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78 YEARS, 68 Cities

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March 2014

78 YEARS, 68 Cities

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the guide 36 attractions Bright lights

40 arts & culture Eye for design

42 shopping Go bold in style

46 dining Scrumptious seafood

50 nightlife St. Patrick’s Day

52 navigate Essential info

10 Local Flavor

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The best Mod Sin restaurants and bars in town

06 Editor’s Note 18 Neighborhood Guides 53 20 Things We Love About Singapore 54 My City

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Singapore Rock Festival, World Gourmet Summit and more

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March 2014 Singapore Art Week 2014 Special

HIGHLIGHTS OF SINGAPORE ART WEEK 2014

NAMES IN THE ART SCENE SHARE WHY 78PROMINENT YEARS, 68 Cities THE EVENT WAS SUCH A RESOUNDING SUCCESS.

Singapore’s visual arts scene lit up once again during Singapore Art Week from January 13-19. With leading art fairs, blockbuster exhibitions and a diverse range of fringe events, this year’s edition cemented Art Week’s status as the most exciting period in Singapore’s visual arts calendar. Artists, gallerists, collectors and art enthusiasts share what they thought of this annual arts extravaganza.

The Art of Sharing: Sharing Your Art

Art Stage Singapore

EXHIBITIONS & FAIRS With its diverse array of art exhibitions and events, Singapore Art Week 2014 presented a chance for visitors to marvel at works by internationally-acclaimed artists like German sculptor Stephan Balkenhol as well as the region’s up and coming talents, such as homegrown artist Jane Lee. A record 45,700 visitors attended Asia’s leading contemporary art fair, Art Stage Singapore, which showcased art from 100 galleries from all over the world. On top of an impressive range of ambitious, cutting-edge works on show, such as FX Harsono’s mixed media piece ‘The Raining Bed’, this year’s edition also took on a new format of curated Platforms which allowed visitors to discover the art of specific regions and countries, such as Southeast Asia and China. “It’s a great opportunity for visitors to explore new works from artists in other countries,” says Ying Ji of Art Seasons Gallery. Another key highlight was the Singapore Biennale, Singapore’s premier multi-venue contemporary art exhibition which showcased over 100 artworks by 82 established and emerging talents, like local artist Kumari Nahappan and Japanese collective teamLab. Collector Serge Tiroche lauded it as “a very good show overall, with impeccable presentation of the highest standard.”

TALKS Singapore Art Week offered plenty of opportunities for visitors to deepen their knowledge by learning about the creative process and issues surrounding art.

Art In Motion

Equally successful was Platform Projects panel discussion, which allowed participants to learn about the collecting and sharing of art from famous collector Dorothy Vogel. “Hearing Dorothy Vogel interact with other big names like collector Sue Gardiner and gallerist Simon Sakhai at our panel discussion The Art of Sharing: Sharing Your Art was unforgettable,” says Savita Apte of Platform Projects.

ART TOURS & FESTIVITIES Arts enthusiasts were also invited to step out to enjoy some of Singapore’s immersive arts experiences. At Aliwal Urban Art Festival, visitors soaked in the sights and sounds of Singapore’s multi-faceted urban arts scene. The inaugural Art In Motion, a free bus tour of art galleries, was certainly a standout for providing visitors with a hassle free way to explore Singapore’s art scene. Not only did they get to hear local artist Dawn Ng speak on her creative journey when developing her latest exhibition “WINDOWSHOP: A Modern Day Cabinet of Curiosities” at Chan Hampe Galleries, they also loved exploring new cutting-edge galleries such as Element Art Space and Ikkan Art at emerging art enclaves like Raffles Hotel and Tanjong Pagar Distripark. “Art In Motion certainly adds to the buzz of activities during Art Week and provides a great comfortable, convenient way for art lovers to soak it all in,” says Kamiliah Bahdar of Galerie Steph. Art galleries in Gillman Barracks also collaborated to put on exhibition openings and fun events with a wonderful festivallike feel. “We enjoyed very much the vibe and joyful mood at Night Out at Gillman Barracks,” says Professor Ute Meta Bauer, founding director of Centre of Contemporary Art. Artist Jane Lee, who had a solo show at Sundaram Tagore Gallery, agrees. “Just looking at the crowd that turned up makes me very happy and excited for the local arts scene. Singapore has really done a good job with Art Week.”

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Talks at Art Stage and Gillman Barracks raised discussions on a wide range of topics and issues from art-related legal disputes to art theories and emerging artistic practices. “There were so many profound and insightful exchanges during these talks—we felt they really demonstrated the wealth of knowledge that visitors have in the field of contemporary art,” said Frederic de Senarclens of Art Plural Gallery.

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where Welcome Editor’s Itinerary Feast Your Senses Food! Design! Shows to catch! March in Singapore can be a little crazy (in the best possible way). We know how hard it is to decide where to start, so here’s an idea of how to experience a little bit of everything in just one day. TRIP PLANNER

>> MORNING

>> AFTERNOON

>> EVENING

Check out design fest SingaPlural (see page 8) or window-shop for your home at famed French design fair Maison & Objet Asia (see page 40).

Refuel with a hearty lunch that’s full of local flavor at places like Pidgin Kitchen & Bar (see page 10) and TAO Seafood Asia (see page 46). Bonus if you can nab a Singapore Restaurant Week (see page 9) set lunch special.

There’s a ton of music acts and stage productions to catch this month, so spend the evening with Bruno Mars (see page 9), Romeo & Juliet (see page 8) or Irish bands on St. Patrick’s Day (page 50).

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SingaPlural The anchor event of Singapore Design Week (Mar 10-16) showcases the best of design from different sectors. Participate in symposiums and competitions, and marvel at a host of installations, including 30 LifeStories— irememberParks (Dhoby Ghaut Green, 10 Penang Rd., 6569-6988, S(238469), MRT: Dhoby Ghaut), a Before (or after) the show... creative exhibition of Where to Eat [Kith Café] Tuck into delectable brunch fare and salvaged tree logs that enjoy an iced latte or two at this laid-back café that boasts both indoor and alfresco areas. #01-01E Park Mall, 9 Penang Rd., invites audiences to recollect 6338-8611, S(238459), www.kith.com.sg. times spent in green spaces. Where to Drink [Wine Connection Bar & Bistro] Sip on a wide Free. Read more at variety of decently-priced wines and spirits at this popular drinking spot. 41 Cuppage Rd., Cuppage Terrace, 6836-9069, www.singaplural.com. www.wineconnection.com.sg.

Mar 5-6

Mar 6-9

Singapore Rock Festival This electrifying, two-day affair will feature some of the biggest names in the international hard rock scene, including stalwarts Korn, Alice in Chains, Alter Bridge and Five Finger Death Punch. Fort Canning Park, 51 Canning Rise, 6332-1200, S(179618), www.lamcproductions.com/ sgrockfest. $118-$198 from L.

Savour Sample international cuisine, attend culinary masterclasses and shop at an artisanal produce market at this annual gourmet food fest. The Promontory @ Marina Bay, 11 Marina Blvd., 6736-1458, S(018940), www.savour.sg. $45-$65.

Mar 13-16 Romeo & Juliet The Singapore Dance Theatre presents its take on the timeless tale of two starcrossed lovers trapped in a longstanding family feud that for bids their passion for each other.

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Esplanade Theatre, 1 Esplanade Dr., 6828-8377, S(038981), www.singaporedancetheatre.com. $30-$70 from L.

Mar 11-23 A Singaporean in Paris This 2010 sell-out comedy, which revolves around a Singaporean chasing his dream of performing in a cabaret, is back due to popular demand. SOTA Drama Theatre, School of the Arts Singapore, 1 Zubir Said Dr., 65948411, S(227968), www.singtheatre. com. $40-$69 from L.


Mar 7-16

Mosaic Music Festival The tenth—and last—edition of this music festival (Esplanade, 1 Esplanade Dr., 6828-8377, S(038981), MRT: Esplanade), will showcase a multitude of genres, including jazz, soul, pop, electronic and rock. Catch US Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Neko Case, UK guitar guru John McLaughlin (pictured) and Young Dreams from Norway, amid a slew of other local and international acts. Tickets cost $20-$100 from L. Read more at www. mosaicmusicfestival.com.

Mar 15-23 Singapore Restaurant Week Dine like royalty at this gastronomic event, with some of the best culinary spots in Singapore offering affordable three-course lunches and dinners. Various venues, www.restaurantweek. sg. $25-$35.

Mar 26 Bruno Mars: The Moonshine Jungle Tour Grammy awardwinning singer Bruno Mars will perform beloved hits, like “Grenade” and “Just The Way Purchase tickets via SISTIC

Before (or after) the show... Where to Eat [Dolce Vita] This charming Italian restaurant offers stellar renditions of classic dishes, such as tortellini, risotto and veal tenderloin. 5/F Marina Square, Mandarin Oriental, 5 Raffles Ave., 6885-3551, S(039797), www.mandarinoriental.com. Where to Drink [Chihuly Lounge] Filled with warm earthy tones, large armchairs and overstuffed sofas, this place is an excellent choice for an evening cocktail. 3/F The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore, 7 Raffles Ave., 6434-5283, S(039799), www.ritzcarlton.com. You Are”, at his first concert here. Singapore Indoor Stadium, 2 Stadium Walk, 6333-5000, S(397691), www. sportshubtix.sg. $128-$328.

Mar 12-29 The House of Bernarda Alba This famous Spanish play, about a tyrannical mother who seals her family off from the world after her husband’s death, gets a Singaporean remake. Drama Centre Theatre, 3/F National Library, 100 Victoria

St., 6837-8400, S(188064), www. wildrice.com.sg. $45-$75 from L.

Mar 26-Apr 5 WORLD GOURMET SUMMIT Themed “Back to the Classics”, this elevenday celebration of fine wines and gourmet cuisine will be graced by big-name vintners and prestigious chefs. Various venues, 6273-7707, www. worldgourmetsummit.com.

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

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Local Twist Five ways to dive into Modern Singaporean (Mod Sin) cuisine.

rethink western classics Western fare gets a local spin thanks to chefs like Willin Low, the man responsible for coining the term Mod Sin. His burger joint Relish offers interesting bites inspired by local hawker favorites, including a chicken nasi lemak burger ($18.90), soft shell chilli crab burger ($15.80) and a char siew pork burger ($17.80). Also look out for Pidgin Kitchen & Bar by chef Adrian Ling in Dempsey’s dining enclave, serving up a weirdbut-wonderful bak kwa mac and cheese with truffle oil ($20). Pidgin Kitchen & Bar, #01-04, 7 Dempsey Rd., 6475-0080, S(249671),

Relish

www.pidgin.sg. MRT: Orchard (or take a taxi.) Relish, #02-01 Cluny Court, 501 Bukit Timah Rd., 6763-1547, S(259760), www. wildrocket.com.sg. MRT: Botanic Gardens.

Try Peranakan fare Peranakan (Straits Chinese) cuisine usually follows recipes that have

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WHERE NOW dishes ever since, including brioche French toast with gula melaka and banana sauce ($15) and buah keluak pasta ($23). Another Peranakan establishment that dishes out Mod Sin plates is Candlenut by young chef Malcolm Lee, who started his first Peranakan eatery after graduating. His restaurant features creations like marinated pork ribs grilled and glazed with kicap manis ($18) and buah keluak ice cream ($14). Candlenut, #01-03 Dorsett Residences, 331 New Bridge Rd., 81214107, S(088764), www.candlenut. com.sg. MRT: Outram Park. Violet Oon’s Kitchen, 881 Bukit Timah Rd., 6468-5430, S(279893), www.violetoonskitchen.com. MRT: Botanic Gardens (or take a taxi).

LÈ Restaurant and Asian Tapas Bar

violet oon’s kitchen

been passed down through the generations, but some game changers have breathed new life into the cuisine. Celebrated culinary icon Violet Oon (Violet Oon’s Kitchen), opened her first venture in July 2012 and has been whipping up interesting

Feast on small plates

pidgin kitchen & Bar

bites like sauteed tiger prawn with fried man tou and chilli prawn dip ($15) and pan seared ribeye tataki with tomato salsa and a side of papadum ($16). Look out for their recommended craft beer pairings on the menu. LÈ Restaurant and Asian Tapas Bar, #02-314 Suntec City Mall, 3 Temasek Boulevard, 6338-8775, S(038938), www.paradisegroup.com. sg/le. MRT: Promenade.

As a multiconcept dining spot, LÈ Restaurant and Asian Tapas Bar does a little bit The Tuckshop, of everything, 403 Guillemard Rd., like Asian-inspired 8511-8102, S(399795), candlenut cocktails and Chinese-style www.thetuckshop.com.sg. MRT: Dakota. tapas. Noteworthy Mod Sin creations include items like the Dirty Duck ($38 for half), which Satisfy your is seasoned with western spices sweet tooth like Italian basil, and cream of No meal is complete without bak kut teh ($12). For Mod Sin dessert. For a taste of sweet Mod in a more casual setting, head to Sin treats (and more), there’s latenight eatery 2am:dessertbar by gastrobar The Tuckshop for bar march 2014 I WHERE SINGAPORE

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Janice Wong, who won the title of Asia’s Best Pastry Chef at the 2013 S.Pellegrino Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants awards. Known for her plated works of art, Wong delivers in both presentation and taste with desserts like Shades of Green ($14)—pistachio sponge, coco mousse and pandan gula melaka custard— and ice cream flavors such as pandan ($14 for three flavors). 2am:dessertbar, 21A Lorong Liput, Holland Village, 6291-9727, S(277733), www.2amdessertbar.com. MRT: Holland Village.

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MARS BAR

concoctions is bespoke cocktail bar as Milo from Mars ($20), Bitters & Love. One of the most a combination of Milo, vanilla interesting items on the drinks ice cream, milk and butterscotch menu is the kaya toast cocktail schnapps. ($19) a fusion of kaya, rum Bitters & Love, 36 North Canal and hot sauce. Rd., 6438-1836, S(059292), www.bittersandlove.com. For even more MRT: Clarke Quay. intriguing cocktails, there’s also newcomer Loof, #03-07 Odeon Towers Extension Mars Bar, a pop-up bar Rooftop, 331 North Bridge in the lobby of Duxton Rd., 9773-9304, S(188720), Hotel (around until www.loof.com.sg. MRT: October 2014). Most of their Loof Bras Basah. mixes are Mod Sin-inspired, Mars Bar, The Duxton, 83 including the Chilli Crab Cocktail Duxton Rd., 9651-6741, S(089540), ($22), which features chilli crab www.mixesfrommars.sg. MRT: paste, Malibu and dry gin, as well Tanjong Pagar.

At some watering holes in town, cocktails are also given the Mod Sin treatment. Popular rooftop bar Loof has highlights like the Singapore Sour ($17), a mix of vodka, sour plum syrup, calamansi juice and soda, alongside the Bandung Bloom ($17), which features vodka, rose syrup, calamansi juice and sparkling wine. Another spot that creates Mod Sin 12 WHERE S I N G A P O R E I m a r c h 2 0 1 4

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Coq & Balls

Hitting the Right Spots Singapore’s hip and happening dining enclaves will whet your appetite. Singapore is seeing more exciting eateries sprout up in historicallyrich locales, and this blend of novelty and nostalgia has transformed previously sleepy spots into thriving food hubs. Have a taste of something different at these dining enclaves where many culinary gems cluster, packing in the cool local crowd with trendy dining concepts and classy, contemporary fare. One of the oldest housing estates in Singapore, Tiong Bahru has an eclectic mix of public housing flats and shophouses from the ’30s and ’40s, giving it a retro charm. This low-key neighborhood is full of Tiong Bahru youthful Bakery’s Chocolate energy, thanks Croissant

to quaint cafes and modern establishments taking up residence in the shophouses and drawing crowds of discerning foodies. 40 Hands is a popular indie coffee spot that serves specialty coffee and Western food with a few local favourites such as tau sar pau (soft bun filled with fine red bean paste). When night falls, neighbourhood watering hole Coq & Balls is abuzz with activity. With its wide selection of international and craft beers as well as tasty bar chow such as bacon and cherry tomato skewers, this place is a firm favourite with the young creative professionals who pop by to unwind after hours. Another draw in Tiong Bahru are venues that provide heartier bites with contemporary twists. There’s Open Door Policy, a modern bistro combining

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Tiong Bahru Market and Food Centre

Mediterranean influences with a hint of Asia, and which serves signature dishes such as risotto nero with confit calamari and tuna tartare with soy and yuzu dressing. On the same street as Open Door Policy is contemporary Japanese restaurant IKYU, which is known for innovative Asian fare. Helmed by Takuma Seki, former chef de cuisine of Hide Yamamoto at Marina Bay Sands®, IKYU puts together adventurous plates such as daringly rare foie gras with pink pepper, along with more mainstream offerings like jumbo tempura shrimp. For tasty takeaways in Tiong Bahru, there are two places to


Antoinette

Suprette

check out—Tiong Bahru Bakery from all over the island come to and PS. Cafe PETIT. The former this long-standing institution to sells fresh baked goods like get their fill of Chinese heartland croissants and crusty baguettes, favourites such as lor mee (thick courtesy of French celebrity chef flat yellow noodles in a dark brown Gontran Cherrier, as well as starchy gravy) and chwee kueh artisanal coffee by Harry Grover of (steamed rice cakes topped with 40 Hands. At the latter, you’ll find diced preserved radish). The place an amazing selection of wines and is one of the most popular food scrumptious pizzas for takeaway. centres in Singapore—with long Try their meat-heavy options queues at stalls like 178 Lor such as the winter Mee (#02-23) or Jian Bo salami margherita, Chwee Kueh (#02-05) or vegetarianattesting to that. friendly ones like the Another fastmushroom-laden developing “hot hood” is Jalan Besar, a gazetted bianca funghi. conservation zone in the Street food remains close to Singaporeans’ CSHH’s chicken central Kallang region of patties Singapore, whose roads hearts, and sterling are lined with shophouses examples of local dishes in a variety of architectural styles. can be found at Tiong Bahru With hip new cafes and eateries Market and Food Centre. Locals

springing up all over, Jalan Besar draws crowds looking for dining alternatives in old-world settings. Take, for example, Chye Seng Huat Hardware (CSHH), managed by independent coffee operators Papa Palheta. Its shophouse storefront belies a cafe devoted wholly to the art of the bean, comprising a roastery, a 360-degree coffee bar, a coffee school and a tasting room. CSHH is the perfect place for coffee aficionados to spend a lazy afternoon enjoying their favourite drink. Those who prefer a daintier afternoon tête-à-tête should look to Antoinette, a quintessential Parisian patisserie and tea salon that offers exquisite Parisian sweets and savouries, and is best known for its droolworthy menu of desserts. More substantial fare can be found along Jalan Besar at Suprette, located in the historic Kam Leng Hotel, which was first established in 1927 and recently revamped into a cool boutique hotel. This compact diner-bar marries a neat menu of Americanstyle comfort food with a grownup drinks list of cocktail classics. Just up the road, along the Kallang River, you can find Loysel’s Toy, a breezy cafe in a warehouse by the waterfront. Cool down with their signature cold brew coffee or treat yourself to affogato, also by the Papa Palheta crew. Right upstairs is Kilo, a minimalist space with a laid-back ambience where people can enjoy Japaneseand Italian-inspired food. While these novel establishments infuse the neighborhood with new life, it’s

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comforting to know that longwhich offers vinos from all time stalwarts like Swee Choon over the world. Not only can Tim Sum Restaurant are still you get a frequently rotating around. The 50-year-old eatery variety of wines available serves delicious dim sum such by the glass, dispensed from as har gow (prawn dumplings) Enomatic machines, there are French and Indochinese dishes and bao (steamed buns). that go well with the drinks. Like Jalan Besar, Duxton For more exotic fare, you Hill, a district of conserved can drop by Lucha Loco, a casual shophouses in Chinatown, has Mexican taqueria and bar. Try also experienced a revival, with the delectable snapper or chorizo an influx of trendy restaurants. tacos with a side of Mexican Once occupied by seedy bars, the street corn, or go for more unusual area has since shed that unsavory finds like quesadillas made with reputation and gained a strong huitlacoche (corn smut), a following of diners who eagerly type of “Mexican truffle”. embrace the international New on the foodie cuisine available. radar is Gillman Barracks At Sabio Tapas in the southern part Bar, guests get to of Singapore. Playing choose small bites to host to more than 14 go with Spanish wines renowned galleries, this and cocktails. A mustcluster of colonial buildings try is the gambas pil pil, L’Entrecôte amid lush greenery is fast sizzling prawns cooked in becoming an international garlic and olive oil. Sister destination for contemporary art. establishment L’Entrecôte is What art-goers may not realise a Parisian-style bistro which is is that after feasting their eyes just round the corner; while its on artworks, they can fill up on menu lists quintessential French scrumptious grub in the vicinity. plates such as escargots, its star Seafood lovers will want to dish—steak and fries—is what make a beeline for The Naked keeps crowds coming back. Finn, a no-frills grill for indulging On the same row as Sabio lies one of the few Russian establishments in Singapore, Buyan Russian Restaurant & Caviar Bar. The restaurant has a homely rustic vibe, all the better to enjoy piping hot borscht (beetroot and cabbage soup with beef) and chicken kiev (breaded chicken stuffed with butter), washed down with a few shots of vodka. Those looking for a glass or two of Burgundy can Timbre @ Gillman head to Praelum Wine Bistro,

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Sabio Tapas Bar’s mussels in tomato sauce

in fresh lobster, fish, shellfish and prawns with Southeast Asian flavours, all washed down with bespoke cocktails. Timbre @ Gillman promises an all-round treat for the senses, as it brings together comfort food like pastas and pizzas, a decent selection of tipples and live music by local bands. For a more traditional experience, try MASONS, the largest of the three food outlets here. It serves exquisite yet affordable European dishes in a stylish colonial setting. With such vibrant eateries within minutes of one another in these cultural and historical spots, you’re in for a spread of modern fare and can easily spend a whole day exploring all the culinary options at each destination. A delightful dining experience awaits at every turn.


Address Book 40 Hands #01-12, 78 Yong Siak Street. (65) 6225-8545. www.40handscoffee.com Tiong Bahru Antoinette 30 Penhas Road. (65) 6293-3121. www.antoinette.com.sg Lavender Buyan Russian Restaurant & Caviar Bar 9/10 Duxton Hill. (65) 6223-7008. www.buyan.sg Outram Park

Buyan Russian Restaurant & Caviar Bar

Chye Seng Huat Hardware (CSHH) 150 Tyrwhitt Road. (65) 6396-0609 www.cshhcoffee.com Lavender

Lucha Loco 15 Duxton Hill. (65) 6226-3938. www.luchaloco.com Outram Park

Sabio Tapas Bar 5 Duxton Hill. (65) 6223-4645. www.sabio.sg Outram Park

Coq & Balls 6 Kim Tian Road. (65) 6276-6609. www.coqnballs.com Tiong Bahru

MASONS Gillman Barracks, 8 Lock Road. (65) 6694-2216. www.masons.sg Labrador Park

Suprette G/F, Kam Leng Hotel, 383 Jalan Besar. (65) 6298-8962. www.suprette.com Farrer Park

The Naked Finn #01-13 Gillman Barracks, 41 Malan Road. (65) 6694-0807. www.nakedfinn.com Labrador Park

Swee Choon Tim Sum Restaurant 183 to 191 Jalan Besar. (65) 6225-7788. www.sweechoon.com Farrer Park

Open Door Policy 19 Yong Siak Street. (65) 6221-9307. www.odpsingapore.com Tiong Bahru

Timbre @ Gillman Gillman Barracks, 9A Lock Road. (65) 6694-4201. www.timbregroup.asia Labrador Park

IKYU 5 Yong Siak Street. (65) 6223-9003. www.ikyu.com.sg Tiong Bahru Kilo #02-01 Ture, 66 Kampong Bugis. (65) 6467-3987. www.kilokitchen.com Lavender L’Entrecôte 36 Duxton Hill. (65) 6238-5700. www.lentrecote.sg Outram Park Loysel’s Toy #01-02 Ture, 66 Kampong Bugis. (65) 6292-2306. www.loyselstoy.com Lavender

Praelum Wine Bistro 4 Duxton Hill. (65) 6238-5287. www.praelum.com.sg Outram Park PS. Cafe PETIT 78 Guan Chuan Street, #01-41. (65) 9226-7088. www.pscafe.com/pscafepetit Tiong Bahru

Tiong Bahru Bakery #01-70, 56 Eng Hoon Street. (65) 6220-3430. www.tiongbahrubakery.com Tiong Bahru Tiong Bahru Market and Food Centre 30 Seng Poh Road. Tiong Bahru march 2014 I WHERE SINGAPORE 17


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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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Ave., 6734-8829), a 165m-tall giant observation wheel. Examples of early colonial Across the water—a short architecture abound here. There is walk over the beautiful glass and the 150-year-old 3 Saint Andrew’s steel mesh 8 Helix Bridge—is Cathedral (11 St Andrew's Rd., 11 Gardens by the Bay (18 6337-6104), the nation’s Marina Gardens Dr., 6471largest cathedral, and 7808) with close to Raffles Hotel 100,000 rare plants in (1 Beach Rd., 6337domed conservatories. 1886), a regal Another attraction establishment here is the opened in 1887. 10 ArtScience Museum You can also find (Marina Bay Sands, 10 modern architectural Bayfront Ave., 6688-8868), Esplanade sites such as the distinctive theatres on which houses international spike-covered the bay touring exhibitions. 4 Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay (1 Esplanade Dr., 6828DINING & nightlife 8377), a top spot to watch worldThere’s plenty to eat, too, with an class entertainment acts. Nearby, array of choice options at Marina Bay the three-story 6 F1 Pit Building (1 Sands. Japanese dining temple Waku Republic Blvd., 6884-6940) Ghin (#02-02, Marina Bay Sands, is a hub for the Singapore leg of 10 Bayfront Ave., 6688-8507) and the Grand Prix, just next door to American celebrity chef Wolfgang the 7 Singapore Flyer (30 Raffles

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Sweets & Bakes Asia Mar 6-8. Marina Bay Sands Expo & Convention Centre, 10 Bayfront Ave., 6688-8868, S(018956) www.sweetbakesasia. com.sg, Free. MRT: Bayfront.

Baking enthusiasts and lovers of all things sweet would not want to miss out on this event and its exciting line-up of workshops, baking competitions and more.

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Longtail Asian Brasserie & Bar #01-03 Customs House, 70 Collyer Quay, 6532-1319, S(049323), www. longtail.sg, MRT: Raffles Place.

This laid-back scenic spot serves up tasty Asian bites, like grilled pork shoulder with tamarind sauce and sticky rice ($14), and tam mak hoong, a Laotian papaya salad ($14) as well as luscious cocktails ($16). Enjoy all this against the backdrop of the Marina Bay waterfront.

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Puck’s steakhouse CUT (#B1-71 Galleria Level, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Ave., 6688-8517) are both on-site. For the best views of the city, try Sky on 57 (57/F Sands SkyPark, Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Ave., 66888857) or Ku Dé Ta (57/F Sands SkyPark, Marina Bay Sands Tower 3, 1 Bayfront Ave., 6688-7688). At night, clubbers can visit two glamorous party venues, housed in MBS' stunning South Crystal Pavilion, Pangaea (South Crystal Pavilion, Marina Bay Sands, 2 Bayfront Ave., 86117013) and Avalon (South Crystal Pavilion, Marina Bay Sands, 2 Bayfront Ave., 6688-7448). Other top spots are at 2 Swissôtel the Stamford (2 Stamford Rd., 6338-8585), including French fine dining restaurant JAAN (70/F Equinox Complex, Swissôtel the Stamford, 6837-3322) and New Asia Bar (7172/F Equinox Complex, Swissôtel the Stamford, 6431-5681). Waterfront Spanish restaurant Catalunya (The Fullerton Pavilion, 82 Collyer Quay, 6534-0188,

S(049327), www.catalunya.sg) also boasts incredible views of the Bay. For local food, visit 13 Lau Pa Sat (18 Raffles Quay, 6220-2138), a Victorian cast-iron structure with a wide range of hawker stalls. Also from the colonial era is the 19th century convent and chapel compound, 1 CHIJMES (30 Victoria St., 6337-7810), which is today a food and beverage haven.

SHOPPING Luxury lifestyle center Marina Bay Sands houses Louis Vuitton’s first Island Maison store (Crystal Pavilion North, Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Ave., 6788-3888) in Southeast Asia, as well as Ralph Lauren’s duplex store (#B1/B2-72/68 Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Ave., 6688-7161). Beyond that, there’s 5 Suntec City Mall (3 Temasek Blvd., 6825-2667) featuring a comprehensive range of boutiques, as well as the Fountain of Wealth. For a quieter shopping experience, head to Millenia Walk (9 Raffles Blvd., 6883-1122) for high-end stores like Cortina Watch and BOSE.

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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 Information, Communications and the Arts, with its distinctive colorful window shutters. Explore this vibrant stretch along the river via the Singapore River Cruise (6336-6111, www.rivercruise.com. sg, $3), which takes you from Clarke Quay to the Singapore Flyer to Marina Bay Sands.

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The first museum in the region to present a broad perspective of pan-Asian cultures and civilizations is the 9 Asian Civilisations Museum (1 Empress Place, 63322982). It houses 11 galleries that showcase over 1,300 artifacts. If you prefer theatrics, the 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.


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DINING and NIGHTLIFE Over the years, Singapore River has grown to include a host of eateries and nightlife spots, one of which is 7 Boat Quay. Here, you will find bustling bars showing live sports on TV like Harry’s and Prince of Wales. In the area, located just above Clarke Quay MRT, is 3 Central (6 Eu Tong

Sen St., 6532-9922), which offers great dining options like awardwinning ramen house Marutama Ramen, fashion boutiques, as well as eclectic retailers like Goods of Desire (G.O.D.). If you’re looking to paint the town red, 4 Clarke Quay would be right up your alley. Enjoy your meal with live entertainment at restaurant bars such as Aquanova

and The Pump Room. If beer is more your thing, knock back pints at Beer Market or Brewerkz Microbrewery. Those who want to dance the night away can pop by clubs like Attica or Fenix Room. The 2 Robertson Quay stretch houses restaurants like Da Mario Pizzeria Ristorante and tapas joint FoodBar DaDa. Those exploring this area in the day have plenty of options, too. For a peaceful afternoon away from the hustle and bustle, take your pick from chic and contemporary coffee bars like Toby’s Estate and Smitten Coffee & Tea Bar. If you prefer something a little more happening after dark, visit 1 Zouk (17 Jiak Kim St., 6738-2988) for a world-class clubbing experience. The longest standing club in Singapore, this nightspot has a constant stream of international guest DJs.

NEW & NOTED The Fabulous Baker Boy #01-15 The Foothills, 70 River Valley Rd., 6694-8336, S(179037), www.thefabulousbakerboy.com. MRT: Clarke Quay.

The charming space is outfitted with hot pink design details (such as napkins, deck chairs and cushions) and includes a small craft corner for lessons in

oil painting and ceramic design. The cafe serves up cakes such as the apple cider stacker with cream cheese frosting ($7.50), the fab red velvet cake ($8.50) and sandwiches like the tuna melt with caramelized onions ($11).

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Mar 7-9, various timings. DBS Arts Centre - Home of SRT, 20 Merbau Rd.,

6733-8166, S(239035), www.srt.com.sg. $25-50 from Sistic. MRT: Clarke Quay.

Don’t miss the double-bill of two local productions, A Wedding, A Funeral and Lucky, the Fish and Stand Behind The Yellow Line. The first play questions the relevance of marriage in today’s society whereas the other is an inventive story about society’s out-of-bound markers.


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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. 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 Beijingbased 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, 6476-

4788), 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 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., 6475-2217). Fashionistas and creatives head to P.S. Cafe (28B Harding Rd., 64793343), a stylish place where an eclectic mix of recipes—including

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Sunday Brunch at the Green Door The Green Door, 13A Dempsey Rd., 6479-5945, S(247694), www.theprivegroup. com.sg/thegreendoor. MRT: Queenstown. The Green Door offers a new all-day brunch every last Sunday of the month. Menu highlights include BBQ lamb tikka ($12) and sticky molasses BBQ pork ribs ($15).

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Primavera en la ciudad From Mar 27. Barnadas Huang Gallery, 22 Dempsey Rd., 6635-4707, S(249679), www.barnadashuang.com. Free. MRT: Farrer Road. Spanish painters Didier Lourenco, Vanessa Linares and Jordi Pinto present a collection of paintings depicting their interpretations of spring.

including gado gado salad, miso everything from local hawker fare to cod and poutine—is on offer. Local Vietnamese pho and Mexican food. seafood specialties such as fried Alternatively, head to Chip Bee youtiao fritters stuffed with minced Gardens stalwarts such as Chez prawns, chili and black pepper crab Petit Salut (#01-54 Blk. 44 Jalan can be savored at Merah Saga, 6474-9788), which 7 Long Beach (25 Dempsey offers French favorites such as escargots and profiteroles, or Rd., 6323-2222). Original Sin (#01-62 Blk. 43 For beer lovers, there’s 5 Tawandang Microbrewery Jalan Merah Saga, 6475-5605), one of the nation’s pioneering (#01-01, 26 Dempsey Rd., 6476vegetarian restaurants. 6742), a Thai restaurant and watering hole that’s popular with SHOPPING the after-work In Holland Village crowd, as well Shopping Center, there’s as Taphouse Lim’s Arts and Living (18E Dempsey (#02-01 Holland Road Rd., 6634-1229, Shopping Centre, 211 S(249677), www. Holland Ave., 6467-1300), a tawandang brewerkz.com) serving microbrewery mammoth home furnishings local craft brews. and curios store with an Holland Village offers many dining array of Chinoiserie silk cushion choices and is split into two main covers, trinket boxes and African areas: nightlife hub figures that make great souvenirs. 1 Lorong Mambong and the Dempsey’s Woody Antique quieter residential stretch 2 Chip House (#01-05 Blk. 13 Dempsey Bee Gardens along Jalan Merah Rd., 6471-1770) provides a similarly Saga. The former is known for Asian-inspired mix of statues and its live music venues including teak furniture, while emgallery Wala Wala Café Bar (31 Lorong (#01-04/05 Blk. 16 Dempsey Rd., Mambong, 6462-4288), a casual 6475-6941) and Rouge French two-story watering hole that Designs (#01-01 Blk. 16 Dempsey hosts local music acts nightly. Rd., 6475-9245) stock a range On the surrounding street, find of Oriental-style garments.

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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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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.

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Gallery, 6836-6372) 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).

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The Mustard Incident B1 TANGS Orchard, 310 Orchard Rd., 6836-3647, S(238864), www.facebook. com/TheMustardIncident. MRT: Orchard.

This takeaway hot dog joint’s menu is influenced by American, Mexican and Southeast Asian flavors. On offer are signatures like Frankenstein ($10), a beef-andpork sausage combo wrapped in streaky bacon, Hawt Dog ($9), spicy pork with hot sauce, and many more. A range of artisanal beers are also available ($12).

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Mayday parade Mar 6. 7.30 pm. Scape, 2 Orchard Link, 6735-4144, S(237978), www.facebook.com/ events/1443737082512448. $75. MRT: Orchard.

Catch US punk rockers Mayday Parade live in concert as they play songs from their latest album Monsters in the Closet such as “Ghosts”, “12 Through 15” and “Angels”.

ATTRACTIONS While you’re in Orchard, catch a glimpse of The Istana (www.istana. gov.sg), located close to Dhoby please the fashion forward with its Ghaut MRT Station. The Istana is unconventional use of materials and the official residence of the President silhouettes, while internationally of Singapore and features stunning renowned Ashley Isham, also in British architecture. Farther down the same mall, stocks gorgeous, the road towards City Hall and elaborate evening gowns for women. Bras Basah, you’ll also find two Those looking for something edgier of Singapore’s biggest museums, can check out Depression at Orchard the 18 Singapore Art Museum Cineleisure (8 Grange Rd., (71 Bras Basah Rd., 6235-1155) or Saturday at 6332-3222, www. 2 Wheelock Place for singaporeartmuseum. out-of-this-world designs sg) and the 17 and bold silhouettes that National Museum will make any wearer of Singapore stand out from the crowd. (93 Stamford Rd., 6332-5642, www. Dining & Nightlife Jones the nationalmuseum.sg). The grocer After all that hard work, chill out Singapore Art Museum holds at some of the best cafés and a permanent collection of bars in the area. Take your pick from approximately 7,000 South and East cafés like Arteastiq (#04-14/15 Asian contemporary and modern Mandarin Gallery, 6235-8370), art pieces, while exhibitions at the Wild Honey (#03-02 Mandarin National Museum of Singapore Gallery, 6235-3900; #03-01/02 investigate 700 years of Singapore’s Scotts Square, 6636-1816), Jones rich history and diverse culture. the Grocer (#04-21/23 Mandarin

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QUAYSIDE FISH BAR & BISTRO

Quayside Fish Bar & Bistro #01-11 Quayside Isle, Sentosa Cove, 31 Ocean Way, 6268-8633, S(098375), www.qsfishbar. com. MRT: HarbourFront.

This Aussie-style fish bar and bistro offers some of the freshest catches in town, with seafood flown in each day. Dishes include baked barramundi ($29), served on a bed of Australian leek fondue and drizzled with brown buttered carrot puree. There’s also a fine selection of wines and cocktails (from $14).

HSBC Women’s Champions Sentosa Golf Club, 27 Bukit Manis Rd., 6275-0090, www. hsbcgolf.com/womens. $20$60. MRT: HarbourFront.

Watch 63 of the best names in women’s golf, such as Lydia Ko and Stacy Lewis, battle it out for the US$1.4 million prize purse at the seventh edition of this tournament.

Next to Siloso Beach is Underwater World Singapore and Dolphin Lagoon (80 Siloso Rd., 6275-0030), where you can watch seals and dolphins performing or feed gentle stingrays. Located within the vicinity is 1 Fort Siloso (33 Allanbrooke Rd., 6736-8672). This preserved coastal fort contains the nation’s largest collection of World War II memorabilia and hosts interactive guided tours. For those who prefer some peace and quiet, 7 Tanjong Beach is ideal, especially for a romantic date at night. Restaurant and bar Tanjong Beach Club (120 Tanjong Beach Walk, 6270-1355) offers stunning beachfront dining—great for couples looking to spend some quality time together. A familyfriendly destination, 6 Palawan Beach has a range of shops and eateries that interest both young and old. Glide effortlessly down the beach at Gogreen Segway Eco Adventure (50 Beach View, 9825-4066) or visit the musical attraction Songs of the Sea (Siloso Beach Walk, 6736-8672). More food options can also be found at 9 Quayside Isle (31 Ocean Way, 6694-3410), a lifestyle destination with a wide selection of waterfront-facing restaurants. Otherwise, pamper yourself with indulgent massages at Auriga Spa (Capella Singapore, 1 The Knolls, 6377-8888) or Spa Botanica (The Sentosa Resort & Spa, 2 Bukit Manis Rd., 6371-1288). Golf lovers will also be excited to know that 8 Sentosa Golf Club (27 Bukit Manis Rd., 62750090) boasts two of the region’s most challenging 18-hole courses. 2

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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. There’s also the highly popular 5 Universal Studios Singapore (11 Sentosa East Mall, 6577-8888), which features around 24 moviethemed rides and attractions, 18 of which are unique to Singapore. Along the coastline are the best beaches, each with their distinct characteristics. Siloso Beach, with its volleyball courts, is great for water sports and beach activities. It also has some of the most interesting bars and restaurants like Mambo Beach Club (40 Siloso Beach Walk, 6276-6270) and Wave House Sentosa (36 Siloso Beach Walk, 6377-3113), where you can experience Singapore’s first artificial barreling wave.

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

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#01-19, China Square Central, 20 Cross St., 6221-3937, S(048422), www.sons.com.sg. MRT: Telok Ayer.

Head to this casual Italian watering hole for aperitifs and cocktails (from $9) paired with small plates like the Hokkaido scallop bake ($16). Other highlights include the cheese bar and specialty-cured meats that are made on site.

Chinatown

CHINATOWN Walking Tours Mon-Fri, various times. Chinatown Visitor Centre. 48 Pagoda St., 6325-2879, S(059207), www.chinatown. sg. $15-26. MRT: Chinatown.

Get to know Chinatown’s rich heritage by taking part in this guided walking tour. Choose between three routes that will each enlighten participants on the legacy of the Chinese clans, their customs and traditional delicacies.


the guide Ride On Get a glimpse of local hipster culture at Wheelers Yard, the latest hangout that’s the talk of the town. Located in an offbeat area that’s hardly visited by most tourists, the space features stylish bikes with handmade frames ($1,900 upwards) and draws cycling enthusiasts from all over the island. There’s also a range of coffee and light bites at the in-house canteen. 28 Lorong Ampas, 6254-9128, S(328781), www.facebook.com/ wheelersyard.

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Light Up The shores of Marina Reservoir are turned into a public gallery this month for iLight Marina Bay, a sustainable light art festival featuring over 25 spectacular light art installations, accompanied by live music and entertainment. Mar 7-30. Marina Bay Waterfront, Marina Blvd., 6329-3535, S(018956), www.ilightmarinabay.sg. MRT: Bayfront.

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

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 alleyways with 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. ION SKY—Located on the 55th and

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.

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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attractions SINGAPORE ZOO —Next door to Night

malay heritage centre

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.

Safari and River 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.

Parks

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 zoo

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.

SPOTLIGHT

Right Angle Visit Singapore Botanic Gardens this month and catch Angles of Incidence, a sitespecific interactive installation that comprises multi-faceted steel pods placed beneath a tree’s canopy, creating reflections that merge with the landscape. Through Mar 23. 1 Cluny Rd., 9005-4850, S(259569), www.sbg. org.sg. MRT: Botanic Gardens.

Fort canning park

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, 63321200, 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 close to 100,000 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. com.sg. MRT: Bayfront.

Tours

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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.

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Attractions FREE

singapore river cruises— Cruise

along the iconic Singapore River to happening hotspots like Clarke Quay and Marina Bay. Robertson Quay, 6336 6111, www.rivercruise. com.sg. MRT: Clarke Quay.

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ARMENIAN CHURCH OF ST GREGORY THE ILLUMINATOR—The first

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., 6334-0141, S(179366), www. armeniansinasia.org. MRT: City Hall.

Buddha Tooth Relic Temple & Museum

Buddha Tooth Relic Temple & Museum—This four-story

monument, that houses the tooth of Buddha, with an orchid garden roof is a majestic structural gem that embodies the glory of China’s golden age. 288 South Bridge Rd., 62200220, S(058840), www.btrts.org. sg. MRT: Chinatown. CATHEDRAL OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD —This is the oldest

Roman Catholic church in Singapore (completed in 1846) and houses the relics of the martyred French saint Laurent-Marie-Joseph Imbert, the first priest to visit Singapore and to whom the cathedral owes its name. 4 Queen St., 6337-2036, S(188533), www.veritas.org.sg. MRT: Bras Basah.

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Andy Warhol, Electric Chair, 1971 Š 2013 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Art Seasons

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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5 Jalan Kilang Barat, #01-03 Petro Centre Singapore 159349, Tel +65 68780103 Tuesdays to Saturdays 11am to 7pm

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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Object of Desire Parisian design fair Maison & Objet is making a stopover in Singapore for the first time this month. The fair will showcase the latest design trends emerging from the region, with confirmed exhibitors including Fendi Casa from Italy and Lala Curio from Hong Kong. Register online for free. Mar 10-13. Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre, 10 Bayfront Ave., 6688-8868, S(018956), www.maison-objetasia.com. MRT: Bayfront.

Museums

artscience museum

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. National Museum of Singapore—Having celebrated its 125th anniversary in 2012, the nation’s oldest museum is the custodian of 11 national treasures

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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. Singapore Art Museum—Situated along the Waterloo Street Arts Belt and housed in the restored 19thcentury mission school of the St. Joseph’s Institution, the museum has amassed one of the world’s largest public collections of contemporary Southeast Asian artworks since it opened in 1996. 71 Bras Basah Rd., 6332-3222, S(189555), www.singaporeartmuseum.sg. MRT: Bras Basah.


arts & culture 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.

Asian artists including Picasso, Chagall, Dali and Chinese painter Ting Shao Kuang. #03-05 ION Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn, 6735-2618, S(238801), www. operagallery.com. MRT: Orchard.

SPOTLIGHT

Sundaram Tagore Gallery— The Singapore outpost of Sundaram Tagore Gallery is devoted to examining the exchange of ideas between Western and non-Western cultures. #01-05 Gillman Barracks, 5 Lock Rd., 6694-3378, S(108934), www.sundaramtagore. com. MRT: Labrador Park.

Weighty Matters Christopher Thomas’s insightful exhibition, The Synchronised Power of Our Mass, reimagines the drastic possibilities that may arise from accelerated consumption.

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.

opera gallery

Opera Gallery—This Orchard

Road gallery has an extensive collection of masterpieces from renowned European and

Through Mar 16. Yeo Workshop, #01-01 Gillman Barracks, 1 Lock Rd., 6734-5168, www.yeoworkshop.com. MRT: Labrador Park.

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No More Blues Dubai-based international label Gisellablu has just made its Singapore debut with a flashy, black-and-gold store space located in Raffles City. Expect to find bold, chic and feminine pieces at affordable prices (from $50), as well as glamorous footwear from sister shoe label Aurora Wild. #01-13 Raffles City, 252 North Bridge Rd., 6337-7004, S(179103), www.gisellablu.com. MRT: City Hall.

INDEPENDENT STORES

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.

ACTUALLY— Off-beat and hip, this

store features labels such as Freitag and Boy London alongside brands Coupe Cousu, Yumumu and Ownmuse. #04-06 313@ somerset, 313 Orchard Rd., 6336-7298, S(238895), www. actuallyshop.com. MRT: Somerset. 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.

Coda co.—This is where you can get

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your hands on key collection styles from local labels like Dzojchen, Joe Chia and Thomas Wee, as well as international brands including Herve Leger. #02-03 Scotts Square, 6 Scotts Rd., 6636-0028, S(228209). MRT: Orchard.

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.


shopping SPOTLIGHT

nana & bird— Boasting an intimate,

homey vibe, this boutique store offers different labels spanning ready-to-wear, accessories and homewares such as Heinui from Francea and Los Angeles-based Building Blocks. #01-65, 59 Eng Hoon St., 9117-0430, S(160059), www.nanaandbird.com. MRT: Tiong Bahru.

#01-22, Blk. 5 Everton Park, 6707-2005, S(080005), www.redundant-shop.com. MRT: Outram Park.

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

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, 6225-5541, S(069791), www. thelittledromstore.com. MRT: Chinatown.

Threadbare & Squirrel— On

Needs Must Offbeat lifestyle retailer The Redundant Shop stocks hip design-centric goods, such as totes, wallets, watches and sunglasses (from $19), from a host of independent designers and labels, including Monofold, Bellroy, Happy Socks, Archival and Sunday Somewhere.

of Outsiders, Neighborhood and Visvim. #02-31 Raffles Hotel Arcade, 328 North Bridge Rd., 6733-2130, S(188719), www. surrenderous.com. MRT: City Hall.

PACT

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.

SHOPPING MALLS

Pact—This multi-concept store houses

quirky furniture Fred Lives Here and an art gallery. Its clothing store, K.I.N., carries labels like Sifr and Deus ex Machina.. #02-14/16/19 Orchard Central, 181 Orchard Rd., 6238-6362, S(238896), www. visitpact.com. MRT: Somerset. salon by surrender— Expect

some of the world’s most cuttingedge labels here, such as Viktor & Rolf, Martin Maison Margiela and Christian Dada in menswear, womenswear, accessories and homewares. #B2-232/233 The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, 2 Bayfront Ave., 6688-7813., S(018956), www.surrenderous.com. MRT: Bayfront. Strangelets— Established in 2008,

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 — 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.

design boutique Strangelets is still one of the best spots in town for wild and wonderful furnishings and curious accessories sourced from all MANDARIN GALLERY—The fourstory shopping mall houses over the world, like porcelain wares independent stores such as from Studio Gu and side tables from Ambush and Inhabit, as well Mark Product. 7 Yong Siak St., 6222as international brands like 1456, S(168644). MRT: Tiong Bahru. Marc by Marc Jacobs and Y-3. SURRENDER—This hip menswear 333A Orchard Rd., 6831-6363, boutique trades in investment S(238897), www.mandaringallery. pieces for worldly professionals and com.sg. MRT: Somerset. locals: find unfussy, fad-immune contemporary menswear from the likes of Thom Browne, Band

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SHOPPING 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., 67375500, S(238864), www.tangs. com.sg. MRT: Orchard.

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THE SHOPPES AT MARINA BAY SANDS—The most exclusive mall

“I like to go to Finespun Clothiers (#02-01 18 Ann Siang Rd., 6225-6016, S(068698), www.finespunclothiers.com. MRT: Chinatown) for tailored clothes.”

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.

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.

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., 6836-5367, S(238867), www.ilovehansel. com. MRT: Somerset.

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.

SCOTTS SQUARE—An exciting retail

in black and white from their main collection and diffusion line Antidepressant. #03-05A Cathay Cineleisure Orchard, 8 Grange Rd., 9889-2179, S(239695), www.depression. com.sg. MRT: Somerset.

experience awaits, with French luxury fashion house Hermès, newto-market celebrity label Michael Kors, French brand Anne Fontaine, renowned for its collection of ladies’ white blouses, and many more. 6 Scotts Rd., 6733-188, S(228209), www.scottssquareretail.com. MRT: Orchard.

LOCAL FASHION depression— Nothing sad about

TANGS ORCHARD—A Singapore

shopping landmark, this mega mall carries a wide range of international

local designers Kenny Lim and Andrew Loh’s flagship store— just edgy, affordable pieces

parco next next

parco next next—This local

designers’ specialist zone within Japanese department store Parco boasts a veritable treasure trove of fashion-forward finds. Some of Singapore’s most exciting emerging names like Mash-Up, Kae Hana and Evenodd can be found here. #P2-31 Parco, Millenia Walk, 9 Raffles Blvd., 6595-9100, S(039596), www.parco.com.sg/ parconextnext. MRT: Promenade. 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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Fresh Catch The sophisticated vibe at quintessentially new Singaporean restaurant TAO Seafood Asia makes the restaurant a great place for business lunches. On the menu are local seafood favorites and Chinese classics, including chilli crab ($6 per 100g), pot roasted cod ($38) and desserts such as double boiled bird’s nest ($48). #02-10 Asia Square Tower 2, 12 Marina View, 6844-9969, S(018961), www.taoseafoodasia.com. MRT: Marina Bay.

Chinese

European

Cherry Garden—Expect only the best

BACCHANALIA— Founded by Alex

at this elegant fine dining Chinese restaurant, with sparkling crystal and chinaware on the table. Cherry Garden offers a wide selection of Cantonese cuisine, presented with an artistic touch. Marina Square, Mandarin Oriental, 5 Raffles Ave., 6885-3538, S(039797), www.mandarinoriental. com. MRT: Esplanade. Red House Seafood Restaurant—

Chew and Raj Datwani—who made a name for themselves hosting raucous pop up meals as part of the Bacchanalia Brunch Series—this restaurant in the historic Masonic Club building, features a design inspired by a glass of Champagne. The menu includes sharing plates like fennel and Tahitian vanilla salad ($15), mackerel with beets ($24) and steak and eggs ($38). 23A Coleman St., 6509-1453, S(179806), bacchanalia.asia. MRT: City Hall.

This seafood eatery (which also has branches at East Coast and Robertson Quay) offers local classics like chilli crab and salted egg yolk Iggy’s— Undoubtedly one of crab. 68 Prinsep St., 6336-6080, Singapore’s most well known and S(188661), www.redhouseseafood. highly regarded restaurants, Iggy’s com. MRT: Bras Basah. is a reliable option for quality fare

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that’s a unique blend of Japanese ingredients with European concepts, enhanced by professional service. The wine list is also outstanding. Hilton Singapore, 581 Orchard Rd.,6732-2234, S(238883), www. iggys.com.sg. MRT: Orchard.

French Brasserie Les Saveurs—This

upscale brasserie has a breathtaking interior. The lunch set menus change monthly and the à la carte, once every three months. Your bill will be pricey, but it’s all pretty worth it. G/F The St Regis Singapore, 29 Tanglin Rd., 6506-6860, S(247911), www.brasserielessaveurs. com. MRT: Orchard.


dining Restaurant andre—Expect an

intimate 30-seater space in a three-storey shophouse that’s chef-owner André Chiang’s very own establishment. With two prix fixe menus for both lunch and dinner, Chiang’s focus on fresh artisanal produce is showcased in exquisite dishes that reflect his roots in Southern French nouvelle cuisine. 41 Bukit Pasoh Rd., 6534-8880, S(089855), restaurantandre. com. MRT: Outram Park.

Indian Pind Balluchi—At the first Singapore

outlet of this popular restaurant chain from India, dig into Punjabi classics such as minced lamb patties, chicken marinated in yogurt and rose petals, and tandoori broccoli. #01-15, 3B River Valley Rd., 6337-

7350, S(179021), www.pindballuchi. com.sg. MRT: Clarke Quay. The Song Of India—Set in a restored

black and white colonial style house, this palatial establishment boasts designer flatware and cutlery, chandeliers and silk curtains. The menu is equally striking, with inventive dishes crafted with ingredients such as foie gras and scallops; an inspired take on Indian food. 33 Scotts Rd., 6836-0055, S(228226), www. thesongofindia.com. MRT: Newton.

Italian Da Laura—This Italian restaurant, run

by well known restaurateur Osvaldo Forlino’s sister, Laura, serves items like tagliatelle bolognaise and desserts such as Cannoncini Numero 8, delicate cream horns. There’s also a three course set

lunch that goes for $38. 47 Neil Rd., 6224-8251, S(088827), www. da-laura.com. MRT: Outram Park.

Brasserie Les Saveurs

OTTO Ristorante—This bustling

spot is certainly one of the swankiest restaurants in the area, with mood lighting, plush seats and carpeting, and smooth piped in jazz music. If you’re looking to impress, the combination of innovative dishes and enthusiastic service make it a real winner. #01-02 Red Dot Traffic Building, 28 Maxwell Rd., 6227-6819, S(069120), www.ottoristorante. com.sg. MRT: Tanjong Pagar.

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dining and dinner with Japanese clientele, and that’s despite the hefty price tags for kaiseki-only menus. Expect the most succulent seafood from the famous Tsukiji fish market, accompanied by fresh wasabi from Shizuoka grated by hand. #02-02 Scotts Square, 6 Scotts Rd., 62990014, S(228209). MRT: Orchard.

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Spanish

catalunya

Waku Ghin—Look forward to top-notch,

personalized service, a 10-course degustation menu with a distinctive Japanese sensibility that uses premium ingredients such as seasonal Japanese river fish, grade 9 Wagyu beef and Hokkaido uni (sea urchin) in an understated, elegant space. #02-02 Marina Bay Sands, 2 Bayfront Ave., 6688-8507, S(018956), www. marinabaysands.com. MRT: Bayfront.

Slice of Life Opened by Tony Varvara of Elegante Pizzeria in Brooklyn, Tony’s Pizza features huge pizza slices hand-tossed in-house by “pizza artists”. The cheese slice ($6.50) is a signature item, while other options like Buffalo wings ($9.50 for 10 pieces) and a meatball parmigiana sandwich ($11) are also available.

pidgin Kitchen & Bar—At this 60-seat

Modern Singaporean restaurant, dig into dishes like bak kwa mac and cheese, chicken rice arancini, razor clam tau suan and kaya bread and butter pudding. Plus, sip Asianinspired cocktails such as the Nin Jiom Old Fashioned, featuring High West double rye, fernet branca, pipargao syrup and angustura bitters. #01-04, 7 Dempsey Rd., 64750080, S(249671), www.pidgin.sg. MRT: Queenstown (or take a taxi).

Japanese Hashida Sushi— Dine on lunch sets

and dinner courses including seasonal nigiri sushi such as sea bream, ark shell and tuna, plus specialties like chawanmushi with fugu shirako (egg custard with blowfish milt) at this elegant dining space. #02-37 Mandarin Gallery, 333A Orchard Rd., 6733-2114, S(238897), www. hashida.com.sg. MRT: Somerset.

THE BLUE GINGER RESTAURANT—

restaurant and bar housed in glass dome The Fullerton Pavilion, with visually arresting views of the Marina Bay waterfront. It also boasts a team of elBulli and Santi alum including award-winning mixologist Dario Nocentini. The Fullerton Pavilion, 82 Collyer Quay, 6534-0188, S(049327), www.catalunya.sg. MRT: Raffles Place.

Western

Singaporean

397 River Valley Rd., 6777-4992, S(284292), www.tonyspizza.sg. MRT: Orchard, or take a taxi.

Catalunya— A slick, modern Spanish

Lawry’s the prime rib— It’s fine

dining at its best—Lawry’s serves up its signature prime ribs of beef, as well as other creations like Atlantic lobster tail and strawberry English trifle. #04-01/31 Mandarin Gallery, 333A Orchard Rd., 6836-3333, S(238897), www.lawrys.com.sg. MRT: Somerset. morton’s the steakhouse— Visit

the elegant Morton’s at Mandarin Oriental for prime grain-fed aged beef, fresh seafood creations and other popular steakhouse classics. 4/F, Mandarin Oriental, 5 Raffles Ave., 6339-3740, S(039797), www. mortons.com. MRT: Promenade.

One of the most well-known of Singapore’s Peranakan (Straits Chinese) eateries, enjoy dishes such ruth’s chris steak house— The as assam puteh, a version of tom yum world-renowned steakhouse’s first soup, ayam panggang Blue Ginger, restaurant in Southeast Asia serves deboned and barbecued chicken thigh its signature custom-ages USDA flavored with coconut milk and spices. prime beef, as well as a selection of 97 Tanjong Pagar Rd., 6222-3928, seafood and poultry. 4/F Marina S(088518), www.theblueginger. Mandarin Singapore, 6 Raffles Blvd., com. MRT: Tanjong Pagar. 6336-9093, S(039594), www. meritushotels.com. MRT: Esplanade

Sushi Ichi—The first outpost of

one- Michelin-starred Ginza Sushi Ichi is filled to the brim every lunch

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What a Craic We're a long way from Ireland, but that's no bar to fun at during the St. Patrick’s Day Street Festival. The threeday party will feature a variety of live music by homegrown and Irish bands, a slew of fringe activities, as well as lots of Guinness. Mar 14-16. Boat Quay, 6222-9846, S(049820), www.singapore-river. com/stpatricksday2014. MRT: Clarke Quay.

CLUBS

buzzy hip-hop offerings. The star is Velvet Underground, which has been revamped to include 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.

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.

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

verre wine bar

VERRE WINE BAR— Located in a

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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— 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. #0105 Robertson Walk, 11 Unity St., 6235-1279, S(237995), www.wineconnection.com. sg. MRT: Clarke Quay.


nightlife COCKTAIL BARS 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. 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.

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—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.

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.

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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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.

LIVE MUSIC

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

Get Crafty Situated in a hawker center, Smith Street Taps is a fun little stall selling craft beer on tap— the first of its kind in Singapore. It offers a rotating selection of craft beer with varying flavor profiles, such as Brewdog Mashtag ($13/pint) and Jungle Beer Vanilla Porter ($9/pint). #02-62 Chinatown Complex, 335 Smith St., 9430-2750, S(050335), www.facebook.com/goodbeer.sg. MRT: Chinatown.

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. TIMBRE @ THE SUBSTATION—A

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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.

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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WELLNESS

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Zen Out Surrounded by verdant greenery, CHI, The Spa (Rasa Sentosa) offers an extensive range of treatments, including the signature 90-minute Singapore Massage, which involves the use of bamboo sticks to relieve muscle tension. Rasa Sentosa Resort, 101 Siloso Rd., Sentosa, 6371-1027, www.shangri-la.com. MRT: Harbourfront.

GOLF

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.

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.

GYMS California Fitness— One of the

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. 52 WHERE S I N G A P O R E I m a r c h 2 0 1 4

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 space is designed to resemble a 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. Pure Fitness—This compact space

boasts equipment that comes with built-in entertainment systems, sauna facilities and ample amenities that leave little to be desired. Complimentary workout attire is provided and they also offer a range of fitness classes, from pole dancing to pilates. 3/F Knightsbridge, 270 Orchard Rd., 6100-3813. S(238857), www. pure-fitness.com. MRT: Orchard.


WELLNESS True Yoga— Conveniently nestled

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.

in an accessible part of town, True Yoga offers an impressive variety of yoga and fitness classes ranging from Yogalates to Bollywood and fusion dance. Under the same brand is True Fitness, which has many outlets around town. 4/F Pacific Plaza, 9 Scotts Rd., 6733-9555, S(228210), www. trueyoga.com.sg. 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.

ESTHEVA SPA— Having been named

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. #01-30/31 by The Lawn, Raffles Hotel Arcade, 328 North Bridge Rd., 6338-3318, S(189672), www.estheva.com. MRT: City Hall.

SPAS

IKEDA SPA—This Japanese-inspired spa

has its own rock garden, where you’ll kick off your round of treatments with a tea ceremony, a ganbanyoku (bed made of hot volcanic rocks from the Hakone hot springs) and an onsen-style hot tub made of fragrant Japanese cypress. 787 Bukit Timah Rd., 6469-8080, S(269762), www. ikedaspa.com. MRT: Newton.

away spa

Away Spa—With rainforest-inspired

decor and a Jacuzzi area that’s soaked in a glowing purple hue, this spa 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. Ayuthaya Spa—Enjoy a range of

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—A hip beauty and

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.

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wellness haven on the second floor of avant garde bar/restaurant/ 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 (or take a taxi).

SPOTLIGHT

Natural Choice Amarin Spa offers a host of contemporary spa treatments within a tranquil, nature-inspired setting —there is even the orchestra of songbirds in the background. Try the Payot Body Massages ($190 upwards), which feature 100% natural essential oils. 5/F Marina Mandarin Singapore, 6 Raffles Blvd., Marina Square, 6845-1161, www.amarinspa.com.sg. MRT: Esplanade.

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.


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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.

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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—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. STRIP & BROWHAUS—This funky,

co-ed salon is the one-stop place for all your hairy needs—there are tweezing, threading, brow resurrection and brazilian waxing options available, just to name a few. #01-05 ION Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn, 6634-9303, S(238801), www.browhaus.com. MRT: Orchard.

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