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Giving Women a Break – International Women’s Day 2021

This year’s International Women’s Day will hit differently as the fight for gender equality takes on a different turn in the pandemic. Early on in the pandemic, The Atlantic declared ‘The Coronavirus Is a Disaster for Feminism’. They see that the virus upended the daily routines of dual-income households. With that, childcare moves from the paid economy—day-cares, kindergartens, and babysitters—to the unpaid one: the families at home.

Of course, we’re not out of the woods yet. There are still clusters periodically forming and reports of community cases in Singapore. Thankfully, at least in Singapore, it’s all kept under control, and more vaccines are being produced every day. To use a tired, cliched, nonetheless accurate analogy, we can now see the light at the end of the tunnel, though we don’t know how long the tunnel will be. But, even as we want to run out of the tunnel, the pandemic’s toll on women shouldn’t be ignored.


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In Japan, COVID-19 exacerbated burdens from unemployment, household responsibilities and urban isolation. As a result, suicide spiked 15 per cent among Japanese women—the first year-over-year increase in over a decade, the New York Times reported. We can see a similar situation unfolding in the U.S and Germany. In those two countries, women are also facing reductions in employment and working hours. Also, women in the two countries are more likely to transition to working from home. 

The pandemic’s adverse effects on women’s equality could continue even if the world recovers from the pandemic. It could be more difficult for women to reintegrate into the workforce. And even if they are re-employed, they could still be hired to do the same job with lesser pay.

Singapore isn’t exempt from the global trend. However, there is hope that there is a more equal division of housework and care work after the pandemic. That’s because some men begin to work from home, they take on responsibilities at home too.

 But sociologists noticed that there is evidence showing that the household would still prioritise the men’s career and income after the pandemic, ‘crystallising’ gender inequality in the future.

This could exacerbate mental stresses for women. Not least when they have to face sexism and misogyny at the workplace, and by society as well. What’s more, the gender gap in mental health has existed even before the pandemic. A Mental Health Study conducted between December 2009 and December 2010 found that the lifetime prevalence of major depressive disorders is higher in women than in men (7.2 per cent in women, 4.3 per cent in men).


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‘A Short Break for A Long Mile’

There are solutions to this: the Singapore Council of Women’s Organisation (SCWO) advocates for childcare leave and eldercare leave to be interchangeable. AWARE Singapore thinks that making the request for flexible work arrangements a statutory right. And, they also suggest employers be required to provide paid eldercare leave and family care leave.

While we’re no policy experts, we know that getting some rest becomes a privilege for women. So even as the theme for this year’s International Women’s Day is #ChoosetoChallenge, we’d like to remind women that it’s okay to take a break, to pamper themselves a little. After all, there’s a Chinese saying that goes ’休息是为了走更长的路’—a short break will help you take on the long mile.

For this International Women’s Day, Tropika Club is Giving Women a break. And we’re proud to have the opportunity to collaborate with a slew of exemplary local brands for this little mission of ours. IncBox, W.O.W! Wellness, Wellaholic, R’es Beauty, Studio by Willy, Hegen, and Highbrow are standing by our message. Read on for their messages of solidarity, and see how they plan on giving women a break.


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Promotions for International Women’s Day 2021 (IWD 2021)

#1 IncBox

Message from IncBox Founder Stephanie Wong:

“Mental Health Issues Doesn’t Define Who You Are”

Be it if I’m with my spirited friends over coffee or just taking my dog out for a peaceful walk at the park. I relish every moment I have with my trusty, dependable company—furry or otherwise!

 I think, after going through my experiences with panic disorder, I realised the importance of rest. We battle every day, and sometimes we forget to just stop and rest. But by resting, we can actually recover and recharge. And that lets us tackle even future challenges with better focus.

If I have all the time in the world,  I’d want to stop and listen to a stranger’s struggles in life. I’d just walk up to women I see on the street that seems to be going through something tough, and just talk. A stranger’s good company can make a world of difference too!

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#2 W.O.W! Wellness

Message by W.O.W! Wellness

“You will be like a well watered garden, like an ever-flowing spring.”

Isaiah 58:11

More often than not, we take breaks for granted. And we forget that by resting, we don’t just recover from life’s stresses. And It’s not only about pampering ourselves either; it’s about giving ourselves the time and space to embrace what we love about ourselves too.

SPECIAL TRIAL PRICE AT $48 FOR PRE+PROBIOTICS TREATMENT (U.P. $268)

1st 50 Tropika Club readers who book an appointment with W.O.W! Wellness can enjoy the special promotional trial price of $48 per 90 min session.

Their popular new Pre+Probiotics Treatment, which already garnered glowing reviews in the media

Experience the benefits of both Prebiotics and Probiotics facial treatments. After a thorough consultation, their experienced therapists will customise the treatment based on four solutions:  Dry/pigmentation skin, Oily/Acne skin, Aging Skin and Sensitive Skin. 

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Terms and Conditions apply:  

  • Limited to first-time customers of W.O.W! Wellness and customers who have not visited for the past 12 months.
  • Valid for customers aged 21 and above only.
  • Valid only for Singaporeans, Singapore PR, EP, SP, DP, and WP holders.
  • Not valid with other offers/promotions/discounts.
  • Prices before GST


#3 Wellaholic

Message by Wellaholic

While it seems that things are turning for the better, we’re not sure how far we have to go before things go back to normal. So we want to remind women that it’s okay to take a breather, because only then you can intimately know the contours of your identity.

We’ve been committed to helping the tens of thousands of our female customers in their journeys of transformation since our founding in 2016. And even in uncertain times, we reaffirm that commitment through our top-notch treatments and our personable, professional staff.

SPECIAL IWD 2021 PROMOTION FOR ALL FEMALE WELLAHOLIC CUSTOMERS

For all purchases over $100 (final amount), get an additional discount based on your age.

 Examples:

 A female customer aged 45 will get $45 off a single session of SHR Brazilian of $159 (final price = $159 – $45 = $114)

 A female customer aged 39 will get $39 off a single session of TeethWhite of $109 (final price = $109 – $39 = $70)

A female customer aged 29 will get $25 off a single session of Microneedling @$159 (final price = $159 – $29 = $134) 

Terms and Conditions apply.

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Terms and Conditions:

  • The promotion is valid for the month of March 2021 for all female customers of Wellaholic only.
  • Customer can apply the promotion to one treatment only (E.g. customer cannot use promo for more than one treatments)
  • The promotion is valid for all Wellaholic services and treatments. The promotion is valid for final price of $100 and above.
  • Cashback can be used for this promotion, but the final amount must be above $100 to qualify for the promotion.
  • Promotion is meant for treatments within the month of March and cannot be purchased for future usage.
  • No cashback will be accrued for this promotion.
  • The management reserves the right to amend or end the promotion before end March. Happy International Women’s Day!!


Complimentary TeleHealth Session (Worth $107) from Orchard Health Clinic

Are you currently suffering from pain during this Circuit Breaker period? Orchard Health Clinic, Singapore’s top Osteopathy and Physiotherapy Clinic is offering a complimentary TeleHealth session (worth $107) for Tropika Club’s readers. To redeem the TeleHealth session, please call or WhatsApp 9127 3178 and quote “Tropika Club” at the time of booking of appointment. The session is 30 minutes can claimable from Mondays to Fridays, 9am to 6pm. This is valid till 6 June 2020.

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Top 7 Things to do on Coney Island and Punggol

During the weekends and the public holidays, we Singaporeans are always on the lookout for exciting things to do. If you are looking to connect with nature and explore the rustic side of Singapore (in particular, to the North), and you have not visited Coney Island or the surrounding Punggol area, perhaps you might want to consider it? Especially with the rapid mass urbanisation of Singapore, you never know how long they will retain their rustic charm! So allocate half a day (or even better, an entire day) to explore the white sandy beaches and woodland trails of Coney Island and get in touch with nature again!
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Why You Should Check Out The Singapore Writers Festival

I overheard this line at the festival two years ago: it’s not just a festival of writers, but it’s also a festival of ideas. Before you think this is a complete geeking out, it is. But hear me out; it’s thought-provoking as it discusses the current state of the world, especially with this year’s theme – Intimacy. Read on to find out Tropika Club’s take on this year’s Singapore Writers Festival.

Top 10 Best Curry Puff in Singapore

Favorited by the Singaporeans and Malaysians, the curry puff is one of the most popular snacks today. Fillings may include a thick curry (to prevent the juice from oozing out), chicken, eggs, (or sardines and black pepper chicken, or that many other unique curry puffs out there), it is by far one of the more common local delicacies that many fancy. One classic example of a good curry puff is Old Chang Kee’s – the flour is just right, and the aroma of the fillings is heavenly! Now, if you’re a die-hard fan of curry puff, you have come to the right place. Tropika Club will take you through aggregated rankings or “ranking of rankings” compared from the following sources to further ascertain the final rankings. This is further refined using the TripAdvisor rankings to decide between the position in case there is a tie. Read on to find out where are the Top 10 Best Curry Puff in Singapore.

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Your Top 11 Escape Rooms in Singapore – Can You Break Free?

Set out to think critically at these escape rooms that are loaded up with puzzles and vexing situations to test your companionship. Without giving an excessive amount of away, we educate you concerning probably the best escape rooms Singapore brings to the table. Be vital about who you enter these simulations with – snatch a few your brainier companions and work your way through top picks that brought to you by Tropika Club!


#4 R’es Beauty

Message by R’es Beauty Founder Regina Koh

Rest is absolutely important. That’s how we get good health, and a good life too!

For me, the best way to rest is by spending time with my family. I am blessed to live so near my daughter and her three grandchildren. The youngest one—thirteen months old!—never fails to cheer me up after a long day of running my business. That’s my favourite way of winding down my day.

I used to be a passionate member of Lion’s Club International, but I’ve taken a break from it last year. But with that, I get more rest, and I realise I have more energy to help my family, my friends, and the community around me.

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#5 Studio by Willy

Message by Studio by Willy

Getting a haircut is definitely one of the best ways to relax. With better rest comes better hair. After all, every woman deserves a crowning glory on their heads.

What’s more, with our skilled stylists and top-of-the-line hair care and hair products, you’ll have extra peace of mind.

The moment we shampoo your hair, all your worries will be washed away. With our expert staff, we’ll give you a fresh hairdo, but revitalise your spirits too.

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#6 HighBrow

Message by Highbrow Founder Cynthia Yew

We know the responsibilities of family and work could manifest as stress or guilt for women, drastically impacting women’s mental health.  Rest becomes all the more important to ensure mental health.

HighBrow supports this mission with our range of beauty services, including manicures, pedicures, lash extensions, hair filler, and brow embroidery services. What’s more, as customers pamper themselves at HighBrow, they can catch up on their rest too! Here at HighBrow, we not only help women in tackling the challenges ahead by letting them take a breather. We make sure they look beautiful and fabulous when they take on future challenges too.

GEL MANICURE @ $48 (U.P. $68 – 55% Discount)

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  • The Star Vista: 6694 2777 (Phone) | 9177 1677 (Mobile)
  • Capitol Singapore: 6694 0777 (Phone) | 8876 5677 (Mobile)
  • Parkway Parade: 6247 7789 (Phone) | 8339 6896 (Mobile)


#7 La Cara Estetica

Message by La Cara Estetica Founder Noora

After a hectic day at work, I usually retreat into my bathroom which I turned into a small home spa to wind my stress away. This will be followed by a cup of coffee or tea with my husband while we talk about our day.

With enough rest, I realised the human body works in such a way that it repairs, recuperates and recharges while we rest. As such, having ample rest ensures that I will be able to focus and give my 100% at work the next day.

If I have all the time in the world, I will be a confidante to women suffering from a depressive disorder. I would listen to their every woe and worry, even though I may not be able to help with their problems. For me, having someone to listen to my problems is already comforting enough.

$38 JAMU TUMMY TRIM (U.P.$98)

The Jamu Tummy Trim is a traditional massage using all-natural herbs to warm the womb, regulate menstrual cycle, ease bloats and aid in detoxifying. With targeted massage, the body continues to absorb the essence of the herbs and oils through the Jamu tight wrap. This helps to flatten the tummy and ensure a beautiful waistline.

$68 ESTETICA CRYSTAL SKIN  (U.P. $298)

Instantly glow and surge in hydration with Estetica Crystal Skin. Using aesthetic glow peel and EMS RF machine to intensively surge in Hylaraunate serums. Glowing youthful skin in just 1 session!

$69.90 CLASSIC GEL MANICURE + VITA GEL NAIL TREATMENT (U.P. $98)

VITA Gel Nail Treatment includes nail ampoules and hand serum to strengthen the growth of the nail and nourish the cuticle.

Call for appointment:

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  • Junction Nine: 6251 6765 
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#8 Beauteous Boutique

Message by Beauteous Boutique

Women shouldn’t be afraid to rest! After all, the smallest break makes a world of difference. Even in our busy lives, we must take care of ourselves. More often than not, we take it for granted.

At Beauteous Boutique, we’re always looking for new treatments and products to make sure that we cater to women of any kind. Not only that, we have our team of skilled beauticians, each trained in our holistic approach to wellbeing and results. And that’s how we make every woman who steps out of our doors feel unstoppable.

$6 LIP WAXING BY BEAUTEOUS BOUTIQUE (U.P. $12)

$34 MINI EXPRESS FACIAL BY BEAUTEOUS BOUTIQUE (U.P. $68)

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A curious wanderlust at heart, Benedict is always out to explore the world around him, and share his discoveries.