NOV 2017






LAST CHANCE TO VOTE ! Readers’Choice Awards



Not sure if anyone else used to do this, but as a child I enjoyed cutting my dolls’ hair. It wasn’t drastic (some toy boxes at friends’ houses were filled with Barbies with crew cuts!), and my dolls were elegantly styled. It never progressed to me wanting to be a hairdresser, but I’ve now found something that gives me the same sense of satisfaction: “coiffing” my dogs’ hair. I have three dogs, and they used to get shorn every couple of months; but for a couple of weeks afterwards they’d look really unattractive. After one parlour session, I heard a boy in the neighbourhood say, “What ugly dogs!” Which was a pity because they’re very sweet really! Anyway, I then started experimenting. My attempt with the electric shearer wasn’t good – they looked awful. But after a bit of practice I now do quite a good job with a pair of scissors. We only had horses growing up, but over the years in Singapore we’ve had cats, hamsters, fish, rabbits, turtles and dogs. They’ve all been a big part of the kids’ growing-up process, and I’ve surprised myself how much I’ve loved having them. Well, maybe not the hamsters … In this pet-friendly issue, we look at options for adoption, owner recommendations and a cat charity run by volunteers. Pets are a big commitment, and if you’re transient or not sure how long you’ll be in Singapore, it’s a difficult choice. You can ship them with you, however, and you can also choose to foster a pet instead. Talking of recommendations, you still have two weeks to vote for your favourite businesses in our Readers’ Choice Awards. It’s a way to give those who are doing a good job a pat on the back – so please do spend the 12 or so minutes on the survey by visiting readerschoice – and remember, you could be rewarded with two business class flights to London or a luxury staycation!

REBECCA BISSET Editor-in-Chief

This isn’t one of mine; I couldn’t get the three of them to sit still at the same time!



Editor-in-Chief REBECCA BISSET




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NEWS 26 Calendar Updates: 34 Readers’ Letters 36 EL Forum:


Options for short stays

What’s on in the coming months

What’s happening online, plus upcoming events 38 Readers’ Choice Awards: Amazing prizes up for grabs! 40 Around Town:

Recent openings, parties, festivals and more


48 News 54 WIN!

An antique worth $2,500

56 WIN!

$2,900 worth of home furniture and accessories

58 Home Showcase:

Author Jo Furniss chats books and expat moves

69 Property Focus:

A peek inside a new luxury serviced apartment

70 Inside Story:

Why these readers called in the design experts

74 Shopping Mecca:

What’s on offer at The Furniture Mall

76 Retail Profile:

WTP’s director on working for the family business

DON’T MISS IT! Your chance to win over $5,000 worth of cool furniture and more in our monthly competitions: see pages 54 and 56

81 Sound Advice:

New audio equipment for the home

82 Buying Guide:

Light up your space with these lovely lamps 87 Orchard Accommodation: Serviced residences in the heart of it all 88 Street Talk: Living at Leedon Heights


Everything you need to know about owning a pet in Singapore





Get away to Phuket for a view like this!

LIFE & FAMILY 94 News 98 Environment Updates 100 ALL ABOUT PETS • Dogs up for adoption • EL editors and their fur-kids • Supporting an animal shelter in need • Helping the cat community • Readers and their pets 113 On the Road: The basics of leasing 115 Trampoline Time: Activities for all at BOUNCE 116 20-year Anniversary:

Little Artists Art Studio celebrates a milestone

120 EDUCATION SPOTLIGHT • The Winstedt School’s new location • Getting ready for the future at GIIS • Dover Court expands its offerings • Encouraging curiosity at GEMS • 11 incredible high school trips

WINE & DINE 146 News 152 Bar Tab:

TRAVEL 176 News

New and notable spots for a tipple

180 THAILAND ESCAPE • Bangkok with the brood • Activities for kids • A weekend in Phuket • Sublime retreat on Yao Noi Wonderland: Five great European Christmas markets 192 Foodie Getaway: Eating and adventure in Vietnam 196 Festive Fun: Holiday happenings on Bintan 191 Winter

136 Around Town:

154 INDIAN FOOD SPECIAL • Reviews of restaurants across town • We meet the owner of a spicy business

Photos from recent openings, parties, festivals and more

160 Veggie Heaven: The city’s best vegetarian and vegan dining 165 Sustainable Supplies: The importance of food provenance 168 Cooking Up a Storm: Get holiday-ready with these great classes 170 Recipe Corner:


Fail-safe favourites to add to your repertoire




Ideal clothes for the Singapore heat! 210

COVER FEATURE 200 Singapore

International Violin Competition: A chat with judge and artist Qian Zhou

STYLE & BEAUTY 206 Style News 208 Style Hunter:

Fashion on Singapore’s streets

210 Kaftan Kraze:

Check out this new label

212 Winter Wear:

Keep warm on your holiday travels

214 Beauty News 217 Organic Facials:

Four natural and effective treatments 218 Bronzed & Beautiful: Inside a new mobile spray-tan service 220 Aesthetic Treatments: A better you, top to toe 224 Mouth Matters: The lowdown on teeth whitening HEALTH & FITNESS 234 News 238 Training & Travelling: Staying in shape while abroad 240 International Aid: On working with Doctors Without Borders 242 Men’s Health: Tips from an all-male panel of doctors

REGULARS 251 Numbers & Websites 252 Horoscopes for November

254 Advertiser List 256 Parting Shot:


Farewell Singapore, My Lovely!

Winter wardrobe must-haves




SHOPPING & FAIRS 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. Back for its eighth edition, this festival for lovers of a dram will feature over 70 whisky and spirit brands. Learn from the best in the industry at masterclasses and drop by the Cocktail Food Street at Robertson Quay. TheatreWorks, Caseen Street, and Singapore Tyler Print Institute. Designer Handbags, Costume Jewellery, Fashion & Accessories (28 NOV) 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. Whisky Live (25-26 NOV)

Boutique Fairs Singapore


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.

Battle of the Masters


Kevin Hart What Now?




The Addams Family

DANCE, THEATRE & CONCERTS Passages Contemporary Season – Singapore Dance Theatre (3-5 NOV) The captivating talent of performers from the Singapore Dance Theatre will be on display during the company’s contemporary season, which features works such as Incomparable Beauty by Ma Cong and Triptych by Val Caniparoli. SOTA Studio Theatre. Tickets from Sistic. The Addams Family – The Musical Comedy (15 NOV - 3 DEC) Catch this kooky family as they come to Singapore for a brand new show direct from the UK. In this original play, Wednesday, the baby of the family, has grown up and fallen in love with a boy from a “normal” family. What will the outcome be? MES Theatre at Mediacorp. Tickets from Sistic. Pond Live in Singapore (23 NOV) Catch Aussie psych-rockers Pond as they perform for just one night in November, with a set-list covering their most recent release, The Weather , along with earlier tracks. Local synth-pop musician The Analog Girl is supporting. Esplanade Annexe Studio. Tickets from Sistic.

Mama White Snake (24 NOV – 16 DEC)

Based on the Chinese folk tale, Madam White Snake, this new Wild Rice production features a talented cast including veteran actors Ivan Heng and Glen Goei. Drama Centre Theatre, National Library. Tickets from Sistic. 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. Blame It On Bianca (26 NOV)

Look forward to a night of laughter with Bianca Del Rio this November. Known for her potty mouth and unapologetic humor, Bianca was the Season 6 winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race . Shine Auditorium, Shaw Tower. Tickets from Sistic. Michael McIntyre Live in Singapore (29 NOV) Enjoy this one-night-only show with Brit Michael


McIntyre as part of his Big World Tour. Laugh along

as he takes mundane everyday situations

and transforms them into hilarious tales. The Star Theatre. Tickets from Sistic.




FAMILY 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 (7-26 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 at this informative event. There’ll be fun workshops and mingling with like-minded parents, too. Register on the school website. Canadian International School (Lakeside Campus). 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. SOCIAL 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. Tickets from Peatix.

Sentiments of the Sublime

ART Sentiments of the Sublime by Ben Young (UNTIL 5 NOV)

Don’t miss the beautiful works of New Zealand-based sculptor Ben Young, whose collection of intricate glass and concrete sculptures expresses his take on the relationship between man and nature. REDSEA Gallery. 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. Singapore – A Lasting Impression (9 NOV-9 DEC) Check out this solo exhibition by British artist Diana Francis featuring a new series of paintings inspired by her experience of living in Singapore for the past 20 years. The Cinnamon Room. Affordable Art Fair Singapore (Autumn Edition) (17-19 NOV)

The Affordable Art Fair returns with more than 65 galleries and over 500 artists from Singapore and beyond on display across a variety of styles and forms. New to this edition is the #Spotlight showcase of artists who are debuting at the fair. F1 Pit Building. fairs/singapore




SSO Subscription Concert: Finland 100 (7 DEC) Join in the celebrations of Finland’s 100th Anniversary of Independence at this concert by the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. Performances will include Jaakko Kuusisto’s Violin Concerto and Jean Sibelius’s majestic Symphony No. 5 . Esplanade Concert hall. Tickets from Sistic. Three Kin by T.H.E Dance Three Kin , the final show of the year for contemporary dance group T.H.E Dance Company, will incorporate works by local choreographer Kuik Swee Boon, along with South Korea’s Kim Jae Duk and Dimo Kirilov Milev from Spain. Esplanade Theatre Studio. Tickets from Sistic. Santa’s Little Helper (8-10 DEC) Enjoy the magic of Christmas with the family at this delightful show, which offers a mix of music, puppetry and storytelling, as well as opportunities to join in the fun! It’s perfect for kids three and above, and you can expect loads of laughter and singalongs. SOTA Drama Theatre. Tickets from Sistic. Company (7-9 DEC)

Santa Run for Wishes 2017 (9 DEC) What better way to celebrate the festive season than by giving back to the community? Join this annual run which contributes to Make-A-Wish Foundation Singapore. Choose from a 2km fun run or a 5km run – and don’t miss a photo op with Santa! Registration closes 24 November. The Promontory@Marina Bay. Bee Gees Gold (15-16 DEC) All the way from Las Vegas, this leading Bee Gees tribute band plays two shows in December, covering all the megahits from the 60s and 70s, including “Massachusetts”, “Stayin’ Alive” and “You Should Be Dancing”. Sands Theatre, MasterCard Theatres at Marina Bay Sands. Tickets from Sistic. SSO Christmas Concert (15-17 DEC) Get into the festive mood at the Singapore Symphony Orchestra’s annual Christmas concert. The show will include an impressive repertoire, and the always anticipated singalong segment. Victoria Concert Hall. Tickets from Sistic. Singapore 200 Miles Ultra (28-31 DEC) Finding shorter distances a little on the easy side? Why not step things up and enter this 200-mile (320km) odyssey around Singapore? You’ll be entirely self-supported and self-navigated, with just 80 hours to complete the course (which, by the way, is the equivalent of 7.5 marathons…). sg200milesultra.

Chicken Little

Chicken Little (UNTIL 8 DEC)

Go on a musical adventure with Chicken Little as she embarks on a quest to save her fellow farmyard friends from the falling sky. Meet quirky characters along the way including Cocky Locky, Ducky Daddles and Turkey Lurkey. KC Arts Centre – Home of SRT. Tickets from Sistic. The Nutcracker – Singapore Dance Theatre (6-10 DEC) This classic Christmas tale tells of a young girl Clara and her nutcracker doll that comes alive and transforms into a handsome prince. Aside from Tchaikovsky’s famous score, the show will feature breath-taking costumes and spectacular sets. Esplanade Theatre. Tickets from Sistic.

Santa’s Little Helper


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Best Letter We want to hear from you! Send us your thoughts on the magazine, or on any subject under the sun. For being the first to give us feedback on our recent cruise event, we’ll be sending Janet Garland a bottle of champagne.


Your style clinic on 22 September was amazing! Caroline from Arete Culture and Danielle from Just Anthony were very professional in their presentations, and the Irish food was so tasty. I hope you’re going to continue to arrange other fun things for us in the future. – Zuzi Wahlgren Ed: Good news is that the delicious Irish goodies can be ordered at inish-bia.


Thank you for hosting such a fantastic cruise on Eagle Wings . The whole evening was an absolute pleasure for myself and the friends I came with, and represented the professionalism that I have come to expect from Expat Living . The food and wine were outstanding and kept on coming!


We have followed Expat Living for years – before we mo v e d t o Singapore, and even since we have moved on.

– Janet Garland

It’s great! Now we’re looking to create a little piece of Singapore in our new home by painting part of it like a traditional black- and-white house. Have you ever come across specific names or codes for the official black- and-white colours? The black in particular seems unique. – Grant Hauber Ed: No specific names or codes, sorry. According to Jane Iyer from Jane’s Tours (, the traditional white was a plaster called Madras chunam , made according to an Indian technique of mixing egg whites, jaggery (coarse sugar), shell lime and water, with possible variations. The black came fromdark brown teak that turned black when injected with creosote. So, whichever modern paint shades evoke those materials for you should do the trick.

My family and I had a brilliant time at the EL event on the to-die-for Eagle Wings . Perfect cruising conditions, excellent food and drink, and good company – who could ask for more? It was one of the best social nights we’ve had in a long while. – Bernard, Chris and Clare Dunraven Ed: Upcoming events include workshops on product photography, jewellery-making and making your own Christmas wreath, just in time for the festive season. Go to to sign up!

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Historic Houses & Fine Wines A big thank you to Pop Up Wine and Jane’s Singapore Tours for making Expat Living’s Wine with Friends “Black and Wine” event a memorable one. Event-goers were treated to a lovely wine tasting by Iain Riggs from Brokenwood Winery in the Hunter Valley, Australia.




Fast and Furious F1-goers were treated to great music and parties at Amber Lounge Singapore, with customised ice creams at the luxury Magnum Pleasure Bar, and artisanal drinks at the Manhattan Cocktail Bar, including free-flow Roberto Cavalli Vodka. British singer Raye belted out her top hits including “You Don’t Know Me” and “By My Side” – and “Happy Birthday” to French driver Esteban Ocon who finished tenth in the big race.

A New Home The ladies from Seasoned Singapore Expat Women came out in droves to celebrate the Facebook group’s six-month anniversary. Founded by Nici Schueler, it continues to help long-term expats find new friendships as they settle down in Singapore. Smiles were all round at this fun social event, with entertainment by Shaun McEwan and DJ Shaun.




Shopping Galore Everyone had a great time shopping and mingling at the Glamorous Giving event in September. Guests were treated to more than 50 brands, plus a wine tasting, and a happy hour on the Friday evening by TTG Wines. The fashion show, featuring various brands and accessories by Stones That Rock, was also a huge hit. Members of the Committee For UN Women were present to discuss their involvement in improving the lives of women around the world.

Pure Indulgence A highlight of Bacco’s Boutique Italian Wine Fair in September was a four-hour wine tasting featuring 24 fine wines categorised under movie themes: The Usual Suspects, The Italian Job, The Magnificent Seven and La Dolce Vita . The wide selection included orange wine, Barbera wine and local Italian wines, all paired with tasty snacks. A street magician added to the lively atmosphere.

A Kiwi Celebration The NZ Chamber of Commerce held its annual ball in August, with delectable New Zealand produce, fine wines and beer for all to enjoy. The event also celebrated the rich heritage of New Zealand films and created many unforgettable memories.




Glitzy Glamour Over 10,000 guests enjoyed an action- packed F1 weekend at The Podium Lounge, with top international performers such as Macy Gray and Fierce Angel, The Nightly Fashion Circuit, aerial performances, charity auctions, super car showcases and more. The fashion show featured beautiful designs from New York Fashion Week designer Mauricio Alpizar, plus stunning jewellery and accessories by Erika Peña. Guests also enjoyed an exhibition by Sundaram Tagore Gallery and the works of world-famous speed painter Armin Flossdorf of F1 Arts.



82 Buyer’s Guide:

Gorgeous lamps and lights in store now

Arete Culture’s black bamboo lamp

58 Home Showcase: Find out why this author loves her Lornie Road home

74 Showroom Spotlight: Take a tour of The Furniture Mall with us

76 Profile: WTP’s Naazli Somjee talks business and growing up in Singapore


Spruce up your outside area with some of Arete Culture ’s newly launched Outdoor Living brand. Its all-weather furniture sets will suit everything from small apartments to sprawling bungalows, and there’s plenty of lighting options available too, including the ever-popular hurricane lamps. Also, keep an eye out for in-store promotions and lucky draws on the Facebook page, or go to the showroom at #06-04 Tan Boon Liat Building, 315 Outram Road . OUTDOOR DÉCOR

FLEXIBLE FURNITURE Two of OHMM ’s most popular lounging collections, Palm and Maximus, are now available in modular pieces to configure as you wish, to suit your space. There are also plenty of fibre and fabric options to choose from, and even 30 percent off for Expat Living readers. Go to #03-09 Riverside Point, 30 Merchant Road , to view the collections.




CBDDeal The folks at Oakwood are offering 20 percent off the best available rate, until 31 December 2017, at the freshly opened Oakwood Premier OUE Singapore serviced residences. The offer also includes complimentary breakfast, high-speed Wi-Fi connectivity and a one-way airport transfer on a minimum 30-night stay. Contact 6812 6000 to find out more.

Lofty Kids’ Designs Ni-Night ’s L-shape loft bed package gives two kids enough space to sleep, as well as plenty of play area. Priced at $2,500, it comes with two mattresses, loft and single bedframe, and a side table to boot. It’s a great space-saving idea, and fits perfectly into room corners. Find out more at ni- .

OFFERS GALORE The Furniture Mall is celebrating its 23rd anniversary with a raft of customer offers, from now until 28 February 2018. This includes its Grand Lucky Draw, where one winner will drive away with a Mitsubishi Attrage Eco- Friendly Sedan. To be in with a chance to win, you need to spend a minimum of $200 in one of the 40 stores within the mall. Log on to to find out more about its gifts and redemption, and turn to page 74 to find out more about the mall itself.




MONEY OFF MAILING EL readers are being offered a $25 rebate on international box courier shipments when they use the Moove My Box service from SIR Move . The discount is open to anyone wanting to send presents and care packages back for the holidays, or even books and clothes for those starting a new school term in another country. The offer runs until January, so call 6534 7345 or email, specifying shipment needs, size and weight, and don’t forget to use the code EL$25OFF.

DIY Wreaths Ever wanted to learn how to make your own Christmas wreath? We’re hosting a workshop run by Wild For Flowers ’ Sophie Hancock, from 10am to midday on 1 December, at Dulwich College. The cost of the workshop covers wreath materials, refreshments and a goodie bag; find out more at .

Newton Newbie Italian designer furniture brand Flexform has launched its flagship store in Newton. The two-storey space showcases some of Flexform’s most popular pieces including dining, living and bedroom furniture. Pop in to 200 Newton Road and see for yourself.

Oz Opportunities Spring in Melbourne is typically a time when the real estate market sees the highest amount of stock levels available. Infolio is offering a 20 percent discount on buying fees for investors and owner occupiers who engage its services during November. Call +61 03 9690 0888 , or go to .




GET YOUR GRILL ON For your chance to win a Philips smokeless indoor grill, worth $499, simply head to competitions . This counter-top appliance ensures up to 80 percent less smoke, with an advanced infrared heat technology and reflector system. It’s quick to set up, has easy-to-clean detachable parts that are dishwasher safe, and comes with a warming function to keep food at an optimum temperature. Read up on its attributes at .

Under the Hammer! HotLotz auctions are a fun way to find some stylish and often cost-saving pieces for your home. Here are three great ones worth a visit in the run up to Christmas. Call for Consignment

Moving country, moving home or just spring- cleaning? HotLotz is also on the hunt for great quality consignment items across all areas for its upcoming Spring Sale. This will be held on the platform, which reaches a huge global network of dealers and collectors. Head to to register, view upcoming catalogues or make a bid online.

#1 Modern, Contemporary & Street Art (8 November) Including a single-owner collection of fantastic back-glasses from vintage pinball machines. #2 Designer Handbags (28 November) Vintage and contemporary bags by designers such as Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Salvatore Ferragamo and Celine. #3 HotLotz Christmas Gifts (5 December) HotLotz has done some of the legwork for you, and selected a range of beautiful pieces for that special (or hard-to- please) person in your life. Then again, you might also find something for yourself as well. Go on, you deserve it!

“Soon To Be Removed” by Piers Bourke, unique Singaporean edition (1 of 25), 165cm by 165cm, reserve price $2,000.



PLAY THE NAME GAME AND WIN! FairPriceAntique is looking for a new name, and they want you to help think of one. Enter this competition and you’ll stand a chance of winning a piece of furniture from the store, valued at $2,500.

The Brief The new name needs to embody who FairPrice Antique is, and its brand. It needs to stand out, be unique and make a statement in the same way its furniture does – while still alluding back to its solid Singapore/Chinese heritage. Get your thinking caps on – what do you love about Chinese culture, art or history? Let your imagination run free! How to Enter Submit your entry at competitions by 31 November. The winner will be announced by February 2018. *Terms and conditions apply. If the preferred name for the shop isn’t found from among the competition entries, FairPrice Antique will run a lucky draw for the prize from the shortlisted entries.

FairPrice Antique is asking its loyal friends and customers to help come up with a new name for the store. In return, the winning entrant will be able to pick one piece of furniture from the store, to the value of $2,500*. The furniture store has been in Singapore for 18 years and has drawn an incredibly loyal following in that time. However, it has become increasingly clear that many people believe the company to be a part of NTUC FairPrice. “While we think NTUC FairPrice is great, we’re not affiliated with them in any way,” explains owner Chantal Travers. “Other people come here expecting to find a dusty old antique shop – and we’re definitely not that either!” In fact, FairPrice Antique is a vibrant furniture shop selling top-quality, hand- crafted, artisanal, unique, statement Chinese furniture, including antique, vintage and new pieces, ceramics, accents and homewares. Chantal says, “We pride ourselves on the quality and affordability of our pieces. Everything we sell comes from northern China, where traditional craftsmanship, materials, artwork and finish is tip-top.”

FairPrice Antique #01-10 Tan Boon Liat Building 315 Outram Road 6270 2544 |




WINNING STYLE! Enter this competition and put yourself in the running to win $2,900 worth of home furniture and furnishings from Arete Culture .

Interior styling specialist Arete Culture is offering a stylish set of furniture and home accessories worth $2,900 to one lucky reader. Prizes include a luxe, marble-inspired console from The Bespoke Boutique Collection worth $1,470, a pair of table lamps from the Luxe Hotel Collection worth $900, and some striking statement décor and accessories worth over $500. The furniture is designed and made in Singapore by Arete Culture. Known for quick and affordable home makeovers, Arete Culture is an authority on living well at home. On top of its signature styling services, Arete offers an extensive range of furniture and home accessories, including The Bespoke Boutique Collection, an in-house collection of customisable furniture. In 2016, Arete Culture opened its second showroom, Arete Culture Outdoor Living, a dedicated space to living in the tropics. Both showrooms can be found at the centrally located Tan Boon Liat Building (#06-01 and #06-04) at 315 Outram Road. So, how do you get your stylish little mitts on this amazing prize? Just head to and follow the instructions. Good luck!






AnAuthor’s Escape

Who lives here: Jo and Mark Furniss, and children Lydia and Frank. Size and bedroom home near MacRitchie Reservoir. Jo’s favourite room in the house: “The patio, from where I can see the trees and the kids jumping in the pool.” location of home: Two- storey, four-

We invited ourselves over to the house of author JO FURNISS to chat about her recent ly publ ished novel , and find out why she and her family are back in Singapore for a second time.



H idden between busy Lornie and Thomson Roads is Jo Furniss’s two-storey house, an oasis of calm – and deceptively big. The entrance hall leads to a huge open-plan living and dining area, then through to the outdoor seating spot, large pool and garden. Before settling down to chat, she prepares a coffee for me – a delicious Blue Batak coffee, in fact, brought back from Sumatra. Her husband Mark is in the coffee business, which has seen them live in Africa and Switzerland, with two stints in Singapore for good measure. Leaving the UK in 2002, Jo and husband Mark first moved to West Africa. “When we met, he was studying for an MBA and I was working at the BBC in Birmingham. He’d just spent five years living in East Africa, and had told me all these glamorous stories about living there. We got engaged and then he was offered a job in Cameroon, which admittedly was far less glamorous, but an exciting start to our adventures abroad.” With no children




at that time, they formed a close group of friends and were out every weekend. “There was nothing to do there but come up with these crazy adventures, like hunting for waterfalls, so it was a great experience.” Jo continued to work as a journalist, freelancing mainly for the BBC. After a posting to Ethiopia fell through at the last minute, they moved to Singapore in 2004, choosing to live close to the Botanic Gardens. But their Singapore adventure only lasted two years before they transferred to Zurich, Switzerland, the location of Mark’s company’s head office. Both Lydia and Frank were born in Switzerland, and they spent seven years there before a relocation to Singapore was proffered in 2013. “I was happy to come back, to be honest; it felt easy as we knew what we were moving to, even though many of our friends had already left.”

Deciding at first on a shiny modern condo in Thomson, they took an apartment on the 31st floor, with great views (“my husband particularly loved it”). However, Jo andMark are bothwhat they call “country people”; “we love greenery, and I also prefer having my feet on the ground.” That’s why they then moved to this house close to MacRitchie Reservoir, in 2015. The house is situated adjacent to Bukit Brown Chinese Cemetery, and has the National Equestrian Centre literally behind its garden. Jo admits she’s become even more of a nature lover while living here. “We get so many birds in the garden and surrounds, I’ve pretty much become a twitcher! We went on an organised bird walk recently and learnt all about the different bird songs. The garden is full of different songs through the day and evening; it’s lovely to hear.”

Opposite page: Jo loves the painting above the dining table – “I find it very

benevolent” – though the children are scared of it.

Mark is a whisky fan, so there’s a fine collection under the stairs, including a bottle he picked up from their recent holiday to the Orkney Islands. The cabinet is from Lee’s Antiques Right: Jo picked up the blue console from Woody Antique House, where she also bought their outdoor sofa. “I like it there; they’re really easy to deal with.” The cabinet is a cutlery canteen bought from auction house HotLotz.


Having to initially downsize from their large house in Switzerland to their initial condo in Singapore, the move to the house instigated a little more upsizing. Most of the pieces, however, are from their postings in other countries. “We’ve got pieces from everywhere; for example, the Bamileke side tables outside we got from Cameroon. At the time I bought them, they were quite rare to see; now you can spot them all over the place!” Jo’s also no stranger to picking up second-hand pieces, including the large Swiss cabinet in the hallway. “Second-hand shops in Switzerland are normally found in people’s barns, and I used to go quite a lot to pick up pieces. You never knew what you’d find.”

Clockwise from top left: Lydia worked really hard to tidy up her room for the shoot – “she’s a hoarder so it was a challenge to clear away some stuff,” says Jo. Lydia’s roller skates take pride of place on a cabinet in her room. The puppet is from Burma. “The kids are terrified of him as well, but I love him!” Jo often finds herself reading in this spot when Mark is away. She picked up the pottery on a trip in Cameroon. “I really like the raw look, before they fire them.” The shelving unit is from Pasardina Fine Living in Dempsey.



Writer’s retreat Despite the relocation from Zurich to Singapore, Jo has managed to write, and have published, her first fiction novel, All the Little Children . The book, which centres on a family camping trip that takes a dark turn, became a number one bestseller on Amazon soon after being released in August. Jo has now not only finished the draft of the second book, but is starting to think about a third. Her move from journalist to author was an organic one. Having struggled to balance expensive childcare in Zurich with a desire to return to work, Jo decided instead to study a two-year Masters degree in Professional Writing by distance learning from Falmouth University. “At first I thought I would write

non-fiction books, but I’d done narrative modules at the start and I just got really into it.” As part of her course, she had to write a 1,000-word piece, which then formed the nucleus for her current book. “We lived on the edge of this forest in Zurich, and I used to walk a huge amount with the children, one in the carrier the other in the stroller. I couldn’t get this idea out of my head of being left on your own, having to look after your children; it kept going round inmy mind.” At the end of the course, Jo had to decide between non-fiction, screenwriting or fiction. “My tutor told me to do what would stretch me the most, and that was fiction. I did that and developed my book.” Her book was also born partly from the frustration of motherhood, and the social dialogue around this.

Opposite: Jo picked up her air plants from Spa Flora, on Thomson Road. “I love them; they’re so sculptural, and the one above the table reminds me of Tina Turner’s hair!” The cushions on the sofa in the background were purchased from a museum gift shop, the outdoor

furniture is from Woody Antique House.




“You’re never allowed to make a normal human- being mistake as a mother, which is a terrible pressure. When my daughter was born, in 2008, there were all these celebrities and bloggers who present themselves as the perfect parents, and I just thought enough was enough. My book is provocative – the main character is not always likeable because she’s successfully running a business and household. She’s exhausted, and that shows. I wanted to write a character who epitomised the kind of woman that the Daily Mail will praise one week and slate the next.” Jo’s second book, Trailing Spouse , is set in Singapore, and focuses on a “rather shiny woman”, living in a fancy condo on Sentosa. Her husband travels more and more and she has reason to suspect he’s playing

around; yet, as she looks into it, she discovers something much darker. “This novel is more complicated to write because there are two narratives to weave together. It focuses on the way dependency on a spouse can make you feel vulnerable.” The book will be released in August 2018. It seems unlikely she’ll be taking much of a break between books. “My agent is already asking me about book three!” Following the excitement around the launch of All the Little Children , Jo plans to pause to consider the next project. “Writing a novel is a huge commitment. Plus, I’mkeen to spend the next half-term holiday enjoying Singaporewith visitors andmy kids. It was even nice to spend yesterday’s National Day tidying the house in readiness for the photoshoot!”



PLANTS AND FLOWERS Far East Flora 565 Thomson Road 6251 2323 | Spa Flora 553 Thomson Road 6252 8512 |

MacRitchie Reservoir (“for walking, running, kayaking and wildlife spotting”) Pasir Ris Park (“for bike rides”) Bishan Park (“for running”) Friends of Bukit Brown (“join the Facebook Group for wildlife, history and culture tour”) Interiors Ho Chi Minh City (“for interior shopping”) Artbook on Le Loi Street (“for vintage, kitsch and kids’ poster décor”)

RELAXATION Singapore Polo Club Lush Spa 80 Mount Pleasant Road 6254 9091 | Ikeda Spa 787 Bukit Timah Road 6388 8080 | Activities The British Club (“I often write there outside the newly renovated Windsor Arms, plus their tennis camps and lessons keep the kids occupied while I work”) 73 Bukit Tinggi Road 6467 4311 |

To find out more about Jo, or Jo’s book, head to and .




There’s a new luxury serviced apartment on the CBD block. Here’s a look at what Oakwood Premier OUE Singapore has to offer. Downtown

EAT Residents will not go hungry in this property. There’s complimentary daily breakfast available at Se7enth Restaurant, featuring international and fresh local produce. Helmed by Chef Dickson Fung, the eatery is also open for lunch and dinner. Elsewhere, the intimate lobby bar offers some respite from the crowds of Singapore’s downtown, and has a variety of bar bites, as well as a wide-ranging drinks menu, including a fresh Downtown Mojito or, for the perfect pick-me-up after a long day, an Xpresso Martini. Don’t want to leave your room, but can’t be bothered to cook? Just order in from the extensive room service menu. You can even elevate yourself to full executive status by joining The Oakwood Executive Club Privilege, giving you complimentary access to the Executive Club Lounge, with daily breakfast, as well as free-flow evening cocktails and canapés from 6pm to 8pm. SLEEP The 268 rooms range from studio apartments with the option of king or twin beds, to one- and two-bedroom apartments. All come with a Bluetooth sound system, the bathrooms are fitted with a rain shower, and guests have access to an in-room Samsung tablet and mobile phone. Cook in the comfort of your own roomwith the studio apartment’s kitchenette, including microwave. The one- and two-bedroom apartments, meanwhile, come with a larger fully equipped kitchen. Need to do your laundry? Residents in studio apartments can use the self-service launderette, while those in the one- and two-bedroom apartments have a two-in-one washer/dryer, and a separate washer and dryer respectively.

PLAY From cooling off in the infinity pool to de-stressing with a workout in the fitness centre, there are plenty of ways to enjoy your downtime. There’s also a lap pool, Jacuzzi and cabanas, and at night the pool and terrace areas light up, meaning you can sit poolside well into the evening. Then of course there’s the CBD and beyond to explore – from foodie must-do Lau Pa Sat at the top of Shenton Way, to rooftop cocktails at 1-Altitude in One Raffles Place, or even just a fantastic evening run through the Marina Bay area. Grab some tips from the concierge and away you go.

69 NOVEMBER2017 To find out more about the Oakwood Premier OUE Singapore serviced apartments, call 6812 60 0, or go to for more information.

Inspiration These two readers tell us why they called on the help of home styling and interior design experts to pull together their perfect home.

Vanessa Rademaker, Portuguese Our bedroom furniture was 13 years old and, although it was still in good shape, we decided it needed a refresh. We purchased a new mattress and bedframe, I began looking for mirrored bedside tables; I purchased a pair of stacked glass ball lamps, thinking they would fit with the new bed. I also began looking into having luxurious bedding made. I reached out to Chlöe from E&A Interiors as I liked that she sourced high-quality, more unique fabrics from smaller vendors in the US and Europe. We met and discussed what I was looking for, before she came to see the space in person. The master bedroom is large, brown and rather dark all around. Given it’s a rented property, we couldn’t change the brown fixtures, but Chlöe




had concepts for the bedding, along with other recommendations on how to achieve my desired outcome of a bright, fresh look with luxurious fabrics and textures, while also bearing in mind I was budget conscious. The project became about striking a balance between the new elements such as the soft furnishings, rug and footstool, and giving the existing furniture a new lease on life. Existing furniture was sprayed in white and the mirrored accents that I had been searching for were added. The dressers got mirrored tops, while the bedside tables also got mirrors on the drawers and new glass drawer knobs. Bed cushions were made, matching lampshades added, as well as wallpaper to brighten the room. I had a chair and ottoman re-upholstered in a stylish combination of fabrics, and a soft rug and footstool were added to complete the look. A vintage French country lingerie chest with new mother-of-pearl drawer knobs and pulls was initially sprayed a darker blue, but I found it to be too intense and dark for the room. Chlöe agreed and didn’t hesitate to send it back and have it re- sprayed in a lighter shade. Chlöe was hands on every step of the way, and she was also open and responsive when I asked her questions and wanted to share my ideas. She has a keen eye for design and what does and doesn’t work in a particular space; a “cookie cutter” interior design approach won’t work in Singapore given the peculiarities of room layouts here. The vendors and contractors Chlöe works with are top-notch professionals, and every detail was well executed. She did such a good job on the bedroom that we immediately started working on updating our formal sitting area, which has turned out beautifully. Every time I have visitors, they comment on the beautiful space and I get all the credit!

Every time I have visitors, they comment on the beautiful space and I get all the credit!

E&A Interiors #04-24 The Herencia 46 Kim Yam Road 6702 4850 |


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