Teluk Bahang | Penang Island, Malaysia

Flamingo Hotel by the Beach | Jalan Tanjung Bungah | 11200 Penang | T 604 892 7111 | F 604 890 4777

Fort Cornwallis | Jalan Tun Syed Sheh Barakbah | George Town, Penang, Malaysia | +60 4-264 3494

Restaurants

P Ramlee Gallery | 40A Jalan P Ramlee (formerly Counter Hall) | 10460 George Town | Pulau Pinang, Malaysia | T 604 281 7484

Suffolk House Restaurant | Jalan Ayer Itam | Georgetown | T 604 228 3930 | www.suffolkhouse.com.my Hard Rock Café Penang | Penang | T 604 881 1711 | www.hardrock.com Evergreen Hotel | 53 Persiaran Gurney | Georgetown | T 604 226 9988 No Eyed Dear | 98-1-26 Prima Tanjung | Jalan Fettes | Tanjung Tokong | T 604 889 0488

Juru Autocity | 1688-F8, Jalan Perusahaan, Highway Auto-City | North-South Highway Juru Interchange | 13600 Penang, Malaysia | T 604 501 1222 | F 604 501 1221 | www.autocity.com.my | golden@autocity.com.my Queensbay Mall | Lot 1F-78 | 100 Persiaran Bayan Indah | 11900 Bayan Lepas, Penang | T 604 646 8888 | F 604 646 4848 | www. queensbaymallmalaysia.com

Vintage Bulgaria | 1E Jalan Sungai Kelian | 11200 | Tanjong Bungah Pulau Pinang | T 604 898 1890 | www.vintagebulgaria.com That Little Wine Bar | Jalan Chow Thye | Georgetown | T 604 226 8182 1885 Restaurant | Eastern & Oriental Hotel | 10 Lebuh Farquhar | 10200 Penang | T 604 222 2000 Amelia Café | 6 Armenian Street | 10200 Penang | T 012 496 7838 | ameliecafe@yahoo.com Beach Blanket Babylon Bar & Bistro | 32 Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah | Gerorgetown | T 604 262 2232 Chin’s Stylish Chinese Cuisine Restaurant | Tanjong City Marina | Church Street Pier | 8A Pengkalan Weld | 10300 Georgetown | T 604 261 2611 QE II | Church Street Pier | 8A Pengkalan Weld | 10300 Georgetown | T 604 261 2126 Golden Thai Seafood Village | 69A Jalan Batu Ferringhi | 11100 Penang | T 604 881 1362 | 6016 336 0777 | www.goldenthai. com.my/seafood Jewel of the North | 1 Jalan Batu Ferringhi | 11100 Penang | T 604 881 3376 | jewel. north@gmail.com | www.jewelofthenorth. info Goh Huat Seng Restaurant | 59 Lebuh Kimberley | Georgetown | T 604 261 5811

Attractions Toy Museum Heritage Garden | 1370, MK2, Teluk Bahang | 11050 Penang | 6012 460 2096 | www.penangtoymuseum.com Lorong Kulit Flea Market | Lorong Kulit | George Town | Penang 10460, Malaysia

Golf Clubs & Resorts Penang Golf Resort | 1687 Jalan Bertam | 13200 Kepala Batas | Penang, Malaysia | T 604 578 2022 | F 604 575 0226 | www.penanggolfresort.com.my Mountain View Golf Club | 340 Mukim 3 | Jalan Perindustrian Valdor | Seberang Perai Selatan, 14200 | Penang, Malaysia | T 604 583 3777 Kristal Golf Resort | 364 Jalan Vendor | Sungai Bakap, Seberang Perai Selatan | 14200 Sungai Jawi, Pulau Pinang | T 604 582 2280 Safira Country Club | SJ Recreation Centre Berhad | 2769, MK 1, Jalan Todak | Bandar Seberang Jaya | 13700 Seberang Perai Tengah | Pulau Pinang, Malaysia | T 604 398 3111 | F 604 398 3222 | www.safiraresort. com | safiraresort@myjaring.net Setia Pearl Island Golf & Country Club | Setia Recreation Sdn Bhd | 8 Persiaran Kelicap, 11900 | Bayan Lepas, Penang | T 604 641 1255 | F 604 646 2225 | www.spsetia.com. my | spicc@spsetia.com.my 141 Weekendin


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