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Time In: the best things to do at home

Being stuck at home doesn't have to be a bore with our guide to the best thing you can do from your living room couch

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During this 'circuit breaker' period where we all do our part and stay home, you can still immerse yourself in the best things to do, food and drink, art and culture and music and entertainment Singapore and the world have to offer. Time In Singapore is our comprehensive guide to how to pass your days at home while supporting local businesses who need our love now more than ever.

We've put together the best live streams to keep you entertained in the living room; restaurants, bars and hawkers that'll save you from cooking yet another packet of instant noodles in the kitchen; local theatre performances and gigs to catch plus a whole host of inspiration to read from your bedroom. Spend Time In with us, as recommended by our Time Out editors.

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The essentials

Things you need to know about Singapore's 'circuit breaker' measures
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Things you need to know about Singapore's 'circuit breaker' measures

On Friday, April 3, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong addressed the nation to say that the government is introducing new 'circuit breaker' measures in order to slow the community spread of Covid-19. The resounding message: stay at home and leave only for essential services. But what exactly is an essential service? Can we still go outside? And how often? There's still a lot of uncertainty over what we can and can't do from now till May 5 when the measure are hopefully lifted if everyone does their part. The rules are also constantly changing so let us help clear the air and break down Singapore's new restrictions for you. RECOMMENDED 8 things you can do to help your community right now

Your 28-day plan to getting through the circuit breaker
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Your 28-day plan to getting through the circuit breaker

The new ‘circuit breaker’ measures were first introduced on April 3 in a bid to curb community spread. In other words: stay at home and leave only for essential services such as grocery shopping. If you’re reading this now, chances are you’ve been working from home or staying in.  But if the thought of spending another day endlessly scrolling through social media is too much to bear, then it’s time to shake up your stay home routine. Whether you’re working from home or practising social distancing, make the most of your free time with fun and productive activities, as well as other great ways of supporting local businesses and bringing people together despite the distance. Here's your day-by-day plan to get through this. RECOMMENDED: Things you need to know about Singapore’s ‘circuit breaker’ measures

How to build the perfect home bar according to the experts

How to build the perfect home bar according to the experts

Everything you need to know to build the perfect home bar, from essential bottles to recipes and tips from local bartenders

Everything you need to know about face masks in Singapore
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Everything you need to know about face masks in Singapore

To mask or not to mask? Until recently, that was the question many people had about covering up their faces in public. But in light of people possibly spreading germs even without showing signs of illness, the government now recommends that we wear masks to keep our droplets to ourselves. But which mask should we be using? How do I wear one properly? And where can I purchase them? Are they even in stock? We answer all your burning questions.  RECOMMENDED: #Savefnbsg: Restaurants in Singapore with delivery and takeaway options and donate your extra masks to front-line workers at these drop-off points

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Things to do at home

Upcoming live streams to enjoy from home
Things to do

Upcoming live streams to enjoy from home

While events and venues closed in accordance with Government regulations the virtual sphere welcomes everyone with open arms. Organisations, artists and other individuals are going online via the many streaming services to host live sessions of DJ sets, intimate gigs, dance performances, cooking classes, and film watch parties. You can even observe the wildlife in real-time via animal webcams from your oh-so-comfy couch too. RECOMMENDED: The best local podcasts to listen in Singapore and the latest events postponed or cancelled in Singapore

The best online games to play with your friends
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The best online games to play with your friends

Just because you and your best buds live miles apart, doesn't mean you can't have any fun while self-isolating at home. Turn up the fun-o-meter in your next digital gathering by challenging your friends to an online game. Plan virtual game nights with multiplayer apps ranging from quizzes and charades to wordplay and races – you don't have to leave your bed for a friendly competition. Make it even more fun by turning on your webcams and join in on a group video call for everyone's reactions and commentaries. RECOMMENDED: The best board and card games to play in Singapore and your 28-day plan to get through the circuit breaker

The best board and card games to play in Singapore
Things to do

The best board and card games to play in Singapore

Nothing makes or breaks friendships quite like board and card games. The heat is on the minute the cards are drawn, the dice are rolled, and someone on the table shouts (or swears). Everyone feels engaged, invested, creative – anything but bored (pun intended). It’s also a healthy antidote for those looking to decrease screen time. Swap your fancy consoles with tabletop games that come with a twist. Whether you’re into guessing or strategy games, make every night game night with these playful titles from Singapore and beyond will keep you busy and entertained for hours. RECOMMENDED: The best novels by local authors to read right now and the best local films to stream online

The best online classes to take in Singapore
Things to do

The best online classes to take in Singapore

Now that we're all staying home, we've got more time on our hands to upgrade our skills, learn new languages, pick up a paintbrush, or even start dabbling in new age practices. With various classes available all over the internet, the sky is the limit when it comes to acquiring knowledge. Whether you're thinking of picking up practical skills like how to manage your finances or learning a new art form, here are some online courses you can take. RECOMMENDED: Cool ideas for the living room and common Singlish words you need to know to speak like a local 

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Food and drink delivery

#Savefnbsg: The ultimate guide to delivery and takeaway options in Singapore
Restaurants

#Savefnbsg: The ultimate guide to delivery and takeaway options in Singapore

Eating is our national pastime. But with the ongoing circuit breaker measures, dining out won't be a possibility for the next month. Thankfully, takeaway options are still available – So if you’re not in the mood to cook, or eat another cup of instant noodles, these top restaurants in Singapore provide great, convenient options for you to have your meals delivered or to-go.  Recommended: How to support Singapore's restaurants and bars during COVID-19 and Singapore's restaurants come together to donate meals for healthcare workers

Hawkers in Singapore with delivery options
Restaurants

Hawkers in Singapore with delivery options

The new 'circuit breaker' measures are in full swing, which means that we can no longer chope a table using a tissue packet at Amoy Food Centre or share a bowl of mala xiang guo at People’s Park Food Centre. But thankfully, we can still get our local street food fix; hawker centres remain open for takeaway – and some even have delivery options. If you'd like to support your favorite hawker, check out this list, or read our story on the ‘Hawkers United - Dabao 2020’ Facebook group where people are banding together to keep Singapore's hawker culture alive. RECOMMENDED: Restaurants in Singapore with delivery and takeaway options

Bars in Singapore offering cocktail takeaway and delivery
Bars and pubs

Bars in Singapore offering cocktail takeaway and delivery

While we practise responsible social distancing, we can still enjoy a tipple or two from our favourite local bars. While all bars are closed till May 4 30, some are offering bottled cocktails and beers to-go to help tide you through the 'circuit breaker' period. So for days where you're craving a stiff drink (we could all use one during this period), support your local watering hole by getting some tipples to-go or delivered. Are you a bar owner affected by the new measures? Reach out to us at contact.tosg@timeout.com with your takeaway options. RECOMMENDED: The best food delivery services in Singapore

9 initiatives in Singapore you can support to help #savefnbsg
Restaurants

9 initiatives in Singapore you can support to help #savefnbsg

With the implementation of stricter social distancing measures, our local food and beverage (F&B) industry, like most businesses, is suffering. Beyond just keeping us well-fed, the F&B industry also an important part of our local culture, be it the hawkers keeping time-honoured traditions alive or the innovative bartenders putting Singapore on the world map. The latest social distancing measures have threatened the livelihood of many F&B operators, restauranteurs, café owners, and hawkers, leaving them at risk of shuttering permanently. But we can help, even as we stay at home and continue to practise social distancing. From championing small local businesses to purchasing gift vouchers, these are some local initiatives that anyone can easily get behind to #savefnbsg. RECOMMENDED: How to support Singapore's restaurants and bars during COVID-19

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Da bao diaries

Da Bao Diaries: Sri Lankan food by Rishi Naleendra, the chef behind Cloudstreet and Cheek Bistro
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Da Bao Diaries: Sri Lankan food by Rishi Naleendra, the chef behind Cloudstreet and Cheek Bistro

Welcome to Da Bao Diaries, a daily column dedicated to what Time Out Singapore's editors are eating and drinking while Singapore's 'circuit breaker' measures are in place till May 4. Da bao is a Singaporean colloquialism derived from Mandarin that refers to having a meal to go instead of dining in at an establishment. In case you haven't heard, Rishi Naleendra, the chef behind the gorgeous Cloudstreet and Michelin-starred Cheek Bistro is back at it again. This time, he's digging deep into his roots to bring us Kotuwa, a Sri Lankan restaurant that was meant to open at the revamped Wanderlust Hotel. Unfortunately, the project has been put on pause, but that hasn't stopped Rishi and his team from offering us a taste of his heritage.  The kitchen of Cloudstreet is bubbling with curries and excitement. Kotuwa has taken over the space for the time being, offering pick-up and delivery to those eager to have a first taste. For many of us living in Singapore, Sri Lankan cuisine is a novelty found only in the homes of those who cook it or that one hawker stall at Tekka Market which offers a selection of dishes (Raja Bojun Sri Lankan Food, check it out if you can). Kotuwa offers an introduction and an education, presenting us dishes like chicken kottu ($20), a popular street food of chopped flatbread, chicken and vegetables fried in spices – think of it as nasi goreng, but instead of rice, it's fried with shreds of roti prata. Then there are the curries. The dahl ($8) is possibly the be

Da Bao Diaries: Beef rib mee rebus from Yunos & Family
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Da Bao Diaries: Beef rib mee rebus from Yunos & Family

Welcome to Da Bao Diaries, a daily column dedicated to what Time Out Singapore's editors are eating and drinking while Singapore's 'circuit breaker' measures are in place till May 4. Da bao is a Singaporean colloquialism derived from Mandarin that refers to having a meal to go instead of dining in at an establishment. It has been three weeks since we've been working from home and choosing what to da bao is getting harder. I've ticked off the list of local staples like chicken rice, wonton mee and fishball noodles but when Yunos & Family announced that it was going to do islandwide delivery, it made decision making a little easier.  There are four signature dishes on the menu, mee rebus ($3), mee soto ($3), gado-gado ($3.50) and satay ($0.60/stick). The mee rebus is one of the best I've had in Singapore. Springy egg noodles are covered in a thick gravy that is spicy, sweet and savoury all at once and makes for very good comfort food. And since we're staying home, it only seems appropriate.   Photograph: Delfina Utomo   At Yunos & Family, the magic happens when you customise your dish. The stall has an extensive list of meats on the menu that you can add to your bowl. Want satay or even ribs with your mee rebus? Go for it. I ordered mine with beef ribs ($6) and a begedil (potato patty). Everything is packed separately so don't have to worry about your noodles getting too soggy or the gravy turning watery. Just a heads up – slurping up this dish is a sloppy mess so step away

Da bao diaries: gourmet pies from Extra Virgin Pizza
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Da bao diaries: gourmet pies from Extra Virgin Pizza

Welcome to Da Bao Diaries, a daily column dedicated to what Time Out Singapore's editors are eating and drinking while Singapore's 'circuit breaker' measures are in place till May 4. Da bao is a Singaporean colloquialism derived from Mandarin that refers to having a meal to go instead of dining in at an establishment. Even before delivery platforms were a thing, we could always count on pizza delivery for food in a pinch – especially for big groups. But these days, it isn't just the big pizza chains offering fresh pies straight to your door, you can also get artisanal creations from the likes of Extra Virgin Pizza delivered too. Each pie is handmade to order and there are nine different toppings to choose from. I went with the Roasted Shrooms ($27), which comes covered in béchamel sauce, roasted mushrooms, caramelized onions, mozzarella and pecorino cheese and a drizzle of truffle oil. It ended up being my favourite of the bunch as the sweet onions provide contrast against the salty cheese and the truffle oil amplifies the earthiness of the roasted mushrooms. I also tried the Pepper Pig ($30) a tomato-based pizza smothered in pepperoni, pork sausage and guanciale, which makes for a saltier and more savoury pie and the more subtle Shellfish Love ($28), a white pizza with clams, squid and prawns with juicy bursts from roasted cherry tomatoes. My dad, who usually only subsists on a diet of local food, happily wiped out all the hot wings ($19), leaving only the veggie sticks behi

Da Bao Diaries: Bundt by The Backyard Bakers
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Da Bao Diaries: Bundt by The Backyard Bakers

Welcome to Da Bao Diaries, a daily column dedicated to what Time Out Singapore's editors are eating and drinking while Singapore's 'circuit breaker' measures are in place till May 4. Da bao is a Singaporean colloquialism derived from Mandarin that refers to having a meal to go instead of dining in at an establishment. There’s been word going around social media that this small bakery in Clarke Quay churns out brownies soooo good that people wake up at the crack of dawn (6am to be exact) just to join the queue to get some. Insane? Probably. But it definitely has my interest.  Prior to the ‘circuit breaker’ measures, Bundt by The Backyard Bakers sold its brownies individually. Those willing to brave the queue would stand in line long before the bakery opened its door just to get some of that freshly baked stuff. But now, to help reduce the crowd and waiting time, the bakery only sells the brownies in pre-packed bags of 12 pieces ($68.40). Just grab, pay, and be on your way.  Photograph: Fabian Loo 12? But isn’t that too many? Trust me, it's not. Because every single brownie – you get two of each flavour – is just so darn good. Each fudge-y square is a dense, decadent treat. It might come with a middle of salty peanut butter (crunchy, if you were wondering), or baked with Valrhona Dulcey sprinkled with flaky sea salt. It might also, depending on your luck, come studded with rum-soaked raisins or topped with crunchy macadamia. The only problem you’ll find with this bag full of

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Shop and support

Where to shop for your groceries online in Singapore
Shopping

Where to shop for your groceries online in Singapore

With the new circuit breaker measures kicking in tomorrow (April 6), everyone is encouraged to stay at home as much as possible. And while supermarkets and grocery stores are considered essential services and will remain open throughout the month, those looking to stay extra vigilant (or just feeling slightly lazy) can choose to have their groceries delivered straight to the doorstep thanks to these online stores. Just remember to buy only what you need – we’ve got a robust supply chain and a healthy stockpile of items in Singapore so you definitely do not need that extra roll of toilet paper. RECOMMENDED: The best gourmet grocery stores in Singapore and the best shops for plastic-free grocery shopping in Singapore

The guide to indoor plants in Singapore
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The guide to indoor plants in Singapore

For every high-rise building or skyscraper we have in Singapore, there is some greenery in the form of a park or a row of trees. Integrating verdant landscapes into a metropolis setting has put us on the map. Let’s stretch this even further by letting in some nature to our personal space. Not only does it lend a pop of colour to the room, these magical living (and breathing) green things clean the air so you can breathe easy. RECOMMENDED: The best farms in Singapore and 8 easy steps to live more sustainably in Singapore

Where to order an indoor gardening kit in Singapore
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Where to order an indoor gardening kit in Singapore

As much as staying at home is the socially responsible thing to do, there’s only that many Netflix shows you can binge. We get it, the trees and open spaces are calling out to you. But short of going out of your house, you can bring pockets of green to your home with these easy indoor gardening kits by local companies. And as an added bonus, after a couple of months, you get to enjoy the fruits of your labour. RECOMMENDED: The guide to indoor plants in Singapore and the best farms in Singapore

Bookstores that deliver to your doorstep in Singapore
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Bookstores that deliver to your doorstep in Singapore

Bookstores may not be considered an 'essential' need under circuit breaker rules, but reading will always be an essential part of life. Stay in with a good book and catch up with well-loved bestsellers, intriguing thrillers, heady romance novels or get to know some of Singapore's best. Shop from these bookstores that provide delivery and make your days indoors much more enriching.  RECOMMENDED: Bubble tea spots that offer delivery in Singapore and the best gyms in Singapore with online workouts  

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Get fit

The best gyms in Singapore with online workouts
Sport and fitness

The best gyms in Singapore with online workouts

We get it – exercise is important but that shouldn't mean crowding our local parks. Instead, try working out from home, all you have to do its lift your booty off the couch and get your body moving. If you need some guidance, a handful of local gyms have started streaming live workouts and posting online exercises, so you can get sweating in the comfort, and safety, of your own home. Plus, there’s no need to fight for the shower once you're done – that's always a plus. RECOMMENDED: The best cycling trails in Singapore and the best hiking trails in Singapore

The beginners guide to meditation
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The beginners guide to meditation

With an increased focus on wellness, more people are turning to meditation for a safe space amidst the current chaos. For good reason too, since it has been hailed to reduce stress, increase calmness and clarity, and promote happiness. It has also been linked to productivity. Singapore is home to a few notable meditation centres the likes of Kadampa Meditation Centre and Nirvana Mind, known for their experienced teachers who will help you in your quest to achieve a state of zen. Not to mention yoga studios like House of Ascend and Yoga School Singapore, who offer mindfulness meditation classes so students can pair them with their yoga practice.  However, with the current 'circuit breaker' measures implemented by PM Lee, you'll have to practise on your own for now. The best thing about it is that you can meditate anytime and anywhere. If you're a beginner, we've got you covered with our basic tips and app recommendations that can help you form a daily mindful meditation habit.  RECOMMENDED: Barry's Singapore is streaming workouts for free and the best gyms in Singapore with online workouts

Culture from your couch

The best virtual art exhibitions to explore from your couch
Art

The best virtual art exhibitions to explore from your couch

Trying to find something to keep you occupied while in self-isolation? Hey, you don't have to watch endless series on Netflix if you don't want to. Did you know that you can explore virtually every major museum in the world online? That's made possible with the existence of online platform Google Arts and Culture and local virtual tour companies like Haroko Studio, as well as online exhibitions hosted by the galleries themselves. Culture vultures can now feed their minds without even leaving their couch.  RECOMMENDED: The best local movies to stream online and novels by local authors to read right now 

Arts and crafts you can learn at home
Art

Arts and crafts you can learn at home

Whether you're an aspiring or established artist, one thing is for sure: it never hurts to grow your creative skillset. Don't get us wrong, you don't have to be the next Pablo Picasso and get everything perfect. All you need to do is get your creative juices flowing. After all, art is known to have numerous benefits for your mental health – such as alleviating stress. With time on our sleeve's now's a good time to learn a new art skill and create from home. Don't know where to start? We break down some art forms you can learn from home and point you to the right resources.  RECOMMENDED: Nikon is offering free online photography courses and the best online courses to take

The best live streams and online initiatives by local theatre groups
Theatre

The best live streams and online initiatives by local theatre groups

Need your dose of culture while lounging about at home? Luckily for us, there are various online initiatives by local theatre companies to keep us entertained – from online watch parties, to virtual theatrical experiences, and even Instagram book readings. While most live streaming and online initiatives are available to anyone for free, do consider supporting your favourite theatre companies if you enjoyed them. You can do this by donating or buying merchandise. RECOMMENDED: Festivals, performances and art go online with support from the new Digitalisation Fund

The talented local poets you need on your bookshelves
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The talented local poets you need on your bookshelves

Singapore is home to some of the most talented literary figures in Southeast Asia. Of course, in a city with a rich tapestry of ethnicities, languages and cultures, you can also discover authors, poets and novelists of different backgrounds and experiences. But there's a common theme: each of them encapsulates life in the Lion City perfectly. The next time you're at the bookstore, keep a lookout for books by some of our favourite local poets.  RECOMMENDED: Interview with Amanda Lee Koe and the most stunning public libraries in Singapore

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