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Tatler Singapore May 2020

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12 期号


these are remarkable times indeed

While the entire world adapts to the unprecedented challenges that have followed the spread of Covid-19, so too are we witnessing a moment of unprecedented solutions. This issue, for example, is the first we’ve ever been forced to produce almost entirely while working remotely from our homes. But it was a feat made possible by the incredible technology behind Zoom conference calls and social networking apps like Houseparty. Throughout our communities, I have repeatedly been touched by stories of entrepreneurs and fashion designers who have stepped up to produce medical supplies or restaurants that have transformed their operations to serve meals to the doctors and nurses working tirelessly on the front lines in the fight against the coronavirus. Their problem-solving spirit is an inspiration to us all, particularly when ideas come…

in this together

What did you post on social media when you welcomed the new year? I posted a picture of myself at Hoshinoya Tokyo, sunshine filtering through the hotel room’s washi windows with the caption: “I’ve got a feeling that this decade will be like the Roaring Twenties (without the following depression hopefully).” Little did I know that the global situation would draw parallels to the Great Depression just a few weeks later. Even though simulations predicted a possibility of a pandemic, Covid-19 took all of us by surprise. At the time of writing, almost half of the world’s population is under some form of lockdown (nearly four billion people) and keeping our distance while wearing a mask is our new reality. So many first-time events have transpired that we struggle to articulate…


KAREN TEE Karen Tee is a travel and lifestyle journalist who is constantly roaming the globe in search of her next great adventure. In this month’s issue, she discovers what Singapore-based British billionaire James Dyson is doing to combat the Covid-19 crisis (p.142) CHRISTIAN BARKER Singapore-based writer Christian Barker has been covering luxury lifestyle, travel and culture for almost two decades for publications such as How to Spend It, Forbes and Esquire. In this month’s issue, Barker investigates the mechanics behind power reserves in watches (p.120) ALINE COQUELLE Parisian photographer and author Aline Coquelle describes herself as a nomad and avid traveller. Her work has been featured in Architectural Digest, Vanity Fair and Vogue, and she has worked on several books with Assouline. This month, she shares photos from her travels around Zanzibar, which is…

virtual reality

NATIONAL MUSEUM OF MODERN AND CONTEMPORARY ART, GWACHEON Google s lets you walk through the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA) in Gwacheon, South Korea as easily as you can walk through a city on Google Street View, giving you a close-up view of the design, craft, architecture and visual arts in the museum’s collection. On top of that, MMCA is currently hosting four online shows— The 100th Anniversary of the Birth of Korean Modern Masters: Yoo Youngkuk 1916-2002; Park Hyunki 1942-2002 Mandala; Garden; and Birth of a Museum: Documenting the Construction of MMCA, Seoul—all of which feature informative write-ups alongside the artworks. mmca.go.kr RIJKSMUSEUM, AMSTERDAM A museum art and history, the Rijksmuseum houses 8,000 pieces that span 800 years in 80 galleries. In its collection are several famous works of…

lyrical flow

For Singaporean rapper Masia One, music is the best medicine, especially when it comes to easing the feelings of uncertainty due to the spread of coronavirus. That’s why she has roped in fans and fellow musicians to work on a “social distancing mixtape” featuring songs that would bring humanity closer, while also exploring the deeper psychological and emotional effects of social isolation. “Artists have the gift of imagination and a platform to speak from,” enthuses Masia One, whose real name is Lim May Sian. Hip-hop was a way for her to express herself while growing up in Canada, where her family moved to when she was eight. She later built a music career in the US ghostwriting for chart-topping artists under Grammy award-of refugee children, which is a cause that is…

a mothers love

Nigel Chua, who runs the popular Founder Bak Kut Teh restaurant with his father (and its founder), Chua Chwee Whatt, says that even though it has been two years since the passing of his mother, “my father and I have never stopped missing her”. So as a tribute to her from a husband and a son, the restaurant, which was established in 1978, launched a Mama’s Home-Cooked Dishes menu in March, available exclusively at its Hotel Boss outlet at Jalan Sultan. The menu features 12 nostalgic dishes, including “Hong Kong Supper” and “Mama’s Signature Simple Steamed Fish”, tweaked to suit modern taste buds. “We took notes of the recipes she verbally passed on to us and fine-tuned them,” explains Chua, who admits that Hokkien cooking can be on the saltier and…