Tuesday, Jul 29, 2014Tuesday, Jul 29, 2014
Home & Garden
 
After a day of exploring Singapore, Italian design maestro Mario Bellini is in awe. But it is not the new architecture or the glittering skyline that impresses him. The 79-year-old, regarded as one of the best architect-designers of his time, is enamoured of older buildings and the preservation of green pockets in the city.
Orchids are not hard to grow, if you know how to do it right. Life! asks orchid hobbyist Stanley Ang, who is a member of the Orchid Society of South-east Asia (Ossea), to share his tips.
Some orchids, notoriously finicky plants to grow in Singapore's tropical weather, can be a source of frustration for those who try to breed them.
Community gardeners here have long been enjoying the fruits of their labour and the green pockets they created in their backyards. Sustaining these gardens near their homes, offices and schools on their own time and expense, these amateur gardeners have impressed the professionals.
Japanese lifestyle store Tokyu Hands Inc, known in Japan as the go-to store for quirky homeware products and do-it-yourself items, is headed to Singapore.
Since the new Jurong Eco-Garden opened last Sunday, it has drawn a steady stream of visitors, such as parents with their children, senior citizens and bird watchers, eager to explore its freshwater swamp, streams and walking trails.
Solar panels ought to be all the rage in sunny Singapore. After all, there is no shortage of sunlight and the savings on electricity bill are sweet. Still, architects and building industry players say more needs to be done to entice local home owners to install them.
The private residence, designed by Dutch architect Ben van Berkel, is one of three Asian buildings in the Emporis Skyscraper Award list.