For thousands of years, we’ve questioned the meaning of life, death, and the afterlife. This year, Haw Par Villa aims to enlighten generations of Singaporeans on the meaning of death and the dying culture that surrounds it.
With the newly opened Hell’s Museum, Singapore’s longest-running cultural theme park has been transformed into a realm where death and the afterlife meet. The Museum’s experiential exhibition aims to educate visitors with engaging and comparative insights on how death and the afterlife are viewed and interpreted across different religions, cultures and the ages. Bringing together our blended identities as Asians, Hell’s Museum also provides a window to understanding how the various cultures, religions and philosophical concepts are interconnected and how much they have in common.
Haw Par Villa has recently reopened its doors following extensive upgrading works.
Haw Par Villa - formerly known as the Tiger Balm Garden – is an 8.5-hectare Asian cultural park, the last of its kind in the world. Built in 1937, Singapore’s largest outdoor art gallery is the brainchild of Aw Boon Haw, the millionaire philanthropist and marketing extraordinaire who gifted the world Tiger Balm. The eclectic park is a treasure trove of Asian culture, history, philosophy and religion – quirky yet enlightening, at the same time. Since 2015, it is managed by Journeys Pte Ltd, an award-winning heritage specialist passionate in preserving and bringing the heritage gem to greater heights.
Check out the fresh look of the park, with restored sculptures such as the Main Arch and the fully air-conditioned Ten Courts of Hell. Technology is also used to create an immersive experience for visitors. Be greeted by projection mapping at the main entrance and enhanced lighting when you visit the park at night. What's more, you can look forward to more offerings, including a new restaurant and the world's first Hell's Museum, that will be added to the park in October.
The Pasir Panjang Power District is set to be transformed into a waterfront lifestyle district, with public spaces for all to enjoy and where the power station buildings will be repurposed to house new uses.
By 2027, the container terminals at Keppel, Tanjong Pagar and Brani will move out, and various development works will begin. But prior to that, the first project in the Greater Southern Waterfront will be the area around Labrador Park.
One key parcel is the Pasir Panjang Power District. It is 15ha of prime waterfront land which consists of two disused power station buildings – Power Station ‘A’ and Power Station ‘B’.
By the mid-2020s, Singapore's Pasir Panjang Power District could host concepts such as a drone race course, a hobby factory run by seniors, a hotel, residences, giant slides or even a floating pool perched along the coast.
It will be one of the first few sites to be developed along the Greater Southern Waterfront, a stretch from Marina East to Pasir Panjang that will be transformed for residential and leisure use as the port shifts to Tuas.
Tucked away in NewGen Retail concept habitat by honestbee, lies two exciting entrants set to shake up Singapore’s dining scene and change your notion of a grocery and dining destination. Introducing oyster and seafood bar hama hama, which brings Asian-inspired small plates and progressive cocktail bar b bar - habitat by honestbee's answer to a speakeasy that's beyond their famous mirrored cul-de-sac Wine and Spirits alley.
Conceptualised by Chef De Cuisine Vincent Ng, hama hama injects a rustic elegance into its seasonal sharing menu. With oysters as the main draw, choose from nine different types that range from French to Irish, including two house specials. hama hama 'pimps' oysters with five cooking styles that range from light (a cincau-like lemon and hot sauce jelly) to a crunchy bite (breadcrumbs with mentaiko aioli).
With its white and blue tiles and gold and brass accents, hama hama is a stylish kitchen and bar for seafood lovers. The main show-kitchen at the back and counter kitchen give guests first class seats to an intimate dining experience. With the ocean’s best catch of the day, guests can start off with the Truffle Udon made with shio kombu, packed with umami goodness in a truffle oil emulsion. The Bouchot Mussels are also a must-try - Chef Vincent uses hae bee hiam (dried shrimp) powder, dehydrated and made from scratch, served with deep fried hor fun strips.
“With Singapore’s hot and humid weather, I like to present dishes that are lighter and more refreshing on the palate,” says Chef Vincent Ng. “We really wanted to put a modern spin on fresh seafood, without overcomplicating things and keeping the flavours simple and clean. Think casual fine dining with the use of Asian ingredients and European techniques. Desserts take you back in time with some nostalgia twists.
Once your appetites have been satiated at hama hama, hit up their b bar which is just a few steps away and in a hidden spot in an unassuming neighbourhood.
Elevated above road level to heighten its exclusivity, Kent Ridge Hill Residences by Oxley Holdings Limited is designed to be one with its natural surroundings. Comprising luxury residences and townhouses, revel in the choice of unit types for every lifestyle need.
Inspired by the sense of space that nature brings, first-storey residences will have tall high ceilings, while top-storey residences enjoy more generous living and dining spaces.
A unique forested hill in a park. A sanctuary for flora and fauna. A leisure destination for nature lovers, thrill seekers, fitness enthusiasts, and more. While others travel from afar to enjoy Kent Ridge Park, residents of Kent Ridge Hill Residences enjoy the privilege of an exclusive residents-only access to it.
The Verandah Residences is an upcoming & rare freehold residential development with a black & white colonial concept by established developer, Oxley Holdings Limited. This exquisite low-rise apartment is located on Pasir Panjang Road.
This project will have a total of 4 blocks and it comprises a total of 170 residential units.
As an investment opportunity, The Verandah Residences is expected to enjoy strong tenant demand from surrounding employment nodes such as Mapletree Business City, Singapore Science Park, One North and National University of Singapore (NUS).
LEVEL3 is a collaboration work and event space launched by Unilever Foundry and Padang & Co that provides a springboard for startups to scale and build successful businesses through interaction and partnership with Unilever and other corporations.
Connected to Unilever’s regional headquarters at Mapletree Business City, Singapore, LEVEL3 is a workspace that supports Singapore’s emerging startup ecosystem and entrepreneur community to create and connect to real business opportunities.
Get in touch with them if you are pioneering the future in marketing and AdTech, enterprise tech (analytics, IoT, etc.), product and ingredient tech and consumer insights. LEVEL3 is also perfect for those makers inventing new business models or for those making an impact through social entrepreneurship business opportunities.
Startups have the opportunity to engage with Unilever Foundry and other ecosystem partners to solve business challenges ranging from marketing to finance, logistics, supply chain and customer development.
US tech giant Google's Singapore office which serves as its Asia-Pacific headquarters, is now at Mapletree Business City (Pasir Panjang).
Google opened their first Singapore office in 2007, a tiny space along Collyer Quay occupied by just 24 people. Since then, Asia’s grown, Singapore’s grown and they've grown in Singapore. They now need room for 1,000 Googlers working on new products and projects across Asia for our users, customers and partners. And they also want more room for the community around them —the kind of place that’s useful for gatherings of developers, students, founders, and kids to connect with Googlers and, sometimes, even prime ministers and ministers of trade.
Google has also announced that they’re bringing Code in the Community to 3,000 young Singaporeans from less well-to-do backgrounds. It’s a multi-year, multi-level computer science and computational thinking course to get even more Singaporean kids excited about the potential of technology. They're partnering with Singapore’s four ethnic Self-Help Groups—the Chinese Development Assistance Council, Singapore Indian Development Association, The Eurasian Association and Yayasan Mendaki—to hold weekend classes for kids aged 8 to 15, with an equal mix of boys and girls. The program, which starts in early 2017, will be run by 21C Girls and Saturday Kids at four Community Centers around the island for three years. Google’s support for Code in the Community is made possible through their Data Center Community Grants and RISE Awards programs.
Haw Par Villa is about to undergo a major makeover to restore it to its former glory.
The park in Pasir Panjang is rich in Chinese folklore and mythology and, in the 1970s and 1980s, used to draw over a million visitors a year with its quirky statues and gruesome depiction of the underworld.
The Singapore Tourism Board (STB), which owns the 78-year-old park, has appointed tour operator Journeys to manage it for the next three years.
With Singapore as the backdrop, Unravel presents a series of real-life escape rooms, inspired by local urban legends and iconic landmarks. Woven together with a compelling storyline, Unravel puts you in the shoes of a team of private detectives, working together with the main protagonist, Kai, as he embarks on a journey to crack some of the most baffling mysteries.
Consisting of four unique experiences, you have the opportunity to take the road down memory lane with rooms themed after the former Changi Hospital, the old Ford Factory at Bukit Timah, the classic Dragon playground and the now defunct Fort Pasir Panjang. Whilst immersed in these settings, you will have to rely on a combination of wits, lateral thinking, courage and teamwork to solve a series of puzzles and unravel the secrets behind each story in order to escape from the locked room within 60 minutes.
Conceptualized by a team of Singaporeans looking to take real-life escape rooms to the next level, Unravel features original, exciting content and in a first for escape rooms in Singapore, a competitive gameplay element where teams can strategize against one another as they attempt to escape in the fastest time possible.
Providing a hint of nostalgia, a 14 metre long mural wall with landmarks from the yesteryears of Singapore lines Unravel’s store front and gives a chronological narration of Singapore’s colorful past. Key highlights include the now-demolished National Theatre, Capitol Theatre and Har Par Villa.