This month in Blue Wings: October 2015


Helsinki Art Museum has reopened its doors. Finnair will offer scheduled flights to Ho Chi Minh City in winter season 2015–2016. Read more on this month’s from Blue Wings. 


HAM is here, bigger than ever

In the center of Helsinki stands a white functionalist building. Known as the Tennis Palace, it has been home to the Helsinki Art Museum (HAM) since 1999 but for the past year its doors have been shut. The museum—which shares the building with a popular cinema multiplex—is now reopening with double its former exhibition space after vast renovations throughout.

“People come here to relax, see a film, and grab a snack—so why not visit an exhibition or the museum shop while they’re at it? We want to make it easy by providing a relaxed atmosphere, easy access and many free exhibitions,” explains HAM’s Director Maija Tanninen-Mattila.

In addition to three or four major exhibitions a year, the museum features smaller exhibitions and permanent collections including a Tove Jansson collection set to open next year.

And the art isn’t just confined to the gallery space. A large chandelier by Kari Cavén adorns the hallway and even the toilets have been revamped by artist Tuula Lehtinen. Topping off the perfect museum visit is the renewed café next door and a new French-inspired restaurant, Lumiére.

Photo by Helsinki Art Museum/Maija Toivanen


Vibrant Vietnam

Finnair’s new scheduled flights to popular holiday destinations for the upcoming winter season include flights to Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon.

With a population of nine million people, Ho Chi Minh City is high-octane Vietnam, a place where ancient temples and skyscrapers stand side-by-side in the country’s largest city.

Top sights include the spectacular Jade Emperor Pagoda, built in 1909, which brims with the scent of incense and statues of divinities and heroes from Buddhist and Taoist lore. Another must-see is the Reunification Palace, which marks the 1975 fall of Saigon in an outstanding example of 1960s architecture that features a kitschy rooftop nightclub. For subterranean adventurers, the Cu Chi tunnels were once part of a wartime underground network that is now open to the public: Ben Dinh is the most popular, while Ben Duoc is 15 kilometers away from the city center.
Jade Emperor Pagoda is one of the must-sees in Ho Chi Minh City.

Photo by iStock

Singapore wellbeing

Singapore is known both for its exciting city life and its long work hours. With more than 45 islands making up the archipelago, the Lion City offers some zen-sational, easily accessible retreats to balance work and play.

Zen and the city

Find your zen spot in the heart of Singapore’s Central Business District at the Botanic Gardens. Walk around one of the three cores (Tanglin, Bukit Timah, and Central) or join a tour and let your senses run wild. Both the Healing and Fragrance area in this 74-hectare garden are favorites among locals. If hunger pains strike, duck into one of the restaurants for the best Singaporean pancakes in town.
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Sniff yourself fabulous

Founded by beauty expert Alli Sim, Mmerci Encore is your one-stop shop for aromatherapy. This local artisanal atelier offers handcrafted apothecary-style essential oils, scrubs and soaps. Each batch is made exclusively for the client from 100% raw materials sourced from around the world. 

Photo by Franz Navarrete

Original texts by Laura Iisalo, Katja Pantzar and Michelle Tchea
Read the October 2015 issue of Finnair's Blue Wings magazine here.

Published September 29, 2015

Category: Collaboration, Local features