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21 of the best things to do in Singapore this week (Jan 23-29)
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21 of the best things to do in Singapore this week (Jan 23-29)

Looking for things to do? Read on for our guide to the week's best events and recommended things to do

Best brow and lash salons in Singapore
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Best brow and lash salons in Singapore

The Time Out Singapore team checks into the city’s top salons for eyebrow embroidery and lash extension services

Traditional Chinese dialect restaurants in Singapore
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Traditional Chinese dialect restaurants in Singapore

Whether you’re Hokkien, Teochew, Cantonese or Hakka, we’ve got your next reunion or family dinner plans sorted

The most romantic restaurants in Singapore
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The most romantic restaurants in Singapore

Whether you're planning for your first date, an anniversary or a regular date night out about town, here are our picks of the best value-for-money, romantically lit restaurants to wine and dine in Singapore.

Where to get your fortune told in Singapore
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Where to get your fortune told in Singapore

We visit a Tarot reader, a bazi and feng shui expert, an ‘astro-palmist’ and an astrologer to find out what fate has in store for us

Prep for Chinese New Year

Best CNY 2017 events
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Best CNY 2017 events

Celebrate the Year of the Rooster in style. Here are some of the best Chinese New Year events in Singapore

Six CNY menus
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Six CNY menus

Reunite with loved ones and friends at these restaurants

Taste test: pineapple tarts
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Taste test: pineapple tarts

It isn't Chinese New Year without pineapple tarts – so we put five popular brands to the test in our blind taste-test

Best brow and lash salons
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Best brow and lash salons

Check into the city’s top brow and lash salons for eyebrow embroidery and lash extension services

Best hair salons
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Best hair salons

We round up the best salons for treatments, cuts, colours and blowouts

Best nail salons
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Best nail salons

Here are the best nail bars in town for manicures, pedicures, nail art and foot spas

What's on in Singapore this week

Port Cities: Multicultural Emporiums of Asia

Port Cities: Multicultural Emporiums of Asia

Trace the beginnings of trade and globalisation, and how the exchange of people, goods and ideas came to be across the Asian continent in Port Cities. On showcase are over 180 artefacts from eight countries, each challenging the notion of globalisation as a ‘new’ concept. Then chart the stories of lives led within the communities of Goa, Bombay, Manila and Guangzhou’s then-Canton.

Unchained in Changi
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Unchained in Changi

The best of independent wrestling comes together at Unchained in Changi, where wrestling fans can catch wrestlers like IWF Russia's Ivan Lokomotive Markov take on WWE CWC Superstar Jason Lee in action. Also stepping up in the ring are local champions such as The Statement and The Eurasian Dragon.

LOCK ROUTE: Public Art @ Gillman Barracks
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LOCK ROUTE: Public Art @ Gillman Barracks

Inspired by Gillman Barracks' address and the 24-km march route all army recruits have to go through, LOCK ROUTE features 16 installations, murals and sculptures. Artists featured include China’s Chen Tianzhuo, Vietnam’s Oanh Phi Phi, Cleon Peterson of America and Singapore’s very own Gerald Leow, Sheryo+Yok, Acit Salbini and Stephanie Jane Burt.

Sven Väth with Ferng
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Sven Väth with Ferng

The German DJ has a whopping 36 years of experience under his belt, with a 16-year long residency at Cocoon Ibiza. Catch Sven and his vinyls at his one-night-only set, with support from Ferng.

On Sharks and Humanity
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On Sharks and Humanity

This travelling art exhibition marks the launch of Parkview Museum, a new art space in Parkview Square. Highlighting environmental issues such as shark protection and ocean conservation, the exhibition also explores the links between sharks, humans and the environment. Expect over 30 artworks from contemporary artists all over the world, including Germany, Singapore and Hong Kong.

Run CLV feat. DJ MOTO
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Run CLV feat. DJ MOTO

With over 16 years of experience, the Aussie DJ has spun all over the world, from his homeground of Sydney, all the way to Sri Lanka and Taiwan. Having worked with the likes of Snoop Dogg and John Legend, he’ll be bringing his brand of hip-hop to CÉ LA VI for one night only.

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Dal.Komm Coffee
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Dal.Komm Coffee

Put yourself in the shoes of Song Joong Ki or Song Hye Kyo, from popular Korean drama Descendants of the Sun, when you visit Dal.Komm Coffee. The Korean café chain was where scenes from the drama were shot. Beyond its wide range of drinks and snacks, music plays a key role in the café's identity. You'll find vinyl covers on the walls and an area dedicated to open mic events. Find a cosy seat and sip on your drink, choose from espressos ($4.50), cappuccinos ($6/$6.50) and caffé lattes ($6-$7.50) brewed from three exclusively sourced Arabica bean blends. Alternatively, satiate your sweet tooth with refreshing drinks like the honey grapefruit ($8.50/$8.90) or strawberry cube ($8.50), where frozen strawberries are crushed and heaped on top of iced milk.

Imperial Treasure Fine Teochew Cuisine
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Imperial Treasure Fine Teochew Cuisine

The new Imperial Treasure Fine Teochew Cuisine in ION Orchard is a more refined version of the original, with a spacious main dining hall and six lavish private rooms. Signature dishes include diced abalone and chicken wrapped in egg white ($25), soon hock fish ($10/100g) served in a broth with minced pork and Chinese cabbage, and a combination platter of sliced duck meat, duck tongue, cuttlefish and beef tripe marinated Teochew style ($34-$68). 

Kite (new menu)
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Kite (new menu)

While the à la carte menu is available for lunch, the dinner experience is purely omakase ($75/ten-course, $90/12-course, $120/14-course, $140/18-course). From the first course, we knew that Kite will bust every convention we have of mod-Sin cooking. The chicken rice crackers have the same garlicky taste as our national dish but it's been reinterpreted here in a way that we've never seen before. Similarly, the Mangalica pig collar is served in a spiced broth with you tiao veloute to mimic the taste of bak kut teh. This is subtle yet clever cooking. The star dish, though, is uncharacteristically Japanese. The mentaiko somen is served with Hokkaido scallops, unagi and tobiko – each bite is full of flavour and the scallops are seared to a perfect medium-rare. While the menu does seem disconnected at points, these hints of Japanese influence are at least tied together by the sake pairing ($40/three glasses, $70/five glasses).

Users say
  • 5 out of 5 stars
Kokopanda
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Kokopanda

Charcoal black frozen yoghurt might not sound very appetising but this tangy creation at Kokopanda is tastes better than it looks. The Koko Black Yogo is made from roasted coconut husk, containing edible activated charcoal, that aids digestion while providing you with a tasty treat. Choose to have it plain or twisted with the Koko White Creamo, a soft-serve ice cream made from milk from Korea. Top the soft-serve with dried fruits, imported from Korea, such as strawberries, apples, and Jeju tangerines. Each cup is priced at $4.90 with one free topping or $5.90 for a cup with three toppings.

Open Farm Community (new menu)
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Open Farm Community (new menu)

The refreshed dining menu still pays homage to local produce and flavours. Besides herbs and plants from OFC’s own backyard, up to 90% of the fresh ingredients featured on the menu are sourced from farms in and around Singapore – just ask the friendly server about the origins of your meal. If you’re only going to have one starter, make it the steak tartar ($26) marinated with ginger chilli, spring onion and coriander puree served with an organic egg yolk. Standout mains include the OFC fish burger ($30) which features a firm, fork-tender red grouper patty nestled between squid ink buns, and the roasted pink red snapper ($32) sitting on a spread of roselle and hibiscus ketchup, pickled cucumbers and a sesame cucumber salad. 

Users say
  • 3 out of 5 stars
Pololi
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Pololi

Pololi, Asia’s first poké chain, is surfing straight out of Hong Kong and setting up shack on our shores in the CBD. Chef-owner Steph Kudus taps into her time living in Hawaii to capture the laid-back 'Aloha Spirit' in the beachy-chic takeout shop. The five flavours available daily are rotated from a repertoire of over 20 different poké flavours so you'll always have something new to try each time you head to the store.  Select your bowl size ($17.99/180g and $15.99/150g) and pick from flavours such as the signature traditional spicy or yuzu salmon. Weekly specials include sweet onion teriyaki swordfish, Thai spicy tuna, Korean spicy tako, ginger marlin and even sambal, for those who like their fish with local spices. Also, grab some Hawaiian treats such as Spam musubi, tropical granitas and Kona Brewing Co’s beer while you’re there. 

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Candlenut
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Candlenut

Malcolm's, not mum’s, cooking

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
Good Luck Beerhouse
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Good Luck Beerhouse

No-nonsense craft beer bar

Time Out says
  • 3 out of 5 stars
The Coconut Club
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The Coconut Club

Nasi lemak that’s 'almost' worth its price

Time Out says
  • 3 out of 5 stars
Man Man Japanese Unagi Restaurant
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Man Man Japanese Unagi Restaurant

Guts and gloriously good eel

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Area guides

Telok Ayer
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Telok Ayer

Telok Ayer may have taken its name from the Malay community (it translates to ‘bay’ and ‘water’, respectively), but the area was mainly populated by Chinese immigrants back in the day. Originally a coastal road situated along the island’s old waterfront, the street has transformed itself into a buzzing lifestyle district, teeming with restaurants and bars to feed the CBD office crowd. Pay a visit to one of the museums around the area or pop into the lean shophouses that dot the strip, where boutiques, gyms and a dance studio are tucked away. RECOMMENDED: Check out our guide to the Ann Siang Hill area

Amoy Street
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Amoy Street

Anyone who tells you Amoy Street is 'boring' has clearly never stepped foot down the lane before. Because trust us, it's the complete opposite of that. Previously known for its opium-smoking dens during the British colonial era, the shophouses lined along this one-way street now house chic cafés, bars and even gyms. But if you'd like to have a taste of Singaporean flavour, hit up the hawker centre in the area that's always buzzing with people. RECOMMENDED: Check out our guide to the Ann Siang Hill area

Gemmill Lane
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Gemmill Lane

The small stretch between Club Street and Amoy Street – whose namesake is 19th-century banker John Gemmill – is home to a handful of stylish restaurants and bars, making it the perfect spot for a laid-back hangout. Don't stop at the end of the road either, the back alley of Amoy Street has a few hidden restaurants to wind down at for an after-work dinner and drinks sesh. RECOMMENDED: Check out our guide to the Ann Siang Hill area

Ann Siang Road and Club Street
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Ann Siang Road and Club Street

Named after Chia Ann Siang, a wealthy businessman, Ann Siang road is home to restored shophouses (some are still decorated with Peranakan tiles) that house clan associations, restaurants, bars and niche boutiques. There’s also a hidden green space behind the row of shophouses for a quiet stroll. On Friday and Saturday nights from 7pm to 1am, both Ann Siang Road and Club Street – the name comes from the Chinese clubs that used to line the stretch – come to life as the area is closed off to traffic and the crowd spills out onto the streets. RECOMMENDED: Check out our guide to the Ann Siang Hill area

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