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by Marc Nair, 17 June 2018

In our latest sojourn, we travel to the island of Kyushu in Japan. We'll be bringing a series of diverse stories in the weeks to come, but first, a photoessay that revolves around city life in its bustle and solitude.  



BYO Food and Drink Container to Food Republic For discounts, 06 to 30 June 2018

Singapore generated more than 800 million kilograms of plastic waste in 2017, accounting for a third of the city-state's domestic waste.  To commemorate World Environment Day (05 June), Food Republic is encouraging diners to beat plastic pollution by bringing their own food containers. In exchange, diners will enjoy a 10% discount. Thirsty diners are also encouraged to purchase a thermal flask for a dollar. If you do and if you bring the flask on subsequent visits to Food Republic, you’ll enjoy 10% discount on each purchase.

Promotion period: 06 to 30 June 2018, excluding public holidays and the eve of public holidays.  

NOTE FOR NOTE, 23 June 2018

Image: The Arts House

Produced by Mackerel’s Marc Nair, Note for Note is a tête-à-tête between poet and musician. Collaborating both in form and content, these artists will take to the stage to perform original works and showcase the natural harmonies between the rhythms of poetry and music.

This edition's theme #skintones invites us to look at life differently, in all its various tones: How one poet's muse is another's madness. How a musician can find harmony in discord.

These featured pairings are Singapore Literature Prize winning poet Joshua Ip with multi-faceted keyboardist Chok Kerong, award-winning slam poet Stephanie Dogfoot with singer-songwriter Zee Aura, and Australian spoken word artist Will Beale with punk musician Hafiz Bastard.

Note for Note is presented by The Arts House as part of Poetry with Music series.

Tickets are available on Peatix.

Sprout: Farm To People Festival, 07 to 08 July 2018


Sprout is a Farm-to-People festival that brings growers, producers and the community together. More than just a farmers’ market in the city, the inaugural two-day festival celebrates sustainable agriculture, urban farming and good honest food. With over 55 specially curated local exhibitors ranging from farm growers, urban farming, artisanal and specialty food, Sprout touts itself as Singapore’s largest farmers’ market located in the heart of the city.

Venue: Suntec Singapore Convention Centre | Hall 406

For more information, visit the event website.

Rainforest Fringe Festival, 06 to 15 July 2018

Image: Rainforest Fringe Festival

The Rainforest Fringe (RFF) returns for its second run in Kuching, Sarawak, from 06 to 15 July 2018. We were in Kuching to cover the inaugural festival in 2017 and, similarly, this year’s RFF boasts a wide range of cultural, contemporary and traditional programmes that are representative of Sarawak’s exciting, complex and layered identity.

We’ll be there to see some of the festival and the bits that we definitely want to catch are the series of interactive sessions entitled, Bamboo That Binds, The Rainforest Series (films and documentary screenings), photography exhibitions, Tattoos and Borneo People by National Geographic Society Fellow, Chris Rainier, and Dennis Lau respectively.

And, of course, The Market - the perfect place to partake of Sarawakian artisanal products.

Image: Rainforest Fringe Festival

A novel piece of programming for RFF is Yoga In The Wild. Yes! Three days of downward facing dogs, chaturangas and ujjayi breathing against the magnificent backdrop of Mount Santubong. Our Carolyn is limbering up as we speak and she will brave the extended yoga session. Keep an eye out for her review.

Several of the programmes, like the yoga, require registration, so do visit the RFF website. And we recommend that you do it soon; this festival is certainly growing. 



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