In 2012, HEYTEA created the first ever Cheezo Tea, bringing a brand-new tea-drinking experience to China and abroad. With its slogan “INSPIRATION OF TEA”, HEYTEA sources the finestOn September 10, 2019 / By Nookmag
In 2012, HEYTEA created the first ever Cheezo Tea, bringing a brand-new tea-drinking experience to China and abroad. With its slogan “INSPIRATION OF TEA”, HEYTEA sources the finest tea globally and serves drinks made with originality and ingenuity, hoping to inject new life to traditional tea culture. It aspires to spark inspirations to customers through each sip of tea.
As such, HEYTEA has opened a new store at Westgate, Singapore on 7 September,with a store design that features a “traditional Chinese handscroll” theme to add more “Zen” qualities to the space.
An inspired-by-handscroll space : the Conceptual idea of Zen
Store design has been the epitome of how HEYTEA demonstrates “inspiration”. With the conceptual idea of minimalism, HEYTEA creates a multi-dimensional space at Westgate, hoping to provide customers with an immersive store experiences to enhance inspiration and creativity.
Historically, Chinese handscrolls have been used for both calligraphy and paintings, and throughout time, it has become the standard format for paintings. Capturing the features of Chinese handscroll, the handscroll-liked furniture was adopted in-store to harmonize the notion of Zen. On the other hand, Tea, the aromatic delight which fosters inspiration, has also been an essential part of Chinese culture for thousands of years. With this new store, HEYTEA hopes to bring forth new life to tea culture and further elevate special aesthetics in a traditional style.
In addition to the Westgate store opening, HEYTEA introduces an ingenious version of its Very Grape Cheezo – the Tipsy Grape Beer. The swirl of malty beer and crispy tea creates a new refreshing sensation alongside every sip. It is currently available at both Clarke Quay and ION stores, and will be coming to the Westgate store soon.
Internationalize Chinese tea culture
With its origins rooted in a small lane called “Jiangbianli”in China in 2012, HEYTEA has since opened 268 stores in more than 35 cities in China and aboard. Since 2012, the brand has been committed to serving the finest tea drinks made with originality and ingenuity. HEYTEA aspires to rejuvenate and internationalize Chinese tea culture, to use technology in the age of digitalization to enhance operations, and to spread a new style of Chinese tea culture around the globe.
HEYTEA’s founder Neo believes that tea culture has been a representative symbol in China, and that HEYTEA can and will be striving to build a global brand for tea.
HEYTEA’s first oversea store launched in Singapore in 2018. Since its debut in November, 2018, HEYTEA has opened three more stores, and will further explore possibilities of tea in the Lion City to connect with more customers and fans. Taking Singapore as the start of its global journey, HEYTEA continues to work on its international expansion plan and hopes to ultimately achieve brand globalization.
BADGER Watches, home to the concept of small-batch watchmaking, has finally announced the release of its latest creation, the Islander Automatic. “Every watch created from an originalOn September 8, 2019 / By Ren
BADGER Watches, home to the concept of small-batch watchmaking, has finally announced the release of its latest creation, the Islander Automatic.
“Every watch created from an original idea – That is what we stand for”
As the main brain behind Edypoi Timepieces and HyperGrand, Leroy Xavier Zhong’s latest brainchild is the perfect showcase of his expertise, as well as his passion in horologie d’art. Named after our sunny island, the Islander Automatic features a tonneau shaped case, a rounded dial face, and is finished with a double layered sunburst Guilloché embossed dial, teardrop hands, along with field watch inspired hours.
Available in several colours, this timepiece brings forth an elegance while being suitably styled for everyday wear. Set to launch on Kickstarter on 17 September, early birds will enjoy a 35% discount for first-day buyers. For more info, visit BADGER Watches.
From 1 September through to 31 October, Mitzo at Grand Park Orchard will be teaming up with Marques de Casa Concha wines to present The Perfect Pairing. ExecutiveOn August 31, 2019 / By Nookmag
From 1 September through to 31 October, Mitzo at Grand Park Orchard will be teaming up with Marques de Casa Concha wines to present The Perfect Pairing. Executive Chef Nicky Ng has prepared two exquisite dishes to go along with the distinct wines. Marques de Casa Concha embodies tradition and excellence of Concha y Toro and showcases the diversity of Chilean wines, and guests can choose two thoughtfully prepared dishes to go along with the vibrant wines.
Guests can choose either Mitzo’s Braised Vermicelli with Seafood paired with Marques de Casa Concha Chardonnay 2017. From D.O. Limari, Limari Valley, this white wine combines complexity with elegancy and vibrancy, serving up fresh white pear flavours with mineral notes and toasted hazelnut. This wine pairs perfectly with seafood and further elevates the dish with its silky texture and layers of pear and ripe fig.
Alternatively, Mitzo’s XO Fried Rice with Lobster Meat, Vegetables and Mushroom will be paired with Marques de Casa Concha Carmenere 2016. This deep, dark red wine is a classic example of Carmenere from D.O. Peumo, Cachapoal Valley. With intense notes of ripe plums, blackcurrants and dark chocolate, and a firm tannin structure, this elegant wine is best enjoyed with the intense wok hei and umami-filled dish.
Ideal for sharing between two, each wine and dish pairing is priced at S$95++ (U.P. S$128++). Guests can call +65 6603 8855 or email [email protected] for reservations and enquiries.
UNIQLO, announces that they will roll out the RISE AGAIN BY VERDY UNIQLO T-shirt (UT) collection at all UNIQLO stores and online on Friday, 6 September. This isOn August 31, 2019 / By Nookmag
UNIQLO, announces that they will roll out the RISE AGAIN BY VERDY UNIQLO T-shirt (UT) collection at all UNIQLO stores and online on Friday, 6 September. This is the second collaboration collection with Verdy, a fast-rising Japanese graphic designer gaining international fame, with the first collection released in June this year being well-received. This second collection showcases an expanded lineup, featuring a men’s product range, which was not available in the first collection.
The RISE AGAIN theme of this second collection again encompasses a range of uplifting messages in Verdy’s distinctive typographic treatments, building on his familiar Break the Mold with other encouraging messages like Get a Move On and Life Is a Wild Ride.
Men’s items are newly available in this second season in response to popular demand. The collection for men, women, and girls were carefully crafted to unleash Verdy’s passionate design ethos, notably through fancy prints and embroidered styling. Families and couples can enjoy coordinating with these UTs and sweats. Other firsts in this second collaboration collection season with Verdy are tote bags and girls’ sweat hoodie tunics. “Women’s sweat dresses are ideal for everyday casual looks and are oversized to highlight the relaxed nature of the UT range.”
Comments from Verdy
“The reaction to the previous collection was far greater than I imagined. I wanted to try something different with UT. While the previous collection project was for women’s UTs, I was surprised so see so many men wearing them. So, this time I wanted to also create men’s items and I’m delighted this has come to fruition. We’ve also refined the silhouette and paid particular attention to other elements in addition to the graphics. We’ve also learned from the previous effort, and the typography and graphics work in greater harmony, expressing my ethos even better.”
Continuing its quest to cultivate talented young artists from Singapore and around the region, the 7th edition of the Young Talent Programme Winners’ Solo Exhibitions 2018/19 presents newOn August 30, 2019 / By Nookmag
Continuing its quest to cultivate talented young artists from Singapore and around the region, the 7th edition of the Young Talent Programme Winners’ Solo Exhibitions 2018/19 presents new and distinctive bodies of work by three winners of the 2018 Programme at the ION Art gallery from 30 August to 15 September 2019.
The Young Talent Programme (YTP) is a joint initiative by Affordable Art Fair Singapore, which is celebrating its 10th year, together with ION Art, an all year-round art programme by ION Orchard, and supported by Jen by Shangri-La.
Headlining this year’s Winners’ Solo Exhibitions are Arya Wirawan (Indonesia), who presents Asia (A Tale To Tell); Lim Jia Qi (Singapore), showing Concrete Encounters; andLiu Ling (China) with Screen, Time. Their works draw inspiration from themes of cultural values and life, creatively articulated using woodwork, charcoal paint and concrete.
In Asia (A Tale to Tell), Arya Wirawan references folklore from Asia, where there are recurring versions of similar stories with the same moral messages and narratives. Lim Jia Qi’s Concrete Encounters is a body of artworks that encourages the rethinking of unimaginative spaces in our urban environment, most commonly associated with the ‘Singapore lifestyle’. For Screen, Time, Liu Ling reflects on how people relate with technology now and in the past.
The three artists said: “We are excited to share our new works at the Winners’ Solo Exhibitions after 10 rigorous months and guidance by our curator, Ms. Seah Tzi-Yan. It has been our absolute privilege to be in the Young Talent Programme, which provides industry mentorship where we learned to sharpen our artistic and creative skills, equipping us for our careers as artists”.
The three artists will lead tours and workshops every Wednesday and Saturday during the exhibition period at the ION Art gallery. They will also discuss their practice at a talk on Friday, 30 August.
Ms. Yeo Mui Hong, CEO of Orchard Turn Developments, said, “Through seven memorable years of the Young Talent Programme, we have continued to support promising young Asian artists in their professional development and growth and it is heartening to see how they have each grown and found success in the career path they choose. This year is a special one for us as ION Orchard celebrates a decade of wonders in bringing together the best of fashion, luxury, art and entertainment to our shoppers and visitors.”
Ms. Camilla Hewitson, Regional Managing Director Asia, Affordable Art Fair said, “We are delighted to continue our partnership with ION Art and remain committed to investing in the Young Talent Programme, which is now in its seventh year. As we mark the 10th edition of Affordable Art Fair Singapore this year, we reaffirm our pledge to foster, support, and promote Asia’s next generation of talented artists and to help them connect with the art industry, collectors, and the public.”
Since last year, the winners of the YTP were also given the opportunity to embark on a series of travelling exhibitions at Jen by Shangri-La properties across Southeast Asia, including Penang and Manila, with the final stop being Jen Tanglin Singapore, following the solo exhibitions at ION Art gallery.
The fair has showcased 53 artists since the start of YTP. Of these, ION Art has presented the solo exhibitions of 23 artists, some of whom have gone on to be commissioned and exhibited at the Singapore Art Museum.
Dubbed as the world’s most awarded single malt Scotch whisky, Glenfiddich has crowned Chung Ya Han from SKAI Bar and Bella Koh, the first-ever Singapore winners of itsOn August 30, 2019 / By Nookmag
Dubbed as the world’s most awarded single malt Scotch whisky, Glenfiddich has crowned Chung Ya Han from SKAI Bar and Bella Koh, the first-ever Singapore winners of its World’s Most Experimental Bartender competition. Held in Singapore for the very first time, the on-trade competition was launched globally in 2016 with the aim of bringing together innovative bartenders and non-industry mavericks to collaborate and push the boundaries of single malt beyond bartending norms.
In line with the competition’s spirit of experimentation, Glenfiddich challenged bartenders in Singapore to work with a collaborator from the creative field to work with and submit their proposed experimental serve using the Glenfiddich 12 Year Old. Following a round of careful deliberation by the brand, five bartenders were selected to advance to the national finals where they paired up with their proposed collaborator to create their unique Glenfiddich serves. The five pairs of finalists who battling it out for the national title included:
During the finals, the finalists presented their innovative interpretations of the Glenfiddich 12 Year Old expression to an esteemed panel of judges that included creative minds in their own right. This included Ming Tan, Chef of JAM at Sirihouse, Mark Ong, acclaimed sneaker artist and founder of SBTG, Luke Sanderson, Glenfiddich Brand Ambassador – Australia, Nigel Ng, Head of Marketing, Singapore, William Grant & Sons, Steve Leong, Sales Manager, William Grant & Sons.
Chung Ya Han and Bella Koh emerged tops from five finalists and creative collaborators, for their outstanding experimental serve using the Glenfiddich 12 Year Old. The pair wanted drinkers to experience and enjoy the tea drinking culture in the form of a heritage whisky like Glenfiddich, and their serve – Slow Cha, brought two heritages of tea and whisky together to celebrate the alchemy of their individual tastes. The sustainable cocktail was thoughtfully made with ingredients that were either created from scratch, sourced sustainably, organic or foraged where possible, to educate drinkers about what they are consuming and how their choices affect the environment.
“It has been an amazing experience taking part in this competition together with Bella and seeing how creative the other finalists were. Bella and I decided to use simple yet sustainable ingredients to bring out the essence of the Glenfiddich 12 Year Old in our experimental serve. We are very honored to have won and look forward to doing Singapore proud in the global finals,” said Chung Ya Han.
On the same night, Glenfiddich also presented the Singapore Fan Favourite title to Michael Foong, Head Bartender, Jekyll and Hyde and Dylan Ong, Chef and Owner of The Masses, for their serve Break Fast in the Valley, which merges two different styles of Scottish Breakfasts featuring local Singaporean flavors. The serve was hugely popular with attending guests, who each cast a vote for the Singapore Fan Favourite title.
“The level of creativity and innovation from all five pairs of bartenders and collaborators is absolutely phenomenal and we have seen some incredible serves today. The experience created by Ya Han and Bella stood out because of how it hero-ed the brand, and how it drew in a truly Singaporean aspect,” said Brett Bayly, Glenfiddich Brand Ambassador, Southeast Asia.
The winning duo will now go on to represent Singapore and compete against other national winners in the global finals in Scotland. They will first arrive in Dufftown, the brand home of Glenfiddich to present their Experimental Serves to the judges, before progressing to Edinburgh for the final leg of the challenge. In Edinburgh, competitors will go through a series of interactive and inspirational sessions, which will help shape the experimental concept they present to the live audience that evening, who will then vote to crown the World’s Most Experimental Bartender 2019.
Four serves, including the winning serve Slow Cha, will be available in the finalists’ home bars for the month of September :
Sentosa Sandsation is striking back this year, bringing your favourite Star Wars characters to Siloso Beach! Be inspired by sand sculptures from a galaxy far, far away, andOn August 29, 2019 / By Nookmag
Sentosa Sandsation is striking back this year, bringing your favourite Star Wars characters to Siloso Beach! Be inspired by sand sculptures from a galaxy far, far away, and make time to come with your loved ones this September school holidays!
The inaugural event under a three-year collaboration between Sentosa Development Corporation (SDC) and The Walt Disney Company Southeast Asia, Sentosa Sandsation: Star Wars Edition is Southeast Asia’s largest sand sculpting festival, spanning almost 3,000 square metres and running from 31 August to 15 September 2019, between 10.00am and 8.30pm daily. Entry into the event is free for all.
Plus, to celebrate the school holidays, all Singapore residents will also enjoy free island admission between 31 August and 15 September 2019 via the Sentosa Express or when driving through the Sentosa Gateway vehicular gantry in Singapore-registered cars, on top of the existing free modes of entry.
Promising fun for all ages, Sentosa Sandsation: Star Wars Edition will feature:
Sentosa FUN Shops and Singapore Cable Car Gift Shops, operated by One Faber Group (1FG), will also offer special bespoke merchandises exclusively produced by Disney and 1FG in conjunction with this collaboration. These include gifts like T-Shirts, tote bags, mini puzzles, mugs and neck pillows, and will go on sale from 31 August.
For more information, visit Sentosa Sandsation.
Vardag is Swedish for weekday. The new Fjällräven FW19 Vardag range offers light backpacks and a totepack for everyday trips to school and work. To salute the earlyOn August 29, 2019 / By Nookmag
Vardag is Swedish for weekday. The new Fjällräven FW19 Vardag range offers light backpacks and a totepack for everyday trips to school and work. To salute the early Fjällräven days, the products from this series all show the original Fjällräven logo from the 70’s. They are made from hardwearing G-1000 HeavyDuty Eco S fabric that protects your belongings and gives a classic Fjällräven look.
The Fjällräven FW19 Vardag range will be available in both OUTSIDE Store Orchard Gateway and Paragon from 15 August 2019 onwards.
Harkening back to the Brands’ first collaborative drop, the latest capsule is set to drop in August. After joining forces in 2017, Converse and NEIGHBORHOOD team up onceOn August 28, 2019 / By Nookmag
Harkening back to the Brands’ first collaborative drop, the latest capsule is set to drop in August. After joining forces in 2017, Converse and NEIGHBORHOOD team up once again for a capsule collection that effortlessly combines utilitarian and classic aesthetics.
As one of the most sought-after streetwear brands in Japan, NEIGHBORHOOD founder Shinsuke Takizawa is known for his uncanny ability of fusing multiple genres. The 25-year-old brand re-interprets elements from motorcycle culture to military to outdoor to traditional Japanese themes.
Converse x NEIGHBORHOOD is no exception, blending basketball styling inherent to the Converse DNA with subtle streetwear elements.
For this collection, Takizawa wanted to add his signature design style to the Jack Purcell—a Converse silhouette identified by its instantly recognizable “smile,” born out of a modernization of a badminton shoe nearly 85 years ago.
The silhouette features inscribed Japanese Kanji text that translates to “teiko,” meaning “resistance.” It is crafted with a premium suede upper and rubber molded heel cap as well as functional details and distinct nuances.
As with the 2017 collection, the capsule also includes a triple black Chuck 70 that comes to life in leather and suede and functional details, like the moto strap over the upper. Both silhouettes also showo bold pops of color on the sneakers’ outsoles and dual branded nuances.
Converse x NEIGHBORHOOD will launch on August 24 at Takashimaya Shopping Centre Converse boutique, Limited Edition Chamber MBS, Limited Edition Vault [email protected], Limited Edition Online and Converse Flagship Store on Lazada, at prices ranging from SGD69.90 to SGD169.90.
UNIQLO, the Japanese global apparel retailer, has launched the Sailor Moon UNIQLO T-shirt (UT) collection at all UNIQLO stores and online from Friday, August 23. Sailor Moon debutedOn August 28, 2019 / By Nookmag
UNIQLO, the Japanese global apparel retailer, has launched the Sailor Moon UNIQLO T-shirt (UT) collection at all UNIQLO stores and online from Friday, August 23.
Sailor Moon debuted in 1991, with Kodansha Ltd. publishing it as a manga series in Nakayoshi magazine that was targeted at female teenagers. It proved to be incredibly popular, running through 1997 as the most beloved manga for that age segment in the 1990s. Sailor Moon was subsequently adapted into an anime series for television, airing in more than 40 countries. On top of that, Sailor Moon books have been published in 17 languages worldwide. As part of a project to celebrate 25 years of Sailor Moon, new anime and a musical have been produced, as well as an e-Book that was published in July this year for distribution in Japan and overseas.
UNIQLO produced the new Sailor Moon UT collection based on the original drawings for the e-Book by writer and illustrator Naoko Takeuchi. Among the characters featured in designs are Usagi Tsukino (Sailor Moon), friend Luna, and Sailor Soldiers. The collection is for the enjoyment of fans of all ages, as well as those who are newly initiated to the Sailor Moon franchise.
Amidst the dynamism of Siem Reap lies The Aviary Hotel, a 25-room eco-friendly sanctuary dotted with hints of bird-inspired motifs. Since its opening in 2015, The Aviary HotelOn August 27, 2019 / By Nookmag
Amidst the dynamism of Siem Reap lies The Aviary Hotel, a 25-room eco-friendly sanctuary dotted with hints of bird-inspired motifs. Since its opening in 2015, The Aviary Hotel has been designed with sustainability in mind and conceptualised to play a part in supporting Cambodia’s local community and preserving the country’s natural environment.
“My favourite place in Siem Reap is its countryside. It’s my source of energy and the scenery is breathtaking. I may not be from Cambodia, but this land is something I have in common with the locals and we must do our part to preserve it for future generations to enjoy Cambodia’s beauty,” shares Joffrey Thin-Gris, General Manager of The Aviary Hotel.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
At the crux of The Aviary Hotel’s eco-friendly initiatives are the three big ‘Rs’ of waste management – reduce, reuse, recycle. The hotel has been a quiet but staunch supporter of reducing the usage of plastics since its opening. With their tap water fitted with water filters and verified to be safe and drinkable, and the hotel equipped with refillable water dispensers, this initiative has greatly reduced the hotel’s usage of plastic bottles.
For guests who request for a takeaway breakfast, they will be pleased to find their meal packed in biodegradable takeaway boxes. Moreover, since the start of the year, all paper straws (used since the hotel’s opening) have been replaced with metal straws, further reducing their usage of plastics.
The Aviary Hotel also brings their sustainability mindset to the most unlikely of places. Reusable fabric rubbish bags are used as an alternative to plastic trash bags, unused fabrics from a local factory are given a new lease of life as they are weaved into eclectic carpets and used in the hotel, and cooking oil from their kitchens are recycled on-site into petrol used to power the hotel’s backup generator system.
One small carbon footprint for Earth, one giant imprint on local communities
Equally important for The Aviary Hotel is to support the local Cambodian community, a number of whom are key members of the hotel’s team. On top of ensuring that their employees have a safe environment to work in and grow, The Aviary Hotel is also an avid supporter of local artists and businesses.
Tap into your artistic side when you stay at The Aviary Hotel and admire the various artworks from local Cambodian artists that are prominently displayed around the hotel such as Red Smoke by Channy Chhoeun. The scene is Battambang, Cambodia, a cautionary tale about how excessive deforestation destroys the homes of birds and wildlife. In another piece titled Oil, the painting reflects the overwhelming amount of pollution in rivers today.
Guests can also enjoy a relaxinxg bath experience with their locally-sourced, organic coconut soaps that are free from chemicals, petroleum, and synthetics from home-grown company, Coco Khmer.
Looking to the future
With The Aviary Hotel currently in the midst of their expansion programme, which include sthe introduction of a new room category, guests will soon be able to clock in a workout session with a difference when the hotel’s eco-gym is ready for use. Decked out with treadmills, cross-trainers, exercise bikes, and other gym equipment that are capable of generating electricity, guests can “recycle” their calories into clean energy as they sweat it out at The Aviary Hotel’s upcoming eco-gym.
From their design down to their operations, The Aviary Hotel consistently works with sustainability of the environment and local communities in mind, making it a perfect fit for socially-conscious guests.
This National Day, Shake Shack celebrates Singapore’s birthday with a slew of activities to excite the local community. This includes giving away chocolates to 1,000 lucky Shack fansOn August 8, 2019 / By Nookmag
This National Day, Shake Shack celebrates Singapore’s birthday with a slew of activities to excite the local community. This includes giving away chocolates to 1,000 lucky Shack fans and working with its local charity partner Action for Singapore Dogs (ASD) for an upcoming concert to help stray and abandoned dogs in Singapore. In keeping with the company’s mission to Stand for Something Good® , Shake Shack is working with local bean-to bar chocolatier Lemuel to create an exclusive box of chocolates to give out to the first 1,000 guests of Shake Shack Jewel Changi Airport on 9 August.
The box consists of three delicious chocolates – two Chocolate Squares and a Merlion-shaped treat – made with the Shack Blend by Lemuel Chocolate, a 60% cacao chocolate blend created exclusively for the Singapore Shack. Paying a Shack-style homage to Singapore and its rich food heritage, the Chocolate Squares are filled with tasty chocolate malt-infused ganache while the Singapore iconic Merlion-shaped chocolate are made with a flavourful Gula Melaka and desiccated coconut ganache.
In line with its efforts to give back to the community, Shake Shack is also working with local charity partner Action for Singapore Dogs (ASD) for its upcoming Jazz for Dogs 2019 concert. The evening of music and fun, featuring many local jazz musicians, will be held at the Singapore Botanic Gardens on 18 August, 5pm to 730pm, to raise funds for ASD’s rescue and rehoming efforts for stray and abandoned dogs in Singapore. Singaporeans can support the good cause by ordering a picnic bag (worth $200) at $88 each. Each picnic bag is good for two people and contains wine, drinks, savory snacks, a limited-edition Jazz for Dogs picnic mat, and sweet treats from Shake Shack such as its signature vanilla or chocolate frozen custard. The bag will also include Shake Shack’s Bag O’ Bones and an exclusive Shake Shack dog bandana for their canine companions. At present, Shake Shack donates 5% of the sales of its signature concrete, Shack Attack, to ASD.
Shake Shack’s fine dining heritage and commitment to community building, hospitality and the sourcing of premium ingredients have helped pioneer a new “fine casual” restaurant category. Fine Casual couples the ease, value and convenience of fast casual with the high standards of excellence grounded in fine dining: thoughtful ingredient sourcing and preparation, hospitality and quality. As a pioneer in this new category, Shake Shack strives to maintain the culinary traditions of the classic American burger stand, while providing guests with a menu of inspired food and drinks, made with carefully sourced and quality ingredients, and always cooked to order.
Celebrating Singapore’s local heritage and embodying the spirit of the jungle, Hotel Soloha is a stylish, new 45-room boutique hotel located in Chinatown’s heritage and cultural epicenter, KeongOn August 4, 2019 / By Nookmag
Celebrating Singapore’s local heritage and embodying the spirit of the jungle, Hotel Soloha is a stylish, new 45-room boutique hotel located in Chinatown’s heritage and cultural epicenter, Keong Saik Road. Set to launch on 16 August, Hotel Soloha is your window to what the Keong Saik neighbourhood and Singapore has to offer with its indigo blue wooden shutters and panel doors.
Revealing a curated world of urban jungle chic and tropical modernism splashed in amazing technicolour, the hotel is designed by interior design firm Avalon Collective and architect ASOLIDPLAN to transport visitors to a magical space with witty and bold interiors, and artisanal furnishings. Underscored by a cool vibe, Hotel Soloha’s burst of colour is a stark contrast to the earthy tones that typically define the neighbourhood.
With artworks by local artists, Ethrisha Liaw and Danielle Tay featured in the hotel lobby, lift-shaft and rooms, Hotel Soloha aims to create a destination hotel that not only fits into Keong Saik’s charming self but is also a modern interpretation of a Singapore that is bold, stylish and cultured. As such, visitors won’t find a single metal grille gate or repurposed cinema seat here. The property also intends to stock a curated selection of artisanal products that are perfect as souvenirs and fit well in cabin baggage.
As a location, Keong Saik, one of Singapore’s heritage and cultural epicenters, retains the beauty of yesteryear Singapore with its rows of shophouses across a network of roads. Today, it is home to a good number of bars, restaurants and shops, making it a destination that is layered with culture, gastronomy, energy and personality. Culture-maker and taste-maker Hotel Soloha’s entry to the area contributes to that spirit of Keong Saik and strengthens it – it is a breath of fresh air and the neighbourhood’s new social heartbeat. In short, Hotel Soloha is the perfect start to experience what Keong Saik and Singapore have to offer.
12 Teck Lim Road
Little Damage, famous soft-serve brand from downtown Los Angeles (LA) makes its first foray outside the USA into the sunny isles of Singapore. Its first outlet is locatedOn August 4, 2019 / By Nookmag
Little Damage, famous soft-serve brand from downtown Los Angeles (LA) makes its first foray outside the USA into the sunny isles of Singapore. Its first outlet is located in Wheelock Place with a second space slated for the last quarter of the year.
Known for its iconic soft-serves created from premium ingredients, handcrafted charcoal cones, and deliciously vegan options, Little Damage is the antithesis to all things whimsical with its goth-inspired creations. Launched in 2017 in downtown LA by Jenny Damage, whose love for ice cream and all things black collided to create these Instafamous desserts. Up till 2018, the brand’s sole outlet lay on 700 Spring Street in L.A. – until now.
“We are beyond excited to introduce Little Damage to Singapore. Little Damage has garnered such a cult following in Los Angeles, and we are thrilled to bring our quality desserts out of America. With unconventional flavours such as Unicorn Tears and a multitude of toppings served in our homemade charcoal cones, we highly encourage customers to get a little adventurous and have fun with ice cream. Think back to your childhood sugar highs or bickering over the last bit of ice cream with your sibling. Remember, once you lick it, it’s all yours [laughs]!” says founder Jenny Damage.
I LICKED IT, SO IT’S MINE!
Little Damage Singapore welcomes guests with pleasant aromas of its hand-rolled activated charcoal waffle cones*, and four different soft-serves on rotation every two months, which features a vegan option at any one time.
This month, the outlet features flavours in three signature colours: Coffee Caramel (Black, SGD 7), Unicorn Tears (Blue, SGD 7), White Chocolate (White, SGD 7), and a vegan option, Chocolate and Peanut Butter Banana (SGD 7.50). Made in small batches daily, the dairy options feature fresh milk that gives Little Damage soft-serve its rich flavour, and signature, velvety texture that lingers on the palate. The dairy-free option comprises either soy or nut milk substitutes, making it 100% vegan-friendly. Cones are available at a top up of SGD 2.
Toppings like crunchy chocolate pearls, crushed Oreos, fruity pebble cereal and rainbow sprinkles are available for a spruced up, Instagram-ready soft-serve. The first topping comes free except for popcorn, which is chargeable at SGD 1. Additional toppings are also available at SGD 1 each.
Soft-serve lovers can look forward to mouth-watering flavours such as Churros, Earl Grey, and Strawberries & Cream in the months to come.
CUTE BUT PSYCHO… BUT CUTE
Located in the heart of the shopping district, Little Damage in Wheelock Place mirrors its parent store in LA with its slate grey and black gingham designed tiles and monochromatic décor.
Accent pieces such as skull motifs and black goth-inspired knick-knacks adorn the shelves alongside the brand’s merchandise. Keeping to theme, Little Damage’s adorable collectibles showcase charcoal totebags (SGD 12), tumblers (SGD 25) and button pins (SGD 6) with the brands’ signature catchphrases.
Neon lights cheekily flashing ‘Cute but psycho… but cute’, ‘Ilicked it, so it’s mine!’ and the in-store photobooth encourages documenting of soft-serve sessions with friends and family. Customers simply have to make a purchase to enjoy the photobooth to take home their very own Little Damage photostrip. Little Damage Singapore is owned by parent company, Caerus Holding Pte Ltd.
NATIONAL DAY SPECIAL
Just in time for Singapore’s 54th birthday, Little Damage has created special red waffle cones (SGD 2) impeccably paired with White Chocolate soft-serve and crowned with shimmery silver star sprinkles for a photo-worthy patriotic dessert. The red cones will be in-stores from 5-11 August.
Little Damage Singapore
501 Orchard Rd
#B1-05A Wheelock Place
11am – 10pm (Daily)
For the first time ever, The Peranakan restaurant helmed by Executive Chef Raymond Khoo will launch an all-new vegan version of their Tok Panjang experience. Set to launchOn August 3, 2019 / By Nookmag
For the first time ever, The Peranakan restaurant helmed by Executive Chef Raymond Khoo will launch an all-new vegan version of their Tok Panjang experience. Set to launch today, this will appeal to diverse groups of diners ranging from vegans and vegetarians to flexitarians and carnivores. Tok Panjang, or long table, is a grand Peranakan feast once served at the turn of the century by wealthy Straits families to mark special occasions like weddings, anniversaries and important birthdays; it is a signature experience at The Peranakan.
The Tok Panjang Bibik set (SGD 48++ per person, minimum two persons) consists of omnipork sup bakwan kepiting, kueh pie ti, ngoh hiang, omnipork buah keluak, mutton rendang, ayam pongteh, nasi ulam, chap chye, and ikan assam pedas.
The Tok Panjang Baba set (SGD 68++ per person, minimum two persons) makes no attempt to hide its regal touch. It has everything one would find in a Bibik set and more. Additional items include duck curry, terung with anchovies, chilli crab cakes, ladies’ fingers with anchovies and tau yu bak.
The Tok Panjang feast retains the beautiful flavours and resolute spirit of Peranakan food without compromising on taste.
Babi buah keluak, a buah keluak dish that borrows the flavours of pork, might seem like a distant memory immortalised in writer Stella Kon’s play, Emily of Emerald Hill. It makes a comeback in the Tok Panjang menu, combining ground omnipork and unctuous buah keluak gravy to produce a real rice pusher.
The plant-based omnipork, made of shiitake mushrooms, peas, non-GMO soy, and rice, makes another appearance in the sup bakwan kepiting. The pork and crab ball soup features meatless pork balls that are robust and laced with ‘tendons’ in an elegant broth flavoured by papayas.
The spirit of Peranakan flavours in the Tok Panjang menu continues with ikan assam pedas, made possible by serving chunks of deep fried battered cod and eggplants in a supremely appetising and tangy assam gravy. Tau yu bak, pork stewed in dark soy, features bean-based pork belly complete with gelatinous sections to resemble belly fat. The best accompaniment for the many dishes in the Tok Panjang is nasi ulam, a heritage dish of mixed herb rice that is laced with Peranakan memories and culture. This ‘salad’ consists of a variety of julienned raw herbs and vegetables such as kaffir lime leaves, turmeric leaves, lemongrass, long beans, rojak flowers, laksa leaves, and is intensely aromatic and delicious to eat.
Meatlovers will love the chill crab cakes and be convinced they need not give up what they used to enjoy. Balls of deep fried soy-based crab cakes offer a real crunch and bite but remain very light on the palate. Chilli crab sauce, an umami bomb constituting elements like rempah, garlic, onions and taucheo, is slathered on the crab cakes to create a real head-turner.
Round out the meal with vegetable dishes such as nyonya chap chye, terong with anchovies (sauteed eggplants topped with fried mushroom strips as good substitute for ikan bilis) and nasi ulam.
Each Tok Panjang set is served with a grand display of desserts at the end of the meal. A jar of fragrant pandan leaves and discs of gula melaka preside over a selection items such as apom bokwa, durian pengat, kueh kosui, and kueh bingka. The kueh bingka, in particular, is made of vegan butter, but surprisingly retains the original flavour of tapioca cake. The chef’s dessert platter is also served with home-brewed lemongrass tea infused with pandan.
Going meat-free has never been this easy!
As Mid-Autumn rolls around, we once again encounter an age-old dilemma… Which mooncake do I buy this year??? With a plethora of choices packed in pretty boxes, it’sOn August 3, 2019 / By Nookmag
As Mid-Autumn rolls around, we once again encounter an age-old dilemma… Which mooncake do I buy this year???
With a plethora of choices packed in pretty boxes, it’s a wonder that we can even choose a favourite to indulge in each Mid-Autumn festival. Thankfully, mooncake fairs such as the exhibition at Takashimaya (which opens this month!) have become a common sight, where customers can sample all the different varieties available before finally deciding which flavours to purchase.
In recent years, Mao Shan Wang (or Musang King) mooncakes have more or less become a staple choice among snowskin mooncake lovers. As such, this year we’ve decided to put the “King” aside and try something new. Among the many favourites around the island, here are 5 flavours that stood out from the usual norms for us.
Tian Mi Mi – JW Marriott*
A well-loved cocktail from Madame Fan Bar, the Tian Mi Mi snowskin mooncake is swathed in a white chocolate shell filled with the richness of spiced whisky, ambrosial honey and zesty mandarin in a rich ganache.
Chendol – JW Marriott*
Promising a feast for the senses, each Chendol mooncake bears a unique marbling stain on its delicate translucent snowskin, creating a visual sensation inspired by the majestic green jade.
Honey & Dragon Fruit – Mitzo**
This fruity mooncake features fresh dragon fruit paste and a smooth blend of natural honey, making it an excellent choice for those looking for a healthier option.
Earl Grey with Tapioca Pearls – Crowne Plaza Changi Airport***
As part of Crowne Plaza’s tea-infused mooncake collection, the Earl Grey snowskin mooncake comes in a boxed set of 4 assorted flavours, including Chrysanthemum with Winter Melon Bits, Red Date with Wolfberries and Matcha with Adzuki Beans.
Pu’er Tea with Chia Seeds – JW Marriott*
JW Marriott’s signature Pu’er Tea mooncake is rejuvenated with the addition of chia seeds, further enhancing the warm, mellow sweetness of the premium tea.
* For JW Marriott’s selections :
Email or call +65 6818 1908 to place an order. Marriott Bonvoy members and DBS/POSB card holders can enjoy a 20% early-bird discount from now till 11 August, and 15% discount from 12 August to 13 September. Alternatively, UOB, Citibank and OCBC card holders can enjoy early bird discounts of 15% and 10% on the respective dates.
** For Mitzo Selections :
Email or call +65 6603 8855 to place an order. Mooncakes are available from 14 August to 13 September.
*** For Crowne Plaza Changi Airport Selections :
Email or call +65 6823 5367 to place an order. For more info on credit card promotions, visit Crowne Plaza Changi Airport. For an early bird discount of 30%, shop online by 11 August, and receive a complimentary SGD 20 dining voucher for online purchase.
FILA officially opens its largest store in Singapore at the iconic retail and entertainment mall, Jewel Changi Airport. Located at #02-220-222, the 2,730 square feet store carries anOn July 31, 2019 / By Nookmag
FILA officially opens its largest store in Singapore at the iconic retail and entertainment mall, Jewel Changi Airport. Located at #02-220-222, the 2,730 square feet store carries an extensive collection from FILA, namely FILA White Line, FILA Originale, FILA x 3.1 Phillip Lim and FILA Red Line; as well as its sub-brand FILA FUSION, that incorporates retro and trendy elements into its designs, bringing street wear to a new level to cater to the younger consumer demographic.
Store-Exclusive Merchandise by FILA White Line series
Inspired by the beauty of Tuscany, Italy, the FILA White Line series presents a combination of floral and horse prints to reflect the simple Italian elegance that is sure to put its wearer under the limelight. Exclusive to the FILA Jewel store are also tees, polo shirts, jackets and hoodies that feature Singapore’s city skyline, complete with the iconic Merlion and Singapore Flyer motif.
Some of the top picks from FILA White Line exclusive merchandise include:
The latest drops from this collection are inspired by the FILA logo matching a trendy monogram design, incorporating the brand DNA colours – white, red, navy – to bring its wearer into the classic FILA world.
FILA x 3.1 Phillip Lim
This natural chic collection presents an off-court exploration of elevated, technical sportswear, injected with earth tones and monogram prints by the famous New York designer brand.
This season, FILA FUSION brings back its iconic retro FILA sneakers with a new design and/or colourway every season. Customers can view a display inside the FILA Jewel store showing the history of the iconic FILA sneakers and their original design.
In addition, the newest collection by FILA FUSION – Home Run, is available at the FILA Jewel store.Representing the collection is Japanese model/songwriter, Kōki, who was recently appointed as FILA FUSION’s new brand ambassador. Since her debut in 2018, Kōki has gained success and popularity around the world. The young fashion icon has versatility and an innate sense of sporty style which shares the same vision of FILA FUSION.
Kōki wears the newest arrival of FILA FUSION collection, Home Run series, which is based on baseball design theme and full of street spirit, sporting a monogram logo and oversize cutting.
Some of the top picks from FILA Fusion Home Run series include:
All products are now available at FILA Jewel store, except store-exclusive items in mid-August 2019. For those shopping for the little ones, the FILA KIDS store is located in Jewel Changi Airport at #04-203.
For one-night only, Mitzo Restaurant & Bar will be teaming up with Hine Cognac to present a five-course menu, on Friday, 2 August at 6.30pm. The dinner willOn July 31, 2019 / By Nookmag
For one-night only, Mitzo Restaurant & Bar will be teaming up with Hine Cognac to present a five-course menu, on Friday, 2 August at 6.30pm. The dinner will be hosted by Hine’s Brand Ambassador and APAC Business Manager, Mathieu Jennin, and has a limited seating of 30, where guests will also receive a complimentary 50ml Miniature bottle of H by Hine VSOP.
Mitzo’s Executive Chef Nicky Ng has specially curated dishes to go along the refined cognacs. The dinner begins with a pre-dinner drink, Champagne Cattier Brut Icône at Mitzo Bar. Before moving on to the dining room to begin with the Thai-style barbequed pork, deep-fried prawn coated with seaweed that has been paired with Hine’s Homage XO Grande Champagne.
The meal then moves on to the Miso pork rib soup, a delightful bowl of soup that delivers comfort to guests. The flavourful Salted egg cod fish with wasabi shimeiji mushroom is paired with the smooth Hine’s Rare VSOP Fine Champagne.
The delectable fourth course is the Truffle beetroot rice with scallop, which sees the fluffy rice mixed with truffle and beetroot, topped with perfectly cooked scallops.
For desserts, indulge in the Rose tea coconut jelly served with deep-fried sesame custard ball. Mitzo’s Head Bartender Azlam Kadir has specially concocted a cocktail for this dinner called the H-Incognito, made with H by Hine Cognac, a mix of sloe gin, chocolate bitters, preserved mandarin peel cordial with fresh lemon and blackberries.
The meal ends off with two post-dinner digestifs: Hine’s Antique XO Fine Champagne and the Hine’s Cigar Reserve XO Cognac.
The five-course pairing dinner menu is priced at SGD 118++ per person. For reservations and pre-payment enquiries, call +65 9638 2504 or email Park Hotel.
Mitzo x Hine Cognac
5-Course Pairing Menu
Friday, 2 August 2019
6.30 pm onwards
Make time to feast as Singapore’s only food street by the beach, Sentosa GrillFest, returns bigger and better to Siloso Beach! Happening from now to 12 August 2019On July 31, 2019 / By Nookmag
Make time to feast as Singapore’s only food street by the beach, Sentosa GrillFest, returns bigger and better to Siloso Beach!
Happening from now to 12 August 2019 – the longest edition ever held – this year’s festival will feature the largest number of participating establishments, with 27 food and beverage (F&B) establishments set to offer a scrumptious range of tasty delights. Among them, six stalls will be set up right on the beach for the first time. Together, they will give guests over 130 F&B options to choose from.
Running from 4pm to 11pm on the following weekends: 2 to 4 August, and 9 to 12 August through the National Day public holiday – Sentosa GrillFest will also feature exclusive highlights:
That’s not all! Bask in the festive atmosphere with the glow of lights dotting the beach and be entertained by roaming performers. Plus, guests can choose to kick back with a movie by the beach at 8pm on each day of Sentosa Grillfest.
Sentosa GrillFest is a cashless event and guests will be able to make payments via credit cards and EZLink cards. Booths will be available at the event for guests to top up their EZ-Link cards if they run low in value.
Reducing single-use plastics
Guests are encouraged to join Sentosa in doing our part for environmental sustainability, by bringing along reusable utensils and containers to Sentosa GrillFest. Washing points will be provided for guests who decide to bring their own utensils and containers.
Getting to Sentosa GrillFest
Score SGD 5 off your Grab ride into Sentosa by using the code “SentosaGrill”. The promotion is valid on each day of Sentosa GrillFest from 10am to 12am (except between 12pm to 2pm). Redemptions are limited to three redemptions per user and there are limited codes available so do come early!
Alternatively, take advantage of FREE ways to enter Sentosa, then make a beeline for Beach Station where Sentosa GrillFest will be located:
Other travel options:
For more information, visit Sentosa GrillFest 2019.
Margaret River On Tour returns to Singapore from 17 – 23 August for its fourth annual showcase of fine wines, gourmet food, and immersive travel experiences from Australia’sOn July 19, 2019 / By Nookmag
Margaret River On Tour returns to Singapore from 17 – 23 August for its fourth annual showcase of fine wines, gourmet food, and immersive travel experiences from Australia’s famed southwest region.
More than 30 wineries, restaurants, and travel and hospitality businesses from the region will descend on Singapore for a week of wining and dining, masterclasses, travel trade experiences, and fringe events.
Singapore is a key market for the Margaret River region, which is located three hours by car from Perth, Western Australia. More than 23,000 travellers from Singapore visit Margaret River each year, making it the region’s second biggest international visitor market after the United Kingdom. Singapore is also ranked fourth in the Margaret River region’s wine export market by volume and value, after China, the United States, and the United Kingdom.
Margaret River Wine Association CEO Amanda Whiteland says: “We are excited to bring the best of Margaret River to Singapore for our fourth annual event that proudly showcases the region’s breadth, quality, and diversity over numerous activities across the island. We hope this week-long taste of Margaret River will inspire Singaporeans and residents to travel south for their next vacation and immerse themselves in the region’s natural beauty and high-value, off-the-beaten-track experiences.”
Margaret River and the southwest region was recently named number one Asia Pacific destination in its “Best in Asia Pacific 2019” list by travel authority Lonely Planet.
Singaporeans and residents can get a taste of Margaret River at the week-long festivities packed with wine dinners with local restaurants, masterclasses by Margaret River winemakers, and fringe activities. For more info, visit Margaret River on Tour.
Margaret River On Tour Showcase Evening
The star event of the week will take place at the Grand Hyatt Singapore from 6 – 9:30pm. on 22 August. Guests will meet winemakers and sample pours from award-winning estates such as Vasse Felix, Cape Mentelle, and Xanadu, and discover up-and-coming wineries such as L.A.S. Vino, McHenry Hohnen, and Whicher Ridge. Chef Evan Hayter of Arimia Winery and Restaurant will treat gourmands to a ‘live’ demonstration of his culinary skills and invite them to taste his dishes featuring seasonal organic and biodynamic produce from the southwest region and the Arimia farm.
New this year is a photo exhibition that captures the natural beauty and majestic ruggedness of Margaret River by internationally acclaimed local photographer Russell Ord, who will be on hand to talk to guests about his passion and his images. Russell has exhibited in Germany at Photokina 2016 and Tokyo Japan 2017 for FujiFilm.
Also new this year is the CinefestOZ Pop Up Cinema, showcasing a taste of Australia’s premiere destination film festival, held in the heart of Margaret River every August.
Providing the evening’s entertainment will be Josh “Koomal” Whiteland, a Wadandi custodian whose ancestors walked the ancient land of the Margaret River region for more than 50,000 years. Josh will introduce guests to the world’s oldest living culture with his authentic personal interpretation through music and presentation.
Guests are welcome to bring home their favourite Margaret River wines and other local products which will be for sale on-site or book their very own Margaret River experience with the region’s travel partners.
The ticket for the Margaret River On Tour Showcase Evening, which includes a sampling of all wines presented, food, and a take-home Plumm wine glass valued at SGD 25, is priced at SGD 75 per guest and can be purchased at Margaret River on Tour. Margaret River On Tour will move to Kuala Lumpur next, for its Malaysia roadshow at the Pullman Hotel on 24 August.