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Xiao Qing Wan

Xiao Qing Wan

Editorial Assistant

Xiao Qing is an Editorial Assistant at Time Out Singapore. Having studied Transcultural Studies at Waseda University, she hopes to reconnect with Singapore's arts and culture scene. She enjoys finding new creators to support, as well as new cafés to visit, and hopes to share her findings with the rest of the world.

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The best things to do in Singapore this week (May 20-26)

The best things to do in Singapore this week (May 20-26)

Art and sport takeover this week, with the debut of Artletics – our very own Paris Olympics featuring street sport stars and artists from France in collaboration with local talent. Join art jams or catch thrilling skateboarding, BMX, and even yo-yo showcases, complete with live DJ performances at night. Take it up another notch at Nutmeg Cocktail Fiesta, where international bartenders will be pulling thrilling guest shifts. Those up for a dose of partying can soak up the laidback tunes at Block A: Ricky Montgomery or let loose at queer rave Live Laugh Love Riot. Read on to discover all the best things happening in Singapore this week. RECOMMENDED: The best things to do in Singapore after dark and The best art exhibitions in Singapore    

The best things to do in Singapore this weekend (May 17-19)

The best things to do in Singapore this weekend (May 17-19)

This weekend brings some elemental magic in the form of Icelandic-Danish artist Olafur Eliasson's first survey exhibition in Southeast Asia. Coupled with other blockbuster art shows like Frida Kahlo: The Life of an Icon and charming pieces like Small Muji Exhibition – Enjoying Everyday Items, there's lots to please the arts and culture vultures among us. Music is also on the book this weekend, with chilled-out backyard sessions, daytime parties, and drum and bass raves. And for those who like things pink and pretty, a whimsical Jentle Salon pop-up in collaboration with Blackpink's Jennie. Read on for all the great things to do this weekend.  RECOMMENDED: The best things to do in Singapore this May and The best outdoor playgrounds in Singapore  

The best bubble tea in Singapore

The best bubble tea in Singapore

It’s hard to say when the bubble tea craze in Singapore started. Some chains have been around since our school days, but the fervour has not abated over the years. In fact, Southeast Asian countries including Singapore, Indonesia, and Thailand have spent more than a hefty five billion dollars in 2021 – simply to appease our BBT cravings. With so many bubble tea places popping up all over our sunny island, we’ve rounded up the best places to help you decide where to get your bubble tea fix. RECOMMENDED: The best traditional Chinese dessert shops in Singapore and The best ice cream shops in Singapore

Upcoming theatre and dance performances in Singapore

Upcoming theatre and dance performances in Singapore

In addition to the fantastic art exhibitions in Singapore, theatre and dance performances offer an excellent alternative to unwind from the grind and broaden your horizons. In the months ahead, look forward to a packed calendar of award-winning Broadway musicals, timeless ballets, and laugh-out-loud physical comedy shows. These delve into diverse topics – thought-provoking commentary on political landscapes, tragic romances, and our obsession with screens. Just sink into a plush seat and prepare to be captivated by these spectacular performances. RECOMMENDED: 10 brilliant music festivals in Asia you don’t want to miss and The best music concerts and festivals in Singapore

The most romantic restaurants in Singapore

The most romantic restaurants in Singapore

There's a time for dining with big groups and a time for eating on a budget, but when you're planning for an anniversary or a romantic date with your special someone, 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 romantically lit, value-for-money restaurants to wine and dine in Singapore. Let's get into the mood for love.  RECOMMENDED: The most romantic bars in Singapore and The 50 best restaurants in Singapore you must try

The best pet-friendly restaurants and cafés in Singapore

The best pet-friendly restaurants and cafés in Singapore

Singapore’s pet-friendly landscape has evolved significantly over the years, with One Holland Village leading the change as the first fully pet-friendly mall. However, now that we have an abundance of options, it can be difficult to find the best places to have a meal with your furkid. Whether you’re seeking fine dining experiences or simply looking for a casual brunch affair, we’ve put together a list of the best pet-friendly places on our sunny island. Don’t worry, some of these places also have a pet menu so your pets can dine alongside you in style. RECOMMENDED: The best hiking trails and spots in Singapore and The most beautiful gardens in Singapore

The most romantic halal restaurants in Singapore

The most romantic halal restaurants in Singapore

In Singapore, food is often the language of love. Whether you're looking for casual coffee and bites for a blind date, a cosy dinner place to impress a loved one, or somewhere special to celebrate Valentine's day, here are some dining options in Singapore – and get this, they're Muslim-friendly too. Now, let's get in the mood for love.  RECOMMENDED: The best halal restaurants and cafés in Singapore and The best halal cake shops in Singapore

The best Japanese bakeries in Singapore

The best Japanese bakeries in Singapore

When it comes to Japanese bread, there’s something that strikes a distinct chord – it’s sweeter, softer, and leaves us craving more. It could be the attention to detail with intricately layered cream rolls or even unique fillings like red bean or matcha. As much as we enjoy picking up a fresh loaf of bread at Singapore’s best bakeries or devouring the best sandwiches to try, these seven Japanese bakeries have left their well-deserved mark on Singapore’s food scene. RECOMMENDED: The best Japanese restaurants in Singapore and The best cake shops in Singapore

The best Valentine's Day gifts for him

The best Valentine's Day gifts for him

We get it, you've scoured hundreds of lists similar to this one, and yet the perfect present is nowhere in sight. Don't worry, the search is over – whether your partner's a coffee enthusiast or a fitness nut, we've curated a list of gifts that will surely put a smile on his face. As an added bonus, we've also included date ideas that work well as an alternative, or if you wanted splurge on your man and lavish him with both a physical gift and an unforgettable experience. RECOMMENDED: The best Valentine's Day gifts for her and The most romantic restaurants in Singapore

The best things to do in Singapore after dark

The best things to do in Singapore after dark

Like New York City, Hong Kong and Tokyo, Singapore’s a city that never sleeps. With its bustling nightlife, dazzling city lights as well as malls and eateries open around the clock or till late, there’s always something to do, even when night falls. We’ve rounded up some ideas to make the best of your time under the stars – from relaxing at a 24 hour spa and bar hopping to challenging your friends to an intense round of Catan or Monopoly. RECOMMENDED: The best free things to do in Singapore at night and The best supper spots in Singapore for late-night dining

Pope Francis' upcoming visit to Singapore: Everything you need to know

Pope Francis' upcoming visit to Singapore: Everything you need to know

With the announcement of Pope Francis’ upcoming visit to Singapore, this year promises to be filled with significant events for our sunny island. Pope Francis’ visit will mark the second time a Catholic pope visits Singapore, with the first papal visit occurring almost 40 years ago, when the late Pope John Paul II made a brief stopover in Singapore in 1986. His five-hour visit consisted of a papal mass held at the National Stadium, with around 70,000 attendees. With Pope Francis’ upcoming visit expecting to draw a huge crowd, we’ve put together this guide that will cover everything to ensure you’re well-prepared before his arrival, including ticket costs and where to get them. RECOMMENDED: Yip Yew Chong paints his final mural for Lau Pa Sat’s 130th anniversary and Tatsu Maker: American linocut printmaker creates intricate prints of local hawkers and food vendors When will Pope Francis be visiting Singapore in 2024? Pope Francis will be visiting Singapore from September 11 to 13, 2024. When will Pope Francis' mass be held in Singapore? Pope Francis’ mass will most likely be held on September 12, 2024. How much do tickets cost, and where can I get them? Tickets are free of charge, and are subject to availability and venue limitations. Tickets are most likely acquired through a balloting system held across all Catholic churches in Singapore. As ticketing details have yet to be released, be sure to keep an eye out on this space for updates. Will Pope Francis be visiting other cou

The best water parks in Singapore for kids and adults

The best water parks in Singapore for kids and adults

With summer year-long in Singapore, there's always an excuse to indulge in some ice cream or take a dip in a public pool. But nothing brings out your inner kid quite like tall water slides and wave pools. To amp up the thrill-o-meter, many water parks are bringing out the big guns like rapid flume rides, high-speed water slides, and an inflatable obstacle course à la Wipeout. For something less energetic, you can switch to the various lazy rivers, as well as wet play areas which are more free-and-easy. RECOMMENDED: The best public pools in Singapore and the best beaches in Singapore

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Goldies

Goldies

One taste of the delicious beverages and bakes at Goldies will help you understand why Winnie The Pooh was obsessed with honey. Located at Queenstown, this takeaway-only café uses The Rare Honey Company’s 100 percent Pure Raw Australian Honey in its drinks instead of sugar and other artificial sweeteners. Expect to find drinks like honey oat lattes ($9), honeycomb lattes with a chunk of raw honeycomb ($9), and the non-caffeinated wildflower honey lemon ($6.50). Honey is also incorporated into Goldies’ bakes as well, offering treats like a lemon honey cheesecake ($9) with a lemon mascarpone whip and thyme crust, as well as warm corn bread with a creamed karri honey ($8) that is light and fluffy.  Goldies also sells jars of honey by The Rare Honey Company, so you can purchase different types of honey ranging from Jarrah honey to wildflower honey with honeycomb. Find out more about Goldies here.

Appetite

Appetite

The best way to enjoy an alcoholic beverage is to view works of art, and Appetite brings this concept to life by hosting exhibitions in its space for patrons to view and discuss over a glass of wine or cocktail. Appetite splits its space into two sections – the kitchen and the living room. The living room is a cosy art lounge with plush sofas for you and your partner to cosy up after a long day. There is also a listening room available, containing music from one of Singapore’s largest private vinyl collections. In the kitchen, expect an intimate experience with unique offerings like  foie gras and chicken parfait ($25), and spiced Brittany pigeon with chestnut hummus and cranberry gastrique ($56).  For drinks, look forward to classic cocktails made with an Appetite twist. Rum punch is given a spicy kick with an infusion of nutmeg  ($26),  margaritas given a whiff of anise with the use of fennel ($21), and classic Bloody Marys turned into Not a Bloody Mary ($32) – made with gin, sweet and tangytamarillo, the Japanese hot sauce yuzu kosho, and of course, Worcestershire. Appetite also boasts a wide selection of wines, including the usual chardonnay and riesling alongside the full-bodied nebbiolo and the bold and smoky zinfandel.

girl in red

girl in red

Norwegian alt-pop sensation Marie Ulven – better known as girl in red – will be making her Singapore debut at Esplanade this July. This is the musician’s first-ever Asia tour, and she will also be making stops at Japan’s Fuji Rock Festival and South Korea’s Incheon Pentaport Rock Festival 2024. Best known for her dreamy pop sound, the singer-songwriter rose to fame in 2018 with the single we fell in love in october, which garnered over one million streams on Spotify alone. Since then, she has amassed over 10 million streams on her 2021 debut full-length album, if i could make it go quiet, as well as open for Taylor Swift’s The Eras Tour in 2023. Expect a night of chill, lo-fi music mixed with the dynamic and poppier tracks from girl in red’s latest album I’m Doing It Again Baby! at her upcoming concert. Tickets have already gone on sale, so snag yours before they sell out. Find out more about girl in red’s upcoming concert and purchase tickets here.

Guerilla Coffee (Gillman Barracks)

Guerilla Coffee (Gillman Barracks)

Café hoppers would be familiar with Guerilla Coffee, which is most known for its signature coffees – the Singapore latte and Straits latte. For the longest time, the café only had one outlet at Suntec City, but it has recently opened a second outlet at Gillman Barracks in collaboration with floral workshop Ida’s. The new Gillman Barracks outlet is a stark contrast to the Suntec City outlet, choosing to ditch the minimalist aesthetic for an abundance of flora and fauna both indoors and outdoors. Opting for wooden tables, green marble countertops, and rattan chairs, the new outlet embraces a rustic aesthetic that feels cosy and welcoming. A new outlet comes with a new menu, introducing traditional British fare with a contemporary twist. New inclusions like grilled picanha ($32), tamarind sea bass ($26) and citrus crab with handmade fettuccine ($30) can be found alongside brunch classics like the full English breakfast ($32) and eggs royale ($26). Guerilla Coffee’s new outlet also features a pet-friendly outdoor area that is sheltered, so rest assured you and your furkids can still keep cool even during the hottest of days. Find out more about Guerilla Coffee here.

Goodluck Bunch

Goodluck Bunch

If streetwear is more your vibe, Goodluck Bunch is the place to go. The multi-label store features a variety of brands, such as Kangol, Calm Outdoors, and Gramicci Japan. Expect to find caps, bucket hats, crossbody bags, and of the streetwear essential: cargo pants. Since its opening in 2016, Goodluck Bunch has created a multitude of capsule collections with local creatives including Death Threads and Sole Superior. The physical store recently reopened after a two-month renovation project, where the interior has been revamped with custom wooden carpentry and fixtures reminiscent of a wooden cabin in the countryside. The exterior also features a colourful mural by local artist Oak & Bindi, with each character representing the various independent businesses located along Bali Lane. Don’t forget to say hello to the friendly community cat who has been roaming around Bali Lane since 2016. You can often find the kitty people-watching on her favourite bench at Goodluck Bunch, so be sure to give her lots of pets before leaving. Find out more about Goodluck Bunch here.

Flipside

Flipside

Embrace absurdity and uniqueness at Esplanade’s Flipside, a 10-day programme filled with circus acts, puppetry, physical theatre, and comedy. Look for humour and meaning in the every day as these acts take ordinary objects like household items and give them unexpected meaning and form. International acts from France, Thailand, and Australia will be performing at the festival, such as Compagnie Bakélite’s (France) Stars In Our Eyes – A Double Bill, Circus D Lab’s (South Korea) One Two, One Two, and Mumusic Circus’ (Spain) Flou Papagayo.  Of course, local acts will also be available at Flipside, with award-winning clown and actor Shanice Stanislaus hosting a workshop for attendees to delve into the art of physical comedy and the history of clowns. Improvper Conduct will also  present a free 30-minute sketch titled pRINTiNG ERR0R!!!, and be sure to look out for the spectacular acrobatic performance, Convergence, by the Bornfire Circus at the DBS Foundation Outdoor Theatre. Check out the full list of programmes and purchase tickets here.

Skai x Swarovski High Tea Experience

Skai x Swarovski High Tea Experience

Treat your mother to a luxurious high tea experience with Skai and Swarovski this Mother’s Day. The menu features delectable treats such as the Hazelnut Praline Yuzu Vanilla Choux that is carefully crafted to resemble Swarovski’s signature swan motif, as well as a Golden Raspberry Rose Mascarpone Octagon Sable topped with a pink jelly reminiscent of a sparkling diamond. For savouries, indulge in the Scottish Salmon Rillete Kueh Pie Tee that has been glazed with cream cheese and dusted with silver powder, as well as the gorgeous Coronation Smoke Chicken, Mango Chutney and Coriander which features delicate chervil and pentas flowers that stand out against the yellow saffron bun. Complete the experience with a special mocktail called “Zimmy Snipper”, consisting of Banana Bols, elderflower syrup, citrus, tonic, and garnished with a Banana leaf and yellow octagon. You can opt for the alcoholic version for an additional $10. Keep an everlasting memory of your experience by snapping a picture at  the stylishly designed photo wall at Skai’s entrance, featuring Swarovski’s iconic logo against a chic pink backdrop. Swarovski’s newly launched Mother’s Day jewellery will also be on display at Skai, and there will be a pop-up store held in the lobby of Swissôtel The Stamford if you wish to purchase any of the pieces. Diners will also receive 10 percent off regular-priced items at Swarovski at Raffles City, so take advantage of the discount to snag a ring or a bracelet as icing on top of

Kyuukei Coffee

Kyuukei Coffee

Despite the numerous cafés scattered throughout our sunny island, we are always looking for new coffee spots to simply kick back and relax. Hidden amongst a block of flats at Alexandra, Kyuukei Coffee is a peaceful café with a minimalistic interior inspired by Japanese Zen aesthetics. You may recognise Kyuukei Coffee’s adorable cat mascot from last year’s The Christmas Atelier and the recent Boutique Fair, where people mainly bought their coffee from a little coffee cart. The brand finally opened a physical café last November, but its coffee cart service is still up and running. Kyuukei Coffee serves up toasties and pastries alongside coffee brews, but the café can only hold up to around 10 people due to its small size, so be sure to come early to avoid the queues, or opt for takeaway instead. You can get the classic ham, cheese, and tomato toastie for $15, or spice it up with seck ($15), a sourdough toastie with spam, kimchi, and gochujang mayo. The pastries are also made in-house, with the canelés ($4.50) and sticky buns ($6) being popular choices amongst patrons. The café frequently hosts coffee omakase sessions ($40 per person), where you will get to taste delicious brews paired with pastries that complement the coffee’s flavour profile. During the May 2024 session, we had the Indonesian Sweet Lakshana CM served in an espresso shot that was paired with a decadent chocolate tart topped with a miso caramel sauce to bring out the boozy chocolate flavour in the coffee. Dried

On Pause

On Pause

Take your furry friend out on a brunch date at On Pause, a new pet-friendly café at Kovan. On Pause’s menu features the typical brunch fare, but a standout is the portobello pesto sammie ($17) consisting of portobello mushrooms, pistachio pesto sauce, avocado, and sauteed onions tied together with gooey mozzarella and cheddar cheese and sandwiched between housemade milk buns. You can also find grilled cheese and tomato soup ($16), prawn and guac tartine ($18), and Greek yoghurt granola bowls ($10.50) on the menu. Finish your meal with a scoop of artisanal gelato (from $4.50), with flavours like Thai milk tea, Belgian dark chocolate, and Sicilian pistachio. For a more indulgent dessert, have a fluffy waffle ($7) with your ice cream, or opt for a creamy vanilla or chocolate milkshake to beat the heat. On Pause also offers bakes like espresso marble cakes and banana chocolate bread if you’re looking to have a light snack. Although there are no pet menus available at On Pause, the café sells gourmet pet treats from Four Paws Pantry such as Bork Kwa biscuits ($10.50), strawberry gummies ($12.80), and ondeh ondeh ($12.80) that your furkids can feast on while you enjoy your meal. Find out more about On Pause here.

Tulipmania

Tulipmania

Those who love tulips will be pleased to know that Gardens by the Bay’s Tulipmania has returned to the Flower Dome this year. In honour of its 10th edition, the floral display pays homage to its inaugural showcase in 2013. The tulips are once again planted in rows of singular colour, much like the iconic tulip farms in the Netherlands. Adding to the charm are traditional Dutch landscapes, including farmhouses with thatched roofs, a watermill, as well as a traditional windmill. This year’s display also blends the traditional with the modern, highlighting technological advancements such as wind turbines and vertical farms. Keep an eye out for the new tulip varieties added to this year’s display, like the unique Tulipa Purple Circus with its pink and purple spots, and the Tulipa Double Negrita – a double-petaled tulip with rich, velvety purple petals. Don’t miss out on the one-of-a-kind double-petaled daffodils alongside the vibrant tulips, which have also been sourced from the Netherlands. Be sure to check out the 104 Delft Blue miniature houses from KLM Royal Dutch Airlines – all of which are modelled after real Dutch houses and buildings. From now until May 26, 2024, the airline is giving away a pair of round trip tickets to Amsterdam – all you have to do is correctly match five Delft Blue Houses to their corresponding house numbers to enter the draw. You can also stand a chance to win a pair of round trip tickets to any destination in Europe by taking part in Gardens by the

Nakarin

Nakarin

There’s never a shortage of Thai food in our city, with people flocking to various eateries around the city to get their fix of pad thai or a glass of Thai milk tea. While these joints tend to be more on the casual side, Nakarin elevates Thai cuisine without compromising affordability and quality. Helmed by Head Chef Thanya, Nakarin’s handcrafted menu offers a blend of both traditional and contemporary Thai cuisine. Enjoy a taste of both in the restaurant’s three course lunch set that will only set you back $25. Embark on your culinary journey with a serving of miang kham – a royal betel leaf wrap with roasted coconut, small dried shrimp, and salmon roe. For your main, choose from the tantalising khao yum, a southern Thai herbal rice salad; the spicy khao soi with a kampong chicken drumstick; and the decadent kho pad poo – fried rice with crab meat. Finish your meal with a sweet treat such as the melon sago or the mango sherbet with spicy sour plum powder. Alongside the set, chow down on delectable appetisers like the spicy century egg with crispy dried shrimp ($18), and pomelo salad ($18). You can also find Thai classics like moo hong ($15), southern style pork stew, and kaeng nuar ($25), a beef curry with turkey berry. Don’t forget to get an iced Thai milk tea ($5) or Thai bandung lime soda ($5) to pair with your meal. You can find out more about Nakarin on its official website.

Nana Dolly's

Nana Dolly's

While there’s no shortage of Peranakan restaurants in Singapore, it definitely doesn’t hurt to have a new one pop up every now and then, especially when it serves quality Peranakan dishes. Nana Dolly’s is a newly opened restaurant located along Perak Road, and was created to share the owner’s favourite Peranakan dishes from his childhood. The menu features familiar family recipes including nonya chicken curry ($16) and sambal brinjal ($7), as well as dishes with a modern twist like the laksa pasta ($10) and an otak croffle ($15) with a sunny side up egg and sambal mayonnaise. Don’t miss out on Nana Dolly’s signature dish, mengkabo – succulent pork belly braised in a spicy, sweet, and tangy tamarind sauce. Choose between the sharing plate ($16) for a communal feast, or savour the mengkabo don ($15.90) solo, a rice bowl version with achar, sambal egg, and keropok ikan. Finish your meal with one of Nana Dolly’s innovative desserts and drinks, such as the kaya gula melaka croffle ($10), or the chendol soft serve ($9.90). Coffee lovers should try the ondeh ondeh latte (from $7), where the classic latte is infused with gula melaka for a sweeter and more indulgent drink that isn’t overly sugary. For something more refreshing, opt for Orchard Garden ($7), a cucumber-based mocktail complete with mint and soda – perfect for sweltering days. Those seeking a boozy treat can enjoy the classic Singapore Sling ($14), or the carrot-based Sunset Breeze ($14). Find out more about Nana Dolly’s

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The North Face reopens with a new concept store at VivoCity

The North Face reopens with a new concept store at VivoCity

Fans of The North Face will be happy to know that the outdoor label has returned to Singapore since its closure in 2017, this time with an innovative concept store. Located at VivoCity, the new store features three zones – Performance, Performance-inspired, and Urban Exploration. Photograph: The North Face The Performance and Performance-inspired collections feature gear and apparel suitable for any type of expedition, be it hiking trails or mountain climbing. On the other hand, Urban Exploration combines style and functionality in one, as seen in the new capsule collection titled ‘Urban Wander’. The new collection includes apparel with features like adjustable waistband drawcords and detachable panels that allow you to change up your look and silhouette to fit most occasions. The ‘Urban Wander’ pieces are also water-repellent and lightweight, so you can embark on your outdoor adventures in style. You can also find The North Face’s Summit series for climbers and snow athletes, which is a high-performance collection that includes features like adjustability, reflectivity, and weather resistance that are sure to keep you warm when you’re high up in the mountains. If climbing sheer rock faces or challenging the snowiest peaks is your groove, head straight for The North Face’s Summit series, the brand’s highest-performance collection. It features technical gear with adjustable, reflective, and weather-resistant features to protect you in the most extreme conditions. Not strayin

Beloved café Homeground Coffee Roasters to close at the end of April

Beloved café Homeground Coffee Roasters to close at the end of April

Goodbyes are always hard, but it’s especially difficult when a beloved café closes. Homeground Coffee Roasters at Teo Hong Road will be closing its doors at the end of April, six years since the café first opened at Joo Chiat. Owners Elysia Tan and Ho Ming Tay have decided to close the café to take a break to reevaluate the Homeground brand moving forward. Homeground first started in 2017 as an online shop that held occasional pop-ups to bring together coffee enthusiasts. The community eventually grew, leading to the opening of its first café at Joo Chiat in 2018. The café moved to Outram Park in 2022 and introduced delectable treats like the Level Up Kaya Toast, consisting of homemade kaya spread on milk bread, served with sous vide eggs and French butter. Alongside the café, Homeground also introduced the Playground – a brew bar where coffee enthusiasts could try their hand at brewing various coffees with a variety of equipment. While Homeground Coffee Roasters will be closing down, the roastery at Kim Chuan Drive as well as its online store will remain open. The owners also ensured patrons that this is not the end for the café, but rather the start of a new beginning as they work on realigning the Homeground brand to their new vision. To celebrate the closure with a bang, Homeground Coffee Roasters is currently collaborating with Bird Bird by Artichoke, and will be serving up delicious Thai food to pair with Homeground’s signature coffees. Stop by during lunch and dinner t

Sing’theatre’s Little Shop of Horrors delivers a gritty charm and stellar performances

Sing’theatre’s Little Shop of Horrors delivers a gritty charm and stellar performances

Most folks would probably know Little Shop of Horrors from the 1986 film, which was a musical-movie adaptation of the off-Broadway musical that was an adaptation of the 1960 film – whew, that was confusing. For those who are not familiar, Little Shop of Horrors follows the story of Seymour, a florist on Skid Row, whose discovery of a mysterious plant he names Audrey II after his crush, Audrey, brings newfound success to his struggling flower shop. However, as Audrey II has an insatiable appetite for human flesh, Seymour grapples with a moral dilemma: continue feeding the plant to maintain his prosperity, or find a way to stop its murderous rampage before it’s too late. It tells the timeless tale of ambition and desire in a comedic and engaging manner, offering catchy rock tunes with darker undertones. Songs like Feed Me capture this essence, with Audrey II justifying murder to Seymour amid an irresistibly snappy beat. Director TJ Taylor’s iteration largely embraces this juxtaposition, preserving the essence of the original Little Shop of Horrors. Photograph: Poh Yu Khing This production features a star-studded cast, featuring award-winning actor Andrew Marko as Seymour, powerhouse vocalist Vanessa Kee as Audrey, and founder of Honey Queen Production, Honey Gluttony, voicing Audrey II. TJ Taylor also takes on the role of Mr Mushnik – the very same role that initially propelled him into the world of musical theatre back in 2006. The cast embodies their characters in the best

UOB’s Lady’s Card celebrates its 35th anniversary with new benefits

UOB’s Lady’s Card celebrates its 35th anniversary with new benefits

There are three more long weekends this year, which is your cue to start planning a refreshing getaway from the city. And if you’re not yet playing the miles game, let us tell you that there’s nothing more satisfying than redeeming a free flight or upgrade. That’s where the UOB Lady’s Card comes in. One of the first lady’s cards in Southeast Asia, it’s now in its 35th year. To celebrate, UOB has relaunched the card with a fresh new design, new benefits, and exclusive regional deals – perfect for the shopaholic travellers among us. Earn up to 10 miles per dollar The new UOB Lady’s card has an attractively high earn rate. At baseline, you can earn up to 10x UNI$ (that’s about four miles per dollar) for every five dollars spent in your chosen rewards category, no minimum spend required. Categories include fashion, dining, travel, beauty, and more, and you’re free to change up your preferred category every quarter. Outside your rewards category, you still get UNI$1 for every five bucks spent. Here’s where things get supercharged. You can earn up to 25X UNI$ for every five dollars spent if you’re a UOB Lady’s Card holder and have a UOB Lady’s Savings Account – that’s equivalent to 10 miles per dollar. Basically, UOB rewards you with bonus UNI$ based on the monthly average balance in your savings account. You just need at least $10,000 saved, with more UNI$ bonus awarded the more you park in the account (see table below).  Photograph: UOB It's not just about the miles There are o

Mamamoo’s Hwasa will be performing in Singapore this June as part of her solo fan concert tour

Mamamoo’s Hwasa will be performing in Singapore this June as part of her solo fan concert tour

K-pop fans are in for a treat this year, with popular groups and artists like IU, NCT Dream, and Aespa scheduled to perform in Singapore. To add on to the ever-growing list of concerts happening on our sunny island, Hwasa will be performing at The Star Theatre on June 22, 2024, as part of her first fan concert tour, titled Twits – a nod to both her solo debut single and affectionate nickname for her fans.  The powerhouse vocalist first debuted as part of renowned girl group Mamamoo, where she gained popularity due to her unique vocals, spirited personality, and unwavering confidence. Since then, she has gone on to launch her solo career, with her debut single Twit topping South Korean Gaon’s (now known as Circle Chart) music charts in the top three categories – Gaon Digital, Gaon Download, and Gaon Streaming. Hwasa’s successful solo debut has also led her to win the esteemed Best Solo Artist Award at the Golden Disc Awards, and Best Dance Performance Solo at the Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA). Jam out to your favourite hits by Hwasa including Maria, Physical, and I Love My Body at Twits. Besides Singapore, the singer will also be performing in Seoul, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. Tickets are priced from $138 to $268, and will be available for purchase on April 19, 2024, at noon via Ticketmaster. READ MORE The best music concerts and festivals in SingaporeKorean singer-actress IU will be performing in Singapore as part of her H.E.R. World TourDecommissioned SMRT train carriage is bei

J-pop group Atarashii Gakko! will be performing in Singapore this June

J-pop group Atarashii Gakko! will be performing in Singapore this June

Fans of J-pop will have heard about Atarashii Gakko!, a new generation female group that subverts the stereotypical image of a girl group. Atarashii Gakko! will be embarking on their world tour, and beginning their Asia leg in Bangkok, followed by Hong Kong, Taipei, and Singapore.  Atarashii Gakko!, translated to “new school” in Japanese, defies the typical girl group image by sporting sailor uniforms with long skirts and pulled-up socks, similar to the style of Japanese students from the 70s and 80s. Their music breaks away from the conventional hyper-pop themes, instead blending modern J-pop with elements of rap, punk, and Showa-era kayokyoku. The group also choreographs their own dances, infusing Japanese butoh dance, heavy metal headbanging, and street dancing to create bold and expressive movements that have been captivating audiences. The group will be performing in Singapore at The Theatre at Mediacorp on June 29, 2024. To purchase tickets, you can sign up for Live Nation’s free membership and gain access to the exclusive presale happening on Thursday, March 21, 2024 from 2pm to 11.59pm. The general sale will be available from March 22, 2024, from 2pm onwards via Ticketmaster.  Find out more about Atarashii Gakko! and their upcoming concerts here. READ MORE The best music concerts and festivals in SingaporeSingapore Cable Car’s new futuristic SkyOrb Cabins to take guests from March 20Singapore Airlines’ premium economy class gets a boost with new dining options and ame

Universal Studios Singapore will be featuring a Naruto exhibition from next week onwards

Universal Studios Singapore will be featuring a Naruto exhibition from next week onwards

Set aside some money for a trip to Universal Studios Singapore as Naruto: The Gallery will be making its global debut starting next week, March 28 2024. This exhibition is in line with Naruto’s 20th anniversary, and allows fans to experience the evolution of the beloved anime series first hand. Naruto: The Gallery will bring to life the iconic world of shinobi (ninja) created by Masashi Kishimoto, and feature a miniature recreation of Konohagakure, as well as exclusive video works of iconic scenes from Naruto. There will also be a photo booth at the end of the exhibition for fans to take pictures with the iconic Naruto characters. Official merchandise will be sold alongside the exhibition, including the 20th anniversary collection of tin badges, tote bags, and furoshiki (wrapping cloths). You can also chow down on Naruto-themed food at the special pop-up Naruto: The Gallery Café located at KT’s Grill. Expect to find dishes like Naruto’s favourite Ichiraku ramen, and Sasuke’s fire meatballs on the menu. The exhibition will be running from March 28 to June 30 2024 from 11am to 6pm, and will be included with regular admission to Universal Studios Singapore. You can find out more about Naruto: The Gallery and purchase your tickets at Resorts World Sentosa’s website. READ MORE J-pop group Atarashii Gakko! will be performing in Singapore this JuneFamous Naples pizzeria L’antica Pizzeria de Michele to open in Singapore next month Warm weather and thundery showers expected for the re

You can still get tickets to Taylor Swift’s The Eras Tour in Singapore – here’s how

You can still get tickets to Taylor Swift’s The Eras Tour in Singapore – here’s how

Taylor Swift’s The Eras Tour has been the talk of the town since last week, and it’s difficult to feel excited when you’re one of the few who did not manage to procure tickets for any of the six shows. While we cannot guarantee that you will be able to snag a pair of tickets to The Eras Tour, we have compiled a list of ongoing giveaways to increase your chances of going to the concert. Don’t worry, the giveaways listed here are by reputable organisations, so there’s no harm in trying your luck. Frame Kicks Giveaway Football fans would know of Frame Kicks, a shop where you can get framed jersey print of your favourite football player. In celebration of Taylor Swift dating a football player (albeit a different kind of football), the store is currently giving away a pair of CAT 2 tickets for her last show on March 9. To join, simply follow the official Frame Kicks Instagram account and tag a friend. Additionally, purchasing any item from Frame Kicks will grant you 50 additional entries – all you have to do is include your Instagram handle when checking out. The giveaway will close on March 7, 12pm, and winners will be announced the next day. Find out more about the giveaway here. Make a donation through Giving.sg and stand a chance to win a pair of tickets You may have seen this giveaway floating around on social media, where Singaporean Leon Qiu announced that he would be giving away a pair of VIP 1 tickets to Taylor Swift’s March 8 concert. To participate in this giveaway, al

Check out the largest Taylor Swift event in Singapore: a three hour sing-along session held at Jewel Changi Airport

Check out the largest Taylor Swift event in Singapore: a three hour sing-along session held at Jewel Changi Airport

With Taylor Swift coming to Singapore as part of the Eras Tour in two weeks, Swifties have begun preparing for the concert, whether it’s shopping for concert outfits or crafting friendship bracelets to trade. Add another event to your list of things to do, as Jewel Changi Airport will be hosting the largest Taylor Swift event in Singapore with beJEWELed, a tribute night dedicated to the famous pop star’s greatest hits. The event will feature an opening performance by MADDspace, followed by a three hour sing-along session led by singer and avid Swiftie Joie Tan and local band 53A, performing classics like “Love Story”, “Blank Space”, and of course, “Bejeweled”. Take advantage of this session to practise the concert fanchants and interact with fellow Swifties. beJEWELed honours the bracelet-trading tradition by providing an exclusive Changi Airport Group friendship bracelet to every attendee, as well as an additional packet of beads for you to craft your own bracelet. Fans travelling between February 15 to March 15 can enjoy $22 off upon spending $79 or 22% off a minimum spend of $198.90 on iShopChangi using the promotion codes STYLE22 and FEELING22 respectively. Additionally, you can also enjoy 40% off beauty products, wines, and spirits when shopping at The Shilla Duty Free and Lotte Duty Free. Ticket holders for any concert held at either Singapore Indoor Stadium or National Stadium can also claim Jewel shopping and attraction vouchers from the Level 1 Jewel Concierge Counte

Marina Bay Sands celebrates Taylor Swift’s upcoming concerts with a special light and water show, and The Eras Tour trail

Marina Bay Sands celebrates Taylor Swift’s upcoming concerts with a special light and water show, and The Eras Tour trail

Singaporeans can expect a flurry of activity this week as thousands of Swifties prepare for Taylor Swift’s The Eras Tour that will be kicking off this Saturday. Regardless of whether they have tickets for any of the six performances, fans are celebrating the famous popstar by hosting pre-concert parties, making friendship bracelets, and even Jewel Changi Airport has joined in on the festivities by hosting a three-hour sing-along session where Swifties can belt out their favourite tracks on Taylor Swift’s discography. Given that Marina Bay Sands is the official Presenting Sponsor for The Eras Tour, it’s unsurprising that they are organising various events to celebrate the upcoming concerts. This includes the special promotion that was released last November, featuring ticket packages inclusive of a two-night stay at the esteemed hotel and even a limousine ride to the National Stadium. As a way to get Swifties excited for The Eras Tour, Marina Bay Sands will be transforming into an enchanting wonderland for all things Taylor Swift, paying tribute to the singer-songwriter’s amazing career so far.  Photograph: Daniel Iskandar Starting February 28, fans can embark on a visual narrative of Swift’s musical journey at The Eras Tour Trail, located at select areas of The Shoppes and Sands Expo & Convention Centre. These installations will feature her 10 iconic eras, such as an enchanting carriage representing Speak Now, and a replica of the Look What You Made Me Do throne from reput

Avoid the post-concert crowd after Taylor Swift’s The Eras Tour with these alternative transportation options

Avoid the post-concert crowd after Taylor Swift’s The Eras Tour with these alternative transportation options

As Taylor Swift’s The Eras Tour approaches, many worry over the huge crowd that will descend upon Stadium MRT once the concert ends. Given the overwhelming congestion witnessed after Coldplay’s and Ed Sheeran’s concerts, several shuttle services have emerged to provide an alternative mode of transportation post-concert. Free Grab shuttles Grab is back with its free shuttle service after a successful run during Coldplay’s concerts in January, and will be offering concertgoers a free ride from the National Stadium to four MRT stations for all six nights of The Eras Tour. The shuttle service will run once the concert ends, and arrive in 15-minute intervals, presumably until midnight. Due to the large number of attendees, Grab will be providing more buses to ensure a smoother journey, and will ply two routes: Stadium to Redhill MRT to Jurong East MRT Stadium to Boon Keng MRT to Toa Payoh MRT To get to the shuttle buses, head to Gate 14 at the National Stadium to get to pick-up point A. You can also check the Grab app for photo and text directions to the pick-up point. Shuttle buses will pick up concertgoers on a first-come-first-served basis, and will only depart when the bus is full. Grab will also be giving out $5 vouchers off your next ride when you sing a line from your favourite Taylor Swift song. Quantities are limited, so be sure to hurry to the pick-up point after the concert to claim your voucher. Convenient shuttles starting from $13 Coldplay concert-goers are probabl

Taylor Swift’s merchandise is the most sought-after in Singapore

Taylor Swift’s merchandise is the most sought-after in Singapore

It probably comes as no surprise that Taylor Swift’s merchandise is currently the most sought- after in Singapore, especially since the famous singer-songwriter will be wrapping up her Australian leg of the Eras Tour soon and making her way to our sandy shores next week. You can expect to see Swifties lining up outside of National Stadium starting from March 2 – and if it’s not to get the best spot at the standing pit, it’s to get their hands on the official Eras Tour merchandise. According to Merchant Machine, which analyses consumer search data to uncover the most popular merchandise in each country, Taylor Swift currently ranks number one in Singapore and in eight other countries including the U.S., Canada, and the Philippines. If we look at the rest of the world, K-pop reigns supreme – renowned K-pop group BTS’s merchandise is the most sought-after in 30 countries, with Youtuber Disguised Toast and soloist Harry Styles coming in at second and third place respectively. The Eras Tour merchandise list for Singapore has yet to be announced, but drawing from merch lists from Tokyo and Australia, Swifties can expect to purchase T-shirts, three different types of hoodies, and even a bracelet with 12 gems representing all her albums up till Midnights (including Fearless TV and Red TV). There is also a canvas tapestry with the official Eras Tour design on it, making it the perfect wall hanging for any Swiftie’s bedroom. Which piece of merch are you hoping to get at the Eras Tour?