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Tatler Singapore December 2019

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12 期号


around asia

Cover star Adrian Cheng discusses his dreams for Victoria Dockside, a new US$2.6b cultural district that he has led from conception to completion over the past decade. Some creatives Cheng commissioned for the project—including architects Rem Koolhaas and James Corner—also appear on the illustrated cover. November's cover star is actress and television show host Nia Ramadhani Bakrie, who discusses balancing her life in the spotlight with being a mother to three young children. Elsewhere, we profile Indonesian designer Ted Sulisto, who has worked his magic on everything from cutlery to gardens. Nikki Prieto Teodoro, special envoy of the Philippine president to Unicef, is on the cover. In the accompanying feature, Teodoro discusses her continuing fight to support disadvantaged children around the world, and the future of the Philippines. Acclaimed director Zhang Yimou—who is…

joy to the world

When we swipe our smartphone screens or switch on the television, there’s no escaping the torrent of bad news. We hear about the imminent threat of climate change, its consequences already ravaging the earth sooner than we expected. There’s also the troubling dismantling of social and political norms evident in the instability that now characterises once-peaceful cities. But even with the negativity all around, I take comfort in the fact that everyone is becoming more generous. It’s true: giving is in and it’s not only during the holiday season. Philanthropy and private social investment is growing across the region, and it is not only “de rigueur in Asia but being embraced”, says Ruth Shapiro, founder and chief executive of the Centre for Asian Philanthropy (page 76). She notes that more and…

life lessons

During our interview with entrepreneur Choo Chong Ngen for this month’s cover story, he chatted with us about the importance of education, a subject he feels very strongly about. He likes to remind younger people to study diligently, be they his grandchildren or the youths he meets as a result of his philanthropic work, which is very much focused on helping financially needy students. Choo himself dropped out of school at a young age to work, so that he could help his family make ends meet. Does his success with his company Worldwide Hotels (which houses brands such as Hotel 81 and Hotel Mi) actually make him living proof that one doesn’t need a formal education to make it, we ask? “You could do that 50 years ago, but you can’t…

keys to perfection

With its storied history and reputation for quality, Steinway & Sons has attracted more than 1,600 musicians to make its pianos their instruments of choice. One of them is Chinese virtuoso Lang Lang. For the first time ever, the Steinway artist has collaborated with renowned American furniture designer Dakota Jackson to create the Steinway Black Diamond Limited Edition piano, which is inspired by the rarity of its namesake gem. While its elegant lines and metallic accents remain a Jackson signature, the piano design also showcases the spirit of Lang Lang’s extraordinary talents, from the three diamond-shaped silhouettes punctuating the line of the instrument’s rim to the S-shaped topstick. “The shape of the piano invites you to play it,” enthused Lang Lang, who offers his personal touch with the inscription of his…

in good company

Yuletide celebrations in Britain are steeped in history. Although much has changed since medieval times, distinct traditions such as the town criers have remained. This Christmas, the British Chamber of Commerce Singapore and The British Club will host the annual Great British Ball on December 7 at the Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore. The event promises to top last year’s do by casting a spotlight on all things British, including a town crier to announce the start of the festivities. Guests will be welcomed with a champagne reception at the Christmas-themed foyer, before being entertained by the Dover Court International School choir. There will also be a caricaturist to capture everyone’s best features and an instant photo booth to document all the fun. Inside the ballroom, a four-course Christmas dinner awaits, along with entertaining…

rumour mill

COMMUNAL WAYS On a first class flight to London one day, a little boy amused the lady seated next to him and his mum with his innocence when he asked, “Are all these people flying with us on this plane?” Turns out, it was his first time taking a commercial airline as his family’s private jet wasn’t available that day. POOR STANDARDS One famous jeweller was recently called out for the quality of its products by an angry socialite, who recently bought a $100,000 necklace. Apparently, the rose gold clasp connecting the detachable pendant to the necklace chain had broken off after she wore it for the first time.…