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Unusual beauty and wellness treatments to try in Singapore
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Unusual beauty and wellness treatments to try in Singapore

From smearing bird poop on your face to having your fat frozen, we tried and tested five of the weirdest and bizarre beauty treatments

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Now open: Uniqlo (Orchard Central)
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Now open: Uniqlo (Orchard Central)

The Japanese fashion brand’s first global flagship store for South-East Asia and Singapore boasts the largest product line-up for men, women and kids. Spanning across three levels, expect to find the largest dress collection, a graphic print tee-shirt section carrying designs from crowd-favourite collections by Olympia Le-Tan and Bruno Munari, and a dedicated space to showcase collaborations with the local community.

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Where to buy plus-size clothing in Singapore
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Where to buy plus-size clothing in Singapore

Shopping for plus-size clothing isn’t a challenge with these shops

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Crafters and makers in Singapore
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Crafters and makers in Singapore

We suss out five local artisans who craft their handmade products one item at a time

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Best tattoo artists in Singapore
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Best tattoo artists in Singapore

We chat with six tattoo artists who leave indelible impressions on their clients

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Singapore's best spas

Yunomori Onsen and Spa
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Yunomori Onsen and Spa

Yunomori Onsen and Spa is the first in South-East Asia to combine an authentic Japanese hot spring experience with traditional Thai massages. Which is great, as onsen baths themselves relieve muscular tension, improve blood circulation and skin health, or so its proponents claim. There are five (surprisingly high-tech) onsen baths offered at the separate male and female onsen areas here: soda, silk, bubble, jet and cold bath. Each pool is treated with hot spring minerals imported from the Land of the Rising Sun, and their temperatures are carefully monitored at all times. But we'd recommend you start with the CO2-filled soda bath – it's set at around 38.5 to 39.5°C – and work your way up. The entry price of $38 grants you all-day access to the onsen, steam rooms and sauna (guys, you're in luck – there are hot baths and a sauna that are exclusive to the male onsen area). Prior to entering, you're given fresh towels and a yukata of your choosing to lounge in between dips. You'll have to enjoy the onsen in your birthday suit, but if you're too shy, Yunomori offers black nylon disposable underwear. Think of it as a blurry filter – they're not completely opaque, but hey, it’s better than nothing. And be sure to shower before entering the onsen pools (with complimentary Yunomori spa products) and try to keep your hair clear of the onsen waters. So hold off on diving right in. Pick your desired package (see below for our recommendation) and receive an electronic tag. It's got your assigned locker number on it and works as a 'credit card' to use at the Yunomori café. The café whips up simple Japanese dishes such as soba sets ($10.80) that come with potato salad and – you guessed it – an onsen egg. There's also free flow hot ginger tea and cold hojicha tea all day.  Treatment to try Opt for the package deal: in addition to the onsen, you can enjoy a 30-minute Thai foot massage or a 60-minute full-body one ($68-$118) by a skilled masseuse. You have to fill in a form before clambering on the table to indicate any areas of concern to focus on and the desired pressure. Bells and whistles such as a hot compress or aroma oil therapy ($196-$246) can also be added to your basic package as and when you please.

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ESPA
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ESPA

The 10,000-square-metre space houses a series of hot and cold facilities, including a Japanese-style onsen set on the edge of small jungle, a crystal steam room, gymnasium, yoga studio and Tangerine serving up healthy cuisine by chef Ian Kittichai. On top of soothing massages and stress-relief rituals, ESPA's staff include a naturopath trained to deliver useful advice on living and eating healthier, as well as perky gym trainers who conduct classes in their impressively kitted-out workout room. Patrons who purchase treatments worth more than $200 are welcome to use the various pools and exercise classes. ESPA's after-treatment facilities are also unrivalled. Thoughtful extras like the special spin dryer that whirls your swim suit dry, and the sleeping room with pods to take a nap in after your treatment – don't you hate abruptly navigating the bustle of public transportation after a massage? – are compelling arguments to go to ESPA and make a whole day of it. Treatment to try The Day Spa Retreat ($380/Mon-Thu, $450/Fri-Sun). Centred around themes 'Fit for Life', 'Weight Management', 'Intro to Detox' and 'De-stress', this package is a good primer to ESPA as a lifestyle destination, and includes a consultation with a lifestyle or fitness staff member and two treatments: one 60 minutes and another 45 minutes long (try the Indulgence Hammam Ritual, a Turkish bath ritual in Singapore’s first hammam steam facility). The package also includes a two-course meal at Tangerine, with a menu that recommends dishes based on the retreat you’ve enjoyed.

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So SPA
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So SPA

Previously Spa Botanica at The Sentosa Singapore, A Beaufort Hotel, this destination spa has been fêted and loved for its indoor and outdoor rejuvenation facilities. Rebranded in mid-2014, a whole host of new rejuvenating treatments grounded in French cosmetology practices are now in place, with the treatment menu sectioned into appetisers, mains and desserts to help patrons mix and match their indulgences.Treatment to try Starter selections, for example, feature quick essential body oil scrubs and facials ($100-$120/30-45min), and Mains consist of longer sessions filled with multi-step facials and body massages borrowing wisdom from India, Thailand and the Orient ($180-$240/60-90min). The spa’s beloved volcanic mud seating areas, waterfalls, pools and meditation labyrinths are still also in place, as are its mini-bungalow-like Couple Spa Suites ($80/30min).

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g.Spa
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g.Spa

Probably the closest to a public bath in Singapore, this independent spa complex is reminiscent of a Chinese hot springs resort. Upon entering, you’re directed to either the men’s or women’s side and given a locker – swimming trunks, robes and towels are provided, so there’s no need to bring anything. The locker rooms have a hot pool (plus a cold pool for the men – it supposedly improves circulation), sauna and showers. In the common areas, you can relax on comfy couches with personal TV screens, plus there’s an all-you-can eat buffet throughout the day, making it quite easy to spend a full day here (and well worth the basic $68 entry price). Treatment to try Gateway to Vitality (members $122/one hour, non-members $155/one hour). The spa’s standard deep-tissue massage uses Shiatsu-style techniques – you can choose to use oil for a smoother, more relaxing treatment, or non-oil for more direct pressure-point massage. The price includes free roam of the spa’s facilities and buffet.

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AWAY Spa
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AWAY Spa

Definitely one of the funkier spas we've checked out, the rainforest-inspired AWAY Spa, in W Singapore, oozes trendiness and elegance all at once. The massage rooms are bathed in a unique, soothing blue light, and each comes with its own private outdoor shower. Guests can also make use of the many facilities, such as the warm vitality pool in the decompression area (complete with a hydro back bench and jet features) and a fun, experiential shower called Aqua, which has options like Tropical Storm and Cold Mist – with various water settings and light effects to match. Choose from treatments like customised massages, the luminous crystal facial, a bust-reviving therapy to lift, firm and tone, a cleansing and exfoliating facial for men, and even a tension-easing massage for sports buffs. Treatment to try AWAY Body Treat ($380/two hours). Using products from UK-based company Ila-Spa, the treatment starts off with an exfoliating body scrub with Himalayan salt crystals and a body mud wrap, while the second part involves an invigorating tension-reducing massage. A special soundtrack by Ila is played throughout the session to complement the long, gentle movements of the masseuse.

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Willow Stream Spa
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Willow Stream Spa

One of the more serious spa spaces in a hotel here, the Willow Stream Spa is an amenity-rich sanctuary located in the centre of town. A total of 35 treatment rooms deliver treatments grounded in Eastern and Western spa philosophies, alongside an array of fitness facilities, sauna and steam rooms, swimming pools and even tennis courts – all are spread over three levels and 50,000 square feet of floor space. Another plus for Willow Stream are the innovative weekly classes like aqua aerobics and helipad yoga (conducted on Swissotel the Stamford’s rooftop and open to the public), which offer access to the spa’s facilities on the day of the class. Treatment to try Power of the Sea ($249/90 minutes). Designed to detoxify and nourish skin, this treatment harnesses the goodness of sea minerals in a wrap and a jet bath in sea salt. The finish of a marine firming creme leaves the skin feeling especially luscious.

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The best shops in Singapore

Fashion
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Fashion

The best shops and boutiques for clothing and accessories

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Home and living
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Home and living

Hit up these furniture and home decor stores to build your dream home

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Men's
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Men's

Looking for a swanky suit to match that necktie, or a pair of kicks to go with those jeans? Here's where to go for all your manly needs

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Kids
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Kids

Visit these shops to stock up your kid’s wardrobe, bookshelves and, why not, the entire bedroom

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Novelty and hobby
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Novelty and hobby

From art-inspired knick-knacks to a cool bike shop, these are the boutiques that satisfy all your quirky needs

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Record stores
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Record stores

Crate-diggers, listen up: here are seven record stores to get your vinyl fix

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Where to work out

Running events in Singapore
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Running events in Singapore

Get your blood pumping and adrenaline going with Koh Chuin Ying’s calendar of upcoming running events

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Five trampoline parks to check out in Singapore
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Five trampoline parks to check out in Singapore

How high can you go? We bounce on the trampolines to find out

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Best gyms in Singapore for express workouts
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Best gyms in Singapore for express workouts

Don’t break a sweat when it comes to finding a gym to sweat in. These five ensure you get your dose of endorphins in about the same amount of time you take to wolf down your lunch – because spending hours at the gym is so passé.

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Barre classes in Singapore
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Barre classes in Singapore

We get our pliés and sautés on in the latest fitness trend to assemblé on our shores: barre, a workout that combines yoga, Pilates… and ballet

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The best shopping malls in Singapore

Mandarin Gallery
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Mandarin Gallery

There's more to Mandarin Gallery than the luxe brands cladding its façade.

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Kallang Wave Mall
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Kallang Wave Mall

The retail mall caters to sun-kissed kayakers and athletes.

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VivoCity
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VivoCity

The little ones won't throw a tantrum when you bring them to this mammoth mall.

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City Plaza
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City Plaza

A haven for pre-loved fashion – plus some seriously good ban mian to make up for all that walking.

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Best Korean beauty products in Singapore
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Best Korean beauty products in Singapore

Glowing skin, big doe eyes and an overall look of freshness: the holy grail for those obsessed with Korean beauty (or K-beauty, for short). Unlike Western makeup, which favours heavy contouring and full lips, K-beauty is all about youthfulness – or at least attempting to capture that in your makeup routine. In short, you want to look flawless but never overly made-up. Here’s a crash course on meandering your way around the fickle world of K-beauty trends to put your best face forward.

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Tool rental services in Singapore
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Tool rental services in Singapore

If you ain't no fixer-upper, here are the equipment rental services to check out that offer plenty of tools and machines for your next home DIY project

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Four places to get a bespoke suit in Singapore
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Four places to get a bespoke suit in Singapore

Every man has fantasies of suiting up and looking as fly as Tom Hiddleston. But you won’t get that fit from an off-the-rack suit. No, you’ll want to head to a bespoke tailor. A good suit is an investment – if you take care of it (and your waistline), it can last ten to 20 years. Before you visit a tailor, be mindful of three key points: shape, fit and fabric. And be patient. Expect at least 20 body measurements to be taken and two to four fittings. It can take up to 50 hours of manual work – which translates to weeks or months before you hang the final product in the wardrobe – to create a bespoke garment. But it’ll be worth it, trust us.

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How to choose the right flowers
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How to choose the right flowers

No, dudes, not all flowers are created equal. We show you clueless guys how to pick the right bouquet for Valentine’s Day

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Best local organic beauty brands
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Best local organic beauty brands

We feel au naturel with these local organic beauty brands

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An A-Z of local fashion
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An A-Z of local fashion

We list down everything you need to know in this comprehensive guide to homegrown brands, shops and designers – it's time to update your style

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