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Tough act to follow

When G-Shock watches were launched about 30 years ago, Casio did not expect the business to become the huge phenomenon that it is today. Takashi Uema, general manager of the company’s timepieces sales promotion department, talks about the watch’s journey and the secret behind its success

Form and function

Spanish designer Jaime Hayon offers a glimpse of the bathroom of the future in a collaboration with Surya Toto Indonesia

(June 24): In April, at the new Surya Toto Indonesia (STI) building in West Jakarta, media and VIP guests were introduced to the bathroom of the future. This special event presented  designer Jaime Hayon’s vision for bathrooms through his design collection Toto by Hayon.

Luxury in the air

Long-haul flights have become delightful getaways for Air France’s Business Class passengers, especially with Chef Julien Royer’s exclusive culinary creations for the airline’s daily Singapore-to-Paris flights

Golden era

Royal Selangor Singapore celebrates 50 years in the city state, renewing bonds and feting friends and employees.

SINGAPORE (June 17): Melding tradition and evolution in pewter is an ongoing process at 134-year-old Royal Selangor, a name synonymous with craftsmanship. The Malaysian company ventured across the Causeway in 1968 and was producing pewterware in Paya Lebar until the early 1990s, when the strong Singapore dollar forced it to close the factory.

Breaking barriers

Facing 50, Singapore-based banker Munir Nanji embarked on a gruelling 250km race to raise money for youths in Kenya. He tells Options how meticulous planning and ancient philosophies helped him push past his limits and how the experience changed him

Raising the bar in art

Former stockbroker Chong Huai Seng and his daughter Ning want to cultivate art patronage in Singapore and are hoping to break new ground with a special show by legendary New York street artist Futura

Doing it her way

Rebecca Eu, the youngest child and only daughter of Eu Yan Sang’s non-executive chairman Richard Eu, is ready to spread her wings and leave the nest. She tells Options about her move to the Philippines to focus on her social enterprise project, Mei’s Own

SINGAPORE (May 27): At just 25 and fresh out of school, Rebecca Eu is preparing to embark on the next stage of her life’s journey. This July, she intends to move alone to Manila — a city notably ranked 55th out of 60 of the world’s safest cities, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit’s 2017 Safe Cities Index.

Magic and music at the Phantom of the Opera

SINGAPORE (May 22): When I was 15 years old, I heard ‘Music of the Night’ for the first time from an old CD my father purchased long ago. It was a recording of the Highlights of the Phantom of the Opera, with the original London cast that performed the musical in the West End, London in 1986.

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The great sugar debate

Dogged by accusations of misogyny and promoting unhealthy relationship dynamics, ‘sugar dating’ platform founder Darren Chan claims he is a mere businessman trying to cash in on a pervasive market segment. He makes his case in an exclusive interview with Options

Sharing the magic

Gaurav Kripalani, director of the Singapore International Festival of Arts, on his strategy to make the arts attractive to audiences.

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