Wednesday, 30 June 2010

By The Way - Catch It Now! The Singapore River Festival Ends 3 July.

Have you heard of the Singapore River Festival? Into its 3rd year, I have, I confess, never been to see it. But this time, I am determined to check it out, ‘cos it sounds like loads of fun.

Running from now until 3 July only – so catch it NOW! – the festival takes place along the four ‘quays’, Boat Quay, Clarke Quay, Robertson Quay and Empress Place, with lots of activities like performances, parties, pubs, parades, etc. Here are some that caught my eye:

The ‘Singapore River Childhood Memories’ is a watery parade of bumboat floats decked out as childhood icons. If you have kids, bring them along and see the “Chinese Wooden Clog” Bumboat Float, “Giant Paper Boat”, “Toy Sail Boat”, “Newspaper Sampan” and “Horse Racing Calendar” Bumboat Floats. Cute, huh? On the coming weekend, there’ll also be a dance performance on the Wooden Clog and Giant paper boat floats! The parade takes place every night 8-9 pm, with dance performances on the weekend only. According to our sources, thes best spots to catch the parade are at: CENTRAL promenade, between Boat Quay and United Overseas Bank promenade, between Merlion Park and One Fullerton, Marina Bay Sands (except on 3 July), Asian Civilisations Museum and Clarke Quay.  

I really want to catch this: ‘Sailing Past – Reliving the River’ Heritage Bumboat Cruise. It sounds like an interactive performance on a bumboat ride. Boarding from the Liang Court Jetty, you take the Singapore River Cruise and sail back in time. Onboard the bumboat, it is June 1930, and your guides are characters like Awang, a satay seller (played by Mohamad Faizal Bin Abdullah ) and a popular courtesan and songstress, Yu Hua (played by Elizabeth Loh). With a script written by Jonathan Lim, this promises “immersive moments seen through the characters’ eyes”. Sounds like loads of fun! I didn't see any details on their website (as mentioned in the festival's official collateral) so perhaps you can call them at tel: 6336 6111 for details.  (Tix: Adults $22; Child $12; about 45 minutes; 6pm, 7pm and 9pm)

Nothing to do on Saturday night? Check out KinestAsia at Empress Place. Starting from 7pm, it’s a hodge-podge of activities: ‘live’ bands at The Asian Civilisations Museum playing modern music with traditional instruments; a grown up’s sing-along session at Timbre@ The Arts House featuring Asian indie bands doing pop and rock; and for the less energetic, the ACM itself is opened until 1am, with free admission from 5pm onwards. Catch the Treasury of the World exhibition and let your kids enjoy henna painting and free ice cream!

There's lots of other activities going on, so its best to log onto for the full programme details. And since all this ends on Sunday 3 July, better catch it now before it sails away!
-  Ee Waun
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SIMPLYFAB WINS - 10 Lucky Winners for SER's secret society membership!

Congratulations to the 10 lucky winners below for Sloane Elizabeth Robertson's Secret Society Membership. Each of you win a GOLD MEMBERSHIP worth S$50 each and an invite for 2 to SER's coming fashion show, drinks at the after-party and an invite for you and your friends to the private preview shopping event.

Look out for details from the SER team who will be contacting you by email!


1. Pamela Phang

2. Kenny Leong Meng Yue

3. Lana Luhur

4. Lesley Lim

5. Jane Ng Jia Wei

6. Lynn Heng Ei-Ling

7. Nusfarena

8. Tjeannee Yeoh

9. Faith Toh

10. Tracey Chia
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Tuesday, 29 June 2010

Binge Hong Kong - The Invention Of "The Summer Cocktail"

Summer sizzles and here in Hong Kong where there are four seasons, there is every reason for the invention of something called the "Summer cocktail". 

What is a Summer cocktail, you ask? Fizzy, spritzy and will make you no less light headed ... where to go for one?

G marks the spot and the spot is at IFC Mall's Level 4 Podium where the G Bar holds it fort over a stunning view with a DJ called Johnny who spins from 9pm, every Saturday in July and August. Entry is free and the cocktails to try are as pretty as the crowd who go there to have a drink. 

For a zippy start, order the colourful “Flower-blooming Cocktail” with six different kinds of summer drinks including Sakura (red), Fuzzy Navel (orange), Egg Nogg (yellow), Grasshopper (green), Blue Island (blue) and Rain (purple). Presented in special champagne glasses, 6 glasses at HK$388.

Like it sour? The “Shochu Sour” offers six refreshing flavours at HK$328 (6 glasses) infused with coriander, lemongrass, Japanese ginger and mixed with fresh juice and Japanese shochu.

G bar is located at Shop 4010, Podium Level 4, ifc mall, Central. Reservations: 2234 7739

Directly across IFC, on the Kowloon end, at the Elements Mall, head to the Civic Garden to Domani where they are serving an Italian style cocktail called the Summer Spritz, a time-honoured fizzy cocktail hailing from Northern Italy which promises to deliver the perfect antidote a sultry Hong Kong summer day. 

This drink is said to be the official cocktail of Venice and legend has it that it was created during the Austrian invasion of Italy, when the Austrians added water to the strong Venetian wine. Later, the Venetians then perked up this refreshing drink by adding sparkling water and Aperol to make it light and frizzy. HK$88 per glass with a special 2 for 1 promotion on Saturdays and Sundays between 4-9pm on the Terrace and the Bar.

- Elaine
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Boudoir - We always knew this….Asians Sizzle!

That’s what a survey by Mr and Mrs Smith (, leading boutique hotel and risqué retreat experts, revealed recently. We may not be quite as loud with our own PR as others, but it shouldn’t come as a great surprise that we Asians are a pretty hot bunch. After all, the Indians gave the world the Karma Sutra, the Japanese the ‘Pillow Book’ and the Chinese a classic on ‘how to play the jade flute’ (nudge,nudge, wink, wink), together with other tantric tricks. (Pic above: Santa Catarina, Brazil - Ponta dos Ganchos; gorgeous, huh?)

So what did the survey - which queried Asians and Australasians - show? 

41% Asians said there was enough romance in their lives, while only 34% of Australasians shared that sentiment.

For dates, more Asians than Australasians were open to checking into a sexy hotel - 22% of Asians would choose this over a day at the beach or going to see the latest film (yawn!).

Above: Alila Villas Soori in Bali. Nice!!

Asians take their sexy weekends more seriously than Australasians. According to the survey, 45% of Asians had dashed off for a romantic rendezvous four times or more in the past year, while 63% of Australasians had taken only two or less tantric time-outs in that same period.

But Asians are still more conservative when it comes to one-night-stands. 41% of Asians had never had a one-night-stand while 72% of Australasians admitted to hooking up with a stranger.

The most meaningful and romantic gestures experienced by respondents were surprise vacations.

So you see, the world's been duped all along. So sally forth and sizzle!
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Wednesday, 23 June 2010

ADVERTORIAL: Buys - WIN 10 Secret Society Memberships to SER

I am a rebel at heart and when I got an invite to join SER, an underground secret society launched exclusively for informed shopaholics, I smacked my lips in delicious relish. 

Informed but hardly reformed, the shopaholic in me danced with joy .. I could be a member of a secret society where no one would judge me, my buys or my credit limit … trust me, we all have secret fetishes and this can be yours … as SIMPLYFAB has teamed up with SER, an exclusive members only portal for shopaholics anonymous to give away 10 GOLD MEMBERSHIPS to their exclusive society, specially for SIMPLYFAB readers.

SER stands for Sloane Elizabeth Robertson an exclusive fashion merchandise portal for members only. Named after the world’s famous shopping streets - Sloane Street in London, Elizabeth Street in Sydney and Robertson street in Los Angeles, SER focuses on offering an eclectic mix of stylish international merchandise to the discerning shopper in a luxurious environment.

The concept was founded by 3 enterprising ladies, Artika Sulaiman, Grace Clapham and Kathy Lee and was born of Sulaiman’s unique sense of style and her passion to travel the world and gift her family and loved ones, unique fashion treasures from around the globe.

Whilst anyone can join SER for FREE at, membership does have its definite privileges Their GOLD tier gives you a priority preview of merchandise with the option of reserving and placing pre-orders before each event. The PLATINUM tier entitles you to additional one-on-one styling sessions with SER stylists for you and 2 other friends.

Membership gets you a place at Shopaholics Anonymous, which allows you to attend sale events or interact online with buyers, post your likes and dislikes about the latest trends and pass on your wish lists from the current season of various designer and fashion collections. SER buyers will order, pick and pack for you and voila, your dream wardrobe from the latest seasonal collection is instantly at your doorstep without you having to travel to Milan to pick it out. Not that we can’t all use a shopping holiday but sometimes, you must admit that having a personal shopper at your back at call is a lot cheaper.

Exclusively for all SIMPLYFAB readers there is a 5pm to 8pm first pick private viewing of the merchandise from labels like Elizabeth and James, Shoshanna, Kova and T and Black Halo with select current season merchandise available at discounted prices. This happens at Block 3D, #02-04, Clarke Quay. Anyone can come and you are welcome to bring as many friends as you like as long as you utter the magic words at the door I AM SIMPLY FABULICIOUS!”. How’s that for clandestine?

The Read Bridge at Clarke Quay, will be transformed into an open-air runway for SER’S Fashion Show event on Friday 2 July at 9pm. Up for grabs are 10 GOLD memberships for SIMPLYFAB readers worth S$50 each.

To win, just write us from now to Tuesday, 29 June at and tell us What does SER stand for? 

If you win, you and a friend get a 2 person invite to attend the fashion show at 9pm and enjoy the after-party with a free flow of drinky poos. Winners will be drawn by lucky draw and informed by email by SER. Your names will be left at the door for the fashion show and to join in the after-party event. PSST, HURRY!!! WRITE IN NOW!  
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Bling - Larry Jewelry's Latest, 'Most Extravagant' Collection Yet!

What? More bling on a single day? Yes, 'cos we have a sneak peek at the new sweets by Larry Jewelry and we’re sharing the spectacle!

Celebrating their 35th Anniversary, they’ll be unleashing a bunch of new bling this July, called “Into the Wild” (no relation to Madagascar the Movie, I am sure!). 

It's their ‘most extravagant collection’ to date, and takes inspiration from nature, plus “hints of ethnic influences”. The bracelet above is called Labyrinth, which I absolutely love! So bling, so strong and tasteful, Minotaur! But don't know where the nature part comes in.....  

Look out for their super extravagant, signature piece called Waterfall (pictured above). With little flowers over a ‘cascading waterfall’, the necklace has 36 round diamonds set in 18K white gold, hanging from two strings of 68 South Sea Pearls. Hmmm....where shall we wear this to? ...And below, is the African Sunflower Ring, infinitely wearable, even with jeans on next week's school run, and bling out the moms at the school canteen, ya?   

These lovelies will be presented at the annual Larry Splendour, on 8-9 July, an exclusive event that showcases the year’s blingest best from Larry. Plus, you can get your hands on the candy from July at Larry Jewelry’s boutiques in Paragon (#01-21) and ION Orchard (#03-04). We like!

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Bling – Tiffany's iPhone App For All Your Diamond Emergencies

Haven't we all got experienced those unexpected diamond emergencies at some time in our SimplyFab lives? When you just need that bling info - or that bling - right NOW? But you’re on the move. You're a busy woman, but that diamond just can't wait! Trust Tiffany to come up with an app that every woman needs! - The Tiffany And Co. Engagement Ring Finder, the jeweller’s first iPhone application!

The app arms you with essential tools for selecting the perfect Tiffany diamond engagement ring, from viewing the range of styles to learning about the qualities of Tiffany diamonds. The app includes an accurate Ring Sizer, the first tool of its kind from a jeweler, that lets you figure out your ring size – just place one of your rings directly on the screen and align it with the correct circle in the guide, and voila! You got your size right. You also get to browse the jeweller’s diamond collection according to shape, setting, metal or design, all shown true-to-size. Each style can also be viewed with diamonds of six different carat sizes. What’s more, you can eyeball the rings' details, and save or share your favorites. The latter is absolutely useful 'cos you can just forward it to the husband if he’s out looking for lunch and in the vicinity of a Tiffany outlet. How convenient is that for grocery shopping??

- by Ee Waun
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Tuesday, 22 June 2010

Buys - Pre-loved items with a spot of tea at Mostly Mint

We first wrote about Mostly Mint when they were a fledging business and here they now, all grown up and hosting their very first tea party. I sound like a doting mum, well truth be told, I have bought and sold some of my wardrobe favourites at this lovely treasure trove of pre-loved items that my shopping-savvy friend, Tracey and her resourceful partner, Pam have amassed. 

In their first showing at a lovely Black and White house this Friday 25 June and Saturday 26 June from 11am to 4pm. expect to find the best brands from S$5 onwards. Items are mainly pre-owned but as the shop name suggests, in Mostly Mint condition. Bring cheque books or cash! No credit cards please. Call +65 9006 5560 or RSVP at 

What's for tea? the bestest Cupcakes, brownies and cheesecake, made by Cynthia Gondobintoro from Yummie Mummies
a talented baker that we have also featured before 
and fashionable Danish eyewear from inface!

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Binge - Perfect for the School Run... Early Morning Dim Sum at Botanic Gardens!

Do you forage for breakfast after dropping off the kids at school at 7am in the morning, only to find that everything opens only at 8am? I do, and it is frustrating! After my daily school run to Bukit Timah, there is little except perhaps Casa Verde at the Botanic Gardens for civilized brekkies – but I honestly detest the birds that flap about so unhygienically and land on the next table to pick up the scraps the moment the diners turn their backs. Plus the fact that I have bird-phobia does not help!

But we are in luck! InsideGreen (odd name....but who cares when there's decent food?)  opens at 730am! Just in time for coffee and breakfast with the other school moms! It’s a relatively new place at Botanic Gardens’ Botany Centre. Set up in an upmarket cafeteria-style, it serves up the main four cuisines and over 100 dishes like chicken rice, roti prata, kaya toast, briyani, curries, satay, and soup noodles.

Most recently added is Ipoh Dim Sum from $3 per dish. Perfect for morning dim sum like what they do in Hong Kong, the dim sum here is a bit more rustic than Cantonese dim sum. On the menu are har mai, which is siew mai stuffed with prawns instead of pork, herbal chicken infused with Chinese tang gui and wolfberry, baked cha shao bau, chive dumplings with waxed sausages, salted egg custard bun, etc. Yums! (Opens 7.30am until 10pm weekdays, 11pm weekends and public holidays)

1 Cluny Road #B1-00 Botany Centre
Singapore Botanic Gardens
Tel: 6471 1689/6471 5307

- By Ee Waun
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Body - Firm The Flab! Anti-Ageing Ginseng Scrub Down at Damai!

Even as I write, I am aching from yesterday’s gym session. Admittedly I have not worked out for a while, and the aching muscles are just screaming for some TLC. Which brings to mind a sumptuous spa treatment I experienced not long ago at Damai, the 5th floor spa at the Grand Hyatt Singapore. It's the Korean Ginseng Body Polish treatment which was launched barely a month ago.

What’s unique here is it is an anti-ageing, anti-oxidant scrub and makes use of saponin, found in Korean ginseng. Designed by a Korean medical doctor and Grand Hyatt Seoul’s spa specialist, Sue Yoon, it is also meant to tone the skin. There are other active ingredients in the potion – Jang Neoi Sam which gives the skin elasticity, Young Ji mushroom, an anti-ageing ingredient, Chun Moon Dong for skin tone and Nok Yongm, also for anti-ageing. Aside from the mushroom, I confess I don’t know what they are apart from the fact that they are natural herbs which the Koreans use.

I admit I don’t like the taste of ginseng and I was afraid I would emerge from this treatment smelling like a ginseng root…But rest assured, ladies, the smell is gentle and actually quite pleasing to the olfactories. Maybe it’s 'cos they use six-year-old red ginseng – mellowed like we are with age, but just as potent!

Based on Korea’s bath culture, this is, I am told by Sue Yoon, a far cry from the most utilitarian, basic and horrifyingly efficient scrub-downs in Korea’s popular public bath houses! In these institutions of cleanliness, the staff – all older women dressed in painfully little – score, shred, scrub and exfoliate clients down to the dermis and across every last embarrassing inch, upside down, inside out and sideways with nary a thought for customers' dignity. Cries of “Open wider!” are apparently not uncommon, and you are expected to submit and comply obediently!! Eeeew!

But this is the Grand Hyatt Singapore, and as with all Damai’s treatments, the session here is indulgent, tranquil and relaxing. It all starts with a foot soak with thorough explanations from the therapist, then it’s down to business! First a most relaxing scrub with the herb mixture using long strokes. The mix is quite rough but not uncomfortable, and the smell is pretty soothing. This is followed by a vigorous scrub down with the Korean bath mit – nothing langorous about this, it is proper scrubbing almost everywhere, including your armpits, which was super odd to me...but gentle on one's dignity!

That over, I am rewarded with a soothing massage that sent me to sleep, only to be woken later with a “scalp cleansing and massage”. In other words, a hairwash with more ginseng, plus a nice head massage after that. While it's meant to be relaxing, I felt rather strange having someone wash my hair while lying down - a little like the armpit scrub. But, its a small issue when you look at the greater indulgence of the treatment in its entirety. Then it’s a quick shower down to get rid of the scrub mixture, and back onto the treatment bed for a final basting of lotion. Six steps in 90 minutes, plus a sauna, jacuzzi or steam beforehand.

For an affordable $170++, this got me pretty invigorated at the end of the session, and indeed my skin felt exfoliated, soft, and yes, I guess a little firmer than my usual saggy self. And I smelt nice, too. Definitely a must-do especially before a swanky event! (Together with the Madonna facial as mentioned in an earlier post!) 

Grand Hyatt Singapore
Level 5
10 Scotts Rd
Tel: 64167156

- by Ee Waun
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Saturday, 19 June 2010

By The Way - The Suite Life and Service Apartment Living in Hong Kong

I live in a serviced apartment in Hong Kong. In fact, in all my 3 plus years of living here, I have never lived in any other accommodation other than a serviced apartment and I have to say its a suite life for someone who has no maid, no car and almost could not cook till recently. And thats why when I received this press release from Ovolo, one of the largest operators of serviced apartments here in Hong Kong, I decided to share with you what service apartment living in Hong Kong looks and feels like, what you can expect and how much one costs, just in case you and the family find yourself relocating to the fragrant harbour anytime soon.

I have only ever lived on the Kowloon end where serviced apartments are slightly larger and cheaper as compared with those on Hong Kong island. Having said that they still cost an arm and a leg for space that would amount to a tiny one bed room flat in Singapore. The three serviced apartments that I have actually stayed in (in Kowloon) and would highly recommend would be The Pinnacle serviced apartments in Minden Avenue, The Gateway Apartments at Harbour City in Tsim Sha Tsui and the very luxurious Harbourview Place located on top of the swanky W Hotel in Kowloon station. Its a private joke with the husband that we move each year to a different serviced apartment everytime the rentals increase (which they do often, at fast and vast rates) just to fully experience the different aspects of city living here in Hong Kong.     

And that is why I looked with interest at the press release that we got was from the Ovolo or Home2Home Group who has 5 locations on Hong Kong island all inspired by state-of-the-art boutique hotels in London and New York. With a total of 174 small sized apartments located all over Hong Kong Island, their latest launch is the Ovolo at 111 High Street, Sai Ying Pun in the Western district. A stylish 750 sq ft apartment here occupies an entire floor and has  rentals ranging from HK$31,000 to HK$38,000 a month (multiply by approximately 5 to get the SG dollar equivalent). Note that in Hong Kong, square foot space includes public and common areas so the living space is often much less than 750 sq feet.

However the architects here in Hong Kong have proven to be masters of space and I find that they some how creatively manage to add hidden closets, corners and such where you can store virtually everything and anything. Failing which there is always a reasonably priced common storage area that you can rent by the month to store your luggage and bulky essentials.  

Here is another of Ovolo's recent launches, at the hip and happening Hollywood road area, right next to Lan Kwai Fong and all the restaurants and pubs.  222 Hollywood Road is actually in Sheung Wan, rather than Central and a 650 sq ft one bedroom apartments range from HK31,000 to HK$36,000 per month. 

What would a larger space cost? Apartments at Ovolo's, 2 Arbuthnot Road range from HK$48,000 to HK$60,000 per month. The hefty price tag brings you not only the luxurious decor and the comforts of a hotel style lifestyle but also state-of-the-art technology in communications from the latest 42-inch plasma TVs and surround-sound home theatre systems to “smart lighting”, i-Pod docks and wi-fi internet. Smart operators like Ovolo also go the extra mile to provide a resident’s only ‘Indulge’ card which offers discounts at some of Hong Kong’s hippest bars, restaurants, nightclubs, spas, beauty salons and fitness centres, including complimentary membership at fashionable California Fitness Gym. Details at: Tel: +852 2165 1000; Fax: +852 2790 5490. 

Naturally not all serviced apartments offer the same perks. Perks and price share a intimate relationship here in Hong Kong especially where city living is concerned. Going the serviced apartment way for us simply meant giving up the ample space that we were so used to in Singapore for the convenience of a well located apartment in the heart of the city thus saving on transport, enjoying easier access to convenience shopping for food and necessities. The tiny home that I now live in, sees the 3 of us sharing one bedroom with one toilet, a small kitchen and a sofa bed for any visitors (heaven forbid) in our living room which is also our dining room. 

My apartment is actually no larger than a one-bedroom hotel suite, totaling almost 900 square feet (which I have been told is generous by Hong Kong standards) and it is half the space I could have got if I had rented a regular apartment. However in exchange for space come perks like an everyday housekeeping service and my linens changed and laundered so that I do not need a domestic helper, decent furniture that means I don't have to be a DIY Ikea groupie, lights bulbs and aircons that get automatically serviced and changed when I pick up the phone, cable TV, an instant internet connection, a concierge desk to book taxis and write me travel directions helpful (especially since I can't speak Cantonese) and even laundry if I want to use the service. 

My home has a washer and dryer, a stove, microwave and all the amenities that a regular hotel suite does not. It took some initial getting used to when tiny and tight (unlike my waistline and hips) are just not what you are accustomed to. But surprisingly in this tiny space, I have found that I make a huge effort to buy less especially as storage is limited. I have learnt to use the space I have more efficiently and most importantly we as a family,  find ourselves more involved in a positive way with each other's lives since the other person is actually in your face most of the time. And for that, I am grateful for this suite life .. sharing air space and a tiny place that we now have made HOME. 

- Elaine  
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By The Way - Michael Jackson Lives On!! Catch him in Singapore!

When was the last time you partied at Hard Rock Cafe? I could tell that Ee Waun had a great time last weekend when she went there with a few friends to relive her partying days! I have four text messages from her to prove it .. definitely sent after several drinks ...  hic! However I have to agree with her that HRC as we used to call it has seen great days and one more is coming up next weekend that will give you a reason to gather all your friends in that era, especially those that were fans of Michael Jackson.  

Get the hubs to put on his bata white socks, dusty 80s pointy leather shoes, drain pipe trousers, Sergeant Pepper's jacket, purple sequinned gloves and party down with Edward Moss, the world's top Michael Jackson impersonator and performer.  This man has been presented the Keys to the City by the Mayor of Gary Indiana (MJ's Hometown) and he has appeared in many Hollywood movies portraying MJ including Scary Movie 3 and 4, Bamboo Shark and Date Movie. He has also appeared on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Jimmy Kemmel, The Steve Harvey Show and the Martin Short Show. 

MJ passed on 25 June 2009 and a special tribute show featuring Edward Moss will be held on 26th June at Hard Rock Cafe at 4pm and on the same day at Zirca - Mega Club at Clarke Quay at 9.45pm. Early bird tickets at S$40 are on sale at Sistic now - go to: 

RIP MJ - your legacy lives on! 

- Elaine
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Buys - Finally, A Shirt That Really Fits! Tailor Made At Just $109!

Hey! Don’t knock it. Just because the brand is CYC, doesn’t mean it's old fashioned and ‘ching-chong’. Have you seen the shops lately? Rather swanky boutiques not just for the guys but the ladies too.

When the Hubs pottered to the Raffles Hotel outlet last year, I ended up waiting over an hour just for him to choose his cuffs, collar, buttons, what have you – and this is after agonizing over materials and styles, etc. Until then, I didn’t know they customized shirts to such an extent, so it was a very pleasant eye-opener. And yes, I stood corrected! Many moons ago, I used to buy my shirts from Alain Figaret and queue outside their Paris outlet for my turn to be served. Nice - but they weren’t custom fitted. Now if I wanna buy myself some, I would shuffle over to Singapore’s oldest shirt-maker and have my 'svelte' self fitted. And these days as one is older and wiser, I find that cut is everything!

So for GSS, and to mark their 75th anniversary, CYC The Custom Shop is offering custom made shirts at $109 (UP $159). This deal is up until July 25. There’s a choice of 14 fabric designs; of these, the 100 percent, two-ply cotton from Austria, tailored to the style you want. What’s more, there’s over 20 types of collars for ladies and more than 50 for men, including your choice of sleeves, cuffs, buttons and personalized monograms. That's very good value in my books, plus you go home with a very unique shirt fitted just for you.  

(BTW, do you know what CYC stands for? Chan Yick Ching, the man who founded it in 1935. He was a tailor from Ningpo. See? We learn something new everyday!)

CYC The Custom Shop
#02-12 Raffles Hotel Arcade
#01-21 Republic Plaza II, Raffles Place
#B1-06 Palais Renaissance

- By EW
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Friday, 18 June 2010

Binge - Hold On Tight! Cocktails on the Highest Bar in the World!

Ooh! Look what lies ahead – and up! – this coming July! A scintillating new spot for chin-chins and this time, we’re nearer to heaven! 1-Altitude is going to be the highest al fresco rooftop bar in the world, and it’s happening right here in Raffles Place. Higher than Cloud 9 in Grand Hyatt Shanghai and Sicorro on the top of Bangkok’s Dome Building, this new bar soars over 280m high and sits on Level 63 of 1 Raffles Place. (Sicorro, I'm understand, only stands 260-something metres high.) See the pretty picture? Talk about dizzy vertigo! Hold on tight to your bellini, sweetie!!
Opening early next month, 1-Altitude Gallery & Bar on level 63 is part of a multi-concept venue that comprises, Stellar, a restaurant on level 62, and a sports themed venue, 282, and City Golf on level 61 where you can leave your guy to entertain himself.

Owned by the 1 Rochester Group, it is the same people behind the gorgeous gastrobar, 1 Rochester (the first in Singapore with climate controlled al fresco setting), beachside 1-TwentySix and dessert boutique, 1-Caramel.
We like them for their innovative and superb cocktails – not so much their prices though.... – so we can just imagine the goodies and surprises that await when 1-Altitude flings open its heavenly doors. Do we hear angels sing? Maybe not – just the alcky buzz…..But don’t fling yourself off, ya? No matter how wonderful a martini is, you just CANNOT fly! We can’t wait for the launch party! We’ll tell all, promise!
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Thursday, 17 June 2010

Breakaway - Travel Club Med Cherating - Part 2

Day 3

Our outdoor morning yoga session with G.O Mobeen was nice and relaxing, with the soothing sea breeze, gentle waves and calming greenery....breathe in, breathe out…

Despite the serene start, the rest of the day was nothing but! There was the gladiator battle in the pool – Xena, Warrior Princess time!....

Another attempt at perfecting my trapeze swing…

We pottered over to the Turtle Sanctuary too. G.O Vincent from France, Sports and Entertainment Manager, shared how the turtles visit Cherating Beach to lay their eggs. These eggs are kept at the Turtle Sanctuary for several weeks to prevent egg poaching.

Before our scrumptious BBQ dinner at Rembulan Terrace Restaurant at Pantai Beach, we had the chance to release baby turtles into the arms of Gaia with waves and seabreeze for added ambience!

When we got back to the main gathering hub of the resort (ie. the bar), the Club Med team had transformed the entire pool into an elaborate performance space for the “Blue Moon” poolside G.O Show.

The act was complete with G.Os on stilts, a circus show whilst precariously dangling above the pool, and song and dance which got children and adults alike thoroughly uninhibited and joining in the action.

(Left: Pic of spa was taken in the day time)

And what better way to end the night than with a relaxing Balinese Massage at the Club Med Spa by Mandara?

Day 4
Today was another busy day, packed with activities amidst the lush greenery of the eco-resort and a gala night to celebrate Club Med’s 60th anniversary.

Launched this year were the Jungle Walk and Natural Rock Wall Climbing activities, good for eco-focused kids and grown-ups.

(Jungle hut from where we started the walk)

(See what we see?)

Not exactly spa, cocktails and Manolos, but the Jungle Walk was not as tedious as expected, though there were many thorny plants at the side and some thick logs to cross over. So proper attire is recommended.

A G.O was always around guide us along, and point out spectacular views and fascinating sights like hives (yikes!), vines and unique species of plants (and birds if you’re lucky!).

Sometimes, a “monkey” might also surprise you, which is G.O Maravilha atop a tree!

(Natural filtration reservoir)
Eco-warrior for the day, we also went for the Eco-Nature Discovery Walk, with Mr Ary Dam, Regional Landscape Maintenance Manager, who offered interesting insights to the eco-initiatives and hidden natural gems of the resort.

There were also adorable children’s stations along the way, for them to rest, read and fill in the information into their Rainforest Treasures booklet.

Coooee! We love you too Michael!

After all that exertion, it was good to potter back, shower and get set for chin-chins and dins. It was a “star-studded” red carpet night, with an appearance by “Michael Jackson”! Tonight’s “King of Pop” G.O Show was my favourite; there were so many talented G.Os who participated in all the songs and dances.

The gala night ended on a high note, with Ugo, “Michael” and Mr Olivier Horps, Managing Director Asia-Pacific popping the champagne to launch Club Med’s 60th anniversary celebrations. Drank lots of cocktails, partied with the G.Os and participated in Crazy Signs ‘til morning!

Day 5

It was so difficult to say goodbye today! And the hospitable and friendly G.Os and chefs – all sweeties! – made the departure even sadder because they had left such a deep impression. I will definitely recommend the Club Med Cherating Beach experience, simply because whether you are there with kids, with your partner or for a girlfriends-only gathering, the village experience here is as fun-filled and energy-driven as you want, or as relaxing and quiet as you prefer. Take your pick – it’s there for the asking.

Club Med Cherating, Malaysia

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