1. Mandarin Oriental Singapore serves berries afternoon tea
Axis Bar and Lounge serves an afternoon tea menu that’s all about tangy flavours, with treats such as duck rillette blueberry puffs, blackberries marmalade milk chocolate and raspberry rose mascarpone pâte à choux. Afternoon tea isn’t complete without, well, tea, so pick from TWG offerings such as Eternal Summer, a South African red tea with a touch of rose blossoms.
Level 4, 5 Raffles Ave, Marina Square; Tel: 6885 3500; email@example.com
2. Goodwood Park Hotel enters durian season
Technically this isn’t available on March 8, but when you’re busy being awesome on a Wednesday, leaving indulging to the weekend is not a bad option. Now into its 35th year, Goodwood Park Hotel’s annual Durian Fiesta presents 14 D24 and Mao Shan Wang confections this time around, six of them new, such as the D24 ‘Starry Starry Night’ Ice Cream Cake, D24 Matcha Cake and D24 Salted Caramel Cuppa.
March 10–July 31
3. TWG Tea welcomes spring
The limited edition Always Sakura tea — green tea with notes of Rainier cherry and florals — and macarons infused with the blend by TWG Tea recreate the feeling of being enveloped by the aroma of blossoms in springtime. A delight to look at and to partake of.
For a limited time only.
TWG Tea salons and boutiques; www.twgtea.com
4. Toast to IWD at Raffles Hotel
While the Long Bar undergoes restoration, Bar & Billiard Room takes over serving Raffles Hotel’s iconic Singapore Sling, concocted in 1915 to resemble an innocuous fruit punch so the fairer sex could imbibe discreetly. What better way to own March 8 than to down this subversive piece of history — and with one on the house for every Sling ordered by ladies.
Level 1, 1 Beach Road; Tel: 6412 1816; firstname.lastname@example.org
5. Four Seasons offers spa and cuisine collaboration
Indulge in a multisensory Provençal experience through Four Seasons Spa and L’Occitane, and the hotel’s One-Ninety Restaurant, in a novel collaboration. Highlights of the luxurious pampering at L’Occitane’s first spa in Singapore include a revamped One-Day Wellness Package and a newly launched Harmonie Divine Facial, both of which promise to refresh and rejuvenate. Signature ingredients from southeastern France, such as almond and lavender, make their way onto a limited edition menu crafted by Executive Chef Jérôme Roy of the one-Michelin-starred Le Couvent des Minimes Hotel and Spa – L’Occitane in France. Combine both elements to create a full day of rest and relaxation.
190 Orchard Boulevard
Four Seasons Spa & L’Occitane, Tel: 6831 7409; email@example.com
One-Ninety Restaurant, Tel: 6831 7250; firstname.lastname@example.org
6. Savour tea and art at The Fullerton Hotel
The IWD afternoon tea at The Courtyard makes up one half of the Fullerton Celebrates Women campaign; it features a menu tinged with orange and yellow — the hues of sunshine and positivity — fronted by saffron salmon rillettes and avruga caviar on the savoury front and mango profiteroles in the sweet camp. The other half of the programme comprises a group art exhibition entitled Les Ailes d’une Femme (Wings of a Woman) and staged at the East Garden Foyer by artists Kim Xu and Nissa Kauppila, in an exploration of connecting with personal experiences and emotions.
1 Fullerton Square; Tel: 6877 8911/8912; email@example.com
7. Benny Ong honours women through art
At UOB Art Gallery, designer and contemporary artist Benny Ong presents his latest exhibition, Women.Shoes.Freedom, a collection of handwoven art that explores the traditional and modern roles of women. As a charity partner of the Breast Cancer Foundation, Ong will donate to the organisation the proceeds from the sale of “The Sisters Soong I,” commissioned in memory of the emancipation of Chinese women from having their feet bound in childhood and the spirit of resilience they shared.
March 8–April 7
80 Raffles Place
8. Oh Soon-Hwa holds solo photography exhibition
The Korean photographer presents another installment of her running series exploring the impact of climate change on the Mekong Delta in Vietnam, where drought, soil erosion and a rise in sea level have been observed. Oh Soon-Hwa: Coastal Regions (Delta) examines the hardiness of the locals in the face of nature’s might.
March 17–May 14
#02-06, 51 Waterloo Street; www.theprivatemuseum.org