Toast Box’s 1933 Restaurant – A Food Blast To The Past

1933? Why not 1954? Or 1965? Or any other year for that matter?

Turns out, this nostalgic restaurant helmed by Toast Box is named after the year the Capitol Theatre was first opened. Located in the middle of Capitol, this 2-storey restaurant is pretty hard to miss.

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With its revamped menu, 1933 now presents a range of Nanyang-inspired dishes that we’re confident will impress both locals and non-locals. We started with the Forest Mushroom ($6.90) and boy were we pleasantly surprised with the crunchiness of the bread bowl. We’re not proud of it, but we ended up ditching our cutleries and went for the bread with our hands instead. #dontjudge

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The Luncheon Fries ($5.90) are pretty much like your usual SPAM fries but its accompanying sweet chili sauce made all the difference. The Hainanese-style Satay ($8.90/6 sticks) on the other hand, blew us away. Succulent and tender, the bursting smoky flavors of the charcoal-grilled meat hit us like a wrecking ball. In a good way. The only gripe we have however, is the size of the satays. Please sir, can we have some more?

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Moving on to the mains, the Hainanese Chicken Rice ($12.90) was a delight. Though more expensive than your Kopitiam version, the quality of this dish is worth its price. Served with fragrant rice cooked in chicken broth, a side of bean sprouts, a platter of chicken, a small plate of kang kong, and a bowl of soup, this dish is pretty much a meal by itself.

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If you’re a fan of spicy dishes and Toast Box’s laksa, the Laksa Pasta ($13.90) is definitely the dish to go for. A local favorite with an Italian twist, the chef did a more than decent job in marrying the two. The taste of laksa is very evident despite the pasta’s dryness but as non-chili enthusiasts, we thought the dish was a tad spicy. So if you’re like us, do keep a drink handy which in our case, was the Berry Bliss ($5.50), a perfect blend of fresh mixed berries, mint and lemonade to douse the laksa fire.

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To complete our meal, we had the decadent Gula Melaka Pandan Cake ($7.90), a soft pandan chiffon caked baked with bits of palm sugar and served with Gula Melaka syrup.

The prices may not be very 1933, but this revamped menu does offer some pretty good dishes. So if you’re in town and are game to try local food with a unique twist, take a trip to 1933 and who knows, you may be pleasantly surprised.

Address: 15 Stamford Road #01-83, S178906
Tel: 6348 3660
Operating Hours: Daily 8.30am-10pm

(Header image by The Food Journal, words by writer.)

Also read: Hipster Hawkers: 5 Stalls That Are Redefining Hawker Culture

Planning A Holiday? The European Marketplace Is All You Need!

Ahh Europe, the perfect destination for all wanderlusts, love-birds, adventure-seekers and basically everyone else. From strolling along the Victorian streets of London to taking an evening gondola ride down the rivers of Venice, what’s not to love about this dreamy continent?

But with so many potential adventures to embark on and with so little time, planning your Europe escapade can get pretty exhausting. If you’re a first-time traveller, a little intimidating even. Where do you even begin?

Whether you’re embarking on a family holiday or a backpacking adventure, if you’re planning a trip to Europe, Flight Centre’s is definitely where you want to be this Saturday (21 May). With Travel Talks, Travel Photography, and Wine Tasting & Cooking Demonstration, this event will awaken your inner wanderlust in no time.

1. Travel Talks

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With its first Travel & Food Marketplace hosted at Elements & Co, Singapore’s first travel food themed café, hear from travel experts their experience and knowledge on key European destinations.

From Trafalgar Travel, discover essential guides to Scandinavia and Iceland such as when to go, where to stay and what to see. Interested in cruising the Mediterranean and Greece? Hear from cruise experts what it’s like exploring the natural wonders and cultural experiences of the Mediterranean and Greek islands.

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If you’re as kiasu as we are and planning a white Christmas in Europe, find out from travel experts where some of the world’s most beautiful European Christmas Markets are and when are the best times to visit them. From Berlin to Budapest, discover where you can find the best homemade crafts, pastries and shiny Christmas lights.

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What’s a trip without Instagram-worthy photos, right? From photographer Alvin Foo of the Little Dot Photography, pick up handy photography tips and tricks that you can use to show off document your travel adventures!

What’s more, find out how you can embark on a photographic tour across Europe with like-minded people whilst immersing yourself in the vibes of the European summer!

3. Wine Tasting & Cooking Demonstration

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Picking up travel tips aside, enjoy a relaxing afternoon at Elements & Co and a complimentary taste of their wholesome food cuisine with a European lunch buffet. Did we also mention that the café serves great coffee?

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Speaking of food, watch Leon See, the Head Chef at Elements & Co in action and see how you make a delicious Italian dish at home! For the slightly more atas wine-appreciators, enjoy a Wine & Cheese Tasting and learn how you can pair a good French wine and some tasty cheeses.

The best part of this European Marketplace? Registration for this event is completely free! Not only do you get to pick up some handy travel tips, you get to win a free trip to a mystery destination by taking part in a fun suitcase packing competition.

Ready for even more awesome news?

Flash this article at Elements & Co and get a complimentary cup of coffee on us!

So if you’re a travel enthusiast looking for your next adventure, head down to Flight Centre’s European Marketplace this Saturday 21st May 2016 and find out how you can make the most out of your trip to Europe!

Tickets are limited so we’d register now if we were you!

European Marketplace @ Elements & Co
When: 21st May 2016, 1pm-5pm
Where: 37 Cecil Street, #01-01, Singapore, 069537

(Header image by, words by writer)

Also read: 5 Free Events & Shows All Lovers Of Japanese Culture Must Attend!

A.R.C. – The Café All Hipsters Dream About

Warm fuzzy lights, quaint ceramic cups and cold brews served in light bulbs, if this isn’t a classic hipster café, we seriously don’t know what is.

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Located at Sultan gate, A.R.C. is an Academy, Roastery, and of course, a Café. Helmed by award(s) winning John Ryan Ting, who is also the first Singaporean barista to reach the semi-finals of the World Barista Championship, you can be assured of the coffee quality served at this quaint café. Did we also mention that Andrea Tan, the Champion of Singapore National Brewers Cup 2015 is also making coffee at A.R.C.? Excuse us whilst we scream a little.

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So after that entire introduction, it’s only right to say that we started off with A.R.C.’s signature beverage, the Cold Brew, and 1 + 1. Comprising of Kenyan beans that are immersed in water overnight, the Cold Brew ($8-$12) makes a refreshing drink that is best enjoyed over ice. Despite its acidity, the Cold Brew isn’t overly sour and is pleasantly fruity. The drink is also served in an aesthetically pleasing glass light bulb that you can bring home as souvenir.

The 1 + 1 ($7) is a little more interesting. In A.R.C.’s attempt to allow patrons to enjoy their coffee as both black and white, the concept behind 1 + 1 comprises of a single espresso shot (black) and a milk-based espresso (white). For its price, this mini coffee platter is definitely a steal.

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Despite having visited the café thrice (it’s that good), you’ll be surprised to learn that we have barely sampled half its food items. Talk about having an extensive menu.

Starting off with the Salmon Tartare ($14.80), we were pleasantly surprised by the pink peppercorns that would burst with flavour whenever we bit into them. If you’re not exactly a fan of salmon, worry not. We had a non-salmon lover taste the dish and the plate ended up sparkly clean. We kid you not.

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For the mains, we found the Tender Beef Cheeks ($18.80) very aptly named. Absolutely tender and succulent, this hearty dish is definitely one for the beef lovers. It may be strange to pay this much attention to a side dish, but we have to say that the accompanying Mashed Potato was de-li-cious. Thank god the chef that it’s also available as a side dish.

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The Cod Fish ($31.80) however, is easily the star of the show. This melt-in-your-mouth-pan-seared Cod Fish is a must-have. We repeat; a must-have. Appropriately seasoned and tender soft, this lip-smacking dish will do more than make up for its relatively higher price tag.

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If you’re into creative desserts, you’ve come to the right place. When we first laid our eyes on A.R.C.’s Flower Pot Tiramisu ($6.80), we couldn’t believe how adorable it is. Seriously, just look at it. The flavour of this dessert is appropriately strong without being overpowering at the same time. Made with the café’s house blend, this tiramisu may be no hero but it is definitely something to shout about.

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The Espresso Waffle with Tahitian Vanilla Ice-Cream ($11.80) is a delight. Similarly, this dessert is infused with the café’s house blend, giving it its unique coffee aroma. The waffle is really crispy on the outside and is not as dense so no worries about feeling gelat when tucking into this delicious dessert!

Feeling hungry? Here’s YOUR chance to enjoying a dining experience at A.R.C.!

A.R.C. is giving away 5 x $50 vouchers to five lucky readers!

All you have to do is to LIKE A.R.C’s Facebook page, FOLLOW A.R.C on instagram, and SHARE this Facebook post! Yes, it’s that simple! The giveaway period will end 2359 17th May 2016.

On top of that, flash this article at A.R.C now to enjoy a 10% off your dinner bill till 13th June 2016! (T&Cs apply)

So the next time you’re looking for a great coffee spot, you know where to go!

The A.R.C Coffee
Address: 29/31 Sultan Gate, Singapore 198477
Phone: +65 6291 6863
Email: [email protected]
Opening hours: Tue to Fri: 11AM – 10PM; Sat & Sun: 9:30AM – 10PM

Also read: Why This New Cafe At Upp Thomson Is A Must Visit. Look At Their Waffles!

7 GOT Characters We Actually Have For Friends

Dum Dum Dum Dum, Dum Dum Dum Dum, Dum Dum Dum Dum, Dum~
Is the theme song awesome or what?

As die-hard Game of Thrones (GOT) fans, getting a taste of life in Westeros is the dream. Since that’s basically impossible, you thought you’ll never get a taste of GOT. But it turns out, you have been living with some of the most prominent characters all along.

Minusing the gorgeous looks and amazing costumes, there are actually more similarities between Queen Cersei and that ambitious friend of yours than you realised. Listed below are seven GOT friends that you have but didn’t really notice. So yes, Westeros is actually nearer than you think.

1. Joffrey Baratheon – The B(a)rat

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No matter what you do or say, nothing will satisfy his Highness. From deciding where to eat, to picking out a group activity, this ex-ruler of the Seven Kingdoms will object to all options and expect you to come up with a better one. Instead of poisoning this friend of yours, consider y’know, talking things out.

2. Khal Drogo – The Gym Rat

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He’s big, he’s strong and he’s silent. You don’t know much about this guy. In fact, the only thing you’re certain about is that he spends most of his time in the gym and his favourite drink is a protein shake. He may be fiercely loyal, but you wouldn’t risk ruffling his muscles feathers. Ever.

3. Daenerys Targaryen – The One With The Complicated Name

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Ahh yes, Daenerys Targaryen, the First of Her Name, Queen of Meereen, Queen of the Andals and the Rhoynar and the First Men and oh my god we’re not even half way there.

Similar to the Mother of Dragons, we all have that one friend whose name is either overly long, tough to pronounce, or both. Remember that friend called Amethyst? How about Persephone? Or Dante Ignatius Lee? (yes these are actual names). C’mon guys, what’s wrong names like Tom, Mary or Jane?

4. Jon Snow – The One Who Knows Nothing

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Everybody’s got that one friend who has absolutely no clue as to what is happening. Be it being kept in the dark or getting stabbed in the back (or front), you sometimes have no idea how they make it in this world. Sometimes it’s better to keep them safe behind the Wall.

5. Tyrion Lannister – The Smart Ass

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He may not look like much, but this guy won’t need to lift a finger to take you down. Equipped with a brilliant mind, this unassuming character never ceases to surprise and amuse you with his quick wit. However, with his ability to impress girls and your professors or bosses, his gift of gab will have you resent him just a little.

6. Cersei Lannister – The Ambitious One

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Be it at school or work, you’ve seen her taking out her opponents and are glad to have never been on the opposing side of her. Yet. Despite being surrounded by an air of confidence, this girl friend of yours is self-centred and irrational (remember that time she got a B+ for her paper and she tore it into half?). But don’t make her go through the walk of shame because once she composes herself, you won’t know what’s going to hit you.

7. Hodor – The Chubby Teddy

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Basically the optimist in the group, this friend of yours is contented with the basic things in life. Despite his large size, he is a gentle soul. Reliable and a great confidant, this friend is much like the teddy you used to have, only better.

So there you have it, your seven GOT friends. Bet you didn’t really notice it till we put it together eh? Looks like Jon Snow isn’t the only one who knows nothing, hur hur.

(Header Image Credit: Digital Spy, words by author)

Also read: Happn – How I Connected With The Girl I Crossed Paths With

[GIVEAWAY] Dose! – The Must Visit Café For Your Daily Dose Of Coffee

That’s right, it’s Dose! (with the exclamation mark). Given the owner’s enthusiasm for coffee and food, we have to say, the use of this punctuation is pretty apt.

Tucked along Tyrwhitt Road, this unassuming café is one of the latest additions to this hipster area. With its specialty coffee, varied food menu and cosy space, all you need is a good book or a laptop and you’ll never want to leave this café. We swear.

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With Chye Seng Huat Hardware across the street and Tiramisu Hero down the road, competition is more than stiff for this humble café. Like you, we were just as curious about its location. How does Dose! intend to have its competition beat? Turns out, instead of instagram-worthy décor or any hipster related gimmick, this café goes back to basic by placing its emphasis on its menu.

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First up, we have Dose!’s specialty coffee. The Candyman Espresso Blend consists of a mixture of three beans; the Ethiopian, Colombian, and Guatemalan beans. With its light-medium roast, the coffee was pleasantly smooth with, dare we say, zero acidity. We had the Latte ($6) and its flavour is slightly chocolate-y and malty at the same time. If you’re not a kopi gao person, the café’s specialty coffee is definitely for you. Usual coffee aside, Dose! also offers two particularly intriguing drinks; the Black Latte and Miloso.

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The Black Latte ($6) is a bamboo charcoal infused coffee and is entirely black. For those who are worried about the charcoal overpowering the taste of coffee, fear not. You can definitely still taste the coffee whilst enjoying this unique drink. As for the Miloso ($6), it’s simply a combination of Milo and Espresso. We’re not sure about you, but this drink reminds us of a less thick Mocha. To be honest, we’ll take the Miloso over the usual Mocha any day.

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When it comes to food, Dose! certainly does not skimp on quality and quantity. Jumping right off the menu will be the popular Full Dosage #2, Savory Waffle-Wich and Chili Crab Pasta. With its crispy-skinned chorizo, cheese bratwurst, and fluffy croissant, Full Dosage #2 ($13.90) makes a delightfully wholesome brunch. Flavourful sausages aside, we simply cannot get over how awesomely crispy and fluffy the croissant is. The secret, we’re told, is how the croissant is air fried instead of deep-fried. We’re telling you guys, c’est manifique!

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For its signature Chili Crab Pasta ($13.90), the chef has meticulously included some mantous to complete the dish. In the pasta sauce, you’ll find chunks of authentic crab meat (that’s right, chunks) and mushrooms. For those who aren’t exactly fans of spicy food, fair warning: this dish may be a little too hot for you to handle so do consult the café’s staff before placing your order! Also, do note that this dish is only available on Wednesday!

For a cosy coffee spot, we thought Dose! has a relatively extensive menu. That is until we heard that the café is planning on introducing more mouth-watering dishes such as the Kong Bak Waffle-Wich, and Laksa Seafood Pasta. We’re not sure about you, but given its track record with food, we’re already anticipating the realisation of these new dishes.

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For desserts, we’d recommend Charcoal Waffles with ice cream ($11), and Dose!’s handmade Tiramisu. To our pleasant surprise, the Earl Grey ice cream for our waffle is topped with teeny lavender buds that really complemented the flavor of the ice cream. The waffle is appropriately crispy and not too doughy, so yes to more Charcoal Waffles! As for the Tiramisu, all we gotta say is that fans of baileys will really dig this dessert.

If you’re not already thinking of visiting this quaint café, we’re going to bring you more good news. Besides free wifi and power plugs, Dose! is offering a lucky reader one complimentary set of


How to win:
Simply LIKE and SHARE this post on Facebook and you’ll be good to go! One lucky reader will be selected and contacted by us through Facebook.

The giveaway will end on 2359 1st May 2016. So what are you waiting for? Head down to Dose! for your caffeine fix today!

Address: 139 Tyrwhitt Road #01-03
Tel: 9145 8103
Operating Hours: Mon, Wed-Sun: 8.30am – 6pm

*All pictures by writer

Also read: The Tiramisu Hero Strikes Back With A Brand New Menu!

Gotta Catch’em All! – The Pokémon Café Is Coming To Singapore!

Heads up all Pokémon fans, this maybe a little onix-pected, but a pop-up Pokémon café is happening in Singapore! That’s right, becoming the very best no longer requires you to travel across the land, searching far and wide.

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From 27 May to 31 Jul, the café will be situated on the fourth floor of Bugis Junction. A collaboration with Everything With Fries, this Pokémon café concept will also be the first in Southeast Asia!

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Not much information has been released on the café but what we do know is that there will be 12 Pokemon themed dishes and a string of related merchandise. Also, a Pikachu mascot could be making appearances during this period so remember to get your cameras ready!

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So be prepared to eat catch’em all this coming May at the Pokémon café! In the meantime, stay tuned for updates at the café’s Facebook page. As die-hard Pokémon fans, we’re also secretly hoping that the café will be here for good.

Address: #04-05 Bugis Junction, 200 Victoria St, S188021
Tel: 6338 0135
Date: 27 May to 31 July 2016
Opening hours: Daily, 11am to 9:30pm

Also read: A Festival You Won’t Want To Miss – Super Japan Matsuri!

[GIVEAWAY] Maketh Project – It’s Time To Get Crafty!

What maketh a man? Manners or leather? Sure, manners are crucial, but what’s more impressive? Spending three hours handcrafting and stitching your own leather product or pulling out a chair for the lady?

Okay seriously, if you’re as much a fan of leather products or into crafts as we are, you’ll love what we’re bringing you today. With the recent swing towards handcrafted artisanal goods, we’ve had the privilege of getting our hands dirty with Maketh Project by attending one of its leather crafting workshops.

Maketh Project is the brain child of three friends Adlina Adil, Addynna Azlinor and Rozeryna Rothma, who share the love of leather crafting. Located on the second level of a shophouse, the unmistakable whiff of leather and hammering sounds echoing throughout the studio will have you feeling like a craftsman in no time.

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For this workshop, we’ve chosen to craft a key holder and have informed Maketh of the chosen design in advance. For potential leather crafters, your first task after confirming your design will be to choose the type of leather. If you’re as anal particular as we are, expect to spend a fair amount of time going through the selection. We recommend taking your time to make the decision because well, it is your product!

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After a quick introduction, we were shown a short demonstration on leather cutting and were just a teeny bit terrified after knowing how we could cause irreparable damage to our products. Funny story, almost immediately after the demonstration, we’d accidentally sliced through the leather meant for the key holder’s strap. Heh.

But worry not, because the friendly leather crafters of Maketh will be there to guide and assist you! We swear cutting in a straight line is tougher than it looks. Much kudos to Addynna who stuck with us throughout our mini panic-attacks!

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Following this, we were told to glue the two leather pieces together before punching holes in the almost finished product. After meticulously marking out the holes, we proceeded to preform the task with our hearts in our mouths. One uneven punch is all it takes to ruin all your previous work so y’know, no pressure here.

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The stitching was up next and after choosing the color of thread we wanted, we were all set to complete our key holder! After completing the stitch, we had Addynna put on some finishing touches and we were done! We think it looks great so it doesn’t matter if you think the button is slightly off center. It’s not.

The finished product!

We must say, despite the self-imposed pressure to perfect our product, the experience of crafting a leather good we can call our own is nothing less than fun. The level of satisfaction is pretty insane and we can’t help showing our handcrafted key holder to our friends. We cut and sew one hor.

Itching to craft a product of your own? Here’s some good news; Discover SG, together with Maketh Project, are delighted to offer one lucky reader a


That’s right, here’s your chance to experience the joy of crafting your own product. You get to choose from a range of small leather crafts – a cardholder, key pouch, coin pouch, or a braided bracelet!

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How to win:

Simply comment on our facebook post with which leather product above you’d like to craft – card holder, key holder, coin pouch or braided bracelet (not pictured). Proceed to LIKE and SHARE the post and you’ll be good to go! The reader with the craftiest answer will walk away with a free pass to Maketh’s leather-crafting workshop. Winner will informed through Facebook.

The giveaway will end on 2359 26th April 2016. So what are you waiting for? Comment and stand a chance to win the opportunity to be a craftsman for a day now!

Brought to you by Discover SG x Maketh Project

Maketh Project
751 North Bridge Rd #02-02
Contact: [email protected]

Also read: A Festival You Won’t Want To Miss – Super Japan Matsuri!

8 Jobs In SG You Never Thought Would Pay Well But Actually Do

Whether you’re a working adult or a soon-to-be graduate, we’re pretty sure you’re familiar with the concept of a job. You know, the idea of trudging through endless paperwork whilst chasing impossible deadlines? Yeap, that’s the one.

We half-kid.

Okay seriously though, the majority of us living in this fast-paced society should be familiar with the concept of 9-5 jobs and OTs. Don’t get us wrong, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with working hard for cash. Let’s be honest, who doesn’t desire a better life for them and their loved ones? However, in our pursuit for better salaries and benefits, we tend to put aside our passions and initial ambitions. At times, we go so far as to forget who we truly are outside of our jobs.

As with’s #icanbebetter campaign, a better job doesn’t necessarily mean one with a higher salary or better title. A better job can be one that allows you to enjoy the simple pleasures in life, such as having more time to spend with your loved ones or doing the things you love. Job benefits may not always be in monetary terms and #icanbebetter is a reminder of just that. If you’re constantly burning weekends and feeling worn out, below is a list of jobs you should consider. These jobs not only pay well, but also leave you time to pursue your passion.

1. Cabin Crew

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Literally a great way to fly, being a cabin crew definitely has its perks. Besides the opportunity to travel around the world and meet travellers from all walks of life, you also get to fulfil your inner wanderlust. Joining a cabin crew will allow you to have your cake and eat it too.

 2. Financial Consultant

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Alright, save the eye rolling and hear us out. Firstly and most importantly, financial consultants are not insurance agents. Yes, really. Not only does being a financial consultant allow you to make a real and direct impact on the lives of others, the job’s timings are also largely flexible. It may not be the most glamorous of jobs, but it’s definitely a respectable one.

3. Real Estate Agent

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Again, it may not be a conventional dream job but think of it this way, you’re helping clients scout and purchase their dream homes. Essentially, you’re playing a key role of initiating others into a new phase of their lives. Besides enjoying the occupation’s flexible work hours, you get to meet people from all walks of life. We guarantee that you’ll never run out of interesting stories to tell.

4. Copywriter

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From a copywriter to a scriptwriter, the possibilities are endless. If you’re the creative type, being a writer should rank pretty high up on your potential jobs list. From laid-back bars to cosy cafés, we dare say that this is one of the few jobs where you can decide your own work location and timings.

5. Event Coordinator

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Always loved organising get-togethers or find planning itineraries of overseas trips a breeze? As an event coordinator, feel the unrivalled sense of satisfaction when you’ve organised a successful corporate conference or put together a wedding so beautiful you teared a little. Of course, free passes to such events don’t hurt.

6. Producer

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Ever find yourself watching a local TV show and thinking I can totally come up with something better? This may just be your innate producer calling out to you. From script coordination to compiling of footages, you also get to manage your own TV show and show the media industry what it’s lacking. Besides being on first-name terms with celebrities, you may even get premier tickets to the latest movies.

7. Graphic Designer

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If you’re more of an artist, being a graphic designer is a considerable option too.

Not only do you get to work with some of the most revered international brands, but you also get to meet some of the industries’ most well known designers. Who knows, you may even pick up a tip or two.

8. Photographer

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Always been a bit of a shutterbug? Take the leap of faith and turn your passion into a serious full-time paid job! Not only will you be able to celebrate the joy of others, but you’ll also be able to capture some of the happiest moments of your loved ones. We have to say, no wedding present is quite comparable to this one. Unless you know, you butcher the photos with strange blue tints or colour editing.

There you have it, eight alternative jobs that allow you to explore more opportunities, pursue your passion and pay your bills. Determined to do better but no idea where to start? Create a profile at it is our choices that show us who we truly are, far more than our abilities. #icanbebetter; the change is now.

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9 Chillout Spots In Jurong You Need To Call Your Own

Jurong? Let’s see. It has IMM, Bird Park and uhhhh, Science Centre?

Not exactly one of the coolest neighbourhoods in Singapore, the impression of this industrial area can be kinda vague. What else is cool in Jurong besides Snow City, right? But after a little digging, we realise that there are a few gems buried in the sands of the Wild West.

So chin up Westsiders, from tucking into bingsus to throwing electronic darts, listed below are nine chillout spots you can proudly call yours.

1. Coffee Nowhere

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Coffee… no where? Now here? What is going on here.

Located within Nanyang Community Centre, we think this café is a hidden gem. Besides serving up a great Cappuccino ($5.80), this café also offers desserts such as waffles with ice-cream. So if you’re looking for a cosy café to host your coffee talks, look nowhere else because great coffee is now here in the West. Well, we did our best.

Coffee Nowhere
Address: 60 Jurong West St 91 #01-03, S649040
Operating Hours: Daily 10am-10pm

2. One Ice Café

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If you are into all things Korean, One Ice Café is your perfect dessert stop. Not only does it offer a decent range of bingsus, but it also offers these ice-y desserts that are one of the most affordable around. So if you’re looking to chill (literally), give its Oreo Bingsu ($6.80) or Patbingsu ($6.80) a go!

One Ice Cafe
Address: JCube, 2 Jurong East Central 1 #02-67, S609731
Operating Hours: Daily 12pm-10pm

3. Toby’s The Dessert Asylum

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Sorry Eastsiders, you can no longer call Toby’s The Dessert Asylum your asylum. Besides whacky desserts such as the Split Personality (vanilla ice-cream, cendol, red bean & gula melaka) and Artic Bombshell (chocolate ganache, vanilla ice-cream, chocolate cake & meringue), this eatery also serves a mean Smoked Duck Pizza. So if you’re looking for a place to have your meal and dessert, Toby’s is definitely the place to be.

Toby’s The Dessert Asylum
Address: 8 Boon Lay Way #01-35, S609964
Email: [email protected]
Operating Hours: Daily 11am-10pm

4. Idle bar

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Prepare for some serious secret spilling heart-to-heart talk with Idle’s free-flow drinks. With drinks including gin, vodka, whiskey, bourbon and even beer, we highly doubt you’ll be leaving the bar without at least a confession or two.

Address: 13 International Business Park #K2-01, S609932
Tel: 9233 7533
Email: [email protected]
Operating Hours: Mon-Sun 5pm-12am

5. Jurong Country Club

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Looking for something a little less wild? With its alfresco seating and quiet atmosphere, Time Out Pub located within the country club offers the ideal setting for overdue catching up sessions. If not, sip away at a couple of cold ones whilst enjoying the pub’s occasional live band performances or lounge by the pool and feel your tension melt away.

Time Out Pub
Address: 9 Science Centre Road, S609078
Tel: 6560 5655
Operating Hours: Mon-Fri 5pm-1am, Sat 4pm-1am, Sun 5pm-12am

6. iDarts

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Too stuffed for drinks? Bond over a game of darts at iDarts and try your hand at electronic darts. Getting a bullseye may not be easy but hey, it’s the fun that really counts. So if you’re looking for something interesting to do, why not try iDarts?

Address: 2 Jurong East Central 1 #01-17A, S609731
Operating Hours: Sun-Thu12.30am-1am, Fri & Sat 12.30pm-3am

7. Ice Skating

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If you’re dressed in a pair of jeans, we say go for this fun-filled activity. Sure, you may fall a couple of times but your friends will be there to pick you up. We think. Tough luck if they don’t. Okay seriously though, ice-skating is a pretty sweet group activity. If you’re in luck, you may also catch some ice-hockey hunks teams in action. Yes, we have an ice-hockey team.

The Rink
2 Jurong East Central 1, Level 3, JCube

8. Jurong Eco Garden

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Surrounded by lush greenery, the Eco Garden is the spot to chill for nature lovers. There’s even a lookout point that serves as an animal crossing. Besides strolling through the garden, grab a couple of drinks and simply make any space your own chillout spot!

Jurong Eco Garden
Address: 101 Jln Lekar S698953

9. Chinese Garden

Don’t roll your eyes because not only is Chinese Garden surrounded by breathtaking architecture, but its tranquil atmosphere also provides us the much-needed respite from the hustle and bustle of city life. Experience a little slice of ancient China as you sit amongst the Garden’s towering pavilions and stone bridges. Quite a calming experience, we must say.

Chinese Garden
Address: 1 Chinese Garden Road S619795

The next time someone jeers at dear old Jurong, feel free to take this article and shove it in their faces show them its awesomeness. There is more to Jurong than just IMM, Bird Park and Science Centre okay.

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An Underground Bar Event With Complimentary Drinks? Basement Seah Damn Happening Sia!

It’s been a looong week and Friday can’t come soon enough. We understand the wait for the weekend can be painful. In fact, the day before TGIF is usually the worst. But instead of staying down, we’re going to get you pumped for TGIF with some after-work Thursday chill and booze. Nobody said you had to wait till the weekend to have fun, right?

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Mr Punch Public House

Introducing Mr Punch Public House, a quirky yet cosy bar we recently stumbled across. Tucked away in the basement of the Museum of Toys is this unassuming gastropub, with its vintage décor and cosy ambience. It exuded the kind of odd familiarity that quickly put us at ease.

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Mr. Punch Public House is a concept inspired by the puppet show ‘Punch & Judy’ (the younglings will probably have no idea what this is) with the Public House being Mr. Punch’s last destination as a world-traveller. So this bar is akin to Mr. Punch’s treasure trove of memories; pretty interesting concept, we have to say.

Basement Seah

Every Thursday from 7pm to 11pm, the bar transforms into a cosy dinner spot that takes you back to the ‘60s. Known as Basement Seah, this retro themed night will have you immersed in both fun and nostalgia as the DJ puts a modern spin on some of the era’s most popular swing music. That’s right, a live DJ. Who knew you could enjoy great music, booze and feel cosy all at the same time?

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Mr. Punch Public House offers an extensive drinks menu that includes the unique Cocktail World Tour, a curated series of international cocktails carefully thought out by its bartenders. From Malaysia’s Jungle Bird ($17) to the Russian Cocaine ($14), we’re pretty sure you’ll find a cocktail or two that suits you. If you’re more into wines, we bring good news. Simply RSVP at 8339 8966 with your email address and quote DISCOVER MR PUNCH to receive a complimentary glass of wine this Thursday, 14th April 2016!

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Feeling peckish? There is a brand new sharing menu that offers an electic mix of cuisines. Start with the Platter ($35/three dishes) and choose from dishes such as freshly Grilled Tiger Prawns, deliciously marinated Marmite Glazed Squid Rings, and tender Slow-Cooked Pork Belly. Though not included, we thought the unique Potato Chip Chicken (potato chip breaded chicken) makes a great tapas.

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Looking for something a little more filling? Give its signature Herb-Crusted Barramundi ($29) or its Bacon-Wrapped Venison Loin ($45) a try. Though slightly pricier, we’re confident that the dinning experience at Mr Punch will be value for money.

Whether you’re looking for a unique yet cosy bar to take your after work conversations to or a place for an evening of pre-TGIF fun, Basement Seah@Mr Punch Public House is definitely the place to be. Remember, simply RSVP at 8339 8966 with your email address and quote DISCOVER MR PUNCH to receive your complimentary wine! 

With its great ambience, refreshing music, lip-smacking food and free booze, if you’re not reaching out for your phone to RSVP now, we’d do it for you.

Basement Seah @ Mr Punch Public House
Address: 26 Seah Street S188382
Tel: 8339 8966
Email: [email protected]
Operating Hours:
Basement Seah
Thu 7pm – 11pm
Mr Punch Public House
Mon-Thu: 3pm – 11.30pm
Fri: 3pm – 2am
Sat: 11am – 11.30pm
Sun: 11am – 6pm

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