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9 Buys Both Parents and Children Can Enjoy
Being a parent is a tough job. Positive parenting involves finding a delicate balance between fun and discipline. While all parents want the best for their children, this should never come at the expense of a loving parent-child relationship. No resource rivals the time parents spend with their children, and the bonding that comes out of shared hobbies. Here are our recommended buys for the right mix of education and entertainment for you and your child!

1. Nintendo Switch (OLED Model)
While video games may not seem beneficial at first glance, research has shown that parents gaming with their children positively impacts their adolescent development. The newest member of the Nintendo console family, the Nintendo Switch (OLED Model), improves upon the hybrid console by adding a gorgeous 7-inch OLED screen, 0.8-inch larger than the original Nintendo Switch’s LCD screen, with almost no change in weight or size. Paired with a new dock equipped for LAN connection and detachable Joy-Cons, it is the perfect console for a multi-player session involving the whole family.
 
2. 《无法成为你期待的样子,我不抱歉》
A compilation of soothing stories, proses, and phrases, 《无法成为你期待的样子,我不抱歉》explores the human condition, the rhythms of life, and its peaks and nadirs. It is a gentle read that seeks to instil in readers an understanding of human nature and encourage us to break free of the expectations and bondage of the past to embrace the future – a lesson that wise parents would want to impart to their children.
 
3. 《美人养生锅,滋补又健康》
One-pot meals have become increasingly popular because of the ease of preparation and cleaning up. However, a misconception that many have about one-pot dishes is their lack of variety. 《美人养生锅,滋补又健康》is here to dismiss that notion, bringing to you the best one-pot recipes, from poultry and meat dishes to seafood, vegetables, and desserts. With just a simple pot, you can whip up a delicious and nutritious meal for you and your child.
 
4. InvestiGators #4: Ants in Our P.A.N.T.S.
The investiGators are in a pickle. With agent Brash trapped in a mysterious coma, the technicians come up with the ultimate replacement: RoboBrash! Programmed with all of Brash’s crime-fighting skills and knowledge, RoboBrash makes a splash… until he starts bugging out. Will Mango and RoboBrash be able to stop the spaced-out villain, Maestronaut and his accomplice, Houdino, the dinosaur escape artist, from levelling the city with their army of giant ants? If your child is a fan of the popular Dog Man books, this hilarious adventure series will definitely be a hit.
 
5. Kala Learn-To-Play Ukulele Starter Kit
With the ease of mastery and warm tunes that conjure up an image of a laidback beach vacation, the ukulele is a popular instrument for beginners. The Kala Learn-To-Play Ukulele Starter Kit comes with everything you need to start playing, including lessons, chords, and even strumming patterns for popular songs. Available in 3 sizes – Soprano / Concert / Tenor – the Kala Learn-to-Play Ukulele starter kits are great for children and adults alike taking their first step into the world of music.
 
6. Maths Top The Class - Term & Semestral Papers
With the education syllabus getting increasingly advanced, it takes focus and more practice for students to ace their Mathematics curriculum, as evident from the recent virality of the difficult PSLE Mathematics questions on social media. Maths Top The Class - Term & Semestral Papers is an educational series developed by experienced teachers who believe consistent and targeted practice is critical to achieving mastery. Available for Primary 3 – PSLE-level students, this series prepares pupils and assesses their readiness to tackle more challenging questions in tests, quizzes, and exams. Through this series, pupils will get exposure to higher-order thinking questions on top of common questions in preliminary exams from top schools and past PSLE papers. Fully-worked solutions are also provided to facilitate independent learning.
 
7. Pokémon Trading Card Game: Sword & Shield – Evolving Skies Booster
Feel the power of the shifting winds and brace for an epic storm as the mighty Dragon-type Pokémons make their triumphant return! Rayquaza VMAX leads the surge from above, and Duraludon VMAX towers above the land in its Gigantamax form, joined by Dragonite V, Noivern V, and more! As the clouds part, Eevee’s 7 evolutions appear in a rainbow of V and VMAX forms, all gloriously captured in art. With many alternative and secret art pieces in the expansion set, long-time players and collectors of the Pokémon Trading Card Game simply cannot afford to miss this out!
 
8. Zaini Chocolate Eggs
Zaini Chocolate Eggs deliver the best of both worlds: toys and yummy chocolate. Each Italian chocolate egg packs a random mini toy inside, making them the definition of a sweet surprise. The toys feature a wide variety of popular franchises, such as Disney, Sanrio, and even PAW Patrol, so you can definitely find something your child fancies. The chocolate is also gluten-free and suitable for a wide variety of diets.
 
9. Multi-Colour Pens (Assorted Designs)
The pen is an indispensable stationery. While the more conventional colours like blue or black are reserved for schoolwork, many children also use colours like green or pink to embellish cards and journal entries. Save space in your child’s backpack with multi-colour pens that combine many coloured inks into just one pen. Choose between an adorable duck design featuring 10 colours or a space-themed design with six colours. A multi-colour pen is just the stationery for school and more!
 
 
 
 
10 Local Buys for The Ever-Kiasu Singaporean
One of the most distinctive traits that our foreign friends tend to fixate on is Singaporean's "Kiasu" culture. Traditionally a denigratory Hokkien term to describe a fear of missing out, it is increasingly viewed as a positive behaviour that, in healthy doses, can be galvanized and serve as an impetus for positive change. After all, this also translates into a culture of constant self-improvement and savviness to clinch the best deals. Get the best bang for your buck with our latest recommended buys!

1. Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 5G
Sporting a powerful MediaTek Dimensity 700 5G chipset, 6.5" FHD+ DotDisplay with 90Hz refresh rate, 48MP triple rear camera setup and massive 5,000mAh battery, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 5G checks all the boxes of a budget smartphone – display, camera, and battery life– and even manages to add 5G to the package. Beyond the hardware, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 comes equipped with creativity tools like the Night mode, Slow motion and Time-lapse Video to enable the creator in you. The AdaptiveSync Display is also capable of adjusting to on-screen content for a smooth scrolling experience and optimum battery life.
 
2. 《不变的, 一样的》
Local picture-book author and illustrator Ah Guo is back with 《不变的, 一样的》, a warm tale chronicling Singapore's fight against the covid-19 pandemic in the past year. Through his signature gouache watercolour-styled illustrations, Ah Guo captures Singaporeans' forbearance living under the shadow of a pandemic, bringing to life the many scenes all too familiar to us. A simple, albeit emotionally charged read, Ah Guo's new picture book inspires a sense of optimism and hope of better days ahead when we finally bid farewell to this pandemic.
 
3. Sherlock Sam 15: Sherlock Sam and The Seafaring Scourge On Sentosa
When a collector's priceless artefacts get stolen, it's up to the Wonderful Watson Online Detective Agency to retrieve them, sending Sherlock and the Supper Club on a collision course with their most dangerous foe yet. Following the clues scattered throughout Singapore leads the gang to confront the notorious international criminal cartel, Pirates Inc.! Will the Supper Club be able to prevail with their wits or find themselves exploring Davy Jones' Locker?
 
4. Parker Jotter Originals Merlion Ball Point Pen
Parker is a household name that is known for quality, durability and value-for-money products. Parker's Jotter range personifies the social side of writing with bright, lively colours and practical, simple shapes. The Parker Jotter Merlion Special Edition continues the jovial spirit of the Jotter range with a logo of the Singapore Merlion imprinted on its barrel. The pens are exclusive to Singapore and available in 3 bold colours – Fuchsia Pink, Orange or Blue.
 
5. Study Guide: O/(A) Level Geography Human/ Physical (Elective/Core)
Based on the latest MOE syllabus, this study guide will help your child establish a strong foundation in Geography through topical command words, quick overviews, and concise notes on Geographical Investigations. The exam-style questions, suggested answers, and tips will also bolster confidence during important exams and tests. Self-assessment checklists and clearly defined learning outcomes are also available for easy tracking of revision progress. What's more, the guide also comes furnished with writing scaffolds to help students structure their writing, an essential skill for LORMS essays.
 
6. 《素汤》Vegetarian Soup
While being a vegetarian today is much simpler with more food options available, it can be tricky to plan for a balanced diet. Many vegetarians prefer preparing their meals since it allows them precise control over the ingredients and seasoning used. 《素汤》comes with 50 recipes for soups that are rich in flavours and abundant in nutrition. Included are tips that teach you how to draw out the flavours of your ingredients to achieve a sense of harmony in your soups. They're a great choice whether you're looking to cut down on your meat intake or craving a hearty broth during rainy days.
 
7. Stray Kids NOEASY [LIMITED EDITION]
Stray Kids 2nd studio album NOEASY just dropped! Known for their unorthodox approaches to music with most of their songs produced by the 3RACHA subunit comprising members Bang Chan, Changbin, and Han, their music truly speaks deep from the heart of the group. THe NOEASY album is packed with 14 songs, including "Cheese", title track "Thunderous", "Domino," and more. The limited-edition albums come with a special photo card, mini photobook and other exclusive goodies.
 
8. Sanrio Character Socks
For many parents with schooling kids, a new school term is synonymous with new socks. Dress your kids up in style with Sanrio Character Socks. With your favourite Sanrio characters like Hello Kitty, Gudetama, My Melody, and more, the socks are available in 2 different fits -Ankle Cut and Crew Cut. With their adorable designs, it's not hard to see why these socks are so popular with kids.
 
9. Everything Good Herbal and Fruit Pastilles
Share the gift of health with Everything Good gummy snacks. Made from real fruits and herbs extracts, Everything Good Herbal and Fruit Pastilles retain the natural goodness of the herbs and fruit ingredients, including antioxidants and vitamins. For example, the loquat flavoured candy soothes the respiratory system and aids in digestion, while the Grape Seed-flavoured version helps with heart function and supports collagen and elastin – both essential for healthy, radiant skin. The pastilles also taste great with a hint of refreshing mint and are sure to be a hit for all ages! Available in packets and tin cases, they’re the candy on the go.
 
 
 
 
10 Buys to Celebrate Life in Singapore
If there’s a word to exemplify Singapore's uniqueness, it's "rojak", taken as an urban lingo for incorporating elements from the region and different ethnic groups. With many ethnicities and religions coexisting in harmony, we also get to celebrate different festivities and traditions as one Singapore. National Day, however, is a time to celebrate being Singaporean. Here are 10 buys to help you do that!

1. 3M KN95 Particulate Respirator 4-Layer Disposable Mask
With the Covid-19 pandemic, face masks have now become an essential accessory to everyday life here in Singapore. Made from 3M™ Advanced Electrostatic Media, the KN95 Particulate Respirator 4-Layer Disposable Mask filters at least 95% of airborne particles including dust, sand, PM 2.5 allergens and other particles. The 3D design of the mask is created to fit seamlessly to the contours of your face for maximum security, and the soft, breathable materials allow for hours of comfortable wear even in the sweltering heat.
 
2. Surrounded by Bad Bosses (And Lazy Employees)
Work remains an important facet in many Singaporeans' lives, and rightfully so since many of us spend almost a third of our daily lives working. A bad boss, an uncooperative colleague or a disorganised subordinate can turn an already challenging workday into living hell. Learn how to survive and thrive with bestselling author Thomas Erikson's new book, Surrounded by Bad Bosses and Lazy Employees. Written in Erikson's signature humour and warmth, this witty read will teach readers how to identify their co-workers' behaviour profiles using his simple 4-colour behaviour analysis system.
 
3. Cricut Joy machine
DIY craft projects are a great way to destress for many Singaporeans, especially with many of us still working from home. With the Cricut Joy Machine, any craft project is a breeze. The smart cutting and writing machine allows you to design customised cards, labels, decals and more in minutes. Connect via the Cricut Joy app with the built-in Bluetooth, load your material and let the Cricut Joy machine do its magic. Get a trial membership to Cricut Access™ with tons of customised fonts and designs to take your project to the next level. The Cricut Joy machine is so easy to use, there is almost no learning curve.
 
4. Developing Numeracy Skills for Early Learners
Many parents can attest to how challenging it is to get their young kids interested in numeracy. Numeracy is the essential ability to decipher numbers and understand mathematical concepts such as counting and measuring; ergo applying these concepts to problem-solving in real life. Developing Numeracy Skills for Early Learners uses engaging visuals and exercises to pique the young learners' interest in numeracy. The activities are focused on building a solid foundation that will prepare them for more challenging mathematical topics in Primary School.
 
5. Fancy Lunch Box with Spoon and Chopstick (1100ml)
The journey to a greener Singapore begins with us doing our part to protect our environment. Contrary to popular belief, it doesn't take a lot of effort to be more environmentally conscious. For many of us still working from home, tapao-ing our meals in a reusable lunch box is an excellent way to reduce our dependency on plastic disposables. Aside from reducing plastic waste, it is also more cost-efficient in the long run since most hawker vendors charge for plastic containers.
 
6. 《炸得安心,吃得开心》Deliciously Deep-Fried
Singaporeans love their food, especially golden crispy fried food. Fried chicken, banana fritters, and deep-fried ice cream are just some of the hawker fares synonymous with many of our childhoods. In 《炸得安心,吃得开心》, Chef Squall Chin teaches you in-depth techniques to achieve the optimal tastes and textures via frying, such as temperature control and coating methods. With a healthier take on the dishes, your loved ones won't have to worry about their cholesterol level after every bite.
 
7. Hey! Premium Fruits and Vegetable Chips (Assorted Flavours)
Beyond our three meals, snacking is also an essential part of the Singaporean diet. A tough day at work or even movie time can be elevated with snacks. Potato chips may be the gold standard for binge snacking, but they are hardly healthy. The Hey! Premium Fruits and Vegetable Chips takes the guilt out of snacking with their gluten-free fruits and vegetable chips. It's all the crisp combined with the all-natural goodness of fruits and vegetables sourced directly from farms. No sweeteners or artificial flavours are added during the manufacturing process, so it is suitable for all.
 
8. 《好好生活 慢慢相遇》
It is a challenging time for many Singaporeans, so you may find yourself reflecting on life more often. When was the last time you truly felt happy? What do you like about yourself? Should I allocate some time for myself? The only person who can give you the answers you need is yourself. This read is for all who questioned their worth, an opportunity for introspection and a chance to heal. Learn not to worship perfection but appreciate your own efforts. In doing so, you'll unlock the courage needed to go after your dreams.
 
9. BTS Butter CD
K-POP has taken the world by storm, and Singapore is not spared. Remember the hype over the BTS McDonald’s Meal? The beloved 7-member South Korean boy band is releasing an all-new single CD, Butter, coinciding with the official 8th birthday of their biggest and most diehard fans -- ARMY. Containing the velvety smooth tunes of titular hit "Butter" and another unreleased song, the Butter CD is a must-have for all ARMY. The CD is available in 2 colour variants: A yellowish "Cream" version and an orangey "Peaches" version. Each CD comes with a photobook, graphic sticker and other goodies. Pre-order yours at POPULAR now to receive a FREE poster too!
 
 
 
 
10 Buys You Can Enjoy with Your Parents
One of the best ways to bond with our parents is via shared interests and hobbies. If you're into a book, why not introduce it to your avid reader of a dad? Roping in mum with her years of culinary experience is probably a good idea when you’re experimenting with a new dish. Here are some buys that will be useful to you and your folks!

1. Standing Tall: The Goh Chok Tong Years, Vol. 2
The sequel to the acclaimed biography revisits Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong’s tenure as the Prime Minister of Singapore. The SARS pandemic, an economic crisis, and electoral setbacks will test his resolve and grow the fresh politician into a battle-hardened leader. Get insights into Goh’s personal struggle as he introduces some of the most controversial policies, from the foreign talent scheme to HDB upgrading. Written by former SPH journalist Peh Shing Huei, with information gleaned from interviews, Goh's personal notes and People's Action Party documents, this is a must-read for your parents, many of whom bore witness to the historical transformation of Singapore brought by Goh's policies.
 
2. 《天上总会有云,但你才是天空》
In our never-ending pursuit of happiness, we can often get disillusioned. 《天上总会有云,但你才是天空》tackles the common emotions of the modern man, such as the perfectionist complex, self-doubt, loneliness, escapism and the need for approval, tying their origins to the inner workings of the mind. Find out how the placebo, mirror, Dunning-Kruger effects and other psychological phenomena influence your behaviour. Through this gently-worded read, you’ll learn how to change your perspectives, adjust your lifestyle and be contented.
 
3. 《家的味道》The Taste of Home
Keep your loved ones safe and sated by having a feast at home this coming Father’s Day. Learn how to whip up dishes with a unique contemporary twist on traditional flavours that your parents will love. Alongside the innovative recipes that use modern cooking techniques and refreshing ingredient combinations, there will also be insightful tips to help beginner cooks avoid pitfalls, master basics, and guide them on their culinary journey.
 
4. Shogun Senjo Marble Tempura Wok with Induction (24cm x 7.5cm)
Items that see frequent use inevitably wears out, and that includes kitchen appliances. Perhaps it’s time to change that wok that your mother has been using for the past decade. The Shogun Senjo Marble Tempura Wok features fine craftsmanship with a 7-layer coating that offers excellent thermal conductivity and safety assurance. The Swiss-manufactured non-stick Tritanium mega coating ensures that food does not stick and get burnt while cooking, and the thick gauged cast aluminium prevents it from warping from the persistent high heat. With some light cleaning using a non-scratch sponge, the Shogun Senjo Marble Tempura Wok will serve your family faithfully for years to come.
 
5. 8-in-1 Portable Tea Set with Carrying Case
A cup of tea is perfect for washing away the grease of a feast. Introduce your parents to the art of tea with a portable 8-in-1 tea set, with a comprehensive set of cups, teapot, filter, tea caddy and carry case. It even comes with a cleaning cloth for you to clean the delicate drinkware and maintain them in pristine condition. So, get brewing and enjoy that moment of zen with your loved ones.
 
6. Travel Joy Eco Thermal Bottle (500ml)
If your folks enjoy their beverages, the Travel Joy Eco Thermal Bottle is an excellent option for taking their drinks on the go. Made from high-quality, food-safe 18/8 stainless steel, the Joy Eco Thermal Bottle is 100% BPA and rust-free. It is also leak and sweat-proof, so you no longer have to worry about annoying puddles of condensation when enjoying an ice-cold coffee. The double-walled vacuum insulation keeps drinks cold for up to 24 hours and hot for 12 hours. It is also a breeze to clean, being stain-resistant and compatible with most bottle cleaning brushes.
 
7. Uni-Ball UMN-S 5Col Pen set
Is your dad always asking for a pen when he's out and needs to sign a document? The Uni-Ball UMN-S 5Col Pen set will be handy in such a scenario. The set comes with 5 varying coloured gel pens – black, blue, navy, green and light pink -- and a FREE handphone canvas bag that doubles as a pen case so you can quickly locate the pens in your bag when the need arises.
 
8. Collection of Mathematics Concepts
Many parents often help their child out with revision. However, some may not have the time to go through everything that the school covers. It is essential for parents to accurately identify concepts their child may have problems grasping and focus their attention on them. The activities in The Collection of Mathematics Concepts were designed to guide and enhance the understanding of basic mathematical concepts, including numbers, operations, measurements, geometry and many others. With the revision guide in hand, parents can determine what topics to focus on during their limited revision time with their child.
 
9. SHNACK Premium Corn Snacks (Assorted Flavours)
For many families out there, TV time is bonding time. If your parents tend to munch on snacks while watching TV, it’s time to introduce them to SHNACK’s all-natural corn snacks. Created from 100% natural ingredients and real corn kernels, each bite is filled with the fibre and protein-rich goodness of natural corn. Choose from 4 flavours: Sea Salt, Sour Cream & Onion, Mediterranean Herbs and Pepper & Lemon, and you’re all set for your next K-drama marathon with mum.
 
10. K-pop Albums (Assorted)
With the influx of Korean dramas and variety shows, it’s no wonder that even our parents have also caught the Korean wave. Score K-pop tunes and the OST (Original Soundtrack) from their favourite Korean dramas for mum and dad at POP@Central, Bras Basah Complex today! With an array of different albums from headliners like Blackpink, BTS, TWICE and more, you’ll be spoilt for choice!
 
 
 
Making the Most of Your Time Off
Whether it's snuggling in bed with a book, listening to a new jam, cooking up a storm in the kitchen, or snacking while you binge-watch shows, we all have our ways to unwind. Here are some good buys we’ve gathered to help make your time off even more magical.

1. One by Wacom writing and drawing tablet
With the blended learning model announced by the Ministry of Education, home-based learning has now become part of the norm for all students. It is thus crucial to make remote learning as seamless and fruitful as possible for students to benefit. One by Wacom tablet takes learning to the next level by replicating the natural sensation of putting pen to paper. Write, annotate, create and share in ways like never before with the pressure-sensitive light-weight pen. Exclusive to POPULAR stores, the One by Wacom comes bundled with 3 months of complimentary access to educational apps tailored for both teachers and students. It is compatible with Mac, Windows and Chrome OS so you can use it across multiple devices.
 
2. 《幸运遇见你》
Lady luck is fickle, no good luck or misfortune lasts forever. In his new book, renowned Taiwanese illustrator几米 teaches readers to see beyond circumstances and find that elusive silver lining amidst tragedies. Similarly, readers will learn to recognise the small sacrifices that make each victory possible. While we may not be able to predict our fortunes, we are free to make our own. If you ever feel like your luck is on the rocks, pick up this book for some positive vibes.
 
3. Beyond Order
Sometimes, life may feel chaotic when things spiral out of control and beyond our grasp. Dr Jordan B. Peterson, a clinical psychologist and celebrated professor at Harvard and the University of Toronto, has helped millions of readers introduce order into their lives in his book 12 Rules for Life. In this sequel, Peterson will deliver 12 more life-saving principles for resisting the exhausting toll of imposing order on the chaotic world around us.
 
4. BTS-BE (Essential Edition)
Ask any BTS fan and they can attest to a magical quality in the beats from this K-pop group. From clinching the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 to being nominated for the 2021 Grammy Awards, every milestone, thoughts, emotions, inner reflections, and the passion of their fans are captured in the music by BTS. The BTS-BE (Essential Edition) contains 8 tracks including "Life Goes On", "Fly to My Room", "Blue & Grey", "Skit", "Telepathy", "Dis-ease", "Stay" and the worldwide hit "Dynamite".
 
5. 《经典古早味》
Food often evokes memories. Perhaps it’s the Salted Baked Chicken found at your favourite store that has long since moved, or the Dong Po Rou that grandma used to make. No matter how many delicacies we have tasted, there are times when we yearn for the tastes from our childhood and the aroma from the halcyon days. Featuring 36 classic recipes, 《经典古早味》will help you recreate the flavours of nostalgia right in your kitchen.
 
6. Sakura Pigma Micron, Black Barrel Set (Limited Edition)
Pigma ink, invented by Sakura over 30 years ago, continues to be the most reliable permanent ink on the market today. Artists, professional illustrators, scrapbookers and crafters, the government, and scientists consider Pigma Micron a necessary basic tool for any archival-quality, handwritten project. Sakura Pigma Micron Pen is also the official pen for ZENTANGLE, a self-help art therapy practice to enhance relaxation and focus, increase self-confidence, relieve stress and anxiety, improve eye-hand coordination, and nurture and develop creativity.
 
7. 《PSLE 我们作文都是A* - 小六满分作文集》
Chinese essay-based exams are one of the hardest challenges for inexperienced students. The need for content, structure and flow amidst long-form writing can unsettle all but the most prepared. This book is a comprehensive guide to scoring that elusive A* in Chinese composition, compiling the works of 27 students from a top girl school in Singapore, in various formats including 看图作文, 命题作文, 完成文章 and more.
 
8. Big Foot Doraemon Altice Fresh 150g
Everyone’s favourite robot cat is back in the form of a new delicious treat. The Big Foot Doraemon Altice Fresh is a hard candy sure to delight your tastebuds. Each candy contains 20mg of Vitamin C and Himalayan salt for that refreshing salty punch. The sweets are individually wrapped for convenience and sealed for maximum freshness.
 
9. Book Couch
Long hours spent reading books and viewing videos on tablets can result in wrist aches. A book couch does the Sisyphean task of holding up your books, eReaders and tablets in place so you can focus on enjoying yourself in comfort. Luxurious and plump, these adorable book couches can accommodate books and tablets of most sizes and are perfect for people who just want to lie in bed with their book or device.
 
 
 
Huat Buys For a different CNY
Chinese New Year may look very different this year without the large gatherings we have grown accustomed to. Here are some new releases we have picked out to help you make the most of your celebrations at home this year!

1. 《一个人,你也要活得晴空万里》
Prying relatives grilling younger kin about their love lives forms the bulk of Chinese New Year horror stories. Questions like “Are you attached yet?” or “When are you getting married?” often superciliously imply that no one is single by choice. This book overturns that notion and helps you learn how to gather your thoughts, organise priorities, and genuinely enjoy solitude. After all, the key to fulfilment lies in understanding yourself.
 
2. 《杂菜饭 2》Tasty Economy Rice Recipes 2
Economic rice is a dish close to the heart of many Singaporeans. It is reminiscent of Singapore’s melting pot of cultures, with its plethora of meat and vegetable dishes paired with steaming hot rice. As many Cai Png lovers will know, standards can vary drastically between different cuisines and stores, and you won’t always get your choice selection of dishes. Sometimes, the food even tastes stale from sitting out in the open for prolonged periods. Learn how to whip up your favourite economic rice dishes – just the way you like it – with the recipes found in 杂菜饭 2. If variety is the spice of life, you can’t go wrong with this.
 
3. Stabilo Study Pack with Limited Edition Hong Bao Set
If you haven't had the chance to stock up on stationery supplies, now’s the perfect time to do so with Stabilo study packs! Each study pack contains 2 retractable ballpoint pens, a pair of highlighters and a correction tape. To celebrate the year of the Ox, each pack now comes with a FREE limited-edition Hong Bao set. While stocks last, so hurry!
 
4. Legendary Chinese Festivals
Whether we celebrate it or not, Chinese New Year is an integral part of our lives. Rituals like spring cleaning or picking out something red for your wardrobe have become a tradition during the Chinese New Year, but are you aware of their significance? Delve into 5,000 years of Chinese heritage and discover millennia-old traditions and customs. As you uncover the roots of festivities such as the Spring Festival, Winter Solstice and more, you’ll gain a new perspective and a deeper appreciation of the Chinese culture.
 
5. Moo Moo Kim Crispy Pork
As its name implies, the Moo Moo Kim Crispy Pork contains thinly-sliced pork fried to a golden crisp, each piece brimming with a good dose of savoury yum. Those with a penchant for bolder flavours can try the Spicy Max or Lime flavour. Be warned though, these are so good you won’t be able to stop at just one.
 
6. Aztech 26L Convection Oven
Cooking up a good feast for gatherings is easy with the Aztech Convection Oven ACO6626. The function-loaded oven comes with 4 stainless steel heating elements, a 60-min timer control, 100°C – 250°C adjustable temperature, and 7 heat switching selections. Capable of multiple functions like Bake, Broil, Toast, Roast, Reheat and Rotisserie, this is the perfect gadget to cook up a storm.
 
7. 《十二生肖》
It's never too early to expose children to reading. Through easy-to-read sentences and charming pictures, 十二生肖 introduces the 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac sign to young readers. The book is part of a Graded Readers series which aims to expose young readers to the diverse Chinese culture. The simple sentences make this a good book for beginners while the gorgeous illustrations further pique their interest.
 
8. Casio AP-470
Worried about those awkward moments where family gatherings where you run out of things to say? Unveil the Casio AP-470 to them and start playing some tunes! This electronic piano perfectly replicates the rich sound of a grand piano and its elegant touch. It comes with 4 speakers and boasts Casio’s Multi-Dimensional Morphing AiR Sound Source technology that expresses a wider tonal range from the delicate to powerful to deliver a reverberating symphony fit for an audience.
 
9. UrbanWrite DIY Photo Gift Box
If you have kids at home, art and craft activities are great pet projects you can embark on together during the festive break. UrbanWrite’s DIY Photo Gift Box is a screen-free project that’ll keep the young ones entertained and fuel their creativity. Best of all, this can be done with everyday items around the house. Slot in your polaroid snapshots once you are done, and you’ll have a family keepsake for years to come.
 
 
 
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The Season for Fun & Merry
Get hyped up this coming holiday season! Here are some handpicked releases to get the celebrations going with your loved ones.

1. K-Pop Season's Greetings
Are you ready for some K-pop extravaganza this holiday season? Celebrate Christmas and the upcoming new year with your favourite Korean groups, such as BTS, TWICE, Victon, and Astro! Each of their Season's Greetings package features a variety of merchandise, such as mini-posters, desk calendars, diaries, DVDs, ID photo sets, Polaroid mini-albums, and many more! It’s the perfect way to breathe fresh air into a stale Christmas playlist and support your favourite artiste!
 
2. Pictionary Air™
Covid-19 may be keeping you confined to the lion city this holiday, but there are still many ways to spend quality time with your loved ones. Pictionary Air offers a new take on the classic family drawing game. Simply download the free Pictionary Air™ app, point the in-app camera at the person with the Pictionary Air pen and their "air" drawings will appear on the screen of your smart device! Take turns drawing and guessing, and you’ll have hours of non-stop hysterical fun.
 
3. Himalayan Salt Honey Lime Candy
Feeling an itch in the throat from all the festive dining? The Himalayan Salt Sports Candy will come in handy. This crowd-pleaser is back with a brand-new flavour: Honey Lime! Enriched with Vitamin B and offering the perfect balance of sweet, sour and salty notes, the candy can soothe the throat and refresh your breath at the same time. Expect your taste buds to go into overdrive as you savour each piece with delight.
 
4. Shiitake Mushroom Jerky & Mushroom Crunchies
Holiday season is the time where we let loose and go easy on ourselves, but it's still possible to feast without guilt. Crafted from organically-grown fresh Shiitake mushrooms, The Mushroom Farm snacks are as irresistible as they are nutrient-packed. They are also free of gluten, trans-fat and lactose, so no one can be stopped from devouring these yummy bites. Seasoned with tantalising Asian spices, the Mushroom jerky packs a smoky punch and chewy texture similar to pulled pork, while the Mushroom Crunchies is a great substitute for potato chips.
 
 
 
New Year, New Start
2021 is just around the corner! Do you have everything you need for the upcoming year of school or work?

1. Oaxis myFirst Fone R1
Picking up the kids at school or from playtime can be an anxiety-inducing affair. Worrying about not spotting them in time and having to go round and round? MyFirst Fone R1 is a one-of-a-kind 4G LTE smartwatch-phone hybrid device specially designed for next-gen kids that will offer navigation data on their whereabouts, and parents can rest easy knowing where they can locate their child. It also combines the functions of a phone, music player, camera, and fitness tracker all in one nifty little gadget, guaranteed to keep your kid entertained on the go.
 
2. Mr Wonderful Backpack
Give your child a magical start in school! Mr Wonderful Backpack is designed with love and created to accompany your child to any class and to always be their best friend! Made with durable material and fitted with several compartments for electronic devices, the backpack will suit every learning need. The fun metallic pins and motivational messages also add a quirky touch!
 
3. Daily Dose Series Primary 1-6
While it’s important to allow your child to let off steam during the holidays, we must strike a balance between work and play. With the Daily Dose Series, your child can work on bite-sized amounts of work consistently during the holidays while still getting sufficient playtime. The Daily Dose Series is available for English, Maths, Science and Chinese, providing full support for every student’s learning journey.
 
4. Complete Study Pack 2021 Primary 2-6
It's not uncommon for parents to get stressed out when discussing their children's education, especially if they are progressing from one level to the next. As the saying goes, practice makes perfect, doing revisions during the holidays can help ease the transition. EPH's Complete Study Pack tackles English, Maths and Science to offer students topical revisions so they can strengthen their foundation and weak areas before the new school year.
 
5. Practical Idioms
Language is the foundation of effective communication and the usage of Idioms imbue a rich cultural quality to speech and written text almost instantly. Deepen your child’s grasp of the English language with this book of practical idioms divided into four parts: Dialogues, Stories, Comics and Jokes. Rest assured that your child will be able to comprehend each idiom and apply them in tests and exams in no time!
 
6. Diandi Thermal Flask
Piping hot coffee is a morning ritual for many office workers, but the busy schedule often means that the coffee is left to go cold. With the Diandi Thermal Flask, you no longer have to worry. It keeps the liquid hot or cold for a whopping 10 hours! Featuring an ergonomic design that maintains a slim, compact frame despite the large 500ml volume, it is great for every coffee break!
 
7. Elecom CAPCLIP Bluetooth Mobile Mouse
Ever seen a mouse this compact and sleek? Thanks to its pocket-friendly design and versatile clip, the Elecom CapClip Bluetooth Mobile Mouse is the epitome of portability. This ultra-compact 3-button is powered by a lithium-ion battery and features energy-saving Infra-Red LED sensors. A wireless receiver provides a reliable connection for up to 10m, so you can enjoy seamless connectivity without the excess baggage. The mouse comes with a cap which, when attached to the end of the mouse, increases its length for optimal control. When you’re done, simply store the mouse back inside the cap.
 
 
 
Books for Everyone
There are few things in life more enjoyable than snuggling up on your sofa with a thick blanket and a good book. Here are 6 reads we recommend this holiday season!

1. Surrounded by Idiots
Do you have trouble understanding others or getting them to cooperate with you? Surrounded by Idiots shares a revolutionary method to understanding people and interpreting their behaviour. Once you’ve learnt the formula, you’ll be able to identify the four different types of people and how best to conduct your interactions with them. It will change how you interact with everyone!
 
2. The Ickaborg
Magic runs deep in each word and picture in the tale of The Ickabog. J.K. Rowling, the creator of the acclaimed Harry Potter series, returns with a new mesmerising fairytale of the tiny kingdom of Cornucopia. Though rich in happiness as it was in gold, Cornucopia must contend with a fearsome monster lurking far to the north in the Marshlands... the Ickabog. Best friends Bert and Daisy must embark on a great adventure to discover the truth to restore hope to the kingdom once again. This book is the perfect holiday read for children!
 
3. Weathering with You
Imagine how depressing it must be if the weather is rainy and gloomy all the time. This was what it felt like for Hodaka, who escaped from his island home to Tokyo to seek a new life. With a stroke of luck, Hodaka meets Hina, who possesses the mysterious power to pray for sunny weather. However, her power comes at a price. As the weather begins to spiral out of control, the pair reach a crossroad... Will their futures remain bright?
 
4. 《彩色图解 鬼谷子》
Dive into the mind of one of the greatest thinker in ancient China and master the art of strategising with《彩色图解鬼谷子》 – a classical collection of ancient Chinese texts compiled during the late Warring States period. By tapping into ancient Chinese wisdom, readers will gain insights into a multitude of skills, ranging from persuasion, consultation, negotiation, to communication, which are easily translatable to everyday life.
 
5. 《断舍离》
In this age of consumerism, do you find yourself getting overwhelmed with the indecisiveness? What should I buy and not buy? If you are, 《断舍离 》is probably a good recommendation for you. Combining theory and practical methodologies to change your mindset on how to manage your lifestyle, this book uses simple philosophies and easy-to-understand diagrams to impart the essence of simplicity and minimalism. Take ownership of your own life now, and make a fresh start!
 
6. 《小笨熊大智慧:幼儿版有声读物十万个为什么》(共4册)
If you are looking for a kid-friendly encyclopaedia that spans a variety of subjects and topics, this is a great option. In 《小笨熊大智慧: 幼儿版有声读物十万个为什么》, there are four major themes for your child to explore: Animals, Plants, Weather and Earth. Chocked full of situational dialogues, interesting Q&A segments, and audio aids, it will most certainly pique the curiosity of kids and fuel their desire to learn about the unknown.
 
 
 
Cultivating New Hobbies
Not being able to go overseas this year-end is a real downer, but why not take the chance to pick up a new hobby or catch up on old ones?

1. Casio PX S1000 Digital Piano
Learning how to play the piano is arguably one of the most rewarding hobbies because it helps to stimulate your brain and reduce stress levels. Start your musical journey now with the Casio PX S1000 - touted as the slimmest hammer-action digital piano in the world, it comes with 88 keys and customisable sensitivity for maximum satisfaction. Furthermore, this budget-friendly option won’t take up much space in the house either.
 
2. UM Mahogany Soprano Ukulele
If the piano sounds too daunting an instrument, perhaps the ukulele might be a better fit. The ukulele is an excellent choice even if you’ve never played an instrument before. The UM Mahogany Soprano Ukulele features a sturdy mahogany laminate body, fingerboard & bridge, and a synthetic bone nut and saddle for better tones. Geared tuners and premium Aquila Nylgut strings ensure your ukulele stays in tune longer.
 
3. Derwent Academy Colour Pencils
Drawing is a fantastic way for kids to relax and hone their artistic talents. It is also one of the simplest hobbies to pursue because there’s no need for expensive materials. With a piece of paper and the Derwent Academy Colour Pencil, you can send your child on a path of self-discovery and creativity! Ideal for colouring, drawing and illustration, the water-coloured pencils blend superbly to create a wide range of alluring shades that will breathe life into any artwork.
 
4. 《幸福一餐,只需一个电饭锅》
Cooking and eating together is great for family bonding time. However, for many, it is a hassle to have to clean up afterwards. 《幸福一餐,只需一个电饭锅》 is a bilingual cookbook featuring fuss-free rice cooker recipes. A rice cooker is all you need to conjure up delicious meals ranging from Ginger & Spring Onion Chicken to Salmon Cream Stew and many more! Cleaning up the aftermath of your culinary endeavours has never been easier.
 
5. 《气炸锅美食》
The humble air-fryer is an increasingly common kitchen appliance, offering a healthier and less messy alternative to conventional deep-frying. Beyond simply frying frozen foods, the air-fryer can be a formidable tool for in the hands of experienced home cooks.《 气炸锅美食》features recipes for a plethora of air-fryer dishes. Now anyone can whip up delicious and healthy meals for their loved ones with just an air-fryer!
 
6. 《 贺年菜简单煮》
With the New Year just around the corner, it’s time to plan for a mouth-watering celebratory feast for your family. With this cookbook, you will no longer need to pick your brains for new dishes to cook. 《 贺年菜简单煮》features easy-to-cook New Year-themed menus that can be prepared with simple ingredients and conventional kitchen appliances. There is no doubt that your family will be enjoying a sumptuous meal this New Year!
 
 
 
Sprucing Up Your Home
As the saying goes, home is where the heart is. Here are some things that can liven up your home for a relaxing stay amidst the pandemic.

1. Back Cushion
Bingeing on the latest shows on the couch for prolonged periods can cause backaches. Now, a more cosy and comfy solution has popped up to save your backs – the Back Cushion. Packed with memory foam, the cushion is bound to make you heave a sigh of relief as you sink into its soft, supple and supportive body! Now you can do a Netflix marathon in comfort.
 
2. Oster MyBlend Personal Blender
Those looking to maintain a healthy lifestyle while being homebound can try a juice cleanse. For the best results, you can try concocting your own fresh and nutritious drinks with a blender. The Oster Myblender is a prime choice. It features an impact-resistant and dishwasher-safe bottle, a travel-friendly carrying lid, 400 watts of blending power, and a removable blade attachment for easy cleaning. Best of all, the Oster blender is also one of the most affordable options on the market!
 
3. GBC Shredders
Storing up plenty of sensitive documents at home due to Work-from-Home? Shredding them may be the fastest and most cost-effective solution. GBC Shredders will shred your confidential documents effectively and efficiently with a wide range of shredders for both office and personal use. You can be sure to find the most suitable protection to meet your needs.
 
4. TruSens Z1000 – Z3000 Air Purifiers
Are you concerned about your indoor air quality at home? Most air purifiers don’t measure air quality or provide feedback, so you have no idea if they are genuinely delivering on their promises. With TruSens purifiers, pollutants can be picked up and measured by SensorPods placed across the rooms. The measurement is conveyed to the central purifier, which will start the process of purification if pollutants are detected, optimising clean air delivery across the entire room. The TruSens purifiers also pack dual flow technology, using two airflow streams to distribute the output more evenly.
 
 
 
Living Your Best Life
Productivity isn't just about being more efficient. It's a conviction to make every moment count. Here are some new releases handpicked to help you seize the day!

1. Sandisk OTG Luxe Usb3.1 Type-C
File storage and file transfer between your devices have never been more convenient with this 2-in-1 flash drive that has a reversible USB Type-C and a traditional Type-A connector. Plug it into your device and move documents between your USB Type-C smartphone and tablets and USB Type-A computers instantly. The automatic back-up function and a read speed of 150MB/s mean it’s no longer a hassle for you to transfer or store large files!
Comes in 4 different storage options: 32GB, 64GB, 128GB and 256GB
 
2. Uniball One Pen
Improving your productivity isn’t just about working methods or a mindset. Sometimes, a new pen is all you need for a quick boost. The Uniball One pen features an innovative ink that sits on the paper instead of getting absorbed like traditional inks, resulting in a bright colouration that does not fade. Furthermore, it is refillable, so you know you’re doing your part for mother Earth.
 
3. Flexilight
The feeling of reading a book while you’re tucked snugly in bed is a treat for all. However, reading in dim lighting conditions can damage your eyes in the long run. Flexilight is an ultra-thin booklight which doubles as a bookmark. With its high-quality LEDs offering 8 lumens of powerful illumination, you can continue your reading adventure while protecting your eyes.
 
4. 《食尽天下:美味三餐,一锅搞定》
The thought of having to wash a heap of dishes and utensils after cooking can be a huge turn-off. 《食尽天下:美味三餐,一锅搞定》 tackles this problem by offering 36 one-pot bilingual recipes and helpful tips to make meal preparation hassle-free. Whether it’s your mains or desserts, all you’ll need is a pot. And that’s all you’ll have to clean! So there’s no need to let the cleaning-up curb your enthusiasm for cooking.
 
5. iRead News Junior
It's never too early to introduce your child to current affairs. iRead News Junior is a curated collection of 45 articles to get your child started. Each article comes paired with vocabulary learning points and further questions to deepen their understanding and critical thinking.
 
6. 《为什么不能等一下》
Does your child tend to stave off doing something? Why do they seem unmotivated? Written by a child development specialist, this educational book explores the emotions of a child through a story and introduces essential values such as discipline, self-reflection, empathy and time management.
 
7. The Spooky Tale Of Captain Underpants: The Horrifyingly Haunted Hack-A-Ween
Getting ready for Halloween? Join George Beard and Harold Hutchins as Piqua’s biggest pranksters prepare for the best Halloween yet! But their dreams of costumes, candy and haunted houses may go down the drain when Mr Krupp and Melvin start a campaign to make Halloween illegal.
 
8. Casio Mini Keyboard
Studies have shown that playing the piano helps to improve concentration and creative problem-solving skills. The Casio Mini keyboard perfectly condenses the beginner piano experience into a portable package that will fit any room and budget. Players can sound up to 8 notes simultaneously on the polyphonic keyboard, and the 100 built-in tones and 50 rhythms will help them get started on composing.
Comes in 2 options: 32 Keys, 44 Keys
 
9. We Bare Bears Mini Pocket Wafer
Bite-sized wafers bursting with flavour. Need we say more? Sweeten your day with these Mini Pocket Wafer featuring everyone’s favourite bear bros – Grizz, Pan-Pan and Ice Bear. Included in each box are bonus stickers. Simply collect 8 stickers and redeem FREE We Bare Bears merchandise!
 
 
 
Keeping You Entertained
We handpicked some new releases that might give you some ideas for making good use of your time!

1. How You Like That by BLACKPINK
The long-awaited single album from BLACKPINK, 'How You Like That', is finally here. Fans will be thrilled by the amazing vocals of Jisoo, Jennie, Rosé and Lisa set against a dreamy orchestral stage.
 
2. Elmer’s Glue
The kids love craft activities? Elmer’s Glow-in-the-Dark Glue will let them unleash their creativity. Designed for safety and convenience, Elmer’s Glue features a non-toxic and easy-to-wash formula so parents can also have a peace of mind.
 
3. Gretel Cashew
When your snacks are as healthy as the Gretel Cashew, you won’t have to go cold-turkey for a healthy diet. Known for their antioxidant properties, and being rich in vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients, those looking to lose weight, improve blood health, and strengthen bone can look to Gretel Cashew as a healthier alternative to other snacks.
 
4. Yummy Chicken Wing & Leg Recipes
Poultry is a favourite staple among Singaporeans, but how many ways can you cook it? Learn to prepare 50 different dishes that will have your guests drooling.
 
5. Samsung Solid State Drive
Love doing a movie or gaming marathon? Then you definitely need a heavyweight like the Samsung T7 Portable SSD. Packing USB 3.2 Gen 2 technology and weighing a mere 58g, Samsung SSD elevates the external storage experience to new levels.
 
6. National Geographic Almanac
The latest instalment of the New York Times best-selling almanac features new animal stories, explorer profiles, and outrageous attractions, plus incredible inventions, games, and challenges for curious kids who want to learn more about the world.
 
7. 新加坡封城日记
Written through a series of diary entries from the perspective of an SME business owner during the Circuit Breaker, readers will get a first-hand account of what it’s like to navigate the many challenges and pitfalls.
 
8. Mastering Science Concepts
Learning doesn't have to be a chore! Instead of getting bombarded with a plethora of questions, this book focuses on science application questions and the concepts behind each experimental set-ups.
 
 
 
Things You Can Buy in Bulk
It may not be a norm for us to stockpile stationery or work supplies, but now that we know we should never take for granted the chance to shop for them whenever we want, it might be time to review our choices. It is always recommended to stockpile items that you use on a frequent basis and are not perishables, and things like stationery and paper fully fit the bill. Don’t forget that we are still fighting a pandemic, so it will also help you reduce your shopping trips when stockpile some of these essentials.

1. Paper Products
Whether it’s printing paper, notebooks or foolscap pads, students and working adults alike will find it helpful to have a good stash of these at the ready. You don’t want to be scribbling important notes on random scraps of paper or noting down key contacts by scribbling them on the nearest stack of newspaper you can find. Plus, these are expendable supplies that won’t take long to deplete, and you’ll get better savings anyway with bulk purchase deals.
 
2. Printing Supplies
Did you wish you had the foresight of purchasing more ink cartridges beforehand when the Circuit Breaker was announced? We sure did! There’s nothing more frustrating than wanting to print out important documents for reference and then finding out your printer is out of ink. It’s almost like it’s taunting you for not planning ahead. Now that we’ve learnt our lesson, you might want to start saving a healthy stash of ink cartridges and toners and never be caught without ink again when you are printing that 46-page proposal for your meeting.
 
3. Basic Stationery
Pens, correction tapes, and highlighters can deplete faster than you know when you are gearing up for exams or just making scribbles as you brainstorm for new ideas. It’ll be good to get these items in bundle packs so you can write away with ease, and save some dollars while you’re at it!
 
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