1. Book Launch: Budi Kritik
Book Launch of Budi Kritik, an anthology of essays by young writers touching on various themes relevant to the Malay society.
Day/Date: Saturday, 9 June 2018
Time: 8.00pm to 9.30pm
Venue: Malay Heritage Centre Auditorium
About Budi Kritik:
Budi Kritik is a compilation of 22 essays written by young writers – academics, researchers, community organisers and social activists – touching on five main themes: (1) culture, language and literature; (2) religion, tradition and reform; (3) identity, race and gender; (4) inter- and intrafaith diversity; and (5) sociopolitics, thought and education. They are written in an accessible way to lay readers, with a common thread of promoting critical thought and progressive values.
Co-published by The Literary Centre and The Reading Group. More details can be found here.
2. 17th Asean Lecture RCEP: Progress, Outstanding Issues & Outlook
Date: 8 June 2018
Time: 10:00am to 11:30am
Venue: ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute, 30 Heng Mui Keng Terrace, Pasir Panjang, Singapore 119614
About the Lecture
The 16 participating countries of Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) held their 22nd round of negotiations in Singapore from 28 April to 8 May 2018. While not much information on the RCEP negotiations is available publicly, there are reports that a number of chapters have been completed. However, chapters on the larger issues of market access, investment, intellectual property rights, e-commerce and others are still far from completion. The diverse set of countries involved, each with their own interests in the mega trade deal is one reason for the prolonged the negotiation. Nonetheless, there is expectation that countries will resolve their differences and complete the negotiation later this year. If it happens, RCEP will be viewed as a bright spot for multilateralism and free trade in an environment of rising protectionism in the West and small pockets around the world. Moreover, concluding the RCEP negotiations will be a positive reflection of ASEAN centrality. The Lecture will discuss how far the negotiations have progressed and the remaining challenges. What are the possible alternatives if RCEP were to meet with a similar fate as the WTO Doha Round, which was stalled by prolonged negotiations over the course of 14 years?
About the Speaker
Ms Anna Robeniol is Assistant Secretary for the Industry Development and Trade Policy Group of the Department of Trade and Industry, and the Senior Economic Officials Meeting (SEOM) Chair for the Philippines. She is the Philippine Lead for RCEP trade negotiations as well as Co-Chair for the ASEAN-Japan Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement. Ms Robeniol has vast experience in international trade policy and negotiations, chiefly in ASEAN Economic Integration. She spent 13 years with the Department’s Bureau of International Trade Relations wherein she formulated Philippine positions on various issues discussed in ASEAN, provided support to the Philippine delegation to high-level ASEAN meetings, and represented the country in a number of technical-level ASEAN meetings. Prior to this, she served as an Assistant Director of the ASEAN Secretariat and a Lead for the Trade and Investment component of the USAID Trade-Related Assistance for Development Project for the Philippines. Ms Robeniol earned her Bachelor of Arts in Economics degree from the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, Philippines and studied International Relations and Development at the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague, the Netherlands. She has a Master’s degree in Public Management from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore, and from Harvard Kennedy School at the Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
To register, click here.
3. Bringing Mindfulness into the Workplace – Breakfast & Workshop
Join us for a morning session (with breakfast) at Virgin Active Tanjong Pagar Centre on 8 June Friday for a morning session with Erin Lee, Founder and Mindfulness Coach of Mindful Moments Singapore. Participants will be introduced to the foundations of mindfulness and how mindfulness skills can be an important asset in any organisation.
Brought to you by the Leadership, Talent & Professional Development Committee of British Chamber of Commerce Singapore (BritCham) and sponsored by The Fry Group and Virgin Active Singapore.
Find out more here.
4. EarthLife’s Zero Waste Challenge
Still hungry for the trails? And obviously still thirsty for the ales!
Stay tuned for a new route and a new lineup of beers for this edition.
Enjoying a great run and a great beer often go hand in hand. We enjoy both to get away from the hustle of city life, and to connect in conversation with new & old friends.
The idea is simple: Run, Beer, Repeat. The other thing that is going to remain constant is good, quality craft beer at the end of every run.
Burning calories on those trails, only to gain it back from craft beer; you know it’s TOTALLY WORTH IT. And make new friends while you’re at it!
There are NO registration fees, NO race pack, NO medals, only a good sweat, great beer and flowing conversations on a Saturday afternoon. Indicate your interest on our Event page today!
Migrant domestic workers are a familiar sight at our playgrounds as caregivers to our elderly and young but have you ever wondered just what stories they have to tell?
In response to The More We Get Together, HOME will be presenting a special reading by winners of the writing contest, The More We Get Together: Domestic Workers at the Singapore Playground. In addition, there will be special readings from HOME’s recently published Our Homes, Our Stories – a collection of short stories that offers a glimpse into the lives of migrant domestic workers as they share their tales of pain, love and dreams.
Free with registration. This programme is co-presented with HOME.
Date: 10 June 2018
Time: 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Venue: 93 Stanford Rd
7. OTR at Embodied Presence – with Wan Ting!
Having quality time to the self, to the moment, to the present. We spend this time re-knowing ourselves, through the body and the breath.
Most of us are constantly occupied. Rushing through life, from one place to another. But what is important and what truly matters?
A time and a safe space for exploring “Embodied Presence” – it is here that we get to know ourselves more deeply – as if for the first time.
Sign up here.
Date: 10 June 2018
Time: 3:00 pm to 4:30pm
Venue: Basic Essence Holistic Wellness Centre 501 Bukit Timah Road #04-04 Cluny Court S259760
Facilitator: Wan Ting Quek
Wan Ting is a counsellor in training and uses movement as a form of healing and intervention. She has offered an 8-week mindfulness dance programme, and offers therapeutic movement classes and 1-1 sessions. She believes in guiding people back into their bodies, into their own power and autonomy.
About Authentic Relating:
Authentic Relating is a platform for collaborations through the body and movement for an authentic and valued living. We also advocate for older adults.
8. Chek Jawa and Leave No Trace Discovery
Located on the easternmost tip of Pulau Ubin, Chek Jawa is an intertidal flat of about 1-square-kilometre. It is a coastal area that is covered by water at high tide, but exposed when the water recedes, revealing the various wildlife species living in the sand and mud. Within the area are six unique ecological habitats: coastal forest, mangrove, sandy beach, sandflats (lagoon), coral rubble and a tiny island known as Pulau Sekudu or Frog Island.
There will be also check points at interesting landmarks to introduce about the principles of Leave No Trace sharing how to make better decisions to enjoy outdoor responsibly.
Program include provision of:
2. Two way bumboat transfer
3. Two way van transfer on Pulau Ubin
4. Use of Binoculars for nature viewing
Meeting at Changi Point Ferry Terminal for boarding of bumboat. More information will be sent by email upon registration.
Get your tickets here.
9. Screening the Forest
- Worldly Desires (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2005)
- The Weald (Naomi Kawase, 1997)
- Jîn (Reha Erdem, 2013)
- Blood Amber (Lee Yong Chao, 2017) + Q&A with director Lee Yong Chao
A Summer Affair is about the latest designer light dresses, bright swim suits, trendy jewellery, cute cool children wear, or vibrant decor wares to brighten your home. Try out wine, olives and gourmet snacks while browse through the collection of merchandise brought to you by 40 international vendors.
Date: 9 June 2018
Time: 9.30am to 7pm
Venue: Royal Plaza@Scotts, Scotts Suite, Level 2, 25 Scotts Road, S228220
Chic – luxe – lifestyle! Get your shop on at the inaugural Sentosa Cove Designer Collective pop-up fair, taking place on Saturday 9 June 2018 at the W Hotel on Sentosa.
The Sentosa Cove Designer Collective launched to bring together the local design talent of Sentosa Cove and beyond, and their first edition promises a stunning collection of home décor, fashion, art, jewellery and more!
Don’t miss this beautifully curated mix of 30 vendors showcasing their products – including local favorites Stones That Rock, The Big Blue, Desti Saint, Bowerbird Ceramics, Linda Preece Photography and Hunter+Boo – set against the spectacular marina backdrop of the W Hotel ballroom.
And when you’ve exhausted yourself with all that shopping, relax and rejuvenate with a free 10-minute energy healing ‘taster’ courtesy of wellness provider Inspiration Healing, or a free 30-minute mini cupcake decorating workshop hosted by Baking Dreams by Carolina M.
With awesome raffle prizes and giveaways on offer throughout the day, plus family-friendly activities including glitter face painting, this is one event not to be missed!
List of vendors:
Africology, Baking Dreams by Carolina M, Big Blue Company, BowerBird, Canvas Beauty Singapore, Charlotte Elizabeth Fine Art, Coopita, Dansk SG, Desti Saint, Hanway, Hunter + Boo, Inspiration Healing, Kalu Cosmetics, Linda Preece Photography, Michelle Richardson Jewellery, Mojo Agency, My Fine Things, Nina Heyer, Oh My Heart Bead, Popsicle Baby, Roses & Rhinos, Stones That Rock, Tara’s World, Tiger Designs, Two Baked Buns, Zarabelle, Zerrin, Shokunin Shoes
12. An Exhibition by Singapore Women’s Hall of Fame
What was life like for women in pre-independence Singapore? What roles did women play in a society where, until well into the 20th century, there were far more males than females? These are some of the questions Singapore Women’s Hall of Fame (SWHF) set out to explore in this exhibition, which is the second collaboration with the National Museum of Singapore.
The Lives of Women exhibition, open to public at the National Museums’ Concourse area until 22 July 2018, is the first of a three-part series that involves education and activities suitable for both children and adults. From the origami folding of Samsui Woman Hat and the penning of thoughts on our chalkboard, to reading The Women’s Times – a newspaper series to recount news articles about women in the past, visitors are in for a good time learning about the history of women in Singapore. The exhibition also showcases women from the Singapore Women’s Hall of Fame, and how they are part of the community which help shaped the Singapore we live in today.
The second and final installations of this three-part series will, in 2019, examine the key issues affecting women in Singapore since Independence, and in 2020, look at what lies ahead.
The launch of the exhibition was held on 10 May, where Ms Angelita Teo, Director of the National Museum of Singapore, shared her excitement about this collaboration with SWHF in her opening address. She further shared her delight in the exhibition that has now finally taken shape and is ready for the public. The guests were brought around the exhibits by our very own Samsui woman and Mui Tsai.
In conjunction with this exhibition, SWHF has also organised talks to engage the public more intimately with the history of women in Singapore.
13. Chinatown Weekend Street Market
As part of a Duanwu Festival event at Chinatown Singapore organised by the Chinatown Business Association, TGIF Bazaars is curating the Smith Street Weekend Box Market.
Date: 9 June and 1o June 2018
Time: 11:00 am to 10:00 pm
More information here.
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.