Singapore's Top 10 Music Schools

Image Credit: Aureus Academy

Image Credit: Aureus Academy

Learning how to play a musical instrument or how to sing is more than just a hobby, and can actually prove beneficial in many ways, such as building cognitive abilities and encouraging creativity, particularly in younger learners. With that being said, Singapore has many music schools that are well equipped to teach and guide anyone who wishes to improve their musicality – no matter their age. Check out these Singapore’s Top 10 Music Schools.  

1) Juzmusic


Juzmusic offers several different programs, and these are: Instrumental Lessons, Early Childhood Programmes, Pop Music Programme and Programs for Institutions. The teachings of Dr. Shin’ichi Suzuki are held to a high regard here. Besides this, they are also accredited by ABRSM (Associated Board of Royal School of Music). You can also purchase instruments from them. They currently have three branches. | FB: Juzmusic

2) Aureus Academy


Aureus Academy wants to make sure that learning music is a fun experience for the little ones and adults alike. Whether you want to sing your heart out, or pick up an instrument, their teachers can guide you through it. You can opt for individual or group lessons here, and they currently have five centres throughout the island. | FB: AureusAcademy | IG: @aureusacademy


3) Edvox Music School


Since 2002, Edvox Music School has offered theoretical and practical insights to music, with the support of qualified instructors. Lessons are offered for violin, piano, cello, flute, guitar, saxophone and clarinet. There is also a program called Funtime Doreme, engineered for those aged between 3 ½ to 5 years old, to introduce them to music education in a fun way. There are currently 5 Edvox branches located all over Singapore. | FB: EdvoxMusicSchool


4) Intune Music


If you feel like your calling in life is to pursue music, then Intune Music would be a great place to hone your talent. They work in collaboration with recording studios and artiste management companies in the music industry, giving students the opportunity to showcase their talents or find employment in the industry. Courses are taught for vocals, song composition, and instruments. There are also classes for children. Their school is located within Pomo Mall. | FB: IntuneMusicSchool IG: @intunemusicsg


5) Lee Wei Song School of Music


20 years of experience makes Lee Wei Song School of Music a known name in music education within Singapore. Their secret to success is happiness – a feeling they want to encourage for all who attend their lessons. Classes include Pop Vocal Signatures, Specialised Classes and Masterclasses focusing on pop keyboard, songwriting, artiste grooming, exam prep, and private workshops, as well as their StaR’us Children Program – to introduce kids to music. They are located at the Pico Creative Centre. | FB: lwssom | IG: @lwssom


6) Madison Academy of Music


Located within Tanglin Shopping Centre is Madison Academy of Music, which is identified as a “premier boutique music school”.  They acknowledge the various learning styles of each individual and customize lessons as such. Courses are divided by department, and there are many options available. An interesting course is their Musical Theatre unit, for budding Broadway stars. A roster of teachers are available at Madison, to provide students with expert advice and guidance. | FB: MadisonAcademySg | IG: @madisonacademysg


7) Mandeville Conservatory of Music


Mandeville’s mission goes beyond merely providing music education – they’re also concerned with having their students appreciate the arts and providing an avenue for people to explore their musical talents. Moreover, social responsibility is also a cause championed by them, as students are encouraged to participate in community service to share their gift with others. Check out the array of courses offered by visiting them at either of their two outlets. | FB: mandevilleconservatory


8) Replugged Music School


In keeping with the YouTube generation, you’ll find many videos from Replugged, showcasing the talents of their students. It is a testament to their teaching for sure, and they’ve also been in the business for over a decade. Located on Victoria Street, Replugged’s teachers are also artistes themselves, who want to share their talents with fellow aspiring musicians. Lessons are available for piano, guitar, ukulele, violin and vocals. | FB: repluggedmusic | IG: @repluggedmusic


9) Ossia Music School


Ossia is a pioneer where music education is concerned – they’ve been around since 1983! They pledge to offer affordable music lessons to anyone who is interested, regardless of age or experience. Their teachers (they have more than 100 of them) are experienced and qualified. Lessons offered are for piano, violin, guitar, electronic keyboard, organ and music theory. They have eight branches currently, and you can find out more about the locations via their website. | FB: OssiaMusicSch | IG: @ossiamusicschoolsg


10) Tanglewood Music School


As long as you’ve got passion for music, you will feel right at home at Tanglewood Music School. Their instructors hail from Europe and Singapore and can teach beyond a diploma level. Classes include aural training, vocals, music appreciation and music theory. Piano, cello, and guitar lessons are also offered. They also have music tours, which give students the opportunity to showcase their talents internationally on these trips. Visit them at the Sime Darby Centre on 896 Dunearn Road. | FB: tanglewoodmusic

The compilation of this list was made from accumulation of Public Votes on Pollbook. To participate in future polls, download Pollbook on App Store or Google Play and follow TallyPress.

Posted on October 18, 2016 and filed under Lifestyle.

Singapore's Top 10 Boutique Hotels

Image Credit: Vagabond Hotel Facebook

Image Credit: Vagabond Hotel Facebook

Small yet stylish, boutique hotels are perfect for guests who want their accommodation to be top notch, unique and contemporary. In Singapore, there are many of this category popping up all over the island, catering to the tastes of modern jet-setters. Here are Singapore’s Top 10 Boutique Hotels, for when you need a stay that has the right amount of personality.  

1) BIG Hotel Singapore


Cool is the name of the game with BIG Hotel. Even their website gives off stylish vibes, letting you pick a room based on your personality. For under S$200 you can get yourself a fairly comfortable room here, well stocked with the necessities required, a comfortable bed and a soothing rain shower. They are located at 200 Middle Road, and you can get there easily via MRT, bus or taxi. | FB: bighotelsingapore | IG: @bighotelsingapore


2) Hotel 1929


If you’re a fan of stays that evoke feelings of days gone by, then 1929 should be on your list. Located in Singapore’s Chinatown, this spot is a historical place in its own right. The rooms feature a perfect blend of vintage charm, coupled with new-age features to satisfy the needs of today’s generation. An exquisite dining option is available in the form of Restaurant Ember, which has gourmet style meals to delight the tastebuds. | FB: hotel1929 | IG: @hotel1929


3) Lloyd's Inn


This minimalist paradise is a soothing escape from the concrete jungle, inviting you towards a very natural landscape, where greenery surrounds the hotel and keeps you feeling right at home. Conveniently located near many shops and restaurants, you’ll never be bored with the choices around, and you can safely explore them on foot too. Complimentary breakfast vouchers are given to guests to enjoy a delicious meal at the nearby Killiney Kopitiam or Freshly Baked. | FB: lloydsinn | IG: @lloydsinn


4) Hotel Re!


Everyone loves a good throwback moment these days, and Hotel Re! is ready to take you back to the simpler times of the swinging 60s and 70s. If psychedelic colours are up your alley, you will love this hotel. There are seven different colour themes to choose from here on each floor. Location-wise, its conveniently situated near to Singapore’s tourist attractions and entertainment stops, like Clark Quay and Orchard Road. They also have an in-house restaurant and lounge, so you don’t need to venture out for meals. | FB: HotelRe | IG: @hotelre


5) New Majestic Hotel


Known as Singapore’s first design hotel, this Chinatown-based accommodation is another stay that is brimming with cultural richness and artistic flair. Enjoy award-winning Cantonese style meals at their restaurant, and check out their promotions to get the best possible rate for your stay. There are six room options here, each fantastic in its own way. | FB: newmajestichotel | IG: @newmajestichotel


6) Studio M Hotel


This award-winning hotel is the brainchild of Millenium & Copthorne Hotels. Their rooms are styled in a duplex fashion, and there are four types of “lofts” to choose from, based on your requirements. Amenities include a pool and bar, among the usual facilities you’d find in a hotel of this calibre. They’re also extremely child-friendly, complete with a Children’s Concierge, to give your little ones something to look forward to during your stay. | FB: studiomhotel | IG: @studiomhotel


7) Naumi Hotels


Naumi Hotels has two stays in Singapore – one on Seah Street, and another on Keong Saik Road. Equipped with a restaurant, bar, fitness centre, and infinity pool, you’ll have everything you need at Naumi. Their stylish interior is commended for its modern vibes, and artistic nuances that give the hotel a classiness like no other. | FB: NaumiHotels | IG: @naumihotels


8) Vagabond Hotel


Another one for the art aficionados to enjoy is Vagabond Hotel. This hotel is inspired by “all things in excess”, a philosophy touted by its French designer Jacques Garcia. Yes, here your senses will be delighted indeed, from the sights of art throughout the hotel to the artists who stop over for performances, screenings, or artisanal food showings. And if that’s not enough to satiate you, take a walk outside to enjoy the nearby historical sights, like Little India and Kampong Glam. | FB: hotelvagabond | IG: @hotelvagabond


9) The Club


Peaceful slumber, delectable dishes, and quirky cocktails. You can find it all at The Club. Classified as an “affordable luxury boutique hotel”, this Ann Siang Road landmark is not to be missed. With two bars and two eating outlets, you will be spoilt for choice here. Check out their promotions online to get good rates for your stay. | FB: theclubsingapore | IG: @theclubsingapore


10) The Scarlet Singapore


If you want to be near the city centre, and a stone’s throw from entertainment and F&B options, then you can consider The Scarlet, located in Chinatown. Add to this the charming quirkiness of the hotel itself, bathed in a luscious sea of red throughout, with 80 rooms, including 5 exclusive themed suites. A restaurant and rooftop bar are also available at the hotel. | FB: TheScarletHotels | IG: @thescarlet_sg

The compilation of this list was made from accumulation of Public Votes on Pollbook. To participate in future polls, download Pollbook on App Store or Google Play and follow TallyPress.

Posted on October 7, 2016 and filed under Lifestyle.

Singapore's Top 10 Pet-Friendly Cafés

Image Credit: Happenstance Cafe

Image Credit: Happenstance Cafe

Furkids are part of the family too, which is why there are a lot more public places that are beginning to accommodate those with pets. If you want to bring your beloved pet out to a café where they can mingle with their own species, check out Singapore’s Top 10 Pet-Friendly Cafes. 

1) Ah B Café


Spacious, welcoming and certainly a haven for pets and their two-legged companions. That about sums up Ah B Café, which is located at Sunny Heights, in Bukit Timah. While you kick back and relax with delectable snacks and beverages, your furkids can enjoy their own fun – a dip in the pool, freshly baked biscuits, or a grooming session. They are open every day except Mondays. 

FB: AhBCafe | IG: @ahbcafe


2) Happenstance Café


Happenstance was created with animal needs in mind, there’s a huge space for them to trot about here, and even a pasta menu especially for them! Humans, fret not, there’s plenty of food for you as well, but it’s not everyday pets get a special menu for themselves. They’re open every day, and you can find them at 35 Opal Crescent. 

FB: HappenstanceCafe | IG: @happenstance_cafe


3) Sun Ray Café


Have you ever wondered if you should get a cake for your dog’s birthday? Well, wonder no more! At Sun Ray Café, that’s doable! You can get a meat or food based cake to order in two sizes – 250 or 500 grams. They also have a pet-friendly menu, and the food for animals is made without seasoning. People-friendly food includes fresh baked goods from their bakery, and they are also known for their special coffee brews. They also have a variety of meals to satisfy any palette. | FB: SunRayCafeSG | IG: @sun_ray_cafe


4) Paw Pet-Radise Café


Whether you’re a pet owner or not, you are welcome to visit the Café. They’re located at Balestier Road Monville Mansion, and the café is open daily, save for Tuesdays. The great thing about this establishment is that they open till 1am on Fridays and Saturdays, perfect for night owls. Meals are available for pets and their people, and parties can even be organised for your pets. Bento style meals are favoured here. 

FB: PawPet-RadiseCafe | IG: @pawpetradise


5) Paws N Pans


Paws N Pans is located on Joo Chiat Road, and they too have a menu that is pet and human-friendly. From waffles for two-legged patrons and hormone free chicken meals for four-legged customers, you can be assured of a good and healthy time at this café. They also work with local Animal Welfare Groups to hold adoption drives, as well as create awareness on responsible pet ownership. | FB: PawsNPans | IG: @pawsnpans


6) Canopy Garden Dining


Head down to Ang Mo Kio Avenue, and bask in the lush greenery at Canopy Garden Dining. Even if you’re indoors, the glass windows stream all the wonders of nature in, giving it a welcoming atmosphere. Though they don’t have a menu especially for pets, they do welcome animals in the establishment. It is also great for the kids, making it a perfect stop for the whole family. They are open daily. | FB: CanopyGardenDining | IG: @canopygardendining


7) W39 Bistro & Bakery


If you’re a fan of European style dishes, get your pooch and head on over to this dog-friendly café. In addition to freshly baked pastries and bread, they also have a delicious menu. Dog treats are available too, in case your precious pup needs a snack or two. And for the humans, a lovely array of cakes is guaranteed to satisfy a sweet tooth. They are open daily, except for Mondays, and they’re located at Jalan Mas Puteh. | FB: W39Bistro | IG: @w39bistro


8) The Cat Café


The felines aren’t forgotten! The Cat Café at Victoria Street is the perfect kitty-therapy for those deprived of feline affection. They guarantee a safe and clean atmosphere, with the promise of a good cuppa and the company of some lovely cats (all are former strays or adopted). Children under 6 are not allowed on the premises, and those under 12 must have adult supervision. You’ll need to pay $15 per entry, and this entitles you to a complimentary soft drink too. | FB: TheCatCafe | IG: @sgcatcafe


9) The Company of Cats


Known as Chinatown’s first cat café, this Mosque Road establishment is simply “purrfect” for lovers of felines. The “company” is comprised of rescue cats, as the team firmly believes in adoption and not buying animals. A portion of the profits earned by the café is donated to Animal Lovers League, so you’d be supporting a good cause while you have fun. Their rates are available on their website, and do keep an eye out for Member Promos if you plan to be a regular patron. | FB: TheCompanyofCats | IG: @thecompanyofcats


10) Kith Café


Kith Café currently has three branches in Singapore – at Millenia Walk, Robertson Quay and Sentosa Cove. Early risers and their pets will appreciate this café that opens at 7am daily, this will make it the perfect stop for an after-walk breakfast or coffee run. In fact, they’re quite known for their coffee brews, so don’t miss out on a cuppa. Definitely a well-loved spot, by kids, adults and furry ones alike! | FB: KithCafe | IG: @kithsingapore

The compilation of this list was made from accumulation of Public Votes on Pollbook. To participate in future polls, download Pollbook on App Store or Google Play and follow TallyPress.

Posted on October 4, 2016 and filed under F&B.

Singapore's Top 10 Tattoo Studios

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Tattoos are a norm these days, with just about every other person sporting some ink. Whether it is to memorialise or pay tribute to a loved one, or to simply show your love of art on your skin, tattoos are gaining popularity in sunny Singapore. If you want to get inked, check out one of Singapore’s Top 10 Tattoo Studios!  

1) 8 Volts Tattoo


Located within Orchard Plaza Mall on Orchard road, this tattoo studio was founded by artist Joe Wang who has a distinct style that makes the studio a great choice for clients who want to explore diverse design options for their tattoos. Joe’s Instagram shows an affinity for a great range of tattoo styles, like Japanese and even Maori ink. They operate by appointment, but if they are available they may be able to accept walk-ins as well. | FB: 8VoltsTattoo | IG: joewang_8voltstattoo


2) Familiar Strangers Tattoo Studio


Familiar Strangers specializes in several tattoo styles, namely – Japanese and Oriental, Polynesian, Samoan, Maori, Traditional American tattoos, Black and Grey works, Old Skool Flash Works and Font Word Tattoos. Minimum pricing for a tattoo is S$100 but final price depends on the size and complexity of the design chosen. Do check out their Terms and Conditions on their website before contacting them for an appointment. | FB: FamiliarStrangerTattooStudio | IG: FamiliarStrangersTattooStudio


3) Elvin Tattoo


Elvin’s studio is located on Onan Road, and is open from Mondays to Sundays, from 12 noon until 6pm. Large pieces seem to be his forte, from back pieces to full leg pieces. Intricate and elaborate, his designs reflect great artistry and care. Whether you prefer more traditional tribal-esque pieces or quirkier designs, Elvin can certainly sketch up something spectacular. 

FB: ElvinTattoo | IG: ElvinTattoo


4) GimmeLoveTattoo


Gimmelovetattoo has been in operation since 2008, and their studio can be found at Dunlop Street. They are open daily and are open from 1pm until 10pm. Though tattoos are often associated with pain, they have taken the extra mile to ensure a zen atmosphere of comfort and serenity at their studio. Their talented artists can accommodate a variety of styles, so get in touch with them to find out more. | FB: GimmeLoveTattoo | IG: GimmeLoveTattoo


5) Vagabond Ink


Valerie Yang founded Vagabond Ink many moons ago, and while she’s currently based in Vancouver, her tattoo studio is going strong with the help of her friends. She does occasionally drop in from time to time, so if you are eager to get inked by her, do keep an eye out for social media updates to know when her next stop is. Other artists include Melvin, Aaron, and Peenut. Each have different rates and styles, so check their portfolios online to select your preferred artist. | FB: VagabondInk | IG: vagabond_ink


6) Lovesick Tattoo Singapore


If you want to get a little Lovesick, head on over to Parklane Shopping Mall at Selegie Road, and you’ll find their tattoo studio. They’re open daily, but Sundays are strictly by appointment only. From Mondays to Saturdays, they’re open from 1pm until 8pm. Louis Tham founded the studio, and he’s known for the realism of his art, even achieving a Guiness World Record for his work. Louis is joined by MH, who is fond of minimalist and black and grey style tattoos. Another artist on the roster is Aric, who favours vibrant and intricate designs. | FB: LovesickTattooSingapore | IG: louislovesicktattoo


7) Visual Orgasm Tattoo Studio


Joseph started the studio in 2005, and their studio is located on Haji Lane. Together with fellow artists Jen and Clyde, they’re considered pioneers in the industry who place a great emphasis on the “freedom of expression”. Joseph’s portraits are stunning in their realism and he’s trained in several styles, while Clyde’s fantastical creations are akin to an amalgamation of different art forms, each vibrant and special in their own way. If you like script work and lines, Jen would be an appropriate choice, for her clean and precise details. | FB: VisualOrgasmTattooStudio | IG: joseph_visual_orgasm


8) Exotic Tattoos & Piercings


One of Singapore’s first female tattoo artists, Su, is a part of the Exotic Tattoo family. Su is also the grand-daughter of legendary tattoo artist Johnny Two Thumbs. Their prices start from S$80, and clients are advised to have at least a rough idea of what they want, be it in form of a sketch or image, so that the artist can develop the design further. If you don’t, designs are available at the studio for you to peruse. Cover-ups and fix-ups of old tattoos can also be done here. Check them out at Far East Plaza, they’re open daily. | FB: ExoticTattoos&Piercings | IG: sutattoo


9) C.K Tattoo


C.K. Tattoo is open daily, from 1pm until 10pm. The studio is located at Kampong Bahru Road. Previous clients have remarked that the studio is cosy, making it comfortable for first-timers who may be a tad nervous about getting inked. Large pieces seem to be favoured, particularly tribal and Japanese styled ones. Still, small tattoos also make appearances, and are no less spectacular, despite their lack of size. | FB: C.KTattooSingapore | IG: cktattoosg


10) Imagine Tattoo Studio


Imagine operates strictly by appointment only, so you will need to text or email them ahead of time prior to visiting their studio. Their hours are from 1pm until 9pm, and they are closed on Wednesdays. Founded in 2005, they are situated at 195 Pearl’s Hill Terrace. Run and managed by artist Ael, Imagine is known to specialize in portrait colour works as well as custom cover-ups. | FB: ImagineTattooStudio

The compilation of this list was made from accumulation of Public Votes on Pollbook. To participate in future polls, download Pollbook on App Store or Google Play and follow TallyPress.

Posted on September 27, 2016 and filed under Art, Beauty.

Singapore's Top 10 Hair Salons

Image Credit: Picasso Hair Studio

Image Credit: Picasso Hair Studio

Getting your hair done by a professional stylist is one way to put you in a good mood and have you feeling like a star. Whether you just want a simple blowout or glamourous curls for an event, leave your tresses in capable hands to ensure they receive the best care. Check out Singapore’s Top 10 Hair Salons to get an idea of where to book your next hair appointment! 

1) Vybe's Hairdressing


Luscious curls, vibrant shades, soft tresses. All of these can be achieved at Vybe’s Hairdressing, located at New Upper Changi Road, Bedok. Managed by sisters, Vybe’s is very accommodating and have a covered area for Muslimah customers. You have to make an appointment to get a slot, so do call early. They are open Mondays to Fridays from 10am to 5pm, and on Saturdays they are open from 11am until 6pm. | FB: VybesHairDressing | IG: @vybeshairdressing


2) Chez Vous Hair


Their name means “your house” in French, which gives you an idea on the services provided. It’s all about the glamour here, and their space is known as a OHDA area, which means Only Hair Directors Allowed! It is more than just a hair salon though, their Orchard Road outlet even has a bar and a lounge on the premises, where you can organize a makeover party for yourself and your friends. Call ahead to reserve a space at this hotspot. | FB: ChezVousHair | IG: @chezvoushair


3) 99 Percent Hair Studio


Rainbow colours and pastel dip-dyes are so Instagram-worthy, and you’ll just have to head on over to 99 Percent Hair Studio to get a hip ‘do like that for yourself. Their roster of stylists are artistic and creative, so if you want to try something a little different from the norms, you can trust them to deliver. They are open daily and have an outlet in Haji Lane, Orchard Central and another on East Coast Road. | FB: 99PercentHairStudio | IG: @99percenthairstudio


4) Act Point Salon


Act Point only hires trained stylists who have a minimum of two years training in hair techniques and customer service, and they only use the best products for their clients, guaranteeing a comfortable and pleasing experience for all who venture to their salons. They currently have three salons, on Beach Road, Orchard Road, and Dhoby Ghaut Shopping Centre respectively. Price lists for their services can be found on their website. | FB: ActPointSalon | IG: @actpoint_salon


5) Picasso Hair Studio


This North Bridge Road salon is open daily from 11am until 9pm, offering services like cuts, styling, color, perms and even rebonding. Prices are listed on their website. Picasso’s stylists are well-trained not only in the art of hair styling but also in terms of analysing face shapes and skin tones to achieve the best look for the client. They sometimes offer promotions as well, so check out their social media pages for more information on that. | FB: PicassoHairStudio | IG: @picassohairstudio


6) Salon Vim


They are one of five salons in Singapore acknowledged officially by L’Oreal Professional as a flagship store, meaning the brand’s products are proudly used in their salons. Salon Vim is located in 313 Somerset, Wisma Atria and Bugis. Innovation is their forte, with their “game-changing” services like hair-contouring and creative colouring options. Book an appointment online, or give them a call to find out more. 

salonvimsg | FB: SalonVim | IG: @salonvim


7) neXt Salons


neXt assures their clients “world-class style with Asian soul”, and with four salons to their name, they are quite an established name. In addition to in-salon services like cuts, styling, and colouring, their website doubles up as an e-store where you can purchase hair products and even hot tools. They open daily. Promotions are listed on their Facebook page, so do follow them to get the latest updates directly from neXt. | FB: NextSalons | IG: @nextthesalonbedok




PREP began simply as a blow-out salon, but have since expanded to include a full array of beauty and hair services, like cuts and colour jobs, and even perming and straightening. You could even book a treatment session to pamper your locks, or have it styled for an event. The blow-outs though, remain a favourite – from the classic look to the luxurious Balmain Blowout that is pampering at its best. | FB: PrepYourHair | IG: @prepyourhair


9) BLOC+



Bloc the Salon is located in a most unassuming area, in a picturesque shophouse on Joo Chiat Road. This was a purposeful decision, as the salon is said to be “an avenue for exchange of art & culture.” Whether you want hair colours inspired by pretty gemstones or a glamorous balayage treatment, they can make it happen for you! They are open every day except for Monday. You can even make an appointment on a public holiday. | FB: BLOC+ | IG: @blocthesalon




Ladies (and gents) of luxury, this one is for you. BLOW+BAR is Singapore’s first lifestyle grooming bar, and a place where you can kick back and relax with a glass of wine while you get your tresses done. Services include cuts, colouring, texturing and treatments. Better yet, have a blow-out party! That’s right, they have packages available for groups who want to de-stress while getting their hair done, so check those out on their website. They have two outlets currently – in One Raffles Place and Robertson Quay. | FB: Blow+Bar | IG: @blowplusbar

The compilation of this list was made from accumulation of Public Votes on Pollbook. To participate in future polls, download Pollbook on App Store or Google Play and follow TallyPress.

Posted on September 20, 2016 and filed under Beauty.

Singapore's Top 10 Wedding Planners

Image Credit: Rosette Designs & Co Facebook

Image Credit: Rosette Designs & Co Facebook

It’s nice to be involved in all aspects of your wedding, but it can also be extremely stressful. That’s why many couples opt to engage a wedding planner to ease the burden of planning such an important event. Not only will this investment ensure everything runs smoothly, but the bride and groom can focus on more important things too. If you are planning your wedding, you have to check out these Singapore’s Top 10 Wedding Planners. 

1) Wedding Diary: Penning Your Love Story


Lily Lu and Abigail Lee are the women behind Wedding Diary, and they both bring their individual strengths to the table resulting in a powerhouse team. Lu founded the company, which is described as an “event consultancy boutique that specialises in customized design, decorations and planning management”. They categorise their services into three separate chapters, namely, Wedding Design & Wedding Day Coordination, Wedding Design & Decoration, and Full Wedding Planning. Their website lists exactly what each type of service includes. Alternatively, drop them a line to find out more. | FB: WeddingDiarySG | IG: @wedding_diary


2) Wedding Acts


Wedding Acts has been in the business of nuptial planning since 2002, and they’ve served more than 600 couples to date. In addition to weddings on Singapore’s shores, they are also known for their handling of luxury destination weddings, even travelling as far as Maldives and Ireland. Wedding Acts is a prestigious name, as they are the first and only wedding planning company with CASETRUST accreditation, awarded by the Singapore Consumer Association. Fill up their enquiry form on the website to find out more about how to engage their services. | FB: WeddingActs | IG: @weddingacts


3) 1-HOST


Tech-reliant brides and grooms will appreciate 1-Hosts user-friendly website, which helps sort out a bit of planning, even before engaging their services. 1-Host owns and operates several beautiful properties such as 1-Altitude, One Rochester, 1-Garage and 1-Pavilion. As a Managing Agent for event spaces at Singapore Botanic Gardens, Fort Canning Park, HortPark & Labrador Nature Reserve, 1-HOST is pleased to include gardens and buildings in these parks under its exclusive offerings for venue bookings. Whether you prefer to have your wedding in the comfort of an air-conditioned hotel or a picturesque garden wedding, the team will be able to make your dreams come true. Their experience in the wedding industry has resulted in many partnerships and collaborations with F&B outlets and venues, which will make planning a breeze. Organising more than 200 weddings each year, 1-Host is one of the market leaders in the wedding planning industry. | FB: 1Host | IG: @1_host


4) Inside The Knot


From the pre-wedding photoshoot to the selection of flowers for the bridal bouquet, Inside The Knot will be right by your side every step of the way. Rubina Tiyu is the woman behind Inside The Knot, and she has worked hard to fulfil her passion for working in the wedding planning industry. You can choose to have them arrange for the entire wedding plan, which will include every single aspect of the big day, or you can just engage them for the event day itself, to ensure all goes well. Styling, photography and floral decorations are additional services that they provide as well. | FB: insidetheknot | IG: @insidetheknot


5) Chère: Weddings & Parties


You can be assured your wedding will be in good hands if you engage the stylish team at Chère for the big day. The fantastic five in the team have worked on wedding projects for clients locally and internationally. From concept designing to vendor and logistics management, the team can help coordinate your dream wedding. Note that their wedding packages range from $3900 onwards, or you could opt to choose just a few services on an à la carte basis. | FB: | IG: @chereweddingsevents


6) The Wedding Stylist


Caroline Tan-Reed and Angela Tioanda founded The Wedding Stylist, and though their earlier careers were in the chemical and marketing industry respectively, both shared a passion for wedding planning that led them to work together. The team can help you out with full wedding planning, actual day coordination, conceptualising, and/or styling the big day. As they operate by appointment only, be sure to email or call to set up a session. | FB: TheWeddingStylistSG | IG: @theweddingstylistsg


7) Rosette Designs & Co


Their website seems like the Pinterest board of any bride’s dreams, and that’s not surprising because they take cues from the greats like Martha Stewart when it comes to planning and perfecting weddings for their clients. Rosette Designs & Co has a distinctly western-inspired style in their aesthetic, making it the perfect choice for couples seeking a more contemporary feel. If you would like to engage this team, do make an appointment for Mondays, Tuesdays or Wednesdays, from 10am to 7.30pm. | FB: RosetteDesignsCo | IG: @rosettedesignsco


8) Wedrock Weddings


Excitement, creativity, and versatility lie at the heart of Wedrock Wedding’s planning ideology. From the very whimsical, to the simplistic minimalist wedding, Wedrock is eager to get the party started. Their packages are neatly categorised as Basic, Standard, and Premium, but you can also opt for their Wedding Day Coordination package or Styling Package. Custom plans can also be arranged if you don’t find one that suits your vision. | FB: wedrockweddings | IG: @wedrockweddings


9) Beautiful Gatherings


The Beautiful Gatherings story really began when Bryan Lim stumbled upon his beloved grandmother’s wedding dress and she shared her happy memories with him. It was then he realised his calling in life, to bring more joy to other couples and families through wedding planning. With this in mind, they are very much in tune with cultural norms and traditions required in weddings, particularly for Asians. Whether you require full planning, coordination in the month leading up to the big day, partial planning or just styling, Bryan and team will be there to help you. | FB: Beautiful Gatherings | IG: @beautifulgatherings


10) Hitched Weddings & Parties


From a Peranakan-themed wedding to a luscious garden party styled wedding that looked like something right out of a fairytale, Hitched Weddings & Parties can really take your dreams and make them a reality. No matter what theme you can dream up, the team will be on-hand to ensure your wedding is simply unforgettable. Services include wedding planning, theme conceptualization, actual day planning and coordination. Just give them a call to find out more. | FB: hitchedweddingsandparties | IG: @hitchedweddings

The compilation of this list was made from accumulation of Public Votes on Pollbook. To participate in future polls, download Pollbook on App Store or Google Play and follow TallyPress.

Posted on September 13, 2016 and filed under Weddings & Events.

Top 10 Independent Music Bands in Singapore

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Sunny Singapore is swarming with musical talent, and the independent music scene is not exempted from this fact. With an eclectic mix of talent spanning different genres, you're bound to find something that will make you want to sing or dance along. Here are the Top 10 Independent Music Bands in Singapore, as voted by you! 

1) Efficient Public Transport


An alternative rock unit comprising of 5 members, Efficient Public Transport has a very eclectic sound that they describe as being a “haphazard blend of pop melodies, driving bass lines, progressive drum beats, metal guitars and Dada-esque lyrics”, and hope that their tunes will give you a sense of escape from the normality of everyday life. Check out their interesting take on music from their YouTube page, which features covers as well as original pieces. 

FB: efficientpublictransport | IG: @efficientpublictransport | YouTube: eptbandsg




This self-styled “dream-pop” band will certainly soothe you with their enchanting melodies and the wistfully sweet vocals of lead singer, Wahidah. Check out their website to view their lyrics, listen to some of their demos and even purchase songs at any price you like, to support them. Most of their YouTube uploads are power-packed with psychedelic visuals to accompany the equally fantastical songs, and feature original content. | FB: subsonic.eye | IG: @subsoniceye | YouTube: SUBSONICEYE OFFICIAL


3) Sign Of Five


When you first lay your eyes on Sign of Five, the photogenic talents of their five handsome members will probably give you flashbacks to all the boybands you loved before. Far from being mass-produced and generic though , these guys are Singapore’s answer to the pop punk scene, with catchy anthems that will definitely have you tapping your feet along with the beat. They’ve made quite the name for themselves in Singapore, and they’re far from finished. Check out their YouTube to get yourself acquainted with some solid tunes by them. 

FB: SignOfFive | IG: @signoffive | YouTube: SignOfFive


4) Morning Martians


Representing another slot for Singapore’s pop punk scene are the guys from Morning Martians. These princes of pop punk have a sound that is quite reminiscent to Blink 182, and their passion for the craft really comes through in their songs. Lyrically, they are inspired by everyday situations, making their songs very relatable to many. Though they initially began as a foursome, the latest addition of a drummer adds to the band’s musical prowess, and fans can look forward to an edgier sound. 

FB: MorningMartians | IG: @morningmartians | YouTube: morningmartians


5) Tell Lie Vision


Tell Lie Vision have been rocking out since 2012. They started off on a high note, winning 2nd place in Thunder Band Slam 2012, where even lead singer Hasif won an award for his vocal skills. You can support them by purchasing their digital album via their website for $4, or you can always enjoy the covers they’ve uploaded to YouTube as well. Keep an eye out for their next gigs and check them out live too. | FB: OfficialTLV | IG: @tlvofficial | YouTube: Tell Lie Vision Official


6) HubbaBubbas


For lush post-acoustic music, check out HubbaBubbas, who are a trio that has been performing together since 2011. They’ve come a long way from performing covers of songs by international superstars like Beyoncé and Sia, with their own EP that just launched in August 2016, and their very own music video. The trio are comprised of a guitarist, beatboxer, and vocalist, resulting in a very unique sound. | FB: hbbbs | IG: @hbbbsband | YouTube: hellohubbabubbas


7) The Summer State

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Pop-rock outfit The Summer State got their name from the term “summer state of mind” which is meant to signify their sunny outlook on life. They released their first EP in 2013, which consists of original tracks that you can still purchase it from their website. The Summer State has an enviable list of gigs to their name, having opened for international acts like Yellowcard, A Rocket to The Moon and Alex Goot. They’ve also performed at numerous events within Asia and have garnered quite a following as a result. | FB: thesummerstate | IG: @thesummerstateband | YouTube: thesummerstate


8) Disco Hue


If you haven’t already guessed from their name, Disco Hue is an electronic pop band. As much as they utilize synth to hook in listeners, their lyrics are also meaningful and heartfelt, making for a unique combination. Their first EP, Arcade, is available online as well as in physical CD format. Check out their music videos on YouTube, to get a taste of the Disco Hue brand of music. 

FB: discohue | IG: @discohue | YouTube: DISCO HUE


9) Cashew Chemists


Cashew Chemists’ sound is evocative, with influences of blues and rock music from the 50s to the 70s. The quartet’s first EP was released in 2012, but they say they’ve expanded their sound and musical interests in favour of more dynamic instrumentation, and deeper introspection. For this year, Cashew Chemists are in the midst of recording their first full-length album. You can find their music on Spotify, iTunes, BandCamp and Soundcloud. | FB: cashewchemists | IG: @cashewchemists | YouTube: cashewchemists


10) Stopgap


They’re influenced by The Strokes and Arctic Monkeys, and interested in burgers and beer, which gives you a sense that Stopgap really has a sense of humour about everything. In fact, their music video for their original song, Nervous, is a clear indication of this. This fun-loving band consists of five gifted young men who have been jamming together since 2011. According to them, they do what they do to “create music that’s not only heard, but felt”. | FB: StopgapBand | IG: @stopgapband | YouTube: Stopgappp

The compilation of this list was made from accumulation of Public Votes on Pollbook. To participate in future polls, download Pollbook on App Store or Google Play and follow TallyPress.

Posted on September 6, 2016 and filed under Weddings & Events.

Top 10 Co-Working Spaces in Singapore

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Work doesn’t have to be dull or stressful when you have the option of being at a co-working space. Here you can network with people beyond your industry, and be productive in an environment that’s different from your usual space. Sometimes that’s all it takes for the best ideas to come to fruition. For an idea on where to plan your next brainstorming session or meeting, check out these Top 10 Co-Working Spaces in Singapore.

1) Spacemob


Their flagship space may be located on Singapore’s most well-known streets – Orchard Road, but Spacemob promises you a co-working space that’s intimate enough for you to get work done, yet accessible enough for it to be found. The design of the space is a key element here, with an aesthetic that is modern and appealing to encourage creativity. Several plans are available, such as monthly passes, 5 or 10-day passes, Flex Space, Fixed Desk and Private Office options. Get in touch with them via their website to book a tour. | FB: spacemobco | IG:


2) The Working Capitol


The team behind The Working Capitol recognize the power of a space and how what is in it can inspire change and productivity, which is why the facilities and appearance of the place is extremely important and well thought out. Those who sign up for workspace/workspot and workdesk memberships will even be eligible for access to the space 24/7. Those who have different memberships may access the space from Mondays to Fridays from 9am to 6pm. | FB: theworkingcapitol | IG: @theworkingcapitol


3) Trehaus Cowork


Parents, rejoice! Trehaus Cowork is here to settle one challenge working parents often face, with their child-friendly place. Yes, here you can focus on your work while your kids are safe and sound at the Trehaus Atelier located within. Infants are also welcome, and meals are provided. Membership packages are available according to your various needs. If you don’t have kids, fret not, there are workspaces that are for adults only, so you can focus on your work. | FB: trehauscowork | IG: @trehauscowork


4) JustCo


JustCo wants to help you “make work better” whether you are a freelancer, startup, small business, or even a large company. They have two co-working locations available currently, with one in Raffles Quay and another on Robinson Road. Options for rent include basic, unlimited or dedicated desks, or if you prefer, you can opt for access to a dedicated studio. | FB: JustCoSG | IG: @justco_sg


5) Woolf Works


Quietness is a virtue, particularly to those who desperately need to focus on their work. Woolf Works is the perfect place to get a dose of that. What’s more, this space was created by women, for women. This place is the first of its kind in South East Asia. While men can definitely visit as guests, membership is exclusively for the ladies. They’ve also partnered with other organizations, so signing up as a member gets you additional perks. Their minimalist themed space is also equipped with a library, and members can borrow books home too. | FB: WoolfWorksSg | IG: @woolfworks


6) PlusConcept SPACE


If working stylishly yet professionally is what you need, check out PlusConcept SPACE. With multiple spots located along Purvis Street (they have partner locations too for added facilities), you can opt for a private desk, private office, flexible desk without a membership. Day passes are also available, as are meeting rooms and HOIIO Phone facilities. Membership options include starter, basic, and office plans. | FB: plusconceptspace | IG: @plusconceptspace


7) The Co. Singapore


Currently, The Co. has two locations in Singapore. One is on High Street, which is their very own 8 storey building, providing ample space for those who need it. Their second location is at Duxton, which is enhanced with natural greens surrounding the space, and is right smack in the middle of a neighbourhood that has many options for meals and shopping. Plan options include daily passes, Flex Desk, Fixed Desk, Booths and Private Suites. | FB: jointheco | IG: @thecosingapore


8) The Hive Singapore


The Hive is located on New Bridge Road and is open Mondays to Fridays, from 8am to 8pm. Daily, Part-Time and Full-Time hot desks are available at The Hive, and also workstations and full office units. In addition, meeting spaces, pantries and lounges are also on-site. Special rates are available for writers, young entrepreneurs, social enterprises and start-ups, so drop them a line if you need a space but don’t necessarily have the resources. The Hive has a presence in other countries throughout Asia, and there are plans to expand further. | FB: thehivesingapore | IG: @thehivesingapore




At Workhouse, you’ll be able to get a space no matter what your needs are. Just check out their membership plans, which are categorized as Citizen, Crasher, Companion, and Communal respectively, so facilities available will differ according to which plan you select. They are located at Upper Weld Road, which is easily accessible via public transport. You’ll be happy to know that there are many restaurants available nearby as well, so you have lots of food options. Accounting and secretarial services are also provided in-house. | FB: ourworkhouse | IG: @ourworkhouse


10) Hub Singapore


The Hub is a “community of entrepreneurs, creatives and techies”, and if you fit into this category you’ll be happy to know that signing up as a member gets you access to over 75 other co-working Hubs all over the world. You will also be able to attend networking events. If you prefer to work at early or later hours, The Hub is a great place for you, as it opens from 6.30 am and closes at 11pm, 7 days a week. There is also a café on-site, so you can get your caffeine fix while you work. | FB: thehubsingapore | IG: @hubsg

The compilation of this list was made from accumulation of Public Votes on Pollbook. To participate in future polls, download Pollbook on App Store or Google Play and follow TallyPress.

Posted on August 30, 2016 and filed under Lifestyle.

Singapore's Top 10 Food Caterers

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An event without food would be pretty boring, and since not everyone is gifted in the fine art of cooking, it’s good to know that there are plenty of options out there in terms of food caterers. If you’re planning an event and want to ensure your guests have the best food there is, then you may want to engage one of Singapore’s Top 10 Food Caterers. The results here were derived following our recent poll.

1) Amici Events and Catering


Amici is a boutique caterer that is headed by people well-versed in culinary arts, thus resulting in a menu with variety. Dishes featured are diverse, with both Eastern and Western influences. Their services go beyond the usual buffet spreads, with fine dining courses, personal chefs and even butlers for hire as well as stations for any function. With an impressive roster of clients and the awards to back up their claims, you will not regret engaging them. | FB: amicieventsNcatering | IG: @amicicatering


2) Clubvivre


In addition to catering to your events, you can even hire a chef from Clubvivre as your private chef. All you have to do is select the menu and budget you prefer from their website, as well as when you expect them. Once payment is made online, just wait. The chef will arrive at your place at the specified time, with ingredients needed. They will even clean up the kitchen once the meals have been cooked, so all you have to do is enjoy the food. | FB: Clubvivre | IG: @clubvivre


3) Fine Palate Catering


Heather Barrie founded Fine Palate, and it is her experience as a caterer that shaped the brand as it is today. Her background and ideas are coupled with the technical skills of Chef Jason, who works with her. Services include catering for buffets, corporate events, fine dining, cocktail parties, working lunches, casual lunches and more. Orders and enquiries can be made online via their website. | FB: FinePalateSG | IG: @finepalatesg

4) Gustos


Gustos is a certified Halal caterer, so it is great if that is a requirement for you. If you prefer your catered food to appear with more pomp and splendour, Gustos can help as they have a network of contacts who can spruce up events with decorations and floral arrangements. In addition to wedding catering, they can also provide for private events, such as tea or cocktail hours. Theme buffets are also an option, as is Indian food. You can request for a price quote online, or call them to find out more. | FB: gustospteltd

5) Luxe Catering Singapore


French food is at the heart of Luxe Catering, and they can cater for an array of events. Included in their services are catering for breakfast, tea, private dining and buffet reception. They’ve also got a service called “Butler Canapes”, where their trained butlers will help to serve sophisticated sweet or savoury bite-sized appetizers to your guests at any event. Their extensive menus are available to view online, but be sure to call if you require additional information. | FB: LuxeCateringSG | IG: @luxecateringsg


6) How's Catering


How’s Catering is considered a veteran of sorts, having been in existence since 1991. Still, they have moved ahead with the times to create a contemporary dining experience, and are admittedly more flexible these days, when it comes to requests. Quality, hygiene and artistry all play a vital part in their arrangements. From delightful local treats to international dishes, they can dish up a variety of meals to suit your event or theme. Give them a call or message them on Facebook to find out more about their pricing and dishes. | FB: howscatering | IG: @howscatering

7) LAVISH Dine Catering


As the name suggests, you will be getting more than just edibles if you engage Lavish’s services. To them, it’s not only about the food but the overall experience. With an award-winning chef at the helm, you can be sure that your choices will be spectacular both in terms of taste and presentation. Menu choices include a 6 course Chinese Banquet, Mod-Asian Set Course, and Canapes. Menus are also available for festive occasions and seminars, so visit their website to see what is available. | FB: LAVISHsg | IG: @lavishdine

8) Purple Sage


Purple Sage operates with their own 3Ps, Prestige, Perfection and Passion, which gives an idea on their values as a company. Separate menus are available depending on the type of event.  Besides weddings and cocktail parties, they also cater for lunches, celebrations, Chinese style banquets or even Western style sit-down dinners. There is also the option of having Live Stations that serve dishes like Laksa, Roast Beef or Roast Duck Crepes. Promotions are listed on their Facebook, if any. | FB: purplesagegroup | IG: @purplesagesg


9) Tim's Fine Catering Services


Chef Tim Meijers has had extensive experience working in not one, but two Michelin star restaurants. Tim’s Catering has weekly promos, so be sure to keep an eye out for your favourite dishes. Minimum order is at $1000 but if you have a limited budget you can look into ordering their canape boxes which are priced at $500. Most of their menu options have selections according to price range, making it easy for you to choose one. In addition to food, they also have beverage options. | FB: timsfinecatering | IG: @timsfinecateringservices


10) Food & Friendship


They’ve served the most important guest a Singaporean brand could possibly serve – Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. The founder, Timothy Ong has significant experience within the F&B industry. His vision is to create a “medley of vibrant and tasty interpretations” which is why you’ll see many fusion inspired dishes on their menu, with the best of Asian and Western cuisine. Bookings for their catering services can be made via their website. | FB: foodnfriendship | IG: @foodnfriendship

The compilation of this list was made from accumulation of Public Votes on Pollbook. To participate in future polls, download Pollbook on App Store or Google Play and follow TallyPress.

Posted on August 23, 2016 and filed under F&B.

Singapore's Top 10 Beauty Vloggers

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Beauty vlogging is a relatively new trend that’s come about with the Internet being so much a part of our lives, but it’s one that’s not going to stop anytime soon, and is actually a means of income for many of the ladies and gentlemen who commit to it. Singapore has their fair share of talented beauty vloggers, check out this list!

1) Erin a.k.a BeautyWithErin


17-year-old Erin Jung has achieved quite a lot for her young age. In addition to being a consistent beauty vlogger via her YouTube channel, she’s also the founder of Candela Cosmetics, a cruelty-free, vegan and handmade makeup line she created after not being able to find cosmetic products that were compatible with her skin type in the market. As such, her channel not only features reviews of products but helpful makeup tutorials as well. | YouTube: beautywitherin | FB: BeautyWithErin | IG: @erinalessandra


2) Mabel a.k.a SheShopsMakeup


SheShopsMakeup is spearheaded by Mabel Wong, who shares her thoughts and reviews about the beauty products she purchases. These are anything from makeup haul showcases to hair tool demonstrations, which can be found on her YouTube. She also utilizes her other social media pages, like her Facebook, Instagram and website, to share her views. You’ll frequently see makeup swatches, as she’s often invited to try out new products that land on Singapore’s shores. | YouTube: SheShopsMakeup | FB: Sheshopsmakeup | IG: @sheshopsmakeup


3) Karman E


Karman E’s beauty vlogs and reviews focus mainly on quality drugstore products, making her channel very accessible to those who cannot afford higher end products, but still want to know what good brands there are out there that won’t burn a hole in their wallets. She’s known to pepper her videos and postings with positive sentiments, which is something her followers appreciate. Her YouTube channel is neatly categorised into separate playlists, so you can choose a topic that you like. | YouTube: puffedupcheeks | FB: madokeki | IG: @madokeki


4) Roseanne Tang