Nothing beats a good cup of fresh brew arabica coffee to start a new day. A no-frills, minimalistic cafe at Vision Exchange; Venture Drive Coffee serves specialty coffee using single origin coffee beans, freshly roasted in-house. Their aromatic brew will keep customers going back for more.
A 5.6m high waterfall takes centre stage in the newly-rejuvenated Yunnan Garden at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore that now seamlessly integrates with the Chinese Heritage Centre and an expanded Nanyang Lake. Comprising themed mini gardens and nature trails, the new space is now even more inviting for students, staff and nearby Jurong residents to visit and explore the various scenic spots it has to offer.
Built in the 1950s, the Yunnan Garden was a key attraction of the Nanyang University campus, the land on which NTU Singapore is now situated. With the just-completed revitalisation effort, the Yunnan Garden is seamlessly integrated with the Chinese Heritage Centre and an expanded Nanyang Lake. More than 1,000 new trees comprising over 80 species have been planted in the Garden, enriching its biodiversity. Other enrichments include a new 5.6-metre-tall waterfall, themed mini gardens, a boardwalk, a new stormwater management system, and Wi-Fi connectivity throughout the Garden.
The result is a 9-hectare heritage precinct – bigger than 12 soccer fields – that preserves the Garden’s legacy while enriching it as an educational and recreation hub, making it a go-to place not just for the NTU community, but also for the residents who live in the wider Jurong neighbourhood.
NTU Students’ Union President Bryan Michael Chiew Sen, a second-year Public Policy and Global Affairs student from the School of Social Sciences, said: “The new amenities in the Yunnan Garden are a refreshing addition to what we traditionally know as a heritage area with historical significance. With the rejuvenation, the Garden is now an invigorating break away from the classroom, and an attractive spot for students to have social gatherings. The spruced up greenery makes the Garden good for deep conversations and long strolls, which I’m certain will be beneficial for students’ mental well-being.”
Learning about plants and the environment is also part and parcel of a walk in the Yunnan Garden, which is designed around sustainability principles. The plant varietals in the mini gardens have been carefully chosen for their educational values, be it for their use as renewable energy sources or as sustainable alternatives to plastics, or their ability to remove pollutants from the air, soil and water.
The water features in the Garden are designed to create a stormwater management system that purifies rainwater before releasing it into larger ponds and reservoirs through drains and canals.
Integrating these lessons into the Yunnan Garden experience is part of NTU’s commitment to raising awareness about environmental sustainability.
Aesthetic chain, Wellaholic has opened their 6th outlet at Vision Exchange in Jurong. They provide facials, hair removal, fat freeze, teeth whitening services.
Located just 3 minutes via a sheltered walkway from Jurong East MRT station (JEM Exit), Wellaholic Jurong East will serve their customers located in the western sector of Singapore.
With 4 really spacious treatment rooms, and a full range of treatment options, their Jurong East branch will increase Wellaholic's treatment capacity to ensure a high level of availability for their customers to make bookings!
The Revel Bistro & Bar is a unique wine and dine destination tucked away in the NTU Alumni House at Marina Square. A perfect haven for NTU Alumni, Faculty, Staff as well as anyone who wants to kick back and indulge in some good quality time with family and friends.
The bespoke Revel Bistro & Bar, managed by the renowned Neo Group, No.1 Events Caterer in Singapore, brings to you plenty of delectable international cuisine as well as familiar Singaporean flavours to satisfy local taste buds. When the night falls, unwind at The Revel Bar which features an array of artisanal cocktails. Be sure to revel in music from various live bands too. A commitment from them to ensure that their customers enjoy both quality of food and hospitality.
Just as el mero mero is Mexican slang for “the main man” or “the go-to guy”, so is El Mero Mero the restaurant the go-to place for Mexican gastronomy.
Five years after it first opened its doors, the restaurant has reinvigorated its mission of being the venue that sets the bar for Mexican hospitality. El Mero Mero at Chijmes brings to life the vital energy of Mexican culinary culture in all its allure and complexity, and this refreshed energy is manifested throughout all El Mero Mero.
The space has been refurbished with care for a renewed impression. Soft ivory walls, marble tables and lush green plants frame the open- plan kitchen where chefs work together in plain sight, their precise movements drawing the eye to what guests will shortly be dining on. The counter seating offers up-close kitchen- side dining that will illuminate different facets of Mexican food and transform your understanding of Mexican dining. This attention to detail and deep understanding of presentation permeates the new menu, which is designed to reflect both Mexican culinary history and its dynamic modern foodscape.
Consider El Mero Mero’s range of botanas or Mexican small plates such as the classic Baja Fish, elevated, and the Corn Sampler, a dish that plays with different flavours to offer a new perspective on corn; the selection of cocktails based on mezcal including the eponymous El Mero Mero that uses orange-infused mezcal for a subtly smoky, and refreshing long drink.
El Mero Mero’s new menu showcases traditional flavour combinations, and also demonstrates the current Mexican culinary trends. As representative of a cuisine that has so much more to offer, beyond the tacos and burritos that Singaporeans are familiar with: El Mero Mero hopes to open our eyes, minds, and palates to the power of Mexican gastronomy and hospitality.
Thus, while remaining faithful to old mores, the new menu is modern and global, executed with finesse and sophistication. These are some of its highlights.
For classics with spirit and soul, look no further than their El Taco. With crispy tooth fish tempura and juicy salsa, their Baja Fish tacos are a celebration of classic Mexican flavours and an explosion of textures. The Wagyu Volcan’s combination of charred cheese, Australian wagyu beef and molcajete (mortar & pestle) sauce of tomatoes, jalapeno and garlic is a rich burst of juicy umami.
The Avocado Taco brings forward a very different idea: charred corn tortilla and cool creamy avocado – for most Mexicans, this is the taste of home. For novices to Mexican fare, it’s an eye- opener: absolute simplicity, done impeccably.
Other dishes that bring forth these flavours of history and memory include the Hamachi and Coconut Ceviche, a glory of fresh sashimi-grade Hamachi tossed in coconut milk infused with the tangy hibiscus; and Tortilla Soup, creamy comfort made with tomatoes roasted in the Josper oven,guajillo chillies, and thickened with charred tortillas.
A restrained hand with contemporary updates drive up the culinary excitement. Consider the Atlantic Grilled Octopus, a generous Josper-grilled swirl of tentacle that offers oceanic sweetness with an undertone of smokiness and the Corn Sampler, a tribute to the many faces of that essential Mexican staple, maize with skewers of Josper-grilled organic baby corn and donuts made in-house from huitlocoche or “corn mushroom”.
The Gordita expands on the eponymous Mexican classic: rather than simply filling the empty pocket of this corn pastry, it becomes a base to celebrate heirloom vegetables and frijoles. The El Mero Mero Fajita brings together two beloved Mexican flavours not commonly paired together – a poblano shishito crema and grilled beef – to richly savoury results while the Tequila Pecan Pie is a creative and sweetly aromatic combination of Mexican produce – cinnamon, pecans, and tequila – made a little edgier with a final grill in the Josper before serving for a subtle smokiness.
This approach weaves the past and the ‘now’ together for a culinary tapestry like no other.
El Mero Mero promises a new vision of Mexican cuisine and hospitality, saturated with warm generosity. The Mexican heart is all-evident. Make a reservation with them via this link today and be wowed.
The Nature Playgarden at HortPark is a biophilic playgarden set within nature and designed with natural materials – perfect for young explorers! Surrounded by greenery and sounds of nature, the Nature Playgarden at HortPark is designed with pre-schoolers in mind to encourage children to spend more time outdoors and reconnect with nature. Let children’s imagination run wild as they explore the nine different play features!
Catered to children between 3 and 6 years old, they can explore a balancing and crossing valley made from logs, hide in a bamboo dome while peeking out to overlook the valley, and work together to build houses and castles using timber cookies, wooden poles, and other natural materials. There are 9 different play features specially designed for children to engage with nature in a fun, free and unconstrained way.
Read more about the various features of the Nature Playground here and plan a trip to check it out soon.
Spanning 18,000 sq ft on the ground level of the Marina Square, the soon-to-open Nerf Action Xperience will offer multiple activity zones that aim to encourage active play, teamwork and more. There will also be merchandising and Food & Beverage areas that will engage and entrench all family members into the fun and action of the Nerf brand.
Kingsmen Creatives announced that Kingsmen Xperience, its US-based subsidiary, has entered into a licensing agreement with Hasbro International, Inc. to create, build and operate the Nerf brand of family entertainment center (FEC) attractions across Asia Pacific.
Under the agreement, Kingsmen will co-conceptualise, create, build and operate multiple Nerf FEC locations. The agreement between Hasbro and Kingsmen marks the start of an inaugural partnership and entry into the development and operation of Nerf FEC attractions across Asia Pacific.
Established in 1976 and listed on the Main Board of the Singapore Exchange, Kingsmen is a leading international communication design and production group.
Mahota Kitchen at Century Square is a beautiful lifestyle concept space where friends and family may gather over good food, great music and beautiful art.
They hope their patrons would enjoy hanging out at their new space, create beautiful memories and always leave Mahota Kitchen feeling inspired.
The brand's design ethos are inspired by nature and appreciation of fine craftsmanship so other than featuring gorgeous artwork from talented artists, they have also curated a line-up of interesting lifestyle products to share their love for well-made designs.
With rustic cement flooring, loft-like industrial furniture, natural woods, sleek white tiles and a family of exotic plants full of personality, they have put their heart & soul in designing a space where one may forget troubles, take a breather and face the world afresh again.
The MeatHöuse is a halal steakhouse that features a highly-curated and original menu by Chef Benny Se Teo of Eighteen Chefs (the successful casual-dining restaurant chain, committed to hiring ex-offenders and youths-at-risk).
The MeatHöuse magnifies your love for meat with the most visually impressive steak that money can buy.
Few places serve a Tomahawk Steak and even fewer people are capable of devouring one on their own. They serve up quality Australian Augus 120 days grain-fed steak that weighs in at 1.2 to 2kg. This tender, juicy monster is seared to perfection exact to your preferred doneness.
At The MeatHöuse, you can enjoy favourites like REAL Truffle Fries and Aglio Olio to their signatures such as Crab & Chips, Meat & Mash and more.
The largest kitchenware and tableware store in Asia, ToTT, announces the relocation of its retail flagship store after nearly a decade as a familiar landmark in Bukit Timah. Located at newly-revamped Century Square, the concept store spans 7,511 sq ft of culinary retail space and features a curated selection of cook, bake and hosting-related merchandise and a convertible cooking studio.
ToTT Store is a one-stop culinary haven for anyone who cooks, bakes or hosts, with exclusive cooking, baking & hosting-related merchandise such as Cuisinart, Nordic Ware and more.
As a Botanist, Harvester, Manufacturer and Retailer, the Yves Rocher brand is the only global cosmetics beauty brand to control the entire life cycle of its products. This specificity allows the Yves Rocher brand to lower environmental impact and offer every woman quality products at an accessible price. Residents in the east can now shop for Yves Rocher products at their latest Century Square store without having to hit town.
Passionate about botanical world, Mr. Yves Rocher made his first plant-based beauty product in 1959, in his hometown of La Gacilly, in the Brittany region of France. With the expertise in Botanical Beauty, Yves Rocher reproduces life mechanism of plants while formulating effective beauty products.
Celebrating its tenth year, Filmgarde Cineplexes is embarking on an exciting new growth planto be Singapore’s market leader in the cinematic experience. Pushing to be at the forefront of international standards whilst being audience-oriented and accessible, Filmgarde will feature cutting-edge international cinematic technology, innovative products and carefully curated service offerings.
Filmgarde Cineplexes has overhauled and enhanced its website and is introducing for the FIRST time in Singapore, a Bilingual Cinema Website that allows consumers to toggle the platform easily between English and Chinese. This thoughtful initiative not only allows Filmgarde to reach out to a wider audience, but it also creates greater ease of use and accessibility for the mature and silver generation.
Complementing its new website is Filmgarde Cineplexes’ brand new self-service ticketing kiosk which also sits on a bilingual platform. These kiosks are ergonomically designed and allows for fast and effortless purchase of tickets via a wide range of payment platforms including Visa, Mastercard, PayWave, PayPass and NETS, in line with the national drive towards a cashless economy. For those who prefer a human touch, manned ticketing counters are also available.
To encourage family bonding and more convenient visits for young families to the movies, Filmgarde Cineplexes is also introducing the FIRST Cinema ‘Family Seats’ in Singapore (from $28.50-$42). A Filmgarde exclusive design that allows for seating for up to two adults and two children, this thoughtful initiative elevates the cinema seat from being just another piece of furniture, to an opportunity for families and loved ones to engage and interact seamlessly at the movies.
In a FIRST also for Singapore and Asia, Filmgarde Cineplexes is working strategically with local media powerhouse Mediacorp and Barco, the leading international specialist in visual and projection technology, to debut the next generation immersive sound technologyAuroMax® across all its cinema halls at Filmgarde Century Square.
The brand new AuroMax® is the next frontier and the epitome of the Auro technology. It is also the format of choice for international cinematic use and supported by major and international organizations such as NATO (National Organisation of Theatre Owners), UNIC and DCI (Digital Cinema Initiative), representing major exhibitors, Hollywood studios and the SMPTE (the Society of Motion Pictures and Television Engineers). As of June 2018, there are more than 600 theatres worldwide committed to the format, with more than 50 leading post-production studios and 120 international films released in Auro®.
AuroMax® is thus confidently positioned as the ultimate immersive sound system on themarket, creating a natural 3D listening experience; allowing Singapore’s audience to feel asthough they are right within the picture. In another first of its kind in Singapore, in line withFilmgarde’s vision to elevate the cinematic standards for Singapore’s audiences, it will bekeeping its AuroMax® ticket pricing affordable, retaining its regular price of tickets (from $8.50- $14.50).
Managed by NTUC Foodfare, the dual concept hawker centre offers both traditional food stalls and “hipster” cuisine not commonly found at local food centres here that will appeal to younger patrons.
Pasir Ris Central Hawker Centre is the first hawker centre in Pasir Ris Town. Within walking distance from the Pasir Ris MRT station, residents of the area can expect a vibrant centre with good food at affordable prices.
With more 800 seats at the new centre; the stalls and dining area are arranged in a singular fan-shaped profile, facing the Pasir Ris Town Park, which will give patrons a unique ‘dining in a park’ experience. Various family-friendly amenities are included in this new centre, such as the availability of lowered seating for children and the elderly. There are diaper changing and nursing rooms on both levels of the hawker centre. Three passenger lifts will also make access more convenient for both patrons and stallholders. The hawker centre is a place for community bonding and social interaction for residents and visitors of Pasir Ris.
Pasir Ris Central Hawker Centre is one of the 10 new centres announced by the Government in 2012.
This new 2-hectare test facility will support the Centre of Excellence for Testing & Research of AVs – NTU (CETRAN), which was launched on 1 Aug 2016 to spearhead the development of testing requirements for AVs. Together with CETRAN and its partners, LTA will work towards developing the necessary standards and testing regimes for the safe deployment of AVs on our public roads. As there are no existing international test standards or international certification bodies for AVs, CETRAN will anchor Singapore’s position as an industry leader in supporting the testing and eventual widespread deployment of AVs.
Jointly developed by LTA, NTU and JTC, the centre in the Jurong Innovation District will be managed by the Energy Research Institute at NTU (ERI@N).
In order to be integrated onto public roads, AVs need to be tested on their communication with other vehicles, road infrastructure as well as dispatch and routing systems. To facilitate the testing of AV navigation controls in a real-world environment, the test centre is designed to replicate the different elements of Singapore’s roads, with common traffic schemes, road infrastructure, and traffic rules. The circuit also features a rain simulator and flood zone to test AVs’ navigation abilities under different weather conditions.
To monitor the progress of AV testing, LTA has installed a network of seven 360-degrees close circuit television (CCTV) cameras at strategic locations across the test centre. Real-time footage from these cameras will be streamed back to the AutOnomous VehicLe MonItoring and EValuation SystEm (OLIVE) at LTA’s Intelligent Transport Systems Centre. Through OLIVE, LTA will be able to integrate data from AVs and the CCTVs to evaluate the readiness of AVs for public use. Please refer to the Annex for the Test Centre’s layout and detailed features.
At 14 storeys high, the turbine comes with three 10.5-metre long-span rotor blades that produces an electrical output rating of 100 kilowatts, enough to power 45 four-room HDB units a year.
The wind turbine is also sensitive enough to generate power even with wind speeds as low as 3 metres/second, up to a maximum of 20 metres/second.
In partnership with French multinational electric utility company ENGIE, the new turbine is part of NTU’s Renewable Energy Integration Demonstrator – Singapore (REIDS) initiative being built at Semakau Landfill. Under this initiative, several hybrid microgrids will be developed in the coming years, producing enough energy to power 100 four-room HDB flats for a whole year.
Along with the wind turbine, each of the hybrid microgrid will integrate with various renewable energy sources such as solar, tidal, diesel, and power-to-gas technologies. Currently, over 4,500 square metres of photovoltaic (PV) panels, large-scale lithium-ion energy storage systems as well as a hydrogen refuelling station are already operating on the island. Each of the microgrid is expected to produce stable and consistent power in the half-megawatt range, suitable for small islands, isolated residential areas, and emergency power supplies. The microgrids will eventually occupy over 64,000 square metres of land or roughly about nine soccer fields.
Nanyang Technological University (NTU) has launched Southeast Asia’s first-of-its-kind advanced maritime energy test facility.
The S$8 million research facility aims to be a platform for scientists and engineers to develop innovative eco-friendly maritime technologies, such as scrubbers and alternative energy sources. Scrubbers are devices that curb harmful ship emissions.
Such clean energy solutions are aimed at delivering cost savings and competitive advantages, as well as enhance the reputation of maritime companies for championing sustainable technologies.
For example, shipping may be recognised as the most fuel efficient mode of freight transportation, but it is also known to use fuel which emits harmful atmospheric pollutants. The facility, called the Maritime Energy Test Bed, will conduct research and development in areas such as alternative sources of energy, fuel additives to increase energy efficiency and technologies for cleaner emissions.
To achieve this, the 1,500 square metre facility comes equipped with a 1.5 megawatt diesel ship engine, which can run on most of the conventional liquid fuel types for energy research. It will also be installed with advanced sensors and monitoring devices to facilitate research in energy storage, noise pollution and waste heat recovery.
Sperry Top-Sider has been an American favorite since 1935 when Paul Sperry, inspired by his dog Prince's ability to run nimbly over ice and snow, used a pen knife to cut siping into the outsole of a rubber sneaker.
This ingenuity, along with the iconic inspiration of other design details, launched an American Original. Their mission is to share this unique story with a new generation that will embrace their brand because of its heritage, authenticity and optimistic personality.
London-based Heatherwick Studio collaborated with local firm CPG Consultants on the Learning Hub, a new eight-storey teaching facility at Nanyang Technological University.
To avoid creating "miles of corridors linking box-like lecture rooms", the building was designed as a cluster of tapered towers surrounding an expansive atrium. The idea was to combine learning facilities with social spaces including balconies, gardens and open-air corridors, to encourage as many opportunities for staff and student interactions as possible.
The 12 towers, which each taper inwards towards the base, accommodate a total of 56 oval classrooms. According to the designers, the non-hierarchal round shape – without any corners or obvious fronts or backs – will encourage more collaborative learning.
Clad with curved concrete panels, the towers feature irregular horizontal stripes that were created using 10 adjustable silicone moulds. This texture lends each tower the look of a root vegetable, although the designers liken the appearance with wet clay.
Balconies extend around the inside of the towers and get larger towards the top of the building, offering views into the atrium. This space is naturally ventilated, allowing air to circulate throughout.
The towers are raised off the ground on 61 angled concrete columns, each featuring an undulating surface texture, and small areas of planting surround many of them.
Meanwhile, the concrete walls surrounding the stair and elevator cores slotted between the towers have been embossed with over 700 drawings by illustrator Sara Fanelli, depicting images from science, art and literature.
The project forms part of a wider campus redevelopment for Nanyang Technological University which, with over 33,000 students, is one of Singapore's largest public universities.
Established in 1994, BritishIndia is a lifestyle brand that currently has over 40 outlets across Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and the Philippines. Created for the tropics and inspired by the grand romance of the Colonial era, they offer timeless designs created with the philosophy of comfort and effortless dressing for both men and women in mind.
They currently have 6 main lines: Classic, New Classic, Pure, Traveler, Adventurer, Travel & Yoga; each line offering a different story to suit various occasions of contemporary tropical lifestyle.
In addition to the breadth of their collection, they are also known for our depth in sizes flattering figures of many shapes.
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.
Just as in the case for Gessi Milano, Gessi has long sought for a very special location to open an inspirational place where the Gessi's world beauty, sophistication, wellness, creativity in designing the most intimate spaces of home dwelling could be represented. Charm, uniqueness, splendor, were the qualities Gessi was looking for, in establishing its house in Singapore.
The place is as unique as one of the very few remaining Victorian mansions in the city and even more one of a kind as it sits in the very heart of the city. Perfectly preserved, it dates back to the XIX century and it is a much protected conservation house.
The project involved the restoration of a two-storey Victorian building that sits on land which was once a nutmeg estate owned by Dr. Thomas Oxley, back in the Colonial era.
They called it Casa Gessi, the Gessi home, first because home interiors is what they propose. Indeed the Casa Gessi is the home to the different ideas and concepts Gessi developed for the home, from the minimalistic Rettangolo home concept, to the soothing roundness of the Ovale Home, to the organic enveloping Goccia and iSpa home, the charming Eleganza home, the artsy, verdant and architectural Cono home concept and so on.
The restaurant caters to time-strapped diners by offering a partial-service system where orders are taken at a main counter before self-collection of food. Expect Fish & Co.’s signature dishes such as fried calamari, the best fish & chips in town and grilled salmon cajun and at the same time. The Seafood Shack also offers exclusive items such as burgers, mini starter platters, fried chicken wings and pizzas by the slice for those in a rush.
Fish & Co. Seafood Shack features the same fun active brand persona and is designed to evoke a sense of adventure that complements its location within S.E.A. Aquarium.