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26 Things To Put On Your April Watchlist

It’s no April Fool’s joke – there really ARE that many things to check out, try and buy this month! Bring it on, we say. 

A is for All-You-Can-Eat Easter Buffet

Spuds & Apron – a new dining spot on Mount Faber – is offering an all-you-can-eat Easter Buffet on 20 April 2014. Tuck into a sumptuous spread of sashimi, seafood, roast and hot-cross buns, and more for just $55++ per adult and $18++ per child aged 3 to 12. Make your reservation at 6377 9688 or customerservice@mountfaber.com.sg.

B is for Boats & Beats

Come April, partying on a yacht won’t just be the privilege of the rich and famous. Belvedere Vodka has partnered with AOS Collective and Sunshine Nation – the people behind the successful yacht party travel series – to organise this awesome event, which is set to take place April 26, 2014. 10 yachts will set sail from One°15 Marina Club at Sentosa Cove and will drop their anchors at Lazarus Island so revellers can party the night away.

Tickets are at $175 per person, inclusive of two complimentary Belvedere Vodka cocktails, available at http://www.boatsandbeats.com.

C is for Centrum for Women

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Did you know that half of the Singapore population eat their meals at hawker centres/food courts/coffeeshops at least six times a week? According to a spokesperson from multivitamin brand Centrum, an unbalanced diet can result in chronic health conditions such as osteoporosis, birth defects and anemia due to a deficit in certain nutrients. This is why multivitamins are recommended since they cover a wide range of vitamins. Scientifically formulated to meet women’s nutritional needs, Centrum for Women helps ensure you receive the right nutrition, giving you benefits like healthy hair, skin and nails, as well as improved immunity and bone health.

Centrum for Women, $42 for a bottle of 60 tablets, is available at major health and personal care pharmacies.

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D is for Diamond Kitchen

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How much do we love this new zi char restaurant in the East? Let’s just say that we were initially quite reluctant to share it as it’s already packing in the crowds as it is. The seafood here is the freshest and most well-prepared we’ve had in awhile; standout items include the sinfully irresistable Salted Egg Sotong, and the Gan Xiang Crab. We love how the “gan xiang” spices did well to enhance the crab’s sweetness without overpowering it. It’s comfort food at its best, with prices that won’t break the bank.

Diamond Kitchen is at #01-22/23 Laguna Park. Tel: 6448 0629 (Reservations are highly advised)

E is for Elba by Mileti

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If there’s one good thing about living so near the Equator, it’s getting to wear pretty swimwear all year round. Homegrown label Mileti has recently launched their latest collection, Elba, which is a vibrant mix of pastel colours, vivid hues, and loud, shiny prints. Anyone up for a pool party?

Mileti swimwear is available online at www.miletiswimwear.com.

F is for Fat Cow

Fine Wagyu beef, paired with fine whisky? Why didn’t someone think of this sooner? This dream food pairing is now available via a four-course meal at Fat Cow, available exclusively during the month of April. The Macallan 15 years will bring out the delicate flavours of chopped maguro over sushi rice, while the Macallan 18 years will enhance the smokiness of charcoal-grilled Wagyu. Mmm … our mouths are watering just typing this.

The Macallan Whisky Pairing dinner is priced at $138 and available at Fat Cow, #01-01 Camden Medical Centre.

G is for Girls Generation for Baby-G

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Whether or not you’re a fan of the Korean girl band, you can’t deny that the limited-edition watches in the collection are just. So. Pretty. There are three in the BA-111GG for all avid Baby-G collectors – black, green, and orange.

The watches in the BA-111GG collection are priced at $199 each and are available at all G-Factory outlets.

H is for Haagen-Dazs Ice Cream

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Haagen-Dazs introduces a brand new flavour this month – Caramel Cone Explosion! Ice cream fans will love the mix of creamy caramel ice cream, crunchy caramelised almonds, chocolate-coated cone pieces and thick caramel swirls. Every spoonful is guaranteed to be sheer dessert paradise!

Available at $14.50 per pint at all Haagen-Dazs outlets and major supermarkets.

I is for Insect-inspired Footwear

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Yes, you read right. On Pedder is bringing in an entire range of footwear that feature butterfly heel detailings, blossoming flowers, and whimsical insect prints. Just in time for Spring, we say! This delightful collection is the brainchild of Sophia Webster of London, one of the hottest young designers in the fashion circuit today.

For a full listings of On Pedder outlets, click here.

J is for Jem’s Fashion Campaign

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Fashion mavens who live in the western part of Singapore, rejoice! From April 17 to May 4, Jem will be holding its inaugural Spring/Summer fashion event with weekly themed fashion displays around the mall, as well as a street parade curated by our very own “Godfather of Fashion” Daniel Boey.

For more information on Jem’s fashion campaign, click here.

K is for Kids Capsule Collection from iROO

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Just in time for Mother’s Day (May 11), iROO will be launching a limited-edition Kids Capsule Collection, which consists of specially designed apparel for girls from four to five years old. From a cute navy dress to preppy striped jackets, you’ll definitely find something for your little princess.

The iROO Kids Capsule Collection, available from April 18 to May 11 at iROO boutiques islandwide, is available only as a gift with purchase with a minimum spending of $188.

L is for Lower East Side Tacqueria

Lower East Side Taqueria - Cuello de Pollo

Fried chicken neck seasoned with salt and white pepper

For an Easter feast with a twist, make your way to Lower East Side Tacqueria between Friday 18 and Sunday 20 April 2014. The Glorious Easter Feast, at $26 per person for a minimum of 4, features yummy dishes like the exotic Cuello de Pollo (fried chicken necks) and the buttery, cheesy chargrilled Elote (corn). The feast has a total of eight dishes, so go hungry!

Lower East Side Tacqueria is located at 19 East Coast Road. Call 6348 1302 to make your reservations.

M is for Maybelline Color Show Lipcolor

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Lipsticks just got more fun with Maybelline Color Show! This April, 20 ultra chic shades will be introduced into the Color Show family in a myriad of Reds, Pinks, Nudes and Plums. At $9.90 each, you can experiment with these trendy shades to your heart’s content! Get these lippies at selected Watsons, Guardian, SaSa and supermarkets now.

N is for Nippon Paint

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Those spots you see on the wall after a few years? That’s fungus such as mould and mildew – no surprise, considering Singapore’s humid conditions. Combat that problem with Nippon Odour-less Anti-Mould Ceiling White. Offering excellent coverage, it can be applied to a variety of surfaces, such as cement, plastered walls, and fibre boards.

For more information, visit www.nipponpaint.com.sg.

O is for Online Cheesecake Shop

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So … ever forgot about a friend or loved one’s birthday till the very last minute? New online cheesecake shop Cat and the Fiddle (www.catandthefiddle.com) is on hand to save the day. Offering 10 delectable selections from just $19.90, you can even personalise your cheesecake order and have it delivered the very next day. We haven’t tried the cakes ourselves, but so far, we’ve loving the quirky designs we’ve seen on the website.

P is for Pendant Necklaces

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If you’re looking for delicate and super-feminine silver necklaces, you have to check out online store Amore Silver. The pendants go from cute to intricate and, best of all, the prices are super friendly on the pocket. There is a 14 days no-questions-asked money-back guarantee so you can simply mail back the products for a full refund. But from what we are seeing, you have no need to. The pieces are made from 925 silver and are a breeze to match!

Check out Amore Silver’s delicate pendant necklaces at amoresilver.com now.

Q is for Quattro blade system

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Cooking just took on a whole new dimension with the Bosch MaxoMixxo hand blender. This nifty kitchen tool comes with 12 speed settings, 750 watts of power and a four-winged Quattro blade stainless steel foot, which makes whisking, dicing, and chopping an absolute breeze!

Bosch MaxoMixxo is available for $219 at all leading departmental and electrical stores islandwide,

R is for Rio

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In line with their eco-friendly ethos, City Square Mall will be bringing you a series of nature-inspired animation films … all for FREE! This three-part series kicks off with the family-favourite Rio on April 11, Friday. Perfect way to wind down after a long week at work, we reckon.

City Square Mall Monthly Movie Madness will be screened at B1 Fountain Square.

S is for Shine-Free Skin

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Oily skin going out of control in this hot, hot weather? We are loving Yves Rocher’s Sebo Vegetal Mattifying Gel Cream, $24, and Pore Minimizing Serum, $30. The secret to this powerful shine-control range lies in the use of Baikal Powder – a purifier that restores freshness and mattness to the complexion. Check it out at Yves Rocher’s store at Westgate #02-16 today.

T is for Truffle

Isn’t it amazing how truffle makes everything instantly taste better? If you can’t get enough of this “black gold”, be sure to head down to District 10. Executive Chef Luca Pezzera has specially created a menu that includes items such as Homemade Angel Hair Pasta with Alba Black Truffle and Parmesan Cheese Sauce, and Black Angus Beef Burger with Alba Black Truffle. Yummy!

Available during lunch and dinner at District 10, #01-15/16/17 UE Square until April 18, 2014. For reservations, call 6738 4788.

U is for Uniqlo

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As if we need another reason to love Uniqlo! Everyone’s favourite casual-wear brand has announced an arty-farty tie up with MoMA (that’s the world-renowned Museum of Modern Art) to launch the SPRZ NY (Surprise New York) collection. Now you can wear the works of renowned artists like Andy Warhol, Jackson Pollock, and Ryan McGinness on your sleeve (or tote bag).

Uniqlo’s SPRZ NY collection is now available at Uniqlo outlets islandwide.

V is for Vacation

When it comes to travel, a bit of forward planning pays off. Book your Club Med holiday from now till April 30, 2014, and you can enjoy up to 40 percent off an all-inclusive package to two snow resorts in Asia – Club Med Sahoro (Hokkaido, Japan) and Yabuli (China). It’s the perfect opportunity to try skiing for the first time! Travel period: December 1, 2014 – April 30, 2015.

For more information, visit www.clubmed.com.sg or call 1800 Club Med.

W is for Wireless Portable Charger

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We are a demanding bunch. As if portable mobile phone chargers aren’t enough to satisfy today’s generation of on-the-go users, there is a rising demand of wireless chargers. Sony has recently rolled out their first of such a device: Sony CP-W5, a wireless charger that is compatible with Qi-compatible phones (read: not Apple). This inductive charging technology wirelessly charges using an electromagnetic field so you don’t have to carry a micro USB cable wherever you go – though you can also choose to charge it using the cable, if you prefer. When connected to an AC power supply, the CP-W5 serves as a charging plate; place your Qi-compatible device on it and both will be charged at the same time.

The Sony CP-W5 USB Portable Charger comes in white, and will be available from April 2014. Price unavailable at time of publication.

X is for Xtra Big Laughs

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We get it, life in Singapore can be stressful. Which is why all your favourite local comedians like Adrian Pang, Selena Tan, Hossan Leong, and Kumar are banding together this April for a laugh-a-minute evening of rib-tickling standup comedy. They will be cracking jokes about everything under the sun, and they promise that “Confirm Happiness Index up and Blood Pressure down.”

Tickets for Happy Ever Laughter are available at Sistic

Y is for Yoga

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Yoga studios are a dime a dozen in Singapore, so when you do decide to commit to one, you’ll want to make sure it is a perfect fit. West-siders, here’s one for you. Meraki Yoga is a new boutique yoga studio located within the lush and quiet One North Residences, and is committed to small-group learning. To celebrate the launch of Meraki, the studio has an ongoing promotion of 40 percent extra classes with any class card package purchased.

For more information, click here.

Z is for Zero 

Zero fighter planes, that is. Hayao Miyazaki’s last film “The Wind Rises” tells the tale of real-life aeronautical engineer Jiro Horikoshi, who designed many of the Japanese fighter planes during World War 2, including the Zero fighter. While several people have decried the film as glorifying the horrors of war, it’s really anything but. Instead, “The Wind Rises” is a quietly beautiful film about childhood dreams and a tender, enduring love. Like all Miyazaki films, there’s plenty to take in and think about, and you’ll be rapt from start to end.

The Wind Rises is now showing in selected theatres. 

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