Category: Lifestyle

Forbidden City: A Home-grown Hit Musical by Cultural Medallion Recipient Dick Lee

Originally staged as part of Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay’s Opening Festival in October 2002, Forbidden City: Portrait of an Empress went on to be one of the most successful made-in-Singapore musicals produced with over 100,000 tickets sold. Thanks to overwhelming demand, Singapore Repertory Theatre (SRT) and Esplanade are delighted to jointly present Forbidden City: Portrait of an Empress in August 2017 at the Esplanade Theatre.

It has all the right ingredients of a true epic tale—a young concubine in love, a dying Emperor, a heartless traitor, an idealistic artist and an empire that stands to fall. Forbidden City: Portrait of an Empress sets a new standard for Singapore musical theatre, with stylised sets and stunning costume design. Told through the eyes of Kate Carl who is commissioned to paint the Empress’ portrait, the musical recounts Cixi’s trials and tribulations from an ingenious concubine to a ruthless ruler to unmask the woman behind the painted face.

Said Gaurav Kripalani, Artistic Director for SRT, “We are very proud of this musical. In many ways it defines what SRT is and what Singapore is becoming – a place where the best artistic talent from Singapore and abroad congregate, collaborate and create. Forbidden City: Portrait of an Empress is a unique Asian story, based on historical events, then crafted and presented for an international audience. It is emphatically stamped with a ‘Made in Singapore’ label.”

Said Benson Puah, Chief Executive Officer, The Esplanade Co Ltd, “Fifteen years since Esplanade commissioned Forbidden City: Portrait of an Empress for our Opening Festival, we are delighted to bring this iconic musical back for audiences old and new to enjoy. Our collaboration with SRT to bring some of the most memorable theatre in the world to Singapore audiences is key to our role of making it possible for local arts groups to take greater risks in artistic choices and strengthen their producing capabilities. We are pleased to continue working closely with them and hope many will come to watch this musical which features some of Singapore and musical theatre’s best.”

The creative team behind the musical needs little introduction. Dick Lee, the internationally renowned songwriter and composer penned the music with lyrics by Olivier Award winner Stephen Clark. The Director, Steven Dexter, has worked with SRT on numerous musicals in the past including A Twist of Fate, Friend Rice Paradise and most recently The LKY Musical.


The story of the infamous Empress Dowager is helmed by a cast of international and Singapore stars. Home-grown singing sensation Kit Chan returns as the heroic Empress and is supported by a stellar cast including Sebastian Tan, Cheryl Tan and Life! Theatre Award winner Benjamin Chow. West End sensation Earl Carpenter (Les Miserables) and Broadway star Steffanie Leigh (Mary Poppins) also star in the musical.

Forbidden City: Portrait of an Empress is made possible with the generous support of Production Partner – Knife brand, Production Supporters – Bowen Enterprises Pte Ltd and On Cheong Jewellery, as well as SRT Corporate Partners – Ascendas Singbridge and KOP Properties and Official Car – Audi.

Tickets for Forbidden City: Portrait of an Empress are available from Esplanade’s Box Office at Mezzanine Level (Tel: +65 6828 8389), the SISTIC Hotline (Tel: +65 6348 5555) and all SISITIC outlets from 26 January 2017. More information on the musical may also be found at


Tippling Club racks up three Top 10 nominations in the 2017 Tales of the Cocktail’s Spirited Awards

Tippling Club has been nominated as top 10 finalists across three categories in the 2017 Tales of the Cocktail’s Spirited Awards® – World’s Best Cocktail Menu; International Bartender of the Year; and Best International Restaurant Bar.

Making its debut on the World’s Best Cocktail Menu category is Tippling Club’s memory-triggering Sensorium Menu, an olfactory drinking experience that is delivered through 12 unique scents. It joins the ranks of reputed cocktail institutions from around the world, including London’s The Savoy and New York City’s The Dead Rabbit, among others.

Launched in September 2016 by head bartender Joe Schofield and chef-owner Ryan Clift, the aroma-forward menu has since won the plaudits of industry experts and bartending authorities alike, paving the way for Schofield as he takes his place among this year’s International Bartender of the Year top 10 contenders.

Adjoining Tippling Club’s award-winning bar is an equally lauded modern gastronomy restaurant, which has been putting forth innovative, ultra-progressive cuisine and cocktail pairings to the palates of local gastronomes since 2008. Tippling Club’s wide-reaching reputation as both a dining and drinking destination continues to precede itself; returning as a finalist in the Best International Restaurant Bar category for a third consecutive year.

The three Spirited Awards® nominations are the latest addition to Tippling Club’s growing mantel of bartending accolades, alongside four recent top billings in The Bar Awards Singapore for Best Restaurant Bar, Most Creative Cocktail Bar, Best Cocktail Bar, and Bartender of the Year; and an upcoming placement in Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2017, to be announced in the later half of June.

The top four Spirited Awards® nominees in each category will be announced via an exclusive Tales of the Cocktail Facebook Live broadcast on Saturday, 17 June, at 3:00AM SGT. Winners will be announced at the Spirited Awards® ceremony in New Orleans on Saturday, 22 July, during the 15th Annual Tales of the Cocktail.

Legoland® Malaysia launches School Holiday Special

It’s the school holiday season and LEGOLAND® Malaysia Resort is launching a fresh annual pass deal to turn an already awesome time of the year for kids into something ‘awesome-r’. The new Buy 2 Get 1 Free Annual Pass deal is designed for families or groups, ensuring no one gets left behind this holiday!

This special deal runs from NOW to 3rd July 2017, right in time for the Raya season as well. It can be purchased directly from LEGOLAND® Malaysia’s ticketing counters, its website (online booking will be available starting from 2nd June onwards), or LEGOLAND® Malaysia’s roadshow at Johor Premium Outlet from now until 4 June 2017.

Annual Pass Deal Details:

  • Buy 2 Get 1 Free Annual Pass
  • All 3 Annual Passes must be of the same type (Awesome Annual Pass and Premium Annual Pass)
  • Valid for any combination of Adult, Child, and Senior Annual Passes


Roadshow information:

  • Date: 26 May – 4 June 2017
  • Time: 10am – 10pm
  • Venue: Johor Premium Outlet


Details Awesome Pass Premium Pass
Adult/Child Adult/Child
Regular Price – 1 pass RM350 RM495
Normal Price – 3 passes RM1,050 RM1,485
Buy 2 Get 1 Free Deal RM700 (SGD$233*) RM990 (SGD$330*)

*Terms and conditions apply.

*Cost is estimated at SGD1:RM3 rate; may vary with currency exchange rates.


For further information on promotions and activities, visit LEGOLAND® Malaysia Resort’s official website or contact us at 07-597 8888 and stay connected with LEGOLAND® Malaysia Resort’s social handles (Facebook&Twitter) to find out more on online promotions.

Start your week on a happy high with stellar sakes and tasty tapas at BAM!

BAM! shakes up the Tras Street afterwork with new Sake-Tapas Tastings – a weekly happy hour that combines sunset sakes and tasty tapas at a steal, happening every Monday from 6.00pm to 8.00pm.

BAM! is Singapore’s first gastro establishment to pay tribute to ‘Modern Shudo’ – a contemporary way of sake appreciation through food.

Having amassed an impressive selection of over 80 outstanding sakes from 15 breweries around the world, matched with Executive Chef Pepe Moncayo’s rich Catalonian heritage, BAM! is now giving the modern shudo movement a happy hour head start with its new Sake-Tapas Tasting sessions.

Available every Monday from 6.00pm to 8.00pm, sake lovers and happy hour hunters can now enjoy a tasting menu of five unique sakes, paired with five mouthwatering morsels, at S$48++ per person.

Savour a stellar selection of sakes hailing from the Yamagata, Ishikawa and Gifu prefectures, and let the umami flavours of Chef Pepe’s culinary creations unfold with each sip.

For those who wish to experience modern shudo in its full gastro-glory, stay for dinner and indulge in BAM!’s highly-affordable Omakase menu – eight exquisite courses entrusted entirely in the capable hands of Chef Pepe and his team; each dish carefully constructed and paired with a hand-picked sake, intended to excite, surprise and pleasure across the senses. The Omakase menu is available at S$148++ per person, with an additional S$90++ for sake pairing.

Sake-Tapas Tastings will be available every Monday from 6.00pm to 8.00pm, starting Monday 5 June, with 5 sakes and 5 tapas at S$48++ per person. For reservations and general enquiries, please email or call +65 6226 0500.

AXN Extends Asia’s Got Talent Online Audition Deadline to June 8, 2017

Due to an overwhelming response from across Asia, AXN has extended the Asia’s Got Talent Online Auditions to midnight onJune 8, 2017.

After captivating rounds of open auditions in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Taiwan and the Philippines, AXN is giving aspiring performers one last chance to take the spotlight in its record-breaking series.

“We’ve witnessed some incredible acts over the last few weeks that really show the cultural diversity and range of awe-inspiring talent on offer here in Asia. But we know there’s even more to be discovered so we’ve extended the deadline to June 8 to give performers some more time to get their acts together,” said Virginia Lim, Senior Vice President and Head of Content, Production and Marketing, Sony Pictures Television Networks, Asia.

Potential stars can visit to submit an application and audition video, which should include a short introduction of the act, and the actual performance. The videos should be under two minutes’ in duration.

More details including Asia’s Got Talent frequently asked questions (FAQs) and the terms and conditions of participation are available at

Asia’s Got Talent is slated to premiere in the second half of 2017, first and exclusively on AXN.

Traveloka is the official sponsor of Asia’s Got Talent.