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The month of Hungry Ghosts has passed, and now it’s the lead-up to All Hallows’ Eve. Although this is traditionally a time to remember ancestors, including saints and martyrs in the Christian world and loved ones who have passed on, it’s also time to get involved in some spooky fun. And there’s plenty of it in Singapore, so keep an eye out on our Calendar pages in print, and our event updates online. My girls love Halloween; it’s a time when we pull out those older scary movies like The Shining and Friday the 13th . And fancy-dress parties are still good for something different (as long as they don’t come around too often!) – it’s nice to be “disguised” for a night or to get yourself into someone else’s psyche. Is there someone you would want to be for just one night? October is the start of autumn in some countries, and spring in others, so it’s a month of change. But it’s also time for our reader awards – where we ask you to vote for those companies and services you would recommend to others. It’s what we’ve always been about, and the awards are now into their 8th year. We’ve made a few small changes, too: they’re now called the Readers’ Choice Awards, to make it clearer that it’s all about your personal preferences; also, you only have to mention the businesses that you feel are “doing it right” and deserve a pat on the back. You’ll find details of the Readers’ Choice Awards on page 32 and online at expatliving.sg. It doesn’t take long to get involved, and by participating you could win Club Class tickets to London on British Airways or a fabulous staycation at the Grand Hyatt Singapore!
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HOME & PROPERTY 36 News 40 Real Homes:
NEWS 18 Calendar Updates: 26 Readers’ Letters 28 WIN! A makeover session:
What’s on in the coming months
Shelves, consoles and other storage ideas
Tour this boldly decorated house in Bukit Timah
Great prizes courtesy of Trimmings
50 Product News:
30 EL Forum:
There’s an antique out there for everyone!
What we’re up to online, plus our upcoming events 32 Readers’ Choice Awards
55 Inside Story:
Why these readers love their art purchases
58 Buying Guide:
Vote for all your favourites!
Add some wow to your wall with an amazing artwork
60 Business Profile:
We chat to the next generation of the Originals’ team
68 Home Makeover:
Affordable accommodation without scrimping on style
63 New Store:
A tour of the new Harvey Norman factory outlet
72 Street Talk:
Living on Everton Road
66 Expert Voice:
74 Buying Guide: Storage solutions
How new shorter-lease terms can help you find the right home
LIFE & FAMILY 92 News 98 Environment News 100 Noticeboard: New births and more 103 Expert Voice: Are your valuables properly covered? 104 Theatre Preview: Behind the scenes of Mama White Snake 106 Making Music: Little ones learning instruments 108 Buying Guide: Children’s fashion 110 Photographer Profile: Iconic Singapore scenes are the inspiration for this expat artist
114 Charity Focus:
House-building in Cambodia
EDUCATION SPECIAL • News from the schools • Day trips for preschoolers • Making Mandarin fun
134 Around Town:
Photos from openings, parties, festivals and more
110 Linda Preece on creating vibrant Singapore memories
84 Interior ideas for homes of every type
WINE & DINE 148 News 152 Bar Tab:
New and notable spots for a tipple
TRAVEL 180 News 184 Cambodia with Kids: Family-friendly fun, from cooking to temples 190 Siem Reap Rediscovered: Finding new experiences on a return visit 194 South Africa: Three great places to stay
154 Recipe Corner:
Fail-safe favourites to add to your repertoire
156 Middle Eastern Eats
Our recommendations of the best spots across town
STEAK SPECIAL • A roundup of Singapore steakhouses • Organic offerings at Ryan’s Grocery • Wallet-friendly cuts from Huber’s
Inspirational Women: Four breast cancer survivors share their stories
FASHION & BEAUTY 212 Fashion News 214 Style Hunter:
HEALTH & FITNESS 240 News 244 Breast Cancer: Expert insights on treatment options from specialists
Fashion on Singapore’s streets
216 What’s Trending:
Jewellers and their latest collections
RUNNING SPECIAL • Six helpful tips for beginners • Recommended running trails and tracks in Singapore • Upcoming races in the region
220 Cocktail Wear 226 Beauty News
REGULARS 263 Numbers & Websites 264 Horoscopes for October
EYE SPECIAL • Tips and tricks for brighter peepers • Tried and tested: luscious lashes • Makeup must-haves for your eyes
266 Advertiser List 268 Parting Shot: A Singapore snapshot
SHOPPING & FAIRS The Fair (6 OCT) Shop a range of gifts, kids’ toys, fashion and accessories, shoes and skincare. Pick up everything from fashionable straw beach bags and pearls to exotic stone jewellery and dresses – plus, stand a chance to win prizes during hourly lucky draws. Pan Pacific Orchard, Level 3. fairsandbazaars.com Designer Handbags, Costume Jewellery, Fashion & Accessories (17 OCT) If you’re after a trendy bag and some accessories, don’t miss this in-room auction by HotLotz auction house. Expect classic brands such as Chanel and Cartier, along with the highlight of the auction, a Louis Vuitton collection. #01-05 Cendex Center, 120 Lower Delta Road. hotlotz.com Singapore Wine Fiesta 2017 (27-29 OCT) Sample wines from all around the world and mingle with winemakers and vineyard owners at the Singapore Wine Fiesta. Learn more about the production process and the characteristics of wine, while meeting fellow oenophiles and indulging in fine wine and food. Clifford Square. Tickets from Eventbrite. Fashion and Beauty Trunk Show (28 OCT) Look forward to a fashion show, dress displays, products stores and educational mini workshops at this upcoming fair. You can also get personalised advice about colour tone, body shape, style personality, skin care and makeup from certified beauty professionals. #03-01 National Library Building, Drama Centre Function Rooms 1 and 2. Tickets from APACTix.
SPORTS & FITNESS
HomeTeam NS REAL Run 2017 (15 OCT) Challenge yourself by taking part in the annual HomeTeam NS REAL Run, with options of a 5km or 10km route featuring a combination of road and trail terrains. Registration ends 8 October. Punggol Waterway Park/Coney Island. realrun.sg The Roar of Singapore 3 (20 OCT) Witness Singapore’s first world boxing champion, Muhamad Ridhwan, fight for the IBO Intercontinental title at The Roar of Singapore 3 this October. Other bouts will include competitors such as Mirage Khan and Chase Haley. Suntec Singapore Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hall 601 to 604. Tickets from Sistic. BNPParibasWTAFinalsSingapore (22-29 OCT) The WTA Finals return for their fourth year, with top eight women’s singles players and doubles teams competing at this significant end-of-year tournament.
WTA Finals Singapore
Drop by the Fan Village two days before the tournament starts for your chance to snap a selfie with your favourite WTA stars. Singapore Sports Hub. Tickets from wtafinals.com. Newton Challenge 2017 (29 OCT) The Newton Challenge is back with a brand new 10km category. Other race options include routes of 21.1km (half marathon) and 32.195km. Registration ends 6 October. Marina Barrage. newtonchallenge.com
DANCE, DRAMA & THEATRE
FAMILY Stamford American International School Open House (5-6 OCT) Tour the campus and find out more about the school’s International Baccalaureate (IB) programme this October. The Early Learning Village, Elementary and Secondary campuses will all be open for visits. sais.edu.sg/open-events The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Eric Carle Favourites (6-15 OCT) Bring the kids for a day out at this theatre production featuring eccentric characters including Little Cloud, The Mixed Up Chameleon, and The Very Hungry Caterpillar who eats everything and anything. Victoria Theatre. Tickets from Sistic. Tanglin Trust School Open House (12 OCT) Get a taste of life at Tanglin Trust School at this Open House day, which includes performances and presentations by students and staff, and the chance to mingle with them and the members of the PTA. Register on the school website. 95 Portsdown Road. tts.edu.sg Halloween Family Night Out (27-28 OCT & 3-5 NOV) Enjoy interactive games, storytelling and treasure hunts at KidZania this Halloween. From spooky treats to magic shows, there won’t be a dull moment. Be sure to come dressed in your Halloween best for the chance to win prizes! KidZania Singapore. halloweenfno.com British Education and Schools Show in Asia (BESSA) (28 OCT) Find out more about UK colleges and meet admission directors at the upcoming BESSA event. Aside from valuable advice from tutors, there will be the chance to speak to current students from prestigious schools including Abbey DLD Colleges and Cheltenham Ladies’ College. The Shangri-La Hotel. Tickets from Eventbrite.
Sebastian Bach Live in Singapore (18 OCT) Don’t miss 80s and 90s rock legend Sebastian Bach – formerly of Skid Row – as he performs in Singapore as part of this upcoming world tour. Classics such as “18 and Life”, “Youth Gone Wild” and “I Remember You” are bound to feature. Kallang Theatre. Tickets from Sistic. Nidarosdomens Guttekor and re:SOUND Chamber Orchestra (20-21 OCT) Catch the 900-year-old Nidaros Cathedral Men and Boys’ Choir this October, as they’re joined by Singapore’s professional chamber orchestra re:SOUND Collective to perform traditional and classical works, including Giacomo Puccini’s classic Messa di Gloria . Esplanade Concert Hall. Tickets from Sistic.
Fun Home by Pangdemonium (UNTIL 15 OCT) Follow the life of Alison as she navigates life in a dysfunctional family. This powerful coming-of-age tale offers a passionate portrayal of a daughter’s determination to understand and connect with her brilliant, volatile and enigmatic father. pangdemonium.com Kevin Bridges Live in Singapore (3 OCT) Dubbed Scotland’s biggest comedy act, Kevin Bridges’ stand-up show in Singapore promises to be a night of laughter and honest conversation. Capitol Theatre. Tickets from Sistic. Forever Young (11-21 OCT) Set in 2067, this hilarious production from Sing’theatre chronicles the life of a group of retired actors living in a nursing home who are looked after by a no-nonsense nurse, Sister Sara, while still believing they’re limber enough to be part of the arts scene. Tickets from Sistic. SOTA Drama Theatre. Stuttgart Ballet in John Cranko’s Romeo and Juliet (12-14 OCT) Enjoy the classic Shakespearean tragedy in the form of classical dance by the Stuttgart Ballet. Watch as the story of the star- crossed lovers unfolds through lavish sets, spectacular choreography and engaging storytelling. Esplanade Theatre. Tickets from Sistic.
Nidarosdomens Guttekor and re:SOUND Chamber Orchestra
St. James’s Place Asia Investment Conference (17 OCT) Enjoy an interactive and informative session on investment this October, when a panel of experts discusses recent markets events. You’ll also find out more about the investment management approach at St. James and about the role of the Investment Committee. Reserve a complimentary spot now. The Westin Singapore, Asia Square Tower 2. sjp.asia
Balance Your Home Décor with Good Feng Shui (26 OCT) Join Feng Shui Focus at The Cinnamon Room for an interesting session on how to create an auspicious space by using the ancient art of feng shui. Balance your home décor and enhance harmony, health, career luck and more. Reserve a spot by emailing vishanelson@ thecinnamonroom.com or calling 9727 3051. The Cinnamon Room, Blk 43 Jalan Merah Saga, #02-74. thecinnamonroom.com
ARTS A Little Magic Exhibition (UNTIL 8 OCT) Enter a fantastic world of fairytales as you get up close to beautiful stamps from all around the world. Engage your senses with the interactive exhibits and relive the magic of fairytales by Hans Christian Andersen, the Brothers Grimm and more. spm.org.sg
Inwards vs. Outwards (UNTIL 3 OCT)
HUMAN+ The Future of Our Species (UNTIL 15 OCT) This cutting-edge exhibition, featuring the works of 40 artists, scientists, technologists and designers, considers the question of what it’s like to be a human in a technologically advanced world. Be sure to look out for Nadine, one of the world’s most realistic humanoid social robots. ArtScience Museum. Precious Eggs: Of Art, Beauty and Culture (UNTIL 29 OCT) Feast your eyes on rare and beautiful eggs all the way from the Liechtenstein National Museum, including historical pieces such as Russian imperial porcelain eggs and Fabergé egg pendants. Singapore Philatelic Museum. spm.org.sg Sentiments of the Sublime by Ben Young (6 OCT TO 5 NOV) See beautiful works by New Zealand-based sculptor Ben Young, whose collection of intricate glass and concrete sculptures expresses the relationship between man and nature. REDSEA Gallery. redseagallery.com Tatinis Art Show (26-29 OCT) Enjoy a fun and interactive exhibition of more than 150 artworks for sale at the Tatinis Art Show, with a different theme each evening – from “The Art of Makeup” to “The Art of Theatre” and “The Art of Food”. Donations will go to Singapore-based Connect Corners that supports a school for underprivileged children in Haryana, India. The Deck @ 120A Prinsep Street. tatinis.com
Two distinct styles of work will be on display at this Visual Arts Centre joint exhibition by Singapore-based artists, Michelle Ma and Nicole Fabry. The paintings question human identity by touching on the topics of heritage, the self, changing perspectives and shared visions. 10 Penang Road, #01-02 Dhoby Ghaut Green. visualartscentre.sg
Inwards vs. Outwards
Michelle Ma Art
Ghosts and Spectres – Shadows of History (UNTIL 19 NOV) Delve into the narratives of ghosts, myths, rituals, and traditions at an exhibition featuring artistic perspectives by Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Ho Tzu Nyen, Nguyen Trinh Thi and Park Chan- kyong. NTU Centre for Contemporary Art. ntu.ccasingapore.org SSO Concerts for Children: Nature Tales (4-5 NOV) Step into the world of Leopold the leopard and his best friend, a talking tree. A great production for children and adults, the show tells a tale through settings in nature in Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony. Victoria Concert Hall. Tickets from Sistic. The Sound of Music (7-19 NOV) Catch this classic musical as it returns to Singapore this November. Follow the journey of Maria as she becomes a governess for the Von Trapp family, and sing along to popular tunes including “My Favourite Things”, “Do-Re-Mi” and “Edelweiss”. Sands Theatre, MasterCard Theatres at Marina Bay Sands. Tickets from the MBS website. CIS Bilingual Blitz (9 NOV) Hear from Dr Huali Xiong, Head of Chinese at the Canadian International School (CIS), and other language experts about the benefits of bilingual education. Look forward to engaging talks, fun workshops and mingling with like- minded parents. Register on the school website. Canadian International School (Lakeside Campus). cis.edu.sg
Boutique Fairs Singapore: The Gifting Edition 2017 (10-12 NOV) Shop for women’s fashion, home décor items, art, children’s clothing, toys, menswear and more at Boutique Fairs, with a good mix of local and international brands on offer, including Matter, Haywire, The Missing Piece and Epigram Books. Many of the participants head up socially- responsible businesses and will be holding exclusive product launches at the fair. F1 Pit Building. boutiquefairs.com.sg Battle of the Masters (11 NOV) This highly anticipated football match will feature Singapore Masters, Arsenal Masters and Liverpool Masters, and you’ll be able to witness household names including Fandi Ahmad, Nigel Winterburn and David James. National Stadium. Tickets from the Sports Hub Website. Open Classroom Day @ GESS (15 NOV) Witness how teaching and learning takes place at GESS during the Open Classroom Day this November. Watch, listen and learn while observing vibrant student-
teacher interaction. Main Campus, 72 Bukit Tinggi Road. Junior School, 300 Jalan Jurong Kechil. gess.sg Nature and History Walk (17 NOV) Join Jane’s Singapore Tours to explore two beautiful offshore islands, St John’s and Lazarus, and learn more about their rich history and biodiversity. janestours.sg . Tickets from Peatix. Swissôtel Vertical Marathon (19 NOV) Think you’ve got what it takes to climb 1,336 steps (over 73 storeys) in the shortest time possible? Then register for this annual marathon-with-a-difference that was first held in 1987. Closes 31 October. Swissôtel The Stamford. spacebib.com . AQUA Live in Singapore (25 NOV) Catch Danish dance group AQUA live in Singapore for their Once-In-A-Lifetime 20th Anniversary Concert, with popular hits including “Barbie Girl”, “Doctor Jones” and “Roses Are Red” sure to bring the house down. The Star Theatre. Tickets from Sistic.
Open Classroom Day @ GESS
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CONSIDERED COUNSEL This is a response to Julie McFarlane’s letter, “A Tragic Loss” in our August issue : I’m sorry that Julie was so closely affected by suicide; it sounds like the death was a great shock. As a family counsellor, I’ve learnt that we cannot speculate as to the reasons why someone suicides. The complex multifaceted layers of suicide unfortunately cannot be rationalised by “if only” sentiments. No doubt there were many supportive people around the woman; however, people with strong suicide ideation can feel an overwhelming sense of being a burden to family and friends and believe that those closest to them would be better off without them; they cannot see a way out of feeling the way they do. What’s important to remember now is that suicide can affect all people. I want to highlight the importance of addressing mental health issues and normalising seeking support and guidance, as I’m hopeful that this will not only lower the occurrence, but also the stigma surrounding suicide. – A family counsellor
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GIVING BACK THROUGH WRITING
I was flipping through your magazine at Changi airport the other day when I saw an article about an organisation calling for volunteers to teach writing in Cambodia. The idea appealed to me, so I made a note of the contact details – and then of course promptly lost them. Could someone possibly send me that information? I would be extremely grateful. – Valerie Smit (Perth WA)
The Power in Words Howcreativewritingcanchange lives
BY KATIEROBERTS You don’t have to be a writer or a teacher to lead creative writing workshops in Cambodia – all you need is a senseof adventure and a love for language.We spoke to the team from Writing Through about how you canget involved. Tellushow yourwork inCambodiaevolved. Sue: I visitedCambodia for the first timewithmy son andmyhusband in2006 to volunteer inPhnomPenh andKep; it turnedout tobe a life-changing experience forme.Whenwe returned toLondon,wherewewere living at the time, I finished the novel Iwasworking on. Then I was free to change tack and write about Cambodia around the themesofhow you survive after a trauma,andhow locals interactwithWesternerswho come to “help”.
I introduced the idea to a contact at the NGO Anjali House, which was founded by photojournalists andhas an arts elementwithin itseducationalprogramme. Itwasagoodmatch. IvisitedCambodiaover the followingsevenyears todeliver thatworkshop.
From left: Martha Scarborough (outgoing Singapore Coordinator), Jess Blackledge (Cambodia Coordinator), SueGuiney (Founder and CEO), and PattyBierley
Was there a triggermoment for the launchofWritingThrough?
Sue: In 2014, a person involved with the FrenchNGO Enfants duMekong (Children of the Mekong) heard me speak at a university in London where I was a writer-in-residence. To cut a long story short, they engagedme to delivermy creativewritingworkshop atBanteay Chhmar,avillageon theThai-Cambodianborder. Afterwards, Imet theNGO leaders in Paris and told them that thechildrencouldn’t thinkbecause theyhadno access to the arts.They agreed, and askedme to runmy creativewritingworkshops at all their schools. ItwasthenthatIdecidedtostartanorganisation. With the supportofmy family, I set thewheels in motion andWriting Throughwas incorporated as a charity in theUS in 2015.Our goals are to teach language fluency, conceptual thought and self-esteem throughcreativewriting,and to train Cambodian teachers to carry on thiswork.
(incoming Singapore Coordinator)
Icould seeaneed formoreconceptual thinking skills – tohelppeople to identify their thoughtsandempower them to express those thoughts throughwriting; this isn’t possible within a rote learning-based education system. I’d given creativityworkshops over the years, so Iprepared one topresent inCambodia.
Ed: With pleasure! We interviewed the team at Writing Through and you can get in touch with them via their website, writingthrough.org.
IRKS OF AGEING I happened to read the Editor’s Letter in your September issue and was delighted by your lighthearted approach to graceful ageing. Relating to your note about having difficulty in finding good swimwear, our innovative product designers and technologists create some of the best-fitting and most flattering swimwear and lingerie on the market. Apart from our womenswear, we’re also very proud of our menswear and children’s wear, not to mention our toiletries and our Food Hall, Bakery & Café. Marks & Spencer has been serving the expat community for the past 23 years and is visited by many expats from all over the world – not only British, though we are of course a British label. We invite you to visit our store and discover it for yourself! – J-sen Ong, M&S Wheelock Place Store Manager Ed: For many women, M&S has for generations been a byword for good quality underwear that does what it’s supposed to do. You’ll be pleased to know that our Editor-in-Chief did indeed find a great bikini at one of your stores, and that it does a fine job of holding everything in place!
BestLetter Wewant tohear fromyou!Sendus your thoughtson themagazine,or onany subjectunder the sun.For sendingushergorgeousphoto,we’ll bedeliveringabottleofchampagne to Angelin .
TALKONTHESTREET I just adore your regular StreetTalk column, andPipHarry’s informative (and ratherwitty) description in the August issue of living in Meyer Road could not have come at a better time.We are reaching the endofour first two years in Singapore and have been tossing up betweenmoving to the cool breezes of the beach or stayingput inBukitTimah –which is somuch better of a commute since they opened thenewDowntownMRT line,by the way.Thanks forhelpingusmakeupourminds in favour of eclecticKatong!
PIPHARRY From Australia Occupation Writer
AN INSIDER’SGUIDETOLIFE INTHEIR ’HOOD
Your streetwouldmake the perfectbackdrop for a remakeof: Bob theBuilder! Yourneighbours aregreat,but youwouldn’tmind a little less: Drilling and construction noise. It’s relentless and24/7!
and Australian classics like chicken Parmigiana. It also offers free-flow Prosecco with every main meal on Wednesdaynights,which is a fun (but alsodangerous!) girls’night out. Amandatory stop forout-of- townguests is: ChinMeeChinConfectionery at 204 EastCoastRoad,acoffeehousestraight out of the 1950swithmarble-topped tables and aunties serving traditional set breakfasts of kopi , runny eggs and kaya toast,plus freshbakedgoods like donuts, custard tarts and cupcakes. There’s always a line, so go early.
Theunofficialuniformof your street is: Hard hats and construction boots, or flip flopswithshortsorsummerdresses. Which celebritywouldbemost likely tomove innextdoor, and why? Our neighbour is an Academy Award- nominated visual effects artist, so any number of Hollywood stars could be payinghim a visit! Wander around the Joo Chiat and Katongneighbourhoods,whichare rich inPeranakanculture.Youcancheckout well-preservedheritageshophousesand quaint stores, and tryNyonya cuisine. Take a tour of Katong Antique House andowner-curatorPeterWeewillopen a door to the past with his collection of antiques, heirlooms and traditional furniture. He doesn’t mind a yarn, either! When you’re inneedof adoseof culture, you:
What’s thenameofyour neighbourhood? Katong.
You’d swaphouses in a second with: Any of the renovated colonial bungalows on Mountbatten Estate. TheonewhereGraceBan,MDofEstée Lauder cosmetics, lives is absolutely stunning. That it’s just a long boring stretch of condos – in fact, a short walk into Katong uncovers a vibrant local community. If you’reeverwokenup atnight, it’s almost alwaysdue to: Lightning storms ordrilling. Amassive late-night rageron your street is likely tobe: A condo party at the communal barbecues. A commonmyth about your neighbourhood is:
Wheredoyou live? MeyerRoad.
The closestMRT station? DakotaMRT.
If it’s in another language,what does itmean? Meyer Road was named after Jewish businessmanandphilanthropistSirReuben ManassehMeyer (1846–1930),who built theChesed-El Synagogue and owned the oldSeaViewHotel facing the road. Exactwords you tell a taxidriver togethome? “MeyerRoad,TanjongKatongRoadSouth end,please.”
When youwalkoutofyourplace, thefirst thingyou see is: Ahuge,constantlybuzzingconstruction site for theTanjongKatongMRTstation, underneath the intersection ofTanjong Katong Road South andMeyer Road. It’s part of the Thompson-East Coast line.Sometimeswe see theconstruction workersdoing theirmorning stretches! The closest store to your front door is: Song Lang, a lovely garden centre at 378TanjongKatongRoad. It sellsexotic potted flowers,plants and small trees.
How longhaveyou livedhere? 18months.
Whyhere? We love the East Coast for its cool sea breezes, fabulous food options and local feel,plusourdaughter’sschool (Canadian International School atTanjongKatong) isdown the roadand the location is really handy for my husband’s commute to work at SuntecCity.
Ifyou’remissinghome, you: Take a five-minute bus ride to nearby Café Melba at the Goodman Arts Centre,which servesgreatcoffee,wines
Iwant to say thank you for the City Guide Singapore that I’ve just received, and how much I love it. Although I’ve been in Singapore for a good 15 years and
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now become a Singaporean, I still find gems of information in your guide! Additionally, I love, love, love the batik cover. Onto my bookshelf itgoes–suchakeeper! I like itbeing an A5 size, too. I foreseemyself referring to this guide often.
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40 Showcase: Bold interiors in Bukit Timah
E&A Interiors, client project
66 Fix It: Money-saving tips for your rental home
60 Profile: The people behind Originals talk business
63 New Showroom: Bargains galore in Harvey Norman’s factory outlet
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Parkroyal Serviced Suites Singapore is currently offering special guest savings, so it’s a great time to experience the recently renovated lobby and 90 suites. Take up the “Stay 7, Pay 6” offer, and enjoy up to 15 percent off. Those who make bookings before 30 December will be the first to stay in the property’s newly refurbished one-bedroom Premium Suite or the family-friendly two-bedroom Deluxe Suite. Call 6296 2511 or go to parkroyalhotels. com/servicedsuites/singapore to find out more. Suite Savings
Originals has launched a brand new sofa collection, including more shapes, styles and colours, in linen and blended fabrics. Its roomy L-Shaped sofa with chaise can fit two people just in the nook, so there’ll be no more fighting over the corner spot! Check them out at #02-03 Sime Darby Centre, 896 Dunearn Road , and turn to page 60 to find out more about the people behind the business.
Bag a Bargain Celebrating the arrival of even more stock, including industrial storage cabinets, dining tables and other unique decorative pieces, EDD+ is offering 20 percent off in-store and online purchases, until 8October. There’s still time to nab a bargain; just head to #01-07 994 Bendemeer Road , or eddplus.com .
Healthy Home Singapore’s constant humidity can create issues within the home environment, not least being the growth of mould, bacteria and fungi, which can affect asthma and lead to allergies and lung inflammation. If you’re worried you may have any of these nasties growing in your home, Mould Gone can provide an inspection and treatment plan; just call 8591 8443 , or go to mouldgone.com for more information.
Sculpture Show REDSEA Gallery has announced a first solo exhibition by sculptor Ben Young , featuring 18 of his new works in glass and concrete. The self-taught New Zealand-based artist has been making glass sculpture for over 15 years, drawing on inspiration from his local landscape. There will be a public opening reception from 6.30pm on 6 October, attended by the artist, with the show on until 5 November. Find out more at redseagallery.com .
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New Lifestyle Store Newly launched home-grown brand IUIGA offers a wide selection of home and lifestyle products – from bed linens ( pictured ) and travel essentials, to kitchenware. Priding itself on a transparent pricing system, the online store also has a mobile app for easy shopping. Enjoy free shipping on orders above $88. iuiga.com
The deep and dark tones of these new Brooklyn French Touch collection pieces come from the intricate French polishing they undergo. Several layers of shellac coating are added, resulting in a deep and dark-honed colouring. Karpenter’s newly launched range includes a media cabinet ($1,380) and bookcase ($1,900), and is available at Mountain Teak, #07-02 Tan Boon Liat Building, 315 Outram Road .
Under the Hammer!
What’s next: HotLotz holds its third Modern and Contemporary Art Auction on Wednesday 8 November, with previews in the saleroom on 6 and 7 November – full details are available at hotlotz.com. Art going under the hammer includes works by The Connor Brothers, Charles Cham, Mr Brainwash and the pictured lithograph by Leonetto Cappiello.
Looking for something special for the home, but don’t want to blow the budget? HotLotz holds timed online Interiors & Antiques auctions every Thursday. The auctions are a great way to furnish your home in a wallet- friendly way, and new items arrive in the saleroom daily. Just remember to place your bids on the HotLotz website or the app before 7.30pm. The HotLotz saleroom is open six days a week and Matthew and the team will offer you a warm welcome (they have a great coffee machine too!), and explain the history behind the lots.
Head to hotlotz.com to register, view upcoming catalogues or make a bid online.
Cognac Monnet, by Leonetto Cappiello, 1927
We find out why this family picked E&A Interiors to pull together their Bukit Timah home.
BY AMY BROOK-PARTRIDGE PHOTOGRAPHY ALICIA NEO
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Who lives here: Nicole and husband Lindsay Taylor, and sons Aodhan (five) and Cian (two), Australian. Size and location of home: Four- bedroom, three- storey house, a ten- minute walk from the Botanic Gardens. Style of home: A mix of bold textiles and patterns alongside pieces from the US and UK.
T he last two years have seen much change for the Taylor family. Relocating from New York, where they lived for ten years, they settled into this expansive house in Bukit Timah in August 2015, eldest son Aodhan started Tanglin Trust School, and they employed the services of an interior designer to transform their new home, bringing in new pieces to work with their current collection. Yet, in the blink of an eye (or at least just after I interview Nicole), they have relocated toNewYork again. Luckily, I had time to chat with her about why they chose this property as their Singapore home and how E&A Interiors’ Chlöe Elkerton transformed the house. Both Nicole and Lindsay left their home country, Australia, 15 years ago, originally for New York, before a short stint in Iowa, then a couple of years
in London. They had just bought a house in London and begun renovations when Lindsay was offered a job back in New York. “I was looking around the dusty kitchen, with walls gone and workmen constantly asking for tea, and thought, yes, why not,” says Nicole. Renting the London house out, and arriving in New York just after the financial crash, they managed to find a couple of decent property deals, and bought an apartment in the city, and a lake house just outside. With a background in architecture and design, Nicole had first hand in buying for, designing and styling the properties. Then, 28 weeks pregnant with youngest son Cian, Lindsay was offered a job in Singapore. An eight-day recce followed, with Nicole doing the usual round of school visits and checking out suitable areas in the city. “We arrived in August 2015, and had looked at
Above: “The cow-hide rug in the dining room feels like it must be made of steel – almost everything comes off it!” says Nicole. She had the kauri-wood table made, and Chlöe brought the chairs in and had them upholstered. “I would never have thought to mix these colours together, but they just work.” The console is custom- made.
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living on Sentosa as we thought we’d love the resort feel, but we realised quickly that the layout of many of the homes didn’t work for us as a family. Cian was only three months old, so things like koi carp ponds and open pools were pointless.” Finding a good agent really helped the family with their search, as he took into consideration where they were going to send their children to school, and where Lindsay’s work would be, before suggesting the Bukit Timah area. “We saw this house and thought it was a great layout, and the landlord was willing to fence the pool off so the kids’ safety was assured.” The children had been used to condo living, and it took them a little while to settle into living in a landed property. “It was hard on Aodhan especially; everything was new, but we soon found the playground and park down the road and he slowly settled in.”
From top: The Christian Liaigre sofa was originally in the family’s US lake house; Chlöe had it re-covered and added the piping, and had another sofa made to work with the original. The coffee table is also custom-made. Nicole purchased five pieces of Australian Aboriginal art, one of which hangs here, and the rest throughout the house. Chloe placed the table and lamps next to this mirror purchased by Nicole from New York.
Skilful styling The family arrived with two containers full of furniture from both their New York apartment and lake house, and pieces from their home in the UK. Nicole says, “There was some consistency in terms of style, but I can’t say it was much!” Looking at this house move as a good opportunity to weed out what they didn’t love, they found E&A Interiors through Expat Living . “I remember I loved the colours Chlöe used in the home that was featured in the magazine. When I met her, I knew she wasn’t a decorator; she’s a true designer. She came back to me with some concept ideas, and it’s clear she has a really good eye for pulling things together in a particular way; she found ways to bring together what we already had, rather than telling us to get rid of them!” Nicole freely admits she’s not shy about spending money on furniture or furnishings, and husband
Lindsay was also happy to call in professional help. “When we worked on the London house renovations, he asked me never to employ his help again; he’s not a handyman,” she laughs. Chlöe worked on the entire house, from the living and dining areas, to the bedrooms and outdoors. “In the past, we’ve done piecemeal work, and costs seem to blow out much quicker that way, whereas by doing the whole package we knew what to expect.” Nicole also admits that she actually enjoyed having less input in the project. Getting involved only in final decisions on things such as fabrics and textiles, she relinquished much of the control to Chlöe. “Micromanaging can really get in the way, and I think it was actually quite a cathartic process. I didn’t manage this in a way I’d managed projects in the past, and I think we probably got a better result!”
Above: “I think this is everyone’s favourite spot in the house – the kids love getting in the pool in the morning, and we can sit here and watch them. Chlöe sourced all the outdoor pieces.”
What next? Shortly after our interview, the family hot-footed it back to NYC, and the Taylors have already engaged the services of E&A Interiors to work on the plans for the apartment they’ve purchased in that city. Chlöe says, “Around 90 percent of what we did in their Singapore home fits into the new apartment, which just goes to show how everything is transferrable and how it’s worth investing in great pieces. It’s exciting to see how it will all come together.” From top: This area on the second floor proves to be another popular area for the family to hang out. Chlöe had the large cabinet on the left made to hide the television. The sofa, chair and console are also all custom- made. Chlöe worked around this fairly masculine bed which the family brought with them from the US, and had the bamboo stool and chairs custom-made. Chlöe turned the wasted space under the stairs into a kids’ den, adding storage and some fun elements for the children to enjoy.
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Clockwise: The bed came from New York while the side tables and cabinet were custom- made through Chlöe. The wallpaper was added to make the room feel a little smaller. The pictures are from Bungalow 55, and the coffee
table from Asiatique.
Home Asiatique 14A Dempsey Road 6471 3146 Bungalow 55
#01-05A Cluny Court 501 Bukit Timah Road 6463 3831 | thebungalow55.com E&A Interiors #04-24 The Herencia 46 Kim Yam Road 6702 4850 | eandainteriors.com Hudson, New York (“if you’re in New York and you have any love of design, this is where you have to go”) Tatty Marsh #02-07 Tanglin Mall 163 Tanglin Road 6887 4225 | tattymarsh.com Wine & Dine Mozza (“there’s enough on the menu for adults as well as kids”) #B1-42/46 Marina Bay Sands 10 Bayfront Avenue 6688 8522 | pizzeriamozza.com Open Farm Community (“the pasta is great for the kids, and
it’s got a nice vibe”) 130E Minden Road 6471 0306 openfarmcommunity.com
Plank (“my sons’ favourite pizza place; it’s good value and they do a glass of wine for $11!”) 64 Namly Place 6466 2280 | plankpizza.biz
Shimbashi Soba #B1-41 Paragon 290 Orchard Road
6735 9882 | sobaworld.com.sg Tsuru-Koshi (“I’m fussy about Japanese food and this is a really good udon shop”) #B2-01/02/03 Takashimaya
Shopping Centre 391 Orchard Road 6733 3432
Whether you’re a serious antique collector, are looking for that one Chinese piece of furniture to remind you of your time in Asia, or just on the hunt for a gift, it’s worth a visit to the showroom of China Collection , housed in a gorgeous Malcolm Road colonial black-and-white house. Owner DOUG LOCKETT talks us through the variety in his collection. F amily-run business China Collection has been selling Chinese antiques and, more recently, repurposed and reproduction pieces, for over popular twenty or so years ago,” he says, “what you see now are everyday pieces that come from Chinese country homes, from the 19th and 20th centuries. This country furniture, or country vernacular, is now highly collectable.
beds reworked into coffee tables. “We’re able to repurpose what would otherwise be thrown away." China Collection continues to carry rarer pieces, such as the exquisite red and gold cabinets they have on the second floor of their showroom. “The refurbishment is kept at what is purely necessary to preserve any fine woodwork, as well as the patina and original joinery.” On the other hand, highly painted pieces are also proving increasingly popular, as they not only work well within more contemporary homes, but the paintwork helps to cover up blemishes and damage in the original. “Green, grey and turquoise have proved well-liked in the past year or so; the colours give off that beach-resort feeling, and combine well with white and natural wood.”
a decade. Doug Lockett, son of founder Anne, has seen the furniture retail landscape change significantly over time. “Compared to the high-end antique pieces that proved
The items include grain trunks repurposed into sideboard cabinets, traditional Chinese cabinets, and day
Furniture for the more traditional collector or those looking for a piece to remind them of their time in Asia
This 18th-century black-lacquer table from Shanxi Province would traditionally have been used by artists and calligraphers as their main work table. The simple style was popularised in China during the Ming Dynasty.
Mid-19th century red-and-gold lacquer scholar’s cabinet from Shanxi Province. It’s rare to find one in such a good condition, and as such this piece is considered highly collectable.
A late-19th century black-lacquer medicine cabinet from Shanxi Province. These cabinets contain partitioned drawers that were used to hold the numerous types of traditional Chinese herbal medicine.
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