It’s a good week to be a Singaporean. The 1987 classic song — We Are Singapore — just got an upgrade by way of local singer Charlie Lim. It will also serve as this year’s theme song for the National Day Parade.

The refreshed version has all the hallmarks of a millennial’s creation. Lim recorded a new prelude in his bedroom, the opening melodies were replaced with synth beats, and the pledge was rapped. This contemporary take has garnered praise since its release early this week, and we’re loving it, too.

Another pride of our nation is our red passport. For this year’s Henley Passport Index, the Singaporean passport tied with Germany’s for the second most powerful in the world. Yes, our passport grants us visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to 188 countries around the world. Taking the top spot is Japan, one of our favourite destinations that gives its citizens access to 189 countries.

As you revel in national pride, take a read through the best stories this week from the Lifestyle Asia Singapore team.

Dining

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Jaan’s new spring menu features a variety of snacks such as buckwheat pancake balls and tapioca chips with hummus.

Jaan, the one-Michelin-starred restaurant with glorious views, has refreshed its menu just in time for spring.

Style

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The Puma x MCM partnership is more than just another collab — it’s an homage to ’80s culture.

Here’s another collaboration for the books: Puma and MCM have partnered for a suede-filled collection that is a culture-packed tribute to the ’80s.

Travel

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The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore will have 157 guest rooms and suites in the restored Capitol Building.

Capitol Singapore, the heritage complex along Stamford Road, will be home to the Kempinski group’s flagship hotel in Singapore.

Grooming

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Master Perfumer Jacques Cavallier Belletrud of Louis Vuitton perceived the Les Parfums for Men collection of fragrances to take one on an olfactory journey around the world.

Louis Vuitton has imbued its DNA — the spirit of adventure — into its first-ever fragrance line for men, Les Parfums for Men. It’ll be available come 31 May at all Louis Vuitton boutiques.

#lifestyleasiasg’s Instagram of the Week

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Far from your regular distillery, The Macallan’s new facility is a stunning £140 million state-of-the-art architectural wonder in the Speyside.

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Josiah Neo
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Josiah Neo is a tech writer who contributes occasionally to the fashion, travel, and culture beats. When he’s not busy keeping up with the keynotes, he’s probably stuffing his face with the best Melbournian donuts (at Shortstop, BTW) or watching his favourite esports team, the Los Angeles Valiant, pummel their opponents into oblivion.