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Accor opens five new properties across Asia

The hotel group has introduced over 20 brand-new properties across Asia so far in 2023.

Accor opens five new properties across Asia

The hotel group has introduced over 20 brand-new properties across Asia so far in 2023.

Chart of the Day: Singapore mobile app install spikes by 49%

Singapore takes the lead in APAC growth, while Vietnam follows at 43%.

Soul meets speed: Montreux Jazz Cafe Singapore launches with a sneak peek for Grand Prix Season Singapore

Magical night-lit racetracks and mesmerising soundtracks come together this Grand Prix Season Singapore as the highly anticipated launch of Montreux Jazz Cafe Singapore kicks off.

Meet the man behind the Artemis Grill at CapitaGreen

Artemis Grill is a newly-opened Mediterranean restaurant on the 40th floor of CapitaGreen. It can accommodate up to 120 people, with a private room seating of up to 40. The kitchen is headed by Chef Fernando Arevalo, and he shares some of his insights in an exclusive interview below:

Indulge in Seoul food at Orchard Hotel Singapore

Craving for Seoul-food? Orchard Café presents “Seoul-Delish!” – a showcase of more than 40 authentic Korean delicacies comprising traditional presentations and contemporary interpretations, exclusively for dinners from 16 March to 3 April 2016. Savour the best of Korean cuisine brought to you by two Guest Chefs Gu Yong Hoi and Kang Jung Sun, specially flown in from the renowned Millennium Seoul Hilton to take the helm at Orchard Café.             Gratify your Korean cravings with a plethora of highlights including the traditional Sam Gye Tang (Korean Ginseng Chicken Soup), Deung Galbi Kimchi Jjim (Spicy Pork Rib Stew with Kimchi), Doenjang Samgyeopsal Gui (Roast Pork Belly with Bean Paste Sauce), Sundubu Jjigae (Spicy Seafood Tofu Stew) and Japchae (Sautéed Glass Noodles with Vegetables), as well as quintessential Korean street food such as Dukboki (Spicy Rice Sticks with Chilli Sauce), Odeng (Fish Cakes in Anchovy Stock); and many more! Highly-recommended specialties including Modum Jeon (Assorted Korean Pancakes), Bibimbap (Korean Mixed Rice with Assorted Vegetables), LA Galbi (Barbecued Sliced Beef Short Ribs) and Dak Galbi (Stir-fried Diced Chicken, Assorted Vegetables, Rice Cakes in Chilli Pepper Paste and Ramen or Rice) will be prepared à la minute at the live stations. Complement the savoury selections with Omija Hwachae (Traditional Five-flavoured Tea) as well as Korean sweet treats such as Dduk (Rice Cakes) and Yakgwa (Honey Pastries). To top off the delightful epicurean experience, all diners are entitled to participate in our lucky draw to win a 3-day/2-night complimentary stay at the luxurious Millennium Seoul Hilton! “Seoul-Delish!” promotion specially brought to you by Orchard Hotel Singapore and Millennium Seoul Hilton is available for buffet dinner (menus served on rotation daily) from 16 March to 3 April 2016:

Singapore Airshow to open to the public on February 20

The Singapore Airshow will once again feature spectacular flying displays, and also one of the widest range of business, commercial, and military aircraft at the static aircraft display area that will captivate and thrill visitors at the Changi Exhibition Centre (CEC) during its public weekend on 20 and 21 February 2016.

Students light up Marina Bay with art installations

i Light Marina Bay, Asia’s leading sustainable light art festival, will be back from 4 to 27 March to illuminate the Bay with the most number of art installations presented by local educational institutions since its inception. Organised by the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), the fourth edition of the festival will transform the Marina Bay waterfront into a glittering ensemble of more than 20 light art installations from local and international artists. Among these are five light art installations designed and produced by local tertiary institutions, including National University of Singapore (NUS), Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Nanyang Polytechnic and Singapore Polytechnic – all presenting artworks at the festival for the first time. Mr Jason Chen, Festival Director and Director for Place Management, URA, said, “We are glad to be able to pass on the important message of sustainability to the younger generation. The success of the first three editions has been very encouraging, and with it becoming an annual festival from this year, we hope more people will join us in becoming advocates for a positive environmental change.” A festival of light and shadow The festival will see a showcase of innovative light art installations from emerging and world-class artists from Singapore and around the world, including countries such as Japan, New Zealand, Germany, Israel, Norway, and the USA. Based on the theme “In Praise of Shadows”, the light art installations are designed with sustainability in mind while inviting visitors to re-imagine the fundamentals, forms and roles of light. Mr Randy Chan, co-curator of the festival and Principal Architect at Zarch Collaboratives, said, “This year’s theme challenges the obsession that brighter is better and seeks to reframe perceptions of light and sustainability. We want to invite artists and visitors to re-imagine and reconsider sustainability issues in a new light, and to contemplate upon larger issues of light, beauty and the city in relation to the bigger community.”

Oxwell & Co Announces New Roof-Bar Overlooking Club Street

Oxwell & Co, the British-inspired gastro pub in the heart of Chinatown, has launched a new intimate rooftop space to add to its three floors of eating, drinking and private dining.

Asia's largest beer festival troops to Singapore

Asia’s largest beer festival returns for its 8th edition to offer beer enthusiasts the chance to savour a variety of international beers. The four-day Beerfest Asia 2016 is organised by Beerfest Asia Pte Ltd, owned by Sphere Exhibits Pte Ltd (Sphere Exhibits). Sphere Exhibits is the events, and exhibitions arm of Singapore Press Holdings Limited (SPH).

Inaugural Singapore Contemporary art show to be launched at Suntec

Singapore’s newest and most interesting art fair, Singapore Contemporary, opens with an exclusive VIP program and Vernissage on Thursday January 21st, followed by three days open to the public on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, January 22nd, 23rd and 24th. The inaugural edition of the show, with the theme “A World of Art,” presents more than 3,000 works of art from 65 exhibitors and installation art by 14 artists. Exhibiting galleries are from Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, Hong Kong, Taiwan, China, South Korea, Japan, Australia, the United Kingdom, France, Italy and Russia.

Celebrate the Lunar New Year with this exquisite Black Diamond Yu Sheng

Celebrate the Year of the Monkey with family and colleagues with Me@OUE’s elegant Yu Sheng, a vibrant blend of Black Winter Truffles, Salmon Trout Sashimi, Hokkigai and Ikura.

Singapore's last-ever Green Corridor Run slated in 2016

The 2016 Green Corridor Run will be the last edition of the iconic event before the area is closed until 2019 for the construction of the Murnane pipeline.

Air New Zealand's all-black Dreamliner flies into Singapore

The Dreamliner fleet which now exclusively operates the airline’s services between Singapore and Auckland, is fitted with Air New Zealand’s award-winning inflight products, giving passengers a chance to experience the airline’s unique brand of Kiwi hospitality from the moment they step on board. Air New Zealand Sales & Market Development Singapore Mischa Mannix-Opie, Manager says, “We are thrilled to be flying our new Dreamliner featuring our state-of-the-art onboard product including Business Premier lie-flat beds, new Premium Economy seating and award-winning Economy Skycouch between Singapore and Auckland.” The Dreamliner also boasts an innovative touch screen inflight entertainment system with over 2,000 hours of content including the latest movies, box sets, games and music. Other new and interactive features include “Seat Chat”, an instant messaging system available on board. In addition, passengers can also order their own food and beverage or send a message to the crew directly from their inflight entertainment screen. To celebrate the launch of the new aircraft on this route, Air New Zealand is offering a special roundtrip Economy class fare from Singapore to Auckland for S$1,099. Customers can also get an additional S$100 off the tickets by using the promo code AIRNZ100 (offer available from 17 November - 29 November 2015). The airline has also rolled out a new interactive virtual tour of the aircraft to showcase its unique onboard features. At the end of the tour, participants can submit their details via Facebook for a chance to win a trip to New Zealand and other prizes.  

This life-sized race car is entirely made up of coffee capsules

Royal Plaza on Scotts Singapore (RP) celebrates Singapore’s eighth night motor racing season with the display of a life-sized coffee capsules race car, the first to be created in the world. The culinary team has created other life-sized race cars with seashells, pasta, chocolate, bread and macarons in previous years. Tying in with the hotel’s green initiatives, this year’s life-sized race car features recycled coffee capsules, collected from the hotel’s 511 guestrooms and 11 meeting rooms which provide guests with complimentary gourmet coffee from Nespresso machines. The enthralling masterpiece plays up the vibrant colour palettes, using coffee capsules of nine different Grand Cru varieties. Keeping to the theme of Kopi GP, recycled coffee grounds are used on the wheels to create a contrast in textures on the car and give guests a whiff of the delightful aroma of coffee. Measuring 4.4 metres long, 1.9 metres wide and 1.3 metres tall, the structure took a dedicated team of 8 chefs and culinary staff 1108 hours to complete. The team was led by RP’s talented Executive Chef, Darren Ong. The hotel also aims to give back to the community by raising funds for the less privileged. A Community Chest donation box has been placed with the display. The hotel hopes to raise more than S$3,000 from the initiative and the total amount of funds raised will be matched dollar-for-dollar by the government under the Care & Share movement led by Community Chest. Mr Patrick Fiat, Chief Experience Officer (CEO) and General Manager of RP, shared, “The team has decided to play on the word ‘Kopi’, which means coffee in Malay and Hokkien, to embrace the national identity with the celebrated local lingo in the year of Singapore’s Golden Jubilee. We would like to bring some of the excitement for the world-class event to the Orchard area and do our part for the less privileged by raising awareness for the Care & Share movement by Community Chest.” Guests are also invited to join in the fun by taking part in the hotel’s social media contest to guess the total number of coffee capsules used for the life-sized race car. The closest guess wins a 2D1N weekend stay in RP’s Executive Suite with Club benefits and dinner for two at award-winning buffet restaurant, Carousel. Simply find the hotel’s post on the life-sized race car on ‘Royal Plaza on Scotts Singapore’ Facebook page to like, share and comment with the estimated number of capsules. RP’s life-sized coffee capsules race car is on display from now till 20 September 2015 at the hotel’s façade.

Free entrance for first round of 50th SMBC Singapore Open

Last staged in 2012, the SMBC Singapore Open is set to thrill local golf fans and global audiences alike when it roars back to life from January 28 to 31, 2016 at the scene of past dramatic editions, the Serapong Course at Sentosa Golf Club. This will the 50th edition of the prestigious event. And in a first for the event entrance will be free for everyone on the opening day, Thursday, January 28, a move aimed at making the event more accessible that also celebrates the tournament’s popular comeback. For the second round on Friday the standard price for entry will be S$20, while on Saturday and Sunday the cost will be S$30 each day. A S$50 season ticket will also be available allowing entrance for all four days as part of the SG50 celebrations. An early bird deal is available before September 30 with 10% off ticket prices. Children under the age of five will be allowed in for free while those aged between five and 12 will be charged only S$5. Group discounts are also available as well as fabulous hospitality packages through event promoter World Sport Group. The SMBC Singapore Open will feature a field of the top 60 from the Asian Tour, top 60 from the JGTO, top Singapore professionals and amateurs and invites including players from the top 50 in the world.

Catch Singapore's culinary heavyweights at the Margaret River Gourmet Escape Festival

Margaret River Gourmet Escape 2015 is set to be bigger than ever before, with the announcement of international headline chef, the 'Godfather of modern cooking', Marco Pierre White.