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Singapore Rhapsodies is more than just a treat for the ears as the festival site at Sentosa's Palawan Green will also be transformed into a carnival-esque picnic ground.
Whisky Sukiyaki.
National Geographic Emerging Explorer Albert Lin.
Min Lee.

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BT writers' picks of what to see, do or talk about
Aug 26, 2016 5:50 AM



Singapore Rhapsodies

MUSIC lovers have a new festival to look forward to with Singapore Rhapsodies - a sequel of sorts to last year's Sing50 mega-concert - making its debut this weekend.

An initiative of the SING50 Fund - which originated from the aforementioned event last year organised by The Straits Times and The Business Times, in celebration of Singapore's 50 years of music heritage - the three-hour extravaganza will put emerging home-grown acts and established ones on the same stage.

"This festival came about as a continuation of the Sing50 concert extravaganza in celebration of 50 years of Singapore music ... The organisers wanted to sustain a momentum in promoting Singapore works among local audiences; and perpetuate the drive for creativity and creation among local musicians," explains Tan Tee Tong, director of The Rice Company Ltd, a not-for-profit organisation which manages the SING50 Fund.

Artistes appearing at Singapore Rhapsodies include indie guitarist-songwriter Charlie Lim, who released his critically acclaimed double EP Time/Space last year; Singapore Idol alumni Daphne Khoo and Sezairi Sezali; and artists like Ling Kai, RaghaJazz, Gareth Fernandez and the Momma Shop.

The event is more than just a treat for the ears as the festival site at Sentosa's Palawan Green will also be transformed into a carnival-esque picnic ground.

Off-stage, there will be local culinary delights and an arts market curated by local art market vendor Togetherly.

By Dylan Tan

  • Singapore Rhapsodies will be held on Palawan Green at Sentosa on Aug 27 from 6.30pm. Admisssion is free


Whisky Sukiyaki

TAMASHII Robataya's chef-owner Patrick Tan is one creative person. Earlier this year, he introduced the Sake Nabe, where pork slices are lightly cooked in a sake broth.

Now he has introduced Whisky Sukiyaki at his restaurant, possibly the first one in Singapore to offer this dish.

Chef Tan uses Nikka Whisky Black Clear for this dish, because "the whisky has a clean finish, and will not overpower the taste of the sukiyaki", he explains.

He first begins by cooking slices of A5 Saga Wagyu on its own, so that diners can enjoy that natural rich beefy taste.

For the second round of cooking, an assortment of vegetables are added, together with more beef and housemade sukiyaki sauce. Then he flambes the food with a serving of whisky. The sukiyaki now tastes less sweet, but with a slight taste of malt from the whisky.

Traditionally, the beef and vegetables are lightly dipped in raw egg before eating, but since they have been cooked in whisky, they taste better on their own.

Besides the sukiyaki, the set meal also comes with a sashimi salad, rice and dessert.

By Tay Suan Chiang

  • A5 Saga Gyu Sukiyaki is priced at S$90 per pax. Additional S$40 per pot for 100ml of Nikka Whisky Black Clear. Available at Tamashii Robataya, 12 North Canal Road, #02-01. For reservations, call 62220316


National Geographic Live: Chasing Ancient Mysteries with Albert Lin

THE bi-annual National Geographic Live series is back next week, this time with National Geographic Emerging Explorer Albert Lin - a research scientist and engineer who specialises in technology-enabled exploration.

He will be speaking on a few projects including his search for conqueror Genghis Khan's long-lost tomb in "Valley of the Khans", where he had to use non-invasive, advanced technology in order to respect a Mongolian tradition that forbids physical excavation of burial sites. Other expeditions on the list include searching for new Mayan sites in Guatemala, and digging into the disappearance of MH370 in 2014.

By Rachel Loi

  • Chasing Ancient Mysteries with Albert Lin takes place at the Esplanade Theatres on the Bay, Concert Hall, on Aug 30 at 7.30pm. Ticket prices start at S$39, and are available at


Singapore Night Festival 2016

THE Singapore Night Festival returns this weekend for its second and last week. One of the biggest highlights is Invasion, a street-theatre performance of a mythical tale involving monsters and warriors from the past.

As actors and large puppet monsters weave through the crowds, members of the audience become unwitting participants in the good-versus-evil story. The free performance is by Dutch theatre group Close-Act and takes place in front of National Museum of Singapore from 9.45 to 10.15pm and from 11.30pm to midnight on Friday and Saturday.

Meanwhile, at the Singapore Art Museum, a building just opposite the National Museum, British creative studio Novak is inspired by the novels of Jules Verne to take audiences all around the world, from the depths of the ocean to the milky clouds of the sky. Massive images are projected across the facade of the Singapore Art Museum to give audiences the sensation that they are travelling in Victorian-era machines. The projections begin at 7.30pm daily till late.

There are many other events to catch, including the Bloc Party at Armenian Street in front of the Substation. The line-up on Friday and Saturday includes music performances till 2am. For more information, go to

By Helmi Yusof


The String Social

REACHING out and engaging youths isn't easy, but what better way to do it than through social media? Min Lee, Singapore's poster girl for classical music, did just that.

Using social media platform Instagram, Lee organised The String Social by reaching out to violinist Chloe Trevor from Dallas and viola player Drew Alexander Forde from Juilliard and inviting them to perform alongside her in Singapore.

The three new-age classical musicians will perform from an energetic repertoire that includes Prokofiev, Handel-Halvorssen, and Sarasate through combinations of solos, duets and chamber collaborations.

Snippets of The String Social will also be streamed live via the musicians' own personal social media accounts, giving some 130,000 followers the chance to experience the concert without physically being there.

Lee's protégé, 10-year-old Samuel Tan, will also be doing a guest performance on the night.

By Avanti Nim

  • The String Social will be held on Aug 26 at the Victoria Concert Hall at 8pm. Tickets start from S$20 and are available from Sistic