I’ve always been a big supporter of the arts, and even more so live performance. Over the years, I’ve learnt to sit back and enjoy it all – be it theatre, dance or classical music. I’ve come to a point in my life where I feel I have a broad understanding of what can be classed as a good production, or for that matter, a ‘great’ production (not to mention the clangers along the way that just don’t cut it).
For many of my colleagues, Singaporean friends and expat comrades who don’t have any desire to experience theatre, dance or classical music whatsoever, I completely understand (it’s not for everyone). But, I urge you to rethink your position, especially now as the arts in Singapore experience exponential growth in all disciplines associated with creativity. You are missing out. Singapore is serving up a delicious platter overflowing with brilliant entertainment options.
This city is, without doubt, emerging as a leader in Southeast Asian when it comes to producing innovative events and inspirational entertainment. This month alone Singapore plays host to visiting Estonian conductor Neeme Järvi who will conduct Mendelssohn’s Italian Symphony performed by the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, together with one of Rachmaninov’s most prized piano concertos highlighting the talents of Russian-born Israeli pianist Boris Giltburg. Take my word, this is the ideal classical concert to attend as a newbie, especially when you are putting your foot into the water for the first time (when it comes to live classical music that is). The experience will be euphoric, believe me. It’s not an overly long concert, and it’s sure to wash away any unwanted stress and put your mind at ease.
If you are up for something a little more challenging (and yes, you get brownie points for getting out and allowing yourself to discover the unexpected here), there’s a brilliant exhibition involving three Japanese artists coming together to create one unified artistic dimension, (OK, stay with me). Nagata – a Japanese Calligrapher; Haioka – a composer who blends traditional Japanese music played on traditional Japanese instruments with modern music; and Nakano – a film director and modern artist who specialises in sumi (ink wash) painting will come together at the Japan Creative Centre on April 26 to create a unique and powerful exhibition – a beginning of a new Japanese artistic dimension. And yes, this is happening here in the Lion City, right under our noses. Take the leap of faith and take your ‘inner child’ on a date (for a bit of ‘me’ time) and plan to be inspired by this coming together of forces.
So here’s my check list of things to consider when taking a walk down the cultural road less travelled. One – take the time to seek out new beginnings. Two – manage your own expectations and don’t anticipate some monumental revelation to suddenly overcome you (go with an open mind), and Three – just take it all in; breathe and when you’re done; simply walk away. This is called being in the moment. Enjoy it all!
Adapted to the developing setting of the 70’s era in Singapore, Olivier award-winning musical THE RISE AND FALL OF LITTLE VOICE is a fun-filled, heart-warming show which incorporates something refreshingly new – exclusive cabaret seating right up with the actors. May 2-18 Drama Centre Theatre. Tickets: $30-$88. Tel: 6348 5555, Email: email@example.com www.sistic.com.sg
FRONT COVER With thanks to our April cover and feature story guest Bernie Baskin of Gatehouse Publishing www.gatehousepublishing.com
Let’s face it. There are certainly pros and cons when it comes to living and working in a foreign country, and being an expat in Singapore is no exception, especially at a time of celebration when loved ones may not be at hand. Whether you’re in the Lion City running solo, earning a few bucks to attain a half decent lifestyle back home, or settled in for the long term, family in tow and not thinking of leaving too soon, Singapore certainly raises the bar when it comes to the convenience of day-to-day living in this urban metropolis we call home.
The Finder Singapore The Essential Expat Resource visited Jimmy Monkey Cafe at One North Buona Vista a few days ago and meet up with owner operator Michael Ryan who has agrred to appear on the cover of The Finder Singapore in 2013 - Michael has a fasinating story to share with The Finder Singapore readers. If you know someone who might have an enthralling story to share with The Finder then simply drop me an email and introduce your friend to us here at The Finder Singapore.
It’s December. Santa is well and truly ready to rock ‘n‘ roll, all suited up for a Lion City visit. The glistening Christmas decorations along Orchard – and into the impressive new Marina Bay precinct – are ablaze in all their spectacular grandeur. And the constant hum of tuneful carolling piped over speakers in every shopping mall from Woodlands to Pasir Ris reminds us all of the joyful sanctuary we celebrate as a unified whole, no matter our race or religion. I invite you to visit Singapore Secrets where we suggests some celebratory activities for all to enjoy – and on a budget – this festive season. The holidays are here, whether you like it or not, and it’s a good time to ask yourself, “What am I really thankful for this Christmas”.
After five years (going on six), and apart from the obvious benefits of living in an international metropolis offering some of the best wine, dine, entertainment and shopping experiences anywhere on the planet, I find myself regularly observing the precious moments and much appreciated involvement of Singaporean elders in our community. Aunty clearing glasses and attending to guests at social functions or taking burger orders at the fast-food outlets in malls across the Island. Or Uncle preparing tables at the local Hawker Centre for the next onslaught of diners eager to dig into their favourite local fare. When it comes to respect for others and getting involved in the community, it’s all systems go here in Singapore.
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It was only a few short weeks ago the world focused on the UK for the official celebration of the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. Now, four years since the Beijing Olympics and midway through the year, participating nations across the globe wait with bated breath to witness the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Summer Olympics in all its pomp and ceremony on July 27.
There’s a sense of pride and a realisation of unification when major historical and sporting events such as these take place. It allows all citizens of the world to feel a part of something far greater than what we experience at the local level as a family unit or as an individual experiencing life and all it has to offer. Either way, we are all capable – and possibly destined – to Go for Gold in some way, shape or form. So in this months issue of The Finder we highlight some events and festivals to bring a sense of unification to the fore.
Take for example husband and wife team Citira and Christian Corrigan (pictured below) in 5 minutes with who gear up to represent their respective teammates when they participate in what has become an annual White Collar Boxing event here in Singapore. Corporate Fight Night will be held at the Ritz Carlton next month on August 18 to raise money for Dan’s Fund for Burns, the charitable cause set up after the 2002 Bali Bombings where a number of expatriate sportsmen living and working in Singapore at the time lost their lives. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the bombings, and it therefore seems appropriate to acknowledge how appreciative we all are to be living in this vibrant country where it is safe to bring up a family, work and strive in good health and with a happy heart.
Also in this issue we take time out to visit four favourite French eateries in Wine & Dine where we discover we don’t have to travel across continents to experience the best in fine French cuisine. It’s right here on our doorstep. And join guest writer Shalini Ragu as she visits four traditional – and not so traditional – Tea Houses in Singapore meeting Tea Masters dedicated to the ongoing education of ancient tea appreciation rituals and experiences and learning there’s more to tea brewing than meets the eye. Travel writer David Bowden hits a high note this month in Going Places rounding up some of the Top Malaysian Music Festivals and highlighting what’s on offer when you and your friends or family attend these much anticipated cultural events in Damai Beach near Kuching, in Langkawi and in Penang.
The Quincy Hotel was recently awarded Singapore’s No. 1 Trendiest Hotel, so this month we team up with the hippest crew in town and give you a chance to win a weekend stay and experience what all the fuss is about in Win Prizes. We invite you to enter for a chance to win a weekend experience you’ll be talking about for days. And be sure to spend time familiarising yourself with our Home & Property Insider’s Guide where you will find a selection of premium businesses providing quality goods and services for in and around your home. Bonne lecture!
Few would disagree getting the blood pumping, igniting those endorphins and feeling truly alive, is one of the best natural highs you can experience – if only you could find the time and the motivation to “go for it” and get active. You may have the opportunity to exercise at first light but you are simply not a morning person! Or perhaps an afternoon Power Plate session or a work out late in the evening after the kids have settled is your thing. Mind you it’s a challenge to juggle a well-deserved glass of wine and a pair of 15kg kettle bells at the end of a busy, not to mention exhausting day! So what’s my poison?
John Gordon & Jassmin Peter (Assistant Editor) spend quality time with Santa.
X-mas furniture Wish List 1….. Santa …is it possible to get "my new best friend" down the chimney this Christmas?
The Finder had the pleasure of attending the launch of WTP’s on-site retail revamp on Wednesday evening. Loyal clients, past and present, media editors, writers, photographers and a swag of personalities, including the Aussie Ambassador were entertained by cool-jazz grooves on the top floor of this spaciously, yet warmly refurbished Kung Chong Road location. The event was relaxed and welcoming providing plenty of opportunity for the crowd to mix and mingle while enjoying a glass of wine and delicious appetisers all to a backdrop of beautifully displayed furnishings spread across four huge floor areas.
Getting around the store is easy with practical internal lifts and wide wooden staircases allowing you to browse between floors and navigate the displays with ease and in comfort. The combination of natural and enhanced lighting moods throughout the space help articulate the furnishings on display and provide a good indication of how the pieces will look in your home.
This green dining space is on show this month at WTP, also check out the kitchen displays on the top floor. WTP really do do all the work for you!
The current WTP collection is varied, vibrate and vast. You will be delighted with the range and selection on show allowing plenty of choice for your next acquisition. You are encouraged to speak to one of the consultants on hand or to Founder of WTP, Mimi Somjee herself. Mimi, known to her many clients as a "great perfectionist" is available to discuss your individual requirements and offer expert opinion on fashionable furniture trends and hot looks for your home.
Thanks Mimi and the team at WTP for offering Singapore a world class furnishing experience right here in the Lion City. I look forward to my next purchase….will it be the hand-crafted wooden dining table on level three…..Maybe!
WTP is a destination to visit for home furnishing inspiration especially if you find yourself navigating through home improvement options with a number of different suppliers. You could say WTP is your one-stop-shop and a definate must-visit when ticking off your X-mas Wish List…Enjoy!