6 Romantic & Secluded High-Tea Spots That Your Date Will Surely Approve Of!

Ahh yes, high-tea. An indulgent meal consisting of champagne and fancy looking desserts served in elaborate three-tiered trays; high-teas are basically the queen of yum cha. Seriously, have you seen the tea set that comes in a jewellery drawer chest?

From sipping tea by the bay to enjoying tantalising cakes amidst the cityscape, high-tea dates can be just as romantic as an extravagant dinner date at half the price (guys, you’re welcome).

If you are looking to take café-hopping dates up a notch, or wish to experience the high society, here are six exquisite tea spots for a romantic day out!


If you are a fan of high-teas, you’ll be familiar with ANTI:DOTE’s jewellery drawer chest tea set (yeap, this is the one we were talking about).

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Situated in Fairmont Hotel, their high-tea selection consists of various creations including gourmet sandwiches such as Smoked Salmon with Lemon Cream Cheese and Ikura Roe, Mini Strawberry Cake, and Warm Chia Seeds Scones.

As ANTI:DOTE is conveniently located in town, we would highly recommend you to make reservations to avoid any disappointment.

Address: Fairmont Singapore, 80 Bras Basah Road Level 1, S189560
Email: [email protected]
Tel: 6431 5315
Open: Mon – Thur, 3pm – 5pm; Fri, Sat & Sun, 12pm – 2pm, 3pm – 5pm

2. The Knolls

The Knolls, with its English, Chinese and even Japanese tea varieties will definitely be your cup of tea.

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From the savoury Salmon Burrito with Olive Cavier to the sweet Lemon Tart Meringues, you can expect a full high-tea experience whilst enjoying a seafront view.

The Knolls may not exactly be the most accessible of venues, but this picture-perfect venue will definitely make your trip a worthy one.

The Knolls
Address: 1 The Knolls, Sentosa Island S 098297
Email: [email protected]
Tel: 6591 5046
Open: Mon – Sun, 3pm – 5pm

3. House at Dempsey

Prefer a garden setting but cosier? House @ Dempsey is definitely the place for you.

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Featuring a selection that is vegan and vegetarian friendly, you can expect a mix of sweet and savoury treats.

With cake creations that are exclusive to the House, get ready for an afternoon of sweet relaxation.

Although their high tea is only available on Thursdays and Fridays, we think taking an afternoon off for a cosy retreat is pretty much justified.

House at Dempsey
Address: 8D Dempsey Road, S249672
Tel: 6475 7787
Open: Thurs & Fri, 3pm – 5.30pm

4. Chihuly Lounge

Named after renowned American glass artist Dale Chihuly, Chihuly Lounge offers not only an impressive eight-course high-tea set, but also the company of Chihuly’s gorgeous glass sculptures.

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With its high ceiling and comfy couches, the Lounge emits nothing less than cosy and sophisticated vibes.

Live music entertainment is also available from Tuesdays to Saturdays.

Chihuly Lounge
Address: The Ritz-Carlton, 7 Raffles Ave S039799
Email: [email protected]
Tel: 6337 8888
Open: Mon – Fri, 12pm – 5pm; Sat & Sun, 2.30pm – 5pm

5. Salt Grill & Sky Bar

Love having a great view while dining?

Situated at the highest point of Orchard Road, Salt Grill & Sky Bar offers you a remarkable view of our cityscape and of course, great food.

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From Crostinis to Tim Tam Chocolate tarts, expect to enjoy a pampering treat after a week of tough work.

Salt Grill & Sky Bar
Address: ION Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn #55/56-01, S238801
Tel: 6592 5118
Open: Fri – Sun, 2.30pm – 4.45pm

6. The Landing Point

Situated on an elegant promenade with a panoramic view of the waterfront is The Landing Point, a gorgeous dining establishment situated within The Fullerton Bay Hotel.

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With a choice of alfresco or indoor seating, enjoy an assortment of bite-sized noms including freshly prepared mini sandwiches, Salted Caramel Dark Chocolate Tarts and of course, traditional English scones.

The Landing Point
Address: 80 Collyer Quay, S049326
Tel: 6333 8388
Email: [email protected]
Open: Mon – Fri, 3pm – 5.30pm; Sat & Sun, 12.30pm – 3pm, 3.30pm – 6pm

So there you have it, six dreamy high-tea spots that you can pamper you and your significant other with. Whether you’re looking for a cosy afternoon or making googly eyes against the backdrop of the Maria Bay waterfront, its safe to say that we’ve got your back.

Also, read These Five Local Bars Feature LIVE Bands You Can Rock Out To After Work

 Header image: The Honey Combers

[GIVEAWAY] GETAI – The Musical: Getting Behind The Glitz & Glamour

If you think Getai performances can’t get any louder, colourful or dramatic, think again. With its colourful sets, over-the-top costumes and everyone’s favourite Hokkien classic songs, GETAI – The Musical promises nothing but to dance its way into your heart.

That’s right, our humble Getai is going to Broadway.

GETAI – The Musical

Starring renowned local Getai performers and international celebrities, this quirky musical tells the story of an amateur performer.

Upon meeting a seasoned performer, he was inspired by how his senior overcame obstacles that were plaguing his career .

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Shedding light on three decades worth of triumphs and trials of Getai performers, this performance reveals exclusive behind-the-scenes look of a Getai stage.

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New songs and familiar classics like Cupid, Passionate Desert and, Fight to Win will be featured.

For the slightly older audience, this musical serves as a trip down memory lane as it showcases Getai in the ‘80s.

Blending the essence of grassroots Getai with theatrics, this musical seeks to play a part in preserving the popular indigenous art.

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Set in Resorts World Genting, GETAI – The Musical’s stellar cast includes Hao Hao, Desmond Ng and the Bao Bei Sisters. In anticipation of the musical’s first overseas debut, we will be giving away…

2 pairs of tickets + accommodation at First World Hotel

Oh yes, you heard us right.

Not only will two lucky readers win a pair of tickets to the musical, but they will also enjoy a one-night hotel stay. Tickets for the giveaway are for the period of 8th – 11th October 2016.


Simply LIKE and SHARE this post on Facebook to stand a chance to win a pair of tickets to Getai – The Musical by 6th October 2016!

Yes, it’s that simple! So if you’re looking for a short weekend getaway, you know what to do.

For more information on Getai – The Musical,

This article is awesomely brought to you by DiscoverSG X Resorts World Genting.

Also, read Top 5 Events You Cannot Miss: 1 October – 15 October

5 Secret Spots In Gardens By The Bay That’ll Make You Wonder WTH They’re Doing There

D0 you know that Gardens by the Bay is the inspiration to the fictional planet Xandar featured in the hit Marvel movie Guardians of the Galaxy?

Touted as the key to transforming Singapore from a ‘Garden City’ into a ‘City in a Garden’, you might be familiar with the Cloud Forest, Flower Dome and the iconic Supertrees.

But there is more to this popular attraction than meets the eye. And you’ll surely go…


Let’s find out.

1. A desert

What are you doing here, cacti-desert thingamajig?!


(Image Credit: Gardens by the Bay)

Get back to the desert, yo!


(Image Credit: Gardens by the Bay)

Not many know about this outdoor garden that features desert plants.

Aptly named Sun Pavilion, it is home to a whopping 1000 desert plants comprising of 100 different species.

Unlike the Flower Dome, admission is free.

Poke around (get it?) here if you have time.

2. A big secret

This aquarium is a fresh breath of water for those who want to look at something other than the usual floral stars in Gardens by the Bay.

Located just a stone’s throw away from Sun Pavilion, the Big Fish Aquarium lives up to its namesake- it houses large fish, duh.


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Not many know about this hidden aquarium as it is not featured on any of the Gardens by the Bay maps.

Here, you can spot creatures like the pig-nosed turtles, catfish, and the one of the world’s largest fish, the arapaima.

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From a pangolin to a hornbill, you are sure to be impressed by the efforts that have been taken to creating these structures.


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Not only that, this quiet park gives you a beautiful view of Marina Bay Sands. A concrete jungle next to a ‘real’ jungle!

4. Going back in time

Step back to 500 million years ago in this part of the World of Plants.


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Like its name suggests, you can discover many ancient species of plants like the Multipinnate Cycas and Chinese Desmos here.

Because Gardens by the Bay is so cool, you can even learn about the rare dinosaur-era plants here and also, how they have evolved.

The ‘Discover’ aspect of the park allows you to not only rest your weary feet but also transport you back in time. Much wow!

5. A timely gift

This beautiful Floral Clock was created by Audemars Piguet (a luxury watch maker) for Gardens by the Bay in celebration of Singapore’s 50th birthday in 2015.

Made from flowers such as the the Spider Flower and Madagascar Periwinkle, this clock is truly a sight to behold.


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Luxury watch, what are you doing there? Get back on my wrist!


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Located nearby are also sculptures worth visiting like the Guardian Lions and the Resting Budai. Further down leads you to the mysteries planet- or more commonly known as the ‘floating baby’.

Yea, Gardens by the Bay is pretty weird. We’re so proud of our SuperTrees, but WTH are these secret spots doing in our favourite garden?

We kid. Thank you Gardens by the Bay, for the desert, clock, and everything else.

(Header image credit: Nudge Sustainability Hub, words by editor)

Also, read Who Says You Need Money To Have Fun? Here Are 7 Things You Can Do For FREE At The Singapore River Festival 2016!

[WIN] Tickets To A Romantic Movie With Your Date Under The Stars!

What’s better than catching an award-winning film at the natural amphitheatre of Fort Canning Park against the backdrop of a gorgeous sunset? Doing all of that whilst tucking into a gourmet picnic basket and sipping away at your favourite wine as the sunset fades to a sky full of stars. How romantic is that?

If you haven’t already heard, Singapore’s premier open-air cinematic event, Films at the Fort, is back! Whether you’re planning a date night or just looking to chill with your khakis, this novel cinematic experience will surely do the trick.

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Films at the Fort – Singapore’s outdoor film festival

Held from 11th – 21st August, the outdoor film festival this year will boast a showing of eleven quality films.

Film programme

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Forrest Gump – Romantic comedy drama


“My momma always said, life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get”

Amongst the selection is Forrest Gump, a movie classic probably even the most reluctant cinema patron has heard of. Starring Tom Hanks as the slow-witted Forrest Gump, this feel-good ’90s film shows one man’s epic journey through significant historical events without him actually knowing their significance. Full of funny anecdotes and stories, this film will be sure to warm the cockles of your heart.

Brooklyn – Romantic drama


If you’re into something more recent, we’d recommend the recent award-winning Brooklyn, a film featuring a young Irish immigrant navigating her way through 1950s Brooklyn. Despite falling into a new romance, the Irish maiden gets homesick trying to assimilate into the Brooklyn culture. Watch as she struggles with the decision between the two countries and all that exist within. Do note that this film is NC16.

Fans of The Theory of Everything on the other hand, will appreciate The Man Who Knew Infinity, a story about a self-taught mathematical genius discovered by a Cambridge professor. Other film selections include AmyThe Nice Guys, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, A Hologram for the King and more.For more details about the film programme at Films at the Fort, click here.

We’re going to go out on a limb and say that this year’s event is going to be pretty kickass!

Gourmet food selection at Films at the Fort

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Food wise, fans of Shakespeare in the Park will find the options familiar. Helmed by the team from If you’re feeling fancy, feel free to indulge in an Antipasti Platter ($24.50) or even a Cheese Platter ($24.50). Pair them with a glass of Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Noir ($10 per glass/$48 per bottle). Snacks such as Gourmet Popcorn ($5) and non-alcoholic sparkling juices and soda will be available. Of course, you’re welcomed to prepare your own picnic basket but do note that all alcohol must be purchased at the event.

For the full menu, click here.

Get your tickets

A different film will be screened each night of the event. We recommend you get tickets to this sell-out event fast or you know, weep. Hurry before there are no tickets left. Don’t say we didn’t warn you!

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All psyched for Singapore’s only open-air cinematic festival? Here’s your chance to

Win a pair of tickets to Films at the Fort!

There are two pairs of tickets up for grabs!

First pair: Brooklyn
Screening date: Tuesday, 16 August

Second pair: Forrest Gump
Screening date: Saturday, 20 August

All screenings start between 7:30PM and 7:40PM. Gates, bar, and food stalls open at 5:00PM. Arrive early to secure your favourite spot on the grass and watch the sun set with your date!

Here’s how you can win

  1. LIKE and SHARE this post on Facebook
  2. COMMENT to tell us which film you’d like to catch, and who you’ll bring with you!

That’s all you need to do to stand a chance to win a pair of tickets to the showing of either Forrest Gump or Brooklyn! It’s that simple. Giveaway will end 3rd August and the two lucky winners will be notified through Facebook.

Already bought tickets? Don’t forget to bring along a nice picnic mat and an umbrella! We’re not going to jinx anything, but we’ll be praying alongside with you for great weather.

This article is brought to you by Discover SG x Films at the Fort


Films At The Fort presented by Casillero del Diablo is Singapore’s premier open-air cinema event, combining award winning films with gourmet food and wine. Set in the natural amphitheatre of Fort Canning Park from 11th-21st August 2016, this is the perfect place to unwind with friends over a sunset drink before enjoying a quality film under the stars.

(Header image by Films at the Fort)

Also, read [WIN] An Extravagant Dinner Buffet For 2 At The Line, Shangri-La!

Rope Yoga & Kitesurfing? 6 Thrilling Sports For Adrenaline Junkies

If you’re an adrenaline junkie, chances are you’ve already tried some of the more uh, thrilling sports such as rock climbing and walking across elevated wobbly logs at the Forest Adventure. Compared to the usual void deck soccer and multipurpose hall badminton, rock climbing does sound pretty rad.

However, as true thrill seekers, completing the Forest Adventure alone just doesn’t cut it. What you need are some heart-pounding and soul-stopping activates that will get your adrenaline going. From cable skiing to car racing, we give you six thrilling sports that will do more than satisfy the adrenaline junkie in you.

1. Urban Skiing

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Sure, we may not have the luxury of large open waters but that does not stop water sports enthusiasts from trying their hands at cable skiing. Instead of a boat, you’ll be pulled by a machine at speeds from twenty to fifty-eight kilometres per hour. Not exactly a pro? Fret not as the instructors will have you covered. So if you’re looking for a cooling yet thrilling activity, check out 3. Kitesurfing [caption id="attachment_11354" align="alignnone" width="1021"]Source: Shutterstock Source: Shutterstock[/caption]

Though a familiar activity to many water sports enthusiasts, some may be surprised to find this sport in Singapore. Conducted at either East Coast Park or Pasir Ris, spend your day navigating a power kite whilst skimming across blue sparkly waters. For the beginners, do expect to take a couple of hours/days before you’re able to fly.

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Not that big a fan of water sports? Land paddling should do the trick. If you’re familiar with Stand Up Paddling (SUP), land paddling is simply the uh, land version. If not, simply imagine yourself riding a skateboard but instead of kicking your legs, you use a long stick to push yourself forward. It may sound simple, but trust us when we say this sport is a great way of getting those chiselled six pecs. If you’re looking for a place to start, 5. Go-Karting [caption id="attachment_11357" align="alignnone" width="1536"]Source: The Straits Times Source: The Straits Times[/caption]

Always wanted a taste of the Fast & Furious team but lack the driving license to do so? Not only does Go-Karting excuse your lack of driving skills, it offers you the speed and adrenaline you need. With the longest track in Singapore, 6. Rope Yoga [caption id="attachment_11358" align="alignnone" width="1024"]Source: Expat Living Source: Expat Living[/caption]

Yeap, it’s exactly what it sounds like. It’s rope plus yoga. Unlike the traditional yoga, rope yoga uses sturdy ropes that provide support to aid your stretchability and yoga poses. Worry not if you’re new to rope yoga or even yoga. The ropes are there to help ease the tightness of your body. So ladies, if you’re looking for something new, feel free to give rope yoga a try at $39 for a session at So the next time, before you lament about how “Singapore got nothing to do leh”, do give one or several of these six heart-pumping sports a go. We do admit that these thrilling sports are relatively costly when compared to the rental of a badminton court but hey, experience is priceless, right?

Also, read Not Ulu Anymore! Here’s A Peek At Decathlon’s City Square Mall Store

Laksa Cocktail? 8 Whacky Singaporean Cocktails You Need To Try!

Let’s be honest, for people who aren’t exactly the fiercest of patriots, we are surprisingly crazy for any food/beverage that has local twists to them. With Salted Egg Yolk hogging the spotlight for the past couple of weeks, we’d like to take the chance to introduce the cocktail equivalent of the McDonald’s Salted Egg Yolk Chicken Burger.

Kidding. Had you for a second there, didn’t we?

Seriously, though, you never know if a Salted Egg Yolk cocktail is coming our way. In the meantime, we did some prowling in our bar scene. Guess what? We came across several locally inspired drinks, Singaporean cocktails specifically, whose weirdness rivals that of the imaginary Salted Egg Yolk’s.

Unusual yet delicious, we present you seven whacky and uniquely Singaporean cocktails you need to try.

1. Stylo Milo

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Straight from the Kopitiam is Stylo Milo, Ding Dong’s playful take on our favourite childhood drink. More than just freshly brewed Milo and condensed milk, Stylo Milo also features a dash of Hakushu Distillers Reserve’s whisky and green chartreuse. This guys, is how you drink Milo peng in style.

Ding Dong
Address: 115 Amoy Street #01-02, S069935
Contact: 6557 0189
Opening hours: Mon to Fri, 12pm – 3pm, 6pm – 12am; Sat, 6pm – 12am

2. Kaya Toast Cocktail

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Need some toast to go with your Milo? Fret not, 3. Mr. Bean [caption id="attachment_11171" align="alignnone" width="1000"]Source: Saveur Source: Saveur[/caption]

A modern take on tao huey, this beancurd cocktail is a signature drink from Jekyll & Hyde that consists of butterscotch liqeuer, kaya, frangelico, vodka and of course, beancurd. Yes, there is actual tao huey in it. Not just some chapalang beancurd, but the renowned Lao Ban beancurd is what is used for this concoction. This is a creamy, sweet and hazelnutty drink that we think is great on its own.

Jekyll & Hyde
Address: 49 Tras Street S078988
Contact: 6222 3349

4. Prawn Noodle Cocktail

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It’s not enough that Kuvo serves its own rendition of the traditional Prawn Noodle Soup. It serves also the Prawn Noodle Cocktail! Comprising of the ingredients you’ll find in your everyday Prawn Noodle Soup, be warned that this unorthodox concoction may be a little too exotic for some.

Address: 321 Orchard Road, #02-01 S238866
Contact: 6733 8272
Opening hours: Mon to Thu, 12pm – 1am; Fri & Sat, 12pm – 2am; Sun 12pm – 1am

5. Laksa Cocktail

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A frothy beverage made of laksa leaves, coriander, ginger, chilli, lime juice, egg white and rum, the Laksa Cocktail by Ah Sam Cold Drink Stall is a cocktail with a kick. Slightly creamy, this distinctly aromatic blend is a pretty good Singaporean cocktail rendition of the traditional laksa. On a side note, how old school is the name Ah Sam Cold Drink Stall?

Ah Sam Cold Drink Stall
Address: 60A Boat Quay, S049848
Contact: 6535 0838
Opening hours: Mon to Thu, 6pm – 12am; Fri & Sat, 6pm – 3am

6. Chicken Rice Cocktail

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Served in a traditional teacup of sorts, the Chicken Rice Cocktail from 7. Nonya Crack [caption id="attachment_11175" align="alignnone" width="700"]Source: Chope Source: Chope[/caption]

A concoction similar to Baileys, Singaporean cocktail of batida de coco, pandan, milk, pink salt and rum. This is another Singaporean cocktail we’d recommend as a dessert cocktail.

6327 4820
Opening hours: Daily, 4pm – 1am

8. Liang Teh

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Feeling a little heaty from the laksa and chicken rice? Maison Ikkoku presents to you the Liang Teh. A mixture of chrysanthemum, luo han guo, xia gu chao, red dates, ginseng and white spirits, traditional herbal tea has just gotten better. If only our ah ma had thought of this.

Maison Ikkoku
Address: 20 Kandahar Street, S198885
Contact: 6294 0078
Opening hours: Sun to Thu, 6pm – 1am; Fri & Sat, 6pm – 2am

With these eight cocktails, there really is no better time to let your Singaporean-ness shine. So unleash your inner alcoholic patriot and get started on these whacky Singaporean cocktails!

(Header image by Weekender, words by editor)

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The Best Brexit Bargains: 6 UK Online Shopping Sites To Visit!

Following UK’s recent vote to exit the European Union (EU), a slew of ranging emotions has since surfaced across the Internet. As commonwealth citizens, we’re as concerned about Brexit as any other Briton and honestly, cannot be happier now that EU has shed a few pounds.

Though we may kid about the above comment, we’re not-so-secretly happy about the fall in the pound. Just like us, we’re rather sure the first thing you did was to rush to check out the nearest money changer or go on an online shopping spree.

Whether you’re for leave or remain, or in need of some therapeutic shopping, listed below are six UK based online shopping sites you can take advantage of will find useful.


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Offering over 850 brands in apparels and accessories that include favourites such as and more, this brand targets mainly young adults of both genders. With up to 70% off its outlet items coupled with Brexit, online shopping has never been sweeter.

: Free for orders above $42, otherwise flat rate of $7.50
Delivery time: Within 14 days

2. Boohoo

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With its chic and affordable (now even more so) pieces, Source: Boohoo Betty Boho Swing Playsuit, $18
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Despite catering to both genders, we have to say that a wider selection is available for the ladies. Sorry guys!

: Free for orders above $42, otherwise flat rate of $7.50
Delivery time: 5-14 working days

3. Next

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Apparels and accessories aside, Next also offers a variety of homeware. Looking for a new set of to decorate your home with? This all-in-one shopping site has it all! Who knows, Next may just be the English version of q10 or even Taobao.

: Free for orders over $50, otherwise $6 is charged for each item


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If you’re a bargain hunter or fan of designer pieces, chances are, you’ve already heard of THE OUTNET. For those who don’t mind donning last-season apparels by renowned designers such as Alexander Wang and Isabel Marant, this UK-based online shopping website is definitely one to bookmark.

For the fashion-conscious, timelessly stylish pieces such as leather jackets and silk T-shirts are also available. Here’s how you save on some moolah and the fashion faux pas.

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Despite the fall in the pound, be warned that prices here are still pretty steep.

Shipping fee: $42
Delivery time: 4-5 working days

5. Miss Guided

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Strictly for the ladies, Miss Guided’s selection includes the usual apparel, swimwear, and even wedding dress.

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From smashing bodysuits to killer hills, Miss Guided will help unleash the party animal in you. For the slightly more reserved, do check out their daily dresses for more uh, coverage.

Miss Guided
Shipping fee: Free for orders above $214, if not the rate of $27 applies
Delivery time: Within 3-11 working days

6. Mr Porter

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Thought we forgot about the gentlemen, didn’t you? The male equivalent for Net-A-Porter, Dolce & Gabbana, Alexander McQueen, and Balenciaga.

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From apparel to grooming kits, this online shopping site will take care of all your manly needs.

Shipping fee: Free
Delivery time: 3-4 working days

There’s no telling of the future, so what we’d recommend is to make the best of the present and shop to your heart’s content. We may not be politicians, but it’ll be pretty silly not to turn such situations into our advantage, right?

Currency exchange rates accurate as of 5th July 2016

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The Perfect Shot – DarylAiden’s Photography Journey & DreaChong


With his boyish good looks and impeccable style, it’s relatively easy for one to mistake Daryl Yow for a member of the latest K-Pop boy band. Just take a look at that beach-tousled hair and perfect everything. Sigh.


For the social media savvy, the 25-year-old photographer hardly needs an introduction. Better known as @darylaiden, Daryl is the man behind some of @dreachong’s most stunning shots. With 24k followers on Instagram, we’re really not sure if we should be more jealous of his incredible works or the fact that he’s Drea’s photographer (and one of her best friends). Oh, did we mention that Daryl is also the co-founder of One of Daryl's many stunning works One of Daryl’s many stunning works[/caption]

We managed to grab the talented man for a quick chat, to find out how it all started, his tips for taking the perfect photo and most importantly, how he became the goddess’ personal photographer and one of her best friends.

So Daryl, tell us how you got into professional photography!

Oh, it started with praises from others when I first started out. Okay, this is a funny story really. I’d wanted to save on the photography costs when I started Everyday People so I decided to shoot the photos instead. I got a little more creative and people started praising my works on social media! I currently do portraits, interiors and food photography for my clients.

What do you think are the main challenges in pursuing this profession?

People tend to underestimate the amount of work in editing and shooting the photos. Clients can sometimes try to undercut the budget and get you to do a lot more for a lot less. Plus, you need to spend on lenses, camera bodies so it can get pretty hard to survive.

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In that case, how does one build his portfolio?

You need to have quite a bit of savings. Some of my friends didn’t know about this at first, but you need a good camera and lens in order to capture details and colours for that perfect photo. If you’re intending to go into fashion photography, you’ll have to pay for your models and makeup artist. Plus, you’ll want your photos to stand out so you may want to conduct an overseas shoot or you’ll end up shooting at botanic gardens like everybody else. Essentially, you cannot really progress as a photographer if you don’t have the budget.

Woah, so what’s the most expensive gear you currently own?

That has to be my Canon 5DS – the body alone is around $6000. Cue gasps. Its lenses are pegged at around $3k-$4k.

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What’s your favourite subject matter so far?

I like shooting human portraits! I used to underestimate the power of the models, but the difference between having an average and high-end model can be quite drastic. Their expressions and movements are what make the photo. Every model needs a direction, but some less-experienced models will try overly hard and become stiff. That’s when I’ll get a little frustrated.

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In that case, which is your favourite portrait shot?

The shot of Andrea in Maldives where she was flipping her hair! Okay here’s the backstory, she was very doubtful of this photo and saying that it’ll end up looking messy and crazy. The water level was up to our waist and the waves were so strong they almost got to my then-new Canon 5DS. She’d flipped her hair about thirty times and was getting a headache. But I told her to trust me and we got a good shot in the end!

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Okay, we have to ask, how did you and Andrea meet?

Oh, Andrea followed me on Instagram first (though she will most likely deny this). I approached her at an event and we talked about photography. After which she said she was wearing clothes from my online boutique and asked if I can photograph her. After a series of omg why you take so long to edit and I really love your photos, we began to speak more on a daily basis. I then shot most of her photos and our Hong Kong trip last year late November was our first trip.

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How long does it take you to get the perfect shot?

The timing ranges from 3mins-30mins (especially when the location gets too crazy). Many people ask what camera I’m using, thinking that they’ll achieve photos if they get the same one. But honestly, when it comes to photography, it’s 25% photo-taking and 75% editing. I take roughly two hours to edit a photo and will do up three editions before deciding on the best!

What is your ultimate tip to getting that perfect photo?

Framing, framing, framing. People usually focus on taking a photo from just one angle. What I usually do is to take a photo from a certain angle before moving closer to the subject or shooting it from the floor before deciding on the best.

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Which camera would you recommend a budding photographer start out with?

 The Cannon 6D is the basic and takes pretty decent softer images. It’s priced at around $1k-$2k so it’s not too bad. For richer colours, one can try Nikon!

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Despite his gorgeous works, we’re glad to say that Daryl is one humble photographer. Pursuing the art of photography may not be easy, but after browsing through the stunning, we reckon the effort  be worth it. Nobody starts out a professional, where it takes months if not years for one to build a reputation. So if you’re a budding photographer anxious about rising to fame, fret not. If it took Daryl two years and a hell lot of work to be where he is now, it’ll be your turn to come.

Also, photos are courtesy of Daryl unless otherwise stated.

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[GIVEAWAY] HOTEL – Checking In To The Epic Play Of The SG Story

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For the artsy fartsy, we’re pretty sure you’ll know by now that the my-mother-buys-condoms My Mother Buys Condoms
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Started in 2006, the STF is presented by local theatre company , a cheeky story about a 63-year-old retired school teacher who falls for an air-con repairman whilst teaching him to read and HOTEL by W!LD RICE HOTEL by W!LD RICE[/caption]

STF will also be bringing back the wildly popular In anticipation of the STF, we’ve managed to speak to some of the cast and playwrights of Hotel, to find out more about this immersive and multi-generation epic play. Read as we speak to playwright Marcia Vanderstraaten, director Glen Goei and cast Ghafir Akbar and Brendon Fernandez to get behind-the-scenes of Hotel!

A little background on the cast and crew before we begin:

Co-Playwright – Marcia Vanderstraaten

Credits: Poached Mag

With a background in theatre studies, Marcia is one of the playwrights of Hotel. She is the writer of the end of Part One and 1985, 1995 and 2005 segments of Part Two.

Co-Director – Glen Goei

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One of Singapore’s leading theatre directors, Glen’s body of works includes film, theatre and musicals. As the Associate Artistic Director of W!LD RICE, Glen’s hits include Hotel, The Importance of Being Earnest and Emily of Emerald Hill.

Cast – Ghafir Akbar

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A Malaysian actor, Ghafir first made his debut at W!LD RICE in Public Enemy. Ghafir is also one of the leading cast in Hotel.

Cast – Brendon Fernandez

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A familiar face in both the theatre and television scene, Brendon’s theatric works include The Optic Trilogy, The Importance of Being Earnest, and Romeo & Juliet.

1. How did you become a writer/director/actor?

MV: I have an overactive imagination and an obsessive love for telling stories. Somewhere in between, I am also deeply fond of the English language. I suppose a slow-cooker combination of the three has resulted in me not wanting to do anything else!

GG: My teacher in Primary 6, Mrs Eunice Sim arrowed me to direct the school mid-term production and I have been directing for 42 years ever since!

BF: I took an A-level in Theatre Studies & Drama at Victoria Junior College and fell in love with acting. I’ve been doing it ever since.

2. What are the inspirations behind Hotel?

MV: I think one of the biggest motivations was actually the SG50 celebrations. We were observing the main narrative being presented to the world (the usual “Singapore used to be a fishing village” history) and we were thinking surely there are other stories that are not being told, other parts of our history that need to be made known to people in order for us to have a fuller sense of where we came from and who we’ve become.

GG: My theatre education included watching Peter Brook and Robert LePage’s epics. I always wanted the opportunity to create one of my own.


3. What is the biggest challenge in writing/directing/acting in the play?

MV: The biggest challenge personally was rewriting pages as the actors were also rehearsing – we couldn’t take as much time as we might have taken otherwise because the actors needed to rehearse quickly.

GG: We threw 13 wonderful actors, 2 writers, 2 directors and a team of stage managers into a room over the course of a full year and just improvised without a single page of writing.  The challenge eventually became the factor of satisfaction.

GA: The process was truly collaborative between the actors, the writers, and the directors to create the play. The challenge was to encapsulate the complexity and fullness of these characters in the short scenes that they appear in.

4. We love putting people in a spot so name your favourite character in Hotel!

MV: I have two favourites – Mr Matsuda and Sharifah (her older self, in the later part of the play). I can’t explain why without giving the story away, but it’s safe to say that I am very moved by the relationship between them.

GG: It is the character of the P Ramlee fan in 1955 which reappears in 2005 played by Siti Khalijah. The two scenes couldn’t be more different and the character encapsulates the mood and changes throughout the decades.

GA: This is a really difficult question – I feel this would equate to choosing a favourite child! I would say that minor characters often reveal just as interesting a life as the major roles, and Hotel really does show you that even a supporting character carry a significant weight in the story. I would encourage our audiences to pay attention to what these characters are sharing with you as well. (no choosing sides for Ghafir then!)


5. Summarize Hotel in less than six words

MV: History you should have studied.

GG: A rollercoaster ride through Singapore’s history.

BF: Made for us, by us. Epic.

GA: 100 years: hotel walls finally talk.

6. What’s your all-time favourite locally written play?

MV: The Book of Living and Dying by Chong Tze Chien. I watched that every day it was performed in 2013; it’s such a deeply layered text and so masterfully crafted a production that every time I watched it I learnt something new.

GG: It is a close tie between Stella Kon’s Emily of Emerald and Alfian Sa’at’s Nadirah.

BF: That’s easy: Hotel! (we totally saw this coming)

7. What advice would you give to budding writers/directors/actors?

MV: Read as much as you can, watch as much as you can, and don’t wait for someone to give you a reason to write (amen to that!)

GG: Be interested and curious! About everything!

BF: Try something else first. Work a job that has regular hours, opportunities for promotion, annual bonuses and CPF. After a year, if you’re still willing to give all that up to be an actor, then you’ll know that acting is for you.

GA: Always do your homework and always come to rehearsal prepared. In between that, watch as much plays/dance/concerts/exhibitions/art as you can.


Besides being an epic play itself, Hotel was also a sell-out at last year’s Singapore International Festival of Arts and has racked up seven nominations at the 2016 M1-The Straits Times Life Theatre Awards.

Can’t wait to catch Hotel now that you’ve heard from its cast and crew? Here’s your chance to be one of the first few to catch the play by

Winning a pair of tickets to an exclusive performance on 3rd July 2016!

Simply LIKE and SHARE this post on Facebook to stand a chance to win a pair of tickets to Hotel by 29th June 2016! Yes, it’s that simple! Do note that play will be a whole day affair so do keep the day free!

This article is awesomely brought to you by DiscoverSG X Singapore Theatre Festival.

(Header image by W!ILD RICE)

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Pokémon Café – An Exclusive Sneak Pik(achu) At Its Menu!

The last time we talked about our childhood dream coming true, it was when we announced the launch of the first Pokémon café in Singapore. Since then, we’ve been curious about the café’s menu. Will there be a local twist to its dishes? How extensive is the menu? After travelling across the land and searching far and wide, we’re proud to say that we’ve found the ultimate prize – the menu of the Pokémon Café. We know, this is totally our destiny.

From 27th May – 31st July 2016, the Pokémon Café will be serving an array of Pikachu Pokémon themed mains, desserts and drinks that’ll satisfy the inner Pokémon master in you. Ready to find out what they are? Turn your cap backwards Ash Ketchum style and let’s go!


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The menu may not be extensive, but rest assured that having your rice served in the shape of Pikachu’s face will have you forget that in no time. Amongst the list is the Pikachu Smiling Rice Omelettte with Magma Sauce $25. Pikachu’s face is shaped with saffron rice and is accompanied by omelette ears.

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Another intriguing combination is Battle on Pikachu! Level-up with Rare Candy $20, a dish that consists of beef patty, mashed potatoes and vegetables in the shape of a Pokéball. We’re not too sure what the Rare Candy is, but we’re hoping that it’ll level-up the dish.

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Equally intriguing is the Special Move “Fire Blast”! $20. A possible rice-in-a-pan dish, this dish is probably one that best fits its name.


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Talk about seriously adorable-looking desserts. Starting off with Pikachu’s “Thunder Shock” Parfait $15, this sponge cake looks too good to be eaten. Accompanied by a crackling cotton candy ball, this dessert will satisfy your sugar craving for sure.


A cream puff and cotton candy, the Pokéball Cream Puff! $20 even allows customers to decorate the dessert with a choco pen. Not much to do with the theme but this interactive dessert is pretty interesting.

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The usual pancakes and maple syrup takes on an adorable twist with Pikachu’s Sweeeeet Pancake $20. On a serious note, we’re hoping that the number of ‘e’s is not representative of the dessert’s sugar level.

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Finally something that’s not Pikachu related, the Special Move Hydro Pump $15 is made of jelly, candy, white chocolate, and custard cream in the shape of a Pokéball. We’d have liked it better if the jelly is in the shape of Squirtle but guess Pikachu remains the star of the show.


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A combination of passion fruit soda and mango sherbet, the “Volt Tackle” Soda promises to give customers a tingling sensation that hopefully is more pleasant than what its name suggests.

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If you’re more of a coffee person, you’ll most likely appreciate the Pikachu Latte.

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Do note that the Hot $8 and Iced $9 versions come in different forms so if you’re unsure about which to get, you can always make a decision based on the aesthetics.

Ready to eat them all? As aesthetically pleasing as the dishes may be, we have to admit that to pay for them is the real test. As a witty friend of ours so rightly asked, is this Poké-a-hole-in-your-wallet café worth its price tag? We’ll leave it to you to decide.

Pokemon Cafe
Address: #04-05 Bugis Junction, 200 Victoria St, S188021
Tel: 6338 0135
Date: 27 May to 31 July 2016
Opening hours: Daily, 11am to 9:30pm

(Header Image by wallpapercave, words by writer)

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