Every Singaporean girl knows the struggle of having excessive oily skin and flaky, dry lips because of Singapore’s summer-all-year-round weather. That’s why it’s always important to keep a lip balm with you everywhere you go.
For smoother and plumper lips, do yourself a favour and try Lip Ice’s Strawberry Lipbalm ($7.90). This one’s my personal favourite just because it’s tinted and gives my lips a natural pinkish colour. It glides on my lips really effortlessly, leaving them moisturized and creamy.
It’s packed with natural ingredients like Shea Butter, Macadamia Nut Oil and Aloe Vera Oil Extract and it’s super cheap as well! Go get yourself one today and do something good for your lips!
It’s no doubt that unhealthy food ismore accessible and pocket-friendly as opposed to healthier food options. This can get frustrating especially when you’re trying oh-so-hard to adopt a healthier lifestyle. That’s why I was beyond thrilled when I first chanced upon Absolute Acai.
Although they’re not the first eatery to serve acai bowls in Singapore, what makes this place stand out from the rest is how you can customize yourown bowl ($5 - $10) exactly how you like it. Plus, they’re generous with the toppings too - which makes for a very satisfying mouthful with every scoop. The blended acai puree goes so well with the granola that I can down the small bowl in less than 3 minutes - yes, it is that good!
Today, even with the rise of online streaming sites that allow us to catch the latest movies or binge watch our favourite tv series, nothing beats watching a movie in a cinema. Unfortunately, it’s almost impossible to purchase a movie ticket without spending more than $10 (not unless you’re a student). It’s almost hard to believe that movie tickets used to cost just $2 back in the 70s.
Thankfully, we’re now able to experience for ourselves how it’s like to watch movie screenings under the stars - for FREE. Movie Mob, also known as Singapore’s first free drive-in cinema, screens pop up at different locations fortnightly.
All you have to do is park your car at the designated area, grab some snacks and you’re good to go! If you don’t own a car, simply just bring along a picnic mat and you’ll get to enjoy a movie under the stars just like the good ol’ days.
Let’s face it: It’s almost impossible to achieve dewy skin without looking greasy especially in Singapore’s searing weather. Argabody’s Argan Oil helps to moisturize your face and alleviate dry skin - it treats acne as well.
It comes in a little, dark amber coloured glass bottle which is perfect because you can bring it with you anywhere - so go ahead and treat yourself to a bottle of Argabody’s 30ml Argan Oil ($33.50) and leave your skin looking radiant the entire day. It may seem a tad pricey for a small bottle, but the results are worth every single cent.
Ladies, if you can’t leave home without applying mascara, you might want to consider going for an eyelash perm instead. We're all too familiar with the never-ending struggle of applying mascara: It curls and volumises lashes beautifully, but application can get messy - with the less skilled ones among us often ending up with smudges on our lids.Your eyes are essentially your greatest asset and they’re, afterall, the first thing most people notice about you.
One Stop Salon offers the safest and simplest method of perming your lashes for only $20 and their offer ends this July! Not only does it save you from spending a fortune on quality mascara, but it can also cut the amount of time you spend getting ready in the morning. Just book an appointment to get your lashes permed, and you won’t ever have to use an eyelash curler and apply mascara just to get your eyes poppin’!
Many Indian restaurants serve Cheese Naan and Butter Chicken but naan of them will ever top Ameen Makan House.
You can cop their Cheese Naan for only $3.50, which means that you can get about 2 servings without breaking your $10 note! If you really need to get your Indian food fix at 4am in the morning, then this place is perfect because it’s open till late!
Their soft and fragrant Cheese Naan can be eaten on its own but it’s best paired with their reasonably priced signature Butter Chicken ($8) - which ticks all the right boxes in the flavour department.
If you have oily skin like me, you’d know that it takes almost a village of skincare products to even out your natural oils and prevent clogged pores… until I discovered this amazing clay mask.
Sand and Sky Australian Pink Clay Mask is beyond amazing. Here’s why: when you purchase the product, it’ll come with a little brush which is a huge game changer for me because not only is it more hygienic, it gives me a more even coverage too!
I personally love using a mask that gives this tingling sensation and tightens my face. My skin got instantly pillow-soft and smoother after just one application. It is probably the only mask I’ve tried thus far that leaves my skin mattified and relatively breakout-free. It’s cruelty-free!
If you’re an adventurous person like me, you’ll know the struggle of planning for an eventful outing gets increasingly difficult overtime. Thankfully, we have a new massive indoor trampoline park - BOUNCE Singapore, that’ll feed your hunger for adrenaline.
This 24,000 square feet arena caters to everybody - from kids to adults! BOUNCE Singapore is also a superb cardio workout that’ll send your calorie burning through the roof.
If you’re feeling extra gutsy, go ahead and defy gravity at the Leap of Faith where you’ll have to jump off from a raised platform and attempt to catch hold of the grab bag. Finally, if you’d like a little competition, challenge yourself at their very own mini Ninja-Warrior like obstacle course.
If you’re looking for a quiet place to watch the world pass you by, one where you can lounge and spend long hours in, The Book Cafe is definitely the place to be. The cafe is located away from the hustle and bustle of the city, making this an ideal spot for you to take a break from your daily grind.
This cosy nook is perfect for a quiet catch-up with friends or with a book, complete with accessible free WiFi and electrical power points; making this the ideal spot for a comfy study sesh with some friends without having to worry about your laptops running out of juice. If you’re a bookworm, you’d know there’s nothing better than having a comfy hideout like this with an endless range of reading materials.
While you’re there, skip the mains and go straight for their desserts. Their Traditional Apple Pie ($5.95) did not disappoint at all. Imagine soft and chewy apple bits within the sugary and crispy crust with some chocolate sauce drizzled on the side. Although they serve some pretty sinful sweet treats, I personally love coming here for the ambience. So if you want to spend some quiet “me” time, go ahead and unwind your afternoon away.
For first-time clubbers, Attica is a good foray into the clubbing scene as it is not too rabak. With its velvet sofas and standing tables just inches away from the dance floor, Attica is all about having fun in a relaxed manner. The crowd there is made up of people from a wide age demographic. As such, you’d rarely hear of fights happening here.
If you’re a student, keep a special look out for their Facebook page as they regularly have student nights which entitles you for a free entry into Attica and two drink coupons.
Bear in mind, Attica is infamous for their long queues so I would recommend that clubbers come earlier to avoid disappointment. After all, it’s better to wait inside the club than to wait outside of it.
If you’re a fan of Japanese and Western pop culture, the annual Singapore Toy, Game & Comic Convention is definitely for you. Every year, the convention is graced by the presence of heavyweights from these industries. Past guests include comics illustrator Adam Hughes, voice actor Tomokazu Sugita and writer Nick Spencer.
Besides the guest panels, do check out the various merchandise booths if you’re looking to score some limited edition memorabilia. Unleash your inner geek by taking photos with the throng of cosplayers or even better, cosplay at the convention itself.
I would definitely recommend purchasing online tickets prior to the event as the crowd for onsite tickets can get intense. Speaking of crowd control, it is one of the areas of improvement for STGCC as there have been instances of large bottlenecks due to poorly drawn out lines.
ToG has successfully carved a niche for itself by being one of the very few gaming stores that also imports manga, figurines and other toy products; making it a one-stop haven for nerds. The customer service provided is impeccable with ToG constantly going out of their way to locate rare manga volumes for customers who require them.
Thankfully, their products are reasonably priced. I would recommend keeping a watchful eye on their Facebook page for flash deals on their console games.
One downside,however, is that most of their new products tend to sell out faster which makes it imperative for customers to pre-order their items before heading over to the store.
If I could describe Eatigo in one word, it would be ‘godsend’. For those who are unfamiliar with the app, Eatigo is a food app which provides massive discounts for its users whenever they make a reservation at participating restaurants. Mind you, these discounts are massive with some even reaching 50% off. The app also rewards regular users by awarding them movie tickets and vouchers.
The app now has over 100 participating merchants such as Swensens, Sarpino’s and Suki-Ya; providing something for every palate. Thankfully, it comes with a simple interface so that users will not be overwhelmed by the wide range of choices.
With all these perks, Eatigo is truly the must-have app for every smartphone.
Living in Singapore, it is hard to find delicious and authentic Thai food for a reasonable (read: low) price. Thankfully, Siam Kitchen fills the gap by providing customers just that, especially when used together with the Eatigo app.
Highly recommended menu items include the grilled butterfly chicken ($8.50 after discount) and mango sticky rice ($4 after discount). The butterfly chicken is grilled to perfection; leaving a slightly charred skin with tender flesh. The rice is sweet and filling, complementing the tartness of the mango.
So if you’re ever craving some authentic Thai food and don’t want to break the piggy bank while doing so, Siam Kitchen is definitely a place to check out!
From its superior sound system, comfy sofas, flashy lighting and wide selection of songs, Cash Studio has positioned itself as the go-to place for karaoke lovers. Any self-respecting KTV establishment would find it wise to emulate the high standards set here.
For J-music aficionados, Cash Studio remains the sole provider of DAM machines in Singapore; a system that allows users to select from a wide range of Japanese songs by inputting codes.
The only factor preventing me from giving this place a full 5 stars is its relatively high price which can reach $20/person, depending on the room chosen and hours used.
Don’t get me wrong; I love horror and all things supernatural. This is why the very first iteration of “USS Halloween Horror Nights” in 2011 holds a special place in my heart. For the first time ever, I could get up close with ghosts and monsters and scream my lungs out.
Fast forward 6 years and 3 Halloween Horror Nights later, perhaps the novelty has worn off for me. The problem lies in the fact that once you’ve been to one Horror Night, you’ve been to all. There is little differentiation between each iteration that even a brand new haunted house feels strangely familiar to me. Not only that, the event is plagued with long queues with waiting times for some houses reaching even 1.5 hours.
However, I will admit that the strength of the event lies in its strong production values and good acting from the scarers. This makes “Halloween Horror Nights” something that all Singaporeans should visit once. Just once.
Afterwit prides itself as “an indie cafe serving Mexican-infused fare”. After visiting the cafe and trying out its menu, I can safely say that it has delivered on both its promises.
Once you’ve stepped into the cafe, you’ll find yourselves surrounded by all things Mexican from its Spanish movie posters to its wooden stools and tin cans. The food itself is superb. For those with a sweet tooth, I would highly recommend the Maple Smoked Duck Burrito ($18) as the sweetness of the maple syrup enhances the tenderness of the duck meat, without overpowering the entire dish.
The drinks menu is another thing of beauty as the menu itself is arranged to resemble a periodic table; with certain colours indicating the type of drink it is. I would recommend the Sangria ($7) as it instantly refreshes you. So if you’re ever in the mood for some Mexican cuisine at an affordable price ($16 - $22 for mains), Afterwit is definitely the place for you!
I’ll be honest; the only reason I went to Madam Tussauds was because it was part of a ticket bundle ($45) which included a trip to the Trick Eye Museum. Nonetheless, I was pleasantly surprised by the myriad of celebrity wax figures and found myself thoroughly enjoying the attraction.
The attraction began with a boat ride which then took us to the hall where the wax figures were. The boat ride itself makes Madam Tussauds a must-visit as passengers will get to see a scenic recreation of Singapore’s CBD, complete with a replica of the Singapore Flyer and other landmarks.
The hall is segmented into seven areas; with each area reflecting a different aspect of popular
culture. Here, revel in the opportunity to take pictures with all your favourite celebrities. One area of note is the IIFA Awards Experience which simulates Bollywood celebrities attending the prestigious International Indian Film Academy Awards. Here, through the magic of augmented reality, attendees will get to ‘dance’ with their favourite Bollywood celebrities.
All in all, Madam Tussauds exceeds expectations by providing guests with an experience that goes beyond just taking photos with wax figures.
The brainchild of local rapper, Sheikh Haikel, and Fat Boy’s owner, Bernie Tay, Fat Papa’s is the place to visit for all burger addicts. With its wide range of burgers, mains and shakes, diners are bound to find a dish that suits their fancy. Also, you get more bang for your buck as despite their large portions - which can feed two small eaters - Fat Papa’s burgers only cost between $11 - $15 and come with a side of fries.
I would highly recommend the Elvis ($12) which consists of a beef patty slathered with a generous amount of peanut butter and grilled bananas. The creaminess of the peanut butter complements the sweetness of the bananas and these work in tandem to enhance the umami of the beef patty.
Other recommended items include Wimpy ($15.00) and Big Bello ($11.80). Take note that Fat Papa’s does not accept reservations on Fridays to Sundays, so be there early if you’re planning to gorge yourself over the weekend.
Joining the wave of online supermarkets in Singapore is OpenTaste, a company that specialises in fresh, organic produce.. Delivery is capped at $9.95, and it’s free with orders above $150. While organic produce may already be expensive in and of itself, the fruits and vegetables are truly quality products. I found that they are much fresher than the ones found in the standard supermarkets, and they last much longer in the fridge too. However, not to worry if organic isn’t your cup of tea; there are plenty of non-organic produce of equal quality that they sell.
Upon ordering, your items will be given in a cooler bag with ice packs inside to maximise its freshness. The best part is, you get to keep it!