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2018 has been an exciting year so far, and if you have missed some of the top events in the first-half of the year, or are having some major withdrawals, don’t worry because the best is yet to come. Whether you’re a traveller or a Singaporean on the lookout for fun activities, we’ve got you covered.

Read on below to find out what exciting events lie in store for you in the next half of 2018:

 

1) Imaginarium: Into the Space of Time

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Explore the concept of time, space and memories at Singapore Art Museum’s latest family friendly exhibition featuring the works of 10 contemporary artists from aroundthe region and internationally. The eighth edition of this annual exhibition provokes the senses, while allowing visitors to get a glimpse of what the fourth dimension mean to people and cultures through the screening of award-winning short films, interactive murals and intriguing installations to illustrate the mysteries of time -an eyeopening experience for both young and old. Imaginarium: Into the Space of Time is open from now to 26 August.

Opening hours: 10am-9pm (Fri), 10am-7pm (Sat-Thurs)
Venue: SAM at 8Q, 8 Queen Street, Singapore 188535
Tickets: $6 for Adults, $3 for Students and Senior Citizens (Free admission for Singaporeans, Permanent Residents and Children under 6)

 

2) Singapore Night Festival

Image Cred: Singapore Night Festival Website

Watch Singapore’s Bras Basah and Bugis precinct come alive at night with a series of spectacular performances from 17 to 25 August 2018. The much anticipated annual street festival celebrates arts, culture and heritage with light installations, aerial displays, street performances, musicals and film screenings. Be sure to catch one of the festival’s highlights, Night Lights, which is an exhibition of attractive light displays that draws throngs of people to the festival each year.

Date: Night Lights from 18 -26 August 2018 Performances from 24 -26 August 2018
Venue: Bras Basah and Bugis
Time: 7.30pm to 12.00am Free admission

 

3) Singapore Food Festival

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July is the month where we celebrate all things food! From 13 to 29 July, embark on a culinary journey to discover the foods that Singapore has to offer in a series of delightfully delicious events at the annual Singapore Food Festival. Visitors get to learn about the culture and heritage behind the foods in Singapore, as well as delve into the realm of modern dining. For a more hands-on experience, you can take part in a variety of cooking classes and workshops to replicate some of these yummy dishes at home. For those with adventurous taste-buds, look forward to rare collaborations between renowned chefs for a creative dining experience.

4) Formula 1 2018 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix

Since the inaugural Singapore Grand Prix 2008, Singapore has been hosting the world-classmotorsport racing event and is also recognised as the world’s first country to hold a night race. Get ready for an action-packed weekend as you witness the world’s top racers conquer the bends on Marina Bay’s Street Circuit against the backdrop of Singapore’s breathtakingskyline. According to spectators from past races, there is a difference between watching it live versus on screen because you can really feel the speed and intensity of the race. The glamorous event also consists of a line-up of all-day performances and concerts by A-list stars, resulting in an unparalleled festival experience and certainly a night to remember.

Date: 14, 15 & 16 September 2018
 Venue: Marina Bay Street Circuit

5) Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon 2018

A marathon may sound daunting to some, but it is definitely a good way to train up your physical fitness and develop positive character attributes in order to undertake life’s challenges. Wrap up your 2018 with a personal challenge! Choose from the different types of races categories available that best suit your needs, and who says running must be alone? Grab a friend or two and train together! For mummies, there’s also a Kid Dash for young runners below the age of 13 if you want to get active with the family.

Date: 8 and 9 December 2018
Venue: Orchard Road
Register now at: https://singaporemarathon.com/register/

Nilufer Tea

After a long day out, it’s time to come home to a cup of Nilufer Tea. Made with pesticide-free herbs, flowers and premium dried fruit, Nilufer tea purifies and restores your body while offering a treat to your senses with its delightful fragrance.

 

We have officially reached the month of December! Aka the Christmas month (no seriously it is Christmas every single day in December. Google it, it's the era of awesomeness.) You'll hear jingle bells, 'Santa baby's, 'All I Want for Christmas is You's and of course the iconic Mean Girls video that is bound to be recreated by many groups of people (myself included *winks*) Enjoy lovely strolls down Orchard Road with the beautiful Christmas lights and decorations and eat all the yummy goodies to your hearts' content! It's been a hard year, and we all deserve a nice break. December is also a reminder that 2017 is coming to an end, and 2018 is coming soon! Over the year if you've accumulated a lot of things from your online shopping, then I'm sure you are in dire need to tidy up your house before the new year starts. What better way to welcome a new year with a neat and clean house! A clean house is a happy house and a happy house makes a happy person.

Onward to minimalism!

 

If you feel overwhelmed, anxious, and defeated around the idea of decluttering your homes, don't be! There are so many benefits of a clean tidy house: you have less to clean, less debt, less to organize, less stress, more money and energy for your greatest passions. And of course a neat house is pleasing to the eye and perhaps even the soul. However, looking at the disastrous state of your home may leave you wondering: how in the world should I even begin?! Fret not, your girl has your back!

Rule 1

Take 5-1o minutes to walk around your house and mentally decide what things you definitely need or don't need. Keep in mind that you should declutter room by room for maximum efficiency.

Rule 2

Grab a ton of boxes or bags to place all the unwanted items. (bonus points if you separate your items into recyclables, donations, resell and trash) A lot of us are guilty of impulse buying and sometimes these things are hardly used, so why not give it to someone else who could make great use of it? You are doing a great deed and you can clean your house at the same time, killing two birds with one stone. You could also recycle them or even start a garage sale to sell a few valuable items and earn back some of the money you spent.

Rule 3

Commit to your goal of decluttering, as it might take a few days (Rome wasn't built in a day you know!) So set mental goals for yourself, give deadlines for each room and it'll become a more tangible goal with minimal risk of procrastination.

 

Before I give you some tips to declutter each room, let me share some of the usual pitfalls in decluttering as well as how to overcome them.

1. Getting Over Sunk Costs

Sunk costs are costs that have already been incurred and cannot be recovered. Many of the things in our houses are sunk costs except for rare instances where the value of an item increases over time (like gold). A lot of people tend to fixate on the money they spent on their belongings and can't bear to get rid of them. Over time your things will accumulate and you'll get closer and closer to being a hoarder. *gasps* So, since you can't get your money back, you should only think about the value that thing can add to your life in the future. If it doesn't add much value, toss it. Understanding this concept of sunk costs can help you make more rational decisions about what to keep and what you should toss as well as a means to control your impulse spending in the future.

2. The 80/20 Rule

We generally only wear 20% of the clothes we own, 80% of the time. (The comfy loose t-shirts, sweatpants and shorts) And this rule applies to other items too, like bags, games, CDs, etc. Your mission is to figure out what the 80% of things that you only use 20% of the time are and toss them appropriately.

Bathroom Tips

 

Kitchen Tips

 

Bedroom Tips

 

Living room Tips

There you have it, some great tips and guidelines to help you reel in the new year with a clean, clutter-free house. Everything mentioned is most definitely doable so put your mind to it and get cracking!

 

It seems to me that it was just a few months ago that I was making New Year resolutions for 2017. And yet, here we are nearing the end of it. This year was an overwhelming one – we’ve had everything from controversial elections to royal wedding bells. But we’ve all made it to our favourite part of the year – the end. If you, like me, think the year passed way too quickly for comfort and want to let loose a little before greeting the brand new year 2018, here are 5 events happening around Singapore where you can let your hair down.

1. Marina Bay Singapore Countdown

 

If you think New Year’s Eve is all about fireworks, then Marina Bay Singapore Countdown is where you should be at. But there aren’t just fireworks this year – you can expect carnival rides and games, a charity trail, fringe events and projection mapping displays. There are events happening all around the Marina Bay and Civic Districts so there would not be any chance of you getting bored sitting in one place.
Where: Marina Bay and Civic Districts; closest MRT is Promenade
Entry fees: Free entry

2. Haji Lane NYE 2018

 

Fireworks aren’t your thing? Perhaps you want to go back to the carefree days of the 80s and 90s and groove to the smooth beat of some RnB and Hip hop. If so, then head on over to the Haji Lane Street Party: NYE 2018. Hosted by Piedra Negra and Blu Jaz Cafe, with beats by DJ Jag and DJ Gravity, this is a party where you can dance your heart out.
Where: 241 Beach Road, Singapore 189753; closest MRT is Bugis
Entry Fees: Free

3. Silent Disco Asia

 

The thought of dancing appeals to you and your friends but everyone wants different music. Well, you can dance to your own beat at Silent Disco Asia happening at the ArtScience Museum. You’ll be spoilt for music choice as you can dance to the tunes of three DJs spinning at the same time. Plus, being at the ArtScience Museum guarantees a spot to see the fantastic fireworks as well.
Where: ArtScience Museum; closest MRT is Bayfront
Entry Fees: Tickets cost $60. You can book here.

4. Super Night New Year’s Eve Dinner at The Ritz Carlton

 

Wouldn’t a sumptuous and extravagant dinner be a great way to wrap up the year and ready yourself for the new one? Not only would you be able to relish a great buffet dinner, there are unlimited pours of champagne and wine. Additionally, if you want to continue to party in style, there is live entertainment at the dance floor at Chihuly Lounge.
Where: The Ritz Carlton, Millenia Singapore; closest MRT is Bayfront.
Entry Fees: Reservations required. From SGD 388 per adult. From SGD 194 per child (12 years and below)

5. A Wander Soirée: Countdown by The Quay

 

At A Wander Soirée, not only will you be entertained by our very own 987FM DJs – Sonia Chew, Joakim Gomez, Charmian Tan & Gerald Koh, you can also be pumped up by sets from a local band, Shirlyn & The UnXpected. With street drummers, Poi dancers and The Mirror Man, you can be sure to enjoy the festivities. If all that gets too boring for you, you can also party it up at the clubs nearby like Attica Singapore, f.Club Singapore, Get Juiced, Level Up and Zouk Singapore or grab a bite to eat at the myriad of restaurants and bars.
Where: Clarke Quay Fountain Square; closest MRT is Clarke Quay
Entry Fee: Free
So there you have it, a list of places you could go to usher in the New Year. No matter how you choose to spend New Year’s Eve – dancing at a party surrounded by friends, sipping champagne at a classy dinner or even at home with a glass of wine and fuzzy slippers on – you should relax and bask in the jubilation for all that you have done for the year. Now, onward to the next!
Happy New Year!

Written by Annmaria Patteri

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