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Don’t cancel – blue skies will return Down Under

The afternoon smoke is stifling and 16 of us shelter inside, with all windows and doors firmly shut. The visibility plummets to 10m and the blanketing smoke turns the air an ominous blood-red. I wonder if this is what hell looks like, when suddenly things get worse. It takes 10 minutes for smoke to completely […]

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Bak kwa goes beyond pork

As prices of bak kwa (barbecued sliced pork) continue to soar – tipping $62 a kg at bak kwa specialist Lim Chee Guan – and the queues to bag some grow more epic each day, perhaps it is time to take a look at alternatives. And they are plenty to choose from this year, from […]

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Make your own hot pot sauces

Steamboat is a popular reunion dinner option, especially for those who do not have time to whip up a feast. Dipping sauces are an integral part of the hot pot experience and we have all been spoilt by the array offered at steamboat restaurants. Please subscribe or log in to continue reading the full article. […]

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Shell out for peanuts

Peanuts have become the new durians at Chinatown’s Festive Street Bazaar this year. There are stalls selling fancy peanuts with names such as Black Pearl, Butter and Black Sugar. Please subscribe or log in to continue reading the full article. Learn more about ST PREMIUM. Enjoy unlimited access to ST’s best work Exclusive stories and […]

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More than just steak

The last restaurant unveiled by the newly renovated Raffles Hotel does not feel totally new. Butcher’s Block, which opened last month, replaces the Long Bar Steakhouse on the second floor of the hotel’s shopping arcade – next to the Long Bar, famous for its Singapore Sling cocktail and a floor strewn with peanut shells. Please […]

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Taking on cancer at 30 and celebrating every victory

A few months before her wedding in November 2015, Ms Tracy Hoo felt a hard lump in her breast. Caught up in the flurry of wedding planning and renovation for a new home, she did not do anything about it. That was until about a year later when her aunt, then 54, was diagnosed with […]

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Size matters for these pancakes and buns

There are a handful of stalls outside and around People’s Park Complex in Chinatown that I term collectively as The Stalls Of Supersized Food. A hole-in-the-wall stall around the corner sells meat bao that are almost the size of a newborn baby’s head. And then there is Bao Tian Xia, a standalone kiosk outside the […]

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Rad designs this CNY

The rat has shed its grimy image and put its best whiskers forward this Chinese New Year, as many hongbao designs feature cute and creative versions of the animal. A trio of white rats can be spotted peeking out of an elaborate floral display on local furniture brand Scene Shang’s hongbao, while the flap on […]

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Ditch rat race talk in Year of the Rat

I must admit, I dread the Chinese New Year holidays. Growing up, I have somehow developed a negative association of the festive holidays with humble bragging (or humbragging). Please subscribe or log in to continue reading the full article. Learn more about ST PREMIUM. Enjoy unlimited access to ST’s best work Exclusive stories and features […]

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Forget about New Year resolutions, go for petite personal mantras

Nineteen days have passed into this new year. Already for many of us, our resolutions, although extremely noble, have sadly gone to pot. That new gym membership is now an expense we are trying to cancel, that dry January with nary a drop of whiskey or wine touching our lips lasted for less than a […]

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Kuching charms with its traditional architecture, food, hipster cafes

“Singapore is small but it feels big, unlike Kuching which is big but feels so small,” says my new friend, Jee, a local photographer. He isn’t joking. Whenever I am with a local, every 10 minutes or so, they will bump into someone they know. Please subscribe or log in to continue reading the full […]

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Fresh look at Thailand: Where the Thais escape Bangkok to eat, play and chill

Beyond Bangkok lies idealised European villas on cool hills, organic lemon groves and fluffy sheepdogs. There is also a hip ceramics factory, an improbable railway market and an alpaca farm, all full of Thai whimsy. Please subscribe or log in to continue reading the full article. Learn more about ST PREMIUM. Enjoy unlimited access to […]

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Food Picks: Small’s big flavours

SMALL’S BIG FLAVOURS After a rocking 12-course meal at chef Bjorn Shen’s new four-seat micro restaurant, we kick around some ways to describe what we just had. Doughmakase is my contribution. My colleague Eunice Quek has a better one – doughgustation. Small’s, which occupies a pocket-sized space at Shen’s restaurant, Artichoke, celebrates dough. He ferments […]

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Arts Picks: Tan Siah Kwee’s Calligraphy Exhibition

TAN SIAH KWEE’S CALLIGRAPHY EXHIBITION The Chinese Calligraphy Society of Singapore and Singapore Cultural Studies Society are jointly presenting a solo Chinese calligraphy exhibition featuring 100 works by Professor Tan Siah Kwee, a Cultural Medallion recipient. Prof Tan, 71, is also the president of the Chinese Calligraphy Society of Singapore, as well as the founder […]

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Film Picks: Little Women (PG)

LITTLE WOMEN (PG) 135 minutes/ 4 stars There have been several movie adaptations of the classic Louisa May Alcott novel. The latest brings a jolt of energy to a story set in 19th-century Massachusetts, making it spring to life in a way that sets the standard for period drama. The story opens with the March […]

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Mango dessert specialist Hui Lau Shan back in Singapore

Famed Hong Kong dessert chain Hui Lau Shan – best known for its mango desserts – is back in Singapore, after closing its Orchard Road store 15 years ago. Its first outlet opened on Wednesday at Nex, followed by two more to open soon at Chinatown Point and Jem mall. Highlights on the menu include […]

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Music Picks: One dance presents Madeon

ONE DANCE PRESENTS MADEON Even before French DJ-producer Madeon released his debut album in 2015, the wunderkind had been invited to play four major American music festivals in 2012, including Ultra Music Festival and Coachella. Off the back of his second album Good Faith – which was released in November last year and debuted on […]

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Spirited take on history

Two additions to the bar scene are breathing new life into locations rich in history. Along Keong Saik Road – once known for its sordid past as home to brothels from the 1960s to 1980s – all-day bar, coffeehouse and restaurant No Sleep Club, which opened in October, has put a modern spin on a […]

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New chapter for temple

Just six months after moving into its new home in Telok Ayer Street in 2010, the Taoist Mission (Singapore) had to move out. The Keng Teck Whay building – built in the 19th-century and gazetted as a national monument in 2009 – was declared unsafe for occupancy after a picture showing its damaged roof rafters […]

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High expectations

Mr Nicholas Teoh and Ms Chew Ru Shan purchased this three-bedroom apartment in a condominium development that is more than two decades old. They instantly saw the potential of the unit in spite of its age. It had a rather dated look, but the loft layout – with two bedrooms and a study spread over […]

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Pantone declares another year of blue

NEW YORK• The people at Pantone know that times are hard. “Many of us,” the colour company said in a recent presentation, feel anxious, “completely overloaded and perpetually stressed”. The antidote, according to Pantone’s swatch psychologists? Blue. Specifically: Classic Blue. For the 21st consecutive year, Pantone has named a colour of the year, a trend-forecasting […]

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Black is the new neutral

WASHINGTON • The design world always has an “in” colour it embraces as its neutral. It is the colour you see painted inside spec houses and rentals and popularised in catalogues and online. While white is always a neutral fallback, beige was favoured in the early 2000s. For the past 10 years, it has been […]

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Vintage Star Wars toys on display

In his early days as a collector of Star Wars toys, Mr Derek Ho was shocked when a friend spent $150 on a Revenge Of The Jedi proof card – a piece of draft packaging with the original title of the 1983 film later known as Return Of The Jedi. “I said, ‘Are you crazy? […]

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Fairy tale with local flair and heart

PETER PAN IN SERANGOON GARDENS The Ngee Ann Kongsi Theatre, Wild Rice@Funan/Wednesday Please subscribe or log in to continue reading the full article. Learn more about ST PREMIUM. Enjoy unlimited access to ST’s best work Exclusive stories and features on multiple devices In-depth analyses and opinion pieces ePaper and award-winning multimedia content

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Acclaimed pianist delivers striking performance

HAOCHEN ZHANG PLAYS MOZART  Singapore Symphony Orchestra – Thomas Dausgaard (conductor), Haochen Zhang (piano)  Please subscribe or log in to continue reading the full article. Learn more about ST PREMIUM. Enjoy unlimited access to ST’s best work Exclusive stories and features on multiple devices In-depth analyses and opinion pieces ePaper and award-winning multimedia content

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Chinese reality show canned after Godfrey Gao’s death

SHANGHAI • Zhejiang Television has cancelled its Chase Me reality show in the wake of Godfrey Gao’s death. The Taiwan-born Canadian model-actor died on Nov 27 in Ningbo, China. He was then tackling a run in the show that poses challenges to participants. His body is now back in Taiwan for a funeral on Dec […]

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Interior magazine going strong in digital world

LONDON • Two decades after the Internet changed everything, magazines mostly have yet to figure out how to thrive in a digital world. They have either retreated from print altogether or appear on newsstands infrequently. Titles once so culturally influential have been supplanted by social media and blogs, and are sometimes so thin with advertising […]

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YSL jacket auctioned for $570k

PARIS • A richly embroidered jacket by Yves Saint Laurent, inspired by Vincent van Gogh’s Sunflowers painting, was sold at auction on Wednesday for €382,000 (S$574,000). The amount was a record for a garment from the French designer. The jacket, which was once worn on the catwalk by supermodel Naomi Campbell, had been expected to […]

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Bridging space for reconciliation

Loneliness is as wide as space and as small and close as the human heart in The Far Side Of The Moon. The dream-like play by Canadian auteur Robert Lepage makes its Singapore premiere on Friday at the Esplanade Theatre. Amid its many technical marvels – a moving mirror as wide as the stage, a […]