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Cheryl Sekkappan

Cheryl Sekkappan

Deputy Editor, Time Out Singapore

Cheryl is the Deputy Editor for Time Out Singapore. She left the PR world in 2019 to write about what she loves best – lifestyle events, travel, and nightlife. She's also on a neverending quest to 'find herself' – which means throwing herself at a brand new hobby every month. Find Cheryl rollerblading, beading, acting, baking, doing pottery, assembling mech keyboards and more, or check out some of her shenanigans on Time Out Tries. 

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The best things to do in Singapore this week (May 27-Jun 2)

The best things to do in Singapore this week (May 27-Jun 2)

Illuminating our way into the last week of May is i Light Singapore, the annual art festival known for its dazzling installations around Marina Bay and nearby precincts. If you're in for more razzle dazzle, then head down to Olafur Eliasson: Your curious journey and Friday Forever for an immersion into these great artists' lives and works. Things are also getting absurd at The Esplanade, with its 10-day Flipside festival showcasing physical theatre and puppetry acts. The week also sees floral displays, quirky markets, and a live gig featuring the best of local electronic music talent. Read on to discover all the best things happening in Singapore this week. RECOMMENDED: The best things to do in Singapore after dark and The best art exhibitions in Singapore    

The best Mediterranean and Middle Eastern restaurants in Singapore

The best Mediterranean and Middle Eastern restaurants in Singapore

Grilled meats, salads, flatbreads, spices, hummus, grains and legumes. These are quintessential elements of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine. And while it's often hard to distinguish where one ends and the other begins, we can all concur that you can't ever go wrong with either. If you're craving the vibrancy and textures that these cuisines have to offer, here's our guide on where to dine for outstanding Middle Eastern and Mediterranean food in Singapore. RECOMMENDED: The best Peruvian restaurants in Singapore and The best Greek restaurants in Singapore

The best family-friendly hotels and resorts in Singapore

The best family-friendly hotels and resorts in Singapore

There’s nothing like taking a pause from the daily grind to spend some time with the family. Especially if you've been working from home, both you and the kids may need a change in environment. From farm visits to skydiving, Singapore has a myriad of things you can do with your toddlers, tykes and teens. And why not complete it with a stay at some of the city’s best fam-friendly hotels and resorts? We pick up some of the best kid-friendly hotels in Singapore. With interconnecting rooms, themed lodgings, cool toys and fun activities for the little ones, it'll make for great bonding time for the whole family.  RECOMMENDED: The best kid-friendly activities in Singapore and the best free activities for kids

The best things to do in Singapore this weekend (May 24-26)

The best things to do in Singapore this weekend (May 24-26)

This weekend brings some elemental magic in the form of Icelandic-Danish artist Olafur Eliasson's first survey exhibition in Southeast Asia. Coupled with other blockbuster art shows like Frida Kahlo: The Life of an Icon and charming pieces like Small Muji Exhibition – Enjoying Everyday Items, there's lots to please the arts and culture vultures among us. Music is also on the book this weekend, with chilled-out backyard sessions and inclusive raves. And for those who like things pink and pretty, a whimsical Jentle Salon pop-up in collaboration with Blackpink's Jennie. Read on for all the great things to do this weekend.  RECOMMENDED: The best things to do in Singapore this May and The best outdoor playgrounds in Singapore  

The best cake shops in Singapore

The best cake shops in Singapore

Birthday cakes. Wedding cakes. Cheesecake. Chocolate cake. Cake for one, just one. We sift through the best bakeries to present you with the best cake shops on the island. Don't worry – the perfect cake is not a lie. But if you want to lie to yourself about the calories you're consuming, go right ahead.  RECOMMENDED: The best traditional bakeries and cake shops in Singapore and the best cafés in Singapore for dessert   

The ultimate guide to Vesak Day in Singapore

The ultimate guide to Vesak Day in Singapore

Vesak Day, also known as Buddha Day, is one of the most important days on the Buddhist calendar. It commemorates the birth, enlightenment and attainment of nirvana of Gautama Buddha, and is a day for all devotees to reflect on his teachings, cleanse away bad karma, and spread goodwill. In Singapore, Vesak Day was first gazetted as a public holiday in 1956. During this time, devotees flock to temples at dawn to raise the Buddhist flag, sing hymns, and take part in a series of rituals. Here's what you need to know about Vesak Day in Singapore.  RECOMMENDED: The best vegan and vegetarian restaurants in Singapore

9 local plant parents on Instagram to follow for home gardening inspiration

9 local plant parents on Instagram to follow for home gardening inspiration

Singaporeans are crazy about plants, and the trend is only growing. Caring for a garden and having some greenery in your space is good for the mind and body – it keeps you active, purifies the air, and is said to promote calm and serenity. All good things for a stressed out bunch like us. Whether it's gardening tips you need, or gorgeous home decor inspiration you're after, here are our favourite Instagram plant parents to follow for regular green content.  RECOMMENDED The best plant shops in Singapore for indoor plants and more and Garden city: why Singapore has gone bananas for home farming

PM Lee Hsien Loong's top five memorable moments

PM Lee Hsien Loong's top five memorable moments

May 15, 2024 – Mr Lee Hsien Loong hands over the reins of leadership to Deputy Prime Minister Lawrence Wong. It marks the end of a political era (and some might say, a political dynasty) and 20 years of Mr Lee's time in the top seat. Over the years, Singapore has flourished – with GDP per capita more than doubling, the economy diversifying, tourism booming, and gears shifting towards more social safety nets and sustainability. We've also rode out major crises, in particular, the Covid-19 pandemic. For all of Mr Lee's wins and losses, successes and failures, there have been numerous lighthearted and endearing moments. We take a look back at some of the most memorable.  RECOMMENDED: Singapore has Asia's best airport, loses world title to Qatar and Here's how to get tickets to Olivia Rodrigo's GUTS World tour in Singapore

The best upcoming parties and raves in Singapore

The best upcoming parties and raves in Singapore

The night lives on for Singapore’s party animals, and the city’s hottest clubs and bars are never short of the best parties. The underground scene is thriving too, with grungy raves, irreverent queer gatherings, and a new movement of "social wellness" parties that are shirking late nights and booze. There's an electic selection of all these exciting events this May, so read on to book your party schedule with these upcoming dance-worthy shindigs.  RECOMMENDED: The best under-the-radar clubs in Singapore and The 50 best bars in Singapore

The 24 best things to do in the world in 2024

The 24 best things to do in the world in 2024

Forget ‘saving money’ in 2024. You know what your New Year’s resolution should be? Get out more. Do more stuff. See more of the world. Life is short, after all – and 2024 promises a tonne of unmissable festivals, art, food and music. There are openings and re-openings. Brand-new train routes criss-crossing countries and continents. Whacky places to party. And even if the cossie livs does have you tightening the purse strings, there are plenty of free and affordable events on this list, too.  So get your booking fingers at the ready: your 2024 bucket list awaits. This is our definitive guide to the coolest new things to do in the world next year. See you out there!  RECOMMENDED:😎 The coolest neighbourhoods in the world🌃 The best European city breaks for 2024🖼️ The world’s best museums and galleries

The best things to do in Singapore this May

The best things to do in Singapore this May

May is nothing short of a-may-zing. It kicks off with Labour Day, bringing a blessed mid-week breather. There there's Mother’s Day on May 12, where we celebrate the queens in our lives.That’s not all – there are plenty more dates to save too. Festivals such as Singapore HeritageFest, i Light Singapore, SIFA, and European Film Festival are all making a comeback this month, and each promises to be even bigger than the last. Other may-jor events to fill up your calendar include an exhibition centred on iconic Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, a mesmerising Northern Lights display at Gardens by the Bay, and concerts by the likes of Niall Horan and Elijah Woods. With so much to see and do, you’re in for one sweet, sweet month. RECOMMENDED: 101 things to do in Singapore and the best events to look forward in 2023

The best pilates studios in Singapore

The best pilates studios in Singapore

Don't be fooled by the looks of Pilates. The workout may consist of low-impact exercises that don't require treadmills and kettlebells but it is undeniably tough (thanks, Joseph Pilates). Each exercise is designed to lengthen your muscles, tone your frame, and stretch every inch of your body, so expect your legs to shake and your abs to quiver at every twist and turn. All about control, this popular HIIT alternative also helps improve your metabolism, balance, and posture. And what better way to get started than these studios in Singapore that offer classical, mat and reformer Pilates classes, bringing you one step closer to becoming a lean, mean, fighting machine – sort of. RECOMMENDED: The best yoga studios in Singapore and the best gyms in Singapore

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Pink Screen

Pink Screen

The Projector has long been a staunch ally of the LGBTQ+ community. It runs regular queer parties and events, the crown jewel of which is the annual film festival, Pink Screen. With Pride Month just around the corner, The Projector has now opened ticket sales for this year's festival. It presents a tight curation of indie flicks from Singapore and around the world, which collectively spotlight queer inclusion, transgender experiences, and diverse voices from the community.  From May 31 to June 15, catch romantic comedies, noir flicks, and touching dramas on the big screen. A hotly anticipated film is a re-run of Bugis Street (1995), which paints an evocative portrait of queer Singapore in the 1960s. It's told through the eyes of a young cleaner employed at Bugis Street's Sin Sin Hotel – also a regular haunt for transvestites and transgender sex workers. This film was banned in Singapore for a good 20 years – an important reminder of how far we've come and how much there is left to go.  On the roster are Femme (2023), a seductive erotic thriller about a drag queen on a revenge quest after a traumatic homophobic attack; Love Is Strange (2024), a Women Film Critics Circle Award favourite about a married gay couple who lose their New York City apartment after one of them is unjustly fired from their job; and Peafowl (2022), an award-winning Korean drama that follows Shin-myung, whose dreams of winning a waacking dance competition (and the prize money for gender reaffirming surge

Into the Woods

Into the Woods

Lazarus Island is undoubtedly one of Singapore's most beautiful islands, and is rightfully beloved for its laidback, rustic charm and idyllic shores. The island has seen some development in recent times, with the addition of Tiny Away Escape @ Lazarus Island cabins, a convenience store called Sol by BDC, and the water sports centre Camelot. The latest addition? Into The Woods, a new glamping experience laying claim to Lazarus Island's most beautiful beach.  Founded in 2022 by Ray and Sam, who were inspired by camping trips they had enjoyed overseas with their young children, Into The Woods is all about "experiencing a life unhurried". The idea is to book one of three family tents (sleeps four) or six couple tents (sleeps two), where you can slow down, disconnect from the bustle of city life, and immerse in nature.  What is it like living at Into The Woods? Where the 'glam' part of the vacation comes into play is in these rooms. On a one-night stay with Into The Woods, we checked into a family tent and found a whole lot to love. It's spacious and fully air-conditioned, with a king bed and a sofa bed to accommodate a family of four. Full-length glass sliding doors offers views of the beach – the glass is tinted so you can look out at the waves from the inside while staying shielded from anyone outside who might be looking in (in any case, there are curtains that you can draw for extra privacy). The room has a snack bar stocked with cereals, biscuits, coffee, and tea, a small f

Grounded

Grounded

Grounded is a riveting story of an ace Air Force fighter pilot, whose career in the sky is brought to an abrupt end by an unexpected pregnancy. Recommissioned to the Nevada desert to pilot military drones, she remains physically safe away from the action during combat shifts – but struggles with the disorienting clockwork of motherly duties blended with the psychological toll of war. Based on an award-winning script by George Brant and featuring actress Oon Shu An, Singapore Theatre Company’s Grounded is an empathetic study of both the personal and geopolitical costs of modern warfare.  Oon Shu An’s stellar performance as the protagonist kept us on the edge of our seats for the full 90 minutes, commanding the stage with an unwavering intensity. The script for Grounded is a demanding one, as the pilot slowly descends into madness as the line between her work and personal life begins to blur, a challenge that Oon navigates flawlessly. Despite the character’s disturbing joy in bombing “the guilty”, we found ourselves rooting for her, glad that she found some semblance of happiness in the “chair-force” – a job that she initially despised. The themes of Grounded resonate deeply in today’s context, where one side remains shielded from the threat of death while callously imposing a relentless demise upon others. Grab some friends and book the Watch With Friends package (minimum of four tickets) to enjoy 15 percent off. Interested in a theatre marathon? Grounded is also part of The S

Chingay Parade

Chingay Parade

After more than 50 years of parades, Chingay continues to keep things interesting. This year, it's setting out to dazzle with a large-scale floor projection on the F1 track, featuring a lush Chingay garden to fit 2024's theme of 'Blossom'. Look forward to an array of floral motifs throughout six acts to tell the story of Singapore's thriving culture and community.  The whole parade promises to be a visual treat. The floor projection, a first for the parade and the longest yet seen in Singapore, will transform the track at the F1 Pit Building into a massive moving canvas. The parade will open with a majestic dragon flying throughout the F1 track, followed by anamorphic illusions of buildings, flowers, and spaceships. Listen out for the Chingay Gardener (George Chan) and the Flower Fairy (Tan Rui Shan) as they narrate the story of 'Blossom', told through vibrant performances incorporating dragon and lion dances, inline skating, cheerleading, wushu, and pieces by international groups from Uzbekistan, China, Indonesia, and more.  Of course, an indelible part of the Chingay parade is the vibrant floats. This year, five main floats will grace the parade. Presented by groups like Tote Board Group, POSB, and Harmony Circle, they pay tribute to the youth, the elderly, our four major ethnic groups, and more active communities in Singapore. There's no missing the pomp and pageantry in the heartlands either – a float caravan will be parading through residential estates at the Chingay@Hea

Artyzen Singapore

Artyzen Singapore

Talk about a stunner. The 5-star Artyzen Singapore on Cuscaden Road is Artyzen Hospitality Group's debut in Singapore, and it's a maximalist dream. In a departure from brands that seek to provide a consistent experience across global properties (not a knock, that has its own charm), Artyzen Singapore grounds itself in local history and culture – providing a vibrant stay with a wonderful sense of place.  One fascinating tidbit about Artyzen Singapore is that it's built on prime estate formerly occupied by Villa Marie. It was a 1940s era mansion built by Tan Hoon Siang, a keen horticulturalist and relation of philanthropist Tan Tock Seng. His love of plants, and particular interest in orchids, has been woven into the fabric of Artyzen Singapore. You see it in the bold floral motifs stamped throughout the hotel lobby, in the arched trellises that drip with plants and gems alike, and in the green and tranquil sky gardens across the floors.  The hotel has 148 impressive rooms spanning four categories: Deluxe, Premier, Grand Terrace Room, and Terrace Suite. It's worth noting that all have balconies and soaring ceilings (at least four metres high), which give them a sense of spaciousness and grandeur. The Straits-inspired art we get a peep of in the lift (colourful artwork by Terence Tan that depict Peranakan shophouses) finds its way into these rooms, in the scenic wallpaper and Peranakan-tile motifs.  Our room for two nights is the Terrace Suite, and it's jaw-dropping to say the

21 Carpenter

21 Carpenter

A gorgeous new hotel has opened on 21 Carpenter Street and it's designed by none other than the award-winning architects WOHA. Built in a restored and redesigned former remittance house, the boutique beauty weaves heritage stories and elements seamlessly with urban design sensibilities. Called 21 Carpenter, the hotel takes up the existing Depression-era shophouse, once known as the prominent remittance house Chye Hua Seng Wee Kee. Founded in 1936 by local philanthropist Mr Lee Wee Nam, it was where Singapore's earliest immigrants came to send money back home. These transfers were often accompanied by poetic letters written for them by skilled writers in Chinatown – pieces of this history can be found in the phrases, plucked from archived letters and records, cut into the aluminium facade of 21 Carpenter's contemporary extension.   21 Carpenter has 48 rooms that are split into the Heritage Wing (26 rooms) over the first four floors and the Urban Wing (22 rooms) over the top five floors. Thoughtful touches elevate every room: custom-made furniture lends graceful form and function, and WOHA calligraphic artworks adorn the room walls in a nod to the remittance letters of Singapore's earliest immigrants. In the heritage rooms, sturdy Chengal timber boards from the 1930s have been lovingly restored and used for flooring in a nod to the shophouse's heritage.    For the ultimate luxury, stay in the Heritage Two Bedroom Suite (which spans a whopping 55 square metres) or Heritage Bal

HighHouse

HighHouse

Take your dining, drinking, and partying to new heights at HighHouse, a new day-to-night venue opening to the public on December 15. It takes over levels 61 and 62 at One Raffles Place where 1-Altitude used to be, serving up stunning skyline views, a sophisticated food and cocktail menu, and a rotating roster of live music and DJs. HighHouse has been carefully designed to take your breath away. Level 61 opens into a grand space marked by a double-storey bar, which faces an immense digital screen featuring immersive artworks to complement the music selection of the night. Plush booths and dining tables line the floor-to-ceiling windows, which look out onto unparalleled views of Marina Bay and the Padang. HighHouse also has more intimate spots, including a karaoke room that guests can book for a private tête-à-tête.  Tuck into fusion fare by executive chef Sam Chin, who's worked alongside big names like Lauren Peugeot and Chen Kentaro, both chefs of Michelin-starred restaurants. There's a wide selection of raw and cured dishes, meat and seafood sharing plates, and steaks for the beef lovers. Highlights include hand-cut beef tartare ($42) cut through with wasabi stems and topped with a delicate quail yolk, grilled Spanish octopus ($38) on a bed of smoked chickpea purée, and Sakura pork belly massaman curry ($32) with sticky coconut rice.  Over at the bar, find a fine selection of cocktails curated by award-winning bar specialist Jay Gray. Traverse the Pacific Coast through dri

Slow Boat

Slow Boat

There's no doubt about it – analogue is making a comeback. The generation raised on digital technologies need a break from being constantly 'on', and relish the slow pace and rhythms found in using film cameras, record players, and other analogue mediums. When it comes to vinyls, collectors love it for its warm, crackling sound and funky album artwork. That's not to mention the huge appeal of sniffing out and tracking down rare and limited edition records.  Nevertheless, investing in a vinyl set-up and starting a record collection is expensive business. Enter Slow Boat, Singapore's very first vinyl listening café. Started by brother-sister duo Kathy and Kevin, it's not just a cosy place to wind down with a cuppa, it is also a space to dip your toes into the world of vinyl before throwing yourself fully into the hobby.  Slow Boat is housed in a second-floor shophouse space on Craig Road. Walk up the narrow flight of stairs to find a small 'lobby' area that opens to Fotomat on the left and Slow Boat on the right. Slow Boat itself is furnished with plush two-seater couches, each with a single turntable and two pairs of headphones. There's a separate section with a wall of glass windows – it's a gorgeous light-filled space conducive to daydreaming as you immerse in some vinyl tunes.  $30 gets you a free drink and one hour of listening time. The store has more than 500 records from all over the world available. There's no particular curation here – Kevin and Kathy look for the cl

The Christmas Atelier

The Christmas Atelier

Step into Santa’s toy factory at the fifth edition of The Christmas Atelier. The Atelier and Co.’s 7,000-square-foot space has been transformed into a wintry wonderland filled with sweets, treats, and lots of shopping. More than 40 brands will be setting up shop from December 1 to 3 – buy festive blooms from The Floral Atelier, customise leather goods with Bynd Artisan, or get stylish fits for your kids at Maison Q. New brands have also joined the line-up, including Sigi Skin, Lingwu, and Cheeselads.

Superstar Christmas

Superstar Christmas

Here’s a reason to cross over to the Island of Fun this festive season. Resorts World Sentosa is launching Superstar Christmas, which will see multiple attractions lighting up with festive offerings. The pièce de resistance is a majestic 10-metre-high Christmas Tree of Wonders, which will light up in a show called Superstar Spectacular beginning on December 1 (5.30pm, 7pm, and 8.30pm).  From December 16 to January 3, RWS will also be hosting a series of performances headlined by former Girls’ Generation member Jessica Jung. Other acts include Mandopop star William So, Australia’s all-male dance group Thunder from Down Under, and Thai artists 4Eve, Potato, PP Krit and Billkin during the inaugural 555 Thai Music Festival. And if you can’t beat the heat with snow, you can still cool off at Adventure Cove Waterpark where there’ll be a wet and wild rave featuring live DJs performances between December 16 to 31.

Cartoons Underground

Cartoons Underground

It’s an understatement to say that we live in tumultuous times. From climate change to geopolitical tensions, the challenges that we face are complex, disheartening, and some would say, hopeless. Well, Southeast Asia’s premier animation festival is back to address these difficult topics – all with a dose of fun and hope.  Happening on November 25, Cartoons Underground will be screening a total of 15 animated films whittled down from more than 1,500 animators from over 100 countries. While animated films are often associated with feel-good narratives, this year’s film selection tackles topics like poverty, the climate crisis, the mental health emergency faced by those living in war, and the rise of artificial intelligence.  “Animation is a brilliant way into difficult issues,” says festival co-founder, Vicky Chen. “It makes the scary feel safer and gives us the distance we need to reflect on the things that worry us without them overwhelming us.” Highlights include Pig, which examines our abuse of the planet’s resources told through the story of a group of animals that depend on a single sleeping pig to power the grid; The Square City, which brings us into the cramped living conditions in a Hong Kong neighbourhood; and Two Gracious Uncles Smooched to the Beat, which takes a look at how AI and capitalism impact art and creativity. Catch other local gems such as Cloudy, by the talented students at Nanyang Technological University; and admire the artistry in flicks like Braided,

Nintendo Pop-Up in Singapore

Nintendo Pop-Up in Singapore

You'll no longer have to travel all the way to Japan to pick up your favourite Nintendo merchandise. The first Nintendo pop-up store in Southeast Asia is opening at Jewel Changi Airport, bringing with it toys and merchandise from popular games like Super Mario, Animal Crossing, and The Legend of Zelda.  Happening from November 17 to January 1, the pop-up store is bringing a solid line of toys, apparel, and lifestyle goods that you'd previously only be able to get from Nintendo Tokyo, Nintendo Kyoto, and Nintendo Shop stores. Teaser pictures show Mario-themed tableware, Legend of Zelda apparel and prints, Pikmin vases and stationery, Animal Crossing figurines laptop sleeves. That's not the end of it – Nintendo will be revealing more original merchandise items closer to the pop-up date.  What's more, there'll be six exclusively designed postcards available at the pop-up store. Spend $80 or more in a single transaction to receive one of the limited-edition cards. If you have a Nintendo account, remember to check in at the venue too, in order to get one of 18 adorable Nintendo sticker designs.  The Nintendo pop-up store will be at #04-220 and 221, Jewel Changi Airport. Watch this space for the full line-up of merchandise you can shop for. 

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Jewel Changi Airport's captivating floral festival is now blooming at Canopy Park

Jewel Changi Airport's captivating floral festival is now blooming at Canopy Park

Jewel Blooms, a floral festival to rival the displays at Gardens by the Bay, is now blooming at Jewel Changi Airport's Canopy Park. Running from now to August 11, Jewel Blooms: What A Feelin5 features six mesmerising floral installations, themed activities and promotions, and a garden-themed overnight camp to boot.  The highlight of this year's Jewel Blooms is Petal Garden: Super Blooms by Megumi Shinozaki – and it's one for the cherry blossom lovers. This is the largest installation at the floral festival, and it overflows with 10,000 bundles of lovely pink hybrid starchis (a double-flowering variety of cherry blossom) and preserved hydrangeas flown in from Japan. Arranged on two 2.8-metre-tall mountain structures, the installation recreates California's ethereal super blooms.   Photograph: Jewel Changi Airport The other installations at Jewel Blooms are by local garden designer Andy Eng, whose landscape designs have won awards at the likes of Singapore Garden Festival. The five floral displays are immersive wonders: walk through a maze of 3,000 blooms and 70 towering sunflowers at Hedge Maze: A Maze of Sunshine; admire waterfalls of 1,000 pink, purple, and white wisterias at Mirror Maze: Tranquil Blossoms; take a romantic walk through the mist, illuminated by over 80 lighted paper and kinetic flowers at Foggy Bowls: Blooming in Love; and more.  To complement the floral displays, Jewel Changi Airport will also be running two events: Jewel Blooms Marketplace (May 31 to June

QT Hotels & Resorts to open its first Singapore outpost this September

QT Hotels & Resorts to open its first Singapore outpost this September

QT Hotels & Resorts is as boutique as it gets. You'd never mistake one QT property for another – from the Miami cool of QT Gold Coast to the divine alpine ambience of QT Queenstown, each hotel shines with distinctive charm. This is why we're so looking forward to QT Singapore, slated to open this September at the former Hotel Telegraph. Photograph: QT Hotels & Resorts QT Singapore is QT Hotels & Resorts' first-ever property outside Australia and New Zealand. The designer hotel collections' Singapore outpost will sit beside the iconic Lau Pa Sat hawker centre, putting guests within stone's throw of famous hawker fare, our bustling financial district, and the world of lifestyle, shopping, and entertainment at Marina Bay, Orchard Road, and other vibrant districts.  Details about the hotel's design have yet to be revealed, but QT Hotels & Resorts is working with interior designer Nic Graham to transform the historic Hotel Telegraph to reflect its brand of playful luxury (while preserving that gorgeous neoclassical facade, of course). Guests can look forward to 134 rooms and suites, a 'Rooftop by QT' bar, pool, and gym. QT Singapore will also have public spaces, including dining venues and a new signature bar and grill.  Photograph: QT Hotels & Resorts QT Singapore will officially debut on September 16 at 35 Robinson Road, so sit tight for more news about its grand opening. In the meantime, rooms are already available for reservation – a QT King room in October starts at aroun

Estas são as cidades mais ricas do mundo

Estas são as cidades mais ricas do mundo

Para o relatório anual em que estabelece o ranking das Cidades Mais Ricas do Mundo, a consultora Henley and Partners rastreia os hábitos de consumo de mais de 150.000 pessoas de alto património líquido (em inglês, high-net-worth-individual) em todo o mundo – isto é, de residentes com um património líquido de pelo menos um milhão de dólares. Os resultados de 2024 mostram uma mexida importante no topo da lista: com mais 3400 indivíduos de alto património líquido desde o ano passado, Singapura (na foto) subiu da quinta para a quarta posição do ranking, ultrapassando Londres. É o resultado das políticas públicas desta cidade-estado do Sudeste Asiático, que na última década registou um aumento de 64% no número de milionários residentes. Singapura tem 244.800 indivíduos ricos, dos quais 226 são centi-milionários (cem milhões de dólares ou mais) e 30 são bilionários (mil milhões de dólares ou mais). Olhando só para as cidades asiáticas, Tóquio continua acima de Singapura, mas longe vão os tempos em que a capital do Japão liderava o ranking. Ao contrário de Singapura, a última década tem sido de decréscimo neste aspecto. E em número um? Nova Iorque. A Big Apple têm uma população residente de 349.500 indivíduos de alto património líquido, que juntos totalizam uns impressionantes 3 biliões de dólares. Os EUA também detêm o segundo lugar, com a Bay Area, que inclui São Francisco e Silicon Valley. Portugal não consta sequer da lista alargada (50 cidades). As 10 cidades mais ricas do mund

All foreign travellers arriving in Singapore can now use automated lanes at Changi Airport

All foreign travellers arriving in Singapore can now use automated lanes at Changi Airport

Besides being the second best airport in the world, Singapore Changi Airport was also crowned the best airport in the world for immigration services by Skytrax. And our airport continues to prove why it's a deserving winner with its latest launch – automated lane clearance for all foreign travellers arriving in Singapore.  From May 2024, all foreign travellers arriving in Singapore can clear immigration using the automated gates. This applies to first-time visitors to the country, and no prior enrollment is needed. This is part of the Immigrations and Checkpoints Authority's (ICA) New Clearance Concept (NCC), which aims to shift from manual processing at counters to automated clearance for people, goods, and conveyances.  There's more to come for travellers. By end-2024, arriving Singapore residents and departing travellers can do away with passports altogether. Instead, they'll be able to undergo contactless immigration clearance at Changi Airport, Seletar Airport, and Marina Bay Cruise Centre Singapore (MBCCS). Taken together, these initiatives are expected to reduce immigration clearance time at passenger halls by about 40 percent.  All this was made possible because ICA has been progressively phasing in the use of facial and iris recognition. It is also in the process of replacing manual counters and current automated lanes with the brand spanking new Automated Border Control System (ABCS) at checkpoints. There are already about 600 ABCS gates at Changi Airport, MBCCS and

Singapore rises to become fourth wealthiest city in the world

Singapore rises to become fourth wealthiest city in the world

Remember when Singapore was the fifth wealthiest city in the world? Well, we're richer now, beating out London to become the fourth wealthiest city in Henley and Partners' World's Wealthiest Cities Report 2024. The annual report draws on data that tracks the spending habits of over 150,000 high net worth (HNW) individuals worldwide – that is, individuals with a wealth of 1 million USD or more.  3,400 HNW individuals moved to Singapore in 2023 alone, contributing to the 64 percent surge in millionaires here over the past decade. Right now, Singapore has 244,800 wealthy individuals, of which 226 are centi-millionaires (100 million USD or more) and 30 are billionaires (1 billion USD or more). What we can thank for that? Our business-friendly policies and strategic location, which attract the wealthy like flies to a flame.  The only other Asian city sitting above us in the ranking is Tokyo, Japan. The city has 298,300 HNW individuals, though interestingly it has fewer billionaires than Singapore (just 14), with most of that incredible wealth spread out among a pool of "lower-tier" millionaires.  And top of the draw? New York City. The Big Apple's residents boast a whopping 3 trillion USD in total wealth and has a population of 349,500 HNW individuals. It wins on other metrics too, having some of the world's most pricey residential streets and two of the world's largest stock exchanges by market cap. News like this can be a bitter pill to swallow, especially now when everything i

Singapore has Asia's best airport, loses world title to Qatar

Singapore has Asia's best airport, loses world title to Qatar

Singapore Changi Airport is Asia's best airport, but loses the world title to Hamad International Airport at this year's Skytrax World Airport Awards.  This is still an amazing achievement for our beloved airport, which has long dominated Skytrax's World's Best Airport category. It has won the title 12 times since the awards started in 1999, last winning first place in 2023. This year, it was also recognised as the Best Airport in Asia and the World's Best Airport Immigration Service. Besides Changi Airport's famous efficiency, it is also one of the few airports in the world that locals visit just for leisure, thanks to tons of dining and entertainment options throughout its terminals.  Qatar's Hamad International Airport clinched the World's Best Airport title this year. This is the third time it has snagged the crown, previously winning it in 2021 and 2022. Many from Singapore will know Doha Hamad as the gateway to Europe, for its efficient glass-roofed trains within the terminals, its impressive indoor tropical garden 'Orchard', and plethora of shopping dining options. No wonder it also won the awards for World’s Best Airport Shopping and the Best Airport in the Middle East.  This year marks the 25th anniversary of the World Airport Awards. The results are based on customer surveys which evaluate traveller experiences across a variety of airport touch points. Some topics that travellers are surveyed on include airport website experience, queuing times at immigration, clari

Hoka opens first brand store in Singapore at ION Orchard

Hoka opens first brand store in Singapore at ION Orchard

Gone are the days of trying a limited range of Hoka shoes at stockists around town. With the opening of Hoka's first brand store at ION Orchard, you can now try on its full range of walking, running, outdoor, and lifestyle shoes.  Chunky and ugly – that's how Hoka shoes rose to prominence. Whether they really are an eyesore is subjective, but many can agree that Hoka shoes provide exceptional cushioning and stability. Founded in 2009 by French runners, the brand is particularly known for its MetaRocker feature that helps wearers shift efficiently from heel to toe. The effect is much like walking on clouds.  Photograph: HOKA Hoka's first concept store in Singapore is inspired by its birthplace on Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in the Alps – so look out for nature-inspired features like mountain profiles, rock-shaped seating and trail demos, weaved in with urban landscapes.  Photograph: HOKA Hoka promises that its full range will be available at the Singapore store, so keep your eyes peeled for favourites like the everyday-appropriate Clifton, performance beasts like the Mach, and trail running kicks like the Speedgoat 5. Hoka's all about comfort, so do ask for a 3D foot scan with its proprietary SafeSize technology to get the absolute perfect fit. The store will also stock fitness apparel, lifestyle products, and accessories.  The Hoka Brand Store is now open at ION Orchard, #B4-27, from 10am to 10pm daily. To find out more, visit HOKA.com or follow @hoka_sg.  READ MORE

New attractions at Mandai Wildlife Reserve include an eco-resort, zoo school, and a fifth park

New attractions at Mandai Wildlife Reserve include an eco-resort, zoo school, and a fifth park

We’ve known for years now about Mandai Wildlife Group’s ambitious rejuvenation project, which will see Mandai Wildlife Reserve transformed into a mega nature and wildlife destination consisting of five zoological parks, an eco-resort, lush green spaces, and nature-inspired experiences. And now, we have official attraction names, preview pictures and a whiff of a timeline to get excited about. Photograph: Mandai Wildlife GroupMandai Rainforest Resort One of the biggest additions to the reserve is Mandai Rainforest Resort by Banyan Tree, an eco-friendly resort slated to open in the first half of 2025. Talk about a full nature immersion – the property will have 338 standard and family rooms in a four-storey building set in the forest, complete with a sustainability-focused restaurant, gym, rooftop swimming pool, ballroom and meeting rooms. There will even be 24 treehouses offering views of the surrounding forest and out to the reservoir. You can look forward to sensory journeys through local art and design too, alongside holistic spa treatments at the Wellness Centre.     Photograph: Mandai Wildlife GroupRainforest Wild Asia If you’ve ever aspired to swing through the forest like Tarzan, then the upcoming Rainforest Wild should fulfil your dreams. In Rainforest Wild Asia, experience the tropical forests of Asia a whole new way through boardwalk strolls, forest treks, and climbing, jumping, and abseiling in safety harnesses. A highlight is a 220-metre cavern inspired by Mulu

Olivia Rodrigo to hold first Singapore concert this October

Olivia Rodrigo to hold first Singapore concert this October

Put out the red lights and stop signs, because American pop darling Olivia Rodrigo is set to perform at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in October. Today, she announced dates for the Asia and Australia leg of her Guts World Tour, which will see her stopping by major cities such as Bangkok, Seoul, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Melbourne and Sydney.  View this post on Instagram A post shared by Bandwagon (@bandwagonasia) Olivia Rodrigo first rose to fame with her role in the Disney Channel series Bizaardvark and the Disney+ series High School Musical: The Musical: The Series. Where she really made her name for herself was with her debut single "Drivers License", a power ballad about heartbreak that broke a slew of records, including the Spotify record for the most single-day streams for a non-holiday song. She's no one-hit wonder though – her debut album Sour stayed in the top spot of the Billboard 200 chart for five weeks (the longest for a female artist in 2021) and won her a string of accolades at the 64th Annual Grammy Awards. Her sophomore album Guts was released to widespread critical acclaim, with "Vampire" becoming her third single to debut at the top of the Billboard Hot 100.  Her Singapore concert will happen on October 1 at Singapore Indoor Stadium. No prizes for guessing, but fans can likely expect anthems like "Deja Vu", "Good 4 U", and "Get Him Back!". Either way, warm up your vocal chords and get your dancing shoes ready.  There will be a Live Nation presale

Three Singapore bars recognised on brand new The Pinnacle Guide list

Three Singapore bars recognised on brand new The Pinnacle Guide list

There’s a new list of the best cocktail bars in the world, and three Singapore venues have made it to the first cut. Called The Pinnacle Guide, this new recognition system awards bars with 1, 2, or 3 PINs, with 3 PIN status being the highest accolade available. The local bars that made it to the list are ATLAS and Origin Bar with 2 PIN status, as well as Ballroom by Barbary Coast with 1 PIN status. So far, no bar has been awarded with 3 PIN status. The founders of The Pinnacle Guide are no strangers to the bar scene. The trio are behind London Cocktail Week (Hannah Sharman-Cox and Siobhan Payne) and Global Bartending (Dan Dove). With The Pinnacle Guide, they hope to recognise bars that strive to make a positive impact beyond excellent drinks and service, but also through sustainable practices, staff development, and community engagement. Here’s how it works. Unlike other globally recognised lists like The World’s 50 Best Bars, bars can apply to The Pinnacle Guide by filling out an extensive self-assessment detailing their drinks program, staff management, venue design, and more. Shortlisted bars then progress to anonymous in-person evaluations by The Pinnacle Guide’s panel of industry experts, mixologists, and bar enthusiasts. So how did the Singapore bars distinguish themselves? ATLAS, famed for its Art Deco interiors and massive gin tower, checked off atmosphere, drinks, design, staff wellbeing, and behind-the-scenes operations as areas of excellence. The Pinnacle Guide als

Waterbomb Singapore's first line-up includes BamBam, BIBI, Kwon Eunbi, and more

Waterbomb Singapore's first line-up includes BamBam, BIBI, Kwon Eunbi, and more

You've heard the splashy good news – South Korea's famous summer festival, Waterbomb Festival, will be staged in Singapore on August 24 and 25. And to amp up the excitement, it has just released the first wave of artists performing at the epic event. A slew of K-pop singers, rappers, and performance crews will be descending on Siloso Beach at Sentosa for Waterbomb Singapore 2024. There's BamBam, a Thai rapper and singer who rose to fame with the South Korean boy group GOT7; Bibi, a South Korean singer, rapper and songwriter who gained recognition through the reality show The Fan; Kwon Eunbi, who rose to viral fame through Waterbomb Festival in Seoul; Sandara Park, who needs no introduction as part of legendary girl group 2NE1; and VIVIZ, a South Korean girl group consisting of former members from GFriend.  Other acts joining Waterbomb Singapore include Korean hip-hop rapper Kid Milli, viral South Korean dance crew Team Bebe, and Thai singer Sorn, alongside local talents like R&B singer lullaboy, rapper ALYPH, and singer-songwriter Haven.  More exciting acts will be announced, so do look out for more announcements on Waterbomb Singapore's website, Facebook, Instagram, X, and TikTok. But if this initial line-up is enough to get you hyped, then stay sharp for the standard ticket sale starting on May 10. For local and regional UOB cardholders, a special pre-sale will start on May 9 – check out UOB's Waterbomb Singapore website for details on eligible cards. All tickets will be so

A captivating Northern Lights experience illuminates Gardens by the Bay this May

A captivating Northern Lights experience illuminates Gardens by the Bay this May

The Northern Lights have captured imaginations for aeons. Typically, you’d have to travel to countries like Iceland, Sweden, Finland, Norway or Canada to catch the awe-inspiring natural phenomena. But soon, you’ll be able to experience something close to it right here in Singapore. From May 4 onwards, the Borealis outdoor installation will light up the Supertree Grove at Gardens by the Bay. It’s the work of Switzerland-based artist Dan Acher, who has ingeniously layered light beams and cloud particles to create a mesmerising dance of light and colour reminiscent of the aurora borealis. Just as the Northern Lights are never the same, the Borealis display is ever-changing depending on wind, temperature, and humidity. The installation will be accompanied by an atmospheric score by French composer Guillaume Desbois – set against the surreal backdrop of glowing Supertrees, it’s not hard to imagine how out-of-this-world the installation will be. This is the first time that Borealis is showing in Singapore. Previously, it was in 40 cities across Asia, Australia, Europe, and the US – see it lighting up other landmarks worldwide here. Borealis kicks off with a preview on May 4 at 7.30pm, where artist Dan Acher will share his inspiration behind the installation. Sweet treats will also be available from 6.30pm. From May 5 onwards, Borealis will illuminate every Monday (8pm to 8.30pm) and every Saturday and Sunday (9pm to 9.30pm). Admission is free – find out more here. READ MORE i Light