It may not seem like it, but there’s plenty to celebrate in 2017. We’ve made it through political doomsaying, MRT collisions and Bieber rekindling with his ex (over his hot pastor, no less) — we definitely deserve to party! ’Tis the season to be jolly after all, falala and all that jazz, so we’re putting on a show with The Celebration Issue.
For those planning to entertain (it’s the best time of the year to do so), we’ve sussed out the best watering holes in Singapore to tipple your fancy. Whether you’re into Gatsby-esque extravagance or clubby cocktails, these thematic settings will make for memorable shindigs. Dressing up is also part of the revelry; our fashion director elevates your festive game with beaded, embroidered and all-around fun-tastic suits — perfect for parties at the arcade.
What’s a celebration without generous gift-giving? While men might be simple creatures with uncomplicated tastes, it’s a proven fact that not all gifts are created equal when it comes to pleasing them. We spare you the gaffes by decoding the different masculine personas in our lives and gathering a gift-box of goodies for each of them. If all else fails, treat them to the delicious spread of timepieces laid out in our Time section.
Celebration need not always involve maximum indulgence, as demonstrated by our cover star Lee Jae-Yoon. The South Korean heartthrob gained a cult following among K-drama fanatics by playing “second leads”, expressing that he doesn’t mind supporting roles so long as it affects others positively. How admirable! Which is why we’re taking a moment to celebrate the little things in life, like making it another year or being pleasantly surprised by the Justice League movie (ignore the naysaying critics). Let’s not forget that it’s our 20th anniversary this year as well (we’re still here!); we’ve closed the last issue of 2017 with well-wishes from Ermenegildo Zegna’s Alessandro Sartori.
Celebration is power, an act of meaning and fulfilment. It has to be earned. Happy holidays!