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Dewi Nurjuwita

Dewi Nurjuwita

Dewi Nurjuwita is the art and culture editor of Time Out Singapore. She writes about the arts scene in the Lion City, as well as things to see and do around Southeast Asia. In another life, she'd probably be living on a random island off the coast of Bali.

Reach out to her at dewi.nurjuwita@timeout.com.

Articles (246)

The best hotels for a staycation in Singapore

The best hotels for a staycation in Singapore

It‚Äôs nice being a tourist in your own city, isn‚Äôt it? Treating yourself to a staycation is the best way to get away from the daily grind for a few nights. And luckily, Singapore is filled with plenty of fantastic hotels to choose from. With a reliable stream of new places popping up around the island and its neighbours, you‚Äôre spoilt for choice with more reasons to plan a staycay. So let Singapore be your oyster. From chic boutique hotels to luxurious, refurbished heritage hotels, these places will have you cosying up under the sheets with your other half or planning the dream getaway with your friends ‚Äď you don‚Äôt even need to leave the country. RECOMMENDED: ūüŹĖÔłŹ¬†The best staycation promotions in Singapore¬† ūüĒ鬆25 hidden gems you never knew existed in Singapore ūüáłūüᨬ†101 best things to do in Singapore This article includes affiliate¬†links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, click¬†here.

The most romantic hotels in Singapore

The most romantic hotels in Singapore

Can't travel and bond with that special someone? No problem. There are plenty of getaways within the convenience of our Little Red Dot, whether you and your beau are mad about deacdent bubble baths with a bit of bubbly, couples therapies in the spa, or simply lounging by the pool. Just set aside time in your busy schedule to spend some time together.  RECOMMENDED: Staycation in the city with some of the best views of Singapore This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, click here.

The best dance studios and classes in Singapore

The best dance studios and classes in Singapore

if you're looking to master that complicated footwork, pirouette like a pro, loosen up those hips and bust a breakdance on the dancefloor, the city's got plenty of classes to get you started. From ballet to Bollywood numbers, salsa to tango, K-Pop to hip-hop, these studios will have you dancing like no one's watching. And once you're ready to dance up a storm, hit Singapore's hottest clubs and show off your best moves. RECOMMENDED: The best pole studios in Singapore and interview: Sandhya Suresh takes on the traditional dance of Odissi

Best staycation deals to celebrate the holiday season

Best staycation deals to celebrate the holiday season

The festive season is now upon us but not everyone might have plans to leave the country. Relax after a long hard year right here in Singapore with these fabulous staycation deals across the city. Spend a little me time by the pool or curl up against fluffy linens as you lay your head to rest ‚Äď it's time to leave 2022 behind and enter 2023 with a bang. RECOMMENDED: The¬†best homegrown hotels in Singapore¬†and the most stunning heritage hotels in town¬†and the best cheapest hotels in Singapore. Looking for a break? Check out the best spa hotels in Singapore.

The best boutique and shophouse hotels in Singapore

The best boutique and shophouse hotels in Singapore

Housed in Singapore’s most culturally vibrant districts, these contemporary boutique hotels are a refreshing alternative to established hotel chains we all love. These swish hotels reveal an oft-unseen facet of our modern metropolis and promise to beguile you with their distinctive charms. All are designed to offer you a slice of comforting luxury without being too far from the hustle and bustle of city life.  Whether you're choosing to isolate yourself in a peaceful setting away from home or spending quality time with your significant other, these boutique and shophouse hotels in Singapore have all it takes for the perfect staycation.  RECOMMENDED: The best hotels in Singapore and the most romantic hotels in Singapore

The 26 best luxury five-star hotels in Singapore

The 26 best luxury five-star hotels in Singapore

Time and time again, Singapore is dubbed one of the richest cities in the world. No thanks to a particular Kevin Kwan novel depicting the country‚Äôs wealthiest made-up families, wrapped up by a scene filmed on the rooftop of the Marina Bay Sands. But of course. Other than one of Singapore‚Äôs most iconic hotels, the city-state¬†is home to numerous five-star hotels for the bougiest of travellers¬†or¬†loved-up locals¬†planning a surprise¬†staycation. Some people call it over-indulgence. We say, ‚Äúwhy the heck not?‚ÄĚ Besides, certain occasions just call for a treat yo‚Äôself day. Whoever said money can‚Äôt buy you happiness probably hasn't had breakfast served while basking in¬†a private¬†pool.¬† Check into these hotels and enjoy the finer things in life ‚Äď butler service, in-room jacuzzi tubs and luxurious spas¬†included. RECOMMENDED: The best hotels for a staycation in Singapore and the best boutique and shophouse hotels in Singapore This article includes affiliate¬†links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, click¬†here.

The best hiking trails and spots in Singapore

The best hiking trails and spots in Singapore

Singapore's most popular attractions may include a boat-like tower with an infinity pool and two durian-looking domes and other impressive manmade structures but you'll be surprised by the amount of greenery you can find within the city-state (and surrounding offshore islands). The best way to discover this? Hiking.¬† Put on your best trekking shoes and go on foot to explore these hidden (and not so hidden) trails around the island. But before you get on the best hiking trails in Singapore, it might be best to slap on some sunscreen ‚Äď and it wouldn't hurt to bring along some mosquito repellent.¬† RECOMMENDED: The ultimate guide to Singapore's offshore islands and the best secret and hidden parks in Singapore

The best kayak rentals in Singapore

The best kayak rentals in Singapore

Contrary to popular belief, there are numerous outdoor activities you can do in Singapore to stay fit. We are a tropical island, after all ‚Äď with access to nature parks, reservoirs, and beaches. You can head out¬†and embark on one of the city's best hiking trails, or explore a whole new island altogether.¬† A popular bonding activity is kayaking, which may or may not bring back memories of OBS in school. Kayaking not only helps you de-stress, but it's also a great idea for family get-togethers or unorthodox dates. At least you have something to save you from potential awkward conversations, y'know.¬†Grab your paddles and rent a kayak from one of these places in Singapore.¬† RECOMMENDED: The best natural landmarks in Singapore and¬†The ultimate guide to Jurong

The best contemporary art galleries in Singapore

The best contemporary art galleries in Singapore

With the city's top museums dominating itineraries, it’s easy to forget about the smaller, offbeat gems. It's time to open your mind with these alternatives to the big hitters and dive into the world of contemporary art. Hang out with the cool artsy cats at these alternative galleries in Singapore. Who knows, you might just find your new favourite artist.  RECOMMENDED: The best museums in Singapore and the best upcoming art exhibitions this month

The best Instagrammable hotel pools in Singapore

The best Instagrammable hotel pools in Singapore

There‚Äôs absolutely nothing better than taking a refreshing dip to escape Singapore‚Äôs sweltering grasp. Sure, there‚Äôs plenty of public pools in or close to every neighbourhood but some of the best hotels in Singapore offer a degree of luxury and indulgence that you won‚Äôt find at the nearest public pool. There's absolutely nothing wrong with treating yourself once in a while.¬† Now that we've got more time to spend in our beautiful city, these pools in Singapore's hotels provide¬†an air of calm and stunning views to match.¬†Whether you‚Äôre doing laps for fun, honing your swimming skills¬†or taking poolside pictures for the ‚Äėgram, get ready to squeeze into your best swimwear and take the plunge at these water holes. RECOMMENDED:¬†7 ways to beat the heat in Singapore¬†and the best secluded and public hotels in Singapore

The ultimate guide to Everton Park

The ultimate guide to Everton Park

One of¬†Singapore's oldest residential estates, Everton Park was constructed in 1965 and housed the Singapore Harbour Board staff until its renovation in 1979. It's separated into two rows of flats, blocks 1-3 and 4-6. Today,¬†Everton Park has transformed into an area with a charm of its own ‚Äď and the home of 2022's coolest street.¬†The¬†estate and the surrounding Spottiswoode area is brimming with character ‚Äď with cafes, spas, boutiques, pottery studios and art galleries calling the area home. Not to mention the heritage street murals that can be found around every street corner.¬†¬† RECOMMENDED: The ultimate guide to Katong and Joo Chiat

The best weekend beach getaways from Singapore

The best weekend beach getaways from Singapore

If you're a beach person, the best part about living in Southeast Asia is the fact that it is home to some of the most picturesque beaches in the world. Just hop onto a plane from Changi Airport and you can get to a tropical paradise. Whether you're a pro surfer, diving enthusiast or just a beach bum, these are the best weekend beach getaways from Singapore.  RECOMMENDED: The best short day trips from Singapore and Weekend travel guide: 48 hours in Nusa Penida

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Brand Love

Brand Love

At Raffles Arcade, in the backroom of¬†art gallery Art Now is something one wouldn't expect to find. Walk past a sign that says "R 18+, not suitable for the young" and you'll enter a faux "Nike" BDSM retail and pop-up show installation.¬† The genius¬†behind the concept is artist¬†Eduardo Enrique, known for his works that humorously and ironically explore¬†people's relationships with consumerism. After his first solo show at The Substation,¬†he returns with his second, where he continues to¬†question pop culture's fixation with brands through a thought-provoking series of artworks that explore the extent of consumer culture and the human desire towards¬†material goods. For Brand Love, he worked with interior design studio Knock Knock Studio, that meticulously designed and executed the minimalistic interiors. ‚ÄúAll I‚Äôm doing is interpreting the term ‚Äėbrand love‚Äô quite literally, which we widely use in marketing referring to those initiatives designed to create emotional connections between the consumer and the brand‚ÄĚ, says¬†the artist.¬† Be warned, however:¬†this is exhibition isn't for everyone. It's filled with Nike golf balls, basketballs and other accessories reconstituted and combined with fetish garments and bondage objects, generating a series of provoking (and often ironic) artefacts aimed to invite viewers to re-examine their own relationships with consumerism and things.¬†Amongst the objects is a gold ball affixed to a dual stainless-steel chastity cage (or prostate stimulator),

Happy House

Happy House

What makes you happy? That's a question you're lead¬†to ponder upon as you enter Happy House,¬†a multimedia installation co-curated by Tulika Ahuja of MAMA MAGNET in collaboration with Cats On Crack.¬† In an industrial space in Tanjong Pagar Distripark, artists share their own understandings of happiness, alongside submissions of happy memories from the community. Audiences are invited to explore their personal relationships with the H-Word.¬†A highlight is¬†a participative Kaleidoscope of Emotions, an audio-visual installation by motion graphics artist Reza Hasni and audio producer Kin Leonn. Lie down and gaze up at the ceiling, where¬†the the transportive visuals in motion paired with the surrounding¬†quadraphonic sound creates a meditative experience, calling for self-reflection. You'll also find New World Plaza's work, which remixes a blast from the past, sampling the Five C's and 'Singapore Smile Campaign' to re-contextualise the present.¬†His unique approach parallels materialistic values, and questions their place in our current time. Finally, transporting us to niche states of happiness derived from celebrity worship and pop culture is Clarrot, who digitally renders the popular ‚ÄėBTS bus stop‚Äô destination into a motion loop video ‚Äď washed in signature pastle-purple hues.

SAM at Tanjong Pagar Distripark

SAM at Tanjong Pagar Distripark

The Singapore Art Museum (SAM) has cool new digs tucked in Tanjong Pagar Distripark ‚Äď and it's inviting everyday art lovers in.¬†The new space is spread out over two floors, spanning over 3,000 metres of space. Step into the doors and you'll find two expansive climate-controlled gallery spaces that feature 6 metre-high ceilings, a reception foyer that offers varied art experiences for visitors,¬†and an F&B space overlooking a view of the port, which serves as a lounge area for visitors.¬† With its new space, SAM is in good company surrounded by other art galleries, conservators and art logistic providers in a historic district where the inaugural Singapore Biennale was held in 2006.¬† The space will be unveiled to the public in conjunction with Singapore Art Week on¬†January 14. Don't miss the opening show, a presentation by The Observatory, with elements such as a performative installation and an archival space. Other programmes that are part of this year's SAW include¬†Gan Siong King: My Video Making Practice, a presentation of recent video essays by Malaysian artist Gan Siong King;¬†an immersive video installation by Korakrit Arunanondchai, and Present Realms, which marks the conclusion of the pilot SAM Residencies programme. We know you've been excited about the reopening of SAM's buildings¬†at Bras Basah Road and Queen Street, but it seems like you'll have to wait a little longer. The redevelopment of both buildings have been delayed further and is expected to be completed in

Art Encounters: Perpetual Motion

Art Encounters: Perpetual Motion

There's now an unusual sight outside The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands. Three containers labelled 'Art Encounters', alongside mammoth kinetic outdoor sculptures have seemingly popped up overnight.¬† But don't worry, this isn't the start of¬†some epic apocalypse. The repurposed containers are part¬†a travelling exhibition by non-profit organisation Art Outreach, which is now on its seventh iteration. This edition is called Perpetual Motion, and features a series of kinetic outdoor sculptures that is the brainchild of local artist Gerald Leow. As hinted by the exhibition's name, these sculptures are designed¬†to be turned by hand or by the wind, with the circular motion of activating these sculptures speaks to the way we continually give new meaning to the things we interact with. Gerald is also¬†exhibiting a showcase of maquettes, drawings and photographs that delve into his creative process in tandem. So go ahead, step into the containers and experience¬†the genius of the artist yourself ‚Äď or meet him on opening weekend¬†from 11am to 1pm and 4pm to 6pm. You don't have to rush down to check it out, either. The exhibition is running from January 8 to February 6 at Marina Bay Sands Event Plaza ‚Äď so you've got a month to check it out if you happen to be in the area.

The Glass Hut

The Glass Hut

Pearl's Hill Terrace¬†has been pulsing¬†with new life lately. It's home to a community of like-minded, creative folks ‚Äď be it the bartenders at your friendly neighbourhood bar Kult Yard to creators at pottery studio The Potters' Guilt.¬† One of the latest new additions to the thriving community is The Glass Hut, an immersive and multi-faceted art space designed to support the creatively curious. Helmed by a group of musicians and artists the likes of musicians Cruise Chen, Nathan Hartono and Farhan Remy;¬†photographer Kah Mun;¬†magician Kai Emmanuel and more, The Glass Hut is fuelled by a mission to revive the local arts scene¬†that has been fragmented due to a near complete shutdown of the industry. In its name, it alludes to a fragile state of being ‚Ästsimilar to the resounding hopelessness art practitioners and performing artists have been feeling the past year.¬† The Glass Hut hopes to support homegrown creators and build a community that encourages the movement for local arts appreciation ‚Äď eventually helping them to build a career from music and art. Keep your eyes peeled for outdoor arts markets, music performances, art activations and more. Both the indoor and outdoor spaces at Pearl's Hill Terrace are also available for rental for workshops, yoga classes, events and more.¬† To be the first to be updated¬†on events, follow their Instagram.¬†

AliWALL 2022: The Dreamer

AliWALL 2022: The Dreamer

This upcoming Singapore Art Week, look forward to the inaugural AliWALL Festival, a weekend of participatory art experiences at the Aliwal Arts Centre (AAC). Influenced by the theme for 2022, "The Dreamer", the Festival seeks to redefine walls, both physical and metaphorical, as canvases to unite artists and audiences to imagine what urban living is. AliWALL Festival 2022: The Dreamer, curated by independent programmers MAMA MAGNET, brings together the contrasting worlds of fantasy and reality across both indoor and outdoor venues for a whole weekend from January 21 to 23.  Get your culture hats on and look forward to an inspiring line-up of local artists who will be showcasing their artworks and skills through the different Festival programmes, located and displayed at the indoor and outdoor spaces around the Aliwal Arts Centre.  Reality in Construction is a participatory outdoor mural that activates the iconic right wall of the AAC building. Urban artist Spaz (Laurie Maravilla) and homegrown mural artist TraseOne (Sufian Hamri) from urban collective RSCLS will be joined by visual artists and illustrators Has.J, Kristal Melson and Slacsatu to paint a narrative-driven mural inspired by urban living. The public will also be invited to participate and collaborate with the artists, and the completed mural will be unveiled during the Festival weekend.  Escape to a dream-like environment as Permission to Dream takes over AAC's Music Studio, offering visitors an immersive, multi-se

Hilton Orchard Singapore

Hilton Orchard Singapore

There's no shortage of chic and modern hotels in Singapore ‚Äď perfect for planning a staycation when you need time off to wind down. Here's more good news!¬†Another hotel is set to debut in the heart of bustling Orchard Road this coming March 2022. Where, you may ask? It'll take over the current Mandarin Orchard Singapore, a skyscraper right in the midst of the city's favourite shopping street.¬†The debut of Hilton Orchard Singapore¬†will mark Hilton's flagship presence in the country following an extensive refurbishment. It's set to be one of the largest hotels in Singapore ‚Äď and will boast¬†1,080 refurbished rooms and suites across two towers.¬† You can choose from a variety of room and suite categories. Families and group of friends can also opt for the hotel's connecting rooms that¬†can be instantly confirmed at the time of reservation.¬†Rooms on the higher floors will boast panoramic views of the city skyline ‚Äď so you'll have views for days.¬† There's a variety of amenities and services within the hotel including two 24-hour fully-equipped fitness centres, an outdoor pool, a newly established Executive Lounge and a direct connection to a four-storey luxury shopping gallery with a host of local and international fashion brands and signature cafes and restaurants.¬† Foodies are also in for a treat.¬†Once opened, Hilton Orchard Singapore is also set to be a dining destination in its own right, with five curated dining concepts including the award-winning Chatterbox, two Michelin-starr

True Colors Film Festival

True Colors Film Festival

Film buffs, this one's for you. Switch up¬†those Netflix and chill nights¬†with 35 award-winning features, short films and dialogues that highlight the common thread of presenting new and sometimes radical human perspectives in these shifting times ‚Äď and you can watch 'em for free. Presented by The Nippon Foundation, the¬†second edition of True Colors Film Festival¬†opens on December 3, which also marks¬†International Day of Persons with Disability. It features films including Feeling Through (2019), the world's first film featuring a DeafBlind actor and¬†Best Summer Ever (2020), the first Screen Actors Guild-registered musical to feature a fully-inclusive cast and crew. There'll also be a bonus program exclusively for audiences in Japan and Singapore with three-time Oscar-winning film Nomadland (2020) and animated film Zootopia (2016).¬† Audiences from all around the world can also mingle with like-minded folks during the dialogues, which brings together film directors, actors, advocates and hosts to have honest discussions about the issues spotlighted in their films.¬†Hear first-hand from directors Doug Roland (Feeling Through); Tunku Mona Riza (REDHA) who chats with actor and educator, Aidli Mosbit; Amanda Lukoff (THE R-WORD) who chats with sibling and self-advocates, Tasneem Majeed and Allan Cai; and photographer Rick Guidotti ‚Äď whose work is the subject of the film ON BEAUTY ‚Äď who chats with actor and host Oon Shu An. The features can be streamed on The Projector Plus, while sh

Chua Mia Tee: Directing the Real

Chua Mia Tee: Directing the Real

An iconic painting¬†depicting a bunch of¬†students gathered around a table has become a prominent fixture at¬†"Siapa Nama Kamu?"¬†the inaugural exhibition of the DBS Singapore Gallery at National Gallery Singapore. It's none other than National Language Class by Chua¬†Mia Tee¬†(ŤĒ°Śźćśôļ) (b. 1931), one of the leading realist artists in Singapore's art history. The 1959 painting captures an important stage of Singapore's history, depicting a group of Chinese students learning Malay, the newly designated national language of Singapore then.¬† But if you walk into the gallery now hoping to catch a glimpse of the epochal work, you'll find that it's missing.¬†All that's left is an empty wall with a sign that leads to a new exhibition at Level 4 Gallery of the City Hall Wing.¬†The exhibition in question? Chua Mia Tee: Directing the Real, the artist's first museum exhibition since 1992.¬† With the new exhibition, National Gallery Singapore hopes to offer audiences an insight into Chua's¬†distinct view on realism that goes beyond the mere representation of reality, taking inspiration¬†from the artist‚Äôs quote on how ‚Äúthe painter assumes the role of screenwriter, director and actor to freely shape the subject‚Äôs image‚ÄĚ. Opening to the public on November 26, Chua Mia Tee: Directing the Real¬†showcases his masterfully painted works that depict vivid scenes and portraits of life and people of Singapore during its transformative years from the 1950s to 1980s. There's¬†the Epic Poem of Malaya (1955), where the

French Film Festival

French Film Festival

Calling all Francophiles ‚Äď the French Film Festival is back this year with even more films in the line-up. The 37th edition is¬†running from November 11 to 28 at Alliance Fran√ßaise de Singapour, Shaw Theatres Lido and Paya Lebar Quarter as well as The Projector. In line with Voilah's "feel good" edition this year, 2021's edition¬†showcases a selection of French comedies alongside beloved genres such as action, romance, drama, sci-fi and family. Comedy buffs¬†can look forward to¬†recent and unreleased comedies including¬†Little Nicholas‚Äô Treasure (by Julien Rappeneau), Delicieux (by Eric Besnard with Gregory Gadebois and Isabelle Carr√©), Mystery in Saint Tropez (by Nicolas Benamou with Christian Clavier, Beno√ģt Poelvoorde, Thierry Lhermitte and G√©rard Depardieu) and¬†two cult movies,¬†OSS 117 ‚Äď From Africa with Love (by Nicolas Bedos with Jean Dujardin and Pierre Niney) and Kaamelott (by Alexandre Astier). For the very first time, there'll be a Music in Cinema Section, showcasing the unbreakable links between¬†music and movies. Some highlights are the mesmerising Aline,¬†which is based on the life of C√©line Dion, and the timeless The Young Girls of Rochefort by Jacques Demy. The former was presented at the last Cannes Film Festival alongside¬†Bigger Than Us (by Flore Vasseur), Tralala (by Arnaud & Jean-Marie Larrieu), Deception (by Arnaud Desplechin), Peaceful (by Emmanuelle Bercot) and The Divide which won the Queer Prize of the 2021 edition. And of course, a brilliant showcase of Fren

Otah & Friends: Camp Stardust

Otah & Friends: Camp Stardust

Missed Otah the friendly otter? Get your hiking boots on and get ready for a camping adventure of a lifetime! This school holiday,¬†Otah & Friends will be bringing visitors on an adventure through a magical forest, featuring plants and animals inspired by the National Museum of Singapore‚Äôs William Farquhar Collection of Natural History Drawings. From November 15, fans of Otah & Friends and members of the public can look forward to new immersive gameplay, otter-themed photo booths and more at the National Museum.¬† In Otah & Friends: Camp Stardust, visitors must race against time to help an ancient fallen star reunite with the night sky. Visitors will be recruited at Stardust Scouts and will complete various challenges to collect four courage badges to help the star grow and glow.¬† The setting is a forest clearing with four different themed rooms. Lace-up your boots and navigate through a dark maze, rummage through a ball pit, climb over and under a ropes obstacle course and play¬†an Otah & Friends original arcade game to acquire their courage badges! It's fun for the whole family ‚Äď and you can look forward to learning more about the National Museum's William¬†Farquhar Collection of Natural History Drawings. In fact, the forest at Camp Stardust, inspired by the museum's prized collection, holds many¬†secrets about the region‚Äôs plants and animals waiting to be uncovered. Meet a new character,¬†Sambal the Sambar Deer, an elusive local species that will be introduced for the first tim

Kult Kafé

Kult Kafé

After moving out of its old home atop Emily Hill, Kult Kafé has recently moved into its cool new digs at Turf City. It takes over a space in the former grandstand at Turf City, now known as The Grandstand.  In line with Kult Kafé's former locations in the colonial-era Mount Emily Villa and Kult Yard's sanctuary in the 19th-century barracks of Pearl's Hill Terrace, Kult Kafé's new location provides an escape from Singapore's high-rise skyscrapers. There's both an outdoor lounge area and an indoor bar, each giving you a different experience. As you enter the compounds, you'll find vibrant psychedelic murals by Soph O, splashed on the walls of the brutalist building. Inside, the retro-futuristic architecture is echoed with the plush leather seating booths and neon light accents.  Photograph: Kult Kafe "For those who have been paying close attention to the evolution of Kafe, this new incarnation marks a welcome return to the playfulness of the early Kult ethos," reads a sentence on Kult Kafe's press release. And man, did they deliver.  In a cosmopolitan city dotted with world-class restaurants and fancy cocktail bars that have secured spots on The World's 50 Best Bars list, Kult Kafe is the antithesis. It's the perfect hangout spot to kick back and chill out with a group of friends while fuelled by fuss-free food and drink options.  Photograph: Carmen Hong The food menu is developed in partnership with Argentinian BBQ Gourmet. Look forward to fresh and diverse options inclu

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Thailand has plans to impose a tourist tax on international visitors

Thailand has plans to impose a tourist tax on international visitors

The pristine shores of Phuket, Krabi and surrounding islands are popular destinations for Singaporeans looking for a quick getaway pre-pandemic. Now that more tourists are returning to the 'Land of Smiles', here's a new measure you should take note of.¬† The Thailand government has just proposed a 300-baht ($12) tourism fee that will be imposed on international visitors from April onwards. This will help develop attractions and cover accident insurance for foreigners unable to pay cost themselves said senior officials in a statement last week.¬† After all, Thailand has been badly hit by a tourism slump during the pandemic, seeing¬†about 200,000 arrivals last year compared to nearly 40 million in 2019.¬† The tourism¬†fee¬†will be priced in with airline tickets and is part of the government's sustainable tourism plans, said government spokesman Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana. It¬†adds to a list of requirements for foreign tourists seeking entry to Thailand under the existing Sandbox programmes, which also includes pre-payment for Covid-19 tests, hotel accommodation for quarantine, and¬†having insurance with COVID-19 treatment coverage of at least US$50,000 (S$67,417).¬†Planning your trip to Thailand the minute Singapore resumes its VTL arrangements? Check out these¬†best destinations in Thailand you can travel to on a VTL. Read more:¬†Singapore emerges as the world's most powerful passport ‚Äď alongside JapanAnnual leave hacks 2022: dates to book to make the most of the public holidays

Singapore emerges as the world's most powerful passport ‚Äď alongside Japan

Singapore emerges as the world's most powerful passport ‚Äď alongside Japan

Good news for all! Singapore has once again topped the world's most powerful passports for 2022, according to the Henley Passport Index. Similar to last year, it comes in first place alongside Japan. Citizens can travel to 192 countries visa free.¬† Coming on second spot is Germany and South Korea, with passport holders being able to access 190 destinations visa-free. Finland, Italy, Luxembourg and Spain share third place, with a score of 189.¬† The passport index is updated regularly, compiled using exclusive data from International Air Transport Association (IATA). 199 different passports and 227 different destinations were studied for the index.¬† Read on¬†the list of most powerful passports to have:¬†Japan, Singapore ‚Äď 192 destinations Germany, South Korea ‚Äď 190 destinations¬†Finland, Italy, Luxembourg, Spain ‚Äď 189¬†destinations¬†Austria, Denmark, France, Netherlands, Sweden ‚Äď 188 Ireland, Portugal ‚Äď 187 Belgium, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States ‚Äď 186 Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, Greece, Malta ‚Äď 185 Hungary, Poland ‚Äď 183 Lithuania, Slovakia ‚Äď 182 Estonia, Latvia, Slovenia ‚Äď 181 Read more:¬†All you need to know about travelling to our neighbouring countriesThis telegram bot has everything you need to know for future travelsThe best boutique travel companies to support once we can travel again

Collect these adorable hongbaos from Singapore's museums

Collect these adorable hongbaos from Singapore's museums

Want to stand out from the crowd this Lunar New Year? This Year of the Tiger,¬†spread the huat with¬†some artsy hongbaos.¬†The National Heritage Board (NHB) is back with its popular Museum Roundtable Lunar New Year Hongbao Campaign, showcasing limited edition red packet designed based on the Tiger, the Chinese zodiac animal for 2022.¬† From January 7 to February 4, you'll be able to collect a set of unique red packet designs at each of the 35 participating museums, heritage institutions and galleries ‚Äď all while stocks last.¬†Each set will contain eight pieces of red packets ‚Äď but you can only collect one packet per visitor.¬†Two of the 35 participating museums are new Museum Roundtable (MR) members which are participating in the Hongbao Campaign for the first time:¬†Geylang Serai Heritage Gallery and Kreta Ayer Heritage Gallery. Amp up your hongbao collection game with the limited edition collector's albums available for sale at¬†the Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall from January 22. Each album costs $70 and will¬†contain two full sets of exclusive 35 Museum Roundtable red packet designs, displayed inside a customised album.¬† If you're thinking of getting cultured this Lunar New Year, usher in the Year of the Tiger at The Asian Civilisations Museum through online videos and onsite programmes, including guided tours, craft activities, and more; or watch a lion dance performance at the National Museum of Singapore on February 4.¬† Read more:¬†8 good reasons to be happy about 2022Amoy Str

This Telegram bot has everything you need to know for your future travels

This Telegram bot has everything you need to know for your future travels

Since Singapore launched its VTL scheme last year, travel is back on everyone's horizons. With more variants like Omicron emerging, however, restrictions worldwide are ever-changing ‚Äď and it can be daunting to plan your travels. Especially since Singapore has frozen its VTL temporarily until January 20.¬† If you're relying on Google to get updated on the situation around the world, it does get confusing. Thankfully, there's a¬†Telegram bot that has curated relevant information from various sources ‚Äď so you can get all your information in one place.¬†Called TravelBans.org, the telegram group and website provides global travel restrictions ‚Äď from the need for Covid-19 certificates, airline information, quarantine, PCR tests and more. They'll even recommend the best travel insurance to buy for a specific destination.¬† Once you're in the group, you'll be directed to the main menu which displays an extensive list of destinations. Tap on your chosen country and you'll be redirected to the existing restrictions for travellers into the countries. You'll also find links that will redirect you to the¬†travelbans.org website for more in-depth information.¬† Things may look daunting right now, especially if you're waiting for the VTL to resume. But it's never too early to start planning.¬† Read more:¬†The best destinations in Thailand you can travel to on a VTLThe most stunning hotels in VTL destinations from SingaporeAlternative destinations to travel to from Singapore

Yip Yew Chong's latest work is a monumental three-storey mural in Chinatown

Yip Yew Chong's latest work is a monumental three-storey mural in Chinatown

Singaporeans would be familiar with Yip Yew Chong's murals scattered around heritage neighbourhoods like Tiong Bahru, Little India and Chinatown. In fact, this year has been an incredibly fruitful one for him ‚Äď from his first ever solo exhibition in January to¬†an ambitious 50-metre acrylic painting of 1970s Kreta Ayer.¬†¬† Now, the artist is ending the year on a massively impressive note¬†after¬†finishing¬†a monumental three-storey mural on 30 Temple Street in Chinatown, where he used to live. In it, Yew Chong painted a coffee shop amongst the lively market place. The coffee shop is named 'ť†ÜśąźŤĆ∂Śģ§', after the artist's dad.¬† "My mum said my dad would be very happy if he sees this mural. I think he sees it," Yew Chong shares in his Instagram post.¬† The artist, who is¬†famed for being able to paint vivid details from his memory, also painted his mum twice in the mural. In it, she runs a food stall inside the coffee shop ‚Äď an ode to her helming various jobs in real life, including in a rubber factory, sewing clothes, pantry and cleaning, and making Sushi at Yaohan. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Yip Yew Chong (@yipyewchong) And of course, what's a Yip Yew Chong mural without its intricate details? Look closer and you'll find details like a lizard crawling and rubber bands hanging on the wall. There are also characters on a pillar which means 'coffee and tea,' derived from a Hokkien phonetic that's also commonly written by other dialect groups. Then, look up f

Singapore Dance Theatre unveils its new name

Singapore Dance Theatre unveils its new name

Founded in 1988 by Anthony Then and Goh Soo Kim, Singapore Dance Theatre (SDT) started as a group of seven ballet dancers in a humble dance studio on the second story of a colonial bungalow on Killiney Road. It has now blossomed into Singapore's national dance company comprising of 36 dancers and apprentices ‚Äď with a¬†repertoire that ranges from classical to contemporary ballet.¬†Those acquainted with the dance and art scene¬†in Singapore would¬†have attended its shows such as¬†Ballet Under The Stars seasons at Fort Canning Green and¬†Passages Contemporary Season. Three decades later, the dance company unveils its new name: Singapore Ballet. This much-anticipated news was announced at the opening of the Singapore Ballet Festival which took place from December 10 to 12.¬†In making the name change, the company hopes to present itself in the most authentic light, whilst still remaining an ambassador for dance and for Singapore.¬† Artistic Director Janek Schergen, who has led the ballet since 2008, says: "By the time three decades had passed, a confident maturity to SDT was now in place and the company had its own unique identity. To reflect this and show this confident maturity of the nature of our organization, a decision has been made to rename ourselves as Singapore Ballet."¬† This is incredibly exciting news for dance lovers in Singapore ‚Äď and we can't wait to see what Singapore Ballet has up its sleeves from here on out.¬† Read more:¬†#BuySingLit announces fresh new name and identit

#BuySingLit announces fresh new name and identity

#BuySingLit announces fresh new name and identity

Since its inception five years ago, literary movement #BuySingLit has been an advocate for local literature. And for good reason, too. After all, Sing Lit has played an important role in many literature lovers' lives over the past year as they stayed home and looked for new worlds to travel to.¬† Now, as we return to hybrid and physical events, the annual #BuySingLit event has¬†rebranded with a fresh new name and identity. Now called Sing Lit: Read Our World,¬†the industry-led initiative now expands into a year-round movement to bring Singapore literature (Sing Lit) to audiences¬†every day throughout the year.¬† Over the course of next year, the movement will be rolling out a slate of hybrid programmes and community activities that will introduce readers to the diversity of Singapore literature with a line-up of hybrid programmes and community activities. Sing Lit: Read Our World is kicking off with a Sing Lit Blk Party, a one-day hybrid festival celebrating Sing Lit as a rallying call to Singaporeans, in February; followed by¬†a Singapore Literary Book Bazaar in March 2022. The Book Bazaar will be organised by the Singapore Book Publishers and will showcase the best in the Singapore literary publishing scene, featuring established and independent literary content makers.¬† ‚ÄúThe initiative brings together people from all corners of the Sing Lit ecosystem ‚Äď the writers, publishers, translators, illustrators, editors, readers and more ‚Äď building a sustainable community that will keep

This art initiative will give you a dollar for your happy memories

This art initiative will give you a dollar for your happy memories

The team behind Happy House wants your memories ‚Äď and they'll pay you a dollar for them. Why, you may ask? To combat these very confusing, tough times, they're building a digital vault of collective happy memories ‚Äď to preserve and celebrate some of your greatest moments in the past.¬† On their site, a prompt reads: "What are some fleeting moments that have brought you the most happiness? Are there moments you may have mindlessly captured, that now serve as a snapshot of a happier time?"¬† All you have to do is look through your photos and videos on your phones, slide into Happy House's DMs via Instagram, and share your happy memory. You'll then get your dollar.¬† There are some terms and conditions, however.¬†You have to consent to your content being displayed publicly in relation to the promotion of Happy House; and to your name and/or likeness and/or anonymity being used in relation to your shared content. You also have to make sure you're the owner and creator of the content you share. Down to share your happy memories? Check out their site here.¬† Read more:¬†We tried a Zouk DJ masterclass ‚Äď here's what went downThe best Christmas movies to watch this festive seasonThe best upcoming TV series to watch in Singapore

Singapore is officially the most expensive city in Asia

Singapore is officially the most expensive city in Asia

From having the most impressive skyscrapers in the world to¬†the award-winning Changi Airport, Singapore is known for its competitive spirit. And now, for better or for worse, it has knocked Hong Kong off its spot for the most expensive country in Asia to live in. This is according to rankings released by The Economist¬†Intelligence Unit (EIU) on Wednesday.¬† Singapore has risen two spots and has clinched a joint second place with Paris, followed by Zurich in the fourth position. Tel Aviv, with its stronger currency and hikes in grocery and car prices, has climbed four places to top the rankings for the first time; while Hong Kong has moved four notches down to fifth as prices of clothing and personal care, including haircuts, dipped.¬†With Singapore's¬†property prices continuously rising in 2021,¬†the results come as no surprise. But hey, at least we are still the cleanest and greenest city. And we are home to some of the most affordable, delicious food in the world.¬† Here are the ten most expensive cities in the world:¬†1. Tel Aviv¬†2. Paris3. Singapore¬†4. Zurich5. Hong Kong¬†6. New York7. Geneva¬†8. Copenhagen¬†9. Los Angeles¬†10. Osaka¬† Read more:¬†Singapore is named one of the best cities in the world ‚Äď and the cleanest and greenestSingapore extends its VTL scheme to six more countriesThe best free things to do in Singapore30 best cheap eats in SingaporeA¬†guide to moving out of your parents home in Singapore

Singapore extends its VTL scheme to six more countries ‚Äď including Thailand, Turkey and Maldives

Singapore extends its VTL scheme to six more countries ‚Äď including Thailand, Turkey and Maldives

Here's some news to end your week on a sweet note. Singapore is extending its vaccinated travel lane schemes to six more countries: Thailand, Maldives, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Turkey and Fiji. This new development was announced by Transport Minister S Iswaran on Friday, November 26.  According to a statement by The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS), travellers from Thailand will be able to enter Singapore from December 14. Those from Cambodia, Fiji, Maldives, Sri Lanka and Turkey, on the other hand, may do so from December 16. Additionally, Singapore will start accepting European Union (EU) digital Covid-19 certificates, even if they are issued in countries that do not have a travel lane agreement with Singapore. This means that vaccinated travellers with these certificates will be able to come here on the travel lane scheme. The relevant agencies are also working on issuing the EU digital Covid-19 certificate-compatible vaccination and test certificates from December 7 for Singaporeans. In holding these certificates, travellers will be able to take part in activities tied to a person's vaccination status while in countries under the EU.  Fully vaccinated Singapore citizens and permanent residents, alongside children 12 years and below, will not have to apply for a vaccinated travel pass to enter Singapore. However, short-term visitors and long-term pass holders will be required.  This new announcement is a much-needed one, seeing how three neighbouring countries (Tha

Singapore-Malaysia land VTL to open on November 29

Singapore-Malaysia land VTL to open on November 29

Thailand or Bali may be the go-to getaways for short weekend escapes from Singapore. But Johor Bahru is most arguably the most popular destination for Singaporeans pre-Covid. So here's one of the most exciting VTL news to date: we can finally cross the border again come November 29!  It's been announced today that starting from next Monday (November 29), up to 1,440 Singapore citizens, permanent residents and long-term pass holders in Malaysia will be able to cross the Causeway into Singapore each day using designated bus services, without the need for quarantine. In the same vein, up to 1,440 Malaysian citizens, permanent residents and long-term pass holders in Singapore will also be able to go back home, marking the initial phase of a much-anticipated land vaccinated travel lane (VTL) between the two countries. Tickets for the designated land VTL buses go on sale at 8am on Thursday, November 25. Here are the details of the VTL:  Those travelling via the land VTL must test negative after undergoing a professionally administered antigen rapid test (ART) or polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test within two days of departure The test must be done at an accredited laboratory or testing centre Additionally, those travelling to Malaysia will also need to take an additional supervised on-arrival ART after they clear immigration And if you're wondering if the bus tickets will cost the same as it was before the pandemic, we've got you covered. ]The ride from Singapore will cost $15 f

Flights to London are going from $849 with British Airways' Black Friday deals

Flights to London are going from $849 with British Airways' Black Friday deals

Missed having a picnic in London's outdoor gardens, gallery-hopping from the V&A to Natural History Museum in a day, tucking into Brick Lane's bagels and walking around Chinatown? Then you'll wanna stay tuned for this.  With travel finally taking off in full swing now, airlines are pushing out deals that make travelling even more exciting. British Airways, the flag carrier of the United Kingdom, has just launched its Black Friday offers with prices lower than ever before. Tickets start from $849 for economy tickets and $3,999 for business class. These can be used for the Quarantine-Free Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) flights from London Heathrow. Under the VTL scheme, fully vaccinated customers will have to test negative for Covid-19 and avoid the need to quarantine for 10 days on arrival. Customers returning to Singapore must then apply for a Singapore Vaccinated Travel Pass seven to 30 days before travelling back.  Ready to leave your worries behind and get reacquainted with one of the oldest of the world's greatest cities? Get your tickets at britishairways.com between 00:01 on November 23 to 23:59 on December 2.  Read more: The best alternative destinations to travel to from SingaporeThe most stunning hotels in VTL destinations from SingaporeSingapore travellers to Denmark now have to serve up to 10 days in quarantine

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