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A note from the where teAm If you’re spending the Yuletide season in Singapore, you might not know what to expect. There’s no denying the island’s sunshine and balmy weather are as far from a white Christmas as things get, but rest assured that with this year’s line-up, December is set to be an exciting time. Locals love their festivities, and without a doubt you’ll have plenty of opportunities to make merry the traditional way. But we think you might also appreciate some alternative ways of celebrating. Venture off the beaten path this December and explore ten of the city’s best local and independent offerings (see page 10-15). They’re a real breath of fresh air from all those cheery jingles. Speaking of fresh air, now that the weather’s cooler, it’s a great time to get outdoors to places like the Night Safari (see page 45), Singapore Botanic Gardens (see page 47) and Mount Faber (see page 44)—or take your party to Siloso Beach on Sentosa (see page 68 and page 8). And, of course, no Christmas season is complete without some fab feasts and shopping sprees. We’ve got a seriously eclectic range of options here, from nose-to-tail dining (see page 63) to designer goods sold by weight (see page 55), making sure there’ll never be a dull moment during your stay. Clara Lim

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where Hot Dates December Dec 3 CHIC feaTurInG nIle rodGerS Legendary disco outfit CHIC will be performing retro hits alongside group member and producer Nile Rodgers for his onenight-only concert. Kallang Theatre, 1 Stadium Walk, 6348-7907, S(397688), www.kallangtheatre.com. $78-$148 from L.

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Marina Bay Singapore Countdown Enjoy a panoramic view of the city and join Singaporeans in welcoming the dawn of 2014 with an extravaganza of sight and sound at Marina Bay Waterfront (Marina Boulevard). Pen your New Year wishes on Wishing Spheres at various stations around Singapore during the month of December, and then watch in awe as they are all set afloat in the waters of the bay, accompanied by music performances and a breathtaking fireworks display—a fitting way to step into the New Year. And it’s free! Read more at www.marinabaycountdown.sg. Other festivities… Siloso Beach Party [Dec 31, 6pm] Trance, house and electro

beats by the world’s best DJs rule at this beach countdown party. Siloso Beach, Sentosa Island, 6736-8672, S(099538), www. silosobeachparty.com. MRT: HarbourFront.

Brand New Day [Dec 31, 4pm] Head to Tanjong Beach Club

and celebrate the New Year with good music, floating lanterns, fire-twirlers and lots of confetti. Tanjong Beach Club, 120 Tanjong Beach Walk, Sentosa Island, 6270-1355, S(098942), www. tanjongbeachclub.com. MRT: HarbourFront.

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ConTaCT ConTeMporary danCe feSTIval Highlights of this cutting-edge dance festival include works by global choreographers and an “open stage” for budding artists. Various venues, www.the-contact.org. $32 upwards from L.

Dec 17-29 noTre daMe de parIS Watch Victor Hugo’s great love story between Quasimodo and Esmeralda unfold at this famed musical. Mastercard Theatres - Grand Theatre, B1/F The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Ave., 6688-8868, S(018956), www.marinabaysands. com. $55-175 from L.

thrOugh feb 16, 2014 SInGapore BIennale This year’s edition of the popular arts festival brings together the best and most thoughtprovoking pieces from around Southeast Asia and farther afield. Various venues, www. singaporebiennale. org. $10 from L.

(6348-5555, www.sistic.com) or Gatecrash (6100-2005, www.gatecrash.com.sg)

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Rather than celebrating that great Western tradition— Christmas—why not learn about a more obscure civilization? At new exhibition Beginning of the Becoming (opens Dec 7), take a closer look at 80 intriguing sculptures from the multi-ethnic, mountain-dwelling Batak people of northern Sumatra, whose unique culture is rooted in ancient Southeast Asian traditions.

If you’re looking for unusual art, venture away from the museums to under-the-radar venue Sculpture Square, a former church that now showcases contemporary 3D works. On show through to December is Ghost: The Body at the Turn of the Century (11am-7pm), an exhibition of multi-media works examining the body’s role in local counter-culture.

Asian Civilisations Museum, 1 Empress Place, 6332-7798, S(179555), www.acm.org. sg. MRT: Raffles Place.

155 Middle Rd., 6333-1055, S(188977), GHOSt: tHE bOdy At tHE www.sculpturesq.com. tuRN Of tHE cENtuRy sg. MRT: Bras Basah.


WHERE NOW bar and a laksa bar. Something for everyone, surely. Gillman Barracks, 37/38/39 Malan Rd., S(109452), www.theufactory. com. MRT: Labrador Park.

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If regular yoga is a little boring, Upside Motion’s YogaFly classes (drop-in rates start at $40), which suspend you on a fabric swing so you can easily do handstands and midair flips while being thoroughly supported, uPSIdE mOtION’S should do the trick. yOGAfly

Orchard Road is chock full of designer labels and fast fashion options, but for something a little off the beaten path that you can’t buy back home, look for flea market collective Public Garden’s Christmas market (1-7pm, Dec 1, 7, 8, 14, 15). Pick up stocking stuffers like vintage toys, silk scarves and jewelry by local designers and retailers.

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16/F TripleOne Somerset, 111 Somerset Rd., S(238164), www.public-garden.com. MRT: Somerset.

FLY HIGH Battle Christmas bloat with gentle stretches and acrobatic moves to get you feeling strong and flexible.

36 Armenian St., 66366859, S(179934), www.upsidemotion. com. MRT: City Hall.

GET A RUBDOWN Not only is Nimble/Knead spa a real departure from the usual lush green retreats—shipping containers feature big in the décor here—its services are top notch as well. Take advantage of the tropical pampering promotion on this month and enjoy a Balinese massage paired with your choice of Javanese lulur body scrub, herbal compress or ginger rub (packages start from $93). Pure bliss. #01-28 66 Eng Watt St., 6438-3933, S(160066), www.nimbleknead.com. MRT: Tiong Bahru.

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FEAST YOUR SENSES Pop-ups and hipster collaborations are all the rage here. The latest one to hit town is The U Factory at art enclave Gillman Barracks, a big mash-up with a food truck, live music, indie magazines and local art works to gaze at (or buy), workshops, retail spaces, a cocktail

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DINE FANCY Splurge on Japanese beef specialist Fat Cow’s month-long omakase dining special ($180 per person; add $100 upwards for Champagne). Your meal is completely in the hands of the chef, but if their signature dishes are anything to go by, you can expect lots of premium tuna and wagyu beef. #01-01/02 Camden Medical Center, 1 Orchard Blvd., 6735-0308, S(248649), www.fat-cow.com.sg. MRT: Orchard.

Big turkey dinners are all very well and good, but if you’d like to buck tradition this year, go for much tastier fowl at A for Arbite, a casual, affordable spot that serves up innovative small plates like deep fried quail with sumac and chilli jam ($8.50) and duck rillettes with black truffle, foie gras and roasted grapes to eat with crackers ($19.50). For that sweet finish, their foamy, light riff on cookies and cream “cheesecake” ($8) is a must. #01-01 28 Aliwal St., 8321-2252, S(199918), www.arbite.com.sg. MRT: Bugis.

GET CRAFTY Give those creamclogged cocktails and bubbly a miss this year and try out seasonal craft beers instead. Spicy, warming brews are a surefire way to get a bit of festive cheer—try Mikkeller

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Santa’s Little Helper ($15.50) and Delirium Christmas ($13) from charming, low key beer shop The Great Beer Experiment. Stall 46 Pasarbella, The Grandstand, 200 Turf Club Rd., 6469-7291, S(287994), www. facebook.com/TheGreatBeerExperiment. MRT: Farrer Road; taxi recommended.

PARTY ARTY Popular bar The Vault has just moved to Boat Quay, an area that’s once again becoming a real nightlife hub. Expect lots of dark brick and metal interiors and a cool New York vibe as you kick back with funk, soul and house music from Wednesdays to Saturdays. They also throw great street parties (Dec 6, 10pm) and art markets (Dec 8, 1-6pm), so pop by if you can.

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23 Circular Rd., 6222-5001, S(049379), www.thevault.com.sg. MRT: Clarke Quay.


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Pack’d The Les Amis Group has just launched Pack’d, a clean, airy establishment offering quick and simple meals at Suntec City. This casual eating spot offers breakfast, lunch and dinner. In the morning, there are muffins ($2.40), while for lunch and dinner, there are sandwiches (from $7.30), such as roasted chicken with egg and celery, warm smoked duck with mango chutney and caramelized onions, and beef meatballs. Plus, simple salads (from $5.50) and hot mains ($8.80) like chicken meatballs and beef stew. #B1-169/170 Suntec City Mall, 3 Temasek Blvd., 6884-7717, S(038983). MRT: Promenade.

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Complete with a rooftop bar with clear waterfront views, this spacious 200-seater eatery offers both Italian fare and Peruvian grub. Expect a value-for-money selection of Latin recipes like ceviche mixto ($16)—shrimp, scallops, fish and squid in zippy lime dressing—as well as Italian fare like pizza (from $17). There are also unique fusion specialities, such as pasta all’arrabbiata with minced pork and chorizo ($14). While you’re here, make sure you try the Peruvianinspired cocktails like the chilli pisco sour ($16).

This is American fashion house Located in multi-concept boutique Coach’s first standalone boutique Pact, this quirky furniture store for men in Singapore. The entire specializes in high-quality range of the men’s line is stocked reproductions of modern-classic here—bags, small leather interior design items, and works with goods, outerwear, artists to create functional, onefootwear, watches of-a-kind pieces for the home. and sunwear ($100 What you get is an inspiring upwards)—plus mishmash of original the brand’s designer pieces such collaborative and as Ibride’s Mobilier de special edition pieces Compagnie animal collection, like those designed repro’d mod classics like Arne cOAcH mEN’S and impeccably crafted Jacobsen’s Egg Chair and truly by American designer Billy Reid out there artistic collaborations. ($430 upwards). #02-14/15 Orchard Central,

#01-13 The Esplanade, 8 Raffles Ave., 6336-0588, S(039802), www.cre8group. com.sg. MRT: City Hall.

3/F, Takashimaya, Ngee Ann City, 391 Orchard Rd., 6738-1111, S(238872), singapore.coach.com. MRT: Orchard.

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Orchard Road is not known as Singapore’s “shopping street” for nothing. Named after the plantations that lined it during the ’40s, it is today home to the world’s most prominent luxury labels, as well as stylish indie stores stocking hard-to-find labels and unexpected gems from across Asia. However, it is not just the vast variety of shopping that’s a draw. There are also choice dining and wining options located alongside quaint cafés to whet your appetite, so you can shop all day.

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SHOPPING The main shopping strip of Orchard Road is home to both high fashion and high street retailers, catering to both cluedin shoppers and the masses. There are Prada, Gucci and Salvatore Ferragamo at 6 paragon shopping centre (290 Orchard Rd., 6738-5535), Louis Vuitton and Dior at 5 iOn Orchard (2 Orchard Turn, 6238-8228), Fendi, Chanel and Hermès at 7 ngee ann city (391 Orchard Rd., 65060461), and Michael Kors, Anne Fontaine and Hermès at 3 scotts square (6 Scotts Rd., 6733-1188), the newest luxury space here.

These malls are spacious and inviting, offering worldclass customer service. Popular high street stores like H&M at Orchard building (1 Grange Rd., 6735-6370), Topshop at 8 Knightsbridge (270 Orchard Rd., 6593-6999) and Uniqlo at 11 313@somerset (313 Orchard Rd., 6496-9313) promise plenty of affordable buys in a myriad of styles imaginable. You’re sure not to leave empty-handed either way. The city is also home to some of the best multi-label indie boutiques in the world, stocking fashion that represents the best of contemporary desigvavvn. Some of

the rarest international cult brands like Undercover and Ganryu can be found at Club 21b at 1 Forum the shopping mall (583 Orchard Rd., 6732-2469) while Inhabit—The Other Store at 9 mandarin gallery (333A Orchard Rd., 6831-6363) offers desirable international and regional clothing labels like MM6 by Maison Martin Margiela from Paris, and Song for the Mute from Australia. For something uniquely Singaporean, Hansel also at Mandarin Gallery, is local fashion designer Jo Soh’s cheery take on contemporary womenswear with a vintage twist. The Reckless Shop at Orchard Central, will

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FESTIVE CHEER Shop for the perfect Christmas at these malls and boutiques along the world-famous Orchard Road.

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1. 313@SOMERSET

313 Orchard Road, (65) 6496-9313 Step into the world of fashion and choose from a myriad of latest fashion offerings at 313@somerset from Forever 21, Uniqlo and ZARA amongst others. Feeling peckish? Let the palate run wild with exciting food and beverage offers or chill at the alfresco restaurants and bars at the Discovery Walk!

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2. CLUB 21 STYLE SERVICES

#02-20/21 Hilton Hotel Singapore, 581 Orchard Road, Hilton Hotel, (65) 6304-1388 Club 21 Style Services is a bespoke shopping service that saves you time while you enjoy Singapore. A Style Advisor will access the spectrum of Club 21’s over 60 labels, which include Giorgio Armani, Balenciaga and Lanvin, to create a carefully edited selection to meet your needs.

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583 Orchard Road, (65) 6732-2469 Forum The Shopping Mall caters to the needs of modern families with its unique mix of international brands such as Club21b, TriBeCa, Tsumori Chisato. For the little ones, stores like Not Too Big, Jacadi Paris, nicholas & bears make an interesting shopping trip. Wine and dine at Benjamin Browns Bistro & Bakery, California Pizza Kitchen and Uma Uma Ramen. Check details at the Information Counter, Level 2 for our Tourist Special.

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581 Orchard Road, (65) 6737-2233 This shopping destination houses a collection of the finest names in fashion. Shoppers can indulge in an enclave of luxury shopping with designer labels straight off the catwalks of Milan and Paris, fine European jewellery and watches, and multi-label boutiques for men and women.

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2 Orchard Turn, (65) 6238-8228 ION Orchard brings together the world’s best loved brands with flagship, concept and lifestyle stores all within one development, over eight levels of intelligently-designed shopping space. With over 300 retail, F&B and lifestyle stores, as well as the ION Sky observation deck, you could easily spend your whole day here.

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333A Orchard Road, (65) 6831-6363 Mandarin Gallery—set right in the heart of Singapore’s bustling Orchard Road, the four-level mall is a retail haven for the discerning fashionista offering an amazing spread of quintessential local boutiques and international cult brands. For

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a quick time-out, Mandarin Gallery also offers a lip-smacking range of boutique eateries that caters for every taste.

7. METRO PARAGON

#02-28 Paragon, 290 Orchard Road, (65) 6835-3322 Discover something wonderful this Christmas in Metro department store at Paragon. With a wide range of merchandise at incredible prices, you’ll have countless gift ideas to choose from. You’ll also receive a 10% tourist discount when you present your passport. Conditions apply.

8. NGEE ANN CITY

391 Orchard Road, (65) 6506-0462 Ngee Ann City is a city-within-a-city showcasing seven levels of shopping and gastronomic gems. It boasts a spectacular range of 130 specialty stores and leading luxury fashion labels including the Japanese department store Takashimaya. Ngee Ann City is also a place to rest and recharge with over 30 amazing restaurants and designer cafés offering tantalizing treats from exotic local fare to sophisticated fine dining.

9. ORCHARD CENTRAL

181 Orchard Road, (65) 6238-1051 Orchard Central’s “Center of New” positioning permeates every aspect of the mall — including new architectural and design forms — to bring about fresh and distinctive retail experiences for urban shoppers. Fronted by an iconic exterior featuring local artist Matthew Ngui’s eye-catching digital art membrane, the mall presents a unique cluster concept, grouping complementary offerings together to serve as special destinations for shoppers. Differentiating itself through a myriad of new experiences, Orchard Central features the world’s tallest indoor Via Ferrata climbing wall, the largest collection of public art installations by acclaimed international artists (worth over $9 million), a 24/7-operational Roof Garden and Discovery Walk, as well as Singapore’s first dedicated Mediterranean retail and lifestyle destination located at Basement 2.

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10. PARAGON

290 Orchard Road, (65) 6738-5535 A prominent shopping icon along Orchard Road, Paragon is a place that offers a unique and unrivalled shopping experience—housing a total of over 200 luxury and premium stores to cater to your every need. From now till 31 Dec 2013, tourists will enjoy shopping privileges at participating shops, free coffee and a gift-with-purchase made at Paragon. Please present your passport to enjoy the privileges and redemption.

11. TANGS ORCHARD

310 Orchard Road, (65) 6737-5500 This iconic, must-visit shopping destination continues to be a favourite with shoppers, whether they’re local, expatriates or tourists. Be pampered by exclusive brands and services at the worldclass TANGS Beauty, feast on international, signature local and Asian delights at TANGS Market, pick up home decorations and uniquely Asian collectibles at the new TANGS Home; and take your pick from international and local fashion labels.

12. SCOTTS SQUARE

6 Scotts Road Scotts Square is a boutique mall located between the Grand Hyatt and Marriott hotels in Singapore’s premier shopping precinct, Orchard Road. Home to a well-curated mix of flagship boutiques, international fashion labels, specialty services and delectable dining options, Scotts Square is designed with the international luxury shopper in mind.

13. WHEELOCK PLACE

501 Orchard Road Wheelock Place is an exciting cosmopolitan destination that meets every demand of the stylish urbanite. Behind its distinctive conical facade

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lie 7 floors of popular fashion, lifestyle brands, specialty services and dining options such as Marks & Spencer, EpiCentre — an Apple Premium Reseller, Sun with Moon Japanese Dining & Cafe, Clarins Skin Spa, and many more.

14. WING TAI RETAIL

Enjoy your Christmas shopping with exciting offers at Wing Tai Retail outlets such as adidas, BCBGMAXAZRIA, Ben Sherman, Etam, Dorothy Perkins, FOX, G2000, i.t, Karen Millen, Miss Selfridge, Topman, Topshop and Warehouse! In addition, tourists can enjoy 10% off regular priced items at participating Orchard Road stores. Simply present passport or foreign ID. Terms and conditions apply. Please check in-store for more details.

15. WISMA ATRIA

435 Orchard Road, (65) 6235-2103 At Wisma Atria, you can indulge in endless shopping with an extensive arrays of international brands — Coach, Cotton On, Charles & Keith, Dorothy Perkins, Etam, Forever New, Gap, LIU•JO, Lovisa, Miss Selfridge, Nine West, Seafolly, Tory Burch and Victoria Secrets complement a wide variety of dining options spread over 5 levels.

Navigate around Orchard Road with the new interactive walking map on Orchard Road’s free mobile app “@Orchard”. Available for download on both AppStore and Google Play.

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NEW & NOTED MUJI AT 313@SOMERSET #b2-38, 313 somerset rd., 6634-5053, s(238895), www.muji.com.sg. mrt: somerset.

The latest store from Japanese lifestyle chain Muji has a snazzy new look featuring lots of glass. Stock up on the label’s classic minimalist clothing and homewares—you can also personalize your purchases on the spot with rubber stamps at their fun Stamp Table.

please the fashion forward with its unconventional use of materials and silhouettes, while internationally renowned Ashley Isham, also in the same mall, stocks gorgeous, elaborate evening gowns for women. Those looking for something edgier can check out Depression at Orchard cineleisure (8 Grange Rd., 6235-1155) or Saturday at 2 wheelock place for out-of-this-world designs and bold silhouettes that will make any wearer stand out from the crowd. WHEElOck PlAcE

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COME HOME TO TANGS THIS CHRISTMAS dec 14-24. 310 Orchard rd., 6737-5500, s(238864), www.tangs.com.sg. mrt: Orchard.

Much-loved department store Tangs transforms into a Christmas emporium during the festive season. Pick up festive goodies and gifts, such as Clipper Tea’s special holiday editions and colorful home accessories from PiP studio.

After all that hard work, chill out at some of the best cafés and bars in the area. Take your pick from cafés like arteastiq (#04-14/15 Mandarin Gallery, 6235-8370), wild honey (#03-02 Mandarin Gallery, 6235-3900; #03-01/02 Scotts Square, 6636-1816), Jones the grocer (#04national 21/23 Mandarin MuSeuM of Gallery, 6836-6372) Singapore and dean & deluca (#04-23/24 Orchard Central, 6509-7708). Their great coffee, tea, all-day breakfast items and desserts are guaranteed to perk you up. If you’re looking for something stronger to help you cool off, stop by Ice Cold Beer and No. 5 Emerald Hill along Emerald Hill for beers and spirits that won’t break the bank (especially during happy hour which typically starts from 5pm onwards).

ATTRACTIONS While you’re in Orchard, catch a glimpse of the istana (www. istana.gov.sg), located close to Dhoby Ghaut MRT Station. The Istana is the official residence of the President of Singapore and features stunning British architecture. Further down the road towards City Hall and Bras Basah, you’ll also find two of Singapore’s biggest museums, the 18 singapore art museum (71 Bras Basah Rd., 63323222, www.singaporeartmuseum. sg) and the 17 national museum of singapore (93 Stamford Rd., 6332-5642, www.nationalmuseum. sg). The Singapore Art Museum holds a permanent collection of approximately 7,000 South and East Asian contemporary and modern art pieces, while exhibitions at the National Museum of Singapore investigate 700 years of Singapore’s rich history and diverse culture.

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Buddha tooth Relic temple and museum

This historically rich enclave is known by local Chinese as “niu che shui” (bullock cart water), named after the common sight of oxen-drawn wagons on its streets in the 19th century. Today, the well-preserved shophouses that once held coolie houses, opium dens, brothels and factories have been replaced with modern bars and restaurants. Though it has evolved significantly over the years, Chinatown continues to boast a unique blend of heritage sites and new buildings with strong cultural influences. ATTRACTIONS One fascinating heritage site here is the sacred 4 Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum (288 South Bridge Rd., 6220-0220), where daily opening ceremonies involving the board bell and drum rituals take place as early as 4:30am. Another landmark is the 10 Thian Hock Keng Temple (158 Telok Ayer St., 6423-4616), one of the oldest Hokkien temples in Singapore.

Built back in 1839, it is a traditional architectural masterpiece entirely assembled without nails. National monument 6 Sri Mariamman Temple (244 South Bridge Rd., 6223-4064) is the oldest Hindu place of worship here, with history dating back to 1827. To learn more about the culture and history of the area, go for Chinatown Visitor Centre’s (2 Banda St., 6221-5115) daily walking tours.

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DINING Besides traditional street markets that serve local delights, there is 5 Maxwell Food Centre (1 Kadayanallur St.), home to a variety of Singaporean food. To sample Russian fare, pay a visit to Buyan (10 Duxton Hill, 62230027) at 1 Duxton Hill, or head nearby to Lucha Loco (15 Duxton Hill, 6226-3938) for Mexican street food and cocktails.


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NEW & NOTED TRUFFLE GOURMET 49 Club St., 6222-5996, S(069426), www.trufflegourmet. sg. MRT: Chinatown.

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Michelin-starred British ARTS AND CULTURE chef Jason Atherton has also Located nearby is 7 Red Dot left his mark here with tapas Traffic (28 Maxwell Rd., 6534joint Esquina (16 Jiak Chuan Rd., 7001), which was formerly a 6222-1616) and casual eatery traffic police headquarters. Now Keong Saik Snacks (49 Keong it is home to the Red Dot Design Saik Rd., 6221-8338). Right next Museum and other creative door is a speakeasy-style secret services. Many contemporary art bar, which you need a password exhibitions such as the monthly to enter (tip: ask the waiters at MAAD (Market of Artists And Keong Saik Snacks). Another great Designers) also take place here. spot for drinks nearby is swank cocktail bar The Cufflink Club (6 SHOPPING Jiak Chuan Rd., 9694-9623). At hip Duxton Hill is two-storey Over at Club Street, you’ll bookstore Littered with find conserved shophouses Books (20 Duxton Rd., occupied by galleries, 6220-6824), great for restaurants and bars browsing. In another such as 83 (83 Club part of Chinatown, St., 6220-4083) there’s Ann Siang Hill, and wine bar Ô populated by cafés Batignolles (2 Gemmill and vintage shops like Lane, 6438-3913). The Little Dröm Store (7 the little Head to Luke’s Oyster Ann Siang Hill, 6225dRöm stoRe Bar & Chophouse (20 5541), which shares store Gemmill Lane, 6221-4468) for space with Kki (7 Ann Siang Hill, American food and Ding Dong 6225-6650), a quaint spot selling (23 Ann Siang Rd., 6557-0189) for delectable handmade cakes. modern Southeast Asian dishes.

This Italian specialist restaurant is a must-visit for truffle fans. Order up dishes like grilled truffled polenta ($14), bruschetta with cream and truffle ($12) and truffle fries ($11). Other than that, the restaurant will also eventually offer truffle food products for retail sale such as truffle risotto mix, truffle anchovies and truffle honey.

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Ô BATIGNOLLES' CALL ME BUBBLES Every Wednesday. 2 Gemmill Lane, 6438-3913, S(069247), www.facebook.com/ OBatignolles. MRT: Chinatown.

From 7pm to 9pm at chic French gastrobar Ô Batignolles, parties of four ladies get a complimentary bottle of Champagne. Plus, everyone (ladies and gentlemen) can sip on bubbly for a mere $10 per glass all night.

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Singapore River

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Back in the early days, the Singapore River was the former British colony’s main trade lifeblood where all commercial activities took place. Today, the riverbanks are still abuzz but the bustle of entrepôt trade has been replaced with an array of historical spots rich in culture, restaurants and after-dark entertainment. The contrasting sight of restored colonial landmarks like The Fullerton Hotel against towering modern skyscrapers makes this neighborhood a particularly striking one to explore. ATTRACTIONS The sculpture of the mythical creature with the head of a lion and the body of a fish is one of Singapore’s most iconic mascots. Known as the 11 Merlion (1 Fullerton Square, 6736-6622), its head represents the country’s original name Singapura (lion city) while its body symbolizes the

fishing village that the island used to be. See the historical site where Sir Stamford Raffles landed in 1819 and the architecturally stunning 10 Cavenagh Bridge (linked to the Marina waterfront). It’s also hard to miss the 5 MICA Building (140 Hill St., 62707988), home to the Ministry of

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Information, Communications and the Arts, with its distinctive colorful window shutters. Explore this vibrant stretch along the river via the Singapore River Cruise (63366111, www.rivercruise.com.sg, $3), which takes you from Clarke Quay to the Singapore Flyer to Marina Bay Sands. The first museum in the region to present a broad perspective of pan-Asian cultures and civilizations is the MerlIon 9 Asian Civilisations Museum (1 Empress Place, 6332-2982). It houses 11 galleries that showcase over 1,300 artifacts. If you prefer theatrics, the


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• 10% savings on regular-priced items • Receive a S$20 voucher with a min. spend of S$100

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BENJAMIN BARKER • 10% savings on "Made-to-Measure" Tailoring Services

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CAPITOL OPTICAL

• Receive a S$50 voucher with every spend of S$500 on frames and/or sunglasses in a single receipt

Voucher is valid for use on next purchase only. Other voucher T&Cs apply.

CITIGEMS

• S$50 savings with every spend of S$500 in a single receipt

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CLUB MONACO

• 10% savings on regular-priced items

COSME DECORTE

• 10% savings on Cosme Decorte AQ MW Repletion

Valid at Cosme Decorte counters at Takashimaya and Isetan Scotts Beauty Hall Level 1. While stocks last. Kindly present your American Express Card at the beauty counter before payment at the cashier.

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• Receive a S$50 voucher with every spend of S$500

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ECLARITY DIAMONDS

• 15% savings storewide

EPILIFE

• 15% savings on Harmon Kardon products

Valid on all Harmon Kardon-branded products, unless otherwise stated. While stocks last.

ESCENTIALS

• Receive a S$50 voucher with every spend of S$500

Voucher is valid for use on next purchase only. Other voucher T&Cs apply.

FURLA

• 10% savings on regular-priced items

Valid at Changi Airport T1 Departure/Transit East #02-56.

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GOLDHEART JEWELRY

• Additional 10% savings on gem-set jewellery, including sale items

Valid on gem-set jewellery at Goldheart ION Orchard & VivoCity only. Not valid on Great Value Buys, 916/999 gold products, nett-priced jewellery & standard chains. Other T&Cs apply.

HARRODS

• 10% savings on regular-priced items

Valid at Changi Airport T2 Departure/Transit Lounge South #026-115-01.

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• Receive a S$50 voucher with every spend of S$500 on frames and/or sunglasses in a single receipt

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KIPLING

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Valid at Changi Airport T2 Departure/Transit Lounge South #026-115.

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Valid at Changi Airport T1 Departure/Transit Lounge West #02-29.

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Valid at ION Orchard #B2-58. Not valid with Fashion Indulgence range, Dazzling Solitaire Sale range and standard chains. Sale items are non-exchangeable and refundable.

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• 15% savings on regular-priced items • Additional 10% savings on sale items

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SULTANS OF SHAVE

• 10% savings* on all products and services • Receive a S$50 voucher with every spend of S$500

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TAKA JEWELLERY

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THE DIAMOND ATELIER BY LEE HWA JEWELLERY

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Valid at VivoCity #01-193. Not valid with Fashion Indulgence range, Dazzling Solitaire Sale range and standard chains. Sale items are non-exchangeable and refundable.

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• S$25 savings with every spend of S$250 on regu lar-p ric ed items • S$50 savings with a min. spend of S$500 in a single receipt

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• Receive a S$50 voucher with every spend of S$500 on frames and/or sunglasses in a single receipt

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TIANPO JEWELLERY • Additional 10% savings on sales items

Valid on items with discounts up to 40%. Not valid with purchase of 916, 999 Gold, Hearts On Fire, Marco Bicego, Yvel and standard chains.

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• 15% savings on Harmon Kardon products

Valid at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands #B2-60 & all stores islandwide. Valid on all Harmon Kardon-branded products, unless otherwise stated. While stocks last.

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Valid at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands #B2-110 & Paragon #02-19.

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Valid at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands #B2-58 & all stores islandwide. Not valid on foodstuff & selected items.

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*Valid at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands #01-15 & all Kenko Reflexology & Spa (Fish Spa) outlets only. Valid when Fish Spa is purchased for 2 persons, with 1st session purchased at full price only.

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• 15% savings* on regular-priced items & a la carte services^ • Receive a S$20 voucher# with a min. spend of S$100

Valid at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands #B2-K4 & all stores islandwide. *Not valid on promotional items & service packages. ^Valid at Millenia Walk P3-25 & Forum The Shopping Mall #02-26/27. #Voucher is valid for use on next visit only. Other voucher T&Cs apply.

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Valid at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands #B1-80 & Scotts Square #01-08.

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Valid at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands #B2-92 & all stores islandwide, except at Takashimaya & TANGS. Not valid on limited edition items.

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Valid at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands #B1-12, Ngee Ann City #03-06/07 & Raffles City #01-28/29. Voucher is valid for use on the next purchase with a min. spend of S$200 on regular-priced items only. Other voucher T&Cs apply.

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Valid at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands #B1-81A, #B2-45 & all stores islandwide. Not valid on price-controlled items. Please check in-store for more details.

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Singapore Repertory Theatre (20 Merbau Rd., 6221-5585) stages both original and popular classic productions, including Forbidden City: Portrait of an Empress, Hamlet and Avenue Q.

restaurant-bars such as Aquanova and The Pump Room. If beer is more your thing, knock back pints at Beer Market or Brewerkz. Those who want to dance the night away can pop by clubs like Attica or Fenix Room. The 2 Robertson Quay DINING AND NIGHTLIFE Over the years, Singapore River stretch houses restaurants like has grown to include a host of Da Mario Pizzeria Ristorante and eateries and nightlife spots, one tapas joint FoodBar DaDa. Those of which is 7 Boat Quay. Here, exploring this area in the day you will find bustling bars have plenty of options, showing live sports on Tv too. For a peaceful like Harry’s and Prince afternoon away of Wales. In the area, from the hustle located just above and bustle, take Clarke Quay MRT, is 3 your pick from chic Central (6 Eu Tong Sen and contemporary St., 6532-9922), which coffee bars like offers great dining options Toby’s Estate and ClArke quAy like award-winning ramen Smitten Coffee & Tea Bar. house Marutama Ramen, fashion If you prefer something a boutiques, as well as eclectic little more happening after dark, retailers like Goods of visit 1 Zouk (17 Jiak Kim St., Desire (G.O.D.). 6738-2988) for a world-class If you’re looking to paint the clubbing experience. The longest town red, 4 Clarke Quay would standing club in Singapore, this be right up your alley. Enjoy your nightspot has a constant stream of meal with live entertainment at international guest DJs.

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BISTECCA TuSCAN STEAKHOuSE 25 Mohamed Sultan Rd., 67356739, S(238969), www.bistecca. com.sg. MRT: Clarke Quay.

This well-loved steakhouse has a new set lunch every weekday from noon to 2pm. Tuck into starters like rocket salad with tomato, prosciutto and burrata, pastas such as orecchiette with turnip sprouts and sausage, and mains including well-marbled hanging tender. Don’t miss out on the profiteroles—a must-try for dessert.

CHRISTMAS By THE RIvER Nov 15-Jan 2. Singapore River, Zion Rd., 6222-9846, www.singaporeriver.com. MRT: Clarke Quay.

The iconic Singapore River gets transformed into a carnival with carol singers and roving yuletide characters to get you in the festive mood. Plus, enjoy special deals and promotions at participating outlets along Boat Quay, Clarke Quay and Robertson Quay.


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Holland Village has long been a stronghold for bohemian culture and Singapore’s expatriate community while Dempsey Hill is a hip neighboring district. The former is one of the city’s top lifestyle destinations with a cluster of wining and dining establishments set in quiet and mostly residential surrounds. The latter features trendy restaurants, spa facilities and shops hidden within the conserved colonial black-and-white buildings of former British army barracks.

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ATTRACTIONS Founded in 1859, the 63.7-hectare Singapore Botanic Gardens (1 Cluny Rd., 6471-7138) is the main recreational park in the area. It has an extensive range of more than 10,000 types of plants including the most comprehensive collection of tropical orchids in the world. There are also arts and cultural sites in Dempsey such as the 6 Museum of Contemporary Arts (27A Loewen Rd., 64796622) at Loewen Gardens. The intimate contemporary art space brings in top artists from across Asia Pacific including Beijing-

based sculptor Jiang Shuo and Sichuanese painter Ye Yongqing. Smaller galleries can be found at Holland Village too. A perennial favorite is TAKSU Singapore (#01-72 Blk. 43 Workloft@Chip Bee, Jalan Merah Saga, 64764788), which has been open since 1989 and represents works by urban artists around Southeast Asia.

DINING AND NIGHTLIFE Among Dempsey’s hottest eateries is 8 The White Rabbit (39C Harding Rd., 6473-9965), an airy European dining spot housed in a former chapel for the colonial British

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garrison. It has been beautifully refurbished with wrought-iron grills and stained-glass windows. Also popular is 3 House (8D Dempsey Rd., 6475-7787), a multipurpose space with a café, bar and salon that’s right next door to molecular restaurant Tippling Club (8D Dempsey Rd., 64752217). Fashionistas and creatives head to P.S. Cafe (28B Harding Rd., 6479-3343), a stylish place where an eclectic mix of recipes— including gado gado salad, miso cod and poutine—is on offer. For beer lovers, there’s 5 Tawandang Microbrewery (#01-


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01, 26 Dempsey Rd., 6476-6742), everything from local hawker fare to a Thai restaurant and watering hole Vietnamese pho and Mexican food. that’s popular with the after-work Alternatively, head to Chip Bee crowd. Local seafood specialties Gardens stalwarts such as Chez such as fried youtiao fritters stuffed Petit Salut (#01-54 Blk. 44 Jalan with minced prawns, chili and black Merah Saga, 6474-9788), which pepper crab can be savored at offers French favorites such as 7 Long Beach (25 Dempsey escargots and profiteroles, or Rd., 6323-2222). Original Sin (#01-62 Blk. Holland Village offers 43 Jalan Merah Saga, many dining choices 6475-5605), one and is split into two of the nation’s main areas: the pioneering vegetarian nightlife hub restaurants. 1 Lorong Mambong and the quieter SHOPPING residential stretch 2 Chip In Holland Village Long beach Bee Gardens along Jalan Shopping Center, there’s Merah Saga. The former is Lim’s Arts and Living (#02known for its live music venues 01 Holland Road Shopping Centre, including Wala Wala Café Bar (31 211 Holland Ave., 6467-1300), Lorong Mambong, 6462-4288), a mammoth home furnishings a casual two-story watering hole and curios store with an array of that hosts local music acts nightly. Chinoiserie silk cushion covers, On the surrounding street, find trinket boxes and African figures that make great souvenirs.

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Dempsey’s Woody Antique House (#01-05 Blk. 13 Dempsey Rd., 6471-1770) provides a similarly Asian-inspired mix of statues and teak furniture while emgallery (#01-04/05 Blk. 16 Dempsey Rd., 6475-6941) and Rouge French Designs (#01-01 Blk. 16 Dempsey Rd., 6475-9245) provide a range of Oriental-style garments.

NEW & NOTED DON QuIJOTE #01-02, 7 Dempsey Rd., 6476-2811, S(249671), www. don-quijote-restaurants. com. MRT: Holland Village. For a delectable tapas fiesta, reserve a table at Don Quijote and try their hearty classics like arroz negro (squid ink paella studded with seafood) and rabo de toro (oxtail stew). Also, for something truly

S(278115), www.taksu.com. MRT: Holland Village.

unforgettable, try the chef’s specials for the month of December.

WHY DID THE CHICkEN CROSS THE ROAD? SOLO EXHIBITION BY LINDSEY LEE Nov 21-Dec 12. #01-72 TAKSU Singapore, 43 Jalan Merah Saga, 6476-4788,

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Experience an Asianinspired using the art of taxidermy, Filipino contemporary artist Lindsey James Lee "Lindslee" challenges what most of us know as 'art' with his exhibition of mixed media works, in a fascinating tongue-in-cheek way.


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Located at the southern tip of the island near the Central Business District (CBD), Marina Bay is home to luxury hotels, brandname boutiques, exclusive nightlife spots, fine dining destinations and worldclass theater venues—all of which are connected by a beautiful waterfront promenade. The heart of this district is the integrated resort by the Las Vegas Sands group, Marina Bay Sands (MBS). It comprises three towers and a shopping arcade, with sumptuous suites and a casino.

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(30 Raffles Ave., 6734-8829), a 165m-tall giant observation wheel. Across the water—a short walk over the beautiful glass and steel mesh 8 Helix Bridge—is 11 Gardens by the Bay (18 Marina Gardens Dr., 6471-7808) with over 200,000 rare plants in domed conservatories. Another attraction here is the 10 ArtScience Museum (Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Ave., 6688-8868), which houses international touring exhibitions.

Examples of early colonial architecture abound here. There is the 150-year-old 3 Saint Andrew’s Cathedral (11 St Andrew's Rd., 6337-6104), the nation’s largest cathedral, and Raffles Hotel (1 Beach Rd., 6337-1886), a regal establishment opened in 1887. You can also find modern architectural sites such as the distinctive spike-covered 4 Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay (1 Esplanade Dr., 6828-8377), a top spot to watch worldDINING & class entertainment NIGhTLIfE acts. Nearby, the threeThere’s plenty to eat, story 6 F1 Pit Building (1 singaporE too, with an array of Republic Blvd., 6884-6940) FlyEr choice options at Marina is a hub for the Singapore leg Bay Sands. french dining of the Grand Prix, just next temple Guy Savoy (#02-01 Marina door to the 7 Singapore Flyer

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LADY M #02-103 Marina Square Shopping Mall, 6 Raffles Blvd., 6822-2095, S(039594), www.facebook.com/ ladymsingapore. MRT: Esplanade.

A first in Singapore, this New York-based cake shop is famous for its mille crepe cake, a confection featuring 20 heavenly layers of crepes that sandwich cream. Besides the original, there is also a green tea version for an Asian twist, as well as other sweets like the gateau nuage, a light cheese cake.

MARINA WATERfRONT BAzAAR Dec 1, 28 & 29. Marina Bay Waterfront, Marina Blvd., 9238-1625. MRT: Marina Bay.

There are plenty of retail options to be found outside the shopping malls and slick complexes in Singapore. At this brand new bazaar set against Marina Bay Sands, not only can you pick up both new and pre-loved items ranging from clothes to toys to souvenirs, you can also marvel at the city skyline.

Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Ave., 66888513), exclusive Japanese spot Waku Ghin (#02-02, Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Ave., 66888507) and American celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck’s steakhouse CUT (#B1-71 Galleria Level, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Ave., 6688-8517) are all on-site. for the best views of the city, try Sky on 57 (57/f Sands SkyPark, Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Ave., 6688Waku ghin 8857) or Ku Dé Ta (57/f Sands for local food, visit 13 Lau Pa SkyPark, Marina Bay Sands Tower Sat (18 Raffles Quay, 6220-2138), 3, 1 Bayfront Ave., 6688-7688). a Victorian cast-iron structure At night, clubbers can visit with a wide range of hawker stalls. two glamorous party venues, Also from the colonial era is the housed in MBS' stunning South 19th century convent and chapel Crystal Pavilion, Pangaea (South compound, 1 CHIJMES (30 Crystal Pavilion, Marina Bay Victoria St., 6337-7810), which is Sands, 2 Bayfront Ave., 8611today a food and beverage haven. 7013) and Avalon (South Crystal Pavilion, Marina Bay Sands, ShOPPING 2 Bayfront Ave., Luxury lifestyle center Marina 6688-7448). Bay Sands houses Louis Other top Vuitton’s first Island Maison spots are at 2 Swissôtel store (Crystal Pavilion North, Marina Bay Sands, 10 the Stamford Bayfront Ave., 6788-3888) (2 Stamford Rd., in Southeast Asia, as well 6338-8585), as Ralph Lauren’s duplex store including french fine MillEnia Walk (#B1/B2-72/68 Marina Bay Sands, dining restaurant JAAN 10 Bayfront Ave., 6688-7161). (70/f Equinox Complex, Beyond that, there’s Swissôtel the Stamford, 68375 Suntec City Mall (3 Temasek 3322) and New Asia Bar (71-72/f Blvd., 6825-2667) featuring a Equinox Complex, Swissôtel the comprehensive range of boutiques, Stamford, 6431-5681). Waterfront as well as the Fountain of Wealth. Spanish restaurant Catalunya for a quieter shopping experience, (The fullerton Pavilion, 82 Collyer head to Millenia Walk (9 Raffles Quay, 6534-0188, S(049327), Blvd., 6883-1122) for high-end stores www.catalunya.sg) also boasts like Cortina Watch and BOSE. incredible views of the Bay.

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Colorful garlands, stacks of jewelry, and great food—Little India is every tourist’s dream come true, and every local’s little secret. The best time to visit is Sunday evenings when it's at its most bustling, but if you prefer a more leisurely experience, late mornings and early afternoons on weekends are perfect. Kampong Glam, meanwhile, was home to the Malay aristocracy in 1819, before British settlement in 1822 divided the area to ethnic groups (Chinese, Arabs and Europeans). Today, it remains a stronghold among the Malay-Muslim community and is home to numerous eateries, chic bars and indie shopping boutiques, making it one of the hippest neighborhoods here.

Association—you’ll recognize it when you see a bronze statue of the man himself on the exterior. Also known as the Arab Quarter, Kampong Glam is home to the Malay Heritage Centre (85 Sultan Gate, 6391-0450) and the majestic-looking 7 Sultan Mosque (3 Muscat St., 6293-4405), a Muslim place of worship that's stayed essentially unchanged since it was built in the late 1920s.

ShOppING ATTRACTIONS Make time to explore Indian temples like 3 Sri Veeramakaliamman (141 Serangoon Rd.) and Sri Vadapathira Kaliamman (555 Serangoon Rd.) with beautiful architecture and colorful arches, which make for wonderful photo opportunities. You’re welcome to have a look inside; just remember to take off your shoes.

There is also picture-perfect Kampong Kapor Methodist Church (intersection of Kg Kapor Rd. and Veerasamy Rd.), built in 1929 by Singapore’s oldest architectural firm Swan and Maclaren. Another must-see is the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Hall (Race Course Lane), which acts as a family service center for the Singapore Indian Development

If you’re looking to buy a new SLR camera or mobile phone, don’t miss 5 Sim Lim Square (1 Rochor Canal Rd., 6338-3859) and 24-hour shopping mecca 2 Mustafa Centre (145 Syed Alwi Rd., 6295-5855). The latter offers pretty much every product under the sun. Also check out Singapore’s first eco-friendly retail hub, 1 City Square Mall

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NOX - DINE IN ThE DARK 269 Beach Rd., 62980708, S(199546), www. noxdineinthedark. com. MRT: Bugis.

The unique concept of dining in a pitch black room has finally arrived in Singapore. Under the guidance of well-trained servers (who are either blind or visually impaired), you can indulge in Modern European creations— which change frequently— with a three-course prix fixe menu. Expect simple, fuss-free dishes that don't require the use of fancy silverware.

TALK COCK COMEDY AT BLU JAz Every Wednesday. Blu Jaz Cafe, 11 Bali Ln., 6292-3800, S(189848), www.blujaz.net. $10 entry. MRT: Bugis.

Featuring Singapore's up-andcoming comedians as well as local comedy guru Jonathan Atherton, these weekly open mic sessions will have you in stitches. Unwind and sip on your favorite poison tagged with fantastic prices.

FOOD & DRINK Thirsty after all that shopping? Chill out over a cup of fragrant Turkish coffee or a bagalawa shake at Café le Caire (42 Arab St., 6292-0979), before heading for beer at Blu Jaz (11 Bali Lane, 6292-3800), which features live music. Alternatively, enjoy a quiet cocktail custom-made by the mixologists at Bar Stories (57A haji Lane, 6298-0838). Don’t miss the chance to dine at Islamic Restaurant (745 North maisO ikkOku Bridge Rd., 6298-7563). Around for almost 50 years, its trademark (180 Kitchener Rd., 6595- 6595), nasi biryani and mutton rendang housing retailers including Uniqlo, are still the stars here. The rustic Giordano and Best Denki. Bumbu Restaurant (44 Kandahar For the fashion forward, artisanal St., 6392-8628) is also great for is the key word at Maison Ikkoku its eclectic mix of Indonesian, (20 Kandahar St., 6294-2600). peranakan and Thai dishes. Or Grab a coffee on the first floor before check out contemporary cafés like browsing through chic menswear Swedish Fika (257 Beach from labels like hobo, Rd. 6396-9096). Nuggets and Discovered For vegetarian upstairs. Don't forget options, go to to check out the Namaste India many indie boutiques (288 Serangoon found along hip street Rd., 6735-6755). If haji Lane. One such you are feeling a bit example is Know It adventurous, try the Nothing (51 haji Lane, fiery fish head curry blu jaz 6392-5475), where you can at the popular Banana find international brands Leaf Apollo (54 Race Course Rd., like porter, London Undercover 6297-1595). Its Indian dishes are and Engineered. Meanwhile, the served on banana leaves, and you’re black-and-white themed Salad encouraged to use your hands (25/27 haji Lane, 6299-5805) here; the wait staff insists that it carries an eclectic variety of brings out the aroma of the food. fashionable home accessories, ranging from a curious horn-shaped chandelier to customized shoes.

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Home to Southeast Asia’s first Universal Studios theme park and one of Singapore’s two integrated resorts, Resorts World Sentosa, Sentosa is filled with an array of exciting world-class attractions and activities. While its name translates as “tranquility” in Malay, Sentosa has transformed itself from a redevelopment site in the last decade to a top must-see spot. True to its reputation as one of the region’s leading leisure destinations, this popular island has five-star spas, hotels, excellent restaurants, watering holes and renowned golf courses amid sandy beaches.

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ATTRACTIONS One of the best ways to get to Sentosa is via the iconic 10 Singapore Cable Car (109 Mount Faber Rd., 6377-9688) from Mount Faber Park—one of the oldest hilltop parks in Singapore. Within the vicinity is The Jewel Box, with several great wine and dine options such as Faber Bistro and Moonstone overlooking magnificent views of the city. You can also take the cable car from Harbourfront Center (HFC). If you feel like doing a little shopping, located beside HFC is

11 VivoCity (1 HarbourFront Walk, 6377-6860)—Singapore’s largest retail and lifestyle destination. Overlooking the scenic bay is Sentosa Boardwalk, the only garden-themed boardwalk in the region, where you can take a stroll to enter the island. Drop by the Sentosa Visitor Center and let the friendly staff advise you on the best attractions and ways to travel around the island. One of the key attractions is 4 Resorts World Sentosa (8 Sentosa Gateway, 6577-8888),

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where you’ll find Resorts World Casino and the world’s largest oceanarium Marine Life Park, which consists of the S.E.A Aquarium and the Adventure Cove Waterpark. Located near Marine Life Park are 3 The Maritime Experiential Museum—an interactive, multisensorial museum showcasing Asia’s maritime history—and The Coliseum at Hard Rock Hotel (39 Artillery Ave., 6577-8899), a flexible open space that has staged international acts such as Vertical Horizon and Jimmy Eat World.


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There’s also the highly popular 5 peace and quiet, 7 Tanjong Beach is universal Studios Singapore (11 ideal, especially for a romantic date Sentosa East Mall, 6577-8888), at night. Restaurant and bar Tanjong which features around 24 movieBeach Club (120 Tanjong Beach themed rides and attractions, 18 Walk, 6270-1355) offers stunning of which are unique to Singapore. beachfront dining—great for couples Along the coastline are the best looking to spend some quality beaches, each with their distinct time together. A family-friendly characteristics. Siloso Beach, with destination, 6 Palawan Beach has its volleyball courts, is great for a range of shops and eateries that water sports and beach interest both young and activities. It also has some old. Glide effortlessly of the most interesting down the beach at bars and restaurants Gogreen Segway Eco like Mambo Beach Adventure (50 Beach Club (40 Siloso Beach View, 9825-4066) Walk, 6276-6270) or visit the musical and Wave House attraction Songs of Sentosa (36 Siloso Beach the Sea (Siloso Beach MaMbo Walk, 6377-3113), where you Walk, 6736-8672). beach cLub can experience Singapore’s More food options can first artificial barreling wave. also be found at 9 Quayside Isle (31 Ocean Way, 6694-3410), a lifestyle Next to Siloso Beach is 2 destination with a wide selection underwater World Singapore and of waterfront-facing restaurants. Dolphin Lagoon (80 Siloso Rd., Otherwise, pamper yourself 6275-0030), where you can watch with indulgent massages at Auriga seals and dolphins performing Spa (Capella Singapore, 1 The knolls, or feed gentle stingrays. Located 6377-8888) or Spa Botanica (The within the vicinity is 1 Fort Siloso Sentosa Resort & Spa, 2 Bukit Manis (33 Allanbrooke Rd., 6736-8672). Rd., 6371-1288). Golf lovers will also This preserved coastal fort contains be excited to know that 8 Sentosa the nation’s largest collection of Golf Club (27 Bukit Manis Rd., 6275World War II memorabilia and 0090) boasts two of the region’s hosts interactive guided tours. most challenging 18-hole courses. For those who prefer some

JUST LIkE IT #01-201 Resorts World Sentosa, 26 Sentosa Gateway, S(098269), www.just-like. it. MRT: HarbourFront.

This science lab-like shop makes ice cream with liquid nitrogen, without additives, coloring, stabilizers or emulsifiers. What you get are natural, clean-tasting flavors. For something truly local, try the bestselling durian flavor.

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LAURA FYGI Dec 18. Resorts World® Theatre, Resorts World® Sentosa, 8 Sentosa Gateway, 6348-5555, S(098269), www. rwsentosa.com. $78-$198 from SISTIC. MRT: HarbourFront.

Award-winning jazz superstar Laura Fygi performs live at this one-night-only concert. Expect sultry renditions of classics like “Fly Me to the Moon” along with plenty more Latin and jazz hits.

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the guide The High Life Stunning scenery and great grub make The Jewel Box atop Mount Faber one of the best places in town to celebrate the festive season. Dine on comforting classics at eateries Spuds & Aprons and Faber Bistro, or savor sophisticated Japanese spirits at Moonstone. You can also catch great views of the fireworks while sipping on Champagne on their New Year’s Eve cable car ride. 109 Mount Faber Rd., 6377-9688, S(099203), www.mountfaber.com.sg.

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Wildlife Wonderland The Night Safari gets decked out in eye-catching decorations and filled with roaming fair folk this month for their annual Mystica celebrations (Dec 6-31). Explore the “enchanted forest” and take part in a roster of exciting performances and activities as you get up close and personal with 2,500 nocturnal animals. 80 Mandai Lake Rd., 6269-3411, S(729826), www.nightsafari.com.sg.

CHIJMES—Pronounced “Chimes,” this

former Convent of the Holy Infant Jesus is more than 130 years old and is today an enclave of high-end bars and restaurants. 30 Victoria St., 6337-7810, S(187996), www. chijmes.com.sg. MRT: Bras Basah.

6338-6877, S(059207), www.chinatownheritagecentre.sg. MRT: Chinatown.

CHINATOWN HERITAGE CENTRE—

The center occupies three shophouses on Pagoda Street, and has been partly recreated to suggest the original interior of its tenants in the 1950s. Discover stories of early Chinese migrants, the clan associations they formed once here, plus the seedy underground of gambling houses, opium dens and other vices. 48 Pagoda St.,

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CLARKE QUAY— Named after Sir

Andrew Clarke, Singapore’s second governor from 1873 to 1875, this historical port was once filled with stevedores, Samsui women and hawkers, who packed the alleywayswith their wares. Today,

Clarke Quay is still buzzing with life and activity as it plays host to a colorful array of restaurants, bars and entertainment hot spots. 177A River Valley Rd., Clarke Quay, 6337-3292, S(179024), www.clarkequay.com. sg. MRT: Clarke Quay. GO GREEN SEGWAY ECO AdvENTURE— Explore the Siloso

area and Palawan Beach or even roam Sentosa island after dark on this eco-friendly two-wheel vehicle. #01-K5 Segway Hub, 50 Beach View, 9825-4066, S(098604), www.segway-sentosa. com. MRT: HarbourFront.

Postal codes [S(number] make booking a cab to get back to your hotel easier than ever! Simply SMS “Book<space>post code” to 71222 (Comfort) or “Book<space>six-digit postal code<space>#pickup point“ to 75588 (SMRT Taxis) and you’ll receive a text confirmation.

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An iconic attraction itself, the Singapore Cable Car presents bird’s eye view of Singapore’s city, the harbour, and Sentosa. Photo opportunities are abundant with the cabin’s 360° panoramic windows. Double the pleasure as your ticket gains you admission into Sentosa, as well as Asia’s First Cable Car Museum. Alight at Mount Faber Station, to visit Mount Faber Park, one of the oldest hilltop parks in Singapore and also a popular tourist destination. Take a stroll amidst this haven of greenery and drop by The Jewel Box, fondly known as Singapore’s Iconic Hilltop Destination, a scenic place with different dining options to choose from.


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56th floors of the ION Orchard shopping mall at the heart of Orchard Road, this observation deck offers panoramic views of the city from 218 meters up and even boasts a bar-restaurant. 2 Orchard Turn, 6835-8750, S(238801), www.ionsky.com.sg MRT: Orchard.

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JURONG BIRd PARK—Jurong Bird

Park is the largest bird park in the world, offering a 20.2-hectare hillside haven for 5,000 birds representing 380 species. Highlights include the African Waterfall Aviary, the world’s largest walk-in aviary with more than 1,500 free flying African birds, penguin feeding and a falconry program, which allows you to handle these birds of prey. 2 Jurong Hill, 6265-0022, S(628925), www.birdpark. com.sg. MRT: Boon Lay.

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LAU PA SAT—Though the food here

has seen better days, Lau Pa Sat (or “old market” in Hokkien) is architecturally Singapore’s most resplendent hawker center with a history dating back to 1894. Originally a market, the open-air building was designed by engineer James MacRitchie based on an

octagonal shape using cast iron supports. The building was faithfully restored in accordance with MacRitchie’s original designs when it was designated a hawker center in the ‘70s. 18 Raffles Quay, 62202138, S(048582), www.laupasat.biz. MRT: Raffles Place. MALAY HERITAGE CENTRE—Situated

in the historic Kampong Glam precinct, the center serves as a heritage institution for Singapore’s Malay community. Walk through the Archaeology Station and the eight galleries in the Malay Heritage Museum, which traces significant milestones in the history of Malays. 85 Sultan Gate, 6391-0450, S(198501), www. malayheritage.org.sg. MRT: Bugis.

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SINGAPORE ZOO —Next door to the

Night Safari, Singapore’s 28-hectare “open concept” zoo set in a rainforest environment is home to over 3,000 specimens from 316 species, of which some 36 percent are endangered. 80 Mandai Lake Rd., 6269-3411, S(729826), www.zoo. com.sg. MRT: Woodlands. SINGAPORE CABLE CAR—This

service shuttles between Sentosa Island and Mount Faber Park. The ride offers stunning views of the city skyline and Singapore Straits. 109 Mount Faber Rd., 6270-8855, S(099203), www.singaporecablecar.com.sg. MRT: Harbourfront.

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MARINE LIFE PARK— This leisure

center is home to the stunning Southeast Asia Aquarium (S.E.A. Aquarium), the biggest oceanarium on the globe, as well as the Adventure Cove Waterpark, the only theme park in the region with marine life elements. Resorts World Sentosa, 8 Sentosa Gateway, 6577-8888, S(098269), www. rwsentosa.com. MRT: HarbourFront. SINGAPORE FLYER— Get one of the

best views of the city in a 30-minute ride on one of the 28 capsules of this 165-meter observation wheel. The flyer terminal building also houses quality wining and dining outlets. 30 Raffles Ave., 6333-3311, S(039803), www.singaporeflyer.com. MRT: Promenade.

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EMMANUEL STROOBANT Local celeb chef and head of the Emmanuel Stroobant Group of restaurants “My perfect day would be on Sentosa: Universal Studios, followed by a walk and dinner at Quayside Isle! I think that Universal Studios is always a great place for everyone. Also, the Marine Life Park on the island is nothing short of extraordinary.”


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SINGAPORE TURF CLUB—Singapore’s

only horse-racing club has a history dating back to 1843 (though in a different location). The highlight of the racing calendar is undoubtedly the Singapore Airlines International Cup and its sister sprint race, the $1 million KrisFlyer International Sprint. Regular races take place on weekends from 1:45pm. Race guides are not sold within the club; buy from a newspaper vendor before you head there. 1 Turf Club Ave., 6879-1000, S(738078), www.turfclub.com.sg. MRT: Kranji.

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MOUNT FABER—Head to Mount Faber

for the best views of Singapore or wine and dine at the scenic Jewel Box. This hill is also a convenient stop en route to Sentosa via cable car. Telok Blangah Rd., 6270-8855, S(099203), www.mountfaber.com. sg. MRT: Telok Blangah.

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SINGAPORE BOTANIC GARdENS—

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FORT CANNING PARK—This is one of

Singapore’s most historic landmarks where Malay kings once ruled the island from and where the British decided to surrender Singapore to the Japanese. Today its lush lawns draw picnics, theater productions and large-scale events and concerts. Cox Terrace, 6332-1200, S(179618), www. nparks.gov.sg. MRT: Dhoby Ghaut. GARdENS BY THE BAY—An ultra

modern park spanning 101 hectares, it is dominated by two giant domed conservatories with over 200,000 plants from almost every continent. The green space also boasts vertical gardens called “Supertrees” that stretch up to 50 meters into the sky. 18 Marina Gardens Dr., 6420-6841, S(018953), www.gardensbythebay. org.sg. MRT: Bayfront.

Featuring over 60,000 plants and orchids, this tropical garden provides a restful respite from the bustling city. 1 Cluny Rd., 6471-7361/ 6471-7138, S(259569), www.sbg. org.sg. MRT: Botanic Gardens.

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dUCK & HIPPO— Offers tours of

Singapore on an amphibious vehicle that is half boat, half truck. HiPPO Tours on open-top double-decker buses are also available. The Galleria @ Suntec Convention Centre, 1 Raffles Blvd., 6338-6877, S(038983), www. ducktours.com.sg. MRT: Esplanade. TIGER BREWERY TOUR—See for

yourself how Singapore’s national beer goes from the kettle to the keg with tour guides who will take you through the whole brewing process.

Nature lovers, there’s plenty to do this month at Singapore Botanic Gardens. Visit the brand new Heritage Museum and take a look at the many multimedia exhibits and rare historical artifacts on display. Also, celebrate a great milestone as the Gardens commemorate 50 years of ‘greening’ Singapore (through Dec 15) with musical performances, a photo exhibition, heritage tours, movie screenings and carnivals. 1 Cluny Rd., 6471-7138, S(259569), www.sbg.org.sg.

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Christian church to be built in Singapore, this national monument boasts traditional Armenian Church architecture and the parsonage house. Within the compound is a Memorial Garden that commemorates Armenians who died in Singapore. 60 Hill St., 63340141, S(179366), armeniansinasia. org. MRT: City Hall.

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synagogue was founded in 1878 and is the oldest Jewish synagogue in Southeast Asia. The Victorian-style building is used regularly for religious observances and communal gatherings. 24 Waterloo St., 63372189, S(187950). MRT: Bras Basah.

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Collectors Contemporary

Founded in September 2001 by Terry Lee, an ardent art fan and collector, Art Seasons has been dedicated to presenting talented Asian artists for more than ten years.

Collectors Contemporary specialises in the exhibition and sale of important works of modern and contemporary art. Artists featured include Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Banksy, Russell Young, Chris Levine and Gottfried Helnwein. www.collectors.com.sg

1 Selegie Road, PoMo, #02-21/24, Singapore188306 Tel: +65 6741 6366, Fax: +65 6741 6369 Mondays to Saturdays 11am â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 7pm Closed on Sundays and Public Holidays, or by appointment only.

Galerie Belvedere Galerie Belvedere, established in 1996, is a leading Singapore art gallery and consultancy with an international dimension dealing in contemporary paintings and sculptures from Europe and Asia. Artists include Wong Keen Kurt Metzler, Dick Lee and Andre Tan. 140 Hill Street Old Hill Street Police Station, #01-10/11/12 Tel: 6423 1233 | www.galerie-belvedere.com Mon - Fri: 11 am - 7pm; Sat: 12 pm - 5pm Sun & PH: By Appointment Only

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Icon Gallery Icon Gallery showcases music & icon inspired art and sporting memorabilia. It presents original artwork, rare prints, photographs and album cover fine art, as well as originally signed sporting memorabilia. 476 River Valley Road , Tel:6735 4550 Tues-Sat 10:30-6:30pm, Sun 11:00-5:00pm, Closed Mon

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Leap of Faith Find inspiration among the majestic black-and-white photographs at Surreal Reality, an exhibition by American photographer Rodney Smith, who studied under masters like Walker Evans. through Jan 5, 2014. Fost Gallery, #01-02 Gillman Barracks, 1 lock rd., 6694-3080, S(108932), www.fostgallery.com. Mrt: labrador Park.

MuseuMs ArtScience MuSeuM— Inspired

by a lotus flower, the futuristic Artscience Museum is an architectural marvel by Israeli architect Moshe safdie (who also designed Marina Bay sands). Its 21 galleries are dedicated to both art and science and major international touring exhibitions. 10 Bayfront Ave., 6688-8868, s(018956), www.marinabaysands. com. MRT: Bayfront. ASiAn civiliSAtionS MuSeuM— This museum is the first in the region to present a broad perspective of pan-Asian cultures and civilizations. Highlights include the singapore River Gallery, which tells the story of

immigrants who lived and worked along the river. 1 empress Place, 6332-7798, s(179555), www. acm.org.sg. MRT: Raffles Place.

11 national treasures including the singapore stone, which dates back to the 13th century, and gold ornaments unearthed from Fort Canning Hill in 1928. 93 stamford Rd., 6332-5642, s(178897), www.nationalmuseum. sg. MRT: Bras Basah.

Mint MuSeuM oF toyS—MINT (Moment of Imagination and Nostalgia with Toys) Museum of Toys is the world’s first purposebuilt museum for toys. Belonging to SinGAPore Art MuSeuM— singapore Citizen Chang Yang Fa, this situated along the Waterloo private museum is home to more than street Arts Belt and housed 50,000 toys from over 40 countries. in the restored 19th-century The collection ranges from the midmission school of the st. Joseph’s 19th century to the mid-20th century. Institution, the museum has 26 seah st., 6339-0660, s(188382), amassed one of the world’s largest www.emint.com. MRT: City Hall. public collections of contemporary southeast Asian artworks since it nAtionAl MuSeuM oF opened in 1996. 71 Bras Basah SinGAPore—Having celebrated its Rd., 6332-3222, s(189555), 125th anniversary in 2012, the nation’s www.singaporeartmuseum.sg. oldest museum is the custodian of MRT: Bras Basah. d ece mbe r 2013 I W HE R E S IN GAP OR E

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arts & culture SinGAPore DiScovery centre—The center was originally conceived as a museum to showcase the history of the singapore Armed Forces (sAF). Though it later took on a broader mission to “share the singapore story and inspire a desire to contribute to singapore’s future,” its best attractions remain its military-themed exhibits. 510 upper Jurong Rd., 6792-6188, s(638365), www.sdc.com.sg. MRT: Joo Koon.

SINGAPORE PHILATELIC MUSEUM

SinGAPore PHilAtelic MuSeuM— Housed in a former missionary school, singapore Philatelic Museum is the custodian and curator of singapore’s treasure of philatelic materials. The museum’s collections range from stamps and archival philatelic material of singapore from the 1830s to the present day, and stamps from member countries of the universal Postal union. 23B Coleman st., 6337-3888, s(179807), www.spm.org.sg. MRT: Bras Basah. tHe MAritiMe eXPerientiAl MuSeuM—This museum charts the history of the maritime silk Route connecting China, India, the Middle east and europe. Highlights include artifacts from the Bakau shipwreck in Indonesia and lifesized ship replicas of ancient Asian sailing vessels. Resorts World sentosa, 8 sentosa Gateway, 6577-8888, www.rwsentosa.com. MRT: HarbourFront.

ART GAlleRIes Art PlurAl GAllery— Housed in

a four storey art deco heritage building, this gallery, founded by swiss art dealer Frédéric de senarclens, is dedicated to modern, contemporary art and design. 38 Armenian st., 6636-8360, s(179942), www.artpluralgallery. com. MRT: Bras Basah. Art SeASonS GAllery—This

relatively new gallery has an extensive collection of works by some of the most outstanding Chinese and Asian artists. #02-21/24, 1 selegie Rd., PoMo, s(188306), 67416366, www.artseasonsgallery. com. MRT: Bras Basah. cHAn HAMPe GAllerieS— located

in the Tanjong Pagar cultural district, this gallery aims to create a platform for east-West cultural exchange by exhibiting and promoting contemporary art with a primary focus on singaporean artists. #01-20/21 Raffles Hotel Arcade, Raffles Hotel, 328 North Bridge Rd., 6338-1962, s(188719), www.chanhampegalleries. com. MRT: City Hall. collectorS conteMPorAry—

A gallery specializing in the exhibition and sale of modern and contemporary art, focusing on compelling and provocative works. #01-03 Petro Centre, 5 Jalan Kilang Barat, 6878-0103, s(159349), www.collectors. com.sg. MRT: Redhill. Future PerFect—This gallery

boasts extensive international networks in europe, Australia and southeast Asia. It is committed to advancing the practice of the most dynamic and innovative contemporary artists, working across a wide range of traditional

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William Phuan Director of The Arts House (1 Old Parliament Lane, 6332-6900, S(179429), www.theartshouse.com.sg). “Independent contemporary arts centre The Substation (see page 54) is one of the most important arts venues in Singapore.”

and non-traditional media. Artists featured in the gallery include Adam Cullen, Apichatpong Weerasethakul and Ho Tzu Nyen. #01-22 Gillman Barracks, 47 Malan Rd., 9835-8271, s(108934), www.futureperfect.asia. MRT: labrador Park. GAlerie BelveDere—This is where

to go for contemporary Asian and european art, along with antique Chinese textiles, and Chinese and Islamic calligraphy. #01-10/11/12 Old Hill stret Police station, 140 Hill st., 6423-1233, s(179369), www.galerie-belvedere.com. MRT: Clarke Quay.

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HAkAren GAllery— Find names

like Ren Zhe and Fu lei at this gallery specializing in Chinese contemporary and avant garde art. #02-43 Tanglin shopping Centre, 19, Tanglin Road., 6733-3382, s(247909). MRT: Orchard.


arts & culture SPOTLIGHT A decade’s worth of drawings, paintings and sculptures by Italy’s revered Oliviero Rainaldi at the Works 2003-2013 show, who explores the metaphysics of the human figure through his inter-disciplinary creations. through Feb 16, 2014. Partners & Mucciaccia Gallery, #02-10 Gillman Barracks, 6 lock rd., 6694-3777, S(108934), www. partnersandmucciaccia. com. Mrt: labrador abrador Park.

2 Orchard Turn,6735-2618, s(238801), www.operagallery. com. MRT: Orchard. PArtnerS & MucciAcciA— Modern

and contemporary art from europe and the us are highlights at this Italian gallery started by director Massimiliano Mucciaccia, located at new arts hub Gillman Barracks. #02-10 Gillman Barracks, 6 lock Rd., 6694-3777, s(108934), www.partnersandmucciaccia.com. MRT: labrador Park. reD SeA GAllery—This art space, located in a renovated Chinese shophouse, displays a wide selection of paintings and sculptures from the Asia Pacific region. #01-10, Dempsey Hill, 9 Dempsey Rd., 6732 6711, s(247697), www.redseagallery. com. MRT: Queenstown.

MAD MuSeuM oF Art & DeSiGn—

A private museum in the heart of Orchard Road dedicated to showcasing the best works by established and up-and-coming Chinese artists. #03-01 Mandarin Gallery, 333A Orchard Rd., 6734-5688, s(238897), www. madmad.com.sg. MRT: somerset.

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oPerA GAllery—This Orchard

Road gallery has an extensive collection of masterpieces from renowned european and Asian artists including Picasso, Chagall, Dali and Chinese painter Ting shao Kuang. #03-05 ION Orchard,

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SilverlenS— One of the Philippines’

most accomplished contemporary art galleries, it features rare works from new international contemporary artists including luis lorenzana, Frank Callaghan, and Patricia eustaquio. #01-25 Gillman Barracks, 47 Malan Rd., 6694-4077, s(109444), www.silverlensgalleries.com. MRT: labrador Park. SinGAPore tyler Print inStitute—The $16 million

sTPI is the largest print workshop in Asia. Housed in a restored 19th-century warehouse, it holds seasonal exhibits and sells prints in its international gallery. 41 Robertson Quay, 6336-3663, s(238236), www. stpi.com.sg. MRT: Clarke Quay.

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SUNdARAM TAGORE GALLERy

SunDArAM tAGore GAllery— established in 2000 in New York, sundaram Tagore Gallery is devoted to examining the exchange of ideas between Western and non-Western cultures. Its interest in crosscultural exchange extends beyond the visual arts into many other disciplines, including poetry, literature, performance art, film and music, which its explains the stunning breath of works featured in the gallery including photographs by the likes of Annie leibovitz and edward Burtynsky and paintings by Hiroshi senju. #01-05 Gillman Barracks, 5 lock Rd., 6694-3378, s(108934), www.sundaramtagore.com. MRT: labrador Park. tHe SuBStAtion—This quiet

exhibition space exhibits contemporary pieces ranging from photography and oil paintings to installation pieces. 45 Armenian st., 6337-7535, s(179936), www.substation. org. MRT: Bras Basah. vue PrivÉe—Vue Privée is an

art gallery space focused on limited edition artworks, merchandise, events and a lifestyle inspired by photography. It consists of two floors of exhibition space located in a pre-war Peranakan shophouse. 63 spottiswoode Park Rd., 6738-7225, s(088651), www.vueprivee.com. MRT: Outram.


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Gaining Weight Milan’s multi-label retail concept Kilo Fascion, which prices luxury goods according to weight, has finally arrived in Singapore. The pop-up boutique (open until Jan 2014) stocks past season collections from over 30 designer labels, including Alexander Wang, Fred Perry and Karl Lagerfeld. Items are priced from $0.04 to $6 per gram, and new arrivals can be expected monthly. #01-62/64/66 Suntec City Mall, 3 Temasek Blvd., 6238-1391, S(038983), www.kilofascionasia.com. MRT: Promenade.

INDEPENDENT STORES BOOKSACTUALLY— Located in

the historic Tiong Bahru area, this quirky indie bookstore sells international and local titles, as well as a range of self-published books that are truly collectible. 9 Yong Siak St., 6222-9195, S(168645), www.booksactually.com. MRT: Tiong Bahru. CLUB 21—The indie multi-label

boutique is still one of the best in town, offering international luxury labels 3.1 Phillip Lim, Ann Demeulemeester, Rick Owens and Yohji Yamamoto under one roof. There’s even a personal shopper service for those pressed

for time. #01-02 Four Seasons Hotel, 190 Orchard Blvd., 6304-1385, S(248646), www. club21global.com. MRT: Orchard. The eMPORiUM—Find a wide range

of women’s apparel, accessories, shoes and even artworks and home decor pieces at this spacious and inviting boutique, which carries local labels like Trixilini and Triologie as well as shoes by Sole2Sole. #01-71/72 Millenia Walk, 9 Raffles Blvd., 6338-3944, S(039596), www.facebook. com/TheEmporiumMillenia. MRT: Promenade. FiFTYFiVe— Clad in dark wood and

industrial fittings, the swanky store

stocks menswear and accessories from the founders’ portfolio— carryalls from Cumulus, bespoke shoes from Ed Et Al and threads from K by Kevin Seah. Also in store are local indie labels and international names like Jack Spade and Masunaga Eyewear from Japan. 55B Boat Quay, 9853-5378, S(049844), www.fiftyfive.sg. MRT: Clarke Quay. FRONT ROW—Stocking budding and

cult brands such as Christophe Lemaire and In Good Company, this multi-label concept store has a carefree and effortlessly sophisticated vibe. #02-09 Raffles Hotel Arcade, 328 North Bridge Rd., 6224-5501, S(188719), www.frontrowsingapore. com. MRT: City Hall.

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shopping SPOTLIGHT

#02-16 Mandarin Gallery, 333A Orchard Rd. 6836-8441, S(238897) www.inhabit.com.sg. MRT: Somerset. The LiTTLe DRÖM STORe—The

Tools of the Trade Kapok Tools proves that understated doesn’t always have to be plain or boring. For the globetrotter, there’s luggage label Crash Baggage ($295 upwards) with its signature battered form so you don’t have to worry about more damage, and bag specialist Seventy Eight Percent, which makes functional, thoughtful accessories designed to age to perfection ($155 upwards). 4/F PlayLab, TANGS Orchard, 310 Orchard Rd., 6635-3701, S(238864), www.facebook.com/ KapokSG. MRT: Orchard.

quirky indie merchandise that the store carries lends a charming, nostalgic vibe to the space. Find knick-knacks like handmade plushes, pouches, accessories, badges, tin toys and other retro items. 7 Ann Siang Hill, 62255541, S(069791), www.thelittledromstore.com. MRT: Chinatown.

iNhABiT – The OTheR STORe—

Edgy, hard-to-find high fashion labels like Dion Lee, MM6 by Margiela, Sharon Wauchob and Les Aperizes are stocked at this progressive, multi-label boutique.

THREAdBARE & SquIRREl

ThReADBARe & SqUiRReL— On

PACT

PACT— Grab a Sapporo draft beer at

this all-in-one eatery, hair salon and boutique while shopping for Americana-inspired attire at the K.I.N (Know It Nothing) corner, which features brands like C. Chauchat, Deck Towel, and Kiel James Patrick. #02-16/19 Orchard Central, 181 Orchard Rd., 68844143, S(238896), www.visitpact. com. MRT: Somerset. SOCieTY OF BLACK SheeP—Amid

INHABIT – THE OTHER STORE

and locals: find unfussy, fadimmune contemporary menswear from the likes of Thom Browne, Band of Outsiders, Neighborhood and Visvim. #02-31 Raffles Hotel Arcade, 328 North Bridge Rd., 6733-2130, S(188719), www. surrenderous.com. MRT: City Hall.

the high-end labels at Marina Bay Sands, this indie boutique stands out for its unpredictable and quirky mix of clothes, shoes and accessories from underground labels like Clotilde, Lila Conti and Injury. #B1-64 The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Ave., 6688-7223, S(018956), www.societyofblacksheep.com. MRT: Bayfront. SURReNDeR—This hip menswear

boutique trades in investment pieces for worldly professionals

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offer here is an offbeat collection of apparel, accessories and curios, with local labels like A.K.A Wayward, Lion Earl, Depression, max.tan, By Airmail and PRiMARY. 660 North Bridge Rd., 6396-6738, S(188797), www.threadbareandsquirrel.com. MRT: Bugis.

TwO.O.RI

TWO.O.Ri—A cozy, intimate store

located in the hip Tiong Bahru neighborhood, it houses emerging local and international labels like Bracher Emden, Oliberte and Wnderkammer. Collections here are understated in style, with clothing, accessories and collectibles for both sexes. #0105, 61 Seng Poh Lane, 6226-0023, S(160061), www.twoori.com. MRT: Tiong Bahru.


shopping SHOPPING MALLS

313@SOMERSET

313@SOMeRSeT—The eight-story

building houses several mid-range fashion favorites such as Uniqlo, Zara, Forever 21, Mango, New Look and Esprit. 313 Orchard Rd., 6496-9313, S(238895), www.313somerset.com.sg. MRT: Somerset. BUGiS+—This flashy mall in Bugis,

fronted by an illuminated façade, is filled with cuttingedge boutiques, a wide variety of dining options, a cinema, a video game arcade and an event space that hosts arts and cultural performances. 201 Victoria St., 6835-9249, S(188067), www. bugis-plus.com.sg. MRT: Bugis.

hiLTON ShOPPiNG GALLeRY—

Though not as comprehensive as the malls within the area, this shopping space is where you find the finest names in the fashion industry including 3.1 Phillip Lim, Alexander Wang, Comme des Garcons, V Ave Shoe Repair, and Jil Sander. 581 Orchard Rd., 6733-4725, S(238883), www.hiltonshoppinggallery. com. MRT: Orchard.

ION ORCHARd

FORUM The ShOPPiNG MALL—

Houses one of the largest branches of Toys “R” Us in Singapore and children’s labels Kids 21 and Guess Kids, as well as designer boutiques such as Emporio Armani, Tsumori Chisato and Club 21b. 583 Orchard Rd., 6732-2479, S(238884), www.forumtheshoppingmall. com.sg. MRT: Orchard.

MiLLeNiA WALK— Home to PARCO

Marina Bay, the first fashion and lifestyle store outside Japan, as well as Australian electronics giant Harvey Norman, and Asia’s largest watch gallery, Cortina, the mall also has a variety of indie labels stores such as Aston Blake and Rock & Blues. 9 Raffles Blvd., 6883-1122, S(039596), www.milleniawalk. com. MRT: Promenade.

iON ORChARD — Its spectacular

frontage makes it the most eyecatching mall on the Orchard Road strip. This colossal mall features duplex flagship stores of designer brands like Louis Vuitton, Cartier, Christian Dior, Fred Perry, Prada, Uniqlo, Topman and Zara. 2 Orchard Turn, 6238-8228, S(238801), www. ionorchard.com. MRT: Orchard. MANDARiN GALLeRY—The four-

FORuM THE SHOPPING MAll

Little, at this mall, which also allows access to and from Suntec City, Citylink Mall, Millenia Walk and the Esplanade theaters. 6 Raffles Blvd., 6339-8787, S(039594), www.marinasquare. com.sg. MRT: City Hall.

story shopping mall houses independent stores such as Ambush and Inhabit, as well as international brands like Marc by Marc Jacobs and Y-3. 333A Orchard Rd., 6831-6363, S(238897), www.mandaringallery. com.sg. MRT: Somerset.

MARINA SquARE

MARiNA SqUARe— Find high street

brands like Topshop and Zara, as well as department store John

NGEE ANN CITY

NGee ANN CiTY— One of the

most imposing malls on the Orchard Road shopping belt, Ngee Ann City houses classy labels like Chanel, Tiffany & Co., TAG Heuer and undoubtedly Southeast Asia’s biggest and best bookshop, Kinokuniya. 391 Orchard Rd., 6506-0458, S(238872), www.ngeeanncity. com.sg. MRT: Orchard. ORChARD CeNTRAL—With an

exterior featuring local artist Matthew Ngui’s eye-catching digital art membrane, Singapore’s first “vertical mall” offers charming diversions for shoppers, such as art pieces strategically scattered throughout the mall and a five-story rock climbing wall. 181 Orchard Rd., 6238-1051, S(238896), www.orchardcentral. com.sg. MRT: Somerset.

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shopping Rd., 6733-188, S(228209), www.scottssquareretail.com. MRT: Orchard. TANGS ORChARD—A Singapore

PARAGON

PARAGON—This upmarket mall

is fronted by top international brands like Gucci, Prada, Salvatore Ferragamo, Tod’s and Miu Miu. The Gucci flagship store with a five-story exterior is the first of its kind in Southeast Asia. There are other designer names such as BVLGARI, Burberry, Canali, Dunhill, Ermenegildo Zegna, Etro, and Jimmy Choo, and popular department stores like Metro and Marks & Spencer. 290 Orchard Rd., 6738-5535, S(238859), www. paragon.com.sg. MRT: Orchard. PLAZA SiNGAPURA— Recently

revamped to include a new wing, the now-larger Plaza Singapura boasts over 300 stores with a variety of lifestyle, dining and fashion offerings. The latest additions include Baby Phat, Uniqlo, Carhartt and House of Turntables. 68 Orchard Rd., 6332-9298, S(238839), www.plazasingapura.com. sg. MRT: Dhoby Ghaut.

shopping landmark, this mega mall carries a wide range of international and local fashion lifestyle merchandise. Their cosmetics and fragrances hall, which has recently been revamped, stocks exclusive beauty brands like NARS and Tom Ford. 320 Orchard Rd., 6737-5500, S(238864), www.tangs.com.sg. MRT: Orchard.

SCOTTS SqUARe—An exciting retail

experience awaits, with French luxury fashion house Hermès, new-to-market celebrity label Michael Kors, French brand Anne Fontaine, renowned for its collection of ladies’ white blouses, and many more. 6 Scotts

General manager of the Marina Mandarin Singapore (6 Raffles Blvd., 6845-1000, S(039594), www. meritushotels.com) “My hobby is cooking and I frequent ToTT (#01-01A, 896 Dunearn Rd., 6219-7077, S(589472), www.tottstore. com) for its amazing range of cookery, utensils and latest culinary gadgets. TOTT is definitely my favorite shop in Singapore.”

THE SHOPPES AT MARINA BAY SANdS

The ShOPPeS AT MARiNA BAY SANDS—The most exclusive mall

of the moment is home to all the big-name brands from Cartier to Chanel and Salvatore Ferragamo to Yves Saint Laurent. You can even have a sampan ride on The Shoppes’ indoor canal. Most shops here also open till 11pm daily. 2 Bayfront Ave., 6688-8688, S(018956), www.marinabaysands. com. MRT: Bayfront. ViVOCiTY—VivoCity is Singapore’s

SCOTTS SquARE

Kurt O. Wehinger

largest shopping mall with more than 300 stores, including Dejewel Galleria, H&M and Bershka, as well as Singapore’s largest cinema complex. Designed by Japanese architect Toyo Ito, VivoCity’s unmissable facade was inspired by the waves of its harbor-front location. 1 HarbourFront Walk, 6377-6860, S(098585), www.vivocity.com.sg. MRT: HarbourFront.

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wHEElOCK PlACE

WheeLOCK PLACe—Situated right

at the heart of Orchard Road, Wheelock Place boasts some of the quirkiest retail stores in Singapore, including Melissa, Headline Seoul, and Eclecticism + Lauren Jasmine. 501 Orchard Rd., S(238880), www.wheelockplace. com. MRT: Orchard. WiSMA ATRiA— Expect five levels

of shopping at over 100 specialty stores, anchored by leading Japanese department store Isetan and fashion brand Gap. It’s also home to the flagship stores of Coach, Tag Heuer and Tory Burch. 435 Orchard Rd., 6235-2103, S(238877), www. wismaonline.com. MRT: Orchard.


shopping

LOOKING FOR INSPIRATION?

LOCAL FASHION hANSeL— If you love a quirky

and cheery aesthetic, this contemporary label by designer Jo Soh will be right up your alley. Whimsical prints and feminine, retro-inspired silhouettes are the brand’s signature. #0214 Mandarin Gallery, 333A Orchard Rd., 6337-0992, S(238867), www.ilovehansel. com. MRT: Somerset.

HOOK & uNION

hOOK & UNiON— Expect a range

of curated goods with a focus on local labels like max.tan, Weekend Sundries, Youyou, Kae Hana and Lion Earl. Some overseas names stocked here include Alister Yap (Australia) and Retro Super Future. #02-24/25 Orchard Central, 181 Orchard Rd., 6636-7880, S(238896),www.facebook.com/ hookandunion. MRT: Somerset.

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SATuRdAY

SATURDAY— Local label Saturday

by designer Nic Wong mixes wearable casual styles with innovative cuts to sassy effect. #B2-04 Wheelock Place, 501 Orchard Rd., 6887-3860, S(238880), www.iwearsaturday. com. MRT: Orchard.

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WELLNESS

the guide

Personal Space Located on the second floor of a traditional Chinatown shophouse, new boutique gym Designed Fitness offers fitness enthusiasts their very own workout space, personal trainer, shower facilities and changing room for that exclusive feel. Drop-in rates start at $140 for an hour. 20a smith st., 6222-9402, s(058934), www.facebook.com/Designedfitness. Mrt: Chinatown.

GOLF Laguna nationaL goLf & Country CLub—Having won local

and international accolades, Laguna National has been the venue of choice for several major golf events such as Caltex Singapore Masters, Asian PGA Tour and the Singapore Open. 11 Laguna Golf Green, 6542-6888, S(488047), www. lagunanational.com. MRT: Expo. Marina bay goLf Course—

Singapore’s only public golf course with a four-story driving range is centrally located with lovely city views. At night, the course is floodlit, allowing for evening rounds. 80 Rhu Cross, 6345-7788, S(437437), www.mbgc.com.sg. MRT: Stadium. sentosa goLf CLub—Nestled on the

southeastern tip of the island with sweeping views of the South China

Sea and Singapore’s bustling port, the golf club offers two of the best courses in Asia, Tanjong and the more difficult Serapong. 27 Bukit Manis Rd., 6275-0090, S(099892), www.sentosagolf. com. MRT: HarbourFront.

Beverly Hills nightclub and hosts an innovative “floating yoga” class. #02-01/07 Rochester Mall, 31 Rochester Dr., 6637-9608, S(138639), www.celebrityfitness. com. MRT: Buona Vista.

GYMS CaLifornia fitness— One of the

earliest mega gyms in Singapore with four massive outlets spread across town, California Fitness offers the latest in gym equipment and Jackie Chan’s signature classes like JCBoxercise. 4/F Bugis Junction Towers, 230 Victoria St., 6337-2577, S(188024), www. californiafitness.com. MRT: Bugis. CeLebrity fitness—A stone’s

throw away from the idyllic dining hotspot Rochester Park, this new space is designed to resemble a

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pure fitness

Pure fitness—This place offers

premium fitness facilities, including cycling and group exercise studios, as well as classes spanning hip hop, muay thai, pilates, yoga, boxing and pole dancing. 6/F Asia Square Tower 1, 8 Marina View, 61002233. S(018960), www.purefitness.com. MRT: Raffles Place.


WELLNESS tHe gyM at orCHarD—It might

be a small space but this spot is fully equipped with all the cardio, resistance and strength building equipment you need. Fitness trainers are also available. 4/F Liat Towers, 541 Orchard Rd., 6235-5687, S(238882), www.thegymatorchard. com. MRT: Orchard. Virgin aCtiVe—Sir Richard Branson’s

sprawling fitness club goes way beyond just the usual workouts. There are steam, ice and shower rooms, even sleep pods for power naps. 5/F One Raffles Place Tower 2, 1 Raffles Place, 6908-7878, S(048616), www.virginactive. com.sg. MRT: Raffles Place.

SPAS aWay sPa—With rainforest-inspired

decor and a Jacuzzi area that’s soaked in a glowing purple hue, this pa is a design masterpiece. There are nine guest rooms and suites, each equipped with its own private plunge pool. W Singapore Sentosa Cove, 21 Ocean Way, Sentosa, 6808-7290, S(098374), www.wsingaporesentosacove. com. MRT: HarbourFront.

SPOTLIGHT

chi, the spa

CHi, tHe sPa—This beautiful garden

spa features a host of Singaporestyle treatments on its menu, including the Singapore Wave, a traditional Asian massage influenced by the city’s melting pot of cultures. Reflexology, as well as body therapies designed to promote cell generation, are also available. Try the Marine Floral Wrap if what you’re in need of is a satisfying, but relaxing, detox. Shangri-La Hotel, 22 Orange Grove Rd., 6213-4818, S(258350), www.shangri-la.com/ singapore. MRT: Orchard esPa at resorts WorLD sentosa—Set on 10,000 sq. ft.

of manicured gardens, the world-acclaimed spa group’s Asian flagship boasts state-of-the-art facilities, a hammam (traditional Turkish bath) as well as awardwinning treatments that use only natural products. Resorts World Sentosa, 8 Sentosa Gateway, 6577-8880, S(098269). www. rwsentosa.com. MRT: HarbourFront. estHeVa sPa— Having been named

ayuthaya spa

ayutHaya sPa—Enjoy a range of

authentic Thai treatments at this urban hideaway. Try the classic Royal Thai Massage, which focuses on pressure points and gently stretching the spine to relieve muscle soreness, or go for the luxurious synchronized treatment, Four Hands Golden Massage. #02-11 Gallery Hotel, 1 Nanson Rd., 6736-0998, S(238909), www.ayuthayaspa. com. MRT: Clarke Quay.

one of Condé Nast Traveler’s Best City Spas to Visit in 2011, Estheva Spa is easily the best luxury day spa in town. Its signature treatments are carried out in large, plush spa suites; try the renowned Choc DeAger, an anti-aging treatment that’s said to possess mood-boosting properties, or the Christmas Magic Scrub with Personalised Massage (12 options available). #01-30/31 by The Lawn, Raffles Hotel Arcade, 328 North Bridge Rd., 6338-3318, S(189672), www.estheva.com. MRT: City Hall.

Compose Yourself Japanese day spa Ikeda Spa Prestige has just rolled out a brand new Zen Music Therapy massage ($180/60 minutes and $220/90 minutes). Tiny sensors strapped onto the therapist’s armband allow you to enjoy music that’s completely in tandem with every stroke—think tinkling piano keys for deep tissue massage and soaring chords for long, broad movements. #05-22 the Central, 6 eu tong sen st., 6222-8080, s(059817), www. ikedaspa.com. Mrt: Clarke Quay.

niMbLe/KneaD—This stylish,

unusual pampering spot trades the typical Zen decor of spas for an industrial look, complete with shipping container parts and wooden boxes. #01-28, 66 Eng Watt St., 6438-3933, S(160066), www.nimbleknead. com. MRT: Tiong Bahru.

spa esprit

sPa esPrit—A hip beauty and

wellness haven on the second floor of avant garde bar/restaurant/

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WELLNESS spa House has unique features like a North American kiva sweat lodge, vintage library and funky Alice in Wonderland-type decor. 8D Dempsey Rd., 6479-0070, S(249672), www.spa-esprit.com. MRT: Orchard. sPa & sPort at sWissoteL MerCHant Court—A centrally

located spa sanctuary that offers resort-style ambiance with seven treatment rooms, an outdoor Jacuzzi, swimming pool and a well-equipped two-storey gymnasium with an aerobics studio. 2/F Swissôtel Merchant Court, 20 Merchant Rd., 6239-1780, S(058281). www.swissotel.com. MRT: Clarke Quay. st. gregory— One of the newer St.

Gregory outlets in Singapore is a calming sight with its ocean blues and sandy beiges. Try its awardwinning Tui Na massage or the St. Gregory Hot and Cold Stone Music Therapy Booster (only available at Pan Pacific Orchard), then take a dip in the mineral water swimming pool that lies alongside the spa. 4/F Pan Pacific Orchard, 10 Claymore Rd., 6831-6797, S(229540); and other locations around town, www. panpacific.com. MRT: Orchard.

WAXING & BEAUTY SALONS bLoW+bar—This salon is the first

one in Singapore dedicated to hair blowouts. Getting the perfect look together can be a pain, especially if you have to crack your brain to describe it. Here, they make it easy for you—their menus are preloaded into iPads, featuring preset blowout styles like curls, wavy, updo and volume. They serve complimentary wine, too. #01-32 The Watermark, 7 Rodyk St., 6238-7338, S(238215), www.blowplusbar.com. MRT: Chinatown. Diana King—With more than 10

years’ experience, waxing guru Diana King is one of the most efficient therapists around—you can get a Brazilian wax done in 10 minutes flat. Her loyal clientele swear by her speed and accuracy. 25E Lor Liput, Holland Village, 6468-7965, S(277736), www.thewaxingguru. com. MRT: Holland Village.

pinK parLOur

Beverly Yeoh Owner of bar Bitters & Love (36 North Canal Rd., 6438-1836, S(059292), www.bittersandlove.com) “24-hour massage place NatureLand’s (#01-08/09 Robertson Walk, 11 Unity St., 6733-6780, S(237995), www.natureland.com.sg) prices are reasonable enough for me to go thrice a week for my foot fix.”

Gentlemen’s Lounge and UrbanHair Ginrich Aveda, each of which has its own specialized menu of beauty and grooming services. Its convenient location along the world-famous shopping street means you can check in anytime when you need a breather. 7/F TANGS Orchard, 310 Orchard Rd., 6311-3317, S(238864), www. tangs.com.sg /seviin. MRT: Orchard.

PinK ParLour—At this pink-

and-black boudoir-like setting, you’ll find signature waxing and spray tanning services as well as pedicures, manicures and other grooming treatments. #05-83 Far East Plaza, 14 Scotts Rd., 6100-9297, S(228213), www. pinkparlour.com.sg. MRT: Orchard.

BEAUTY EMPORIUMS seViin @ tangs—SEVIIN

(pronounced seven) at TANGS comprises of Decléor Institut, La Mer, Shiseido, SK-II, The

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dfs gaLLera

Dfs gaLLeria—This duty-free

shopping complex houses international brands like Benefit, Bobbi Brown, Kiehl’s, La Mer and the recently added Giorgio Armani Beauty. Another new arrival is the Beauty Concierge service—the first in Singapore—that offers personalized skin consultations, skin treatments, hand massages, eyebrow shaping, makeovers and even makeup workshops. 25 Scotts Rd., 6229-8100, S(228220), www.dfsgalleria.com. MRT: Orchard. sePHora—Sephora continues to

make waves in the local beauty scene by stocking previously hard-to-get brands such as Too Faced, Urban Decay, Smashbox and Burt’s Bees. Modeled after the successful New York City empire, the stores’ ambiance is vibrant and exciting, with personal makeovers and a high level of interaction happening on the shop floor. #02-06-09 Bugis+, 201 Victoria St., 6341-9386, S(188067); and other locations around town, www.sephora.com. MRT: Bugis.


taste of sINGaPoRe Shahi Maharani Namaste! We invite you to sample the royal cuisine enjoyed by the Moghul Emperors of a bygone era. Whether you are trying curries, biryanis or offerings from the Royal Tandoor Oven, our cooks bring you an exciting blend of exotic spices, passed down through generations from the royal chefs. Come and enjoy an exciting gastronomic experience you will never forget. #03-21B, Raffles City Shopping Centre (Level 3 Fairmont Singapore), 252 North Bridge Rd. Tel: 6235-8840. Opening Hours: Noon-2:30pm, 6:30-10:30pm. http://www.shahimaharani.com/

Le Tonkin Le Tonkin is all about giving you the most authentic Vietnamese dining experience, with a dash of French style. Set in a boutique hotel in an elegant corner of Singapore’s fashionable night spot of Club Street, our restaurant offers Hanoi cuisine at its finest, prepared by a chef with years working on flavours and ingredients back in his native Vietnam. 28 Ann Siang Rd, The Club Hotel Singapore 069708 Tel: 65 6808 2187 Opening Hours: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm Monday - Saturday: 6:30pm - 10:30pm Sunday: Closed www.letonkin.com.sg

Lawry’s The Prime Rib Singapore There’s no better place to celebrate the timeless festive traditions than at Lawry’s Singapore! Be prepared to indulge in our succulent Signature Roasted Prime Ribs of Beef carved from our “Silver Carts” and served with the famous Original Spinning Bowl Salad and Yorkshire Pudding. With so much to offer, Lawry’s Singapore promises a classic world-class dining experience coupled with impeccable service that you will never forget! Tourist Special: 10% off Total Bill #04-01/31 Mandarin Gallery, 333A Orchard Road. Tel: 6836 3333. Email: reservations@lawrys.com.sg Operating Hours: Sundays - Thursdays: 11.30am - 10.00pm Fridays & Saturdays: 11.30am 10.30pm www.lawrys.com.sg s p e c I a l a d ve r tIsI ng s e ctIon

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nightlife

the guide

Party People It's going to be a crazy two-night dance fiesta at this year's edition of ZoukOut, one of Singapore's biggest beach parties. Witness the world's top DJs like Example, Ferry Corsten, Afrojack, Dash Berlin and Martin Solveig in action as they dish out pounding beats while you party till the break of dawn. Tickets cost $88-168 from Zouk's website. Dec 13-14. Siloso Beach, Sentosa, 6738-2988, S(099538), www.zoukout.com. MRT: HarbourFront.

CLUBS HOME CLUB— Blessed with lots of

laidback vibes, this small, cozy club is ideal for just hanging out, watching soccer matches or dancing near the DJ console. Big names such as LTJ Bukem, CSS’ Lovefoxx and Goldie have graced this place. #B1-01/06, 20 Upper Circular Rd., The Riverwalk, 65382928, S(058416), www.homeclub. com.sg. MRT: Clarke Quay.

kyo

KyO— Occupying the basement of

a building, this sleek club with Japanese-influenced interiors features a striking 24-meter bar stocking premium liquor, bubbly and sake. Music-wise, expect a roster of local and international DJs showcasing a dfferent genre each night of the week. B/F, Keng Seng Tower, 133 Cecil St., 6222-5001, S(069535), www. clubkyo.com. MRT: Raffles Place.

a VIP lounge and dance space, and outside is alfresco chill-out space Wine Bar. 17 Jiak Kim St., 6738-2988, S(169420), www. zoukclub.com. MRT: Somerset.

WINE BARS

ZOUK—Still the place to see and

be seen in after two decades, its diverse music offerings caters to all. Main floor Zouk is where weekly global dance DJs take to the floor and Phuture has its buzzy hip-hop offerings. The star is Velvet Underground, which has been revamped to include

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Jiu Zhuang

JiU ZHUang— Inspired by 1920s

Shanghai, restaurant-lounge Jiu Zhuang serves exquisite dim sum including crystal dumpling with lobster, and small plates


nightlife like drunken chicken roulade. There are also a list of high-end Old World wines, sakes and whiskeys. 6D Dempsey Rd., 6471-1711, S(249683), www. jiu-zhuang.com. MRT: Farrer Road. PRaELUM WinE BiSTRO—This laid-

back spot in Duxton is made for a post-work or pre-dinner tipple. The highlight: wines available by the glass in three different sizes (25ml, 75ml or 150ml), dispensed by two Enomatic machines, that you can just help yourself to. 4 Duxton Hill, 6238-5287, S(089590), www.praelum. com.sg. MRT: Tanjong Pagar.

THE LiBRaRy— Unofficially named

VERRE WinE BaR

VERRE WinE BaR— Located in

a refurbished warehouse on the quieter side of Robertson Quay, Verre has over 750 labels mostly from small, family-owned artisanal vineyards in its walk-in cellar. #01-05/06, 8 Rodyk St., 6509-1917, S(238216), www. verre.com.sg. MRT: Chinatown. WinE COnnECTiOn CHEESE BaR—

SPOTLIGHT

Split Personality By day (11am-9pm), Jekyll & Hyde is open for manicures and pedicures and by night (6pm-1am), it is a swish bar specializing in gin cocktails (from $18). There’s a selection of 10 gin labels and Asian small bites, such as beef spring rolls. 49 Tras St., 6222-3349, S(078988), www.49tras.st. MRT: Tanjong Pagar.

One of the most popular wine spots in town, this contemporary 190-seater offers 40 kinds of matured farm cheeses flown in from Europe as well as over 250 vino labels at wallet-friendly prices. #01-05 Robertson Walk, 11 Unity St., 6235-1279, S(237995), www.wineconnection. com.sg. MRT: Clarke Quay.

COCKTAIL BARS

after the fomer pop-up library that hides this secret drinking spot, this cool password-only bar delivers potent concoctions, care of Canadian bartender Stefan Ravalli. To get in, pick up the key phrase off their Facebook page or from the servers at the neighboring Keong Saik Snacks. 47 Keong Saik Rd., 6221-8338, S(089153), www. facebook.com/KeongSaikSnacks. MRT: Outram Park. JiggER & POny— Expect a focused

cocktail menu of just 24 offerings, with a real emphasis on oldschool tipples and more than a handful of updated classics with a twist. 101 Amoy St., 6223-9101, S(069921), www.jiggerandpony. com. MRT: Raffles Place.

nÉktaR

nÉKTaR— Nestled in the greenery

of a heritage building, Néktar is a quiet and sophisticated bar that is ideal for a nice, relaxing cocktail in the company of friends. 31 Scotts Rd., 6836-9185, S(228225), www. nektar.com.sg. MRT: Newton. 28 hongkong StREEt

28 HOngKOng STREET— Hidden

from sight with no signage and a nondescript door, this speakeasystyle bar is one of the city’s bestkept secrets. Both the cocktails and bar bites are well-made, so you’re bound to leave happy. 28 HongKong Street, 65332001, S(059667), www.28hks. com. MRT: Clarke Quay.

MICROBREWERIES & BEER BARS BREWERKZ—From reliable standards

like golden ale and oatmeal stout to experimental seasonals and limited edition beers, they’ve got it all. They also have great food and attractive happy hours. #01-05/06 Riverside Point, 30 Merchant Rd., 6438-7438, S(058282), www. brewerkz.com. MRT: Clarke Quay.

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nightlife PRiVÉ WaTERFROnT BaR— Located

JiBiRu CRaFt BEER BaR

JiBiRU CRaFT BEER BaR—This

appealing spot has broadened Singapore’s taste for Japanese beer and stocks tasty craft beers from cult breweries like Yona Yona and Hitachino. #01-26, 313@somerset, 313 Orchard Rd., 6732-6884, S(238895), www. jibiru.com. MRT: Somerset.

on Singapore’s only privately owned island, Privé is a multiconcept joint that comprises a restaurant, gastro-bar and cafe on the waterfront. The highlight of the whole Privé experience has to be the sleek waterfront gastro-bar which stocks a wide array of beautifully presented cocktails. G/F Marina at Keppel Bay, 2 Keppel Bay Vista, 67760777, S(098383), www.prive. com.sg. MRT: Telok Blangah.

LEVEL33—Billed as the world’s

highest urban craft brewery, this restaurant-bar offers stunning views of Marina Bay, beers which stay true to European brewing traditions, and top-class food. #33-01 Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 1, 8 Marina Blvd., 6834-3133, S(018981), www. level33.com.sg. MRT: Marina Bay.

ALFRESCO BARS

ku DÉ ta

KU DÉ Ta—This luxurious space,

which is 200 meters above ground at the top of Marina Bay Sands, comprises a restaurant, club lounge and poolside terrace. Lounge on the plush seats, sip on cocktails and feel like a million bucks. 57/F Sands SkyPark, Marina Bay Sands Tower 3, 1 Bayfront Ave., 6688-7688, S(018971), www. kudeta.com.sg. MRT: Bayfront.

tanJong BEaCh CLuB

KUMO SaKE & WHiSKEy BaR— In

true izakaya style, this cosy spot features a woody interior and over 100 sakes, shochu, whiskeys and beers. #01-46/47 Icon Village, 12 Gopeng St., 6225-8445, S(078877), www.facebook.com/ KumoKaiseki. MRT: Tanjong Pagar. THE WOW— Launched in partnership

with Hotel Waldhaus am See in St. Moritz, Switzerland (whose famous bar holds the Guinness World Record for having the world's largest whiskey collection), this hotel bar offers 250 types of single malt scotch whiskeys—many of which are obscure or unavailable elsewhere. G/F Mövenpick Heritage Hotel Sentosa, 23 Beach View, 6818-3388, S(098679), www.moevenpick-hotels. com. MRT: HarbourFront.

TanJOng BEaCH CLUB— Modeled

after a 1950s beach resort, the club is Sentosa’s destination central for beautiful people and comes complete with a pool, great beach views, two bars, a restaurant and plenty of chill-out spaces. There are also cool cocktails like the Tanjong Sling (a refreshing concoction of vodka, lychee, fresh ginger, elderflower and apple juice) to go with the upscale bistro grub. 120 Tanjong Beach Walk, 6270-1355, S(098942), www.tanjongbeachclub. com. MRT: HarbourFront.

SPIRIT SPECIALISTS BUyan RUSSian RESTaURanT & CaViaR BaR— One of the few

Russian restaurants in town and arguably the best, Buyan has an unrivaled selection of over 50 vodkas and an impressive wine museum reportedly valued at over $5 million. 9/10 Duxton Hill, 6223-7008, S(089593), www. buyan.sg. MRT: Tanjong Pagar.

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Gan Guo Yi Founder of bar Jigger & Pony (101 Amoy St., 6223-9101, S(069921), www. jiggerandpony.com) “I like 28 Hong Kong Street (see page 69) for its tucked away feel, it’s as though you’re taken to a whole new space. Good drinks and the mac and cheese balls are a must-have!”


nightlife

RAISE YOUR GLASSES

LIVE MUSIC BLU JaZ—Situated in a cozy spot

on Bali Lane, this drinking spot is packed on Fridays with a crowd who come here for the local and visiting international jazz musicians as well as guest DJs. 11 Bali Lane, 6292-3800, S(189848), www.blujaz.net. MRT: Bugis. HaRD ROCK CaFÉ— part of the popular world-wide Hard Rock Cafe franchise, this bar and restaurant is known for its signature décor of music memorabilia, solid range of American dishes and live music acts. There’s also another outlet at 26 Sentosa Gateway, The Forum, #01-209 to 214, Resorts World Sentosa, 6795-7454. #05-01 HPL House, 50 Cuscaden Rd., 6235-5232, S(249724), www. hardrock.com.sg. MRT: Orchard.

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SINGAPORE NIGHTLIFE GUIDE

THE SULTan JaZZ CLUB—Tucked

in a cozy corner at boutique hotel The Sultan is this intimate 50-seater space, where jazz luminaries like Jeremy Monteiro, Rick Smith, Anne Weerapass and Nicole Duffell have held spontaneous gigs. 2/F The Sultan, 101 Jalan Sultan, 6723-7117, S(199940), www.sultanjazzclub. com. MRT: Lavender.

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great place to unwind with a couple of drinks after a play or gig, this laid-back alfresco institution hosts some of the finest local musicians seven days a week. 45 Armenian St., 6338-8030, S(179936), www. timbre.com.sg. MRT: Bras Basah.

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UsefUl InformatIon DRINKING WATER—Water in

singapore is clean and safe enough to drink from the tap. ELECTRICITY—the voltage here

is 220‑240 aC, 50 Hertz. LOST PASSPORT/SINGAPORE IMMIGRATION SERVICES—If

you’ve lost your passport, make a police report; then head to Immigration & Checkpoints authority (10 Kallang rd., 6391‑6100) to get a temporary visa. finally, inform your embassy so you can get through customs when you reach home. LOST/STOLEN PROPERTY— Call

the tanglin Police Divisional Headquarters (21 Kampong Java rd., 6391‑0000) to report your loss. replace your plastic by calling your credit card company: see numbers to note below.

navIgatIng tHe CIty getting around in singapore is a breeze. If you plan to travel via public transport a lot, buy a $12 eZ‑link card with an encoded $7 value (available from all mrt train stations), which allows cashless payment on all public buses and trains. BUSES—Buses travel to almost every

part of the island and fares start from 73 cents. for information on bus routes and related enquiries, call the transitlink Hotline at 1800‑225‑5663 or log on to www. sbstransit.com.sg. MASS RAPID TRANSIT (MRT)—

singapore’s world‑class train system. trains are punctual,

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air‑conditioned and comfortable, and run from about 6am to midnight. single trip tickets (from 73¢ with eZ‑link card to $1.10 cash fare) can be purchased from vending machines at all mrt stations. for information on mrt routes and related enquiries call smrt at 1800‑336‑8900 or log on to www. smrt.com.sg. TAXIS—there are five major taxi

companies in the city: Comfort and CityCab, 6552‑1111; Premier taxis, 6363‑6888; smrt taxis, 6555‑8888; and transCab, 6555‑3333. fares start from $3. Charges are higher for advance bookings. alternatively, call 6‑Dial‑Cab, 6342‑5222. your call will be routed to the first company with an available taxi. or simply text “Book<space>six‑digit postal code” to 71222 (Comfort) or “Book<space>six‑digit postal code<space>#pickup point“ to 75588 (smrt taxis).

gettIng to & from tHe aIrPort

NAVIGATE Shop Tax Free

As a visitor to Singapore, you can get a refund of the seven percent Goods & Services Tax (GST) you pay on purchases that you are taking home. There are two service providers in Singapore processing GST refunds, Premier Tax Free and Global Blue. Shop where you see the signs pictured below and pay using your credit card that will be your Electronic Tourist Refund Scheme (eTRS) token or cash upon which you’ll be given an eTRS ticket. Tickets can be issued for purchases of S$100 and above. When leaving Singapore, simply head to the eTRS self-help kiosk and retrieve your refunds using your eTRS tickets. TAX FREE

NumberS To NoTe

BUS—sBs Bus 36 plies between

Changi airport and orchard road. Buses depart every 10 minutes and cost $1.79 (one‑way). TAXI—taxis will take you to the city in

about 30 minutes and cost between $20‑26. a $3 airport surcharge applies at all times. MRT—the journey takes about half

an hour and a single trip costs $2. the first train departs City Hall mon‑sat at 6:01am; sun and public holidays at 6:29am.

CREDIT CARDS american express. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6880‑1111 Diners Card. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6416‑0800 JCB. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6734‑0096 masterCard. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 800‑110‑0113 vIsa. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 800‑448‑1250 EMERGENCY Police. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .999 ambulance/fire Brigade. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .995 flight Information. . . . . . . . . . . .1800‑542‑4422 24‑hour touristline. . . . . . . . . .1800‑736‑2000 MEDICAL SERVICES raffles Hospital....................6311‑1111 (585 north Bridge rd.) singapore general Hospital . . . 6222‑3322 (outram rd.)

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1 Partying ‘til the break of dawn at ZoukOut. p. 68

with Christmas by the River’s many exciting happenings. p. 32

2 Ringing in 2014 with an up-forit crowd at Marina Bay Singapore Countdown. p. 8

9 Taking a cable car ride to see fireworks for the New Year at The Jewel Box Hilltop Celebrations. p. 44

Going for a stroll around Botanic Gardens. p. 47

Sipping on Christmas craft beers at The Great Beer Experiment. p. 12

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Indulging in nose-to-tail dining at WOLF. p. 63 4

Pampering ourselves silly at Ikeda Spa Prestige. p. 61 5

6 Snagging gorgeous pre-loved items at Marina WaterFront Bazaar. p. 37 7 Buying some great seasonal gifts at TANGS’ Come Home to Christmas promotion. p. 21 8

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Celebrating the festive season

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Watching international acts in action at CONTACT Contemporary Dance Festival. p. 8 11

Exploring the arts scene at the Singapore Biennale. p. 8 12

Shopping for luxury labels by the gram at Kilo Fascion. p. 55 13

14 Getting a manicure in the day and drinking gin at night at Jekyll & Hyde. p. 69

15 Tucking into Peruvian fare while taking in beautiful waterfront views at Supply & Demand. p. 14 16 Taking part in fun activities at the Night Safari’s annual extravaganza, Mystica. p. 45 17 Picking out quirky, eye-catching home décor at Fred Lives Here. p. 14 18 Marveling at arresting works of art at Rodney Smith’s Surreal Reality exhibition. p. 37 19 Discovering pop-up concept The U Factory’s delightful surprises. p. 11 20 Trying out a different kind of yoga at Upside Motion. p. 11

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The Sultan The Westin Singapore Traders Hotel V Hotel Lavender Village Hotel Albert Court Village Hotel Katong Wanderlust Wangz Hotel York Hotel MALL CONCIERGE COUNTERS Central Centrepoint City Square Mall Forum The Shopping Mall ION Orchard Millenia Walk Somerset @ 313 Suntec @ SICC Tanglin Mall SERVICED APARTMENTS Ascott Raffles Place Singapore Central Square Village Residences Citadines Singapore Mount Sophia Far East Plaza Residences Fraser Place Fraser Place @ Fusionopolis Fraser Residence Orchard Fraser Suites Lanson Place Winsland Le Grove Serviced Apartments Orchard Parksuites Residences Orchard Scotts Residences Pan Pacific Serviced Suites Park Avenue Suites PARKROYAL Serviced Suites Singapore Regency House Residences Riverside Village Residences Shangri-La Apartments Somerset Liang Court Serviced Apartments St. Regis Residences Treetops Executive Residences SPA & RETAIL CELUVA Dejewel Galleria Estheva Spa Icon Gallery Marina Bay Sands Hotel Gift Shop @ Tower 2 Lobby

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