With memories of innovative and well-prepared Italian food we were easily lured back to Pontini. Sadly, such memories are to be left as just that. On our visit there was no charming Italian maître d’ or inspired daily specials. Instead, we were greeted by brusque service, dried out bread for a zestless pesto dip, a […]

The Bigger Picture

Who settles for a 50-inch plasma TV nowadays? For that true big-screen experience, you need a home projector. Victor Chau picks the best.

Loan Shark

Talking about a loan shark seems timely after all the partying that has resulted in empty pockets. We at I-S chat up Gareth Armstrong, a veteran performer who looks at Shylock (the moneylender in Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice) through the eyes of Tubal, the only other Jew in the story.

Dream On

Sometimes, all it takes is a crazy idea.

Take Cover

Look stylish and stay dry while everyone around you gets soaked this rainy season.

Under Cover

Fun things for wet weather days. Illustrations by Jonathan Ng.

John Legend

For the past five years, singer-songwriter John Legend has been making his presence and work felt in numerous collaborations with various artists—such as penning songs, lending vocals and even playing instruments for Black Eyed Peas, Jay Z, Alicia Keys and Talib Kweli. It is no wonder that Get Lifted, his first album, reveals his soulful songwriting skills. His recording has further elevated him to the status of one of the best R&B and soul musicians today. His nomination in eight categories for the upcoming 48th Grammy Awards is proof that Legend is a force to be reckoned with.


Think of Serangoon Gardens and you think of good but greasy hawker stalls and a wet market. While some of that is still around, it fast has to share space with modern, trendy eateries like Friends. This 110-seat restaurant with an alfresco section serves a combination of Asian, Australian and Italian cuisine. Try their Australian […]

Trash Bash

Revelers turned out in full force at Orchard Road on New Year’s Eve to usher in 2006—and left in their wake 6,000 kilograms of trash. It would have been more useful if they had instead left behind any of the following.A feathered serpent (Alatuserpens Quetzalcoatlus)A feathered serpent differs from the standard dracoform. It has two […]

The Blue Ginger

This restaurant was buzzing when we arrived at lunch hour. The shophouse is simply decorated with old world Singaporean furniture, but is not overly frilly as some traditional restaurants tend to be. All the favorites are still on the menu and are obviously what customers here have come to expect. We decided on kueh pie […]