Happening at Kinokuniya Singapore Main store, an array of activities have been curated for everyone! Find out which suits you best in the listings below!
Date: 7th July 2018
1. Meet-The-Author: Sebastian Sim of The Riot Act
Time: 2:00 pm
SINGLIT fans alert! Come on down to the Main Store on 7th July at 2.00 p.m., and lend your support to local writer Sebastian Sim! The author, who is behind the 2015 Epigram Books Fiction Prize finalist – Let’s Give It Up for Gimme Lao!, will be here to promote his latest novel – The Riot Act, which won the 2017 Epigram Books Fiction Prize.
Set in the aftermath of the 2013 Little India riot, The Riot Act tells a fictional tale about three women whose lives intertwine due to the event. Hashwini wonders if she triggered the chaos; Jessica asks if she should reveal what truly happened in the ambulance; Sharon thinks that the catastrophe could be what she needs to boost her political career. In this perceptive and fast-paced romp, the three women become wrapped up in a web of truth, deception and political connections.
2. Book Launch: The Goldilocks Lah by Casey Chen
Time: 4:00 pm
Casey Chen is the author of three Singlish classics – The Three Little Pigs Lah, The Red Riding Hood Lah, and soon to come, The Goldilocks Lah, which is the third book in the series that will be launched at our Main Store on Saturday, 7th July at 4.00 p.m.!
Deviating slightly from the original story, The Goldilocks Lah follows the story of Goldilocks and the three wolves (yes, not bears!). Although it is based on a children’s fairy tale, the book is not suitable for kids due to the use of graphic language and broken English. Don’t say we never warn you!
Date: 14th July 2018
1. Panel Discussion: Joshua Ip of Footnotes On Falling, Cyril Wong of Like A Seed With Its Singular Purpose and Clara Chow of Modern Myths
Time: 1:45 p.m.
On Saturday, 14th July at 1.45 p.m., local poets Joshua Ip and Cyril Wong, as well as writer Clara Chow, will be holding a panel discussion at our Main Store to further engage readers with their respective new poetry books – Footnotes On Falling, Like A Seed With Its Singular Purpose and short story collection, Modern Myths.
Joshua Ip’s Footnotes On Falling is a collection of 44 poems about sub-optimal life choices. The poems constantly laugh at themselves because they are polite, and asian. They shuffle their feet sideways while declining eye contact. They indulge in wordplay because it gives them something to do with their fingers. They prefer to be read out but also prefer this to be done in private. They secretly would like you to bring them home.
In Cyril Wong’s Like A Seed With Its Singular Purpose, language, art, religion, disaster, death, murder, adultery, and love all come under the poet’s attention, as he continues to mine the rewarding contradictions and frustrations of a broader existence. The final sequence is a series of lyrical propositions starting with “if”.
Finally, in Clara Chow’s Modern Myths, figures from Greek mythology take up residence in contemporary Singapore in this collection of stories that explores the pain and dilemma of modern living. What happens when you are doomed to repeat your actions over and over? Or have to remake your decisions, knowing that times have changed? What if struggling makes the divine human, and the human divine?
2. Meet-The-Chef: Danny Chu of Living Shojin Ryori: Everyday Zen Cuisine to Nourish and Delight
Time: 4:00 pm
Simple, healthful and vegetarian, shojin ryori originated from Japanese Zen temples and is beloved today for its exquisite flavours, creativity, regard for ingredient, provenance and beauty. Following the success of his first book – Shojin Ryori: The Art of Japanese Vegetarian Cuisine, Chef Danny Chu demonstrates once again the versatility and sophistication of the cuisine in his latest cookbook, Living Shojin Ryori: Everyday Zen Cuisine to Nourish and Delight.
This book features 60 Japanese vegetarian dishes, including soups, pickles and desserts. With clearly written step-by-step instructions and insightful cooking tips, Chef Danny brings the bounties of each season to the home kitchen, and shows how satisfying everyday meals can be made with ease, elegance and pleasure.
Danny is the first shojin ryori chef in Singapore, and he ran the popular Enso Kitchen for several years, delighting both vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike with his creative dishes. Join the talented chef at Kinokuniya Singapore Main Store on Saturday, 14th July at 4.00 p.m., as he demonstrates popular recipes from his latest cookbook!
Date: 21st July 2018
1. Meet-The-Author: Karen Lam of Power Talk: Insights from Asia’s Leading Entrepreneurs
Time: 2:00 pm
Karen Lam has been a media and business consultant for over 20 years, helping
organisations in the region, in the areas of presentations and media communication. In 2012, she took on another role and returned to television as host and series producer of Power List Asia, a Channel News Asia series on business personalities.
After six seasons of Power List Asia, with 73 episodes on high-powered guests, over 26,000 man-hours of pre-and-post-production, including 130,000 air miles, come Power Talk: Insights from Asia’s Leading Entrepreneurs. Distilling the very best and most memorable conversations with various head honchos, Karen Lam sits down to compile the best business ideas, personal philosophies, attitudes and intriguing stories, into common themes of leadership and entrepreneurship in Asia – in this book.
Pick up a copy of this book for an insightful read, and make it a point to get it autographed by Karen during the Meet-The-Author session at our Main Store on Saturday, 21st July at 2.00 p.m.!
2. Meet-The-Author: Dickson Tang of Leadership For Future Of Work: 9 Ways To Build Career Edge Over Robots With Human Creativity
Time: 4:00 pm
Dickson Tang is an author, speaker and trainer who focus on leadership, creativity and the future of work. He will be coming to Kinokuniya Singapore Main Store on Saturday, 21st July at 4.00 p.m. to promote his new publication, Leadership For Future Of Work: 9 Ways To Build Career Edge Over Robots With Human Creativity.
The future of work requires a new way of leadership, with creativity being a key differentiator between humans and robots. Let Dickson explain to you at this event just how easily you can prepare for the future by using something you already possess – your creativity. He will also walk you through 9 ways that you can build your edge in the era of robots and automation.
Venue: 391 Orchard Road, #04-20/20A/20B/20C/21 Ngee Ann City (Takashimaya Shopping Centre)
Tel: +65 6737 5021
All photos courtesy of Kinokuniya Singapore
8 New Year’s Eve Celebrations to end 2018 in Singapore
It’s finally time, 2018 is coming to a close. No current plans to end the year? We got you covered!
Before we bring in the “New Year, New Me” memes and start coming up New Year Resolutions that we “commit” to, here are a few places to celebrate and spend the last moments of 2018 with your beaus.
To new beginnings!
1. Block Party Countdown 2018 at Clarke Quay
Unleash your inner child in this year’s epic Block Party Countdown at Clarke Quay’s Fountain Square! The block party theme, “PLAY”, will feature vibrant coloured interlocking play blocks, specially constructed three-dimensional structures, and a pedal-powered illuminating LED wall, all designed to bring a fun and imaginative playground element to the party.
Get your Instagram-worthy photo moments and interact with dancing green toy soldiers and unicorn mascots that will be roaming the area.
Hosts, DJs Gerald Koh and Kimberly Wang from 987FM, will kick the party into gear high with music from award-winning local bands, Shirlyn and The UnXpected, and entertainment from plenty of fun stage games prepared.
After the countdown, remember to not leave as the party continues all around the various clubs and bars at Clarke Quay!
For more information: https://www.capitaland.com/sg/malls/clarkequay/en/events/block-party-countdown-2018.html
Address: Clarke Quay Fountain Square, 3 River Valley Rd, Singapore 179024
Time: 9PM – 1230AM
Ticketing Price: Free
2. Mediacorp Let’s Celebrate 2019 at The Promontory
Why watch the live telecast when you can be there? This year’s celebration is hosted by Chua Enlai and Sonia Chew at The Promontory.
Dance your way through the night in a Dance Party done by Republic Polytechnic’s Electronic Music Production.
Catch performances by local acts such as Taufik Batisah, Joanna Dong, Gentle Bones, Shabir, Sufi Rashid, Yung Raja & Fariz Jabba, Shak and the Baits, Joie Tan and Nadi Singapura.
Jarrell Ng, Newly-crowned SPOP SING! winner, and finalists, Marcus Tay, Daryl-Ann Jansen and Karena Yeo, will be performing as well.
There will be also a collaboration between Mediacorp celebrities, Pierre Png, Romeo Tan, Carrie Wong, Sheila Sim and Joel Choo, and ten of Singapore’s top fashion models, to put up a special item with homegrown singer Aisyah Aziz, to showcase some of the works done by local designers.
And of course, it isn’t a New Year’s celebration without the iconic mass display of fireworks! An explosion of technicolour fireworks will light up Singapore’s beautiful skyline at the stroke of midnight.
For more information: https://tv.toggle.sg/en/channel5/shows/lets-celebrate-2019
Address: The Promontory at Marina Bay, 11 Marina Blvd, Singapore 018940
Time: 730PM – 130AM (Doors open at 7PM)
Ticketing Price: Free
3. Star Island Singapore Countdown 2019 at The Float at Marina Bay
If fireworks are the only thing that sparks your interest in New Year celebrations, you won’t want to miss the multi-sensory technicolour fireworks and light show at The Float at Marina Bay. Be the first in Singapore to experience the futuristic magic of fireworks as Star Island Singapore will debut for the first time outside of Japan.
It is a one of a kind fireworks musical with a new action-packed universe of world-class fireworks, 3D surround sound, synchronised light displays and performances.
Individual LED bands will be given so attendees can fully immerse themselves in the multi-sensory show.
Pre-show activities such as the Food Truck Fest with various food and delights and a bazaar selling quirky items will also be featured.
For more information: https://star-island.sg
Address: The Float at Marina Bay, 20 Raffles Ave, Singapore 039805
Time: 5PM – 130AM
Ticketing Price: $30 – $148
4. New Year’s Eve Countdown at Esplanade
Music lovers, this is your chance! Esplanade is hosting six hours’ worth of dynamic music at the Esplanade Outdoor Theatre to usher in the new year. The celebration will be carried by celebrity host, Timothy Nga.
Be entertained all night long with performances by Nick Zavior, Amni Musfirah & The Hustlers, NovoBloco and Bloco Singapura. Spend the last moments of 2018 moving to the grooves and dancing to the beats!
Address: Esplanade Outdoor Theatre, 1 Esplanade Dr, Singapore 038981
Time: 7PM – 1AM
Ticketing Price: Free
5. New Year Countdown Celebration at Heartbeat@Bedok
Newly-opened early this year, Heartbeat@Bedok is hosting its first countdown party.
Catch a performance by TMD (Too Much Drama), a multi-lingual band from Singapore and put your dancing to good use and help break the record of the “Largest Silent Disco” in the Singapore Book of Records, by dancing non-stop for 5 minutes.
Participants are provided with a wireless noise cancelling headphone and can choose between channels of disco, house and rock. What are you waiting for? Every thing is provided, you just have to show up and dance into the new year!
Address: Heartbeat@Bedok, 11 Bedok North Street 1, Singapore 469662
Time: 7PM – 1AM
Ticketing Price: Free
6. Our Tampines Hub Countdown 2019
Join Our Tampines Hub for a fun-filled evening with local celebrities, Jade Seah and Suhaimi Yusof.
There will be community performances, and for the first time ever, 10-minute synchronised fireworks, laser and wave flames display at the stroke of midnight.
Our Tampines Hub has got you covered. Attendees will be given a party pack and a special eco-gift for the new year.
Address: Our Tampines Hub, 1 Tampines Walk, Singapore 528523
Time: 7PM – 12AM
Ticketing Price: Free
7. Sentosa Siloso Beach Party 2018
Calling all beach fans, here’s where you can have a beachin’ time! The annual beach party is back once again for its 12thedition.
The iconic party promises a night of non-stop fun with a medley of international and local DJs from all around the world and spectacular fireworks.
Jay Hardway, South Holland producer best known for his collaboration with Martin Garrix, will be headlining the party this year.
The full list of acts are DJ Kaylova, DJ Luane, Make You Freak, Twins Gone Wrong, DJ Ezra Hazard, DJ YouKeep, DJ Jensen, DJ Caden, DJ Xin, DJ Kevin O’Hara, DJ Boy and DJ Natchang.
The stellar DJ line-up will keep you pumping adrenaline all night as you party next to the coastal waves and sand.
For more information: https://www.sentosa.com.sg/silosobeachparty
Address: Siloso Beach, Sentosa
Time: 6PM – 6AM
Ticketing Price: $48 – $108
8. New Year Eve Party at Wave House Sentosa
Spend the night riding the waves at Wave House Sentosa’s countdown party!
Join the exhilarating flowboarding experience by riding the FlowRider and the FlowBarrel. It is an endlessly fun ride with the waves creating a safe, non-curling, endless sheet of water flowing over a composite vinyl surface, much like a trampoline. For a more sporty new year’s celebration, experiment and perform tricks by carving up and down the surface, just like you would in other board sports!
Apart from the waves, there will be comfortable sofa seating where you can chill and count the hours away to 2019. Choose from a variety of extravagant food and drinks from the restaurant and bar whilst listening to the feel-good music.
For more information: https://wavehousesentosa.org/nye_party/
Address: Wave House Sentosa, 36 Siloso Beach Walk, 099007
Time: 9PM – 4AM
Ticketing Price: Free (18 years and above only)
C3 AFA 2018: A taste of Akihabara in Singapore
Since the days of Naruto in 480p to present day Boruto in HD, Anime Festival Asia (AFA) has been a staple for local fans of anime and Japanese pop culture. The annual affair has grown tremendously since it first reached our shores back in 2008, solidifying its status as a pilgrimage of sorts, akin to the wonders of Akihabara.
Back for its tenth anniversary, AFA 2018 proved to be the best its ever been with performances from a star-studded lineup at the I Love Anisong concert series, renown cosplayers and more exclusive merchandise than ever before. Didn’t get to attend? Fret not, here’s everything you missed from the greatest anime exhibition of the year.
Walk in and you’ll be greeted by this massive Gundam model. I don’t know about you but the sooner we get actual functional Gundams the better!
Fans of Gunpla were also in for a treat with this huge selection. There’s even more selections at the back!
Of course, AFA wouldn’t be complete without the game taking Japan (and frankly, the world) by storm. Whether you love or hate the Gacha mechanics of the game, it’s hard to argue with Fate Grand Order’s (FGO)’s success. Staying true to the game mechanics, at the center of the exhibition was a summoning circle where fans could place their phones to summon in-game characters.
Gaming was also a huge part of AFA this year. Apart from FGO, Honkai Impact also featured a booth where players could compete in time trials. Scattered around the exhibition were also other games such as Taiko Drum Master, Touhou and even PUBG.
My favourite part of AFA though, was undoubtedly the food. It was like a taste of Japan without actually flying there!
The Day Stage also featured a ton of prominent celebrities and guests, from Eri Sasaki (pictured) to the creators of Pop Team Epic and even famous cosplayers such as Hakken (pictured).
And this pretty much sums up AFA in one picture. It’s a celebration of all things Japan. It’s quirky, fun, and fans can be another side of themselves, even if it’s for just a day.
What to expect at C3 Anime Festival Asia 2018
Celebrate a decade of Japanese pop culture at C3 Anime Festival Asia (AFA)’s tenth anniversary. The three-day event promises anime fans and Japanese pop culture enthusiasts the very best of content and experiences straight from Japan.
For the first time, AFA will be holding a red carpet event in front of Suntec to usher in the event. An online portal will also be launched as part of the Anime for a Cause initiative, where fans can participate in lucky draws to win items donated by celebrities and partners.
Tickets to the ever-popular I Love Anisong concert series are selling fast thanks to a star-studded lineup featuring the likes of TrySail, GARNiDELiA and May’n.
Concert tickets start from SGD$88 for one-day general admission, or SGD$158 for one-day VIP tickets. All VIP tickets come with an autograph opportunity and one Anisong lightstick. Attendees will also get access to special showcases and guest talkshows.
Full concert line-up and details can be found here.
Cosplay enthusiasts are also in luck with celebrity cosplayers from around the world making an appearance. Expect Angie, KANAME and Siutao amongst others.
Local cosplayers are also in luck with the chance to pit their skills and craft to emerge victorious at the World Cosplay Summit Singapore Preliminaries. Winners will fly to Nagoya, Japan next year and battle it out with the best cosplayers across the globe. Competition guidelines can be found at here.
Of course, what would AFA be without anime? Fans can expect exclusive premieres for January 2019 shows such as Mob Psycho 100 2. Voice actors from Frame Arm Girls, Love Live! Sunshine!! and Sword Art Online Alicization, amongst others, will also be at the event.
Anime merchandise will also be available. Stock up on the latest merch from Bandai, GOODSMILECOMPANY, and others.
AFA 2018 runs from November 30 to December 2, 1oam to 8pm daily. Tickets for the exhibition start from SGD$15 for one-day admission. More details on ticketing and activities can be found here.