From the forthcoming IKEA Jem to cardboard box houses for kids, new delivery exclusives by PS.Cafe and SPRMRKT and expanded kids’ content from the National Library, here’s what’s new this May
New month, new finds! Fun stuff continues to pop up despite current uncertainties due to COVID-19, so we’re glad there are ways for us to safely break out of our boredom from the comfort of home.
Let your kiddos’ imaginations run wild with some eco-friendly cardboard sets from Paper Carpenter; IKEA is set to open in the west next year; consider ordering in some delicious meals from PS.Cafe and SPRMRKT; get your post-circuit breaker makeup and outfit ready with new style and beauty finds; discover a ton of digital content for the whole fam on the NLB Mobile app; and take control of your kids’ Netflix viewing with its new parental controls.
Swipe through to see what’s new in Singapore for May 2020!
Lead image by Paper Carpenter
Westies, good news: IKEA will be opening its third Singapore store in Jem Shopping Centre next year! It will be the furniture giant’s first small-store concept in Southeast Asia, offering the full IKEA range spread across three floors. It won’t house a playground or built-in warehouse, but will offer the ever-popular IKEA Restaurant so you can get your fix of Swedish meatballs, sustainable seafood and fried chicken wings. A date may not have been announced yet, but we’re counting down the months already. Watch this space!
What kid doesn’t love a cardboard box house? Paper Carpenter takes this classic ‘toy’ a step further with their new PAPPY kids’ range, made up of furniture and imaginative play sets! Choose between study sets, playhouses in different sizes and even a street stall that’s ready for decorating. Delivery available during the circuit breaker!
Price: From $15. They’re also offering $5 off for purchases above $50 with promo code SCHOOLHOL5OFF!
Read more: 10 Fun Ideas to Upcycle Cardboard Boxes with Kids
PS.Cafe and its sister brand ChoPSuey have launched new delivery-exclusive brands at an appealing price point. There’s POPSUP with yummy burgers and sandwiches; Chopstix with American-Chinese inspired takeaway; and Sipsy, a new takeaway bottle service with a carefully curated selection of wines and gins. All are available for takeaway from select outlets and islandwide delivery from PS.Cafe’s own site, as well as from Deliveroo.
SPRMRKT’s third branch has opened at verdant and idyllic Dempsey Hill, with an inspired space and a new cultural-culinary experience of dining, retail and art. While we can’t dine in the beautiful space just yet, they’re currently offering takeaways, family meal bundles and meal subscription plans, with delivery services launching soon.
The extensive takeaway menu features all-day favourites of breakfast and brunch classics, healthful grain bowls, sumptuous mains and moreish starters and snacks such as the well-loved Smoked Tomato Soup and Truffle Fries, plus Flourless Chocolate Cake and Bread & Butter Pudding amongst other desserts. Complete the meal with a variety of beverages, plus the daily selection of freshly baked cakes and pastries are available for you to choose and add on to your takeaways.
SPRMRKT at Dempsey Hill, Blk 8 Dempsey Hill #01-15A, Singapore 247696, Tel: (+65) 8129 8166, firstname.lastname@example.org
Multi-label fashion retailer SocietyA has launched SocietyA Beauty, a collective of Asian beauty brands with credible and effective products for all your beauty needs from head-to-toe. SocietyA Beauty now carries an impressive line-up of close to 20 exceptional brands from Korea, Thailand, Indonesia and Singapore! We spotted many of our favourite local brands, including Nodspark, Oo La Lab, Solos Cosmetics, Want Skincare, Sigi Skin, Nenä’s and RE:ERTH!
Price: From $10 to $116. Visit and bookmark SocietyA Beauty at www.society-a.com/beauty for your Asian beauty fix.
Looking for luxurious loungewear that double as a ladies’ night uniform? Canadian-born, SG-based mamapreneur label Stories of Saturday offers a range of perfectly tailored camisoles in 100% French silk. Great for adding a timeless piece or two to your wardrobe!
Netflix has rolled out new updates to its Parental Controls that puts greater choice and control in your hands, mamas and dads! The new functions let you see what your kids are watching or even block specific shows and movies.
Previously, the ‘Kids’ profile option on Netflix filtered to show only kid-friendly content, which may not have applied to your older kids who have outgrown the kiddie shows but aren’t yet allowed to view mature themes. Now, you’ll be able to set up a profile so that your kids can only view specific content, like shows and movies that are only approved for kids or teens.
Start using parental controls:
– Create a profile with a specific maturity rating
– Choose maturity ratings or block shows
– Lock your profile or other profiles on your account
– Turn autoplay on or off
– Access viewing history for a profile
During the extended COVID-19 circuit breaker period, everyone in the family can look forward to more digital resources from the National Library Board (NLB)! More popular books have been uploaded for children (including unlimited checkouts of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in both eBook and audiobook formats!), and they are also offering online storytime in English, Mandarin, Malay and Tamil. Meanwhile parents can rely on enhanced home-based learning materials specially curated by senior librarians.
Simply download the NLB Mobile app and log in to check out all the new offerings. You can also consider downloading OverDrive or Libby, which can both connect to the library app and make reading ebooks and listening to audiobooks a breeze!