Category Archives: Lifestyle
Words by Xinyas
Photography by Gninethree
I love hotels; not as much as I love food but there’s something fun and rebellious about checking in to a place where you are expected to make a mess and swipe the mini toiletries. You know what I’m talking about; don’t pretend you don’t love the frills of staying in a hotel – cable TV, comfy room slippers, crisp bed linen, bottled water, separate towels for hand, face and body…the list goes on.
And this awesome staycation with the BFF happened at the newly minted Hotel Clover 33 Jalan Sultan which only opened in July this year. Housed in a row of 17 two-storey conserved shophouses, the hotel is equipped with a total of 88 rooms and suites and everything I mentioned earlier plus unlimited internet access so folks can Google or Instagram their way around the quaint, café-spotted neighbourhood.
So I find it ironic that Hotel Clover’s tagline is “Simplicity in Luxury” because although everything may appear simple, if you stop to take it all in, an enormous amount of effort has been spent on the innovative room designs and the local-inspired décor which feature interiors of rich wood and intricately handpicked finishings and plush beds.
I am almost embarrassed to admit that despite being a Singaporean, I had not yet step foot into our iconic lotus-inspired ArtScience Museum, which I might add, is now recognized worldwide as a Singapore attraction and has been recently awarded the TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence for 2013.
Lucky for me, Deenise invited me along to an exclusive media event featuring docent-guided tours of the ArtScience Museum’s ongoing exhibitions- Mummy: Secrets of the Tomb and Essential Eames: A Herman Miller Exhibition. And I finally caught a glimpse of the inside of this stunning architectural structure that took almost two years to design and complete.
My conclusion? ArtScience Museum is definitely worth a visit because at the end of my excursion, I was in total awe- of the whole geometry and intricacies of the building, the impressive collection of artifacts, the line up of programs and elements the exhibitions held and honestly deep down… secretly proud to be a Singaporean.
ArtScience Museum is located adjacent to Marina Bay Sands and is within extremely convenient walking distance of the Bayfront MRT station. Banners of the ongoing exhibitions are usually displayed outside so you will know which touring exhibits the museum is currently showcasing.
Singapore’s premier museum has also previously played host to big names such as Dali and Andy Warhol as well as renowned collections of sets, costumes and historical artifacts of Titanic, Harry Potter and Genghis Khan’s Mongolia.
Be greeted by a wave of elegance as you walk through the trapezium-shaped entrance of the museum- a squeakily clean floor-to-ceiling glass paneled structure that has its air-conditioning on full blast, a wonderful respite from the scorching sun that afternoon.
Our journey of the exhibitions begins as you take the lifts either up and down- where the 21 gallery spaces totaling 50,000 square feet awaits your exploration. No photography is allowed in some exhibitions however (unless you have a media pass) so it would be safer to ask the curators on duty for permission first before you start snapping away.
Most couples who break up hardly stay as friends, let alone choose to work together as partners on a new project where they will have to communicate with each other every day for 3 hours straight. Call them ‘cray cray’ as Jacqui would say, but no one in the right mind would willingly put themselves in such a situation except ex-couple Mister Young and Jacqui (Jacqueline Su-Yin Thibodeaux).
Popular radio personalities in their own right, both have decided to come back together (BUT only as working partners) and proposed the idea of a FIRST ever radio show of its kind to be broadcast on Singapore airwaves (and with good reason)- The Ex-Factor.
So what really happens when you put 2 exes who have had 5 years of history together in the same room on live radio?
We caught a glimpse of the bantering, candidness, a wee bit of drama and of course the amazing chemistry that the two charismatic radio personalities share during an exclusive preview down at the Power 98FM studios.
In conjunction with Red Bull Stratos- Mission to the Edge of Space, where Austrian skydiver Felix Baumgartner was to make a historic jump 120,000 ft from the stratosphere in an attempt to break four world records, a few bloggers were invited to be a part of this once in a lifetime experience by having their own indoor skydiving experience at iFly Singapore in Sentosa. And when Charlene aka Missuschewy extended her invitation to me, I was most ecstatic to tag along as her plus one!
We arranged to meet at the Vivocity station and took the Sentosa train straight to Beach Station, where iFly was conveniently located just a few steps away. This multi-million dollar indoor skydiving facility is currently the largest in the world, standing at five meters wide and five storeys in height. Be awed as you walk past the state of the art wind tunnel which takes centerstage in this place. 18 feet tall of clear acrylic glass wall that offers you an unparalleled view to as far as the South China Sea in the day and even fireworks from the nearby Song of the Seas at night, yes! As you are skydiving in that tunnel.
When we arrived, we saw a couple of professional skydivers carrying out stunts in the wind tunnel- flips, twists, even flying upside down for some. And it all seemed so effortless and simply a piece of cake. That definitely got me even more psyched for my own experience!