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26 Things To Put On Your September Watchlist

From Mid-Autumn Festival and free champagne to plenty of new skincare products, looks like September is going to be one exciting month!

A is for All-Day Sun Protection

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When you live in sunny Singapore, good sun protection is an absolute must-have. Daylong is a range of sun protection products from Switzerland, with a formulation that’s gentle enough for children (Cate Blanchett uses them on her kids!) yet offers you all-round protection from both UV rays and infrared radiation. We like its lightweight, non-greasy formula and how it doesn’t leave any whitish residue upon application. We also appreciate how it’s formulated without additional preservatives or perfumes, and is hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic, making it suitable for all skin types.

Daylong is available in selected pharmacies from mid-September 2014.

B is for Beauty Cleanse’s Candyfloss Nutmylk series

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If you’re looking for a quick, tasty, and nutritious meal replacement, you can’t go wrong with these nutmilks from Beauty Cleanse. It comes in a package of six bottles in the following flavours: Original, matcha (green tea), cocoa, coffee (decaf), black sesame and “marshmallow” (thought it tastes like marshmallow, it’s actually an ingenious blend of fruit and veggies!). All ingredients used are organic, plant-based, vegan, and raw. Dairy-free, they are great for those who are lactose-intolerant.

A package of six bottles is priced at $95. To order, visit www.beauty-cleanse.com.

C is for Crabtree & Evelyn Nail Lacquers

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The best thing about these is that they are formulated without the toxic chemicals commonly associated with nail lacquers. Available in 12 shades from neutrals, to brights and darker shades. Each nail lacquer retails for $13 each.

For a full listing of Crabtree & Evelyn stores in Singapore, click here.

D is for Skin Destiny 

SK-II’s Skin Destiny Study is definitely giving a lot of us hope. This landmark study discovered an intrinsic link between long-term usage of SK-II Facial Treatment Essence and skin quality. It was found that users who started on the Essence in their 20s enjoyed better skin in their 30s and 40s. Long-term users also displayed no increase in major visible aging signs after age 50. At $99 for a 75ml bottle, we say this is as good a beauty investment as money can buy.

SK-II counters can be found at major department stores such as TANGS.

E is for Ecommerce 

With a whole slew of ecommerce sites launching these days, the days of running errands could well and truly be over. Serial entrepreneur Chris Chong has recently launched not one, but TWO ecommerce sites! The first GoFresh.com.sg is an online grocery service for those who want their meats, seafoods and fresh produce delivered right to their doorsteps. The second is AirClick.co, set up to help customers find and book photographers. What’s next? Personal chefs? Oh … that’s been done already.

F is for Free Champagne!

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You are going to love HI-SO Ladies Night at Sofitel So Singapore! Ladies will be treated to a free first glass of Ruinart Champagne between 6pm and 9pm, after which, each glass of Champagne will be at $10 nett. So for a bubbly good time with your girlfriends, swing by one of Singapore’s most beautiful hotels every Wednesday.

G is for Gourmet Escape

Fancy a trip to Western Australia where you get to enjoy the finest dining and wine experiences? Well, you can! From 12 September to 11 October, guests who dine on specially-created Western Australian dishes from either Bedrock Bar & Grill or The Pelican will stand a chance to win a trip to Perth to experience the Margaret River Gourmet Escape. This 3-day event is a foodie’s dream come true with tastings and demonstrations of some of the region’s freshest produce and fine wines.

For reservations at Bedrock Bar & Grill, call 6238 0054; for reservations at The Pelican, call 6438 0400.  

H is for Hada Labo Lotion

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According to findings by Hada Labo, just 3 out of 10 women in Singapore use lotions as part of their skincare regime. This compared to 10 out of 10 women in Japan. The secret to dewy, fresh skin could lie in your next bottle of Hada Labo Lotion. Featuring a new generation of 4 Interlocked Hyaluronic Acids, the new lotion promises to keep your skin supercharged with hydration, even in the hard-to-reach bottom skin layer.

Hada Labo is available at Watsons islandwide. 

I is for Ioma Cell Protector SPF 50+ PA+++

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Not only does this sunscreen provide the highest possible protection against UVA and UVB rays, it’s also formulated with the active ingredient Desoxine. Desoxine is a powerful antioxidative shield and offers three benefits: (1) Detoxifies by eliminating free radicals (2) Stimulates skin’s natural antioxidant defences, and (3) Protects cells from free radical damage. Retails for $85.

Ioma counters are located at Robinsons Orchard and Isetan Scotts.

J is for Joaquin Phoenix and Jeremy Renner

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These two Js will be starring opposite Marion Cotillard in The Immigrant, a story set in NYC in 1921. Joaquin plays Bruno, a pimp who thrusts Marion’s character Ewa into a world of prostitution, while Jeremy plays Orlando, a stage magician and Bruno’s cousin, who becomes Ewa’s only hope of a better future. Directed by yet another J (James Gray), this period drama is definitely one to watch – it’s received several accolades at international film festivals, including Best Actress at the International Cinephile Society Awards.

The Immigrant opens Sep 14 in cinemas islandwide.

K is for Kérastase

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If you’ve been struggling with brittle or falling strands, what you probably need is proper scalp care. At Kérastase, they believe that strong and healthy hair always starts at the scalp. This is why the brand-new Kérastase Densifique range comes fortified with a combination of B Vitamins to regulate the production of sebum on the scalp and give it the nourishment it needs for healthy, beautiful hair.

The Kérastase Densifique range is available at all Kérastase consultant salons. Call 6738 3113 for salon listings.

L is for Laneige Time Freeze Intensive Cream

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Laneige’s adds two more products to its Time Freeze anti-ageing line: Time Freeze Intensive Cream, and Eye Serum. The line works on the principle of restoring skin’s weakened collagen structure; its Dynamic Collagen_EX technology breaks down and “upcycles” old collagen into young and healthy collagen. The line’s other active ingredient, hyaluronic acid, helps improve the appearance of wrinkles.

Laneige Time Freeze Intensive Cream and Eye Cream retail for $95 and $69 respectively. For a full store listing, click here.

M is for Mooncakes

Bliss Collection at Bakerzin

Bliss Collection at Bakerzin

Enter any shopping mall in the month of September, and you’re bound to see bright lights and plenty of vendors selling a wide variety of mooncakes at the atrium. Here are some of our choice picks this Mid-Autumn Festival:

Peony Jade

Each year, Peony Jade never fails to impress us with their spectacular mooncake offerings. We love how they always manage to come up with new and exciting flavours such as the Honey Williams pears with organic apricot and raspberries as well as Valrhona chocolate with bananas, salted caramel and walnuts.

Bakerzin

Bakerzin has rolled out three new snow skin mooncake collections – Bliss, Joy and Lush – to add to their existing range. The Bliss and Lush collections consist of slightly more unique flavours and fillings and contain alcohol (flavours include Frangelico Hazelnut Truffle Snow Skin, Whisky Truffle SNow Skin, Lychee Snow Skin and Yuzu Snow Skin), while Joy is made up of classic fillings (they include Pandan Lotus Snow Skin and Purple Sweet Potato). Founder Lili is not usually a fan of snow skin mooncakes, but she vouches for the tastiness of these new ones from Bakerzin! From $52 for box of 8, available at all Bakerzin outlets and participating booths until Sep 8.

Goodwood Park Hotel

There’s no doubt that Goodwood Park Hotel is the first hotel to come to mind when you mention the word “durian”. This year, they will be bringing back the Premium Durian Snowskin Combo, which consists of four mooncakes filled with the fresh pulp of four types of durians. There will be some new flavours inspired by tropical fruits as well – Calamansi, Kumquat and Sour Plum Snowskin Mooncakes. From $28 for 2 pieces, available at Goodwood Park Hotel Deli until Sep 8.

Yan Ting at The St. Regis Singapore

You can count on the acclaimed Cantonese restaurant for some of the most decadent mooncakes available, such as the all-new Chocolate Royal Liqueur Truffle, the popular Pure ‘Mao Shan Wang’ Durian Indulgence, as well as baked traditional mooncakes like Reduced Sugar White Lotus Paste with Macadamia Nuts. From $68 for 4 mooncakes, available at Yan Ting restaurant at level 1U, The St. Regis Singapore, until Sep 8.

N is for Night Owls Feasting

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We are always looking for interesting places to check out for supper. Well, this month, why not check out Fish & Co.’s Supper Catch menu at Changi Airport Terminal 2? This menu is available between 11pm and 3am and features popular items like Seafood Platter for Two and Fish & Chips!

The Supper Catch menu is available at Fish & Co. at Changi Airport Terminal 2, Departure Hall, #036-058.

O is for Organic Shampoo

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If you’re starting to notice that your hair’s thinning, the first thing you should look into is changing your shampoo. Dr Jones Organic Shampoo and Conditioner – which were developed by Canadian physician Dr Robert Jones – are free from synthetic, chemical and petroleum-derived ingredients – all of which are believed to play a part in hair loss. We liked how the shampoo cleansed well without over-drying the scalp, and it was also able to deal effectively with the problem of an itchy, sensitive scalp.

Dr Jones Organic Shampoo and Conditioner retail for $26.80 each (or $50 for a set) and are available here

P is for Personalised Monopoly

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Revive Board Games Sundays with the latest from Monopoly! Called My Monopoly, the classic property trading game now comes with a customisable board, where you can personalise the tiles, game tokens, Chance Cards and Community Chest Cards via the My Monopoly app.

My Monopoly retails at $46.90 at all Toys “R” Us and major department stores.

Q is for Qatar Airways

Been itching to travel to far-flung destinations? This might be the chance to feed your wanderlust. Qatar Airways is having an exclusive promotion to Europe and America, with special rates from just $890! The promotion ends 2359hrs on Sep 12 (travel validity period: Aug 18 – Mar 21, 2015). Bookings can be made online, here.

R is for Rays

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In case you missed it, a quarter of the world’s sharks and rays – including the majestic manta rays – are now at risk of extinction. To raise awareness on marine life and conservation, RWS has dedicated the month of September to highlight manta rays in their S.E.A. Aquarium’s SEAA Wonders series. Some activities include sharing sessions with underwater photography experts and conservationists, diving with manta rays, and witnessing the feeding of manta rays.

For the month of September, you can purchase 2 adult one-day admission passed to S.E.A. Aquarium at a discounted price of $50. For more information, click here. To make reservations, click here or call 6577 8899.

S is for Shima

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Even though renowned Teppanyaki restaurant Shima recently reopened sporting a brand new look after a month-long renovation, the restaurant still retains the one-inch thick cast-iron griddles that have been in use since 34 years ago, when Shima was established – a launch that revolutionised Japanese dining in Singapore as it marks the first-ever fine-dining Teppanyaki restaurant. According to Executive Chef Michael Koh, their well-seasoned griddles not only enhance the flavours of the food but also allow for even cooking. Besides Teppanyaki, Shima also serves up sushi, sashimi, Shabu Shabu as well as Yakiniku.

Shima is located at Level 1, Goodwood Park Hotel. For reservations, call 6734 6281.

T is for Tsubaki Hair Oil

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Been searching for the ultimate hair oil that works to moisturise and smoothen your hair, without costing you a bomb? Look no further. Tsubaki Hair Oil is formulated with a high concentration of camellia oil, which is extracted by pressing carefully curated camellia seeds in Nagasaki, Japan. Camellia oil is highly lauded for its nourishing benefits – it prevents cuticle damage to smoothen hair strands, protects hair from UV rays, and penetrates hair quickly to add a healthy shine without leaving behind any grease.

Tsubaki Hair Oil retails for $26.90 from Sep 11, available exclusively at Watsons.

U is for Uniqlo: Now available online!

Uniqlo stores are pretty ubiquitous these days with 18 stores in Singapore alone. But just in case you’ve given up brick-and-mortar shopping altogether, you’ll be happy to know that you can now shop for your Uniqlo essentials online (desktop and mobile). To celebrate the launch of its e-commerce platform, the store will be offering exclusive online promotions for the first 11 days of September; keep a lookout for special offers on 11 different items daily.

For more information, log onto www.uniqlo.com/sg.

V is for Value-For-Money Set Meals

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If you work somewhere in Orchard Road, you gotta make a beeline for this brand new restaurant, SET. As the name suggests, they only serve set lunches and set dinners here. The five-course set lunch is priced at $28.80++ and the six-course set dinner, $38.80++, which is incredibly good value considering the type of dishes you’ll get. For appetisers, you’ll get inventive twists on classics such as the Mushroom Soup with Peanut Butter. It sounds weird, but the peanut butter actually lends a chunkier, more layered texture to the soup. For mains, we liked the Baby Pork Back Ribs, where the meat is painstakingly steamed then boiled with star anise and cinnamon before being roasted and slathered with Chinese BBQ sauce. For desserts, we were impressed by the Pistachio Panna Cotta, which was smooth, light and silky, almost like a tofu milk pudding.

SET is located at #02-01 Pomo, Tel: 6337 7644

W is for What A Feast!

The annual Epicurean Market at Marina Bay Sands is back! From 12 to 14 September, eat your way through award-winning nosh from celebrity chef restaurants, participate in masterclasses and bring home gourmet wines and produce from the Fresh Food Market. Epicurean Market will be held at Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Basement 2, Hall D & E. For more information, click here.

X is for X-cite Your Senses

Don’t you love how art is getting more and more interactive, and not just people passively looking at a piece of artwork anymore? Sensorium 360°: Contemporary Art and the Sensed World is an interactive exhibition of contemporary art that explores all aspects of the human senses. The Singapore Art Museum has put together a series of workshops — from tea-tasting to perfume-making and even to learning Braille — all to give us a better understanding of ourselves and the world around us.

For more details, visit the Singapore Art Museum website here.

Y is for Triangles Of Youth 

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There are 2 triangles of youth around each eye – the upper triangle and the lower triangle. The former refers to immediate area next to the outer corner and is where crow’s feet and droopy eyelids form. The latter is the area under your eye and is where eye bags and dark eye circles become more obvious with age. To address these problems, Clarins has launched a complete solution for your eye area to help it regain its youthful and firm appearance. Clinical evaluation shows that Clarins Extra-Firming Eye Cream can help reduce dark circles and eye bags by 7% and 13% respectively.

Visit Clarins counters at TANGS, Robinsons or Metro Paragon to find out more about this new eye cream!  

Z is for Zen’Ga

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If you’re looking to take your Pilates practice to the next level, check out Breathe Pilates’ newest class, Zen’Ga. This is a new form of Pilates that combines the the latest discoveries in fascia fitness techniques with Yoga flow movements. Fascia is the term used to describe the connective tissue that surrounds your muscles, blood vessels, and nerves. Regular practice of Zen’Ga is said to help improve overall strength and flexibility, and giving you smoother, more fluid movement in your day-to-day life.

Breathe Pilates is located at #09-33 Novena Medical Center, 10 Sinaran Drive (8 participants); and #13-02 Parkway Centre, 1 Marine Parade Central. For more information or to make an appointment, call 9835 5683, email info@breathepilates.com.sg, or visit http://www.breathepilates.com.sg.

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Nobody At Marina Bay Financial Centre Knows What A Good Lunch Place This Is! – Deborah Tan

It was not crowded, the food was awesome AND this place is located at Marina Bay Link Mall. We say go have lunch at Harry’s before everyone finds out! By Deborah Tan 

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While cocktail bars in Singapore are steadily serving up critically acclaimed “bar bites”, their beer-fronted counterparts, sadly, haven’t quite distinguished themselves in the food arena. Mention “pub grub” and many will think deep-fried chicken wings, fries drowned in a tsunami of orange, cheese-flavored sauce, and oil-sodden, sorry-looking pieces of samosas.

Love Me Tandoor

Love Me Tandoor

But Harry’s is determined to change all that. Yes, it still wants to serve up grub that goes well with a mug of frothy ice-cold beer, yes, it is still a casual, fun and unpretentious place to hang out at … but it also wants to be taken seriously for food – like proper, meal-worthy, sit-down-at-a-table-with-a-fork-and-a-knife food.

And this is where the renowned Chef-Founder of The Disgruntled Chef, Daniel Sia, and his team come in. Since taking helm as Harry’s Culinary Director last year, Chef Daniel and his team have been busy updating the menu with tweaks to the old favorites and adding a couple of new creations. The updated menu will be introduced in phases to all Harry’s islandwide but if you want to sample the new dishes now, make your way to Harry’s at Marina Bay Link Mall (it’s the one at Marina Bay Financial Centre, just round the corner from Paradise Pavilion). We did our tasting there last week at lunchtime and found the place uncrowded, which means, the office crowd there has yet to stumble upon this gem of a lunch-place, yet.

Small Plates, Big Plates, Platters, Desserts
Harry’s updated menu comprises of Small Plates, Big Plates, Platters and Desserts. Small Plates refer to appetizers and finger foods, Big Plates are your main courses and salads, and Platters are larger servings of food meant to be shared among friends.

Long-time favorites Harry’s Wingmen and Love Me Tandoor have been updated in terms of the marinade and spices used. We found the chicken wings juicy on the inside with a mildly spicy batter that remained crispy even after they’ve been left out for 15 minutes. Love Me Tandoor’s yoghurt-marinated chicken skewers features tender, succulent meat packed with flavor.

Moving onto the Big Plates, we tried new-to-the-menu offerings such as Pulled Pork Sandwiches, Curried Lamb Shank and Prawn Star Pasta. The dish that made an impression on me was the Curried Lamb Shank, even though I have never been a fan of lamb shank, preferring the full-bodied flavor a rack of lamb gives instead. The curry sauce, a recipe of Chef Daniel’s, is robust without being too spicy. You get to experience the heady flavors of the curry spices played out on your palate without the searing heat of too much chilli. Together with its side of rice pilaf and raisins, this makes for a hearty, comforting lunch on a rainy afternoon.

Curried Lamb Shank

Curried Lamb Shank

From the Platters section, we sampled the Mushroom and Truffle Oil Flatbread which will remind you of crisp, thin-crust pizzas. A great alternative for those looking for something more satisfying than finger food but do not want to tuck into a full meal, the flatbreads come with a choice of toppings and are baked a-la-minute.

Flatbread with Mushroom and Truffle Oil

Flatbread with Mushroom and Truffle Oil

I don’t say this often but do leave space for desserts. Chef Daniel’s team have created 2 new desserts that are guaranteed to brighten up your workday blues. The Black Forest Sundae is a deconstruction of the classic Black Forest Cake. Its bite-size brownie squares make it a dessert that is easy to share (so you don’t feel so “guilty” after). My personal favorite, however, is the Apple & Pear Crumble – the buttery crumble crust melts in your mouth and is a perfect accompaniment to the soft, moreish cooked apple and pear chunks.

Black Forest Sundae

Black Forest Sundae

Because everyone is still pretty unaware that Harry’s at Marina Bay Link Mall is an awesome lunch venue, we suggest you head there before the secret is out.

Harry’s is located at Marina Bay Link Mall, 8A Marina Boulevard, #01-03, Ground Plaza. Tel: 6634 6318. Reservations email: reserve@harrys.com.sg .

Material World was invited to a tasting by Harry’s. This post was neither paid for nor advised by Harry’s. All opinions are the author’s own.

 

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26 Things To Put On Your August Watchlist

From a snazzy poolside party to the much-anticipated movie about four reptilian brothers, there are plenty of reasons to say, “Hello, August!”

A is for Aliwal Arts Night Crawl

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Who says Singapore doesn’t have culture? You just need to know where to look. Aliwal Arts Night Crawl is an annual showcase of various arts groups in Singapore, from literature to music and dance. With performances and activities at over 20 outfits in and around Kampong Glam, you can while the entire evening around this historic neighbourhood.

Aliwal Arts Night Crawl is on Friday, 15 August from 6pm till late at the Aliwal Arts Centre, 28 Aliwal Street. For more information, please visit http://www.aliwalartscentre.sg or http://www.facebook.com/aliwalartscentre.

B is for Boots

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Dr. Martens fans can now start converting your own kids, nieces and nephews, to the brand’s famed footwear, the boot. These tiny reproductions are suited for 3 age groups: babies, toddlers and juniors, and come with features like a side zip to help parents get them on and off little feet quickly and easily. Prices start at $79 for Auburn Lace Booties (it’s seriously cute!).

Available at Dr. Martens at #03-05 Orchard Central and #02-17A Wheelock Place.

C is for Catalunya

As part of Catalunya Singapore’s second anniversary celebration, they will be rolling out an exclusive five-dish menu on August 8, prepared by executive chef Alain Devahive. After the dinner, guests are welcome to join the inaugural Catalunya Late Nights launch party for free, as well as take home some special goodies specially prepared by the team.

Catalunya Singapore is located at The Fullerton Pavilion, 82 Collyer Quay. For enquiries, call 6534 0188. To make reservations, call 6534 0886

D is for DRx Medispa

“If you have an oily, sensitive scalp like I do, just shampooing regularly will not cut it! Oily patches on the scalp, if left untreated, will lead to thinning hair in the long run. That was what I (most terrifyingly) found out recently when I made an appointment at DRx Medispa, before undergoing the DRx Purifying Treatment. This deep cleansing treatment will help exfoliate and loosen build-up on the surface of your scalp, draw impurities to the surface, and control excessive secretion. If you suffer from flaking or itching, this treatment can also alleviate those issues. Post-treatment, my scalp felt more soothed, and some of the angry redness (indicating sensitivity) had disappeared. Monthly visits are recommended for maintenance – that just might be something I’ll find myself investing in!” – Denise Li

The DRx Purifying Treatment is priced at $188. DRx Medispa is located at 302 Orchard Road, #14-02/#16-02 Tong Building. Tel: 6223 1555

E is for Easy Cooking

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Domestic goddesses, you might want to find something to hang on to. WMF has rolled out Perfect Pro, a new range of Red Dot Award-winning pressure cookers that claim to shorten cooking time by to up 70% and save up to 50% of energy. The highlight of the WMF Perfect Pro is its central operating element – an All-In-One twist knob on the lid of the handle. It controls functions like closing and opening of the lid, as well as the cooking level and pressure settings. To find out more about the new range, click here.

WMF Perfect Plus Pressure Cookers, from $429, are available in 4.5L, 6.5L, and 8.5L, at major home appliance stores. They are also available in Junior Sets and Senior Sets (each comes with a pressure cooker and a pressure pan).

F is for Flaska 

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For those of you who complain constantly that water tastes “weird” and that’s why you need to drink bottled water, there is now a more environmentally-friendly way to pander to your tastebuds. Slovenia-made Flaska is a glass bottle containing a vibrational programme to restructure water molecule so it resembles fresh, spring water. The creator Flaska found that watering his strawberries with structured water resulted in firmer fruit and larger yield. Our taste-test reveals that water does taste a lot “better” after being kept in a Flaska bottle. But don’t take our word for it, get your own Flaska at locations like Eat Organic (619H Bukit Timah Road) and Sky Pilates (541 Orchard Road). More info about Flaska can also be found here.

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G is for Gucci Premiere EDT

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Gucci’s captivating woody scent gets a makeover! The EDT is a lighter, more sparkling incarnation of the original Premiere, thanks to orange blossom and citrus oils. At its heart is freesia, jasmine and Bulgarian rose, before it settles into its musky, androgynous base of leather and patchouli.

Gucci Premiere EDT is available at BHG (Bugis and Tampinies), Takashimaya, Robinsons and Isetan.

H is for Hearty Bites

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Seasons Bistro is somewhat of a hidden gem that somewhat easy to overlook, given that it’s located slightly off the main Orchard Road strip at TripleOne Somerset. The food, however, is pretty damn good. Though the menu looks confusing at first glance – a mix of modern European and Southern American – it kind of makes sense when you take into account the fact that Seasons – like the name suggests – makes the effort to use seasonal ingredients. What we enjoyed: The Seared Albacore Tuna ($26) which comes with Asian pear, avocado, jicama, watermelon with chipotle mojo and salsa verde. A great option for those into clean eating, we love how fresh and perfectly cooked the tuna was. Another noteworthy mention is the Buttermilk Fried Chicken ($22) that’s accompanied by succotash, deviled ranch dressing and homemade catsup. The catsup had a hint of mango that cut through the oiliness of the fried chicken. If you’re dining with a big group of finicky friends, Seasons Bistro is a great option for its variety and reasonable prices.

Seasons Bistro is at #01-11/12 TripleOne Somerset. Tel: 6836 5841

I is for Iridescence

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Let’s face it; as ubiquitous as they are, Ray-Bans are still the epitome of cool. And now the iconic Wayfarers just reached a whole new level of cool with its Summer 2014 edition, Iridescence. The lenses are made with silica micro-crystals before being coated with highly-refractive metal oxides, which means it creates a “liquid” finish that constantly changes colours depending on the power and angle of the light. That means you could be sporting many different looks throughout the day! Cool huh?

Ray-Ban Summer Edition is available for $350 at Capitol Optical and Ai Eye Fashion.

J is for Japanese Meets Peranakan, Korean, French, Chinese …

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Sakae Sushi has revamped its menu to include some really interesting new flavours, inspired by cuisines from around the world. If you’re a fan of Peranakan cuisine, check out the Japanese restaurant’s new Otah creations, such as Long Bean Otah (mackerel otah wrapped in long green beans and fried in a light tempura batter) and Otah Bibinba (yup, it’s a three-way fusion dish featuring otah strips, shredded omelette, shitake mushroom and rice). Apart from the new fusion creations, Sakae Sushi has also expanded its offerings for popular items like the Aburi (torch-seared sushi) and Yakimono (char-grilled skewers).

Available at Sakae Sushi outlets islandwide.

K is for Kiehl’s Oil Eliminator

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As men have more sweat glands than women, they are more likely to be victims of shine and oil. The Kiehl’s Oil Eliminator range promises to eradicate this problem for good. How? For one, the Oil Eliminator 24-Hour Anti-Shine Moisturizer contains Aerogel, the lightest solid material on Earth, which is also used in space exploration. This vaporises sweat droplets, as well as absorbs an amazing four times its own weight in oil!

The Kiehl’s Oil Eliminator range will be available at Kiehl’s outlets from August 2014.

L is for Literature

Bookworms, this one’s for you. Instead of your usual book club where everybody discusses the same book, Scribbled encourages each participant to bring a book to this literary meetup. The only criterion? Your book has to have scribbles in it – be it doodles, underlines, or notations in the margins. During the meetup, you get to share your thoughts about the book with the other participants while they pen down their own thoughts. At the end of the meet, everyone gets a chance to look through all the books and notebooks, and even bring a pair home!

For more information, click here.

M is Missystella.com

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Get your online shopping fix at Missystella.com, a local online apparel store that rolls out new collections every Wednesday. They stock a wide selection of clothing items, from casual playsuits to sophisticated workwear. But what caught our eye are their funky necklaces – the adorable chain necklace (above) is only $19! Psst … if you are a POSB/DBS debit or credit cardmember, you get to enjoy 10% discount off your total bill from now until 30 September.

N is for National Day Photo Contest

Take a photo and win $500 CASH? Yes! Express your love for Singapore this National Day and stand to win an exciting $500 cash prize and $200 worth of Charly T’s dining vouchers! To participate, simply post a photo of your heartfelt wishes for Singapore on Charly T’s Facebook page. The photo with the most votes will win $500 cash! $100 Charly T’s dining vouchers will also be given to the two photos with the most creative messages.

O is for Outback Steakhouse

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The American chain has opened its second outlet at Orchard Gateway. But although it prides itself on being a “steakhouse”, we found the New York Strip ($36.90) a little overcooked, and you could hardly taste its seasoning. The Baby Back Ribs ($19.90 for half; $32.90 for full) fared a lot better – it was juicy, meaty and well-marinated. The Carrot Cake ($9.90) was also a surprise; moist and chockfull of ingredients that gave it an amazing texture. You should definitely save space for this.

Outback Steakhouse is at #04-01 Orchard Gateway. Tel: 6702 6842

P is for Puma Night Run

Here’s yet another exciting run to add to your race calendar! The inaugural Puma Night Run, slated to take place in November, will be the very first night race organised in Sentosa. The 10k route will take you to idyllic spots around the island. Definitely not one not to be missed. Limited to the first 3000 runners, registration opens August 1, 2014 at go.puma.com/nightrunsg. Registration closes September 14, 2014.

Q is for Quayside Isle 

We may not be able to afford a property at Sentosa Cove but we certainly can treat ourselves to a little pampering along the waterfront every now and then. Spa- and massage-fans need to check out new reflexology centre The Good Sole at Quayside Isle. A younger, fresher, more modern take on the traditional foot reflexology centres, The Good Sole incorporates aromatherapy and oils with tried-and-tested massage techniques to help ease tension and restore balance. The prices are super reasonable too: $60 for a 60-min foot reflexology session.

Located at #01-19 Quayside Isla Sentosa Cove. Call 6268 4842.

R is for Robinsons Home Fair 

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If you’re looking to give your home a mini facelift, pay a visit to Robinsons Home Fair, a one-stop shopping destination for all things to do with the home and kitchen. Expect to find exclusive brands such as C.A.M from Australia and Wald from Italy at Robinsons Orchard. From now till 24 August 2012, shoppers can also enjoy 50% off selected items while Robinsons OCBC Visa cardholders get an additional 20% off on top of discounts offered.

S is for Shopping For A Cause

From 1 August to 30 September 2014, every purchase you make with your MasterCard at any Club 21 boutique, organic food and health store SuperNature, and Culina Gourmet Boutique will go toward a worthwhile cause. With every purchase, MasterCard will donate US$10 to the companies’ community partners, Beautiful People and Nanyang Polytechnic. Beautiful People is a volunteer work programme that targets teenaged girls-at-risk. The funds for NYP will be channelled to helping underprivileged students in the school’s Hospitality program.

T is for The Body Shop

Better known as the “Queen of Oils”, the super hydrating properties of Wild Argan Oil is sure to make you feel like a queen. In line with The Body Shop’s ethos of using mainly Community Fair Trade ingredients, the oil used in this new range of products is sourced from Morocco, where the Berber women handpick and hand-crack the best nuts to obtain the richest oil. Bring on the royal treatment, we say!

The Body Shop Wild Argan Oil Bath & Bodycare range is available in The Body Shop stores islandwide.

U is for The Ultimate Belvedere Pool Party

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Party-goers, get ready for yet another splashing good time at the Belvedere Music Lounge, which is back for the second year running. Besides bespoke Belvedere Vodka cocktails, you can also expect great music from DJs, including DJ AgentSmith who will be specially flown in to Singapore for this poolside party.

The Belvedere Music Lounge will be held at W Singapore – Sentosa Cove on August 23. Table packages are available via bml@bacchanalia.asia or 6509 1453. Single tickets can be purchased at www.urbanjourney.com or via the TopTime application (available on iOS and Android). A Single Ticket costs $30 ($50 at the door) inclusive of event entry, one complimentary Belvedere Cocktail, and pool access.

V is for Veuve Clicquot

Racking your brains for a gift idea? Veuve Clicquot has launched a special edition mailbox, in line with brand founder Madame Clicquot’s tradition of penning long letters. This classic curb-side letter box is built to perfectly house a 75cl bottle, making it an ideal housewarming present.

Clicquot Mailbox is available for $84.50 at Cold Storage outlets islandwide.

W is for Wine

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Fancy sipping on wine that (may or may not) be a favourite of the British royal family? Corney & Barrow is a 230-year-old independent wine merchant from the UK, and they hold the Royal Warrant of Appointment to Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales. They carry over 70 wines from top tipple regions such as Bordeaux, Burgundy, and Italy.

Corney & Barrow wines are now available on www.wine-family.com

X is for Extra Savings

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Skincare and beauty wellness centre Renaza is celebrating their eighth anniversary this month, and they are giving you a really special treat! In the months of August and September, you get to enjoy Renaza’s treatments at crazy-good discounts. For example, their Hair Wash & Blow (U.P. $23-$30) will be going for just $8, and the Customised Aesthetics Facial (U.P. $250) at $38.

To read our review of Renaza’s Customised Aesthetics Facial, and to find out more about their 8th anniversary promotions, click here.

Y is for Youth Day

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Who says we have to be below 21 to celebrate International Youth Day? This August 12, relive the days of yesteryear with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Directed by Michael Bay Jonathan Liebesman, the movie introduces the band of four reptilian brothers and follows their journey to Ninja-hood. Expect plenty of high-flying action, mega explosions, a Shredder-Splinter battle and, of course, Megan Fox.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles opens in cinemas August 7.

Z is for Zits 

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All new fighters in our eternal war against zits are always welcomed with open arms. Introducing Dermalogica’s Clear Start – a new product system that targets mild to moderate acne in teens and young adults. Utilizing known acne-fighting ingredients like salicylic acid, the range also contains soothing botanicals such as tea tree, lavender and cucumber to calm and heal skin. The colorful packaging certainly makes these products a joy to use. Prices start at $34 for a toner.

Available at all AsterSpring Centres and selected Dermalogical authorized skin treatment centres.

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6 Things Soccer Widows Can Do Over The World Cup Period – Matthew Fam

Don’t bother checking his phone messages to find out what he’s been up to- your man’s probably glued in front of the television all this while! Yes, we’re talking about the World Cup. Taking place from 12 June – 13 July 2014, the much-hyped tournament sees ladies suddenly “widowed” from their partner’s absence. So here are 6 ways to get him out of the house, or even a chance to rope in a girlfriend for that much needed catchup sesh.

1. A Miraculous Transformation
You’re battling for his attention, so a mere dye job or change in hairstyle will not be enough to steer him away from the TV screen. What you need to capture his fancy with is a showstopping transformation in the form of a Qi Mantra Miracle Facial treatment that uses stem cells and Variable Pulse Light (VPL) to firm up and soften skin.

The 90-minute non-invasive treatment, $350, includes a luxurious stem cell lifting mask, containing plant-based placental extract to stimulate the production of collagen and plump skin for a youthful complexion.

Available at #03-19 Wheelock Place, 501 Orchard Road. Tel: 6737 3463. Opening hours: Mondays – Sundays, 10.30am – 10pm.

singapore-restaurant-melt-the-world-cafe-hero2. A Worldly Cuisine
Sate his international frenzy at MELT – The World Café, that offers a buffet spread of cuisine around the globe.

Located at Mandarin Oriental, Singapore, take him out for a one-day-only Father’s Day promotion on 15 June. Enjoy a glorious spread of fresh seafood and gourmet pastas at the Champagne Brunch, priced at $128+ per person. Or for a feast that will fill him through the night matches (3 will be taking place later on!), try the Barbeque Dinner at $88+ per person.

Better yet if he samples the cuisine of his favourite World Cup team- allowing you to score a conversation while enjoying precious quality time away from the telly!

Mandarin Oriental, Singapore. 5 Raffles Avenue, Marina Square. Tel: 6885 3500.

Grassy_Tote_Front_1024x10243. Wear His Team Colours at a Fashion Party 
You may not sit through those arduous matches with him, but you can show your support by wearing his team’s colours. Wearto.com’s 2nd anniversary party at Outpost Bar & Bistro is the perfect opportunity to wear his colours with pride. The first 150 party-goers will receive party bags filled with deals and merchandise sponsored from brands like Spa Espirit and Browhaus.

Plus, with the fashion retailer’s launch of edgy bag brand, GLUSH from Hong Kong, you can take home a piece of the soccer pitch in the brand’s line of quirky, AstroTurf-lined bags!

Party on 22 June 2014, 12 – 6pm. Outpost Bar & Bistro, 3 Sentosa Gateway, St. James Power Station #01-11. Tel: 9069 1109.

4. Catch Euro Fever 
If you can’t beat them, join them! The French may have won the World Cup back in 1998, but if there’s another thing they totally get right, it’s their artisan pastries and baked creations! Bécasse has launched its full format dining concept with classic European and French inspired dishes, giving diners a wider selection of culinary treats apart from its in-house prepared pastries.

Bécasse (Dempsey Hill), Block 10, Dempsey Road #01-21. Tel: 6479 8119. Opening hours: Daily, 10am – 10pm.

For moisture and coverage in a single pump, try Sephora CC Care & Colour Creme SPF 20, $30.

For moisture and coverage in a single pump, try Sephora CC Care & Colour Creme SPF 20, $30.

5. Faking A Good Night’s Rest
Staying up for a late-night soccer match with your partner can give you a dull, sallow complexion the next day. So feign your beauty sleep with a selection of BB and CC Creams from Sephora.

From 10 – 31 July, enjoy a 10% discount on selected products from: Boscia, PureHeal, Tarte, Sephora’s house brand, Peter Thomas Roth, and Kate Somerville. On top of that, White Card members get another 5% off.

2 Orchard Turn #01-05/06, ION Orchard.  Tel: 6509 8255.

6. Visit A Pop- Up Restaurant
What better way to soak up the festivities of the World Cup than to spend an evening in a pop-up restaurant, held at a historic landmark which was once the crossroads of travellers all across the globe?

My Private Chef introduces its first leg of pop-up dining, Stories, held at the Tanjong Pagar Railway Station. At $188 – $248 per ticket, enjoy a fresh interpretation of local cuisine by Chef Stephan Zoisl, who has worked in Michelin starred restaurants around Austria, Portugal and the United States of America (coincidentally teams of the tournament!)

22 – 26 June 2014. Tickets can be purchased on http://www.myprivatechef.com.sg. Advanced reservations can be made at dine@myprivatechef.com.sg

 

So, how would you be spending time during the World Cup period? Share with us in the comments section below!

About the Author: Matthew Fam is a contributing writer of Material World, and has worked at Cosmopolitan Singapore as an intern and Contributing Beauty Assistant. He writes, teaches, and performs for the stage. Matthew enjoys museum visits, Singaporean Theatre, and spends too much of his undergraduate allowance on magazines.


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The 17 Emotional Stages You Go Through At Beerfest Asia – Tan Lili

Most of us share a love-hate relationship with alcohol – we love the happy buzz it brings at the beginning, and hate the head-pounding hangover the next morning. But did you know we run the full gamut of emotions in between?

Picture taken from www.beerfestasia.com.

Picture taken from http://www.beerfestasia.com.

With an unprecedented number of beers and ciders this year (over 500 different kinds of them!), Beerfest Asia 2014 looks set to be even rowdier than before. Even the Whiskey Lounge, which is back for the second year running, will feature a bigger selection this time around.

I don’t know about you, but I’m all revved up and ready to attack the beers!

The emotional rollercoaster many of us ride during the festival (and the morning after), however, is not for the faint of heart. Below, the 17 stages presented in GIFs.

1. Pure, unadulterated excitement. Beerfest Asia had better be ready for you, ’cos the party don’t start till you walk in.

Excited


2. Invincible.
Super-potent first beer? No problem. Is that a chug chant you hear? Easy-peasy. The night is young; the Milky Way is the limit.

Invincible


3. Buzzed.
You’re in your happy zone, and everything you do is awesome – including those super cool moves you just know the opposite sex can’t resist.

Swagger


4. Wonderstruck.
Everyone around you is full of awesomeness! This party rocks!

Awesome


5. Hot.
As in, sweat-dripping-down-your-butt-crack hot.

Sweat


6. Ravenous.
Suddenly, you need to fill your stomach with greasy, over-fried (and over-priced) food.

Hungry


7. Murderous.
No one gets in the way of you and food. NO ONE.

Move Bitch


8. Annoyed.
 You’re a little miffed that everyone’s asking if you’re fine, because you are.

Pretend fine 2

REALLY. You are.

Pretend fine

Even though you can hardly hear them. Or see them, for that matter. Same difference.

Deaf


9. Something.
You can’t explain it, but you feel something.

Feel Something


10. Emotional.
So many feels, you can’t even.

Emotional


11. Overly attached.
What is life without your beautiful friends who are always by your drunken side? Your love for them knows no bounds. IT’S TIME FOR A GROUP HUG!

Group hug


12. Full.
Up to your throat.

(You know what’s coming.)

Vomit


13. Sleepy.
 The ground looks strangely inviting.

Sleepy


14. Confused.
 Err, did Santa send you home?

Confused


15. Death.
Warmed over.

Morning after


16. Determined.
You solemnly swear you wouldn’t subject yourself to such stupidity again. Damn, you’ve matured!

Mature

One year later:

17. Blank. You appear to suffer from some kind of memory loss.

Memory Loss

Because when the registration for Beerfest Asia 2015 opens …

Excited 3

P.S. Don’t worry, Mum, this happens only once a year.

Beerfest Asia 2014 takes place at the Marina Promenade from today until Sunday, June 15. Tickets for tomorrow onwards are still available on Sistic.

About The Author: A founder of Material World, Tan Lili has previously worked in magazines The Singapore Women’s Weekly and Cosmopolitan Singapore, as well as herworld.com (now herworldplus.com, the online counterpart of Her World). She is now a freelance writer who works on this website full-time. Lili hopes to travel the world, work with wild animals, and discover more awesome Twilight fan-fiction. Follow her on Twitter @TanLiliTweets.

 

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Found: The Best Live Band Dance Club In Singapore – Tan Lili

With its revamped interior and the introduction of their second live band, The Pump Room at Clarke Quay has repositioned itself as the go-to live band dance club in Singapore for the working crowd. Who says clubbing is only reserved for the young (read: teens) and reckless?

One of my definitions of fun involves losing my inhibitions on the dance floor. There’s just something about dancing with your girlfriends that makes you feel young all over again, right? (Though for me, I suspect it is in large part due to the fact that I was a late bloomer to the party scene – the first time I danced at a club, I was at the ripe old age of 24.)

Yeah, blending in could be a problem.

Yeah, blending in could be a problem.

There’s just one tiny problem: I always feel ancient dancing next to the bouncing balls of energy otherwise known as youngsters.

But I think I may have found the perfect venue for working adults who just wish to let their hair down every once in a while: The Pump Room at Clarke Quay. To be honest, I had never pegged The Pump Room as a dance-friendly venue until last month, when the Material World girls were there to celebrate Deborah’s hen night. The spacious dance floor was never once empty, thanks to the infectious energy of their resident seven-piece band Culture Shock.

Now, it seems The Pump Room has decided to pump up their already-strong identity as “the best live band dance club in Singapore” – and going by the slew of changes and happenings surrounding the club, I’d say they are well and truly living up to their claim.

If you’ve been a regular at The Pump Room, you’ll notice changes to the lighting, décor and settings that work to evoke a “clubbier” feel. In the main hall, regular tables and chairs are now replaced by high tables and bar stools, making room for those of you who wish to bust a move right where you are instead of on the dance floor. Another thing about the high tables: they are great for placing not just your drinks but also The Pump Room’s delicious offerings from their new Light Bites menu, which features plenty of pub grub to fuel your energy as you party through the night! Some must-tries include White Bait served with homemade tartar sauce ($15) and Sliced Beef Diane topped with crispy garlic flakes ($18).

Introducing The Pump Room's second live band, All Axcess

Introducing The Pump Room’s second live band, All Axcess

What’s a dance club without a rockin’ live band – or two? Starting this week, The Pump Room has signed on All Axcess,whose high-octane performance promises to get the crowd on their feet. Formed in 2011, this six-piece band covers all genres of music, hence the name All Axcess. Of course, you can still count on The Pump Room’s resident band Culture Shock to belt out crowd-pleasing top 40s, pop, rock ’n’ roll and funk tunes; and not forgetting DJ Maverick, who seamlessly spins move-busting R&B, soul, electro and progressive house music in between sets. Catch All Axcess on Mondays, and Culture Shock on Tuesdays and Sundays. From Wednesday to Saturday, All Axcess will be performing three sets from 7.30pm, after which Culture Shock and DJ Maverick take over.


You’re invited to Retro Revival!

This Saturday (May 31), the happy folks at The Pump Room will be celebrating all-things retro with Retro Revival, one of the many themed parties they throw throughout the year. There will be no cover charge for this party, so come dressed in your grooviest and boogie the night away with your friends! Details in the poster below.

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About The Author: A founder of Material World, Tan Lili has previously worked in magazines The Singapore Women’s Weekly and Cosmopolitan Singapore, as well as herworld.com (now herworldplus.com, the online counterpart of Her World). She is now a freelance writer who works on this website full-time. Lili hopes to travel the world, work with wild animals, and discover more awesome Twilight fan-fiction. Follow her on Twitter @TanLiliTweets.

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[Material World x The Pump Room] How To Have A Fantastic Hens Night – Vanessa Tai

Bachelorette parties are seen as the bride’s last hurrah to singlehood, so naturally you’ll want to have as awesome a night as possible. We have a few suggestions … 

By the time you’ve read this, the Material World team would have returned from founder Deborah’s wedding in Penang. The wedding party was certainly epic, but the hens party we organised for her the week before was no snoozer either.

Because Deborah has always said she wants her hens night to be held at The Pump Room, we knew we had to have our party there. Before the party, The Pump Room’s Customer Relations & Marketing Manager Katie kindly arranged a booth seat for us in the VIP area. She even cordoned off the area with a huge bunch of balloons. Tip: If you’re planning on throwing a hens night party at The Pump Room, give the Customer Relations team a heads-up so they can prepare the necessary legwork. Plus, if you let Katie know beforehand, she can even help get balloons and a cake. The Pump Room Hens Night Package entitles you and your girlfriends to one bottle of wine, one bottle of spirits, and an exclusive booth seat to yourselves. Once you’ve got the venue down pat, how do you ensure your bride has a memorable night out?

1. Be Selective About Who You Invite

Cheers!

Cheers!

Hens parties can become a bummer real quickly when people have different ideas of what constitutes a good time. Some women prefer having drinks and heart-to-heart conversations with close friends, whereas others may be more geared toward a raucous good time. The important thing is to figure out what does the bride want, then invite friends of hers who you know are on the same page when it comes to having fun.

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Debs all ready to show off her singing prowess!

2. Plan Fun Activities

Denise, Lili, and I came up with a long list of “tasks” for Deborah to do (some of which are not fit for publishing!) but the one thing we knew she definitely had to do was get up onstage to sing.

The Pump Room’s resident band Culture Shock is a seven-piece outfit that belts out everything from top 40s to rock & roll and even funk. When we were there, the band was lively and energetic, and had the crowd whooping and dancing within the first couple of songs.

Katie had informed the lead vocalist that we wanted Deborah to go up and sing, but I was impressed how he took the trouble to come to our table to find out more about Deborah before calling her up onstage. True to form, Deborah soon had the entire club shimmying along to Selena Gomez’ “Love You Like A Love Song”!

3. Always Take Care Of The Bride

Yes, people will be plying her with drinks all night and you’ll probably be drinking your fair share too. But as her BFF, you’ll need to ensure you drink responsibly. If you think she may be drinking too quickly, get her water so she can hydrate herself. And once she’s done for the night, you and your other girlfriends need to be on standby to send her home. In fact, it would be even better if you could stick around for a bit to ensure she’s truly a-okay.

And that, my friend, is how to conduct a successful hens night party!

The Pump Room is located at 3B River Valley Road, #01-09/10 The Foundry, Clarke Quay. To make reservations, email Katie (marcom@pumproomasia.com). 

Material World worked with The Pump Room to review their Hens Night experience. All reviews are the author’s own and were not vetted by the client. You may read our advertising policy here.

Win a Hens Night Experience at The Pump Room! 

You and five of your girlfriends could win exclusive entry to party the night away at The Pump Room’s VIP area! To sweeten the deal, we are also including one bottle of Egly Ouriet Champagne worth $112!

To win, simply follow the instructions below:

1. Download the Material World app on iTunes or Google Play. On the Contest tab, enter “The Pump Room” as the Contest Name. Then key in the answer to this question: “Name the resident band at The Pump Room.” 

2. Like Material World on Facebook.

3. Click on the Facebook Share button below and share this post with your friends. Tag “Material World” on your post and remember to set it on Public.

This contest ends Monday, 12 May 2014, and is only open to followers of Material World. Only entries submitted via the Material World app will be accepted. Please read our terms and conditions here.

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Food Review: D’Bell – Tan Lili

Tantalising Indian cuisine prepared without the use of butter? Trust us, this new restaurant that serves up contemporary North Indian-inspired cuisine is one to watch.

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Located along the quieter end of North Canal Road, you might miss D’Bell, a relatively new restaurant that hasn’t officially opened its doors to media tastings. Just as well, because this means you get to check out their scrumptious offerings before it starts to get crowded – and it will!

While the bulk of the menu comprises North Indian-inspired dishes, D’Bell also serves up Western favourites like Sirloin Steak, Wagyu Beef Sliders and Herb Crusted Lamb Chop.

To kick things off, we had Chicken Mulligatawny ($8) and Lobster Bisque ($12). The latter is rich and comes with generous chunks of lobster meat, but for something more unique, opt for the piquant Chicken Mulligatawny. Served with a small bowl of basmati rice, the authentic spicy Indian chicken broth is flavourful and has got quite a kick to it – a highly recommended starter as it whets your appetite for what’s to come.

One of D’Bell’s signature appetisers is Pappadum Cone ($10.80), made up of Pappadum cone filled with tandoori chicken and vegetables. I liked the varied textures of the crispy Pappadum, crunchy vegetables and tender chicken pieces, but thought it lacked a neutral flavour to balance the saltiness of the ingredients.

Pappadum Cone, $10.80

Pappadum Cone, $10.80

For mains, must-tries include the offerings served fresh from the tandoor, which includes a wide variety of kebabs and naans. For the health-conscious, you’ll appreciate that the naan dough at D’Bell is made daily from milk, flour and low-fat plain yoghurt. Both Vanessa’s and my favourite was Kashmiri Naan ($8). Stuffed with raisins, nuts, apricots and India-imported rose petal powder, the sweet naan goes amazingly well with curry – and tastes just as lovely on its own. (“The Kashmiri Naan is eyeballs-roll-to-the-back-of-your-head good!” Vanessa moaned.) If you prefer your naans savoury, try Chilli Cheese Naan ($8), which is stuffed with a mouthwatering combo of mozzarella and cheddar.

From left: Chilli Cheese Naan, Garlic Naan, Kashmiri Naan

From left: Chilli Cheese Naan, Garlic Naan, Kashmiri Naan

The Tandoori Fish Nazakat ($22) – butter fish cubes marinated in yoghurt, cardamom and fennel for up to four hours before going into the tandoor – was another of Vanessa’s and my top pick. The smoked tandoor flavour and the spiced marinade evenly permeate the fresh fish, bringing out its subtle sweetness.

Tandoori Fish Nazakat, $22

Tandoori Fish Nazakat, $22

For curries, try Goan Prawn Masala ($22). The Goan masala sauce is rich, robust and makes for the perfect accompaniment to the soft and fluffy naan. Alternatively, you can never go wrong with Chicken Tikka Masala ($18), made up of tandoor chicken cubes in masala sauce.

Chicken Tikka Masala, $18

Chicken Tikka Masala, $18

The distinctive strong flavours of Indian cuisine are apparent in its desserts as well. The Mango Kulfi ($7.50) – Indian ice cream prepared with Alphonso mango – is the safer choice for those of you who do not have a sweet tooth. The ice cream is refreshing and rich without being    cloying, while the pistachio nuts hidden inside add a nice crunch to it.

After a scrumptious meal, adjourn to D’Bell’s bar and VIP lounge on the second floor for signature cocktails like Masala Punch ($20) – a concoction of house Bourbon and homemade masala mix – and Golden Moment ($20) – a refreshing blend of vodka, fresh mango and passion fruit with a hint of kaffir lime and chilli.

The VIP lounge - on the second floor of D'Bell - is equipped with sliding doors, a sound system and a flatscreen TV. Perfect for hosting private parties!

The VIP lounge – on the second floor of D’Bell – is equipped with sliding doors, a sound system and a flatscreen TV. Perfect for hosting private parties!

I will definitely be heading back soon for another round of satisfying North Indian cuisine. They evidently don’t scrimp on the spices, but at the same time they practice quality control to ensure the aromatic flavouring doesn’t overpower your taste buds.

D’Bell is located at 43 North Canal Road, Tel: 6536 4046. Opening hours: Lunch: Mon-Fri, 11.30am-2.30pm. Dinner: Mon-Thurs, 6pm-11pm; Fri-Sat, 6pm-12am. Closed on Sundays. 

Material World was invited for a tasting at D’Bell and was not paid for this review. All opinions are the author’s own.

About The Author: A founder of Material World, Tan Lili has previously worked in magazines The Singapore Women’s Weekly and Cosmopolitan Singapore, as well as herworld.com (now herworldplus.com, the online counterpart of Her World). She is now a freelance writer who works on this website full-time. Lili hopes to travel the world, work with wild animals, and discover more awesome Twilight fan-fiction. Follow her on Twitter @TanLiliTweets

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[Material World x The Pump Room] Valentine With Friends – Tan Lili

Who says Valentine’s Day has to be a couples-only affair? The Pump Room will be serving up scrumptious set meals specially prepared for not just couples but also groups of up to six, exclusively on February 14. Psst … you and five of your girlfriends stand to win this Valentine’s Day set meal and enjoy complimentary free-flow drinks at the VIP area! Read on.

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It’s a Friday night, and you’re all pumped up for a fun night out with your girlfriends. Except something’s put a damper on your mood: No matter where you go – restaurants, pubs, shopping malls, the streets – you see bouquet-wielding couples making googly eyes at each other. Love is in the air … and everywhere on land.

Yep, love it or hate it, Valentine’s Day is upon us. Somebody help those of us who don’t celebrate it – whether we are single or not.

Lament no further; that “somebody” is right smack in Clarke Quay, at The Pump Room. For one night only on February 14 this year, The Pump Room will be serving up special Valentine’s Day set meals for groups of up to six. Personally, I’ve always enjoyed their great beer deals. I had never tried their food offerings until the recent Valentine’s Day set meal preview and, I must say, the food is fantastic.

Which probably shouldn’t come as a surprise, since The Pump Room started out as a microbrewery restaurant before they weaved in the club element later. Specially put together by Chef Jason Ng, the four-course Valentine’s Day set meal kicks off with a choice of two appetisers: Seared Ocean Scallops with Mint Green Pea Puree, topped with Caviar & drizzled with Truffle Oil, or Beer Poached Tiger Prawns with Avocado, Tomato, Pomegranate and Cocktail Sauce. It is a tough decision to make; the succulent scallops are a delight to bite into, and they go superbly well with the refreshing mint green pea puree. Paired with the tower of sweet fruit, the beer-poached tiger prawns – they are also available on the a la carte menu but presented in a cocktail glass – work to whet your appetite for the next item on the menu: Classic Lobster Bisque with Fresh Crab Meat, served with Walnut Bread.

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Trust me when I say, the table was silent the moment we had our first sip of the lobster bisque. Rich, smooth, creamy, and served with generous chunks of lobster meat, the lobster bisque is one of the best I’ve tried. Chef Ng is ingenious to pair the bisque with walnut bread – the nutty flavour of the bread complements the wonderfully rich bisque without overpowering it.

For mains, one of the three options is Mahi Mahi with Caviar Sauce. Made up of grilled deep sea mahi mahi fish fillet with carrot mash, green pencil asparagus and caviar sauce, the mahi mahi fillet – this fish is known for its sweet taste and firm texture – has a slightly springy bite to it and is already lovely on its own. I’m not really a fan of carrots, but the carrot mash tastes amazing – I initially thought it was sweet potato mash! But if you prefer meat, opt for either Stuffed Flank Steak or Pepper-Crusted Breast Meat with Cherry-Port Sauce. The former is what every steak connoisseur’s dream is made of. Stuffed with spinach, feta cheese, mushrooms served with creamy mash and red wine reduction, you can expect a well-balanced mix of flavours with every bite.

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The Pepper-Crusted Duck Breast with Cherry-Port Sauce – comprising pan-seared duck breast seasoned with freshly crusted black pepper cone, garlic sautéed fine beans, creamy mash potato with cherry port sauce – is a must-try for those of you partial to duck meat. The full-bodied flavour of the cherry port sauce takes away the gaminess of the meat, while the pepper-crusted skin adds a welcomed kick to it.

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On to desserts. You can choose between Fresh Mango Mille-feuille served with Vanilla Ice Cream, and The Pump Room’s Signature Sticky Date Pudding with Butter Scotch and Vanilla Ice Cream. The mille-feuille is great, but the sticky date pudding is divine. When asked about the ingredients put into it, executive director Pauline (she is the one who passed on the recipe to Chef Ng) refused to divulge, and with good reason – there’s just something about this dessert that makes it stand apart from other sticky date puddings I’ve tried.

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The pudding is rich, moist, and not too sweet; taken with the aromatic butter scotch, it truly tastes like a match made in heaven. Even though my fellow tasters – Deborah and Vanessa – and I were stuffed, we couldn’t help digging in to the sticky date pudding! In fact, it is so good, it actually brought tears to Deborah’s eyes after her first bite of the pudding. True story.

The Pump Room Valentine’s Day Menu ($132 per couple; $244 for a group of 4; $348 for a group of 6) includes a glass of Quartz Reef Methode Traditionnelle Rose Bubbly for every diner. It is available at The Pump Room, 3B River Valley Road, #01-09/10 The Foundry, Clarke Quay. To make reservations, email Katie (crm@pumproomasia.com) and Landz (landz@pumproomasia.com) with the number of pax.

Material World worked with The Pump Room to review their Valentine’s Day menu. All reviews are the author’s own and were not vetted by the client. You may read our advertising policy here.

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This contest is open only to Material World fans on Facebook. Contest ends Wednesday, February 12, 2014.

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DIY: Make Bread With Beer – Deborah Tan

So the parties are all over and everyone’s made a mess of your kitchen, fridge, living room and dining table. As you are clearing up the mess, you notice that you have been appointed – albeit unwillingly – as the keeper of leftover beer. Bottles and bottles of the stuff have been left behind by your pals. There’s really only so much beer one can drink and it’s such a waste to throw it all away. What do you do?

Well, make bread using your leftover beer!

Feel free to have another bottle of beer as you're eating this bread!

Feel free to have another bottle of beer as you’re eating this bread!

I chanced upon a couple of Tiger Radler in my house and admittedly, wasn’t too inclined to torture my liver with more alcohol. Seeing that I also had leftover roast beef, cheese and chicken, I thought, “Hmmm … what can I cook up using these beer?” And there was only one answer: Bread.

This is a super easy recipe I found on the Internet but I made some modifications to it by adding a layer of Parmesan cheese on top because (1) I love cheese and (2) the golden burnt bits on tops add a really nice colour.

I used Tiger Radler here but feel free to swap it with any other beer you have.

I used Tiger Radler here but feel free to swap it with any other beer you have.

Ingredients
1 bottle of 330ml beer
2 and 1/4 cups of all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons melted butter
1/2 cup of grated Parmesan cheese

Prep
1. Set the oven to 205 degrees Celsius. Sift the flour and mix it with the brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

2. Make a well in the centre. Pour in the beer and melted butter bit by bit. Mix until it’s all well-blended.

3. Pour the mixture into a loaf tin lined with baking parchment.

4. Evenly distribute the cheese on top of the mixture.

5. Bake for 45 minutes until golden brown.

What I love about this bread recipe is that it requires no rise time like traditional bread recipes so you can prepare it within an hour and tuck in asap. Serve with cream cheese, cold cheeses, cold cuts, with soups … it goes with ANYTHING.

Store it in the fridge overnight, if you must. Reheat it in the toaster (if you want the cheese to burn a little more) or in the microwave. It is a chewy bread with a slightly heavier texture than your sliced bread so either way of reheating works.

It’s a Friday and I’m sure the feasting hasn’t stopped for some of you so … HAPPY EATING!

Serve with cream cheese or a hunk of cheddar on the side.

Serve with cream cheese or a hunk of cheddar on the side.

About The Author: Deborah Tan is a founder of Material World. After 10 years of working in magazines Cleo and Cosmopolitan Singapore, she is now a freelance writer/editor who works on this website full-time. She likes liquid eyeliners, bright red lipsticks, tattoos, rock & roll, Mad Men, and Suits. She likes baking but hates cooking. Follow her on Twitter @DebTanTweet.

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Mixologists Share Their Hangover Cures – Tan Lili

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It’s that time of the year when Sundays are generally spent nursing a hangover from hell and mentally making a vow you’d never drink as much again … until the next weekend arrives.

Don’t get me wrong; I’m definitely not an advocate of binge drinking – know your limits and always, always, pace yourself. But at the same time, I relish in that happy buzz a couple of drinks can bring. For some of us, though, we experience a nastier hangover than others even if we had drunk the same amount of alcohol the night before. From headaches and nausea to dizziness and fatigue, the symptoms can render us unfit to function like a normal human being for the next 24 hours. Yes, the price we pay for that happy buzz is high.

While there are many supposed hangover cures, like greasy food, sports drinks and a Bloody Mary, most don’t seem to work. However, a team of Chinese researchers from Sun Yat-Sen University in Guangzhou, China, may have found the perfection solution: Sprite. Out of 57 beverages tested recently, this lemon-lime flavoured carbonated soft drink was rated the best to cure a hangover – it’s said to help break down acetaldehyde, the culprit behind alcohol-induced symptoms like headaches and nausea. According to the study, other beverages, including herbal teas, were found to worsen hangover symptoms.

So, does it work? Well, we’ll let you know in due time. Meanwhile, we spoke to some of the top mixologists and got them to reveal their favourite hangover cures:

Ethan Leslie Leong, Master Mixologist, Maison Ikkoku

“Pop one milk thistle and one vitamin b500 before sleep. Then when you wake up, pop one vitamin C1000 with lots and lots of water, and you should be ready to drink again in three hours! In fact, I also have a solution for immediate recovery: have a La Poire Greyhound (Grey Goose La Poire Vodka mixed with grapefruit juice) – it will load up your body with vitamin C, sugar and water, which will help sober you up almost instantly!”

Galbitang - a type of Korean soup that tastes and looks like bak ku teh.

Galbitang – a type of Korean soup that tastes and looks like bak ku teh.

Kim Bong Ha, Bacardi-Martini Korea brand ambassador and renowned mixologist

“My stomach tends to feel uncomfortable after a night of hard drinking, so I’ll avoid food the next morning. There are four steps to my hangover cure. First, I down a cup of hot, black coffee (no sugar, no milk) to suppress the smell of alcohol. Following that, I will have a big jug of Korean tea. If I still don’t feel well, the third step involves having some freshly squeezed tomato juice (with no sugar). Finally, when I’m ready to eat, I’ll have Galbitang, which is a type of Korean soup made with beef or pork. It looks and tastes like the local bak kut teh.”

Ukon no Chikara, available at most convenience stores at $9 a bottle

Ukon no Chikara, available at most convenience stores at $9 a bottle

Aki Eguchi, Bar Manager, Jigger & Pony

“Down a shot of vinegar to instantly jolt the senses and revitalise the mind. Another method of mine is to drink Ukon no Chikara, which means Power of Turmeric in Japanese. (The powder can be bought at convenience stores.) This drink is said to enhance liver function and prevent the symptoms of a hangover. They key ingredient in Ukon is curcumin, the active ingredient of turmeric – it’s said to have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and helps break down the alcohol in our system. In order for Ukon no Chikara to be effective, you have to take this before you start drinking or while drinking.”

About The Author: A founder of Material World, Tan Lili has previously worked in magazines The Singapore Women’s Weekly and Cosmopolitan Singapore, as well as herworld.com (now herworldplus.com, the online counterpart of Her World). She is now a freelance writer who works on this website full-time. Lili hopes to travel the world, work with wild animals, and discover more awesome Twilight fan-fiction. Follow her on Twitter @TanLiliTweets.

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Party Platters For The Festive Season – Vanessa Tai

If you’re like most people in Singapore, you probably celebrate Christmas with good food … lots of it. Turkey, ham, and log cakes are staples at every Christmas meal, but instead of jostling with everyone else outside, why not bring these festive foods into your home instead? Year on year, hotels and restaurants continue to impress with their mouthwatering array of festive dishes. Here’s a round-up of some of our faves:

For a hearty feast … 

The St Regis Singapore:

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Roasted Muscovy Duck served with Orange Sauce

You’re probably familiar with how the Material Girls are fans of the food from St Regis Singapore, but their Christmas menu takes things to brand new culinary heights. A must-try is the Roasted Muscovy Duck served with Orange Sauce, $132. This large duck (2.2kg) is native to France, and is well-known for its robust flavours. There’s none of that gamey taste usually associated with duck; the meat is tender, and has a slightly smoky flavour. Another standout dish is the Braised Kurobuta Pork Leg, $180, which comes paired with Dauphinoise Potatoes, and sautéed Brussels Sprouts.

The Roasted Muscovy Duck, along with other festive treats from The St Regis Singapore, will be available for order/takeaway. Click here for more details. 

Goodwood Park Hotel:

Rock Salt Baked Turkey

Rock Salt Baked Turkey

For a large gathering, you’ll definitely want to opt for the Rock Salt Baked Turkey, $188 (serves 8 – 12). It comes served with Shanghai vegetable rice, and homemade ginger and chilli. If you usually find turkey a bit bland or tasteless, you’ll love this Asian spin. It’s almost like eating a decadent version of chicken rice – the meat is delicious and moist, and the rice, wonderfully fragrant and comforting. Because it’s infused with so much local flavour, it’s something that your picky grandparents will find very palatable as well. Guaranteed to be a hit!

The Rock Salt Baked Turkey, along with other festive treats from Goodwood Park Hotel, are available at the Deli from December 1 – 26. Advance orders of three working days are required. Call 6730 1867 or email festive@goodwoodparkhotel.com to place your order. 

For intimate parties … 

Charly T’s

Charly T's Signature Roast Chicken

Charly T’s Signature Rotisserie Chicken

Fans of Charly T’s signature “Best in the City” rotisserie chicken, you can now enjoy the dish in the comfort of your own home. The chicken – which has been marinated for over 13 hours before being slow-cooked rotisserie-style – together with two slabs of Kansas City Pork Ribs, and two sides of German Potato Salad, are available for takeaway from 22 December 2013 to 1 January 2014.

Advanced orders of 24 hours is required. For enquiries, call 6467 9307 (PasarBella) or 6636 4701 (I12 Katong).  

Pies & Coffee

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Santa’s Chicken with Turkey Ham Pot Pie

Going for a potluck party? Drop by any Pies & Coffee outlet to pick up some of their festive creations. For something savoury, there’s Santa’s Chicken with Turkey Ham Pot Pie, $9.95, which comes stuffed with minced chicken, turkey ham, and a mixture of green peas, carrots, chunky potatoes, and onions. For sweets, try the Frosty Minced Pie, $8.80, a traditional Christmas pie filled with dried fruits that have been soaked in rum for a week. 

For more information on Pies & Coffee, click here

ChinaOne

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Jagermeister-kissed The “Grinch” Chicken

Hands up if you love your Jagerbombs. Now, you can enjoy your favourite alcoholic drink with your festive food! To celebrate its first-ever festive menu, the chefs at ChinaOne have created the Jagermeister-kissed The “Grinch” Chicken, $45. By marinating the chicken with the green-labeled Jagermeister, you get a sizzling hot dish that’s laced with complex notes of orange, cinnamon, star anise, ginger, and cardamom. Yum!

The Jagermeister-kissed The “Grinch” Chicken, along with other festive treats, are available for takeaway from ChinaOne from 1 to 31 December.  A 3-day advance reservation is required for both dine-in and takeaway. For more information, click here

For gifting … 

Delifrance

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Enchanted Macaron Tower

Be the star of the party with the Enchanted Macaron Tower, $88 (S) and $128 (L). This staggering sweet treat is constructed with a mix of chocolate, praline, mixed berries, and Valrhona Ivoire-filled cassis macarons.

For more information on their festive menu, click here

Nescafe Dolce Gusto Festive Party Pack

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Nescafe Dolce Gusto Festive Party Pack

Know a family who loves their joe? Present them with the Nescafe Dolce Gusto Festive Party Pack! It comes with four of the bestselling flavours – Espresso Intenso, Lungo, Café Au Lait and the limited edition Cortado Espresso Macchiato – packed within a stylish collectable tin.

For more information on store listings, click here

About The Author: Vanessa Tai is a founder of Material World who has previously worked on magazines Simply Her and Cosmopolitan Singapore. Now a freelance writer and a full-time contributor to this website, the 26-year-old dreams of attending every single major music festival before she turns 30. Follow her on Twitter @VannTaiTweets.

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