The rambunctious singer-songwriter-rapper from Down Under will be taking over the stage at the upcoming 1 World Music Festival. She takes five us before the gig.

I took Iggy Azalea as my stage name because… both words are special to me.

The favorite part of my body is… my long hair.

Being a female rapper is… fun.

I like wearing… platform shoes.

It would be a dream come true to… have my own house.

I’m ashamed to admit that… I'm a mess.

I write about… my life.

People think that I am… a goofball.

In another life I would have been… a baker.

Iggy Azalea performs on Sep 20 at 1 World Music Festival. Tickets at $98-188 from the website.


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Ilo Ilo

Editor's Rating: 
Average: 3 (1 vote)
Yeo Yann Yann
Koh Jia Ler
Angeli Bayani
Tian Wen Chen
Directed By: 
Anthony Chen

The momentous debut feature film by our very own Anthony Chen, which took home the coveted Camera d’Or award at Cannes earlier this year, is a straightforward and unpretentious family drama set in the ‘90s during the financial crisis. Based on Chen’s own childhood, Ilo Ilo is uncomplicated and ordinary;  yet it is infused with such tender loving care that there is absolutely no real excuse to fault it.

Opening Date: 
Thu, 2013-08-29
Running Time: 
1 hr. 39 min
Ilo Ilo
Terry Ong

This funky five-piece band is best known for mixing different genres of music, including ska, New Wave, dance, pop and punk, to infectious effect, culminating in hits like “Good Girls Go Bad” and the pop classic “Snakes on a Plane (Bring It)”. We spoke to guitarist Ryland Blackinton about the group’s influences and guilty pleasures.

Is contemporary music getting more and more formulaic these days?
I don't think so. Personally I appreciate all the ideas floating around, lyrically and musically. It pushes songwriters and producers to come up with more interesting ideas and newer tricks to tell a story.

Who are your influences?
This is always a revolving door. It depends on my mood and could sit anywhere between Metallica (the first four albums) and Quincy Jones.

Who would you like to collaborate with—living or dead?  
Justin Timberlake, Michael Jackson, Solange... so many! I think it'd be really fun to do a song with Boys Noize or A-Trak as well.

Do you guys prefer performing live or recording in the studios?
I really enjoy performing but I'm going to have to choose the studio. Both very different experiences so it's almost impossible to compare the two. One is more physical and energetic and the other is creative and technical. There is nothing like a great show but there is also nothing like making magic in the studio.

What is your guilty pleasure?
I'm going to go with Rihanna, although I love to cook in which case I almost always cook while listening to Django Reinhardt. I feel like I'm in a 1939 cooking show.

Famous last words?
Take risks, you never know unless you try.

Cobra Starship performs on Sep 20 at 1 World Music Festival.


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The co-founder of sustainable and hip homegrown sorbet brand Popaganda talks to Terry Ong about the highs and lows of life.

I was a terribly hyperactive child. I could not sit still. I still can’t sit still, fact.

My parents were solid, sensible, Chinese-educated Presbyterians. I am not sure why my sister and I turned out Anglo-centric and such left wing idealists.

How did I end up in the ice-cream business? I ask myself that a lot, especially when I wake up in a gutter every now and then.

In a nutshell, I am a bit of a bleeding heart and this business started out just that. Plus I have an insatiably sweet tooth and eat a lot of ice-cream and cakes.

I met my partner Edrick while farming and we wanted to start something that was sustainable, meaningful and community friendly. The searching took us many places and we decided to start with a food business where our first product line involved iced lollies that were healthy, packed to the gills with fresh fruit and also conveyed the essence of how we wanted to lead our life.

The business is active in charitable initiatives, we keep our waste to a minimum, recycle where possible and hire local people like retirees for our production work.

Before Popaganda, I was working at the university as a legal librarian. I had always wanted to be a librarian or a bus driver since I was eight.

But at some point in a legal librarian’s career, one has to complete their master’s degree and this also means being bonded to the institution. I wanted to be free so I went on to become a motoring journalist. I was quite into cars and bikes as a teenage girl. It was the best time of my life.

I got to jet set all over the world, test drive the latest cars, go kart race with Michael Schumacher and be exposed to all sorts of great experiences.

I’ve gone two weeks without showering in the Javanese forests, in an off-roading competition with 40 other men.

I’ve had quite a few madcap adventures in the most remote places. If I had to name one, I would say it involved being up in the mountainous and somewhat dangerous border between Burma and Thailand at a remote village rice farming. The tribe children who wanted to know about the world and soupy noodles were amazing.

It is always wise for everyone to venture abroad to get a perspective, then there is a chance for real comparison to where we are here.

Although it has been a pretty rough past two years for me as I had my heart broken and my health also took a dive at the same time. But I would like to say I was truly happy when I realized at one point as I was looking at the losses and lows I had to face, that I was extremely fortunate to have a very tight group of friends who stuck by me for years and constantly kept my nose clean.

I tell you what I can’t wrap my head around; this frenetic mania surrounding the Hello Kitty dolls from MacDonald’s. I don’t get why grown men will queue up for these things? Let alone fight and stamp their feet over them. There must be some voodoo joo-joo going on.

Soft fluffy puppy ears, strong arms, a sharp mind, a pure heart and good food turn me on. But not in that order.

I like to name my zits after men I admire and love.


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So many beach clubs, so little time. Clara Lim and Terry Ong pick the best in town.

Despite being surrounded by water we don’t tend to think of ourselves as a beach nation. It’s too easy to jump on a plane to Bali; too tempting to stay under cover of aircon. But few cities in the world can boast beaches as close to the center of town as Singapore, and there’s no better way to cool down here than with an ice cold drink in a sea breeze. Thankfully, after being ignored for too long, there’s a sense that the scene is finally picking up, with plenty of new or revamped beach bars and clubs doing interesting and innovative things.

Tanjong Beach Club has led the charge with their frequent parties and DJ sessions (though between us, we do still miss rough and ready spot The Shack), and even lesser known venues are upping the ante, with Myra’s Beach Club out at East Coast Park recently playing host to Sideshow, better known for their spirited shindigs at the Training Shed and Mount Emily. Others have reworked their menus and now offer an increasingly sophisticated food selection, alongside fancy cocktails to go with the beer buckets.

If you’ve not checked them out in a while, maybe it’s time you did. If you’re always at one, maybe you ought to check out another: you’ll find there’s more variety, and more to get excited about, than ever before.

Best for ambience: 1-Twenty Six

What: Sister to swish resto One Rochester and rooftop bar 1-Altitude, 1-Twenty Six is a sea-fronting wine-and-dine spot at Big Splash along East Coast Park. Though it seats only about 100 or so, it feels much more spacious and luxurious than many other beachside establishments. There’s a small enclosed dining area, and the rest of the seats are placed in an outdoors (though sheltered) setting, complete with lush water features, lots of foliage and sultry mood music.

Why: It’s not quite a beach bar, but it’s put together really nicely and could well be a gateway drug for city slickers who’re nature-phobic. The cocktails here are grown-up—we’re huge fans of the Green Archers ($16), a combi of gin, Noilly Prat and cucumber—and the wine list comprehensive, with over 10 vinos available by the glass. The food is pretty sophisticated too. We like to cool off with the swordfish, unagi or tuna sushi (from $18), and the incredibly cheesy Gruyère soufflé ($16) goes great with a nice glass of white.

Who: Couples, corporate types here for after-work drinks, and, on weekends, families who live nearby. It’s a classy joint, so people here are usually fully clothed and well-behaved.

When: Musicians of different genres perform live daily, but Friday nights are when the scene heats up a bit with a DJ dishing out more uptempo tunes. Their Wednesday nights are also a favorite spot for girls’ nights out, too, so try that if you’ve done ladies’ night around town to death. Finally, they’ve also rolled out a brand new Sunday brunch if you fancy soaking up some sun.

How: Take a cab, or bus service 401 from Bedok MRT on Saturdays and Sundays.

Best for the uninhibited: Mambo Beach Club

What: One of the most vibrant (and perhaps the loudest) joints along the Siloso Beach strip, Mambo is probably the closest it gets to a proper club when it comes to local beach bars. It’s not the classiest joint—their parties tend to feature shots, T&A and electro trance—but the setup is certainly snazzy, complete with indoor and outdoor bars, swimming pool, cabanas and Jacuzzis.

Why: Their swimming pool and the scantily-clad bods therein.

Who: They can hold up to a whopping 3,500 partygoers if they take up their entire strip of beach, though the headcount usually ranges between 200 and 600. Weekdays see a chilled out crowd of tourists and families who head here to tan and swim, while on weekends it turns into beach party central with a pretty raucous crowd of expats, young working adults and exchange students.

When: Head to their fortnightly Saturday parties if you’ve got the stomach for trashy fun—a recent one was Spring Breakers-themed—which are free for ladies and $30 at the door for men.

How: Take their buggy service from Sentosa Express Beach Station (available on weekends), or the beach tram.

Best for food & drinks: C Side

What: This five-in-one beach lifestyle destination comprises five diverse F&B concepts, including the freshly revamped Coastes and Bikini Bar, new spot Sand Bar, and eateries Flame and Makan2.

Why: You’d be hard pressed to find more diverse options in one place. Coastes is laid-back and mellow, with a menu that spans breakfast plates like eggs benedict ($16) to tea time scones ($10), as well as seaside standards like fish and chips ($22) to go with their summery cocktails (from $15). Bikini Bar is a bit rowdier and serves up beers like Bintang ($12) while Sand Bar’s a cozy hut with affordable, no-frills drinks. On top of all of that, the bath and changing rooms are new, clean and super spacious to boot. Sweet.

Who: A real mix of folks, from families at Coastes to SPGs at Bikini Bar, while Makan2 is a hot favorite with tourists who come for local grub like chicken rice ($6).

When: Come for the live music on Friday and Saturday nights, or a none-too-crowded brunch on Sunday mornings.

How: It’s just a stone’s throw from Sentosa Express Beach Station. No cabs necessary, really.

Best for kicking back: Myra's Beach Club

What: A no-frills 120-seater at the tail end of East Coast Park, sharing the same premises as PA Water-Venture, a popular spot for sea sports that also holds windsurfing courses.

Why: It’s unpretentious without going into sleazy territory, the staff are friendly but not smarmy, it’s close enough to the beach so that you can walk over for a dip in the sea, and far enough from the more crowded parts of East Coast Park so you don’t feel like committing hara-kiri while making your 27th lap around the carpark looking for an empty lot. Their extensive Mexican and North Indian menu is also rather unusual, the grub is prettily plated and actually quite good to boot.

Who: Windsurfers, families and groups of friends. Though it seems they’ve upped their street cred by hosting the Sideshow guys for a recent Sunday shindig, don’t expect hipsters or party animals flocking here anytime soon (unless there’s a special event going on).

When: Come if you don’t feel like getting all dressed up to hit the town. It’s usually packed for Saturday dinner and Sunday brunch, so avoid those unless you like crowds.

How: By cab, or bus service 401 from Bedok MRT on Saturdays and Sundays.

Best for people-watching: Tanjong Beach Club

What: The closest thing we’ll get to a Malibu beach club, replete with an alfresco bar space, indoor and outdoor dining areas and a massive beach site with arguably the best sea view among the rest of the establishments.

Why: An all-day dining menu (with diverse quality offerings including starters like Tuna Tartare ($26), mains like grilled whole maine lobsters ($95) and desserts like Blueberry Pavlova ($14)) ensures that you’ll never go hungry at any time of visit, as well as a huge drinks menu. Signature cocktails include the Blackforest mojito ($18) and Tanjong Sling ($17). 

Who: A very well-rounded mix of hip young things, working professionals, families with kids and basically anyone looking for a good time. The pool is especially popular among expats and the body beautiful with a penchant for showing off—and that’s exactly the point if you’re in the mood for some eye candy. Elsewhere, the cabanas are hot with big groups who come here simply to chill out or bask under the sun. TBC is pet-friendly, so expect some prized poodles or Yorkshire Terriers running around the beach.

When: Sundays are best if you want to bask in all the conviviality during the weekly Smack My Beach up parties with pumping, feel-good music—that’s when the pool gets really full—or when they’re having a special DJ gig or at their next Full Steam Ahead party. But if you’re looking for some down time, any weekday here will do the job. It’s the kind of place that really appeals across the board.

How: There are a couple of ways to get here, although taking a cab here would be the easiest (and fastest).  Alternatively, you can choose to take a 10-minute tram ride after alighting at Sentosa’s Beach Station, or take a 15-20-minute walk from there. While getting here is relatively easy, getting out is a bitch. Tanjong Beach is, after all, one of Sentosa’s more secluded beaches and cabs are scarce here (you’d have to rely on mostly drop-offs or call for one). Thankfully though, they’ve recently introduced an in-house charter service with a drop-off service at VivoCity every Sunday between 6-10pm. 

Best for live music: Sunset Bay Garden Bistro

What: This cozy joint is more a seaside bistro than anything else. It’s just a smidge too far from the beach, and there are no changing or shower facilities, but it’s one of the most popular hangouts along East Coast Park.

Why: Regulars come here to socialize, enjoy live music (every day other than Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays) and food. Though pizzas, pastas and bar grub dominate the menu, owner Cindy Berlandier and her brother also create, amazingly enough, halal versions of Eurasian dishes—a cuisine usually known for being pork-heavy. Crowd favorites like oxtail stew ($20) and their house devil’s curry ($19) are authentically spicy and rich, while light bites like spicy creamy prawns ($15) and mango bruschetta ($12) hit the spot on sweltering days when you don’t quite want to tackle a curry. Drinks-wise, they’re all about frozen or ice-cold cocktails, so expect mostly beachy drinks like mojitos, pina coladas and long island ice teas (from $13.90).

Who: An eclectic crowd of families, friends and courting couples of all ages, both local and expat.

When: Its 120 seats are usually full on weekends after sundown, so we suggest coming on weeknights, when there are themed promos almost daily. Think couples nights (50% off the second drink for couples on Thursdays) and frat nights (beer and pizza deals, of course, on Mondays). Alternatively, watch out for their anniversary party next month, and a countdown party on New Year’s Eve.

How: There’s a spacious free carpark right next door, so driving’s the obvious choice. Otherwise, take a cab, or bus service 401 from Bedok MRT on Saturdays and Sundays.

Check out upcoming beach and pool events and the best waterfront bars for sports.


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One of our most intriguing and acclaimed visual artists, Chong continues to explore multiple genres and concerns such as science fiction, national identity and futurism in his works, including his latest show The Part In The Story Where We Lost Count Of The Days (2). He lets us in on his thoughts and the exhibition.

What purpose do you think art serves today?
It's different for every artist, so I can only speak for myself here. I investigate how individuals and communities imagine the future, and to see if there are certain applications to this research where I can show different methods in which we can redefine our lives beyond what is told to us that will make us “happy”.   

Tell us more about your travels and how they inspire or conspire your works.
I don't see myself as a tourist and I think that is a very important position to take when I enter a certain urban situation. The point is not to want to consume everything around me, but to form certain specific relationships to people and things. For example, I'm spending a lot of time in Hong Kong and Rotterdam this year, but I don't feel the desire to assimilate anything. I spend a lot of time working in Witte de Witte Contemporary Art and Spring Workshop, where I am running a big project called Moderation(s). I meet artists and curators, we do workshops, I read a lot.

What inspires you these days here?
Random Access Memories, the latest album from Daft Punk. The third track “Giogio by Moroder” is awesome.

What can people expect from the exhibition?
You will encounter three recent works that I have produced, each revealing aspects of my use of photography. The exhibition explores the multivalent role of the camera in my practice. The main piece in the show is “A Short Story About Singapore (Volume 1)”. It is one of many works that utilizes photography to construct large-scale archives. Abandoning high-end cameras in favour of the cheap layman’s snapshot camera, I have distanced myself from the role of technician. I use a pocket-sized camera that may be used without attracting much attention from his subjects and surroundings. This new work sees me returning to photography as a means of constructing narrative.

The Part In The Story Where We Lost Count Of The Days (2) is on through Aug 31 at Future Perfect.


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The CEO of The Arts House recently led the Asia on the Edge delegation in Hong Kong and is one of our most illustrious arts administrators. He talks to Terry Ong about his quirks and eccentricities.

Singaporeans are a quirky bunch. I find the act of “chope-ing” tables with packets of tissue quite ridiculous. I once took a tissue packet and started wiping the tables with it. I thought it was from the hawker stall but ended being scolded for not being a Singaporean.

Another is queuing up for almost everything—the longer the queue, the better the perceived value of the item that they are queuing up for.

Though I must confess I’m guilty of it too. I once stood in line hoping to get a Hello Kitty for my daughter. Not my fault: I thought it must be good if everyone is queuing, right?

I started off as a “professional beggar” with the Community Chest and it is something that I continue to do. Then I moved to an exhibition and design company and was asked to construct props for art companies like the Singapore Lyric Opera and Singapore Repertory Theatre.

Then strangely in 1994, I was posted to Pacific Theatricals, a local theater company and became the associate producer for Bugis Street: The Musical, without any inclinations of how musicals worked!

In hindsight, it was a success to a large degree as we were all part of the drive to push Singapore’s musicals abroad. But financing was almost non-existent and we ended up losing lots of money.

I wanted to be a priest at a very young age. That is, until I met my wife.

My most amazing art experience was also my first, which has left quite an indelible mark. It was the play Metamorphosis that I watched at the University of Adelaide in 1986, based on Berkoff's adaptation of Kafka's novel.

It was simply stunning watching a monologue for the first time and seeing how theater transforms and explores the inner thoughts that often lay dominant within one’s sub-conscious.

I’m rather philosophical about life and see it as a continuum. It starts at the same point and ends at the same point. The in-between are experiences to share, memories to remember and legacies to leave behind. Nothing else matters.

Strangely enough, I collect perfume bottles. I like scent. I admire the bottles for their fancy shapes and designs.

There is an association called the International Perfume Bottle Association made up of a large group of like-minded collectors who are passionate about this subject. Not sure who in Singapore might be keen to form a chapter here?

Being part of a non-profit arts group, there is no recession, because you’re always in recession. There’s no retrenchment because you’re always trying to recruit someone. And there’s no retirement, as there’s always somebody to help and you can go on and on for a long time. Anyone wants to join us?


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This golden boy of dance music is the latest name that’s bridging the gap between house, techno and disco. He speaks to us before his much-anticipated debut, where he will play an astounding eight-hour set.

Dance music is... always exciting.  

The last track that blew my mind was... Lonely Boy’s “Shut Your Mouth”.

I’d like to collaborate with... Stevie Wonder. Wow, that would be amazing.

If I had a million bucks I would... buy myself the ultimate studio.

My guilty pleasure is... Coca Cola and cigarettes.

God is a DJ because.... I'm not sure he is a DJ, actually.

Tanjong Beach Club Presents Mario Basanov is on Aug 17, 4pm-midnight at Tanjong Beach Club.


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