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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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7 Lies You’ll Hear About Millennials – Matthew Fam

Millennials are not as bad as they’re made out to be. Seriously! Contributing writer Matthew Fam debunks the  7 negative traits commonly associated with this generation, and insists that this misunderstood bunch has much to be celebrated for.

#Justsaying, whenever I read articles of why Millennials are lazy, selfish, entitled, or [fill in negative trait], I’m like:
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But on the inside:
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There are major misconceptions out there about us, okay? And I think it’s easy for people to discount the capability, passion, drive and resilience that we have within us. It’s just expressed in different ways from generations past. Here are the 7 lies you’ll hear about Millennials:

1. We want to be mutli-hyphenated everything because we’re fickle.
We are the generation most prone to job hopping. Forbes listed that 91% of Millennials expect to stay within a job for less than three years, which translates to over 15 jobs in our entire career! Unfortunately, this gets misinterpreted as us being fickle for not being grounded in our ambitions. However, with a plethora of transferrable skills learnt, job hopping is hardly career suicide or disadvantageous, as this article will tell you.

2. We MUST have our sacrosanct weekends. (Don’t touch them!)
We’re said to demand work flexibility and leave at 6pm on the dot every day. In fact, the statistics from a study by Cisco backs this up: with 69% of Millennials believing that office attendance is unnecessary on a regular basis, heaven forbid that you touch our weekends!

Sure, we value free time and a work-life balance. But we also know how to manage our expectations to find a compromise, and don’t shy from hard work- even if it means clocking in overtime. We make those hours at the office count and work. It. Out.

Why? Because we are…
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3. We expect to climb the corporate ladder at an abnormally fast pace.
Entry-level position today, CEO tomorrow. Truth be told, detractors tend to view us as entitled little brats.

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This suggests that we lack the patience to gain adequate experience in a job before being handed bigger responsibilities. Yes, sometimes our inflated ambition gets the better of us, but if there’s one thing this generation must be lauded for, it’s our undying idealism. We don’t settle for mediocrity.

4. We’re selfish because we take gap years and spend our first paychecks on holidays.
Q: When does taking gap years and travelling the world become a bad thing?
A: When delaying a salaried income and not providing for your family unfairly labels you as selfish.

YOLO (you only live once), people! Besides, often times, Millennials make use of their gap year to take up internships, part-time work, or volunteer for a cause. The extra income earned from these ventures go into our vacation funds. So we’re not leeching off from parents, mm-kay? #Independence

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Sorry, we do not all behave like Miley.

5. We’re reckless, and we pride bad behavior above anything else.
“Oh, that’s how the youngsters these days behave.” (While commenting on Miley Cyrus’ Wrecking Ball music video.)

First of all, it’s funny how people make assumptions on our generation’s behaviour solely based on Miley’s bare bum. Secondly, NOBODY twerks in the streets for fun or enjoys public nudity! Miley Cyrus is not our spirit animal!

6. We speak in nothing but hashtags, emojis and tumblr gifs.
Okay, fine. So we can get a weeee bit overdramatic with the way we communicate. But seriously, just because we pepper our speech with these humorous titbits doesn’t mean we have forgotten how to speak eloquently! The English Language has not been butchered, RELAX. #Itiswhatisits #Sorrynotsorry

7. We are all experts in technology.
According to a study by PayScale and Millennial Branding, online marketing and social media are reportedly the most common job skills among Millennials. However, that doesn’t mean we’re complete whizzes with technology. It’s one thing to be able to update our Twitter accounts, or make credit card payments on ASOS. But no- if you expect us to programme a phone application from scratch, then this is what we have to say:

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What other misconceptions of Millennials do you know of? 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. He is also a proud Millennial! Follow him on Instagram @mattjfam.

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26 Things To Put On Your July Watchlist

Are you ready to embrace the second-half of 2014? We’re still recovering from the whirlwind that was the first-half of the year, to be honest. But with so many cool places to see, products to try and activities to check out in July, we’re all set to enter yet another whirlwind of new experiences!

A is for Anti-Ageing

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Youthful skin isn’t just wrinkle-free; it’s also free from pigmentation, and glowing with youth and radiance. A two-step, in-home peel, the Philosophy Microdelivery Peel aims to rejuvenate skin by resurfacing and replenishing skin with peptides and vitamin C for smoother and more radiant skin. Best of all, results are evident after just one use, and the whole process takes less than 10 minutes!

Philosophy is at B2-03 Takashimaya S.C., Ngee Ann City; and #01-16 Bugis Junction.

B is for Becasse 

Becasse has launched its first full format dining concept at Dempsey Hill and it promises to spoil you silly with a wide menu consisting of French- and European-inspired dishes, a seafood bar and fresh hand-made pastries made on-site daily. Fans of brunch will love the Croque Madame with a truffle baked egg and the fluffy but oh-so-sinful sticky date pancakes.

Becasse is located at Blk 10 Dempsey Hill #01-21. Tel: 6479 8119.

C is for Cats of the World Photo Exhibition

One of the entries from Japan!

One of the entries from Japan!

Love cats? Then this annual exhibition is one you can’t miss! In its eighth season this year, the non-profit Cats of the World Photo Exhibition features photos of adorable furballs, taken by aspiring and professional photographers around the world. This year, look out for one-off cat-inspired creations by artists such as David Chan, Ginette Chittick, Wyn-Lyn Tan and Puffingmuffin; each artwork will be sold for $100 to raise funds for Cat Welfare Society. Of course, you can also look forward to the exhibition’s feline-themed flea market. From postcards and notebooks to accessories and even toys for cats, the Saturday Purrzaar Market has been a crowd favourite since it was launched in 2011.

Cats of the World Photo Exhibition will take place from July 2-28 at The Arts House. The Saturday Purrzaar Market, also held at The Arts House, will take place on July 5, 12 and 19, from 11am to 6pm.

D is for District 10 Brunch 

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Mothers looking for a place where the kids can play while they tuck into their scrambled eggs can check out District 10 at The Star Vista. On Sundays, the restaurant installs a full-size bouncy castle to keep the kids occupied while their parents grab a bite. If you like food with a local twist, the pandan pancakes with gula melaka syrup will hit all the right spot.

District 10 is located at The Star Vista, #01-42/K3 (next to the taxi stand). Tel: 6694 2884. Email: thestarvista@district10.com.sg .

E is for Exciting Fashion News

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We may call ourselves the Material Girls, but we all know who the original Material Girl is. Apart from being the reigning Queen of Pop, Madonna also dabbles in fashion. She and daughter Lola have a popular fashion label, Material Girl, which was previously only available in department stores in the US, Australia, and Canada. But not anymore! You can now get your hands on the label’s trendy peplum tops, printed pencil skirts, bodycon dresses, and more on Zalora! The Spring collection is now available for purchase at http://www.zalora.sg/material-girl/

F is for Football Fever

So not everyone’s inclined to sit down to spend 90 minutes watching The Beautiful Game, especially when it’s screening at unearthly hours, but we’re pretty sure that practically everyone will fall in love with the Breadzil 2014 collection that Breadtalk has released to celebrate The World Cup. Our favourite? The Dillopillo, a spicy sambal chicken bun inspired by the armadillo mascot. It looks cute, and tastes even better.

For a full listing of Breadtalk stores, visit this link.

G is for Great Skin

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If hot and humid weather is causing your zits to come out and party, now may be the time to switch to a BB cream that not only provides coverage but also controls shine and fights blemishes. Powered by Community Fair Trade tea tree from Kenya, The Body Shop Tea Tree Flawless BB Cream blends seamlessly into the skin to give you a great-looking complexion. At just $29.90 per tube, it’s a summer beauty must-have!

Available at all The Body Shop islandwide from 7 July 2014.

H is for Healthy Tresses

HWe’ve all resorted to trimming our own tresses at home to get rid of split ends, but now there’s an easier way to repair damaged hair. Enter the L’Oreal Paris Total Repair 5 Emergency Care Split End Sealer. Powered by active ingredient LAK1000, it promises to penetrate deep into the hair to reinforce damaged hair structure and strengthen hair fibre. Up to 6,500 strands of hair will be repaired with just one use!

Available at Watsons and Guardian pharmacies. 

I is for Instant Laksa

There’s something strangely comforting about a bowl of instant noodles, especially after a long day of work or after a night of partying. Now, MAGGI ups the ante with MAGGI SENSES Laksa, with a special wet paste made with fresh galangal, spicy red chilli, and ginger. Combined with MAGGI’s signature springy noodles, this is a slurp-worthy bowl of deliciousness.

MAGGI® SENSES™ Laksa is available at $7.95 for a pack of 4x141g at all leading super/hypermarkets and convenience stores.

J is for Jermyn Street

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The trend of high-end grooming stores for men seems to be taking off in Singapore and more’s the better, we say! Jermyn Street is the new kid on the block. The decor is inspired by the 1930s style, and it offers a comprehensive suite of services including a luxury hotel towel straight razor shave, haircuts, shampoos, manicures and pedicures, eyebrow grooming and much more. Something to treat your man to on his birthday, we think.

Jermyn Street is located at 108 Amoy Street. For more information, visit www.jermynstreet.com.sg.

K is for Kiehl’s 

One of our all-time favourite beauty brands is celebrating its 10th year in Singapore! Kiehl’s turns 10 this July and to mark this momentous event, it is sending out Ultra Generous Trucks across 21 destinations across the island to hand out samples and treats! So keep a lookout for these trucks – there is a selfie contest too! Details in the latest issue of Kiehl’s Times at all Kiehl’s stores islandwide.

L is for Laneige

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After 20 years of research (you know they mean business when they spent two decades researching on moisture), Laneige has introduced the new and improved Water Bank range, which claims to deliver eight times more moisture into the skin. Through their research, they found that Asian skin is more susceptible to moisture loss. To tackle this problem, the reformulated Water Bank range features the exclusive Moisturizing Biogene Technology and Hydro Ion Mineral Water to restore the Asian skin’s natural ability to generate and retain moisture – even under dry conditions. The Water Bank range consists of Water Bank Essence_EX ($60), Water Bank Eye Gel ($49), Water Bank Gel Cream_EX ($52), Water Bank Moisture Cream_EX ($52), and Water Bank Double Gel Soothing Mask (5 sheets, $34).

The Water Bank range is available at all Laneige boutiques and counters islandwide.

M is for Melissa

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Brazilian shoe brand Melissa collaborates with some of the biggest names in fashion – Karl Lagerfeld, Jason Wu, Gareth Pugh, and J Maskrey – to roll out even more fantastic pieces for its Fall/Winter 2014 collections. These pieces will be available from July 2014 at the new MDreams Boutique at One Raffles Place, as well as its existing store at Wheelock Place.

MDreams is at #01-11/12 1 Raffles Place, and B2-03 Wheelock Place.

N is for “No” to Shark Fin

Kudos to Marina Bay Sands (MBS) and Singapore Airlines (SIA) Cargo for saying “No” to shark’s fin! Starting last month, MBS is no longer serving shark’s fin in restaurants it owns and operates, as well as in MICE events at Sands Expo and Convention Centre; from August 1, SIA Cargo will no longer carry shark’s fin on its cargo flights. The two bigwigs are the latest to join the growing list of companies that have pledged to protect the environment and play a part in shark conservation.

O is for Oleosome Technology

A sunscreen is a sunscreen is a sunscreen, right? Not so, with Dermalogica Protection 50 Sport SPF50. This sunscreen is made with the new Oleosome Technology, which is a type of technique that slowly releases sunscreen directly to your skin surface over time. This increases the UV protection minus any additional chemicals or emulsifiers. Even better, this formulation comes with botanical extracts like Licorice, Orange Peel, and Ylang Ylang to soothe and nourish your skin.

Dermalogica Protection 50 Sport SPF50 is available for $75 at all AsterSpring Centres and selected Dermalogica-authorised skin treatment centres.

P is for Pretty Homeware Collection

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Racking your brain for a housewarming gift for a vintage-lovin’ friend? Cath Kidston’s High Summer collection has her name on it! Featuring a botanical theme inspired by the ’50s, the Painterly Rose baking collection includes baking ware and accessories such as a ceramic cake stand, rolling pin and adjustable apron.

Cath Kidston’s High Summer collection is available at Cath Kidston outlets islandwide.

Q is for Qi Mantra

If you’re after flawless, radiant skin for that special occasion, be sure to book yourself in for the Miracle Facial, $350, at Qi Mantra. It’s a 90-minute non-invasive treatment that marries advanced VPL (Variable Pulse Light) and revolutionary stem cell technology to stimulate collagen production and significantly improve signs of ageing. Best of all, there’s no downtime!

For a full listing of Qi Mantra outlets, click on this link.

R is for Ramen 

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Sake + Ramen = one deliciously addictive bowl of noodles! The sake broth at Shin-Sapporo Ramen takes a minimum of 8 hours to produce and you can taste the potent flavor of the sake with every bite. The noodles are made fresh daily in the shop and the pork broth is painstakingly prepared by boiling the bones over high heat for 15 hours. For a taste of this awesome ramen, make your way to Shin-Sapporo Ramen at Orchard Gateway today.

Shin-Sapporo Ramen is located at B2-04A/05. Tel: 6702 4906.

S is for Summer Beauty

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Founder Lili sporting Priscilla lip gloss

Founder Lili sporting Priscilla Lip Gloss in Shocking Pink.

Synonymous with poolside and beach parties, summer is all about having a splashing good time and sexy, bold appearances. Complete the sun-kissed look with Nars Summer 2014 collection, whose palette is a striking mix of pop and sultry the collection. We love Priscilla Lip Gloss in Shocking Pink ($37) – it is eye-catching and amazingly wearable! Other makeup products from the collection include Tropical Princess Duo Eyeshadow in Neon Lemon Lime and Icy Lavender ($50); Lost Coast Duo Eyeshadow in Golden Pewter and Lilac Snow ($50); Malacca Single Eyeshadow in Iridescent Peacock ($38); and Hot Sand Illuminator in Peach Champagne ($45).

Nars Summer 2014 collection is available at Nars counters islandwide.

T is for Tempting Cocktails

At a recent media tasting at Ding Dong, we were blown away by the lethally delicious cocktails. One of our favourites was The Golden Mile, which is a blend of Thai herb-infused Ketel One vodka, blue ginger gomme, and citrus. The best way we can describe is like a refreshing alcoholic beverage with nuances of Tom Yam. Sounds strange but it’s surprisingly delectable. Another drink we enjoyed was the Fujiyama, which is made with Yoghurt sake, elderflower liqueur, fresh strawberries, and yuzu liqueur. Because of the sweet flavours, this is a deceptively easy drink to down. It’s only when the buzz hits you that you realise how potent the drink really is.

Ding Dong is located at 23 Ann Siang Road, Tel: 6557 0189

U is for Ujong

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The chef who brought you Wok & Barrel is back with even more tantalising treats at the newly-opened Ujong. Chef Shen has a knack for putting a gourmet spin on humble local dishes and elevating them to something amazing. And now you can enjoy her signature dishes such as Claypot Rice with Five Spice Pork, Har Zi Meen, and Hae Bee Hiam Mentaiko Capellini with a side of Col di Salici Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore. This is a zesty, dry Prosecco sparkling wine with fruity notes that pairs beautifully with the rich flavours of Chef Shen’s dishes.

Ujong is located at #01-10, 328 North Bridge Road, Raffles Hotel Arcade, Tel: 6635 6502

V is for Von Trapp

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The delightful Von Trapp family comes to town! The Sound of Music, arguably the world’s most iconic musical, comes to the MasterCard Theatres at Marina Bay Sands this July, all the way from London’s West End. Based on the original 1959 Broadway production, this is one show everyone in the whole family will enjoy! Get your tickets here.

W is for Whiff of Fabric Fragrance

Downy’s latest range of fabric softeners features an innovative technology known as the Scent Switcher Technology – and, yes, it apparently does what its name implies. The new Downy Parfum Collection is formulated with two types of Downy’s signature perfume microcapsules, which will be deposited onto the clothes during washing. Through the rubbing, moving and wearing of the fabric, the Scent Switcher Technology is activated, during which the two microcapsules are released at varying amounts. We can’t be sure exactly how and whether that works, but it sure sounds interesting!

Downy Parfum Collection, from $6, is available at all leading supermarkets.

X is for X-cellent Deals

If you have a Mastercard debit/credit card, now’s the time to put it to work. Why? Cos it’s partnered with Borderfree to give you free shipping for orders above USD100 at nine US online merchants. The merchants are: Aeropostale, Adriana Goldschmied, Bloomingdale’s, Eileem Fisher, Elie Tahari, Jos A. Bank, Lands’ End, Lane Bryant and MotoSport. Simply key in the code MCSHOP when paying with your Mastercard card. Promotion is on from now till July 14, 2014.

Y is for The Fountain of Youth 

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Looking perfect at every age is now almost possible with Shiseido’s new Vital-Perfection skincare series! Combining whitening and anti-aging benefits, this skincare line brings you impossibly bright and firm skin with the revolutionary ingredient VP8. This ingredient shuts off the creation of aged proteins, which are the root cause of wrinkles, sagging, dullness and yellowish skin. Results can be seen in as little as 1 week.

Shiseido Vital-Perfection skincare series is now available at Shiseido counters islandwide.

Z is for Zero Percent Worries On Spots 

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SK-II’s new Whitening Spots Care series claims to give you 0% worries when it comes pigmentation and skin damage. For a targeted solution, the Ultimate Spots Corrector boasts a dual approach, breaking the vicious cycle of spot formation and helping repair existing skin damage to prevent new ones.

SK-II is available at department stores islandwide.

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The Surprising Fact About Smartphone Cameras – Tan Lili

Know of that famous saying that goes, “Take a picture; it’ll last longer”? If you think that documenting every important moment of your life will help you preserve those precious memories, you are in for a shock.

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I just had an awesome week of entertainment. From feeling like (and wishing) I was 22 to drinking like I was 18, the week-long shenanigans called for plenty of camera snapshots just so those rare, fun moments would last longer.

Turned out, I couldn’t be more wrong. According to a recent study by Fairfield University psychologist Linda Henkel, using a device to record experiences will cause you to lose those memories instead. Reason: When you are taking a video or photo, you are not fully taking in the entirety of the event; all you’re seeing is what’s in your viewfinder – which isn’t a lot. And because you are putting in most of your mental energy trying to capture the event as accurately as possible, your brain won’t be able to digest and retain the important moments in the long term.

Memory experts explain that in order to remember what goes on amidst a vast array of sounds and images, your brain needs to use deep processing – when you process information in a meaningful way, it increases the likelihood of it being stored in your memory.

To prove this theory, Dr Henkel went on to conduct two related studies, during which she had students walk around a museum and remember objects as well as details. The results showed that those who were asked to photograph a whole object remembered less, while those asked to zoom in on a detail recalled more about the entire object. “It’s as if they click the button to take the photo and mentally think, ‘Done, next thing.’ They don’t engage in the processing that would lead to long term memory,” says Dr Henkel of the participants from the first study. The second study, however, proved the complexity of the human brain, that it codes experiences differently than a camera does.

Another psychologist even warns against selfies, claiming they are a “particularly lethal memory-killer” because chances are, you’d be fiddling with the camera’s controls even more than you would when you take a regular picture.

This all makes sense. At both of the concerts I recently attended, the venues were illuminated by the light emanating from recording devices. So many concert-goers kept their eyes fixated on their own viewfinders, blissfully unaware of what was happening elsewhere on stage. I’m ashamed to admit I was one of them. At one point the singer asked everyone to be up on their feet to dance and clap along to one of her hits – embarrassingly, most of us were too focused on standing still and holding on to our devices. Perhaps a smarter move is to get one of those monopods (or selfie sticks) – not only is that a more considerate approach than using huge-ass tablets and blocking everyone else sitting behind, it also allows you to focus on the concert and record it at the same time. Never mind that you look ridiculous holding it.

The best thing, of course, is to take a few snapshots then keep the phone tucked away in your pocket so you can truly immerse yourself in the experience. Though I must say, using the camera isn’t always a bad thing; it comes particularly useful when you want to remember – not retain – what transpired during a night of drunken debauchery. #truestory

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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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.

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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.

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REALLY. You are.

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

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

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

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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!

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12. Full.
Up to your throat.

(You know what’s coming.)

Vomit


13. Sleepy.
 The ground looks strangely inviting.

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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 …

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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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The 8 Big Ways To Conquer Crazy Sale Periods – Matthew Fam

There is an imperceptible energy in the air of Orchard Road. Yes, the Great Singapore Sale is fast approaching: the crowds will be packing, and your wallet will be crying. Taking place this year from 30 May – 27 July, here are the 8 ways to emerge a champ from this islandwide sale we all love!

1. The Dormant Shopper
The lights, it almost hurts your eyes. The colours, can’t… resist! You try to keep a calm, serene expression as you enter the store, when your shopping-deprived self is actually squealing on the inside. “Shall not embarrass self. Am grown woman with inner poise,” you tell yourself.

Relax- there’s more than enough reasons to get excited. Sales are a great opportunity for cash-strapped individuals where your wardrobe FINALLY gets an update. No more recycling outfits for the umpteenth time!

Tropical prints can still be muted, as seen from Marc Jacobs Spring 2014 Ready-To-Wear Collection.

Tropical prints can still be muted, as seen from Marc Jacobs Spring 2014 Ready-To-Wear Collection.

2. Eyeing Trends
The one statement piece to get? Tropical prints. Seen on the runways of Peter Pilotto and Marc Jacobs, these nature-themed motifs are still riding high on the trend wave. Allergic to colour? Pare down with monochromatic designs instead. Totes do-able.

3. Perfumes
Most often, sales assistants in department stores would offer a sampling of fragrance sprayed on card strips. Instead, ask if you could apply the perfume directly on yourself. Scents react differently to your skin chemistry, so what smells great on a card may not on yourself. Wait for an hour and then sniff the spot you sampled the perfume on.

4. Sales Assistants
“Hi, can I help you with anything?”
“Oh no, I’m just looking around. Thank you.”
You are then being followed around (eek), sometimes even eyed as if you’re stealing something. Sounds familiar? Oh trust me, it gets even worse with some security guards – they don’t even smile.

However, do know that these lovely staff have the best intentions to help find what you need. In fact, you can even score freebies with beauty sales assistants! Enquire politely about a product that you would love to try before committing to a purchase. They might just provide sample sachets.

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5. The To-And-Fro
No, this is not a Salsa dance step. But if you think about it, navigating through a sale is a kind of dance. How many times have you held on to a garment, before placing it back (do I NEED this?) and then taking it back again (but it’s in my size!) and then– you get the drift.

When faced with such a dilemma, ask yourself: Is this similar to what I already have? Sales are the perfect time to get styles you normally wouldn’t purchase at normal price, so experiment!

6. The Dressing Rooms
If the streams of garments spilling out from hands hadn’t given it away, you would have thought wartime food rations were being handed out. To combat long waiting times, you need a major game plan. Form a tag team with your girlfriend: wait in line as she gets the outfits she wants, and switch over when she returns. Just remember to set a time limit!

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7. Unflattering Dressing Room Lighting
Sometimes you wonder if the harsh lighting found in dressing rooms are just out there to make you feel completely miserable about yourself.

Overhead lighting tends to highlight every pore, stray eyebrow hair and blemish on your skin to the point where you just want to burst out of the dressing room half naked and cry. But remember: you are fabulous no matter what, so don’t let deceptive lighting deter you from your shopping expedition. Now… strike a pose!

8. The Final Stretch
Snaking queue at the payment counter? Worst. Part. Ever. As if queueing for dressing rooms weren’t enough! This is where people start cutting losses by dumping unwanted items on the closest rack or counter they can find. The department store will look like a war zone, and you the brave trooper who survived it all- good job!

To avoid overspending, draft a shopping list so you don’t buy more than what you need. But to err on the side of caution, bring a set amount of hard cash and leave your credit cards at home. That way, you’re putting a direct limit on the amount you spend.

 

So what other tips do you have for the Great Singapore Sale? 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 (Not So) Hidden Messages In Godzilla – Tan Lili

One reason why some movies haunt you for days on end after watching them is because they contain subliminal messages. Godzilla has several. Warning: This post contains spoilers, so don’t read it if you haven’t seen the movie!

Easily the best monster movie I've seen in years!

Easily the best monster movie I’ve seen in years!

I LOVE monster movies. The moment I saw the first teaser trailer for Godzilla, I’d been looking forward to catching it on the big screen, confident that it would be heaps better than the 1998 lacklustre version. Well, I caught the movie last weekend. Not only is the new and improved Godzilla heaps better, but it also totally surpassed my already-high expectations!

I reckon this movie would be a hit among the fanboys since director Gareth Edwards made sure the storyline stays true to the original in every aspect. One scene in particular, which showcases Godzilla’s signature atomic breath, still gives me the chills each time I think about it. The slow build-up to the revelation of Godzilla in his full glory is a bloody brilliant move; with all the other major events happening in the movie, I felt the pace was just right. And when all these events escalate to the main event starring the mean, green-ish monster, BOOM! I swear I heard a collective “Whoa…” in the theatre.

I could go on about how awesome Godzilla is, but you’d just have to watch it for yourself if you haven’t already. What’s more interesting are the subliminal messages in the movie. Warning: spoilers ahead!

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1. We just don’t mess with Mother Nature

Edwards revealed in an interview that the monsters – including two MUTOs (Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Organism) – are the result of our abuse of the planet, and Godzilla represents a force of nature, “coming to restore balance to something mankind has disrupted”. Even though Godzilla is seen as an antihero of sorts in this film as he cleans up the shit we humans left behind, he’s also left a trail of destruction in his wake, rendering us collateral damage.

Doesn’t mean that we should carry on abusing our planet, though. Read this to learn more about climate change.

2. We can all be heroes

If Godzilla were human, he’d be just like most of us who bear no intention of malicious harm to another living thing. I hope. But while there’s nothing wrong with looking up to the so-called heroes in our lives, we shouldn’t forget that they, too, are humans. Like Godzilla, we don’t have to be a hero every day – no one is. But when something calls for your action, when something strikes a chord with you and you feel like you need to stand up for it, what’s stopping you?

3. We need to practice transparency

See what happens when the American and Japanese governments in the movie try to hide something?

4. We need to keep our enemies close. Very close

In the epic battle between Godzilla and the enraged female MUTO, our favourite sea monster gets close enough to deliver the unexpected kiss of death – the scene that elicited gasps of awe and surprise in the theatre. The message here isn’t to destroy our enemies, but to keep them close for a couple of reasons: A) So we can keep a watchful eye on them as a form of self-preservation; and B) we can learn more about ourselves through our enemies.

And finally …

5. We really need to stop with the fat-shaming

Many Japanese viewers think Godzilla is too fat, to which Edwards rebutted, “…he’s big-boned.” Cleaning up our shit and getting mocked for having no neck and “too much junk in his trunk”? It’s no wonder he’s getting tired of saving our asses.

But seriously, if we can’t even accept a fictional giant mutated lizard, it says a lot about our rapidly spreading fatphobia culture. A recent study found those who are shamed about their weight are more likely to be ostracised, leading them to gain more weight. Victims also develop severe body-image issues as a result, putting them at a greater risk of depression. So please, fat-shaming has got to stop. Godzilla looks fine the way he is.

Hell hath no fury like fat-shamed Godzilla

Hell hath no fury like fat-shamed Godzilla

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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10 Must-Know Ways He’ll Never Be Boyfriend Material – Matthew Fam

Is he into you? Is he not? And if he is, does he only see you as a one night stand? The madness ends NOW. Whether you’re dealing with someone out of your league, a playboy or complete sleazeball creep, the telltale signs are undeniable. Here, the 10 must-know ways he isn’t boyfriend material.

1. The Picture Sender
Rule of thumb: if a guy is totally into you, he’d want to share as much of his life as possible. This means sending snaps of anything under the Sun- his new haircut, the new GoPro camera he’s tricked out with, or even a meal that he whipped up (pssst… your cue to suggest a dinner date!) On the flipside, if your Whatsapp media folder has been flatlining, you know he’s a real dud.

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Shut up now.

2. Emoji Overload
And just when you thought emoticons were bad enough. Emojis teeter on the date-defining line between adorable and totally nauseating. So imagine if your sweetie signs off each and. Every. Single. One of his texts with a parade of monkey faces. You’re dating a man- not babysitting a teenage kid.

3. Hanky Panky
Touch is essential for intimacy, no doubt. But having it five steps ahead of the game gives the impression that he’s only in it for your lady bits.

Signs to look out for instead? Eye contact, mimicking of body postures, and his pelvic region facing you (sounds insane, but seriously). Sometimes, subtlety does it.

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4. The Phantom Menace
Text. Flirt. Disappear. Repeat.  Sound familiar? Unless you’re settling for a flirtationship, you should find a chap who won’t string you along. Perhaps you could switch things up and make him the one to wait instead! Just remember: no crazy text spamming or instant replies that scream ‘psycho girlfriend’.

5.When the ‘L’ word is said FAR too soon
According to this article, men take 88 days on average to say ‘I love you’ to their girlfriends. And over 39% of those surveyed take the verbal plunge during the first month of their relationship. While this isn’t a compulsory guide, it should give you a fair gauge if your man is just saying romantic mush to appease you.

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Let’s get one thing straight: him paying for your date is NOT an excuse for a free pass at you. And you absolutely shouldn’t feel obliged to entertain his advances. I mean, hello?? It drives home the message that you’re a commodity to be bought… and ain’t nobody got time for that!

7. Repeat Offender
Now, this technique requires some next-level snooping skills (and a sliiight breach of his privacy… just don’t get caught!) If the way he treated his past girlfriends fall into a pattern- same breakup excuse, same bad habits- you know he’s not likely to change his spots anytime soon!

Total. Deal. Breaker.

Total. Deal. Breaker.

8. When He Secretly Films You During Sex!
Ever wanted to be a YouTube celebrity? Well, the only kind of internet sensation you DON’T want to be is this!

Sure, sex is supposed to be fun, but this here is a major deal breaker. Aside from having a total lack of respect, recording lewd acts without consent is just way too creepy. Spot a suspicious red dot floating in the darkness of his room? Congratulations- you now have liberty to go apesh*t on his MacBook.

9. Phone Fiddler
We’re all guilty of the occasional phone checking- even during dates. But if he’s busier than a Bangalore call centre, dump the dude. Actions speak volumes, so if he can’t even commit that little bit of time for you, what more a longer-term relationship? If text replying is a must (could it be that he’s chatting up other ladies too??), how about having a 5-minute timeout instead?

10. Bad Body Odour
Deodorant; cologne; instruct man to scrub pits with Clorox… Or seriously, just don’t go out with him.

So, how do YOU judge if someone is boyfriend material? 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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Accessories, Beauty & Shopping, Entertainment, Lifestyle

6 Reasons Why This Sun-Protecting Accessory Is INSANE – Matthew Fam

The onslaught of Sun damage is never-ending, so we stock our beauty arsenals with sunscreens and brightening serums aplenty. Plus, there’s always sunglasses and hats to rely on- but even those get boring! Introducing the face visor: a crazy, but effective accessory that shields UV rays, while adding pomp to your fashion cred.

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I want one NOW!

1. V. Stiviano: The Woman Who Started It All
So here’s the lo-down: she’s the girlfriend of Donald Sterling, 80(!), owner of the NBA Los Angeles Clippers. Stiviano was recently caught in a whirlwind of bad press, having leaked phone recordings of Sterling’s spiels of racism that landed the big boss in hot soup.

What started out as paparazzi-repelling accessory has now been swiped up by fashion blogs and news sites in America as the next ‘it’ accessory. The difference between this and other insane Sun-protecting kits out there? This one actually looks good!

2. What is it?
It’s pretty much a standard visor pumped with 100cc of fashion steroids. Forget those tiny visors worn by tennis or golf players- this baby goes for the gold. Its chrome-like visor fans out across your entire face so you get extra UV coverage. Perfect for days when you feel especially sh*tty and want to be left alone… or pretending to be asleep on the reserved seats of an MRT train.

Would you rather wear a face visor, or be sequel to the Texas Chainsaw Massacre?

Would you rather wear a face visor, or be sequel to the Texas Chainsaw Massacre?

 

3. It’s Sold Out On E-bay
Get this- when the twitter universe started picking up on girlfriend’s use of this futuristic-looking shield, orders went through the roof! Getting yourself one here can take up to 2 weeks for processing alone (not including shipping) due to overwhelming demand.

And apparently, this sleek accessory has been sold in China- creators of other equally insane knick knacks- at dirt cheap prices. (How did we not notice this??) So before retailers jack up the price, be sure to order yourself one, pronto!

Go, go, power rangers!

Go, go, power rangers!

 

4. It’s In With The New
Think these visors are obiang? No way. In fact, they’re bang on trend with anything space-age and retro-influenced.

Do these cantilevered beauties remind anyone of Daft Punk? The ‘Get Lucky’ electronica hitmakers donned their trademark helmets on the 56th Annual Grammy Awards red carpet. We reckon the glare from the cameras were too much for the French duo to handle.

Lighter than a helmet, face visors can masquerade you as a fashion-forward power ranger without suffocation. (Childhood confession: I always wanted to be Trini the yellow ranger!!)

Visors were HOT in Alexander McQueen's 2012 Fall/Winter Collection

Visors were HOT in Alexander McQueen’s 2012 Fall/Winter Collection

 

 

5. It’s Got Major Fashion Cred

Contrary to its futuristic appearance, the face visor is actually a re-invention of trends past. Remember those tacky 80’s visors made from cheap plastic?

We’re getting major throwback from Alexander McQueen’s 2012 Fall/Winter collection, where visor-donned models were sent down the runway.  With a nod to the house of McQueen and total fashion cred in the bag, rest assured you won’t be a laughing stock as you don this gorgeous UV-protecting headpiece.

 

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Too covered up for the beach? We think so!

 

 

 

6. It’s Better Than Burkinis

Now, I get that some of us are afraid of riding on a new trend because it’s always a risk being first on board.

However, you should know that crazy, Sun-protecting accessories have been worshipped by celebrities since for-evahh. (So it’s tried and tested!) Karl Lagerfeld, for instance, is never seen without his gloves, while Nicole Kidman was once snapped jogging in a neck and head wrap.

Although… we can’t say for sure that all Sun-shielding methods have panned out well. *cough* Nigella Lawson *cough*. With face visors at least, you know you can take the celebrity-backed trend of such accessories and fearlessly amp up the fashion stakes.

 

… But It Still Doesn’t Replace Your Sunscreen Essentials

While the face visor undoubtedly offers extra protection against skin-roughening UV rays, it cannot replace a basic skincare regimen. A religious application of sunscreen and brightening serums is the key to an evenly-toned complexion, with minimal pigmentation spots caused by Sun damage.

If you are outdoors, remember to re-apply sunscreen after each 2-3 hours of exposure. A spray-on sunscreen mists a protective barrier without smudging your makeup.

So, is this an accessory that you would wear? 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 freelancer. He writes, teaches, and performs for the stage. Matthew enjoys museum visits, origami, and is passionate about Singaporean Theatre.

 

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Adventures, Entertainment, Lifestyle

The Happiest Place In Penang … – Tan Lili

… for cat lovers, that is.

So, the Material World team were in Penang, Malaysia, last week for Deborah’s epic wedding. It was six days and nights of (drunken) debauchery – but that’s a story never to be retold. What I can share is about the cafe I dub The Happiest Place in Penang.

A day before the wedding, Vanessa and I were aimlessly walking about Georgetown. I thought I’d seen it all when I was there with my best friend two years ago, but I fell in love with the culturally rich city all over again. Wall art is still wonderfully prevalent around Georgetown, with even more amazing works by Lithuanian artist Ernest Zacharevic exhibited at the disused Hin Company Bus Depot. Besides murals, this hidden gem also features artistically arranged old-school street items and discarded toys.

Vanessa does an impressive back bend.

Vanessa does an impressive back bend.

This time around, I also noticed many new “hipster” cafes around the city – and I use the word “hipster” very loosely, because the vibe these cafes give off is hardly pretentious but positively hip. One great cafe is The Twelve Cups along Beach Street. Their signature mille crepe cakes come in an assortment of yummy flavours, and they are served alongside adorable chocolate sauce art.

Check out the amount of effort that goes into each chocolate sauce art!

Check out the amount of effort that goes into each chocolate sauce art!

The next interesting place Vanessa and I stumbled across is a cafe along Muntri Street called Purrfect Cat Cafe (yep, it’s the aforementioned Happiest Place in Penang). Friends know how crazy I am over cats, so you can only imagine my sheer delight when we chanced upon the cafe.

After a moment of squealing and stumbling, we all but sprinted into Purrfect Cat Cafe, eager to play with the kitties. Opened in January this year, the ground floor is a retail store selling all kinds of cat paraphernalia, while the second floor is divided into two sections: a cafe, and the fun zone involving eight cats. I’ve been to a few cat cafes in Asia – Japan, Taiwan and, of course, Singapore – and I must say Purrfect Cat Cafe is my favourite one so far. You don’t have to pay a cover charge; you just have to order a drink and you are free to get cosy with the cats for however long you like!

Enjoy a cuppa at the cafe before entering the fun zone.

Enjoy a cuppa at the cafe before entering the fun zone.

As with most cat cafes, Purrfect Cat Cafe has certain house rules – no feeding and no carrying – and at least one staff member is always on hand to make sure the humans are obedient. The second Vanessa and I plonked ourselves down on the cushions, a couple of curious cats came towards us. Vanessa was immediately drawn towards the real-life Garfield, while I was particularly taken with this little fella, who kept trying to sniff at my face!

DAT FACE.

DAT FACE.

I can’t remember exactly how long we spent at the cat cafe, but it was one of the most relaxing moments of my life. Any worries I had before seemed to dissipate when I stepped into the fun zone; what was left was a state of peace, quiet and unadulterated joy. Vanessa, a dog lover, was also blissed out from the company of cats (“I want to curl up and take an afternoon nap with Garfield,” she sighed in lazy contentment).

Vanessa and Garfield.

Vanessa and Garfield.

If you adore cats or animals in general, be sure to check out Purrfect Cat Cafe at 53 Jalan Muntri, Georgetown, Penang. You’ll leave the cafe feeling incredibly light-hearted, for sure!

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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