BBC Earth The Supervet: Bionic Specials As the world’s leading neuro-orthopaedic veterinary surgeon, Noel Fitzpatrick’s groundbreaking surgical procedures have transformed the lives – and life chances – ofOn August 23, 2017 / By Nookmag
The Supervet: Bionic Specials
As the world’s leading neuro-orthopaedic veterinary surgeon, Noel Fitzpatrick’s groundbreaking surgical procedures have transformed the lives – and life chances – of many pets. For the first time in the history of The Supervet, four brand new hour-long documentary specials go beyond the operating table to delve deeper into the science behind Noel’s cutting-edge procedures revealing how he continually pushes the boundaries of veterinary medicine.
Premieres Tuesday, 5 Sep, 8.00pm on BBC Earth (StarHub Channel 407)
The Wonderful World of Puppies & Kittens
This magical series reveals what its like to be a puppy or kitten during the most important, experimental year of their lives – from the moment they are born to their first birthdays, from leaving their littermates to becoming part of a new human family. Thanks to pioneering camera rigs, tracking technology and audio tags, this captivating series follows puppies and then kittens through the key moments of their first year.
Premieres Monday, 11 Sep, 8.00pm on BBC Earth
Xploration Nation: Earth 2050
In this entertaining and informative series, host Chuck Pell takes us on a truly mind-bending journey in search of answers. Everything from the future of warfare to the future of our homes get the Chuck Pell treatment in a new series that covers a range of fascinating topics – from how we might live on Mars to how new technology can help us understand our past.
Premieres Wednesday, 13 Sep, 10.45pm on BBC Earth
The Chronicles of Nadiya
Since winning The Great British Bake Off (Series 6), Nadiya Hussain has become a much-loved figure. She’s written cookbooks, presented awards and even baked the Queen’s official 90th birthday cake. Now, in this vibrant two-part documentary, she travels back to her parents homeland, Bangladesh, and proves to be an engaging presenter for a fascinating, food-inspired journey which explores and shares the many recipes that have inspired her love of cooking.
Premieres Friday, 1 Sep, 11.10am on BBC Lifestyle (StarHub Channel 432)
Undercover Boss US (Series 8)
Undercover Boss is the hit reality series that follows high level corporate executives as they take the extraordinary step of going undercover in their own companies. The bosses slip anonymously into the lowest level jobs to find out what their employees really think of them and their company. They discover what needs fixing, who deserves praising and who needs a wakeup call.
Available Tuesday, 12 Sep, 10.00pm on BBC Lifestyle
Global athletic leader, New Balance, opens its newest store at Paragon, Singapore. The store, located at Paragon #04- 13/14, showcases the brand’s manifestation towards innovation, evolution and everyone’sOn August 16, 2017 / By Nookmag
Global athletic leader, New Balance, opens its newest store at Paragon, Singapore. The store, located at Paragon #04- 13/14, showcases the brand’s manifestation towards innovation, evolution and everyone’s desire to dream and push forward
Featuring women’s and men’s running, training, football, kids and lifestyle selections, the new outlet brings with it a progressive fresh look, taking cue from the contemporary urban lifestyle, while staying true to its 110-year heritage and legacy that is rooted in performance and athleticism. Shoppers are led into an interactive and immersive experience of the brand, welcomed by dynamic visuals and a truly unique active and performance driven environment.
Making its mark on the digital front, New Balance also equipped its newest store with the latest in technological innovation. The store gallery features the Stride I.D. and Stride I.D. Track system. This state-of-the-art 3D foot scanner captures foot sizes in seconds and the image is then used to determine the best-fitting New Balance footwear. Once customers are scanned into the system, they can access their 3D data online and their data is integrated into New Balance’s gait analysis app, Stride ID. This system will ensure that the wearer will have the perfect pair of New Balance shoes to fit their exact needs and lifestyle.
Added to the stores new concept is the brand’s iconic ‘Made in US and UK’ collection, New Balance’s selection of premier custom-made sneakers. Hand- made by talented figures directly from its factories in the United States (U.S) and United Kingdom (U.K), these kicks demonstrate the pillars that underpin New Balance’s brand ethos – quality and craftsmanship, and uniquely mirrors the culture and individuality of its origins.
“The new technologies will allow customers to make more informed decisions when choosing a suitable pair of New Balance shoes to ensure maximum comfort and at the same time, reduce the chances of running injuries. We only want the very best for our customers,” said Chee Ling, Assistant Marketing Manager, New Balance Singapore.
To further commemorate the launch, it will also be the only New Balance experience store in Singapore to carry the Tier-1 574 Sport series, a limited- edition release of the brand’s contemporary take on the iconic, off road running silhouette for today’s modern, style-conscious consumer.
The store is purposefully cross-merchandised to offer head-to-toe brand looks for consumers. The Innovation Area features the brand’s newest innovative performance product while the Lifestyle Area showcases the brand’s fashion-forward and heritage running offerings. New Balance Paragon will also be the launchpad for more exclusive launches in the future.
“We are excited to have New Balance join Paragon and is confident that this new addition will bring a different depth and dimension to Paragon’s Athleisure focused Level 4.” said Mr Tan Poh Seng, Deputy General Manager, Paragon.
New Balance experience store at Paragon, Singapore is open Monday – Sunday from 11am to 9.30pm.
The best of Asian stand-up comedy is out in full force and they are ready to take over! Comedy Central’s original series, Comedy Central Stand-Up, Asia! serves up a second dose ofOn August 15, 2017 / By Nookmag
The best of Asian stand-up comedy is out in full force and they are ready to take over! Comedy Central’s original series, Comedy Central Stand-Up, Asia! serves up a second dose of unadulterated Asian humor with the premiere of Season 2 in August. Returning with a brand new season, Comedy Central Stand-Up, Asia! is produced in partnership with comedy entertainment company LOL Events in Malaysia.
Comedy Central Stand-Up, Asia! premieres on Comedy Central in Asia on 22 August, Tuesday at 7.55pm (WIB) and 8.55 pm (PH/MY/SG/HK/TW), and is a 10-episode series airing every Tuesday for half an hour.
Paras Sharma, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Southeast Asia, Viacom International Media Networks, commented, “We saw solid viewership of Season 1 of Comedy Central Stand-Up, Asia! last year, which demonstrates that Asia originals have strong appeal with our audiences. This underscores our commitment to invest in original content and this season, we are spotlighting Asian comedy with a roster of the sharpest talents from around the world, and presenting new formats that will offer comedy fans an enhanced experience either watching live, on-air, or online through our various platforms.”
“Stand-up comedy in Asia is at its prime at the moment. In terms of comedy acts and the quality of material, Asia has developed in leaps and bounds to make her presence known in the international arena. This is beyond entertainment, but represents a change in perceptions and breaking of stereotypes,” concluded Rizal Kamal, CEO of LOL Events.
Pulling no punches, Comedy Central Stand-Up, Asia! was filmed in front of a live audience at HGH Convention Centre in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 13 and 14 July. It featured 16 of the most distinct Asian voices in comedy internationally – and celebrated Asian sensibilities, or the lack thereof! Talents include Imran Yusuf (UK), Paul Ogata (US), Eliot Chang (US), Papa CJ (India), Garron Chiu (Hong Kong), Alex Calleja (Philippines), Dilruk Jayashina (Sri Lanka), Jason Leong (Malaysia), and Sharul Channa (Singapore); and the full list of comics can be viewed at www.comedycentralasia.com/shows/standupasia.
The creation of the show is through the participation of partners such as Malaysia Major Events, Hotel Stripes Kuala Lumpur, HyppTV, and Grab; who have played a part in its production as well as helped to foster the comedy scene in Asia. For the second year in a row, Enrich by Malaysia Airlines is the ‘Official Airline Loyalty Partner’ for Comedy Central Stand-Up, Asia! Enrich has been a strong enabler to the growth of the comedy scene in Malaysia, by flying in international comedians from around the world.
Since the channel was launched across Southeast Asia in 2012, Comedy Central has become one of the fastest growing brands for VIMN, which is now available 24/7 in 20 Asian markets via 49 providers. Over the last four years, the channel has collaborated with local comedy clubs to develop featurettes, on-air promotions and marketing partnerships.
Football fans all over Singapore will be cheering Olé, Olé, Olé following the announcement that leading camera phone brand, OPPO, is launching a limited edition FC Barcelona (FCB)On August 14, 2017 / By Nookmag
Football fans all over Singapore will be cheering Olé, Olé, Olé following the announcement that leading camera phone brand, OPPO, is launching a limited edition FC Barcelona (FCB) R11 in Singapore on 26 August, with pre-orders starting from now.
To celebrate OPPO’s global partnership with one of the world’s most famous football clubs, the camera phone brand is releasing 500 sets of the FCB R11 phone exclusively for consumers in Singapore.
A key feature of the FCB R11 is its aesthetic appeal where OPPO uses the design trend of contrast colouring to showcase Barça’s traditional red and blue signature colours based on the golden ratio of its metal shell. To top it all off, the club’s 18 carat gold logo features on the body of the phone, while the user interface is themed in FC Barcelona’s bold and fashionable colours.
Sean Deng, Managing Director of OPPO Singapore, said, “We’re proud to be a global partner of one of the most widely supported sports teams in the world. Our limited edition R11 fuses sport with technology to deliver a phone for die-hard fans that captures FC Barcelona’s spirit so well. With only a limited number of the FCB R11 phones available, make sure you don’t miss out on getting your hands on one.”
Innovation and boldness behind the FCB R11 colour design
The FCB R11 features complex techniques behind the golden ratio-based contrast colour design of its metal body.
OPPO has used the adhesive fill technique to create the first contrast colour antenna in the industry, giving the body of the phone layers of colours that look delicate and elegant, as well as an anodized colouring process. Together with these techniques, OPPO has also intricately treated the diffuse reflection to achieve visual comfort and purity.
To celebrate the launch of the FCB R11 in Singapore, consumers who have pre-ordered the phone will receive an exclusive OPPO x FC Barcelona backpack and go into a lucky draw to win a FC Barcelona jersey signed by club stars including Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Gerard Pique. Other prizes include appliances from FC Barcelona Premium Partner, Beko, and FC Barcelona home jerseys.
OPPO will also transform part of the OPPO Suntec City Concept Store into a Barça fan experience zone. Fans can take part in the FIFA 17 Barcelona Challenge to try their luck at beating rivals Real Madrid and enter the draw to win a FC Barcelona jersey.
OPPO’s flagship R11 features a sleek and streamlined appearance and boasts the world’s first 20MP front camera and 20MP+16MP rear dual camera, allowing sports fans to capture the action on field in greater clarity. Consumers can also master the art of clear portraits with the R11, thanks to the foreground bokeh effect, the automatic HDR function, and intelligent skin tone beautification technology that ensure every shot is captured to perfection.
The limited-edition FCB R11 retails at SGD799 and is available for pre-order from now to 25 August at all OPPO concept stores and online at the official OPPO Singapore website.
What is always on your list of travel must-dos? If you answered “shopping”, you’re the perfect person to be going on a ‘shopcation’. Imagine a vacation purely forOn August 11, 2017 / By Nookmag
What is always on your list of travel must-dos?
If you answered “shopping”, you’re the perfect person to be going on a ‘shopcation’. Imagine a vacation purely for shopping – exploring new shops, hunting down the perfect bargain, discovering local crafts, the list just goes on.
To minimise your travel time (and maximise your shopping time), HomeAway®, the world leader in vacation rentals, has some great recommendations for accommodations located in popular shopping belts in nearby cities. To sweeten the deal on your shopcation, use the promo code SHOP17 to get a 5% discount on HomeAway properties, and use that money for more shopping instead!
Place To Stay in Singapore
Being so close to the Centrepoint mall – a great place to pick up quality goods – makes for an enjoyable shopping experience. As Singapore’s main shopping belt, the beauty of Orchard Road is that it is always buzzing. Bask in the vibrant shopping carnival atmosphere from the comfort of this one bedroom apartment which accommodates up to five guests. This wooden floored HomeAway with tasteful art adorning its walls comes packed with facilities like a shared pool, television, wireless internet, and house cleaning staff at your service.
Let your shopcation take you wherever you want around Singapore with an entrance to Bugis just around the corner. With a maze of shops selling a wide range of goods in close proximity, this apartment is a combination of location, comfort and value pricing, perfect for the bargain hunter. It comes with plenty of storage space for four guests and their shopping bags, and guests can choose to stay for just one night.
3) Marina Bay Sands
This two-bedroom HomeAway’s pearly white and beige décor, coupled with a stellar view of the Marina Bay Sands strikes the right notes for a sophisticated stay with some high-end luxury shopping. Enjoy the recreational facilities like a pool and gym with three more guests and be in close proximity to the shopping paradise around you. You can also catch up on mails by the study table with sprawling views of the bay from the full glass windows.
In this suite, it’s all about the deft touches that makes it so special. From the organized cutlery to the comfortable lounging chairs, this two bedroom apartment for four has it all. Enjoy wireless internet, a pool, gym, parking and cable television. Love to have people over? This spacious apartment with villa staff and a chef is perfect for you. You don’t have to go looking for a good suit. Some of the best custom-made tailors in the city are located nearby. Head over to the Central Plaza Rama III for good deals on toys, electronics, and local goods.
The stunning Terminal 21 mall, a guaranteed fun shopping excursion, is located nearby this HomeAway. This artistic two-bedroom home is the perfect background for your holiday photographs! It has wooden floors, creatively decorated spaces, and all the comforts you need. Start your day at the gym and end it with a relaxing dip in the pool after a long day of shopping.
Located near the Old Siam Plaza and close to several popular boutiques and departmental stores, this HomeAway is perfect for shopaholics! With a breath-taking view from the 22nd floor, there is really no better way to experience the sights and sounds of this live wire city. Consisting of one bedroom and accommodating up to three guests, this fully loaded apartment comes with all home appliances and shared recreational facilities.
Hongdae is known for its shopping, lively nightlife as well as its artistic and cultural activities. Book this spacious HomeAway perfect for a large group of friends to experience this vibrant neighbourhood! Located a few minutes away from Hongik University station, the apartment is only a stroll away from markets, clubs, cafes, galleries and convenience stores.
Stay at this studio HomeAway that is located close to the Chungmuro subway station and Myeongdong shopping area – all elements necessary for a perfect shopcation. Equipped with the basic amenities, this apartment is apt for a group of five guests. After a tiring shopping trip, you would definitely want to come back to this home and take a peaceful nap.
Celebrating 50 years of National Service, So Drama! Entertainment has released a tribute album saluting the contributions of all national servicemen past and present, distributed exclusively by WarnerOn August 10, 2017 / By Nookmag
Celebrating 50 years of National Service, So Drama! Entertainment has released a tribute album saluting the contributions of all national servicemen past and present, distributed exclusively by Warner Music Singapore.
Titled We’ll Carry On (The NS50 Album), the album is a collection of seven original songs performed by members of the Singapore Armed Forces Music and Drama Company (MDC), as well as some of its illustrious alumni such as Sing! China runner-up NATHAN HARTONO, Singapore Idol Season 3 winner SEZAIRI, and local hip-hop artiste SHIGGA SHAY.
DEFENCE MINISTER DR. NG ENG HEN will also be making a guest contribution to a special recording of the song “WE ARE THE PEOPLE”. The song will be performed by Nathan Hartono and the MDC’s very own vocal group, Camokakis.
Mr Loh Aik Khoon, MDC, said: “Music has always been a part of NS, from the songs we sing on route marches to the military band performances at parades, as well as MDC productions for our national servicemen in camp. This being the 50th year of NS, we wanted to commemorate the milestone year in our own unique way. Each artiste featured here contributed significantly to the diverse musical perspectives in the album. Through this album, we hope to connect to the older and younger generations alike on their NS experiences and what NS means to them. The message we wish to send is about how NS is close to the Singaporean way of life, and we also want to show our respect to all past and present national servicemen, as well as their family and loved ones for their commitment to national defence.”
LCP Dominic Chin, who wrote the song ‘We’ll Carry On’, said: “I was inspired by the many generations of national servicemen over the past five decades, who have served our country with pride and dedication during their NS. Through the song, I wanted to convey that our future generations of national servicemen will continue to bring that same spirit of service to national defence, and that the institution is vital to Singapore’s continued peace and prosperity.”
We’ll Carry On (The NS50 Album) is now available for download and streaming on all digital platforms here.
In celebration of National Day, Ohmyhome officially revealed the first part of Singapore’s largest comic strip at Jurong East MRT Station today. The comic strip spans a totalOn August 7, 2017 / By Nookmag
In celebration of National Day, Ohmyhome officially revealed the first part of Singapore’s largest comic strip at Jurong East MRT Station today. The comic strip spans a total of 144 panels and it will cover every row of platform doors at Jurong East MRT Station and Bedok MRT Station.
Titled ‘Days of Our Lives’, the comic strip showcases a collection of twelve storylines, all inspired by the unique stories of real Ohmyhome’s users. From a young couple who married with the quintessentially Singaporean proposal ‘Want to BTO?’, to children moving closer to their old-aged parents to care for them. The first 96 panels are installed at Jurong East MRT Station until 16 August. The other 48 panels will be at Bedok MRT Station from 10 August to 23 August. This is the first time the real estate platform and CEA licensed real estate agency is producing such a large-scale print installation.
Ms Rhonda Wong, CEO and co-founder of Ohmyhome, and Ms Race Wong, COO and co-founder of Ohmyhome, share more about the special campaign, “At Ohmyhome, our users choose us to be a part of one of their most important journeys in their life – the purchase and sale of their beloved homes. What seems like a very transactional process on the surface, is actually filled with joyful and heart-warming stories beneath that are often unseen. Each time we step through the door into our clients’ homes, it is a brand new feeling, and each household has its own unique story,”
The founders add, “National Day has a very special place in our hearts. As the nation rallies together as one, we all reminisce about our days growing up, watch the breath-taking National Day fireworks together with our family. With Singapore’s 52nd birthday this month, our team came up with the idea to commemorate all the family stories from Ohmyhome users into Singapore’s largest comic strip. We wanted to tell these unique family stories in a light-hearted manner, to bring an element of fun and nostalgia to commuters when they are travelling to and from work. With the enormous comic strip, no matter which platform screen door a commuter stands at, they will always be reading something new. At the end of the day, we are immensely grateful to our Ohmyhome community and we hope that we can celebrate their stories together with the rest of Singapore.”
Ohmyhome will be spreading the festive cheer on Facebook as well, by running a daily contest from now to 23 August. They will be giving out cash prizes amounting to a total of SGD7,000.*
Each day, Ohmyhome will post a question onto their Facebook page, whereby the answer can only be found at a particular panel. The first person to comment on the Facebook post with a selfie with the correct panel will win SGD100; two other people will be selected based on the creativity of their answers and they will win SGD100 each as well. On 23 August, Ohmyhome will give out the grand cash prize of SGD1,000 to one lucky winner.
To participate in the daily contest, follow the steps below:
1. Like Ohmyhome Facebook Page (@ohmyhomesg)
2. Take a photo with the panel which has the answer on it and post it in the comment below.
3. First person to post the correct answer will win SGD100 cash
4. Two other winners will be chosen, based on the creativity of their answer, to win SGD100 cash each
UNIQLO celebrates the nation’s 52nd birthday with a showcase of signature Singaporean souvenirs and a dedicated HDB-themed installation at UNIQLO’s Global Flagship Store in Orchard Central! 52 uniqueOn August 6, 2017 / By Nookmag
UNIQLO celebrates the nation’s 52nd birthday with a showcase of signature Singaporean souvenirs and a dedicated HDB-themed installation at UNIQLO’s Global Flagship Store in Orchard Central! 52 unique National Day-themed designs have also been specially created by local illustrators, which will be available via UTme!, UNIQLO’s very own T-Shirt design service. Plus, spending National Day in comfort and style becomes an effortless affair with UNIQLO’s fashionable red outfit recommendations!
‘SOUVENIRS FROM SINGAPORE’ EXHIBITION
From now till 20 August, UNIQLO partners with gallery shop Supermama in presenting ‘Souvenirs from Singapore’, an exhibition which feature objects that form an integral part of the Singaporean identity––the true souvenirs of Singapore. The exhibition, held at UNIQLO Orchard Central aims to recast these familiar entities in a new light by bringing them to the forefront of people’s minds.
Often coined as the unofficial ‘landmarks’ of Singapore, HDB (Housing Development Board) Homes are known by many as one of the world’s most fascinating public housing solutions but more significantly, they are special places where millions of Singaporeans endearingly call home.
From now till 31 August, in celebration of ‘Home’, UNIQLO is thrilled to partner with the artists behind the book: HDB: Homes of Singapore in organising a special, HDB-themed installation, which features photos of HDB homes, ‘real life’ set-ups of a typical home and styling inspirations for shoppers at UNIQLO Orchard Central.
This initiative was organised to encourage Singaporeans to appreciate their homes more and to spend more quality time at home with their loved ones. Dedication to quality; be it through time spent with friends and family or through the clothes that we wear to express ourselves, is a reflection of UNIQLO’s LifeWear philosophy in striving towards better quality clothing and a better life for everyone, everyday.
About HDB: Homes of Singapore
HDB: Homes of Singapore is a pictorial journey of photographs taken over a period of three years that portray the diversity, culture, individuality, colours and creativity within HDB homes, and it’s the brainchild of artist duo Eitaro Ogawa and Tamae Iwasaki of KEYAKISMOS, with architect Tomohisa Miyauchi. The book can be purchased at UNIQLO Orchard Central for SGD53.50, and it is the very first non-UNIQLO product ever available for sale in a UNIQLO store in Singapore.
WIN! STAYCATION WITH YOUR LOVED ONES
From now till 13 August, UNIQLO is treating five lucky shoppers to a ‘staycaytion’ worth $1,000 each at any hotel in Singapore of their choice – shoppers simply have to share photos of themselves on Instagram spending quality time with their loved ones at home, along with the hashtags #UNIQLOSG and #CelebrateHome to participate in this contest.
UNIQLO invites Singaporeans from now to 31 August to express their true, inner Singaporean ‘spirit’ at UNIQLO Bugis+ with their special collection of 52 quintessentially local icons designed by local illustrators The Fingersmith Letterpress and Festive Folks!
From Sir Stamford Raffles and Roti Prata to Merlion and Milo Dinosaur, shoppers are given the opportunity to select their favourite designs and customise their very own UTs (UNIQLO T-shirts) at UNIQLO’s very own UTme! custom design service at its Bugis+ store. Customised UTs cost SGD29.90 each for adults, and SGD19.90 for kids.
Raffles Hotel and the National Heritage Board (NHB) have announced that ‘A Last, Lingering Look at an Icon’, a specially-curated exhibition and guided tour, will run daily fromOn August 2, 2017 / By Nookmag
Raffles Hotel and the National Heritage Board (NHB) have announced that ‘A Last, Lingering Look at an Icon’, a specially-curated exhibition and guided tour, will run daily from 1 – 12 August, before the hotel commences the second phase of its restoration. Tours will be available to both guests and members of the public.
Guests and members of the public will be invited to walk through the marbled hallways of the National Monument, and delve deep into the illustrious tales encapsulated in this 130-year-old colonial beauty. Reminisce the hotel’s former beachfront and visit rooms that had once welcomed famous guests. The exhibition will include a recreation of the accommodations of one such guest – writer and Nobel Laureate, Rudyard Kipling, who stayed at the hotel in 1889. The recreation is based on Kipling’s recorded remarks of his stay in his travel log that he kept.
In addition, the elaborate menus of the events held at Raffles Hotel over the years offer a glimpse into the signature of these events. Visitors to ‘A Last, Lingering Look at an Icon’ will learn about the history of Raffles Hotel – and Singapore – through the crockery and food served at the Coronation of King George VI, and many others. Cheryl Ong, Director of Sales & Marketing, Raffles Hotel Singapore, said: “Raffles Hotel has long been an internationally well-loved icon of Singapore. We hope that the exhibition and tour will provide members of the public, guests, and friends of the hotel with the opportunity to take a last look at its captivating story through the years.”
Jean Wee, Director of the Preservation of Sites and Monuments (PSM) division under the National Heritage Board, said: “Raffles Hotel is a living monument that has witnessed Singapore’s history and development. Our exhibition and tours bring to life some of the many stories of prominent personalities who left their imprints here, as well as the historical significance of the hotel. Aside from admiring its architectural beauty, visitors will also have the opportunity to explore spaces which are rarely opened to the public, before the building enters a new chapter in its history.”
The exhibition is specially curated by the PSM division of the National Heritage Board and the tour is guided by its volunteers. Each tour accommodates 12, and tickets are priced at SGD12 and include a delectable souvenir.
Love visiting the new cafes every once in a while to catch up over a cuppa with friends? Or is it a weekly brunch affair with your family?On August 1, 2017 / By Nookmag
Love visiting the new cafes every once in a while to catch up over a cuppa with friends? Or is it a weekly brunch affair with your family? Super adore cafés with cosy interior design? Well, if that’s the case, then you will be glad to discover that you can also actually do up a similar theme and décor of a café in your own home! Let us show you how! You may thank us later. 😉
This is fun and a cost-effective way to enjoy food and company with friends and family in your own home without having to spend too much outside every single week. Simply choose to host dinners or even potluck gatherings for your family and friends in your own home instead!
Let’s get started by introducing you to several styles of dinnerware and serving ware which you can readily buy on ezbuy.sg to use at home.
Wooden Serving Plate Board, $24.16
For the quintessential minimalist café theme, wooden serving plates are must-haves! Complete the look by offering your guests wooden spoons and forks to dine with.
Chances are you might have probably heard of the We Want Plates Crusade. However, you’ve got to admit that food just looks a tad more ‘Insta-worthy’ when served on these, right?
Marble Plate, $4.05
If your home has the monochrome minimalist theme which is the trendy look for most cafés these days, then getting this marble plate has to be your top priority! Not only will it match the minimalistic clean lines well, it also acts as a pretty backdrop for your food served on it. Win!
Blue Patterned Plate, $8.33
Let these soothing blue tones take centre stage on your dining table with these beautiful flora patterned plates of varying sizes.
Tiered Dessert Holder, $5.08
Intending to have a bake party at your place and high tea thereafter with your closest gal pals? Look no further than to invest in this novel tiered dessert holder! And now you can hold classy afternoon tea sessions in your own home~ 🏠
Cake Stand, $26.09
What if you want to bake a whole cake instead? Then, this cake stand with its transparent cover will be the perfect choice for you! 🍰 Who can get enough of cake? 😋 We know we can’t, and that’s for sure!
Printed Coasters, $2.24
Don’t let watermarks ruin the surface of your exquisite dining table! Use proper coasters for everything ranging from coffee pots to soup bowls and mugs. It’s a good habit to use coasters too, we reckon. These coasters with their neat typography print also exude a consistent style.
Water Dispenser, $15.54
Want to encourage yourself to drink more water on the daily basis? Why not get this water dispenser in the lovely shape of a mason jar? It looks super dainty and cute. What’s more? It is highly portable! It comes with a handle – allowing you to carry it outdoors if you want to. This will come in so handy as you head out to your balcony or garden front patio with a refreshing drink paired with a good book in hand for those lazy Saturday afternoons. Sounds like #bliss to us!
Mason Jar with Straw, $5.00
This thingamajig called the Mason jar has been in trend ever since last year with numerous people (health freaks) 😛 posting on Instagram showing the ways of using it to contain salads, smoothies and even overnight oats. Get one for your home if you haven’t already done so!
Ceramic Bakeware, $5.54
Use this faux iron dish to contain your Spaghetti Vongole or cheese baked rice recipe the next time you’re planning to serve up some pasta for dinner. Your dinner guests will certainly be impressed! 🍝
Geometric Linen Pot Liners, $2.89
While we’re still at it, why not jazz up your aforementioned pasta dish by serving it placed on top of these gorgeous geometric linen pot liners – promising to protect your lovely table-top surface and spare it from getting any nasty burn marks!
Spruce up your dining table with the addition of this brightly coloured table runner which will enliven the mood come dinner time! You can make it even fresher with the inclusion of fresh flowers, or for the lazy, artificial flowers for simplicity and ease. 💐
Get this spiffy dining table bench set if you’re considering to toss out your old dining table! This totally spells the Nordic theme and you will be charming your guests when you have them over for a dinner party.
Artificial Flowers, $4.95
Freshen up the atmosphere of your dining area by adding a few stalks of fresh flowers. If you’re time-pressed or crave convenience (*ahem*, laziness included), use artificial ones instead! Psst, we reckon it can pass off as the real deal. 🌼
Glass Flower Vase, $29.39
Place those lovely flowers in an equally classy vase such as this one! A plain long neck glass bottle can also double up as a flower vase. 🌺
Framed Wall Prints, $24
Looking to improve the ambience of your home to make it seem even more like a cosy café? Then you should include a typography wall print or two!
BONUS: Bet you weren’t expecting this!
While getting the above items will suffice and does enable one to effectively recreate that much-loved café ambience at home, why stop at just that? Take things up a notch by introducing some spanking new furniture to your lovely abode too!
Foldable Fabric Sofa Bed, $228.44
Have a small living room? Fret not! That’s the case for the majority of recent homeowners in Singapore with the increasingly narrower HDB flats built in this decade. Make every inch count by putting a comfy and oh-so-cute sofa in your living room!
Add a pop of colour to your otherwise dull living room couch in the form of these brilliantly patterned cushions. The cushion covers come in a wide range of patterns and hues for you to choose from! ️🌈
Complete the cosy look in your living room with this set of nesting coffee tables. The colour scheme is muted yet it conveys a sense of understated elegance. Perfect for homeowners who do not like to be too showy!
Ikea-inspired Patterned Rug, $32.06
Throw a rug over your bare living room floor to dress it up! Choose one with a stunning print such as this edgy monochrome patterned rug which will not look out of place in a home with Scandinavian theme décor.
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In celebration of Thrasher Magazine’s indisputable heritage and reputation in skateboarding, Vans commemorates the ubiquitous Thrasher flame logo, originally released in 1981, to present a full line ofOn July 21, 2017 / By Nookmag
In celebration of Thrasher Magazine’s indisputable heritage and reputation in skateboarding, Vans commemorates the ubiquitous Thrasher flame logo, originally released in 1981, to present a full line of apparel, accessories and footwear this fall. As the unifying emblem throughout the collection, Thrasher’s signature orange flames are emblazoned across classic Vans staples, to reimagine hoodies, t-shirts, long-sleeves, jackets, and footwear. And as a special tribute to Vans legend John Cardiel’s 1992 “Skater of the Year” recognition, Vans has embellished the iconic cover on premium apparel long sleeve tees.
Vans’ wide-ranging Thrasher collection features five classic Pro Skate footwear models that include the all-new UltraRange Pro introduced earlier this season retailing for SGD169, two Sk8-Hi Pros retail for SGD129 each and two Slip-On Pros retail for SGD$99 each. Each footwear silhouette utilizes Vans Pro Skate technology with UltraCush Lite and UltraCush HD sockliners, DURACAP-reinforced underlays, and are grounded by Vans’ superior original waffle gum outsole to provide ultimate boardfeel, maximum support and durability.
The Thrasher apparel assortment includes the new AuthenticTM Chino Pro pant featuring a loose wider leg fit, a heavier Sturdy Stretch workwear twill, and SILVADUR® anti-microbial finish to protect fabric and minimize odor. An array of apparel staples support the collection including a classic M-65 military jacket along with pullover hoodies, t-shirts, caps, and a skate pack to round out the collection. Apparel and accessories from SGD $39 – SGD$99 and SGD $39 – SGD$129 for apparel. Only available at Vans ION , VIVO CITY & BUGIS+(apparel only)
Referenced by skateboarders as the “bible” of skateboarding, Thrasher Magazine was founded in 1981, promptly becoming the eminent resource for skateboarding articles, profiles, videos and breaking news about skateboarding and its defiant subculture. The monthly magazine was created by skateboarders, for skateboarders and remains paramount to the industry as one of the founding fathers of the sport.
The Vans x Thrasher collection is available for sale worldwide on Saturday, July 29. To learn more about the collection, visit Vans.com/thrasher.
Mark your calendars! Leading global camera phone brand OPPO today announced the Singapore launch date of the limited edition Red colourway of its flagship R11 phone. The RedOn July 20, 2017 / By Nookmag
Mark your calendars! Leading global camera phone brand OPPO today announced the Singapore launch date of the limited edition Red colourway of its flagship R11 phone. The Red R11 will debut on 29 July, with preorders starting on 21 July.
The all-new Red colour variant will be launched together with French cosmetic brand MAKE UP FOR EVER, the Official Makeup Partner of the Red R11. Consumers will receive a limited edition custom engraved red lipstick by the cult beauty label with successful purchases of the Red R11 camera phone.
The launch will be accompanied by a multi-platform campaign fronted by local Instagram personalities including Daryl Yow (@darylaidenyow), Cassandra Tan (@caxs) and Sophia Chong (@sophiachong). Named ‘Caught You RED Handed’, the campaign aims to excite consumers with the creative use of the OPPO Red phone in Instagram stars’ ‘red-handed’ mugshots.
In addition to Instagram celebrations, OPPO will transform part of the OPPO Suntec City concept store into a picture-worthy experience zone, where consumers will be able to try out first-hand the Red R11’s camera capabilities against stunning backdrops – guaranteed to attract more Instagram likes. Consumers will also have the exclusive opportunity to experience beauty products by MAKE UP FOREVER in their Red R11 photoshoots.
The perfect accessory for fashion enthusiasts, the R11 features a sleek and streamlined appearance and boasts the world’s first 20MP front camera and 20MP+16MP rear dual camera, allowing fashionistas to capture their #OOTD’s and everyday moments in greater clarity. Makeup aficionados can also master the art of clear and beautiful portraits with the R11, thanks to the foreground bokeh effect, the automatic HDR function, and intelligent skin tone beautification technology that ensure every shot is captured to perfection.
The limited edition Red R11 retails at SGD699 and is available for preorder from 21 to 28 July at all OPPO concept stores and online at the official OPPO Singapore website at https://www.oppostore.com.sg/.
Today H&M announced its big secret: the next exclusive designer collaboration will be with ERDEM, the London based must-have designer loved by celebrities and fashion insiders alike. H&MOn July 19, 2017 / By Nookmag
Today H&M announced its big secret: the next exclusive designer collaboration will be with ERDEM, the London based must-have designer loved by celebrities and fashion insiders alike. H&M is also pleased to reveal that the visionary film maker Baz Luhrmann will bring the collection to life through his unique storytelling. ERDEM x H&M will be available in selected stores as well as on hm.com, from November 2.
For H&M, Erdem has designed a brand-new collection for women and, for the first time ever, a collection for men. Erdem believes in the power of beauty, exploring historical references and personal narratives in every piece he makes. For ERDEM x H&M he’ll reflect and reinterpret the design themes from some of his most celebrated collections, playing with the prints, textiles and delicate craftsmanship that have made his name.
“I am so happy to collaborate with H&M, and to explore my work on a whole new scale including a menswear collection which I have never done before. It’s also such a thrill to work with Baz Luhrmann, one of the most important storytellers of our time,” says Erdem.
“For me fashion is always about more than just clothing, it is a form of expression – a stand-alone art form. I am excited to be collaborating with ERDEM and H&M to reveal the story of this unique collection,” says Baz Luhrmann.
“From the moment we started talking with Erdem about the collaboration, I was captured by his vision. For ERDEM x H&M he has created an enchanting world full of beauty, delicacy and rich details. These are special pieces you will want to wear forever,” says Ann-Sofie Johansson, H&M’s Creative Advisor.
Mamonde brand ambassador and award-winning actress Park Shin Hye, best known for her lead roles in popular Korean drams, ‘Doctors’ and starring in upcoming drama thriller film, ‘HeartOn July 18, 2017 / By Nookmag
Mamonde brand ambassador and award-winning actress Park Shin Hye, best known for her lead roles in popular Korean drams, ‘Doctors’ and starring in upcoming drama thriller film, ‘Heart Blackened’ will arrive at the sunny shores of Singapore for a meet-the-fans session organised by Mamonde Singapore on 21 July.
An ambassador for Mamonde, South Korea’s premier brand for floral-based skincare and cosmetics since 2014, Park Shin Hye is the perfect embodiment of the brand with her feminine, confident, smart and natural beauty outlook. Mamonde’s Highlight Lip Tint, as a result of the “Park Shin Hye lipstick effect” phenomenon gained instant popularity after she donned shade #6 on ‘Doctor’ TV series.
Park will be making an exclusive appearance at “Mamonde Garden in the City” at Vivo City, Central Court A on 21 July, 5pm. Fans will be able to get up close and personal as Park reveals her daily Mamonde beauty regime as well as her well-trusted beauty tips and tricks. Park’s personal beauty favorites from Mamonde include Rose Water Toner, Floral Hydro Ampoule Toner, First Energy Serum and Creamy Tint Color Balm.
Exclusively for all Mamonde customers, the top five spenders at Mamonde Tang VivoCity from now till 19 July will receive a pair of passes to the VIP area on 21 July. The five winners will also take part in a group photo opportunity with Park on stage.
Experience the “Mamonde Garden in the City”
Customers who visit the pop-up booth from now to 27 July will enjoy sneak peeks into exclusive skincare and product launches, attractive promotions and gifts. Park’s go-to skincare and makeup products will also be bundled up with great deals for all K-beauty lovers.
With summer coming to an end and students preparing for the start of school, we have teamed up with STAR360, a multi-label concept store to ensure that youOn July 12, 2017 / By Jochebel Khong
With summer coming to an end and students preparing for the start of school, we have teamed up with STAR360, a multi-label concept store to ensure that you return to school in style.
The first day back at school is a rare chance to make a first impression and we’ve curated several products from STAR360 that will set you up for the new semester. Featuring an extensive range of brands such as adidas, Volcom, Patrick and more, you are sure to find something that will inspire you!
The Chill Hipster
Volcom, a street label exclusive to STAR360 brings a fresh yet timeless touch to any outfit. At times school may be boring, so fire up your campus life by paring your outfit with Volcom’s apparels and a simple ROOTOTE tote bag, this combination adds some excitement to an otherwise boring look. The ROOTOTE tote bag would be anyone’s favorite back-to-school picks. It’s simple, minimalistic and big enough to fit everything for school. Add a pair of adidas sneakers, and top it off with a cap to make yourself comfortable for the start of a brand new semester!
Volcom Tee – SGD55, Volcom Cap – SGD33, adidas Campus shoes (tactile green) – SGD139, Rootote Bag – SGD75
Versatility Is Key
For students who are looking for something fast and convenient, the Volcom cap and the classic Herschel bag is your solution. Since these accessories are versatile, you don’t have to spend as much time trying to match your outfits. Moreover, the Herschel bag has two compartments, allowing one to easily grab what they need. The minimalistic look of the solid-colored Herschel makes matching it less of a hassle. With these accessories, students can now look forward to an extra 15 to 20 minutes of sleep every morning.
The classic Herschel bag is not only convenient but also functional. It is a comfortable option for students who tend to carry thick books and laptops in their bags. The adjustable padded shoulder straps will ensure that you don’t hurt your shoulders with the heavy load.
Herschel Bag – SGD109, Volcom Cap – SGD49
Shoes For School
With Obike, Ofo and Mobike, commuting may now include cycling to school. Do it like the Japanese, cycle in style with the Japanese crafted sneakers. Made with top notch material, get comfortable with Patrick PUGER (SGD259) and Spingle Move (SGD219).
Made of goat leather, Patrick PUGER is known as the “make-up of the feet”. It is geared to be both functional and fun. Incorporating a variety of colors and premium materials, this pair of sneakers is definitely a good investment!
For those who fancy shoes that are able to withstand long hours on the road, sneakers from Spingle Move is the one for you. Handcrafted in its Japanese factory by skilled craftsmen, Spingle Move features a soft insole with a comfortable fit and an outsole with excellent durability. Not to mention, the denim canvas material makes any outfit look effortlessly chic instantly.
These sneakers are the perfect go-to for a long day at school. No matter what you are going for – colors or classic material, STAR360 have it covered for you!
Cap, berms and a T-shirt – many guys would admit that this is their daily style for school. But instead of a pair of slippers, why not put on a pair of adidas sneakers from the Campus collection (SGD149), a revamp of the 80s iconic design to impress your friends? Running around to classes can be exhausting, which is why it is important to have the perfect pair of sneakers. The trendsetting design makes the shoes modern and fun. The functional, fashionable sneakers are a back-to-school wardrobe essential. Made from REPREVE, a brand of recycled fiber that is made from recycled materials, the Volcom berms are eco-friendly. Each berms use about 5 plastic bottles to produce, without compromising on the quality and durability. You can look stylish yet go green at the same time when you pair your outfit with a simple Volcom T-shirt and berms.
The Adidas Campus collection is available in bold aqua and white (SGD149), semi-solar pink and white, and tactile green and white for men. For women, the collection is available in grey and icy pink (SGD 149), clear brown and white (SGD139).
The Volcom Tee (SGD45) and shorts (SGD75) is available at all STAR360 retail outlets.
STAR360 house an assortment of star-studded brands from Japanese labels such as Onitsuka Tiger and Spingle to all-time favourite labels like adidas. Positioning itself as “a one-stop purveyor for the fashion players”, STAR360 would be an obvious choice to get your fashion supplies for a new brand semester!
A Special Back-To-School Discount
As a special treat, STAR360 is also extending a 15% discount off regular priced sneakers to Nookmag readers. From 12 July to 13 August 2017, simply quote ‘STAR360xNookmag’ at any STAR360 stores to enjoy the offer. Terms and conditions apply in stores.
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Rapper-designer Tyler the Creator teamed up with Converse for a sneaker collaboration – Converse One Star. Coming up with a new spin on the classic sneaker, TylerOn July 12, 2017 / By Jochebel Khong
Rapper-designer Tyler the Creator teamed up with Converse for a sneaker collaboration – Converse One Star.
Coming up with a new spin on the classic sneaker, Tyler and Converse’s collaboration will release a unique One Star shoes available in a single “light blue, Clearwater” colorway, featuring a graphic created by Tyler on the shoe liner.
Debuting on 11 July, the shoes will be available for sale at Converse for $100 today.
Find out more from the short visual announcement for Tyler, the Creator and Converse’s new One Star sneakers below.
Jasmine Sokko preceded The Façade’s EP Launch with a powerful opening before members of the band took the stage, beginning the night with their single – Better ThanOn July 11, 2017 / By Tian Tian
Jasmine Sokko preceded The Façade’s EP Launch with a powerful opening before members of the band took the stage, beginning the night with their single – Better Than This. The quartet, consisting of Brendon Chua (lead vocals, guitar), Jereld Ang (vocals, lead guitar), Shawn Chan (drums, percussion), and Benjamin Mah (bass), along with guest pianist, Jacob covered a wide genre of music – pop, rock, R&B and a tinge of blues. Specializing in alternate pop, this is one local band proven worthy and not to be missed out on.
The Façade first came about when Brendon and Jereld discovered their passion for music. Starting out as an acoustic guitar duo, it was no surprise that there were limitations for new breakthroughs in their music. This realization made the duo aware of their current standing, leading them to recruit Shawn and Benjamin to complete the quartet we know now.
The band’s name was decided by the members agreeing that they wanted something that began with ‘The’, similar to bands like The Wanted and The Script. With that, they decided that The Façade would be it – the kind of name with a tinge of mystery to it that draws curious heads to them. The members jokingly mentioned that it felt a little weird and awkward when they first started out with The Façade, although they all quickly felt like the name fitted them just right.
Through their originals, The Façade have let people in on parts of their lives and emotions by sharing experiences of their own, as well as families and friends through the lyrics sang. Our personal favourite would be ‘Hearsay’, where raw feelings of unrequited love could be felt throughout the song; a desperate cry for a girl that was so hard to reach.
The Façade mentioned that it is the support of their fans that helped push them forward the last 6 years. Though it was hard, it was their chemistry and synergy that kept them together till today. The band outdone themselves with their three popular singles having more than 170,000 hits on both Spotify and iTunes.
So, show them some love and #supportlocal! It is not every day that we get brave young adults who chase after their passion.
Find out more about The Façade here.
The Best of You is a social movement that encourages everyone to challenge stereotypes and break barriers with communities such as migrant workers and people with disabilities. ThisOn July 10, 2017 / By Jochebel Khong
The Best of You is a social movement that encourages everyone to challenge stereotypes and break barriers with communities such as migrant workers and people with disabilities. This movement is a celebration of all people and things, big or small, in hopes of building a more inclusive society.
This time, we speak to Alecia Neo, a visual artist who spearheads project for visually impaired youths to find out about her involvement with The Best of You, her current project and her inspiration behind her work.
How did your journey as a visual artist started?
As a child I was always drawn to making and drawing and collecting strange and beautiful objects that could be used for personal projects. My father’s shop was always a place of inspiration. And things began to fall into place during my time at NTU’s School of Art, Design and Media, where I majored in Photography.
How do you run programs for the visually impaired, like with Unseen:Constellations? What kind of impact do you hope to achieve?
The art project Unseen: Constellations emerged from the desire to explore contemporary issues of social stigmatisation, marginalisation and inequality. I led a programme where students living with visual-impairment are given the opportunity to explore their aspirations and deeper issues faced in daily life through creating their own projects and being part of a mentorship programme, where they work with professionals from fields of their choice. This was a process of experiential learning.
This artistic process has led to the creation of 7 distinct installations that are self-directed by the students. Amongst the works, there are music videos about friendship and discrimination, original music about kinship, a short film about a visually-impaired recruit’s journey in the army, experimental films about love and danger, an audio storybook featuring a blind criminal investigator, a stage for motivation, and a dream alternative orphanage. Central to the work, is the shifting of perceptions of the other, and raising questions about the kinds of individuals which are valued by contemporary society.
I also hope that the students will be proud of what they’ve created so far. I think they’ve pushed their personal boundaries in their own way, and experimented a lot. Perhaps the experimenting and role-playing can help them clarify some of their desires, and make them more tangible.
I also hope that art and creativity will always be part of their lives, and that they know that they can always turn to it as means of expression and reaching out.
What is the inspiration behind your art?
I’m an artist working with people. Relationships are at the heart of all the work that I do. I grew up watching my parents run a hardware store in the neighbourhood, seeing how this little space that they ran often became a gathering space for people to exchange stories, goods and connect with one another. We had all sorts of people come to the shop, and was how we learned about the people living around us. Those childhood experiences often got me thinking about how relationships were formed, and I was also often thinking about how our different backgrounds, histories and beliefs shaped the lives we lived.
Hence, I produce with photography, moving images and installations, which are often reflect upon our identities and relationships between people, their contexts and their living spaces. In my work with communities, I choose to foreground the agency and autonomy of the people I work with. I am interested in understanding how an artist can potentially contribute in generating shifts or transformation in society through negotiating difference.
What encouraged you to join the Best of You movement?
Photo Credits: Julie’s The Best of You
The Best of You movement has created a platform for our project Unseen: Constellations and our participants to continuously engage with new audiences through exhibiting the works by our participants, as well as showcasing live performances by some of our participants who have passion for storytelling and music. We have been really surprised and excited by the many written responses from the public about our project.
Participating in the movement has given me the chance to interact with really diverse individuals with powerful stories. The exposure to the realities of migrant workers for example, has definitely deepened my understanding of the complex socio-political issues in my own country. I also had the chance to learn about stories from ordinary people who have really worked hard to challenge status quo, perceptions, stereotypes and difficult circumstances. In particular I have been very moved by the work of individuals and communities who have supported the work of organisations like AIDHA and Banglar Kantha. Their long-term commitment and work with migrant communities have really shown that lives can be transformed through giving access, opportunities and the right to practice creative expression, exercise one’s voice and imagination.
Moving forward, how do you hope to change the social arts scene? What is your hope for the future?
Our work continues to be about reshaping civic imagination and human behaviour through art and I hope for a more equitable world! One of the insights I took away from the movement was that change is possible in small little steps. Starting with ourselves and the choices we make.
The Best of You
The Best of You is a social movement that celebrates the diverse stories of people from all walks of life. Focusing on the theme of People First, this year the movement seeks to zoom into the different segments of marginalised communities in Singapore and Malaysia. With the notion of eradicating stereotypes and social labels placed upon people, The Best of You is calling for people to view people as who they truly are inside. Since its inception in 2014, the movement has collected and shared thousands of inspiring stories from the public, artists as well as social organizations. Visit The Best of You to be part of this meaningful cause.
To view more of Unseen Art’s initiatives, click here: www.unseenart.co
Bringing the ultimate coffee experience closer to coffee lovers in Singapore, Nespresso unveils its re-opened flagship boutique at ION Orchard, #01-14A. Standing at 211sqm, the refreshed boutique featuresOn July 8, 2017 / By Nookmag
Bringing the ultimate coffee experience closer to coffee lovers in Singapore, Nespresso unveils its re-opened flagship boutique at ION Orchard, #01-14A. Standing at 211sqm, the refreshed boutique features Nespresso’s latest retail innovation and a first in Asia. Using mobile technology, shoppers are now able to place their order from anywhere within the store, offering greater flexibility and closer across to Nespresso Coffee Specialists. In 2018, Nespresso will also introduce, as part of its homecoming to ION, a prominent new facade facing Paterson Road.
Eliz Tan, Senior Brand Manager from Nespresso Singapore, commented: “At Nespresso, we believe that everyone can experience the extraordinary through every day moments such as coffee. At our new ION Orchard boutique, we are excited to offer and brand new concept for coffee lovers to discover our range of Grand Crus and taste for themselves the Nespresso difference.”
To celebrate its new home at ION Orchard, Nespresso will be offering perfectly-paired sweet treats from Tarte by Cheryl Koh, at Nespresso ION Orchard boutique to complement your coffee over the weekends from 15-16 July.
Guests to the boutique can also enjoy the exclusive opportunity to experience the soon-to-launch Creatista machine, which enables coffee lovers to release their inner creativity and create latte air at home. Launching islandwide on 21 July, pre-launch orders of the Creatista are available exclusively at the new ION Orchard boutique.
Nespresso’s complete range of 24 Grand Crus, machines and accessories are also available at our Nespresso boutiques in Raffles City #01-16 or Takashimaya Department Store B1, via the online store and the Nespresso mobile app.
The Singapore Food Festival (SFF) 2017 is back for its 24th edition. Taking place from 14 to 30 July, this year’s SFF pays tribute to all things Singaporean,On July 3, 2017 / By Nookmag
The Singapore Food Festival (SFF) 2017 is back for its 24th edition. Taking place from 14 to 30 July, this year’s SFF pays tribute to all things Singaporean, and locals and visitors alike can look forward to a delicious spread of both traditional and contemporary Singaporean flavours, interpreted through the palates of our home-grown culinary heroes. Themed “Savour Singapore in Every Bite”, the festival will feature up to 20 gastronomic experiences that celebrate our heritage and flavours, and honour the people who work passionately to keep local culinary traditions alive.
Ms Ranita Sundramoorthy, Director of Attractions, Dining and Retail, Singapore Tourism Board (STB), said: “Food is tied so closely to our identity of being Singaporean. One dish alone can tell stories of passions, struggles and of our heritage. As the only event in Singapore dedicated to showcasing local food, we wanted to go to the core of what it means to be truly Singaporean and enable visitors to savour Singapore in every bite.”
With a range of tantalising dining events lined up for SFF 2017, the celebration of all things local will be brought across not just through the food on offer. Ms Sundramoorthy explained: “At this year’s SFF, for example, dishes won’t just feature local flavours, but also local ingredients. We are also excited about the various partner events that highlight Singapore’s culture and history, such as heritage food tours, talks and dining experiences.”
STREAT – SFF 2017’s Signature Event
STREAT, STB’s anchor event for SFF 2017, is returning for its third year. This year, the highly-anticipated pop-up restaurant will be helmed by Peranakan chef Malcolm Lee of Michelin-starred restaurant Candlenut, and Wild Rocket’s chef Willin Low, who is widely recognised as the founder of Mod-Sin cuisine. Together, they will present contemporary interpretations of local classics, through a 3-course Mod-Sin and modern Peranakan Tok Panjang menu.
In addition, the pair will also work together to curate a selection of nine stalls, each helmed by young “hawkerpreneurs” and chefs, who will present a unique spin on quintessentially local dishes. Some of the participating vendors include New Ubin Seafood, Peranakan Khek and Whampoa Prawn Noodle. Visitors can also look forward to first-time collaborations at STREAT, such as between popular zi-char stall, Keng Eng Kee, and Good Chance Popiah, as well as between contemporary eateries, Taste Affair and The Masses.
Island-wide Culinary Events according to Foodie Profiles
This year’s festival also shines the spotlight on four different Foodie Profiles and the SFF events that exemplify them. The four profiles are: the Gutsy Gourmand who lives and breathes modern cuisine; the Traditional Taster who believes there’s nothing like old school fare; the Culture Craver who embraces all things local; and the Art Addict who appreciates creativity not just in food, but in art form as well.