It’s that time of the year again. A time to don your finest lederhosen or dirndls, raise a stein of ERDINGER and shout “Prost!” Just when you thoughtOn September 22, 2020 / By Nookmag
It’s that time of the year again. A time to don your finest lederhosen or dirndls, raise a stein of ERDINGER and shout “Prost!” Just when you thought Oktoberfest was cancelled along with the rest of 2020, leading German wheat beer brand Erdinger is here to help you enjoy a thoroughly authentic Oktoberfest experience.
With Erdinger, every day’s a fest this October. Beer and Oktoberfest aficionados can grab four of your best buddies and celebrate an evening out in true Bavarian style while enjoying attractive ERDINGER promotions at partner outlets including Harry’s, Café Frienzie, The Chamber @ Capital Square, Baden Restaurant & Pub and more. What’s more, the festivities can continue from the comfort of your own couch!
To bring the Oktoberfest spirit into your home, Erdinger is launching its exclusive “How to Oktoberfest” kit to mark the traditional German festival in this unprecedented time. True to its values of quality, enjoyment and a cosmopolitan outlook, Erdinger’s limited edition kit brings Oktoberfest to life at home so you can gather and prost with those close to you.
As the perfect accompaniment to Erdinger’s classic and well-loved wheat beer, the “How to Octoberfest” kit contains everything you need to celebrate Oktoberfest at home. Bottles of great-tasting Erdinger? Check. Tall Erdinger beer glasses to cheers with? Check. Quirky lederhosen and dirndls get-ups for him and her? Check. Instagram-worthy Oktoberfest-themed decorations and props to transform your humble abode into a space fit for a festival? Check and check!
Oktoberfest is the world’s largest beer festival celebrated in Munich, Germany. With a stein of Erdinger Weissbier, you will be able to enjoy a true taste of Bavaria that will almost make you forget where you really are. Whether you’re planning a night out or throwing a small party at home, celebrating Oktoberfest means surrounding yourself with good friends, delicious German feast, and great tasting Erdinger.
Stock up on the German wheat beer to turn any day into a fest with Erdinger. From 30 September, the limited edition “How to Oktoberfest” kit comes free with every purchase of 12 x 500ml carton of Erdinger Wheat Beer Bottle on e-commerce platforms Lazada Redmart, Shopee S-Mart and Amazon PrimeNow, while stocks last.
For more on how Erdinger will be marking Oktoberfest through the month of October, check out the official Instagram page, @erdingersg.
When it comes to superstars, it’s harder to find a bigger iconic figure of our generation than Beyoncé, which makes the latest collaboration with Adidas extremely fitting. ForOn September 21, 2020 / By Jochebel Khong
When it comes to superstars, it’s harder to find a bigger iconic figure of our generation than Beyoncé, which makes the latest collaboration with Adidas extremely fitting.
For this collaboration, Beyoncé has reimagined the iconic silhouette. The sneaker keeps its recognisable three stripes and a heel patch in core black, but transformed it into a pointed-toe, platform version. A rubber sole wraps around the platform sole creating a chunky, structured feel. Complimenting the pointy end, the lateral also features new sharp angles. Beyoncé keeps the co-branding subtle with her name printed on the insole just beneath adidas‘ Trefoil logo.
The Beyoncé Superstar sneaker retails at $280, launching 18 September at adidas Originals Pacific Plaza, adidas Originals VivoCity and on adidas.com.sg.
7-Eleven has teamed up with Coca-Cola to launched the first ever official crossover store at the House of Eden. Spanning two levels, the crossover store is designed inOn September 20, 2020 / By Jochebel Khong
7-Eleven has teamed up with Coca-Cola to launched the first ever official crossover store at the House of Eden. Spanning two levels, the crossover store is designed in Coca-Cola’s iconic red.
Welcoming customers on the exterior of the store is a giant Coca-Cola Splash tree, as well as wooden Coca-Cola crates and a mini cooler. The first floor feature convienient ready-to-eat snacks such as fresh and hot chicken selections as well as baked goods including Cocoa Hazelnut Croissant, Pain Au Raisin, Tomato Cheese Tart, and more and of course, Coca-Cola.
Walk up the LED-lit Coca-Cola branded staircase to level 2 and you’ll find the 7-Eleven x Coca Cola Pit Stop wall that pays homeage to everything uniquely Singapore, from familiar Singaporean colloquial phrases to hawker centres staples, and even well-known landmarks.
There are even two special claw machines where they can let your hair down by callenging friends to win fantastic 7-Eleven and Coca-Cola prizes. What’s even more exciting is that these prizes and constantly updated and include foldable bikes, picnic table, a 20-inch luggage, beverage tumblers, sandwiches and packed meals, and more. Tokens to play these games will be provided with a minimum spend of S$7 at the retail area (which will have to include the purchase of any participating product – Coca-Cola, Sprite, A&W).
To celebrate the opening, customers will receive a limited-edition Coca-Cola tumbler with the purchase of four Coca-Cola 500ml bottles in a single receipt. The promotion is only available at the 7-Eleven X Coca-Cola crossover store and valid till 30 September, while stock lasts.
7 Eleven x Coca Cola Crossover store
House of Eden
4 Robinson Road, Singapore 048543
Earlier this month, dubblefilm celebrated the worldwide launch of their latest 35mm camera , SHOW, online and in selected stores. A fun, affordable 35mm reusable camera with flash,On September 19, 2020 / By Nookmag
Earlier this month, dubblefilm celebrated the worldwide launch of their latest 35mm camera , SHOW, online and in selected stores. A fun, affordable 35mm reusable camera with flash, SHOW readily replaces the insane amount of disposable cameras trashed every year, as well as provides a more affordable alternative to overpriced 2nd hand cameras during the huge 35mm film revival that we’re currently experiencing today.
Available at €55 from dubblefilm, SHOW uses any colour or black & white 35mm film, and includes a cotton neck strap, custom Nähe case by Hightide Japan, and Riso printed instructions illustrated by Jose A. Roda in each pack.
32mm Lens f=8
Shutter speed 1/125s
Focus = 1m to ∞
Electric flash powered by one AAA battery (not included)
Size: 114mm(W) x 63mm(H) x 35mm(D)
Cotton neck strap
PVC with metal zip
Size: 118mm(W) x 89mm(H) x 60mm(D)
Inside and outside pockets
dubblefilm is a Barcelona-based photography brand launched in October 2017 as a spin off from an iOS photo app called dubble. dubblefilm aims to bring creativity and fun to the analogue community with their range of speciality 35mm films, effects and accessories such as their nylon camera straps in bold colours that can be found in many stores worldwide. With the latest launch, SHOW is a very important addition to the dubblefilm product range.
Jannine Weigel is releasing her new single ‘Passcode’ today! The Thai-German artist is a fresh breed of pop star and ‘Passcode’ is the first release for innovative new record label RedRecords. Produced byOn September 18, 2020 / By Sofea
Jannine Weigel is releasing her new single ‘Passcode’ today! The Thai-German artist is a fresh breed of pop star and ‘Passcode’ is the first release for innovative new record label RedRecords.
Produced by the Grammy-nominated record producer Tommy Brown, renowned for his work with Ariana Grande, Chris Brown, Fifth Harmony and more, ‘Passcode’ is a euphoric dance-pop anthem co-written by Canadian singer-songwriter Jessie Reyez. The single is accompanied by a dazzling video directed by Philip Rom Kulleh. Some of Malaysia and Thailand’s biggest TikTok influencers feature amongst the cast of the video, shot and produced in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia!
The single marks the arrival of a new wave of Asian pop music. A-Pop is ready for its moment in the spotlight. It’s a fitting global introduction for Weigel, who is already a superstar in Thailand. “I’m so excited for everyone to hear ‘Passcode’!,” she says. “I love that it captures my personality perfectly – fun and bubbly, but with a little bit of an edge.”
Weigel is an artist who connects on a universal scale at the same time as forming an intimate bond with her fans. Her infectious personality has already helped her reach eye-popping numbers on social media with millions of followers across multiple platforms. At a fresh age of 20, she has already had a successful career as an actor, model and influencer. But singing has always been her biggest passion. “Singing is what truly makes me happy,” she says. “I love how music can affect people and how a song can evoke raw emotions in all of us.”
Weigel is an apt first signing for RedRecords, the exciting new joint venture between AirAsia and Universal Music Group. The label is committed to shining a light on the talent that lies within ASEAN, devoted to developing Asian artists and putting Asian pop music on a global platform. It’s a region full of pop superstars waiting to be heard! RedRecords CEO Hassan Choudhury remarks, “When [CEO of AirAsia Group] Tony Fernandes and I became aware of Jannine, our backgrounds in music and entertainment told us that this was an artist primed for worldwide success.” He continues, “With the ambition we have for RedRecords, along with the extensive global marketing resources at our disposal, Jannine was the obvious choice as our first signing,” says Choudhury.
In the US, RedRecords have partnered with iconic label Def Jam Recordings, where artists such as Kanye West, Justin Bieber and Alessia Cara are continuing its illustrious history, to release Weigel’s music. It’s the sort of lineage to which Weigel belongs. “I want to be able to inspire people out there,” she says. I feel like I’m proof that as long as you never give up, anyone can have a shot at achieving their dreams, no matter where they come from.” A daring new talent in pop music has arrived. ‘Passcode’ is just the beginning for Jannine Weigel and RedRecords.
Although popcorn flavours have traditionally laid within the boundaries of sweet or savoury, earlier this year, a not-so-new contender has decided to reintroduce themselves to the popcorn marketOn September 17, 2020 / By Nookmag
Although popcorn flavours have traditionally laid within the boundaries of sweet or savoury, earlier this year, a not-so-new contender has decided to reintroduce themselves to the popcorn market with new snazzy packaging to match their wacky flavour offerings.
In late August, we said hi to The Kettle Gourmet with their infusion of local flavours into their popcorn range. Imagine opening a bag of popcorn with a kick of sambal chilli and Nasi Lemak flavouring, or even tasting our local favourite Chilli Crab dish in every bite! While they also offer basic flavours such as Chocolate or Salted Caramel, we especially loved the Nasi Lemak flavoured popcorn above all else for its sambal kick at the start, and the faint lingering coconut milk aftertaste. That said, we’re looking forward to munching on the Chicken Floss flavoured popcorn when we can get our hands on it!
For interested gourmet popcorn hunters, The Kettle Gourmet offers family packs for SGD15 per pack, 6-pack sets of any single flavour at SGD30, as well as bundle deals with a variety of flavours for SGD30 on their website.
The Kettle Gourmet is a B2B popcorn manufacturer and distributor that’s known for their wacky flavours. Having rebranded themselves recently, the Singapore based startup presents the company’s commitment to go beyond the COVID-19 pandemic in its new packaging, setting a fresh tone to welcome the new normal, and has resulted in a 247% growth in terms of revenue during this period.
Launched in July of 2017 by Zac Chua, The Kettle Gourmet was an accidental start-up that began as a solo operation in SMU, which hit its first milestone within a year by reaching a daily sales volume of 300 bags of popcorn. As of 2020, they have been moving more than 600 bags a day, and have since expanded their manufacturing and operations team to Kuala Lumpur to cater to the surge in demand from their B2B clients around the region, including countries such as Brunei, China, and Indonesia, even amidst the Covid pandemic.
“I felt that this was a good opportunity to work on our business foundation. Since most companies are on defense mode and the entire economy is stagnating during the pandemic, why not take the time to work on how to stand out in the industry?” No stranger to getting results through unconventional means, Zac started the entire company with less than SGD100 while pursuing his degree. Since their rebranding, The Kettle Gourmet has managed to beat the odds, helping his growing team find renewed focus and a clear direction.
Referring to the new packaging, Chan Zi Wei, CFO of The Kettle Gourmet points out that the rebranding is simple, fun and expressive. “The snack monster now gives character to each bag of popcorn. When you read the copy on the packaging you can feel the attitude from the monsters and you will be excited to open the bag. Popcorn is and has always been a fun product, so it’s always a good feeling to go back to what we loved as children.”
The rebranding has also opened greater collaborative possibilities with partners. Being a digital-first company has been instrumental during this period, Zac says, “Since more and more companies are switching to work-from-home (WFH), we needed a different take from convention – we needed to innovate outside of business norms. So by pivoting fast through adding more digital channels, our drop-in pantry sales were quickly compensated by our online sales.” These digital channels have also been responsible for offering customisation options to match the unique messaging for their clients, enabling The Kettle Gourmet to be an active player in the gifting market.
Re-invention remains a cornerstone of the business; with 22 being the average age of employees in The Kettle Gourmet, the formation of new flavours and product offerings has been a collective effort that Zac oversees. The rebranding is a crucial step for the company in time to come, “I look at branding as an investment where the ROI is unknown – but if done right, can take your business to a whole new level.” Zac continues, “So with limited downside and unlimited upside, why not?”
A few weeks ago, Polaroid launched a new pocket printer for your imagination, the Polaroid Hi-Print. Using the dye-sublimation process for fade-proof prints, Polaroid continues to bridge theOn September 13, 2020 / By Nookmag
A few weeks ago, Polaroid launched a new pocket printer for your imagination, the Polaroid Hi-Print. Using the dye-sublimation process for fade-proof prints, Polaroid continues to bridge the gap between instant photography and digital creativity by offering a premium 2×3 pocket printer with stickered backs.
Find it, print it, stick it: it’s that simple with the Polaroid Hi-Print. A friendly pocket printer that turns photos, screenshots and the digital world on your smartphone into high-quality, credit card- sized, self-adhesive prints.
As Polaroid expands its range of portable, easy-to-use mobile printers, the dye-sublimation printing technology offers brilliant, consistent, and high-resolution photographs. With all-in-one cartridges, the Hi-Print printer uses heat to seal in the final image in under a minute for water-resistant prints. Featuring an adhesive back, the idea is that Hi-Print photos would find their homes on lockers, scrapbooks, and more.
The Polaroid Hi-Print is the first instant digital product to be released from Polaroid since the company’s rebrand in March, marking its dedication to all facets of the classic Polaroid experience: transforming memories into physical photos.
The Polaroid Hi-Print brings mobile photos and memories to life through the iOS and Android supported app. The Polaroid Hi-Print app allows users to further unleash their creativity with an extensive suite of photo editing tools including filters, overlays, frames, text, stickers, and more.
For vibrant premium prints, the Polaroid Hi-Print uses 2.1-by-3.4 inch (54 × 86mm) paper cartridges. The new dye-sub paper offers an all-in-one cartridge containing a color ribbon and 10 sheets of photo paper, with two cartridges included in each package. It’s all you need to print pocket size, lifelike photos ready to stick here, near, and everywhere.
In general, Hi-Print highlights include the following features.
Now available, you can get the Polaroid Hi-Print 2×3 Pocket Photo Printer online from Polaroid for €99.99, and the Polaroid Hi-Print 2×3 Paper Cartridge (20 prints) at €16.99, excluding shipping fees. Alternatively, check out local retailer OKB Polaroid to skip the waiting time, where the printer and paper cartridges will be available for SGD218 and SGD28 per piece respectively.
Herschel Supply Co. pays homage to Mickey Mouse in the second collaboration with Disney, featuring a collection of travel bags and accessories. In a 9-piece collection of signatureOn September 8, 2020 / By Nookmag
In a 9-piece collection of signature Herschel silhouettes, along with 2 renditions of their Sylas Cap, with a black-and-white archival image of the mouse plastered all over the collection. The print appears on backpacks, crossbody bags and fanny packs, as well as a duffel bag and a buckled camper backpack. Each bag also features a Mickey-printed interior.
With iconic styles like the Little America Backpack, Novel Duffle and Nineteen Hip Pack, each bag is just as functional – expect handy storage pockets, adjustable straps and sturdy zippers across the collection. You can expect to find Herschel’s classic white woven label, and true to this collection would be the Disney woven tab along with an exclusive co-branded Mickey: The True Original interior label.
The Disney x Herschel collection ranges from SGD49.90 to SGD199.90, and will be available at Herschel stores and at Herschel’s Lazmall from 9 September.
Following the inaugural ‘Music Is Universal’ Virtual Edition featuring singer-songwriter Jeremy Zucker on 27 August 2020, the exclusive invite-only showcase is having a go for round 2 withOn September 4, 2020 / By Sofea
Following the inaugural ‘Music Is Universal’ Virtual Edition featuring singer-songwriter Jeremy Zucker on 27 August 2020, the exclusive invite-only showcase is having a go for round 2 with none other than the breakout musician Gracie Abrams!
The 20-year-old has taken the world by storm since 2019. Her single ‘I miss you, I’m sorry’ has over 17 million plays on Spotify alone! With 2 million listeners monthly and counting, be one of the lucky few to see her perform live right in your bedroom on 12 September 2020 at 2pm local time.
For this special event, Universal Music Group is inviting 20 lucky Singaporeans to join the exclusive showcase! All you have to do is go to this link and submit your details, state which song should Gracie Abrams perform during the showcase and why.
Contest ends 10 September 2020 at 2pm and winners will be notified via email. So, what are you waiting for?
Vans, the original action sports brand and global advocate for creative expression announces the worldwide expansion of the brand’s celebrated music platform, Vans Musicians Wanted. Originally launched in Vans’ Asia-Pacific regionOn September 3, 2020 / By Sofea
Vans, the original action sports brand and global advocate for creative expression announces the worldwide expansion of the brand’s celebrated music platform, Vans Musicians Wanted. Originally launched in Vans’ Asia-Pacific region in 2015, the Vans Musicians Wanted competition is a global music platform that provides undiscovered musicians a chance for their original music to be heard by a global audience.
This year’s competition has evolved into a seamless digital experience, and will award one grand prize winner the opportunity to share the stage with Vans Ambassador and Grammy award winning artist Anderson .Paak.
Launching in partnership with the trailblazing talent from Vans’ final chapter of the ‘THIS IS OFF THE WALL‘ brand campaign released yesterday, Vans shares the compelling journey of two artists: Atlanta-based rapper, J.I.D and Chinese-born and American-raised artist, Bohan Phoenix, who express their personal identities through music. Vans has partnered with J.I.D and Bohan Phoenix to serve as guest judges for the global competition.
Vans’ ‘THIS IS OFF THE WALL’ campaign stories celebrate creative expression through the pursuit of artists making their own way forward in hip hop. The genre has become a distinct language of choice for young voices who continue to work to forge their own path by any means necessary.
Joining J.I.D and Bohan Phoenix as special guest judges, European based singer-songwriter Nilüfer Yanya, and Grammy award-winning artist, Anderson .Paak will review the top-5 artists from each region. Top-5 artists from APAC will perform at the Vans Musicians Wanted Virtual Concert this December, they will also receive free album distribution through Spinnup, Universal Music Group’s distribution service for independent artists.
One grand prize winner will be selected to receive Vans product, Fender Gear, Vans Spotify and Apple Music playlisting, music video produced by Universal Music Group and one year of free and unlimited global music distribution from Spinnup (APAC exclusive), and the opportunity to share the stage with Anderson .Paak as the opening act in 2021.
Let’s face it, virtual meetings have lost their novelty. As Work From Home Fatigue (WFHF) becomes more prevalent, Singapore’s leading zero-alcohol beer Heineken® 0.0 is stepping up toOn September 2, 2020 / By Nookmag
Let’s face it, virtual meetings have lost their novelty. As Work From Home Fatigue (WFHF) becomes more prevalent, Singapore’s leading zero-alcohol beer Heineken® 0.0 is stepping up to transform fatigue into intrigue. To make your next virtual meeting flow, now you can “invite” Heineken® 0.0 to attend your meetings – because why sit through a long virtual meeting when you can sip through it?
From 24 August while stocks last, all you have to do is to remember to invite Heineken® 0.0 to your email meeting invite. Simply add [email protected] as an attendee, two working days before your meeting takes place. Once your calendar invite has been accepted by Heineken® 0.0, you and your meeting attendees can all look forward to receiving your own special WFH packs of Heineken® 0.0 delivered directly to your doorsteps. Specially brewed to
achieve Heineken®’s refreshing fruity notes and soft malty body, Heineken® 0.0 is guaranteed to liven up any con call, no matter how long. So if you’ve always dreamed of enjoying the great taste of beer while presenting your pie charts, well, now you can.
“Invite Heineken® 0.0” is available for meetings between 8:00am – 5:30pm, Mondays to Fridays
(standard working hours!) with up to 20 participants. However, only limited meeting slots are available each day, so don’t wait too long to book your meeting in Heineken® 0.0’s calendar. With WFH increasingly becoming our new normal, Heineken® 0.0 helps us make the most of it by expanding the drinking occasions that beer lovers get to enjoy their favourite brew, whether at home or outdoors. Say goodbye to WFHF by embracing this unique “Invite Heineken® 0.0” WFH special, and get ready to enjoy your very own Heineken® 0.0 – 0% alcohol, 100% work friendly.
Award-winning craft beer brewery Heart of Darkness from Saigon, Vietnam has relocated their taproom to a new space on Keong Saik Road. A privately held company thatOn September 2, 2020 / By Nookmag
Award-winning craft beer brewery Heart of Darkness from Saigon, Vietnam has relocated their taproom to a new space on Keong Saik Road.
A privately held company that was founded in 2016 in Saigon, Vietnam, the brand’s focus was on becoming Asia’s premiere craft beer brand. Inspired by the American craft beer scene, Heart of Darkness now produces over 100 new beers a year, while maintaining the highest standard of quality, consistency & availability. The first ever Heart of Darkness brewery is currently located in Saigon, Vietnam and distributes throughout Vietnam as well as internationally in Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, Cambodia, Thailand and Finland. Additionally, Heart of Darkness operates two flagship gastropubs, one in Saigon and the other in Singapore.
With high demand for a bigger and better location, a major upgrade was needed. Heart of Darkness 2.0 brings the same good vibes and hospitality guests have come to expect, now just bigger and better! Guests can now enjoy 25+ craft beers on tap along with a wide variety of wines, creative beer cocktails and a full kitchen cooking up delicious western fusion tapas.
In the heart of the taproom, the centrepiece of the space, a large mural brings to life a Dragon and Merlion intertwined over a setting sun, emphasizing the collaborative nature between Vietnam and Singapore. A local Singaporean visual artist Tobyato (also known as Toby Tan) teamed up with the Heart of Darkness creative team in Vietnam to help bring the two countries identities together, paying homage to the iconic Vietnam brewery in the Singapore bar.
For great food and even better beers, get ready to #enterthedarkness in a new bigger, better and badasser location! Cheers!
Heart of Darkness
1 Keong Saik Road
12 pm – 10:30 pm
Reservations available via
Chope.co | +65 6208 7940 | Website
Imagine this: It’s 1am and you are the only one awake. You’re chasing deadline for work so you’re focused on your laptop on your dining table, typing theOn September 2, 2020 / By Sofea
Imagine this: It’s 1am and you are the only one awake. You’re chasing deadline for work so you’re focused on your laptop on your dining table, typing the night away. Suddenly, you felt a gush of cold air. You checked the air conditioning, but it’s off. The hair at the back of your neck starts to stand and at the corner of your eyes, in the dark hallway…
That got you gripping your seat, huh? For the uninitiated, Hungry Ghost Festival falls on the 7th month of the Chinese Calendar, also known as the Ghost month. In this month, the ghosts of Chinese ancestors are let out of hell – and some spirits may be out to look for vengeance. It is said to be the scariest month of the year! Yes, even spookier than Halloween.
To commemorate the festival, which is celebrated on the 15th day of the 7th month (that’s today!), here are 7 most chilling true ghost stories of Malaysia and Singapore.
I was a new lecturer in a well-known local college that was known for its spooky stories. It was built on the grounds of the previous Japanese occupation, and it was a popular rumor that the buildings were built over the deceased bodies of the war. In our buildings, there was no 4th floor – only 3, 3A and 5, and my students and I used to laugh and say that the college was way too superstitious.
Then came a day when I was hanging back late to finish marking assignments. The lower floors of the college were brightly lit, but the offices above the 3rd floor were darkened as most of the lecturers had gone home. I looked up when someone tapped the glass of the office to see my colleague beckoning for me to come out. She made a hurried eating gesture, so I assumed she wanted to eat dinner together, and proceeded to pack my things and join her.
As we were going down the lift, my colleague asked if I stayed late often, to which I replied no, not really. She then looked around her nervously, as if there were more people in the lift that could hear our conversation.
“It’s not good to stay late. Next time go home by 7,” she said.
“Why? I don’t mind staying late,” I said.
My colleague shuffled her feet. “There is an agreement,” she said, with a tensed smile. Her eyes did not meet mine, even as we exited the lift. Confused, I shrugged it off and assumed she was talking about our contract with the college, and how working hours were flexible. I didn’t bother thinking too much of it as I was hungry, and immediately forgot about it by the next day.
The following week, I stayed late once again to look through more student assignments. The office was quiet and dark except for the light I had on above my desk, and the distant music of the college’s dance club practicing downstairs. As I marked assignment after assignment, I failed to notice that the light through the windows were fading, and that I was the only one left in the office.
Eventually, the first thing I noticed was the cold. I looked up in bewilderment, checking if the air conditioning was still on. Then it hit me that I was the only one in the darkened office, and the cold was seeping through my clothes, down my neck and spine as I slowly turned in my seat.
It felt like I was being watched.
I looked back at my work, and even though my eyes moved across the words on the paper, my mind seemed to be unable to absorb anything. In that instance, I saw something move at the corner of my eye, but something told me to avert my gaze. But it was too late – I swore it was a figure, with an undiscernible face and features that seemed to shift even in the darkness.
With shaking hands, I swept my belongings into my bag and hastily left, stumbling towards the exit of the office. When I looked back through the glass, it seemed like all was quiet – the darkness of the room seemed to mock me, and I wondered for a moment if I had just imagined it. But the longer I looked, the more uncomfortable I felt, so I made my way to the lifts and went downstairs to leave. That night in bed, I had a hard time falling asleep.
The next day when I entered the office, my female colleague looked at me hard, as if scrutinizing my expression. She gestured to me to follow her outside to the hallway, where she spoke to me in hushed tones.
“Were you still in the office after 7 yesterday?” she asked.
“How did you know?”
“You had a weird look on your face. I told you not to stay after 7! You probably made her angry because you stayed late.”
I felt that chill again. The confusion and fear were likely evident on my face as my colleague proceeded to explain further hastily –
In the early days of the college opening its grounds, the staff had some troublesome experiences of the otherworldly sort. Some mornings when lecturers and staff entered the office, it would be in terrible disarray – chairs upturned, papers strewn about, books torn and tables on their sides. No matter how many times things were set straight and fixed, there would eventually be one day where staff would walk in to see the office in a mess. Cameras would glitch out, cellphone reception would fail, and things were reported missing constantly.
After an internal agreement, the college sought the help of a local exorcist, who told them that there was the unrestful spirit of a woman lingering in the office.
“She refuses to leave,” the exorcist said solemnly. “She used to stay here years ago, and she is still looking for her child.”
While the exorcist managed to assure the spirit that the college staff meant no harm, she was apparently adamant on staying. She insisted that if she stayed, she could find her child again. So the exorcist convinced the spirit to strike a deal. During the day, the staff and students could roam about, unharmed and safe from any spiritual activity – however at night after 7, it would be her domain, and she would have the area to herself.
“I honestly don’t really want to believe it,” my colleague admitted sheepishly. “Some people say it could have just been people messing with us. But it’s become a norm, so I just respect the agreement. Good reason not to work too late anyway.”
Ever since that day, I took great care to pack my things and leave by 6pm. Regardless if people believed it or not, or if it was just my imagination that night, I told myself to ‘respect the agreement’, and leave the office before night fell.
Story by Lang*.
Everyone talks about possession in similar ways – a spirit enters a person, and that person then acts in a strange way. Movies, documentaries and all usually end with the person being exorcised, and most likely having no memory of the entire incident. Some people scoff and wave it off as a medical issue, not willing to believe in the supernatural. However, my story is rather unusual, and far from medical, as I got externally possessed.
When I was 13, I frequently felt like my back was weirdly heavy and tense. Even if I was bigger than average as compared to other pre-teens, it constantly felt like I was carrying a bag of very heavy books. One day, my right arm started twisting itself to my back, as if someone was pulling it – it wasn’t forceful or painful, but I knew I had no control over it. At the same time, it felt really ticklish, and I would end up having a laughing fit for no particular reason.
For obvious reasons, my parents grew concerned and decided to take me to a neurologist. Their main worry was that I was experiencing seizures, hence the strange laughing fits and the loss of control of my body. After various tests, the doctor diagnosed me with Frontal Lobe Seizure, and put me on rounds of medication, even epilepsy pills for a while.
The entire time after that, my mother took care to record my ‘episodes’ whenever it happened, to show the doctor during our checkups. Being a typical mother, she shared these videos with the rest of our extended family to tell them about my issues, and to ask for help or recommendations.
This was where things got creepy – my aunt had a young son who was sensitive to the supernatural and claimed that he could see things that others couldn’t. Some took him seriously, and some brushed it off as a child’s nonsense, but he was probably the reason I could live until now. While watching the video with my aunt, the young boy pointed at the screen and said –
“Mama, there are people on his back.”
After prodding him for further information, the young boy described that he saw two small figures – almost child-like – riding my back while pulling and twisting my arm. One even waved at my mother, who was recording the video! While his parents found hard to believe, my parents did not want to take any chances. They arranged for a priest, who then performed an exorcism ritual on me.
Before anyone asks, no, it was not like in the movies – there was no yelling, no blood, no spirits screaming and tearing the house apart, and my face did not contort into different shapes. I remember the whole procedure clearly, in fact; all they did was sit me down, calmly read out a few verses from the holy book, and told me I was good to go. I distinctly remember the only difference I felt was that my back gradually felt lighter, and my shoulders loosened up.
As to the children who were possessing me, no one knew who they were, or why they even chose me. The priest told my parents that it could just be two lost children, who wanted to have a little bit of fun. The spirits were not strong or malicious, and disappeared immediately after the ritual.
I am 23 now, and while the experience was a whole ten years ago, the story is still fun to recount during late-night parties or sleepovers. Not many people can say they’ve been possessed, let alone by two spirits, right? Although it still creeps me out when my aunt’s son – now also grown up – stares weirdly at me, as if he was still picturing the two children waving at him from behind my shoulders.
Story by Patrick*.
The job of an airline stewardess comes with many perks – you get to travel all around the world, stay in luxurious hotels, eat all kinds of food and buy just about anything you ever want. People envy the lifestyle of airline crew, and some even call us ‘glorified waitresses’. They don’t see the job for what it is – long hours standing in a plane rattling several thousand feet in the air, while having to babysit hundreds of cranky passengers. My husband has grown to fear the line ‘chicken or beef’ as sometimes I even say it in my sleep.
But enough about my job and what I have to do, these are just part and parcel of the experience. Fear is like a second emotion to me at this point – flying in a plane that could go down due to problems, bomb threats on board, unruly and violent passengers, and now in the pandemic, literally everything is a risk. What I don’t talk about often enough is my own personal fears that kick in after I land in a different country, and check into a hotel.
Whenever we are assigned a hotel on duty, we usually have the privilege of getting our own room. You may think that it is a luxurious experience – having a big room, a king-sized bed, a large bathtub and television all to myself, but there is an unspoken reason as to why most of the time, we crew end up sharing rooms with each other. It is also the same reason as to why most hotels have a holy book in the dresser next to the bed.
From the biggest, most luxurious hotel in the heart of Vegas, to the tiniest, dingiest room in the alleys of Glasgow, the paranoia was all the same. Every time I stood in front of my room for the night, I would tap the door firmly three times before entering, just like how my mother taught me to. As I entered, I would say ‘thank you for letting me stay’ as I turned on the lights and took off my shoes. The next thing I would do is to open the doors of the bathroom and draw back the shower curtains, my heart beating rapidly as I prayed no one would be hiding back there. Then would be the bed, the window curtains, the closets and anywhere else that could hide a person.
Looking back at it, I confess that it might have been just my young, naïve mind playing tricks on me, telling me that there could be a man waiting in the tub holding a knife, ready to end my life just in 1960’s Psycho, or blood would seep out from under the closets as I opened them. At the same time, I’ve heard too many spooky tales from my seniors in the airline that got under my skin – figures standing around them as they slept in bed, blood pouring out of taps instead of water, experiencing sleep paralysis at night, body parts hidden in the lining of the bed, etc. These stories practically lived rent-free in my mind and replayed themselves frequently as I slept alone in large, dark hotel rooms.
But despite my fears, I’ve never had any paranormal experiences up till a time where I stayed in London years ago as a young stewardess. It was a brightly lit hotel room, with a big bed, wide windows and a marble bathroom with soft fluffy towels. I had a nice dinner with the other crew, came back and took a shower, then made myself a hot cup of English tea – in true British style – before I tucked myself into bed. All seemed fine and well, and I closed my eyes and felt myself drifting off to sleep… until I heard the kettle bubbling.
Confused, I sat up blearily and looked towards the electric kettle, trying to remember if I had forgotten to turn it off after I made my tea. I slid out of bed to turn it off, making sure the kettle’s light stopped blinking before I went back to bed. Once again, I closed my eyes and felt myself slowly sink into sleep.
The next time I jolted awake, it was because the television came on. The laughter from a variety show blared out, echoing around the room. I squinted in the dark, trying to make out where the remote was – could I have accidentally slept on the remote and turned the television on? Eventually I found the remote right next to the television, and I grumpily turned it off, wondering if it was one of those fancy televisions that turned themselves on and acted like an alarm clock. Either way, I was tired and jet lag wasn’t helping, so I crawled back to bed and closed my eyes once more.
While a few good minutes had passed, it seemed as if I closed my eyes for only a few seconds before I heard water slushing in the bathroom. This time, I groggily dragged myself out of bed, thinking if I had been so tired that I forgot to turn off the tap. Turning the bathroom light on, I then realized it wasn’t the sink tap that was on – it was the tap in the bathtub, and I hadn’t even taken a bath in it yet. The showerhead that I had used earlier was still slightly damp, but the tap that I had yet to touch was spitting out jets of water.
Feeling spooked out, I hastily turned off the tap, feeling the chill from the cold water run up my arm. I did not feel as sleepy as before anymore, and I was starting to get scared. Slowly, I walked out of the bathroom and turned on the lights of the hotel room. It felt like my heart was pounding in my throat as I looked around, but I could see nothing out of the ordinary.
As I was about to reach for the lights, I heard the merry bubbling of the kettle once more. This time, I was positive that it wasn’t some fancy, self-boiling kettle, as I had turned the main plug off. At the same time, the television flickered, filling the room with the same, echoing laughter of the late-night variety show.
I did what any scared person would do – I fled the room.
I spent the night at my fellow stewardess’s room, too afraid to return to my own until the next morning. She was understanding enough not to scoff or laugh at me, and kindly told me to stay until I felt comfortable enough to go back to my room. Even so, I gathered my stuff and spent the rest of my time in London staying with my colleague.
As an airline stewardess, that was just one of my various spooky encounters. Over the years, I’ve grown to learn how to respect the spaces I stayed in, and to always stick with my fellow crew the moment I felt uncomfortable about where I was. The countries and hotels may have differed, but my paranoia stayed with me until I resigned from being a crew, and even now when I go on holidays with my family.
Story by Angie*.
It was a normal morning in school and there was nothing particularly memorable about it. After the regular morning assembly, we all made our way back to class and that’s when I realized a group of teachers surrounding someone who had fainted. I was a first aider in school, and I had access to first aid kits, so I decided to bring it down for the teachers. I wasn’t planning to help as I was already late to my first period of the day.
Once I got there, the teachers instructed me and another first aider to assist with bringing the girl to the sick room. We complied though somewhat hesitantly. Once we arrived, we started trying to get her conscious. After a few attempts of tapping on her shoulders and calling out her name, she snapped awake. No, it wasn’t the usual drowsy and weak waking up that one would expect from someone who had just passed out.
She literally sprung up from the bed and sat up. What made me froze was her eyes. They were far from human. This was when I felt the other first aider cling onto my back, she must have seen it too. For a moment, we were both lost and confused but deeply terrified. The girl suddenly became hysterical and 4 men had to hold her down. The teachers eventually called an ustad to perform prayer. This was when I grasped the situation – the girl hadn’t passed out; she was possessed by a spirit.
We had to stay in the room while the prayers were carried out and we were instructed to avoid making eye contact with the girl. After 15 mins of relentless screaming and struggling, the teachers eventually dragged her out to the surau. Upon making sure both my friend and I were okay we were dismissed to class. This experience is one I would never forget as it was the day, I woke up a spirit.
Story by Sherly*.
I was in standard four when I went to my sister’s Canteen Day at the high school beside mine. I brought along a friend as I didn’t want to be left alone, knowing that my sister was tasked to act as a ghost for her class’ ghost house. We spent the entire day walking around, buying food and playing games, strictly avoiding the ghost houses. However, at the end of the day, one ghost house could not be avoided – my sister’s.
Her friend had found me and said that she was looking for me, leading us to her classroom right at the top of the building. “That was the last customer! We have to close up” I hear from inside the classroom, and I let out a breath of relief. “Wait, is that Fiona’s sister? It’s okay lah we’ll do this one last time for them” Damn it.
I take a glance at my friend and she looks back at me, visibly scared. Holding her hand, we enter the pitch-black classroom. Right at the door, my sister’s best friend dressed as a pontianak greeted us and acted as the host, guiding us through the haunted house to make sure we don’t divert from the designated path. A zombie, a scary doll, random painted white cloths, we came across all of them with eerie music playing in the background before we got to a dark corner in the room.
Out of the blue, the song changes to a sound of a baby crying and I see movement under a desk placed right by a window. I nudged my friend and she seemed to notice it too. It was a long-haired lady dressed in white cloth, another pontianak sitting underneath the desk in a fetal position, rocking to the cries playing in the background with her head pressed into her knees. I bite my lip to stop myself from making a sound while my friend lets out a scream. My sister’s friend, the host, brought us over to another area in the room where I easily spot my sister on the floor, crawling. “Kakak?”
She rolls her eyes and stops crawling, annoyed that I spotted her before she could scare me. We moved around the room for another while, my friend screaming at every ghost passing by while I surprisingly kept calm, mostly because I recognise them as my sister’s friends dressed up as ghosts. Not long after, they turned on the lights and started packing up, my friend and I staying back to talk to my sister.
We spot the wig my sister’s friend used to dress up as a pontianakand started playing with it. “Hey, where’s the other wig?” My friend asked me, I looked around the room, but I couldn’t spot it. I tug on my sister’s shirt. “What?” she said. “Where’s the other wig?” “What other wig?” My friend and I looked at each other. “For the other pontianak.” “What do you mean? There was only one pontianak.”
Story by Lisa*.
Nightmares are seldom welcome in our sleep. Most leaving us gripped in fear and a reminder of moments that hurt us deeply.
So, when I say that a nightmare may have saved my life from harm, would be a difficult story to be believed.
It was a cold midnight as I was up in my room, laying on my bed, my laptop balanced on my lap, typing away on an assigned project in my pyjamas of an old red and white shirt and red shorts. I lost track of time and how many minutes has passed, but I was shocked out of my focus when I heard insistent soft scratching above me. Looking up, my eyes met with another pair of bloodshot eyes, hovering above me. Except the eyes belonged to a woman, in a tattered and bloodied white dress, hands outstretched with her long nails towards me. Her face mangled, bones and blood dripping down her pale face and eyes bulging.
As our eyes met, her lips stretched into what resembled a maniacal grin… and started to drop towards me from the ceiling.
Gripped by fear, I jumped off my bed and dashed towards my room door. My attempts to open the door was futile, as no matter how I twisted the knob, it wouldn’t unlock.
The last thing I felt was intense fear for my life, fear of what would happen to me when that creature gets to me… before opening my eyes to bright sunlight streaking through my window.
I was no doubt shaken, but quickly tried to brush it off as a nightmare caused by stress. However, the entire day my thoughts kept revisiting that scene. It was not easy to forget such a vivid nightmare, even more so that it happened in my very own room.
That night, my parents went to bed early and left me with my laptop in my room and an essay to write. Settling in my bed, I fired up my laptop and begun typing. The feeling of Deja vu nestled into my mind as my fingers tapped on the keys, but with an essay and tight deadline to meet, I brushed it off.
It only took a familiar soft scratching to kick my entire body into high gear. Looking down, I realized I was in the very same position, wearing the red and white shirt paired with red shorts from the nightmare.
I made sure to not look up, setting down my laptop on my bed and immediately diving for my door, twisting the knob, praying it is not locked.
Thankfully, the door swung open and I dashed into my parents’ room as quickly as I could.
Story by Chang*.
When I was in the first grade of primary school, I never went a single day without crying in school. I never understood why I was crying. But all I knew was if my mom was in my sight, I would feel better. Thus, my mom had to take care of me in school from 7:30am – 1:00pm daily. Every time she wasn’t around, I would just start crying over and over again. Till this day, I never knew what I was crying about or why. I never felt any sort of fear, in fact I liked being in school.
But after a while, my classmates started hating me. My teachers hated me even more. My dad would bring me to the zoo every other weekend in hopes that I would feel better in school. He would pray for me and he would do just about anything just so that I would stop crying in school. But nothing worked. It went on for almost a year. He couldn’t stand it any longer.
Then one day, my parents decided to bring me to see a spiritual healer. As we sat down, she did not ask us anything nor talked to us. She started talking to an invisible figure behind us and we simply thought it was part of her ritual. Then after a while, she turned her attention to us. She told us that a spirit has been following me around for almost a year now and we had to perform a ritual at a specific location to get rid of the spirit.
My parents couldn’t figure out how we even come across a spirit in the first place. Then the spiritual healer revealed the specific location. When I was 6 years old, my family went for a picnic at a secluded location on the local beach. We were having a great time until a major commotion broke out among the villagers. Me and my dad approached the villagers and we found a boy lying on the sandy beach. He had drowned and passed away on the spot. His spirit followed me home after. He was the reason I had been crying for no reason in school. The very next day I went back to school, I did not cry.
Story by Jayden*.
*Names were changed for confidentiality.
BHG Singapore continues to reinvent the retail genre with the launch of their three in-house brands – Societe, Otona Mode, and SBT. Designed by BHG Singapore’s first in-houseOn September 2, 2020 / By Nookmag
BHG Singapore continues to reinvent the retail genre with the launch of their three in-house brands – Societe, Otona Mode, and SBT. Designed by BHG Singapore’s first in-house fashion designer, Esther Choy, this marks the first time in the department store’s 26 years history that they will be offering original designs designed for young Singaporeans by a young Singaporean.
The move to hire an in-house designer is part of BHG Singapore’s aim to do more in supporting local talents. “We hope that we are able to lend greater appreciation for the potential that local designers offer and help to charter new career options for these youths within the shores of home,” said Ms Vivien Lim, Head of Merchandising at BHG Singapore.
With her ears to the ground and commitment to serve fellow Singaporean women, Esther has taken care to consider what women want and need from their outfits, from comfort, to versatility, and especially pockets.
Drawing on her previous experiences, she recognises the importance of pockets: “I’ve heard plenty of feedback from women that pockets in womens-wear are often designed without much consideration for utility and functionality, unlike the pockets in menswear that are well-constructed. This informs a large part of my designs for women. Although heavily inspired by menswear elements, my style is all about making these elements more usable in womens-wear, without compromising on aesthetics.”
The three collections cater to women from all walks of life – Societe for the modern working woman, Otona Mode for the ladies who value comfort, and SBT for the younger and more adventurous. Also keep a look out for the soft launch of BHG Singapore’s menswear label, Cool Blue. Featuring sleek lines and classic silhouettes, familiar fits are reinterpreted for the everyday.
In another first, BHG Singapore has partnered with a team of graduating Laselle College of the Arts students to conceptualise and create lookbooks for these collections. A show of support to the students who are graduating in difficult times, this opportunity offers the students an alternative avenue to showcase their talents.
BHG Singapore x Ava Gram
From 11 September, Singapore’s very own virtual fashion influencer, Ava Gram, will be embarking on a three-week takeover of BHG Singapore’s Instagram. Ava will be incorporating looks from the three in-house labels into her wardrobe and sharing how she styles them to suit her daily life.
This novel collaboration marks the first time a department store will be working with a virtual influencer, highlighting BHG Singapore’s hopes of connecting with a younger audience.
Available in-store and on BHG online, get designer quality apparel at affordable prices. Additionally, enjoy the flexibility to buy now pay later at no minimum spend with Hoolah, and get the items you want via three interest-free installments.
Sneakerheads rejoice! If you’ve ever missed out on the chance to get your hands on the most sought-after sneakers, you are now in luck. To encourage Singaporeans toOn September 2, 2020 / By Nookmag
Sneakerheads rejoice! If you’ve ever missed out on the chance to get your hands on the most sought-after sneakers, you are now in luck. To encourage Singaporeans to move forward in the new normal, Manulife Singapore has launched an online Sneaker Drop which will run for five weeks from now till 4 October, Sunday.
Featuring some of the biggest names in global sneaker culture, the digital draw includes iconic and sought-after sneakers from Nike, Off-White, Supreme and other exclusive collaborations. (Psst… there are a total of seven pairs of highly coveted limited-edition sneakers to be won!)
Going out used to be an escape from the daily grind but for many, staying in is now the new
normal. A recent Manulife Singapore survey in end June revealed that:
Outside of worries around contracting COVID-19 (67%) and the fear of long queues and large
crowds (58%), convenience related factors, such as not wanting to wear a mask for a long time
(47%), and the hassle of having to sign in and out everywhere (45%) are also barriers to resuming
In line with the government’s phased approach for all to resume activities safely, the Manulife Singapore Online Sneaker Drop aims to give Singaporeans the motivation to step outside safely and confidently. All you have to do is answer a series of simple weekly questions for a chance to win the weekly limited-edition sneakers. To get the right answers, participants may choose to head out and about the various neighbourhoods in a safe and responsible manner with masks on while maintaining social distancing.
“It is our hope that the winners will wear their new kicks proudly as they take a ‘Singapoliday’ – to explore our island and support local businesses. This is part of our brand promise of giving people the confidence to make the right decisions that can improve their outlook on life at every moment of every day,” said Darren Thompson, Chief Customer Officer, Manulife Singapore.
HOW TO QUALIFY
To participate for the digital draw, simply sign up via the web page. Each week’s draw ends on Saturday at 7pm, with winner(s) selected at random via an online webinar on Sundays at 8.30pm. The webinar will feature notable guests and local sneaker personalities who will discuss tips and tricks to resuming life in the new normal.
The campaign kicks off with the highly coveted Nike x Supreme Air Force 1 Low White up for grabs. Winners will be announced at the first webinar lucky draw on 6 September hosted by Chua En Lai together with guests Mediacorp CLASS 95 DJs Justin Ang and Vernon A, better known as The Muttons, who will be sharing more about their personal sneaker collections.
With the successful launch of part one of their two-set UT (UNIQLO Tshirt) collection featuring the wildly popular Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba manga series in mid August,On September 1, 2020 / By Nookmag
With the successful launch of part one of their two-set UT (UNIQLO Tshirt) collection featuring the wildly popular Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba manga series in mid August, UNIQLO has announced that they will bring out the second part of the collection in October.
This collection captures the overall essence of the Demon Slayer series, and the second set of UTs include designs showcasing the main protagonist from the television anime Tanj i ro Kamada as well as other key characters such as the powerful sword masters known as the Hashira. The collection also features anime illustrations of key characters from Demon Slayer: K i metsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train, which is set for release in Japan on 16 October.
Included this time are kids UTs for family outfit coordination, as well as pocketable bags featuring characters such as Tanjiro Kamada, his traveling companion Zenitsu Agatsuma, and Giyu Tomioka, a prominent Hashira.
UTs offer an array of authentic pop culture and art graphics from around the world that allow the wearer to express their individuality. This latest collection is hoped to bring fun and enjoyment for the whole family, and will be available at all UNIQLO outlets as well as online.
For reference, the Adult’s T-shirts (6 designs) will be sold at SGD14.90, Children’s T-shirts (6 designs) at SGD12.90, and the accessories consisting of 4 pocketable bag designs will be sold at SGD14.90 each.
Online Exclusive Gift
Special Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba bandanas will be available for redemption with minimum purchase from this second-part launch. Redemption is only applicable for online purchases, while stocks last, and will not be available in-stores.
More details will be announced by UNIQLO at a later date.
ByCanary is a new digital-first fine jewellery label set to launch on 8 September 2020 with eight core collections and a designer collaboration. Inspired by the aspirational personalitiesOn September 1, 2020 / By Nookmag
ByCanary is a new digital-first fine jewellery label set to launch on 8 September 2020 with eight core collections and a designer collaboration. Inspired by the aspirational personalities of today, the brand seeks to offer their clients modular, affordable options to start building a collection of high quality stylish and expressive jewellery that grows with them.
Launched and helmed by the veteran team at The Canary Diamond Co, ByCanary is a conscious, socially and environmentally responsible label that offers decades of industry know-hows, craftsmanship, and access to ethically-sourced gems and recycled fine metals. Taking a stand in giving back to the community, 10% of profits from all designer collaboration collections will be donated to a charity organisation of the designer’s choice.
With the aim of not only addressing the gap in the region’s jewellery market for trendy designs, the founders of ByCanary also set out to pioneer high quality and environmentally conscious pieces by tapping on technological advancements to cater to an increasingly astute generation of shoppers. As such, their jewellery are designed not just to offer you an avenue for creativity and self-expression, but are also a symbol for the causes you fight for.
“Through the years at the Canary Diamond Co, we’ve received requests from customers to offer trendy ready-to-wear pieces that are 18K gold hypoallergenic and environmentally conscious. We’ve taken the feedback to heart and are proud to be able to make your dreams a reality. With ByCanary, we are also challenging traditional jewellery designs by collaborating with creatives out of the industry which has expanded our creative vision and artistic horizons as we bring you novel and fresh pieces in every collection.”
— Johnny Lam, Director, The Canary Diamond Co
Yiulin X ByCanary
Excited to be pushing the envelope of fine jewellery designs and reinventing the wheel through cross-industry collaborations, ByCanary is proud join hands with Malaysian footwear designer, stylish entrepreneur, and mother-of-three, Ung Yiu Lin for their first collaboration.
“Every woman loves jewellery and diamonds. But the modern women of today no longer need to be gifted. We want to be buying our own diamonds — we work hard and sometimes we just want to buy ourselves something as a reward or to mark a special occasion. What you’ll find in this collection are beautiful stackable and buildable pieces that will take you from day to night, from classy to edgy, which to me is the fun thing we are incorporating into fine jewellery. And you don’t have to fork out an exorbitant amount of money for it.”
— Ung Yiu Lin
A key feature of the Yiulin X ByCanary collection is its modular design ethos that offers consumers the freedom to personalise their jewellery by harmonising different detachable components together. Inspired by Yiulin’s own style and lifestyle as a mother and a business woman, this collection is an ode to the modern woman who buys her own diamonds and wears them as an expression of who she chooses to be in any occasion.
From the White Gold Pear Head (SGD6,500) with a detachable centrepiece – which you may secure to the band of your choice – to the asscher-shaped diamond studs (SGD5,900) in 18K black gold, this collection is flexible enough to suit your mood depending on which band or add-ons you feel like sporting for the day.
On average, the Yiulin X ByCanary collection retails from SGD4,000 for earrings to SGD29,800 for necklaces. True to their belief that a successful company has a responsibility to the greater community, 10% of profits from this collection will go to the Dignity for Children Foundation in supporting their education.
There’s more to the modern shopper than what meets the eye — each shape though simple, presents many facades, an apt representation of our multi-faceted charms. Modern Minimalism features the Hexagon Ring ($1,000) which makes for a chic metaphor for the many hats you wear. Crafted with nine round diamonds set in 18K white gold, this simple yet uniquely configured piece will be sure to add an element of originality to your look. Pair the ring with the Onyx Diamond Earrings ($3,300) from the Mono collection for an added geometric allure. Illuminated by 10 shimmering round diamonds, this piece is shaped into arrows as a symbol of encouragement to follow one’s heart.
Likewise, turn simplicity into opulence with some tinted stones from the Prism collection. The Purple Amethyst Diamond Earrings that retails for SGD3,200 features two beautiful amethysts totalling 8.40 carats and 44 round diamonds, designed to elevate every outfit with sophistication. Also from the collection is the Green Amethyst Diamond Ring (SGD4,600) made from 18K white gold with a 12.65ct centre stone and features 68 round diamonds for an enlivening twist to your ensemble.
As we’ve shared our mooncake list for Malaysia over the weekend, here’s a Singaporean version for our friends on this side of the border! Over the years, mooncakesOn September 1, 2020 / By Renata
As we’ve shared our mooncake list for Malaysia over the weekend, here’s a Singaporean version for our friends on this side of the border!
Over the years, mooncakes have evolved from the traditional baked single-yolk versions to include double yolks, quadruple yolks and eventually, snowskin delights were introduced with chocolate crafted “yolks” instead. Among all the fancy flavours that are now available on the market, durian flavoured mooncakes have almost become a Mid-Autumn staple in most households. With virtual food festivals and all manner of food items being sold online as well as offline these days, let’s join in the crowd and check out the following brands!
Durian Edition’s D.Lab has partnered with Chef Daniel Tay (of Cat & the Fiddle Cakes fame) this year to create three mouth-watering mooncakes filled with tea, durians, and gold! With a recommendation to consume the flavours in the following order, read on to discover the durian cultivars that have captured our hearts and palates this year.
Oolong Durian Snowskin Mooncake
(Box of 2 @ SGD42)
Creamy and fragrant, these mooncakes are made with 100% fresh puree from Durian Edition’s exclusive Premium Oolong Durians, infused with Oolong tea bits and dusted with edible 24K gold powder for the finishing touch. Perfect to start the night with, the lightness of the Oolong cultivar makes it the perfect durian-tea pairing, accompanied with a slight hint of Oolong tea fragrance from the infused tea bits in the mooncake. After all, how can we do a mooncake pairing without tea?
XO Durian Snowskin Mooncake
(Box of 2 @ SGD38)
Made with 100% D24 XO puree and lightly dusted with edible 24K gold powder, its creaminess and bittersweet flavours will definitely leave you wanting more!
MSW Snowskin Mookcake
(Box of 6 @ SGD98 | Box of 2 @ SGD48)
Made 100% with the puree of Durian Edition’s quality Musang Kings from Raub and finished with a coating of edible 24K gold powder, this mooncake is definitely a delight to indulge in! Sink your teeth into the rich, creamy goodness their Signature Musang King, all without the mess!
In honour of its 120th anniversary, the hotel unveils a grand 120th Anniversary Mooncake
(limited pieces available, at SGD108 per piece) with 12 sumptuous salted egg yolks in a lavish white lotus seed paste baked mooncake spanning 16.5cm wide.
While this is indeed impressive, the piece that caught our eyes is one of the new snowskin flavours, namely the Orange with Grape snowskin mooncake (SGD37 for 2pcs, SGD58 for 4pcs). This refreshing mooncake is part of Goodwood Park Hotel’s signature collection of fruit-based snowskin creations, and features juicy bites of red grape with crisp fruity notes, nestled within a citrusy mousse enlivened with fresh orange juice.
Now available for delivery and self-pickup till 1 October, other mooncake offerings from Goodwood Park Hotel include the Japanese Sweet Potato snowskin mooncake with Pumpkin-Coconut Centre, the Blue Pea Flower snowskin mooncake, and the hotel’s signature durian snowskin mooncake collection featuring the Black Thorn Duriansnowskin mooncake.
* A special 20% discount on various mooncake flavours is available for all healthcare personnel in appreciation of their tireless efforts during this challenging Covid-19 period.
Aroma Truffle’s gold-dusted beauties that took Singapore by storm are back to tantalise taste buds this Mid-Autumn! Featuring a modern twist to traditional durian mooncakes, these smooth and luscious goodies are infused with premium Black Winter Truffles harvested from Spoleto Italy, combining the sweet and creamy, yet mildly savoury and bitter durian with a strong truffle aroma. A visual treat, these mooncakes come in vastly contrasting colours, black and bright blue – which are naturally derived from Bamboo Charcoal powder and Butterfly Blue Pea flowers respectively – before being dusted with edible gold flakes.
Black Charcoal Musang King Mooncake
The Black Charcoal Musang King Mooncake is generously filled with the flesh of pure Musang King durian originating from Raub, Pahang. This rich durian filling is encapsulated in a 100% natural Black Charcoal snow skin that is infused with premium Black Winter Truffle from Spoleto Italy, then delicately garnished with edible gold dust for maximum decadence.
Butterfly Pea Musang King Mooncake
The Butterfly Pea Musang King Mooncake comes in a beautiful blue hue which is extracted from the natural colour of the Butterfly Blue Pea flower. It also has a hint of aroma from the flower. The core filling is a divine combination of pure Musang King durian flesh mixed with bits of premium Black Winter Truffle harvested from Italy.
Priced at SGD78 for the “Regular Bundle” box of 4 mooncakes, SGD88 for the “Fortune Bundle” box of 4 mooncakes + 2 Truffle Chips, and SGD98 for the “Harmony” box of 4 mooncakes + 4 Truffle Chips, these offerings can be purchased at all physical outlets, or online at Aroma Truffle before 15 September.
This year, Yàn marks the annual celebration with a signature collection of five traditional mooncakes and a snowskin creation, of which, the Thousand Layer Yam Mooncake is our favourite. Imagine crisp, golden swirls of pastry enclosing a fragrant filling of sweet yam paste, to either be eaten plain or with a single yolk for a lovely savoury contrast. All orders for this meticulously handcrafted delicacy should be placed one day in advance, as the pastries are freshly made for each customer.
Yàn’s mooncake collection is available as a set of four (SGD68), presented in a two-tiered box with a subtle geometric fan motif, offered in an enchanting shade of midnight blue that evokes moonlit skies during a full moon. The chest, which includes a velveted ring holder section, can also be refreshed as a jewellery or keepsake box after the festival. For those looking for simpler gift sets, boxes of two mooncakes in vibrant parcels are available as well.
In addition to the above, feast your eyes on the Oddle Eats Online Food Festival – Mooncake Edition! Happening now till 1 October 2020, the online F&B directory brings together the top mooncake picks, ranging from delicate snowskin to flaky teochew-style, handpicked from popular restaurants and bakeries, including Pan Pacific Singapore, Summer Pavilion, Peony Jade, The Marmalade Pantry and more.
Adding onto the festivities, Oddle Eats is also presenting fringe activities such as the Mooncake inspo and filter fun activity, and exclusive perks to drum up your excitement ahead of the occasion. As mooncakes are best enjoyed with family and loved ones over a cup of tea, Oddle Eats is giving away limited-edition ceramic tea sets (worth SGD68) for the first 500 customers with a minimum spend of SGD120 on mooncake orders in a single receipt. Fastest fingers win! Visit Oddle Eats for more info.
No doubt, this year may seem a little weird under the new normal, but we definitely won’t miss out on sweet treats this Mid-Autumn Festival!
Dining-in is in again! With restaurants finally able to reopen for dine-in in Phase Two, Singapore’s favourite food delivery service, Deliveroo, is launching the ultimate foodie walking tourOn September 1, 2020 / By Nookmag
Dining-in is in again! With restaurants finally able to reopen for dine-in in Phase Two, Singapore’s favourite food delivery service, Deliveroo, is launching the ultimate foodie walking tour to encourage consumers to revisit their favourite restaurants this September.
With the Department of Statistics Singapore reporting a 43.5 percent drop in F&B sales in June compared to June 2019,* the initiative was conceived as a way for Singaporeans to do their part to #supportfnbsg while indulging in Singapore’s national pastime.
Foodies can pick from a choice of two tour itineraries – Healthy Food Crawl or Teatime Delights Tour – to enjoy exclusive one-off experiences and food tasting sessions at a curated pick of restaurants. With Deliveroo riders as tour guides, foodies will definitely be in for a treat with expert hosts who know a thing or two about the best food finds around the ‘hood! Plus, those on the tours can learn some tricks of the trade from savvy chefs and restaurant insiders, whether it’s how to make the perfect cup of joe or whip up restaurant-quality grub, all whilst tucking into a mouthwatering spread of food and drinks from some of your favourite restaurants.
You can now purchase tickets to join either tours from Eventbrite. Priced at just SGD20 per tour, Deliveroo will be hosting two sessions of each tour on Saturday, 12 September and Sunday, 13 September. 16 consumers (4 slots per session) will be able to participate in this round of tours, with more tours to potentially be run depending on the initial response. All funds raised from the tickets sold will go to the six participating restaurants.
All around the world, the popular fast-food chain McDonald’s is given a localised nickname. For instance, in Australia and New Zealand it is known as Maccas. In Malaysia,On August 31, 2020 / By Sofea
All around the world, the popular fast-food chain McDonald’s is given a localised nickname. For instance, in Australia and New Zealand it is known as Maccas. In Malaysia, it’s Mekdi! In conjunction with Malaysia’s Independence Day and Malaysia Day last year, McDonald’s Malaysia embraces the “Malaysian-ness” by changing the signage at their Bukit Bintang outlet to ‘Mekdi’! It was all love and support from the rakyat (the people).
This year, McDonald’s Malaysia has given the power to the people to vote for their favourite outlets across the country to earn the honourable title of ‘Mekdi’! Aiming to choose 10 outlets, they ended up choosing 16 outlets all over Malaysia due to overwhelming responses.
This grand gesture is Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Melati Abdul Hai’s way to say, “Thank You, Malaysia!”, for their undying support for the past 38 years. If your favourite outlet was not chosen, fret not as other McDonald’s restaurants nationwide will have an AR Mekdi filter!
The signages will be up until 16 September 2020 so don’t forget to head over to one of the 16 chosen locations to witness history!