$5 Is All You Need To Get Drunk At Singapore’s Cheapest Pub Crawl

Pub crawls are great for two things: Getting drunk and meeting people; the only things you really need to have a great time.

If you’ve always wanted to go on a pub crawl but never got around to doing it, here’s a deal that’ll have you procrastinating no more.

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Singapore Pub Crawl has launched the cheapest pub crawl in Singapore – Five Dollar Pub Crawls. No, we’re not pulling your leg. Singapore Pub Crawl has come up with a series of Signature Crawls priced at just $5 (U.P. $35) so you can get drunk and get up to all kinds of shenanigans without breaking the bank.

Seriously, where else in Singapore can you get drunk for the price you pay for a plate of chicken rice?

Happening on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays until Feb 16, $5 will get you into five of the best bars and clubs along the iconic Singapore River, amazing deals, and needless to say, great company.

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Expect a tour of some of the coolest watering holes in the country as Crawl Leaders take you to four pubs, each with their own drink deals that are exclusive to Singapore Pub Crawl. You get a complimentary shot at every bar (i.e a total of four shots), and access to deals such as 2-for-$15 cocktails.

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To end off the night, get VIP entry at one of Singapore’s hottest night clubs, and party until daylight to the best R&B and hip hop beats!

Sounds like your kind of night? Get your tickets to The Five Dollar Pub Crawls The Definitive Guide To Not Appearing ‘Suaku’ At An Art Festival

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Here Are All The Concerts To Look Forward To In 2018 So Far

2017 is quickly coming to an end.

Whether you’ve had a good or a bad year, 2018 has so much in store. Just look at how many concerts we have to look forward to?

From Bruno Mars and Fall Out Boy, to indie acts like Clean Bandit and Fleet Foxes, to nostalgic acts like S Club Party and Incubus, there’s a concert for everyone. Here are all the concerts in 2018 you can look forward to so far.


1. Jay Chou “The Invincible” Part 2 Tour

Kicking this list off with a bang is none other than the King of Mandopop himself, Jay Chou.

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Here in town on 6 Jan 2018 for Part 2 of The Invincible tour, the concert will take place at Singapore National Stadium.

Fans can look forward to belting every word of Jay Chou’s classics, and of course, watching him perform some of his latest and greatest hits.

Jay Chou “The Invincible” Part 2 Tour
Singapore National Stadium
Date: Jan 6
Time: 8pm
Tickets: SOLD OUT

2. Imagine Dragons “Evolve” World Tour

Alt-rock outfit Imagine Dragons will be returning to Singapore on 7 January 2018, and they will be performing a one night only concert at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

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Following the debut of their 3rd studio album, Evolve, the Grammy Award-winning band will be bringing their music to Singapore, performing hits such as “Whatever It Takes”,”Believer”, and “Thunder” from the Evolve album.

That said, you can also expect old favourites such as “It’s Time”, “Radioactive” and “Demons”.

Imagine Dragons “Evolve” World Tour
Singapore Indoor Stadium
Date: 7 Jan 2018
Time: 8pm
Tickets: $98 – $228. Get your tickets Image Credit: 4. Clean Bandit Live In Singapore

Grammy Award-winning musical sensation Clean Bandit will be here in Singapore on 22 Jan 2018, performing at the Suntec City Convention & Exhibition Centre Halls 601 – 604.

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Clean Bandit Live In Singapore
Venue: Hall 601-604, Suntec Singapore Convention and Exhibition Centre
Date: 22 Jan 2018
Time: 8pm
Tickets: $108 – $208. Get your tickets

5. St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival

The annual St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival is back!

This year’s event features a smashing lineup including Aldous Harding, Amy Shark, Anderson, Paak & The Free Nationals, Billie Eilish, Bonobo, Father John Misty, Loyle Carner, Mac DeMarco, Moses Sumney, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, Slowdive, Sylvan Esso, The Internet, The War On Drugs, and Wolf Alice.

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Happening on 27 January 2018, the festival promises to be a total sensory experience, bringing the best live acts – both new and established – onto the Laneway stage for music fans.

St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival
Venue: The Meadow, Gardens By The Bay
Date: 27 January 2018
Tickets: Standard Tickets: $158 | Door Sales: $200. Get your tickets Image Credit: Allkpop[/caption]

While the group performed here just 2 years ago, it certainly feels like it’s been longer. Here for their 7th world tour “SUPER SHOW 7”, prepare to scream yourself hoarse (and to be deafened) when they perform at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

Super Junior
Singapore Indoor Stadium
27 Jan 2018
$168 – $288. Get your tickets Image Credit: here.


8. Incubus

This one is a huge blast from the past.

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10. Fifth Harmony PSA Tour

A girl group that really needs no introduction, global pop sensation Fifth Harmony will be bringing their PSA Tour to Zepp@BigBox Singapore on 14 March 2018.

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Known for their confident and empowering voice, expect to hear songs such as “Down” feat. Gucci Mane, and all the hits from their sophomore album 7/27 such as “Work from Home”, “All In My Head (Flex)”, and “That’s My Girl”.

Fifth Harmony
Venue: Zepp@BigBox Singapore
Date: 14 Mar 2018
Time: 8pm
Tickets: $138 – $168. Get your tickets here.

11. Lany

After a sold out show in 2017, Indie pop trio Lany will be returning to Singapore on 29 March 2018. This time, the band will be playing at a different venue – Capitol Theatre.

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12. Perry’s Witness: The Tour

KatyCats, Katy Perry will be gracing us with her presence come 8 April 2018.

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Image Credit: 13. The Script Live In Singapore

Irish rock band The Script will be taking the stage at the Singapore Indoor Stadium for just one night on 12 April 2018.

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Image Credit: 14. Yiruma Live In Singapore

What do the Twilight Saga and famous K-drama, Winter Sonata, have in common?

Both had soundtracks featuring songs composed by well-known Korean classical composer and pianist, Yiruma.

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Following his sold out concerts in 2015, 2016 and 2017, Yiruma will be returning to Singapore on 28 April 2018 for a one night only performance at The Star Theatre.

Fans can expect to watch Yiruma play his greatest hits such as “The River Flows In You”, “Kiss The Rain”, “May Be”, and “Love Me”, as well as pieces from his latest album, “f r a m e”.

Yiruma Live In Singapore
Venue: The Star Theatres
Date: 28 Apr 2018
Time: 8pm
Tickets: $98 – $288. Get your tickets here.

15. Fall Out Boy Mania Tour

We can already tell 30 April 2018 is going to be a good day because rock superstars, Fall Out Boy, will be performing in Singapore at Zepp @ BigBox Singapore.

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Here as part of their M A N I A tour, we cannot wait for the boys to perform tracks from their latest album like “HOLD ME TIGHT OR DON’T” and “The Last Of The Real Ones”, and also revisit their breakout hits like “Sugar We’re Goin Down” and “Dance Dance”.

Fall Out Boy Mania Tour
Venue: Zepp @ BigBox Singapore 
Date: 30 Apr 2018
Time: 8pm 
Tickets: $148. Get your tickets here.


16. Harry Styles Live In Concert

On 3 May 2018, the One Direction member with arguably the best hair will be here in Singapore to perform at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

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If you were lucky enough to get tickets to see Bruno Mars before they were all sold out, this is a big one to look forward to.

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Here as part of his “Flicker World Tour”, Horan will be performing for just one night at The Star Theatre.

If you can’t get enough of “This Town” and “Slow Hands”, you’ll want to hear these hits sung live.

Niall Horan Flicker World Tour 2018
Venue: The Star Theatre 
Date: 12 June 2018
Time: 8pm
Tickets: $88 – $148. Get your tickets 8 Fun NYE Plans That Are Better Than Counting Down With Strangers At Marina Bay

8 Fun NYE Plans That Are Better Than Counting Down With Strangers At Marina Bay

New Year’s Eve is right around the corner, and from the beach to the clubs, there are plenty of countdown parties happening here on our little red dot.

If dancing into the new year and kissing strangers at the stroke of midnight isn’t quite what you had in mind for NYE, there are many other ways you can close off the year that don’t involve insane crowds and bad cell service – yep, we’ve all been there.

If you’re looking for a more low-key affair that’s still loads of fun, here are 9 ideas you can consider.

1. Mahjong The Night Away

Gather your mahjong kakis, load up on sustenance (i.e. coffee, chips, cup noodles) and mahjong into the final moments of 2017!

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Whether you play with no money or choose to raise the stakes, you’re bound to have a good time. Who knows, maybe you’ll even make yourself your first bit of cash for 2018.

2. Have A Games Night

If mahjong isn’t your cup of tea, why not have a Games Night?

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Get everyone to bring their favourite card and board games (Monopoly Deal, Limpeh Says, What Do You Meme), and for even more variety, there are tons of apps that are just a (free) download away. Here are some of our favourites: Guess The Word SG, Charades!, Psych!, and Undercover.

The rules are simple, and there is plenty of fun to go around. Just don’t get too competitive, because you don’t want to start the new year with a few less friends!

3. Steamboat Party

Steamboat is never a bad idea.

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If you have the time, go shopping for the ingredients together. Load up your trolleys, over-buy, and go all out! And make sure to grab a ton of alcohol on your way out. The idea is that no one makes it to midnight without feeling nicely buzzed.

4. Go Night Cycling

If lazing around and stuffing your face with chips and soda isn’t your idea of a good time, here’s a more active NYE proposition – night cycling.

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Plan a route, maybe even to Marina Bay Sands, if you and your party want to catch the fireworks. The best part is, now that there are so many bike-sharing providers in Singapore, you can just pick up a bike, and leave it wherever you end your journey!

A word of caution though: You may begin 2018 with a sore bum. But it’ll be worth it, we promise.

5. Sing K Until You Lose Your Voice

Instead of losing your voice scream-singing at a party, why not do it in the comfort of a KTV, among your most (and least) talented friends?

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7. Go For A Super-Singaporean Countdown

2018 Lai Liao!

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To reserve a table, call 6337 9416 or email [email protected].

8. Prawn To Your Heart’s Content

This is a bit of a random one, but hear us out.

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9. End The Year On A Literal High

To end the year on a literal high, head down to Universal Studios Singapore.

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Whether you’re someone who likes to go out to party, or someone who prefers to chill at home with your favourite people, here are some fun ideas that will definitely make for an amazing New Year’s Eve!

Incredibly easy to put together and organize, we wish you the very best time, and a very Happy New Year in advance!

Also read Banksy And 49 Other Street Artists Will Be Showing Their Best Works In S’pore This January

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14 Places To Get Beautiful Bridesmaid Dresses, No Matter What Your Budget

Weddings are a joyous occasion.

But before it can be a joyous occasion, it is a very chaotic one; one with many decisions to be made, many back-and-forths with wedding vendors, and many nitty gritties to be dealt with. That’s why every bride needs her own squad of trusty bridesmaids.

Not only are bridesmaids very helpful in the lead up to the wedding, if you’re forgoing a wedding planner, your bridesmaids are the ones who will make sure everything goes perfectly on your big day.

If you’re on the hunt for dresses for your best girls, here’s a list of sites/shops you can visit to get your bridesmaid dresses. We have them ranked from the most affordable to the least, so whether you’re on a budget or want to splurge on your bridal party, you’ll have plenty of options.

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Based in the UK, Boohoo sells on-trend clothing at affordable prices. A quick search for “bridesmaid” on their search bar will throw up a random mish-mash of styles – lace dresses, printed dresses, short dresses, long dresses – so you’ll have to pick through the lot to find one (or some) you like.

Boohoo also sells bridesmaid robes and pajamas, so you and your girls can look cute while getting ready for your special day.

Price: £12.00 – £50.00

If you like a more modern silhouette for your bridesmaids, you’ll find it at Ohvola.

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Here, you won’t find your typical bridesmaid styles, but more interesting silhouettes, with asymmetrical hems, unique cutout details and colour blocked styles; basically, outfits that are cool, chic, and that your bridesmaids are sure to feel stylish in.

The one downside, however, is that most styles come in one or two fixed colours, so if it doesn’t fit your wedding colour theme, you may have to look elsewhere.

Price: SGD$29.00 – $86.00

3. is another popular online shopping destination for Singaporean ladies, and occasionally, you’ll find something here that’s bridesmaid-appropriate.

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While The Closet Lover does not have a dedicated page for bridesmaid dresses, some casual browsing through the dress section will lead you to a couple of options that just may work for a wedding.

We’re talking midi dresses with pastel hues and romantic florals. Hey, who says you can’t bend the rules a little when it comes to your own wedding?

Price: SGD$31.90 – $52.90
Love Bonito

Love Bonito is a brand that probably requires no introduction.

A local brand with a loyal following among Singaporean women, Love Bonito has a clothing line just for bridesmaids – the ‘LYLAS’ collection.

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They’ve got dresses, jumpsuits, and separates. The best part? Your bridesmaids will have no problem incorporating these items into their everyday wardrobes after the wedding.

With pieces in romantic, pastel hues of pink, purple and blue, as well as in darker, more dramatic blues and reds, whatever colour scheme you’re going for, Love Bonito will have just what you need.

Also, if you’re looking to get bridesmaid robes for that fun shot with your bridal squad, you’ll be able to find them here.

Price: SGD$32 – $59.90

5. also has quite a range of styles.

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If your wedding is going to lean more casual, Love & Bravery carries some cute short dresses that your bridesmaids can use even after the wedding. They also do some nice sheer hemmed dresses that strike a nice balance between formal and casual – perfect for the hot Singapore weather!

Price: SGD$36.00 – $49.00
Thread Theory

Not to be confused with Style Theory, Thread Theory is another online women’s boutique that sells bridesmaid dresses.

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If you want something with more details and embellishments, Thread Theory will probably have what you’re looking for. With styles that feature embroidered flowers, beaded panels and sequins, Thread Theory adds interest to your bridesmaid dresses without going too over the top.

On the other end of the spectrum, they also have more dressy bridesmaid styles, with tulle and illusion necklines so your bridesmaids too can feel like princesses on your big day.

Price: SGD$36.00 – $89.90

7.  them all, in pretty pastel hues.

Stocking several A-line styles, these dresses will flatter bridesmaids of all body shapes.

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Price: SGD$39.90 – $55.90

Dressabelle is yet another site that has great options for your bridesmaid needs.

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They’ve got layered dresses and wrap dresses. Light, airy and easy, these dresses are perfect if your bridesmaids are going to have plenty of running around to do.

Price: SGD$39.90 – $69.90

9. Double Woot

Double Woot is one of the lesser known brands on this list, but it’s one you should definitely check out, simply because of the extensive variety of styles they sell.

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Whether you’re looking for dresses with a more flowy silhouette, or ones that are more form-fitting, you’ll be able to find them at this Malaysia-based e-store.

If you want to mix up the styles your bridesmaids are wearing, this is a good place to look as they have off-the-shoulder styles, high neck styles, toga styles… Basically, every style you can think of.

Take note that shipping can take a while, so this isn’t somewhere you want to order from just a week before the wedding.

Price: SGD$43.68 – $70.98

10. Zalora

Did you know Zalora has its own line of bridesmaid dresses? And the selection is actually pretty extensive.

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Aside from your typical bridesmaid styles, they also have plenty of printed offerings. They also have satin dresses, which you won’t find in many of the sites listed here.

Zalora also stocks dresses from many different brands, so you can shop all of them conveniently at one place.

Price: SGD$49.90 – $299.99

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With brands like TFNC Wedding, Maya, Jarlo, John Zack, and of course, ASOS’ home brand, you can easily shop multiple brands at one location.

If your colour scheme falls out of the pastel pink, peach, blue and purple spectrum, ASOS is a good place to start looking. Here, you’ll find dresses in less common hues like sage, green and purple.

Do take note that ASOS’ styles tend to be less conservative, with bare backs and lower necklines.

Price: SGD$64.65 – $808.13
SOIGNÉ The Label

Another site that sells dresses with a more modern silhouette is SOIGNÉ The Label.

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While they don’t have a dedicated section for bridesmaid dresses, it’s easy to picture some of these styles walking down the aisle with you.

Here, they stray from bridesmaid cliches with unique necklines and quirky touches, making for interesting details in all those wedding photos you’ll surely be taking.

Price: SGD$65 – $199

13. Lulus

Lulus has a beautiful range of bridesmaid dresses, but there is one downside – the price.

But hey, if you’re willing to shell out in the region of $100 per dress (shipping included), you’ll find some very nice designs here, and with very nice quality.

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What’s great about Lulu’s is that each style comes in a variety of colours, so you won’t have to rule out dresses because they don’t come in your desired colour.

Do take note that since Lulus is based in the US, some of the maxi dresses may run a little long on more petite Singaporean girls. That said, the sizing guide and review section are very handy when it comes to figuring out if the length or fit of a dress will be an issue.

As with ASOS, Lulus’ styles are also more revealing, so be sure your bridesmaids dare to bare before you place your order!

Price: USD$44 – $284

14. Lipsy

For sexier styles, give London-based Lipsy a look-see.

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A go-to for party and occasion-wear, the site stocks a variety of brands, some of which you’ll recognize (Forever New, Bardot, Little Mistress) and some of which you may find less familiar (Scarlett & Jo, Sistaglam, Jessica Wright).

With side slits, applique details, and uber flattering ruching, the dresses here are for the bridal squad that’s got it and ain’t afraid to flaunt it.

Price: £62 – £170

Whatever style and/or colour you envision your bridal squad wearing, we’re sure you’ll find it at one of these shops. With that, happy shopping!

*All prices stated are accurate at the time of publication. Prices are all before discount. 

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Grab Is Playing Santa This X’mas – Lets You Redeem Gifts With Your GrabRewards Points

We are now just 10 days away from Christmas!

Amidst all the Christmas cheer, here’s one more reason to celebrate. If you’ve been an avid Grab user, Grab has a present (or many presents) for you.

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From 11 – 23 December, the Grab Christmas Store is popping up at Plaza Singapura – and you won’t have to spend a single cent. The first and only store of its kind, you can shop over 88 gifts, ranging from accessories and beauty products to homeware and books, using the GrabRewards points you’ve accumulated.

For 2,000 points, you can choose from a selection of cups, bowls, and jewellery. For 4,000 points, you can get a jar of premium jam by Straits Preserves. And for 6,000 points, you can choose from body scrubs and fragrant candles.

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And if you manage to rack up 40,000 points – that’s A LOT of Grab rides – you get to choose from what we think are the best items of the lot: a JBL portable bluetooth speaker and a XiaoYi Action Cam, just to name a few.

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And that’s not all.

For even more Christmas rewards, check out the GrabRewards Catalogue inside your Grab app. If you see something you like, redeem it via the app, and pop by the Grab Christmas Store to collect it.

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Grab users, be sure to check how many GrabRewards points you’ve accumulated and redeem them ASAP! All items are only available while stocks last so don’t be afraid to be kiasu!

Grab Christmas Store
Plaza Singapura, 68 Orchard Road, Singapore 238839
Opening Hours:
11am – 9pm
11 – 23 December 2017

Also read 8 Best Fish Soups In S’pore That Will Have You Savouring Every Last Drop

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Wah Seh, Here Are All 27 Singlish Words That Made It Into The Oxford English Dictionary

Wah, Singapore has really come a long way. And we’re not referring to our infrastructure or GDP.

We’re talking about Singlish lah.

In the past, Singlish was frowned upon by the government. But today, Singlish words have made their way into the Oxford English Dictionary (OED).

Here’s a list of all 27 Singlish words and other Singaporean things that are officially in the Oxford English Dictionary.

Singlish Exclamations

Our exclamations are now official words! How crazy is that? There’s AiyahAiyohLah, and Wah.

How Lah made it into the dictionary is really beyond our understanding. Are the people at OED expecting the rest of the world to use the term?

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As in, “David was saboed to take the shift this weekend.”

Singaporean Food

Yes, local food made it into the dictionary. Char Kway Teow, Char Siu (BBQ Pork), Chilli Crab, and Teh Tarik are now included in the menu dictionary. We’re just happy they included Teh Tarik.

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7 Halal Steamboat Places To Hit Up With Your Muslim Makan Kakis

Many of us Singaporeans love going for steamboats.

A fun dining experience that offers loads more interaction than if you each ordered a main for yourselves, it’s no wonder restaurants like Hai Di Lao are so popular among families and groups of friends. Unfortunately, halal hot pots are hard to come by in Singapore.

We sussed out all the best Halal certified hot pot places in Singapore. Chinese, Thai, Korean-style – we have them all.

Whether you’re someone who has Muslim friends to take into consideration, or are Muslim yourself, here are 7 Halal certified places where you can get your hot pot fix!

1. Farah Diana Restaurant (Closed)

Located at Changi, Farah Diana Restaurant is a short 5 minute walk from Eunos MRT station.

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Farah Diana Restaurant By Farah Diana Catering – FDCS Facebook[/caption]

One thing we love about this place is the price you pay for an all-you-can-eat. Adults pay just $22, while children aged 5 – 12 pay $15.

The steamboat features all the usual suspects: vegetables, seafood (crab, scallops, mussel, squid) and marinated meats (beef, chicken). You can choose from chicken or tom yum soup for your soup base. There’s also cooked food including fried rice, noodles, and traditional malay kuih.

The sambal and chilli here are top notch, so you’ll want to bring plenty of that to your table!

Take note that Farah Diana Restaurant only accepts cash, so you’ll want to make sure you draw money before you head here to eat!

Price: $22 for adults, $15 for children (5 – 12 years old)

Farah Diana Restaurant
Address: 285 Changi Road Singapore 419764 
Opening Hours: Mon – Thu: 4pm – 11pm; Fri: : 4pm – 12am; Sat – Sun: 2pm – 12am 
Contact no.: 9107 9792

2. Marina Bay Steamboat @ Satay By the Bay

If you’re ever in the Marina Bay Sands area, you need to try out Marina Bay BBQ Steamboat (MBBS), an alfresco concept buffet at Satay By The Bay.

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Within walking distance of Gardens By The Bay and Marina Barrage, Marina Bay Steamboat offers up a wide spread of fresh seafood including crayfish, crab, scallops, prawns, and bamboo clams. You can also expect a free flow of meats, vegetables, desserts and soft drinks, so you can stuff yourself silly after a whole day of activity!

All ingredients are prepared fresh daily, so you can be sure you’re eating only the good stuff.

Price: Children 5 – 11 years old: $15 nett | Adults, Mon – Thu: $27 nett | Adults, Fri/Sat: $29 nett | Adults, Eve of PH/PH: $30 nett

Marina Bay Steamboat @ Satay By the Bay
18 Marina Gardens Drive, Satay By The Bay, #12/13/14 Marina Bay, Singapore
Opening Hours: Daily, 5pm – 11.45pm
Contact no.: 8180 8112

3. Flame Cafe

Flame Cafe is a hot pot place you’ve probably heard of – but did you know it’s Halal certified?

Located at Tai Seng, a stone’s throw from Tai Seng MRT station, this hot pot spot made waves because of its FOUR tier Pagoda steamboat set up.

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The top layer of the 4-Tier Cheesy Hotpot & BBQ Pagoda Steamboat is a steamer.

The second tier is a dipping tier (choose from Cheese, Salted Egg or Mongolian dip), and the next is a BBQ hot plate for grilling. Finally, right at the bottom is a hot pot tier that is divided down the middle so you can enjoy two different soup bases (choose from Chicken, Tom Yum, Mala, Herbal Tonic, Tomato). Talk about having options!

Choose from the Supreme ($38.90/pax), Premium ($29.90/pax) and Deluxe ($19.90/pax) Buffet, which entitles you to different kinds of ingredients to cook with your Pagoda steamboat.

Take note that the Pagoda steamboat set is only available after 3pm.

Flame Cafe
Address: Level 1 Centro Bianco Building, 73 Upper Paya Lebar Road, Singapore 534818
Opening Hours: Mon – Thu: 10am – 1am; Fri – Sat: 10am – 3am; Sun: 10am – 1am
Contact no.: 6288 6346
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Lukhon Thai prides itself in its selection of authentic Northern Thai meat marinates and delicious chilli dip. Seriously, the chilli dip is the perfect mix of sweet, spicy and salty, and is super shiok when paired with the food you’re cooking.

For the soup, you get to choose between Chicken and Tom Yum soup (we recommend the latter). Like most Mookata places, you can choose from the pre-set platters, or you can order your favourites individually. They have beef, chicken, seafood, mushrooms – everything you need for a delicious, soul-warming Mookata.

Lukhon Thai
110 Pasir Ris Central, #02-05 Pasir Ris Central Hawker Centre, Singapore 519641
Contact no.: 9675 5849

5. Makan Makan (Closed)

Located at the quaint, secluded Punggol Ranch is Makan-Makan.

Decorated with equestrian elements, Makan-Makan lets you cook your food hot pot (choose between a tom yum or chicken soup base) and grill style.

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The buffet line here includes a host of greens, marinated meats like beef, chicken, mutton, and duck, and has an entire section dedicated to seafood! You can expect everything from flower crabs to crayfish, mussels and scallops.

There is also a section of cooked food that includes simple fare like chicken wings, nuggets, and spring rolls! Pair your food with carbs like mee goreng and carbonara, and you’re in for a delicious meal.

Price: $26 on weekdays, $29 on weekends

Address: 900 Punggol Road End, Singapore 829168
Opening Hours: Tue – Fri: 3pm – 11pm; Sat & Sun: 12pm – 12am; Closed on Mon
Contact no.: 8571 0203

6. Yummy Veggie

Another buffet concept, Yummy Veggie International Buffet & Steamboat Restaurant is a vegetarian restaurant that plates up a delicious array of international vegetarian cuisine and steamboat, in a buffet concept.

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Muslim folks who love Korean Army Stew, Mukshidonna will be your saving grace!

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Located at Downtown East, Pasir Ris, Mukshidonna is a popular chain restaurant from Seoul that is known for two things: budae jjigae (Korean army stew) with tteokbokki (Korean rice cakes).

Each serving of Army Stew costs $13.90, and comes with tteokbokki, odaeng (Korean fishcakes), vegetables, and gochujang (red chilli paste) stew. You can add all your favourite ingredients into your Army Stew at an additional cost of $3 per serving. Think: dumplings, mussels, sausages, and our favourite – cheese!

Address: 1 Pasir Ris Close, #02-324, E!Avenue, Singapore 519599
Opening Hours: Daily, 11.30am – 10pm 

The next time you’re in the mood for steamboat, be sure to hit up these restaurants! Many of these are buffet-style, so hang back and don’t leave until you’re sure you’ve had your fill!

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Ngee Ann City, Bishan And 6 Other Places You Didn’t Know Were Once Cemeteries

Did you know that Singapore has had over 21 cemeteries in the past? However, Singapore only has 3 active cemeteries now. The Lim Chu Kang cemetery, Pusara Aman Cemetery and Pusara Abadi Cemetery.

Due to the land scarcity that we face, graves had to be exhumed and cemeteries were cleared to make way for urban development. Today, many buildings stand atop old burial sites.

From HDBs to shopping malls, we’ve compiled a list of the places that were once cemeteries.

A Land With A Past

1. Fort Canning

Before it was Fort Canning, it was known as Bukit Larangan, which means “Forbidden Hill” in Malay. Built on it was an early Christian cemetery that was established there in 1822, and closed in 1865.

Following the closure of the Bukit Larangan Cemetery, the Fort Canning Cemetery was established.

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The doll was subsequently removed by SMRT staff. But it is still creepy.

3. Novena MRT Station

There was another Jewish cemetery that was recorded to be located just north of Moulmein road, adjacent to Thomson Road and Newton Road. It was established just before the First World War.

However in 1985, the cemetery was closed and the area was reclaimed for the development of a then-new MRT station.

If you look at the map, the only MRT station there is Novena MRT station.

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4. Ngee Ann City

The site where Ngee Ann City is standing on, used to be a Teochew Cemetery called ‘Tie Swah Ting’. It was established by the Ngee Ann Kongsi, a Chinese Teochew charitable association in 1845.

The cemetery spanned 72 acres of land and housed 25,000 to 30,000 graves. However, in 1957, the cemetery was cleared and some of the land was acquired by the government.

A 10-storey Ngee Ann building was built on the land, though it was demolished in 1985. Today, the Ngee Ann City Shopping Complex and Civic Plaza can be found at this old burial site.

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Even though it has been disproved by Ngee Ann City’s architect, there is still a rumour going around in Singapore that the complex was designed to look like a Chinese tombstone.

Do you see that the flagpoles resemble joss sticks and the fountain in the civic plaza resembles wine offerings?

5. Caldecott Broadcast Centre

Caldecott Hill used to house a Chinese cemetery. The land was purchased to be used as a burial ground for Chinese people. However, the cemetery was closed to build a mansion.

Oddly enough, a fire broke out and razed the mansion to the ground, killing the whole family. The old Mediacorp Caldecott Broadcast Centre used to be situated on the hill.

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Today, Woodleigh MRT station sits on part of the old cemetery and HDB has commenced work on turning the area into a housing estate with HDB flats and private houses that will be complete by 2018.

7. Bishan

Before Bishan became Bishan, it was a World War 2 battle site and subsequently a Chinese cemetery known as the Kampong San Teng cemetery.

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The Chinese cemetery was eventually closed to make way for HDB estates and the kampong was renamed from San Teng to what we now know as, Bishan.

Honourable Mention

8. Bukit Brown

Did you know that Bukit Brown has an MRT station?

Yes, you read that right. Bukit Brown MRT station. If you’re squinting at your phone trying to spot Bukit Brown MRT station on the SMRT map, you won’t find it.

Bukit Brown MRT station is located somewhere between Caldecott station and Botanic Gardens station.

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It is currently not in operation as the ‘station’ is located at an empty plot of land that’s smack dab in the middle of the Bukit Brown cemetery and the Chinese cemetery at Mt. Pleasant.

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However, the government has announced plans to build a 4-lane road which will cut through Bukit Brown cemetery and the rest of the cemetery will be cleared to make way for new public housing town in 40 year’s time.

Singapore is a small country and eventually all cemeteries will have to make way for housing development. Would you live in an estate built over an old cemetery?

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When To Apply For Leave In 2018 For Long Weekends

Can you believe November is almost over? Where did the year go?

In just about a month’s time, we’ll be counting down the remaining seconds of 2017, ringing in the new year.

One thing we love about the new year is that you get to start on a clean slate. Everything is reset – public holidays included. We thought, what better way to go into 2018 than by thinking about all the long weekends there will be, and planning ahead for your 2018 holiday(s).

Here are all the long weekends in 2018 so you can get a head start on your planning!

Long Weekends In 2017

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In 2018, there will be 4 long weekends (incl. New Year’s weekend), but you can easily make that 9 just be taking a day’s leave. If you take leave on all the days stated below, you can expect a long weekend every month, with the exception of July, September, and October.

1. January

Dates: 30 Dec – 1 January
# days: 3

The New Year’s weekend is a long one, so if you’re hung over on New Year’s Day, at least you won’t have to report to work.

2. February

Dates: 16 Feb – 18 Feb
# days: 3

Chinese New Year falls on 16 and 17 February this year, so we’re getting a long weekend in February.

3. March

Dates: 30 Mar – 1 Apr
# days: 3

Thank God It’s (Good) Friday! Good Friday means we’ll be seeing one long weekend in the month of March.

4. April

Dates: 28 Apr – 1 May
# days: 4
Take leave on: 30 April

Labour Day falls on a Tuesday this year, which means to make it a long weekend, all you have to do is book a day’s leave on 30 April. A short trip out of the country, perhaps?

5. May

Dates: 26 May – 29 May
# days: 4
Take leave on 28 May

Forsee a tough May? Vesak Day falls on a Tuesday, so you know what to do – take the Monday before off, and maybe fly yourself out of the country.

6. June

Date: 15 Jun – 17 Jun
# days: 3

The half point mark of the year brings one long weekend from 15 to 17 June, for Hari Raya Puasa weekend.

7. August

Date: 9 Aug – 12 Aug
# days: 4
Take leave on: 10 Aug

In August, we celebrate the Nation’s Birthday – as well as an extra long weekend, if you take leave on 10 August.

8. Nov

Date: 3 Nov – 6 Nov
# days: 4
Take leave on: 5 Nov

Give yourself a pat on the back for working your a** off all year. November brings a 4-day long weekend if you take leave on 5 November.

9. Dec

Date: 22 Dec – 25 Dec
# days: 4
Take leave on: 24 Dec

Everyone’s favourite time of the year is back again! Take leave on 24 December as a little Christmas gift to yourself, and you get to enjoy a 4-day weekend.

It’s never too early to start planning for your next vacation. Whether it’s a long trip overseas (be sure to schedule it over the long weekends), a short trip to Bangkok, or a staycation right here in Singapore, make use of this handy guide to make the best of the holidays in 2018!

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When Pasar Malam Meets USS – Singapore’s Biggest Carnival Will Make You Feel Like A Kid Again

If you’re a fan of Uncle Ringo fairs, the mother of Uncle Ringo fairs is coming to Marina Bay – just in time for the holidays.

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Open from 15 December 2017 – 1 April 2018, the Prudential Marina Bay Carnival is slated to be Singapore’s biggest carnival, occupying a sprawling 25,000 sq metre area. It’ll feature thrill rides, carnival games, and delicious fairground food, among other tantalizing treats. 

Over 40 Rides And Games

Spanning The Promontory and Bayfront Event Space area, expect over 40 rides and games, some of which have been specially flown in from various parts of Europe, including the United Kingdom, Germany, and Italy.

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Some of the rides you can expect include The Star Flyer, a tower ride that has you feeling like you’re flying while 35m up in the sky, giving you an incredible 360 degree view of the Singapore skyline.

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The Booster Maxx, is not for the faint of heart, standing at a whopping 55m above ground, spinning you around at super high speeds.

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There will also be the Log Flume, the Das Fun Schiff pirate ship that swings like a pendulum, and the Apple Coaster, a rollercoaster ride just for the little ones!

If you love playing carnival games, trying your hand at winning plushies to take home, get your game face on; this carnival will see 30 games catering to both adults and children, so hopefully, you won’t leave empty-handed!

Good Music, Good Vibes

To add to all the good fun going around, there will also be an eclectic collective of youth bands and DJ performances, ventriloquism acts, and carolling groups!

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With music from home-grown musicians Falling Feathers, Kexin Tay, TheLionCityBoy, and Jasmine Sokko, there won’t be a dull moment while you’re at the fair.

Fairground Food At Its Finest

What’s a fair without fairgound classics like fries and sausages?

Get your fingers greasy chowing down on curly fries, sizzling sausages, warm melted raclette, churros, and freshly-popped buttery popcorn! For a more substantial meal, take your pick from everything from Michelin-starred offerings to gourmet burgers, and comforting local food!

With more than 20 curated vendors serving up delicious grub each week, you won’t be complaining about having nothing to eat.

Open daily from 4pm to 11pm (except Christmas and New Year’s Eve, when it will start from 3pm), admission to the carnival is completely free! To get yourself credit for rides and games, you can purchase them online beforehand or while you’re on-site. 

With so many things to do – and plush toys to be won! – you’re in for a hell of a good time at this fair!

Prudential Marina Bay Carnival
Address: The Promontory, 11 Marina Blvd, Singapore 018940
Date: 15 December 2017 – 1 April 2018
Admission: Free
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