This May, get ready for a plethora of exciting events such as concerts, festivals, runs and more to spice up the monotony of the daily grind. Not sure what to prioritise come the weekend? Here are our must-go picks of the month!

1 May to 30 June: 22 Stories

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Stories of your childhood come to life in more than 20 rooms through 22 Stories, an immersive experience curated by local theatre company AndSoForth. Split into four themed realms, visitors would be able to encounter various beloved fantasy characters, such as the Little Mermaid, Jack from Jack and the Beanstalk and Cinderella, in a four-hour journey. You’ll also be able to spice up your feeds with the Instagram Museum – an interactive display of vivid backgrounds inspired by the classics.  

Tickets available at $38, visit 22 Stories for more information.

3 May: Troye Sivan The Bloom Tour Singapore

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Australian pop cutie Troye Sivan is no stranger to Singapore, having dropped by for a few fan-signing sessions the past few years. But this time round, the singer be in town for a full-fledged show as part of his Bloom Asia Tour where fans get to indulge in live renditions of hits such as ‘Bloom’, ‘Dance to This’ and ‘My My My!’.

Tickets available from $98, visit APACTIX for more information.

4 May: Jus2 Focus Premiere Showcase Tour

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You’ve heard of Korean boyband GOT7, now get ready for their latest sub-unit JUS2 – making their way to Singapore this May! Consisting of leader JB and maknae Yugyeom, the duo will be performing tracks from their debut mini-album Focus and will be joined by fellow GOT7 bandmate Mark as a special guest MC. Three out of seven’s not too bad of a deal – so SG Ahgases, what are you waiting for?

Tickets from $148, visit APACTIX for more information.

4 & 5 May: Doujin Market – Doujima 2019

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Heralded as the largest pop culture-inspired youth arts convention and exhibition in Singapore, Doujin Market (or Doujima) will be returning this year at Suntec Singapore Convention Centre. More than 280 doujin (self-publishing creative individuals or groups) circles and independent youth artists will be setting up booths across two halls, along with areas and talks for companies in arts education, animation, gaming and more to share their expertise in these areas. With the experience of hosting over 58,000 visitors over the last five years under their belt, the 2019 edition is set to be their biggest – and best – yet.

Basic admission is free, Fast Pass is available at $15 for both days, visit Doujima for more information.

11 May: Birkenstock Mother’s Day Event

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There’s nothing sweeter than something made with love. Just in time for Mother’s Day, surprise mummy dearest with her very own pair of personalised Birkenstock sandals. Exclusively at the Suntec City store, those who purchased a pair of sandals can get it customised for free – complete with a mini baby breath bouquet and caricature to go along with your gift.

Visit Birkenstock for more information.

11 May: Jason Mraz Good Vibes Tour

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After a successful show in Singapore last October, American singer-songwriter Jason Mraz will be back just half a year later for the Good Vibes Tour. The Grammy winner will be piling up the positive vibes with tunes from his latest album Know, including hits like ‘Have It All’ and ‘Might As Well Dance’.

Tickets available from $98, visit APACTIX for more information.

12 May: KATYA: Help Me I’m Dying Live in Singapore

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Fans of RuPaul’s Drag Race will be able to catch the series’ most decorated alumna live in Singapore this month, as Katya Zamolodchikova makes her Singapore debut with Help Me I’m Dying at Shine Auditorium. With an array of hilarious personas and characters to draw from, an evening with Season 7’s Ms Congeniality will be sure to delight.

Tickets available from $88, visit SISTIC for more information.

12 May: My Melody Run 

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We’ve had quite a number of character events in the past few months, but everyone knows that Sanrio’s family of loveable friends are some of the best – and one of them will be in Singapore for its first-ever run on our sunny shores! Fans of My Melody will be able to participate in the Sentosa 5-km run, while enjoying an opening ceremony of inflatable desserts as well as a carnival of games and photo opportunities with the mascot herself. You’ll also be able to walk away with a goodie bag of exclusive My Melody Run merchandise and a medal for your participation!

Tickets from $65, visit My Melody Run for more information.

15 & 16 May: Lauv Asia Tour 2019 

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Having opened for Ed Sheeran just two years ago, American singer Lauv has quickly risen to become one of the brightest up-and-coming stars in the music scene. Since announcing two shows in Singapore for this month, all tickets have been fully snapped up – a testament to his well-deserved popularity in and out of the states.

Tickets are fully sold out, visit APACTIX for more information.

25 May: AIA Glow Festival

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Rejuvenate yourself with Singapore’s first-ever AIA Glow Festival, which brings together international yoga personalities, music stars and other feel-good acts in a one-of-a-kind event at Sentosa. Participants will be able to go for classes by yoga teachers Marysia Do and Patrick Beach, jam out to tunes by Belgian DJ Lost Frequencies and British band Rudimental, and give back to the community during the festival’s 5k run for good.

Tickets are available from $89, visit Glow Festival for more information.

25 & 26 May: HallyuPopFest 2019

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If you simply can’t get enough of Korean pop, swing by Singapore Indoor Stadium for a weekend of K-pop goodness. Since its inception last year, the second edition of HallyuPopFest will be hosting a whopping total of 15 K-pop acts, with celebrated veterans such as Super Junior, MONSTA X and NU’EST and next-generation idols like VERIVERY, A.C.E. and TREI all having centre stage at the mega festival.

Tickets are available from $98, visit Sports Hub Tix for more information.

Which of these events will you be attending this May? Let us know in the comments below!

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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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