Follow our CNA LIFESTYLE page on Facebook for more dining stories and videosSINGAPORE: Singapore luxury tea brand TWG Tea has branched into the land that takes its tea very seriously - London. Two tea salons and boutiques have debuted at Knightsbridge and Leicester Square, with the openings marking TWG's 10th anniversary and its European foray. Both locations' designs draw on Asian and European concepts, and are created by TWG Tea president and co-founder Taha Bouqdib. The two-storey 1920s Communications House in Leicester Square, for one, has been transformed into a retail boutique with a patisserie counter and a 120-seat tea salon. The 653-sqm space is flanked by 11m columns lined with tea tins and displays of gifts, packaged teas, tea accessories and tea-infused delicacies. Antique Chinese screens adorned with Chinoiserie motifs embellish the balustrade of the stairway that leads guests to a 120-seat tea salon. The ground floor is also home to the … [Read more...] about TWG Tea opens two tea salons and boutiques in London
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SINGAPORE: Every two months, Madam Sarlin Ahmad travels about an hour and a half by bus and MRT train from her home in Woodlands to a home salon at Tampines, just to do her hair – even though there are plenty of decent salons near her place.The salon that she frequents, run by Winnie Lai, accepts only females. And it has found a pretty niche clientele – the more conservative Malay-Muslim women who prefer a private environment without men around. “There is a market (for such salons) that are not open to public view. Some people are shy,” said Mdm Sarlin. “When we go to a salon outside, everyone knows what you’re doing. Here, they cannot see.”The salon is in Mdm Lai’s home, a HDB executive maisonette that looks just like any of the other flats along the quiet corridor.During the Hari Raya period, business gets especially brisk. Customers come seeking hair treatments, and many, like Mdm Sarlin, become such close friends that they … [Read more...] about Trust and respect: Why Muslim women are this home salon owner’s biggest clients
Nova -- young, black, and a member of Los Angeles's homeless population -- is sick of looking feminine and wants a part-shaved, mainly dreadlocked hairstyle that can appear a little more manly when the occasion demands. Mainstream hairdressers are often inadequate, unable to let Nova express a complex gender identity that falls outside of the traditional binary male-female classification. Nova has come to Project Q, a mobile salon offering free haircuts to homeless "genderqueer" people across Los Angeles, as well as crucial support or advice on combating bullying and developing self-esteem. "Not a lot of barbers will want to work with someone that they perceive as a woman, to cut their hair short, because they don't know what they're doing," said 31-year-old Madin Lopez, Project Q's founder. "They try to leave it more feminine and try to make it pretty (around) the face." Project Q's customers, like Lopez, mainly classify themselves as genderqueer or "non-binary" -- meaning their … [Read more...] about Project Q, the Californian genderqueer salon ‘saving life’
House resolution urges return to peace talks with CPP-NPA-NDF (philstar.com) - March 25, 2018 - 2:35pm MANILA, Philippines – More than 60 members of the House of Representatives have filed a resolution to urge President Rodrigo Duterte to resume peace talks with communist rebels, which they said has had the most progress in the last 25 years. According to House Resolution 1803, peace talks during the Duterte administration "have reached "remarkable and unparalleled headway." Peace talks between the government and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines, which represents the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People's Army, resumed in 2016. "Aside from the draft of [the Comprehensive Agreement on Socio-Economic Reforms], drafts were being crafted for the Comprehensive Agreement on Political and Constitutional Reforms," the resolution reads, adding "this was the farthest advance in the … [Read more...] about House resolution urges return to peace talks with CPP-NPA-NDF
By Shinan Govani Star Columnist Fri., Feb. 23, 2018 I once took Omarosa for a haircut. At 11:30 at night. Lost in the crevices of my memory — it’s amazing what gets buried during a lifetime of gallivanting — the vignette only rose up again rather recently, while watching America’s consummate villain morph, amazingly, into a surrogate for her boss from The Apprentice when he ran for prez; eventually move into a staff position at the White House; summarily lose said position in classic operatic fashion and then live to tell the tale (or spill the tea, as the kids say) over the last couple of weeks on Celebrity Big Brother. My time with the schemer — scanning my own archives — started one eve in 2005, at Sassafraz here in Toronto, where I went to interview Omarosa and, whereupon, she talked piously about Eleanor Roosevelt (yes, really), and ended with a night out on the town (because: YOLO). At one point, running into … [Read more...] about Omarosa has gone from reality TV to the White House and back again. What comes next?