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Smelling Singapore’s History

Smells have a powerful ability to evoke a specific memory. The National Museum and Je t’aime Perfumery have played with this fact to create 12 unique scents to display in Singapura: 700, an exhibition showcasing an olfactory translation of Singapore’s history. Conceived by Prachi Garg, founder of Je t’aime Perfumery and an olfactory artist, the 12 scents symbolize a different era in a 700-year period of Singapore’s history, ranging from a musky Ancient Singapore to a fruity Independent Singapore. The scents will be on display throughout National Museum from April 17 to May 18, coinciding with Singapore HeritageFest.

Don’t quite agree with Prachi’s interpretation of Singapore? She’ll give museum-goers a way to express their idea of what scents represent Singapore in a one-time Perfume Workshop held on May 2. The workshop will cover the techniques of perfume making, and Prachi herself will guide participants in creating their own unique Scent of the Nation, which they’ll take home in a 75-milliliter bottle. Tickets for this event are on sale on Sistic.

For more information, visit National Museum. 

Singapore Yacht Show 2015

Asia’s largest luxury boat event, The Singapore Yacht Show will return to the award-winning One°15 Marina Club from April 23−26 as a showcase of the finer things in life. This highly social event provides a first-class platform for regional guests to meet yachting professionals, boat owners, and supercar aficionados. In its fifth year running, the event continues to highlight yachts as the main attraction, but organizers have put together a more diverse program that allows visitors to indulge in their love of art, beautiful jewelry, top-tier watches, luxury automobiles, and fine-dining. Glamorous parties, fashion parades, supercar rendezvous, and an exclusive gala dinner are among the highlights on this year’s calendar of events. Kids can have their share of fun too, with arts and crafts, carnival game stalls, water-sports, and arcade games available onsite. Weekend tickets cost US$119, while single-day tickets cost $38.

For more information, visit Singapore Yacht Show.

Mandarin Oriental HK Hosts Lisa Caddy

Hair is undoubtedly an important aspect of someone’s physical appearance, and when hair problems arise, the impact it has on an individual is oftentimes more than skin deep. One person who can vouch for that is Philip Kingsley trichologist Lisa Caddy, an expert on hair and scalp health who will host a series of one-on-one consultations and workshops at Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong from May 26−29.

Having gone through her own experience of hair loss, Lisa Caddy understands the psychological impact that hair problems can have on an individual. Certified by The Institute of Trichologists in London, Lisa Caddy will be available at The Mandarin Salon for 60-minute private consultations for men or women (US$348), during which guests will receive a thorough and detailed examination of their hair and scalp, incorporating factors such as general health, family history, nutrition, lifestyle, and medication.

Throughout her four-day visit, Lisa Caddy will also hold a series of workshops to promote hair and scalp heath: Nutrition and Hair, Lifestyle and Hair, and Happy Hair Hour. Guests can supplement their consultation or workshop with a 60-minute professional-grade treatment (US$39) normally available at the Philip Kingsley’s London and New York clinics, but now available at The Mandarin Salon as well. Outside of the week of events, this treatment alone can be booked for US$116.

“Philip Kingsley is an internationally acknowledged authority in hair and scalp health,” says Andrea Clark, The Mandarin Salon’s artistic director. “We are delighted to welcome Ms. Lisa Caddy, an integral member of the brand, to consult with our guests at The Mandarin Salon.”

For more information, visit Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong. Reservations or bookings can be made by calling 852/2825-4800 or e-mailing [email protected]  

Singapore Air Sponsors 28th SEA Games

Singapore Airlines continues to support sports and tourism by sponsoring the 28th Southeast Asian Games to be held in the Lion City from June 5−16. Organized by the Singapore Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee, the Games will host more than 7000 athletes and officials from 36 sports. As the official airline partner, SIA will sponsor Singapore-bound economy-class tickets for promotional activities leading up to the event, giving out a grand prize of two tickets to members of each country participating in the Games. SIA will also keep attendees cooler with handheld fans that will be distributed during the preview, opening, and closing ceremonies, as well as SEA Games−themed Airbus A380 aircraft models. “Singapore Airlines is proud to be the official airline partner of the 28th Southeast Asian Games,” said SIA executive vice president commercial, Mak Swee Wah. “We are especially honored to support this milestone sporting event which will be held in Singapore after a 22-year hiatus, as we celebrate the country’s 50th birthday this year.”

For more information, visit Southeast Asian Games. 

Win a Weekend Getaway from Jetstar

As the latest event in a string of out-of-the-box endeavors from Jetstar Asia Airways, the Singapore-based airline will hold a contest where a lucky individual will win an instant all-expenses paid weekend getaway for two to a surprise destination. Starting at 5 p.m. on April 10, 2015, 30 Jetstar staff dressed in orange company shirts will roam throughout the outdoor space at Raffles Place in Singapore holding identical suitcases. Contestants will have to tear a tag off of the staff members’ sleeves to open their suitcase, only one of which contains a winning pair of travel tickets. Once found, the winner will have one minute to pack the suitcase from a wardrobe available on-site then travel straight to the boarding gate at the airport to embark on their holiday. The contest demonstrates the airline’s new Straight to Gate check-in option, in which travelers with no check-in bags or visa requirements can skip queues and head straight to their boarding gate. For those who want to participate in the contest, be sure to bring a valid passport, travel essentials, and a travel buddy.

For more information, visit Jetstar Asia Airways

Uncover Singapore at HeritageFest 2015

Singapore has gained a reputation among tourists for being a shopping paradise, but there’s more to be said about the Lion City, including it being a country with a diverse and rich history. Spanning five weekends from April 17−May 18, the National Heritage Board of Singapore will hold Singapore HeritageFest, a festival that invites visitors to appreciate familiar places in a new way by discovering little-known, sometimes forgotten past. In its 12th year running, Singapore HeritageFest will be the largest edition to date, with events including guided tours of old neighborhoods, open houses of historical landmark, film screenings, talks, and exhibitions. Some of the weekends’ highlights include a guided tour Clarke Quay, a food tour through Balestier, and the Great Town: A Tale of Three Campongs exhibition in Chintatown. Although most events are free, some do have fees or require pre-registration, so be sure to scope out the events on HeritageFest’s website beforehand.

For more information and a complete calendar of events, visit Singapore HeritageFest

Longtail Hosts Chef Will Meyrick

April is an exciting month for Singapore’s gourmands. It’s during this month that the Lion City hosts the annual World Gourmet Summit during which stars of the culinary world lend their hands to special epicurean experiences across the city. Among the restaurants to partake in this year’s festivities, the bay-front Longtail Asian Brasserie and Bar will open its kitchen to chef Will Meyrick, the acclaimed street-food chef behind Bali’s beloved and award-winning restaurants Sarong and Mama San. From April 15−18, Longtail will dish out chef Meyrick’s Southeast-Asian cuisine, offering a tastes of Mama San dishes for lunch and Sarong dishes for dinner. Also not-to-be-missed: a hands-on workshop on Scottish seafood led by Meyrick on April 16 at the At-Sunrice GlobalChef Academy.

For more information and a complete calendar of events, visit World Gourmet Summit

Vivid Sydney 2015 Shines Even Brighter

Now in its seventh year, Vivid Sydney, the world’s largest festival of lights, music, and ideas is set to shine even brighter with its biggest program yet. From May 22 to June 8, visitors can expect to see the usual highlights—a vibrantly video-mapped Sydney Opera House, a floating parade of light-ornamented boats in Sydney Harbour, light installations scattered throughout the city. But this time around, the festival will also extend into city suburbs Chatswood and Central Park to include over 60 light installations, more musical performances, and a line-up of highly-influential speakers.

The annual festival is broken down into three event categories: Vivid Light, which transforms the city’s public spaces into brilliantly glowing art installations; Vivid Music, a series of concerts showcasing local and international musical talents; and Vivid Ideas, a set of conferences and public events touching on anything in the creative sector, from architecture to augmented reality, marketing to media. Darling Harbour will be host to even more water theater shows, this time with the added drama of lasers and fire. This year’s Vivid Music entails more shows across more venues, including performances by The Hoodoo Gurus, Morrissey, Flume, and Flight Facilities. A new talk series, The Game Changers, will feature multi Emmy-winning writer Matthew Weiner, series creator and executive producer of Mad Men and former executive producer and writer for The Sopranos; Grammy-winning designer Stefan Sagmeister, whose clients include the Rolling Stones, Lou Reed and the Guggenheim Museum; and entrepreneur and publisher Tyler Brûlé, founder of magazines Wallpaper and Monocle.

“Vivid Sydney is an incredible public event that has seen amazing growth, attracting a record 1.43 million attendees in 2014,” said Sandra Chipchase, CEO of Destination NSW, which owns and manages the event. “It’s the largest festival of its kind in the world, and with our biggest program yet, there’s even more to love about Vivid Sydney this year.”

For more information, visit Vivid Sydney


New Da Vinci on Display at ArtScience

As the Da Vinci: Shaping the Future exhibition at ArtScience Museum approaches the second half of its run, the museum refreshed its showcase with a new collection of 13 original pages from the Codex Atlanticus, Leonardo da Vinci’s largest notebook, one of which is Drawings of Two Compasses, a page never before seen by the public. Also new to the display are three masterpieces from the School of da Vinci including Portrait of a Lady; the artist—whether it was da Vinci himself or one of his pupils—still remains a mystery. The exhibition is the first time da Vinci’s original masterpieces have been on display in Southeast Asia and ends its run in May.

For more information, visit ArtScience Museum.


Countdown to the Longines HK Masters

As equine enthusiasts count down to the Longines Hong Kong Masters event taking place February 13−15, they’ll be happy to hear that 62 of the world’s most elite show jumping horses have touched down safely three days before the event. But how does such precious cargo make its way from all over the world to the city that is becoming Asia’s equestrian capital? The horses were accompanied by a professional flying jockey, a vet, and seven groomers during a 13-hour, 10,000-kilometer journey from Europe, documented here.

More than just a sports competition, this sports-meets-social event will see AsiaWorld-Expo transformed into three areas: the Stables, the Main Competition Ring, and the Prestige Village, where a wide range of entertaining and educational activities will take place, including art exhibitions, equestrian inspired fashion shows, DJ performances, champagne tastings, and luxury shopping at partner brand pop-up stores like Gucci and Massimo Dutti. The event represents the Asian leg of the Masters Grand Slam Indoor Series, which will continue with the Longines Los Angeles Masters (October 1−4) and end with the Gucci Paris Masters (December 3−6).

For more information, visit Longines Hong Kong Masters. Tickets are available at Cityline or by calling 852/2111-53333.