Great World City is home to Hooga's newest store and they have everything HOOGA-LIC prepared for you to indulge in yourself and the people that you love. From your bedroom to the bathroom, from the dining room to the living room, from the knick knacks to the occasional furniture. Be spoilt for choices when you shop at Hooga for your home.
Hooga (pronounced hue-guh) is a concept of living derived from the Danish word “hygge”. But what is the meaning of hygge? The hygge concept cannot be translated to one single word but it encompasses a feeling of cosy contentment and well-being through enjoying the simple things in life. With so many cold, dark days during the winter month, the Danes incorporate hygge into their daily life to create a wonderfully warm and cosy atmosphere.
Hygge is the art form of creating intimacy in any given moment. It’s about sitting by the fire with a mug of cocoa, enjoying the company of your loved ones or waking up on a chilly morning, reading a book while you’re all wrapped up in a blanket.
When it comes to embracing the concept, it’s always about creating a warm and cosy atmosphere. Candles, lamps, and fireplaces are among the common uses of lighting. It is common in Scandinavian decor to find candles scattered throughout the space or fairy lights draped across the mantle. Colour palette that is neutral contributes to an atmosphere of harmony and peace. Soft and fluffy textures are some of the key elements in the hygge concept. Think: fluffy pillows and soft rugs. There’s nothing better than snuggling up on the couch with layers of blankets and pillows.
The Danish concept of hygge has spread its warmth across the world and has inspired and influenced their brand – Hooga.
If you live in or near Bukit Gombak and love gardening, you can apply for 70 allotment gardening plots at the new Bukit Gombak Park which will be opened in early 2020. Applications will be open for online application from 5 January 2020, 10am to 19 January 2020, 10pm. The park is located at Bukit Batok West Avenue 5, opposite Bukit Batok Driving Centre. Plots will be allocated by computerised balloting.
To foster a love for gardening, NParks introduced the Allotment Gardening Scheme as part of their Community in Bloom (CIB) programme. CIB is a nationwide gardening movement which aims to bring together residents, young and old, in creating community gardens. With Allotment Gardens situated near HDB residential estates, these plots are widely accessible to the community. Today, more than 1,000 allotment gardening plots have been introduced in 11 parks islandwide.
TPG is the new force in the Singapore telecommunications market. They’re new to Singapore, but they’re not new to providing customers with mobile services that are reliable, fast and cost effective. Go visit them at Orchard Central to find out more about the TPG service trial plan, to collect your TPG SIM cards or to check out the latest mobile phones.
Hooga is a home and living, lifestyle store that offers inspiring merchandise from bed linens to bedding accessories, bath to storage, lightings to occasional furniture, home décor and to all your dining needs.
At Hooga, it is about redefining your little pursuit of happiness and embracing life’s simple pleasure everyday.
Nestled in the middle of Singapore's CBD, The Garden Club at OUE Downtown Gallery is the perfect rooftop terrace getaway. With a fully renovated indoor and outdoor restaurant and bar, it's the best place to take your colleagues and clients for lunch or hang out with your friends after work.
Featuring a stunning rooftop setting, vivacious music, comprehensive food menu and strategic location, The Garden Club is set to be a swanky next “It” spot to let loose. Vegan options and plant-based alternatives paint the menu an overall healthier one but it's not all salads and sandwiches. Light bites present delectable options like Smoked Baby Corn seasoned with dukkah, lemongrass husk and aioli as well as Grilled King Oyster Mushrooms served with spinach tarragon puree, sun-dried tomatoes, snap peas and almonds. Mains are balanced and healthy with items like Beef Cheek Confit Fennel with a side of roasted potatoes and edible greens as well as Grilled Seabass served with tabbouleh, grapes and sesame tofu puree. Bar snacks are also reimagined with choices like Fried Curry Okra and Wild Herb Karaage to go with equally punchy and vibrant drinks. A good number of dishes are also made with ingredients sourced from its own rooftop garden!
The Garden Club is here to redefine “healthy” food as you know it, by turning up the fun and good times and cutting down on the guilt, all in a breezy rooftop setting dressed up with ample greenery and sprightly botanicals. Add live acoustic music and enticing Happy Hour promos and you’ve got the setting of the ideal party that’s good for body and soul! Its opening hours are as progressive as its offerings – come for coffee in the morning as well quick serve bowls for lunch. Tea time serves coffee, dessert, cocktails and more before things ease into an a la carte menu of food and drinks for dinner. Stay the night with drinks and cocktails after that. It’s open throughout the day from 9am onwards, with something for everyone.
Situated on a gorgeous grassy knoll just off Loewen Road is an eye-catching ‘glasshouse’ that showcases two of the island’s well-loved food brands – Baker & Cook and Plank Sourdough Pizza that helm the F&B offerings at Core Collective, the recently-opened fitness, wellness and lifestyle hub.
The new F&B establishment open its doors recently to welcome customers into a gem of a venue boasting floor-to-ceiling glass, an expansive casual-chic dining area and most of all, an elevated ‘2.0’ experience with a brand new dine-in menu to complement its popular bakery favourites, Baker & Cook and Plank Sourdough Pizza look set to be a community with great vibes. Masterminded by New Zealander ‘Baker Boy’, Founder and CEO Dean Brettschneider, both brands have been an endearing part of the local foodscape since 2012 and 2015 respectively; steadily expanding to ten Baker & Cook and five Plank Sourdough Pizza outlets in Singapore alone.
The latest outlet is a stunning locale that is uniquely designed to embrace both concepts in one beautiful garden. A definite highlight for Baker & Cook is the splendid 12-metre elevated Deli and Bakery counter that curves seductively and takes centre-stage, beckoning with freshly-made items, immediately differentiating the space from other branches.
Since its beginnings, Baker & Cook has established itself as an artisan bakery and food store that offers a heart- warming shopping and dining experience, proudly going by the motto that “Passion is Our Main Ingredient”.
Green up your living or working space with a low-maintenance terrarium that you can easily put together at The Green Capsule.
Located at Funan, The Green Capsule is founded in 2014 by two green enthusiasts. Together, they want to bring their love for greening to new heights. They aim to be one of the first garden shops to provide customizable and sustainable gifts.
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.
Straits Chinese Signatures at Esplanade is managed by Guan Hoe Soon Group, the oldest Nonya Restaurant in Singapore. Using secret recipes handed down thru the generations, the original taste of an authentic Peranakan cuisine has been preserved closely, using only the freshest ingredients and select choice of spices.
Straits Chinese Signatures also provide nonya catering services for special occasions. They cater a wide choice of dishes, available at great prices.
With many satisfied customers whom they had the honor of catering to, they are confident that they will delight you and your friends with an authentic peranakan affair.
Opening in 2021, the new theatre will fill the gap between Esplanade’s large venues and smaller studio spaces, and enable the national arts centre to further support future generations of artists and arts groups to create new works that tell Singapore and Asian stories and widen its engagement with various communities.
Esplanade is also launching a series of new fundraising initiatives, which are designed for a spectrum of supporters, from the general public, to philanthropists and foundations.
In celebration of the development of the new theatre, Esplanade and its Mall tenant Makansutra Gluttons Bay have jointly organised The Food Stage, a special street food experience that features exclusive off-menu items such as 4 Cheese Murtabak, Carrot Cake“Fries” with BBQ Wings, Laksa Seafood Stew, Soft Shell Crab Mui Fan and many more. Makansutra has also pledged a donation of $100,000 to Esplanade which will go towards Singtel Waterfront Theatre.
Please click here for details on the fundraising initiatives and more information about this project.
Unboxed by Singtel is an unmanned 24/7 store designed to introduce customers to a new retail experience featuring the convenience of digital technology in a friendly store environment.
In a first for Singapore, customers can consult with a roving live bot, which is powered by facial recognition technology, to receive personalised recommendations; try out phones; conveniently sign up for mobile plans at video-assisted self-serve kiosks; and immediately collect their purchased devices from the in-store POPStation. Additionally, customers can browse and buy popular accessories such as headphones, phone cases, power banks and contract-free handsets. They can also make bill payments, top up prepaid cards and Dash wallets, and get instant SIM card replacements.
“The future of retail is here and now. Our digital transformation integrates online and offline customer touchpoints to deliver fresh and fuss-free buying experiences to consumers. UNBOXED fulfils the needs of today’s consumer and provides a peek into the next-generation of retail – fast, instant, convenient and experiential,” said Mr Yuen Kuan Moon, CEO of Consumer Singapore at Singtel.
Currently based in the CBD at 20 Pickering Street, the store is modular and movable. Measuring 45 sq m when fully extended, it can be easily transported and reconfigured to fit different spaces. The store will move to a new location every few months to serve customers at high-traffic areas such as transport hubs and school campuses.
Co-created by Singtel staff, NCS and SingPost, security for the store is provided by NCS which developed a round-the-clock security platform called Sentinel while the POPStation lockers are prefilled with devices and replenished daily using SingPost’s Last Mile Platform (“LaMP”).
Unboxed by Singtel builds on the success of the digital transformation of Singtel’s flagship Comcentre store. It offers one of the most intelligent retail experiences in Asia, featuring an intelligent WiFi queuing system, integrated online and in-store shopping carts, and instant purchases via automated checkout. The store consistently receives an average of 99% positive customer experience scores and has won multiple accolades for its innovative approach to retail.
The LTMP 2040 report contains detailed responses to recommendations made by the LTMP Advisory Panel (LAP) in February 2019 and accepted by the Government in March 2019. These recommendations were the product of extensive public consultations led by the LAP and facilitated by LTA officers. Over 7,400 responses were received from commuters, transport workers, academia, industry partners, unions, students and interest groups over six months. Their ideas helped to shape the Panel’s nine recommendations, which were grouped under three key themes – A 45-minute City with 20-Minute Towns; Transport for All and Healthy Lives, Safer Journeys.
To realise the goal of a 45-minute city with 20-minute towns, LTA will continue investing in public transport to make journeys more seamless and convenient. By 2040, new regional hubs outside the city will also bring jobs closer to homes, thereby shortening the average time taken to travel to work. We will also continue to expand the active mobility network to facilitate first-and-last mile journeys. Overall, commuters should have more time to live, work and play.
The LTMP 2040 report unveiled several key public transport enhancements. These include the expansion of the rail network, including several new stations and rail lines which will be developed over the next two decades.
Two new MRT stations will be opened on the North South Line (NSL) by the mid-2030s. Brickland Station will be added to the NSL. Located between Choa Chu Kang and Bukit Gombak stations, it will give residents in areas such as Keat Hong, Bukit Batok West, Pavillion Park and the Brickland district in Tengah town easier access to the rail network.
Click here to read more details about this masterplan project.
Las Vegas Sands has released an official announcement on a bold expansion plan for Marina Bay Sands in Singapore which will see the world’s most successful and recognizable integrated resort add significant new tourism offerings to the property. The company has entered into a development agreement with the Singapore government and said it will quickly begin work on the new project.
Located immediately adjacent to the existing Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort (IR), the key elements of the development will be a state-of-the-art 15,000-seat arena, a luxury hotel tower and additional MICE (Meeting, Incentive, Convention, and Exhibition) space.
“Marina Bay Sands is an iconic tourism destination that has exceeded all of our hopes in growing leisure and business tourism in Singapore and it is a privilege to receive the Singapore government’s continued support of its development. The property has achieved amazing success for both Singapore and our company and we plan to create even more with this expansion,” said Las Vegas Sands Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Sheldon G. Adelson.
Jiak Modern Tzechar is a family-friendly and halal-certified Chinese restaurant at Esplanade that serves up authentic and traditional tzechar dishes.
â€‹Set in a modern, jazzy and cosy environment, Jiak is a place for simple and delicious comfort food at affordable prices.
They embrace homemade goodness in all of their dishes and be sure not to miss out on their signature "Fish Head Curry"! They are confident that you will ask for it again and again every time you visit! View their menu here.
Touting itself as the first Asian fast food joint in Singapore, Hawker's mission hits all the right spots – serving local favourites that are close to our hearts at affordable prices. Expect a quick, casual and fuss-free experience right in the heart of Marina Bay at its flagship unit at Esplanade's Annexe.
Launched by No Signboard Seafood group, Hawker offers a unique range of Singapore-themed burgers such as the ever-popular Chilli Crab, Nasi Lemak, Satay Chicken and Chicken Rice, all crafted by a team comprising a food scientist and creative chef.
With a firm belief in the existing expertise in whisky in Singapore, The ExciseMan Whisky Bar at Esplanade aims to uphold and complement the high standards set by dedicated professionals in the industry. Together with these specialists, The ExciseMan hopes to put Singapore on the map for whisky lovers from all over the world.
At The ExciseMan Whisky Bar, you can taste exclusive whisky like the Invergordon 45 year old Clan Denny ($72 per 30ml pour) and Mystery Distillery, Speyside 24/25 year old Douglas Laing ($52 per 30ml pour).
It is specially designed with features that bring about restorative effects to our mental well-being and relieve stress. The garden includes edible and fragrant plants, a calming water feature and is wheelchair-friendly.
Threpeautic Garden at Choa Chu Kang Park is the first of its kind in the western part of Singapore. There are three other such gardens at HortPark, Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park and Tiong Bahru Park. Two more will be opened by the first quarter of 2019, bringing the total to six around the island.
With an ambience of intimacy and exceptional cuisine, The Boiler satisfies diners of all appetites. Go experience the seduction of the freshest seafood, greatest music and endless booze at The Boiler. Gather your family and friends and soak up the best camaraderie and dining experience ever before. They promise you tasty fingers by the end of your meal.
The Boiler is a multi-award-winning restaurant that serves up fresh seafood (known as seafood boil) together with strong bold sauces, which are infused with both local and western spices. It aims to ignite your five senses by bringing back the harmonious spirit of fresh tasty seafood and unassuming dining atmosphere all under one roof.
In 2008, the owner, a banker-turned restaurateur, was introduced to a seafood boil restaurant in L.A. by his relatives. It was love at first sight. The owner was intrigued by the rich Cajun culture and was determined to share the joy of this communal experience back to his family and friends. After countless backyard crab feasts, he finally created the flavours that boast a fusion of Asian and American spices. This secret recipe comprises 11 different spices and ingredients, which the owner himself packs up every night after the restaurant closes.
Leeu SG is an artisanal ice cream shop, serving made-in-Singapore ice creams that are dedicated to our island country.
Using ingredients of the highest qualty, Leeu SG's ice cream is churned and produced in small batches to retain as much of its flavour.
Meaning 'lion' in Afrikaans (a language in South Africa), Leeu SG embodies the spirit of our national icon, the lion. LeeuSG finds ways to infuse Singaporean traits — vibrancy, quality and a melting pot of cultures — into its ice cream, collaborating with chefs in Singapore to create the most "Singaporean" ice cream.
One Michelin-starred restaurant Labyrinth launches its next phase of evolution with a fresh angle to the cuisine, a refocused interior and a stunning new menu.
Labyrinth, located at The Esplanade, explores the finest produce sourced in Singapore through a cuisine of stunningly inventive flavour harmonies. Helmed by celebrated Chef Han Li Guang, the dishes of Labyrinth draw inspiration from childhood memories and an in-depth understanding of local ingredients and traditional kitchen techniques, to bring to the fore the essential character and nuance of each core flavour.
Dining at Labyrinth is thus a sensorial experience in which the palate is seduced, and the curiosity holistically engaged by the stories that come with each ravishing plate of food. View their menu here.
Located next to East Coast Park with existing public and private housings in the surrounding, the 60-ha Bayshore Precinct will be a new lifestyle waterfront urban village for about 12,500 dwelling units of public and private housing when ready. A 1 km-long main street will anchor the precinct, which will have wider pavements to make a more pleasant walking and cycling experience for you.
Imagine a vibrant neighbourhood where the main street is lined with shops, cafes, grocery stores, childcare and elderly facilities within a short walk or bicycle ride from home. Residents can enjoy tree-lined walkways, or cycle along dedicated cycling paths to the nearby Bayshore MRT station and Bedok South MRT station.
Bayshore Precinct is also being planned as a future-ready community, which is sustainable, people-centric and car-lite with flexibility to accommodate change over time. In the future, the use of Autonomous Vehicles may present opportunities to free up space for parks, community facilities and other uses. The master plan will anticipate changes in technology in phases, providing resiliency to adapt to the changing needs.
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).
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.
IMC City Link Dental & Medical Clinic is the latest addition to International Medical Consultancy Pte Ltd's group of clinics. They have now a total of 4 clinics located in Singapore & Malaysia and they aim to become the premier healthcare solution provider for their clients and investors.
International Medical Consultancy Pte Ltd was established in 2005 to provide medical solutions to the consumers as well as the healthcare industry. Find out more about their services here.
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.
Embark on an epicurean journey and relish the exotic flavours of Peranakan, Moroccan, Javanese and Spanish cuisines with Chef Wan! His new halal-certified restaurant Chef Wan's Kitchen is now open at Esplanade.
A beloved TV personality known for his effervescent personality; Chef Wan is a culinary stalwart with 35 years of experience under his belt. For this venture, he has dug into his treasure trove of recipes, passed down from his grandmother to mother to auntie and then to him, with the best ones curated.
On the menu: Chef Wan's Oxtail Soup, Javanese Chicken, Moroccan Harira Lamb Meatball Soup, Lawar, Ayam Percik and more.
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.
As Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay turns 15 this year, the national performing arts centre will be adding a new venue to its stable, enabling it to create more unique Singapore stories and shared experiences for society through the arts.
To be completed in 2021, the new building situated along the Esplanade Waterfront will feature a flexible theatre which can seat about 550 people and an outdoor activities plaza integrated with popular dining outlets at the Esplanade Annexe.
This waterfront theatre hopes to inspire our young and nurture the next generation of artists, by commissioning and producing more new works by Singapore artists and companies and taking them from home to the world stage.
With the new 550-seat waterfront theatre, Esplanade will be able to:
Develop and present a wider range of quality arts programmes for schools that inspire and challenge the young; develop in future generations empathy, curiosity and creativity; and provide them new perspectives on different cultures and our society.
Allow Singapore’s promising community, youth and traditional arts groups, especially in theatre and dance, to take that next step to reach a wider audience along Esplanade’s busy waterfront.
Work closely with both Singapore and regional artists to create new works and to take these artists and works beyond Singapore.
Present a greater diversity of leading artists and productions that inspire, given that, a majority of works produced today for major arts festivals are for a medium-sized space.
This project marks another step towards water sustainability. When completed in 2020, it will produce up to 30 million gallons of fresh drinking water per day.
Leveraging its close proximity to the sea and reservoir to enhance water supply resilience, the Keppel Marina East Desalination Plant is poised to be a lush green gem along the Eastern Park Connector Network with its innovative design.
Keppel Infrastructure Holdings Pte Ltd (Keppel Infrastructure) and PUB, Singapore's national water agency, have unveiled the innovative design of the Keppel Marina East Desalination Plant, Singapore's fourth desalination plant, at its groundbreaking ceremony conducted recently at the Marina Barrage.
The first of its kind in Singapore, the Keppel Marina East Desalination Plant will be a large-scale dual-mode desalination plant in Singapore that can treat both seawater and freshwater. Depending on wet or dry weather conditions, water is channelled either from the Marina Reservoir or the sea to the plant, where it will be treated.
The plant also achieves multiple uses of land, with underground treatment facilities and 20,000 square metres (sqm) of open green space on the rooftop for community recreation.
All of the plant's water treatment equipment will be located underground, topped off by a gently sloping green lawn as its roof.
The desalination plant will also incorporate environmentally friendly features such as rainwater harvesting. Rainwater collected will be used to irrigate the green roof and support the facility's water features and landscaping needs.
Atmastel is a fast-casual F&B lifestyle concept that wants you to re-discover and fall in love with Mediterranean cuisine all over again. Focusing on subtle, pure and piquant flavours all coaxed from fresh, quality produce; the kitchen is helmed by head chef, Chef Andrea Tarini, with a Two-Michelin-starred background.
Atmastel features an open kitchen, pizza bakery, a crudo (deli) bar with a gourmet produce and wine retail area.
The fifth NEWater plant located at Changi has launched yesterday. The plant spans 49,000 sq m, and produces enough water to fill 92 Olympic-sized swimming pools.
NEWater, a pillar of Singapore's water sustainability strategy, is high-grade reclaimed water. Produced from treated used water that is further purified using advanced membrane technologies and ultra-violet disinfection, it is ultra-clean and safe to drink. With the opening of this fifth plant (jointly developed by a foreign and a local company), Singapore's NEWater capacity increased from 30 to 40 per cent of the Republic's water demand of 430 million gallons per day.
Wah Kee Big Prawn Noodle from Pek Kio Market & Food Centre in Cambridge Road has now expanded with a modern 2,100-sq ft restaurant at Esplanade.
At Wah Kee @ Esplanade, you will not only find their signature prawn noodle, there will also be other seafood such as Boston Lobster, Oysters, Flower Crabs, Blue Mussels and different types of shellfish.
Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay’s newest venue, Annexe Studio is set to open its doors to the public next month!
A raw and flexible two-storey space that was converted from a dance club, the studio is another versatile performance venue that is as much about artists at work, creating, rehearsing and jamming, as it is about artists performing.
The opening of Annexe Studio marks the completion of the physical renewal exercise that Esplanade embarked in July 2014 across the centre to create new spaces, facilities and arts experiences for visitors and patrons. The Annexe Studio gives audiences the opportunity to catch a performance, be it music, theatre or dance, in a more casual and intimate setting, and even to see or be part of the artistic process.
A new Passenger Terminal Building (PTB) will be built at Seletar Airport to accommodate a growth in air traffic.
The new PTB, which will be constructed at the eastern side of the airport, will boast improved facilities and amenities, and support growing general aviation activities as part of the larger Seletar Aerospace Park.
Construction is set to start in October, and the terminal building is expected to be ready by the end of 2018.
Home lifestyle destination, HomesToLife, from Singapore-based leather tanner and sofa manufacturer HTL International, is set to open a new flagship store.
The new HomesToLife flagship store is a one-stop shop solution which provides a special curation of home lifestyle brands and collections all under one roof. With a portfolio exceeding 20 International living, dining and bedding brands, consumers are guaranteed to find products that fit their style and purchasing power as well as almost everything they need in their home.
HomesToLife has been designed aiming to change the experience of furniture shopping to make it beyond a buying process, rather, a process of discovery.
Supermama is many things at once – a store, an artist residency studio, a platform for designers, a space for people to escape to – but it is at its core a labor of love.
The independent purveyor of all-things quirky and local has come a long way from it's hole-in-the-wall digs in a rickety shophouse and now, they have opened their second outlet at the Esplanade Mall, with another launch at Beach Road come March.
The goods sold here are pretty similar to its flagship at the Singapore Art Museum, so you'll still find home decor items and the store's signature ceramic ware featuring graphics of Singapore icons.
Aesop was established in Melbourne in 1987 with a quest to create a range of superlative products for the skin, hair and body. They are committed to using both plant-based and laboratory-made ingredients of the highest quality and proven efficacy – particularly those with the greatest anti-oxidant properties.
They value all human endeavours undertaken with intellectual rigour, vision and a nod to the whimsical. Every Aesop product is made with the same attention to detail they believe should be applied to life at large, taking into consideration a diversity of needs as well as seasonal and environmental conditions.
They advocate the use of their formulations as part of a balanced life that includes a healthy diet, sensible exercise, a moderate intake of red wine and a regular dose of stimulating literature.
At Soap Stories they believe every scent tell a unique story that is brought to life by those who use their product. Beginning as a passion started up by one couple whose passion was to bring ethically sound and organically grown handmade soaps to the public, soap stories is now a worldwide provider of skincare products.
A division of ERA Ageless Future, has been a pioneer in the organic skincare market for the past decade. Using their exclusive formula of vitamin rich oils and organic plant based materials, Soap Stories has achieved a sustainable and eco-friendly product that is suitable for even the most sensitive skin. At Soap Stories, they are committed to offering the best product possible in the most natural way. All of their products are paraben free, organic, and cruelty free. Rooted in the heart of Amsterdam their products are handmade to order by hand with the upmost care.
At Soap Stories, they don't just create soaps, they create the memories attached to them. Smell is the strongest scent tied to memory, and each of their leaves a lasting impression on those who wear them. Immerse yourself in delicate florals or wake up with confidence with their citrus collection.
Their organic promise is to keep providing irresistible smelling products while maintaining their Organic, Vegan, and Cruelty-free values.
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.
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.
They are so passionate about coffee that they established their own plantation in Tropical North Queensland, Australia, providing Singapore with the island’s finest coffee. Lovingly nurtured from plantation to cup their exclusive arabica coffee is grown, harvested and roasted to perfection,
The cafe is contemporary, warm yet vibrant. A great meeting place, chill place and lunch place.
Aromatherapy uses plant materials and aromatic plant oils, including essential oils and other aromatic compounds for the purpose of altering one's mood, cognitive, psychological or physical wellbeing.
Nila aromatherapy bar helps you to incorporate essential oils into our daily activities.
The store has a wide range of ultrasonic diffusers and pure essential oils, you can use when traveling to purify the hotel rooms, in bedrooms for a soothing and relaxing blend and when at work with Peppermint, Rosemary and Frankincense to stay focused.