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So much to learn at cocktail festival

To cater to the modern, savvy cocktail drinker, the upcoming Singapore Cocktail Festival (SGCF) is stepping up the educational aspect of cocktail drinking by introducing masterclasses by some of the world’s top bartenders. The fifth edition of the festival, which started out as Singapore Cocktail Week in 2015, will take place from May 10 to […]

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From farm to fork, at home

Foodies in Singapore are used to noshing on exotic offerings, from Spanish Iberico ham to Turkish apricots. But the most novel produce one can consume today could be food that is grown locally. Please subscribe or log in to continue reading the full article. Learn more about ST PREMIUM. Enjoy unlimited access to ST’s best […]

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Soft nudge towards healthier choices

Walk past a bus stop and it is likely you will see an advertisement shilling fruit juice with less sugar. In supermarkets, the Healthier Choice logo is emblazoned on thousands of products. Bags of brown rice are prominent in the grains section. Bubble tea shops give customers the option to choose how much sugar they […]

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Pre-schools instil green habits through play

Some pre-schools in Singapore are promoting a zero-waste lifestyle, hoping to instil green habits in a generation who will probably face the pressing challenges of climate change when they grow up. In January, the Shaws Preschool group launched efforts to reduce, reuse and recycle – popularly known as the 3Rs that help cut down the […]

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What’s wrong with being average?

My daughter came home recently with a report on her performance in the first school term. It was a holistic profile which assigned achievement levels – accomplished, competent and developing – instead of grades to students’ learning progress. Please subscribe or log in to continue reading the full article. Learn more about ST PREMIUM. Enjoy […]

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Where the Japanese ski

Niseko in Hokkaido, Japan, is a popular ski destination with Singaporeans. But in the past decade, the town has practically become a Singaporean outpost – what with Singaporean chef Willin Low setting up a restaurant there and Singaporean companies such as Cathay Organisation and SC Global developing properties there. For enthusiasts keen to explore other […]

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Welcome to Chernobyl

The radiation meter – a Geiger Counter – bleeps frantically. It is now 24 times higher than an earlier reading taken outside the exclusion zone – 30km away. Adding to the fear factor, the tour guide hides the meter behind her back to keep it out of our sight. Please subscribe or log in to […]

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Say it with love for mum

Add a personal touch with Chateraise’s customisable Mother’s Day cake. Although there is no actual portrait on the cake as the name suggests, customers can write messages on the cake and decorate it with a chocolate-filled pen. The vanilla sponge cake features three layers of fresh cream, strawberry sauce and is topped with fresh strawberries. Please […]

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Arts Picks

CELEBRATING UNESCO INTERNATIONAL JAZZ DAY  Head with your family to the Singapore Botanic Gardens for this concert by The Jazz Association Singapore Youth Orchestra, which is conducted by associate music director Tan Weixiang. The concert will feature Singapore’s “King of Swing” Jeremy Monteiro (left), as well as vocalists Rudy Djoe and Lily Hargrove, who will […]

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Film Picks

EUROPEAN UNION FILM FESTIVAL The 29th edition of the festival will showcase 27 films from across Europe, in a variety of genres. The 2017 Austrian period drama, Mademoiselle Paradis (M18, 97 minutes), is based on the inspiring true story of the 18th-century pianist Maria Theresia von Paradis and her relationship with the doctor trying to […]

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The rise of raw denim

In this era of instant gratification, raw denim is deliberately slow. It takes a lot of consistent wear and patience before the original untreated denim becomes what it is supposed to be – something that is personally yours, where initial stiffness and dark indigo eventually give way to a softer, more individual fit, and all […]

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Wrist Taker

Who: Ben Cheong, 60, philanthropist and founder of Magical Light Foundation, a charity which provides humanitarian aid and sustainable social development programmes for disadvantaged communities in Asia. My watch: Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust with diamond and sapphire bezel. How much I paid for it: It was bequeathed to me by my late younger brother Cecil. […]

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If you believe in something, stick to it: Chopard boss

One of the most talked-about watches at this year’s Baselworld watch fair was the L.U.C. Flying T Twin – Chopard’s first flying, and automatic, tourbillon. A handsome and technically outstanding timepiece, it is – at 3.3mm high – elegantly slim. Please subscribe or log in to continue reading the full article. Learn more about ST […]

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Timely for Calvin Klein to exit high fashion

One of the biggest American names in fashion recently announced a change of direction. Calvin Klein, one of the few fashion brands to become a household name, had let go of its chief creative officer Raf Simons and followed that by shuttering its 205W39NYC runway line. Please subscribe or log in to continue reading the […]

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Headwinds, hazards and the Asian future at ST book club

The Straits Times Book Club held its first double bill on Wednesday, with two non-fiction books on economics and international relations. ST associate editor Vikram Khanna took the stage with his new collection, Headwinds And Hazards: Economic Snapshots In An Age Of Populism, alongside Indian-American global strategy adviser Parag Khanna, who spoke about his latest […]

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Food Picks: Wong Ah Yoke recommends

Chef Kirk Westaway has been doing fantastic things since he took over the kitchen of Jaan in 2015. Every season, he comes up with a new menu and those I have tasted over the past year are testament to his growth in confidence and skill. His latest spring menu is impressive. Continuing his focus on […]

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A mini wonder to behold

When the iPad mini stayed unchanged for more than three years, fans must have thought Apple had given up on its smallest tablet. But surprise – a new iPad mini was at last launched last month. The iPad mini 2019 looks exactly like the last iteration, the iPad mini 4. It has the same large […]

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To have and to fold, or better to wait?

Last week, the US$1,980 (S$2,680) Samsung Galaxy Fold – the Korean giant’s first smartphone with a foldable screen – hit the headlines for the wrong reasons, with several reviewers reporting broken screens, flickering visuals and lost pixels. While other reviewers have reported no major issues with their review units, Samsung has decided to delay the […]

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Excellent camera comes at a price

My anticipation for the Panasonic Lumix S1R has been building, having first encountered it as a non-working prototype in last year’s Photokina show before trying a working model two months ago at the CP+ international camera and photo imaging show. This is the first full-frame mirrorless camera from Panasonic. The review unit is the 47.3-megapixel […]

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New products, Apr 24, 2019: Asus VG278QR, Canon EOS 200D II and more

Asus VG278QR GAMING MONITOR Pricing and availability to be confirmed Designed for intense and fast-paced games, this 27-inch full high-definition gaming monitor features an ultra-fast 0.5-millisecond response time and a blazing 165Hz refresh rate. Conventional monitors have a refresh rate of 60Hz. The Asus VG278QR is also G-Sync compatible, which means it works with Nvidia […]

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Don’t get phished: Businesses here lost around $43 million in 2017 due to e-mail impersonation scams

You would not allow a thief to enter your home, but what if the thief was disguised as someone familiar and tricked you into opening the door? Phishing works in the same way – people open the doors to their data, giving up usernames, log-in information or other information to malicious e-mails, links or websites […]

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Routers get tough on home security

Unable to tell if a uniform resource locator, or URL, is legitimate or leads to a phishing website? The good news is that your browser will probably alert you if you click on a suspicious link. Please subscribe or log in to continue reading the full article. Learn more about ST PREMIUM. Enjoy unlimited access […]

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Tweaks make Dell ultrabook sweeter

One of my favourite laptops, the Dell XPS 13, received a minor makeover earlier this year. This new 2019 edition, which carries the 9380 model name, comes with a few tweaks that make this ultrabook even more attractive to consumers, while retaining the same, clean design that long-time users would be familiar with. The most […]

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D-Link defends your home network against cyber threats

Defending your home network against external cyber threats is what D-Link’s latest consumer router, the D-Fend AC2600 Wi-Fi Router, also known as the DIR-2680, claims to do. It certainly has the credentials to do so as it comes with cyber security outfit McAfee’s Secure Home Platform service, which inspects network traffic for suspicious activity, warns […]

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Small, light smartwatch

Aimed at the fitness crowd, the Galaxy Watch Active is the smallest and lightest model of Samsung’s Galaxy smartwatch series. With a 1.1-inch (360 x 360 pixels) circular display on a 40mm case, it takes up less of your wrist than the flagship Galaxy Watch, which was launched late last year with two variants – […]

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Singapore start-up Mighty Bear makes mighty leap into mobile gaming

A Singapore start-up, founded by four former employees of the United States-based studio behind hit mobile game Candy Crush, is looking at carving out a space for itself in the lucrative mobile gaming market. Fresh from receiving US$2.5 million (S$3.4 million) in seed funding from global investors last year, the two-year-old games studio Mighty Bear […]

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Meet 22 characters in 22 rooms

If you have ever wanted to interact with storybook characters such as Snow White or Ali Baba, you now have the chance to meet not one, not two, but 22 characters at 22 Stories, a multi-room theatrical production by theatre company Andsoforth Junior, which specialises in family productions. The characters will be stationed in 22 […]

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Hope blooms amid family violence

How does domestic violence affect physical space as well as lives? Drama Box’s new experiential installation, Flowers, constructs a fictional home affected by family violence that ticketholders can wander through. Drama Box’s resident artist Han Xuemei emphasises that Flowers is not a site-specific work, but brings its own story to the location – a terrace […]