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New Atlas Bar In Singapore’s “Gotham City” Will Bring You Back To The Great Gatsby Era

Atlas Grand Lobby & Bar

We all like to feel classy sometimes. Already imagining champagne in your hand and chandeliers above your head? Well, we have just the fix for you.

Behold, the Atlas Grand Lobby & Bar.

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With just a few weeks away from its opening, we are already envisioning guests crowding the place just for a taste of its five-star European concept.

Shades Of Gotham

Located at Parkview Squre, an impressive-looking building in Bugis dubbed “Gotham City”, the bar fits in perfectly due to its art deco interior and 1920s European vibe.

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The building’s general manager Vicky Hwang told Australian Bartender that “every piece of furniture, every textile, the carpets, the marble” were all handpicked. In other words, a lot of effort was made to achieve such a beautiful concept.

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The bar has an eye on becoming a popular tourist attraction to many over the world too, thus the moniker “Atlas”.

As it will be open from from 8am to 3am on weekends, it will undoubtedly appeal to the local crowd too.

Five-Star Service

Head bartender Roman Foltán assures guests of great service, saying: “We want to deliver a five-star service, with a lot of attention to the details and personalised service. At the same time, in a very relaxed, and a little bit cheeky way as well.”

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Mr Foltán will be serving alongside Ms Carla Soares, who will be the maitre d’. The pair formerly worked at Artesian, in London, which used to be ranked top in the list of the world’s 50 best bars.

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Local Touch

One may be wondering whether there will be any local influences, since the bar is located in Singapore, after all

Well, Atlas recently announced the addition of bartender Sim Sze Wei, formerly of Ah Sam Cold Drink Stall.

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Mr Sim used to front the locally themed bar in Singapore, so get excited to taste his cocktails with an Asian flavour.

Champagne For Days

Atlas will focus on cocktails, gin and champagne. They are even working with Britsh glassmaker John Jenkins to design a custom glass for their signature Martini. Talk about atas.

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The carefully procured champagnes (many from the famous Hwang family) will even be housed in a walk-in, rose-metal plated champagne chiller room behind the main bar, according to Mr Jason Williams, creative director of Proof & Company, which is behind the Atlas project. It even has a pillbox with a special light, because UV lights are a big no no. 

Who would’ve thought that being a champagne bottle would feel so good?

Lavish Interior

Before Atlas took over, the space was taken up by Divine Bar. From past photos of its lavish interiors, we can tell that Atlas is going to look like a throwback to The Great Gatsby, Leonard DiCaprio not included:

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Secretive

Obviously, there is a lot more to the Atlas Bar then they have revealed so far. Even their website is rather secretive, with only one page so far:

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A Sparkling Gem

All we really know for sure is that Atlas Bar looks to be a sparkling gem that will not go unnoticed when it opens this month.

So cheers to Atlas, and we hope to visit soon!

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Sentosa’s Hawaiian-Themed Beach Paradise Is Perfect For Water Sports And Exotic Feasting

Aloha Hawaii

Aloha! A little bit of Hawaii haven has landed in sunny Singapore in the form of Ola Beach Club.

Whether you’re looking to chill (or rather, melt) under the hot sun, seeking thrills to rejuvenate your weary soul or just want to spend quality family time with your loved ones, this Hawaiian-themed beach paradise is a one-size-fits-all attraction.

From adrenaline-pumping water activities that propel you 15m into the air to sipping cocktail and lepaking by the beach, the picturesque Ola Beach Club is a great place for a getaway.

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Wet And Wild

For superhero wannabes, flying in the air is no longer an improbable dream.

Ola Beach Club has Asia’s first and only water-propelled jetpack thrill ride. Fly up to 9m in the air and at speeds of up to 40km per hour as you get to experience what it’s like being Superman for a day.

But flying doesn’t come cheap – it costs $228 for 45 minutes of wild jet-packing fun.

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If that still isn’t enough to quell your thirst for adventure, you can try the Jetblade Thrill.

A water-propelled hoverboard-like device will be strapped to your feet, rocketing you up to 15m above water, enabling you to perform flips like this:

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But if the Jet Pack and Jetblade Thrill are too extreme, there are more staid water activities like Stand-Up Paddling, Banana Boating, Kayaking and Donut Riding you can enjoy.

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Exotic Eats

After burning off some calories via water sports, you can put them back on with exotic Hawaiian eats.

Don’t be surprised to find yourself subconsciously breaking into a traditional Hawaiian Hula dance after being overwhelmed by the mouth-watering Hawaiian flavours.

Kalau Pig Taco ($18)

Try guacamole and lomi tomato relish bathed in home-made spicy Hawaiian sour cream sauce, wrapped into a taco.

If that’s not enough to fill you up, you can add on fries and salad to complete your meal.

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Ahi Poke Bowl ($20)

A classic Hawaiian dish, Ahi Poke (pronounced poh-kay) is a salad made up of marinated fish cubes.

This salad is highly customisable; you can choose your base (jasmine rice, brown rice, salad), flavour (kimchi, shoyu, togarashi) and 2 sides (ebiko, pineapple, guacamole, kimchi, pumpkin seeds, cranberry, pomegranate).

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Lomi-Lomi Salmon ($16)

Petite sesame waffle cones hold shredded salmon tossed together with tomatoes.

These bite-sized morsels are a distinctly Hawaiian side dish – perfect for those who prefer something light on the tummy.

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And how about these cocktails served in tiki-shaped mugs that are the embodiment of all things Hawaiian, as an accompaniment for your food?

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Events

Parties and weddings are also welcome – imagine holding your dream nuptials amid the sea breeze and therapeutic sounds of the crashing waves.

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Family Friendly

Families with young kids won’t be excluded from enjoying the resort either.

There’s a nursing room, baby changing station, playpen and even a large family bathroom.

Where To Find It

The resort is located at 46, Siloso Beach Walk on Sentosa Island.

Visitors can take the Sentosa Express monorail to Beach Station.

Opening hours: Monday-Friday from 10am-10pm, Saturday-Sunday from 9am-10pm

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Mandai’s Eco-Tourism Hub Is Set To Open in 2020, And We Just Can’t Wait

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Good news for nature lovers: Two new wildlife parks are coming to Mandai, and they are set to boost eco-tourism, as Singapore aims to become the leading nature hub in Asia.

The construction phase of the project was launched on Monday (Jan 16), with the first phase set to be completed in 2020.

Currently, the Singapore Zoo, Night Safari and River Safari attract 4.6 million visitors per year, and they’re hoping that the rejuvenation of Mandai to be an eco-tourism hub will increase visitor numbers to more than 10 million annually.

Take a look at this video that Mandai Park Holdings released on Sunday (Jan 15) to promote this project.

New Attractions To Look Out For

Apart from the new Bird Park and Rainforest Park, which are projected to be completed by 2020 and 2021 respectively, there will be also be a nature-themed indoor attraction and eco-lodging.

Here’s a map showing where the new attractions will be located:

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Bird Park

The new Bird Park will house some of the world’s most endangered bird species.

Visitors will be greeted by a majestic waterfall at the entrance as they begin to feast their eyes on a variety of exotic birds that are found in the rainforests of Africa, flooded savannahs of South and Central America and the Australian bushlands. Some species that we can expect are hornbills and birds of paradise.

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The Bird Park will feature an underwater-overwater habitat for penguins, allowing viewers to see the penguins “flying” through the waters.

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Rainforest Park

Starting from an underground cavern, visitors will walk their way up to the tree canopies at the Rainforest Park, as they experience the lavish flora and fauna of an South-east Asian jungle. Keep your eyes peeled and you may spot apes swinging from tree to tree!mandai eco-tourism park

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Nature-Themed Indoor Attraction

After spending a whole day out in the sun, seek comfort at the nature-themed indoor attraction.

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Eco-Lodge

You can even book a hotel room at the Eco-Lodge to experience eco-accommodation – or just to rest your sore legs.

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We Can’t Wait

The opening of the new attractions may be a couple of years down the road, but we’re already eagerly anticipating them. It’s so impressive, other countries may go green with envy!

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Court Rules Mindef Is Not A Person And Can’t Be Harrassed, To Nobody’s Surprise

Mindef Isn’t Human

#QOTD no longer stands for quote of the day but question of the day. So, #QOTD: What is considered a human being? Well, apparently not the Ministry of Defence (Mindef).

The Court of Appeal ruled on Monday (Jan 16) that Mindef cannot invoke the anti-harrassment law against The Online Citizen, as Mindef is not a human being.

Well, duh.

What’s going on?

In case you’re lost in all this legal talk, here’s a quick overview of how it all started.

  • In 2011, MobileStats Technologies, owned by Dr Ting Choon Meng, sued Mindef for infringing its patent. This was because Mindef bought a mobile battalion casualty station (BCS) that supposedly infringed the patent of MobileStats Technologies’ Station With Immediate First-Aid Treatment (Swift) vehicle.
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  • Due to high legal costs, Dr Ting dropped the case in January 2014.
  • According to a note on Mindef’s cyberpioneer Facebook page, the “case was actually a commercial dispute between MobileStats Technologies and Syntech Engineers, which supplied the mobile BCS to Mindef”, i.e. — Mindef was merely the consumer, it said.
  • Mindef’s Facebook note also stated that the court had ruled that the MobileStats’ patent for the BCS was invalid, and revoked it.
  • In January 2015, The Online Citizen posted an interview with Dr Ting, where he made allegations against Mindef. Mindef sued the website and Dr Ting, invoking Section 15 of the Protection from Harassment Act (POHA)
  • According to Today, a district court granted the order but on Jan 16, that was overturned by the High Court, which ruled that the government cannot be considered a person. Thus, Mindef cannot invoke POHA.

What’s The POHA?

According to Singapore Statuses Online, the official website for Singapore’s legislation, here is the debated act:

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Basically, not only does it protect people from being harassed, it also protects them against wrongful statements.

You’re Not The Only One Confused

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While the court has clearly righted the wrongs in this case, Mindef doesn’t seem satisfied.

But hey, Mindef is a government agency, you would think one online article, which has already been judged to contain false allegations, would be just water off its back, right?

Not Helpless

Here are some words of wisdom from the judges, as reported by Channel NewsAsia:

“Mindef was anything but a helpless victim… It is a Government agency possessed of significant resources and access to media channels.”

The judges added that Mindef conveyed its side of the story through both traditional and online media, and that The Online Citizen included Mindef’s statement and the link to that statement in the portal’s article.

“Given all this, it is difficult to see what discernible impact the allegations and The Online Citizen’s publication of the allegations could have had on Mindef’s reputation or public image,” said the two judges’ ruling.

Moving On

Now that it’s been ruled that Mindef is definitely not a person, we hope this ignominious chapter can be closed and all parties can move on.

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10 Reasons Why Marina Bay Singapore Countdown 2016 Is The Best Event To Ring In The New Year

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Singapore’s most spectacular countdown celebration

Ever since its inception in 2005, Marina Bay Singapore Countdown (MBSC) has become the largest and most spectacular countdown celebration in Singapore, having attracted more than 300,000 people to the Bay on New Year’s Eve.

Jointly presented by Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay and Urban Redevelopment Authority, here are 10 reasons why you should be at #MBSC2016 this year to create exciting new memories for the New Year ahead. We are sure that there is definitely something for everyone on 31 Dec.

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1. It is the biggest, most dazzling New Year’s Eve event in Singapore

#MBSC2016 will be the 11th edition of this signature New Year’s countdown event – proving that these folks sure know how to make a memorable and lasting impression year on year!

2. The iconic location at the heart of Singapore

Held at Marina Bay — arguably the most iconic location in Singapore – this magnificent venue is a visible representation of Singapore’s remarkable transformation from a fishing village to a first-world modern metropolis.

3. Free musical performances at the Esplanade Outdoor Theatre

Starting from 7pm, spend your last evening of 2015 with a myriad of performances by The Mad Company and Roze and the Family Soul, who will be dazzling the audience with popular music numbers to gear you up for the final countdown.

Head on to the Esplanade’s website here for the detailed schedule for the evening.

4. A waterfront bazaar along the promenade

Earn brownie points with your bae by taking him/her on a unique shopping experience as you stroll down the Marina Waterfront Bazaar at the promenade from 3pm all the way to 3am. You’ll be greeted with an array of handicrafts, collectibles, fashion apparel and accessories, party novelties and lighted gadgets. Oh, and not forgetting the actual food. Light refreshments are also available at affordable prices.

5. Concert at The Float (tickets required)

Featuring a star-studded ensemble of local artistes and international star Adam Lambert, this concert — organized by Mediacorp — will pack your evening with high-energy entertainment and excitement as you party it up to 2016 with them.

6. Countdown Animation Sequence at The Fullerton Hotel

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Image by Andrew JK Tan, Courtesy of Urban Redevelopment Authority

A special light presentation depicting Singapore’s dynamism and vibrant future will be displayed on the façade of The Fullerton Hotel. You can look forward to stunning images that show our identity as a nation that grew from shophouses to the high-rise HDB flats we know of today, as well as the sprawling world-class city we have become. It will be shown hourly between 8pm and 11pm from 26 to 31 Dec 2015. On New Year’s Eve itself, the final showcase at 11.55pm will culminate in a countdown sequence to midnight.

The exact timings of the animation:
26-30 Dec 2015 – 8.15pm, 9.15pm, 10.15pm and 11.15pm nightly;
31 Dec 2015 – 8pm, 9pm, 10pm, 11pm, 11.55pm.

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Image by Bryan van der Beek, Courtesy of Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay

7. 8-minute long fireworks display

End the year with a bang (literally) with the highlight of the evening: an eight-minute long firework display at the stroke of midnight. For the first time ever, this spectacular firework display — accompanied by a rousing musical score specially choreographed and composed by local music talent Julian Wong — will span the entire length of Marina Bay. And hey, this ensures that you will no longer be craning your neck just to look at a section of the fireworks anymore.

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Image by Wesley Loh Kar Wai, Courtesy of Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay

8. The Wishing Spheres Project

Noticed the various wishing stations that were set up all over Singapore ever since mid-November?

Hopefully you have been duly penning your hopes and dreams onto those spheres, for 20,000 of those spheres will be set afloat onto the bay, and lit with coloured lights on New Year’s Eve to create a magnificent visual showcase. The installation represents the collective wishes by residents and visitors for Singapore’s future in the years to come. Did you know that there were only 2,500 wishing spheres back in 2005 during the first ever celebration? This installation has been a tradition of MBSC celebrations ever since.

9. A chance to win travel vouchers worth $5,000

We love competitions, and we love competitions with attractive prizes even more. This year’s Photo Competition theme is “A Better Future”, and participants are to submit photos of the various festivities and events of #MBSC2016 that reflects this theme. The photo entries should try to capture people celebrating the event, highlighting the kinship, friendship or community ties, as well as to reflect hope and anticipation for the nation’s future as Singapore journeys into the next 50 years and beyond. Participants stand to win attractive travel vouchers sponsored by #MBSC2016’s Official Airline Partner, Tigerair.

More details are available here: http://www.marinabaycountdown.sg/photo-competition/

10. It is the final Golden Jubilee event

And last but not least, this will be the last ever #SG50 (yes, we know you’re tired of seeing this hashtag too) event, and the start of a new chapter for Singapore. We are all excited about the infinite possibilities that 2016 will bring in.

With lights, music and action, what more can we ask for? Definitely the most unforgettable way to celebrate the start of 2016, and we can’t think of a better way to count down to the New Year than at #MBSC2016.

*Bonus

Gear up for the celebration by liking and following #MBSC2016’s Facebook and Instagram page, and stand a chance to win amazing prizes by participating in their weekly contests!

For more information, check out the website here for updates and detailed schedules.

Website: marinabaycountdown.sg
Facebook: www.facebook.com/marinabaysg
Instagram: www.instagram.com/marinabaysg

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With reference to Marina Bay Singapore Countdown 2016

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