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New Year, New You, New Experiences

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Your guide to looking, feeling and living better in 2019.

New Year resolutions are hard. Studies show that only 46% — that’s less than half! — of us manage to stick to our guns at the six-month mark. Part of the reason is because resolutions are often a series of less-than-desirable tasks that we have to somehow develop a habit out of.

But making a lifestyle change doesn’t have to be a chore.

Instead of seeing resolutions as new tasks to perform, a better approach may be to see them as new experiences. If you are hoping to look, feel and live better in the coming year, here are a few establishments to help you kickstart 2019 on the right note.

Walking on Sunshine

181 Orchard Road
#03-07 Orchard Central
T: 8877 8800
Parking: Orchard Central Shopping Centre

A quick way to reinvent yourself is with a new haircut, and the folks at Walking on Sunshine can help you with that.

On one side of the store, you can get your hair (cut, perm, treatment, colour) and nails done, attended by Korean stylists. Keep a visual record of your new ’do and take photos in the salon’s photo studio. Walking on Sunshine caters to men as well. It boasts a stylist who’s skilled at buzz cuts, undercuts and good ol’ shaves. Haircuts and hot towel shaves start at $50.

Housed within the same space is a café serving a breakfast buffet daily (only $15 nett; advanced reservations advised). The à la carte menu has items ranging from soufflé pancakes and honey butter toasts to Seoul Beef Bulgogi Pizza.

AA Members enjoy 10% OFF services.
Appointment required
Flash valid AA card upon payment
· Valid until 31 Dec 2019

JYUNKA by Carragheen

12A Liang Seah Street
T: 6222 3376 / 9003 3391
Parking: Bugis Junction Shopping Centre

After taking care of your hair, it’s time to look after your skin. A good place to start is JYUNKA by Carragheen along Liang
Seah Street.

JYUNKA and Carragheen are two homegrown brands that have been making the rounds in the beauty and wellness industry. While both focus on a whole suite of beauty products — from lifting and anti-ageing to cleansers, toners and moisturisers — the 1,600sqft treatment centre is the first collaboration between the two. The centre offers proprietary facial treatments and products from both brands, including bestsellers such as JYUNKA V Blanc Treatment and JYUNKA Blanc Whitening series.

First-timers at JYUNKA by Carragheen
can enjoy 30% off facial treatments

Platinum Fitness

6A Shenton Way
#B1-04/05 OUE Downtown Gallery
T: 8445 5439
Parking: Downtown Gallery

Keeping fit can be tough, especially if you are starting 2019 from zero. Platinum Fitness, a new 24-hour gym located in downtown Singapore, wants to make that process as convenient and pain-free as possible.

What makes this gym — which boasts premium equipment and amenities — stand out is the fact that the membership fee is just $80 per month. The bigger selling point is the flexibility and convenience. Want to start your day with a two-hour workout? Check. Want to drop by in the wee hours of the morning instead? Also check. Want to bring your own freelance fitness trainer? No problem. Build your own circuit with the available equipment? Go right ahead. Platinum Fitness does not promise that your workout will be a walk in the park, but it’s as fuss-free as it gets!

A bonus for TV addicts: the treadmills, elliptical trainers, and exercise bikes have Netflix built in, so you can work out and be entertained at the same.


1 Jurong West Central 2
#03-32/33 Jurong Point
T: 8768 2023
Parking: Jurong Point Shopping Centre

Living an eco-friendly life is vital for the future of our world. Be part of that movement and shop at Reprovisions, a ‘zero-waste bulk store’ that sells unpackaged items — no boxes, plastic wrappers, or plastic bags.

Instead, you bring your own container to the shop to purchase dried goods — from pasta to spice blends — and pay by the gram. This eliminates unnecessary, single-use packaging that typically comes with store-bought groceries, and encourages customers to lead a lifestyle that’s as close to zero-waste as it gets. If you don’t have your own containers, it provides kraft bags and reusable jars.

Reprovisions also sells a range of eco-lifestyle items, such as bamboo straws and tooth powders (similar to toothpaste, but in powder form).

AA Members enjoy 10% OFF all in-house products.
T&C: Not valid with other promotions unless stated otherwise
Flash valid AA card upon payment · Valid until 31 Mar 2019

The Botanic

252 North Bridge Road
#01-22A Raffles City Shopping Centre
T: 6837 0995
Parking: Raffles City Shopping Centre

If it is true that we are what we eat, then eating clean is the best thing we can do to begin the year anew. If you are still holding on to the notion that healthy food doesn’t taste very good, allow The Botanic to change your mind — and palate.

Opened in November 2018, it boasts a menu that’s a blend of Southeast Asian and Mediterranean cuisines, where vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free dishes receive equal footing with free-range, organic meat and sustainable seafood offerings.

Even the alcoholic offerings here are eco-conscious. There are more than 20 biodynamic and organic wine labels from Australia, New Zealand, France, Italy and Spain, just to name a few, so you can eat and drink with ease of mind.

The Botanic took over the space previously occupied by Salt Tapas & Bar by celebrity chef Luke Mangan; its Group Executive Chef, Shannon Binnie, happens to be Mangan’s protégé.

inlingua School of Languages in Singapore

51 Cuppage Road #10-12
T: 6737 6666
Parking: Starhub Centre

Now that we have you looking, feeling and living better, there’s just one more thing that will make 2019 the best year yet: picking up a new skill. There are myriad things that one can learn, but one of the most practical has got to be another language.

inlingua School of Languages in Singapore has been around since 1972, and offers classes in numerous languages, including German, Italian, Korean, Spanish, Russian, Thai and Japanese. You can either take classes in groups or one-on-one with a tutor. There are new courses starting every month, so the enrolment time is completely up to you.

The most basic Japanese module (Elementary 1 Module 1) costs $340 for 10 classes over 10 weeks on a part-time basis. The good news is that many of their courses from Elementary 1 Module 1 to Elementary 3 Module 1 are claimable from SkillsFuture — a great opportunity to put those credits to good use!