Multicultural Singapore, home to hundreds of thousands of expats and transients from every corner of the globe, has a way of allowing tourists to blend in almost seamlessly. You could be gawking, jaw on the floor, amid a crowd at the latest Moshe Safdie stunner, for instance, and not feel a twinge of self-consciousness because, well, everyone else is doing it. At the Jewel Changi Airport — a seven-storey, glass-domed enclosure that, almost inconceivably, combines a futuristic mall and airport complex with Jurassic World-type atmosphere of a misty rainforest, complete with a water feature called the Rain Vortex as a centerpiece — everyone is a tourist beholding the city-state’s newest architectural prize. In other words, you can try not to look like a tourist but often there will be little point to it. Instead, to derive more value from your visit, direct your energies at recognizing how residents operate. Other places to check out in Singapore: Mark Justiniani … [Read more...] about How not to look like a turista in Singapore
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‘Midnight sun’ and what it means to have XP I just finished watching Midnight Sun (based on the hit Japanese film No Uta), a romantic tearjerker about 17-year-old Katie Price (Bella Thorne), whose mother died when she was four. Katie has been sheltered at home since childhood with a rare genetic condition (xeroderma pigmentosum, or XP), a life-threatening sensitivity to sunlight with accompanying neurodegeneration. Having only her father Jack (Rob Riggle) for company, Katie’s world opens up after dark when she risks going outside to sing and play her guitar. One night, her dreams come true when she’s noticed by her longtime crush Charlie (Patrick Schwarzenegger), whom she’s secretly watched from her bedroom window (an ultraviolet-protected glass window, of course) for years since she was a child. In panic mode, Katie leaves suddenly and forgets her notebook, which Charlie keeps. He returns the next day and gives it … [Read more...] about ‘Midnight sun’ and what it means to have XP
PORTO: There were moments during Wednesday's Nations League semi-final between Portugal and Switzerland when Cristiano Ronaldo was beginning to look like a 34-year-old reaching the twilight of his career.The pace that once terrified defenders, the quick changes of direction, the energy and the constant movement are no longer part of his game.Yet that is to miss the point about the late-career Ronaldo - the man can still put the ball in the net like very few others and has refined his game so that is now almost all he focuses upon.The Juventus forward won Wednesday's game with a hat-trick consisting of three superbly-taken goals, as the hosts reached Sunday's final with a 3-1 win over Switzerland.It was his seventh hat-trick for Portugal and a remarkable 53rd for club and country.England or the Netherlands await for the reigning European Champions in the first final of this new competition and Ronaldo will be relishing the chance to put their young guns in their place.It was tempting, … [Read more...] about Ronaldo defeats Swiss and age with finishing school
Tom Ford has come early to rearrange the furniture. He thinks that the already stylish room in the hottest new private club in town, the San Vicente Bungalows, could be even more captivating. So a team of eight club staff members gets busy under his direction, pulling a potted plant from the terrace for one corner and setting up two dozen glowing amber votive candles.Ford himself redoes the white flowers, plucking out the roses and leaving in the ranunculus, because he doesn’t like mixed blooms. The Murphy bed he can do nothing about.As I enter, the designer is lost in thought, still fantasising about redoing the room in his own preferred palette, draping chocolate brown velvet on the walls.Everything in life can always be more sensual and beautiful, if you think about it. And Ford is always thinking about it. From the time he was big enough to push furniture, at six years old, he was rearranging it in his house. And giving his mother critiques on her hair and shoes.Being Tom … [Read more...] about Tom Ford: Portrait of a perfectionist, anal-retentive, painfully shy vegan designer
SINGAPORE: Every time freelance writer Clare Lee, 27, uses a changing room when trying on clothes in fashion outlets big and small, she will take a few minutes to inspect every nook and cranny in her cubicle for hidden cameras before feeling safe enough to undress herself.For 27-year-old Fiona, who did not want to give her full name, she will always double-check that the curtains in her bedroom or hotel are fully drawn such that there is not even a teeny-weeny gap for anyone to peek through, and steer clear of unattended baskets in supermarkets.Freelance content creator Hilary See, 27, would refrain from standing near the edge of the escalator where people can look up her skirt, and try to use either a bag or a file to cover the back of her skirt while climbing the stairs.With spycams and phone cameras taking voyeurism to unsavoury new heights, these women are among a growing number of people who have taken extra precautions to protect themselves and their private spaces.As Fiona, … [Read more...] about The Big Read: Singapore’s voyeurism problem – what’s wrong with men, or the world?