Sweet Dreams Are Made Of These 7 Gorgeous Houses! #housegoals

Sure, a house is only as cosy and welcoming as the people who stay in it. But sometimes, it doesn’t hurt to pimp up your house a little (or a lot) to help achieve a look of grandiose and luxury. And it definitely doesn’t hurt to ogle at some of these gorgeous houses that one can only dream of living in. 

From lush greenery facades to clean slate minimalism, we’ve found some of Singapore’s most gorgeous houses. They are truly aspirational and inspirational all at once.

1. Arena House | Prow Architects

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As its name suggest, this is a home for serious party-planners and movie buffs alike. It might look like a clean and modern house on the outside, but the conventional spaces found in a home are pushed to the back of the house, creating a vast empty event space suitable for hosting stellar parties and large groups of people. When desired, the event space can be transformed into a projection screen – enjoy movies flashed on the big screen right in the comforts of your room.

2. 128D Cairnhill Road | Woha Architects


Images credit: This pre-war two storey terrace retains its charmingly vintage vibe on the outside, but its interior has been modified to exude a modern and earthy feel. The heavy usage of wood lends the house a natural sleek image, and the sunroof allows for lots of natural lighting to permeate the expansive space. High ceilings also help create an airy feel, resulting in a house that feels light yet grand all at once.

3. House At Rienzi Street | A D Lab

Images credit: It’s hard to imagine that this narrow looking house can look so bright and limitless from the inside, thanks in part to the floor-to-ceiling windows that let in plenty of light. The clinically white walls contrasted with the pockets of greenery in the home create almost like a living garden that’s modern yet thick with natural vibes.

4. 133 Cove Drive | Richard Ho Architects

Images credit: Almost like a tropical resort villa situated in Singapore, this huge home screams opulence and decadence. With huge glass panels that stretch from floor-to-ceiling that overlook the gorgeous scenic view, a private pool and a backyard door that opens up to provide an unobstructed look at the sunrise or sunset, you’ll never want to step out of this house.

5. Sentosa Cove House | Wallflower Architecture + Design

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Images credit: Transformation and innovations lie in the heart, and exterior of this gorgeous house, which is something that cannot be said for most homes. The main feature is the motorised timber screens that not only create a distinctive feature of the house, but they also help create a dynamic living space that transforms with the light and shadows. The same timber panel features are also echoed throughout the house to give it a sense of completeness.

7. Tetris House | K2LD Architects 

Images credit: Bold and geometrical, there’s something strangely soothing and impressive about the lines of the house. Aptly named the Tetris House, clean lines merge together to create an impressive space that’s modern and undeniably luxurious. With an impressive sloping roof that creates a dynamic sense of space, this is truly one gorgeous house to lay your eyes upon.

While these houses are clearly not for everybody, it wouldn’t hurt to keep these on hand inspiration. Who knows, the next time you strike a windfall, you’ll be ready to recreate your very own gorgeous house to add to this list.

(Header image: Also, read 5 Best Stores To Get A Scandinavian-Style Home Without Ikea!

7 Local Desserts So Good, They’ll Remind You Of Your Childhood Sweetheart

Topped with tropical fruits and a side of condensed milk for a Snapchat worthy sweet treat, Bingsus are the go-to dessert on a hot summer’s day. Not forgetting a warm and freshly baked Belgian waffle, topped with a scoop of creamy gelato and almond sprinkles. Mmm.

Local Dessert – Comfort Food That Never Disappoints

But when it comes to hitting that sweet spot for dessert, nothing does it better than local dessert. Affordable, nostalgic and ultimately delicious, local dessert is not only part and parcel of our culture, but also a quick and delicious way to seek respite from the blistering heat. Be it a cooling snack, a mid-day treat or a post-meal dessert, here’s a list of where you can go to get your local dessert fix!

1. Mei Hong Yuen Dessert

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A name familiar to most, this local dessert chain serves traditional hot and cold dessert. It is one of the “Singapore Chinatown Heritage Brands”. These brands are the ones that have been operating in Chinatown for at least 30 years. Through the years, Having eaten at this dessert stall for years, we heavily recommend the Almond with Egg White, Red Bean Lotus, and Chee Cheong Fun. They have also recently opened more stalls, so you don’t have to travel to Chinatown just to savour one of the best local dessert stalls.

From its smooth and comforting bowl of peanut paste to the classic and juicy bowl of mango with pomelo and sago, you’ll never be disappointed.  

Chinatown: No. 63 – 67 Temple Street, #B2-32 Chinatown Point
Orchard: #B4-34, ION
Novena: #02-03 Velocity@Novena Square
Clementi: #03-02 321 Clementi Ave 3
Opening Hours:
2. Ah Chew Desserts

Image credit: With a wordy menu filled with a huge variety of local dessert options, being spoilt for choice is an understatement. Ah Chew Desserts often sees large crowds of both locals and foreigners alike. It has even received media spotlight from NHK Broadcasting Corporation.

Image credit: Also, it doesn’t get any more local when you start adding durian into your dessert. Their bestseller, durian sago, gives a local twist to the classic with luscious durian puree paired with sago pearls.

Other must-try dishes include Hawaiian Papaya boiled with Fresh Milk, Black Glutinous Rice with Vanilla Ice-cream, Mango Sago & Pomelo, Watermelon Honeydew with Sago, and Durian Hong Kong Red Bean Ice.

Ah Chew Desserts
Address: 1 Liang Seah Street, #01-10/11; 181 Thomson Road, Goldhill Shopping Centre
Opening Hours: Mon – Thu: 12:30pm – 11.30pm; Fri: 12.30pm – 12.30am; Sat: 1.30pm – 12.30am; Sun: 1.30pm – 11.30pm

3. Ji De Chi

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Traditional flavours still have a place in today’s age. Ji De Chi’s dish of sweet mangoes and black glutinous rice wrapped in green tea mochi is the perfect example. This eatery serves up a good selection of traditional and modern desserts.

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Their rendition of the Taiwanese shaved ice dessert is a cheaper alternative to the pricier bingsu, but it definitely does not lack in terms of sweetness and flavour.

Ji De Chi
Address: 8 Liang Seah Street, #01-03
Opening Hours: Mon – Sun: 11am – 11pm

4. Annie’s Peanut Ice Kachang

Image credit: Heartland stalls are where most of us first tasted and tried local desserts. With time-tested recipes, they as good as, or even better than chain dessert stalls! Annie’s Peanut Ice Kachang is a good example. Her dedication to serving quality dessert has been recognised. She was invited to the Singapore Hawker Street Festival 2015. 

With numerous modern spins on the old ice kachang dish, perhaps the best combination is still some roasted peanut and red bean, doused with a colourful blend of syrup.

Annie’s Peanut Ice Kachang
Address: 3 Yung Sheng Road, #01-01

5. Ye Lai Xiang Cheng Tng

Image credit: Sticking to a traditional recipe passed down since 1939, Ye Lai Xiang has been churning out bowls of cheng tng.

Their bowl of cheng tng comes loaded with 10 different ingredients, a class above the rest (the usual cheng tng contains only a handful of ingredients). The painstaking preparation process of double boiling the sago and sunning the dried longans is evident in the end result – a clear sweet broth that’s almost addictive.

Address: Bedok Food Centre, 1 Bedok Road, Stall 31

6. Jin Jin Hot/ Cold Dessert

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The owners weren’t kidding when they named their dish ‘Power Cendol’. Using premium gula-melaka to give it that distinctive palm sugar richness, this is one decadent dessert. It packs all the punches at only a fraction of the price. Coupled with sweet coconut milk and red beans, you’ll find yourself polishing the bowl in jiffy. 

Image credit: If you love Mango and Durian, this one’s for you! Tangy Mango cubes are topped with condensed milk and a scoop of Durian puree! There’s also a version without the durian topping. From our visits to Jin Jin Dessert, we also learn that the mango cubes are soaked in a secret sauce for that tangy and refreshing bite. Their hard work pays off, as there’s nothing like this bowl of mango goodness elsewhere!

Jin Jin Hot/ Cold Dessert
Address: ABC Brickworks Market & Food Centre, 6 Jalan Bukit Merah, #01-20
Opening Hours: Mon, Tues, Thurs, Sun: 12:30PM – 10PM; Fri, Sat: 12:30PM – 10:30PM
Closed every Wednesday

7. 75 Ah Balling Peanut Soup

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We are all accustomed to the usual glutinous rice balls with peanut and black sesame filling. But at 75 Ah Balling Peanut Soup, they even have red bean, yam, and green tea fillings to up their ball antics. Best of all, those special flavours are hand-made!

As their name suggests, they are famous for their peanut soup. The soup is simmered for hours for soft and tender peanuts. They also offer options like almond milk and ginger soup. No matter what you choose, you can be sure you’re digging into a bowl of comforting goodness.

75 Ah Balling Peanut Soup
Address: #01-75, Golden Mile Food Centre, 505 Beach Road; #01-25 Blk 85 Bedok North Street 4

Certainly, there are numerous other dessert stalls out there that serve up that familiar bowl of traditional dessert. When the queues of artisanal desserts grow too long, know that you can always fall back on stalls like these to satisfy your sweet tooth.

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Kopitiam Talk – The Art Behind Your Everyday Kopi O Siew Tai

As a colloquial term for coffeeshops in Singapore, kopitiam is an integral part of any Singaporean. Very much like the microcosm of local culture, Kopitiams effectively capture the multi-racial fabric of our society – from the food choices to languages spoken. Even the word kopitiam itself is a mishmash of two different languages. ‘Kopi’ means coffee in Malay while ‘tiam’ is the Hokkien dialect for the word stall. Indeed, our kopitiam lingo is a curious and eclectic mix grounded in Singlish, and the result is that of a unique language system surrounding this humble and traditional eatery.

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Spend some time at your neighbourhood kopitiam and I’m sure you’ll pick up a whole slew of lingo that is baffling to the uninitiated. These diverse stall owners themselves are a reflection of the Singapore culture. With all of them under one roof, the various languages have blended together over the years to create an eclectic concoction of kopitiam lingo. Let us explore this curious lingo and at the end of it all, I’m sure you’ll get the hang of kopitiam talk one lah.

Bottoms Up


Ordering a cup of coffee or tea at Kopitiams is in itself an art form. With so many suffixes that can be attached to the stem word of coffee or tea, getting your caffeine fix from Kopitiams might be a little daunting especially if you’re new to the scene. Fret not, for with the help of this flowchart, you’ll find yourself ordering your cuppa like a Singaporean in no time.

I’d Drink To That

It won’t be surprising to hear drink stall owners echoing something completely different after ordering a drink. Many of the drinks have alternative names affectionately coined by drinks sellers. Let’s uncover some alternative names of drinks that have caught on with the Kopitiam culture.


From these Kopitiam lingos, we can see how language has revolved around this eatery, making it the perfect representation of Singapore itself. From Malay, Chinese and dialects, it really is amazing to see these various cultures blend into one.

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5 Hipster Barbers You Should Visit For That Dapper Kingsman Look

It’s a tough time to be a man.

Gone are the days when you could get away with using the same soap for your head right down to your toes, or wear the same shirt in various colour combinations because you’re too lazy to shop. Today, the modern man is being held up to great expectations – from the way they dress to their hairdos (yes there is quite the variety of hairstyles for dudes).

In recognising this very trend, a slew of local barbers has since risen to cater to the dapper man’s every need. With services extending from haircuts to shaves and a classy interior to boot, here’s a list of local barbers you can pop by for that hipster modern hairdo befitting of every suave dapper individual. Sometimes, Snip Avenue just doesn’t make the cut.

1. Sultans Of Shave


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Inspired by the desire reignite the humble trade of the back alley barber,

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At the Ramadan Bazaar located at Paya Lebar, you can catch Sultans of Shave’s pop-up store. With services like basic haircuts that start from $48 and a comfortable deluxe shave session from $40, get ready to be groomed to look your finest.

Sultans Of Shave
Address: #02-01, North Canal Road
Opening Hours: Mon – Sun: 10am – 9:30pm

2. Hounds Of The Baskervilles


The punk rock and hardy vibes of Hounds Of the Baskervilles are so thick the store’s pretty hard to miss. From their rustic interior to grungy decorations, this place is certainly full of attitude, with hairdos to match.


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This kick-ass location also doubles up as a tattoo parlour, adding to the dope-ass feel of the place. If you’re one for a little spunk and grunge then there’s certainly no better place than Hounds Of The Baskervilles. Haircuts start from $35.

Hounds Of The Baskervilles
Address: 24 Bali Lane
Opening Hours: Mon – Fri: 11am – 8pm; Sat: 11am – 7pm

3. We Need A Hero

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Image credit: It’s basically a one-stop-shop for all your hair needs where you’ll be guaranteed a tamed and clean look that puts Englishmen to shame.

We Need A Hero
Address: #01-86, 57 Eng Hoon Street
Opening Hours: Mon – Fri: 11am – 9pm; Sat: 10am – 9pm; Sun: 10am – 8pm

4. Premium Barbers

Image credit: Helmed as the first barber concept store in Singapore, Premium Barbers
Address: #6702-6228, 277 Orchard Road
Opening Hours: Mon – Sun: 11am – 9pm

5. Neighbourhood Barbershop

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Neighbourhood Barbershop might sound and look like a simple barbershop. But they certainly aren’t. With a trained team dedicated to bringing dapper hairstyles and classic looks to the heartlands, this stall located in Changi will groom you to look your best.


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They work on the basis of appointments, so do plan ahead and give them a ring should you choose to head down. Prices start from $20 for a haircut and $10 for a shave. Relatively affordable, we must say.

Neighbourhood Barbershop
Address: 228 Changi Road
Opening Hours: Mon – Sun: 11am – 9pm

Notable Mention: Geylang Adventure #backalleybarbers

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While not exactly a business, the #backalleybarbers is an initiative spearheaded by Geylang Adventures where they provide free haircuts for migrant workers and the less fortunate during the weekends. Through these free haircuts, they hope to interact with their customers and connect with them on a personal level. So the next time you’re roaming the streets of Geylang, don’t be surprised at the sight of an outdoor make-shift barber.

To find out more about their #backalleybarber initiative and their other projects, read With this list, now you’ll know where to go when that special occasion demands a spiffy smart look!

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Farmers’ Markets in Singapore – Unearthing Their Locations

For a concrete metropolis like Singapore, having plots of farms dedicated to growing our own produce sounds rather incredulous. But in the recent years, there has been a growing trend towards locally-produced food and ingredients harvested or made by our very own Singaporeans. Boasting a slew of environmental and health benefits, many of these local farmers are starting to sell their produce at farmers’ markets.

While this concept might be relatively new here, it is one that has been embraced for a long time by other countries. If you’re planning to lay your hands on some of the freshest produce and locally-made products, try popping by these farmers’ markets that’s sprouting around our little red dot.

Kranji Countryside Farmers’ Market

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The Kranji Countryside Farmers’ Market is the brainchild of the Kranji Countryside Association, which hopes to spread awareness for local agriculture and food sustainability. Through their quarterly held sale, expect stalls from local farm produce, locally-made artisanal food and products and even community workshops suitable for the whole family.

Image credit: Kranji Countryside Farmers’ Market

As you shop the premises, strike up a conversation with some of these ‘farmpreneurs’ who’ll be more than happy to share their preparation process or farming practices. Educational shopping? Count me in!

To find out when is their next market, head over to their facebook page.

Bolly Jolly Farmers’ Market

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On most weekends on the grounds of Bollywood Veggies, Bolly Jolly Farmers’ Market plays host to a range of vendors selling everything from homemade food products, natural insect repellant and even eco-friendly home cleaning products.

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When you’re done shopping, explore the expansive 10 acres farm where you’ll see fruits and vegetables growing at every corner. Otherwise, grab a bite at the Poison Ivy Bistro which incorporates the farm’s produce in their dishes.

To find out more about Bollywood Veggies, head over to their 

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This cosy farmers’ market held on the third Saturday of every month plays host to different vendors each time. No two visits will be the same, and you can expect more than just the usual fruits and vegetables.

Image credit: Bakeries and food vendors will peddle their goods, while activities such as face painting will keep the young ones satisfied as you browse through the various stalls.

Check out the exact dates of the market on their

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The beautiful grounds of farm-to-table restaurant Open Farm Community transforms into a market at the end of every month. Expect fresh produce from farmers, socially conscious meals and artisanal products made locally.

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They also have a lawn bowl area which is used to engage the community and to conduct workshops ranging from yoga to beekeeping to help raise awareness for sustainable food practices.

For full details of their next market dates, head over to their facebook page.

The Weekend Farm

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Run by Kok Fah Technology Farm, which is a Singapore based vegetable farm established back in 1979, this longstanding farm in Singapore has now caught up with the modern concept of farmers’ market.

Image credit: The Weekend Farm

Selling varieties of freshly harvested leafy vegetables, dried products, fruits and even potted flowers, this farm is also known for some uncommon varieties which cannot be found in your supermarkets. The Weekend Farm is only opened during weekends and public holidays.

Farmers’ markets make for a great place to shop, and to learn about the local farming and craft community. With many of them holding workshops as well, pop by a farmers’ markets for a different kind of shopping experience that’s unlike what you’ll get in the urban jungle.

(Header image: Kranji Countryside Farmers’ Markets)

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8 Local Dishes Modified To Look Modern, Can You Recognise Them?

Modern Singaporean cuisine (local dishes modified to look modern), or mod-sin in short, amalgamates our familiar Singaporean hawker flavours with international dishes of the world. Very much like our Singaporean culture, mod-sin cuisine takes inspiration from various food cultures and adapts it into an experimental new dish that’s both bold and unique in taste.  

Let us explore the creativity and culinary concept behind some of these innovative creations that are only made possible thanks to our bustling local culture.

1. Hainanese Chicken Rice + Sushi


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Picture a plate of steamed chicken rice served in bite-sized tapas portions. The Poached Chicken Sushi is unique to Lepark, a rooftop bar that’s situated on the roof of People’s Park Complex. A thin strip of nori sheet wraps around a tender poached chicken and Hainanese chicken sushi rice. Each morsel is topped with some garlic chilli. It ticks all the elements that goes into making a traditional chicken rice dish, but made more portable as side to some beer.

Address: 1 Park Road, People’s Park Complex Level 6
Opening hours: Tue – Thu: 4pm – 11pm; Fri: 4pm – 12am; Sat: 12pm – 12am; Sun: 12pm – 11pm

2. Buah Keluak + Pasta


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The distinctive ingredient used in traditional Nonya cuisine has now found its way into a marriage with Italian spaghetti. Admittedly, the fruit’s nutty and earthy profile makes it an acquired taste, but those who enjoy the rich and slightly bitter profile will appreciate Violet Oon’s take on Buah Keluak Noodle. This aromatic dish is tossed with chilli padi to lend a subtle kick, along with coconut milk and minced prawn.

Violet Oon Singapore
881 Bukit Timah Road
Opening hours: 
Tue – Sun: 12pm – 3pm, 6pm – 10:30am

3. Ondeh Ondeh + French Toast


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Deconstructing an ondeh ondeh and infusing the sweet flavours into a classic breakfast dish makes the Ondeh Ondeh French Toast at Hyde & Co. a great dish that doubles as both dessert and tea break. The egg-washed brioche slices come loaded with grated pandan coconut and drizzled with gula melaka sauce. Topped with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream for good measure and you have for yourself an oozing cold dessert with all the reminiscent flavours of an ondeh ondeh.

Hyde & Co.
785 North Bridge Road
Opening hours: 
Sun – Mon: 11am – 6pm; Wed – Sat: 11am – 10:30pm

4. Chilli Crab + Bun


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The thought of having a chilli crab bun might sound off putting initially, but they actually make sense if you think about how Singaporeans like to soak up the leftover chilli crab sauce with deep fried mantous. Making this Chilli Crab Bao possible is Bao Makers. They take deep fried crab meat and slather it with chilli sauce and top it off with coriander and fried shallots. Essentially a combination of various Asian flavours, think of it as our version of a slider with a local twist.

Bao Makers
Address: 78 Horne Road
Opening hours: 
Mon – Fri: 12pm – 10pm; Sat: 11am – 10pm; Sun: 11am – 6pm

5. Charsiew + Fries


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Give the standard truffle fries a miss the next time you’re hit with a fries craving. At Redpan, they top their Char Siew Chilli Fries with a charsiew ragout and dolloped with sour cream and some jalapeno salsa. The seemingly contrasting ingredients come together nice to form an addictive starter that you’ll polish off in no time.

Address: 6 Raffles Boulevard, #02-03/04
Opening hours: Mon – Fri: 9am – 10pm; Sat – Sun: 11am – 10pm

6. Roasted Pork Belly + Pasta


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Not for the health-conscious, this Sio Bak Aglio Olio from Froth serves up chunks of roasted pork belly that sits on a bed of aglio olio, topped with a slice of their homemade bak kwa. The salty and crispy pieces of fats serve as a good contrast to the al dente pasta, creating a decadent dish that’ll fill you up with satisfaction.

Address: 2 Finlayson Green
Opening hours: Mon – Sun: 11:30am – 10pm

7. Rendang + Lasagna


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Replace the tomato sauce in a plain old lasagna with some authentic rendang gravy and what you’ll find yourself with is an explosion of taste comprising of Italian and Malay cuisine. Alternating layers of pasta sheets, beef briskets and bechamel make for the perfect Ren Dang! Lasagna. But top it with a scoop of rendang gravy and you get a savoury spicy kick in this updated dish. Regular lasagna will never cut it for you again.

Sunday Market
Address: 22 Lim Tua Tow Road
Opening hours: Mon – Fri: 11am – 11pm; Sat: 9am – 11pm; Sun: 9am – 9pm

8. Bandung + Latte


Image credit: Infuse your cuppa with floral accents of rose with Bandung Latte. Getting your caffeine fix just got a whole lot sweeter, with a drink that comes in a pretty pastel shade of pink. The rose floral notes mask the bitterness of the coffee, making this a delicious drink that even non-coffee fans will enjoy.

Working Title – Burger Bar
Address: 48 Arab Street
Opening hours: Mon – Thu: 11am – 10pm; Fri: 11am – 11pm; Sat – Sun: 10am – 11pm

So the next time you’re deciding between local delights or contemporary creations, you’ll be able to get the best of both worlds with these local dishes modified to look modern!

(Header image from Bao Makers, words by writer)

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Do It Yourself! 6 Eateries Where You Can Customise Your Own Food

Whenever we eat out, there would be certain expectations we’d hold the restaurant to. Besides the usual service standards of being shown to our tables and keeping our drinking glasses full, we would also expect the food to be served piping hot in front of us, all ready for consumption.

But interestingly, there seems to be a growing interest in working for your own food. Trading in some elbow grease and getting your hands dirty for your own food creations.

Instead of making the consumer buck worth and enjoying the service rendered, here are some places that are embracing this shift. Customers serve themselves instead of being served.

1. Mix & match your own juice drink


You’ll never revert to the plain old apple juice once you’ve experienced the customisability and immersive experience of Credit: These capsules represent the ingredients that go into your own original juice, and you go around the store like a worker bee filling your honeycomb basket with ingredients to create your ultimate original juice drink. How fun is that?

Address: Changi City Point, #01-20
Opening hours: Mon – Sun: 10:30am – 9:30pm

2. Get wrapping! DIY your own Popiah


By the end of the meal, you and your friends would have become professional popiah wrappers. The DIY popiah set from Good Chance Popiah Eating House deconstructs all the ingredients that go into making a good roll and have you wrapping them for yourself instead.

You’re in full control over the proportions of what goes into your own popiah. The trick to achieving that perfect popiah is to not over-stuff them with the restaurant’s seven ingredient filling – more than the standard medley.

Good Chance Popiah Eating House
Address: 149 Silat Avenue, #01-58
Opening hours: Tue – Sun: 11:30am – 2:30pm, 6pm – 9:30pm

3. Customise your very own breakfast bowl


Start your day right with this breakfast bar that’s located in the heart of Singapore’s business district area. Load up on your very own breakfast bowl filled with Whole & Hearty‘s homemade yogurt, organic oatmeal and top it off with a selection of fruits and nuts.

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Pay for the price of a cup and go nuts trying to stuff your bowl full. No need to feel guilty here – everything offered are great healthy options from flax seeds, granola and other superfood that are on daily rotation.

Whole & Hearty
Address: 12 Gopeng Street, #01-84
Opening hours: Mon – Fri: 8am – 1pm

4. Design your own pancake


It’s now a lot more fun to have everyone’s favourite breakfast food. Nook Cafe & Bar offers a DIY pancake set where you cook your own pancakes on a hot griddle. Conveniently stored in squeezy bottles, have a go at creating masterful pancake art pieces and gobble down your own creation.

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Edible art is now made possible (and more delicious) with various pancake batter flavours and toppings. So get ready to create a unique pancake like no other!

Nook Cafe & Bar
Address: 21 Lorong Kilat, #01-03
Opening hours: Mon – Thu: 12pm – 11pm; Fri: 12pm – 12:30am; Sat: 10am – 12:30pm; Sun: 10am – 11pm

5. Watch your food sizzle to your preferred doneness


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You can now play your own teppanyaki chef to quality meats like wagyu beef and kurobuta pork.

Hot Stones
3D River Valley Road, #01-06
Opening hours: 
Sun – Thu: 12pm – 3pm, 6pm – 11pm; Fri – Sat: 12pm – 3pm, 6pm – 2am

6. Create your own Tacos

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Fill those taco shells with your choice of pork or chicken and top it off with guacamole, salsa, some cotija cheese and a dash of hot sauce – super delicioso indeed.

60 Robertson Quay, #01-13
Opening hours: 
Mon – Fri: 5pm – 12am; Sat – Sun: 10am – 3:30pm, 5pm – 12am

So the next time you want to be more involved in the food preparation process, head down to these DIY eateries for a truly immersive experience like no other. Get ready to get your fingers dirty as you become the boss of your own food!

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Rise Of The Rice Bowls – 9 Bowls That Taste As Good As They Look

They say that a square meal is a nourishing and balanced one that contains enough ingredients and nutrients to satisfy the body. But with the rise of restaurants serving a comprehensive rice bowl fit for a king, you’ll soon be agreeing that circular meals are exactly what you need right now.

From the delightfully delicious ingredients to the delicate crockery that house them, rice bowls makes for an easy and wholesome meal that’s easy on the eyes and stomachs. Here’s our list of some of the prettiest rice bowls we could find.



I run the risk of sounding lame but the first thought that came to my mind is ‘this place very chio’. And you’ll see where I’m coming from once you’ve had a meal there. Natural lighting and living wall facade adorns the minimalistic space, and everywhere you turn is an Instagram spot. But the real star is their lunchtime rice bowls. Opt for the Butter Poached Cod ($18), where tender smooth pieces of cod lie in the midst of wakame, oven roasted tomatoes, grilled mushrooms, pickled lotus root, wasabi sprouts, soft centred egg – the result is a kaleidoscope of colours that’s almost too pretty to eat.

Address: 65 Tras Street
Opening hours: Mon – Sat: 11:30am – 3pm, 6:30pm – 11pm

2. Ninja Bowl


Perhaps the reason why the restaurant is named ‘Ninja’, other than its obvious Japanese influence, is the speed at which you’ll find yourself swiftly clearing the contents of your rice bowl. These hearty and affordable rice bowls come loaded with various protein and a slew of healthy greens, making them a great meal option. The Kabuki bowl ($14) is a safe option with seared honey chicken leg, baby corn, pickled beets, an onsen egg and bean sprouts that come together harmoniously in your mouth.

Ninja Bowl
Address: 15 Duxton Road
Opening hours: Mon – Fri: 9:30am – 7:30pm; Sat – Sun: 9am – 6pm

3. Aloha Poké


The funky name reflects the brand’s ethos – bringing fun and fresh Hawaiian flavours into Singapore. They specialise in poké, which for the uninitiated, is a traditional Hawaiian dish where raw seasoned tuna is tossed with sesame seeds, sweet onion and scallions. Served with fresh salad greens, squeeze the wedge of lime provided to awaken the fresh tropical flavours of this dish. This light meal (from $11.90) makes for a great healthy lunch option for all sashimi lovers out there.

Aloha Poké
Address: 92 Amoy Street
Opening hours: Mon – Sat: 11:30am – 2:30pm, 5:30pm – 11pm

4. Tendon Ginza Itsuki


The snaking queue outside this eatery in Tanjong Pagar is testament to the popularity of its tendon – a one-bowl soul food filled with various ingredients deep fried to a delectable golden brown. Step inside and you’ll see most people indulging in their Special Tendon Set ($13.90), where prawns, chicken and vegetables are prepared tempura style. Don’t forget the oozing tempura half-boiled egg that’ll make for a great sauce coating. This might sound like an indulgent bowl of fried food, but you’ll have little regrets once you start eating.

Tendon Ginza Itsuki
Address: 101 Tanjong Pagar Road
Opening hours: Mon – Sun: 11:30am – 2:30pm, 5:30pm – 10pm

5. Grain Traders


The open interior and open-spaced kitchen makes Grain Traders a welcoming place for a healthy and hearty meal option. Personalise your very own nutritious lunch with their Build-You-Own-Bowl ($16) and choose from the various protein and vegetables that’s freshly prepared in batches. Expect charred furikake corn, seared marinated tuna, apple kimchi and other mouth-watering selections. The only thing you’ll need to worry about is holding up the queue when attempting to choose from their extensive variety.

Grain Traders
Address: 138 Market Street, #01-01/02/03
Opening hours: Mon – Fri: 8am – 8pm

6. Nosh


I’m thinking that the restaurant aims to provide nourishing food in a posh setting judging from the earthy wooden furnishing and wholesome menu. Don’t be too quick to dismiss the Yakitori Salmon ($24) as yet another Japanese fare. Nosh brings the usual Japanese flavour up a notch with their thick chunk of salmon resting on a bed of sweet coconut rice and topped with vietnamese caramel, creating a salty-sweet dish that’s unlike any brunch item you’ve had before.

Address: 9 Rochester Park
Opening hours: Tue – Fri: 11:30m – 10:30pm; Sat – Sun: 10:am – 10:30pm

7. Superbowl


Inspired by donburis, Superbowl is a concept eatery specialising in rice bowls that are outstandingly fresh and delicious. Their Super Fish Bowl ($20) is the ultimate dish for sashimi lovers, where a selection of salmon, tuna, swordfish and scallop sashimi sits comfortably above a bed of short-grain rice and crowned with a spoonful of fish roe.

Address: 8 Circular Road
Opening hours: Mon – Fri: 11:30am – 3pm

8. The Refinery


The minimalist industrial interior of The Refinery plays host to a restaurant/ bar and a co-working space upstairs. I don’t know about you but if I have a restaurant that serves this Gyuniku Donburi ($15) right below my workspace, I’ll have to resist having it for lunch every other day. With fragrant truffled shimeiji mushrooms, shredded tare marinated beef and a runny onsen egg, this rice bowl that’s punctuated with scallions is a well thought-out dish that’ll have you coming back for seconds.

The Refinery
Address: 115 King George’s Ave
Opening hours: Tue – Thu: 12pm – 3pm, 6pm – 12am; Fri: 12pm – 3pm, 6pm – 1am; Sat: 11am – 4pm, 6pm – 1am; Sun: 11am – 4pm

9. Tanuki Raw


Our last restaurant is a heavyweight when it comes to the rice bowl scene in Singapore. Touted as one of Singapore’s best lunch bowls, Tanuki Raw dishes out affordable meals as well as alcoholic drinks. Order the crowd favourite – Truffle Yakiniku ($18) – which features slices of US angus beef short ribs pan seared to perfection and drizzled with truffle soy sauce that’ll make a great accompaniment to the mixed rice.  

Tanuki Raw
Address: 181 Orchard Road
Opening hours: Mon – Sun: 11am – 10:30pm

With these photogenic rice bowl options, you’ll have to remember to put down your phone and actually get to eating the meal before it turns cold. Boasting the complete package of both looks and taste, you’ll soon find yourself falling head-over-heels for these rice bowls. 

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7 Incredible Places In SEA To Discover With Friends!

Always wanted to travel, but never had the time or budget to go far? Let’s face it, we can’t all have enough stamina and budget to jet-set halfway across the globe. Right here in Southeast Asia are regional alternatives that come packed with sights and fun as well.

Who says you have to sacrifice distance for fun?

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

1-saigon-central-post-office-saigon-central-post-officeImage source: There’s no doubt that travelling to Southeast Asia is perfect for a cheap and quick getaway. Forget Bangkok with all the tourist traps. Try hitting the land of pho insteadIt comes as no surprise that a bowl of hearty and authentic rice noodle soup comes at only a fraction of the price here, alongside with a whole throng of Vietnamese street cuisine just waiting to be discovered.

8639599756_44d7bd514f_b-0Image source: And with their colourful history reflected in their architecture, from the Notre Dame Cathedral to the Saigon Central Post Office and floating temples, you’ll be choking up pictures for your Instagram feed for months to come.

Estimated flight duration: 2 hours
Estimated travel cost: $141 via Jetstar

Bandung, Indonesia

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This relatively unheard part of Indonesia is fast gaining popularity in recent years thanks to its gorgeous natural sights and affordable shopping streets. Touted as the ‘Paris of Java’, this city is situated some 700 metres above sea level, which means that the weather here is cooling and unlike anything we’re accustomed to in Singapore.

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Feast your eyes on the striking crater lake of Kawah Putih where the sulphuric content changes the colour of the pool, or skirt along Tangkuban Perahu, an actual active volcano with an amazing view to boot.

Estimated flight duration: 3 hour 40 mins
Estimated travel cost: $227 via AirAsia

Hua Hin, Thailand

Santorini-Park-15Image source: This seaside resort city in Thailand allows you to enjoy the sea breeze without the crowds and tourist traps from popular beach destinations like Bali.

Hua-Hin-Beach1-copyImage source: Drop by Hua Hin beach and enjoy the sunset while you ride a pony, or enjoy the stunning architecture of the Monkey Temple with numerous monkeys to accompany you around the temple grounds. They even have a Santorini Park with buildings that feature the minimalistic white walls and distinctive blue frames and doors. 

Estimated travel duration: 3 hours drive from Bangkok
Estimated travel cost: $211 via Tigerair (Bangkok)

Bagan, Myanmar

Balloon-Rides-in-Bagan-960x600Image source: Instead of metallic structures and high-rise infrastructures, try a change of scenery and visit Bagan instead. Exuding some major rustic charm vibes, this ancient city is filled with historical temples and pagodas with stunning details.

Dhammayangyi-1400x525Image source: Take a break from the hustle and bustle of our urban jungle and explore Bagan. Perhaps the best way to do so is to hop on a hot air balloon and take in all that this magnificent city has to offer from a bird’s eye view.

Estimated flight duration: 3 hour 30 mins
Estimated travel cost: $246 via Myanmar Airways

Vientiane, Laos

b87eff6c7e93195f0ee8b46eeb35a57b-patuxaiImage source: Time seems to stand still in this capital city of Laos. Located along the Mekong River, the best way possible to explore this laid back place is to take things slow. Bask in the intricate architectural details of Vientiane’s French and Laotian buildings.

buddha-park-1000Image source: The Buddha Park is filled with over 200 different sculptures that encapsulate this religion’s curious blend of Hindu and Buddhist influences. Not to be missed is also the Patuxai Victory Monument which draws close comparison with the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. 

Estimated flight duration: 2 hour 50 mins
Estimated travel cost: $440 via Vietnam Airlines


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They even have a floating fire department and schools – take a peek into the locals’ lives and imagine a life where you never have to step foot on land.  

Estimated flight duration: 2 hours
Estimated travel cost: $560 via Royal Brunei

Bohol, Philippines

Philippines, Chocolate Hills at sunriseImage source: Taking a trip to Bohol is like stepping into a page of your geography textbook. Visit a Tarsier Sanctuary and interact with these adorable nocturnal creatures, or capture the beauty of Chocolate Hills – these hills are a unique formation in Bohol that consist of over 1260 hills that are covered with luscious greenery. There’s also a man-made mahogany forest perfect for nature lovers. 

Estimated flight duration: 7 hours with layover at Manila
Estimated travel cost: $283 via Tigerair (Manila)

It seems like gorgeous sights and attractions are also available around our region. Without having to travel so far, you’ll be able to save up a fair bit of time and spend them more on soothing that travel bug itch.

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6 Irresistible Molten Lava Desserts That Will Melt Your Heart

It seems like we have a penchant for food that flows. From eggs benedict to molten lava cake, and the latest salted egg croissant, we have been lusting over food that oozes with flavour and surprise. It might stem from an innate desire to play with our food, or the simple element of surprise when you cut into your food to reveal something more. 

Regardless the motivation, it’s worth noting that being soft-hearted isn’t exactly a bad thing anymore. Here’s a list of places you can pop by should you feel like indulging in this new trend of molten goodness!

1. Non Entrée Desserts


Redefining how desserts are being served is Non Entrée Desserts, a cafe that brings you innovative treats. Perfect for when you’re craving something more than the usual ice cream. As testament to their popularity, there are countless Instagram videos of people digging into their dessert creations.

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The Matcha Avalanche is as dramatic and exciting as it sounds. A warm matcha lava cake is perched on top of a bowl, sitting vicariously on a brittle of almond nougatine. Slice into the cake and watch the azuki beans fall onto a scoop of roasted green tea gelato and chocolate soil. The result is a burst of complementary flavours and textures.

Non Entrée Desserts
Address: 204 Rangoon Road, #07-05
Opening hours: Tue – Thu: 2pm – 10pm; Fri: 2pm – 11pm; Sat: 12pm – 11pm; Sun: 12pm – 10pm

2. Fatcat Ice Cream Bar


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Another dessert that’s bursting with ooey gooey goodness is the Salted Egg Charcoal Choux. Peel back the warm crispy shell to reveal molten salted egg sauce that serves as a great counterpoint to all the sweet treats.

Fatcat Ice Cream Bar
Address: 416 Bedok North Avenue 2, #01-25
Opening hours: Mon, Wed, Thu: 1pm – 9:30pm; Fri: 1pm – 10:30pm; Sat: 12pm – 10:30pm; Sun: 12pm – 9:30pm

3. Ollella


Forget eclairs. These adorable cream puffs are almost too delicate and pretty to eat. At Another crowd favourite will have to be the striking Raspberry Choux that tastes as good as it looks. It comes in a gorgeous hue of red, filled with raspberry vanilla cremeux and topped with fresh raspberries.    

Address: 3 Petain Road, #01-01
Opening hours: Wed – Mon: 12pm – 9pm

4. The Bakery Chef


This place requires no further introduction. After being featured by Insider Food, the video of The Bakery Chef
Address: 161 Bukit Merah Central, #01-3711
Opening hours: Mon – Thu, Sun: 10pm – 7pm; Fri – Sat: 10pm – 9pm

5. Mr Baguette


Bread bowls are usually filled with hearty stews or cheesy dips. But at Mr Baguette, they fill their mini bread bowls with a range of oozing sweet options like chocolate and egg custard. A humble stall at Golden Mile Food Center, these dessert bread bowls might just be the next big thing.


One of their most popular options is the Red Velvet Lava; the baguette surrounds a pool of decadent red velvet mixture made of beetroot, chocolate, cheese, yogurt, and buttermilk. Who knew that baguettes could be made into such sinful creations.

Mr Baguette
Address: 505 Beach Road, #B1-51
Opening hours: Mon – Fri: 12pm – 7:30pm; Sat: 12pm – 8pm

6. Neato


They might be called cream puffs on Besides the usual milk custard and matcha, Neato also serves up a grey custard puff that’s literally bursting with bergamot fragrance.

You’ll want to eat the pastries with a plate to catch all the drips of flavour. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

Address: 175 Bencoolen Street #01-55
Opening hours: Monday – Friday, 10am – 6:30pm. Saturday – Sunday, 1pm – 6:30pm

Now you know that these places serve up delicious sweet treats that ooze molten goodness, the only thing you have to worry about is eating carefully so you don’t drip  or drop anything on your white shirt. Believe us, we’ve been there.

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