Tue, 2018-09-18

Editor’s Picks:

Empowering Books, Cafes & Films We Love

From women-run cafes to books and films that empower women, it’s clear that girls are changing the world, one step at a time. Need a dose of positivity to get by?

Here are some of our editor’s top recommendations – books, cafes and movies for you to seek solace and to refresh your mind this coming weekend.  


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1. Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide

by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn

Authored by two of the most vocal moralists and Pulitzer Prize winners, a passionate call to arms against our era’s most pervasive human rights violation: the oppression of women and girls in Asia and Africa. Deeply felt, pragmatic, and inspirational, an essential reading for every global citizen.

2. Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

by Cheryl Strayed

A blazingly honest memoir of an 1100-mile solo hike that broke down a young woman reeling from catastrophe – and build her back up again. Wild vividly captures the terrors of one young woman forging ahead against all challenges on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and healed her.

3. The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories

by Marina Keegan

Written Keegan – an American author, playwright and journalist, the New York Times bestseller consists a posthumous collection of essays and stories that articulate the universal struggles all of us face as we figure out what we aspire to be and how we can harness our talents to impact the world.



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1. Amelie

A French rom-com - Raised by eccentric parents who incorrectly believes she has a heart defect, Amelie was homeschooled. Struggling with her own isolation while trying to change the lives of people around her, she discovered love along the way. Will she have a happily ever after?

2. Princess Diaries

Mia Thermopolis was your regular awkward and unpopular teenager who was often teased in school. Days before she turned 16, Mia learns that she is a princess and heir to the Genovian throne – can she overcome her insecurities to rule her people?

3. Legally Blonde

Former fashion student Elle Woods enrols in Harvard Law to win her ex-boyfriend back but ended up being ridiculed by classmates and professors. Determined to prove herself, Elle began to study law seriously, eventually graduating Harvard with a new romance in bloom.


1. Lunar Coffee Brewers

Started by popular café Atlas Coffeehouse founder Daphne Goh, its menu includes mouth-watering dishes such as miso-nori salmon soba and beef rendang don. A must-have is their signature Milky Way cold brew to go with your meal.

Address: 6 Shenton Way, #01-49/50 OUE Downtown Gallery 2, Singapore 068809

2. A Juicery

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Take a respite from the sweltering heat at Instagram-worthy A Juicery, known for its millennial pink interior. Run by influencer Stephanie Er (@pooburr), A Juicery serves grab-and-go beverages and food including cold-pressed juices and a basic coffee menu.

Address: 21 Lor Telok, Singapore 049033

3. Tiramisu Hero

Girl-bosses Aileen and Peggy sure know the recipe to a great tiramisu. In fact, they offer handmade tiramisu of up to ten flavours, including Milo and Horlicks.  Serving more than just desserts, they also have a myriad of savoury fare to cater to different taste buds.

Address: 121 Tyrwhitt Road, Singapore 207548

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