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In the first of a two-part series, Contented explores busking – street performance that breathes life into a city – and why it is gaining popularity with buskers and audiences alike in Singapore. Some 20 years ago, busking got a bad rep when laws were flouted by those who performed in non-designated areas. Fortunately, National […]


In Walter Isaacson’s biography of Steve Jobs, he wrote “Packaging can be theatre, it can create a story”, when referring to the beauty of an unboxing experience. Steve Jobs understood that a simple action like that could set the tone for a consumer’s relationship with a product. Similarly, the first glance of a product on […]


They say you can never truly “get away from it all”, but perhaps you’ve never been to Raja Ampat. In English, ‘Raja Ampat’ literally translates to ‘Four Kings’, and the islands get their name from a local mythology about four kings who occupy the four big islands of Salawati, Batanta, Waigeo and Misool. The stunning […]


It was a sweltering Saturday afternoon and there was a slight buzz in the air at DECK along Prinsep Street. You wouldn’t notice it unless you actually walked in and read the sign that said Singapore Really Really Free Market. Wait, what? I had been to flea markets but a free market, in this day […]