SINGAPORE - With Chinese New Year just around the corner, lovers of steamboats or hotpots planning to enjoy a warm meal on glass tables at home might want to take some precautions. Following a tempered glass table shattering on Sunday (Jan 19) during a steamboat meal in which several people were hurt, experts warned that using steamboat or hotpot equipment directly on glass tables is not safe. They recommended consumers to use thermal insulators underneath the hotpot equipment while making sure that glass surfaces do not overheat, even as they noted that imperfections in the glass overlooked during manufacturing could also make them more likely to shatter . On Monday, Facebook user Stephanie Chu said a dinner with friends was ruined after her home's glass table shattered 30 minutes into their steamboat meal. She wrote that some of her guests had "cuts bigger than the size of an eye" as a result, and that she was taken to hospital for second degree burns. Speaking to The … [Read more...] about Hotpot lovers beware: Having meal on tempered glass table could cause it to shatter if no precautions taken
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Traditional cheongsams can be exquisite expressions of elegance, but their limitations are clear to anyone who has worn one: they are restrictively narrow in parts, oppressively warm in humid climes and overly formal for everyday life. The same could have been said about the house that former scientist Ee-ling Fock and her radiologist husband, Eric Ting, bought in the central Singapore suburb of Novena in 2018. The outdated home, she realised, could be tailored for the 21st century, just as she had artfully modernised the Chinese dress for her home-grown fashion label, The Missing Piece. Built in 1997, the three-storey corner terrace house they had lucked upon was graced with good bones and towering cathedral ceilings – a prerequisite for Fock. But it was dark, with an entrance leading directly into the lounge room that narrowed the living area and made it almost inhospitable. Additionally, the bathrooms were oddly disproportionate to their respective bedrooms and not at all … [Read more...] about How a stylist tailored a fashion designer’s outdated Singapore home for the 21st century
Photo: Michael Dweck and Gregory Kershaw/Courtesy Sony Pictures Classics. When filmmakers Michael Dweck and Gregory Kershaw first wandered into the Piedmont mountains, they thought they’d fallen into a fairytale kingdom. The tiny, steep towns and foggy woods seemed to them to be a place out of time, an Italian Brigadoon dotted with people following the old ways like pressing their own wine and making their own clothes. Even more beguiling, the pair soon heard about certain men who hunt in those woods for the elusive Alba truffle, secretive foragers who search with their dogs by night, not even telling their families where they go. Dweck and Kershaw’s resulting documentary The Truffle Hunters follows several of the oldest of these men — like Carlo, the impish 88-year-old who sneaks out a window to go truffling, and Aurelio, who is a spry 84. The documentarians track the men and their dogs on their hunts, but they don’t actually try to uncover their mysteries. (I only worked out … [Read more...] about Heads for the Hills and Returns With a Feast for the Senses
'Where the maestro has gone, I am sure Krishna would himself listen to his soulful music.' O ne of the very few artistes who regarded Carnatic and Hindustani music as just music and not separate streams was M Balamuralikrishna. I had attended a number of his concerts, listening to his electrifying, soulful and effortless voice for years together, not knowing that one day I would get to know this person pretty closely. I was working on a coffee table book, Gangavaram Se , for the Vizag Steel Plant in 1993. Since Balamuralikrishna was a doyen of Carnatic music from Andhra Pradesh, it was imperative that I meet him and write about him. Seeking an appointment was not difficult: I just called him in Chennai (then Madras) and he asked me to come over. It was easy to find his house in Kanakasri Nagar. He had told me it was close to the Music Academy. Everyone knew where the Music Academy was. And meet me he did, feeding me with lovely idli s and vada s and hot … [Read more...] about Balamuralikrishna touched people’s souls!
Scarlett Moffatt proudly shared a glimpse of her new home makeover after she and her boyfriend finally moved in. The Gogglebox star, 30, took to her Instagram Story to show the results of her home renovation - and it’s seriously impressive. She first showed off her bathroom, which was completed with a gorgeous rounded bathtub, simple tiling and minimal decorations to add a little touch of cosiness. “Before & after, now one of my fave rooms,” she captioned the story. “I get obsessed with accessorising it completely changes a room. This all @dunelmuk incase you want inspo (or to copy).” Scarlett then gave everyone a closer look at the bathtub, which had a bath tray holding candles and her Olaplex hair products. “Always panic about reflections in the taps,” she wrote along with a laughing emoji. “@dunelmuk for accessories and my bath board is a local business @bathboards.” The I’m A Celebrity star moved on to the living room and shared a photo of what it looked like … [Read more...] about Scarlett Moffatt shares snaps of her new home’s stylish makeover as she finally moves in