Five facts about Hamleys
British toy empire Hamleys just opened the doors to their flagship outlet in Singapore. If you’ve been to London, chances are you’ve been completely enthralled by Hamleys, feeling like a kid again as you prance down the aisles. It’s time to rediscover that magic here.
Five new bar talents
Five new bar talents in town have refreshed their cocktail menus. Natasha Hong pays them a visit
Bacchanalia is moving to HongKong Street
It looks like the street 28 HongKong first made cool is heating up as an F&B enclave of note. Two years after serving its highly innovative plates at the secretive Masonic Hall in the Civic District, Bacchanalia's moving into a shophouse unit on the stretch, joining the aforementioned bar, coffee spot Ronin, Catalonian tapas spot FOC, and Latino cocktail bar Vasco. At its new, more intimate digs, head chef Ivan Brehm and his second, Mark Ebbels now have an open kitchen from which to showcase their clever techniques. How open? Very wide open – guests have to traipse past the kitchen team before landing butts on one of the 36 seats in the dining room. Bacchanalia's new space, put together by interior designers Distillery (the same people behind Manhattan bar and The Club Hotel), features photos of irregular-shaped veggies on the wall, while the light installation – featuring 400 pieces of blown glass – from the restaurant’s previous home follows the move. Head chef Ivan Brehm looking over the floor plan at the new space Food-wise, the kitchen team continues to please food geeks with its sourcing of unique ingredients, Brehm and Ebbels' Heston-imparted techniques, and pretty plates. An early press release mentions dishes like Tiberian Harvest snapper carpaccio spiced with mace from Penang and Sichuan leaf dressing, as well as pickled Japanese sardines, assembled with ingredients sourced from an organic farm in Malaysia, the restaurant's own garden and a seafood far
The seven filmmakers of '7 Letters'
Seven homegrown filmmakers come together to weave tales inspired by our city and its people. We speak to them about their filmic tributes
Singapore Food Festival
Get your loose trousers ready. There’s a spate of local-loving gastronomic events at this year’s Singapore Food Festival, from classes on Peranakan cuisine to mod-Sin dinners
What's on this week
A collaboration between some of Singapore’s most illustrious film directors, 7 Letters is a milestone film project that strings together seven short pieces capturing the lives and stories of everyday Singaporeans, featuring works by Boo Junfeng, Eric Khoo, K Rajagopal, Jack Neo, Tan Pin Pin, Royston Tan and Kelvin Tong. 7 Letters will be the first film to premiere at the refurbished Capitol Theatre. Out of six screenings, three will be reserved for the elderly, film and arts students and the underprivileged. All proceeds from the gala screenings will go to seven charities, including the Alzheimer’s Disease Association and Transient Workers Count Too. Tickets are not priced – instead, viewers are encouraged to make a donation at the screenings. Tickets for the Jul 24-26 screening are sold out. Additional screenings have been added for Aug 8-10 at Gallery Theatre, The National Museum of Singapore. Tickets for the additional screenings can only be bought on Aug 1-2 at the front desk of The National Museum of Singapore.
Formerly known as Vajra, the turntablist legend has a long list of achievements to his name, including headlining sets across the world, 2011 DMC World Champion and three-time Red Bull Thre3style Battle Champion.
Peer Pleasure 2015
This new theatre festival provides a platform for youths aged 13 to 18. Helmed by Alvin Tan from The Necessary Stage, it gives participants the chance to stage productions under the guidance of professional theatre practitioners. Five short plays with the theme of ‘Causality’ are presented alongside a variety of drama workshops and talks related to the issues raised in the festival.
K Sajeev Lal: From Singapore with Love
Sajeev Photo Studio specialises in taking portraits of young male foreign workers, to use as comp cards to find wives in South Asia.