Leading global athletic product brand, New Balance continues to push the boundaries of performance and style this season with the New Balance 801 Trail; and New Balance 574On December 14, 2018 / By Nookmag
Leading global athletic product brand, New Balance continues to push the boundaries of performance and style this season with the New Balance 801 Trail; and New Balance 574 Decades Pack.
New Balance 801 Trail
Take on the road less travelled with the stylish and durable New Balance 801 Trail (SGD139) on your side. Whether you are a serious hiker or occasional trail runner, these sneakers deliver. The first all-terrain trainer supports your feet – and all of your endeavours, by revolutionising trail running shoes with its innovative technology and perfect blend of engineered style combined with function.
Debuted in 1998, the hiking-inspired all-terrain silhouette has now returned in its original colourways. Back and better than ever, these bold kicks features superior cushioning and long-wear durability. Constructed with ABZORB cushioning above an aggressive ground-gripping rubber outsole, the New Balance 801 Trail gives the wearer utmost comfort, protection, and the confidence to tackle even the toughest terrains, making your most gruelling runs come out like a breeze.
Puddles are no match for the New Balance 801 Trail, which also boasts a synthetic leather, nubuck, and textile water-resistant upper, which keeps feet dry and cool no matter what the conditions – a must have for both recreational and professional adventurers.
New Balance 574 Decades Pack
For more than three decades, the New Balance 574 has been one of the industry’s most esteemed sneakers. The epitome of the iconic New Balance design, the 574 is equipped with optimum durability and support.
The New Balance 574 Decades Pack (SGD179) is a blend of classic style of the original 574 sneaker with a 21st century vibe to create a modern interpretation of New Balance’s most iconic shoe. The New Balance 574 Decades Pack feature a minimalist profile with geometric accents, making it the ideal sneaker to tie outfits together this Christmas season.
The stylish kicks are packed with performance and ageless style, an excellent choice for wearers of all ages. With an upper constructed from a stylish combination of suede, leather, canvas, and nylon, the 574 is made with premium materials and performance refreshed with a synthetic leather design and today’s comfort technology. New Balance’s signature ENCAP cushioning technology in the midsole provides ultra-plush support to help you effortlessly navigate
between Christmas brunches and Christmas parties in absolute style.
New Balance latest collections of athletic and lifestyle footwear are now available at all New Balance Experience Stores island-wide. For more information, visit New Balance.
Escape with the Straw Hat Pirates! The original Escape Game “ONE PIECE PUZZLE HUNT” will anchor in Sentosa, Singapore, from 14 December 2018 to 13 February 2019, offeringOn December 13, 2018 / By Nookmag
Escape with the Straw Hat Pirates! The original Escape Game “ONE PIECE PUZZLE HUNT” will anchor in Sentosa, Singapore, from 14 December 2018 to 13 February 2019, offering fans of the popular Japanese manga a once-in-a-lifetime experience of playing an island escape game on an actual island setting. The life-size game enables players to experience a unique “ONE PIECE” high seas adventure from Japan.
ONE PIECE PUZZLE HUNT is an island escape game using cutting-edge AR (augmented reality) technology. There, players solve riddles hidden throughout the game to escape the island together with the Straw Hat Pirates. The game is experiential, where the island of Sentosa turns into an imaginary island in the world of ONE PIECE. Through the use of the AR app, iconic Sentosa landmarks such as Merlion Walk, Imbiah Lookout and Palawan Beach will transform into a fictional island of the ONE PIECE universe.
Each player receives the game kit at the gate and downloads the AR app on their smartphone. The manga frames will appear successfully on the screen, guiding players on the adventure through the island until the final escape. The game can also be played without using the AR app.
One of the longest-running anime series, and with over 440 million manga volumes in circulation worldwide as of 2018, ONE PIECE is one of the most popular Japanese comic creations in the world. Its popularity has expanded beyond the shores of Japan as ONE PIECE is well known in more than 42 countries and regions worldwide!
The creator behind the riddles in “ONE PIECE PUZZLE HUNT” is SCRAP, the Japanese company famous for its Real Escape Games. Each riddle has its own quirks that will challenge a player to think hard. The popular game, which made its global debut in 2018, arrives in Singapore for the first time, after cruising across Japan, Shanghai, Taiwan, and San Francisco.
Special gifts await those who successfully escape the island
Cerebrating the inaugural “ONE PIECE PUZZLE HUNT” in Singapore, players who successfully escape the island will receive a limited-edition gift*.
*Available while stocks last. The gifts will be given on a first-come-first-served basis.
Visit “Eiichiro Oda presents Hello, ONE PIECE Luffy is here!” Exhibition
The Maritime Experiential Museum at Resorts World Sentosa is also hosting a “ONE PIECE” art exhibition titled “Eiichiro Oda presents Hello, ONE PIECE Luffy is here!”, from November 27, 2018 to January 1, 2019. In this exhibition, which is very rarely brought out of Japan, visitors can expect to discover the wonderful imagination of creator Eiichiro Oda, as wandering through a gallery of his illustrations, as well as get up close and personal with replicas of his work desk. Visitors can also experience jumping into the mind of Eiichiro Oda with a unique Virtual Reality Experience. (Details below)
Visitors can also buy some souvenirs at the pop-up store on the “ONE PIECE PUZZLE HUNT” venue. Choose from many “ONE PIECE” unique merchandise available at the store.
ONE PIECE PUZZLE HUNT
14 December 2018 – 13 February 2019
10:00am – 7:00pm
*The entry gate closes at 5:00pm
Special event space in front of iFly in Sentosa
(1 min. walk from the Sentosa Express Beach Station)
Admission Fee*: SGD30
Duration of Game: About 2 hours
Event Organizer: I-FREEK Santa Fund
From now to February 2019, Winestone presents an off-the-menu 4-course gourmet Spanish Wine Pairing dinner, exquisitely prepared and accompanied with a curated glass of wine from various regionsOn December 12, 2018 / By Nookmag
From now to February 2019, Winestone presents an off-the-menu 4-course gourmet Spanish Wine Pairing dinner, exquisitely prepared and accompanied with a curated glass of wine from various regions of Spain.
The first course begins with some shaved Jamon Iberico, served with fried egg and grated tomato jam served on crystal bread. This is paired with Castillo Del Baron Monastrell Tinto, Spain, a decadent blueberry and violet -scented bouquet. This wine offers a full-bodied palate, saturated tannins, huge volume in the mouth, and a powerful, blackberry and soy-tinged finish.
The second course, Gambas, consists of crispy prawns and cod brandade. Bite through the crispy fresh catch and sink your tooth into the fleshy prawn and cod fish. This flavourful dish is paired with Alvarez de Toledo Godello Leon. This Godello feels fleshy and round with pulpy weight. Tangerine and tropical fruit flavours weigh in on the heavy side while the finish in chunky and pithy in flavour.
There are two options to the entrée, a choice of Seafood Paella with Chorizo or a Spanish Beef Stew with Potatoes.
The Seafood Paella with Chorizo is served with a generous amount of fresh catch from the sea; the unique use of Fideua pasta instead of rice, is not a common sight in Singapore. This dish from Northern Spain is paired with Castillo del Baron Macabeo Blanco, Spain. The elegant notes of white fruit and apple with hints of bees’ wax illustrates the juicy ripeness of fruity tones alongside a slight minerality which both leads to a pleasant finish.
The other entrée option is the Estofados de Carne, a classic Spanish Beef Stew served with Potatoes. This hearty dish includes vegetables, crushed tomatoes and red wine, reduced down to give the sauce a dark brown colour and a rich flavour. The stew is served with Pujanza Hado, Laguardia, a light to medium ruby coloured wine, with red berries and fresh, herbal aromas on the noise, followed by a fresh, light palate note reflecting a cool vintage.
Finally, to end off the culinary expedition in Spain, the Duo Crema Catalana with Churros. Freshly prepared home-made churros, served with sprinkled sugar, a shot of chocolate, whipped cream and catalana tartlet on the side. The dessert is accompanied with a bright and sparkling Zeta Cava Brut, it is fresh and crisp with small bubbles and flavours of mineral, apple and lemon zest before a long and pleasant finish.
The 4-course Spanish Wine Pairing menu is available at SGD98++ per person, with a minimum of two persons to dine. Winestone opens for dinner from 6 pm until 12 midnight (last order at 10 pm), from Mondays to Saturdays.
30 Stevens Road, #01-09
Monday to Saturday
12 pm to 2:30 pm
Monday to Saturday
6 pm till 12 midnight
(Bar snacks served after 10pm)
The year is about to come to an end, but the good things, times and vibes will always roll at Zouk Singapore. Across the closing end of 2018,On December 11, 2018 / By Nookmag
The year is about to come to an end, but the good things, times and vibes will always roll at Zouk Singapore. Across the closing end of 2018, Zouk Singapore will be holding a countdown series like no other with No Shame Festive Week (NSFW) – a tongue-in-cheek, over-the-top series that satirizes the festive season. A week-long celebration primed for unabashed, unadulterated fun, club goers can expect to ring in the new year with shameless indulgence of booze, beats and boogie.
MONDAY 24 DECEMBER : NSFW – FFS (FOR FESTIVE’S SAKE) IT’S CHRISTMAS
Kicking off the week on 24 December will be FFS (For Festive’s Sake) It’s Christmas, a Christmas Eve special made to exaggerate everything people love (or hate) about Christmas. Conceptualised in line with the NSFW theme, the night is a deliberate emphasis of all things gaudy and extra with highlights including a ‘pimped’ out photobooth, dance performances and roving talents decked in flashy outfits.
Led by the troublemaking crew of residents, the triple-threat of Hong, Zushan and Jeremy Boon will be serving a serious bash of EDM zingers in main room, Ghetto & Nash D with hip-hop blazers over at Phuture, and an open format of heavy hitters by LeNERD & Che’Molly upstairs at Capital.
Admission for non-members (Zouk + Phuture) : SGD35 (ladies) / SGD45 (men)
Admission for non-members (+Capital) : SGD40 (ladies) / SGD50 (men)
MONDAY 31 DECEMBER : NSFW – NO RAGRETS NEW YEARS EVE
The final night of the year calls for an epic countdown of debauchery with No Ragrets, the New Year’s Eve special. Named after a clearly misspelled tattoo in We’re The Millers, the night represents just what it’s meant to – all-out and shameless fun.
Whether the year’s been yay or nay, all are welcomed to dance, party and rave till the end (or beginning). On club grounds, look forward to an irreverent photobooth, marching band performances and roving talents for photo opportunities.
Serving up the sounds will once again be the team of Hong, Zushan and Jeremy Boon for an all-night slam of crowd favourites to get the floor bouncing, and the trio of LeNERD, Nash D & Ghetto at Capital for a giddy mix of hip-hop, Trap and thumping bass.
More details including attractive giveaways will be shared closer to date.
Admission for non-members across all outlets : SGD60 (ladies and men)
For a full list of event details, visit Zouk Singapore.
This year, the park’s Winter Wonderland experience will also be bringing real snowfall to the theme park happening every half hour in front of Big Shop making itOn December 7, 2018 / By Nookmag
This year, the park’s Winter Wonderland experience will also be bringing real snowfall to the theme park happening every half hour in front of Big Shop making it the most unique celebration this festive season. Guests will be welcomed by an arctic LEGO® experience throughout the park including Malaysia’s first igloo ice-cream bar, where they can enjoy a cold treat and hang around with LEGO® reindeers and elves.
In the spirit of giving, LEGOLAND® Malaysia Resort will be giving away SGD32,700 worth of prizes as part of the daily LEGO® Advent Calendar Draw to a lucky guest and a Nissan Almera (worth almost SGD24,000) to a lucky Annual Pass holder* on the 25th of December.
Aside from the chilly Winter Wonderland experiences and decorations, families will find the park bustling with fun and rewarding holiday-themed activities around the park including:
LEGOLAND® Malaysia Resort will be continuing its yearly tradition of lighting up Southeast Asia’s tallest Duplo LEGO® Christmas tree, made of 427,695 blocks. There will also be a big sing-a-long of famous Christmas songs to get everyone into the holiday spirit. To end the holiday celebration and welcome the New Year, the park skies will be lit up with a spectacular 3D LEGO® fireworks where guests will experience fireworks with a twist – of LEGO® bricks falling from the skies.
To make the most out of the school holiday, families should take advantage of the following promotions:
Buy 2 Tickets, 1 FREE
Buy two (2) adult ticket and get one (1) child ticket for FREE exclusively at http://legoland.my
*Blackout dates: 21- 31 Dec 2018
15% off the best available room rate on http://legoland.my
Guests coming from Singapore can make a seamless visit to LEGOLAND® Malaysia Resort by taking one of the direct coach transfers offered daily from Singapore flyer and BigBox Jurong East to the theme park.
The tickets are available from the WTS Travel website at SGD24++/person. Public buses are also available from Singapore to Johor.
The first of its kind to be held in Singapore, AIA Glow Festival is a health and wellness event for the 21st century that will take place atOn December 6, 2018 / By Nookmag
The first of its kind to be held in Singapore, AIA Glow Festival is a health and wellness event for the 21st century that will take place at Sentosa Island on 25th May 2019. The festival brings together international yoga stars Marysia Do, and Patrick Beach, multi-award-winning music acts Lost Frequencies and Rudimental and other feel-good festival favourites, for an experience that celebrates some of the best things in life – health, wellness, food, music and community.
Catch your favourite chefs and restaurants as they take up the challenge to create wholesome and healthy twists on festival bites, celebrate the spirit of community and the joy of giving back at the festival’s 5km run for good.
Taking place at Sentosa Island with a total festival space that spans 17,000sqm (approximately the size of more than 38 basketball courts), AIA Glow Festival will deliver specially curated experiences that aim to make participants feel good inside out from sunrise to sunset.
Featuring a dynamic roster of activities to nourish the mind, body and soul, classes under the grand Cupola, the coolest yoga space in Singapore, will be led by international yoga teachers Marysia Do and Patrick Beach.
“The Queen of Handstand”, Marysia Do, will be sharing her passion for yoga and knowledge of advanced asana while Patrick Beach will be teaching his signature Awakening Yoga, a vigorous and fluid vinyasa yoga practice. The festival will also feature over 30 different classes by Pure Yoga for participants to take their pick from and put their fitness to the test.
As the sun goes down, the festival lights up with electrifying performances from international headline acts including critically acclaimed Belgian DJ, Lost Frequencies and chart-topping London band, Rudimental. The concert will also see some of the biggest local acts. You’ll be working on your healthy inner glow all day, come sunset it will be all about great music, dancing and epic light shows.
Early bird tickets to AIA Glow Festival 2019 are now on sale until 31 December 2018. Learn more here
The Expat Fairs and Winestone introduces the Sustainable Christmas Fair which will be held at Winestone, Mercure Singapore on Stevens, spotlighting small business, artisans and social enterprises withOn December 2, 2018 / By Nookmag
The Expat Fairs and Winestone introduces the Sustainable Christmas Fair which will be held at Winestone, Mercure Singapore on Stevens, spotlighting small business, artisans and social enterprises with one common goal: sustainable living.
With free admission on 8 December, 12pm to 7pm, visitors will find a beautiful, seasonal assortment of ethical products and gifts that warm both heart and home. Shoppers can enjoy ethical and environmentally-responsible holiday shopping with fair-trade organic produce and edible treats, statement artisanal fashion and jewellery, environmentally-friendly home décor and accessories, and much more that are not only guilt-free but also socially impactful. The Sustainable Christmas Fair is family-friendly and Winestone will also be granting a 25% lunch or dinner voucher for every visitor that dine-in on that day.
Gift it Forward is an online platform invitation and group gifting platform with a charitable twist. Gift-it-Forward lets you pool money from friends and family everywhere towards a dream gift for you, and let you share a portion of gift funds with a charity you care about, This process reduces waste from unwanted gifts, inspires people (including children) to become philanthropists, teaches and spreads generosity, and redirect funds from unsustainable waste to worthy causes. Their local charities include causes such as underprivileged and terminally ill children, the elderly, underprivileged and abused women, disabled persons, foreign workers, and animals.
ArtSE is social enterprise by Goshen Art Gallery that curates unique art experiences and workshops for kids and adults, including people with disabilities and special needs. ArtSE is a registered social enterprise with RaiSE and our founders are trained in art as a therapy for elderly and special needs.
Koqo Asia help preserve a traditional craft and support small community farmers, Koqo’s all natural, organic virgin coconut oil is 100% handmade by a special group of women in a village in Bali. Produced in small batches, only the freshest and best coconuts are picked for their oil. It is wet-milled naturally without chemicals and machinery, so it is purest, retains the most nutrients with extra smooth texture and lasting too. By sourcing oil from a village-based community in Bali, Koqo are supporting local people, providing employment and helping them preserve a traditional craft. Koqo also contributes to a teenage education fund to keep the kids in school so they can have better means of supporting themselves in future.
LUVCACAO invites you to taste real, organic chocolates! No emulsifiers, artificial flavours or chemicals – only 100% single-origin cocoa beans, ethically sourced directly from farmers and indigenous tribes at a premium to encourage sustainable organic farming whilst improving their livelihoods. Join LUVCACAO on a chocolate adventure that will arouse the senses: eat well and do better! When you buy LUVCACAO’s products, you are supporting local farmers and their communities.
Boxgreen is on a mission to promote better snacking by delivering natural and nutritious snacks straight to you, hassle-free. With over 50 amazing options to choose from, there’s something for everyone! All snack ingredients are natural and free from artificial flavouring and colouring, constantly reviewed by their in-house. boxgreen’s packaging takes great care of the snacks while being completely environmentally friendly: all boxes and cards are made of recycled material and are 100% recyclable, as are their plastic packaging. boxgreen’s b-corp certification means they meet standards of social and environment accountability, and a portion of the proceeds of every snack sold goes towards providing meals for the needy.
Ma Té Sai means “where is it from?” in Lao language. They select and co-create beautiful gifts, textiles and homeware, handmade by people from villages across Laos. Some of their artisans are from remote and rural Laos, making traditional handicraft; some are farmers growing local produce; and some are disadvantaged, working in city centres, where they are developing new skills and a better life. They are proud and happy to share their skills and traditions with you. Ma Té Sai want to share this connection with their artisans alongside ensuring a fair and sustainable income.
The Maker Journal is a collection of artisanal, slow fashion. With a focus on locally made fashion, their criteria for brands are transparency, quality and sustainability. Promoting the use of durable natural materials and long lasting construction, The Maker Journal aims for their products to be cherished for a long time. The Maker Journal stocks a mix of local Singaporean design products, as well as clothing from Finland.
Helping Hands Penan shares sturdy straw bags, baskets and mats, traditionally handwoven by Penan women in Sarawak, Malaysia. Practical for everyday use and as gifts, all proceeds go to creating economic sustainability for the Penan tribe, supporting their kids’ education and empowering tribeswomen.
ETL No.9 (GTL Pte Ltd) eco-friendly cleaning products are certified organic and designed for minimalist and sustainable living. They remove up to 98.6% of pesticide residues from the surface of fruits, vegetables, tea leaves, legumes & rice grains. Their products eliminate >99.9% of E.Coli, Candida Albicans, Pseudomonas Aeruginosa & Staphylococcus Aureus bacteria. Their cleaners are multipurpose: usable for hand washing, dishwashing, cleaning baby bottles, washing toys, laundry and more.
Diadem Candles was founded in 2014, with a focus on creating toxin-free, healthy candles for indoor living. All candles are hand poured in Singapore with 100% natural soy wax, phthalate-free fragrances and lead-free wicks. Not only are their candles longer lasting than common paraffin wax candles, but the reduction in harmful toxins released when burning results in a purer, healthier, safer air quality in the home. The Diadem Candles company strives to leave as little negative footprint on this planet as possible. All vessels and packaging are up-cycled, re-cycled or re-usable and all candle ingredients are 100% natural and toxin free to ensure clean burning.
Furlosophy is a social enterprise that supports animal welfare causes. As committed volunteers of animal shelters, they hope to promote adoption and volunteerism through the sale of fundraising merchandise, designed to showcase our Singapore Specials. 30% of proceeds from each product sold go towards animal charities.
Scentwoods specializes in Artisan Natural Perfume. Commercial synthetic scents contain petrochemicals and account for close to 50% of pollution, however natural perfumes made from essential oils and botanical ingredients are free of synthetic fragrances and other chemicals, reducing harm to the environment and is beneficial to our health in the long term.
BEU do their part by using recyclables as an alternative to plastic packaging. They also sell bags that are made of 100% bamboo as they are believers in sustainable fashion and hope to bring more awareness to environmental-friendly choices.
Cachet Avenue sells fashion accessories and home décor that are specially made from glass, wood and natural stones. Cachet Avenue also helps the environment by using paper bags instead of plastic bags to stop plastic pollution around the world.
LO-VE Young Living Essential Oils is the world leader in essential oils, with a strict Seed to Seal® process that produces pure essential oil products for every individual, family, and lifestyle. This process ensures that all products are genuine, free of synthetic chemicals, and pure. Young Living’s vision has long been to bring pure essential oils to every home in the world. The Young Living Foundation is proud to help fulfil this vision throughout the developing world in several ways, including: Donating products to Young Living members holding fundraisers, events to raise awareness, and overseas missions, sponsoring auctions, events, and fundraisers hosted by members, donating to domestic and global organizations, partnering with non-profit organizations from Croatia to Uganda and running the foundation’s flagship project, the Young Living Academy in Chongon, Ecuador.
Atlas Collection is currently working with small local group in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco and aim to establish long lasting relationships with them. Our orders support their livelihoods and provide a steady income in what otherwise is a harsh working environment and we are planning to invest profits back into their community to improve living and working conditions.
Arthur Zaaro appreciate that quality furniture is more than simply functional. A piece can speak to you, telling you tales of different eras or far off lands and whispering them to the next generation. They love thinking about the future of their furniture’s – those enduring stories, yet to be written, are at the heart of their design process. Their concept is built upon respect, respect for the cultures and colours that influence their designs for raw and textural materials used in the workshop.
The aerial view of the award-winning complex of two adjoining hotels, Novotel Singapore on Stevens and Mercure Singapore on Stevens, forms the Chinese character for ‘human,’ showing that people are at the heart of everything they do. The hotel’s core philosophy, elegant architecture and accessible location is the best setting to gather the community and supports responsible businesses and social enterprises.
The Sustainable Christmas Fair
8 December 2018
12:00pm – 7:00pm
@ Mercure Singapore on Stevens – Winestone
* Nearest MRT station: Stevens (DT10), Orchard (NS22)
Winestone at Mercure Singapore on Stevens is located at 30 Stevens Road, #01-09, Singapore 257840. Winestone is a modern-European restaurant, late-night bar and wine retail store, serving affordable wines and authentic European cuisine.
The Sustainable Christmas Fair is organised by The Expat Fairs, a platform connecting a community of consumers with tasteful and bespoke needs, to small retail businesses who offer unique and beautiful products. The Expat Fairs curates and recommends emerging artisans, designers and retailers to discerning shoppers, who shy away from commercial and mass-marketed products. A firm believer in promoting designs and products that are interesting and thoughtfully executed, The Expat Fairs is a one-stop shopping directory for hard-to-get products.
Ring in the new year with One Faber Group who will be bringing the “extra” to an extraordinary evening on New Year’s Eve. This is Singapore’s only hilltopOn December 2, 2018 / By Nookmag
Ring in the new year with One Faber Group who will be bringing the “extra” to an extraordinary evening on New Year’s Eve. This is Singapore’s only hilltop where revellers get to count down to 2019, at 100 metres above sea level with a breath-taking panoramic view of the Harbourfront and Sentosa Island.
Throughout the festive season starting from 1 December, One Faber Group is set to enthral guests with an enchanted forest theme at Faber Peak. Delight in the charming setup that pays homage to the lush greenery surrounding the hilltop, that has now been extended into the interior, through a forest-inspired décor!
From exclusive menus served only on New Year’s Eve across two restaurants and Cable Car Sky Dining at Faber Peak Singapore; a spectacular display of three fireworks at the stroke of midnight; and live band performances and party games to rouse guests into a festive mood, this is the place to bond with loved ones as you welcome the new year together!
On 31 December, Singapore Cable Car will extend its operating hours till 1.00am, so that guests can celebrate with piece of mind on the hilltop, with easy access to Harbourfront MRT station after midnight.
EAT, PLAY, OBSERVE : One Faber Group sets the rules for a delightful one-of-its-kind countdown party in Singapore
Pick from two restaurants such as the new Arbora or Dusk Restaurant & Bar, or the romantic Cable Car Sky Dining concept and choose from six festive menus available on 31 December only!*
All the special menus are curated by Executive Chef Kenny Yeo and are available for one day only.* Expect luscious
4-course menus from SGD98++ to wine pairing option at Dusk for SGD135++, as well as snack platters from SGD35++ at the restaurants; or decide between two 4-course menus served onboard the Singapore Cable Car.
* with the exception of Cable Car Sky Dining’s Stardust Cabin – Festive Menu, which is available from 1 till 31 December 2018.
Let your hair down after dinner and revel in the festivities with your loved ones at the restaurants, such as close-up interactive magic and party games, while DJ Brian Lune spins the decks at Dusk Restaurant & Bar and live band Hubba Bubbas entertains the crowd at Arbora. These activities are family-friendly and complimentary for all diners who are celebrating New Year’s Eve with One Faber Group.
Be ready for the ultimate moment when Faber Peak launches its display of fireworks from the top of the Mount Faber Cable Car station at the stroke of midnight; in fact, keep your eyes peeled for two more firework displays from Sentosa Island! Revellers at Faber Peak will certainly appreciate their vantage location at both restaurants as there is no other place in Singapore that offers such a magnificent view of three fireworks! For an experience to last a lifetime, take your celebration to (literally) the next level when you book a Celebration Cabin (SGD498++ per cabin) for six guests and marvel at the fireworks up close while in the air!
(extended opening hours till 2.00am on 31 December 2018 only)
Arbora is One Faber Group’s latest garden dining concept designed to captivate guests with a natural setting of tranquillity and photo-perfect skyline backdrop.
Opened recently in October 2018, this restaurant is surrounded by Mount Faber Park – one of Singapore’s earliest parks – which sprawls over 40 hectares of verdant treetops and home to a variety of flora and fauna. Its name “Arbora” is inspired by the Latin word “Arbor”, which means tree; expect botanical inspired cocktails, fresh green pressed juices and Arbora craft beers, as well as all-day dining Western menu with 35 selections ranging from starters, entrees and desserts.
Situated at Faber Peak Singapore, Arbora is the ideal environment for guests to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city and admire the tranquil green sanctuary overlooking the panoramic scene of rainforest hills, Harbourfront and Sentosa Island.
Arbora will be decorated with candles, lights and baubles in traditional red, green and gold Christmas colours, transforming the hilltop into an enchanted forest for those who desire a magical and memorable experience. Arbora will be serving a 4-Course New Year’s Eve Set Menu (SGD98++) and Snack Platters (SGD35++ / SGD55++) for guests to share while chilling out to live performances by local semi-acoustic band Hubba Bubbas.
Dinner service ends at 9.00pm and thereafter, a cover charge (SGD39++, includes two drinks) applies for walk-in guests who desire to join the New Year’s Eve countdown.
DUSK RESTAURANT & BAR
(opening hours 6.00pm till 2.00am on 31 December 2018 only)
Dusk Restaurant & Bar is one of the best romantic spots in Singapore to take in the glorious sunset from the restaurant’s vantage points.
Designed for intimate occasions, the interior envelopes guests with a laid-back elegance that blends effortlessly with the unique natural enclave surrounding the establishment. Dusk offers a selection of gourmet European Tapas, Western Cuisine and an impressive wine list selected to pair with the menu. To mark New Year’s Eve, Dusk Restaurant & Bar presents a 4-Course New Year’s Eve Set Menu (SGD110++), and Snack Platters (SGD35++ / SGD55++) that will take guests on an epicurean journey to usher in 2019.
Take your dining experience to a gastronomic “high” note when you top up SGD25++ for three glasses of wine – white, red and dessert – to complement your meal with the 4-Course New Year’s Eve Wine Pairing Set Menu (SGD135++)!
Dinner service ends at 9.00pm and thereafter, cover charge (SGD39++, includes two drinks) applies for walk-in guests who desire to join the countdown.
CABLE CAR SKY DINING
Cable Car Sky Dining is an intimate and exquisite dining concept by One Faber Group that takes place onboard a cable car cabin as it journeys across Mount Faber to Sentosa Island.
Guests get to take in the gorgeous cityscape of Singapore and the 360° spectacular view of Mount Faber and Sentosa, while enjoying scrumptious dishes; this unique dining concept is a first in Asia and found only in Singapore. Couples looking to spend quality intimate time together during the festive season can reserve a Stardust Cabin, which includes a delectable 4-Course Menu. Impress your significant other by giving them an exclusive Christmas dinner experience with the Festive Menu (SGD298++ per couple), or reaffirm your commitment in 2019 with the New Year’s Eve Special Menu (SGD298++ per couple) – the Stardust Cabin certainly makes an unforgettable declaration of love!
For the adventurous reveller looking for the ultimate sensational experience for their New Year’s Eve countdown, the Celebration Cabins (SGD498++ per cabin) will definitely take you (and five best friends) to the stars! At the stroke of midnight, rejoice in the indescribable feeling of exhilaration while watching three fireworks up close in the air in the Celebration Cabins! Price includes two bottles of champagne and a dessert platter to help you usher in the new year in style!
TRANSPORT AND TICKETING
Guests can access the nearest Harbourfront MRT Station via the Singapore Cable Car Mount Faber Line, which will extend its operations till 1.00am on 31 December 2018 (last boarding at 12.30am). The Sentosa Line (located within Sentosa Island) will operate till 9.30pm.
The ticketing counters at Faber Peak Singapore and Harbourfront Tower 2 will also extend its operating hours till 11.50pm on 31 December 2018.
Marks & Spencer (M&S) announces the reopening of its new concept store at VivoCity after an extensive refurbishment. The newly designed 15,500 square feet store offers a betterOn December 1, 2018 / By Nookmag
Marks & Spencer (M&S) announces the reopening of its new concept store at VivoCity after an extensive refurbishment. The newly designed 15,500 square feet store offers a better shopping experience and showcases M&S’ most extensive range of quality fashion, accessories, food and wine. In addition, the VivoCity store features a new Food hall offering fresh, chilled food alongside its popular ambient food and wines as well as coffee-to-go, in-store bakery and a patisserie.
The design was conceived with customers’ needs in mind which made the store more inviting, inspiring and easier to shop with a new-look food hall and clothing displays. Ms. Christine Choi, CEO, Marks & Spencer Asia, said: “Customers are at the heart of everything we do at Marks & Spencer and we’re delighted to be bringing our exciting new shopping experience to customers in Singapore. Combining the best of our latest collections, together with our inspiring store environment and exceptional customer service, our store at VivoCity is truly special and we’re really looking forward to welcoming customers in store.”
As such, new features of the store include:
Each fashion label is clearly segmented, with distinct identities that allow customers to see which label best meets their personal style preferences. This is highlighted for customers through unique branding, visual merchandising kit and props. By popular demand, VivoCity will be the 6th store to carry the kidswear range.
The new foodhall features nearly 3,000 specially selected products and builds on growing demand in Singapore for M&S’s exceptional quality convenience food.
FRESH CHILLED FOOD
With the rise in demand for innovative, quality chilled food and drinks, M&S has expanded the repertoire of ingredients used. There are also fruits, vegetables, yogurt, a wide selection of cheese, fresh milk and the ever-popular ready-made salads and meals, inspired by world cuisines. A few new-to-market products, air flown daily from UK, including raw meat and pre-packed sandwiches such as Prawn Mayonnaise, Wild Salmon & Cucumber and Roasted Vegetables & Avocado on Soft Red Pepper Bread, have been introduced recently.
The third M&S store in Singapore to offer freshly brewed, speciality coffee and beverages adjoining with a patisserie, featuring cakes and fresh pastry and an in-store bakery, producing a selection of freshly baked breads, shortbreads, scones and cookies daily. Customers can also enjoy afternoon tea sets for 2 by picking their choice of tea, a selection of sandwiches accompanied by delicious treats and freshly baked scones.
For store listings in Singapore, please visit Marks & Spencer.
The tide is turning for the Young Adult genre as adaptations have become their own established genres. Regardless of age, gender or preferences, all of us can surelyOn November 30, 2018 / By Renata
The tide is turning for the Young Adult genre as adaptations have become their own established genres. Regardless of age, gender or preferences, all of us can surely relate to the drama and obstacles that some of these protagonists face. Whether young in age or at heart, here are some of our Netflix favourites for your Young Adult fix.
Back in the 90s, Sabrina Spellman, her dry-witted cat Salem and her two wacky aunts left us spellbound. She may have faded into obscurity, but Sabrina is making a magical comeback on Netflix. Part of the Archie comics universe, everyone’s favourite teenage witch is back 18 years later – with a darker twist.
Kiss goodbye to the squeaky clean, sunshine and rainbows 90s rendition and let the new Sabrina take you on a chilling adventure. Let the witch hunt begin.
Based on the beloved Archie Comics, Archie and his friends become entangled in a dark mystery while navigating the troubled waters of sex, romance, school and family. There’s a lot more to the seemingly wholesome town of Riverdale like a mysterious death, betrayal and teenage angst. Riverdale is a surprising and subversive take on the Archie Comics. Chief Creative Officer of Archie Comics, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, serves as executive producer alongside collaborators Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, and Archie Comics CEO Jon Goldwater.
Turning 18 is usually a fun affair, but for Clary Fray, her eighteenth birthday takes an unexpected turn as she finds out that she is part of a race of demon-hunting humans who have the blood of angels. Clary is thrown into this mysterious world where she hones her powers and battles warlocks, vampires and werewolves. Thus begins her journey of self-discovery while at the same time working with her loyal friend and a narcissistic hottie to save her missing mother who was abducted by a group of rogue Shadowhunters.
Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments is based on the popular book series of the same name written by Cassandra Clare.
17 year old James believes he is a psychopath and satisfies his craving for death by killing animals as a hobby. He soon grows bored of it and craves killing a human. He sets his sights on a loud-mouth, rebellious classmate, Alyssa, who is struggling with some issues of her own. Befriending her to get close to her takes an unexpected turn when she proposes they run away together to escape from their turbulent familylives. What seemed to be a perfect opportunity to commit a murder turns instead into a love affair after a series of mishaps during a road trip. Or, is it all part of the murder plan?
The End of the F***ing World was nominated for the 2018 British Academy Television Award for Best Drama Series and is based on the graphic novel of the same name by Charles Forsman.
What could possibly be worse than competing against a social media ‘influencer’ for the heart of your crush? Nerdy high schooler Dani is elated when one of the school’s hottest girls, Alexa, befriends her. However her enjoyment is short lived when she finds her efforts to woo the crush of her life thwarted by his ex-girlfriend, the very same social media obsessed Alexa who absolutely cannot be trusted. #RealityHigh is a refreshing take on high-school girls gone mean and the daily struggles of romance, school and friendship in a world where hashtags rule.
When even the town you live in is called Boring, I suppose you can say that Everything Sucks. This portrait of adolescence follows a group of teenage misfits from Boring High School who decide to turn the issues they deal with everyday – sexuality, mental health, family and relationships – into a movie. Set in the 1990s, get ready for a kaleidoscopic flashback into the past where VHS and 56k modems ruled.
Everything Sucks! is created by award winning screenwriter Ben York Jones and Michael Mohan.
High schooler Zenko has had enough with her world constantly turned upside down by her classmate Ayumi, and decides to take revenge. In a morbid suicide ritual, she manages to switch bodies with Ayumi and take on everything she has – her family, her body and even her boyfriend. The real Ayumi tries to get Zenko to tell everyone the truth and reverse the effects of the switch, but Zenko – having achieved her revenge and more – is not giving in. Body switching takes on a dark and macabre turn in this Japanese Netflix original – Switched.
Which of your favourite series have we missed? Tell us on Nookmag!
Wreaths of holly and ivy hanging on front doors. Pine trees rising high in living rooms. The festive season feels incomplete without these little touches of nature toOn November 28, 2018 / By Nookmag
Wreaths of holly and ivy hanging on front doors. Pine trees rising high in living rooms. The festive season feels incomplete without these little touches of nature to breathe new life into our homes. BloomBack’s preserved flowers are the perfect gifts to capture the Christmas spirit so you and your loved ones can experience the love and magic of the holidays all year round. Encased within pretty glass domes, they make beautiful long-lasting centrepieces for your holiday party.
High-tech blooms constructed with precision and quality
The traditional method of drying flowers causes them to lose their vibrant colour, and their petals and leaves become brittle in the process. Preserved flowers, on the other hand, look and feel exactly like freshly-cut flowers, but they’re totally allergy-free.
To preserve a real flower, all the water content out is drawn out along with proteins, sugar and pigments, carefully using special non-toxic and non-corrosive chemicals. The result is really delicate translucent petals.
The flower is then “fed” with another eco-certified chemical solution that gives it its shape. Chemists are then able to add a whole variety of smells and vibrant colours too by introducing different pigments and essential oils.
Thanks to this advanced technology, preserved blooms can last for at least a year and up to 10 years. Preserved flowers require little maintenance. Apart from keeping them dry and giving them the occasional dusting to prevent dust from collecting on their delicate petals, there’s very little else they need since they don’t need to be watered.
The gift of eternal beauty is environmentally and socially responsible
When it comes to sustainability, the cut flower industry leaves much to be desired. Agrochemicals used to grow flowers that can contaminate the soil and surface water and can even pose health risks to people who come into contact with the pesticide residue on the flowers. High volumes of water and energy are poured into flower farming, leaving a huge carbon footprint in their wake. Yet, they only last a few days before they are thrown out.
Preserved flowers are a more eco-friendly alternative to cut flowers that can be used and reused many times.
Plus, BloomBack isn’t an ordinary floral business. It’s on a social mission to spread joy and champion marginalised women through flowers. The company empowers those from disadvantaged backgrounds by hiring and training them. 10 per cent of every purchase goes to their vocational training and employment.
Highlights from the Christmas collection
BloomBack offers an extensive range of designs to choose from, including glass domes, terrariums, bouquets and more. Cute accessories like fairy lights can be added to jazz the designs up, and selected pieces even come with Bluetooth speakers. All designs can be customised to suit your budget and theme.
Gifting the flowers to a loved one? BloomBack will deliver them directly to their doorstep! Simply select a date and time slot and they’ll slip in a complimentary greeting card too, with a personalised message from you.
BloomBack customers enjoy SGD10 off for a minimum spend of $120 on any preserved flowers, with free shipping for a minimum spend of $150.
Celebrate Christmas with an exciting array of free live performances, tantalising food and beverage options and attractive prizes in store for lucky winners at Christmas Wonderland at GardensOn November 26, 2018 / By Nookmag
Celebrate Christmas with an exciting array of free live performances, tantalising food and beverage options and attractive prizes in store for lucky winners at Christmas Wonderland at Gardens by the Bay this 30th November to 26th December.
In addition to the stunning Italian luminaire light sculptures, Asia’s largest Santa’s Grotto as well as the Singapore debut of ‘The Magic of Rob Lake’, visitors will also be treated to an array of free performances at Christmas Wonderland.
Illuminating festive treats for the whole family
The ‘Yuletide Sessions’ at the Cassa Armonica will feature a myriad of music acts performing original tunes and Christmas covers, spreading the joy of Christmas throughout the fairground. A brand-new line-up of local music talents – Joanna Dong, Rani Singam & Andrew Lim, Lorong Boys, Orchestra Collective, Sobs, Sara Wee x Joie Tan x JAWN and .gif – will perform for the very first time at Christmas Wonderland. Choirs will also ring in the festive cheer with classic choral performances.
Visitors young and old can enjoy carnival games and rides throughout Christmas Wonderland. Hop on the Christmas train and new attractions including the Snowman Swing, Santa’s Train, Mini Ferris Wheel, Carousel, Ski Gliders or Gingerbread inflatables for a memorable time or test your mettle at the carnival game stalls to win adorable plushies. Tokens are required to play the carnival games and rides.
Christmas goodies at the Festive Market
Over at the Festive Market, visitors will discover interesting craft goods and unusual food finds that are exclusive to Christmas Wonderland. Savoury delights include the Giant Turkey Leg from The Beast, Beef Tenderloin Cube Rosti from The 6ixs Rosti, Truffle Lobster Roll Croissant from Street Food Circus SG, Turkey Burger with Cranberry Aioli from Kuvo’s, Christmas ‘Chix’ and Fries from Chix in a Cone by Sofnade, Cheezy Truffle Nachos from Chocho Nachos and grill platters at Fat Belly.
For a sweet treat, enjoy signature Japanese soufflé pancakes from Out of the Woods, Christmas Red Wine Cake from Coffee & Smores by Big O, waffles and crepes from French bakery and patisserie Paul, Raspberry x Lychee x Rose Macarons from The M Plot, Fried Oreo with Peppermint Ice Cream from The Swag Social, Churros with Sticky Date Sauce and Premium Pistachio Ice Cream from Churros Republic and Strawberry Smoothie with Kiwi Slices from Kane Mochi.
With the diverse range of craft vendors at the Festive Market, you can be sure to pick up a unique gift for your loved ones at Christmas Wonderland. Feast your eyes on beautiful handmade jewellery from Bacteria Secret, artisan crafted products from Bold&Craft, modern minimalist products from Plain Supplies and leather goods from Campo Marzio. Other interesting finds include handmade natural soy wax candles from Sally’s Room, sock toys from Angel Wings Workshop and beauty products from Macqueza.
The Mistletoe Alley will feature more unique trinkets, including intricate musical carousels from Whimsical Fantasies, illuminated construction blocks from Light Stax as well as artisanal perfumes from Freda’D. Merchandise from Autism Resource Centre’s The Art Faculty will also be sold to generate income for differently-abled student artists. Please refer to the website for full vendor list.
Embark on a gastronomical adventure at Slice of SAVOUR
Delight your taste buds with affordable gourmet cuisine by some of Singapore’s trendiest restaurants at ‘Slice of SAVOUR’, a bite-sized format of the SAVOUR Gourmet Festival.
Visitors can sample modern French cuisine by Michelin-star chef Emmanuel Stroobant’s Saint Pierre, contemporary Italian cuisine by Chef Simone Depalmas from Sinfonia Ristorante and modern Chinese bites from Blue Lotus by Chef Ricky Ng from just $6. The curated selection of posh nosh also includes comfort food such as mouth-watering burgers from Three Buns by Potato Head Singapore and all-day café-bistro favourites from Bee’s Knees. Three Wisemen will also be serving artisanal
Season of giving with instant wins and lucky draw prizes
Prior to the event’s official launch, members of the public who purchase tickets to Christmas Wonderland by 29 November will stand a chance to win one of five SGF200 shopping vouchers in Christmas Wonderland’s early-bird special.
From 30 November to 26 December, all visitors will stand a chance to win one of ten prizes in three Christmas Wonderland Giveaway conducted on 7, 14 and 27 December. Prizes include three Genting Dream cruise holidays for a family of four worth SGD4,600 each, a 3-day trip for two to Bali, Pattaya or Penang, inclusive of a two-night stay at Hard Rock hotel and return flight tickets worth up to SGD2,500 each as well as shopping vouchers.
Daily instant wins for various Christmas Wonderland experiences are also up for grabs at the event, including outdoor skating sessions, free carnival games and rides as well as tickets to ‘The Magic of Rob Lake’. Terms and conditions apply.
Pre-purchase Christmas Wonderland admission tickets to save
Admission tickets to Christmas Wonderland are available for sale online from $4 per person, with tickets priced at $2 more on-site. Visitors can also save up to 30% with the Family and Friends online bundle for Christmas Wonderland and ‘The Magic of Rob Lake’ admission tickets (subject to availability). For more information and to purchase tickets, visit http://www.christmaswonderland.sg/.
Inspiring imagination across generations, Janice Wong presents The Holiday Gift Collection, a creative and contemporary way to share joy with loved ones this festive season. The Holiday GiftOn November 20, 2018 / By Nookmag
Inspiring imagination across generations, Janice Wong presents The Holiday Gift Collection, a creative and contemporary way to share joy with loved ones this festive season.
The Holiday Gift Collection includes three limited edition festive hampers filled with some of Janice Wong’s finest and most loved items, as well as a number of new and exclusive releases.
Curated for those who are young and young at heart, the hampers include the newly released Chocolate Paint Jar Sets, a selection of coloured chocolate paint in a variety of flavours, paint brushes, and an acrylic board so you can create your very own edible art.
Another new addition is the Crayon Box, an edible chocolate adventure of chocolate crayons in multiple colours and flavours. Each box comes with a canvas and edible rice paper, set to inspire the artist inside us all.
A festive hamper wouldn’t be complete without a Cookie Jar, with each hamper showcasing flavours from Chocolate Truffle to Caramel Popcorn. Chocolate Box Sets, Nouget and Janice Wong’s Signature Tea can also be found in each hamper, and for the added festive touch, the larger hamper includes a bottle of BOTTEGA Sparking Wine.
Priced at SGD150, SGD250 and SGD400, hampers are now available for pre-order online or instore, and will be available for pick up or delivery from 20 November 2018 onwards.
‘Tis the season to be jolly as RWS presents a multitude of festive celebrations across its attractions: A Universal Christmas at Universal Studios Singapore Southeast Asia’s First GlowingOn November 20, 2018 / By Nookmag
‘Tis the season to be jolly as RWS presents a multitude of festive celebrations across its attractions:
This holiday season, soak up the festive cheer at Resorts World Sentosa where a multitude of festivities for the whole family await! Join favourite characters in the largest-ever Christmas parade at Universal Studios Singapore’s A Universal Christmas, or explore Southeast Asia’s first Glowing Ocean brimming with glowing sea animals and stunning light art installations at S.E.A. Aquarium.
Outdoor-lovers can have a splashtastic Fun In The Sun with Instagram-worthy food-themed floats and exhilarating water games at Adventure Cove Waterpark, while manga and anime fans can follow the adventures of Luffy and his crew of Straw Hat Pirates in “Hello, ONE PIECE!”, a first-of-its-kind exhibition at The Maritime Experiential Museum.
A Universal Christmas at Universal Studios Singapore (1 December 2018 – 1 January 2019)
A Universal Christmas returns to Universal Studios Singapore with a full repertoire of experiences including dazzling light displays, all-new musical performances and spectacular fireworks. Park hours are extended till 9pm and 10pm on select nights, in addition to adrenaline-filled rides and world-class attractions at the theme park.
Taking centre stage this year is Santa’s Snowy Sleigh Ride, which returns as the largest-ever Christmas parade in the history of Universal Studios Singapore. The colourfully flamboyant parade will feature a procession of wildly embellished floats and over 50 merry characters including elves, toy soldiers and jolly old St. Nick himself. At nightfall, the parade culminates in Santa’s Christmas Light-Up Party on New York Street, where guests can expect a brilliantly illuminated show with stunning projection mapping, snowfall and favourite characters such as the Minions, Sesame Street friends, Shrek and Princess Fiona – all decked out in Christmas outfits!
Over at the Hollywood Lagoon Stage, guests are invited to a brand-new production titled PRESENTation Day which tells the heart-warming story of Evie Evergreen, a toymaker elf determined to bring back the true meaning of Christmas in today’s tech-obsessed world. Follow the quirky cast of elves in this original musical filled with all-singing, all dancing acts that will delight audiences.
This year, guests can embark on an interactive Christmas adventure at the bustling Elf Town in the Hollywood zone, where hardworking elves are in full-swing this holiday season. Kids can get a sneak peek into Bristles T. Evergreen’s toy-making station and help him complete his toy for PRESENTation Day, or find out if their loved ones have been behaving at Chief Chester Chestnut’s Naughty-or-Nice O’meter!
The yuletide celebrations continue throughout the theme park. Make A Christmas Date with Marilyn Monroe and sing along to familiar tunes, or dance along to the best holiday hits at the all-new Turntables show where guests can even pick the next song in the set list. The whole family can catch Oscar’s Grouchmas at Pantages Hollywood Theater and follow the story of Oscar, as he transforms from a Christmas grouch to the holiday’s number one fan.
A Universal Christmas is included with regular admission to Universal Studios Singapore. Singapore Residents enjoy online discounts on admission at S$72 for an adult one-day ticket (U.P. S$76), along with a limited edition EZ-link card and a complimentary S$5 retail voucher. Guest who wish to enter only after 5.00pm are eligible for a special package, with more details being available online.
Glowing Ocean at S.E.A. Aquarium (23 November 2018 – 6 January 2019)
This year, expect Christmas like no other at S.E.A. Aquarium, as it transforms into a mystical water wonderland filled with glowing sea creatures, stunning light art installations, and a first-of-its kind underwater LED dive appearance amongst marine life.
Guests can explore five multisensory zones inspired by the wondrous world of luminous marine creatures. Begin the adventure at the interactive Glow Room to discover the difference between biofluorescent and bioluminescent animals, and pen down conservation wishes with glow-in-the-dark ink. Over at the Crazy, Colourful Corals zone, guests can gaze in wonder at the aquarium’s coral colonies which fluoresce under ultraviolet light at the night reef habitat, or step into an immersive art installation inspired by flowing coral tentacles.
The experiential light displays also include zones such as Imaginarium, which transports guests immediately into the depths of the underwater world; Joyous Jiggly Jellies featuring an extensive collection of mesmerising sea jellies illuminating hues of colours in their newly-enhanced habitats; and the Abyssal Zone that brings to life mysterious deep sea creatures in a mystical holographic experience like no other.
For the first time, S.E.A. Aquarium will introduce an underwater appearance with divers in specially customised LED suits as they swim alongside 40,000 marine residents such as majestic manta rays and zebra sharks at the iconic Open Ocean Habitat. In addition, crowd favourites such as Scuba Santa and Elves will make a comeback with their cheeky underwater antics as they dive amongst fishy friends. Singapore Residents enjoy online discounts on bundled admission at only S$30 for an adult one-day ticket (U.P. S$45) to both S.E.A. Aquarium and The Maritime Experiential Museum (with a minimum purchase of two adult tickets).
Fun In The Sun at Adventure Cove Waterpark (17 November – 30 December 2018)
On weekends and public holidays from 17 November to 30 December 2018, outdoor lovers and thrill-seekers of all ages can have Fun In The Sun at Adventure Cove Waterpark. Highlights include a Food Fight that will feature larger than-life food-themed floats at Bluwater Bay that will create a wave of excitement and a splash of colour on everyone’s Instagram feed. Thrill-seekers can pit their competitive skills against each other in games like Water Wars, a lip sync battle while balancing on giant floats and many others, while grooving to the beats of the resident DJ. Guests can also take part in an Instagram contest and stand a chance to win attractive prizes such as premium ZoukOut tickets and action cameras. Singapore Residents enjoy online discounts on admission at only S$28 for an adult one-day ticket (U.P. S$38) to Adventure Cove Waterpark.
“Hello, ONE PIECE” exhibition at The Maritime Experiential Museum (27 November 2018 – 1 January 2019)
Popular Japanese manga sensation “ONE PIECE” will be docking at The Maritime Experiential Museum for a first-of-its kind exhibition in Singapore titled “Eiichiro Oda presents Hello, ONE PIECE Luffy is here!” Fans can join Luffy and his crew of Straw Hat Pirates and embark on a high seas adventure at the museum.
The exhibition introduces guests to the colourful world of ONE PIECE, written and illustrated by Eiichiro Oda. Fans can explore four sections, each covering a unique aspect of Oda’s work. These include a zone which features an exact replica of Oda’s desk, and a virtual reality zone where guests can experience jumping into the mind of Eiichiro Oda and gain a first person perspective of ONE PIECE characters being drawn and brought to life by him.
In an Instant: Polaroid at the Intersection of Art and Technology showcases a curated collection of around 220 iconic artefacts and artworks produced at the height of Polaroid’sOn November 19, 2018 / By Nookmag
In an Instant: Polaroid at the Intersection of Art and Technology showcases a curated collection of around 220 iconic artefacts and artworks produced at the height of Polaroid’s popularity in the 20th century. It provides a fascinating look at the development of Polaroid photography, and its lasting influence on instant photography, enabling visitors to discover how the concept of creating and sharing moments “in an instant” began and has evolved.
Consider what “in an instant” means today. The exhibition offers food for thought on how social media today mimics the Polaroid experience of days past. As such, visitors are encouraged to consider the parallels between past and present developments of instant photography, and discover their personal potential for creative expression.
Director of the National Museum of Singapore, Angelita Teo, said, “We hope this exhibition will spark lively conversation among visitors and inspire the spirit of innovation – just as how Edwin Land, the artists and photographers dared to dream and pushed the boundaries to create impactful memories that will last a lifetime, and beyond.”
Discovering the cultural impact of Polaroid
In an Instant showcases art and technology at play, pairing Polaroid artworks with the Polaroid artefacts that made these creations possible, offering visitors a unique insight into the history of Polaroid photography through the lens of art and technology.
The arrival of Polaroid inspired a generation of notable artists and photographers such as Andy Warhol, Ansel Adams, Lucas Samaras, Ellen Carey, David Hockney, Marie Cosindas and more, whose works are featured in the exhibition.
Highlights include Oliviero Toscani’s duotone print comprising six images from the Andy Warhol portrait series, and Barbara Crane’s Private Views, which captured scenes of Chicago beaches and summer festivals, focusing on individuals who make the city so culturally diverse.
The exhibition presents “the instant” of the past, tracing Polaroid’s iconic history of instant photography from its development, to conceptual models and prototypes of notable camera models, and finally, the Polaroid camera as we know it today.
Recognising Polaroid’s international cultural significance in the history of photography, the National Museum has collaborated with the Foundation for the Exhibition of Photography (FEP) to bring in a diverse range of Polaroid artefacts from various sources. Artefacts featured in the exhibition include popular Polaroid classics such as the iconic SX-70 – dubbed the “the original magic camera” as it was the first camera that made truly instant photographs, as well as the first to use a single lens reflex. The uniquely-shaped Big Shot, which was popular in the early 1970s among photographers such as famed American artist Andy Warhol, will also be on display.
Connecting past and present on social media
In an Instant draws connections between the past and present by exploring the impact of instantaneity in today’s digital landscape, in which smart devices and social media platforms enable people to capture and communicate just about anything in an instant. The origins of the “instant” can arguably be traced back to Edwin Land’s invention of the first Polaroid camera in the late 1940s, which paved the way for people to share their photographs and special moments instantly, a familiar experience for many of us on social media platforms today.
The exhibition features a contemporary take on instant photography technology to connect past inventions to present-day developments, brought to life by diverse observations about the digital landscape from familiar voices in our local community such as Singaporean influencers SGAG, Jianhao Tan, Preetipls, Jamie Chua, Life’s Tiny Miracles and Yafiq and Yais Yusman.
“Social media today mimics the Polaroid experience in more ways than one,
from the way it connects us with others, to the immediacy of the medium.
Through the exhibition, we hope to welcome our visitors to embark on a journey to
explore the history of Polaroid photography, and discover how past developments
in instant photography continue to impact us significantly in the present day.”
— Priscilla Chua,
Curator of In an Instant:
Polaroid at the Intersection of Art and Technology,
National Museum of Singapore
Interactive experiences featured in the exhibition – which include themed Polaroid photography opportunities, a photo-booth, and a selfie station – will provide opportunities for visitors to draw inspiration from the story of Polaroid photography and express their creativity through instant photography, mirroring the creations of artists in the past as they experimented with the possibilities afforded by Polaroid cameras.
Delving deeper into Polaroid and photography
As part of efforts to extend the visitor experience beyond the exhibition space, the National Museum will also present public programmes that explore photography, in conjunction with the exhibition.
Programme highlights include talks by photographers, collectors and enthusiasts; workshops on photography and alternative photographic processes; and a behind-the-scenes tour led by the exhibition curator.
The exhibition will be on view from 10 November 2018 to 31 March 2019 at the museum’s Exhibition Gallery 2, Basement Level. Visitor admission charges apply.
For more information, visit the exhibition website here.
Ready-to-wear and accessories brand MAHCollection takes inspiration from Botticelli’s Birth of Venus, the iconic image of the Roman goddess carried to the shore on a half shell, inOn November 15, 2018 / By Nookmag
Ready-to-wear and accessories brand MAHCollection takes inspiration from Botticelli’s Birth of Venus, the iconic image of the Roman goddess carried to the shore on a half shell, in a collection defined by femininity, fluidity and ethereal elegance.
This season, Ondina Montgomery, designer of the Singapore-based brand, has turned towards the Renaissance classic to create a collection of diaphanous caftans, ruched dresses, and billowing harem trousers and skirts with an irresistible lightness and freedom of spirit.
Crafted from whispery sheaths of chiffon, and featuring intricate pleats and hand-beaded embellishments, the designs are created to be mixed and matched to form infinite outfits that can transition from the beach to the club for cocktail hour.
And while the silhouettes of the season reference the graceful curves and flowing garments depicted in the mythological painting, Ondina has also been tapped upon other vastly diverse references to add a different dimension to her creations.
“The starting point for me was the intricacy and craftsmanship of tiles that punctuate the traditional architecture of Portugal,” says Ondina, a former interior designer who started MAHCollection six years ago in Singapore. “I then melded elements like the coats of arms found in Portuguese tiles with the linear design of Peranakan tiles seen here, as well as a more muted, modern palette, to come up with a brand-new motif to embellish the entire collection.”
MAHCollection started as a limited-edition scarves label featuring prints that were created in collaboration with artists and even scientists from around the world. The brand has evolved into a full range of ready-to-wear and accessories, but stays true to its roots of one-of-a-kind statement prints.This season, the collection has grown to include a full accessories range of jewellery, bags, scarves and even footwear. It includes beautifully crafted lambskin shoulder bags — adorned with the season’s signature print elements, removable hand-made tassel charm, and chain strap interlaced with lambskin ribbons; printed lambskin slippers; and gold-plated cuffs with a printed leather applique. Highly versatile, skinny scarves with delicate beading also serve as the perfect wear-everywhere accessory, and can be draped around the neck, or wrapped around the waist as a belt.
About Ondina Montgomery, founder-designer of MAH Collection
Ondina comes from an interior design background, and developed a passion for textiles and patterns in her work. She started her label MAHCollection with a scarves collection followed by several themed kaftans and ready-to-wear, limited-edition collections.
Ondina’s passion lies in unique pieces that will amaze and inspire the wearer. She is always aware of her surroundings both in her everyday life and travels, and takes inspiration from beautiful and unique things she finds along the way. Intricate detailing lies at the heart of Ondina’s designs. From the stitching to the print and choice of material, each element comes together to form the brand signature.
Living in Asia has provided Ondina with an enormous source of inspiration through the amalgam of cultures and influences she discovers around her every day.
The MAHCollection Venus in the Shell collection is now available online as well as at the following locations:
Showroom – Studio – Boutique
Wednesday – 11am to 10pm
Mon to Sun by appointment
7 Grange Rd
* Black & White bungalow is a 5min walk from Somerset MRT
What Women Want
#02-28 Mandarin Gallery
333A Orchard Road
Dive deep into your senses like you’ve never done before at Sensorium, a 2-day festival from 17 to 18 November, which features exhibitions, workshops, tastings and crafted gifts.On November 15, 2018 / By Nookmag
Dive deep into your senses like you’ve never done before at Sensorium, a 2-day festival from 17 to 18 November, which features exhibitions, workshops, tastings and crafted gifts.
Introduced in Singapore for the first time, this sensation-driven carnival presents six unique attractions that promise to invoke a sense of awe and curiosity in all. This includes an installation of scented jars, Christmas candle-making, a bubble parade and hands-on mixology sessions for all ages and sensory tastes.
The Sensorium Journey
Roll up! Roll up! Sensorium will bring you along on a dream-like sensory journey through a fantastical apothecary of potions that will ignite your passions.
Purchase your coupons the old school way – via a carnivalesque ticket booth at the entrance of the Funan Showsuite located at High Street. Coupons are available in denominations of $5 and $10 and they can be used to redeem F&B as well as other merchandise at the carnival.
Bumble Bee Breath
To get your journey started off on the right note, the festival’s first attraction invites you to try out an ancient yoga breathing technique – Bumble Bee Breath. This first induction into the world of Sensorium slows us down, calms the noise in our minds and puts us into the right frame of mind to fully appreciate the Sensorium journey ahead.
Jars of Smell
Engage your sense of smell and sharpen its sensitivities at The Jars of Smell interactive installations. Challenge your friends and put your olfactory glands to the test by correctly identifying twelve different jars of smells. Here, avid sensorialists can observe a 20-litre copper steam distill extracting magical essential oils from selected barks and herbs.
The Rose Society
Meander through the space and you will be transported into the floral world of The Rose Society, where visitors will find themselves enveloped in fresh blooms. Here, skincare junkies can find a showcase of Mamonde’s finest flora-infused skincare products.
Eye of the Sun
Time for a time-out. Find a seat up at the amphitheater and take in the Eye of the Sun installation and witness a breathtaking visual time-lapse of the sun. Take a mindful moment to reflect and appreciate the seconds and minutes that make up each day.
On Sunday, 18th November, turn up the volume and embark on an acoustic journey with Indonesian electronic pop duo and music festival regulars, Bottlesmoker. Groove along with the duo, who had performed at last year’s Laneway Festival and learn all about experimental, or indietronic music.
The Tickle Room
Get ready to engage your sense of touch – the most underrated of our five senses, as you venture into The Tickle Room on the second floor. Shhhh this one involves feathers…Capture your Sensorium experience with loved ones with Lyf’s retro instant-prints!
End your Sensorium journey on a high note at the Sensorium Bar in the courtyard with beach umbrellas and benches illuminated by festive boardwalk lights, live DJ spinning and some cocktails from Bacardi and bottles of cider from Somersby! Here, you can ignite your taste buds next at the Sensorium Bar in the courtyard while you take five and indulge in a freshly brewed perk-me-up by local coffee roaster, Hook Coffee.
nenä Remedy Consultation
For some natural remedies and holistic energy boosters, drop by the nenä bar for a consultation and pick up a personalised essential oil remedy that will have you dab, rub and rolling into vitality. Priced at $98 per pax, this offering includes a consultation and nenä remedy.
Mamonde Skincare Workshop
Beauty connoisseurs can sign up for Mamonde’s K-beauty workshop at $60 per pax and learn about the tips and tricks to achieve the ultimate Korean skin while indulging in the benefits from the floral essences of Mamonde’s cult-favourite skincare.
Dark Chocolate Appreciation Workshop & Hook Coffee Sensory Coffee Workshop
Join like-minded coffee aficionados over a cuppa at the coffee discovery session with Hook Coffee. Discover the aroma and flavour profiles of different species of cacao beans at the Hook Coffee’s Sensory Coffee Workshop priced at $55 per pax. For those with an incorrigible sweet tooth, well, what’s a carnival without fancy sweet treats? Hone your tastebuds with a dark chocolate appreciation class with The Dark Gallery at $32 per pax!
Entry is free. For entry into Sensorium and workshop registration, head here to get your priority access. You could also choose from a variety of packages to maximise your sensorial experience!
This Yuletide season, gather your loved ones in the comfort of your own home to enjoy the goodness of a gourmet meal, without any of the fuss andOn November 14, 2018 / By Nookmag
This Yuletide season, gather your loved ones in the comfort of your own home to enjoy the goodness of a gourmet meal, without any of the fuss and drama it usually entails. Homegrown cultural-culinary concept SPRMRKT heralds the holiday cheer right to your dining table with a convivial curation of takeaway Christmas feasts and novel gift ideas that are sure to add that extra bit of joy and sparkle to the season.
Indulge the festivities in true Singaporean fashion with SPRMRKT’s new Claypot Rice Roast Turkey (SGD128+) – chef-owner Joseph Yeo’s East-meets-West interpretation of the quintessential Christmas bird that’s generously stuffed with fragrant claypot rice, lap cheong (Chinese waxed sausage), shiitake mushrooms and salted fish.
For those who remain loyal to the classics, go with the Traditional Roast Turkey (SGD128+) and make the difficult choice between two equally delectable types of stuffing – wild rice with Kurobuta pork sausage or spicy harissa chicken sausage with bread crumbs and raisins. All turkeys are served with house-made turkey jus and cranberry sauce on the side. Hankering for a prime slab of meat? The succulent Roast Beef (SGD150+) is rubbed with fresh rosemary and thyme and served with a robust black peppercorn sauce – a must-have for every Christmas table.
Round off the meal on a sugar high with the decadent Eggnog Bread Pudding (SGD38+), a festive take on SPRMRKT’s beloved bread pudding that’s soaked with eggnog, baked with a buttery pastry top, and finished with a rich eggnog anglaise for an sweet, boozy kick. If all that sounds a tad indulgent, opt for a lighter crowd-pleaser that’s just as boozy with the limited-edition Christmas Chiffon Cake (SGD86+), a moist, bourbon-infused chocolate chiffon coated with coconut shavings and expertly decorated with white chocolate matcha Christmas tree toppers by pastry chef Furrene Hoh.
Planning a dinner party? Choose from two festive packages that are specially created to spoil for choice with options aplenty. Break bread with loved ones over the Family Festive (from SGD226+) package that comes with your choice of turkey and all the tasty trimmings; or serve up a full-on feast with the Jolly Bundle (SGD308+) package comprising a hearty selection of festive meats, sweet treats and celebratory bubbly. All orders come with the option of delivery, self collection, or better yet, dine-in – where you can simply pick a feast and a SPRMRKT outlet, and let the SPRMRKT team take care of the rest.
Celebrate the joy of giving by picking out the perfect gift from SPRMRKT’s retail selection of artist merchandise, gourmet goodies and artisanal products. As part of ROOM by Jodi Tan—the current exhibition on show at the STPI outlet—SPRMRKT has created a set of specially produced “SPRMRKT x JODI” artist merchandise for the festivities including coasters, gift cards, stickers and gift-wrapping paper that are available for sale at both STPI and Cluny Court outlets. Other retail offerings include seasonal foodstuffs, handcrafted home wares, design-related curios and beauty and wellness products – a trove of thoughtful gift ideas for that special someone.
Festive pre-orders can be placed via email, calling the outlets directly, or picking up an order form. Orders must be placed at least three working days ahead, with the option of delivery, self-collection or dine-in at either SPRMRKT at STPI or SPRMRKT at Cluny Court. A 50% deposit is required to process your order. Other terms and conditions apply.
This December, popular Japanese manga and anime sensation ONE PIECE will be docking at The Maritime Experiential Museum (MEM) in Resorts World Sentosa for a special exhibition titledOn November 13, 2018 / By Nookmag
This December, popular Japanese manga and anime sensation ONE PIECE will be docking at The Maritime Experiential Museum (MEM) in Resorts World Sentosa for a special exhibition titled “Eiichiro Oda presents Hello, ONE PIECE Luffy is here!”. Setting sail from 27 November 2018 till 1 January 2019, fans can join Luffy and his crew of Straw Hat Pirates in this exhibition and embark on an adventure of the maritime silk route at The Maritime Experiential Museum.
The exhibition aims to showcase the world of ONE PIECE, including a replica of writer-illustrator Eiichiro Oda’s desk at his workplace, and a virtual reality experience of Oda at work. The event introduces Oda’s art to both fans of ONE PIECE and anyone who is keen to discover more about this colourful world.
ONE PIECE is a high seas Manga adventure written and illustrated by Eiichiro Oda. It is a story about Luffy, who forms the Straw Hat Pirates with his friends and embarks on an adventure to become the Pirate King by finding the mysterious treasure known as “ONE PIECE”.
Visitors will be taken on a whimsical journey through four distinct sections, each covering a unique aspect of Oda’s work, namely:
Hello, ONE PIECE!
An introduction and overview of the event greets visitors as they enter the exhibition space.
ONE PIECE owes much of its success to the strong character of protagonist Luffy, who gives the story its signature charm and wit. Through the dialogue of various scenes from the story, this zone features the allure of Luffy using five keywords. This zone also features a giant sized version of the iconic wanted-poster, featuring Luffy and describing key aspects of the story.
Hello, Colourful World!
This zone dives into the colourful world of ONE PIECE created by writer-illustrator Eiichiro Oda. Visitors can come face to face with a life-sized replica of Oda’s desk, accompanied by a video that shows him completing an illustration.
Hello, Playful World!
At this virtual reality area, visitors can experience jumping into the mind of Eiichiro Oda and gain a first person perspective of ONE PIECE characters being drawn and brought to life by him.
ONE PIECE began its serialisation in the Weekly Shonen Jump manga magazine in 1997 and has gained unprecedented popularity ever since. Since its inception, ONE PIECE has also been loved around Asia, Europe, the USA, and many other countries around the world. Billed as a new adventure to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the series, Singapore was chosen as the latest stop of this exhibition due to its liveliness and vibrancy that accompanies its love for manga.
The Maritime Experiential Museum in Resorts World Sentosa was chosen as the venue for this exhibition, as the adventures seen in ONE PIECE resonate well with the spirit of adventure and exploration espoused at the MEM. The MEM celebrates man’s aspiration for exploration and conquest of the seas through the eyes of four renowned seafaring explorers. We invite curious guests and adventure seekers to come and explore the fascinating heritage of the maritime silk route, and leave inspired to go explore the world and discover new possibilities.
Entry to this event will be priced at an early bird rate of SGD12 which will only be available online. Early bird tickets are of limited quantity and will retail for SGD15 thereafter. These ticket prices also include entry into The Maritime Experiential Museum. Fans looking to experience the VR magic of ONE PIECE will need to purchase a separate ticket onsite at SGD8.
Ticket purchase and additional information on the event can be found here.
After six months and over 10,000 submissions coming across Asia, the second year of Vans Asia Custom Culture Competition has come to a conclusion. AND THE WINNER IS…On November 7, 2018 / By Nookmag
After six months and over 10,000 submissions coming across Asia, the second year of Vans Asia Custom Culture Competition has come to a conclusion. AND THE WINNER IS… JOHN NIKKO S. PELAEZ!
Hailing from Malabon City in the Philippines, Pelaez has had an affinity and talent for art ever since he was a child. Developing his craft over the years, Pelaez went on to graduate with a degree in fine arts, architecture and design and had received numerous awards during his education. Now, he can add another notch on his belt as the victor of this year’s contest with his powerful, striking and thoughtful depiction of the divine on a pair of True White Slip-On.
At first glance, Pelaez’s illustration looks like angry Zeus-like gods casting down fire and brimstone onto humanity. But, the real revelation behind his work is to show us that we are our own gods, masters of our own destiny, skaters who choose their our own path to ride. The blazing fire represents all of life’s obstacles to overcome and the black and white motif symbolizes the Chinese philosophy of Yin and Yang – the necessity for balance and harmony in life.
Pelaez takes home US$2,000 and will have his design produced and put on shelfs at Asia Vans Stores in 2019, so we too can take home a pair of his artwork and appreciate it on your own two feet. The market finalists will also have their designs produced as a mini-capsule collection for their friends and family.
Congrats to Pelaez once again for winning the 2018 Vans Asia Custom Culture Competition, it is a wrap of this year and do not forget to check out all the inspiring designs on Vans Custom Culture Asia!