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Delfina Utomo

Delfina Utomo

Editor, Time Out Singapore

Delfina Utomo is the editor at Time Out Singapore and is highly interested in hiking, horror films, sourdough bread, funny things, eggs, math rock and Mala. She has lived in Singapore, Melbourne and Jakarta most of her life and is really good at reading maps. Also a successful example of how you can be asthmatic and a cat person at the same time.

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The best flower delivery services in Singapore

The best flower delivery services in Singapore

Finding the right blooms can be a tricky task, especially if you’re aiming for something thoughtful, meaningful and reflective of the person you’re sending it to. In other words, delivering flowers to someone takes a little bit of planning, because you’ll need to locate the best place to create your perfect arrangement. Lucky for you, we’ve rounded up some of the best flower delivery services around town. From the big and bold to the bespoke, these stores specialise in making arrangements that’ll put a smile on your giftee’s face.  RECOMMENDED: The best florists in Singapore and how to choose the perfect bouquet of flowers

The best unique and fun date ideas in Singapore

The best unique and fun date ideas in Singapore

Ah, the perils of dating. So you've exhausted your list of cafés to café hop together and you've had enough of boring movie and dinner dates. 'What else is there to do in Singapore?', you question. It's time to spice things up a little with some fun and unique activities to do with your main squeeze. They say the course of true love never did run smooth so it's time to skip the mediocre date nights for something al little more exciting. Here's a list of date ideas in Singapore where all you couples can do all your couple-ly things together. RECOMMENDED: The best free date ideas in Singapore and the best alternative date ideas for goths in Singapore

The most romantic restaurants in Singapore

The most romantic restaurants in Singapore

It doesn't have to be a special occasion to treat your partner to a romantic meal. There's a time to dine with big groups and there's a time to eat on a budget but when you're planning an anniversary or a special date night out and about town, it's best to take it up a notch with a proper sit-down dinner with all the trimmings. Here are our picks of the best value-for-money, romantically lit restaurants to wine and dine in Singapore. Let's get in the mood for love.  RECOMMENDED: Best sustainable-dining restaurants in Singapore and the best rooftop bars in Singapore

Where to get Chinese New Year decorations in Singapore

Where to get Chinese New Year decorations in Singapore

Now you've done your spring cleaning and gotten the dust bunnies out of the way, it's time to bring out the real bunnies for some decorating. It is after all the Year of the Rabbit. We've rounded up the stores in town for those last-minute decorations in Singapore. Quick stock up on all you can get or else you will never stop hearing that aunty you see once a year complain for hours. Huat are you waiting for – it's shopping time. RECOMMENDED: The best craft stores for all your DIY needs in Singapore and the best home decor and furniture stores in Singapore

The ultimate hongbao guide for Chinese New Year

The ultimate hongbao guide for Chinese New Year

There's no rule as to how much you should give in a red packet – or hongbao – on Chinese New Year, as long as it is within the means. Or is it? Traditionally the hongbao is handed out by married couples to their parents, single adults and children as a token of good fortune and new year blessings. And it's also a big deal. We're in no authority to be dictating how many notes to stuff in that embossed red packet you selected so carefully for the special day, just remember to keep the amount even. But since you're unfortunately married and the burden of hongbao-giving befalls you, we'll try to keep it real – in this economy and all.  RECOMMENDED: 10 pretty and unique red packets we want this Lunar New Year

The best places to go for a massage in Singapore

The best places to go for a massage in Singapore

Hustling every day can be hard and sometimes you need to take some time off from the stress. The best thing to do? A long, indulgent massage of course. Our kind – more than an hour, throw in a head massage, essential oils for the aromatherapy and dim, ambient lighting. Bliss.  Check yourself into one of these places we've rounded up for an ultimate pampering sesh. There's something for all kinds of budget so you don't have to worry about breaking the bank for a moment of indulgence. But if you want to go big, there's something out there too. Happy spa day! RECOMMENDED: The best late-night massage parlours in Singapore and the best facial treatments to try in Singapore

Where to buy a cheongsam for Chinese New Year

Where to buy a cheongsam for Chinese New Year

Get Chinese New Year ready by donning a cheongsam this year when you're visiting the fam or gathering for reunion dinner. And we're not talking about those old-timey cheongsams or the tacky ones they have in costume shops. We're talking bespoke, well-cut and timeless pieces that you can use time and time again, beyond the Lunar New Year.  Thankfully, we have a handful of individuals and creatives in Singapore who are dedicated to making cheongsams on-trend again. Check in with them to see if you can get one made just in time for CNY.  RECOMMENDED: The best boutiques and shops in Singapore for modern cheongsams and batik and the best Chinese New Year meals and festive menus in Singapore

The best hidden cafés in Singapore for a quiet brunch sesh

The best hidden cafés in Singapore for a quiet brunch sesh

Singapore has a ton of good cafés – we’re not denying that. But with snaking brunch queues and at least 30-minute wait times, it’s hard to enjoy a coffee when you're spending a substantial portion of your weekend waiting to chope a table. We’ve rounded up the best unknown cafés in Singapore for a hole-in-the-wall experience – some don’t even have seats, so you’ll need to take away or head over to the nearest park for a picnic date.  RECOMMENDED: The best cafés in Singapore and the best brunch spots

The shortest hikes under 30 minutes in Singapore

The shortest hikes under 30 minutes in Singapore

Why make things hard? If you love the outdoors but not too keen on the sun and wilderness, start with a small dose with these short hikes that you can take on. Whether you'll be going for a leisure walk or thunder through the trails by running, these short routes will hardly disrupt your day. Choose from a rustic neighbourhood park or take a hike to a secret reservoir somewhere near the city – don't worry, you don't even have to put on those heavy-duty hiking boots. RECOMMENDED: The best secret and hidden parks in Singapore and the best beaches in Singapore for fun in the sun

The best hiking trails and spots in Singapore

The best hiking trails and spots in Singapore

Singapore's most popular attractions may include a boat-like tower with an infinity pool and two durian-looking domes and other impressive manmade structures but you'll be surprised by the amount of greenery you can find within the city-state (and surrounding offshore islands). The best way to discover this? Hiking.  Put on your best trekking shoes and go on foot to explore these hidden (and not so hidden) trails around the island. But before you get on the best hiking trails in Singapore, it might be best to slap on some sunscreen – and it wouldn't hurt to bring along some mosquito repellent.  RECOMMENDED: The ultimate guide to Singapore's offshore islands and the best secret and hidden parks in Singapore

The best kayak rentals in Singapore

The best kayak rentals in Singapore

Contrary to popular belief, there are numerous outdoor activities you can do in Singapore to stay fit. We are a tropical island, after all – with access to nature parks, reservoirs, and beaches. You can head out and embark on one of the city's best hiking trails, or explore a whole new island altogether.  A popular bonding activity is kayaking, which may or may not bring back memories of OBS in school. Kayaking not only helps you de-stress, but it's also a great idea for family get-togethers or unorthodox dates. At least you have something to save you from potential awkward conversations, y'know. Grab your paddles and rent a kayak from one of these places in Singapore.  RECOMMENDED: The best natural landmarks in Singapore and The ultimate guide to Jurong

Secluded restaurants in Singapore worth travelling to

Secluded restaurants in Singapore worth travelling to

Accessibility is a plus when it comes to dining at our favourite places but sometimes, you might just want to switch it up and take a mini-road trip somewhere in Singapore. Sure, places like Punggol, Portsdown and Kranji aren't that far away (if you have transport) but it still takes quite an effort to get to these places in this list. Take a ferry to a floating seafood restaurant or drive up to the countryside for some mushroom soup made from 'shrooms fresh from the farm. RECOMMENDED: The sexiest bars in Singapore and the best rooftop restaurants in Singapore

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Small's

Small's

They say don't play with your food – but that's exactly what happens in chef Bjorn Shen's gastro-playground Small's. The last time he did a successful run of a pizza omakase, and this time carbs are once again the star of the show. The most recent run at Small's celebrates bread sushi. Confused? Well, it's exactly what it is: sushi but the main carbohydrate here is bread. And such good bread too – using high hydration, long-aged dough that is given different textures and tastes, from different cooking methods like high-temperature baking, low-temperature baking, binchotan grilling, deep-frying and steaming. Creativity comes through in every dish of this multi-course meal (three snacks, up to 10 “bread-sushi”, one hotpot and two sweets). Some highlights include the akami where lean tuna, heart of palm (shoot of young coconut tree) and sambal matah (raw sambal of Balinese origin) is served on bread, the engawa course which is aburi engawa and green papaya strips stewed in lime juice, fish sauce and sugar. The course is served on your palm and then frozen ankimo (monkfish liver) is grated over the top. Bonus points for the hotpot course – Bjorn sometimes hides a "surprise" in someone's bowl. Spoiler: it's a thinly sliced, phallic-shaped daikon.  It's moments like these that makes dining at Small's feel a lot like an informal dinner in a friend's cool apartment. There are Borat posters on the wall, a tapestry of the movie Step Brothers in the corner, and plenty of pop culture ref

Isabel

Isabel

If you ever wanted to experience being the main character in a period drama, Isabel is the setting for you. Besides the hand-painted wallpaper, delicate herringbone floors and knotted silk rugs to set the mood, the stunning pink onyx bar counter is the main feature of Maxwell Reserve’s signature bar. It’s easy to feel in the mood for love when you’re seated on a red velvet banquette at dusk.  All the wines, champagnes, spirits and liquors on the menu have been handpicked specially from around the world. Isabel is also known for its selection of cocktails and after-dinner digestifs. Choose from original classics to modern interpretations of drinks. Each drink is handcrafted and designed to complement Isabel’s interiors and ethos. Looking for something besides cocktails and drinking? Isabel also offers afternoon tea sessions (from $89). The tea selection is curated to pair with finger food and snacks that range from sweet to savoury. Tuck into sandwiches, pastries and tarts. Don’t forget to try the freshly baked traditional English scones served with clotted cream and preserves, and finished with an exclusive selection of Beluga caviar and a shot of vodka. 

The Aesop Women's Library

The Aesop Women's Library

You might know Aesop for its impeccably designed stores and skincare products that smell incredibly good. On top of that, if you step into an Aesop store in the world and you'll see quotes from respected writers on its packaging and collaterals – literature is a central part of the brand. Which is probably no surprise that from now till April 24, the shelves of Aesop VivoCity and Aesop Marina Bay Sands will be cleared of product and filled entirely with books. The ephemeral Aesop Women's Library is a follow-up to International Women’s Day in March – and the brand believes in elevating women's voices and stories – no matter the date or occasion. Find works by Southeast Asian authors who are women-identifying and allies. The selection is a collaboration with four local publishing houses in Singapore: Math Paper Press, Epigram, Ethos Books and Sea Breeze Books. You can find poetry, graphic novels, anthologies, novels and more. Featured writers include Pooja Nansi, Liyana Dhamirah, Melissa De Silva, Amanda Chong and more. During this period, anyone can walk into the two stores and pick up a complimentary book – no purchase needed.  While you're at it, remember to keep your ears peeled to the audio in the store. As a part of Aesop’s global Sounds of sisterhood initiative, the brand has collaborated with local artist Weish who has created a soundtrack of sorts, incorporating her signature style of live loops, vocals and experimental instrumentation.  The Aesop Women's Library is av

GOHO

GOHO

When it comes to dining experiences, there's nothing quite as intimidating as an omakase experience. From the get-go, you surrender everything to the chef who ultimately hands you each and every course. The whole experience is almost like a ritual – and then you leave. At GOHO, you get the good bits of an omakase experience – an impressive series of dishes that is seasonal and put together with the finest ingredients, but without the formalities that make it so intimidating.  When you first enter GOHO via Rappu, the music is booming – and it's meant to be so, the manager says. Once seated with all the guests, the show begins. I say 'show' because most of the courses are presented with some form of theatrics like the spritzing of edible gold dust, fancy smoke infusions and the dishes sitting in a bed of moss. While some I would have to say can be quite unnecessary (like the spritz of edible glitter in cocktails), the hassun (seasonal platter) presented on miniature garden made out of moss was really a sight to see.  It is hard to fault the ingredients – even throughout the 10-course Ume omakase (that's 15 dishes in total) we embarked on, we never hit a bump. The journey was very well-planned, mixing flavours, textures and temperatures, keeping it interesting and never too heavy despite the indulgence of it all. The word 'goho' itself refers to the five ways of cooking Japanese cuisine that is: nama (cutting), niru (simmering), yaku (grilling), musu (steaming), and ageru (fryin

Chu and Co

Chu and Co

Dining at Chu and Co feels like entering someone’s private backyard. Potted plants and random tchotchkes are strewn across the adjacent outdoor patio, guests are happily sitting on the pavement sipping coffee, munching on fresh bakes and in deep conversation.  Orders are made at the counter which has a hole-in-the-wall vibe. Grab a coffee or beverage to go – there's dirty chai and even tepache on the menu if you want something different from your usual latte or cold brew – but the highlight is the warm bakes (both sweet and savoury) that are made fresh daily. If you love surprises, there's always something new when you return. We tried a whole range of sourdough buns – from cauliflower, cheese and pepper to the classic cinnamon buns, and even a black garlic and chocolate piece they were experimenting on – and that $5 to $6 price tag on the buns is well justified. It had a great crust on the outside, fluffy and soft on the outside and versatile to accommodate the most intense of fillings and toppings, like spam and cheese even. If being out in the sun gets too intense, head to the sister concept Chulato (it's on the same stretch) for some creamy scoops of gelato. Or just order another cold brew and head back out to your makeshift picnic spot on the patio – wear sunnies or a hat if you're thinking of dining here. 

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Black Eyed Peas, TLC and Suede will perform for the Singapore GP 2022

Black Eyed Peas, TLC and Suede will perform for the Singapore GP 2022

Update on July 22: The F1 Singapore Grand Prix has dropped its second entertainment lineup for the race weekend. Joining rock band Green Day, boy band Westlife and electronic dance star Marshmello are pop group Black Eyed Peas, rapper-singer The Kid Laroi, R&B act TLC and alternative band Suede.  Black Eyed Peas, known for their hits such as Where Is The Love and Let's Get It Started, will be performing twice during the weekend. They will perform at the Padang Stage on October 1 and the Wharf Stage on October 2. The Kid Laroi will be bringing his enigmatic live show to the Padang Stage on October 2,  while TLC will perform at the Hard Stage on October 2. Suede, known for their classics such as Beautiful Ones, will play at the Wharf Stage on October 1.  Other artistes performing at the F1 event include home-grown acts such as rapper Shigga Shay, Inch, Seinabo Sey and When Chai Met Toast. The Circuit Park will also feature artworks from talented Singaporean artists such as Hafi and 8EyedSpud.  More acts are expected to be announced in the coming weeks so stay tuned.   Photograph: Sam Bloxham/Singapore GP We already know the Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix is making a comeback this year – with the first wave of tickets selling out almost instantly – but there's a lot of speculation and anticipation about the entertainment line-up for this year's Grand Prix. The Singapore GP has just confirmed the first three official acts you can look forward to this year: p

Nifty Fifty: Crystal shopping in Singapore ($56)

Nifty Fifty: Crystal shopping in Singapore ($56)

Nifty Fifty is a new series where the Time Out Singapore team spends $50 any way they want around town – and we share the experience. Whether it's a secret joint for a boozy night out, a budget (but ace) omakase place or an interesting item we've been eyeing at the shops, we let you in on the cool stores, eateries, places and activities you should be spending at.  There's no science to show that crystals really work, but there's no denying that these fancy rocks are really pretty. So much mysticism (and scepticism) surrounds crystals but hey, if it makes you feel good then why not. After all, I've already made the decision to spend my $50 on things I want, not need so I will need to stock up on crystals that promote courage, creativity, groundedness, positivity, happiness and self-love.  Photograph: Delfina Utomo Verdict: Going to the store itself is a treat. I love the welcoming vibes, the crowd is pretty diverse too – there was a regular customer picking up some amethyst and a kid who was choosing shark teeth (yep, you can get it here) while the parents were intrigued by the quartz clusters. The lady who runs the store and hands out the baskets for you to go pick and mix with is constantly walking around the store and helping out anyone with questions. Sometimes I get her to analyse my picks and she'll tell you what you need instead or what to add – she'll sneak in some freebies if you're a regular. Afterwards, the crystals will be packed neatly and then cleansed in the

Are we overreacting to the current chicken shortage?

Are we overreacting to the current chicken shortage?

The official export ban of fresh chicken from Malaysia to Singapore has officially begun. The news broke just about a week ago and triggered a nationwide panic attack. Some dramatic reactions to the ban – people mourning the dethronement of chicken rice as a national dish, and sharing a list of all the chicken rice dishes that Singaporeans love… that we can’t enjoy anymore – yup, this piece of news has devastated the nation. It isn’t the first time that Singapore has experienced commodity shortages. A quick flashback: toilet paper shortages at the start of the pandemic, then masks and PPE kits at the height of the pandemic, and most recently, the potato shortage largely due to the war in Ukraine. Now, it’s fresh chicken. Photograph: Thayut Sutheeravut/ Shutterstock Sure, some of the panic is justified  Chicken is central to so many of our favourite dishes: the iconic chicken rice, nasi lemak, curry chicken…the list goes on. And we love our affordable hawker culture, so when the price of these dishes go up so much as a cent – it hurts. It doesn’t help that predicted food shortages and an impending recession only spells more price hikes and more strapped wallets in the future. Cue the doom and gloom. Then there’s the whole debate of fresh versus frozen. Singaporeans are a fussy – okay, discerning – bunch. Many insist that fresh chicken has far superior taste and texture when compared to its frozen counterpart. So when a third of the nation’s fresh bird supply is held in a cho

More restrictions relaxed from April 26 – no limit on group sizes and all workers may return to the workplace

More restrictions relaxed from April 26 – no limit on group sizes and all workers may return to the workplace

The government will be relaxing more restrictions from April 26 after the Ministry of Health (MOH) made the statement on April 22 that Singapore will lower its Disease Outbreak Response System Condition (Dorscon) from orange to yellow level next Tuesday. The relaxed restrictions show a huge change from where we were two years ago and include not having a limit on group sizes and the green light for all workers to return to workplaces and offices.  No more limit on group sizes Let's just say, gatherings and parties are truly back on the social calendar. There will be no limit on group sizes or visitors per household. Masks on or off? Masks are still required in indoor settings and optional when outdoors – although it is recommended when it gets crowded. Safe distancing is longer required – but of course, please be respectful of space.  Slowing down on TraceTogether The use of TraceTogether and SafeEntry to be stepped down gradually. Most venues will longer require check-ins except for large-scale events. It's back to commuting to the office All workers may return to the workplace from next Tuesday. This is an increase from the present limit of 75 percent of those who can work from home. Workers will also be allowed to remove masks in the workplace, as long as they are not interacting physically with others and are not in customer-facing areas. Capacity limits for venues There will longer be capacity limits for venues except for nightlife venues where there is dancing where a

F1 Singapore Grand Prix: Race your way to get tickets this April 13

F1 Singapore Grand Prix: Race your way to get tickets this April 13

Tickets for the Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix 2022 will be available for public sale at 10am from April 13 onwards, as announced by race organiser Singapore Grand Prix (GP). The event is set to take place at the Marina Bay Street Circuit from September 30 to October 2.  A spokesperson for Singapore GP said, "The popularity of Formula 1 has been skyrocketing thanks in part to the thrilling season last year which saw a close battle between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen, as well as the much-followed Drive to Survive documentary series on Netflix. The excitement is set to continue this year with the resurgence of Ferrari. Their incredible performance at the opening race this season, as well as those of Haas and Alfa Romeo will keep fans at the edge of their seats." Here’s what we know about the 2022 Singapore Grand Prix The event is set to take place at the Marina Bay Street Circuit from September 30 to October 2 after a two-year absence due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The tickets include three-day grandstand offerings, priced at $298 to $1,288 as well as combination packages ranging from $698 to $1,088. The event is also made to be accessible to everyone including the specially abled. Single-day tickets for wheelchair accessible areas for people in wheelchairs and their companions are also available at $38, $88 and $128. "We have had overwhelmingly positive feedback on the Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix 2022 since the contract renewal announcement in January, with fantastic

Breaking news: PM Lee addresses the nation on the Covid-19 situation and next steps

Breaking news: PM Lee addresses the nation on the Covid-19 situation and next steps

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong will give an update on Singapore's Covid-19 situation in an address to the nation at 11am, with the multi-ministry taskforce following up with a press conference of their own. There's been a lot of speculation as to what he will be announcing today. Perhaps more relaxed restrictions and safe management measures? Or no more VTLs? Or even an increase in numbers for social gatherings? We'll bring the important takeaways as we go along.  After providing an overview of the situation, Prime Minister Lee runs through the impact of the Delta and Omicron waves. Daily cases have been coming down, and daily infections were halved in about three weeks.  He mentioned that “our population has stronger immunity” and that “the pressure is now easing”. Social gatherings will increase to ten people But one-metre distancing between groups will still be observed. Up to 75 percent of employees who WFH will be able to return to their workplace. There will also be an increased capacity limit for events.  Wearing masks in outdoor settings is optionalWearing masks outdoors will be optional but indoor settings will still be compulsory. This new rule will start from March 29, Tuesday. Opening land travel between Singapore and MalaysiaThis is still in discussion between the two parties but Singapore and Malaysia have agreed to start working towards resuming full air and land travel for vaccinated people. Fourth vaccine dose?Health Minister Ong Ye Kung said that the Minis

Ramadan bazaar to return to Geylang this year after a two-year hiatus

Ramadan bazaar to return to Geylang this year after a two-year hiatus

UPDATE – March 23  In a far cry from previous Ramadan bazaars at Geylang Serai, this year's affair will see 40 stalls comprising only eight food stalls and 32 non-food stalls.  Initial reports about its return already hinted that the bazaar this year would be a scaled-down affair to control crowds and prevent the spread of Covid-19. Still, we can't help a tinge of disappointment that the bazaar is not returning at full capacity – previous events were exciting and upbeat affairs with over 100 stalls and loads of snacks and interesting bites.  To keep up the festive mood, the Ramadan bazaar this year will be fashioned after a fairytale blossom garden theme. Stalls will be transformed into a whimsical garden, complete with lush colours and floral design elements.  We encourage you to head down to show your support to the participating stalls anyway. Just remember to observe prevailing Safe Management Measures to keep yourself and others safe. Virtual Reality Capability technology will also be in place to help control crowds and keep things moving seamlessly – so expect QR codes, e-menus, queue card systems and more.  What do you think about the scaled-down Ramadan bazaar? And what food stalls are you hoping to see? March 11 Missed the iconic Ramadan bazaar in Geylang Serai where you would get your fix of Ramly burgers, roti john and keropok lekor? The popular Ramadan night market will make a comeback this year – after a two-year hiatus – but there will be some tweaks.  At the m

Nifty Fifty: Motion sensor pottery wheel ($34.99)

Nifty Fifty: Motion sensor pottery wheel ($34.99)

Nifty Fifty is a new series where the Time Out Singapore team spends $50 any way they want around town – and we share the experience. Whether it's a secret joint for a boozy night out, a budget (but ace) omakase place or an interesting item we've been eyeing at the shops, we let you in on the cool stores, eateries, places and activities you should be spending at.  This week, our designer Kashmira spent $50 on a motion sensor pottery wheel from Toys R Us ($34.99).  Verdict: Though it is a kid's toy, I think this is a pretty interesting one – and a far level up from Barbies and all of that. Plus at $34.99, it's pretty much a steal. The clay is provided, along with a couple of basic pottery tools (but in plastic) and a variety of colours for painting once your masterpiece has fully dried. The only thing missing is the kiln of course, but hey, it is a toy for kids.  Photograph: Kashmira Kasmuri Buy it now at any Toys R Us store or online.

Do you still think Singapore is clean and green? We want to know

Do you still think Singapore is clean and green? We want to know

If we look back in the last year, Singapore today is such a different place – and it feels different too. The streets are much busier, borders are reopening, and dining out – and even hanging out – is pretty much back. Even with cases still in the community, it feels like we're learning to live around it. Like really, really live. There's definitely a sense of positivity and hope in the air.  If that doesn't make you fall in love with the city again, then we want to know what will. Every year, we quiz thousands of city-dwellers in our annual Time Out Index Survey, telling us which bits of the city they loved. Last year, 62 percent of respondents voted Singapore as the greenest city and zero percent listed us as a dirty city – making us the cleanest and greenest city in the world. But are we really surprised about it? We want to know how you feel about life in Singapore right now, and the things we don't know – the good, the bad, and the ugly. Take the Time Out 2022 Index survey to help us decide what makes city life great, even in the new norm. The survey takes about ten minutes to complete and you remain completely anonymous. Be honest and let us know the things you love – and loathe – about the city.  Take the Time Out Index now 

Celebrate Singapore's neighbourhoods with our Love Local guide

Celebrate Singapore's neighbourhoods with our Love Local guide

Whatever you think you know about Singapore, you better start making room for a whole new set of discoveries. Over the past year, we’ve had the privilege to rediscover our own backyard and reignite our appreciation for the city – and this has resulted in the Love Local guidebook.  Together with the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), we've set out on a quest to dig deep and uncover hidden gems and also talked to interesting personalities and stakeholders in various neighbourhoods about their personal stories. We saw innovative placemaking happen, the greening of spaces with rich histories and heritage, the importance of community in shaping history – these moments made us reflect on how our actions affect the future of these spaces, and our city. Pick up a copy now or head to the Love Local website to check out what we have discovered. The next time you go out on a walk, remember to slow down to notice jagged alleyways, colourful tiles of shophouses and ancient heritage trees on your hikes – and much more. Happy rediscovering! Check out the Love Local website here Here's where to pick a copy up: Time Out Singapore HQ – 39A Amoy Street, Singapore 069865The Intan – 69 Joo Chiat Terrace, Singapore 427231Indian Heritage Centre – 5 Campbell Lane, Singapore 209924Aloha Sea Sports Centre – 1212 ECP, E2 Area E Car Park, Singapore 449886Tong Mern Sern – 51 Craig Rd, Singapore 089689Artichoke – 161 Middle Rd, Singapore 188978My Community – Commonwealth Drive, #01-388 Block 46-3, Sin

Explore this dreamy misty landscape in Singapore near Woodlands

Explore this dreamy misty landscape in Singapore near Woodlands

Here's another spot to add to the list of places that don't look and feel like Singapore – but there's a catch. You have to get up early. Really, really early. Just like us.  Yet another impressive park connector in Singapore – we've just seen the wonders of Changi Bay Point in the past few months – the Ulu Sembawang Park Connector cuts through the nature reserve to link the Woodlands (SLE) Park Connector to the Mandai Park Connector.  The park connector gives you great views of the sunrise but if you wake up a little earlier you'll find yourself in a misty wonderland that is both breathtaking and surreal. Soak up the purplish-pink skies and the sounds of birds flitting around.  Start the journey from the closest MRT station, Woodlands South Station, where you will have to walk for about 15 minutes along Woodlands Ave 1 and then turn right to Woodlands Ave 12 where you follow the Woodlands PCN until you reach the entrance of the Ulu Sembawang Park Connector. The connector starts at Seletar Expressway and ends at Mandai Road, and is also the route for both cyclists and trekkers to take to get to the popular Mandai T15 trail.  But if you're thinking of checking out the trail this week, here's a heads up for you: the Ulu Sembawang Park Connector is closed for upgrading works till March 23. But for now, enjoy the views we took.  READ MOREWoodlands Town Park East: A green gem that offers refreshing views from the top of the hillBring some zen to your day at these new therapeu

Malaysia to fully reopen borders to international travellers from April 1

Malaysia to fully reopen borders to international travellers from April 1

It's official – starting April 1, Malaysia is set to fully reopen its borders as part of the country's process of moving into the endemic phase. Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob said that what this means is that international travellers entering Malaysia would only need to have valid travel documents to enter and exit the country. On top of that, Malaysians can also travel freely to other countries with similar open borders.  Fully vaccinated individuals do not need to undergo any quarantine procedures. They will only need to take a Covid-19 reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test two days before departure and a professional Covid-19 rapid test kit-antigen (RTK-Ag) test within 24 hours after arrival in Malaysia.  For countries that have not fully reopened their borders such as neighbouring countries Indonesia and Singapore, Malaysians can utilise the vaccinated travel lanes (VTLs) that had been agreed on between Putrajaya and the relevant countries, the prime minister said.  As for matters of the Causeway, the current land crossing arrangement in place is the land VTL scheme, meaning travellers can book bus tickets on either Transtar or Causeway Link. So far, both Singapore and Malaysia authorities have also not revealed any plans to allow drivers to use the Causeway. 

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