Think you know your sneaks? Well, not if you don’t know about the annual Sole Superior sneaker and streetwear convention!

Taking place on 27 and 28 October 2018 at the Pasir Panjang “A” Power Station, the rebranded Street Super Festival (SSF) is set to be the biggest and most spectacular edition to date. Besides getting your hands (or in this case – feet) on dope kicks, this blockbuster extravaganza also features up to 16 showcase brands, 70 individual streetwear vendors, 15 F&B vendors and a smorgasbord of Hypebeast-approved activities sprawled across a whopping 70,000 square feet of raw industrial space.

Here’s what you can expect when you head down to SSF this weekend – limited-edition drops, pop-up stores, sick beats and more!

#1 Make a trip down to the convenience store

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Except it’s unlike any other neighbourhood convenience store; it’s a pop-up mini mart that offers a cheeky twist on your local mama shop! Reimagined by the cool folks of Limited Edt, L.E Convenience allows you to purchase coveted footwear in place of bread, eggs and sundries, including hot new launches like the adidas NMD HU Pharrell Williams x Billionaire Boys Club, adidas Dragon Ball Z and adidas Yeezy 700. Super-rare Nike SB sneakers such as the Tiffany, Gucci and Ray Gun are also up for grabs.

#2 DIY your own pair of Timberland mini boots

Timberland DYO Boots Station

At the Timberland DYO Boots Station, attendees can try their hands at designing their own pair of mini boots. Also on showcase is a travelling display of Timberland’s iconic Yellow Boot in 45 special editions and limited releases, including high-profile collaborations with Mastermind, Stussy and more.

#3 Get skate-happy in your finest kicks

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Teaming up with craft brewery Pirate Life Beer, VANS has built a full-sized mini skate ramp with the intention of “uniting skate and art on one canvas”. While getting your skate on (bring your boards everybody!), don’t forget to take part in their cash for tricks contests as there are plenty of awesome prizes to be won!

#4 Trade, barter, sell or donate your old sneakers

Street Superior Festival Shoe Donation Drive

SSF isn’t just about splashing big bucks on grail and hype sneakers. For those who want to let go of their collectibles, there’s a Sneaker Trading Pit where you can trade, barter or sell your pre-loved kicks. Or if you wish to contribute to a social cause, you can also choose to donate your shoes at the shoe donation drive organised by Jason Markk x Bystander x Native, which will go towards Nashville-based non-profit social enterprise Soles4Souls.

#5 Chill out with great tunes and even greater food

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When you’re done hunting down your favourite pairs, fuel up on delicious street food from a wide array of independent food vendors (halal options included). Think succulent wagyu sliders from Tokidon, hearty sandwiches from Park Bench Deli, and gourmet burgers from Three Buns of Potato Head Folk. Thereafter, dance the night away to the hip-hop tunes of .Wav(y) as they bring the house down with an eclectic music lineup championed by sneakerheads and urban culture enthusiasts. No better way to end off the weekend!

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Other festival highlights include a Halloween multimedia installation and pop-up store by Steve Lawler and Tanya Wilson; a series of graffiti wall bombs by local graffiti artists; and the Hall of Flame gallery, which showcases 200 pairs of sneakers with heat and cult status such as the Louis Vuitton x Kanye West Jaspers, Nike Anaconda AF1 and adidas x Jeremy Scott JS Bear.

Street Superior Festival 2018 is happening on 27 and 28 October 2018 from 12pm to 10m at Pasir Panjang ‘A’ Power Station (8 minutes from Labrador Park MRT). Tickets from $15, www.streetsuperior.com

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Poké Balls at the ready! If you’ve not heard by now, Jewel Changi Airport is set to fulfill your Pokemon trainer dreams with the first-ever Pokémon Centre outside of Japan.

Since the launch of Pokémon Go in Singapore as well as the Pokémon event held at Changi Airport in 2016, excitement for the franchise is still at an all-time high – and it shows no signs of stopping. From Pokémon-centric events to pop-up cafes and even a Pokémon Run, it is clear just how much we Singaporeans love our Pokémon.

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For those who are unable to fly out to visit the actual stores in Japan and Hong Kong, fret not  as the spanking new Jewel Changi Airport will be housing our very own Pokémon Centre Singapore!

Set to be a permanent brick-and-mortar business, the new retail outlet will offer locals and tourists exclusive merchandise and collectibles that are unique to Jewel — think old-school trading cards, adorable accessories and all the cuddly plushies that you can take home. So get ready to be spoilt for choice when you face the endless shelves of Pokémon goodies that call for you to catch ‘em all!

While there are currently not much details being revealed about this exciting new addition to our sunny island, we are optimistic that the final reveal will electrify us like Pikachu does Team Rocket.

Other notable brands making their debut at Jewel include Shake Shack, A&W, Naiise and more. Jewel Changi Airport is slated to open during the first half of the year in 2019.

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From glow-in-the-dark parties to spook-tacular horror fests, the month of October promises non-stop entertainment to shake up your boring nights!

NOW TILL 31 OCT: HALLOWEEN HORROR NIGHTS 8

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Experience thrills and scares at Southeast Asia’s largest and most intense Halloween Horror Nights 8! Bravely immerse yourself in a night of endless terror as you venture into five haunted houses including the highly-anticipated Stranger Things collaboration with Netflix, and encounter your worst nightmares at the two scare zones and three killer shows. Don’t say we didn’t warn you!

Tickets from $58, visit Halloween Horror Nights Singapore for more information.

2 & 3 OCT: SAM SMITH THE THRILL OF IT ALL TOUR

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From heart-wrenching ballads like ’Stay with Me’ and ‘Pray’ to upbeat tunes like ‘Money On My Mind’ and ‘One Last Song’, be prepared for two emotionally-charged nights with soulful powerhouse Sam Smith in his first-ever emotionally-charged live performance in Singapore.

Tickets from $128, visit Sports Hub Tix for more information.

5 TO 14 OCT: KINKY BOOTS

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Get ready to strut down the stage with Kinky Boots, the award-winning smash hit that has seen the likes of popular celebrities like Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco take on the lead role in its Broadway run. Based on the 2005 British film of the same name, Kinky Boots take you from a gentleman’s shoe factory in Northampton to the catwalks of Milan in a joyous musical celebration about friendships and beliefs.

Tickets from $65, visit SISTIC for more information.

7 OCT: PUMA TRAIN #24SEVEN

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Define the way you train as you push, power and party through PUMA Train 24/7. Come take part in fitness classes by PUMA’s team of influential trainers, and work out in a neon-themed setting to an exclusive K-pop Fitness Jam with special guest Mina Young from 1MILLION Dance Studio. After sweating it out, fuel up with the array of delicious grub available that are guaranteed to keep you energised and in beast mode!

Tickets from $35, visit eventbrite for more information.

19 TO 28 OCT: SCREAM ASIA FILM FESTIVAL 2018

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In its inaugural run with 11 international feature films and one short film under its belt, Scream Asia is the quintessential film festival for all the horror buffs. Besides film screenings, budding horror filmmakers can also attend the two masterclasses by acclaimed horror directors, Joko Anwar (Satan’s Slaves) and Yeon Sang Ho (Train To Busan).

Visit Scream Asia Film Fest for more information.

19 TO 28 OCT: YOUTHS CELEBRATE! SUSTAINABILITY

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The Youths Celebrate! Sustainability festival is back at Gardens by the Bay! Visit the largest collection of Instagrammable light installations in the form of endangered animals as Supertree Grove transforms into a neon jungle. You will also get to enjoy a host of exciting programmes which includes a neon night market, a moonlight cinema and a glow-in-the-dark party – all in the name of sustainability.

Visit Gardens by the Bay for more information.

20 OCT: RED VELVET 2ND CONCERT [REDMARE] IN SINGAPORE

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ReVeluvs rejoice: K-pop girl group Red Velvet will finally be holding their first solo concert in Singapore with their brand new concert tour, Redmare! Alongside your favourite bops, be enthralled by the quintet’s unique amusement park concept where each member will get to showcase something special for their fans.

Tickets from $168, visit Apactix for more information.

22 OCT: ANNE-MARIE SPEAK YOUR MIND TOUR

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In a very special one-off show in Singapore, let pop breakout star Anne-Marie heat up the stage with her infectious tunes that entwine her celebrated humour, charisma and idiosyncratic storytelling.

Tickets from $138, visit Apactix for more information.

27 OCT: GOOD VIBES WITH JASON MRAZ

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Held in conjunction with the final edition of BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore, join renowned singer-songwriter Jason Mraz for a memorable one-night-only show where you can sing along to new songs like ‘Unlonely’ as well as classic favourites like ‘I’m Yours’, ‘I Won’t Give Up’ and more!

Tickets from $108, visit Sports Hub Tix for more information.

31 OCT: CALUM SCOTT – ONLY HUMAN ASIA TOUR LIVE IN SINGAPORE

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It’s time to get captivated by the soulful vocals of Britain’s Got Talent finalist Calum Scott at his debut show in Singapore. Be moved by his ability to transform deeply personal material into heartfelt lyrics like his popular tracks ‘You Are The Reason’ and ‘Rhythm Inside’. We can only imagine how perfect it would be to witness Calum’s breathtaking rendition of ‘Dancing On My Own’ in the flesh!

Tickets from $78, visit Apactix for more information.

Have you marked your calendars? Tell us which event are you the most excited for in the comments below!

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Fans of My Little Pony can now dine amongst iconic pony paraphernalia and Equestria-inspired dishes!

From now till 30 December, My Little Pony fans are in for a magical treat at Kumoya. Decked out in colourful imagery of the loveable ponies from the Hasbro franchise, the whimsically-designed My Little Pony cafe is ready to give you and your friends an unforgettable day out. To ensure that you get the full MLP experience, you can take a photo with Rainbow Dash, Twilight Sparkle, Pinkie Pie and Spike at the entrance before saddling up with the rest of the gang. There are also My Little Pony merchandise on display ranging from squishy plushies to adorable accessories, which are all available for purchase.

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Aside from the cutesy interior, what can you expect from the food? In yet another amazing collaboration with Little Miss Bento, the My Little Pony-inspired menu offers a variety of Instagrammable mains, desserts and beverages that will leave you spoilt for choice. Here’s a look at what we ordered.

Rainbow Dash Fluffy Clouds Bubblegum Soda with Fluffy Cotton Candy, Twilight Sparkle Sparkling Water Melon Soda with Fluffy Cotton Candy ($12.90 each)

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This gorgeous thirst quencher arrived with a fluffy cloud of white cotton candy sitting atop bubblegum and melon syrup. The soda came in a separate plastic bottle for you to pour the soda onto the cotton candy, allowing it to melt into the cup like raindrops. Though it makes for a super IG-worthy photo, it tends to get a little messy when the cotton candy falls apart so we suggest scooping the remaining cotton candy into the cup for a sweeter flavour. All drinks also come with a complimentary My Little Pony coaster that you can take home.

Friendship Meets Love Seafood Curry Rice ($28.90)

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As Little Miss Bento’s signature creation, this dish features beetroot-infused Japanese rice doused with curry and compacted into a heart-shape. Although a tad expensive, it makes up for the price with a substantial portion of breaded ebi, calamari, scallop, tempura salmon and potato cake hearts. Plus, you get to bring home a My Little Pony key and coin pouch with every order of this kawaii curry rice!

Twilight Sparkle Soaring Skies Chicken Katsu Burger ($22.90)

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Arguably the star dish of the mains, this hearty burger comprises a slab of juicy chicken katsu drizzled with house-made teriyaki sauce and sandwiched between two fluffy buns. And it doesn’t hurt that it comes adorned with a pair of wings and cheese stars to amp up the aesthetic appeal. Don’t forget to enjoy the bite-sized Twilight Sparkle mantou and crunchy curly fries that are served on the side too.

Magical Princesses with Magic Potion Galaxy Cake ($21.90)

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If you’re here for the ‘gram, this intergalactic dessert is a must-order. A mango mousse cake sits atop a bucket of dry ice, served on a tray with a beaker of multi-coloured shimmery galaxy glaze that you can pour over the cake – all you have to do is to get your cameras ready to capture the action. It may seem like a hefty sum to pay for a seemingly small piece of cake, but you get the experience of creating your very own galaxy cake (complete with an epic boomerang and a free Twilight Sparkle keyring plush).

Pinkie Pie Pack-a-Punch Strawberry Cake ($17.90)

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If you’re a fan of strawberries and all things pink, you’ll love this dessert. Inspired by Pinkie Pie, this pinklicious delight comes packed with an assortment of treats – think strawberry sponge cake, fluffy cotton candy, vanilla soft serve, strawberry cereal crunch and fresh strawberries. Despite our initial assumption that this would probably be too sweet for our liking, we were pleasantly surprised by the subtleness of flavours. Be sure to get those photos taken as soon as the dessert arrives though, ’cause the cotton candy melts real quick.

My Little Pony x Kumoya pop-up cafe is located at 8 Jalan Klapa, Singapore 199320.

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Before it became an instant rom-com classic on Netflix, To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before was part of Jenny Han’s bestselling trilogy. As we patiently await for Lara Jean Covey and Peter Kavinsky to reunite for the much-anticipated sequel, check out these 10 contemporary YA novels with equally adorable characters that will give you the same OTP feels.

#1 P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han

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If you can’t wait for the onscreen sequel, how about reading it instead? Following the events of the first book, the second installment in the To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before trilogy will answer all your burning questions about the elusive John Ambrose McClaren and reveal big secrets about Gen – all while feeding you with more Covey and Peter cuteness.

#2 Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

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Who doesn’t love a good ol’ high school romance? Simon Spier is a seemingly ordinary teenager with a big secret. When a fellow classmate unintentionally discovers his email exchange, he is blackmailed into helping this classmate get close to a girl. As his secret about his sexual orientation hangs in the balance, he must find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he compromises his shot at happiness with his adorable crush… whom he’s never met before.

#3 Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett

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How would you feel if the one guy you can’t stand is actually the boy of your dreams? Well, that is the case for classic movie fan Bailey who has spent months crushing on a witty film geek she’d met online named Alex. Though they’ve tried to make plans to meet in person, Bailey was never ready to take the next step. When she moves to the same town as her online bae, she decides to keep it a secret. Little does she know that her dreamy love interest turns out to be her IRL archnemesis, the irritating (but super hot) Porter Roth.

#4 When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

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Meet Dimple Shah, a determined go-getter who doesn’t conform to the traditions of her Indian culture; and Rishi Patel, a hopeless romantic who believes in traditions. Their paths intentionally cross when Rishi decides to join the same summer program for aspiring web developers in an attempt to woo Dimple. Told from two points of view, this is an unconventional love story where love works hard to prove itself in the most unexpected ways.

#5 Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

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Travel with Anna to a boarding school in Paris for her senior year of high school, where she meets a gorgeous Brit boy named Etienne. They quickly become best friends, but things get complicated when their platonic friendship starts developing into romance. Just how will they end up together if they both already have someone back home?

#6 I Believe In A Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo

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Perfect for all you K-drama lovers, this is a story about Desi Lee who tackles her flirting failures with guidance from Korean dramas that her father obsessively watches. Armed with her ‘K-Drama Steps to True Love’ guide, Desi attempts to go after the moody, elusive artist Luca Drakos with boat rescues, love triangles and staged car crashes as portrayed in the shows. But when the fun and games turn to true feelings, Desi finds out that real love is way more than just drama.

#7 Geekerella by Ashley Poston

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Embrace your inner geek with this fantastic retelling of Cinderella set in the world of pop culture conventions and all things cosplay. Elle is a teenager who adores everything about the classic sci-fi series Starfield. She enters a cosplay contest tied to a promotion of the latest movie in the franchise, and ends up winning an invitation to the ball at ExcelsiCon where she meets the guy playing the prince in the reboot. Chockfull of heart-fluttering moments, this is a modern-day fairytale for anyone who believes in the magic of fandom.

#8 Meet Cute: Some People Are Destined to Meet by various YA authors

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Whether or not you believe in fate, luck or love at first sight, every romance has to start somewhere. In this anthology of original short stories, you will experience 14 diverse love stories from finding love with a missing library book, to a missed connection on a subway. With a variety of different writing styles and relatable characters to immerse yourselves into, this page-turner will take you on a rollercoaster ride of emotions.

#9 Love, Life and the List by Kasie West

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Follow the story of aspiring artist Abby Turner, whose paintings have been rejected from an art show because her works “had no heart”. Determined not to let another opportunity slip by, she gives herself one month to accomplish 10 things on her list; including confessing her love to her best friend and longtime crush, Cooper.

#10 The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

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Molly is a plus-size girl who has lived through 26 experiences of unrequited love. She often crushes hard in secret (similar to Lara Jean) as she can’t stomach the idea of rejection. Just when she thinks she’s brave enough to get close with one of her sister’s new guy friends, she starts getting friendly with her co-worker, Reid. Though he isn’t the usual kind of guy she’d fall for, there’s just something about this awkward Tolkien superfan that makes her heart skip a beat.

Are you swooning yet? Let us know in the comments section if you have more recommendations! 

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