Make Your Masterchef Fantasies A Reality With A Little Help From This Cooking School

You know how in Hell’s Kitchen, Gordon Ramsay is always yelling at the chefs for serving raw scallops and beef wellingtons? You’d think that after half a season, they’d at least be able to serve cooked food. Jeez, how difficult is it to cook?

We at DiscoverSG decided to try our hand at cooking, and barely a minute into pounding a mixture of chili, shallots and garlic, we understood: being a chef is tough.

Sure, we love cooking. It’s fun and–dare we say–worth the hard work. But as food enthusiasts looking to improve our culinary skills without having to spend a bomb, we know how impossible that task is. So imagine our excitement when we discovered culinary lessons that are not only taught by professional chefs, but are also absolutely free. Well, sort of.

[caption id="attachment_23947" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Image Credit: Established in 2006, Image Credit: Not gonna lie, but Palate Sensations’ open concept kitchen is amazeballs. Outfitted with sharp knives, pasta makers, and all sorts of other equipment, we’re telling you, the studio is essentially a culinary playground.

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Look how inviting everything is![/caption]

After donning our aprons, we were attached to Executive Chef Brenda Chew, previously a Pastry Chef at Jamie’s Italian Sydney, and Chef Instructor Loreta Valdez, who conducts classes for domestic helpers.

Working in pairs, some of us had fun kneading our own pasta dough for the Fresh Pasta with Vongole while the others meticulously chopped and pounded the ingredients for the Thai Green Curry paste.

[caption id="attachment_24073" align="alignnone" width="1200"] Making pasta from scratch![/caption]

With a printout of the detailed recipe and your very own chef instructor, we have to say it is nearly impossible for you to set anything on fire. Not only are the instructors professional and patient, their passion is sure to bring out your inner chef!

[caption id="attachment_24074" align="alignnone" width="1600"] Fresh Pasta with Vongole[/caption] [caption id="attachment_24075" align="alignnone" width="1600"] Thai Papaya Salad[/caption]

After an hour-long crash course in cooking, we had on our table the Fresh Pasta with Vongole, Thai Papaya Salad and Thai Green Chicken Curry.

[caption id="attachment_24076" align="alignnone" width="1200"] Panna Cotta with Seasonal Fresh Fruit Compote[/caption]

For dessert, we whipped up a fresh batch of Panna Cotta with Seasonal Fresh Fruit Compote.

Were they delicious? Yes. Would we do it again? Definitely, especially when the classes can be covered by That’s right, with approximately thirty different parliament house! A two-day session at $250 per person that is claimable with your SkillsFuture Credit, get ready to learn to cook everything from pasta to pastries!

Besides giving us the recipe to take home, Brenda also said we could give her a ring should we encounter problems re-creating the dish. That alone is sweeter than our handmade desserts!

So if you’re a wannabe Masterchef looking for a place to start, we highly recommend heading to Palate Sensations for a taste of what its like being a professional chef in a very professional kitchen.

Now if you excuse us, we’ve got some Panna Cotta to re-create.

Palate Sensations Cooking School
Address: Chromos #01-03, 10 Biopolis Road, Singapore 138670
Contact no.: 6589 8843
(Top Image Credit: Palate Sensations)

Also read, 10 Foods Invented By Singaporeans That Will Give You Massive #SGPride

CROSSINGS – A Play Dark And Bold Enough For A Different Kind Of Valentine’s Day

Happy and in love, Danielle and Chris are just about to tie the knot. But within their picture-perfect relationship lie a train-wreck of betrayal and abuse.

As the champagne gets warm and the cake waits to be cut, the couple is forced to deal with the choices they made in the past, the emotional entanglements of the present and the uncertainty of the future.

Boy, if this isn’t the perfect play to catch this Valentine’s Day.

Bold, dark and funny, Crossings will be the first public performance staged by the new young & W!LD cohort this year.

Consisting of two plays The Mother, The Son and the Holy Ghost and Arbitrio, Crossings follows characters who have arrived at critical crossroads in their lives. They will be making choices that will impact their lives forever.

A brainchild by the eight members of young & W!LD, the final scripts of both plays in Crossings were put together by programme director Rodney Oliveriro. A theatre performer, he has been involved in more than fifty productions.

“Just like these troubled characters, we all have to live with the decisions we make and their consequences,” explains Oliveriro.

[caption id="attachment_22520" align="alignnone" width="1278"] Crossings will be held at Black Box
Source: Black Box[/caption]

In anticipation of Crossings, we had a quick chat with the casts of both plays, to find out more about the inventive and thought-provoking plays.

We spoke to Jasmine Blundell, Sharmaine Goh and Krish Natarajan.


Jasmine Blundell as Vix in The Mother, The Son and the Holy Ghost

An actor, musician, teacher and instant noodle-eater, Jasmine graduated from East 15 Acting School, specialising in World Performance – an eclectic blend of conventional and unconventional theatre traditions.

Sharmaine Goh as Danielle in Arbitrio

Currently pursuing her course in Arts and Theatre Management in Republic Polytechnic, Sharmaine is a raging cat lady who likes to, in her spare time, color and of course, pet cats.

Krish Natarajan as Chris in Arbitrio

Presently in LASALLE, Krish has always been into everything art and theatre. From Drama Club in his primary school to enrolling in SOTA when he was 12 years old, Krish practically is the theatre bug.

1. Hey guys, let’s take this from the top – what got you into theatre?

Jasmine: I can’t say I was bitten by the theatre bug. Rather, I was devoured by it. It started from a morbid theatre piece back in junior college. Our group had created a rather solemn, hyper-realistic piece about a suicide pact.  The emotional and physical toil really broke through during that performance and the feeling was indescribable. The unexpected pursuit of theatre began shortly after as I decided to take it more seriously.

Sharmaine: I’ve always loved performing! As a child I would always sing, dance and act in front of my family (and I still do). But I think it’s the connections that an actor makes with an audience that keeps my passion alive. I just love how theatre has its own unique way of challenging, comforting and entertaining people.

Krish: I’ve always been into theatre. My father was a source of influence, he brought me to shows. But I think I knew it was what I wanted to do after playing Hamlet in SOTA. I did a terrible job and I made a promise to myself to one day do Hamlet well and kill it.

2. Could you tell us more about the premise of your respective plays and character?

Jasmine: The Mother, The Son and the Holy Ghost is a… realistically surrreal one. The situations and problems presented are surreal, but the way we’ve presented it is in a rather ‘realistic’ way. It’s about a trio of characters who all have their own agendas. It’s also a tribute to people who try their best to ‘fix’ situations but end up making it worse. The play is an oxymoron – real, fast but slow. Vix is self-absorbed, rude, trigger-happy, slightly deluded and vocal in many ways.

Sharmaine: Arbitrio revolves around the choices that we make in life, especially when we reach a crossroad. Danielle has to choose between a lover and her husband. We see how much or little influence external factors have on her decision making process. Danielle is quite a ‘cookie cutter’ type of woman. There is an innocence to her and the situations in the play she ends up in will push her out of her comfort zone.

Krish: Chris is a traditional, good-hearted man. He is a bit of a tech nerd although he doesn’t exactly love his job. And Chris has a bit of a temper and can be rather impulsive.

[caption id="attachment_22515" align="alignnone" width="1000"] Behind-the-scenes with Jasmine Blundell (right) as Vix in The Mother, The Son and the Holy Ghost[/caption]

3. What are the main challenges in bringing your characters to life?

Jasmine: Vix is quite young in the play – something I struggle to experiment with because I am an old soul.  Perhaps the most common thing we have is that we’re both fast-talking, naive girls who want to believe in the good in people. She fights for social justice (or rather her own brand of social justice). Unlike her, I’m naturally not good at confrontations. So tapping into almost what seems like an alter-ego is exciting but scary.

Sharmaine: One of my biggest challenges is to get rid of my personal habits when acting, as well as to be more sensitive and attentive to my co-actors when rehearsing.

4. Sharmaine and Krish, we understand you’ve previously worked with each other in When S#!t Hits The Fam. Who do you think has a tougher time portraying the character?

[caption id="attachment_22514" align="alignnone" width="1000"] Crossings rehearsal with Sharmaine and Krish[/caption]

Sharmaine: It’s always a challenge portraying a character. I can’t compare and say whose is tougher but we definitely have our own sets of challenges.

Krish: I think that’s a very difficult question because both our characters have their respective challenges. They both go through things that Sharmaine and I have not exactly experienced personally, so it’s certainly challenging to truthfully portray their plights. And of course the characters aren’t quite different from who we are as people! But if I had to answer the question I would say me cause Sharm is great.

5. What sort of audience is going to love the play and what do you think is going to surprise them the most?

Jasmine: Let’s see. Audiences who love a good laugh, maybe a little cry from time to time, the old, the milennials – basically anyone who loves a good, side-splitting, emotion-worthy, unlikely-friendship story. There’s something in it for everyone, and I’m very sure you’ll leave feeling just a tinge-bit more sorrowful.

Sharmaine: We experimented a lot with this piece, so there definitely will be a lot of unexpected scenarios in this play. I can’t say much or it would’t be a surprise anymore, but there will be many.

Can’t wait to catch Crossings now that you’ve heard from the cast themselves? Or if you’re struggling for ideas for this Valentine’s Day, this may be the ticket to your solution. Pun intended.

Devised by the young & W!LD Company, written by Rodney Oliveiro
Venue: Centre 42, Black Box, 42 Waterloo Street, Singapore 187951
Show Dates: 15 – 19 February 2017, 8pm on all days, 3pm on Saturday & Sunday
Ticket Price: $30; $25 for students, NSFs and senior citizens
Get your tickets All images are courtesy of W!ld Rice unless otherwise stated.

Also, read 12 Valentine’s Day Date Experiences That Don’t Involve Dinners And Movies

Huat Ah! 8 Restaurants To Book For Your CNY Reunion Dinner 2017!

That’s right, it’s that time of the year. Christmas and New Year have barely passed and here you are, planning for another big family gathering – CNY reunion dinner. Tables at the ever-popular restaurants are definitely filling up and you are starting to feel the heat. Why does Chinese New Year have to be so darn close to Christmas!?

Well have no fear, because obviously, we are here to save you from the festive stress (as much as we can). Whether you’re looking to book a restaurant or are in search of one that’s different from the usual go-to restaurants, listed below are eight restaurants to host your CNY reunion dinner at!

1. Tiffany Café & Restaurant

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At $59.80++ for lunch and $69.80++ for dinner, embark on a gastronomical journey and indulge in festive dishes such as Braised Eight Treasures Chicken in Claypot and Torched Pacific Wrasse with Ebiko Wasabi Hollandaise & Chili Thread.

Enjoy a slate of discounts that include 20% off the first reunion seating (5.30pm – 7.30pm) and 30% off the second reunion dinner seating (8pm – 10.30pm). What’s more, there is a one-for-one credit card promotion running from 16th January – 11th February 2017! (excluding dinner on 27th January). How awesome is this?

Tiffany Café & Restaurant
Furama City Centre, 60 Eu Tong Sen Street, S059804
Tel: 6531 5366
Email: [email protected]

2. Mitzo

Located at Grand Park Orchard is Source: Mitzo[/caption]

Besides the popular Pearls of Prosperity Kanpachi Kigfish Yu Sheng, pamper your family with the Prawn/Lobster Grouper Fortune Pot, Lobster Fried Rice with Pork Liver & Preserved Sausage and Fish Maw Soup with Pumpkin, Bamboo Pith & Chicken. The CNY reunion dinner menu will be available from 14th January to 11th February 2017.

Do also take the opportunity to sample Mitzo’s artisanal cocktails such as the Spring Blossom, a smoky and sweet mescal cocktail.

Level 4 Grand Park Orchard, 270 Orchard Rd S 238857
Tel: 6603 8855
Email: [email protected]

 3. Ban Heng

With five outlets in Singapore, Source: Ban Heng[/caption]

This year, Ban Heng Group offers a mouth watering Reunion Dinner Set menu that features dishes such as the Salmon Yu Sheng, Suckling Pig, Herbal Chicken and Wok-Fried Spare Ribs. Indulge in this reunion feast at a price ranging from $498 to $998 for a family of ten!

CNY reunion dinner on 27 January is available with two seatings from 5.30pm to 10pm.

Ban Heng
For locations and contact information for a specific outlet, click 4. Yan

Fans of Cantonese cuisine would have heard of this one. Located at the iconic National Gallery Singapore, Signature Shun De Style Yu Sheng with Yellowtail Fish & Golden Flakes
Source: Yan[/caption]

At prices from $118++ to $268++ per individual, indulge in dishes such as the Signature Yellowtail Fish Yusheng with Golden Flakes, the new Doubled-boiled Chicken Soup with Black Garlic Sea Whelk and the return of the popular Danggui Roast Duck and succulent Baked Half Lobster with Supreme Stock.

[caption id="attachment_20890" align="alignnone" width="950"] Signature crispy roast suckling pig served in 3 ways (crispy skin, carved shoulder & oven-baked fillet with lemongrass)
Source: Yan[/caption]

Prices may seem a little steep but for Yan, we’d say it’s worth the splurge. Yan’s CNY menus are available for lunch and dinner, from 9th January to 11th February 2017. Two reservation slots for dinner at 5.30pm and 8.15pm are available on Chinese New Year Eve.

National Gallery, 1 St Andrew’s Road #05-02, S178957
Tel: 6382 5585
Email: [email protected]

5. Moi Lum

A traditional Chinese restaurant that is almost a decade old, Source:[/caption]

In light of Chinese New Year, Moi Lum has provided three (not very) different menus to cater to the size of your company. At ($80+/pax, $388+/6pax, $568+/10pax), indulge in dishes such as the Prosperity Abalone, Sautéed Broccoli with Scallops & Prawns, Braised Shark’s Fin Soup with Crab Meat and of course, the Majestic Roast Chicken.

Available from 18th January to 27th January 2017, the menu is available for both lunch and dinner. Lunch will be held from 11.30am – 3.30pm, whilst dinner will consist of two seatings; 6pm – 7.50pm and 8pm – 10pm.

Moi Lum
38 Maxwell Road S069116
Tel: 6226 2283
Email: [email protected]

6. Xi Yan Shaw Singapore

Hailing from Hong Kong is the much-acclaimed Roasted Herbal Chicken
Source: Xi Yan Shaw Singapore[/caption]

For really affordable rates, you’ll get to enjoy dishes such as its signature Prosperity Yu Sheng, Roasted Lychee Duck, Stewed Pork Belly in Sour Plum & Black Vinegar Sauce and Fried Pork Trotter Chestnut Bee Hoon.

Needless to say, Xi Yan Shaw Singapore enjoys overwhelming popularity during Chinese New Year so we’d start making our reservation now if we were you. Do note that Xi Yan Shaw Singapore will be closed on 28th and 29th January 2017. 

Xi Yan Shaw Singapore
Shaw Centre, 1 Scotts Road #03-12/13, S228208
Tel: 6733 3476
Email: [email protected]

7. Golden Peony

Award-winning Chinese restaurant  Roast London Duck
Source: Golden Peony[/caption]

At $1198++ for a table of ten, enjoy an eight-course meal with dishes such as the Signature Roast London Duck, Fortune Glutinous Rice with Assorted Chin ese Sausages and Fried Nian Gao with Sweet Potato and Yam.

[caption id="attachment_20896" align="alignnone" width="997"] Fortune Gold Flakes ‘Yu Sheng’ Kanpachi, Salmon and Crispy Fish Skin
Source: Golden Peony[/caption]

Looking to accommodate a smaller company? Golden Peony offers another option where you get to enjoy dishes including the Fortune Salmong Yu Sheng, Braised Pork Kunckle served with Seasonal Vegetables and Steam Nian Gao with Coconut Flakes at $100++ per person.

The CNY menu will be available for both lunch and dinner, from 10th January to 11th February 2017.

Golden Peony
Conrad Centennial Hotel Level 3, 2 Temasek Boulevard, S038983
Tel: 6432 7482
Email: [email protected]

8. Jade

If you’re looking for an elegant, minimalistic restaurant that serves great food, Jade at The Fullerton is your answer.

[caption id="attachment_20892" align="alignnone" width="705"] Rooster Yu Sheng
Source: Jade[/caption]

At $68+ per person, you’ll get to enjoy a 5-course menu consisting of a medley of gourmet plates. Start off with the Eight Happiness Gold Rush Yusheng, served on a platter with the cutest rooster accompanied by raw salmon slices, house-made champagne jelly and drizzles of olive oil and pineapple dressing.

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After which, tuck into the Poached Cockscomb-shaped Chicken Dumplings, Stewed Chicken and Crab Meat Duo with Red Wine and Chinese Wine in Claypot, where the Chef Leong Chee Yeng showcases his Cantonese rendition of the Surf and Turf.

The Fullerton Hotel, 1 Fullerton Square S049178
Tel: 68778188

So there you have it, crisis averted. Of course, with just three weeks left to go, we highly recommend you to get started on those reservations because whilst we can help, we cannot ensure a table for you.

Also, read The Prosperity Burger IS FINALLY BACK!

Five Reasons Why You Should Try Parkour At Least Once In Your Life

From scaling walls to jumping from rooftop to rooftop, the action movie junkie in us has always admired the stunts performed by the spies/secret agents. But as someone who feels a sense of achievement from just walking on the balancing beam at the fitness corner downstairs without falling, we sort of put our dreams of joining the spy-hood behind. That was until we were given the chance to attend a Parkour class.

Our ambassadors, Chelsea and Cheryl, attended the class too. Here’s a video of their experience:

A French invented sport that focuses on overcoming obstacles in urban environments through running, jumping or climbing, Parkour is definitely not for the non-nimble. It’s sort of like a mandatory sport for spies in training.

[caption id="attachment_20165" align="alignnone" width="2048"] Tan Chi Ying, one of Singapore’s Parkour pioneers and founder of A2 Movements[/caption]

As we stood in the company of Tan Chi Ying, one of the pioneers of Singapore Parkour scene and founder of The Free Runner Lodge, an indoor Parkour facility, resembles a playground without stairs (who needs them when you can swing/climb/flip your way around, right?). Established in 2010, A2 Movements is Singapore’s first Parkour academy.

[caption id="attachment_20166" align="alignnone" width="1000"] The Free Runner Lodge – An indoor Parkour facility by A2 Movments[/caption]

After a couple of stretches, we stood face-to-face with a wooden block that was half our height.

Our mission was to place both our hands on the block’s surface before swinging our legs over and bringing our whole body over the obstacle. Sounds pretty doable, right? Wrong.

After multiple bruises the size of eggs on our legs, we’ve got to say, it definitely is not as easy as action movie stars make it out to be. It’s been a long introduction, so here are five reasons why Parkour will keep us coming back for more (bruises).

1. It’s A Great Workout

Never, ever underestimate the power of Parkour to work your muscles.

After an embarrassing half hour trying Parkour and using muscles we didn’t know existed, we were exhausted.

[caption id="attachment_20168" align="alignnone" width="1616"] Students in training[/caption]

So if you’re starved for time or are just looking to try a new workout, try Parkour.

2. It Pushes You Out Of Your Comfort Zone

As the Parkour session progressed, we found ourselves pushing our boundaries and achieving something we never thought was possible.

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Most of us are right-handers, and we’re never good at using the left hand for anything. After some practice (and persuasion), not only did we manage to use our left hands to support our body weight, we were surprisingly comfortable with it.

3. It’s Really, Really Fun

It’s one thing to watch your favorite actors (or stuntmen) perform the stunts, and another to actually sort of perform them. Not only is it enjoyable, but the sense of achievement upon completion is also really high. Imagine doing this:

Of course, tons of practice is needed, but how fun did that look? Super.

4. It’s a Solo Sport

Much like hitting the gym, Parkour focuses on you and you only. When we first stepped into class, we were surrounded by existing students who were too busy practicing their mid-air flips to notice our building nervousness. Die, sure kenna judge.

[caption id="attachment_20200" align="aligncenter" width="960"] No one’s judging here[/caption]

But as the session progressed, it hit us that firstly, everyone is here to learn. Secondly, everyone else is too busy perfecting their own moves to bother about you.

5. It Keeps One Unbelievably Young

Despite Chi Ying’s jaw-dropping consecutive midair somersaults, what really made our jaws drop was his age.

[caption id="attachment_20169" align="alignnone" width="1367"] How many of us can soar through the air like this after we hit the big three O?[/caption]

When asked for his secret to looking almost ten years younger than his actual age, Parkour was the answer. For those who are wondering, Chi Ying is 30 years old.

It may require a lot of practice, but Parkour has got to be one of the most satisfying sports around.

For those who are interested, the good news is that A2 Movements holds classes every day of the week and has various time slots for you to choose from! If you’re undecided about a long-time commitment ($200 for unlimited sessions a month), fear not – A2 Movements offers a one off-session ($25). As for the ladies, you’ll be glad to know that there’s a time slot reserved just for you.

Personal trainings aside, A2 Movements also conducts workshops and events, so if you’re looking for a unique corporate bonding experience, free to check Now, here’s your chance to win a Parkour session for two!

Head on down to our Facebook page for the details. This giveaway ends on 28 December, and the lucky winner will be notified through Facebook.

A2 Movements
CT Hub #05-91, 114 Lavender Street S338729
Tel: 91849744 (Chi Ying)
Email: [email protected]
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True Story: A Singaporean Man’s Journey As A Ladyboy In Cambodia

Standing before a nightclub with dazzling neon lights, her rusty golden locks blew gently in the wind as she took a heavy drag from her cigarette. In a figure-hugging dress and black strappy heels, Shauna strutted flawlessly from the red light district of Siem Reap to her apartment.

Source: Sean LeeShauna
Source: Sean Lee

In the bathroom, she tugs gently at her hair, removing her curls before running water across her face. Looking up, she could barely recognise the man in the mirror. This is the story of Sean Lee, the man behind ladyboy Shauna, in Cambodia.

[caption id="attachment_19459" align="aligncenter" width="857"]Credit: Sean Lee Credit: Sean Lee[/caption]

Sitting across the man with young, boyish looks, we could hardly tell the similarities between Sean and Shauna. It might have been the blonde wig but hey, never underestimate the power of make-up.

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Source: Sean Lee

All in all, journey of thirty-one year old Singaporean photographer Starting out as an assignment, Shauna soon developed into an immersive photography project where Sean takes on the persona of a ladyboy.


Just to be clear, by “taking on the persona of a ladyboy”, we mean dressing, behaving and living within Siem Reap’s red light district. Effort gao gao.

[caption id="attachment_19460" align="aligncenter" width="861"]Credit: Sean Lee Credit: Sean Lee[/caption]

As we sat down with Sean himself, we find out how his photography journey began, the inspiration behind Shauna, and what it was like becoming a Singaporean ladyboy in Siem Reap.

1. So Sean, what first made you first pick up the camera?

Oh, I’ve always had an interest in photography. Though it was after I’d graduated from junior college when my Literature teacher, who knew about my interest, introduced me to it.

Working his way up from a photographer’s assistant, Sean has, over the years, built an impressive list of clientele including DBS and Singapore Airlines where his works have been featured in several exhibitions, notably the Saatchi Gallery and Les Recontres d’Arles.

2. What do you think is the main challenge of being a professional photographer?

As a freelance photographer, I’d say the inconsistency of the jobs. You know, having no clue as to where your next job will come from. This really got to me when I was younger.

3. Let’s talk a little about Shauna. What’s the story behind the project?

I was 22 and was attending the I did try taking on different personas such as a tuk tuk driver and construction worker but they just didn’t work. So I eventually got around to Shauna and settled on a ladyboy persona.


I started with this really cheap wig and borrowed clothes from my lady friends, who also taught me to put on my make up.

[caption id="attachment_19457" align="aligncenter" width="850"]Credit: Sean Lee Credit: Sean Lee[/caption]

It started out as a week-long assignment but I ended up spending two years flying back and forth Cambodia to complete the project. During the process, I took on professional make-up lessons and learnt how to strut in stilettos!

4. What was it like, being Shauna?

Here’s the funny thing. Whenever I look back at her photos, it’s like looking at a complete stranger (even though that person is me).

[caption id="attachment_19010" align="aligncenter" width="1200"]untitled-design Credit: Sean Lee[/caption]

Taking on her persona wasn’t easy, because some days you just don’t feel committed, but other days you are completely into character. It’s crazy.

5. Your photos of Shauna are amazing. Did you have any help in taking them?

Well most of them I took with tripods and self-timers, though I did have a friend of mine who would help me in taking some of the shots.

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It was great to have him around because you know, sometimes I’d need him to explain to patrons that we’re dong photography project.

6. What would be your main takeaway from Shauna?

Life is very different in the red light district of Siem Reap. Many of them don’t have a choice, but some of them are honestly looking for love.

[caption id="attachment_19458" align="aligncenter" width="859"]screen-shot-2016-12-05-at-3-53-28-pm Credit: Sean Lee[/caption]

I’ve actually bumped into one of the working girls a couple of years later, who told me about her marriage and new life abroad. I’m really happy for them.

7. So what have you been up to lately? Tell us a little more!

Something I’m currently working on is Looking at my students made me reflect on my youth and the friends that I used to hang out with, partied with, fallen in love with.

[caption id="attachment_19007" align="alignnone" width="1000"]Young Love Source: Sean Lee Young Love | Source: Sean Lee[/caption]

Through this project, I hope to really capture the essence and innocence of youth, to document this precious stage of life that we all come to miss.

8. Lastly, any advice for budding photographers?

Never. Stop. Working. Assist as much as you can, because that’s where you learn the essential skills to photography. Never forget to work on projects that are close to your heart, to pursue projects that you’re interested in, where you’re not in it just for the money.

If this isn’t dedication, we don’t know what is.

For those how are interested, Shauna now comes in a photobook and is available Instagram.

Header image credit: Sean Lee

Also, read The Perfect Shot – DarylAiden’s Photography Journey & DreaChong

$1 Deals! Emporium Shokuhin Celebrates Its Anniversary With $1 Wagyu, Oysters, & More

As Singapore’s first integrated Japanese food shopping and dining destination, the After all, it is so ginormous that it’ll take you at least 10 minutes to browse through the never-ending variety of Japanese products.


If you haven’t already heard of Emporium Shokuhin, this Japanese market located within Marina Square is a Japanese gourmet grocer that features live seafood in huge ass tanks, a beef dry-aging facility, and eight unique dining concepts.

Talk about having an all-in-one food establishment!

Emporium Shokuhin’s 1st Anniversary $1 Deals

For its first anniversary, Emporium Shokuhin is rolling out a series of $1 deals throughout the month of November.

That’s right, $1.

If you’re still undecided on whether you should dine at Emporium Shokuhin, we present you four awesome $1 deals that’ll help seal the deal.

1. Indulge In Endless Premium Japanese Miyazaki Wagyu At Just $1

Smooth, buttery, and full of flavour – this grilled meat is the dream of all beef lovers.


Served by Gyuu + Yainiku Grill at Emporium Shokuhin, enjoy intensely flavoured dry-aged beef. Image flavourful, tender meat that melts in your mouth.

Originally priced at $98++ per individual, you’ll now get to dine at $1 for every 2nd Miyazaki Wagyu & Kurobuta Buffet.*

This essentially means you get to dine at $99++ for two – wagyu-bly the best deal in town.

Gyuu + Yainiku Grill
Opening hours: 
11.30am – 3pm, 6pm – 10pm
*Valid only for adult buffet, 90 mins per dine-in

2. Enjoy Live Oysters At $1 Each

A fan of seafood? The Emporium Shokuhin’s Umi + Vino Seafood Wine Bar is the place to be this November.


With a minimum order of six oysters, you get to enjoy your second live oyster at just $1 each!* Say whaaaat. Looks like Takuni Raw won’t be the only place to get your oyster fix this month.

Umi + Vino Seafood Wine Bar
Opening hours: 
11.30am – 10pm
*2nd live oyster must be of same or lower value as regular priced oyster

3. Tuck Into $1 Hokkaido Wagyu Shabu-Shabu Buffet

The monsoon season is upon us and with all the rainy weather, who can blame us for craving something warm and soupy?


At Tsukeru Shabu-Shabu, you’ll get to savour premium flavoured, marbled wagyu with unlimited servings of seafood and vegetables at $99 for two!*

With its usual price at $98+ for one, this buffet is essentially going at the price of one-for-one.

Tsukeru Shabu-Shabu
Opening hours: 
11.30am – 3pm, 6pm – 10pm
*Valid only for adult buffet, 90 mins per dine-in

4. Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth with $1 Pastries

Looking for something sweet to end your meal at Emporium Shokuhin with?


Located within Emporium Shokuhin is Kohi-Koji Café & Bakery, a café that offers desserts ranging from fruit tarts to rainbow cakes.

Just for the month of November, enjoy the pastry of the day at just $1!* Simply purchase any beverage in order to enjoy the deal.

Kohi-Koji Café & Bakery
Opening hours:
8.30am – 8.30pm
*Purchase excludes bottled rinks
*Pastry of the day cannot be exchanged for other items

There you have it, four awesome $1 deals to take advantage of till the end of this November. So if you’re looking for a place for your Japanese cuisine fix, you’d definitely know where to go.

Emporium Shokuhin
Address: 6 Raffles Boulevard #01-18 Marina Square, Singapore 039594
Call: 6224 3433
Facebook here
Website Header image: Nuyou

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Unconventional Halal Food Places: Dim Sum, Mexican Food, Korean Chicken & More!

Craving for some good food, but you or your friends are Muslim? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. With this list of best hidden Halal food places, you or your Muslim friends will never feel left out!

1. Fix Cafe

Craving for some Mexican Halal foodFix brings the country of chocolate and corn to you.

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 Mexican Food
Try: Beef Chilli Cheese Fries, Chicken Drumlets (Comes with sour cream sauce. Yum!), Prawn and Lime Fajitas, Donuts with salted egg drip
Come here if: You want to get your Mexican food fixed (Get it?).
This place is: Halal Certified
Address: 31 Ah Hood Rd #01-06 HomeTeam NS-JOM Clubhouse Singapore 329979
Opening Hours: 11am to 10pm daily. (Kitchen closes 3-530pm on weekdays)
Facebook here

2. Jinjja Chicken

Think fast food with a unique Asian twist and you have Jinjja chicken.

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This casual restaurant was inspired by South Korea’s rich street food culture, its love for fried chicken and its ‘pali-pali’ (A Korean expression to mean hurry) culture of speed.

Aiming to create and define itself as ‘The Authentic Asian Fast Food Joint”, Jinjja Chicken is an affordable place for just about anyone who loves Korean food.

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Jinjja Chicken
Korean food
Try: Jinjja Chicken (It’s ‘jinjja’ good), Tteokbokki Fries, Shaved Milk Bingsu
Come here if: You’re craving Korean food and k-pop (MVs are played round the clock)
This place is: Halal Certified
Address: 249 Victoria Street (Bugis Village), Singapore 188032
Opening Hours: Sunday-Thursday (11am till 10pm) , Friday-Saturday (11am – 11.30pm)
Facebook here

3. Hyde and Co.

If you can’t decide between two cravings (western or local), Hyde and Co. is your place.

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Hyde and Co. mixes some of our favourite dishes to create a harmony of flavours- its aim being to create food inspired by old world British charm with a modern twist.

If you’re a fan of coffee and tea, it wouldn’t harm to check this place out. Their extensive tea and coffee selection will make you giddy.

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Hyde & Co.
Fusion Cuisine
Try: Nasi Lemak Risotto, Hyde Specials (Rotated regularly), Ondeh Ondeh French Toast
Come here if: You want creatively named specials (Think Prince of Egypt and The Addams Family) and cute chefs
This place is: Halal Certified
Address: 785 North Bridge Road Singapore 198753
Opening Hours: Monday (12pm till 6pm), Wednesday to Friday (12pm till 10pm), Saturday (11am till 10pm), Sunday (11am till 6pm), Closed on Tuesdays
Facebook here

4. I am Cafe 

Posing for your OOTDs and shopping till you drop can take up a lot of energy. Fuel up at I am Cafe.

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A popular cafe located in Haji Lane (AKA Hipster Heaven), I am Cafe is the go to place for those who want an authentic cafe experience.

Take a look around the cafe and you’ll notice a wall with a photo of bicycles; that’s because I am Cafe was inspired by Amsterdam!

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I am Cafe
Western Food
Try: Charcoal Grilled Beef Burger, Fish ‘N’ Chips, Rainbow Cake
Come here if: You want to enjoy the sights and sounds of Haji Lane and alfresco dining
This place is: Muslim Owned
Address: 674 North Bridge Road, junction of North Bridge Road and Haji Lane
Opening Hours: Monday to Thursday (11.30am till 11pm), Friday and Saturday (11.30am till 1am), Sunday (11.30am till 10pm). Closed on first and third Mondays of the month.

5. Kowloon Express

All your favourite Hong Kong dishes in one place.

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This is a great place for those who love Hong Kong fare as it is one of the rare Halal food places that serves popular dishes like Har Kow and Custard buns.

Its custard buns are filled with so much custard that a caution sign was put up on the walls of the restaurant.

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Kowloon Express
Dim Sum, Noodles, Congee, Meat Dishes
Try: Duck Rice, Salted Egg Fish Skin, Dim Sum (Har Kow, Chilli Crab Pau, Charcoal Golden Sand Pau), Salt Pepper Roast Chicken, Cereal Prawn
Come here if: You’re craving Cantonese inspired chow
This place is: Muslim owned and Halal Certified.
Address: 321 Clementi Mall, Eng Wah Cinema, Clementi Ave 3 #01-01
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm daily
Facebook here

6. Paddington House of Pancakes

Tired of sweet pancakes? Try some savoury ones at Paddington House of Pancakes!

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Dedicated to serving up not only value for money food, but healthy options as well, Padding House of Pancakes takes their craft seriously.

They’ve sampled pancakes from around the world (America, China, France, Russia and even Czech Republic just to name a few) in order to not only make better pancakes, but to also bring the tastes of these countries to you.

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Padding House of Pancakes
 Fusion Cusine
Try: Pancake Double Decker Burger, The Brussels, NICE (Yes, that’s the name), Chocolate, Peanut Butter and Jam Crepe Roll with Ice Cream (Sounds like a mouthful? It is.)
Come here if: You like your food sweet and savory, a halal alternative to Strictly Pancakes
This place is: Halal Certified
Address: 180 Kitchener Rd, #02-35/36 City Square Mall, City Square Mall, 208539
Opening Hours: 11AM–9PM
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Meaning ‘Take a break from work’, Fika is exactly what you need after a long day slogging over your desk.

If you’ve always wanted to try Swedish food and you’re looking for another alternative (You know what we mean) for the much loved meatballs, you’ll definitely want to come here.

 Swedish food
Try: Swedish Meat Balls, Panbiff, Macaroni Stew with Sausages
Come here if: You want to try authentic Swedish food (The owner’s husband is from Sweden!)
This place is: Muslim owned and Halal Certified
Address: 257 Beach Road (Corner of Arab Street and Beach Road), 9 Raffles Boulevard (Millenia Walk), 11 Tanjong Katong Road (OneKM)
Opening Hours: Sunday-Thursday and PH: 11am-10pm, last order is 9.15pm (kitchen only), Friday-Saturday: 11am-11pm, last order is 10.15pm (kitchen only), Eve of public Holiday: 11am-11pm, last order is 10.15pm (kitchen only)
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If you want a place that always surprises, come to Badoque. The cafe constantly serves up new dishes that will tickle your taste buds! Whether you’re in the mood for some indoor or alfresco dining, Badoque has the option of both.

Try: Beef Ribs, Fried Breaded Oysters, Squid Ink Risotto
Come here if: Steak, you want to try ‘Mermaid Tears’ (It’s a legit dish!)
This place is: Halal Certified
Address: 246 Upper Thomson Rd, Singapore 574370
Opening Hours: Tues – Thur, Sat & Sun 12pm till 10pm. Fridays : 2pm till 10pm

9. The Lab

If you’re a fan of cakes, pastas and everything science, visit The Lab.

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Though it sounds like the next Halloween Horror Nights haunted house, The Lab is far from that.

With syringes, flasks and all sorts of science-ish stuff, The Lab is indeed a unique dining experience. Check out their galaxy cakes – they’re out of this world.

The Lab
 Western Food
Try: The Lab Drumlets, Heisenberger, Chocolate Midnight Snack
Come here if: You secretly want to be a scientist, you want to inject stuff in your food
This place is: Muslim owned
Address: 1 Jalan Pisang, #01-01, Singapore 199069
Reservations (only for 6-15 pax): + 65 6299 5681
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat: 1230pm to 10pm (last kitchen order 915pm), Sundays: 1pm to 930pm (last kitchen order 845pm)
Facebook here

10. My Secret Hideout Peachy’s

If big portions are what you’re after, look no further, because My Secret Hideout Peachy’s is here.

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Raved about for their value for money portions, Peachy’s guarantees that you leave with a full stomach.

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My Secret Hideout Peachy’s
 Western Food
Try: Buffalo Wings, Cheesy Fish & Chips, Chicken Chop
Come here if: You want cheap food with huge portions
This place is: Muslim Owned and Halal Certified
Address: 803A North Bridge Road Singapore 198771
Opening Hours: Daily: 12pm to 1030pm (last order 1030pm)
Facebook here

11. The Ramen Stall

A Halal food option for all ramen lovers. Yay!

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If you’ve always wanted to try ramen, this is your time. The Ramen Stall is a rare gem as it is halal certified. Remember to slurp loudly!

The Ramen Stall
 Japanese Food
Try: Volcano Ramen, Chicken Cha-Su Ramen
Come here if: You want ramen. Obviously.
This place is: Halal Certified
Address: 787 North Bridge Road Singapore 198755
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri: 5pm to 6am, Sat, Sun, PH: 12pm to 6am
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Feel On Top Of The World: 12 Bridges In Singapore That’ll Sweep You Off Your Feet

‘Cos I’m top of the world eh, I’m on top eh~

Now that we’ve got the song stuck in your head (great song by Imagine Dragons BTW), let’s talk a little about bridges.

We may not seem like a bridge-y country, but you’ll be surprised by the wide range of bridges we have in Singapore. From overlooking lush greenery to taking in a gorgeous sunset view, we present you a list of 12 bridges with amazeballs view.

1. MacRitchie Tree Top

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If you’re a nature lover, you’re gonna love this one. Overlooking the MacRitchie Reservoir Park, this 250m long suspension bridge is naturally one of the most insta-documented bridge. Located between the two highest points in MacRitchie, you’re guaranteed to have a bird’s eye view of the canopy.

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MacRitchie Tree Top
Location: 601 Island Club Rd, S578775

2. Southern Ridges

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It may be a little less well-known, but this Forest Walk gives you a panoramic view of the greenery. This 1.3km long elevated bridges makes a good option for those looking for a stroll or some fresh air.

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A stranger to almost none, this Henderson Waves Bridge is best known for its uh, waves? Currently Singapore’s highest pedestrian bridge, 36 metres above ground,you can often, in its waves, find exhausted trekkers seeking some protection from the sun. This bridge can also serve as quite the romantic date spot.

Henderson Waves
Enter from Telok Blangah Hill Park or Mount Faber Park.

4. OCBC Skyway

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At 22 metres off the ground, you get to enjoy the panoramic view of the Marina Bay skyline (which gets really awesome after the sun sets). A mishmash of an urban and nature setting, a stroll along this bridge is nonetheless an interesting one.

OCBC Skyway
Location: 10 Bayfront Ave, S018956

5. Fort Siloso Skywalk

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If you love skywalks, you’re gonna love this new kid on the block. Situated at Fort Siloso, this 11-storey high bridge is currently Singapore’s tallest skywalk. Embark on this scenic trek along this glass-bottomed bridge (at one part) and we guarantee you a unique experience. But if you’re deathly afraid of heights, we’d suggest for you to sit this one out.

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Fort Siloso Skywalk
Location: Sentosa, Fort Siloso

6. Jewel Bridge

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Hidden within Punggol Park is the lesser known Jewel Bridge, a pit stop for many of its resident joggers and cyclists. If you’re looking for a place to catch the perfect sunset, this bridge is definitely one of them.

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Jewel Bridge
Along Punggol Park Connector

7. Helix Bridge

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A sight familiar to the city-dwellers, the Helix Bridge itself is an architectural vision. A curve-y bridge never fails to fascinate, we reckon the best time to take in the view of Marina Bay will be against the backdrop of the setting sun. If not, the night-lights at Marina Bay will also do the view justice.

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This bridge is one of Singapore’s best kept secrets – the Lions Bridge that links Gardens By The Bay to Marina Bay Sands. From here, you have a bird’s eye view of the Singapore Flyer, almost the whole of Gardens by the Bay (including those domes), Marina Barrage, Marina Bay Sands (both interior and exterior), the CBD, and Bayfront Ave Road (if watching cars zoom past is your thing).

It’s particularly beautiful at night – trees line the pavement, there’s warm cosy lighting for ambience, and little wooden benches where you can sit and enjoy the view and breeze.

Lions Bridge
Gardens by the Bay/ Marina Bay Sands

9. St John – Lazarus Walkway

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Though technically not a bridge, this walkway connecting St John Island and Lazarus Island offers nothing less than an amazing view. We’d even go so far to say that the islands’ endless crystal clear waters are capable of giving Maldives’s beach a run for its money.

St John – Lazarus Walkway
 St John Island/Lazarus Island

10. Cavenagh Bridge

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Built in 1870, the Cavenagh Bridge is no doubt one of the oldest bridges in Singapore. Located across the Singapore River, this bridge is named after William Orfeur Cavenagh, the last governor of the Straits Settlements. Situated in front of The Fullerton Hotel, this bridge gives you a splendid view of the majestic colonial building and the Singapore river itself.

Cavenagh Bridge
Location: 1 Fullerton Square, S049178

11. Railway Bridge

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Another bridge well documented across various social media platforms, the Railway Bridge may be a little tricky in terms of access. But trust us, the view is worth the climb. With its indescribable charm, this rustic location will evoke a sense of appreciative nostalgic in you in no time.

Railway Bridge
380 Upper Bukit Timah Road

12. Sentosa Suspension Bridge

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So who says you need to be on top of the world to feel like it, eh? The amazing views you can enjoy at these 12 unique bridges will prove that height isn’t everything.

Header image: Flickr, words by writer

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10 Things Only A Coffee Addict Who Needs At Least A Cup Of Coffee A Day Will Know

Be it espresso, cappuccino or latte; as long as it’s coffee, it’ll get you through the day. Noticed how the above selection is listed in a specific order? If you’ve no idea what we’re talking about, it’s best you take your leave. We kid.

Basically heaven in a mug, we can’t remember a time when coffee wasn’t a part of our lives. To celebrate our love for the beverage, we’ve come up with a list of things only a coffee addict lover can relate to. FYI, it is not just a beverage to keep us awake in the mornings (though it helps).

1. Waking Up to the Smell of Coffee

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Ahh yes, nothing satisfies you more than waking up to its delicious aroma. Forget the alarm clock, as soon as the smell starts wafting in, you’ll be up in no time.

2. Life Begins Only After Coffee

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Seriously, why do people even try talking to you before you’ve had your morning cup? Do they not understand your inability to function as a human being before that?

3. Having A Coffee-Bathroom Schedule

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You know how it uh, tends to speed things up in the bowel department? Let’s just say that having the ability to predict your bathroom habits (especially in the mornings) is a very useful skill.

4. Knowing the Difference Between A Macchiato and A Mochaccino

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Not to be a snob, but it’s important to know the different types of coffee so you can choose what suits you best at that time. Need an instant perk-me-up? An espresso will do the trick. In need of a  dessert? An affogato will do more than satisfy.

5. Not Understanding People Who Don’t Like Coffee

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Ever. How can people not like it? It just doesn’t make any sense. Oh well, that’s more coffee for me then.

6. Decaf Is An Abomination

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Why even bother drinking coffee then? If there’s any lesson to learn here, it’s to not trust anybody who drinks decaf.

7. Developing A Caffeine Immunity

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Face it, the caffeine barely works on you anymore. The bad news is you’ll probably need more than just a cup in the morning. The good news? Before-sleep coffees are now officially a thing. How great is that?

8. Bad Coffee Is Better Than None

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You know how sometimes you’re ordering your meal and the cashier informs you of the faulty coffee machine? Or when you’re at a hawker centre and the uncle says he has only 3-in-1? Regardless of the situation, you’ll do anything to get your hands on your cuppa. Whether it is buying one from the café next door or taking the instant coffee, bad coffee is better than no coffee.

9. Being Warned Of Your Coffee Intake

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“Aiyoh, how many cups have you drank?”

“Yah lor, don’t drink so much lah.”

And these are just some of the things you’ve heard from your non-understanding, non coffee addict, but nonetheless caring friends.

10. There’s. Never. Too. Much. Coffee

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If you’ve been nodding to three or more of the above, you may love it just a little too much. Well as long as you’re not drinking eight cups a day every single day, we say there is nothing wrong with y’know, having a strong appreciation for this beverage.

Long live coffee.

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Chocolate Pinot & Apple Miso? 5 Drinks At Operation Dagger That’ll Wow Your Taste Buds!

In the discreet corner of a street lies a small, unsigned building. After much fumbling, the heavy glass door creaks open and you make your way carefully across the unwashed floors.

Groping around in the semi-darkness, you head down a dingy staircase and a steel door emerges. Holding your breath, you push it open.

Welcome to Halloween Horror Ni- uh Operation Dagger.

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Voted Best New Bar at last year’s Singapore Bar Awards, Operation Dagger is an elusive bar located within the basement.

This bar is in fact, so elusive there is no sign of it. Literally.

Away from the hustle and bustle of Ann Siang Hill however, Operation Dagger serves as a great watering hole for the work weary.

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A cocktail bar that emphasises on the experimentation of flavours and textures, the bar has taken to replacing traditional spirits with their very own concoctions.

We had the opportunity of savouring five of the bar’s signatures drinks and boy were we taken away by the experience.

1. Apple Miso

An interesting combination of rum, fermented apple, miso caramel and sesame, the Apple Miso happens to be, at the moment, the favorite drink of co-founder Luke Whearty.

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Garnished with a bar spoon made of distilled toasted sesame spirit and toffee crisp seasoned gomashio, this Japanese inspired drink we say, definitely isn’t for anyone who dislikes sesame.

2. The Egg

A favourite amongst the regulars, The Egg consists of cured egg yolk, vanilla and sugar that are shaken and strained into a ceramic egg cup before being placed in a jar of smoked hay and star anise.

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The result?

A slightly intense drink with a custard-like texture that reminds us, unsurprisingly, of everyone’s favourite salted egg yolk.

3. Chocolate Pinot

If you’re a wine person, we’d recommend you to go for the Chocolate Pinot. That’s right –  Chocolate. Friggin’. Wine.

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Infused with raw cacao and vanilla, this drink, for starters, smells heavenly. As both a chocolate and wine fan, we’ve got nothing to complain about.

4. Fallen Fruit

Our favourite drink of the night? The Fallen Fruit.

A mix of wine, caramel, vanilla, fresh pears and curry leaf (say whaaaat), this drink is slow cooked via a sous vide method before being filtered overnight.

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Served in an adorable pear ceramic mug and vanilla bean straw, this refreshing drink is a dream. Side note, we bit into the straw just to see what vanilla bean tastes like and no, it wasn’t pretty.

5. Hot & Cold

Last but definitely not the least, we have the Hot & Cold, a Pina Colada-ish drink that replaces rum with tequila.

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Topped with a layer of warm white chocolate and coconut foam, this dessert drink, we think, will be popular with the ladies. A taste of both hot and cold, this one ranks a close second on our list.

With unconventional combinations of textures and flavours, Operation Dagger definitely isn’t for the faint-hearted.

If you’re looking to broaden your drinking horizons or are looking for a fun date idea, a night at this cocktail bar will just be the thing for you.

Operation Dagger
7 Ann Siang Hill #B1-01, S069791
Tel: 6438 4057
[email protected]
Open: Tue – Sat, 6pm – 12am

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