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20 Signs You’re Succeeding Even If You Feel Like You Aren’t



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We all feel like failures from time to time. While this is a normal feeling, you have to find a way to see yourself and your life from a different perspective. Sometimes we ignore the “little things.” Just because you are not a millionaire, don’t live in a mansion, and you don’t drive a fancy car, that doesn’t mean you’re a failure. In fact, it’s quite the contrary.

Here are 20 signs that you are succeeding in life:

1. Your relationships are less dramatic than they used to be.

Drama is not maturity. As we age, we should develop maturity. So maybe your relationships were drama-filled in your past, but if you have moved beyond that, then you are successful.

2. You are not afraid to ask for help and support any more.

Asking for help does not equal weakness. In fact, it is a strength. No person has ever succeeded in isolation. It takes teamwork to accomplish goals. Asking or help is a sign that you have grown as a person.

3. You have raised your standards.

You don’t tolerate bad behavior any more – from other people, or even yourself. You hold people accountable for their actions. You don’t spend time with the “energy vampires” in your life anymore.

4. You let go of things that don’t make you feel good.

No, this is not narcissistic even though it might seem like it. Self-love is success. Love yourself enough to say ‘no’ to anything that doesn’t make you happy, doesn’t serve your purpose, or drags you down.

5. You have moments where you appreciate who you see in the mirror.

Ideally, you should appreciate who you see in the mirror at every moment. But even if that doesn’t happen, if you do it more than you used to, then that is success. Love yourself. You are awesome.

6. You have learned that setbacks and failure are part of self-growth.

Not everyone can have success 100% of the time. That’s just not realistic. Life is about victories and losses. So look at your setbacks as stepping stones to something better. In reality, there really is no such thing as as setback. It’s all just part of a wondrous journey.

7. You have a support system that includes people who would do anything for you.

If you have figured out the people who “have your back” and recognized the ones who only pretend that they do, then you have succeeded. This is a painful realization, but once you learn to see the signs of betrayal, you can stay away from those people.

8. You don’t complain much.

Because you know there really is nothing to complain about. Unless you really have gone through some horrific life experience and had unimaginable losses, most of what we all experience on a day-to-day basis is just mundane. And successful people know that. And they live in a space of gratitude.

9. You can celebrate others’ successes.

Just because other people succeed, that doesn’t make you a failure. Applaud the people who rise to the top. The more positive energy you give to other people’s victories, the more you will create your own.

10. You have passions that you pursue.

You are not stagnant. You know you have something wonderful to contribute to the world. You have unique talents and gifts. Not only do you know that, you pursue it.

11. You have things to look forward to.

If you don’t have exciting things going on in your life that you are eagerly anticipating, then you are slowly dying inside. Successful people create goals that they are passionate about pursuing. They let this excitement drive their life.

12. You have goals that have come true.

Even though “failures” are a part of life, you have stuck to your goals and dreams long enough to make them come to fruition. You have  some tastes of victory. It fuels you.

13. You have empathy for others.

A person without empathy is dead inside. Empathy equals spreading love and positive energy into the world. Successful people know this. They love others as if they are family.

14. You love deeply and open yourself up to be loved by others.

Love is risky, and sometimes scary for people. It’s the one thing we all strive for, but it’s also intimately tied to the one thing we fear the most – rejection. If you open your heart enough to love and be loved, then you are successful.

15. You refuse to be be a victim.

You know that life doesn’t always happen to you. Many times, you are a co-creator of your life experiences. Successful people know this and refuse to be kept down by life experiences. The rise up and conquer anyway.

16. You don’t care what other people think.

You know you can’t please everyone. You know that the standards with which society judges people is many times unrealistic. So you just keep true to yourself and love the person you are.

17. You always look on the bright side.

Life can be full of disappointments – if you choose to see them that way. Otherwise, they are learning opportunities. No negative experience is ever wasted as long as you learn from it.

18. You accept what you can’t change.

Let’s face it – there many things you can’t change in life. All you can change is how you view what happens. If you can change your negative perspective on situations to a positive one, then you are successful.

19. You change what you can.

And let’s face it again – there are many things you can change in life. Successful people don’t sit around accepting the negatives that are changeable. They get out there and do something about it!!

20. You are happy.

To me, this is the ultimate definition of success. It doesn’t matter what the balance is in your bank account, how big your house is,  or how many fancy vacations you take. If you are happy, then you are succeeding in life.

Even if you don’t see yourself in many of these 20 things, don’t fret. It’s okay. Be happy that you see yourself in just a few. In time, the rest will come. You just need to keep moving onward and upward.

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10 Surprising Benefits Of Fasting


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Is it a good thing to ‘starve’ yourself each day, or a few days of the week? Well, a tonne of evidence indicates that timed periods of fasting are a good thing.

Fasting has become increasingly popular over the years, especially among the health community. Whilst most health practitioners are afraid to recommend eating less due to the stigma involved, it still doesn’t alleviate the incredible benefits of fasting when used sensibly.

In this article, we’ll explore 10 benefits of fasting that will surprise you, and how you can incorporate them into your own life.

1. Fasting Helps Weight Loss

Fasting can be a safe way to lose weight as many studies have shown that intermittent fasting – fasting that is controlled within a set number of hours – allows the body to burn through fat cells more effectively than just regular dieting.

Intermittent fasting allows the body to use fat as it’s primary source of energy instead of sugar. Many athletes now use fasting as means to hitting low body fat percentages for competitions.

2. Fasting Improves Insulin Sensitivity

Fasting has shown to have a positive effect on insulin sensitivity, allowing you to tolerate carbohydrates (sugar) better than if you didn’t fast. A study showed that after periods of fasting, insulin becomes more effective in telling cells to take up glucose from blood.

3. Fasting Speeds Up The Metabolism

Intermittent fasting gives your digestive system a rest, and this can energise your metabolism to burn through calories more efficiently. If your digestion is poor, this can effect your ability to metabolise food and burn fat. Intermittent fasts can regulate your digestion and promote healthy bowel function, thus improving your metabolic function.

4. Fasting Promotes Longevity

Believe it or not, the less you eat the longer you will live. Studies have shown how the lifespan of people in certain cultures increased due to their diets. However, we don’t need to live amongst a foreign community to reap the benefits of fasting. One of the primary effects of ageing is a slower metabolism, the younger your body is, the faster and more efficient your metabolism. The less you eat, the less toll it takes on your digestive system.

5. Fasting Improves Hunger

Just think about this, can you actually experience real hunger if you eat a meal every 3-4 hours? Of course you can’t. In fact, to experience the true nature of hunger, this would take anything from 12 to even 24 hours.

Fasting helps to regulate the hormones in your body so that you experience what true hunger is. We know that obese individuals do not receive the correct signals to let them know they are full due excessive eating patterns.

Think of fasting as a reset button: the longer you fast, the more your body can regulate itself to release the correct hormones, so that you can experience what real hunger is. Not to mention, when your hormones are working correctly, you get full quicker.

6. Fasting Improves Your Eating Patterns

Fasting can be a helpful practice for those who suffer with binge eating disorders, and for those who find it difficult to establish a correct eating pattern due to work and other priorities.

With intermittent fasting going all afternoon without a meal is okay and it can allow you to eat at a set time that fits your lifestyle. Also, for anyone who wants to prevent binge eating, you can establish a set time in where you allow yourself to eat your daily amount of calories in one sitting, and then not eat till the following day.

7. Fasting Improves Your Brain Function

Fasting has shown to improve brain function, because it boosts the production of a protein called brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF.)

BDNF activates brain stem cells to convert into new neurons, and triggers numerous other chemicals that promote neural health. This protein also protects your brain cells from changes associated with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.

8. Fasting Improves Your Immune System

Intermittent fasting improves the immune system because it reduces free radical damage, regulates inflammatory conditions in the body and starves off cancer cell formation.

In nature, when animals get sick they stop eating and instead focus on resting. This is a primal instinct to reduce stress on their internal system so their body can fight off infection. We humans are the only species who look for food when we are ill, even when we do not need it.

9. Fasting Contributes To Self-Enlightenment

Fasting has helped many people feel more connected to life during the practices reading, meditation, yoga and martial arts etc. With no food in the digestive system, this makes room for more energy in the body – the digestive is one of the most energy absorbing systems in the body.

Fasting for self-enlightenment, allows us to feel better both consciously and physically. With a lighter body and a clearer mind we become more aware and grateful for the things around us.

10. Fasting Helps Clear The Skin And Prevent Acne

Fasting can help clear the skin because with the body temporarily freed from digestion, it’s able to focus its regenerative energies on other systems.

Not eating anything for just one day has shown to help the body clean up the toxins and regulate the functioning of other organs of the body like liver, kidneys and other parts.

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5 phone apps for busy women in Singapore

We love tools that free us up from the daily chores and bring things we love closer. So here are 5 Singapore apps that will make any busy woman happy.

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1. HopHop Chef (

Do you love good food but have no time for cooking? Book a chef to cook at your home with the newly launched HopHop Chef. Choose dishes you like from the app and select chef’s time of arrival. Chef brings ingredients, cooks, serves on your plates and leaves your kitchen clean. All in 2 hours.
Price: $120 for 4 people inclusive of food and a chef.

HopHop Chef is available on Google Play and iOS App Store.

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2. Honestbee (

Hate queuing at grocery shops? Delegate grocery shopping to Honestbee.  Shop from multiple grocery stores and get the same day delivery.Price: Free delivery for the first order above $10.

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Honestbee is available on Google Play and iOS App Store.


3. Helpling ( 

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Hate cleaning? Book a cleaner with Helpling to clean your rooms, fridge, windows, oven or do the ironing.  Price: $20 per hour. Helpling is available on Google Play and iOS App Store.


4. Vanitee (

Is a visit to a beauty salon long overdue? Get your mani, pedi, massage, hair and even facial done with Vanitee. Select the service you want, specify the time you want your beauty artist to come and pay online.

Price: $20 – 1000.

Vanitee is available on Google Play and iOS App Store.

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5. HipVan (

Make your home a dream home with design goodies from HipVan. Shop for furniture and decor while sitting on your comfortable couch. Don’t have a couch? Get one from HipVan.

Price: $10 – 1000.

HipVan is available on iOS App Store.

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4 Reading Hacks Every Book Lover Should Know




1. When You Can’t Read… Listen!

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Audiobooks are the answer for people who always want to be reading. Amazon’s Whispersync lets you sync your ebooks with the audiobook version so you don’t have to waste frustrating minutes trying to find your place in the audiobook. Now, there’s also OverDrive, which allows you to break free of Amazon and sync ebooks and audiobooks for other platforms. So, you can read your ebook on the train and listen to the audiobook during your run, or, with bluetooth shower speakers, even in the shower!

2. Read Big Books In Tiny Pieces

If you’re intimidated by the size of Ulysses or just don’t want to strain your wrist or weigh down your backpack with you books, the DailyLit app will send you short installments of books at regular times that you choose. You pick the book, you determine how many pages you can read at a time and when you can read them, and DailyLit will get you the right amount of reading at the right time.

3. Read While You Wait
You might not always have time to set aside to get cozy and read for an hour, but everyone has several chunks of a few minutes here or there throughout the day — 10 minutes of waiting in lines, waiting for the pasta to boil, while you do laundry, waiting for the train to arrive, waiting for your (ahem) bathroom business to conduct itself. Instead of checking for new emails for the hundredth time, crack open your book. All those 10 minutes add up, and before you realize it you’ll be halfway through your bookshelf of unread classics.

4. Lock Yourself Out of Your Phone

Look, we’re living in an online world and you’re just an online girl. We alll fall victim to the evil addiction of scrolling. Even with a book in hand you may soon find yourself swiping and tapping and checking your e-mail just one more time, you know, in case there’s something life-alteringly important. You’d think getting some offline time might be as simple as turning off the phone, but we’re all weak weak creatures who can’t deny the allure of Facebook or a perfect emoji text. That’s where apps come in handy. Apps like Flipd, App Detox, or even a straight up Parental Control app let you control how much time you spend online, on certain apps, or even just lock you out of your phone automatically at certain times of the day. It’s basically like putting a Do Not Disturb sign on your little window to the Internet. Finally free of the urge to status update, you can dive into a good old-fashioned hardcover.

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Simple Checks That Can Save Your Life

Here are the key tests too many of us are missing:

1) Smear test

Cervical cancer smear test

Why it’s skipped: More than one million women miss cervical screening checks, with rates falling every year since 2011.

Women aged 25-49 are the most likely to decline a smear test, say new figures. According to other research by GynaeHealth UK, the main reasons women give for skipping smears are because they find the test uncomfortable or embarrassing, they’re too busy or it’s difficult to get an appointment.

Why you need it: Smear tests are a method of detecting abnormal cells in the cervix. Left untreated these can develop into cancer – which is why the test is credited with saving 5,000 lives a year. Eight women in the UK are diagnosed with cervical cancer each day and it’s the most common form of the disease in under 35s.

What to do: All women registered with a GP between 25 and 64 are invited for cervical screening every three to five years. Women under 25 will only be given a smear test if they’re experiencing symptoms such as bleeding between periods or an unusual discharge. Ask your GP surgery when your next smear is due if you’re unsure or you have any of the above symptoms.

2) Self breast check

Why it’s skipped:
A third of women don’t check their breasts regularly for signs of cancer, often because they don’t know how to, according to the new report. And while most know that a lump ought to be checked, many don’t realise that redness, a rash or an inverted nipple could also be cancer signs.

Why you need it: In 2011, more than 50,000 women in the UK were diagnosed with breast cancer and about 11,000 died. As Breast Cancer Care chief executive Samia al Qadhi explains: ‘We know earlier detection can mean more effective treatment.”

What to do: Experts now say the important thing to do is to look at and feel your breasts regularly, so you spot any new changes quickly. You can do this in the shower, when you use body lotion or when you get dressed. See your GP if you notice any of the following: a lump or area of thickened tissue in either breast or armpit, a change in the size or breast shape, nipple discharge, dimpling on the skin, a rash on or around the nipple or a nipple becoming inverted or sunken.

3) Mammogram

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Why it’s skipped: The mammogram programme has come under fire in recent years for causing overdiagnosis and treatment, with a review in 2012 finding that screening saves around 1,300 lives each year – but also leads to some 4,000 women having treatment they don’t need.

As a result, figures show that the number attending screenings has fallen for the third consecutive year as women fear being subjected to needless breast removal and surgery on harmless cancers that would never have caused symptoms during their lifetime.

Why you need it: Mammograms remain the most effective way of detecting breast cancer at an early stage, when lumps may be too small to feel but can still be easily treated. Most women when surveyed still say they’d prefer being over-cautious than risk missing anything cancerous.

What to do: Women over 50 fall under the NHS Breast Screening Programme and are checked every three years until 70, although the age range is gradually being extended to 47-73. Women under 50 with a strong family history of breast or ovarian cancer (three first-degree relatives) may be referred by their GP to their local breast clinic for earlier screening – often an ultrasound, as mammograms aren’t very useful for women under 45 who have denser breast tissue.

4) HIV test

Why it’s skipped: Embarrassment, fear and stigma are all factors for the low rate of tests among certain groups – but mainly because heterosexuals believe they’re low risk.

Why you need IT: HIV has been back in the headlines with actor Charlie Sheen admitting he has it and new figures showing 18,000 people in the UK don’t know they have the virus. Once seen as a gay disease, rates among heterosexuals continue to rise, with research showing they’re less likely to be tested and are diagnosed later.

Post-divorce 40- and 50- somethings are a particularly high risk group as research shows these age groups are less likely to use condoms – or consider a test.

Dr Peter Greenhouse, of the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV, has also warned dating apps such as Tinder could also trigger an explosion of HIV and other STIs in heterosexuals.

Provided it is caught early and treated with drugs, people with HIV now enjoy a nearly normal lifespan.

What to do: Anyone who has had unprotected sex, especially with multiple partners, needs to have this test. However, the highest risk group is still men who have sex with other men, people who inject drugs and people born in Africa, along with their sexual partners.

For your nearest clinic that offers free and anonymous testing, visit Terrence Higgins Trust at

5) Bowel cancer check

Why it’s skipped: In England, only around 55% of the people over 60 who receive a bowel cancer postal test actually return it.

Research shows that for many, the concept of collecting and then sending their poo samples through the post is just too unpleasant.

Why you need IT: The test aims to detect bowel cancer – the UK’s fourth most common cancer that kills over 16,000 people per year – at an early stage by testing for hidden blood in a stool.

And it works – figures show those who take part in the screening programme have a 25% lower chance of dying from the disease.

What to do: In England, everyone from ages 60-74 is now sent a kit in the post every two years.

If you’ve not received a kit, or you want to continue getting them after 74, ring the NHS bowel cancer screening programme helpline on tel: 0800 707 6060.

The test is actually very simple to do and can be done in the privacy of your own home.

Anyone with new symptoms, such as bleeding in your stools or from your bottom, persistent changes in bowel habits, unexplained weight loss or abdominal pain, should still see their GP immediately.

6) Eye test

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Why it’s skipped? We don’t get round to booking one or we simply don’t have any vision problems – plus many people worry about the high cost of new glasses if their prescription changes. Whatever the reason, six million people in the UK have never had an eye test, while 14 million can’t remember when they last had a check.

Why you need it: An eye test doesn’t just show whether or not you need glasses, it can also detect early signs of a number of serious conditions before you’re aware of any symptoms, including diabetes and high blood pressure. It can also pick up glaucoma, a condition that causes increased pressure in the
eye and can lead to blindness if it is left untreated.

What to do: Book an appointment every two years with a local optometrist for a full eye health exam. Eye tests are free for the over 60s. If any problems are picked up, you’ll be referred to your GP or a specialist eye hospital.

7) Mole self check

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Why it’s skipped: We’re still not really skin-cancer aware in this country – despite our soaring rates of the disease. Indeed, research by the British Association of Dermatologists this year found that just 6% of people in the UK regularly checked their skin, with more than three-quarters admitting they wouldn’t know how to recognise a skin cancer.

Why you need it: Skin cancer is now the fifth most common cancer in the UK, with 2,500 people dying each year in this country from malignant melanoma – the most deadly form.

“Picking up on any changes to our skin needs to become a cultural habit for us all,” stresses dermatologist Dr Bav Shergill. “Bear in mind that cancer can appear anywhere, including under your nails and on the soles of your feet, so your whole body needs checking.”

What to do: Check your skin regularly – ask your partner or a friend to do your back for you. As well as any changes in existing moles, other changes in your skin, such as bleeding or scaling, can all be early signs of skin cancer and mean you should see your GP, who may refer you to a dermatologist to rule out cancer.

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Successful Runners Long Kept Secret To Increasing Energy And Stamina


Get out and about

The best way to improve your stamina is to run, run and then run some more. It may be slow going at first, but it’s important to note that one of the biggest pitfalls is going too hard and hurting yourself. By gradually increasing the length and speed you run, you can see positive changes over time.

Cross-training is another very effective way of building your stamina and making sure you don’t get bored with your workouts. By adding other strong cardiovascular activities like cycling or swimming to your routine, you will be more likely to see an improvement in your running time.

Sort your diet

When you think of food as the fuel for your body, it makes sense to watch what you eat. Making sure you eat enough carbohydrates to give you energy and plenty of protein to repair muscles after a run can help you reach those fitness goals. You’ll find that by eating a healthy diet you’ll have more energy thanks to all the vitamins and nutrients you’re feeding your body.

You may also want to consider taking a supplement such as Swisse Ultiboost Immune – a comprehensive formula containing vitamin C, zinc and copper, for natural defence and reduction of tiredness and fatigue – to help support your immune system and protect your cells from oxidative stress.

Apps to give you a push

You can get an app for everything now, and running is no exception. C25K (Couch to 5k) is a great option for complete beginners, while Nike+ Running adds a competitive angle for those who want to beat their friends and then brag about it over amino shakes. But if you really want to put your money where your mouth is you might want to try Pact, which rewards those who meet their fitness goals with cash.

Avoid injury

Although no one gets injured intentionally, there are many things you can do to keep your body pain free. If you’re planning to run a marathon – or any other long-distance race – it’s a good idea to plan well ahead to give yourself enough time to prepare. If you’re feeling any pain or discomfort, it’s best to ease off for a while and let your joints and muscles repair themselves rather than risking major damage.

Watch out for your joints, which are prone to running aches and injuries. Taking Swisse Ultiboost Joints may help you achieve your running aspirations as it contains key ingredients beneficial for joint health: glucosamine, a naturally occurring chemical found in the fluid that surrounds joints; and wild krill oil, a source of omega-3 with antioxidant support.

Smile more

Running has been proven to make people feel happier. Not only will you start to look fitter, which is a confidence boost in itself, the act of running releases endorphins into the brain that trigger a happy response known as “runner’s high.” Even if you don’t make it to marathon levels, running any distance long or short will do wonders for your mood.

The biggest factor to improving your stamina is having the dedication to keep training, even if your progress is slower than you anticipated or your muscles are beginning to ache slightly. Once you get into a routine, you’ll be able to work your way to longer (and quicker) runs, and all that effort will seem worthwhile. Standard Chartered Marathon, anyone?

Get a run for your money

One of the world’s premier running events, the Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore (SCMS) is actually a number of events including a full and half marathon, an Ekiden for six-runner teams, a 10km course for runners of all abilities including the wheelchair-bound, and even a (very) popular 700m kids’ dash. The SCMS rolls around every year, in early December, and registration wraps up at the end of November but most events are fully booked well before then.

The SCMS also attracts a large number of family and friends out to support runners in the various races, with a resulting carnival atmosphere, so even if you’re a non-participant it can still be a lot of fun to go down and soak up some of the marathon excitement. Check out the SCMS website if you’re interested – but hurry, because registration ends 30 November


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10 Dining Spots Your Kids Will Love

When it comes to eating out with your little ones, do you always find yourself on the verge of pulling your hair out?

It can be incredibly tricky dining out with your young children as you have to feed them, pacify them, entertain them before you can even dig into your now-cold plate of hearty handmade ravioli or premium wagyu.

Take heart that you’re not alone! has rounded up this list of 10 kid-friendly dining spots in Singapore that’ll keep your little ones’ tummies and hearts full.

While your little ones are busy entertaining themselves, your wife/husband and you can finally tuck in without breaking a sweat!

1. Jamie’s Italian


Conveniently located in VivoCity, Jamie’s Italian is a kid-friendly, casual Italian restaurant that your family can dine at for a fun-filled day or night out.

Besides offering a nutritionally-balanced selection of delicious food options on its rustic menu for both adults and kids, Jamie’s Italian also offers an exquisite antipasti bar and ice-cold draft beers brewed exclusively for Jamie’s Italian Singapore.

You’ll be happy to know that Jamie’s Italian provides high chairs for younger children, and colouring sheets and crayons to keep children entertained.

They’ve also got a mini terrace with a herb garden for those curious little ones to explore!

If you don’t already know, Jamie’s Italian is celebrity chef Jamie Oliver’s casual Italian chain. You can be sure that your family is in good hands, especially since Jamie champions healthy eating and is no stranger to fighting for food education for every child worldwide.


Jamie’s Italian

1 Harbourfront Walk



Singapore 098585


6733 5500

Opening hours:

Sunday to Thursday: 12:00pm-10:00pm

Friday and Saturday: 12:00pm-11:00pm

2. Marché


The Marché outlet at Suntec City is one absolute winner for families. Besides providing colouring sheets and craft sets to keep children occupied, the double-storey windmill-themed play area never fails to work its magic to enchant kids!

The play area is larger and better than the one at Marché 313 Somerset; expect to find a mini-bridge and a stairway leading to a hideout on the second floor.

Kids will love the blackboards, puzzles, wooden playhouses, wooden train tracks, treehouse and an almost-life-sized cow they get to “milk”! There’s even a climbing wall for children who are physically more active.

If you can get your little ones away from the play areas to actually load up on food, Marché’s Picky Kids Menu offers easy-to-eat sweet or savoury crepes, rosti with chicken cheese or pork sausage, or pizza.

Fret not if your child’s still a toddler – the Suntec City and 313 Somerset outlets have baby stations equipped with a microwave oven for parents to reheat pre-packed baby food brought from home.


Marché Mövenpick Suntec City

3 Temasek Boulevard

Suntec City Mall


Singapore 038983


6337 3134

Opening hours:

Monday – Friday: 8:00am-11:00pm

Saturday – Sunday & public holidays: 10:00am-11:00pm



Who hasn’t been to or heard of IKEA? It is famed for its gorgeous show rooms, flat packages, bouncy meatballs and ice-cream cones that retail at an unbeatable price of $0.50 each.

The family-friendly IKEA restaurant wing is where you’ll find affordable Swedish-style food for all, special kids meals, high chairs and play areas all in one place.

While the adults are busy shopping at the store, children can be kept equally occupied within IKEA’s in-house play facility, Småland – a magical forest with spider webs strong enough to climb and clogs big enough for children to hide inside.

It’s the perfect play area for jumping, climbing, running and bouncing. Do check out Småland Conditions of Entry before making a trip down!

There is also a silent and calm forest where children can watch a movie or just rest under an enormous spruce tree. Whatever their choice, it is definitely adventure for the little ones!

At the IKEA store, there are also changing rooms for babies where parents can attend to the needs of their little ones.

IKEA Alexandra Address:

317 Alexandra Road

IKEA Alexandra

Singapore 159965

IKEA Alexandra Store Opening Hours:

10:00am-11:00pm daily

IKEA Alexandra Restaurant Hours:

9:00am-10:00pm daily (Last order at 9:30pm)

IKEA Tampines Address:

60 Tampines North Drive 2

IKEA Tampines

Singapore 528764

IKEA Tampines Store Opening Hours:

10:00am-11:00pm daily

IKEA Tampines Restaurant Hours:

Monday-Friday: 9:30am-10:30pm

Weekends/PH: 9:00am-10:30pm

(Last order at 10pm)

4. Quentin’s – The Eurasian Restaurant


It is a harsh reality but not all restaurants are warm and welcoming towards diners with young children.

Quentin’s made it into our list because it is ultra kid-friendly, boasts fantastic service on top of dishing out excellent Eurasian food at very reasonable prices.

It is recommended that the whole family head to Quentin’s together as their portions are pretty generous!

Quentin’s playroom for kids is air-conditioned and packed with lots of toys and books! Its kids menu is priced at $15++ with a selection of mains including usual suspects like fish & chips, chicken tenders, sausage & chicken nuggets and chicken stew. Each kid’s meal comes with fresh apple juice and 1 scoop of ice-cream!


Quentin’s The Eurasian Restaurant

Eurasian Community House

139 Ceylon Road

Singapore 429744


6348 0327

Opening hours:

Tuesday – Sunday: Lunch: 11:30am-2:30pm, Dinner: 6:30pm-10:30pm

*Opened till midnight on Fridays

*Closed on Mondays

5. Cool De Sac


Cool de Sac is a children’s entertainment center like no other – it centres around children and their parents by establishing a space where the whole family gets to enjoy a healthy meal out together without compromising on their children’s development through creative play.

Thriving on the notion “Eat well. Play smart!”, expect to find educational play stations ranging from LEGO, arts and crafts, to interactive games for older kids and a plushy soft play area for younger ones at Cool de Sac.

The adjoining Bistro Cool by Cool de Sac commits to serving quality food whipped up with fresh ingredients that even the most health-conscious individuals would approve of.

Admission charges and other vital information can be found on their official website here.


3 Temasek Boulevard


Suntec City Mall

Singapore 038983


6337 0205

Opening hours:

10:00am-8:00pm daily

6. Scrumptious At The Turf


Nestled amongst the slew of family-friendly eateries at The Grandstand sits Scrumptious At The Turf, a restaurant that offers fresh, hearty Western comfort food.

It is especially value-for-money on weekdays and the delightful food is something that anyone would appreciate.

Scrumptious At The Turf is a great place to take your kids to for wholesome food that doesn’t necessarily translate into boring food.

Children will love the rack of little toys and puzzles, the gigantic chalkboard that they can doodle on and the light-hearted cartoons that screen perennially on their TV screen.

On top of having a play area for kids within the friendly and welcoming restaurant, kids get to dine for free!

But of course, the catch is that a child gets to dine for free with any adult main course ordered. You’ll also be pleased to know that the mains are generously portioned!


200 Turf Club Road

The Grandstand


Singapore 287994


6464 6900

Opening hours:

Tuesday – Friday: 10:00am-10:00pm

​Saturday – Sunday: 09:00am-10:00pm (or later!)

*Closed on Monday

7. Trapizza


Trapizza is a casual Italian bistro sitting on the ever popular Siloso Beach at Sentosa. Its open-air layout offers an ideal chill-out spot for beachgoers, tourists and families alike.

Besides indulging in wood-fired thin-crust pizzas, a selection of pastas, salads, snacks and desserts, families get to soak up the sun and dig their feet into the warm soft sand on a fun day out in the sun! A children’s set menu is also available at Trapizza.

They have play houses on the sandy beach where kids can enjoy slides and sand play while parents chill out al fresco style, looking out for their kids at the same time.



10 Siloso Beach Walk

Singapore 098970


6376 2662

Opening hours:

11:30am-9:30pm daily

8. EatPlayLove Café


If your kids are fascinated with arts and crafts of all sorts, you have to take them to EatPlayLove Café. Aptly situated in Kampong Glam, EatPlayLove Café oozes lots of whimsical vibes and is full of nostalgia.

You can also find old-school Singaporean snacks and toys that are sure to trigger that sentimentalist in you!

At just $5, each kid gets two hours of unlimited crafting fun on weekdays at this crafty café!

On weekends, public holidays or school holidays, rates sit at $5 for the first hour, and $2.50 for each subsequent 30-minute window.

You’ll be surprised what your little children can dream up with the unlimited use of craft materials!

EatPlayLove Café serves a mix of Western dishes, Thai-inspired cuisine and sandwiches such as Macaroni & Cheese and Pineapple Rice.

If you intend to eat, go early, as their kitchen is closed from 3-6pm except on weekends and public holidays!

You might want to keep tabs on their Facebook page for latest updates, too!


28 Aliwal Street


Singapore 199918


6444 6400

Opening hours:

Monday, Wednesday-Sunday: 12:00pm-10:00pm

*Closed on Tuesday

9. Café Melba


Spacious grounds for children to run about? Check.

A kid-friendly menu that kids actually love? Check.

A big, bouncy castle on weekends and public holidays? Check.

Seriously delicious, thin-crust pizzas? Check.

Enter Café Melba, an Australian-inspired cafe located in the compounds of the Goodman Arts Centre that exudes laid-back charm and loads of joy for every child and parent.

On a regular day, board games, coloured pencils and activity sheets are available to keep your young ones in their seats!

Feel free to ask if your child needs high chair or if you need to park the stroller, they’ll be more than happy to assist you.

Well, besides the alone-time or spouse-time you’ll finally be receiving, Café Melba is where you should be looking if you (and your kids) yearn for wholesome, basic comfort food in a lush, family-friendly setting.

Word has it that their fluffy, non-greasy pancakes and wood-fired thin-crust pizzas are must-tries!


Café Melba


Goodman Arts Centre

Block N

Goodman Road

Singapore 439053


6440 6068

Opening hours:

Weekday: 10:00am-10:00pm

Weekend: 8:00am-10:00pm

10. Ocean Restaurant By Cat Cora


If you don’t already know, Cat Cora, a mother of four, made television history in 2005 when she became the first and only female Iron Chef on Food Network’s Iron Chef America.

It is therefore not difficult to guess that the food served in the Ocean Restaurant amid swimming, majestic sea creatures is expensive and exquisite down to the detail.

The Ocean Restaurant is popular among couples as it is romantic in its own right. Nonetheless, it remains a family-friendly restaurant with its offering of a children’s menu, huge activity sheets and even coloured pencils for kids.

Now, that is quite unheard of in the realm of fine-dining restaurants, isn’t it? I’m pretty sure the stingrays and fish swimming at an eye-to-eye level are a bigger draw for your inquisitive little ones!


Ocean Restaurant by Cat Cora

S.E.A Aquarium

Resorts World™ Sentosa

8 Sentosa Gateway

Singapore 098269


6577 8888

Opening hours:

11:30am-3:30pm, 5:30pm-10:30pm daily

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Science Says: Eating with your kids will make them smarter and increase their IQ

Here’s what scientific research reveals about how conversations during mealtimes benefit children.

by Emma Lee

Family dinners in Singapore are under siege. Much too often, children and parents eat separately or on their own, particularly during the working week, when homework, after-school activities and careers take precedence over sharing an evening meal.


A survey carried out by Ikea in August revealed that a third of the Singaporeans interviewed wished they could eat with their family more often but were hampered by different schedules. It is a sad state of affairs, for as 20 years of research from North America, Europe and Australia shows, sitting down for a nightly home-cooked meal not only nourishes the body, but benefits the brain and soul.

Mind connection

Proper mealtimes, meaning those devoid of smartphones, tablets, TV noise and other distractions, provide parents and children with the opportunity to carry out meaningful conversations. It might be about each other’s day, a joke or a story, but there is strong evidence to suggest that children who engage in conversation during dinnertime are likely to pick up early literacy skills. These include a broader vocabulary, reading fluency, storytelling ability and a love of reading – solid foundations for academic learning and excellence. In fact, regular mealtimes have been found to be a more powerful predictor of high achievement scores than time spent in school or doing homework.

Body connection

For parents concerned about their child’s self-confidence and body image, mealtimes are the ideal opportunity to provide a positive experience for kids – one that focuses on good manners and good nutrition. If children can grow accustomed to seeing a nutritious meal in front of them, then they are more likely to make healthier food choices later in life. Additionally, conversations around the dinner table should steer away from negative topics or bickering, and focus on wellness rather than weight in order to promote a healthy body image, as research proves that young adults who eat regular family meals are less likely to experience weight issues.

Soul connection

In 2014, it was announced that family mealtimes would become part of the “happiness” index among British households. Given that 33 per cent of Singaporeans desire to spend more time sharing a meal with their families, could this be a reflection of the environment kids are being raised in? Several studies point to the correlation between regular family dinners in reducing a number of high-risk teenage behaviours including smoking, binge drinking, eating disorders and bullying. Kids who eat dinner with their parents experience less stress and have a better relationship with them.

Even if dinnertime together as a family means an hour at the most, the lifelong benefits speak volumes.