New hotel: The Warehouse Hotel
In an erstwhile warehouse that sits along the old Straits of Malacca trade route and former epicentre of Singapore’s red-light district, the Warehouse Hotel whispers secrets of its illicit past: a spice trading hub at one point, an illegal distillery at another, even a reigning discotheque in the ’80s. But now, Lo and Behold – the group behind the 37-room boutique space – has taken the building’s 120-year history in its hands and spun it on the head. We take a peek inside. Poolside lounging The hotel’s plush lounge faces the lobby bar, so if you’d rather relax away from the soft thumping beats and gentle chatter, the rooftop infinity pool – fitted with salmon pink tiles, no less – offers the reprieve you desire. Admire local artist Dawn Ang’s site-specific installation fronting the pool, or kick back in one of the beanbags or deck beds while soaking in views of the Singapore River. Rooms with a view Mostly, anyway. Who needs windows when your 27-sq-m Warehouse Sanctuary (from $265) looks this good? Wooden panels, sleek beams, a custom pillow top king mattress with finishing touches by MatterPrints, and a cheeky, open concept standing shower make it seductively easy to linger in your room all day. For a loft-style upgrade, book out the River View Suite (from $495). As its name suggests, the room overlooks the Singapore River from the uppermost floor of the triple-peaked heritage hotel. Natural light is key in the roomy 57-sq-m space that’s set with earthy tones, raise
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The Grammy award-winning heavy metal rockers are set to return to our shores after their sell-out show in 2013. This time, they're storming the stage of Singapore Indoor Stadium to wreak havoc with their face-melting anthems, including classics like 'Enter Sandman' and 'Master of Puppets', alongside songs from their latest studio album Hardwired...To Self-Destruct. Having cemented their name in rock 'n' roll history, you can bet it's gonna be nothing less than an explosive show.
On Sharks and Humanity
This travelling art exhibition marks the launch of Parkview Museum, a new art space in Parkview Square. Highlighting environmental issues such as shark protection and ocean conservation, the exhibition also explores the links between sharks, humans and the environment. Expect over 30 artworks from contemporary artists all over the world, including Germany, Singapore and Hong Kong.
A poem written on a ship and imprisoned in a bottle, laser-cut letters displayed in a cabinet of curiousities, and drawings hand-burnt with incense sticks: memories and drawings become one in a collaboration between poet Marc Nair and visual artist Nicola Anthony, whose works trace the architecture of memory through experimental forms.The exhibition will be open from Jan 11-Feb 11, and from Feb 21-Mar 5.
State of Motion 2017: Through Stranger Eyes
Singapore’s far more than a shiny tourist destination, as the Asian Film Archive sets out to prove. This tour takes you across five locations around the city where films were shot – you’ll also find at each stop an artwork that responds to both the film and the site. Also taking place are screenings, talks, workshops and exhibitions.
LOCK ROUTE: Public Art @ Gillman Barracks
Inspired by Gillman Barracks' address and the 24-km march route all army recruits have to go through, LOCK ROUTE features 16 installations, murals and sculptures. Artists featured include China’s Chen Tianzhuo, Vietnam’s Oanh Phi Phi, Cleon Peterson of America and Singapore’s very own Gerald Leow, Sheryo+Yok, Acit Salbini and Stephanie Jane Burt.
A Seal of Unity: A Double Happiness
Belgian artist Phil Akashi’s first solo exhibition features his latest trilogy Rings of Fire, which tackles the issue of marriage as an institution and a concept. Akashi experiments with a vast range of mediums to create his pieces, often dealing with contemporary topics through a mix of traditional art and modern techniques.
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Put yourself in the shoes of Song Joong Ki or Song Hye Kyo, from popular Korean drama Descendants of the Sun, when you visit Dal.Komm Coffee. The Korean café chain was where scenes from the drama were shot. Beyond its wide range of drinks and snacks, music plays a key role in the café's identity. You'll find vinyl covers on the walls and an area dedicated to open mic events. Find a cosy seat and sip on your drink, choose from espressos ($4.50), cappuccinos ($6/$6.50) and caffé lattes ($6-$7.50) brewed from three exclusively sourced Arabica bean blends. Alternatively, satiate your sweet tooth with refreshing drinks like the honey grapefruit ($8.50/$8.90) or strawberry cube ($8.50), where frozen strawberries are crushed and heaped on top of iced milk.
Imperial Treasure Fine Teochew Cuisine
The new Imperial Treasure Fine Teochew Cuisine in ION Orchard is a more refined version of the original, with a spacious main dining hall and six lavish private rooms. Signature dishes include diced abalone and chicken wrapped in egg white ($25), soon hock fish ($10/100g) served in a broth with minced pork and Chinese cabbage, and a combination platter of sliced duck meat, duck tongue, cuttlefish and beef tripe marinated Teochew style ($34-$68).
Charcoal black frozen yoghurt might not sound very appetising but this tangy creation at Kokopanda is tastes better than it looks. The Koko Black Yogo is made from roasted coconut husk, containing edible activated charcoal, that aids digestion while providing you with a tasty treat. Choose to have it plain or twisted with the Koko White Creamo, a soft-serve ice cream made from milk from Korea. Top the soft-serve with dried fruits, imported from Korea, such as strawberries, apples, and Jeju tangerines. Each cup is priced at $4.90 with one free topping or $5.90 for a cup with three toppings.
Pololi, Asia’s first poké chain, is surfing straight out of Hong Kong and setting up shack on our shores in the CBD. Chef-owner Steph Kudus taps into her time living in Hawaii to capture the laid-back 'Aloha Spirit' in the beachy-chic takeout shop. The five flavours available daily are rotated from a repertoire of over 20 different poké flavours so you'll always have something new to try each time you head to the store. Select your bowl size ($17.99/180g and $15.99/150g) and pick from flavours such as the signature traditional spicy or yuzu salmon. Weekly specials include sweet onion teriyaki swordfish, Thai spicy tuna, Korean spicy tako, ginger marlin and even sambal, for those who like their fish with local spices. Also, grab some Hawaiian treats such as Spam musubi, tropical granitas and Kona Brewing Co’s beer while you’re there.
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Telok Ayer may have taken its name from the Malay community (it translates to ‘bay’ and ‘water’, respectively), but the area was mainly populated by Chinese immigrants back in the day. Originally a coastal road situated along the island’s old waterfront, the street has transformed itself into a buzzing lifestyle district, teeming with restaurants and bars to feed the CBD office crowd. Pay a visit to one of the museums around the area or pop into the lean shophouses that dot the strip, where boutiques, gyms and a dance studio are tucked away. RECOMMENDED: Check out our guide to the Ann Siang Hill area
Anyone who tells you Amoy Street is 'boring' has clearly never stepped foot down the lane before. Because trust us, it's the complete opposite of that. Previously known for its opium-smoking dens during the British colonial era, the shophouses lined along this one-way street now house chic cafés, bars and even gyms. But if you'd like to have a taste of Singaporean flavour, hit up the hawker centre in the area that's always buzzing with people. RECOMMENDED: Check out our guide to the Ann Siang Hill area
The small stretch between Club Street and Amoy Street – whose namesake is 19th-century banker John Gemmill – is home to a handful of stylish restaurants and bars, making it the perfect spot for a laid-back hangout. Don't stop at the end of the road either, the back alley of Amoy Street has a few hidden restaurants to wind down at for an after-work dinner and drinks sesh. RECOMMENDED: Check out our guide to the Ann Siang Hill area
Ann Siang Road and Club Street
Named after Chia Ann Siang, a wealthy businessman, Ann Siang road is home to restored shophouses (some are still decorated with Peranakan tiles) that house clan associations, restaurants, bars and niche boutiques. There’s also a hidden green space behind the row of shophouses for a quiet stroll. On Friday and Saturday nights from 7pm to 1am, both Ann Siang Road and Club Street – the name comes from the Chinese clubs that used to line the stretch – come to life as the area is closed off to traffic and the crowd spills out onto the streets. RECOMMENDED: Check out our guide to the Ann Siang Hill area