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.
Teahouse 1973 began with a simple idea of wanting to create a modern version of traditional home recipes of the unique culinary flavours of Penang, Malaysia.
At Teahouse 1973, food lovers will get to enjoy the best of Malaysian culture and cuisine, whether it is through a plate of Nasi Lemak, their signature Asam Fish, or any one of their handmade pastries on their dessert menu.
Their delicately crafted dishes are cooked according to traditional recipes handed down through the ages, guaranteed to delivery sumptuous bursts of flavour and colour. Check out their menus here.
See wealth from a new perspective. Located in Singapore’s Central District, Citi has opened its largest wealth advisory hub globally, dedicated to Citigold and Citigold Private Clients. Citi Wealth Hub at Orchard Road delivers unprecedented innovation to the high net-worth banking experience. Citi Wealth Hub incorporates a thoughtful biophilic design that inspires conversations as Citi clients engage with their dedicated Relationship Manager and also a team of Product Specialists in one collective locale.
Citi Wealth Hub has a lush thriving indoor conservatory to host bespoke lifestyle events, investment workshops and more for its clients. It occupies an area of 30,000 sqft across four floors and has over 30 client advisory rooms, as well as flexible office and event spaces.
Previously known as Yen San Building, Citi Singapore had a branch on the very same premise at 268 Orchard Road from 1988 to 2005.
The new wealth hub is a key part of Citibank Singapore’s multi-year growth plan and evolving retail strategy, where Citi continues to serve customers’ simple transactional needs digitally together with a wealth advisory hub for deeper wealth conversations. Currently, nearly 90% of the bank’s retail banking customers are using digital platforms for their daily banking needs, while fewer than 1% of transactions occur in Citi branches.
Taking the necessary safe distancing measures and the “new normal” into account, an anti- microbial coating will be applied on all high-touch surfaces and safe distancing of at least 2 meters will be enforced. All rooms will also be disinfected after each use, and plexi guard shields will be installed throughout the wealth hub.
Valentino’s new flagship boutique at ION Orchard continues the innovative store concept developed by the Valentino Creative Direction – spacious and modern, the space creates an aesthetic that resonates with audiences today. The boutique carries all womenswear and menswear product categories from ready-to-wear to accessories and fragrances.
CapitaLand’s wholly owned lodging business unit, The Ascott Limited (Ascott), has opened lyf Funan, the largest coliving property in Southeast Asia. It is also the world’s first property under Ascott’s new ‘lyf’ coliving brand that is managed by millennials for the millennials and millennial-minded. lyf Funan is the first of Ascott’s record-breaking property openings in Singapore this year.
Located in the heart of Singapore’s Civic & Cultural District, lyf Funan is at the epicentre of the city-state’s buzzing retail, commercial, social and cultural belt. Spanning about 121,000 sq ft in gross floor area, lyf Funan houses 412 rooms across 279 apartments. The nine-storey coliving property will have easy access, via a sheltered underground walkway, to the City Hall Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) interchange that is well-connected to the rest of the city.
lyf Funan is an integral part of CapitaLand’s Funan integrated development, which also comprises two office blocks and a mall offering cutting-edge retail concepts, co-working spaces, urban farm, theatre, cinema, artisan shops, craft workshops, gymnasium, rock climbing, and futsal facility. Guests of lyf Funan can enjoy convenience with the plethora of recreational, retail, dining and commercial options right at their doorstep at Funan as well as surrounding landmarks such as CapitaLand’s iconic integrated development Raffles City Singapore and the National Gallery Singapore. Catering to both short and long stays, lyf Funan is ideal for leisure and business travellers, expatriates, global assignees as well as digital nomads.
lyf Funan will offer instagrammable ‘Connect’ social zones such as co-working spaces and an arena for activities such as hackathons, innovation talks, music jamming sessions, cooking sessions, or workshops with artisans. At its ‘Bond’ social kitchen, guests can prepare home-cooked meals, take cooking classes and socialise while learning more about global cuisines from other residents. Residents can work out and have fun with quirky design and interactive elements such as a giant ball pit, a giant-sized Connect Four set and the ‘Burn’ social gymnasium with a human-sized hamster wheel, evoking lyf’s unique and fun brand personality. They can hang out at the ‘Wash & Hang’ laundromat and strike up new conversations while waiting for their laundry to be done.
A huge focus is placed on facilitating community bonding and enhancing personal and professional growth at lyf Funan. It will conduct weekly social programmes to build connections and inspire the exchange of new ideas, providing guests with the opportunity to co-organise and cocreate community programmes or take part in TED talks, craft workshops and hackathons.
lyf Funan will be managed by lyf Guards – millennials who may be community managers, city and food guides, bar keepers, event organisers, and problem solvers all rolled into one.
Catering to the digital natives, lyf Funan Singapore provides a digital experience through its lyf app, allowing easy booking, payment and seamless access throughout the property with just a tap or swipe. As one of the pioneer hospitality apps allowing multiple destination bookings in a single transaction, the lyf app also enables communications with the lyf Guards. Guests will get to enjoy discounts at various shops at Funan by showing their mobile key.
lyf Funan offers five interchangeable apartment types ranging from 18 sqm to 105 sqm to accommodate single, dual or group bookings, with room rates beginning at S$150++. They include One of a Kind (18 sqm), a studio unit with an ensuite bathroom for individuals and couples who enjoy their own space; Two of a Kind (43 sqm), featuring two private rooms with a shared kitchenette; lyf Style (18 sqm), a gaming-themed studio unit equipped with a PlayStation console, ensuite bathroom and a pull-down sofa bed, and also the Up & Down apartments (18 sqm) which come with bunk beds. The All Together apartments (41 sqm to 105 sqm), which are ideal for groups of up to nine, are business suites featuring two to six rooms with a shared kitchen, a Samsung Flip interactive smart screen to facilitate discussions, as well as a large table that doubles up as a workspace and dining area.
The demand for coliving is driven by the growing sharing economy, as buzzing startup ecosystems in vibrant cities give rise to a popular culture of living and cocreating as a community among the millennials. lyf Funan Singapore will stand to benefit from Singapore being one of the top startup ecosystems globally and the second-best Asia Pacific destination for bleisure travel.
Land Transport Authority (LTA) has announced the full opening details of Lornie Highway. The northbound Lornie Highway towards MacRitchie Viaduct, Adam Underpass and the remaining bound of Sime Underpass will open at 3am on 19 April 2019.
The Adam Underpass will allow motorists from PIE (Tuas) heading towards PIE (Changi) to have a seamless connection onto Lornie Highway (northbound) towards MacRitchie Viaduct, while the remaining bound of Sime Underpass will bring traffic from Kheam Hock Road towards Lornie Road (northbound).
This follows the opening of one bound of the Sime Underpass, connecting motorists from Lornie Road (southbound) to Lornie Highway (southbound) and Kheam Hock Road, on 24 March 2019.
Together with the southbound Lornie Highway that was opened in October 2018, the new Lornie Highway and underpasses will improve traffic flow along Lornie Road and the PIE, and cater to expected growth in future traffic demand.
For more information on changes to roads and bus routes, refer to their traffic advisory here.
Elevated above road level to heighten its exclusivity, Kent Ridge Hill Residences by Oxley Holdings Limited is designed to be one with its natural surroundings. Comprising luxury residences and townhouses, revel in the choice of unit types for every lifestyle need.
Inspired by the sense of space that nature brings, first-storey residences will have tall high ceilings, while top-storey residences enjoy more generous living and dining spaces.
A unique forested hill in a park. A sanctuary for flora and fauna. A leisure destination for nature lovers, thrill seekers, fitness enthusiasts, and more. While others travel from afar to enjoy Kent Ridge Park, residents of Kent Ridge Hill Residences enjoy the privilege of an exclusive residents-only access to it.
The southbound section of the Lornie Highway has been completed and is now open to traffic. This section of Lornie Highway is parallel to Lornie Road and facilitates traffic flow from the existing Thomson Road/Lornie Road towards the Pan Island Expressway (PIE)/Adam Road/Farrer Road.
A new vehicular underpass constructed near the entrance of the highway will allow motorists to access the residential area along Lornie Road, while a temporary road connection near Sime Road has been constructed to connect traffic from the existing southbound Lornie Road to southbound Lornie Highway.
With the opening of southbound Lornie Highway, motorists heading towards PIE, Adam Road and Farrer Road are advised to use the new Lornie Highway to reach their destinations.
For more information on changes to roads and bus routes, refer to LTA's traffic advisory here.
Check out the short videos below to help you navigate around the new roads better:
The result of a unique collaboration with award-winning bar developers, Proof & Company, MO BAR is located on the hotel’s fourth floor with floor-to-ceiling views of Marina Bay.
Blueplate Studios by Wilson Associates has overseen the design, which has been inspired by the Pacific Ocean. The sophisticated décor incorporates travel artefacts, hand-carved wooden sculptures, etched metal panels and hand-woven tapestries. A distinctive bar counter takes centre stage and offers guests a front row seat from which to view the skilled mixology team in action.
The drinks menu has been created by Bar Manager Michele Mariotti, who has worked at many of Europe’s most esteemed bars. There are 14 cocktails available including ‘Coconut Beaches of Fiji’ with pisco, lychee cordial and carbonated coconut cream and ‘Mother of Dragons’ with strawberry aloe vera, red dragon fruit juice and cachaça. The list also includes mocktails, beers and wines, and a one-of-a-kind MO BAR Pilsner, developed in collaboration with local craft brewery, Archipelago.
Gourmet light bite highlights comprise ‘Indo-China Prawns with Masala Mayo’, ‘Singdog with Achar’ and the exquisite ‘Avocado’ dessert filled with avocado mousse and Gula Melaka ice cream. The hotel’s popular afternoon tea is also served daily, featuring artisan pastries and a myriad of accompanying local delights, with the personalised service for which Mandarin Oriental is renowned.
The WYLD Shop is a Fashion + Lifestyle boutique on the East Coast of Singapore. You'll find a colourful and affordable mix of Australian High Street Style infused with Malaysian & local Singaporean brands plus a sweet hint of Dutch Home-wares and Furniture.
As with many great stories, it all started with a party.
Native Aussie Kara Bensley-Austin wanted to introduce more Singaporeans to Australian High Street chic: a laid back, sun-drenched aesthetic driven by the cosmopolitan heartbeat of Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. She threw a party and a pop-up store for Singapore’s fashion forward--and was stunned by the response. As her style pieces flew off the shelves, it became clear people wanted more. And thus, theWYLDshop.com was born. And now they have their newly-opened showroom, The WYLD Shop at 412 Joo Chiat Road. Read more about the labels which they carry here.
Eunoia Junior College will move into its permanent Bishan site at the end of 2019, ready for the commencement of the school term in 2020. The Bishan campus is situated at the junction of Sin Ming Avenue and Marymount Road, overlooking Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park and both Bishan and Ang Mo Kio estates.
Eunoia Junior College will be the first high-rise junior college in Singapore, with two academic blocks 10 and 12 storeys high respectively. A library with splendid panoramic view towards Bishan Park sits at the top two floors of the 10-storey block, allowing all to be inspired by the green serenity of Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park. A 900-seater theatre will be equipped for performances, seminars and cohort-based lectures, on top of a range of seminar rooms, learning rooms, science laboratories and other special programme rooms.
The college will also be the first school in Singapore with an elevated track and field stadium as part of its infrastructure. A full 8-lane track, field, space for sports and games, and a viewing gallery will be located at the top of the structure adjacent to Marymount Road. The field shelters various student interaction areas from the sun and rain, including music rooms, CCA rooms, a dance studio, a multi-purpose hall, a 900 pax auditorium and various arcades for mass activities.
Immerse in a poetic rhapsody of Asian flavours at Renku Bar & Lounge of Marina Bay Sands in a lush, earthy and modern space inspired by the intersection of geometry and nature. It is open 24 hours daily.
Savour carefully curated light bites that are almost too exquisite to devour. Let their Tea Master create a bespoke blend of artisan tea for your enjoyment, or unwind over their signature draft beer and apothecary cocktails handcrafted by expert mixologists.
Singapore and Malaysia have signed the legally binding bilateral agreement that paves the way for the implementation of the Singapore-Kuala Lumpur High-Speed Rail (HSR) project last month. This mega rail link project will cut travel time between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur to just 90 minutes, compared with more than four hours by car.
The high-speed rail line is slated to start by Dec 31, 2026. The line between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur will be 350km long and have eight stations. It will go across the Strait of Johor via a 25m- high bridge near the Second Link. Raffles Country Club in Tuas will be acquired by authorities and will need to vacate its premises by 31st July 2018 so to make way for the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High-Speed Rail project.
SSTC Institute will be opening soon at City Square Mall.
SSTC Institute strives to be recognised for the quality of its courses, delivery and teachers. They want to be known in all the markets that they serve and be the “school of choice” for students.
“Being recognised” also means that they want their in-house diplomas and certificates to be accepted for employment and further studies not only in Singapore but also in their various regional markets.
Their Mission has been the same throughout the years. It focuses on the students and their aspirations. They want to use quality education to empower our students to achieve their goals. No matter what their career aspirations are, They want to play a role in getting them onto the right path.
At Highball, they want to bring the ‘Highball’ spirit to a wider audience, and to make it a lifestyle… your lifestyle. They celebrate its core values; a complementary marriage of spirit and mixer, available to anyone, anytime.
Situated near the beautiful heritage houses at Spottiswoode Park, they are minutes away from the hustle and bustle of the CBD area, amidst a mosaic of funky cafes, restaurants bars and traditional coffee shops. Expect an unpretentious, right-at-home experience over some simple yet flavourful drinks, topped with thoughtful and non-intrusive service by owner/bartender, Kino, and her all-female crew.
They encourage you to indulge in a highball, or luxuriate in a fancy cocktail. Here you will not be judged on your choice of drinks. They only ask that you enjoy them, and your experience with them.
Samsonite continues to infuse innovation and new ideas into travel re-igniting the sophisticated and special experience of the past. Today, Samsonite continues to lead the luggage category with those same core principles, further expanding Shwayder's vision globally with design and innovation into product categories and consumer targets. Samsonite's tagline - "Life's a Journey" - embodies the brand's transformation and future, symbolising the role Samsonite has in the multi-faceted lives of travellers.
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.
A French family dynasty founded by Frédéric Boucheron in 1858, the House of Boucheron always demonstrated its legendary excellence in high jewelry, jewelry and watchmaking. It seduced the more refined clientele like writers, artists, stars and princes and attracted them to the world's most precious creations. In 2007, Boucheron was the first jeweller to launch its e-store in Europe.
Boucheron takes much of its jewelry inspiration from the natural world with the snake being an emblem of the House. Boucheron is the jeweller of light.