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10 Things to Avoid Doing in Your 20s

Fresh out of school and eager to take on the world, being in your 20s could be the best time of your life. It’s the ideal age range to find out what your interests are, the perfect time to make mistakes, learn and grow from them. However, some have a lasting impact if you’re not careful. Pay special attention to these 10 things you should avoid doing in your 20s.Read: 10 Simple Steps on How to be Successful at Workvia GIPHY1. Getting Too ComfortableDon’t be afraid of being uncomfortable, but instead, fear being too comfortable – because that’s when you stop growing. Go through the ruts and face challenges head-on and learn ways to overcome them with vigour. Being uncomfortable helps you to advance in life. Go ahead and apply for that job that is out of your league. Go ahead and ask your crush for a date. What do you have to lose?Read: Best Meditation Apps of 2021 for Reducing Stress and Anxiety2. Drinking Too Much AlcoholIt’s completely fine to celebrate once in a while and have a tipple or two – but have them moderately. Especially in your 20s, social networking is important as it may provide future job opportunities. But, don’t succumb to peer pressure and feel the need to chug down a pint for every meet up with your buddies. Binge drinking may lead to various health problems such as kidney failure and alcohol poisoning. Think about the medical bills if this happens.Be prim and proper for the professional look with Charles & Keith, Aldo Shoes, Pomelo, PEDRO and Zalora.  3. Not Starting a Retirement Fund or an Insurance PlanOne of the biggest mistake many of us make in our 20s. Speak to your Financial Advisor and start your retirement plan – the longer you wait, the higher your monthly premium is. Once you’ve landed a full-time job and earning regular monthly income, it is vital to set some money aside for your future and rainy days. Do your finances and save at least 20% to 40% of your monthly salary. You’ll be surprised how much you can save in a year if you’re consistent with your savings.Shop your favourite brands through meREWARDS, and earn cashback for every purchase made. Find out more here.  4. Not Paying Off Student LoansTertiary and university fees can be expensive. Hence, once you’ve started a full-time job, ensure you’re paying off outstanding loan fees on time. No matter the amount, slowly pay off school fees when you’re still in school, even if you’re working part-time. This would help lessen the burden after graduation.Read: Best Cashback Credit Cards in Singapore5. Accumulating Credit Card DebtHold your horses! As a young 20-something, there’s no need to own a credit card. It’s dangerous if you think owning one gives you a more exciting and glamorous life. But did you know that this is one of the most common issues of bankruptcy?If it’s really necessary for you to own one, when you’re starting, try not to overspend with your credit card. Prevent this by putting a low spending limit on your card. Only increase it during emergencies.Save while you shop herewith Standard Chartered Unlimited Cashback Credit Card.6. Not Experimenting with Career OptionsThe world is your oyster, but it’s up to you on how you take and run with it. No hard and fast rule that says you have to work in an industry that is related to your field of study. Thus, it’s completely fine if you’d like to explore a new industry when you’re beginning your career.Read: Free Online Courses & Workshops You Should Attend to Upskill and Get Certified7. Distancing Yourself from FamilyWith your extra commitments and newfound financial freedom, it might be easier to feel independent. There may be instances where you can’t join family dinners, due to work or you’ve set a dinner date with your friends or significant other. Thus, the distance between you and your family grows further apart. As you grow older, you have to be cognizant that your parents (and siblings) are not getting any younger as well.Read: 8 Tips to Relieve Eye Strain as You Continue to Work from Home8. Wanting to Please or Impress Othersvia GIPHYLive life the way you want it to be, carve your future. There’s no need to seek validation from others, just to make you feel good. However, while you’re at it, don’t be self-righteous and obnoxious about others’ opinions. Do note that everyone is entitled to theirs too. Being respectful to everyone is a trait you need to inculcate. The last thing you’d want is to burn bridges with people.Treat your family to an array of dining options with our 1-for-1 offers here. You can also Book a Table here, and earn Cashback for every reservation made.For successful cashback tracking, sign in to meREWARDS and click ‘Buy Now’ in brands’ pages. For more information on cashback, read here.

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Best Halal Restaurants & Cafes in South Singapore - from Chinese Noodles, Japanese Udon to Mocktails

Head down south and explore a range of activities from hiking at Southern Ridges, a bird’s eye view of the city from a cable car to a fun-filled day at Sentosa. Seek respite after a day’s adventure and fill up your bellies at these mouthwatering Halal restaurants and cafes in South Singapore. Gear up, and let’s go on a food escapade down south with us!Read: Best Halal Restaurants & Cafes in Central Singapore - from Shellout, Salad Bar, Steakhouse to Thai Cuisine1. Rayyan’s Waroeng UpnormalSource: Rayyan's Waroeng UpnormalSource: Rayyan's Waroeng UpnormalSource: Rayyan's Waroeng UpnormalIn the heart of the bustling Central Business District, Rayyan’s Waroeng Upnormal hawker stall at Amoy Street Food Centre sees a long snaking queue almost daily. This is a testament to their innovative fusion (Japanese and Indonesian) dishes and generous portions that keep customers coming back for more. A must-order is the Honey Glazed Chargrilled Boneless Chicken Thigh Balinese Don ($6.50) – morsels of marinated chicken served on a bed of rice, garnished with chilli padi, fried coconut flakes, spring onions, green pepper and a runny egg.Other best-selling dishes are the Ayam Penyet ($5.50) and Bami Goreng Set ($5).Address: Amoy Street Food Centre, 7 Maxwell Rd, #02-86, S069111Opening hours: Mon to Fri 11am – 2pm, closed on WeekendsRead: Best Halal Restaurants & Cafes in North Singapore – from Zi Char, Nasi Ambeng, Seafood to Western Cuisine2. PouletSource: PouletSource: PouletSource: PouletServing French food, Poulet was certified Halal in November 2020, but have been around in Singapore since 2012. Serving délicieux French cuisine, they are famous for their signature Amazing French Roast Chicken (from $14.90) – brined overnight for an extra oomph of flavour. Order yours and pick between three types of sauces from Mushroom, Cranberry or Diane Sauce. The latter is made from turkey bacon and mushroom, a definite crowd-pleaser. And no French meal is complete without a bowl of hearty French Onion Soup ($6.90).Address: VivoCity, 1 Harbourfront Walk, #01-175-177, S098585Opening hours: Daily 11.30am – 10pmRead: Best Halal Restaurants & Cafes in West Singapore - from Prawn Noodles, Mexican to Japanese Cuisine3. Go-Ang Pratunam Chicken RiceSource: Go-Ang Pratunam Chicken RiceSource: Go-Ang Pratunam Chicken RiceSource: Go-Ang Pratunam Chicken RiceTaste the robust flavours of Thailand at Go-Ang Pratunam Chicken Rice. Featured as one of Bangkok’s Michelin Bib Gourmand, their chicken rice is best eaten with the homemade chilli sauce that uses ginger, garlic and chilli padi. Order side dishes such as Thai-Style Curry Fish Head, Fried Tofu Cubes with Thai Sweet Chilli Sauce ($9) and Stir-Fried Basil Chicken with Kai Lan ($9) that goes well with the Chicken Rice. They also have other outlets in NEX, Jem and Plaza Singapura.Address: VivoCity, 1 Harbourfront Walk, #B2-30, S098585Opening hours: Daily 11am – 10pmRead: Best Halal Restaurants & Cafes in East Singapore - from Burgers, Tomahawk Steak, Italian to Peranakan Cuisine4. Tongue Tip Lanzhou Beef NoodlesSource: Tongue Tip Lanzhou Beef NoodlesSource: Tongue Tip Lanzhou Beef NoodlesSource: Tongue Tip Lanzhou Beef NoodlesSpicy, tangy and mouth-numbing noodles – Tongue Tip Lanzhou Beef Noodles allows you to customize your bowl to suit your personal preference. Whether you like your spice mild or fiery, there’s an option for everyone. Select from any three soup bases (with more than 15 herbs used) and eight noodle options. Or simply order the Signature Beef Noodles ($8.90), Dry Beef Noodles ($8.90), Mala Spicy Beef Noodles ($9.50) and Sauerkraut Beef Noodles ($9.90).Address: Chinatown Point, 133 New Bridge Rd, #01-43, S059413Opening hours: Daily 11am – 9.30pm5. Maison SucreeSource: Maison SucreeSource: Maison SucreeSource: Maison SucreeFrom the same folks behind Ashes Burnnit (a burger joint), Maison Sucree is their latest bakery-café concept in Redhill. Just a short walk from Redhill MRT, expect an array of yummy baked treats from baguettes, cookies, tarts and croissants. Come here early for the Almond Croissant ($4.50), buttery and flaky pastry that sells out fast after garnering positive reviews through word-of-mouth and social media.  Address: 63B Lengkok Bahru, #01-362, S152063Opening hours: Daily 11am – 8.30pm, closed on Mon6. Aspirasi Food StallSource: Aspirasi Food StallRegarded as one of the best Halal chicken rice in Singapore, Aspirasi Food Stall located at Seah Im Food Centre is a hidden gem. Order a plate of Ayam Penyet ($5) – a hearty portion of fragrant rice, deep-fried and juicy chicken thigh with crispy batter bits for that ultimate crunch. Feel free to add more crunchy bits from the tub at the counter! Take a bite of everything with their fiery sambal for the shiok experience. Do request for more sambal as it packs a punch and will have you sweating in no time, but so satisfyingly delicious.Address: Seah Im Food Centre, 2 Seah Im Rd, S099114Opening hours: Daily 11am – 9pm, closed on Tue7. Restaurant AisyahSource: Restaurant AisyahSource: Restaurant AisyahSource: Restaurant AisyahFor a taste of authentic Xinjiang cuisine, Restaurant Aisyah serves a range of delectable Chinese hand-pulled noodles. Situated at Telok Ayer St, order their signature Stewed Mutton Noodles and Braised Mutton Noodles with Clear Soup ($10.80 or $13.80) – tender meat served in a robust and flavourful broth with silky smooth noodles. They also have meat skewers which are famous in the region. Try their BBQ Mutton or Beef Skewers ($2.50 each or $20 for 10 skewers) which are marinated with a special herb then grilled. For sharing, try their Big Plate Chicken ($18), Scallion Chicken ($12) and Saliva Chicken ($12).Address: 176 Telok Ayer St, Singapore 068624Opening hours: Mon, Wed & Thur 11.30am – 2.30pm & 5.30pm – 9pm, Fri – Sun 11.30am – 9pm, closed on Tue8. Good Old DaysSource: Good Old DaysSource: Good Old DaysJust 5 minutes away from Sentosa’s Beach Station, take a trip down memory lane at Good Old Days. Nestled in a quaint British Colonial house that stands out amongst the other eateries nearby, delight your taste buds with local favourites such as Singapore Chicken Rice ($12.80), Chicken Briyani Rice ($10.80) and Seafood Hor Fun ($10.80). If you’re feeling ravenous, go for the Lobster Hokkien Mee ($19.80), your favourite dish elevated to the next level. Add $4.50 to get a dessert and drink.Address: 60 Siloso Beach Walk, S098997Opening hours: Daily 11am – 9pm, 3-Course Dinner 5pm – 8pm9. Fu-Men Japanese Udon & DonburiSource: Fu-Men Japanese Udon & DonburiSource: Fu-Men Japanese Udon & DonburiSituated in an obscure spot at the basement of Hong Leong Building, Fu-Men Japanese Udon & Donburi is a humble stall that has gained popularity for its Hakata-style udon. The signature Gobo Ten ($6), tempura-battered burdock (a root vegetable) delicately presented on a bowl of chewy udon noodles in a mouthwatering broth. The broth is cooked laboriously for 45 minutes, which includes saba, kelp, anchovies, sardine and tuna. Don’t be shy with their free toppings – add more tempura bits, ginger, chilli flakes and green onions to your liking.Address: Hong Leong Building, #B1-17/18, S048581Opening hours: Weekdays 11am – 8pm & Sat 10am – 2.30pmAddress: Pasir Ris West Plaza Foodcourt , 735 Pasir Ris St 72, S510735Opening hours: Daily 9.30am - 9.30pm 10. Wanderlost Lounge – by The Halal MixologistSource: Wanderlost LoungeSource: Wanderlost LoungeEver been to a Halal bar? Quench your thirst with impressive mocktails while admiring Singapore’s panoramic skyline at the Wanderlost Lounge by The Halal Mixologist. This Halal rooftop gastrobar is situated amongst towering skyscrapers in CBD, thus the name ‘Wanderlost’. A perfect location for celebrations, order drinks such as The Parakeet (inspired by The Aladdin), Charlie & The Chocolate Factory to The Little Prince. Raise your glass, Instagram your drinks and toast to the good life.Address: Realty Centre, 15 Enggor St, #12-01, S079716Opening hours: Weekdays 5.30pm – 11pm, Sat 5pm – 11pm & Sun 5pm – 10.30pm

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11 Free Virtual Tours and Trips for Kids – from Disney World, Museums, Water Parks to Harry Potter at Home

Are the kids begging you to bring them overseas? Running out of things to do in Singapore? Get a ticket to a virtual world and travel beyond our shores! Spend quality time with the kids from the comfort of your home and take the liberty to transport the family to any corner of the world with these virtual tours and field trips. No permission slips required, only an imaginative mind.Read: Things to Do in Singapore with the Kids This School Holiday1. The Natural History Museum (London)One of the most educational museums in the world, The Natural History Museum brings you to the depths of the ocean through the life of a blue whale, Hintze Hall balcony displays of birds, strolling through the Wonder of Nature exhibition and many more. With over 80 million items within five main collections, the museum holds historical artefacts, with specimens collected by Charles Darwin himself.2. Buckingham Palace (London)Feel like royalty at Buckingham Palace and experience opulence in every corner like Kings and Queens. The residence for the monarch of the United Kingdom was originally known as Buckingham House and was built in 1703. Travel virtually past the different extravagant rooms available and see how the royals live in all their glory.3. Farm Food 360It’s never too early to educate the kids about where their food comes from. At Farm Food 360, bring them on food tours from grain, oat, chicken, beef, sheep, milk and cheese farms. They’ll learn rearing techniques and facts about each farm, to gain a better appreciation of the food and produce we eat. For a heightened experience, try the Google Cardboard for a fun and affordable way to experience virtual reality.4. M&Ms Factory TourEver wondered how your favourite M&Ms are made? Step inside the gargantuan factory and see the production that goes into something so small, but so satisfyingly delicious. Brought to you by The Food Network, get the inside scoop with this 360-degree virtual tour.5. Wet ‘n’ Wild Gold Coast (Australia)Head down under to Queensland, Australia and have fun in the sun at Wet ‘n’ Wild water theme park! Muster the courage and ride the iconic Proslide Tornado, Constrictor and Aqualoops. Here’s a fun tip for parents - put your kid in a basket, follow the motion on the TV screen and bring them on a ride of their lives. Click on the description in the video, to jump directly to the different attractions available.6. Walt Disney World (Orlando)Source: Photo by Héctor Vásquez on UnsplashPhoto by Cody Board on UnsplashKnown as the happiest place on Earth, Walt Disney World is a must-visit for the kids! While it is a virtual experience, it is nothing short of amazing. Disney launched a series of 360-degree panorama videos featuring Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort locations. Explore areas of Downtown Disney and Disney Springs in Orlando here or here, and be sure to spot the kids’ favourite characters such as Goofy, Donald and Pluto.Read: 15 Best Fun and Free Things to Do in Singapore - from visiting a Lighthouse, Peranakan Shophouses to Hiking The Southern Ridges7. Harry Potter at HomePhoto by Troy Jarrell on UnsplashStep into a magical world of wizardry with Harry Potter At Home hub, suitable for all readers and fans (both young and old). Thanks to the good folks at WizardingWorld.com, they are offering the first Harry Potter audiobook free for all. Let the kids’ imagination run wild with this audiobook that’ll transport them into a world of Hogwarts. For a visual exploration, raise your wands and be transported to Warner Bros Studios Tour London, Leadenhall Market and Jacobite Express here.Read: 14 Best World Virtual Travel Experience to Enjoy at Home – from Niagara Falls, Van Gogh Museum to Central Park8. Boston Children’s Museum (Boston)Founded in 1913, Boston Children’s Museum is the most influential children’s museum in the world. Designed for families with children, the exhibits focus on culture, science, health and environmental awareness. With over 50,000 items from various collections such as Global Culture, Dolls and Dollhouses, Japanese artefacts and Natural History, there’s something for everyone. With a virtual tour by the museum here, kids won’t be too cranky walking around tirelessly.Explore museums with the best screen quality from Dell, ASUS, Lenovo, Razer Singapore or HP Singapore.9. NASA Virtual Tours of SpaceTake your virtual exploration out of this world, with NASA’s Virtual Tours of Space, where the sky isn’t the limit. Take flight with NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center (AFRC) in California and discover the aircraft hangar and Dryden Aeronautical Range control Room. An out of this world experience, step into an immersive virtual adventure that will take you through seven planets. Or if the kids have aspirations to be an astronaut, bring them around the awe-inspiring NASA facilities.Read: Best Instagram-worthy Places in Singapore You Should Check Out10. Access MarsPique your kids’ curiosity (or yours) with a virtual tour of Mars, a red planet located over 158 million kilometres away from Earth. For many years now, scientists have studied and researched the possibility of human life on Mars. With Access Mars, witness terrains using real data and images that were stitched into a 3D image. Don’t skip the intro as it provides an informative background of this interesting expedition.Listen to the sound of space with the best quality headphones from JBL.Read: Free Online Courses & Workshops You Should Attend to Upskill and Get Certified11. Google Arts & CultureEnrich your kids’ interest in art, culture and history with Google Arts & Culture, without leaving your house. Traverse through art galleries including The Museum of Modern Art (New York), Tate Britain (London) or National Gallery of Victoria (Melbourne). Participate in various activities offered such as taking a selfie and turning it into an artwork or even meet Vermeer in Augmented Reality  – the possibilities are endless with Google Arts & Culture.For successful cashback tracking, sign in to meREWARDS and click ‘Buy Now’ in brands’ pages. For more information on cashback, read here.

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10 Things to Avoid Doing in Your 20s

Fresh out of school and eager to take on the world, being in your 20s could be the best time of your life. It’s the ideal age range to find out what your interests are, the perfect time to make mistakes, learn and grow from them. However, some have a lasting impact if you’re not careful. Pay special attention to these 10 things you should avoid doing in your 20s.Read: 10 Simple Steps on How to be Successful at Workvia GIPHY1. Getting Too ComfortableDon’t be afraid of being uncomfortable, but instead, fear being too comfortable – because that’s when you stop growing. Go through the ruts and face challenges head-on and learn ways to overcome them with vigour. Being uncomfortable helps you to advance in life. Go ahead and apply for that job that is out of your league. Go ahead and ask your crush for a date. What do you have to lose?Read: Best Meditation Apps of 2021 for Reducing Stress and Anxiety2. Drinking Too Much AlcoholIt’s completely fine to celebrate once in a while and have a tipple or two – but have them moderately. Especially in your 20s, social networking is important as it may provide future job opportunities. But, don’t succumb to peer pressure and feel the need to chug down a pint for every meet up with your buddies. Binge drinking may lead to various health problems such as kidney failure and alcohol poisoning. Think about the medical bills if this happens.Be prim and proper for the professional look with Charles & Keith, Aldo Shoes, Pomelo, PEDRO and Zalora.  3. Not Starting a Retirement Fund or an Insurance PlanOne of the biggest mistake many of us make in our 20s. Speak to your Financial Advisor and start your retirement plan – the longer you wait, the higher your monthly premium is. Once you’ve landed a full-time job and earning regular monthly income, it is vital to set some money aside for your future and rainy days. Do your finances and save at least 20% to 40% of your monthly salary. You’ll be surprised how much you can save in a year if you’re consistent with your savings.Shop your favourite brands through meREWARDS, and earn cashback for every purchase made. Find out more here.  4. Not Paying Off Student LoansTertiary and university fees can be expensive. Hence, once you’ve started a full-time job, ensure you’re paying off outstanding loan fees on time. No matter the amount, slowly pay off school fees when you’re still in school, even if you’re working part-time. This would help lessen the burden after graduation.Read: Best Cashback Credit Cards in Singapore5. Accumulating Credit Card DebtHold your horses! As a young 20-something, there’s no need to own a credit card. It’s dangerous if you think owning one gives you a more exciting and glamorous life. But did you know that this is one of the most common issues of bankruptcy?If it’s really necessary for you to own one, when you’re starting, try not to overspend with your credit card. Prevent this by putting a low spending limit on your card. Only increase it during emergencies.Save while you shop herewith Standard Chartered Unlimited Cashback Credit Card.6. Not Experimenting with Career OptionsThe world is your oyster, but it’s up to you on how you take and run with it. No hard and fast rule that says you have to work in an industry that is related to your field of study. Thus, it’s completely fine if you’d like to explore a new industry when you’re beginning your career.Read: Free Online Courses & Workshops You Should Attend to Upskill and Get Certified7. Distancing Yourself from FamilyWith your extra commitments and newfound financial freedom, it might be easier to feel independent. There may be instances where you can’t join family dinners, due to work or you’ve set a dinner date with your friends or significant other. Thus, the distance between you and your family grows further apart. As you grow older, you have to be cognizant that your parents (and siblings) are not getting any younger as well.Read: 8 Tips to Relieve Eye Strain as You Continue to Work from Home8. Wanting to Please or Impress Othersvia GIPHYLive life the way you want it to be, carve your future. There’s no need to seek validation from others, just to make you feel good. However, while you’re at it, don’t be self-righteous and obnoxious about others’ opinions. Do note that everyone is entitled to theirs too. Being respectful to everyone is a trait you need to inculcate. The last thing you’d want is to burn bridges with people.Treat your family to an array of dining options with our 1-for-1 offers here. You can also Book a Table here, and earn Cashback for every reservation made.For successful cashback tracking, sign in to meREWARDS and click ‘Buy Now’ in brands’ pages. For more information on cashback, read here.

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