SEP 2017


Join us on a Looking for an Indonesian Getaway? Singapore Sunset Cruise!

Antique Finds HOMES in Sentosa & Tiong Bahru

Choirs, plays, tennis & theatre fun for kids

It’s always time for the


Getting older is okay with me; I don’t want to be 20 or 30 or even 40 again. However, there are certain things that are beginning to irk … Why is it that anti-wrinkle creams use the tiniest sized lettering in their “directions for use” messages? There are plenty of other products with minute writing too. We went to a fairly posh restaurant for dinner the other night and none of us could read the menu. We all pulled out our phones and used our torch apps, and we eventually managed, between us, to decipher it – but it was a struggle, even for those wearing glasses. (That’s why I’m always telling our designers to go bigger on the fonts in the mag!) Fashion has its challenges too. You get to a point in your life where you can afford to spend a bit more on clothes and shoes, yet there are limited products for “middle-aged” bodies. Anything I like either shows my bra strap, or it’s something you can’t wear a bra with, and that’s definitely not an option any more! I tried on a swimming costume recently that cost as much as my first car. The fabric was beautiful but it offered zero support. It’s to create a “natural look”, apparently. But I’m not sure the general public wants to see my “naturalness” … So, being older is good, it’s just that finding the right things (and reading the fine print!) can take a bit longer. Everything has a solution, though. I suggest we look for solutions to whatever isn’t working as well as it used to, and celebrate ageing instead.

REBECCA BISSET Editor-in-Chief

Happy September!

Having a spa day is one great “solution”! See which ones we’ve tried recently on page 234



Editor-in-Chief REBECCA BISSET




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

What’s on in the coming months

What we’re up to online, plus our upcoming events

38 Around Town:

Photos from recent openings, parties, festivals and more

HOME & PROPERTY 44 News 48 Real Homes:

How this expat mixes new pieces with auction buys

57 Overseas Property:

Investing in Melbourne, Australia

59 Settling In:

Serviced residences with a family focus


60 Real Homes:

Living the Sentosa lifestyle

We look around the boho-chic apartment of a French couple

68 Fix It:

The Secomat, an interior drying solution

70 Retail Focus:

How Just Anthony has adapted to consumer tastes

78 Buying Guide:

From antiques to reclaimed and repurposed items

73 Inside Story:

60 Take a tour of a heritage walk-up in Tiong Bahru

86 Street Talk:

Why these readers love their antique and reproduction pieces

Ocean Drive, Sentosa





188 Travel tips for your next Indo trip

LIFE & FAMILY 94 News 98 Environment News 102 Noticeboard: New births and more 104 On the Page: Book reviews, plus Singapore’s best libraries for kids 111 Performing Arts: Recommendations for dance, theatre and music classes 114 Theatre Preview: Forever Young puts the spotlight on the elderly 116 Upcoming Concerts: A not-to-be-missed Norwegian choir 119 Photography Spotlight: Experts choose their favourite recent snaps 122 Education for the Future: STEAM at the Canadian International School 125 Power of Words: How creative writing workshops change lives 128 Expat Issues: Keeping up appearances in the face of hardship 131 Car Choices: We ask our readers what wheels they drive WINE & DINE 142 News 150 Bar Tab: New and notable venues for a tipple 153 Family Feasting: Kid-friendly brunches and lunches 164 Neighbourhood Dining: Cluny Court for every craving 167 Island Delights: Some of our favourite dining spots on Sentosa 174 Recipe Corner: Fail-safe favourites to add to your repertoire

TRAVEL 182 News 186 Airline Update:

164 Dining

highlights at Cluny Court

What’s new at British Airways

188 Indonesia Focus:

Where to stay, from Bali to Bromo and beyond


190 Bali with Kids:

spots 7 toget foodfix your

Cluny Court Every Craving for

10 great things to do on your next tropical getaway

#6SimplyBread #02-07

Bestknown for its large loaves and sticky cinnamonbuns, this cosybakeryalso serves freshlymade sandwichesandcoffee. It’s agreatpit-stop for apost-shop catch-upwith somegirlfriends! #7PlainVanilla #01-03A Satisfyyour sweet toothwith thishome-grownbakery’s freshly baked cupcakes ($3.90 each); popular picks include carrot, milkchocolatebananaand redvelvet.Then,graba latte ($5) for yourmuch-needed caffeine fix,or snackon thedaily selection of salads.

Popular boutique shopping centre Cluny Court is undoubtedly one of our favourite haunts, not just for its trove of fashion findsbut alsobecause it houses agreat selectionofdiningoptions.Here are seven spots to visit for somepre-or

192 Maldives Magic

post-shopping fuel. #1TheAffogatoBar #01-04B

We visit two spectacular resorts, Four Seasons at Kuda Huraa and Cheval Blanc Randheli

Anaffogato isan Italiandessertmadewitha scoopof icecream toppedwitha fresh shotofhotespresso,and thiscosy,15-seater café offers different styles of the drink featuring locallymade ice cream pairedwithDimattina Coffee fromMelbourne. An absolute must-try for chocoholics is the popular Death by Chocolate ($13.90)–chocolatesorbetwithbrowniechunksand chocolatestreusels, toppedwithchocolate flavouredespresso. If you’re feelingpeckish, thecaféalso serves salads, freshlybaked bagels.Go for the BreakfastClub ($12.90), a bagel sandwich with ham, cheddar, egg,mesclunmix and gruyère bechamel sauce –delish!

#2EGA JuiceClinic #01-04A

#4DaPaoloGastronomia #01-01

Located rightnextdoor toTheAffogatoBar isEGA JuiceClinic, a concept store offering fresh cold-pressed juices, immunity- boostingshots,andotherhealthybeverages.Don’t leavewithout trying the turmeric latte ($9.50), a stress-relieving concoction madewith cold brew coffee, turmeric, ginger, coconut sugar, cinnamon,cardamom,blackpepperandalmondmilk.Looking fora juicecleanse?Packages start from$90aday for sixbottles of juice.

Thispopularbistro serveshomemadepasta, salads,pizzas and sandwiches,alongside sweet treats likepastries,cakesand their signature tiramisu.Apart fromhotmeals, the chain also stocks a select range of imported gourmet groceries that’llmake the perfect addition for yournext gathering.

GourmetGrocer For fresh, sustainable seafood andmeat, check out The Fishwives (#01-05B),which sources and importsdirectly from farmers inAustraliaandNew Zealand.Thebest-sellerhere is freshNewZealand king salmon, but you’ll also find awide range of gourmet products including cheeses, artisanal snacksandBaker&Cook loaves, too.

#5Relishby WildRocket #02-01 This casual, family- friendly restaurant specialises in handmade gourmet burgers, pastas and brunch fare,andboasts an extensive beverage menu. Ifyou’revisiting forbreakfast,checkout their affordable, daily

#3Bar BarBlack

Sheep #01-05C

Not sure if you’re in the mood for Thai, Indian, American or local dishes? No problem. This

202 Exploring Taiwan:

restaurant-bar– the largestBarBaroutleton the island– serves it all.Order a cocktail, a glass ofbubbly or a good ol’pint and watch theworld go by in the alfresco dining area –we can’t think of abetterway tounwind!

Top things to do in Taipei and Taroko

breakfast set,which gets you coffee, eggs and toast for $8.90. There’s also a kids’menu with yummymains likemeatball spaghetti ($13.50).

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204 Entrepreneurial Voice: Delara Lalwani and her new app, Beauty Button FASHION 216 News 218 Style Hunter: Finding fashion on the city’s streets 221 What’s Trending: Ideas for refreshing your wardrobe BEAUTY 230 News 234 Tried & Tested: Perfect pampering sessions at spas around town HEALTH & FITNESS 248 News 252 Meet the Expert: Orthodontist and philanthropist Dr Catherine Lee 256 Bones & Joints: Chiropractic, orthopaedic health, MRIs and more 262 Home Workout: Five exercises to try in your own place REGULARS 267 Numbers & Websites 268 Horoscopes for September

Reinvention Rules: Four women on how they shook up their 9 to 5 181


Who’s wearing what in Singapore today

270 Advertiser List 272 Parting Shot:

Time for a new beginning

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Kevin Hart What Now? Visit the next Boutique Italian Wine Fair by Bacco Wines this September to try rare grapes, discover unique wines and enjoy the benefits of organic vino. Enter the lucky draw to win a bottle of bubbles, and buy wine, wine glasses and wine fridges at exclusive sale prices. Expat Living readers can enjoy a reduced ticket price of $25 with the promo code “EL9917”. APS Gallery, 9 Muthuraman Chetty Road. 2 SHOPPING & FAIRS Heirlooms Sale at The Arts House (7-8 SEP) Shop and feast your eyes on beautiful antique shawls, tribal jewellery, folk artwork and rare cultural pieces at this special sale by Wovensouls. The Arts House. Glamorous Giving (8-9 SEP) Glamorous Giving is back for its eighth and biggest-yet edition! Shop from over 50 local boutiques, brands and designers and enjoy a new revolving fashion show. The Ballroom, Orchard Parade Hotel. Sands for Singapore Charity Festival (8-10 SEP) Enjoy tasty eats from celebrity chef restaurants, live music by local bands and more at the Sands for Singapore Charity Festival. Take a walk around the bay with the Community Chest and watch participants compete in various challenges during the Play It Forward charity competition. Marina Bay Sands. Farmers Market at Loewen Gardens (9 SEP) Held once a month, the Farmers Market aims to gather food lovers to try and buy food and produce, including plenty of organic vegetables, olive oil, wine, fresh Australian meat and honey. Students from Melbourne Specialist International School will also be selling handmade fresh pesto and arts and craft items. 75E Loewen Road. Boutique Italian Wine Fair (9 SEP)

SPORTS & FITNESS This year’s Color Run will be the inaugural night version of the event. Take on the 5km course and run through various colour zones, bubbles and colour shows, getting doused head to toe in neon hues as you go. Sentosa. Asia Fighting Championship 2017 (23 SEP) Don’t miss the inaugural Asia Fighting Championship (AFC) this September, featuring top Muay Thai fighters from Korea, Macau, Malaysia and Singapore’s own Sylvester Sim and Steven Lim. Marina Bay Sands Expo. Vintage & Antique English and European Furniture (19 SEP) Don’t miss this in-room auction by HotLotz Auction House this September. The sale offers a range of dining tables, chairs and decorative furniture, including original mid-twentieth century teak and rosewood pieces from designers like G-Plan and Macintosh. Browse the catalogue on the HotLotz website. #01-15 Cendex Center, 120 Lower Delta Road. AWA Carpet Auction 2017 (22 SEP) Have a fun night out with friends at the AWA carpet auction this September. Enjoy fine wines and tasty finger foods while you bid for quality hand-made carpets for your home. Pick up some helpful tips about caring for carpets and enter an exciting lucky draw. Parkroyal on Beach Road. The Color Run (23 SEP)

The Color Run




DANCE, DRAMA & THEATRE Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA) (UNTIL 9 SEP) The annual SIFA returns with the theme “Enchantment”. Expect stunning performances such as Trojan Women , a contemporary Asian musical, and activities such as Open Homes, where you can visit homes and hear personal stories from their residents. Multiple locations. Tickets from Sistic. The Nutcracker (UNTIL 10 SEP) Young and old will love this classic tale told through special effects, video and magic that promise to take the viewer on a sensory adventure. Gateway Theatre. Tickets from Sistic. Ballet Under the Stars (1-10 SEP) This iconic outdoor dance event returns in September, with an exciting classical and contemporary line-up. Pack a picnic and come along with friends and family. Fort Canning Green. Tickets from Sistic.

Asia International Comedy Festival 2017 (8-10 SEP)

Kevin Hart What Now? Inspired by Romeo and Juliet , the renowned musical West Side Story is set in 1950s New York, and features lively dance routines and stunning vocals. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear classics such as “Tonight” and “Maria”. Grand Theatre, MasterCard Theatres, Marina Bay Sands. Tickets from Sistic. Fun Home by Pangdemonium (29 SEP – 15 OCT) Follow Alison as she navigates life in a dysfunctional family. This powerful coming-of-age play offers a passionate portrayal of a daughter’s determination to understand and connect with her brilliant, volatile and enigmatic father. 2 Enjoy a laugh with friends during this three-day comedy festival, and catch internationally acclaimed comedians including Ali Hassan (Canada), Mikey Bustos (Philippines), Kanan Gill (India), Shahar Hason and Yohay Sponder (Israel). Bert Kreischer Live in Singapore (9 SEP) American comedian Bert Kreischer will be making his way to Singapore for one night of his trademark hilarious and outrageous stories. SOTA Concert Hall. Tickets from Sistic. West Side Story (13-24 SEP)

Fun Home by Pangdemonium




FAMILY UWCSEA Annual Open Days (18-29 SEP)

Find out more about what UWCSEA has to offer during its open days for students aged four to 14 years. Each year, over 600 new places are created for K1 to Grade 11 students. (Open days for High School and boarding students aged 14 to 17 will run in November.) Applications for August 2018 open on 1 September 2017. Find out more and RSVP on the school website. Dover Campus: 1207 Dover Road. East Campus: 1 Tampines Street.

The Podium Lounge 2017


The Annual Africa Society Ball (9 SEP)

Look forward to an evening of great food, company, dancing and more at the Annual Africa Society Ball. All are welcome to join this special event on the Africa Society calendar. Sofitel Sentosa. The Podium Lounge 2017 (15-17 SEP) Rub shoulders with the rich and famous at The Podium Lounge during the F1 season this September. Over the three days, enjoy a star-studded entertainment line-up including Grammy-winner Coolio, American R&B singer Macy Gray and British singer Pixie Geldof. The Grand Ballroom, The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore. ARTS Inwards vs. Outwards (29 SEP – 3 OCT) Two distinct styles of work will be on display at this 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. Visual Arts Centre, Dhoby Ghaut Green. 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. 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.

UWCSEA Annual Open Days

Open Classroom Day @ GESS (19 SEP)

Witness how teaching and learning takes place at GESS during the Open Classroom Day. Watch, listen and learn while observing vibrant student-teacher interaction. Also, student guides will be on hand to take visitors on a tour of the school. Main Campus: 72 Bukit Tinggi Road. Junior School: 300 Jalan Jurong Kechil.

Marlborough College Malaysia Admissions Event Singapore (20 SEP)

Find out more about schooling and boarding life at the college at this Admissions Event in Singapore. Enjoy drinks and canapés while hearing from the school leaders and the Director of Admissions. To register, visit the school’s website (event location will be disclosed after registration). EtonHouse International School, Broadrick Open House (22-23 SEP) Drop by EtonHouse International School to explore the campus and curriculum. Located in the East Coast area, the school offers IB and IGCSE and has second-language programmes for Chinese, Hindi and Japanese. Sign up for a tour and enjoy 50 percent off the registration fee. 51 Broadrick Road.




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. Forever Young (11-21 OCT) Set in 2067, this hilarious production 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. Tanglin Trust School Open House (12 OCT) Get a taste of life at Tanglin Trust School in October. The day will include 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. St. James’s Place Asia Investment Conference (17 OCT) Enjoy an interactive and informative session on investment, when a panel of experts discusses recent markets events. You’ll also find out more about the investment management approach at St. James and the role of the Investment Committee. Reserve a complimentary spot now. The Westin Singapore, Asia Square Tower 2. The Roar of Singapore 3 (20-21 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.


Kevin Hart What Now?

Singapore Wine Fiesta 2017

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 wine characteristics, while meeting fellow oenophiles and indulging in fine wine and food. Clifford Square. Tickets from Eventbrite. British Education and Schools Show in Asia (BESSA) (28 OCT) Find out more about UK colleges and meet admission directors at the upcoming BESSA Show. 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. Kallang Theatre. Tickets from Sistic. Newton Challenge 2017 (29 OCT) The Newton Challenge is back with a brand new 10km category. Other race options include routes of 21km and 32km respectively. Registration ends on 6 October. Marina Barrage.


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TALK ON THE STREET I just adore your regular Street Talk column, and Pip Harry’s informative (and rather witty) description in the August issue of living in Meyer Road could not have come at a better time. We are reaching the end of our first two years in Singapore and have been tossing up between moving to the cool breezes of the beach or staying put in Bukit Timah – which is so much better of a commute since they opened the new Downtown MRT line, by the way. Thanks for helping us make up our minds in favour of eclectic Katong! – Magda Jonkers

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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. You’d swaphouses in a second with: Any of the renovated colonial bungalows on Mountbatten Estate. TheonewhereGraceBan,MDofEstée Lauder cosmetics, lives is absolutely stunning. A commonmyth aboutyour neighbourhood is: That it’s just a long boring stretch of condos – in fact, a short walk into Katong uncovers a vibrant local community. Ifyou’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.

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! 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! Ifyou’remissinghome,you: Take a five-minute bus ride to nearby Café Melba at the Goodman Arts Centre,which servesgreatcoffee,wines When you’re inneedof adoseof culture,you:


What’s thenameofyour neighbourhood? Katong. The closestMRT station? DakotaMRT.

Whenyouwalkoutofyourplace, thefirst thing you 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.

Wheredo you live? MeyerRoad.

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.”

How longhave you 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.


I want to say thank you for the City Guide Singapore t h a t I ’ v e j u s t received, and how much I love it. Although I’ve been in Singapore for a good 15 years and

PHOTO OPPORTUNITY I so enjoyed the Expat Living photography workshop led by Kate Griffiths of Littleones Photography ( So much so that I went on the Changi Coastal Walk that evening and got some photos that I was really pleased with – here’s one of them. Thank you for the opportunity to learn more tricks for my hobby. – Angelin Koh Ed: We’ve got some exciting events coming up for the month of September, too, including a Wine with Friends evening, a sunset cruise and more. So do keep an eye on the Upcoming Events page at

now become a Singaporean, I still find gems of information in your guide! Additionally, I love, love, love the batik cover. Onto my bookshelf it goes – such a keeper! I like it being an A5 size, too. I foresee myself referring to this guide often. – Herlina Koh

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Office Styling Tips


Looking foran Indonesian Getaway?



Antique Finds

Cool Spaces Fromcondocomforts to lifeonaboat

Singapore SunsetCruise!


HOMES in Sentosa& TiongBahru

Rooftop Rendezvous Barswith aview

MCI (P) 100/02/2017


TheBigC Dealingwith Cancer

It’s always time forthe

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Don’t miss our exciting events in September!



Sparkles & Bubbles Expat Living readers had a lovely evening at the launch of Freywille’s new collection, Vibrant Sicily. Besides feasting their eyes on beautiful jewellery, guests were treated to Sicilian wine and delicious eats specially catered by Chef Lino from Gattopardo Ristorante Di Mare.

To the Finish Line The first Singapore Derby was run in 1880, with prize money of $150. Today, it’s known as the Emirates Singapore Derby, and it’s worth quite a lot more! The final leg of the Singapore Four-Year-Old Challenge series, the race brings together the best horses of that age group. This year’s race day in July featured plenty of action on the track, plus great food and fashion.




A Retreat Treat Om & Away’s retreat launch event was curated by Lululemon and held at the fabulous W Singapore in Sentosa in June. These retreats promoting wellness and detox are held in Singapore and other countries in the region and beyond. The event also coincided with International Yoga Day and a special Beer Yoga event in the W Foyer!

Closing a Chapter For its 130th birthday, Raffles Hotel held a Charity Gala to celebrate and raise funds for the Community Chest. Over $400,000 was raised on the night! The hotel is also getting a birthday revamp with a year-long renovation that will bring about a modernised yet traditional Raffles that will continue to be a Singaporean institution.




78 Buyer’s Guide: Antique,

vintage and reproduction furniture inspo

Scandinavian vintage décor from Möbler

48 Home Showcase: Mixing auction finds with new pieces

70 Expert Voice: Behind the scenes at Just Anthony

57 Property News: Investing in Aussie homes and apartments


All Under One Roof

It’s no secret that the Tan Boon Liat Building has been the place to go when you’re in the market for some new home pieces. Nowwith over 30 stores covering antiques, bedding, home décor, fabrics, carpets and interior design services, it really is a one-stop shop for anyone on the look-out for more décor. Then there’s the imported food and wine stores to explore; whatmore could you ask for? 315 Outram Road, Tan Boon Liat Building.

Youthful Looks

Cool designs and safety features come together in Lifetime Kidsrooms ’ furniture. The Danish brand is known for its environmental leanings, multi- functionality and sleek designs, all evident in its kid- friendly range, which includes this limited-edition bed. What’s more, there’s 30 percent off Lifetime Kidsrooms’ products through September, so get yourself down to the showroom at 1 Boon Leat Terrace, Harbourside Building 1 , while stocks last.

Natural Designs Perfect for Singapore’s outdoorsy lifestyle is Emgallery ’s new collection of natural rattan furniture. Footstools, sofas and chairs all feature in the collection, and come in classic white or blue-grey wash. Head to Block 16 #01-04/05 Dempsey Road to see for yourself.

Central Relocation HomesToLife is moving to the second floor of Great World City in September. The showroomwill include living and dining room designs, as well as custom-made sofa offerings. Keep up to date with its news and catalogue at .





Touch of a Button Candy Group ’s range of smart home appliances, Simply-Fi, is now available in Singapore. Items include a watch-and-touch oven and a smart-touch washing machine, both available at allMayer Showrooms (mayer. sg) and the Gain City Sungei Kadut store. Whether you need to wash your clothes or preheat your oven, do it from the Candy Simply-Fi app on your mobile device.

Harvey Norman ’s factory outlet is now open, with heaps of bargains to be had across its electrical, IT, furniture and bedding products. Not only does it carry currentmodels, but also clearance anddiscontinued products, as well as display sets (which means money off). Its huge 38,500-square-foot showroom can be found in Viva Business Park, Chai Chee Road, 750B , across the first and second floors.

Under the Hammer! If you’ve just arrived in Singapore and you’re on the hunt for some furniture or furnishings to kit out your home, visiting HotLotz auction house could be the perfect answer. Not only can you pick up some stylish pieces at bargain prices, but the auctions themselves can make for a fun and social evening, so you just might pick up a friend or two while you’re there as well! There are weekly Interiors & Antiques sales, as well as specialist auctions, so register via and keep up to date with what’s going on. MATTHEW ELTON, owner and chief auctioneer at HotLotz, recommends you also get down to the showroom and see pieces for yourself, before deciding on what you might bid for. “We do have our really easy-to-use app, as well as our website, where you can view the pieces – having said that, sometimes seeing is believing!” Special offer: For an even sweeter deal, HotLotz is offering readers free delivery throughout September on purchases of $1,000 or more made “on the hammer”. Just mention Expat Living when you make the payment.

Head to to register, view upcoming catalogues or make a bid online. Call for consignment: Right now, HotLotz is on the hunt for branded handbags in great condition, as well as fun costume and fine jewellery, and watches. “Sometimes you just don’t know what’s hiding in your closet or your jewellery box, so take a look and get in touchwith us if you think you’ve got something to sell,” says Matthew.



Coastal Inspiration


It’s Friday afternoon, the sun’s shining out across Sentosa, and I’ve just been offered a glass of champagne; this is already shaping up to be a great interview! HILARY PHILLIPS tells me about how she mixes her HotLotz auction finds with new pieces in her home, and how she likes living the Sentosa life.

H ilary’s hint of a Scottish accent is only just recognisable; not surprising when I find out she hasn’t lived there since 2001. First, she moved to London, staying there 11 years before relocating to Singapore; she’s been here ever since. “London was so much fun and I loved it as a city to live in as there was always so much going on, but I was getting fed up with the daily commute (the combined joys of the Northern and Jubilee lines…), so when the opportunity came up to do a secondment in Singapore, I jumped at the chance.” Although she was only meant to be here for three or four months, her company kept extending her stay. After five years in the role and all other opportunities with that company being London-centric, she decided to accept a global role with a new company to ensure that she could stay in Singapore but also continue her focus as a commodity-trading lawyer. Living off Orchard Road for the first four years, she decided to move to Sentosa in 2014. A good friend, who was moving back to Sydney, announced one day that she was “fed up of watching me exist on a diet of peanut butter on toast given the hours I was working and the amount of travel I was doing, and told me I needed a helper! It transpired she had already done the paperwork to transfer her helper over to me so it was a done deal, but she was right!” This, coupled with the fact Hilary wanted to get a dog, meant that a move to somewhere quieter with more space, both inside and out, made perfect sense.

Hilary enjoys the separation of the living and dining areas, as well as the light and bright aspect of the condo. The root coffee table was made in Lombok, the sofas and chairs are originally from The Shophouse, which Hilary had re-covered by Danovel when she changed the colour schemes last year. The large reclaimed wood and glass-topped console is from one of Hilary’s first HotLotz auctions, and Blue Studio in Tiong Bahru, combined with artwork by family friends. the artwork is from Art




Who lives here: Scottish expat Hilary Phillips and her dog Millie. Size of home: Four- bedroom condo in Sentosa. Style of home: Bright and modern, with some Asian touches. Hilary’s favourite room: The living and dining area.


Looking at a variety of condos in the Sentosa area, Hilary picked this one because of its decent sized balcony, the split living and dining areas, plus the fact the bedrooms are all a good size. “I’d grown up in modern houses as a child, but when I moved to London I wanted the Victorian style, complete with wooden floorboards, cornicing, tiled hallways and fireplace. However, much as they were beautiful and full of period charm, I had failed to appreciate how much upkeep goes into maintaining them; there was always something that needed attention! Then, when I came here, I went for light and bright, and for low maintenance given I travel a lot.”

Below: Hilary picked up the fun “floating”

bookshelves in Europe – one of the many bulky packages she’s carried back on a plane from London!




I went for light and bright, and for low maintenance given I travel a lot


Hilary notes, as many Sentosa residents do, that living here is like being in a holiday resort. “You really don’t need to leave the island if you don’t want to; there’s everything you need on your doorstep.” She, however, prefers to head into town to socialise, earmarking Tiong Bahru, Duxton, Club Street and Dempsey as her top spots; with the new tunnel from Sentosa it’s even quicker to get into town, as well as to the office. Fun Fit-out By her own admission, Hilary would love to be an interior designer. Having to find all the furniture for her apartment when she first moved over, Hilary picked up additional pieces for her Sentosa apartment from spots such as Teak & Mahogany, Originals and Taylor B, mixing them up with auction pieces from HotLotz. “I used to work with the partner of HotLotz’s owner, and then I became good friends with them as a couple. I went along to the launch party as I’d heard so much about the concept and planning of the venture.” From then, Hilary was hooked. “All the auctions I’ve been to have been really good fun; it’s addictive once you start bidding, and it’s really good value too. I’ve even had to consign pieces back because I haven’t got any more room here!”



Explaining how to bid, Hilary emphasises how easy it is. “You can bid on your phone, through the app, or with a paddle in the auction house; there’s even a paddle image for your phone if you want to just hold that up. It’s almost too easy!” She even used the HotLotz showroom for her birthday party last year; “It’s a fun space to have drinks, nibbles and dancing.” It would be easy to assume that pieces picked up in an auction would be older, antique pieces, however a walk through Hilary’s apartment contradicts this. There’s the large wood and glass-topped console in the living room, and the light wooden floor lanterns; then there’s a modern square dining table and artwork on the wall. Each room flows through with its own colour scheme, from the sea blues and white of the living area, to the yellow and blue in the guest room, and the pinks in the other. Hilary clearly has a keen eye for home décor, and, although she may not make a living out it, she’s certainly created her own beautiful living space instead.

Top Left: The outdoor furniture is from Teak & Mahogany, mixed with outdoor cushions from Danovel. Left: The Buddha was from HotLotz, and is actually a Burmese house pillar. “Millie took great issue with it when it first arrived, and wouldn’t stop barking at it!”





WINE & DINE Smoke and Mirrors (“my go-to place when visitors are in town; here and Stumps at the Singapore Cricket Club have the best views of the skyline”) #06-01 National Gallery Singapore 1 St. Andrew’s Road 9234 8122 | Lukes’s Oyster Bar and Steak House PS. Café (“love their cakes; I just wish there was a branch on Sentosa”) FOC Sentosa (“my current favourite dining on the island”) 110 Tanjong Beach Walk 6100 1102 | Lucha Loco (“good for a fun night out with a big group of friends”) 15 Duxton Hill 6226 3938 | Employees Only (“my favourite cocktail place at the moment – good drinks and cheesy music” 112 Amoy Street 6221 7357 |

HOME Art Blue (“I have quite a few pieces from there, and it comes with the added bonus of having Open Door Policy and 40 Hands nearby for refreshments!”) 23 Yong Siak Street 9752 5458 | HotLotz Galeri Nao, Lombok (“I picked up some pieces from the gallery during a trip to the Lombok Lodge. The owner directed me to it when I admired the hotel’s bar stools and I ended up buying quite a lot of items, which they made for me then shipped back to Singapore”) Originals (“I like their raw wood, natural look #01-15 Cendex Center 120 Lower Delta Road 6254 7616 |

and unusual Indian pieces”) #02-03 Sime Darby Centre 896 Dunearn Road 6471 9918 |



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Who lives here: French expats Aude Giraud and Antoine Nazaret. Size and type of home: Three- bedroom rented heritage walk-up apartment. Design style: Boho-chic, also reflected in Aude’s personal style. The home is full of vintage furniture from France and pieces gathered from their travels. Aude’s favourite room: Her floral studio.


M oving fromParis to Singapore in 2015 was no daunting relocation for Aude. Her husband Antoine’s employers gave the couple the chance to choose where in Asia they wanted to live, and Aude had no reservations: Singapore was her first choice. Her father, who’s French, had married a Singaporean when Aude was very young, and he’s since lived here for more than 30 years, along with her half-brothers and -sisters. “I’ve been to Singapore every year since I was four, so it’s my second home,” she explains. Also, her Indonesian mother has a homestay in Flores, Indonesia, so this move was a way for Aude to get a lot closer, geographically, to her family. It was Antoine who wasn’t certain at first. “He didn’t know much about Singapore at all, and when he first encountered the hot and humid weather he wasn’t sure if he could handle it; but he loves it here now. He thinks that Tiong Bahru is one of the best neighbourhoods to live in – it’s like living in a small village in a big city.” While deciding between here and the Jalan Besar area, Aude found this apartment on PropertyGuru andwas sold on it straight away. “When I caught sight of the original tiles, which are found throughout the apartment, I just knew I had to live here.” Luckily, her landlord shares her retro-aesthetic leanings, and the furniture that was left in place, including the dining table and a wardrobe in her atelier, fit in well with Aude’s vintage flea market finds and other pieces that have made their way from Paris to Singapore.

Above: The old leather chair belonged to Antoine’s grandfather, and although they’ve looked into having it fixed, Aude is reluctant to do anything to it. “This house isn’t perfect, but I find that imperfection can be beautiful too.”



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