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.
Visit McDonald’s smallest store on February 17! We all know it’s the little surprises in life that make the heart smile. That’s why McDonald’s has big plans thisOn February 16, 2016 / By Nookmag
Visit McDonald’s smallest store on February 17!
We all know it’s the little surprises in life that make the heart smile. That’s why McDonald’s has big plans this month to delight customers in small ways.
Introducing McDonald’s smallest store – made of NanoBlocks – along with a series of miniature NanoBlock food items!
The Nano store, currently under construction, will soon be up and running at Bugis Junction. It will be open for lunch on Wednesday, February 17 from 12pm. The first 100 customers to visit the Nano store and make an order will receive a complimentary McDonald’s treat and receive a tiny surprise to go with it. The restaurant will close after the first 100 meals have been ordered.
Come join us at the grand opening and get a glimpse into our world of NanoBlocks!
Over the past few weeks, the inaugural artiste development program, LEVEL UP! Singapore, held its nationwide open calls for young local talents. More than a hundred applicants submittedOn February 15, 2016 / By Nookmag
Over the past few weeks, the inaugural artiste development program, LEVEL UP! Singapore, held its nationwide open calls for young local talents. More than a hundred applicants submitted their work through the program, in hopes of a chance to record their very own single and music video, and be groomed as a professional artiste.
After a thorough selection process, LEVEL UP! Singapore is moving on to its next phase, where 12 upcoming music talents will be announced periodically.
This month, LEVEL UP! Singapore is proud to present the first 3 selected artistes to kick-start the program!
Lewis Loh, otherwise musically known as LEW, is a local singer‐songwriter who is inspired by acoustic and folk tunes. He started singing and playing the guitar when he was thirteen but started songwriting at the age of seventeen. LEW writes about the raw and metaphorical ways that he feels about his experiences, and materialises these ideas using the simplicity of a guitar and his voice. He has recently participated and completed the NOISE Singapore Music Mentorship Program, and was awarded the NOISE Award for 2015.
Last Friday (12 Feb 2016), LEW launched his debut single ‘Two’ under the LEVEL UP! Singapore program. The single has since achieved remarkable result, topping the iTunes charts at #17 since its release. The official Music Video for ‘Two’ is also available on LEW’s Youtube channel and Level Up! Singapore’s official Facebook page. The single is being promoted on 98.7FM.
Jasmine Wong, or commonly known as her stage name JASM!NE, was also a mentee under the NOISE Singapore Music Mentorship Program in 2014. Terming her style as ‘quirk electronic’, the 20-year-old has a soft yet malleable voice that blends so well with her chill electronic track layered beneath. Jasmine stood out from the crowd with her distinct vocal tone and meticulously produced electronic sound.
Mandy Kuah is currently a Year 3 student at Temasek Polytechnic. While enrolling in a film course, she has an equal burning passion for music. Mandy began writing her own songs at the age of eighteen, and believes that perseverance and confidence are the key to achieve her dreams. She is currently penning lyrics for two songs from the upcoming album of local vocal band, MICappella.
With LEW’s debut single, ‘Two’, kicking off the program last week, JASM!NE and Mandy Kuah will also be releasing their individual single and music video shortly.
Ambassadors of 2016 LEVEL UP! Singapore
While given the opportunity to release their own single and music video, the selected artistes will also receive full guidance and mentorship from the program’s ambassadors.
The first 3 ambassadors announced are sassy singer-songwriter Tay Kewei, award-winning music producer and songwriter Tat Tong, and bubbly DJ and singer-songwriter Daphne Khoo.
These ambassadors each bring a wealth of experience and skills and will provide masterclasses and mentorship to the 12 selected artistes to help them find their signature sound, hone their craft and build their audience to be market ready.
More ambassadors will be announced in the coming weeks.
LEVEL UP! Singapore is jointly organised by Cross Ratio Entertainment and Singapore’s renowned producer, Roland Lim. For more updates, visit the official website at: http://www.levelupsingapore.com
This fall, Swedish bicycle accessory brand Bookman and German Notabag are bringing you the Reflective Notabag. The product is a clever combination of a bag and aOn October 1, 2015 / By Simcik
This fall, Swedish bicycle accessory brand Bookman and German Notabag are bringing you the Reflective Notabag. The product is a clever combination of a bag and a backpack made from high visibility reflective material. Just like the original Notabag, it quickly transforms from a bag to a backpack with a pull of the straps and is ideal for cyclists since its design lets you use both hands for riding. The Reflective Notabag is adding extra safety to the cyclist, pedestrians, or anyone who is carrying it at night
The Reflective Notabag adds extra safety on the street by making cyclists, pedestrians, skaters, or pretty much anyone carrying it visible at night.
“Dieter Rams’ Ten Principles of Good Design were my mantra during the process of developing Notabag. I’m somewhat obsessed with simplicity and functionality, and wanted to apply that approach to every aspect of Notabag.” Adnan Alicusic, founder of Notabag.
“When Adnan approached us with his enthusiastic personality and showed us the Notabag, I knew right away that I wanted to do something together with him. The Notabag was already near perfect but making it reflective adds a useful function for cyclists. Not only does it enhance the safety, but it also gives the bag a sharp look both in daylight and when lit up by beams of headlights.” Mattis Bernstone, Creative Director of Bookman
NOTABAG + Bookman Reflective Bag & Backpack
Nothing speaks of Summer than a day spent at the beach – but it’s not necessary be clad in bikinis and flip flops. Timberland’s Summer 2015 Collection illustrates howOn April 7, 2015 / By Nookmag
Nothing speaks of Summer than a day spent at the beach – but it’s not necessary be clad in bikinis and flip flops. Timberland’s Summer 2015 Collection illustrates how to dress well and beat the heat, with a colour palette inspired by the bold and vibrant hues of a New England sunset.
New in the apparel family are the vibrant men chinos and shorts that we think will go well and breezy with a half-buttoned linen shirt, but the highlight of this collection is its footwear. For the men, look forward to the Hookset Handcrafted collection, an eco-conscious line made from organic cotton, natural rubber, recycled aluminium, and recycled leather pieces.
For the women, the Sheafe Collection is a line of ultra-comfortable sandles in Ankle Strap and Thong, giving off the trendy Fisherman styles that is in this season. Made from soft premium full-grain leather, the Sheafe sandals go best with shorts, a loose shirt, and a printed scarf.
Available at Timberland stores nationwide.
Sultans of Shave is expanding its empire with a new outlet in Orchard Road. The new space is located within the Men’s Fashion & Grooming floor of theOn November 25, 2014 / By Nookmag
Sultans of Shave is expanding its empire with a new outlet in Orchard Road. The new space is located within the Men’s Fashion & Grooming floor of the new six-level Metro departmental store in The Centrepoint. Staying true to the chic urban man theme, the 500 square feet space boasts elegant interiors with earthy tones and deep blue walls. Here, guests can indulge in classic wet shaves, haircuts, and other experiences.
The space features three styling stations and a retail area – products carefully chosen by the owners themselves. Speaking of which, three new brands are joining in! They are: grooming and skincare labels Triumph & Disaster from New Zealand and Fellow Barber from New York, and shaving equipment manufacturer MUHLE from Germany.
In other news, Sultans of Shave’s flagship store on North Canal Road welcomes the arrival of 1: 1.618 x Leong T bespoke tailor services. Jonathan Chiang from Leong T helms this family business, and his expertise is now available to Sultans of Shave customers (by appointment).
Visit the new store at Metro, The Centrepoint, Level 3, 176. The new store opens 10am to 10pm daily.
We are always glad to know that there is good in everyone, especially when it comes to fashion giants who care more than just making beautiful clothes andOn March 1, 2014 / By Nookmag
We are always glad to know that there is good in everyone, especially when it comes to fashion giants who care more than just making beautiful clothes and earning money from shoppers.
Earlier this February, Uniqlo Singapore held a special shopping experience for 30 students with special needs from AWWA School, for the first time, at Uniqlo Suntec City.
This special shopping experience was dedicated to allow students to practise the important life skills they learned in school – such as shopping without parental supervision – in a supportive and safe environment, with the attentive care of the Uniqlo staff. Furthermore, the students were also given a $100 voucher each to spend at the store, and Uniqlo staff assisted each with selecting, fitting, and budgeting.
Ms Pauline Cheng, Head of Session, AWWA School, was extremely pleased with the students’ experience at Uniqlo as the session has been fun and educational experience for the students. “Most importantly, this experience gave them a chance to apply the important life skills taught in class, and empowered them to make personal decisions,” she said.
AWWA School has an enrolment of over 260 pupils with intellectual disabilities, development delayed and autism spectrum disorder. It offers education through a structured curriculum and enrichment activities geared towards maximising their potential for independence and improving their quality of life.
Keds and Kate Spade have put their creative juices together to come up with this vibrant shoe collection that is set to make their fans drool – andOn February 28, 2014 / By Nookmag
Keds and Kate Spade have put their creative juices together to come up with this vibrant shoe collection that is set to make their fans drool – and no doubt gain new ones too. The all-new range is playful and modern, capturing femininity and colourful aesthetics that both brands are known for. Ked’s President Rick Blackshaw called it a marriage made in style heaven, and we couldn’t agree more.
“Kate Spade New York has always been a leader in creating sophisticated style with a whimsical twist. Deborah Lloyd understands better than anyone how to design for women who want to have fun with fashion, and appreciates how a good sneaker can help create the perfect outfit,” he said.
Featuring a masterful mix of materials and polished designs, the iconic Keds® Champion and new Rally silhouettes are crafted in fishnet mesh, natural cork, and perforated nubuck and nappa leathers, creating an ideal canvas for signature kate spade new york details like crashes of color, cap toes, pointer toes, rubber jute soles, and whimsical prints. The color palette is an eclectic mix of lipstick pink, metallic silver, bud green, aqua, sand, white and black.
The Keds for kate spade new york collection will be available in April 2014 at selected Royal Sporting House stores, BHG (Bugis), DOT, Robinsons Orchard, Rockstar and TANGS. Retailing at SGD $99.00.
Art takes many forms and through many mediums. Laughter captured on a simple voice recorder, a realistic portrait of a street musician, and most immediate and accessible ofOn February 27, 2014 / By Nookmag
Art takes many forms and through many mediums. Laughter captured on a simple voice recorder, a realistic portrait of a street musician, and most immediate and accessible of all – eternalising a moment with photography.
Aik Beng Chia is local photographer known for his poignantly realistic style of local street photography. His medium is not a heavy DSLR, but a humble mobile smartphone. This time, to further capture the notion of immediacy, Aik Beng Chia presents his collection of photos taken with a fun-loving Fujifilm Instax Mini in his third solo exhibition.
The instant camera and its films are a first for him – adding another degree of depth to his signature style of capturing local subjects from an undivided angle. The solo exhibiton, happening 27 February to 27 March 2014 at Peek!, will gloss over an estimated 200 instant images – all taken over the span of one year.
The exhibition also comes with the launch of his photo book, titled Here|Now, opening another dimension to the range of analog cameras and films that we have all come to love and enjoy. Printed only in limited numbers, each book is unique. A custom instax photo as the front cover to commemorate the launching of the exhibition and the book serves as a distinctive feature.
With his images, Aik Beng Chia will present a keen artistic edge to the instax film, playing with its minimal function, but at the same time producing images that are thought provoking and tangible all at once – captured with utmost immediacy without a single hesitation.
Here|Now is happening from 27 February 2014, Thursday till 27 March 2014, Thursday. The exhibition is open 12.00pm – 8.00pm (Tuesdays to Saturdays) and 12.00pm to 7.00pm (Sundays) at Peek! 36 Armenian Street #02-04.
We all love birthdays. A year older, a year wiser. Plus, there are always good goodie bags or gifts popping up during this special occasion. ZALORA’s 2nd birthday isOn February 27, 2014 / By Nookmag
We all love birthdays. A year older, a year wiser. Plus, there are always good goodie bags or gifts popping up during this special occasion. ZALORA’s 2nd birthday is around the corner, and they’re celebrating it by having ZALORA’s Birthday Pop-Up Weekend, which is also their very first pop-up event.
It will feature and sell apparel and accessories from the latest collections of ZALORA’s bestseller brands including UK high-street label River Island, and ZALORA’s in-house designer label EZRA.
Location is key for birthday bashes, and ZALORA picked a gem for its Pop-Up Weekend. A beautiful boutique at the very hip Tiong Bahru estate (61 Seng Poh Lane) will house the apparels from this Friday, 27th February until this Sunday, 2nd March.
Treats like cupcakes from Swirls Bake Shop and a luxurious selection of Chilean wines are waiting to be devoured and sipped by shoppers. Sounds great doesn’t it? We agree with the ZALORA team – it does sound like a sort of ‘Shopaholics High-Tea’!
LACOSTE L!IVE’s S/S 2014 is full of colour and prints, with something for everyone with an illustrative style. The collection tells us stories through snapshots of a JapaneseOn February 26, 2014 / By Nookmag
LACOSTE L!IVE’s S/S 2014 is full of colour and prints, with something for everyone with an illustrative style. The collection tells us stories through snapshots of a Japanese road trip, the explosive culture of Brooklyn’s hip-hop scene, an adventure starting from the market to the swimming pool, and a fashionable day at the tennis court – amongst many others.
Prints are a reflection of these mental snapshots, and colours are inspired by the vibrancy of every city and place. For the men, expect parkas inspired by the luxuriant nature and mud, comfortable sweatpants, orange chinos and basketball jerseys. Match these with a duffle bag over the shoulder. The pale greens, yellows and blues of the range are easy to match and wonderful on its own.
For the ladies, coral mini-skirts and oversized polo tees with zebra-striped Crocodelle are perfect for the fresh and sporty look. Unless you prefer cropped sleeveless polos and striped open back dresses, which LACOSTE has designed for simple dressers as well as edgy ones.
The LACOSTE L!VE Spring Summer 2014 Collection will be available from February
onwards at the following Lacoste Boutiques: Cathay Cineleisure Orchard, 8 Grange Road, #01-01/01A, ION Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn, #B3-60, and Playlab @ TANGS Orchard.
For every era and/or music genre, there will be a defining act – the zeitgeist that encapsulates the stardom, prestige, and calibre of each music category. Madonna andOn February 25, 2014 / By Nookmag
For every era and/or music genre, there will be a defining act – the zeitgeist that encapsulates the stardom, prestige, and calibre of each music category. Madonna and Britney Spears as the Queen and Princess of Pop, and Michael Jackson, the patriach of the same genre. Elvis Presley and Janis Joplin as the King and Queen of Rock and Roll in two different eras. These are just some of the names whose work will forever influence popular culture.
Hip hop is no different, and Wu-Tang Clan have earned honorific titles befitting their status. Legends and “unique entities to hip hop history” are just some of these power nicknames and there is no doubt that the rap group has revolutionised the hip hop scene.
Whatever you choose to call them, Wu-Tang Clan are veterans, making them the perfect start for Red Bull Music Academy’s Solid Gold event series. On March 13th 2014, Red Bull Music Academy will be bringing in two thirds of the legendary Wu-Tang Clan, namely Raekwon and Ghostface Killah.
Originating from New York City, the two rappers played a key role in defining the distinctive East Coast rap sound and influencing the rap genre globally over the past 2 decades. After the release of “Enter the Wu-Tang (36 chambers)” in 1993, the Clan’s highly influential debut album, Rae and Ghostface followed up with their groundbreaking solo albums “Only Built 4 Cuban Linx” (1995) and “Ironman” (1996).
The promoter of the event Felix Huang (Recognize Studio) and Wayne Liu (KoFlow) see a huge potential in bringing high caliber Hip Hop acts to Singapore, and wants to offer solid gold music to its audiences. Offering sounds from the golden era of hip hop will definitely do that! The presence of supporting acts Kevin Lester, Shigga Shay and the Radikal Forze makes it the event to watch out for this 2014.
In conjunction with the current application phase for Red Bull Music Academy in Tokyo in October this year (applications close March, 18), Wu-Tang founding member Raekwon will also be guest speaker during a Red Bull Music Academy session in Zouk’s Winebar before he and Ghostface storm the club’s main stage “tiger style”.
A select group of Singaporean MCs, DJs, music makers & lovers of all genres are invited to an intimate lecture with Raekwon, who is about to open his precious treasure chest of 20 years in the music business – personal exchange and advise from the notorious East Coast rapper that is invaluable for every aspiring musician.
Red Bull Music Academy presents Solid Gold: Raekwon & Ghostface Killah will stage at Zouk, Singapore on March 13th 2014. Tickets will retail for $70 on https://ticketing.zoukclub.com ($80 at the door). The show is brought in by Agent One & Recognize Studios together with Red Bull – Product of Europe.
For more information and to register for one of the limited spots in the RBMA session with Raekwon, click here. To purchase tickets, please visit https://ticketing.zoukclub.com. To apply for the Red Bull Music Academy in Tokyo prospective applicants should find their way to www.redbullmusicacademy.com/apply.
Ever imagined enjoying a pint of delectable craft beer while piggy out on your favourite hawker dishes? Smith Street Taps, the first hawker stall in Singapore toOn February 23, 2014 / By Gracie
Ever imagined enjoying a pint of delectable craft beer while piggy out on your favourite hawker dishes? Smith Street Taps, the first hawker stall in Singapore to offer premium and craft beer on tap, has since torn apart all barriers to make this possible.
Located at Chinatown Complex, Smith Street Taps is the brainchild of Daniel Goh of The Good Beer Company and Meng Chao of Brewers’ Craft that aims to make craft beer accessible to the masses with its wide range of affordable draught beers.
“Daniel and I have the same vision for growing the craft beer community in Singapore, so it’s only natural that we have decided to collaborate,” said Meng Chao.
“We want people to be able to appreciate awesome craft beers from all over the world without burning a hole in the pocket, and that’s one of the main reasons why Smith Street Taps was born.”
It’s not like we don’t already know, beer is notorious for being a universal instigator of bonding moments. Adding craft and variety to the equation only makes Smith Street Taps a gem for beer lovers who enjoy a casual local setting.
At any one time, the all-taps beer paradise serves up to eight draught beers, which are offered on a rotational basis. New beers – some not available anywhere else – will be introduced store every few weeks, allowing customers to experience a wide range of fresh beers from both international and local breweries not easily found in other parts of Singapore.
Some of its special hard-to-find beers include the highly-rated Deschutes Black Butte Porter, a rich chocolatey beer from Oregon, as well as Adnams Ghost Ship, a golden ale from England. Customers can also expect to see beers including MOA from Marlborough, New Zealand and Nøgne Ø from Grimstad, Norway as part of its 2014 roster. Fans of Japanese beers will also be pleased to find that Sapporo beer is a permanent feature at the stall.
In order to guarantee an ideal drinking experience for the discerning beer drinker, the staff at Smith Street Taps have undergone training such as maintaining the right temperatures for the different beer types and served in the correct glasses to ensure that the beer is served in optimal conditions. Customers are also encouraged to pair hawker dishes popular in Chinatown Complex with their beer, with advice from staff.
“By setting up Smith Street Taps, we want to reach out to the growing market of people who are appreciating craft beer. We also want to help to keep Singapore’s hawker tradition alive by attracting a wider audience to visit our hawker centres and supporting our hawkers,” Daniel explained.
“We believe that this can change the perception of hawkers and hawker centres, and hopefully attract young aspirational F&B entrepreneurs to cut their teeth by starting their business from a hawker stall.”
Smith Street Taps
Opening hours: Mondays – Saturdays, 6.30pm – 10.30pm
Address: 335 Smith Street, Chinatown Complex #02-62 Singapore 050335
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Adventure lovers have something to look forward to the next time they are about to have a grand time! Pardon the pun, but that’s exactly what you’ll haveOn February 22, 2014 / By Nookmag
Adventure lovers have something to look forward to the next time they are about to have a grand time! Pardon the pun, but that’s exactly what you’ll have with Nautica’s newest watch.
Nautica NST 550 Tide Temp Compass is part of the Nautica Sport Technology collection, which means, like its counterparts, the NST 550 is smartly designed and technologically robust timepiece.
Here’s how: it gauges temperature, tide cycle and geographic direction in a non-traditional design. Not only is it a multifunction watch, it is also a precision timepiece featuring a three-hand movement.Temperature, time, tide and compass calibrations are attractively aligned in concentric circles from the edge of the dial outward to the bezel.
The NST 550 Tide Temp Compass watch is set in a 47mm stainless steel case, featuring a bi-directional, easy turning bezel with compass markings. Available in either dark blue or black, the dial is remarkably easy to read considering the scope of the watch’s functionality. For straps, it is available in black,blue and orange integrated resin strap or stainless steel bracelet.
A simple wave pattern adds texture and a reminder of the brand’s connection to the sea. This ready-for-adventure multi-functional instrument also features Indiglo which lights the entire dial for easy reading in the dark. Iconic Nautica details include pops of color, integrated straps and signature J-class sail etched on the crown. The timepiece is water resistant up to 100M.
Prices range from $389 to $459. Available at TANGS Orchard and TANGS Vivocity.
Ever found yourself stuck in the occurrence of a road rage or found yourself obsessing over social media so much that it is taking over your life? The NecessaryOn February 22, 2014 / By Nookmag
Ever found yourself stuck in the occurrence of a road rage or found yourself obsessing over social media so much that it is taking over your life? The Necessary Stage presents Poor Thing, a production that grapples with the issue of road rage and also taps into the obsession of living lives through the social media in this digital age.
A fun, innovative and true-to-life play, Poor Thing explores the ugly side of citizen journalism and bad behaviour of Singaporeans into focus.
What’s unique about this production is that it involves social media interaction with the audience. Audiences will be contacted via email a day prior to the performance and invited to watch a video clip of an accident before they enter the theatre to catch the ‘live’ action on stage.
The element of social media interaction continues as more clips are posted on the Internet for audiences to view and comment on in real time during the play.
A production not to be missed, Poor Thing is directed by Alvin Tan and written by Haresh Sharma and features Siti Khalijah Zainal, Sharda Harrison, Joshua Lim and Dwayne Lau.
Poor Thing runs from 26 February to 2 March and from 5 to 9 March 2014 at The Necessary Stage Black Box. Tickets are priced at $31 and $23, inclusive of ticketing fees (concession for students, senior citizens and NSF). Get your tickets now at poorthing.peatix.com.