Year after year, we all look forward to Chinese New Year for one thing only – McDonald’s Prosperity Burger.
It should honestly be a staple on the menu because it is one of our greatest national treasures. It’s also probably the only burger we’re all willing to fight the crowd for.
If you love the Prosperity Burger as much as we do, great news, McDonald’s is bringing back the long awaited burgers on 24 Jan 2019.
Come Home To Prosperity
Starting 24 January, McDonald’s Singapore presents Singaporeans with a collection of returning Chinese New Year classics – the Prosperity Burger and Twister Fries – and new additions to the menu!
Savour the perfect reunion of flavours! Bite into a mouth-watering beef or chicken patty drenched in McDonald’s black pepper sauce,[caption id="attachment_38772" align="aligncenter" width="480"] GIF Credit: McDonald’s Singapore[/caption]
topped with crisp, sliced onions and tucked between warm, fluffy sesame buns. The Prosperity Burger is truly the most anticipated burger every year![caption id="attachment_38771" align="aligncenter" width="480"] GIF Credit: McDonald’s Singapore[/caption]
Prosperity Burgers And Twister Fries
Just like previous years, the Prosperity Beef or Chicken Burger returns in single and double patty options, available from S$5.50 and S$7.50, respectively. You can also get the Prosperity Twister Fries à la carte at S$3.40 or upgrade Extra Value Meal fries with an additional top-up of S$0.70.[caption id="attachment_38774" align="aligncenter" width="6000"] Image Credit: Discover SG[/caption]
Or go all out and get the Prosperity Feast (from $9.50) – the perfect combination of their delicious Prosperity Burger (Beef or Chicken), Prosperity Twister Fries (M), Peach Pie, and Iced Milo (S).[caption id="attachment_38776" align="aligncenter" width="3896"] Image Credit: Discover SG[/caption]
With every purchase of the Prosperity Feast, you will also receive a set of ang baos, consisting of four different designs whether in-stores or via McDelivery® and GrabFood, available from 24 January, while stocks last.[caption id="attachment_38773" align="aligncenter" width="4032"] Image Credit: Discover SG[/caption]
Hotcakes with Golden Chicken
You probably had or heard of Chicken and Waffles once in your lifetime. Usher in the new year with McDonald’s all-new Hotcakes with Golden Chicken – three pieces of hotcakes drizzled with syrup and butter, paired with a golden chicken cutlet.
The breakfast platter will be sold from S$6.50, providing a savoury option for hotcakes lovers![caption id="attachment_38777" align="aligncenter" width="2000"] Image Credit: McDonald’s Singapore[/caption]
There’s no better way to usher in the prosperous new year than catching up with friends and family over a Prosperity Burger!
McDonald’s Chinese New Year 2019
Must-try: Golden Prosperity Burger, Hotcakes With Golden Chicken
Date: From 24 January, while stocks last
(Header Image Source: McDonald’s Singapore)
No visit to Taiwan is complete without visiting the one of the largest and iconic night markets in town. Located in Taipei’s Shilin District, Shilin Night Market is a maze of alleyways filled with a variety of local and traditional Taiwanese fare and international merchandise that attract local and foreigners alike.
Many of Taiwan’s traditional food can be found and bought for reasonable prices from the friendly locals such as Giant Fried Chicken Steak, Tempura, Bubble Tea, Oyster Vermicelli, Oyster Omelet, Fried Buns and of course, the most notorious Taiwanese goodie, Stinky Tofu.
Now here’s the good news. You can save on that flight ticket to Taiwan as Shilin Night Market is coming to Singapore for the very first time this April![caption id="attachment_38760" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] Image Credit: Taiwan Tourism Bureau[/caption]
Most Popular Night Market In Taiwan
Taking place over two weekends in April (19-21 April and 26-28 April) at TheGrounds @ Kranji, Invade is introducing Shilin Night Market for the very first time in Singapore. Invade also previously hosted Artbox Singapore and Artbox Malaysia which brought the best of markets to the region with each city’s installation infused with the local flavour.
Get a taste of Taiwan as they will be bringing in a wide variety of Taiwanese and Singaporean street delicacies, creative eats, pop up artisan stores, arcade games and even movie screenings.[caption id="attachment_38763" align="aligncenter" width="1280"] Image Credit: Taiwan Tourism Bureau[/caption]
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Not much information has been released regarding the stalls that will be there but we’re pretty sure this will be the most anticipated pop-up market of the year. If you’re interested in opening a stall at the upcoming Shilin Night Market, more information on stall rental can be found here.
Till then, we’ll be dreaming of bubble tea and stinky tofu!
(Header Image Source: Taiwan Tourism Bureau, migrationology.com)
If there’s anything that 2018 gave us, it was a slew of new bubble tea brands – not that we’re complaining.
Over the years, we’ve seen bubble tea stores come and go – from the good ol’ days of Sweet Talk to big name chains like Gong Cha, Koi and LiHo conquering the BBT game. But in recent months, many new bubble tea kiosks have been springing up, giving those long standing favourites a run for their money.
If you’re looking for to switch up your go to order, here are 10 new bubble tea brands you should totally hunt down in 2019.
1. Ten Ren Tea[caption id="attachment_38746" align="aligncenter" width="716"] Image Credit: @tenrenteasg[/caption]
For those of you who are unfamiliar, Ten Ren Tea was established in 1953 and is THE leading tea retailer in Taiwan. That’s not all, they have over 2000 outlets in Australia, Japan, Canada, Malaysia, and North America.
The 800-square feet store at ChinaTown Point offers bubble tea, traditional tea drinks, as well as tea leaves, snacks and tea ware.
Ten Ren Tea puts a spin on our traditional teas with our love for bubble, sourcing quality tea leaves from the mountains of Taiwan. A must-try here is its signature 913 King’s Oolong Tea Latte ($3.50 for medium, $4.90 for large). Another popular pick is the Taro Green Tea Latte ($4.70 for medium, $6.50 for large).
Ten Ren Tea
Address: Chinatown Point, 133 New Bridge Rd, #01-07, Singapore 059413
Opening Hours: Daily: 10am – 10pm
Contact no.: 6593 4333
2. TP Tea[caption id="attachment_38747" align="aligncenter" width="1080"] Image Credit: @tptea.sg[/caption]
Bless the bubble tea gods as TP Tea is considered Singapore’s first 24hrs Taiwanese Bubble Tea shop – which means they’re open to satisfy your 3am cravings. They’re also Halal-certified which provides a peace-of-mind to Muslim customers.
The bestseller at TP Tea includes the Tie Guan Yin Tea Latte ($4.60) which uses premium tea leaves from Taiwan and Pearl Black Tea Latte with Red Bean ($5.30). The star on the menu is also the Pearl Milk Tea Soft Serve Ice Cream ($3.60) which comes topped with sweet, chewy QQ Pearls made fresh every 3 hours.
TP Tea Changi Airport
Address: Level 2 (Departure Hall) Changi Airport Terminal, 260 Airport Boulevard, Singapore 819643
Opening Hours: 24 hours, daily
TP Tea Suntec City
Address: Suntec City, #01-312, 3 Temasek Boulevard Singapore 038983
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm, daily
3. Hollin[caption id="attachment_38748" align="aligncenter" width="730"] Image Credit: @cweizhi[/caption]
Gone are the days of basic black pearls. Hollin, which in Hokkien means “Good to drink”, specialises in freshly made pearls.
Other than the Honey White Pearl which is a fixed flavour, you can expect daily rotating pearl flavours with the likes of Cocoa, Matcha and Coconut. So if you happen to be craving for a particular flavour, you have to head down on the day itself or you’ll end up waiting for another week for your bubble tea fix. Pearls are priced at an additional $0.70 for both Medium and Large cups.
A must-try is their signature Matcha Latte ($4.20) which has a subtle bitterness from the matcha powder. You can also get the Hollin Black Tea Latte ($3.20 medium, $4.20 large) has a strong floral flavour from the roasted tea leaves.
Address: Blk 190 Lorong 6 Toa Payoh, #01-538, Singapore 310190
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm, daily
Contact No.: 6252 2456
4. HEYTEA[caption id="attachment_38749" align="aligncenter" width="1080"] Image Credit: @heytea[/caption]
Touted as the OG creator of cheese teas, the highly-raved Chinese tea connoisseur finally made its way to Singapore back in November.
We recommend getting the King Fone ($5.50) which uses premium Oolong tea leaves that have been smoked to bring out the strong fragrance of the tea. The saltiness from the cheese foam gives the brew a savoury kick with every sip.
HEYTEA will be opening their second outlet at Clarke Quay and adding alcoholic bubble tea creations to the menu.
Address: 2 Orchard Turn, #B4-29, Singapore 238801
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm, daily
5. Answer Tea[caption id="attachment_38750" align="aligncenter" width="1080"] Image Credit: @answertea.sg[/caption]
Have a question you don’t have an answer to? Answer Tea may be able to help you out. Simply write your questions on the cup holder and order a drink from their Macchiato Series (from $4.30) and you’ll get your answer printed on the surface of your macchiato froth with edible ink.
If you need a drink for the ‘gram, we highly recommend the Lemon Butterfly Milk Tea with Black Pearl (from $4.20) which has a gorgeous blue hue derived from butterfly pea flowers.
Address: Dhoby Ghaut MRT, B2, Singapore 238826
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm, daily
Contact No.: 9117 1277
6. MuYoo[caption id="attachment_38751" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] Image Credit: @thefussyfoodie_[/caption]
As if we don’t have enough options already, here’s another newcomer to the cheese tea scene: MuYoo. Launched by a Singaporean duo, the brand claims to have a healthier version of cheese tea compared to everyone else.
Its signature “Cheese Cloud,” is whipped up with a mixture of “naturally derived milk powder” from New Zealand, cheese powder from Holland, and sea salt from Bolivia. This is what makes their cheese tea different, since the other brands usually use creamer, which is full of trans fat and artificial flavouring.
You can get that “Cheese Cloud” as an add-on to standard cold-brewed teas like Roasted Oolong ($3.50-$3.90) and Lapsang Souchong ($3.90-$4.50).
Address: 252 North Bridge Road #B1-67 Rafﬂes City Shopping Centre Singapore 179103 (City Hall MRT)
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm, daily
Address: Bedok Mall, 311 New Upper Changi Road, #01-94 (Bedok MRT)
Opening Hours: 9am – 11pm, daily
7. Tiger Sugar[caption id="attachment_38752" align="aligncenter" width="1080"] Image Credit: @hobijajan[/caption]
Those who have had a sip of this drink have claimed that the hype is very real, dubbing it as the most popular milk tea in Taipei.
Since its opening late last year, Tiger Sugar has been getting all the hype from hard core milk tea lovers in Taipei. They got their name from the ‘tiger stripes’ it forms when the caramalised syrup mixes with the thick milk tea mixture.
Many have praised their Brown Sugar Fresh Milk for its undiluted taste, a mistake often made by most bubble tea stores who scrimp on flavour affecting the overall taste and experience of milk tea addicts.
Tiger Sugar – Capitol Singapore
Address: Capitol Singapore #B2-32, 13 Stamford Road, Singapore 178905
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm, daily
Tiger Sugar – Chinatown Point
Address: 133 New Bridge Road #B1-42 Singapore 059413
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm, daily
8. Bobii Frutii[caption id="attachment_38753" align="aligncenter" width="2048"] Image Credit: Bobii Frutii Singapore Facebook[/caption]
Brought over from Taiwan by local actor, Nat Ho, Bobii Frutii puts a spin on bubble tea with colourful drinks and quirky drink names.
Known for its colourful pearls, Bobbii Frutii have since attracted crowds to both their outlets at Clementi Mall and Suntec City due to its distinct coloured and “Instagram-worthy” layers. Each drink is made using milk, tea, colourful pearls with no artificial flavouring, man-made essences, preservatives and creamer.
The menu features a total of 37 drinks divided into 5 categories – Tea Au Lait, Ice Blended, Matcha, Fruit Tea and Cheese Tea (exclusive to Singapore). The pearls come in 3 different flavours – Original, Butterfly Pea and Brown Sugar and are made made in Taiwan and air flown to Singapore to ensure freshness and consistency.
Get the signature Mermaid’s Tears, which a blend of Butterfly Pea extract, Mango Juice with honey, yogurt and butterfly bobii.
Bobii Frutii The Clementi Mall
Address: 3155 Commonwealth Avenue West, The Clementi Mall, #04-K4, Singapore 129588
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm daily
Bobii Frutii Suntec City
Address: 3 Temasek Blvd, #02-376, Singapore 038983
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm daily
9. Bober Tea[caption id="attachment_38756" align="aligncenter" width="1080"] Image Credit: @lloydworth[/caption]
A new contender to the ever-expanding bubble tea scene is Bober Tea. Situated right outside Bishan MRT, Bober Tea serves unique concoctions using premium ingredients. What makes them stand out amongst the other bubble tea joints is their strict philosophy of serving beverages that take on the pure authentic flavours of the ingredients used as well as their emphasis on keeping their drinks as healthy as possible.
Bober Tea seems to be very popular for their Brown Sugar Boba Milk Cap Fresh Milk, the drink that has been in trend as of late. If you’re a huge match fan, then you’ll love the Uji Matcha Latte – made using pure matcha powder and fresh milk.
Other creative blends from by Bober Tea includes the Hokkaido Milk Cap Green Tea, Matcha Strawberry Latte and Black Glutinous Rice Milk Tea.
Address: 200 Bishan Road, #01-01, Singapore 579827
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm daily
10. R&B Tea[caption id="attachment_38755" align="aligncenter" width="1080"] Image Credit: @tjang.fonda[/caption]
R&B Tea provides the perfect blend for those with a sweet tooth.
The Brown Sugar Boba Milk is a must try for everyone as the pearls are soaked in brown sugar and slow cooked for a full 3 hours. And if that isn’t enough sugar for you, get the Brown Sugar Boba Milk With Cheese Brulee which is only available at their Marina Bay Sands outlet.
Scrumptious reunion dinners and house visits chock full of festive treats are part and parcel of Chinese New Year celebrations. With the festive season just round the corner, there is absolutely no time to lose when it comes to shopping for goodies and groceries.
Whether you’re planning on shopping with the family or relying on your parents to bring food to the table, shop at these wholesale stores with prices lower than your neighbourhood supermarkets. You’ll definitely have to travel a little further than your normal trip to Sheng Siong, but fret now, the money you save from shopping at these places will more than offset the cost of your petrol.
Budget Singaporean or not, here are some wholesale stores to check out before Chinese New Year!
1. Hai Sia[caption id="attachment_38731" align="aligncenter" width="2048"] Image Credit: Hai Sia Seafood Supplies[/caption]
“Yu” in Chinese means both “prosperity” and “fish”. With that, large quantities of fish and other seafood should be consumed to ensure maximum huat throughout the new year.
If you’re looking for the freshest seafood at compatible prices, head down to the source itself. Situated opposite the Central Fish Market at Jurong Fishery Port, Hai Sia is in a prime location to purchase fresh seafood products from the region. They carry a wide range of fish, including familiar names such as Pomfret, Red Grouper, Red Snapper, Salmon, Seabass and Threadfin.[caption id="attachment_38732" align="aligncenter" width="1913"] Image Credit: Hai Sia Seafood Supplies[/caption]
The fluctuations in seafood prices during CNY can be quite dampening, especially for our wallets. However, the seafood from Hai Sia will be kept at their original prices this festive season!
If the location is too ulu for you, check out their whole range on RedMart and get them delivered to you instead.
2. Cellarbration[caption id="attachment_38733" align="aligncenter" width="2010"] Image Credit: Cellarbration Singapore[/caption]
What’s a gathering without a round of drinks?
Cellarbration, one of the largest online alcohol retailer in Singapore, will be selling their drinks at discounted prices this Chinese New Year. Cellarbration’s Chinese New Year sale boasts an impressive selection of spirits, wines, and beer! This includes crowd-favourites like Chivas Regal ($56, U.P. $82), Absolut Vodka ($40, U.P. $58), and Carlsberg 24x320ml ($48, U.P. $60) , and most of their wines are selling at prices lower than what you will get at Duty-Free.[caption id="attachment_38734" align="aligncenter" width="960"] Image Credit: Cellarbration Singapore[/caption]
Get your drinks from their website or head down to any of their retail stores to enjoy their Chinese New Year promotion.
3. Victoria Wholesale Centre[caption id="attachment_38735" align="aligncenter" width="1080"] Image Credit: @camarozetri[/caption]
Victoria Wholesale Centre is the only private wholesale centre in Singapore for dried goods. Head down to the shops on the first level where you can purchase goods in bulk and at lower prices than retail shops.[caption id="attachment_38736" align="aligncenter" width="1080"] Image Credit: @chaitehlatte[/caption]
From dried ikan bilis and dried shrimps to bird’s nest and fish maw, this wholesale centre has all the essential ingredients to recreate ah ma’s tonic soups!
4. Ben Foods[caption id="attachment_38737" align="aligncenter" width="620"] Image Credit: Ben Foods’ Website[/caption]
Ben Foods is the best place to go for great deals on frozen food, canned sauces and dairy products. You will also find other familiar brands under them such as Farmland, Spices of the Orient and Orchard Fresh. Online purchases are available with self-collection and delivery options.
Despite their rather ulu location, the journey is well worth it as many have raved about the attractive wholesale prices at Ben Foods.
Need to much on nuts and snacks while you play a round of mahjong? Swing by Tai Sun‘s factory outlet for a snack shopping spree before CNY. You can expect your favourite snacks such as cashews, roasted almonds, assorted fruits and nuts all at cheap prices as compared to external retailers.
Great news is that their factory will be open to public a month before festive periods like Chinese New Year and Hari Raya – so you have plenty of time to stock up on snacks!
Address: 255 Pandan Loop, Singapore 128433
Opening Hours: 9.30am – 5.30pm, daily
Contact No.: 6779 6611
6. Hosen Singapore[caption id="attachment_38738" align="aligncenter" width="1200"] Image Credit: HOSEN Singapore[/caption]
The brand Hosen is synonymous with their famous canned fruits amongst all things.
Besides the syrup-soaked fruit slices they’re known for, you can also find stacks of canned drinks – perfect for serving when guests come over. From now till 1 February 2019, head down on weekdays and have a go at their “Sure Win Lucky Dip” with every $50 spent and stand a chance at winning a $88 hamper every week.
Hosen Singapore Annual Warehouse Sale
Address: 267 Pandan Loop, Singapore 128439
Date: 9 Jan 2019 – 1 Feb 2019
Opening Hours: Weekdays: 9am – 6pm, Weekends: 8am – 6pm
7. QB Food Trading[caption id="attachment_38739" align="aligncenter" width="2048"] Image Credit: QB Food Trading[/caption]
QB Food offers a diverse range of products—including chilled and frozen meats, dairy products, dry goods, processed foods, and beverages. However, they are experts in fresh meat and cheese in particular.
So if you’re looking for top quality meats for your steamboat gatherings, you’ll be pleased to know that they’re selling it at discounted prices this festive season – Iberico Pork Collar Shabu Shabu 330g ($9.80, U.P. $14.50), Pork Belly Shabu Shabu ($5.90).
Do note that they are an “all members” store. All you have to do is simply sign up on their website prior to shopping with them. Don’t worry, membership is completely free!
QB Food Trading
Address: 8 Chin Bee Crescent, Jurong, Singapore 619893
Opening Hours During CNY: Mon – Fri: 9am – 6pm, Sat: 9am to 1pm | With Exceptions: 26 Jan: 9am to 3pm, 2 Feb: 9am to 3pm, 4 Feb: 9am to 1pm, 5 and 6 Feb: Closed
8. Li Chuan Food Products[caption id="attachment_38740" align="aligncenter" width="2048"] Image Credit: Li Chuan Food Products[/caption]
Looking for a one stop place to get all your steamboat needs like fish balls, crabmeats and cheese tofu?
Hop over to Li Chuan for some frozen food shopping so you can hold an amazing steamboat that your guests will be sure to fawn over. The frozen food come in various sizes so you can feed a family of 5 or even entertain a group of 20 friends!
From 11 January to 1 February, head down to Li Chuan to cop the best deals.
Li Chuan Food Products
Address: 40 Woodlands Terrace, Singapore 738456
Opening Hours: 11 Jan – 1 Feb: 9am – 5pm
Contact No.: 6755 7688
9. Zac Butchery[caption id="attachment_38741" align="aligncenter" width="1061"] Image Credit: Zac Butchery Facebook[/caption]
Zac Butchery is heaven on earth for carnivores. If you need to satisfy your meat cravings, you’ll be able to purchase various cuts of meats, sausages and cold cuts here!
From now till 19 February, get a FREE packet of Cheesy Chicken Cocktail (300gm, worth $4.40) with purchase of any 750gm of beef shabu shabu! While stocks last and valid only at ZAC Butchery Singapore Post Centre outlet.
Address: Find your nearest outlet Facebook
10. NTUC FairPrice’s Warehouse Club[caption id="attachment_38742" align="aligncenter" width="2048"] Image Credit: NTUC FairPrice Warehouse Club[/caption]
In celebration of Chinese New Year, NTUC FairPrice’s Warehouse Club will be open to ALL customers till 4 Feb 2019, NO membership will be required during this period.
With the flurry of preparation that needs to be done, save yourself time and money by buying more and paying less for all your goodies at Warehouse Club!
NTUC FairPrice Warehouse Club
Address: 1 Joo Koon Circle (next to Joo Koon MRT Station), Level 3, Singapore 629117
Date: Now to 4 Feb 2019
Contact No.: 6710 4584
5 Underrated Local Fashion Boutiques To Buy Your CNY Clothes From
Don Don Donki’s Third And Largest Outlet At City Square Mall Has A Food Court And Bargains Section From $2
DON DON DON, DONKIII~
If you find yourself humming to the addictive theme song of the famous Japanese store, we have exciting news for you. Don Don Donki just opened their third outlet at City Square Mall!
Their first outlet at Orchard Central is already enough of a big maze, but their third outlet will be its largest one yet at 26,000 sqf![caption id="attachment_38714" align="aligncenter" width="2122"] Image Credit: Don Don Donki[/caption]
Don Don Don, Don’t You Wish Your NTUC Was Hot Like Me?
If you’re wondering why we need a bigger Don Don Donki outlet, here’s why.
The new outlet will offer three unique features everyone will appreciate – a food court, bargain section and fresh groceries.
A Japanese Food Court[caption id="attachment_38715" align="aligncenter" width="2120"] Image Credit: Don Don Donki[/caption]
When you’re done with shopping or simply craving for Japanese food, swing by the in-store food court to get your ramen or hokkaido ice cream fix.
The food court will house five different stores,where mains like ramen, donburi (rice bowl), Japanese barbecue, and fried chicken will be available.
Indulge in a piping hot bowl of ramen from the famous Hokkaido Ramen Santouka – the ideal comfort food after a long day at work and grocery shopping.[caption id="attachment_38719" align="aligncenter" width="1200"] Image Credit: Hokkaido Ramen Santouka Facebook[/caption]
Round off your meal with Naganuma Ice Co’s creme brulee soft serve ice cream.[caption id="attachment_38720" align="aligncenter" width="1080"] Image Credit: Naganuma Ice Co Facebook[/caption]
Treasure Hunting At The Bargain Section[caption id="attachment_38717" align="aligncenter" width="2122"] Image Credit: Don Don Donki[/caption]
If you’re secretly a Singaporean auntie who loves her discounts, then you’re going to love Don Don Donki’s bargain section.
Set in a corner of the store, customers can hunt for treasure bargains starting from $2. This area will also mimic the signature Don Quijote displays in Japan that use carton boxes and handwritten price tags.
Snatch all the good deals you can get and reflect on your life decisions afterwards. No regrets, we promise!
Extensive Japanese Delicatessen Offering
Looking to whip up a Japanese feast at home?
Don Don Donki City Square Mall boasts an extensive range of fresh produce and perishables that is much wider than its other outlets, so you can pretty much find everything you could dream of here.[caption id="attachment_38713" align="aligncenter" width="2128"] Image Credit: Don Don Donki[/caption]
If you’re not in the mood to cook, grab some freshly-made Japanese dishes from the delicatessen section and you’re good to go.[caption id="attachment_38712" align="aligncenter" width="2124"] Image Credit: Don Don Donki[/caption]
Opening Day Promotions
Don Don Donki City Square Mall officially opens today (11 January 2019)!
To celebrate its launch, new and existing Don Don Donki mobile app members get a chance to spin a wheel of fortune. Prizes up for grabs include:
- Limited edition Donpen plushies
- 10 pairs of tickets to Airzone, the suspended playground in City Square Mall
- 100 Don Don Donki Eco Bags
The first 1,000 customers who spend at least S$50 will win a limited edition Don Don Donki Tote Bag so make sure you get there early.
Pokemon fans can also swing by Don Don Donki as Pikachu will be making special appearances on 11-13 Jan at 1pm, 3pm and 5pm.
Don Don Donki City Square Mall
Address: Basement 2, City Square Mall, 180 Kitchener Road, Singapore 208539.
Opening hours: 9.00am – 12am, daily
Nearest MRT station: Farrer Park
(Header Image Source: Don Don Donki)
Keisuke Is Opening A New Omurice Joint At Bugis+ – Prices Start From $9.90 And You Can Upsize For Free
You may have already seen that viral video of Japanese chef, Yukimura Motokichi, who wows his customers with his theatrics whenever he prepares the famous omurice in his resturant, Kichi Kichi.
Originating more than 100 years ago in Kyushu, this Japanese soul food is a staple dish in many Japanese homes and restaurants as they are reasonably priced and affordable to the masses. Most Japanese diners have grown up eating omurice and this yōshuku (Japenese-style Western food) brings back many childhood memories for them.
Comfort Food For The Soul
Celebrity Chef and Ramen King, Keisuke Takeda kicks off the new year with the opening of Keisuke Group’s 17th outlet in Singapore, Omurice Keisuke. This classic Japanese dish consists of a wrapped omelette (“omu”) over western fried rice with ketchup.[caption id="attachment_38701" align="aligncenter" width="6000"] Image Credit: Discover SG[/caption]
While it may seem like the typical “Nasi Goreng Pattaya” you can get at most hawker centres, omurice is actually quite challenging to make. The key to perfecting this dish is that the egg has to be soft, creamy on the outside and smooth on the inside.
Situated on the fourth floor of Bugis+, Omurice Keisuke is a cozy 22-seater outlet, perfect for dinner with the family or a night out with your partner. As the eatery is not exactly spacious and they don’t take reservations, you might want to avoid peak hours if you plan on bringing more than 4 people.[caption id="attachment_38700" align="aligncenter" width="4032"] Image Credit: Discover SG[/caption]
You can also choose to sit at the bar counter so you can watch the chefs prepare the dishes right in front of you.
While it may not be as entertaining as it is at Kichi Kichi, the food here definitely does not disappoint.
The Omurice ($9.90) features Keisuke’s own locally-farmed eggs which come from hens fed with omega-rich grains. The difference is that you’ll get a richer and creamier omelette that pairs perfectly well with the fried rice. The rice is simple and perfectly seasoned with ketchup dashi, diced chicken and corn.[caption id="attachment_38695" align="aligncenter" width="6000"] Image Credit: Discover SG[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_38696" align="aligncenter" width="6000"] Image Credit: Discover SG[/caption]
There is also an option to customise your omurice by choosing from a range of sauces including wafu, demi-glacé, creamy white sauce or chilli tomato sauce. We highly recommend pairing your omurice with the wafu or dami-glacé sauce as it cuts the richness of the eggs. We had the creamy white sauce as well, however it got pretty jelak by the time were halfway through our meal.
You can also have the option of adding cheese ($2.00) to your Omurice. The cheese is a combination of mozzarella and two types of cheddar which will be melted and prepared right in front of you over your main dish.[caption id="attachment_38699" align="aligncenter" width="480"] GIF Credit: Discover SG[/caption]
Best part, if you have a bigger appetite, you can choose between the regular or large size at NO additional cost. Honestly, we were already struggling to finish the regular portion so a large portion will be perfect for two.
There’s also an option of getting Spaghetti instead of the Omurice. They serve two types of spaghetti here – Mentaiko Spaghetti and Neapolitan Spaghetti ($9.90). There’s nothing outstanding about the pastas but it definitely gave us the comfort of a home-cooked meal.
For those who can’t choose between the omurice and spaghetti, you can choose to have the best of both worlds in one plate. For $12.90, you can get the Omurice Combo which comes with omurice, spaghetti and a refreshing side salad – potato salad, coleslaw, green salad or spinach and miso soup.[caption id="attachment_38697" align="aligncenter" width="6000"] Image Credi: Discover SG[/caption]
Diners can also order additional side dishes such as deep fried chicken wing, ebi-fried, teriyaki chicken hamburg and pork spare ribs which cost between $2 – $3. If you’ve been to Hamburg Steak Keisuke, then you’ll definitely want to get the teriyaki chicken hamburg here. The seared patty itself has a lovely char, but was still very tender and juicy in each bite.
Omurice Keisuke officially launches in Singapore on Monday, 14 January 2019. This is the 17th outlet under the Keisuke Group with plans to open more locations with different concepts later this year.
(Header Image Source: Omurice Keisuke & Discover SG)
It’s a lovely Friday. We’re so close to the weekend. And I thought, “You know what, treat yo’self. You gon’ have Macs today.”
I got on GrabFood, ordered my usual McSpicy meal with cheese no veg, coke zero (cos I’m on a diet), no upsize. But this time I changed the fries to their latest ‘Salted Egg Yolk Loaded Fries‘ to see if it’s worth my money, calories and effort to write this article.
Within the next 30 minutes, my abang delivery arrived and gave me a bleak stare before handing over my food.
Was this already a bad sign?
Is It Worth It?
Just like anyone else, I quickly reached out for the box of Salted Egg Yolk fries first to see if got enough sauce anot? And to my surprise, they poured a pretty decent amount of sauce all over my fries.[caption id="attachment_38688" align="aligncenter" width="3973"] Image Credit: Discover SG[/caption]
So I thought, “How bad could this be right?”
I took my first bite and everything froze in time. The wind stopped blowing. The birds stopped chirping. I saw dark clouds looming in the distance.
It. Was. Terrible.[caption id="attachment_38685" align="aligncenter" width="4032"] Image Credit: Discover SG[/caption]
It tastes nothing like Salted Egg Yolk. It was strangely tangy and creamy and it left a really unpleasant aftertaste in my mouth. It was sad as Donald Trump would’ve said. Thanks McDonald’s for the generous amount of sauce but did QC seriously approve of the taste?
Instead of finishing my fries, I got on McDonald’s Singapore Facebook page to put together a list of my favourite comments:
And my favourite one of all:
Calling it “Salted Egg Yolk” sauce was definitely a bit of a stretch.
Sorry McDonald’s but thank u, next.
The Peach Pie on the other hand sounded like a pretty good contender to take on the classic Apple Pie. According to pictures, it has a vibrant pink crust pocketing a hot peach filling.[caption id="attachment_38687" align="aligncenter" width="4032"] Image Credit: Discover SG[/caption]
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All pretty in pink, I surprisingly enjoyed it as compared to the fries (pretty low benchmark, I must admit). It smells exactly like Peach Tea or Pink Dolphin. I’ve grown super familiar and comfortable with the classic Apple Pie but I won’t mind going back to McDonald’s for another Peach Pie.
Also don’t lie and say “but Apple Pie more authentic leh”. Let’s be real, when was the last time you ordered one?
The only great thing that came out of my meal today was the McSpicy add cheese no veg. Trust me, just skip the Salted Egg Yolk Fries the next time you’re at McDonald’s.
Thanks McDonald’s for the effort you put into releasing the new items but seriously have you tried Salted Egg Yolk man?!
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Feeling sleepy and groggy at work today?
We feel you.
If you’re feeling as down as we are, then we have some great news for you. McDonald’s is here to make your day a little better – they’ll be launching the all new Salted Egg Yolk Loaded Fries from 3 January for a limited time only.
New Year, New Menu
Sure, it’s 2019 and we should really start saying goodbye to Salted Egg Yolk but this combination seems pretty promising. Imagine your favourite French Fries topped with a generous serving of Salted Egg Yolk sauce. It’ll be topped with curry leaves for that sweet and savoury taste. Enjoy the Salted Egg Yolk Fries for $1.20 when you upgrade your fries with any meal.
As if that wasn’t enough, they’re bringing back the highly popular Ha Ha Cheong Gai Drumlets which was released in July last year. Yes, our favourite prawn paste chicken is making a comeback and you can now have it in the Happy Sharing Box (Special Edition) from just $7.90.
Moving on to desserts – McDonald’s is launching 2 new desserts! The first is a Pandan Soft Serve – think pandan chiffon cake but in ice cream form. You can have it in a cone, ChocoCone, Sundae or McFlurry (from $1).[caption id="attachment_38663" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] Image Credit: McDonald’s Singapore[/caption]
Next up is the all-new Peach Pie ($1.40). It’s filled with juicy white peach chunks and the crust is wait for it…pink.[caption id="attachment_38662" align="aligncenter" width="900"] Image Credit: McDonald’s Singapore[/caption]
So if you’re feeling a little moody at work today, look forward to these tasty treats that will brighten up your week. You can definitely count on food to make it all better!
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Many folks who’ve gotten married can attest that nabbing a fantastic wedding videographer in Singapore is almost as important – if not on equal footing – as the photographer for the big day.
After guests head home following fond goodbyes, and you’ve hung up your lavish outfits and sparkly heels, there’s nothing quite like reliving through the special start of your new chapter together through a glorious, perfectly-summarised video.
Beyond your wedding photos, videos are a great way to capture the best moments of your wedding – from your proposal, pre-wedding shoot to the actual wedding banquet itself.
Often, you’ll find yourself marvelling at moments you’ve missed or glossed over during the rush of it all – from the look of joy on your parent’s faces to the look of sheer happiness when you and your partner first set eyes on each other as you’re walking down the aisle.
While there are plenty of recommendations for wedding photographers, who do you turn to for wedding films you can look back on in years to come? Below is our list of 10 noteworthy wedding videographers you must know. Who knows, you might just find a videographer with works that resonates with your heart and style.
1. Fresh from Kenneth
Keeping his natural editing style, FreshfromKenneth‘s works reflect the moment as they were captured. Adding a personal touch, his style is unique in the industry and ideal for couples looking to remember moments rich in natural emotion.
Raw and unscripted, each piece crafted by Kenneth is one of a kind and tailored to the personalities of each couple. There is no “template” or “standard video” when it comes to his work as nothing is staged or “rehearsed”. All you have to do is to go on about your day and Kenneth will create a masterpiece from that.
With his experience and exceptional eye for detail, each work will definitely touch the hearts of those who watch your film.
Fresh from Kenneth
2. Redtape Projects
Started in 2012, Redtape Projects consists of a group of friends with a hobby and passion for videography. They are not only a group of dedicated and passionate videographers but are also an artistic and fun wedding team that focuses their energy on building inspiring and breathtaking films.
Ensuring that each meeting is enjoyable and “lepak“, rest assured that your wants and needs will be met by the folks at Redtape Projects.
If you’re looking at straying away from the standard “commercial” wedding videos, Redtape produces refreshing films and tells your love story through its seamless editing and excellent choice of music.
With one simple objective at the end of the day – “We start as strangers but we end as friends” – you know you’ll definitely have fun working with them on your big day!
Established in 2010, Twenty8picks’ creative director Caleb cut his teeth for film while working as an editor in local television and has filmed over 200 weddings and events since delving into videography full time.
With an eye for quirky moments that reflect a couple’s relationship, Twenty8picks’ wedding videos have a natural, incandescent quality to them.
5. Highest Kite Weddings
For a cinematic wedding film, look no further than Highest Kite Weddings. Classic and timeless, the production team presents your love story through artfully-framed sequences and an exceptional treatment of colour that is visually captivating.
Our favourite work is definitely Deon and Sheila’s Pre-Wedding video, which tugs at heartstrings and captures the most intimate moments between the lovebirds.
With a clever mix of candid, romantic, and sentimental moments, their films are more than just a conventional wedding video.
Highest Kite Weddings
6. Freya Films
At Freyafilms, Jialiang (founder) does the work of a “memory machine”. He captures, preserves and delivers beautiful memories to the couple. Using an honest and dynamic approach, Freyafilms produce films that are elegant with an editorial edge.
With over 8 years of experience, his goal is to capture unnoticed moments, forgotten memories, unexpected perspectives and the unique personalities of each couple. Freyafilms stitches all these moments to artistically tell your stories in cinematic form.
Freyafilms niche lies in telling stories that are unique to each couple, accompanied by a down to earth service that is dedicated and personalised to the needs of each couple.
Freya Films https://www.facebook.com/winsoncinematography/videos/1516940405035372/ Winson Cinematography believes that video and audio play equally important roles in telling a story that will tug at your heartstrings. One of our favourite works is Lance and Sharon’s wedding which was edited with no music—only raw recordings from the wedding. It appears to have a pure, intimate and journal outcome to it. And we absolutely love the raw yet slightly produce look of it. With an honest style of approaching every wedding, rest assured that they’ll produce a work of art that you will feel connected to and you will be compelled to proudly show to all your friends and loved ones. Winson Cinematography https://vimeo.com/280198542 Your wedding day is filled with many dynamic and fleeting moments – from the laughter and cheers of your bridal party, the nervous exhilaration when your groom shares his vows, the gasp from the crowd when the bride appears at the aisle. Sense Gallery specialises in capturing intimate moments of your wedding day. From happy tears to loving looks, each emotional moment will be captured for you to relive over and over again. Supported by an extremely passionate crew and professional equipments, Sense Gallery wants to tape it all down for you, so you can keep your magical fairytale close to your heart. Sense Gallery (Header Image Source: Rekord Haus)
8. Winson Cinematography
10. Sense Gallery
Winson Cinematography believes that video and audio play equally important roles in telling a story that will tug at your heartstrings.
One of our favourite works is Lance and Sharon’s wedding which was edited with no music—only raw recordings from the wedding. It appears to have a pure, intimate and journal outcome to it. And we absolutely love the raw yet slightly produce look of it.
With an honest style of approaching every wedding, rest assured that they’ll produce a work of art that you will feel connected to and you will be compelled to proudly show to all your friends and loved ones.
Winson Cinematography https://vimeo.com/280198542 Your wedding day is filled with many dynamic and fleeting moments – from the laughter and cheers of your bridal party, the nervous exhilaration when your groom shares his vows, the gasp from the crowd when the bride appears at the aisle. Sense Gallery specialises in capturing intimate moments of your wedding day. From happy tears to loving looks, each emotional moment will be captured for you to relive over and over again. Supported by an extremely passionate crew and professional equipments, Sense Gallery wants to tape it all down for you, so you can keep your magical fairytale close to your heart. Sense Gallery (Header Image Source: Rekord Haus)
Your wedding day is filled with many dynamic and fleeting moments – from the laughter and cheers of your bridal party, the nervous exhilaration when your groom shares his vows, the gasp from the crowd when the bride appears at the aisle.
Sense Gallery specialises in capturing intimate moments of your wedding day. From happy tears to loving looks, each emotional moment will be captured for you to relive over and over again.
Supported by an extremely passionate crew and professional equipments, Sense Gallery wants to tape it all down for you, so you can keep your magical fairytale close to your heart.
(Header Image Source: Rekord Haus)
When it comes to welcoming the new year, Singapore truly knows how to throw a party with a dazzling display of fireworks.
However, watching the fireworks can be less than pleasant when you’re pressed up against thousands of other people who had the same location in mind. Here are some alternative places to catch the fireworks if you want to avoid the massive crowd!
1. Bay East Garden @ Gardens By The Bay[caption id="attachment_38626" align="aligncenter" width="1670"] Image Credit: Gardens By The Bay[/caption]
The lesser known portion of Gardens By The Bay, this tranquil park is filled with lush lawns, elegant palm trees, and an unobstructed view of the fireworks! Situated opposite the Supertree Grove, the Cloud Forest and Flower Dome, we suggest splurging on hawker treats to go from Satay by The Bay beforehand to feast out while waiting for the big show.
It’s accessible by car via Tanjong Rhu Road or across the bridge from Marina Barrage.
Open daily 24 hours, admission is absolutely free, so bring your picnic mats and hunker down for a peaceful night.
Bay East Garden
Address: 18 Marina Gardens Dr, Singapore 018953
Nearest MRT: Bayfront (CE1/DT16)
2. The Esplanade Roof Terrace[caption id="attachment_38627" align="aligncenter" width="908"] Image Credit: Esplanade[/caption]
Head all the way to the top of the Esplanade for a stunning view of the city. It also has a bird’s-eye view of the fireworks as it illuminates the Singapore skyline, ringing in the new year.
Do note that there’s limited space on the roof terrace so you might want to head down earlier to score yourself a good spot!
The Esplanade Roof Terrace
Address: 8 Raffles Ave, Singapore 039802
Nearest MRT: Esplanade MRT (CC3) | City Hall (NS25/EW13)
3. Faber Peak[caption id="attachment_38628" align="aligncenter" width="1200"] Image Credit: Mount Faber Leisure Group[/caption]
While the view of the fireworks is from a distance here, this hilltop destination is perfect for a romantic rendezvous away from the crowd.
With cable cars, bars and restaurants, you’ll be living in the lap of luxury with food, drinks, fireworks and tons of breathing space this New Year’s Eve.
It’s accessible by car via Mount Faber Road from Lower Delta Road or Kampong Bahru Road which will take you straight up to Faber Peak Singapore.
Address: 109 Mount Faber Rd, Singapore 099203
Nearest MRT: HarbourFront MRT (NE1/CC29), take Exit B towards HarbourFront Centre
4. Singapore Sports Hub[caption id="attachment_38629" align="aligncenter" width="1800"] Image Credit: Singapore Sports Hub[/caption]
The greatest draw to watching the fireworks at the Sports Hub is avoiding the crowds of Marina Bay. If you position yourself right, along the waterfront, you get an undisturbed view across the water all the way to Marina Bay.
The numerous eateries here also means you don’t need to prepare your own picnic basket or food. Before the fireworks start, head over to Kallang Wave Mall for dinner or get some munchies to snack on while you watch the spectacular fireworks display.
Singapore Sports Hub
Address: 1 Stadium Place Singapore 397628
Nearest MRT: Stadium MRT (CC6)
5. Starbucks at The Fullerton Waterboat House[caption id="attachment_38630" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Image Credit: Jemma Wei[/caption]
Not one for alcohol? Start your new year with a caffeine fix at Starbucks at The Fullerton Waterboat House!
With its full length windows and a great view of the MBS, you’ll be able to catch the fireworks in a comfortable, air-conditioned space.
Starbucks at Fullerton Waterboat House
Address: 3 Fullerton RD, #02-01/02/03, Fullerton Waterboat House, Singapore 049215
Nearest MRT: Raffles Place MRT (EW14/NS26)
6. The Helix Bridge[caption id="attachment_38631" align="aligncenter" width="2000"] Image Credit: Arup[/caption]
Located right next to where the fireworks will be released, but a good distance away from the crowd at The Float @ Marina Bay, The Helix may get crowded, but is nonetheless better than squeezing at The Float.
What’s more, with 4 viewing platforms, it is a great place to get up close and personal with the fireworks!
The Helix Bridge
Address: Helix Bridge, Singapore
Nearest MRT: Promenade MRT (DT15/CC4)
7. Marina Barrage
The expansive lawn of Marina Barrage overlooks the city from across the Marina Channel.
Bring along a picnic mat and chill on the spacious rooftop garden during major celebrations, as you wait for the spectacular illuminations in the sky.
Address: 8 Marina Gardens Dr, Singapore 018951
Nearest MRT: Bayfront (CE1/DT16)
8. Pinnacle @ Duxton[caption id="attachment_38633" align="aligncenter" width="1132"] Image Credit: Google Street Images[/caption]
It’s the tallest public housing in the area, with an astonishing 50 storeys. Residents of The Pinnacle are lucky to view the annual fireworks from the comfort of their homes. However, that doesn’t mean that you should be losing out too. For $6, you can head to the rooftop of The Pinnacle and witness the fireworks as they unfold.
All you’ll probably need to pay for is parking!
Pinnacle @ Duxton
Address: 1 Cantonment Rd, Singapore 085301
Nearest MRT: Tanjong Pagar MRT (EW15) | Outram MRT Station (EW16/NE3)
9. 1-Altitude[caption id="attachment_38634" align="aligncenter" width="1920"] Image Credit: 1-Altitude[/caption]
It should come as no surprise that the world’s highest alfresco bar delivers one of the best views of the fireworks. Head up to the Upper Viewing Gallery (on the 63rd floor) of 1-Altitude for a spectacular 360-degree view of the city.
Standing at 282 metres above sea level, enjoy the panoramic view of the entire island, have a drink whilst enjoying the fireworks and enjoy many amazing photo moments!
Address: 1 Raffles Place, Singapore 048616
Nearest MRT: Raffles Place (EW14/NS26)
10. Smoke & Mirrors[caption id="attachment_38635" align="aligncenter" width="2048"] Image Credit: Smoke & Mirrors[/caption]
The National Gallery’s snazy rooftop restaurant and bar boasts a gorgeous view of the MBS and CBD.
Smoke and Mirrors has been gaining a rather loyal following for their cocktail menu, so grab a drink and settle in for the upcoming fireworks!
Smoke and Mirrors
Address: St Andrew’s Rd, 01 National Gallery, Singapore 178957
Nearest MRT: City Hall MRT (EW13/NS25)
11. Skyville @ Dawson
The Sky Garden at Dawson is a fully-sheltered garden terrace surrounded by lush greenery. The sky gardens are located at levels 14, 25 and 36 but the 47th storey is where you want to be this NYE.
As it is a residential area, be considerate and keep your levels down as you usher in the new year!
Skyville @ Dawson
Address: 86 Dawson Rd, Singapore 141086
Nearest MRT: Queenstown MRT (EW19)
12. Marina South Pier Carpark (Level 3)
The Marina South Pier isn’t just for ferry rides to St John’s Island. Climb up to level 3 of the car park and you’ll find a viewing spot of the ocean and CBD skyline in the background.
It may be packed with cars on the actual day itself but if you just want an epic view of the fireworks, the view from the top alone will be enough for your IG-worthy pictures.
Marina South Pier Carpark
Address: 31 Marina Coastal Dr, Singapore 018988
Nearest MRT: Marina South Pier MRT station (Exit A)