Karaoke room singapore: 7 Best KTVs (Karaoke) in Singapore 2021: Cheap to High-end

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7 Best KTVs (Karaoke) in Singapore 2021: Cheap to High-end

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January 06, 2021

Image: TopOne KTV

KTV is a good channel to express your soul through songs and to connect to people. It is an important part of Singapore’s colorful entertainment.

A KTV place is just perfect for groups of friends, families, and professional companies to have fun together.

Scan through our list of 7 best karaoke places in Singapore and pick out a studio that all in your group will love.

See also: The 7 Best Rooftop Bars In Singapore

Image: Party World KTV

Highlights

  • Great facilities: Party World KTV rooms are spacious and nicely-decorated; they are equipped with top-notch sound systems, large LCD screens, and LED warm lighting.
  • There are 7 outlets across Singapore: Especially Party World KTV at  Liang Court Shopping Centre is conveniently located right beside Clarke Quay, Singapore’s best nightlife area.
  • Offering good value happy hours for students every day: Student 3-hour promotion is available from its opening time to 20:00 daily. The fee is S$12 nett per student on weekdays and S$15 nett per student on weekends, including 2 soft drinks. This promotion is not valid on public holidays and the eve of public holidays.

Image: Teo Heng KTV

Highlights

  • Best karaoke place for students and families: Unlike its counterparts, Teo Heng KTV strictly applies no smoking and no alcohol policies, creating a friendly and comfortable environment for students and families. Also, its clean, neat, and bright-themed design plays an important role in providing a pleasant and safe-feeling ambience.
  • Teo Heng karaoke rates are probably the cheapest ones in Singapore: The KTV does not charge customers by the number of people, its hourly rates are based on room sizes. The lowest prices are S$8 per hour for 4-pax rooms, S$10 per hour for 6-pax rooms, and S$12 per hour for 10-pax rooms. Drinks are offered at cheap prices, from S$1 onwards.
  • Free Wi-Fi at all outlets: So we can always stay connected while enjoying karaoke at Teo  Heng KTV studio.

Image: Tang Music Box

Highlights

  • A cool new concept of karaoke entertainment: At Tang Music Box, you will not only enjoy singing but also have fun shopping for your favourite snacks between karaoke sessions and socializing with like-minded people at the main hall, named The Meeting Place.
  • Excellent service: At Tang Music Box, the service staff is very professional, friendly, and efficient. They always attend quickly to customers’ requests and offer blankets if customers are cold.

Image: Ten Dollar Club

Highlights

  • Offering good karaoke experience at affordable prices: With a group of 3 or more, we can enjoy singing karaoke at Ten Dollar Club for up to 5 hours in the afternoons or 3 hours in the evenings at only S$10 per person. This price includes a free flow of hot and soft drinks.
  • Outside foods are allowed: We are allowed to bring our own foods in karaoke rooms but not the outside drinks.
  • There are snooker pool tables for all guests to play: American pool tables are available at the main halls of all outlets, S$2 per game.

Image: Cash Studio

Highlights

  • Daiichi Kosho Amusement (DAM) media systems: DAM systems produce raw sound and easy song switching. They are from the golden age and are popular in Karaoke because of the authentic quality of the sound. These machines are manufactured and programmed in Japan thus providing singers with a wide selection of Japanese songs.
  • Affordable prices for KTV room using: Despite the name, Cash Studio is one of the cheaper Karaoke places. The price for using the room for the duration of 3 hours from 13:00 to 18:00 on Mon to Thu is $30+, and on Friday, Sat, and Sun is $38+. From 18:00 until closing time, any 3 hours for 3 persons cost from $38 to $58.
  • Enjoyable membership: Membership is free and members can continue using rooms after their time is up if the room has not been booked. This is applicable from Sunday to Thursday, except on evenings and holidays. This KTV also spices up its member’s birthday with free bottles of sparkling juice.

Image: K Suites

Highlights

  • Well-maintained environment: K Suites provides customers with VIP treatment. The rooms are exquisite, add-ons such as private bar Wi-Fi are there to improve user experience. The bathrooms are well maintained, a feature that is not common in other karaoke places.
  • An air of sophistication: This KTV has unique furniture that boasts of opulence. Bottle service is available for a more fun night out. This place is popular because of its exclusivity.
  • A hub of diversity: If you want to play board games, pool, Nintendo Wii and PlayStation 3 in addition to Karaoke, K Suites is the best place to do so.

Image: HaveFun Karaoke

Highlights

  • Themed rooms to spice up the experience: HaveFun Karaoke is distinguished as the first themed karaoke bar in Singapore. There are 28 themed rooms to choose from like Old Cinema, Street Racing, and All Pink Palace.  
  • Fun and games: True to its name, HaveFun Karaoke offers more than just karaoke fun. Aside from singing your heart out, you can also enjoy popular drinking games such as Drinking Roulette and high-tech Beer Pong. A variety of other amenities are also available like dart machines, basketball machine, pool table, board games, and private cinema.
  • VIP suite for large groups: For private parties, large groups can rent the VIP Suite that can accommodate up to 60 people. It comes complete with a stage, dart machine, interactive pool table, and a voice-changing standing microphone.
  • Frequent promotion programs: HaveFun Karaoke often offers promotions like “Students sing at 50% off” and “50% off Remy Martin club”. Check out their Facebook fanpage or website for the updated.
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Nightlife, karaoke businesses still see a future despite the ongoing COVID-19 challenges

SINGAPORE: Their businesses may have been hit hard, their dance floors converted to pop-up restaurants and their karaoke rooms turned into work spaces, but operators of nightlife and entertainment businesses say that there remains hope for the industry amid the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Speaking to CNA, chief executive officer of Zouk Group Andrew Li noted that the demand for the industry remains.

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“We’re a species that needs that social kind of element … For example, when you saw dining coming out, dining was flying because people just wanted to go out and eat. They wanted to have fun with their friends,” he said.

“And I think bars and nightlife are another level of that, where it is even more sociable and I think that’s very, very important to us as a society.”

HaveFun Karaoke founder Mr Flint Lu echoed such sentiments, pointing out that socialising is an “essential need”.

“We are still confident about (the) post-COVID market. So we have no other way but to stick to the plan of how to survive this pandemic,” explained Mr Lu.

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Ms Jean Teo, who is a director at Teo Heng karaoke, said that karaoke singing is part of the “lifestyle” in Singapore.

“We find that there are a lot of people who really love singing,” she told CNA. “It has become a way for us to express ourselves. And it’s also very good for our mental health, it helps us to really relieve our emotions and de-stress and all that. I get a lot of feedback from people, that once we are open, they will definitely come and support (us).”

READ: ‘Whatever it takes’: Nightlife venues keen on reopening grapple with strict COVID-19 rules

Singapore Nightlife Business Association (SNBA) president Joseph Ong noted that many in the industry would like to return.

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“They need the nightlife to be vibrant, in order for them to do well … so we definitely have to bring that part of the business back. But in a safe manner, in a careful manner,” he told CNA.

Alcohol suppliers had also told him that sales in supermarkets are “higher than ever before”, Mr Li noted.

“People are definitely still drinking, they’re just not drinking in restaurants and bars – they are drinking at home. So that for me is the indication that people still need that,” he said.

“But definitely, I think here in Singapore, people want to (re-)enter the space in a safe way.”

But first, business owners will need to grit their teeth through the pain, with the latest challenge being Singapore’s Phase 2 (Heightened Alert).

As part of the move, a series of measures have been put into place in order to tackle a spike in COVID-19 community cases. One of these measures has been the prohibiting of dining-in, which is currently forbidden from May 16 through Jun 13.

READ: Group sizes down from 5 to 2, dining-in suspended as Singapore tightens COVID-19 measures

Mr Li noted that the latest measures have been an additional challenge to Zouk, which had already changed its business in a number of ways. 

Pointing to how it had transformed its Capital lounge space into pop-up restaurant Capital Kitchen, Mr Li said that its atmosphere had been a big draw for customers. 

With dining in not allowed, there is less of an incentive for customers to order food to go, he pointed out.

“People were sitting down and they were enjoying themselves and you could hear the sound and stuff, so it was the closest they could get to what Capital was in the past,” he said.

“When you take all that away – that social part and then also the music and vibe and stuff and you’re just saying okay we’re going to deliver you fish and chips …. That is something that’s been very, very tough for us.”

Mr Ong noted that the current state of play means that some bars and pubs have moved into an “almost shut down” position.

IN THE ‘TRIPLE TARGET ZONE’

But even before the newest measures, industry players had already faced a number of struggles, said Mr Ong, who is also founder and managing director of 1-Group, which owns a number of clubs and bars.

Karaoke joints, along with pubs and bars without food licences, nightclubs and discotheques, have been shuttered since March 2020 as part of Singapore’s measures to stem the COVID-19 pandemic.

Teo Heng director Jean Teo at the Ci Yuan Community Club outlet.

Even as Singapore gradually reopened its economy and allowed most activities to resume, nightlife venues have remained closed due to the higher risk of coronavirus transmission. 

In October last year, Education Minister Lawrence Wong, who is the co-chair of the multi-ministry task force on COVID-19, noted that the nightlife industry had to be prepared for “quite a long period of restrictions”.  

“We know these are higher-risk settings. The nature of the activities themselves, of such activities, means that you have people socialising in close contact, often in a small enclosed space and risk is very much higher,” said Mr Wong at a multi-ministry task force press conference.

READ: With no prospect of reopening, KTV lounge owners say industry has been ‘forsaken’

“The pandemic frustrates everyone, not just us,” said Mr Ong. “Again the problem really for our industry is that we are in that ‘triple target zone’. We are a vibrant place, we are masked down, we basically encourage socialising and all that … So it is a triple whammy in terms of this is the kind of situation that the authorities want to avoid.”

And while some have managed to pivot and reopen as food and beverage outlets, not all have been able to do so successfully.

One of SNBA’s goals has been to help businesses pivot as well as exit the market, noted Mr Ong. 

It had been announced previously that nightlife establishments that wished to pivot to other permissible activities could apply for a grant of up to S$50,000 from Enterprise Singapore (ESG) to defray qualifying costs incurred during the pivoting process, such as equipment and third-party consultancy costs.

Nightlife establishments exiting the industry can apply to ESG for an “ex-gratia” payment of S$30,000 to defray the costs of the cessation of business.  

Both of these support schemes are effective until the end of September.

Should they be the recipient of either one of the financial support packages, the business will not be allowed to participate in the pilot programme or any subsequent resumption of nightlife operations for at least 12 months, the Ministry of Home Affairs had announced previously.

SNBA has seen over 400 businesses deciding to pivot, while over 300 have exited the market, said Mr Ong.

“Right now, none of us can operate the bars and clubs the way we were doing so … Some of them still hold on to the fact that they possibly can re-open. (But) for many of them, they have already terminated their employees, they have already sent back their entertainers, they are in a very dormant mode,” he added.

‘LOSING LESS IS EARNING’

Pivoting to an F&B business model has been a struggle, said Mr Lu, pointing out that the lack of mechanical and electrical provisions on premises means that it is a struggle to install a full kitchen set-up.

“The layout, the furniture – we use sofas and tea tables, which is not suitable for F&B. It is not a good setup for lunch or for dinner,” he added.

“As a newcomer, with no professional chef team, no full kitchen and (a) limited variety of food and poor set up for dinner, lunch … It’s very difficult to catch enough customers.”

A room at HaveFun’s new NEX outlet. (Photo: HaveFun)

And despite HaveFun Karaoke pivoting to a F&B model, the revenue generated was not enough to cover operating expenses, and the company’s revenue dropped 90 per cent from pre-COVID times, said Mr Lu.

This will be further exacerbated with the current situation, he noted. 

“As no dine-in (is) allowed under the new restrictions, we can only operate (a) few outlets with take-away services.  Revenue will drop dramatically and cash flow will be even more (of a) challenge,” he added.

READ: 3 bars and pubs allowed to reopen under COVID-19 pilot programme for nightlife industry

Teo Heng has closed four out of its 14 outlets, said Ms Teo, but has decided not to pivot to an F&B business model. Instead, it set up co-working spaces and study spaces in some of its karaoke rooms, beginning last month.

“There are quite a lot of supporters who come in, but, of course, it won’t be the same … as what we did previously,” she said.

“This is more or less to help us to bridge over this difficult period … by losing less it is already an earning for us.”

Amid the continued pandemic, Mr Ong stressed the need for trials to test the feasibility of businesses operating.

“Moving forward, sandboxes will probably be something that we have to push very hard (for), and I’m hoping that they will start doing that right after we manage the situation on the ground,” he said.

“I believe Singapore needs to adopt this attitude, where we should always be trialing or sandboxing certain entertainment, nightlife activities and all that.”

Under a small-scale pilot for the nightlife sector, it was announced in December that three bars and pubs would be allowed to reopen for two months. This pilot was later extended till Apr 7.

However, another pilot for nightclubs and karaoke outlets to reopen with COVID-19 safety measures in place was deferred until further notice in January. It was slated to start in the same month.

READ: COVID-19: Pilot to reopen nightclubs, karaoke outlets delayed amid rise in community cases

Mr Li pointed out that while it was important for nightlight businesses to come back in a safe way, the overall consumer experience would also need to be considered.

One of the criteria set by the pilot was that customers entering karaoke lounges and nightclubs would need to test negative for COVID-19 24 hours before the end of the activity at the nightlife establishment. Alcohol also cannot be sold, served or consumed after 10.30pm.

“The guests won’t come if you tell them you have to have a PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test. They’re not going to want to do it – I’ll just go to a bar, I’ll go to a restaurant, why would I have to go to a club?” asked Mr Li.

“It has to be enjoyable as well, because if you’re sitting in a group of five, and you can’t listen to music, and you’re going home at 1030 (pm), (you) might as well go to restaurants and do that instead. So how we come back into that space, I think it’s definitely going to need to be a discussion between us – the nightlife industry and the authorities.”

Mr Lu pointed out that the reopening of licensed entertainment premises with “reasonable” restrictions could help tackle the issue of illegal set ups which he said currently operate in the face of restrictions.

“The previous customer base, they do have options for singing and partying. Even during this COVID period, the legal ones are not allowed to open so there are a lot of illegal ones that are outside,” said Mr Lu. 

Despite the doom and gloom, Mr Ong believes the pandemic presents a “watershed” moment for the industry.

“(Now) we can really fully define it and because the slate now is almost clean, we can really redraw what we want and SNBA has a vision – we want Singapore to be the go to lifestyle destination,” he said.

“The funny thing about the nightlife businesses is really that you have (the) majority of the operators in the nightlife business being people who view a glass half full rather than half empty. So I believe that … the nightlife (industry) will come back.”

Singapore sees most COVID-19 cases in 10 months after karaoke cluster

People who had visited a mall which became a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cluster, queue up for their swab tests in Singapore May 20, 2021. REUTERS/Edgar Su/File Photo

SINGAPORE, July 14 (Reuters) – Singapore reported its highest number of local coronavirus cases in 10 months on Wednesday, after the discovery of a cluster among hostesses and customers of KTV karaoke lounges.

Of the 56 new community infections, 42 were linked to the KTV outbreak, the health ministry said.

The ministry has been investigating infections among what it said were Vietnamese hostesses who frequented KTV lounges or clubs and has offered free COVID-19 testing to anyone potentially exposed.

The first known case was a Vietnamese woman who sought medical help on Sunday, local media reported.

Singapore has yet to reopen KTV lounges and clubs and authorities said the places where the virus spread were operating as food and beverage outlets.

Singapore police said in a statement theyhad arrested 20 women late on Wednesday, among them South Koreans, Malaysians, Thai and Vietnamese, for alleged vice activities at KTV lounges

Police also planned to step up checks and enforcement on such activities, the statement said.

Health Minister Ong Ye Kung had earlier warned police would take action against violators.

“Any outlets providing hostess services, dice games and all this very close contact, were never allowed,” he told local media, according to CNA.

“So for this to now happen has been troubling (and) disappointing.

Ong said there was no plan to reverse recently loosened restrictions because of the cluster, citing progress in vaccinations.

Among those infected was also a cruise passenger hospitalised on Wednesday. Nearly 3,000 passengers and crew were confined to their cruise cabins, awaiting for COVID-19 tests. read more

Singapore has dealt swiftly with most of its coronavirus outbreaks and imposed targeted restrictions in May aimed at slowing the spread of the Delta variant.

It is aiming to complete the vaccination of two-third of its population by Aug. 9.

Reporting by Chen Lin; Editing by Martin Petty and Ed Davies

Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.

Karaoke outlets pivoting but can’t wait for singing to return, Latest Singapore News

Offering people a chance to “work, dine and chill” at its outlets has given a local karaoke chain a new lease of life amid the pandemic.

Ms Jean Teo, 54, director of well-known chain Teo Heng, said it decided to refocus its business because singing is still not allowed at KTV lounges.

On March 19, the family-friendly Teo Heng reopened its outlets at Causeway Point and Bedok Point for customers to “work, dine and chill”.

The hourly rates start at $4 for a small room and go up to $18 for a large party room during peak periods.

“We had to think outside the box because we did not want to see 31 years of work go down the drain,” Ms Teo said.

“Last year was an extremely difficult time for us. Though it’s been less than two weeks since we reopened, the response has been very good so far.

“We are seeing many customers book a room for the whole day to study, work and have meetings.”

Teo Heng, which has 14 outlets, is planning to reopen its JCube outlet in the near future, Ms Teo said.

“This business is for the time being. Of course, the goal is to go back to karaoke,” she added.

Teo Heng’s pivoting success seems to be an anomaly as most karaoke operators are still reeling from being shut down since the circuit breaker last April.

In November, news of a pilot scheme to allow some nightlife operators to reopen this year offered a glimmer of hope. But the plan was shelved until further notice on Jan 19 over concerns of Covid-19 clusters in high-risk settings.

Education Minister Lawrence Wong said last week the multi-ministry task force has not decided to resume the nightlife pilot at this stage.

Mr Wong, who co-chairs the task force, said it is taking a controlled process in resuming such activities and will continue to review the pilot plan.

Mr Ronald Ng, the chairman of the Singapore Entertainment Affiliation, said a number of its 100-plus members in the karaoke business have shut down for good.

Others are hoping to ride out the lull by selling karaoke sets and accessories.

“A karaoke outlet is for people to sing karaoke. When you take away this main activity, you will need a miracle to make money,” Mr Ng, 54, told TNP.

He said his C U @ Karaoke Lounge in Serangoon had been running at a loss since it pivoted towards selling food and drinks in November last year.

“Vaccinations have been rolled out and people are going back to work. Everything is slowly returning to normal. So we hope the Government will allow us to reopen soon, not as cafes but as karaoke (outlets),” he said.

Mr Frank Per, 48, who owns Sing My Song Family Karaoke, refocused his business at Paya Lebar Square last December. His other outlet in Jurong West was shut a year ago.

“We offer food and board games for friends to hang out, but business is not as good as it used to be,” he said.

“We still get many eager customers asking if they can sing karaoke. They leave when we tell them we are no longer a KTV outlet.”

Mr Per added he is still keen to expand his business and will be selling ice cream at the outlet from early next month.

Cash Studio Family Karaoke managing partner Caine Poon, 48, said that when its outlet in Prinsep Street reopened as a cafe in August last year, it was making just $100 a day.

“I just wanted to pay the rent and make sure my staff get their salaries. It was so tough back then. We couldn’t even pay the utility bill,” Mr Poon said.

But the new business gained traction after a few months and Cash Studio, which used to have seven outlets, has since reopened three more in Clarke Quay, Bedok North and at SingPost Centre.

“I’m relieved that business is slightly better now. I just hope we can reopen (as karaoke outlets) soon. Because if we continue like this, we may have to close down.”

Singapore’s nightclubs and karaoke outlets in the dark after pilot fails to take off, Consumer News & Top Stories

SINGAPORE – When a pilot scheme to reopen karaokes and nightclubs was announced last November, it was a ray of hope for Mr Bryan Ong.

His nightclub, Ipanema World Music Bar in Orchard Towers, had been closed since March, when the pandemic broke out.

Mr Ong, managing director of the club’s parent company Strumm’s Holding, said: “When we heard about the pilot… I knew that it was something I had to try and take as the first step. We wanted to give confidence to the authorities that nightlife could be something workable.”

The pilot programme would allow up to 25 nightlife establishments to reopen under stringent safe management measures, such as masks to be worn even on the dance floor or while singing.

Despite the stringent measures, several like Mr Ong felt it was worth a shot if it would lead eventually to the industry reopening.

Mr Ong pumped in about $10,000 to $15,000 and took a month to prepare the premises for the pilot, which was to have started this month.

He spent about $4,000 to install closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras to cover his premises adequately, and made sure he had enough storage to retain the footage for at least 28 days, one of the requirements for the pilot.

He also rented a warehouse to store excess furniture from the premises, bought sanitation equipment, and recalled some of his workers as he predicted extra manpower would be needed to enforce safe management measures.

But a day before the pilot was slated to begin, Mr Ong received news that it had to be put on hold due to a spike in community cases.

On Jan 19, the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) and the Ministry of Home Affairs deferred the pilot until further notice.

Mr Ong said: “My heart sank. I didn’t expect it at all, especially after all the strict measures put in place – masks on, and having patrons test for Covid-19. The vaccines were also being rolled out progressively, and the country was starting to reopen.”

He has decided to focus on his two other food and beverage (F&B) businesses while waiting for the pilot to resume.

Other disappointed operators told The Sunday Times they had hoped to make the pilot work, which would have paved the way for the industry reopening.

Many had invested a significant amount in preparing for it.

Mr Bryan Ong pumped in about $10,000 to $15,000 and took a month to prepare the premises of Ipanema World Music Bar for the pilot. ST PHOTO: JASON QUAH

Mr Caine Poon, managing partner of Cash Studio Family Karaoke in Clarke Quay, said the business spent about $12,000 to $15,000 to get ready for the pilot.

Foreseeing pent-up demand, the operator had jumped at the opportunity.

Mr Poon said: “It’s actually very scary now because there is no definite timeframe. It’s this uncertainty that will kill everybody and kill nightlife. Being entrepreneurs, instinctively we are always optimistic people. The problem is that no one knows.”

Operators said they now plan to either pivot temporarily to other businesses or wait it out as they cling to the hope that the pilot programme will resume in a few months, especially with vaccinations beginning in earnest.

Like Cash Studio, another karaoke joint in the pilot, Sing My Song Family Karaoke, is now operating a cafe to sustain itself while waiting for approval to reopen.

But both karaoke businesses said their F&B concerns were making losses.

Mr Frank Per, owner of Sing My Song at Paya Lebar Quarter, said: “I was really excited when I heard about the pilot. It was a better option than sustaining an unprofitable F&B business. It’s a good start for everyone in the industry, and if you don’t try it out, you will never see the results.”

He had invested close to $8,000 buying extra microphones and sanitisation equipment, as well as installing CCTV cameras.

He is worried about the future, with Sing My Song’s second outlet having opened shortly before Covid-19 hit.

Mr Per said he is now considering winding up, and added: “We’re now in complete darkness and totally lost on whether to continue. Rental takes up a large portion and it’s difficult to get support from landlords because they are also losing faith.”

Operators, however, said they understood the pilot had to be suspended in order to keep people safe, and acknowledged that public health was a more important priority for now.

Most are now trying to negotiate rental agreements with their landlords.

While some operators are considering closing down, they are looking at it as a last resort.

Mr Ho Ming Shun, owner of Kloud Karaoke, said he owes nine months of rent to his landlords.

Echoing concerns of other karaoke operators, he said: “Emotionally, it is very tiring. But financially, it doesn’t make sense to exit yet because a karaoke is a very capital-intensive business, you have to tear down all the rooms and it cost a lot to set up the place.”

Last year, 138 nightclubs, discotheques, dance clubs and karaoke lounges wound up, compared with 115 in 2019, according to the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority. A total of 81 entities joined the trade last year, compared with 252 in 2019.

An MTI spokesman said agencies will assist the operators, and the ministry is working closely with them on the next steps for their businesses.

Mr Frank Per, owner of Sing My Song at Paya Lebar Quarter, said he is now considering winding up. ST PHOTO: CHONG JUN LIANG

She said: “They may choose to pivot or exit with the government support provided to the nightlife industry, or wait for the pilot to commence at a suitable juncture.”

Ms Tay Eu-Yen, an executive committee member at the Singapore Nightlife Business Association, said that while she believes the nightlife industry will pull through ultimately, this rough patch will take a toll on the smaller players.

Ms Tay, who is also a lawyer specialising in entertainment and hospitality at Providence Law Asia, said: “Options such as pivoting or exiting need to really be seriously considered. Operators need to face the reality that the pandemic is not going to go away that quickly, and even if we do slightly reopen in the near future, the reopening is not going to be an overnight re-entry into a pre-pandemic world.”

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7 Best Karaoke Places In Singapore That’ll Make You Want To Sing K Now!

There are only a few places in the world you can sing your heart and lungs out without a care in the world – in the car (it don’t matter if you’re sitting in the front seat or back seat), the shower and finally when you’re at a KTV. While not all of us are blessed with pitch-perfect vocals, there’s just something about karaoke-ing where you belt out chart-topping hits that are weirdly cathartic and fun. And let’s get real – holding a microphone and singing to the backup vocals will make anyone feel like they are their own superstar. So the next time you’re thinking of headlining your very own concert for your friends, head on down to one of these KTV places for some singing fun.

1. Cash Studio – For the convenience

With five different outlets spreading across town and Bedok, Cash Studio is a great place for group hang-outs. Their large rooms can fit many people comfortably, and the discotheque lighting coupled with their mini stage area will transport anyone who’s singing to become an instant superstar.

Cash Studio KTV Locations:

  • Ming Arcade Branch
    12 Cuscaden Road, Ming Arcade,
    #B3-00, Singapore 249720
    (Opp. Hard Rock Cafe)
    Tel: 67356087 | Fax: 62356949
  • Cuppage Plaza Branch
    5 Koek Road, Cuppage Plaza,
    #B2-09 to 20, Singapore 228796
    (Behind Orchard OG)
    Tel: 65330090 | Fax: 63392668
  • Prinsep Street Branch
    72 Prinsep Street, Singapore 188671
    (Opp. Pomo)
    Tel: 63366696 | Fax: 63384678
  • Bedok Central Branch
    445 Bedok North Street 1,
    Princess Cinema,
    #03-00, Singapore 469661
    (Bedok Interchange
    Tel: 62444162 | Fax: 62444169
  • Simpang Bedok Branch
    347 Bedok Road, Singapore 469534
    (Opp. Simpang Bedok Makan Place)
    Tel: 62444164 | Fax: 64433836

2. Teo Heng – Karaoke for everyone

This no-frills karaoke place is an affordable option when you just want to sing Karaoke. Think of Teo Heng as your budget airline equivalent – cheap and fuss-free. And with outlets scattered around the various heartlands of Singapore, you don’t need to look far to have a karaoke session.

Teo Heng KTV Locations:

  • KTV @ Star Vista
    Vista Exchange Green
    The Star Vista
    #01-23/28
    Singapore 138617
  • KTV @ Causeway Point
    Causeway Point
    #05-01, 01 Woodlands Square
    Singapore 738099
  • Jcube KTV Studio
    2 Jurong East Central 1
    #03-14/15/16
    Singapore 609731
  • Suntec City KTV Studio
    3 Temasek Boulevard
    #03-380 Suntec City
    (Between Tower 3 and 4)
    Singapore 038983
  • KTV @Rendezvous Grand Hotel
    9 Bras Basah Road #02-03
    Rendezvous Hotel Gallery
    Singapore 189559
  • KTV @ Junction 10
    Junction 10
    1 Woodlands Road, #01-29
    Singapore 677899
  • Katong KTV Studio
    Katong Shopping Centre
    865 Mountbatten Road
    #01-75-82/90/92
    Singapore 437844
  • Sembawang KTV Studio
    Sembawang Shopping Centre
    604 Sembawang Road, #B1-21
    Singapore 758459

3. Ten Dollar Club KTV – The name says it all

For $10 per person, you get an unlimited access to your favorite pop songs, as well as hot and cold drinks to soothe your parched throats. They might have a minimum spending rule, but this won’t prove to be a problem for family gatherings or outings with friends.

Ten Dollar Club KTV Locations:

  • Balestier Outlet
    31 Ah Hood Road #01-05
    Home team NS – JOM Club Balestier
    Singapore 329979
  • Chinatown Outlet
    35A Smith Street 3rd Floor
    Singapore 058945
  • Downtown East Outlet
    60, Pasir Ris Drive Drive 3
    Aranda Country Club (3rd Floor)
    Singapore 519497

4. Tang Music Box – Karaoke for the serial snackers

 

Besides having some 25 themed rooms and a modern interior, Tang Music Box boasts a mini mart which allows patrons to select from a range of quality snack options. Say goodbye to the boring peanut trail mix. From caramel corn to truffle potato chips, you’ll have to make sure you don’t spend too much time shopping and eating instead of actually going there to sing karaoke.

Tang Music Box Location:

  • 3B River Valley Road
    #02-03/04 The Foundry
    Singapore 179021
    (Block B Clarke Quay)
    6338 6659/6338 0081

5. Manekineko – Come for its Cute Mascot, stay for the Karaoke

 

Japan’s largest karaoke chain has found its way into our little red dot. With its adorable cat mascot prominently displayed in their store and the various rooms, this brightly lit studio will redefine how you karaoke. We really love the drinks bar where you can help yourself to drinks and slushies to soothe your throats after hours of singing.

Manekineko Locations:

  • Manekineko SAFRA Punggol Clubhouse
    9 Sentul Crescent, #05-02
    Singapore 828654
  • Manekineko *Scape
    2 Orchard Link, #03-05
    *SCAPE
    Singapore 237978
  • Manekineko Bugis+
    201 Victoria Street
    #03-18
    Singapore 188067
  • Manekineko Marina Square
    6 Raffles Boulevard
    #03-208/209
    Marina Square
    Singapore 039594
  • Manekineko SAFRA Toa Payoh Clubhouse
    293 Toa Payoh Lorong 6 #02-06
    Singapore 319387
  • Manekineko SAFRA Jurong Clubhouse
    333 Boon Lay Way
    #3A-01
    Singapore 649848

6. Party World KTV – For its longstanding history

 

Most people will probably think of Party World when it comes to karaoke. With branches in various corners of Singapore, Party World is exactly like its name suggest – fun and entertaining. The large rooms available makes it great for hosting groups of people with ease. Perfect for those who want to sing Karaoke and party at the same time.

Party World Locations:

  • Party World KTV (Liang Court Shopping Centre)
    177 River Valley Road
    #03-03 Liang Court S.C.
    Singapore 179030
    6333 5533 / 6333 5588
  • Party World KTV (Downtown East E!Hub)
    1 Pasir Ris Close
    Level 5 E!Hub Downtown East
    Singapore 519599
    6582 2220 / 6582 2221
  • Party World KTV (Clementi City Vibe)
    3151 Commonwealth Avenue West
    #03-01 Clementi City Vibe
    Singapore129581
    6872 3353 / 6872 2252
  • Party World Home KTV (Bukit Batok)
    2, Bukit Batok West Ave 7,
    #03-01, HomeTeamNS Bukit Batok Clubhouse
    Singapore 659003
    6333 6060
  • Party World KTV (Nex Serangoon Shopping Mall)
    23 Serangoon Ave 2
    #04-63 NEX Serangoon Central
    Singapore 556083
    6634 3434 / 6634 3435
  • Party World KTV (Yishun Safra Country Club)
    60 Yishun Avenue 4 #01-V5
    Safra Yishun Country Club House
    Singapore 769027
    6760 5500 / 6760 5501
  • Party World KTV (Woodlands Civic Centre)
    900 South Woodlands Drive
    #06-09 Woodlands Civic Centre
    Singapore 730900
    6760 5500 / 6760 5501

7. 7th Heaven KTV And Cafe

Image Credit: 7th Heaven KTV and Cafe

It’s no coincidence that number 7 on this list is 7th Heaven KTV and Cafe; a unique blend of Karaoke place and hipster cafe. This KTV is perfect for those who want to sing their hearts out a tuck into a hearty meal with its modern karaoke system and delicious cafe food such as their Lychee Smoked Duck Pizza and the Spam Fries. In addition, there is a shared mic system in the main hall that gives you the opportunity to sing to a (captive) audience and fulfill your dream of singing in a cafe.

Bonus: Popsical Karaoke System

Image Credit: Popsical Karaoke | Facebook.com

Alternatively, if  you prefer singing Karaoke from the comfort of your home, the Popsical Karaoke system might be suited for you. Unlike traditional options, the Poposical Karaoke system is so much easier to set up. Simply plug in the Popsical console to your mic and speaker system to get started. If you don’t have the hardware for this, Popsical offers a bundle that would allow you to start singing straight away. The main draw for Popsical is its extensive library of updated and licensed songs available through its subscription service.

Now that you’ve gone through this list, let us know in the comments about your favorite Karaoke spot or go to song. No more complaining that there aren’t any good KTV places nearby since this list covers most of the Karaoke places in the whole of Singapore.

 


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Topone KTV – Singapore, Singapore

A family karaoke located in the heart of Bugis, we seek to bring out and relish the gusto of PARTY KARAOKE and fulfill the passion of singing for all………

TOPONE KARAOKE, since its inception in 2007, has established herself as a popular family karaoke venue.

Strategically located in the heart of Bugis area, just right opposite the iconic Bugis Junction, TOPONE KARAOKE boasts a total of 55 rooms covering across 5 levels. Don’t worry, a lift is in place to move you up and down!!

With each level having its own unique ambience, the various sizes of rooms range from couple rooms for 2 love birds, to middle sized rooms for the usual gatherings and parties to the VVIP room that holds up to 30 people.

Be it friends and family gatherings, birthday parties, bachelor and hens nights, corporate functions or simply just a chill out session with your friends, buddies and BFFs, TOPONE KARAOKE is definitely a choice you will not want to miss!!

As a family karaoke, we seek to fulfill the passion of singing for all. Belt out your favourite tunes from your favourite artists, ranging from the latest Mandarin songs, to Canto Pop or move yourself to the latest feverish R&B Hip Hop / K & J POP dance tunes. For those who are language-savVy, we have Hokkien, Thai and Vietnamese songs for your enjoyment as well.

Not to forget the recording Studio at level 2, you can do a live recording of your singing and create a music cd album of your own. An excellent and unique souvenir or gift idea for thought?!

Armed with our own system expertise, we seek to promote and relish an alternate and unique form of karaoke enjoyment, PARTY KARAOKE! Rooms are equipped with various kinds of colourful lightings, rotating disco balls and laser effects, not forgetting STAGE SMOKE Machines! Watch the light effects being brought to life amidst the mystical stage smoke!

Create your own stage, be your own superstar and indulge in the soul of Music! This is what FUN is all about!

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Moscow karaoke club in retro-futurism style

Daria Susekova carefully studied fashion trends in the design of similar places in Singapore, New York, Hong Kong and created a fashionable space with an emphasis on the color of 2020 – deep blue. It was this, intuitively feeling the trend, and was used by the author of the project.

“The color blue initially appeared in my mind when I first saw the room – who knew it would turn out to be the color of 2020 – for me it was such a pleasant surprise, because literally a month after the opening of the establishment, Pantone announced blue as the color of the year “, – says Daria.

Customers knew exactly what they wanted (this is not their first karaoke club), so the design of the zones and the arrangement of equipment in the project was quite easy.

One of the biggest challenges for the architect was low ceilings, which are inconvenient for a public space. This difficulty was overcome by using different color techniques, lighting and decoration. A light floor with complex elements visually increases the height of the space.Backlights, panels, a waterfall, neon logos, various lighting effects switch the attention of guests.

In the VIP room, the walls are covered with a complex covering with gold leaf, imitating volcanic rock.

In the VIP room, the walls are covered with a complex covering with gold leaf, imitating volcanic rock.

Variety has been applied in the decoration: mirror panels, joinery elements with a multitude of backlighting, neon, new decorative corrugated panels, multi-level 3D backlit panels, avant-garde panels on the floor in the hall from different textures and colors, a combination of matte and glossy surfaces that have created additional depth of space.

For the main hall, the author of the project has developed several murals in gold in the Asian style. To achieve the desired effect, we tried many variants of “gold”. The artists managed to find a suitable option – the panel turned out to be as if glowing from the inside and with a beautiful light shade. Considering that the materials used in painting the cornices, joinery and painting were different, the creators matched them perfectly to one another.In the VIP room, the walls were covered with a complex covering with gold leaf, imitating volcanic rock, which serves as a background for the lamps. “In the middle room, we used hand-painted wallpaper with a space theme. In general, a kind of retro-futurism slips throughout the interior, like on a spaceship from the future middle of the last century, ”says Daria Susekova.

The most attractive elements in the interior are the large velvet Qeeboo rabbits in the vestibule at the entrance.Visitors also remember a couple of kids at the reception and golden parrots with luxurious Marie Martin lampshades.

Hotel Albert Court 4 o. Singapore Singapore: reviews, descriptions, photos, booking

Disadvantages. Before going to this hotel, of course I read the reviews, they are very good. But I didn’t like the hotel at all. The hotel is 1 star, although everywhere they write two, but it’s not a matter of stardom. During the entire stay, and I was 10 days, the linen was not changed even once !!!! Although they made the bed every day, it’s strange… And in general it seemed to me that I got the bed after someone else, the pillowcase on the pillow was in the mud, but it was in the mud !!! If you rubbed it cleaned, the bed linen was stained. We had a room with one single bed, mine and a large bed on which my brother slept, so his bed linen was changed twice. And they just made my bed: ((The towel was changed, although they had an inscription that the towel was changed in three days, they changed it for the first time, the day on the fifth or sixth of our stay, then changed again.The furniture is so old that it seems that it will fall apart in your hands. Everything opens with a creak, with a screech. The bathroom is a separate topic, if all cheap hotels have a small shower cabin, then there is no shower at all, the shower is fenced off only with a curtain, which is on the same parallel with the toilet and it is clear that when you wash the entire toilet is wet. You also hold the shower itself with a hose in your hands, you cannot hang it, because it is broken. The room cleaning was taking out the trash and making the bed.The sink was not washed, it was dirty, I noticed this when it was already very dirty. I understand that this is 1 star, but I paid money, my own, earned in blood and sweat, I am not fussy, I have been staying in cheap hotels for several years (once), but I have not seen such a collective farm option !!! Really a barn, I have the same furniture in the old dacha. We got two days of rains, so at that time there was no hot water, screeching to wash in the cold, there was little pleasure and there was no WI-FI (but you can do without it).Regarding the food, I read in the reviews that the breakfasts are super, they give fruits, I have never found them, even the eggs that they wrote about were not there either. Every day is the same: Bread of the same kind, butter-margarine

Ca Ty Hotel in Phantivsham, Vietnam ⛔: prices, online room reservations

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Hotel Ca Ty offers a 24-hour front desk, comfortable rooms with simple décor and free Wi-Fi throughout.Guests can also visit the restaurant, use the services of the business center and conference / banquet hall.

This hotel is just 500 meters from Phan Thiet Train Station and 900 meters from Coop Mart and Restaurant Street.

All rooms at Ca Ty Hotel are air conditioned and feature a minibar, cable TV, wardrobe and seating area. The floor is tiled. The private bathroom comes with a bath, hairdryer, slippers and free toiletries.

Staff at Ca Ty are fluent in Vietnamese and English and can assist guests with laundry, currency exchange and car rental. The hotel has karaoke rooms and an airport shuttle service is available at an additional cost.

The hotel’s own restaurant serves local cuisine.

The location of this property is one of the best in Phan Thiet! Guests are more satisfied with it than with the location of other options in the area.

Ca Ty Hotel has been welcoming chinatravel.ru guests since Nov 4. 2014.

At the service of guests

Pets

  • Pets are not allowed.

Sports and Recreation

Food and drinks

  • Snack bar

  • A restaurant

the Internet

  • Is free!
    Wi-Fi is available in the entire hotel free of charge.

Parking

  • Public parking is possible nearby (reservation is needed) and costs USD 2 per day.

Reseption

  • Currency exchange

  • 24-hour front desk

Cleaning services

  • Ironing service

  • Laundry

Business center services

  • Fax / photocopying

  • Business center

  • Conference hall / banquet hall

General

  • Airport shuttle (additional charge)

  • Air conditioning

  • Car rental

  • Elevator

  • V.I.P. services

  • Family rooms

The staff says

  • in vietnamese
  • in English

7 Wonders of the World from CapitaLand – Tranio.Ru

1. Interlace – Singapore’s new business card

Interlace, one of CapitaLand’s most ambitious projects, is a completely new phenomenon in architecture. Construction will end in 2015, but the project is already attracting everyone’s attention with its unusual design.Interlace is not like standard apartment complexes, which usually consist of individual multi-story buildings. Interlace consists of 31 six-story blocks stacked on top of each other in the form of a huge pyramid.

The complex has two-, three- and four-room apartments and penthouses. The apartments on the upper floors offer scenic views of the beach and business district of Singapore.

Interlace has everything you need for a comfortable stay: 4 swimming pools, tennis courts, sports ground and gym, karaoke bars, billiard room, garden, spa, banquet hall, theater.

When creating the project, the location of buildings in parts of the world was taken into account so that the windows did not face west and east. At the same time, the premises heat up less during the day.

To make residents feel closer to nature, rooftop gardens and terraces with tropical plants will be created. At the same time, residents may have their own plots, closed to outsiders. An artificial lotus pond and a waterfall will also appear on the territory of the complex.

Interlace uses solar panels, mechanisms with built-in motion sensors that are used to save energy, and water flow controllers.

Despite the fact that the horizontal blocks communicate with each other, the personal space of residents will not be disturbed, because the blocks are located at a considerable distance from each other.

Interlace residential complex is located in a convenient location with good transport links, close to office and shopping and entertainment centers, schools and other institutions.

Innovative design and tropical gardens make Interlace one of the most attractive properties in Southern Ridges.

2. RiverGate Heavenly Gardens

Singapore’s newest landmark, the RiverGate Residential Complex, can rightfully be considered a true urban jungle, with living gardens growing on its terraces.

It is considered quite natural for locals to start a new day with a walk in the garden, even if it is 20 meters above the ground. Gardens with tropical plants and trees are located every 2-3 floors on either side of the buildings. In addition, plants are planted on balconies, supporting structures and trellises.

RiverGate is located in a picturesque place – on the outskirts of Kim Sen Park, near the river. The 43-storey buildings offer breathtaking views of the city.

The complex also has swimming pools for adults and children, jacuzzi, playground, barbecue area, lawn, gym, basketball court, tennis court.

RiverGate is the first residential property to be highly rated by the Urban Redevelopment Authority for its modern architecture, green spaces and convenient location.

3. Raffles City Chengdu

Raffles City is a mixed-use architectural complex located in the city of Chengdu, in the Chinese province of Sichuan. It is believed that after Beijing and Shanghai, Chengdu has the highest standard of living. Interest in the construction of facilities in this city is growing every year.

Raffles City Chengdu is located on the site of the former Sichuan History Museum. The opening of the complex is scheduled for 2011.

The building was designed by the outstanding American architect Stephen Hall, founder of Steven Holl Architects.The massive complex, which is a true “city within a city”, consists of five towers with a total area of ​​195,000 m². It houses office premises, five-star hotels, residential apartments, shopping centers.

The project is also known as the “Sliced ​​Porosity Block” (which can be translated as “block of porous plates”) due to the large number of open spaces that let in a lot of sunlight.

Between the buildings of the complex there is a multi-level platform, to which stone steps lead.In its center there are three ponds, through which daylight will penetrate into the retail premises located below. The creators of the ponds were inspired by the lines of the famous Chinese poet Du Fu, who lived in Chengdu in the 8th century: “Time stood still in the Three Valleys.”

The project of the complex also includes three pavilions, one of which is dedicated to history, the other to high technology, and the third to Du Fu.

Raffles City Chengdu is the third complex of its kind in China. There are already similar facilities in Shanghai and Beijing (Raffles City Shanghai and Raffles City Beijing).

4. JCube

JCube is a new Singapore shopping and entertainment center with a design reminiscent of an ice cube. It will be located on the site of the former Jurong Entertainment shopping center, but the area of ​​the new facility will be almost double, amounting to 204,000 square meters.

Construction of the JCube began in May 2010 and will be completed in Q1 2012.

The project includes five floors of retail space, a two-level underground car park and a roof garden. On the territory of the JCube complex there will be office and retail premises, apartments, entertainment centers, a cineplex (multi-screen cinema), a supermarket, a roller-skating area, shops with fashionable clothes, and beauty salons.Visitors will be able to shop, have fun, visit bars and 24-hour fast food restaurants.

The project provides for an ice rink with 463 seats for spectators and changing rooms. After the opening of the ice rink, Singapore will be able to host international competitions in figure skating, speed skating and ice hockey.

Although the complex will not be located in the city center, it is of great interest to investors. Higher education institutions and research centers are located in the immediate vicinity.There is also a lake and a lawn in front of it, which provides an excellent opportunity for relaxation.

Like other CapitaLand projects, JCube is sustainable. The complex will be equipped with energy-efficient devices such as a rainwater collection container and a wastewater treatment system.

5. Royal Residence – royal palaces in Bangkok

Royal Residence is 79 private villas in Bangkok, the capital of Thailand. They are considered to be dwellings worthy of kings. The area of ​​the houses varies from 445 to 892 m².The luxurious design is inspired by Oriental architecture and Victorian style. These motifs were popular in Thailand in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, during the reign of King Rama V, when they first began to mix elements of Eastern and European culture for an impressive effect.

The best architects and designers participated in the creation of the project. Their collaboration resulted in six different concepts. When designing and developing the interior design, the wishes of the buyers are taken into account.Much attention has been paid to the details of the interior decoration, many of which are handmade. All houses are equipped with first-class equipment.

The Royal Residence has a swimming pool, spa, saunas, jacuzzi, barbecue, sports ground and tennis courts.

6. Hub @ Vista Xchange – a multiplex of the future

Hub @ Vista Xchange is a multifunctional complex located in Singapore. There are entertainment, cultural and shopping facilities here.This place is ideal for studying, working and just having a good time.

Construction of the facility was commenced in October 2008 by CapitaLand in partnership with Rock Productions. Thanks to its futuristic design, the project is a great example of modern urban architecture.

The goal of the developers is to create a complex in which initiative and creative people can realize their ideas. This is an example of a unique combination of two centers – commercial and cultural.

Shopping areas and cultural and educational areas are connected together by passages. The design of the premises harmoniously combines technology and beauty of nature, steel and greenery.

All objects of the complex are grouped around a large foyer, on the territory of which a park with paths, streams, palm trees, exotic plants will be created.

Commercial premises with an area of ​​24,000 m² will be located on three levels: two above ground and one underground.

The 38,000 m² cultural and educational area includes a variety of facilities, including a 5,000-seat theater and an open-air auditorium with 400 seats.It is planned to organize concerts and show films. Rock Productions will provide premises for non-profit organizations free of charge once a year for 10 days.

Construction of the facility will cost $ 633 million. However, the return on investment is expected to be colossal over the years.

Undoubtedly, the emergence of such multifunctional centers will attract many tourists to Singapore.

7. Freshwater Place

In the heart of the Australian city of Melbourne, on the banks of the Yarra River, there is a residential complex Freshwater Place (literally translated – “source of fresh water”).

From the height of the multi-storey buildings, a magnificent view of the river, the port of Philip’s Bay, gardens and parks opens. During the day, a stunning panorama of the city stretches to the horizon appears before your eyes, and in the dark, the sparkling lights of Melbourne at night are breathtaking.

Freshwater Place high-rise complex includes a 59-story residential building with two adjoining PricewaterhouseCoopers towers, a 38-story office building almost entirely made of glass, and a 25-story Twenty8 office building.

For the convenience of residents, a supermarket, a pharmacy, a newsstand, a post office, a grocery store, and a medical center are located on the ground floor of a residential building.

The interior space of the apartments is organized in such a way as to visually increase the area and minimize artificial lighting. The premises are provided with large windows – from floor to ceiling.

All apartments are equipped with the latest appliances and fitted wardrobes. Some apartments have winter gardens.

On the 10th floor there are saunas, a gym, spa and massage rooms. Another pool is on the fortieth floor. There is a rooftop garden with barbecue facilities.

No detail has been overlooked to ensure comfort. Concierges are on duty around the clock in the building, ready to help residents at any moment. In addition, residents can use refrigerated rooms and storage rooms.

CapitaLand is successfully developing and rapidly expanding into new markets.As the company keeps pace with the times, its innovative projects will continue to be in great demand.

90,000 On the boundaries of political discourse | Colta.ru

Singapore is a state resembling Russia in some respects. In fact, one party rules here, if not a group, although formally there are others. The opposition is brutally persecuted. There is censorship and many prohibitive laws.For example, anti-LGBT law , similar to the Russian law on “propaganda of homosexuality,” is used selectively by the authoritarian regime – where it is necessary to punish someone for the same opposition activities. In the country, the political and economic system of which the Russian authorities are largely guided by , there are many galleries and art trade is brisk, as well as its own biennale of contemporary art. What does it look like?

I was waiting for my interlocutor in a coffee shop, going over the names, works, biographies of artists on the rather informative site of the Singapore Biennale.We had not met before, but we easily identified each other in the crowd. I was approached by a miniature Asian woman with a geometric haircut, with a bright appearance and definitely not a banal name Vienna . The rule of six handshakes accidentally brought me together with a 23-year-old Malay woman who grew up in Singapore, and when it turned out that we were both interested in contemporary art, Vienne graciously agreed to become a guide to Asian realities and spend a day in tandem with me at the Biennale venues.

The Singapore Art Museum we were heading to is housed in a former Catholic Boys’ School, built in 1867, a rare reminder of the colonial past in downtown. Abbreviation-prone Singaporeans affectionately call it SAM . Everyone at the entrance is given a sticker with the inscription “I am made of SAM” . For me, a victim of globalization, this all inspired the image of Uncle Sam from the poster “I want you for U.S. Army “. My companion, as a citizen of Singapore, was admitted to the museum for free, but I, as a foreigner, bought a ticket.

Already the fourth Biennale attracted mainly regional contemporary art (90% of participants from Southeast Asia) and a large team of curators (27 people). This time, for the first time in the history of the event, the organization is organized by the Singapore Museum of Art, whereas before that the Biennale was organized by the Arts Council of Singapore.The theme of the Singapore Biennale is “If the World Changes”. It is assumed that artists and viewers will rethink two worlds: the one in which we live and the one in which we want to live. It would seem that the leap of one of the four “Asian tigers” in just 30 years, futuristic landscapes, developed infrastructure and a high standard of living in the city-state make Singapore an ideal place to explore such topics.

As I crossed the threshold of the museum, I asked the question that worried me the most: how true are the observations of the famous writer and journalist William Gibson in the legendary article “Disneyland with the Death Penalty”, published in 1993 in Wired .To my surprise, Vienne did not hear about this article (after a loud publication, not only the author and the article were banned in the country, but also the publication itself). Singapore has a so-called Media Development Authority, under the Ministry of Information and Communication, which is responsible for censorship. There is even a special term borrowed from golf – “out of bounds marker” , which means the border of political discourse. In a nutshell, I explained that the report portrays Singapore as a mega-corporation, a state without history, whose society is mired in conformity and is notable for its inability to be creative.My interlocutor picked up these theses, confidently nodding: “There is a mainstream: it includes the pursuit of brands and gastronomic experiments. This policy is deliberately imposed by our government. Most of them live in the given coordinates. ”

At the very entrance, our eyes were attracted by the installation by Ahmad Abu Bakar called Telok Blangah (this is one of the districts of the city-state). This artist, like Vienne, is a native of Malaysia who grew up in Singapore.The work is a traditional fishing boat filled with glass bottles with notes from prisoners in Singapore prisons. It’s about hope and forgiveness. I could not help but ask the question: “Do you have political prisoners?” She confirmed, “I am reminded of the prisoner of conscience Chia Tai Po. He opposed the government in the 1960s and was imprisoned without trial. Something like your Khodorkovsky, only a communist and served a much longer term – 23 years. Now this is no longer there, although, perhaps, I do not know about it. “When I asked about political protests, she even found it difficult to answer whether they were legal and to recall at least one in the last 10 years (the history of repression in Singapore’s “sovereign democracy” can be viewed here. – Ed .). What amazed me most was that Vienne didn’t know exactly where the rules and penalties were set (although you can find all this on the Internet on the website of the Ministry of Justice), which makes me draw only one conclusion: Singaporeans have really developed an “inner policeman”.

We entered the room allocated for Bo Junfeng’s installation Happy and Free. A small hall of fame, commemorative posters hang on the walls, reflecting the milestones in the unification of Singapore and Malaysia. The crown of this anniversary collection is the wall graphics “50 years of unification” with the crossed flags of the two countries. “Stop,” I say, “this merger was not successful. Singapore did not last two years as part of Malaysia. In 1965, they already proclaimed independence. “Perplexed, Vienne and I move deeper and find ourselves in a karaoke bar. The video sequence is playing music that evokes associations with North Korea, and words in English are running along the line, hypnotizing with numerous repetitions and eating into the brain. Everyone can sing to the soundtrack or take headphones and hear the original sound. Vienne and I, along with several other visitors, fell into a collective trance, observing poor neighborhoods with low buildings – the result of a montage of photographs of Singapore and Malaysia.No Marina Bay Sands (a huge hotel that houses the world’s most expensive casino. – Red .), Skyscrapers, high-tech buildings and other landscapes of the city of the future. We went out in silence. “What’s the national idea of ​​Singapore?” – I turned to Vienne. “Oddly enough, tolerance. But I don’t like this word. It means that you tolerate someone or something against your will. It would be more correct to use the word “acceptance”, you need to take everything for granted, as a norm of things, as a fact.However, there is ethnic inequality in Singapore, discrimination if you like. White people and Singaporeans of Chinese descent are treated more favorably than other nationals of the country. ” In my view, Singapore is a successful example of a multi-faith and multicultural society, so I was quick to clarify: “Is it about education? A Harvard degree? ” Vienne’s answer amazed me: “No, just in skin color. How about you”.

Singapore is known for its policy of sustainable use of land and urban space.The work “The Old Man and the Sea” by photographer Erica Lay (referring to the book of the same name by Ernest Hemingway) casts doubt on the success of land reclamation – the expansion of the coastal strip at the expense of water. The installation is a series of photographs, videos and a collection of glass jars with earth. In the novel, the fight against the elements is reflected in the fight between a fisherman and a giant fish. The Singaporean artist, along with a group of students from schools located on reclaimed land, demonstrates this confrontation using the example of land reclamation.Each photo was taken on an artificially created piece of land and is accompanied by the signature of the student himself – the participant in the experiment, meaning a symbolic return of the land back to the water space. “Everyone knows about the artificial islands of Dubai. Have you heard about Semak, for example? ” Vienne asked me. I shook my head. “The island was created from millions of cubic meters of garbage. Incredibly, layers of debris alternate with layers of earth, which provides 350 hectares of space that is suitable not only for waste disposal, but also for growing plants.There are more golf courses to appear ”.

Interactive part of the Biennale – each visitor can paste a colored sticker with his own idea of ​​transforming the world. Alas, after the trash island story, any idea that came into my head seemed to me not innovative enough, or at least something remarkable. We agreed with Vienne in the opinion that at the Singapore Biennale there will be no works with political overtones or capable of causing a great public outcry.It is likely that each work is carefully reviewed by the Media Development Authority or some other structure. Even the installation about the utopian fusion of Malaysia and Singapore is somewhere beyond the bounds. If this is a socially oriented and politically engaged art, then the authors are not Singaporeans, but residents of countries with an unstable political situation – the Philippines, Malaysia, Cambodia. However, can we say with confidence that an authoritarian political regime is stifling the development of art? Or that an absolutely free climate is necessary for the development of festival activities (and the Singapore Biennale in particular)? After tracing even the history of one of the main forums of world art – the Venice Biennale, we can notice that during the time of Mussolini, in parallel with the largest art exhibition, festivals of music, cinema and theater began to be held, and during the heyday of counterculture, student protests and the sexual revolution, the Venice Biennale found itself in a state of crisis, and the development of art took place more and more outside the walls of the pavilions.Hand in hand with a regime, be it democratic or authoritarian or not, art will find an opportunity to declare itself. The key is to be honest, even within the golf course.

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