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Five of Singapore’s best boutique hotels, from relaxing retreats to urban bases from which to explore the city state

Staying in a boutique hotel shows guests some of the things that make Singapore special, from a restored colonial villa to converted godowns and shophouses and concept interiors

13 Apr 2017 - 11:25AM

Staying in a boutique hotel shows guests some of the things that make Singapore special, from a restored colonial villa to converted godowns and shophouses and concept interiors

Five of Singapore’s best boutique hotels, from relaxing retreats to urban bases from which to explore the city state
Where to find Hong Kong-like hang-outs in Singapore

Next time you’re in Singapore, you could check out the places on this list, which might remind you of some of your favourite venues back home

19 Dec 2016 - 5:19PM

Next time you’re in Singapore, you could check out the places on this list, which might remind you of some of your favourite venues back home

Where to find Hong Kong-like hang-outs in Singapore
Swede sensation: Deer Tracks duo inspired by nature's sounds

Multi-instrumental duo The Deer Tracks are bringing their rich and complex soundscapes to the city as part of a Swedish showcase.

3 Jun 2015 - 11:52PM

Multi-instrumental duo The Deer Tracks are bringing their rich and complex soundscapes to the city as part of a Swedish showcase.

Swede sensation: Deer Tracks duo inspired by nature's sounds
Book rewind: Dubliners by James Joyce (1914) - life in a middle-class way

Irish writer and scholar Declan Kiberd said of James Joyce: "Many of the great modern writers, from Conrad to Sartre, saw theirs as a literature of extreme situations, but Joyce was exceptional among them in cleaving to the quotidian, the great middle range of experience between exaltation and tenor."

25 Apr 2015 - 7:11PM

Irish writer and scholar Declan Kiberd said of James Joyce: "Many of the great modern writers, from Conrad to Sartre, saw theirs as a literature of extreme situations, but Joyce was exceptional among them in cleaving to the quotidian, the great middle range of experience between exaltation and tenor."

Book rewind: Dubliners by James Joyce (1914) - life in a middle-class way
Who is Rhye? Mysterious band promise Hong Kong an intimate show

Enigmatic electro duo Rhye bring their soulful sound to Hong Kong.

25 Mar 2015 - 10:07PM

Enigmatic electro duo Rhye bring their soulful sound to Hong Kong.

Who is Rhye? Mysterious band promise Hong Kong an intimate show
The Glass Menagerie - fragility and beauty in Tennessee Williams' defining play

Perhaps Tennessee Williams' defining play, The Glass Menagerie was written in 1944 and first produced on Broadway the next year, where it won the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for best American play.

31 Jan 2015 - 11:47PM

Perhaps Tennessee Williams' defining play, The Glass Menagerie was written in 1944 and first produced on Broadway the next year, where it won the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for best American play.

The Glass Menagerie - fragility and beauty in Tennessee Williams' defining play
Poetry review: Something Crosses My Mind, by Wang Xiaoni

The cover image by Xu Bing of Chinese poet Wang Xiaoni's new collection, Something Crosses My Mind, shows fields of crops - a hint at what's within.

6 Sep 2014 - 10:11PM

The cover image by Xu Bing of Chinese poet Wang Xiaoni's new collection, Something Crosses My Mind, shows fields of crops - a hint at what's within.

Poetry review: Something Crosses My Mind, by Wang Xiaoni
With Cosmic Gate and Emma Hewitt, White Party is a must-see event for fans of electronic music
Rant: No cents in it
23 Aug 2014 - 11:17PM
Rant: No cents in it
Book review: The Invisible Citizens of Hong Kong, by Sophia Law Suk-mun

The power of collective memory has long provided insight into historical events, and perhaps nowhere is this better expressed than through art and narrative. Where crisis and trauma have been experienced, artworks and stories find power. Through art, the unspeakable is given voice.

17 Aug 2014 - 8:05AM

The power of collective memory has long provided insight into historical events, and perhaps nowhere is this better expressed than through art and narrative. Where crisis and trauma have been experienced, artworks and stories find power. Through art, the unspeakable is given voice.

Book review: The Invisible Citizens of Hong Kong, by Sophia Law Suk-mun
Singer Ellie Goulding enjoys playing festivals like Glastonbury and Coachella

Versatile British pop singer Ellie Goulding thrives on the intimacy that comes with the live dynamic.

7 Aug 2014 - 1:13AM

Versatile British pop singer Ellie Goulding thrives on the intimacy that comes with the live dynamic.

Singer Ellie Goulding enjoys playing festivals like Glastonbury and Coachella
Book review: History and Popular Memory, by Paul A. Cohen
Book review: Show and Shadow, by Dorothy Tse

The opening story in Hong Kong writer Dorothy Tse's new collection of short stories is starkly Kafkaesque. In Woman Fish, instead of a giant beetle, the metamorphosis that takes place is of a piscatorial nature.

11 May 2014 - 4:08PM

The opening story in Hong Kong writer Dorothy Tse's new collection of short stories is starkly Kafkaesque. In Woman Fish, instead of a giant beetle, the metamorphosis that takes place is of a piscatorial nature.

Book review: Show and Shadow, by Dorothy Tse
Book review: Global Interdependence, edited by Akira Iriye

Historical events are not necessarily sequential; they overlap and interconnect. History is constantly evolving, and the world is changing at an unprecedented rate - be it environmental, social, physical, political or technological.

10 Mar 2014 - 6:49PM

Historical events are not necessarily sequential; they overlap and interconnect. History is constantly evolving, and the world is changing at an unprecedented rate - be it environmental, social, physical, political or technological.

Book review: Global Interdependence, edited by Akira Iriye
Pangulasian Island offers luxury with an eco edge

Laid-back resort island a shimmering jewel in Palawan province, writes Amy Russell.

26 Feb 2014 - 10:35PM

Laid-back resort island a shimmering jewel in Palawan province, writes Amy Russell.

Pangulasian Island offers luxury with an eco edge
Book review: Voices from Tibet, by Tsering Woeser and Wang Lixiong

Over the years, Tsering Woeser and Wang Lixiong have produced an output that highlights their bravery, compassion and unwavering commitment to the preservation of Tibetan culture.

19 Jan 2014 - 3:47PM

Over the years, Tsering Woeser and Wang Lixiong have produced an output that highlights their bravery, compassion and unwavering commitment to the preservation of Tibetan culture.

Book review: Voices from Tibet, by Tsering Woeser and Wang Lixiong
Escape the holiday crush with our guide to last-minute destinations

Last-minute getaways can be complicated and expensive, especially during holiday season. So why not dodge the crowds and find bliss in one of the region’s less obvious destinations.

4 Dec 2013 - 11:43PM

Last-minute getaways can be complicated and expensive, especially during holiday season. So why not dodge the crowds and find bliss in one of the region’s less obvious destinations.

Escape the holiday crush with our guide to last-minute destinations
Book review: Year Zero, by Ian Buruma

For a historian to shed original light on the events of the second world war and the ensuing cold war is no mean feat. To do so with character, insight, and intellect is even harder.

1 Dec 2013 - 4:51PM

For a historian to shed original light on the events of the second world war and the ensuing cold war is no mean feat. To do so with character, insight, and intellect is even harder.

Book review: Year Zero, by Ian Buruma
Book review: The Cloud that Contained the Lightning, by Cynthia Lowen

Putting the wide world of the atomic bomb, nuclear physics, technology and innovation under the microscope in a succinct selection of poems revolving around a singular man is no easy feat. But award-winning American poet Cynthia Lowen has done just that in The Cloud that Contained the Lightning.

3 Nov 2013 - 5:37PM

Putting the wide world of the atomic bomb, nuclear physics, technology and innovation under the microscope in a succinct selection of poems revolving around a singular man is no easy feat. But award-winning American poet Cynthia Lowen has done just that in The Cloud that Contained the Lightning.

Book review: The Cloud that Contained the Lightning, by Cynthia Lowen
Hot spots: Villa Samadhi, Kuala Lumpur
Using the past to speculate on China's future

The title of this work is somewhat deceptive for it's only really in the last couple of chapters that we get into the meat of China going "into its second rise". The bulk of the book is a political, economic and ideological history of the nation.

17 Sep 2012 - 10:01AM

The title of this work is somewhat deceptive for it's only really in the last couple of chapters that we get into the meat of China going "into its second rise". The bulk of the book is a political, economic and ideological history of the nation.

Using the past to speculate on China's future
Book review: Wind Says, by Bai Hua

"A book contains all kinds of dreams." These words sandwich Book, a poem in award-winning "post-Misty" poet Bai Hua's anthology, Wind Says.

18 Feb 2013 - 4:02PM

"A book contains all kinds of dreams." These words sandwich Book, a poem in award-winning "post-Misty" poet Bai Hua's anthology, Wind Says.

Book review: Wind Says, by Bai Hua
An audience with New York art rock collective Dirty Projectors
A fresh look at Waiting for Godot, by Samuel Beckett

Irish critic Vivian Mercier once said Samuel Beckett's absurdist work Waiting for Godot is a play "in which nothing happens, twice".

24 May 2016 - 1:42PM

Irish critic Vivian Mercier once said Samuel Beckett's absurdist work Waiting for Godot is a play "in which nothing happens, twice".

A fresh look at Waiting for Godot, by Samuel Beckett
Rant: loo hullabaloo
4 May 2013 - 10:19PM
Rant: loo hullabaloo
Rewind book: Paradise Lost, by John Milton

Throughout history, snakes have been portrayed in literature - from Kipling's Jungle Book to Saint-Exupery's Le Petit Prince to Rowling's Harry Potter - as creatures of power, but most powerfully as Satan incarnate. 

18 Feb 2013 - 3:57PM

Throughout history, snakes have been portrayed in literature - from Kipling's Jungle Book to Saint-Exupery's Le Petit Prince to Rowling's Harry Potter - as creatures of power, but most powerfully as Satan incarnate. 

Rewind book: Paradise Lost, by John Milton
Book review: From the Dragon's Mouth, by Ana Fuentes

We've all heard the expression "straight from the horse's mouth". Throw in a rather fiercer beast and the definition is borne out by From the Dragon's Mouth.

26 May 2013 - 5:19PM

We've all heard the expression "straight from the horse's mouth". Throw in a rather fiercer beast and the definition is borne out by From the Dragon's Mouth.

Book review: From the Dragon's Mouth, by Ana Fuentes
Dancing with the spas: Four Seasons' Botanical Cure

The lomi lomi nui mixes massage and movement, writes Amy Russell.

10 Jul 2013 - 10:27PM

The lomi lomi nui mixes massage and movement, writes Amy Russell.

Dancing with the spas: Four Seasons' Botanical Cure
Book review: Funtastic Festivities, by Kit Lau

Thick though it may be, this book is certainly no door stop. Funtastic Festivities by Kit Lau is light, engaging, and full of wonderfully charming illustrations to support its messages.

5 May 2013 - 4:29PM

Thick though it may be, this book is certainly no door stop. Funtastic Festivities by Kit Lau is light, engaging, and full of wonderfully charming illustrations to support its messages.

Book review: Funtastic Festivities, by Kit Lau
The xx: British minimalist indie band