Following an ambitious rebranding exercise, homegrown Italian restaurant and bar operators The Cicheti Group has transformed the 1,500 sqft of prime F&B space along South Beach Tower’s retail piazza that previously housed popular modern Australian restaurant Fynn's into Caffe Cicheti. This marks the third Cicheti concept to join the group’s cohort of beloved Italian outfits, which include rustic chic trattoria Cicheti (2013) in Kampong Glam and contemporary pasta bar Bar Cicheti (2018) off Keong Saik.
At this modern-day osteria, fresh, bright flavours found up and down the coasts of Italy are served up at their uncomplicated best. By delving further into these coastal traditions, where tastes are characterised by their lightness and simplicity using the freshest ingredients that embody life along the shores, chef co-owner Lim Yew Aun expands on his culinary affinity with Italy’s diverse foodscape beyond Venice and the broader Mediterranean that’s underpinned his heartfelt brand of cookery since the first Cicheti. Best enjoyed with sommelier-partner Ronald Kamiyama’s curation of quality, quaffable wines that are fun, juicy and approachable—and a special emphasis on non-alcoholic beverages for the discerning non-drinker. The setting, dreamed up by restaurateur Liling Ong and Amsterdam-based interior designer Simone KÃ¶nigshausen, reimagines Fynn’s foliage-filled aesthetic with a fresh coat of dark emerald paint, light tropical prints and charming, bistro-style patio seating, lending a new lease on life to an intimate space that now inspires dining both day and night.
“We had such a good run with Fynn’s and made so many amazing friends along the way. On the other hand, we’ve established such a delicious goodwill with the Cicheti brand, and finally found our way with wines when we opened Bar Cicheti last year. We created Caffe Cicheti not to take away from what Fynn’s has built, but to continue building its legacy as part of the Cicheti family,” explained Ong, who first set up Fynn’s together with her cousin Aun in 2016, three years after they opened the first Cicheti.
By 2023, national servicemen will be able to access all their National Service (NS)- and training-related activities in a one-stop centre.
The NS Hub just marked the start of construction in a groundbreaking ceremony officiated by Defence Minister Dr Ng Eng Hen recently.
With the NS Hub, national servicemen will no longer have to report to various camps across Singapore for different NS services.
The new NS Hub will house the Central Manpower Base (CMPB), Military Medicine Institute (MMI) and a new Fitness Conditioning Centre (FCC) to meet all the services that pre-enlistees and Operationally Ready National Servicemen (NSmen) need.
It will even include an e-Mart for NSmen to stock up on their combat boots and admin t-shirts!
Currently, pre-enlistees attend medical screening at CMPB at Depot Road, and head to MMI in Kent Ridge for other specialist medical services. NSmen take their Individual Physical Proficiency Tests (IPPTs) at various locations such as Maju Camp and Bedok Camp.
Once complete, the NS Hub will be directly accessible via an overhead bridge from Cashew MRT Station along Upper Bukit Timah Road.
Gone are the long queues to "book in", as national servicemen visiting the NS Hub will be able to register themselves at e-Kiosks equipped with facial recognition technology. They will also be able to perform digital transactions through the NS Hub visitor mobile app and receive personalised responses about their appointments. Such technology is expected to reduce the overall waiting time for medical screenings by 30 per cent!
IPPT will be made more convenient for servicemen. Without having to "book in" to camp, servicemen will be able to do automated In-Processing at the NS Hub’s FCC. They can then simply walk up to the gym for their IPPT Preparatory Training or head to the sheltered running track to take their IPPT. Facing the Rail Corridor, the FCC will be the Singapore Armed Forces’ first purpose-built, all-weather facility for IPPT and fitness training.
Not unlike SAFRA Clubhouses, the NS Hub may well become a go-to spot for national servicemen to relax with their family and friends. The hub will feature a wide range of amenities that are open to the public – these include a food court, a childcare center and an outdoor community area with a running track and football field. For those into live entertainment, the NS Hub will also house the Power 98 Love Songs and 88.3JIA radio stations where visitors can catch their favourite radio DJs live on air. There will also be studios for the public to catch performances.
Visitors to the new NS Hub will be glad to know that the building will make use of renewable energy – energy generated from its solar panels can power more than 110 4-room HDB units a year! The building will also adopt energy-saving solutions such as the use of natural ventilation and solar shades for cooling. The NS Hub will make use of rainwater harvesting to collect non-potable water for irrigation and other purposes.
Rabeanco was created in 1992 out of its founders' passion for leather craftsmanship and their desire to make luxurious accessories widely accessible. Each and every Rabeanco bag is constructed on the individual strength, grain and flexibility of the finest leathers. ingeniously balancing form and function. the result is vibrantly coloured and richly textured collections that perfectly complement the contemporary wardrobe, fulfilling the desire for accessories that are versatile, stylish and personal that every woman can find the perfect affordable luxury bag to suit every mood and occasion.
AKINN is a fashion label that takes inspiration from the stories of individuals and the industry at large with every collection. By combining exceptional craftsmanship, timeless design, and inspiring stories, AKINN aims to cultivate responsible consumption with apparels to go beyond trends or seasons.
Looking ahead, their vision is to build a collaborative design platform that goes beyond fashion. They hope to bring together Singapore-based creatives and craftsmen from other design disciplines to co-create exquisite pieces that befit the sophisticated tastes of design-savvy individuals.
AKINN is the brainchild of Wykidd Song, a renowned Singapore designer most known for co-founding fashion label Song+Kelly, the first Singapore RTW brand sold internationally (Harrods, Selfridges, Barneys New York, and more). Wykidd’s impressive portfolio includes menswear design, as well as successful roles as design director for various brands across the region.
Finally, a bank that speaks your currency. Enjoy bubbly paired with oysters and bites without breaking the bank at The Oyster Bank!
Drop by after a long day for a quick dose of extravagance, without having to break the bank. Indulge in their seafood platter, treat yourself to their scrumptious rice bowls, and knock back a tipple or two (or three, nobody’s counting).
The Oyster Bank dishes out comfort food of Japanese influence, with punchier flavours to tickle the Singaporean taste bud. With raw food at the core of their offerings, The Oyster Bank’s philosophy is anchored on freshness and quality ingredients, perfectly presented in a no-frills manner and yet with a morerish twist. One bite is never enough.
Know a friend traveling into Singapore and asking for souvenir recommendations? Old Seng Choong is your answer! They have close to 20 carefully curated cookie flavours that carry the heritage and iconic flavours of Singapore, like their Satay, Laksa and Goreng Pisang Cookies, all of which comes with beautiful and convenient packaging.
Founded by renowned local pastry chef Daniel Tay, Old Seng Choong offers traditional bakes and cakes to celebrate every joyous occasion. This eponymous new concept is especially poignant for Daniel Tay, who created it as a tribute to his father, a baker and confectioner himself for over 30 years. It is named after the well-loved Seng Choong Confectionery, which was established in 1965 and run by Daniel’s parents until its closure in 1996. Old Seng Choong pays homage to his father and the confectionery that sparked his culinary ambitions. The brand focuses on traditional festive treats to accompany every momentous occasion and celebration in life. Aside from rolling out promotional items for calendar events such as Mooncake Festival and Chinese New Year, Old Seng Choong will also launch old school bakes with a more nostalgic slant.
City Developments Limited (CDL), CapitaLand Limited (CapitaLand) and Ascott Residence Trust (Ascott Reit) have teamed up to redevelop the Liang Court into an integrated development following the proposed sale by CDL Hospitality Trusts (CDLHT) of its total interest in Novotel Singapore Clarke Quay, subject to the approval of CDLHT’s unitholders at its extraordinary general meetings, to the 50:50 CDL-CapitaLand joint venture entities and CDL. Concurrently, Ascott Reit will sell part of its interest in Somerset Liang Court Singapore2 to CDL.
Subject to approval from the relevant authorities, the proposed integrated development with a total gross floor area of 100,263 sqm will comprise two residential towers offering around 700 apartment units, a commercial component, a hotel and a serviced residence with a hotel licence. Upon completion, the 50:50 CDL-CapitaLand joint venture entities will own the residential and commercial components while Ascott Reit will own the 192-unit serviced residence with a hotel licence. CDLHT will own the hotel, which will have about 460 to 475 rooms4, under a forward purchase agreement with CDL5. The hotel will be operated under the Moxy brand by Marriott International while the serviced residence will retain its Somerset branding. The proposed integrated development is targeted to open in phases from 2024. Read more about this announcement here.
Sennheiser's second Brand Store has opened at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands. Go down and experience their Orpheus HE 1, the world's most expensive headphones (guess how much!). Also, get first-hand experience with the AMBEO Soundbar which provides an unforgettable 3D home theatre experience.
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