New hotel, Kempinski Hotel & Residences, at Palm Jumeirah, Dubai

The Arab world may be aflutter right now, but Dubai remains an oasis of calm. Stay at Palm Jumeirah’s newest Kempinski Hotel & Residences Palm Jumeirah (The Crescent West, Palm Jumeirah, +971 (4) 444-2000) and enjoy the privilege of having your own private beach. Watch the sunrise in the heart of the desert before admiring […]

Brewerkz launches Scholar Red beer

Also making news in the world of rice and alcohol, Brewerkz (#01-05/06 Riverside Point, 30 Merchant Rd., 6438-7438) has launched a new beer made with sticky red rice. Called Scholar Red ($7 upwards per 375ml), this five percent a.b.v beer draws inspiration from a beverage popular among scholars in China over 1,000 years ago. Stop […]

Mr KIA Jul 8

Dear Mr. KIA,
Hitting the gym week after week is beginning to feel like such a chore. My personal trainer is a sadistic tosser and walking the treadmill is no longer amusing. My gym buddies and I are itching to get back onto the football pitch, but the weather is so unpredictable these days—sunny one moment and pouring buckets the next! Any place you know that can beat the weather?—Gymed Out Jim

The Handover, Part II

Dear Singapore Land Authority (SLA) and Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), it has come to our attention that you have recently come into possession of a rather special plot of land. It’s somewhat narrow, sure, and you’ll want to do something about those useless metal tracks running the length of it; but it offers good access to, well, pretty much the entire island and can’t be beaten for a true back-to-nature vibe.