ZoukOut 2013: Last year’s pics + 4 reasons to attend and stay till the sunrise this year

Why go to one of Asia’s top dance festivals and leave by 2am? Don’t be a cinderella this year – leave your shoes on the sand while we dance the starry night away with top tunes until the sunrise. ZoukOut 2013 is back for the 13th year, and will no less spectacular – expect 2 days of pure party power from Friday 13 December to Saturday 14 December.

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ZoukOut may have been running for a very long time, but it’s probably not going to die down anytime soon. True party hearts have trusted and twirled to Zouk’s careful music choices for more than a decade of dancing, and only the best beats are guaranteed as our feet sink into the sandy Siloso shores. Hello again to Singapore’s best reason for uniting clubbers from all over the world.

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Who wants to stay with me till the sunrise? I’ve always paced myself and made it to the end, but in case you need more motivation, these are 4 of my inspirations to stay till the closing this coming ZoukOut 2013.

#1: You can use your EZ Link Card to buy drinks throughout the night.

This year, ZoukOut is introducing much-needed cashless payment at the bar. All we have to do is “tap and go” to pay for drinks. This beats having to queue for drink coupons, and we can use the same card to take the train home. Ain’t no party like an MRT after-party!

You can store up to $500 on your EZ-Link card, but there are top-up kiosks at the venue too.

#2: Harder, better, longer, stronger

Last year, the first night of the festival kicked off at 9pm and ended by 4am. ZoukOut 2013 will start an hour earlier at 8pm and end at 5am. The second day will remain a 12-hour dusk-to-dawn dance extravaganza, from 8pm to 8am. Can you handle it? More to love!

#3: More time to appreciate the awesome international and local line-up.

Afrojack on Friday seems to be a crowd favourite, and you really mustn’t miss Benga, Nervo, Ferry Corsten and Danny Avila.

I had the huge privilege of seeing and listening to Solomun live, during his Sunday residency at Pacha Ibiza, start of summer this year. Solomun has been absolutely raging through Europe the last 2 years, successfully packing out his stints in the house music scene. ZoukOut is deservedly better this year knowing that I can disco with him.

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Looking forward to the star-studded interntaional line-up and digging into the localized tent to hear out A/K/A, Aldrin, Maurice Simon, Gerald Ang, Jeremy Boon, Ghetto, and Formative.

#4: Heineken creates party history this year by re-creating a dramatized sunrise.

Besides being ZoukOut’s official beer partner again this year, Heineken rewards their fans by creating an enhanced sunrise at ZoukOut this very special year! I can’t believe they are actually going to light up the sky – this I got to see. What a pretty idea, given the poor terrain and geography of Siloso Beach.

The Heineken Sunrise will be the special highlight of the event, together with a dance-reactive floor that is linked to the powering of the ‘sun’ and ‘sunrise’, which everyone can participate in. What a treat this year to marvel in! I can’t wait to witness the epic close of the last set, glorified against a spectacular sunrise.

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How are we going to last till wee hours of the morning, you may ask? Why, water of course. Lots. I’ve always been a fan of brands that advocate responsible drinking. There’s nothing more un-attractive than guys and girls stumbling around and falling over each other. ZoukOut is all about the world-class music acts and awesome party people for me. I’m proud of my last-till-morning party stamina, for the sunrise belongs to moderate drinkers. Walk past the Heineken tent at ZoukOut for your bottle of water.

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LAST YEAR’S PICTURES: I definitely had some colourful times at ZoukOut 2012, especially great to see the gang who flew in from Hong Kong and Japan. Super pumped for this weekend with Heineken and friends!

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Stay till the end, and you might just be rewarded with a happy hug from boss man himself, Lincoln Cheng (Zouk ‘de lao ban’).

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NIGHT IS A JOURNEY. MAKE SUNRISE THE LAST STOP.

Where are my fellow sunrise troopers at? Looking forward to a brilliant break of dawn with all of you. xxx

ZoukOut 2013: FRIDAY 13 Dec, 9pm–4am; SATURDAY 14 Dec, 8pm–8am
Venue: Siloso Beach, Sentosa
Tickets: $98, $108, $118 (13 Dec, advanced, standard and at the door);
$108, $118, $128 (14 Dec, advanced, standard and at the door);
OR $168 (two-day festival pass).

Follow ZoukOut’s blog for updates, Heineken on Facebook, and tag your IG photos with #ZoukOut2013 #HeinekenSG and #HeinekenSunrise for me to see!

Pop up party update in Singapore: Super 0 Season featuring talented DJs from Berlin, Ibiza, etc SATURDAY NOV 2013

Singapore’s favourite warehouse party SUPER 0 SEASON is back tonight. I’m a bit late to the party by writing about this only now, sorry it’s been such a busy month!

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Kehakuma from infamous megaclub SPACE, IBIZA debuts in Asia for the first time at Super 0 tonight. SUPER EXCITED! Javi Bora (Spain) and Daniel Bell (USA) put the treble to the metal by joining tonight’s headlines too. Their beats will be enjoyed alongside tunes from my local favourite music makers DJ KFC, Matteblacc (JNR TIRSO and DREM), and Aidan.

SATURDAY 23 NOV SUPER 0 POP-UP PARTY. 8pm till late.
LOCATION: ANNEX @ THE MILL (Bukit Merah, near Alexandra ABC Market)

TICKETS:
EARLY BIRD $25 before 11PM (limited)
ADVANCE $30
AT THE DOOR $35 (first come first serve)
All ticket prices before $3 booking fee online. Buy tickets online HERE.

ENTRY:
Min age 18, subject to Photo ID admission. No slippers and flip flops.

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There’s nothing I love better than a quality party with real music. Don’t expect to ball out with bottle service, but I hear drink prices are decent and my friends who appreciate good music are seriously digging this month’s pop-up party season by Super 0. Created to introduce debut artistes and shake up the local music scene, Super 0 started off as a simple, fun concept and is a platform to feature good local talent. It is also the perfect backdrop to flesh out fresh, quirky ideas involving art, technology, social media and experiential marketing methods. I expect silent discos, projection mapping, pop lab DJ workshops and more in the making.

More party pictures from the first two weeks:
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You guys know that I get weekly updates about the sweet sounds getting thrown down in various cosy locations around Singapore town, so this is definitely one pop-up party that I hope to pop into tonight!

There are only 2 sessions left for this party so boogie on down on SATURDAY 23 NOV (today) and SATURDAY 30 NOV. Check out the Super 0 FACEBOOK PAGE HERE or their WEBSITE HERE.

Get Some Exclusive Invites for Johnnie Walker’s Circuit Lounge, SGP 2013

It doesn’t matter whether you’re a motorhead, or if you even know who the F1 drivers for this year is. (You must have have at least heard of McLaren’s Jenson Button though?!) Johnnie Walker’s famed F1 parties are far from losing their heat on Singapore’s track, and it’s almost that time of the year in Singapore where anyone and everyone is clamouring after one of their exclusive invites.

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I’ve been attending/enjoying Johnnie Walker’s parties in Singapore and KL for 5 years straight, and I have to admit, these things change you! I’m becoming more and more of a whisky fan, or perhaps it’s because my brother is one. He recently bought Johnnie Walker’s Explorers Club edition (only available onboard a plane), and it was delicious to the finish.

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Even my girlfriends Liv, Juliana and Linda, are dedicated whisky-drinkers. We never waver when ordering a glass of Johnnie Walker, every single time we are out around the bars in town.

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Johnnie Walker’s Circuit Lounge is back to impress this year for one exclusive night only, so expect nothing less than the best of gold and glamour. If you promise not to drink and drive, celebrate F1 with a nice shiny bottle of Gold Reserve, dance the night away with good looking good friends and a world class music line up – this year includes headline act Mel DeBarge (US), supported by Posso (US) and DJ Atran (SG). New York based DJ Mel DeBarge is a permanent fixture at exclusive film, music, fashion, philanthropic and private events and and she will keep you moving as the drinks flow.

I look forward to the encore return of Flavour Lab, a Diageo reserve World-Class bar where special Johnnie Walker cocktails are crafted for all their pretigious guests. Whisky fans will get to try new and evocative serves of Johnnie Walker, and I can’t wait to bug global winner of acclaimed Diageo Reserve WORLD CLASS Bartender of the Year 2012 competition Tim Philips, Runner Up for 2012 Kae Yin, and Singapore’s Bartender of the Year 2013 Zachary De Git to make me a drink. It’s going to be as good as gold.

Of course, it’s not a Formula 1 Johnnie Walker party unless you’re in the centre of the action, so this year’s new location Marina Bay Sands will ensure good vibes and perhaps even, slight vibrations!

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Johnnie Walker Circuit Lounge invite for 2013 thoughtfully sent out these invites to their VIPs, but here’s how you can win access into the party!
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HOW TO GET EXCLUSIVE JOHNNIE WALKER CIRCUIT LOUNGE PASSES

METHOD #1 – GOLD RESERVE WILL GET YOU GOLD

“Johnnie Walker invites are impossible to get,” everyone is wailing. No, that’s not true – it’s hard but not completely impossible. You could get onto the exclusive Circuit Lounge guestlist by purchasing a Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve Limited Edition bottle from my favourite nightspots and outlets:
 Playhouse
 KYO
 Mink
 Dom
 Avalon
 Fenix Room
 The Vault
 The Butter Factory
 Royal Room
 Dream
 Jasons Market Place Raffles City
 Giant Tampines
 Giant IMM Shopping Centre
 Giant Vivo City
 Giant Parkway Parade

METHOD #2 – I HAVE 4 PASSES TO GIVEAWAY

You could join my blog giveaway. In collaboration with Johnnie Walker, Love You Wrong Time has an exclusive opportunity to giveaway 2 pairs of passes for my loyal readers fans to get access to this most hotly anticiapted F1 party.

SHARE THIS FACEBOOK BLOGPOST LINK on your Facebook wall, and just tell me HOW MANY NIGHTS Johnnie Walker Circuit Lounge is in Singapore for this year’s F1.
You must also HASHTAG #imnotdriving #JohnnieWalkerSingapore #CircuitLounge and await the good news!
(Winners will be picked randomly and announced here. Only winners will be contacted.)

CONTEST ENDS: WEDNESDAY 18 SEP, 6PM

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I had such a good time with my friends at last year’s Johnnie Walker F1 party at the stunning Gardens by the Bay, hope to see you there this coming year!

Big thanks to my party partner Johnnie Walker Singapore this year for the generous giveaway. Follow them on Facebook for updates, and I look forward to joining the pact with you to never drink and drive!

Best restaurants and places to eat in Patong and around Phuket

Phuket is not only a place to party, it’s a place to live the ultimate lifestyle – even if just for a week or weekend. This busy beach town is so heavy on tourism and you can’t ignore the abundance of restaurants – there’s everything from $2 meals to $200 meals. Some of the nicest ones I’ve come across so far are Joe’s Downstairs (Aussie/Western), Da Maurizio (Italian), White Box (International/Mediterranean), Acqua (seems sort of European), or Baan Rim Paa (Local Thai/Seafood). Here are my reviews on the best places to eat in Phuket, and some of the above-mentioned spots.

Quite honestly, I ate at Baan Rim Paa and felt it was rather over-rated and over-priced, but my tourist friends liked this restaurant most. Not sure who was handing out awards, but it is evidently award-winning and the rustic beachside ambience of this restaurant makes it a popular pick for clients, tourists, or dates.

Personally, if it were up to me, I would rather eat Thai food in the streets – if I wanted to eat local, I would go local.

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See if you can recognize the typical Thai dishes – mango salad, pineapple rice, green curry chicken, fresh fish with lime, sticky rice with mango, and more.

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All these dishes for 3 people. Gluttons, we are.

We had Italian at Da Maurizio, and the food was on an international standard but you definitely pay for what you get. I’m also very biased in favour of Italian food, so I was pretty happy with this meal.

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My favourite dinner in Phuket was at JOE’S DOWNSTAIRS – the lofty white furniture was a joy to sit on while dinner-watching the swirls of the waves. This restaurant is said to serve “new world cuisine” (what does that even mean?!), but I felt it akin to the fine dining that I used to have in Australian restaurants.

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If you’re hungry but don’t want to spend a fortune of food, there are plenty of restaurants in Patong that will fill you up with good things for much, much less. I’ve eaten at so many places around Phuket and in Patong that I can hardly remember, but if you find a hole-in-the-wall Mexican joint, please try it out and send me the address. I had some of the best Mexican food ever in such a place in Phuket, but it was down some random back alleys and I wish I could find my way back there.

Generally, the seafood restaurants fronting the main strip of Patong is over-crowded with lazy tourists and over-priced, so walk down the parallel streets and you’re bound to find equally good seafood for much cheaper. Another area I like to eat at is Karon Beach – it’s only about 15 minutes from Patong and although there is less culinary selection compared to Patong, it can give you a much quieter, relaxing dinner. The Russian restaurant there is quite well-liked.

(Thumbs up if you’d like to see an upcoming post on fun things to do + best places to party in Phuket!)

Oceanfront Villas for Living x Sleeping x Swimming x Dreaming at Indochine Resort

The world is screaming summertime but alas, in Asia, it is summertime everyday. Call the pestering sun a blessing or a curse, but most who come to visit have remained and – at least – the haze has mostly blown away.

Now, I know you have no lack of choices for places to play and stay around Asia, but there’s never a bad time to recommend something for your next holiday. like I said, it’s “summertime” right?

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When it comes to Phuket, I have a bit of pride. I’ve been here about 15 times, so you can also call me Miss Tour Guide!

On my last trip to Phuket, I arranged for me and my friends to stay at Indochine’s new resort, Indochine Phuket.

While being scenically perched on the Patong hillside, most of the resort faces open views of the gorgeous Andaman sea. Themes of water, earth and nature elements evidently inspire the resort and rooms, and I also picked up a distinct oriental feel – this is no stranger to the strong signature decor that has moulded Indochine’s restaurants around Asia.

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Depending on what your personality is, this decision could be as good for you as it was for me and my friends – We enjoyed the proximity to Patong without having to live within it, for it is a crazy town that never sleeps.

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A 5-10 min shuttle or taxi from Indochine Resort will get you into the heart of the Patong action, while a 20 min walk for us to Patong was nice and breezy whenever we weren’t too hungry.

If you don’t crave bar-hopping and clubbing, Indochine Resort is saliently self-sustainable. The restaurant is large enough for a royal function and multiple-meal worthy, while the public rooftop pool beckons from day to night. This hotel IS a holiday in itself, and I would have gladly given myself into house-arrest for there was no reason to leave pleasures of the premises.

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If you need a holiday by the sea, here are some rooms you can possibly choose from.

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THE OCEANFRONT STANDARD ROOM could quite possibly, set the standard. Don’t expect a hotel room for all the Oceanfront Rooms are in the format of a villa, and quite self-explanatorily, give you some sort of uninterrupted views of sky and sea.
You don’t get a private pool with this 55 sqm room, but you do get a lovely outdoor verandah to enjoy your holiday views, and a huge stone jacuzzi (great for couples, but I think you could try to squeeze 4 people in it). Plonk yourself into the generous sofa, and use as much of the free wifi room as you want.

Info and reservations for OCEANFRONT STANDARD HERE.

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THE OCEANFRONT SUPERIOR ROOM sits 109 sqm wide, on the ground floor of Indochine’s resort/community/empire. Enjoy the jumbo-sized jacuzzi (it’s so big I would unofficially presume this to be somewhat of a private pool), and plenty of space on your outdoor terrace for sunbeds and lazy daytime lounging. Or, you can watch all the sky-sun-sea action from the inside comfort of your air-conditioned room, as your gaze extends beyond massive glass floor-to-ceiling windows.

Info and reservations for OCEANFRONT SUPERIOR HERE.

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I’m not even halfway done, people! How about THE OCEANFRONT DELUXE ROOM? It’s 70 sqm big, and takes you up to the top floor of the resort. This one comes with both an outdoor jacuzzi and an outdoor shower, so I guess you can’t help being clean in a room like this. If you like multiple showers a day, this is the right room for you! Since you’re on the highest floor here, no one will be peeking down on you… Sea views will be majestic too.

Info and reservations for OCEANFRONT DELUXE HERE.

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THE OCEANFRONT PREMIUM DELUXE ROOM is where I spent most of my time in Indochine. Whoever said life is hard, certainly wasn’t me! A grand space of 160 sqm offers an outdoor jacuzzi along with a private plunge pool. Some people have all the luck, huh?

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Info and reservations for OCEANFRONT PREMIUM DELUXE HERE.

If you’re going to take your time in Phuket (and why not, I say!) and want something a bit more modern, you could very possibly find yourself quite comfortable in Indochine Phuket’s GAYA STUDIO. Feel at home with cooking amenities here when you’re not gorging yourself on the resort’s culinary treats, and I love the indoor to outdoor decor touches and sofas where I can let my hair down and put my feet up.

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Slide a bedroom panel open and you’ve fallen into your living room. Slide another panel to reveal a kitchenette, and the double rainshower in your bathroom is just around the opposite corner.

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Did we just fly through space and time, from Oriental to European living? Yes we did. This is the modern beach bum’s home, truly… Kick back among the clean whiteness, and give range to a lifestyle of ocean infinity.

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Info and reservations for GAYA STUDIO ROOM HERE.

Another easy option would be to ditch the city life for a OCEAN SUITE CONDOMINIUM room in Indochine, available in a 2 or 3 bedroom format. I trekked up some stairs to visit this duplex style sea-facing unit, and loved how the lower level is great for entertaining friends or clients. A wide living room area makes great DVD nights, and I know I wouldn’t resist turning down a dinner invitation at this dining table. Keep your private time to yourself with a separate space on the second level, for no one needs to see your mess – nor you in your bathtub where you obviously look your best.

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Info and reservations for OCEAN SUITE CONDO HERE.

I’ve saved the best for last, which is also most popular for groups of friends who can’t bear to be apart. Welcome to the extravagant selection of pool villas at Indochine. This one was so tranquil, you could close your eyes and almost hear the trillions of salty drops come together as one, magnificent, never-ending ocean.

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The roomy pool deck seemed to go to waste this afternoon with just one little person, reading one magazine.

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A slightly hidden turn down some stairs on the side brought me into a play area. Take your winning shot at the dartboard or the table soccer table – there’s no room in this room for losers in fooseball!

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A pretty grandiose guest bedroom to be in, I thought… Until I opened the doors to the master bedroom. A jet-filled personal spa awaits its master/mistress. Bubbles and candles seem to be in celebratory order.

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Missing something? Your best friends, maybe. Bring them along!

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(This is another pool villa where some of my friends were staying.)

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Keep to yourself in one of the multiple bedrooms, or commune with your best friends in the living area to get your daily dose of last night’s gossip. When you’re done laughing at that drunkard’s antics (there’s always that one drunk!), roll outside in the sunshine for a dip in the pool. Grab your sunscreen, iPad or earphones, or you could just climb onto the rooftop to watch.

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There’s just so much to do in Indochine’s pool villa, it would take you from daytime chilling to night star-gazing – my friends have personally made the breezy poolside area a drinks-dispensing dance floor.
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The food at Indochine’s Resort is really good as well, and we were addicted to their Viet beef noodles. Me and my friends ate this about 4-6 times over our stay! I could barely believe how we were eating our way through the hotel. The duck crispy noodles and starter platter are worth mentioning and tasting as well.

Indochine is renown for its F&B group after all, and they take such pride in their food and where it comes from. No endangered species like Yellowfin and Bluefin tuna are served, and Chef Stuart Hickman is no stranger to the resort and fine dining world of French, Mediterranean and Modern Australian cuisine – in fact, my taste tests assure that he’s got the plate pat down.

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Whether you’re looking for peace or a party, you could probably find it all in Indochine Resorts.

Thank you Indochine Phuket for a splendid stay while you were hosting me. If anyone wants me to recommend or book the best oceanfront room for you, feel free to get in touch with me.

*Every room is unique – Please confirm all above-mentioned amenities with resort management when booking your desired room.

This is an advertorial for Indochine Resorts, Phuket. Create your own oceanfront experience by choosing one of the rooms above!

Welcome April 2013. It’s not 1 party – but THREE parties. :) It’s called the DUNLOP STREET BLOCK PARTY!

HEY! WHAT’S EVERYONE DOING ON SATURDAY EVENING? If you’re feeling like some easy drinks, come join me and my friends for a POP UP PARTY!

Come and help me conquer not one bar, but THREE – Zeffir, Zsofi Tapas Bar, and my ultimate favourite cocktail bar in Singapore, Barkode Cocktail Bar will be hosting the one-time festivities.

Side by side parties across the whole block = BLOCK PARTY

When I first heard about this concept earlier in the week, I loved it. These kind of things happen all the time in London and New York, and it’s about time Singapore caught up to the fun. Somehow, a block party inspires thoughts of “new kids on the block” having a street party! (What comes into YOUR head when YOU think of a block party?)

Let’s kick it off at Zeffir, expect 4 live bands on the rooftop of Zsofi Tapas Bar till 11pm, then party on at Barkode Cocktail Bar with 4 live DJs. It’ll be as underground as underground can be. Only fabulous and fun people should come! 🙂

ALL ACROSS DRINKIE SPECIALS! (Glub gloob.)

1-4-1 Pinnacle Vodka at $10nett
2 for $20 nett bottled beers, wine and housepours all night long
2 for $20 nett Caprioskas

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Barkode Cocktail Bar is owned by my good friend, Caryn, who was one of the runner-ups for DIAGEO RESERVE World Class competition and I guarantee you – she sure knows her drinks! She’s a cocktail star, so make sure to ask her to create something special for you!

PS: Dunlop Street is in the Little India area.

Let’s wander around and get lost in the music, bands and new friends.

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See you there and don’t forget to RSVP on the Facebook event page HERE!

Oh, the silly things we do in Singapore… Robertson Quay, Kudeta, Lantern, and an ultimate night at Pangaea’s Pillowfight Party

I haven’t been going out as much as in 2012, which means more time to document the times when I did! I had friends visit from Dubai and London the other week, and such special occasions call for my special attention. So excited to see A&Z, and welcome Nel into my city! I’m a bonafide tour guide, showing off the best Singapore has got, and in these two nights, I pied pipe-red my friends down and around my favourite nightspots.

TIME TO GET SILLY IN SINGAPORE –
FRIDAY: Dinner at Brussels Sprouts Robertson Quay, Drinks at EM by the River, Dancing at Kudeta Marina Bay Sands

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I’m not a big fan of mussels, but if you like that sort of thing, Brussels Sprouts (they have a few locations) is pretty popular. I settled for steak, and kept myself happy with the company. EM by the River within Robertson Quay is an easy stroll away, and their alfresco setting is nice enough for multi-purpose catch ups. The drinks are nothing spectacular, but they do have special deals at certain hours.

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Managed to convince my friends to come along to Kudeta Singapore – Now we’re talking. That’s more like it!

SATURDAY: Dinner at Yazawa Robertson Quay, Drinks at Lantern rooftop of Fullerton Bay Hotel, Dancing at Pangaea Singapore

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The meat at Yazawa Japanese restaurant (Robertson Quay) was excellent, and I would do it all over again! The boys were kind enough to grill the first round of food for us, but we harassed the service staff afterwards to help out. How patient and service-oriented of them! The only self-service we were doing was cleaning up bottles of wine and sippin’ on teacups of sake.

We were the last customers out of their restaurant but I don’t think they hated us… How could they?

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I made my few calls as the evening’s Entertainment Director… and it was up and away on the rooftop of Fullerton Bay. I don’t know if I will ever get tired of showing off these splendid sights of the night – it’s always a nice time at my usual haunt, Lantern. (Try to book a table in advance if you plan to drop by for drinks – they can get pretty busy after office hours and on Friday/Saturday nights.)

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Alright, let’s stop pretending to be sophisticated – I know you clicked on this post to see some childish destruction! 😀

Let me halt halfway through this blogpost with a warning: I think a pillowfight themed party in a nightclub is a terrible idea, but everyone else seemed to disagree…

So sit back, relax, and laugh at my friends – as everyone gets mouthfuls of flying feathers stuck in their bodies. Watch us wreck countless glasses of champagne, and act like we’re thirteen!

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The girls are so beautiful it’s a thrilling tease, and the dresscode is close to none – come as casual as you please. Break out your best pyjamas and prepare to partay like its 1990!

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“So, what’s a pillowfight like?” You’ve probably always wanted to see one. It’s kind of like snowing, but really more annoying. Feathers get into your throat, your eyes, and usually also your underwear. You might not find a feather here, but you will surely find a feather later over there! (Surprise!)

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Mmm… not so tasty.

Girls of a feather flock together. Girls also flock together because of feathers.

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We are desperately trying to break open this pillow… it’s like a really bad film in the making! Guess who wins in this dramatic end?

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GIRLS 1: PILLOW 0!

Be free my pillow, be free!

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The monthly themed parties at VIP lounge Pangaea are always as exclusive as they are a hoot.