Be it work or school, or just the endless stream of social obligations we are faced with on the daily, human interaction can truly get so taxing. Press paws on that hectic schedule, then, and let the furries take over; their big eyes and soft fur are sure to capture and soothe even the weariest of hearts. Look no further for your weekend respite – here’s a round up of cosy spaces conducive for forging strong emotional connections with your new furry pals.

Cat Cafe Neko no Niwa

 
 
 
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The first cat cafe to open in Singapore, Neko no Niwa was opened with the belief in the benefits of ‘cat therapy’. The name itself translating to ‘Cat Garden’, it’s a chill space for relaxation and unwinding – with sunlight streaming in from the windows and washing over the room in a soft glow; the perfect place to fall in love with a kitty. Cuteness aside, all cats here are also lovingly adopted, putting the mantra “adopt, don’t shop” into practice. Drop by if you ever need a cuddle; the cafe charges $12 per person for the first hour and $5 per subsequent half hour (inclusive of one complimentary drink). Cat moms can even stay on for specially organised cat care workshops, further nurturing your commitment to these feline friends.

Address: 54A Boat Quay Level 2, Singapore 049843
Opening hours: 11am – 10pm (Mon, Wed to Fri), 10am to 10pm (Sat & Sun) | Closed on Tues
Tel: 6536 5319

Menage Cafe

 
 
 
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If you’re more into pups, head here to be greeted by a cheerful symphony of yips and barks at this dog-friendly cafe. At this cosy enclave in Sin Ming Plaza, treat both yourself and your pooch to a lovely meal; the thoughtful folks at Menage Cafe have designed a menu for both dogs and humans. Here you can tuck into tasty Western dishes like their Signature Fish and Chips and Spicy Crabmeat Linguine, while watching other doggos wolf down their own specialised doggy chow. There is no hurry to leave while you’re here, so go ahead and order dessert while stroking other pups and talking to fellow pup-lovers. Take advantage of the floor-to-ceiling window panels too, and stage an impromptu photoshoot with your prized pupper; you’ll go home with a happy furkid and photos you can coo over.

Address: 6 Sin Ming Road #01-01/02, Singapore 575585
Opening hours: 12pm – 10pm (Tues to Fri), 10.30am – 10.30pm (Sat), 10.30am – 10pm (Sun) | Closed on Mon 
Tel: 9669 8372

The Cat Cafe

 
 
 
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If the clear-cut name is any indication, cats take centre stage here. Climb up the flight of stairs right next to the bustling retail hive that is Bugis Street, and you’ll find yourself in a spacious, well-lit space with kitties purring about. Either ex-strays or adopted, the cats here now have a safe and clean shelter to call their own. Plastered all around the walls are introductions to the furry personalities here, including tips so you can properly forge connections with that special kitty. Apart from adorable cats, this peaceful space serves up freshly prepared desserts like pastries and some other light bites, alongside a steaming cup of tea or coffee. It’s also a great place to rub shoulders with kitties on a budget; it’s the only cat cafe in Singapore that has no time limit. For $15, you can spend as much time as you like with the lovely kittens, and the one-time entry fee comes with a complimentary drink.

Address: 241B Victoria Street, Singapore 188030
Opening hours: 3pm – 10pm (Mon), 10am – 10pm (Tues to Sun)
Tel: 6338 6815

Meomi Cat Cafe

 
 
 
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Just walking distance away from The Cat Cafe, Meomi Cat Cafe houses seven adorable felines of less commonly-seen breeds here in Singapore. The smallest in size, the cosy space lets you get up close and personal with every single cat in the room. Just as friendly are the staff who’re always on standby, fellow cat lovers who will gladly tell you more about your favourite kitty. Entry is $13 (with a complimentary juice or tea) and $5 per subsequent half hour.

Address: 668 North Bridge Road, Singapore 188801
Opening hours: 11am – 10pm (Tues to Sun) | Closed on Mon
Tel: 6296 0339

We Are The Furballs

 
 
 
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The first dog-petting cafe in Singapore, We Are The Furballs (WTF) is home to pups of small breeds like poodles and Pomeranians. The best time to visit is during lunch hour, where you can buy doggie treats for these adorable pups; before you hand them over, feel free to tease the intelligent furries with simple tasks like “sit” or “paw.” Though they don’t serve human food here, the homely vibe of this well-lit space is lovely for sips on artisan teas. Inclusive of one drink, admission is $10.90 per entry on weekdays and $12.50 for the first 1.5 hours on weekends, with an extra charge of $2.50 per subsequent hour.

Address: Bugis+ #07-07, Singapore 188067
Opening hours: 1pm – 10pm( (Sun to Thurs), 12.30pm – 10.30pm (Fri & Sat)
Tel: 6509 1186

A version of this article first appeared on SG Magazine.

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Marina Bay Sands may have blown up over the weekend with the opening of Marquee Singapore, but a stone’s throw away, an exciting new exhibition has opened its doors too. Over at the ArtScience Museum, the much-anticipated Wonderland welcomed its first visitors on 13 April to fall down the rabbit hole with them.

The travelling exhibition by ACMI makes its first stop here, with over 300 artefacts, objects and immersive experiences charting the evolution of Alice in pop culture. From now till 22 September, take a whirlwind trip through the timeless tale through our looking glass.

Before you start, be sure to complete a short Wonderland character quiz on the museum’s Facebook Messenger Chatbot – which will determine which character you are, and which copy of the Lost Map of Wonderland you receive at the door. Hold onto it; the map doubles as a physical interactive tool that works with many of the video installations peppered around the exhibition.

Your journey officially begins in the Drawing Room, which is furnished to look like Charles Dodgson (Lewis Carroll)’s drawing room from his time at Christchurch, Oxford. Peek into his life Before Alice through a series of photographs and objects in the Victorian-era space.

Find yourself at a dead end? Open either of the two doors, and crawl or walk through to the next room: the Hallway of Doors. In the adventurous spirit of Alice’s story, choose again from the three doors to continue your journey; the section introduces Alice Liddell and her siblings, all of whom inspired some of Carroll’s literary characters.

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In you’ll go to The Pool of Tears, a nod to the book’s second chapter that brings together some of the original material from the first movie adaptation, in one magical space. See lantern slides and projectors, movie jecktor strips, and a projection of the films released in 1910, 1915, 1927 and 1931.

The next two rooms highlight major Alice moments from film and television of the ‘30s to ‘80s, detailing the gradual shift into live-action filmmaking through props, set drawings, character designs and script pages. Original costumes from Alice Through the Looking Glass House take centre stage, along with perspective-distorting sets that let you recreate the illusion of Alice’s curious growth spurt.

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You’ll likely spend some time at Advice from a Caterpillar – a neon-lit tribute to Absolem The Caterpillar, whose famous words include a smoke-exhaled “Who are you?” to Alice. The section itself celebrates all things hand-drawn and Disney, chronicling Walt Disney Studio’s long-term interest in Carroll’s story through story sketches, animation cels and audiovisual clips.

Throw back the curtain, and you’ll arrive at one of the exhibition’s most interactive segments: The Queen’s Croquet Ground. Here’s where your map comes in handy – on it, decorate your own playing card with the stickers provided, then watch it come to life as a soldier with your face onscreen. Developed by digital toymakers Mosster Studio and Sandpit, the projection tech basically sees you run amok in the Queen’s Croquet ground painting the illustrated roses red.

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When you’ve torn yourself away from birthing playing card mini-mes, it’s time for the highlight of the ACMI exhibition. A Mad Tea Party seats 25 at a time at a life-sized table, beautifully set with fluorescent cutlery. Watch as a mesmerising series of visuals are projection mapped onto the table, flitting between cakes and pastries, and actual scenes from Alice in Wonderland’s cinematic past (finally, projection mapping that isn’t just on building facades).

You’ve near come to the end of your adventure, but take some time to coo over behind-the-scene materials from the 2010 live-action blockbuster, which heralds a new era of Wonderland storytelling in highlighting the blending of live-action with digital animation.

And in the final room, Alice’s Evidence, an 18-screen panel nostalgically charts the various representations of Alice from different times and cultures – anime Alice, Hello Kitty Alice, commercial campaign Alice – in a fitting conclusion to a truly wondrous exhibition.

Photo credits: Marina Bay Sands

A version of this article first appeared on SG Magazine.

Wonderland runs from 13 April to 22 September 2019 at the ArtScience Museum. Get your tickets here!

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There can never be any reason not to shop, especially when you are treated to exclusive deals that speak to your inner shopaholic. As part of the inaugural Shopee Brands Festival, the online shopping platform has brought together major international and local brands to bring you 20 exciting daily offers from 15 April to 5 May. From beauty products to tech gadgets, here are 10 super deals that you simply cannot miss!

#1 Laneige (17 April)

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Using the patented Cream Blending Technology, the LANEIGE Cream Skin Refiner combines the benefits of both cream and skin refiner products into a single bottle to quench your skin’s hydration needs. Don’t miss your chance to grab this new set at $10 off on 17 April!

#2 Wishtrend (19 April)

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If you love your K-beauty products as much as we do, then this is the perfect deal for you. Home to seven popular Korean makeup and skincare brands, Wishtrend will be offering shoppers 20% off any two of their items, only on 19 April!

#3 Kao (20 April)

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Living in Singapore, we are no strangers to the scorching heat. Which is why it’s so important to protect our skin from those harmful UV rays. Enter the new and improved Biore UV Aqua Rich, the world’s first micro defence formula that not only provides you with longer-lasting protection but is also water- and sweat-proof! Come 20 April, enjoy up to 50% off storewide on Biore and other Kao products.

Bonus: you’ll also receive a $5 Grab voucher!

#4 GSK (21 April)

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As a healthcare brand that specialises in oral health, skin care, nutrition and wellness, this is the deal to look out for on 21 April where you can enjoy $10 off Physiogel’s exclusive GSK set.

#5 Chope Deals (24 April)

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One of the perks of being a foodie in Singapore is the access to countless F&B offerings at our fingertips. To help make eating out a lot less taxing on our wallets, visit Chope Deals at the Shopee Mall on 24 April to enjoy up to 80% off restaurant deals!

#6 Etude House (25 April)

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Ladies, mark your calendars as 25 April would be the best time for you to stock up on all your makeup favourites and beauty essentials from K-beauty brand ETUDE HOUSE, where you can get $15 off your purchase!

#7 Kinohimitsu (27 April)

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It’s never too early to get started on a good beauty regime and 27 April would be the perfect date to do so. Known to have many skincare benefits including the ability to seal in precious moisture for lasting retention within the skin, be sure to get your hands on the limited edition Collagen Diamond from Kinohimitsu!

#8 L’Oreal (29 April)

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It can be quite a hassle to touch-up your makeup when you’re out and about. However, with L’Oreal’s all-new Infallible 24HR Freshwear Foundation and Chameleon Liner, you’ll no longer have to worry about looking shiny, faded or smudged. These two newly launched products will be part of L’Oreal’s 25% off sale storewide on 29 April – you’re welcome.

#9 JBL (2 May)

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Searching for a high quality audio companion? Enjoy up to 50% off JBL’s Bday Bash audio products such as the JBL Go 2 Waterproof Portable Speaker on 2 May, only at Shopee Mall.

#10 Mamonde (4 May)

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Inspired by flowers, Korean beauty brand Mamonde aims to reinvent the beauty of women by protecting their skin vitality with its patented Blossoming Energy. Experience this for yourself on 4 May, alongside exclusive additional deals when you browse the online store.

Happy shopping, and here’s an extra sweet deal for those who made it till the end of the article: we’ll be giving away a mega Shopee hamper worth over $1,000 with items from Sudio, Dibea, Vichy, JBL and more on our Instagram. Be sure to follow us for first dibs!

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Up for some hearty lunch grub? The popular fast food joint Shake Shack will finally make its way to our shores at Jewel Changi Airport on 17 April, which marks its first-ever foray into Southeast Asia.

Having begun as a humble hot dog cart in the US, the brand has since expanded across the globe and earned a near cult-like following. Shake Shack lovers would know best that no two outlets are the same, but rest assured the people behind Singapore’s have a wealth of experience under their belt.

The Jewel Changi Airport outpost will be handled by SPC Group, who currently operates eight outlets in South Korea. From signature dishes to innovative new selections, here’s a peek of what fans old and new should expect from one of the most anticipated F&B openings in Singapore.

#1 ShackBurger 

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Easily the flagship dish on their menu, the ShackBurger is a staple at outlets worldwide. Touted as the modern rendition of a ‘roadside burger’, it features a medium-grilled US Angus patty sandwiched between a potato bun, topped with tomato slices, lettuce and the famed secret ShackSauce drizzled atop.

#2 SmokeShack

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If you’re looking for a tad more flavour to your burger, opt the SmokeShack. The usual cheeseburger features all-natural Applewood smoked bacon for double the meat and comes with chopped cherry pepper instead of tomato and lettuce.

#3 Shack Stack

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Big eaters will be pleased to know that the Shack Stack will be making an appearance at the Changi store. Combining the classic ShackBurger with the ‘Shroom Burger – a Portobello mushroom option perfect for veggie lovers – into one mega meal, the Shack Stack will be sure fill even the hungriest person up.

#4 Shack-cago Dog 

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Living up to its origins from the hot dog cart days, the Shack-cago Dog boasts a 100 per cent all-natural hot dog topped with a slew of toppings: relish, onion, cucumber, pickle, tomato, sport pepper, celery salt and mustard. Just thinking about this combo would make anyone hungry!

#5 Fifty/Fifty

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There’s nothing like pairing your burgers and hot dogs with an ice-cold drink – and Shake Shack has arguably one of the most refreshing beverage combinations around. Aptly named Fifty/Fifty for the mix of lemonade and iced tea made fresh at the outlet daily, beat the Singapore heat with this thirst quencher in one hand and a burger in another.

#6 Singapore-exclusive Frozen Custards

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If you’ve got some room for dessert, the Frozen Custard is definitely a must-try. Thick ice cream made creamy with pasteurised egg yolk in its recipe, this icy treat will be sure to finish off a filling meal on a sweet note.

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To cater for Singaporean tastebuds, the Shack at Changi has brought in three uniquely Singapore renditions. Shack Attack Concrete is a local take on their signature chocolate custard, using brownies from homegrown bakery Plain Vanilla and cacao from chocolate purveyors Lemuel Chocolate.

Meanwhile, fruit lovers would be thrilled to know that mango stars in its own frozen custard, It Takes Two To Mango Concrete, which includes a serving of mango sago pudding and pearls along with freeze-dried mango bits.

Finally, named after the Shack’s new home in Changi, the Jewela Melaka Custard melds shortbread, Lemuel chocolate chunks, coconut salted caramel and gula melaka in one sweet finish.

#7 Pandan Shake

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And of course, you can’t leave Shake Shack without having of their signature malts – particular this only-in-Singapore one! Blending vanilla frozen custard with local flavours of coconut and pandan, this decadent drink comes topped with gula melaka crumble for that extra oomph.

Shake Shack Singapore will open its doors to the public at Jewel Changi Airport on 17 April 2019, 10.30am.

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To selfie or not to selfie, is no longer a question that needs asking in this generation.

In an era where all the cool kids are putting every second of their life on display, simply striking a pose for a selfie doesn’t cut it anymore. With new and improved camera technologies being unveiled every day, taking the perfect shot is now more effortless than ever. And no one knows it better than Samsung, who has just launched the new Galaxy A80 that’s practically made for the social media generation.

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Designed for the digital natives who live and breathe the Internet, this all-new smartphone from the Galaxy A series ticks all the right boxes on the tech sheet: a vivid full-screen display, intelligent battery performance and most importantly, a revolutionary rotating camera. Ahead of its launch, we bring you the first look of the spanking new Samsung Galaxy A80 – straight from the A Galaxy Event in sunny Bangkok!

A super rotating camera that swivels 180 degrees

Get this: it’s a motorised rear camera with a pop-up mechanism that can flip backwards in a stuntman-like move. Simply pop open the camera app, select the front camera mode – and watch as three cameras spring to life from the back of the phone and rotate to the front. With its innovative triple-camera design, you get the same high-resolution goodness front and rear (48MP!) – all loaded into one multi-megapixel powerhouse. Perfect for upping your Instagram game!

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Besides the main camera, it also comes equipped with an ultra-wide angle lens that allows you to shoot from the same viewpoint as the human eye as well as a 3D depth-sensing camera that utilises the technology for live focus videos.

Capture pro-level videos with its super steady mode

Had enough with blurry videos? With the Galaxy A80’s super steady video mode, users can easily eliminate camera shakes from even the most action-packed footage thanks to its superb image stabilisation capabilities. Another noteworthy feature is the flaw detection function, which automatically identifies glitches before you click so you’ll never miss the perfect shot.

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A fully immersive multimedia experience

The Galaxy A80 packs a gorgeous 6.7-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED display, which brings you stunningly vivid content in sharp clarity. Pair it with the phone’s Dolby Atmos audio for a truly immersive surround sound experience – it’s almost as if you’re watching it in the theatres!

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(First thing we did when we got our hands on this baby? Stream BLACKPINK’s MV in its full screen glory, of course! ICYMI: the girls were here for the launch of Galaxy A80! Stay tuned for our coverage.)

With all these next-level features combined into one sleek body, one might be concerned that it’s more energy consuming but fret not – this bad boy has a pretty solid battery life.

It comes with a 3,700mAh battery with super-fast charging capabilities so you can go on a Netflix binge for hours on end without worrying about running out of juice. But what’s even cooler is that it’s able to adapt to your daily routine and app usage patterns in order to optimise your power consumption. How intuitive is that?

‘Nuff said, Samsung – shut up and take our money!

The new Samsung Galaxy A80 (available in Angel Gold, Ghost White and Phantom Black) will be available in Singapore in Q2 this year.

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