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The best things to do in Singapore this week (May 16-19)

The best things to do in Singapore this week (May 16-19)

Singapore is always bursting with life and adventure – from new exhibitions popping up everywhere to activities to embark on together with your friends or family. We have put together an extensive list of things to do in our little red dot. Take your time and smell the flowers at Gardens by the Bay’s Rose Romance or catch Sentosa’s Wings of Time outdoor event at Siloso Beach. Learn all about the Metaverse at the MetaJam Asia festival at Tekka Place or learn more about the Malay culture and heritage at Cerita (Stories) Special Exhibition at the Malay Heritage Centre. We also have an extensive list of other activities to fill up your calendar so pencil in what suits you! RECOMMENDED: 101 best things to do in Singapore   

The best things to do this weekend (May 13-15)

The best things to do this weekend (May 13-15)

In celebration of Vesak Day, bring your pets to Thekchen Choling Tibetan Buddhist temple for animal blessings and other activities. Mingle with the NFT community at Chivas’ I Rise, We Rise event or sing along to iconic songs by The Beatles at Victoria Theatre. You can also dip your toes into some alternative wellness practices at Altered States.  RECOMMENDED: 101 things to do in Singapore

Singapore street names and the interesting stories behind them

Singapore street names and the interesting stories behind them

Ever wondered how the streets in Singapore got their names? We often overlook those green signs while walking down the roads in our city. Several areas in Singapore bear streets with names that link back to the island’s colonial history while others are named after places in other countries. Take a trip down history lane as we explore the origins of some of the street names from decades ago. RECOMMENDED: The popular legends and myths of Singapore and 17 historical buildings in Singapore and the stories behind them

15 best things to do in Singapore this May

15 best things to do in Singapore this May

Singapore is finally opening up to more live events, gigs and festivals this month. The good news is that many of the film, theatre and art festivals that were forced to pause are resuming in May with both online and on-site experiences. That's right, the Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA) and the European Film Festival (EUFF) are back, baby. What's even better is that we have three Public Holidays to look forward to this month, starting from Labour Day on May 1, then Hari Raya Aidilfitri on May 3, and Vesak Day on May 15. To help you spend these precious PHs wisely, we've narrowed things down with May-jor events including art exhibitions, gigs, plays, and the biggest festivals in town. RECOMMENDED: The definitive guide on things to do in Singapore and 101 best things to do in Singapore

The best places in Asia for the most beautiful cherry blossoms – besides Japan

The best places in Asia for the most beautiful cherry blossoms – besides Japan

When you think of cherry blossoms, Japan’s Ueno Park and Himeji Castle naturally come to mind. While we like to frolic around the parks in the Land of the Rising Sun amidst the sea of sakura, it is still unclear when the country will be open to tourists just yet. Thankfully, there’s tons of other places that we can visit to catch these Instagramable pastel pink blooms. Here, we have compiled a list you can visit to get the full hanami experience at these spots outside of Japan. RECOMMENDED: What you need to know before crossing the Causeway and the best underrated road trip destinations from Singapore 

The sexiest movies and shows to watch with your partner

The sexiest movies and shows to watch with your partner

The perfect date doesn’t necessarily involve a fancy date at a romantic restaurant. You can have as much fun snuggling up with your partner, best friend, or even flying solo, while having a night of binge-watching flicks. We have rounded up a collection of movies that’s sure to evoke certain feelings in you. Yup, it looks like your Friday night in just got a whole lot sexier. RECOMMENDED: 40 best Singapore films of all time and the best upcoming films in Singapore

The best travel destinations less than five hours away from Singapore

The best travel destinations less than five hours away from Singapore

While there are many reasons to love Singapore, being able to fly to some amazing destinations in just a few hours is always high on the list. With Easter around the corner and Hari Raya Aidilfitri not too far in the distance, it is the perfect time to plot a quick respite. From exciting cities to exotic hideaways, these destinations are a hop, skip and leap away from our beloved city. RECOMMENDED: This Telegram bot has everything you need to know for your future travels and annual leave hacks 2022: dates to book to make the most of the public holidays Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and TikTok!

Bazaars to check out this Ramadan in Singapore

Bazaars to check out this Ramadan in Singapore

With the month of Ramadan, comes the lively bazaar(s) where you can find a delightful selection of snacks, food, and drinks and also squeeze in some Hari Raya shopping. The mother of Ramadan bazaars in Geylang Serai has returned this year, along with other smaller-scale bazaars popping up all over the island. Missing that juicy Ramly burger and keropok lekor? Head to these spots at sundown during Ramadan.  RECOMMENDED: The ultimate guide to Ramadan

The best Ramadan bazaars and eateries in Johor Bahru

The best Ramadan bazaars and eateries in Johor Bahru

Time to soak up all the festivities because Ramadan is here! This month-long fasting also means maze-like Ramadan bazaars are in full swing. Expect to see food vendors selling a wide variety of street food under oversized and colourful umbrellas. From Ayam Golek to murtabak, we are certain you’ll be salivating by the end of the post. Check out the Ramadan bazaars and eateries to hit up if you’re heading to Johor Bahru for Iftar. RECOMMENDED: Annual leave hacks 2022: dates to book to make the most of the public holidays

The best things to do in Singapore this April

The best things to do in Singapore this April

No April fool's joke – there are more physical events to mark in your calendar this month. And we're buzzing. It seems that things are looking up with the good news that more people will be allowed to attend live performances and sports events this month onwards. Nonetheless, there are a couple more things to look forward to this month such as the long Easter weekend, Songkran and Ramadan. There's also a myriad of opportunities to shake up your routine and try something new. Beyond Easter-themed afternoon teas, take this time to embrace the joys of playing tourist in your own backyard and discover a different side of Singapore. RECOMMENDED: The definitive guide on things to do in Singapore and 101 best things to do in Singapore

The best home bakers to order your next pastry and dessert this Ramadan

The best home bakers to order your next pastry and dessert this Ramadan

Hari Raya Puasa is dawning upon us once again, and while the Ramadan bazaars are making a comeback, we are seeing a scaled-down affair to control crowds and to minimise the spread of Covid-19. However, don’t let that dampen your spirits yet because we have rounded up a list of popular bakers that may keep the excitement of this festive season alive. If you can’t get the goods at the bazaar, these bakers are known for their excellent cakes, cookies and various baked goods. From traditional favourites and old-school classics that are given a modern twist to pastries and desserts, these bakes are all worth trying for. And thanks to their affordable prices, they make your Iftar a whole lot sweeter. RECOMMENDED: The best bread delivery in Singapore for sourdough, pastries, and buns

The best hair salons in Singapore

The best hair salons in Singapore

It's finally time to treat yourself and get a refresh. At these top hair salons in Singapore, your days of bad hair and the struggle against frizzy and flat locks can finally be put to rest. Whether it is bad decisions or the humidity and year-round summer, you don’t have to sweat about your hair not looking its best. Make a quick trip to one of these top hair salons in Singapore for a fix – whether you’re looking to achieve a sun-kissed balayage, treat your scalp or even go for the chop. These places are dedicated to one thing: making you look your best when we can finally start going out again. RECOMMENDED: The best barbers and grooming shops for men in Singapore and the best local labels to get reusable face masks in Singapore

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Kranji Countryside Farmers Market

Kranji Countryside Farmers Market

Does buying fresh local produce straight from a farmer delight you? If it does, City Sprouts is bringing Kranji Countryside Farmers Market to you this weekend! Together with Kranji Countryside Association (KCA), the farmers market is where you get your beloved local growers, all under one roof.  Look forward to sampling the freshest produce of the season - vegetables, fruits, herbs, milk and many others. There’s also locally-made artisanal food and products to check out. Visitors can try their hand at harvesting the produce in the available workshops and community activities. So get ready to roll up your sleeves and get dirty in the activities suitable for the whole family. The Market Hall Explore the market hall where the farmers not only sell produce, but have exciting demonstrations, show-and-tell and even tasting elements at their booths. In addition to the local produce, shoppers can also look forward to organic produce by international growers from Japan and Malaysia. Shoppers are also encouraged to bring their own bags when they attend the market - an initiative that is in line with City Sprouts’ sustainability objective.  Workshops After shopping, try out the workshops suitable for you and your young ones too! Join quail farmer Uncle William in an educational session with the feathered friends: the quails and chicks of Singapore. In this session, learn more about the poultry industry, the differences between eggs, and the characteristics of the different poultry birds

Gallery of Secrets: The Lost Lily

Gallery of Secrets: The Lost Lily

Who doesn’t love a good treasure hunt? They get people chasing items and following clues, experiencing the rush of mystery and the satisfaction of finding the hidden treasure. It’s the perfect recipe for escalating fun and also for one memorable virtual event. Take part in National Gallery Singapore’s Gallery of Secrets: The Lost Lily, a thrilling treasure hunt combining theatre, film and gaming. The hunt is created by The Theatre Practice, the talented team behind The Bride Always Knocks Twice – Killer Secrets, a multi-platform interactive murder mystery production. Blending both online and offline play, players have to watch the action unfold on the screen before investigating hidden secrets lying beneath the historical monument. Unravel the mystery, interview characters, gather clues and break codes to find the treasure. The best part is that you can join the hunt anywhere around the world if you pick the strictly digital play. Complete the hunt as fast as you can, and be rewarded with a grand prize of $1,800 cash. So get up and get ready to compete in this ultimate treasure hunt.

Smoke & Mirrors x Kubô Valentine’s Day Culinary Pop Up

Smoke & Mirrors x Kubô Valentine’s Day Culinary Pop Up

One way to your date’s heart is through their stomachs. Former head chef of Meatsmith Little India, Kurt Sombero, is teaming up with Smoke & Mirrors for a one-day culinary pop up just in time for Valentine’s Day. The Valentine’s Day dinner offers a preview of his new dining concept called Kubo, a a contemporary wood-fired barbecue restaurant showcasing traditional Filipino techniques and multicultural ingredients. Look forward to a specially curated four-course menu paired with cocktails from Smoke & Mirrors. For starters, tuck into freshly shucked Sunseeker Oysters dressed with smoky soy and onion dressing. While you settle in with your better half as you gaze at the stunning skyline, tuck into the Beef Tongue Callos and Pan de Sal flat Bread, featuring braised and caramelised beef tongue, chickpea puree, fried honeycomb tripe, peppers, and roasted carrots. For dessert, you’ll be served a classic Filipino dessert Halo Halo paired with the spirit-forward digestif cocktail Cupid’s Cup, made with Chivas 18 Years, Chivas Sherry Oak and Curaçao.

Spring in the Sea

Spring in the Sea

Ring in an auspicious Chinese New Year this year with family time, fun and festivities at Resorts World Sentosa’s S.E.A. Aquarium. From January 15 to February 15, have a roaring good time at Spring in the Sea where you and your family get to meet and greet the Manta mascots, marvel at the auspicious mural and get creative at a traditional chunlian (Spring Festival couplet) workshop. This new year, the S.E.A Aquarium also encourages guests to make conscious environmental choices. Say hi to the adorable Manta mascot trio, that are dressed in their festive best made using up-cycled and pre-loved materials. Come face-to-face with five auspicious marine critters of the year such as sand tiger shark, red lionfish, weedy seadragon, tiger cowrie and alligator gar that are representative of strength, luck, longevity, wealth, power and nobility. Shutterbugs can also revel in the perfect photo opportunity with the vibrant Sand Tiger Shark Wall Mural, featuring the star of the aquarium: the sand tiger shark. A symbol of strength and might, may its presence bring you abundance and prosperity this New Year! Fortune seekers can also follow the Trail of Fortune adorned with bright lanterns, eye-catching oriental patterns and magical fairy lights while meeting living symbols of prosperity. That’s not all. Guests can also take part in the Chunlian workshop, where you learn to write and create your own tokens of good fortune from a Chunlian master to usher in the New Year.

Asian Film Archive

Asian Film Archive

Enter the new year with a stream of hilarious films brought you by Asian Film Archive. From Jan 7 to Feb 27, the AFA presents hahaha: a season of comedy. Expect to watch 10 light-hearted comedies across five decades and eight countries that’s sure to tickle your funny bone. Iconic shows include Pendekar Bujang Lapok (The Bachelor Warriors), a comic quadrilogy that’s produced in Singapore between 1957 – 1961, and Summer Snow, a 1995 Hong Kong film which won the Golden Horse Awards. The shows will be screened at Oldham Theatre, and tickets can be purchased here.

Sakura Featuring tokidoki Floral Display

Sakura Featuring tokidoki Floral Display

If your travel plans to Japan have been halted due to the Omicron variant, fret not, because you can now admire the beauty of the sakura or cherry blossoms at Gardens by the Bay’s Flower Dome. Put a spring in your step as Gardens by the Bay welcomes spring with a gorgeous sakura display together with special guests: tokidoki’s characters. Get ready to walk through the torii gates at the Flower Dome and enter a Japanese-inspired landscape decked with the pink blossoms of sakura and momo (peach blossoms). Find your way through clouds of pink blooms and Japanese carp streamers known as koinobori, while admiring the elegant Japanese umbrellas (wagasas) hanging above you at the tokidoki marquee. Your hanami (flower viewing) gets even more kawaii with a special appearance by tokidoki’s characters, Donutella, Sandy and friends. This marks tokidoki’s characters very first appearance at the iconic Gardens so say "Konichiwa" when you spot them among the landscape. Because rounded windows – also known as marumado – are amongst the most beautiful elements of traditional Japanese architecture, Gardens By the Bay has also installed them as part of the showcase. Whether you're out and about for some family fun or a romantic date, Gardens by the Bay's sakura display is a stunning treat for all. For more information, visit gardensbythebay.com.sg/sakura.

So France @ Claymore

So France @ Claymore

Say hello to So France @ Claymore, a contemporary French bistro offering classic French flavours set to impress diners at Orchard Road.  Step into the eatery and you will be greeted with a tastefully furnished interior design, gold-accented arches with retro touches all around. The store is splashed in classic French colours - red, white and blue. There is also an outdoor patio area for diners who prefer al fresco dining. So France will also be expanding its store to include a basement lounge, an intimate space where guests can enjoy its thoughtfully-curated selection of wines and digestifs. So France boasts an extensive menu, and highlights include garlic butter snails, bouillabaisse, duck rillettes and the So France beef burger. The duck rillettes features fairly lean duck meat that has been marinated for four hours and cooked to perfection before being served. If you fancy a beef patty with a mix of brisket and chuck between a sourdough bun, opt for the So France burger.  While you’re there, shop So France’s gourmet retail store as well. Choose over 1,000 gourmet and artisanal products that are carefully selected and sourced directly from France itself. This bistro is perfect for those looking for a satisfying gourmet meal or wanting a quick stop to pick up French gourmet items.

Sevens Kissaten

Sevens Kissaten

Inspired by Kyoto teahouses, a new Japanese spot Sevens Kissaten has opened up in Tiong Bahru. Opened by real estate developer the Sevens Group, Sevens Kissaten boasts two concepts in one room. During the day, the space becomes a Japanese-style tearoom, and transforms into a Kappo-style omakase – called Sevens Kappo – at night.  While a traditional Kissaten is usually filled with antique furniture and looks arguably run-down, Sevens Kissaten, however, adopts a modern interior with a minimalistic look and wooden furniture pieces. Japanese lanterns are hung from the ceiling and the huge glass panels automatically brighten up the space.  Its Japanese-inspired menu will leave you hungry for more. Find a selection of dishes ranging from salmon angel hair pasta, unagi kabayaki, omurice and a wide range of Japanese brews including Melona manpaku and Ume-Ume. Delightful desserts include Matcha Monaka – Japanese rice crackers with matcha ice cream and red bean mochi crepe stuffed within, and matcha creme brulee.  The cafe closes at 5.30pm daily, and its five-seater bar counter will accommodate diners who have reserved their omakase menu. Sevens Kappo has two savoury omakase menus: a nine-course set for $238 and an add-on menu at $280.

La Levain

La Levain

Co-founded by ex-Bakery Brera and Keong Saik Bakery pastry chef Wythe Ng, a brunch cafe and bakery has opened within the Jalan Besar locale.  Just a short five-minute walk from Bendemeer MRT station sits La Levain, where rows of freshly baked viennoiseries in the form of croissants, pastries and cruffins await you. Enter the minimalistic cafe and you’ll be welcomed with a beautiful plethora of sweets, among other options like brunch fare and specially curated coffee. With a grey interior paired with wooden furniture and splashes of neon orange lighting, this quaint space has an extensive menu ranging from French laminated classics to mouth-watering savouries. These bakes are prepared fresh daily, using quality ingredients such as French butter and flour, and Japanese chocolates.   Savour the chef’s signature Kouign Amann sprinkled with Himalayan sea salt, classic pain au chocolat and Burnt Cheese Croissant. For a French classic with a touch of Asian delight, sink your teeth into the Bo Bo Cha Cha Croissant, where you’ll find sweet potato, chunky yam and soft coconut mochi tucked in the centre of the pastry. The cruffins are available in five different flavours - Pistachio Salted Caramel, refreshing Citrus and fan-favourite Matcha among others.  Other noteworthy savoury viennoiseries that you should look forward to are the Four Cheeses and Ham Croissant and the Pommery Mustard Sausage Croissant. With such an extensive selection, you might find yourself wanting to try everythin

Knots Cafe & Living

Knots Cafe & Living

Looking for a tranquil spot to have a cup of coffee or have brunch with your girls? Knots Cafe & Living has opened its newest outlet at the south of Singapore, and the nature-themed cafe is garnering attention among diners. This quaint spot at Pasir Panjang is similar to its first outlet at Paya Lebar. Amidst the minimalist decor, the space is also full of earthy tones and lush greenery all around. Decorated with steel frames, tiled floors and chandeliers, the cosy cafe is perfect to enjoy a cup of coffee, read a book or catch up with work. The eatery serves a classic brunch menu and Western fare. Opt for the signature Knots Waffle Brekkie ($22), which comes together with smoked beef sausage, sautéed mushrooms and scrambled eggs. For mains, highlights include the juicy Cajun Chicken Chop ($18.90) and Ribeye Steak ($31.90). The cafe also has a variety of desserts, specialty coffee, tea and wine menu for a satisfying brunch date.  Aside from being a cafe, the place also doubles as a lifestyle store selling plants and furniture. If you have an eye on a table plant while having a serene brunch affair, you can purchase it along with other furniture items that surround you in the store. If you are looking for a chill spot brimming with plenty of tranquil vibes and lush plants, head down to Knots Cafe & Living. The aesthetically pleasing store and ambience is sure to make you feel like you’re dining somewhere in Bali.

Absurdities

Absurdities

Hungry for an epic dining experience? Absurdities by AndSoForth offers a unique dining experience like no other. The first of its kind in Asia, the eatery aims to bring diners on a gastronomic journey by combining the love of food together with an interactive experience that will have you coming back for more. The restaurant promises a line-up of novel dishes that is specially made for each experience. Led by Head Chef Jason Ang, each dish has a unique spin on it, promising to ignite the diner’s sensors with its presentation and delightful flavours. Dinner features a six-course omakase menu and two alcoholic beverages, ensuring you’ll be full by the end of the two-hour affair.  Those who have dietary restrictions are not singled out. The culinary team will be able to accommodate you accordingly if you are vegan, vegetarian or even pescatarian.  Patrons are advised to wear something comfortable, as you will be expected to be on the move throughout. You will find yourself climbing and crawling into the different multi-room concepts which include walking through an infinity mirror tunnel and hidden doors that will transport you into a mystical jungle and even a Moroccan tent situated in a desert.  Absurdities is housed at a secret location and we encourage you to book your slots and let your imaginations run free at this immersive establishment. Ticket prices go at $169.50 per person for groups of four, and $174 per person for groups of two.

Old Fashioned Week 2021

Old Fashioned Week 2021

Old Fashioned Week is back again this year, celebrating one of the world’s most beloved cocktails in 20 different bars and restaurants across Singapore. For the unfamiliar, Old Fashioned is a bourbon-based cocktail made from a concoction of bourbon, bitters, sugar and a touch of water. This annual affair will see cocktail lovers experiencing the Old Fashioned in its truest form, and also with unique twists on the old classic in participating bars including Komyuniti at YOTEL Singapore, award-winning MO Bar at Mandarin Oriental Singapore and Wooloomooloo Steakhouse among others. Old Fashioned Week 2021 runs from Nov 5 to 14, and it will be 10 dazzling days of bourbon bliss.

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Artist spotlight: Qimmyshimmy creates thought-provoking sculptures with a touch of macabre

Artist spotlight: Qimmyshimmy creates thought-provoking sculptures with a touch of macabre

Macaron-shaped baby faces, dumplings filled with miniature human heads and bodily organs nestled in a bun – welcome to the world of Qixuan Lim, better known as Qimmyshimmy. The Singaporean artist is creatively known for her striking sculptures that are creepy yet strangely captivating and cute all at once. Her three-dimensional artworks often see representations of babies, food and sweets combined with morbid connotations of bodily organs and disjointed infant limbs.  Qixuan crafts the 3D pieces during her free time at her home studio. Her miniature sculptures, which are described by many as "creepy-cute", create thought-provoking conversations between people. She loves to shock people with her signature sculptures that have a touch of macabre, and her openness to criticism and celebration of divided opinions highlight her mission to make art come alive.  We caught up with Qimmyshimmy to talk about her creative process. Continue reading for our full interview with the artist. Photograph: Qimmyshimmy You term yourself as an “accidental sculptor.” What inspired you to get into sculpting?  I won’t call it a business. It’s more of a practice, and a way for me to escape into my own little world! I call myself an “accidental sculptor” because it was not something I intended to do when I started my creative journey. Everything that I know about sculpting was self-taught. I was experimenting with many different kinds of art forms growing up, but was never really able to find my per

Sounds of Singapore: Commute Edition

Sounds of Singapore: Commute Edition

Sure, you don’t miss the crushing congestion, the peak hours and that passenger who wears too much cologne at 7am on the way to work. But now that Singapore has reopened most of its businesses and activities, don’t you miss the different sounds of commuting? Here, we have compiled sounds of all the classics, from the beeping of your ezlink card, to the “ding dong” of closing doors. There’s also station arrival announcements and your favourite tunes playing in the Grabcar. While it is quite an aural melange, these sounds sure delight those transit enthusiasts who had been cooped up at home due to the pandemic recently.     Read moreGardens by the Bay rings in its 10th anniversary with new attractionsi Light Singapore 2022 will brighten Marina Bay once again this JuneHow arts and culture is coming back to life in Singapore Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and TikTok!

Travelling to JB this Vesak Day long weekend? Here's what you need to know

Travelling to JB this Vesak Day long weekend? Here's what you need to know

Planning to go to Malaysia over the Vesak day long weekend? Expect heavy traffic at both Tuas and Woodlands checkpoints, according to The Immigration and Checkpoints Authority’s recent announcement.  According to ICA, drivers should expect heavy traffic departing Singapore between Friday and Saturday, and congestion into Singapore between Sunday and Monday. As Vesak Day falls on Sunday, Monday is a public holiday for Singaporeans. "Travellers using the land checkpoints during these periods can expect delays and are advised to adjust their travel plans to avoid being caught in the traffic jams where possible," the agency said. ​​"For this upcoming long weekend, travellers are thus advised to factor in additional time for immigration clearance, and to check the traffic situation before embarking on their journey."  Travelling to JB To avoid congestion, ICA has advised people to plan ahead and avoid departing Singapore between 3pm and 11.59pm on Friday. Those intending to travel to Malaysia on Saturday should avoid the periods between 6am and 10am, as well as between 4pm and 9pm. ICA also advised travellers to opt for cross-border bus services instead of driving to Malaysia to avoid getting caught in the traffic jams. Travelling back to Singapore Travellers coming back into Singapore should avoid the peak hours between 5pm and 7pm on Sunday, as well as between 1pm and 11.59pm on Monday. ICA also encouraged motorists to check the traffic situation at Land Transport Authority’s On

The new Hermès whimsical pop-up exhibition next to MBS looks like a Wes Anderson film set

The new Hermès whimsical pop-up exhibition next to MBS looks like a Wes Anderson film set

The house of Hermès’ latest project takes a fun, lighthearted approach to living beautiful. Cue the Monde d’Hermès Kiosk, a pop-up located at the Marina Bay Sands Event Plaza held from May 12 to 16.  Inspired by traditional Parisian newspaper kiosks, the pop-up, decked in the house’s quintessential orange hue, celebrates the launch of Le Monde d’ Hermès, the luxury brand’s bi-annual magazine. The publication offers a look into the world of Hermès, its connections to fashion, art, travel and architecture via features, interviews and photos.  An equally visual treat, the Spring/Summer 2022 magazine offers creative collages, photographs and archival Hermès imagery that revolves around the theme of lightness. Grab a copy of the book at the Monde d’Hermès Kiosk, which also plays host to some quirky characters. Meet the pop-up’s host, Mr Kiosk, who will share everything about the new Le Monde d’Hermès magazine. Get your portrait drawn by The Portraitist, who’s excellent in creating quick sketches of the pop-up’s attendees. The Sculptor will also be present to surprise guests with balloon sculptures. If you’re lucky, The Poet will craft a personalised haiku for you based on a short conversation with them. And if you have a green thumb, The Gardener will be there to offer gardening tips and mini potted plants for guests.   View this post on Instagram A post shared by MAYBE (@may_be) Read moreGardens by the Bay rings in its 10th anniversary with new attractionsi Ligh

Get ready for some full-throttle action at Singapore’s motocross beach race

Get ready for some full-throttle action at Singapore’s motocross beach race

Sentosa is kicking it up a notch with its upcoming event involving hundreds of motocross bikes showing off their stunts around sandy corners at Siloso Beach. Gear up for a full-throttle weekend of motocross with Singapore’s MX Beach Race. Watch MotoAmerica Pro Riders Jamie Astudillo and Alex Ray, together with 300 other dirt bike competitors tackle big jumps and high-speed corners. The event promises a larger and more challenging track to test the riders’ abilities, so cheer and gasp as you watch them ride it all out.   Beginners and amateurs will be testing their skills on track while professionals will bust all their moves with their motocross machines. Fans can also catch MotoAmericas Pro Riders Jamie Astudillo and Alex Ray attack the dirt track and fly along the beach to show you how it’s done. The rip-roaring weekend also includes DJs, live music and other entertainment on the beach. Race your friends at the Sentosa’s luge, or adrenaline junkies can try out bungee jumping and the giant swing by AJ Hackett.  The Singapore MX Beach Race is set to take place on June 25 and 26. The first day is meant for practice riders and press conferences with the stars while the second, will be full of action and stunts, live music and DJs. There are also plenty of food and drink options available, so don’t worry about going hungry. Get your tickets here for a thrilling weekend of motocross and some fun in the sun and sand. Read moreGardens by the Bay rings in its 10th anniversary with

i Light Singapore 2022 will brighten Marina Bay once again this June

i Light Singapore 2022 will brighten Marina Bay once again this June

Take your cameras out – the Marina Bay precinct is looking a lil' brighter than usual this June as it lights up for the annual sustainable light art festival, i Light Singapore 2022. Spanning over three weeks, this year’s showcase displays stunning installations that use energy-saving lighting and environmentally friendly materials. “We hope this year’s lineup of artworks and programmes will further invigorate Marina Bay and bring cheer and delight to festival-goers. At the same time, we hope that visitors will be encouraged to reflect on our individual relationships with the environment and with one another,” Urban Redevelopment Authority CEO Lim Eng Hwee said. Each edition of the i Light Singapore 2022 starting this year will be anchored on colour from the visible light spectrum. The chosen colour this year is violet, alongside the theme Spark of Light. Violet is known to have the most powerful electromagnetic energy in the visible spectrum – signifying the awakening of the senses, akin to the spark of an idea in one’s mind. Artworks to check out at i Light Singapore 2022 The lights are scheduled to go on at 7.30pm daily from June 3 to 26. Festival-goers can expect immersive and interactive artworks by local and international artists with a focus on environmental sustainability. The artworks aim to encourage conversations about our lifestyles and consumption behaviour to build a more sustainable future. Alone Together by Ping Lim and Ian Grossberg Photograph: i Light Singa

Nifty Fifty: Don Don Donki ($53)

Nifty Fifty: Don Don Donki ($53)

Nifty Fifty is a new series where the Time Out Singapore team spends $50 any way they want around town – and we share the experience. Whether it's a secret joint for a boozy night out, a budget (but ace) omakase place or an interesting item we've been eyeing at the shops, we let you in on the cool stores, eateries, places and activities you should be spending at.    Don Don Donki has won the hearts of many Singaporeans, and it’s not hard to see why. It has a huge range of affordable Japanese products including food, cosmetics, electronics, household items and its catchy theme song. This month, our videographer, Daniel Iskandar, shows what you can get at this beloved store with only $50. Photograph: Daniel Iskandar Verdict: Don Don Donki is a good idea for cheap dates! On the list: Aburi Salmon Sushi (14.80), Pork Gyoza (8 pcs for $6.90), Donki Takoyaki (8 pcs for $5.90), KitKat Strawberry ($5.50), Elise Waffle ($6.90), Yukimi Daifuku Vanilla ($7.90) and drinks for $5. The food is pretty worth it, especially if you tend to buy fuss-free meals for picnics and such. The portion is pretty decent and good for sharing as well. Even though the bill racks up to $53, shaving down a few items and the entire list will still be pretty satisfying for you and your date. READ MORENifty Fifty: Motion sensor pottery wheel ($34.99)Nifty Fifty: Japanese yakitori omakase ($39) Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and TikTok!

Rom-com fans, 'Crazy Rich Asians' spinoff is in the works

Rom-com fans, 'Crazy Rich Asians' spinoff is in the works

When Crazy Rich Asians was released back in 2018, it won a lot of hearts not only for its cast and rich characters, but also for being one of the most charming yet refreshing romantic comedies to grace the screens. Now, it is reported that there’s a spinoff in the works. According to Deadline, the spinoff will spotlight Astrid Young Teo played by Gemma Chan in the original movie, and her romance with Charlie Wu, portrayed by Harry Shum Jr. The screenplay will be penned by Emmy nominated Barry producer and writer Jason Kim, alongside Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson and John Penotti who will be producing the project.  Known to have impeccable fashion sense and great beauty, Astrid is the cousin of Nick Young (Henry Golding) and in Kevin Kwan’s books, Charlie Wu is her first love. They were previously engaged, but her parents didn’t approve of the relationship as they felt that Charlie wasn’t a suitable husband for her. In the Jon M. Chu directed movie, she learnt that her husband, Michael (Pierre Png), has a mistress and somehow reconnected with Charlie after they ran into each other at Nick and Rachel’s (Constance Wu) engagement party. While the project claims to be in “early development,” it is important to note that the spinoff is separate from the upcoming Crazy Rich Asians sequel (penned by Amy Wang) which is still in development. Both the spinoff together with the Crazy Rich Asians sequel will be tied to Kwan’s second book in the trilogy, titled China Rich Girlfriend. The sec

Japan may reopen gradually to travellers this June

Japan may reopen gradually to travellers this June

Just in time for the school holidays, Japan aims to reopen its international borders to welcome foreign tourists in June. Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida made the announcement on May 5 while visiting London. “We will further relax controls so that in June it will be possible to enter the country as smoothly as other G7 nations,” said Kishida. Kishida has decided that the time is right for Japan to follow in the footsteps of other countries, which have been welcoming back tourists in recent months. Vaccinated foreign visitors can now fly to South Korea, the Philippines and Malaysia. Kishida hopes that tourism will help to buoy the Japanese yen. With the border hopefully easing in June, Japan will introduce a smoother entry process similar to that of other G7 members. According to Kishida, Japan’s entry requirements will be implemented in stages. The government will monitor the impact of Japan’s Golden Week holidays for two weeks before making a decision. The Japan Times also reported that the country may welcome small tour groups first before opening its doors for general tourism. As of now, no concrete details have been announced yet. Kishida has credited his country’s strict entry policies to help Japan overcome the pandemic. The country closed its borders to foreign tourists in early 2020. Currently, only 10,000 people are allowed to enter Japan in a day. These, however, include only visitors on business, students, and technical interns. Foreign tourists are still not

The Editor's Market x Superga collection is a stylish, minimalist dream

The Editor's Market x Superga collection is a stylish, minimalist dream

The Editor’s Market is known for its range of timeless classics; pieces that you can wear on high rotation –and always in style. This smart and stylish local brand has taken a step further with its collection with the Italian footwear label Superga. With the theme Mind Open, Heart open, the collaboration is a smart one as Superga also shares a similar brand ethos as well, and it invites consumers to embrace and discover the diversity of perspectives around us.  Photograph: The Editor's Market The collection sees the iconic 2750 tennis shoe and 2402 mule done in shades of white and creamy beige with fun hand-drawn illustrations on it. These expressive strokes are found on both shoe models. There’s also a pair of sneakers that come with interesting retro-inspired rope laces that puts a twist on the classic look. The sneakers are designed with premium canvas uppers and a matching toe cap. In addition to embroidered eyelets, expect to see tabs on the back of the sneakers that read “Mind Open” and “Heart Open.” Pair the shoes with The Editor’s Markets neutral separates, crisp blue and beige shirts or a meadow-hued green dress as per the campaign images. The footwear collection is priced from $89.90 to $99.90 and is available to purchase online on theeditorsmarket.com and at all The Editor’s Market stores. Photograph: The Editor's Market Read moreGardens by the Bay rings in its 10th anniversary with new attractionsHow arts and culture is coming back to life in Singapore Foll

Time Out Eats: Street snacks at LalooLalang’s Walk Through Souq in Kampong Gelam

Time Out Eats: Street snacks at LalooLalang’s Walk Through Souq in Kampong Gelam

After a two-year hiatus, Ramadan bazaars are back and they have been popping up at each and every corner of our city. To celebrate the return of this beloved open market and of course, the love of street food, we head down to LalooLalang Kampong Gelam’s Walk Through Souq – part of Cinta Cahaya Ramadan organized by One Kampong Gelam – to experience it all. Here’s how it went down. Classic Burger Ramly Photograph: Dawson Tan Burger Ramly ($4) is truly a bazaar staple, but we are not too sure if it hits with this one. The affordable snack is known for its patties wrapped in a sauce-filled omelette, getting their reputation as a sloppily good pasar malam fare. While we had high hopes for this one, the burger royally missed the mark with its rather dry beef patty packed between stale buns. It wasn’t quite messy and juicy either. While this bazaar burger is absolutely essential when visiting the Ramadan Bazaar, we thought you’d be better off giving it a miss this time around. Mentaiko Dendeng Roll by Kream SG  Photograph: Dawson Tan KREAM serves up its rendition of coney dogs with flavours such as mentaiko dendeng, nachos, and flaming cheese. We opted for the Mentaiko Dendeng ($8), which is basically barbecued meat topped with mentaiko sauce sandwiched between sausage buns. Sounds odd? We thought so too, but one of us surprisingly enjoyed it.   Torched Beef Cubes by Bang Bang Kuali Photograph: Dawson Tan Braving the snaking queues of Bang Bang Kuali, this stall serves up thei

Sigur Rós returns to Singapore this August 17

Sigur Rós returns to Singapore this August 17

It looks like gigs and concerts are coming back to Singapore! After the announcement of Justin Bieber's concert last week, another international act is set to perform in Singapore soon. Post-rock band Sigur Rós have announced dates for the Asia leg of their 2022 world tour. The Icelandic Grammy-nominated group will be performing at The Star Theatre in Singapore on August 17, courtesy of LAMC Productions. Tickets are priced from $98 to $188, and will go on sale on April 29 at 10am through Sistic (www.sistic.com.sg and 6348-5555). The band are currently working on a new album, their first since 2013's Kveikur. In addition to ‘Hoppípolla’, expect to hear hypnotic gems from their seven-album lineage, and some new materials. The band has performed here twice, back in 2012 and 2016, at the Fort Canning Park. Known for their ambient, dream pop tunes, the band comprises singer and multi-instrumentalist Jonsi, bassist Georg Holm as well as multi-instrumentalist Kjartan Sveinsson. The Asia leg of the tour includes shows in South Korea, Japan and Thailand. Venues for the countries have yet to be determined.  View this post on Instagram A post shared by LAMC Productions (@lamcproductions) Read moreDance the night away because nightlife businesses are set to resume this April 19Gardens by the Bay rings in its 10th anniversary with new attractionsHow arts and culture is coming back to life in Singapore Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and TikTok!