The Swiss watchmaker and jeweller Chopard has opened its first Asian flagship store at Ngee Ann City.
Founded in 1860 in Sonvilier (Switzerland) by Louis-Ulysse Chopard, Chopard stands for innovation, quality craftsmanship and authenticity. Under the impetus of the Scheufele family, who bought the company in 1963, Chopard experienced a spectacular development. Renowned for its creativity, its high level of vertical integration and its state-of-the-art technology, it has become one of the leading names in the high-class watch and jewellery industry.
The 1,750 sq ft store is twice the size of their previous boutique. It is the second Chopard boutique in the world designed by the renowned New York city-based French architect, Thierry W Despont. Mr Despont specializes in unique and high end designed residential projects and hotels as well as museum and historical renovations.
The store includes private areas to cater to VVIP clients and feature a more extensive collection of Haute Joaillerie, jewellery and accessories.
This new research facility will study and develop key areas relating to future transportation, which includes advanced battery materials for electric vehicles, human-machine interfaces and mobility patterns and concepts. A key focus will see how research outcomes can benefit the Asian market based on the needs of the region.
Under the ambit of advanced battery materials and human-machine interfaces, the BMW Group-NTU collaboration aims to find solutions to key transport requirements in the most sustainable way possible, especially in the area of electric vehicles, where battery safety, efficiency and being environmentally-friendly is of utmost importance.
The study of mobility patterns and concepts will be focused on consumer behaviour in new mobility offerings for mega-cities, namely for multi-modal transportation and car sharing. One such area is the development of advanced routing algorithms so as to make the daily commute more comfortable.
Located at NTU’s Research Techno Plaza, the new joint lab will start off with five scientists and six PhD student researchers. It will be led by Dr Mirjam Storim, Coordinator of University Cooperations of BMW Group and Professor Subodh Mhaisalkar, Director of the Energy Research Institute at NTU ERI@N.
More than 70 per cent of world’s population is expected to flock to global megacities by 2050, this scenario emphasises the importance of mobility research.
Projects by the joint lab will leverage the BMW Group’s expertise in automotive and mobility, as well as NTU’s research strengths, particularly that of ERI@N which carries out cutting-edge research in solar cells and other renewables, electric vehicles, energy and power systems and battery technology in collaboration with the industry.
Research Techno Plaza, Nanyang Technological University, 50 Nanyang Drive
They also features a specially crafted menu by Chef Marc Wee that demonstrates his playful approach to reinventing classics, including the Spaghetti with Tri-Pepper Crab, Arbite’s take on Singapore’s favourite pepper crab and the Scotch Egg with Yuzu and Wasabi Hollandaise, a classic English pub grub with a Japanese twist.
Arbite (ahr-bahyt) is a pun on the German/Danish word for work (arbeit/arbejde). Inspired by Europe but rooted in Singapore, this philosophy of working hard and living well is exemplified in everything that they do and the food they serve.
The TapMaster, a specially-engineered beer tap, has been brought in to maintain optimal freshness of A for Arbite’s Belgian draughts. Amber Ale, Abbey Double Brown, Abbey Tripel, Pilsner and Lindemans Peach beer are available on tap along with other favourites in bottles. A for Arbite features a tasting menu of five different beers and dishes which Chef Marc Wee has specially selected to match the Belgian brews. Non-beer drinkers can pair their food with artisanal teas.
The 64-seat, 2,000 square feet restaurant is at the heart of the Kampong Glam's latest dining stretch; Aliwal Street. The Aliwal Arts Centre, where the restaurant is located, is a historic heritage building whose geometrical clean lines and functional building elements complement Arbite’s approach to creating its dining spaces. The name "A for Arbite’ is a tribute to the Aliwal Arts Centre’s former identities as Chong Cheng School and Chong Pun Girls' School. It has since been refurbished by the National Arts Council to create space for both budding and established artists to showcase their works and talent.
The Italian fashion label, Prada will be expanding its current duplex at MBS to three-stories in June.
Prada’s second duplex boutique, is designed by Prada’s architect Roberto Baciocchi, signature design elements take centre stage with walls rendered in green canvas, complemented by elegant touches such as waxed saffiano leather to house ready-to-wear, bags, accessories and shoes for both women and men.
Sophisticated and trendsetting, Prada’s inspiring concept of uncompromised quality and constant innovation has endured from 1913, when Mario Prada, Miuccia Prada’s grandfather, opened a shop of luxury goods in the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele in Milan. The search for rare and valuable materials and sophisticated manufacturing techniques is part of Prada’s DNA.
B1-98 Galleria Level, B2-69 Canal Level, Level 1 The Shoppes At Marina Bay Sands, 2 Bayfront Avenue
de.Luxe Lifestyle is the retail arm of De Luxe Furnishings offering Japanese furnishing products since 2009.
Awarded the priority distributionship of all the Japanese imported soft furnishings materials from brands such as, Sincol, Sangetsu, Toli, Lilycolor, Tokiwa, Runon, Yokota, Tachikawa, Lonseal and Warlon.
They specialise in motorized curtains systems, biodegradable wallpaper and interior decor consultation.
Commissioned by the Housing and Development Board as an exploration of the future of affordable public housing, WOHA‘s public housing design for Skyville @ Dawson consists of 960 new homes. Their project is currently under construction and is estimated to be completed by February 2015. The design focuses on 3 themes – community, variety and sustainability.
There is a variety of community space. Each home is part of a Sky Village: 80 homes which share a naturally ventilated community terrace and garden. The block is composed of 3 villages, stacked 4 high, for a total of 12 villages. Other community areas include: the Community Living Rooms at ground level, which provides seating areas overlooking the park and is located on the main entrance route of the development; the Landscaped Park, which retains enormous historic rain trees and provides two community pavilions, play and fitness areas, courts and lawns; the Rooftop Park, which houses a 400m jogging track and rooftop pavilions which support a PV array that powers the common lighting; the Urban Plaza, located along a public linear park and provides supermarket, coffee shop and retail spaces.
The design gives variety by offering you flexible floor plans with a column free and beam free main space, eliminating waste and allowing diverse lifestyles, such as home office or loft living as well as future flexibility.
SkyVille has been awarded Singapore’s Green Mark Platinum rating, the highest rating possible. The project uses passive means and avoids the use of energy-intensive solutions rather than using high technology. Every unit is fully naturally ventilated, with every room (including bathrooms and kitchens) having windows. The common areas, lift lobbies and access walkways are all naturally ventilated and lit. The apartments are cross ventilated, with CFD simulations performed at the block and unit level. The units use passive means for comfort – all walls have vertical and horizontal sun breakers to shade both the walls and the windows, all windows have overhangs and special mid-height top hung panels that direct breeze to seating height and allow the windows to remain open during the monsoon period, the units face north and south and have openings on all sides.
PV cells at the rooftop power the common areas and a swale which is a major landscape feature treats storm water before discharging it to the storm water system. The project uses landscaping throughout the tower in the sky villages, additionally it covers 50% of all roof surfaces. Two major landscaped external spaces totaling 1.5Ha are provided.
Farrer Park Hospital is one of the first private hospitals to be built ground-up in Singapore after 30 years. As a wholly new development, it is able to incorporate and effectively integrate the tremendous advances in hospital design and medical technology that have transformed healthcare in the past three decades.
As such, Farrer Park Hospital is a 220-bed private tertiary hospital that is well-equipped to deliver excellent medical outcomes. It has 8 major operating rooms, 4 day surgery rooms, 3 endoscopy suites and 3 cardiovascular suites, supported by a 23-bed ICU, a radiotherapy unit, state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging, clinical laboratories and an emergency department.
From the garden spaces to the purposefully planned design of the recovery wards and waiting areas, Farrer Park Hospital provides comfort and privacy to all its patients. And to ensure optimal patient recovery outcomes, both patients and their caregivers will also receive appropriate training when needed.
For the first time ever, Cathay Cineplexes has introduced the new Elite Club experience, an exclusive class of bespoke leather seats retrofitted in all their cinema halls.
Discover one of the best commercial cinema seats at West Mall. Add a small premium to your standard movie ticket for a reclining back rest, motorized leg rest and wider leg room. Enjoy an awesome cinematic experience.
The brand is the leader in watches, using proprietary Natural Frequency Technology which has been designed to help reduce stress and improve sleep quality. In addition to the Natural Frequency Technology, Philip Stein time-pieces feature a unique dual time zone design and interchangeable straps.
The company has acquired notoriety not only through their commitment to producing superior timepieces and proprietary use of Natural Frequency Technology, but has also garnered a large celebrity following over the years including Oprah Winfrey naming the watch one of her favorite things three times. Other celebrity fans include, Melanie Brown, Madonna, Audrina Patridge, Dakota Fanning, Rupert Murdoch, Victoria Beckham and many others.
One of the product highlights with the launch of their second store is its Sleep Bracelet, that will tune your body to its most relaxed, optimized state.
Spathe Public House is housed in a historic brick-and-timber shophouse located in the River Valley neighborhood. Built pre-war with many original fixtures, their intention was to preserve as much of the original character of the building as possible.
The premise consists of a communal dining room and fresh produce and seafood display bar. They feature a fun sharing menu for you to have great meals and feel at home.
The restaurant draws inspiration from contemporary European cooking, which emphasizes bold flavours and fresh ingredients of the highest quality. Their menu changes seasonally and they make use of organic products whenever possible.
MAD, inspired by the alter ego of Singapore’s much celebrated performer, composer and playwright, Dick Lee, stands for "Modern Asian Diner".
The restaurant puts a new spin on the concept of dining. Led by TungLok Group, Bar Stories and Dick Lee, MAD is a five-way collaboration between top reputable Singaporean success stories.
By introducing many different elements of food, beverage and retail in one place, MAD is a home-grown artisan dining experience that pieces together a jigsaw of the finest that Singapore has to offer and cannot be found anywhere else.
Each bowl of ramen comes with the standard gigantic chicken thigh and char siew. The star is defintiely the chicken thigh which is very tender and falls off the bone with ease. Their Black Spicy Tori King Ramencomes with toasted szechuan peppercorn and garlic in oil that gives the chicken broth the fragrant toasty aroma.
You can also choose the taste of soup, chicken oil and texture of noodle during your order as well as the ingredients you don't want the chef to add into your bowl of ramen.
#03-15 Amara Hotel Shopping Mall,100AM, 100 Tras Street
Zenchi, is a new showroom and boutique that houses bespoke women’s label Zenchi and also, Kiki Culte an exquisite line of hand-woven bracelets.
Step into the space that encapsulates more than just fashion. From each chair to every framed drawing, Zen Chi handpicked and sketched each portrait individually. The spiffy shophouse is a sure visual treat filled with Zen’s personal touch infusing a chic and sophisticated lifestyle that is the signature of Zenchi.
Zenchi and Kiki Culte complement each other, sharing a vision to showcase beyond luxe threads and intricate jewelry. The showroom and boutique is a timelessly stylish enclave that brings out the essence of both designers’ vision to be creative, be free, be yourself.
Understated luxury dresses that play on the juxtaposition of drapery and edginess, which will exude the silhouette and confidence of the wearer. Every piece is a new outcome; no two dresses are exactly the same. Zen Chi made his first dress at the young age of 16. He shortly became a professional hair and makeup artist working on numerous editorials and commercials before venturing into fashion styling. Filled with inspiration and revisiting his childhood passion, all it took was one dress in 2009 and the label Zenchi was born.
Kiki Culte, an urban creation for the trendy and stylish, combines beauty and individual style in a one-of-its-kind handmade piece. Using materials from semi-precious stones, to crystals and diamonds, the various series of the handmade weave bracelets cater to all, at an affordable price range.
The Line, is a prestigious new residential development that leads you to luxurious living. With close proximity to the ECP seafront, this high rise paradise offers quiet seclusion nestled in lush tropical greenery with convenient links to Singapore’s bustling city centre.
Achieve the perfect line of balance between work and play with beautiful landscaping that evoke visions of paradises. Clean, crisp lines induce visions of zen living where elements conspire to provide one with tranquility and serenity. Feel the exclusive nature of your extravagant abode permeate your sens as you revel in its lushness.
You are in a position of super convenience. Just a short 10-minute drive away is the Suntec Convention Centre & Marina Bay Sands, Singapore’s premier shopping, dining and entertainment belt, and the epicentre of all that is hip and happening. Constantly reinventing itself, this retail therapy heaven promises to excite even the most seasoned of shoppers.
Table Manners offers you the freedom to build your very own platter from their selection of good, old comfort European fare. Their coffee by Papa Palheta, specialises in the roasting and purveying of specialty coffee. Their unique brewing and roasting techniques bring out the best in the beans, creating an aromatic and smooth finish for discerning palates. Table Manners believes in quality coffee that even the coffee bean farmers are proud of.
Their elegant selection of Tea Forte, is one of the most full-bodied and delicious blends of tea, created with whole leaf teas, rough-cut herbs and flowers. Be spoilt by the bountiful assortment of blends and flavours offered.
Have a try at their artisanal cocktail bar, Bar Stories; where dedicated bartenders shake-up a wide array of specialty cocktails, inspired by seasonal fruits and occasionally prepared with cooking-condiments including Shiso and Balsamic vinegar.
Indulge yourselves further with their range of classy tableware, perky napkins and cheery dining furniture.
#01-68/69 The Oasis, 5 Changi Business Park Central 1
The design for this Malaysian-Singaporean joint venture actively engages the space of the surrounding city to form a new civic nucleus in Singapore’s modern metropolis. The two towers are not conceived as autonomous objects, but defined by the spaces they create around them.
The design for DUO subtracts circular carvings from the allowable building volumes in a series of concave movements that generate urban spaces, a kind of "urban poché" that co-opts adjacent buildings and symbiotically inscribes the two towers into their context.
By generating the massing through a subtractive process, the elevations of the new towers are reduced to slender profiles. Vertical facades rise skywards along the adjoining roads, while a net-like hexagonal pattern of sunshades reinforces the dynamic concave shapes. The duo of tower volumes is further sculpted to feature a series of cantilevers and setbacks that evoke choreographed kinetic movements of the building silhouettes.
The buildings dematerialize as they reach the ground to provide a porous permeable landscape traversing the site. Leisure zones and gardens act as a connector between multiple transport hubs and establish a flow of tropical greenery and lively commercial activity, accessible to the public 24 hours a day. A plaza, carved into the center of the towers and integrating the neighboring building as part of its perimeter, forms a new public nexus between the historic district of Kampong Glam and the extension of the city’s commercial corridor.
Multiple levels of vertical connectivity give access to large elevated terraces for the hotel and residents, a public observation deck and a sky restaurant atop the office/hotel tower, while establishing a direct connection to the adjacent underground MRT subway station. Vehicular traffic is lifted off the ground to allow an uninterrupted pedestrian circulation. Extensive landscape areas at the ground levels, elevated terraces and roofscapes provide accessible green space equal to 100% of the site area.
Construction is scheduled to start in 2013, with completion pencilled in for 2017.
26,700m2 lot bounded by Ophir Road, Beach Road, Rochor Road, North Bridge Road and Fraser Street
The new Make Up Pro For Ever Academy & Pro Loft shows the brand's strong commitment to share its know-how and professional expertise through its unique educational experiences, providing the highest level of retail service.
The loft comprises of a 2-storey education cum retail space which not only provides a spacious and modern learning facility but also an exciting retail experience.
On the ground floor is Make Up For Ever's Pro Loft, which showcases the most comprehensive assortment of over 1,600 make up products, including artistic and special effects products. It provides a holistic "backstage" experience with its design inspired by a backstage study concept with Make Up For Ever's signature brick wall, aluminium zero-structure, neon, billboards, raw flooring, communal table and industrial-like furniture.
The Make Up School is located within the Pro Loft and is a dedicated space which provides every woman who desires to improve her make up skills a one-to-one personalised make up lesson. Their lesson menu offers 10 different lessons ranging from 15-minutes SOS Pro Tips targeted to solve your specific make up needs such as camouflaging a tattoo or scar to a 75 minute complete make up lesson which will allow you to learn the fundamentals of face, eye and lip make-up.
In these exclusive Make Up School lessons, expect not only to learn the Pro secrets that professional make up artists employ in fashion shows, editorial photo shoots and film sets but also the latest looks and trends from their professionally trained Make-Up School coaches.
Following a five month transformation, Pan Pacific has opened a brand new all-day dining restaurant: Edge. Located on level 3 of the hotel, Edge is a theatrical and interactive dining space that will offer you a culinary tour of the region and the Pacific Rim.
With interiors designed by Blueplate, a Wilson Associates specialty restaurant and bar design studio, Edge’s interiors feature materials and elements from around the Pacific such as black volcanic rock, riverstone, sandstone, wood, bamboo and rattan. The inspiration behind Edge is to have the restaurant represent a bustling metropolis of cultures and cuisines, complete with different sights, smells, sounds, tastes and textures, set in a modern upscale ‘hawker’ environment.
Comprising seven different open concept kitchens, Edge serves a diverse array of Asian and Pacific cuisines, including Chinese, Malay, Indian, Singaporean, Thai, Japanese, Australian and American.
Get upclose and personal with the chefs as they bake your pizza in their wood-fired oven, grill your satay at the charcoal grill, or cook your fresh crabs at the chilli crab station. Have your steak cooked to your preferred doneness or enjoy a la minute pasta and noodle choices. Enjoy fresh succulent oysters, prawns, mussels and scallops at the ‘live’ seafood station, or fuel up on greens at Edge’s extensive salad bar.
Lovers of Japanese cuisine will delight in their selection of freshly prepared sushi, soba, tempura, and yakitori, while the Thai station features a variety of fruit salads and a hot and spicy tom yum soup.
Complete your culinary journey on a sweet note with their elaborate and mouth-watering dessert station which comprises an assortment of pastries and cakes, two chocolate fondue fountains, an ice cream counter, and a "live" crepe and waffle station.
Edge can seat a maximum of 350 persons and is segregated into different zones, each showcasing different moods, seating configurations and heights. This flexibility allows the restaurant to cater groups, business associates, families or friends.
Drawing on the experience of the owners in the region around Valencia, with a team of Catalan and Valencian professionals in the kitchen, Los Primos serves an array of more than 30 inviting traditional tapas. Some of the Classics to be mentioned: Patatas Bravas (roasted potatoes with a mildly spicy tomato sauce), Croquetas (deep-fried croquettes filled with either mixed seafood blend, ham or minced chicken), Gambas al Ajillo (sizzling prawns with fresh roasted garlic), Pulpo a la Gallega (think slices of octopus, fresh potatoes, extra virgin olive oil and a dash of paprika), Selection of Spanish cold cuts like Iberico, Serrano ham, Chorizo and Lomo (cured pork). And some Chef’s creations, like Salted Cod in a bell peppers and onion sauce or Huevo Estrellado (potatoes, a couple of slices of roasted ham and a soft-yolk fried egg splashed all over in a traditional pan).
The wine list spans good labels from Spain, Italy, Chile and Argentina. Most bottles are imported directly by the owners, offering wines usually not available in Singapore. Sangria is made with Spanish Bobal red wine, Cointreau, Vermouth, Brandy and lots of zesty fruit, served in traditional clay-pot jugs.
Los Primos not only has a great Spanish food menu, but also an extensive selection of beverages. Behind the long, hand-crafted bar counter, adorned with original Iberian tiles, two expert mixologists prepare cocktails and shots to perfection, ensuring all tastes for drinks can be satisfied.
The restaurant is decorated with furniture and ornaments imported on purpose from Valencia, giving the whole place a warm, cozy, and at the same time, lively feel. The walls are scattered with prints and paintings of many aspects of Spanish life. The lights of its beautiful chandeliers are dimmed and the terrace has a few sought-after tables which seem to be just the perfect spot for people-watching in Club Street.
An extreme rarity in Singapore, Los Primos offers a "late night menu" which encompasses a good selection of hot and cold tapas, cheeses and cold cuts, until closing time: and extended to 2.00am on Fridays and Saturdays.
In line with evolving global attitudes for an environmentally responsible lifestyle, Greenviron provides eco products and services which are compatible, sustainable and affordable to you, commercial markets and government bodies. Its mission is far-reaching and may touch many aspects of your lives, from what you eat, wear, play, learn, save and so on. The company provides and promote: cost and energy efficient home and office solutions ranging from LED spotlights to fluorescent tube converters.
They encourage and promote green eco lifestyle with a wide range of green products. Clothing’s, stationeries, energy monitoring devices, water conservation devices, composters, educational kits, eco-friendly home products, solar water panels and even heaters are available.
They also source and facilitate green corporate gifts by introducing their Green products to corporate that believes the importance of “going green” as part of their corporate social responsibility.The green eco corporate gifts are recycled paper stationeries, recycled glass table and kitchen ware, recycled plastic bottles, t-shirt and bags, recycled metal water bottle, organic cotton bag and t-shirt, sustainable bamboo towels and t-shirts.
Comprising three residential colleges for 1,000 students, the campus balances the traditions of Yale with the cultural and climatic influences of Southeast Asia. Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects developed a contemporary architectural language of clear and inviting processional entrances, sun and rain-screened colonnades and roof forms with generous eaves.
Set in a lush landscape, the 62,000-square-meter campus is comprised of courtyards punctuated by residential towers and a community of learning and social spaces. At its heart is a campus green flanked by academic and administrative buildings, including the learning commons, auditorium, sports hall, and an open-air, sheltered gathering place, the Agora.
The signature gates of the Yale campus are reinterpreted with metalwork patterns inspired by Southeast Asian textiles.
At the main entrance, glass-enclosed stairwells and a colonnade are topped by an inward-sloping roof of grand scale. At the center of the roof is a square oculus, which sends a dramatic cascade of rainwater into a large circular reflecting pool below.
The heart of the campus is a lush garden and arboretum with six heritage trees and an eco-pond that will capture and filter rainwater. At opposite sides of the central green space will be academic and administrative buildings to include a library, performance complex, science labs and sports center. The Learning Commons, which contains the library and a multi-media center, will be set on a slope to symbolize the pinnacle of knowledge.
National University of Singapore, 21 Lower Kent Ridge Road
The brand is all about beautiful clothes that appeal to all ages, ethnicities, and income levels. Offering stylish and high-quality products while at the same time inviting you to experience the inspiration behind it. With a longstanding dedication to innovation and exotic imagery, Vivienne Tam is a truly passionate and symbolic designer in fashion.
In 1994, Vivienne Tam launched her signature collection of Eastern inspired clothing with a modern edge on the New York runways. In 1995, she introduced the influential Mao collection that triumphantly crossed over from the fashion world into the art world. Then in 1997 Vivienne Tam launched the venerable Buddha collection. The public and celebrities around the world quickly embraced both collections. Some of the images became so popular that scores of designers even adopted the look into their designs. Pieces of the collections were ultimately incorporated into the permanent archives of the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, The Museum of FIT and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
Vivienne Tam melds the aesthetic and feminine mystique of Asia with the spirit of the modern world.
Re-opening in 2014, the new Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum, resembling a moss-covered rock, will look as prehistoric as the three dinosaurs it will house. Cutting-edge technology will keep the 150 million-year fossils, as well as the region's largest collection of South-east Asian animals, in perfect condition.
The 7,500 sq m museum will be the new home of the respected Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research and the three diplodocid sauropod dinosaurs, bought for under $8 million from the United States. The spacious gallery will be able to display up to 10 times more exhibits than the old museum.
The internal temperature will be maintained in the low 20°C with humidity of about 60 per cent to keep the specimens in optimum condition. Research specimens and offices will be housed together, presenting unique challenges for safety issues. To comply with the strict fire regulations, the sprinklers are specially engineered while the dry collection area is equipped with a gas extinguishing system.
The architecture of the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum will sport a "prehistoric" boulder-like façade with tiered tropical vegetation. Surrounding the site will be lush indigenous plants and trees, as well as landscaped forests for educational purposes.
The architects put in a two-storey central space in the plan to cater for iconic exhibits such as dinosaurs. This prescient design came in handy when the opportunity to buy three fossils became available. The first long-neck baby dinosaur has arrived and its parents will be shipped in by end of next year.
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.
Philip Stein has opened its first boutique in Singapore at Millennia Walk, showcasing it's latest collection.
The Philip Stein Company has brought an innovative outlook to the world of luxury products. By integrating Frequency Technology in the company’s extensive collection of watches, the brand has successfully combined the principles of overall wellbeing with a distinctive watch design.
The story of Philip Stein begins with owners Will and Rina Stein. Will, a marketing expert with broad business experience, and Rina, a watch designer, combined their knowledge and skills to develop the iconic brand. The couple set out to developed a watch that promoted health and had an unrivaled appearance, featuring a dual time zone and interchangeable straps.The watch marked the first time in history that frequency-based technology had been incorporated in a luxury watch brand.
The company has acquired notoriety not only through their commitment to producing superior timepieces and proprietary use of Natural Frequency Technology, but has also
Discover Fruitz, Philip Stein’s latest brand of colorful timepieces that are affordably priced, allowing you to collect the entire line of delectable flavors. They sport an oversized dial with a multicolor sunburst design in either stainless steel or gold plated cases. The healthy design of the timepieces feature "seeds" instead of numbers.
Today, Philip Stein watches are sold in 25 countries around the world. The product line has expanded to include a wide range of styles. And, the company has taken its technology one step further, to include lifestyle accessories, including the Philip Stein Wine Wand. The wand uses a mix of natural frequencies to accelerate the “breathing” process of wine, making it ready to drink in minutes.
Located along Victoria Street in the Bugis arts, culture, learning and entertainment district, Bugis+, formerly known as iluma, has become a familiar landmark with its illuminated "crystal" façade. With a net lettable area of about 194,000 sq ft, Bugis+ enjoys synergy with Bugis Junction, linked via a bridge at Level 2, serving the wider needs of PMEBs, young adults and teenagers.
After undergoing months of transformation, the mall has been soft-launched with over 30 new and established brands to excite shoppers. The fully revamped Bugis+ will boast over 90 outlets, offering more entertainment, more F&B, more fashion and more fun for shoppers.
Bringing the best of authentic Italian cuisine in a relaxed setting, OTTO Locanda opens its doors at the charming Maxwell Chambers, a refurbished conservation building steeped in heritage, with a pristine white neo-classical façade.
OTTO Locanda is led by the partners behind OTTO Ristorante, who share a life-long passion for great Italian food. While OTTO Ristorante presents a more sophisticated dining style, OTTO Locanda offers a traditional Italian menu and casual trattoria style of dining that is close to the hearts of Italians.
The kitchen is held by chef Fabiano Davide, who once served as personal chef to the Ambassador of Italy in Tokyo and hails from a small town in Italy called Roccaspinalveti. Under the culinary direction of OTTO Ristorante’s head chef Michele Pavanello, Chef Davide brings you the best Italian culinary experience with hearty Italian recipes coupled with high quality ingredients and precise execution.
The Seawind is a luxurious development in Telok Kurau area, a highly sought after location in the popular East.
Designed to suit a variety of different lifestyles, the 222 unit development consists of condominium units, Soho concept residences and townhouses with a good mixture of 1-4 bedrooms units.
The Seawind embodies city living with around the clock offerings of famous casual and fine-dining establishments, popular and convenient shopping and entertainment centres, a well as quality schools that East has become renowned for. And yet, the glamour of downtown city and its full enriching recreational and leisure pleasure remain an easy commute away.
Located at The Foundry Clarke Quay, working professionals can unwind with their live band, along with their exquisite food and drinks.
Established in March 2010, the name 'San-Sui' means 'Mountain-Water' in Japanese, true to the restaurant's belief of offering only the finest fare from mother earth and the ocean.
They were first located at One Fullerton with both indoor and outdoor seats that overlooked the new Integrated Resorts and Marina Bay. They offers flawless pairings of fine Japanese cuisine with traditional Japanese alcohols, their menu showcases a stellar range of poultry, pristine seafood and prime cuts of wagyu beef and kurobuta pork, all expertly prepared by their chefs.
The restaurant is simply elegantly designed with the use of light and dark wood furniture, stylish wall partitions and chic cement flooring.
Sansui is under the management of Tori-Tana Group. Established in 1999, the group of restaurants comprises San-Sui Sumiyaki & Bar, the brand new San-Sui Contemporary Japanese Dining & Bar and Sol Tasca. It is fronted by General Manager Suhardi Huang, a trained chef who has over 20 years experience in all aspects of F&B.
#01-06 3B River Valley Road, The Foundry Clarke Quay
Known for its Izakaya reputation in the prestigious Japanese nation-wide culinary competition (Izakaya Koshien 2010), Enmaru’s second establishment in Singapore features an entirely different food menu with an exciting Yakitori introduction that brings a twist to its epicurean repertoire of Izakaya, Sake and Sochu offerings.
Franchised from Japan by global F&B developers PJ Partners, the creation of Enmaru ION ( trails after the successful inauguration of its sister establishment at Laguna National Golf & Country Club. The new premise located in the heart of Orchard road officially opened recently and aspires to bring a refreshing dimension to the concept of Yakitori in Asia.
Mention Yakitori and the native Japanese can attest that the sweet aroma of the smoke-filled yakitori joints is often the much needed stress-reliever after a hard long day at the office. Hoping to exude the same formula familiarity for the population in Singapore, Chef Yoshiharu Inoue, head chef of Enmaru ION, presents its diners at ION with a winning spread of authentic Japanese dishes individually designed with traits of his creative culinary skills.
Having spent more than 12 years perfecting his art in the different Japanese cooking styles, Chef Yoshiharu Inoue is often seen as a multi-disciplinary veteran in the preparation of Yakitori, Izakaya, Sushi, Sashimi and Kaiseki cuisines. His passion to reinvent classic Japanese dishes and to recreate authentic Yakitori and Izakaya flavours in his menu at Enmaru ION makes it an essential destination for all lovers of Japanese cuisine.
Big on personality and huge on flavours sees the impressive new menu at Enmaru ION. The main highlights of this authentic Yakitori and Izakaya establishment includes Chef Yoshiharu Inoue’s succulent Ibushi Yaki Smokey Grill, a chicken dish which features the use of the aged-old smoking technique that awards the meat a sweet charred flavor while retaining the tender juiciness of the fowl owing to a superbly-timed preparation over the grlll. As well as the delicious Sanzoku Yaki, an oven roasted tender chicken thigh that is seared to keep in the flavor. This specialty technique brilliantly paired with Tare sauce, bears the unique nickname of Bandit Grill due to its origins as a dish prepared by Japanese laborers while working up in the mountains.
The yakitori offerings at Enmaru ION are simply stellar - grilled spears of the Sasami Mentai Mayo and the Sasami Ume Jiso, chicken breast skewer paired with Codfish roe mayonnaise and the other matched with plum pulp; Butabara Aojiso pork skewer with shiso leaf roll; Uzura Buta Quails eggs wrapped with pork belly and Enoki mushroom wrapped Bacon all come highly recommended. In addition, Enamaru ION’s house specials that include the Wagyu Tataki Salad; the House ramen with homemade chicken soup and its Tori Nabe spring chicken hot pot broth dish also does not disappoint. A fine selection of complementing Sake, Sochu, Japanese beer, wines and alcoholic as well as non-alcoholic concoctions are also alongside these flavourful dishes.
Elaborating on his culinary philosophy, Chef Yoshiharu Inoue said he believes that it is of absolute importance that we show respect for the fresh ingredients we use in our recipes. This is therefore the reason why at Enmaru, they choose to minimise the use of exaggerated seasoning but instead opt to play up the distinct flavours of each ingredients with well-paired ingredients, making the eventual menu shine like a beautiful work of art. Prior to his arrival in Singapore, the talented chef was also instrumental in the creation of the delectable menu at Enmaru Japan over the last five years.
They are thankful that Enmaru ION has also done tremendously well since its opening. With its introduction, they hope to offer a dining location for the working crowd to adjourn to after a long day at work and also function as a joint for shoppers in Orchard to take a relaxing breather at mid-day.
Prided with excellent service standards quintessential of Japan and a refined yet sophisticated interior of bamboo and walnut plaster resembling an update of the traditional Yakitori restaurants in Japan, Enmaru ION definitely ranks high in its offering of an authentic Japanese dining experience perfect for relaxing after work.
The restaurant operates with a maximum capacity of 80 and is equipped with a private room for eight. Mirroring its popularity with the business crowd in Japan, Enmaru ION is fast emerging as an attraction for professionals and businessmen. The restaurant operates with an ala carte menu offering with individual yakitori items starting from $2.80 and business set lunches during the weekdays priced from S$15.80.
To complement and integrate into the rich history and culture of Katong’s Peranakan heritage, GV Katong will have its own unique cinema concept â€• a Peranakan-inspired movie destination with contemporary charm.
Located in the new lifestyle mall 112 Katong, GV Katong houses eight cinema auditoriums; six traditional halls with stadium seating, digital projection and sound, as well as wall-to-wall screens. In addition, Golden Village will introduce two of the latest, redefined, luxurious Gold Class auditoriums, consisting of 56 cinema recliners.
Pioneering the concept of in-cinema gourmet dining, GV’s signature Gold Class also offers movie-goers a sampling of Peranakan cuisine, including Otak Samosas and Nonya Kueh delicacies, in addition to Chef Chris Foo’s signature Western dishes.
Golden Village was established to develop and operate modern, luxurious multiplex cinemas. Golden Village's first imprint in Singapore was made on 28 May 1992 with the successful opening of the Yishun 10 cinema complex. Today, Golden Village has a reputation of offering more choice, comfort and convenience at its cinemas.
Golden Village also offers to patrons:
An unmatched variety of movies to choose from at convenient screening times throughout the day so that patrons can walk in at practically any time of the day to catch a movie.
Supported by a central computerised system, Golden Village movie tickets can be bought via an integrated telephone system, internet buying facility and also at all AXS stations located island-wide. Our ticketing system automatically selects the best seats available at any one time although patrons may choose their own seats via our Internet booking facility.
Many successful Japanese ramen restaurants have established their new branches in other countries and introduced their original products to ramen markets abroad. Recently, Marutama Ra-men, which serves authentic Japanese ramen has been making its Toripaitan soup as the new wave in the Japanese Ramen industry following Shoyu, Miso, Shio and Tonkotsu soup.
Marutama's Toripatan soup is served with homemade Hakata-styled ramen noodles. What makes this soup so special and mouth-watering is the 100% pure chicken broth made with absolutely no MSG at all! As for Toripaitan soup, it is one of the most difficult soups to prepare and cook. This is because the taste of Toripaitan soup is susceptible to the change in color and taste and the chef must have the experience to identify the ideal balance in order to make the soup. In every Marutama store they spend at least 5 hours daily on the cooking process and preparation alone. This pure milky white chicken-based soup has delighted and won-over hundreds of thousands of ramen lovers' across Asia.
Marutama offers an authentic Japanese ramen experience with its half-boiled aji tamago and aosa seaweed topping, complete with melt-in-your-mouth char siew. This additional topping of a half boiled seasoned egg is highly recommended for ramen. In Japan, Marutama's half-boiled seasoned egg was recognized as "the best tamago". Its unique texture: fully boiled at the surface and only half boiled inside blends in perfectly with the seasoning.
Marutama is well-known as a restaurant which has developed their shops not only in Ryogoku, Tokyo and Kawaguchi, Saitama, but also in Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand since the first Marutama restaurant in 2001. They are pleased to announce the opening of their 5th outlet in Singapore at Suntec City.
The Sultan is a shop house style boutique hotel, nestled right in the heart of culturally vibrant Kampong Glam. Faithfully preserved and recreated from traditional Singaporean shop houses; The Sultan retains many beautiful architectural features that hark back to a time in Singapore’s past when Kampong Glam was a bustling shopping and trading district and shop houses were magnificently built with great arches and columns to be used by owners as both their personal residence and their place of business.
In fact, the distinctive building which houses The Sultan’s main lobby is so prized for its historical and cultural relevance, and architectural beauty, that it has appeared on a 1996 Singapore postage stamp!
At The Sultan, you won’t have to give up the perks of modern comforts and luxuries to get a taste of old world Singapore charm.
The Sultan boasts 64 hotel guest rooms, offering 8 different room types to cater to their guests’ different budgets and needs. No two rooms in The Sultan are exactly the same, spanning different visual themes, views and spatial set ups, giving their guests a little surprise each time they go back to visit them.
Derived from two Malay words, Kampong, which means village, and Glam, a type of tree that used to be abundant there, Kampong Glam was the area allocated to Sultan Hussein Shah in 1823. The neighbourhood was also home to the Malay and Arab communities, who made a living selling foodstuff and merchandises.
After Kampong Glam was declared a conservation area in 1989, its rejuvenated allure has attracted locals and tourists alike, who converge there to enjoy its eclectic mix of traditional and modern shops and eateries.
Z Zegna is designed by Creative Director Alessandro Sartori and they have just opened their flagship in Singapore at ION Orchard.
Created for the modern man who is looking for an eclectic masculine and fresh style, Z Zegna combines cutting edge designs and innovative fabrics to create a new fashion-forward way to dress, without forgetting the beauty of the past.
Located at 388 Upper East Coast Road (Former Casa Nassau), Uber 388 is an upcoming freehold low-rise development with 95 freehold residential units ranging from 1-, 2-, 3- & 4-bedroom apartment units including 11 exclusive Penthouse & loft units with 2- & 3-bedrooms.
It's in this exclusive 5-storey luxury living that you will experience the glamour of residing in the East. At Uber 388, you are near to everywhere from restaurants to eateries, shopping centre to the sea. Truly an ideal home for your stay or investment.
At Uber 388, the sleek architecture and lush captivating landscape are just some of the sophisticated design finesse to keep you engaged in timeless respite. To be able to live in one of its 94 elegantly crafted apartments, it's simply a chance of a lifetime.
Not too far from the city, yet a place that's not too busy. At Uber 388, you are near to everywhere that you want to be - from restaurants to eateries, shopping centre to the sea.
At Uber 388, you enjoy easy access to major roads and expressways such as East Coast Expressway (ECP), Pan-Island Expressway (PIE), Kallang-Paya Lebar Expressway (KPE) and New Upper Changi Road.
Uber 388 is developed by MCL Land, a leading property developer in Singapore. A member of the Jardine Matheson Group under Hongkong Land Holdings (HLH), MCL has an extensive track record and portfolio of prime residential properties in Singapore & Malaysia.
Uber 388 brings life and entertainment to your family and guests with plenty of modern facilities. Bask and relax at the generous and spacious pool deck. Sweat it out at the fully equipped poolside gym. Or relax with your guests at the unique roof terrace over a barbeque. Theme gardens, jacuzzi, and a cosy children's play area features a tree house and rabbit holes in hedges for your kids to run through. It's the simple pleasures that make life great at Uber 388.
Every home at Uber 388 comes with excellent quality fittings and appliances: Brandt collection of kitchen appliances, Honsgrohe & Pura Vida range of bathroom fittings.
Encompassing music, food, alcohol and visual aesthetics to stimulate the senses, Pasha consists of four spaces: restaurant, indoor bar, rooftop bar and an exclusive members-only private lounge. A modern Moroccan venue that replicates the look and feel of an oriential den that offers intimate exclusivity, exotic ambience, and stylish sophistication in an utterly tranquil yet trendy setting - an ideal destination to visit each day.
Pasha aims to be an iconic lifestyle destination in Singapore. An original and innovative modern Moroccan venue that replicates the look and feel of an oriental den. Pasha offers intimate exclusivity, exotic ambience, and stylish sophistication in an utterly tranquil yet trendy setting - an ideal destination to visit at the end of each day. The word "pasha" was introduced during the Ottoman administrative. It is an honorary title equivalent to the British title of Lord.
Stepping into Pasha is as though as being transported into magical Morocco. Artefacts and furnishing are specially imported from Morocco. Patrons could instantly experience the earthly sophisticated ambience through its exotic lightings and furnishing. Pasha’s stylish and modern interior design conveys an understated elegance with oriental, sophisticated design and décor that still respects the historic structure of the century-old building.
Being subjected to Berber, Moorish, Mediterranean and Arab influences, Moroccan cuisine is extremely diverse. Characteristic flavourings include lemon pickle, cold-pressed, unrefined olive oil and dried fruits. Common meats include mutton, beef, chicken and seafood. Spices are used extensively in Moroccan food. Common spices include cinnamon, cumin, turmeric, ginger, pepper, paprika, anise seed, sesame seeds, coriander, and saffron. Common herbs include mint and parsley. The most famous Moroccan dishes are Couscous (rice), Tajine, and Harira (soup). The most popular drink is green tea with mint.
Occupying 10,000 square feet, the restaurant can cater up to 200 guests (including the indoor and outdoor bar and private lounge). Equipped with such space, the place can easily double up as event venues for corporate dinners, business meetings, private parties and functions.
If an extravagant lifestyle is what you're looking for, Pasha’s private lounge will be the destination venue for you. Privileged guests will get to enjoy the exclusivity and attention at this invitation-only club. Inside, a wonderful sense of space will enthral you as you gaze upwards to the sloping high ceiling where you can truly kick back, relax and leave all inhibitions aside. This private club will serve as your elegant sanctuary – be it for business or pleasures or both.
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.
Stansfield College was founded in 1993 but they will be opening yet another campus in August this year in Serangoon Central. Their mission today is a simple one - to make learning enjoyable. Many of them at Stansfield College including their Chairman and Deans have degrees from overseas universities and they understand the importance of enjoying the learning experience. They have dedicated themselves towards the purpose of their mission as they believe that you get more out of your education if you truly enjoy the process. They also believe that this attitude extends beyond just the time we spend in school. After all, we are all always learning, no matter how old we are so we strive for a simple goal – enjoy learning, enjoy life!
They also know that we enjoy something the most when we can see its true value to us, which is why they strive to offer their students the opportunity which has resulted in their ability to produce many top students over the years, including First Class Honours graduates in their international partners’ programmes consistently, every year. Over the years, they realised that not all interested students qualified for entry into their partners’ programmes and so their range of courses were expanded to include several foundation programmes as well as Certificate and Diploma programmes that allow a student to grow with them and eventually attain direct entry into selected partner university programmes with exemptions, through the transfer of credits. This made University degree programmes available to all who wanted them.
Most of their courses are taught by their full-time faculty who demonstrate a commitment to their mission and core values. They are augmented by a team of adjunct faculty who are carefully screened, many of whom have been with them as effective lecturers for some time.
They believe that people and organisations succeed only through discipline and this is a value they believe in strongly. They focus on moulding their people and organisation through discipline so as to be ‘role models’ for their students. After all, their students learn better obliquely by observation than ‘rote-learning’.
They recognise that first year full-time students need more guidance; therefore their class size policy is to limit the class to 24 and the tutorials to 8 in the critical first year of their Day College programmes. At the same time, they recognise that adult learners prefer a schedule allowing balance between work and classes. Their Evening College programmes are therefore designed with affordability and outside of class support. Their focus is to provide the best guidance to each and every student who enrols with them.
Singapore's only natural history museum, the Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research (RMBR) at the National University of Singapore (NUS) has received its latest philanthropic gift of S$25 million from the Lee Foundation. This latest gift enables the RMBR to embark on building a new purpose-designed building for its invaluable collection of animals and plants specimens. To be renamed the 'Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum', the new building will showcase Southeast Asian biodiversity and environmental issues in an exhibition hall that will be 10 times the size of the current gallery.
The new museum will also be home to the existing collection of 500,000 specimens of mammals, birds, amphibians and other invertebrates. This is the oldest natural history collection of animals in Singapore, including some century-old artefacts and extinct animals. It is also one of the largest collections of Southeast Asian animals in the region and is the second oldest natural history collection in Southeast Asia after Indonesia's Bogor Museum.
The University believes strongly in the national significance of this project and has provided the museum with a larger and highly strategic site on their Kent Ridge campus. The new Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum, which is expected to be ready by 2014, will be located adjacent to the NUS University Cultural Centre along Kent Ridge Crescent. When ready, the natural history museum would, with its neighbours the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, the NUS Centre for the Arts and the NUS Museum, be part of a heritage and cultural hub at Kent Ridge.
The RMBR embarked on a fundraising campaign in late 2009 to build a new natural history museum for Singapore after an overwhelming response to an International Museum Day Open House held in May 2009. The open house attracted more than 3,000 visitors, which severely stretched the museum's physical and manpower resources. An unnamed donor, responding to media reports, came forward with a pledge of S$10 million to support the fundraising project. The latest philanthropic donation by the Lee Foundation and with donations from other donors brings the total funds raised to S$46 million.
The funds raised to date will be used for the development of the new natural history museum building. The RMBR Fundraising Committee will soon embark on the next phase of its fundraising efforts to equip the new museum with high-quality new exhibits for the galleries. The RMBR team also hopes to develop a strong public programme.
The RMBR at NUS is the custodian of one of the earliest natural history collections in Southeast Asia. The 160-year-old collection was inherited from the then Raffles Museum and Library at Stamford Road in the 1970s, after the museum was renamed the National Museum and refocused its attention on the arts and history. Over the past 40 years, the collection has grown to more than 566,000 specimens.
In recent years, environmental issues such as climate change and global warming have captured the world's attention. There is increased awareness of the importance of biodiversity as an economic and scientific resource, and how human activities such as the overharvesting of species, introduction of alien species and habitat destruction have caused dramatic losses in biodiversity. The RMBR provides vital scientific expertise in aiding the research that may one day find solutions to these problems.
Public support for the museum and its collections and research has grown tremendously over the years. With the resources bestowed by the benefactors, the new museum hopes to provide larger and more comprehensive exhibition galleries, display even more specimens of historical and scientific significance, and include modern interactive exhibits to further enhance its role in reaching out and engaging the public.
Funds are still needed to make this museum a reality. A website has been launched to accept donations from the public. Your gift will help to create a museum that we all can be proud of! You can donate online, by cheque or call to make donations in cash or other gifts.
Department of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science, 21 Lower Kent Ridge Road
Waterfront Isle is the finest edition of the Waterfront Collection, comprising 561 lavish units spread over 15 storeys. There are two-bedroom units with sizes from 893 -1206 sq ft, three-bedroom units with sizes from 1152 - 1389 sq ft and four-bedroom units with sizes from 1378 - 1442 sq ft. Offering breath-taking views of the Bedok Reservoir and Bedok Town Park or the swimming pool, Waterfront Isle allows you to live a life less ordinary.
Featuring recreational facilities such as dining isles, BBQ pavilions, a party lounge and an alfresco cafe, Waterfront Isle provides you with ample opportunities to partake in culinary delights while you and your loved ones get together. The Sky Terrace at the top of the development offers awe-inspiring views of Bedok Reservoir’s glistening waters.
The upcoming Bedok Reservoir MRT Station (part of the Downtown Line 3) is easily accessible within a short walking distance. In addition, Bedok Reservoir and the East Coast Park will be linked by a 3.8km green corridor under the $1 billion Remaking Our Heartland programme.
Marina Bay Sands is home to two world-class theaters specifically designed to showcase internationally acclaimed performances for the ultimate guest experience. The Sands Theater and The Grand Theater located adjacent to each other will share a box office and spectacular grand foyer, instantly transporting all our guests to a world of glitz and glamour. Both theaters boast magnificent interior design with high ceilings, extravagant layout and plush furnishing aimed at creating a night of elegance.
The Sands Theater will be home to award-winning Broadway musical THE LION KING with the capacity to host up to 1,680 guests on two levels. The Grand Theater, which will stage a wide-range of headlining acts, performing arts and gala events will seat up to 2,155 guests over three levels. The long-awaited unveiling of the Grand Theater at Marina Bay Sands is opening with an electrifying show featuring English singer-songwriter Elvis Costello on March 7.
Set to dazzle all its guests, both Marina Bay Sands theaters have been carefully designed for exciting performances. The two theaters are traditional proscenium style venues, equipped with large orchestra pits, seat wagons and trap rooms. Each theater boasts the latest technology allowing a multitude of stage configurations and an efficient and seamless set-change for all theater performances.
Both theaters’ audio and visual technical requirements will be managed from the Central Control Room – the heart and brain of the theaters. Located at the basement level, the Central Control Room is where the technicians can interface with the latest audio and video technology allowing them to set and operate the stages for world-class acts. The audio systems for the two theaters are custom-designed to allow the highest sound quality. Sophisticated speaker systems are digitally processed and operated over copper and fiber networks. Strategically positioned surround sound speakers equipped with remote controlled lasers will ensure sound is balanced throughout each venue. Both theaters boast outstanding auditorium acoustics.
The two theaters will be illuminated to perfection with the use of latest lighting equipment. Employing smart technology, all lights will be controlled via the industry leading EOS 8K lighting console and an integrated microprocessor-based control system that operates the house and work lights and can function independently and in conjunction with the stage lighting control console.
Located at the new Marina Bay financial district, Akari is the newest entry to the vibrant Japanese dining scene in Singapore. Spread across 1,600 square feet at the ground plaza which sits above Marina Bay Link Mall, it has a view of the 2 auspiciously placed water buffalos which dominate the plaza area. The modern and cleanly designed restaurant is complemented by a cosy bar at the entrance devoted to serving Japanese sakes, shochus, whiskeys and cocktails. Adding a touch of tradition to the interior are the framed portraits of authentic Japanese wood cuts, a kimono obi as well as old sake pottery which provides an inviting and intimate setting that would appeal to the largely corporate diners.
Owner Andrew Tan, who also runs two other successful Japanese restaurants, Tomo Izakaya, at Clarke Quay and Esplanade Mall and two relatively new express Japanese outlets, Tori Tomo at Plaza Singapura and Tempura Bar at Clarke Quay in Singapore. At Akari, they present a more refined selection of Japanese food using authentic Japanese ingredients. They have also created a more relaxed atmosphere hence a semi-fine dining concept which we think will go down well with the corporate clientele.
Akari’s a la carte menu offers more than 70 items consisting of appetizers, salads, sashimi, braised, grilled, deep fried, sushi, rice, noodles, soup and desserts. A popular dish which has some coming back again and again is the Soki Tatsuta Age ($24) – Deep fried simmered tender pork soft rib-bone, the pork is well seasoned with just the right amount of crispiness on the outside while tender and moist inside. A must try is the Shishamo Arare Age An-Kake ($14) – a mixture of crispy and mushy textures as the fried flavourful smelts are coated with Japanese rice which is then deep fried to a crisp; the smelts sit in a sticky mixture of yuzu sauce and fish stock which lends it a refreshing flavour. For sashimi lovers, the Funamori Sashimi comes in a ship ($250 onwards) with 7-8 types of sashimi to serve 4. The dish requires a day’s advance order. Other recommendations include: the bestselling Wagyu Steak ($58) and the Aigamo Hourenso Salad ($18) – Simmered duck and spinach salad – a less common offering at Japanese restaurants.
The flavoured rice or takikomi gohan served at Akari is worth a mention. This comes with the bento set or the set meals (teishoku). The rice is steamed together with various seasonal ingredients which vary daily. These ingredients are lily bulb, perila leaf, mushrooms, sweet potato, soy bean, bean curd, ginkgo nut, water chestnut, bonito flakes and whatever seasonal ingredients are available.
With over 20 types of sakes to choose from, you will be spoilt for choice. Price ranges from $65 to $240 for 720 ml. Besides sake, Akari also carry a wide range of shochus, Japanese beer including premium beer brand, Umeinishiki from Ehime prefecture, its aromatic ale (334 ml, $18) is a perfect complement to red meat and sashimi. Other options include plum wines, red wines, white wines, champagne, spirits, mocktails and soft drinks.
Samantha Thavasa is one of Japan's leading fashion brands and has been endorsed by both Japanese and international celebrities alike, including Jessica Michibata, Beyonce, Penelope Cruz, Paris Hilton, Jennifer Lopez, and Victoria Beckham. Known for its girlishly chic handbags and accessories, Samantha Thavasa embodies femininity at its best - womanly confidence with a youthful dash of fun and spontaneity.
Besides the main Samantha Thavasa line, the brand also includes the Petit Choice, New York, Deluxe and Samantha Kingz lines. The luxurious Japanese fashion brand has just opened its flagship store at ION Orchard with a fabulous array of fun loving chic bags and youthful looking accessories.
Herve Leger by Max Azria embodies the modern, powerful woman with its alluring couture and dynamic ready-to-wear collections. Each Herve Leger by Max Azria look is designed with the iconic "bandage dress" in mind, seamlessly forming the female silhouette with signature banding construction. Paying tribute to modern femininity while maintaining the house's heritage, Herve Leger by Max Azria makes an unforgettable statement.
Originally founded in 1985, Herve Leger was acquired by BCBGMAXAZRIAGROUP in 1998, marking the first time in fashion history that a French couturier had been absorbed by an American designer. In early 2007, Azria re-launched the Herve Leger label with his own designs, which have been quickly embraced by today's most renowned style-setters, including Kate Bosworth, Keira Knightley, Beyonce Knowles, Rachel Bilson, Victoria Beckham and Catherine Zeta Jones.
With the reinvention of Herve Leger by Max Azria, the founder and fashion designer of BCBG, these bandage dresses helped to conceal a woman's flaws by sucking in every bit of the love handles, propping up the wearer, giving a shapey silhouette and making a goddess out of them.
This is their second store featuring ready-to-wear collections and accessories following the successful opening of their first store at ION Orchard this time last year.
B1-76 Galleria Level, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands
A new 11-storey building which provides a focal point for cutting-edge research in defence and biomedical sciences has officially opened at the National University of Singapore (NUS). T-Lab, is the culmination of a longstanding collaboration between the National University of Singapore (NUS) and the Defence Ministry (MINDEF).
The new S$42 million building is the first permanent home of Temasek Laboratories (TL@NUS), which will be located in the north wing of NUS. Key NUS labs which conduct research in environmental science and water technologies are located in the south wing.
Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean, who is also Defence Minister, said MINDEF's partnership with local universities and research institutes have been mutually beneficial. "They not only provide a natural source of scientific and engineering talent and expertise to augment the research and resources of DSTA and DSO, but also allow many accomplished researchers to challenge themselves with cutting-edge defence work." DPM Teo added: "This building will provide the TL@NUS researchers with their own in-house, advanced experimental facilities such as a closed-loop low-speed wind-tunnel, an antenna test chamber and a free-space material measurement lab to meet their unique research needs.
With the new building, some 300 researchers will all be housed under one roof and this will foster closer interaction as well as enhance research in areas like electromagnetics and information security.
T-Lab Building, 5a Engineering Drive, National University of Singapore
Trattoria Milano is a wonderful new entrant in the diverse Italian dining scene in Singapore and we welcome it with open arms! Hidden away in a rustic neighbourhood off Chu Lin Road the 40-seater restaurant offers a selection of authentic Italian 'family' dishes and a quaint, friendly ambience.
Run by 56 year old Chef Domenico who has a staggering 30 years of culinary expertise, he has clearly influenced the restaurant in such a way to create a wholesome Italian family dining experience. Trattoria Milano serves homemade Italian cuisine that's made with only the freshest ingredients and Chef Domenico even grows his own herbs on the premises of his restaurant in a cosy little garden space.
No. 3 Chu Lin Road (along Hillview Avenue, off Jalan Remaja)
Park Hotel Group's latest property, the Park Hotel Clarke Quay has opened in Singapore. Distinctive by its striking red-tiled roof and towers with spires, the 10-storey hotel is located by the historic Singapore River. DP Architects, who were behind Park Hotel Clarke Quay's unique design, were inspired by Singapore's Victorian-style architecture of the early 1800s. "The architecture of Park Hotel Clarke Quay presents a celebrative architecture that has its roots firmly planted in the history of Singapore. Yet at the same time, it conveys a sense of joy and pleasure of the life that is ever present along the Singapore River," said Mr Tai Lee Siang, Director of DP Architects. "While Clarke Quay is very vibrant at the street level, Park Hotel Clarke Quay brings back the romanticism to the skyline and a dreamlike quality with its turrets."
The light structural expression of the building mimics the cast-iron architecture of the colonial era. A clay roof topped by three spires crowns the modern yet ornate faÃ§ade of the hotel. The 336 rooms and suites are designed with a view of the Singapore River, offering the comforts of modern living. Outside, slender pillars with balustrades artfully frame the windows.
Park Hotel Clarke Quay also features a swimming pool complete with pool bar, gym facilities and Spa Park Asia, offering an outdoor spa experience. From the pool deck, guests can enjoy the splendid architecture of Park Hotel Clarke Quay in full view.
Strategically located along Clemenceau Avenue / Unity Street, the hotel is just minutes away from Singapore's premier shopping belt, Orchard Road, as well as the Marina Bay shopping belt, and in close vicinity to the financial district and theatres. It is also within walking distance of heritage-rich Civic District and nightlife hub, Clarke Quay.
Park Hotel Clarke Quay is located at 1 Unity Street
Singapore is three months closer to the realisation of a remarkable landmark on the island. Aedas have designed this spectacular 54,000 sq m Singapore Civic & Cultural Center as an expression of the rich and varied activities within. Its angular, multi-faceted design creates a variety of perspectives, changing the form dramatically depending on the viewpoint.
Inside too the dynamic design serves to create a new visual experience and blurs the boundaries between the public and private realms, between the civic and cultural spaces. 24,000 sq m of retail space on the lower floors connects to the civic and cultural zones visually and spacially via a 40m high 'grand foyer'.
The focus of the cultural zone is a 5,000 seat auditorium providing the largest venue of its kind in Singapore. The remainder of the 30,000 sq m of civic and cultural space is comprised of function spaces, administration, foyers, circulation areas and artist and technical support areas.
The spectacle of the Center is most truly presented from the south elevation which, being completely open to the outside, shows the inner workings and layers as a section visible from the exterior.
The project broke ground in October 2009 and is currently making good progress towards its projected completion date in 2011 when Singapore will find its new civic and cultural signature.