From Carnivals To Flea Markets, Here Are 8 Events To End 2018 On A High Note

On a long break? Not sure where to go or what to do this weekend?

It’s the last weekend of the year and to make it count, head out and have a blast at these exciting events instead. From the crowd-favourite Marina Bay carnival to snapping away at the highly-instagrammable exhibition at National Gallery Singapore, there’s plenty of things to do and see before the year ends.

Here are 7 things to do to usher in the new year:

1. Prudential Marina Bay Carnival

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Singapore’s largest carnival is back for its second edition! Occupying the Bayfront Event Space from 22nd December till 24th March 2019, there will be plenty of tried-and-true formula of hipster food stall and more than 40 rides and games, which consists of both crowd-favourites and new additions.

Some of the popular attractions include the 35m-tall Star Flyer, heart-stopping Mach 5, and the brand new centrepiece of this round’s carnival is the Wave Swinger, a giant carousel swing!

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Like its predecessor, admission is completely free, and it’ll run from 4pm – 11pm every single day. Operating hours will also be extended to 2am on both Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, so if you’ve ever wanted to usher in the new year 55 metres in the air, here’s your chance.

Pre-order your credits online to avoid long queues while you’re there!

Prudential Marina Bay Carnival
Venue: Bayfront Event Space
Date: 22nd December 2018 – 24th March 2019
Time: 4pm – 11pm (extended hours till 2am on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve)

2. Food Truck Fest

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Before you start on your “New Year, New Me” resolutions, pile on the holiday weight at Singapore’s first and largest Food Truck Fest!

Bringing in award-winning vendors (both local and regional), they will be serving up modern gastronomic delights for four days. Expect a wide array of mouthwatering delicacies like Swedish Meatballs by Fika Swedish Cafe & Bistro, Coconut Gula Melaka Doughnuts by Plain Vanilla Bakery, Beef Rendang Mac & Cheese by Preparazzi and Michelin-starred Ramen by Tsuta Singapore.

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Head down to Marina Bay Sands’ Event Plaza from 28 – 31st December for the most iconic foodie paradise you’ve ever seen (and tasted) and usher in the new year with a culinary blast!

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Food Truck Fest
Marina Bay Sands Event Plaza, 2 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018972
Date: 28th – 31st December 2018
 : 28th – 30th Dec: 5PM – 11PM | 31st Dec: 4PM – 1AM

3. Wheeler’s Market – Festive Edition

Revel in the spirit of giving or enjoy the festive atmosphere at Wheeler’s Market – Festive Edition!

Bag home all kinds of artisanal gifts and festive bakes made by local artists and crafters! Some of the goodies you can pick up include witty illustrations by Nuffypuffy, stylish partyware by Party Modern and Christmas Wreath Cookies from JustJulia.

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Wheeler’s Market – Festive Edition
Address: 2 Park Lane, Seletar Aerospace Park, Singapore 798386
Date: 30th December 2018
Time: 9.30am – 6pm

4. Hello, ONE PIECE Exhibition

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With one of the longest-running anime series and over 440 million manga volumes in circulation worldwide, ONE PIECE is indisputably one of the most popular Japanese creation ever.

Hailing from Japan, visitors can expect to discover the infinite imagination of creator Eiichiro Oda in this exhibition. Get up close and personal with a replica of his work desk, wander through a gallery of his illustrations, and even experience as if they have jumped into the mind of Eiichiro Oda with a unique Virtual Reality Experience!

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Other highlights of this exhibition include plenty of illustrations from the creator and of course, a merchandise shop stocking original goods.

Hello, ONE PIECE Exhibition
Address: Maritime Experiential Museum, 8 Sentosa Gateway, Sentosa Island, 098269
Date: 27 November 2018 – 1 January 2019
Time: 1 Dec 2018 – 1 Jan 2019: 9.30AM – 7PM

5. A Wizarding World Holiday At Changi Airport

Dive into the world of magic and wizardry set to enthral and captivate fans of the highly popular Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts series.

Changi Airport is bringing the Wizarding World to you starting from 16 November 2018 up until February 2019. They have stunningly recreated various iconic scenes from the magical world of Harry Potter as part of their Christmas decoration.

Spellbinding activities await at Hogwarts’ most famous shopping street Diagon Alley. Take a stroll down this town as you relive the very first time Harry bought his wand at Ollivanders!

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Or strike a pose in front of Hogsmeade’s iconic stores or take a picture against a life-sized version of the Hogwarts Express. If you’re there at the right time – you might just catch a snow and light show that will last till 6 January 2019!

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Here are the timings to look out for if you’d like to catch the show:

Weekdays: 6pm, 7pm, 9pm

Weekends: 1pm, 6pm, 7pm, 9pm

If you’re travelling out of Singapore this year end, don’t miss the opportunity to soak in this magical world with other Potterheads just like you!

Wizarding World Of Harry Potter
 Terminal 3, Departure Hall, Public Area
Date: 16th November 2018 – mid-February 2019

6. Minimalism: Space. Light. Object at National Gallery Singapore

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See more through less at the first Minimalism exhibition in Southeast Asia, set across two sites: National Gallery Singapore and ArtScience Museum.

Led by National Gallery Singapore, the exhibition features over 150 works that explore the history and legacy of this groundbreaking art movement, which continues to inform a wide range of art forms and practitioners across the world today.

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Minimalism: Space. Light. Object
Address: National Gallery Singapore, 1 St Andrew’s Rd, Singapore 178957
Date: 16 Nov 2018 – 14 Apr 2019

7. Poinsettia Wishes Featuring Disney Tsum Tsum

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Brace yourself for cuteness overload this holidays as Gardens by the Bay presents Singapore’s first Disney Tsum Tsum floral display.

Poinsettia Wishes Featuring Disney Tsum Tsum” sees over 40 Tsum Tsums lying amidst a large field of more than 8,000 multi-coloured poinsettias at the Flower Dome. Join your favourite Disney and Pixar characters in stackable form as they make preparations for Christmas.

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Snap a photo with Minnie Mouse and her friends decorating the Christmas tree, Mickey Mouse painting the ornamental baubles, Tigger sliding down ribbons while gift wrapping, and Dumbo lifting presents into the air!

Visitors can also choose from a range of Disney Tsum Tsum merchandise – including apparel, stationery, lifestyle products and even special-edition Disney Tsum Tsum x Udders ice cream – at the Gardens’ Conservatory Gift Shop.

Poinsettia Wishes Featuring Disney Tsum Tsum
Address: 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Gardens by the Bay Flower Dome, Singapore 018953
2 November 2018 – 6 January 2019
Opening Hours: 9am – 9pm
Price: Usual admission charge to the Flower Dome applies

8. Black Panther Screening at Esplanade Park

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Discover a whole new way to enjoy the movies you love with #PopcornPopUpCinema, the coolest cinema experience in town! Happening daily at hip bars, restaurants, rooftops and other venues in town, Popcorn Pop-Up Cinema is a cinematic format that brings together film, friends, food and fun.

This weekend, Popcorn Pop-Up Cinema will be screening one of the most spectacular movies of 2018 – Black Panther. Best part, it’s free! Grab your loved ones and enjoy a movie with your loved ones under the stars!

Black Panther Screening by Popcorn Pop-Up Cinema
Date & Time: 30th December 2018 | 8pm – 10.30pm
Location: Esplanade Park, Connaught Drive, 179682

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The Ultimate Guide To Upcoming Concerts: 2019 Edition

Singaporeans are definitely spoilt for choice when it comes to concerts. There are so many artists and performers who make Singapore a stop in their world tour, or even as part of a music festival.

With 2019 less than two months away from us, the year is already looking pretty solid with a number of announced upcoming concerts in Singapore. It can be hard to keep track of upcoming concerts, so we’ve come up with a definitive guide that will be constantly updated.

Now there’s no need for multiple tabs and searching.


1. Slash ft. Miles Kennedy & The Conspirators

Grammy-winning, guitar god, Slash will will bless Singapore in the flesh in January 2019.

The legend whose real name is Saul Hudson, will play an exclusive, one-night-only show here with his band Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators. Myles Kennedy is one of the much-feted lead vocalists alive today – known for his huge vocal range that spans four octaves and eight semitones.

Since his reputation-cementing tenure as the lead guitarist of Guns N’ Roses and his stint at the forefront of Velvet Revolver‘s six-string barrage, Slash has blazed his own trail as a solo artist with a vast catalog of chart-blasting solo albums.

This will, undoubtedly, be a historic night.

Slash ft. Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators
8 January 2019 
The Coliseum
Ticket price: 
$148 – $228 (excl. booking fee)

2. Taeyeon

K-pop star Taeyeon of iconic girl group Girls’ Generation – also known as SNSD – will be bringing her distinctive vocals to Singapore with a full-fledged solo concert in January next year. This will be the very first time the multi-award winning singer is touring Singapore for a full-length concert ever since her solo debut in 2015.

No stranger to Singapore, she was one of the headline performers at South Korean pop music festival HallyuPopFest held at the Singapore Indoor Stadium earlier this year.

She is recognised as one of the most iconic and versatile female singers of the K-POP world and is widely regarded as a “talented vocalist” for her soulful vocals. Taeyeon charmed fans of the group and later released solo songs such as I, featuring South Korean rapper Verbal Jint.

Taeyeon Live In Singapore 2019
12 January 2019 
Singapore Expo Hall 1
Ticket price: 
$148 – $288 (excl. booking fee)
IMC Live Global

3. Taking Back Sunday

If you can’t believe that Taking Back Sunday have been around for 20 years, you’re not alone, because they can’t either.

From the band’s landmark 2002 debut, Tell All Your Friends, to their most recent full-length, 2016’s Tidal Wave, Taking Back Sunday have evolved from a key player in the early 2000s emo scene to a genre-defying rock band. This fact is evidenced on Twenty, a 21-song collection set for release in January 2019 that spans all seven of their full-lengths.

Whether your introduction to the band was singing along to “A Decade Under The Influence” or hearing “MakeDamnSure” or “Sink Into Me”, Twenty is a look back at some of the highlights from this unlikely group of musical misfits.

Taking Back Sunday
Date: 19 January 2019
Venue: The Pavillion @ Far East Square
Ticket price: $108 standard, $118 doors (excl. booking fee)
Organiser: LAMC Productions

4. BTS

K-pop boyband sensation BTS is coming to Singapore for a large-scale concert in January. Arguably the world’s biggest K-pop group, the K-pop juggernaut has been an unstoppable force in recent years, even gracing the latest cover of Time magazine and giving a speech at the United Nations in September

Known for hits such as “Fake Love” and “Blood Sweat And Tears”, will return to Singapore as part of their Love Yourself World Tour and will make history as the first K-pop act to play at the National Stadium

BTS Love Yourself World Tour
 19 January 2019
Venue: National Stadium
Ticket price: $88 – $348 (excl. booking fee)
Organiser: Live Nation, One Production



YG darlings BLACKPINK will be making their way to Singapore on 15 February 2019 for their upcoming world tour. Aside from Singapore, the quartet will also be heading to other Asian cities including Bangkok, Jakarta, Hong Kong, Manila, Kuala Lumpur and Taipei.

As one of the biggest and most successful K-pop groups today, BLACKPINK has made music history not only in Korea, but also worldwide. The four-member girl group – comprising Jisoo, Jennie, Lisa and Rose – are best known for smash hits like Ddu-Du Ddu-Du, which peaked at No. 55 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts earlier this year.

 15 February 2019
Venue: Singapore Indoor Stadium
Ticket price: $128 – $268 (excl. booking fee)
Organiser: Live Nation, One Production

2. Nickelback

Iconic Canadian rock band, Nickelback is set to make its long-awaited debut in Singapore in 2019. They released their highly anticipated ninth studio album Feed The Machine in June of 2017, which debuted in the Top 5 on the Billboard charts and spent the better part of 2017 and 2018 performing over 80 sold-out shows around the world.

Their inescapable and irresistible smash “How You Remind Me” was named Billboard’s ‘Top Rock Song of the Decade’ and was No. 4 on the Top 10 songs of the 2000’s list. With more than 23 chart-topping singles and fans spanning the globe, Nickelback boasts twelve consecutive sold-out world tours, playing to well over eight million diehard and adoring fans.

With decades of shows and albums under its belt, look forward to be treated to an assortment of rock anthems from the 2000s!

 20 February 2019
Venue: Zepp@BIGBOX
Ticket price: $128 (Early Bird), $138 (Standard)
Organiser: LAMC Productions

3. Seungri 

Seungri from K-pop group BIGBANG will perform in Singapore as part of a solo tour promoting his album The Great Seungri.

The Great Seungri is his first full album since his debut 12 years ago, following two successful extended play records VVIP and Let’s Talk About Love. Fans would not want to miss the opportunity to see Seungri live as it may be his last solo tour before he returns to South Korea and serve in the military.

 23 February 2019
Venue: The Star Theatre
Ticket price: $148 – $288
Organiser: CHENMEI Culture and CK Star Entertainment

4. Years & Years 

British synth-pop band Years & Years is returning to Asia in 2019. This marks the trio’s first fully-fledged Southeast Asia tour, although they were recently in Singapore for an exclusive promo show to promote their latest album, Palo Santo.

The trio – frontman Olly Alexander and musicians Mikey Goldsworthy and Emre Turkman – are best known for hit songs such as King and Foundation from their debut album Communion, which topped the British charts when it was released in 2015.

Earlier in 2018, they released the follow-up, Palo Santo, which has popular songs like If You’re Over Me and Sanctify. The album received rave views from the music press.

Years & Years – The Palo Santo Tour
Date: 27 February 2019
Venue: The Star Theatre
Ticket price: $88 – 148 (excl. booking fees)
Organiser: Live Nation


1. Blue

All Rise for the long awaited British boyband Blue Live in Singapore! Known for their iconic hits like “All Rise”, “Guilty”, “If You Come Back”, “Best In Me” “U Make Me Wanna”, “Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word”, and many more!

The quartet has released three studio albums so far, all of which reached number one in the United Kingdom. For one night only, join Blue in this memorable night of pumping hits and relive all the emotional ballads from the best times of our lives!

Blue Live In Singapore 2019
Date: 2 March 2019
Venue: ZEPP@BigBox Singapore
Ticket price: $108 $198 (excl. booking fees)
Organiser: Mode Productions

2. Kodaline

Fans of Dublin based rockers, Kodaline, is making their highly anticipated return to Singapore, on 5 March 2019 at ZEPP@BIGBOX. Kodaline released their brand new album, Politics Of Living, on 28 Sep 2018, to rave reviews and are ready to embark on their upcoming world tour!

On Politics of Living, Kodaline teamed up with some of the hottest production and writing talent imaginable including hitmaker supreme Steve Mac (Ed Sheeran, Liam Payne), pop guru Johnny Coffer (Rag’N’Bone Man, Beyoncé), Jonas Jeberg (Dizzee Rascal, Kylie Minogue), Stephen Harris (Miles Kane, Kaiser Chiefs) as well as long-time collaborator Johnny McDaid (P!NK).

Their latest album is a delightful treat and surrounds big choruses with digital rhythms, glimmering piano riffs, and synths.

Kodaline took Singapore by storm at their debut gig in 2015. Don’t pass up the opportunity to see these guys live in 2019!

Who’s ready to be born again?

Kodaline Live In Singapore 2019
5 March 2019
Ticket Prices: $128 early bird, $138 standard (excl. booking fee)
LAMC Productions

3. Maroon 5

Growing up, if you spent all your time, singing in the shower and crooning about heartbreak, then I’ve got news for you. Maroon 5  will be bringing their ‘Red Pill Blues‘ World Tour to Singapore on 7 March 2019!

The band, fronted by lead singer Adam Levine, last performed in Singapore during the 2015 Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix.

Red Pill Blues is the sixth studio album by Maroon 5. It was released on 3 November 2017 and spawned hit singles such as ‘Cold’, ‘What Lovers Do’, ‘Don’t Wanna Know’, and ‘Girls Like You’.

2019 has never felt further at this point.

Maroon 5 ‘Red Pill Blues’ World Tour Live In Singapore
7 Mar 2019
Venue: National Stadium
Ticket Prices:
$118 – $268 (excl. booking fee)
Live Nation


Following two back-to-back sold out shows in 2016, Honne will be returning to Singapore for a one-night-only show that is guaranteed to be a sold out affair as well.

In little under two years, HONNE have become the band to fall in love with, and to. A term with no Western equivalent, the origins of HONNE lie in the Japanese word meaning ‘True Feelings’. The British electro-R&B duo is currently touring the world in support of their latest albumLove Me/Love Me Not.

Honne Love Me/Love Me Not Asian Tour 2019
11 & 12 March 2019
Venue: Capitol Theatre
Ticket Prices:
$78 – $98 (excl. booking fee)
Moonbeats Asia

5. Pet Shop Boys

English synth-pop veterans Pet Shop Boys will be back in Singapore for a one night only show.

The upcoming Singapore show is part of their global Super Tour which started in 2016 and is in support of their 13th album, Super, released in the same year. They last performed here in 2014 at the Singapore Grand Prix.

They’re best known for pop hits such as West End Girls (1984), their 1993 cover of Village People’s Go West and You Only Tell Me You Love Me When You’re Drunk (2000).

Pet Shop Boys The Super Tour
 26 March 2019
Venue: The Star Theatre
Ticket price: $128 – $228 (excl. booking fee)
Organiser: Lushington Entertainments


1. John Mayer

John Mayer is coming to Asia.

The world-renowned musician will be kicking off his world tour in Australia and Asia which is set to take place between March and April. Further information surrounding the shows, such as venues and ticketing details have yet to be announced!

John Mayer Australia and Asia Tour 2019
Date: 1 April 2019
Time: TBA
Venue: TBA
Ticket price: TBA
Organiser: Live Nation

2. Anne Marie

Best known for the chart-topping tunes ‘2002’, ‘FRIENDS’, ‘Rockabye’, ‘Ciao Adios’ and many more, breakthrough pop-star Anne-Marie will be back in Singapore for a one-night only performance on 9 April 2019 at the Capitol Theatre.

This time, she’ll be making stops in both Singapore and Hong Kong.

Just in October of this year, the infectiously seductive singer stopped by our shores for the very first time for The Speak Your Mind Tour. And to be honest, we couldn’t get enough of her chart-topping hits, so we’re definitely in for a treat in April 2019!

Anne Marie Live In Singapore
Date: 9 April 2019 (Tuesday)
Venue: Capitol Theatre
Ticket price: $98 – 128 (excl. booking fee)
Organiser: Lushington Entertainments

3. Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran, the best selling artist of 2017, is set to return to Singapore on 26 April 2019.

Following his two sold-out dates in Singapore in 2017, the upcoming show will be his largest one yet as he performs at the National Stadium for the very first time. His return to Asia will also include dates in Korea (April 21) and Bangkok (April 28).

At the moment, there is only one available date so fastest fingers first! Tickets are priced at $158 for standing and between $68 – $248 for seated.


1. Troye Sivan

Troye Sivan announced on his Facebook that the concert is part of his Bloom tour, which is his second and most recent studio album.

Released on 31 August 2018, the album spawned hits such as My! My! My! and Dance To This featuring Ariana Grande. You might also know some of his hits Youth and Wild off his debut studio debut album Blue Neighbourhood.

Troye Sivan’s Bloom tour in Asia includes stopovers in Tokyo, Seoul, Taipei, Manila, Hong Kong and Bangkok.

Troye Sivan “The Bloom Tour” Singapore
Date: 3 May 2019
Venue: The Star Theatre
Ticket price: $98 – $258 (excl. booking fee)
Organiser: Live Nation

2. Jason Mraz

Missed his recent concert? Well, we have great news for you. Jason Mraz will be performing in Singapore at The Star Theatre on 11 May 2019 – as part of his Good Vibes Tour 2019. The multiple GRAMMY Award winner Jason Mraz is set to perform at the 5,000-capacity auditorium, which is a lot smaller as compared to his recent concert at the National Stadium.

Just two days (27 October) after performing at the National Stadium in Singapore, Mraz revealed his Asia 2019 six-date tour. Kicking off the whirlwind set of shows in Manila on May 8th, bringing his brand of soulful folk-pop to Shanghai, Singapore, Hong Kong and Bangkok and rounding off the performances at the Taipei Arena on May 25th 2019.

Jason Mraz Good Vibes Tour 2019
Date: 11 May 2019
Venue: The Star Theatre
Ticket Prices:
$98 – $198 (excl. booking fee)
Lushington Entertainments


American singer-song writer Lauv will return to Asia for an extensive tour in May of 2019, titled the Blue Boy Tour.

He has been making waves across the globe over the past two years, having released a slew of hits including ‘I Like Me Better’, ‘A Different Way’ with DJ SNAKE and most recently, ‘There’s No Way’ with Julia Michaels.

Lauv’s Asia tour will see the rising star perform 10 shows across two weeks in May. Stops include Mumbai, Manila, Cebu, Jakarta and more.

Lauv Asia Tour
Date: 15 & 16 May 2019
Venue: Capitol Theatre
Ticket price: $108 (excl. booking fee)
Organiser: Lushington Entertainments



LANY is set to return to Asia in 2019. The American indie pop band took to social media on 13 November to announce a huge world tour set for 2019 in support of its latest album, Malibu Nights, which was released earlier this year.

With a sound that mashes together the feel of ’80s radio pop, ’90s R&B soul, and atmospheric synths, the Los Angeles-based group has churned hits such as “ILYSB” (“I Love You So Bad”), “Super Far” and “13”.

The Asia leg of the tour includes stops in Manila, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Jakarta, Japan, South Korea and more. General tickets will go on sale on Friday, 16 November via the band’s official website.

Venue: TBC
Date: 10 August 2019
Ticket Prices: TBC


1. The 1975

The 1975 are making their highly-anticipated return to Singapore since their last show at Laneway Festival in 2016. The pop-rock quartet announced dates for the Asian legs of their upcoming tour in support of their recent album A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships.

Aside from popular tracks off their discography so far, Singapore fans can also expect to be treated to live versions of The 1975’s new companion record, Notes On A Conditional Form – which frontman Matt Healy previously teased that it would be released sometime in 2019.

The 1975 Live In Singapore 2019
Date: 16 September 2019
Venue: The Star Theatre
Ticket price: $88 – $148
Organiser: Now/Live

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Last Minute Christmas Shopping At Orchard? Here Are The Cheapest Places To Park

Orchard Road is one area in Singapore where it’s notoriously expensive to park your car.

I’m sure we’ve all experienced the horror of arriving at the car park exit gantry, only to find that we’ve racked up over $10 in parking fees (true story). And that’s on top of all the money we’ve spent shopping.

Unless you have loads of things to carry, or are travelling with kids in tow, there’s just no justifying spending that kind of money on what is essentially a place to put your car while you run around doing your errands.

As someone who’s in town way too often, here are the cheapest places to park your car no matter where in town you need to go.

Cheapest Parking In Orchard: Weekdays Before 5/6pm

1. Far East Plaza [14 Scotts Road, S(228213)]

Mon – Fri: $1.07 for 1st hr, $1.07 for next subsequent 30min (before 5pm)

2. Plaza Singapura [68 Orchard Road, S(238839)]

Mon – Fri: $1.28 for 1st hr, $0.43 for next subsequent 15min (before 6pm)

3. Lucky Plaza [304 Orchard Road, S(238863)]

Mon – Fri: $1.93 for 1st hr, $1.28 for next subsequent 30min (before 5pm)

4. Atrium @ Orchard [60 Orchard Road, S(238889)]

Mon – Fri: $1.28 for first hour, $0.43 for subsequent 15 min (before 6pm)

5. The Cathay [2 Handy Road, S(229233)]

Mon – Fri: $1.40 per 30 minutes (8am to 9:59am), $1.40 per hour (10am to 5:59pm)

6. Orchard Central [181 Orchard Road, S(238896)]

Mon – Fri: $2.14 for 1st hr, $1.07 for next subsequent 30min (before 6pm)

7. *SCAPE [2 Orchard Link, S(237978)]

Mon – Fri: $2.05/hr (before 5pm)

8. The Centrepoint [176 Orchard Road, S(238843)]

Mon – Fri: $2.00 for 1st hr, $1.50 for next subsequent 30min (before 5pm)

Cheapest Parking In Orchard: Weekdays After 5/6pm

1. Atrium @ Orchard [60 Orchard Road, S(238889)]

Mon – Fri: $2.57 per entry (extended to 2.59am on Fri and eve of PH)

2. ION Orchard [2 Orchard Turn, S(238801)]

Mon – Thurs: $3.00 per entry (from 5pm-11:59pm), $1.07 per hour (12am to 7:59am)

*Parking on Friday will be slightly expensive: $3.74/entry (from 6pm to 11.59pm). Best to park from Mon – Thurs instead.

3. Plaza Singapura [68 Orchard Road, S(238839)]

Mon – Fri: $2.57 per entry (extended to 2.59am on Fri and eve of PH)

4. The Cathay [2 Handy Road, S(229233)]

Mon – Fri: $3.00/entry (after 6pm)

5. Singapore Shopping Centre [190 Clemenceau Avenue, S(239924)]

Mon – Fri: $3 per entry (after 8pm)

6. Street Parking at Penang Road

Mon – Fri: $0.70 per 30 min (after 5pm)

7. Street Parking At Angullia Park [Angullia Park, S(239974)]

Mon – Fri: $0.80 per 30min (5pm to 10.30pm),  $0.70 per 30min (10.30pm to 7am the following day)

8. Street Parking at Grange Road/Somerset Road

Mon – Fri: $0.80 per 30min (5pm to 10.30pm),  $0.70 per 30min (10.30pm to 7am the following day)

9. The Centrepoint [176 Orchard Road, S(238843)]

Mon – Fri: $2.00 for 1st hr, $1.50 for next subsequent hr (after 5pm)

Cheapest Parking In Orchard: Saturdays

1. Street Parking at Penang Road

Sat: $1.20 per 30 min (before 5pm), $0.70 per 30 minutes (5pm – 10.30pm)

2. Street Parking At Angullia Park [Angullia Park, S(239974)]

Sat: $1.30 per 30 min (7am to 11am), $1.50 per 30 minutes (11am to 5pm), $0.80 per 30 min (after 5pm)

*Best to park after 5pm

3. Street Parking at Grange Road/Somerset Road

Sat: $1.30 per 30 min (7am to 11am), $1.50 per 30 minutes (11am to 5pm), $0.80 per 30 min (after 5pm)

*Best to park after 5pm

4. Plaza Singapura [68 Orchard Road, S(238839)]

Sat: $2.57 for 1st 2hr, $0.43 for next subsequent 15min (3am to 5.59pm), $2.57/entry (after 6pm)

5. The Cathay [2 Handy Road, S(229233)]

Sat: $1.40/hr (before 6pm), $3.00/entry (after 6pm)

6. Atrium @ Orchard [60 Orchard Road, S(238889)]

Sat: $2.57 for 1st 2hr, $0.43 for next subsequent 15min (3am to 5.59pm), $2.57/entry (after 6pm)

Cheapest Parking In Orchard: Sundays

1. Street Parking at Penang Road

Sun: $0.70 per 30 min (7am – 10.30pm)

2. Street Parking At Angullia Park [Angullia Park, S(239974)]

Sun: $0.70 per 30 min (7am to 11am), $0.80 per 30 min (11am to 10:30pm), $0.70 per 30 min (10.30pm – 7am)

3. Street Parking at Grange Road/Somerset Road

Sun: $0.70 per 30 min (7am to 11am), $0.80 per 30 min (11am to 10:30pm), $0.70 per 30 min (10.30pm – 7am)

4. Plaza Singapura [68 Orchard Road, S(238839)]

Sun: $2.57 for 1st 2hrs, $0.43 for subsequent 15mins  (3am to 5:59pm), $2.57 per entry (6pm to 11:59pm)

5. The Cathay [2 Handy Road, S(229233)]

Sun: $1.40/hr (before 6pm), $3.00/entry (after 6pm)

6. Atrium @ Orchard [60 Orchard Road, S(238889)]

Sun: $2.57 for 1st 2hr, $0.43 for next subsequent 15min (before 6pm), $2.57/entry (after 6pm)

7. The Centrepoint [176 Orchard Road, S(238843)]

Sun: $2.00 for 1st hr, $1.50 for next subsequent 30min (before 5pm), $2.00 for 1st hr, $1.50 for next subsequent hour (after 5pm)

8. Singapore Shopping Centre [190 Clemenceau Avenue, S(239924)]

Sun: $2.50 for 1st hour, $1.25 for subsequent 30 min (8am to 8pm), $3 per entry (after 8pm)

*Parking here is cheaper after 8pm

The next time you’re in town, whether to shop, go on a date, or watch a movie, we hope this guide comes in handy! Hopefully, you’ll also have discovered some new car parks you never knew existed through this!

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There’s An Underground Music Joint In Bukit Timah That’s So Secret, You’re Driven And Blindfolded There

You’ve got your speakeasies, hidden art galleries and secret museums. Now it’s time to skip the mainstream nightlife venues and go straight to where the coolest parties are at. Taking underground music to a whole new level is The Kave HQ.

This underground watering hole hosts guerilla music performances somewhere in the woods of Bukit Timah, but no one knows the exact address, even its regular party-goers.

Sounds interesting? Here’s what you can expect.

An 80s Inspired Cave

Opened since June this year, getting to Kave HQ involves meeting up with other guests at the gathering point and waiting for an old school Beetle or Kombi van to come pick you up. To ensure absolute secrecy, you’ll be blindfolded the entire journey.

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Don’t worry, you’ll be seated with your best buds if you’re scared of being blindfolded. You can also try sneaking a peek along the ride, but it’s no fun without a little mystery and thrill!

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What lies within might possibly the one of the coolest music joints in Singapore. Meet up with like-minded music enthusiasts and be transported to an 80s-inspired underground music scene featuring bricked walls, cement flooring, exposed pipes, dangling light bulbs, neon-lit signs and vintage furniture.

Kave HQ promises local acts, chill vibes and drinks – because what’s a party without booze? It’s a space for music lovers and musicians to jam with all night long. Their lineup includes local indie bands such as Disco Hue, .gif and resident group The Kavemen among many other artists in Asia’s indie pop scene.

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You can also book the space for solemnisations and weddings if you’re looking to tie the knot in an indie setting. Upon confirmation, the space will be decorated with rose garlands and a mini altar – making it the perfect setting to declare your love for one another.

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Huge fan of vintage cars? Immortalise your intimate moments inside one!

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Keep your eyes peeled for their next gig. Since their location is a secret and you can’t exactly walk in at anytime of the day, keep a lookout for upcoming gigs on their Facebook page.

Their next gig is happening on 21st December with a special Christmas-themed set. Come dressed as an elf, reindeer or Santa as a special prize awaits the best dressed of the night. There’ll also be sips and nosh for the good and naughty – think Christmas Tarik cocktails and hearty beef stew!

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Book your tickets for Jingle Dingle at Eventbrite. There are only 80 tickets available, so grab yours before they’re all gone! A ticket costs $38/pax but it’ll cost $32/pax for the first 50!

The Kave HQ
Upcoming Event: Jingle Dingle
Date & Time: 21 December 2019
Time:8pm – 11.30pm
Meeting point: The Grandstand Shuttle Pick Up Point (Carpark outside Giant)
Pick up timings: 7.15pm – 7:45pm
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Take A Magic Carpet Ride – Aladdin The Musical Is Flying To S’pore For Its Only Stop In Asia In 2019

Singapore’s entertainment calendar is perennially packed and musical theatre nerds should be particularly excited with the huge musical productions heading our way in the coming months.

These musicals aren’t just for theatre die-hards – you’re probably already familiar with them in other mediums, whether that be books or films. From Lion King to Beauty and The Beast and even Frozen, it’s not all uncommon for Disney movies to be reimagined for the Broadway stage. But the most beloved of them all is Aladdin.

Shining, Shimmering, Splendid

The Broadway sensation Aladdin The Musical will be premiering its Singapore debut at Marina Bay Sands from 21 July 2019 onwards. The show will run at the Sands Theatre, marking its one and only stop in Asia.

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Making its world premiere four years ago at Broadway’s New Amsterdam Theatre on 20 March 2014, Aladdin The Musical quickly established itself as one of the biggest new blockbuster in recent years, welcoming close to 10 million people worldwide.

Based on the 1992 animated movie, the show follows the rebellious but lovable street urchin Aladdin on his journey of discovery, where he encounters the evil sorcerer Jafar, and beautiful, but headstrong, Princess Jasmine. He finds a lost lamp in the Cave of Wonders, which, once rubbed, releases the crowds favourite rugged and humorous Genie.

The cast will be decked out in extra bling – featuring 337 glittering costumes, 161 custom-made pairs of Arabian shoes, 712 different styles of beads 712, and almost 500,000 Swarovski crystals.

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Get ready for the experience of a lifetime that the musical has to offer with its breathtaking visuals. The show will also be flying 60 tonnes of automation and staging equipment to Singapore, and 40 tonnes of exotic flying scenery to recreate A Whole New World, such as the fantasy city of Agrabah, the colourful marketplace, the lush palace of the Sultan and his daughter Princess Jasmine, and the legendary Cave Of Wonders.

Featuring all the songs from the classic Academy award winning film, including “Friend like Me”, “A Whole New World” and “Arabian Nights”, prepare to experience the unmissable theatrical magic that is Aladdin.

Aladdin The Musical will run from 21 July 2019 to 11 August 2018 at the Sands Theatre at Marina Bay Sands. Tickets are available at SISTIC and, starting at $68.

Not convinced yet? Catch the trailer for Aladdin The Musical here!

From breathtaking sets to a fabulous cast, the beloved story of Aladdin comes to life in this spectacular new musical!

Aladdin The Musical
Venue: Sands Theatre at Marina Bay Sands
Date: 21 July 2019 – 11 August 2019
Price: $68 – $832 (VIP Box)

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Cereals-ly? Get Your Cereal Fix At The New Kellogg’s Cafe For Just $2 A Bowl

If you’ve ever thought that taking a quick coffee break, powering through a work project, or just catching up with a friend would be better over a bowl of cereal, Kellogg’s Cereal Kafe at Ang Mo Kio Hub is the casual hangout spot of your breakfast-loving dreams.

Although it’s located in the not-so-exciting, auntie-paradise that is FairPrice Xtra, this new space sees cereal fans dropping by for a quick bowl. It may not be as cool and edgy as its overseas counterparts, but if you’re really craving for a bowl of Coco Pops or Froot Loops, it’ll do the trick.

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Cereal For Days

Open daily from noon to 8pm – meaning you can’t have cereal for breakfast, oddly enough – Kellogg’s Cereal Kafe offers a variety of cereal, pastries and dessert.

Flavours in the selection includes Corn Flakes, Coco Pops, Frosties, Froot Loops, Rice Krispies, Mueslix and Special K. Each $2 serving comes with either full cream or low fat milk.

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Before you start complaining that you can make a bowl of cereal yourself at home, the menu includes more than just a cereal bar with a wide array of toppings, including goji berries, dried cranberries, pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds ($0.50 each) which you can add to your bowl.

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Not feeling up for cereal? They offer a variety of heavenly desserts served with yoghurt and delicious pastries such as cupcakes, muffins, cakes, cookies, and mini bread loaves as well.

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With a variety of options and limitless customisations, Kellogg’s Cereal Kafe should elicit return visits from any cereal fan!

Kellogg’s Cereal Kafe
Address: FairPrice Xtra, #B2-40 Ang Mo Kio Hub, 53 Ang Mo Kio Ave 3
Opening Hours: 12pm – 8pm, daily

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“My Toilet Routine Became Clockwork” – What Drinking Kombucha Every Day For A Week Does To Your Body

From acai and goji berry to avocado and kale, ‘superfoods’ have skyrocketed in popularity in recent years. Despite these food items having been around since forever, why have they been marketed as though no one knew about their benefits?

I never understood the importance of gut health until I was falling sick more often and feeling tired and lethargic all the time. After a severe case of food poisoning last year and not getting proper rest, I started getting really interested in probiotics to help strengthen my immune system.

Probiotics are good bacteria that help stabilise your gut and strengthens your immune system. They can be found in fermented food like yogurt, kimchi and kombucha.

Now, I’ve always been a skeptic of kombucha as it’s been overhyped over the last couple of years. After a first bad experience drinking it in San Francisco, I stayed away from kombucha for the longest time ever. But after reading up on some health benefits, I knew I had to give it another chance.

So I went straight to the source and sought help from experts instead. And I came across Winnie And Zhiwei, founders of local kombucha and kefir makers Craft & Culture.

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Does Kombucha Actually Work?

But while skeptics (like me) definitely aren’t wrong in believing that superfoods could simply be overhyped fads, there are also individuals who have seen actual health benefits after incorporating these items into their diet.

One of these skeptics-turned-believers is Winnie, co-founder of local kombucha and kefir makers Craft & Culture. After experiencing food allergies, indigestion problems and falling ill frequently, she was introduced to Kombucha by a friend who suggested that it would help boost her immune system naturally.

For the unacquainted, Kombucha is a fermented drink brewed with tea, sugar, water and a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast (SCOBY). It tastes like something between a diluted apple cider vinegar or Korean fruit vinegar – depending on the types of teas and sugar used.

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Its origins date back to ancient China, one of the first civilizations to recognize the health benefits of kombucha. Its benefits were also backed by researchers in Switzerland who reported that “drinking kombucha was similarly beneficial as eating yogurt”.

It’s the probiotics that really make this beverage a healthy one. There are good bacteria and bad bacteria inside our gut and probiotics tend to fit in the good bacteria category, as they are shown to have positive health benefits on our digestive system. Having a regular intake of probiotics prevents you from falling sick because your immune system is 80% dependent on the health of your intestines.

On the other hand, Kefir is a fermented milk drink which originated from the north Caucasus Mountains and is fermented from Kefir cultures “which are a combination of lactic acid bacteria and yeasts. While it reminds me a lot of Greek yogurt, Kefir is said to have about 20 times more probiotics and nutrients.

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The Experiment

In order to see for myself if kombucha and kefir really does deliver on its health benefits, including help with bloating, digestion and improving my gut health overall, I decided to drink it for a week.

Winnie and Zhiwei packed my first batch of kombucha and kefir and I couldn’t wait to try it out. I was excited as the drinks came in a variety of flavours so I knew I had something new to try everyday. As I have poor digestive health, I was told to start with 1/3 of kefir in the morning and half a bottle of kombucha in the afternoon.

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They both warned me that kombucha and kefir loads your system with good bacteria and this can cause a mini ‘war’ in your gut. I gave a faint smile and mentally prepped myself for a long week at work (or the toilet for my case).

The First Few Days

I started my morning as instructed. I was a huge fan of the kefir as it reminded me of drinking mango lassi but the bad news was 1/3 kefir proved to be too much for my sensitive gut to handle. I ended up running to the toilet an hour later.

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It didn’t help that I drank half a bottle of kombucha a few hours later. The first 2 days of drinking kombucha and kefir was truly hell as I was feeling bloated half the time and I felt really uncomfortable throughout the day. The solution? I gave my gut time to rest and continued taking the probiotics but in smaller amounts. It got better on the third day and I found myself being able to down the entire bottle for breakfast and lunch.

Major Changes That I Noticed

As the days passed, I found myself feeling lighter and happier while making my way to work. I swapped my usual order of kopi siew dai for a bottle of kefir and kombucha everyday and noticed that I was feeling more refreshed and alert even if I didn’t get enough sleep the previous night. For someone who starts feeling sluggish and reaching out of the munchies at 4pm, I felt a whole lot better once I included more probiotics in my diet.

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Intrigued, I did a little bit more research and found out that probiotics could relieve mental health conditions like stress and anxiety. Which makes complete sense as if one had an unhealthy gut and lifestyle, less dopamine is produced. This means that people with unhealthy guts tend to be more unhappy. Connecting the dots between gut health and brain health was a life-changing moment for me.

After including kombucha in my diet, I was able to have a “smooth move” every morning and my toilet routine became clockwork. Drinking kombucha and kefir regularly seems to have really improved my gut health in just a week.

Will I Keep Going?

After a week of drinking kombucha and kefir daily, I must admit that I’m now a convert. I’ve previously had kombucha that tasted very “yeasty” but Craft & Culture’s beverages proves that healthy drinks don’t have to taste bland.

I love how it tastes and – more importantly – how it makes me feel. If it means improving my gut health and overall happiness, I’ll probably up the dosage of kombucha to 2 bottles per day.

Give kombucha and kefir a try and check out the offerings at Craft & Culture if you’re looking to improve your digestive health!

Craft & Culture
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Relieve Your Stress Like A Barbarian – Hurl Axes At S’pore’s First Indoor Axe Throwing Range From $28/Hour

Look, we all know Singaporeans are a wound-up/uptight/stressed/no chill bunch.

For students and working adults alike, sometimes it gets to a point where it’s all just too much, when all you want to do is scream, hit or break something to let all that pent up frustration out.

You’ve heard of smashing things in The Fragment Room to vent your anger. Now, you’ll get to release stress AND pick up a sport at the same time with Axe Factor.

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Let The Axes Fly

Originating from Canada as a legitimate sport, it’s about time Singapore picks up on this sport. Fit for those aged 15 years and above, axe throwing is a complete stress reliever. Think darts, but bigger and better!

Axe Factor at The Grandstand is Singapore’s first indoor axe throwing range with up to 10 lanes equipped with with real axes for you to master your skills. Axes can be deadly weapons but fret not under the watchful eyes of trained “Axe-perts”. They have a specific set of rules and regulations for throwers to adhere to and they’ll teach you how to hurl axes of different sizes.

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In order to start your training to be the next Khal Drogo from Game Of Thrones, here’s what you need to know.

There are 3 circles you can aim for – black (5 points), red (3 points) and blue (1 point) – and beginners can choose from 3 types of axes. If you’re keen on taking on the expert level, they have a massive axe stashed away as well. The longest and heaviest (1.25kg to be exact!) of the lot – be prepared to use all your arm strength for this one.

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Plus, there are even fun-filled VR Games like Haunted Mansion, Beat Saber and Fruit Ninja you can immerse yourself in.

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An hour will cost $28/pax, while 2 hours will cost $48/pax. What’s more, you can organise a party or a company get-together to channel all that rage from workplace drama as there’s a VIP room with a capacity to hold up to 20 people that you can rent for only $350 for 2 whole hours!

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Do note that bookings are always preferred as walking in doesn’t guarantee you a lane to throw in!

Take your love for axe throwing to the next level as we head Axe Factor will be announcing their first ever Axe throwing league in Singapore. Keep a lookout on their space and who knows, you may just be crowned as Singapore’s first Axe throwing champion.

So if you’re looking to let off some steam from all that work, head on down to the Axe Factor for an axe-citing experience like no other!

Axe Factor
Address: The Grandstand, 200 Turf Club Rd #01-32A/B & 34A/B, Singapore 287994
Opening Hours: Mon – Thurs: 12pm – 10pm | Fri: 12pm – 1am | Sat: 10am – 1am | Sun: 10am – 10pm
Contact No.: 8268 9205 / 9799 4523
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A Cut Above The Rest – This Is Probably The Most Instagrammable Hair Salon In Singapore

Do you remember the times in your childhood when your parents used to bring (or drag) you to the neighbourhood barber shop to get your hair cut? The leather seats with metal frames, faint smell of hair dye and the blocky hard cushion they used to prop you up so the chatty uncle or auntie (who typically goes way back with your family) can trim your locks.

As we grew up, we gradually and unknowingly transitioned from these vintage barbershops to the stylish modern hair salons that we frequent today.

Hair salons are a dime in a dozen in Singapore, however, there is one that is hoping to be a cut above the rest.

Hair Salon Made For Instagram

Tucked away in a former office space and hidden away from the hustle and bustle of the city is Chez Vous: HideAway – which unabashedly bills itself as Singapore’s most Instagrammable hair salon. Far from your ordinary hair salon, Chez Vous is a breakaway from the usual makeover stations, old school chandeliers and marble flooring.

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What makes it so Instagrammable you may ask? For starters, there are seven different zones set up as a maze across its 1,800 sq ft interior, each offering a different experience. Part salon, part sanctuary and part-playhouse, this salon is designed to create an immersive, retreat-like experience.

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Take countless selfies in a Hogwarts-inspired library and get your hair cut in an urban-minimalist loft which comes with a quirky Instagram-perfect bathtub right in the middle. You don’t only get to enjoy the hair services and your new look, but also feel like you’re on a retreat.

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Guests are encouraged to drop by 15 minutes ahead of their appointed time to enjoy the complimentary spa extras the salon offers. Unwind at the Relaxation Lounge which boasts a menu of signature herbal teas, spa snacks and leather massage chairs equipped with an oxygen bar and scalp rejuvenation machines.

Other complimentary add-ons include getting a Swedish scalp massage to the sound of a Tibetan Singing Bowl. Yes. Extra? Maybe, but we’re not mad about it.

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Each experience will also be accompanied by a bespoke Aromatherapy Journey, where your selected essential oil blend will accompany you through each step of your hair service, from the shampoo to the shoulder massage.

And all of these services are a GIVEN for every customer.

Here’s the catch. While all of these services may sound like the ideal place to pamper yourself, expect to fork out a minimum of $199 while you’re here.

There are only 4 tiers available here (for all hair length):

1. $199 for 2 services (Cut + 1 other service)

2. $299 for 3 services (Cut + 2 other services)

3. $399 for 4 services (Cut + 3 other services)

4. $499 for 5 services (Cut + 4 other services)

Check out their list of services here.

All we’re trying to say is, if you have money to throw and you feel like treating yourself, make your way down to Chez Vous: HideAway for a hair cut like no other.

Take all the time you need at this hair salon as each Chez Vous stylist will only take up to five appointments in a day to ensure customers get all the attention – and all the pouty selfies you need.

Chez Vous: Hideaway
Address: 391B, Orchard Road, Ngee Ann City Tower B (Takashimaya), #14-04, Singapore 238874
Opening Hours: Mon – Fri: 11am – 8.30pm | Sat: 10.30am – 7pm | Sun: 11am – 6pm
Contact No.: 6219 3558
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A Uniquely Singaporean Omakase: Feast On An 8-Course Meal Made With Local Produce In A HDB Flat For $99

“Do I remove my shoes?” I asked sheepishly as Chef Shen laughs and warmly welcomes me into her home.

I took my place at the dinner table and awkwardly shift about my seat. Attending a private dinner in a stranger’s home is possibly the weirdest thing I’ve done in 2018. How do I act? Do I make friends? Am I supposed to eat at the same pace as others?

As the saying goes, the best food is the kind that’s cooked at home. We all love the comfort of a good home-cooked meal but the idea of stepping into a stranger’s home for dinner might sound a little strange to some.

Private home dining experiences are emerging here once more. It’s not difficult to understand why as the modern consumers can be tired of ‘outside’ food and would prefer a ‘simple’ home style cooking instead. However, it’s not exactly the cheapest option either. Some menus may cost anywhere between $80 – $100, some with unique creations and a long waiting list you have to book months prior.

Even though the price-tag seems high, a lot of Singaporeans are willing to fork out good money as many of these concepts offer recipes which are not commonly found anymore.

Ownself Make Chef

The Cook: Durian Tempoyak with Pork Ribs, Bacon Ice Cream Sandwich and Wasabi Chocolate – if you think these combination of sweet and savoury are weird, Chef Shen Tan, a virtuoso of mod-sin cuisine takes it to the next level.

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After leaving her corporate job 10 years ago, she jumped into the F&B industry despite having zero culinary background. Famed for her Nasi Lemak at Revolution Coffee and her first restaurant venture, Wok and Barrel, Chef Shen now opens her home to public for a gastronomic experience like no other. And she’s named it Ownself Make Chef.

Ownself Make Chef is about Chef Shen’s journey as a self-taught chef and her culinary explorations. Getting inspirations from her runs and afternoon reads, her food revolves around Singaporean and Southeast Asian flavours.

The Setting: Conveniently located 5 minutes away from the MRT, who would’ve thought that a three-room HDB flat in Commonwealth plays host to some seriously amazing food creations.

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I was warmly welcomed into her house and walked in to a minimalist dining area that could comfortably sit up to 12 people. Soft music was playing in the background as Chef Shen prepares the first course of the day. Her kitchen is located right next to the dining area so you could observe Chef Shen as she prepares the courses throughout the evening.

I was lucky enough to attend the Sinfully Seafood Dinner ($99 per pax) and it was a dinner that was about to change my life (no kidding!).

The Menu: Truly the queen of puns, just her menu names alone are worth a revisit. From the aPORKalypse Dinner to Rice to The Occasion, her menu rotates each week so diners can always expect something new each time they dine with Ownself Make Chef.

There’s a total of 12 menus to date with new ones in the pipeline. Her dinners are so popular that she’s all packed till January 2019. Check out her website and reserve a spot before they’re all sold out again. Or simply gather a group of 8 and organise a private dinner instead!

The Food: Working with the best of local seafood from Ah Hua Kelong in Singapore, the Sinfully Seafood Dinner is created for seafood lovers who enjoy Singaporean flavours. Working with familiar local flavours such as Mee Siam, Salted Egg and Durian, this 8 course seafood dinner is far from ordinary.

Here’s what was served:

Mee Siam Ceviche

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We finally sat down for the first course. Growing up eating Mee Siam, most of us are familiar with its rich and sweet taste. For this dish, Chef Shen breaks down Mee Siam and turns it into a ceviche which is a seafood dish typically made from fresh raw fish cured in citrus juices, such as lemon or lime.

The botan ebi, hokkaido scallop and grouper are cured in kalamansi lime and mee siam rempah, mixed with pineapple, cucumber, coriander, spring onions, chilli, chinese chives and topped with tau pok croutons.

What you get is a light and refreshing version of the Mee Siam that we all know and love.

Oyster Fritters with Salted Egg Yolk Aioli

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We can all agree that the salted egg trend has gotten out of hand within the past two years and it’s about time we put an end to it. But we won’t say no to this Salted Egg Yolk Aioli.

The whole shucked oysters are lightly marinated with fish sauce and sugar then battered and fried. They’re then served with a side of housemade salted egg yolk aioli. Who would’ve thought oysters and salted egg could go so well together.

Seafood Tau Pok Pau 

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This was hands down the best dish of the night just because of all the elements that went into it. Also, plus points for creativity.

The tau pok is turned inside out and stuffed with otak mousse, blood cockles, torched ginger flower, leeks and deep fried. It is served with a side of sng ngee which is made up of garlic, lime juice and a handful of chilli padi. It may look like any ordinary chicken rice chilli but this one surely packs a punch.

For someone who can take her spice, I found myself choking from the heat of the chilli.

Luxe Hae Mee Tng 

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The handmade oyster pasta is the star of the Hae Mee Tng. Instead of using regular yellow noodles, Chef Shen infuses oyster in her pasta which elevates the flavour of the entire dish.

The broth is made with pork bones, carrots, shallots, swimmer crabs, prawns and clams. You can also expect the freshest jumbo prawns that have been grilled with crustacean infused lard. It’s then garnished with crispy shallots and lardons.

Green Pepper Curry Clams with Nasi Lemak

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Famed for her Nasi Lemak, you know you’re in for a real treat. Her signature dish is painstakingly cooked by steaming the rice twice over four hours.

This time, instead of having it with a fried egg and chicken wing, we’re treated to a generous portion of local clams and kampot green peppercorns cooked in a mild lemak curry served with sambal belachan.

Grilled Salted Egg Cured Grouper

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The black grouper from Ah Hua Kelong is cured in salted egg and curry leaves which results in a lovely firm texture. The grouper is paired with grilled vegetables tossed through her own Thai basil laksa leaf pesto.

Durian Tempoyak Mussels and Bacon

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If you’re a huge durian fan (or not), you’re definitely going to love this dish.

The super fresh mussels from Ah Hua Kelong are cooked with fermented durian from Ah Seng Durian, leeks and bacon.


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Ending off the 8 course dinner on a high note is a sweet and savoury dessert. Just when I thought that Chef Shen was done with surprises, the last dish did it for me again.

The sweet crepes are stuffed with a mango and crab filling, served with kaffir lime leaf lychee sorbet, salted egg yolk ice cream and grated salted egg yolk. This is the only time we’re not complaining about salted egg yolk in our food.

Let’s just say, this isn’t your average dessert course.

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Helming Wok and Barrel, Ujong and Revolution Coffee in the past, Chef Shen’s creations were nothing short of amazing and it definitely set the bar high for all future private dining experiences. She regularly posts sneak peeks of upcoming dinners on her Facebook page and website.

In a city state known for its rigidity and conservatism, the chance to have an intimate and private experience is indeed an exciting , fresh-feeling proposition. But if you think getting into someone’s house for a private dinner is easy, think again.

Many private dining experiences involve multiple emails, follow ups and a long waiting list. But once you score an invite, the back and forth is well worth the effort. You’ll not only be treated to an exceptional meal but an unforgettable experience too.

Check out Ownself Make Chef for Chef Shen’s upcoming dinner.

Ownself Make Chef
Address: 84 Commonwealth Close, #04-83, Singapore 140084
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