For more than 100 years the brand Swarovski has reflected itself in ingenuity, poetry and technology. It has developed its supreme mastery in precision-cut technology, to become the world’s leading producer of cut crystal, genuine gemstones and created stones. The family company has remained fully independent since its foundation in Wattens, Austria, in 1895.
Over the course of its history, the brand has produced innovations and inspired creative trends in fields as varied as jewelry, fashion, accessories, lighting and interior design, culture, as well as in industrial research and development. The company draws its richness of expression from the cultural heritage of central Europe and its talent for forging links between the arts, science and economics.
The name Swarovski stands for the values of creativity, quality and workmanship all over the world.
Enjoy the natural seclusion of island living with the future Funtasy Islands.
Located 16km from Sentosa Cove, Funtasy Island will be well-served by a world-class marina as well as it's own dedicated Immigration and Customs. They will also provide a luxury yacht/ferry service from Singapore's HarbourFront Centre in just 20 minutes.
Envisioned to be the world’s largest eco theme park, Funtasy Island will be spread over 328 hectares of pristine tropical islands and will be home to a limited number of villas carefully designed to sit harmoniously with the unspoiled natural environment.
Away from the private enclave of residences, there will be many specially designed spaces that offer worlds of fun from dawn to dusk. The outgoing can enjoy nature trails, aquaculture, adventure and water sports. Children and the young at heart will be charmed by famous characters and there will be shopping, dining and entertainment for everyone in the Wave Promenade.
Comprising six Indonesian islets, the Island Resort will be home to an eco-park with nature trails, 350 villas, three four-star hotels and an immigration facility. A highlight is the heart-shaped islet, Love Island, which will have a 1,000-pax banquet hall, a wedding chapel and themed landscaping.
Phase one of the resort, which includes the two cruise-ship hotels, villas and the wedding chapel, will be completed in 2013. The entire project will span 15 years.
Named after a legendary Samurai, Miyamoto Musashi, who was famed for his double sword style, the award winning Menya Musashi has become a household name in Japan since making its debut in 1996.
Credited as the pioneer of a new ramen culture in Japan, they strive to bring you new experiences through their revolutionary Ramen. Featuring a creamier soup base than most ramen, it comes in white, red and black versions. The signature white tonkotsu broth is made with a mixture of pork bones and fish paste, the latter providing a whisper of sweetness at the back of each mouthful.
Their furniture designs brand is known for their great handcrafted upholstery, trunks, case goods, lighting and decorative accessories.
The brand has a point of view. There is character and soul to what they do.The materials they use, the link to heritage, the designs and the combination of these three key factors create a unique flair. Timothy Oulton believes that good interior design encompasses individual style and has always relied on pieces from different cultures and periods. If you are looking for individuality and authenticity this is your final stop.
All Timothy Oulton furnitures are handcrafted using the best tested techniques, fabrications and reverberates with a delicate balance of tradition and innovation. Every piece is meticulously crafted with fine artistry and skilled craftsmanship, with the usage of exquisite materials. Paying the utmost attention to detail, Timothy Oulton craftsmen ensure this by painstakingly hand-constructing and hand-finishing each piece of furniture. Countless man hours are put into each product to achieve an artistic standard that ensures distinct individuality.
Adding an ecological touch to the brand, they use reclaimed timbers for their furniture. Wood is salvaged from distilleries, mills, Old English Manors as well as disused Chinese Junks. The salvaged wood bears the authentication of time and natural weathering – imperfections are cherished, making each piece one of its kind. The meticulous work that goes into each product ensures that any Timothy Oulton piece will be a beautiful and cherished addition to every home.
Spinworkx is a unique talent development company that specialises in yo-yos and skill toys. They provide training workshops, enrichment programmes using yo-yos and showcase exciting performances for events ranging from private birthday parties to community and corporate events.
They also organise the annual Singapore Yo-Yo Championships and even larger scale events such as the region-wide Asia Pacific Yo-Yo Championships.
Not only do they focus on promoting cohesion amongst various countries, their aim is to evoke healthy competition and active participation from each individual, drawing each and everyone together for a common purpose, a common goal; to push the boundaries of modern yo-yo and skill toy play to no end.
The simple childhood game of spinning a yo-yo on a string has evolved dramatically. Yo-Yo players now call themselves spinners and have taken spinning to new heights. Spinners now show off their talents to choreographed music and the entire spinning culture has assumed an edgy and hip status. Spinworkx has established itself as AsiaÊ¼s specialist yo-yo retailer and is the exclusive local distributor of several leading yo-yo brands. A spinning crew from Spinworkx performed at last year's Youth Olympic Games and Spinworkx is featured annually at the Singapore Street Festival.
After closing their flagship unit at "Pacific Plaza", streetwear label Stussy has re-opened its first Chapter store at 313@ somerset.
In 1980, Shawn Stussy was a local cult surfboard shaper who took his scrawled signature logo from his foam masterpieces and applied it to t-shirts that he sold with his boards around Laguna Beach, California.
As the clothing line expanded, it's raw and modern aesthetic soon developed into the next generation of new wave beach culture. They grew during a time when epochal shifts which eternally framed contemporary popular culture were taking place. In the music scene, the late 70's gave us punk. Then the early 80's brought us into the new DIY music called rap. Punk broke creative and aesthetic barriers and taught us that anyone could have a band. Rap then preceded not only to push social boundaries but also explore the ideas of remixing and sampling These new ideas and territories created a new modern platform for fashion and cultural expression.
With Stussy's success came the opportunity to travel and spread the Stussy vibe. They hooked up with trendsetters in New York, London, Tokyo and other areas of the world. Stussy clothing was inspired by this international group of musicians, skaters, DJs and artists with similar tastes, which helped to shape the brand into an international streetwear label.
Today, Stussy exists as a brand with worldwide respect and independence. With over sixty stores across the globe and a very strong tribe still in effect, Stussy is a leader in the culture which they helped start almost 30 years ago.
Enjoy the full-range of the brand’s collection in their new minimalist-industrial boutique.
Tonkostu Kazan has opened in Square 2. They are a new Ramen concept shop originating from Osaka, a city famed for distinctive and delicious foods and also the 2nd biggest city in Japan.
One of their distinctive features is their Tonkotsu Soup which is a special Japanese pork broth. It takes over 10 hours to simmer carefully selected pork bones and other unique and valuable ingredients to create a flavourful and tasty soup by their expert master chefs. They invest in constant research and development as well, in order to create new tastes and experiences.
Another distinctive feature and restaurant signature is their Kazan ramen. Through dedicated R&D, they invented the hot stone roasted ramen, which is cooked with the help of a cone-shaped lid. This not only keeps the ramen hot and chewy, but also provides a source of entertainment for you when the ramen is prepared in front of your eyes.
Their interior boasts the Showa modern style of the 1930s. This is a period referring to a modern civil culture that flourished in the early Showa period merging Japanese and Western styles. You will also see Fuji mountain featured prominently in their restaurant and logos. It is a symbolic volcanic mountain in Japan and the picture on their signboards originate from the famous ukiyoe artist: Hokusai Katsushika.
Fordham & Grand is an unsophisticated bistro. They welcome those who enjoy the art of revelry.
Each night they seek to create a simple yet entertaining experience through the mediums of delectable food and intriguing beverages. Their goal is not to challenge you with technical and sophisticated food or beverages.
They serve unsophisticated bistro food. Simple and enjoyable food, that is interesting and seductive. The dinner menu features rustic dishes that are familiar to your palates but will intrigue you, not on the molecular level, but rather on the unique combination of flavours, textures and presentation aspects.
The bistro has carefully selected 100 affordable wines. This aspect of their wine list will allow you to explore the wonderful world of viticulture without breaking the bank. They have not focused specifically on the old world or the new world nor have they limited themselves to the popular grapes or varietals. The wine list is a harmonious balance between all aspects of the wine making world.
Their cocktails are a unique interpretation of the classic cocktails that you all know and love. The art and romance of a cocktail will not be lost at Fordham & Grand. They will stir, shake and build your delicious tonic using the freshest of fruits and the finest of liquors.
Opening from 6pm until 3am seven days a week, it gives you the chance to continue your party in a place where revelry is welcome, no matter how small the hour is in the morning.
Fordham & Grand is named after a very cultural area and street intersection of the Bronx. Fordham Road and Grand Central was once one of New York's most cultural and vibrant places. A lot of money and culture could be found in this area. This culture gave way to some of the most interesting Art Deco architecture in the world. Being so cultural and vibrant and in the midst of the Prohibition, the area was also home to many great speakeasy bars.
The Sofitel So will be opening in July 2013. Experience a subtle blend between French-style living and local culture.
Sofitel's vision of a luxury hotel is to magnify the five senses from the lobby to the spa to make Life Magnifique. You will step into a visually enthralling universe made of designers' caring selections of shapes, fabrics and materials. The floral compositions reveal the contemporary flair of the French art du bouquet.
In the intimacy of your room, you will get to enjoy Sofitel's exclusive bedding concept, an ideal balance between softness and support. This unique sensation of comfort continues with luxurious bedding, bath towels and bathrobes.
Their restaurant will serve local culinary tradition, imaginatively combined with French gastronomy. Their sommeliers will be there to guide you to discover the nuances of grand cru wines.
For creative inspiration and precious help for special events, Sofitel's Inspired Meetings planners, concierges offer expert advice and utmost savoir-faire.
Whether you are travelling for business, leisure, or family fun, you will feel welcomed with exclusive offers and tailored services.
Carhartt Work In Progress is the avant-garde way of living the Carhartt brand, reshaping the outstanding Carhartt legacy.
In 1889, Hamilton Carhartt founded the Carhartt company in Detroit. His first products were work overalls made of denim fabric and duck, commonly called canvas. This later became Carhartt´s trademark fabric. Since the early years the brand became dedicated to providing “Best In Class” apparel, tailored to meet the highest standards of quality, durability and comfort.
Founded in 1994, Work In Progress initiated a distribution network for Carhartt across Europe, introducing a selection of classic products from the original work wear range into a new market. Success was immediate; the authentic Carhartt products quickly became popular with both fans of traditional US heritage garments and with the nascent European urban culture scene.
Carhartt WIP remains true to Carhartt´s core values: quality, durability and comfort.
Luxurious yet down to earth, Chi, The Spa provides you with a place for personal peace and well-being. Intuitive, skilled therapists with a caring touch rejuvenate the body and soothe the senses.
"Sense of Place" experiences using natural products and authentic treatments provide revitalising, therapeutic benefits. Chi, The Spa also offers treatments that reflect a true sense of Singapore, such as Tropical Treat and The Singapore Wave.
In traditional Chinese philosophy, "chi" or "qi" is the universal life force that governs well-being and personal vitality. For you to maintain good health, it is believed that "chi" must flow freely within the body.
Chi, The Spa at Shangri-La is your personal sanctuary where holistic treatments are based on time honoured methods shared by many Asian cultures.
Level 1 Garden Wing, Shangri-La Hotel, 22 Orange Grove Road
The name stems from the legendary lost continent of MU, coined by 19th century traveller and writer Augustus Le Plongeon. MU also refers to the Japanese word “ç¡” which means “nothing” reflected by the bare studio-like concept of the space.
Stepping into the parlour invokes an Alice-in-Wonderland experience as you tunnel your way through an exposed red brick stairwell to find yourself greeted by a whole new whimsical world. MU is furnished with a capricious mishmash of furniture- wooden garden benches lie next to elaborate iron wrought chairs, a framed pop-culture poster suspends above an antique chest of dresser drawers. White-washed walls and ceilings coupled with hanging stage lights create a studio-like atmosphere that in turn draws your attention to the details of the furnishings.
MU serves up an array of gourmet burgers that are made daily and never frozen. Bite into the No. 11 that’s packed with creamy chunks of avocado. Crisp iceberg lettuce, fresh onions and ripened tomatoes lend the burger a satisfying crunch and topped off with smokiness from sapid strips of bacon. Other highlights include the No. 29 with juicy Portobello mushroom and No. 2 that’s spiced with paprika and jalapenos. Each burger comes accompanied by a side of tangy California garlic fries for you to nosh on. Sweet endings come in the form of delectable pastries and tarts. Signature pastries include the Lemon Meringue Tart and Lemon and Hazelnut Praline Mousse.
Picking your poison will be a great feat when faced with MU’s intriguing selection of cocktails. The Eugenia is made with a fragrant Hibiscus tea base complemented with tropical notes of passion fruit and grapefruit, the punch in the drink comes from generous shots of Tanqueray Ten and MU’s own homemade Limoncello.
MU is not just a café, neither a studio and nor a boutique. MU is about delivering a lifestyle for those who seek it. It is a sanctuary for the weary, inspiration to the uninspired, a blank canvas for the imaginative.
Sundaram Gallery has recently opened at Gillman Barracks. The gallery is part of the 13 new international galleries selected between 30 applicants by a government-appointed committee of private and public arts experts.
Established in 2000, Sundaram Tagore Gallery is devoted to examining the exchange of ideas between Western and non-Western cultures. They focus on developing exhibitions and hosting not-for-profit events that encourage spiritual, social and aesthetic dialogues. In a world where communication is instant and cultures are colliding and melding as never before, their goal is to provide venues for art that transcend boundaries of all sorts.
Tagore's first Asian gallery opened in Hong Kong in 2008. It was also the first international gallery to land in the city, preceding a wave of openings in the following years including Gagosian Gallery and White Cube.
With alliances across the globe, their interest in cross-cultural exchange extends beyond the visual arts into many other disciplines, including poetry, literature, performance art, film and music.
The highly-anticipated Dr Hauschka Skin Care opened at ION Orchard, introducing a holistic range of head to toe organic skin care, from hair to face & body and even oral care.
The selection includes a local retail brand Beauty By Nature, which brings international botanical beauty brands from around the world to its convenient new location in the heart of Orchard Road.
Dr.Hauschka Skin Care preparations and treatment methods are based on their founder's mission: to support the healing of humanity and the earth, a mission reflected in everything from the sustainable agriculture behind their ingredients to their holistic approach to business.
Your health is of great importance to you, and for them. For over forty years Dr.Hauschka products have nurtured millions of people, both inside and out. Dr.Hauschka Skin Care and Home Remedies were developed based on the understanding that your body is smart, and when it is guided and supported with the proper, natural skin care products and homeopathic medicines, you can enjoy a lifetime of good health.
Their unique, ground-breaking products are made from organic, Biodynamic and ethically wild-harvested plant and mineral ingredients. Each ingredient is hand-processed according to their signature methods of preparation and manufactured to pharmaceutical standards.
Dr Hauschka allows you to care for your health naturally. Their preparations work cooperatively with your body’s natural processes to achieve a glowing complexion, a healthy body and a lasting beauty that comes from within.
A new facility for the Malay Language Centre of Singapore (MLCS) in Bishan Street will be open in 2013. The new facility will allow MLCS to produce more attractive programs. So far it had carried out 33 training programmes last year which saw the participation of 3,000 teachers and 250 students.
Its mission is to facilitate the teaching and learning of the Malay Language in the context of a more challenging and dynamic language environment, where more students are coming from households where English is the dominant home language. Located in the MOE Language Centre in Bishan, the Centre conducts training courses, workshops, seminars and professional sharing sessions for ML teachers. You can look forward to boosting your skills and knowledge in a variety of areas such as Malay grammar, Malay culture, teaching strategies, assessment techniques, and application of ICT.
MLCS provides mentoring programmes for potential ML Master Teachers and Senior Teachers to develop their capacity in guiding other teachers. MLCS also guides teachers in conducting action research and partner teachers to develop teaching resources such as ICT-based lessons or school-based curriculum that cater to the needs of students.
To enrich the knowledge of ML teachers, MLCS has lined up two signature annual events: the Malay Language Seminar and the Arif Budiman Lecture series. The Malay Language Seminar will be a useful platform to bring together experts in the field of Malay Language education from Singapore and beyond. The Arif Budiman Lecture Series offers a range of topics pertinent to Malay Language Education.
Since its inception in 1994, Shanghai Tang has been the pioneering international luxury lifestyle brand from China. With its mission as the global ambassador of contemporary Chinese Chic, Shanghai Tang interprets Chinese culture and craftsmanship with a vibrant sophistication. Offering ready-to-wear for women, men and children, as well as accessories and homeware, Shanghai Tang supports an international network of 40 boutiques in the world’s most prestigious shopping districts.
Shanghai Tang has relocated its flagship store within Ngee Ann City and celebrated its opening with an exclusive affair for VIP guests. In addition to a fresh décor, the new store also boasts an Imperial Tailoring section; its made-to-measure clothing service where Shanghainese master tailors will fit you with a suit.
With its mission as the global ambassador of contemporary Chinese Chic, Shanghai Tang interprets Chinese culture and craftsmanship with vibrant sophistication.
Shanghai Tang is the first and leading luxury lifestyle brand emerging from China.
#03-06/07 Takashimaya Shopping Centre, Ngee Ann City, 391 Orchard Road
From music CDs to blockbuster DVDs, electronic gadgets to the coolest game collections and an assortment of pop culture products ranging from t-shirts to artist merchandise, the new HMV store at Marina Square has it all.
HMV is the UK and Ireland’s leading entertainment brand, enabling comprehensive access to much of today’s popular culture through its chain of stores and online and digital sites as well as through its growing live venue, festivals, ticketing & promoting and artist management operations.
Established in 1921 through its landmark store in Oxford Street, and famous for its iconic ‘dog-and-gramophone’ trademark, 90-years-on entertainment brand HMV gets customers even closer to the artists and to the music, film and games they love whether in the home, on the move or via the ‘live’ experience.
HMV brings you closer to a whole new entertainment experience!
As one of the world’s leading advertising agency, DDB have found a new home at Pico Creative Centre in Singapore occupying 2 floors of 1000 sq m each. BBFL were appointed as the architects to understand, interpret and create a workspace that embodies DDB’s dynamic working culture.
The design process began with observing the designers at DDB work as a diverse group which involves a high level of discussion, debate and intervention sessions amongst each team with a common goal of achieving a creative solution for their clients. Group discussion activity was crucial for the team where workspace becomes a social network area rather than a confined individual space. The design process has allowed them to create a bridge between two disciplines which played a huge role in the concept development of the entire DDB environment creating a conspicuous identity.
The workspace concept that revolves around DDB’s office wasn’t just about its corporate colours or even the branding of its company but creating a collective space that leans towards the culture of the people in DDB itself. This lead them to create spaces which improve and promote inter-connectivity between creative individuals. To enhance this notion, spaces within the work environment weren’t crafted out with walls or any form of concealed demarcation, compositing to an open office setting. Territories are divided and screened by discussion and collaborative areas within the office.
The aim was to enhance the current culture and to encourage a more lively work space, which will ultimately provide a better work flow. The workspaces are designed as long communal tables supporting an open office environment. The architects designed spaces that allow these communal areas to be part of the workspace. Discussion bars are dispersed within team work areas. Even libraries and the staff pantry spanning across both floors were used as collaborative spaces for discussions.
Conference rooms were meant to be flexible and open where staff would frequently occupy for internal presentations and brain-storming sessions. Gym-like staggered benches were introduced for audiences to participate in these sessions. Arrival lobbies on the other floors were treated with interactive projection of the collection of works that inspired DDB and a source of expression for the staff.
WABAR is a specialty beer bar hailing from South Korea where customers can enjoy unique beers from all over the world. The NO.1 Brand in Korea, WABAR is popular among all generations with its natural & exotic décor and wide selection of beer and whiskey.
The diversity & sophistication of preference is the basic trend of consumption these days.
At WABAR, their variety of international beers mean that consumers can express their individuality in their choice, and share in the global culture of beer drinking!
The Moluccas Room is a contemporary and modern Indonesian restaurant featuring a unique marriage of authentic Indonesian flavours and Western cooking techniques.
Experience The Moluccas Room along the waterfront at The Shoppes of Marina Bay Sands.
Experience the diversified gastronomic cultures and flavors of Indonesia.
The Moluccas Room overlooks the Singapore River and together with their exquisite interiors and ambience, it sets the diners in the right mood to appreciate the diversified flavors of the Indonesian Archipelago.
Combining traditional Indonesian spices and premium quality ingredients, they delight to tantalize their diners to a banquet of exotic and authentic tastes.
The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, 2 Bayfront Avenue #01-81
With strong influences that reflect the ideals stemmed from the urban subculture, Flesh Imp has been leading this unique social movement since 2000 and they have just opened a stunning Flagship Store.
Having birthed the cultural expression to the creative heads that rocked the local scene, Flesh Imp remained independent and has seamlessly bridged designs and clothing into their distinct style that elevate urban trend setters and their lifestyles.
With extensive collaborations over the years with the likes of adidas, Hypebeast, Andy Howell, Coke Zero, Burger King, Levi's, among others, Flesh Imp' aim is to create a global culture that transcends all boundaries that make up this urban terrain we call street culture.
Blended with a colorful weave of creativity that is always changing and shaping the cool, Flesh Imp is all about people, music, arts, design, positive vibes and beautiful clothing.
The smooth concrete floor and bright lights dangling from the elevated ceiling by black wires give the new space a refreshing industrial look, complete with a storage-style entresol. Whilst it could be easily confused with a workshop, most of the store’s fittings have been made from reused chipboards and refurbished furniture. Vintage style.
Look out for the galvanized zinc plates which can be found all around the store and appreciate that neat rugged feel.
Set literally next door to wild rocket at Mount Emily, Wild Oats is housed in a charming colonial mansion amidst a sprawling garden.
For those who prefer cool air-conditioned comfort, the indoor area has classic black leather armchairs and designer bar stools. Outdoors, the chenai wooden deck with nostalgic rattan chairs is the perfect place to sip champagne and indulge in star gazing amidst the lush tropical greenery.
Being in the Bras Basah-Bugis district which is set to be the arts, culture, and entertainment hub in the city center, Wild Oats shares the premises with Emily Hill – a multi-talented and multi disciplinary group of creative people including an art gallery (MonsoonAsia Gallery), a glass artist (Ms. Tan Sock Fong), a theatre school (Theatre Training & Research Program) and renowned sculptor Mr. Sun Yu-li.
Although wild oats has a wide selection of drinks – easy drinking wine from both old and new world, local and international beers (including Hoegarden and Stella Artois) and classic/original cocktails, the most popular drinks are the Lambrini (a slightly sparkling perry from the UK), Emily Royale (wild oats' original champagne cocktail made with strawberry puree & crème de casis) and G.H. Mumm Champagne.
A small but delectable selection of finger food is also available. A Greek favorite, the feta and spinach pie is given a local twist and made into Feta Tofu & Spinach Wantons at wild oats. There are also the very popular Parmesan Wings, only the mid-section is used (because that's the best part!), deep fried to a golden crust and drizzled with your choice of homemade chicken-rice style super spicy chili sauce or a creamy gorgonzola sauce. If you want something more substantial, try one of the Hot Bitches (more politely known as Hot Dogs elsewhere), each one with different toppings including chili con carne & sautéed onions.
The Kallang Theatre used to be the setting for the Prime Minister's annual National Day Rally speech as well as original local works and world class musicals such as Les Miserables and Phantom of the Opera.
However, the curtain came down on the 1,800-seat theatre in March 2007, following lower utilisation rates, as new venues such as the Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay moved into the spotlight.
Come August, the Kallang Theatre will come back to life alive after a four-year hiatus with the ambitions of becoming a regional arts and culture hub. It will kick off with a 80-minute musical primarily targeted at tourists and foreigners about the Republic's history from Sang Nila Utama days to modern day, titled Singapura - The Lion City Show.
Its operator, Asia Arts & Culture (AAC) will also market its in-house group of performers and shows for external events, both locally and elsewhere in Asia.
The Singapore Land Authority offered the Kallang Theatre building for tender in January. After a successful tender to operate and manage the premise, AAC - a Singapore-China joint-venture with the Yunnan Provincial Performing Arts Group - will be working with the Singapore Tourism Board to turn Kallang Theatre into an "Asian Arts and Culture hub.
The theatre will also have facilities such as dance halls and F&B outlets. Booking slots for the use of Kallang Theatre auditorium and various other facilities will be available from next month.
The Kallang Theatre was built in the 1970s as a cinema but was converted into a performing arts venue in 1986 to replace the National Theatre, which was demolished in the same year. The theatre's then-operator National Arts Council decided to shut it down after its utilisation rate dropped from 80 per cent to only 33 per cent in 2005.
N.R.D-Prime (NRD for short) crash-landed in Singapore a couple of months back, and looked at the geek landscape and said, "I can find everything I want, but I have to go to at least three different stores to get them! Surely, somebody can change that?!"
And so they did.
Harris Books is proud to present Harris Planerds! A one-stop shop for all things that fulfill your wildest geeky, nerdy, and dorky fantasies.
Graphic novels? Of course they've got them, and the latest releases every Thursday.
Games? Family favorite board and card games, as well as tabletop RPGs and cult favorites for the most hardcore gamers.
Art supplies? Everything an established and aspiring artist needs.
And a friendly and knowledgeable staff devoted to help you find and specially order whatever you need!
In addition to all of the above, Planerds is a store that is fully behind their local talents. From the very beginning, they have been working with their home-based artists, writers and fans of all things comic and pop culture to obtain ideas about what they envision their perfect store to be like. You see, their staff knows how hard it is to convince book stores to carry titles that are locally produced and they are going to try their best to change that. And to show their support for their local creative geniuses, they’ve even commissioned Sonny Liew to illustrate their mascot! (NRD is quite shy you see, he refuses to be photographed so their only way out was to get Sonny, artist extraordinaire, to render a likeness in ink).
Started in 2004, GoGo Franks was created to satisfy the ever changing taste of Singaporeans for an “Asian Tasting Sausage”. Since its creation, GoGo Franks became an instant delight with the local population and they have just opened a new outlet at Changi Terminal 1. Changi Airport's oldest terminal is flying high with foodies by offering a brand new gastronomic experience, with no less than 13 new eateries to whet your appetite.
Armed with their innovative R&D team, GoGo Franks promises to bring the best recipes and flavors of chicken sausages to suit contemporary lifestyles and palates.
With freshly prepared, halal certified chicken sausages provide a wider variety of taste that is uniquely Asian! At GoGo Franks, you will taste sausages that carry the home-grown flavors like our ever popular cheesy chicken, sensational red roast (also known as Char Siew), tangy satay, zesty black pepper, intense tandoori, spicy chili chicken, Wasabi Chicken and scrumptious mushroom etc. In addition, they add excitement by providing succulent lamb rending, tandoori and cheesy beef to fit every craving during every mood.
Only at GoGo Franks, you will find their fun, delightful and bite-sized cheesy balls. An absolute all time favorites with kids and adults alike. At GoGo Franks, they provide the assurance of healthier, high quality lean meat, paired with an irresistible array of lip-smacking varieties. Well differentiated by their vibrant brand promises, GoGo Franks will add spark to a new food culture in Singapore and beyond.
Singapore's first Indian Heritage Centre will open its doors in 2012. It will be located in Little India, at the junction of Clive Street and Campbell Lane, on a 2,000 square foot plot of land.
The government will provide most of the funding for the construction of the five-storey building and its operations. Besides serving as a ‘living’ platform for the Indian community, the new IHC is also expected to function as a showcase of Indian heritage for both Singaporeans and tourists.
NHB has commissioned the Singapore Institute of Architects (SIA) to organise a two-stage architectural design competition. The proposed site is the currently vacant state land with an area of 815.7 square metre located at the crossroads of Campbell Lane and Clive Street in Singapore.
The design brief requires that the scheme should represent contemporary architecture, besides providing a sense of Indian heritage. The new IHC should also strive to be all-encompassing and ensure representation and respect of all Indian communities and religions.
The IHC design should foster integration and accessibility; and it should be flexible to programmatic needs. Integration of innovative design and sustainable development and technology are some other requirements. The project will include the construction of the Indian National Army (INA) Historical Structure.
The design competition is open to all Singapore registered Architects. Foreign design consultants, who are registered within their own jurisdictions, may make submissions in collaboration with Singapore-registered architects. According to SIA, a statement of collaboration identifying the scope of responsibility of each party shall be submitted together with the Competition Package Collection Form.
The Singapore Institute of Architects (SIA) is the national organisation representing architects in Singapore. Indian Heritage Centre (IHC), under the Heritage Institutions Division of the National Heritage Board, is shouldered with the responsibility of tracing the history of the Indian and South Asian community in the Southeast Asian region. A budget of $12 million has been allocated to the centre. The centre has been scheduled to open in 2013 and will feature small scale museum facilities as well as programming and educational spaces.
New sports facilities will be built and old ones renovated in a concerted government push to nurture a sporting culture among Singaporeans. The move to get more Singaporeans out of their homes and onto football fields, badminton courts and into gyms has seen the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports and Singapore Sports Council (SSC) initiate a comprehensive 20-year masterplan to give sports facilities an overhaul.
The Sports Facilities Master Plan was launched recently and the focus was not just on sporting excellence, but on the 'social capital and nation-building value of sports'. The plan covers everything from the multimillion-dollar Kallang Sports City on the site of the former national stadium to humble community clubs in the heartland. Sporting interest received a boost with last year's staging of the inaugural Youth Olympic Games and it is clear the Government wants to ride that momentum.
The masterplan has three levels.
The first centres on the upcoming Kallang Sports City. The plan is to create an 'ecosystem' around it which includes world-class facilities that can host major events, as well as a community of stores and research and development centres.
The next level involves setting up 'integrated town hubs' that offer sporting facilities along with other activities and services. The first hub in Tampines, due for completion by 2015, will feature astroturf football pitches, badminton and tennis courts, a gym and a dance hall housed with a performing arts theatre, a community club, a library and food outlets.
The third level involves facilities closest to the doorsteps of Singaporeans. The SSC will upgrade facilities in neighbourhoods, especially those more than 20 years old. Where possible, these will be co-located with food and other outlets. It will also expand the Dual Use Scheme - which opens school sports facilities to the public after school hours. There are 135 school fields and 45 sports halls for public use on weekends. Between 30 and 50 more will be open on weekends in the next two to three years. Initiatives like the Singapore National Games next year, and satellite sports centres were also highlighted as they will allow students to train in sports not offered at their schools.
Welcome to White Lodge Education Group Services which operates all White Lodge kindergartens and centres. These centres provide and promote the most advanced early childhood education and care in Singapore.
The first school, in Singapore, was started in August 1999 with White Lodge Early Learning Centre at Linden Drive. This was followed by White Lodge kindergartens in South Buona Vista and Jalan Siap, which were set up in June 2003 and April 2005 respectively. As White Lodge’s reputation grew, there were many requests to open a fourth kindergarten in the east part of Singapore. White Lodge Kindergarten (East Coast) was opened in December 2005 to meet this demand.
In 2006, the fifth educational facility was opened in Loewen Gardens and was registered as an activity centre, which had drop-off, programmes as well as extended classes such as art, phonics and reading programmes, Mandarin language classes and a special Parent & Child Programme. This proved to be a successful formula and a second activity centre was opened in the Central North district of Singapore in January 2011. Also in 2011, with the support of Internationalisation Enterprise (IE) Singapore, White Lodge was invited to further expand the brand overseas. This led to the opening of the first flagship branch overseas for White Lodge in Hanoi, Vietnam.
White Lodge’s philosophy is to support, nurture, teach and care for each child individually so that they grow in understanding, awareness and responsibility. The comprehensive curriculum is based on the most up-to-date education practices and revolves around a guided, child-centred programme. Mandarin is also integrated into the programmes.
Children at White Lodge not only learn the traditional elements of education, but are also challenged and involved in a far wider world of learning and development. The children are encouraged to think broadly and creatively, to develop advanced interacting and socialising skills, to build confidence in themselves as well as the belief that they have the ability to tackle any challenges given. They leave the centres equipped with language, mathematical and writing skills but perhaps more importantly, with a lively curiosity and interest in the world around them.
The White Lodge group of kindergartens now serve over 500 students of which 90% are expatriates. The students come from over 25 different countries in Asia Pacific, Europe and America. White Lodge’s children are therefore constantly exposed to diverse cultures and practices in their everyday interactions, giving them a head start to living in a globalised world.
The Pigeonhole is a book cafe & dynamic arts space run by Rayner Lim & Ave Chan, promoting local NGOs, music, film, fine arts and performing arts.
The Pigeonhole boasts a diverse variety of old, second-hand and rare books on topics ranging from religion to popular culture to botany to politics. Apart from an eclectic array of exciting arts programmes devoted to local independent art and music, the Pigeonhole also serves aromatic espresso, tasty gourmet sandwiches and salads and a globe-trotting range of whiskies, wines, ciders and lagers. The Pigeonhole is proud and honoured to support the good work of local homegrown NGOs and non-profit organizations.
They are always looking for event partners. If you have an idea for an event, whether it's a talk or an exhibition or a performance, drop them a line and they'll make it work!
Changi Airport Terminal 3 stunning greenery, in particular the vertical garden - Singapore's largest at five storeys high and 300m wide is really quite a feat of horticultural genius and one that is entirely in thanks to the airport's talented nursery staff.
Prior to the vertical garden's 40,000 plants - including the elephant vine, jade vine, climbers, money plant, dumbcane, ferns, sunflowers, the Swiss cheese plant, mast trees, fan palms and red palms - are grown in the terminal, they are first acclimatised to indoor conditions where, for example, there is less light. This process involves growing plants in shade houses, under partial sunlight, for between 3 and 6 months. About 80 per cent of the nursery is used as shade houses.
Situated on Airport Boulevard, just 5 minutes from the 4 terminals, the nursery is home to more than 300 species of plants, 40 palm species and 30 tree species. All of this greenery is used to landscape the transit and public areas of the terminals and the surrounding access areas.
The 12ha nursery - Singapore's largest - has been operational since the airport began running in 1981. It has 10 horticulturists, under the Changi Airport Group, who are also tasked with creating seasonal floral displays in the terminals. Before the plants are transplanted to the terminals, they are sprayed with white summer oil to make them resistant to pests such as mealybugs. Plants are usually displayed in Terminals 1 and 2 and the Budget Terminal for three months before they are replaced with new ones. Though the plants in T3 are rarely replaced thanks to the unique design of the terminal and its skylights.