Here you’ll find the answers to our Puzzle Pages from the August 2020 issue of Expat Living. If you missed the puzzles or you’d like to make sure you get them in each issue from now, don’t forget to subscribe!Puzzle Page 1Q&A#1 Which singer was born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta?#2 What’s the cube root of 125?#3 How many of the Seven Dwarves have a “y” at the end of their name?#4 Skype was created by three developers from Estonia, Pakistan or Morocco?#5 Which pages of a book are even, the left or right?#6 Does a piano have 64 or 88 keys?#7 Which part of the body is treated by a chiropodist?#8 In which American state was Donald Trump born?#9 How many squares are on a chessboard?#10 What is Charlie’s surname in the Roald Dahl story Charlie and the Chocolate Factory?#1 Lady Gaga#2 Five#3 Five (Happy, Dopey, Grumpy, Sneezy, Sleepy)#4 Estonia#5 Left#6 88#7 Feet#8 New York#9 64#10 BucketSUDOKU3 6 9  2 8 1  4 7 55 7 8  9 4 3  6 2 14 2 1  7 5 6  8 3 96 8 4  1 9 2  7 5 39 3 2  6 7 5  1 4 81 5 7  4 3 8  2 9 68 1 5  3 2 4  9 6 77 4 3  8 6 9  5 1 22 9 6  5 1 7  3 8 4WORDWHEELMain word: mercenaryOther possible words:acme, amen, army, came, cram, cyma, cyme, mace, mane,many, marc, mare, mean, merc, mere, myna, name, neem,nema, ream, ameer, armer, cream, crème, cymae, cymar,emery, enema, enemy, macer, marry, meany, mercy, merer,merry, namer, ramee, ramen, rearm, reman, yamen, yemen,amerce, carmen, creamy, cymene, meaner, menace, mercer,raceme, reamer, rename, amercer, creamer, menacer, mercerycreamery, mercenaryKENKEN3 5 1 2 44 1 2 3 52 4 5 1 31 3 4 5 25 2 3 4 1Puzzle Page 2LETTER LINKSWhat am I?Answer:  CARPETI’m a six-letter word (CARPET)Letters 6-5-2 spell out a drink (TEA)Letters 4-5-2-3 spell out a fruit (PEAR)Letters 3-2-6 spell out a pest (RAT)which often gets eaten by 1-2-6 (CAT)Missing words:PIN (safety pin, pincushion, pinpoint)KILLER (painkiller, serial killer, killer whale)CLUB (club sandwich, clubhouse, golf club)FAST (fast food, fast forward, breakfast)BOW (crossbow, rainbow, bowtie)QUICKIEHappy families:Mr and Mrs Buffoon have six daughters and each daughter has one brother. How many people are in the Buffoon family?Answer: 9 (Mr Buffoon, Mrs Buffoon, six girls and one boy)ARTIST & SONGSia, “Chandelier”: “I’m gonna fly like a bird through the night, feel my tears as they dry”Elvis Presley, “Jailhouse Rock”: “The warden threw a party in the county jail, the prison band was there and they began to wail”Foo Fighters, “Everlong”: “And I wonder, when I sing along with you, if everything could ever feel this real forever”The Weeknd, “Blinding Lights”: “I said, ooh, I’m blinded by the lights, no, I can’t sleep until I feel your touch”The Cranberries, “Zombie”: “But you see, it’s not me, it’s not my family, in your head, in your head, they are fighting”Katy Perry, “Firework”: “Ignite the light, and let it shine, just own the night, like the Fourth of July”Billy Joel, “Piano Man”: “It’s nine o’clock on a Saturday, the regular crowd shuffles in”The B-52s, “Rock Lobster”: “We were at the beach, everybody had matching towels, somebody went under a dock, and there they saw a rock”Ylvis, “The Fox (What Does The Fox Say?)”: “Dog goes ‘woof’, cat goes ‘meow’, bird goes ‘tweet’…”John Lennon, “Jealous Guy”: “I didn’t mean to hurt you, I’m sorry that I made you cry”Liked this? Read on for more fun puzzles and trivia: Saying goodbye to a decade20 quirky facts about SingaporeThe great Travel Guide quiz

Win a Vintage Style Gemstone Necklace!

1st August 2020 by Expat Living < 1 To celebrate her new website launch, shoppequitobun.com, jewellery designer Sherry Libedinsky has offered us a fab competition prize to give away to our readers.Sherry set up pequitobun jewellery in 2006 while she was a graduate student in the US. She became enamoured with all things vintage, especially the detailing in good vintage jewellery, so she started making pieces that incorporated these repurposed and found treasures. While truly unique quality pieces tend to be exorbitantly priced, by repurposing high-quality vintage and found objects – think brooches, chandelier crystals, buttons, lockets and more – Sherry has made them affordable (and eco-friendly!). Most of the designs are one-of-a-kind due to the rare nature of the objects incorporated. These are supplemented with new materials such as modern-cut gemstones, fine gold-fill and sterling silver.To stand a chance to win, all you need to do is follow us on Instagram (@expatlivingsg) & Facebook and click below to enter! The competition closes on 31 August, so hurry and enter now!Click here to enter!

Win a 5-night Villa Stay in Goa, Worth over $4,300!

1st August 2020 by Expat Living 2 Min Read If you like the sound of these Goan villas, here’s the good news: together with Elite Havens, we’re giving you the chance to secure a free stay in one of them!What you’ll get:The winner is entitled to a five-night stay in the fully-staffed, four-bedroom Isprava Villa Loto Bianco in Siolim, Goa, valued at over S$4,300.The prize includes complimentary daily breakfast; you’ll also have access to an on-call guest relations manager who can arrange extras such as chef services and a car and driver.Note: Dates of stay only need to be specified 14 days in advance, and the prize is valid until 31 December 2021. (Blackout dates: 10-15 November 2020, 1 December 2020 to 15 January 2021)Villa snapshotLoto Bianco takes its name from the white lotuses that can be seen floating in the paddy fields surrounding the villa. The villa is literally an elite haven, featuring elegant interiors with cane accents, striking upholstery and a tranquil sit-out, with superb views beyond the natural pool and regeneration pond. From September to March, the paddy fields are full of migratory birds like herons, storks and kingfishers. There are plenty of activities in the area that can easily be arranged including renting a yacht, surfing and kayaking at the beach, enjoying a yoga session or massage, and doing some Goa sightseeing.Visit elitehavens.com to browse a hand-picked portfolio of more than 300 private luxury havens in Bali, Lombok, Phuket, Koh Samui, Sri Lanka, the Maldives, Japan and India.To stand a chance to win, all you need to do is follow us on Instagram (@expatlivingsg) & Facebook and fill up form below! The competition closes on 31 August, so hurry and enter now!

Win $35 worth of Credits for Timmy & Tammy X Colour Me Mats

Offering fun reusable silicone colouring mats, Colour Me Mats was started by two mums who love picture books and wanted to reduce their children’s screen time. The mats are foldable, portable and can be cleaned easily with wet wipes or water. The company recently teamed up with author Ruth Wan-Lau and illustrator Eliz Ong to launch a new range featuring Singapore’s heritage, tourist attractions and the two lead characters from local children’s book series Timmy & Tammy. colourmemats.com.sgFor a chance to be one of the lucky 10 winners, all you need to do is follow Expat Living Expat Living (@expatlivingsg) and Colour Me Mats (@colourmemats) on Instagram and click below to enter! The giveaway closes on 31 August, so hurry and enter now!Click here to enter!

How are schools helping families through the pandemic?

30th July 2020 by Gracie Stewart 3 Min ReadFrom ensuring home-based learning matches the quality of education delivered in the classroom, to managing the financial impacts of the outbreak, SHINHE CHO, Digital Marketing Manager at International Community School Singapore, shares some of the ways the school is helping families through the pandemic.Tuition freezeSingapore is among the 10 most expensive countries in the world for an international education. So, it’s no great surprise that COVID-19 has brought about financial difficulties for many families. However, while school fees still need to be paid, there’s some good news for parents; many international schools are looking to freeze tuition fees for the 2020-21 academic year.At ICS Singapore, the Board of Directors has voted to freeze tuition at the current rate as a way to help support families during this difficult time. This means the current published fees will remain the same for the next school year.As a registered charity, ICS operates solely on tuition and donations. All profit is placed into financial reserves at the end of each school year to be reinvested directly into the school and children’s learning. The decision to not increase tuition for the upcoming  year means ICS will use its financial reserves to cover the difference between the originally planned 3% increase and the actual 0% increase in fees. Staff wearing masks, ready to welcome students backOnline learning hubSince the outbreak of COVID-19 and the subsequent lockdown measures (including the Circuit Breaker here in Singapore), schools around the world have been rolling out online learning. This has allowed students to continue their studies without interruption. While home-based learning can’t substitute entirely for classroom learning, according to former Education Minister Ong Ye Kung, “it’s important that schools blend the two, so they can harness the best of both worlds in a modern education system”.As a result, ICS Singapore has introduced an Online Learning Hub to keep the community connected and engaged. The idea is to promote continuous learning whether at school or at home. The Online Learning Hub provides useful tips, resource recommendations, health and wellness advice, online learning expectations and more, and is a one-stop shop for students’ continuous learning. The school has also introduced an #OnlineLearningWins hashtag across its social media accounts as a way to promote positive home-based learning. Socially distanced desksNew health and safety protocolsThere’s plenty for children to look forward to when they return after the summer break; catching up with friends, for starters! However, not everything will remain the same. Schools wil be looking to introduce a “new normal”. This means finding ways to reopen without putting pupils, teachers and their families at risk.ICS has been working hard to get the campus ready to resume face-to-face learning on 12 August. The team says that they’re committed to providing the safest possible environment for children to learn in. To this end, they’ve implemented all of the protocols and procedures the Singapore government has mandated on campus. This includes evaluating changes in the following areas:Operations: How children access campus, the bus service, drop-off and pick-up, and use of the canteen, gym and playground.Scheduling: Safe distancing of students in hallways, staggered bell schedules, and altered recess and lunch times.Teaching and learning: Distanced desks in classrooms, equipment wiped down between classes, wearing masks, no mixing of small groups, and assigned seating and collaboration work.Social-emotional: Individual counselling available, and K-12 in-class presentations by counsellors about safe behaviours and safe classrooms.Find out more about ICS and contact the school at ics.edu.sg.

Trivia Time: 20 questions about books

Who’s ready for Expat Living’s Weekly Quiz. You can get together with a small group, have a glass of wine and try these out – or stick to Zoom, of course. This week, it’s one for the bibliophiles: 20 trivia questions about books! #1 Over two million pulped copies of Mills & Boon romance novels were used in the construction of which road: Route 66 in America; the M6 motorway in the UK; or Australia’s Great Ocean Road?#2 The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up is by Marie who? #3 Was George Orwell’s 1984 published in 1984, 1894 or 1949? #4 “Hopscotchy”, “whizzpopping”, “crodsquinkled”, “trogglehumper” and “snozzwanger” are all words used in books by which children’s author of the 20th century?#5 Which electronic reading device sold out in just over five hours when it was first released in 2007?#6 The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo was originally published in which language?#7 Which of these is not a Stephen King book? Carrie; Ghost Story; It; The Shining.#8 What word, starting with “g”, describes the inner margins of the pages of a bound book?#9 What’s the surname of Meg, Beth, Jo and Amy, the four sisters in Little Women? (Hint: it’s also a month.)#10 Finish the title of this book by Dr Seuss: One Fish, Two Fish… #11 The author of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Victor Hugo, also wrote a book about an escaped convict named Jean Valjean. What is its title?#12 The following four book titles are all genuine, except for one that we made up; which one? Everything I Know About Women I Learned From My Tractor; Anybody Can Be Cool … But Awesome Takes Practice; Who Ate All the Bacon?; Unicorns Are Jerks – A Coloring Book Exposing the Cold, Hard, Sparkly Truth.#13 Mockingjay is the third book in which trilogy of science-fiction novels?#14 Liane Moriarty, the author of Big Little Lies, is from where: America, Australia, Canada or England?#15 Herr Dumpidump is the title of the Norwegian translation of which Mr Men book: Mr Damp, Mr Bump or Mr Pimp?#16 Finish these book titles: The Spy Who Came In from the _____; The Fault in Our _____; Harry Potter and the Deathly _____.#17 Which prominent figure wrote 2018’s best-selling memoir Becoming?#18 “In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.” So goes the opening line of The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien. What’s the name of this particular hobbit?#19 What happened to the original manuscript of John Steinbeck’s famous book Of Mice and Men: Was it: eaten by his dog, carried away in a tornado, or accidentally thrown out in the garbage?#20 What’s the name of the first book in the Bible?BONUS: Who am I?(If you can answer correctly after the first clue, you get 10 points, but you lose a point for each additional clue you require to identify the person.)I’m a famous children’s book character. (10)I first appeared in the UK in 1987. (9)My books have since sold over 70 million copies and inspired TV shows, comic strips and video games. (8)I’m given a different name in my books in some countries – for example, Charlie in France, and Holger in Denmark. Even my name in my American books is slightly different to my original name. (7)My creator’s name is Martin Handford. (6)I’m an illustrated character. (5)Other characters who appear with me include Woof, Odlaw and Wilma. (4)I always wear the same outfit: red and white striped top, matching red and white hat, blue jeans and glasses. (3)I can be very hard to find. (2)I am who, starting with “W”? (1)All the answers (no cheating!)#1 The M6#2 Kondo#3 1949#4 Roald Dahl#5 Kindle#6 Norwegian#7 Ghost Story is a book by fellow American horror writer Peter Straub#8 Gutter#9 March#10 Red Fish, Blue Fish#11 Les Misérables#12 Who Ate All the Bacon?#13 The Hunger Games#14 Australia#15 Mr Bump#16 Cold; Stars; Hallows#17 Michelle Obama#18 Bilbo Baggins#19 It was eaten by his dog#20 GenesisBONUS: Wally (or “Waldo” in North American versions of the book)Looking for something to do? See our What’s On section.

Celebrate National Day at home!

30th July 2020 by Lindsay Yap 4 Min ReadNational Day may be a little different this year but that doesn’t mean we can’t have fun! If you’re on the hunt for things to do, take part in Onward 55 Singapore by Capitol Singapore and CHIJMES, a virtual event featuring National Day dining deals, online shopping, performances, games and uplifting stories. Happening from 31 July to 16 August, it’ll give you the chance to explore five virtual locations at Capitol Singapore and CHIJMES from home. Here’s what to expect!#1 Shop till you dropWhat better time to support local businesses? Head to the “Outdoor Plaza” and browse fashion, crafts, drinks and snacks from over 40 local entrepreneurs. Retailers on the online marketplace include popular brands such as Yeo Mama Batik, which carries stunning traditional batik outfits with a modern twist. And there’s good news for those wanting to stock up on reusable masks; homegrown tailor CYC Made to Measure will be selling their stylish cotton fabric masks for both adults and kids! CYC Made To Measure cotton mask Cardigan from Yeo Mama BatikIf you’re looking for gifts and handicrafts, make a beeline for Made by Buhni, ARCH and Craft Room – you can also personalise frames, mugs, polaroids and portraits! Foodies will also enjoy checking out local snacks and treats. For starters, there’s locally inspired cocktails by Hopscotch, cereal prawn chips from WOKWOK and baked sushi rolls from Sushi Pinch.#2 Order in – wherever you areTake advantage of islandwide delivery at “Arcade @ The Capitol Kempinski” – there’s loads to choose from and deals to enjoy! Opt for brunch from The Glasshouse, bento sets from TONKATSU by Ma Maison, and top it off with sweet treats from NOW Bakery ($5 off delivery for orders above $50). Durian lovers will also love seasonal treats from Flor Patisserie – durian millefeuille, anyone? La Scala RistoranteTo celebrate the occasion, both La Scala Ristorante and Chalerm Thai are offering special $55 National Day three-course set menus, with unique locally inspired desserts. At La Scala Ristorante, enjoy homely Italian fare such as crab squid ink linguine and pork cutlet, while at Chalerm Thai, you can expect flavourful Thai dishes such as papaya salad and yellow curry.#3 Catch shows and talksTune in to a variety of virtual performances by local artistes at “Capitol Theatre”. On 8 and 9 August (9pm), groove along to popular National Day tunes with the resident band of Tin Box The Live House. Band members include Sherman Zhuo, Wilson Huang, Gen Seah and Relyne Ban. Homegrown music company Royal Entertainment will also be having performances titled “Colour Your Life”. They’ll take you on a journey down memory lane with familiar NDP and local drama songs. The dates to look out for are 31 July and 16 August (8pm and 9pm), 1 August and 2 August (9pm), and 9 August (8pm). Tin Box The Live House’s resident bandLove to sing? Join SingNation!, a virtual National Day singalong happening on 1 and 8 August (8pm to 8.45pm). Hosted by local award-winning conductor and composer Darius Lim, the event allows you to belt out National Day classics with hundreds of other singing enthusiasts across the country. To take part, sign up here.And finally, on 15 August (8pm to 9.30pm), watch Voices of Singapore Festival – Singaporean Inspirations, which will showcase amazing stories of everyday individuals accompanied by a series of special songs that respond to them.#4 Snag some cool prizesDrop by the “CHIJMES Lawn” and take part in a fun virtual game where you can win some awesome prizes. Items up for grabs include a perm at Black Hair Salon (worth up to $400), a facial from Simply Aesthetics ($400), Chalerm Thai National Day set menu for two ($110), Snowise Brightening Kit from Sulwhasoo ($80), Harry’s dining vouchers ($30) and more!#5 Be inspiredDuring the virtual celebrations, head to the “CHIJMES Hall” to read uplifting personal stories of strength and resilience submitted by the public. You’ll be able to view encouraging short stories, photos and videos, plus vote for your favourites! Chilli Soft Shell Crab Burger from Broadway American DinerThere’s more!Want to head down instead? You can enjoy one-for-one deals and other great promotions when you dine or shop at Capitol Singapore and CHIJMES in July and August. From 31 July to 30 August, get a $5 Capitol Singapore and CHIJMES voucher when you spend a minimum of $100 at Capitol Singapore and CHIJMES, or either location. DBS cardmembers will only need to spend a minimum of $80 to qualify for this!Enjoy one-for-one deals at outlets such as The Winery Tapas | Bar, Anglo Indian Café & Bar and Famous Treasure from 31 July until 16 August.Various restaurants at Arcade @ The Capitol Kempinski (Capitol Singapore, Level 1) are also offering special dishes and deals. Dig into a Chilli Soft Shell Crab Burger and Chendol Ice Cream at Broadway American Diner and enjoy $24 three-course lunch sets at Frieda, La Scala Ristorante, Chalerm Thai and El Teatro Tapas (top up $5.50 for two glasses of beer!). Valid from 31 July to 16 August.Find out more about the event now!Written in collaboration with:Capitol Singapore: 13 Stamford Road | capitolsingapore.comCHIJMES: 30 Victoria Street | chijmes.com.sgLiked this? Check out more on our things to do section.What to watch – or listen to…Best parks for picnics in Singapore

Headache help: Pain relief & prevention tips

Headaches and migraines are super uncomfortable and can slow us down big time. Here’s a look at different types of headache pain and possible causes, and what you can do when you just need to be able to get on with your life, pain-free!Types of headachesHeadaches are extremely common. Pretty much every person has experienced a headache at some point in their life, and at least half of all adults have had a headache in the past year, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).The most common type is a tension headache – also known as a “stress headache”. Chances are, you’ve experienced a tension headache before – that sensation of tightness or pressure across your forehead or on the sides and back of your head. That dull, aching pain is super annoying, and often comes with feelings of stress, depression or anxiety. Other causes may include lack of sleep, jaw clenching and missed meals.Meanwhile, a migraine is more serious. It’s a severe headache that can last anywhere from four to 72 hours, if left untreated. Symptoms include throbbing localised pain, sensitivity to light, sensitivity to sound, and nausea and vomiting. Sinus pressure headaches, in which there’s pressure through the front of the face, ears, and teeth, are often mistaken for migraines. However, a sinus headache can be caused by a sinus infection or allergies.A cluster headache is also considered severe and may require medical attention. Cluster headaches occur in “cluster periods” ranging from every other day to eight times a day, and can last anywhere from 15 minutes to three hours. Pain associated with a cluster headache feels like a stabbing pain behind or around the eye, usually on one side. Other symptoms include nasal congestion, tearing, a runny nose, facial and forehead swelling, constriction of pupils and eyelid swelling.Top tips for headache pain reliefJust like there are different types of headaches, there are different ways to relieve them. But, one thing’s for sure – you’ll want to take some Tylenol for quick pain relief. As the oldest Paracetemol brand in the world, Tylenol is considered the number one over-the-counter painkiller globally. It’s got a great track record of super speedy relief for not only headaches and migraines, but also for body aches and dental pain, too. The good news is, Tylenol 500mg has just become available here in Singapore, and is exclusively available at Guardian. So, now, you can expect fast relief in just 15 minutes when you take two tablets! And, not to worry – Tylenol is gentle on the stomach, even on an empty stomach. So, even if you haven’t yet had your brekkie, you can still take two tablets right away for that aching head you just woke up with!More things you can do to help nip your headache pain in the bud:Take a hot bath or showerThis will help relax and ease sore muscles, and can be especially helpful for tension headaches and sinus headaches.Take a walk!Fresh air and increasing blood flow can help, especially if getting outside removes you from common causes of a headache like strong smells or harsh lighting. Taking a stroll can also help relieve stress.Try a relaxation techniqueSit down with your elbows on the table and your fingertips on your scalp (under your hair). Press and move your fingers in small circles, working your way back over your head. See additional relaxation techniques here!Preventing future headachesKey to avoiding future headaches is understanding your triggers. Try keeping a running list of when your headaches occur, along with what happened in the hours before the onset.Here are five important things to take into account when considering how to prevent headaches.#1 Your sleep patterns: Inconsistent sleep patterns can lead to stress, fatigue and anxiety – all common cause of headahces. If you aren’t getting enough sleep, try changing your pillows, sleep positions, or the side of the bed you sleep on!#2 Your setting: Think about how you feel when you’re indoor versus outdoors. Fluroescent lights, sunlight or brightness from your computer screen can be triggers. Try adding a desk lamp or turning down the brightness on your screen.#3 Your eating patterns: Did you eat? What was it and at what time? Food and drink release neurotransmitters, which can cause headaches in some people. Triggers can include aspartame, caffeine, chocolate, alcohol, cheese and more.#4 Your cycle: When estrogen levels drop, especially right before your period, you may be more likely to get a headache. Keep track of your cycle and plan when you can!#5 Your posture: Poor posture can play a part in the onset of your headaches. Try sitting up straight to keep blood flowing, and move around when you can if you spend extended periods of time bent over a desk. At the end of the day, listening to your body is important. Everyone is different, and knowing what works for you (and what doesn’t) can help you avoid headaches.When to call a doctorNot every headache means you have to call your doctor. Simple steps like taking Tylenol or trying a relaxation technique may just do the trick! However, a headache can be a sign of a more serious issue that needs care. So, it’s a good idea talk to your physician if:you have more than two headaches per week;you experience a sudden, severe headache  accompanied by a stiff neck or fever;you feel confused, short of breath, weak, or are experiencing loss of vision or loss of consciousness;your pain gets worse over a period of time past a few days;you have a headache after a head injuryyour headache is triggered by exertion, coughing or bending;you have persistent or severe vomiting not caused by another disease; oryou have nonstop headache pain that you usually don’t have.Like this? See our Health & Fitness section:6 outdoor fitness activities in Singapore Health News: What’s up?

Win a stylish outfit of your choice from Stillen Maternity!

28th July 2020 by Expat Living < 1 Stillen Maternity was born out of a dream to dress the working moms and moms-to-be with chic professional wear that are nursing friendly so nursing on the go and pumping in the office are going to be a breeze. Creating collections with pieces that are functional and stylish, Stillen Maternity will serve you well from pregnancy to nursing days and beyond because you can hardly tell they are maternity wear. Looking your maternity best in comfortable fabrics and stylish design has never been easier!Stand a chance to be one of two lucky winners to receive an outfit of choice from Stillen Maternity! All you have to do is follow us (@expatliving.sg) on Instagram and click below to enter! The giveaway closes on 31 August, so hurry and enter now!Click here to enter!

Where to order flowers in Singapore

28th July 2020 by Lindsay Yap 3 Min ReadNot all of us have the time (or talent!) to put together flower arrangements – that’s where knowing the best flower delivery services comes in handy. There are lots of great florists in Singapore, offering a wide variety of fresh flowers and bouquets that can be sent to your doorstep. Whether you’re looking for a gift or a centrepiece for your table, here are some places where you can order flowers in Singapore.Urban Meadow FlowersUrban Meadow Flowers was started in 2017 by expats Simon and Marc who wanted to fill the gap in affordable European-inspired flower arrangements in Singapore. These online florists believes that flowers should be a part of everyone’s life – not just for the big occasions. Each weekday morning, they personally select fresh and seasonal flowers to create a unique design for the day. They also only buy what they need; it means there’s no wastage and they can keep their prices low.The order process is straightforward: choose from three sizes (small, medium and large) of the flower arrangement of the day. The blooms come wrapped with a message card and are placed in pretty paper bags with ribbon handles. You can also choose to add on a personalised card, photo or even a vase. Arrangements start from $38 and include free delivery. The store also offers a special package called “Month of Flowers” – four medium or large arrangements (from $258). It’s the perfect gift for occasions such as birthdays plus you’ll save up to 10%! Keep an eye out for their subscription service too which will be launching soon.urbanmeadowflowers.com.sgFerns N PetalsIf you’re looking for variety, Ferns N Petals is the place to go! It offers beautiful flower arrangements for all sorts of occasions, from birthdays, anniversaries to get-well wishes and thank-you gifts. Choose from a wide range of fresh, preserved and dried flowers, including lilies, roses, sunflowers and tulips. These are sourced from all over the world, including Holland, Kenya, China and Malaysia, and come in a variety of pretty arrangements – bouquets, baskets, vases, boxes, you name it. If you’re in a rush or let a special occasion slip your mind, the company even offers same-day and one-hour flower delivery for orders made before 5pm and 6pm respectively. Customers have the option to pair their blooms with a little extra something by opting for one of their popular gift combos. There’s a good variety of items to choose from. These include greeting cards, cakes, chocolates, wines, teddy bears and even personalised gifts like photo frames and mugs. You’ll definitely impress your special someone!9727 9363 | fnp.sgFlower EmpireOffering stunning flower bouquets and boxes, Flower Empire specialises in original and elegant flower arrangements. Each order is approached with a fresh eye, making it exclusive and unique. The floral design company aims to bring across the message that floristry is not just about flowers but about joy that can be shared with others. The freshest flowers in the market are chosen by their creative designer and founder Angela, from countries such as Ecuador, Kenya, Vietnam, China, Malaysia, Japan and New Zealand. Flower Empire’s stylish flower boxes are especially popular amongst customers. The boxes don’t require any maintenance – they come with a special floral foam with water and food to keep the blooms healthy and pretty. To kick it up a notch, opt for the surprise box with a designer flower box – open the box and balloons will fly out! The store is also planning to launch a collection of gift sets with flowers and champagne. You’ll be glad to hear that there’s free daily doorstep delivery for all orders (no minimum order). You can also get same-day delivery for selected bouquets if you order before 1pm.flowerempire.sg | instagram.com/flowerempire.sg Looking for more about living in Singapore?Best parks for picnics in SingaporeLooking for a family photographer?