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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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Lifestyle, Vacations & Staycations

Three Memorable Must-Dos In Seminyak, Bali – Deborah Tan

I know a great number of you have probably gone to Bali like 500 times. So if you know the place like the back of your hand, I’ll forgive you for skipping this article.

I had a bad first trip to Bali a few years back (my second was a press trip so that didn’t count) and because of that, Bali was never one of the places I’d think about going for a short vacation. But I decided it was time to let go of that bad experience and venture into Bali again.

Like most travellers, I wanted to do things most people have not done before. But one of the things I always seek advice on is FOOD. It’s not that I don’t have the stomach for new experiences, I just want to make sure I don’t waste time, money and calories putting away mediocre eats. So, of course I went to some of Bali’s most well-known institutions (that’ll be another article!).

But before I go there, let’s talk about some must-dos in Seminyak, Bali.

Stay at Seminyak Lagoon All Suites Hotel
Jalan Dewi Suraswati III No. 4

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“A new hotel on a new street,” was what the hotel receptionist told us when we wondered aloud why all the cab drivers seemed so unfamiliar with the location. Then a cabbie told us to just tell all the cabbies to turn in at Jalan Kunti along Sunset Road. From there, you’ll find a small, white rectangular signs pointing to “Seminyak Lagoon”. But since it’s a new hotel, everything was wonderfully clean and brand new. The hotel is small – there are only about 20 rooms and all of them look into the lap pool in the centre courtyard. The rooms on the lower floor have all their balconies directly leading to the lap pool. Overall, I found Seminyak Lagoon pleasant and quiet. It’s not a big hotel so don’t expect stuff like an in-house spa (they can call a therapist in for in-room massages, if you want) or restaurants and cafes (the breakfast service is basic and they have a lean room service menu).

The most memorable thing about the hotel is the staff – friendly, sincere, and always ready to help. And for that, I’ll always remember the hotel fondly.

Experience: 4.5/5 


Work out at Dee Muay Thai
Jalan Raya Kerobokan No. 289, Banja Campuan

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When you mention Bali, everyone automatically thinks of spas, relaxing by the beach, eating, padi fields … but no one actually go to Bali to do muay thai! Yes, that was exactly my point when the boyfriend insisted on checking out this muay thai school 15 minutes away by car from the hotel.

With my instructor Binbin Pardede

With my instructor Binbin Pardede

Don’t expect an air-conditioned place. Don’t expect gloves that are spritz down with disinfectant after each session. This muay thai school is for those ready to rough it out! Our two-hour session involved skipping, circuit training, basic moves, a bit of sparring, punching bags … it was FULL ON. I was drenched in sweat just 45 minutes into my session.

The trainers speak a bit of English, enough for you to understand what is going on in the class. Local kids would sit around looking in bemusement at these crazy people paying to sweat it out. When I proved to be useless at punching bags, I could see a couple of them giggling and laughing at me.

But the experience is authentic, fun, and I really enjoyed myself despite the super-tough workout!

Experience: 5/5


Indulge yourself at Sardine
Jalan Petitenget No. 21 Kerobokan

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Screen shot 2013-07-24 at AM 09.49.41We were so frazzled from the two-hour custom clearance at Denpasar airport that we decided to treat ourselves to a nice dinner at a beautiful restaurant. Even though I knew Sardine was a beautiful place overlooking its own padi field, I was still blown away by how gorgeous the entire place was. The cocktails were yummy, the food was great. Most importantly the service was fantastic. When the waitress noticed how I did not finish my pasta, she took the trouble to ask if everything was okay with the food. I was simply too stuffed, I assured her. Reservations are recommended and the place fills up fast come sundown. But I would recommend that you try to go to Sardine at about 6.15pm in the evening where there is still light for you to appreciate the scenery and you can kick back with a couple of cocktails before you get seated for dinner.

Experience: 4/5 

I’ll be writing up in greater details about the food later! Meanwhile, do give these places a shot if you are heading to Bali and staying in the Seminyak area. I promise you won’t be disappointed!

The author paid for her own trip, accomodation, food, and experiences in Bali. All opinions are her own.

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, Suits, and was really hoping to hold her wedding at Sardine (they don’t do weddings, unfortunately) … Follow her on Twitter @DebTanTweets.

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[Contest] Win A One-For-One Set Meal From Forlino!


Italian restaurants are a dime a dozen in Singapore, but how many are truly outstanding? Forlino’s accolades speak for themselves – the fine-dining establishment has won the highly-coveted “Singapore’s Best Restaurant” award an impressive four times. With the talented young Chef Kentaro Torii taking over the reins, Forlino’s position as a key player in the local dining scene looks to be set in stone. We sampled some of the new items on the menu and here’s our verdict …

Cured Tasmanian Ocean Trout

For appetisers, the cured Tasmanian ocean trout comes with a touch of decadence thanks to the Baerii caviar and is absolutely delicious when eaten together with the plump Burrata cheese. For something a little more traditional, opt for the foie gras prepared both “hot” and “cold.” Served atop homemade pannetone, this dish is accompanied by a traditional cherry mostarda (pickled cherries.)

5 Cheese Tortellini

Five-Cheese Tortellini

As tasty as the appetisers are, the show stealers are undoubtedly the mains. The five-cheese tortellini is handmade pasta stuffed with a winning combination of parmesan, mozzarella, taleggio, gonzola and scarmoza that oozes into your mouth as you bite into it. Paired with the impossibly tender Kurobuta pork cheek, this is a moreish dish that’ll leave you in a happy state of food coma.

Roasted Italian Sea Bass Involtini

Roasted Italian Sea Bass Involtini

Do try to save space for other dishes like the Roasted Sea Bass Involtini, which comes with a special type of fragrant black rice that has an earthy, almost barley-like flavour. Or go for the Roasted Deboned Quail, which is wrapped with crispy bacon, lending the dish a crackling oomph.

Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or simply indulging yourself after a long week of work, the excellent nosh at Forlino will keep you coming back.

We have a one-for-one Forlino Classic Menu dining voucher to give away! The Classic Menu is a five-course meal worth $108 per person, and includes dishes like Pan-Fried Foie Gras, Cream of Green Pea Soup, Spaghetti with Boston Lobster, a choice of Slow Braised Beef Cheek or Grilled Fillet of Sea Bream and a sweet ending of Chocolate & Amaretti Mousse.

Chocolate & Amaretti Mousse

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