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The Cheat Sheet: Vegan bars, safari adventures, and a guide to spring cleaning

It’s surreal to think back to 2012 when doomsday prophets were busy fearmongering the public about Earth’s impending armageddon. But here we are, six years later, welcoming 2018 with open arms, no worse for wear.

And we hoped that you enjoyed the little break from Christmas to New Year’s (as we did ours), but just in case you need a little rejuvenation for your skin after all that partying, we’ve curated a list of the best serums that will rescue your complexion from the throes of social obligations.

However, there are the hedonists that lurk among us who are already making plans to imbibe this weekend. If you’re one of them, check out our CBD bar guide for the best after-work drinks to forget your woes and be merry with good company.

Without further ado, here’s the Cheat Sheet for the first week of 2018. Keep scrolling to check out our top stories for the week.

Eat

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The Polpo at La Strada Ristorante, a rustic Italian trattoria opened by the Les Amis Group.

“My New Year’s resolution is to eat less,” said no one ever. 2018 is bringing upon us a variety of new restaurants, from chef Sun Kim’ Kimme (that is finally open) to Origin Grill & Bar at Shangri-La Hotel. Along with the latter, we checked out a few other restaurants that are worthy of the calories.

Drink

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Ladybird, a bar in New York City, is a fully plant-based food and cocktail destination.

The vegan movement was once thought to be reserved only for food, but in recent times it is extending to cocktails as well. And with Singapore ranked as the second most vegan-friendly city in Asia (behind Taipei), are we on the verge of seeing more drinks catering to our vegan counterparts as well? We picked the brains of a few bartenders, and here is why we think that it’ll be a matter of “when, not why’.

Style

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Faire Leather Co.’s briefcase is a burgundy treasure box, with plenty of smart storage options.

The monopoly on men’s leather goods is no longer limited to just Italian labels with a deep heritage anymore. Singaporean brand, Faire Leather Co, is set to change the local landscape with functional leather products that will leave your comrades mouthwatering with their wallets at the ready.

Travel

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Perched high above the floor of Africa’s Great Rift Valley, Angama Mara treats guests to all-encompassing views of Kenya’s Maasai.

Touring a metropolitan city is so 2017. A safari adventure should be where you are jetting off to this year. And in case you’ve already been to the ones in Africa, there are other destinations that have exotic animals and wildlife right at your backyard, like Sri Lanka and Nepal.

Living

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Stop hoarding, invest in storage space, and make sure to get rid of any sentimental clutter.

It’s that time of the year again when we take a look at our homes, sigh, and start throwing out old items. So before you embark on your annual spring cleaning weekend, here are some of our tips, courtesy of Japanese organising consultant and decluttering-extraordinaire Marie Kondo.

Josiah Neo
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Josiah Neo is a tech writer who contributes occasionally to the fashion, travel, and culture beats. When he’s not busy keeping up with the keynotes, he’s probably stuffing his face with the best Melbournian donuts (at Shortstop, BTW) or watching his favourite esports team, the Los Angeles Valiant, pummel their opponents into oblivion.