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Your comprehensive guide to the best events and things to do in Singapore

Health and beauty

SK-II Dream Park

Whether you’re a beauty queen or can't tell your foundation from your blusher, the week-long SK-II Dream Park at Takashimaya Square has something for you. If you're there for the skincare swag, hop around the three zones at the event space to complete simple tasks (by that we mean snapping photos and trying out products) and collect 'Dream Tokens', which you can then redeem for SK-II gifts. And bring your cameras, too. Because local trick eye artist Ben Qwek is showcasing his 3D, anamorphic floor art – he's one of the few homegrown artists who specialises in the form – where you can either be up in the clouds in a hot air balloon or roaming the streets of Paris. It all depends on how you position yourself.  Once your stomach starts rumbling, hit up the SK-II Café of Dreams for its Instagram-worthy desserts that are almost too pretty to eat – you don’t even need to step out of the Dream Park. Besides the treats, there are plenty of sweet deals to check out. The SK-II Pitera Essence Set is going for a discounted price of $99 (it'll usually set you back $138), and it comes with a welcome gift set and bonus: the first 100 customers every day get to build their dream garden terrarium.

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Best places to catch the National Day Parade 2016 fireworks for free in Singapore

You'll only be able to catch fireworks for free three times a year – during Chinese New Year, National Day and New Year's Eve – so you'd better make them count

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Singapore Garden Festival

We pick the highlights of the Singapore Garden Festival

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City stories: Jurong Fishery Port

Under the cover of darkness with an iPhone in hand, Ahmad Iskandar visits Singapore's answer to Tsukiji: Jurong Fishery Port

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Sex and dating

Find me a date: Guo Xi and Syarafina

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

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City stories: Rochor Centre

We take one last look at the iconic blocks of flats before they make way for the North-South Corridor

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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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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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Upcoming events

Art

Aliwal Arts Night Crawl

Wrap your best sarong before you make for this year's Aliwal Arts Night Crawl. Themed 'Sarong Party', the party hosts a flea market curated by The Local People, a batik trail to discover the intricacies of the cloth's history, and surprise performances held around the arts centre.

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Selena Gomez Revival Tour

The pop starlet finally makes a trip to Singapore after previously cancelling her 2014 outing. The former Disney talent makes her debut here, with recent hits such as ‘Good for You’ and ‘Same Old Love’ to charm audiences.

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Music

Le Moment Nights: Music Night at FIVE Square

Time Out Singapore and Kronenbourg 1664 have come together to present Le Moment Nights – a series of evenings inspired by the latter’s ‘Taste the French Way of Life’ campaign, which is all about taking a leaf from the French and carving out your own slice of the good life. Make it a night to remember by having your favourite tracks reinvented by The Good Life Project, a seven-piece alt-soul act whose lush melodies are only rivalled by their infectious melodies. With appearances at Mosaic Music Festival, GLP are well poised to get you in the groove. So throw in a song request or two and hear the band give the tunes a fresh spin.

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Farmers and Artisan Market

Held on the last weekend of every month, the Farmers and Artisan Market brings together a variety of fresh produce, sauces, cosmetics, cakes and more to the Kranji countryside. In addition to the market is a whole slew of activities such as farm tours and workshops. Visitors can get to the D’Kranji resort by car or by hopping on the Kranji Express Bus from Kranji MRT station.

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Singapore Garden Festival

Guess what? Looks do matter, even if you’re not competing in a beauty pageant. The biennial Singapore Garden Festival is proof of that, with top local and international designers congregating to show off their green thumbs. This year, expect a life-sized terrarium you can walk through, tabletop displays, show gardens and floral windows, spread over almost 10 hectares. Then end your evening on the right note with nightly concerts, and stalls hawking food, plants, as well as gardening and landscape products.

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Tegan and Sara

The indie pop twin sisters return to Singapore after their first outing here three years ago. Here to promote their upcoming eighth album Love You to Death, Tegan and Sara will bring hits like ‘Back In Your Head’ and their newest release, ‘Boyfriend’.

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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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Singapore’s best parks for picnics

We travel around the island to suss out the best spots to lay your picnic mat

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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

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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Sex and dating

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

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

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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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Bars and pubs

Nightlife

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

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Shopping

We are the region's best shopping destination after all

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Arts and Culture

The top arts and culture experiences in the city

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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

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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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 views in Singapore

Nothing gets hearts swooning as quickly as a good view, and in Singapore, there are plenty of top spots around the city that can provide a great vista for your date, from swanky rooftop bars to hidden garden spaces and outdoor trails

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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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31 hacks to make your life easier

Ever wondered where to go for the cheapest drinks in town or how to land a taxi during those pesky peak hours? Don't worry, we've got your back and are here to answer your every day queries. 

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