Today marks the eve of Chinese New Year, and we simply can’t wait to catch up with our families over a delectable reunion dinner, before kickstarting a hectic but fun-filled schedule of visiting relatives. For those who don’t exactly relish the process of rushing to different houses all weekend (and dodging awkward questions from kaypoh aunties), look on the bright side: There’ll be red packets, and enough mahjong and poker games to keep you occupied. And if all else fails, well, you can look forward to the usual marathon of Stephen Chow and Chow Yun Fat movies on television.

Even if you’re not celebrating the Lunar New Year, there’s still a lot to do over the long weekend, such as visiting the ongoing Singapore Biennale or watching the critically acclaimed La La Land, which recently bagged a staggering 17 Oscar nominations.

And for your reading pleasure, we’ve rounded up some of this week’s stories, which include a review of the newly opened The Summerhouse restaurant, a guide to pairing Chinese New Year snacks with wines, and a feature about designers who are sitting out New York Fashion Week.


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The Summerhouse’s buckwheat porridge is one of its must-try dishes.

We visited the tranquil, nature-inspired The Summerhouse at Seletar Aerospace Park for some much-needed respite from the city, and liked it so much we almost didn’t want to leave.


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Hands down the best part of Chinese New Year. (Photo credit: Bee Cheng Hiang)

In anticipation of all the visiting and feasting we’ll be doing during the Lunar New Year, we’ve put together a guide to pairing wines with snacks. Who knew bak kwa and Riesling could go so well together?


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Tommy Hilfiger AW 2016 runway (Photo credit:

New York Fashion Week may be one of the prominent highlights on the sartorial world’s calendar, but a number of big labels the likes of Tommy Hilfiger, Tom Ford and Hugo Boss are ditching it this year.


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The Paleo diet actually seems quite doable. (Photo credit:

If you, like us, have been scarfing down copious amounts of pineapple tarts (and hence packing on the pounds), this list of different types of diets may come in quite handy next month.

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Gucci at ION Orchard.

Pop by Gucci at ION Orchard for a session of customising your very own bags and sneakers. It is the first of its kind in South East Asia.

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Sara Yap
Deputy Director, Digital Operations (Asia)
Sara Yap is the Deputy Director of Digital Operations at BurdaLuxury, and a contributing writer to Lifestyle Asia’s dining and jewellery beats. When she’s not on the lookout for exciting new restaurants or bejewelled trinkets, she’s probably buried in a riveting read, or reminiscing the good ol’ days with her favourite playlist of ’90s boyband hits.