Relax and rejuvenate with these unique Asian–inspired indulgences available at some of Singapore's best spas.

Bamboo Massage

Forget the tranquil serenity of the mud pools, float pools and waterfalls outside, and prepare yourself for an impressively intense rubdown. Spa Botanica’s latest treatment (60 minutes, $180; 90 minutes, $230) sees otherwise sweet masseuses wield heated bamboo canes (and lavender oil) to serious effect; kneading, sliding, pivoting and rolling away your knots in no time. It isn’t exactly relaxing at the time, but we can testify that it works wonders afterward.
Available at Spa Botanica.

Malay Ritual Therapy Massage

A dry body rub and herb-infused scrub that involves Malay ritual therapies, the Sinaran (170 minutes; $510) uses therapeutic herbs to create a mask—left on the skin to revitalize and hydrate. The treatment is rounded off with a deep tissue traditional Malay massage using coconut oil-blended spices from the Riau Islands that aid in relieving tension and stress.
Available at The Spa at Mandarin Oriental

Sodashi Salt Body Therapy

Otherwise known as “white gold,” Himalayan crystal salt is believed to remove toxins from the body and soothe sore muscles. In the Salt Serenity treatment (75 minutes; $175), soothing oriental oils blends (including Himalayan cedar wood and rosewood) are applied to relieve tension while the Himalayan salt and plant essence therapy treatment stimulates body circulation so you’ll leave thoroughly relaxed.
Available at the Spa at Four Seasons.

Warm Jade Stone Massage

The warm jade stone massage (90 minutes; $290) combines the use of China’s royal gem with unique aromatherapy blends to aid in healing and balancing
energy flow. Cool jade stones are placed on various touch points on your body, warming and loosening your muscles to eliminate fatigue and (apparently) foster a
sense of inner peace.
Available at Remede Spa


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Can’t get your tablet to start? Can’t get your vintage camera flash to work? Here’s who to talk to.

Data recovery
Panicking because all your photos have just disappeared from your hard drive? One of Asia’s leading homegrown data recovery service providers, the guys at Adroit Data Recovery Centre offer a full suite of data rescue solutions starting from $200. Evaluation is free and takes between one to three working days. Free pick-up services are also available with a non-refundable deposit of $65.

Gaming devices
Gamers will understand the need for express services should their beloved PSP suddenly fail in the middle of a game. One of the fastest ways to get your gaming device fixed is at Playurconsoles, with turn-around as quick as 15 minutes for minor repairs. Prices are reasonably ranged between $20 and $70, with a price match policy that ensures you’ll get the best bargain.

Old school cameras
Having been in the industry for more than a decade, Philip Tay of DE Camera Consultant has vast experience in resuscitating cameras that pre-date the digital age. Repairs here start from $150 depending on complexity.


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Where in Singapore you can get a bike for your choice of terrain—dirt track, pavement, mountain paths or roads.

For a country without mountains, we sure do have some pretty good trails here, particularly those at Bukit Timah Hill or Pulau Ubin. Specially designed for mountainous trails (and easier on the wallet than the others featured here), the Explorer 2.0 features lightweight shocks and disc brakes—unlike bicycle brakes that perform poorly when wet, this baby performs equally well in all conditions.
$795 from Bike Plus.

Our best choice for road biking is the Madone 3.1—a carbon performance bike that offers riders better handling with its lower headset bearing design that improves control. The intuitive responsiveness of the bike is also designed to win competitions.
$2,799 from Treknology3.

In Town
Created for leisure, Pace Pure & Style is a stylish lifestyle bike designed to cater to a wide variety of everyday terrains in comfort—think leather handles, a deluxe cruiser saddle and high roller pedals (that improve form and aid smoother riding).
$2,495 from The Big Country.

Dirt track cycling is similar to that on mountain terrain—only more accessible. Tampines bike trail and Mandai Track 15 at Chestnut Avenue are easy trails, while  that’s even suitable for advanced trails such as the Ketam Bike Trail in Pulau Ubin (Double Black Diamond is the most difficult) and the renowned Putrajaya Challenge Park in Kuala Lumpur.
$3,495 from Bike Plus.


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This September, Prince William and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, will be gracing our sunny little island, so why not celebrate their visit and toast them in these bars with royal names?

Royal Room

Chic and stylish, this club room has a cozy interior in rich hues of warm red and dark purple. Be sure to try popular favorites like seared U.S. bay scallops served with Avruga caviar and mentaiko sauce ($14). Of course, the variety of wines, spirits and champagnes—think Dom Pérignon (from $398) and Krug (from $530)—is the main reason you’ll be back.

The King Louis Grill & Bar

A knight in shining armor (literally!) greets you at the door. Feast on The Knight’s Banquet selection like The Knight Lancelot ($132.50 for up to five persons), a seafood and meat platter including king prawns and sautéed green mussels. Wash it down with your pick of 16 international beer labels (from $9), including British beer Magners ($11.50)—the Prince would approve.

The Queen & Mangosteen

A perfect spot by the water to relax and knock back some pints, this bar boasts British delights like the Beef and Guinness pie ($18) and our personal favorite, the Queen’s Famous Fisherman’s Pie ($26). Other British options include beers like London Pride, Hobgoblin and Old Speckled Hen (all $16), and the iconic cocktail Pimm’s & Lemonade ($14) with added strawberries.

The Royal Mail Restaurant & Bar

Renowned for its roasts, this place offers roast prime rib in three choice cuts—English Cut ($48), Classic Cut ($58) and Royal Mail ($68)—served with hearty Yorkshire pudding. Wine connoisseurs will revel in the extensive list of nearly 100 wines and champagnes (from $80 to $460), including vintage champagnes and dessert wines.


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Having rocked dance floors alongside big names like Paul van Dyk, it’s no wonder UK electronic music maestro Seb Fontaine was recently signed on with Armin Van Buuren’s Armada label. He takes a breather with Mandy Lynn before the Formula One party.

I sing in the shower… because I have the voice of a nightingale.

If I were an animal, I’d be a… dog.

A good tune… blows my mind.

When I was young, I wanted to… be in a band called “Madness”. It was my dream.

I love… meeting new people in new places.

I am sincerely grateful for… music.

My biggest pet peeve is… people holding up the line at airport security.

Sexy is… the complete opposite of “less is more”.

My worst habit is… that I’m always right. It’s a curse.

I would kill for… time at home.

Seb Fontaine spins at The Podium Lounge on September 21-23. For more on what's happening at the 2012 F1 Singapore Grand Prix, download our Night Race Guide.


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Put your feet up and get that drink down you while your other half goes on a shopping rampage.

A surprisingly cozy spot for chilling out after indulging in retail therapy at ION. Sip signature cocktails like Pavadoni ($22) and Bitter Twist ($18)—a powerful concoction of whiskey, ginger ale and angustora bitters. Recently renovated, this 220-setter packs a punch with live performances by resident band Shagies.

This German bar in the heart of the CBD is a popular spot with beer lovers—and for good reason. Expect rare treats like Kellerbier Anno1417, an unfiltered lager ($15.50 per bottle). They’ve even got beer mixes like Affensaft ($12.50 per pint), which comprises Weissbier beer with a choice of banana syrup or mango juice—perfect if you’ve got a sweet tooth.

Jibiru Craft Beer Bar
With nearly 40 beers on offer, this popular spot on the 313 approach is a real gem. True to its name, the ginger ale ($13.50 for 330ml) here is a full bodied beer with fresh raw Japanese ginger. Also great is the refreshing Hitachino nest white ale ($14.90 for 300ml)—a multi award-winning wheat beer spiced with coriander, nutmeg and orange peel. Until the end of the month, their Yoho canned beers go for just $10++ from 5-9pm every day.

The Pump Room Gastro Bar
With a small alfresco area overlooking Kim Seng Road, this microbrewery is a good spot before heading upstairs for a film at Golden Village. Be sure to try their award-winning Indian pale ale and gold medal golden ale (both $16.50 per pint)—crisp and clean, this easy-drinking beer goes great with their Fisherman’s basket ($30).


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The man behind the music for the catwalks of Vivienne Westwood, Matthew Williamson and Jonathan Saunders enjoys a tête-à-tête with Mandy Lynn.

When I’m drunk, I… talk rubbish.

The most embarrassing thing I’ve ever done was… cutting my lip and breaking a tooth whilst jumping on a bed.

I often hum… while I’m eating.

I would never… bungee jump or skydive.

Social media is… great, but I don’t think Led Zeppelin would spend much time on it if they were around today.

The craziest thing I’ve ever done is… move to London without a job or knowing where I was going to live—when I was 18.

After a few days in Asia… I would kill for Camembert and croissants.

If I had a million dollars… I’d buy a desert island and would do a lot less.

Jerry Bouthier spins August 24 at Kitsuné Club Night at Zouk.


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Take on four full body workouts… while suspended in mid-air.

Exercising on the ground can get a little dull. But in the air? That’s something new. Test your balancing skills and push your limits with these aerial arts.

Aerial Arts
Using aerial hoops and silks, instructors will teach you the art of perfecting graceful movements and poses in mid-air. It may sound easy but this full body workout will activate and tone core muscles, glutes and strengthen your upper body. Improve your balance, coordination and flexibility with ease and grace—it’s also great for conquering fear of heights.

At Pure Fitness Asia Square. Membership starts from $150 per month.

Circus Arts
If you’ve always secretly wondered what it’s like to be a trapeze artist, this is for you.Learn how to suspend yourself using apparatus like the static trapeze, lyra (more commonly known as aerial hoops) and silks. Students here performed at the opening of the Youth Olympic Games, so you can be sure the instructors know their stuff. Both introductory classes ($35) and eight-week courses ($280) are available.

At Circus Swingapore. Membership is $50 per year.

Floating Yoga
Get ready to be suspended on soft trapeze hammocks, while engaging in flexible yoga poses mid-air—a unique fusion technique that relieves compressed joints while strengthening lower abdominal muscles. A complete exercise program, this allows your entire body to become stronger and more unified by aligning your body from head to toe with specific poses. You’ll be showing off a tight six pack in no time.

Celebrity Fitness. Membership starts from $68 per month.

A fusion of traditional yoga, dance and aerial acrobatics, YogaFly targets core muscles without placing unnecessary pressure on the spine and joints. Being constantly supported by a fabric swing allows you to strike poses that would otherwise be strenuous on a mat—improving posture, flexibility and joint mobility. Think handstands and flips you never thought you could achieve.

At Upside Motion.


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Having remixed upbeat tracks for international artists like Jason Derulo, Toni Braxton and Ludacris, Justin Michael has a positive energy that’s hard to beat. He turns up the heat with Mandy Lynn.

I’m constantly… singing in the shower. Doesn’t everyone?

Being up in the sky… blows my mind.

When I was young, I wanted to… be a magician.

The biggest challenge in spinning a mix is…
making sure no one spills their drinks on me.

I would kill… to have a beer in my Jacuzzi.

I am inspired by… twilight at the beach.

My worst habit is… biting my shirt.

If I were an animal, I’d be a… black panther.

I love it when… people sing along at my performances.

If I had a million dollars… I would buy a house in Singapore.

My biggest pet peeve is… unreliable and dishonest people.

Sexy is… is this a new LMFAO song?

Justin Michael spins August 25 at Mink. $28 includes one drink.


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