Month: October 2019

Crafted By – The Greatest Singapore Sling | S2E5



We visit the Raffles Hotel Singapore and learn about their two-years restoration and the refreshed recipe for the Singapore Sling, their iconic gin-based cocktail that still draws in the big crowds a century on from its creation by bartender Ngiam Tong Boon in 1915. 

We talk with local microdistillery Compendium about their amazing gins, Rojak Gin and Chendol Gin, which capture the flavours of Singapore in a bottle.

And we discuss artistry with one of Singapore’s most beloved entertainers, Hossan Leong and our theory of who is one of Singapore’s great unheralded artists!

Links

Raffles Hotel Singapore

Long Bar @ Raffles Hotel

Singapore Sling Wikipedia Page

Gin Wikipedia Page

Crafted By – The Three Waves of Coffee in Singapore | S2E4



The Rule of Three Exists in Everything: think of comedy, photography, showbusiness. It also applies in the world of coffee, which has experienced what is accepted as The Three Waves. In Singapore, the Three Rules come with a twist: Kopi. 

We talk with 5 artisanal coffee cafes – Nylon Coffee Roasters, PPP Coffee / Chye Seng Huat Hardware Coffee Bar, Two Degrees North Coffee Company / Populus Cafe, Mavrx Coffee Bar and Coffee Break at Amoy Street. We discuss the beans, the brew and the business of delivering coffee with a focus on traceability, farm, process, roasting, Instagram’s love for latte art, and why traditional Kopi is still so loved.

Grab a cup of Joe and go on w journey with us to experience the world of caffeine, Singapore-style!

BTW, I found a great little hack for recycling your left over coffee grounds! Check it out here: https://diygarden.co.uk/composting-with-coffee-grounds/

I See You – Marc Nair

Marc Nair is a poet and photographer from Singapore, this is his poem, “I See You”

His works bear witness to beauty, truth and hope.

He has published and edited twelve books of poetry and is the co-founder and principal photographer of Mackerel, an online culture magazine. He is a recipient of the 2016 Young Artist Award.

His latest collection is Sightlines (2019, Math Paper Press), a collaboration of travel photography and poetry with Tay Tsen-Waye, a film photographer.

Marc was the 2016-17 NTU-NAC National Writer in Residence and is the co-founder of Mackerel, a culture magazine. He has released two spoken word albums with his band, Neon and Wonder, and has collaborated with well-known Singapore musicians such as Bani Haykal, weish and Tim De Cotta on numerous live performances.

He has also worked with Lee Kin Mun, aka mrbrown, on the mrbrown show for over a decade, writing satirical audio and video sketches and songs. Marc’s list of authored and edited publications include Sightlines (2019), Handbook of Daily Movement (2019), Vital Possessions (2018), Auguries of Modern Innocence (2018), Intersection (2017), Spomenik (2016), This Is Not A Safety Barrier (2015), The Poet of Unlove (2015), Animal City (2014), Postal Code (2013), Chai: Travel Poems (2010), Along The Yellow Line (2007).

Marc is available for workshops, talks and spoken word performance bookings both locally and overseas.

Visit Marc’s website marcnair.com

Power Lines – Marc Nair

Marc Nair is a poet and photographer from Singapore, this is his poem “Power Lines”

His works bear witness to beauty, truth and hope.

He has published and edited twelve books of poetry and is the co-founder and principal photographer of Mackerel, an online culture magazine. He is a recipient of the 2016 Young Artist Award.

His latest collection is Sightlines (2019, Math Paper Press), a collaboration of travel photography and poetry with Tay Tsen-Waye, a film photographer.

Marc was the 2016-17 NTU-NAC National Writer in Residence and is the co-founder of Mackerel, a culture magazine. He has released two spoken word albums with his band, Neon and Wonder, and has collaborated with well-known Singapore musicians such as Bani Haykal, weish and Tim De Cotta on numerous live performances.

He has also worked with Lee Kin Mun, aka mrbrown, on the mrbrown show for over a decade, writing satirical audio and video sketches and songs. Marc’s list of authored and edited publications include Sightlines (2019), Handbook of Daily Movement (2019), Vital Possessions (2018), Auguries of Modern Innocence (2018), Intersection (2017), Spomenik (2016), This Is Not A Safety Barrier (2015), The Poet of Unlove (2015), Animal City (2014), Postal Code (2013), Chai: Travel Poems (2010), Along The Yellow Line (2007).

Marc is available for workshops, talks and spoken word performance bookings both locally and overseas.

Visit Marc’s website marcnair.com

Once Upon a Time – Marc Nair

Marc Nair is a poet and photographer from Singapore, this is his poem, “Once Upon a Time”

His works bear witness to beauty, truth and hope.

He has published and edited twelve books of poetry and is the co-founder and principal photographer of Mackerel, an online culture magazine. He is a recipient of the 2016 Young Artist Award.

His latest collection is Sightlines (2019, Math Paper Press), a collaboration of travel photography and poetry with Tay Tsen-Waye, a film photographer.

Marc was the 2016-17 NTU-NAC National Writer in Residence and is the co-founder of Mackerel, a culture magazine. He has released two spoken word albums with his band, Neon and Wonder, and has collaborated with well-known Singapore musicians such as Bani Haykal, weish and Tim De Cotta on numerous live performances.

He has also worked with Lee Kin Mun, aka mrbrown, on the mrbrown show for over a decade, writing satirical audio and video sketches and songs. Marc’s list of authored and edited publications include Sightlines (2019), Handbook of Daily Movement (2019), Vital Possessions (2018), Auguries of Modern Innocence (2018), Intersection (2017), Spomenik (2016), This Is Not A Safety Barrier (2015), The Poet of Unlove (2015), Animal City (2014), Postal Code (2013), Chai: Travel Poems (2010), Along The Yellow Line (2007).

Marc is available for workshops, talks and spoken word performance bookings both locally and overseas.

Visit Marc’s website marcnair.com