Launch of Barry’s in Singapore

Looking for a great workout place after office hours?

LA founded, celeb-loved* Barry’s is launching in Singapore, making it the US brand’s first foray into Asia!

*Ah hem. Think David and Victoria Beckham, Kim Kardashian and Justin Bieber!

Founded in 1998 in Los Angeles, Barry’s — the premier high-intensity workout phenomenon that led the global fitness HIIT revolution will be launching their flagship studio at 18 Robinson Road-Raffles Place. From May onwards, head down to Barry’s after work or during lunch to burn, burn, burn those calories away!

Barry’s has the renowned High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) workout in store for you at the signature Red Room. This workout will be an immersive and motivating experience that burns up to 1,000 calories. Your classes at Barry’s will incorporate interval-based cardiovascular routines on specially designed Barry’s Woodway treadmills, with strength and conditioning exercises using free weights and equipment. Each class also includes a stretch and cool-down period. The Barry’s program is also designed to tone muscles and create a spike in metabolism for up to 48 hours after.

Check out a photo of the Red Room below!

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Work out in a contemporary studio fit-out that also features an extensive range of Barry’s performance sportswear and fully equipped change room facilities – stocked with a Dry Bar and luxury grooming products. This is core to the Barry’s brand DNA, which aims to serve an end-to-end luxury client experience.

In addition to the core workout, enjoy Barry’s very own Fuel Bar concept which serves made-to-order nutritionally approved and locally adapted protein smoothies to maximise your post- workout recovery!

This Singapore opening follows a series of Australia openings last year, which make up part of the 55 locations across the globe including UK, Canada, Norway, Italy, and more. This Red Room studio is the first Barry’s launched in Asia and is set to revolutionise our local fitness landscape!

Here’s to a new, luxury lifestyle experience. Cheers!

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Singapore Orchid Show 2019

The Singapore Orchid Show 2019 is kind of a spinoff from the main Singapore Garden Festival event and organised in partnership with the Orchid Society of South East Asia. This will be the second edition of this biennial event.

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Floral enthusiasts can look forward to admiring orchid landscape displays and award-winning orchid plants showcased at the National Orchid Garden and other parts of the Singapore Botanic Gardens.

Talks, demonstrations and guided tours will also further acquaint you with the flower that is closely linked to Singapore’s identity, while a marketplace will feature a myriad of plant, gardening and landscape-related products for sale!

That’s about all the information we have for now, other than the show being held from 7 to 15 December 2019. For more information, check in with this site.

Singapore Garden Festival 2019 Horticulture Show

Enter a magical world of exciting garden designs and exquisite floral creations as Singapore goes into full bloom this July at the Singapore Garden Festival 2019. Whether you are a serious gardener, hobbyist or just looking for a wonderful day out with the family, you are in for delightful treats at the Festival. This year’s Festival promises to be more spectacular than ever before, with the festival making its return in 2019 with the inaugural SGF Horticulture Show in April! 

You’re probably no stranger to the SGF, which is in its 8th year running. It’s also a pretty record-breaking event too – the event welcomed more than 600,000 local and international visitors in 2018!


SGF Horticulture Show

Let the inaugural SGF Horticulture Show take your breath away! Outstanding horticultural displays will be up from 27 April to 5 May 2019 and admission will be free. The nine-day event will take place once every two years in a bid to nurture interest in horticulture and provide an opportunity for the local community and industry partners to demonstrate their expertise, while students and community gardeners hone their skills.

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To be held in the upcoming Jurong Lake Gardens, the SGF Horticulture Show will feature competitive and non-competitive elements. Check out some of these event highlights!

What’s New This Year?

A new Horticultural Competition will provide an avenue for plant enthusiasts and growers alike to showcase their horticulture skills across nine categories. Whether you’re an amateur or professional, submit your aroids, begonias, bromeliads, carnivorous plants, edible plants, ferns, flowering plants, gesneriads and succulents to compete for the challenge cup and medals. Submissions for the competition are open now until 25 April 2019 (Thursday)!

Other key competitions include the Vertical Greenery Competition where innovative vertical garden installations based on the theme of “Into the next dimension” will offer refreshing approaches for Singapore’s urban landscaping.

Not to be missed is the new Aquascape Display and Competition where visitors can feast their eyes on beautiful underwater garden landscapes for the first time.

With more than 100 terrariums by students and community gardeners, My Mini Eden will showcase how gardening can be done indoors with limited space and inspire aspiring green thumbs to take greater interest in greening – even the exhibition area will be transformed into a larger-than-life terrarium!

Get ready to also be captivated by non-competitive events. The magical world of Miniature Settings will see local talents from NParks and various Institutes of Higher Learning tell a myriad of stories through scaled dioramas filled with plants.

Separately, Beautiful Bonsai will showcase eye-catching bonsai specimens from Jurong Lake Gardens, local bonsai collectors and nurseries, with some dating back to 1712. Historical indeed.

Complementing the horticultural displays, the popular SGF Marketplace will make its return, offering green fingers a variety of plants, gardening and horticultural products, as well as food and drinks.

While the nine-day SGF Hort Show opens from 10am to 7pm, look forward to weekend performances at Jurong Lake Gardens after the show!

Can’t wait to learn more? Follow SGF on Facebook today!

Pilot Pen x Band of Doodlers

Leaving for an adventure without a pen? Ah, if only you could bring along a pen with the right style and substance that complements your life!

This March, embark on an exciting new journey with leading stationery brand, Pilot Pen, as they unveil their latest in world-class writing instruments in collaboration with the local doodling community, Band of Doodlers! If you haven’t heard of this amazing stable of passionate artists, know that they are driven by a mission to rid the world of blank spaces by filling it with characters and doodles, while promoting interactive art and interaction through art!

This exciting Pilot Pen x Band of Doodlers launch will introduce the Pilot Explorer, an all-new pen range that comes in three unique pen styles – Rollerball, Ball Point, and Fountain – thoughtfully crafted with your needs in mind.

If you are student, ace your tests with the Pilot Explorer Rollerball Pen! Artists – indulge your creativity with the Pilot Explorer Ball Point Pen. Businessmen – ink your next deal with the Pilot Explorer Fountain Pen!

Whatever the adventure, and in every phase of life really, there’s a perfect Pilot Explorer for you every step of the way. Enjoy the Pilot Explorer’s sleek aesthetics and optimal functionality in six gorgeous metallic hues of Gray, Blue, Emerald Blue, Lime Green, Red, and Pink.

For every Pilot Explorer pen sold, receive a limited-edition notebook with customised doodles drawn on-the-spot by Band of Doodlers! This exclusive activation will take place across four weekends from 2pm to 6pm, each at a different Tokyu Hands outlet, while stocks last:

  • Tokyu Hands Suntec City (30 – 31 Mar’19)
  • Westgate (6 – 7 Apr’19)
  • Orchard Central (13 – 14 Apr’19)
  • Jewel Changi Airport (20 – 21 Apr’19)

Pilot Explorer Rollerball Pen, S$24.60 (with GST)

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Everybody loves a good rollerball pen – created to combine the convenience of ball point pens with the smooth ink style of fountain pens. Presenting the Pilot Explorer Rollerball Pen: with its promise of effectiveness and sheer writing comfort, it is the perfect ally for starting any adventure. It carries an ultra-soft Pilot gel ink that boasts a unique fluidity, so writing is effortless with limitless possibilities. The fine 0.7mm tip creates wonders in written work with its amazing precision transferred from ink onto paper, making it the
quintessential rollerball pen.

Pilot Explorer Ball Point Pen, S$24.60 (with GST)

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The Pilot Explorer Ball Point Pen is an undeniable classic, perfect for everyday use. Its reliable and hard-wearing tungsten-carbide ball combined with an advanced oil-based ink provides a soft and fluid writing experience. The refillable pen’s elegant design comes with a retractable 1.0mm tip for ultimate convenience, making it your new handy go-to.

Pilot Explorer Fountain Pen, S$37.45 (with GST)

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Fountain pens are the epitome of class and sophistication, and the Pilot Explorer Fountain Pen is nothing less. Its sleek design boasts a matte metallic finish complemented by a black trim, making it the perfect tool for writing in style. Featuring a hyper-resistant steel nib available in fine and medium sizes, this refillable pen puts you in full control of your writing experience.

What an invite to sketch the life you’re inspired to live! In love with stationery? Follow Pilot Pen!

Free Events for Park Lovers in Singapore (April to June 2019)

Art in Nature
Programme Code: AC019

If you have been drawing or painting for years and are looking for a new challenge, join us at this workshop. Volunteer leader Jerome Pang will guide you in developing your skills while raising your awareness on conservation and native biodiversity. Please bring along your own art materials. To register, email lim_siew_hong@nparks.gov.sg.

Free, every 3rd Saturday of the month
Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, 9am – 12pm
19 JAN • 16 FEB • 16 MAR • 20 APR • 18 MAY • 15 JUN


Nature Sketching in the Gardens
Programme Code: AC029

Enjoy nature creatively through this engaging, fun and therapeutic activity. Join our volunteer artist, Tham Pui San, as he guides you in acquiring drawing and observational skills to equip you for an interesting journey of nature appreciation. Please bring along your own sketching materials.

Register 15 minutes prior to the tour in person at Visitor Centre (Nassim Gate), Singapore Botanic Gardens or email nparks_sbg_visitor_services@nparks.gov.sg.

Free, every 3rd Saturday of odd months
Singapore Botanic Gardens, Visitor Centre (Nassim Gate), 9am – 11am
19 JAN • 16 MAR • 18 MAY


Heritage Tour
Programme Code: AC039

The Singapore Botanic Gardens dates back to 1859. Learn about the grand old trees and characters that have shaped the Gardens through the years during this guided walk. For groups larger than 20, please register at least 14 days in advance. Register 15 minutes prior to the tour in person at Visitor Services Counter (Tanglin Gate), Singapore, Botanic Gardens, or email nparks_sbg_visitor_services@nparks.gov.sg.

Free, every 4th Saturday of the month
Singapore Botanic Gardens, Visitor Services Counter (Tanglin Gate), 9am – 10.30am
26 JAN • 23 FEB • 23 MAR • 27 APR • 25 MAY • 22 JUN


NParks Concert Series in the Park: Concerts at the Singapore Botanic Gardens
Programme Code: CP909

Performances in the Gardens are free, and NParks welcomes you to pack a picnic basket and relax amid the lush surroundings of Palm Valley. NParks hosts jazz and classical groups about twice a month on Saturdays or Sundays. For more details and further updates, please refer to NParks’ calendar of events online at http://www.nparks.gov.sg/sbg.

Free
6 Apr, 6pm – 7pm: Music Oasis 2019 

12 May, 6pm – 7pm: SSO Mother’s Day Concert
15 Jun, 6pm – 7pm: Singapore Lyric Opera
Location: Singapore Botanic Gardens, Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage


NParks Live Out Loud: Battle of the Bands 2019
Programme Code: LOL

NParks’ open mic programme for local amateur performers, Live Out Loud (LOL), enters its fourth season with a bang! Join us every second Saturday of the month at Parkland Green (East Coast Park) to catch 16 bands jam their hearts out in our Battle of the Bands competition, for a chance to win professional training sessions and perform at NParks Concert Series in the Park: Rockestra®! Audience votes matter. YOU have a say in who wins, so gather your friends and family for a party by the beach and help us
discover Singapore’s next big music talent!

Free, every 2nd Saturday of the month (May – Jun)
East Coast Park, Parkland Green, 6.30pm – 8.30am
11 MAY • 8 JUN




NParks Concert Series in the Park: Rockestra®
Programme Code: ROCK

The NParks Concert Series in the Park: Rockestra® is a series of free outdoor concerts aiming to inspire and encourage the development of the local music scene. The concerts will shine the spotlight and serve as a platform for Singapore’s homegrown talents, where both established and budding musicians can showcase their music.

Free
27 Apr, Jurong Lake Gardens, 6.30pm till late

1 Jun, Fort Canning Park, 6.30pm till late




Singapore Botanic Gardens Market Square
Programme Code: GD019

Bring your family and friends for a weekend of scrumptious bites and plant shopping at the Market Square, Orchid Plaza in the Singapore Botanic Gardens. Each weekend will comprise different food stalls and plant vendors. Afterwards, relax and unwind as you enjoy a concert in the evening.

Free, every 1st weekend of the month
Singapore Botanic Gardens, Orchid Plaza, 9am – 7.30pm
5 & 6 JAN • 2 & 3 FEB
2 & 3 MAR • 6 & 7 APR
4 & 5 MAY • 1 & 2 JUN



Gardeners’ Day Out (GDO)
Programme Code: GD029

Join us for a day of gardening fun at HortPark – The Gardening Hub. Highlights at Gardeners’ Day Out include our Gardeners’ Market, free talks and demonstrations, free garden tours of HortPark and kids’ activities like storytelling and arts and craft! Admission to the event is free but selected workshops and talks are chargeable.

Free, every 3rd Saturday of the month except Apr
HortPark, 9am – 3pm
19 JAN • 16 FEB •16 MAR • 18 MAY • 15 JUN


Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve Guided Tour
Programme Code: NR019

Learn about the diverse plants and animals found in the various habitats of Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve. There is a different theme every week! This guided walk is suitable for everyone, including families with children. Registration is required with a maximum of 20 people per session, on a first-come, first-served basis. Register two Fridays before the scheduled date at www.nparks.gov.sg/sbwr.

Free, every Saturday, 9.30am – 11am
Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve


Guided Intertidal Walk at Sisters’ Islands Marine Park and St. John’s Island
Programme Code: NR029

The intertidal area at Sisters’ Islands Marine Park is most suitable for visiting during low tides of 0.4 metres and below – this is when you will be able to see the shore teeming with marine life as the area will be submerged under water at higher tides. Follow the nature guides to discover the Marine Park’s rich biodiversity. The St. John’s Island Land Trail Guided Walk will lead you on an exploration of the island. On your journey, you will have many enriching encounters with both nature and history. Visitors will also learn about the Marine Park at a Public Gallery in the Marine Park Outreach and Education Centre, a collaboration between National Parks Board and the Tropical Marine Science Institute, National University of Singapore. Register at www.nparks.gov.sg/events.

Free, twice a month during low tides
Sisters’ Islands Marine Park
Dependant on low tide

Free, every 1st Saturday of the month, St. John’s Island, 10am
5 JAN • 2 FEB • 2 MAR
6 APR • 4 MAY • 1 JUN

 

Water Conservation Artists in Singapore

So do people prefer various forms of art, people also view water differently!

Here’s how Singaporeans of all ages interpret and express the value of water conservation. Created by a local group of community artists, these artwork brings to life their personal narratives and memories of the Singapore Water Story and will be on display till 31 March 2019 along Orchard Road. Enjoy!

Charmaine Chew

For the youngest artist of the group, 13-year-old Charmaine Chew (周雪敏), water represents joy. Brought up in a family that conscientiously re-uses water, Charmaine’s fondest childhood memories include playing in the rain with her brother. This inspired her to pen a poem and create her artwork ‘Water through the eyes of a Child’.

“I hope people will be able to relate to the joy and life that water gives. I hope people will realise the power to make every drop count lies in our hands – how we conserve water today, how we keep our rivers and reservoirs clean – these add up to the difference we can make for today and our future generations,” said Charmaine.

Isaac Liang

Isaac Liang (梁志杰), 32, a deaf illustrator, sees water as a big part of his daily life – from drinking, to showering to cooking. His art piece ‘Rain of Blessings’ was inspired by a community project in Vietnam, where he was part of a team that built a school for the locals and taught the children English.

“There was a lack of water infrastructure and I was struck by how the village children were so happy dancing in the rain. Through my artwork, I hope to remind the public that they are so lucky to live in a place like Singapore, where clean water is available anywhere. Running water from a tap is something we should not take for granted,” said Isaac.

Chiang Yu Xiang

Chiang Yu Xiang (郑宇翔), 32, a librarian, hopes to highlight the importance of water conservation through his art piece ‘Wally Wonders’. His work as a librarian, with exposure to books and stories on the environment, also encourages him to use water wisely. His family also makes it a point to conserve water such as reusing water from rinsing rice and vegetables to water the plants.

“It’s important to use water mindfully and avoid using more than what is necessary. Conserving what we can today will allow us the peace of mind that there will be adequate resources for the future,” said Yu Xiang.

Toby Tan

Participating in “My Take on Water” initiative has made Nanyang Technological University undergrad Toby Tan (陈迅艺), 24, more aware of his daily water usage and he started practising water-saving tips at home. His artwork ‘Everything Begins From A Single Drop’ is a playful take on a water droplet, illustrating how everything begins with a single drop.

“It’s an overlooked privilege in Singapore to have water readily accessible and the luxury of clean drinkable tap water. These are things to be grateful for and we should not take them for granted,” said Toby.

Must-Get Deals from the #GoBlue4SG Movement

Did you know that PUB is doing so much to make every drop count?

It isn’t just PUB as well – communities and businesses have gone all out to roll out blue retail promotions in the month of March, in support of water conservation.

Here are some promo codes you shouldn’t miss out on:

Deliveroo

From 1 Feb to 30 Apr, take $4 off your first three orders, using the promo code “GOBLUESG” during checkout.

Fave

Fave will be sharing water conservation tips and encouraging its users to pledge to save water. Pledgers who are new to Fave will be rewarded with promo codes that can be used at FavePay merchants at PUB’s partner locations.

NTUC Income’s Droplet insurance

Enjoy $5 off Grab, GOJEK or Ryde fare with promo code “SaveWaterNow”.

Harvey Norman, COURTS, Gain City

Receive discounts or free vouchers with purchase of 4-tick washing machines in the month of March 2019.

Swensens

Show up in blue from 18 to 24 March and enjoy 15% off Swensens’ Outrageous Sundaes.

Sticky Singapore

Sticky Singapore will offer a 10% off on all their blue candies in the month of March.

Ya Kun Kaya Toast

Coming on board for the first time, Ya Kun Kaya Toast is launching blue tumblers and extending a 10% discount for its purchase.

April Skin

Launch of a new blue hair colour treatment “Wanna Blue” and offering discounts for blue hair colour treatment products.

Carlton City Hotel Singapore, Novotel Singapore on Stevens, Mercure Singapore on Stevens, Swissôtel Merchant Court Hotel & InterContinental Singapore

Rolling out various blue food and beverage items in the month of March in celebration of water.

Candy Camera

Candy Camera, a popular selfie app downloaded 150 million times worldwide, will launch for the first time, 16 Water Wally stickers for free download in March.

Nature Society Singapore

Launch of a new volunteer programme to raise awareness on water and the Singapore Water Story.

The first ever #GoBlue4SG carnival will also be held on 22 March, which will see the Marina Barrage transform into a blue wonderland with food, games and fireworks painted in the colour blue! More than 20 buildings, including National Gallery Singapore, Gardens by the Bay and Marina Bay Sands will be lighting up in blue, as a show of their commitment to water conservation.

Enjoy and make it count!