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    Shopping with all your senses

    Life, Parisa Pichitmarn, Published on 30/03/2018

    » It feels like there is an Hour Glass store at practically every main street corner in Singapore, but the Hour Glass store that rules them all is situated on Bideford Road, just off Orchard and right next to Paragon. Fashioned under the name Malmaison and having sat at that location since 2011, the opulent enclave of 745m² is largely under the radar to the common pedestrian, despite the fact that what is housed inside could well become your most lush watch-buying experience ever. Even a local tour guide confirms that most Singaporeans are oblivious to the lavish encounter that awaits inside.

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    Come into my parlour

    Muse, Parisa Pichitmarn, Published on 30/12/2017

    » Gone is the midnight-blue vortex of twinkly stars and mystical allure that personifies the Matina Amanita jewellery boutique at Central Embassy. In its place now sits the amped-up and edible world of Sretsis. Sretsis Parlour, which recently celebrated its grand opening last week, is the Sretsis sisters' latest brainchild, which serves fantasy on a plate: the taste of Sretsis is nothing short of Blossom Baby cakes, heart puffs and intricately printed fine bone china -- all to be nibbled in a place where, from floor to ceiling, not a single inch is unadorned or boring to look at.

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    Velvet goldmine

    Muse, Parisa Pichitmarn, Published on 31/12/2016

    » When winter rolls around (or something like it, in Thailand) there is one must-have fabric we cannot shy away from: velvet. When else if not now to dig out this fabric of royalty, especially with our country's insufferable heat? With the cool breeze and loads of festive gatherings about to take place in January, easily elevate the glam effect of your outfit with the mere addition of a velvet piece.

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    Riding high in the simulated Wild West

    Life, Parisa Pichitmarn, Published on 05/12/2016

    » Looking all parts American perfection and stomaching spicy dishes surprisingly well (according to his bodyguard) for a first-timer in Singapore, James Marsden was in the Lion City last week to promote the season finale of HBO's Westworld. As the human equivalent of goodness and sunshine, it becomes apparent that the Hollywood dreamboat is fittingly well-known for his nice-guy roles (in X-Men, The Notebook, Enchanted, Hairspray) because he is also such a person in real life. In fact, it all feels satisfyingly in-character when the 43-year-old admits that he loves Frank Capra movies and that the violence in Westworld isn't gratuitous.

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    Dancing queen

    Life, Parisa Pichitmarn, Published on 23/09/2016

    » Hailed as a woman who has revived modern tap dance, Sarah Reich commands a strong following -- her YouTube videos have garnered almost 1 million views. Fusing a funky street style and catchy beats of today with classic tap techniques, it's not just swing music that she taps into: Lady Gaga's Bad Romance and Star Wars theme songs are among her playlist. The tap awakens, indeed.

  • OPINION

    Losing (and rediscovering) my religion

    Life, Parisa Pichitmarn, Published on 04/04/2016

    » In the recent wake of terrorist atrocities -- most infamously done in the name of religion -- I could not help but question my own line of faith that is Buddhism. Or perhaps "reconnect" would be a better way to put it, as a so-called modern day millennial who isn't a very avid temple-goer.

  • LIFE

    What's hot and not on Game Of Thrones this season

    Life, Parisa Pichitmarn, Published on 08/06/2016

    » After seven episodes, Life lists the things we love and hate most about the show - with some spoilers in the mix.

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    whipping up a storm

    Life, Parisa Pichitmarn, Published on 16/06/2015

    » Why anyone would want to live in Westeros sounds insane (and morbid), but to those that fantasise about it, Jessica Henwick suggests that Dorne is probably the best city to do so.

  • OPINION

    Robbing from the rich, but giving to whom?

    Life, Parisa Pichitmarn, Published on 26/09/2014

    » Life has meaning again, now that Downton Abbey has returned to our TV screens, its fifth season beginning last Sunday. Its otherworldly visuals continue to draw me in, with the upstairs goings-on of the aristocrats and the downstairs drama among the servants still as captivating as ever. I actually have to remind myself every time I watch an episode that people from another continent in this world of ours actually lived like this less than 100 years ago: that cooks had to dine separately from the rest of the servants in a stately home; that members of the upper class changed clothes as often as five times a day; that it was inconceivable that a proper lady or gentleman would have to perform actual work to earn a living.

  • OPINION

    You can always go Downton

    Life, Parisa Pichitmarn, Published on 15/01/2015

    » On Monday, Joanne Froggatt of Downton Abbey fame won her first Golden Globe for best supporting actress in a series. I started to squeal, scream, cry and do a victory dance in my head as if I had just won the award myself. But because I was at work, I dutifully simmered down and continued with my enchanting office life. 

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