Call it inspiration or divine intervention, when the chance came to revisit their concept in the West, The Black Hole Group didn’t need to dig too deep and discover their inkling for Greek food.
The concept of a family affair, the notion of a healthy diet, and most importantly the taste. The blends of peppers, citruses, oils, cheeses, and grilled meat orchestrate in tandem to set the taste apart from other cuisines.
Oh, and dipping the pita with that olive oil. It’s like the grace of the gods.
Don’t fret though, they’ve still got Greek-inspired burgers, pasta and pizzas too. So join them at Éla, an experience in the West like no other.
The Botanical Art Gallery is housed within Singapore Botanic Gardens' second refurbished conserved building, Gallop House No. 7 (Inverturret), which was built in 1906. The gallery highlights the vital role that art plays in the scientific documentation of plants in Singapore and the region, as well as how art can inspire renewed appreciation of the natural world around us. This will be Singapore’s first permanent display of botanical art, where visitors will be able to see a selection of the Singapore Botanic Gardens’ collection that includes more than 2,000 botanical paintings, as well as hundreds of sketches, line drawings and photographs. The display will also showcase various art forms, from original watercolours and ink drawings to prints and printing blocks.
Some of the iconic artwork on display includes the oldest dated painting in the Gardens’ collection completed in 1890, of Phaius tankervilleae, an orchid which grows in freshwater swamp forests, as well as an illustration of Durio singaporensis, which is commonly known as the Singapore Durian.
Visitors will also be able to try their hand at the various techniques involved in botanical illustration, such as sketching, mixing colours, and composing scenes. The activity room also offers sweeping views of the forested areas surrounding the house.
The Botanical Art Gallery will also feature changing exhibitions that complement the Gardens’ permanent artwork collection. The first show, ‘Plants in Print’, will showcase a collection of rare books that records the development of early colonial botany in South and Southeast Asia. Local artists such as Shubigi Rao and Weixin Chong have also been commissioned to offer creative responses to these books and produce a series of contemporary artworks.
Gallop House No. 5 (Atbara) is Singapore’s oldest surviving colonial era or black-and-white bungalow. Built in 1898, it now houses the Forest Discovery Centre @ OCBC Arboretum, which showcases Singapore’s forest ecosystems, and highlights the importance of conserving them. Through a series of interpretive and interactive displays, visitors can enjoy a bird's eye view of Singapore’s diverse forests, and learn about the Gardens’ historical role in conserving them. Highlights include a photographic installation of forest trees, family-friendly displays and videos featuring three distinctive forest habitats found in Singapore, and their unique flora and fauna.
The Forest Discovery Centre @ OCBC Arboretum will also host the Singapore Botanic Gardens’ Tropical Forest Ecology Research programme. This programme reprises a historical role for the Singapore Botanic Gardens, which dates back to the late 1800s. One of the Gardens’ early superintendents, Nathaniel Cantley, was tasked to survey the forests in the Straits Settlement in 1882. His report led to the demarcation of the first forest reserves in Singapore in 1884, in order to prevent the ecology and climate from further deteriorating.
Complementing the Forest Discovery Centre is the OCBC Arboretum, which is a first-of-its-kind high-tech arboretum in Southeast Asia. Opened in October 2019, the arboretum plays an important role in the Gardens’ conservation work, housing and displaying the Gardens’ growing collection of rare dipterocarps.
Be amongst the first in Singapore to discover Emma’s first-ever overseas outpost! Established in May 2018 in Japan, Emma is a soft serve and speciality tea shop. In just 10 months, their soaring popularity led the brand to open four more outlets in Japan. Every day, the outlets see snaking queues that last for hours.
Be sure to try out their Okinawa Brown Sugar Boba Japanese Soft Serve in Wafer Shell in Singapore!
The brand’s secret recipe for success is their insistence on using high-quality, authentic Japanese ingredients. To create their signature soft serve that is known for its richness and thick texture, Emma uses premium Japanese milk. The soft serve uses quality ingredients and is so firm that you can even hold the ice cream upside down and it will not fall out! Other ingredients Emma uses include Japanese Okinawa brown sugar, kuromitsu (Japanese brown sugar syrup) and Japanese kinako (soybean) powder. The charcoal cones are also specially imported from Japan. Visit the little take-out kiosk to savour their unique creations.
Renting is the new buying! Singapore's premier dress rental destination, Covetella, recently celebrated their 4th anniversary and also launched an even bigger & better showroom at APEX@Henderson to house their ever-growing collection of designer dresses and accessories for rent.
Well-known as one of the best places in Singapore to shop for formalwear, Covetella’s new showroom boasts 3,200 sqft of chic cocktail dresses and gorgeous evening gowns to help make all your Cinderella dreams come true.
“We wanted to create a secret dream closet, a special sanctuary where our clients could feel at home and get ready for events with their friends in a modern setting. We chose APEX because of the beautiful high ceilings and because it was large enough to allow us to host beauty and empowerment workshops. Covetella is not just a place to get a dress, it’s a place to become the best version of yourself.” – Founder Carol Chen
Founded in 2015, Covetella is Singapore’s premier dress rental destination, providing every woman with an infinite dream closet right at her fingertips. Covetella features a curated selection of designer dresses and accessories from all over the world, all of which can be enjoyed for a fraction of the price. Clients can go online to book a dress directly, or can make an appointment to receive a personalized styling session in the Covetella showroom. Covetella also provides a platform whereby women can rent out their own dresses, monetizing their wardrobes while maximizing closet space.
Covetella is a pioneer in sustainable fashion and provides the ultimate Cinderella experience for the modern woman. To learn more, visit www.Covetella.com.
Here is one for the gin lovers. beGIN at Boat Quay offers a range of over 50 gins from around the globe. They have paired their drinks with a seasonal menu of contemporary British Indian small plates. Head over to discover their bespoke drinks soon!
Tiger Sugar, a hugely popular milk tea from Taiwan has expanded to Singapore with 3 outlets which are established within a short time span of just 3 months. Their 3rd & newest outlet is located at the conveniently-located Paragon Shopping Centre.
Tiger Sugar is a hit among Instagram user and it is most well-known for its beverages' trademark "tiger stripes", which are formed when the dark brown sugar syrup portion blends with thick milk in the cup.
Tipo 00, also known as “doppio zero” or “granero tero” originates from Italy. It is a type of wheat flour which is smooth and almost silky to the touch.
Tipo Pasta Bar is about the celebration of artisanal produce – the pasta at Tipo are handcrafted using high quality ingredients and the re-imagination of how flavours can be combined and elevated using its surrounding elements. The permutations of pasta and flavours such as Dill & Lemon Fettucine and Saffron Fusilli are among many others that are made from scratch.
Servings are in two sizes, Regulare ($9.90) & Grande ($12.90), each with the option of a combination of shapes and flavours. The pastabilities are endless!
Located at Henderson Road, Covetella is creating a true omni-channel experience for their customers by transforming a 3,000-sqft industrial space into every girl’s dream closet. With hundreds of designer dresses and accessories available to rent online and in-store - from Gucci gowns to Chanel bags - you’ll never be left with nothing to wear again.
Having launched two years ago out of a small living room, Covetella now sheds its humble beginnings and embraces expansion with their brand new space.
Bigger than life, this new showroom gives customers the luxury of space to enjoy personalized styling sessions (think: the modern Cinderella experience) and gives Covetella’s wide range of dresses room to shine.
Covetella’s mission is to help all women look and feel beautiful. That’s why they’ve created the ultimate fashion rental destination, where you can experience hundreds of beautiful designer dresses and accessories for a fraction of the price, or share your own to make some extra cash.
Covetella also believes that finding the perfect dress should be an enjoyable experience, so they offer personalized styling services so you can look your best for any event.
Whitewoods Living has opened in the heart of the City.
Whitewoods collection is pure in essence and entices the senses. They are inspired by the palette of finishes from the nature as they believe it always withstand the test of time.
Our furniture uses European Oak and Black American Walnut from USA. Our wood has natural inherent qualities of splits and knots, making every piece unique. They are then finished with water-based stain and oiled, giving our furniture a natural feel.
For the first 43 years of its existence, the house of Givenchy was a monument to conservative good taste. Even so, right out of the box, innovation was also part of the equation. Hubert de Givenchy made a mark with his debut collection in 1952: It was based on separates, which a woman could mix and match and imprint with her own personal style, rather than wear slavishly as demonstrated by the designer and that was a novel concept for the time.
Riccardo Tisci, a young Italian with a Gothic sensibility, was appointed creative director since 2005.
Lupicia is Japan's most popular tea specialty store, known for great tasting, high quality teas from around the world.
They sell a range of over 100 carefully crafted and beautifully packaged teas for everyday drinking and gift giving. Be it black, green, oolong or herbal teas, their fresh approach to tea brings the modern individual on a delightful journey through seasons and around the world.
Stoned by Q (SBQ) is the first in-house jewellery brand created by home-grown multi-brand handbag and accessories store, Quintessential.
The brand offers a range of affordable jewellery that looks contemporary, spare and minimalist yet remains well-priced and beautifully presented. The main design component of each piece is a natural semi-precious stone/stones or quartz set against 18k gold-plated over brass. The extensive line includes necklaces, rings, bangles and earrings with new designs introduced every month.
All your favourite multi-coloured semi-precious stones are available: rose quartz, lemon topaz, citrine, green onyx, moonstone, turquoise, London blue topaz, malachite and black onyx.
The new store is the first in the world to offer cocktails, including the Vintage Caramel, a fusion of vodka, caramel liqueur and salted caramel ice-cream, or the Black Tie, a combination of whisky and Belgian chocolate ice-cream.
Since 1961 Haagen-Dazs has been synonymous with the finest, hand-selected ingredients and superior quality.
Look forward to many menu innovations to pair up with premium teas from luxury brand Tea Forte.