. Halloween @ Woodgrove 2014 .

Do you know that Halloween is the second most popular family occasion after Christmas in United States? Likewise, it is fast becoming one of the most celebrated holiday in Singapore, with people from all walks of life splashing hundreds of dollars on parties and costumes. Amid the many club parties and scary events, there lies a neighbourhood that goes all out to celebrate the spirit of good old Trick-or-Treat.

Halloween at Woodgrove estate is a celebration, like no other on our red dot. Every year on 31 October, thousands of people – locals and expats – from all over the island flock to Woodgrove, where the huge houses are decked in spooky and ghoulish decorations. Think skeletons and coffins. There was even a house that went all out to give this family-friendly event a dose of spookiness – It had a fog machine to produce an eerie atmosphere and several automated life-like mannequins, similar to those that you would expect to spot in a haunted house attraction! Darn cool. While some people had opted to don scary outfits for this event (Sadako is still a classic choice), you will be surprised to see that most were very creative with their choice of PG costumes. Some of my personal favourites are Starbucks and popcorn, family of superheros (Hot mummy as Wonder Woman and 3 adorable boys as Ironman, Spiderman and Batman), and mime artists!

And this is the reason why Halloween @ Woodgrove is an annual street party not to be missed; It offers the quintessential Halloween experience and remains as my no. 1 place to visit for Halloween every year! Unlike the past couple of years where I was too lazy to dress up, I decided to be a little more “hardworking” this year and went as Supergirl with her superdog (Simba)! The couple-matching costume might sound a tad tacky but trust me, it was a winning combination that had attracted A LOT of attention. So much so that little Simba refused to walk and had to be carried around because he was overwhelmed by the excessive amount of attention. Well, can’t blame him as everyone was cooing and fawning over the little Superdog – He was the star of the night!

To fully immerse in the traditional trick-or-treat experience, my mum suggested that we give out sweet treats to the hordes of people while on-the-move. Thanks to her fantastic idea, we became instant ‘celebrities’ and had a non-stop stream of trick-or-treaters of all ages coming to us for candies and chocolates … It was, I must say, quite chaotic! All in the spirit of fun and giving. :) I might have outgrown the age of trick-or-treat a long time ago (!!!) but thanks to my ever enthusiastic and amazing family and friends (Soy, Swiss, Adeline and their girlfriends), Halloween @ Woodgrove’ 2014 will always have a special place in my heart.

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. The Entertainer Singapore 2015 .

Who doesn’t love a good deal? I know I do! For anyone who enjoys great deals like me, you will be excited to know that The Entertainer has just launched its The Entertainer Singapore 2015 app! Offering over 750 Buy One Get One Free deals for anything from the hottest nightspots to unique staycations, The Entertainer app and book allow you to save while you enjoy! That’s $89,000 in savings for you! Wow!

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My favourite part of the app is that it also includes The Entertainer Travel 2015 that offers more than 250 free accommodation in renowned hotels across Europe, Africa, Middle East and Asia. Why not pamper yourself with a luxurious stay in The Banyan Tree resort or Shangri-La Hotel at half of its usual price? That means you get to enjoy an additional night for free, when you book a night at any of the hotels under The Entertainer! Sounds fantastic yah? Time for me to hit the road soon!

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Bored of hitting the usual places in town? With The Entertainer app, you will have no shortage of new dining places or activities to try! Make this your New Year resolution to have an open mind and adventurous spirit to take on new and exciting things in life!

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Enjoy an early bird discount of SG$60 (usual: $75) when you purchase The Entertainer Singapore 2015 app before the end of the year (31 Dec 2014)! Treat your loved ones or friends to this brilliant yet very useful Christmas present during this season of giving! Good things must always be shared. :)

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Enjoy The Entertainer Travel 2015 for free, when you purchase The Entertainer Singapore 2015 app.

I’m sold. Where can I find out more about this amazing app?
Discover more with The Entertainer Singapore 2015 app!

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. singapore writers’ festival – text in the city .

The annual Singapore Writers’ Festival (SWF) came to a close last Sunday with a light-hearted debate on whether ‘True art is always ugly’. It was my first time attending a literary art festival and I must say that I have been more than impressed by the festival’s line-up of writers and wide offerings of panel discussions. Most of the panel discussions that I had attended over the past 2 weekends were very thought-provoking and engaging. The festival explored a wide variety of topics, ranging from the process of creating a film from books to how globalization has affected the state of literature and publication. The deep exchanges among the writers often made me ponder on the hard topics and there were even instances where I was so moved by the power of words that I started tearing in the middle of the discussion. In addition, the festival’s multidisciplinary approach of fusing literature with music (mainly, Jazz) had aroused my curiosity to explore other genres of literature, such as poetry. I’m certainly looking forward to next year’s edition of the SWF!

It celebrates their writing, it celebrates their craft, it gives them a certain pride of place.

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Despite the fact that I was once a Literature student during my secondary school days, I must confess that Literature had never been a favourite subject of mine. If anything, I found it a challenge to write and appreciate poetry and prose. However, the recent SWF 2014 had re-kindled my interest to re-learn something that had long been forgotten. To boost the awareness and appreciation of Singapore poetry among Singaporeans, The Arts House, together with the National Arts Council, has kick-started a nation-wide campaign called “Text in the City“.

The Text In The City mobile app invite users to explore our island and uncover the stories and secrets surrounding these places. Take time to pen your very own poems for the places that you feel for!

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Appreciate Singapore poetry with Text In The City.

. Mango @ ZALORA SG .

Mango is a brand that needs no introduction. Known for its high street designer apparels, Mango is one of the most innovative market leader in the fashion industry. I could still recall the good old days when my girlfriends and I would rushed out of our classroom after the last bell so that we could head to town for the latest Mango sales.  As students, we were relatively tight with our budget; Hence, it gave us such thrills to finally get our hands on such classy and trendy fashion pieces at a friction of its cost during such crazy sales!

Now, with the rise of online shopping, why head down to the Mango outlet when you can shop for a wide array of clothes and accessories at the click of your fingers? With ZALORA Singapore, you can enjoy hassle-free shopping at discounted prices (My favourite)! That explains the reason why I’ve fully converted into an online shopping queen these days! :p

Stay fashionable with Mango women’s apparels at ZALORA Singapore.

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Here are some of my favourite shoes and accessories from Mango to complete the various looks!

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Prefer to shop at a retail space? Well, you will be pleased to know that ZALORA has just launched a digital interactive pop-up store in the heart of Orchard Road. Located in ION mall, this pop-up store has a wide variety of clothes on display for shoppers to try on. It is also equipped with Samsung Galaxy tablets, which allow shoppers to browse at collections of lookbooks for a dose of fashion inspiration, styling tips and fashion advice. ZALORA never fails to bring the digital shopping experience to a whole new level; With this pop-up store, there is no need for cashiers or cash payment. Instead, shoppers who would like to purchase their items immediately can scan the product barcode at the self checkout counters and pay using either their credit or debit cards. Furthermore, they can bid farewell to heavy and cumbersome shopping bags as their shopping purchases will be delivered directly to their doorstop. Click-and-Deliver!

The ZALORA Shop @ ION Orchard is located at #B2-04/05. It opens daily from 10 am to 10 pm, till end of January 2015.

Shop Mango Women’s Collection @ ZALORA Singapore.

. weekends: bits and pieces .

Weekends/Eat A Lot, Sleep A Lot/ Second weekend at the Singapore Writers’ Festival/ Appreciate Singapore poetry with Text In The City/ Food orgasm at Hai Di Lao Hotpot / Happiness is a cup of coffee (or tea, for my case) and a good book/ The Reading Room – Book cafe by day, bar by night. / All dressed up for my favourite Halloween @ Woodgrove/ Beware of the Superdog

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. 5 food trends that need to be stopped .

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