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.
TWG Tea has unveiled its newly renovated store at ION Orchard! Nestled on the second floor, the grand entrance, strategically located in the heart of the thriving cosmopolitan city the new transcending space boasts a grandeur amidst world-class dining, shopping and business destinations. Head on down and enjoy an unforgettable tea time experience at TWG Tea at ION Orchard!
The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore has reimagined its East Wing to include a Library Reception and an exciting new food and beverage concept called Republic. Conceived by tonychi studio, the Library Reception, Lounge and Bar are designed to evoke the warmth, intimacy and elegance of a private residence. While each space boasts a distinct interior design and experience, their spatial layouts blends harmoniously, with floor-to-ceiling partitions which may be opened or closed depending on the mood or time of day.
“Having worked on both Colony and Summer Pavilion restaurants in 2015, it is a privilege and honour to return to The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore, which is an architectural masterpiece by Kevin Roche. I am thrilled to be given the opportunity to define both the expected and the unexpected for this landmark hotel that embodies modern Singapore and today’s global lifestyle”, said Mr. Tony Chi, founder of New York based tonychi studio.
The new Library Reception will redefine the guest arrival and check-in experience. Here, guests will encounter an understated elegance inspired by a grand residential library, characterised by natural oak wood floors and ceilings, and stocked with literature on diverse subjects to encourage guests to enjoy and appreciate the space for as long as they desire. A new Digital Hub will offer a suite of business centre services.
Designed to depart from the usual expectations of a hotel food and beverage outlet, Republic is a multi-dimensional concept which transforms throughout the day, and serves from morning to late in the evening.
Adjacent to the Library Reception is the Lounge, with three grand chandeliers and expansive walls adorned in blue herringbone fabric. Guests are invited to savour their time in this residential parlour, enjoying light bites from the four vitrines throughout the day, à la carte dining options, or an elegantly modern five-tier afternoon tea experience.
After dark, imbibe on liquid history at Republic Bar, which showcases an extensive cocktail menu devoted to a narrative of historical anecdotes originating from Singapore, the United Kingdom, the United States of America and Italy; and a curated selection of the finest vintage spirits epoch of the 1960s.
While the decade of the 60s was marked by cultural and social revolution, it saw the rise of style icons and the legends of rock music, as well as the international jet set, which led to a sophisticated era for cocktailing.
The Republic Bar concept in collaboration with Proof & Company pays homage to this era where freedom, expression and individuality were celebrated, with a cocktail menu that showcases flavours, ingredients and sensations inspired by the influential hallmarks of the 1960s, and around four cultural epicentres of importance and meaningful change.
“The dawn of Republic creates symmetry and balance between the East and West wings of the hotel, with Colony restaurant alluding to that period in history when Singapore was part of the British Crown Colony, through to its next major milestone with the formation of the Republic of Singapore in 1965, anchoring the hotel experience with a deep sense of place”, explained Mr Peter Mainguy, General Manager of The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore.
Take a seat at the rich, dark toned, natural wood bar and allow the bartenders to share stories abouta “Mythical Beast” that was once spotted on our tiny island, the British designer behind the “Mini Skirt”, the Space Race that inspired “Stardust” and how Ferruccio Lamborghini went from making tractors to “Miura” - the first super car.
In addition to the main bar, Republic offers six unique Home Bars, exquisitely detailed with handcrafted red Venetian glass, and embodying the opulence and residential style of home parties in the 60s, while their bartender or vintage spirits ambassador plays host to your revelries.
Decorative artwork throughout the bar celebrates the decade of the 60s, while a curated music playlist complements the transition of the East Wing from day to night, and a standalone deejay booth offers the option of live music.
Republic will operate from 12.00 p.m. to 11.00 p.m. daily. Lunch is available from 12.00 p.m. to 3.00 p.m.; afternoon tea from 12.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m.; and dinner from 5.30 p.m. to 10.30 p.m.
i12 Katong, a retail mall under Keppel Land has announced its updated brand positioning, latest mall features, as well as a curated mix of new and returning retail tenants that will form an all-encompassing exciting lifestyle experience that shoppers can look forward to.
The 210,000-square foot mall in the Eastern region of Singapore closed its doors in early 2020 for major asset enhancement works to transform i12 Katong into a future-ready retail hub that will shape the increasingly “phygital” connected world. The mall is set to reopen in Q4 2021.
Offering more than just retail, the refreshed i12 Katong will provide visitors with a social platform for discovery and connection while they explore the mall’s newly revamped spaces. The mall will have an environment that imbues a sense of familiarity, relaxation and moments of delight across six levels of holistic experiential offerings. Beyond conventional shopping, i12 Katong aims to serve as the hub for the local community – from spending quality time with family over a meal, having valuable ‘me time’ within the holistic wellness spaces, to simply offering rest stops for those exploring the eclectic Katong neighbourhood with friends.
Presently, i12 Katong is approximately 50% pre-leased, attesting to the attractiveness and resilience of the mall’s new brand positioning and features amid market uncertainties. Anchor tenants, such as CS Fresh, Golden Village, United World Preschool and Wine Connection were previously in i12 Katong and will be returning, together with a contemporary mix of new tenants such as Climb Asia, Guzman Y Gomez, Kindermusik With Love Studios, Malaysia Boleh, PS Café, Signature KOI, We are Sultans and Scoop Wholefoods.
Popular Finland based SuperPark, with its purposed built indoor sports-oriented activity center, has selected DreamUs to operate its 40,000 sq ft branded Singapore activity park under a new license agreement.
The DreamUs group, established in Singapore in 2014, currently operates Pororo Park Singapore in Marina Square, Tayo Station in Downtown East and distributes toy merchandise under both popular Korean IP.
The new management team is set to reopen the park on 9 April at the same premise in Suntec City with the newly expanded Kids’ Gym for younger kids, Archery for the young at heart and SuperShop for fans.
Be spoilt for choice with more than 20 sport-centric activities spread out over two massive levels to cater to guests of all ages, fitness, and skill levels! Everyone gets to Move with Joy with their friends and family at SuperPark! Look forward to a new play addition, Archery; various popular ball games like Street Basketball, SuperBall, Street Soccer and BaseBall; interactive games like SuperHoop, SuperPinBall, Valo Jump, Hot Stepper and adrenaline rushed games like Trampoline, Skate & Scoot, Flying Fox, SuperClimb and Tube Slide, amongst others.
Popular urban izakaya Neon Pigeon is back again and has reopened on Carpenter Street!
Inspired by the world of flavours found in the hidden spots of Tokyo and the underground culture of buzzling cities like New York and Hong Kong, the establishment is a vibrant social house offering great value for money and the soul of a japanese izakaya with a punch of urban grit.
Forget about the outside world for just a while... Step in the new Neon Pigeon, grab your favourite cocktail, take in the vibe.
Singapore Discovery Centre will be re-opening its doors on 31 October with exciting new attractions which includes a thrilling 4D simulator ride that will keep you on the edge of your seat! Click here to see what's in store!
Step into an immersive journey from past to present. Discover new stories and perspectives about Singapore at the centre's Permanent Exhibits Gallery.
The Black Lake Facility let visitors embark on a multi-sensorial escape room adventure across 13 rooms and 4 story chapters.
Gear up with family and friends for a heart- stopping, adrenaline rush as surprises awaits you in The Black Lake Laser Battlefield laser tag arena!
Min Jiang at Goodwood Park Hotel marks another milestone in its decades-long history with rejuvenated interiors, refreshed menus & revitalised dining experience.
Housed in the heritage Goodwood Park Hotel, the esteemed Min Jiang brand has been significant in the grand dame’s illustrious history and reputation of pioneering firsts. In 1982, the Hotel opened Min Jiang Sichuan Restaurant alongside Garden Seafood Restaurant, and in 1989 introduced Chang Jiang Shanghai Restaurant, a novel concept to first serve Chinese food, French-style from a side servery. The merger of all three restaurants took place in 2004, transforming them into today’s flagship restaurant, Min Jiang, lauded for its outstanding food, service and resplendent setting.
Helming the kitchen of Min Jiang for almost 10 years is Master Chef Chan Hwan Kee who honed his skills in Cantonese and Sichuan cuisines, captivating diners with inspired flavour combinations and renditions of classics. Blending time-honoured culinary traditions and an inventive approach with a mindful balance, his dishes please both the palate and the senses.
The menus are curated with new creations, signatures and house specialities. During lunch, Min Jiang carries on the tradition of featuring a dim sum pushcart service – a classic offering seldom found in Chinese restaurants these days. A new range of hand-made dim sum has been introduced such as the Steamed Pumpkin Ball, Deep-fried Homemade Squid Tofu with XO Sauce and Deep-fried Bacon Roll with Enoki Mushrooms and Prawns that will be popular with diners of all ages. The creatively presented Min Jiang Land and Sea Quartet features a rabbit-shaped Steamed Prawn and Carrot Dumpling accompanied by Deep-fried Pork ‘Char Siew’ and Pine Nuts in Glutinous Pastry fashioned like a carrot. Alongside are a Steamed Squid and Sea Cucumber Dumpling and Steamed Prawn and Chinese Stem Lettucewith Tobiko Dumpling formed like a sea cucumber and starfish respectively.
Signatures and house specialities are must-haves with any visit to Min Jiang, especially the barbecued meats starring the Honey-glazed Barbecued Ibérico Pork. Other longstanding dishes include the fortifying Min Jiang Hot and Sour Soup and Spicy Sliced Red Garoupa Soup with Preserved Cabbage; flavoursome Sautéed Prawns with Dried Red Chilli; fragrant Camphor Tea Smoked Duck Fillet; as well as the tantalising Mongolian Chicken with Almond Flakes. Min Jiang also offers a selection of delectable vegetarian options including versions of the restaurant’s popular Peking Duck and Sichuan Hot and Sour Soup with an added variation featuring rice crisps for a textural bite and toasty notes.
Tom's Palette has reopened at a new location. Their traditional homemade ice cream is made from scratch using egg, milk, cream and sugar.
Born in 2005 from their love and passion for ice cream, Tom’s Palette is best known for colouring outside the culinary lines.
They're constantly challenging the perception of what makes gelato great, their growing library of 180 flavours feature both classics and unorthodox creations, including Salted Egg Yolk, Nasi Lemak and Mango Sticky Rice.
Their philosophy revolves around fresh and raw ingredients, and every tub, pint or cup is always handmade without the addition of stabilisers, premixes, or artificial flavouring.
Guzman Y Gomez serves traditional Mexican flavors featuring hearty proteins resting on fragrant seasoned rice and zesty salsa. Go and try out their burrito and nachos at their newly-reopened Star Vista branch or their upcoming new outlet at Novena Square!
Using only the freshest ingredients, GYG aims to serve you authentic Mexican fare that’s bursting with flavour. Say Hola to your new favourite lunch spot.
Pamper your palate with GYS’s version of the quintessential quesadilla, which consists of melted Jack cheese, salsa and your choice of filling encased in a grilled soft corn tortilla, perfect for those who want an economical yet substantial meal.
Inspired by the colourful heritage of their neighbourhood, Spice Brasserie at PARKROYAL on Kitchener Road is an all-day-dining restaurant which boasts an ambience and decor with a distinct sense of place. Guest can find a tantalising selection of Asian street food while enjoying creative and modern interpretations of local favourites. Be spoilt for choice with the extensive a la carte and buffet offerings, that includes an array of appetizers and sweet treats to complement your meal.
Looking for healthier alternatives? Request for brown rice or a combination of brown and white rice, for any rice-based dish at no additional charge. Their restaurant is also ideal for hosting social or business functions for up to 130 guests.
Come out and play at Bobbi Brown's new flagship store at ION Orchard.
Bobbi Brown Cosmetics is a global prestige beauty brand that empowers women to embrace and enhance their individual beauty. Founded in 1991 by makeup-artist-turned-entrepreneur Bobbi Brown, the brand offers universally flattering products created with uncompromising quality and an intuitive sense of what every woman wants: to look and feel like herself, only prettier and more confident.
Beauty begins with you. When the brand was founded, this was their vision—and they champion it today. They make products that enhance, not hide, your true beauty, from undertone-correct foundation shades to a true-beauty-enhancing range of eye, cheek and lip makeup - plus skincare that delivers a natural, fresh complexion.
After two decades of bringing authentic Shanghainese cuisine to Singapore, the refurbished Grand Shanghai makes its highly anticipated return with a fresh look andunique dining concept paying homage to the “Old Shanghai” of the 1930s.
The new restaurant space promises a feast for the senses, inspired by the city’s golden age when Shanghai came to be known as “The Paris of the East". Against a backdrop of Old Shanghai – iconic art- deco motifs and traditional oriental designs – discerning diners can expect to immerse themselves in a vibrant atmosphere of enchanting live entertainment and an extensive menu of decadent delicacies by new Master Chef Jacky Tang that are rooted in Shanghainese cuisine and adapted for the local palate.
“After 20 years of success, we wanted to rebrand Grand Shanghai with a contemporary look and feelwhile maintaining its original Shanghainese authenticity and heritage,” explains Andy Wong, Vice President, Food & Beverage, Asia, Millennium Hotels and Resorts. “The refresh of our menu, interiors and dining experience is a seamless blend of traditional Chinese tastes with modern influences, celebrating a period in history where Shanghai was Asia’s thriving hub of art, design and entertainment.”
Grand Shanghai is helmed by Master Chef Jacky Tang, who brings with him 28 years of experience working in award-winning restaurants and hotels across Singapore and China and is known for his distinct talent of using innovative new techniques to tease out authentic Shanghainese flavours. The restaurant’s new menu is a celebration of the freshest and finest ingredients, incorporating influences from Hong Kong, Beijing, Sichuan and Singapore.
The extensive menu features a tantalising mix of Shanghainese specialities, dim sum staples and a selection of crispy, tender barbecued meats. Each dish is carefully arranged and presented to resemble exquisite works of art, in a celebration of taste and visual flair.
Elaborating on his culinary creations, Master Chef Jacky Tang shares: “The conceptualisation of these dishes was as much about staying true to Shanghainese cuisine as it was about bringing a superior dining experience to the table. By using premium ingredients from around the world and employing contemporary techniques, these traditional recipes have been updated and elevated to reflect the extravagance of Grand Shanghai.”
Adapted to suit local tastes, the new menu features lighter flavours to complement the Singapore weather as well as the addition of more varied spices. Duck also features heavily in this iteration of the menu for its richness of flavour. Start with the Light and Shadow Crispy Duck – a twist on the traditional beef version – paper-thin slices of duck that shatter into delightfully flavourful shards with hints of wasabi, deftly placed on an intricate Osmanthus syrup sculpture that provides a sweet finish to the dish.
The Grand Shanghai Tea-Smoked Duck, at once crispy and juicy, is served with soft, pillowy handmade buns and presented in a chamber of tea and osmanthus smoke for an infusion of earthy and floral notes with maximum visual impact. For a novel combination of the Peking Duck and the popular Shanghainese lamb wraps, try the Spiced Crispy Lamb – well seasoned cubes of charcoal-grilled lamb with a crunchy cumin and paprika crust, served with a lightly warmed pancakes, scallions, cucumber and a garlic soy sauce for the slightest suggestion of heat.
Other standout signatures also include seafood offerings like the refreshing Fresh Sliced Abalone served cold with a tart pomelo vinegar and sake jelly that beautifully enhances the briny abalone; and the Deep-fried Yellow Croaker Fish with Roselle Sauce – slices of lightly deep-fried fish accompanied by a side of homemade pickled onions marinated in roselle jus for a delightful sweet savoury contrast.
A well-stocked bar is located in the main dining area, with an extensive collection of premium wines and a carefully curated selection of rare Chinese spirits and liquors to offer bespoke beverage pairing for every dish, or afternoons of leisure and evenings of indulgence.
Marché Mövenpick is back at VivoCity with a fresh new look. Delight in delicious European cuisines set in a traditional Swiss village with original 500 years’ old Swiss mountain houses and cable car imported from Switzerland.
Enjoy traditional Swiss rösti, Spanish paella, German pork knuckle, French crepes (sweet & savoury), Italian pasta, pizzas, homemade soups, garden fresh salad and made-to-order Caesar salad, quality meat from the apple-wood grill and market-fresh seafood. See, smell and feel the non-stop fresh cooking right in front of you.
Quench your thirst with refreshing homemade lemonade, iced teas, premium hot coffee & specialty teas.
After almost six months of temporary closure at ION Orchard, The Marmalade Pantry's flagship establishment is back in action again but now on level 4 instead of level 3.
They are ready to serve up your favourites once again, and have some exciting new plates exclusive to the location.
The 20 year old homegrown bistro serves up modern comfort food using the freshest produce and ingredients.
The Marmalade Pantry is best known for serving up luxurious pastas, exquisite cupcakes, weekend brunches and great tea accompaniments. Offering a brief reprieve from the bustle of city life, the brand kick started the concept of all-day dining in 1999.
The revamped Sustainable Singapore Gallery at Marina Barrage presents an overview of Singapore’s commitment to sustainable development. While there are exhibits that chart the milestones which brought about the high quality living environment Singaporeans enjoy today, the focus in many parts of the Gallery is on the challenges ahead and the steps people in Singapore need to take together as a nation to keep the country smart and green.
The Gallery is organised into six zones, tracing Singapore’s response to climate change, our water management strategies, zero waste initiatives and efforts to keep Singapore clean, green and sustainable, including investments in renewable energy.
The interactive panels and multi-sensory exhibits will appeal to the young and old. There are also interesting artefacts such as a porcelain figurine presented to Dutch economist Dr Albert Winsemius in 1993 after he famously lost a wager, with Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew and his team, that the Singapore River could not sustain life.
Admission is free to the 1,618 sqm gallery. Free guided tours are available for booking through PUB website. Read more about the gallery and its different zones here.
Experience the Color Factory Service at Etude House's newly-reopened flagship store at Wisma Atria. This special service was previously only available in Korea.
With the Color Factory Service, you can understand your skin tone and color to find out what’s your color! Not forgetting the fun part where you get to customize your own lipstick!
Each consultation is around 50-minute and you will receive 1-to-1 color consultation from their 'Color Artist'. After assessing your skin tone using their special color-finder device and color drapes, the artist will recommend you your very own personal color. A whopping collection of 240 lip colours are available for selection. The Color Factory sessions are strictly by appointment only. Read more about this service here.
Etude House is a Korean cosmetic brand with particular focus on fun makeup products offering creative and unique products characterized by sensational colours and the up-to-date trends. The brand was founded in 1966 and incorporated by Amore Pacific in 1990.
The new flagship store concept is inspired by the motif of a Princess Palace - a grander version compared to other Etude House stores which are based on the concept of Princess House - to accentuate the fairytale elements, reinforcing its sweet princess and feminine positioning. To provide a holistic beauty experience, this Etude House flagship store will be the first outlet to roll out any new launches and house the most extensive and updated collection of products.
The University Cultural Centre (UCC) at National University of Singapore (NUS) has re-opened with more than a fresh coat of paint - with state-of-the-art production infrastructure, a new atrium and new spaces for bringing the arts to the campus, creating opportunities for creative expression, discovery and exchange.
The University Cultural Centre's $20 million renovation lasted six months.
A new multi-purpose atrium space that can hold 120 seated or 220 standing has been added to the arts complex on Kent Ridge Crescent. The UCC also includes the 1,700-seater UCC Hall (which has been the site for many major University events and high-profile State and National events) and mid-sized UCC Theatre seating just over 400, as well as a 22m by 15m dance studio.
After a month long closure, The BetterField at Waterloo Street has re-opened at The Treasury, just a five-minute walk from City Hall MRT station.
The sprawling compound is five times bigger than its previous location, making it the perfect place to accommodate large group gatherings. It's also good for couples looking for an affordable date night over quality eats. The menu has also been updated with new dishes, but rest assured, the old favourites are still around.