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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.’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 Advanced reservations can be made at


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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Food Review: Anthesis – Vanessa Tai

Tired of the same ol’ brunch offerings and looking for a new spot for weekend brunches? Anthesis is a newly opened boulangerie-bistro at Robertson Quay, facing the Singapore River. Here, you’ll get an international variety of breads and pastries freshly baked every day on site. Carb lovers will have a field day choosing from the wide variety of breads available, from pumpkin seed, dark rye, multi-grain, walnut and olive.

You'll be spoiled for choice with Anthesis' extensive bread selection.

You’ll be spoiled for choice with Anthesis’ extensive bread selection.

I knew I would be loading up on carbs at Anthesis, so I made sure to go with an empty stomach, which turned out to be a good idea. My meal kicked off with a Bread Platter, $14, which comes with three varieties of bread of your choice as well as thinly-sliced Cheddar cheese, hummus, orange marmalade and strawberry preserves. By the way, even the orange marmalade and strawberry preserves are freshly made by the Anthesis chefs, so it doesn’t have that cloying sweetness some off-the-shelf brands tend to have. As part of my media tasting, I got to try five varieties of bread – dark rye, baguette, walnut, ciabatta and light rye. The bread tasted delightfully fresh, and had a nice, chewy texture complemented by a slightly crispy crust. My favourites were the walnut as it had a distinctively nutty flavour – which I love – as well as the light rye, which had hints of sourdough flavours. The homemade hummus, made with a blend of chickpeas, salt, pepper, lemon juice and onion, was very addictive … I would have kept stuffing my face if the next dish didn’t arrive just in time.

Tuna Tataki topped with avocado salsa on freshly baked bread

Tuna Tataki, $18, is one of Anthesis’ signature sandwiches. It’s seared tuna topped with avocado salsa set on top freshly baked olive focaccia. While the chefs recommend using focaccia for the sandwich, you can actually pair it with any bread of your choice. What I like about the Tuna Tataki is how it comes with different layers of flavours – from the chewiness of lightly seared tuna, to the abundant freshness of avocado and the spice of cracked pepper.

Banana Split Brioche French Toast Stack

Banana Split Brioche French Toast Stack

For something sweet, the Banana Split Brioche French Toast Stack, $16, comes highly recommended. A generous serving of strawberries, blackberries and caramelised bananas are stacked atop pillowy soft brioche toast, and layered with maple syrup and mascarpone cheese. The sweetness can get a little overwhelming for one person, so it might be a better idea to share it with a friend, or pair it with one of their many artisanal teas.

Premium tea blends from California

Premium tea blends from California

The teas at Anthesis are specially sourced from a organic specialty tea purveyor based in California. I tried the house favourite, White Acai, $9, which is a refreshing white tea blend that’s light on the palate. Another interesting blend is the Velvet Tea, $9, which has subtle caramel undertones. The coffee here is made with an exclusive blend of Brazilian Yellow Bourbon, Guatemala and Sumatra LinTong. I tried the Piccolo Latte, and found it a tad too acidic for my liking, but that’s possibly because I prefer my coffee with much more milk.

The stretch of restaurants along Robertson Quay fills up fast on weekends, so if you’re thinking of popping by Anthesis this weekend, be sure to go early. Oh, and the outdoor dining area is pet-friendly too so feel free to bring your dogs!

Anthesis is located at 86 Robertson Quay, #01-01 Robertson Blue, Tel: 6737 9873

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

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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