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5 champagne brunches to eat at during the weekend

5 champagne brunches to eat at during the weekend


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Alkaff Mansion

Ready for an unlimited flow of Bottega Prosecco,  premium white and red wines plus delicioso Italian food? Mangia! The Sunday Bottega Prosecco Brunch boasts a beyond-the-basics buffet of salmon carpaccio with caviar dressing, ovenbaked beef sirloin with mustard sauce, desserts galore and more. Every Sunday and on public holidays from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.; $108 per adult, $58 per child. (10 Telok Blangah Green,


5th Quarter

If you’re craving a simple, super-cazh affair, head to 5th Quarter Cava, where the brunch options include a charcuterie platter, chorizo eggs, mushroom cappuccino (served in a coffee pot!) and baked clams with garlic. Opt for free-flow Cava to accompany your meal and kick back. Every Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; $60 for brunch menu, add $45 for free-flow Cava. (39 Syed Alwi Rd,



If homemade, rustic French cuisine is your idea of romance, you’ll adore Cocotte. Its Weekend Brunch Trolley makes its rounds with dishes showcasing seasonal, organic produce from Hatiku Farm in Cameron Highlands, Malaysia – and the menu varies weekly. Choose free-flow sparkling rose, Prosecco or wine with your fare. Every Saturday and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.; $88 for Brunch Trolley, $119 with free-flow Prosecco. (2 Dickson Rd, www. restaurantcocotte. com)


Potato Head Folk

It's called The Wild Brunch for a reason. Sink your teeth into creative dishes like We Found Nemo, a spin on a standard smoked salmon bagel with a side of tater tots, or Lil Miss Piggy, a Cumberland sausage, truffle onion jam in a toasted demi brioche. Or try the signature Wubenz, salt beef cooked for 96 hours with Srirachastyle Russian dressing, and smoked cheese on griddled rye bread. And select from handcrafted cocktails: a Bunny Mary (gin, carrot juice, Tabasco) or a Mary A Go Go (Tequila, mango, fried ikan bilis anchovies). Every Saturday and Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; main dishes start at $12, cocktails are $22 each. (36 Keong Saik Rd,


Mr & Mrs Maxwell’s

This All Day Breakfast menu is just what you need, whether you’re looking for comfort food classics like an English Fry up ($18) or Belgian waffle ($14), or want something more indulgent such as a lobster omelette with fresh herbs on toasted sourdough ($16). There are even some healthy-ish options: ricotta hotcakes ($14), homemade granola ($11) and avocado toast ($14). Enjoy “adult” milkshakes ($14) and alcoholic concoctions such as champagne punch ($18) and truffle martinis ($18). Every Sunday from 11am -7pm; starters cost $14++, mains start from $29++ (28 Ann Siang Road,

This feature was originally published in The Finder.



4 new weekend flea-markets in Singapore you must visit

4 new weekend flea-markets in Singapore you must visit

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When Gary Tan – a lover of all things vintage – started his Facebook group, Retro Factory, last year, he garnered 300 members in just a few months. Thinking he might be the only person in Singapore obsessed with the old and collectable, he was stunned by the numbers of people who shared his passion for the past life. Over 1,000 attendees mingled with the 22 vendors who were selling the likes of vinyl records, knick-knacks, gramophones, vintage cameras and old typewriters with prices starting at S$3.

Retro Factory's next vintage flea market will take place on Tanjong Katong Road on the first weekend of May. Along with the history for sale, there’ll be guest DJs, local swing dancers from Dapper & Dames Vintage and gourmet grub.

Mr Tan hopes to hold these markets monthly, so go show him some support, nab yourself a gem and have a great time while you’re at it.

For information contact or join the Facebook page at The Retro Factory



For their next art market this month, The Local People are coupling up with the Enabling Village, a community space that’s home to social businesses and a hub to help people with disabilities, ‘power-pairing’ – called The EveryDay Folk Market – will see them take over the carpark area and selling art, retail and artisanal food.

As always, it’s totally home-grown afair with the likes of vintage homware from Time Traveller, popcorn by King Corn, handicrafts by The Singapore Association for the Deaf and jewellery from By Invite Only. An ongoing open mic session will provide music by acoustic singer-songwriters throughout as you peruse cute stuffed toys, handmade pins and badges, leather pieces, popsicles, cupcakes and burgers.

At sunset, the area turns into a lounge, complete with Airmocks and short film screenings projected on a wall. Yep, festival season with a pin has seemingly arrived.

Everyday Folk Market is on April 23, 4pm-9pm at Enabling Village, 20 Lengkok Bahru. Free



Rob Pearce of the local urban farmers collective, Edible Garden City, loved his two past pop-up markets, but he hated the setting up and tearing down and flapping about part. So, clever him is setting up a new 8,600 square ft space at Hort Park, which can host up to 30 vendors who want more permanent spaces.

For those not in the know, Edible Garden City are a collective who design, build and maintain food gardens in Singapore, helping out with restaurants, hotels, schools and residences to grow food at under-utilised spaces like rooftops and sidewalks to conserve natural resources, and big-up a sense of community. The new space will soft-launch in May and bring all their hard work and clients together, with up to 30 food and gardening businesses holding workshops and vendors selling wares. Rob hopes the future will see the company host one-off workshops, in-depth courses, and that they one day open their own cafe selling coffee, cakes, and sandwiches using produce from their own gardens.

Join in the green-scene next month on May 15, Hort Park.



It’s not the first time that W.E. Workshop Element – the retail pop-up platform for emerging Singaporean designers – have collaborated to bring us an incredible pop-up store at Wisma Atria. And as of next week they’ll be back there once again with their latest venture which sees them working with content strategists, Togetherly. Expect to be hit with a smorgasboard of over 100 local fashionistas and curators (think Craft Assembly, Little by Little, Ying The Label and Epigram to name but a few), filling the 6,000 square ft space with clothes, accessories, bags, toys, handicrafts, books, food and more. Best bit? It’s going to be hanging around until June 30.

Wisma Atria, Orchard Road. Find Togetherly and W.E on Facebook for all the designer profiles

What to do at the ArtScience Museum – and elsewhere in Singapore – this weekend (Netflix not included)

What to do at the ArtScience Museum - and elsewhere in Singapore - this weekend (that doesn't involve Netflix) [nid: 231075]

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Now in its third year, the super-cool Singapore Art Book Fair (SABF) opened last night and will be running over this weekend, until Sunday 17 April, at the Art Science Museum.

Organised by Tiong Bahru’s charming local bookshop, Books Actually, this annual festival boasts the best in Asian arts publishing, with contemporary art books and new publications that will only be released this weekend. Get set to mingle with 34 local and international exhibitors, ranging from art collectives and design studios to book publishers from Vietnam, Thailand, and the UK. You can also take part in artist talks, film trailer screenings and workshops.

Named “Cabinet of Curiosities”, this year’s theme explores human curiosities and our desire to collect. So go collect some memories over the next few days!

Log onto, check images on instagram #SABF2016



There’s no denying it, French culture comes with its own chic style, fabulous pastries and some of the best wine ever. And seeing as it’s a 12 hour flight away from Singapore, from 15 April to 31 May, France is being very kind and coming to us!

Voilah! is the annual French festival in Singapore, showcasing the best of the country’s creativity with over 40 bespoke programmes covering culture, arts, science, cinema and food.

The event is set to start with a ‘ballet-bang’, opening with the Luminéoles Ballet where giant LED light birds will dance around the sky over MBS. Yes. Really. Other highlights include photography exhibitions at Gardens By The Bay, a Gourmet Picnic to the soundtrack of French classical music at the Botanic Gardens, and 50 restaurants, bars, hotels and retailers around our Red Dot offering promotions and special events as part of the celebration. Tres bien indeed.

For the full schedule visit



Since Timbre Group’s latest food and beverage venture, Timbre+, opened two weeks ago, it has gone off the scale. The 24,000 square ft. gastropark is home to 35 F&B partners – 14 restaurants helmed by chef-owners and F&B entrepreneurs, two stalls run by new-generation hawkers and the rest being traditional mum-and-pop hawker stalls. Think of it as an upgraded urban food hall, filled with restaurant-grade food, casual eats, a self-service bottle shop serving boutique and less mainstream beers, an art space and home for live entertainment.

Colourful shipping containers and eight authentic 70s and 80s Airstream trailors (shipped from the US) are retrofitted as the restaurants, which adds a completely unique character. The Singaporean urban arts collective, RSCLS, worked on suspended containers to create 3D canvases, and resident musicians The Common People, Sweatshop Jam, Supersonic and OK Ready! perform live from Wednesday to Saturday nights.

It’s the kind of place you’ll want to stay ALL weekend.
Timbre+ is at the JTC LaunchPad@one-north at 73A Ayer Rajah Crescent. Open Monday to Saturday, 6am till late.


Get the best offers at the Baby Baby Fair @ The Seletar Mall this week



Date: 22-28 February 2016

Time: 10am-10pm daily

Venue: The Seletar Mall, Atrium, L1

Catering to new and expectant parents, Baby Baby is your must-go market fair! With a wide variety of over 100 products and services, you are sure to find something for Junior or your new arrival. Get up to 50 per cent off items on your shopping list. Expect to see: 

  • Brands such as Ameda, Chicco, The First Years, Simba and many more
  • Brand-new product launches so you can get the latest baby items hot off the shelves
  • Trade-in deals for milk bottles and breast pumps
  • Special promotions available at some of The Seletar Mall stores such as Mothercare and Hokey Pokey during this period

For more details and full list of participating brands and Star Buys, visit

Singapore Airshow and 3 other fun things to do with your family this weekend

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The Singapore Airshow

Since 2008, this biennial event has been thrilling people who are interested in planes. This year, you can catch aerobatic displays from South Korea's Black Eagles and The Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) at Changi Exhibition Centre. Climb into the cockpit of the F16C used by the RSAF's Black Knights for their aerial displays last year, or board an armoured wheeled vehicle which can cross water obstacles such as rivers as well as take on challenging terrain.There is also a 3D display of Changi Airport's upcoming Terminal 5. Visit for details.

From the stacks: Highlights of the National Library

If you are a history buff, you will enjoy this glimpse into rare documents, maps, photographs and other artefacts from Singapore's earlier years. There are also postcards from the early 20th century from a private collection and art pioneer Liu Kang's book Chop Suey, which documents the horrors of the Japanese Occupation. Visit for more information.

ST World Press Photo 15

Catch this 145-photograph exhibition at the National Museum of Singapore before it closes this weekend. The shots featured have won coveted awards at the annual World Press Photo contest last year. Some prominent photographers featured include Christian Ziegler from Germany, Pete Muller from the US and Beijing-based Singaporean photographer Sim Chi Yin. Admission is free. Visit for details.

One By One Metre Space (Part of Singapore Art Week 2016)

As part of Singapore Art Week 2016, projects presents this exhibition inspired by 1m x 1m area allocated to each vendor at the Sungei Road Flea Market. It is in close proximity to Flaneur Gallery at Jalan Besar, and you will see paintings, sculptures, moving images and performance art in the space that will be occupied by the future Jalan Besar MRT Station in 2017. Participating artists include Adrian Tan, Debra Ong, Jennifer Ng, Ling Yang Chang and Mindy Tan. This weekend, it is open from 1pm - 6pm. See more at

The one bazaar you need to go to if you're a mother wanting to start a business



Date: 4 Mar, Friday – 10 Mar, Thursday

Time: 11am – 8pm daily 

Venue: Liang Court Shopping Mall Main Atrium

Mums@Work (Singapore) is a social enterprise that was started in 2010 to help working mums find a balance between their careers and families. They also have a portal for mumpreneurs to list their services, offer volunteer opportunities and hold workshops and events for some 25,000 members in their network, including their most popular ‘Start a Mumpreneur Business Workshop’.

This March, they are holding a Mama’s Bazaar featuring business-savvy mothers who have started their own enterprises. If you’ve ever considered venturing out on your own to better manage your time with Junior, or you’re are just looking to shop for jewellery, books, baked goods, clothes, bath and beauty products, among others, you can head on down to the Mama’s Bazaar happening at Liang Court Shopping Mall.

There will be meet-and-greet sessions with Mama’s Bazaar’s mascots and Disney princesses. Drama and musical performances, and craft activities will keep you and your kids entertained. To top it off, there’s a mother and child fashion show and a little Miss Tiara Society Princess Talent Show, all packed into the weekend of 5 and 6 March.

Visit for more information, or ‘Like’ their Facebook page here.

5 flower festivals to go for this Spring

Keukenhof, Holland 
24 March – 16 May
See seven million bulbs in bloom, with a total of 800 varieties of tulips across a land area of 32 hectares. There will be flower shows, inspirational gardens, unique artwork and events for kids, like treasure hunt, petting farm, maze and the playground.

Shanghai Cherry Blossom Festival, China
21 March – 10 April
Try visiting another country besides Japan for cherry blossom viewing. The metropolis will have many other activities to keep you occupied throughout your trip.

Panagbenga Festival, Philippines
1 February – 6 March
This yearly event in Baguio City features dances, songs and a floral float parade. Besides catering to tourists, the local community also uses this chance to embrace its cultural traditions.
E-mail for more details.

Madeira Flower Festival, South Africa
Around mid-April
To start off the festival, children build a mural of flowers called the Wall of Hope. Besides a Flower Parade, Madeiran artists also create unforgettable floral carpets, strategically exhibited in the streets at different points.

Ume (Plum) Festival, Japan
20 February – 31 March
Held in Kairakuen Garden and Kodokan Hall – heritage sites designated by the Japanese government – in Mito city, Ibaraki prefecture, this year marks the 120th anniversary of this event. The plum blossoms appear earlier than cherry blossoms to herald the coming of spring. There will be about 100 varieties of plums among 3,000 trees in the Kairakuen garden – one of the largest collections in Japan.

Here's one thing you can do to help Singapore's stray cats


Last year alone, the Cat Welfare Society handled more than 2,500 cat-related community cases. By mediation, educating the public and sterilization of Singapore’s stray cats, the animal welfare group aims to reach out to a larger group of audience and cultivate more active participation for its cause. This year, its goal is to raise $800,000 to further its mission.

Scotts 27, a private and luxury dining restaurant on Scotts Road, will be hosting a charity dinner titled "Society of Cats" on 30 January 2016 in benefit of the Cat Welfare Society. The amount they hope to achieve from this event is $20,000. Notable guests include Minister K Shanmugam, the CEO of AVA and the Executive Director of SPCA. Tickets are going for $400 per person for a full course dinner with wine. Email to to RSVP.

On the same day, Scotts 27 will also host the ever-popular Purrzaar, which features a selection of popular craft merchants selling creative cat crafts, art, photos and fashion accessories. The Purrzaar starts from 2pm and runs through to 7pm. 

The highlight of the day is the silent auction of Svetlana Petrov's Mona Lisa with her cat at Sazai hall –Temple of Five Hundred Rakan (2014). The painting is valued at $3,200 and donated by Art Porters to the "Society of Cats" charity dinner. Launched into the public eye in 2014, the artist is best known for working with her cat Zarathustra to produce “famous paintings improved by cats”. Bidding commences with the Purrzaar and ends at 10pm. The opening bid is $2,800. Full proceeds will go to the Cat Welfare Society. You can also bid online by sending an email to Online bids end at 6pm. 

If you can’t make it down for either of the events, you can still donate to the Cat Welfare Society by buying their first commemorative book "Society of Cats", of which the dinner is titled after. Launched on 19 December 2015, it is available at major bookstores.

Visit the Young Parents Fiesta for great deals, fun contests and more

The annual Young Parents Fiesta is back, and it’s bigger and better than ever. Expect fabulous deals from exhibitors such as AIA Singapore, Citispa and Unity Denticare – for instance, young couples starting a family can enjoy one year’s worth of insurance and a complimentary Robinsons gift card the AIA booth.

If Junior is always getting compliments for his winsome looks, sign him up for the Young Parents Baby and Child Photo Contest. If he emerges tops, he’ll take home attractive prizes such as a bike, as well as the chance to model in Young Parents’ fashion spreads. There’s a Beautiful Mum-to-be Photo Contest as well, so expectant mums can take advantage of that pregnancy glow and rock the stage!

Other activities to look forward to include a pasta cooking demonstration by San Remo celebrity chef ambassador, FunkyChef Melvyn, and a guitar and ukulele performance showcase by Guitarra Play!. Junior can also get up close and personal with the Minions at a meet-and-greet session on June 27, 2pm.

The Young Parents Fiesta will be held from June 26 to 28, 11am to 9pm, at United Square Atrium. Admission is free; find out more at

Simply Her 12th Birthday Cooking Challenge


If you love to cook, surprise us with creative tofu dishes as well as desserts in our cooking challenge, and win attractive prizes.

Date: Nov 19, 2016 (Saturday)
Time: 2-6pm
Venue: Asia Pacific Food Expo 2016, Central Stage, Singapore Expo Hall 4

Simply Her Cooking Challenge

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Step 1
: Form a team of two with a friend or family member. If you are partnering your child, he or she must be at least 12 years old on the day of the event.
Step 2: Submit the recipes of the tofu dish and dessert you intend to cook, as well as a photo of yourself and your partner, together with your full names, ages, NRIC or passport numbers, mobile numbers and addresses to The subject title should read: Simply Her 12th Birthday Challenge. Closing date for submission: Oct 21, 2016. Shortlisted challengers will be notified via phone and e-mail by Oct 26, 2016.
Note: You and your partner will be required to attend a compulsory pre-event briefing on Nov 9. Shortlisted participants must be available or the cooking challenge on Nov 19.

Terms and conditions apply for the challenge and prizes. All information, event details and mechanics are correct at the time of printing, and are subject to change without prior notice. Contest is open to non professional cooks only. The judges’ decision is final.