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Welcome to the Best of Singapore

Volume 2

Second Annual Edition International Group Publisher


Sven Boermeester
of Best of Singapore Publishers
Amit Sen
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Scott Birch

Managing Editor
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INTRODUCTION Page 14 BUSINESS Page 26 TOURISM Page 34

Chapter 1 Page 44 Chapter 2 Page 71 Chapter 3 Page 95

FINE DINING HOTELS & HOSPITALITY NIGHTLIFE

Chapter 4 Page 107 Chapter 5 Page 117 Chapter 6 Page 131

DAYS OUT SENTOSA SHOPPING


Chapter 7 Page 145 Chapter 8 Page 159 Chapter 9 Page 173
DESIGN & INTERIORS SPAS & BEAUTY HEALTHCARE

Chapter 10 Page 185 Chapter 11 Page 195 Chapter 12 Page 209

WEALTH MANAGEMENT EDUCATION PROPERTY

Chapter 13 Page 223 Chapter 14 Page 235 Chapter 15 Page 247


LUXURY LIFESTYLES WEEKEND GETAWAYS FUTURE DEVELOPMENTS
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Vibrant Singapore
Every National Day, this City-State comes alive to celebrate its amazing
achievements and looks brightly towards its future.

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Just as the world turns, the eyes of


the world have been turning east in
With its rich history of immigration, talents from
recent years. The rise of China as a
global superpower and economic
all over the world have contributed in developing
giant have diverted attention from
traditional Western markets and made
Singapore into the vibrant and cosmopolitan
Asia the most important place on the
planet.
city of today – a hub for commerce, creativity,
Perfectly situated to benefit from
this both in geography and ideology
culture, education, finance, healthcare, information
is Singapore – a small nation with
large ambitions and a track record of
technology, transportation and research and
impressive achievement.
A nation of just over 4 million,
development.
Singapore has a global reputation 250 awards in its 26-year history,
and presence that belies its size. perhaps the most prestigious one
Everywhere you look there are coming in 2006 when it was voted the
accolades and achievements, world- World’s Best airport by Skytrax. Your
firsts and pioneering technology. first experience of service standards
Sitting at the gateway of east and in Singapore, arriving by air, is
West, and flanked by huge markets guaranteed to be a memorable one.
in India and China, the Singapore It’s no wonder so many expatriates
success story shows no signs of decide to make the island their home.
slowing. People are a resource that has
Whether in Singapore for a been key to Singapore’s success.
well-earned family holiday or on a Today, Singapore continues to
business stopover, the Lion City will welcome immigrants to work, study
impress you from the moment you or set up home in the garden city. As This page: Trishaw rides are a relaxing way to see the
arrive at its world-famous airport. Singapore’s forefathers were largely various sights of Singapore.
Changi Airport has won more than immigrants from all over the Opposite page: National Day brings families together
and unites all in the vibrant colours of Singapore.

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World, Singapore is a mix of cultures Residents enjoy better privileges
Singapore is a modern and and religions woven together by a than foreigners ranging from
common respect and understanding. dedicated immigration facilities
cosmopolitan city, with a Singapore is a modern and to subsidized education and
cosmopolitan city, with a reputation healthcare.
reputation for having a stable for having a stable and responsive Located at one of the
government, safe and secure crossroads of the world,
and responsive government, environment, and an efficient Singapore’s strategic position and
infrastructure to attract foreigners to passionate people have helped it
safe and secure environment, study, work and live here. grow into a major centre for trade,
Permanent residency in communications and tourism.
and an efficient infrastructure Singapore is attractive with the
country’s high employment rate, WINNING FORMULA
to attract foreigners to study, financial and political stability, mature
infrastructure, high quality of life Think Singapore has solely been a
work and live here. and a genuine sense of safety and runaway success due to its location
security that is the envy of the world. and luck? Think again. It has taken
With its rich history of immigration, hard work and investment for the
talents from all over the world have small state to become the envy of
contributed in developing Singapore the world and a consistent winner
into the vibrant and cosmopolitan of international awards, for both
city of today – a hub for commerce, leisure and business.
creativity, culture, education, finance, The earliest mention of
healthcare, information technology, Singapore dates back to the 3rd
transportation and research and Century and a Chinese account
development. which described Singapore as “Pu-
Singapore welcomes foreigners luo-chung” (“island at the end of a
who can identify with its way of life peninsula”), but it was not until the
and wish to contribute positively 11th Century that the island gained
Opposite page: Founder of Modern Singapore, the Statue of its now famous moniker. According
to its development. Many of these
Sir Stamford Raffles. to legend, a visiting prince spotted
This page: Fresh flowers being sold at one of many open air
foreigners decide to take up
Permanent Residence and eventually an animal he thought was a lion
markets near a Chinese temple.
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“Singa Pura” (“Lion City”) was born.


Before the British arrived in the 18th Permanent Residency in Singapore is attractive
Century, Singapore had already
become a small town, welcoming with country’s high employment rate, financial
traders from China, India, Arabia and
Europe on their long sea voyages. The and political stability, mature infrastructure, high
British saw the need for a strategic
port to repair and maintain their fleet, quality of life and genuine sense of safety and
during its journeys to the far corners
of the then mighty British Empire. security that is the envy of the world.
So it was that Sir Stamford Raffles
established Singapore as a trading
station. The policy of free trade years, Singapore has not looked
attracted merchants from as far afield back and has grown into one of
as the Americas. the world’s great city states.
By 1824, just five years after the Singapore is the busiest
founding of modern Singapore, the port in the world with over 600
population had boomed from 150 to shipping lines. One of the world’s
10,000. The trade between east and major oil refining and distribution
West escalated and advancements centres, Singapore is a major
in technology, such as steamships supplier of electronic components
and the telegraph, and the opening and a leader in shipbuilding and
of the Suez Canal in 1869, increased repairing. It has also become one
Singapore’s importance as a centre for of the most important financial
trade. centres of Asia, with more than This page: National Day Parade Celebrations
After the Second World War, 130 banks. Singapore’s strategic are held each year on the 9th of August to
Singapore became a Crown Colony. commemorate Singapore’s independence.
location, excellent facilities,
Opposite page: LASALLE College of the Arts
The growth of nationalism led to fascinating cultural contrasts and A conducive environment for artists, curators,
self-government in 1959 and on 9 tourist attractions contribute to its researchers, intellectuals, students and
August 1965, Singapore became an success as a leading destination members of the public to exchange ideas
independent republic. In those 43 for both business and pleasure. about art and design.

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Singapore is a mix of cultures and religions that is woven together by a


common respect and understanding.
BEST FOR LEISURE of hotels and tourist attractions like the
Jurong Bird Park and the resort island of
It’s fair to say that Singapore has Sentosa.
built its success on business, but The STPB was re-named the
it has also used those foundations Singapore Tourism Board (STB) in 1997,
to develop another key industry – to reflect the Board’s expanding role
tourism. beyond that of simply tourist promotion.
The Singapore Tourism Board From attracting 91,000 visitors in 1964,
(STB) is a statutory board operating the Board today attracts more than
under the Ministry of Trade and 10 million visitors annually. In 2007, a
Industry (MTI) that focuses on record number of 10.3 million visitors
developing and implementing landed, an increase of 5.4% over 2006.
policies, strategies and plans to In pursuing its mission to develop
transform the tourism sector into a key and champion tourism, the STB adopts
driver of economic growth. a comprehensive and holistic approach.
The STB was established in 1964 To ensure that the tourism industry
to promote Singapore as a tourist continues to be a key contributor to the
destination. Then known as the economy, the STB unveiled the tourism
Singapore Tourist Promotion Board 2015 Master plan, in which targets were
(STPB), its mandate was to coordinate set to achieve S$30 billion in tourism
This page: Singapore is a mix of cultures
the efforts of hotels, airlines and receipts and 17 million in visitor arrivals. from Chinese, Malays, Indians, Eurasians
travel agents in promoting the overall “We see no need to adjust our and people of other descent.
image of the destination. Through strategy under the tourism 2015 plan Opposite page: One of the eagerly
the 1960s and 1970s, the STPB at the moment,” says STB. “Our current anticipated highlights of the National Day
actively encouraged investments in focus is still giving us good growth from Parade are the parachuters who make a
infrastructure such as the building key markets and from key segments.” spectacular entrance to the show.

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Singapore is at the very epicentre of world
The Republic of Singapore is one
of the world’s great economic growth. Asia’s population is over three billion
successes. A tiny, multiracial island
state, Singapore offers its disciplined people – that’s half the world’s population –
and hard-working citizens a standard
of living unmatched in Asia. Though and that will rise to 5.6 billion in 2050.
predominantly Chinese, English is the
language of Singapore -the language The understanding of how significant Asia will
of international business inherited
from its Colonial past. be in the future is clear.
Singapore is right here, right now,
at the very epicentre of world growth. political regimes in Asia, a reputation
As the economy of the world shifts for being honest, efficient and free
from West to East with the opening up of corruption and a government
of China and India, in particular, and that offers numerous free trade
countries like Vietnam, Thailand and agreements, it is no wonder that
Malaysia working towards First World Singapore is, and will become even
status, Asia will become the centre more, the strategic gateway to Asia.
of the economic boom. And when And as more and more international
you consider that Asia’s population companies from the Americas and
is over three billion people – that’s Europe wish to do trade with China
half the world’s population – and that and India, Singapore will be there to
the population will rise to 5.6 billion help and to offer itself as the premium
in 2050, the understanding of how hub for international organisations and This page: Bumboats ply visitors around
significant Asia will be in the future, associations to set up headquarters as favourite sights along the Singapore River
becomes clear. well as invest in and the ideal place to including Clarke Quay, Boat Quay, The
With one of the most stable live, meet and do business. Singapore Merlion and Riverside Point.

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Strong infrastructure and a highly skilled workforce, together with a perfect
location on the cross roads between East and West has ensured that Singapore
is the amongst the worlds leading choices for doing business.

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Singapore has one of the world’s most


developed economies with 7,000 Singapore is renowned for the ease of doing
resident multinational companies and
100,000 enterprises, creating a vibrant business. Amongst the world’s globalised
business environment.
According to the latest figures from nations, the workforce is recognised for its
the Ministry of Trade and Industry,
the Singapore economy is expected high level of productivity and positive
to grow by 4-5% in 2008. For the first
half of 2008, real GDP grew by 4.5% can-do attitude.
-bucking the trend towards a global
economic downturn and confirming For the second year in a row,
the strength of Singapore. Singapore has come top in the
In particular, the services sector World Bank’s Doing Business
continued to grow, while financial and report. Singapore finished ahead
business services continued to register of New Zealand and the United
strong growth. Construction sector States when it comes to the ease
also remained strong. of doing business in a report that
Singapore remains the world’s covered 178 countries.
second-freest economy, behind Hong Besides having a safe
Kong, according to the latest index environment that is conducive
of Economic Freedom, released for individuals and families to
by US think tank, the Heritage make Singapore their best home,
Foundation. The gap behind Hong Singapore is also renowned for the
Kong has also narrowed this year, ease of doing business. Amongst This page: Biomedical Research has been
one of the fastest growing areas and a key
with Singapore increasing its score. the world’s globalised nations,
focus for Singapore’s economic development.
The higher the score, the lower the the workforce is recognised for Opposite page: The Marina Bay Financial
level of government interference in the its high level of productivity and Centre - Singapore has found innovative
economy. In 2007, Singapore scored positive, can-do attitude. solutions such as reclaiming its land to find
87.4 out of 100. As economic freedom is linked space for its growing economy.

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with economic growth and prosperity, US. Ship-building, shipping
Favourable tax system as this ranking and recent growth means and marine-related sectors are
that Singapore is, in 2008, in a very also a huge part of Singapore’s
compared to many other healthy position. economy and they have recently
The Singapore government experienced a boom as orders for
global cities and residents encourages companies, investors oil rigs, tankers and specialised
and start-ups, with no restrictions on vessels surge on the back of rising
appreciate that those foreign ownership of Singaporean global demand for energy.
assets; tax incentives to attract New shipbuilding and
taxes contribute directly foreign multinationals (especially conversion activities are also
those offering to impart knowledge taking place in the region, driven
to bettering the lives of its and technology); and no exchange by increasing inter-regional trade
controls. The government and as Asia’s economies continue
people numerous trade associations to strengthen. This, in turn, has
proactively encourage Singaporeans led to a growth in the regional
to set up their own businesses, steel industry too -another huge
ventures and entrepreneurial projects. Singaporean industry. Thanks to
While the Association of Small & high oil prices, the oil, gas and
Medium Enterprise helps to elevate petrochemical industries have
the profiles of SMEs in Singapore and boomed and with China’s need
Opposite page: Biopolis motivates entrepreneurs, International for energy seemingly insatiable,
This campus is dedicated to providing Enterprise (IE) Singapore provides Singapore is in the perfect position
space for biomedical research and Singapore-based companies with to supply new oil and gas reserves.
development activities and promoting business-critical support. Masses of foreign multinationals
peer review and collaboration among
As for regional industry, Singapore already use Singapore as their
the private and public scientific
community.
boasts machinery, mineral fuels, regional headquarters for Asia and
This page: Singapore can boast of a highly chemicals, agricultural products, remarkably, they now account for
efficient public transportation network which is foodstuffs, and crude materials 75% of Singapore’s manufactured
amongst the world’s best. The Expo MRT as seen among its principal exports – sending exports.
above is near the Singapore Expo which regularly them as close as Malaysia, Hong Coming to Singapore will be
holds some of the regions biggest exhibitions and Kong and China and as far as the easy and ideal then for many
draws in delegates from around the world.

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internationals who wish to use the the premier location for international
Republic as a springboard into the trade exhibitions. The International
regional and global markets. Exhibition City (IEC) programme,
Favourable tax system as with endorsement from the Approved
compared to many other global cities International Fair (AIF), has been set
and residents appreciate that those up to help make this happen.
taxes contribute directly to bettering Singapore’s spotlights for the
the lives of its people coming years are on using Singapore
Add to this Singapore’s global as an international conference arena,
network of air links, shipping lines and meeting demands with excellent
freight forwarders that make it a highly infrastructure and networking,
efficient logistic hub and you can see superb facilities and world-class
why Singapore is the smart choice for accommodation.
business. While the Singapore economy
Singapore is the leading centre in is doing well, the government is
Asia for major trade fairs, conferences certainly not resting on its laurels but
and conventions and has won any instead is seeking to fund Research
number of accolades for its facilities. and Development (R&D) initiatives
In September 2006, Singapore that would reap economic benefits
proudly and successfully hosted the for the country, in particular two new
annual meeting of the World Bank and sectors
International Monetary Fund. – Environmental and Water
By further offering numerous technologies, and interactive and
incentive schemes and joint Digital Media (sectors that Singapore
promotional support to overseas believes it has a competitive market
exhibition organisers and great in) – have been targeted for the next
Intellectual Property (IP) protection 10 years.
(Singapore is ranked number one in When it comes to business,
Asia), the Singapore government is Singapore is leading the way.
making sure that Singapore becomes

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From food festivals to shopping sprees and unique attractions, Singapore is a
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Singapore continues its evolution into


a compelling, must-visit destination
Key attractions in Singapore which continue to be
with mega developments such as
the Integrated Resorts (IRs) in the
popular among visitors comprise the Night Safari,
works, and world-class events like the
world’s first Formula OneTM night race,
the Singapore Zoo, the Jurong Bird Park, Sentosa
held on 28 September 2008.
Singapore also has a calendar of
Island and its Underwater World, Asian Civilisations
regular events to draw in millions of
tourists every year. These include
Museum, and the National Museum of Singapore.
the Singapore Airshow, the Great 10.3 million visitor arrivals registering
Singapore Sale, the Singapore Arts a growth of 5.4 per cent over 2006,
Festival, the Singapore Food Festival, and posted an estimated S$13.8
the M1 Singapore Fringe Festival, billion in tourism receipts. Further, in
the Singapore Garden Festival and line with its Tourism 2015 vision, STB
the Standard Chartered Singapore hopes to attract 17 million visitors
Marathon, among others. This nation and targets S$30 billion in tourism
is also the region’s preferred business receipts.
destination, with about 5,000 Singapore’s top five-visitor This page: Dragon Boat races are a
Meetings, Incentives, Conferences generating markets for 2007, with common sight and the participants are
and Exhibitions (MICE) held here arrival figures, were Indonesia often seen training near the Kallang River.
annually. (1,956,000), PR China (1,114000), Opposite page, above: Clarke Quay
Singapore has enjoyed four Australia (768,000), India (749,000) facade at night featuring five blocks of
successive years of record growth and Malaysia (646,000). These restored warehouses, Clarke Quay offers a
in Visitor Arrivals (VA) and Tourism countries accounted for about 51 per quirky alternative to mainstream attractions,
Receipts (TR) since 2004, with with second-hand and antique shops and
cent of total visitor arrivals.
restaurants with an amazing array of F&B
continuous growth each month for 46 Benefiting from these impressive options. In the evenings, dance clubs and
months since March 2004. Latest full- arrival figures, the hotel industry saw pubs come alive with music from the 1960s
year’s (January to December) results both the Average Room Rate (ARR) to the present.
released for 2007 showed that the and the Average Occupancy Rate Opposite page, below: National Museum of
Singapore Tourism Board (STB) had (AOR) setting new highs. The ARR Singapore at night.

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for 2007 was S$202, an increase of 23.1 Little India, Kampong Glam, and the Katong
per cent year-on-year, while the AOR was / Joo Chiat area. These are where you can
estimated to have reached 87 per cent. participate in festive light-ups and religious
In January 2005, STB identified three key and cultural festivals such as the Chinese
areas of focus under its Tourism 2015 plan: New Year, Hari Raya, Thaipusam, Singapore
(a) Strengthening Singapore’s position River Hang Bao, Chingay, the Fire-walking
as a leading Convention & Exhibition City ceremony, and Deepavali among others.
in Asia with a strong and dynamic business These are charming precincts in their own
environment. right and give visitors a fairly good idea of
(b) Developing Singapore as a leading the nation’s rich history, how the various
Asian leisure destination by providing ethnic groups have coexisted and how they
an enriching experience that is Uniquely worked together to create the Singapore of
Singapore. today.
(c) Establishing Singapore as the In March 2008, another addition to the
Services Centre of Asia – a place where range of new attractions was the Singapore
visitors come to enjoy high-end quality Flyer, a giant observation wheel with 28
services such as healthcare and education. capsules, each capable of holding up to 28
To achieve the 2015 targets, STB has people. Also for history and culture buffs,
focused its efforts on achieving leadership the first-of-its kind Peranakan Museum
positions in key customer segments, opened its doors.
including Leisure, BTMICE (Business Travel, By 2010 Singapore will have two
Meetings, Incentive travel, Conventions and Integrated Resorts (IRs) developed in
Exhibitions) and Services (Education and its tourism landscape – The Marina Bay
Healthcare). Sands™ and the Resorts World at Sentosa.
Key attractions in Singapore which There are also plans to develop the
continue to be popular among visitors natural reserves of Mandai into a unique
comprise the Night Safari, the Singapore nature destination embracing the precinct’s
Zoo, the Jurong Bird Park, Sentosa rich biodiversity and natural attributes. Other
Island and its Underwater World, Asian upcoming attractions include the Gardens
Civilisations Museum, and the National by the Bay and the National Art Gallery,
Opposite page: One of the island’s latest
Museum of Singapore. Besides these there each of which will add depth to the island-
attractions, the Singapore Flyer is the world’s
largest observation wheel. Standing at a stunning are many smaller yet consequential niche nation’s product offerings.
165m from the ground, the Flyer offers you museums like the Chinatown Heritage A visit to Singapore isn’t complete
breathtaking, panoramic views of the Marina Centre, Malay Heritage Centre, Changi without the experience of the sun and sandy
Bay, the island city – and beyond. Chapel and Museum and Mint Museum of beaches and trips to soak in the rustic
This page: Little India is a kaleidoscope of vibrant Toys. charm of Kusu Island, Pulau Ubin and St.
lights during Deepavali celebrations, as seen Other must-visit attractions include John’s Island.
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legendary and besides its range of hawker dance party on Sentosa’s Siloso Beach.
centres, food courts, restaurants and dining These have placed Singapore on the global
hubs, there are two annual events which party map and injected much buzz to the
attract food enthusiasts in large numbers. city’s leisure options after dark. For those
One is the month-long Singapore Food wanting to get an adrenaline high, there is
Festival (SFF) – a Uniquely Singapore Singapore’s first and only G-Max Reverse
event – featuring an exciting line-up of Bungy at Clarke Quay.
weekly core events, culinary workshops and Shopping is another activity that ranks
competitions, and multicultural cuisines. high on the agenda for visitors – namely
The World Gourmet Summit (WGS) along Orchard Road which is studded with
appeals to discerning individuals who high-end malls. Between 2009 and 2010,
appreciate fine wine and cuisines. this popular shopping belt will see new
This epicurean festival showcases the developments – ION Orchard, Somerset
craftsmanship of prestigious chefs from Central and Orchard Central. These will,
around the world and is complemented in turn, add another 100,000sqm of retail
by an exposition of the internationally space and introduce new retail concepts
acclaimed vineries. and international brands that will benefit
In recent years, the dining and shoppers. In other parts of the island,
entertainment scene has also seen shoppers can indulge in the offerings at
new concepts and establishments that Marina Square, VivoCity and Central at
bring novel experiences to visitors while Clarke Quay.
enlivening one’s senses with the varied Singapore was the first Southeast Asian
flavours, textures, colours and aromas of stopover in the Volvo Ocean Race in
Singapore. Dining options around the island January 2008. Hailed as the FORMULA 1
have expanded to include lifestyle enclaves of the sailing world, and taking place over
such as Dempsey Road / Harding Road and a period of 10 months, spanning Europe,
the Rochester strip which have restaurants, Asia and the Americas, it will again have
pubs bars, and boutiques and antique millions of viewers worldwide watching
shops housed in buildings which were the next stopover in Singapore in January
originally army barracks, black-and-white 2009 which will be hosted at OneDegree 15 This page: Singapore’s Chinese New Year
bungalows and chapels. Marina Club in Sentosa. celebration is one of the most vibrant in
For nightlife, iconic world-class Asia. The Singapore River Hang Bao, as
one of the major events of this festival,
home-grown products that enjoy strong
showcases the best of Chinese culture.
international appeal are those dotting Clarke Opposite page, above: One Fullerton offers
Quay and Dempsey Hill, and the famed an array of restaurants, lounges and pubs.
Zouk Club with its popular ZoukOut annual Opposite page, below: Fine dining and
lounging at One Rochester.

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SINGTEL SINGAPORE F1 GP – FIRST Working with the various government


EVER NIGHT RACE agencies, the Singapore Tourism Board
(STB) coordinated various areas of the race
September 2008 saw Singapore hosting preparation, such as the construction of the
the highly-successful inaugural FORMULA Pit Building, re-surfacing of roads for the
1™ SingTel Singapore Grand Prix, the first race track, installation of the lighting system
night race in the F1 calendar and Asia’s and managing the business continuity
first street circuit. needs of stakeholders in the Marina
There were some ‘firsts’ notched – and Centre area. STB was also responsible
milestones created – in Singapore during for ensuring a positive and enriching total
the recently concluded 2008 FORMULA visitor experience for the overseas visitors
1™ SingTel Singapore Grand Prix. coming to Singapore for the race, and
To begin with, the first night race in increasing tourism spend in Singapore
F1’s World Championship history had an during the race period.
unexpected winner when Fernando Alonso, In the swing of things, soon it was party
ranked seventh in the Driver’s standing with time on the fringes in Singapore. On the top
28 Points, proved his mettle by piping his of the list was the Charity Luncheon held
challengers to the finishing post. Alonso on the lawns of the Presidential Palace,
had virtually stood no chance after the Istana, which besides President SR Nathan
qualifying rounds! had high net worth individuals such as F1’s
And behind the success of this event Bernie Ecclestone, HPL’s Ong Beng Seng
was the important role Singapore Tourism and Esplanade’s CEO Benson Puah and
Board (STB) played in coordinating, all the F1 drivers present. The luncheon
planning and executing the show with the was open to the public with 18 tables at
trademark attributed to this body. Many S$30,000 each and 12 tables at S$50,000
parties contributed to Singapore’s success per table which were picked up by the
in securing the rights to host a Formula movers and shakers of the corporate world.
One™ Grand Prix. It was a result of a The smart casual event was a departure
multi-agency effort and close collaboration from the normal black tie dinners usually
among various government agencies, hosted on Day One of the F1 races.
including the Ministry of Trade and Industry, Luxury brand Chopard premiered its L.U.C
the Singapore Tourism Board (STB), Land Tourbillon Tech Twist watch tagged at
Transport Authority (LTA), Singapore Police more than S$200,000 which was auctioned
This page: Felipe Massa of Ferrari leading the
Force (SPF), Singapore Civil Defence Force among other items to raise funds for the
inaugural Singtel’s Singapore F1 GP.
(SCDF), National Parks (NParks), Singapore President’s Charity. Opposite page, above: Prime Minister Lee Hsien
Sports Council (SSC), People’s Association VIPs gracing various occasions and Loong of Singapore and F1’s Bernie Ecclestone.
(PA) and many others. enjoying the F1 included Minister Opposite page, below: The Singapore GP Circuit Map.

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TOURISM
PHOTOGRAPHY BY KENNY PEK

Mentor Lee Kuan Yew, Senior Minister greatest challenges of creating a track
Goh Chok Tong, Prime Minister Lee Hsien through the heart of one of Asia’s most active Some interesting trivia (Courtesy SingTel
Loong who gave away the winning trophy, and bustling cities without unduly disrupting Singapore GP):
Cabinet Ministers and the Who’s Who of F1 or bringing to a halt commercial and private • 180 Corporate Suites accommodated
aficionados. life and transportation. 50 guests each
Spotted among visitors from abroad were The installation of the lights was another • 13 Five star hotels prepared meals for
Indian industrialist Vijay Mallya of the UB test – to create a day-like scenario during the Corporate Suites and Paddock Club™
Group and Kingfisher Airlines who had his night time event. This task was handed over guests
Force India cars participating in the race, to Italy’s competent lighting genius Valerio • 350 Chefs prepared meals for guests
and Bollywood star Shilpa Shetty escorted by Maioli. He successful transformed the racing in the Corporate Suites and Paddock
London-based tycoon Raj Kundra. track from night-time into day – or ‘Day for Club™
The SP season continued with other Night’: a term borrowed from Hollywood. • 15,000 - Estimated bottles of
parties dotting the island, including the The three-storey high, 350-metres long Pit champagne consumed
ultra-exclusive, luxurious evening at Amber Building, completed at a cost of S$40 million • 1,700 - Floral arrangements for
Lounge set up outside Millenia Tower which in under a year has 36 garages to house the Corporate Suites and Paddock Club™
had Mika Hakkinen present. This travelling visiting race teams for this premier – and • 650 tonnes - equipment air-freighted
venue accompanies F1 to selected races. annual future F1 races. With overall floor by Formula One™ teams
Event title sponsors SingTel hosted a space measuring 23,000m2, it will continue • 150 tonnes - equipment sea-freighted
packed evening at White Rabbit housed in to be home to the Media Centre, to VIP by Formula One™ teams
a converted chapel in the Dempsey area. hospitality areas and the top-of-the-range • 1,000 – Marshals on duty
Mercedes Benz transformed its show room to Paddock Club with its capacity for 4,000
host the Stylo evening, while an invitation-only guests.
party was at the waterfront Prive at Keppel With the success of first ever night race,
Bay Marina where Renault’s Nelson Piquet the world is looking forward to next year’s
turned up. race in Singapore.
On the ground the preparatory work to
build the infrastructure started a year in
advance. The island-nation living up to its
reputation of efficiency created a brand-
new track matching the high specifications
and expectations of the standards set by
motor racing’s premier category, FORMULA
1™. The result was one of three F1 circuits This page: The first Singapore GP was showcased
worldwide to run in an anti-clockwise against the city’s dramatic night skyline.
direction, with the 5.067 km track having 61 Opposite page, above: Fernando Alonso
laps and 23 turns (13 left, 10 right). celebrates his maiden victory in Singapore.
The organisers surmounted one of the Opposite page below: The top three winners
address a press conference.

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Singapore is widely regarded as the culinary capital of Asia. Exquisite Cuisine
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Singaporeans are passionate about food and eating.


Indeed, while shopping is often described as a People here love food and they love to
national pastime, it’s food that is closest to the heart
of most Singaporeans. try everything. There are so many types
One look around will show you why. Everywhere
you turn you are confronted by delicious-smelling of cuisine in Singapore, like Chinese,
stalls, fine restaurants and neighbourhood cafes and
kopitiams packed with character. Malay, Indian, Thai, French, Italian,
Singapore being a melting pot of nationalities, it’s no
surprise that choice of cuisines also rich and diverse. Mediterranean and American.
Hawker centres are excellent covered food markets
featuring many stalls with communal seating. Here,
you can enjoy some typical Singaporean favourites everything. There are so many types of cuisine
for just a couple of dollars. The choice can be in Singapore, like Chinese, Malay, Indian, Thai,
bewildering, so a good rule of thumb is to join the French, Italian, Mediterranean and American,”
longest queue for the best food on offer. says top chef Teo.
Many of the stalls specialise in just one dish, and “Singapore food is very tasty and flavourful. It
may have been cooking just that for decades. It’s also has a sweet, sour and spicy taste. The spices
not unusual to hear Singaporeans debating where to used in the food are usually coconut milk,
get the best dishes and to have family outings across pandan leaf, sambal chilli , lemongrass and dried
the island to find their personal favourites. shrimps. The main signature dishes are Singapore
At the other end of the scale, there is an increasing Hainanese Chicken Rice, Singapore Laksa and
emphasis on international eateries run by renowned Chilli Crab.”
chefs and adhering to the highest standards. And of Singapore is also a food destination. On
course, five-star hotels in Singapore have paved the alternate years in April, the World Gourmet
way for global cuisine and continue to offer some of Summit descends on Singapore, with guest chefs
the best restaurants in the country. from all over the world invited to cook. Each June,
Eric Teo, president of the Singapore Chefs there is also the annual Singapore Food Festival
Association, describes Singapore as a food paradise organised by Singapore Tourism Board.
where most world cuisines can be found. Whatever your preference and taste, Singapore Opposite page: Fine Dining
“People here love food and they love to try will cater to you. at Chijmes

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Cantonese Cuisine With Cachet


In the ever-changing culinary landscape, even good restaurants
can be here today, gone tomorrow. But with three thriving
restaurants, a broad range of unique and traditional Cantonese
dishes and a fiercely loyal customer base, Peach Garden is
destined to blossom
Cantonese cuisine is widely regarded as portions with matching ambience. the fried prawn in wasabi sauce is delightfully
the finest of China’s regional cookery. Its Veronica Tan describes the Peach Garden unexpected. Be sure to try the roasted
cornerstones are the finest, freshest produce, team simply as people with a passion for shoulder of lamb, served with mustard and
inventive use of ingredients not necessarily good food. She and partner Angela Ho met mint sauce. And what makes it Cantonese?
indigenous to the region while continuing in the hotel F&B industry and after years of The tender meat is marinated in black vinegar
to uphold culinary traditions. Amid the working together, they hatched the plan to set that laces it with a proper tang. You might
establishments in Singapore specialising in up their own restaurant. Calling it The Peach also want to sample the fried crispy noodle
Cantonese cuisine, none have blazed trails Garden was a mindful and deliberate choice. with succulently tender baby lobster in
and won the hearts of critics and foodies alike Says Tan, “A peach tree has branches, it creamy egg sauce – you will not regret it. The
quite as quickly and as thoroughly as Peach bears fruit, and it comes from one seed. list of varied and remarkable dishes goes on
Garden has. That’s what we wanted from our restaurant.” and on. And because the food-loving partners
Soon after they first opened the doors of And what they wanted, they got. The diners take a very hands-on approach to menu
their cosy and understated restaurant in keep coming back for more, and all three development, constantly doing research, and
Novena in 2002, they garnered accolades restaurants are booked for special occasions trying out new dishes, they keep hitting upon
from Singapore Tatler and Wine & Dine not well in advance. Says Angela Ho, “Our diners wondrous taste sensations that delight their
just for their food but for their warm, friendly are more than just customers, they become loyal diners.
and highly personal service. What followed our friends.” Just like the partners, the Whichever restaurant you visit, you
was a larger restaurant in Thomson Plaza customers become friends - friends who love can count on a stellar dining experience.
and then in 2006, they opened their newest great food, most especially Peach Garden’s Furthermore, it’s also one that can be
and most impressive restaurant on the 33rd deliciously inventive signature dishes. replicated at home or even in another venue
floor of the OCBC Centre on Chulia Street in There is a hint of creaminess in the tasty of your choosing. Peach Garden offers a
the heart of the business district. In fact, their double-boiled shark’s bone cartilage soup catering service for private dining events,
network of three establishments landed a spot with fish maw and bamboo pith in golden which means you can have haute Cantonese
on the Sunday Times Life 10 Best Restaurants melon, and yet the owners swear the chef cuisine in the comfort of your own home.
of 2007. The secret of their phenomenal has used no milk. The fried prawn in salted
success? Exquisite Cantonese food for the egg yolk delivers a shock of pleasurably Tel: 6535 7833
traditional connoisseur served in fine dining intense flavour with every bite. The zing of www.peachgarden.com.sg

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Award-Winning Italian Cuisine With Unbeatable View


il Lido, acclaimed as the New Restaurant of the Year 2008, is located on the resort island
of Sentosa and boasts a panoramic view of the Singapore Straits and a wine list that has
gained international acclaim.
Perhaps it was the stunning sea view that did the terrace just soaking in the view while
it. Or it could have been the delicious modern sampling the best of Il Lido’s wine cellar.
Italian cuisine. It didn’t hurt to have a wine list It helps that this is no ordinary wine col-
which made it to Wine Spectator magazine’s lection. It is thanks to this wine list that il Lido
Best of Award of Excellence. In truth, it was earned the title Best of Award of Excellence
probably a combination of all this that helped il from Wine Spectator magazine. The wine
Lido overcome the competition and pick up the list includes an extensive champagne selec-
prestigious New Restaurant of the Year award tion comprising some hard-to-get names, an
at the 2008 World Gourmet Summit. This award enticing range of French labels, delectable New
comes just after il Lido was voted Italian Res- World bottlings and of course, the best of Italy.
taurant of the Year and Best Restaurant Bar However, people keep returning to il Lido not
by Singapore Business Review magazine. for the gorgeous view or it is the rare champagne.
Nice though they are, these awards merely They come because of the superb food. The
confirm what discerning Singaporeans already head chef at il Lido is Giuliano Dacasto, who had
know; that if you are looking for an unforgettable previously worked at Gordon Ramsay’s Boxwood
gastronomic experience, il Lido is the place to go. Café under Head Chef Stuart Gillies. His first head
Il Lido may only be two years old, but in that chef position was in London at the well-reviewed
short time, it has rapidly risen up the ranks. 2 Veneti. Chef Guiliano, together with the pastry
Helmed by visionary restauranteur Beppe De Vito, chef Saverio Busata as well as sous chef Daniele
the restaurant bar is located on the resort island Bettini all previously worked together at Bauer
of Sentosa, and boasts a panoramic view of the Hotel, considered one of the top five-star proper-
Singapore Straits on one side, and the rolling ties in Italy. Today, they have reunited to become
greens of the Sentosa Golf Club on another. Singapore’s most formidable culinary team.
The view is so beautiful that is not Chef Guiliano is a new arrival to the il Lido
uncommon for people to spend hours on family. He came to Singapore to take over from

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Chef Osvaldo Forlino, whose culinary creations have
helped il Lido earn so many awards. Chef Osvaldo
is now heading a fine dining restaurant at the Fullerton
called Forlino, which is also owned by the il Lido
group.
For Chef Osvaldo, this move is a return to his roots,
in a way. Chef Osvaldo learned his craft working in
his family’s Michelin-starred restaurant, Forlino, in the
northern Italian region of Piedmont. He subsequently
worked at other award-winning restaurants in northern
Italy before eventually joining il Lido in Singapore.
Because his culinary efforts were so well re-ceived,
Chef Osvaldo and il Lido owner Beppe De Vito
decided that Singapore was ready for a different kind
of restaurant. Chef Osvaldo thus persuaded members
of his family to uproot themselves from Piedmont
to start a Forlino family restaurant in Singapore.
In Singapore, Forlino will offer fine Italian dining with
a northern Italian bent. The restaurant itself has been
made to resemble the interior of a plush Italianate
villa. Forlino is located on the second floor of One
Fullerton, and diners will enjoy unparalleled views of
Marina Bay as well as the Marina Bay Sands Resort.
Between il Lido on Sentosa, Forlino at One
Fullerton, and the il Lido luxury yacht which
can also be chartered for dinner on the high
seas, lovers of fine Italian cuisine in Singapore
can truly be said to enjoy La Dolce Vita.

Tel: (65) 6866 1977


www.il-lido.com

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FINE DINING

The Cliff Is At The Cutting Edge Of Sophistication


Award-winning seafood restaurant at The Sentosa Resort & Spa is in another league
The Sentosa Resort & Spa offers a variety of the desserts is Raspberry Extravaganza
dining options, ranging from casual to elegant with pistachio and raspberry five-way-jelly
chic. croustillant, sorbet, foam and “ravioli”.
For seafood connoisseurs, The Cliff A favourite with regulars are the Tasting of
featuring contemporary cuisine inspired by Oysters, available with a number of winning
the sea is a gastronomic experience not to be combinations, including fresh shucked with
missed. tuna and avocado tartare or baked with
Designed by famed Japanese designer forest mushroom fricassee and foie gras
Yasuhiro Koichi, The Cliff sets new standards hollandaise. High on the list of the Chef’s
in the culinary arts in Singapore. Perched pick of the mains include the Wild Canadian
on a cliff overlooking the South China Sea, Lobster poached in chardonnay nage, creme
this alfresco-style restaurant is a haven for fraiche with linguini and fresh herbs and Pan-
discerning aficionados of the best in seafood seared Grey Sea Bream with Crayfish and
and fine wines. wild mushrooms. Meat lovers can delight in
The menu reflects the creative spirit of the the Duo of Wagyu Beef with braised ribs and
talented Chef de Cuisine Shawn Armstrong roasted strip loin.
who prepares his dishes with a distinct The Cliff’s reputation has earned it
contemporary French flair. Chef Shawn, who numerous laurels, with recent ones being the
has won several prestigious awards, is a winner of the Singapore Business Review
master of classical French cooking and has The Top 50 Restaurants Awards 2008 – Three
built a formidable reputation as a seafood Chef’s Hats, Wine & Dine Singapore’s Top
expert. Restaurants Guide 2008 – Special Awards;
After enjoying a drink at The Cliff’s outdoor Best Ambience (Western), Singapore Best
bar amidst the enchanting sunset, diners can Restaurant Guide by Singapore Tatler 2008
savour the freshest ingredients produced with and Simply Dining Restaurant Guide 2008 –
finesse and presented like delectable works Gold Award.
of art. All these are authentications of one of the
Signature dishes include the House finest culinary experiences in Southeast Asia.
Smoked Loch Duart Salmon with Indian
spiced aubergine salsa and caviar; Roasted
‘True’ Cod with cabernet braised lamb shank, Tel: (65) 6371 1425
organic carrot puree and truffles; and among www.thesentosa.com

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Enchanting Ambience at The Cliff

A Statement Setting Contemporary Zen Setting

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Chu Chi Goong

Miang Khum Thanying, Sentosa, Interior

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Get Away From It All In The Heart Of The City


The Sentosa Resort & Spa is a luxury hotel that is packed with personality and geared
towards pampering, with a stunning spa and delectable dining options
Situated just minutes away from the city centre bio-dynamic ingredients.
in glorious natural surroundings, The Sentosa Spa Botanica is the resort’s most
Resort & Spa combines the convenience of a outstanding attraction. Spa Botanica holds the
city hotel with the serenity and tranquility that status of Singapore’s first garden destination
only a resort can offer. spa. It promises a blend of indoor pampering
A member of the Small Luxury Hotels of with treatments outdoors, which draw on the
The World, the resort presents 215 rooms, healing powers of nature.
including 37 suites and 4 villas. All rooms The award-winning spa is a hit with local
offer a picturesque garden view, with plenty residents and overseas guests, as well as
of natural light. The rooms are luxuriously continues to be a winner of many industry and
furnished and guests enjoy the privacy and media accolades.
solitude that each room provides. Each room Complementing Spa Botanica is Seven
is equipped with the amenities expected of a Eden Wellness Centre encompassing a
deluxe hotel. All ensuite bathrooms have their lifestyle gymnasium with top-of-the-range
own separate bath tub and standing shower. fitness equipment, Zest Café and Zest Studio.
Set atop a cliff in the midst of 27 acres Included in the menu are Traditional Chinese
of lush tropical woodlands overlooking the Medicine and anti-aging consultations. Seven
South China Sea, The Sentosa Resort & Spa Eden is a total holistic wellness retreat to
has an incredible location that is the envy of reinvigorate the body, soul and mind.
the city. The resort is made for relaxation and When it comes to meetings and
to take this mood further, there is a variety of conferences, The Sentosa Resort is totally
restaurants ranging from casual to elegant committed to successful events and can
fine-dining. accommodate groups of between 20 and
All-day dining at The Terrace features both 400. The resort emphasises on the concept
a tempting daily buffet selection as well as a of providing conference delegates with a self-
la carte specialising in regional Asian cuisine. contained environment where a balance of
For seafood connoisseurs, The Cliff is a work and play is achieved in order to ensure
gastronomic experience not to be missed and successful meetings.
without doubt is one of the best restaurants on For business, pleasure or leisure, The
the island-nation. Sentosa Resort & Spa is the natural choice.
An all-new restaurant, The Garden –
nestled next to Spa Botanica – delivers
a destination dining experience termed
Conscious Dining, a wholesome
contemporary cuisine set in an idyllic respite. Tel: (65) 6275 0331
The chef uses specially-sourced organic or www.thesentosa.com

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Dining at The Cliff

Resort Facade

Outdoor Spa Pavilion with Japanese Tub at Spa Botanica Spa Botanica, Singapore’s First Garden Destination Spa

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Timeless Elegance Of Raffles Hotel


The Grand Dame is synonymous with the style and grace
of a bygone era and has been aptly called by Somerset
Maugham as the legendary symbol for “All the Fables of
the Exotic East”.

Raffles Hotel is a landmark hotel and an China, Business Travel Mice China and TTG
institution that is distinctly Singapore. From Mice magazine readers. A month earlier the
its world-famous Singapore Sling cocktail that iconic hotel was recognised as the ‘Best
harks back to colonial splendour, to the very Boutique Hotel in Asia-Pacific’ for the second
best service standards available in the world consecutive year, by readers of Business
today, Raffles Hotel maintains the romance Traveller Asia-Pacific Magazine.
and ideals of a bygone age – complemented Other awards include the ‘World’s Best
with all modern conveniences. This unique Service’ award in Travel + Leisure’s Annual
combination makes it a winner with all World’s Best readers’ poll, and prior to that,
travellers alike. for the second consecutive year, Raffles Hotel
Raffles Hotel has been conferred with was voted ‘Best Hotel in Asia’ by readers
numerous prestigious accolades since she of the acclaimed Ultratravel Magazine, a
welcomed her guests more than a century publication of the prestigious The Daily
ago. These impressive honours include, Telegraph from the United Kingdom.
for the sixth consecutive year, Raffles Hotel Raffles Hotel features 103 elegantly
being voted ‘Best Luxury Hotel’ by readers appointed suites, 18 distinctive restaurants
of Travel Trade Gazette (TTG) Asia and and bars, the world-class RafflesAmrita Spa,

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and Raffles Hotel Arcade housing the best after Sir Stamford Raffles, the founder of
in regional specialities and international modern Singapore. Tropical suites and sola
brands, offering a wide array of exquisite topis were as much a part of Raffles Hotel’s
merchandise and services. early style as bentwood tables and rattan
Declared a National Monument in 1987, chairs. Over the years the hotel has evolved
the hotel has grown from strength to strength. into one of the world’s most beloved hotels.
With its restoration and reopening in 1991, Raffles Hotel is the flagship hotel of Raffles
Raffles Hotel today stands as a jewel in the Hotels & Resort, a collection of luxury hotels
crown of Singapore’s hospitality industry, and resorts worldwide, each distinguished by
renowned and loved for its inimitable style its luxury, elegance and residential charm.
and unsurpassed excellence. In multicultural Each hotel is a landmark in its respective city,
Singapore it is not surprising that the visionary positioned at the top of its local market and
founders of Raffles Hotel were a quartet rated among the very best in the world.
of enterprising Armenian brothers: Martin,
Tigran, Aviet and ArshakSarkies.
Raffles Hotel opened in 1887 in a bungalow Tel: (65) 6337 1886
known as the Beach House. It was named www.raffleshotel.com

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NIGHTLIFE
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Singapore is buzzing at night from midnight movies to late suppers and
entertainment outlets where you can dance the night away. Clarke Quay has
become one of Singapore’s favourite haunts for both locals and tourists alike.

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The nightlife scene in Singapore has


changed dramatically over the last For late-night drinks and some bar-hopping,
few years. So much so that when
Singapore was voted second only to people are drawn to the popular Clarke Quay
Italy in terms of nightlife and dining, a
few eyebrows were raised. and Boat Quay areas, packed with bustling
But that’s how far the nocturnal
scene has developed and matured, bars and relaxing restaurants.
with Singapore now offering some of
the finest and most varied nights out
in Asia.
Esplanade - Theatres By The
Bay is an architectural wonder that favourite, especially with their annual
welcomes the very best in art, theatre, Zouk Out beach bash.
music and dance. St James Power Station is a
West End and Broadway shows recent addition and the largest
can be seen here, as well as entertainment complex in
classical concerts and pop festivals. Singapore with nine different clubs
Affectionately known as the armadillo under one roof.
due to its unique design, you can’t For late-night drinks and some
ignore Esplanade. bar-hopping, people are drawn to
It’s also worth mentioning the popular Clarke Quay and Boat
that Singapore has a burgeoing Quay areas, packed with bustling
contemporary arts scene, with Wild bars and relaxing restaurants.
Rice being one of the leading theatre Boat Quay is more old school,
companies producing great work. while Clarke Quay is its funky
Elsewhere, chart-topping Western younger sister.
bands regularly stop off as part of Cinema plays a large part in the
their sell-out world tours. In recent lives of Singaporeans and there
years music legends such as Eric are numerous multiplexes dotted
Clapton and here-and-now superstars around the island in malls. Local
like Coldplay have taken the films always have a huge following
Singapore stage. and there is hope to turn Singapore
The nightclubs on offer include into a major movie production and
brands such as Barnone, Crazy performing arts centre.
This page: The Annual Zouk Out party which
Elephant The Thumper Night Club For shopperholics there is a 24 hour attracts revelers from around the region
and Cafe del Mar, while homegrown shopping at Mustafa Shopping Centre Opposite page: 24 hour shopping at Mustafa
pioneers like Zouk continue to be a in Serangoon Road. Shopping Center in Serangoon Road

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NIGHTLIFE

Spirit Of Independence
Set in a colonial house amidst lush vegetation, this
bar and restaurant is a real home away from home
One Rochester is truly one of a kind. An unobtrusive fans, these lush seating areas
independent gastro bar situated in the offer seclusion amidst the calming greenery.
stunning surroundings of a former heritage As well as offering gourmet tapas, Chef
bungalow, it is like nowhere else in Singapore. Reif has unveiled a more formal dining
From the extensive wine menu (more than concept. Set to the side of the bungalow
Unlike many one 280 to choose from) to the unique cuisine
created by Chef Reif (who has worked with
in the gardens, this intimate area offers a
modern European menu with a suggestion
dimensional such luminaries as Gordon Ramsay and Jean
Paul Laquin), everything about this secluded
of Asian flair.
Spirit Of Independence Set in a colonial
establishments, the haven says unpretentious sophistication.
Once the sun goes down, One Rochester
house amidst lush vegetation, this bar and
restaurant is a real home away from home.
bungalow setting comes to life. Unlike many one-dimensional
establishments, the bungalow setting means
As with the rest of One Rochester, service
standards are a signature, with attentive
means that there that there are different themed areas to choose
from – from the atmospheric library to the
and friendly staff knowledgeable about the
food and the drinks available.
are different themed breezy balcony and to the in-house pastry bar.
But perhaps the biggest draw are the
The versatility of the venue means that it
is also a favorite for events – from weddings
areas to choose … gardens. Softly illuminated and kept cool with to product launches. Whether it’s for a

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small gathering of friends or for entertaining
important business clients, One Rochester
has the perfect solution tailor-made to your
needs. Described by Time Out as one of
Singapore’s “best kept secrets” and by
Forbes as “one of the top ten restaurants in
Singapore”… we can assure you that your
night will be an excellent one.

Tel : 6773 0070


Website : www.onerochester.com

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East Meets West in Archipelago Beers


Originally established in 1931, Archipelago Brewery has once again opened its doors
to offer discerning drinkers an alternative experience

Originally established in 1931 in Singapore,


Archipelago Brewery was the first commercial
brewery to be set up in Singapore and be-
came renowned for its techniques and quality
products. However, after being annexed by
the British Government in 1939, the brewery
was sold to Malayan Breweries in 1941 and
disappeared from the beer drinkers’ radar.
In 2006, Archipelago Brewery reopened
its doors, bringing the best brewing tradi-
tions from the West and the finest Eastern
spices together again to create bespoke
craft beers for the discerning drinker.
Each Archipelago beer is hand-crafted
in small batches using traditional methods
and the very finest ingredients. A range of
signature tastes created by the resident
brewmaster is another key factor that
sets Archipelago apart from the pack.
Award-winning brewmaster Fal Allen
spends countless hours exploring Asian
culture and cuisine, scouring markets in
Chinatown, Geylang and Little India in his
quest for the perfect flavours for beers to
complement Singapore’s diverse cuisine.
Archipelago Trader’s Brown Ale, with a
distinct taste of gula melaka, goes down well
with robust flavours like roast meats and rice

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dumplings. Archipelago Traveller’s Wheat uses birthday brew, Archipelago Samui, has distinc- Pekin Street). For those who enjoy savouring
a unique blend of lemon grass and tamarind tive flavours of calamansi lime and pandan craft beers in the comfort of their own home,
and is the perfect accompaniment for sour leaf - perfect with pizzas. Completing the a selection of Archipelago beers are also
and spicy dishes such as Thai Vermicelli Salad. Archipelago family, Archipelago Explorer has available at all Carrefour, Jason’s Marketplace,
Archipelago Straits Pale is a wheat beer that more than a hint of Anise, making it ideal when Cold Storage and Giant outlets island-wide.
complements curries and Singapore’s paired with good friends and conversation.
famous Laksa with consummate ease. Archipelago’s range of speciality brews
With its rich coffee flavour and creamy taste, are available at numerous quality bars across
Archipelago Java is well suited to everything Singapore (as well as flagship outlets Archi Tel: (65) 6861 6200
from cheese to chocolate. Commemorative pelago at Circular Road and The Straits at www.archipelagobrewery.com

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NIGHTLIFE

The Best Place For Live Music And Great Food


Timbre @ The Arts House and Timbre @ The Substation set the standard for live music venues
in Singapore.
When you need to let your hair down to just pizza. What’s unique about Timbre is that it is
enjoy good music, great food and a relaxing one of the few places in Singapore to boast
riverside ambience, then Timbre @ The Arts a line-up of good local bands. At Timbre, the
House is the place to be. Located on the quiet music is not background noise, it’s the reason
side of the Singapore River, Timbre has made a that connoisseurs of Singapore musicians
name for itself as the place to see and be seen. congregate there. Well known bands like The
What does Timbre @ The Arts House have Goodfellas, EIC, Pam & Fatt and the 53A duo
going for it? First it has been garnering rave take turns to entertain the crowd on different
reviews for its food. It has more than 20 types nights. Whether you’re on a comfortable sofa in
of pizza as well as tapas, salads and desserts. the restaurant or chilling outside as you dine al
However, lots of restaurants have tapas and fresco, you’re never far away from the music.

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Timbre takes its music seriously because it with Timbre Catering, as well as bespoke
was started by a musician. Danny Loong, the cocktail bar, Klee @ Portsdown Road and the
deputy managing director who joined forces with newest outlet, Timbre @ Old School located
Edward Chia to form Ublues Group which owns at Mount Sophia which opens on Oct 2008.
Timbre, is also the founder and bandleader of Timbre @ The Arts House is part of the
blues band Ublues, one of Asia’s best known Ublues Group’s growing empire which began
blues bands. Ublues shared the same billing with Timbre @ The Substation. Located on
with James Brown, Jackson Browne, Robben Armenian Street, Timbre @ The Substation
Ford and many other music greats at the East took over the old café attached to The Substa-
Coast Blues & Roots Festival at Byron Bay Aus- tion and turned it into a successful restaurant people and is open from 6pm from Monday to
tralia in April 2004 as well at the Barcelona Blues cum live music venue that was the model for Saturday. Timbre @ The Substation seats about
Festival in Spain. Because of his background, Timbre @ The Arts House. The first outlet, 250 people and is open from 6 pm everyday.
Danny takes music very seriously and the bands which was opened in 2005, quickly gather a
that perform at Timbre have to meet his high local following of music fans hungering for great Tel: (65) 6336-3386
standards before they are allowed to take to the live music by its lineup of Singapore bands. www.timbre.com.sg
stage. The managing director of Ublues Group, Timbre @ The Substation may not be by
Edward Chia, started out as a youth and arts the river but it has a great ambience nonethe- Opposite page: from top, Timbre @ The Arts
activist and founder and chairman of Arts For less, situated in a lovely old garden with mature House sparkles with great music and people din-
Us All, a non-profit aimed at promoting the arts trees and ancient walls that celebrate authen- ing by the riverside. Relaxing with friends on a
in Singapore and now leading Ublues Group ticity and youthful artistic expression. Dine al balmy tropical night. This page,clockwise, from
which has also expanding the timbre brand to fresco amidst the greenery or just pull up a top: Local bands take to the stage at Timbre @
include festival, artistes and concert promo- stool and enjoy a beer with the live music. The Substation. A bohemian vibe of nature and
tion with Timbre Music, food catering services Timbre @ The Arts House seats about 200 arts. Winding down on weekends with friends.

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Whether you are yearning for highbrow theatre or mainstream cinema, cultural
museums or adrenalin-fuelled theme parks, Singapore has it all - a wide array of
museums, beaches, neighbouring islands, a world class zoo, night safari and so
much more to explore.

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Singapore’s arts and cultural scene has grown by leaps and


bounds. Esplanade is one such place where the local and
international arts communities meet.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY DARREN SOH

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Sentosa
Beneath the tropical night, lights
dazzle and music beckons at the
award-winning Songs of the Sea,
a multi-sensory extravaganza

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Sentosa, Asia’s Favourite Playground


Where there is something for every side of you.
Set on Singapore’s thriving southern tip, Sentosa and cable car. With world-class attractions and
is fast becoming Asia’s favourite waterfront recreational developments, championship golf
leisure destination. Named after the Malay courses, an emerging waterfront residential cum
words for ‘peace’ and ‘tranquility’ in 1972, marina enclave adding to its established appeal
Sentosa has changed dramatically from a and unique MICE facilities, the island is poised
fishing village to a vibrant island resort. While to be your favourite place to live, work and play.
this island haven still retains pockets of calm
and serenity, its plethora of exciting leisure Island paradise
offerings proves to be a magnet to the 6.1
million annual visitors who come to experience Sentosa is best known as an outdoor
this entertainment and activity hotspot. playground, a place of sun-kissed beaches
Located just 15 minutes from the heart of the and many other attractions. Home to beach
city, Sentosa offers a unique blend of leisure and volleyball as well as numerous beach bars
recreational facilities including family attractions, and pubs including the well-known Café del
sea sports, golf and luxury hotels. All these in Mar, Siloso Beach is where all the action
close proximity to Singapore’s largest shopping takes place. Whether it is fun in the sun or
mall, VivoCity, with its wide range of shops, chill-out sunsets, Siloso is the place to be.
restaurants and bars, and the chic clubs at St.
James Power Station, an old coal-fired power
station that is a major draw for the young and Previous page: Dazzling fire, sound and lights
trendy. Those seeking a romantic getaway have transform the tropical night into a memorable
the option of Jewel Box on Mount Faber, which concert. This page: The Sentosa Express monorail
is just a cable car ride away from Sentosa. is just one quick and fun way to visit Sentosa.
Covering an area of five square kilometres, Opposite page: Beach sports draw crowds to
Sentosa is accessible by car, taxi, bus, monorail Sentosa’s beautiful beaches for sun and fun.

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Palawan Beach, on the other hand, is


Singapore’s happiest family beach. Families
are drawn here because there are so many
things for the young ones to do. For example,
there is the Animal & Bird Encounters at the
300-seat amphitheatre where people can get
up close to reptiles, primates and birds. On
weekends, public holidays and school holidays,
Captain Palawan can be found prowling the
beach and children are invited to help him
find his buried treasure. Palawan Beach also
has a suspension bridge that leads you to
the southern-most tip of continental Asia.
The tranquil Tanjong Beach on the eastern
end of Sentosa is where people go to get away
from it all. The white sands of Tanjong Beach
draw those seeking peace and serenity.

This page, from above: Soft white sand fringed


with green palms at Palawan Beach. The
37-metre tall Merlion lights up with changing hues
at night. Opposite page: The upcoming Resorts
World at Sentosa opens in 2010 with a host of
exciting attractions and world-class hotels.

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Photo courtesy of Resorts World at Sentosa

Sentosa isn’t just about beaches though. will house the region’s first Universal Studios Sentosa Golf Club is also home to the Barclays
Songs of the Sea is an award-winning world- theme park, the world’s largest oceanarium, Singapore Open, Asia’s richest national Open.
class water extravaganza with dramatic a water park, casino, hotels and spa. Other mega corporate events which Sentosa
fire effects, water jets, lasers and music. Visitors to Sentosa will have a host of more has hosted included the Forbes Global CEO
This S$30 million night attraction, where than 50 food and beverage outlets to choose Conference and the World Gourmet Summit.
mystical sea creatures, a dashing hero and from. There are gourmet restaurants like It is also host to the Volvo Ocean Race 2008/2009.
a beautiful princess come to life, is the only Santaro and Nogawa Japanese Restaurant for Located on the eastern tip of Sentosa is
one in the region to be set in the sea. authentic Japanese cuisine, il Lido for five-star the exclusive residential enclave Sentosa
Another popular spot is Imbiah Lookout, Italian dining and The Cliff for award-winning Cove and One°15 Marina Club. Sentosa Cove
which has a cluster of eight attractions, all modern French cuisine. If you wish to host offers true waterfront living to the discerning
within walking distance. There is the Tiger an intimate party, there is 35 Artillery, which is a elite, alongside the One°15 Marina Club,
Sky Tower, which is Singapore’s tallest private dining room that seats six to 10 people. Singapore’s deepest natural marina with berths
observatory; Images of Singapore, a showcase Apart from gourmet dining, Sentosa also for mega yachts.
of Singapore’s heritage and culture; Cineblast, has numerous delis, cafés and food outlets From beach sports to romantic sunsets, from
a cinema simulation ride; the experiential serving Asian and Western delights to suit gourmet dining to hard partying, Sentosa offers
Sentosa 4D Magix cinema; the exciting Sentosa every taste bud. something for every side of you. Everything
Luge and Skyride and the 37 metre-tall Merlion. More than just sun, sand and sea, Sentosa is comes together on Sentosa, Asia’s Favourite
Also at Imbiah Lookout is the Butterfly Park the ideal corporate destination for business and Playground.
and Insect Kingdom, where you can come up leisure. When it comes to innovative and
close with some of the world’s most beautiful refreshing venues, Sentosa offers a variety of
‘live’ and specimen butterflies and insects. outdoor settings and first-class MICE facilities,
New developments coming up soon include whether it is at one of the resort hotels such as
iFly Singapore, a vertical wind tunnel which the Amara Sanctury Resort Sentosa, The
allows you to experience skydiving at a flying Sentosa Resort & Spa and Rasa Sentosa
height of 17 metres; and Resorts World at Resort, or at the Sentosa Golf Club. One of the Tel: 1800-SENTOSA
Sentosa, the integrated family resort which most prestigious golf courses in Singapore, www.sentosa.com.sg

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SENTOSA

Championship Courses With Stunning Scenery


An unrivalled golfing experience at Sentosa Golf Club

For the avid golfer, nothing in Singapore Adding to the attractiveness of the club are
offers quite the same experience as the the excellent gourmet dining options available at
Sentosa Golf Club, home to two beautiful and the club. The highly regarded Nogawa Restarant
challenging courses – Serapong and Tanjong. serves excellent Japanese cuisine while the
Serapong, which is one of the top five award-winning il Lido restaurant is well-known
championship courses in Asia, has gained for its gourmet Italian cuisine. Golfers rushing to
much international acclaim as the venue host their tees can enjoy a quick meal during lunch at
for the prestigious Barclays Singapore Open. the Golfers’ Terrace which serves up delicious
At the Barclays Singapore Open in 2007, the local and Asian meals. All the food and beverage
Sentosa Golf Club welcomed Phil Mickelson, outlets at the club are open to the public as well.
Adam Scott, Angel Cabrera and three-time The club also has excellent meeting
Major winner Ernie Els. Other golfing stars and banquet facilities. There are over 10
included Lee Westwood, Nick O’Hern, K J Choi meeting and function rooms with varying
and Darren Clarke. Serapong has also seen seating capacities to suit every occasion.
some of Asia’s giants—Thaworn Wiratchant, The beautiful green surroundings of the
Thongchai Jaidee, Jyoti Randhawa and Jeev club naturally make it a popular venue for
Milkha Singh—battle it out on the Par-71 course. weddings, birthday parties or anniversaries.
Created by renowned golf course designer Great golf, excellent food and an
Ronald Fream, the course was redesigned in abundance of nature. For all these reasons,
2007 by golf course architect Gene Bates. Sentosa Golf Club is undeniably one of the
The friendlier Tanjong course features most sought-after clubs in Singapore.
natural hazards, freshwater lakes, towering
trees, mounds and bunkers as well as
undulating fairways with narrow landing
areas. The spectacular Tanjong course is
well-known for its stunning backdrop of
the South China Sea. Its signature Hole 2
boasts a very scenic Par 3 which is one of Tel: (65) 6275 0090
the most photographed holes in the region. www.sentosagolf.com

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SENTOSA

Asia’s Paradise On Earth


Spectacular waterfront living - a reality only for the privileged few.
Immerse yourself in the dazzle of an oceanfront A Tropical Haven
paradise beyond compare. Surrounded by The evolution of exclusive community
soothing waves and cool ocean breezes, take living comes full circle at Sentosa Cove,
time to bask in romantic sunsets and enjoy an island retreat that has it all – indulgent
casual strolls along tree-lined boulevards. The beauty, reflecting pools, private berths
allure of Sentosa Cove is unmistakable. This is and best of all, spectacular views.
a dream address for only an elite few who take Situated on Sentosa, Singapore’s
pleasure in calling the exclusive enclave, home. premier island resort, known to all visitors
for its pristine beaches, lush greenery
A Rare Vision and exciting attractions, Sentosa Cove
Like every phenomenal success, Sentosa residents can enjoy these full resort facilities
Cove too started with a vision. A unique within the neighbourhood, including two
vision to build an exclusive international 18-hole championship golf courses, and
marina community that is unsurpassed in moor their yachts at their doorsteps.
terms of location, concept and prestige. Sentosa Cove is also home to one of the
Sentosa Cove was first conceived to emulate finest yachting hubs in Asia, the esteemed
the splendour of renowned waterfront resorts ONE°15 marina club. This is the first marina
and towns in the Mediterranean, the Australian in Singapore capable of berthing mega
Gold Coast, and Southern California. Acclaimed yachts in sheltered waters. Scheduled to
master planners from these regions have open in 2010 is Resorts World at Sentosa
been engaged over the years to advise on the which will have many world-class attractions
development’s concept master plan. such as the Universal Studios Singapore

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Theme Park, an exciting Water Park and an
oceanarium set to be the world’s largest.

A Sea-sation Like No Other


Perched high in fine living and world-
class amenities, the paradise haven is only
a stone’s throw away from beach pubs,
multi-culinary restaurants, entertainment
hotspots and the Central Business District.
Relax with the taste of a full-bodied red
wine, hear the breeze of the wind playing in
the cypresses, relish the flavour of the sea,
dine under the stars. Shop at the glamorous
boutiques at Quayside Village, or explore
the unique blend of leisure and recreation
in the island playground of Sentosa.
Come home to a place enveloped by
beauty, a place where no luxury is spared,
a place with an exciting future. A place like
nowhere else in the world. Sentosa Cove.

Tel: (65) 6277 5338


www.sentosacove.com

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Truly a shopping paradise, Singapore is blessed with an array of malls dotted
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Singapore has a deserved round-the-clock operations. In


reputation as a shoppers paradise. this six-storey treasure trove you
From the latest in destination can find anything from cameras to
malls to ethnic markets and tourist cosmetics any time of day or night.
enclaves, there is something for Singapore took shopping to a
even the most hardened bargain whole new level last year with the
hunter or high fashionista to get opening of the island’s largest
excited about. shopping mall VivoCity at the
Shopping has become a pastime Harbour Front development. This
that borders on an obsession for modern megacentre is the ultimate
Singapore residents tempted by the one-stop destination packed with
variety and keen prices. leading stores, a multi-screen
TANGS department store is to cinema and numerous dining and
shopping what Raffles Hotel is to entertainment options.
hospitality. The oldest shopping Shopping is most definitely a
mall on Singapore’s Orchard Road huge part of the Singaporean way
retail belt is 50 years old and of life that has grown to become a
remains an institution sought after pivotal driver of Singapore’s tourism
for its uber-chic fashion labels from industry and earned the nation a
around the world. Malls of all sizes place on the map as one of the
line both sides of Orchard Road world’s top shopping destinations.
and rentals have hit a premium, with Shopping venues such as
vacant lots snapped up by eager Paragon, Takashimaya, Suntec
developers. and Vivocity can easily be
But it’s not just about the bright considered as some of the best
shrines to consumerism on Orchard in the world. Distinctive shopping
Road. Over in Little India, Mustafa events such as the Singapore
Centre is a hive of activity 24 Fashion Festival in March and
hours a day. Founded by Indian Singapore JewelFest in September/
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immigrant Mohamed Mustafa in October make Singapore one of the is a mecca for shoppers with places such
1952, it was primarily a shop for foremost shopping capitals of the as Raffles Hotel Shopping Arcade, Paragon
Indian nationals before it began world. Shopping Centre and Suntec City Mall.

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Exquisite Jewellery For Women Of Impeccable Taste


La Putri presents uniquely designed pieces using the finest gems for discerning jewellery connoisseurs.

When a deep knowledge and understand- modest gift to give away, something intimate to
ing of gems is combined with impeccable mark a special occasion, or simply as a self-
taste and exquisite workmanship, the re- reward, La Putri has the appropriate offering.
sult is beautiful pieces of jewellery that And for those who prefer to commission a
simply cannot be found anywhere else. custom-designed piece, the journey can begin
This is how La Putri, a haute designer at La Putri with the selection of that special gem,
and retailer of fine jewellery, has made a selected from the boutique’s collection of loose
name for itself as a destination for sophis- stones. Through discussions with La Putri’s
ticated women who want their jewellery to specialist designers, design concepts can be
be as special and individual as they are. tailor-made to reflect the individual’s personality
In-house GIA graduate gemologists scour and embody the individual’s vision.
the globe to hand-pick precious stones to add La Putri is also happy to assist in rejuve-
to the La Putri collection, selecting only the nating or re-designing existing pieces.
finest and most unique gems. These gems are La Putri has a distinguished history of
transformed through designs specifically created more than 35 years and the brand is now
to enhance and bring out the best in each gem. synonymous with quality and tradition. Not
The La Putri collection includes classic pre- surprisingly then, La Putri’s exclusive clientele
cious colour stones such as blood red rubies includes royalty, foreign dignitaries as well
and sparkling sapphires, magnificent pearls, as many esteemed members of high soci-
sensuous jadeite and the perennial favourite, ety in Malaysia, Singapore and beyond.
diamonds. Its collection also has pieces that In Malaysia, the atelier showcases its finery
use rare gems such as natural spinel, a pre- at Star Hill Gallery, Kuala Lumpur. In Singapore,
cious stone that comes in many hues. Other the boutique is currently located at #09-09 Ngee
prized collection pieces include Padparascha Ann City Tower A. With the rising profile of the
sapphires, natural colour-change alexandrites La Putri brand, this boutique will re-locate to
and Keshi South Sea pearls. Each piece in the soon-to-be opened Mandarin Gallery. The
the La Putri collection bears a distinguishing targeted opening date is August 2009. In 2009
characteristic, such as an unusual hue, size or until the boutique is opened at the Mandarin
shape. The correct balance of aesthetics and Gallery, La Putri will be available for viewing
intrinsic value are key criteria for selection. by appointment (email info@laputri.com).
With such a wide array of dazzling pieces,
La Putri is undoubtedly a jewellery lover’s Tel: (65) 6733 3345
treasure trove. Whether one is looking for a www.laputri.com

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The Authentic Singapore Shopping Experience


Bugis Street is an Asian street shopping venue that brims with youthful energy.

Too often, shopping in Singapore means packed into the area. At Bugis Street, you can
stepping into a generic mall to see the same find trendy streetwear, cool handbags, fashion-
old brands being sold in the same old shops. able shoes, fun watches, kitschy souvenirs and
Sometimes it seems that the main appeal unique locally-designed products. The shops
of these places is the air-conditioning. appear to be thrown together higgledy-piggledy,
However, go to any other major metropo- which is part of its charm. It is the polar op-
lis in Asia and you’ll find that the thrill isn’t posite of Singapore’s antiseptic shopping
about going to a shopping mall there. The malls that seem to be clones of each other.
real Asian shopping experience is stepping And as part of the authentic shopping
into a cacophonous, crowded place, lurch- experience, many of the prices in Bugis Street
ing from shop to shop to browse through are negotiable. Time to brush up on your
racks of clothes or piles of t-shirts in search bargaining skills and join in the fun of good-
of the ideal t-shirt (or bag, or pair of shoes). natured haggling. Bugis Street is open from
That is exactly what Bugis Street offers. 11am to 10pm everyday so there is plenty
With 70,000 sq ft of retail space, Bugis Street of time to shop to your heart’s content.
is probably Singapore’s largest street shop- The atmosphere of Bugis Street is enhanced
ping venue. It is certainly Singapore’s most by the adventurous architecture of this excit-
authentic shopping venue. Nowhere else in ing landmark. The high roofs allow natural light
Singapore will you get the feel of traditional Asia onto the space below, giving the place a bright
that you can get in Bugis Street. It is a warren and inviting atmosphere. Aggressive cooling
of shops that seems to go on without end. and lighting systems were also developed to
That’s because Bugis Street has some 600 ensure that shoppers enjoyed a street shopping
retail shops offering a wide array of goods jam- experience in a cool and pleasant environment.

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The atmosphere is complemented by the many
food offerings in Bugis Street. Pick up a tradi-
tional snack as you wander through the street or
head for the coffeeshop for more substantial but
inexpensive local fare. If you have a hankering for
Hong Kong cuisine, you’re in luck because there’s
a Hong Kong Café that serves Cantonese cuisine
as well. And just before you go back home or to
the hotel, stop by the many fruit shops on the
outside of Bugis Street to pick up fresh tropical
fruits from the friendly fruit vendors located there.
Conveniently located opposite Bugis Junc-
tion and just next to Bugis MRT station, Bugis
Street is a unique shopping destination that
appeals to Singaporeans and tourists alike. If
you’re tired of cookie cutter shopping malls
and you’re looking for a place brimming with
youthful energy, one that recalls the great street
shopping destinations of Asia like Chatuchak in
Bangkok, then Bugis Street is the place to be.

Tel: (65) 6338 9513


www.bugis-street.com

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Singapore boasts of excellent choices when it comes to interior furnishings
and furniture whether be it modern contemporary or baroque. It complements
the highly talented pool of interior designers such as The Plush who are
dedicated in making each project unique and extraordinary.

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Bespoke Design Solutions For Life


For the discerning client, design collective The Plush provides the passion and flair to make
your home, office or business premises truly unique

Passion is the most precious commodity on earth. successful project reflects not only the best
Without passion, there is no desire, no feeling. And standard and quality, but always incorporates the
nowhere is passion more important than in the client’s tastes and lifestyle,” says Hu.
creative industries. “We love working on different styles and trying new
Passion is a keyword at interior design house The things – whether that be utilising a new material or
Plush and permeates their work with grace and taste. even accommodating a completely different lifestyle. ”
Design Director Evelina Hu’s eyes light up when It’s not just homes where The Plush excels. Clients
she starts to talk about her work. Even small details also expect the very highest standards for their
like the sourcing of a certain hue of fine Italian marble offices, retail outlets and restaurants. Turn to The
bring a sparkle to her eye that is infectious. Plush for that polished shine of success.
No wonder so many of her clients keep coming back The Plush collective offers a personalised, unique
for more. interior design service to discerning clients who
“95% of our new business comes from demand the extra yard. The dedicated creative team
recommendation,” says Hu proudly. “We also have a source only the best materials and solutions from
lot of repeat clients. Some of them even fly our team around the world, drawing in talented artisans and
to another country to do the design for them, with artists to add the extra touches that make all the
one very happy client letting us do six of his houses”. difference and also make each home design unique.
We all know that people can be very precious With projects not just in Singapore but also in
about their homes and are aware of the fact that Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Philippines,
a tastefully furnished abode can be a reflection of Taiwan and across Mainland China, The Plush has a
your own personality. Bearing that in mind, is it a growing and enviable portfolio. Their commitment to
challenge balancing the client’s expectations with the quality, being able to adapt and interpret their clients
desire to create a masterful design? and that all-important passion is what makes The
“Experienced professional designers would know Plush truly special.
the design process which will make things much
smoother for both the client and the designer.
Practicality must be the first thing to be discussed, Tel: (65) 6220 4535
followed by the design theme the client desires A design@theplush.com.sg

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Left Main: Entertainment Room
Above: Dining Area
Below Left: Corridor
Below Right: Kitchen

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Contemporary Pieces For Contemporary Lifestyles


This innovative multi-label furniture and home accessories shop gathers together unique and
exceptional pieces from some of the very best names in Europe, offering its customers a collection
of pieces both classic and trendy.
Your home is your sanctuary. It is where you
unwind, relax and restore your soul, and prepare
for your day. And this is why it is imperative
to fill it with things of beauty, each destined
to be a joy forever. The furniture in your home
expresses who you are while creating the set-
ting that you choose for yourself and for the
people you care about. Pieces that are as much
about form as they are about function – this is
what can be found at ModLiving, a comprehen-
sive multi-label furniture shop in Singapore.
ModLiving’s collection exudes contemporary
simplicity and versatility in updated and stylish
furniture and accessories. Bringing together the
best from Europe, ModLiving provides everything
you need for practically every room in your home,
from your living and dining room to your kitchen
and home office, as well as your bathroom,
wardrobe, and outdoor spaces. With its clean,
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and modern, ranging from avant-garde to while responding to the needs and demands of strates precisely how ModLiving pays attention
urban chic. They set the mood in any space, their clients. Its exclusive brands include Parri, to details. Their stylists start by conducting a
presentable enough to impress dinner guests, Costantini Pietro, Fasem, Frag, Paco Cap- survey analysis and space planning. They also
yet comfortable enough to relax and unwind in. deil, Plank, Oken, ICF, Miodino and Tecmo. manage projects and maintain cost controls
Only ModLiving brings to Singapore such Not only does ModLiving bring its de- while scheduling and coordinating with other
well-known brands as Moroso, Nube, Em- signer furniture and accessories to custom- consultants on a any given project. Execution
memobili, Arflex, Seven Salotti, Salvarani, ers in Singapore, its styling service also in projects is key and ModLiving goes from
FEG, Some, Globe, Zero 4 and Fontana Arte. helps them achieve whatever look is de- conceptualizing rooms to making them a reality.
What’s more, ModLiving’s in-house stylists sired, whether it is in a private residence With a wealth of experience and a solid
and consultants are on hand to help you sort or a commercial or industrial projects. reputation for sophisticated design, ModLiv-
through their extensive collection and help you Their work includes a number of luxury ing has earned its reputation as more than a
make decisions about your home, based on condominium show flats like Newton Suites, furniture store. It’s a one-stop shop with a vi-
your lifestyle and what your space requires. Pan Pacific Serviced Suites, Singapore and sion. With its collection of unsurpassed quality,
Aside from individual home needs, the Con- Tan Chin Tuan Mansion@Cairnhill. Their other it’s no wonder ModLiving is synonymous with
tracts Division of ModLiving also specialises in commercial projects include serviced apart- those who are meticulous about details and a
commercial, hospitality, institution and residen- ments, clubs, restaurants, cafes and hotels, finished project that’s not only stylish, comfort-
tial projects. Their staff of professionals work offices, airports and school auditoriums. able, it makes that exceptional statement in an
exclusively with contract manufacturers from Recently completed projects include Changi understated way.
Europe, United States and Asia so as to provide Airport Terminal 3, Crown Plaza Hotel@
customers with an extensive range of products Terminal 3 and SIA’s Silver Kris Lounge. Tel: (65) 6336 2286
at different price ranges and design styles, Their experience in the business demon- www.modliving.com.sg
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THE GRAPE HARVEST
Created in 1981 by Luciano Cazzola
is a typical happy scene depicting wine making
until 30 to 40 years ago in Italy which has now
been beautifully preserved in porcelain.

The entire family is seen gathering together


picking and squashing grapes and putting them in
the big vat where after one or two weeks
the juice is put in the barrels. The grandmother is
seen bringing out the food but whilst crossing
the courtyard bumps into a cheat
who is running after chickens and rabbits.

500 of these limited pieces have been sold worldwide


and currently Meroni exclusively owns 498/500 & 499/500.

MERONI FURNITURE(S) PTE LTD


6, Raffles Boulevard, #03-308/339/340, Marina Square, Singapore 039594 tel +65 6336 8230 fax +65 6338 0713 email info@meroni.com.sg website www.meroni.com.sg

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SPAS & BEAUTY
IMAGE COURTESY OF ESTHEVA SPA

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Singapore has quickly become one of the regions favourite Spa
Destinations and easily rivals the world’s best. The Estheva Spa offers
relaxing and rejuvenating experiences that are simply unforgettable.

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IMAGE COURTESY OF ESTHEVA SPA
There is a superb selection of spas with the very best offering unique
treatments in stunning surroundings.
A decade ago, the spa phenomena was Spa at chic Palais Renaissance is a
virtually unheard of in Singapore but like top-notch day spa that caters mainly to
so many successful industries on the women but also offers some tantalising
island, things have changed dramatically treatments for couples.
in a short space of time. Spa Botanica, perhaps the most
Visiting a spa has become less of a famous of all, offers Traditional Chinese
luxury while becoming more luxurious. Medicine treatments as well as yoga and
There is a superb selection of spas with pilates sessions to promote overall well
the very best offering unique treatments being.
in stunning surroundings. Singapore is also earning a reputation
Retreating to a spa in Singapore as a medical spa destination. Established
has become a gourmet treat as day to complement Singapore’s position as
spas serve up Uniquely Singaporean a sophisticated medical hub, medical
treatments such as ginger baths, spas are managed by qualified doctors
chilli scrubs, curry wraps and even and healthcare professionals who can
our very own Singapore Flower Ritual tailor a combination of surgical and
at Singapore’s first garden spa, Spa cosmetic procedures to help clients
Botanica. achieve maximum results. Their draw lies
Singapore’s efforts to position itself in providing a Ritz-like experience and a
as Asia’s preferred spa destination has team of specialists who take care of your
created a booming spa industry. Variety every desire.
and pure indulgence are guaranteed at
day spas, niche spas and luxury spas
alike found on virtually any street and
shopping mall.
Along busy Orchard Road, Estheva

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Spa Botanica Brings You Back To Nature


The stunning, award-winning garden destination spa is a haven in
the urban jungle and a firm favourite for ultimate relaxation
Spa Botanica, set in the lush grounds of The Our spa’s highly-recommended signature up the day leaving the guest feeling fully
Sentosa Resort & Spa on Sentosa island is treatment is the Five Elements Cleanse rejuvenated.
Singapore’s first tropical garden destination and Purifying Ritual. The detoxifying body Nestled next to Spa Botanica, an all-new
spa. Constantly ranked among the best treatment comprises Tibetan and Traditional restaurant, The Garden delivers a destination
destination spas in the world, Spa Botanica is Chinese medicine origins with ginseng and dining experience termed Conscious Dining.
a haven for luxurious indulgence. lotus blossom. It begins by cleansing the Serving a wholesome contemporary cuisine
From a tropical garden setting to a body with natural watercress body cleansing in an idyllic respite, the chef uses specially-
carefully choreographed menu of signature milk. A detoxifying massage with warm sourced organic or bio-dynamic ingredients.
treatments to the dedicated service delivery, Tibetan oil and healing clay enhances the Moving into the wellness arena and
Spa Botanica offers a unique experience that elimination of body toxins. The next step is a complementing Spa Botanica is Seven
allows the guests to connect with themselves healing clay wrap rich in natural salts which Eden Wellness Centre, it encompasses a
and embrace nature. deeply nourishes the skin. Finally, a herbal lifestyle gymnasium with top-of-the-range
Spa Botanica promises a blend of indoor bath and refreshing body moisturising session fitness equipment, Zest Café and Zest
pampering or treatments outdoors. By prepares the guest for a revitalising journey to Studio. Offering Traditional Chinese Medicine
harnessing the very best in spa ingredients good health. and anti-aging consultations, it is a holistic
and blending it with a lush environment, you The three-hour Tropical Glow treatment wellness retreat to reinvigorate the body, soul
can look forward to soothing treatments from is an established favourite. The blend of and mind.
the region’s top spa therapists. indigenous tropical fruits, flowers and spices As a testimony to Spa Botanica’s premium
Before treatments even begin, guests are smoothens the skin and creates a truly natural services, multiple awards have poured in. The
encouraged to enjoy the spa gardens with the botanical experience. It includes a rhythmic most recent ones being Conde Nast Traveller
cascading waterfalls, floatation pools and lap massage for a natural skin workout followed UK Readers’ Spa Awards 2008 – Top Ten Day
pool. Opt for volcanic mud to be applied to by a refreshing shower. The result? Radiant Spas – Overseas (Sixth in ranking) and winner
the body to cleanse, nourish and moisturise healthy glowing skin! As with many of the of the 22nd Tourism Awards 2008 Best Spa
the skin. Then de-stress and reconnect with treatments available, this too can be enjoyed Experience and Best Tourism Host – Spa and
nature in the meditation labyrinth. This pre- by either individuals or couples. SpaFinder Readers’ Choice Awards 2008 –
treatment ritual increases the therapeutic For guests with the luxury of time, the Favourite Spa in Singapore.
effect of the treatment to follow. In fact, for Botanical Refresh is an ultimate indulgence.
most visitors possibly the most stressful part The total experience is one that revitalises,
of their visit is deciding which treatment to relaxes and refreshes one’s senses with
revel in! specialised aromatherapy treatments. A Vichy
Designed for ultimate relaxation, the hydrotherapy treatment is offered with an
signature packages are best enjoyed when aromatic Body Booster and an aromatherapy
time is of no object. Guest can make optimum massage. After a light lunch, an aromatherapy Tel: (65) 6371 1318 / 1288
use of the spa’s facilities and garden grounds. facial and a spa pedicure treatment will round www.spabotanica.com

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Meditation Labyrinth

Lap Pool

Float Pool with Cascading Waterfall Mud Pool

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ESTHEVA Spa
Singapore’s Most Luxurious Spa Experience for Ladies and Couples
The name ‘ESTHEVA’, certainly creates exotic of the spa the guest is embraced in an
connotations, but it has a simple, yet luxuriant ambience of calm tranquility much of which
meaning: “A place where life is always a is due to the soft pastels and fresh blossoms
beautiful and rejuvenating experience. used in the décor. With lavishly furnished
The kind of experience derived only from a over-sized treatment rooms guided by Feng
balance of mind, body and spirit.” To this you Shui principles for the ultimate in luxurious
could add “a touch of opulent pampering and pampering, ESTHEVA has created an elegant
refreshing experience”. oasis in the heart of bustling Orchard Road for
Into its twelfth year, ESTHEVA is inspired ladies and loving couples to revel in beauty,
by the natural thermal spas in Southern Italy, massage and spa therapies.
and continues to employ this ancient art of It is ESTHEVA’s collection of treatments
enhancing beauty and wellness to its guests which continue to remain the main draw for its
within conducive surroundings. repeat and new clients, which include a list of
The premier Esthetics Day Spa in this celebrities and society’s Who’s Who from with
country has consecutively for four years been the island-nation and beyond its shores.
voted ‘Top Day Spa’ on The Best of Singapore Then it is no wonder that its most popular
in Singapore Tatler and other numerous item is the Celebrity Peel©, a truly state-of-
awards. the-art treatment to reduce the number of
ESTHEVA is built on a philosophy that years on the client’s face. It was inspired by
continuously seeks to provide its clients with a technique much revered by celebrities in
the highest level of service and the finest “in” Hollywood and in Singapore has a regular
treatments and products. This comes from female client following from as far as New
its close association with some of the leading York!
European brands in this industry. Another much-in-demand treatment is the
Upon entering the soothing confines Ultimate Scrub Package, which includes an

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exotic Personalised Scrub (with 12 different dimension recently to coincide with the known by its overseas clientele, given the
scrubs to choose from), an invigorating world’s first Formula 1 (F1) Night Race 2008 recent publicity it has garnered in popular
HydroBath (tailored according to your body held in Singapore in September. The advent magazines and on TV channels in South
type) and a revitalising Body Massage. This of the ladies’ Spa Nights includes a range Korea, Japan, India and Shanghai. One of
package offers the guest the option of being of spa packages and ESTHEVA found itself its signature treatments, Choc De-Ager©, an
able to indulge in each of the 12 different featured as a highly-recommended top spa indulging and anti-aging treatments using
scrubs, once a month during the year. on Singapore Grand Prix’s official website. chocolate, was featured in upmarket lifestyle
The comprehensive range of spa As another first in Singapore, ESTHEVA magazines in Mumbai and New Delhi, as part
treatments includes 128 body treatments Spa offers Spa Parties exclusively for ladies of Singapore’s campaign to draw in affluent
and 18 exclusive luxurious facials. Some of to celebrate special occasions with their Indian travellers. That is the kind of standing
the other highly popular treatments are the friends or loved ones. Targeted at groups of ESTHEVA has managed to achieve as one
Sparomatic Detox Package, Ice Tonic Express five or six within a private area, the Spa Party of the leading pioneers in the spa industry in
Treatment (for Slimming), OxyAromatic comprises the services of a personalised Singapore.
Seaweed Wrap, Swiss Very Whitening “butler” with therapist in attendance, exquisite ESTHEVA is highly valued by its
Treatment, Sparomatic Mineral Mask with spa refreshments, use of AromaSteam and clients and business partners, both for its
Face-Gym© Massage, and Ultimate Eye Face Retreat Space and exclusive spa treatments professionalism and commitment to service
Chest with Marine DNA and Vitamins A, C &E. specially customised for the guests. excellence. Our clientele includes celebrities,
ESTHEVA believes in constantly ESTHEVA’s flagship property at Palais socialites, professionals and those who seek
developing new and highly unique signature Renaissance (which was officially opened a beautiful and balanced lifestyle.
and world-class treatments that are popular on 1 July 2000 by His Excellency Mr. R
not just with its wide range of discerning Loretan, The Ambassador of Switzerland), has
clients, but among its overseas guests who helped raise the bar for the local spa industry
are aware that they cannot get many of the to greater heights in Singapore, and the
treatments in their own countries. management aims to continuing to do so. Tel: 65 6733 9300
This full-fledged day spa added a new Now in its 12th year, ESTHEVA is also www.estheva.com

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Time To Get Back To Nature


While many spa retreats claims nature as its inspiration, few can maintain the total
incorporation of nature into its facilities. The award-winning Aramsa ~ The Garden Spa
can. Billed as Asia’s first outdoor spa in a park, Aramsa ~ The Garden Spa is set in
the lush botanical beauty of Bishan Park II. From its luxuriant surroundings and nature-
based treatments to its garden facilities and botanical ingredients, Aramsa is the perfect
destination for relaxation & rejuvenation in Singapore; a haven tucked away from the
maddening crowd.
Winners of the Singapore Tourism Board’s “Best Spa Experience” in
2006 and a finalists again in 2007, Aramsa offers a unique garden
spa experience not found elsewhere in Singapore. The architectural
design by local design firm Formwerkz has also been awarded with
numerous awards and accolades including the SIA Architectural
Award.
Aramsa-The Garden Spa stays true to its name having an all-
natural concept in a secluded haven that boasts earthy décor and
glorious gardens with an incredible 22,000 plants from 200 species.
There is simply no escaping the ‘at one with nature’ feel, from the
reception to the treatment rooms to the alfresco dining at the Green
Room Café and Canopy Garden Dining bistro. Pebble paths lined with
scented herb gardens lead to 17 separate treatment suites including
couple suites, a hydrotherapy suite and a Vichy shower suite, all of
which replicate the outdoor garden feel complete with outdoor rain
showers and sunken garden baths. Further meandering paths lead to
other nature-inspired facilities that focus on enhancing wellness.
Aramsa’s exclusively created products tap into the curative
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nutritive ingredients including coconut, lemongrass, marine mud and
seaweed. A combination of traditional Asian and Western massage
techniques are used to relax and soothe the body, mind and soul.
One of their signature garden packages is the “Tropical Java
Lulur” which begins with a rice and turmeric scrub before a
nourishing yoghurt mask followed by their Aramsa Touch Massage
and then completed with a floral garden bath.Their signature Aramsa
Touch massage is a fusion of Eastern meridian and Western massage
techniques which focuses on complete relaxation.
The multitude of massages offered at Aramsa Spa uses a
combination of techniques including acupressure, Swedish, Thai,
traditional Chinese and rhythmic Hawaiian massage, all of which will
leave you wonderfully relaxed and recharged. Other spa therapies
includes body scrubs, ear candling, water treatments and body
wraps. To complete your spa experience, an outdoor shower or a
soothing garden bath is the ultimate in solitary water refinement. To
compliment the spa’s philosophy of encompassing nature with natural
living there are several healthy dining and recreational options which
truly makes Aramsa Spa a one-stop wellness experience.

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The Spa’s Pilates studio “PowerMoves”, specialises in helping to


enhance flexibility and coordination and build strength. The Green
Room Café is vegetarian dining at its best. Catering to all strict health
aficionados, this vegetarian café uses quality, fresh ingredients in
delicious (but guilt-free) dishes, served either indoors or alfresco
among the gardens. Health drinks ranging from herbal teas
to smoothies to power juices have been specially created to
complement the Aramsa lifestyle and provide preventative health
benefits. For meat lovers and those desiring richer dishes, hit the
stylish Canopy Garden Dining bistro. The mouth watering menu is
ideal for a meal on balmy evenings. There is a certain quirkiness
about the menu that draws on diverse culinary influences from various
western cuisines.
If that isn’t enough to tempt your taste buds, Canopy recently
launched an outdoor bar complete with an alfresco lounge area.
Opened in the evenings, Canopy bar serves quality wines, wine
cocktails, spirits and beers alongside tempting tasters such as tapas
and mezze plates to help you unwind for the day.

Tel: (65) 6456 6556


1382 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1
Bishan Park II S(569931)
www.aramsaspas.com

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Whether a serious operation or cosmetic treatments, Singapore’s health care
system attracts foreign patients from around the world to tap on its world class
facilities and patient friendly approach.

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We have already seen that Singapore is a leading sixth best in the world and the best in Asia by the World
destination for business and leisure. But much more than Health Organization in 2000.
that, it is also the medical hub of Asia, offering world- Singapore’s Ministry of health maintains a transparent
class, affordable and safe healthcare. healthcare system, publishing information and statistics
With well-respected and highly-trained doctors, online. This transparency allows medical professionals
internationally-accredited hospitals and clinics, global to respond effectively to ever-changing scenarios and
reputation as a medical centre of excellence, it’s no enables patients to make more informed decisions on
surprise that Singapore welcomes medical travellers their treatment options.
from around the world. Healthcare providers in Singapore are customer-
Singapore is a regional medical hub with many focused and most healthcare facilities in Singapore have
foreign patients taking advantage of the country’s dedicated International Patient Service Centres to attend
superior facilities and expertise. A flexible immigration to needs varying from airport transfers to the provision of
policy for those requiring medical treatment ensures they interpreters and after-care.
receive the best possible care with peace of mind. Indeed, Singapore’s leading healthcare providers
Singapore Medicine is a multi-agency government have facilities akin to five-star hotels. The combination of
initiative that was launched in October 2003 to develop a hospital’s rational and technical appeal and a hotel’s
Singapore into one of Asia’s leading destinations for emotional appeal is creating the ‘hospital’ of the future-
healthcare services. The agencies involved are the right now in Singapore
Economic Development Board (EDB), Singapore Tourism Cost is an important consideration for many
Board (STB) and International Enterprise (IE) Singapore. international patients, with treatment in Singapore costing
Every year, more than 400,000 international patients a fraction of what it does ‘back home’. Visitors from the
visit Singapore for a range of healthcare services. STB United States, for example, can enjoy state-of-the-art
targets to attract one million foreign patients per year by treatment coupled with a welcome holiday and still have
2012. money spare to spend in Singapore’s famous shopping
Whether their needs are basic or complex, patients malls.
find assurance in Singapore’s world-class healthcare The combination of excellent infrastructure, skilled
system which emphasizes safety and pushes medical professionals and latest technology has enabled
boundaries of excellence. Singapore to remain at the cutting-edge of healthcare.
Singapore’s healthcare system was ranked as the

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Trusted Leader In Highly Specialised Medical Care


With the rapidly expanding developments in the landscape of medical treatment and technology, SingHealth,
Singapore’s largest most established medical and healthcare group consistently delivers specialised cutting
edge solutions to one of life’s greatest mysteries: the ailments of the human body
With three internationally accredited hospitals and and Nuclear Medicine & PET (Positron Emission
five national specialty centres under its wings, Tomography). One of its latest offerings is the new
SingHealth still remains the country’s largest and Khoo Teck Puat-NNI Integrated Neuroscience
most comprehensive medical and healthcare Centre, a world’s first that brings in the most
group, providing facilities and services for holistic modern technology in complete cancer care,
and up-to-date inpatient and outpatient treatments. otolaryngology, and orthopaedic surgery, allowing
It provides leading edge treatments in the fields surgeons to conduct more complicated procedures
of stomach cancer, orthopaedic, eye and heart in a shorter span of time.This enables the patient to
surgeries, and neuroscience with strengths in heal quicker and better.
the fields of stem cell research and biomedical Meanwhile, the KK Women’s and Children’s
research. In fact, many of its specialty centres are Hospital (KKH) has the distinction of being the
singled out as being the pioneer in their various only hospital in Singapore that caters specifically
fields in the region and even the world. to women’s and children’s health. With 150
Its flagship hospital, Singapore General Hospital years of service under its belt, KKH specialises
(SGH) has recently celebrated its 187th anniversary. in neonatology, paediatrics, and obstetrics &
Headed by Prof. Ang Chong Lye, SGH is gynaecology. It has also recently opened a
Singapore’s largest acute tertiary hospital and one-stop Centre for Breast Conditions and the
national referral centre. It provides state-of-the-art Children’s Hospital Emergency Transport Services
facilities for its patient services with 29 clinical (CHETS). As the first hospital to be allowed to
specialties and acts as the national referral centre use the FDA-approved digital computerised plate
of medical specialties such as Haematology, mammography, combined with computer-aided
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cancer in women below 50 years old has significantly care. Similarly, NNI oversees all brain, spine,
improved. Furthermore, KKH also provides a nerve, and muscle ailments, providing surgical and
convenient one-stop “KK Minimally Invasive Surgery outpatient services across the board. SNEC, on the
(MIS) Centre”, for convenient diagnosis and treatment other hand, focuses on maximising optical health
of gynaecological conditions, such as the removal care and treatment, managing over 14,000 major eye
of polyps, endometriosis, and selected ectopic surgeries and 13,000 laser procedures each year.
pregnancies. And finally, NDC manages the full spectrum of simple
The newest SingHealth hospital, Changi General to complex dental treatments with over 91 dental
Hospital (CGH), is located 10 minutes away from the operatories and sees over 160,000 patients annually.
hustle and bustle of Changi International Airport. SingHealth’s services span the breadth and depth
Celebrating 12 years of service in the medical of medical specialties and seek to bring together
industry, CGH is a growing hospital that specialises in doctors and surgeons, clinicians, nurses and
gastroenterology, sports medicine and rehabilitation medical technicians in a vibrant, multidisciplinary
services, and male-related medical conditions such setting to create a one-stop, across-the-board
as impotence and urinary incontinence. It also offers medical and healthcare organisation that brings
an inclusive medical facility for international travellers, the best of medical science, technology and care
and provides 24-hour Accident & Emergency (A&E) right to the doorstep of Singapore residents, both
services. local and foreign. As a testament to its success,
The five specialty centres – National Cancer patients from overseas are also coming to seek
Centre Singapore (NCCS), National Heart Centre treatment for complex medical issues and to tap on
Singapore (NHCS), National Neuroscience Institute the leading edge solutions that the group is able to
(NNI), Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC), and offer. SingHealth doctors are even able to collaborate
National Dental Centre (NDC) – all provide outpatient with medical practitioners in other Southeast Asian
diagnosis and specialised treatments for specific countries.
ailments. NCCS oversees over 50 per cent of all cancer Ultimately, SingHealth’s teams of doctors,
cases in Singapore, and provides cross-consultation researchers, and support staff strive as one to shape
among the largest pool of oncologists in the country. not just a hearty and healthy nation, but extend
Meanwhile, NHCS specialises in cardiovascular that goal beyond the borders of Singapore.
medicine and treatment, becoming the first heart
centre in Asia to receive the Joint Commission 24 Hour Hotline: (65) 6326 5656
International (JCI) accreditation for quality patient www.singhealth.com.sg

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Aesthetics Par Excellence


The Sloane Clinic is a pioneer, delivering the latest in non-invasive
treatments for people looking to enhance their appearance
The field of cosmetic and aesthetic services non-invasive cosmetic procedures for their and educate people towards that. Aesthetic
has come a very long way so much so that patients. They encourage their customers to treatments are not just short-term fixes for
the city of Singapore has become recognised “throw away their personal notions of beauty physical issues but paths to wellness and
as a regional hub for the finest, safest and and ageing. If you think you know how a beauty, inside and out. Dr Low’s specialty
most advanced aesthetic treatments. Among 30- year-old should look or how a 50-year-old is in lasers and cosmetic formulation. But
the vast number of aesthetic centres, The should age,” they say, “Think again… “ as the author of In Full Bloom, a book on
Sloane Clinic, a medical aesthetic clinic which Innovation in aesthetics also continues to looking good before, during and after
started operations in 2003, has emerged as be a primary focus. For instance, The Sloane pregnancy, Dr Low has much to offer beyond
one of the city’s premiere aesthetic centres Clinic pioneered the use of the Fraxel Laser, medical aesthetics. Like Dr Low, Dr Lee
with the technology, staff and expertise a technology that transforms and rejuvenates is committed to training other doctors in
necessary for delivering the fullest range of skin, wholly minimising problems like scars, aesthetic disciplines. Both are also certified
the most up-to-date non-invasive cosmetic enlarged pores, pigmentation, fine lines and as International Master Trainers for Restylane
treatments. A medical clinic that addresses wrinkles. The doctors there were also the treatments. Clearly the team behind The
the skin, face and body concerns, The first to introduce the PPx PhotoPneumatic Sloane Clinic is not just about superficial
Sloane Clinic stays at the forefront of new technology, which addresses and manages aesthetics, as they volunteer their time for
technologies using non-invasive cosmetic adult acne, as well as the Mixto Micro worthy causes as well as provide medical
dermatological techniques and the latest Resurfacing Treatment. The doctors at The aesthetic treatments pro bono to those with
FDA-approved lasers to help their customers Sloane Clinic don’t offer invasive procedures low income who are debilitatingly disfigured.
improve their appearance. like liposuction or cosmetic surgery. Their Those seeking to enhance and improve
When Dr Low Chai Ling and Dr Lee Cheng concept of perfecting appearance involves their appearance should look no further than
San teamed up to start The Sloane Clinic five the use of non-invasive treatment methods The Sloane Clinic, which prioritises excellence
years ago, their goal was to deliver the very as well as consistent use of technologically and service. As their very own doctors attest,
best in customised treatments, quality and advanced skin care innovations. In fact “You are only as old as you think you are, or
service vis-à-vis the customers’ needs. Their The Sloane Clinic brought to Singapore the as plain as you let yourself be. This is the
philosophy involves putting people before Epicuren range as well as the very popular place to go to free yourself from your limits of
profit. Whether the problem is adult acne, Skin Inc range of cosmeceuticals. beauty.”
wrinkles, or slimming, both Dr Low and Dr Lee Both doctors believe that wellness and
take part in periodic training programmes to beauty are integrated entities which is why Tel: (65) 6533 2522
advance their skills so as to offer only the best The Sloane Clinic has a mandate to inspire www.sloaneclinic.com

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Ageing Gracefully
NeuGlow offers safe and effective solutions to defy the ageing process
Growing old may be inevitable, but looking which helps control acne without use of
old doesn’t have to be. Thanks to advances medication. It also offers in-house skin
in medical science, you can banish lines care products to manage oily or acne-
and wrinkles and look younger. prone skin.
NeuGlow The Aesthetics Doctors is one For those interested in body contouring,
of Singapore’s best-known practitioners NeuGlow has a battery of surgical and non-
of aesthetic medicine in Singapore. Part of surgical options such as Vaser LipoSelection,
the Healthway Medical Group, NeuGlow Radio Frequency slimming, prescription
has more than 10 years of experience in weight control drugs as well as on-staff
this area. nutritionists to draw up customised
NeuGlow is a full service aesthetic diet plans.
practice that offers a wide range of treat Unsightly body hair is an annoying
ments such as facial rejuvenation, acne problem that can now be treated safely
management, body contouring, laser hair and effectively by lasers. NeuGlow has
removal and cosmetic surgery. a range of lasers for permanent hair reduction
For face and skin rejuvenation, NeuGlow from anywhere on the body and for most
offers Botox injections, chemical peels, skin tones. The procedure is almost
dermal fillers, gold thread skin rejuvenation, painless, they don’t use gels so they are
Intense Pulsed Light, laser photorejuven- clean and neat, and the procedure is
ation, micro Botox, microdermabrasion, over in minutes. After a few treatments,
radio frequency and threadlifts. hair growth becomes reduced and the
NeuGlow is one of the few select clinics in new hairs that grow are much finer.
Singapore that offers Plasma Skin Resurfacing In addition to all this, NeuGlow also offers
and Regeneration, a US Food and Drug laser services like mole and age-spot removal,
Administration approved procedure for treat- tattoo removal, hair loss management and
ing acne scars, wrinkles and pigmentation. weight loss management.
To limit the damage caused by acne, And apart from standard aesthetic treat-
NeuGlow offers Blue Light Treatment ments, NeuGlow also offers the service

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of a plastic surgeon for surgical procedures such as blepharoplasty
(eye bag removal surgery and double eyelid surgery), breast aug-
mentation, chin augmentation, double eyelid surgery, face threadlift,
jaw augmentation and rhinoplasty (nose surgery).
NeuGlow has three locations — at Square 2 in Novena, OUB Centre,
and Chinatown Point — so getting a consultation or going for a pro-
cedure is very convenient.
With its wide array of procedures, skilled doctors and dedicated
nurses, NeuGlow is setting the standard for aesthetic medicine
in Singapore.

Tel: (65) 8298 8000


www.neuglow.com

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ipac is an international financial advice and 15th in the 2007 FORTUNE GLOBAL 500 Survey
investment group that helps clients achieve their of “The World’s Largest Corporations”.
financial and chosen lifestyle goals. One of Asia ipac’s approach and philosophy to financial
Pacific’s leading financial planning company, ipac planning is different from most other independent
manages more than US$14.3 billion for individuals financial advisory firms. Recognising that smart
and institutions worldwide. Its lifestyle financial money management is a means to achieving a
planning process is practiced in Australia, Hong desired retirement lifestyle, the process begins
Kong, Singapore, South Africa and Taiwan. with and focuses on helping clients to set their
ipac launched its business in both Hong Kong various long and short-term financial lifestyle
and Singapore in 2003 as a comprehensive goals. Then, ipac devises a personal, step-by-
financial planning practice. ipac is licensed by step plan on how to get there, providing advice
the Monetary Authority of Singapore and the along the way to ensure their clients make the
Securities and Futures Commission in Hong right choices and stay on track with the plan.
Kong. 2008 marks its fifth year in Asia and 25 ipac believes in a holistic approach to financial
years since its formation in Australia. planning. Other firms specialise specifically in
The stability that ipac offers comes also from either tax, real estate and insurance for instance,
being part of the Global AXA Group, a worldwide but the ipac philosophy is to examine the client’s
leader in financial protection and wealth overall needs, including issues of tax, real estate,
management with assets under management of debt management, among others, to help make
around US$1.9 trillion. The AXA Group ranked the right choices for all the important financial

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decisions in life. The focus is on the individual ipac takes a proactive role in accommodating
needs of the client, on his total financial situation, any changes in the economy, markets, legislation
to help him achieve his retirement aspirations. and clients’ personal circumstances (e.g.
From the first obligation-free meeting with marriage, new addition to the family, change in
one of ipac’s advisers, the objective is to help retirement goals), to update the financial plan to
clients focus on making decisions toward make sure goals are achieved.
financial choices in life that will make them feel Effective and open communication is key and
fundamentally happy and engaged. Part of the clients can expect regular meetings to review
goal setting process involves the education to objectives and strategy. Clients will also receive
think of money as the enabler and not the be- regular portfolio valuation statements, newsletters
all-and-end-all of retirement. Then the client is and invitation to ipac events to keep up to date
presented with a comprehensive plan, which will with business, the economy and markets as well
include well-researched recommendations to as lifestyle events.
address investment, cash flow, tax, estate planning ipac will give you confidence with its unique
and risk management needs. ipac guides their approach to financial planning to help you realise
clients through the entire process, helping them to your life’s dreams.
stay on track with their financial plan.
Another important part of the ipac process is in
keeping the financial plan ‘alive’ by helping clients Tel: (65) 6512 7000
navigate the ever-changing global environment. www.ipac.com.sg

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The Canadian International School (Singapore) has long held a position
of pre-eminence in the education of children in the International Schools market of Singapore and
Asia. This standing has been earned through years of successful practice and a firm footing on the
latest research on effective teaching methodologies tailored for the global student.

The Canadian International School, Singapore provides the International Baccalaureate Primary
Years Programme, Middle Years Programme and Diploma Programmes of Education, from Early
Child Education to Grade 12. We are also accredited by the Ontario Ministry of Education,
Canada. Our graduates receive the Ontario Secondary Diploma or the IB Diploma, both of which
are recognized around the world by major universities. We are also very pleased to be an associate
member in the Council of International Schools (CIS). This prestigious designation puts us in the
forefront of education leaders in the world.

Our student body that draws from nearly fifty countries is well served by teachers of excellent quality
and by our comprehensive and challenging curriculum. Our focus at every grade is the needs of
each individual learner. Our students pursue excellence in the mastery of creative problem solving,
effective communication, leadership, international understanding, and responsible citizenship.

The Canadian International School currently has 4 campuses in Singapore.


Website www.cis.edu.sg Email admissions@cis.edu.sg

Tanjong Katong Campus (East) Elementary Campus Middle School Campus High School Campus
Early Childhood to Grade 8 Early Childhood to Grade 3 Grades 4 to 8 Grades 9 to 12
371 Tanjong Katong Road 5 Toh Tuck Road 71 Bukit Tinggi Road 514 Kampong Bahru Road
Singapore 437128 Singapore 596679 Singapore 289759 Singapore 099450
Tel (65) 6345 1573 Tel (65) 6467 1732 Tel (65) 6875 1519 Tel (65) 6323 0208
Fax (65) 6345 4057 Fax (65) 6467 1729 Fax (65) 6875 1516 Fax (65) 6323 0209

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From renowned universities to expatriate schools, Singapore students are
assured of a holistic approach to education which encapsulates creative
thinking to go beyond the classroom and text books to ensure that the future
of Singapore is in good hands.

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Perhaps nothing in this world is as important as


education. Known for its top schools and excellent
In Singapore, education is taken seriously
and it is seen as a thriving emerging market scholarship in a wide range of subjects,
segment that offers a great deal to both the
country’s economy and future. Singapore is a global school for local and
Known for its top schools and excellent
scholarship in a wide range of subjects, foreign students and a hub for educational
Singapore is a global school for local and
foreign students and a hub for educational excellence.
excellence.
Singapore has a high quality education
system to nurture future leaders and Canadian School and Global Indian School.
entrepreneurs. Foreign students from around The National University of Singapore
the world come to Singapore to study, making (NUS) is the largest university and the most
Singapore a global schoolhouse. respected. With more than 32,000 students,
The Ministry of Education (MOE) aims to NUS nurtures scholars from around the world.
help young Singaporean students discover their As with healthcare, education is another
own talents. Singapore’s students have a global sector which has been identified by the
reputation for achievement, which reflects well Singapore Government as hub material.
on both the schools and teachers as well as on Singapore education is a multi-government
the hard-working students themselves. agency initiative launched by the Government
This national excellence has created a in 2003 to establish and promote Singapore
culture for learning that has formed a strong as a premier education hub and help
collection of private schools for nursery, international students make an informed
primary and secondary age students, as well decision on studying here.
as universities that attract the cream of Asia’s For foreign students wishing to study in
tertiary talent. Singapore, the application process for the
There are many international schools Student’s Pass is fast and efficient. It’s no
that cater specifically to the large expatriate wonder Singapore is the destination of choice
communities, such as the American School, for so many foreign students.

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EDUCATION

Educating Citizens Of The World


Fostering a worldwide outlook in their students, the Canadian International School provides
a quality academic education from Early Childhood to Grade 12.

Founded in 1989, The Canadian International The East Campus, also known as CIS Tanjong
School (CIS) has grown successfully into a Katong campus (tel: 6345 1573) is CIS’ largest
full-service premiere educational institution, campus to date. The campus is housed on a
offering kindergarten through grade 12 classes heritage site that preserves the historic value of
and enjoying a strong and vibrant reputation the building while updating it into a facility that
as well as a very loyal following in the expat holds fully air-conditioned classroom, an outdoor
community in Singapore. Its diverse student playground, a large gymnasium, a bicycle
body of approximately 2,000, represents over track, futsal and basketball courts, canteen
50 countries – a world-class community that is, with kitchen facilities and a vast open field.
in itself a testimony to its world-class status. CIS also operates out of three other loca-
While the elementary, middle and high school tions. The Elementary Campus (tel: 6467
campuses are currently in three separate loca- 1732) is in Toh Tuck Road and offers classes
tions, all will be integrated into one campus in from Early Childhood to Grade 3. The Middle
Jurong West which will be a state-of-the-art School Campus (tel: 6875 1519) is in Bukit
facility that caters to each student’s needs. Tinggi Road and runs classes from Grade 4
Aside from the sports complex that boasts three to 8. Older students go to the High School
gymnasiums and two swimming pools, there Campus (tel: 6323 0208) in Kampong Bahru
will be an arts center, a 400-seat amphitheater, Road. This campus handles Grades 9 to 12.
two libraries and two cafeterias. There will also Following the International Baccalaureate
be outdoor playing fields to be enjoyed by the Program, CIS offers the primary and middle
students, which are not always found in city year programs as well as the IB diploma. CIS is
schools commonly limited by space constraints. also accredited to award the Ontario Second-
Responding to the demand for quality educa- ary School Diploma to qualified students.
tion on the East Coast, CIS recently opened an Recognising the importance of a well-rounded
East Campus that goes from Early Childhood education, CIS distinguishes itself by going
(age 3) through Grade 8 (as of August 2008). beyond the classroom in more ways than one.

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CIS operates an Open Minds program that
seeks to make what the students learn in the
classroom relevant to their lives by taking trips
outside of the classroom for hands on train-
ing and experience, sometimes for several
days. And there is the Wednesday Afternoon
Experimental Learning Program where classes
are suspended in exchange for exploration of
new experiences like drama, music, technol-
ogy, kayaking, golf, and tennis. Finally, there
is the wealth of opportunity for students to
explore numerous extra-curricular activities,
from various clubs to sports to community
outreach programs. Ever mindful of the modern
student in this brave new world of technology,
the school has instituted the Laptop Learning
Programme to enhance this kind of literacy.
Above all, CIS is committed to preparing
its students to become complete and inde-
pendent individuals who are global citizens
of the world -- successful in their endeavors,
well-rounded in their outlook and responsible
for themselves and the world around them.

Tel: (65) 6467 1732


www.cis.edu.sg

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A Truly International Education


A new international school is up and operational in Singapore and it is
a force to be reckoned with, offering its students a holistic, integrated
and all-rounded education in a multi-cultural, multi-racial environment
With a significant proportion of Singapore’s laboratories as well as sports and recreational attitudinal development are given as much
population comprised of foreigners, there facilities for up to 1,500 students, all in one focus as academics and the school is
is a wide array of international schools convenient and highly accessible central committed to help create the kind of adults
catering to the expatriate student. Demand location. The goal is to provide an integrated that will make a significant and positive
for international education at all levels campus for the all rounded development contribution in their work and in their lives.
greatly exceeds supply and as the expatriate of students from the nursery stage to the The EMAAR International Pre-School
population here continues to grow, so does tertiary levels, offering a “balanced focus on offers a child-centred programme that
the demand for quality education. academic courses, personality development, focuses on academic, physical, social and
EMAAR International School (EIS) has sports and cultural activities,” according to emotional development in an environment
responded to this need placing them at the Mr Boon Yew Ng, Chief Executive Officer of equipped with all the necessary facilities to
forefront as one of the leading expatriate EMAAR Education. support the full range of activities for children
educational institutions in Singapore. EIS Already, the school has grown into a of this age. The Junior School is an IB-PYP
(formerly known as E R International School) lively and progressive student community candidate school*. They adopt an inquiry
is managed by Raffles Campus, and is part of of 55 distinct nationalities, and even the based system of learning, where students are
the growing network of schools within EMAAR administration, faculty and staff are likewise encouraged to ask questions and facilitate
Education of Dubai. international in their background. Its mandate their own learning. To support this, the faculty
Nestled at the end of Holland Road, is to equip students with a holistic education employs internationally-trained educators.
on Ulu Pandan in a 44,085 square meter comprising relevant skills, knowledge and Finally, in the middle school and high school,
campus, the school facilities include air- confidence for a brave new world. the students renew focus on academics
conditioned classrooms, subject specific Creativity, the arts and personality and and prepare to take Cambridge IGCSE and

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A-Level examinations as well as take part in the full range of co-
curricular activities. EMAAR International School also offers the IB
Diploma. IB World Schools share that critical commitment to a high
quality and challenging international education and values which the
new institution already dearly values and upholds.
An excellent, well-rounded education as well as a truly
multicultural, international community where no single nationality
dominates and where the focus is on creating life-long learners.
This is what students at EMAAR International School will enjoy and
which will be their foundation for a bright future.
Tel: (65) 6536 6566

* Only schools authorized by the International Baccalaureate (IB) Organization can


offer any of its three academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the
Middle Years Programme (MYP), or the Diploma Programme. Candidate status gives no
guarantee that authorization will be granted.

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Educating Tomorrow’s Leaders


The Global Indian International School’s rapid growth is testimony to the quality of the experience
it provides.
In the words of its co-founder and first president,
the late Dr. L.M. Singhvi, “The vision of the
Global Indian Foundation is such that its heart
is Indian, its mind global and its soul always
striving for excellence.” In the six years since
it set up the first school in 2002 in Singapore,
with a mere 60 students, the success of the
Global Indian International School has been
nothing short of startling. The numbers speak
for themselves. In this short period, the school
has grown to provide an outstanding education
to over 4000 students in Singapore alone.
Its educational reach has extended all over
Southeast Asia, and into places far flung from
its first endeavour, such as Japan and New
Zealand. If that pace of growth is anything to
go by, the Global Indian International School is
equipped to be a global education provider.
The main aim of the Global Indian Foundation
has been to further the quality of education
and increase the level of knowledge. This
has been achieved by setting up schools in
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growing at a fast pace. Although education is
the main focus of the schools, they also play
a pivotal role in serving the community around
them. Many aspects of Indian culture, in the
form of music, theatre, dance, languages
and yoga are also imbibed in the students.
GIIS Queenstown campus focuses on
High School and Junior College education
and has excellent facilities for the Sciences,
Biotechnology and Computer Studies.

Opposite page, from top: Kindergarten children


learning through creative play, the GIIS choir at
Graduation ceremony for outgoing students.
This page, from top: GIIS students as Canada
delegates at SIMUN, S’pore Model United
Nations, Oranges for prosperity are offered to MP
Chan, Mr Bodhankar and Dr Aditya, the campus
welcomes students, Former President of India H.
E. Dr Abdul Kalam with GIIS student choir after a
touching recital of the Sarva Dharma prayer.

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The GIIS East Coast campus sports


facilities include an Olympic running track,
two cricket grounds, basketball, tennis,
badminton and volleyball courts.
GIIS Balestier campus was formally
inaugurated by H.E. Dr APJ Abdul Kalam,
eminent scientist and ex-President of India
in August 2008. This new campus provides
Pre-Primary and Primary education to the
Indian diaspora in North Singapore.
The growing number of international
students including Korean, American and
Australian students enrolled in the campuses
in Singapore is a testament to the popularity
of the Global Indian International School. GIIS
schools now educate over 17,000 students
from 30 nationalities in seven countries.
GIIS schools have seen tremendous growth,
and in 2008, the local community in Kuala
Lumpur were fortunate to have a second
campus in Malaysia. The Global Indian
International School in KL can be credited with
another milestone. The enrollment for the
students stands at 35% Malaysian citizens,
close to the maximum quota allowed for
international schools there.
The next international move was to Japan
where GIIS won the approval of confidence from
the Japanese government as well as the
Japanese community to pave the way for the
establishment of schools in Tokyo, Kofu
and Yokohama.
The local communities in New Zealand and
Thailand caught notice of this educational
windfall and the GIIS educational model
was replicated in these countries in 2007.

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Opposite page, from top: East Coast students
planting trees with the National Parks Board
officials at ECP. Mr Chan, MP Joo Chiat, talking
to students in the auditorium at the Chinese New
Year Celebrations. GIIS welcomes students of all
races and creeds.
This page, from top: Keeeping our culture and
traditions alive in school concerts. East Coast
campus. Queenstown Campus.

To leverage on the unique cultural milieu


of diaspora communities and local residents,
the Global International Foundation started
Global International Cultural Centres at all its
schools. The main goal of these centres is to
teach courses in foreign languages, fine and
performing arts, yoga, speech, drama and
sports. These varied courses form an enriching
intellectual glue that binds the communities
together in addition to being a community
hub for parents and students. Parents often
enjoy meeting at these centres over a meal
while their children are engaged in learning.
Global Indian Foundation gives back
to the society, where it enjoys the fruits of
hospitality. In Singapore, the Foundation
works closely with the Singapore Indian
Development Association (SINDA), in addition
to cooperating with local community centres,
orphanages and old aged homes. It has
also instituted scholarships for meritorious
students from India and GIIS schools.
This sense of collective responsibility and
social awareness drove the foundation to
manage the Eklavya tribal school, now called
the ‘Mahatma Gandhi-Eklavya School’, located
in the tribal belt of Tilakwada, near Baroda,
Gujarat, India. The funding for the school
is provided by the Gujarat government but
the honour of managing such an innovative
project has been given to the foundation.

Tel: (65) 6508 3700


www.globalindianschool.org

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From new shopping centres on Orchard Road to luxurious beach front
property, the Singapore property market has seen steady growth over the
years and home grown brands have expanded their developments globally.

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The property market is enjoying a


healthy boom period in Singapore. Developers such as CapitaLand, Frasers
Years of steady growth have
seen demand for luxury apartments Centrepoint, Far East Organization and City
especially go through the roof.
There are now fabulous facades Development Limited (CDL) are appropriately,
springing up all over the island,
from beachfront villas on Sentosa household names in Singapore, and responsible
to must-have high-rises around the
magnificent Marina Bay. for key landmark developments in prime locations.
Most Singaporeans, as many as
80%, live in excellent public housing
called HDBs. These foster strong
communtity spirits and normally Developers such as CapitaLand,
the neighbourhoods also feature Frasers Centrepoint, Far East
schools, shops and other services so Organization and City Development
that they are almost self-contained. Limited (CDL) are appropriately
The standard of HDBs is very high, household names in Singapore and
making it amongst one of the best responsible for key landmark
public housing in the world. developments in prime locations.
A smaller portion of Singaporeans Many of these companies also
live in private housing, while most operate far beyond Singapore’s
expatriates rent apartments in luxury shores.
condominiums or huge landed Sentosa Cove heralds another first
colonial-style houses. for Singapore - luxurious beachfront
However, foreign ownership of property available to buy. Perhaps
property is restricted and anyone the ultimate address in modern
wanting to buy will be restricted. Singapore, these marine mansions
But the seemingly insatiable will form a community based
appetite for quality property shows around cafes, shops and bars
few signs of being satisfied. befitting the stature of its residents.

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Breathing Life Into Space


Frasers Centrepoint Limited is a top-selling residential developer and an award-winning hos-
pitality provider with a stable of successful retail and commercial assets.
From shopping malls to luxurious residen-
tial developments and serviced apartments,
Frasers Centrepoint Limited (FCL) is a leader in
its many fields, both in Singapore and over-
seas. Established in 1963, FCL is a classic
Singapore success story. From just a single
shopping centre on Orchard Road it now has
a diverse portfolio of malls, commercial and
residential property and serviced residences
both here, and in key cities around the world.
FCL is now one of the leading residential
property developers, retail mall, office and high
tech business space owners and operators
in Singapore. Not content to rest on its lau-
rels, the company has 37 million sq ft of land

This page, from top: The deep beauty of the sea


highlights the serenity of The Azure’s spectacu-
lar views. Below: Fraser Suites Glasgow’s ser-
vice residences match impeccable apartments
with warm personal service. Opposite page,
top: Martin Place Residences is just minutes
away from Orchard Road in Singapore, yet in a
quiet green neighborhood. Below: Floating high
above the city, Martin Place Residences is the
pinnacle of fine living.

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here and overseas awaiting development.
A fully-owned subsidiary of Fraser and
Neave Limited, FCL has its businesses dis-
tinctly branded as: Frasers Centrepoint Homes
(residential), Frasers Centrepoint Commercial
(commercial properties and fund management),
Frasers Hospitality (serviced apartments) and
Frasers Property (overseas developments).
Frasers Centrepoint Homes offers Singapore
residents the finest choice of innovative homes
finished to the highest specifications. Recent
high-profile developments (including The Azure,
Soleil @ Sinaran, and St. Thomas Suites) have
seen the numbers of Frasers Centrepoint homes
swell to more than 10,000 units island-wide.
Martin Place Residences is one of the
company’s latest developments and has set
the standard for high-rise luxury living in the
city. Located in a quiet residential enclave just
minutes away from bustling Orchard Road,
the two 33-storey towers house 302 apart-
ments, each outfitted with the finest finish-
ings and offering stunning views of the city.
Frasers Centrepoint Commercial focuses on
commercial property investment and manage-
ment, as well as fund and asset management.
It has a portfolio comprising retail, office and
industrial assets that spans six countries, includ-
ing Singapore. Frasers Centrepoint Commercial
manages its stable of seven local shopping
centres under the brand “Frasers Centrepoint
Malls”. Under its fund management arm, it also
manages two SGX-listed Reits - Frasers Cen-
trepoint Trust (FCT), a retail REIT with a
S$1 billion portfolio of three quality suburban
malls in Singapore and Frasers Commercial
Trust (FCOT), a commercial REIT with a

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S$2 billion portfolio comprising nine commercial


properties in Singapore, Australia and Japan.
FCT also has a strategic stake in Hektar Reit,
a retail reit listed on the Malaysian Bursa.
Frasers Hospitality is a premier global serviced
residence owner and management company
that has won numerous international awards.
Starting from relatively humble beginnings in
1998 with two properties in Singapore, Frasers
Hospitality has expanded tremendously in just
a few years to now feature 30 Gold-Standard
residences in 17 major gateway cities in Eu-
rope, the Middle East, North Asia, South Asia,
South-east Asia, and Australia. Dubai, Bahrain
and Osaka are just a few of the vibrant cit-
ies where new developments are launching.
Targeting to manage 8,500 rooms by 2010,
Frasers Hospitality is well poised to embrace
the world with over 81 properties in all ma-
jor gateway cities over the next five years.
Perhaps the most exciting member of the
FCL family is Frasers Property. This is the
international arm that develops world-class
residential projects, offices, industrial parks, retail
and serviced apartments world-wide. Frasers
Property is responsible for stunning architectural
landmarks around the world. For example, the
Foster + Partners-designed Lumiere Residences
located in Sydney’s city centre is Australia’s first
‘vertical village’. Frasers Broadway, on the other
hand, consists of six hectares of land in the
city being developed with the goal of becom-
ing Australia’s first six-star green community.
In London, the Gardens at Riverside Quarter
is garnering a lot of attention. Sited in Wand-
sworth, along the River Thames, Gardens will
consist of 401 apartments in six residential
buildings. Each apartment will include a Winter
Garden, balcony or south-facing sun terrace.
Frasers Property’s headturner in Bangkok
is The Pano, a 55-storey apartment building
next to the Chao Phraya River. The apart-

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ments in the Pano will enjoy panoramic needs of modern urban living, FCL is set to
views of the river, the city and the spec- continue playing a major role in Singapore and
tacular King Rama VIII suspension bridge. the global property scene in the years to come.
On a completely different scale is the
SongJiang Four Seasons in Shanghai. This Tel: (65) 6276 4882
development will sit on 710,000 sq m of www.fraserscentrepoint.com
land and will comprise townhouses, semi-
detached villas, medium-height and high-rise
residential buildings as well as residents-
only clubs, commercial blocks and kinder- Opposite page, top: Central Park in Perth gleams
gartens. To be launched over five phases, in the midday sun. Below: Causeway Point in Sin-
the first phase comprises townhouses and gapore throbs with energy. This page, top: Enjoy
semi-detached villas set amidst a green a nightcap by the pool while admiring the lights of
space complete with winding streams. Bangkok at Fraser Suites Urbana Sathorn. Right:
With the clarity of its vision, impeccable Fraser Suites Sydney. Below: Gardens at River-
design sense, and innate understanding of the side Quarter along the River Thames in London.

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PROPERTY

Redefining City Living


Wheelock Properties offers luxury homes in the heart of Singapore.
In Singapore, one property development
company has set the standards for luxury
apartment-living – Wheelock Properties.
Ardmore Park, a Wheelock Properties
development, is one of the most desired
addresses in Singapore. Set on eight acres
of prime real estate in the exclusive Ardmore
Park enclave, the 330 upscale apartments
enjoy privacy and seclusion, while being within
a short stroll from bustling Orchard Road.
Wheelock Properties also has two major
new developments that will reinforce the
company’s reputation as a builder of luxury
homes—Scotts Square and Ardmore II.
Situated on prime Scotts Road, between
the Grand Hyatt Hotel and the Marriott Hotel,
the freehold Scotts Square development will
consist of 338 international-quality apartments
in two residential towers—the 35-storey
Orchard wing and the 43-storey Scotts wing.
Scotts Square’s location offers stunning
views of Scotts Road, Orchard Road and
the sea. Each apartment will be fitted with
superb European appliances and fittings
with perfect form and function. In addition,
for added privacy, all apartments will be
served by a private lift and lobby.

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Residents of Scotts Square will enjoy all the facilities of a modern, high-
end development, including an almost-40-metre swimming pool, residents’
lounge, business centre, concierge services and a gymnasium. There is
also a sky garden on the 35th floor featuring a 24-metre infinity-edge pool
and heated Jacuzzi.
Scotts Square is expected to complete in 2011.
Ardmore II is another major development in the Ardmore Park neighbourhood
by Wheelock Properties. It comprises 118 freehold homes in two 36-storey
towers. Apart from its excellent location, trademarks of the 2,034-square-
feet apartments are their stunning architecture, well-planned interiors,
and top-of-the-line fittings. Each apartment will be served by its very own
private lift to ensure privacy.
Ardmore II will feature amenities which include a 50-metre lap pool,
a 25-metre resort pool and a unique event lawn for residents to use for
outdoor events.
Ardmore II is expected to be ready for occupation by 2010.
When completed, Scotts Square and Ardmore II will join Wheelock
Properties’ portfolio of stylish modern homes, which also includes the award-
winning Glencaird Residences, Grange Residences and The Cosmopolitan.
This impressive portfolio amply demonstrates Wheelock Properties as one
of Singapore’s leading luxury property developers.
Wheelock Properties, which is listed on the Singapore Exchange, was
originally known as Marco Polo Developments before it was renamed in
2004. Wheelock Properties is a subsidiary of Hong Kong’s Wheelock
and Company.

Tel: (65) 6733 1188


www.wheelockproperties.com.sg

This page, from top: Scotts Square will redefine city living in Singapore.
Below: A stunning view from every apartment at Scotts Square. Opposite
page, from top: Ardmore II combines exquisite fittings with complete privacy.
Below: An exclusive quiet enclave just minutes from Orchard Road.

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affluent and pamper the privileged.
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disposal in Singapore.
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luxurious living may have been put
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Singapore’s own high society. development, the island boasts
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and, for the first time, world-class magnificent malls and burgeoning
beachfront villas. boutiques scattered not just This page: Luxury Yachts are a regular sight
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entertainment and party island of the island. If you have money to Opposite page : Wine and Dine with
Sentosa that is fast becoming the spend, you will not have trouble style at Chijmes.

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Where The Sport Of Kings Reigns


If you are looking for a Polo or Equestrian lifestyle, then look no further than the Singapore Polo Club.
There are numerous private clubs situated
around Singapore. However, there is only
one polo club. Founded in 1886 by the
officers of the 1st Battalion, King’s Own
Regiment, the Singapore Polo Club is the
only place to indulge in the “Sport of Kings”.
Nestled amidst the lush, tropical green-
ery of Mount Pleasant Road, polo is played
weekly throughout the year (except the
months of January and February). Club chuk-
kas are played on Tuesday & Thursday from
5:30pm and Saturday & Sunday from 5pm.
There are monthly club tournaments and,
at present, two major international events.
Members can keep their pony in a club stable
or, alternatively, lease a pony from the club.
In addition to polo, the Club is also a centre
for other equestrian activities. The club has
a very active Riding Section, including basic
riding, dressage and show jumping at vari-
ous levels. Alternatively, riders can enjoy the
simple pleasure of exploring the jungle trails
adjacent to the club on horseback. There is
also a covered arena for indoor riding and
events. The arena boasts a mezzanine view-
ing gallery with premium views for spectators
of indoor equestrian events and the polo field.
If you want to learn to ride, there is no
better place than the Singapore Polo Club.

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It has fully-equipped facilities and a dedi- the Verandah serves local delicacies to diners
cated staff of certified teaching profession- overlooking the polo field; and the Mediter-
als, both local and international. Group, ranean Poolside Grill offers delicious Mediter-
private and semi-private lessons are avail- ranean cuisine with a poolside ambience.
able, and school horses are matched to the The spa, bar are all restaurants are open to
abilities of the riders. Once a student mas- both members and non-members of the Club.
ters the basics of riding, he/she may opt to The Singapore Polo Club is a welcome
learn the elegance of dressage; the thrill of relief to the pace of life in this thriving
show-jumping; or the fast-pace of polo. city. Once you are ensconced in its green
As a premier social institution, the embrace, you will be hesitant to return
Singapore Polo Club also has all the facilities to the noisy shopping malls, busy busi-
expected of a private club: gymnasium, spa, ness districts,or bustling heartlands.
swimming pool, tennis courts, squash court,
bar and three well-regarded restaurants. The
Mountbatten Room serves exquisite French Tel: (65) 6854 3999
cuisine and has a purpose-built wine cellar; www.singaporepoloclub.org

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A Golf Haven And A Resort Getaway


Renowned New Zealand course architect Chris Pitman designed Orchid Country Club’s three 9-hole
courses that were used for the 1999 Singapore Open.

Located in the picturesque surroundings of architect Chris Pitman. Named after orchids,
Singapore’s Seletar Reservoir, Orchid Country the Aranda, Vanda and Dendro played host
Club is a haven of leisure and recreation. Spread to the 1999 Singapore Open. The Vanda
over 100 hectares of parkland, the club was the and Dendro courses have been refurbished
brainchild of Ong Teng Cheong, former Presi- recently, while the Aranda course is ex-
dent of the Republic of Singapore. Conceived to pected to be opened by the end of 2008.
provide affordable luxury country club facili- Breezy wind conditions coming off the
ties for members, Orchid Country Club’s wide reservoir and the many water hazards around
range of amenities make it an ideal destina- the course will make it a challenge for amateurs
tion for both business travellers and families. and professionals. To escape the heat, night
Many activities are centred on the So- golf is possible. At the same time, practicing
cial Clubhouse. Children will be thrilled with couldn’t be easier with Singapore’s first ever
O’kidspot – an indoor air-conditioned two- fully computerized driving range with 160 bays.
storey play system complete with slides, Back at the Golf Clubhouse, enjoy alfresco
tunnels, a bumper maze, ball pit and sus- dining at the Vanda Terrace, which offers a
pended net bridge, while adults can opt for wide selection of local and Western cuisine.
an abundance of recreational pursuits includ- You can also chill out at the Orchid Tavern
ing ballroom dancing, karaoke, snooker, which offers delectable Western fare, beers
jackpot/cards room and many more. from around the world and nightly screening
This is in addition to sporting facilities such of sports channels, or relax at the Par Lounge,
as the Olympic-sized swimming pool, ten- a soothing colonial-styled tropical enclave.
nis and squash courts, a 5,000 square feet For more formal dining, head over to the
gym and a 36-lane bowling alley, the largest Social Clubhouse where the Yishun Lake
country club bowling centre in the country. Garden serves up a scrumptious array of
One of the main attractions of the club is Cantonese dishes, while giving diners a
its 27-hole international championship golf panoramic view of the golf course. For halal
course, made up of three 9-hole courses cuisine, enjoy the buffet at Rajah Mas Café,
designed by renowned New Zealand course located right next to the swimming pool.

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A highlight at the Orchid Country Club is chandeliers, the grandeur of the hall prom-
the Orchid Lodge, a 69-room tropical resort ises to make any event a memorable one.
with full hotel facilities. Designed to a tropi- You can also engage in outdoor team-
cal resort theme, the mixed cane furniture, building activities at the Club. With Tag Paint-
soothing earth tones and wood cravings ball available, companies can help their staff
ensure a warm, resort-like atmosphere. relieve stress as well as promote teamwork
Each room comes with a panoramic view in a fun and interactive way. Alternatively,
of the golf course and Seletar Reservoir. companies can sign up for corporate team-
The Orchid Country Club is also ideal for building packages – a joint collaboration with
corporate meetings, special events and wed- Focus Adventure – which include a facilita-
dings. There are a total of nine function rooms, tor and the use of low outdoor elements.
all equipped with modern audio and visual Whether for business or pleasure, the
technology. From casual outdoor tea receptions Orchid Country Club is one of the most
to grand multi-course Chinese wedding dinners, complete venues in Singapore, offering to-
the club can arrange for all your catering needs. tal integrated functions for all guests.
The Grand Ballroom is their pride and joy.
With a capacity for 1,800 guests and deco- Tel: (65) 6755 9811
rated with marble Åoors and three magnificent www.orchidclub.com

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40/36 Kata Rd., Kata Beach Phuket, Thailand Tel : (6676) 284-760 Fax : (6676) 284-765

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A stone’s throw away from Singapore lie destinations that suit everyone from
the adventure traveler to the honeymoon couple, be it an island retreat to Bali
or a shopping getaway to Bangkok.

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The Perfect Island Getaway


Banyan Tree Bintan is a magical island paradise that refreshes the soul.

Located amidst a lush rainforest with a pic- providing for an exciting tree-top experience.
turesque seafront location, an intimate sanctu- Activities available include marine snorkel-
ary is yours to behold at Banyan Tree Bintan. ling and tree-trek walks with rangers from
Bintan island’s most exclusive resort getaway, the Banyan Tree Bintan Conservation Lab.
this rustic Asian environment is located just an Renowned for its signature Banyan Tree Spa
hour by high-speed catamaran from Singapore, and its Greg Norman-designed 18-hole cham-
offering guests space and time to contem- pionship golf course, this romantic sanctuary
plate the natural beauty surrounding them. comes into its own once dinner is served.
The award-winning Banyan Tree Bintan Dining takes on an additional dimension
enjoys breathtaking views of the South China when complemented by the beach. Situ-
Sea and comprises 62 Balinese-inspired vil- ated by the sea, Saffron, the fine-dining fusion
las. Each villa is raised on stilts, perched on and Thai restaurant, seats 59 guests and
hillsides with stunning views of the bay below, is modelled after its namesake in Banyan

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Tree Phuket. Although the interior is more with food. Trays are then delivered laden with
Indonesian and eclectic in appearance, the authentic delicacies and delectable desserts.
standard of its cuisine remains top-notch. Dinner at 8 is a stunning choice for romantics
Unique dining experiences are a major and golf fans, with a private waiter and chef
attraction at the resort, proving a hit with catering to your every whim with a five-course
tourists and frequent visitors from nearby degustation menu served right on the signature
Singapore looking for a romantic getaway eighth hole overlooking the South China Sea.
coupled with the ultimate in gastronomy. A dramatic dining experience awaits on
Dinner On The Rocks is a perennial favourite the surface of the Rock Edge Pool. Reflec-
that still maintains that wow factor, with an el- tion offers couples an intimate dinner with
evated position on the dramatic coastline. Dishes an Asian-accented five-course menu.
are chosen to match the surroundings and excite Finally, authentic seafood and a stunning
the tastebuds, with the fusion of flavours from setting combine at the Fisherman’s Table,
East and West combined in unexpected ways. including wok-fried chilli crab from Bintan’s
Perhaps the world’s most relaxing meal own mangroves. Seating up to six people, this
can be savoured with Massage of the is an excellent selection for groups and fami-
Senses, as it combines a pampering body lies looking for something genuinely unique.
massage by the beach followed by a sensu- With so many dining options, indulgent
ous four-course dinner under the stars. spa experiences and luxurious accommoda-
Dinner Of The Legend is an Indonesian meal tion, it’s no wonder Banyan Tree Bintan is the
inspired by the ‘rice table’ concept of appetiser- resort of choice for discerning travellers.
sized dishes - a truly memorable banquet on the
beach. First, diners are told the story of the Violet Tel: (65) 6849 5800
Rainbow Goddess, a traditional tale infused banyantree.com

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Millenno - The Strategic Of¿ce
Your Gateway to Asia

S
ingapore is recognized as a gateway to Asia and a doorway
to South East Asia even though it has inadequate natural
resources and land. It is a great place for investments with
its sound infrastructure, educated multi-lingual/cultural human
resources, low taxes, and a sound legal and ¿nancial system.
Many foreign companies have invested in Singapore, making it
their regional headquarters for business operations. International
companies in example of consulting and ¿nancial businesses
generally ¿nd themselves in the central business district of
Singapore, an area with limited supply growth in of¿ce space and
one of the highest of¿ce rental rates in the world.

Millenno – The Strategic Of¿ce, a business division of Millennia


Corporation Pte Ltd, offers excellent alternative solutions to foreign
companies that needs to set up business presence in the central
business district of Singapore without vast capital requirement.
Located in one of the most vibrant business environments in
Singapore, the company provides premiere Serviced Of¿ce and
Virtual Of¿ce solutions to all its international and local clientele
cost-effectively. This is one of the rare few companies in their
business domain which have set its sight in the international market
and which have consistently invested in protecting its brand and The Àagship of Millenno is the Virtual Of¿ce service. Innovative
prestige. The marketing and sales strategies of the company are technologies have been embedded into the critical service
constantly and stringently audited for the maximum preservation component of one of their three plans, the Premium Plan, for
of brand and the maximum return of value to their clientele. And maximum Àexibility in dedicated number call forwarding and
Millenno also works selectively with well known and respectable fax forwarding. By offering secured payment gateway solutions
international partners in order to reach their potential clients with via the largest provider in the world, they have greatly assured
information and solutions ef¿ciently. purchasing clients with maximum Àexibility and options in
payment transactions via their web purchase platform.

The company has already emerged as a recognized service provider


for many satis¿ed clients from Singapore and countries in other
parts of the world. The client pro¿les include award winning
branding companies to Forbes fastest growing international
companies and prominent ¿nancial market association and
consultants, and many more others which are returning clients.

Website: www.millenno.com
Contact: info@millenno.com
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