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.
Conceptualised by Singtel and Ericsson, 5G Garage will serve as a training centre, test bed and ideation lab to develop Singapore’s 5G ecosystem and drive the adoption of 5G by enterprises in their digital transformations.
According to the latest Ericsson Mobility Report, 5G is slated to be the fastest generation of cellular technology to be rolled out on a global scale. With ultra-fast connectivity speeds and low latency rates, 5G is set to transform industries such as transportation, logistics, healthcare and manufacturing, and enable a future of smart cities, autonomous vehicles and Artificial Intelligence.
The first-of-its-kind 5G collaboration between enterprise, industry and an institute of higher learning in Singapore, 5G Garage was officially launched at SP’s Engineering Show 2019.
5G Garage is the latest project in Singtel and Ericsson’s 5G Centre of Excellence programme which focuses on upgrading of employees’ skills, technology demonstrations, live field trials and collaborations with educational institutions. Last November, Singtel and Ericsson made Singapore’s first 5G data call over their 5G pilot network at one-north.
From the vibrant nightlife of Gemmill Lane comes a drinking hole, created for the sole purpose of giving everyone - and anyone - a place to quench parched throats with accessibly-priced drinks.
Welcome to Gemmills - a new all-day dining concept by the people behind Maggie Joan’s and Moosehead.
Inspired by its namesake John Gemmill - a successful auctioneer and banker in the 1840s. John donated the Gemmill Fountain, Singapore’s first public drinking fountain, and in doing so created a drinking place for all of Singapore’s inhabitants.
John’s vision to provide a readily available place to quench thirst lives on in Gemmills. Hidden in a back alley beside sister restaurant Maggie Joan’s, Gemmils is a comfortable and cosy bar, perfect to make yourself feel at home with a glass of wine in hand.
Open from 8am ‘til midnight, Monday to Saturday, Gemmills is a licensed bottle shop, offering a selection of sparkling, white and red wine from around the world along with craft beers, for either dine in or takeaway. Be spoilt by John’s Choice – a regular rotation of wine by the glass.
Apart from drinks, Gemmills aims to satiate ravishing stomachs with its daily rotations of sandwiches and tarts. It is a place to pop by, grab a coffee and breakfast or lunch, or a place to relax with drinks and snacks. By the open counter-top, find a curation of artisan cheeses, charcuterie and a range of small bites such as spiced nuts, marinated olives and duck rillettes.
Ippudo, well-recognised for their quality authentic Hakata ramen, will be marking their foray into yet another different concept and product - Japanese sake - bringing the best that Japan has to offer for Singapore to experience. Bar Ippudo, the first of its kind in Singapore under the Ippudo brand, will be launched mid-May at Shaw Centre next to their dining restaurant.
Serving as both retail and dine-in, Bar Ippudo serves as a one-stop store for sake connoisseurs and if you are interested in learning more about this piece of Japanese culture, as well as if you seek a cosy interior to unwind over a large variety of sake.
While the bar itself is not part of the dining restaurant’s interior, it is conveniently situated across the restaurant’s entrance, boasting a sleek and simple décor with a long communal high table, welcoming you to lounge at the table, both seating and standing. Bar Ippudo is partnered with over 20 sake breweries from all over Japan, showcasing each region’s specialty brew, totaling an impressive selection of over 70 sake choices which are featured in glass display for you to take your pick from.
Sake is traditionally paired with otsumami, where you can take sips in between bites. Bar Ippudo also promotes this tradition with a simple bar food menu of creations by their Japanese chef. A well-known favourite would be Oden, typically found on the streets of Japan with simmered ingredients such as white radish, konnyaku, boiled egg and others in clear soup, as well as items such as Miso Yaki and more.
Housed in a row of 17 two-storey conserved shophouses, the premise is furnished with well-appointed rooms and suites, complemented by thoughtful touches and impeccable service. The hotel is equipped with a total of 88 rooms and suites with six different categories on offer, all of which feature interiors of rich wood and intricately handpicked finishings and plush beds.
Nestled in the vibrant Bugis enclave, known for its colourful past and equally colourful present, you will find much charm in this heritage building. As a serene urban sanctuary, it exudes a sense of relaxed elegance and is an ideal retreat to unwind, recharge and explore in one of the city’s most sought-after and culturally-rich areas.
The hotel’s shophouse exterior draws inspiration from the rich heritage of South East Asia, providing the perfect foil for the hotel’s historic design. The interior consists of matching tones and blends rich, dark brown colour palettes together with warm lighting, contributing to the rustic feel of the hotel. The design is a subtle mix of the serious, fun and quirky. The overall feel is then completed with the contemporary design accentuated with tasteful and historic touches.
The lobby is furnished with textured wooden tables and ottomans, with, nature-inspired design featured in different areas and corners. Be enthralled as you enter the hotel and be greeted with quirky animal-shaped chairs (think Rooster and duck), framed-up seashells and photos of birds - pointing, it almost seems, to the building’s past life as a seafront property.
Steeped in the mantra of "Simplicity in Luxury" are Hotel Clover 33 Jalan Sultan’s unique Loft Suites (17 units). The 30 – 38 sqm loft suite boasts a private living area on the ground level and an indulgent bedroom with a pair of Siamese daybeds on the mezzanine level. These cleverly-designed loft suites are ideal for not just leisure but also corporate travellers, providing comfortable abodes with leisure-enabling convenience.
For the ultimate indulgence, prepare to be enchanted by the uniqueness and authenticity of Hotel Clover 33 Jalan Sultan’s Garden Suites (3 units). Each unit has a different South East Asian touch with different décor and ornaments to complement the overall feel. Of the three suites, each featuring an elegantly-appointed bedroom and a private garden, there are two Garden King Suites – one is Indonesian-inspired while the other takes on a Peranakan feel. The third Garden Suite, a Garden Lavish Suite, channels a beautiful Thai quality and boasts a built-in hydro bath.
As an urban sanctuary with a rhythm all its own, a great highlight of the hotel is 19 of its uniquely-designed Garden Rooms, featuring an airy patios decked with wood and lush vertical gardens. Enjoy relaxing under the sun at such patios in the comfort of your own rooms. Alternatively, hit the gymnasium for a morning workout or spend an hour or two at their cosy lounge on the ground floor if you are looking for a little space of your own.
The Rabbit Hole offers you a unique salad experience as they feel that many people have the misconception that salads or anything remotely healthy are boring and would taste awful. They envisioned a cosy café-styled diner appeal instead of the usual stern looking green and white outlooks which most salad bars portrays.
As quality is their top priority, all of their salad dressings are made from scratch freshly with no added preservatives, not store bought nor mass produced. They have over 40 toppings which are reviewed frequently to keep things interesting for you and they are constantly looking for new and unique items to feature on they salad bar. They also have a range of warm premiums/deli products such as premium striploin steak and chicken breast cooked Sous-vide style to retain moisture and seal in the flavors. This is opposed to serving cold and tough meats to top the salad off for those who requires more protein or meat offerings.
The Rabbit Hole always encourages you to craft your very own salads as creating your own meal not only allows you to tune the flavors to your liking but also the process, of making your very own product each time is a great experience for all.
But of course the fuss-free option is available for anyone who prefers. They offer several house salad options which are also constantly reviewed, again to keep things fresh. Their latest gourmet salad creation is the Apple Pie salad; an apple pie inspired salad packing all the savoury taste of an apple pie into a healthy and delicious bowl of salad!
For beverages they serve fresh cold pressed juice which compliments their salads really well and are packed full of nutrients and goodness. They also have specialty blend cold brewed teas which are teas brewed using cold water over prolong periods to squeeze out all the natural sweetness and flavour of the tea blends. Other than that they do offer Gryphon Hot teas as well as simple machine made coffee.
Other than salads and juices, enjoy waffles and ice cream for the mid-day tea break crowd as well as those who cannot finish off their meals without dessert.
Oriole Coffee + Bar has reopened after a 2 month revamp.
Honest Coffee, comforting global eats, fresh cocktails, warm cosy seats. They roast their own specialty grade coffees and have passionate baristas brew them for you...one cup at a time..
Their new logo is a fresh interpretation of what Oriole Coffee stands for. From the coffee tamper in the wings to the nest in the O and three orange circles that highlight food for the mouth, coffee from the tamper and fellowship with friends and family from the nest.
#01-01 Pan Pacific Serviced Suites Orchard, 96 Somerset Road