Extreme Flowers

Supersized begonias are the main attraction at the Flower Dome at Gardens by the Bay, as the flower season kicks off.

Singapore's Green Buildings On Show

THE BUILDINGS ON these two pages may be familiar for their eye-catching designs, but they are also shining examples of green architecture in Singapore. Look closely at these high-rise structures and you will see pockets of green by way of public spaces, extensive sky terraces, sky bridges, vertical...

Discover Your Inner Craftsman

WHEN ALVIN TAN enrolled in the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (Nafa) in 1997, there were no ceramics studios in Singapore to speak of. Now you can Google and find maybe five or more, but at the time, it didn't look like Mr Tan - who was taking a course in ceramics and encouraged by lecturers who...

Chang Theng Hwee

TRAVELLERS WHO HAVE booked a holiday from bespoke travel company Country Holidays would know Chang Theng Hwee. The Singaporean started the firm in 1994 and it was the first in Singapore to offer trips to Antarctica.

Black Gold Hunting

The months of June to August mark winter truffle season in New South Wales, and lovers of this black gold can do more than enjoy them over scrambled eggs or pasta - they can dig for them on special hunting tours.

Toast to Charity

If negroni is your poison, then have a drink and do some good during Negroni Week at Italian craft cocktail bar, Marcello. Until June 10, Marcello is serving the bespoke Limonegroni, which is a refreshing mix of Campari, Mancino Bianco, Fords Gin and Homemade Limoncello.

Tour in Black & White

BEFORE SWANKY CONDOMINIUMS and HDB blocks started sprouting up, some of the buildings that made Singapore's architectural landscape unique were the colourful shophouses and black and white homes...

Designer chic

Italian designer Piero Lissoni could well have been snacking on edamame (soybeans) in his favourite Japanese restaurant, when he was inspired to design this sofa.

Grain Fed

If lunch at your desk is yet another sandwich, greasy mee pok tar or boring salad, it's time to re-look your options. Get a healthy home-style meal from Grain - an online restaurant that offers yes, grain-based, nutrient-dense lunches delivered right to your office or home. ...

Singapore's Got Talent

Do you have what it takes to be the Next Generation Singapore Designer? That is what design publication Wallpaper* and the DesignSingapore Council are on the hunt for.

Pandan Valley Chic

HE SPENT MOST OF his career designing private apartments and knows practically every possible home configuration. So when former architect Koon Wai Leong set to work on his first family home, he knew exactly how to change the layout of an existing apartment to suit his family of four.

Andre Fu

Architect/designer Andre Fu vividly remembers his first trip to New York, when he was a teenager. He was there to visit friends, and stayed at Union Square. He recalls strolling down Madison and Fifth Avenues, and unintentionally walking into the Waldorf Astoria New York. His memory of the luxury...

Green Shopping

THE SOCIAL SPACE is quite unlike anything that can be found in Singapore. The lifestyle concept store houses a cafe, a retail area, a nail salon, and a refillery. It was started by a husband-and-wife social entrepreneur team, Daniel Yeow and Cheryl Ou.

Creative Ideas

If you have deseeded chilli before, you know how painful it can be when your fingers start to burn.

A Different View

We often see Singapore for what it is - a busy city that is hot and humid.

Singapore Design Goes To Venice

SINGAPOREANS KNOW FULL WELL how small their country is, and how squeezy it can be. But has the country really run out of space?

Michelle Yong

Michelle Yong, 39, comes from a family that is known for building some of Singapore's most iconic developments, such as Gardens by the Bay and UOB Plaza 1 and 2. ...

Old trades, new trends

In an age where most people live in a throwaway society, and anything bright, new and shiny is preferred, it is hard to believe anyone would want to spend money on second-hand goods. But step into second-hand furniture retailer Hock Siong & Co and you see people selecting pieces of solid wood...

Game Not Over

Long before the arrival of video game consoles such as PlayStation, Xbox, Wii and Nintendo, playing games meant going to the arcade, where you would drop money into a box-like machine, hit some colourful buttons and manoeuvre a joystick.

Goodwill shopping

When you buy a watch from Danish brand Nordgreen, you don't just buy a timepiece of Scandinavian design. Priced from S$269, it boasts a clean and functional look with a stainless steel case, diamond cut hands and Italian leather straps...

Bhutan Retreat

Whether you can barely do a down dog or if you're doing headstands with ease, there's nothing like escaping the city to say 'Om' in Bhutan - the land of mysticism, Zen and chilli cheese stew...

Only Onigiri

This mainstay of the Japanese convenience store - rice balls stuffed with different fillings and shaped into seaweed wrapped triangles - are easily found in supermarket sushi counters.


Ling Doh Kin, an avid photographer and founding editor of electronic travel magazine Bigfoottraveller.com, is holding his first photo exhibition, which will have visitors rushing to make holiday bookings immediately after.

The Last Straw

Eco-conscious travellers will be happy to know that Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts has just made a pledge against single-use plastics, which are known to have a detrimental effect on the environment and marine life.

Heritage Redefined

It is not every day that you come across a conservation shophouse for sale, so when the opportunity to purchase one at Blair Road came up, a married couple, both lawyers in their early 40s, jumped at the chance.