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Best Buys For This Season
With the first quarter of the year behind us, we’re fast approaching the mid-year sale season. Are you already on the lookout for new buys and great bargains? Here’s our curated list of best buys this season, with something for everyone in the family!

1. Cat Kid Comic Club #03: On Purpose
Kids who are fans of the Cat Kid Comic Club series are in for a treat, as the third book, On Purpose, came hot off the press on 12 April! Naomi, Melvin, and siblings are each trying to find their purpose. Naomi has an idea to get rich quick, and when faced with rejections, they try their hardest to stay true to their vision. Then, a surprise visitor comes to class to stir things up. Will the club ever be the same again?
 
2. 《好好再见,不负遇见 》
One of the bestselling new-generation Chinese authors, Huang Shan-Liao, released his first romance novel about the kind of love reminiscent of one’s youth. Perhaps the misery we feel when falling out of love does not come from our reluctance to part, but from the hurt and disappointment we experience.
 
3. 《一碗鸡汤》
The chicken soup holds an unassailable lead among all the soup dishes that we commonly find on the dining table. Whether for the cold weather or for when one is under the weather, a piping hot bowl of chicken soup can chase away any discomfort. With chicken as the main ingredient, put various spins on this classic dish with a combination of other ingredients like dates, wolfberries, mushrooms, Chinese yam, lotus roots, and more.
 
4. Thermal Pot with Handle
Part of the satisfaction that comes from digging into our favourite food is the warmth it brings us. Keep your meals hot with this handy thermal pot in four different colours. From now till the end of April, you can get this thermal pot at just $8.90!
 
5. Pringles Potato Chips
When it comes to Pringles Potato Chips, once you pop, you truly can’t stop! Hankering for a crunchy savoury snack in the middle of the day? Or perhaps you’ve put in a good workout and want a small treat as your reward? Pringles Potato Chips makes for a satisfying snack any time of the day!
 
6. KidsNack Banana Hugs
Fuel your child with delicious and healthier snacks with a rotating variety of these wholesome freeze-dried Banana Hugs every day. A banana filled with freeze-dried fruit or vegetable, this snack is made with all-natural ingredients and 100% real fruits, and does not contain gluten, added sugar or preservatives. Eat it on its own or add it to milk and desserts to create your own snack!
 
7. Push Yourself English(Primary 1 – 3)
The objective of Push Yourself English is to prepare students with the necessary skills to take on English language questions. This book introduces grammar, vocabulary, synthesis and transformation, and comprehension through challenging and engaging ways. This book pushes a student’s language skills through the use of a variety of exercises and questions that encourage sustained and mindful interaction between the student and the content.
 
8. Pentel Kawaii+ 6pc set
The new Energel Kawaii+ series features a cutesy pixel art style in 6 designs. This pen will provide the smoothest writing experience you’ve ever had, and it’s quick-drying and vivid ink make every piece of work not just a pleasure to write, but also a pleasure to read. The soft rubber grip also prevents soreness even after long hours of writing. Its body is made from 54% recycled material, and has refillable ink cartridges so you can do your part for planet Earth while you’re at it.
 
 
 
 
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Catch Up on Some Good Reads
Catch up on your reading challenge and fuel your kids’ imagination while you are at it! Here are six reads to round up 2021!

1. Mr. Men My Complete Collection Box Set
Introduce your kid to the quirky world of Mr. Men and watch them pick up new words! Catch the mischievous Mr. Tickle, the cheery Mr. Happy, and many more eccentric characters in bright, bold illustrations that are sure to appeal to young readers. With 50 books in a beautiful box, your kids will be entertained for a long, long time. Keep an eye out for special discounts on the Mr. Men My Complete Collection box set at BookFest@Singapore 2021!
 
2. The Pokémon Epic Collection Box Set
Join Ash, Pikachu, and friends on an adventure of friendship, dreams, and Pokémon battles as he strives to become the top trainer! This box set features 12 books that detail the company’s journey from the quaint Pallet Town to the sunny island of Alola. Set the mood by singing out loud, “Gotta catch ‘em all!” as you read along with your kids!
 
3. Percy Jackson’s Greek Heroes
The son of Poseidon returns to spill the tea on 12 larger-than-life personalities from Greek mythologies, including Perseus, Atalanta, Bellerophon, and the rest of the major Greek heroes. As they say, it takes a demigod to know one. Who decapitated Medusa? Who tamed Pegasus? Put on your Nemean lion cape, grab your flaming spear, polish your shield, and join Percy as he transports you back 4,000 years in time to slay monsters, save kingdoms, and battle gods.
 
4. 《月老/红线》
Some love stories don’t end with death – they transcend death and endure into eternity.《月老/红线》is a supernatural romance novel written by celebrated Taiwanese novelist 九把刀 Giddens Ko. When 阿纶 meets the girl of his dreams, 小咪, the two quickly become a couple. Just as the future is beginning to look rosy, tragedy strikes, and 阿纶 dies. He is turned into a 月老and tasked with finding his heart-broken sweetheart a new love; but it will not be easy, especially when the God of Death’s plans are afoot. Get your hands on《月老/红线》and meet the author at BookFest@Singapore 2021 via a Facebook Live session on 18 December, 2pm, as he shares the inspiration behind his novel and the creation of the film adaptation!
 
5. 《再来一碗:高木直子全家吃饱饱万岁!》
No matter what anyone says, you can never be too prepared as a first-time parent. Author Naoko Takagi returns after a six-year hiatus with a heartwarming story encapsulated in this graphic novel. A husband and wife’s differences in eating habits surface when their kid is born. Will the amateur parents be able to put aside their differences to make a meal for the whole family? Get《再来一碗:高木直子全家吃饱饱万岁!》along with other selected bestseller titles at 25% off when you purchase 2 or more books at BookFest@Singapore 2021!
 
6. 《一生一世,美人骨》
Written by renowned Chinese author 墨宝非宝, 《一生一世,美人骨》is a tale of romance that spans across different lifetimes. Set in a mix of ancient China and modern times, 墨宝非宝 weaves together a tale of two star-crossed lovers - 时宜 and 周生辰. While 时宜 retains her memories about their forbidden romance in their past lives, 周生辰 has long since forgotten her. Fate collides when 时宜 runs into 周生辰 in modern times. Will they finally get their own happy-ever-after? Get《一生一世,美人骨》along with other selected 2021 bestseller titles at 25% off when you purchase 2 or more books at BookFest@Singapore 2021!
 
 
 
Get Ready for a Festive Feast
Cook up a storm with our cookbooks and munch away on our seasonal snacks!

1. 《香辣风味》
Many Singaporeans love their spice. It's no wonder why spicy delights like Chilli Crab and Mala Hotpot are ubiquitous in our local food scene. Let Chef Widdy Cheah teach you draw upon Malaysian Chinese, Malay, Indian, and Thai heritages to create 50 sizzling hot dishes. With tips on how to spice up delicious home-cooked fares, this cookbook adds a potent kick to every bite.
 
2. 《小炒档 - 平. 靓. 正》
At the heart of every Singaporean hawker fare is the humble Zichar (referring to the method of stir-frying in dialect) stall. An established Zichar stall packs some of the most comprehensive menus, be it Fish Head Bee Hoon or Hot Plate Tofu. Pick up quick and easy methods from Chef Koh Sai Ngo and whip your own Zichar favourites at home. The many variations will keep each meal interesting, and the stir-frying techniques will come in handy as you cook up a storm in the kitchen.
 
3. 《就是爱吃肉》
Once considered a luxury, meat is now an essential part of many Singaporeans' meals with rising affluence. Aside from being undeniably delicious, a moderate intake of meat is a great source of protein, vitamin B12 and B6, zinc, and iron, and is vital for a balanced diet. Learn how to enhance the taste of meat to prepare flavourful and nutritious dishes that'll impress your friends and family this festive season.
 
4. Christmas Bag (Assorted)
This Christmas Bag is great for those who always craving a good snack! Munch away on sweet treats like We Bare Bears wafer rolls, Milo nuggets, Walker's toffee bites or the savoury Win2 potato crisp crackers. Parents will appreciate healthy snack options like the Kids Nack Banana Hug and the Mogu Chia Seeds Gummy. The Christmas Bag ($4.90 - $9.90) will be available at BookFest@Singapore 2021!
 
5. Kit Kat Cele-Break Pack
Let the good times roll by with the Kit Kat Cele-Break Pack, featuring a delectable assortment of 8 Kit Kat bestsellers, including the limited-edition Kit Kat Gold. Bite into crispy, baked wafers encased in creamy confectionery. Be it for your enjoyment or as a gift, the Kit Kat Cele-Break Pack is truly an indulgent delight.
 
6. Loacker Season’s Greetings/Sweet Temptation Tin
There's a reason why Loacker's wafers continue to be so popular. After all, who can resist the crispy, fragrant wafer layered on deliciously decadent cream fillings? Featuring exclusively-designed containers bearing festive motifs, Loacker Season’s Greetings and Sweet Temptation Tins make for a no-frills gift.
 
 
 
Take Your Party to the Next Level
Make your social gatherings even more special with our recommended buys!

1. K-POP 2022 Season’s Greetings
K-POP fans, check off your wish list with some very special greetings from your favourite K-POP stars this holiday season! Featuring Season’s Greetings albums from big names including BTS, EXO, Red Velvet, and more, you’ll be spoilt for choice no matter your bias. Special-edition photo cards and other festive goodies are included, so grab them at BookFest@Singapore 2021 before they run out!
 
2. Casio Privia PX-S1100 Digital Piano
Serenade your guests this holiday season with the world’s slimmest 88-key digital piano. This portable instrument faithfully delivers the sound of a grand piano despite its petite silhouette. It possesses a harmonically rich sound thanks to the dense overtones of 88 keys, all individually stringed and tuned for a unique speaker system. Available in red, white, and black, the PX-S1100 has a built-in, beginner-friendly library of 60 songs, and can be controlled wirelessly from smart devices using the free Chordana Play for Piano app. Come on down to POP@Central, Bras Basah Complex, POPULAR Jurong Point, and POPULAR NEX during BookFest@Singapore 2021 to experience the Privia PX-S1100 yourself!
 
3. Korg B2SP Digital Piano
The Korg B2SP offers a perfectly positioned full-piano setup with an easily assembled stand and three-pedal unit. With a new sound engine, the B2SP replicates pristinely a total of 12 sounds covering a range of genres, including the German, Italian, and electric piano. Now available at POP@Central, Bras Basah Complex, POPULAR Marine Parade Central, POPULAR Jurong Point, POPULAR United Square, POPULAR Toa Payoh, and POPULAR NEX. 
 
4. Mattel UNO Stacko Game
Board games are an excellent idea for a screen-free activity at any party. UNO Stacko is the ultimate stacking block game with an UNO twist. Players need to remove blocks of the same colour or number without toppling the tower, while command tiles such as Wild, Reverse, Skip, and Draw 2 add a strategic element to the game. If you’re looking for a fun-filled game suitable for the whole family, get the UNO Stacko at BookFest@Singapore 2021 @ 50% off!
 
5. Xiaomi Mi TV P1 55”
For those who prefer to chill and catch the latest Netflix releases with your friends, the Xiaomi Mi TV P1 55” will be an amazing addition to your household. Coupled with 4K UHD resolution, the Limitless 4K display offers an unrivalled screen-to-body ratio and delivers true-to-life images with more detail and greater depth. It supports Dolby Vision®, HDR10+, and MEMC technology, ensuring greater visual contrast and fluidity. Tapping on the Android software, you can also download the latest entertainment apps. The Hands-free Google Assistant allows tasks to be completed with simple voice commands while serving as a control hub for smart devices in your home. Enjoy the special price of $799 (UP: $999) at BookFest@Singapore 2021, along with FREE premium goodies worth $397, including $80 worth of NTUC FairPrice vouchers, Xiaomi Mi Smart Humidifier, Mi Handheld Vacuum Light, and more!
 
 
 
’Tis the Season of Gifting
Hunting for gifts for your loved ones this festive season? Here are some ideas that will come in handy!

1. Foldable Trolley Bag
Don’t underestimate the convenience of a good trolley bag on your grocery run. This lightweight, waterproof trolley bag is made from high quality, non-woven fabric. Fitted with alloy axle wheels, your loved ones can focus on shopping instead of struggling with their hard-earned spoils in tow.
 
2. Foldable Shopping Bag (Assorted Designs)
If heavy shopping isn’t up their alley, a foldable shopping bag would suffice as an environmentally-friendly alternative to plastic bags. Not only will it save you the plastic bag surcharge that’s soon to be implemented across Singapore, they also come in many attractive designs so your loved ones can shop in style.
 
3. Rabbit Ceramic Mug (400ml)
For coffee and tea lovers, a ceramic mug filled with their choice of beverage is the perfect way to kickstart the day. Why not surprise them with a rabbit ceramic mug that is both adorable and functional? This mug also comes with a lid to help keep their drink warm and a spoon great for stirring.
 
4. Pastel Thermal Flask (450ml)
Those on the move often bring their favourite beverage along in a thermal flask. Boasting excellent heat preservation that stores hot or cold drinks for 8 to 12 hours, this stylish thermal flask comes in six exciting colours. Save up to 55% when you get yours at BookFest@Singapore 2021!
 
5. JBL Charge 5 Bluetooth Speaker
We all have an audiophile friend who brings a speaker wherever they go. The JBL Charge 5 Bluetooth Speaker is just perfect for that. Packing an optimized long excursion driver, a separate tweeter, and dual JBL bass radiators, the Charge 5 delivers impressively clear audio. What’s more, a 20-hour battery life and IP67 waterproof and dustproof rating let you keep the party going, be it at the pool or park.
 
 
 
Start the New Term Right
Prepare for the new term by restocking your supplies and assessment books!

1. STABILO Boss Highlighter Desk Set (23 Colours)
Whether you’re schooling or working, the highlighter is indispensable. The STABILO Boss highlighter utilises the Anti-Dry-Out technology, which allows the highlighter to retain its moisture for up to 4 hours when left out in the open, promising greater longevity. The plethora of attractive colours make them excellent for craft work, including 9 fluorescent and 14 pastel colours, coupled with 2-in-1 chisel tips for 2mm and 5mm line thickness.
 
2. Andrew Er’s Maths Companion Primary 1 – 6
Written in accordance with the new MOE Primary Mathematics syllabus, this supplementary guide offers comprehensive coverage of the Primary Mathematics syllabus through topical exercises in increasing difficulty, practice papers for strengthening concepts and skills, and work solutions for self-learning. Enjoy 25% off each book in this series at BookFest@Singapore 2021!
 
3. In Action: 101 Idioms Special Edition
With the new school term on the horizon, it would be prudent to hit the books early! This relaxing read features comic strips that introduce students to idioms – an invaluable device to embellish bland writing. It highlights related idioms and common errors so students can avoid pitfalls, and rounds up the revision with exercises to test their understanding of the idioms learned.
 
4. Super IQ Brain Training: Starters, Movers, Achievers
The brain is like any other muscle; the more you use it, the stronger it grows. It is thus especially important during their formative years for students to continually stretch their limits. In this way, they can develop their problem-solving and analytical thinking skills. This set of 3 books seeks to provide mental callisthenics for students aged 7 – 9 through activities such as Word Search, Sudoku, and Crosswords. Enjoy 25% off each book in this series at BookFest@Singapore 2021!
 
5. Logitech POP Wireless Mouse
The Logitech POP Wireless Mouse is an attractive mouse with a personality. One click on the nifty emoji button allows you to instantly pull up a full range of emojis or assign your own shortcuts like Mute or Screen Capture using Logitech software. The mouse connects up to 3 devices and toggles between them at the press of a button on the back of the mouse. Using the FLOW software also enables users to seamlessly transfer files between these devices with a simple Copy & Paste. Now that’s what we call beauty and brains in a package.
 
 
 
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.
 
 
 
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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