Dog owners in Tiong Bahru and beyond now have a space for their furry pets to roam freely and safely! Singapore Land Authority (SLA) has transformed the state land at Tiong Poh Road into a dog park named Tiong Bahru Dog Run.
Member of Parliament, Ms Indranee Rajah stumbled upon the piece of state land previously and thought it would make a wonderful dog park. She then approached SLA for assistance and they agreed to allow the use of the land for a dog run. SLA also put in lights, for additional safety and security. MP Rajah officiated the opening of Tiong Bahru Dog Run last month.
Chicken Story promises a delightful, fun and delicious experience with their Chicken Bento Sets. Chicken flavours include Original, Soya Sauce, Ginger, Herbal and Roast Five Spice. Only whole chicken legs are used in their Bento Sets. Vegetarian options together with an array of side dishes are also available for your dining pleasure.
The National Parks Board (NParks) opens Marsiling Park, formerly known as Woodlands Town Garden, after 22 months of enhancement works. As a result of close consultation with the community during the design process, the park now offers a range of new day and night experiences for visitors to enjoy. Enhancements have also been sensitively made to the mangrove area to allow visitors to get closer to nature as well as for biodiversity to thrive.
With its lush greenery and peaceful ambience, Marsiling Park is an oasis of calm and tranquillity. The park features activity areas and amenities for visitors of all ages.
Visitors can enjoy the view of the picturesque pond from the viewing tower or the boardwalks, especially in the evening, as the lighting is curated to leverage on the reflections on the water body to create a special illumination effect.
The one of a kind butterfly-shaped playground with climbing ropes provides children with a challenging play experience while the Fun Play area has play equipment with musical elements for an interactive play experience.
Nature-lovers will appreciate the butterfly-attracting plants and educational interpretive boards that have been introduced around the playground, as well as the enhanced mangrove habitat along the western edge of the park.
There are also several spaces for community activities, such as the activity plaza and the amphitheatre, which features a rain garden. Visitors can also enjoy refreshments at the F&B outlet in the park, which is open 24 hours daily.
The Singapore Botanic Gardens’Seed Bank is Singapore’s first seed bank and will conserve the seeds of threatened plant species from Southeast Asia. Works for the seed bank are expected to be completed by mid-2019.
The seed bank will play a key role in conserving plant diversity in the region and ensure the growth of the Singapore Botanic Gardens’ plant collection. The seed bank will have the capacity to store seeds from up to 25,000 species of plants. This is around half the total number of seed plant species in Southeast Asia, and nearly triple the 9,000 species of plants that the Gardens currently has in its living collection. When established, the seed bank targets to achieve 100 seed collections per year.
The facility will be established in House 4, the largest of five colonial-style houses within the Raffles College. Originally named Mansfield Lodge, it served as the college president’s residence when it was built in the 1920s. This house was designated as a Conserved Building in October 2006. Read more about this project here.
Want to know what goes on inside a Community in Bloom (CIB) Community Garden here in Singapore? At the Leng Kee CC Sky Community Garden, there are more than 60 species of edibles, ornamental and biodiversity-enhancing plants at its newly renovated rooftop! The Women Executive Committee (WEC) helps to maintain this community garden and regularly harvests herbs and spices for cooking demonstrations in their community kitchen next to the garden. The food is then shared with interest groups and members of the public.
Put your horticulture skills to good use and contribute to the unique green ambience of Singapore through Nparks' ‘Community In Bloom’ programme!
Launched in May 2005 and first carried out at Mayfair Park Estate, the Community in Bloom nationwide gardening movement aims to foster a community spirit and bring together residents, both young and old, to make Singapore our garden. Today, CIB has close to 1,000 community gardens across Singapore that have engaged over 20,000 residents.
Jurong Lake Gardens West focuses on nature, play and the community. It is currently under construction. When it opens in 2019, the public will be able to see a restored swamp forest and wetlands, a nature-themed play area, allotment gardens, lifestyle and sports facilities, and F&B options.
One of the key design concepts for Jurong Lake Gardens West is the Heron Island.
Herons are among the wildlife living in the Jurong Lake area. Platforms will be installed on Heron Island to encourage roosting and nesting, away from human disturbance. Enhancing habitats for wildlife and keeping the tranquility of the area are key considerations in the development of Jurong Lake Gardens West, enabling visitors to enjoy nature and biodiversity.
Children can look forward to Forest Ramble, a nature-themed play area that will capture their fascination for plants and animals. Forest Ramble will comprise varied adventure play experiences for children to mimic the actions of animals – from crawling through a “squirrel’s nest” to gliding through a tree canopy.
The new entrance pavilion at the north carpark will serve as an arrival point to introduce visitors to the Gardens. The multiple columns of the pavilion are inspired by the hanging aerial roots of the many Ficus trees found within the Gardens.
Looking for a space to nurture your green fingers? NParks provides allotment gardening plots at various parks for anyone who wishes to have their own space to garden.
Allotment gardens offer plots of land to individuals to rent for growing their own plants. Following the initial success of the pilot scheme at HortPark, new allotment gardening plots will be introduced in 10 more parks islandwide over the next two years. By 2019, more than 1,000 allotment garden plots will be available to the community.
Each allotment plot consists of a 2.5 m x 1 m raised planter bed, and can be leased for three years at a charge of $57/year (excluding GST).
Bar Canary is an uber-chic poolside bar where you can go barefooted on the lush turfs and chill under the stars. Enjoy great beats and also not forgetting "boozy pops" (a union between a cocktail and a popsicle) which are made exclusively for the bar by local frozen treats creator, Popaganda.
Three historical gardens will be recreated as part of efforts to restore the rich heritage of Fort Canning Park and its surroundings. The three gardens within and around Fort Canning Park make up the heritage landscapes of Fort Canning Hill, and include Singapore’s first botanic garden. The National Parks Board (NParks) will create these gardens as part of sensitive enhancements to Fort Canning Park to emphasise Fort Canning’s historical features. Enhancements will be accompanied by the introduction of a greater variety of education and outreach programmes, and enhanced accessibility to the park.
Fort Canning Centre will also be repurposed as a gallery for visitors to learn more about the history of the hill and its surroundings. Members of the public are invited to volunteer at park programmes and give suggestions on the upcoming enhancements.
As one of Singapore’s two National Parks, Fort Canning Park is deeply rooted in history, from the time of the 14th century kings to the founding of modern Singapore. The enhancements will highlight the significance of Fort Canning Hill and retrace the history of Singapore across the 14th, 19th and 20th centuries.
The heritage landscapes of Fort Canning Hill and its surroundings will be restored and weaved seamlessly into Fort Canning Park with the creation of three gardens, namely the Royal Garden, the First Botanic Garden, and Jubilee Park.
The First Botanic Garden, which was established by Sir Stamford Raffles in 1822 to also serve as an experimental garden, will extend from Fort Canning Park onto the streetscapes of roads bounded by Hill Street, Victoria Street, Bras Basah Road, Handy Road and Canning Rise. As part of the First Botanic Garden, a large part of Armenian Street will be pedestrianised and turned into a park featuring plants that were introduced as economic crops for the spice trade, food and horticulture. Economic crops such as nutmeg were cultivated in the First Botanic Garden before they were propagated across Singapore in the 1800s. The new park at Armenian Street is part of a multi-agency effort by URA, NParks, PUB, LTA, NHB and NAC in close collaboration with stakeholders within the vicinity to create new vibrant public spaces that visitors can enjoy. The new park at Armenian Street and wider sidewalks along Coleman Street will also enable visitors to walk comfortably from Armenian Street to Civic District, linking Fort Canning Park, Bras Basah.Bugis and the Civic District together into an expanded arts, cultural and heritage district.
NParks is also planning a greater variety of education and outreach programmes, including re-curation of existing heritage trails of the 14th and 19th centuries. These trails will be enhanced to interpret the rich history of Fort Canning Park and feature new nodes. The 14th century trail will feature the Forbidden Spring or Pancur Laranganwhich is believed to be the bathing site of the royals. The refreshed 19th century trail will feature the restored Raffles Garden and Farquhar Garden, which will showcase plants collected and documented by Sir Stamford Raffles and Singapore’s First Resident William Farquhar through their botanical explorations.
“Jubilee Park” will be restored where the King George V Jubilee Park was originally located at the junction of River Valley Road and Clemenceau Avenue. The park will avail more outdoor family-friendly venues for arts and culture activities in a garden setting. New amenities will include play features, a landscaped theatre and an event lawn.
Find out more about this restoration project here.
ToriYard is a new yakitori concept restaurant right in the heart of Bishan Park.
Enjoy their mouthwatering range of skewer grilled meats and other japanese small bites, meticulously prepared by ToriYard's Executive Chef Isao-san. Pair your food with their unique blend of sauces that will please your palate.
To top off the culinary experience, you can even watch your meats cooked to perfection atop a charcoal grill specially imported from Japan.
Food For Tots is the newest concept of the Food For Thought group - a self-service kids café that aims to encourage a love for Good Food in children. Situated in Asia’s first garden dedicated to children, Food For Tots draws influences from Jacob Ballas Children’s Gardens’ mission to cultivate an appreciation for the natural environment.
Inspired by its location amidst a lush landscape of flora and fauna, their eco-conscious café features an upcycled colander light installation and a potted herb wall – all in alignment with the Gardens’ mission to instil a love of nature in visitors.
Food for Tots' intimate space also boasts an interactive play area and weekly programmes for the little ones, so let the children come and play while you indulge in our all-day brunch items for all the delicious reasons.
Located at Singapore Botanic Gardens' Tanglin Gate, Fusion Spoon is a casual self-service dining place for families and friends.
Visitors can enjoy a wide selection of affordable food and beverages from various cuisine choices such as Western, Asian and Japanese. There is also a waffle and Korean bingsu ice kiosk at Fusion Spoon, for those looking for a little treat after a day out at Singapore’s first UNESCO site!
The main indoor dining area with its warm earthy interiors and green wall brings nature into the restaurant, while the outdoor dining area brings diners closer to nature through an al fresco dining experience.
An indoor as well as an outdoor play area for kids are available plus a 'Harvest Corner', all providing little ones with fun-filled activities while parents dine.
In an age of novel trends, Tablescape - a brand new Modern European restaurant and bar located within the luxurious Grand Park City Hall - is a breath of fresh air.
Tablescape focuses on delivering hearty, comforting favourites that can be enjoyed time and again, paired with artisanal cocktails, and extensive premium wine and craft beer lists - all underscored by attentive, unobtrusive service; the Tablescape experience connects tradition and modernity in a truly beautiful setting.
The restaurant accords a neoclassical interior design style which features decorative Peranakan- style accent floor, pastel coloured chairs, and plenty of natural light through its floor-to-ceiling windows. At the bar, one can choose to lounge comfortably at the private sofa seats with warm cove lighting, or unwind with friends at the solid wood feature communal table that delicately connects the bar and restaurant. The interiors exude a quiet elegance, setting the stage for a cosy, relaxed time.
Fresh from his recent stint at The Carvery, executive chef Robert Chan has created a menu that is comfortingly nostalgic and showcases a timeless European repertoire, featuring starters like Steak Tartare, Veal Sweetbread, and Salmon Gravlax, with subtle updates that make the experience both familiar yet surprising. Take his spin on the Steak Tartare (S$24++), finely hand-chopped USDA beef - an example of impressive knife skills, carefully honed over time - mixed with the consummate red onions, gherkins, parsley and capers, is stacked with a crackly, battered poached egg, bringing a new dimension to the dish. The Veal Sweetbread (S$18++) is perfectly seasoned, pan-fried in butter; paired with an earthy ceps mushroom ragu and served in a delicately creamy pea soup.
For mains, the traditional lobster and fish pairing gets an indulgent upgrade with Prosciutto Ham wrapped Monkfish and Maine Lobster on Risotto in Armagnac Lobster Bisque (S$38++). Wrapped in a thin layer of prosciutto and pan seared, the monkfish is at once tender and substantial, plated up with butter poached lobster tail, and risotto in Armagnac bisque, where the Arborio grains are gently simmered in lobster broth and French butter, lending the dish a richer flavour. The Smoked Braised Black Angus Short Rib (S$30++) - browned and braised with red wine, carrots, celery, and onions for 8 hours in the oven, completely tenderises and soaks in all the delightful flavours of the sauce - is an all-time dinner favourite. Horseradish is pureed with potatoes to create a silky smooth, tangy side for the ribs and freshly roasted bone marrow completes the dish.
The gorgeous Dessert Selection from the Trolley - the restaurant’s take on guéridon service - brings a bit of flair and fun to round off the dining experience, featuring a rotation of house-made sweets including Spicy Mango, a mango mousse cake encased in a shell of white chocolate, bringing the heat with the addition of pink peppercorns; the Raspberry Lychee with Almond Cake, a tribute to the classic Ispahan, offers a burst of tartness from the raspberry and the light sweetness of the lychee in a single bite; and Camembert Cheesecake, which presents a twist to the traditional cream cheesecake, served alongside perennial favourites such as meringue, lemon tart, and more.
Chef Robert’s dedication to ensuring that each diner is brought on a journey through the classics, modernised with restraint, is evident through to the meal’s close.
Singapore's first automated underground bicycle parking system, SecureMyBike is now open at Kampung Admiralty.
Designed to complement existing surface-level bicycle parking, the new facility can park over 500 bicycles in individual storage cells underground, providing shelter from the weather and preventing bicycle theft and vandalism. Parking your bicycles in SecureMyBike is easy and users can deposit or retrieve their cycling gear within a minute!
To get started, simply sign up for an account at one of the self-help registration kiosks in the SecureMyBike shop (Kampung Admiralty #01-16, located next to the parking kiosks).
Experience authentic Indonesian cooking at IndoChili.
From the winner of Food Republic Hawker King Challenge, they are proud to offer you their finest cuisine, straight out of the heart of Indonesia.
Their menu offers a complete selection of entrees from around the archipelago. From Bandung to Bali and Sumatra to Surabaya, they have your unique tastes in mind.
Their house specialties offer a variety of tastes found throughout Indonesia and are as diverse as the people themselves.
Their kitchen team delicately prepares every dish, adding just the right amount of herbs and spices to bring out the authentic flavours of every savoury treat. They also serve a unique fusion of Indonesian-Chinese culinary traditions with a Singaporean twist.
Sembawang Hot Spring, the only hot spring on mainland Singapore, will be developed into a community park 10 times its current size.
The Sembawang Hot Spring was discovered in 1908 on the grounds owned by a Chinese merchant, Seah Eng Keong. Since then, the land has changed hands a few times. It was once a thermal bathhouse for Japanese soldiers, after their occupation of Singapore during World War II.
Sembawang Hot Spring holds many memories for the community that has used it over the years. The design of the new Sembawang Hot Spring Park is shaped by the 'kampung-like' environment and will be kept rustic with various spaces where visitors can gather & enjoy the activities in this unique park. The design will be further refined with ideas and suggestions received from the public.
Work on the park will begin in early 2018 and are expected to be completed by 2019.
FoodPhilo is a “American Grill Food Truck” concept with a menu featuring a wide variety of beef, chicken, pork, seafood plus over 20 types of sides.
The short form for Food Philosophy, FoodPhilo is a new 66-seater casual restaurant located in the heart of Changi Business Hub. They offer 'Design Your Own Plate' concept whereby you can customise your own well-balanced meal with a choice of one protein, one carb, one side and two vegetables.
A vibrant restaurant primely located on Alexandra Road near Hort Park, Blue Lotus Mediterranean Kitchen + Bar offers delectable Spanish, Italian, Greek and Portugese favourites from tapas and pizzas to pastas, paellas and succulent meat dishes – all exciting and always relevant, traits that continue to make the Blue Lotus brand a talking point among Singapore’s discerning foodies.
The Singapore Botanic Gardens’ Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden has doubled in size with a new two-hectare extension that includes new attractions and programmes geared towards youngsters up to 14 years old.
This will allow families with older children to immerse in nature as they explore the different eco-systems simulated in this new extension. It aims to expose children to and help them understand the ecology of plants through nature play and experiential learning. Prior to the extension, the Garden catered to children up to 12 years old.
The Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden is the first garden in Asia dedicated to children. Its theme of ‘Life on Earth Depends on Plants’ aims to educate and instil a love for nature in children. The Garden is a complete nature-learning environment, where children can delve deeper into the ecology of plants and our environment through discovery and experiential learning.
The Garden offers children a space for exploration, adventure and play, with a farm, an orchard, and a forest with its own stream and ponds. Young adventure seekers can explore the suspension bridge and nature play areas; budding naturalists can walk along the stream and climb into the tree-houses; and all urban gardeners can observe how plants grow and pick up some gardening tips! Be an ‘Adventurer’, ‘Gardener’ or ‘Naturalist’ for a day at the Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden by following these carefully curated trails.
The Singapore headquarters will house the senior regional leadership teams of the Pharmaceuticals, Vaccines and Consumer Healthcare businesses and will work alongside the US hub to support its Global Headquarters in the UK to manage commercial activities around the world.
Located at One-North in the Rochester Park area of Singapore, it will enable GSK to better anticipate and respond to diverse healthcare needs across different markets, placing GSK in a leading position to support patients and consumers.
Located in Woodlands, Admiralty Park is the largest park in the north. It is situated on hilly terrain with Sungei Cina river running through it, and houses the largest nature area within an urban park. The enhanced 7-ha urban area now features 26 slides – the most number of slides in any park in Singapore! The widest slide and the longest slide in a public park can be found here.
The playground capitalises on the undulating terrain to site the three main play areas – Junior Play, Adventure Play and the Family Terracing Play – catering to children of all ages and featuring diverse play equipment that encourage group and multi-generation interactions.
Admiralty Park also features an inclusive playground, as part of an initiative announced by NParks in 2015. Inclusive playgrounds provide the physical structure, or ‘hardware’, that supports play between children with and without special needs.
The 20-ha nature area encompasses a diverse mix of secondary forest, mangrove, riverine and open grassland habitats, and is home to more than 100 species of flora and fauna. With several trails within the 20-hectare nature area, visitors can discover the different species living in the forest, spot hordes of dragonflies and observe monkeys in their natural habitat. Alternatively, emerge from the secondary forest near the car park and admire the butterflies and different species of birds as you walk through the grassland. The walking trail also showcases interesting flora like the Putat Kampung Tree and climbers like Hedgehog Rattan, an increasingly rare plant in Singapore. The nature area will be open to public by December 2017.
The new Yishun Park Hawker Centre with 43 cooked food stalls and about 800 seats has open for business. Residents can look forward to enjoying affordable food at the new hawker centre, which will feature natural ventilation, family-friendly features, such as child-friendly toilet facilities and family-friendly seating, and built-in tray-return facilities at accessible locations.
The National Environment Agency (NEA) has appointed Timbre Group as the managing agent for the Yishun Park hawker centre. Timbre Group’s proposal was selected following the evaluation of the five proposals received for NEA’s call for tender for the management of the hawker centre made in February 2017. The proposal by Timbre Group showed a strong emphasis on social objectives, had various productivity measures, and comprised innovative solutions to ensure the vibrancy of the hawker centre. Timbre Group was set up in 2005, and they have a wide experience in the local food and beverage industry.
NEA has been exploring various alternative management models for hawker centres by engaging socially-conscious operators as managing agents. The experience of these operators in food and beverage operations, as well as property and lease management, can help improve the operational efficiency of hawker centres. They can also help enhance the dining experience at hawker centres while ensuring good quality and affordable food. Socially-conscious operators may also be more flexible and better able to provide centre-specific solutions to address issues which vary from centre to centre.
Tokyo Joe at the new Savourworld is a Donburi eatery by day and izakaya at night.
Their signature fare is the Bara Chirashi-don, which is essentially generous portion of sashimi scattered atop a good bowl of Japanese pearl rice. It is fuss-free, offers a myriad of flavours and textures ($16 for lunch hours, $19 in the evenings).
At Tokyo Joe, they have also assembled not only a collection of Japanese sake but also a Japanese whiskey, shochu, umeshu, sparkling wines and of course Japanese beers.
Savourworld is the ultimate foodie collective that brings together cuisines from all over the world. A never-ending food and beverage experience that lets you explore over 20 top restaurants and chill-out bars.
Savourworld is a celebration of the multi-faceted world of gastronomy and lifestyle. They aim to create a community which unites the very best of the culinary world with lifestyle activities, and to make it accessible to as large of an audience as possible. A joint- venture project between Asia's premier gourmet festival, SAVOUR Events and F&B and lifestyle industry expert, Revolver Asia.
â€‹Two industry leaders bring to the market Singapore’s first dedicated food and lifestyle destination integrated with food festivals and lifestyle events, bringing content to visitors all year round.
The sprawling 60,000 sq ft Savourworld, which is part of office building Ascent, is a mere three-minute walk from Kent Ridge MRT station.
Its 13,000 sq ft event hall which will be home to different monthly line-ups can fit up to 1,500 people. The space will debut with food and beer festival Oktoberfest in October.
The Therapeutic Garden at Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park is situated near the pond gardens and was launched on 19 September 2017.
Therapeutic Gardens are outdoor gardens designed to meet the physical, psychological and social needs of park users, incorporating design principles derived from scientific evidence.
Together with therapeutic horticulture programmes involving plants and nature, visitors can experience a range of health benefits such as the relief of mental fatigue, reduced stress and an overall improvement to emotional well-being.
The garden is specially designed to engage the senses with a landscape of plants divided into four zones: Fragrance zone, Biodiversity zone, Edibles and Medicinal zone and Colours and Textures zone.
The 900sqm Therapeutic Garden at Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park has design elements and user-friendly features to meet the needs of the elderly, including those with conditions such as dementia. It also provides respite for visitors of all ages.
The greenery and sensory aspects in the garden will provide visitors with a rehabilitative environment, providing relief from attention fatigue and stress. This is complemented by an outdoor activity area where therapeutic horticulture programmes will be carried out. Each session is about 1.5 hours and the activities are designed to stimulate participants’ senses and memories through nature interaction, and to encourage motor and hand-eye coordination.
Located near various eldercare and senior activity centres, the 750sqm Therapeutic Garden @ Tiong Bahru Park is designed to be elderly-friendly. It provides a holistic rehabilitative environment for conditions including dementia. The Garden also helps to relieve stress and brings restorative effects to the mental well-being of visitors of all ages.
The design elements in Therapeutic Garden @ Tiong Bahru Park are similar to the garden in HortPark. It has a simple and clear garden layout, seats facing different directions to provide various views, and the profusion of plants with colour, texture and scents to stimulate the senses. An area specifically designed for gardening with customised benches for potting makes it more convenient for the elderly and wheelchair users to participate in gardening, which improves their health and mental well-being.
The Garden also has raised planter beds of two heights to cater to different groups of visitors. The raised planter beds at a lower height encourages wheelchair users to interact with plants and flowers, while the taller raised planter beds enables seniors who have difficulty bending to do gardening while standing.
A rich variety of plants has been arranged in different zones to evoke visitors’ senses as they move along the pathway.
Expanding the Group’s footprint in Asia, the 3,500 sq m state-of-the-art facility will offer world-class capabilities from perfume creation and technology innovation, to cutting-edge application labs and consumer insights. This Global Centre of Excellence houses the Group’s leadership teams for Hair Care, Soap Bars and Detergent Powders, uniting Firmenich’ s expertise in Fine Fragrance, Body Care and Home Care.
Founded in Geneva, Switzerland, in 1895, Firmenich has created many of the world’s best-known perfumes and flavours that billions of consumers enjoy each day. Its passion for smell and taste is at the heart of its success. It is renowned for its world-class research and creativity, as well as its thought leadership in sustainability and exceptional understanding of consumer trends.
Each year, it invests 10% of its turnover in R&D, reflecting its continuous desire to understand, share and sublimate the best that nature has to offer. Firmenich had an annual turnover of 3.2 billion Swiss Francs at end June 2016.
Among the new exhibits visitors can explore is an immersive 3D virtual reality dive experience along the coral reefs at the Sisters’ Islands Marine Park. They can also observe life between the tides through a mangrove mesocosm, likely one of the first of its kind in the region, where mangroves are planted under controlled conditions to mirror the natural environment as closely as possible. Besides providing an opportunity for visitors to learn more about mangrove habitats, the mesocosm will also allow researchers or schools to conduct observations or simple experiments.
Another new exhibit is a viewing pool where visitors can study sea anemones, sea cucumbers, feather stars and other intertidal organisms up close. The Public Gallery will also feature aquariums for visitors to admire coral reef organisms such as sea fans, sponges and reef fish, and learn about NParks’ coral conservation efforts.
Singapore’s first Marine Park spans about 40 hectares, encompassing Sisters’ Islands and the western reefs of both St John’s Island and Pulau Tekukor. The Sisters’ Islands Marine Park serves as a platform for outreach, educational, conservation and research activities related to our native marine biodiversity. The location was chosen due to its variety of habitats including coral reefs, sandy shores and seagrass areas.
NParks developed and curated the St John’s Island Trail to encourage public appreciation for its rich biodiversity and the history of St John’s Island and Sisters’ Islands Marine Park. The trail is part of NParks’ outreach initiatives on marine biodiversity under NParks’ Nature Conservation Masterplan, which consolidates Singapore’s biodiversity conservation efforts to help achieve Singapore’s City in a Garden vision.
The 2.8 km St John’s Island Trail comprises 15 stations marked with signboards that serve as both station markers and educational resources, highlighting the diversity of flora and fauna as well as the island’s colourful history.
St John’s Island is rich in local history. Since 1604, the island was marked on explorers’ maps. The island was planted extensively with crops in the mid-19th century, before it became a quarantine centre. In 1948, parts of the island were converted into a detention centre for political prisoners such as C. V. Devan Nair, who later became Singapore’s third President. From the 1970s onwards, the island has been mainly used for recreation and is popular with beach-goers and picnickers. Today, it serves as a base for marine research.
When you are on the island, try spotting Singapore’s tallest bird (1.15 m), the Great-billed Heron. It uses its dagger-like bill to spear large fish. This species is locally critically-endangered due to habitat loss.
To expand the variety of training modules for its members; True Fitness is introducing for the first time, the Queenax functional and suspended bodyweight training system and Aerial Yoga facilities, both unique to True Fitness's eighth and latest club located at Viva Business Park.
The Queenax is a highly-versatile equipment that integrates unlimited training options to improve strength and mobility for everyday living, and can be adapted to suit exercisers with different fitness levels.
Aerial yoga is a modern adaptation of traditional yoga done with the support of a special kind of hammock so that you are suspended in the air. With the greater freedom of movement, you’ll be able to go deeper into stretches and increase your flexibility. It is also an effective way to strengthen your core strength and get a total body workout because of the higher level of muscle engagement required to keep your body stable in the air.
The new 18,000 sq ft Fitness & Yoga Facility houses an exciting array of state-of-the-art cardiovascular, strength and résistance equipment, and three sprawling studios – one Aerobics studio, one Spinning studio, and an Infra-red Hot Yoga studio.
Stretch your mind and body with their suite of yoga classes such as Yogalates & Yin Yoga classes and get your blood pumping with the high-energy ICE II Spinning classes. You can also opt for the popular BodyPump™, BodyCombat™, Zumba®, Hip Hop, Grit Strength, Hot Hula and Fight-Do classes.
Jurong Lake Gardens (JLG) is envisioned to be Singapore’s new national gardens in the heartlands, a people’s garden for leisure and recreation, and a model for sustainability in green development.
The 90-hectare gardens will comprise JLG West, JLG Central and JLG East. JLG West is currently undergoing development, and is scheduled to be completed in 2018. JLG Central and JLG East will be completed from 2020 onwards.
You can begin to enjoy JLG West from 2018! Look out for a meandering boardwalk that will bring people closer to nature, a nature-themed play area for kids, and a community lifestyle and water sports facility for activities such as kayaking and dragon boating.
JLG will be the first national gardens in the heartlands. It will complement two existing world-class national gardens – Singapore Botanic Gardens (SBG) and Gardens by the Bay (GB). SBG’s strength lies in its botanical emphasis, research and heritage value, whilst GB’s strength is in its themed gardens and sustainability efforts. JLG’s focus is to be a people’s garden accessible to all segments of the community.
JLG will be a unique leisure and recreation destination amongst the other major parks including East Coast Park, Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park and Pasir Ris Park, and is strategically located to serve the western region of Singapore.
JLG is a vital green infrastructure that contributes to Jurong Lake District’s vision to be ‘a leading model for Singapore in developing a mixed-use urban district that is sustainable, smart and connected’. It will feature sustainable design systems and smart technologies that enable sustainable operation.
Cinema-goers in the East are in for a treat come end September 2017! Cathay Cineplexes is coming to Parkway Parade, making it the eighth Cathay Cineplex in Singapore.
With seven spacious halls to comfortably accommodate 880 cinema-goers, consumers can look forward to having a memorable, one-of-a-kind cinematic experience while indulging in Cathay Cineplexes’ iconic caramel popcorn. Well-loved movie characters will also come to life through advances visual digital projection and impeccable Dolby Surround Sound technology.
To encourage more inclusive movie experiences, Cathay Cineplexes at Parkway Parade will be the first Cineplex under Cathay Organisation to introduce the Assistive Listening Device system for hearing and visually impaired individuals. The system uses infrared to provide clear high-quality sounds with maximum intelligibility and is designed for low distortion and high clarity.
Don’t miss the latest action blockbusters or the most heart-warming romantic comedies with Cathay Cineplexes at Parkway Parade.
Cathay Cineplexes Parkway Parade is located on Level 7 of the mall and is open to public from end of September 2017.
With more than 100 species of native plants on-site, the enhanced Native Garden @ HortPark by The National Parks Board (NParks) has the highest concentration of native plants, including edibles, shrubs and trees, in a single location in Singapore.
The Garden aims to promote the use of native plants in gardens and will provide visitors with a wealth of information on their uses (for food, medicine and timber), how they support native fauna, how they can be used in landscapes, and how to grow them.
The Native Garden features different landscapes that showcase native plants in their various natural habitats, and demonstrates how native plant species can be effectively used for urban landscaping. Aiming to provide an immersive experience, visitors will be able to see the Lasia spinosa in its native aquatic habitat, and the Lumnitzera littorea in its native mangrove habitat. These landscapes also provide habitats for fauna. In the rainforest zone, the running water from a man-made stream and the use of a combination of logs and rocks help to mimic a rainforest habitat conducive for insects, small mammals, reptiles and birds.
Visitors will also be able to explore the five zones where plants are categorised based on how they are used – as medicine, food, timber or to enhance habitats for birds and butterflies. Rare species such as the Nephelium maingayi, which has edible fruits that resemble hairless rambutans and taste like rambutans, can be found in the Food Zone, while the Knema globularia, which is found in the Bird Zone, has fruits that are eaten by the Oriental Pied Hornbill.
An establishment by EagleWings (a popular luxury yacht charter in Singapore), nautical-themed cafe & bar EagleWings Loft features a cosy yet sophisticated ambience that is perfect for a weekend family brunch or any typical work-week meal.
On the menu: Foie Gras w/Duck Rillete, Truffle Blackbeard, Marco Polo Creamoso, Lobster Submarine, Chicken Diavola and more.
A flagship landed development by CapitaLand, Victoria Park Villas is an exclusive and prestigious landed development in the prime District 10 offering 106 semi-detached houses and three distinctive bungalows.
Victoria Park Villas is designed by not just one, but three independent architects, led by master architect Mok Wei Wei from the renowned firm W Architects.
This unique arrangement ensures diversity as well as coherence in design, leading Victoria Park Villas a stunning, sophisticated appeal. Every detail is relentlessly pursued, combining liveability and luxury. This is where beauty. the greater promises of life - and you - can truly call home.
Sitting on a 403,000 square feet site at the junction of Coronation Road and Victoria Park Road, Victoria Park Villas' landed houses are perched on elevated land along Victoria Park Road within the Good Class Bungalow neighbourhood. To be completed in 2018, Victoria Park Villas presents a keenly awaited opportunity for homebuyers to own a brand new home in one of the most sought after addresses in Singapore.
Victoria Park Villas is about a 10-minute walk from Farrer Road and Tan Kah Kee MRT stations, surrounded by myriad dining, recreational and retail options in Holland Village, Dempsey Hill, ION Orchard, Coronation Shopping Plaza, and Singapore Botanic Gardens. It is also a 10-minute drive to Singapore’s world-renowned Orchard Road shopping belt and the Central Financial District.
It is also surrounded by reputable schools including Nanyang Primary School, Raffles Girls Primary School, St Margaret’s Secondary School, Hwa Chong Institution, Anglo-Chinese School International, National Junior College and the National University of Singapore Bukit Timah Campus.
Located within Destination Singapore Beach Road, a new hotel managed by the Park Hotel Group; Folklore celebrates Singapore heritage food and the role it plays in cultural harmony in our multi-ethnic nation.
Brainchild of Chef Damian D’Silva, the menu constitutes a nostalgic homage to the food he grew up with as a child of Eurasian-Peranakan parentage. Heirloom dishes reflective of the major racial cuisines of Singapore are made from scratch, without shortcuts or compromise, using authentic - largely manual - kitchen methods.
The experience is of being a guest at Chef Damian’s family dinners around the table. Bottles of in-house-made sauces and mixes, along with giveaway recipe cards encourage home cooking, furthering Chef Damian’s ardent advocacy of preserving and propagating Singapore’s culinary heritage.
Set in the lush greenery of Rochester Park, Thyme@Rochester serves European and Western delicacies. Not only is it perfect for date nights, it is also family-friendly as they have a kiddy play area for the little ones.
On their menu; Roasted Chicken Leg with Pumpkin Mash, Grilled Prawns with House Made Chilli Dip, Aubergine Caponata, Spaghetti con Gamberi and more.
Nature reserves are protected areas of rich biodiversity that are representative sites of key indigenous ecosystems. To safeguard the native flora and fauna in these areas, there are special restrictions on the activities that can be carried out.
As part of a holistic conservation approach, some nature parks have been established on the margins of the Nature Reserves to act as green buffers.
The National Parks Board (NParks) has unveiled plans for a new 67-hectare Rifle Range Nature Park, which will serve as the southern buffer park for Bukit Timah Nature Reserve and is expected to be completed in 2020
The 67-hectare Rifle Range Nature Park is located at the southern end of Bukit Timah Nature Reserve. As a buffer park, Rifle Range Nature Park will help to reduce visitorship pressure on Bukit Timah Nature Reserve by providing interesting alternative venues for the public to enjoy nature-related activities.
Being next to the nature reserve, Rifle Range Nature Park provides complementary forest habitat for biodiversity from Bukit Timah Nature Reserve. Surveys indicate that native flora species growing in the nature reserve can be seen at the fringe of the nature park. Visitors may be able to chance upon native fauna species such as the Sunda Pangolin (Manis javanica) and Horsfield’s Flying Squirrel (Lomys horsfieldii). Native crabs, frogs, fishes and snakes can also be seen in the slow-flowing sandy streams.
Visitors will be able to experience the canopies of a regenerating secondary forest through a Sky Garden. It is an elevated walkway that provides a seamless experience from Beauty World to the Sin Seng Quarry.
The former Sin Seng Quarry will be sensitively enhanced to support the rich biodiversity in the area. The quarry was once one of the deepest quarries in Singapore (55 metres at its deepest point), but has since been backfilled. It will be transformed into a freshwater habitat with alook-out point for visitors to appreciate marsh birds.
Hiking trails with varying levels of difficulty will also be added to give visitors a chance to learn more about the history of quarrying in Singapore and the heritage highlights within the site.
Aerial rope bridges across Rifle Range Road will be provided to allow animals to move safely between Bukit Timah Nature Reserve and Rifle Range Nature Park. The first such bridges in Singapore, they aim to restore the ecological connection between the two forest habitats.
Blue Lotus Chinese Noodle Bar at Science Park offers a quirky and uplifting modern dining concept specialising in Northern Chinese-style dumpling and la mian.
Part of Blue Lotus Concepts International that launched the award-winning flagship Blue Lotus Chinese Eating House at Sentosa Cove in 2013, Blue Lotus Chinese Noodle Bar is the newest establishment by entrepreneur and highly acclaimed restaurateur Ricky Ng.
Some highlights of the menu; Grilled Giant King Prawn La Mian, Signature Crispy Pork Lard Truffle La Mian and Vegetarian Truffle Mushroom & Beansprout La Mian.
Try their starters such as the Tea-Smoked Egg, which is prepared using a blend of premium tieguanying tea and five spices.
Enjoy a whole new experience at Jewel Changi Airport! Set to open in early 2019, the mixed-use development located in front of Changi Airport’s Terminal 1, features a hotel, exciting attractions, aviation facilities as well as retail and dining offerings - all across a 10-storey complex.
Offering a sneak peek into the lifestyle and recreation attractions at Jewel, Changi Airport on Wednesday (June 7) shared plans to create lush indoor gardens, mazes, slides and walking trails to complement a 130-room hotel and 300 retail and dining outlets.
The newly-unveiled elements of Canopy Park on level five of Jewel, spanning about 14,000 sqm feature three iconic play attractions – Sky Nets, Canopy Mazes, and Discovery Slides.
Once the heart of horse racing and precinct for the first plane to fly over Singapore in 1900s, Farrer Park has since evolved into a buzzing commercial community with plenty to do, see and eat. Park Hotel Farrer Park, is a brand new 300-room hotel situated in this vibrant enclave.
Park Hotel Farrer Park enjoys a prime location atop Farrer Park MRT station, providing unbeatable accessibility around the vicinity, to the city and Central Business District. Standing tall amongst surrounding shopping complexes, quaint restaurants and historical shophouses, the 20-storey new-build hotel with its sleek glass exteriors offers panoramic views of the vibrant district.
It is home to a mix of 300 contemporary guest rooms, Sky Loft and Premier Loft rooms coupled with modern amenities, the hotel also features three dining outlets, a swimming pool and gymnasium ideal for business travel or family holidays.
Blue Jasmine at the new Park Hotel Farrer Park brings you the best of Southern Thai and Esarn cuisine, in a communal and interactive way. Expect to delight in strong herbs and signature Thai flavours. A homelike concept thats fun and enriching, where you can be sure to even use your fingers to enjoy the food!
Blue Jasmine's menu will feature a wide selection of dishes, inspired by traditional flavours and Thailand’s bustling street food culture. Simple all-time favourites will deliver robust flavours with earthy herbs and fragrant spices imported directly from Thailand.
Ramen Atelier is Singapore's first French-Japanese ramen bar serving contemporary Japanese ramen influenced by French culinary techniques and flavours.
Chef owner Andrew Ng was trained in French cuisine, and have worked in Western food establishments for more than a decade. His love for Japanese food and ramen, in particular, has brought him to merge his French culinary know-how with Japanese cooking techniques to create his ideal bowl of ramen.
Located off Venus Drive at the Upper Thomson area, the 75-hectare Windsor Nature Park is a green buffer for the Central Catchment Nature Reserve.
Visitors can explore new trails including the specially curated Hanguana Trail and the Drongo Trail. The Hanguana Trail is lined with rare native plants, some of which are named after Singapore. The Drongo Trail features a sub-canopy walk where visitors can catch a glimpse of the fauna that are found under the canopy level, in addition to examining the understorey of the regenerating secondary forest.
Discover other highlights of Windsor Nature Park such as a marsh habitat and several freshwater streams by hiking on the restored trails and new boardwalks. Visitors can also join workshops to learn about Singapore’s natural heritage and ongoing biodiversity conservation efforts at the visitor pavilion.
Forte Suites is a freehold residential development by Forte Development Pte Ltd. The 25-storey residential building is a magnificent blend of modern architecture and avant-garde design elements. It comprises a total of 106 stunning residential units, each with a soaring celling height of at least 3.2m.
Strategically located on the city fringe, nestling between locations filled with rich history and cultural heritage, Forte Suites is less than 700m from Farrer Park MRT station. Shopping malls such as City Square Mall and the 24 hours Mustafa Centre are within a short stroll.
Cafe Football at Woodleigh Park is a unique restaurant for people who love food and football. It is part of the football-themed hospitality franchises that property firm Rowsley acquired from Manchester United legends Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs in year 2015.
It was all inspired by good, honest food which brings people together, whether in the stands or at home. Cafe Football took this idea of wholesome food and turned it a unique restaurant that feeds a love for food and football.
At Cafe Football Singapore, they want to capture the essence of football in their restaurant and their menu. Football fans and foodies alike can appreciate their diverse, well-rounded menu with some subtle nods to the beautiful game.
Luxury vacuum and small appliance manufacturer Dyson opened its £330 million research and development centre at The Science Park in February.
Dyson's new centre as well as its advanced manufacturing team will add another 190 jobs over the next five years. It now employs 1,100 people across the new techonology centre and its West Park facility.
The Technology Centre will concentrate on "connected technology and intelligent machines" and hire employees with expertise in AI, machine intelligence and software development.
The nationally treasured Parkview Square building is to reveal Singapore’s most highly anticipated bar concept of recent years - ATLAS.
Opening in March and located in the vibrant ground floor lobby of the unique office tower, ATLAS will welcome residents, professionals and drinks aficionados from Singapore and beyond to a stand-out, sophisticated all-day drinking and dining destination.
The ATLAS Gin Collection will provide the world’s most diverse and thoughtfully curated physical compilation of this popular spirit. Assembled in an impressive ceiling-high tower, the display will form the centrepiece of the expansive venue. Appointed by Master of Gin, Jason Williams, the selection includes everything from 1910 London dry gins to the best of modern craft gins from the far corners of the world.
Beneath the bar lies a bespoke rose gold walk-in Champagne Room housing the ATLAS Champagne Collection. Guests are invited to taste the rare treasures from one of Asia’s most sought-after Champagne lists.
By the same people of Wheeler's Yard, Wheeler’s Estate at Seletar Aerospace Park comprises of 6 components – Restaurant, Café, Bar, Events, Picnic and Cycling.
Wheeler's Estate is where life, play and cycling meets. Set amidst rustic vibes that blend with lush, abundant nature at every corner, it’s the perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of city life. Built and designed to create open, communal spaces – the 2-acre wide former British military airbase-turned heritage building will present you with an experience of a whole new world.
Dine in airy, spacious verandahs, soak up live tunes by the bar, hold a private solemnisation in an exquisite glass house, relax by the lawn with a picnic, or explore our community on foot – or two wheels. At Wheeler’s Estate, there’s something for everyone.
Mandai, in Northern part of Singapore will be developed into a 126ha eco-tourism hub. The area now houses the Singapore Zoo, the River Safari and the Night Safari. But from as early as 2020, they will be joined by two new attractions - the Bird Park, which will be relocated from Jurong, and the new Rainforest Park.
When completed, Mandai’s eco-tourism hub is expected to attract more than 10 million visitors each year, as well as generate a significant number of jobs in conservation research, tourism and hospitality, said developer Mandai Park Holdings as it launched the construction phase of the project on Monday (Jan 16).
Once a stable for cars, The Garage is now in the driver’s seat of culinary adventure with two brand-new Food & Beverage destinations at the Singapore Botanic Gardens.
The Garage sits at the nexus of history and style: an elegant 1920s Art Deco conservation building within Singapore’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visually it floats like a white-clad mirage, the seven vaulting garage bays lifting the structure weightlessly above the surrounding greenery. Through its two F&B concept offerings – Botanico and Bee’s Knees – The Garage offers people a way to reconnect with nature through the enjoyment of thoughtfully executed food, thus completing their botanical adventure.
Located on Level 2 and helmed by Spanish-born Chef Antonio Oviedo, Botanico at The Garage offers a contemporary-bistro, seasonality-driven menu, presenting the gifts of soil, land and sea in a cuisine inspired by the natural cycles of the year and by bistronomy. On the same floor is the hidden garden bar located on a spacious outdoor terrace.
Porta Fine Food & Import Company is the doorway to an eclectic haven of modern European cuisine and inspiring epicurean treasures from around the world. Expect dishes that skillfully combine fresh produce and seasonal flavours, as well as a retail area that will inspire one to create a wholesome meal worth savouring.
Porta aims to bring to you a fresh experience every season, the focused a la carte menu will be updated every season. Each item on the menu is made from scratch and combines the use of seasonal flavours and premium ingredients.
Helming Porta’s kitchen is Executive Chef Michael Suyanto. Trained in the classical French culinary traditions, the 31 year-old Indonesian has 12 years of culinary experience under his belt. An advocate of presenting his dishes in a clean and simple manner, Michael prefers to let his cooking skills and harmonious use of quality ingredients impress.
Opening on 5 January 2017, Villa Samadhi is a delightfully restored colonial residence oozing with old Malayan charm, hidden away in the Labrador Nature Reserve.
At Villa Samadhi, guests will find timber salvaged from abandoned kampung (village) houses, bamboo and natural materials sourced from the indigenous Orang Asli, as well as bamboo and wood carpentry crafted on-site by the villa’s own craftsmen. Artisanal crafts are valued, with colourful Southeast Asian hill tribe artwork, Indochinese artifacts, old Chinese furniture adorning the interiors against the signature backdrop of terraced corridors, shuttered windows, high ceilings and airy rooms.
Villa Samadhi has 18 rooms fashioned with stunning four poster beds, plantation chairs, teak furniture as well as blue and white china beckon, with views of towering trees and wildlife, some decked with private plunge pools. A well-stocked library and a bar equipped with a pool table are the perfect place to spend an afternoon tea or complimentary pre-dinner cocktails before taking a short stroll through the forest to get to Tamarind Hill, where stunning dining options await.
Luxuries here are opulently simple – the luxury of reliving yesteryear, of quietude, of breathing space, of being surrounded by nature.
Parkview Museum, is a swanky new art space from the Parkview Group. Located in the heart of the art and cultural districts, Parkview Museum will be a platform for the expression and popularisation of contemporary art in Singapore with its vast column-less space and 7 metre high ceilings – certainly a hint to the immense potential of things to come.
Parkview Museum is set to open in mid-March 2017 with global travelling art exhibition, ‘On Sharks and Humanity’.
After 11 months of upgrading works, heartland mall Compass One in Sengkang will open its doors to the public again in September.
The mall's tenant mix will include more than 50 new retailers, as well as returning anchor tenants Cold Storage, Sengkang Public Library and Kopitiam.
To mark its reopening, Compass One will run an array of promotions and host games booths and in-mall performances for shoppers.
New tenants include IT store Challenger, optical shop Owndays and eateries Royal London Duck and Paradise Hotpot, which will complement long-term tenants such as Popular, Royal Sporting House, POSB and Pizza Hut.
The highlight of the mall will be a bigger library spread over two floors, while there will also be improved amenities such as larger common areas and a children's playground.
Located on top of the Farrer Park MRT Station, Park Hotel Farrer Park is Park Hotel Group's fifth property in Singapore.
The hotel is located in the vibrant shopping and entertainment district of Little India with the famous 24-hour Mustafa Centre, Tekka Centre, and The Verge, all located within walking distance. For convenience, the new hotel will also be connected through an underground pedestrian walkway to City Square Mall, Singapore’s first eco-mall.
Head over with your family and friends and delight in generous seafood platters prepared the way you want it to be alongside a wide array of sides and desserts in the welcoming and upscale casual atmosphere. Diners can choose to dine at the restaurant or amidst lush greenery at the adjoining outdoor Beer Tavern offering more than 20 varieties of beer.
Calle Real, the Filipino fusion restaurant at Changi Business Park, has upgraded and launched a new restaurant. Comida Fiesta features a modern twist on the traditional dishes.
Highlights include their signature seafood paella for two, the famous rellenong bangus or stuffed milkfish, the lechon de carajay which includes smoked pork belly with sauce. For dessert they serve brazo de mercedes, a fluffy meringue roll with sweet custard filling. There's a Spanish wine list and a tapas menu too.
In a bid to improve the well-being of residents and to help seniors age gracefully, the National Parks Board (NParks) has launched a new therapeutic garden at HortPark.
Located at Hyderabad Road, this is the first time a therapeutic garden has been developed in a public park in Singapore. It features elements of horticultural therapy, which is the use of plants and nature to benefit and stimulate the human mind.
Every detail in the garden is said to be strategic. Vibrant-coloured flowers were chosen as an uplifting visual stimulant, while there are also pastel-coloured flowers on display to give a calming effect. Pandan leaves were also planted to activate the sense of smell.
Surrounded by metal, pipes and wood décor, The Pipe District serves you within an industrial-themed setting with Modern European Cuisine, to name one of their bestsellers, the Himalayan Salt Block selections.
With a choice of indoor and outdoor seating, diners have the choice of cozying up onto their pipe-styled furniture with entertainment of the dart machines or why not take a seat outdoors and grab a pint or two of their Archipelago draught beers at their outdoor bar over a BPL match.
Motorists at Changi Village have been enjoying the Housing Board's (HDB's) first new mechanised carpark since last December, as an alternative to patiently waiting for a lot at the open-air carpark in the area.
Built at a cost of $10 million, the new Mechanised Parking System (MPS) has helped to nearly double the number of available parking lots at the popular foodie haunt from 183 to 304.
The carpark is fully automated and allows vehicles to be transferred to available parking spots across a five-storey building.
In order to park, motorists need to drive their cars into one of four car lifts, before switching off their engines and locking their vehicles behind them.
They then punch an eight-digit PIN code in a computer terminal outside and the MPS automatically parks the car once the lift door closes.
Cars are retrieved by entering the same PIN code.
Peak period wait times to retrieve each car ranged between 10 and 15 minutes. It is open to residents for season parking, as well as for visitors at the same parking fees charged at regular HDB carparks.
The 75-hectare Windsor Nature Park, to be ready by end 2016, will serve as one of the entrances to the Central Catchment Nature Reserve.
It is one of four new nature parks which will serve as green buffers to the Central Catchment Nature Reserve. These parks – which include Springleaf, Chestnut and Thomson Nature Parks – will help to reduce visitorship pressure on the nature reserves by providing interesting alternative venues for the public to enjoy nature-related activities. The development of these nature parks is part of a holistic approach to strengthen the conservation of the biodiversity in Singapore’s nature reserves.
The new extension's amenities include outdoor fitness equipment and public toilets.
According to the authority, there are about 37 species of birds at Zhenghua Nature Park. Besides birds such as the Olive-backed Sunbird, Flameback Woodpecker and Pink-necked Green Pigeon which are often spotted in parks and gardens, birds which are typically found in forests have also been sighted like the Greater Racket-tailed Drongo and Long-tailed Parakeet. The nature park is also a stopover for migratory birds like the Arctic Warbler.
Sixteen species of birds have been seen at the extension since May this year when habitat enhancements first began, including the Blue-throated bee-eater and the Oriental Dollarbird, both of which are forest-edge species.
More than 30 species of plants were added to the park's extension including bird attracting species like Tembusu, Syzigium polyanthum, Ficus microcarpa, Leea indica, Rhodomrytus tomentosa and Ixora javanica.
With the extension, the total area of Zhenghua Nature Park is brought to 17.3 hectares.
Aqua Luna is idyllically located by the picturesque 25-metre infinity pool, this stylish alfresco pool bar at Park Hotel Alexandra affords guests opportunities to unwind in a tranquil urban oasis. Perched high atop a podium on the 7th floor, Aqua Luna sports a unique swim-up concept that invites you to soak in the arresting views, and welcomes you to splash to the tempo of nature.
When the night falls, Aqua Luna truly comes to life. Under the soft glow of twinkling lights, be enthralled by the selection of tempting bar eats, treats and beats. Or if you so desire, be lulled into a personal sanctuary of your own as you sip on a specialty cocktail handcrafted by their in-house mixologists.
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
Themed after the most loved animation character in Korea, Pororo Park integrates entertainment and educational elements in an indoor playground setting. With seven Pororo Parks in Korea and three locations in China, Pororo Park Singapore will be the first Pororo Park in Southeast Asia opening early November 2015.
Join them on a delightful exploration journey to the snowy village of Porong Porong Forest with Pororo the Little Penguin and his beloved friends. Lots of fun and adventure awaits you with rides, indoor playground, arts & science classes and live shows.
A truly integrated edutainment center, Pororo Park Singapore is the place to be for fantastic family fun!
Sunset viewing has gotten a lot more interesting at Sky on 57, as it transforms its outdoor terraces into a brand new contemporary lounge experience called Flight.
The million-dollar views at the Sands Skypark restaurant and the culinary artistry of Chef Justin Quek have long been key attractions – now, guests can literally let their imagination take flight at the new lounge, which offers a unique bar programme by award-winning mixologist Lucas Swallows.
The bottle service at Flight encourages guests to venture out of the ordinary to explore and customize their own drinks, from classics to the quirky.
Choosing from a list of carefully curated spirits, guests can then pick from a series of recommended pairings of houseinfused ginger beers, tonics, sodas, colas, lemonades, teas and juices.
On the food menu: Apart from the famed Foie Gras Xiao Long Bao, Chef Justin has created new bar bites such as the Chinese Lu Shui (ĺŤ¤ć°´)Hamburger featuring Kagoshima Korubuta pork served in a steamed man tou (é¦’ĺ¤´) bun.
PARKROYAL on Pickering’s Lime restaurant launches its Lime Pâtisserie during Singapore Golden Jubilee. The new sweet spot is the perfect addition to Singapore’s Central Business District.
Guests can relish a selection of delicious sliced cakes, macaroons, pralines and muffins that showcase the beautiful artistry of the restaurant’s pastry team. Diners are spoilt for choice with a wide selection of house favourites such as the classic Valrhona Chocolate Gateau, fruity Strawberry Cheesecake and the local favourite velvety soft D24 Durian Mousse cake.
Lime’s comfortable sofas and snug corner tables provide a cosy setting for guests to experience the glorious combination of artisanal desserts and a lovely tête-à-tête with loved ones amidst the iconic foliage of the hotel-in-a-garden. For those looking to impress at home or in the office, the pâtisserie also offers the option to take away some of its all-time party favourites such as indulgent Sea Salt Caramel Chocolate Tart, zesty Lemon Lime Tart, colourful Rainbow Cake and Milk Chocolate Rocher Pops which is sure to delight guests of all ages, specially kids.
Singapore‘s Park Hotel Group has expanded its portfolio with the opening of a new upscale hotel in Alexandra.
Connected to the Alexandra Central Shopping Mall, the new hotel offers 442 rooms and suites, all featuring complimentary Wi-Fi access. There is also a selection of club rooms and the top floor Crystal Club Lounge, which offers a range of facilities for premium guests.
On the seventh floor there is a 25 metre infinity-edge swimming pool with swim-up pool, and a large deck area that can also be used for events. Other MICE facilities include a 150-pax capacity function room that can be divided for smaller events.
In terms of F&B, the Park Hotel Alexandra’s Carvery restaurant specialises in Western cuisine, while the lobby level Coffee Belt serves pastries and wraps.
Celebrity Chef Wolfgang Puck will open his flagship restaurant, Spago, at Marina Bay Sands later this year. This will be Chef Puck's second restaurant in Marina Bay Sands after steakhouse CUT, and Spago's first venture in Asia.
Spago will be located 57 storeys above ground on the majestic Sands SkyPark, Tower 2, overlooking the city and gardens and beside Marina Bay Sands’ famous infinity pool. Spago will deliver a sophisticated, warm and inviting ambiance with both indoor and outdoor seating, while serving an imaginative and seasonal menu of Californian cuisine with global accents.
Haite has opened its first Aviation Training Centre outside of China, which is also the first major investment by a Chinese aerospace company in Singapore.
The new facility is more than 7,000sqm, and is located in the Changi Business Park. Haite has established a training base for pilots and related aviation crew, for various types of Boeing and Airbus aircrafts widely used in China and the Southeast Asia region.
The Singapore Training Center offers training on an initial set of two, 7000 Series Full Flight Simulators: B737NG and A320 plus Integrated Procedures Trainer. Five more simulators will follow thereafter. The facility spans over 21,000 sqm. on 6 stories and includes rooftop conference/dining room, rest area for special events, as well as ample underground parking.
Founded in 1970 by Diane von Furstenberg, the global luxury lifestyle brand will offer a full collection of ready-to-wear and accessories including handbags, shoes, small leather goods, scarves and jewellery.
A Shoppes-exclusive item has been created in celebration of the new DVF store at The Shoppes. The exclusive DVF Brookes Parka is a leopard green paper habotai hooded parka lined with a detachable and reversible leopard printed lamb fur. It will only be available at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore.
In a giant’s castle now overgrown by a magical beanstalk, a new suspended roller coaster ride straps you in for a wild goose chase with Puss and his accomplice, Kitty Soft Paws. The new outdoor ride, aptly named Puss In Boots’ Giant Journey, will thrill you as it takes flight with an original storyline.
This new ride is slated DreamWorks Animation and Universal Parks & Resorts. Puss, originally a character in the Shrek movies, rose to stand-alone fame in October 2011 with his very own hit movie. The animated film was a critical and commercial success, with a gross of over 554 million USD worldwide.
This new ride brings the total number of attractions based on DreamWorks Animation films to seven. They are spread across two zones – Madagascar and Far Far Away – and are complemented by more than 10 themed dining and shopping outlets.
A new 8km-long Jubilee Walk has been launched. It covers historic locations in the civic district and the Marina Bay are and a new pedestrian bridge that stretches from the Merlion Park to Marina Promenade, in front of the Esplanade Theatres.
The existing Esplanade Bridge was too narrow for pedestrians. Now with the Jubilee Bridge, you can stroll comfortably across the Singapore River.
The Jubilee Walk is identified by trail and monument markers and three new public art works to commemorate SG50.
An airship under steam, Copper’s soul purpose is the voyage through and beyond an array of delectable cuisines, taking your taste buds into a realm beyond your wildest dreams. The moment you enter Copper on the lower deck, you will be greeted with Dr Sparks’ beef bar, which houses the largest selection of Gin on the equatorial line.
The bar has over 30 labels to choose from, also offering gourmet bar bites like the Mac & Cheese Balls and Bone Marrow Crostini.
A restaurant will be opening on the top floor specialising in grilled meats.
Bottle Tree Park has re-opened as Orto, one of the largest privately-operated leisure parks in Singapore, covering 51,500 sqm of land in the Northern area of the island.
A treasured green lung bearing an interesting collection of tropical greenery, beds of colorful shrubs and boulders with a beautiful, scenic lake. ORTO introduces an eco-learning journey with a rich array of plants and trees. Embark on a learning escapade into nature and retreat into the fauna and flora experience with a botanical stroll.
Take a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, relax and unwind under the glorious sunshine and summer breeze. ORTO is easily accessible and conveniently located and extensive recreational and social-friendly activities in the park such as prawning, fishing and futsal makes it an ideal place for family and social gatherings. ORTO also features outdoor event venues such as The Lakehouse and The Promenade for school activities, family functions, wedding receptions, corporate events, product launches, and seminars.
The rustic yet elegant feel of the park presents a unique dining setting in this modern, urban city. Delight your senses with the serene ambience, delectable menus and gracious service in a medley of restaurants and cafes beside the lake. From scrumptious seafood to fusion cuisines, light bites or seated dining, ORTO has it all.
Parc Olympia, Loyang's latest development finds its way into Flora Drive.
Named after the famous Olympia (in Greece) no less, the site of the first Olympic Games, this site is right next to the Japanese Primary School, Palm Isles and Hedges Park Condo all the way east in Loyang.
Apart from swimming pools, a tennis court and a gym, you will see some really interesting facilities that are rather rare. Things like a badminton court (that also serves as a function room) and a full size basketball/futsal court. There is also a synthetic jogging track. And also a large putting green - 20m by 15m (or 300sqm).
Situated on the very far eastern end of Singapore, Parc Olympia is just one of the many low-rise new condos launched in this area. The land bounded by TPE, Flora Road and Upper Changi Road North is home to a slew of new condos.
The 75-hectare Windsor Nature Park at Upper Thomson will be ready by the end of next year, with works for the site expected to start by the middle of this year.
The park is one of the four new nature parks which will serve as buffers to the Central Catchment Nature Reserve. The other three include Springleaf, which opened to the public in November last year, Chestnut and Thomson Nature Parks. NParks said works for the Chestnut Nature Park started last year, and the park will be completed by end-2016, while plans for Thomson Nature Park are still in early stages.
House of Commons is a café on Owen Road, nestled in the Farrer Park area, serving up specialty espresso-based coffees and delicious bites.
They desire to create a comfortable and homely spot where all are welcome to enjoy a great cup of coffee.
Not only do they serve you great food and the best coffee they can, they also want to give back to the community, so they’ve intentionally kept their prices low, decorated their place with “upcycled” materials and pre-loved items.