While cycling is a leisure sport for most, a group of 78 cyclists will be channelling their favourite pastime activity into a benevolent cause. On 3 – 6On February 26, 2017 / By Nookmag
While cycling is a leisure sport for most, a group of 78 cyclists will be channelling their favourite pastime activity into a benevolent cause.
On 3 – 6 March, these cyclists – part of the EPIC Cyclist group – will pedal their way in the annual KDF Millennium Ride, covering a distance of 1,000km over four days to secure funds for the Kidney Dialysis Foundation (KDF).
Since 2014, the yearly affair is organised by EPIC Cyclist, a local cycling group, and recognised to be one of the most mentally and physically challenging rides in the region. Participants are expected to withstand at least 9 hours of non-stop cycling to cover 250km each day through various terrains and battle unpredictable weather conditions.
“Our Epic Cyclists will face new and demanding challenges in the KDF Millennium Ride this year. They will be completing 1,000km through various terrains. The big challenge for this year is covering 470km in 2 days, accumulating a total incline gain that is above the height of Mount Everest. Even for a pro-cyclist, it is a tough challenge to overcome. However, these are ordinary people making a commitment to perform such a daunting task. The hours and mileage each cyclist got to put in prior to the four days are extensive. However, the obstacles our cyclists will encounter cannot be compared to the adversity dialysis patients go through daily. It is heartening to witness our cyclists putting in the effort to help raise funds for a good cause,” said Mr Clifford Lee, founder of Epic Cyclist.
Participants from all walks of life will rally together to support the good cause, including several civil servants, engineers, IT professionals, interior designers, mechanics, hairstylist, business owner, doctor and many more. The oldest cyclist is 64 years old and this will be his fourth year participating in the ride. There are also 8 female cyclists taking part this year.
Dr. Gordon Ku, Founder and Chairman of the Kidney Dialysis Foundation: “I am humbled and moved by the amount of commitment displayed by the Epic Cyclist group, and will cheer upon their safe arrival in Singapore.”
After matching the funds at 40% by Community Silver Trust, a total of S$590,634.53 was raised last year. Epic Cyclist is hopeful to raise at least $300,000 this year for the less fortunate patients suffering from kidney failure.
All proceeds from the donations will be channelled to needy kidney patients under the care of Kidney Dialysis Foundation. Members of the public can donate via this link. Both individual and corporate donors get a 2.5 times tax rebate if the donations are received by 31 Dec 2017.
KDF is a non-profit charitable organisation that provides subsidised dialysis treatment to needy members of our community. KDF is focused on a niche group of patients, who are from the lowest 10 per cent of the income group and referred by medical social workers from the restructured hospitals. Most of these patients – if employed – hold jobs such as cleaners, hawker assistants, store assistants and taxi drivers.
How would you spend valentine’s day with your other half? A year may seem short compared to other newly-weds, or even those recently engaged, but would they spendOn February 14, 2017 / By Jochebel Khong
How would you spend valentine’s day with your other half? A year may seem short compared to other newly-weds, or even those recently engaged, but would they spend this day differently?
Today, we speak to three couples, hoping to shed some light on how they spend this very special day.
One Year Together
Cherlyn and Kenneth have been dating for approximately one year and things have never been sweeter for them.
“Our first Valentine’s Day, we picked a memorable celebration over a fancy one. L’entecote Steak & Fries @ Duxton Hill, may not be the best place for steak but sure is filled with memories. This place reminds us how and why we fell in love, and the days we dated secretly. Afterall, Valentine’s Day is meant to be an intimate moment with each other.”
Kenneth loves surprising his date with those ‘hipster’ flowers wrapped with brown paper. He prefers arranging and wrapping his own flowers than buying it straight from a florist because a small hand bouquet looks pretty pathetic.
“Plus”, he said. “Your date might appreciate a specially handcrafted bouquet more.”
“This year we are planning to return to the same place to celebrate Valentine’s Day and to reminisce how the year together has been.”
The couple said the way to keep the romance in a relationship is to take each other out for surprise dates, not just on special occasions like Valentine’s Day.
“To us, Valentine’s Day is definitely not a day to compare who had a more glamorous bouquet and dinner,” the couple added.
On the other hand, Wei Chen and Li Shan just got engaged on Christmas Day and this beautiful couple will be wedded in the coming year.
The couple shared that they usually don’t make a huge deal out of Valentine’s Day, but it is always a good excuse to appreciate each other.
“He wanted to send me flowers the previous Valentine’s Day so he went to find out my office address. But he got the wrong address so it ended up at another department. The office staff had to look for my name in the entire office directory to redirect the flowers to my office so my surprise was memorable in a funny way,” she said.
“We won’t be planning for anything romantic this year. It used to be a bit of a pressure on the guy to celebrate it but this time we want to do it differently – going shopping for the upcoming weddings we need to attend.”
The couple shared that the things they do on a day-to-day basis for each other matters more – Valentine’s day is just another Tuesday anyway. They always make it a point to shower each other with random gifts and encouragements to keep things between them sweet.
As for Shan and Philip, this couple tied the knot just this past November after dating for a couple of years, and are still very affectionate till this day.
The very first Valentine’s Day they spent together was in Johor Bahru. It was a mini getaway and a full day of activities filled with lots of eating and shopping.
“He goes to great lengths to plan an entire day for me – even my outfits. All these is done while maintaining the surprise factor. The day ended with a nice dinner at Ion Sky Bar”, she gushes.
“Philip has been super excited about preparing a Valentine’s day surprise for me this year. I think he’s cooking an elaborate meal. He even took half day leave and said he’s going to send me lots of Instagram stories to unveil the surprise slowly.”
To the newly-wedded couple, every day together feels like Valentine’s Day. From random hugs to quick encouragements, life has never been better for them.
As we leave the lovebirds to their happily-ever-afters, their stories remind us that whether a celebration is simple or extravagant, what matters most is doing it your way together with the one you love most.
Nike Golf has signed world No. 1 Jason Day to a multi-year contract. The agreement covers footwear, apparel, headwear and gloves. Day will first wear Nike this weekOn January 2, 2017 / By Nookmag
Nike Golf has signed world No. 1 Jason Day to a multi-year contract. The agreement covers footwear, apparel, headwear and gloves. Day will first wear Nike this week at the Tournament of Champions in Kapalua, Hawaii.
“Joining Nike is a dream come true,” Day said. “The brand is synonymous with the world’s best athletes. I’m honored and can’t wait to be part of the team and working closely with Nike to take my game, and the sport of golf, to even higher levels.”
The partnership comes on the heels of back to back stellar years for Day. The 28-year-old Australian closed 2015 with four wins in his final seven starts, including his first major title with a record-breaking 20-under-par performance at the PGA Championship. That momentum carried over into 2016, with Day notching three wins — including coveted titles at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, the WGC-Dell Match Play and THE PLAYERS Championship.
“We’re thrilled to welcome Jason to the Nike Golf team and our family of athletes,” Daric Ashford, President of Nike Golf said. “He’s an incredible player who has demonstrated tremendous work ethic and amazing resilience over the course of his career. We’re excited to help him chase more championships in the coming years.”
Since turning pro in 2006, Day has secured ten PGA Tour titles and 57 top-ten finishes.
When he’s not on the course, Day enjoys spending time at home with his family in Ohio, where he and his wife Ellie have established the Brighter Days Foundation which benefits local charities.
‘Tis a season for family gatherings and travel plans. If you’re still planning a trip to use up all the annual leave days of 2016, here are 5On December 19, 2016 / By Nookmag
‘Tis a season for family gatherings and travel plans. If you’re still planning a trip to use up all the annual leave days of 2016, here are 5 travel tips for the road!
Sometimes doing some research beforehand pays off – literally! Scout around for the best deal through online travel agents such as BestJet and Skiddoo, where you can compare flight prices. Also consider using sites like OYO Rooms and Hotels.com, where you can search for the best hotel deals.
So… Where do we go?
Need travel inspiration, ideas and recommendations? When planning your itinerary, it’s best to consult sites like Klook that allow you to discover new travel experiences from curated suggestions, travellers’ reviews and even book the recommended experiences at a fraction of the price.
One Touch pays all
Now that you’ve decided where to go, and what to do there, here comes the other hassle: booking and paying for a whole bunch of flights, hotel stays and activities… To skip the hassle of logging in multiple times to make bookings for all the things you plan to do, activate PayPal’s One Touch payments that allow you to check out with just a click of a button.
Any other bonuses?
If you’re looking to earn points on your credit cards, you can also link them to your PayPal account and continue to enjoy the rewards and benefits associated with each card – with added security knowing that your credit card details are not shared with the merchants. Your next holiday could be all paid for thanks to all those miles you’re chalking up!
What if the holiday advert was false??
Always read the reviews and if possible, look up real traveller photos of the accommodation or activity you’re purchasing. But for added peace of mind, PayPal’s Buyer Protection protects your intangible purchases such as flight tickets. Just click the link to find out how.
To all our readers, happy holidays!
Only one week left to Christmas! For those last-minute gifts, here’s a list of 6 brands with unique ideas for a not-so-ordinary celebration. Boxgreen BoxGreen celebrates thisOn December 18, 2016 / By Nookmag
Only one week left to Christmas! For those last-minute gifts, here’s a list of 6 brands with unique ideas for a not-so-ordinary celebration.
BoxGreen celebrates this Christmas season with a limited edition Christmas gift box. Revel in this joyous season with four exclusive delectable festive favourites – Christmas Fruit Cake, Herb Garlic Garden, GingerFruit Muesli Munch and Choco Twilight Biscotti, available in limited quantity from now to 23 December 2016.
1872 Clipper Tea
Christmas is the most magical time of the year and this year, 1872 Clipper Tea Co. is Santa’s favourite helper for adding an enchanting touch to every festive moment. Comprising three refreshing blends, Wake Up Happy, Day of Celebration, and A Good Nightcap, the home-grown tea expert’s Christmas collection sees you through every magical moment this festive season brings. 1872 Clipper Tea’s Christmas blends are now available in stores, and the 3-in-1 Christmas gift set (3 x 25g) retails at SGD40, while individual blends retail at SGD15 per tin.
Wake Up Happy
Aromatic, uplifting, and a treat for your senses, Wake Up Happy, an Apple Pie Black Tea, is a rich blend that reminds us of a sumptuous apple pie. This classic blend of pure Ceylon black tea delivers subtle hints of natural juicy apple that marries beautifully with sweet cinnamon spice. Whether you’re nursing a hangover from a long night of pre-Christmas partying, or had a nice quiet night with family, Wake Up Happy instantly brightens your morning, putting you right into the festive spirit.
Day of Celebration
No yuletide season is ever complete without Day of Celebration, a Champagne Black tea, reminiscent of the sparkling bubbly. Best enjoyed over festive cake and goodies, this blend combines full-bodied Ceylon black tea with cherry, cream and black currant bits for a sweet balance between floral and fruity fragrances. Complete with edible glitter to give that sparkle to your day, it is the perfect celebratory beverage for the season.
A Good Nightcap
End the day on a perfect note with A Good Nightcap. Although not your usual Christmas tipple, this charming Peppermint Chamomile blend gives you ensures a smooth ride to the land of slumber.
‘Tis the season to be merry and with a CORAVIN™ in hand, all wine enthusiasts, including those that enjoy drinking at home, can ring in the festivities with their favourite wines – by the glass. The ground-breaking wine access tool allows any desired amount of wine (from any bottle with a natural cork) to be poured and enjoyed without uncorking. The CORAVIN™ Model Two Elite is available in Singapore at SGD530 in three festive limited-edition colours of vibrant red, gleaming gold and sparkling silver.
Each Coravin Christmas gift box contains one Coravin device boasting a polished chrome finish, a standard needle, wine bottle sleeve and a needle clearing tool. Two extra CORAVIN™ capsules are also included, for many more months of wine access to come. Coravin is available to purchase in Singapore at selected retailers including Enoteca Wine, The Oaks and Vintage Wine Club.
Keeping your glass half full, CORAVIN™ also presents #HolidayHack, which provides wine lovers tips and tricks to survive the festive season for all wine and entertaining occasions. From how to cool wine quickly to getting wine stains out, more festive wine hacks can be discovered here.
Gifts Less Ordinary
With the festive season just around the corner, Gifts Less Ordinary has put together a cool Christmas Gift Guide that offers something for everyone. Christmas is a time for presents and Gifts Less Ordinary’s amazing range of personalised gifts help to take the stress out of shopping. After all, there’s no better way to show someone special you care than with a customised gift that is truly unique.
For Him: Personalised Leather Journal
A beautiful Italian marbled edge journal, bound in soft leather with approximately 200 leaves of 100g acid free paper, making it perfect for fountain pen users. This Italian leather journal is great for notes. A lovely handcrafted gift for a man or a woman. The leather is soft and the paper is of a high quality from Florence.
For Him: Personalised Watch Box
A long leather watch box to store up to five gentlemen watches or other pieces of jewellery.
For Her: May Mug – Reverie
Once a staple in many Asian homes, the thermal flask was always close, keeping water hot for hours, ensuring a steaming cup of tea was just a pour away. They were also popular as wedding gifts, at once a symbol for warmth and a thoughtful blessing for the newlyweds. Reborn today as a lovely cup, the MAY mug is a beautiful way to enjoy your daily brew. Ceramic with gold embellishments, it’s adorned with subtle motifs like the lotus, lian (莲), synonymous with continuity; the magpie, xi que (喜鹊), symbolising happiness; and fishes, yu (鱼) symbolising plenty — well wishes to warm a moment, or serve as a meaningful gift to loved ones.
For Her: Personalised Large Leather Journal with Tie
The handmade Italian leather journal is covered in exceptionally soft leather. It is a modern take on the classic wrap journal and is available in a range of bright colours. The plain buttery cream paper is acid free with approximately 150 leaves, which means it is incredibly long lasting and will preserve thoughts, words and sketches.
Little Ones: Personalised Kiddy Blankets
100% cotton blankets are knitted using your little one’s name and birth date. What’s not to love?
Support local this Christmas with MUSEUM LABEL merchandise, some of which are going at a 20% discount this festive season, such as the GSS Chilli Crab Apron for the aspiring chef, GSS Singlish Magnet for the friend whose Singlish cannot make it one, and home accessories from the William Farquhar collection. Share a slice of heritage with your loved ones with conversation starters like the Superstition Dice and Kancheong Wall Clock, both of which are from the 10 Things under SGD10 selection.
For the first time, Ricola, the leading Swiss herb drop brand, is set to brighten up this Christmas with a set of four specially-designed Limited Edition Ricola Festive Collectible Tins. What’s more, you could win cash in a weekly instant draw and a 5D4N ski holiday in Switzerland, worth S$10,000, when you purchase any Ricola products during the season of joy and blessings. Simply upload your proof of purchase here, and cross your fingers for cash prizes and more! The Limited Edition Ricola Festive Collectible Tins, priced at SGD14.50 each, are now available at selected FairPrice outlets.
As we bid farewell to Monday Blues (thank goodness that’s over), we’ve finally made it to Black Friday! For those suffering from Singles’ Day hangover, this isOn November 25, 2016 / By Nookmag
As we bid farewell to Monday Blues (thank goodness that’s over), we’ve finally made it to Black Friday!
For those suffering from Singles’ Day hangover, this is your chance to relive the excitement of fastest fingers first.
To kick-off the upcoming Black Friday revelry, ShopBack will dish out a flat 20% Cashback for the first 100 ZALORA orders at the stroke of midnight. And yes, we know what you are thinking. This layer of sweet icing is sprinkled atop discounts that ZALORA will definitely be offering at the stroke of midnight as well. Don’t be a Cinderella and let that upsized Cashback slip away!
If you did miss out on that, don’t worry. ShopBack has a pair of special sales running throughout Black Friday.
Good things come in fours
From 10am to 10pm, four selected items from ShopBack’s online stores will be made available at flash discounts for every three-hour window. Coupled with Cashback, you can enjoy up to 57% of savings as opposed to purchasing on any other day.
The curated products will only be revealed on the day itself, but we’re eyeing the Laneige Water Sleeping Mask, Pocket Drone, Mayer Air Fryer as well as Ben and Jerry’s SGD10 for SGD20 Cash Voucher.
Everything at SGD0.50
As the title suggests, everything on the page can be yours at a final price of SGD0.50 – this includes essentials such as wet wipes, dental floss and hand sanitizers.
TGIF and Happy Black Friday!
SG Food Makers, in partnership with LASALLE College of the Arts, has released a video trilogy unveiling an up-close and personal look at the people, innovation and passionOn November 6, 2016 / By Nookmag
SG Food Makers, in partnership with LASALLE College of the Arts, has released a video trilogy unveiling an up-close and personal look at the people, innovation and passion driving Singapore’s food manufacturing (FM) sector.
Filmed and produced by 12 broadcast and media students from LASALLE College of the Arts, the series takes viewers through the perspectives of three ambitious and passionate individuals who have carved successful careers in food manufacturing.
Providing an insider’s take on what being part of the FM sector entails, each video revolves around a central theme:
Three student teams, who were each paired with a food manufacturing company, conceptualised the videos. From coming up with the storylines to post-production, the students lend a fresh creative perspective to the stories told in the videos. Filming onsite at the various production facilities, they had the rare opportunity to meet and interact closely with the individuals behind the scenes of food manufacturing in Singapore, while observing firsthand the sector’s dynamism, progressiveness and innovation.
“This experience has refreshed my perspective of Singapore’s Food Manufacturing sector. I was surprised to see the amount of creativity and cutting-edge machinery involved, from the production processes to the company’s growth strategies – even for a traditional family business founded decades ago,” said Paul Prado, one of the students who participated in the initiative. “It was especially inspiring to observe the dedication and passion that goes into producing the quality food products we see every day, be it on our supermarket shelves or at local kopitiams,” he said.
A nationwide survey conducted last year found that people in Singapore perceive the FM sector as a labour-intensive, low-tech and low-value sunset industry, with only 16% indicating they would consider a career in food manufacturing. Aimed at enhancing Singaporeans’ perception of the sector, SG Food Makers is an initiative developed to encourage more Singaporeans who have a passion for food to consider being part of this promising industry.
With this series, SG Food Makers invites Singaporeans to take a closer look at the stories behind the people, innovation and passion driving Singapore’s food manufacturing industry with a first-of-its-kind video series launched on SG Food Makers’ YouTube Channel.
A day of yoga, music, dance and #soulcircle community bonding at Singapore’s Most Iconic Mindful Movement Event on 1 October. SOULSCAPE : Singapore’s Most Iconic Mindful Movement FestivalOn September 27, 2016 / By Nookmag
A day of yoga, music, dance and #soulcircle community bonding at Singapore’s Most Iconic Mindful Movement Event on 1 October.
SOULSCAPE : Singapore’s Most Iconic Mindful Movement Festival returns to Tanjong Beach, Sentosa on 1 October, 2016. It is a day of mindful movement, music, great fun, and magical moments for our Mindful, Motivated, and Savvy #soulcircle community to discover their soulscape. Started in 2014 to bring together like-minded individuals and grow a conscious community, this year’s festival features 20 workshops for fully discovering and nourish the mind, body and soul with mindful movement, soulful rhythms, and holistic wellness.
Says SOULSCAPE CEO Marc Dass, “Our goal is to nurture the growth of mindful communities, encourage the exploration of the landscape within each of us, and form a connection to the collective consciousness.”
Workshops of note include :
The highlight of the day is a 75-minute Sunset Yoga led by Denise Keller. For full event lineup, check out the Soulscape day schedule. There will also be hydration zones with coconut water from COCOMAX, food and retail vendors in The Village, and a Kids’ Zone with activities for the little ones. Over at the SoulFire lounge, a Tiki bar will serve special cacao and coconut inspired cocktails, freshly brewed coffee, and a power smoothie bar.
This year, the event goes cashless for the first time with smart wristbands for entry, and F&B and retail purchases at The Village. The ticket wristband is preloaded with SGD8 at the moment of purchase. Likewise, more credits can be added to the ticket wristbands and lunch can be pre-ordered at the same time.
Another first is the concept of #soulcircle pop events in the weeks leading up to festival day, which are free to SOULSCAPE Festival ticket holders. Details of #soulcircle events are updated at the Soulcircle webpage.
Saturday, 1 October 2016 @ 8am-8pm
Tanjong Beach, Sentosa
VIP Full Day @ SGD199
Full Day @ SGD159
Sunset Yoga (5.45pm-7pm) @ SGD59
* With every three tickets purchased, the fourth is free.
Goody bag value
VIP Full Day – SGD100
Full Day and Sunset Yoga – SGD50
Gear up and kick‐start the day with the first Zespri Picnic in the city, a Vinyasa style yoga class by MC Swtlkr and Zespri’s very own Kiwi mascot,On May 16, 2016 / By Nookmag
Gear up and kick‐start the day with the first Zespri Picnic in the city, a Vinyasa style yoga class by MC Swtlkr and Zespri’s very own Kiwi mascot, and Singapore’s first ever POP Pilates workout conducted by popular US fitness instructor, Cassey Ho (Blogilates), of YouTube fame.
Do away with dull mornings and start them with positivity by waking up with Zespri – the best recipe to getting through the day. Zespri SunGold KiwiFest, presented by the world’s largest marketer of kiwifruits, Zespri, is a three-hour long morning event in Singapore which features a curated set of activities for all ages.
Organised to inspire Singaporeans to inject positivity into their otherwise mundane mornings, attendees of the Zespri SunGold KiwiFest will get to experience a sequence of activities that revolve around health and fitness, feel-good music, and Zespri SunGold Kiwifruit! The event will take place on Sunday, 5 June 2016 at Empress Place – Jubilee Lawn, and will be open to the public.
In a bid to embrace a fully positive space, The Positive Patrol and Zespri’s favourite Kiwi mascot, will also be roaming around the grounds of Jubilee Lawn to give little boosts of encouragement and support to attendees. Don’t let them catch you sulking!
As of 9 May 2016, online registration for the Zespri SunGold KiwiFest is now open!
ZESPRI SUNGOLD KIWIFEST EVENT LINE-UP
Vinyasa yoga class led by Vijay Singh aka MC Swtklr
8.30am to 9.15am, Empress Place – Jubilee Lawn
As they say, the early bird catches the early worm. For early risers, Zespri SunGold KiwiFest kick-starts with a Vinyasa style yoga class complemented with buoyant music to get you through the morning workout. An invigorating way to start the morning, MC Swtklr – who doubles as a hype man – and Zespri’s loveable Kiwi Mascot will lead the crowd with a fun yoga session. Vinyasa yoga, also known as flow yoga, is a series of yoga movements that are synchronised to the breath – also the anchor to the movement as you flow from one pose to the next without stopping in-between.
*Participants will need to bring their own fitness mats
Zespri X POP Pilates with Cassey Ho
10.00am to 10.45am, Empress Place – Jubilee Lawn
For the first time in Singapore, Zespri is flying in popular female fitness instructor and YouTube influencer, Cassey Ho, from the United States of America to conduct her signature POP Pilates workout session rhythmed to upbeat tunes from DJ Shellsuit. Fusing music and a choreographed set of Pilates moves, the session will give attendees an unforgettable “dance” on the mat” experience. With over three million subscribers on her YouTube channel, Blogilates, and over one million followers on Instagram, Cassey’s workouts have been viewed over 300 million times worldwide.
*Participants will need to bring their own fitness mats
Zespri Picnic in the City
8.30am to 11.30am, Empress Place – Jubilee Lawn
Always wanted to picnic in the city on giant Zespri Kiwifruit mats? Now you can. Additionally, in a collaboration with Frozen Yogurt (Froyo) experts, Sogurt, 800 cups of complimentary Froyo topped with juicy, sweet slices of Zespri SunGold Kiwifruit, will be given away to participants. Kids and adults alike can try their hand at making their own Zespri SunGold Smoothies by peddling hard on specially created Zespri Smoothie bikes, and 500 Zespri KiwiFest punters and fitness lovers will also be treated to a complimentary ice-cold 100% natural Zespri SunGold Kiwifruit popsicle from Popaganda, and a healthy Zespri SunGold Kiwifruit breakfast bowl from Park Bench Deli.
ENTERTAINMENT FOR THE LITTLE ONES
Giant Zespri SunGold Kiwifruit dart board
8.30am to 11.30am, Empress Place – Jubilee Lawn
Not forgetting the little ones, Zespri SunGold KiwiFest will be home to a giant dart board in the form of a kiwifruit. The Positive Patrol will be on site to educate participants on the benefits of Zespri SunGold Kiwifruit with a fun twist. Containing more than 20 essential vitamins and nutrients, the Zespri SunGold Kiwifruit also hits the mark with each piece of fruit providing 100% of your daily Vitamin C requirements.
Zespri X Leelapass play area for kids
8.30am to 11.30am, Empress Place – Jubilee Lawn
Leelapass, an online service for parents to explore activities and classes for their children, will conduct 15 minute blocks of mass participation physical activities including parachutes, ball games and an interactive full body rock, paper, scissors game. The first 150 young Zespri fans who head down will receive an illustrated Zespri Kiwifruit World T-shirt by renowned illustrator and artist from London, Harry Malt.
In the lead up to the event on Sunday, 5 June 2016, Zespri will also be making mornings a whole lot more positive by championing the following morning goodness starters:
Get your Zespri Froyo on!
31 May 2016, at all seven Sogurt outlets
There are so many ways one can consume a Zespri SunGold Kiwifruit – juice it to a drink, or top it on a salad or a dessert; the possibilities are endless! The Zespri SunGold Kiwifruit is a delicious superfruit, and is one of the best sources of vitamin C among fruits and vegetables. It contains more than three times the amount of vitamin C found in oranges, and is packed with more than 20 essential vitamins and minerals.
Based on a study from the University of Otago, Christchurch (UOC), eating two kiwifruits a day can improve a person’s mood and provide them with extra energy, because the high-levels of vitamin C found in them helps to activate a number of enzymes in the body that enhance the levels of metabolic energy and different neurochemicals in the brain.
High in antioxidants, low in calories, and with a low GI value of 38*(Glycemic Index: the measurement of the food’s effect on our blood sugar), Zespri SunGold Kiwifruit is a healthy and guilt-free indulgence!
On Tuesday, 31 May 2016, post a photo on Instagram and hashtag #WakeUpwithZespri, #ZespriSG and #Sogurt to be entitled to a complimentary delicious Yogurt topped with Zespri SunGold Kiwifruit slices from Sogurt.
Only available for the first 50 customers at each of the seven Sogurt outlets located at the following venues:
Eat toast and Zespri on!
1 & 2 June 2016, at all 71 Toast Box outlets
A new scientific study has proven that eating kiwifruit with your breakfast significantly slows and reduces the update of sugars from your breakfast in your blood stream – helping to reduce your glycaemic response over time. By doing this, you could also be protected against chronic metabolic disease, a group of risk factors that raises your risk for heart disease and other health problems, such as diabetes and stroke.
To give a healthy spin on your morning meals, Zespri is tying up with local chain, Toast Box, to inject a refreshing start to the day with a nutritious and tasty breakfast. Zespri Kiwifruit and toast lovers can head down to more than 70 Toast Box stores across our sunny island on 1 and 2 June 2016, to get a complimentary Zespri SunGold Kiwifruit and a Zespri Spife – yes a spoon and knife hybrid! – with every Toast Box traditional or thick toast set* ordered.
*Only limited to the first 50 sets per store per day.
If you are lucky, you might even spot Zespri’s very own kiwiman at one of the participating Toast Box locations!
For more information on this event, visit Zespri’s webpage here.
For today only, ShopBack is running a VISA flash sale! Shoppers will get up to 20% Cashback for popular retailers Sephora, ASOS, RedMart and more. ShopBack switches upOn May 3, 2016 / By Nookmag
For today only, ShopBack is running a VISA flash sale! Shoppers will get up to 20% Cashback for popular retailers Sephora, ASOS, RedMart and more.
ShopBack switches up its style as the local Cashback site swaps its amicable look for a chic layout with the launch of ShopBack Premium, a sleek space carved for housing of international fashion and beauty labels.
An exclusive capsule curated for fashion aficionados who splurge smart to stay at the forefront of fashion, ShopBack Premium debuts with its latest retailer NET-A-PORTER leading the red carpet glamour for the first time in Singapore.
Designed as a fashion magazine for shoppers to shop the look off its pages, NET-A-PORTER brings luxury brands together at a single fashion destination. From coveted high-end labels like Miu Miu and Saint Laurent to cult favourites like Vetements and Jacquemus, shoppers can satiate their fashion desires all on one seamless platform.
Additionally, in partnership with ShopBack, shrewd fashionistas will be entitled to 3% Cashback for shopping on NET-A-PORTER via ShopBack Premium.
As such, purchasing the newest vintage gown from Dolce & Gabbana (USD9,375) essentially translates to a saving of USD281.25 – just enough for a matching pair of gold-plated rings from Chloé to complete the look.
All this and more on NET-A-PORTER via ShopBack Premium. ShopBack Premium also offers up to 7% Cashback for esteemed brands such as Karen Millen, Rebecca Minkoff and Ann Taylor, tailoring a fashion fix for less.
Macarons are mysterious things. Available in all colours of the rainbow – and in enough varieties to rival the great Willy Wonka’s marvelous factory – we couldn’t helpOn April 15, 2016 / By The Rainbow-Monger
Macarons are mysterious things. Available in all colours of the rainbow – and in enough varieties to rival the great Willy Wonka’s marvelous factory – we couldn’t help being drawn to Shiberty Bakes and their pretty display of macarons for tomorrow’s BoConcept Marketplace. Come sit with us as we sneak in a few questions (and even hustled an offer for Nookmag readers!) with Shiberty Bake’s own Jessica Loh.
While busy preparing for tomorrow’s event, we are grateful Jessica has time to spare to answer a few questions about her passion for baking. First off, of course, is the traditional question of how everything began. Although there was no sob story about a young girl who dropped her beloved pastry on the floor and then decided to make her own pastry, Jessica’s story was intriguing all the same as she told us about how it all started out as a casual hobby with boxed cake mixes more than 5 years ago.
“I found the activity challenging and rather therapeutic, and nothing smells quite as heavenly as warm, fresh bakes out of the oven! I couldn’t even cook instant noodles for myself back then, so I went on a mission to prove to my family & partner that I could be domesticated.. and now, I guess I am!”
Despite being such a success in the kitchen though, Jessica revealed that even she used to burn and under-bake cakes all the time, wasting a lot of time and resources in the process, due to her lack of experience. “It would be extremely frustrating, but as time went by, it became easier to judge when a cake is properly baked!”, she informed us.
Interested in these so-called cakes she used to burn, we asked what her favourite thing to bake was, as surely, every baker would have a favourite to fall back on when inspiration runs out.
“Interesting question.” she muses, telling us that she has never asked herself that. “I guess I love baking cakes for my loved ones’ special occasions the most, because it always comes from the heart.”
As we nod our approval, we asked Jessica what was the biggest life lesson she took away from the kitchen. Her response? “You don’t always have to follow the rules to succeed.”
Telling us that she always treats recipes as a basic guideline, Jessica emphasised that it was more important to improvise according to the baker’s intuition and preferences, which usually leads her to end up with a better product, more suited to her taste buds then if she were to follow the basic recipe and instructions 100%.
She also added that the same thing applies to life: “You have to trust yourself. You know what works for you the best. Take other people’s advice into consideration, but follow your own heart. Don’t be afraid to break or bend the rules a little.” She ends by telling us that she would rather give it her all than spend the next X amount of years wondering “What If?“.
Thus, we decided to take a chance and ask “What if you were to offer Nookmag readers a perk during this market?”
That’s when, we are pleased to say, Jessica replied, “Just for Nookmag readers, enjoy a macaron (any flavor available that day) on the house when you purchase any item on the menu.”
Thanks, Jessica! We really couldn’t ask for more.
To meet Jessica herself, head on down to the BoConcept marketplace tomorrow at Paragon from 11am to 7pm, and grab yourself a macaron!
Businesses hold a lot of power. What they choose to sell, who they employ, and the beliefs they advocate will not only shape their brand, butOn April 3, 2016 / By Jamie Lee
Businesses hold a lot of power. What they choose to sell, who they employ, and the beliefs they advocate will not only shape their brand, but also the minds of their customers, employees, and community. In other words, their reach is wide and their potential is limitless!
So, it’s always wonderful to hear businesses embracing said power for the good. Take The Nail Social for example. This socially-conscious nail salon is one of the gems of Haji Lane — it offers nail and foot reflexology services (while you watch Netflix for free!), drinks and desserts, a fair trade retail selection, and the best part: vocational training and an employment programme for disadvantaged women, such as single mothers and ex-convicts.
The women behind this socially conscious business are Cheryl Ou and Germaine Monteiro, who first met when Germaine trained as a manicurist at Polished Divas Nail Lounge, Cheryl’s first business. The catalyst for The Nail Social actually came years later, when Cheryl had the unfortunate experience of working with a greedy and unscrupulous investor, who kicked her out of her then-business, and left her without a single cent of profit.
It looks like adversity does breed greatness, because this made Cheryl decide “not to be the kind of entrepreneur who was motivated solely by money”. Germaine, who grew up in a single-parent household and saw first hand the challenges her mother faced, naturally welcomed the idea of a social enterprise. The two started planning, and finally opened The Nail Social in January 2015.
Highly interested in their motivations and achievements, we speak to Cheryl about her socially-conscious business.
You provide Vocational Training and Employment Programmes for disadvantaged women. Tell us more about it.
We run the programme with several family services centres and social service agencies in Singapore, and our main aim is to provide women with an interest in the beauty industry. We give them an opportunity to learn a professional skill that could increase their chances of gaining employment.
After two weeks of in-house training with myself and Germaine, as an introduction to the industry, we enroll them for a professional manicurist course at the The Pink Room International Nail Academy, the largest nail school in Singapore that is registered with the Council of Private Education.
This means the certificate they receive after passing their exams is fully recognised by MOE and other advanced learning institutions! We sponsor the full course fees and provide all materials for them to learn and practice, and mentor them throughout their learning journey.
What are some of the challenges the marginalised face?
One is a lack of confidence; many women who have entered our programme never completed primary or secondary school education due to various reasons, and so they have a sense of inferiority, feel they are not good enough, and give up easily. Another challenge is that they may have other commitments, such as with a single mother with family commitments, which limit the days and time they can attend training.
What has your experience in The Nail Social taught you about society in general, and the marginalised groups in society?
While financial help such as rations or groceries are useful, I don’t think it is very sustainable. The women we’ve met do not want to rely on handouts. They want to be able to support themselves and their children; unfortunately poverty is a vicious circle.
I hope for society, especially more business owners and employers, to realise that they are in a position to make a difference, be it through giving the women an opportunity or by making it a point to support other business who do.
We’ve also learnt (the hard way) that the women need to help themselves first. While most of the women that join us try their best to make the most out of the opportunity, we have also encountered those who are happy to rely on hand outs. We realised that we can’t help them, if they don’t want to help themselves.
What do you think women can learn from each other?
Women need to give themselves more credit. I work with some of the strongest women I know, and even though everyone around them can see it, they still feel weak and inadequate. I think it’s about time women stood up and pat themselves on the back, and give credit and encourage each other whenever possible.
What are some memorable instances that have come out of The Nail Social?
We were presented with the Commendation Award at the President’s Challenge Social Enterprise Awards in November last year, and we are very proud of that. It was an affirmation of our efforts and social mission. Plus, we closed the salon that night, and it was the first time the entire team got dolled up and attended such a grand event, so that was a great experience for everyone.
What does it mean to be the best version of ourselves?
To me it means acknowledging and accepting our flaws, and still loving ourselves and giving our all in spite of it.
#NKMGDoGood is a campaign initiated by Nookmag to spread positivity and inspire deeds of kindness. Let’s do more good, shall we?
Michael Phelps, as we all know, is the record-breaking Olympian swimmer with the most golds in history. You’ve seen him doing his ultimate best under water, and celebratingOn April 3, 2016 / By Jamie Lee
Michael Phelps, as we all know, is the record-breaking Olympian swimmer with the most golds in history. You’ve seen him doing his ultimate best under water, and celebrating his well-deserved wins above water.
But, what about the moments in between? From the pain and frustrations of training to the brutal recovery rituals he has to endure, we get to see a different side of Phelps — a darker side — in Under Armour’s Rule Yourself film.
With the tagline “It’s what you do in the dark, that puts you in the light”, the Rule Yourself campaign honours the commitment to the 24/7 grind that each athlete pushes through, in order to perform when their moment in the spotlight comes.
For Phelps, who will be competing on the world’s stage this summer in Rio de Janeiro, “it is the work he puts in behind the scenes that truly defines his quest for greatness, despite Michael’s visibility in the public sphere,” says Adrienne Lofton of Under Armour.
“Under Armour has been a longtime partner of mine and truly understands the ins and outs of my training,” said Phelps. “Being a part of this campaign before heading into competitions this summer is an unbelievable honour; it speaks to not only the work that has gone into my career, but also the love for my sport that makes the sacrifices and challenges everyday worth it.”
Well, if you have just about enough of lame April Fool jokes, these Singapore made memes might just be the breath of fresh air you need. At leastOn April 1, 2016 / By Simcik
Well, if you have just about enough of lame April Fool jokes, these Singapore made memes might just be the breath of fresh air you need. At least it cracked me up. My personal favorite is ” All these Glasses and I still can’t see us together”
Goh Yong Wei , a self proclaimed Master Handshaker at Super Store Singapore created the below memes based on his first hand experience not being not very successful in getting his dream girl. There’s certain charm about guys who takes a dig at themselves and posted these memes on his Facebook account in an album called ‘Xian Cha Bor memes’ Personally, I think his luck with ladies will change after this.
Enjoy and have a great weekend. Keep it up Yong Wei!
Berlin Bicycle Week 2016 (BBW) brings together lifestyle and industry once again for a week of culture and cycling events highlighted by Berliner Fahrradschau, the world’s leadingOn March 13, 2016 / By Nookmag
Berlin Bicycle Week 2016 (BBW) brings together lifestyle and industry once again for a week of culture and cycling events highlighted by Berliner Fahrradschau, the world’s leading cycle lifestyle show. Held from 14 to 20 March 2016, the BBW now features over 100 events including racing, shows and workshops, bringing together diverse elements of the cycling community to provide a unique platform for enthusiasm and participation.
The week begins with the opening party at Gestalten Space where the official release party for Velo 3rd Gear invites everyone to celebrate a lifestyle enriched by cycling culture, welcoming the public with a specially curated exhibition, featuring a live DJ and drinks. During the week, 25 of the best Berlin bike shops will participate in the “Lange Nacht der Bike Shops” where shops will host parties and exhibitions for their loyal customers and newcomers alike.
Cycling is more than just exercise for the body—it’s a balm for the soul! Holistic Cycling is about health, well-being, and the bicycle as a form of spiritual therapy. Delight in Bicycle Yoga with Timo Pritzel, Meditation with Chris Connors, Osteopathie as Holistic Therapy with Uwe Schiffner, als auch “The Spirit of Inner Awareness” with Birgit Hegemann. Enjoy the Women’s Ride, and attend seminars to learn more about Balanced Nutrition and Juicing. With a full week of activities, Holistic Cycling is dedicated to feeling good in the saddle—and everywhere else. But of course there is more!
Racing and cycling events abound. The week is filled with competitive events such as the Singlespeed Cyclocross European Championship, the UCI Berlin Trials Cup, and the Pump Track Battle World Series, Junkyard Cyclocross, and the Second Berlin Cargobike Race. Side event highlights include the Second Berliner Laufrad Pokal for the kids, the Highwheel Race on penny farthing bicycles, jousting events at the Berlin Pedal Battle, world champion Artistic Cycling, competitive Bike Polo, and even a world record attempt for headspins on a bmx bike!
Likewise, if you are looking for a new bike, there are two events where you can try the latest and greatest from e-bikes to racing bikes, through to cargo bikes and everything in between. Just show up and ride! The first, THF Testival, is found on the airfield at the former Tempelhof Airport, featuring Trek and other top brands on hand along with the Trek E-Derny Race powered by Diamant. Alternatively, for off-road flair, head over to Grünewald Forest for the Specialized “Test the Best” event.
Visit their website for more information on the full list of events at the Berlin Bicycle Week 2016.
Calling all artists Take the opportunity to participate in the Singapore Spring Affordable Art Fair. The Affordable Art Fair is currently on the lookout for artists who wouldOn February 28, 2016 / By Nookmag
Calling all artists
Take the opportunity to participate in the Singapore Spring Affordable Art Fair.
The Affordable Art Fair is currently on the lookout for artists who would like to participate in their popular and unique artist platform, the Affordable Art Fair Spring Charity Feature Wall, back for its third year. Last year over 59 works were sold, raising over $29,500 for their chosen charity and artists alike.
Entitled ‘Let Art Speak’, the aim of this year’s Charity Feature Wall is to give an opportunity to all artists to showcase their works within the fair, and at the same time give something back to charity.
All showcased works will be priced at $500, and 50% of the monies raised will go towards supporting this year’s Charity Partner; Woodbridge Hospital Charity Fund. 50% of the artwork sales will also go back to the artists involved.
If you would like to apply for this fair feature, all you need to do is send the following items via email by 11 March 2016.
Fair Assistant Programme
Alternatively, non-artists may also choose to participate in the fair as assistants. Assistants are required to be on site during fair days from 20 to 24 April 2016
The Affordable Art Fair Singapore Fair Assistant Programme is an opportunity for people from different walks of life to share their skills and talent, and in the process, experience and learn more about contemporary art. This programme will benefit in the personal development of the Fair Assistants.
Fair Assistants are an important part of the Affordable Art Fair Singapore. They contribute to the effective execution of the Fair, as well as promoting awareness of art in everyone’s lives, in alignment with our ethos of making contemporary art accessible to everyone.
Fair Assistants will be involved in the backstage of organising an art fair of its kind in Asia, get to learn a new skill or talent and meet people who share a common interest in art while having fun pursuing an interest and an important project.
The Affordable Art Fair Singapore Spring Edition happens from the 22 – 24 April 2016 at the F1 Pit Building.
About the fair’s Charity Partner: Woodbridge Hospital Charity Fund
The Woodbridge Hospital Charity Fund (WHCF) is a registered charity and an Institution of a Public Character managed by the Institute of Mental Health (IMH), Singapore’s only tertiary psychiatric hospital. The Fund supports initiatives to improve the lives of persons with mental illness in Singapore.
IMH employs both medication and a range of therapies to help patients in their recovery. Art and creative expression are incorporated in some of their programmes to improve patients’ well-being and quality of life.
Affordable Art Fair is delighted to support IMH in reaching this goal. Funds raised from the Affordable Art Fair Spring Charity Feature Wall will enable IMH to introduce art therapy to more patients, as well as to provide more art outreach to increase awareness of mental health issues to youths through its CHAT and EPIP programmes.
Make sure you don’t miss their creative and expressive workshops at the fair!
Praised by the likes of NME Magazine, Indie Shuffle and Triple J, Leisure Suite’s eponymous debut EP certainly set the bar high. However, it seems the fledgling duoOn February 20, 2016 / By Nookmag
Praised by the likes of NME Magazine, Indie Shuffle and Triple J, Leisure Suite’s eponymous debut EP certainly set the bar high. However, it seems the fledgling duo have already exceeded expectations with sophomore release ‘Lay Low’.
Holding as true to their namesake as ever, Leisure Suite’s latest record is as lush and leisurely as they come. Swirling synth melodies and downtempo beats underpin Bridgette Le’s velvet-smooth vocals, forging dreamy soundscapes redolent of The XX or Snakadaktal.
Serving as the outfit’s first self-produced effort, ‘Lay Low’ exhibits a marked progression from earlier work. It‘s a record full of nuances; exerting equal amounts of both flair and restraint. From the covertly broody ‘Sweet Gin’ to the more uptempo, R&B inspired ‘Shame’, the excellence of ‘Lay Low’ lies in its understatement.
With mastering duties left in the capable hands of Grammy-award nominated guru Andrei Eremin (Chet Faker, Hiatus Kaiyote), it’s safe to say ‘Lay Low’ got the treatment it deserves.
Having shared the stage with the likes of Alpine, Willow Beats, Tora and Oisima, along with a highlight appearance at Paradise Music Festival over the past 12 months, Leisure Suite will be doing anything but laying low in 2016.
The Stüssy Men’s Spring 2016 Campaign is the fourth instalment in the ongoing collaboration with photographer Tyrone Lebon. Following the previous season’s trip to Japan, Lebon explores JamaicaOn February 19, 2016 / By Nookmag
The Stüssy Men’s Spring 2016 Campaign is the fourth instalment in the ongoing collaboration with photographer Tyrone Lebon. Following the previous season’s trip to Japan, Lebon explores Jamaica – a country with a longstanding connection to the brand.
Spending time between Port Antonio and Kingston immersed in Rasta, Reggae and Dancehall culture, Lebon captures an island nostalgia that has inspired the brand since day one. Styling by Tom Guinness captures the spirit of the Jamaican take on streetwear today with highlights from the Spring collection.
In the late ’80s and early ’90s, a brand was born from the Southern California surf scene and swept through the clothing landscape to redefine the look and ideology of casual-wear. That brand was Stüssy, a label that grew organically from youth movements and inadvertently revolutionized the clothing business.
Shawn Stüssy was a surfer who used to shape his own boards for friends and locals in Laguna Beach, California. Stüssy began screening t-shirts and shorts to sell along with the surfboards as a form of promotion; his surname written in a graffiti-influenced hand style was to become the company logo. Stüssy inadvertently fell into the clothing business through his deep-rooted love of surfing, and in a few short years, people were talking within the small, insular world of surf and skateboarding in the late ‘80s. Shawn set up small showrooms in New York and California and hit the road, showing his designs to stores he respected.
The brand grew during a time when epochal shifts that now frame contemporary popular culture were taking place. In the music scene the late ’70s gave us punk, while the early ’80s brought us a new DIY type of music called rap. Punk broke creative and aesthetic barriers and taught us that anyone could have a band. Rap pushed social boundaries and explored the ideas of remixing and sampling. These new ideas and territories created a new modern platform for fashion and cultural expression. The designs and overall aesthetic touched on references from a range of underground subcultures that resonated with Stüssy. This approach appealed to a worldwide network of creative youth who shared a common interest in surf-culture, skating and music. Limited distribution fuelled the desire internationally, and those who wanted the gear found it and felt a part of something bigger in the process.
With Stüssy’s success came the opportunity to travel and spread the Stüssy vibe. The clothing was inspired by an international group of musicians, skaters, DJs and artists with similar tastes; trendsetters in New York, London, Tokyo and other areas of the world were eager to get aboard this movement inspired by a network of like-minded individuals. This group of friends later became the “International Stüssy Tribe” with chapters in New York, Tokyo, London, Berlin and Los Angeles. With a strong network of tribe members wearing the brand in clubs and on the scene across the globe, the Stüssy message spread organically. The brand was committed to producing relevant, good quality clothing at a reasonable price available only at very select stores worldwide in limited quantities. This was an entirely new concept at the time, which has since been used to varying degrees of success.
Singapore, 17 February 2016 – The Smallest McDonald’s Store ever opened for business for today to serve one hundred customers with free McDonald’s treats and complimentary McDonald’s FoodOn February 18, 2016 / By Nookmag
Singapore, 17 February 2016 – The Smallest McDonald’s Store ever opened for business for today to serve one hundred customers with free McDonald’s treats and complimentary McDonald’s Food Icons X nanoblocks. Customers and nanoblock enthusiasts were in line from 4am to get their hands on the nano-sized McDonald’s collectibles before its official launch on 22 February.
“With the nanoblocks’ growing popularity in Singapore, we wanted to give our customers the opportunity to own unique McDonald’s Food Icons X nanoblocks. We also wanted to bring them the novelty of being served from the Smallest McDonald’s Store ever,” said Yvonne Low, Senior Marketing Director, McDonald’s Singapore. “We are always looking at ways to excite our customers with the food we serve and the experiences we have to offer, and we hope they’ll have fun with this promotion.”
McDonald’s Food Icons X nanoblocks® Limited Edition Collector’s Kits
On 22 February 2016, McDonald’s Singapore will introduce McDonald’s Food Icons X nanoblocks for the first time. These will feature designs unique to McDonald’s.
To give customers and nanoblock collectors a one-stop option to complete their collections, the McDonald’s Food Icons X nanoblocks Limited Edition Collector’s Kits will be launched in restaurants1 on 22 February at 11am. With limited quantities available in each restaurant, the Collector’s Kits will be sold till 28 February 2016, or while stocks last.
Each set includes six nanoblock designs featuring some of McDonald’s most recognised and loved images: McDonald’s French Fries, Cold Cup, Apple Pie, McFlurry®, Big Mac®, and a Restaurant Model – which is exclusive to the Collector’s Kit and will not be sold individually in restaurants.
The McDonald’s Food Icons X nanoblocks will come displayed in a standing box specially designed for McDonald’s Singapore. Nanoblock enthusiasts will also be thrilled to find the recognised nanoblock award sticker on each Collector’s Kit printed with a unique collector serial number.
The Collector’s Kit will be available over the counter in restaurants at $29.00 each with every purchase of an Extra Value Meal. To ensure that as many people as possible have access to available Collector’s Kits, purchase is limited to two per customer, per store visit.
McDonald’s Food Icons X nanoblocks
Photo courtesy of McDonald’s Singapore
From 29 February 2016, individual McDonald’s Food Icons X nanoblocks will be available for purchase in restaurants2. One design will be launched every Monday at 11am and sold on a while stocks last basis:
The individual food icons will be available at $4.00 each with every purchase of an Extra Value Meal over the counter in restaurants (except Drive-Thru, Self Ordering Kiosks and Dessert Kiosks) and McDelivery, while the McCafé food icon can be purchased at $4.00 with every purchase of a McCafé set. Purchase is limited to four per customer, per store visit.
To help ensure that they are safe for children, the McDonald’s x nanoblock food icons come assembled and cannot be taken apart.
About McDonald’s Restaurants Pte Ltd
In Singapore, McDonald’s has a network of more than 130 restaurants island-wide, over 12 Drive-Thrus, over 30 dessert kiosks and over 40 McCafé outlets.
McDonald’s is the first in the industry to offer super-convenience with McDelivery 24/7TM (online ordering available at www.mcdelivery.com.sg), 24 hours Drive-Thru, 24 hours dining at a majority of restaurants daily or on weekends (Fridays, Saturdays and eve of Public Holidays) and Breakfast from 4am.
McDonald’s employs more than 8,000 people in Singapore and serves more than 6 million customers every month. It is the recipient of the Aon Hewitt Best Employer award in 2007 (Singapore), 2009 (Singapore & Asia) and 2011 (Singapore & Asia), and the national Service Excellence award in 2008. McDonald’s Singapore also won Best Mature and Re-employment Practices and Best Recruitment Strategies at the HRM Awards 2014.
McDonald’s has received recognition for its green efforts winning six “Green Mark for Restaurants” certifications by the Building & Construction Authority of Singapore. McDonald’s was also the first in the industry to achieve the Platinum Green Mark award for its restaurants at Jurong Central Park and Yishun Safra.
In 2015, McDonald’s launched Create Your Taste, a customisable premium burger experience from which customers can build their own burgers from scratch and are served at their table. McDonald’s Singapore is the first Quick Service Restaurant in the country to offer a build-your-own burger option and the first among McDonald’s in Asia to launch the new dining experience in stores.
For further information on McDonald’s Singapore, please log on to www.mcdonalds.com.sg.
SINGAPORE, 2 February 2016 – Checkpoint Theatre is delighted to mark the 10th anniversary of Recalling Mother with a new production of this poignant, moving and funny celebrationOn February 17, 2016 / By Nookmag
SINGAPORE, 2 February 2016 – Checkpoint Theatre is delighted to mark the 10th anniversary of Recalling Mother with a new production of this poignant, moving and funny celebration of motherhood and daughterhood. Written and performed by Claire Wong and Noorlinah Mohamed, Recalling Mother runs at the Esplanade Theatre Studio from 24 to 27 March as part of Esplanade’s The Studios 2016.
What started out as a conversation between two friends has since evolved into a decade-long project with a life of its own. “It is perhaps the first and only theatrical project, when restaged, is always revisited as a new creation. The work is a living durational performance where life and art parallel and inform each other,” explained Noorlinah Mohamed.
From exploring the language divide with their mothers in 2009 to tackling aging and dependency in 2016, each instalment of Recalling Mother has been revisited, updated and developed further with unstinting honesty and thoughtful craftsmanship. However, it remains at heart an examination of familial relationships and the universal desire to connect and engage: between mother and child, between the daughters and their craft as theatre practitioners, and between artists and the audience. A post-show dialogue will be held at the end of each performance.
“Heartfelt performances and a tight script …
[this] will make you go home and hug your mother much harder.”
– The Straits Times
Photo courtesy of Checkpoint Theatre. Photo credit: Joel [email protected] Pictures
Written and performed by Claire Wong and Noorlinah Mohamed, Recalling Mother is an English production with some Cantonese and Malay dialogues, and will be performed between 24 to 27 March 2016 at Esplanade Theatre Studio.
As long-time friends and fellow theatre artists, Claire Wong and Noorlinah Mohamed would often meet and talk about their mothers and the complexities of living and not living with them. One mother is Cantonese-speaking and impetuous; the other speaks Malay and is quietly stubborn. Both are smart, sharp and strong. Both are wonderful cooks.
The Recalling Mother project began in 2006 with Claire and Noorlinah examining and charting how their relationships with their respective mothers have evolved over the years. With each performance (in 2006, 2009, 2015, and now 2016), they revisit, update and develop further the exploration of how the bond between parent and child changes.
As they and their mothers grow older, the caretaker has now become the dependant. What happens when the body begins to age? What does love mean to a mind that is beginning to fade? And so, the conversations continue.
Poignant, moving and funny, Recalling Mother celebrates the joys and challenges of motherhood and daughterhood.
Recalling Mother Performance/Ticketing Details
Dates/Times: Thu 24 Mar – Sun 27 Mar 2016
8pm (Thu to Sat); 3pm matinee (Sat and Sun)
Venue: Esplanade Theatre Studio
Duration: 1 hr 15 min without intermission
Ticket Price: $35 (excludes SISTIC booking fee)
Ticketing Agent: SISTIC – www.sistic.com.sg or Hotline 6348 5555
Claire Wong – Playwright, Performer and Co-Producer
Claire Wong is the co-founder, Joint Artistic Director and Producer of Checkpoint Theatre. Trained in both Asian and Western performing arts, Claire obtained her Master of Fine Arts (MFA, Theatre Arts) from Columbia University. She directs and acts for the stage and the camera.
As a theatre director, Claire recently directed Normal (2015) and For Better or for Worse (2013) by Faith Ng, Joel Tan’s The Way We Go (2014) and Huzir Sulaiman’s Occupation (2012). She co-directed Dream Country: a lost monologue, a dance-theatre production by 35 performers for the Singapore Arts Festival 2012. As an actress, Claire has performed in landmark Singapore productions and in international arts festivals (Edinburgh Fringe; Telstra Adelaide Arts Festival; Theater der Welt). She most recently appeared in Checkpoint Theatre’s 2013 production of Atomic Jaya.
Photo courtesy of Checkpoint Theatre. Photo credit: Joel [email protected] Pictures
Noorlinah Mohamed – Playwright and Performer
Noorlinah Mohamed is an award-winning theatre actress, teaching artist, and creative producer of community and public arts engagement projects in Singapore. Since 1988, she has performed with various theatre companies across Asia, Europe, and the US.
As a teaching artist, she has a doctorate in arts education and now researches on Singapore-based arts education practices. She also undertakes artist residencies in schools, develops curriculum as well as professional development in arts pedagogy. Her other passion – community and public engagement – sees her collaborating with various artists and organisations. Noorlinah is the Director of The O.P.E.N., the pre-festival of ideas and public engagement initiative of the Singapore International Festival of Arts 2014-2015. She is also a recipient of several awards, including the JCCI Singapore Foundation Cultural Award (2008) and the Women’s Weekly Women of Our Time Award (2005) for her work in the arts.
Petrina Dawn Tan – Lighting Designer
Petrina Dawn Tan trained in Lighting Design under LASALLE’s BA (Hons) Technical Theatre programme. She is a recipient of the Georgette Chen Scholarship (2009) and the NAC Arts Scholarship, Local (2010).
Her recent lighting design credits include Caucasian Chalk Circle (Singapore Repertory Theatre), La Vie en Rose (Sing Theatre), In the Next Room (or the Vibrator Play) (LASALLE College of the Arts), The Tin Can People (NAFA English Theatre), Pigeons (Buds Theatre Company), The Way We Go (Checkpoint Theatre), Intermezzo (Singapore Dance Theatre/da:ns festival 2014), Innamorati (Toy Factory).
She was the Associate Lighting Designer for The Nightingale (Singapore Repertory Theatre) and Assistant Lighting Designer for RED (Blank Space Theatre Company), Cook a Pot of Curry (Wild Rice) and The Art of the Brick (MBS Art Science Museum). Petrina is happy and thankful for the opportunity to be working once again with the Checkpoint Theatre family.
Laichan – Costume Designer
Laichan is a Singaporean fashion designer who also designs costumes for theatre and film. His credits include The Good, the Bad and the Sholay (Checkpoint Theatre), Public Enemy (Wild Rice), Normal (Checkpoint Theatre), Atomic Jaya (Checkpoint Theatre), Freud’s Last Session (Blank Space Theatre), and Dick Lee’s Fried Rice Paradise. He has also designed for the SG50 movie “1965” and the HBO Asia original production “Grace”. Laichan’s eponymous boutique is situated at Raffles Hotel.
ABOUT CHECKPOINT THEATRE
Who We Are
Established in 2002, Checkpoint Theatre creates and presents original theatrical and multi-disciplinary work with strong writing, performance and direction. With honesty and humour, head and heart, we produce and develop vibrant and important contemporary Asian plays that connect with, challenge, and inspire both local and international audiences. We are the home of new Singapore playwriting, and we nurture the next generation of Singapore theatre-makers.
Checkpoint Theatre is a recipient of the National Arts Council’s Major Grant for the period from 1 April 2014 to 31 March 2017.
What We Do
For more information on Checkpoint Theatre, please visit www.checkpoint-theatre.org.