2020, what a year.

Each month this 2020, we will be celebrating a particular theme; be it private jet etiquette in the summer, or how to adequately pair chocolate and champagne during the festive season. For February, fresh out of unconvincingly trying to force new healthy habits, our theme is one that touches on the (dreaded) big V of the month, but from a different angle. This February 2020, our theme is titled “Love & Self Love.”

We’ve never been ones to give in to the cheese. Yes, we love a good rom-com from time to time. Yes, we get teary-eyed during proposals on the beach. And yes, we have weighted the idea of getting married to a sandwich and calling it real love. But we wouldn’t be true to form if we brought you a series of sappy love stories this February. 

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No, this February 2020 we’re all about empowerment. We’re all about taking care of ourselves. We’re all about positivity — body and mind. We’re all about the notion that real, true love, starts with the self. And we’re having just the right conversations, trying out just the coolest activities, and finding just the sweetest spots to go on this adventure, together. Whether it’s eating right, taking a digital detox, or doing your bit for the environment, our theme of Love & Self Love could not come at a better time.

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After all, we’re millennials. We’re busy. We get lost and carried away in a pile of anxiety; toppling piles of work, overuse and abuse of being 24/7 online, and then bursts of random epidemics like the Coronavirus. (Not a joke — wear your mask, sport your Eau de Sanitiser, and stay safe, please). 

Yet of course we’ll still make you a sweet Vday Playlist, and of course we’ll still tell you where to wine and dine bae that weekend. But we’ll also be fond signers uppers to the idea that you can take your own great self to dinner too, and then proceed to rock out to aforementioned playlist alone or in company back at your apartment.

February Theme: Self Love
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Committed, single, or ready for some Pringles, we’ll be collecting all our stories and linking back to them right here. Stay tuned, watch this space, and have a great February. We love you.

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3 wellness spots in Bangkok for your next Selfcare Sunday

We all know the holiday season can be overwhelming with all the travellingfeasting and gatherings. Then you come back and it’s a lot of catching up to do at work. Stress at work can take a toll on your complexion and overall appearance. Once in awhile it just feels nice to have a few hours of me time and take care of your mind and body. Find time for yourself and schedule a day spa that fits what you feel your body needs. Here, we have compiled a list of ultimate relaxation and revitalisation spa programs that we love that your body will thank you for.

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5 meditation apps for less stress and better sleep

Don’t find the time, but create time for yourself to follow some stress-relieving activities. We’ve rounded up the best meditation apps that you can easily download from your Apple or Android store that are apt for beginners and experienced practitioners. Get yourself in the zen mode because self-love is important.

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How to show someone you love them this Vday (despite Coronavirus)

Can love cure Coronavirus? Scientifically, probably not. But these little gestures and practical measures can surely help you keep calm. It’s the new way of saying “I love you” this Valentine’s Day.

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Forget candle-lit dinners, romantic travel trends this 2020 are all about mindfulness

Boutique travel club Mr & Mrs Smith have teamed up with the Future Laboratory to present the next decade of millennial travel trends, with a special focus on romantic travel. With Valentine’s Day coming up (though love should be celebrated every day, and so on…), it’s a really interesting time to have a look and wonder. And maybe put back those heart-shaped chocolates.

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Time for self-love: 6 great ways to treat yourself in Bangkok

Bangkok is a city that’s increasingly conscious of the importance of self-care, and offers many activities and experiences that are great for you inside and out. From healthy staycations to the best spas in Bangkok, here are our top picks of ways to treat yourself in the city this year.

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What to eat to heal a broken heart, according to a nutritionist

Wordy affirmations aside, we recently sat down with the ever-fabulous Dr. Priya Khorana, a Bangkok-based ACSM-accredited exercise physiologist and nutritionist, to chat all things broken hearts, and what to eat (or avoid) to heal and get through this difficult time. Spoiler alert: it shouldn’t just be ice cream tubs and pralines — but that doesn’t mean there can’t be a buffet for the broken-hearted. Read on. 

Beauty and self-love: meet the Selena Gomez ‘Rare Beauty’ line

Rare Beauty isn’t just any star-endorsed cosmetics brand. Selena Gomez has long been an advocate of diversity in beauty and embracing natural but beautifully unique features. After all, these features are indeed what make you a “rare beauty”. And it’s all about learning to love yourself and love the fact that you’re one-of-a-kind.

How to decorate your bathroom in fifty shades of grey and white

Bathrooms are becoming ever-more elegant as stylish spaces for personal wellbeing and self-care. And when it comes to redecorating or renovating, the bathroom is quickly becoming one of the most important rooms. After all, you want to bring personality and individual style to the bathroom, yet you’ll also want to choose something that will stand the test of time. Enter: fifty shades of grey (and white).

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4 things to know about dopamine fasting, a big trend amongst tech CEOs right now

Dopamine fasting is the biggest buzzword to spring about Silicon Valley at the moment, according to various news sources. As outlined in The New York Times as “how to feel nothing now, in order to feel more later,” it comes as a direct response to the ever-increasing sensory overload we experience on a daily basis. The idea is that you deprive yourself of anything ‘exciting’, so that you can appreciate it more at a later time. It’s an intriguing concept, and very much in line with other buzzwords like digital detoxing, silent retreats, and selfcare

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Lisa Gries
Managing Editor, Bangkok
Lisa loves to travel, and is always on the lookout for the world’s best nap spots. She’s a serious Asian art history nerd, and has a knack for languages and coffee table books. She hopes to publish her own novels one day, one of which will likely be called ‘All The Great Conversations I Had In A Bangkok Speakeasy.’ It’s a work in progress.