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Global No­mad

If you could move to any city in the world, which one would it be? And how would you even de­cide? From fam­ily, safety and cul­ture to fi­nances, work op­por­tu­ni­ties, cli­mate, tax and trans­port, there’s a be­wil­der­ing ar­ray of fac­tors to con­sider when mak­ing the big de­ci­sion to re­lo­cate. En­ter tele­, a clever and in­for­ma­tive web­site that has a strong fo­cus on work­ing re­motely, takes into ac­count all your likes and dis­likes, and comes up with a list of op­tions. What are you wait­ing for?

Sneak Peek

The Stu­dio Loft is cel­e­brat­ing 11 years in busi­ness this month. Ev­ery­one is wel­come to join the party on 19 and 20 May when it throws open its pho­tog­ra­phy stu­dio doors. Time your visit be­tween 10am to 5pm to take ad­van­tage of spe­cials such as $11 mother-and-child por­trait mini-ses­sions, bun­dle deals for fam­ily pho­tog­ra­phy, and free­bies with ev­ery ses­sion booked. After­wards, stick around for nib­bles, drinks and mu­sic! #09-39 Ox­ley Bizhub, 71 Ubi Road 1. 6235 3696 | thes­tu­di­

Girl Power

More than 11 mil­lion Youtube sub­scribers are tuned into Lilly Singh’s sig­na­ture brand of ob­ser­va­tional com­edy and in­spi­ra­tional videos. On 24 May, she will ap­pear live in Sin­ga­pore as part of her How to Be A Bawse: A Guide to Con­quer­ing Life tour. “What’s a bawse?” I hear you ask. It’s Singh-speak for a per­son who ex­udes con­fi­dence and reaches their goals. A global role model and cham­pion for women and girls, Singh cre­ated the #Gir­llove ini­tia­tive to break the cy­cle of girl-on-girl hate and en­cour­age pos­i­tiv­ity. Kallang Theatre. Tick­ets from Sis­tic.

Don’t toss your old threads!

What do you do with that one odd sock that never found its mate? The good news is that un­wanted cloth­ing – of­ten dis­carded with gen­eral house­hold waste – can be re­cy­cled and reused. Fash­ion gi­ant H&M has come up with a great way to help solve a mind-bog­gling en­vi­ron­men­tal chal­lenge.

Rather than end­ing up in land­fill, clothes do­nated to H&M stores are given a new pur­pose. Those that can be worn again are do­nated to the needy all over the world; or they’re re­cy­cled and spun into yarn, ei­ther for the new H&M Con­scious range, or as in­su­la­tion ma­te­rial. Clothes un­suit­able for wear­ing again are up­cy­cled into clean­ing cloths or other items – even but­tons and zip­pers are re­cy­cled! – and all this takes care of 99 per­cent of dona­tions.

The re­main­ing one per­cent is turned into new en­ergy. Gar­ments in the Con­scious Ex­clu­sive range for adults and kids ( pic­tured) are made from sus­tain­able ma­te­ri­als such as Bionic, a polyester de­rived from plas­tics re­cy­cled from shore­line waste. Not only do they look great, this is a clever way to clean up the planet.

Let’s hope that more fash­ion com­pa­nies take up the chal­lenge!

If you’re con­sid­er­ing adopt­ing an an­i­mal, The SPCA ( So­ci­ety for the Pre­ven­tion of Cru­elty to An­i­mals) en­cour­ages the en­tire fam­ily, in­clud­ing do­mes­tic helpers, to pay a visit to its shel­ter at 50 Sungei Ten­gah Road, to get ac­quainted with the an­i­mals. Vis­it­ing dur­ing a week­day rather than a weekend is highly rec­om­mended ( it gets very crowded on pub­lic hol­i­day eves and pub­lic hol­i­days) as the an­i­mals can and do get stressed by the hu­man traf­fic.

Prospec­tive adopters will also need to keep an open mind about adop­tion, as it’s not im­me­di­ately guar­an­teed. Find­ing the per­fect pet com­pan­ion may take up to more than one visit to find the an­i­mal that is suited to you and your fam­ily.

The SPCA also has a reser­va­tion pol­icy, with an­i­mals avail­able on a first- come, first- served ba­sis, sub­ject to its staff and adop­tion coun­sel­lors’ rec­om­men­da­tions. Vik­ing is an al­most six-year- old male cross­breed, who was found with his brother on a farm in 2011. He loves walks and would do well with an ac­tive fam­ily. Archie, a French bulldog cross, was brought to the SPCA by his pre­vi­ous owner, who cited that he had no time to look af­ter him. He would be best suited to an adul­tonly home as he is not com­fort­able with chil­dren or other pets.

What: Ex­pect a night of laugh­ter as twotime Bri­tish Com­edy Award- win­ner Neil Fitz­mau­rice joins the Best of Bri­tish line-up. You might recog­nise him from roles in some of Bri­tain’s most suc­cess­ful com­edy shows, in­clud­ing The Of­fice, Peep Show and Phoenix Nights (which he co-wrote). It won’t only be Neil on stage; he’ll be joined by Scottish funny guys Chris Henry and Scott Mitchell. Com­edy Night What: Re­turn­ing for a sec­ond year is ac­claimed West End star Emma Dears, who’ll be joined by award- win­ning ac­tress, Lucy Wil­liamson. The pair most re c e n t l y per­formed to­gether in Judy and Liza, a mu­si­cal based on the lives of mother- and- daugh­ter duo, Judy Gar­land and Liza Min­nelli. Lucy has played Car­men Diaz in Fame! and Fan­tine in Les Misérables and per­formed solo for HM The Queen on her tour aboard the Queen Mary 2. Emma is well known for roles in Lon­don’s West End, and has toured her own solo cabaret show around the world, as well as an­niver­sary per­for­mances of Les Misérables and Miss Saigon. When: The Judy & Liza Show is on Thurs­day, 15 June, and they’ll also per­form at The Grand Fi­nale Ball: West End Pre­miere at The Lon­don Pal­la­dium on Satur­day, 17 June.

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