Old Automatic Garbage For Malaysians, OAG (short for Old Automatic Garbage) is a powerhouse; an iconic band that drove the Malaysian alternative rock scene to what it isOn February 11, 2020 / By Sofea
For Malaysians, OAG (short for Old Automatic Garbage) is a powerhouse; an iconic band that drove the Malaysian alternative rock scene to what it is today. They have broken perceptions, charts and given the spotlight to the underground music scene. You might’ve heard of this track called “60s TV”…
Formed in 1992, OAG was one of the pioneers of Malaysian-English alternative rock bands. Back then, Malay music conquered the airwaves. For OAG’S original lineup, coming up with music purely in English was risky, and even more so since they were playing rock n’ roll. Nevertheless, with a to-hell-with-it-all attitude and a hunger to be different, OAG broke into the mainstream division, becoming the first indie band to do so.
Their fame picked up when they were signed to Positive Tone and released their debut album, Old Automatic Garbage in 1994. The album went triple-platinum, and the hit single “60s TV” is still relevant up to this day. It was what any band of the era could only dream of, and the boys from Sarawak did just that. They even went on to winning Best New Artist in the Anugerah Industri Musik, a Malaysian version of the Grammy Awards, in 1996.
Riding the high of their fame, OAG released an EP in 1997 that went gold in only 3 days! EP 67 was the start of their transition from sticking with old skool alternative rock to experimenting with music out of their comfort zone. This has led to the release of albums incorporated with Malay songs, such as Opera Radhi-o Friendly in 2002 and Satelit Ink in 2003. The single “Slumber” also made it to number 1 in local radio charts, breaking through the Malay music scene.
In the midst of it all, though fame sounded sweet, OAG went through multiple line-up changes and hiatuses. Even before Satelit Ink, Muhammad Radhi Razali, better known as Radhi, had become the only constant of OAG. Although the founding members made a promise during the recording of their first record to never include session musicians, Radhi eventually had to resort to finding talents among performing arts students to fill in the gaps. With all the changes and the challenges the rock n’ roll scene in the 90s presented, the stress took its toll and Radhi had no choice but to find solace in drugs.
Having been in and out of rehab, Radhi has been proclaiming that he’s clean over the past years. In March 2019, under the moniker Radhio Radhikal, Radhi released a book on his battles with drug addiction with the title Seksa, dada dan rock & roll. In the book, he revealed that he had been under the influence since he was 15 while back in Sarawak. He also opened up about the rocky chemistry with members of the band, as well as his divorce. With the book and his story, Radhi aims to inspire people to become clean and stay clean.
While everyone was happy that Radhi was in a good place and promoting positivity to the public, no one knew what was happening behind closed doors. In July 2019, news sparked of a second divorce. It was around that time that Radhi’s old habits had relapsed. But when life brings you down, there’s nowhere else to go but up. Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, Radhi wrote “#ORI” – a happy-go-lucky dance track. “I created #ORI because I want to share the love and inspire others to keep going no matter how hard the road ahead lies. Always be original”, says Radhi.
In 2020, with a clean slate and freshly out of a divorce, Radhi is OAG, and OAG is Radhi. As he has been the only constant of OAG, Radhi is rebranding his brainchild and claiming what is rightfully his. Thereafter, OAG will still be operating as a band by working with session musicians rather than having member musicians on board. To celebrate the new OAG, the A New Beginning tour has since kickstarted in Johor Bahru on 8 February 2020.
The new single “#ORI” will premiere only during the tour, so be sure you don’t miss the unveiling of a new era! Get your tickets here and in the meantime, here’s a little snippet of “#ORI”!
Since MapleStorySEA has held their first launch event in 2005; the game has continued to grow and is now quickly approaching 13 years in the gaming scene! TheOn July 4, 2018 / By Nookmag
Since MapleStorySEA has held their first launch event in 2005; the game has continued to grow and is now quickly approaching 13 years in the gaming scene!
The MapleStorySEA team is busy planning for their anniversary event which will take place on 9 to 15 Ju 9 to 15 July 2018 at Bugis+ (Singapore) from 10.00am to 8.00pm daily.
Bugis+’s Atrium will be transformed into Singapore’s first ever MapleStory Monster Farm. Familiar monsters from the game will make a life-sized appearance at the Bugis+ Atrium, Level 2. The public will be able to selfie with these loveable monsters. Post your photos on Instagram with the hashtag #MapleSEA13irthday for a chance to win 50,000 @Cash!
The entire ground will be turned over on Saturday night to make way for Sunday’s Carnival, the crème de la crème of the anniversary celebrations. Sunday will begin with the official opening ceremony at 10.00am where the stage will be unveiled by our very own Community Manager Venshi!
The stage will then be occupied for most of the day with stage games including players’ favourite Maple Bingo game. Off stage, there will be Dart and UFO machines for players to try to win a variety of items from both MapleStory and partners. Computers will be set up for players to play MapleStorySEA, a good time for new players to try their hands at the game. More information here.
If that is too long a wait, there is still Esfera’s new level boss “WILL” – Ruler of the Mirror World, released today for players to enjoy!
Boss WILL is the game’s highest level boss at level 250, fair to say that he is also the strongest boss the game has to offer at the moment. Boss WILL’s fight will be divided into three parts signaled by his three health bars. Players are expected to fight WILL in the Maple World as well as in the Mirror World, so do watch out for his attacks!
Close to 6000 runners geared up for the latest edition of the PUMA Night Run Singapore 2016 on a brand new race route. Sitting on a backdrop ofOn September 7, 2016 / By Nookmag
Close to 6000 runners geared up for the latest edition of the PUMA Night Run Singapore 2016 on a brand new race route. Sitting on a backdrop of JTC Seletar Aerospace Park, runners got to experience the sights and sounds of well-preserved black and white colonial houses along the fringe of the race route complemented by occasional take offs and landings of private jets. The refreshing race route displayed a different ambience of the traditional cityscape runs in previous editions. Joining the runners were also celebrities, Sheila Sim, Dawn Yeoh, Elvin Ng, Shane Pow, Chan Ning, Jia Fa, Nick Teo, Michelle Wong, Edwin Goh, Xu Bin, Aloysius Pang.
As 98.7FM celebrity DJ Duo, Sonia Chew and Joakim Gomez electrified the crowd onstage, runners got to enjoy interactive activities at the race village such as face and body painting, as well as picture taking at the photo booths, which injected colour and fun to the race atmosphere. Race participants also enjoyed themselves with food and drinks by Dosirak and Hic Juice at the race village.
As runners geared up for the race ahead, instructors from True Fitness led all runners in a mass warm-up before making their way to the starting line. The PUMA Night Run 2016, 12km Men’s and Women’s Open category was flagged off at about 1800hrs by Mr Philippe Le-Bretton, General Manager PUMA South East Asia. Encircling the Seletar Aerospace Park, the route offered more than just a race route, but a visual treat to the serene landscape of a less trodden part of Singapore.
Clinching the podium finish for the 12km category, Mr Nimesh Gurung came in with a superb time of 41 minutes 42 seconds for Men’s Open 12km category, while local athlete, Ms Neo Hoon Suan came in with a roaring first place finish with an impressive time of 50 minutes 43 seconds for the Women’s Open 12km category. For the 6km category, Mr Tomasz Siemiatkowski sealed his place with a remarkable time of 21 minutes 34 seconds for the Men’s Open 6km, following closely by another local athlete, Ms Chua Khai Leng within arm’s length, who clocked in the winning time at 25 minutes 03 seconds for the Women’s Open 6km.
As the winners of the 12km category, Mr Nimesh Gurung and Ms Neo Hoon Suan each took home the prize consisting of SGD 2000 PUMA vouchers, a one-year True Fitness membership and a weekend with Jeep, while the winners of 6km category Mr Tomasz Siemiatkowski and Ms Chua Khai Leng each went home with SGD 1000 PUMA vouchers, a one-year True Fitness membership and a PUMA timepiece.
“With our Running and Training categories growing from strength to strength, PUMA is thrilled to be back for the third year with an exceptional PUMA Night Run Singapore. Running is a personal journey to overcome individual barriers but it doesn’t have to be alone. It was great to see the participants challenging themselves while having great fun too!” said Mr. Gabriel Yap, Head of Marketing PUMA Southeast Asia. “With the exceeding success of today’s PUMA Night Run, we are already looking forward to a more exciting race next year!”
The energy level was intense for all race participants with post-race activities at the PUMA race village in the JTC Seletar Aerospace Park. Electronic quartet Disco Hue re-energized the crowd with electro-melodic dance music that got everyone grooving despite the race fatigue, while ShiGGaShay and DJ Nash ripped the beats and lines bringing the festivities to an all-time high. Concluding the night, five lucky participants won prizes including Jeep weekend drives, True Fitness membership, Klipsch headphone, PUMA hamper worth SGD 500, and the grand prize of a pair of return tickets on Turkish Airlines to any destination in Europe.
9-day festival culminates on 9.9 with 99% Cashback ShopBack, the top Cashback site in South-East Asia, celebrates Singapore’s second 9.9 Cashback Day on its second birthday. TheOn September 6, 2016 / By Nookmag
9-day festival culminates on 9.9 with 99% Cashback
ShopBack, the top Cashback site in South-East Asia, celebrates Singapore’s second 9.9 Cashback Day on its second birthday. The 9-day-long Cashback festival starts on 1 September 2016 and tops it off with the key event on 9 September 2016.
Staying true to the spirit of 9.9 Cashback Day, ShopBack has wrapped up various party packs in sizes of 29% Cashback boost, $9.90 steals and more on9 deals. Pop-up contests and giveaways will pepper ShopBack’s FaceBook page during this revelry.
From 1-8 September 2016, ShopBack will unbox this mix of surprise daily deals from 9 of the bi99est retail partners, including Groupon, Expedia, Taobao and Lazada on the birthday count-down page here – https://www.shopback.sg/99.
On 9 September 2016, ShopBack will throw a full-day birthday party themed 9.9 Cashback Day. Among other party poppers of flash sales and sweet treats of offers, the “9999” deal will definitely take the cake on this day, where 9 curated items in quantities of 9 are up for grabs at 99% Cashback.
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Pre-launch engagement of Mondo Vantaggio’s e-commerce store kick-starts with “Guess the Bag” contest, starting on Monday, 29 August 2016 Multi-label luxury fashion retailer Mondo Vantaggio will kick-start itsOn August 26, 2016 / By Nookmag
Pre-launch engagement of Mondo Vantaggio’s e-commerce store kick-starts with “Guess the Bag” contest, starting on Monday, 29 August 2016
Multi-label luxury fashion retailer Mondo Vantaggio will kick-start its pre-launch engagement with a “Guess the Bag” contest on Monday, 29 August 2016.
A mystery bag will be selected from the latest Autumn/Winter 2016 collection for each round of the contest. Participants will have one try a day throughout the week to name the mystery bag based on its obscured image. The two-week long contest will consist of as many rounds, where participants stand to win up to SGD$100 worth of e-shopping vouchers for use on the online store launching on 22 October 2016.
The “Guess the Bag” contest is the first of many exciting activities planned as part of Mondo Vantaggio’s pre-launch campaign for its namesake online store. Information regarding subsequent activities would be announced on Mondo Vantaggio’s official website and their Facebook and Instagram pages.
The all-new online shopping portal will feature the latest luxury fashion collections at attractive prices. The comprehensive selection of luxury merchandise will consist of more than 40 brands such as Balenciaga, Chloé, Prada, and Salvatore Ferragamo. Consumers would be able to compare similar offerings across various brands and hence derive more value from their purchases. With the launch of its online store, Mondo Vantaggio aims to deliver an all-round luxury fashion experience to consumers on a whole new platform.
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UNIQLO is proud to announce the opening campaign launched ahead of the opening of UNIQLO Orchard Central, its first Global Flagship Store for Southeast Asia and Singapore, onOn August 26, 2016 / By Nookmag
UNIQLO is proud to announce the opening campaign launched ahead of the opening of UNIQLO Orchard Central, its first Global Flagship Store for Southeast Asia and Singapore, on 2 September 2016, at 10am. Titled “Your Stage Now Live”, the campaign first turned the hoarding around the store into an urban canvas designed collectively by Tell Your Children.
Tell Your Children is a local art collective made up of illustrators and artists Deon Phua, Kevin Too, Lydia Ong and Russell Ong. The illustrations showcase the many different ways that Singaporeans love to express themselves, created based on submissions from the local community. The same artwork will also be featured on the limited-edition canvas tote bags that will be available exclusively at UNIQLO Orchard Central from 2 to 4 September 2016.
In addition, UNIQLO has also engaged the likes of renowned artists including photographer Ivanho Harlim and film director Tai Heng in producing the official film and visuals for the campaign. The film and the visuals feature a stellar group of local talents from incredibly diverse backgrounds, such as beatboxer Dharni, musician and carpenter Kelvin Ang, eighty-year-old rocker Mary Ho, and skater and cinematographer Juffrie Friday.
The opening campaign introduces the UNIQLO Orchard Central store concept, “U+S and The World”, which is taken from the words ‘UNIQLO + Singapore’. The store is envisioned as the definitive place where UNIQLO will share the creativity, style and culture of a new Singapore with the rest of the world.
This is just the beginning of what the Global Flagship Store wants to achieve in the long term, which is to provide a space for Singaporeans to experiment with style and creativity, express themselves, and to showcase their culture to the world.
Your Stage Now Live: Social media contest
To celebrate the opening of Singapore and Southeast Asia’s first Global Flagship Store on 2 September 2016, UNIQLO invites Singaporeans to express themselves, be it through dancing, singing, drawing, cooking or even by dressing up creatively in UNIQLO!
Simply upload your entries on Facebook and Instagram with the hashtag #YOURSTAGENOWLIVE and stand a chance to be featured on the Your Stage Now Live website as well as on the digital screens in UNIQLO Orchard Central. The five most inspiring entries every week, from now till 1 September 2016, will win a SGD100 UNIQLO gift card!
Working with local collaborators
In line with UNIQLO Orchard Central’s aim of offering Singaporeans a platform to express themselves and showcase their creativity to the world, different elements of the store were co- created with local collaborators. Aside from the hoarding design by Tell Your Children, other elements such as the store’s video content on its monitor displays, original in-store music and curated spaces within the shop floor will all be co-created with local production houses, brands and individuals. The artists involved include Syndicate, an audiovisual collective and independent record label; Michael Ng, or Mindflyer; and William Chan, a multi-award winning designer, creative director, film director and founder of multidisciplinary design and motion design studio called TMRRW.
The store’s exclusive shopping bag is designed by four illustrators, based on their perspectives of Singapore.
Soh Ee Shaun is an artist, illustrator and educator in Singapore. He enjoys the process of experimentation in his works – juxtaposing shapes, lines and planes into a complex web of harmonious colours and playful forms. The artwork for his shopping bag is inspired by the busy, bustling mid-day metropolis of downtown Orchard Road and the cacophony of cars and trains rushing to and from the city.
Adeline Tan, also known as Mightyellow, is an illustrator and visual artist who takes inspiration from her surroundings as well as popular culture. Her shopping bag design is a reflection of all her favourite things in Singapore.
Wu Yan Rong is a Singaporean graphic designer and illustrator, who works mainly in traditional mediums. Much of her work is inspired by nature, especially marine life. Her design for the shopping bag is inspired by the marine specimens that can be found in Singapore.
John Fan is an artist and designer whose work is inspired by his personal reflections. His questions and findings form a puzzle in his head that he tries to solve through illustrations or other visual means. The concept behind his shopping bag design is Comfort, something that he loves best about Singapore.
Engagement with the local artist community will continue to be a large part of the UNIQLO Orchard Central store post-opening, with a continued emphasis on the exchange of ideas, creativity and self-expression. A permanent creative space will be carved out for more exciting displays, performances or even workshops in the future.
For more information on Your Stage Now Live, visit the website.
Royal Sporting House’s new 3,860 square feet space streamlines the shopping experience for sports enthusiasts by retailing sporting apparel, footwear and accessories for performance disciplines such as running, trainingOn August 23, 2016 / By Nookmag
Royal Sporting House’s new 3,860 square feet space streamlines the shopping experience for sports enthusiasts by retailing sporting apparel, footwear and accessories for performance disciplines such as running, training and swimming only.
Streamlining the number of brands to Nike, Adidas, Under Armour, Reebok, Asics and Speedo allows Royal Sporting House to offer a deeper product selection within the running, training and swimming disciplines for customers. This approach is a departure from its regular Royal Sporting House stores which offer a much wider array of sporting products from up to fifteens brands that include tennis and lifestyle products. To further enhance its service offering, specialists in store offer a free gait analysis to all customers so that they can be best advised on the appropriate running or training shoe that meets their needs.
Chief Executive Officer of RSH South East Asia, David Westhead said, “Streamlining our brand offering in store allows us to go deeper in what we offer within the performance categories of running, training and swimming. This is a direct reflection of the sporting interests of many Singaporeans. We are excited about the new direction and design we have taken for this store and we hope that our customers will be pleased too.”
The interior design for this new store is a stark contrast from all Royal Sporting House stores in Singapore. The open ceilings, grey pelmets and walls as well as concrete flooring were decidedly chosen to reflect a modern but tough and sportive feel.
Swop your old runners for SGD40 off a new pair!
From the 19th of August, Royal Sporting House at Vivo City is giving the opportunity to all running enthusiasts in Singapore to equip themselves with a new pair of running or training shoes through an exchange program. The public have to bring in an old pair of running or training shoes irrespective of brand and deposit it into the collection bin within the store before receiving an SGD40 coupon that can be redeemed off a new pair of shoes purchased at Royal Sporting House.
The promotion is valid from the 19th – 31st August 2016. Terms and Conditions can be found on Royal Sporting House’s website.
From 16 to 18 September 2016, 1-Altitude is the place to be as it kicks off the Singapore Grand Prix 2016’s revelry with the sixth edition of the highlyOn August 20, 2016 / By Nookmag
From 16 to 18 September 2016, 1-Altitude is the place to be as it kicks off the Singapore Grand Prix 2016’s revelry with the sixth edition of the highly anticipated ultimate party in the sky, The Circuit. With spectacular 360-degree views at 282 metres above sea level, no other place offers the most exciting and best vantage point to view the F1 racing track in all its glory, with internationally renowned DJs pumping the atmosphere with heart-thumping music.
Expect three days jam-packed with activities, including the annual Altimate Circuit Party in association with Johnnie Walker (now into its third year) on Level 61; the day-to-night Farmer’s Market at Stellar on Level 62; and the Williams Martini Racing Party at 1-Altitude Gallery and Bar the highest al fresco bar in Asia.
On 16 September, Williams Martini puts on a spectacular party at the highest bar in Asia, with “The Queen of MashUP” DJ Katty Q behind the decks. Also a Producer, Remixer, Model, Actress and Blogger, Siberian born Katya Kazanova is, without doubt, one of the most travelled International female DJs in the circuit as of 2016, requested by fans of different genres all over the world.
What makes her DJ sets and appearances so unique, Katty Q has made her name as an Open Format DJ, earning her the moniker of “The Queen of MashUp”. With exceptional technical skills and mesmerising stage presence, coupled with her amazing ability to read her crowd, Katty Q has managed to give her fans exactly what they want, either on the big stage of EDM festivals, the intimate club experience or at one of her regular gigs in Super Clubs all across Asia, Europe and of course Russia, where she is a resident DJ for a number of the most luxurious brands and venues.
Revving up the night further are unbeatable deals of two bottles of Martini Prosecco at SGD180++ and a bottle of Grey Goose at just SGD280++. Each glass of Martini Royale is at an ambrosial SGD18++.
The party begins on 26 August with the Official Ultra Countdown Party from 10pm onwards at Altimate! As a lead-up to the Altimate Circuit Party, purchase two bottles of Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve at only SGD450++ and receive four complimentary tickets to the Altimate Circuit Party on 16 September, a complimentary taxi ride to one location of your choice and stand a chance to win a private party at the hospitality suite at Marina Mandarin during the Formula One Race Day!
On 16 September, The Altimate Circuit Party in association with Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve kicks off with one of the most currently internationally sought-after female duo Guest DJ KimKat.
Kim Lee and Katrina Nova met while pursuing modelling careers and the duo was subsequently approached to appear on a DJ show. The two talented girls graduated Scratch Academy in Los Angeles, CA and the girls quickly started touring the world, from Asia to Europe and soon grabbed attention and support from Diplo, Chuckie, TJR, R3HAB, Don Diablo, Kanye West and Diddy. KimKat has performed at various massive festivals and also opened for TOP 5 DJ Steve Aoki during his Asia Tour 2013.
Take advantage of the sweetest deal in the city by purchasing two bottles of Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve at only SGD450++. What’s more, one more bottle of Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve will be given away free to take home, as well as a complimentary taxi ride to one location of your choice.
On 17 September, Belvedere presents Full Throttle in Altimate, featuring the energetic, spontaneous, upbeat and talented Guest DJ Kenneth G.
Kenneth G has a very distinct sound, an energetic electronic sound, heavily influenced by other music genres. He has released tracks on Hysteria Records (Bingo Players), Dim Mak (Steve Aoki), Revealed (Hardwell), Mixmash (Laidback Luke); and collaborated with Bassjackers, Nicky Romero and more – all of which has resulted in recognition from some of the hottest artists in the industry, including Tiesto, Sander van Doorn, Bingo Players, Laidback Luke, Hardwell and Steve Aoki.
The Dutch national has played in all the important Dutch clubs and festivals in the Netherlands such as Extrema Outdoor, Pleasure Island, Solar Festival and Mysteryland. His vast experience has also taken him to gigs in Spain, Greece, Bulgaria, Turkey, Belgium, Germany and the Dutch Antilles.
Belvedere’s deal for the night is to purchase one bottle at the exclusive and limited price of SGD260++. Belvedere Spritz will also be served at SGD18++.
F1 fans and foodies alike can savour a fabulous shopping and gourmet experience at Stellar’s Day to Night Farmers Market, with over 25 hip pop-up vendors showcasing exclusive products, including Uncle G Handmade crispy roast pork, artisanal gins, Italian produce and wines from Clessidra and a variety of champagnes. Stellar’s very own chefs will be on hand to whet your appetite with ‘The Smoke House’ featuring a selection of premium cuts and seasonal seafood smoked to perfection in their Josper grill, as well as delectable dessert art and ice creamery by Stellar’s star Pastry Chef Jasmin Chew. Livening up the ambience is live entertainment by some of the city’s most talented artists.
Get your fill of the delectable offerings from the vendors at the highest ever Farmers’ Market in Singapore, from 16 to 18 September at the following hours:
Friday, 16 September | 6pm to 1am
Saturday, 17 September | 1pm to 1am
Sunday, 18 September | 11am to 3pm
Entry to the Farmer’s Market is complimentary on both 17 and 18 September before 5pm at Stellar, after which cover charges apply. Visitors can pay for scrumptious fare with the purchase of food vouchers, whilst enjoying the view from the 62nd floor.
Cover charge for entry to The Circuit:
Farmers’ Market dinner package (6pm onwards):
After three years of lighting up the night in the city, ILLUMI RUN is returning to make a splash on a sandy new canvas. The home-grown run isOn August 13, 2016 / By Nookmag
After three years of lighting up the night in the city, ILLUMI RUN is returning to make a splash on a sandy new canvas. The home-grown run is set to turn Sentosa’s Palawan Green into a vibrant display of neon colours on 17 December, adding a fun and festive glow to the island’s year-end calendar.
FOMO (early bird) registration opens at SGD62 per person tomorrow for the party on the run, which will see participants get doused in ILLUMI Glow Water as they run and dance through a thrilling new route on Singapore’s hottest beach destination.
Showcasing an inflatable feature and fresh music beats at each of the five ultraviolet zones along the way, this year’s course guarantees much splashing fun on the sand for an ultimate Neon Paradise atmosphere.
To further up the ante this year, ILLUMI RUN is also introducing a new Neon Star (VIP) category. For a ticket price of SGD88, participants will receive their very own Neon Star Party Kit, which contains a coveted pack of ILLUMI glow water – perfect for splashing friends with – along with other exclusive items, such as an ILLUMI headband, and handphone pouch and lanyard.
Neon Star participants will also receive all items included in the standard ILLUMI RUN Swag Bag, such as a specially designed tee, goggles, a foam stick and complimentary admission into Sentosa.
The ILLUMI Festival continues into the night with a massive party on Palawan Beach featuring some of Asia’s most highly sought after DJs, including ILLUMI RUN favourites DJ TiNC and Rave Republic. Also taking the stage for the post-party is Taiwanese DJ Cookie, No.1 Female DJ listed by Taipei Times, who has pumped up crowds in Guam, Japan, Malaysia and Italy. She has also opened for the world’s top DJs performing in Taiwan, including Tiesto, Armin van Buuren, Paul van Dyk, David Guetta and Deadmau5. The DJs’ sets will be accompanied by psychedelic pyrotechnic displays, which, combined with a crowd of luminescent revellers, will make for a stunning sight under the stars.
“We’re very excited to bring ILLUMI RUN back to Singapore, and look forward to having it at Sentosa this time around. We believe having it at the beach and including inflatable features will amp up the party atmosphere and make for an even more fun night out for our participants,” said Jeffrey Foo, Director of Infinitus Productions and the brain behind ILLUMI RUN.
ILLUMI RUN will kick off at 7 p.m., following an array of exciting pre-run ILLUMI Festival activities, including neon body art, a splash zone, and colourful art installations. DJ TiNC will also be on hand to rev up the crowd and get them ready to see the beach in a glowing new light.
Early Bird registration online for ILLUMI RUN opens 11 August.
The Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA) is happy to announce the finalised programme for this year’s Festival that will run from 11 August to 17 September, whichOn August 11, 2016 / By Nookmag
The Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA) is happy to announce the finalised programme for this year’s Festival that will run from 11 August to 17 September, which will once again include SIFA Shares.
SIFA Shares is a programme that is designed to increase dialogue between artists and audiences, and will be offered free of charge to increase accessibility. There are six programmes in SIFA Shares: two films, two talks, one exhibition and one demonstration. It will include artists from Brazil, Switzerland, Japan and Australia.
Curated by Festival Director, Ong Keng Sen, the series of events will provide greater relevance to the productions at SIFA and allow the audience to dig deeper into the context and issues presented at this year’s Festival around the theme of Potentialities.
For example, SIFA will be screening two films: The Moscow Trials and Hate Radio that highlights Director Milo Rau’s previous works. Rau staged a counter-event in response to the controversial sentencing of punk activists Pussy Riot, but the three-day trial was stormed by the Russian authorities. The Moscow Trials documents this live event that occurred in Moscow. Hate Radio is a theatre project that focused on the role of the broadcasting station Radio Télévision Libre des Mille Collines (RTLMC) in generating racial hatred during Rwanda’s 1994 genocide. The production examines how racism functions and attempts to provide some context in a reconstructed backdrop. Dramaturg Stefan Bläske of the International Institute of Political Murder’s (IIPM) will trace the arc of Swiss theatre and film director Milo Rau, in an engaging discussion titled A Talk by Stefan Bläske: The New Artistic Trajectories of Milo Rau/IIPM.
Based on a ritual exchange of gifts among inhabitants of the Trobriand Islands in Papua New Guinea, The Kula Ring is an art exhibition, initiated by the Goethe-Institut Singapore and curated by Alfons Hug which first opened at the Kultursymposium Weimar 2016. It premieres in Asia at the Singapore International Festival of Arts, with an added performative component in collaboration with Festival Director Ong Keng Sen.
Kabuki Demonstration: The Art of the Onnagata will featurekabuki actor Kazutaro Nakamura, who plays Richard III in Sandaime Richard. Nakamura will share fascinating insights into this iconic traditional Japanese art form, onnagata, where male actors play women’s roles in Japanese kabuki theatre.
In Conversation with Ron Arad, will also provide the public a chance to get up close and personal with world-renowned London-based architect, artist and designer. Join the award- winning artist for an enlightening session about art in public spaces.
For more details on the Festival, please visit the SIFA website.
Looking for a wholesome family getaway for the weekend? Come on down to [email protected], Singapore’s first and only indoor concept inspired by farmers’ markets, with a recent expansion –On August 10, 2016 / By Nookmag
Looking for a wholesome family getaway for the weekend? Come on down to [email protected], Singapore’s first and only indoor concept inspired by farmers’ markets, with a recent expansion – the Northern Star – allowing it to become an even bigger one-stop shopping and dining destination.
Satisfy your tummies with new food offerings and indulge in shopping treats!
From Daddy to Mommy, to the youngest kid in the family, there is something to be discovered at [email protected] for everyone in the family. With a total of 37 traders that offer fresh produce, cooked foods, lifestyle products and personal services, the charming community-based market concept, expect to return home with a satisfied tummy and knick-knacks to make your day.
Cheese-lovers who seek more than the typical parmesan, mozzarella or brie are in for a precious treat at The Cheese Ark. Offering unique cheeses that are on the brink of extinction, cheesemakers from Italy, Switzerland, France and The Netherlands, lovingly bring to visitors cheeses such as the Tomme de Montagne, a grassy, sweet and buttery cheese.
At The Providore Grocery, a range of pantry staples such as dairy items, fresh seasonal fruit and vegetables will allow the young ones to get acquainted with the greens they so require! A great way to introduce organic and wholefood into their diets.
Besides indulging on food and treats, [email protected] also houses homeware furnishings and fun balloon designs that are great for birthday parties! Drop by Mountain Living for a range of premium lifestyle products from Portuguese brand Claus Porto and home accessories by Belgium brand SERAX. Get fun birthday party ideas with Balloon Blasters, an award-winning brand, Balloon Blasters offers comprehensive balloon designs and event support.
Quintessence of communal dining, Papito’s serves up a big pan of paella for the whole family to share! A Mediterranean flair, Papito’s also offers a range of dry goods, with spices, such as saffron from Iran, bottled grenadines, paella rice and other products stocked at the stall. Finish it all down with quality craft beers at The Great Beer Experiment. Dads and beer-enthusiasts alike, can learn and try out more than 150 beers!
Regular weekend fairs with promises of fun and excitement
Interactive activities for visitors of all ages include weekend flea markets like The Expat’s Weekender Fair and The Little Ones Weekender Fair, where families can revel in limited-edition goods and unique brands. Vendors are handpicked to ensure quality and a wide variety of products at the fair.
From 12 to 14 August 2016, [email protected] presents The Expat’s Weekender Fair in partnership with The Expat Fairs.
The Expat’s Weekender Fair is an exclusive boutique shopping event showcasing high quality, handmade and limited edition goods by some of the best vendors in art, craft, food and design. Located within [email protected], fair-goers can immerse themselves in apparels, jewellery, homeware and much more. The Expat’s Weekender Fair handpicks vendors to ensure there is a wide variety of products for guests of all ages. Enjoy a leisurely day with the family as you discover an array of unique brands and products at the fair. Sip on a cup of gourmet coffee and relax after vigorous shopping while the children play. There’s definitely something for everyone!
Shop and do good : Salvation Army and ShopBack Singapore The Salvation Army partners ShopBack Singapore, one of the top Cashback sites in Southeast Asia, to introduce theOn August 5, 2016 / By Nookmag
Shop and do good : Salvation Army and ShopBack Singapore
The Salvation Army partners ShopBack Singapore, one of the top Cashback sites in Southeast Asia, to introduce the #ShopBackGivesBack outreach. The budding start-up’s first foray into social responsibility encourages shoppers to shop and do good.
From now till 31 August 2016, ShopBack Singapore will make a $10 donation to The Salvation Army for every first purchase made by users who sign up for a free account on their website. No minimum spend is required from user to initiate the gifting.
No trick, just treats at USS Halloween Horror Nights 2016
With just one extra click, you’ll unlock an additional 6% Cashback savings on the frightfully fantastic USS Halloween Horror Nights passes. This promotion applies for all General Admission Tickets, Universal Express Passes, Frequent Fear Passes, R.I.P. Tours and more that’ll be made available on Resorts World Sentosa tomorrow.
It’s all treats waiting for you at the ShopBack website. Available for selected nights from 30 September 2016 to 31 October 2016.
Notabag is back on Kickstarter to introduce their newest collection! The Reflective Notabag is a clever combination of a bag and a backpack made from highOn August 1, 2016 / By Nookmag
Notabag is back on Kickstarter to introduce their newest collection!
The Reflective Notabag is a clever combination of a bag and a backpack made from high visibility reflective material. Just like the original Notabag, it quickly transforms from a bag to a backpack with a pull on the straps.
The Reflective Notabag adds extra safety on the street by making cyclists, pedestrians, skaters, or pretty much anyone carrying it visible at night.
In late 2015, Notabag teamed up with the Swedish bike accessory brand BOOKMAN to create the initial limited edition of Reflective Notabag. It was a great success, but a lot of the feedback revolved around adding more colour to the reflective combination. The team decided to adjust the design to incorporate more colour, without sacrificing the visibility.
Reflective Notabag is available in three colours, with straps made out of high-visibility reflective material, and made of a cotton and rip-stop polyester mix. It is reusable, eco-friendly, water-resistant, and machine-washable.
Notabag is a young, award-winning German brand and it is named after the Notabag product, which was introduced in 2013 through Kickstarter.
The team behind Notabag is based in Frankfurt, Germany. In addition to creating functional and quality products, their mission is to have a positive impact on our environment by reducing material waste.
B&O PLAY today announced the company’s first wireless earphones with the launch of Beoplay H5. Beoplay H5 is designed for music lovers with an active lifestyle by oneOn July 29, 2016 / By Nookmag
B&O PLAY today announced the company’s first wireless earphones with the launch of Beoplay H5. Beoplay H5 is designed for music lovers with an active lifestyle by one of Scandinavia’s foremost designers, Jakob Wagner, and combines the highly acclaimed Bang & Olufsen Signature Sound with sleek aesthetics and an effortless tech experience. For seamless integration into an active everyday life, Beoplay H5 comes tuned with a variety of sound profiles to deliver best-in-class sound experience in all situations. Users simply choose one of the preset sound profiles in Beoplay App on their smartphone or Apple Watch, such as working out, commuting, listening to podcasts or relaxing, or they can adjust the tonality and staging with the playful and intuitive B&O PLAY ToneTouch interface.
To make sure that users do not leave their earphones behind, Beoplay H5 comes with a magnet built into each earpiece, so users can click them around their neck for effortless wear and easy access to their music and podcasts. Clicking the earpieces together, Beoplay H5 automatically powers down saving battery life.
“Beoplay H5 is the most versatile product we have ever made. It is designed to be worn and used effortlessly, and with the integrated app to change the tonality to what you are doing; it will be a device that enriches the everyday lives of people worldwide. Combined with an active, fashionable and dynamic design that complements your active wear as well as your best outfit, we are very proud to broaden our range of wireless headphones with Beoplay H5”, says Senior Vice President of B&O PLAY Henrik Taudorf Lorensen.
Designed for beauty and comfort
The cable connecting the two earpieces is encased in braided textile, which makes it comfortable against the skin, and is molded directly inside the rubber to prevent dirt and sweat from interfering with the delicate electronics. The housing of the earphones is made of textured rubber and polymer to resist sweat and moisture, and to complement the braided textile cable a diamond cut and radially polished aluminum plate is mounted on top of each earpiece. Human ears are very complex and diverse, so Beoplay H5 have been meticulously tested and improved to get the perfect fit, says designer Jakob Wagner.
“When designing earphones to be worn in the inner ear for many hours, comfort is the most important factor. The human ear is a delicate and fascinating part of the body, and I wanted to honor that and take care for it to make Beoplay H5 sit beautifully in the outer ear and blend in naturally. Soft and yet precise.”
An integrated sound experience with Beoplay App
Beoplay H5 has a 6.4mm dynamic speaker, a small electromagnetic transducer and a Bluetooth 4.2 chip with Digital Sound Processing that allows for dynamic sound tuning. It comes tuned by acclaimed Bang & Olufsen sound engineers for the best all round sound profile that prevents listening fatigue, and you can use Beoplay App for Android, iPhone and Apple Watch to control Beoplay H5 in several ways.
Bang & Olufsen sound engineers have created a variety of sound profiles specifically for Beoplay H5 to match the sound to different types of activities such as working out, commuting or listening to podcasts. These are available as presets for Beoplay H5.
Users can adjust the tonality and sound staging themselves with the playful and intuitive B&O PLAY ToneTouch. The interface lets users feel their way through different sound settings and finding the one that best suits the situation. Once adjusted, Beoplay H5 stores the setting on the product itself until you adjust it again.
Connected to Beoplay H5, the Beoplay App makes it easy to monitor the battery status of the earphones. Users can control the music (play, pause, forward, back), and they can personalize the earphones by giving them a specific color and name in the app. Connecting Beoplay H5 to Beoplay App, users also receive software updates over the air.
Simple and innovative charging
Beoplay H5 comes with a rechargeable battery with a total capacity of 100mAh that gives up to five hours of wireless mobility between charges, which is enough to complete a marathon with battery to spare. Charging Beoplay H5 is easy with the cubic charger that comes with the earphones. Instead of inserting micro-USB cables in the earphones, users simply click in the earphones into the cubic charger and two magnets hold the earpieces in place as they charge. The cubic charger is also available as an accessory, so users can have a charger at home and one for life on the go.
Seven ear tips for optimal fit
For earphones, the fit is extremely important for sound and bass response in particular, so B&O PLAY has enclosed seven pairs of ear tips with Beoplay H5. Three different sizes of rugged, heat sensitive and breathable ComplyTM Sport, where the open cell structure foam guarantees comfort and a near-perfect grip in the ear canal, and four sizes of regular silicone tips. Each Comply ear tip comes with a SweatGuardTM membrane to prevent sweat from entering the sound port.
Price and availability
Beoplay H5 comes complete with a charger and a carrying pouch in Black and Dusty Rose. Both colours will be available from 31 July 2016 onwards at Airport Duty Free, Apple Premium Resellers, Bang & Olufsen Grand Hyatt, Challenger, Newstead and leading independent retailers for a suggested retail price of SGD379.
Following the official launch of Lumio during Singapore Night Festival 2015, kapok at NDC presents a showcase of reinterpreted Mini Lumio+ book covers, designed by local talents.On July 27, 2016 / By Nookmag
Following the official launch of Lumio during Singapore Night Festival 2015, kapok at NDC presents a showcase of reinterpreted Mini Lumio+ book covers, designed by local talents.
The Lumio Mini+ is a compact, multi-functional lamp and battery pack for mobile phones that conceals itself in the form of a book. It opens to 360 degrees and comes with a removable magnetic spine cover and a lightning charger for mobile phones. Available in three different colours, grey with red spine, black with orange spine and navy blue with yellow spine, the handy book light can be personalised on the hardcover.
A call for submissions for artists and illustrators will see a shortlist of twelve illustrated Lumio Mini+ exhibited in store for Singapore Night Festival 2016 and the public will be invited to vote for the best cover. The top three winners stand to win up to $1,000 prize shopping credits and will be announced on August 27th, 2016.
The Singapore Night Festival
For two weekends, August 19th & 20th, 26th & 27th, the Singapore Night Festival transforms the Bras Basah/Bugis heritage precinct into a midsummer’s celebration of live music and art installations. The public is invited to cast their votes for their favourite kapok x lumio submission for the two festival weekends. Max Gunawan, founder of Lumio will personally announce the winners on the night of August 27th, 8pm. Join kapok x lumio for a casual meet-and-greet night, with special lighted drinks from Tanuki Raw.
Singapore Toy, Game & Comic Convention (STGCC) 2016 has just unveiled its second wave of renowned pop culture personalities such as the legendary Haruhiko Mikimoto, graphic novelist EmmaOn July 20, 2016 / By Nookmag
Singapore Toy, Game & Comic Convention (STGCC) 2016 has just unveiled its second wave of renowned pop culture personalities such as the legendary Haruhiko Mikimoto, graphic novelist Emma Rios, Marvel Tsum Tsum writer Jacob Chabot and fan-favourite artist, Sakimichan. Once again, STGCC exhilarates fans with its diverse east and west offerings!
Immerse in the fantastical realm of comics
Revered as one of the best characters designers of his time, Haruhiko Mikimoto is among the most respected and beloved illustrator, character designer and manga artist from Japan. Mikimoto has created iconic anime characters for the titles like The Super Dimension Fortress Macross, Macross 7, Gunbusters, Mobile Suit Gundam 0800: War in the Pocket and the recent hit Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress.
Digital artist Sakimichan charmed thousands of fans worldwide with her breathtaking fantasy art of characters from popular games, movies and anime. She is also extremely popular for her unique interpretation of classic anthropomorphic cartoon characters. Rarely participating in conventions, Sakimichan will be making her first ever Asian appearance here at STGCC 2016.
A well-received graphic novelist known for her surreal artwork and thought-provoking stories, Emma Rios has been working on comics full-time since 2007. Having illustrated for Boom! Studios (Hexed) and Marvel (Doctor Strange, Amazing Spiderman), she returned to creator-owned productions in 2013, thanks to Image Comics. She has just published I.D., her first solo graphic novel, and currently co-edits the Island magazine with Brandon Graham.
Hwei Lin is further proof that regional comic book artists can make it big on the international scene too. Together, Emma Rios and Hwei Lim will present their collaborative work, Mirror: The Mountain (published by Image Comics), making its global debut exclusively at STGCC 2016. The first arc of a story about the mage-scientists of The Synchronia and the sentient animals of Irzah colony, the comic ponders upon existential questions. Mirror’s thoughtful story and breezy, beautiful art is a magical combination that will take your breath away.
Even prior to the official announcement, fans have been eagerly anticipating Stephanie Hans’ arrival in STGCC. The enigmatic and ethereal style of the French illustrator has garnered her hordes of followers around the world. Working mostly for Marvel as a cover and interior artist, Hans has lent her magic touch on covers of Storm, Journey into Mystery, Angela, Thor, Black Widow, Guardians of the Galaxy, and many more.
Jacob Chabot brings his colourful, funny and sometimes slapstick brand of comics for the first time to STGCC 2016! An Eisner Award-nominated and New York Times bestselling cartoonist, Chabot is the writer for the brand new Marvel Tsum Tsum miniseries, and is well-known for his work on all-ages comics like Plants vs Zombies, Hello Kitty and his creator-owned series, The Mighty Skullboy Army. Tying in with his appearance, a Marvel Tsum Tsum #1 STGCC variant has been specially commissioned for sale. It is available for purchase on the STGCC website.
Party at STGCC in AKIBA style!
Recognising the passion of Japanese pop culture fans, STGCC 2016 will be featuring the first ever AKIBA POP STAGE. Presenting popular culture that is celebrated in Akihabara Tokyo, STGCC 2016 will showcase indies idol units, namely GuildStars from Akiba Guild, Road of Alice, Rie Yunohara and Rio Hiiragi. Joining the idol units on stage will be Sae Tsukiyama and Tracy (Amateras Records), representing the doujin culture from Akihabara. Together with nomico and Masayoshi Minoshima (Alstroemeria Records) who were included in the first guest announcement, fans can expect energetic performances by the artistes and experience the party in true Akiba style!
“We are honoured to have several noteworthy female artists grace our event this year. Stephanie Hans, Emma Rios, Hwei Lin and sakimichan show that “girl power” is as strong as ever in the modern comic industry. These trailblazers have broken down barriers for women in the industry. We hope that local pop culture fans can witness the intricate art that these women are capable of.”, said Lin Koh, Assistant Project Director, Pop Culture Cluster, Reed Exhibitions Singapore.
It’s all about family fun at STGCC 2016!
Kids Cosplay Parade will also make its return after its popular debut last year. Children aged from 5 to 12 years old are welcomed to dress up as their favourite superhero, villain or princess. The parade will be held on Sunday, 11 September 2016. First 20 participants will receive goodie bags, so sign up now! More details can be found on the Kids Cosplay Parade.
Brand Guide: Singapore Edition, the brainchild of Singaporean design studio, Foreign Policy Design, has carved a name for itself since its sell-out release in August 2015.On July 18, 2016 / By Nookmag
Brand Guide: Singapore Edition, the brainchild of Singaporean design studio, Foreign Policy Design, has carved a name for itself since its sell-out release in August 2015. The 468 page publication is a meticulous documentation of behind-the-scenes design processes, capturing the branding secrets of 17 of Singapore’s most progressive brands. Sold out within months of its release with frequent requests for a reprint, Brand Guide is set to make it happen this July, on Kickstarter. The campaign will commence on July 1 and will run for 30 days.
“We want the Brand Guide to be accessible to everyone from anywhere and create mementos for our backers who help support our vision,” says Yah-Leng Yu, Co-founder of Foreign Policy Design.
The Kickstarter campaign will feature reward tiers from 1 USD to 65 USD inclusive of these exclusive rewards:
Having won multiple awards – D&AD Pencil, Tokyo TDC, Art Director’s Club (Bronze Cube), and Singapore Creative Circle (Silver) – the publication has “nailed the art of collating diverse and sometimes complex ideas into a beautiful, cohesive publication”, writes Rebecca Fulleylove at It’s Nice that.
The dossier is filled with pull-outs, anecdotes, and rich imagery to present an engaging narrative of the brands to its readers. More importantly, it captures the golden-age of design in Singapore; a new breed of entrepreneurs that understand the increasing importance of brand design.
More than just about brands and their road to success, the Brand Guide doubles as an alternative city guide for vacationers, answering the million-dollar question every traveller bears in mind when visiting the little red dot… “best places to visit in Singapore”. Margaret Rhodes, Design writer at WIRED aptly summed up the guide’s alternate purpose: “Brand Guide: Singapore Edition can help travelers feel more like locals”.
With the aspiration to be a multi-city brand guide, the group hopes that Brand Guide will cumulate into future editions for different cities. Two more cities are currently in discussion, and the partnership is expected to be launched simultaneously.
This July, Strange & Deranged’s latest collection features the works of Brazilian artist Regina Medeiros. With fifteen years of glass casting and painting experience under her belt, MedeirosOn July 18, 2016 / By Nookmag
This July, Strange & Deranged’s latest collection features the works of Brazilian artist Regina Medeiros.
With fifteen years of glass casting and painting experience under her belt, Medeiros has refined her techniques as a glass artist, using local oxides and gold components to create unique, elegant pieces. She has been featured in art, design, and interior decoration exhibitions in Brazil, the United States, and Europe.
Look out for new pieces such as the Murano and Saboneteira glass bowls in the Spring 2016 collection, as well as fan favourites from the Mapa Basket Collection. This collection is now available at Strange & Deranged, Palais Renaissance.
A week before the announcement of the very first 2016 MICHELIN Guide Singapore selection, Michelin unveiled the list of 34 restaurants and street food outlets distinguished withOn July 15, 2016 / By Nookmag
A week before the announcement of the very first 2016 MICHELIN Guide Singapore selection, Michelin unveiled the list of 34 restaurants and street food outlets distinguished with a Bib Gourmand by the MICHELIN inspectors. This distinction, as popular with chefs as it is with gourmets, rewards establishments offering a high quality menu at a reasonable price – a maximum of SGD45.
Selected restaurants include Song Fa on New Bridge Road, 328 Katong Laksa, and Laknaa from Little India, and among list are some well-loved stalls in hawker centres, like Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice at Maxwell Food Centre, and many stalls in Amoy Street Food Centre.
“With some firm favourites selected by our inspectors for their good value for money, we are particularly pleased to present a preview of the Bib Gourmand establishments included in the 2016 MICHELIN Guide Singapore,” says Michael Ellis, MICHELIN Guides’ International Director.
On the ground the MICHELIN Guide inspectors unearthed all kinds of delights: from street food to more traditional restaurants and stalls in the popular hawker centres – halls dedicated to the fast authentic food popular with Singaporeans where diners share their tables – they all offer local and delicious Asian cuisine.
“A true crossroads, a mix of cultures with Chinese, Malaysian and Indonesian influences, Singapore’s history is reflected in its cuisine – the variety, simplicity and authenticity completely won over our inspectors,” continues Michael Ellis. So with 19 styles represented, including Indian, Cantonese, and even Vietnamese, the first Bib Gourmand selection is testimony to the richness and diversity of the city’s culinary landscape.
Find the complete MICHELIN Guide selection from 21 July on the website. Today, the MICHELIN Guide collection comprises 29 guides covering 28 countries on four continents, with more than 45,000 addresses worldwide.
Singaporeans living in New York City were in for a treat when Singapore’s first locally brewed beer, Tiger Beer, invited Michael Ker, third-generation hawker of popular popiah-maker KwayOn July 15, 2016 / By Nookmag
Singaporeans living in New York City were in for a treat when Singapore’s first locally brewed beer, Tiger Beer, invited Michael Ker, third-generation hawker of popular popiah-maker Kway Guan Huat, to the Big Apple. Using the freshest ingredients available, Michael wowed some of the harshest food critics around by serving one of Singapore’s best-loved hawker foods, popiah, at a pop-up store and at a surprise party for homesick Singaporeans craving for a piece of home.
To highlight the entrepreneurial spirit of Asians, 39-year-old Michael served his locally-renowned popiah at a pop-up store, Tiger Trading Co., which was launched in the heart of Chinatown to celebrate and honour the works of Asian and Asian-American artisans from all over the world. Open on 8 and 9 June 2016, and boasting over 800 Asian products featuring modern art, fashion, design and technology, Tiger Trading Co. was a two-day pop up store that aimed to debunk the stereotype that “made-in-Asia” goods are of low quality.
Head of Marketing at Asia Pacific Breweries (Singapore), Ms Venus Teoh said, “Inviting Michael Ker to showcase his craft in New York City was a decision we made to propel our unique street food culture into the international spotlight. With Michael’s visit, Tiger Beer hopes to show that our humble street food is not only loved by Singaporeans, but also by people all over the world, well deserving a spot in the international food scene.
To document Michael’s visit in Manhattan, Tiger Beer created a two-part series film – Popiah in New York and Popiah Surprise – which will be released on Tiger Beer’s digital platforms. Popiah in New York traces his journey from where he started shopping for ingredients to the preparation of his popiah skin, culminating in the day of the event where he demonstrates the making of the popiah skins. The guests’ reactions and their opinions of the traditional Singapore street food were captured, highlighting how far Michael’s family business has come – from a small food cart in Joo Chiat to receiving international acclaim for his craft.
Understanding that most Singaporeans who reside overseas for a long period of time will miss their beloved dishes back home, Tiger Beer worked with the NYU Singapore Students Association (SGSA) in the second video of this two-part series film to surprise homesick Singaporeans with an impromptu popiah party where these Singaporeans shared their thoughts on how much the popiah made them miss home.
Michael Ker, who has been helping out at his family’s business at Kway Guan Huat Joo Chiat Original Popiah and Kueh Pie Tee for more than ten years, is the perfect representation of the courage and entrepreneurial creativity that embodies Asia today. As Singapore faces the danger of a disappearing hawker culture, Michael is one of the few younger generation hawkers who has decided to take on this career option and continue his family business to help preserve Singapore’s unique food heritage.
As part of Tiger Beer’s street food movement that kicked off earlier in April, Michael was previously featured in one of three short films that brought to life the stories behind Singapore’s street food and the hard work that goes into sustaining this integral part of the nation’s culture. The street food movement aims to motivate Singaporeans to give it the appreciation and recognition it deserves by shining the spotlight on hawker fare.