1. Exercise: Take on a 10-week challenge
2. Listen: To a podcast about love
Plug into episodes such as actress Zawe Ashton reading Lilian Oben’s 2017 essay, Confronting Race, Religion And Her Heart, where Oben writes about being broken up with because she is black and not Jewish.
Other episodes deal with themes such as losing a loved one to death, alcohol addiction and being trapped in a romance scam.
Funny, uplifting and bittersweet, the stories may make you laugh and cry, feeling alternately like a warm hug and someone whispering sweet nothings in your ear.
Info: Spotify’s website
3. Watch: Food and travel shows to whet your appetite
Television still of Ugly Delicious hosted by celebrity chef David Chang (left). PHOTO: NETFLIX
Sink your teeth into these tasty travelogues that showcase culture and cuisines from around the world.
Celebrity chef David Chang of Momofuku fame takes on hearty fare such as pizza, tacos, dumplings and more in Netflix’s Ugly Delicious (2018 to 2020).
Meanwhile the affable Philip Rosenthal, creator of sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond, goes on a culinary sojourn in Somebody Feed Phil. His adventures include chowing down on ostrich and antelope in Cape Town and learning how to make tortillas in Mexico City.
Also explore China’s backcountry in Flavourful Origins, with short episodes that showcase food from provinces such as Gansu and Yunnan.
For instance, people in a remote part of Gansu clean out a lamb stomach and place hot rocks and mutton inside, simulating a pressure cooker that steams and grills the meat at the same time.
Info: Click here
4. Tar Pau Nation: Yun Nans teams up with Nam Heong for set meals
There are three collaboration sets, each comprising different dishes. PHOTO: YUN NANS
With delivery becoming an increasingly important revenue stream, food brands are pooling their offerings to create a situation that benefits everyone.
For example, stalls specialising in drinks or snacks may find it tough getting customers to pay a hefty delivery charge for a small order.
By working with food outlets, they can find more takers. Restaurants benefit from the additions to their menus and diners have a bigger choice.
5. Shelf Care: Drama and a dead body at an epic wedding or Aunties
Dial A For Aunties By Jesse Q. Sutanto. PHOTOS: MICHAEL HART, BERKLEY
Dial A For Aunties
By Jesse Q. Sutanto
Berkley/ Paperback/ 352 pages/ $27.82/ Major bookstores
Wedding receptions! Remember those?
It is at least another week before one can hold a wedding reception in Singapore, thanks to the extension of heightened alert measures. You can, however, get nuptially nostalgic with Jakarta-based Sutanto’s dark comedy about murder and meddling relatives.
Photographer Meddelin Chan, an American millennial raised by her Indonesian-Chinese mother and aunts, fears she will never gain her independence from the family wedding planning business (“Don’t leave your big day to chance, leave it to the Chans!”)