Author: Marissa Mir

25 and still trying very hard to adult.

2017 is looking set to be a really exciting year, and I mean heart-pumpingly exciting. We can now add five new theme parks and attractions to the long list of things to do this year! These theme parks will be coming to Asia, so plan a trip down while you’re visiting the various countries. 1.  20th Century Fox World Malaysia Adrenaline junkies rejoice! We can expect the first 20th Century Fox World in the world to open at Genting Highlands Malaysia this 2017. Look forward to an estimated 25 thrill rides and attractions inspired by movies like Planet of the Apes,…

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Pattaya is already known to some as a shopper’s paradise and for good reason – the Thai city (primarily known for its sandy beaches) is being developed at an alarming rate, with an influx of shopping malls in the last few years. Newly renovated Central Marina used to be called Central Center Pattaya but the facelift has certainly done it some good. Colourful “beachfront” houses stand out, bright and welcoming and boast restaurants and shops from the world over. Get ready to shop till you drop and eat till you’re beat in this wonderful open concept mall, and yes, of course there’s…

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It’s refreshing to see our arts scene grow bigger and better each year (finally Singapore!) and what better way to kick off 2017 than with the fifth edition of Singapore Art Week. The joint initiative actually goes on for 12 days officially (not just a week), and promises an exciting line up of exhibitions, lifestyle events, art discussions, art fairs and other activities at a few locations around our island. We’re always looking for new things to do in Singapore, so be rest assured that your month of January is sorted. We had a look through the programmes and venues…

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With Christmas now over (boooo), the bittersweet countdown to the New Year has begun. I always can’t help but to start reflecting on the past year wayyy in advance and let’s face it – 2016 has been a bit shit. Celebrity deaths, disagreeable politics and global conflict aside, my personal life has taken a bit of a beating. I know I’m probably not alone in welcoming 2017 with open (and I mean WIDE OPEN) arms, but with all the resolutions I’m now making, I can’t help but feel like 80, okay fine, 90 percent are going to fail. Here are 10…

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Okay seriously, how is it almost Christmas already? I feel like it wasn’t that long ago that I was bracing my tummy (and liver) for the onslaught of Christmas dinners and parties last December. In the weeks leading up to Christmas, sure, I love getting invited to stuff. But Christmas Day itself has always been and – I hope – will always be spent just nua-ing at home with the fam. I mean, I already can’t handle Orchard Road on a normal day and I’m sure the Christmas lights will be super pretty and stuff but just… no. If you’ve already got…

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The dreaded hour is here my friends – after 25 years, it’s time to say goodbye to Zouk. The one on Jiak Kim Street anyway. The world famous nightclub has seen many of us through our highs and our lows, and whether or not you were a regular, it’s just going to be plain weird not congregating there anymore. I’ll admit, I never thought this was going to affect me that much but, I guess it makes sense since most of my formative clubbing years were spent ratchet-ly traversing the many tunnels and rooms. Mostly looking for people. Or the toilet. Or my…

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Been to Resorts World Sentosa lately? It’s insane how much is going on on that tiny island. The S.E.A Aquarium is definitely one of the must-sees and if you’re planning a visit soon, you’re in for a special treat. The Pokemon Research Exhibition is showing there and this is its first time outside of Japan! I don’t think we’re short of Pokemon fans in Singapore so this is exciting news. From 22nd Oct 2016 – 2nd Jan 2017, put your Pokemon knowledge to the test with this interactive exhibition and see if you truly are the very best like no one ever…

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The wanderlust bug seems to bite more and more frequently these days, with absolutely no care for my crying wallet. The good thing about living in Singapore though, is that we’re kinda central to where all the action is – South East Asia-travel wise anyway. It would be quite the feat to conquer this marvellous region in one backpacking go, so unless you’ve decided to take the year off, I’d recommend breaking the trip down and doing it right. Here are 8 backpacking routes to conquer South East Asia on a budget. 8. Indonesia & East Timor Recommended Time: 4 -…

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I’m one of those who read every Harry Potter book the moment it came out — and in one sitting. I guess you could say I’m a fan. Now that the series has unfortunately ended, I find myself jumping at any opportunity to prolong the magic, just for that bit longer. So you can imagine my excitement when I heard about the latest Harry Potter Exhibition at the Singapore Philatelic Museum, Collecting Magic: From Stamps to Wands. The Singapore Philatelic Museum is a museum for stamp collections and other postal matter. While stamps may be the focus of the Harry Potter Exhibition,…

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Straight off the bat I’m going to add a disclaimer that this is probably going to be a really strange article to read. I mean, who would’ve thought right? OOTD worthy toilets? You’d be surprised guys. Considering the pressing necessity of well, using the toilet a couple of times every single day, I’d say this information would be pretty handy for girls especially. Toilets aren’t just for relieving one’s self anymore and I can personally attest to spending quite a bit of time in the loo touching up make up, adjusting outfits, figuring out life’s biggest problems… Might as well do so…

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Punggol isn’t exactly the place I would jio everyone to, but the new bowling alley at SAFRA really is quite something. I know what you’re thinking: Bowling is bowling. You roll the ball, hit as many pins as you can, simple. It can be so much more you guys. Firstly, it was like stepping into another dimension. Glow in the dark bowling should definitely be a permanent thing everywhere, and with heart-pumping dance music blasting, I was raring to go. I guess it was also a definite plus that people couldn’t really see me bowl gutters. 24 lanes and a pay-per-hour…

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I’m going through a phase in my life right now that some would call a quarter life crisis. This is me being optimistic that I’m going to live to a hundred by the way, but I guess one can hope. It sounds a lot more dramatic than it is and I’m sure many of you can relate to feeling like this, either now or at one point before. I’ve started thinking a lot about life in Singapore and can’t help but feel a little nostalgic about how things used to be when I was younger. I always think: there are so…

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The quiet corner of Pan Pacific Orchard will never be the same again — the latest food cum live music venue to hit our shores hails from Switzerland in the form of the Montreux Jazz Cafe, and its presence is undeniable. Set up as an ambassador to the world famous Montreux Jazz Festival, the Singaporean venue will act as a gateway to Asia, bridging the best of the East and the West. What started out as a jazz and blues festival has now evolved way beyond that title, and the festival has seen artists from all kinds of genres grace its…

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I look down at my FBTs and scrappy t-shirt and think, “Wow, I may need this more than anyone else.” Singapore Fashion Week 2016 is upon us and I already know of a couple of people who’ve been planning their outfits for three months. I kid you not. For those who don’t know, 26th – 30th October 2016 is a big deal for the fashion scene in Singapore. If you’re already thinking it’s not your cup of tea and you want to gloss over this article… DON’T. Who knows, you might relate to one of my five reasons not to miss this…

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I know what you’re thinking. ‘Singapore’ and ‘Underground Music Scene’ don’t exactly seem like the most synonymous of terms but you’d be surprised. There may come a point in every seasoned Singaporean clubber’s life when popping bottles and pretence just doesn’t cut it on a night out anymore. Don’t get me wrong – I love a classic messy Attica night, belting along to my favourite mainstream bangers, but it’s nice to know that alternatives pop up every now and again. Before the purists chide me completely, I mean underground in the broadest sense of the word (not literally). Here are…

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