Giant baby looms over Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay

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By Low Lai Chow in New Art on Saturday 9 February 2013

We don’t have a phobia of giant babies towering over our heads, we don’t have a phobia of giant babies towering over our heads, we don’t have a phobia of giant babies towering over our heads… oh, maybe we do. We’ll have to give it to Marc Quinn for making this massive supersized white-painted bronze […]

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Singapore Hotel: the Parkroyal on Pickering

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By Low Lai Chow in Architecture on Thursday 7 February 2013

Designed by Singapore’s architectural darlings WOHA, the Parkroyal on Pickering hotel in Singapore packs a maddening 15,000 square metres of gardens, waterfalls and vertical green walls into its premises. Seems legit, then, that it is hailed as a ‘hotel in a garden’. The endless cascading tiers are inspired by Bali’s rice terraces, while, within the hotel’s eco-luxe confines, everything adds up to form a rather impressive sum of the total: marble walls that appear to flow like water, plucky birdcage-shaped cabanas that overlook the infinity pool and playful shadows cast by trees silhouetted against mood lights at night.

Let’s not forget the green measures in place too — that includes harvesting rain, harnessing solar power and making good use of sensors to conserve both energy and water.

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Atmospheric photographs of Thaipusam

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By Low Lai Chow in New Photography on Saturday 2 February 2013

The world’s Tamil community celebrated Thaipusam over the weekend, a highly visual affair with devotees taking part in a street procession, some carrying decorated Kavadis on their bodies, some with piercings through their tongues and bodies. We spotted these marvelous fresh snaps by Paul Cowell, who perfectly captured the festival’s evocative sights and intense atmosphere of the festivities that took place in Singapore.

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Cafe filled with salvaged wood furniture

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By Low Lai Chow in New Design on Friday 14 December 2012

A soot black shophouse basking in the sun just looks glorious. Especially when it also has an open black and white wooden porch smack in front of it. That’s how I found myself lured into Artistry, a cafe-bar-restaurant, part art space in Singapore that recently set up base at the first floor of said shophouse. According to co-owner Prashant Somosundram, the porch, massive communal table and stools were upcycled and custom-built with wood salvaged from replica kampong huts that were torn down in Geylang Serai’s Malay Village. The textures are great.

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Foam clouds hit the streets in Singapore

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By Low Lai Chow in New Events on Friday 16 November 2012

Recently in Singapore, a warehouse fire resulted in barrels of detergent concentrate getting damaged. Which in turn caused foam clouds to form. Some of the billowing foam started hitting the streets, floating about in the air, carried by the wind. We’re having fun looking at the pictures of the foam-ified streets that’ve turned up on Twitter.

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Eyes That Tell Stories: new exhibition in Singapore

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By Cormack O'Connor in New Art on Saturday 20 October 2012

The Singapore Eyes Research Institute has opened an exhibition entitled Eyes That Tell Stories. The exhibition features amazing, high definition pictures of people’s eyes; the people ranging from sports stars to news presenters. The whole project is in an effort to raise funds for the Eye Institute, which helps to prevent against eye disease and […]

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Levitating around Singapore

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By Low Lai Chow in Cool Websites on Saturday 29 September 2012

Think of levitating pictures, and Natsumi Hayashi, who has gained a huge following with her quirky self-portraits, probably comes to mind. Inspired by her as well as other global levitators like her, Jayden and Jeff recently started Levitation SG, taking the art of mid-air suspension to the streets of Singapore. As they declare on their Facebook page, ‘Its all done without any cables, its all sweat and passion. No photoshop no touch ups’. We love how playful and childlike their works are.

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Words that spell secret messages with rearranged letters

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Saturday 1 September 2012

The Speak Good English Movement in Singapore (yes, it exists) recently shared a series of words on Facebook with their letters rearranged to form creative and yet somewhat accurate reinterpretations of the original words. Here, have a read.

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Bowls and plates with ergonomic thumb dents

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By Low Lai Chow in New Design on Saturday 4 August 2012

Part of the IEX Asian Heritage collection (a range of fashion and lifestyle collectibles by designers and artists inspired by artefacts from Singapore’s Asian Civilisations Museum), the Impression series of raku clay bowls and plates go beyond the Song Dynasty Yaozhou bowl that inspired them. They are also touchingly ergonomic, with slight dents at the spots where the thumbs go. By Mindflyer/Michael Ng and handcrafted by Steven Low.

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Incredible time-lapse videos of Singapore, Moscow and Belarus

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By Matt Wicks in Video on Thursday 26 April 2012

I’m a sucker for a good time-lapse film, getting to see a new place in a new way. Producing a static shot of a single subject is tough enough, but this dude absolutely kills it by adding in seemingly impossible moves through his city of choice. Singapore, Moscow and Belarus (see below) all get the treatment.

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Incredible street art by Brooklyn-based Sheryo

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By Meghan Geliza in New Art on Tuesday 24 April 2012

I met this awesome lady in Thailand, during the Little Lotus Project. Sheryo is a wicked street artist originally from Singapore but now Brooklyn-based. She has traveled the world doing art bombings everywhere she lands: from Korea, to Cambodia, Indonesia, to LA and New York. Her works are gnarly, hilarious and incredible.

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A new experi-ambient album by Singapore band Muon

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By Low Lai Chow in New Music on Saturday 14 April 2012

Sometime back, we featured Muon, and the self-declared sui-generis sonic anarchists from Singapore now have a new album out, The Shape of Shapes to Come. I’ve soaked up all 12 tracks at their Bandcamp page and it’s like my ears just swum in love. This is one of the album tracks, Aqua Assault, performed live.

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Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay

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By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Saturday 7 April 2012

It’s a visual feast living in Singapore, where the country’s architectural landscape gets nipped and tucked all the time. So much so that my friend from abroad said on a recent trip here: “This seems like a place where people don’t belong.” That statement is especially true of the 101-hectare Gardens by the Bay which will open in June 2012. The conservatories and supertrees (a sort of vertical garden) already look like something right out of a science fiction flick. Here, the plants belong. We are merely spectators.

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Gigantic Wads of Gum by Simone Decker

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By Low Lai Chow in New Art on Tuesday 20 March 2012

I live in a citystate famous for its age-old ban on chewing gum. While Singapore is much more than a silly gum ban, it would be deliciously ironic to see these massive gum wads on our streets. Just look at how gorgeous Venice turned out.

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Henderson Waves: the world’s most stylish bridge?

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By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Tuesday 13 December 2011

Part of the nine-kilometre Southern Ridges and designed by RSP Architects Planners & Engineers and IJP Corporation Ltd, the Henderson Waves is a monstrous 274-metre long structure that connects two parks in Singapore. The undulating ribs flow organically across seven wave spans. It is hard not to think you might have somehow snaked your way into a whale’s belly or two while making your way through.

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