A much-anticipated international garden and flower event, this year’s Singapore Garden Festival marks 10 years since its start in 2006, and it promises to be bigger than ever!
Whether you are a gardening enthusiast, a fan of past Gardens by the Bay exhibitions, or are simply keen to admire some beautiful landscaping designs, you’ll be delighted by what Gardens by the Bay has in store for you. Apart from the Singapore Garden Festival, you can look forward to nightly concerts and dining deals too!
Singapore Garden Festival (SGF) 2016[caption id="attachment_11657" align="alignnone" width="600"] Orchid Extravaganza
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Let’s start with the SGF 2016, which is on from now until 31 July. This year’s edition of the festival features the best of tropical horticulture and floral artistry. Local and internationally-acclaimed designers have taken part to create enchanting masterpieces at Gardens by the Bay. Spanning a 9.7-hectare space, there are interesting highlights for every type of festival goer.
Landscape & Fantasy Gardens
Check out the Landscape & Fantasy Gardens for landscaping inspiration by award-winning designers. Designers include local talents like John Tan and Raymond Toh who clinched the Silver-Gilt award at the prestigious Chelsea Flower Show 2015. There’s also Ann Teo who received the Outstanding Award of Excellence and two Gold Awards at the 2015 Singapore Landscape Architects Award.[caption id="attachment_11653" align="alignnone" width="600"] Landscape & Fantasy Gardens
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Floral Windows to the World
The exquisite Floral Windows to the World features both international names and budding local amateurs. This is the first year where local participants were identified through a public competition held in April this year. The top three winning displays are featured at the festival alongside international designers. Pay the exhibition a visit and be amazed by our upcoming design talents![caption id="attachment_11652" align="alignnone" width="600"] Floral Windows to the World
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Celebrations! Floral Table Series
For more floral designs, the Celebrations! Floral Table Series showcases a myriad of delicate flower arrangements that will take your breath away. Plus, you can also learn how to bring such beautiful designs to life at the exhibition!
If you’re a fan of our national flower, this is a must-see. At the Orchid Extravaganza, you’ll get to walk through a colourful orchid wonderland, surrounded by countless gorgeous blooms.[caption id="attachment_11654" align="alignnone" width="600"] Orchid Extravaganza
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SGF Rocks! Free Nightly Performances[caption id="attachment_11658" align="alignnone" width="600"] Image credit: singaporegardenfestival.com[/caption]
As the sky turns dark, anticipate the performers that will take to the Meadow Stage and the Alfresco Stage (Free admission!) at the Marketplace.
The night will be livened up by the likes of Gentle Bones, Jack & Rai, Shirlyn & The UneXpected, and many more local musicians! With an extensive lineup, you can expect to hear a range of music genres, from R&B to pop and rock- there’ll definitely be something for everyone.
More information on the lineup here.
Flowers aside, don’t miss the dining promotions that are running right now at Gardens by the Bay too!
Pollen[caption id="attachment_11655" align="alignnone" width="700"] Image credit: Pollen Singapore Facebook[/caption]
Boasting a lush Mediterranean garden setting, Pollen is located within the Flower Dome, with stunning waterfront views and vegetables coming straight from an in-house garden. Pollen is having an early dinner deal, where you can savour a sunset dinner at S$88++ per person for three courses. Booking and more information Image credit: Majestic Bay Seafood Restaurant Facebook[/caption]
Right below the Flower Dome is this seafood restaurant that serves up iconic crowd favourites like the Chili Crab and for an innovative twist on the dish, the ‘Kopi’ Crab. Majestic Bay has a promotion for OCBC credit card holders, where S$88++ spent entitles you to a Signature Baked Rice with Assorted Seafood (U.P. $88) along with your meal. Booking and more information singaporegardenfestival.com, edited by author.)
Touted as a healthier way to enjoy steamboat, Hong Kong’s steam-potting trend has hit our shores. Steam-potting is known to be more nutritious as the process (which we will get into in a bit) seals in the ingredients’ nutritional value better than the usual steamboat. If you enjoy a hearty meal with a warm homely fare, you’ll have to check this out.
Instead of the conventional hot pot, steam-potting, as its name suggests, involves steaming the ingredients rather than boiling them.[caption id="attachment_11412" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Image credit: Steam Box Facebook[/caption] [caption id="attachment_11442" align="aligncenter" width="851"] Credit: IG – sgfoodonfoot[/caption]
The menu includes fresh greens, tiger prawns, crabs, wagyu beef, and even dimsum. If you can’t wait for the food to be steamed, order up some century egg congee or the crowd-favourite egg custard buns while the food is cooking.[caption id="attachment_11413" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Image credit: Steam Box Facebook[/caption] [caption id="attachment_11414" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Image credit: Steam Box Facebook[/caption] [caption id="attachment_11441" align="aligncenter" width="847"] Credit: IG – mightyfoodie[/caption]
Another feature of steam-potting is that the soup is enjoyed last. While the ingredients are being steamed, the natural juices of the food flow to the bottom of the pot, seeping into the rice grains and soup base. This creates a delicious soupy congee that is packed with flavour to end off your meal.
Now, where do I enjoy this pot of goodness, you ask? Head to Steam Box at Serangoon Gardens to have a taste of the steam-potting trend![caption id="attachment_11443" align="aligncenter" width="857"] Credit: IG – where.is.karl[/caption] [caption id="attachment_11416" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Image credit: Steam Box Facebook[/caption]
We’re sure you won’t regret your steam-potting experience. Steamboat is delicious enough as it is, but with an upgraded method boasting more flavour and nutrition? We’re in.
Address: 68 Serangoon Garden Way, Singapore 555962
Phone: 6281 6939
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11am-3pm & 6-11pm, Sat & Sun 11.30am-11pm
(Header image credit: Wisma Atria Brings Japan To S’pore – Tsukiji Sushi To Wagyu Beef!
1. The South Beach[caption id="attachment_9319" align="alignnone" width="1000"] Image credit: The South Beach[/caption] [caption id="attachment_9317" align="alignnone" width="1920"] Image credit: The South Beach[/caption]
If you’re looking for an elaborate stay, the The South Beach
Address: 30 Beach Rd, S189763
Price: From S$442 per night
2. Hôtel Vagabond[caption id="attachment_9916" align="alignnone" width="700"] Image credit: Hotel Vagabond[/caption] [caption id="attachment_9559" align="alignnone" width="700"] Image credit: Hôtel Vagabond[/caption]
From its massive gold elephant to the shiny bronze rhinoceros at the reception, the quirky Hotel Vagabond
Address: 39 Syed Alwi Rd, S207630
Price: From S$209 per night
3. The Club Hotel[caption id="attachment_9918" align="alignnone" width="700"] Image credit: The Club Hotel[/caption] [caption id="attachment_9329" align="alignnone" width="700"] Image credit: homeanddecor.com.sg[/caption]
Head straight to Mr & Mrs Maxwell’s, the bar and lounge at The Club Hotel
Address: 28 Ann Siang Rd, 069708
Price:From S$268 per night
4. Hotel Jen Tanglin[caption id="attachment_9325" align="alignnone" width="700"] Image credit: Hotel Jen Tanglin[/caption]
Based on the imaginary persona of Jen, a professional hotelier, Hotel Jen Tanglin offers a cosy staycation spot at the end of Orchard’s shopping district. With Tumblr-ish quotes printed on its cushions and a lounge that looks more like a cafe than a hotel, Jen offers a charming and personal touch. This is also seen from its dabao (takeaway) box at the buffet, where you can help yourself to a little extra with the courtesy of Jen. They certainly know how to satisfy the auntie in us.
Hotel Jen Tanglin
Address: 1A Cuscaden Rd, 249716
Price: From $202 per night
5. Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa[caption id="attachment_9930" align="alignnone" width="700"] Image credit: Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa Facebook[/caption] [caption id="attachment_9321" align="alignnone" width="700"] Image credit: Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa Facebook[/caption]
The newly refurbished Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa
Address: 2 Bukit Manis Road Sentosa, Singapore 099891
Price: From S$354 per night
6. Hotel YANImage credit: Hotel Yan[/caption]
This industrial-chic hotel has a chill, cafe-like vibe that hipsters will die for. Built from a former industrial warehouse, Hotel YAN
Address: 162 Tyrwhitt Rd, 207581
Price: From S$104 per night
7. Park Hotel Alexandra[caption id="attachment_9406" align="alignnone" width="700"] Image credit: Park Hotel Alexandra[/caption] [caption id="attachment_9926" align="alignnone" width="700"] Image credit: tripadvisor[/caption]
Want to avoid the hustle and bustle of the city? Park Hotel Alexandra
Address: 323 Alexandra Road, 159972
Price: From S$148 per night
8. ibis Styles Singapore On Macpherson[caption id="attachment_9927" align="alignnone" width="700"] Image credit: booking.com[/caption] [caption id="attachment_9557" align="alignnone" width="700"] Image credit: ibis Styles Singapore On Macpherson[/caption]
Located at the top level of Macpherson Mall, ibis Styles Singapore On Macpherson
Address: 401 Macpherson Road Corner of MacPherson & Aljunied Rd, S368215
Contact: 6622 6000
Price: From S$99 per night
9. Oasia Hotel Downtown[caption id="attachment_9929" align="alignnone" width="700"] Image credit: Oasia Hotel Downtown[/caption]
With natural foliage and sleek modern designs, Oasia Hotel Downtown
Address: 100 Peck Seah St, 079333
Price from S$240 per night
Parisian-inspired stays, tropical retreats and more, there’s definitely no lack of new hotels to book a staycation this year. So if you’re too caught up with work for an overseas trip, a staycation is probably the next best thing for a quick getaway.
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(Header image credit: original image by Singapore Gourmet Bus, edited by author.)
Burger Joint is known as THE underground burger joint from New York, and their mysterious “anti-gourmet” burgers have finally reached Singapore.
Located along the hip Amoy Street, look for their neon burger sign and find your way in through the back door at Gemmill Lane. Head in and you’ll yourself in a cosy, diner-style space, with scribbles, posters, and graffiti on the walls. Feel free to leave your mark there too![embed]https://www.instagram.com/p/BE_Ag9TNntD/[/embed]
Burger Joint prides itself in offering unpretentious, all-American burgers; the complete opposite of fancy gourmet burgers. Simplicity and taste reign supreme at this burger spot, with the highlight of each paper-wrapped burger being the ingredients- juicy patties, fresh vegetables, and melted cheese.[embed]https://www.instagram.com/p/BE7h1JLjvzA/[/embed]
Hate tomatoes? Like your beef rare? Customise your burger as per the instructions on the wall, add a few squirts of ketchup and mustard, and voila, you can enjoy your burger exactly the way you want it.[embed]https://www.instagram.com/p/BFQ4lc1IoJa/[/embed]
And don’t forget to order up some fries and a milkshake or two. Apart from typical milkshake flavours like strawberry and chocolate, you can also opt for alcoholic versions with additional shots of booze like Baileys and Amaretto.[embed]https://www.instagram.com/p/BExwFTHJmb5/[/embed]
Speaking of booze, Burger Joint has a selection of craft beers on tap as well. Their selection includes Sweden’s Omnipollo, London’s Weird Beard, California’s Heretic, and more. TGIF, anyone?[embed]https://www.instagram.com/p/BEs4DPIjNiD/[/embed]
While this burger spot has gained fame in The Big Apple, online reviews on the newly opened branch in Singapore seems mixed at the moment, so we say it’s best to try Burger Joint out yourself. And if you do, let us know if you liked it![embed]https://www.instagram.com/p/BE-FcVSnsLj/[/embed]
For burger fans, this might be your next go-to spot for a good old all-American burger. And with its location along the popular Amoy Street, we’re pretty sure the hipster crowd will be checking this place out too.
Burger Joint SG
Address: #01-03, 115 Amoy St, Singapore 069935
Phone: 6221 8648
Opening hours: 11am – 12am daily
Also read: A.R.C. – The Café All Hipsters Dream About
(Header image credit: original pictures from Burger Joint Singapore, edited by author.)
(Header image credit: original image by Hipster Hawkers: 5 Stalls That Are Redefining Hawker Culture
Mainstays on the tap are the house brews Bugis Brown, Prinsep Pilsner and Waterloo Wit. Apart from those, expect to be surprised by their changing creations – craft beer lovers will no doubt be going back on multiple visits to taste the newest brews of this cult beer brand.[embed]https://www.instagram.com/p/BFOKtu4utAs/[/embed]
Having amassed a firm following in their hometown of Copenhagen and other cities, we’re sure it won’t take long for Mikkeller to develop a following in our tropical city. If the crowd during their opening is any indication, they’ve already started to gain some cult-beer-loving fans.[caption id="attachment_7377" align="aligncenter" width="851"] Credit: Mikkeller Bar Singapore[/caption]
Mikkeller Bar SG
Address: 120A Prinsep St, Singapore 187937
Opening hours: Daily, 4-11pm
Tel: 6352 0950
(Header image credit: original image by Mikkeller Bar SG, edited by author.)
We’ve been through rainbow cakes and crazy milkshakes, so what’s next? We’re guessing these fries with generous toppings might find their way into your Instagram feed soon. From kimchi and cheese to salted egg yolk, these are definitely not your typical fries. Save these picks for your next fries fix!
This fusion bistro is located in Westgate, serving up Korean favourites with Western influences, such as Jajangmyeon made with spaghetti. Their fries are particularly eye-catching, topped with a pile of spicy kimchi and drizzled with melted cheese.
Address: 3 Gateway Drive, #03-01, Westgate, 608532
Phone: 6369 9913
Opening hours: Sun to Thurs 11am- 11pm, Fri & Sat 11am-12am
Vatos Urban Tacos
Another Korean fusion establishment, Vatos Urban Tacos offers Korean-Mexican fare. Their Kimchi Carnitas Fries is sour, spicy, and cheesy all at once, served with generous toppings of sour cream, hot sauce, chopped onions, kimchi and cheese.
Vatos Urban Tacos
Address: 36 Beach Rd, Singapore 189677
Phone: 6385 6010
Opening hours: Sun to Thurs 12-11pm, Fri & Sat 12pm-12am
While many head to Chicken Up for their Korean fried chicken, don’t overlook the fries on their menu. Order a serving of their Bulgogi Fries for a beefier version (pun intended) of your typical cheese fries fix.
Address: 48 Tanjong Pagar Road #01-01 Singapore 088469
Phone: 6327 1203
Opening hours: Mon to Thu 5:30pm-2:00am; Fri & Sat: 5:30pm-3:00am; Sun: 5:30pm-12am
Click Chicken Up, edited by author.)
Those who love the rustic charm of the shophouses and bars along Keong Saik Street won’t want to miss the first-ever Keong Saik Carnival. This all-day family-friendly affair is organised by the team behind Potato Head Folk, the popular hipster bar at Keong Saik.[embed]https://www.instagram.com/p/BCr7ZKQoTdO/[/embed]
With the theme ‘Old Streets New Treats’, the carnival will celebrate the heritage of the historic neighbourhood – Tiong Bahru, “where past inspires present, traditions meets contemporaries”.
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That aside, expect art installations, heritage tours, pop-up food stalls, and cultural workshops as well. Plus, families with children will be glad to know that there will be a lion dance troupe putting on a show, a story telling session, balloon sculpting, along with an Uncle Ringo to keep the young ones occupied.[embed]https://www.instagram.com/p/BE2CtW9DpNc/[/embed]
The carnival will also see collaborations of traditional Chinese musicians with cutting-edge electronic DJs, as well as the freshest beatsmiths livening up the atmosphere with sounds of Hip-hop, Bass, House, Funk, Soul and Disco. From international names like Beijing’s Howie Lee to homegrown acts including Pushin’On and Syndicate, the live music stages are to be anticipated![caption id="attachment_8286" align="aligncenter" width="2048"] Music: Darker Than Wax. Credit: Keong Saik Carnival[/caption]
HOWIE LEE + ZHANG YANG (LIVE)
CHACHA (LIVE) & HOWELL
AL ROCCO & BLOW FEVER
SYNDICATE (KIAT, KOFLOW, INTRIGUANT)
PLEASURE (BERGAS, TARA)
SUN DOWN CIRCLE
PUSHIN’ON (MARVIN GOLD, TOM SHELLSUIT)
HOME (DJR, KNIVES, JERLS, REIKI)
DARKER THAN WAX (FUNK BSTRD, KAYE, DARYL C)
#VINYLOFTHEDAY (KURT, EDEN)
TELL YOUR CHILDREN
Behave Behave X Oak & Bindi
Gallery & Co
Hounds of the Baskervilles
Leica Store Singapore
Supplies & Co.
The Analog Vault
Underscore X Triceratops
Vinyl of The Day #vinyloftheday
Official Credit Card: UOB YOLO (UOB Cards)
Official Food on Wheels: Deliveroo
Official Projector Sponsor: Epson
Official Photography Partner: Leica
Official Ride: Uber
Official Hotel: Park 22 hotel Singapore
Official Beer: Heineken
Official TV: LI TV Asia
Official Bespoke Motorcycle: Custom Burner
Official Irish Whiskey: Jameson Ambassador Singapore
Official Rum: Mount Gay Rum
Official Gin: The Botanist
Official Soda: Fever Tree – Singapore
Official Music Partner: W Hotels Worldwide
Official Radio Station: Lush99.5
Official Magazine: JUICE Singapore
Official Production House: Blackvine Pte Ltd
Official Sound & Light: The Show Company
Schedule[caption id="attachment_8278" align="aligncenter" width="1597"] Credit: Keong Saik Carnival[/caption]
Map[caption id="attachment_8279" align="aligncenter" width="2048"] Credit: Keong Saik Carnival[/caption]
Keong Saik Carnival has also tied up with Uber for up to $20 off your first ride to or from the carnival with promo code “KSC2016”. Do note that this promotion is only valid for first time Uber riders. Download the Uber app for more details.
Excited for the carnival yet? Let your friends know about it and have a blast this Saturday!
Keong Saik Carnival
Date: Saturday, 28 May 2016
Time: 12:00NN to 10:30PM
Address: Keong Saik Road
(Header image credit: original image by Les Haines, edited by author.)
With CNNGo.com calling it “One of the world’s best food festivals”, live music to go along with your meal.[embed]https://www.instagram.com/p/BEigz8ukLl9/[/embed] [embed]https://www.instagram.com/p/BEqLCQWkLgi/[/embed] [embed]https://www.instagram.com/p/12TWWvgcNV/[/embed]
Love Miyazaki wagyu? Truffle cheese? Hokkaido ice cream? Or Russian caviar? As part of Savour Gourmet, Jasons Gourmet Market will bring all these and more with their range of products flown in from across the globe. Highlights include the Alaskan Seafood Bar, the Cheese Room, the Oyster Bar, as well as the biggest collection of chilis you’ll ever find in Singapore.[embed]https://www.instagram.com/p/5Y7IYiOYYJ/[/embed]
Are you excited yet? Mark your calendars and head to Bayfront Avenue from 12 to 15 May to taste all the culinary creations at Savour Gourmet. You may also purchase an Experience Pack which comes with exclusive vouchers and a limited edition goodie bag.[embed]https://www.instagram.com/p/BEQsjK4ELjM/[/embed]
We’re also looking forward to two other events in the Savour 2016 series later this year – Savour Wines, and Savour Christmas! In the meantime, keep an eye out for updates on the Facebook!
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