SINGAPORE: The Great Singapore Sale (GSS) marks its Silver Jubilee this year, but one can hardly tell while taking a walk along Orchard Road — Singapore’s prime shopping belt — or visiting any suburban malls.There is barely a buzz since the annual two-month campaign started on Jun 8, and some shopping centres are half-empty even during weekends.With the Singapore retail scene under siege from the rise of e-commerce, the GSS has remained stuck in time, in the words of shoppers, retailers and experts, and has failed to evolve with latest consumer trends.In 2016, after three consecutive years of decline in retail sales during the GSS period, Singapore Retailers Association (SRA) president R Dhinakaran publicly broached the need to re-examine the GSS’ direction, as he revealed plans in a media interview to hold discussions with the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) to see “if there is a point in continuing (the GSS), or whether there is a need to reformat … [Read more...] about The Big Read: The not-so-Great Singapore Sale — after 25 years, once-premier shopping event is now left in the dust
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By Ingrie Williams The Kit Mon., April 9, 2018 For reasons that shall soon be revealed, I’ve always had hair on the brain. So when the royal engagement was officially announced, one thought immediately popped in my head and it was this: we’ll never see Meghan Markle’s natural hair. Like, ever. Not that it was set to make an appearance anytime soon. As an actress, the bride-to-be has been committed to straight locks for years. That wasn’t going to change on the cusp of the momentous occasion. But, acknowledging the deep, complex intersections of hair, racial identity and normative beauty standards, I instantly knew the bottom line. Her long, softly blown out waves shall reign supreme. She may shake things up with a choppy lob every couple of years, but otherwise, this is it, kids. Here’s where we all chime in with “not that there’s anything wrong with that.” And that’s definitely true. Ultimately, every woman has the … [Read more...] about Will Meghan Markle ever show off her natural hair?
By Maura Judkis The Washington Post Wed., Feb. 28, 2018 We all want to sleep better and feel less stressed out, to have more energy and fewer illnesses, and we’d like to be able to think more clearly, too. If only there were a magical potion we could drink to obtain all of these qualities. Makers of what have been deemed “functional mushrooms” think they have that elixir. The ancient practice of consuming mushrooms for their medicinal properties — a part of holistic medicine — has been popping up in more and more health cafes and packaged goods. They fit into the emerging category of “adaptogenic foods” — foods with natural compounds that promote or restore normal physiological functioning — and trend-watchers predict that 2018 is the year they’ll go mainstream. Read more: Canadian mushroom growers push for permanent residency for migrant workers Article Continued Below Mushrooms, matcha and … [Read more...] about From coffee to beauty products, many flock to mushrooms to get their ‘1-Up’
If you’re looking for something entertaining and beautiful that’ll also inform you, there’s an incredible variety of science- and nature-focused documentaries and TV shows on Netflix right now. These films and series showcase the beauty of the planet, delve into the details of how food arrives on your plate, and explore the mysterious and alien underwater world in oceans around the globe. The downside to all of those options is that there’s a lot to choose from. To make it easier, Business Insider reporters and editors have picked some of our favorites from Netflix’ selection. Films come and go from the platform every month, but as of the date of publication, everything on our list should be available. We’ll update the recommendations periodically to reflect currently available documentaries. Here are our favorites, in no particular order:“Icarus” (2017)What it’s about: In 2014, filmmaker and amateur cyclist Bryan … [Read more...] about The 24 best science movies and shows streaming on Netflix that will make you smarter
Delivery pizza is a huge industry in the US – and at the top of the food chain are Domino’s, Pizza Hut, and Papa John’s. We compared each of the big three chains’ cheese pizzas, supreme pizzas, pepperoni pizzas, and breadsticks. Each chain ended up being best at something – but some results were surprising. Americans adore pizza. According to a 2014 study by the US Department of Agriculture, about one in eight Americans eat pizza on any given day. That’s a lot of pizza. And today is an important day for pizza facts: February 9 is National Pizza Day. Should it be a national holiday? Perhaps. Of all the delivery chains out there, acolytes of the Pizza Big Three are steadfast in their preferences: Domino’s, Pizza Hut, and Papa John’s. The Big Three have been busy over the past few years revamping menus, recalibrating ingredients, and resetting brand images in order to … [Read more...] about We taste-tested 3 major pizza delivery chains to find out who does it best — and the winners are unmistakable