A term that was first coined in Japan in the 1980s, White Day is typically celebrated on 14 March, one month after Valentine’s Day. In appreciation for theOn March 14, 2021 / By Renata
A term that was first coined in Japan in the 1980s, White Day is typically celebrated on 14 March, one month after Valentine’s Day. In appreciation for the gifts they received on Valentine’s Day, people (mostly males) would give a gift to their admirer in return on this day. Although it first began in Japan, this holiday is now celebrated in various countries across South East Asia, including South Korea, Taiwan and even in some of the bigger cities in China.
As photographs are a perfect medium to remember special occasions with, we decided to speak to three couples in the instant photography community to discover how they came together through a bond sparked by photography. Likewise, while most of us in Singapore don’t celebrate White Day, we asked our couples what they would gift each other if they were to celebrate the occasion.
The first couple we asked, Brandon and Phoebe, run a Polaroid retail company known to the instant photography community as OKB. “It’s another chance for me to get chocolates from Brandon!” Phoebe laughs, as Brandon told us that he was unaware of White Day’s existence. “I guess I’ll have to get Phoebe chocolates now on every White Day…” He muses.
Our second couple (Damian and Sandra) on the other hand, are well known in the instant photography community and go by the moniker damianwithsandra. Despite not celebrating White Day, they expressed that they typically like to give things to each other regardless of the occasion, and don’t have any views on this holiday in particular.
Last but not least, our third couple consists of Felix, who is well versed in lomography shots and Hanna who is known for her double exposure images. “[White Day] is an interesting take on appreciation because reminds the men to celebrate their partners. If we were to celebrate it, I’d give Hanna some white frame Polaroids and take her to art galleries,” said Felix, while Hanna decided that she would love to “get Felix a white set of wheels or a pair of trucks for his longboards for White day,” before going for a stroll with skates and a polaroid camera in tow.
More about each couple…
BRANDON & PHOEBE
Fun and quirky with a ribbon or handkerchief in her hair, you’ll never miss spotting Phoebe on the streets. As much as this fashionista is an avid photographer both at leisure and professionally, her real love for Polaroids began with wefies taken on an old polaroid camera. In contrast, Brandon’s love for instant photography sparked with an old Polaroid photo taken during his youth.
Although they only met briefly online, their chance meeting quickly became a regular occurrence after Brandon first invited Phoebe out on a photowalk with his friends from the instant photography community. This common interest was later fueled by a pet peeve shared between both of them (“not all instant photography are Polaroids!“), which led Brandon to ask Phoebe on a date over a vintage Hello Kitty Polaroid.
The rest is history as the couple attend conventions and flea markets together, setting up booths and eventually, a company fueled by their passion for Polaroids. “One of our best experiences till date was at the first culture cartel convention. We had a Polaroid booth at the marketplace, and the highlight was hunting for people to shoot around the event space during our break. We managed to catch a graffiti artist, a prominent KOL of the street scene, and even the event organiser on Polaroid!”
DAMIAN & SANDRA
Having been together for several years, Damian and Sandra were classmates in polytechnic, and both discovered their love for photography before they met. Although they spent some time apart during their university days, they eventually got together officially after graduation and reignited their passion for instant film photography together.
I moved away from it but never forgot about Polaroids…
“When we first explored the world of instant film photography together, we were disappointed to hear that Polaroid had long ceased their production of analog film and cameras. However, we encountered the Impossible Project; a group of like-minded individuals who had painstakingly acquired old Polaroid technology to recreate and re-produce integral film. We got our first SX-70 Sonar Polaroid Camera and Impossible Project film, and our first time shooting the film was an exciting adventure, unknown or unaware of how the film would turn out,” shared the couple while telling us about their Instagram account, which documents their photography journey in the hopes of meeting other like-minded enthusiasts.
Along the paths they’ve weathered in their photography journey, one of their most memorable experiences lie in their trip to Turkey, Cyprus and Greece. Having planned this leg of their Europe trip with photography in mind, it comes as no surprise that they managed to capture precious moments in shooting the night sky and stars in the middle of North Cyprus; standing from the mountains of Meteora and watching the sunset; and capturing the centuries-old monuments in the heart of Istanbul.
FELIX & HANNA
Yet another couple to meet through the internet, Felix and Hanna found each other through the online photography community on lomography a few years ago. They finally met face-to-face in Manila while Hanna was on holiday, and eventually progressed from being very good friends to being in a relationship for the past almost seven years. Although they are now dating long distance (Felix is in Malaysia and Hanna is in Singapore), they find joy in their shared love for photography and show each other the interesting spots in their respective cities whenever they have the opportunity to travel together.
While Hanna’s first experience with Polaroids came from borrowing Felix’s cameras, he eventually gifted her with her very own Polaroid camera for Christmas, which she then relied on to keep herself preoccupied during the Covid-19 lockdown period in Singapore. “That’s when I really fell in love with it.”
In contrast, Felix first came across Polaroid photography in a film shop in Manila. “They were selling Polaroid cameras and film along with Lomography (Lomo) products. I was into film and Lomo at the time, and Polaroid definitely piqued my interest but it was quite expensive for me at the time.” It was only later on that Felix rediscovered Polaroids through SX-70 cameras in a bid to explore portrait photography.
Tips and tricks?
As we moved to understand more about instant photography and Polaroid in particular, we asked our three couples to share their advice for people embarking on their instant photography journeys for the first time.
“Just grab a camera and start shooting, you will start discovering what you like and don’t like about it,” advises Brandon, “and also, join groups like ours for updates and photowalks. That’s the best way to learn and meet the rest!”
“Learn to embrace the imperfections of shooting Polaroid film! In the first place, Polaroids are known to produce softer tones, so one should not expect the same quality as digital cameras. In fact, the soft tones of the Polaroid appeal to some photographers, even despite shooting with sharp lenses. Further, we believe the beauty of shooting Polaroids lies in its occasional unpredictability.”
Damian and Sandra share that despite obtaining unintended results at times during their journey as instant photographers, “we thrive in that moment of anticipation and excitement while we wait for the physical Polaroid to develop. Ultimately, the experience of shooting Polaroid film matters even more than the result, as it helps you to be a better photographer and also to learn how to appreciate this beautiful medium.”
Likewise, Felix encourages us to “appreciate the quirks of polaroid film and explore different ways of shooting it; there’s no wrong way!” while Hanna reminds us not to be afraid of making mistakes. “Have fun! There’s so many things you can do with shooting on polaroids!”
As White Day drops in on us (today!), how would you celebrate this second Valentine’s Day? Tell us here!
Skechers introduces its latest collaboration collection with Los Angeles-based visual artist Joshua Vides bringing 2D pop-art sketches to life. Launching on 1 March both online and in stores,On February 24, 2021 / By Nookmag
Skechers introduces its latest collaboration collection with Los Angeles-based visual artist Joshua Vides bringing 2D pop-art sketches to life.
Launching on 1 March both online and in stores, the Skechers X Reality To Idea collection features a range of footwear, apparel and accessories for both men and women in a monochromatic colour palette, including a unique transparent panelled design for the sneakers.
After the brand’s previous collaborations with artists and streetwear designers including Jeremy Ville and Chinatown Market, Skechers is joining hands with Joshua Vides, known for his iconic black-and-white sketch illusions and the creator of “Reality To Idea”.
His art style focuses on creating an alternate reality of making real-life objects appear as monochromatic drawings, giving the visual illusion of transforming 3D shapes into 2D works of art. The Skechers X Reality To Idea collection is thus inspired by this art concept, featuring sketch lines and black-and-white design elements across the various footwear, apparel and bag styles.
In particular, the collaboration brings forth a new take on Skechers’ retro style Stamina 2.0 sneaker silhouette, using Reality to Idea’s iconic black-and-white colour palette for a minimalist, monochromatic look that is full of street vibes. There is also a unique detail in the transparent panel along the shoe upper, which allows the interior 2D artwork to be showcased.
When wearing the shoes, one can either match with the same colour of black or white socks, or pair a contrasting combination such as the black shoes with white socks for an edgy look. The chunky-heeled sneaker also includes Skechers’ signature Air Cooled Memory Foam insole for cushioned comfort.
The Skechers X Reality To Idea Collection launches on 1 March at seven Skechers stores islandwide: Wisma Atria, Plaza Singapura, Bugis Junction, Suntec City, Great World, VivoCity and Jewel Changi Airport. It will also be available online.
History is in the making for made-in-Singapore music as Universal Music Singapore unveils their newest artist – Iman Fandi. The world’s leading music label presents yet another spellbindingOn February 22, 2021 / By Nookmag
History is in the making for made-in-Singapore music as Universal Music Singapore unveils their newest artist – Iman Fandi.
The world’s leading music label presents yet another spellbinding multi-hyphenate talent gifted with a gorgeous voice and compelling songwriting flair. As Iman Fandi takes her place in the UMG roster that boasts some of the most celebrated names in the tapestry of modern Singaporean music with the likes of Yung Raja, Fariz Jabba and ALYPH, she is poised not only for an illustrious music career, but to be the next female popstar in a new generation of young Singaporean talents.
The only daughter of Fandi Ahmad, Singapore’s most beloved and renowned sports icon, Iman Fandi is no stranger to being a public figure and performer. In the public eye since she was a child, the 20-year-old has grown up with an intimate understanding of the dedication and hard work required in the honing of her craft. With her various accolades as an athlete, model and influencer, she has turned heads with a spirit that is singular, defining and so utterly compelling.
Iman Fandi grew up with a rich and diverse musical palette but her latter-day influences orbit the show-stopping pop and R&B likes of The Weekend, Rihanna and Beyoncé.
Her musical journey will display a sense of purpose and integrity that will, undoubtedly, affirm her place of prominence in a generation of musicians who will steer the needle of pop culture.
“The main reason I write and release music is so that people will know they’re not alone in feeling a certain way”, says Iman Fandi as she outlines her mission as an artist. This empathy comes from a place of empowerment and determination: “I want to be better. I also want to branch out and explore territories outside of Asia. I love experimenting and trying new things and I feel that being signed to the biggest label in the world will push me to do my very best – and more.”
On 19 February 2021, her debut single “Timeframe” written by her, produced by Singaporean hip-hop luminary Flightsch and mixed by 13-time Grammy-winning engineer John Hanes, who has lent his expert touch to numerous records by pop’s A-list such as, The Weeknd, Ariana Grande, Taylor Swift and Lana Del Rey, will make her aims and intentions clear.
Music for hope, inspiration, awe and healing – Iman Fandi aims to deliver on all counts with a distinction that is timely yet timeless, smoulderingly personal yet universally destined. “Timeframe” and its visual statement in the form of a well-conceptualized music video, are just the beginning of her exquisite bloom.
Time to Frame Singapore’s new icon – Iman Fandi.
“Timeframe” is now available for pre-add/save on all digital streaming platforms.
From now till 31 March, head on over to PAZZION Café (located at Jewel Changi Airport) for a fun-filled experience curating your very own unique rice bowl fromOn February 18, 2021 / By Nookmag
From now till 31 March, head on over to PAZZION Café (located at Jewel Changi Airport) for a fun-filled experience curating your very own unique rice bowl from the variety ingredients available!
With a healthy base of brown rice, choose between tender braised pork belly or the flavourful sesame soy chicken for a mouthwatering protein fix. Then throw in two cold and one hot vegetable options for a healthy boost before finishing off with your favourite dressing and a topping to complete your bowl. To seal the deal, each set comes with a green tea (Iced/Hot) at only SGD12.90, with the option to top up for other beverages if green tea doesn’t suite your vibe.
The Mix ‘n’ Match Rice Bowl sets are available on weekdays, from now till 31 March at 11am to 3pm.
Monday to Thursday | 11am – 8.30pm
Friday, Saturday and Sunday | 10am – 9pm
(Last order to be placed 30 minutes before closing time)
Singapore based baking company, Bob The Baker Boy, continues on their mission to “bake a million people happy”. Founded by Mayee Fong in 2015 while finishing up herOn February 17, 2021 / By Nookmag
Singapore based baking company, Bob The Baker Boy, continues on their mission to “bake a million people happy”.
Founded by Mayee Fong in 2015 while finishing up her accounting degree at NTU, the professed self-taught baker turned entrepreneur came upon the name at the spur of the moment while watching Bob the comedian elicited a spark of joy in her that she wanted to represent in her baking. “Baking happiness” became a core value that has since guided the business through troubled times, turning a struggling solo operation into one with 15 people and 4 departments in 5 years.
Renowned for creating uniquely themed experiences for celebrities such as the money pulling cake, as well as a foodie-inspired themed cake, all their creations have a lower sugar content (less than up to 50%!) than most bakeries – proof that you can both have your cake and eat it.
This Chinese New Year, Bob the Baker Boy is excited to start the year of The Ox with Golden Pineapple Tarts and Earl Grey Cranberry Tarts – They have been working on delighting the world through their bakes, every single day!
We recommend the Earl Grey Cranberry Cookies as well, which are a real treat event outside of the new year festivities.
To order, drop a message to the team at +65 9499 4015, or to Mayee at +65 9021 8370.
About the Baker
Through the many ups and downs of running the business till date, Mayee’s struggles and setbacks have taught her the importance of specialising duties, quality checks, and maintaining product consistency. With a lot of hard work and a stroke of luck, she started her first Brick and Mortar store in 2018, where she hired her first few members and started departmentalizing roles: bakers bake, decorators decorate, and customer service staff focus on quality checking and handling enquiries. She realised that doing everything alone was tough, and her biggest lesson was to stop trying to be everything, and focus on that one or two things that you do the best.
Drawing on over two decades of bartending experience across seven different countries, Lead Mixologist Andrew Hyman has designed a new cocktail programme to be launched at the iconicOn February 17, 2021 / By Nookmag
Drawing on over two decades of bartending experience across seven different countries, Lead Mixologist Andrew Hyman has designed a new cocktail programme to be launched at the iconic rooftop destination, CÉ LA VI.
Inspired by the region’s diverse culture and abundance of local ingredients, these contemporary, handcrafted cocktails are created with a rich flavour profile, delivering a multi-sensory experience from the visual aesthetics to the smell, and ultimately the taste of each drink. Guiding guests towards their perfect drink, the menu offers an in-depth description, ingredient list, and rankings on various characteristics for each drink, from sweetness or bitterness to strength and adventurousness.
Introducing a new sky-high cocktail experience to be enjoyed with unparalleled views, the refreshing SkyBar Signatures series at SGD25++ per glass feature a mix of familiar and more exotic ingredients. Try the fruity and herbaceous Paper Lantern with Don Julio Blanco tequila, physalis, passion fruit and thyme; or the spirit-forward Old Memories, a twist on an Old Fashioned based on the popular coconut, corn and sago pudding dessert in Thailand with Rebel Yell Rye, coconut, pandan, popcorn and bitters. Those with adventurous palates can step outside their comfort zone with the Yuzito, a yuzu-infused mojito with Tanqueray London Dry Gin, melon, yuzu, mint and bitters; or the Native Garden, with influences of Thailand and Vietnam, featuring Tanqueray London Dry Gin, cassis, hibiscus tea, cinnamon, rosemary and Fever Tree Indian Tonic Water.
In contrast, the Restaurant Signatures series at SGD25++ each were created using global ingredients and techniques to pair seamlessly with CÉ LA VI’s modern Asian cuisine. Highlights include the Border Crossing #2, representing the influence of Nyonya cuisine blending Chinese ingredients with various distinct spices used by Malay and Indonesian communities, with Havana 3 Year Old Rum, coconut, cucumber, pineapple sambal and sesame; the Even, a Japanese twist on the classic New York Sour with Monkey Shoulder whisky, Shichimi Togarashi Spice and hibiscus tea; and the Mojokerto Regency, inspired by Wedang Jahe Tea, a traditional drink from East Java, Indonesia, with Ketel One Vodka, coconut, pandan, ginger, kaffir lime, lemongrass and bitters.
Suitable to enjoy from day to night whilst overlooking Marina Bay and the city lights beyond, the Sky Lounge Signatures series, also at SGD25++ each, offer easy-going options such as the Tropical Savanna with Aperol, coconut, pineapple and hunter’s spirit; the Once in a Life Time with Tanqueray London Dry Gin, ginger, wasabi, nori and soda; The Epicurean with Monkey Shoulder whisky, medium-dry vermouth, coconut and pandan; and the Golden Age with Havana Club 3 Year Old Rum, kaffir lime and lemongrass.
Changing monthly based on the team’s latest creations, each venue also offers the Bartender’s Handshake (SGD23++), a special concoction that showcases your Mixologist’s favourite spirit, along with unique flavours of the season.
“Given the great cultural diversity and rich flavour profile across the region, I want our guests to be able to experience all that Southeast Asia has to offer right here at CÉ LA VI. We have three unique bars to suit different occasions, so we have designed our cocktail menus to replicate this,” says Andrew Hyman (Lead Mixologist).
In view of the COVID-19 situation, guests are required to check in via the Safe Entry app upon arrival, before being ushered to their seats. Guests can browse through the QR code menu and place all orders with CÉ LA VI staff to enjoy at their table.
As Lunar New Year rolls around again, one of the burning questions for foodies is probably, which yu sheng is worth indulging in this year? While it allOn February 2, 2021 / By Nookmag
As Lunar New Year rolls around again, one of the burning questions for foodies is probably, which yu sheng is worth indulging in this year? While it all depends on your individual tastes, we came across a few interesting ones (in no particular order of preference) to add to your list for 2021.
Keep reading to find out which ones caught our fancy for the upcoming year of the Metal Ox!
KIN – Chef Damian’s Lo Hei Platter
Available from 8 Feb, Kin’s version is a lo hei unlike any other, and is priced at SGD48 for a small platter or SGD68 for a large one. To add a twist to the new year, Chef Damian puts his own creative spin on the traditional lo hei influenced by his years of exploration and experience in Singapore heritage cuisine. Inspired by our local dish, Rojak, which in itself reflects the confluence of various ethnicities, this refreshing lo hei comprises of white radish, cabbage, cucumber, jicama, green mango, pomegranate, pomelo, pineapple, ginger flower, sesame, peanut brittle, rice roll, and you tiao, finished with a house-made plum sauce to bind everything together in delicious harmony.
In addition, Kin presents five treasured recipes commonly presented on Chef Damian’s family table every Chinese New Year:
Hati Babi Bungkus (SGD38++)
A heady combination of minced pork, liver, coriander and homemade spices, skillfully encased in caul fat before it is twice-cooked in the oven.
Ayam Buah Keluak (SGD48++)
An iconic Peranakan dish that pairs perfectly with rice in the D’Silva household.
Pong Tauhu (SGD48++)
A comforting meatball soup with hand-made meatballs made with a medley of pork, crab, prawn and bamboo shoots, cooked in a prawn and pork broth enhanced with tau cheo.
Peranakan Otah (SGD38++)
Made with spotted Spanish mackerel, candlenut and lemongrass, and steamed to perfection and served in banana leaf.
48-hour slow-braised Itek Sioh (SGD48++)
A whole duck leg braised with dark soya sauce, coriander and brown sugar vinegar.
TABLESCAPE – Foie Gras Yu Sheng
First introduced last Lunar New Year, this variety features a housemade foie gras terrine with crispy fish skin and yuzu peel for a more luxurious mix for the year ahead.
While you are here, also check out their Afternoon Tea Set, which has been thoughtfully rearranged to include key flavours and colours of Lunar New Year. Inclusive of items such as their Cherry Cheesecake Mousse and luscious red Tomato Brioche, to Mandarin Orange Compote and zesty Mandarin Almond Cake, these festive treats join popular bites such as the Raspberry Eclair and Beetroot Cup to offer a special edition of the usual tea set.
For more info, to order or make reservations, call 6432 5566 or email Tablescape at Grand Park City Hall.
YAN – Abalone & Yellowtail with Gold Foil Lo Hei in ‘Shun De’ Style
Toss to new heights with Yàn’s Abalone & Yellowtail with Gold Foil Lo Hei in ‘Shun De’ Style (from SGD92++)!
Prepared in their signature savoury Shun De style and adorned with gold flakes, the magnificent mountain of crispy vermicelli alludes to soaring achievements and success in the year ahead, complemented by vibrant vegetables, shredded purple and yellow sweet potatoes, kailan, and pickled ginger, while slices of yellowtail fish and braised abalone herald wealth and abundance in the year to come.
For info, Shunde-style yu sheng is named after its origins in Shun De, a district in the Guangdong province. In Shun De, fishermen used to celebrate Ren Ri, the 7th day of CNY, by eating slices of raw river fish (grass carp) with soy sauce and pickles. Thus, at Yàn, the Shunde-style yusheng is served with a similar savoury profile – the dressing is made with soy sauce, lime juice, sliced lemon leaves, and peanut oil instead of the typical sour plum sauce.
Available from now till 26 February, be sure to check out their six-course Lunar New Year Family Feast (SGD88 nett per person; minimum 4 persons), which includes festive must-haves such as the classic Salmon Yusheng, succulent Barbecue Honey Pork & Roast Pork Belly, and flavoursome Steamed Black Cod Fillet with Truffle Oil and Minced Garlic.
In addition, a lavish pencai, a splendid array of sweet and savoury takeaways, and festive snacks are also available to round up the new year with, along with other auspicious dishes including a nourishing Double-boiled Fish Maw Soup, with Chicken and Cordyceps Flower, an immensely flavourful Braised Spring Chicken with 6 Head Whole Abalone, and luscious Wok-fried Local Lobster with Superior Sauce and Shrimp Egg and Ee Fu Noodles.
For more info, to order or make reservations, call 6384 5585 or email Yàn.
FENG SHUI INN – Vegetarian Yusheng with Sea Grapes and Black Fungus
Indulge in the best of prized traditional ingredients at Cantonese fine-dining destination Feng Shui Inn with a sumptuous repertoire of special dishes by the restaurant’s Hong Kong-born veteran Executive Chef Li Kwok Kwong (李国光).
With two yu sheng options, Abalone Yusheng with Sea Grapes and Japanese Sakura Dried Shrimp and the Vegetarian Yusheng with Sea Grapes and Black Fungus, diners can opt for a fully vegetarian choice this year. Other dishes available at Feng Shui Inn include their Steamed Handmade Beancurd with Scallop and Dried Radish, Baked Boston Lobster with Superior Stock, and the Premium Wealth Treasure Pot made with Chef Li’s secret stew recipe using Yunnan Ham, Pork Knuckle, Dried Oyster, Dried Scallop, Abalone Sauce, Spiky Sea Cucumber from Japan and Premium Fish Maw from South Africa.
Alternatively, Feng Shui Inn’s selection of set menus include the Everlasting Happiness Set Menu (金牛献瑞富贵荣华套餐) at SGD128++ per person, and the Eternal Fortune Set Menu (金牛献瑞金玉满堂套餐) at SGD288++ per person. Both set menus are available with a minimum of four diners, and are replete with tasty indulgences such as Double-boiled Lotus Root Soup with Dried Oyster, Sea Whelk and Bamboo Pith, and Sautéed Hokkaido Scallops, and Braised Imperial Bird’s Nest Soup, Fortune Claypot Deluxe with 6-head Abalone and Golden Sea Cucumber, Steamed Giant Grouper in Hong Kong Style and Sliced Roasted Chicken with Foie Gras respectively.
For more info or for reservations, call 6577 6688 or email Resorts World Sentosa.
THE GARAGE – Botanico Yusheng
One of the prettiest we’ve seen this year, The Garage’s Botanico Yusheng (from SGD68++) offers a choice of luxe Norwegian salmon or Hokkaido scallop layered on a fun little salad base to lead the way to a year of abundance! Accompanying the usual carrots, radish and pickles are additions such as couscous, house-fermented carrots, raw Japanese corn kernels, house-pickled celeriac, pomegranate seeds, truffle oil and crispy baked bacon; enriching the dish with playful modern elements that add different colours and textures.
Accompanying this toss-up is Botanico’s 5-course LNY Dinner (SGD88++) available from 11 to 13 February. The meal begins with a crunchy Duck Croquette, rolled into a ball with a rich foie gras heart. A fun twist on the usual roast duck course in Chinese menus follows in the form of a crispy-skinned Duck Breastmain course, flavoured with five-spice and served with celeriac dauphinoise, followed by the Roasted Codis featuring an Atlantic cod, skinned, then pan-seared and braised in a fish stock further enriched with butter, garlic and thyme.
As the menu draws to an end, savour a sweet, clean finish with the Roku Gin & Mandarin Sorbet. Paired with osmanthus jelly to add floralcy to the alcoholic sorbet, seasonal fruits and barley work together to add texture and a gentle fruity sweetness to the dish.
For more info or for reservations, call 9831 1106 or email Botanico.
ICHIBAN BOSHI – 6 Treasures Fruits Yu Sheng
If you love all the snacking and feasting during the Lunar New Year period, but want a cleanse without a pause, toss to good health with Ichiban Boshi’s healthy & nutritious yu sheng! With a rejuvenating mélange of 6 fresh fruits including Pomelo, Guava, Mango, Pineapple and Jackfruit, this dish is served with their signature Yuzu sauce made with ingredients from Japan so you can continue enjoying the festivities, minus the guilty calories!
Available till 26 February 2021 (2 days advance order required), this is exclusively available online at SGD56.80+ for a 6-8 pax portion, making it perfect for stay-home celebrations. Opt to pick up your festive goodies in-store or have it delivered right to your doorstep. Order yours at Ichiban Boshi to receive a set of free collectible red packets with every Yu Sheng purchased (while stocks last).
DUCKLAND – Duckland Yu Sheng
We’ve mostly heard of seafood variations when it comes to yu sheng, but here comes a heavier meaty version; ring in the New Year with Duckland’s unique version of the Prosperity Yu Sheng! Featuring a beautiful medley of fresh herbs and vegetables, such as julienned red carrots, daikon, turnip and edible flowers, as well as irresistible crunchy pork cracklings.
Topped with its signature raspberry sauce, this is easily one of the best Yu Sheng versions for those who love a tinge of fruitiness with their greens. The Duckland Yu Sheng comes with Roast Irish Duck slices and Smoked Norwegian Salmon, and is only available for dine-in at Duckland outlets. Priced at SGD48++, each order is recommended for sharing between 4 people. Visit Duckland for more info.
TIPSY BUNNY – Special Yu Sheng set
Last but not least, make your Chinese New Year extra luxe with Tipsy Bunny’s special yu sheng set, complete with uni, black tobiko, ikura and fresh salmon sashimi. Freshly prepared, this Japanese twist to a Chinese New year classic is sure to leave you in a prosperous mood for the rest of the year. There is a limited quantity to this special set so be sure to order early!
Priced at SGD158.80++, diners are required to call ahead to pre-book their yu sheng 2 days in advance via Quandoo or by sending a text to 8028 0093 with your Name, Date/Time, Party Size, and Contact Number.
* Ichiban Boshi, Duckland and Tipsy Bunny are located at various Lendlease Malls. As of 22 Jan onwards, Lendlease Plus members can beat the queue for voucher redemptions by uploading their qualifying receipts through the Lendlease Plus mobile app and have the Lendlease e-vouchers credited directly in their e-wallets. With a minimum spend of SGD50 in a single receipt, members can win up to SGD10 Lendlease Plus e-vouchers while stocks last in the sure-win in-app ‘Shake the tree of wealth’ CNY Hongbao Lucky Dip (T&Cs apply). Lendlease shoppers will also be able to redeem limited edition Lendlease red packets with every SGD68 spend in maximum 2 same-day receipts (limited to 2 redemptions per shopper per day) until 11 February 2021 (while stocks last).
Instead of gifting your typical red roses and chocolate, you can celebrate Valentine’s Day by spending some quality time with 42Race’s Season of Love Virtual Race. Happening fromOn January 30, 2021 / By Nookmag
Instead of gifting your typical red roses and chocolate, you can celebrate Valentine’s Day by spending some quality time with 42Race’s Season of Love Virtual Race.
Happening from 12-14 February, get your hearts racing islandwide by challenging your loved one to the track or taking a sunset jog around Singapore’s most romantic spots – you choose the time, place and pace.
Nothing says ‘I love you’ like jewellery! Surprise your significant other with a complimentary limited edition charm bracelet. Redeemable at the end of each successful run, engrave your charm with their name or a memorable date to commemorate the occasion. Bonus: add-on a necklace chain for the gents – perfect for a cute date night out – or matching his and her race tees for your next fitness day out together.
Open to runners of all abilities, the ‘Season of Love’ Virtual Series 2021 race is available in categories of 3KM, 5KM, 10KM and 21KM, and each entry costs S$12.90. Race tees available at an additional S$14.90 each. Registration ends 11 February, you can sign up here.
From now till March 2021, fans of contemporary pop culture and Japanese food are in for a treat with the launch of a collaboration that brings together contemporaryOn January 29, 2021 / By Nookmag
From now till March 2021, fans of contemporary pop culture and Japanese food are in for a treat with the launch of a collaboration that brings together contemporary art and specialist food in one setting.
Pop art gallery simpleArte by iCare.4u has teamed up with specialist sea urchin restaurant Uni Gallery at The Plaza on Beach Road to offer diners the chance to tap into the ‘hypebeast’ movement – with a series of collectible pop prints showcasing some of the world’s best-known contemporary artists.
Featuring original prints by leading visual proponents Takashi Murakami, Chiho Aoshima, Steven Harrington , Shen Jingdong and up-and-coming Dutch doodle artist Stijn Valentijn, the contemporary art will be for sale while diners eat – with 10 percent of all income going to the Children’s Society of Singapore.
Uni Gallery by OosterBay is a sashimi restaurant known for its exquisite focus on sea urchin dishes. simpleArte is at the forefront of bringing pop art to Singapore. ‘Hypebeast’ is a movement based on street fashion that has proven to be a powerful force in contemporary culture.
“[email protected] will offer diners the chance to experience modern street art first-hand as simpleArte brings an artistic perspective to the movement often characterized by high priced sneakers and urban streetwear,“ said Glen Tay, curator at simpleArte.
The art pieces, which will be on display in the main dining area and private dining rooms, will be refreshed every time a sale is made as guests look forward to new limited editions in a series of four shows – the inaugural showcase will feature iconic pieces by the featured artists and an exclusive media-only interaction with Dutch artist Stijn Valentijn via Zoom.
Featured artists like Takashi Murakami have been lauded around the world for their work – his most expensive piece to date sold for US$13,500,000 at Sotheby’s New York auction in 2008. Steven Harrington is the leader of a contemporary Californian psychedelic-pop aesthetic, while Chiho Aoshima has worked with legendary Japanese fashion designer Issey Miyake. Shen Jingdong is a leading contemporary artist in China while Stijn Valentijn describes himself as ‘a part time student of neuro sciences and full time visual artist’.
[email protected] forms a part of an ongoing series for 2021, the next installment in April will feature art prints by Old Master Q.
Paris Baguette, the well-loved fast-casual bakery known for its quality, delicious and innovative array of breads and cakes, has recently opened its very first duplex store that isOn January 27, 2021 / By Nookmag
Paris Baguette, the well-loved fast-casual bakery known for its quality, delicious and innovative array of breads and cakes, has recently opened its very first duplex store that is also its largest to date, in the heart of Singapore at [email protected] This newly opened outlet is Paris Baguette’s first in Singapore to offer exciting, never-before-seen additions to their comprehensive range of offerings, including a new beer menu offering craft beer and its range of specially infused Beer-based Cocktails.
Spanning over 3,200 square feet with a capacity of 80 seats taking into account social distancing measures, this new contemporary outlet not only stands as Paris Baguette’s largest store yet but is also its only outlet with alfresco dining located on the first floor. Those who prefer dining indoors with the comforts of air conditioning can do so on the second floor, which features a large open kitchen including a baking and cake room. Customers are greeted with a sensory experience through the open kitchen concept where the sounds and sights of their dishes fill the atmosphere and add to the taste of their meals.
Decked in warm lighting, the new store spots Paris Baguette’s signature elegant and modern interior, which oozes a cosy, soothing ambience for the perfect casual night out with friends. As with every Paris Baguette outlet, the entrance displays an extensive spread of delectable fluffy breads, buttery pastries and delightful desserts that fill the street with the pleasant aroma of baked goods. In addition, there are also sandwiches, salads and hot meals to satiate the appetite at any time of the day.
Beauty Is In The Eye Of The (Archipelago Brewery) Beer Holder
Renowned for delivering outstanding, award-winning craft beers, the beers at Archipelago Brewery are individually handmade with fresh, quality ingredients. Customers can now crack open a cold one at Paris Baguette [email protected] with the following bestsellers from Archipelago Brewery – Summer IPA, Bohemian Lager, Belgian Wit, Singapore Blonde Ale and Tropical Pale Ale. The iconic Tiger Beer and Heineken beers are also available for order. The beers retail at SGD11.00 per bottle (prices inclusive of GST).
If You’re Hoppy And You Know It, Grab A Specially Infused Beer-based Cocktail!
Hop heads, rejoice! Aside from incorporating beers into their menu offerings, Paris Baguette has gone a step further to include both thrilling and yet heady specially infused beer-based cocktails as part of a first ever collaboration with Tiger Beer Singapore and Paris Baguette Singapore. Comprising an innovative infusion of Paris Baguette’s signature TEATRA teas or Café Adagio coffee beans mixed with Tiger Beer’s Tiger Crystal Beer alongside aromatic fruity flavours, these unique drinks will certainly take your tastebuds on an adventure.
Only available at the new Paris Baguette [email protected] outlet, this series of beer-based cocktails includes four dynamic drinks. Fans of Earl Grey can look forward to the Young Earl Grey Crystal, which combines the smoky taste of Earl Grey tea with the acidity of blueberries. Green tea enthusiasts can opt for the Hadong Green Tea Crystal, which incorporates the versatile green tea with fruity green grapes and fresh mint leaves. Akin to a mixed berry cocktail, the First Breakfast Crystal mixes the bitterness of black tea with tangy raspberries, for a malty yet refreshing thirst quencher. Those looking for a caffeine boost will not be disappointed as well with the Café Adagio Espresso Crystal, which includes Paris Baguette’s own hearty coffee bean espresso base. All four flavours are topped off with the warm, floral notes of vanilla syrup and the refreshingly crisp taste of Tiger Crystal Beer. These drinks are priced from SGD11.00 to SGD13.00 per cup.
Get Your Own Limited-edition Tote Bag
In celebration of the new outlet opening at [email protected], Paris Baguette is introducing a specially-designed, limited-edition tote bag. The bag features a design of the brand’s bestselling Signature Yogurt Cream Cake and is priced at SGD20.00. It is exclusively available at Paris Baguette [email protected], while stocks last.
Made in a lovely rose gold and dusty pink palette with four different sneaker midsoles, these premium kicks will make the perfect V-Day or CNY look! LeadingOn January 26, 2021 / By Nookmag
Made in a lovely rose gold and dusty pink palette with four different sneaker midsoles,
these premium kicks will make the perfect V-Day or CNY look!
Leading sports and lifestyle brand SKECHERS makes a path to love with its new launch of the Luxe Collection series, a new range of premium sneakers for women with both performance and lifestyle features. Created in a lovely colour palette of rose gold and dusty pink, paired with white and silver, these limited edition shoes are made with premium materials such as Vachetta leather and satin.
A great gift for the girl in your life, or your best friend, they’ll make a sweet pair to match with workout gear or to complete that street-style look. The rose gold-tone leather and shiny silver panels also mean they’ll be a unique complement to your CNY outfit, but also something you can continue to wear throughout the year!
Made with enhanced cushioning and great for running, the Max Cushioning Elite (SGD189) sneaker provides exceptional comfort and traction for runners. The lightweight, responsive ULTRA GO comfort midsole provides more support and increased stability.
If you are someone who’s constantly on the move or standing for longer hours in a day, choose the GOwalk Arch Fit Golden Era (SGD169) for both style and comfort all in one shoe – great for those relaxed work days too! The patented Skechers Arch Fit insole system features podiatrist-certified arch support, with the shoelaces in premium Vachetta leather.
Rounding up the collection are two more lifestyle sneakers, which can be dressed up or down for casual wear or to jazz up a party outfit.
Rock the classic streetwear look with this sleek Sport Court 92 Honey Doll (SGD139) sneaker, a lace-up sneaker made with premium leather and satin materials, and features ‘SKV’ lettering on the shoe upper’s silver panelling. The Air-Cooled Memory Foam cushioned insole provides breathability and comfort throughout the day.
Or aim high and choose the chunky-heeled D’lites Natural Wave (SGD159), created in one of Skechers’ original chunky sneaker silhouettes. Walk, run or dance in these shoes featuring a premium smooth leather and satin upper, and adorned with synthetic metallic trim.
The Skechers Luxe Collection range is now available exclusively online at Skechers and in-stores at Skechers Wisma Atria and Skechers Changi Airport.
Bedrock Bar & Grill, awarded “Best Steakhouse in Asia” by Haute Grandeur Global Excellence Awards 2020, has brought back its signature World Meat Series! First launched in 2017,On January 25, 2021 / By Nookmag
Bedrock Bar & Grill, awarded “Best Steakhouse in Asia” by Haute Grandeur Global Excellence Awards 2020, has brought back its signature World Meat Series! First launched in 2017, this unique dining experience features premium meats from different parts of the world in a single sitting.
From this month till 31 March 2021, diners will be transported to Yamaguchi Japan, home to the Jukuho Farm and its famed Yamaguchi Aged wagyu beef.
While “aged wagyu” usually refers to beef that has been hung or placed on a rack to dry for several weeks, Jukuho Farm uses the term to refer to its approach to cattle rearing, as the farm specialises in producing beef from cows that are “refattened” after they have calved. This process changes the quality of the meat, imparting a unique umami flavour that is not found through typical rearing techniques.
As a firm believer of “treating [his] ingredients with respect”, Isaac Tan, Executive Chef at Bedrock bar & Grill, has created three dishes that showcase the rich, distinctive flavour of this beef in tribute to the people who have painstakingly raised the cattle with care.
The Bone Marrow Tartare (SGD36++) showcases hand-chopped ribeye cap atop roasted bone marrow. The dish is garnished with mountain caviar, known as “Tonburi”. Originating from the Akita Prefecture in Japan, these glossy, greenish-black seeds of the bassia scoparia herb resemble sturgeon roe. A chopped parsley salad on the side also offers a touch of freshness.
In the Applewood Smoked Wagyu Tataki (SGD42++), aged ribeye cap is served with tangy pickled radish and pumpkin strips, grated hard-boiled egg for a touch of richness, and a sprinkle of puffed rice on the beef.
Then there is the hearty Woodfire Grilled Fullblood Aged Wagyu Striploin (SGD148++), grilled over Bedrock’s signature applewood fire grill and served with housemade sansho pepper sauce, accompanied by beef fat Yukon Gold potatoes.
The World Meat Series at Bedrock Bar & Grill is in its fifth year and has since featured premium beef from Ireland as well as TE MANA LAMBTM – also known as the wagyu of lamb – from New Zealand. Bedrock’s World Meat Series changes its menu every quarter, and brings a fresh take on meats from around the world with every change.
UNIQLO’s new Hub of the East will open at Tampines Mall on February 5, 2021. As UNIQLO expands to better serve the community, it also pays homage toOn January 25, 2021 / By Nookmag
UNIQLO’s new Hub of the East will open at Tampines Mall on February 5, 2021. As UNIQLO expands to better serve the community, it also pays homage to the first neighbourhood that it served when it first entered Singapore. The global apparel retailer entered the Singapore market with its first store in Tampines 12 years ago, becoming the first UNIQLO store to debut in South East Asia.
“Tampines is the first neighbourhood in which UNIQLO served when it opened its first store in Singapore in April 2009 and it holds a special place in our heart. With much appreciation for the support given to us over the decade, we remain committed to offering a better LifeWear experience for our consumers with the new store,” says Joyce Tan, Marketing Director of UNIQLO Singapore.
Located at #02-25/26 & #03-24/25 of Tampines Mall, the new store will span two levels with a bigger shop floor to better serve the needs of the growing community. With almost twice the size of its original store, customers can look forward to a better shopping experience, including the new self-checkout counters which will make carting out a breeze.
Memories of Singapore’s First UNIQLO Store
Walking down memory lane, fans and staff who have been with UNIQLO since day 1 share their fond memories. Check out more on UNIQLO’s YouTube channel.
Fauzi Aziz, Marketing lead at The Smart Local
“Tampines is kind of that place that represents some sort of comfort and family to me because there is this sense of community spirit in Tampines that I feel is very much what UNIQLO represents – a reunion place, if that makes sense.”
Ella Zheng, co-founder of Workbench
“Tampines is kind of like the home ground of my first for a lot of different things. I first heard about UNIQLO, I think through the internet, and I know they were famous for printed t-shirts. When the first store opened in Singapore at Tampines, I was queueing with my friend for over an hour just to get into the store.”
Julia, UNIQLO Assistant Merchandising Planning Manager
“My first job out of school was a temporary job at UNIQLO in Tampines for the brand’s launch. I still remember the excitement of opening the first store. I really loved the fast-paced and dynamic nature of UNIQLO, so I decided to become a permanent staff. The past decade has been a journey of professional and personal growth, and I am excited for the next chapter with the new UNIQLO Tampines Mall launch.”
An Instagram contest will be conducted to get fans to share their first memory of UNIQLO in Tampines by posting a photo or video and tagging @uniqlosg and #MyUniqloStory. 3 lucky winners will each receive a SGD150 UNIQLO Gift Card and a limited edition UNIQLO Thermal Mug. The contest will run from now till 7 February 2021 and winners will be announced by 21 February 2021.
Along with its range of LifeWear essentials, the full lineup from the upcoming UNIQLO x Ines de la Fressange collection launching on February 5, 2021 will be made available at the Tampines Mall store.
Shoppers can also look out for attractive limited offer items that are available exclusively at UNIQLO Tampines Mall such as U AIRism Cotton Crew Neck Oversized T-shirt, Women’s U Crew Neck Short Sleeve T-shirt, Girls’ Cotton Linen Belted Shorts, and more.
Opening Weekend Special
From 5 – 7 February, the first 600 shoppers who spend a minimum of SGD88 nett in a single receipt in-store daily will receive a limited edition UNIQLO Thermal Mug.
To celebrate its opening, UNIQLO will also be serving freshly brewed coffee and tea by Butler Koffee to the first 500 customers daily from 5 – 7 February, with no minimum spend required.
This Chinese New Year, experience ION Orchard’s “Rise in Valour” from 22 January to 26 February 2021! Inspired by the vibrant colours of Chinese culture and the nobleOn January 24, 2021 / By Nookmag
This Chinese New Year, experience ION Orchard’s “Rise in Valour” from 22 January to 26 February 2021! Inspired by the vibrant colours of Chinese culture and the noble tradition of the lion dance, the iconic retail destination will be decked out in décor that honours key elements of the festive season. Shoppers can also look forward to marveling at the sky high Seasonal Light Show, a selection of Chinese New Year retail and dining options and a host of rewards for ION+ Rewards Members.
In addition, the ION Orchard Chinese New Year experience will go digital this year with a Red Packet Lucky Dip, as well as a ION Orchard x Ang Ku Kueh Girl™ and Friends™ sticker pack available on WhatsApp and Telegram.
Red Packets of Abundance and Mandarin Orange Carrier
ION Orchard patrons can also look forward to the highly anticipated red packet designs this year. Taking a cue from the classic gift of oranges and ancient tradition of the lion dance, the exclusive ION Orchard Red Packets are printed with contemporary orange and lion head pop motifs that are perennial symbols of the festivities but given a modern interpretation.
Exclusively for ION+ Rewards Members with a minimum spend of SGD80, members can proceed to redeem these at L4, L1 or B3 Concierge Counter, while stocks last.
Huat! Red Packet Lucky Dip
ION Orchard brings best wishes of prosperity and wealth for the Chinese New Year online as it gamifies online with a Red Packet Lucky Dip. From 11 to 26 February, shoppers can scan the QR code on the inside flap of the ION Orchard Red Packet to participate in the Red Packet Lucky Dip and stand a chance to win up to 88 ION+ Points (worth SGD35 shopping vouchers). Limited to 10,000 ION+ Rewards Members only. T&Cs apply.
Greetings for Loved Ones
As part of its collaboration with adorable local brand Ang Ku Kueh Girl™ and Friends™, ION Orchard has launched a pack of adorable stickers for WhatsApp and Telegram. The stickers celebrating the Chinese New Year with auspicious greetings are perfect for sharing with loved ones.
Download your ION Orchard x Ang Ku Kueh Girl™ and Friends™ sticker pack via Google Play, App Store or Telegram and share your Chinese New Year well-wishes with your loved ones.
Rise in Valour: Chinese New Year Seasonal Light Show at ION Sky
Usher in the New Year with moving tales of valour and good fortune. Showing for a limited time only from now till 26 February at ION Sky, redeem your tickets to an immersive multimedia experience, with every SGD20 spend in a single receipt. T&Cs apply. Visit ION Sky for more details.
Celebratory Perks: Virtual Lion Dance
Love the beat and an adrenaline-filled performance from the Lion Dance Troupe? From 1 to 15 February 2021, tune in to ION Orchard’s Facebook page for a virtual lion dance experience, and a contest for a chance to win 168 ION+ Points (worth SGD67 in shopping vouchers) if you guess the correct answer.
Discover Chinese New Year Retail and Dining Specials
Open throughout the first two days of the Chinese New Year and home to famed designer brands, ION Orchard hosts a variety of dining, apparel and accessory options for the New Year.
Bvlgari’s jewellery and accessories in captivating designs and iconic styles are designed with splashes of festive red. To celebrate the Year of Ox, Moncler has collaborated with acclaimed photographer Leslie Zhang to present the Chinese New Year Campaign. The whole capsule features the place of zodiacal Ox in the constellation for 2021.
Watch collectors seeking a single touch of sophistication can check out the latest Métiers d’Art The legend of the Chinese zodiac by Vacheron Constantin based on the sign of the ox. Vegetal motifs based on classic Chinese iconography are etched directly in the metal, inspired by a paper-cutting technique known as Jianzhi.
Alternatively, get extra lucky this Lunar New Year with Van Cleef & Arpels’ emblematic Alhambra and Perlée creations crafted in gold; through the poetic interpretations of Korean artistic director, Younghee Suh.
Cosmetic and beauty lovers can look forward to artful shades for eyes, lips and skin that set the tone for a bountiful New Year at MAC with its products adorned in limited-edition Pop Art packaging or at Yves Saint Laurent Beauty with its 11 new burning shades from the Rouge Volupte Shine Burning Chilis.
During this time of fun and festivities, skincare is more important than ever. Skincare fanatics can purchase Shiseido’s Power Illuminating Skincare Set and Synchro Skin Glow Up Set that feature products with limited edition Chinese New Year designs. The new year also calls for a hair makeover at Jeric Salon, which is offering cut, colour, and treatment at SGD288 nett.
To entertain the young ones, LEGO® Singapore’s flagship store is retailing sets and collections based on Chinese culture and traditions, and from 4 January to 28 February, shoppers may receive a free LEGO® Lantern & Pagoda upon purchase of either the LEGO® Story of Nian or Spring Lantern Festival sets.
ION Orchard also has a multitude of festive dining concepts for family reunions this Chinese New Year!
The newly opened 1-Atico’s FLNT starts the year off on a prosperous note with a lohei of premium assorted sashimi and vibrant vegetable juliennes, dressed up with FLNT’s house-made Japanese plum sauce. The lohei will be available from 8 to 28 February at SGD108++ for 4 pax and SGD158++ for 6-8 pax.
Alternatively, lavish selections of Marinated Duck Combination, Braised Sea Cucumber with Dried Oyster & Vegetables, Stir-fried Glutinous Rice with Chinese Sausage & Mushroom are presented in Imperial Treasure Fine Teochew Cuisine’s decadent CNY Set Menus from SGD398++ for 4 pax.
Treasures Noodle & Congee House on the other hand, serves exquisite takeaway goodies including Round Carrot Cake, Round Glutinous Cake, Round Yam Cake, and Round Chestnut Cake, housed elegantly in a festive designed box.
For snacks to treat loved ones, Hang Heung presents the CNY Shortbread Gift Set (30pcs), which includes Crispy Grain, Almond Cake, Sesame Cake, Mini Walnut Shortbread, and more.
ION+ Rewards Members can earn Treasured Rewards by shopping at ION Orchard from 22 January to 26 February 2021. T&Cs apply. Visit ION Orchard or check with their mall concierge for more details.
In celebration of Chinese New Year 2021, Johnnie Walker is proud to offer the new, first-of-its-kind limited edition Chinese New Year design for John Walker & Sons KingOn January 24, 2021 / By Nookmag
In celebration of Chinese New Year 2021, Johnnie Walker is proud to offer the new, first-of-its-kind limited edition Chinese New Year design for John Walker & Sons King George V. A rare combination of exquisite Scotch whiskies, drawn from extremely rare, precious casks, it is an elegantly rich and creamy whisky that has rarity reflected in every drop. In the 14 years since it was first released, this indulgent Scotch has never had a limited edition of any kind, so this new limited-edition design offers a truly unique opportunity for the perfect gift to mark the beginning of 2021’s Spring Festival. Every set of the John Walker & Sons King George V Chinese New Year Edition will also be complemented with a booklet of five exquisite red packets, a timely addition for the festivities.
The immaculate design celebrates the Year of the Ox, with bespoke artwork that is a modern take on traditional Chinese patterns and designed inspired by Asian couture. The beautifully illustrated celebratory pack features a contemporary knot design that pays homage to the traditional practice of weaving and hanging Chinese knots immersed in clouds to symbolise good fortune for the new year.
Dotted coins represent fortune, longevity and good luck, while the noble dragon soars above this incredible vista as a symbol to the whisky’s link with nobility. Presented in the iconic John Walker & Sons decanter, it features a bold angled cut across the front of the glass that echoes the world-famous slated label on signature Johnnie Walker square bottles. For this limited-edition collectible, red has been added to the neck of the decanter to match the celebratory new pack.
Distillation & Tasting Notes
John Walker & Sons King George V is inspired by the great whiskies made during the reign of King George V. Carefully concocted by the expert whisky blenders, it is reminiscent of the elegant signature flavours and style of that era. Rich fruit and an abundance of spices are perfectly balanced with creamy vanilla sweetness, carried on wisps on maritime Port Ellen smoke for a long, indulgent finish. The prestige whisky is ideal served with ice or with a splash of soda to showcase the rare and precious aromas and flavours. The best way to serve this deluxe liquid is poured into a whisky glass and enjoyed neat, with ice or a dash or water or soda to open up the flavour.
To craft John Walker & Sons King George V, the team of whisky experts have hand-selected whiskies from distilleries across Scotland that existed during the monarch’s twenty-five-year reign over Britain. These precious whiskies are amongst the most treasured reserves and include extremely rare casks of the famed Islay ‘ghost’ distillery, Port Ellen.
Every drop of Johnnie Walker is an invitation to a moment shared and moments yet to come. John Walker & Sons King George V Chinese New Year Limited Edition is now available at Diageo Rare & Exceptional.
G-SHOCK introduces an all-new collaboration model with PORTER, a Japanese bag brand, to commemorate the 85th anniversary of fashion company Yoshida & Co. Based on the quintessential G-SHOCKOn January 24, 2021 / By Nookmag
G-SHOCK introduces an all-new collaboration model with PORTER, a Japanese bag brand, to commemorate the 85th anniversary of fashion company Yoshida & Co.
Based on the quintessential G-SHOCK GM-5600, the collaboration model comes with 2 types of bands featuring the PORTER logo – a fabric band made of materials featured extensively in Yoshida & Co. products, and a standard black resin band.
The case back is highlighted with an orange accent, the signature color of the PORTER brand bags. On the back of the case, the established year of Yoshida & Co. and the PORTER logo are engraved to emphasize their 85 years of establishment. The PORTER logo will also appear when the EL backlight is lit. Finally, the matte, metal bezel and case with a hairline finish give the watch a military look.
In terms of functions, the watch is equipped with a multi-function alarm with buzzer sound, stopwatch and countdown timer.
The G-SHOCK x PORTER collaboration watch will be available at all G-SHOCK stores and online from 27 January 2021 at SGD539.
While we often think of beer as part of our supper routine at hawker centres, how many of us actually pair wines with our favourite Tze Char dishes?On January 18, 2021 / By Renata
While we often think of beer as part of our supper routine at hawker centres, how many of us actually pair wines with our favourite Tze Char dishes?
Well, in comes Catherine Wong, a brand ambassador for Beaulieu Vineyard and Wolf Blass in Asia, with over 25 years of food & beverage experience under her belt. As a connoisseur based in Singapore, she is no stranger to local fare. Coupled with her wealth of experience in wineries across Southeast Asia, here are her recommendations for some popular local dishes as follows.
AYAM BUAH KELUAK
Suggested pairing :
Wolf Blass Gold Label Cabernet Sauvignon Coonawarra
Tasting notes :
The balanced black fruit and subtle oaked notes of the Cabernet Sauvignon will integrate well with the nutty Buah Keluak, and introduce an added dimension to the richness of the spiced chicken.
Suggested pairing :
Wolf Blass Chardonnay Adelaide Hills
Tasting notes :
The acidity of the Chardonnay not only cuts through the oily taste of chicken fat in the rice, but also helps to balance the flavours of this simple, comfort food whilst cleansing the palate in between bites.
Suggested pairing :
Wolf Blass Gold Label Shiraz Barossa Valley
Tasting notes :
The fruit-forward yet subtly spiced Shiraz would complement the fried chicken in your favourite Nasi Lemak, as well as highlight the taste and texture of the deep fried anchovies (ikan bilis) with every mouthful.
FISH HEAD CURRY
Suggested pairing :
Wolf Blass Gold Label Riesling Eden Valley
Tasting notes :
The fruitiness of the Riesling would bring a refreshing note to counter the spiciness of the curry on the palate, whilst the acidity of the wine would also work with the tamarind’s sour tinge for a more balanced after-taste.
Suggested pairing :
Wolf Blass Gold Label Shiraz Barossa Valley
Tasting notes :
As bak kwa is a spiced barbequed meat, the Shiraz brings a fruity dimension to the snack, which can also help balance out the smoky flavours when you obtain a pack that is too heavily smoked for your liking.
Monkey Shoulder, the free-spirited, fun loving blended malt has unveiled a cheeky new campaign to curb “irresponsible” drinking behaviors in a time of COVID-19. Just in time forOn December 30, 2020 / By Nookmag
Monkey Shoulder, the free-spirited, fun loving blended malt has unveiled a cheeky new campaign to curb “irresponsible” drinking behaviors in a time of COVID-19. Just in time for the festive season, Monkey Shoulder’s ‘The New Rules of Mixing’ adds the brand’s signature playful style to make Singapore’s safe distancing measures fun, memorable and all the more enticing to stick to.
While merrymakers may be raring to indulge in the end-of-year celebrations, and with Singapore moving into phase three of its reopening, Monkey Shoulder, a 100% malt whisky that’s made for mixing, wants to remind consumers to remember — and respect — “The New Rules of Mixing”. And, as the cheekiest brand in the world of whisky never does anything the conventional way, Monkey Shoulder is brandishing the carrot, and not the stick, to make it worth your while to mix responsibly.
A Reward for Good Behavior
Throughout December, select Monkey Shoulder partner bars* will be serving up rewards for those on their best behavior and sticking to the new rules. Compliant patrons “caught” will get a Monkey Shoulder Swag Kit for keeps, including 1-for-1 cocktail tokens to redeem a complimentary drink for their best buds, a branded mask chain, and sticker set. It’s a win-win!
*Full list of participating bars: Al Capone’s Scape, Al Capone’s Sportsman, Barbary Coast, Bar on Chulia, Chug Chug Tanjong Pagar, Cuscaden Patio Bar, Employee’s Only, Fat Prince, Jekyll & Hyde, Lad & Dad, Le Coq, Mazzo Restaurant & Bar, Meatsmith Telok Ayer, Moonstone Bar, Redtail, Sarnies Telok Ayer, Savanh, Southbridge Hotel, Restaurant & Whisky Bar, Warehouse Bar Clarke Quay and WTF @ Ann Siang.
Skechers has launched a second range of apparel featuring Sailor Moon and her friends, in its latest collaboration with Sailor Moon Crystal, the 2014 adaptation of the ever-popularOn December 30, 2020 / By Nookmag
Skechers has launched a second range of apparel featuring Sailor Moon and her friends, in its latest collaboration with Sailor Moon Crystal, the 2014 adaptation of the ever-popular manga series.
Featuring hoodies, pullovers and knit dresses for girls, as well as a series of T-shirts in multiple designs for women, the collection is created with pastel colours and adorable motifs full of kawaii. The new apparel will be sure to bring delight whether for girls or those still a girl-at-heart. Mums and daughters can also twin in matching designs for a lovable and sweet look!
True fans of Sailor Moon will love the character tees featuring Usagi herself, as well as Tuxedo Mask, the dashing hero of the series. Witness the sparkle as the Sailor Guardians transform, with the silhouettes of each character recreated on another T-shirt design.
Another design is perfect for those looking for a more subtle take on Sailor Moon, as it features the collar details on the Sailor Guardian’s iconic uniforms, along with wide-eyed cute pouts from Artemis and Luna, the guardian black and white cats in the series.
For the little ones, these apparel designs are created in lovely colours like pink and pastel blue, with recognisable motifs such as Sailor Moon’s crystal magic wand adorned with a crescent moon and star.
The knit dress is inspired by the Sailor Guardians’ uniform with its contrasting collar and bow details, an easy way to dress up as her favourite character yet remain true to the signature look.
The Skechers X Sailor Moon Crystal collection is now available at:
Asian Civilisation Museum (ACM) opens three new exhibitions and they will run through 28 February 2021. They are: Faith Beauty Love Hope – Our Stories, Your ACM, aOn December 28, 2020 / By Nookmag
Asian Civilisation Museum (ACM) opens three new exhibitions and they will run through 28 February 2021. They are:
Together, the three exhibitions spotlight the community of people behind ACM, revealing the lesser-known human side of the museum through stories and perspectives of staff, tenants, partners, artists, and collectors.
Faith Beauty Love Hope – Our Stories, Your ACM presents more than 60 treasures from ACM’s extensive collection, with some masterpieces preented for the first time, or first in many years. Displayed at the Special Exhibition Gallery on Level 2, the exhibition offers visitors the opportunity to experience these objects up-close, both physically and emotionally, as they read anecdotes and musings from the ACM community. These include contributions from a conservator, a security supervisor, student volunteers, and museum director Kennie Ting, among many others.
At a time when we may be separated from who or what we love due to geographical and physical distancing measures, technology has allowed us to stay connected through memories and renewed conversations. A digital presentation will accompany the exhibition other spectacular pieces handpicked by ACM’s staff and stakeholders.
This broken procelain bowl is one of may found in waste piles at kiln sites in Dehua, Fujian province, China. These white porcelain vessels were exported to Southeast Asia from the Song dynasty (960-1279) and later to Europe from the 17th century. Collectors in Europe loved this pristine, white procelain where it became known as blanc de Chine (“white from China”). Its popularity at home and abroad continues, and the kilns at Dehua remain active to this day.
To ACM Project Coordinator Sofie Roshide, this bowl represents us as individuals; vessels that hold may things and we break when struggling with stress and anxiety. But the “broken” part is what changes us and each of them is a chance to change our way of thinking and to re-build ourselves. The object is on display for the first time at ACM – virtually, on the exhibition’s digital screen.
Celebrating what we have gained as we leave behind this year of challenges, visitors are invited to submit their own stories via a digital repository at the end of the exhibition, and online from January 2021.
Experience an Ephemeral Friendship with a Stranger
Located at the Level 2 Foyer. local artist, Dawn Ng’s Perfect Stranger cotemporary installation greets visitors with a vast sea of paper washed in a gradient of words and color. Acting as a narrative time capsule, the installations stems from Dawn’s daily Q&A project in 2016, where she exchanged thoughts with stranger – Israeli psychologist, Zehavit Efrati (who was based in Singapore at the time) – every day over the course of a year.
First shown in 2018, this iteration at ACM presnets the work in its entirety for the first time, staged in the artist’s originally conceived format. Visitors are invited to choose their own adventure in this meditative experience, where they are free to weave between the artworks into Dawn’s world and reflect on their own sense of time, sense, and self this 2020.
Contemplate our Relationships with the Past and Present through the Art of Collection
In thINK: Chinese Calligraphy, Connoisseurships, and Collecting, ACM marries history with the comtemporary through the collection of long-time lender to ACM Dr Yuan Shao Liang, who has supported the musuem since it’s first opening in 1997. 23 objects were selected from Dr Yuan’s extensive collections of literati objects as well as books and letters from important personalities from the Ming and Qing dynasties. The exhibitions aims to evoke personal responses towards the act of remembering and collecting, as visitors are introduced to human-to-human relationships, political sentiments, military affairs, and antiquity trading via the Chinese and ink and literati pieces.
Faith Beauty Love Hope – Our Stories, Your ACM and Perfect Stranger wil run through 28 February 2021. thINK: Chinese Calligraphy, Connoisseurship, and Collection will run until 25 April 2021.