Celebrating One Month In Singapore!

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// Photos by Nin9 Studios // MAU – Gayathri Menon//

Today is our one month anniversary in Singapore! The wonderful friends we have made in SG have made Singapore feel like home. So many people have welcomed us with open arms and gone out of their way to help us settle in. For me, blogging has been a great way to meet like minded creative people and entrepreneurs. I feel blessed to have connected with one of the most talented photographers and makeup artists I have ever worked with, Vinod and Hetal from Nin9 Studios and Makeup and Hair artist – Gayathri Menon. When I mentioned to them my one month in Singapore was coming up, we decided to celebrate! We came up with the idea to do a photo shoot at the iconic National Gallery of Singapore. Thanks to Rent A Dress SG, I was able to find the perfect Badgley Mischka dress for the occasion. Since my Instagram and Snap fam helped me pick this dress, I wanted to say thank you by sharing a 15% off code ‘SOCIALANDSTYLE15’ for any purchases from Rent A Dress SG over $50. I will always remember this celebration and wanted to share more about my dream team!

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Why Changing Up Your Workout Is the Best Thing You Can Do Today!

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I am loving the fitness community in Singapore! Everyone is so friendly and there are so many different types of fitness studios to try. As you know, I am a BIG fan of HIIT bootcamp classes. Before I moved, I was taking 4-5 HIIT classes a week for the last six months. That rush of adrenalin always kept me coming back. After about the fifth month, I started noticing that both my mind and body were reaching a plateau. While I was working hard, I wasn’t seeing results and my body felt fatigued. When I moved to Singapore, I decided I needed to switch things up. I turned to GuavaPass to invigorate my workout routine. With GuavaPass, I am able to take premier fitness classes in Singapore with their partner studios. So far I have tried outdoor bootcamp, music flow yoga, and pilates. By changing up my workout routine, I feel stronger and more energized. While I still love my bootcamp classes, I also enjoy yoga, Pilates, and discovering new workouts that bring me joy. I just signed up for a ninja warrior workout at Bounce – I’ll keep you posted!

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#DiscoverSingapore – Emerald Hill Road

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Discover Singapore! I am excited to launch a new series on the blog today. So many of you have asked me to share more about living in Singapore from the streets to the food after seeing my stories on Instagram and Snap (SocialandStyle). Through this series, I’ll be sharing my favorite hidden gems in Singapore (SG). For our first few months in SG, we will be staying in a service apartment, which is centrally located by the Somerset MRT (subway/metro) off Orchard Road. For those who have not visited, Orchard Road is the main shopping area where you can find everything from high-end luxury goods to hawker centers (local street food). We are lucky to be living so close to everything. Once we move to our own apartment, we’ll likely be further away from the city so I am enjoying living in Orchard to the max! During my first week in SG, I ventured off Orchard Road and found a beautiful side street called Emerald Hill. Little did I know that this street would become one of our favorite places to dine and hang out! Here are a few of our favorite places on Emerald Hill Road!

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New to Singapore – Meet GuavaPass!

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Moving to a new country isn’t easy. Simple things like grocery shopping, taking the train, and finding fitness classes can seem daunting. As I adjust to our life in Singapore, I’m getting into a rhythm and finding our new normal. I’ve decided to treat this time as an adventure to learn more about my new home! Discovering different parts of town and meeting new people, make exploring even more fun. For me, GuavaPass has become a welcoming friend in our new home. GuavaPass is a community of fitness studios and healthy-living experts in Singapore, and across South East Asia and the Middle East. With GuavaPass, you get access to a wide range of studio classes and instructors for a monthly subscription fee. Thanks to GuavaPass, I have been able to explore Singapore by taking classes in different parts of town. The easy to use site and app make finding classes simple. You search by neighborhood and type of class you are looking for. So far, I’ve taken outdoor bootcamp at Fort Canning, pilates in Dhoby Ghaut, and power yoga in the CBD! I’m also loving the classes at GuavaLabs on Orchard Road at the Mandarin Gallery, taught by GuavaPass partner studios. One of the best things about GuavaPass is that you can meet people who have similar interests. The people I met through GuavaPass have been so friendly and welcoming! Here are a few more reasons why I’m loving GuavaPass.

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My Sister’s Garden Themed Baby Shower

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Next month, I will be a Masi 2x! Being a Masi (Aunt) is such an amazing feeling and a role I treasure deeply. My nephew Shaan has brought so much joy into our lives and we can’t wait for Shaan’s little sister to arrive. To celebrate, we held a Garden Themed Baby Shower for my sister. Since I was moving to Singapore the following week, my Mom and I planned the baby shower over the phone and got all the decorations three days before the celebration! Thankfully we had a lot of support from our family and friends. From my best friend Ashima, who designed the beautiful cake, to my friends who helped with all the clean up – the shower was perfect. My sister does so much for our family and is always there to support me. We were so excited to shower her with love and celebrate!  Here’s how we planned the shower and my favorite memories!

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