Vanness Wu to wed Singaporean girlfriend

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Pop star Vanness Wu is off the shelves, ladies.

The US-born singer, who shot to fame as part of Mandopop boy group F4 in 2001, said on Tuesday that he will be marrying Singaporean fashion entrepreneur Arissa Cheo.

The announcement was made on the singer’s personal Weibo account in Chinese: “I was impulsive! God bless everyone. Vannness Wu and Arissa Cheo have submitted the notice of marriage on 9 August according to Singapore law. The two of us hope to share our bliss with all our friends. We also hope that everyone will give us their blessings.”

Accompanying the message was a sweet photo montage of the couple’s childhood photos and a love declaration from the man saying, “As it was always meant to be… let’s fall in love again.”

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(Photo Credit: Vanness Wu Weibo)

Vanness, 35, and his wife-to-be Arissa, 31, first met on set of the former’s music video “My Kingdom” in 2006. According to media reports, the couple have had an on-off relationship for years, mainly due to Cheo’s father disapproval.

While the news took many by surprise, including Vanness’ former F4 mates like Jerry Yan, the decision to settle down wasn’t too much of an impulse as it seems. Vanness, who became a devout Christian in recent years, has repeatedly mentioned in press interviews last year about his desire to have his own family. In his latest album “Different Man” released in June this year, the pop star penned a song titled “小婚礼 (Marry Me)” which was seen by many as a confession for long-time girlfriend Arissa. Have a listen here!

To Vanness, congratulations!

Lifestyle: Istana Art Event

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For those of you looking for somewhere to go this weekend, why not visit the annual Istana Art Event, happening from 8am to 5pm this Sunday on the Istana Grounds? We don’t know about you, but the Istana has always had this mysterious feel to it with its doors closed, every time we pass by on our way to Plaza Singapura or Orchard! If you feel the same, this is your once-in-a-year chance to visit the Istana and check things out!

This year’s Istana Art Event will feature an Arts and Heritage Village, which is jointly brought to you by 11 of our museums and cultural institutions. There are lots of activities lined up that you can put your hands to work — for example, you can make your own diorama, personalise your own bank note, and even transform yourself into a stamp!

Those with an affinity for children can marvel at our young’s artistic talent at the On-the-Spot Art Competition (8am – 1:30pm) where children aged 3-12 will whip up drawings related to this year’s National Day theme of “Many Stories… One Singapore”.

But more than ever, simply soak yourself in the festive atmosphere around, and lounge on the green! After all, you don’t get to spend Sundays this way often at all.

Travel: 5 Most Beautiful Subway Stations

When we think subway stations, the image that first comes to mind is perhaps the minimalist-styled Singapore MRT stations – clean and efficient. There are, however, many subway stops in other parts of the world which have evolved beyond their practical purposes and have, for some, interestingly become a tourist destination in itself.

One of this writer’s personal favorite is Hong Kong’s Tsuen Wan Line, where MTR stops like Tsim Sha Tsui, Mongkok and others are adorned with different colored tiled walls, allowing foreigners who have problems recognizing Chinese letters to remember their stops effectively.

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Tsim Sha Tsui station in Hong Kong.

But of course, this is still way off the meter when we talk about grand art and architecture which are housed within some of the world’s most lavishly designed stations. These subway stops, intricately molded into glorious caverns, have captured the attention of both locals and tourists. After all, who wouldn’t welcome pretty sights after traveling through pitch dark tunnels in a packed carriage?

And so, for our post today, we pick the world’s 5 subway stations that we think you should be making pit stops at. We guarantee, they will make your transport fare more than well worth.

1. Stockholm, Sweden: T-Centralen Station
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In the 1950s, artists Vera Nilsson and Siri Derkert suggested for the first time that art be integrated into public transport. Today, more than 140 artists are represented in 90 stations, via permanent and temporary exhibitions. However, T-Centralen Station undeniably remains as the center of attraction with its overwhelming design created in the 1970s.

This standout probably pays tribute to the status of T-Centralen as the core of the Stockholm Metro. This is, after all, the only station in Stockholm where all three lines converge, making it the station with the highest traffic daily.

2. Kaohsiung, Taiwan: Formosa Boulevard Station
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While the metro line in Kaohsiung may be less extensive as compared to its urban counterpart Taipei, its busiest station, Formosa Boulevard, boasts of the world’s largest public art installation. Known as the “The Dome of Light”, this glass art work measuring 660 square meters, is created by artist Narcissus Quagliata over four years with stained glasses shipped from Germany. The spectacular combination of colors takes audiences through a circular journey of the human life. It is one breathtaking view that one will wish to come home to after a long day.

3. Paris, France: Arts et Métiers Station
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From replicas of the Louvre collection at the Louvre-Rivoli station and reproduced Rodins at the Varenne station, subway stations in Paris very often resemble museum interiors complete with hidden treasures. The most surreal is at the Arts et Métiers.

Designed by Belgian comic artist François Schuiten, commuters will find themselves alighting to a submarine-alike interior, complete with portholes, which mirrors the theme of nearby museum Le Musée des Arts et Métiers.

4. Kiev, Ukraine: Zoloti Vorota Station
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We wouldn’t be surprised if you felt like you’ve transcended into old Europe upon entry at this well known station of Ukraine. Opened in the year 1989, this station is named after the Golden Gates historical structure. Large chandeliers hang atop and mosaics by different artists can be found on the vault.

5. St. Petersburg, Russia: Kirovsky Zavod Station
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While the St. Petersburg subway might not be as majestic as its Moscow counterpart, it deserves a mention still simply because it is the deepest subway to be built in the world. Opened in 1955, the station is named after a nearby Kirov factory. In addition to grand halls and checkered floors, it is famed for housing a statue of Vladimir Lenin.

Have you been to these subway stations before? If yes, share with us what you saw! If no, do tell us whether our list makes you want to include them in your next travel itinerary!

Why is Hugh Jackman “Best Hubby”

All attention may be on his washboard abs on screen as Wolverine yet again but Hugh Jackman’s appeal off screen is undeniably his seemingly perfect family man qualities.

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The Jackmans celebrating their 17th wedding anniversary this year in New York. (Photo Credit: Hugh Jackman Twitter)

The 44-year-old actor, best known for his role as the angst-driven mutant, is married to Australian actress Deborra-Lee Furness, 57. The couple with a 13 years age gap have proven many wrong and survived gay rumors circling Jackman by blissfully celebrating their 17th wedding anniversary earlier in April this year.

While Jackman can’t stop talking about his kids during the latest promotional tour for his sixth reprisal as Logan the Wolverine, he is all about action when it comes to showing love for his wife. While in London for the premiere of his new film, he took time off amidst hectic schedule to accompany his wife on a shopping spree. Similarly when in Seoul, the hunk jokingly mentioned during the press conference that he will be “picking a gift personally for Deb. If my wife is happy, my life becomes easier and I am happy.” Apart from showering his other half with gifts of love, W&T figures out how the “Sexiest Man Alive” keeps his marriage going strong and sweet.

Rule No. 1: Never be apart for more than 2 weeks.
In his interview with OK! magazine, Jackman revealed how he tries to spend time with his wife as much as possible. “We try to have a date night once a week. Usually we go out for dinner and a movie. If the kids are at school, we’ll have lunch together.” But, the golden rule that he abides to is this: “We’re never apart more than two weeks. I’ve had to turn down a few things (in my career), but I put my family first.”

His reasoning for this, is the fear of drifting apart. “Deb said she’s been on too many movies and see people drift apart. People think you’re going to fall in love with your leading lady and have an affair, it’s not always that. It’s just you get used to living apart and you get used to living a life on your own then when you hit a rocky patch, you’re not together… and all of a sudden that person over there looks fantastic.”

Rule No. 2: Surprise surprise!
“My number one rule for romance, is surprise. If I bring Deb flowers every Tuesday, yeah it’s nice but is it romantic? So I surprise her by going home much earlier with reservations at our favorite lunch place. It was awesome because it was unplanned.”

Now, that’s not all. Furness also revealed that her husband consistently surprises her by role-playing as her favorite fantasies – a sensible finance stockbroker and Wolverine complete with claws… in bed.

Rule No. 3: Never stop those sweet talks.
Apart from calling Furness his “best friend” and the one “who made him the man he is”, Jackman never stops complimenting the lady in his life. His best compliment, that we reckon will sweep any lady off her feet, was when Jackman talked about how he felt love at first sight when he first saw Furness on the set of Australian TV show “Correlli” in 1991. Two weeks into dating, Jackman knew Furness was the one and decided to pop the question four months into the relationship.

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Then: Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness in bliss.

“It was the clearest thing in the world for me. I knew 100 percent. I’ve never known anything as confidently or sure in my life that she was the one I was going to be with. In any marriage there’s good times, hard times and bad times. Whatever happens I know we’re going to tackle it together. Truly she’s the greatest woman I have ever met.”

Did we hear you ladies go awww already?

Tina Turner Ties the Knot!

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Music icon Tina Turner, 73, recently married her partner of 27 years, Edwin Bach, 57, in a private ceremony at Lake Zurich, Switzerland.

While what’s got the Internet buzzing is the wide age gap between the two, we at Wedding & Travel are more excited about the green and black gown Tina Turner wore at her wedding! Designed by Tina Turner’s long-time friend Giorgio Armani, the gown was luxuriously created from chartreuse green taffeta and black silk tulle, and adorned with Swarovski crystals.  We applaud Tina Turner for her fashion choice — now here is an unconventional lady who is not afraid to go for something different! Who’s to say that a wedding gown’s got to be white? To ensure that the unique colour of the gown would take centrestage, the couple also put in a colour dress code for the wedding, with female guests attending in white, and male guests in black.

The best lesson that all our brides can take away from Tina Turner’s wedding would undoubtedly be: choose a wedding dress that makes you feel great in, even if that may not be the most traditional choice, or others may not agree with it! Tina Turner says of her dress:

“I remember, it was being modelled by this very tall, very slim Asian girl who had her hair up and everything looked one length, apart from this incredible pouffe. I thought, i gotta have that, even if i never wear it! Then i said: I know that will be my wedding dress! When Bryan Adams came into the house and saw me in the dress, he said:”It’s a fairytale” and it’s true, it’s beautiful, magical dress. I felt so special in it.”

With the drama and chaos that may come with planning and running a wedding, it is easy for us to forget that a wedding should first and foremost, bring happiness and joy to the couple and their loved ones. And Tina Turner, who says that she arrived at her wedding with “no nerves, just overwhelming happiness”, has it down pat.

“I’ve reached my Nirvana, that happiness that people talk about, when you wish for nothing, when you can finally take a deep breath and say: Everything is good. And it’s a wonderful place to be.”

Congratulations Tina and Edwin!