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10 new year resolutions denizens of the Lion City should make

1. ‘I resolve never to whip out my elephant-sized camera and flash with the intensity of a thousand dying suns, because I realise my tastebuds are attached to my tongue and not my eyes. Also, the 1,732 photos of my eggs benny all look as appetising as a cement block without professional styling and lighting.’ – Every single food blogger out there 

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By: Time Out Singapore editors

Contest: Win preview tickets to Johnny Depp's new film, 'Mortdecai'

Johnny Depp tackles yet another debonair character in his latest movie, Mortdecai. Gwyneth Paltrow and Ewan McGregor rounds up the star-studded cast as Mortdecai's disapproving prim wife and longtime love rival respectively. The globetrotting action comedy heads off with the title character, art dealer Lord Charlie Mortdecai, on a trail of a missing Goya painting. Russian mobsters and the MI5 are also thrown in for good measure. The plot is not high-brow by any measure, but if you're one for a few good laughs or all things Johnny Depp, we've got five pairs of preview tickets.

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By: Time Out Singapore editors

Five artworks at Art Stage 2015 that are not what they seem

Art Stage has been open for a couple of days, but don’t fret if you haven’t had the chance to head on over yet – you’ve still got the weekend. While the fair’s sheer size (all 17,190 square metres of it) may make you want to hurry down the maze of booths just to make sure you catch everything before time’s up, quite a lot of the works there made us do a double take and take a second, closer look. What we discovered made us smile, gawk, and gave us the heebee-jeebees. Here are five of the quirkiest pieces that we came across.  

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By: Gwen Pew

Contest: Win a limited edition Martell VSOP bottle and tickets to the launch party

Cognac house Martell updates its Martell VSOP label with a sophisticated limited edition Black Tie bottle by up-and-coming fashion marvel, Jason Wu. The Taiwanese designer, who has been the couturier of choice for the likes of Michelle Obama, Reese Witherspoon and Zhang Ziyi, goes for an understated old world glamour for this collaboration – Martell VSOP Limited Edition Dressed by Jason Wu. Enter this contest to win the limited edition bottle (worth $275) as well as tickets for yourself and four friends to the exclusive launch party at Zouk on Jan 30. 

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By: Time Out Singapore editors

The King is here

In the form of collectibles and stamps, that is. Housed in the Singapore Philatelic Museum in commemoration of Elvis Presley’s 80th, Return to Sender highlights stamps from around the world, alongside 150 items from a local collector that include vinyl records, movie posters, magazines and books. 

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By: Benita Lee

Get excited: Singapore's getting a cocktail week

Singapore has a pretty good stock of cocktail bars of great calibre, but the city's cocktail culture is about to get even better. Come March 7 to 14, the best bars and talent on our shores gather to celebrate Cocktail Week. 

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By: Natasha Hong

Now open: Cafe Insa-dong

What do art installations, shaved ice desserts and vanity tables have in common? To be honest, not much really – except that they can all be found at Café Insa-dong, a new Korean dessert café along South Bridge Road. 

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By: Mia Chenyze

The ultimate playlist for St Jerome's Laneway Festival

So, we've covered all the essential things you need to bring to Laneway Festival Singapore to ensure a rocking good time. However, there's one other thing you'll do well to prepare: get familiar with the music. You don't want to look blank and confused because you don't recognise the tunes, do you? But fear not, we've got that taken care of with our ultimate playlist for Laneway.

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By: Time Out Singapore editors

Contest: Win Laneway memorabilia and an exclusive meet-and-greet session with the bands

So we were thinking, besides giving you the ultimate guide to Laneway Festival, what more can we do for you? We thought deep and hard, talked to a bunch of people, and scored some cool Laneway goodies for you. Listen up, we're giving five lucky winners a set each of a Laneway t-shirt, cap, tote bag and $20 F&B vouchers, and another $50 H&M voucher on top of that. Best of all, you and a friend will get to join a meet-and-greet session with one of these artistes: Courtney Barnett, Rustie, Jungle, Little Dragon, Banks, Chet Faker, or St Vincent. That's a sweet $165 worth of Laneway memorabilia and a once-in-a-lifetime chance to get up close with your favourite indie musician, guys.

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By: Time Out Singapore editors

Contest: Win a staycation at W Singapore Sentosa Cove

To mark the launch of our brand new website, FREE iPhone app and newsletter, we're giving one lucky winner a one-night stay at the ultra-plush W Singapore Sentosa Cove. What's more, we're even throwing in breakfast for two at The Kitchen Table. You're looking at a staycation worth a whopping $740 at one of Singapore's hottest resorts.

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By: Time Out Singapore editors

Contest: Win a Safari Zoo Run family package

Kick off 2015 on a healthy note with the whole family at this fun mass run at the Night Safari and Singapore Zoo. We're giving away five sets of family packages (two adults and two children) for the Safari Zoo Fun Run on February 8, each worth $232. And this event doesn't end at the finishing line. Head down after the run to the Family Carnival for magic shows, games, and photography sessions with the animals.

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By: Time Out Singapore editors

Contest: Win a buffet dinner for two at Lime Restaurant at PARKROYAL on Pickering

Excite your palate at Lime, a fresh dining destination at the PARKROYAL on Pickering. Experience the culinary magic from the open-concept kitchens as you enjoy a repertoire of international specialities, Asian favourites and savoury Peranakan dishes. Three lucky couples will win a buffet dinner worth $136.50.

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By: Time Out Singapore editors

Five worse things to live beside than a columbarium

In case you've been living under a rock, a bunch of would-be residents of Fernvale Lea in Sengkang are up in arms about an upcoming columbarium nearby the HDB estate. And they've actually gone beyond Facebook rants to start an online petition to nix the development, securing more than 800 signatures. At a meeting with Lam Pin Min, MP for Sengkang West, a group of them went as far as to ask the HDB for a refund on their flats.

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By: Mia Chenyze

Contest: Win four tickets to KidsFest 2015

KidsFest returns this year with a slew of stage productions for children of all ages, such as Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo, The Gruffalo, and The Tiger who Came to Tea, a tender tale of Sophie’s friendship with the big cat. Two families will win four tickets each to the latter show (Feb 20, 12pm; Feb 21, 12pm), worth $260 a set. 

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By: Time Out Singapore editors

Art of the State - January issue out now

Well, it’s here again. A brand new year arrives before we’ve even come to terms with the last one. But 2015 isn’t the only thing that’s new. Flip through the pages of this magazine and you’ll notice we’ve had a little makeover. It’s fresher, cleaner and zinging with all the good stuff the month has to offer – just like our revamped website. 

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By: Iliyas Ong

Contest: Win a pair of tickets to Toast the Macallan

Come January, get acquainted with the art of whisky appreciation at Toast the Macallan, the whisky house's first such event in Singapore. Sip on some fine single malt as you chat with Scottish brand ambassador Kieron Elliot to learn more about Macallan's heritage and the distillery process. 

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By: Time Out Singapore editors

Opening this Saturday: The Monocle Store

Got a spare moment between Christmas shopping runs this weekend? Magazine company and lifestyle brand Monocle will be opening its first flagship store in the Chip Bee Gardens neighbourhood for public viewing this Saturday from 11am. Housed in a small two-storey colonial black-and-white house, the ground floor retail nook stocks a range of lifestyle goods created by the Monocle team and in collaboration with brands like Porter, Mackintosh and Revo, and of course, the brand's magazines and publications. Perfect gifts for a stylish friend, don't you agree?   The Monocle Store is at 74 Jalan Kelabu Asap.

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By: Natasha Hong

Editor's note: The Time Out Singapore Christmas issue

I’ll admit it: I never was a fan of X’mas. It’s hardly as magical in real life as those movies that local TV programmers believe essential to the season (I’m looking at you, Home Alone). Where are my sleighs, reindeer and flasks of hot mulled wine to stave off the bone-biting cold of winter? Don’t tell me I’ve been nice all this while for nothing. But the older I get, the more the Yuletide cheer rubs off on me. There are too many things to do on the island during this time of year. Parties, concerts, carolling sessions and even a few make-believe winter wonderlands will turn even the most angsty Grinch suckers for Santa. It can all get a little overwhelming – so check out our ultimate guide to Christmas to get all your festive needs sorted and then some. If you’re more a stay-at-home reveller, check out our picks for the best Christmas decorations that will turn your abode into a festive dream – with or without Macaulay Culkin. And for those who’ve racked up one too many naughty points, we’ve corralled five charity events so you can do a bit of good.

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By: Iliyas Ong

Reviewed: It's the Ship

Four nights of EDM on a massive cruise liner, with a beach soirée sandwiched in between? Sounds like a dream for any 24-hour party person – and It’s the Ship didn’t disappoint.

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By: Iliyas Ong

Are you guilty of this at the theatre?

‘Ladies and gentlemen,’ a voice says as the light dims over the theatre. ‘Please switch off your phones, sit back, relax and enjoy the show.’ The actors come on and the performance starts. You’re having a great time, but then you see it. That person right in front of you who is still happily tapping away on the phone, and who looks like he has absolutely no intention of putting it away any time soon.

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By: Gwen Pew

Top 10 Christmas songs

It’s December, which means we’re officially in the month of all things festive (not that we haven’t been celebrating already). We all know and love the traditional Yuletide tunes – we’re talking classics by Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole and Judy Garland – so check out our playlist of feel good covers to bring you a dash of Christmas cheer.  And here's a video to get you right into the mood:  

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By: Benita Lee

Comments

2 comments
Shannon L
Shannon L

I cant find the contest page as well.

Md H
Md H

wheres the link to contest page ..after revamp link not there...