Jurong Bird Park, also known as one of Singapore’s first wildlife parks and Asia’s largest bird park, turns 50 this year! The iconic attraction, which is home toOn July 25, 2021 / By Nookmag
Jurong Bird Park, also known as one of Singapore’s first wildlife parks and Asia’s largest bird park, turns 50 this year! The iconic attraction, which is home to over 3,500 birds across over 400 different species, holds many fond memories for Singaporeans and overseas visitors over the years. In celebration of its Golden Jubilee, Jurong Bird Park will be launching a fully sustainable merchandise range. The JBP 50th Anniversary Collection also marks Wildlife Reserves Singapore’s first ever fully sustainable merchandise range, showcasing its commitment to embracing sustainable best practices and making a difference to the environment. The JBP 50th Anniversary Collection is now available for purchase at the Jurong Bird Park’s gift shops, so flock down to snag the exclusive merchandise!
JBP 50th Anniversary Icon Tote Bag
The JBP50 tote bag is crafted from synthetic yarns derived from recycled plastic bottles, in an effort to reduce wastage and recycle existing materials which, more often than not, end up discarded after a single use. WRS engaged Waste2Wear, an environmentally friendly textile company dedicated to delivering 100% sustainable textiles traceable by blockchain technology. A total of 5,335 PET bottles were shredded, pelletized and made into yarns for the creation of this collection’s tote bags, with an average of 4 PET bottles to create each bag. Do your part to reduce single use plastic bags, and commit to the cause with your very own JBP50 tote bag!
JBP 50th Anniversary Icon Shirts
Sustainable fashion is in style! All JBP50 apparels are made from yarn sourced ethically from local farmers in India.
JBP 50th Anniversary Icon Notebook
The JBP50 notebook is made from paper certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). The FSC label is the highest standard for ethically-sourced paper products, and guarantees that the materials were sourced from well-managed forests under the FSC standards of forestry practices.
Shop the collection with full assurance that your notebooks come from forests that are social beneficial, economically viable, and environmentally conscious.
Singapore’s top virtual influencer, digital artist and street culture enthusiast, Rae (@here.is.rae) with around 500,000 followers on Instagram and Weibo will be the first virtual influencer in SoutheastOn July 23, 2021 / By Nookmag
Singapore’s top virtual influencer, digital artist and street culture enthusiast, Rae (@here.is.rae) with around 500,000 followers on Instagram and Weibo will be the first virtual influencer in Southeast Asia to mint and sell a collectible series of non-fungible tokens (NFTs). The series, titled “TAKE A BYTE”, comprises three animated 1/1 NFT artwork featuring Rae’s most exciting and well-loved Instagram posts. “TAKE A BYTE” by Rae will be uploaded to Mintable, a popular NFT marketplace headquartered in Singapore.
The three animated 1/1 NFT artwork in the “TAKE A BYTE” series invite Rae’s fans to take a closer look at her and be part of her virtual universe. Titled “Take me (apart)”, “You lookin’ at me?” and “Welcome to my metaverse”, each artwork references the curiosity and attention Rae has received as a virtual influencer and her exciting adventures on social media2. The artistry behind each unique NFT artwork is no mean feat. Each artwork took over 50 hours to conceptualise and create, carefully developed by Rae and her creative team. The creative team is made up of experts from the creative, 3D and photography industry alongside a project management team, combining over decades of experience. Each artwork is made possible through CGI technology and AI including 3D modelling software such as Autodesk Maya, Blender, Pixologic Zbrush, Reallusion’s Character Creator 3, as well as generative adversarial network (GAN)-based technologies.
Since her debut in October 2020, Rae has created a vibrant, curated feed of CGI-enabled portraits and digital artwork on her social platforms, amassing a following of around 500,000 followers on Instagram and Weibo.
In May 2021, Rae was the first virtual influencer in Singapore to partner automotive brand, Audi Singapore, in the online premiere of the new Audi A3.
Rae was featured in a cover photoshoot with China’s number one female rapper VaVa (@vava.mis) and she is the first virtual influencer to be styled by Asia’s top hairstyling maestro and celebrity hairstylist, Kim Robinson. Rae also collaborated with Singapore contemporary street artist Sam Lo (@skl0_) on the “Almost Human” e-stickers pack that is available on Instagram, WhatsApp, and Telegram.
Last year, Rae made her fashion debut fronting the 2020 campaign for cult label Monsoon Patrol, followed by a collaboration with sneaker designer, Mark Ong (@mr_sabotage) to launch a sold-out SBTGxRae capsule collection. Rae was also featured on Team Night Owl Cinematics’ YouTube and Instagram pages.
Rae is the region’s latest hyper-realistic virtual personality and influencer. Created by CGI technology and powered by AI solutions, Rae is more than just a pretty face. Rae is a digital artist with a point of view. Armed with her skateboard and a passion for street culture, Rae is always on an adventure in the urban jungle. She has a standout short bob in soft and natural waves in iconic shades of powder rose, purple and fuchsia. True to her Chinese name, 蕊, Rae wears her heart on her sleeve, and you can trust her to share her genuine and unique perspectives on Instagram. She is expressive, audacious and always game to try new things and push boundaries. Rae’s origins remain a mystery.
Skechers has launched the 6th generation of its signature walking shoe series, the GOwalk 6, with new innovations that will make walks of any length a breeze. Pairing itsOn July 22, 2021 / By Nookmag
Pairing its best materials for ultimate walking comfort, the new GOwalk 6 brings together the Ultra GO® cushioning midsole with ultra-light Hyper Pillars. Visible on the outsole of the shoe, the Hyper Pillars are constructed with Hyperburst™ foam for increased energy return, making each step even more efficient and effortless. The GOwalk 6 is also made with Singapore’s sunny weather in mind, where walking and fitness aficionados alike can also stay comfortably cool even in the heat as they take each step outdoors with the Air Cooled Goga Mat™ breathable insole.
The Skechers GOwalk 6 is available now at https://www.skechers.com.sg, along with Skechers concept stores, including JEM, Northpoint City, VivoCity, Wisma Atria, Great World and Jewel Changi Airport.
Skechers July Promotion: Exclusive Discounts Just For Our Frontliners
As part of the GOwalk 6 series launch, all customers will be able to receive SGD30 discount on GOwalk series footwear with every other purchase in-store, or subscription to Skechers mailing list from July. In addition, Skechers will be offering a month-long promotion of 20% discount on selected Skechers footwear and apparel storewide.
Skechers will also be extending a SGD60 discount on the GOwalk 6 footwear to all healthcare professionals and food delivery riders in hopes to show support and appreciation for Singapore frontliners playing an invaluable role during the pandemic. To redeem the discount, each healthcare staff and delivery rider will simply present a staff identity card or delivery rider app upon purchase in-store at any of Skechers concept stores from now until 1 August 2021. Each redemption is limited to a pair of GOwalk 6 footwear.
This National Day, let’s raise a Tiger to each other in a toast to beating the odds and moving forward together into better times. Tiger’s very own NationalOn July 13, 2021 / By Nookmag
This National Day, let’s raise a Tiger to each other in a toast to beating the odds and moving forward together into better times. Tiger’s very own National Day Brew, the Tiger Orchid Brew, is back in bloom for the second year running to uncage positivity and instil pride in Singaporeans with a fresh new look designed by local musician and artist, Narelle Kheng.
Uncaging local pride and positivity
The Tiger Orchid Brew is a symbolic representation of Singapore’s strength and resilience. Inspired by the indomitable Singapore spirit and infused with orchids, the full-flavoured lager boasts light floral notes with a touch of citrus, making it the perfect toast to Singapore’s birthday.
Uncaging unexpected local talent
Aiming to champion local talents by providing them with a platform to shine, Tiger has once again worked with a home-grown talent to create the visually striking and symbolic Tiger Orchid Brew design. The 2021 edition sees a unique collaboration with local musician and artist Narelle Kheng as the illustrator of Tiger Orchid Brew’s cans and 4-can pack packaging. This marks Narelle’s first foray into uncaging her hidden passion in the visual arts.
With a passion for Singapore and Tiger Beer, Narelle wanted to illustrate an intersection between the joyful camaraderie of beer with her ideal of Singapore. The resulting pastel neon “fizzy jungle” represents positivity, happiness, achievement and enjoying a boldly refreshing Tiger after working hard.
The 2021 limited-edition Tiger Orchid Brew is now available in 4-can packs (recommended retail price at SGD11.70) at all leading supermarkets, mini marts, convenience stores, and online channels island-wide until 31 August. The Tiger Orchid Brew is also exclusively available in draught format at Tiger Street Lab at Jewel Changi Airport and selected Harry’s outlets from 19 July, while stocks last.
With Father’s Day set to begin in less than 12 hours, what better way to celebrate the father figures in our lives than showcasing some of our favouriteOn June 19, 2021 / By Nookmag
With Father’s Day set to begin in less than 12 hours, what better way to celebrate the father figures in our lives than showcasing some of our favourite show/movie dads who stole our screens and won our hearts? From Omar Sy to Dave Bautista, we’ve got every dad imaginable covered in this mini list, highlighting fathers as role models, superheroes and best friends!
Regardless of what genre you prefer, grab some popcorn or chicken & beer with dad while binging on these 5 shows that spotlight some amazing father figures who will move you to tears, make you laugh and cheer, all at once.
Lupin (Part 1 and 2)
Charismatic and mysterious, gentleman thief Assane Diop (played by Omar Sy) seeks to avenge the wrongs against his own dad, inflicted by a wealthy family. Inspired by the adventures of Arsène Lupin, the role Omar Sy plays as a father and a son will leave you wanting more. Can’t get enough of him? Catch him on Lupin Part 2 now!
Expert surgeon by day, and loving single father by night, he is more than just a handsome face. Get ready to be charmed by Hospital Playlist Season 2 with new episodes airing every Thursday at 10PM SGT.
Move to Heaven
He is the center of his son’s world. With his unyielding patience and kind soul he makes sure to care for his son’s needs until his dying breath. This drama will move you to tears, featuring superstar dad, Ji Jin-hee.
A widowed new dad copes with doubts, fears, heartache and dirty diapers as he sets out to raise his daughter on his own. Inspired by the true story of a single dad, this one-of-a-kind heartwarming journey of fatherhood starring Kevin Hart will take you on an emotional rollercoaster ride of a lifetime.
Army of the Dead
After a zombie outbreak in Las Vegas, a group of mercenaries takes the ultimate gamble by venturing into the quarantine zone for the greatest heist ever. Starring Dave Bautista, this father, zombie hunter and diner cook will blow you away with his unwavering strength and love for his family. Be sure to catch him in the zombie heist of the year!
Who’s your ideal daddy-on-screen? Tell us here!
This Father’s Day, independent, family-owned distiller William Grant & Sons has released a guide featuring a variety of flagship expressions from Glenfiddich, The Balvenie and Monkey Shoulder toOn June 19, 2021 / By Nookmag
This Father’s Day, independent, family-owned distiller William Grant & Sons has released a guide featuring a variety of flagship expressions from Glenfiddich, The Balvenie and Monkey Shoulder to take the pain out of picking the perfect gift for your deserving dad. Whether he’s the strong and silent dad you know you can always lean on, an honorary father-figure in your life, or your best mate who just became a new dad, take the time to recognise and celebrate them this June, with a meaningful gift that fits his taste and personality.
Like any father-figure, every whisky has its own personality. Instead of the usual socks, tie or mug, discover the best match for your father-figure with this guide to help you navigate William Grant & Sons’s whisky range, and find the best match for dad based on what makes him tick, what he does in his spare time, and what matters to him most. After all, few will know him as well as you do!
GLENFIDDICH OUR ORIGINAL TWELVE
For the affable dad who always challenges you to be the best version of yourself
He appreciates good quality, knows what he likes and sticks to it. He’s the kind of man who likes to do things properly, and is always more than willing to roll up his sleeves to help get t he job done well. He always challenges you to be a better person.
This daddy’s approachable nature matches the Glenfiddich Our Original Twelve. Boasting sweet, subtle notes of pear and oak, it is a quintessential example of the Speyside style. With a long smooth and mellow finish, it is widely proclaimed the best dram in the valley that satisfies everyone from whisky novices to seasoned sippers. No less than the best for our #1 dad!
GLENFIDDICH OUR SOLERA FIFTEEN
For the bold, progressive dad who’s always looking to try something new
He loves a side project and is always exploring, researching and experimenting with something new. When he walks into a room, people can feel his presence. They love to be around him and are inspired by his ideas. His pioneering spirit informs all that he does, similar to the inspired way the Glenfiddich Our Solera Fifteen was created.
Using a technique pioneered by Malt Master, Brian Kinsman, this expression is finished in a Solera Vat inspired by the sherry bodegas of Spain and Portugal. The result is a whisky that is satisfyingly rich with lingering sweetness, tasting of sherry oak, marzipan and ginger. Silky smooth and full bodied, the Glenfiddich Our Solera Fifteen is bursting with flavour that is guaranteed to spice up dad’s day. Together they inspire others by just being themselves – bold, confident, and innovative.
GLENFIDDICH OUR SMALL BATCH EIGHTEEN
For the self-assured dad who holds his own in any situation
A man with elegant taste, he is effortlessly stylish and appreciates the finer things in life. He is traditional, yet modern, complex, yet versatile and approachable. He knows what he wants and will not settle for anything less.
Renowned for its luxurious and silky finish, the Glenfiddich Our Small Batch Eighteen is a truly exceptional single malt, one that will live up to dad’s expectations. Produced in small batches, this expression is informed by knowledge passed down through generations. Its character comes from an intense marrying period, resulting in a warm, rewarding and distinguished finish. Remarkably rich and luxurious, with complex layers of dried fruit, candy peel and elegant oak, this delicately crafted, full-bodied dram is the perfect dram to delight dad with.
THE BALVENIE DOUBLEWOOD 12 YEAR OLD
For the dad who loves tradition
He is quiet, thoughtful and values heritage and legacy. For the dad that appreciates simple handcrafted luxuries over
fancy gifts, reward him with The Balvenie Doublewood 12 Year Old.
Handcrafted by craftsmen who have dedicated their working lives to the trade, The Balvenie DoubleWood 12 Year Old gains its distinctive character from being matured in two different types of wood. The traditional casks soften and add delicate character, while the sherry wood brings depth and fullness of flavour. The long and warming finish will definitely give dad the finest experience of his life.
THE BALVENIE CARRIBEAN CASK 14 YEAR OLD
For the dad who never stops exploring
He has always been a trailblazer, adventure seeker, and explorer. Today, he is ever-ready to try something different with you and is there with you every step of the way. For the well-travelled dad, take him on a journey with The Balvenie Carribean Cask 14 Year Old.
This single malt whisky has been matured in traditional oak whisky casks for 14 years before being transferred to casks that previously held Caribbean rum, giving it a taste rounded with vanilla and sweet oak notes, with a fruity character that develops with time. The result is the classic Balvenie flavour with a tropical sweetness, an ideal balance of familiarity and newness that makes it the perfect partner for adventure.
THE BALVENIE DOUBLEWOOD 17 YEAR OLD
For the dad who’s built a legacy
Steadfast and discerning, he has forged his own distinctive legacy. Over the years he’s refined his palate and knows what he likes. The Balvenie DoubleWood 17 Year Old is the perfect gift, for the dad who deserves an extra special dram.
Bearing distinct characteristics derived from the consecutive maturation in two different types of cask, The Balvenie Doublewood 17 adds a striking richness and complexity with its deeper vanilla notes, hints of green apple and creamy toffee. This refined legacy makes for the perfect companion for dad; both have stood the test of time and stayed true to their distinctive characters and hearts.
For the coolest dad on the block
Truly the crowd favourite, we all love the dad who is the life and soul of the party. If your dad dons his playful and cheeky personality like a crown, Monkey Shoulder is just the right companion for him. Here to inject fun and playfulness to what many see as a stiff and stuffy world of whisky, Monkey Shoulder is for the cheeky dad who loves to pull a prank or two.
Made from small batches of different speyside single malts expertly blended then married together, Monkey Shoulder has a richness and vibrancy which combines flawlessly with fruity aromas and mellow vanilla notes. Just like the life of the party, Monkey Shoulder stands out as the perfect 100% malt whisky made for mixing. So go mix up a storm, dad!
Which whisky describes your dad best? Tell us here!
Go behind the scenes and interact virtually with the animal and human personalities from Wildlife Reserves Singapore again! Hello From The Wild Side returns for a second seasonOn May 16, 2021 / By Nookmag
Go behind the scenes and interact virtually with the animal and human personalities from Wildlife Reserves Singapore again! Hello From The Wild Side returns for a second season with a newly curated Zoo Explained! segment which offers limited edition content every month. This live virtual experience is a unique opportunity to discover the big personalities of our animal family such as our rhino baby and stars of Animal Friends Show. Meet the individuals involved in the day-to-day care of our animals to keep them happy and healthy as they take you behind the scenes to learn about Animal Behaviour and Training, Animal rehabilitation, Wildlife Nutrition, and share their passion for animals with you. In the first session of Zoo Explained!, meet the playful Emperor Tamarins from River Safari and their dedicated keeper, Ken, who will answer all your burning questions about the intelligent and inquisitive animals. Be sure to check back online regularly to keep updated on the new content!
Date: 22 May – 31 December 2021
Duration: 20 minutes
Casio Computer Co., Ltd. had announced a special new addition to its G-SHOCK family of shock-resistant watches. The new MTG-B2000PH is part of the MT-G line of watchesOn May 5, 2021 / By Nookmag
Casio Computer Co., Ltd. had announced a special new addition to its G-SHOCK family of shock-resistant watches. The new MTG-B2000PH is part of the MT-G line of watches which employ a construction that makes the most of the properties of both metal and resin. The new MTG-B2000PH features a design motif inspired by the Blue Phoenix of mythical lore, and it has rainbow ion plating on the bezel and case.
Casio is dedicated to the pursuit of innovative expressivity in its G-SHOCK watches, exploiting CMF design integrating color, material, and finish. G-SHOCK watches with metal construction have been enthusiastically welcomed by the market in recent years. Casio goes even further with these metal models, using ion plating, laser engraving techniques, and new materials to create the kind of totally original design worthy of the G-SHOCK.
The new MTG-B2000PH features rainbow ion plating applied to its bezel and case as well as a multi-colored dial expressing its design motif inspired by the Blue Phoenix, a bird of Eastern mythology said to bear auspicious tidings. The bezel features an independent construction separate from the case. Layers of yellow-to-red gradation are applied — crosswise on the bezel, lengthwise on the case — over light-blue ion plating evocative of blazing-hot flames to achieve a mystical coloration in which innumerable hues seem intertwined. The subtle color variations in the rainbow ion plating mean that every single watch is unique — no two look the same. The dial also employs accents in a multicolor design of colors like pink and orange. The translucent navy-blue band sets the watch design off with a resplendent vision of the Blue Phoenix.
The captivating design is complemented by outstanding functionality. The watch not only features radio wave time-calibration, but also automatic time adjustment when paired with a smartphone using a dedicated app. These functions also offer outstanding convenience: the watch automatically adjusts to local time when crossing time zones, without requiring the user to do anything!
The Blue Pheonix MTG-B2000 is slated to launch in June 2021. Stay tuned to Nookmag for more info on the actual launch date!
This Summer, Converse and Amsterdam-based Pop Trading Company present a capsule with a spirited approach to menswear. Bringing together two classics for the first time: Miffy, the globallyOn April 27, 2021 / By Nookmag
This Summer, Converse and Amsterdam-based Pop Trading Company present a capsule with a spirited approach to menswear. Bringing together two classics for the first time: Miffy, the globally beloved cartoon bunny created by Dick Bruna in 1955 is celebrated through the Converse Jack Purcell Pro.
In the decades since her creation, Miffy has resonated around the world through her approachable look and her signature positivity. Growing up with Miffy in the Netherlands, Pop Trading Company’s co-founders Peter Kolks and Ric van Rest had a cheeky-but-playful-idea of melding their crafted menswear with the cartoon’s endearing persona. The duo took the idea to Miffy, and in 2019, released the first menswear line featuring her likeness.
Now, Pop Trading Company brings Miffy to another beloved classic: the Jack Purcell Pro – a performance version of the court classic designed specifically for skateboarding. Available in two iterations, one offering provides an embroidered all-over Miffy print, while a second version presents Miffy holding a balloon screen-printed on the upper. Completing the pack, Converse and Pop Trading co-branding is found on the license plate and sockliner with “Pop Trading Company” printed within the Jack Purcell’s signature “smile” on the toe cap.
While offering a charming take on the Jack Purcell Pro, the capsule maintains the performance benefits of Converse CONS. The high top is designed with skaters in mind: offering ankle stability while a tighter fit, winged tongue, and outsole rubber traction, provide durability and grip.
Originally founded as a skate distributor in 2013, Pop Trading Company founders Kolks and van Rest started designing clothing with the goal of crafting elevated menswear without forgetting their roots in skateboarding. In 2020, Pop Trading Company partnered with Converse to explore the synergy between Converse’s classic footwear with Pop’s elevated style. Since then, the partners introduced several iterations of the Jack Purcell Pro, with co-founder Kolks citing, “With a heritage that is quite heavily menswear-based, we felt the Jack Purcell Pro was the perfect shoe to tell new, playful stories on such as introducing Miffy to its canvas for the first time.”
The Converse x Pop Trading Company x Miffy Jack Purcell Pro capsule is now available.
If you thought your favourite sweet treat beverage couldn’t get any better, think again. In honour of National Bubble Tea Day on Friday, 30 April, Singapore’s favourite foodOn April 26, 2021 / By Nookmag
If you thought your favourite sweet treat beverage couldn’t get any better, think again. In honour of National Bubble Tea Day on Friday, 30 April, Singapore’s favourite food delivery service, Deliveroo, has teamed up with gourmet burger favourite, Three Buns, to create the perfect boozy bubble tea combination. Not only does it satisfy your cheat day cravings, but it slots in perfectly for happy hour, win-win!
To celebrate the occasion, Three Buns has specially concocted the ‘Gift from Nephew’, an alcoholic bubble tea treat that hardcore boba fans have been waiting for. Inspired by overproof rum, Wray & Nephew, the delicious drink also contains a mix of evaporated milk, condensed milk, gula melaka, strong tea and bubble tea’s signature ingredient, chewy tapioca pearls.
To make things all the more special, consumers can choose from one of two delicious Three Buns plant-based burgers featuring TiNDLE – ridiculously good chicken made from plants which has recently made its global debut in Singapore. Spice lovers can opt for the ‘Big Cease’ which promises to tantalise taste buds with a beautiful buttermilk fried TiNDLE assembled between butter toasted rice flour buns, and topped with shaved parmesan, reggiano, lettuce and anchovy mayonnaise. While the ‘From Russia with Love’ is perfect for those who crave an oomph of flavour and comes with a TiNDLE Kiev, breadcrumbed and stuffed with a roasted garlic, miso, parsley butter, with pickled onions, truffle aioli and lettuce in a toasted demi brioche bun.
Available exclusively on Deliveroo from 26-30 April, you can treat yourself to this indulgent set via the Three Buns Quayside menu* at a promotional price of just SGD28. So mark your calendars, and don’t forget that a boba a day keeps reali-tea away!
The Singapore art scene has just become more colourful with the launch of Carré d’artistes, the only art gallery in Singapore to sell artworks at a fixed priceOn April 23, 2021 / By Nookmag
The Singapore art scene has just become more colourful with the launch of Carré d’artistes, the only art gallery in Singapore to sell artworks at a fixed price based on the size of each piece of art. With more than 30 opened spaces globally, the brand has now made its debut in Southeast Asia with an inaugural art gallery at Paragon Shopping Centre (#04-08).
Affordable and Accessible Art In A Welcoming Environment
Decked out in a clean and contemporary style, the new Carré d’artistes gallery exudes a warm and welcoming ambience. It offers over 600 unique and original artworks in varied styles, mediums and sizes from a first selection of 18 international and carefully-curated artists, starting at an affordable SGD190 for the smallest size.
The artworks are all placed in open display racks, similar to vinyl records in a record store, and customers are welcome to hold up and scrutinize the artwork at close proximity.
Carré d’artistes believes that everyone should have the right to buy art. To make art accessible to all, the gallery’s unique fixed pricing system is based solely on the size of the artwork, regardless of the artist, techniques and medium used. This approach that Carré d’artistes practices promotes openness between the buyers and the artists, and removes any obscure aspect of the art market in particular for first time buyers.
So, be it buying an art piece to spruce up a living space or as a gift for a loved one, there is something for everyone.
Two Decades On… A Global Success
2021 marks the 20th Anniversary of Carré d’artistes, as the first gallery was opened in Aix-en-Provence, France, in 2001 by French entrepreneur Stephanie Tosi. Back then, Tosi wanted to change the notion that art is elitist, and thus embarked on her mission to make art accessible to everyone.
This concept has become so successful in the last two decades, that Carré d’artistes now has a global presence in the form of galleries opened in Amsterdam, Beijing, Barcelona, Istanbul, Moscow and more.
Today, the gallery also represents and promotes more than 600 artists globally, offering a wide range of artworks across all styles. Its group of curators are also constantly on the lookout for promising new artists to help them develop their craft and sell their works.
“Art brings about a lot of intangible benefits and is a way to share happiness and positivity. In this current difficult period, opening the art gallery is an opportunity to add to the quality of people’s daily lives by giving them access to a large choice of quality artworks that cater to all budgets,” shares Mr Sebastien Chen, Managing Director of Art & City Pte. Ltd. “I am also thrilled to be promoting the works of talented and inspiring artists so that they can gain greater international recognition.”
Carré d’artistes Singapore
Paragon Shopping Centre
290 Orchard Road, #04-08
11am to 8pm daily
Local premium durian concierge, Durian Edition takes our taste buds for a spin with a new rendezvous spot, aptly named Mao King Tavern at Swan Lake Avenue inOn April 1, 2021 / By Renata
Local premium durian concierge, Durian Edition takes our taste buds for a spin with a new rendezvous spot, aptly named Mao King Tavern at Swan Lake Avenue in Siglap. Previously known by locals as Slake Restaurant, this restaurant-turned-pub has now been given a new lease of life with the king of fruits as a centerpiece.
In a bid to further spread the ideology of durians being more than just comfort food, Durian Edition has joined hands with Slake Restaurant to introduce the Mao King Tavern – a concept born from adversity – to provide a local watering hole imbued with all things durian from bites to tipples. Apart from premium fresh durians, the Mao King Tavern also offers a host of unique durian creations, such as their famed charcoal grilled durians, Musang King burnt cheesecake, mochi, Portuguese egg tarts, sorbet, and gelato to name a few.
As you walk in to take a seat, the brightly lit neon signage hung on the tavern’s facade casts a soft glow, welcoming all visitors into a spacious interior modelled with rustic wooden furniture reminiscent of the Dragon Gate Inn of eras past. To complete the look, the tavern’s wooden bar counter is installed in its unpolished state, showcasing the grooves and natural weathering of the bark’s uneven surface due to its natural environment.
Likewise, from Musang King Beer to pure durian fruits, the tavern’s offerings are listed on wooden menu tags hanging on the wall, adding to the nostalgic Asian ambience expected from the rest of the internal decor. In accordance with safe distancing regulations, this cosy watering hole comfortably seats 18 visitors indoors, and welcomes an additional 8 alfresco-loving visitors to grab a seat on the porch.
As a tribute to the Musang King cultivar that Durian Edition is famous for, the tavern’s mascot depicts a cat king holding the king of fruits in one paw, and the tavern’s name on a scroll in the other.
The Mao King Tavern officially opens its doors to the public today, on 1 April 2021, and celebrates its opening with a Musang King Beer, brewed in collaboration with local microbrewery, The 1925 Brewing Co. (1925).
Musang King Beer
Born from a curiosity to explore the limits of what a durian can do, the team at Durian Edition embarked on a collaboration with 1925 to create a durian craft beer, the likes of which has never been seen before in the local marketplace. Instead of using extracted durian essence or any artificial flavourings, the flesh of real Musang King durian fruits are included wholesale in the fermenting process, in order for the beverage to fully absorb the durian’s essence over time.
Crafted by 1925 with the supply of Musang King durians provided by Durian Edition, the beer is housed in a dark coloured bottle to protect the liquid gold from any flavour irregularities caused by sunlight, enabling anyone who pops the lid on this pale ale to find a delightfully fruity and tropical aroma wafting up to caress the drinker’s nose. While this 5% ABV craft beer is brewed with an assortment of hops and fruits, the main ingredient is undeniably the Musang King Durian as the bottom notes hit you with an unmistakable durian aroma. Refreshing and easy to drink, the combination of unique flavours ties together perfectly to make this beverage a truly one-of-a-kind libation.
“Food and beer are inseparable, and this is even more so especially in Asia.
Our motivation is to create beers for the Asian palate, hence it is important to include
the taste profiles of Asian food fare as part of the considerations when we design our beers.”
— The 1925 Brewing Co.
This Durian Edition and 1925 collaboration aims to bring about a uniquely Singapore taste-perience, which emphasises our Asian heritage in every sip. The durian beer is specially crafted for Durian Edition’s new watering hole, MAO King Tavern, located at Swan Lake Avenue in Bedok, and online on Durian Edition’s selling platforms.
Monkey Shoulder, the malt whisky that’s 100 per cent made for mixing, has launched Smokey Monkey in Singapore earlier this month, a new peated malt whisky that reflectsOn March 30, 2021 / By Nookmag
Monkey Shoulder, the malt whisky that’s 100 per cent made for mixing, has launched Smokey Monkey in Singapore earlier this month, a new peated malt whisky that reflects the brand’s appetite for flying in the face of whisky conventions.
The blended malt is a delicious twist on the original Monkey Shoulder, offering a sweet, smokier taste, as well as a new and playful way for people to sip, mix and enjoy peated Scotch. Created in answer to bartenders’ demands, Smokey Monkey is now available exclusively in selected on-trade locations across Singapore.
Following its older brother’s signature style, Smokey Monkey is a small-batch blend of top-quality single malts, each selected to deliver a smooth whisky with subtly oaky smokiness on the nose, and a taste that combines dry peaty notes with the creamy sweetness and spice of the original blend. While the underlying sweetness makes it enjoyable neat (or with a splash of water), Smokey Monkey comes into its own in sexy, smokey twists, bringing rich nuances to all manner of cocktails.
To celebrate Smokey Monkey’s arrival on Singapore’s sunny shores, Monkey Shoulder has teamed up with 15 of Singapore’s best bars, who have each concocted a unique cocktail inspired by Smokey Monkey to be featured on their menus. Cocktail lovers can now indulge in these 15 delectable cocktails at local watering holes Ah Sam Cold Drink Stall, Barbary Coast, Employees Only, Anti:dote, Heart of Darkness, IBHQ, Junior The Pocket Bar, MO Bar, Nutmeg & Clove, Potato Head, Sago House, Smoke & Mirrors, Tess Bar, The Bar at 15 Stamford and Tippling Club.
While Smokey Monkey bottles are not yet available for purchase, whisky lovers and cocktail fans can win a bottle to create smokey versions of Monkey Shoulder classics from home! Simply enjoy the specially created cocktails at any of the 15 partner bars and take part in the giveaway to win a swag bag including a bottle of Smokey Monkey, Monkey Shoulder and Monkey Shoulder branded glassware.
Here’s how to take part in three simple steps – (Terms and conditions apply)
Master Blender at William Grant & Sons, Brian Kinsman
“We’re producing Smokey Monkey using our usual small batch and marrying methods, and delivering the smokey twist by blending a distinct selection of malts. Smokey Monkey has the mellow vanilla, spicy and citrus hints of our original liquid, overlaid by a dry smokiness that comes through on the nose and the palate. Monkey Shoulder fans will both recognise its familiar smooth character and enjoy the exciting new cocktail serves it brings with it.”
Monkey Shoulder Brand Ambassador, Samuel Ng
“It’s been amazing to see how Monkey Shoulder has been steadily growing in popularity not only in Singapore but around the world, and that’s mostly thanks to our strong relationships with top bartenders. These are the guys who are always hungry for new ways to offer customers more choice with new, unusual serves, and so have influenced our decision to create a new peated malt whisky. We’re giving back by making Smokey Monkey available exclusively in some of the best bars across the world, and right here in Singapore. Whatever their preferred cocktail, we can’t wait to surprise and delight consumers and see their reactions to the newest member of the Monkey Shoulder family.”
“It’s exciting to introduce a whisky that deliberately subverts the traditionally dour brand territory of peated Scotch. Smokey Monkey gives bartenders an added twist for amazing cocktails, and opens up peated whisky – which has previously been a bit inaccessible – to a new generation of potential fans.”
15 smokey cocktails by 15 selected bars in Singapore
Ah Sam Cold Drink Stall | Smoke Screen
12 Haji Lane, Singapore 189205
Inspired by the local favorite pork jerky snack, Bak Kwa. The savoury, smokey flavour of this local delight complements the richness of Smokey Monkey, ending with a hint of spiced chocolate.
Anti:dote | Where You Wanna Go, Love?
80 Bras Basah Road, Singapore 189560
“Is that a Whisky Sour? I think it ain’t no Whisky Sour”. This drink is inspired by the intriguing movies about the lives of cab drivers in London and their journeys.
Barbary Coast | Chimp Off The Old Block
6 North Canal Road, Singapore 048828
Clarified Cherry and Cherry Heering create the top notes to balance out the punchy base of Smokey Monkey. A dash of lemon brightens up the drink while the carbonation adds a delicate effervescence. Combined with smoked water ice cubes to further enhance the peated notes of the whisky, this drink is served on a smoked ice spear, and garnished with a dehydrated lemon wheel.
Employees Only | Monkey Business
112 Amoy Street, Singapore 069932
Spices and banana punctuate this marriage of Smokey Monkey and tropical juices. The richness of the whisky, bolstered by the fullness of ripe banana, is a perfect complement to flavours that make it feel like it’s party time. Forget about those emails and let the work day end. It’s time to get down to some serious Monkey Business.
Heart of Darkness | Monkey’s Cà Phê
1 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089109
The perfect marriage of whiskey and coffee. Smokey but refreshing, a great way to start your day.
IB HQ | Nardus
76A Duxton Road, Level 2, Singapore 089535
A twist on the classic Whisky Sour, this drink emphasises floral and leathery notes of lavender. Perfect on its own or as a complement to bar snacks, the Nardus is also a great “dessert for adults”.
Junior The Pocket Bar | Escape from New York
6 Ann Siang Hill, Singapore 069787
What better way to experience smoke in a cocktail than a classic sour? Have it up or on the rocks, smooth or as is. The options are endless; nothing beats peat.
MO Bar | Sugba
5 Raffles Avenue, Singapore 039797
“Sugba” means grilled in the Philippines. This drink is topped with our favourite sides to have while at a barbeque party. It is finished with the funky sourness of calamansi and lively aroma of pandan.
Nutmeg & Clove | Monkey See, Monkey Taro
8 Purvis Street, Singapore 188587
Passionfruit, lime and taro flavours anchor the smoke in this South East Asian-inspired libation. Rich and moreish, a hint of fruit and acidity makes this drink easy to have, and to have again. Whilst you’re at it, get one for your mate. After all, Monkey See, Monkey Taro.
Potato Head Singapore | Caffé Nel Bosco
36 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089143
Who doesn’t love an espresso martini? No one is the correct answer. Rich, aromatic, bittersweet in a subtly surprising way. A stop at Caffé Nel Bosco will supercharge your taste buds and kick start that ride to flavour town.
Sago House | Three’s a Crowd
40B Sago Street, Singapore 059029
The ubiquitous marriage of Scotch whisky, aromatic wine and bitters is timeless. The addition of rich sherry, fruit bitters and a playful Cola syrup give it the boost it never knew it needed! A Classic – reinvented and revitalised. Tell your mates, but not too many. Remember, Three’s a crowd!
Smoke & Mirrors | The 3 Monkeys
1 St. Andrew’s Road, #06-01 National Gallery, Singapore 178957
This drink is a twist on the classic Golden Rush and New York Sour combination. A story of a friendship of three individuals working in the same industry but have different approaches. The 3 Monkeys gives smokey notes from Smokey Monkey, fruity flavours from the wine and sweetness from the honey, leaving you with a dry and refreshing finish.
Tess Bar & Kitchen | Chunky Monkey
38 Seah St, Singapore 188394
Smokey Monkey’s deep vanilla flavor coupled with earthy notes makes one desire a chocolate pairing. Inspired by a classic cocktail, the 20th Century, the Chunky Monkey was born. The dry, smokey, lingering flavours on the back palate are paired white cacao, with vanilla and citrus to balance.
The Bar at 15 Stamford | Undead Monkey
15 Stamford Road, Singapore 178906
Building on the lush and fantastic history of Tiki cocktail culture, Smokey Monkey gives this modern tropical classic a breath of smokey life. The Undead Monkey consists of a rich spice mix, a cacophony of luscious fruit flavours and just a dash of showmanship. I can hear Don the beachcomber already asking for a refill!
Tippling Club | Brass Monkey (That Funky Monkey)
38 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088461
Infusing the rich smokey aroma of Smokey Monkey with oven-baked hazelnuts and bincho-toasted bananas elevates the nuttiness and tropical fruit notes into an enriched old fashioned cocktail.
Experience a touch of magic as Pandora and Disney have come together again to create new pieces inspired by the whimsical and charming story of Alice in Wonderland.On March 29, 2021 / By Nookmag
Experience a touch of magic as Pandora and Disney have come together again to create new pieces inspired by the whimsical and charming story of Alice in Wonderland. The six-piece capsule collection, consisting of one bangle and five handcrafted charms, follows scene by scene the entire adventure of Alice as she journeys through Wonderland.
With these pieces, Pandora’s designers drew inspiration from vintage first editions of the story as well as Disney’s Alice in Wonderland, and they wanted to retain the idea of Alice as a strong character that still represents childlike curiosity.
1. Wear the wonder on your wrist with the Disney Alice in Wonderland Cheshire Cat Clasp Pandora Moments Bangle (SGD149), which features the smiling Cheshire Cat’s face as the bangle clasp, complete with intricate details of the Cat’s large eyes, smiling mouth and whiskers. A world of untold imaginations awaits with the engraving “Curiouser and Curiouser”.
2. The colourful Disney Alice in Wonderland & The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party Charm (SGD99) is crafted with white, yellow, blue, red and pink enamel and featuring various motifs including playing cards, flowers and the Mad Hatter’s hat – including its price tag card of 10/6 representing that even his own headpiece is meant to be sold.
3. Representing the famous scene of the Mad Hatter’s unbirthday party, the Disney Alice in Wonderland Unbirthday Party Teapot Charm (SGD129) sees the Puppy peeking out from inside a blue Victorian teapot along with a dangling pocket watch – which represents that time has stopped in Wonderland.
4. Go down the rabbit hole of your childhood memories with the Disney Alice in Wonderland Cheshire Cat Charm (SGD89), an existing charm that fits right in with the new collection. Created in collaboration with Disney’s in-house toy design team, the cat’s design is centred on an enlarged head and smaller body that highlights his mysterious grin.
Marking the beginning to Alice’s adventures in the vintage tale, the Disney Alice in Wonderland Key & Door Knob Dangle Charm (SGD99) is inspired by the scene between Alice and the talking door knob. Spot the three-dimensional door doorknob with facial features, along with the engraved message ‘A new adventure’.
Crafted in sterling silver and icy blue transparent enamel, the Disney Alice in Wonderland Drink Me Dangle Charm (SGD99) a new technique that recreates the effect of glass, so that Alice’s dress is visible directly through it – a representation of Alice shrunken into a bottle from the film. Just like Alice, the charm has the engraving “Always” and “Curious” as a reminder to keep that childlike wonder.
The Cheshire Cat shows his signature grin on one side of the openwork charm and Absolem the caterpillar sits on a mushroom on the other side. This Disney Alice in Wonderland Cheshire Cat & Absolem Caterpillar Charm (SGD69) is created with a notable sense of depth and intricacy, with carefully crafted details like cut-out leaves and the gate to Wonderland.
Be reminded that everything is possible with the quote “Nothing in impossible” engraved into the charm.
The Disney x Pandora Alice in Wonderland pieces are now available at all Pandora stores and online at https://sg.pandora.net/en/.
We often hear the refrain, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade”. But what can we do when life deals us with a pandemic? Gather two friends andOn March 29, 2021 / By Nookmag
We often hear the refrain, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade”. But what can we do when life deals us with a pandemic? Gather two friends and start a new business of course! That was exactly what three enterprising men – an events company managing director, Jeremy Tan; an ex-fitness sales consultant, Ixson Tan; and Singapore’s “Hawker Hunk”, Walter Tay – did after the COVID-19 lock-down, and Jus Juice It was born.
A new homegrown take-and-go fresh fruit juice outlet, Jus Juice It (就榨吧) has recently launched at V Hotel Lavender on 70 Jellicoe Road. With an introductory menu of nine fruit juice concoctions to choose from, the outlet offers customers the option to add generous toppings of bite-sized fresh fruits for more texture and goodness in every cup.
“We see this as an opportune time to launch Jus Juice It, as Singaporeans are now more concerned than before about strengthening their body’s immune system, and taking care of their health and wellness in general,” says Jus Juice It’s Co-Founder, Jeremy Tan. After spending over two months to perfect each offering on their menu, Jus Juice It’s founders hope that their fresh, enjoyable and competitively-priced concoctions will increasingly make juice drinking the choice beverage for a perk-me-up.
While he is better known for his fried carrot cake stall at Bukit Panjang and Kampung Admiralty, which he has managed with his father since 2015, Walter is now responsible for curating the range of drinks that Jus Juice It offers, and shares that all the fruits at Jus Juice It are imported from neighbouring countries every other day to ensure freshness.
As fans have discovered, each 200ml cup of fresh fruit juice is priced from SGD3 to SGD5.80, and a topping of bite-sized fresh fruits can be added for SGD1 or SGD1.50 per cup, depending on the type of fruits chosen.
“We want to lead a new wave in juice-drinking and fruit-eating as a natural choice, or even a necessity, in Singaporeans’ daily lifestyle, and aim to make Jus Juice It a household name, synonymous with quality juices and fresh fruits,” added Jeremy while pointing out the need to hydrate and replenish vitamins and minerals into our body system through fruit consumption.
Always passionate and seeking inspiration for new juice concoctions, Ixson Tan, a co-founder of Jus Juice It, overheard several customers complaining about the unbearable heat in recent days. He then saw an opportunity, and created CoCo Craze (CCC), made with fresh coconut water, generous chunks of coconut meat, coconut cream (no cholesterol) and fresh milk, to help cool down those heated tonsils!As a bonus, coconut water also contains cytokines that act as a natural moisturiser to hydrate and keep our skin supple and firm.
For a fruity twist, try the HP Up (orange, Calpis and aloe vera) or PPAP (pineapple, apple and honey) for a great summer thirst-quencher!
JUS JUICE IT
V Hotel Lavender, #01-14
70 Jellicoe Road
(Delivery available via GrabFood)
Every year, Guinness pulls out all the stops for St. Patrick’s Day by bringing together the Irish culture, iconic beer, shamrocks and everything green for a joyous celebration.On March 16, 2021 / By Nookmag
Every year, Guinness pulls out all the stops for St. Patrick’s Day by bringing together the Irish culture, iconic beer, shamrocks and everything green for a joyous celebration. This year, after a challenging 2020, Guinness is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with a twist by raising a glass to every Singaporean with the first-ever St. Everyone’s Day!
While the past year has provided its fair share of challenges, it has also brought out the best in Singaporeans. From those battling away on the frontlines, to the ones helping their grandparents with their emails, and even those who have simply been great friends and colleagues, everyone has acted like a saint in their own way.
In celebration of St. Everyone’s Day, Guinness is honouring everyone’s saintly deeds, big or small, with a free Guinness!
Visit the St. Everyone’s Day website at get.guinness.com today and enter your details to redeem a free half pint of Guinness. And because all good things must be shared, nominate another saint to share a half pint with a deserving friend. So spread the word about St. Everyone’s Day, because everyone deserves a great St. Patrick’s Day celebration!
Starting from 1 March, gather your saintly friends and family and head to any participating bars to redeem and enjoy the well-deserved Guinness on us! Everyone’s invited so be prepared to immerse yourself in the festivities! Come dress in your finest green outfit and bring out your best St. Everyone’s Day spirit.
A term that was first coined in Japan in the 1980s, White Day is typically celebrated on 14 March, one month after Valentine’s Day. In appreciation for theOn March 14, 2021 / By Renata
A term that was first coined in Japan in the 1980s, White Day is typically celebrated on 14 March, one month after Valentine’s Day. In appreciation for the gifts they received on Valentine’s Day, people (mostly males) would give a gift to their admirer in return on this day. Although it first began in Japan, this holiday is now celebrated in various countries across South East Asia, including South Korea, Taiwan and even in some of the bigger cities in China.
As photographs are a perfect medium to remember special occasions with, we decided to speak to three couples in the instant photography community to discover how they came together through a bond sparked by photography. Likewise, while most of us in Singapore don’t celebrate White Day, we asked our couples what they would gift each other if they were to celebrate the occasion.
The first couple we asked, Brandon and Phoebe, run a Polaroid retail company known to the instant photography community as OKB. “It’s another chance for me to get chocolates from Brandon!” Phoebe laughs, as Brandon told us that he was unaware of White Day’s existence. “I guess I’ll have to get Phoebe chocolates now on every White Day…” He muses.
Our second couple (Damian and Sandra) on the other hand, are well known in the instant photography community and go by the moniker damianwithsandra. Despite not celebrating White Day, they expressed that they typically like to give things to each other regardless of the occasion, and don’t have any views on this holiday in particular.
Last but not least, our third couple consists of Felix, who is well versed in lomography shots and Hanna who is known for her double exposure images. “[White Day] is an interesting take on appreciation because reminds the men to celebrate their partners. If we were to celebrate it, I’d give Hanna some white frame Polaroids and take her to art galleries,” said Felix, while Hanna decided that she would love to “get Felix a white set of wheels or a pair of trucks for his longboards for White day,” before going for a stroll with skates and a polaroid camera in tow.
More about each couple…
BRANDON & PHOEBE
Fun and quirky with a ribbon or handkerchief in her hair, you’ll never miss spotting Phoebe on the streets. As much as this fashionista is an avid photographer both at leisure and professionally, her real love for Polaroids began with wefies taken on an old polaroid camera. In contrast, Brandon’s love for instant photography sparked with an old Polaroid photo taken during his youth.
Although they only met briefly online, their chance meeting quickly became a regular occurrence after Brandon first invited Phoebe out on a photowalk with his friends from the instant photography community. This common interest was later fueled by a pet peeve shared between both of them (“not all instant photography are Polaroids!“), which led Brandon to ask Phoebe on a date over a vintage Hello Kitty Polaroid.
The rest is history as the couple attend conventions and flea markets together, setting up booths and eventually, a company fueled by their passion for Polaroids. “One of our best experiences till date was at the first culture cartel convention. We had a Polaroid booth at the marketplace, and the highlight was hunting for people to shoot around the event space during our break. We managed to catch a graffiti artist, a prominent KOL of the street scene, and even the event organiser on Polaroid!”
DAMIAN & SANDRA
Having been together for several years, Damian and Sandra were classmates in polytechnic, and both discovered their love for photography before they met. Although they spent some time apart during their university days, they eventually got together officially after graduation and reignited their passion for instant film photography together.
I moved away from it but never forgot about Polaroids…
“When we first explored the world of instant film photography together, we were disappointed to hear that Polaroid had long ceased their production of analog film and cameras. However, we encountered the Impossible Project; a group of like-minded individuals who had painstakingly acquired old Polaroid technology to recreate and re-produce integral film. We got our first SX-70 Sonar Polaroid Camera and Impossible Project film, and our first time shooting the film was an exciting adventure, unknown or unaware of how the film would turn out,” shared the couple while telling us about their Instagram account, which documents their photography journey in the hopes of meeting other like-minded enthusiasts.
Along the paths they’ve weathered in their photography journey, one of their most memorable experiences lie in their trip to Turkey, Cyprus and Greece. Having planned this leg of their Europe trip with photography in mind, it comes as no surprise that they managed to capture precious moments in shooting the night sky and stars in the middle of North Cyprus; standing from the mountains of Meteora and watching the sunset; and capturing the centuries-old monuments in the heart of Istanbul.
FELIX & HANNA
Yet another couple to meet through the internet, Felix and Hanna found each other through the online photography community on lomography a few years ago. They finally met face-to-face in Manila while Hanna was on holiday, and eventually progressed from being very good friends to being in a relationship for the past almost seven years. Although they are now dating long distance (Felix is in Malaysia and Hanna is in Singapore), they find joy in their shared love for photography and show each other the interesting spots in their respective cities whenever they have the opportunity to travel together.
While Hanna’s first experience with Polaroids came from borrowing Felix’s cameras, he eventually gifted her with her very own Polaroid camera for Christmas, which she then relied on to keep herself preoccupied during the Covid-19 lockdown period in Singapore. “That’s when I really fell in love with it.”
In contrast, Felix first came across Polaroid photography in a film shop in Manila. “They were selling Polaroid cameras and film along with Lomography (Lomo) products. I was into film and Lomo at the time, and Polaroid definitely piqued my interest but it was quite expensive for me at the time.” It was only later on that Felix rediscovered Polaroids through SX-70 cameras in a bid to explore portrait photography.
Tips and tricks?
As we moved to understand more about instant photography and Polaroid in particular, we asked our three couples to share their advice for people embarking on their instant photography journeys for the first time.
“Just grab a camera and start shooting, you will start discovering what you like and don’t like about it,” advises Brandon, “and also, join groups like ours for updates and photowalks. That’s the best way to learn and meet the rest!”
“Learn to embrace the imperfections of shooting Polaroid film! In the first place, Polaroids are known to produce softer tones, so one should not expect the same quality as digital cameras. In fact, the soft tones of the Polaroid appeal to some photographers, even despite shooting with sharp lenses. Further, we believe the beauty of shooting Polaroids lies in its occasional unpredictability.”
Damian and Sandra share that despite obtaining unintended results at times during their journey as instant photographers, “we thrive in that moment of anticipation and excitement while we wait for the physical Polaroid to develop. Ultimately, the experience of shooting Polaroid film matters even more than the result, as it helps you to be a better photographer and also to learn how to appreciate this beautiful medium.”
Likewise, Felix encourages us to “appreciate the quirks of polaroid film and explore different ways of shooting it; there’s no wrong way!” while Hanna reminds us not to be afraid of making mistakes. “Have fun! There’s so many things you can do with shooting on polaroids!”
As White Day drops in on us (today!), how would you celebrate this second Valentine’s Day? Tell us here!
Skechers introduces its latest collaboration collection with Los Angeles-based visual artist Joshua Vides bringing 2D pop-art sketches to life. Launching on 1 March both online and in stores,On February 24, 2021 / By Nookmag
Skechers introduces its latest collaboration collection with Los Angeles-based visual artist Joshua Vides bringing 2D pop-art sketches to life.
Launching on 1 March both online and in stores, the Skechers X Reality To Idea collection features a range of footwear, apparel and accessories for both men and women in a monochromatic colour palette, including a unique transparent panelled design for the sneakers.
After the brand’s previous collaborations with artists and streetwear designers including Jeremy Ville and Chinatown Market, Skechers is joining hands with Joshua Vides, known for his iconic black-and-white sketch illusions and the creator of “Reality To Idea”.
His art style focuses on creating an alternate reality of making real-life objects appear as monochromatic drawings, giving the visual illusion of transforming 3D shapes into 2D works of art. The Skechers X Reality To Idea collection is thus inspired by this art concept, featuring sketch lines and black-and-white design elements across the various footwear, apparel and bag styles.
In particular, the collaboration brings forth a new take on Skechers’ retro style Stamina 2.0 sneaker silhouette, using Reality to Idea’s iconic black-and-white colour palette for a minimalist, monochromatic look that is full of street vibes. There is also a unique detail in the transparent panel along the shoe upper, which allows the interior 2D artwork to be showcased.
When wearing the shoes, one can either match with the same colour of black or white socks, or pair a contrasting combination such as the black shoes with white socks for an edgy look. The chunky-heeled sneaker also includes Skechers’ signature Air Cooled Memory Foam insole for cushioned comfort.
The Skechers X Reality To Idea Collection launches on 1 March at seven Skechers stores islandwide: Wisma Atria, Plaza Singapura, Bugis Junction, Suntec City, Great World, VivoCity and Jewel Changi Airport. It will also be available online.
History is in the making for made-in-Singapore music as Universal Music Singapore unveils their newest artist – Iman Fandi. The world’s leading music label presents yet another spellbindingOn February 22, 2021 / By Nookmag
History is in the making for made-in-Singapore music as Universal Music Singapore unveils their newest artist – Iman Fandi.
The world’s leading music label presents yet another spellbinding multi-hyphenate talent gifted with a gorgeous voice and compelling songwriting flair. As Iman Fandi takes her place in the UMG roster that boasts some of the most celebrated names in the tapestry of modern Singaporean music with the likes of Yung Raja, Fariz Jabba and ALYPH, she is poised not only for an illustrious music career, but to be the next female popstar in a new generation of young Singaporean talents.
The only daughter of Fandi Ahmad, Singapore’s most beloved and renowned sports icon, Iman Fandi is no stranger to being a public figure and performer. In the public eye since she was a child, the 20-year-old has grown up with an intimate understanding of the dedication and hard work required in the honing of her craft. With her various accolades as an athlete, model and influencer, she has turned heads with a spirit that is singular, defining and so utterly compelling.
Iman Fandi grew up with a rich and diverse musical palette but her latter-day influences orbit the show-stopping pop and R&B likes of The Weekend, Rihanna and Beyoncé.
Her musical journey will display a sense of purpose and integrity that will, undoubtedly, affirm her place of prominence in a generation of musicians who will steer the needle of pop culture.
“The main reason I write and release music is so that people will know they’re not alone in feeling a certain way”, says Iman Fandi as she outlines her mission as an artist. This empathy comes from a place of empowerment and determination: “I want to be better. I also want to branch out and explore territories outside of Asia. I love experimenting and trying new things and I feel that being signed to the biggest label in the world will push me to do my very best – and more.”
On 19 February 2021, her debut single “Timeframe” written by her, produced by Singaporean hip-hop luminary Flightsch and mixed by 13-time Grammy-winning engineer John Hanes, who has lent his expert touch to numerous records by pop’s A-list such as, The Weeknd, Ariana Grande, Taylor Swift and Lana Del Rey, will make her aims and intentions clear.
Music for hope, inspiration, awe and healing – Iman Fandi aims to deliver on all counts with a distinction that is timely yet timeless, smoulderingly personal yet universally destined. “Timeframe” and its visual statement in the form of a well-conceptualized music video, are just the beginning of her exquisite bloom.
Time to Frame Singapore’s new icon – Iman Fandi.
“Timeframe” is now available for pre-add/save on all digital streaming platforms.
From now till 31 March, head on over to PAZZION Café (located at Jewel Changi Airport) for a fun-filled experience curating your very own unique rice bowl fromOn February 18, 2021 / By Nookmag
From now till 31 March, head on over to PAZZION Café (located at Jewel Changi Airport) for a fun-filled experience curating your very own unique rice bowl from the variety ingredients available!
With a healthy base of brown rice, choose between tender braised pork belly or the flavourful sesame soy chicken for a mouthwatering protein fix. Then throw in two cold and one hot vegetable options for a healthy boost before finishing off with your favourite dressing and a topping to complete your bowl. To seal the deal, each set comes with a green tea (Iced/Hot) at only SGD12.90, with the option to top up for other beverages if green tea doesn’t suite your vibe.
The Mix ‘n’ Match Rice Bowl sets are available on weekdays, from now till 31 March at 11am to 3pm.
Monday to Thursday | 11am – 8.30pm
Friday, Saturday and Sunday | 10am – 9pm
(Last order to be placed 30 minutes before closing time)