The 1st major property launch in the East for 2017; Grandeur Park Residences is a luxurious development with superb connectivity, right next to Tanah Merah MRT station. Set amidst an exclusive private residential enclave, Grandeur Park Residences comprises 720 units of 1- to 5- bedroom apartments with delightful facilities that suit the lifestyle needs across all generations.
Major shopping malls such as Bedok Mall, Bedok Point and Changi City Point are just 1 MRT stop away. Other recreation facilities like the Heartbeat @ Bedok, Changi Airport’s Project Jewel, Laguna National Golf & Country Club and East Coast Park are a breeze away from Grandeur Park Residences. For the gastronomists, the neighbourhood is also home to famous eateries, hawker centres and hip cafes.
Acai Bowls are the latest craze for any health guru or trend master. Get your fix from the newly-opened An Acai Affair.
Acai is an indigenous berry commonly found in the rain forests of the Amazon. This antioxidant-rich fruit has been heralded for centuries as a healing, immune-stimulating, energy-boosting fruit. At An Acai Affair, you can choose from Acai Fruit Bowl, Acai Chia Parfait, Acai Youghurt Bowl, Tropical Coconut Bowl or one of their many smoothie blends.
Pistachios are called “the smiling nut” in Iran and “the happy nut” in China. People in the Middle East sometimes refer to the pistachio as the “smiling pistachio.” In these countries, if you hear the shells snapping open while sitting under a pistachio tree, it is a sign of good luck.
At Pistachio, they make their food from scratch and serve it fresh. They offer popular classic dishes with a contemporary twist for lunch and dinner.
As a firm believer that good health begins with a healthy diet, he combines decades of international culinary experience with his knowledge in Ayurveda and Glycemic Index to serve you food with nutritional richness and exquisite flavour. No trans fats or artificial ingredients will be used in their cooking.
Like the pistachio nut that is full of nutritional goodness, they hope their food will bring you happiness and wellness.
The Glades located in the junction of New Upper Changi Road and Bedok Road, next to Stratford Court. The Glades‘s total site area of approximately 31,881.6 square metres will comprises of an estimation of 726 residential units upon completion. The unit configuration available will be ranging from 1 to 4 bedroom units and penthouses. The sizes for these residential units are between 453 square feet for a 1 bedroom unit up to 2595 square feet for a penthouse unit.
Sheltered walkway direct from The Glades to Tanah Merah Train Station which operates on the East West Line. It is about 4 train stations away from Paya lebar Interchange where transit to the Circle Line is possible. This makes it easy for The Glades’ future residents to commute at ease to various parts of the island. For its future residents whom drive, The Glades is approximately 13 minutes’ drive away from the Shenton Way and 14 minutes’ drive away from the Orchard Shopping Belt. The Glades is also well connected to major roads such as New Upper Changi Road, Bedok Road and Xilin Avenue and also Expressway such as the ECP and PIE making driving to downtown Singapore or parts of the island a breeze.
Established premises such as Changi Business Park, and Singapore EXPO Convention & Exhibition Centre will provide solutions for your business needs. Your child can benefit from a range of reputable, neighbouring schools that offer quality learning experiences. It is surrounded by education institutes such as Anglican High School, Temasek Junior College and the up and coming SUTD (Singapore University of Technology and Design).
Tok Panjang, where classic Nonya dishes are cooked and served by Bob and his Peranakan family from Katong.
Growing up in Joo Chiat in pre-independent Singapore, Bob had a big Peranakan family and was surrounded by the aromas of Nonya cooking. In 1985, he established Peranakan Inn Restaurant in Katong – a pioneer in the Peranakan food scene then!
Over the years, Bob’s passion in Peranakan cooking resulted in the establishment of several restaurants including House of Peranakan Cuisine at Frankel Avenue, House of Peranakan Petit at Tiong Bahru, and now they are proud to present their new café concept, Tok Panjang.
Tok Panjang - a Baba Malay term meaning long table of food, is a frequent sight in their Peranakan household during special occasions. Savour their family’s interpretation of classic Nonya delicacies laboriously prepared with choicest ingredients and love.
Huang Ting embraces the philosophy of preparing extraordinary dishes from the bottom of their hearts and sharing this joy with loved ones.
You can indulge in the authentic Cantonese cuisine with a contemporary spin at Huang Ting. Elevate your gastronomical experience with the exciting menu that presents a fresh and energetic twist. Refresh yourself with assortment of cocktails and mocktails unique to Huang Ting, shaken and stirred by their very own mixologist extraordinaire.
At the helm of their kitchen is Chef Johnny Choi, meticulously serving customers with his 16 years of distinguished and illustrious culinary experience, gained from many renowned restaurants including Orchard Hotel’s celebrated Cantonese restaurant, Hua Ting. Chef Johnny and his team of highly accomplished chefs will constantly innovate and create a scrumptious experience for everyone's timeless dining pleasure.
Dusk by Slake has planned its menu to be fast to prepare, amazingly tasty and extremely satisfying. Quality ingredients are jazzed up with bold homemade elements like rendang oil and homemade flavoured salts to deliver bursts of flavour, delivering a party of flavours in your mouth.
Dusk provides a straight forward menu where you choose one or more of your favourite, perfectly cooked, proteins and pair them with delectable sides. If you’re looking for snacks to go with your booze, think innovative items such as Pork Rendang Nachos and Hot & Spicy Fried Oxtail (think chicken wings but BEEF!), the outlet also has their house made desserts and ice creams available, such as their classic Sticky Date Pudding with Bacon Caramel Ice Cream! Dusk captures Slake’s quintessential Southeast Asian palette of flavours in a fuss free, high quality format.
Dusk also provides takeaway and delivery options for Slake’s range of homemade soups, spreads, sauces, flavoured salts and ice creams – for all those in the immediate vicinity who wish to enjoy their offerings right where they are, with just a few simple clicks of a button.
Diggersite is one-of-a-kind amusement centre which provides adults and children with realistic experience in operating smaller scale construction machinery.
Fun for all ages, the recreational and educational digger rides will also help children develop skills such as hand-eye coordination, which is the basic for writing, crafts, and other fine motor activities.
Children putting on construction hats looking like real construction workers, building small block and manipulating a digger, an opportunity for them to assert themselves and be responsible by experiencing the challenges of life.
With a footprint of 3.5 square metre, the premium token operated Diggers work like a real excavator with its hydraulically controlled arms. It is a "grown up digger" for all ages.
There are one indoor station -play area with cluster of colourful plastic balls and two outdoor stations- play areas with plastic bottles and bricks at enclosed sandpit. All stations and digger rides are suitable for adults and children. Perfect for a family day out.
The East Bureau, an industrial chic rooftop restaurant and bar hidden in the new rooftop garden at Marina Square with a view of the Esplanade and the Bay; is helmed by the team behind the Supply & Demand restaurants at Esplanade Mall and Orchard Gateway as well as Equilibrium at Capitol Piazza.
Inspired by his childhood days running around in his grandparents’ kopitiam and his travels around Southeast Asia, Chef Samdy Kan after doing a decade of Italian cuisine goes back to his roots. A new place to hangout after work with their all day $5 nett Okinawan Orion draft beer and wide selection of creative Pan-Asian dishes. The dishes originate in Asia and are given a modern twist, this time it is East meets East, instead of the typically dull East West fusion.
Kick back after work with cocktails such as the 1932 Revolution, a mellow coffee cocktail made with Plymouth Gin, Mozart Dark Chocolate Liqueur, Lillet Blanc And Thai Coffee Syrup; or The Kebun, a Balinese inspired woody yet floral conoction of Angostura Rum, Cinnamon Syrup, Jasmine Tea Syrup, Fresh Lime And Floral Bitters.
toTTful cafe has recently opened on East Coast Road, and comes with a social cause!
toTTful cafe has a common goal, that is to help teenagers, young adults and their families to aid their monthly families needs by offering them a job and also maximazing their individual potential and creativity in their cafe.
In addition, boosting confidence in themselves and giving experience in the food & beverage industry to allow them to be a more responsible person and for them to attain future opportunities.
With a solid 30 years in the F&B industry, Joyden Concepts welcomes its third eatery and largest outlet to date, Joyden Treasures at Leisure Park Kallang.
The owners of Joyden Treasures have poured their heart into researching past culinary delicacies, cooking methods and stories to work with their chefs to bring customers a comprehensive selection of seafood and meat dishes that have long been forgotten or were too complex to replicate. They have also included a selection of their own family recipes, refining them for customers to enjoy.
The spacious 7,000 sq ft restaurant is the largest Joyden Concepts outlet to date, featuring six VIP rooms that can easily accommodate ten guests each and the main dining area has a comfortable seating capacity of 210. The airy and bright space utilises natural elements like light pine wood as well as stone and terrazzo floorings, while the textured glass panels and mosaic add a hint of nostalgia from homes from a not-so-distant past. The large picture windows also afford a lot of natural sunlight to stream through making it perfect for lazy family lunches
Stepping into Ninethirty by awfullychocolate in East Coast Road is like visiting a long lost friend at his/her home. An immediate sense of comfort welcomes you, and your senses will be drawn to the aromatic smells wafting from the kitchen.
Ninethirty also doubles up as the flagship Awfully Chocolate store, and it is the only concept of its kind in Singapore.
It is a casual bistro that is suitable for a night out with a group of friends, or a date with your partner. It is nothing too fancy, just a simple and unpretentious space that serves a reasonably-priced menu of comforting Western food with Asian touches, chocolate cocktails as well as the most amazing chocolate desserts.
Alt. which has a branch at Suntec City, has opened its second at East Coast.
Alt. – short for ‘Alternative’ – is a contemporary pizza bar offering artisanal pizzas starting at $8. Offering a range ofdelicious 11-inch pizzas, starters, craft beers and wines, Alt. encourages guests to fully customize their pizzas with a wide selection of delectable cheeses, homemade sauces, gourmet meats and seafood, as well as fresh veggies and herbs.
With an open concept setting, Alt. provides a casual yet active environment and has a variety of indoor and outdoor seating options, including prized bar seats for guests to watch the chefs at work. The comprehensive drinks list is anchored by a range of Californian craft beers by Lost Coast and Modern Times, and boasts of 10 different wines that are all available by the glass or bottle.
Nestled in Singapore's most popular beach at East Coast Park, Sunrise Bistro & Bar offers diners a quaint place to chill with its repertoire of cuisine, an extensive wine list and a good mix of small bites and sweets.
Helmed by its co-founder and chef with an impressive 22-year culinary experience, Mr Vincent Teng is affectionately known for his specialised skills in Sous Vide cooking, casual French fare cooked with a contemporary twist and a fine blend of creativity peppered with Asian flavors.
If you are in search of hearty casual French fare and extremely well-priced wines, mark Sunrise Bistro & Bar down on your TO-VISIT list.
This revolutionary technology has been perfected over the years to ferment, chill and carbonate into ready to drink beers within a short process cycle. Food menus served alongside will be ready to eat items and varieties of seafood that will tantalise the taste buds of any foodies. The menu served will be fresh, healthy and convenient fusion style menu that will satisfy any palates.
Full pint will create the unique and memorable experience with the rustic natural theme surroundings with a tinge of fun performance, live entertainment and sporty action by showcasing spectator sports program on wide screens abundant through the bar area.
The drink and dine bar will boast the latest green technology and design. Full Pint is conceptualized and designed for all public or corporate events, members and visitors alike for get-together to hold functions, indoors or outdoors.
They have areas that can cater to all events within the facility which is much endowed with the rich culture and tradition of the ambience and aura, a rare and exotic premium location in Singapore or elsewhere worldwide.
Desker Road, once Singapore’s oldest and notorious red-light district, is now home to old-time shopkeepers, adventurous backpackers, migrant workers, small modern offices and a myriad of back alleys.
A key inspiration to Creatures’ debut at Desker Road is to be an atmospheric dining enclave in the heart of this culturally rich conservation area. Desker Road, with its whiff of old-world charm, beckons one home.
For over 20 years, the owners of Creatures reinterpreted favourites, jazzing them up with an Asian flair. When they moved into their new home, they combined their love for cooking and tasteful interiors, and began inviting families and friends for intimate home dining experiences.
With a passion for bringing out flavours through natural ingredients and experimenting with texture, the owners amassed a menu of their own creations after decades of thoughtful cooking. CREATURES brings that cosy home dining experience to all, with an aim to make the café a habitat of creature comforts.
Savour comfort on a plate at CREATURES, a modern-day café set in the culturally rich conservation area of Desker Road. Our hearty east-meets-west nosh comes with a twist – and without the MSG. We dish up irresistibly soothing comfort food with an Asian flair while staying true to the origins of the dish – all to make you feel both at home and in Eden.
Wakufen has opened a takeaway kiosk at Asia Square.
The utilize modern cooking techniques coupled with flavourful combinations of herbs, spices and quality ingredients in order to provide you with a healthy yet undeniably delicious experience. Customize your meal by selecting your protein, vegetables, complex carbohydrate and add-ons.
Their perfectly cooked meats are their pride and joy and provide for some of the juiciest chicken breasts, smoothest, silkiest salmon fillets and most tender steaks you’ll ever find.
They achieve this perfection through Sous-vide (Su-vee) cooking all their proteins. And while Sous-vide cooked food is usually only found in high end gourmet restaurants, they provide it at affordable prices and fast service. Sous-vide (French for “under vacuum”) is a method of cooking food sealed in heat safe vacuumed packs in a temperature-controlled water bath.
Plank Sourdough Pizza is master-minded by Global Baker Dean Brettschneider, and the same team that developed and operates the successful Baker & Cook chain of artisan bakeries and foodstores.
Their pizza base is made with the same long fermentation process as the famous sourdough bread that they make at Baker & Cook.
They use a combination of flours and slowly ferment it for up to 18 hours at 8°C using only their natural wild yeast (levain), salt, water & extra virgin olive oil.
After pressing out the traditional way they carefully top them with their selected quality ingredients, they blast them at 380°C - 400°C until the crust is super pillowy soft with a touch of crispness.
Katong Square will open end 2015 with 600 hotel rooms, 300 carpark lots and more than 20 food and beverage concepts in the heart of Katong.
Spread out over two storeys, there will be more than 20 food and beverage outlets, as well as food-themed businesses, which could include a gourmet grocer or cooking accessories store. It is still in construction phase, though plans for the mall's concept were released today. The mall is next to Marine Parade MRT station, which is slated to open in 2023.
Diageo Global Travel together with DFS Group have launched the Johnnie Walker House retail showcase within DFS Group’s new wines and spirits flagship store in the central atrium of the departures concourse at Singapore Changi Airport, Terminal 3.
The establishment of Johnnie Walker House Singapore marks the seventh addition to the expanding international network of whisky embassies. This follows the success of existing flagships in Shanghai, Beijing, Seoul and Chengdu, as well as travel retail theatres in the airports of Taipei and Mumbai. The milestone also celebrates the first Johnnie Walker House in Singapore and Southeast Asia.
The design of Johnnie Walker House Singapore is inspired by the combination of two elements. The first draws from the rich, progressive travel heritage of epic ocean voyages that took Johnnie Walker from the four corners of Scotland to the four corners of the world, making it the world’s first global brand. The second is the evergreen custom in luxury retail of using trunk shows to provide tailored, exclusive experiences to valued clients.
When travellers step into Johnnie Walker House Singapore, they are transported into a retail theatre of a larger-than-life luxury steamer trunk. Designed and built by award-winning Singapore-based design agency Asylum, the highly tactile environment of leather, copper, marble, bronze, wood and steel finishing, brings to life the history, provenance and pioneering spirit of Johnnie Walker.
To commemorate the inauguration of the Johnnie Walker House Singapore, a limited edition of the Johnnie Walker Blue Label will be exclusively available at Singapore Changi Airport. The ivory-coloured ceramic bottle puduced by Wade features the landscape of Scotland and the skyline of Singapore in the brand’s hallmark Willow design. The collectible was illustrated by Dawn Ng and pictorially depicts the historic journey of Johnnie Walker from Scotland to Singapore – from the time John Walker & Sons was established in 1820, in Kilmarnock, to 1885, when the Johnnie Walker whiskies had made their way to Singapore as one of the world’s first modern luxury icons.
Embodying IHC’s vision, the four-storey IHC building is an iconic, unique and sustainable building that blends both traditional Indian as well as modern architectural elements. The architectural design for the facade of IHC is inspired by the “Baoli” (or Indian stepwell), and seeks to create an urban forum for the celebration and appreciation of Indian culture.
The diversity and multi-faceted nature of Indian culture is also captured in the use of a translucent shimmering façade to create an impression of IHC as a “shining jewel” in the day, and the transformation of the IHC into a “glowing lantern” of the Indian community with the lighting of the colourful façade mural at night.
The IHC adopted an inclusive curatorial approach under the guidance of the IHC Concept and Content Sub-committee; and defines Indian in the pre-modern context of the subcontinent. Thematic permanent displays and/or special exhibits as well as programmes at the IHC will showcase various communities from the subcontinent with ‘lived histories’ in Singapore. In addition, memories and accounts of the community have also been captured.
The IHC’s permanent gallery storyline revolves around five themes arranged chronologically to span the time period 1st century CE to the 21st century. The themes present, through artefact and interactive displays, the long history of interactions between South and Southeast Asia as well as the experiences of South Asians in Southeast Asia (especially Malaya); Singapore in particular. They narrate the history of the migrant community and their contributions to Singapore.
Champagne and wine connoisseurs can look forward to Time & Flow Champagne, a premium organic champagne and wine salon and academy, where you can discover a plethora of distinctive flavours of exclusive wines and champagnes offered.
Time & Flow Champagne will also conduct workshops on wine and champagne at their academy, in partnership with Sarment Group. Renowned for its team of world-class sommeliers, you can learn about the intricate subtleties of wine and its rich history from Mr Julien Drevon, Head Sommelier South East Asia of Sarment Group.
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.
Prominently sited at the entrance of Hendon Road and in close proximity to Changi Airport and Changi City Point Shopping Mall, Raintr33 Hotel offers a vantage view of the surrounding locale, dotted with old-styled colonial bungalows and lush greenery. Comprising of two majestic colonial buildings and spread over 9,665 square metres of landscape, Raintr33 Hotel is an iconic 50-room hotel, dressed and designed to enchant you with a nature getaway during your stay with us.
Step into their guest rooms and be pleasantly enchanted by space and lush comforts. Pamper yourself under a rain shower within the confines of your own attached private balcony. Enjoy being one with nature.
Wine and dine in Queen’s Garden, and indulge your culinary senses with western-style cuisine fused with an elegant touch of Japanese flavour or chill out at CEDRO, an edgy retro themed cocktail Bar&Bistro while enjoying the cool comforts of unwinding alfresco.
Beyond all, their warm and friendly Hotel Service Ambassadors are always around just when you need them. Chat with them and you’ll feel their passion for nature, colonial beauty and rustic charm.
Whether it is for business meetings, weddings, product launches, seminars or special events, they provide all-rounded logistics and F&B support catered to your every need at their unique outdoor function area, set on elevated ground amongst lush natural greenery and spanning 176 sqm of roofed space with ample 4 m ceiling access.
The Seawind is an exciting freehold development in a quiet residential enclave of the popular East Coast. Designed to suit a variety of different lifestyles, this 222-unit development consists of condominium units, SOHO-concept residences and townhouses.
Sited on a prime location, traveling to other parts of the island via PIE and ECP is a breeze. A 10 to 15 minutes’ drive take you to Marina Bay New Downtown and the Central Business District. Changi Airport and Changi Business Park. This area is also well-known for its wide array of dining and entertainment options with Parkway Parade - the icon of Katong area, just round the corner. Reputable schools in the vicinity include Tao Nan School, CHIJ Katong Primary School, Victoria Junior College and Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD).
The Gentle Art Academy, the first Asia affiliate school to the eight time Brazilian Jiu Jitsu World Champions Guilhermes and Rafael Mendes (Mendes Bros), has officially begun its first intake for its BJJ kids program.
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu was developed over 100 years ago and emphasizes bringing combat to the ground where a larger person's size and strength advantage is neutralized. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is recognized as being one of the world's proven most effective martial arts and was responsible for launching modern day Mixed-Martial Arts competitions such as the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and One Fighting Championship (OneFC).
The Gentle Art Academy's syllabus was developed by brothers Guilherme and Rafael Mendes (8x World Champions) who are based in California, USA. The main US academy has developed many junior world champions and our US kids team clinched the 2013 and 2014 team world championships, making this the Best kids program in the world!
The Gentle Art Academy is housed at an East Coast Road shophouse with 3,000 square feet of floor space with plenty of padded areas for children to learn in a safe fun environment.
Classes for kids at The Gentle Art are spilt according to age. Little ones in the Babybolos (3-5yo) will be encouraged to develop and practice their physical skills through play. They will also get to nurture key social and emotional skills while engaging in activities that require cooperation, self-awareness, and communication with peers. Older kids in the Lil’ Champion class (5-8yo) will have a chance to build up their stamina and endurance while developing fine and gross motor skills, spatial awareness, coordination, balance, agility, flexibility and sport preparation. Those in the Teen Warriors class (8- 12yo) will focus on the precision and the detailed execution of the techniques while building their core stamina and strength.
The academy has even launched yoga classes for parents during selected kids classes so that parents can get a good stretch and a workout while waiting for their kids to finish their lessons. More adventurous parents can even join the academy’s adult BJJ classes on the weekend to pick up some practical combat skill for themselves during the hour of the kids class.
After running Singapore’s renowned Expat Auctions for several years, where they handle an eclectic array of furniture and decorative pieces from all over the world on behalf of relocating and redecorating clients, Rob and Jo saw a gap in the market for stylish and quality international homewares and decorator items at a reasonable price. And so Singapore Trading Post was born.
The store name, Singapore Trading Post pays homage to this country’s establishment as a vital trading post for the East India Trading Company in 1819. And they continue this tradition by sourcing carefully selected pieces from old East India Trading Company areas including Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh as well as Indonesia, Vietnam and Myanmar. Their collection reflects this significant colonial era and is perfect for sourcing distinctive items that will add unique character to your space.
Coming to you soon in 2015, the National Gallery Singapore is a brand new visual arts institution building upon a sound foundation of scholarship and experience. Over time, they hope to strengthen Singapore’s role as a regional and international hub for visual arts. They will do this through the display, promotion, research and study of Southeast Asian and Singapore art, while hosting international art exhibitions.
Their future home likewise pair rich history with exciting modernity. Right in the heart of the Civic District, two monumental buildings—the City Hall and the former Supreme Court—will be refurbished and reborn as the National Gallery Singapore. At 64,000 square metres, it will not only be the largest visual arts venue in Singapore but also one of the largest in the region when the Gallery officially opens.
The National Gallery will focus on displaying Southeast Asian art, including Singapore art, from the 19th century to present day. Through a comprehensive collection, the Gallery will present the development of Singapore and regional cultures, so as to tell the story of their social, economic and political histories.
While the body of works at the National Gallery falls largely within the area of modern art, the Gallery strives towards understanding the collection in new and varied ways – taking on a contemporary approach and interpretation of the development of Southeast Asian art. The Gallery will look beyond national and regional boundaries of art, and take on a wider ambit of international visual arts culture, research into our Asian heritage and cultural affiliations, and engage with global cultures and discourses.