Spending in a pandemic

IN another life, businessman and investor Benjamin Goh's calendar was much like that of his fellow globetrotters - jetting around Asia once a month for work, and at least four times a year to Europe and beyond for both work and play. His passions are food, wine, culture, watches, cars - and his...

James Liang, Chairman & Co-founder, Trip.com Group

IF TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS are lifted between Singapore and another country such that you don’t have to quarantine yourself upon arrival, you should take advantage of it immediately – chances are, you’ll be able to get great deals on hotels and attractions, without the crowds and queues.

Laggards or leaders in technology?

IS LUXURY KEEPING pace with technology? Is the high-end customer experience being elevated by A.I.? Can digital experiences deliver more personalised and exclusive services while still preserving a luxury brand’s integrity? No, no, and yes, answers a new paper co-authored by NUS Business School...

Singapore's First Virtual Fashion Fest

A NEW DIGITAL fashion festival called The Front Row may be what the local industry needs to become viable.

Charlie Kaufman's Debut Novel Is Brilliant

THERE ARE SOME people in the world who can’t get enough of Charlie Kaufman.

ChildAid raises S$1.95m for underprivileged children

IN homes across the world, over 1,150 performing artists got together to celebrate the power of music to comfort and unite people in these challenging times.

10 highlights of ChildAid 2020 tonight

THE virtual charity concert ChildAid 2020 debuts tonight on the various digital platforms of The Business Times and The Straits Times. Pop stars, jazz maestros, child performers and world-renowned classical musicians are joining forces to bring you a terrific hour of music entertainment,...

ChildAid funds help nurture kids' creative potential

SIBLINGS Judy and Jacky Boey, who are 11 and 9 respectively, learn visual arts and music with the help of The Business Times Budding Artists Fund (BTBAF). Both have demonstrated interest in the arts at a young age, which prompted their mother, Madam Liu Liqiong, to enrol them at the Little Arts...

Kids flourish with help from two funds

PRIMARY school pupil S Mugunthesh, 9, has been scoring As at Tampines Primary every year. "I'm always first in class. I'm good at English, Science, Math, Tamil . . . I love school," he says confidently.

Over 1,000 singers for ChildAid 2020

ORGANISED by The Business Times and The Straits Times, the ChildAid 2020 concert debuting online on Wednesday night will feature not one but two virtual choirs - and one of them will make history as one of the most international virtual choirs ever assembled.


Party for Your Party

IT'S POLLING DAY. Battle lines have been drawn and political parties formed. No, we're not talking about the hustings, but parties of a different kind – the ones where food and a certain amount of alcohol are involved.


Books we’d vote for

It’s hard to fully understand the story of modern Singapore without reading the memoirs of its first prime minister Lee Kuan Yew.

A league of her own

GENEVIEVE CHUA’S SOLO exhibition at STPI opened in late February and had to close just over a month later, because of the circuit breaker.

Kahchun Wong, Chief Conductor of Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra

AT A RECENT photo shoot with famous photographer Russel Wong, conductor Kahchun Wong jokingly asked the photographer if he could make him look like Chris Hemsworth, the actor who plays Thor, the mythological God of Thunder, in the Hollywood blockbuster films. 

Hullo to a souped-up, virtual ChildAid 2020

WHEN the curtain rises on ChildAid 2020 on July 15, audiences will be treated to a virtual concert unlike any other. The event will use cutting-edge technology so audiences can watch and listen to it in a 360-degree sphere.

ChildAid raises funds for over 10,000 kids a year

SINCE 2005, ChildAid has been raising money for two Singapore Press Holdings charities, which have helped over 170,000 children - or over 10,000 children a year.

Andrew Li, CEO, Zouk Group

REMEMBER THAT THING people used to call a “dance floor”? An enclosed space where everyone is invited to step into, shed their inhibitions and let the music guide them?

Gillman Reopens

WHEN GILLMAN BARRACKS reopened recently, gallerists had quite a bit cleaning to do.

Soulful Septuagenarians

On June 19, by coincidence, two of rock music’s oldest and most revered singer-songwriters, Bob Dylan and Neil Young, released new albums.

Art helps kids cope with pandemic

THE Rice Company, which manages The Business Times' charity The Business Times Budding Artists Fund, believes that no child should be denied a chance to learn the arts just because they cannot afford to.

Women supporting women

T:>WORKS – OR THE fabled arts company once known as TheatreWorks – is launching the second edition of its Festival Of Women: N.O.W. completely online. From July 15 to August 2, N.O.W will present a wide range of art exhibitions, live-streamed performances, a digitalised competition, video...

Joey Alexander, Jazz Musician

AT JUST 16 years of age, jazz musician Joey Alexander has recorded six studio albums and earned three Grammy nominations. He’s shared the stage with jazz greats such as Wynton Marsalis and Brad Mehldau, and performed for former US presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton.

Luxury is dead. Long live luxury

FOR DECADES, LUXURY brands had mastered the art of the sale. The precise calibrations of product design, store layout, careful lighting, piped-in music and professional staff kept you lingering, gazing, craving and eventually pulling out your wallet or purse.

MENSWEAR: Battling Covid – stylishly, of course

At CYC Made To Measure, no precaution is too small. Before you sit down for your consultation, the tailor has wiped down the tables and chairs with antibacterial sheets. The fabric catalogues have been tased by a germ-killing UV light stick. 

Eight great gifts for Dad

Pioneering menswear tailor Leslie Chia started Closeknip in 2018 when he realised there was a market for quick and efficient MTM services.