Finding the perfect Mother’s Day gift can be tricky, so we’d often resort to the go-to options of flowers and gift cards when all else fails. Make this year’s celebratory affair an extra special one by getting mummy dearest something that she really, really wants. Take a look at our list of unique yet thoughtful gifts that are sure to make her day.

Ohana Mahaalo Home Fragrance Candle Glass, $38.90

Ohana Mahaalo Home Fragrance Candle Glass

Pamper mum with a fragrance she’ll love, such as this delicately decorated candle with an alluring blend of cassis, jasmine and sandalwood that signifies happiness. This elegant scent not only freshens up your home, but also sits pretty on her vanity table. SHOP NOW.

T2 Tea Maker, $38

T2 Tea Maker

For the mamas who can’t live without her daily caffeine fix, this nifty little tool is sure to be her cup of tea (pun intended). Brew time is a breeze with this tea maker – simply add your tea, let it brew and enjoy. Plus, it comes in a berry violet colour that will be a gorgeous addition to your kitchen space. SHOP NOW.

Click and Grow Smart Garden 3 3-GR, $169

Click and Grow Smart Garden 3 3-GR

If your mum loves gardening, please her inner green thumb by getting her this self-sufficient plant – which is a great way to lend a touch of greenery to your home without actually having to spend time watering it. All you have to do is to insert the capsules, add water, plug it in and let it grow! SHOP NOW.

Canon Mini Photo Printer, $189

Canon Mini Photo Printer

Want to capture all your favourite memories with mum? This portable photo printer does the job. Convenient and lightweight enough to stow away in her handbag, this little guy churns out glossy photo prints in an instant, along with a reverse side that you can peel and stick to the back of your smartphones, laptops or just about any surface – so mum can always carry a piece of you wherever she goes. SHOP NOW.

Sulwhasoo Overnight Vitalizing Mask EX, $35.50

SulWhaSoo Overnight Vitalizing Mask EX

Between household chores and kid duties, chances are she probably doesn’t get to clock in a lot of shut-eye. Give her skin the beauty sleep it deserves with this luscious overnight mask, which is formulated with nourishing ingredients to reinvigorate fatigued complexion while she sleeps. SHOP NOW.

Lancome Advanced Genifique Eye Youth Activate Concentrate, $76.70

Lancome Advanced Genifique Eye Youth Activate Concentrate

What better way to show the supermum in your life that you care than the gift of youth? With its advanced illuminating formula, this anti-aging powerhouse works wonders in reducing puffiness and dark circles, helping eyes to appear brighter, younger and well-rested. SHOP NOW.

Pandora Moments Sterling Silver Bangle, $159

Pandora Moments Sterling Silver Bangle

Looking for something she’ll cherish forever? You can’t go wrong with this exquisite bangle from Pandora. Part of the Mother’s Day 2019 collection, this one has a unique knotted heart design that represents your unbreakable bond. What’s more meaningful than this? SHOP NOW.

Fossil Carlie Mini Three-Hand Black Leather Watch and Bracelet Box Set, $249

Fossil Carlie Mini Three-Hand Black Leather Watch and Bracelet Box Set

If you have a bigger budget to work with and don’t mind splashing the cash (it’s a rare occasion after all), surprise her with this luxe watch set which comprises a black three-hand watch and a rose gold tone stainless steel bracelet. It’s a little pricey, but hey, don’t all mums deserve the best? SHOP NOW.

What will you be getting this Mother’s Day? Let us know in the comments below!

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If there’s a food craze Singaporeans can’t get enough of, it’s bubble tea. To further fuel your boba obsession, we will soon welcome yet another bubble tea purveyor onto our shores.

Enter CHICHA San Chen (吃茶三千), a Taiwanese tea boutique highly-raved for their freshly brewed-to-order teas. Originating from Taichung, the popular bubble tea chain has over 200 stores in Taiwan and China – but avid fans no longer have to fly to the mainland just to enjoy these bubblicious delights; you can now get your BBT fix right here in sunny Singapore!

 
 
 
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Set to open its first ever flagship store at [email protected] on 14 May, expect a total of six tea varieties at CHICHA San Chen: green tea, black tea, cassia black tea, high mountain pouchong tea, osmanthus oolong tea and dong ding oolong tea. After selecting your desired tea base, you can then take your pick from an array of aromatic flavour profiles to complement your brew – whether you fancy a tropical note, a dollop of honey or an extra creamy kick. To complete your creation, top it off with either coconut jelly or caramel-flavoured pearls which are said to be 1.5 times bigger than usual for a chewier consistency. Prices start from $3.20 per cup.

 
 
 
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And in case you need more reason to get your hands on a cup, eco-conscious customers will be glad to know that your takeaway order will come served in a paper/twine rope carrier instead of the usual plastic options – which also makes for great photo ops. ‘Gram alert!

What’s also unique to the Singapore outlet is a first-of-its-kind tea appreciation counter, which allows customers to experience the authentic taste of the Lishan Qingxin oolong tea – one of Taiwan’s finest and most exquisite high mountain oolong teas – in five varying roast levels. Want to take home a piece of Taiwan? A selection of tea varieties are also available for purchase at the retail section, from loose leaf tea cannisters to tea bags and tea gift sets.

Featured image credits: @tuckintotaiwan@demi.foodie

CHICHA San Chen is set to open its first ever flagship outlet in Singapore at [email protected] #03-41 on 14 May 2019. For more information, head over to www.chichasanchen.com.sg!

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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

Birkenstock Mother's Day Event

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

AIA Glow Festival

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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