The Circuit Breaker Life: 10 Things You Never Knew You Were Thankful For

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Staying home during this time has made us crave face-to-face human interaction or yearn to go back to our usual routines.

In a state of boredom, people are forced to get creative. We have quickly changed up our routines such as converting our gym sessions to home workouts, or even achieving new goals such as learning a new skill online or finishing a book that we read halfway.

But there are also some who have thought of really bizarre things. For instance, a Redditor built a life-sized Jewel Changi Airport in Minecraft to curb his boredom. 

Another Redditor even came up with a ‘Stay Home MRT Line’ to sum up a day of his life.

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We may be stuck at home but that doesn’t stop people from thinking of creative ways to spend their Circuit Breaker life differently. One thing’s for sure though, here are 10 things that we’ll definitely miss once the Circuit Breaker is over.

1. Wake Up Later, Wear PJs All Day

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Working from home brings about many perks for the lazybones.

Firstly, you get to snooze a little longer because we no longer have to be out the door by 8am to catch the train. If work starts at 9am, we can afford to wake up five minutes before and skip the shower.

Who cares if you’ve not brushed your teeth or if you’re wearing pyjamas to work?

Ultimately, this saves us a lot of time. You also do not have to style your hair or think about what to wear every day. Doing work in comfortable PJs and messy hair all day is a true luxury that comes with working from home.

2. Home-cooked Meals

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As we shift to working from home amid this Circuit Breaker, we have more autonomy over managing our schedules and taking short breaks to recharge ourselves. Our mornings and evenings are now longer as we don’t have to spend time commuting to and from work.

With these extended pockets of time, many have turned to indulging in a hearty breakfast in the mornings or going for a quick run (while observing safe distancing measures, of course!). Throughout the work day, we may even steal some time to take a power nap, have a quick work-out session or even enjoy a tea break.

These simple activities definitely aid in relaxation and revitalisation. After all, when you are well-rested, your productivity will also increase.

4. Ability To Multi-Task During Work Meetings

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Now that we are working from home, we have embraced video-conferencing platforms like Zoom and Skype to host online meetings instead.

The good thing about online meetings is that we can ‘multi-task’ and get other tasks done while paying attention to the meeting. Multi-tasking is not necessarily a bad thing as we can get more things done with pockets of free time.

5. Free Workout Sessions

Even though physical gyms, studios and sports facilities have been closed during this period of time, you can still get your work-out sessions.

SportSG’s Get Active TV has teamed up with some of the fitness instructors in Singapore to stream live workouts on Facebook and YouTube.

On Instagram, many influencers have also been churning out live-streaming sessions, hosting workshops and activities for their followers to join in the fun.

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Local songbirds Narelle Kheng and Sandra Riley Tang of Sam Willows, for one, will be conducting a workout session via Instagram (IG) Live (do keep a lookout on their IG on April 30) as part of the #stayhomeforSG challenge, so stay tuned for it! If you would like to find inspiration on things to do at home, check out the hashtag #stayhomeforSG on social media channels to see what everyone else is doing!

You can also try to complete this month-long workout plan as part of the Box Office Fitness Circuit Breaker challenge, which includes a mix of HIIT, strength, cardio and recovery exercises, to help stay in shape.

6. Access To More Free Online Resources

As Singaporeans, it’s in our nature to love free things.

Since lockdowns have begun in various countries, virtual classes have erased geographical boundaries, with major businesses rolling out free online classes.

A few paid TV operators such as StarHub and Singtel have extended a free preview of their TV channels to curb your boredom during this time.Meanwhile, Audible has made their library of books and audio stories free to stream following this COVID-19 outbreak.

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People’s Association (PA) is also conducting free ‘live’ 30-minute classes on their social media platforms for affected PA courses and activities. It conducts various classes from cooking to calligraphy, so here’s your chance to learn a new skill!

Local actress Jeanette Aw and Miele Singapore’s Chef Lennard Yeong also filmed an Instagram Live video together last week while they cooked and baked from their home kitchens. Missed it? Fret not! You can watch their completed 20-minute cooking session on both Jeanette’s and Lennard’s IG accounts.

The list of free resources is not exhaustive, so do take advantage of them while you can.

7. More Family Bonding Time

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As most of your family members are now working from home, this means that you will be seeing more of them, giving you the opportunity for more family time. Who knows, you might even learn something new about them!

Beyond that, working from home together means that you can afford to have meals together, for breakfast, lunch and dinner! Since everyone shares the same working schedule (sort of), there’s no reason to miss out on family meals anymore.

Having meals together means you can get to stay updated on each other’s lives over conversations, which helps to strengthen ties and build better relationships.

8. Hanging Out With Friends (Virtually) Anytime

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Packed and conflicting schedules have sometimes made it difficult for you and your friends to find a meeting time that works for everyone.

Since we are now in Circuit Breaker mode, everyone is practically confined to their houses. Besides working from home, we don’t have much else on our schedule so there is technically no excuse to not hang out with friends anymore, albeit virtually.

Take this chance to catch up with your friends and make up for lost time. Have a lunch date over video calls, host game nights on apps like Houseparty, or even sing karaoke in a virtual KTV room on apps like Quan Min Party.

If both you and your friends like playing online games together, consider checking out the DOTA and FIFA livestreams where gamers battle it out.

Happening across two channels on May 2, from 12pm to 4pm, watch Sylvia from Night Owl Cinematics compete against local pro-gamer iceiceice in a DOTA game! You can catch Sylvia on NOCplays YouTube channel or iceiceice over on Twitch in the livestream as they battle it out.

If you are a FIFA fan, be sure to catch local actors Charlie Goh and Noah Yap attempt to score against Hibidi, a local FIFA pro-gamer. The livestreams will be held on May 3, 8pm, on Charlie and Noah’s IG and Hibidi’s Facebook page.

9. Supporting Local F&B Businesses

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While F&B businesses see their sales take a hit as the dining-in ban has kicked in, they can only count on takeaway and delivery orders.

There is no better time than now to do our part to help local F&B establishments tide over this difficult period of time and #supportLocal by buying from them.Through the ‘Hawkers United – Dabao 2020’ Facebook group initiative, we have seen how Singaporeans come together to preserve the hawker culture and help our favourite stalls to continue their business.

10. Being At Home To Receive Your Parcels

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One of the things we would appreciate about staying at home is being there to receive our online deliveries in person. It is also something to look forward to while we are at home.

Nothing beats the happiness and excitement we get when the delivery man appears on our doorstep with a box. For now, we no longer have to wait in anticipation to arrive home to unwrap our online purchases – we can do it instantly.

This is one of the little things that we would be thankful for when the Circuit Breaker life is over.

Stay Home For Singapore

COVID-19 has made us realise the importance of keeping ourselves active, having a work-life balance and staying connected with our family and friends.

Even after the Circuit Breaker has ended, we should not cease practising these important and positive habits.

Everyone, including you and I, has a critical part to play in fighting the battle against COVID-19, so we need to be socially responsible and take precautions to help safeguard one another and save lives.

While it’s indeed a tough time for the nation, it’s imperative to stay positive. Just because we are encouraged to stay at home, it does not mean that we cannot continue to stay active and engaged, or care for one another.

Join the SG United Telegram channel to receive the latest updates on COVID-19 content and ongoing community initiatives. Also, share what you are doing at home during this Circuit Breaker period on social media by tagging #stayhomeforSG and #SGUnited. You never know – you may inspire others with ideas on what they can do at home!

Remember, Singapore can pull through this only if we do it together! #stayhomeforSG #SingaporeTogether #SGUnited

This article is written in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture, Community & Youth.

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Broke AF Couples Can Finally Afford A Staycation In Sentosa Starting April 2019

It’s confirmed. Singaporeans LOVE going on staycations.

No, really. Expedia did a whole survey on it.

In their 2018 Singapore Staycation Study, Singaporeans go an average of 2 staycations per year whereas parents with children are also most likely to go on one.

Planning your next staycation? Again? Well you’re not alone because a lot of us are probably planning our annual year end staycations as well. As much as we love cosy boutique hotels in the city, the idea of spending the night at a luxury hotel in Sentosa sounds perfect too!

But if the thought of spending a minimum of $600 per night makes you cry, don’t fret. 3 new mid-tier hotels will be opening in Sentosa from April next year according to a report by Channel NewsAsia.

Living The Luxe Life

The hotels which was announced first last year, will target the mid-tier segment which includes families, young adults on staycations as well as business travellers.

The 3 hotels are:

1. Outpost Hotel (Opening April 2019)

2. Village Hotel (Opening April 2019)

3. The Barracks Hotel (Opening August 2019)

All 3 hotels are situated in the Palawan area – giving you easy access to the Imbiah monorail station and across the road from Universal Studios Singapore.

Here’s a sneak peak of the hotels:

Village Hotel Sentosa

The largest of the 3 hotels, Village Hotel at Sentosa will house 606 rooms targeted towards families, business travellers and groups. Facilities include themed pool zones, a children’s play pool as well as a lazy river pool.

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Outpost Hotel

Slightly more atas, Outpost Hotel will feature 193 rooms – which includes a rooftop pool and bar as well as a wedding hall – perfect for couples who are planning on a luxurious wedding set in Sentosa.

If you’re looking for a more romantic option, Outpost Hotel is the perfect option for a getaway with bae.

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The Barracks Hotel

The smallest of the 3 hotels, The Barracks Hotel is nothing short of spectacular. If you have extra cash to spare, go for The Barracks as its 40 rooms promise guests exclusivity and privacy.

Just like the hotels in the Changi vicinity, the development will be housed in a refurbished conserved colonial building.

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So if you’ve been longing for a short getaway away from the hustle and bustle of the city, your Sentosa staycation dreams are about to come true.

Because let’s be real, who can really afford Capella, right?

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Long Week At Work? Rest And Recharge At These 5 Japanese Onsens In S’pore Instead

Mineral-rich onsens, magma stone beds, quaint tatami rooms and a Japanese Zen garden.

Ahhh…you can’t help but daydream about a relaxed getaway especially now that the end of year is approaching. Sure, a short getaway to a nearby country sounds great but sometimes time and money are tight.

But if you’re able to block off a couple of hours in your day, check into these Japanese spas and onsens instead to zen out and pamper yourself!

Ditch the air tickets – these Japanese spas will surely teleport you to Kyoto ryokans and Hakone onsens – minus the passport!

1. Ikeda Spa

A five-star Japanese spa, Ikeda offers a ryokan (traditional Japanese spa) and a variety of massages to have your stress and worries melted away. Founded in 2009, Ikeda Spa offers a quaint sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle of town, nestled among lush greenery in Bukit Timah.

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Ikeda Spa is home to Singapore’s first hinoki onsen – that is, an onsen made from Japan’s most prized cypress wood once reserved strictly for royalty, and used for building palaces, temples and shrines. This precious wood releases mineral oils with soothing scents and anti-bacterial properties to calm and uplift.

They offer single baths (from $80+ for 30 minutes) for those who prefer a bit more privacy. You can also choose from 5 different bath salt choices for different aromatherapy and other health benefits for your needs.

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Alternatively, cosy up with your partner and opt for the couple’s bath (from $120+ for 30 minutes) instead. Spend quality time at their private couple onsen bath with your special one, relax and indulge in a 30 minutes therapeutic bath.

To make the entire experience feel like you’re truly in Japan, choose from a range of colourful yukatas and enjoy some hot tea on a tatami mat.

Ikeda Spa (Bukit Timah outlet)
Address: 787 Bukit Timah Road (Before 6th Ave) Singapore 269762
Opening hours: 1.30pm – 10.30pm, daily
Telephone: 6388 8080

Ikeda Spa Prestige (Clarke Quay outlet)
Address: 6 Eu Tong Sen Street, Clarke Quay Central #05-22 (Level 5 Carpark) Singapore 059817
Opening hours: 1pm – 10pm, daily
Contact No.: 6388 8080

2. Yunomori Onsen And Spa

The largest onsen in Singapore, Yunomori Onsen & Spa features 11 aquatic therapy pools over a sprawling area of 16,000 sq ft. There’s no better way to commemorate your friendship than for all of you to jump into a pool together, fully butt-naked.

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The pools are gender-separated and 100% communal, so prepare yourself and strip away all your inhibitions.

There are various hot pools here, including jet bath, bubble bath, a silk bath and even a soda bath. There’s even a steam and sauna room available that helps rejuvenate the skin, relieves joint and muscle pain, and relaxes the body and mind.

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Once you’re done soaking in the baths, don your yukatas and head over to the Yunomori Cafe for some hearty Japanese grubs such as soba, ramen and oden. Or treat yourself to an ice cold bowl of kakigori.

This place will definitely make you feel like you’re in Japan!

Address: 1 Stadium Place, #02-17/18 Kallang Wave Mall, Singapore 397628
Price: $38 for all-day access to baths, sauna, steam room, and lounge
Opening hours: Daily, 10AM-11PM
Contact No.: 6386 4126


Known for Singapore’s first authentic Turkish Hammam, did you know that ESPA at Resorts World Sentosa has an outdoor Japanese forest onsen as well?

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Surrounded by lush greenery, this is the closest you’ll get to Japan! After taking a dip in the onsen, take a break  at the tea lounge that overlooks the Forest Onsen.

Apart from that, you’ll also have access to other facilities like the Rock Saunas, and Crystal Steam Bath – as long as you purchase a spa pass, or have a minimum booking of a 60-minute spa treatment.

Address: 8 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore 098269
Price: $100 for 180 minutes
Opening hours: 9am – 10pm
Contact No.: 6577 8880

4. Elements Wellness

Nestled in a private room, you can experience the time honoured Japanese bath ritual in a handcrafted Koyamaki wood tub with energised ion water. If you’re not familiar with Koyamaki, it is the wood of the sacred Japanese Umbrella Pine which releases a lime fragrance when in contact with water, and has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties.

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The Signature Koyamaki Onsen Ritual includes an Ocha Body Massage (60-min), Seaweed Body Scrub (15-min), Koyamaki Onsen Therapy in Private Suite with Steambath (40-min) and Foot Detox Therapy in VIP lounge (10-min). A couple spa option is available upon request as well.

Address: 176 Orchard Road, #02-28 The Centrepoint, Singapore 238843
Price: $148 for 125 minutes (single) $258 for 125 minutes (for 2)
Opening hours: Mon – Fri: 11am – 9pm, Sat – Sun and Public Holidays: 10.30am – 8pm
Telephone: 6737 8488

5. Le Méridien Singapore

Set in the heart of Sentosa, Le Méridien Singapore is an upscale lifestyle hotel with an illustrious history which provides luxury comforts for the modern traveller. If you’re ever planning on a staycation in Sentosa, opt from the 19 unique Japanese-style Onsen Suites featuring private onsen pools available.

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The Japanese Onsen Suites offer an expansive 63 sqm of stylish living space where you can enjoy the cool evenings under the stars on the private open air deck with the Japanese Onsen hot tub.

As a general indication of how much you’ll have to fork out, a night in the Onsen Suite at the Le Méridien starts from $600.

Address: 23 Beach View, Sentosa, 098679
Price: From $600 per night
Telephone: 6818 3388

While you’re waiting on your next trip to Japan, how about taking a break from work and checking in to these onsens instead?

It’s always good to treat yourself, so let these warm onsens tide you over.

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This New Shophouse Hotel In S’pore Doubles Up As A Co-Working Space For Entrepreneurs

With Singapore cementing itself as one of the hottest tourist destinations as well as a leading business hub in SouthEast Asia, our island country is no stranger to tourists and expats – which also means that we have no shortage of hotels, hostels and inns.

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Hidden away in a corner of Ann Siang Hill, a short walking distance from Maxwell Food Centre, is Tribe Theory Venture Hotel.


Tribe Theory Venture Hotel was created to be a place for entrepreneurs to have a comfortable and affordable place to stay, as well as connect and engage with like-minded people on the same entrepreneurial journey and work effectively.

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Conveniently located in the heart of the city, the hotel is within walking distance of the Central Business District, Maxwell Food Centre, and Chinatown which is home to Singapore’s first Hindu Temple as well as the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum.

The lobby is small but cosy. It is a shophouse after all.

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Checking in is made simple with an iPad for guests to input their details. (Did you know they accept payment in cryptocurrency too?)

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As you venture further into the hotel past the lobby, you’ll come across a giant world map on the wall to your right, with numerous pins by past hotel guests.

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Tribe Theory might be a capsule hotel, but it’s well-equipped. You’ll find the communal toilets and showers on the first level. There’s even a laundry area, because Singapore’s weather is notoriously humid.

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As you head up the stairs, you’ll be greeted by an intricate logo of Tribe Theory.

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There are 2 air-conditioned mixed dormitories that can accomodate up to 32 people comfortably in 28 affordable capsules.

If you’re wondering about storage, there are lockers provided for all guests.

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Each capsule is cosy and comes equipped with a backrest, a small safe, a backlight and a reading light.

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In the dormitory on the second level, there are 2 capsules that are bigger than the rest and can accomodate up to 2 people.

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Past the dormitory on the second level and up the stairs, you’ll be able to look into the double-height ceiling in the common room on the first level.

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Level 3 is where you’ll find the lounge which also serves as a breakfast area and co-working space.

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A simple, complimentary breakfast is available for guests and it comes with free-flow coffee, tea, milk and juice, because every striving entrepreneur needs fuel.

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Does this hotel not look incredibly cosy?

Tribe Theory Venture Hotel is a no-frills, entrepreneur-centric hotel that is easily accessible and affordable, so if you’re a budding entrepreneur travelling in or to Singapore, there’s no better place for you to stay.

Book your room here and we’ll see you at Tribe Theory!

Tribe Theory Venture Hotel
Address: 39 Ann Siang Rd, Singapore 069716
Contact no.: 6423 0237

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There’s A Job That Lets You Fly Around The World To Sleep On Hotel Beds – And It’s Hiring

We’ve heard of the “Best Job In The World”.

Now, leading e-commerce travel platform ZUJI is going to challenge that title with their own position.

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That’s right. ZUJI Singapore is looking for an individual to be their “Hospitality Curator” (nicknamed Bed Tester) who will be responsible for trying all of the beds available to customers, ensuring that the beds have the ZUJI seal of approval before being sold.

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Applicants will need to have a thirst for travel and appreciation for culture across the globe.

If hired, the official “Bed Tester” will be flown in business class at all times, and will be encouraged to spend time in each destination, getting to know the local cultural background.

Application for the “Bed Tester” position is now open. Interested parties can read up on the job requirements and apply here.

Shortlisted candidates will be notified by email on 1 April 2018.

We tried to apply but they were asking for our resumé. Can’t have our bosses seeing that. Everything sounds too good to be true.

Will you apply?

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6 Picture-Perfect Staycation Ideas That Suit Both The Budget And Lavish Traveler

If we had it our way, most of us love to go on extended vacations to exotic locations – if we had the time and money to do so. But, just because you can’t leave the country doesn’t mean you can’t have a fun, restful holiday.

Whether you’re looking for a cheap getaway, or have a little extra cash to splash for a special occasion, we have some ideas for where you and your partner, friends, or family can go for a holiday, right here in Singapore.

$100 – $150

1. XY Hotel Bugis

A relatively new addition to the boutique hotel scene is XY Hotel Bugis. Located in Kampong Glam, XY Hotel Bugis’ design and rooms feature a unique blend modern art, while staying true to the local heritage.

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While its exterior is deceptively minimal with its black and white design, step inside and you’ll find a space that’s overflowing with personality and interiors punctuated with bright pops of colour.

Think rattan chairs in bold hues of pink, green and indigo, and neon lights in the common areas. All 15 of their rooms also feature quirky murals.

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At XY Hotel Bugis, each room has its own distinct vibe and charm. The handiwork of designers both local and overseas, some rooms feature pop art-style murals while others feature more abstract paintwork.

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Located just minutes away from OG hipster area Haji Lane and Arab Street, you won’t have to venture far for some amazing – and halal – food. And if you’re feeling restless at night, you can always head to the 24-hour Mustafa Centre to do some late night (or early morning) shopping!

A Superior room will set you back $130 – $160 per night, while the Deluxe room will cost $140 – $170 per night.

XY Hotel Bugis
Address: 11-13 Jln Klapa, Singapore 199325
Contact no.: 6788 1001

2. Rabbit Carrot Gun

If you want a change of pace from hotels and boutique hotels, here’s a staycation spot that’s more uniqueRabbit Carrot Gun.

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Rabbit Carrot Gun is a restaurant and ‘hotel’ rolled into one. On the ground floor of this refurbished shophouse is a bustling casual dining restaurant that serves up all your brunch favourites, while the second storey comprises 3 rooms for guests.

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The Kubric Suite ($139) is a bright and airy room with bold art adorning the walls, The Rabbit’s Retreat ($165/night) comes with a bath tub and, and The Terrace Suite ($145/night) is the biggest of the three, featuring a private roof terrace.

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If you don’t live in the East side of Singapore, this would be a great opportunity to explore parts of Singapore you’ve never ventured to before. Our tip? Bookmark all the good food you want to try in the area to make the best of your stay in the East.

Rabbit Carrot Gun
Address: 47 – 49 East Coast Road, Singapore 428768
Contact no.: 6348 8568

$150 – $200

3. Mercure On Stevens

If you take the bus or drive to Orchard Road, you may have noticed two buildings that have recently sprung up along Stevens Road.

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There’s also the newly-opened Winestone lounge which offers both indoor and outdoor terrace seating. With its chill vibes, Winestone is a great place to unwind with friends over shared plates of raclette and freshly bakes pizzas and bread.

Mercure On Stevens
Address: Orchard District, 28 Stevens Road, #01-02, Singapore 257878 
Contact no.: 6491 6100
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We absolutely love their bathrooms and can imagine spending hours relaxing in their luxurious bath tub.

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For a 5-star retreat, their price tag isn’t too hefty, with prices starting from $230 a night. With plenty of greenery and marble, we think plenty of amazing photos will come out of your stay here.

A huge plus point when you stay here is that you will have no lack of options when it comes to nightlife. With Clarke Quay just a 5-minute drive away and Orchard Road within walking distance, you won’t have to worry about being bored and having nothing to do after dark.

Hotel Fort Canning
Address: 11 Canning Walk Singapore 178881 
Contact no.: 6559 6770
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Nestled in the Kranji Countryside, the three villas here are spread across over two hectares of land. Each villa is decorated with its own distinct style: English (Begonia Villa), The Orient (Camellia Villa) and Contemporary (Daffodil Villa). The villas here are designed after the colonial houses of yore, and come with their own walk-up staircase!

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With each villa leading straight to the pool, you’ll surely be tempted to take a dip, especially in sunny Singapore. Other amenities here include a tennis court, amphitheater, and billiards table, so get off your devices and enjoy the beautiful outdoors while you’re here!

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The villa rates are standardized across the board, with weekday stays (Wed, Thu) priced at $280++/night and weekend stays (Fri, Sat) priced at $350++/night.

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5 Stylish Airbnb Shophouses You Can Pretend You Own, On Your Next Staycay With Bae

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Shophouses are one of the few remaining pieces of Singapore’s past.

A type of building characterised by narrow, small terraced houses that open up to a sheltered pedestrian way, these beautiful, nostalgic buildings are something most of us Singaporeans can only dream of living in.

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If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to live in one of Singapore’s shophouses, wonder no further, because there are a handful of them listed on Airbnb.

We sussed out some of the best shophouses/colonial homes you can stay in in Singapore, and here they are.

1. Vintage Vibes In Jalan Besar

If you’ve been to the Petain Road area, you’ll notice one striking detail about the area – its Insta-worthy walls.

Lined with a mish-mash of Spanish tiles, Chinese animal motifs, Malay eaves, and European carvings, it’s no wonder so many Singaporeans flock to the place, hoping to snap a picture for the ‘gram.

It is precisely here that you’ll find one of the most interesting shophouses that’s listed on Airbnb.

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‘Eclectic’ is the first word that comes to mind when it comes to this unique space.

The first floor of this two-storey house is a Bohemian lobby-cum-waiting area. There’s plenty of foliage in the form of large potted plants, as well as an inviting seating area decorated with mismatched patchwork cushions.

What’s interesting about this place is that many of the objects in the house have been upcycled and restored, such as the TV cabinet and study desk.

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There’s even a working gramophone player you can use to play records! Lounge in the lobby to the crackling and good tunes drifting from the old gramophone – we can’t imagine an afternoon better spent.

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A house that’s not only stylish but bursting with character, we just want to explore every inch of it – we hear there are antiquities stowed away in the cupboards!

Book at: Bright & Airy, Heritage Shophouse
Location: Jalan Besar
Price: SGD$127 – SGD$165/night

2. A Danish Finish At Jalan Besar

If you’re a fan of loud colours and bold prints, you’d wish this was your home.

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The owner of this place doesn’t shy away from colour, as can be seen from the lime green couch, blue curtains, pink walls, and neon yellow pillows.

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Inspired by “Mad Men”, each piece of furniture in the room makes a statement on its own. Framed artwork fills the space and tropical plants are strategically placed throughout the studio.

Head down to the common area/guest waiting lobby and a completely different (read: safari) vibe awaits.

With more gorgeous greenery, as well as zebra motifs filling the room, there’s no way you don’t take a million photographs in this amazing space.

Book at: SuperHost Danish Designer Apt In 1920s Shophouse!
Location: Jalan Besar
Price: SGD$125 – SGD$168/night

3. A Rustic Roost In Chinatown

If you like a more rustic, minimalist aesthetic, get a load of this place.

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Dark wood and black is a theme that threads through the entire house. Situated in the heart of Chinatown, the place is spacious, with delightfully local art hanging on the walls, giving the 2-storey space some local flair.

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There’s a place to people watch by the window and a lounging area for you to read a book or flip through some magazines.

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The rooms are simple but inviting, with bold patterned sheets breaking up all the wood in the room. There are even cute fairy lights for a fun little addition to the space!

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Another great thing about this place is that you can split it however you like. With movable partitions and so much space at your disposal, you’re free to create your own ideal living situation in this shophouse!

Book at: Loft Living In The Heart Of Chinatown
Location: Chinatown
Price: SGD$220 – SGD$345/night

4. Heritage Home Meets Helsinki In Geylang

If you’re all about that Scandi-chic aesthetic, this house will give you a visual orgasm. That, and there’s a roof hatch on the second floor that leads to a private roof terrace.

Located in the historic and culturally-vibrant Geylang district, this is probably the most famous crib of those listed here, having been featured in various publications such as WSJ and New York Times.

Not only are the rooms extremely easy on the eyes. One thing that is sure to excite the kid in you (because it had that exact effect on us) is that it has a ladder leading up to the roof. Nope, not stairs but a ladder that leads up to a hatch.

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Exit through the hatch and you’ll find yourself on your own private terrace!

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Book at: Helsinki Loft in Award-winning Heritage Shophouse
Location: Geylang
Price: SGD$167 – SGD$310/night

5. Quirky Enclave In Orchard

Now, this is a cute place to stay.

A charming little Colonial House on Emerald Hill Road along Orchard Road, everything about this place puts a smile on our faces.

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Cozy throw blanket on the sofa? Check. Cute planters? Check. Dashes of quirky art? Check!

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Unlike the previous houses that weren’t too big on colour, this one has pops of colour in the places you least expect them. There’s a periwinkle blue chair, a bright yellow side table, a laundry bag with a bright orange lining….

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Our favourite spot in this shophouse has to be their little yard.

Appointed with a couple of chairs and a handful of hanging planters, turn on the fairy lights at night to create your own little romantic hideout! We can picture ourselves laying on the ground, just talking through the night.

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Book at: Orchard Road Heritage Shophouse | Somerset MRT
Location: Orchard
Price: SGD$128 – SGD$188/night

Want to plan something different for your special someone this Christmas or New Year’s? Why not have a staycation at one of these gorgeous Airbnbs? Not only is it a much more affordable getaway option, you also get to play house with your partner!

And hey, there’s nothing more romantic than living out the future you might have, imagining how life would be years down the road.

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Your Room Will Smell Absolutely Scent-sational Once You Light Up These Candles

Candles come in so many shapes, sizes and smells, you can never have one too many!

Let’s face it, candles are pretty versatile and should become a necessity in every house.Not only to they do beautify your room, the scents they give off when lit will soothe your frazzled nerves and can freshen up any room almost immediately.

Plus, candles come in super handy if you are planning a romantic night in (if you know what I mean).

We waded through the tons of options out there and chose some of the more interesting scents that will make your house smell absolutely scent-sational.

1. Bath & Body Works – But First, Coffee! 

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Revel in the smells of thatched bungalows and the salty sea breeze with Glasshouse‘s tropical scent.

The flowery yet tangy smells courtesy of cilantro, tangerine and orange blossoms will leave you with the thoughts of clear sandy beaches when you are actually in a hot and stuffy HDB flat.

Where to get it: Naiise outlets or online

3. fresh – Sake

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The Citronella Candle caught my nose with its grassy, floral smell that reminds me of the clean smell of wet grass.

Not only is citronella said to help reduce stress when used in aromatherapy, it also works as a mosquito repellent! Perfect for our tropical weather.

Artisan’s Garden sells the this candle in a small travel tin so that you can easily carry it around if you are thinking of going camping or traveling to tropical countries.

Where to get it: online
Use the holder to store trinkets once it’s finished (Image Credit: 6. NARS – Acapulco

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Yes, this is the same beauty brand that you find in Sephora. Not many people are aware that NARS carry candles (mainly because they don’t bring it to Singapore), which you have to buy through the NARS US website or Amazon.

And yes, the shipping fee is definitely worth it, because the candles can seriously compete with their make up range. My pick would be Acapulco, a chocolate-based candle that comes layered with traces of whipped cream and coffee beans. It’s delicious, but not overly sweet – kind of like dark chocolate.

Where to get it: NARS US website or Amazon
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Another underrated candle from a brand that specialises in selling something else!

If you love the smell of your TWG tea, you can now get their candle version so that you can enjoy the delicious smells without having to brew a pot.

Their White Earl Grey Tea Scented Candle is a fresh, raw fragrance of bergamot and imperial silver needles that smells as good as it tastes.

Where to get it: online
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Where to get it: online or through Etsy
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This Smart Hotel Makes Staycations Cooler With Automated Check-In And ‘Transformer’ Beds

We’ve heard of Smartphones, smart watches… but have you heard of a smart hotel?

Yotel is another hotel to join the smart hotel scene in Singapore. With 6 locations across Europe and USA, this London-based hotel chain will be opening in Singapore very soon – first, at Orchard Road this year, and then at Jewel Changi Airport in 2018.

Recognisable by its signature futuristic purple lighting, Yotel is a micro-hotel inspired by first class travel. That is, the rooms – or ‘cabins’, as they call it at Yotel – contain elements reminiscent of a first class suite on an airline. If you’ve never flown first class, staying in one of these cabins will give you a glimpse of the experience, minus the hefty price tag.

What’s Smart About This Hotel

1. Smart Check-in

How do you make a hotel smart?

For starters, you automate certain processes.

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Checking in at this hotel is fuss-free – and people-free. All you have to do is check in at one of their check-in kiosks. You can even use their mobile concierge app ‘SHAGGY’ for easy self check-in!

That said, don’t worry about getting no service during your stay at Yotel. With 24/7 mission control (i.e reception desk), there will always be a team on standby to assist you with whatever you need.

2. Smart Beds

Smart beds are another big part of Yotel’s charm.

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A bed that transforms, these adjustable beds provide comfortable and variable postures, whether you’re in the mood to read, work, or just watch TV.

With a Serta mattress designed exclusively to work with Yotel’s automated ‘gliding’ bed mechanism, the SmartBed can go from a flat bed to a sofa with the mere touch of a button!

3. Super Fast Wifi

What’s a smart hotel without amazing wifi? Yotel promises “Free Super Fast Wifi”, so you’ll have no problem getting wifi on all your devices, whether you’re in your cabin, chilling at the pool deck/terrace, or are at any public space within Yotel’s premises.

Aside from the smart features, Yotel also boasts a fully equipped gym that’s open 24/7, and a pool deck and terrace for you to chill at!

Cabins At Yotel

Premium Queen

Planning a staycay with your beau? Take your pick between the Premium Queen, Premium Queen View, and Premium Queen View Deck.

The three are similar, coming equipped with a queen sized SmartBed, a Technowall with mood lighting and a 40” HD smart TV, a Rain shower, as well as all your other standard hotel amenities.

The main difference between the 3 is that the Premium Queen View Deck comes with both stunning views and a nice balcony, the Premium Queen View comes with a view, and the Premium Queen comes with neither, being the most basic of the three.

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Premium Queen With Bunk

Travelling with a child in tow, or got a third-wheeler among you? Opt for the Premium Queen with Bunk, which comes with a queen sized bed and an additional bunk bed.

Once again, there is the option to go with a room with a view or a room without one. The amenities are essentially the same as the other Premium Queen rooms, with the exception of the extra bunk bed.

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King Deck

Got a party of three but want to live like kings and queens? This room will be perfect for your needs.

It comes with a king sized bed, unbeatable views of the city, a balcony, and all the other stuff you get in the previous rooms, including a Technowall with mood lighting and a 40” HD smart TV, and a Rain shower.

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VIP View Suite

And finally, the best for the last.

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Situated on the top floor, the VIP Suite is the most luxurious cabin at Yotel. Suitable for a party of 4, aside from the features you’ll find in all the previous rooms, a sick view and a balcony, you get a kitchenette, a dining room, a living room, an extra large bathroom, a king sized bed and a queen sofa bed, and 2 smart TVs – one 40″ and one 55″.

Talk about living large!

Be sure to keep a lookout for Yotel! Opening soon, this is another place to keep in mind for your next staycay.

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Live Your Worst Nightmare At HHN’s Sleepover, Where The Haunting Lasts 2 Nights Straight

The Conjuring, The Shining, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre – if these horror flicks are among your favourite films, and if you’ve always wondered if you’d be able to survive a real life haunted house situation, here’s an experience that comes pretty darn close.

Universal Studios Singapore will be hosting a super exclusive 2 night overnight stay at the most haunted parts of the Halloween Horror Nights 7 arena. A prelude to the most anticipated scare-fest in Singapore, only two very lucky – or unlucky – people will be picked to be a part of this USS first.

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[caption id="attachment_29033" align="alignnone" width="1436"] Image Credit: online or at Universal Studios Singapore ticket booths!

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