From seasonal fruits to tender memories, here are our picks for the good life this week. 

FOOD

Durian fiesta

Goodwood Park Hotel

The warm weather brings with it the start of the durian season. From March 8 to Aug 1, enjoy handcrafted D24 and Mao Shan Wang durian pastries at Goodwood Park Hotel’s celebrated Durian Fiesta.

The 2021 collection introduces irresistible confections like the D24 Pandan Waffle Cake, D24 & Sweet Potato in Chestnut Tartlets, D24 Trio Chocolate Cake, Mini D24 Salted Caramel Delights, D24 Kueh Dadar and Deep-Fried D24 in Layered Flaky Pastry.

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In addition, guests can expect treasured mainstays like the D24 Mousse Cake, D24 Puff and D24 Crepe.

From now till March 7, durian lovers can enjoy an exclusive pre-launch offer of 15% off, plus an additional 8% off online orders at thedeligoodwoodparkhotel.oddle.me, for delivery or self-collection from March 8 to 31.

This promotion is only available for Citi, DBS/POSB, UOB credit and debit cardmembers. Guests must place advance orders five days ahead online at the abovementioned website for delivery or self-collection.

Alternatively, guests may visit The Deli, open 11am to 7pm daily, call 6730 1786 or email [email protected] to place takeaway orders for self-collection only. The last pre-order date is July 27 at 5pm

. All takeaway prices are inclusive of prevailing government taxes and dine-in prices are subject to 10% service charge and prevailing government taxes.

A taste of Japan

GetWagyu

Leisure travel to Japan may still be off the cards, but enjoying a premium wagyu steak could be the next best thing. The Japan Livestock Products Export Promotion Council (J-LEC) is kickstarting 2021 with the GetWagyu Japanese Wagyu Fair in Singapore, its first foray into our domestic market.

Through the campaign, chosen restaurants and retail outlets will spot J-LEC stickers and posters. All purebred Japanese wagyu will come with the Universal Wagyu Mark, and J-LEC is in the process of implementing a QR code for its products worldwide.

The authenticity QR code reveals the pedigree and history of the calf, along with the calf’s distinctive nose print stating where it was born and raised.

Additionally, each calf has a unique 10-digit identification number for verification on J-LEC’s database.

Wagyu pedigree registrations have been around for the last 150 years, a process J-LEC has constantly refined and improved with technology.

“Wagyu beef is managed by traceability, and bloodlines and meat quality ratings are strictly controlled, so consumers can eat the beef with confidence,” says Yoshitomo Kinoshita, president of J-LEC. To date, Japanese wagyu is exported to over 40 countries worldwide, and partnerships with facilities that have obtained Halal certifications have allowed more people to enjoy the premium-grade beef.

Singaporeans are invited to check out the list of restaurants and shops selling authentic premium wagyu at sg.beef-japan.jp

ARTS

Picturing the pandemic

National Museum of Singapore

The National Museum of Singapore has opened its first major exhibition of the year. Picturing the Pandemic: A Visual Record of Covid-19 in Singapore tells the story of how people in Singapore have come together to respond and live through this unprecedented global crisis.

Through the 272 photographs, a short film and 16 donated artefacts on display in this exhibition, visitors will get a glimpse of the diverse lives of Singaporeans adapting to this “new normal”.

These experiences, told through the lens of the photographers, filmmakers, curators as well as the subjects themselves, lend a voice to lesser-known stories of this pandemic. It also offers a glimpse into the social bonds, tenacity and resilience across the diverse communities in Singapore.

The exhibition showcases the work of five photographers: Bob Lee, Edwin Koo, How Hwee Young, Brian Teo and Zakaria Zainal; along with a short film produced by filmmakers Dave Lim and Adar Ng. The exhibits span five themes — “A Day in the Life”, “Essential Workers”, “New Ways of Living”, “Making Visible”, and “The Spaces Between Us” — which document up-close the pandemic experience of people living in Singapore, from children and the elderly to migrant workers and professionals providing essential services.

Picturing the Pandemic: A Visual Record of Covid-19 will run till Aug 29 and admission is free. For more information, visit go.gov.sg/picturingthepandemic