Tatler Design Awards 2020


They say the most authentic way to appreciate something is to see it through the eyes of an outsider. Recently I was an accidental plus one at the Tatler Design Awards 2020 and I couldn’t be more grateful (thanks Divya). It was quite the eye opener to be amongst the people who design our world, pun intended. If you think about about it carefully, we LIVE and breathe design every single day, whether we’re aware of it or not. From the homes we buy, to the colour of our bedsheets and that cute red mug we love to drink our coffee from. Let’s not forget the cafes we choose to chill at and our favourite malls. None of these choices are coincidental, it’s all the power of design.
So about the Tatler Design Awards, it’s an event to celebrate the resurgence of styles of the past in the world of interior design. This year it was held at Spanish restaurant Una at The Alkaff Mansion, where industry insiders and homeowners gathered to fete the winners of the night.

Among the notable attendees was Ed Ng, co-founder of AB Concept and a member of the Tatler Design Awards jury, who shared insights into the selection of winners and the significance of that “Instagram moment”—how social media influences the way we experience spaces. To commemorate the occasion, the winners received trophies custom-made by stone specialist MM Galleri and designed by Celine Ng of local studio Fraction.

I got all the above from the website but let me go back to my favourite moments – the food. My steak was juicy and flavourful and dessert was rich and delightful. Enough said. It was not the Tatler Food Awards 2020, but these were winners nonetheless!








So, I’ve always thought of design as colours and shapes but I learned from this prestigious event that design is so much more than that. There’s Architectural Concept, Bespoke Concept, Luxury Concept, Use of Art, Use of Colour (my favourite!) and more. To understand better, click here.

Best Use of Colour: Design Intervention

So there you have it, my introduction to a world of design I never realised existed. Next year, I’m inviting myself, but before that I need to make some drastic changes around the house. The old living room sofa needs to be taught some new tricks and I’ve got plenty more in the bag, thanks to the Tatler Design Awards 2020!



Fung Kee Hotdogs

Where do you go to get a heavenly hotdog in Singapore? Fung Kee Hotdogs is the right answer! My food dream has always been to own hot dog stands all across the island because I love hotdogs (who doesn’t) THAT MUCH! Part of my dream came true when a group of friends introduced me to Fung Kee Hotdogs located at Duxton Road. I was still full from  the delicious dinner we had at Tie Fun Wan but there’s no saying no to hotdogs in my world. I ordered the Classic with mustard and ketchup and it was GONE in 10 seconds. If there was even a tiny space left in my belly, I would have gone for the Swiss Cheese and the Vegan with zero hesitation.

A Must Try!

How did it all start?
After the successful opening of Fung Kee Hotdogs Orchard Towers in September 2018, the team has also hosted various pop ups around Singapore such as Zoukout, Gin Lane, Lulu’s Lounge and SEA Focus.
Founder Knut Randhem has spent six months carefully developing the brand. Giving his Scandinavian background, the concept showcases a strong influence from Scandinavian’s hotdog culture: “I’ve been missing a place for quality hotdogs done simply, but that are delicious, and with a great beverage offering,” says Knut. “Obviously with my bar and spirits background, I wanted to add a good beverage program to the menu. So we are serving a range of cocktails, good quality beers, and champagnes to accompany the dogs.” Choosing Duxton Road as the location for the second venue was to complement the existing dining and after work hotspot. Whether it is before dinner, between bar hops, after shift or post workout, Fung Kee makes a fitted pitstop.

The Menu
Each outlet offers the standard Fung Kee Menu which includes three kinds of sausages, all specially handcrafted for Fung Kee:
A Classic Pork sausage, made from premium pork.
The Swiss Cheese option is pork based, flavored with selected swiss cheese. A Vegan sausage is made from grilled mushroom and soy.
All are served in a toasted bun with in-house made sauces, including the classic Danish Remoulade (curry mayonaise with pickles), Hej Bee chili with crispy shrimp bits, a secret sauce, and finished off with either crispy onions or pickles.

Not without a drink!
The beverage program includes champagne by the glass ($18), house Negroni ($14), beers ($10), and a selection of house spirits. For high rollers, there is also Dom Perignon Champagne at $298.
New to Fung Kee Duxton is a special ‘Catch-22’ after dark menu. All items are $22 nett and the menu includes a Cheese Fondue and 4 well crafted classic cocktails with an option of an Akvavit Switch for additional $3Weekly Happenings at Fung Kee Duxton!

Tuesday: Not-So-Meatless Tuesday: Beer + Dog Deal for only $15 nett!
Thursday: Thirsty Thursday: Bring your own shot glass and exchange it for a shot of Fernet
Happy Hour (Mon-Fri)
5pm – 7pm $8 beers and $8 wine


Opening Hours:
Mon-Tues 5pm till 12mn
Weds-Fri 12noon till 12mn
Sat 5pm till 12mn

What’s With The Fung Kee Name?
The name is a symbol of Western and Asian hegemony: A Scandinavian hotdog place in Asia, with an edge. The name 豐記 (Fung Kee) means prosperity.

Fung Kee Hotdogs
68 Duxton Road
#01-02 Singapore 089527

Stay Fung Kee!
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Get Yourself into Alignment with Anita Ghosal – International Coach And Speaker

International Coach & Speaker

Imagine being liberated from the need for external validation and approval?

Meet Anita

I know it would be pretty amazing and yes, sassy diva’s, it is possible and it is the most freeing way to live. This is what I do for the women I work with.

Now, I did not always know that over the course of my life I would experienced guilt, self-doubt, hurt, anxiety, anger, lack of confidence, drama, feeling lost, rejection and being misunderstood.

I lost my Dad to suicide when I was 17, been divorced twice and now remarried, raised as UK born Indian where being myself was not an option – there were serious expectations to live up to. I had a tough upbringing with a mother that was certainly not going to win mother of the year award, where I experienced abuse and general madness.

In-spite of this, I was hugely successful on paper – degree, post grad, 18 years in the corporate world getting to the top of the ladder as a Marketing Director, then realising I felt empty, as if I had climbed the wrong ladder. I realised the ladder I had climbed was not mine. I have used these experiences to LIBERATE myself in every way. By using them as my rocket fuel to travel the world, find my true self, live abroad, start my own heart led successful business, claiming and owning myself in ways I never knew possible – without apology.

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Remember the first time rode a bicycle? The freedom you felt as you pedalled away? Wouldn’t you love to relive that moment once more? Here’s your chance, thanks to Let’s Go Tour Singapore. Not only will you enjoy the ride, you’ll also be given a history lesson. The bicycle tour is curated along the line of a crafted story of Tan Ah Huat; his entrepreneur life, his friends, his passion, and his love. As we cycle through the Trail of Tan Ah Huat, visitors will get to understand the contrasts of the modern Singapore versus the scenes back in 1920s with the aid of multimedia slideshows and crafted story telling narrated by our guides. Visitors will get to learn about the cultures and glimpse of history behind characters like Muhamad Zulfri(Malay Fisherman), Mr Singh(Doorman), Lim Mei Hua as the story unfolds.

I did the ‘mini’ Kampong Glam tour and I saw chickens! When was the last time you rode a bike in Singapore and saw chickens? I can’t express enough how enjoyable the experience was for me but you need to go try it for yourself. It’s hassle-free and safe. Tour Price Includes:

  • Use of bicycle and helmet
  • Licensed guide (and storyteller)
  • Bottled water
  • Poncho
  • Local drinks and snacks at the designated rest stop

Tour Price Excludes:

  • Hotel pickup/dropoff.
  • Gratuity for Guide

More information about Let’s Go Tour:




Thinking of getting a facial anytime soon? Not sure where to go and which facial to get? I get it. We’re women and we’re spoilt for choice. The last place was great but our skin needs a new boost. I was in the same predicament not too long ago so I decided to take a chance on SkinLab. Initially I was worried about the hard sell tactics I would have to face but a ‘glow’ was long overdue and I was willing to face anything. No pun intended.

My facial was scheduled on a Thursday afternoon which was perfect for me. When I arrived, there was some confusion but thankfully it was resolved quickly and soon after I was brought into my treatment room . I liked that there was no pushing for me to get any add-ons before we got the started. The sweetest beautician attended to me. She ran through the available promotional options and recommended the Gentle Milk Peel which is a mild peeling system is designed to help you achieve clearer, brighter and smoother skin, easily and effectively. It utilises lactic acid, a gentle alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) derived from milk and fruits.

Gentle steaming with pure milk proteins and lactic contents


  • Lactic acid prepares skin for a smoother extraction
  • Lightens skin dullness
  • Sloughs away dead skin cells
  • Moisturises skin for a supple touch


  • Welcome head massage
  • Double cleansing
  • Gentle steaming with pure milk proteins and lactic contents
  • Eyebrow shaping (optional)
  • Professional extraction
  • Face massage
  • Mask application
  • Sunblock/Night Protect application


Lactic acid is one of the gentlest AHAs around and is generally well-tolerated by most skin types, even sensitive skin conditions such as eczema and rosacea. As a humectant, lactic acid does not dry the skin like other AHAs.

With a strict doctor-developed protocol, professionally trained therapists and consultants, our Gentle Milk Peel can safely lighten skin dullness, remove dead skin cells and moisturise skin.

Their consultants will take the time to discuss whether your goals and expectations for the treatment are realistic, and also discuss with you all our Gentle Milk Peel benefits and risks.

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Have an Auspicious Chinese New Year Reunion Dinner at Gu Ma Jia!

How would you like to celebrate Chinese New Year in a cosy venue, serving hearty, mouth-watering dishes? Gu Ma Jia is just the place for that. Nothing beats the experience of dining at Gu Ma Jia where you are always greeted by delightful staff who contribute to the already lovely ambience.  To top it all off, anything you order is bound to impress, thanks to founder, Gu Ma’s, dedication and passion for creating delectable dishes.

Receive a Gu Ma Jia $50 Cash Dining Voucher with purchase of a $799++ Reunion Set Menu

Usher in the auspicious Lunar New Year with a reunion dinner at award-winning Gu Ma Jia. Known to be fully booked for our reunion dinner packages, customers are advised to book at least 2 to 3 months ahead to secure their seats. Most loved by all is that Gu Ma Jia adopts a philosophy of no MSG-added, less oil, less salt and less sugar where possible in their dishes.

New exciting Chinese New Year dishes are being launched for 2019 along with the usual tasty New Year dishes that our customers look forward to every year! Customers can also place orders in advance for our Roasted Suckling Pig and ala carte dishes during the festive season. Also available with the Chinese New Year Reunion Set Meals with an impressive assortment of delightful dishes.


Roasted Suckling Pig UP$238 Special Price at $208 (CNY PRICE)
Roasted Suckling Pig – a must-have for this auspicious Lunar New Year. Savour the crispy skin that is simply irresistible! Dip with our in-house Chef’s Special Sauce for the extra flavor to tantalize your taste buds!

Lobster Cold Platter $138
Using premium quality and fresh lobster and serve together with an exciting platter of delicious dishes like Smoked Duck, Mixed Sauce Pacific Clams, Gu Ma Beancurd – specially prepared for this Lunar New Year. An impressive prelude to your feast with these welcoming dishes showcasing our different specialties and culinary skills with an exciting combination of different textures, flavors, and colors, most importantly it is a fantastic dish of creativity and absolute delight for our customers!

Lychee Sweet & Sour Grouper (Market Rate)
You will crave for more of this exciting Deep Fried Sweet & Sour Grouper with Lychee. A hit for the family and kids will love this for sure. Enjoy the crispy skin on the outside while sinking your teeth into the soft, fresh and tender grouper fish meat! A complete burst of different flavors to whet your appetite!

Gu Ma Jia is conveniently located at 45 Tai Thong Crescent Senett Estate Singapore 347866.
Tel: 6285 2023
Whatsapp 6583550476
Operating Hours
 Monday to Friday: 
11am to 2.30pm (Last order 2pm)  5.30pm to 9.30pm (Last order 9pm)
 Saturday, Sunday and Public Holiday:
11am to 10pm (Last order 9.15pm)

For more information on Gu Ma Jia, check out the following:
 Website:
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Do take note of the following:
 Promotion is valid 18 January to 19 February 2019
 50% Deposit is required for all reservations, prices are subjected to GST.
 Subjected to availability, dishes of the same value may be replaced.
 Prices include nuts and towels. Drinks are not inclusive.
 Delivery timing: 12pm to 2pm or 4pm to 6pm
 Delivery charges: $35 per trip per location
 Strictly no refund of deposit.
 Change of date subject to availability. Within the promotion period 18 Jan 2019 to 19 Feb 2019.
 Gu Ma Jia reserves the right to amend the terms and conditions without prior notice.


SINGAPOPERA, a celebration of the musicals of Dick Lee spanning 30 years of theatrical productions, is a ferociously enjoyable show. Truth be told, I was never one to take interest in the local theatre/musical scene and after all the talent I witnessed last night, I must admit regret not having done so sooner. Every performance was stupendously good. From dynamic vocals to showmanship, these musical geniuses made us laugh, cry, sing along and most of all, they made us PROUD. 

I feel obliged to refer to Dick Lee as Sir Dick Lee from now on. When he jokingly referred to himself as Asia’s Andrew Lloyd Webber during the show, I couldn’t help but agree with him. After all, the man is arguably one of the most successful composers in this part of world. We all know the words to Fried Rice Paradise and Home. Most of us have sung along to Bunga Sayang at some point on our lives. Let’s just say, his songs have left an impact on us over the last 30 years and hearing them live in a span of 2 hours is nothing short of phenomenal; not forgetting the theatrics thrown into each performance. To single out one would be too difficult. But some of my favourites include Now China has a son performed (Benjamin Chow), Look a little closer (Dwayne Lau), When all the tears have dried (Alemay Fernandez) and Bunga Sayang by the entire cast.

I could go on about SINGAPOPERA for days but I think I’ve said enough. There’s much to be missed if you don’t grab your tickets now!

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SINGAPOPERA – a celebration of the musicals of Dick Lee

SINGAPOPERA is a celebration of the musicals of Dick Lee, spanning 30 years of theatrical productions and an extensive repertoire of songs from most popular musical productions.

Songs from shows like Fried Rice Paradise, Beauty World, Sing To The Dawn, Nagraland, Forbidden City, amongst others, will be performed by a stellar cast of Singapore’s musicals stars like Sebastian Tan, Alemay Fernandez, Denise Tan, Dwayne Lau, Frances Lee, Benjamin Chow, Cheryl Chitty Tan and Dick Lee. Singapopera’s cast will be  accompanied by a 9piece band, led by Musical Director Indra Ismail.

The concert also celebrates the 30th anniversary of Beauty World, as well as the 20th anniversary of the most successful Chinese musical, Snow.Wolf.Lake.

Dick Lee
Alemay Fernandez
Sebastian Tan
Denise Tan
Dwayne Lau
Frances Lee
Benjamin Chow
Cheryl Chitty Tan

Through All SISTIC Channels
20% (Cat 1) / 15% (Cat 2) Discount for Priority DBS/POSB Card Holder
[Valid till 20 Jul 2018]

20% (Cat 1) / 15% (Cat 2) Discount for Early Bird
[Valid from 21 Jun till 20 Jul 2018]

20% (Cat 1) / 15% (Cat 2) / 10% (Cat 3) Discount for Early Bird Senior Citizen
[Verification: Present valid ID upon purchase]
[Valid from 21 Jun 2018 onwards]
[Please note that random checks on concession tickets will be conducted at the point of entry]
[Patrons unable to present proof of eligibility are required to upgrade their concession tickets to full price tickets]

15% (Cat 1) / 10% (Cat 2) Discount for DBS/POSB Card Holder
[Valid from 21 Jul 2018 onwards]

10% Discount for PAssion Card Members
[Verification: Present PAssion Card at the ticketing counter or quota the first 4 digits of your PAssion Card Number as the promotion code for purchases through website or hotline to enjoy the privilege.]
[Valid from 21 Jul 2018 onwards]
[Valid for Cat 1 & Cat 2 only]

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Cutting-edge PicoWay Laser for flawless skin

I heard about Drs Chua and Partners recently and I wanted to check out the various treatments their clinic provided as I am all about skincare. They are one of the few clinics in Singapore who have the PicoWay laser treatment available and what better place to undergo such a treatment than with a clinic. When I arrived with my colleague and friend Aiz, Dr Chua recommended that he try the PicoWay laser treatment for his prominent acne scars while I try the HydraFacial instead. Aiz has always wanted to treat his acne scars and this was the perfect opportunity for him to do so.

Aiz’s clean face before treatment

Dr Chua took some photos of Aiz before the treatment then briefed him thoroughly on what to expect during and after.

Pic taken before treatment

About PicoWay Resolve

Utilising a unique technology where the laser pulses are delivered in picoseconds (one trillionth of a second), PicoWay treatments deliver small bursts of laser energy that penetrates deep into the skin. This not only stimulates the body’s healing response but also breaks up pigmentation in a speedy and efficient manner.


PicoWay has three main benefits: it enables the removal of multi-coloured and recalcitrant tattoos, works to remove benign pigmented lesions, and helps to treat skin irregularities.

Safety eyewear to protect your eyes from the intense laser light

PicoWay helps to stimulate the skin’s repair mechanism while jumpstarting collagen production in order to heal the skin and increase tissue elasticity. Beverly Hills-based Dr Harold Lancer and dermatologist to renowned celebrities has even used it on personalities such as Nicole Richie, Beyonce, Kim Kardashian and Scarlett Johansson to great effects.

Studies have shown that PicoWay’s short pulse delivery means that less energy is used, resulting in less heat being emitted during the treatment, thereby allowing for quicker recovery times. The treatment is thus more comfortable than traditional lasers and is suitable for most skin types.

Skin after treatment

Clients who may be interested in this treatment include those looking for the most painless tattoo or pigmentation removal solution out there or anyone looking for an anti-aging treatment with minimal risk and discomfort. Mild redness can be expected immediately after treatment. A calming cream will be applied along with a chemical-free sunblock to the treated area to soothe and protect the skin.

Aiz and Dr Chua after treatment

“We decided to introduce the PicoWay laser into our clinic’s portfolio because it is the next frontier in laser technology. Its picosecond pulse enables faster clearance of tattoos and pigments as well as skin rejuvenation in only a few treatments. It is truly an effective yet comfortable laser that looks set to become the leading laser treatment in the industry,” said Dr Chua about bringing PicoWay into his clinic.

About Drs Chua & Partners

Drs Chua & Partners is a family clinic with a special interest in aesthetics and tattoo removal. Located conveniently in the Bukit Merah heartlands, signature treatments at the clinic include PicoWay, CoolSculptingTM and HydraFacialTM. Helmed by Dr Kevin Chua and his wife Dr Iroshini Chua, the clinic also has its own line of cosmeceutical products called Dr Kevin Chua Aesthetics. For more information, please visit

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YOUTHNIVERSE – The Global Youth Singapore Street Festival 2018

The Singapore Street Festival Official launch held at Bugis + level 2 atrium yesterday, was nothing short of fantastically fun and throughly inspiring.

There were various amazing performances and activities which included The Lion City Bboys who won last year’s BOTY SG and represented Singapore to compete in the South Asia Finals in Thailand, as well as other impressive performances such as Street Football, Academy of Rock (AOR) Performers, Belly Dance featuring children dancers, Kendama J-feature, Yoyo, Hip Hop and Erick Guansing.

Erick Guansing

About Singapore Street Festival (SSF)

Singapore Street Festival is a yearly event offering the opportunity for youth to showcase their diverse talents, skills and capabilities in the performing arts, visual arts, popular lifestyle trends, fashion, urban sports, entrepreneurship, technology, health, environment and design. 

SSf is also featured in SHINE Festival, supported by SHINE Festival and Academy of Rock.

Founded in 2002 by one of Singapore’s most prolific independent producers Ms. Annie Pek, the Singapore Street Festival is a yearly non-profit social and community event offering youths the opportunity to showcase their diverse skills and capabilities in the performing arts, visual arts, popular lifestyle trends fashion, urban sports, entrepreneurship, technology, health, environment and design. Not limited to Singapore only but also across the region and the international arena too, SSF has become familiar in youth’s hearts and minds as the genre and medium of their dreams and their passion.

For more information on Singapore Street Festival 2017 check out the following:

Performances from the launch: