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The SpongeBob Movie popcorn-eating game

If, like us, you’re also child at heart, you will thoroughly enjoy The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water. But if you’re looking to take the fun to the next dimension (or if you’re the reluctant friend/boyfriend/parent who for some reason don’t find yourself entertained by the fishy gang, and need a distraction), we’d like to suggest a popcorn eating game.

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By: Gwen Pew

#KeepFMFAAlive

By now you must have heard the news about Future Music Festival Asia (FMFA). Its public entertainment license twice rejected by the police, the EDM extravaganza is on the ropes and may not pull through. 

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By: Time Out Singapore editors

The new 'Avengers' trailer

If you haven’t seen the new trailer, get on it. ‘Cause it’s freakin’ awesome. Let us tell you why.

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By: Benita Lee

Chye Seng Huat Hardware gets an update

When was the last time you fabulously sipped coffee while balancing your bum on one of Chye Seng Huat Hardware's rusty stools? Now there's even more reason to return and be seen taking that overhead shot of your latte art. After a brief hiatus for a facelift at the end of January, the Jalan Besar hipster spot reopens its creaky gates with a more relaxed layout of outdoor seating and concrete planters, and minor visual tweaks to its three-year-old interiors. 

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By: Natasha Hong

Singapore is the most expensive city in the world – sort of

Hey Singapore, guess what? We're first at something again. For the second year running, we’ve topped the Economist Intelligence Unit's (EIU) Worldwide Cost of Living report. If you think Paris is costly, well, think again. The City of Lights is one rung below us, and even Tokyo and New York are far away at 11th and 22nd places, respectively. One more feather in the cap for SG50, eh?

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By: Mia Chenyze

#SMRTmovies: the funniest tweets about the train breakdowns

Hot on the tracks of #SG50shadesofgrey, Singaporeans are jumping onto the new hashtag of the moment: #SMRTmovies. With not one, but TWO train breakdowns yesterday, Twitter is all abuzz with the new MRT-inspired movie titles. Clearly, movies and transport are two things close to a Singaporean's heart. Here, we pick ten of our favourite tweets.  

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By: Tiffany Chow

Lindsey Stirling in concert

The self-proclaimed dancing violinist did a pretty admirable job filling up the MasterCard Theatres at MBS on a Tuesday night, taking the space with a two-man band. With nothing but a screen backdrop of sceneries and dazzling colour swirls, Lindsey Stirling pranced across the stage like a graceful gazelle, sparkling from head to toe (literally).

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By: Benita Lee

Five common regrets from Chinese New Year

1. Staying up too late. It always happens. You got carried away with thinking, ‘oh it’s a holiday the next day, it’s no biggie’ and stayed up ’til the wee hours of the night, playing mahjong and mindlessly watching reruns on TV. Then boom, Monday happened. You barely managed to crawl out of bed, and the trains were even more jam-packed than usual because everybody and his mum also woke up late for work. Nice. 

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By: Mia Chenyze

Rockstar Warehouse Sale 2015

If you've always walked past Rockstar's Orchard 22 store at Dhoby Ghaut but kept putting off going in – well, it's your last chance to do so now. They're closing this store at the end of April to focus on their online shop, rockstar.com.sg. But here's some good news for shopaholics: the Orchard 22 outlet is having a clearance sale from March 7-22, and you can snap up some great buys with discounts of as much as 90 percent. 

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By: Tiffany Chow

Our favourite things about ‘Great World Cabaret’

As Sally once sang in Kander and Ebb’s brilliant musical, Cabaret: ‘What good is sitting alone in your room? Come hear the music play. Life is a cabaret, old chum, come to the cabaret.’ So heed the lyrical advice and shimmy your way into Singapore’s golden age of the 1970s with Dream Academy and Resorts World Sentosa’s latest production, Great World Cabaret. 

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By: Gwen Pew

How to be awesome - March issue out now

So you want to be a Sith Lord. Or an urban explorer. Or a flower mistress who sneers at pre-made bouquets like Marie Antoinette does at cake. Well, you’ve come to the right place. In this issue’s cover story, we canvass the island for clubs, classes and communities you can join to make better use of your time than croaking at trash TV shows from your couch.  

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By: Iliyas Ong

Memorable moments from the 2015 Oscars

And there it is. Neil Patrick Harris revs the night into high gear with an opening Broadway number. Are we watching the Tony Awards or the Oscars? We can’t tell the difference, it could be either. Not that it’s a bad thing. To his credit, he belts out the ‘Moving Pictures’ show tune with equal parts flair and vigour, bringing in Anna Kendrick (with a kicker about Gone Girl), Jack Black (for an angsty interruption), the Avengers and even Darth Vader. If you didn’t realise, the song was written by ‘Frozen’ hit-makers Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez. Now we’re off and running. 

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By: Benita Lee

Now open: Celebrity chef David Myers' new restaurant, Adrift

First to kick of a series of celebrity chef openings in 2015 is LA-based chef and restaurateur David Myers. Adrift, which sets up shop on the ground floor of Marina Bay Sands, takes its cue from Myers’ love for travel. 

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By: Natasha Hong

Book ahead for Singapore Restaurant Week 2015

This twice-yearly dining event presents the opportunity to hit up as many restaurants on your wishlist at a steal. Pick from over 100 participating restaurants, with three-course lunches priced at $25 and dinners at a reasonable $35 a person. Additionally, chefs such as Matteo Boifava from Pizza Fabbrica will present an updated comfort food dish in line with the theme of this edition: ‘Something Old, Something New – A Modern Take on Comfort Favourite.’ 

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By: Time Out Singapore editors

10 thoughts we had while watching 'Fifty Shades of Grey'

1. So… the movie’s starting. We’re actually doing this. Oh god. Is it too late to back out now?? Maybe if we stood up slowly and edged our way out, no one would notice. Okay, people are glaring. Sit back down!! Someone hisses. Damn, there goes our escape. The next two hours better be worth it.

2. They’re not. We can already tell, just 10 minutes in. Everything’s in shades of grey which, coincidentally, is just as gloomy as we feel inside. 

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By: Benita Lee

What it's like to run as a visually handicapped person

What’s it like to navigate the urban city, much less run, as a visually handicapped person? We gained some insights to that at a recent media preview of Runninghour 2015, Singapore’s first race in which participants run alongside those with special needs. 

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By: Tiffany Chow

5 signs of a damn good craft beer bar

With so many craft beer bars popping up in Singapore, how can you tell if you're in good hands? We dish out five tips to help you tell the real deal from the wannabes.

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By: Natasha Hong

A CNY playlist for those who’re so done with gong-gong-changs

I love Chinese New Year as much as the next over-eater, but there’s one thing I just can’t stand about the holiday: the sounds. The clang of the lion dance, the blare of ‘Gong Xi Fa Cai’ at my local shopping centre, the cackle of relatives as they realise I’m hitting 30 and still on the receiving end of hong baos… it’s all too much. So that’s why Team Time Out have put together a playlist for the occasion. Filled with soul classics, local favourites and other upbeat numbers, it captures the vitality and energy of the new year – without the cheese. We’ve even dropped a few CNY references there. See if you can spot ’em!

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By: Iliyas Ong

The new crime prevention video by the Singapore Police Force

You know that friendly neighbourhood policeman? The one you see everywhere holding his hand up to 'stop' you from shoplifting? Well, apparently the cardboard cutout wasn't a good enough deterrent. Assistant Superintendant (ASP) Ryan Koh (yup, that's his name) finally materialised to 'catch' a hopeless shoplifter after four wannabes failed to 'stop' him. It's a cringe-worthy video, but watch it anyway, because that's what bonds us as Singaporeans.

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By: Tiffany Chow

What to do if you don't give a rat's ass about Valentine's Day

We completely understand if the thought of V-Day fills you with rage and cynicism, so know this: you’re not alone. While it may seem like the whole town is getting swept up in a nauseating flurry of all things romantic and pink, there’s plenty to do this weekend that isn’t about love.

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By: Mia Chenyze

5 people we’d like to see run for office

By now we’ve all heard about M Ravi’s intention to run in the next General Election as an independent candidate battling for the Ang Mo Kio constituency. The lawyer and constant thorn in the Government’s side has been quoted as saying – or, as a certain newspaper oh-so-delicately put it, ‘unleash[ed] a tirade’ – his goal is to put Singaporeans’ interests first. It’s a noble gesture. But it’s hardly sufficient. The promises of leaders are as good as those by your telco – suuuure the cable guy’s gonna come between 10am to noon. The immortal words of The Who will undoubtedly spring to mind… what was that about the new boss again? That said, there are a select few whom we believe will lead this city to great heights. Here’s who we think should run for a seat in Parliament.

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By: Time Out Singapore editors

Lily Allen in concert

We were the last pitstop of her Sheezus tour, Lily Allen announced. Then she was heading back to the UK after a year of performing across the globe. So we thought she’d end it off with a bang, but it turned out to be more of a fizzle… too exhausted from non-stop touring, perhaps? The crowd barely filled up the first level of The Star Theatre, which made for a more intimate get-together with the spunky Brit songbird, who attempted a steady and endearing – if slightly awkward – stream of chatter in between tracks. 

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By: Benita Lee

Druggists: This bar has 23 beers on tap

In our February issue, we told you about all the wonderful craft beers available in Singapore, but here's more tap-tastic news. This thirsty city gets 23 craft beers on draft (the current record holder until a 30-tap bar opens in March!) at Druggists, a new bar in the Jalan Besar neighbourhood. 

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By: Natasha Hong

Know your craft beers - February issue out now

In victory we deserve it; in defeat we need it,’ Winston Churchill famously gushed about champagne. The same can be said about that other bubbly: beer. Specifically, craft beer. No longer the bastion of hipsters, beers from independent breweries are hopping into the mainstream. Natasha Hong, our resident beer expert, dives headfirst into the craft beer scene in Singapore. From the best beer bars in town to a handy chart on how to pick your new favourite label, our guide is anything but frothy. Get thirsty. 

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By: Iliyas Ong

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...