This month, we’re excited for the return of the Singapore Grand Prix, a new Aussie style grocer and cafe in Jurong, pop-up bouncy castle playground in Punggol, guzheng lessons for kids, and more
New month, new finds! January 2022 sees lots popping up in Singapore, from a new facial spot Skin Pple in Orchard (with a special 15% off your first facial) to guzheng (a traditional Chinese string instrument) lessons for kids at Heritage Strings & Arts, news of the return of Formula 1 Grand Prix, beautiful art-covered journals from GML Gallery, a new app for booking babysitters (even last minute!), the opening of multi-hyphenate space Crane Joo Chiat and more!
New co-working space: Crane Joo Chiat
Situated on one of Singapore’s most historically vibrant streets, the new Crane on Joo Chiat Road boasts a gorgeous new restaurant concept, familiar friendly faces in the Earth Shop and Cafe, a coffee/tea takeout, and three stunning stories of co-working and event spaces, in a heritage shophouse. Check them out, as they’ll have workshops, yummy F&B options and beautiful home decor to shop from!
Crane Joo Chiat, 281/282/283 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427536, Register for the Joo Chiat Open House here!
Formula 1 SG Grand Prix returns on 2 October!
Ready for more good news in 2022? The Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix is making a grand comeback on 2 October 2022! The red dot has hosted the popular night race 12 times since 2008, and will continue to host for another seven years – right up until 2028. The seven-year extension is the longest one we’ve had to date, and we’re already excited to see who will win this year. Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel was crowned champ in 2019, which was the last time the F1 Singapore GP was held here. We’re also keeping our fingers crossed for stunning post-race fireworks and star-studded live performances from our favourite music acts!
Surrey Hills Grocer: All-New Aussie-style Grocer & Pet-friendly Café
There’s a new hidden gem in the west! Surrey Hills Grocer is Singapore’s latest gourmet grocer, lifestyle and dining destination that offers the best of Australian produce, products, cuisines and experiences. Inspired by the quaint Surrey Hills town in Melbourne, Surrey Hills Grocer is located in the quieter areas of Jurong so you can escape the hustle and bustle of the city. Spanning across 3,000sqft, Surrey Hills Grocer has everything from Australian-made and -grown products to local urban farm produce, a dedicated winery, a Florist Bar and the pet-friendly Surrey Hills Café, an alfresco dining concept with a menu. The café serves aromatic brews using beans from one of Australia’s best known coffee brands, Proud Mary Coffee, along with an on-site bakery that produces the freshest in-house bakes and pastries daily.
Surrey Hills Grocer, D’Arena, 511 upper Jurong Road, Singapore 638366
Cafe opening hours: Tuesdays – Sundays, 11am to 3pm (Brunch), 6pm – 9pm (Dinner), surreyhillsgrocer.sg
Museum of Ice Cream offers new Night at the Museum experience from 1 February 2022
Perfect for dates or fun get-togethers with friends, Museum of Ice Cream’s 90-minute Night at the Museum experience will include unlimited ice cream (of course!), a welcome cocktail, engaging activities and a card game driven by storytelling and self-disclosure. After the experience, guests will be ushered to the alfresco Café and Bar for a special MOIC-themed cocktail or milkshake on the house. All this on top of a tour through the awesome Instagram-worthy interactive displays you’ve probably been seeing all over your feeds! Ticket details to be revealed soon.
Museum of Ice Cream, 100 Loewen Road, Singapore 248837, www.museumoficecream.com/singapore
Minene: New Baby & Kids’ Store Opens in Tanglin Mall
Minene is the newest baby and kids’ store to open in Singapore! Offering a broad range of stylish, durable and easy-to-use accessories and clothing, you’ll find baby-soft clothes, teethers, toys and more in this one-stop shop.
Minene, 163 Tanglin Rd, Tanglin Mall, #02-111/112, Singapore 247933, www.facebook.com/minenesg
Pororo Park Pop-up Bouncy Castle Playground in SAFRA Punggol
Head to SAFRA Punggol and check out Pororo The Little Penguin Bouncy Playground! There’s a 2-metre tall inflatable Pororo The Little Penguin for photo ops, Poby The Polar Bear’s igloo with interactive challenges and of course, bouncy slides! The pop-up bouncy playground is suitable for children 7 years old and below. You can purchase tickets straight at the SAFRA Punggol Concierge Counter (Level 3) or book in advance via the mySAFRA Portal.
Pororo The Little Penguin Bouncy Playground is now on till 13 February 2022 at SAFRA Punggol, 9 Sentul Crescent, Singapore 828654
Weekdays: 5pm – 9pm*
Weekends: 10am – 9pm*
Tickets are $10 for SAFRA Member; $12 for Guests
Minimum of 2 tickets to be purchased for children under aged 5 years old and below as parent supervision is recommended. Any parent who wish to accompany their child to enter the playground must purchase a ticket. No parent can enter the playground without a child.
30min Facials in Orchard: Skin Pple
Love flash facials? Busy mamas who want to get gorgeous in 30 minutes or less will love Skin Pple, a new one-of-a-kind spa concept that’s just opened in the heart of town! Skin Pple offers curated skin treatments divided into ‘therapeutic’ treatments to focus on skin conditions, and ‘experiential’ treatments to elevate your skin wellness to the next level (they combine visual and auditory stimuli to activate all your senses during the facial!). They use the latest aesthetic innovations such as light, ultrasound and radiofrequency in their treatments to get instant results in a short time. Skin Pple also offers a specialty skincare range formulated with active ingredients to transform your skin.
Enjoy 15% off your first facial at Skin Pple with the code SASSY15!
Valid till 31 January 2022.
Guzheng lessons for kids at Heritage Strings & Arts
Keen to get your kids interested in traditional Chinese instruments? If you’ve ever been hypnotised by the beautiful sounds of the guzheng or guqin (which has seven strings), Heritage Strings & Arts at Marina Square offers lessons for kids from 5 years old! They’re currently the only Chinese guzheng and guqin studio located in a shopping mall in Singapore. They have a huge range of guzhengs and guqin on offer in their Chinese traditional-themed studio, with lessons that focus on building a strong foundation in music knowledge and playing techniques, with progression to professional grading and exams. There’s also a Leisure/Contemporary route for students who prefer to learn the guzheng for leisure – classes cover a range of songs from traditional to modern (teachers even take students’ requests on which songs to learn!). One-to-one guzheng and guqin classes are 45 minutes long and 60 minutes for group classes (2-4 pax, only for guzheng lessons). What’s more, you can even check out their authentic Chinese tea collection for sale in the studio, all harvested from the different core production areas of China!
Heritage Strings & Arts, 6 Raffles Boulevard, Marina Square #03-108/109, Singapore 039594, www.heritagestrings.sg
Beautifully illustrated journals from GML Gallery
Looking for beautiful new journals for the new year? GML Gallery makes journals and diaries that are encased in original illustrations. Whether you prefer a firm hardcover diary or a soft-covered journal, every art piece has been meticulously produced into a fine-grained textured Vinyl Art paper (for hardcovers) or Grain textured PU (for soft covers) that wrap around each book, including the spine. We’re particularly fond of the Dreamscape collection, which features illustrations inspired by scenes in India, Japan, Amsterdam and more. These journals and diaries also make great gifts!
GML Gallery, www.gmlgallery.com
Find a babysitter ASAP with the Aunty app
Founded by a local mama whose childcare plans fell through when she was expecting her second child, Aunty is a platform that connects parents to a community of babysitters. You can book a sitter up to three months in advance, and if it ends up not working out, you could probably find a reliable sitter on the same day! All of the babysitters on the Aunty app have to be Singaporeans or PRs and at least 18 years old to apply, with experience in working with children, whether they’re former preschool teachers, have previously studied nursing or have had experience working in a paediatric ward. It’s free to download and start an account on Aunty! Just pay the hourly rate displayed on the babysitter’s profile and you’re good to go.
Aunty app, www.aunty.sg
Expecting a 2022 baby? Join our Pregnancy Due Date clubs!
It’s so important to have the support and companionship of mamas going through the same things as you. That’s why we’ve created our Due Date Clubs for mamas-to-be. These closed Facebook groups can only be joined if you’re a pregnant woman, living in Singapore, who wants to meet other like-minded mamas to be!
Click here to join!