Google is catching up with Apple after the launch of its Google Pixel 2 XL, an attempt at creating an Android version of the iPhone 8. We mayOn January 10, 2018 / By Jochebel Khong
Google is catching up with Apple after the launch of its Google Pixel 2 XL, an attempt at creating an Android version of the iPhone 8. We may be a little late in the reviewing game, but here’s an honest opinion of what we think of the highly-raved smartphone.
An evolution of last year’s design for a fresh, confident and even bolder looking Pixel. The big 18:9 display makes the phone look modern and sleek. However, when holding it in one hand, it is definitely too big to comfortably reach the top quarter of the display. Thankfully, the Pixel 2 XL has a flat display that doesn’t have accidental palm touch issues, and a fingerprint sensor in a perfect position right where your finger expects it.
Everyday performance of a smartphone is probably the most important thing to every user. With the new processor and another year of optimization, the Pixel 2 XL is ridiculously fast and smooth in everything you do. Additionally, when you first load your Pixel 2 XL, you won’t be greeted by a long setup process such as extra account permissions, restore setting or backup.
Being the highest-rated smartphone camera ever, the Pixel 2 XL takes brilliant photos and standout videos in any light. Thanks to a powerful combination of both optical and electronic image stabilization, there wasn’t a single shot that was “bad” – it was either “good” or “great”. If you love taking selfies, the Pixel 2XL is definitely the phone for you. The most impressive part of Google’s Portrait Mode system is that it works extremely well on the front-facing camera. The extra processing leads to standout selfies – one of the best I’ve taken on a phone!
Perhaps like many others, you are constantly receiving a ‘storage full’ notification on your iPhone. But with free, unlimited storage for all your photos and videos, you’ll never have this problem again. With Google Photos baked directly into your camera, it’s easy to save, organize, find and share any photo or video. Say goodbye to endless scrolling to find an old photo as well – just enter a location, a person’s name or even an emoji to quickly find what you’re looking for.
Most definitely the best part of the Pixel 2 XL is the long-lasting, fast charging battery. with a 3520mAh battery, your pixel can last all day, even with everything turned on – Bluetooth, auto-screen brightness, and excessive social media usage. The best part? you can get up to 7 hours of battery life from just 15 minutes of charge!
Google has probably made the best Android phones you can buy today. Other than the size and the lack of a headphone jack, the hardware is well-built, paired with an impeccable software and user experience, definitely a smartphone I’ll recommend!
Drops of Youth, one of The Body Shop’s best-selling collection is back to put a spring in your skin with two of its latest youth-enhancing superstars – Drops ofOn January 2, 2018 / By Nookmag
Drops of Youth, one of The Body Shop’s best-selling collection is back to put a spring in your skin with two of its latest youth-enhancing superstars – Drops of Youth™ Youth Bouncy Eye Mask and Drops of Youth™ Gentle Foaming Wash.
While both are packed with naturally-inspired ingredients that leave the skin feeling replenished, the springy eye-cream is a multi-use formula which can be applied during the day or use as a mask overnight, to help the skin appear livelier and healthier. Being 100% vegan, this collection is infused with three powerful plant stem cells, boasting of their protective, youth-enhancing properties.
Youth Bouncy Eye Mask
Priced affordably at SGD39.90, the eye mask’s memory- shape texture blends effortlessly into the skin, leaving a non-sticky soft finish. Enriched with calming cucumber extract, it gives tired eyes a power nap. It can be applied in the morning as an under-eye cream or on the go, tapping to refresh the eye area to instantly cool and hydrate the eyes or use as an overnight mask for waking up with skin that appears healthier. Based on a self-assessment on 81 Asian women after 28 days, 98% of them agrees that their skin feels instantly softer and rested, and 92% agrees that their eye bags are de-puffed.
Available at The Body Shop from today.
On 31st December 2012, Days Hotel Singapore launched its first property in Singapore under Wyndham Hotel Group, featuring the best value under the sun. To commemorate its specialOn December 31, 2017 / By Nookmag
On 31st December 2012, Days Hotel Singapore launched its first property in Singapore under Wyndham Hotel Group, featuring the best value under the sun. To commemorate its special 5th-anniversary milestone, the hotel has launched a celebratory package with special treats for dining and activities for stays.
“As we celebrate our 5th Anniversary from our first day of operation, we would like to thank our customers for your business support and to our loyal staff that go out of their way every day to deliver memorable experiences to all clients,” said Mr Tony Cousens, General Manager, Ramada and Days Hotels Singapore at Zhongshan Park.
Having a strong belief that our internal culture is our biggest asset, we are exceptionally humbled to receive recognition from our partners since our opening. Some of them would include Certificate of Excellence by TripAdvisor, Wine & Dine Top Restaurant Awards and Agoda Gold Circle Award.
We came up with our first rhythm of Days Hotel Singapore. Representatives from the kitchen, housekeeping, security, engineering, front office, concierge and 21 On Rajah use a variety of everyday objects as percussion instruments to showcase the combined action of a group; teamwork.
5th Birthday Buffet Special
Gather friends, family, and colleagues for a time of merrymaking in the bright and cheery surroundings of 21 On Rajah with the restaurant’s special celebratory buffet spread. Come in a group of 5 persons and party on our 5th Birthday! Only available on 31st December 2017, the 5th person pays SGD0.50.
Sunny Birthday Surprise
Days Hotel Singapore welcomes our guests to revel in joy when you book your stay from now until 14 January 2018. Guests get to enjoy free usage of handy smartphones with unlimited 4G, complimentary breakfast for up to 2 persons and 20% discount at any of our Food & Beverage Outlets, starting from SGD130.00++. Look forward to a Sunny Birthday Surprise!
Visitors at Marina Bay will be treated to a visual spectacle with The Fullerton Hotel Singapore being brought to life with a new light projection display, designed toOn December 30, 2017 / By Nookmag
Visitors at Marina Bay will be treated to a visual spectacle with The Fullerton Hotel Singapore being brought to life with a new light projection display, designed to the theme of Marina Bay Singapore Countdown 2018 – “Bay of Hopes and Dreams”. Illustrating the journey of the “Fullerton Postmaster Bears” overcoming challenges in a light-hearted storyline, the five-minute facade shows will take place today at 8pm, 8.30pm, 9pm, 9.30pm and 10pm nightly. On New Year’s Eve, the light projection will be shown at 8pm, 9pm, 10pm, 11pm and 11.55pm.
In between each light projection show, the public can look out for the display of their New Year wishes, which were collected from the Marina Bay Singapore Countdown 2018 website since the start of November, on the façade of the hotel. The public can continue to submit their wishes until 31 December 2017 for them to be showcased on the website.
The Merlion and ArtScience Museum will also be illuminated, forming part of the light projection spectacle for the first time.
The two light projection shows will be synchronised with that at The Fullerton Hotel Singapore. The three projection shows will be shown at 8pm, 8.30pm, 9pm, 9.30pm and 10pm today. On New Year’s Eve, all three light projections will be shown at 8pm, 9pm, 10pm, 11pm and 11.55pm.
Four one-minute firework displays will also illuminate Singapore’s skyline hourly from 8pm on New Year’s Eve, right after each light projection show. A special countdown sequence that invites everyone around the bay to collectively countdown to the New Year will follow after the final show at 11.55pm, leading up to a spectacular six-minute midnight firework display.
This festive, Heineken® celebrates the season of giving at the heart of the central business district by giving out beers in exchange for a gift featured on theirOn December 28, 2017 / By Nookmag
This festive, Heineken® celebrates the season of giving at the heart of the central business district by giving out beers in exchange for a gift featured on their Gift-o-Rater site.
Through social media, local personalities, Audrey Goh, Daryl Aiden Yow, Nicole Chang Min, and MediaCorp artiste Shane Pow, rallied friends and supporters to bring gifts to the Heineken® Happy Returns Pop Up where gifts collected will be donated to charity in Singapore. Heineken® will be donating SGD10,000 to the charity nominated by Daryl Aiden Yow, Action for AIDS, who invited the most number of people to support Heineken® Happy Returns.
“Instead of returning a gift or exchanging it at the store, we are rewarding our consumers who bring in their gifts for a beer on us. We will in-turn donate the collected gifts to local charities who may need them,” adds Venus Teoh, Marketing Director for Asia Pacific Breweries (Singapore) Pte Ltd. “This is the season of celebrations and it is really heart-warming to see so many consumer pop by at the Heineken® Happy Returns Pop Up these 2 days for a good cause.”
Christmas E-gifting Promotion
No gifts for exchange? Fret not! Heineken® is running an exclusive promotion on the new Christmas E-gifting site http://festive.giv.one where consumers who purchase at least S$150 worth of qualifying Heineken® Products in a single transaction can redeem for one Heineken® Limited Edition Cooler Box. Consumers can also choose up to 2 delivery locations. They can also enjoy $5 off with Gift Code: MERRY5.
Last month, not only did Ed Sheeran perform two sold-out nights at the Singapore Indoor Stadium— topping charts across the nation for his latest single ‘Perfect’ in theOn December 24, 2017 / By Nookmag
Last month, not only did Ed Sheeran perform two sold-out nights at the Singapore Indoor Stadium— topping charts across the nation for his latest single ‘Perfect’ in the process—he also sat down with label mates Kelly Poon (潘嘉麗) and Nathan Hartono (向洋) for an intimate session of interviews.
The video for the latter was just released yesterday on Warner Music Singapore’s Facebook page, reaching more than 170,000 eyeballs and garnering over 50,000 views overnight. The two singer-songwriters hit it off immediately and went head-to-head in a ‘Game of Divide’, consisting of four rounds of interactions based on Ed Sheeran’s song titles, before entering a hilarious battle of ‘ginger’ jokes that showcased both musicians’ humorous sides.
Nathan Hartono (向洋) is a multihyphenate; a singer-songwriter-actor who simply refuses to be pigeon-holed. Last year, he captured the hearts of millions across the sunny island of Singapore and beyond with groundbreaking success on the inaugural season of Chinese reality singing competition, Sing! China, eventually emerging first runner-up under the mentorship of reigning mandopop king Jay Chou. Most recently, he received his first ever nomination at the 2017 MTV Global Chinese Music Awards in the ‘Most Popular Overseas Singer’ category and has been named as one of the Brand Personalities for the Singapore Tourism Board’s new Passion Made Possible brand alongside the Singapore Tourism Ambassador for Greater China, Stefanie Sun. His first ever mandarin EP is currently well underway and is set to make waves early next year.
Following his mighty collaboration with Beyonce, Ed Sheeran is delighted to unveil his stunning duet of ‘Perfect’ with Andrea Bocelli. Ed’s brother Matthew Sheeran – a classical composer – had a vision for the orchestral version and composed the arrangement, which was recorded around the same time of the original. Later, both Ed and Matthew had the idea to ask Andrea to sing on it and the beautiful, accompanying visual and duet were recorded at Andrea’s Italian home in October this year (view here). ‘Perfec’ soared to the top of the charts in the UK last week marking Ed’s fourth UK No.1.
Watch the interview here
If you’re a lover of new and revered seminal music, St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival is one not to be missed! Headlining the 2018 show are hip-hop artist AndersonOn December 23, 2017 / By Jochebel Khong
If you’re a lover of new and revered seminal music, St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival is one not to be missed! Headlining the 2018 show are hip-hop artist Anderson Paak, American singer-songwriter Father John Misty and the return of the Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter, Mac DeMarco. Other acts include The War On Drugs, Wolf Alice, Amy Shark and more.
As with previous years, the 2018 festival, also the 8th Laneway in Singapore promises to be a full sensory experience for music fans, with a focus on the best new and established live acts in the game. But of course, the festival is not complete without a handful of local acts thrown into the mix. A varied line-up of Asian artistes has been invited – Obedient Wives Club, The Ransom Collective, and Tim De Cotta just to name a few.
Among the many other local acts mentioned, THELIONCITYBOY, a rapper, producer, and songwriter is also part of the festival lineup. Receiving over a million online streams to date from “YAYA ft. Benjamin Kheng”, he dropped his first full-length album, Paradise in 2016. Fans, get ready for an explosive set by THELIONCITYBOY at Laneway Festival Singapore next year.
Returning for one day only at The Meadow at Gardens by the Bay, tickets for the annual music festival is now available here.
The fourth edition of Christmas Wonderland, Singapore’s biggest annual yuletide fair, welcomes all visitors from today till 26 December, from 4pm to 11pm daily at Gardens by theOn December 22, 2017 / By Nookmag
The fourth edition of Christmas Wonderland, Singapore’s biggest annual yuletide fair, welcomes all visitors from today till 26 December, from 4pm to 11pm daily at Gardens by the Bay.
Organised by Blue Sky Events, visitors can look forward to being dazzled by picturesque luminaire light sculptures, brand new attractions, yuletide activities, as well as retail and dining options across the 57,000sqm festival ground.
The magnificent luminaire – sculptures of light, a mainstay of the event, will feature 80 handcrafted light sculptures with brand new designs at this year’s Christmas Wonderland. For the first time, the event will feature a 13m tall Christmas ‘tree’ as well as the tallest luminaire in Southeast Asia, the Spalliera. Here, visitors can experience ‘snow’ in the tropics with the nightly Blizzard Time, which has been increased from three to five sessions daily due to its overwhelming popularity.
Surrounded by luminous light sculptures, visitors can skate under the stars at Singapore’s largest outdoor skating rink at the event. Unforgettable treats await – the highly-acclaimed Circus Abyssinia from Ethiopia makes its Asian premiere with gravity-defying stunts and astounding acrobatics. Flying reindeers amid a starry nightscape and stunning photo installations greet visitors as they step into Asia’s largest Santa’s Grotto. Over 100 prizes will be given away daily and one lucky winner will win the grand prize of a trip to Lapland, Finland.
Food aficionados can head to SAVOUR for celebrity chef creations priced from SGD6 from award-winning restaurants and dine alfresco under the twinkling lights or in air-conditioned Snow Globes, a first at Christmas Wonderland. Diners can also head to the Finest Wine Market where over 130 types of wines from around the world await.
A treasure trove of activities, treats and gifting gems are in store at the Supertree Grove. Free Festive Workshops and more retail options are available for the first time at the all-new Mistletoe Alley, whilst the European-style Festive Market offers unique ready- made gifts and a wide variety of culinary offerings. Visitors can also enjoy Christmas carols and live performances at the magical Cassa Armonica gazebo, or sing along to popular yuletide tunes with the Garden Rhapsody: Christmas Edition light show. Traditional carnival games and kiddie rides, including the classic Carousel and swinging chairs, are also available at the Fairground.
Purchase your tickets online at least a day prior to your visit and enjoy savings of SGD2 per admission ticket. On the day of your visit, tickets are only available for sale at Christmas Wonderland’s ticketing booths. Each paying adult can bring in up to three children under 0.9m free of charge. A child above 0.9m requires a ticket.
We all look up to strong and independent women. But, what does it take to be one? There is a rise in the number of female entrepreneurs thisOn December 19, 2017 / By Jochebel Khong
We all look up to strong and independent women. But, what does it take to be one? There is a rise in the number of female entrepreneurs this age and they are definitely a force to be reckoned with. More focus has been placed on hearing what women have to offer and the value in them.
Genecia Alluoria is one such example. She is the founder of Soul Rich Woman (SRW) and a former Miss Singapore. To earn her keep she started working as young as the age of 14 as a Yoga and Aerobics instructor, her big break came when she entered the Miss Singapore Competition in her early twenties. It was also during that period that she started exploring business opportunities and image consulting, and founded InQueenz, a leading C-level image consultant agency. She tried her hand at building a team and running a business for the first time which got her started in entrepreneurship. It definitely hasn’t been an easy journey, having gotten into debts and failing on her first try.
“It was so difficult because I had to learn everything on my own. I didn’t have any mentors or anyone to help me. That was how the idea of Soul Rich Woman came about,” she recounted.
Despite her hardship, the people she met along the way made her entrepreneurial journey worthwhile. Her travels have allowed her to meet women from all over the world – even Facebook’s Chief Operating Officer, Sheryl Sandberg and best-selling author, Mary Buffett.
“Their stories are incredible. Some have come through really tough times, others became entrepreneurs out of necessity but they are all so strong, so motivated and they have really inspired me to continue my journey,” the SRW Founder shared.
Having many entrepreneurship experiences under her belt and running eight businesses at the moment, an important attribute she has learnt is to think beyond her own interests and to make a positive impact in the lives of others. Her decision to help others has not only increased her reach but has provided other budding female entrepreneurs with a community to support them every step of the way.
It was a mission for Genecia to help women succeed by tackling the lack of female entrepreneurship and life coaches. Having learnt the hard way, she wanted to set up a network for women to learn and share their experiences and knowledge. That was how Soul Rich Woman came about. They started with a few thousand followers to a strong network of 10,000 members all around South-East Asia! Moving forward, SRW is looking to expand across South-East Asia. With amazing mentors including COO of 9GAG, co-founder of Scalized and founder of SauceINK, SRW wants to help women who are afraid of taking the leap to entrepreneurship.
“Find a mentor,” the one thing that Genecia reiterated throughout the interview. “Don’t be afraid to reach out to business people you admire because you’ll learn so much from them, especially during challenging periods.”
The other advice for females in their 20s looking to start a business is to Invest in yourself, be it in education, public speaking or accounting. Whatever it may be, always invest in yourself. It closes the skill gaps that can help so many people in their entrepreneurial journey.
To Genecia, success is not about the glorious wins or accolades, but the hard work and perseverance which goes on behind the scenes.
SRW is a community of women for women empowering its members to succeed in life, business and health through knowledge sharing, networking and inspiring confidence
Trick Eye Museum Singapore, the internationally renowned optical art museum from Korea is celebrating Christmas with a twist. Trick Eye Museum has integrated the Christmas feel into itsOn December 18, 2017 / By Nookmag
Trick Eye Museum Singapore, the internationally renowned optical art museum from Korea is celebrating Christmas with a twist. Trick Eye Museum has integrated the Christmas feel into its exhibits with Augmented Reality (AR) technology and is running an exciting Christmas lucky draw from now until the end of the year.
Visitors will be able to dance among the falling snow with Frosty the Snowman, prance around with dancing elves and more, with the Trickeye-Singapore mobile app, which is free to download at Apple App Store and Google Play store.
While immersed in the Christmas feel, visitors can also participate in their Christmas Lucky Draw and stand to win attractive prizes. There are 3 simple steps to follow:
Step 1: Download the Trickeye-Singapore mobile app
Step 2: Take a video or photo at our Christmas AR Exhibits
Step 3: Upload the photo/video onto their Facebook/ Instagram page with #trickeyesg and #temxmas2017
Contest participants will stand a chance to win 2 return air tickets from Singapore to Seoul, a 2-day-1-night staycation in Singapore as well as mystery gift boxes worth up to $500.
Surprise your mom, sister, daughter or significant other with these special treats. Since there is no one gift that fits all female personality, we’re presenting you with aOn December 18, 2017 / By Nookmag
Surprise your mom, sister, daughter or significant other with these special treats. Since there is no one gift that fits all female personality, we’re presenting you with a range of gifts every lady would love. From makeup products to household appliances, there’s a great gift for every woman in your life!
1) Treat your lady to Singapore’s first facial dry bar
The women of today run the world, from meeting work deadlines to after-school pick-ups and tuition class drop-offs. Amidst all these, it’s still important that ladies look their best, without comprising their time and lifestyle and this is where Face Shower Bar by Iren comes in. It features quick and effective treatments that fit customers’ schedules and price range. The moment a customer steps in, they will be greeted with fresh, brightly-lit space done up to look like a chic bathroom.
The signature treatment is the Quick Shower Facial (SGD90, first-time trials at SGD48). This quick yet efficient 30-minute facial therapy uses an exfoliation technology called hydra-dermabrasion to give skin a thorough power wash, removing clogged pores and blackheads with no downtime. It follows a three-step patented DermaSOS programme formulated by A*Star researchers to give the best results.
With Face Shower Bar leading the way, you can give the gift of beautiful skin to that special someone this Christmas! For just 30 minutes a week, ladies will attain their clearest skin, putting their best face forward.
2) Countdown to Christmas with RESS Skincare
RESS, Singapore’s only pandan skincare line which is also additive and preservative free has launched their promotions in advent calendar style. If the woman in your life is someone who loves chemical free products, RESS Skincare is definitely a gift not to be missed.
Playing on the 12 Days of Christmas Carol, RESS will have promotions for the entire month of December. For instance, on 17 December, the second moisturizer will only cost SGD8 (U.P from SGD30.50).
3) Festive delights from Philips to bring joy to your household
Bring some Christmas cheer to the woman in your life with a range of gift ideas from Philips and add to their merrymaking this festive season!
Is she one who is concern about healthy living? The Philips Avance Collection Blender (SGD349) quickly blends fruits, vegetables, and nuts at a speed of up to 35,000 RPM for a smooth and healthy drink. The healthy smoothies will be a refreshing break from the festive feasting. The unbreakable tritan tumbler included also allows her to blend drinks within it to bring it along as she heads out of the house.
The Philips StyleCare Prestige Auto Curler (SGD199) will give your lady some fresh curls this Christmas. It features an innovative smart curler system that gives her fabulous, lasting curls at the touch of a button, where she can create unique looks this festive season in the comfort of her home!
4) Ring in the season of gifting with luxury gift sets from La Prairie
Luxuriate in the festive season with La Prairie, Switzerland’s number one luxury skincare brand. Celebrate Christmas with a touch of elegance and opulence, with the brand’s limited edition gift boxes.
These luxury gifts are meticulously selected to feature some of La Prairie’s bestsellers and award-winning products, including the Caviar Liquid Lift, Cellular Radiance Perfecting Fluide Pure Gold as well as the new Interception Power Duo.
Available at all La Prairie counters at TANGS at Tang Plaza, Robinsons The Heeren, Robinsons Raffles City, Metro Paragon and Takashimaya.
5) Celebrate this festive season with PIN TEA 品茶
Steep into the festive spirit with PIN TEA 品茶 latest tea selection, Raffles Royale and Christmas exclusive, Merry Mount! In keeping with the spirit of gifting this holiday season, PIN TEA makes the packaging as fun as the present with a special-edition PIN TEA gift box for every two cans of tea purchased. The festive gift box is available complimentary with tea purchase at all PIN TEA retail locations throughout the holiday season.
Each tea from PIN TEA is packed in premium silken pyramid teabags to allow tea leaves to unfurl to their full expression while retaining on-the-go convenience, great for anytime-anywhere tea appreciation; and is perfect as a gift for every occasion. PIN TEA offers customisation to customers looking for personalized gifts with a unique Singapore touch – from exclusive packaging to exclusive tea blends.
PIN TEA works with a century-old heritage tea merchant in Singapore to carefully curate only premium leaf and flower teas from a trusted network of farmers across Asia and parts of Europe. The teas selected are 100 percent pesticide-free and made from pure leaf teas, herbs, and flowers, which mean they are not adulterated with artificial additives to create unnatural flavours. The teas taste great even when enjoyed on their own without sugar or honey, making this the perfect gift idea for ladies who are concerned about healthy living!
6) Kipling – all she wants for Christmas
Tis’ season of merry-making, Kipling launches a new collection for the ladies to switch up their look with bags and accessories. The new collection emphasizes on style versatility, offering the ladies in your life all they want for the holiday season, or whatever the occasion!
The star of the collection is the new Violet bag (SGD245) which comes in a soft Belgian blue, with a limited edition White Holiday furry monkey made for the style-savvy ladies as they experiment with their looks. he handy bucket bag design of the VIOLET bag comes equipped with a drawstring main compartment and magnetic clasp that allow for expansion so you can make room for more goodies this holiday season.
Busy working professionals who are constantly on the go can look out for the City Pack S (SGD225) which also has room for their laptop, so they can breeze from work to play with minimal fuss. Amidst their daily hustle and bustle, list of errands and to-do’s, Kipling keeps the day fun with the light-hearted print in Bold Mirage.
7) Countdown to Christmas with The Body Shop
With less than 10 sleeps away from Christmas, The Body Shop’s 25 days of game-changing advent-ure ultimate calendar (SGD429) is the perfect gift to surprise your lady. This extra-special beauty advent calendar is filled with an exciting selection of classics and some new favourites, making the big reveal of the mini gifts extra fun! From the must-have Japanese Matcha Tea Pollution Clearing Mask to the iconic Vitamin E Day and Night Creams to Matte Liquid Lip in the bestselling shade, what’s not to love about this gift?
8) Choose heritage this Christmas with the Museum Label Collection
Quirky and functional, these gifts are great for every woman. From plush toys to accessories and tote bags, heritage is an everyday affair. The Axe Brand Stress Toy (SGD9.90) is part of the “Relive & Relax” series of stress toys. Inspired by the rich heritage of this iconic product, this medicated oil stress toy is a quirky marriage between the traditional and modern. Give it a squeeze and feel the relief!
The Kampong Gelam Tote Bag (SGD25) is inspired by the unique architectural styles of shophouses in the 19th century. Specially designed to showcase Kampong Gelam’s illustrious past, as well as its cultural and emotional significance to Singaporeans today, this tote bag might be a gift to consider for its beautiful cultural design.
National Geographic, in partnership with Nanyang Technological University Singapore (NTU Singapore) and Singapore Zoo, is bringing back epic tales of adventure and photography on 27 January. The seriesOn December 14, 2017 / By Nookmag
National Geographic, in partnership with Nanyang Technological University Singapore (NTU Singapore) and Singapore Zoo, is bringing back epic tales of adventure and photography on 27 January. The series will take place at Mastercard Grand Theatre at Marina Bay Sands on “Building the Photo Ark” with National Geographic Fellow, international award-winning photographer, conservationist and author, Joel Sartore.
The National Geographic photographer is on a mission to capture portraits of the world’s species before they disappear. Joel has created the National Geographic Photo Ark, the largest archive of its kind with over 6,000 images and counting. During the LIVE! show, Joel will share stories of comical mishaps photographing the world’s animals, along with personal stories from over two decades of his contribution to National Geographic.
Captain of The Photo Ark
Joel is the founder of The Photo Ark, a multi-year project to document every species living in captivity. In the first 11 years of the project, he travelled the world to photograph more than 6,000 animals, many of which are critically endangered or have since become extinct. He is also the author of a National Geographic book, “THE PHOTO ARK: One Man’s Quest to Document the World’s Animals”, and his first series on PBS, “Rare: Creatures of the Photo Ark,” premiered earlier this year in July.
In addition to The Photo Ark, Joel is a regular contributor to National Geographic magazine and has written several books. Joel and his work regularly appear on National Geographic Channel’s “Explorer,” NBC Nightly News and NPR’s Weekend Edition. He is also a contributor on CBS Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood.
Making an impact on conservation from the classroom
NTU students with keen interest in photography will get to learn from Joel, who will share photography techniques and tips on how to tell a story through pictures.
In addition to meeting Joel, NTU students will have the chance to get up close and personal with Arthur Huang, National Geographic Emerging Explorer, engineer, architect and global leader in post- consumer recycling technology. Arthur will share innovative ways to turn waste into high performing materials and architectural buildings and give his views on the students’ environment-related projects.
The public will be able to attend a talk by Arthur on the impact of overconsumption on the planet, and how he is trying to change this by designing from trash new materials that can be used to make furniture, buildings, and even airplanes. This public session, which is also open to NTU students and alumni, will take place at 6pm on 19 January at the Nanyang Auditorium.
By hearing the real-life stories of Joel Sartore and Arthur Huang, NTU students may be inspired to reduce waste and protect the environment and to encourage others to do the same.
A global leader in sustainability research and education, NTU Singapore has been the series partner since National Geographic LIVE! began in Singapore in 2014. In addition to bringing in National Geographic Explorers, NTU has also hosted National Geographic’s Young Explorers as part of its efforts to educate students about environmental stewardship and civic responsibility to care for the planet.
Championing conservation efforts within the Singapore wildlife community
Singapore Zoo will host exclusive activities for its partners with Joel Sartore, to share about his work and inspire other passionate wildlife lovers to make a difference. Between 18 January to 31 March, other zoo guests will get to enjoy a selection of Joel’s photographs in a specially curated exhibition featuring some of Singapore Zoo’s residents. This complements the zoo’s conservation efforts to protect wildlife in their native habitats by supporting and funding local and regional conservation and research projects, and inspiring zoo guests to love and respect nature.
This partnership is in addition to previous and ongoing collaborations between Joel and Wildlife Reserves Singapore (operator of Jurong Bird Park, Night Safari, River Safari, and Singapore Zoo) where he had photographed various threatened and rescued species housed in the four wildlife parks, for the National Geographic Photo Ark project. A noteworthy addition to this photo collection was the photo of a proboscis monkey from Singapore Zoo, which became the 6,000th species featured in the project.
National Geographic LIVE!, in partnership with Singapore Zoo, will also produce exclusively a series of postcards featuring Joel’s images from National Geographic Photo Ark.
Take part in the ongoing Wildlife Snapshots photography competition before 31 December, for a chance to be part of Joel Sartore’s exclusive activities at Singapore Zoo. Details can be found here
We’re coming close to the end of 2017! But before we sing Auld Lang Syne and kick-start the countdown to welcome the New Year, let us take aOn December 10, 2017 / By Nookmag
We’re coming close to the end of 2017! But before we sing Auld Lang Syne and kick-start the countdown to welcome the New Year, let us take a look at the list of top trending YouTube videos that got Singaporeans and people around the world hooked for hours.
Support for local YouTubers continued, with five of this year’s top 10 trending videos going to three of our content creators! For the fourth year running, Night Owl Cinematics (NOC) continued to keep their viewers entertained with their comedic videos and earned themselves three spots in the charts, with their video Top 5 tips for NS bagging the #2 spot.
The video resonated strongly with local audiences as the nation commemorated 50 years of National Service this year.
Singaporeans also tuned into award-winning blogger and well-known personality, Xiaxue’s Reaction to Jianhao’s Smash or Pass video) and welcomed first time entrant to the YouTube Rewind list, Butterworks, into the charts with their nostalgic medley of Mandarin songs in the video, 想当年 The Songs We Used To Sing. In fact, their success on YouTube also led to the release of the same soundtrack on Spotify!
Recognising a new wave of local creators
To highlight the tremendous growth of local creators, YouTube is introducing an all-new Singapore Rising Creators List celebrating emerging creators who have enjoyed exceptional growth in subscribers over the past year. Taking the top position is Mukbang (social eating) YouTuber, Peggie Neo, who got us salivating with her over-the-top eating feasts, followed by NTU accountancy student turned Mandarin pop star, Boon Hui Lu, and artist, Beena, with her channel, A rt Passion captivating us with her intricate mehndi designs.
Top 10 Rising Creators in Singapore
Four out of this list of rising creators have charmed their subscribers with their music. Indeed this love of music among Singaporeans is undeniable and echoed in our YouTube Rewind List (Music Videos).
YouTube Rewind 2016 saw four videos from local YouTubers making it to the top 10 trending video list.
Leading the top trending list of 2017 is the rap song, It’s Everyday Bro (Song) feat. Team 10, by former Vine celebrity, turned American YouTuber, Jake Paul. This ‘lit’ tune spun from Jake’s iconic catchphrase “It’s Everyday Bro” got lovers – and haters – grooving to the beat and peaked this year’s YouTube trending non-music video charts with over 156 million views. Coincidentally, Jake’s brother, Logan Paul has also snagged a spot at #4 with his bubblegum pop track, Help Me Help You ft. Why Don’t We.
YouTube remains the top video entertainment hub – with a total of 4.1 million Singaporeans tuning in to the video sharing platform every month and YouTube watch time in Singapore growing by 30% over the last year. The support for local content from an international audience continues to grow, with more than 92% of viewership of the top 100 local channels coming from foreign viewers. Singapore also reached not one, but two major YouTube milestone this year, with channels – Clicknetwork and JianHao Tan – achieving one million subscribers, earning themselves the coveted Gold Play Button this year.
YouTube Rewind brings together the biggest music, trends, memes, and characters from the past twelve months featuring today’s biggest YouTube stars and mainstream personalities. Check out the YouTube Singapore Rewind channel to explore all the trending videos of the year.
Globally, Luis Fonsi’s ‘Despacito’ was the most-viewed music video, while ‘Until We Become Dust’, a performance on a celebrity singing show in Thailand, claimed the #1 for the global video list.
Are you one who loves visiting new cafes but have no idea where to go? KopiPass, an app which aims to promote the café-hopping culture among Singaporeans takesOn December 5, 2017 / By Jochebel Khong
Are you one who loves visiting new cafes but have no idea where to go?
KopiPass, an app which aims to promote the café-hopping culture among Singaporeans takes cafe lovers on “Singapore’s first national café-hopping trail”, where they can enjoy more than 60 free drinks at over 60 curated cafes island-wide. Any café connoisseur can tell you that café hopping is not cheap. By the time a barista gives you the handcrafted beverage you ordered, you have spent $6, not including meals and snacks.
The firm behind the app conceptualized a pass that would help promote the café-hopping culture to the Singaporean crowd in an affordable way. With KopiPass, a simple SGD60 for an annual membership will allow users to redeem one drink per café at over 60 establishments islandwide. Users will also have a year to redeem their drinks.
KopiPass maximizes the customer’s café hopping experience, allowing them to filter out signature dishes from a thoughtfully curated list of menu options. The app will also provide instant directions to nearby eateries with the help of Google Maps integration.
The current list of partners includes cafes such as Avenue Café, Brine, The Laneway Market, Little House Of Dreams, Nook and Cranny, Toby’s Estate, Tolido’s Espresso Nook, and more. These cafes are selected based on their drinks, ambience and reviews.
This initiative has won praises from participating cafes. The Assembly Ground said that KopiPass has brought café hopping to a different level by not only allowing coffee lovers to enjoy their cuppa at a wallet friendly price but also turning it into a try-them-all adventure. It was also an added motivation for the card holders to visit and publicity for the café.
For all café lovers who would be interested in this pass, you are in for a treat! We are giving away 5 KopiPasses. All you have to do is to follow Nookmag and KopiPass on their Facebook page. Then, like and share – good luck!
Japanese discount store, Don Quijote, also known as Don Don Donki will be opening its first flagship store tomorrow in Orchard Central, presenting its eclectic retail experience inOn November 30, 2017 / By Nookmag
Japanese discount store, Don Quijote, also known as Don Don Donki will be opening its first flagship store tomorrow in Orchard Central, presenting its eclectic retail experience in the heart of Singapore.
Boasting a double-storey retail space, and operating 24 hours, seven days a week, Don Don Donki will feature a Hokkaido retail theme when it first opens, spanning a wide array of authentic Japanese products including food and beverage, grocery, party goods, costumes and beauty products, amongst many others.
A third of its products offered will be curated from Hokkaido. This includes meat and fish specially caught in Hokkaido, such as Tokachi Beef.
As the first flagship outlet in Asia, Don Don Donki aims to position itself as the ‘Japanese Brand Specialist’ by offering products that are either made or designed in Japan. Shoppers can expect the distinctive retail DNA of Donki that focuses on convenience, amazing prices and an amusement park-like shopping experience through the store’s unique concept and design. Like its stores in Japan, Don Don Donki will continue to keep prices for their products affordable and competitive in Singapore.
Don Don Donki will also partner with Hokkaido Marche to offer shoppers in Singapore a Hokkaido-themed retail and dine-in space. Hokkaido Marche will have a night market concept for dinner hours to market Japanese food with revolutionary pricing.
Don Don Donki is planning to open another outlet at 100 AM mall in Tanjong Pagar by next June.
Don Don Donki
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Orchard Central, 181 Orchard Rd
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Fans of Tiger Radler are in for a treat this November as the home- grown brand debuts sleek cans and unveils an exciting new flavour – the limited-editionOn November 8, 2017 / By Nookmag
The new sleek format takes on a modern design that seeks to align with consumers’ lifestyles. “At Tiger Beer, we always strive to be at the forefront of innovation. Our new sleek cans are more stylish and sophisticated, an appearance that is as refreshing as the much-loved Tiger Radler within,” says Ms Venus Teoh, Marketing Director at Asia Pacific Breweries Singapore. The can size also meets today’s consumer preferences in terms of being sleeker, easier to hold and transport, and able to chill quicker than the regular cans.
In addition to the brand new look, consumers can gear up their taste buds for the festive season with the limited edition Tiger Radler Lime & Ginger, a zesty and refreshing take on the tradition of mixing beer with lemonade to create a refreshing, thirst-quenching beverage that’s ideal for Singapore’s tropical weather.
Brewed with Tiger Beer, Tiger Radler Lime & Ginger combines the iconic lager with natural lime juice and ginger extracts, giving the beer a distinctly unique flavour profile that is unexpectedly refreshing. At 2% ABV, this beverage is perfect for lighter drinking occasions and gatherings, best enjoyed with friends and family.
The sleek limited-edition Tiger Radler Lime & Ginger and Tiger Radler Lemon (2% ABV) are available in a 6-can (6 x 330ml) pack at major hypermarkets, supermarkets and convenience stores, while stocks last.
Tmall, China’s largest B2C platform for brands and retailers under Alibaba Group, launched the annual 11.11 Global Shopping Festival for shoppers in Singapore with a colourful showcase ofOn November 6, 2017 / By Nookmag
Tmall, China’s largest B2C platform for brands and retailers under Alibaba Group, launched the annual 11.11 Global Shopping Festival for shoppers in Singapore with a colourful showcase of exciting brand offerings from its home & living, lifestyle and fashion categories, along with a slew of compelling offers for local shoppers ahead of 11 November.
This year marks another important step in the event’s evolution from Singles Day in 2009 to what it has become today: the world’s largest 24-hour online sale and a celebration of the future of retail. In keeping with Alibaba’s New Retail strategy, this year’s 11.11 will further demonstrate the value of combining the online and offline shopping experiences, infusing physical retail elements in social media, interactive content and entertainment.
Buy Globally, Sell Globally will also be a key focus of this year’s festival. As part of this initiative, Tmall will, for the first time, bring 100 Chinese brands overseas during 11.11, offering special promotions targeting more than 100 million overseas Chinese consumers in Southeast Asia and around the world.
11.11 Global Shopping Festival in Singapore
Singapore has been one of the active buyer markets for 11.11 in the past few years, with local shoppers snapping up bargains during the 2016 sale from top-selling product categories such as consumer electronics accessories, personal care, lounge wear, women’s fashion, bags & cases, audio-visual appliances, home appliances, and storage & organisation.
Local shoppers can access the mega-sale, which will begin on 11 November at 00:00 and come to a resounding end at 23:59, through Taobao Marketplace (world.taobao.com) or Mobile Taobao (手机淘 宝), the flagship mobile shopping app of Alibaba Group.
Taobao Collection, a range of curated products from Alibaba’s Tmall and Taobao platforms offered through Lazada, was also launched this year, enabling shoppers in Singapore as well as Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Thailand to take part in 11.11 in their local languages with an end-to- end Lazada user experience throughout from shopping to payment to logistics.
Charlene Zhang, Business Development Manager of Tmall World said, “As 11.11 continues its tremendous growth and cements its standing as an annual event that shoppers mark out on their calendars, we’re excited to bring new benefits and offers to Singaporean shoppers. This year’s shopping experience will be enhanced for Singaporeans thanks to new localised services including sea freight shipping and installation services.”
Promotions for Singaporean shoppers
In addition to incredible discounts across a huge range of popular items, Singapore’s shoppers can also enjoy exclusive promotions on Tmall and Taobao Marketplace offered by local payment partners, including:
With all these exciting promotions accompanying 11.11, shoppers can begin their Christmas shopping earlier!
Apple announced the release of its most expensive phone to date, iPhone X. There are several things about its features which caught the attention of many ardent AppleOn October 29, 2017 / By Nookmag
Apple announced the release of its most expensive phone to date, iPhone X. There are several things about its features which caught the attention of many ardent Apple fans – durable all-glass body, augmented reality, and its resistance towards water and dust.
However, what caused quite a stir around the world is the price tag of Apple’s new phone. This premium handset starts at a shocking SGD999 in Singapore and has angered many fans with its exorbitant cost.
But Singapore isn’t the most affected by Apple’s worldwide price changes. According to a global price comparison study by CupoNation, consumers in Europe are paying a higher price for Apple phones – and the launch of iPhone X isn’t changing anything. In fact, Hungary is the most expensive country to purchase an iPhone X.
If you are a fan who is bent on getting your hands on this premium glass phone, US and Japan are the cheapest countries, where Apple Stores will charge iPhone X buyers the equivalent of £755 and £771 respectively.
Previously, the UK was a favourite destination for iPhone lovers, however, as the pound rate tumbled, US and Japan became fast new destinations for those planning their iPhone travels this year.
So, now may be a good time to check out flight tickets to Tokyo for a much-welcomed family holiday while bringing back a nice holiday treat of the brand new iPhone X for yourself!
An exciting Marina Bay Singapore Countdown 2018 will bring hopes and dreams to the Bay this December, with myriad programmes hosted at four experiential activity hubs across MarinaOn October 26, 2017 / By Nookmag
An exciting Marina Bay Singapore Countdown 2018 will bring hopes and dreams to the Bay this December, with myriad programmes hosted at four experiential activity hubs across Marina Bay and the Civic District. Culminating in a spectacular visual display of light projections and fireworks at midnight, Singapore’s biggest New Year’s Eve celebration this year will bring people from all walks of life together to ring in the New Year.
Presented by the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), the event will feature an exciting line-up of activities, including carnival rides and games, a charity trail, outdoor activities and crowd-favourite light projections and fireworks.
Experiential Activity Hubs for All Ages
From as early as 8 December and throughout the rest of the month, the Marina Bay Singapore Countdown will see activities held at various public spaces around Marina Bay, bringing greater vibrancy to the live-work-play precinct.
Spanning two activity hubs, The Promontory and Bayfront Event Space, the Prudential Marina Bay Carnival promises to be a treat for people of all ages. Set against the backdrop of the city skyline, the carnival will feature over 40 rides and games assembled from different parts of the world. From roller coasters to water rides, the carnival will cater to thrill-seekers and offer family entertainment at the same time.
Theme-based entertainment and installations at the carnival will add colour and fun to the year-end festivities, while music bands will serenade audiences on weekends. Food lovers can also indulge in a gastronomical journey with the variety of culinary delights on offer.
The carnival will be opened from 4pm daily starting 8 December. Entry is free, while ride tickets and game coupons can be purchased on-site.
On New Year’s Eve, The Float @ Marina Bay will be transformed into another activity hub to provide a front-row fireworks viewing experience. Ticket holders to The Float @ Marina Bay can shop for F&B and lifestyle products at an outdoor bazaar or enjoy a picnic while awaiting the midnight fireworks. Tickets to this hub are priced at SGD5.50 each and can be purchased on the Marina Bay Singapore Countdown website from today.
The countdown activities on New Year’s Eve will extend beyond Marina Bay to the adjacent Civic District. The Civic District will be transformed into a car-free zone, forming a larger celebration area to enable more people to join in the festivities and collectively usher in the New Year. At the Civic District activity hub, the public can enjoy free outdoor activities such as the Health Promotion Board’s Fitness Countdown Workout Extravaganza, a sunset yoga session by Yoga Seeds, group exercises by ActiveSG, movie screenings and music performances by local talents at the National Arts Council’s [email protected] With a variety of food options at an F&B bazaar, the public can also enjoy picnics while counting down to midnight.
At National Gallery Singapore, the opening hours of exhibition galleries will be extended to 10pm, while opening hours at Asian Civilisations Museum will be extended until midnight. Admission to the galleries of both attractions is free from 5pm, allowing revellers to enjoy indoor exhibits before the countdown.
Mr Lim Eng Hwee, Chief Executive Officer of URA, said, “We are delighted to have on board with us so many partners and stakeholders to add to the activities and programmes for everyone to enjoy the occasion. We hope the new activities and refreshed programme will encourage more people to come down to Marina Bay and the Civic District to collectively usher in 2018 and all our hopes and dreams for the New Year.”
A season of wishing and giving
Themed as “Bay of Hopes and Dreams”, the Marina Bay Singapore Countdown will see event partners and stakeholders around the precinct holding activities for the public to join in the season of giving to those in need.
From 10 December, the public can participate in a charity trail consisting of activities organised by several Marina Bay stakeholders and stand a chance to win prizes. They can take part in the activities through “LocoMole”, a smartphone application that uses augmented reality technology to help users find event hotspots. The public can also donate to or volunteer for charities adopted by the stakeholders.
Part of the charity trail will form the route of the “2KM Fun Run” category in Santa Run for Wishes organised by Make-A-Wish Foundation on 9 December. In the spirit of giving, the Prudential Marina Bay Carnival will host the beneficiaries of Make-A-Wish Foundation on a day out after the run to enjoy stage shows, rides and games.
The December activities will lead up to New Year’s Eve when revellers can look forward to hourly visual displays featuring light projections and fireworks through the night. For the first time, the light projection on the façade of The Fullerton Hotel Singapore will showcase wishes penned by the public, starting 26 December. The public can submit their wishes reflecting their hopes and dreams on the Marina Bay Singapore Countdown website from 8 November until 31 December.
Singapore’s premier Sneaker and Streetwear convention returns for the 5th consecutive year this November, taking over the entire new Zouk Singapore complex at Clarke Quay. The previous 2016On October 24, 2017 / By Nookmag
Singapore’s premier Sneaker and Streetwear convention returns for the 5th consecutive year this November, taking over the entire new Zouk Singapore complex at Clarke Quay.
The previous 2016 edition drew a record turnout of over 4,000 attendees, eliciting plenty of social media bouquets and laudatory Vlog and media post-event reviews.
International Vloggers 小 屁孩 Xiao Pi Hai (Malaysia) and AdityalogyTV were awestruck by the ‘heat’, hype and the turnout witnessed; both in agreement that Sole Superior was a “crazy” experience. Blogger MianBaoBreadPan raved that Sole Superior “gets bigger and better than the previous year” while Highsnobiety documented the “best sneakers worn” for a 2nd consecutive year, emplacing Sole Superior (and Singapore) firmly in the realm of globally recognized sneaker conventions.
Attendees this year can expect trademark curation of vendors-blending global brands with local retailers, alongside independent labels, artists, community groups and individual collectors. As always, only the rarest, freshest, priciest sneaker and streetwear heat to be found in single venue – from the highly coveted to the absolute holy grails.
Highlights For The 2017 Edition
A full day of treats, surprises, fun and all round great vibes with over SGD30,000 worth of products to be given away. Also, be excited for an exclusive “head-to-toe” capsule of Sole Superior collaboration merchandise with international brands New Era, XLARGE and Novesta and Singapore independents Freshly Pressed Socks and Pras the Bandit. Produced in highly limited quantities and created specially to celebrate Sole Superior turning 5, expect these collaborations items to be snapped up fast.
For the partygoers, look forward to the first ever official Sole Superior Afterparty. Jointly presented in partnership with Moonbeats Asia and held in a secret warehouse location in Tai Seng, the afterparty will be headlined by Fool’s Gold Records artist Falcons’ Singapore debut. Throw up those flame emojis because it’s going to be mad lit with bangin’ dancehall, electronica and hip hop grooves to accompany drinking, dancing, giveaways and surprises galore till the early morning.
Grab you tickets here.
Sole Superior Party
25 November 2017
3C River Valley Road, The Cannery