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Michelin-Starred Cote Korean Steakhouse debuts in Como Orchard
Award-winning Cote Korean Steakhouse, America’s first Korean Steakhouse, opens in Singapore on 27 January. A partnership with Como Group, this is Cote’s first international outpost, occupying the third floor of Como Metropolitan Singapore.
Cote has been awarded a Michelin star each year since opening — the only star awarded to a Korean Steakhouse anywhere in the world.
Guests may choose to start their evening in the Millim Bar, situated right at the entrance among dramatic foliage, custom lighting that dances to the beat of music, and a mix of standing or seated areas. Turning left or right will bring you to the dining areas, a Main Dining Hall and a more private seating area with gold accents.
For private occasions in an intimate space, The Private Dining Room features two grills on table and a one-way mirror. There are also more private spaces to watch for as the months progress.
If you're making it an occasion, go for either of two lavish tasting experiences: The Butcher’s Feast, and a 10-course Steak Omakase featuring Japanese A5 Wagyu (Miyazaki, Japan) and Petrossian Tsar Imperial Daurenki Caviar. The menu also spotlights Cote’s Beef & Leaf philosophy of serving light and bright vegetables preserved on-site via its “Vegetable Fermentation Lab”. This is their alternative to traditionally heavier steakhouse sides.
After that, head back to Millim Bar as the post-meal area transforms into a lively space as the night unfolds. DJ and music nights are in the pipeline.
Oppo's new Enco Air3s Earbuds redefines audio experiences with exceptional sound quality and sleek design
They say first impression counts and that's certainly the case with the new Oppo Enco Air3s earbuds. At first glance, its champagne gold metallic texture gives off a distinct lustre when light hits, adding to its elegance and sleek looks. That's not all, its chic 110° lid opening ensures effortless access to the earbuds and handling. What's more, its magnetic technology allows the earbuds to remain firmly secured in the case. Weighing just 3.7g each, the ergonomic design of the earbuds minimises pressure on the ear canal to provide all-day comfort.
Functions-wise, the Oppo Enco Air3s earbuds features a brand new high-end digital signal processor, boasting 25 times more processing power for enhanced musical expression and real-time computation of spatial sound effects. With a 35% reduction in power consumption and a 50% improvement in battery life as compared to the Oppo Enco Air2, the earbuds’ are engineered to ensure a powerful and precise audio output with delicate treble, full mid-range, and a level of textured bass extraordinary among wireless earbuds in this price range. The newly launched Oppo Enco Air3s is available at only S$119 at Shopee and Lazada. Be sure to check out with discount vouchers to enjoy even better deals!
Maison Boulud opens its second international location in Singapore
Internationally acclaimed chef and restaurateur Daniel Boulud unveils Maison Boulud Singapore at Marina Bay Sands. An extension of the award-winning concept in Montreal, the French restaurant is poised to enhance the dining experience in Singapore through Chef Daniel Boulud’s signature style of cooking – soulful French cuisine grounded in the rhythm of the seasons and inspired by his travels.
The menu is a showcase of Chef Boulud’s creative interpretations of classic French dishes, paired with the freshest seasonal ingredients, with a touch of inspiration fuelled by his travels around the world. Diners can also look forward to a selection of wines sourced from France and around the world, as well as a mixology programme that features classic and original aromatic aperitifs that are crafted to complement the culinary creations of the restaurant.
Louis Vuitton brings Le Chocolat Maxime Frédéric to Marina Bay Sands
Created and produced by Maxime Frédéric, the award-winning Chef Pâtissier of the Cheval Blanc Paris, the chocolates at the pop-up are handcrafted with high-quality ingredients and expert savoir-faire in the heart of Paris.
A native of Normandy and the grandson of a dairy farmer, Maxime Frédéric is discerning about all raw materials, drawing upon the wisdom of “Les secrets de nos vergers” (the secrets of the orchards). On his Normandy farm, he cultivates various breeds of chickens that yield eggs of distinct colours, and grows a special type of hazelnut that is smaller in size and produces a more intense flavour.
For this special pop-up, Frédéric will lend his hand in creating exquisite Louis Vuitton iconic codes, like the familiar Vivienne on Malle (trunk), which is inspired by the Vivienne music box. When set in motion with a simple twist of a chocolate key, Vivienne pirouettes atop a trunk; showcasing the technical prowess and creativity of Maxime Frédéric who has perfected the art of constructing intricate chocolate gear mechanisms.
For lovers who are looking for a sweet tooth for Valentine’s Day, Frédéric has also created the Filled Heart Saint Valentine comprising five heart-shaped chocolates in three delicate flavours: pistachio, almond and hazelnut, available in limited quantities.
Visit Le Chocolat Maxime Frédéric at Louis Vuitton in Marina Bay Sands Singapore.
Set a date with your Valentine to wheel throw at Arudio Studio Ceramics
If you are still racking your brains as to where to bring your Significant Other (S.O.) on a meaningful and memorable date, make it a day of making your very own ceramics at Arudio Studio Ceramics. A cherished art form for centuries, the art of pottery making is making a comeback with complete amateurs finding solace and a creative outlet in creating their personalised ceramics.
Arudio Studio Ceramics is borne out of a need to have a gathering space for diverse communities to come together to create, learn, and support one another. Be it a session of hand building or wheel throwing, Arudio Studio Ceramics could just be the place where you and your S.O. discover the therapeutic benefits of clay-making, find solace in the tactile nature of the art form, or maybe even aspire to turn your passion into a career.
Make it a different Valentine's Day date and book a reservation here.
Kickstart your new year fitness resolution with Garmin Fitness Tracker and Smartwatches
Garmin products have revolutionised the wellness industry. Should you be looking for a hardworker in terms of tracking your fitness progress, check out Garmin Instinct 2X Solar, a bold and rugged GPS smartwatch. This smartwatch is awarded the Good Design 2023, which includes solar charging perfect for the bold and adventurous.
More of a water person? Look to the Garmin Descent G1 Solar Dive Computer (45mm) - Ocean Edition. Packed with GPS system, 30+ Multisport profiles, 6 Dive Modes, and a solar-charged battery, you will not go wrong if you are in the market for a watersports smartwatch. And if you love marine life, you will like that the watch's plastic parts are made from 100% fishing nets. That's eco-shopping for you!
For Valentine's Day this year, why not present a meaningful gift and support your partner's wellness journey with Garmin’s newly launched Venu 3 for him and the petite Venu 3s for her? This smartwatch acts something like a personal on-wrist coach, providing detailed health and fitness insights, and effectively tracks stress levels. Key features such as the sleep coach are designed to ensure your loved ones get ample rest. Match your strap colours with your partner as you both work towards your health goals.
Members-only women's health and wellness club, Her Wellness, opens in Singapore
Behind the mother-daughter duo, Hock Kuan, ex-CEO of Temasek Trust and Li Jun, Executive Director of Pilates Connect, comes a whole new wellness club aimed at recognising the importance of a positive and social community.
Led by experts in each field, Her Wellness Club offers a unique blend of one-to-one services, group classes and transformative workshops. Members can also enjoy a private kitchen with chef and barista services and vibrant social events.
"In her late fifties, my mother asked her gynaecologist what she could do to age gracefully. Her gynae suggested Pilates - and that was the beginning of her journey towards the best shape of her life, even as she turns 70 this year,” says Li Jun Pek, co-founder of Her Wellness Club.
The club features a comprehensive range of offerings, tailored to cater to the diverse needs of women, including private pilate classes by Audrey D’cotta; nutrition talks, cooking workshops and 1-to-1 nutrition consultations by Jaclyn Reutens; weekly mindfulness group class, beginner-friendly workshops and on-demand 1-to-1 mindfulness coaching by Centre for Mindfulness led by Dr Kathirasan.
For more information and membership inquiries, please contact our Business WhatsApp at +65 8912 4123 or visit herwellnessclub.sg
Cocktail Festival Sip and Savour returns to Singapore with a month-long campaign
Imagine a scenario where bartenders across Singapore come together for a single campaign, giving their unique rendition of a signature cocktail, based on one single alcohol. This is no longer a dream! From 24 February to 31 March, you will be able to partake in eight different cocktails concocted with Johnnie Walker Gold Label, across different restaurants such as 1-Altitude Coast, Monti, Yin Bar, Atico, Bee's Knees, 1-Arden, The Wildseed Bar, and The Alkaff Mansion.
Johnnie Walker Gold Label is the official alcohol partner of Sip & Savour. In addition to exclusive Highball variants, an exciting calendar of parties, brand activations with the likes of Hendrick’s and Aperol, Grill Out nights, alongside brunch and dining specials await. Sip and Savour will kickstart on World Bartenders Day on 24 February where the artistry of mixology will be elevated by a select group of bartenders who are ready to evoke magic with each sip.
Find out more about participating bars and restaurants for Sip and Savour by 1-Group.
The Powder Shampoo launches a new hydrating and replenishing Powder Shampoo designed for dry and chemically processed hair
Formulated and made in Singapore, The Powder Shampoo is fortified with essential fatty acids from Camellia Seed Oil, Tamanu Oil & SoftOlive for deep nourishment & repair. It is also infused with Geranium Essential Oil, this shampoo protects hair from damage and dryness.
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👸 If you want hydrated, replenished, healthier hair the natural way, you can use the Powder Shampoo every day.
🙇♀️ It’s perfect for anyone with chemically-treated hair too, and will add much-needed moisture, bounce & shine back into your locks.
💯 Their 100g bottle can be used over 100x washes, so that’s over three months of shampoo if you wash your hair every day.
All of their powder-to-foam botanical formulas are 100% water-free, cruelty-free, vegan, naturally-derived, and contain no sulphates, silicones, parabens or synthetic fragrances. All of the packaging is 100% plastic-free and made with recyclable aluminium or paper.
Salomon opens first brand store in Southeast Asia
The iconic modern mountain sports lifestyle brand Salomon is known for creating innovative, premium and authentic footwear, apparel and winter sports equipment in the French Alps, and now it is opening its first-ever brand store in Southeast Asia.
The new Salomon Brand Store at Raffles City Singapore will have a full range of Salomon mountain sports and lifestyle products including outdoor, trail, running and the first-ever launch in Singapore of Salomon’s coveted Sportstyle Collection.
"The global headquarters is in Annecy. So the interesting thing about where we're located is that we're at the intersection of elite ski culture and extreme mountain culture running. We're about a three-hour ride from Paris, and you have the backdrop to test all of our hardcore performance product development and sport style development. So it gives us you know, a very good location to identify trends, cultures that are emerging in sport. And I like to use the phrase that over time, Salomon is the brand that has shaped the future," Scott Mellin, Salomon Global Chief Brand Officer tells Reta Lee, Yahoo Life Singapore in a short interview. Joining the brand 13 months in, Mellin shared that Salomon is a brand that he used as a kid as he grew up as a ski racer.
"When I had the opportunity to join I was like, yes! because it's a brand that I honoured my whole career. So you want a professional ski racer. I grew up ski racing and bike racing. Over time, I became a mountaineer. I like to spend time in the mountains whether it's for climbing or skiing. My whole life has always been in the mountains," Mellin added.
The Salomon Trail to City Exhibition
As part of the opening celebrations, Salomon is holding the spectacular Salomon Trail to City Exhibition on Level 3 Atrium of Raffles City from 25 January 25 to 14 February. The Exhibition features a unique display that showcases the legacy of the Salomon brand, alongside the latest range of XT-6 styles and a preview of upcoming collaboration products. The space will also play host to several workshops over the next two weekends which the public can participate in.
The Salomon Brand Store is located at 252 North Bridge Road, Raffles City Singapore, #02-31 Singapore 179103.
Louis Vuitton signs Thai singer BamBam as Ambassador
Thai singer and rapper, BamBam is a Louis Vuitton House Ambassador – an exciting addition to the list of ambassadors in Louis Vuitton's zone.
BamBam debuted his professional musical career in South Korea in 2014 as part of K-Pop boyband GOT7, alongside fellow Louis Vuitton House Ambassador, Jackson Wang. Seven years of musical success later, the performer set out on a solo career in 2021 with his album, Ribbon. Following a sold-out solo tour of Asia, BamBam will begin the Latin American and European legs of his world tour in February 2024.
BamBam has built a global fanbase not only for his unique musical talent but also for an equally spirited sense of style and compelling charm. Recently in attendance at the Louis Vuitton Men’s Fall-Winter 2024 show at the Jardin d’Acclimatation in Paris, fans gathered in their hundreds and #BamBamXLVFW24 reached over 2.1M posts on X, a testament to the artist’s dedicated fashion following. As his relationship with the Maison now takes on an Ambassadorial role, Louis Vuitton is delighted to begin an exciting collaborative journey ahead with BamBam.
Emporio Armani signs Chinese actress Zhou Yutong as Ambassador for Greater China & Asia Pacific
Emporio Armani announces the appointment of Zhou Yutong as Emporio Armani Ambassador for Greater China & Asia Pacific. From Spring/Summer 2024, the Chinese actress will be the face of Emporio Armani Women’s advertising campaigns for Watches, Jewellery and Eyewear.
As a mainland Chinese actress, Zhou Yutong has impressed audiences with her performance in Young Blood and gained even more popularity for her roles in Nothing But You and Remembrance of Things Past.
Yutong can be seen in the latest ad for Spring/Summer 2024 watches and jewellery. A special focus on lady's timepieces include the blue-hued versions of renowned Emporio Armani watches. To add a touch of poise, the timepieces are adorned with deep blue and pristine white stones. As for jewellery, this SS24 collection introduces a refresh of their star motif, while also showcasing new sun, moon, and eagle charms.
The campaign, shot by Gregory Harris in Milan, was released on 8 February 2024.
The new 2024 Bulgari Icon Campaign stars Bulgari brand ambassadors Zendaya and Lisa
Bulgari's relentless pursuit of creative experimentation unfolds in the new 2024 Bulgari Icon Campaign. Starring Bulgari brand ambassadors Zendaya and Lisa, the dynamic campaign celebrates iconic B.zero1 creations that emerged from a bold vision.
Since its debut in 1999, B.zero1 has been a symbol of Bulgari’s heritage and innovation. The new campaign introduces fresh interpretations of the statement jewel, originally conceived as a ring that daringly fused the Tubogas with Roman inscription.
Expect thinner interpretations of timeless B.zero1 classics, which are showcased in the updated B.zero1 ring, enhancing its appeal with a refined diamond pavé set along the edges of the 18k ring. Additionally, new two-band rings feature an eye-catching shape covered with multi-sized pave diamonds.
The new B.zero1 earrings transform the iconic ring design into a full-diamond pavé openwork motif for the ultimate sparkle, while a new B.zero1 band ring is adorned with single diamonds for versatility and elegance. Two matching bangle bracelets will be introduced in June to further enrich the collection.