The Singapore Sports Hub opened its doors to the public on 30 June 2014. A fully-integrated sports, entertainment and lifestyle hub, the 35-hectare venue (think the size of 50 football fields) which cost $1.3billion to build includes world-class facilities like an Olympic-sized aquatic centre, multi-purpose arena and a water sports centre complete with a diving pool. It also houses a cluster of lifestyle facilities such as the Kallang Wave shopping mall, restaurants, skate park, lawn bowl green, climbing wall, beach volleyball court, hard courts, and even a sports library with a respectable 80,000 books on sports, health and fitness as well as the Singapore Sports Museum showcasing the local history of sports.
Singapore Sports Hub
Add: 2 Stadium Walk
Tel: 6653 8900
How to Get There:
Train: Stadium (nearest), Mountbatten and Kallang (10-15mins walking)
Buses: 10, 11, 14, 16, 70, 70M & 196
Hermès recently unveiled their latest men’s collection on a runway, literally – that of the Old Kallang Airport. Named ‘Men On The Move’, the event saw about 1,000 guests discovering the brand’s mena’s fashion through 12 interesting installations and performances created by Argentinian artist Leandro Erlich and French digital artist Miguel Chevalier. This year’s theme of movement is a nod to the brand’s equestrian roots and its love for the spirit of travel. We saw roving models on bicycles and mingling among guests with saddles and briefcases, as well as conveyor belts filled with the maison’s coveted bags and shoes which almost had me in a hyper-nosebleed – over the goodies, and the cute models.
I still remember this sight I saw at the Royal Botanic Gardens back in 2009. The Gardens was once home to a colony of Grey-headed Flying Foxes, a large species of fruitbat. I have never seen so many bats in my life, and they were quite a sight. For a moment, I thought I was in Transylvania. The bats adapted so well in the gardens that they reached 22,000 in the summers of 2008 and 2010, by which time 28 mature trees, 30 palms and many understorey plants had been killed by the roosting flying-foxes. They were subsequently relocated to other parts of Sydney in 2010. I’ll go visit them again on my next trip Down Under.