Life

Elephant Parade: Saving Elephants through Art

They're cute, cuddly and very creatively decked out, and they need you to adopt them. Earlier this month, 162 baby elephants marched into Singapore as part of the Elephant Parade project. An open-air art exhibition dedicated to saving the Asian elephant, these life-size fiberglass statues decorated by celebrities and local artists are part of a fundraising effort to save the majestic beast. Started in 2006 by father-and-son duo Marc and Mike Spits in Rotterdam, the current exhibition has visited various cities all over the world. 

 

Read more

Air France: Flying Chic for 70 Years

The French pride themselves on a number of things, style being a key badge of pride. For Air France, they've taken this aspect rather seriously, calling upon a list of illustrious designers such as Carven, Nina Ricci, Balenciaga, Louis Feraud, Christian Dior, Gres and Christian Lacroix, to help create its chic cabin crew look for the past 70 years. This evolution of the Air France uniform is now on show at “Elegance in the Skies,” staged through to November 11 at the Alliance Française de Singapour.

 

Read more

The Singapore Fashion Film Festival

As far as niche film festivals go in Singapore, the debut of the Singapore Fashion Film Festival is more niche than most. The organizers, curator Anne-Laure Bouhadef and TV producer/ filmmaker Huie-Ling Peh, have pulled together a varied and respectable program of film documentaries that cover fashion’s big names. Find out about what goes into the making of high profile runway shows in “The Day Before” series, which captures the tension and excitement that build up in the days and weeks before a show. For this festival, episodes covering Donatella Versace, Alexander Wang and Jean Paul Gaultier will be screened.

 

Read more

The Idea House: Southeast Asia’s First Carbon-Zero Home

Based on a Malay kampong house that uses little and wastes nothing, The Idea House may be the way of the future

 

With climate change raging in the region, there’s no better time to start thinking about living a more sustainable, environment-friendly life. When we flick a switch at home or in the office, to turn on a light or an air conditioner, rarely do we think of the impact this has on the environment.

 

Read more

Invisible Photographer Asia: Opening the Shutters on Street Photography in Asia

Online photography platform Invisible Photographer Asia is giving street photography in Asia a newfound visibility and buzz.

 

A Hindu devotee prepares for the festival of Thaipusam, marked by rituals of pain, by piercing his entire chest and abdomen with small hooks.In the freezing Beijing winter a man stands in only his underwear by an icy pool of water. 

 

Read more

Jimmy Quek, Singapore’s Top Tour Guide

He won't take you to the Singapore Zoo or the Singapore Flyer. Tour guide Jimmy Quek believes the heart of Singapore is in its heartlands.

 

It’s not every day you get invited to a wedding. And it’s even more rare to be invited to the wedding of someone you hardly know. But that’s what happened to freelance tour guide Jimmy Quek, when he went out of his way to help a tourist.

 

Read more

Lolla's Secret Supper: A Secret Dining Club in Singapore

I shouldn’t be writing this story. Because it’s about a well-kept secret. That really should remain so. Lolla’s Secret Supper has recently emerged new and fresh in the Singapore dining scene. It's a guerilla-style private dinner event, held in a secret location disclosed to guests only a few days before the dinner with a secret chef preparing a secret menu.

 

Read more

Singapore International Storytelling Festival: TellingTales that Heal

The oral tradition of storytelling is being revived to help heal the pains of the modern world.

 

Once upon a time, we were all storytellers. We spun yarns around the fire or the cooking pot, we listened to our elders as they told tales of long forgotten or purely imagined places and times, and we passed these stories on to our children. 

 

Read more