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Singapore Night Festival
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Singapore Night Festival

Inventions and innovation are in order at Singapore Night Festival 2016, and you’ll do well revelling in its fantastical, sci-fi offerings that mix light art with eccentric inventors, roving mythical creatures and… goldfish. We uncover six highlights to catch.

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Where are the Merlions in Singapore?
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Where are the Merlions in Singapore?

We go on the hunt for the seven ‘official’ Merlions – yeah, there are only seven – on the island

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City stories: Singapore at dusk
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City stories: Singapore at dusk

Yusuf Hamid captures candid slices of Singaporean life as dusk falls, amid the trudging of tired feet

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Find me a date: Subeer and Shikin
Sex and dating

Find me a date: Subeer and Shikin

These city kids ditched Tinder and let us play matchmaker. Here’s a blow-by-blow of their blind date

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Pokémon Go: Best places in Singapore to catch Pokémon
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Pokémon Go: Best places in Singapore to catch Pokémon

We came, we saw, we caught ’em all. Nine members of Team Time Out Singapore competed to find out who’s the best Pokémon Master of all – we each checked out a popular Pokémon-catching location for over 2 hours to capture as many of these critters as possible. Here are the results, from last to first.

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Singapore Rhapsodies
Music

Singapore Rhapsodies

Catch some of Singapore’s best homegrown talents in Singapore Rhapsodies, the live concert-festival featuring emerging local musicians and pop stars. The picnic-slash-carnival-style concert also includes a slew of fringe activities, from an art market to food stalls and more. Watch the likes of Charlie Lim, Gareth Fernandez and Daphne Khoo in action at the festival as you sit back and relax at Palawan Beach.

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Go Market
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Go Market

Maya Gallery’s inaugural art and design flea market features handmade jewellery, art, stationery, baked goods and more. Drop by for a selection of artisan knick-knacks carefully curated by the art gallery.

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Singapore Night Festival
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Singapore Night Festival

The annual festival returns with more lights and sounds. Running on the theme of 'Inventions and Innovation', expect sci-fi and fantasy to be intertwined with light art and performances around the Bras Basah-Bugis precinct. Also happening are workshops and artist talks, which are ticketed separately. We check out six events happening at Singapore Night Festival 2016.

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Zao Wou-Ki: No Boundaries
Art

Zao Wou-Ki: No Boundaries

Is it possible to be bound by two traditions and not just one? Zao Wou-Ki believed so, and it shows in the late French-Chinese abstract painter’s works, over 40 of which feature in STPI’s annual special exhibition. On loan from a private collection, lesser-known pieces in Zao’s oeuvre – prints, ink work and paintings among them – are on show at the gallery, charting the influential artist’s career from the ’50s to the early noughties. 

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Lithography Demonstration
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Lithography Demonstration

Before you check this out, pop by STPI’s gallery space for an exhibition showcasing the works of the late abstract painter Zao Wou-Ki. Then, with your curiousity piqued, join chief printer Eitaro Ogawa at this demostration as he shares about the lithography techniques incorporated in Zao's works.

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PBD Goes Japanese!
Restaurants

PBD Goes Japanese!

To celebrate the launch of Koen no Benchi, a yuzu golden ale brewed specially by Hitachino Nest Beer and Eastern Craft for Park Bench Deli, the sandwich shop is throwing a party. Food and beer go hand-in-hand, and PBD has collaborated with Teppei Yamashita of Teppei Syokudo to create a small menu of two sandwiches, exclusive to this event. As no party is ever complete without music, expect live performances by Intriguant and Drem.

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Where to go for quiz nights in Singapore
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Where to go for quiz nights in Singapore

We put our useless trivia skills to the test at these pub quizzes in the city

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Running events in Singapore
Sport and fitness

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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Best KTV places in Singapore
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Best KTV places in Singapore

We test out the best karaoke venues in town where you can get a private room for your party

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Best museums in Singapore
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Best museums in Singapore

There’s a lot more diversity than you’d reckon when it comes to museums in Singapore. Besides the usual arts-focused spaces, we’ve rounded up a broad spectrum of other funky collections: toys, optical illusions and more

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Best hotels with hourly rates
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Best hotels with hourly rates

We all know it can be hard to get some privacy at home, particularly if you've got helicopter parents who insist on open doors whenever your significant other is around. Even behind closed doors, you might have a squeaky mattress that gives you away, or perhaps you just want a change of scenery. Whatever the reason (we're not judging), your neighbourhood Hotel 81 or Fragrance Hotel is the place to go if you need a room for a few hours without burning a hole in your wallet. And with nearly 44 branches combined, there is indeed one in almost every neighbourhood in Singapore (though, of course, you'll find the largest concentration of them around Geylang). Here we check in to a few branches to see how they stack up.

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Ten Instagram-worthy places to snap that perfect #ootd
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Ten Instagram-worthy places to snap that perfect #ootd

If you didn't take a picture, did it even really happen? Don't waste that good outfit and your perfect brow day, here are the top spots in Singapore to take an OOTD picture, with tips curated from the best photographers and style bloggers on Instagram

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101 things to do in Singapore

Food and Drink
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Food and Drink

From streetside hawker fare to Michelin-starred meals, explore Singapore through your taste buds

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Nightlife
Bars and pubs

Nightlife

There are more interesting things to do after dark than ordering a Singapore Sling

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Shopping
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Shopping

We are the region's best shopping destination after all

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Arts and Culture
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Arts and Culture

The top arts and culture experiences in the city

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Singapore’s best parks for picnics
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Singapore’s best parks for picnics

After spending many a sweaty hour trekking around various parks, here's our list of the best spots to picnic at in Singapore. These places don't require you to travel to the middle of nowhere, they're scenic, they have some shade and decent patches of grass, and most importantly, they're located near the toilets (but not too near). So pack your basket, pick up your mat, and head to these parks for some fun in the sun.

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Top five things to do in Kranji Marshes
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Top five things to do in Kranji Marshes

Metal cranes are a dime a dozen in Singapore, but it’s always good to seek out some of their feathery counterparts out in the wild – and get a few deep breaths of fresh air while you’re at it. MacRitchie Reservoir and Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve are (literally) evergreen favourites, and the newest kid to join the green club is Kranji Marshes, which, at a sprawling 57 hectares, is our island’s largest freshwater farmland. It was cultivated since the ’70s, when the Kranji reservoir was dammed, forming a wild diversity of terrains such as marshland, grassland and secondary forests. We wade through the green and suss out five unique things you can do in this slice of paradise.

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Things to do in Singapore at 3am
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Things to do in Singapore at 3am

Besides supper and bar-hopping, there’s plenty to do in the wee hours here, from shopping for flowers to practising your dribble. Move aside, New York – we’re a city that doesn’t sleep, too

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The best spas in Singapore
Health and beauty

The best spas in Singapore

Your ultimate guide to the swankiest spas in Singapore – all tried and tested by Time Out Singapore

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Best free water parks in Singapore
Kids

Best free water parks in Singapore

Singapore's weather can get quite hot, so cool down with the whole family at these aqua playgrounds around the island. We've checked out where to go for the best sprinklers, bubblers and water fountains that are great for kids, and adults, too. Best of all, as they are in public spaces, they come free of charge (no admission fees). 

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Guide to Pulau Ubin
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Guide to Pulau Ubin

It may not have the white sandy beaches you’d expect of an island, but the eccentricity and charm of Pulau Ubin makes it a magical place to travel to. One of the two remaining kampongs in Singapore (the other being Kampong Buangkok in Yio Chu Kang), this island is just a 15-minute boat ride away from the mainland. Whether you’re a nature lover or a thrill seeker, here’s how you can soak in the tranquillity and discover a myriad of hidden treasures on the island.

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