F1 Grand Prix Singapore 2012: Light Cibles

Like last year, Light Cibles has been commissioned once again by Singapore Tourism Board to illuminate iconic buildings and areas in conjunction for F1 Grand Prix Singapore weekend. This year Light Cibles will light up:

  1. Gardens by the Bay
  2. Esplanade
  3. Civil War Memorial
  4. Turn 1 and 20
  5. Merlion
  6. PIT roof building




It promises to be a weekend full of fun and excitement! http://www.light-cibles.com

W Singapore – Sentosa Cove: Light Cibles

W Singapore Sentosa Cove has just opened its doors and what an exciting hotel it promises to be that is quintessentially W hotel branding. Situated on an exclusive island, W Singapore – Sentosa Cove remixes urban culture with glowing casinos, untamed nature, private berths and ivory beaches. And the best part of it is that, we at Light Cibles did the lighting design concept!

Offering the very latest in trendy, high tech and funky amenities from the AWAY spa to SKIRT grill restaurant to the WET bar, plus great lighting and underwater music at the 24/hour swimming pool for that perfect night swim.




Rendezvous Grand Hotel Singapore

Grand Hotel Rendezvous Singapore has been recently renovated and thanks to the lighting design concept by Light Cibles, this hotel located in the heart of Singapore’s commercial and cultural district (near Raffles Hotel), is a perfect welcome addition to Singapore’s list of cool accommodations. Stepping into the hotel’s stylish lobby, you will be struck by the elegant blend of local heritage and contemporary design.

Client: Straits Development
Architect: WOW

Lighting design: Light Cibles

Light Cibles: Fullerton Bay Hotel

Light Cibles Group is renowned for its expertise in lighting design consultancy for hotels. Featured here by Light Cibles is Fullerton Bay Hotel (exterior and interior lighting) and Fullerton Hotel  (exterior lighting) – two of Singapore’s finest luxury hotels.

With spectacular views of the Marina bay and Singapore skyline, Fullerton Bay Hotel  embodies contemporary luxury and refined elegance. The stylish new-built hotel is named one of the world’s top new hotels by Condé Nast Traveler Hot List 2011 and Travel + Leisure It List 2011.

Fullerton Bay Hotel
Client : Sino Land Pte Ltd
Interior architect : AFSO and LCL Architect Ltd
Architect : DP Architects
Landscape : DLQ Design Pte Ltd
Engineer : BECA

In fact, Light Cibles is responsible for the lighting design of Fullerton Heritage – from Fullerton Hotel, Fullerton Bay Hotel, Clifford Pier, One Fullerton, to the Esplanade in Singapore.

Singapore Best Boutique Hotels

Who doesn’t love Singapore? Full of fun and fantastic thrills like the F1 Grand Prix (24-26 Sept), the opening of Universal Studios, ION Orchard, Hard Rock Hotel, Marina Bay Sands Hotel and Casino, Sands Skypark, Singapore Flyer… So here’s to one of my favorite stopover cities in Asia, with my list of the Top 5 Best Singapore Boutique Hotels for those discerning travelers wanting something modern, design, exclusive and special.

1. Naumi Hotel

I love all the hotels in the Small Luxury Hotels Collection, and Naumi Hotel in Singapore is no exception! A 40 room luxury boutique hotel in the heart of Singapore’s business district, down the street from Raffles. Defined as an “urban oasis” with personalized luxury service (a personal concierge-butler-assistant assigned just for you) and a fabulous rooftop infinity pool is the perfect way to end after your business meetings. From SG 285.

2. The Quincy

Located steps away from Singapore’s bustling shopping haven Orchard Road, The Quincy is a non-smoking boutique hotel with 108 rooms. It’s a rare modern building with an artistic facade, and to top it off it’s all-inclusive, meaning the rate covers not just the room but all meals, limousine airport transfers, drinks, laundry, local phone calls. As for the rooms, they’re stylish, wide-open studios with lively colors. From SG 248.

3. New Majestic Hotel

The New Majestic is new, converted from a classic ‘20s building in historic Chinatown, and is indeed majestic and funky with 30 rooms designed individually by Singaporean artists. It’s an “eclectic mix of heritage chic”, modern with a rooftop swimming pool, so it comes as no surprise it’s a member of Design Hotels. The simplest rooms are chic and serene, with teakwood floors and mosaic-tile bathrooms. Other rooms turn up the visual volume, with mural-painted walls and novel effects like levitating beds and see-through aquarium tubs. From SG 240.

4. The Gallery Hotel

The Gallery Hotel is meant to stand out. Its modernist facade, standing over Singapore’s fun and fabulous redesigned Robertson Quay, is like an homage to Mondrian the artist, with its colorful rectangular boxes (which looks more like my Lego set to me).The rooms are artistic designed by young Singaporean artists and designers. Don’t forget to check out the Glazzhaus rooms, with their floor-to-ceiling glass, or the Observatory suite, which comes equipped with a telescope and a view of the Singapore river. From SG 160.

5. The Scarlet

Singapore’s original boutique hotel, the Scarlet, boasts that it is “vivacious and uninhibited” consisting of 84 rooms and a great rooftop chill-out area. Located in the city’s historic Chinatown, the hotel occupies a row of preserved shop houses dating to 1868, and an original 1924 Art Deco building, all joined together and converted into a quite delightfully over-the-top boutique. If you want to feel like you’re staying in a boudoir, then this is it. From SG 165.

So the next time if you’re looking for a place to stay in Singapore, don’t hesitate to check one of these out!


Global Guide to Business Etiquette

bg1Star Alliance airline network and PZ’s favorite monthly magazine, the very British Monocle, have issued a great traveling guide for business, cultural and local knowledge, illustrated by Satoshi Hashimoto.

As strong promoters of international relations, we are sharing with you these great tips to set you straight away on the right tracks wherever you go.

Enjoy and learn!


1 japanSave the best seat for the boss: in taxis and private rides alike, the Japanese observe a strict hierarchical seating plan where the best seat in a taxi is behind the driver. If your customer’s driving, the highest-ranked person must sit alongside to show respect.


2 indiaIn India, punctuality varies according to where you are. Traffic in Mumbai means that being slightly late is more acceptable than in a government city like Delhi, which operates like a clockwork. Check the local custom before you arrive.


3 russiaIn Russia, women do not normally expect to be greeted during introductions. This is changing as more people travel, however, so be ready to follow your host’s lead.


4 canadaIn Canada, drinking alcohol is not usual during business lunches. Stick to water unless your host suggests otherwise.


5chinaIn China, taste every thing you’re offered during meals – but never clear your plate as your host will assume you’re still hungry. Don’t talk business during meals.


6 indiaIndians don’t like to say no to a request. If they are unable to do something, you are unlikely to get a direct refusal. Similarly, use tact and subtlety if you need to explain why a business proposal is not possible.


7 japanIn Japan, always have a business card close to hand. And when an associate gives you their card, handle it with care.

08. USA

8usaAmericans like to be relaxed and those in charge are keen to relive the easygoing business practices of the 1960s. So drop the formality but, of course, keep your manners.


9chinaUsing only a forefinger is an empty gesture in China: making a point requires the whole hand. Don’t go further than that though – a back-slap is considered inappropriate.


10chinaIn China, starters are served as several small dishes on a plate. Start from the left and eat your way to the right, as the flavor of dishes increases in intensity along the way.


11brasilDon’t put your briefcase or bag on the ground in Brazil: national security measures have informed the national psyche, so place it on a chair or a hook.


12MEWomen can avoid embarrassment in the Middle East by waiting to follow their male host’s lead when being introduced. Women might not be taken seriously at first, and some men may place their own hand on their chest rather than taking yours.


13swedenBe prepared for a detailed debate in Sweden: the Scandinavians love a meeting. Push it forward by setting dates, tasks and times, and don’t be surprised if a further meeting is required. Once something is agreed upon, it’s carried out with speed and efficiency.


14japanAlways turn up on time: if you arrive a minute past the appointed hour it is considered strange, five minutes is a cause for concern. There is no word for “late” in Japanese.


15swedenToasting in Sweden involves eye contact but no glass-touching. A “skol” and a nod to everyone will do the trick.


16 singaporeIn Singapore, modesty is key. Overconfident behaviour will not impress and will not produce good working relationships.


17germanyAt mealtimes in Germany, fold your napkin at the left side of your plate when you are done, and lay your cutlery parallel on your plate, with the handles on the right-hand side, to show you have finished.

18. USA

18usIn the US be ready to produce proof of your identity. Increased security means photo ID is required to access many office buildings, so don’t be offended when you’re asked.

19. UK

19ukIn the UK, small talk is an essential preamble to business talk. The weather, the surroundings or the day’s events are all acceptable topics. After skirting round the real reason you’ve met, everyone will be happy to attend to the matter in hand professionally.


20chinaDon’t say no to a glass of baiju, the Chinese liquor of choice that is served at all formal dinners. But drink with restraint: draining your glass will result in a refill. Leaving it half-full is perfectly acceptable.


21thailandIn Thailand, don’t touch or pass any thing over a person’s head, as in Thai culture the head is sacred. However, people often stand very close and touch each other on the arm when talking. Pointing is done with an open right hand, and beckoning with the palm facing downward and a waggle of the fingers.


22norwayNorwegians like to talk directly and deliberately. They tend to stick to the facts, and do not like being rushed.


23norwayIn Denmark, women are greeted before the men. Danes tend to use only their first names. Personal hellos and goodbyes are required for everyone present.


24chinaLike Japan, China places great emphasis on seating hierarchy. The leader of your delegation will be seated at a round table next to the leader of theirs, and the pattern will follow all the way down.


25franceThe French sometimes give their surnames first when being formally introduced, and it can be considered rude to call a colleague by their first names. To avoid confusion, find out their names beforehand. Use “vous” rather than “tu”, unless invited otherwise, and never use “mademoiselle” to address a grown woman.



Asia’s rocking fashion group: Club 21

Christina-Ong_72dpiYou may recall sometime ago I wrote a post about French fashionista – so what about Asian fashion I hear you ask? Well, what could be more fitting than to talk about Asia’s fashion queen, Singaporean-born Christina Ong, owner and managing director of the wildly successful fashion group, Club 21. We know Christina and she is a lovely, elegant lady with impeccable taste.  I recall having dinner in Paris during Fashion Week with Suzy Menkes (yes the Suzy Menkes, fashion icon writer from International Herald Tribune) who spoke admirably about Balenciaga, Lanvin, Balmain etc. – all of whom feature in Club 21. So you know that the company must be on the right track!

Club 21We adore Club 21 in Asia – men and women alike – and it’s impressively present in Australia, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan, UK and USA with a huge range of fashion and accessories from the well-known to the funky to the hot up-and-coming designers such as Kriss Van Assche, Dries van Noten, Junya Watanabe, Yohji Yamamoto, Issey Miyake, Neil Barrett, Peter Pilotto….

So here’s just some of the designers we find at Club 21 that we Asians love to rock out to.

donnaDonna Karan, DKNY

dolce & gabbanaDolce & Gabbana, D&G

armani-advert-beckhams-440x275Emporio Armani, Giorgio Armani, Armani Collezione…

AX-Armani-ExchangeAX Armani Exchange

balmain-ad-campaignBalmain Homme

paulsmithss08mens.previewPaul Smith

marc jacobsMarc Jacobs, Marc by Marc Jacobs

Alexander McQueenAlexander McQueen



comme-des-garcon-hm-01Comme des Garcons


Calvin_KleinCalvin Klein, CK for Calvin Klein

Jil SanderJil Sander

Oscar de la Renta Oscar de la Renta

So the next time you’re in any of these cities, don’t forget to join the Club.



Limited Edition Collector’s Item: Malay Peninsula

Sometimes we dream of the olden days with such longing nostalgia. Looking back at old films, admiring the age of innocence. So it’s with pleasure to share with you a Limited Edition book, cloth-bound in hardback, containing 144 sumptuous pages of original old photographs from the personal collection of HRH Sultan of Selangor.

Titled: “Malay Peninsula: Old Photographs of Malaya and Singapore by Kleingrothe c.1900“, it is a true collector’s item from an avid collector – my father who has always collected artefacts related to the history of Selangor, Malaysia and the Malay world. His collection ranges from rare krises, antique books, maps and prints of Malaya. If I’d wanted to write a thesis on Malaya history, I’d have to look no further than his library.

Malay Peninsula, Sultan Selangor

Who was this Kleingrothe? Charles Kleingrothe was a German photographer active in the Malay Archipelago at the turn of the 20th century, based in Sumatra. Illustrated beautifully with historical explanation, the 140 photographs in photogravure show Selangor, Perak, Penang, Negri Sembilan, Malacca, Johor and Singapore – produced by French publishers Editions Didier Millet.

Malay Peninsula book - Sultan Selangor

Perhaps where we’re lucky, is that many of these buildings still stand today – a testimony to time and beauty. Although captured in sepia, one can imagine the colourful life, people, landscapes and architecture during that period. As the Raja Muda of Perak said in his speech at the book launch: “some landmarks no longer exist, but these images remain and they have the power to concretise our dramatic history.”

Malaya, Sultan Selangor

What is important here, is to acknowledge that heritage belongs to everyone.  This was the purpose to launch such a project otherwise it’s just too easy to keep these for yourself, don’t you think? The pleasure is in the sharing.

Malay Peninsula

Malaya Sultan Selangor

So now this book can also be yours! Whether it’s for a gift or for yourself, this limited edition book is a keeper.

If you’re interested as there was only 2,500 copies published, for RM400 (good value for how it looks!) then please contact:

Puan Norrimah at tel: +603-2145 2863 or fax: +603-2142 0958 or email: isyh@streamyx.com and quote us FROG AND PRINCESS as your source.

We, for one, can assure you it makes a great gift! :)



Which is the best city to live in Southeast Asia?

Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Bangkok, Jakarta: the four main cities of Southeast Asia, although quite close to each other, offer a wide variety of lifestyle. Our relationship with our city is always a love-hate relationship, too much traffic but affordable, safe city but expensive, great weather but polluted, unsafe but very fun etc etc…

So to measure the best urban living experience in this part of the world, a good real estate magazine “Property Report” has published recently it’s own reader’s survey on what they like and dislike about their cities. They have measured and analysed cost of basic necessities, prices of apartments, rentals, and interviewed architects and analysts. Here is a sum up of the most interesting results.




Kuala Lumpur


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jakarta 1

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bangkok 1bisBangkok 2So wich city would you choose to live in?

Basically it really depends on what you are looking for. Singapore has high stability and safety but is expensive, KL is affordable with a vibrant nightlife but KLlites do not feel safe (? I feel much safer than in Paris), Jakarta is facing major problems of urbanisation, and Bangkok is affordable and fun but has a lot of pollution.