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   14 FEBRUARY 2014, FRIDAY
 
HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!

HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY 2014

“Love can be expressed and received in all five languages. However, if you don't speak a person's primary love language, that person will not feel loved, even though you may be speaking the other four. Once you are speaking his or her primary love language fluently, then you can sprinkle in the other four and they will be like icing on the cake.”

― Gary Chapman



   28 JANUARY 2014, TUESDAY
 
GALLOPING INTO THE LUNAR NEW YEAR!

It is time of the year families get busy and get together for Re!Union dinners! One of the much-anticipated activities would be to visit the streets of Chinatown, where all can swim in the merriment of the festivities whilst shopping for the new year goodies!

This year, Chinatown is swamped with a whopping 88 majestic horses along with countless gold coins suspended along the street! By foot or by car, these decorations definitely make you feel like you are ‘basking in prosperity,  nothing short of overwhelming!

HAPPY LUNAR NEW YEAR 2014

Here at Hotel Re! @ Pearl’s Hill, we are also all set to welcome the Year of Horse with ‘Happiness’ & ‘ Prosperity’! Join us as we serve up palatable cuisine, available for 8 pax or 10 pax, comes in two menus for your selection – Happiness Menu (from $588++) and Prosperity Menu (from $688++). Don’t forget our savoury Seafood Pen Cai (from $198nett) and a traditional must-have Yusheng (at $38nett) for an auspicious toss to begin the new year too!

HAPPY LUNAR NEW YEAR

Available from 16 January 2014 through to 14 February 2014. Call 6827 8226, SMS 9111 7137 or email to fb@hotelre.com.sg for reservations and enquiries now!

With these, here’s all of us from Hotel Re! @ Peael’s Hill, wishing one and all, a very Happy Lunar New Year!

HAPPY LUNAR NEW YEAR 2014





   01 JANUARY 2014, WEDNESDAY
 
HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Here's to a blessed and successful 2014!

HAPPY 2014

With love,

From all of us at Hotel Re! @ Pearl's Hill!





   28 October 2013, MONDAY
 
Sleeping at Hotel Re! (II)

So previously we have talked about our comfortable Sealy Posturepedic beds. Another secret that Hotel Re! has for helping our guests enjoy sweet dreams is with our selection of ploh pillows that are handmade in Singapore.
Do you know that there are different types of pillows recommended for different sleeping positions? Many people use the wrong pillows and end up getting a sore back or an aching neck the next day they wake up.

What kind of sleeper are you? Back(), tummy () or side()? Check out out pillow selections and pick the one that suits you!

Hotel Re! - Pillow Menu

Be sure to try out our pillow selections the next time you check-in with us!
Good night & dream on!




   03 September 2013, TUESDAY
 
Mid-Autumn Festival 2013

Legend has it that a maiden named Chang’er resides on the moon with her celestial pet bunny after accidentally swallowing the elixir of immortailty that her husband, Hou Yi, had cultivated for himself. For many years to follow, Chang’er would come to be known as the Moon Goddess. The mooncake, fondly named to commemorate her, is now shared among family and friends and eaten during the month of September when the moon is at its roundest and brightest.

Mid-Autumn Festival 2013
(Photo credit: - freepik)

On the 19th of September, partake of some delicious mooncakes and remember to turn your attention to the moon to admire it in all its glowing glory. As our parents use to tell us, if you look closely enough, you may even see the Moon Goddess feeding and playing with her bunny while looking down upon all of us.

Mid-Autumn Festival 2013
(Photo credit: Flickr - kthread)





   13 August 2013, TUESDAY
 
ORIENTAL LOVE

Oriental Love
(Photo credit: Flickr - Linus Bohman)

Qixi Festival also known as the Qiqiao Festival, is a Chinese festival that falls on the 7th day of the 7th lunar month. It is sometimes called the Double Seventh Festival or the Chinese Valentine's Day. It is because of the beautiful legend about Niu Lang and Zhi Nu, the festival has been endowed with the meaning of great romance.

Today, in the Chinese cities, the Western Valentine's Day is more favored than the Double Seventh Festival by young people. Although some traditional customs have been changed or lost, the legend is still passed down from generation to generation. Some still celebrate the day  like Valentine's Day, with flowers and chocolates.

Oriental Love
(Photo credit: Flickr - ForsterFoto)

Whatever way the festival is spent, great love is expressed between the young.





   15 July 2013, MONDAY
 
Good night @ Hotel Re!


“I’m so sleepy!” We are sure that that’s a phrase used very often by many of us.



Other than clocking in the average of 8 hours a day, there are many other secrets to getting a good sleep every night. At Hotel Re!, we ensure that our guests have enough room to stretch and turn comfortably on the bed. Our sleep-friendly rooms are furnished with Sealy Posturepedic beds as well as water beds for our guests. Yes, Sealy Posturepedic! The ones you see in the memorable ad where the salesperson struggles to stay awake by swallowing coffee powder!

Sealy Posturepedic
(Photo credit: Sealy Posturepedic)

Thank goodness, our room attendants don’t face the same issue as the bed seller while they are ensuring that your rooms are sparkling clean and tidy.

The next time you stay with us at Hotel Re!, put the beds to the test and let us know how you feel!



Hotel Re! - Business Room

For now, good night!



   15 MAY 2013, WEDNESDAY
 
HOTEL RE! IS 5!


Our birthday month is filled with so much fun, love and giveaways! Facebook fans were flooding our walls with their 5 favourite things about Hotel Re! and our SMS Hotline was beeping away with countless birthday greetings!

HOTEL RE! IS 5!

Thank you all for taking time to take part in the contest and letting us know that we are so blessed with all your love and support! The contest has ended and we're in the midst of going through all the posts for the winner of the 2D1N Staycation! Also for those who have made it for the complimentary Re!Member VIP Membership, we sure welcome you to enjoy the wide array of discount and privileges in line for you! For those who didn't, find out more here and sign up now!


Just to share on our fun-tastic celebration at the Hotel Lobby with the whole Hotel Re! family! Check out our super eye-catching PINK Polo Tee... spells UNITY!
HOTEL RE! IS 5!

HOTEL RE! IS 5!
We sure had a great time! Here's the many fabulous years to come!
HAPPY 5TH BIRTHDAY, HOTEL RE! :)



   18 April 2013, THURSDAY
 
HOTEL RE! x SUPERTASTE!


We have been all busy working with the good people from TVBS, for the famous Taiwanese variety show, Supertaste aka 食尚玩家!

Here's us with 浩角翔起 and the production crew.
We will be uploading the video soon, so look out for it! ;)

SUPERTASTE!





    27 March 2013, WEDNESDAY
 
JOKE OF THE DAY


Many pull jokes & pranks on people on April’s Fool day, but do you know why the pass down of tradition?

Believed to be a copying error in the manuscripts of an engagement of the King, passage meant 32 days after April (i.e. 02 May) but mispelled as March 32 (i.e. 1 April). This day has since been a day of informal holiday that countries all over the world practises pranks and practical jokes on people.

Easter Day 2013
Photo credit: Carolinejoan (Flickr)

There! Go joke and prank (responsibly)!



    27 March 2013, WEDNESDAY
 
EGGS & HARES SPEAKS EASTER

Easter Day 2013
Photo credit: Praktyczny.prezodnik (Flickr)

31 March 2013- Do you know that Easter eggs and bunnies are represented during Easter Day because it symbolizes fertility and starting of a new life? *In the United States, around 90 million chocolate bunnies are made for Easter each year!

Easter, also religiously known as the resurrection of Jesus, is preceded by a forty-day period of fasting, prayer and penance (Repentance of sins). The theological significance in this day of celebration proves to Christians that God has given Christians “a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus from the dead”.
Easter Day 2013
Photo credit: Kevin.J (Flickr)

HAPPY EASTER HOLIDAY EVERYONE!



    27 March 2013, wednesday
 
MERCY, PEACE, LOVE, IT’S GOOD FRIDAY

29 March 2013- Easter Friday, Great Friday, Holy Friday, God’s Friday, all but different names of Good Friday. Although it may seem odd that cruxification of Jesus is represented with a name like “Good Friday”, but Christians believe that Jesus’s sacrifice for the eternal life of humanity is the true representation of love and is ultimately a positive message.

Good Friday 2013
Photo credit: Luz Adriana Villa A. (Flickr)

Christians on Good Fridays mostly dressed in black, refrain from entertainment, fast or have simple meals to remember the suffering of Jesus on day of cruxification. Generally, church service are held between 12-3pm to coincide with the time which Jesus was crucified and his subsequent death.

On this day, go on and spread some love and appreciate those in your life that have sacrificed for you in your daily life! And to all believers, wishing you a Good Friday!

Good Friday 2013
Photo credit: Carolyn Coles (Flickr)



    22 March 2013, FRIDAY
 
RE!VEALING NEW MENU…

We have had team Hotel Re! kicked start the Staff Trial period of our New Menu with an extended range of choices added on to our existing menu. To present you with the best dining experience, we have revised our Food Menu not only with more choices, but also a new layout for your easy reading!

Team Hotel Re!

Seafood & Grill lovers will be captivated by the Grilled Prawn, Beef Steak with Fettuccine Arrabbiatta with the best of both world served on a single dish.

Grilled Prawn, Beef Steak with Fettuccine Arrabbiatta
Grilled Prawn, Beef Steak with Fettuccine Arrabbiatta
Not only that, we are bringing out the essence of Singapore to tantalize your tastebuds with our Local Delights!

Nonya Chicken Curry
Nonya Curry Chicken with Roti Prata

And going green does not mean going any less on taste, do try out our Vegetarian dishes which are as colorful in taste as well. Not to mention desserts to satisfy any sweet tooth out there, our latest addition of dessert choices will keep you coming back for more!

Starting from 1st April 2013, visit our Re!Fill restaurant with your friends or loved ones for a gastronomical treat!



    13 February 2013, wednesday
 
HAPPY lunar new year

Welcoming the year of the Snake! Have a great year ahead everyone!

Happy New Year 2013

x,
Team Hotel Re!



    31 DECEMBER 2012, monday
 


HAPPY 2013!

"Tomorrow, is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one.”
― Brad Paisley

Happy New Year 2013
Happy New Year All!

x,
Team Hotel Re!



    05 november 2012, monday
 


world luxury hotel awards - luxury suite hotel

Hotel Re! - Luxury Suite Hotel 2012

Hotel Re! has achieved a milestone at the recent 2012 World Luxury Hotel Awards
(WLHA’12), bringing home the Luxury Suite Hotel award.

The World Luxury Hotel Awards is a recognised global organization providing luxury hotels with recognition for world class facilities and service excellence provided to guests, aiming to encourage and raise service standards within the luxury hotel industry.

Invitation to be a part of the official World Luxury Hotel Awards is based on the property’s service excellence within a luxury niche market‐ known as the nominees. Nominees would go through a round of voting process by the industry players and hotel guests who had their stays at the property.

It is always nice to be recognised for something you’ve put your hearts into doing and Hotel Re! is proud to be award the Luxury Suite Hotel award by WLHA’12. This honour is sure to continue driving the staff at Hotel Re! in extending quality service to all guest and with that we welcome all to luxuriate yourself and “Re!lax in Modern Retro Comfort!”

Join us in the celebration!
In view of this award and to celebrate this achievement, we will be doing a special Award Promotion for our suite rooms!

  • Themed Suite @ $488++ per room per night with complimentary Daily Re!Plenish Buffet for 2 @ the new Re!Fill restaurant, available for Lunch or Dinner
  • Family Suite @ $388++ per room per night with complimentary $50++ Room Service Credit.


For a limited time only! Promotion is based on per booking and valid for direct bookings via:
Email reservations@hotelre.com.sg or Call (65) 86827 8220 or SMS (65) 9111 7137




    28 September 2012, friday
 
The mid-autumn FestivaL

Photo credit: ~ezs (Flickr)
Photo credit: ~ezs (Flickr)

The Chinese celebrate the Mid Autumn Festival, known as the Mooncake Festival or ZhongQiu Festival 中秋节, on the 15th day of the eighth Chinese lunar month, when the moon is at its fullest.

Chinese celebrate this day gathering together, feasting and moon-gazing and kids enjoy their lantern stroll. Of cos’, mooncakes are inextricably linked with this festival.

Photo credit: visualdensity (Flickr)
Photo credit: visualdensity (Flickr)

The Mid-Autumn Festival is celebrated in Chinatown, Singapore, with festive light-ups and street stalls selling mooncakes, pomelos, tea and an assortment of festive goodies.

Hotel Re!Photo credit: anaru (Flickr)
                                                  Photo credit: anaru (Flickr)


Go on and join in a mass lantern walk along the streets of Chinatown, all jazzed up with fairy lights!

Hotel Re!

Here wishing you all a Happy Mid-Autumn Featival from Team Hotel Re! ☺



    21 August 2012, tuesday
 
Nostalgic Retrolicious Bliss

Hotel Re! - Re!tro Wedding Couple- Jack Shen & Chor Boon

The nostalgic couple took a trip down memory lane to the 80s, relieving good old vintage fun with a thematic Retro wedding in our Re!Joice Grand Ballroom.

Hotel Re! - Re!tro Wedding Couple- Jack Shen & Chor Boon

It was as if the guests took the time machine back to the 80s to celebrate the blissful union of Mr Jack Shen Ong and Ms Chua Chor Boon. Trishaws were chartered to pick up the guests from the MRT station to Hotel Re!, immersing the guests in old school fun while enjoying the scenic view up pearl’s hill, leading to the ballroom. Even the carpark was transformed with six vintage cars parked in front of the ballroom, allowing guests to have ample photo opportunities.

Hotel Re! - Re!tro Wedding Couple- Jack Shen & Chor BoonHotel Re! - Re!tro Wedding Couple- Jack Shen & Chor Boon
Hotel Re! - Re!tro Wedding Couple- Jack Shen & Chor BoonHotel Re! - Re!tro Wedding Couple- Jack Shen & Chor Boon

The couple made their statement entrance in a vintage trishaw, with the charming groom ferrying the lovely bride, dressed in a silvery black-lacked cheongsam, in shanghai-tang splendor. The dress code of the day was of course retro-vinatge, and guests had fun reminiscing their yester-years with reception drinks in the form of olden-days glass bottles and a “childhood corner” where all the games of the past like hop-scotch, marbles, tikam-tikam and chaptek were available.

Hotel Re! - Re!tro Wedding Couple- Jack Shen & Chor Boon

If you and your loved one are fellow fun loving individuals looking to hold your wedding in an unconventional way, we have something just for you! Check out our five thematic set-ups – Oriental, Enchanted Garden, Starry Starry Night, Fairytale and Retro, we have it all covered to make your wedding nothing short of memorable! Boosting an exquisite selection of thematic wedding invitation cards, exclusive wedding favours, intricate floral arrangements and meticulous decoration of the ballroom, your celebration with us will be truly magical.





    25 JULY 2012, WEDNESDAY
 
HOUSEKEEPING BED MAKING COMPETITION 2012

Ever wonder how hotel beds are always made to look super comfortable, the plush duvets and soft pillows, almost like you’re hitting cloud nine. It is no wonder that a dream vacation is made in part by those smooth sheets on the tightly made hotel bed. In Hotel Re!, we put guests’ basic good night’s rest as our utmost priority, that is why we are constantly training our housekeeping professionals to perfect the skill of bed making.

Hotel Re! - Business Room

The Competition

Hotel Re!, together with many major players in the hospitality industry, has taken part in the second Housekeeping Bed Making Competition earlier this month!

The Housekeeping Bed-Making Competition is the brainchild of the Employment and Employability Institute (e2i), the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) and the Association of Singapore Housekeepers. This year, there are two categories to the competition, namely the closed category for housekeepers who are Singaporean / Permanent Residents, 40 years old and above, and the open category for all housekeepers.

Competition was stiff with 24 contestants in the close category and 86 contestants in the open category, from various hotels such as Marina Mandarin Hotel, Fullerton hotel, Grand Hyatt Singapore etc.

Hotel Re! @ Pearl's Hill
Hotel Re! @ Pearl's Hill

Our Dedication

We are pleased to inform that Ms Jennifer, our Senior Housekeeping Supervisor, came in top 6 in the close category and Mr Chang Bin, our Room Attendant, came in as the 2nd runner up in the open category.

Hotel Re! @ Pearl's Hill

Congratulations to our Housekeeping warriors for their great performance on the Housekeeping Bed Making Competition 2012. We're constantly looking to do great as we do well, for all our loyal friends out here. Here's to clean, neat and comfortable beds that Hotel Re! will hold as a top priority!




    19 JuNE 2012, WEDNESDAY
 
The Chinese Dragon Boat FestivaL

The Chinese Dragon Boat Festival has a long history dating thousands of years back. Duanwu Festival is usually celebrated on the fifth day of the fifth month on the Chinese lunar calendar.

In 2012, it will be officially celebrated on Saturday, June 23.

Legends The Dragon Boat Festival commemorates the popular Chinese patriot, Qu Yuan. Qu Yuan who in the 3rd century in protest of a corrupt government threw himself into the Mi Lo River in despair. Upon hearing the news, local people frantically raced out in boats to save him, and to scare away any fish who might want to eat him pounded drums and threw rice into the river - but, sadly, they arrived too late. As legend has it, boat races and ceremonial sacrifices of rice were performed each year to symbolize the valiant attempts to rescue Qu Yuan. Today, rice dumplings or zongzi (also known as bazhang) are eaten to symbolize the rice offerings on behalf of Qu Yuan.

Photo credit: She Escobar  (Flickr) Photo credit: sftrajan  (Flickr)
Photo credit: She Escobar / sftrajan (Flickr)

Dumplings Galore

These rice dumplings can be found in many places in Singapore. At Chinatown alone, we’ve got the following just at our fingertips!

Photo credit: HiNoboru (Flickr) Photo credit: HiNoboru (Flickr)
Photo credit: HiNoboru (Flickr)

1. Hiong Kee Dumplings
#02-38 Hong Lim Food Centre, Blk 531A Upper Cross St (6535 2783; Mon-Sat 8.30am-7.30pm) makes a savory dark soy pork ba zhang with salted egg

Photo credit: Eating In Translation (Flickr) Photo credit: Eating In Translation (Flickr)

2. Hoo Kee Rice Dumpling
#01-18 Amoy Street Food Centre, 7 Maxwell Rd (6221 1155; Mon-Sat 7am-2.30pm) makes a voluptuously heady version with pork, chestnuts and dried mushrooms

Photo credit: chooyutshing (Flickr) Photo credit: chooyutshing (Flickr)

3. Jia Ji Mei Shi
Blk335 Smith St 
#02-166 Chinatown Complex Mkt S050335 (Closed on Wednesdays) makes wholesome flavourful pork rice dumplings

Photo credit: hgw Photo credit: hgw

Salivating yet? Come on over to Chinatown this duan wu festival and enjoy these scrumptious rice dumplings!



    04 MAY 2012, FRIDAY
 
TO THE GREATEST MOM.

Mother's Day in Singapore occurs on the second Sunday in May; this year on 13th May 2012. It is a celebration honoring mothers and their selfless loving we can never deny.

There are many different ways to celebrate Mother’s Day. Many of us will go the extra mile giving cards, flowers, or cakes, showering the beloved mom with choice gifts and/or planning a family gatherings over luncheons or dinners. So, what’s your plan this year?

Photo credit: dennis wong  (Flickr) Photo credit: dennis wong (Flickr)

Carnations are flowers which are widely recognized by most people. They are classified as Dianthus Caryophyllus, when translated, means “flower of love”. Carnations can be found in a wide range of colors, and while in general they express love, fascination and distinction, virtually every color carries a unique and rich association. White carnations suggest pure love and good luck, light red symbolizes admiration, while dark red represents deep love and affection. Purple carnations imply capriciousness, and pink carnations carry the greatest significance, making them the symbol of a mother’s undying love. There, have your pick!

Photo credit: kimberly* (Flickr) Photo credit: kimberly* (Flickr)

From the perspective of some moms, Mother’s Day might seem like yet another birthday, with all the gifts and cakes. More often than not, kids will splurge and spend on jewelleries, massive massage chairs and anything they can think of that will put a smile on the mom’s face. But there’s just this one thing we all have to know; that the best gift a mom can ever get, they’ve already recevied – that’s the very day we first cry.

Hotel Re! - Buffet Spread

And of course, most of us will do some research; look for the best deal of mouth watering spread to pamper the mom with. We know, nothing quite beats having a lovely time spent with the family over a sumptuous meal!

Hotel Re! would like to invite all guests to join us in honouring the most special woman in our lives. Come celebrate this great day with us at our Re!Joice Ballroom, situated amongst lush greenery at Pearl’s Hill.

Pamper your mom to a buffet feast specially crafted by our Executive Chef, a sumptuous spread of delicacies that will be sure to whet and satisfy all appetites! In conjunction with Hotel Re!’s 4th Birthday celebration, we’re sharing the joy by letting the 4th person dine for free!

To fill the air with a little more excitement, each paying guest also stands to win a night stay at Hotel Re!.  We have prepared a little gift for all mums too! Now, a perfect venue coupled with our amazing promotions and delectable dishes, we’re pretty sure we’ve got your Mother’s Day’s plan covered!

Enjoy Early Bird Specials up to 15% discount off by 8th may 2012. Call us to reserve your table now!

Hotel Re! - Mother's Day

Click here to find out more about our Mother's Day Promotion!

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    16 February 2012, thursday
 
it's meal time!

Always wondering what you should have? Come over to Hotel Re! today and indulge in a gastronomic experience with our wide variety of choices!

Black Pepper Seafood FettucineSalmon Mushroom Linguine

Go Italian. How about our all time favourite, of scallop, salmon, crabstick and prawn, all tossed in black pepper sauce, try our Black Pepper Seafood Futtucine! We also have Salmon & Mushroom Linguine, coupled with sauteed onion and turkey ham stirred in cream sauce. Must try!

Singature Dish - Abalone Seafood laksa

Local Delight. Nothing beats a bowl of pipping hot noodles after a day in the office. Think medley of mouth-watering abalone, succeulent prawns, juicy scallop and chewy rice noodles with fragant thick gravy,  our signature dish, the Abalone Seafood Laksa will definitely not disappoint you!

Zing WingsOcean Carunch Salad

Light bites. Tickle your taste buds with our Zing wings, marinated with mixed spices, served with coleslaw and fresh fruit. Alternatively, go for our Ocean Crunch Salad! A perfect combination of caesar salad, fish finger, calamari, breaded prawn and pineapple with BBQ sauce.

February 1-for-1 Promo

And they say all good things are worth sharing.. we have a piece of good news for you! Due to overwhelming demand, we have extended our promotion this February! Bring a friend, or more of course, for a good afternoon over lunch or dinner and enjoy a 1-for-1 for all Asian & Local Favourites!

Located at Pearl’s Hill, the Outram MRT station is just a stone throw away. To facilitate accessibility, we  also have shuttlebus services scheduled through the day on stipulated timings. So come on down over lunch and be spoilt for choices!

Click here to find out more about the February Promotion!

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    01 February 2012, Wednesday
 
Be My Valentine?

14 February, Valentines Day is a day to express love, and to celebrate the spirit of love. They say, love is in the air. Be it love of a couple, friendship or in a family, people usually put in extra effort to plan, buy gifts and make surprises, all in the name of love, to make this very day a memorable one.
So, the clock is ticking, have you got any plans yet?

Photo credit: stevendepolo (Flickr) Photo credit: stevendepolo (Flickr)

Plan a picnic. We are all tied with the everyday lives, with work and coped indoors. Why not go al fresco and enjoy this intimate occasion with simple pleasures of the nature’s beauty with your loved ones. Do a little cookout or buy off-the-racks of his or her favourite food, maybe coupled with a bottle of champange for that romance touch. Oh, don’t forget the picnic basket and the mat!

Photo credit: Paul V8 (Flickr) Photo credit: Paul V8 (Flickr)

Reel love. If time is a constraint, do a simple movie date with the latest romantic chick flick. Do a little planning, book a nice place to dine at and treat him or her to a whole day of surprises with maybe some hand-made with love items! All you need at the end of the day is a slow stroll by the Esplanade and the scenic view.. and that kiss!

Photo credit: dMap Travel Guide  (Flickr) Photo credit: dMap Travel Guide (Flickr)

Get-Away. Escape from the buzzling town and hit a resort or set a stay-cation. Pamper yourselves with a therapeutic massage and indulge in a twosome time over a candlelight dinner. A relaxing good time is all that is necessary for a sweet Valentines Day.

Photo credit: danielmoyle  (Flickr) Photo credit: danielmoyle (Flickr)

Looking for the perfect place for all of the above? Mark this day and come to Hotel Re! this Valentines Day!

Located at Pearl’s Hill, a scenic Pearl’s Hill Park is just a stone throw away. Of course, pamper them crazy with our Re!ndezvous Staycation that promises to take you on a romantic and relaxing journey filled with romantic lover’s amenities, cocktails, body massages, candlelight dinner and a romantic-comedy movie screening for a dreamy night out.

Want something effortless? Bring your date to the Re!gal Candlelight Dinner and celebrate Valentine’s Day with good food and great company for a night of romance and gourmet. Dinner also comes with red wine and a surprise Hotel Re! Valentine’s Day souvenir for remembrance of this special day. Celebrate with us this Valentine’s Day and get lost in swirls of vivacious colours and psychedelic furnishings and lose yourself in the retro era. With bold colours of lime green, hot pink, yellow, orange, purple, gold, silver and bronze vivify the corridors and the walls of the guestrooms, this Valentine’s Day will be something you will not forget with that special Hotel Re! touch.



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    16 January 2012, Monday
 
What to do during Chinese New Year?

The origin of Chinese New Year can be traced back thousands of years. But every year, the celebrations are simple. It is always about family and good food (apart from all the festive fun & Red Packets!).

Photo credit: beggs (Flickr) Photo credit: beggs (Flickr)

People in most parts of the world usually associate the CNY event with Chinatown. There is no difference in Singapore where Chinatown is still the traditional place to go and centre of attraction for Chinese New Year. You can easily immerse in the entire Chinese cultural experience and the festive hustle and bustle simply by walking the streets of Chinatown. A must-do is to shop at the Festive Bazaar Street which will be crowded with many visitors especially during the CNY eve with slashed prices of CNY goodies & food items.

Located at: Chinatown

Photo credit: photo_gratis (Flickr) Photo credit: photo_gratis (Flickr)

River Hongbao 2012 lights up the modern cityscape of Marina Bay in a customary celebration of Chinese New Year. In a city where East meets West and modernity meets tradition, it is an experience that bridges the past and the present. Be awed by the beautiful fireworks, crafted lanterns and even performance by local and international groups.

Located at: The Float at Marina Bay

Photo credit: beggs (Flickr) Photo credit: beggs (Flickr)
Photo credit: beggs (Flickr)


Want to do something different and see several cultural all at one time? The grand finale for the Spring Festival or the CNY is the Chingay Parade in Singapore. In celebration of the majestic dragon year, this year’s special event in the Chingay parade is the spectacular 88m-long twin Flying Dragons, rising majestically to a height of 40m above ground. Along with a grand carnival like street parade, it will be a great closing for a fruitful year.

Located at: Esplanade



How about some good food to round up all these festivities? Come Chinese New Year, join Hotel Re! as we serve up a special selection of auspicious dishes presented in a 6-Course($438++/table) or 8-Course ($638++/table) reunion dinner specially crafted by Executive Chef William Ang. And with up to 25%* discount per table, let’s toast and start sharing stories and delicious food! With 18 days of Chinese New Year celebrations at Hotel Re!, be sure to ask about our Prosperity dishes like Yu Sheng and Pen Cai to usher in the New Year!

Click here to find out more about the CNY Promotions Hotel Re! is offering!

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    9 December, Friday
 
Re!Gal Themed Romance

Hotel Re! presents Re!gal Themed Romance that will bring dream weddings alive and bring wedding couples closer to the dream wedding they deserve. The show will feature a an exclusive fashion show that draws inspiration from all Weddings Themes offered at Hotel Re!. Guests can expect to see lavish themed wedding gowns from Amanda Lee Weddings, gorgeous themed make up, hairdo & jewellery by The Make Up Room, Ashley Salon & Ling Jewellery and be charmed by the themed music performance by Yours Truly the afternoon away.

Date: 18 December 2011, Sunday
Time: 11am - 4pm
Venue: Re!Joice Ballroom

Re!gal Themed Romance

Join us for a breathtaking afternoon at this wedding showcase and enjoy great treats and deals from Hotel Re! and our prestigious partners. The Re!gal Themed Romance Wedding Show promises an experience that is truly memorable with five exclusive themes - Retro, Enchanted Garden, Fairytale, Starry Starry Night and Oriental.

The glamorous highlights of the “Re!gal Themed Romance”:
  • Themed wedding gown show by Amanda Lee Weddings exclusively designed for Hotel Re! themed weddings & themed make up, hairdo & jewellery by The Make Up Room, Ashley Salon & Ling Jewellery.
  • Exclusive photography & videography workshop by Substance Film & Bryan Jean Photography.
  • Lucky draw for all couples. Stand a chance to walk away with 2D1N stay at Hotel Re! Themed Suite, up to $3000 worth of vouchers and Lunch, Goodie Bags, 0% Installment Plans, attractive wedding perks & much more!

    Re!gal Themed Romance Partners


    Hotel Re! officially launches Themed Weddings and the dedicated Themed Wedding micro site that specially caters to couples who wishes to have an additional zest in their wedding celebration. With five exclusive wedding themes to choose from – Oriental, Enchanted Garden, Starry Starry Night, Fairytale and Retro, we are sure one will fit you like Cinderella’s glass slipper. Boosting an exquisite selection of thematic wedding invitation cards, exclusive wedding favours, intricate floral arrangements and meticulous decoration of the ballroom, your celebration with us will be nothing short of magical.

    Oriental Themed Wedding Oriental

    Capture your most beautiful moments in the most traditional and customary settings. Oriental themed wedding takes a modern and romantic approach into the old world charm of Shanghai Tang.


    Enchanted Garden Themed Wedding Enchanted Garden

    Enchanted Garden themed wedding promises to transport all guests into a garden encrust in the busy city. Situated at the base of Pearl’s Hill, Hotel Re! is the perfect place for an ideal “Enchanted Garden” wedding.


    Starry Starry Night Themed Wedding Starry Starry Night

    Seal your vows amidst the starry starry night. Our outdoor marquee ballroom ensures all guests can see you being whisked away by your Prince Charming into the sparkling moonlight.


    Fairytale Themed Wedding Fairytale

    Step back into the past as Re!Joice Ballroom turns into a 60s disco hangout filled with essence of candy pop colours and psychedelic atmosphere.


    Retro Themed Wedding Retro

    Capture your most beautiful moments in the most traditional and customary settings. Oriental themed wedding takes a modern and romantic approach into the old world charm of Shanghai Tang.

    Click here to RSVP.

    Re!Joice Ballroom offers an ideal mix of indoor grandeur and outdoor serenity. The elegant Marquee Ballroom can seat up to 500 guests and it is complete with a lawn for Solemnization. Imagine an outdoor wedding in a standalone Marquee Ballroom that is air-conditioned and complete with the latest state of the art lightings and AV system, with glass panels overlooking the picturesque view and greenery of Pearl’s Hill.





  •     18 october 2011, tuesday
     
    THE ENCHANTED LOVE STORY AND your happily ever after

    Our Enchanted Love Story couple held a Fairytale Engagement that was the epitome of Cinderella-like Happily Ever After in our Re!Joice Ballroom.

    It was the stuff fairy tales are made of, as friends and families came together to celebrate the engagement of Joseph Ong & Jolene Chong. Walking into the venue, guests were captivated by the elaborate décor, which transformed the ballroom into a castle with a blue and white medieval backdrop and a cherub fountain.

    Fairytale Themed  Wedding Designer Cupcakes

    The pair made their grand entrance on a white horse, which was rented by the Singapore Polo Club. Inspired by Cinderella, Ms. Chong was a vision in a blue bustier ballgown and tiara as her prince, Mr Ong, gallantly led her into the ballroom. The dress code was “fairytale themed” and guests dined in romantic candlelight and were serenaded by a harpist playing Disney songs.

    Fairytale Themed Wedding Fairytale Themed Party

    For couples who love an elaborate themed wedding but afraid of all the hassle in finding the suitable items, fairytales do come true. Come 29th October, Hotel Re! will be introducing Themed Weddings. Say goodbye to troublesome wedding planning and hello hassle-free Thematic Wedding Celebration. Experience a truly memorable wedding that is set with the tranquil atmosphere of nature and greenery yet encompassing you within another realm. Hotel Re!’s Themed Weddings transport you and your guests into a world of fantasy and romance paralleled only by fairytales.

    With five exclusive wedding themes to choose from – Oriental, Enchanted Garden, Starry Starry Night, Fairytale and Retro, we are sure one will fit you like Cinderella’s glass slipper. Boosting an exquisite selection of thematic wedding invitation cards, exclusive wedding favours, intricate floral arrangements and meticulous decoration of the ballroom, your celebration with us will be nothing short of magical.

    So come join us at our inaugural Regal Romance Wedding Show presented by STYLE Weddings and be charmed by weddings that live up to your wildest imagination.

    Click here to RSVP.

    Style:Weddings Show



        16 September 2011, Friday
     
    Singapore – the shopping escapade

    Singapore is the shopaholic’s paradise. The recent opening of H&M reestablishes Singapore as one of the top Shopping destinations. With Abercrombie, American Eagle & many flagship stores opening branches in this beautiful city state, Singapore is growing to become a shopaholic’s Disneyland. This week, we bring you to the road less taken and onto the streets of Singapore where locals feed their need for retail therapy.

    Bugis Street

    Bugis street is Singapore’s answer to Hong Kong’s iconic Mongkok Shopping area. This street is famous for carefree shopping and small eateries that are sure to make your shopping experience enjoyble. This three story shopping paradise is home to around 100 stalls selling different varieties of clothing, shoes and accessories. Feeling hot in the humid weather? Go straight to level two where its air-conditioned and have a make shift high tea at one of the cafes.

    Bugis Street Bugis Street

    Thieves Market

    Where “thieves brought their stolen goods to sell” or so the story goes, the rag-and-bone man now brings his collection to sell to make the extra buck. This is Singapore’s oldest flea market which has been around since the 1960s. Lined along the roads, you’ll find plenty of old clothes, shoes, toys, CDs, books amongst many other unique stuff! If you enjoy tinkling with old gadgets, this is the place to come.

    Thieves Market Thieves Market

    Scape Weekly Flea Market

    The latest wave of online shopping in Singapore has definitely got to be Blogshopping. Blog shops are online fashion stores set up by local fashion entrepreneurs that offer stylish clothing at a fraction of the prices of those at the malls. Weekly flea markets are held at several locations island wide that offer fashionistas a plethora of blog shops to choose from. From pre-loved items to brand new goodies, this is the place where many young shopaholics religiously frequent. Scape shopping mall organizes these flea markets often at their outdoor atrium, pop by their website to check out the upcoming fleas!

    Scape Flea Market

    People’s Park Food Centre

    Tuck quietly away from the hustle and bustle, you can find the people’s park food centre smack in the middle of famous Chinatown. Little people know that there is a hidden gem on the 2nd level of this food centre. Shops here sell cloth for made to measure dresses and suits to fashionable high street clothings and large scale personal care stores. Hungry? Just take a flight of stairs down and you will find yourself spoilt for choices of food.





        5 September 2011, Monday
     
    What to do in Singapore?

    Wondering about planning what to do or where to stay in Singapore? Fret not; we got your itinerary all covered. In this post, we show you what’s there to do in Singapore!

     Re!Fresh Wellness Centre Re!Fresh Wellness Centre - Massage & Rejuvenate

    Pamper yourself with a massage or two. Imagine being in a relaxing environment with aromatherapy fragrance surrounding you. Shopping for a whole day and you have tired feet? Get a foot massage and relax to the soothing music that will encapsulate you into another abode.

    Hippo River Cruise – City Charm

    Explore the malls, attractions and museums along the river banks during the day and revisit the river in the night for a different experience! With live commentaries on board, cruising the Singapore River
     Hippo River Cruise
    couldn’t be any more informative and entertaining. Tour highlights include passing by Clark Quay, Boat Quay, Esplanade, Singapore Flyer as well as the Merlion Park. Be sure to get your cameras ready for this visual feast!


    Cable Car Ride @ The Jewel Box

    Be charmed by the beautiful sunset onboard the brand new Singapore Cable Car cabin as the night unfolds a picturesque Singapore landscape. An unforgettable romantic experience awaits you! With large panoramic windows that offer a spectacular 360-degree bird’s eye view of the Singapore city and Sentosa Island, the night lights will welcome an extra romantic experience for you.

    Singapore Cable Car @ The Jewel Box Singapore Cable Car @ The Jewel Box



    Sentosa – Fun in the Sun

    Play to your heart’s content with a day trip to Sentosa. Get all set for a fulfilling day that promises laughs, thrills and fun. With 13 attractions to choose from, you can start the day with a luge ride and end it will some segway fun. Great for families and adventure junkies who love yourselves some fun in the sun!

    Singapore Cable Car @ The Jewel Box Singapore Cable Car @ The Jewel Box


    Hotel Re! introduces “Themed Stays” that is sure to pamper you crazy starting 1st September! Whether you are a hopeless romantic, old school enthusiast, adventure lover or couch potato, we have the perfect stay for you. All 5 themed stay packages promises to treat you to a day of old school nostalgia, romantic alone time, reel adventure or relaxation with the activities mentioned above!

    Get lost in swirls of vivacious colours and psychedelic furnishings and lose yourself in the retro era. Bold colours of lime green, hot pink, yellow, orange, purple, gold, silver and bronze vivify the corridors and the walls of the guestrooms. Silhouettes of iconic pop artistes of the “retro” era in each guestroom transport guests on a journey back to the past with that special Hotel Re! touch.

    For more information, click here.

    Themed Stays




        5 August 2011, Friday
     
    Mid-Autumn Festival

    Story Behind the Festival
    There are many beautiful legends about the moon in China. The most popular one tells how a goddess named Chang'e ascended to the moon. A long time ago, a terrible drought plagued the earth. Ten suns burned fiercely in the sky like smoldering volcanoes. The trees and grass were scorched. The land was cracked and parched, and rivers ran dry. Many people died of hunger and thirst. The King of Heaven sent Hou Yi down to the earth to help. When Hou Yi arrived, he took out his red bow and white arrows and shot down nine suns one after another. The weather immediately turned cooler. Heavy rains filled the rivers with fresh water and the grass and trees turned green. Life had been restored and humanity was saved.

    One day, a charming young woman, Chang'e makes her way home from a stream, holding a bamboo container. A young man comes forward, asking for a drink. When she sees the red bow and white arrows hanging from his belt, Chang'e realizes that he is their savior, Hou Yi. They fell in love and soon after that, they got married. A mortal's life is limited, of course. So in order to enjoy his happy life with Chang'e forever, Hou Yi decided to look for an elixir of life. He goes to the Kunlun Mountains where the Western Queen Mother lives.

    Out of respect for the good deeds the has done, the Western Queen Mother rewards Hou Yi with elixir, a fine powder made from kernels of fruit which grows on the tree of eternity. At the same time, she tells him, if you and your wife share the elixir, you will both enjoy eternal life. But if only one of you takes it, that one will ascend to Heaven and become immortal.

    Mid-Autumn Festival Hou Yi returns home and tells his wife all that has happened and they decide to drink the elixir together on the 15th day of the eighth lunar month when the moon is full and bright.

    A wicked and merciless man named Feng Meng secretly hears about their plan. He wishes Hou Yi an early death so that he can drink the elixir himeslf and become immortal. His opportunity finally arrives. One day, when the full moon is rising, Hou Yi is on his way home from hunting. Feng Meng kills him. The murderer then runs to Hou Yi's home and forces Chang'e to give him the elixir. Without hesitating, Chang'e picks up the elixir and drinks it all.

    Overcome with grief, Chang'e rushes to her dead husband's side, weeping bitterly. Soon the elixir begins to have its effect and Chang'e feels herself being lifted towards Heaven. Chang'e decides to live on the moon because it is nearest to the earth. There she lives a simple and contented life. Even though she is in Heaven, her heart remains in the world of mortals. Never did she forget the deep love she has for Hou Yi and the love she feels for the people who have shared their sadness and happiness.

    Mooncakes
    For generations, mooncakes have been made with sweet fillings of nuts, mashed red beans, lotus-seed paste or Chinese dates, wrapped in a pastry. Sometimes a cooked egg yolk can be found in the middle of the rich tasting dessert.

    Savour this time-honoured festival with Hotel Re!’s heavenly bites this year. Traditional classics make its much-anticipated return with new flavours like Mulberry Paste with Single Yolk and Seaweed Paste for those who like their mooncakes with a modern retro twist!

    Succumb to your temptations and indulge in our enticing range of snow skin mooncakes. Wrapped with delicate chilled soft snow skin, you will be pleasantly surprised by every bite of these heavenly mooncakes which comes with a choice of liqueur and non-liqueur fillings.

    Traditional enchantment comes in the form of imaginative new creations that will appeal to your senses in the most delectable way.

    Traditional Baked MooncakesMini Snowskin Mooncakes

    The Classics Baked Skin (box of 4)
    White Lotus Paste with Double Egg Yolks & Macadamia Nuts
    Golden Lotus Paste with Single Egg Yolk
    Seaweed Paste with Single Yolk
    Mulberry Paste with Single Yolk

    Mini Snow Skin Delights (box of 8)
    White Lotus Paste with Champagne Truffle
    Enjoy the wholesome goodness of white lotus paste with luxurious Champagne truffle for an indulgent treat.

    Seaweed Paste with Chocolate Mint Truffle
    A divine match of flavorful seaweed Paste and zesty chocolate mint will please the taste buds of every epicurean.

    Click here to order!

    May all our guests have a sweet and delightful Mid Autumn Festival!





        28 July 2011, Thursday
     
    Singapore Foodprints

    Visitors may have already heard of Singapore's reputation as a 'food paradise', with a superb range of food that is second to none. The list goes on from local delights such as carrot cake, char kway tiao as well as dough fritters. There are also the delicacies you can buy back home for family members and friends, for them to have a taste or share in one's overseas gastronomical adventures. In this blog entry, we share with you some of Singapore’s local delicacies that will leave you wanting for more.

      Bak Kwa
    Bak Kwa is actually thinly sliced dried pork which are roasted to a slightly charred perfection. On the tongue, flavour shoots through when its sweetness entangles with a tinge of saltiness, creating a surprising balance together with the meat's unique texture.


      Kaya
    In the Western world, there is butter and jam to accompany bread and toast. The colloquial equivalent of that in Singapore would be kaya; a coconut jam which means 'rich' in Malay, based on its golden brown colour. It can sometimes come in a slightly greener form, depending on the amount of pandan used to flavour this sweet form of fruit curd.

      Pineapple Tarts
    Pineapple Tarts, like Bak Kwa, are festive treats popular during the Chinese New Year. Fancied by children and adults alike, they have two key aspects which makes them such gratifying treats - the filling, which is the pineapple jam, and the pastry that usually forms the outer layering or base.

    Heaps of egg yolk and butter are use in creating the pastry, resulting in a buttery flavour and melt-in-your-mouth sensation. It requires quite a bit of skill and practice to make the perfect pineapple tart that is not too sweet, with a delicate poise to complement the pastry.

      Kuih Lapis
    Kuih lapis, is a rich layer cake formed by alternating layers created out of butter, eggs and sugar. The word 'Kuih', is a capacious term which can mean cookies, dumplings, puddings, biscuits or pastries in English. However, kuih lapis is a Peranakan dessert well-loved by the local Singaporeans.

    Soft and fragrant, kuih lapis is the product of an extremely time consuming and laborious process, which requires each and every single layer of the cake to be grilled down separately. Despite the amount of effort and hard work put in, it is still considered a very affordable delicacy in Singapore.

    Remember to pack some for the plane before you regret not to!




        14 July 2011, Thursday
     


    SINGAPORE From a different perspective – Little india

    One of the places one cannot miss while in Singapore is visiting Little India. Be mesmerized by the colors & sights of what this place has to offer. Little India is marked by the iconic five-foot ways, so be prepared to jostle and be jostled, all the while dealing with Singapore's humid weather and inhaling possibly strange smells produced by the jasmine garlands and Indian spices. Watch as talented garland-makers skillfully weave flowers such as roses, marigolds and jasmines into garlands of red, yellow and white flowers, colors associated with love, peace and purity.



    Looking to buy something for keepsake? There are garment shops along the stretch of Serangoon Road, selling bolts of cloth in every hue imaginable, most with elaborate gold trimming around its edges. You can opt to make a sari (traditional Indian dress comprising of three elements: a blouse, and a long bolt of cloth wrapped around the waist and then draped around the shoulder) as an unusual keepsake to bring back, or choose from a brilliant display of scarves and shawls. Be sure to pop by this little piece of treasure hidden in central Singapore.




        30 June 2011, Thursday
     
    Shop Till You Drop

    Retail therapy is a national pastime for Singaporeans – a typical stress-relieving weekend includes an afternoon of shopping along Orchard Road or around the Marina Bay. This week we bring you along the orchard road shopping belt and show you how to shop till you drop in Singapore like a local!

    Orchard Road
    Nearest MRT Stations: Orchard [NS22], Somerset [NS23]

    Practically synonymous with shopping in Singapore, Orchard Road is Singapore's premier retail destination, a canyon of shopping malls that extends beyond sight. Each iconic mall houses an extensive selection of retail, dining and entertainment options, promising to please any taste or budget, from designer brands to fast fashion, and from posh restaurants to casual food courts.



    Start your day at ION Orchard, Orchard Road's brand-new swanky and glitzy centrepiece. Towering above the streets, this striking shrine to consumerism was constructed above the Orchard MRT station, bringing together over 330 fashion and gastronomy offerings across eight levels. Check out ION Sky while you at it, located on the 55th and 56th levels at an impressive 218 metres above ground.



    Cross the underground link to Wisma Atria, which caters predominantly to a younger and trendier crowd, as well as the sophisticated working woman. Then to Ngee Ann City, known by locals as “Taka”, as derived from Takashimaya Shopping Centre, which anchors the building. This is a perennial favourite among Singaporeans and an Orchard Road staple, boasting both variety and style, and houses numerous luxury boutiques.

    Cross through the underpass to the other side of Orchard Road, and continue along the same direction, away from Orchard MRT Station towards Somerset MRT Station. With a name that speaks for itself, Paragon is a true mark of exclusivity and luxury on Orchard Road. Paragon has maintained a high-end personality while balancing between fashion and other lifestyle options such as furnishing, sports and fitness, health, and beauty spas.



    Cross Bideford Junction to the new Mandarin Gallery (333A Orchard Road. +65 6831 6363.). The storefront, with its undulating curvaceous facade and all-glass spaces, displays established brand names that can only be found here in such glory, such as Y-3, Bread and Butter, and Mauboussin. Mandarin Gallery makes for a serene and comfortable shopping experience, with rest areas available for lounging or reading, and a concierge facility second to none.

    Another recent addition to the shopping scene is 313@Somerset (313 Orchard Road. +65 6496 9313.), which is home to the multiple-storied flagship stores of the international fashion scene – an impressive 4-level Forever 21 flagship store,


    a 3-level Zara store, and a Uniqlo store deemed to be the largest in the region. There is a themed Discovery Walk dining precinct, a one-stop Food Hall for takeaways, and the largest Food Republic. This distinctive mid-market retail destination presents fashion, food and lifestyle options across 8 levels, just above Somerset MRT Station.





        23 June 2011, Thursday
     
    Take My Breath Away

    With so much to see and do, Singapore's vibrant city centre will charm and fascinate those who visit this cosmopolitan but unique metropolis. This week we bring you to some of the most picturesque locations in Singapore that promises to take your breath away.

    Marina Barrage
     
    The newest addition to Singapore's water catchment areas, the Marina Barrage is not just an integral reservoir for Singapore but a recreational area for boating, windsurfing, kayaking, dragon-boating and other water sports. Visit the area to learn more about Singapore's efforts in water sustainability, or hang out with locals. A perfect place to have a quick picnic, go
    kite-flying or catch the lights coming up along the city skyline by night, the Marina Barrage provides an eclectic harmony between technology and design.

    Padang
     
    Walking down Fullerton Road, you'll arrive at the Singapore Cricket Club and one corner of the Padang. The wide open field holds huge national significance, as the Padang has been the site of several National Day celebrations. When the night comes, Padang takes center stage as you will be able to see all the building lights surrounding it.

    ION Sky Observation Deck
     
    While Singapore has no shortage of high vantage points, the ION Sky Observation Deck will give visitors a brand new perspective of the city's skyline from Orchard Road itself. The adventure begins in high-speed elevators as visitors travel from the ION Art Gallery on the fourth floor up to the staggering two-storey observation deck on the 55th and 56th levels. The observatory tower
    occupies a 6,000 square foot space which offers an unrivaled 360-degree view from the highest point on Orchard Road. The Behold telescope located on-site will enable visitors to view the surrounding landscape with its state-of-the-art technology, bringing the heritage areas to life.

    Helix Bridge
     
    Hailed as an engineering and architectural marvel, the Helix Bridge is fascinating and functional at the same time. Linking Marina Centre to Marina South and Marina Bay, it is an icon in its own right. To protect pedestrians from the harsh elements, canopies of fritted-glass and perforated steel mesh were incorporated in the inner spiral
    and there are five viewing platforms, vantage points from which to see the events going on at Marina Bay, as well as capture Singapore's skyline. Paintings and drawings done by children are usually exhibited along the bridge, adding a dash of colour to the gleaming silver structure.




        16 June 2011, Thursday
     
    Singapore Trail

    Different sculptures sing a different story. This week we bring you along the sculpture trail of modern Singapore and bring you the side of Singapore that has frozen with time.

    The First Generation by Chong Fah Cheong
      Located next to the Fullerton Hotel, The First Generation is the apt starting point for this trail because the bronze sculpture appears to immortalise the first generation of immigrants to Singapore. No matter where they came from, all had one goal in common- to escape the harsh living conditions back at home. This sculpture was the first to be unveiled among a series of similar sculptures in December 2000.

    Location: Along Singapore River, next to Fullerton Hotel


    Fishing at the River by Chern Lian Shan
      Located in front of the Riverwalk. Before trade had become a way of life among the Original People (or Orang Laut) of Singapore, people filled their stomachs by fishing by the Singapore River. The statue brings you back in time to the pre-founding era before the Landing of Sir Stamford Raffles.

    Location: In front of The Riverwalk


    Negative Mass, Harmony of the Generations by Oh Sang Wook
      This masterpiece, designed by Korean sculptor Oh Sang Wook, brings out the harmony of a tightly-knit family unit and is made of painted steel.

    Location: MICA Building


    Six Brushstrokes by Roy Litchtenstein
      Six brushstrokes is one unique piece of work because of the intelligent blending of the Chinese calligraphy strokes with Western bebop themes. All in all, this sculpture, made from aluminium, seeks to bring out the elements of nature in a creative manner.

    Location: Roy Litchtenstein Sculpture Plaza, Millenia Singapore


    Seed Series by Han Sai Por
      The Seed Series of sculptures can be found throughout Singapore, and the National Museum of Singapore houses just a few of the many artistic seeds scattered islandwide. The seeds you see at the museum were carved from sandstone excavated from the Fort Canning Hill.

    Location: Esplanade Waterfront





        9 June 2011, Thursday
     
    The Good Ole' Times

    Chinatown remains unfazed from time and urbanization and in many ways, unchanged from its early days. Traditions and centuries-old practices still flourish here in shophouse-lined streets with bright colored buildings. Chinatown is one of the most popular tourist attractions that many locals still love to visit.



    People's Park Complex
    Here you will be able to find a mind-boggling assortment of household items, electronics, jewellery, souvenirs and Chinese food and drinks. Nibble away to the ever popular local favorite snack, peanut pancake or try the special tapioca cake loved by many Singaporeans young or old.

    Maxwell Food Centre
    Just opposite the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum, a majestic Tang dynasty-inspired temple complex, you will find the Maxwell Food Centre. Here you will be able to taste all the local delights, Fried Hokkien Noodles, Carrot Cake and Sugarcane Juice (remember to add a squeeze of lemon into the juice for that an extra refreshing mouthful) amongst many others.



    Dragonboat Festival
    Duan wu jie, as it is known in Mandarin, takes place on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month with a different kind of dumpling altogether – the rice dumpling, better known as ba zhang in Singapore. Every year, dragon boats race and dumplings are eaten to commemorate this event. These dumplings can now be eaten all year round and can be found in these places in Chinatown.

     
    Hiong Kee Dumplings
    #02-38 Hong Lim Food Centre, Blk 531A Upper Cross St (6535 2783; Mon-Sat 8.30am-7.30pm) makes a savory dark soy pork ba zhang with salted egg ($2.90).

    Hoo Kee Rice Dumpling
    #01-18 Amoy Street Food Centre, 7 Maxwell Rd (6221 1155; Mon-Sat 7am-2.30pm) makes a voluptuously heady version with pork, chestnuts and dried mushrooms ($2.60).





        25 May 2011, Thursday
     
    A Walk in the Park

    Pearl's Hill Park

    This park was built around a reservoir on top of a hill. Tucked away in a corner of Chinatown, you can experience peace and tranquility away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Take time to climb the hill to enjoy the wooded ambience provided by the mature Tembusu trees. Or you can just sit back and relax by the pond, meditating upon the still waters. The lotus plants in the pond, when in full bloom, provide a splash of colour across the entire pond. Located just opposite Hotel Re!, this park is a treasure buried in the city lights.

    East Coast Park
      Hogging almost the entire stretch of Singapore’s eastern coastline, this is Singapore’s largest park and, judging by the number of people that flock here on the weekends, its most popular. East Coast Park is a gem in the East and boosts many activities like prawning (fishing of prawns), cable skiing, cycling, leisurely strolls and many more. And the best thing is, this park is covered with a canopy of trees and never gets too hot.

    Botanic Gardens
    Located near the Orchard Road shopping belt, this is a historic enclave of parks, gardens and rainforest that is perfect for seeking respite from the bustling city. Boasting 10,000 types of plants, of which six hectares are original jungle dating back hundreds of years or more, this park is considered the grande dame of Singapore Parks. It has one of the most comprehensive collections of orchids and is a perfect place for a picnic.
     
    MacRitchie Reservoir
      MacRitchie Reservoir was built in the late 19th century to cater to the increased demand for water. Today a large tract of rainforest fringes the reservoir and a part of it forms a park that’s used for recreational activities like kayaking and cross country racing. The TreeTop Walk is the highlight of several long hiking routes in MacRitchie that brings you through different stages of mature secondary forest and offers a bird's eye view of the community of plants and animals that live in the forest canopy.





        19 May 2011, Thursday
     
    Great Singapore Sale

    Retail therapy is a national pastime for Singaporeans – a typical stress-relieving weekend includes an afternoon of shopping along Orchard Road or around the Marina Bay. With the addition of dining stops, and punctuated by tea breaks (for weary boyfriends and husbands), this shopping session usually extends into a full day excursion. Given the inclination of the local population towards everything and anything shopping, it is no surprise that Singapore is indeed a retail haven. Come 27th May to 24th July, Singapore will once again host the ever popular Great Singapore Sale that many have been waiting for.

    In conjunction with this awesome sale, Hotel Re! will be introducing the GSS Re!Wine Combo that features 2 bottles of Tiger Crystal & 6 zing wings. ANZ, DBS, Maybank & OCBC credit card holders enjoy an additional complimentary bottle of tiger crystal with every purchase of the GSS Re!Wine Combo.


    Chinatown Heritage Centre

      For the early settlers, Singapore hardly presented a rosy picture. Indeed, Chinatown during the colonial days was a place of poverty, hardship and often appalling conditions. Located in Pagoda Street, the Chinatown Heritage Centre reconstructs the life of these early immigrants. Visitors get a glimpse of the cramped living quarters, along with
    the mood and atmosphere of the times, thanks to the clever use of lighting.

    As you wander through the three restored shophouses within the centre, you'd make a journey through time, with various exhibits telling the story of how some lucky settlers went from rags to riches.

    So, while immersing yourself in the sights and sounds of Chinatown, do drop by the heritage centre to learn more about a slice of Singapore's history.




        12 May 2011, Wednesday
     
    Audi Fashion Festival

    Audi Fashion Festival Audi Fashion Festival (AFF) returns for its third run with Italian fashion house Missoni as the curtain raiser to the annual event.

    Themed "Driving Imagination", this year's event boasts seven show days and an even more exciting line-up than before with a mix of international Asian names and top-class names from the international world of fashion. Once again, the AFF2011 team has raised the bar with an amazing line up of fashion shows starting next
    Friday, May 13th with Missoni A/W 2011 show. The one week fashion festival will closed with Emmanuel Ungaro A/W 2011 show with Creative Director Giles Deacon. Other designers showing at AFF2011 include: Erdem A/W 2011, Swarovski A/W 2011 Wings of Fantasy feat. 10 key pieces from Prabal Gurung A/W 2011, Redken, Tiffany & Co with fashion by The Link, Greyhound A/W 2011, alldressedup A/W 2011, Antonio Berardi A/W 2011, Francis Cheong Couture 2011 and Raoul A/W 2011. Tickets are on sale now at SISTIC – so get yours now!




        4 May 2011, Wednesday
     
    World Gourmet Summit

    World Gourmet Summit 2011, powered by Citibank Singapore Tourism Board
    Singapore’s most esteemed culinary event – World Gourmet Summit celebrates the world’s finest flavours, most extraordinary wines and unique dining experiences. An annual gastronomic extravaganza where gourmands are dazzled by an array of delectable discoveries, revel in the presence of world-renowned Michelin-starred and celebrity chefs and indulge in gastronomic delights – one of life’s greatest pleasures.

    The upcoming edition of the World Gourmet Summit celebrates 15 years of gastronomic excellence. Embark on this stimulating and tantalising epicurean adventure as we bring you exquisite gourmet creations of the world’s leading chefs, and experiential wine tastings from the world’s top vintners. The amazing line-up of specially themed culinary events, wine dinners and masterclasses will undoubtedly make the World Gourmet Summit a truly spectacular and memorable experience.

    The Lion King Landmark Musical Event

    The Lion King Musical
    The theatre re-imagination of the 1994 Disney film that captivated the hearts of many has arrived in Singapore! Having made its debut in March, relive your childhood memories with this multi-award winning musical that has been seen by almost 50 million people worldwide.








     

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