This week, we discover ways to relax as the good life returns to Singapore

Lay back in the sun 

With leisure travel off the cards due to Covid-19, One15 Luxury Yachting, Singapore’s largest yacht chartering company under One°15 Marina Sentosa Cove, has launched Sea-cations, a relaxing getaway option without worries of border controls.

Think of it as a premium Singapoliday — vacationers seeking fun and adventure can opt for a sailing yacht and head to nearby islets like Lazarus Island to explore on foot or simply enjoy a good splash. Families preferring a more educational getaway can visit Pulau Semakau, Singapore’s first and only offshore landfill island as well as St. John’s Island, which was designated as detention barracks for prisoners-of-war during the Japanese Occupation.


Larger powerboats offer luxurious spaces for indoor activities such as karaoke, mahjong rooms and spacious outdoor patios, perfect for taking in the sea breeze and reconnecting with nature. Also available are kayaks, jet skis and floats for those looking for a dip in the sea.

In the evening, enjoy the beautiful view of the city skyline at Marina Bay. Prices start at $3,200 on weekdays for up to five persons, and $3,600 on weekends. Itineraries and on-board menus can be tailored to your preferences and bookings come complete with a team of operating and service crew. 

Cocktails to relax to

Barbary Coast Ballroom

Inspired by the 1849 California Gold Rush, the Barbary Coast Ballroom is the brainchild of industry stalwarts Celia Schoonraad and Michael Callahan, the latter the founding bartender of 28 HongKong Street. Following a temporary closure during the “circuit breaker”, the dual concept venue has reopened its doors with safe distancing measures in place.

Spanning the second floor of three historic shophouses, Barbary Coast Ballroom offers an updated cocktail menu. Guests can revisit modern twists on classics like the smoky, savoury Tommy Tomate ($22) with tomato-infused Mezcal Vida, kaffir agave and lime.

New highlights include the cheeky Pea-Ness ($23), a potent yet refreshing blend of Perry’s Tot Navy Strength Gin, Beefeater Lacto-fermented apple, pea water and lemon, The Weird One ($22), a unique mix of Flor de Caña 12, Makgeolli, strawberry, wheat and oak Mossand and the herbaceous Getting Figgy With It ($20) which is made with Campari, Cocchi di Torino, rooibos tea and fig leaf water.

For non-alcoholic variations, the bar offers “no-tails” like the Swizzle ($16) with pineapple, pineapple husk, berry compote and citrus and the Stir ($16), which is made with clarified rhubarb, acid and tonic water.

Feeling peckish? Barbary Coast Ballroom offers jazzed-up nibbles for the lucky gold prospector, such as the Lobster ($22), featuring creamed Späetzle mac and cheese, smoked Gruyère, butter-poached lobster, mushrooms and Noilly Prat vermouth, the Smørrebrød ($18), comprising applewood smoked salmon gravlax, bronze fennel and mustard emulsion on house-made rye bread or the Tomato ($13), with heirloom tomato, fermented tamarillos, sauce vierge and tomato mezcal served with house ciabatta crisps. 

Barbary Coast Ballroom’s reopening follows the introduction of all-day dining at Deadfall, occupying the first floor of the dual-concept venue at 16 North Canal Road. A selection of food and drinks from Deadfall and Barbary Coast Ballroom is also available for island-wide delivery from between 3pm to 10pm.


National Arts Council’s YouTube page

For artists, a pause and a breather: As part of the #SGCultureAnywhere campaign, the National Arts Council (NAC) has released a short film starring seven Singaporean artists across various disciplines. Produced by Chuan Pictures and directed by 2002 Young Artist Award recipient Royston Tan, this 30-second piece portrays the resilience and versatility of artists here, who have been seeking new ways to bring the arts to Singaporeans in this challenging period.

Artists representing their respective art forms include dance pioneer and 1990 Cultural Medallion recipient Santha Bhaskar; novelist and 2007 Cultural Medallion recipient Isa Kamari, jazz vocalist Joanna Dong, music composer and 2012 Young Artist Award recipient Darren Ng, principal dancer of Singapore Dance Theatre Kwok Min Yi, theatre actress and 2014 Young Artist Award recipient Siti Khalijah as well as visual artist Farizwan Fajari (also known as Speak Cryptic).

The video is the latest from #SGCultureAnywhere campaign, hosted on Through the Digitalisation Fund, NAC aims to provide immediate work opportunities for artists and arts organisations, along with projects and partnerships with, Viddsee and Sing Lit Station. The short film will be screened on free-to-air television channels over the next two months and can also be viewed on the National Arts Council’s YouTube page.

It’s done‽

Mizuma Gallery

Sept 30 to Nov 1

When is a piece of work officially complete? When it is exhibited to the public or when the artist says so? Mizuma Gallery’s upcoming group exhibition It’s done‽ features five Indonesian artists on the varying moments an artwork is declared “finished”. The special punctuation mark signifies both a question and an exclamation to represent these thin transitional states of before an artwork is born.

Through the works of Agan Harahap, Albert Yonathan Setyawan, Julian Abraham “Togar”, Melati Suryodarmo, and Mella Jaarsma, It’s done‽ tackles the many pluralities regarding states of completion, including perpetual states of completion and incompletion. This group exhibition aims to survey works of artists of an array of mediums, studio practices and ways of looking, as well as their thoughts on the process of completing a work. It’s done‽ will show from Sept 30 to Nov 1 at the Mizuma Gallery in Gillman Barracks.