SINGAPORE (Feb 14): The weekend is time to kick back, relax and recharge. Instead of heading outside this week, why not try these cosy indoor activities?

NETFLIX

Wondering what to watch next when you Netflix n’Chill? We’ve got you covered.

Studio Ghibli

Available Feb 1

Anime fans rejoice: the beloved classics from Japanese animation studio Studio Ghibli – 1986’s Castle In The Sky, 1988’s My Neighbour Totoro, 2006’s Tales From Earthsea – are finally available on the streaming service. Revel in the genius of Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata and swoon to Joe Hisaishi’s soaring soundtrack. Best of all, the rest of the movies are also coming throughout the month on Netflix. 2020 has blessed us, and we must give thanks.

To All The Boys: P.S. I Still Love You 

Available Feb 12

If romantic comedies are more your thing, this is it. In this sequel, Lara Jean (Lana Condor) and Peter (Noah Centineo) are no longer pretending to be a couple. And, as Lara Jean navigates a trove of official firsts with Peter — her first real kiss, her first real date, her first Valentine’s Day — she also finds herself an unexpected new confidant while balancing a relationship and figuring out her authentic self. Things are further complicated when another recipient of one of Lara Jean’s old love letters enters her life again.

All The Bright Places

Available Feb 28

Based on the bestselling novel by Jennifer Niven, All The Bright Places tells the story of Violet Markey (Elle Fanning) and Theodore Finch (Justice Smith), who meet and change each other’s lives forever. As they struggle with the emotional and physical scars of their past, they come together, discovering that even the smallest places and moments can mean something. This compelling drama provides a refreshing and human take on the experience of mental illness, its impact on relationships, as well as the beauty and lasting impact of young love.

HBO GO

Netflix not doing it for you? Never fear, HBO Go is here. If you are a champion binge-watcher, try HBO Go for the classic TV series both old and new. We’re talking Game of Thrones (all eight seasons), Sex & The City, The Sopranos, Big Little Lies, The Leftovers… you could go on and on. In February, check out some of the big movies headed their way to HBO Go, including:

Pet Sematary (Feb 29) 

Some secrets are best left buried in this twisted thrill ride based on legendary author Stephen King’s 1983 book. After the Creed family relocates from Boston to the small town of Ludlow in Maine, they soon discover an ancient burial ground hidden deep in the woods near their new home. When tragedy strikes, the grief-stricken father (played by Jason Clarke) is driven by the cemetery’s sinister power, setting off a chain of events that unleashes an unfathomable evil with horrific consequences.

His Dark Materials (Season 1 available now)
Based on the best-selling books by Phillip Pullman, this BBC production stars James McAvoy and Ruth Wilson, an eight episode epic chronicling the adventures of orphan Lyra Belacqua in an alternate world where all humans having animal companions which are a manifestations of the human soul.

AMAZON PRIME

Another streaming service? Yes, really! Check out some of these original series.

Modern Love

It’s February, so you know this means Valentine’s Day and a time for lovestruck couples to cozy up and snuggle in front of the TV. Why not try something different to your usual rom-coms and check out Amazon Prime’s original series, Modern Love? Based on the long-running and award-winning Modern Love column in The New York Times, the series is a collection of funny, heart-warming, real and complex stories of love, loss and life.

Star Trek: Picard

Sci-fi’s most venerable hero returns in this long awaited comeback. Star Trek: Picard sees Sir Patrick Stewart reprising his iconic role as Jean-Luc Picard, which he played on Star Trek: The Next Generation (which ran from 1987 to 1994). Set at the end of the 24th century, Picard’s latest adventure takes place 20 years after the events of Star Trek: Nemesis (2002), the death of Picard’s android friend Data and the destruction of the planet Romulus (as shown in the 2009 J. J Abrams directed Star Trek).

BOOKS

How about curling up with a good book instead? Here’s where you can find some of your best reads for the week.

LocalBooks.sg

Buy local, support local – check out some of Singapore’s best fiction and non-fiction titles on this website. We recommend:

The Way Of Kueh by Christopher Tan

Part autobiography, part cookbook and part history lesson – this book by food writer, cooking instructor and author Christopher shares everything you need to know about local kueh (dessert) culture. Much more than just a collection of recipes, The Way of Kueh delves into the topic with a lyrical, insightful and practical approach. It traverses kueh families and genres, key kueh-making techniques, the seasonality and social significance of kueh, and the importance of both tradition and innovation. Local kueh artisans from all walks of life share their stories and perspectives in interviews, while short essays muse on the histories, regional and colonial influences, science and symbolism behind this most diverse of food genres.

GAMES

Off-Track! by SGAG

This latest card game by the irrepressible and irreverent bunch at SGAG, Off Track is a strategy card game where you build MRT tracks to reach your destination, while disrupting others and throwing them off track. Gather your friends and sabotage them as they try to navigate our MRT system, collaborate or just be a total game-spoiler. Disclaimer: We are not responsible for any friendships ruined in the process.