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Leaders’ Retreat Review RISING Ties

PRIME Minister Lee Hsien Loong met Indonesian President Joko Widodo in Singapore on 8 October 2019 for the Singapore-Indonesia Leaders’ Retreat. This was Prime Minister Lee’s fourth Leaders’ Retreat with President Joko Widodo. Both Leaders reaffirmed the excellent state of relations between Singapore and Indonesia. They agreed that the bilateral relationship had strengthened substantially over President Joko Widodo’s first term as President, providing a solid foundation for further mutually beneficial cooperation between the two countries. The Leaders noted with satisfaction that economic links between both countries have steadily expanded over the years, with cooperation in trade, investments and tourism growing...

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Artemis Grill: Festive Fare with THE View

Check out this rooftop restaurant for its iconic flavours of coastal Spain, Southern France, Italy and Greece The table setting looks smashing…so festive with the candles and floral centerpieces, the ruby red ribboned serviettes and the sparkling glasses on a faultless white table cloth. All you need now is a group of friends and family gathered around you to pour over that spanking new especially-curated menu for the festive season and summon up the impeccable service to enjoy this sensory journey. Artemis Grill & Sky Lounge, the restaurant with a view, is a contemporary Mediterranean-inspired rooftop restaurant in Singapore’s CBD and has long been reputed for its excellent cuisine and beautiful service. This festive season is the perfect excuse to treat yourself to a soul-satisfying culinary experience of its iconic flavours of coastal Spain, Southern France, Italy and Greece. For the festive season, Executive Chef Oliver Hyde has pulled out all the stops for those delicious Mediterranean-inspired flavours. For example, in the month of December the festive specials featured dishes such as the Whole Grilled John Dory, with Red Wine, Beurre Blanc, Fennel & Seaweed Salad or the Stuffed Rabbit Saddle with Wilde Mushrooms, Candied Chestnuts and Armagnac Jus ($120), both of which are perfect for 2 to 4 guests to share for dinner. Do leave some room for the truly indulgent Valrhona Chocolate Torte Dark Guanaja 70% Cacao,...

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Club Coco Nut: Edutainment Centre Arrives at Orchard Road

The popular recreational and learning interactive retreat for families makes its debut in Singapore’s most iconic address in the heart of town Tanglin Mall at Orchard Road was abuzz with hectic activity as Club Coco Nut, a multi-disciplinary edutainment space, for children aged 6 months (accompanied) to 6 years+, welcomed scores of families to discover its offerings. This well-equipped centre is truly a godsend for modern parents looking for some respite from the pressure of looking after their kids. The centre takes their children off their hands for a while, keeping these charged-up wards entertained with a slew of activities which include engaging classes and free play – all under one roof. What’s interesting is that the club also doubles up as kind of leisure space for the parents as well, as they can take some time out to socialize with other parents or even catch up on work. A flexible programme makes Club Coco Nut a very attractive proposition for day edutainment offering a range of membership options to suit the needs of the children and parents. Club Coco Nut’s massive sprawl of 3000 sqf features four distinct zones. Each of these are purpose-designed to foster creativity, engagement and innovative learning. The Social Space for example is a common area with access included in all memberships. Kids can have free and inventive play here with the Mutable tables,...

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An Alternative Perspective: Going Commercial

Residential vs Commercial? Investing in commercial properties has its perks and potential for greater returns While many Indonesians might be familiar with Singapore’s residential property market, there is another dimension in investing in the island’s commercial real estate scene many are not aware of said Mr Jay Ong, Associate Marketing Director of PropNex (pictured right). Actually many do not realise some of the perks of investing in commercial properties. For example, they are not subjected to the Additional Buyer Stamp Duty of 20% on residential property but just the usual 3% Buyer Stamp Duty, making them on par with local buyers. Seller Stamp Duty is also not applicable to commercial properties. This is one of the aspects of commercial property ownership many foreigners, not just Indonesians, are not aware of. One other reason that plays a part is that many agents here just specialise in residential market but not the commercial properties market said Jay. So it pays to talk to real estate agents who are well versed in both residential and commercial properties and be able to give a comprehensive picture of the opportunities available in the whole Singapore market. Property Ownership There are other factors that make the commercial property sector worthwhile considering. Property laws here state that foreigners are not allowed to buy landed residential property (with the exception of those in Sentosa) but this is...

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Masriadi will Show His Latest Work at Art Basel Hongkong

Masriadi will Show His Latest Work at Art Basel Hongkong by Henny Scott In late March, Asia’s flagship art fair, Art Basel Hong Kong, will feature top artists including I Nyoman Masriadi, one of Southeast Asia’s most important contemporary artists Masriadi’s work investigates themes of contemporary life featuring larger than life superhero characters on large canvases. The figures are strong and monumental, yet vulnerable and tender. From humble beginnings, the younger Masriadi hawked souvenir paintings to tourists in Bali. His first major museum solo exhibition ‘Black is My Last Weapon’ was at the Singapore Art Museum in 2008, and he has since gone on to reach extraordinary success with international exposure at various galleries in New York, Singapore and Sydney. Masriadi’s work entitled “The Man From Bantul (The Final Round),” was sold for more than US$1 million at Sotheby’s Hong Kong in 2008 which made him the most “expensive” living contemporary artist in the region. Born in 1973 in Gianyar, Bali, he studied at Jogjakarta’s Institut Seni Indonesia. He was one of three recipients of the inaugural Asia Arts Game Changer Awards in 2013 – a prestigious recognition for contemporary artists presented by the Asia Society. Masriadi is the only Indonesian artist to have been awarded this honour. Other notable Honorees include Zheng Fanzi (China), Subodh Gupta (India), the Japanese group teamLab and Takashi Murakami. Ursula Sullivan, co- Director...

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