As mankind increasingly becomes more adept at using technology to solve problems, it is evident that we are quite interested in making certain things skinnier and other things bigger.
For example, television and mobile phone screens have become bigger. Some smartphones have screens the size of tablet devices! But for everything else, downsizing on thickness seems to be the goal.
Here are six products so thin they will make you feel like you’re the one who needs a diet:
Super thin laptop
In today’s day and age, work doesn’t stop at your desk. Often, it follows you around and appears in the form of emails and spreadsheets waiting to be looked at. If you have to carry around a laptop for work, school or even travel, why not go for something thin and practically weightless?[caption id="attachment_13955" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Image Credit: HP[/caption]
Laptops are so thin and light nowadays that they look perfectly chic. You could throw it into a purse and not have to worry about lugging it around in a huge, bulky computer bag! Finally, you’ll be the envy of all your friends while you pretend that you’re not browsing SGAG or watching Wah!Banana on YouTube.
Super thin Oreo
Call us purists but we are still not convinced that Oreo Thins, which entered the market in 2015, are any better than the thicker, original Oreos.
A plus point? You can probably pop the whole thing in your mouth during class or meeting without anyone noticing. Sans the chewing, of course.
Super thin condom
When asked to use a condom during sex, some men might use the excuse that the rubber makes intercourse feel less pleasurable, given that it is thick and reduces the sensation.
Well, that is no reason to not use protection and have safe sex, which translate to preventing unwanted pregnancies and the risk of contracting a sexually transmitted disease.
Thanks to Durex, thin condoms are a dime a dozen these days. One particular condom you can try out if the thickness of the condom is an issue is the Durex Fetherlite brand, which touts greater sensitivity.
With such thinness, this condom will enhance sexual pleasure while keeping both parties protected.
Super thin watch
Watches used to be clunky, thick, and cool. Who remembers the good old Casio, G-Shock, and Baby-G watches that came with a variety of cool features and buttons? Some watches even doubled up as calculators!
However, watches nowadays have gotten so thin, they’re probably no thicker than our 20cent coin.
Super thin tracking device
If you’re a scatterbrain, and have to resort to asking your friends and family 12 times a day if they have seen your keys/wallet/phone, try Tile, a Bluetooth-enabled tracking device.
While it used to be a little bit chunkier, Tile has since remodelled its tracking device to fit most wallets and laptops! Its slimmer version, aptly named Tile Slim, weighs 9.3 grams and is only 2.44mm thick.
P.S. Do not try and stick this onto your significant other in order to track their location!
Super thin e-book reader
The great thing about e-book readers is that you can have all the books in the world at your fingertips without needing to carry them all in your backpack. The Amazon Kindle Oasis is the company’s thinnest and lightest e-book reader available, with a thickness of 3.4 mm to 8.5 mm depending on the point of measurement.
With such a thin Kindle, you can now read on the MRT without infringing on your fellow commuter’s space!
All that said, there is still something about thick novels and fat wallets that exude old-school charm. Did we miss out anything that is so thin, it would make you feel fat? Let us know!
Suffering from insomnia? Or perhaps your body clock is all over the place after a week of hardcore midnight studying? With most malls only operating until 10 PM, there are not that many night activities to do.
In addition to exploring Singapore after dark, here are six night activities you can participate in to tire yourself out!
1. Night Cycling[caption id="attachment_12034" align="alignnone" width="700"] Image Credit: @lynnholilin / Instagram[/caption]
Get in touch with your sporty side and learn more about Singapore while you’re at it! Night cycling is a superb way to explore the island without having to spend a ton of money. All you need is safety gear, a pair of headphones, a bicycle (you could also rent), and a bottle of water!
If you’re a first-timer, check out the East Coast Park to Changi Village cycling path for a night of yummy eats, amazing finds, and quiet roads. If the East is a little far for you, you can also try cycling around the Holland Village neighbourhood down to the city where you can watch local attractions twinkle in the moonlight.
2. Chit Chat[caption id="attachment_12035" align="alignnone" width="700"] Image Credit: @ig_rb/ Instagram[/caption]
What’s better than staying up? Staying out! Since there are not that many 24/7 coffee shops in Singapore, your best bet would be to hit up Starbucks for a coffee/ tea or two while you catch up on some studying, work or just people watch/ chit chat the hours away.
We suggest going to a 24/7 coffee shop where there is outdoor seating, so you can enjoy some fresh night breeze, and not have to endure hours of nose-drying air-conditioning. Plus, free Wifi… What a score!
Starbucks at Orchard Cineleisure (other outlets available)
Address: 8 Grange Road Singapore 239695
Tel: +65 6733 0684
Opening Hours: 24/7
3. Watch a Midnight Movie[caption id="attachment_12037" align="alignnone" width="700"] Image Credit: @emyslacker / Instagram[/caption]
We love midnight shows! With only a handful of people in the cinema, the experience becomes a lot more private and intimate. Best of all, movies selected to screen in the middle of the night are usually pretty scary. Imagine walking out of a horror movie at 2 AM and strolling down an empty street. A lot more intense than 9 PM, right?
4. Put the Sing in Singapore[caption id="attachment_12038" align="alignnone" width="700"] Image Credit: @andrewpheefifofum / Instagram[/caption]
What do you think of when you see strangely irrelevant music videos (usually of varying backdrops of Singapore and/or models running down a beach), microphones, a tambourine and snacks? Of course, Karaoke. Sing to your heart’s content with affordable midnight karaoke options. Many of these karaoke operators also serve food and drinks, so there is absolutely no need to worry about being hungry.
Teo Heng KTV Studio (other outlets available)
Address: 865 Mountbatten Rd, Singapore 437844
Tel: +65 6345 6513
Opening Hours: 1 PM – 1 AM Sunday to Friday, 12 PM – 2 AM on Saturdays
Party World KTV (other outlets available)
Address: 177 River Valley Road #03-03 Liang Court Shopping Centre Singapore 179030
Tel: +65 6333 5533 or +65 6333 5588
Opening Hours: 2 PM – 6 AM Daily
5. Go prawning[caption id="attachment_12040" align="alignnone" width="700"] Image Credit: @yytoh / Instagram[/caption]
Allergic to seafood? We are sorry! But for everyone else, prawning remains as a great option to kill some time. Enjoy the cold night air while you wait for these orange fellas to take your bait! Even better, this is an excellent opportunity to spend some time with your friends as you talk over fishing rods. At the end of the night, you could even munch on what you’ve caught and cooked. Talk about a perfect way of enjoying what you worked hard for.
Hai Bin Jurong
Address: 241 Jalan Ahmad Ibrahim, The Village, Singapore 629143
Tel: +65 6265 2598
Opening Hours: 24/7
East Coast Prawning
Address: 1020 East Coast Parkway, #01-06, Singapore 449878
Tel: +65 62273330
Opening Hours: 24/7
6. Dim sum for supper[caption id="attachment_12062" align="alignnone" width="700"] Image Credit: @winstontbf / Instagram[/caption]
Get your fill of dim sum, also known as dian xin, for supper! These restaurants tend to open till late. In fact, some even operate until the morning, just so you can eat all the xiao long baos that you want. Our favourite dishes include the custard egg buns (also known as ‘liu sha bao’), rice noodle rolls (or ‘chee cheong fun’), and salted egg and butter ribs!
Mongkok Dim Sum
Address: 214 Geylang Road Lorong 8, Singapore 389274
Opening Hours: 4 PM – 5 AM Monday to Friday, 10 AM – 5 AM Saturday and Sunday
Swee Choon Tim Sum Restaurant
Address: 183-191 Jalan Besar, Singapore 208882
Tel: +65 6225 7788
Opening Hours: 6 PM – 6 AM daily, closed on Tuesdays
Go ahead, tell all your night owl friends about these night activities. After all, the night is always still young. Don’t forget that while the MRT closes by midnight, there are still Night Rider buses you can take to save some money and get home safely!
All of us would remember fondly of a hangout spot where we spent many hours with childhood friends, pretending to be pirates and big bad wolves. As we grow older, this communal playground slowly disappears. But that does not mean that the fun has to end now that we’ve all grown up.
In Singapore, we’re lucky to have so many different hangout spots offering a game-and-food experience. We can bond with all our best buddies over different games; from pool to electronic darts to a sinister board game to Guitar Hero. The best part? All at a reasonable price.
Here are five superb hangout spots you can check out. Whether you want to kill some time, have some fun, or create new memories with friends, you’d find something you like.
Cue Guru[caption id="attachment_11766" align="alignnone" width="700"] Image Credit: @shaneinfinite / Instagram[/caption]
Cue Guru is my first choice when it comes to killing an hour between plans, especially if there is some time between finishing dinner and a movie. Averaging about $10 to $20 per hour, depending on the time of day, it is a great way to have some fun without breaking the bank. You can easily split the game cost between a few friends.
For food, try the $28 combo available at Cue Guru. It comes with a jug of Tiger Beer and a plate of crunchy popcorn chicken. The $25 weekday value combo, which is only valid from Monday to Thursday 11 AM – 3 PM, comes with two hours of pool games, a choice of two mocktails or juices, and a snack. If you’re a little thirsty, order from the bar. It is usually well stocked with designer beers, wine and cocktails.
Cue Guru is currently available in two locations: Bugis+ and Kovan.
Cue Guru Bugis+
Address: Bugis+, 201 Victoria Street #03-19, Singapore 188067
Tel: 6509 6002
Opening Hours: 11 AM – 1 AM from Mondays to Thursdays and Sunday, 11 AM – 2 AM on Fridays, Saturdays, Eve of Public Holidays, and Public Holidays
Cue Guru Kovan
Address: J Forte Sportainment Centre, 50 Hougang Avenue 1, Singapore 538885
Tel: 6280 8800
Opening Hours: 10 AM – 1 AM daily
iDarts Halo[caption id="attachment_11996" align="alignnone" width="700"] Image Credit: iDarts[/caption]
Just right next to Cue Guru in Bugis+ is iDarts Halo, a fantastic hangout spot to hone your electronic dart throwing skills while spending time with friends.
There are six such hangout spots, operated by iDarts Singapore, all across the island – from Boon Lay to Punggol to Tampines. This particular setting in Bugis is perfect for the young cosmopolitan city-goer who would like some liquor to go with their missiles!
For beer lovers, especially, there is an ongoing daily happy hour promotion. You’ll receive a Carlsberg and Kronenbourg beer tower at $62 and $72 respectively. If you’re more of a cider kind of person, check out the new fruity ciders at the bar!
Address: 201 Victoria Street Bugis+, #03-24, Singapore 188067
Tel: +65 6634 9662
Opening Hours: 12.30 PM – 1 AM Sunday to Thursday (and Public Holidays), 12.30 PM – 3 AM Friday, Saturday and Eve of Public Holidays
Saint Games[caption id="attachment_11998" align="alignnone" width="700"] Image Credit: @lynaleo / Instagram[/caption]
Can video gaming be serious? Saint Games says yes! Opened in 2009, the household brand is today located at The Cathay and Bugis+. It offers fun-filled game time to people of all ages!
This is the perfect hangout spot for those whose friends are obsessed with console gaming, from PlayStation 3 to the Nintendo Wii, and the Xbox. Game selections include classic Xbox titles, Rockband, Guitar Hero, Raving Rabbids, and more!
If you’ll be catching a movie on the same day, check out Saint Games @ The Cathay’s special tie up with Cathay Cineplexes, which is just a few floors up. Show your movie ticket for that day and get an extra 30 minutes of gameplay time, on top of your existing purchase.
Saint Games @ The Cathay
Address: #03-06, Handy Rd, Former Cathay Building, Singapore 229233
Tel: +65 6397 2285
Opening Hours: 12 PM – 10 PM Sundays to Thursdays, 12 PM – 2 AM Fridays to Saturdays
Hideout[caption id="attachment_11997" align="alignnone" width="700"] Image Credit: Hideout[/caption]
Hideout is exactly what its name implies: a shelter from the outside world, an escape to a second reality. Located in Peace Center, a mall that really only comes alive after dark, this hangout spot offers a brief respite with board games and console games available for rental.
The rooms are spacious, soundproof, and furnished with the most comfortable bean bags! All these to provide you with a totally private gaming experience. With more than 30 board games available, including card games like Bang and Saboteur, and the latest gaming consoles in town, prices start at $9 for the first hour per person for first-timers, and $6 per person for subsequent hours.
Hungry? You will be able to purchase snacks from Hello Panda biscuits to spicy instant noodles to M&Ms. Eat while you play!
Address: #03-04/05 Peace Centre, 1 Sophia Rd, Singapore 228149
Tel: +65 6837 0686
Opening Hours: 11 AM – 11 PM Sunday to Thursday, 11 AM – 1 AM Friday and Saturday
Settlers Cafe[caption id="attachment_11999" align="alignnone" width="700"] Image Credit: @cynnderland / Instagram[/caption]
Perhaps you are not a console gamer, or maybe you just prefer something more old school. Try a game of Catan or Ticket To Ride with your friends for an hour or two at Settlers Cafe. It’s conveniently located in Clarke Quay. With many promotions available, from ladies night to student packages, gaming for an affordable fee is not too far from reality!
Food is also not a problem at Settlers Cafe, with an a la carte menu touting many scrumptious dishes! Dishes available are Jumbo Chicken Sandwich for $12.90 to Beef Lasagne for $9.90 to Tumeric Chicken for $12.90. You can also order light snacks and beverages, including several alcoholic choices.
One of our favourite titles at Settlers Cafe is Pandemic. It’s a 2-4 people strategy game that requires the players to stop and treat a virus that will soon conquer the whole world! If you’re looking for more of a party game choice, go for Taboo, a game that will guarantee a good laugh, no matter what.
Address: 39 North Canal Road, Singapore 059295
Tel: +65 65350435
Opening Hours: 6 PM – 11 PM Tuesdays to Thursdays, 12 PM – 1 AM Fridays, 1 PM – 1 AM Saturdays, 2 PM – 8 PM Sundays, Closed on Mondays
With these five great hangout spots in mind, the next time you’re planning a gathering, whether it’s for the traditional board-and-card game enthusiast, the Xbox expert, the darts fan, or the pool champion in your clique, you’ll be sure to find something that makes everyone happy. Keep creating new memories! The fun does not end, play time starts now!
(Header image credits: @shaneinfinite, words by editor)
A month ago, I visited Melaka for the first time. At least it is the first time that I could recall (my mother tells me we visited Melaka more than a decade ago, but I have no recollection). Melaka, also known as Malacca, is a state in Malaysia most well known for its historic past and amazing food choices. Just four hours from Singapore by bus, it is an ideal place to check out for a day trip or weekend jaunt.
If, like me, you have heard a lot about Melaka but have never been to the historic state, don’t fret. There are so many things to do in this UNESCO World Heritage City, but we’re telling you that you’ll be able to accomplish a lot even in just 14 hours.
Don’t believe us? Read on to find out what you should try:
Melaka in 14 hours – 8 AM: Breakfast
Whether you’re in the mood for a fruit platter or a plate of warm, yummy chicken rice balls, Melaka’s got you covered for the best local breakfast dishes you can try.
For breakfast, we avoided the “famous” restaurants with a queue and popped by one of its quieter competitors across the road. It was a risk, but to be fair, most restaurants in the Jonker Street district are pretty decent, so you won’t go wrong with a few dishes of chicken and rice. Plus, by doing that, you effectively gain another 20 to 30 minutes in your itinerary. Yay to trying more food and exploring even more![caption id="attachment_10905" align="alignnone" width="700"] Image Credit: @nicholasng925 / Instagram[/caption]
If you’re up for dessert, try Christina Ee’s Nyonya Cendol. While it may come in a small bowl, it is deceptively filling. It’s affordable at RM 3.80 per bowl and it hits the spot every time. Furthermore, with the shop hidden away in an alley on Jonker Street, you’ll definitely get a seat and good service.[caption id="attachment_10906" align="alignnone" width="700"] Image Credit: @addy_lynne / Instagram[/caption]
However, if you want something healthier, try Melaka’s Tropical Fruit Farm for a morning of fruit plucking and eating. Only 20 minutes from Melaka Town via car, you will be able to enjoy fruits like durian, rambutan and others. What’s more, the entrance fee is extremely affordable at only RM 4 for adults and RM 2 for children!
Christina Ee Pineapple Tarts & Cendol
Address: 75200, 8, Jalan Hang Lekir, 75200 Melaka, Malaysia
Tel: +60 6-281 2023
Opening Hours: 10.30 AM – 7 PM except Thursdays
Melaka Tropical Fruit Farm
Address: Sungai Udang, Malacca, Malaysia
Tel: +60 6-351 0130
Opening Hours: 24 hours daily except Saturdays
Melaka in 14 hours – 10 AM: Sightseeing
By 10 AM, you must be ready to hit the attractions. Having secured its status as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2008, Melaka has quite the heritage to boot. If you’re a history buff, you’ll find yourself enamored with old churches, and what is left of forts, museums and palaces.
A Famosa Fort
The image below is a photograph of the A Famosa Fort gate, which was built by the Portuguese after conquering Melaka.[caption id="attachment_10907" align="alignnone" width="700"] Image Credit: @luxuryfitnesstraveller / Instagram[/caption]
Nonya and Baba museums
Plus, don’t miss out on the Nonya and Baba museums that will give you a better insight to Melaka in the late 1500s when the Chinese had migrated to the Malaysian city to trade and do business. Many interracial marriages, between the Chinese and local Malays, were formed in that period and resulted in what is now called ‘Peranakan’ culture. For the Baba Nonya Heritage Museum on Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock, there is an entrance fee of RM 16.[caption id="attachment_10908" align="alignnone" width="700"] Image Credit: @enialeeee / Instagram[/caption]
A Famosa Fort
Address: Jalan Parameswara, 78000 Alor Gajah, Melaka, Malaysia
Tel: +60 6-552 0888
Baba Nonya Heritage Museum
Address: 48-50, Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock, 75200 Melaka, Malaysia
Tel: +60 6-283 1273
Opening Hours: 10 AM – 12.15 PM, 2 PM – 4 PM daily
Melaka in 14 hours – 12 PM: Lunch
It’s noontime! Are you hungry again? If your feet hurt, try sitting down at a restaurant like Nancy’s Kitchen. It boasts scrumptious Peranakan dishes. The owner and chef — Nancy, obviously, is a Peranakan lady who was born and raised in a small town called Batu Berendam in Melaka.
Growing up, she watched and helped her mother in the kitchen, and learnt to cook at a tender age. The restaurant is pretty popular with travellers, and everything is fresh, so Image Credit: @marygem / Instagram[/caption]
And if you are not a fan of sitting down, or prefer standing while you finish your lunch, try Jonker 88. If you’re lucky, you might just get a seat but going to an extremely popular restaurant might just mean you won’t be resting your legs any time soon. Our favourite is probably the Assam Laksa, which is just the right amount of spicy.[caption id="attachment_10911" align="alignnone" width="700"] Image Credit: @theparadeux / Instagram[/caption]
Address: 13, 13-1, 13-2, Jalan KL 3/8, Taman Kota Laksamana, Seksyen 3, 75200, Melaka, Malaysia.
Tel: +606-2836099 / +6013-6183608
Opening Hours: 11 AM – 5 PM Sundays to Thursdays, 11 AM – 9 PM Fridays and Saturdays, 11 AM – 9 PM Public Holidays, Closed on Tuesdays.
Address: 88, Jalan Hang Jebat, 75200 Melaka, Malaysia
Tel: +60 19-397 5665
Opening Hours: 9.30 AM – 5.30 PM Sundays to Thursdays, 9.30 AM – 8.30 PM Fridays to Saturdays
Melaka in 14 hours – 2 PM: More sightseeing!
Check out a few more attractions like the Royal Malaysian Navy Museum, Christ Church Melaka or even the official Mamee Jonker House, a great place to relive your childhood days.
The Royal Malaysian Navy Museum is an indoor-and-outdoor facility that offers you an insight into the role of the Royal Malaysian Navy since it was established. You will be able to see actual uniforms worn by the navy officers, medals awarded, and the sort of communication devices used back in the day. If you’re feeling tactile, leave the indoor premises of the museum to visit the Sri Terengganu Warship, which looks like quite a wonder. Pity you won’t be able to sail it any time soon!
Originally painted in white, Christ Church Melaka is an Anglican church built in the 18th century. Today, it is still functioning as a church, and conducts three services within its premises every Sunday. Regardless of religion, many travellers are interested in the church for its Dutch Colonial architectural flair and its role in Melaka’s Dutch era.[caption id="attachment_10955" align="alignnone" width="700"] Image Credit: @meychan178 / Instagram[/caption]
Founded in Melaka, snack brand Mamee can be seen everywhere, especially in the city centre, plastered on walls and advertising billboards. So, while you’re in town, why not check out the Mamee Jonker House? See how the company makes its famous noodle snack and get a few souvenirs for friends back home who grew up eating this fantastic crunchy delight.
Royal Malaysian Navy Museum
Address: Muzium Tldm, Jalan Merdeka, 75000 Melaka, Malaysia
Tel: +60 6-283 0926
Opening Hours: 9 AM – 5.30 PM daily except 12.15 PM – 2.45 PM on Fridays
Christ Church Melaka
Address: Gereja Christ, Jalan Gereja, 75000 Melaka, Malaysia
Tel: +60 17-824 6391
Mamee Jonker House
Address: 46 & 48,, Jalan Hang Tuah 2 & Jalan Hang Tuah, Taman Bukit Terendak, 76300 Melaka, Malaysia
Tel: +60 6-286 7666
Opening Hours: 10 AM – 5 PM Mondays to Fridays (closed on Tuesdays), 10 AM – 7 PM Saturdays to Sundays
Melaka in 14 hours – 4 PM: Chill out
Take a break from visiting attractions and learning more about the historic nature of Melaka by sipping some coffee at a cafe. Melaka has many amazing cafes that you can sit back, relax and chill at. We have selected three for you to visit!
Backlane Coffee Shop is exactly what it sounds like – a cafe tucked away in the back alley of a street. Take a breather with a beverage and some refreshments. With glass windows that almost go from wall to floor, and high ceilings, the bistro is a breath of fresh air. It has quite a range of desserts and drinks to choose from. Plus, borrow one of their many board games to kill some time.[caption id="attachment_10988" align="alignnone" width="700"] Image Credit: @shanlukerichards / Instagram[/caption]
Calanthe Art Cafe and Restaurant is another brilliant choice if you’re looking to escape from Singapore’s hustle and bustle with some artsy respite. Plus, it boasts coffee offerings from all 13 states in Malaysia, making your coffee adventure a little more exciting than usual.[caption id="attachment_10989" align="alignnone" width="700"] Image Credit: @norhanfahmierayza / Instagram[/caption] [caption id="attachment_10990" align="alignnone" width="700"] Image Credit: @calantheartcafe / Instagram[/caption]
Truly Two Cafe is the sort of place you’ll want to visit if you have a particularly sweet tooth. Indulge in slightly over-the-top milkshakes and other desserts at this cafe — no regrets needed![caption id="attachment_10991" align="alignnone" width="700"] Image Credit: @fatinlahh / Instagram[/caption]
Backlane Coffee Shop
Address: 129, Jalan Hang Jebat, 75200 Melaka, Malaysia
Tel: +60 6-282 0542
Opening Hours: 11 AM – 11.30 PM Sundays to Thursdays, 11 AM – 12 AM Fridays to Saturdays
Calanthe Art Cafe and Restaurant
Address: Jalan Hang Kasturi, 75200 Melaka, Malaysia
Tel: +60 6-292 2960
Opening Hours: 9 AM – 11 PM Sundays to Wednesdays, closed on Thursdays, 9 AM – 12 AM Fridays to Saturdays
Truly Two Cafe
Address: No. 9, Jalan PNBB 2, Pusat Niaga Seksyen IV, Mukim Bukit Baru, Melaka, 75150 Melaka, Malaysia
Tel: +60 6-284 3488
Opening Hours: 12 PM – 9.30 PM daily except Thursdays
Melaka in 14 hours – 6 PM: Jonker Street
In the day, Jonker Street may look just like any other street in Melaka, but do not be fooled. At night, the street comes alive with hawkers selling all sorts of things, from malt candy to watermelons to radish cake to little knick knacks.
Go slightly earlier and take your time while walking down this street because chances are, if you see something you like, it’ll be pretty difficult to go back to that specific stall later on.
Melaka in 14 hours – 8 PM: River Cruise
For only RM 15 per adult, you will be able to enjoy an unmissable opportunity. Learn more about Melaka and enjoy scenic river view at night for 45 minutes on its signature River Cruise. It’s best to go on this cruise at night since it’ll be a lot breezier and well, your legs are probably tired from all that walking.
The ticket also comes with a complimentary gift pack, which includes a beverage and some snacks, in case you get hungry on the cruise! We would recommend buying your tickets about 30 minutes earlier.[caption id="attachment_11383" align="alignnone" width="700"] Image Credit: Image Credit: @gezgincift / Instagram[/caption]
Of course, there is a lot more to Melaka than a 14-hour itinerary, but if this is your maiden expedition to a food paradise/ historically alive state/ wonderful land of fresh air and places to chill, check out these suggestions!
As for us, we’ll just count down to the days we have till we visit Melaka again. To the most scrumptious Peranakan dishes, the graffiti on the walls, the beautiful cafes and river view…
(Header image credit: Hung Nguyen Leong/Shutterstock, words by editor)
Growing up in my family, getting a milkshake in a restaurant was a pretty big deal for a child. It meant that you were being rewarded with a treat of something other than juice or the rare soft drink. Plus, you got to choose the flavour of the milkshake and revel in a cup of vanilla, chocolate or strawberry.
Nowadays, milkshakes are a lot more bold and exciting, especially with the creation of ‘freakshakes’ a few years ago! Freakshakes, an extravagant milkshake that may just freak some out with its ingredients, is originally from a patisserie called Patissez in Canberra, Australia. Patissez has recently landed in Singapore with four amazing flavours!
Located on the ground floor of the still fresh Raffles Holland V mall, Patissez Singapore touts slightly extravagant milkshakes better known as ‘freakshakes’. It’s originally from Canberra, Australia. These flavours are mostly a mix of different food items that most people would love on its own, but even more when it’s in a cup together.
This is the second international branch of the original Patissez brand, with the first being Patissez Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur. The creator of the Patissez Freakshake said that they are planning to launch in Thailand and China in the future.[caption id="attachment_11016" align="alignnone" width="700"] The evolution of its logo[/caption]
At first glance, Patissez’s signature Freakshakes look almost like they were squeezed into a mason jar too small for what it is — a heavenly, decadent mess. Depending on the type of shake you ordered, you would find whipped cream, peanut butter and chocolate overflowing out of the jar. Patissez Freakshake instantly transports you to Willy Wonka’s magical factory.[caption id="attachment_11035" align="alignnone" width="700"] A minishake[/caption]
Patissez Singapore carries four freakshakes: the Muddy Pat, Pretzella, Mint Condition and Sneaky Freak.
As we tried all of these four shakes, it became increasingly evident that these unmistakably unique concoctions are more than just items on the menu. Priced at $16 a drink, each Patissez Freakshake is an experience.
Patissez Freakshake – the Muddy Pat[caption id="attachment_11214" align="alignnone" width="700"] Image Credit: @leivonne / Instagram[/caption]
We munched down on the Muddy Pat, a chocolate-y shake that comes with vanilla mousse, a heavenly fudge brownie and a marshmallow. As we savoured it, we mm-ed and aah-ed our way, as if experiencing a gastro-orgasmic release.
Patissez Freakshake – Pretzella and Mint Condition[caption id="attachment_11034" align="alignnone" width="700"] Mint Condition and the Pretzella[/caption]
My favourite was the Pretzella, a Nutella-meets-pretzels kind of shake that I would, without a doubt, describe as ‘best of both worlds’: salty and sweet. Slurping the shake with a straw, finishing the messy yet beautiful milkshake made me felt cathartic.
You might also find the Mint Condition a good buy, especially if you are a fan of mint chocolate and cookie sandwiches. It would have been even tastier if the cookie sandwich was made out of ice cream, but that might just make it even more over-the-top.
Patissez Freakshake – Sneaky Freak
Since peanut butter isn’t exactly my favourite topping in the cabinet, I have to say that the Sneaky Freak wouldn’t be my first choice. But from what I’ve heard, it is every bit delicious and lip-smackingly good as it is salty and creamy.[caption id="attachment_11213" align="alignnone" width="700"] Image Credit: @lollapaige/ Instagram[/caption]
Aside from whipped cream-topped drinks, the Patissez also functions as a restaurant with many top-notch dishes to boot. Popular choices include its all-day breakfast selections, from bacon jam toasty to Brekkie Burger to Corn & Zucchini Fritters.[caption id="attachment_11043" align="alignnone" width="700"] Image Credit: @patissezsg / Instagram[/caption]
It is also well known for its burgers, all served with fries and Patissez special sauce. Examples include the Freak Burger which is made up of two beef patties, double crispy bacon, bacon jam, American cheddar and housemade BBQ sauce. For the non-beef diners, the Crispy Panko Chicken Burger is not to be missed. It comes with Panko sesame chicken, kewpie mayo, pickled vegetables ad lettuce.
With a wooden-plank ceiling and warm lighting – in low hanging bulbs no less, this cosy cafe will definitely make a good date spot for folks. It’s the best place to relax and enjoy a sinful drink with some good ol’ brunch and company. Just be careful not to overeat!
Address: 118 Holland Avenue #01-06 Singapore 278997
Tel: +65 62623616
Opening Hours: 10 AM – 10 PM, Mondays to Fridays, 9 AM – 10 PM Saturdays and Sundays
This was an invited food tasting session
Header image credit: Patissez Singapore
We have come a long way since the first aeroplane was invented, and today, scooting off to a random destination is relatively easy if you have the funds. But if you are in dire need of a holiday, one that allows you to fall in love with changing backdrops and a slow-paced itinerary, hop on a train adventure this year!
Whether you’re a first-time train hopper or a seasoned choo-choo enthusiast, check out our list of five destinations you can visit via old school trains, from the nearest to the further. And if you’re feeling brave and a little adventurous, how about taking a train adventure to each location, one after another?
Train to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia[caption id="attachment_10145" align="alignnone" width="612"] Image Credit: yvonne_soh / Instagram[/caption]
If you’ve never been on a train (the MRT doesn’t count), this may be the best way for you to experiment with something easy, instead of an itinerary too complex and arduous. Think of it as baby steps.[caption id="attachment_10146" align="alignnone" width="700"] Image Credit: @sevenadr / Instagram[/caption]
From Singapore, you can buy a train ticket to Kuala Lumpur at the Woodlands Train Checkpoint for around $10 (second class seat), $12.50 (2nd class sleeper), or $40 (1st class deluxe sleeper) depending on how luxurious you want your seven-hour journey to be. You can purchase tickets at the counter or
You can purchase tickets at the counter or online.
Address: Wilayah Persekwutuan, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Operating Hours: 9 AM – 9 PM daily
Address: Batu Caves, Sri Subramaniam Temple, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Sunway Lagoon Theme Park
Address: 3, Jalan PJS 11/11, Bandar Sunway, Petaling Jaya, 46150, Petaling Jaya, Selangor, 46150, Malaysia
Tel: +60 3-5635 8000
Operating Hours: 10 AM – 6 PM daily
Train to Butterworth @ Penang, Malaysia[caption id="attachment_10147" align="alignnone" width="700"] Image Credit: @edward.chlee / Instagram[/caption]
From Kuala Lumpur, you can buy a train ticket to Butterworth in Malaysia, an idyllic town in Penang. There are two train journeys you can choose, which would take around 6.5 hours to 9 hours respectively. The fare should range from $11 to $28.
You might also wonder: there are so many places to take a train to from Kuala Lumpur, why Butterworth? Well, think of Butterworth as a layover destination, one where you can take a breather and chill out before heading on the next train to… Bangkok!
You can purchase tickets at the counter or online.
Penang Bird Park
Address: Taman Burung Seberang Jaya, Jalan Todak, Seberang Jaya, 13700, Perai, Pulau Pinang, 13700, Malaysia
Tel: +60 4-399 1899
Operating Hours: 9 AM – 7 PM daily
Taman Selat Rope Walk
Address: Jalan Selat, Taman Selat, 12000 Butterworth, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Tow Boo Kong Temple Butterworth
Address: 894 & 896, MK14, Jalan Raja Uda, 12300 Butterworth, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Tel: +60 4-331 8717
Train to Bangkok, Thailand
That’s right! Did you know that you could visit Bangkok from Singapore by train?[caption id="attachment_10148" align="alignnone" width="700"] Image Credit: @yongsn / Instagram[/caption]
From Butterworth, you can take a train ride of almost 20 hours to Bangkok’s Hualumphong Station for around $40 (adult ticket). Out of the three train rides mentioned for this train adventure, this is probably the one you would write home most about.
One of my favourite things about this particular train adventure is how whenever the train pulls up into the station, you’ll be greeted by men and women on the platform hawking hot food and drinks from porridge to a packet of nuts, and if you wanted something, you’d just pay for it over your train window.[caption id="attachment_10149" align="alignnone" width="700"] Image Credit: @kanya_kaew / Instagram[/caption]
Bangkok, of course, is almost every Singaporean’s favourite Asian city for nightlife, cheap food and shopping. Don’t forget to stop by weekend markets by Chatuchak and visit the local attractions, from the Grand Palace to the various art and history museums.
For this trip, you will have to buy your tickets in person or through a travel agent. That is because the train is operated by the State Railways of Thailand, and will not be available for reservations on the official KTM website.
Chatuchak Weekend Market
Address: 587/10 Kamphaeng Phet 2 Rd, Chatuchak, Bangkok 10900, Thailand
Address: Na Phra Lan Rd, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok, 10200, Thailand
Tel: +66 2 623 5500
Operating Hours: 8.30 AM – 3.30 PM daily
Address: IBT No.71,Rama 5 Road,Dusit 10300, Thailand
Tel: +66 2 281 2000
Operating Hours: 8 AM – 6 PM daily
Train to Chiang Mai, Thailand[caption id="attachment_10150" align="alignnone" width="780"] Image Credit: @moona_kim / Instagram[/caption]
Located in the North of Thailand, Chiang Mai is great for nature lovers and those who want to escape from the hustle and bustle that is city life. You can visit Chiang Mai via a train from Bangkok; head over to Hua Lumphong Station and get yourself an overnight train ticket to Chiang Mai for around $9 to $40 — prices vary according to the level of comfort you’re willing to part with.[caption id="attachment_10151" align="alignnone" width="700"] Image Credit: @nightsquash / Instagram[/caption]
You can also get a sizable Thai dinner on the train itself in another cabin, which will make you feel like you’re in a Wes Anderson movie. Do take note that Bangkok to Chiang Mai trains are seriously popular among locals and tourists, so try to get your tickets well in advance.
Tickets will only be available in person at the counter or through a travel agent.
Address: Doi Suthep, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand
Chiang Mai Night Safari
Address: 33 Moo 12, Hang Dong District, 50230, Thailand
Tel: +66 (0) 53-999-000
Operating Hours: 11 AM – 10 PM daily
Chiang Mai National Museum
Tel: +66 53 221 308
Operating Hours: 9 AM – 4 PM, Wednesday to Sunday
Train to Hua Hin, Thailand[caption id="attachment_10153" align="alignnone" width="612"] Image Credit: @thetravellingtomyam / Instagram[/caption]
Only four hours from Bangkok by train, Hua Hin has always been a popular choice for Thais when it comes to quiet family vacations, which means you’ll probably not have to hassle yourself with booze-spilling tourists with bad beach etiquette.[caption id="attachment_10154" align="alignnone" width="700"] Image Credit: @lukehide / Instagram[/caption]
Say hello to some good ol’ R&R with the Sun and your buns with this short train ride that won’t cost you much either. Like how you would go to Chiang Mai from Bangkok, head over to Hua Lumphong Station to take a train to Hua Hin, passing by the smaller and EVEN quieter Cha Am. Tickets can cost anywhere upwards of $1.50 or so, going up to $15.
Tickets will only be available in person at the counter or through a travel agent.
Hua Hin Night Market
Address: Petchkasem Road, Hua Hin, Thailand
Operating Hours: 6 PM – 11 PM daily
Black Mountain Water Park
Address: 1, Khao Hin Lek Fai 2, หินเหล็กไฟ, Hua Hin District, Prachuap Khiri Khan 77110, Thailand
Tel: +66 32 618 444
Operating Hours: 10 AM – 6 PM daily
Phraya Nakhon Cave
Address: Kui Buri District, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Thailand
Tel: +66 89 782 6002
Don’t stop there! There are many destinations from Hanoi to Moscow to London you can visit by train if you have the time and money, although they will all require you to switch to a bus journey at some point. Like American author Marianne Wiggins said, “…what thrills me about trains is not their size or their equipment but the fact that they are moving, that they embody a connection between unseen places.” Start planning for a train adventure today!
(header credit by @nitisa1989, words by author)
It’s not just the Singapore Girl that will be wearing Singapore Airlines’ signature blue sarong kebaya – oh, so classy! Our favourite cat doll – you know, the one with no mouth and a cute bow on its head – will also be sporting the chic Pierre Balmain-designed traditional Asian batik dress, as part of a collaboration between the airline and Sanrio.[caption id="attachment_9339" align="aligncenter" width="3200"] Credit: Singapore Airlines’ Facebook Page among other channels, the Hello Kitty: Singapore Girl was said to be available on the airlines’ KrisShop store for KrisFlyer members until 30 June for $39. (KrisFlyer membership is free)
However, since Hello Kitty is basically every Singaporean’s favourite feline, probably even more so than Doraemon (also a cat) and other nekos, the airline announced that the doll has been sold out, and that it will restock and make the second release available in-flight from July 1 onward.
[caption id="attachment_9341" align="aligncenter" width="428"] Screenshot taken on 13 June 2016[/caption]
It is noted that customers who have purchased the doll during the first release, which lasted a day, will not be affected and can collect their orders on their flights from 20 June onward. Additionally, each flight will only carry up to five Hello Kitty: Singapore Girl dolls, and passengers will only be allowed to collect the doll in-flight.[caption id="attachment_9340" align="aligncenter" width="883"] Screenshot taken on 13 June 2016[/caption]
Alas, if you do not succeed in buying a Hello Kitty: Singapore Girl doll from Singapore Airlines, do not despair. From experience (read: McDonald’s regular Hello Kitty sales), we predict that there will be lots of these cute cats being sold on second-hand e-commerce platforms for a good price, for example Carousell.
When all else fails, you could also console yourself with a visit to the newly-opened Hello Kitty cafe at Changi Airport Terminal 3. Opened 24 hours, head there anytime for photo opportunities, good food, and great ambience.
Hello Kitty Orchid Garden
Address: Changi Airport Terminal 3 Arrival Hall #01-22, Singapore 819663 (65 Airport Boulevard)
Opening Hours: 24/7
Tucked away on the seventh floor of the one-year-old Park Hotel Alexandra, The Carvery can be best described as a classy and quiet restaurant that doesn’t scrimp on quality. A restaurant that will definitely wow Dad’s tummy this Father’s Day (19 June).
Walking in, instead of the usual suspects from soda machines to thinly-sliced salmon sashimi, you’ll find high-quality appetite-whetting salad starters like Greek Beets with Feta Cheese, roasted sweet potatoes and figs, and charred okra with tomato, garlic and preserved lemon. Even the freshest seafood is available from blue swimmer crabs to chilled tiger prawns to Canadian black mussels to white clams and others.[caption id="attachment_9076" align="alignnone" width="700"] Well-stocked salad bar with fresh olives[/caption] [caption id="attachment_9077" align="alignnone" width="700"] White clams with chardonnay[/caption]
While the greens are nutritious, and the seafood delicious, most diners head to The Carvery for their premium meats. After all, The Carvery is most well-known for its signature roasts, from Beef Prime Rib that seduces with a rosy pink centre to a delightfully juicy New Zealand Roasted Leg of Lamb to the crispy Pork Knuckle with Crackling, and a well-marinated Rotisserie Chicken.
Just next to the meats – if you can take your eyes away from the aromatic roasts for just a second – is a rack of condiments and sauces. Although the myriad of sauces, butters and salts may intimidate some of us, don’t hesitate to ask the friendly chef on standby what you should pick to go along with the meats you have selected.[caption id="attachment_9080" align="alignnone" width="700"] Beautifully and exquisitely made steak knives for you to cut your meat[/caption]
Do also keep in mind that the meats are on rotation, so not all of the dishes mentioned will be available, especially if the meat procured by the restaurant for a certain dish is not up to par. The meats, all selected by Executive Chef Robert Chan, a top chef in Singapore with more than 20 years of experience in the culinary sector, are also curated to go well with a line up of side dishes better known as trimmings.
“When curating the lineup of sides, we wanted to ensure that each item would offer the customer a classic pairing that will completely enhance their enjoyment of the premium meats. Different cultures combine their roasts with different sides and we have made the effort to provide these selections at The Carvery.” – Top chef, Robert Chan.
So, as you walk by the side dishes, you’ll find classy choices from beetroot crusted seabass with cream sauce (which was said to be an option for folks who don’t really like meat that much) to beef bourguignon to corn on the cob to fragrant mashed potatoes and polenta fries.[caption id="attachment_9049" align="alignnone" width="700"] Polenta Fries for the taking[/caption] [caption id="attachment_9082" align="alignnone" width="700"] Beef bourguignon — soft, succulent and mouth-watering[/caption]
But that’s not all. When you’re done with your main courses, clean your palette with some bread, cheese, fruit and dessert! The Carvery bakes its own bread with natural yeast, and its wood-fried pizzas were surprisingly good for a meat-focused restaurant. And as for desserts, you won’t go wrong with a panna cotta, creme brulee, or an English Trifle (a dessert layered with custard). Then again, it is a buffet — have all of them![caption id="attachment_9083" align="alignnone" width="700"] Bread made with natural yeast[/caption] [caption id="attachment_9084" align="alignnone" width="700"] Pizza baked that trumps any store-bought alternative[/caption]
One important thing that we liked while dining at The Carvery was the relaxed ambience. On a weekday afternoon, the restaurant was quiet without a single hint of a mad rush, and allowed guests to speak to each other at ease.[caption id="attachment_9087" align="alignnone" width="700"] High ceilings, chic interior and great service at The Carvery[/caption]
Look out and let your eyes rest on the lush greenery in the background and gorgeous infinity pool and bar concept – also known as the Aqua Luna. You may even take advantage of the al fresco seating to enjoy a little summer breeze.[caption id="attachment_9085" align="alignnone" width="700"] Hotel guests only, but nothing is stopping you from enjoying the view[/caption] [caption id="attachment_9086" align="alignnone" width="700"] Fancy a drink at The Carvery’s sister pool bar Aqua Luna?[/caption]
While some of the dishes mentioned may not be available this Father’s Day weekend, The Carvery is celebrating the occasion with confirmed show-stealers like a special 48-day dry-aged Prime Rib, which was slow-cooked and roasted for eight good hours then served medium-rare.
For all daddies – unlimited Asahi Black beer, and other usual favourites like the Rotisserie Chicken, New Zealand Roasted leg of lamb, crispy Pork Knuckle, Pan Roasted Halibut with lemon butter and capers, as well as its Chocolate Armagnac shooters will be served.
What are you waiting for? Make your reservations for Father’s Day now!
When I first tried American Chinese food in New York last year, I remember standing in front of the ordering counter feeling a little indignant.
I’ve heard a lot about the cuisine, from TV, movies and popular culture, and as someone with more than two decades of experience eating Chinese food, albeit it being more Singaporean or Malaysian Chinese than anything, I thought that the takeout boxes weren’t going to be any good. “It’s fake Chinese food, isn’t it?” I thought to myself. You know, how authentic can it be when the recipes are edited to suit the American palette?
After my first bite, all my preconceived opinions of American-Chinese food were thrown out of the window. Never mind the authenticity. The food was delicious. Every bite left me wanting for more. I had no complaints, only compliments.
Months after returning to Asia, I still crave for American-Chinese food. If you’ve never tried American-Chinese food, here are 5 pretty authentic dishes and places to try them in Singapore.
General Tso’s Chicken
Named after Zuo Zongtang, a general in the Qing Dynasty who fought many revolts and wars, General Tso’s Chicken is the poster child of all American-Chinese dishes. But don’t be fooled; the General himself, who came from the Hunan province in China, has never tasted this saucy, broccoli and cubed chicken recipe.
If you are interested, you could even watch The Search for General Tso, a documentary film detailing the origins of this tasty chicken dish, to find out more about how it came to be so popular.
Those who have tried this dish would probably liken it to the sweet and sour meat dishes one can find in most Singaporean eateries, even though General Tso’s Chicken is unique enough to get imported onto the menu in China.
Where to try:
Seletar Hill Restaurant
Address: 16 Jln Selaseh, Singapore 808440
Tel: +65 6483 0348
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday 11.30 AM – 2.30 PM, 5.30 PM – 10 PM
Literally meaning ‘a mix of broken pieces’, Chop Suey may not seem like the most appealing dish on the menu. Its origins, shrouded in fog, are not yet determined, but some say that it’s the result of a Chinese guest’s kitchen improvisation after an unsatisfying meal while others maintain that it came from Chinese miners putting together leftovers to make themselves a good meal. It is also rumoured to have originated from coastal city Taishan in China, although we can never be too sure.
But if you’re looking to hit that vegetable quota of yours, look to this colourful, diverse plate for some answers.
Where to try:
Address: 10 Dempsey Road #01-23, Singapore 247700
Tel: +65 9224 6611
Opening Hours: Monday to Thursday 11.30 AM – 12 AM, Friday 11.30 AM – 2 AM, Saturday 10.30 AM – 2 AM, Sunday 10.30 AM – 12 AM
Like Chop Suey, Mushu Pork may not look glamorous, but it is still a good mix of stir-fry pork, black fungus, mushrooms, bamboo shoots and zucchini. The Shandong dish has now become a star in America’s Chinese food industry, where it is eaten in the style of a taco or burrito where the pork and vegetables are placed in a pancake with some sauce. Think Peking Duck or Popiah but pork — wrapped and fragrant.
Where to try:
Address: #03-01 Plaza Singapura, 68 Orchard Road, Singapore 238839
Tel: +65 6884 4566
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday 11 AM – 3 PM, 5.30 PM – 10 PM
It’s a little harder to find Crab Rangoons in Singapore – oh, so cripsy! – but you’re in luck. W Singapore at Sentosa Cove’s latest promotion will see to it that you eat all the crabs you want. The hotel’s restaurant, The Kitchen Table, will be serving all things crabby every Saturday from 2 April 2016 to 25 June 2016, so you better hurry. More information
Picture this: you’re on a bicycle gliding down the beautifully paved roads of Singapore under the bright moonlight, only stopping for pedestrians and some of the best supper dishes in town. A breeze comes and goes, and the sights keep changing.
Not only is night cycling fun, it is also healthy. According to an Al Ameen Eating Corner
Address: #01-11, 35 Marsiling Industrial Estate Road 3 (Along Woodlands Ave 5), Singapore 739065
Tel: +65 6891 0893
Opening Hours: 24 hours
East Side, Beast Side
Let’s admit it: The East has one of the best cycling paths, especially after hours. If you haven’t checked out East Coast Park, Changi Beach Park or Changi Village in the dark, now is the time. Plus, if you hang around, you may even catch a sunrise or get to admire the underbelly of a plane as it flies by.
Food options nearby include Bedok Food Centre and Changi Village Hawker Centre which are both home to many local delights from hokkien mee to oyster omelettes.
Route (2 hours): PCN Pitstop Pasir Ris Town Park, Bedok Reservoir Park, East Coast Park, Bedok Jetty, Coastal Park Connector, Changi Beach Park
Bedok Food Centre (also known as Bedok Corner)
Address: 1 Bedok Rd, Singapore 469572
Changi Village Hawker Centre
Address: 2 Changi Village Rd, Singapore 500002
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday 6 AM – 2 AM
A Myriad of Parks
Singapore is indeed a green city with indoor and outdoor gardens, trees planted by the sidewalks, and parks — lots of them! If you ever have trouble trying to find your way around this island nation, just keep a lookout for parks and the PCN — Park Connector Network — that links them all into one single cycling or running route.
Food options nearby include pigging out at chicken rice restaurant Boon Tong Kee at Balestier, having a prata or two at Upper Thomson’s The Roti Prata House, or a burger at Fatboy’s The Burger Bar available at Balestier and Upper Thomson. Probably the best eat-and-cycle route ever.
Route (2 hours): Toa Payoh Town Park, Whampoa Park Connector, Kallang Park Connector, Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park, Ang Mo Kio Town Garden West, Punggol Waterway Park, Punggol Park, Pelton Canal Park Connector
Boon Tong Kee
Address: 399/401/403 Balestier Road, Singapore 329801
Tel: +65 6254 3937
Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday 11 AM – 4.45 PM, 5.30 PM – 4.30 AM, and Sunday 11 AM – 4.45 PM and 5.30 PM – 3 AM
The Roti Prata House
Address: 246M Upper Thomson Rd, Singapore 574370
Tel: +65 6459 5260
Opening Hours: Friday to Saturday 24 hours, Sunday to Thursday 7 AM – 2 AM
Fatboy’s The Burger Bar
Address: 187 Upper Thomson Road, Singapore 574335 / 1 Jalan Rajah #01-01 Singapore 329133
Tel: +65 6252 8780 / +65 6268 8690
Opening Hours: Monday to Thursday 4 PM – 12 midnight, Friday to Sunday 12 PM – 12 midnight
The Bay Watch
This has got to be one of the most underrated cycling paths in Singapore, especially if you don’t happen to live in the neighbourhoods mentioned in the route. Not only will you get an insight into what each estate is like, from the changing architecture to late night food options, you might even get to see various animals, from otters to roosters, going about their day in the concrete jungle.
Food options nearby include Alexandra Village Food Centre and Zion Riverside Food Centre. If you’re hitting up the Zion Riverside Food Centre, make sure to reach by 1030 PM to dine like royalty. Famous stalls there include Noo Cheng Adam Road Prawn Noodle and Zion Road Fried Kwayteow.
Route (45 minutes): Holland Village, Commonwealth Crescent, Margaret Drive, Alexandra Canal Linear Park, Alexandra Park Connector, Zion Road, Gardens by the Bay
Alexandra Village Food Centre
Address: 120 Bukit Merah Lane 1, Singapore 150120
Zion Road Fried Kway Teow (Stall 17)
Address: 70 Zion Road, Singapore 247792
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday 12 PM – 2.30 PM, 6.30 PM – 11 PM (Closed every other Monday)
Noo Cheng Adam Road Prawn Noodle (Stall 4)
Address: 70 Zion Road, Singapore 247792
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 12 PM – 3 PM, 6 PM – 11.30 PM, Saturday to Sunday (as well as PH) 12 PM – 1 AM
So, which route will you go for? Whichever path you choose, just don’t forget to follow Singapore’s PCN etiquette guide. If you’re cycling at night, ensure that your bicycle lights are turned on, and keep a safe distance from others on the road, even when there’s no traffic! It’s time to work out… and enjoy some good food while you’re at it.
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