Author: Marissa Mir

25 and still trying very hard to adult.

I may not look like it now, but I was once just another kid in polytechnic who cut her fringe to hide her bad acne (which of course, made it worse). After several years of trying everything to get rid of it — creams, pills, diets, you name it — I guess I’d finally done my time and the acne cleared up. I am however, still left with some of the scars (more physically than emotionally I’d like to think), which is why I jumped at the chance to try the new Discovery PICO laser treatment. What Is It? Discovery PICO isn’t…

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We live in a time where no one bats an eyelid at “Beer Yoga” or “Aqua Spinning”, so it shouldn’t be that much of a surprise that you can now sign up for something called… the Bungee Workout. That’s right, Dancevault Studios now offers this unique fitness class, a first of its kind in Singapore. Popular for its dance-related fitness classes such as Zumba, Dancevault Studios has two new studios in Katong and the Braddell/Serangoon districts. We headed to the beautiful Katong studio to check out the newly-launched Bungee Workout series. There are several different classes under The Bungee Workout Series,…

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The annual F1 Grand Prix is right around the corner, and if you didn’t manage to book a hotel room in the CBD to catch all the action, I’ve got an even better idea — head to CÉ LA VI at the Marina Bay Sands Rooftop to soak in electro beats and get a bird’s eye view of the final! This 17 September 2017, jio all your F1/party-loving friends to Sunshine Nation’s NOON to MOON Electro Daytime Open Air for the special Grand Prix Edition. Stay and party from day to night with CÉ LA VI’s resident DJs Joshua P. and Brendon…

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The ArtScience museum never fails to deliver new exhibitions to keep things exciting for those of us living in Singapore. I’ve been patiently waiting for ‘The Universe and Art’ exhibition to show here, especially after reading rave reviews about the Tokyo edition. Finally, from now till 30 July 2017, you can embark on this voyage through space and art with this specially curated exhibition, co-organised with the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo. If you’re interested in exploring where we came from and where we are going (deep, deep ya’ll), get together with a fellow philosopher and while away an afternoon contemplating…

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Having been lucky enough to roam the fields of the legendary Glastonbury Festival in England last year, I came back to Asia knowing that I had to find some form of equivalent. 2017 is turning out to be quite a big year for the music festival scene here, with many new and upcoming additions throughout the region. There’s just something magical about a weekend away, soaking in the full glory of everything music festivals have to offer – epic stage designs, rustic food, music for the soul and general good vibes all around. Get camping on your go-to travel sites for…

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By now, you would’ve probably heard of Decathlon — the superstore in Singapore that has everything you could possibly need for exercise and the outdoors. From cycling to hiking, running, swimming and even camping, Decathlon is the IKEA of sporting goods. And by that I mean that you’ll not be able to go in and come out empty-handed, even if you didn’t need anything to begin with. The selection is insane, and very reasonably priced! With many items going for under S$10, here’s a list of the top 10 things you should buy, in terms of quality and value for…

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Hostels tend to be bustling hubs of activity for solo travellers looking to make some friends, but of course Japan likes to do things differently. The Book And Bed Hostel in Tokyo is perfect for some quiet downtime, where travellers can cosy up in nooks and crannies with one of the thousands of books available. You will literally be sleeping within a bookshelf, and the hostel encourages you to read until you fall asleep. There are 52 beds in total, with shared toilets and bathrooms so I guess some human contact is still necessary. All in all though, you’ll be left…

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We’re so close to 14 February and we all know what that means: it’s hey-here’s-a-reminder-that-you’re-single-and-alone day! I used to love Valentine’s Day, back when I had a boyfriend anyway. Now my concerned friends are asking me if I’ll be okay this year. Umm, cue Pussycat Dolls’ I don’t need a man please. Step aside loved-up folks, here’s a list of eight things that are better to do this Valentine’s Day when you’re single: 1. Nap No date? No problem. I 100% plan on napping, and I’m going to be taking full advantage of this new body to bed ratio. Being…

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Love everything Hello Kitty but too broke to make it to Japan just yet? Hotel Jen Puteri Harbour in Johor Bahru has just revamped 12 of its hotel rooms into a Hello Kitty lovers’ paradise. The hotel is the first in Southeast Asia to feature Hello Kitty-themed rooms, and it’s all thanks to a recent partnership with Sanrio. Puteri Harbour (where the hotel is situated) is also home to a Sanrio Hello Kitty Town, Hello Kitty Red Bow Cafe and a Hello Kitty merchandise store – fans don’t even have to leave the vicinity. The rooms are split into two categories: Deluxe…

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It’s hard being stuck in one place long term and that’s probably one of the main reasons why so many of us suffer from wanderlust all the time. That and everyone else’s incessant posting on social media about grand adventures… damn you Instagram! If you’re getting tired of your job or have a few months to spare, I highly recommend seizing the moment and going travelling. Short of money? No problem. Here are eight unconventional ways to go abroad without spending too much. 1. Learn German & Study In Germany For Free Deutschland! The country with the most powerful passport…

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Step aside rollercoasters, there’s a new bad boy in town. If Universal Studios just isn’t doing it for you anymore, maybe it’s time to step up your game at the new AJ Hackett Sentosa where you can — wait for it— jump off a 47m tall bungee tower! If your tummy just did a somersault after reading that, you’re in for a treat. Renowned adventure company, AJ Hackett International, has finished construction on its latest venture at Sentosa, which will not only feature bungee (/bungy) jumping, but also two giant swings, a vertical skywalk and a skybridge. The company already has branches in New…

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If I had $2 for every time someone my age said that they didn’t have a clue about the Chingay Parade… I could probably buy a lot of things from Daiso. I mean, I’m guilty too for not realizing that the festival is happening so soon! This 10 and 11 February 2017 to be exact. My angmoh friend asked me about it the other day, and it was embarrassing because all I could come up with was, “It’s colourful”. *Insert diao (-.-) face* So I guess here’s a bit of a re-education for the lot of us clueless folk. The Chingay…

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Forget the usual shopping/beach getaway in the region – how about spending a weekend at a festival in the fields of Pattaya? Wonderfruit Festival is back for its third year from 16 – 19 February 2017, celebrating the arts and sustainable living. The festival (which was postponed from December 2016) promises world-class international live music acts, workshops, inspirational talks and good ol’ festival food. Expect to party to big names like Rudimental, Luna City Express and Wolf + Lamb in an unbelievably picturesque setting. Power down from the party with some of the other activities like Ashtanga Yoga, Aromatheraphy and Somatic Movement. This…

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Every year, thousands in India and Nepal gather to celebrate the Hindu Spring Festival of Holi. Singapore’s not one to miss out on the action and a few good folks have come together to organise yet another Holi festival to remember. This 25 February 2017, drop whatever you had planned and head to East Coast Park for a day of colour! Rangwali Holi is typically celebrated with coloured powder and water guns, so get ready for a beautiful mess. The celebration at Casuarina Grove will feature a line up of DJs, live performances and rain dances and all you need…

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Reading a Haruki Murakami novel is truly a one-of-a-kind experience and now you can go a step further and immerse yourself in a video game inspired by the works of the Japanese literary genius. Memoranda is a point and click adventure game that’s about to be released this 25 January 2017, after a successful Kickstarter Project in 2015 by Digital Dragon Games. The hand-drawn animation will transport players into a dreamy European town, filled with eccentric characters and storylines. The story follows a young woman who slowly realises that she is losing her memory (she can’t even remember her own name) and…

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