The past week has been full of pleasant surprises. Just a couple of days ago, we heard the announcement about the upcoming new Nokia 8, an Android-powered smartphone produced by Finnish company HMD Global. The sleek new phone comes with an array of impressive features such as Dual-Sight mode (which allows users to utilise both the front and rear cameras simultaneously), and the ability to live-stream videos directly to Facebook and Youtube. We’re already thinking of getting our hands on one when it’s available globally in September, partly out of curiosity and sentimental reasons — after all, Nokia’s phones were what most of us grew up with, in the pre-smartphone era.

Closer to home, another highlight was our national team’s stellar performance at the SEA Games, which officially launches tomorrow but started on 14 August for selected events. Singapore has bagged two golds so far in the synchronised swimming category. With promising results in other sports such as football and cricket so far, we’re keeping our hopes up for more good news.

There’s much to look forward to this weekend as well. Today marks the start of the Singapore Night Festival, an annual showcase of light installations, music performances, and even magic shows. It ends 26 August. There’s also the ongoing Beerfest Asia 2017, which features over 500 types of beer — so you can be assured of an indulgent experience. Still can’t think of what else to do? This week’s The Cheat Sheet will help you out. You can visit some of the best dessert spots around the island, consider a quick getaway to the idyllic Gold Coast with our list of secret beaches, and — in celebration of Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel’s birthday tomorrow — read all about the fashion legend’s legacy.

Eat

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2am:dessertbar by homegrown pastry chef Janice Wong is known for its decadent confections.

If you have a sweet tooth and shudder at the mere thought of eating clean, here’s a guide to 5 of Singapore’s best dessert cafés.

Drink

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A mojito contains only 150 calories, so you can indulge without guilt.

Since it’s finally the weekend, it’s time to let your hair down and hit up your favourite bar. But if you’re concerned about how all that boozing will add extra inches to your waistline, here are 5 low-calorie cocktail options to try instead.

Style

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Forever an icon. (Photo: Getty)

Ahead of Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel’s 134th birthday tomorrow, we look back on the inimitable style icon’s life, legacy, and impact on the world of fashion.

Travel

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Currumbin creek, Gold Coast

Here are 5 under-the-radar beaches on the Gold Coast where you can soak up the sun without having to contend with throngs of selfie stick-toting tourists.

#lifestyleasiasg’s Instagram of the Week

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Here are the fanciest eggs we’ve ever seen.

The third instalment of the 2017 Art at Curate dining series features chef Kang Mingoo, chef-owner of the Michelin-starred Mingles restaurant in Seoul. Indulge in his contemporary Korean cuisine, such as the Egg Custard with Sancho pepper, from 16 to 23 August.

Follow us @LifestyleAsiaSg on FacebookInstagram and Twitter for a live feed on the most happening restaurant openings, fashion previews, cocktail parties and celeb sightings in Singapore.

(Main photo: Vanity Fair/ Los Angeles Times; Featured photo: iStock)

Sara Yap
Deputy Director, Digital Operations (Asia)
Sara Yap is the Deputy Director of Digital Operations at BurdaLuxury, and a contributing writer to Lifestyle Asia’s dining and jewellery beats. When she’s not on the lookout for exciting new restaurants or bejewelled trinkets, she’s probably buried in a riveting read, or reminiscing the good ol’ days with her favourite playlist of ’90s boyband hits.