SHAPE's Senior Writer Nantanaa Mutharasu went to Singapore recently for a work trip. Find out how she found calm in the concrete jungle.

    The next time you’re in Singapore and need to find a Zen moment, follow these tips. We know of a few hidden retreats that’ll re-energize you before heading back into the malls for a shopping session.


    Stay at the Oasia Downtown Hotel, which is located in Singapore’s Central Business District, and you’ll get to enjoy FREE, sweaty yoga class on the 12th floor at the Sky Terrace. If you’ve never tried ‘sky yoga’ before, you have to try this. The hotel’s open concept allows plenty of sunshine to hit the open-air garden, and you’ll open sky, views and the architecture of the hotel, all while working on your poses.



    2. HAVE TEA

    Head to the Yixing Xuan Teahouse on Tanjong Pagar Road and you’ll experience the therapeutic effects of Chinese tea in an authentic Chinese teahouse. It’s really a refreshing space where you’ll learn all about tea leaf varieties, the different parts of the tea plant, and the ages of the plants and how this affects the tea you drink, and so on. Try the white tea, a light and refreshing potion that’ll revive you.

    White tea, also known as silver needle hair



    The Marmalade Pantry is easily accessible on Level 1 of the Oasia Downtown Hotel and offers a menu of fresh and healthy food. #eatclean people! For starters, try the quinoa and beetroot salad that also featured orange slices, capers, red onion, grilled courgette, and was dressed with a cucumber and sherry vinaigrette. For a heavier option, have the seared scallop and prawn pasta, with a prawn bisque sauce. If you want to be less chill and more naughty, dig into the Eton Mess, a light, creamy dessert made with berries, crushed meringue, raspberry coulis and cream.

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    4. GO VEGAN

    Yep. You’ll need a detox from all that rich food and shopping. Be kind to yourself and order up a zucchini lasagna at Afterglow by Anglow. Instead of carb-y lasagna sheets that’ll just make you feel too full and bloated, this one’s made with slices of zucchini, filled with walnuts and greens and topped with a home-made sauce. It’s the best light lunch you’ll have over the weekend!

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    Head to the Duxton Plain Park, one of the smallest parks in Singapore, and a part of The Green Corridor Trail that was developed as a way to utilise the spaces taken up by defunct train lines. It’s also a historic park that was established before the second world war, and even houses a quint little tomb, belonging to Sharifah Rogayah, who’s the daughter of a man called Habib Nor, who’s also known as the saint of Singapore. Another interesting point is an ancient-looking antique shop where you can restart your shopping trip at!

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