Every year, The Finder puts out an issue that is our “love letter” to Singapore (check out our past SG-celebratory issues here and here).
It comes out in August, around SG’s annual National Day, and is meant to be an annual keepsake. For this Issue 294 – with its “Best of SG” theme – we decided to zero in on what put the Red Dot on the map back in the day as well as what’s hot here now.
Then, peruse more highlights from Issue 294 in the gallery below.
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In Issue 294’s bimonthly letter to readers, Editor-in-Chief Sara begins, “I love the fact that Singapore got its ‘Little Red Dot’ nickname by a former Indonesian president as an allegedly unintended diss in a 1998 story in The Wall Street Journal Asia. Why? ‘The term was quickly adopted by both Singaporean politicians and ordinary citizens with pride and a sense of the nation’s success despite its physical limitations’ – or so says Wikipedia.
In other words, haters gonna hate.”
Later, she explains: “For this Issue 294, The Finder uncovers the very ‘Best of SG’ – from culture to food, shopping to services and much more.”
The issue is studded with historical and pop cultural references, from the role of Singapore founder Lee Kuan Yew to quotes from the cast of set-in-SG Crazy Rich Asians. And, Sara ends her letter with this: “As one of the characters in bestselling-novel-turned-hit-movie Crazy Rich Asians asks her Singaporean fiance, ‘Pinch me, please. Is any of this real?’ Yep, it’s real all right!”
Issue 294’s Finder Insiders were selected for their deep knowledge of the Lion City, including Louis Ho, Curator, Singapore Art Museum; Tara Barker, Group Editor, SPH Magazines; Dustin and Iris Ramos, Co-founders, Monument Lifestyle and Duxton; Cynthia Chua, Founder + CEO, Spa Esprit Group; Andre Casson, Head of School, Australian International School; and John Marcarian
Look out for their opinions and experiences throughout the issue.
As we write on page, “Sure, Singapore may be just 53 years old as an independent nation. But, it’s got rich history and a seemingly bright, shiny future. See where it came from and what’s #trendingnow.”
In this Insider’s Guide feature story, we cover everything from Singapore’s humble beginnings to its recent Hollywood blockbuster depiction, its oldie-but-goody playgrounds to today’s bright-and-shiny play centres, old-school “mama” shops to the growing number of vending-machine-only convenience stores as well as the history and future of famed shopping stretch Orchard Road, its Garden City green spaces and much, much more.
An excerpt from this story on “How to Raise a Polyglot”: “A recent study of 6-month-old babies in Singapore revealed something you probably won’t find surprising: Children who are exposed to two or more languages have a greater intellectual advantage over monolingual children. …
The study, which started in 2009, showed that bilingual kids have better memory and cognitive ability than their monolingual peers; they’re also able to focus better. …
What’s more, the younger a child is, the better his or her ability to pick up another language…”.
In Issue 294, find out how 5 top schools in SG help children attain these much-desired language skills.
SG’s Civic District is where modern Singapore truly began. In the magazine, we round up eight must-visit destinations and toss in some fascinating Finder Facts and a handy map, as per yoozh. Check out the corresponding online “A Day Out” guide here.
From the magazine: “It’s only fitting that Singaporean performer, composer and creative director Dick Lee would be featured in this ‘Best of SG’-themed issue. Why? Since his career began in 1971 – at just 15 years old! – he’s gone on to produce nearly 30 hit albums and musical shows. His 1998 song “Home” is still one of SG’s most popular national songs.”
His recent August 2018 concert Singapopera celebrated 30 years of Dick Lee shows, from Fried Rice Paradise to Beauty World, Forbidden City and more. ICYMI, our EIC attended the show and posted about the experience here.
By Sara Lyle Bow, September 2018
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