5 Things You Should Know This Week: 26 June 2017

Just the latest news in anything home and family to start your week off right

Updated on June 26, 2017 16:06 pm

Cromly Editor


1. Singapore leads Asia's drinking scene at Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2017. Singapore’s Manhattan claimed the title of Asia's Best Bar 2017, succeeding strong competition from bars in Shanghai, Tokyo, and Taipei. The bar took over from last year’s No. 1, 28 Hongkong Street, also in Singapore. Led by Bar Manager Philip Bischoff, Manhattan has a meticulously crafted cocktail menu inspired by the golden age of fine drinking. The striking interior is reminiscent of a grand hotel bar, where modern elements are combined with old New York glamour and sophistication.

For the second year, Singapore leads Asia’s fine drinking scene. The Lion City boasts 13 bars in the Asia’s 50 Best Bars list, with 28 HongKong Street (No. 4) and Operation Dagger (No. 6) sitting alongside Manhattan in the top 10. Four new bars from Singapore enter the list for the first time, including Atlas (No. 12), Employees Only Singapore (No. 17), Native (No. 20) and Nutmeg & Clove (No. 30).

Manhattan Singapore is Asia's Best Bar 2017.

Operation Dagger Singapore is at No. 6.

Employees Only Singapore is at No. 17.

On 21 June 2017, the second annual ranking of Asia’s 50 Best Bars was announced, revealing the definitive list of Asia’s most celebrated drinking establishments. As the most prestigious and credible accolade of its kind, the list provides the ultimate guide to the top bars in the region. Almost 200 industry experts from across Asia were hand-picked to vote for Asia’s 50 Best Bars. The result is a diverse and eclectic mix of bars from 14 cities in 10 countries—with restaurant bars, speakeasies, hotel bars, and tiki-themed venues populating the list. Asia's 50 Best Bars is the only regional ranking to be published alongside internationally renowned The World's 50 Best Bars, which host its prestigious awards event annually in October.

2. Philips launches the new Smoke-less Indoor Grill. Enjoy grilling food and throwing fun barbecue parties but bothered by how smoke gets in your eyes? Thanks to Philips’ advanced infrared technology and innovative reflector design, you can now enjoy perfectly grilled food with up to 80% less smoke. Perfect for intimate indoor gatherings, the Philips Smoke-less Indoor Grill promises an amazing cookout of evenly browned juicy steaks, sizzling sausages, and grilled vegetables. It is quick to set-up, has easy-to-clean detachable parts that are dishwasher-safe, and comes with a warming function that keeps your food at an optimum temperature while you enjoy good company, no matter what the weather is. The Philips Smoke-less Indoor Grill is available now at $499 on the Philips Online store as well as from selected electronic stores, major departmental stores, and authorized dealers.

3. MUJI’s Design myBag competition. With the theme “Rediscovering Singapore”, the public is invited to create a design for MUJI Cotton myBag. Designs should be inspire by traditional items of the past and rediscovered values of the creation in modern way of life. The top 5 winners will be honoured with their designs printed and sold in MUJI Singapore’s flagship store at Plaza Singapura. The full proceeds from the sale of bags will be donated to Children’s Cancer Foundation. Check this link for the mechanic and the terms and conditions.

4. Bosch introduces its first-ever concealable Downdraft Hood. For space-saving kitchen ventilation, Bosch Home Appliances launched the new BoschDowndraft Stainless Steel Hood in Singapore. It is a concealable and compact hood that rises from behind your cooktop instead of hanging overhead. This downdraft hood appears only when you need it, and sits back discreetly on your cooktop when not in use.

Besides maximising small kitchen spaces, the Bosch Downdraft Stainless Steel Hood is also the ideal ventilation alternative for homeowners who desire an uncluttered cooking workspace. No matter how sleek and elegant your kitchen looks, cooking fumes will certainly put a greasy damper on its beauty and functionality. Not only will this practical hood extract the odours efficiently before they spread beyond the kitchen, its clean aesthetic will make your kitchen look as stylish as ever. The new Bosch Downdraft Stainless Steel Hood ($4,699) is now available exclusively at the BoschExperience Centre at 11 Bishan Street 21, Level 4, Singapore 573943.

5. IKEA Singapore’s first ever 18-Hour Ideathon. On 29–30 June,IKEA Singapore will open its doors to 60 students from more than 10 tertiary institutes. Over 18 hours and through the night, students will design concepts—which can range from small home products to large home environments—to help Asian communities cope with climate change. Climate change has undeniably affected how everyone is able to live comfortably, and Asia is no exception. Over the years, there has been more intense and frequent droughts and floods throughout the continent. From 1995 to 2015, 97 percent of 2.3 billion people who were affected by flooding lived in Asia.

At end of the 18-Hour session on the morning of 30 June, they will pitch their ideas to a panel of judges from the design sector. Additionally, for the first time this year, IKEA Singapore’s Young Designer Award will be submitting the top 5 finalists’ ideas to Global Climate Action Challenge organized by What Design Can Do, the IKEA Foundation, and the Autodesk Foundation.

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