NOV 2018


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A Love & War Story





EDITOR’SNOTE My high school days were a very long time ago; it’s our 40th reunion next year, which is freaking me out just a little bit. Despite this, I still remember various school trips clearly – including one particularly eventful one. We visited a battleground of the Zulu/British wars in South Africa, heading up gravel roads with the aim of seeing one of the key vantage points of the battle. Unfortunately, our minivan couldn’t cope, and after some reverse slipping and sliding on a very narrow mountainous track we were offloaded. I can’t remember how we got down, but we never got to see the view. That evening, we all ate a dinner that had been reheated way too many times. In the middle of the night, all hell broke loose, with only 10 toilets available for 40 very needy teenagers. The hotel said it was because we’d been drinking! My youngest went on a trip to Nepal that was amazing but also scary. She told me of the narrow mountain roads that looked down on hundreds of wrecked cars in the ravines below. Another part of her journey was on a small plane that dipped and dived as it headed towards what appeared to be a mountain, but was in fact a hidden runway. If you’re feeling uncomfortable about your children going on school trips, I realise I might have missed the mark in comforting you! But, if I can still remember mine (and I have trouble remembering things from last week...), then know that the memories and experiences of these travels really are worth the money and the angst. If you’re looking for some adventure yourself, in this issue we’ve got stories from the plains of Mongolia to downtown Cape Town, along with some personal experiences and recommendations for Thailand. Closer to home, please remember to vote for your favourite retailers, services and products in our annual Readers’ Choice Awards. You’ll find details on page 26, or you can vote by visiting As always, there are great prizes to be won!

The closest I got to a real trek was years ago in

China's Yunnan Province. It was beautiful and well worth visiting. So many places, so little time!



Editor-in-Chief REBECCA BISSET




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67 Lighting solutions for your home

NEWS 18 Calendar Updates 24 Readers’ Letters 26 Readers’ Choice Awards:

What’s on in the coming months

Amazing prizes up for grabs!

28 EL Forum:

Online antics and our upcoming events

30 Singapore Page:

Exploring the island’s past and present

54 What’s new in wall candy

32 Around Town:

Photos from parties, launches and more

HOME& PROPERTY 38 News 44 Prize Giveaway:

Gorgeous home décor sets to be won

47 Showcase:

Sneak peek inside a couple’s Pasir Panjang home

55 Product News:

How to wake up ready to tackle the day


63 Expert Voice:

56 Bedroom Style:

A painting company that can revive your home

Calming creams to help you snooze


Thirteen incredible high school trips 102 Exploring the new GESS campus 105 Meet a new Head of Senior School 106 Personalised graduation pathways

64 Store Spotlight 67 Buying Guide:

58 Inside Story:

Three interior design success stories

Light up your space with these bright ideas

74 Street Talk:

What it’s like living in Newton LIFE & FAMILY 82 News 88 Noticeboard: Pets up for adoption 89 Rated PG: Our regular parenting column 91 Shopping Focus: What to look out for at Boutique Fairs 93 Wedding Bells

108 Inside Story:

Only the best for these readers’ pets

110 On the Page:

Expat Liz Coward and her “accidental” book

56 Chic and elegant bedroom furniture


112 Car Talk 114 Around Town: Social snapshots from recent events




WINE & DINE 124 News 128 Bar Tab:

A new and notable spot for a tipple

129 Cooking Classes:

Recipes to get you holiday-ready

130 Farm to Home:

A French expat’s organic delivery business

132 Curry Corner:

The “hottest” Indian restaurants in town

136 Recipe Corner:

Fail-safe favourites to add to your repertoire

138 Review Crew:

EL finds Robbo Quay’s best coffee!

160 Exploring Australia’s amazing Top End


Christmas shopping at Boutique Fairs

132 Where to go when you’re craving Indian food

TRAVEL 144 News 149 Destination Focus:

158 An encounter with Mongolia’s eagle hunters

Thailand insights and recommendations

154 Villa Vacation

A beachside stay in Koh Samui

156 South Africa:

Cape Town has a notable new landmark

158 Women on a Mission:

Exploring the vast beauty of Mongolia




STYLE & BEAUTY 166 Style News 168 Fun in the Sun:

Our top resort and beach fashion picks

172 Beauty News 175 Festive Scents 176 Acne Aid:

Two aesthetic treatments that can help

178 Tried & Tested: Our eye cream reviews HEALTH & FITNESS 184 News 187 Expert Voice: 188 Food Allergies 190 Eye Spy: Your retina and how to protect it 192 White & Bright: 194 Exercises for Home 196 Men’s Health: Five common cancers, plus expert advice Four surprising facts about breast cancer

How to make your teeth gleam

168 Fashions for your next beach day

175 The latest beauty products

REGULARS 203 Numbers & Websites 204 Horoscopes for November

206 Advertiser List 208 Parting Shot: Singapore life hacks






SOCIAL & CHARITY Sandbag November Muster (1 NOV) During this monthly gathering, existing and new Sandbag members can look forward to a fun night out with good food, drinks and company – plus complimentary food platters and drink deals. Non-members are also welcome. Email for more details. Bull & Bear Singapore, #01-01 Far East Square, 31 Pekin Street. St Andrew’s Ball (24 NOV) The Singapore St Andrew’s Society has long held an annual ball to celebrate its patron saint – in fact, this year the society celebrates 183 years in Singapore. Look forward to free-flow drinks, whisky and a tasty six-course Scottish-themed feast. Shangri-La Hotel. Tickets from Peatix.

Boutique Fairs

Green is the New Black (GITNB): The Conscious Festival (3-4 NOV) Back for its fourth year, this event allows you to browse conscious brands, meet social entrepreneurs, view art installations and more. There will also be talks by local and international speakers on topics such as sustainable and mindful living and travelling. ParkRoyal on Pickering. Boutique Fairs Singapore: The Gifting Edition (9-11 NOV) Shop over 250 independent and design-led labels as Boutiques returns this November. Pick up gifts and accessories, women’s and men’s fashion and accessories, home and décor items, art and lifestyle goods, and children’s apparel and toys. F1 Pit Building. Nala Designs at The Cinnamon Room – It’s All About Pattern (16-17 NOV) Browse clothing, home and lifestyle accessories at the preview of Nala Design’s Fall Collection at The Cinnamon Room this November. The store will be open from 10am to 4pm. 43 Jalan Merah Saga.

Affordable Art Fair Singapore Autumn Edition 2018 (16-18 NOV) Returning for its ninth autumn edition, the fair will feature works from local, regional and international talents across over 75 galleries. Browse contemporary art priced between $100 to $15,000, with 75 percent of items under $7,500. Buy tickets online. F1 Pit Building. #TBLblockparty at Tan Boon Back for its second edition, the exciting event will feature pop-ups, design talks, workshops and great deals from more than 30 stores. Tan Boon Liat Building, 315 Outram Road. HotLotz Live Monthly Interiors & Antiques Auction (29 NOV) On the last Thursday of the month, enjoy complimentary wine and experience the excitement of a live HotLotz auction. View your favourite lots in the flesh and browse upcoming auction offerings. #01-15 Cendex Centre, 120 Lower Delta Road. Liat Building (24-25 NOV)

The Great British Ball (30 NOV) Soak in the Christmas spirit at The Great British Ball, with a live choir performance and a champagne reception in a traditional Christmas market setting. There’ll also be a silent auction and a live raffle. Organised by The British Chamber of Commerce Singapore and The British Club, it’s an event not to be missed! Shangri- La Hotel. Tickets from the British Chamber of Commerce Singapore website.




SPORTS & FITNESS King of the Trails 2018 Leg 4: Trail Blazer (25 NOV)

The final run of the King of the Trails series, this is the most difficult of the four races. The route is 25km long and 20 percent of it is off-road trails. Registration closes on 3 November. MacRitchie Reservoir.


The Great Moscow Circus (UNTIL 18 NOV)

Witness the talents of 45 world-renowned circus acrobats, clowns, jugglers and daredevils at this exciting circus show. Amazing stunts on display include the Wheel of Death and the Motorbike Sphere of Fear! Big Top Tent beside Marina Bay Sands. Tickets from Sistic. Mamma Mia! (3-18 NOV) As part of its international tour, blockbuster musical Mamma Mia! returns this November, telling a story of family and friendship, and featuring many of ABBA’s greatest hits, including “Dancing Queen” and “Take A Chance On Me”. Sands Theatre, MasterCard Theatres at Marina Bay Sands. Tickets from Sistic.

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One Night Only – Kenny G Live in Singapore (8 NOV)

World famous saxophonist Kenny G will be back in town this November for a solo concert, with tunes from his Brazilian Nights album that was inspired by a stay in Rio de Janeiro. The Star Theatre. Tickets from Sistic. Saint Marc Children’s Choir (20-21 NOV) Enjoy popular Disney tunes and Christmas carols by the Saint Marc Children’s Choir this festive season, including the likes of “When You Wish Upon A Star” from Pinocchio , “Colours Of The Wind” from Pocahontas and “Can You Feel The Love Tonight” from The Lion King . Victoria Concert Hall. Tickets from Sistic. Romeo and Juliet (23-25 NOV) The prestigious Russian State Ballet of Siberia presents Romeo and Juliet this month, under the artistic direction of Sergei Bobrov. Watch as the love story is brought to life by the dancers with enormous emotional and dramatic integrity. Sands Theatre, Marina Bay Sands. Tickets from Sistic.

Mamma Mia!





Nursery Crimes (UNTIL 30 NOV)

Featuring the theme of friendship, along with plenty of puzzles, clues and mysteries, this fun theatre show for little ones sees Polly Piper enter a magical doorway into Miny Moe, a whimsical world filled with nursery rhyme characters. KC Arts Centre – Home of SRT. Tickets from Sistic. Pinkfong Baby Shark Live Musical (2-4 NOV) We’ve all heard the infectious song; now you can take the kids to catch the full musical version of Baby Shark , by Korean YouTube sensations Pinkfong. Help the Shark family as they look for their missing baby! MES Theatre. Tickets from Sistic.

SSO Concerts for Children: Music Tells a Story (10-11 NOV) This musical showcase will feature creative orchestral stories and familiar favourites. Little ones can look forward to an exciting journey of exploration and imagination. Victoria Concert Hall. Tickets from Sistic. PAW Patrol Live! The Great Pirate Adventure (17-18 NOV) Go on an adventure with Ryder and his team of pirate pups as they rescue Cap’n Turbot from a mysterious cavern, and discover a secret pirate treasure map on the way. Resorts World Theatre, Resorts World Sentosa. Tickets from Sistic.

Geronimo Stilton Live in the Kingdom of Fantasy 2018 (9-11 NOV) Join Geronimo Stilton as he sets of on a

fantastical quest to save the Queen of Fairies. Featuring multi-media projections and stunning 3D effects, this is another show the kids will love. MES Theatre. Tickets from Sistic.


Michele Righetti Art East Coast Artist’s Open Studio (1-10 NOV) Feast your eyes on the latest collection of vibrant Nouveau Pop Art paintings by Italian artist Michele Righetti. Over 20 new original oil paintings on canvas will be on display. Mention Expat Living and enjoy special prices! 5A East Coast Avenue. Singapore International Photography Back for its sixth edition, the festival will feature 11 exhibitions and 50 public and education programmes. Highlights includes works by local photographer Nguan. Intriguing Uncertainties Exhibition (UNTIL 5 JAN) This contemporary art exhibition brings together 42 artists from Europe, Asia, Africa and North and South America. Each of the works focuses on socio-cultural constellations and situational meanings. The Parkview Museum. Festival 2018 (UNTIL 9 DEC)

The Journey of a Dachshund, Righetti Art




Corporal Crumble’s Christmas Crisis (1-2 DEC)

White Lodge

Take the kids to catch this exciting interactive production this Christmas season. Witness a heroic escapade and an epic showdown with a villain! Sands Theatre at Marina Bay Sands. Tickets from Sistic. Sleeping Beauty by Singapore Dance Theatre (6-9 DEC) This timeless classic is suitable for all ages, and features charming sets, a rich score by Tchaikovsky, stunning costumes and elegant choreography. Esplanade Theatre. Tickets from Sistic. Hi-5 Supers (7-9 DEC) Kids will love this action-packed superhero themed show by Hi-5! Through song and dance, it teaches children to express and believe in themselves. Sands Theatre at Marina Bay Sands. Tickets from Sistic. Singapore Symphony Orchestra Babies’ Proms 2018 (8-9 DEC) SSO Babies’ Proms returns for its 16th year this December, so join Uncle Peter and the SSO for an amazing musical adventure to explore the world of the orchestra and its different instruments. Victoria Concert Hall. Tickets from Sistic. Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon 2018 (8-9 DEC) This hugely popular annual race is back for two days in December, with five adult categories – Marathon, Ekiden,

Half Marathon, 10km and 5km – and the Kids’ Dash. Registration closes on 15 November. Shangela is Shook (12 DEC) Diva Shangela from Rupaul’s Drag Race All Stars 3 will be in town for her brand new live show Shangela is Shook this December. She’s best known as the only contestant to compete on three different seasons of the reality series. Shine Auditorium. Tickets from Sistic. White Lodge River Valley Preschool Open House (13 DEC) Meet the leadership team and tour the brand new facility at River Valley at this Open House, which also includes the opportunity to meet teachers and experience classroom activities to gain an understanding of the curriculum and school culture. Register for a spot at openhouse . 262 River Valley Road


Faith & Freedom: Music of George Michael (14-15 DEC) Celebrate the incredible musical talents of George Michael, with songs spanning his days as front man of Wham! and his incredible solo career. You’ll hear massive hits “Faith” and “Careless Whisper”, and much more. Sands Theatre at Marina Bay Sands. Tickets from Sistic.


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Visiting Relatives This is my first vacation in Singapore with my family – I’m here to connect with my grandson’s family, who moved here in January this year. It’s been really nice to come across a few issues of Expat Living ; the magazine offers a complete insight into most aspects of living in Singapore, from family, arts, food, travel, fashion and beauty, to the sweet home of my son-in-law – a complete magazine for aliens to this beautiful island! I must say I have fallen in love with your publication and will carry at least one issue back home to India – and also catch up with you every six months on return visits! – Tejinder Singh Bedi Ed: Thank you for your lovely letter, Tejinder! So glad you enjoyed the mag – and Singapore. I bet you’re looking forward to your next visit already.

Best Letter We want to hear from you! Send us your thoughts on the magazine, or on any subject under the sun. We’ll be sending Germaine Ng a bottle of champagne for sharing her experience of the Remembrance Walk event with us.

Nostalgia First and foremost, allow me to say a big “thank you” to Expat Living for reminding me to attend the Remembrance Walk event. The walk was held at the Mount Vernon Sanctuary, which closed for good at the end of September to make way for government housing. My dad passed away when I was 15 at the age of just 42. That was in 1987 and his remains have been kept at Mount Vernon ever since. A few years ago, I had to move his ashes to Mandai Crematorium when I knew that the government had intentions to take this piece of land back for housing purposes. Anyhow, the walk brought back great memories and a sense of nostalgia (a moment to think about my daddy), and I appreciated your gentle reminder from the bottom of my heart. I’m a Singaporean and am 46 now. I’ve been a great fan of Expat Living – so I guess the magazine is not only for expats to read and enjoy! Your informative and beautiful magazine is a must-have for me. Great job, team! Looking forward to my next issue, for sure. – Germaine Ng Ed: Thank you for your lovely note. I understand what it’s like to lose a dad who’s too young, and it’s good that you had that chance to walk through the area one last time. I’m so glad you love our mag and find it useful too! We have a large core of Singaporean readers and it’s great that we can be helpful and interesting to newcomers and long-timers alike.

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Choosing the right university for Third Culture Kids

DATE: 15 November 2018 TIME: 6.30pm – 8.30pm PLACE: The Tanglin Club PRICE: $5 including refreshments


DATE: 22 November 2018 TIME: 8.30am – 10.30am

•Doing business in Singapore

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DATE: 23 November 2018 TIME: 10am – 11.30am PLACE: Pablo @Wisma Atria PRICE: Free – includes refreshments & goodie bag

Understand how you can effectively achieve translucent skin with a beautiful glow by protecting yourself from the harsh sun. Tips on sun defence to defy skin ageing will be shared.


DATE: 28 November 2018 TIME: 9.30am – 11.30am PLACE: Kuhl Home Kids Furniture Showroom 100E Pasir Panjang Road PRICE: $20 includes refreshments & goodie bag

with Jacki Roche of Sleep Solutions for Babies


LIFE & FAMILY Investigating the island past and present, with tips, trivia and time travel – and the occasional tricky challenge for readers! THE SINGAPORE PAGE

Time to Explore




Craving a vacation, but don’t have the time or money to spend? Then how about a camping staycation! Here are some spots where you can pitch a tent in Singapore. #1 East Coast Park This is a great spot for camping, with a cooling ocean breeze and gorgeous sunrises and sunsets. Amenities are plentiful too, with clean toilets and barbecue pits. But as this is quite the weekend party spot, it isn’t exactly a quiet night under the stars. #2 Pasir Ris This park has fewer folks hanging out after hours, which makes for a more remote feel than East Coast Park, yet with the same amenities and similar sea breezes. #3 West Coast Park Camping with kids? This may be your perfect spot, with seven play areas plus a nearby 7-Eleven for when your barbecue doesn’t go as planned. #4 Pulau Ubin While only a ten-minute bumboat ride away, Pulau Ubin feels like another world. You’ll be roughing it here though, and you’ll need to bring all your stuff, as there isn’t an all-night shop anywhere in sight. #5 Glamping Prefer to sleep under the stars without the fuss? Companies including Glam Nomad and the Glamping Society do the hard work of pitching tents and blowing up the beds for you. Some even offer air-conditioned tents!

Where we flick through our magazine from ten years ago to see what we can find...

We interviewed a former “royal footman” of Buckingham Palace, who told us life wasn’t always easy at the Palace. My room was right below the flag at the front of the building. When you’ve been out on the town the night before, and you’re trying to sleep in, the last thing you need to hear is the Changing of the Guard! We also gave readers a Singlish primer, which covered the more common terms like ang moh , auntie , chope , kiasu , but a few trickier ones too: Chin chye lah! Don’t worry about the details Gone case Something that is beyond saving Kena sabo To have a practical joke played against you Kay poh Busybody or nosey parker Blur like sotong Stupid as a squid

Flower Power

What do the following people have in common? Nelson Mandela, Bindi Irwin, Barack Obama, Kate Middleton, Elton John, Jackie Chan, Jane Goodall, Joseph Schooling

Don’t forget! You’ll need a camping permit, but arranging one is easy peasy, via an nParks online application:

For more great ideas for Singapore-based activities, go to


Think you know Singapore well? Then tell us where we were standing when we took this photo! See next month’s page for the answer.

The answer? They’ve all had an orchid named after them in Singapore. Around 200 VIPs and celebs have had this honour bestowed on them – “orchid diplomacy”, it’s sometimes referred to – including Charles and Camilla last year (their flower was dubbed “DendrobiumDuke Duchess of Cornwall”).

Last month: Wheelock Place on Orchard Road





All Dolled Up In September, five lucky readers had the chance to take part in EL ’s first Makeover Night with Cluny Court. The ladies were treated to outfits, accessories and hair and beauty treatments from the lovely stores in the mall. They looked absolutely stunning!




Party Weekend The 10,000 guests who attended the tenth anniversary of The Podium Lounge in September were treated to a great line-up of entertainment. Aside from the music, Saturday’s Fashion Circuit was a hit, featuring supermodels such as Cindy Bishop and showcasing the latest in luxury designer streetwear and more. There were also appearances from Formula 1 drivers, a live auction of F1 memorabilia, and art and jewellery exhibitions.



Polo with a Purpose Held by the Singapore Polo Club in September, the annual Prudential Ladies’ International featured some of the world’s best female polo players, hailing from Argentina, Kenya and the UK. Three teams took part – Prudential Singapore, Swarovski and King Power – with King Power emerging the winner. During the event, Swarovski showcased archive pieces in the VIP lounge, alongside Atelier Swarovski jewellery.

F1 Fun It was an action-packed weekend at the Singapore Cricket Club during the annual SCC Night Race 2018 held in September. Besides enjoying the fast cars and other F1 highlights, event-goers were treated to scrumptious international buffet spreads and entertained by roaming acts.




67 Buying

Guide: Lamps and lights to brighten your home

Arete Culture

47 Home Showcase: Look inside this Pasir Panjang bolthole

55 Sleep Saviour: Picking the perfect mattress

63 Awesome Antiques: How to restore their beauty



Make It Personal Specialising in personalised typographic canvas wall art that takes its inspiration from vintage tram and bus scrolls, artworks by C+S Art Prints make the perfect gift. Each one is designed individually so no two canvases are ever alike. Find out more about the designs at .

In addition to a distinctive herringbone weave, slim profile and generous seating, OHMM’s Horizon collection features modular elements for extra versatility. Among the pieces is the Horizon Mini, which can squeeze into smaller spaces. Choose from 12 fibres and 24 fabric colours to personalise your look. OUTDOORDÉCOR

Invest in the West Focusing on the stylish concept of London’s Georgian townhouses, the Mayfair Gardens property development is due to open in 2024 in the heart of Bukit Timah. It’s available for sale and rental, with foreigners eligible to purchase; call 9051 9015 to find out more.

SME Support With technology continuing to develop at a pace, finding the right IT support in this sector is crucial. Tekkie Help has launched a new brand and website, , specialising in IT support, consultancy, website development, infrastructure and equipment supply, as well as set-up for small- and medium-sized businesses. If you own a business, or work in an organisation with no IT department and struggle with that side of things, is offering a free consultation to discuss your company’s IT requirements. Call 8113 8682 to book a consultation.





Party Time! The Tan Boon Liat Building, that hotspot for home décor and lifestyle stores, will be holding its second block party, from 24 to 25 November. With more than 30 showrooms taking part, visitors can look forward to mini markets, pop-ups, workshops and, of course, plenty of shopping, with prizes thrown in too. Head to 315 Outram Road to explore.

No Drama Drying Dry your laundry at a third of the cost of a normal tumble dryer, with Kruger’s Secomat laundry dryer and automated laundry rack. All you need is a small, enclosed space to hang your laundry, then just turn the dryer on, shut the door and it’s done. For a free trial, contact, and mention Expat Living for ten percent off the usual price.

Ring in the festive season with weekly lucky draws at Arete Culture. Each purchase from 1 November to 20 December allows you the chance to win a Cochine soy candle and diffuser set worth $165. You can also feel good in the knowledge that, from every $100 spent, $10 will be donated to a local animal shelter and children’s charity.

Call the A-Team To celebrate its 15th year and thank its customers, A-TeamAmahs &Cleaners is currently offering a 20 percent discount off its agency fees for part- time maid and nanny services. Call 6100 6122 or go to for more information.




Award Winner Operating for just one year, luxury serviced apartment Oakwood Premier OUE Singapore has already won two accolades: best serviced residence in Asia-Pacific at the Business Traveller Asia-Pacific Awards, and best serviced residence in the Annual TTG Travel Awards.

Singapore Scenes Artist Glacy Soh has created a series including landmarks and iconic symbols of Singapore culture, now imprinted on coasters and placemats. Five editions of “Sketches of Singapore” have been produced, and they make the perfect gift or stocking filler. For stockist details andmore information about the artist and her work, go to .

Under the Hammer!

Matthew Elton, HotLotz owner and chief auctioneer.


Watches: HotLotz is holding its first ever watches-only auction, live in its saleroom on 22 November at 8pm. Head down to #01-15 Cendex Centre, 120 Lower Delta Road to pick up some cool wrist candy for yourself or a friend.

Christmas: Get that warm, fuzzy festive feeling at the live Christmas auction on 4 December at 8pm. HotLotz is curating a range of one-of-a-kind gifts for that hard- to-buy-for person (be honest, we all know someone like that!). Drinks will be available in the saleroom to help you start celebrating the season. Catalogue out 13 November. Interiors & Antiques: HotLotz’s weekly online-only sale is always live in the saleroom on the last Thursday of every month. Head along and bid in person – live bidders get the best bargains!





HOME TREATS COMPETITION TIME! Get your mitts on one of these three gorgeous sets of home décor pieces. Having completed over 650 home makeovers in the region, the folks at Arete Culture know a thing or ten about home style. Now they’re giving you the chance to win some striking décor for your own home, with one of these three sets. Just head over to to enter! About Arete Culture Arete Culture is a respected authority on living well at home, having spread its interior styling services across Singapore for eight years now. It also offers an extensive range of furniture and home accessories, including The Bespoke Boutique Collection, an in- house range of customisable furniture. Two years ago, the company opened a second showroom, Arete Culture Outdoor Living. Both showrooms can be found in the centrally located Tan Boon Liat Building; definitely worth a visit if these pretty pieces have already caught your attention! Arete Culture #06-01 Tan Boon Liat Building 315 Outram Road 9640 3829 |

Prize one includes a

champagne tray, Cochine scented reeds and matching candle, champagne striped vase and large honeycomb gold vase.

Prize two includes a silver photo frame, U-stick candleholder, white mercury glass vase and large rectangular Capiz tray.

Prize three includes a luxe soft blue and a solid grey cushion cover with frame and two white ceramic mini bowls. insert, photo




We see behind the doors of this West Coast home and find out how it provides the perfect work-life balance for the couple who live here.



A lthough Elvina a n d L u c a s ’s h om e i s o n b u s y P a s i r Panjang Road, once you walk through the heritage doors of their colonial shophouse, you’re transported into what I would describe as a characterful boho- vintage home, which Elvina refers to as a “mixed bag”. “The house itself is very old – complete with wonky windows and rough original wooden floors,” she adds, and there’s no doubt it has history. In the six years they’ve lived in Singapore, this is the third place they’ve called home. They decided on a move here from Melbourne after a recce in 2012, when they stopped off before travelling on to Europe and New York. Elvina was already familiar with Singapore, having extended family living here, and they wanted to test the waters for their production company, Anue Management, which they’d established back home. Realising there was a gap in the industry here for quality production geared towards fashion, beauty and luxury goods, they set up in Singapore six months later.

Who lives here: Elvina Farkas (Eurasian- Australian), fiancé Lucas Milone (Italian-Australian), and Pepe, the 14-year-old rescue dog. Size of home: Three- bedroom, two-storey conservation shophouse. Style of home: “I think our home is a total mixed bag, although people do comment it’s very boho and loft-esque, but homely,” says Elvina.




Clockwise fromtop left: The kitchen was pretty much bare when they moved in. They took the doors out and added all the fittings. The bar was picked up second- hand from an expat forum. The cowhide is from a Northern Territory cow, from the same property Elvina lived on while growing up. In the hallway, you can see just some of her magazine collection, which she has stacked up throughout the home. “The couch was creamonce upon a time, and there are twomore pieces of it upstairs in the studio.”


Living in her mother’s flat in Bedok initially, their first year was an interesting experience. “We went from a four-bedroom house in Melbourne, with two dogs, to a small one-bed apartment here, complete with a hocking-up uncle next door,” laughs Elvina. A year later and they were on the move again, this time to a huge industrial shophouse space near Alexandra Road. “We had a full photography studio downstairs, and we lived upstairs. We put in a lot of interior work, including adding massive industrial revolving doors, and a fantastic three-and-a-half-metre metal table with a glass top.” Towards the end of the lease, Elvina and Lucas didn’t see eye to eye with their landlord on many issues arising with the house. Having also experienced little of a work-life balance – “there was no cut-off point for personal time” – they were looking for more home, less studio. “We already knew the area, and this space really works for us. We have a small studio upstairs and we rent a space for bigger productions. Our office is the front, and the rest is home,” says Elvina. Also present is Pepe, their (now deaf and blind) 14-year-old rescue dog. He’d been rescued by Purely Adoptions, however the previous home trials he went on saw him returned each time. “He’d been mistreated in the house he was in, and he had massive food and fear aggression initially; he also really doesn’t like men,” says Lucas. “I’d read about his story online and I knew I had to try with him, so I arranged it with the agency that afternoon and came home with him the next day,” adds Elvina. She told Lucas that Pepe was on a home trial, but the adoption officer was already waiting in the wings with the paperwork. The deal was done.

Photographer’s Flair As we walk around the home to find out where she picked up her décor pieces, one comment crops up a few times: “I liked it and just came home with it”. Elvina’s impulsive enthusiasm about things crosses over, of course, to her work. Born and raised in Alice Springs in the Australian outback, her interest in photography began when she was 12. It was then that she started selling landscape prints of the area, and making pocket money shooting family portraits. Learning the ropes assisting some well- known Australian photographers, she made the decision to forego a university degree

Above: The couple also renovated the bathroom, including adding these striking tiles from a local shop in Zion Road.



and focus on becoming a fully-fledged photographer in her own right. “I have honestly never regretted the decision once.” She and Lucas met while he was running a studio in Melbourne. “Elly came in for a shoot and I asked her what exactly she wanted to do, and shewas like, ‘I don’t know, I’ll just wing it’,” says Lucas. “I started by assisting her, which led to us becoming close friends, and now we’re getting married.” “It did take him ten years to ask me!” laughs Elvina. The small, intimate wedding will be held in Santorini, Greece, and the couple are currently trying to finish up numerous projects before they jet off, so they can shut off from everything for three well-earned weeks. Without taking up any more of this precious pre-wedding time, I leave them to battle the mountain of work they still have to get through before the big day.




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Willow Mattress owner CHANTAL TRAVERS answers our questions about finding the perfect mattress.

My husband and I never agree on a mattress type – he has a bad back so we always end up getting what he wants. Can you cater for our different needs, without us sleeping in separate beds? Absolutely, yes! If you’re buying a king-size bed we can offer it as half and half, meaning that you’ll both get the comfort level to suit your individual needs. Firmness, body type and body weight can also be factors as to why couples might want differing comfort levels, in addition to things like back conditions or injuries. We seem to change our mattress around every three or four years. How long should a Willow mattress last? Our mattresses are certified by the LGA for quality and durability, and as such we offer a 15-year warranty. We actually get a lot of requests for smaller, kid-size mattresses but we always make the point that our larger latex mattresses should last for at least 15 years – and more with the right care! That’s why we recommend going straight to a full-size single mattress, knowing it’s an investment that will last until they’re going off to college or university. Latex makes me think of rubber, and sleeping on rubber doesn’t sound so nice! Won’t I get hot and sweaty? Actually, the opposite; natural latex has an open-cell structure making it breathable, cool and thus perfect for the Singapore climate. It’s really important not to get natural latex confused with synthetic latex or memory foams, which can sleep “hot”. Ours is certified 100 percent natural latex, which is tapped (think maple syrup) from rubber trees in Southeast Asia, and is the tree’s natural defence against bugs and disease. When the ingredient is turned into a mattress, its natural properties remain, meaning it’s anti-mould and anti-dust mite, and completely non-toxic as well, ensuring better respiratory and overall health. Latex’s unique properties mean that it’s both conforming and supportive at the same time, making it the most comfortable sleep surface there is.

What size bed bases do your mattresses fit on? We stock Singapore, European and Australian mattress sizes, but we can cater for almost any size. Do ask us, as sometimes a size from your home country is the same as one of the sizes we stock. For example, a UK “super king” is actually the same size as a European king. In the past, we’ve bought mattresses only to realise that what felt fine in the shop just doesn’t work for us at home. How can we avoid this? This is why we offer a 100-day trial with a 100 percent money- back guarantee. Trying a mattress in store for ten minutes is very different from sleeping on a mattress for the night. Our unique three-layer adjustable comfort system means we can work with you to fine-tune the mattress to your desired preference. And, if we really can’t make it work for you, we’ll pick it up free of charge and give you your money back.

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Sweet Creams Chic bedroom furniture to soothe your soul.

The Bedtime Beauty bed has an updated camelback headboard with curving wings. The exposed wood rail is finished in Auric silver leaf, and the piece has a low footboard and square-tapered carved feet.

The Eye Candy buffet has a modernised fleur-de-lis design on its frontage, that shimmers in Caracole’s soft radiance finish. The pure ivory frame is accentuated with bird’s-eye maple, and behind the centre doors is a drawer and one adjustable shelf. The concaved doors hide two adjustable shelves, making this a perfect storage piece.




This Caracole three-drawer nightstand, called Eye Catching, is given a modern deco feel with its slightly bowed look.

A more structured

alternative to Eye Catching is For Your Eyes Only, a nightstand with straighter lines and square-tapered legs. Still in the modern deco style, it includes panels of bird’s-eye maple, where the material shows tiny swirling eyes along the smooth grain.

Nickel, gold bullion and acrylic merge in the petite Silver And Gold bench, with its seat upholstered in a light grey strié fabric. Add a little shimmer to the end of a bed with this piece.

The Shut Eye upholstered bed comes with a tall headboard and flowing shape, including tapered wings and inverted curves. The soft vertical tufting of the fabric is punctuated by covered buttons.

Here’s An Idea is a desk with an elegant look and ample storage, with five drawers that each open with custom-made hardware.

All featured Caracole products are available from Taylor B, online at, or head to 43 Keppel Road, Levels 3 & 4.


DREAM DESIGNS We take a look at how three interior designers waved their magical, stylish wands over these homes.




Poonam Jeswani-Minhas, Singaporean

My husband and I were looking for an interior design team that could provide a styling experience and a full suite of services, including helping us choose accessories and look at colours and spatial layouts. We’d been through interior designing before for a previous home and had found it a fairly standard experience. We struggled to find someone who could help figure out things like what sofa to buy in what colour, and where to place it. I came across Arete Culture through some online research and looked at their portfolio. We were impressed, and even more so after our initial conversation with one of their stylists, Nirvi. Arete Culture helped us make over our living and dining rooms, bathrooms and kitchen. They assisted

with everything from choosing tiles and looking at colour schemes to fixture selection. Later on, we worked on selecting furniture and curtains, and lastly the team came in for the makeover day and gave our place the finishing touches in terms of accessories. We absolutely loved their work, and I’d encourage being very upfront with them about your overall budget. Arete are conscious of that and will be certain to work within your specifications. We would love to work with them again!

Arete Culture #06-01 Tan Boon Liat Building 315 Outram Road 9640 3829 |


Ivy Li, Singaporean

My husband and I were looking for something romantic and classic, yet homely and comfortable. Most Singapore flats go for the Scandinavian and modern style, which did not really appeal to us, so we took a while to look for an interior designer. I found E&A Interiors through an online search, and it was a pleasant surprise to see that the office is very close to our house, so we set up an appointment with Chlöe. When I first met her, I found her to be very professional and easy to talk to; she showed us her past projects, and we really liked them. I really do feel that she can work wonders in creating a lovely colour scheme and make the best use of different fabrics. The scope of the project saw Chlöe redo the majority of the flat, including the living room, the kitchen, three bedrooms and two bathrooms. We showed Chlöe some samples of the features that we liked, and she delivered a beautiful design. The project took longer than expected to complete, as the team needed to redo some parts of the furniture to make it more functional, such as putting the wine cabinet on the other side of the bar counter. We are very happy with the outcome. E&A Interiors is an excellent company, and I would engage them again if I ever needed to refurbish another home in Singapore. All of our houseguests have complimented the interior design and remarked on how pretty it is.

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




Sarah Cole, British, and Praveen Vijay, Indian

We were looking for someone who would listen to our ideas and give guidance, not someone to tell us to do this or do that. When Praveen first moved to Singapore, someone at work recommended Gallery 278. He met with principal designer Felicia, and she gave him suggestions and guidance to help him settle into his first apartment. When we moved into our new space, we loved the couch Praveen had, but it was too small. Felicia gave us the option to upsize and the opportunity to decide how deep and long we wanted it to be, while maintaining the style and fabric. The dining table and chairs from the old apartment didn’t suit our shared

style so we were able to trade them in, with Felicia creating a new unique set for us. In the new master bedroom, we needed a new bed frame and chests of drawers. Through Felicia’s contacts we were able to get some showpieces, which was very cost-effective. Also, reusing the television stand and taking the old light stands from the living room and placing them in the bedroom meant we only needed to buy light stands and shades for the new living/dining area. I already had my shophouse artwork from my friend Tatyana Kildisheva, and Felicia encouraged us to create our own artwork alongside it as our wall was big enough. It’s a work in progress but it feels good to have something of our own on the walls. We were able to trial a chair or loan a bed frame to see if it suited our needs and styles before we committed to purchasing. When we did confirm all the pieces, they put together a payment plan so we didn’t need to fork out thousands of dollars up front. Even though our space is now a home, we still ask for advice from Felicia and her team. It’s not just about design and business; it’s more like a friendship. She spent her Saturday morning with us when we wanted to get started with our horticultural setup, giving advice on herbs that would work best in our specific setting. Felicia goes above and beyond. Gallery 278 by Esco Leasing 278 River Valley Road 6737 2322 |


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