These 5 Indie Bookstores Are A Bibliophile’s Dream And Will Make You Want To Never Leave

“A town isn’t a town without a bookstore” — so writes Neil Gaiman in American Gods, and we agree.

For all you bookworms, we’ve rounded up 5 best independent bookstores around the island where you can get your lit geek on and #SupportLocal while you’re at it.

1. Booktique

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BooksActually is the place to be if you’re looking for local literature, with its good selection of works by Singapore poets. Here, you’ll also find the trademark minimalist SingLit book covers printed by BooksActually’s publishing arm, Math Paper Press.

Venture into the back room and you’ll find several knick-knacks and accessories with local flavour. And if you’re lucky, you’ll get a chance to say hi to the bookstore’s resident feline friends.

9 Yong Siak St, Singapore 168645
Opening Hours: Tues – Sat: 10am – 8pm; Sun – Mon: 10am – 6pm

3. Woods in the Books

A few doors down from BooksActually is Woods in the Books, an independent bookshop that specialises in picture books for the little ones.

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With its adorable outdoor mural and charming decor, Woods in the Books is nothing short of enchanting.

The young at heart can also indulge in a little childhood nostalgia here, as the bookstore carries plenty of classic titles such as The Giving Tree and The Hungry Caterpillar.

Woods in the Books
 3 Yong Siak Street, Singapore 16864
Opening Hours: Tue – Fri: 10am – 7pm; Sat: 10am – 8pm; Sun: 10am – 6pm; Closed on Mon
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Wandering through the bookshelves here will take you from fantasy novels to science fiction, to cookbooks and travel guides, with helpful post-it recommendations along the way on the staff’s favourite picks.

DiscoverSG Pro Tip: Look out for the discount pile under their staircase, where you can get some great steals.

Littered With Books
20 Duxton Road, Singapore 089486
Opening Hours: Mon – Thu: 12pm – 8pm; Fri 12pm – 9pm; Sat 11am – 9pm; Sun 11am – 8pm

5. Basheer Graphic Books

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Hankering for a dose of design inspo? Head to Basheer Graphic Books. Offering shelves upon shelves of books and magazines on architecture, graphic design, fashion, photography, typography and more, the store is a mecca for lovers of design and collectors of magazines. The store’s no-frills, old-school vibe is also a big part of its charm.

Basheer Graphic Books
Bras Basah Complex #04-19, 231 Bain St, Singapore 180231
Opening Hours:
Mon – Sat: 10am – 8pm; Sun: 11am – 6.30pm
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10 ‘Die Die Must Try’ Events And Eats To Rev Up Your First Half Of June [1-15 June]

Aaand it’s finally June!

If you’re in school, that means the long awaited June holiday break. If not, there’s always the weekend to spend some quality time with your loved ones.

With a whole bunch of exciting events to go to and new eats to sample, this month’s line-up of events surely does not disappoint!

Think fun festivals of all kinds, shopping till you drop at The Great Singapore Sale, and new cafe openings. Whether you’re a beach bum, die-hard foodie or someone who appreciates great music, we’ve got some ideas on how you can spend your weekend!

Here are 10 activities you need to head down to ASAP!

Play & Discover

1. Faber-Castell Art Festival

It’s time to pick up your colouring pencils again!

Faber-Castell, the makers of brilliant pencils and creative goods, adds colour to the month with its first ever art festival.

[caption id="attachment_26604" align="aligncenter" width="2048"] Image Credit: These include lessons on fashion illustration, brush calligraphy, hand-lettering, and watercolour painting. You can also bond with family over art competitions, badge making, and mind mapping.

There will also be an art exhibition, where proceeds from the sale of artworks will be donated to the Singapore Children’s Cancer Foundation.

Make sure you nose around the huge spread of Faber-Castell products on sale too!

Faber-Castell Art Festival
Where: Singapore ION Orchard #04-13 & Marina Square #02-190A, 6 Raffles Boulevard, S039594
When: 27 May – 4 June, 11am – 9pm daily
Contact no.: 6339 8787

If you remember watching Channel 8’s The Little Nyonya, you’ll jump at this chance to be part of that world.

The Peranakan Festival offers the most immersive chance to learn about the vibrant Straits Chinese culture in Singapore!

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Expect a slew of performances, including the traditional Dondang Sayang, a humourous love ballad.

Kids will love the arts and crafts workshops, where they’ll learn stamp carving, silk screen printing and book cover art. You’ll also get to have fun dressing up and taking pictures in Nyonya or Baba traditional kebayas!

Try your hand at making (or wolfing down) traditional desserts, Nasi Ulam, sireh and betel nut, at the cooking classes and food tastings here.

Finally, sit down for high tea with the less privileged elderly and children from Lengkong Bahru and beneficiaries from Prison Fellowship Singapore, and learn the heart of the Peranakan community.

Peranakan Festival
Where: Claymore Connect, 442 Orchard Rd, S238879
When: May 27 – June 17, 11am – 6pm
Contact no.: 6262 4428
Lo And Behold Group Festival

This one’s for those who live for decadent food and extravagant parties.

Lo & Behold’s month-long festival shows us Singaporeans how to party with class and style!

[caption id="attachment_26610" align="aligncenter" width="750"] Image Credit: Party like Grace Kelly at Electroball: The Golden Age of Hollywood, at swanky 1930s bistro-bar The Black Swan. Or head to OverEasy Orchard, for a Riverdale-themed bash!

If you’d rather eat than party, catch an epic Pizza-Off happening at Extra Virgin Pizza. As part of the festivities, Tanjong Beach Club will also be serving up an All You Can Eat Bottomless Brunch.

If you want to learn a little something, The Rabbit Hole will be playing host to a snazzy Gin Workshop, so bottoms up!

Lo And Behold Group Festival
Where: Various locations
When: 29 May – 25 June
Contact no.: 6338 8035

4. DBS Marina Regatta

Been dreaming of the perfect beach getaway, but haven’t got the time to go?

Well, DBS brings the beach to you at this year’s DBS Marina Regatta, Singapore’s first and only urban pop-up beach!

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Held at Marina Bay, there’ll be plenty to do, eat and drink–like a real beach, but better.

Laze around in hammocks with an ice cold cocktail in hand (we recommend one from Potato Head’s Coconut Bar), take yoga classes hosted by lululemon, or get your blood pumping by tackling Singapore’s largest inflatable water obstacle course.

DBS Marina Regatta 2017
Where: The [email protected] Bay
When: 1 – 4 June | (1 June) 4pm – 9pm; (2, 3, 4 June) 10am – 10pm
Remember how much you loved listening to stories as a kid?

StoryFest brings that spark back, with a showcase of the best storytelling from Singapore and around the world.

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There are workshops and performances for everyone–kids, adults, and aspiring storytellers themselves!

Families will be transported to faraway lands at Enchanted Tales, which features folk and fairy tales from Russia, Africa and France.

Adults too can choose from a selection of adult audience shows, including a monologue and a story slam in the Singapore Showcase.

There’s even a workshop where you can learn to use stories to build emotional literacy in children, and one where the audience themselves are used to form a story.

It’ll surely be a happy ending to the day, no matter which you choose!

International Storytelling Storyfest
Where: The Arts House, 1 Old Parliament Lane, S179429
When: 2 – 4 June
Contact no.: 6332 6919

6. Beerkini Rocks

Beach, beer, bands and babes…

That, and a whole lot more, is what you’ll find at Bikini Bar’s quarterly beach party, Beerkini Rocks!

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Also not to be missed are their crazy drink offers, with Jaeger Shots at $8, Monster Bombs at $9, and Buckets of Bintang going at $40.

Bikini Babes will also be challenging rock and rollers to exciting beach games with prizes to be won!

Beerkini Rocks
Where: Bikini Bar 50 Siloso Beach Walk #01-01, Singapore, S099000
When: 3 June, 3.00pm – 11.30pm
Contact no: 6631 8938
Bangkok’s famous April’s Bakery has finally opened in Singapore!

And it’s serving up Hong Kong-style Lao Po Bing (Wife Cake) with a twist.

Choose between sweet and savoury options depending on your mood–both are stuffed with flavourful, colourful fillings, wrapped in a thin, flaky crust.

For an afternoon snack, try the fragrant Pork with Gravy, or the subtly sweet Pork with Honey.

For dessert, get the Thai Milk Tea, Green Tea, or go for the popular Taro (with a hidden gingko nut within!) and Pumpkin flavours.

These Cantonese-style pies are handmade and baked fresh daily to ensure they taste great, and they’re all priced at only $2 each!

We suggest you head down early, because the yummier flavours get snapped up real quick.

April’s Bakery
Where: April’s Bakery Singapore, Tampines MRT Station, #01-31, S529538
Opening Hours: 8.00am – 10.00pm, or till sold out (Mon-Sun)
Contact no.: 8122 7604
This newest addition to the themed cafe scene may be the most magical one yet.

The quirky Enchanted Cafe charms at first sight with its beautiful decor, complete with a magical garden and collection of spell books.

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But what’s most striking is the presentation of its dishes.

Think: Bright red cherry compote, blackberries and blueberries in a vivid splash against a deep blue plate, sprinkled with seemingly handpicked bits of nuts and leaves. That’s what makes up the tangy, yet sweet Berries Compote French Toast ($14.90).

For something traditional with a twist, there’s the Ngoh Hiang Burger ($18.90), which is exactly what it sounds like, complete with bits of water chestnut and black garlic sauce made from scratch.

The most instagramable thing here is the Sorcerer’s Elixir ($9.90), a blue drink that turns glittery purple after an orange liquid is added.

This has to be the most enchanting cafe to open since the Harry Potter Cafe.

Enchanted Cafe
Where: Rangoon Road, Singapore 218374
Opening Hours: Closed on Mon; Tue: 10am – 10pm; Wed – Thur: 12pm – 10pm; Fri: 11am – 11pm; Sat: 10am – 11pm; Sun: 9am – 8pm
Contact no.: 8813 1086


9. PC Show

Maybe you’ve been thinking of swapping out your laggy PC for a new one.

Well, there’s no better time than the annual PC Show!

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When: 1 – 4 June, 12pm – 9pm
Contact no.: 6299 8633
Shopping. Many of us do a whole lot of it–often, more than we should.

Well, a 10 week period starting from 9 June just gave us even more reason to do so!

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For both tourists and locals alike, there’s no better time to hit the stores than during the Great Singapore Sale!

This is the time when retail stores in Singapore feature their greatest sales and markdowns.

Had your eye on a dress, but couldn’t bear to part with that kind of cash? We say it’s now or never.

Stretch your dollar and fill those shopping bags with bargains of all kinds–from fashion to jewellery, electronics to toys, to spa treatments, hotel stays, food, and visits to local attractions!

The Great Singapore Sale
Where: All over Singapore!
When: 9 June – 13 August
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Ambassador Highlights #9 – Darts, Thai Hotpot, $5 Drinks And More!

April has officially come to a close and that means one thing: time for another round-up of exciting activities our ambassadors dropped in on this month.

This month’s highlights include plenty of fresh new experiences and sumptuous noms!

1. I Darts Halo

Not your usual club scene with music, drinks, and a crowd, i Darts aims to create fun times you won’t forget with darts, a game everyone (yes, everyone) can play.

With a whole variety of ways to play the game, it’s great for bonding, learning more about each other, and in all, just having a great time with friends.

Our ambassadors Shivon, Diana, Jia Min, and Kimberley headed down to i Darts Halo, and shared good laughs over lively darts games!


Those new to the game, fear not! There are helpful instructors ready to guide you, and you’ll be hitting the bullseye in no time.

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At just a dollar a game, it’s perfect for a fun night with the gang without breaking the bank.

New members also receive a free i Darts card, and you’ll even get to walk away with your very own set of darts if you score 400 and above! Between you and us, it’s not that tough to hit 400.

Make a date with iDarts! Who knows? You may just discover a hidden talent as a darts master!

iDarts Singapore
Where: 201 Victoria Street Bugis+ #-03-24 Singapore 188067
Opening Hours: Sun-Thu & PH: 12.30pm to 1am; Fri, Sat & eve of PH: 12.30pm to 3am
Contact no.: 6634 9662

2. Soi Thai Soi Nice

“People who love to eat are the best people”.

We know we do! Especially when it’s at Soi Thai Soi Nice, the latest Thai restaurant to hit the hot steamboat scene in Singapore.

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The Thais love their food intense and flavourful–whether spicy, sweet or sour–and they love to wash that all down with a glass of refreshing ice milk tea.


Our ambassadors, Eunice, Nicholas and Rachael got the royal treatment there, trying out their signature Royal Thai Hot Pot. 

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Full of fresh seafood and meats, these premium ingredients are cooked in homemade authentic Tom Yam soup.

With 4 levels of spiciness, even those with a lower tolerance for spiciness can enjoy this bubbling hot, flavourful broth!

Soi Thai Soi Nice
Where: 321 Alexandra Road #02-01 @ Alexandra Central (Next to Ikea) Singapore 159972
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri: 11.30am – 3.30pm, 6.00pm – 10.00pm; Sat-Sun: 11.30am – 10pm
Contact no.: 6250 4863

3. Dosirak

Who says eating healthy is only about expensive salads and wraps?

Dosirak serves up healthy, tasty, and convenient Korean food for those on the go!

[caption id="attachment_25702" align="aligncenter" width="2048"] Image Credit: Our ambassadors Cheryl and Rachael headed down and were pleasantly surprised to find fresh flavours coming from the farm to their palms!



To order, all you have to do is pick your base, choose your veggies, and finally, your meat(s). Then, take your box, add the secret sauce (psst, it’s gochujang) and shake it up!


Now, who says fast food ain’t good for you?

Where: 18 Cross Street, China Square Central #01-02, Singapore 048423.
Contact no.: 65366034
This one needs no introduction!

Bangkok’s famous hipster market must have flooded your Instagram feeds by now.


Artbox featured plenty of local designers, affordable vintage fashion, quirky lifestyle products, modern home decor items and innovative snacks.


Our ambassadors Cheryl, Vanessa, Shivon, Jia Min, Kimberley, Nicholas, Stephanie and Victoria headed down to join the insane crowd.


Just like Bangkok’s version, they were treated to yummy nosh from international vendors, a beer market and beautiful fairy light displays!


While there’s only so much a person can eat, we weren’t going to let that stop us. We dug into acai bowls, truffle noodles, Thai milk tea custard bun, milk tea, and even whiskey butter steak and ice cream!


We really hope it comes back next year ‘cuz this is one market we can’t get enough of.

5. Central Perk SG

“How you doin’?”

We dropped in on Central Perk SG, and we must say, it takes the idea of a themed cafe to the next level.

[caption id="attachment_25711" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] Image Credit: Our ambassador Jessie, a huge Friends fan, headed down to check it out!

Friends fans will defo go crazy for this cafe’s interior. We were impressed by how it had the Central Perk Cafe cut right down to the tiniest detail.

While there, we also had a good laugh trying out their edible helium balloons, the latest addition to their extensive themed menu. 


Even the coffees here are themed after the memorable characters! Of course, Jessie had to order herself a strong ‘Joey Tribbiani’.

Who is your favourite FRIENDS character?

Central Perk SG
Where: 1 Magazine Road, Central Mall #01-01 Singapore 059567
Opening Hours: Sunday, Tues, Wed Thurs: 11am – 11pm; Fri, Sat: Open till late; Closed on mondays
Contact no.:  90252524
Annyeong haseyo!

KBBQ has been around for a while now, but you have to try the ultimate Korean charcoal grill experience at Seorae.

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Seorae is no ordinary Korean Restaurant. It’s the first Galmaegisal restaurant in Singapore. That’s a special pork cut that’s only available in 5% of the pig.

Our ambassadors Cheryl, Jia Min, and Nicholas headed down to try their juicy and tender meats.


Their favourites were the Signature Pork Skirt with Sweet Garlic Marinade, Beef Short Ribs and Army Stew!

We also had a blast trying on the traditional korean wear to pass the time while waiting to be seated.

For a sweet finish, there’s even a Bingsu counter for dessert! Yummm.

Where: 68 Orchard Rd, #02-01, Plaza Singapura, 238839
Opening Hours: Mon-Thu: 11.30am – 10pm; Fri & Sat: 11.30am – 11pm, Sun: 11.30am-10pm
Contact no.: 9181 2709

7. Five Square

Five Square (FIV Square) is a unique dining space made up of 3 different concepts: The Bazaar, The Bar and The Recess. 

Choose from 6 different cuisines at The Bazaar, chill over drinks, pool and darts at The Bar, and enter The Recess for an ultra-private session over whisky!

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Our ambassador, Shivon headed down to catch up and chill after a long day at work.


She got to enjoy great food and drinks in such a cosy ambience! There was even live music playing when we got there!

Heads up, it gets busy from 6.30pm, so make your way down early!

Five Square
1 Pickering Street, Great Eastern Centre, #01-03, Singapore 04865
Opening hours: Mon – Sat, 10am – 12am (Closed on Sundays and PH)

8. Flying Monkey

Flying Monkey brings the fun back into dining!

This contemporary Indian restaurant and bar is casual, quirky and a belly rubbing kinda yummy!

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Housed in the culturally rich district of Kampong Glam, they offer authentic Pan-Indian cuisine with a pinch of excitement.

Our ambassador, Vanessa fell in love with The Flying Monkey cocktail, a smoked cocktail with a roasted aroma akin to an 18 year old whisky.


The highlight of the night has to be the contemporary pan-Indian cuisine! Our favourites were the Tandoori Chicken and Tulsi Cod.

This restaurant serves up small Tapas plates so you can taste a wide range of flavours. They’re great for sharing too! If you’re a big eater, no worries. You can always order a Big Plate for gorgeous, full-sized meals.

Flying Monkey
Where: 67 Bussorah St, Singapore 199480
Opening Hours:  Sun-Thurs: 12.00pm – 2.30pm, 5.30pm – 11.00pm; Fri-Sat 12.00pm – 2.30pm, 5.30pm – 11.55pm
While so much has happened this month, we can’t wait to dive into even more fun events and happenings in May!

If you’re looking to increase your brand’s awareness and want to introduce products or services both old and new to more Singaporeans, drop us an email at [email protected] We would love to work with you!

We’re also on the lookout for more ambassadors who are on a mission to discover the fun and exciting things in Singapore. If you love eating, shopping, and discovering new places in Singapore, drop us an email at [email protected]

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10 Must-Try Events And Eats For An Out Of This World May [1-15 May]

It’s the start of a new month!

That means a whole new wave of fresh events, food havens and shopping spots to drop in on.

There are rad runs for the fitness junkies, movies by the beach for those who just want to chill, and affordable new restaurants that have sprung up to excite the foodie in all of us.

Here’s a checklist of 10 fun, exciting activities for a marvelous start to May!

Play & Discover

1. Star Wars Festival

Star Wars fans rejoice!

Come May the 4th, Gardens by the Bay will come alive with Star Wars themed highlights, transporting you to a galaxy far, far away.

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Chewbacca, one of the heroes of the Rebellion, and Kylo Ren, dark warrior from the First Order, will also be in town for the festival!

Star Wars Festival
Where: Gardens By The Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Drive Singapore 018953
When: 4 May – 6 May
Time: 3.00pm – 11.00pm
Contact no.: 6420 6848
“The Dark side, and the Light. Choose Your Side. Run. It is your Destiny.”

Another event happening in conjunction with Star Wars Day is the intense and epic Star Wars Run!

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The race pack itself is pretty sick, including a themed drawstring bag, t-shirt, towel, and Yoda or Darth Vader plush toy, depending on which side you’ve pledged your allegiance to.

Join the ever first Star Wars Run in Singapore with fellow fans and family, and look forward to a night dedicated to all things Star Wars.

Whichever side you’re on… May the Force be with you!

Star Wars Run
Where: Bayfront Event Space (Open tarmac space beside Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre), 12A Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018940
When: 6 May
Time: 10km Competitive Run at 7pm; 4.5km Non-Competitive Run at 8pm
Contact no.: 9773 7734
Sunset Cinema

Celebrate the best things about living in the tropics at Sunset Cinema, the newest open-air cinema event at Singapore’s beautiful Tanjong beach.

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Think award-winning new film releases, tropical beach sunsets, DJs, bars, food stalls, and deck chairs. Knockout film features include ‘Jackie’, starring Natalie Portman, and ‘Lion’, a movie starring Dev Patel that’s based on true events.

Head over for the perfect way to relax with friends, and experience the beautiful tropical evenings of Singapore like you’ve never done before.

Many of the tickets have already been snapped up, so gather your friends now and get your tickets ASAP!

Sunset Cinema by Peroni
Where: 120 Tanjong Beach Walk, Sentosa Singapore 098942
When: 5 May – 14 May

4. The Music Run

Come May, AIA will be bringing the beat to Singapore with The Music Run, the world’s loudest 5km running course.

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When: 6 May
Time: 5.00pm
Singapore Heritage Festival

This is something a true, blue Singaporean won’t want to miss.

Explore the nooks and crannies of our island home at Singapore Heritage Festival 2017!

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You’ll also get the rare opportunity to check out normally inaccessible places, such as Bukit Pasoh.

So come on down and uncover the untold stories of Singapore’s shared spaces and way of life!

Singapore Heritage Festival
Where: All around Singapore
When: 28 April – 14 May
Contact no.: 6701 1232
Heads up, Mother’s Day is just around the corner.

And what better way to celebrate the most important woman in your life than by attending a lovely outdoor concert together?

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‘s Mother’s Day Concert will be held among the lush greenery of the Singapore Botanic Gardens.

If you have fond memories of going on picnics with Mum as a child, this is the perfect way to relive those memories.

The delightful repertoire includes excerpts from Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto, Tchaikovsky’s Fourth and Sixth Symphonies, and Massenet’s beautiful “Méditation” from Thaïs.

A limited number of Mother’s Day gifts will also be given out, so drop by the SSO booth with Mum to get your hands on it!

SSO Mother’s Day Concert
Where: Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage, Singapore Botanic Gardens, 1 Cluny Road Singapore 259569
When: 14 May
Time: 6.00pm
Admission: Free


7. Brine

If you’ve been to The Laneway Market, you’ll be excited to know that its sister restaurant has just opened!

Brine aims to deliver unique restaurant-level fare at down to earth prices.

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You’ll be pleasantly surprised to find different flavour pairings in all the dishes at this chill, casual eatery.

Quirky creations include The Crunch, a dish with soft-poached egg, puffed rice, marble potatoes, truffle mushroom pate, and ebiko, as well as the battered John Dory burger with homemade tartar and tomato basil concasse.

We know where we’ll be booking our next lunch appointment!

Where: 775 North Bridge Rd, Singapore 198743
Opening Hours: Everyday except Monday. Lunch: 12.00pm – 3.00pm, Dinner: 6.00pm – 10.00pm
Contact no.: 8748 0788

8. The Masses

“Contemporary, happy food” is what this resto serves.

The Masses stays true to its word by using fresh, seasonal produce and allowing recipes to be simple, yet dynamic.

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If you’re familiar with the affordable French food chain, Saveur, you’ll be delighted to know that The Masses is opened by the same owner!

You’ll find familiar dishes on the menu, such as the crab and caviar angel hair pasta. Must-tries are the deep fried camembert dessert, 12-hour braised short ribs, and The Egg–a silky egg custard served with spoonfuls of salmon roe and flying fish roe, alongside crispy house chips and hazelnut butter.

Most of the dishes are priced below $20, making it truly quality restaurant fare at affordable prices.

The Masses
Where: 85 Beach Rd, Singapore 189694
Opening  Hours: Mon, Tues & Thurs 12.00pm – 9.30pm; Wed, Fri & Sat 12.00pm – 12.00am; Sun 12.00pm – 9:00pm
Contact no.: 6266 0061

9. Salmon Samurai

Salmon lovers rejoice!

Newly opened Salmon Samurai is set to serve salmon in all its delicious forms.

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Maki, sashimi, donburi… the list goes on.

If salmon dishes are your go-to, you must pay a visit to this salmon specialist.

The casual eatery offers a host of salmon-centric dishes, including the omega donburi, salmon mentaiko udon, and the hearty garlic shoyu salmon with runny onsen egg.

Salmon Samurai
Where: 100 Tras Street, Singapore 079027
Opening Hours: Weekdays: 11.00am – 8.00pm; Weekends: 12.00pm – 6.00pm
Contact no.: 6543 6823


10. Makers Fashion Bazaar

Makers Singapore isn’t just any ordinary arts retail store.

What’s unique about it is it features handmade and designed goods that you can’t find anywhere else.

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With a focus on fashion entrepreneurship and arts & crafts, you’ll find products made through hours of love and effort.

Some of the unique wares you can expect at this bazaar include pet products, journals made from vintage children’s books, fudge, handmade baby quilts, cool garments, flavored handcrafted soap, all kinds of jewelry, and many many more.

Come on down to show your support for a generation of local creative talents!

Makers Fashion Bazaar
Where: 18 Tai Seng Shopping Mall
When: 1 May – 7 May
Time: 11.00am to 8.00pm
Contact no.: 8828 1989

We can’t wait to drop in on these exciting events, and chow down at these delicious food spots!

With Mother’s Day falling on 14 May, why not take the chance to spend some quality time with Mother dearest at these events?

Also, read 2017 Is The Year Of Star Wars – Singapore Has Its First Star Wars Festival And Everyone Is Invited

Singapore’s Most Influential: Here Are Our Top 4 Women In The Arts In Singapore

March 8 is International Women’s Day!

Not enough is done to recognise and acknowledge women for all their contributions to space exploration, the medical field, the arts and every other industry out there. As such, for this year’s International Women’s Day, we celebrate 4 amazing women who have made their mark on arts and culture in Singapore!

Kumari Nahappan

A prominent artist based in Singapore, Kumari Nahappan is well-versed in a range of visual genres, from inter-disciplinary to painting, sculpture and installations.

Some of her more famous works in Singapore include Saga for Changi Airport, Nutmeg & Mace for the ION Orchard, Pedas-Pedas for the National Museum and Pembungaan for OUE Bayfront (the largest bronze mural in Singapore that’s over 45m tall).

Hi Kumari, your work has made its way into Art Museums and gallery exhibitions all over the world. How would you describe your art creation process?

As a conceptual artist, I create works in a series and often exhibit them in the context of space and time to communicate a story.

These works often make their way to the institutions or countries to be exhibited, where they are framed by the context of the art-making process in the form of an installation.

What changes have you noticed in the art industry today, compared to when you first began?

As compared to 25 years ago, the industry is vibrant and evolving, especially in terms of contemporary art, which is excellent for growth.

With more art fairs and events in Singapore recently, such as the annual Affordable Art Fair that invites people to see art as available for everyone, not just art collectors, Singapore is going through a wonderful change in terms of the public’s receptiveness and embrace of art.

What do you hope to see in Singapore’s art scene’s future?

I hope the arts will be sustainable in the future. I hope to see art, life and the sciences integrating and running parallel to each other, playing important roles to enrich the life of the being.


You started your education at LASALLE College of the Arts as a mother of 4 at the age of 37. What would you say to ease the minds of potential artists pursuing a formal education, but are set back by fears of their age, marital circumstances and stage of life?

I started my career at 23 and worked for 14 years as a space planner while teaching at Institute Technology Mara in Shah Alam, Malaysia. When I moved to Singapore in 1990, I enrolled at LASALLE College to further my education in Fine Arts. My background helped me a great deal moving forward.

Fear of age and circumstances did not bother me as I went in with no plans, just an ‘open mind’ to learn.

Catherine Lim

A household name for most Singaporeans, Catherine Lim is one of the most well-known and well-read literary authors in Singapore.

Having written short stories, novels, poems and political commentary pieces over the past decades, she has now turned her focus to mentoring the youth as they too pursue a passion and future in writing.

Hi Catherine, you’ve been a published writer since 1978, and a well-known political critic since your essay, ‘PAP and the People: A Great Affective Divide’, in 1994. What would you say is your biggest, proudest accomplishments to date for both fiction writing and political commentary?

The two kinds of writing were completely different genres, with different objectives and readership: the fiction was creative expression of my personal experiences and observations of human behaviour, cast in the form of imaginary tales, while the commentaries were my criticisms of existing social and political policies in Singapore, based on factual information.

You can say that I regard both kinds of writing as ‘proud accomplishments’. I was very glad that I was able to share my interests, thoughts and reflections with Singaporean readers, and to know from feedback that they appreciated this sharing.

While your short stories and novels are a household name in Singapore, you’ve mentioned that you’ll be focusing on a new style of writing. Could you tell us more about that?

Recently, I seemed to have shown interest in a third kind of writing – the philosophical kind that deals with large existential issues such as God, religion, death, mortality, meaning, etc.

Actually these themes had always interested me and been the subject of much private introspection. Some months ago, I decided to put my thoughts together in a systematic way in a book, entitled ‘An Equal Joy: Reflections on God, Death and Belonging.’

It comprises a series of essays on topics as diverse as my Catholic background in my youth, my love and pursuit of scientific knowledge, my thoughts on death, suicide, the right to die, etc.

The book will be launched by Marshall Cavendish in March.

What changes have you noticed in Singapore’s literary scene today, compared to when you first began?

Firstly, there is now more support and encouragement from government organisations, such as grants for writers, the Singapore Writers Festival, and campaigns to promote local writing such as the Buy Singlit campaign initiated by NAC.

Secondly, I have noted the many new young writers on the literary scene, who have impressed me by their contributions, talent and enthusiasm. All these developments are very heartening indeed!

Any advice for local aspiring writers?

My advice to local aspiring writers is this: Go for it. Nurture your interest in writing. Don’t be too hard on yourselves and think that nobody will be interested in what you write.

If you write with authenticity, honesty and passion, even if they seem trivial or too personal to you, you will come up with the kind of writing that will interest people.

Remember all true artists go through periods of self-doubt which they never allow to dampen their passion for their art. Art is hard work – the axiom goes: ’10 per cent inspiration, and 90 per cent perspiration’!


Kirsten Tan

Kirsten Tan is a New York based filmmaker whose works revolve heavily around humanity and off-beat humour.

Clinching the World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award for Screenwriting at Sundance Film Festival, her debut film POP AYE has set the stage for 32-year old Kirsten as Singapore’s up and rising filmmaker to watch.

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Hi Kirsten, besides being the first Singaporean filmmaker and director to win that award, tell us about your biggest, proudest accomplishments to date!

I think my biggest, proudest accomplishment is really just staying on the path of filmmaking all through these many years even when it felt like there was no light at the end of the tunnel.

It takes years to cut your teeth on filmmaking and during that time, you do work that is low – or even no – paying for long stretches of time… [Filmmaking] demands a 100% full-time commitment and it really took resilience and, I suspect, a healthy dose of foolishness to keep on this path where there is no guarantee of any success at the end of it.

How long have you been in the filmmaking industry, and how did it all begin?

POP AYE is my first feature film but I’ve been working in film and making shorts for about twelve years now.

At NUS, I founded nu(STUDIOS) along with a group of friends and I worked mainly as a producer on my friend’s shorts. When I enrolled in Ngee Ann after NUS, I then moved into directing for the first time, and made my first short film titled ‘10 Minutes Later’. I’ve made 7 narrative shorts and 1 documentary short since then before embarking on my first feature film.

Dahdi was considered a relatively controversial film, touching on the Rohingya refugee crisis and Singapore’s stance on accepting refugees. What challenges did you have to overcome in order to bring Dahdi to life?

I wasn’t sure if I would get funding for the film from the Singapore Film Commission and had to crowd-fund the film via Indiegogo just to ensure we would have enough funds to make the film happen.


Interestingly, when we went to down to Pulau Ubin to scout for locations, we found the residents on Ubin suspicious of us because we were holding cameras.

The residents thought we were a part of the authorities or the media and were highly mistrustful of us initially since they’ve been hounded so much over time. It took a long time for us to gain their confidence.

What do you hope to see in Singapore’s film-making industry’s future?

Apart from POP AYE, local films are doing well on major film festivals – we had Apprentice and A Yellow Bird premiering at Cannes Film Festival last year.

Many talented young Singaporean filmmakers I know are working hard to get their debut feature screenplays ready for production. On a macroscopic level though, cinema as a whole can’t survive only on filmmakers so I hope that film and cultural literacy in Singapore will continue to grow as well… It’s only with the audience participation that film as a form and as an industry has a chance to thrive.

Any advice for local aspiring film-makers?

It may sound simple, but to any aspiring filmmaker reading this, I’d say – really, just focus on your work. Make sure you do everything and anything to get that script or film to its best possible potential. As a creator, your sole responsibility is to what you are creating.

Delia Prvacki

Romanian-born, Singapore-based sculptor, Delia Prvacki, has been adding flair to the Singapore arts scene with her ceramic, bronze and tapestry artworks. Spaces such as Chijmes, the Esplanade and NUS Museum have featured her works, which are strongly influenced by Singapore’s nature-concrete dichotomy.

Hi Delia, tell us about your biggest, proudest accomplishments to date!

It is the story embedded in the trajectory of my life: moving from my native country, Romania, to ex-Yugoslavia to be with my husband, learning a new language, starting to build a successful career as an artist, all along being a mother and wife.

Then, 17 years later relocating to Singapore – an unknown space, new culture, [with new challenges like] having to learn the English language, establishing a new studio and practice while keeping the family values as my top priority.

How long have you been in the sculpting industry, and how did it all begin?

I started working with clay as a teenager, in 1967. I was already committed to the arts, having interest in poetry, piano, theatre, and fine arts, but disoriented, due to limitations imposed upon all forms of creativity by the dictatorial communist regime at that time.

I found a refuge in discovering the world of ancient traditional art, very rich in my native homeland. It also suited my rebellious side, compensating for my physical fragility and petite frame, to persist in a field that regularly was dominated by males.

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As a Romanian-born, currently Singapore-citizenship holding artist, how would you say having lived in 2 drastically different cultures has influenced your art?

When I arrived in Singapore I [already had] a distinctive “style” and my body of work was already defined by my experimental and conceptual approach… My practice was within the ceramic medium and I was recognised for the merit of pushing the boundaries of the material, for its detachment from conventional presentation.

When I arrived in Singapore, I was fascinated with light, colour, vegetation, weather… that was an obvious change that inspired me instantly.

Once I began knowing and understanding the local heritage and culture, along with my admiration for the distinctive component of an ultra-modern, advanced metropolis, I found the whole new setting challenging and rejuvenating.

I became more interested in real problems facing modern societies, humanity, and mostly, I developed an awareness about the role that art plays in society.

What projects are you currently working on?

Right now I am preparing a solo exhibition with a large-scale installation at The Substation Gallery. It will run from 15-25 March.

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This exhibition is special for me, since it marks 50 years of practice, and is a recollection of my first solo show in March 1970. It also has a personal emotional meaning, since my first solo exhibition in Singapore was in March 1994, in the same Gallery space at Substation.

You have a line of art-pieces called Dulcinea, which are 11 pieces of art featuring 6 “breast cups” representing a woman’s development from adolescent to adult. I love that it is such a celebration of women’s experiences, while simultaneously fighting back against the resistance towards public breastfeeding. What can you tell us about your thought process while creating Dulcinea?

I must say that my work was never “figurative” and the idea to develop an entire production in relation to this very explicit representation of the female body was justified by the idea, intention and the whole strategy on its implementation.

I intended to have it as a pure “feminine” discourse as well as a functional product meant to enhance the living space of families, while emanating a message of “maternity”, of eternal beauty.

[It also held] a role in aesthetic education and contributing to public awareness about a very sensitive, yet, perpetual dimension of our human existence – breastfeeding and women’s health.

Any advice for local aspiring sculptors?

I think local young artists are well-equipped with information, knowledge and conceptual platforms. However, they need to spend time in practising and making a body of work that is not meant primarily for sale, but to invest their energy and resources in experimentation.

Searching and thriving for original forms of expression is the key in establishing yourself as an authentic artist.

A big thank you to these amazing ladies for taking the time to share their thoughts and experiences with DiscoverSG!

From the first spark of inspiration that led to the start of their journeys as artists, to their position today as strong artistic influences in the Singaporean arts landscape, these 4 women have shown us that the pursuit of creating art is a beautiful process.

For more about the movers and shakers in the Singapore arts scene, follow A LIST SINGAPORE. A LIST SINGAPORE regularly features and interviews inspirational Singaporeans in the arts scene, such as whose first feature film was chosen as a contender for last year’s Cannes Film Festival.

What’s more, it has the most informative list of arts and culture events happening all around Singapore.

A LIST SINGAPORE is easily available on both online and offline channels. You can follow them on their Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and even their Youtube page, or get a hardcopy of their monthly magazine that is distributed at SMRT Stations island-wide.

We hope you were inspired by this article to explore and persevere in your own pursuit of artistic and personal expression. Happy International Women’s Day!

Also, read These Light Art Installations Popping Up At Marina Bay Will Make You See Nature In A Whole New Light

10 Marvellous Activities to Kick Off Your March  [1-15 March]

Here we are once again at the beginning of a brand new month.

If work or school has fallen into that inevitable lull, don’t worry! As always, we’ve got some awesome events lined up to help you keep things interesting this month!

Here’s a calendar of 10 not-to-be-missed activities to kick start a month to remember!

Play & Discover

1. The Pillowman

Who says the theatre scene in Singapore is dead?

Enter Pangdemonium’s restaging of The Pillowman, a nail-biting, nightmarish nursery story for grown-ups.

The dark comedy, written by Irish playwright Martin McDonagh, will have you squirming at the edge of your seats, even as you roar with laughter.

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The story revolves around writer, Katurian, who is interrogated in a dark prison cell. His crime? Penning gruesome fairy tales that bear an uncanny resemblance to a series of child murders. Tensions soon mount as the line between real and fictional worlds blur in this darkly comic psycho thriller.

This sinister stunner of a play is a vicious whirlpool of thrilling storytelling and a scary examination of the very nature and purpose of art.

The Pillowman
Where: 9 Empress Pl, 179556
When: 24 February – 12 March 2017
Timings: Tue-Fri: 7.30pm, Sat: 2.30pm & 7.30pm, Sun: 2.30pm, Sun: 7.30pm (12 Mar 2017)

2. Singapore International Jazz Festival

Put on your jazz shoes, because the Singapore International Jazz Festival (SingJazz) is back!

#SingJazz2017 promises to be a dazzling musical extravaganza, set against Singapore’s glittering, iconic skyline at Marina Bay Sands.

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Get ready for 3 days and 2 nights of world class music entertainment by some of the biggest names in jazz. Headliners include David Foster, Corinne Bailey Rae, Gilles Peterson and more! Kick back by the water as you enjoy the wind in your hair, amazing music in the air, all with a glass of bubbly in your hand!

Also, proceeds from the festival go towards the Foundation for Arts and Social Enterprise, which provides funding to nurture local jazz talents through the Jazz Academy.

Singapore Jazz Festival
Where: Marina Bay Sands Events Plaza (The Main Stage); MBS Expo and Convention Centre (The Late Show)
Address: 2 Bayfront Ave Singapore 018972
Date: 31 Mar-2 Apr 2017
Time: 4pm to 10.30pm (The Main Stage); 10pm to 4am (The Late Show)
Email: [email protected]

3. Garden Beats Festival

This March, get ready for the #summervibes at Garden Beats!

Groove to the hottest electronic tunes at Sunshine Nation’s Electronic Picnic Festival. Expect a multi-sensory experience of music, food and games, all at Fort Canning Park.

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Date: 18 March 2017
Time: 1pm to 10.30pm

4. Choking Hazard: An Exhibition About Toys

You’re never too old for toys–at least not the ones in this exhibition.

Kult will be showcasing the works of 30 artists and toy makers, in a great coming together of international artists and designers.

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Inspired by the waste of mass production and over consumption, these artists have torn apart existing toys sourced from toy markets, and remixed them into new objects. Some are gruesome, some are hilarious, and all are witty as hell.

You can even make your own art! An assembly line of pre-loved toys will be available at the gallery to take apart and re-build into your own Frankenstein-ian art piece.

Choking Hazard: An Exhibition About Toys
Where: kult, C2-5, 11 Upper Wilkie Road, Singapore 228120
Dates: 17 FEB – 18 MAR 2017
Time: Mon-Fri 11am to 7pm, Sat 2pm to 7pm

5. Singapore Design Week

Bet you didn’t know there was a national agency for design.

Well, the Design Singapore Council’s mission is to develop our design sector to make life better. Sounds good to us.

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What’s better, its annual Singapore Design Week is back!

Get artsy home goods at the International Furniture Fair, experience robust collaborations between local designers and the industry at Singaplural, or get inspired at the ‘Innovation By Design’ Conference.

Expect a week of Singapore’s creative culture and ecosystem that integrates design and creativity into our everyday life!

Singapore Design Week
Where: Multiple venues
When: 3012 March 2017
Phone: 6333 3737
Email: [email protected]


6. PasarBella & Friends Go to Town

Here’s the perfect post workday idea: PasarBella & Friends Go to Town returns for the third iteration of its special pop-up market at this year’s i Light Marina Bay!

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Date: 3 – 26 March 2017
Time: 5.00pm – 11.00pm (Sunday – Thursday) 5.00pm – 12 midnight (Friday – Saturday)

7. terratoria OLA

Prep your stomachs for a gastronomical adventure.

Michelin starred Chef Daniel (OLA Cocina Del Mar) and Chef Seita (terra) will come together for a one day only affair that is terratoria OLA!

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Address: Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 3, #01-06 12 Marina Boulevard, Singapore 018982
Date: 12 March 2017, 12pm to 4pm
Price: $150++
Reservations: +65 6604 7050
[email protected]

8. Singapore Cocktail Festival

Mix it up at Asia’s largest celebration of cocktails this March!

The inaugural Singapore Cocktail Festival promises to be an immersive experience that will excite the palates of novices and aficionados alike.

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With a mish mash of activities to Taste, Learn and Play, you’ll get to interact with a truly global lineup of mixologists. Features include some of Singapore’s best cocktail bars, as well as world class bartenders from cocktail cities like Hong Kong, London, New York, Seoul and Tokyo.

Excite your palate at the experiential cocktail village, nurture the budding mixologist in you at the workshops, or jump in a themed cocktail party!

Singapore Cocktail Festival
Where: Multiple venues
When: Thursday March 16 2017 – Tuesday March 21 2017
Email: [email protected]

9. Singapore Restaurant Week

The concept of Restaurant Week is unbelievably simple.

Dining City is offering limited seats for a special 3-course lunch and dinner at established local restaurants–for a fraction of their usual prices.

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This 3-course menu will be offered at an irresistible fixed price of S$35++ for dinner and S$25++ for lunch all through the week.

Some of these luxe restaurants include the fancy 1919 Waterboat House, Wooloomooloo Steakhouse Singapore, Privé Grill, and Lewin Terrace.

What are you waiting for? Reserve your tables as soon as possible–we don’t know when’s the next time you’ll be able to savour this spread at such good prices.

Singapore Restaurant Week
Where: Participating restaurants
Date: 25 March 2017 – 1 April 2017
Email: [email protected]
Who can resist a good flea and art market?

Much less one in the heart of 20 dazzling light art installations from 9 different countries. Enter Hypefest @ i Light Marina Bay!

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Here is your one stop shop for artisanal goods featuring over 50 indie labels. Find eco-friendly crafted gifts and even personalized merchandise!

We won’t say more! Come down and experience it all for yourself. It’ll be an evening of pleasant discovery that’s sure to excite!

Hypefest @ i Light Marina Bay
Date: 3 Mar 2017 – 26 Mar 2017
Time: 4.00pm to 11.00pm
Venue: Marina Bay Seating Gallery Platform 20 Raffles Ave, Singapore 039805

Excited yet? With this list of the freshest events, yummiest food spots, and shopping opportunities, there’s no reason to say “Singapore got nothing to do”!

Grab your friends and family, and kick back at these cannot miss activities! They’re sure to offer a well-deserved break from the work desk to keep you going all through the month.

Keep calm and March on!

Also read, These Light Art Installations Popping Up At Marina Bay Will Make You See Nature In A Whole New Light

Hide & Seek: Find These Hidden Books In Your Neighbourhood And You’ll Get To Keep Them.

Fancy playing hide and seek with books?

Starting from today to 24 February, there’ll be 50 published books hidden all across Singapore’s 5 heartland areas!

Placed in public spaces such as walkways, benches, parks and void decks, you will get to keep a book if you find it.

What’s this all about?

A project supported by the National Arts Council, the Buy SingLit movement aims to celebrate Singapore’s literature.

Advocating ‘Buy Local, Read Our World’, homegrown book publishers, retailers and literary non-profits have come together, all in the effort of encouraging the discovery and appreciation of stories from Singapore, by Singaporeans.

Epigram Books has joined in the Buy SingLit Project with the ‘SingLit Heartland Book Drop’. The 50 hidden books are from Epigram books and will include picture books, chapter books, graphic novels, literary fiction and many more.

Through this initiative, Epigram Books hopes that more people will discover and enjoy Singapore’s literature, as well as support local writers.

When you’ve found a book, tag @epigrambooks on Instagram. Include the hashtags #BuySingLit, #HoldSGInYourHands and the serial number on the book. You’ll receive an e-voucher for a discount on your next purchase with Epigram Books.

So put on your running shoes, grab an empty backpack, and get ready to pick up some books!

Location of hidden books

The books will be hidden in the following areas from 17 to 26 February 2017:

  • North: Ang Mo Kio (17 February 2017)
  • South: Telok Blangah (22 February 2017)
  • East: Tampines (23 February 2017)
  • West: Clementi (24 February 2017)
  • Central: Bugis-Bras Basah (24 February 2017)

For hints on the hidden book, click here. It’ll be updated with each dropped book!

Buy SingLit Movement
[email protected]
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13 Cool Activities You Should Know About To Wrap Up Your February [16-28 Feb]

February has been such a busy month! There was Chinese New Year and the endless Yu Sheng dinners, Valentine’s Day… and now, here are 13 cool activities you should know about from 15 to 28 February. They’ll chase away your post-festive blues!

Play & Discover

1. Urban Ventures x House Of Noise

Our favourite street party is back! And this time round, it’s all about #supportlocalSG.

For their very first road transformation of the year, Urban Ventures partners up with Noise Singapore to transform good old Keong Saik into a one-night only, feet tapping , head banging music party!

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Featuring 21 fantastic local musicians and acts from Noise Music Mentorship 2016 (programmed by Thunder Rock School), your ears are in for a real treat!

On top of that, you can party your night away with DJs Brendon P, Oliver Osborne and Sivanesh, with free manicure and face painting sessions, thanks to Vaniday.

Urban Ventures x House of Noise
Date: 18 February  2017
Time: 3:30pm – 10:30pm
Venue: Keong Saik Road
Admission: Free
Facebook page: Urban Ventures x House of Noise

2. Choking Hazard : An Exhibition About Toys (Launch Party)

No one is ever too old or too young for… toys!

Unlike any other toy exhibition, Choking Hazard is…visually different. The toys here look a little odd and you probably won’t be able to find them elsewhere.

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This is because the artists involved in this show have dismantled existing toys sourced from toy markets and remixed them into new objects.

While you’re at it, you can also try making your own toys. An assembly line of pre-loved toys will be available for you to tear apart and rebuild. Whether you’d like to make Chucky, or your own little Frankenstein, we’re sure you’ll have a blast!

Choking Hazard: An Exhibition About Toys
Date: 17 February  (Exhibition from 17 February – 18 March)
Launch Party Time: 7:00-11:00pm
Exhibition Time: Mon-Fri (11:00am-7:00pm), Sat (2:00pm-7:00pm)
Venue: kult, C2-5, 11 Upper Wilkie Road, Singapore 228120
Admission: Free
Facebook Page: Choking Hazard

3. Talk Cock Comedy feat. The Latecomers (Improv)

Need some laughter to get through the week? Just sit back, relax, and let The Latecomers entertain you.

They may be late to the game but the Latecomers sure are on time with punchlines.

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For this show, they’re going to cook up a pot of improvised frenzy that would cure and rid all the boredom and frustration you have experienced during the week.
Sharp, witty and a little inappropriate, forget chicken soup, this is the kind of healing we all need.
Talk Cock Comedy feat. The Latecomers (Improv)
Date: 16 February 2017
Time: 8:30 – 10:30pm
Venue: Blu Jaz Cafe, 11 bali lane, Singapore 189848
Admission: $15 via Improv wit The Latecomers

4. Say It With Love

February is the month of love and here’s how you can spend some quality time with your loved ones.
Love is in the air at Gardens by the Bay – but with a special twist. For two days, Say it with Love will take centre stage with an assortment of activities you can enjoy with family and friends.
There will be art jam sessions with artists from Band of Doodlers, handcrafted items for sale, a series of fun workshops, an evening picnic and you can also catch a movie under the stars.
If packing your own picnic is too much of a hassle, picnic bags (priced between $60-$65) are available. Each kit comes with a mat, snacks and choice of either wine, a platter of finger food or a box of sandwiches.

Say It With Love
Date: 24 & 25 February, 2017
Time: 6:30-10:30pm
Venue: Meadow, Gardens by the Bay 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018953
Admission: Free
Picnic Bag: $60 (Online pre-sale), $65 (On-site)
Facebook Page: Say It With Love 2017

5. Red Dot Cinema ~ Asian Short Film Screening

Need new inspiration? How about rediscovering Asian narratives that have shaped our values and culture?

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There are many independent film festivals in the world, but not many focus on Asian films. Fortunately there’s Red Dot Cinema – they amplify the Asian voice, one screening at a time.

Founded in 2015, Red Dot Cinema curates inspiring Asian short films and organises screenings around the world. They aim to bring Asia’s culture, social issues and entertainment to the global audience.

In this second edition, they’ll be screening 7 shorts from 5 different countries including Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and our very own award winning “Hentak Kaki” by James Khoo.

Red Dot Cinema~ Asian Short Film Screening
Date: 24 February, 2017
Time: 7:00-9:00pm
Venue: JustCo 6 Raffles Quay #16-01 Singapore 048580
Admission: $15 (Early bird), $18 (All tickets are inclusive of a popcorn)
Ticketing Website: Red Dot Cinema

6. Holi 2017

The official Holi festival only takes place in March but in Singapore, we’re celebrating it a little earlier this year!

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Singapore’s biggest Holi Festival will be organised at Wavehouse Sentosa and it’s gonna be an experience like no other.

A line up of DJs, including the all time Holi favourite DJ Milan, will keep the festival rolling while water jets, rain dances and live performances will keep you entertained and Instagram-busy.

If you’re concerned about the coloured powder used at the festival, fret not as the organisers had it lab tested and it’s certified to be safe.

Holi 2017
Date: 25 February, 2017
Time: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Venue: Wavehouse Sentosa
Admission: $20.00 via Eventbrite
Facebook Page: Singapore’s Biggest Holi Returns


In the spirit of #supportlocalSG, here’s another local production to check out!

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Originally penned in 2003 by theatre veteran Goh Boon Teck, PRISM is a timeless presentation that highlights the erosion of our nation’s culture, and the urgency to preserve heritage.
Starring Fir Rahman from ‘The Apprentice’, the production tells the tale of Aman, an urban city development official, who questions his work of demolishing old buildings to make way for new cityscapes.
A struggle between progression and loss…doesn’t that sound relevant to what we’re experiencing today?
Date: 23 February – 5 March, 2017 (no show on Monday)
Time: 3pm (all days except 23 February), 8pm (all days)
Venue: 100 Victoria Street, National Library Building, Drama Centre Theatre, Level 3
Admission:  $75 (Cat 1), $65 (Cat 2), $55 (Cat 3), $42 (Cat 4) via

8. Crossings

Remember Britney Spear’s ‘Crossroads’? Here’s one that is more relevant, realistic and…updated.

The new young & W!LD cohort will be staging their very first public performance- Crossings, at Centre 42’s Black Box!

Bold, dark and funny, Crossings follow characters who have arrived at a critical crossroads in their lives. (Not your daily what to wear, what to eat kinda decisions).

The choices they make will change their journeys forever – its either a road to self-discovery or self-destruction.

If you need a fresh perspective about how the decisions we make will change our lives, Crossings will only be staged for 7 performances and 4 shows are SOLD OUT already! Grab your tickets now before its too late!

Date: 15 – 19 February, 2017
Time: 3pm (18 & 19 February), 8pm (15-19 February)
Venue: Black Box, Centre 42, 42 Waterloo St, Singapore 187951
Admission: $30.00 via

Also, read CROSSINGS – A Play Dark And Bold Enough For A Different Kind Of Valentine’s Day


9. An Afternoon of Art + Food with Mamakan

Have a thing or two for heritage food? This is a culinary journey that you won’t wanna miss!

Featuring an 8-course taster menu, the Mamakan Art Collective will inspire you to get creatively in touch with nature. You’ll taste your way through botanical treasures available locally in Singapore.

They will also be serving cocktails ranging from Bathing Princess on the Hill, a purple liqueur made from Fort Canning flowers, to SpiceBomb of Diversity, an infusion of native spices.

If you’re hesitating because you overate during Chinese New Year, all taster items served are vegetarian, gluten-free and free of pesticides. It’s guilt free and delish at the same time.

An Afternoon of Art + Food with Mamakan
Date: 18 February, 2017
Time: 3-5:00pm
Venue: Singapore Art Museum, 71 Bras Basah Rd
Admission: $49.00 (Individual), $490.00 (Table of 10) via 

10. Oh Crab, it’s a Party!

Oh crap! How could anyone ever say no to crabs?

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Crab lovers, raise your claws! A crab party is happening this February and everyone is invited!

All crabs are handpicked from Dapur Melaka’s very own crab farm and go at $18 each. Freshness of every crab is guaranteed or you get your money back.

It’s based on a first come first served basis so do make your reservations to avoid disappointment!

Dapur’s Crab Party
Date: 16 & 17 February, 2017
Time: 5:30pm onwards (last order at 8:30pm)
Venue: Dapur Melaka Singapore 56 Sembawang Road, Singapore 779086
Contact number: +65 6455 0857
Admission: $18 via Oh crab, it’s a party


11. Majestic Market

You’ve probably done a whole lot of shopping for Chinese New Year and Valentine’s. One more pop-up market doesn’t harm right?

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In conjunction with their 10th anniversary celebration, New Majestic Hotel will be hosting a collaborative 3-day pop up weekend bazaar!

Set in a 1928 shophouse, the market aims to celebrate and revive Bukit Pasoh’s heritage by showcasing local design, culture and its rich colourful history.

The hotel rooms will also be transformed into carefully curated retail spaces for vendors to display their products.

Heritage and shopping? That sure sounds like a pretty refreshing retail experience.

Majestic Market
Date: 16-19 February, 2017
Time: 6:00pm
Venue: New Majestic Hotel 31 – 37 Bukit Pasoh Road, Singapore 089845
Admission: Free
Facebook Page: Majestic Market

12. Wanderlust Market

You probably have a million reasons to save your angpao money but here’s one good one for you to spend ’em!

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Don’t worry about coming back from Travel Revolution empty handed because this year, the organiser actually included Wanderlust Market, a curated artisanal market by Makers Market at the event venue.

There will be a variety of products ranging from artisanal creations to mouth-watering food, children products and many more adorable items that will make you go “take my money!”.

Wanderlust Market
Date: 24-26 February, 2017
Time: 11:00am to 9:30pm
Venue: Marina Bay Sands L1 Expo Halls A & B 10 Bayfront Avenue, 018956
Facebook Page: Wanderlust Market

13. EMU Australia Pop-up

Fans of Aussie fashion and shoes, EMU from the land down under is finally on our Singaporean shores!

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Pronounced as eem-you, EMU is a premium lifestyle brand best known for their super comfy yet stylish footwear and accessories for women and children alike.

This 3-weeks special pop-up event will showcase the brand’s Spring Summer 2017 collection. There are strong bursts of colours, exotic prints, metallics designs with sports-inspired elements.

The collection, ranging from heels, sandals, summer wedges, slip-ons to covered shoes, is functional yet chic.

Women’s shoes start from $79, while children’s sneakers start from $59.

EMU Australia Pop Up
Date: February 10, 2017 onwards
Time: 10:30am – 10:00pm daily
Venue: Robinsons The Heeren, Robinsons Raffles City, Metro Paragon
Facebook Page: EMU Australia Singapore

With 13 funtastic activities to explore, it seems like life is not slowing down at all this February! And there goes our ‘hard earned’ angpao money!

Also, read Bon Appétit! 6 Legit French restaurants In Singapore That Won’t Burn A Big Hole In Your Wallet

A #TBT To How S’pore Looked Like 20 Years Ago – We Felt A Wave Of Nostalgia Looking At #2!

10 years ago, it was the year 2007. And the 90’s were 20 whole years ago. Does anyone else feel old?

From the 1990s to the current day, Singapore has gone through a tremendous change. Take a trip down memory lane with us through these 20 pictures of 1990s Singapore. You’ll be surprised at how different Singapore is now compared to your childhood days.

1. Capitol Theatre


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This 87-year-old landmark was first built in 1930, and could seat more than 1600 people in the auditorium.

By 1998, it screened its last movie and closed down, unable to compete with newer, more technologically advanced cinemas around Singapore. After 9 years, it was reopened again on May 19 2015. Now, there are movies as well as in-house theatre and dance productions featuring local and Asian repertoire.

2. Marina Bay Sands

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The area where Marina Bay Sands now stands was initially just a huge reclaimed land.

With plans that have been in the works since 1983, the entire Marina Bay Sands project took 34 years to become the impressive integrated resort we know today.

With the completion of the Sands Theatre and Grand Theatre, we are now treated to globally renowned acts like The Lion King and Wicked. Coupled with the ArtScience Museum, Marina Bay Sands has become THE place to be for everything cool, from arts and culture to shopping and eating!

3. National Library at Stamford Road


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The original National Library of Singapore at Stamford Road was first completed in 1960, and for many of us, the place where our love for reading began.

On 31 March 2004, our collective hearts broke as the doors of the library closed for the last time. While we may miss the old library, the new national library is a sight to behold. Home to the Black Box, an outdoor garden and 7 full floors dedicated to the Lee Kong Chian Reference Library, the new National Library at Bras Basah helps to keeps our love for reading alive.

4. Bugis Street


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Our very own Singapore-style version Taiwan Night Market, Bugis Street was where we flocked to for cheap clothes and apparels after school.

With our miniscule pocket money, Bugis Street was a godsend for the blossoming shopaholics in us. Cleaner, more fashionable and slightly pricier, new Bugis Street now hosts even more shops, some are even air-conditioned!

5. Playgrounds


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Back in the 90’s, going to the playground meant playing with kids from the neighbourhood, porcelain tiled dragon architecture, as well as bloody knees if we had the misfortune of falling in the sand.

These days, playgrounds are more avant-garde in design, with safe rubber-foam flooring. There is also a growing trend in inclusiveness, starting with playgrounds for children with special needs and special wheelchair swings.

6. Buses


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Decked in the iconic red and white colours of our nation, the buses of the past were stuffy, non-air conditioned, and dispensed paper tickets when you boarded the bus.

20 years down the road, we now see buses in different colours. Not just that, they’re also air-conditioned, wheelchair accessible and bus fares are now payable with cards.

7. National Stadium


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The old Kallang Stadium was THE place to be for every primary 5 child a few days before National Day. Wearing red or white t-shirts to school, we were proud to wave our miniature national flags (all while digging through the goody bags for the yearly signature gifts).

On 30 June 2014, Singapore welcomed the new and improved National Stadium. An all-weather sports and events venue, it has a retractable roof that keeps out the rain and doubles as a huge projector screen. It even has a state-of-the-art cooling system, allowing for cool air at 23 degrees to be pumped out from beneath the seats. Partially powered by solar panels, the cool air is even environmentally friendly!

Having played host to singers like Stefanie Sun and Jay Chou, as well as the 28th SEA Games in 2015, the National Stadium provides a comfortable, yet magnificent stage for arts, culture and sports alike.

8. Sentosa


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Do you remember having to take a ferry to Sentosa island? Back then, we were easily excited by the wax museum depicting Singapore’s past, as well as climbing up the huge Merlion statue.

Fast-forward 20 years and Sentosa island is now home to a huge amusement-resort. You’ll be surprised to know that this island is no longer just for the beach lovers and thrill seekers.

Theatre geeks and concertgoers can enjoy amazing performances like Yellowcard – The Final World Tour at Resorts World Theatre, and the daily Monster Rock show at Pantages Hollywood Theatre at Universal Studios Singapore.

9. MRT


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Back then, there were only 2 lines: Red and Green. More accurately, the North-South line and the East-West line. After that, you had to take a bus to get to your specific destination.

These days, there are 5 MRT lines with 2 more on the way, and 3 LRT lines. In the past, we didn’t need to refer to the System map when travelling somewhere new. Now, I find myself googling ‘MRT map’ very often.

10. Hard Rock Cafe


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The ever-famous Cadillac was taken down on May 16 2016 in preparation for a makeover of the Hard Rock Cafe. The 1961 Cadillac Series 62 Deville represented the Rock and Roll times that Hard Rock Cafe stood for.

Fortunately, Hard Rock Cafe is still rocking even without its signature Cadillac. With Kumar taking the stage alongside live music performances and open mic shows, Hard Rock Cafe keeps our love for music and comedy alive.

11. King Albert Park


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Students of Bukit Timah, namely MGS, ACS, Nanyang Girls’, NJC and many others will always have fond memories of King Albert Park (affectionately known as KAP). Many after school hours were spent studying in McDonald’s, shopping at Cold Storage, and eating ice cream at Island Creamery.

Closed on 16 March 2014 for its transformation into a condominium, this is yet another childhood memory that we say goodbye to in our ever-developing Singapore.

12. Big Splash Complex at East Coast Park

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Before Wild Wild Wet or Adventure Cove, there was the Big Splash! Slides which were more than 6 storeys high. They were supposedly the tallest slides in the world back in 1977.

After 40 years of bringing water-related thrills to Singaporeans, the water park closed on 21 October 2016, and the land was returned to the government for redevelopment.

13. Marine Aquarium at Wisma Atria

A cheap alternative to Underwater world was to take a trip to Wisma Atria and stare at the fishes in the Marine Aquarium. Filled with exotic seawater fishes, corals and even tiny sharks, we would chase the swimming fishes round and round the 1.5m tall tank.

Sadly, good things don’t last forever. The Marine Aquarium was taken down in 2008 and the aquatic creatures were transferred to their new home at Underwater World Singapore.

14. Tang Dynasty Village


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Opened in 1992, Tang Dynasty Village was a literal blast to the past where visitors could visit a replica of the Tang Dynasty Capital in Singapore.

Featuring an army of terracotta warriors, a courthouse, geisha house, camel rides and a wax museum among other displays, this attraction was totally cool but did not come cheap. Back then, $30 entrance fees were not affordable for some families.

Coupled with the 90’s Asian Economic Crisis, it closed down in 1999, after a short 7-year run.

15. Escape Theme Park


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Escape Theme Park made way for an expansion of Wild Wild Wet

Who can forget travelling all the way to Pasir Ris to race in go-carts, splash down the Wet & Wild log-ride and be tossed about the insanely fast Panasonic/Alpha 8.

On November 26, 2011, we said goodbye to Escape Theme Park as plans for the Downtown East revamp began. Wild Wild Wet was opened next door shortly after the closure, but it just wasn’t the same.

16. Queenstown Cinema

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A cinema right beside a bowling alley, not to mention a KTV outlet, this was the best after school/work hang out for Queenstown residents.

I remember coming here after dinner with my cousins to bowl, even though we mostly watched the balls enter the gutters. Closed in 1999 and demolished in 2011, the rubble may be gone but the memories remain.

17. Istana Kampong Gelam (now Malay Heritage Centre)

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The Istana Kampong Gelam used to be the palace of Sultan Hussein Shah of Johor in 1819, where it went on to house generations of Sultan Hussein’s successors.

In 1999, after the Sultan Hussein Ordinance was enacted and revised for the last time, residents living in the Istana were resettled. In time, the building was restored and transformed into the Malay Heritage Centre in 2004.

With 6 permanent galleries showcasing stories and artefacts that tell of Kampong Gelam’s historical significance, as well as new monthly exhibits, visitors are given a precious insight into our country’s culture and history.

18. HMV at Heeren


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Home to the first and last HMV store in Singapore, teens would flock here to listen to the latest album releases for free.

Opened in 1997, the 25,000-sqf store saw 8 years of music lovers pass through its 3 levels before closing officially on 30 September 2015.

19. Underwater World Singapore

The fishes from Wisma Atria’s Marine Aquarium found their way here and lived happily until 26 June 2016 when Underwater World Singapore closed down.

While the ‘bigger and better’ version, namely S.E.A Aquarium, held a whopping 100,000 plus marine animals of over 800 species, Underwater World’s 2,500 plus marine animals of 250 species was more than enough for our childhood.

20. A&W

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These days, ask most teens if they know A&W and they’ll answer that it’s a carbonated root beer beverage. Back in the 90’s, it was a fast food restaurant on a boat! Stationed on the Stewards Riverboat at the Sentosa Coastline, it was the only fast food franchise that felt classy as you chow down on burgers, fries and an A&W Root Beer Float.

Singapore’s Transformation

These 20 pictures show us the immense change that Singapore has undergone since the 90’s, and with the ever-increasing development of our country, who knows whether our favourite places will stick around in 2037?

Make as many memories as possible by visiting and attending events, attractions, and activities in Singapore. So start visiting and get your cameras clicking away, before time takes away more of our monumental places in Singapore.

(Header image credit: With Over 1,000 Stalls, This Year’s Geylang Bazaar Will Keep You Coming Back For More 

10 Fantastic And Cannot Miss Activities To Kick Off Your February [1-15 Feb]

It is February already?! So, it seems like we’ve dived into the second month of the year. If you’re getting post Chinese New Year holiday blues, don’t fret! There’s still a ton of things to do in Singapore this month, and we’ve covered some of the most unmissable ones for you.

Whether you’re a cultural guru looking for your next immersive experience, an art fanatic hunting down new (and free) exhibitions, a cafe hopper, or self-confessed compulsive shopper–there’s definitely something for you.

February is also the month of love, so why not grab that special someone and try something new together! There’ll surely be lots of great memories to make.

Here’s a calendar of 10 fantastic and cannot miss activities to keep you occupied this February 1st to 15th!

Play & Discover

1. Chingay Parade

To continue ringing in the Lunar New Year, Singapore’s favourite annual Chingay Parade is back.

Themed ‘Singapore’s Soundwaves Chingay, We Care Singapore’, this year’s parade promises two nights of vibrant floats, dancing dragons, prancing lions, stilt walkers, wushu masters and performers of varying ages, races, religions, and groups.

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This year’s edition, the 45th, includes especial highlights: from fresh pyrotechnics and fireworks displays, to classic sing-alongs to Singaporean “Xinyao” music. The brilliant noise and gaiety even stretches from the main parade site all the way to the heartlands.

This national event is also the largest street performance and float parade in Asia–certainly something not to be missed!

Catch a glimpse of this treasured event where age, race, language and creed hold no barriers.

Chingay Parade
Where: F1 Pit Building, next to Singapore Flyer
Date: 10-11 February 2017
Time: 8pm, pre-parade @ 7pm
Tickets: $50-60 (Cat 1), $40-50 (Cat 2), $28.50 (Cat 3)
Tel: 6348 5555
Email: [email protected]

2. Thaipusam Festival

On the full moon day of the Tamil month, Hindus will celebrate the Thaipusam thanksgiving festival.

In Singapore, thousands of devotees fulfil their vows through a 4km walk between two temples.

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Come immerse yourself in this exciting and culturally-rich atmosphere–that sees devotees have their flesh pinched, pulled and pierced, all whilst carrying the weight of 30kg kavadi structures–and learn more about the Hindu culture.

The large, colourful annual procession that anchors this religious festival is sure to tantalise. But it’s the devotees’ faithful strength, perseverance and dedication to perform the exceptional that will wow you.

Thaipusam Festival
Venue: Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple to Sri Thendayuthapani Temple
Address: 397 Serangoon Road Singapore 218123
Date: 9 February 2017
Time: 6.30am-noon, 6-9pm
Tel: 6728 5711
This one’s for the Studio Ghibli fans! A collection of original production celluloids from director Hayao Miyazaki has been released and is now on display at Polar Bear Gallery.

My Neighbour Totoro, Princess Mononoke and Laputa: Castle in the Sky… Come and see how the most breathtaking scenes from your favourite Studio Ghibli films are painstakingly drawn by hand, and melded together frame by frame.

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Today, Studio Ghibli remains the most successful ex-hollywood animation production studio in the world. Why not come discover the magic behind it all? The Polar Bear Gallery also contributes 10% of their annual income to protect the environment through related groups.

Studio Ghibli Production Cel
Venue: Polar Bear Gallery
Address: 69A Haji Lane Singapore 189262
When: Friday-Saturday 12pm to 8pm; Sunday 12pm to 6pm
Price: Free
The Chinese New Year festivities never quite end do they?

Huayi Chinese Festival of Arts is an annual cultural festival at the Esplanade Theatres. It is introduced for the new year, with a vibrant mix of both local and international artists.

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Traditional, contemporary, mainstream and cutting edge Chinese artists congregate in this festival to showcase their works.

Performances to look out for include the Chinese version of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer’s Night Dream, the cool street dancers of Cloud Gate 2, and Singapore’s very own Offending the Audience play.

A bright array of theatre, dance, music, workshops, and talks will give you a taste of the most dynamic forms of Chinese artistic expression. Be prepared to be inspired and touched through this diverse showcase of programmes (some are free!).

Huayi Festival of the Arts
Venue: The Esplanade
Address: 1 Esplanade Drive, Singapore 038981
Tel: 6828 8377


5. The Summerhouse

Want a taste of the idyllic English countryside without having to travel?

The Summerhouse is a newly opened restaurant, cafe, garden, and bar tucked away amongst the conserved colonial bungalows at Seletar Aerospace.

The chill vibe of this food sanctuary will give you quiet time with your loved ones.

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This unique farm to table destination sees the freshest food sourced from a farming collective of Singaporean and Malaysian growers, as well as a Singapore kelong, and garnish harvested from the inhouse edible garden.

While you’re there, you must try the buckwheat porridge with bacon bits, Parmesan crisp, Chinese spinach and pumpkin and sunflower seeds ($16), and the raspberry pickled beetroot with ricotta cheese ($18).

Specially for this Valentine’s day, there’s even a ‘Wildseed Tea Party’ happening from 10 to 12 & 14 February.

The Summerhouse
Where: The Oval @ Seletar Aerospace Park
Address: 3 Park Lane, Singapore 798387
The Summerhouse Dining Room
Wednesday-Saturday 6pm to 10pm
Sunday 6pm to 9pm

Wildseed Cafe & Poppy Flora Studio
Tuesday-Friday 10am to 7pm
Saturday-Sunday 9am to 7pm

Wildseed Bar
Tuesday-Thursday & Sunday 4pm to 10pm
Friday-Saturday 4pm to 11pm
[email protected] / [email protected]
Tel: 6262 1063

6. The Garage

Just a stone’s throw away from Botanic Gardens MRT Station is The Garage, a two-storey colonial house now home to two dining concepts: Bee’s Knees and Botanico.

By day, Bee’s Knees serves hearty pizza, pasta, sandwiches, desserts, and coffee on the first floor.

Once night falls, Botanico, on the second floor, dishes out delicious, beautifully plated dishes in a gorgeous setting.

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For tea break, you should try the Banoffee Tart ($7) made from banana, cream and toffee. And for dinner, the juicy and crisp Chargrilled Iberico Pork Belly ($26) steals the show for many customers.

Whether you’re stopping by for a bite from your stroll along Botanic Gardens’ walking trail, or paying a special visit, The Garage is surely the place to dine. After all, it is surrounded by lush greenery, and flora and fauna.

The Garage
Where: 50 Cluny Park Road, Singapore Botanic Gardens, Singapore 257488
Bee’s Knees
Tuesday-Sunday 10am to 6pm

Wednesday-Sunday 6pm to 10pm
Tel: 6264 7978 / 9831 1106
Email: [email protected]
For some good old comfort food, slip into One Night Only, the newest cheekily named joint that serves timeless and classic American diner food.

Its blue brick walls, diner booths, warm mood lighting, and cosy and personable service is sure to teleport you to an out-of-this-country experience.

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While you’re there, the Buttermilk Fried Chicken ($19.50) is a sure bet, though the Maple Bacon Pancakes ($16.50), Brioche French Toast, Nashville Hot Chicken ($21), and Grilled Maine Lobster are signatures too.

Choose from a selection of sides including fries, baked beans, and creamed corn to complete a hearty American meal right here in Singapore.

One Night Only
Address: 397 River Valley Road, Singapore 248292
Tel: +65 6235 1248
Open: 12pm to 10pm (Tues – Fri), 9am – 10pm (Sat, Sun, PH), Closed Mon

8. Platform 1094

Potterheads rejoice! A new Harry Potter-themed cafe named Platform 1094 has magically sprouted up just 10 minutes away from Boon Keng MRT.

With wizard themed starters, main dishes, desserts and cocktails, it’ll certainly be a spell-binding dining experience like no other.

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Signature dishes include the tender Pesto Mayo Pork Ribs ($22), Suhnitzel Sous-vide Duck Breast ($19), the mystical Bloodberry ($18) for desert. And of course, you have the try the Goblet of Fire ($15), an enchanting mixture that actually comes aflame.

Platform 1904, together with its homey food, wood panelled and brick interior, warm lighting, and themed decorations, is sure to grant you a truly immersive, magical, and Instagram-friendly experience.

Platform 1094
Address: 1094 Serangoon Road, Singapore 328192
Open: Tuesday-Friday 11am to 10pm; Saturday-Sunday 10am-11pm; closed on Monday
Tel: 6204 6003


9. Market Of Artists And Designers (MAAD)

One Friday night of each month, the Red Dot Design Museum Singapore hosts a creative platform, the Market of Artists And Designers (MAAD).

MAAD is the largest recurring creative marketplace (a step up from your usual flea market) in Singapore.

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Promoting design and originality, MAAD serves as a space for budding and veteran artists alike to showcase their works. Expect a vibrant mish mash of creatives and live music from home grown bands. You can also get your portrait drawn at #PortraitsAfterDark.

Join in for a night of pop-ups, inspiring design, originality, creativity, and late night shopping!

Market Of Artists And Designers (MAAD)
Venue: Red Dot Design Museum Singapore
Address: 28 Maxwell Road, Ground Floor, Red Dot Traffic Building, 069120
Date: 10 February 2017
Time: 5pm to 12am
is returning to SOTA again this February!

Indulge your inner shopaholic here as there are plenty of artisanal goodness you can’t find in mainstream shops.

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Expect hand woven bags and pouches, special Valentine’s Day terrariums, hand crafted jewellery, personalised gifts, and even active gear! The one thing in common? They’re all super artsy–sure to impress even the most aesthetically-inclined.

SOTA Maker’s Parade
Venue: SOTA, School of the Arts, Level 1
Address: 1 Zubir Said Drive, 227968
Date & Time: 10 February 3pm to 9pm; 11 February 2017 12pm to 9pm
Email: [email protected]

Just looking at this line-up of exciting events, newest food havens, and shopping districts is enough to have us all raring to start the new month! After all, it’s the new spring season even here in Singapore’s perpetual summer, and that means going out and trying new things.

Whether you have someone special to spend this Valentine’s Day with, or just want to hang out with your loved ones, checking out these activities and food places together will surely make it a month to remember.

Keep the good vibes from January going by cruising through these easy breezy activities. Have fun!

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