Let’s face it. When it comes to love and relationship, mention the word sex and everyone starts to get really uptight, sweaty palms and flashes the “sshh, that’s a taboo” look.
We tend to avoid talking about the hush hush and you have to look twice to make sure no one is peeping behind you to see what hanky panky you’re about to Google. *clears search history*
The Elephant In The Room[caption id="attachment_13556" align="alignnone" width="1013"] Image source: Pexels[/caption]
You probably have a couple of sexy tips bookmarked from Cosmo or Men’s Health but how many of us Singaporeans can actually relate to the materials found online?
Sometimes we just have too many questions about the topic and wish to talk about it with our peers in a healthy and inspiring perspective. Yet, something so natural, essential to our survival and a complement to a romantic relationship is often conceived with negative associations.
So what do you do with these late night thoughts? Address it After Hours!
After Hours[caption id="attachment_13555" align="alignnone" width="960"] Image source: After Hours[/caption]
Addressing The Taboo
After Hours is an online production where four Singaporean social influencers – Eunice Annabel, Audrey, Dew, and Johnathan, discuss anything to do with love, sex and relationship. All those conversations that society has been trying to keep in inside the closet, they take it online.[embed]https://youtu.be/DOprPaSjN0k?list=PLaVByKLOpxk4oCgH1G8GoITWJho7arso4[/embed] Image source: After Hours[/caption]
They recently wrapped up Season One of the series and will be back with a new Season Two some time soon. But if you need some advice or have a question, you can always leave them a comment and get it answered by them (or even a wise passer by).
So what have we learnt from watching After Hours? Singaporeans, though seemingly prudish and traditional, are rather open-minded! Well, at least for most of the millennial who are trying to break free from the cultural norms.
Watch After Hours for a different perspective on topics we usually keep quiet about, and you might even have your burning questions about virginity, fetishes, and even friends with benefits answered.
Lastly, as wise man Dew says, it’s always safer to keep a Durex in your wallet. You never know when your partner might be feeling the heat.
February has been such a busy month! There was Chinese New Year and the endless Yu Sheng dinners, Valentine’s Day… and now, here are 13 cool activities you should know about from 15 to 28 February. They’ll chase away your post-festive blues!
Play & Discover
1. Urban Ventures x House Of Noise
Our favourite street party is back! And this time round, it’s all about #supportlocalSG.
For their very first road transformation of the year, Urban Ventures partners up with Noise Singapore to transform good old Keong Saik into a one-night only, feet tapping , head banging music party![caption id="attachment_22433" align="alignnone" width="960"] Image source: Lopelab[/caption]
Featuring 21 fantastic local musicians and acts from Noise Music Mentorship 2016 (programmed by Thunder Rock School), your ears are in for a real treat!
Urban Ventures x House of Noise
Date: 18 February 2017
Time: 3:30pm – 10:30pm
Venue: Keong Saik Road
Facebook page: Urban Ventures x House of Noise
2. Choking Hazard : An Exhibition About Toys (Launch Party)
No one is ever too old or too young for… toys!
Unlike any other toy exhibition, Choking Hazard is…visually different. The toys here look a little odd and you probably won’t be able to find them elsewhere.[caption id="attachment_22569" align="alignnone" width="784"] Image source: kult[/caption]
This is because the artists involved in this show have dismantled existing toys sourced from toy markets and remixed them into new objects.
While you’re at it, you can also try making your own toys. An assembly line of pre-loved toys will be available for you to tear apart and rebuild. Whether you’d like to make Chucky, or your own little Frankenstein, we’re sure you’ll have a blast!
Choking Hazard: An Exhibition About Toys
Date: 17 February (Exhibition from 17 February – 18 March)
Launch Party Time: 7:00-11:00pm
Exhibition Time: Mon-Fri (11:00am-7:00pm), Sat (2:00pm-7:00pm)
Venue: kult, C2-5, 11 Upper Wilkie Road, Singapore 228120
Facebook Page: Choking Hazard
3. Talk Cock Comedy feat. The Latecomers (Improv)
Need some laughter to get through the week? Just sit back, relax, and let The Latecomers entertain you.
They may be late to the game but the Latecomers sure are on time with punchlines.[caption id="attachment_22568" align="alignnone" width="960"] Image source: The Latecomers[/caption]
Date: 16 February 2017
Time: 8:30 – 10:30pm
Venue: Blu Jaz Cafe, 11 bali lane, Singapore 189848
Admission: $15 via Improv wit The Latecomers
4. Say It With Love
Say It With Love
Date: 24 & 25 February, 2017
Venue: Meadow, Gardens by the Bay 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018953
Picnic Bag: $60 (Online pre-sale), $65 (On-site)
Facebook Page: Say It With Love 2017
5. Red Dot Cinema ~ Asian Short Film Screening
Need new inspiration? How about rediscovering Asian narratives that have shaped our values and culture?[caption id="attachment_22653" align="alignnone" width="908"] Image source: Red Dot Cinema[/caption]
There are many independent film festivals in the world, but not many focus on Asian films. Fortunately there’s Red Dot Cinema – they amplify the Asian voice, one screening at a time.
Founded in 2015, Red Dot Cinema curates inspiring Asian short films and organises screenings around the world. They aim to bring Asia’s culture, social issues and entertainment to the global audience.
In this second edition, they’ll be screening 7 shorts from 5 different countries including Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and our very own award winning “Hentak Kaki” by James Khoo.
Red Dot Cinema~ Asian Short Film Screening
Date: 24 February, 2017
Venue: JustCo 6 Raffles Quay #16-01 Singapore 048580
Admission: $15 (Early bird), $18 (All tickets are inclusive of a popcorn)
Ticketing Website: Red Dot Cinema
6. Holi 2017
The official Holi festival only takes place in March but in Singapore, we’re celebrating it a little earlier this year![caption id="attachment_22682" align="alignnone" width="640"] Image source: Holi 2017[/caption]
Singapore’s biggest Holi Festival will be organised at Wavehouse Sentosa and it’s gonna be an experience like no other.
A line up of DJs, including the all time Holi favourite DJ Milan, will keep the festival rolling while water jets, rain dances and live performances will keep you entertained and Instagram-busy.
If you’re concerned about the coloured powder used at the festival, fret not as the organisers had it lab tested and it’s certified to be safe.
In the spirit of #supportlocalSG, here’s another local production to check out![caption id="attachment_22881" align="alignnone" width="542"] Image source: PRISM[/caption]
Remember Britney Spear’s ‘Crossroads’? Here’s one that is more relevant, realistic and…updated.
The new young & W!LD cohort will be staging their very first public performance- Crossings, at Centre 42’s Black Box!
Bold, dark and funny, Crossings follow characters who have arrived at a critical crossroads in their lives. (Not your daily what to wear, what to eat kinda decisions).
The choices they make will change their journeys forever – its either a road to self-discovery or self-destruction.
If you need a fresh perspective about how the decisions we make will change our lives, Crossings will only be staged for 7 performances and 4 shows are SOLD OUT already! Grab your tickets now before its too late!
9. An Afternoon of Art + Food with Mamakan
Have a thing or two for heritage food? This is a culinary journey that you won’t wanna miss!
Featuring an 8-course taster menu, the Mamakan Art Collective will inspire you to get creatively in touch with nature. You’ll taste your way through botanical treasures available locally in Singapore.
They will also be serving cocktails ranging from Bathing Princess on the Hill, a purple liqueur made from Fort Canning flowers, to SpiceBomb of Diversity, an infusion of native spices.
If you’re hesitating because you overate during Chinese New Year, all taster items served are vegetarian, gluten-free and free of pesticides. It’s guilt free and delish at the same time.
10. Oh Crab, it’s a Party!
Oh crap! How could anyone ever say no to crabs?[caption id="attachment_22683" align="alignnone" width="784"] Image source: Dapur Melaka Singapore[/caption]
Crab lovers, raise your claws! A crab party is happening this February and everyone is invited!
All crabs are handpicked from Dapur Melaka’s very own crab farm and go at $18 each. Freshness of every crab is guaranteed or you get your money back.
It’s based on a first come first served basis so do make your reservations to avoid disappointment!
Dapur’s Crab Party
Date: 16 & 17 February, 2017
Time: 5:30pm onwards (last order at 8:30pm)
Venue: Dapur Melaka Singapore 56 Sembawang Road, Singapore 779086
Contact number: +65 6455 0857
Admission: $18 via Oh crab, it’s a party
11. Majestic Market
You’ve probably done a whole lot of shopping for Chinese New Year and Valentine’s. One more pop-up market doesn’t harm right?[caption id="attachment_22654" align="alignnone" width="957"] Image source: Majestic Market[/caption]
In conjunction with their 10th anniversary celebration, New Majestic Hotel will be hosting a collaborative 3-day pop up weekend bazaar!
Set in a 1928 shophouse, the market aims to celebrate and revive Bukit Pasoh’s heritage by showcasing local design, culture and its rich colourful history.
The hotel rooms will also be transformed into carefully curated retail spaces for vendors to display their products.
Heritage and shopping? That sure sounds like a pretty refreshing retail experience.
Date: 16-19 February, 2017
Venue: New Majestic Hotel 31 – 37 Bukit Pasoh Road, Singapore 089845
Facebook Page: Majestic Market
12. Wanderlust Market
You probably have a million reasons to save your angpao money but here’s one good one for you to spend ’em![caption id="attachment_22685" align="alignnone" width="851"] Image source: Fleawhere[/caption]
Don’t worry about coming back from Travel Revolution empty handed because this year, the organiser actually included Wanderlust Market, a curated artisanal market by Makers Market at the event venue.
There will be a variety of products ranging from artisanal creations to mouth-watering food, children products and many more adorable items that will make you go “take my money!”.
Date: 24-26 February, 2017
Time: 11:00am to 9:30pm
Venue: Marina Bay Sands L1 Expo Halls A & B 10 Bayfront Avenue, 018956
Facebook Page: Wanderlust Market
13. EMU Australia Pop-up
Fans of Aussie fashion and shoes, EMU from the land down under is finally on our Singaporean shores![caption id="attachment_22686" align="alignnone" width="851"] Image source: EMU Australia Singapore[/caption]
Pronounced as eem-you, EMU is a premium lifestyle brand best known for their super comfy yet stylish footwear and accessories for women and children alike.
This 3-weeks special pop-up event will showcase the brand’s Spring Summer 2017 collection. There are strong bursts of colours, exotic prints, metallics designs with sports-inspired elements.
The collection, ranging from heels, sandals, summer wedges, slip-ons to covered shoes, is functional yet chic.
Women’s shoes start from $79, while children’s sneakers start from $59.
EMU Australia Pop Up
Date: February 10, 2017 onwards
Time: 10:30am – 10:00pm daily
Venue: Robinsons The Heeren, Robinsons Raffles City, Metro Paragon
Facebook Page: EMU Australia Singapore
With 13 funtastic activities to explore, it seems like life is not slowing down at all this February! And there goes our ‘hard earned’ angpao money!
Calling all single ladies and gents! If you haven’t found the love of your life and you’re up for some fun this Valentine’s, Valentine Vendetta might just be your cup of tea!
Bitter No More
As we’re nearing V Day, it’s hard for us single people to not get bitter.
If you’re planning to take a day off from social media this Valentine (no thanks to streams of lovey-dovey photos on Instagram), here’s a better suggestion:
Put the envy and bitterness aside and let’s all mingle at Valentine Vendetta!
Specially planned for singles, Valentine Vendetta is back for the 6th year with a Masquerade themed party.
This time round, the party will be held at the newly opened SKYLINE in Singapore Land Tower on Valentine’s Day.
We can’t guarantee that you’ll find your soul mate here but you’ll actually have the chance to win up to $10,000 worth of prizes!
There will also be ice-breaker activities including curated games that encourage interaction between single gents and ladies!
No harm expanding your social circle or making new friends with the potential to be your V Day date next year.
Party With A View
Nestled comfortably on the 45th floor of Singapore Land Tower, the swanky Skyline presents a unique concept, combining outdoor rooftop experience with an indoor party-centric ultra-lounge.
While the faces of party guests may be covered by masks, the 360-degree view of the Central Business District will surely impress.
In Good Hands
Now in its 6th year, Valentine Vendetta has become one of the parties of the year.
Their event last year boast a whopping 1500 single peeps attendance! They’re not bragging when they say they’re the No.1 Single’s Event Of The Year.
Early bird tickets are available at $35 on Eventbrite while tickets at the door will cost $45. All tickets are inclusive of two drinks.
No roses, no cliched romantic declarations of love and no dates needed. We say, go have a good time!
5 Pairs Of Tickets Up For Grabs
Yes, that’s right.
We’re giving away 5 pairs of complimentary tickets (worth $70/pair) to 5 lucky readers!
Simply LIKE and SHARE this post on Facebook by 12th February 2017 to stand a chance to win a pair of tickets to Valentine Vendetta!
Date: 14 February 2017
Time: 6pm till late
Venue: Skyline Club & Lounge Level 45 Land Tower, Singapore 048623
For more information on Valentine Vendetta, click 10 Gorgeous Valentine’s Day Flowers That Every Girl Secretly Wants
Who remembers the secondary school days of having dates at fast food chains? With a packet of fries to share with your girlfriend or boyfriend while chatting about nothing, the classic fast food date will have you reminisce the good old days.
You can now relive the beautiful memories of bonding over burgers and fries again, as we have collated a list of 5 gorgeous fast food restaurants with stunning interior designs. This list will have you brimming with date ideas for you and your significant other.
1. Super Loco
Against the picturesque Robertson Quay lies a gem that serves hearty Mexican street food.
Teal countertops, wooden furniture with tinges of bright summer colours, and neon lightings on the walls – Super Loco is definitely hard to miss.[caption id="attachment_20295" align="aligncenter" width="1280"] Credit: Super Loco[/caption]
Loud splashes of orange, mint, and yellow colours in the store show the liveliness and warmth of Mexican culture, tacos anybody?[caption id="attachment_20297" align="aligncenter" width="1280"] Credit: Super Loco[/caption]
Be prepared to feast on a wide array of traditional Mexican food, from esquites to tortas. For late-risers – Super Loco has extended it weekend brunch menu to 3:30pm, so head down for authentic Mexican cuisines![caption id="attachment_20298" align="aligncenter" width="1131"] Credit: Super Loco[/caption]
Address: 60 Robertson Quay, #01-13 THE QUAYSIDE, The Quayside, Singapore 238252
Operating hours: Monday to Friday, 5pm – 10:30pm; Saturday to Sunday, 10am – 3:30pm (lunch) and 5pm – 12am (dinner)
Website: Credit: Hungry Ang Mo[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_19750" align="aligncenter" width="1600"] Credit: Ching Yi Cheng[/caption]
The simple industrial design of the restaurant carries an ambience of class and elegance, while the spots of greenery tie closely with their vegetarian menu.[caption id="attachment_19767" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Credit: Indefinite Adventure[/caption]
With the tagline “Think Fast Food is Junk Food? Think Again”, VeganBurg caters not only to vegetarians, but also customers who will like to try out a healthier version of fast food.
The slanted ceilings, wooden furnishing, coupled with white brick walls bring to mind countryside farmhouses.[caption id="attachment_19752" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Credit: Cavin Teo[/caption]
Chic-a-boo is the place for you and your partner if you love indulging in fried chicken served up with hearty mashed potatoes, fries, and their special corn muffins.[caption id="attachment_19806" align="aligncenter" width="2048"] Credit: Chic-a-boo Facebook Page[/caption]
Chic-a-boo Fried Chicken
- 4 Hillview Rise HILLV2 #02-12 Singapore 669554 (Tel: +65 6710 5605)
- Marina Square #03-147/148 Singapore 039594 (Tel: +65 6837 100)
- Sembawang Shopping Centre #01-02 Singapore 758459 (Tel: +65 6570 8766)
- Viva Business Park 750 Chai Chee Road, #01-31 Singapore 469000 (Tel: +65 6243 0032)
Operating hours: Daily, 11:30am – 11pm
Website: Chic-a-boo Fried Chicken Facebook Page
4. Fatboy’s The Burger Bar (Orchard)
The strong red, black, and white palette screams nothing but bold. With burgers’ names spanning from “Fat Basterd” to “Wimpy”, this burger joint is definitely not for the faint-hearted.[caption id="attachment_20311" align="aligncenter" width="1400"] Credit: Essential Singapore[/caption] [caption id="attachment_20314" align="aligncenter" width="1500"] Credit: Evonnz[/caption]
Opened in 2009, Fatboy’s The Burger Bar is a local burger joint that has a BYOB (Build Your Own Burger) feature, where you and your partner can put your creativity to use and come with your own burger combination. According to the restaurant, there are 4400 different combinations in total![caption id="attachment_20321" align="aligncenter" width="1600"] Credit: Cavin Teo[/caption]
Fatboy’s The Burger Bar This traditional fast food joint is where many couples go to for their burger and fries fix or the classic Vanilla Cone. What’s so special about this McDonald’s outlet that makes it date-worthy though? Beside the entrance on the second floor of this McDonald’s outlet lies a staircase, hiding a gem unknown to many. Once you’ve climbed up the flight of stairs and reached the top, you will see a garden perfect for a McDonald’s date. The roof garden overlooks the Jurong East MRT station, lending one a moment of peace amongst the hubbub of Jurong, which is known for its crazy human traffic. Grab your burger and fries and escape to this secret garden. McDonald’s JEM Address: 50 Jurong Gateway Road, #01-63, #02-55, JEM, Singapore 608549 The classic fast food dates will always bring us back to the good old days. Armed with this list, you will never find you and your significant other troubled over coming up with novel date ideas. With such a wide variety to choose from, who says fast food chain restaurants are not perfect for date places? Header Image Source: 9 Unique And Romantic Date Ideas That Will Have You Falling In Love All Over Again
Address: 38 Orchard Road, Singapore 63373834
Operating hours: 12pm – 11pm
Website: 5. McDonalds’s JEM
Operating hours: 24 hours
This traditional fast food joint is where many couples go to for their burger and fries fix or the classic Vanilla Cone. What’s so special about this McDonald’s outlet that makes it date-worthy though?
Beside the entrance on the second floor of this McDonald’s outlet lies a staircase, hiding a gem unknown to many.
Once you’ve climbed up the flight of stairs and reached the top, you will see a garden perfect for a McDonald’s date.[caption id="attachment_19757" align="aligncenter" width="2816"] Credit: Goh Jia Xuan[/caption]
The roof garden overlooks the Jurong East MRT station, lending one a moment of peace amongst the hubbub of Jurong, which is known for its crazy human traffic.[caption id="attachment_19756" align="aligncenter" width="2816"] Credit: Goh Jia Xuan[/caption]
Grab your burger and fries and escape to this secret garden.
McDonald’s JEM Address: 50 Jurong Gateway Road, #01-63, #02-55, JEM, Singapore 608549
The classic fast food dates will always bring us back to the good old days. Armed with this list, you will never find you and your significant other troubled over coming up with novel date ideas. With such a wide variety to choose from, who says fast food chain restaurants are not perfect for date places?
Header Image Source: 9 Unique And Romantic Date Ideas That Will Have You Falling In Love All Over Again
With Christmas around the corner, it is inevitable to overspend during this festive period. What’s more with Christmas shopping and scrumptious festive food. Hoping to save a few bucks while decorating your humble abode? Fret not, DiscoverSG has collated a list of 6 places where you can get cheap Christmas decorations without burning a hole in your pocket!
1. Juz My Party by Yeo GM Trading
Previously nestled in Rochor Centre, this decorations specialist has since shifted to Upper Cross Street 4 months ago, injecting the Christmas spirit to that row of shophouses.[caption id="attachment_19706" align="aligncenter" width="2816"] Credit: Goh Jia Xuan[/caption] [caption id="attachment_19890" align="aligncenter" width="2816"] Credit: Goh Jia Xuan[/caption]
With baubles going as low as $3 per packet of 6 and tinsels retailing at $3.80 each, you could have your ideal Christmas set up without breaking the bank.[caption id="attachment_19707" align="aligncenter" width="2816"] Credit: Goh Jia Xuan[/caption]
In addition, a spending of $200 and above will entitle you to a free home delivery. You won’t have to worry about transporting that tall and heavy Christmas tree you’ve been eyeing![caption id="attachment_19708" align="aligncenter" width="2816"] Credit: Goh Jia Xuan[/caption] [caption id="attachment_19891" align="aligncenter" width="2816"] Credit: Goh Jia Xuan[/caption]
If you have any questions, the staff will be more than happy to share with you their knowledge. You’ll be a step close to injecting your home with that Christmassy spirit.
Juz My Party by Yeo GM Trading
Address: 46 Upper Cross Street, #01-02A, The Platinum, Singapore 058345
Operating hours: Monday – Saturday, 10am – 8pm; Sunday and Public holidays, 10am – 5pm
Website: Credit: Goh Jia Xuan[/caption]
If you ever want to experience the Christmas spirit in sunny Singapore, you should head here. This warehouse with good but cheap Christmas decorations is a cross between a shop and a Christmas Wonderland.[caption id="attachment_19715" align="aligncenter" width="2816"] Credit: Goh Jia Xuan[/caption] [caption id="attachment_19893" align="aligncenter" width="2816"] Credit: Goh Jia Xuan[/caption]
With a history of 84 years, the shop has remained in its location at the edge of Geylang Road since the beginning. The classic red brick walls and the icy cold blast in the store carry the ambience of a traditionally decorated Christmas home.[caption id="attachment_19716" align="aligncenter" width="2816"] Credit: Goh Jia Xuan[/caption]
Packages of 6 baubles here range from 4 packages for $10 to $8 per package. Smaller ornaments can be found in the red baskets, going for as low as 5 pieces for $10.[caption id="attachment_19717" align="aligncenter" width="2816"] Credit: Goh Jia Xuan[/caption]
They also stock other Christmas goods such as Christmas crackers, which is priced at $15 per box.
As the shop is warehouse style, be prepared to purchase in bulk. So round up your friends and family before coming down!
Heng Yak Henry Christmas Wholesaler Jing Yuan (Sin & Cn) Trading
Address: 734 Geylang Road, Singapore 389645
Operating hours: Opens from October to December. Monday, Noon – 8pm; Tuesday – Sunday, 10am – 8pm
3. Spotlight[caption id="attachment_19709" align="aligncenter" width="2816"] Credit: Goh Jia Xuan[/caption]
With only one store in Plaza Singapura, Spotlight from Australia is the go-to store for everything. It carries a diverse range of items, from crafts items to bedsheets, all at a bargain price.[caption id="attachment_19710" align="aligncenter" width="2816"] Credit: Goh Jia Xuan[/caption]
Not forgetting cheap Christmas decorations, Spotlight is now offering up to 50% off for them! Expect tinsels retailing at $3.50 each, and baubles (1 set contains 9 baubles) going at $1.99 per set.[caption id="attachment_19894" align="aligncenter" width="2816"] Credit: Goh Jia Xuan[/caption] [caption id="attachment_19711" align="aligncenter" width="2816"] Credit: Goh Jia Xuan[/caption]
This adorable tray of gingerbreads is priced at $5 after the 50% discount![caption id="attachment_19712" align="aligncenter" width="2816"] Credit: Goh Jia Xuan[/caption]
Also, you can find all their Christmas decorations at Snowy Splendour, an exhibition of Christmas goods by Plaza Singapura on level one. Expect to find Christmas cookies, toys, ornaments, toiletry sets and gifts by brands such as Marks & Spencer, Hamleys, and Cold Storage.[caption id="attachment_19895" align="aligncenter" width="2816"] Credit: Goh Jia Xuan[/caption]
Address: Plaza Singapura, Level 5, Unit number 05-11 to 19, Singapore 1 238839
Operating hours: Daily from 10am – 10pm
For those staying in the west, you do not have to travel far to enjoy cheap Christmas decorations. Big Box, a megastore that opened in 2014, is home to a plethora of lifestyle products and services at affordable prices.[caption id="attachment_19898" align="aligncenter" width="2816"] Credit: Goh Jia Xuan[/caption]
Located at the Atrium, level 2, you can find an array of Christmas ornaments and gifts.[caption id="attachment_19719" align="aligncenter" width="2816"] Credit: Goh Jia Xuan[/caption]
The boxes surrounding the Christmas tree contain ornaments within the price range of $2 to $2.50. Sets of baubles are going for $9.90 each. Also, tinsels are retailing at $3.90 each![caption id="attachment_19900" align="aligncenter" width="2816"] Credit: Goh Jia Xuan[/caption] [caption id="attachment_19720" align="aligncenter" width="2816"] Credit: Goh Jia Xuan[/caption]
Big Box also stocks miniature Christmas trees going at $4.90 each. You can purchase the dark green one for a traditional feel, or opt for the light blue for a frosty Christmas.[caption id="attachment_19721" align="aligncenter" width="2816"] Credit: Goh Jia Xuan[/caption]
In addition, there is a buy 1 free 1 sale for some designs now, so pop by if you would like to buy some cheap Christmas decorations that feel and look luxe.[caption id="attachment_19899" align="aligncenter" width="2816"] Credit: Goh Jia Xuan[/caption]
Address: 1 Venture Avenue, Singapore 608521 (Next to Jurong East MRT Station)
Operating hours: Monday – Friday, 11am – 10pm; Saturday – Sunday, 10am – 10pm
Website: Credit: Goh Jia Xuan[/caption]
Be prepared to find Giant’s own range of presentable and cheap Christmas decorations![caption id="attachment_19723" align="aligncenter" width="2816"] Credit: Goh Jia Xuan[/caption] [caption id="attachment_19902" align="aligncenter" width="2816"] Credit: Goh Jia Xuan[/caption]
24 pieces of Giant’s Christmas baubles are only going at $3.90 per set, while wreathes retail at $16.90 (small) and $19.90 (large).[caption id="attachment_19724" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Credit: Goh Jia Xuan[/caption]
Items in lanes of ornaments are going at as low as $2.90 each.[caption id="attachment_19725" align="aligncenter" width="2816"] Credit: Goh Jia Xuan[/caption]
Display a snowflake globe ($4.90 each) on your desk for some festive spirit![caption id="attachment_19904" align="aligncenter" width="2816"] Credit: Goh Jia Xuan[/caption]
Click here for location information on the Giant Hypermarkets and their operating hours.
6. IKEA[caption id="attachment_19907" align="aligncenter" width="1600"] Credit: Gravity Home[/caption]
Oh who can forget the nation’s favourite furniture store? Hailing from Sweden, IKEA not only sells affordable furniture, but also pretty and cheap Christmas decorations.[caption id="attachment_19909" align="aligncenter" width="2816"] Credit: Goh Jia Xuan[/caption]
Expect baubles to be sold from $14.90 to $19.90, with an assortment of classic colours such as navy blue, maroon, gold, and silver.[caption id="attachment_19910" align="aligncenter" width="2816"] Credit: Goh Jia Xuan[/caption]
Fancy unconventional Christmas decorations? Take your pick amongst the artificial miniature plants, with white Christmas trees going at $19.90, and potted flowers at $4.90 each.[caption id="attachment_19911" align="aligncenter" width="2816"] Credit: Goh Jia Xuan[/caption]
Or if you would like to have your star dangling from the ceiling instead of being perched on your tree, this star shaped light is going at a mere $5.90![caption id="attachment_19912" align="aligncenter" width="2816"] Credit: Goh Jia Xuan[/caption]
There is also a wide range of LED lightings, so you can express your creativity with your Christmas decorations.[caption id="attachment_19913" align="aligncenter" width="2816"] Credit: Goh Jia Xuan[/caption]
Forget the usual Christmas wreaths; unleash your creativity and use baubles instead![caption id="attachment_19908" align="aligncenter" width="798"] Credit: Gravity Home[/caption]
Address: Alexandra – 317 Alexandra Road, Singapore 159965; Tampines – 60 Tampines North Drive 2, Singapore 528764
Operating hours: Daily 10am – 11pm
Don’t hold back from that fabulous outfit you have been eyeing for a Christmas party or the perfect present for your loved one. With tens of dollars saved here and there while shopping at these places selling beautiful but cheap Christmas decorations – you will be able to splurge on other desires!
Armed with this list, you will have an equally magical Christmas, with your wallets feeling only a tad lighter.
Header Image Source: There’s Nothing Like A Real Christmas Tree: Here’s Where To Buy Them & Care Tips!
Mmm.. durians. Just thinking about it makes us drool!
But the king of fruits can get a little pricey and it sucks if the taste doesn’t match the price you paid for.[caption id="attachment_19370" align="alignnone" width="761"] Image source: Image source: yelp.com.sg[/caption]
There’s a stream of loyal customers who know that Uncle Leong only serves the best durian.
Just look at the amount of fans he’s got on Facebook. With close to 3000 followers and a general rating of 4.8/5.0 for his durians, you really need to make Uncle Leong one of your go-to heartland durian stalls.
Plus, Uncle Leong is known for is honesty too![caption id="attachment_19471" align="aligncenter" width="960"] Credit: Leong Tee Durian FB[/caption]
His all-you-can-eat durian buffet is priced at $40, and a kilo of Mao Shan Wang (Musang King) will cost you about $18. That sure is a pretty sweet deal!
Leong Tee Fruit Trader
Address: 264 Tanjong Katong Road, Singapore 437051
Opening Hours: 2:00PM – 10:00PM (Daily)
Contact no.: +65 6346 6683
Facebook: Leong Tee Durian
2. It’s All About The Kampong (Wild) Durians – Wan Li Xiang Durian Stall
This is probably the last durian stall still standing in Dempsey.[caption id="attachment_15118" align="alignnone" width="1280"] Image source: hungrygowhere.com[/caption]
Here’s another fun fact – Wan Li Xiang is one of a few durian stalls that still offers durians sourced from our very own Pulau Ubin.
These Kampong durians come by usually at 3pm, but are usually gone in a matter of hours.[caption id="attachment_19472" align="aligncenter" width="960"] Credit: HaeAn Sung[/caption]
Fortunately, you can secure yourself some tender durian goodness by placing a pre-order.
Just let the Ah Di, the veteran stall owner know your preference of bitter or sweet and he’ll pick the right one for you.
Wang Li Xiang Durian Stall
Address: 7 Dempsey Hill, Singapore 249670 (Secluded carpark at the end of right hand side of the fork road after Blk 7 Dempsey Hill)
Opening Hours: 3:00PM – 12:00AM (Daily)
Contact no.:+65 9756 2385,+65 9018 2853
Facebook: Wan Li Xiang Durian @ Dempsey
3. Best For Non-Mandarin/Dialect Speaking Patrons – Sindy Durians
Shy to flaunt the Mandarin you picked up from watching Channel 8?
Just head to Sindy Durian to get your durian cravings fixed without any miscommunication as they converse well in English.[caption id="attachment_19473" align="aligncenter" width="1151"] Credit: Sindy FB[/caption]
A family-run business, Sindy has been running their durian stall for over 30 years! They were previously in Balestier before moving to Whampoa.
They were also one of the first durian stalls in Singapore to provide durian vacuum packing for overseas travel since 2005. In fact, they occasionally ship durians to Hong Kong. Other durian stalls were then inspired by this ‘durian influencer’ and have since followed suit.
Address: 01-835, 89 Whampoa Drive, 320089
Opening Hours: 2:00pm – 10:00pm (Daily)
Contact no.: +65 97102427
Facebook: Sindy Durian
5. Yesss to Durian Buffet – 211 House Of Durian
Ask anyone from Toa Payoh about the best durian stalls and they’ll surely mention 211![caption id="attachment_19354" align="alignnone" width="960"] Image source: 211 house of durian[/caption]
Formerly known as Sin Yee Wang Durian, 211’s durians are driven in daily from Malaysia! This ensures the freshness of the fruit that we all crave for.
But the real attraction of this durian stall lies in their durian buffets held usually end of season to clear durian stock.[caption id="attachment_19474" align="aligncenter" width="960"] Image source: 211 house of durian[/caption]
Expect to shell out S$20 as an adult, BUT be prepared to fall in love with the endless supply of fantastic durians for just a fraction of its usual price.
Keep a look out on their Facebook page for the next buffet details.
While you’re at it, you can also try their durian soft serve ice cream or buy a pack of durian puree for your baking needs.
211 House of Durian Pte Ltd
Address: #01-21, 211 Lorong 8 Toa Payoh, Singapore 310211
Opening Hours: 10:00AM – 10:00PM (Daily)
Contact no.: +65 9108 3710
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: 211 House Of Durian
6. Seriously Reasonably Priced Durians – Botak Kho
He gets his name from his squeaky clean shaven head, but he’s also known for selling high-grade durians at an affordable price.[caption id="attachment_19367" align="alignnone" width="1600"] Image source: .
His durians come in daily at 2pm and we recommend his Red Prawn and Mao Shan Wang durians.
The business is formed by a tight knit group of durian lovers.
They went high and low, from Malacca to Johor and even Kalimantan, Indonesia to learn everything about the king of fruits.
After some flat tyres, getting lost in foreign land and countless mosquitoes attack, Durian Kaki was formed.[caption id="attachment_19475" align="aligncenter" width="581"] Image source: Durian Kaki[/caption]
Today, there are 6800-odd followers on their Facebook page and their durians are rated at 4.5/5 stars.
Their Mao San Wang, Mei Qiu and Jin Feng will not disappoint you.
Here’s a true story coming up. We’ve visited Durian Kaki a few times. Once, they opened a durian that just didn’t smell so good. Without hesitation, they threw the whole durian into a bin, and opened another. That just shows their commitment to serving their customers the best durians.
Address: Junction 9, Yishun Avenue 9, #01-83 Singapore 768897
Opening Hours: 2:00PM – 11:00PM (Daily)
Contact no.: +65 8405 8509
Facebook: Durian Kaki
8. Durian King of the West – Ah Seng Durian
Here’s super famous durian stall for Singaporeans in the west. In fact, Ah Seng Durian is regarded highly by Singaporeans all over the island.[caption id="attachment_19476" align="aligncenter" width="960"] source: Ah Seng Durian[/caption]
Ah Seng Durian carries a wide range of durians – Mao Shan Wang, D15, Bak You, Xian Hong and even Green Skin durians.[caption id="attachment_19477" align="aligncenter" width="960"] source: Ah Seng Durian[/caption]
Here’s how crazy the crowd gets at Ah Seng Durian. We can’t believe it![caption id="attachment_19478" align="aligncenter" width="540"] source: Ah Seng Durian[/caption]
Just look at the picture below. Their Jin Feng (golden phoenix) is absolutely gorgeous.
We have to constantly remind ourselves to not check their Facebook page before lunch time. It’s super tempting, you just can’t wait to head there straight away after work.
They also have durian puree at $20 per packet while a vacuum packed Mao Shan Wang goes at $40 per pack.
Ah Seng Durian
Address: Block 20, #01-119 to #01-122 Ghim Moh Market, 270020 (stall is right inside the middle of the market)
Opening Hours: 10:00AM – 8:00PM (Daily)
Contact no.: +65 9465 6160
Facebook: Ah Seng Durian
9. Best For Durian Party – The Durian Tree
This heartland durian stall is known for three things – great durians, fantastic customer service, and honesty.[caption id="attachment_15654" align="alignnone" width="960"] Image source: Singaporewest.sg[/caption]
They also offer deliveries – you don’t even need to step out of your house to get your durian fix!
And the best part of all, The Durian Tree has ample sitting space for those who would like to hold a small durian party.[caption id="attachment_19479" align="aligncenter" width="960"] Image source: Singaporewest.sg[/caption]
The durians available include the luscious Black Gold durian, King of King, Mao Shan Wang, XXXOD24 and D88.
Just give their hotline a call or check out their Facebook page for availability.
The Durian Tree
Address: Block 277 Bukit Batok East Avenue 3, Singapore 650277
Opening Hours: 2:00PM – 11:00PM (Daily)
Contact no.: +65 9812 4148
Facebook: The Durian Tree
There you have it, 9 good old heartland durian stalls that are bound to keep you durian happy for days.
Enjoy the fruit and feast as soon as you can. But don’t forget to drink lots of water after your date with the durians!
How do you like your durian? Drop us a comment and let us know.
Header image source: yelp.com.sg
December is finally here! If 2016 was an average year for you, here are 13 fun activities to help you wrap up the year with a bang!
Play & Discover
Party people, it’s time for ZoukOut again!! Woohoo.
And the lineup for this year’s beach blowout is mega exciting, with more activities to keep you happy from dusk to dawn.
From headliners like Zedd and Hardwell to a food village fuelled by Park Bench Deli, Decker Barbecue and more, ZoukOut is going to be a weekend of non-stop partying.
We are heading to ZoukOut with our ambassadors, follow us on instagram for updates!
2. Distant Worlds: Music From Final Fantasy
Remember the days where we thought Cloud Strife from Final Fantasy was super hot?[caption id="attachment_19248" align="alignnone" width="719"] Image source: Omaha[/caption]
We might have outgrown that phase but it’s never too old to relive those memories through a different format.
Watch newly produced Final Fantasy video footages as an orchestra perform pieces composed by Nobuo Uematsu for the much loved game.
Distant Worlds: Music From Final Fantasy
Date: 3 December 2016
Venue: The Star Performing Arts Centre #04-01, 1 Vista Exchange Green, 138617
Ticket Price: $75-$215
Event/ Ticketing Website: Image source: Paloma Rincon[/caption]
For two weekends over the month, IKEA will be hosting a series of events to celebrate Christmas!
There will be a gift wrapping demonstration, tea light decoration workshop, origami workshop and even a Santa walkabout!
It’s definitely going to be about the Christmas spirit and festival cheers, not just the furniture!
IKEA Xmas Our favourite poet Lang Leav is coming to town! Mark your dates! Come and get your 2016 bittersweet sentiments together and join Lang on a 3-day bookstore hop around Singapore. Lang Leav SG Book Tour Mums… they nag you for wearing flip flops all the time. But this time round, she won’t nag you because it’s flip flop for a good cause.
Date: 3-4 and 10-11 December 2016
Time: 1:30pm- 6:45pm
IKEA Alexandra, 317 Alexandra Rd, 159965
IKEA Tampines, 60 Tampines North Drive 2, 528764
Website & Event Schedule: 4. Lang Leav Book Tour
Date: 9 December
Time and Venue: 10:30am (Popular Bookfest, Suntec Convention Hall), 4:00pm (Kinokuniya Bugis Junction)
Date: 10 December
Time and Venue: 10:30am (Times Bookstore, Tampines 1), 4:00pm (Kinokuniya Singapore Main Store, Level 4 Ngee Ann City)
Date: 11 December
Time and Venue: 3:00pm (Kinokuniya Jurong Store)
Event Page: Lang Leav Book Tour
5. Project Happy Feet Slipper Race 2016
Our favourite poet Lang Leav is coming to town! Mark your dates!
Come and get your 2016 bittersweet sentiments together and join Lang on a 3-day bookstore hop around Singapore.
Lang Leav SG Book Tour
Mums… they nag you for wearing flip flops all the time. But this time round, she won’t nag you because it’s flip flop for a good cause.[caption id="attachment_19308" align="alignnone" width="960"] Image source: Project Happy Feet[/caption]
A good pair of shoes will get you to places. But what’s it like to walk in the shoes of underprivileged children?
Head down to Safra for a 3.5km walk on 10 December. You’ll get to flip flop your way down the scenic waterway!
With the aim of inspiring Singaporeans to be part of a community-driven effort, The Slipper Race 2016 intends to raise SGD$100,000 in funds to empower educational programmes in Singapore and Cambodia.
Since it’s the season of giving, why not contribute a little to charity?
Project Happy Feet Slipper Race
Date: 10 December 2016
Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm
Venue: SAFRA Punggol, 9 Sentul Crescent, Punggol, Singapore 828654
Price: $15 (4-12 years old), $30 (Students), $40 (Adults & SAFRA members), $144 (Group of 4 adults)
Ticketing Website: Project Happy Feet Slipper Race 2016
6. Doggie Retreat Xmas Fundraiser
Looking for something fun to do with your fur babies? This event lets you do something good at the same time![caption id="attachment_19310" align="alignnone" width="679"] Image source: Doggie Retreat[/caption]
Join the Doggie Retreat, a Christmas fundraiser, for the less fortunate dogs on the streets and in the shelter.
All you need to do is to enrol your doggie as a participant of the walkathon, walk with them, and raise funds in their name to donate to the cause.
Proceeds of the fundraiser will be channelled to Causes for Animals (Singapore), a no-kill shelter that strives towards a stray free Singapore.
Registration is currently closed due to overwhelming response, but you can still donate to the cause or just head to the event to spend time with furry friends.
7. SCAPE Naughty or Nice Xmas Special – Art Jamming Experience
If shopping is not your kinda therapy, painting might just be it![caption id="attachment_19314" align="alignnone" width="960"] Image source: Paintertainment Asia[/caption]
Bring your family and friends down to SCAPE for a mass art jamming event this festive season.
It’s a no stress art jam session. All you need to do is to let your creative juices flow. Go wild on your own canvas – no one will judge you.
Art jamming slots are limited, so hurry up and sign up today!
SCAPE Naughty or Nice Art Jamming
Date: 10 December 2016
Time: 3:00pm – 6:00pm
Venue: SCAPE 2 Orchard Link #04-01, Singapore 237978
Price: $30/ pax (free flow of acrylic paint is provided)
Ticketing Website: SCAPE Naughty or Nice Art Jamming
8. Indie Wine Tasting
There’s indie music, indie films, and of course Indie Wine![caption id="attachment_19293" align="alignnone" width="960"] Image source: Kith Cafe[/caption]
This December, head to Kith Cafe at Millenia Walk for your one of a kind vino tasting.
At just $48 nett per person, you get to taste 5 very hard to pronounce yet exquisite French wine! On top of that, they will also be serving some grub to go with your wine.
Be it Chardonnay or Cabernet, we bet you’ll be extremely happy with your grape fix.
Indie Wine Tasting
Date: 9 December, 2016
Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Venue: Kith Cafe Millenia Walk 9 Raffles Boulevard, #01-44/45, 039596
Ticket Price: $48
Ticketing Website: Indie Wine Tasting
9. A Taste Of Ishikawa At Keyaki
You’ve worked hard this year, so how about rewarding yourself with some Japanese Snow Crab and Premium Beef?[caption id="attachment_19299" align="alignnone" width="750"] Image source: Pan Pacific[/caption]
For the second time, Keyaki at Pan Pacific is bringing back the Ishikawa taste for us to savour this December.
Known as the ‘Food Treasury’ of Japan, the Ishikawa Prefecture is all about the good stuff (read: high quality seafood)!
From the soft textured with high quality fat Noto Beef to the King of the Sea Kanougani (Snow Crab) that is famed for its delicately sweet meat, you are in for a treat!
A Taste Of Ishikawa At Keyaki
Date: 16 November – 16 December 2016
Time: 1.30am-2.30pm, 6.30-10.30pm
Venue: Keyaki 4/L Pan Pacific Singapore 7 Raffles Boulevard, 039595
Price: Sets at $180++, Ala carte at $15++
Reservation: +65 6826 8240 or email [email protected].
Website: Pan Pacific Singapore
10. Fundraising Supper Club for Oogachaga
Fancy the idea of a menu curated by celebrity chef Bill Ho while doing charity at the same time?[caption id="attachment_19315" align="alignnone" width="960"] Image source: Oogachaga[/caption]
Head to 8 Cafe & Bar for a 3-course dining experience while contributing to Oogachaga’s fundraiser.
Oogachaga is Singapore’s only community-based support and development organisation working exclusively with LGBTQ individuals and families since 1999.
As their main funders have cut back on their fundings, Oogachaga is organising a series of fundraisers, seeking the community’s support so that they can continue supporting the local LGBTQ’s community in the years to come.
Fundraising Supper Club
Date: 10 December 2016
Time: 7:00pm- 10:00pm
Venue: 8 Cafe & Bar, 8 Bukit Pasoh Rd, 089822
Price: $90, $160 (for 2 pax), $300 (for 4 pax)
Ticketing Website: Fundraising Supper Club
11. MAAD Pyjamas Xmas Pop Up
Tis’ the season to be giving. Still struggling with your Xmas shopping?
Head to the Red Dot Design Museum for a different kind of flea market.[caption id="attachment_19250" align="alignnone" width="794"] Image source: MAAD Pyjamas Xmas Pop Up[/caption]
Featuring 130 artists, designers, crafters and creators from the community, this will be one of the largest art and design marketplaces.
The best part of all, it only ends after 12AM!! Late night shopping, anyone?
MAAD Pyjamas Xmas Pop Up
Date: 2 December 2016
Time: 5:oopm – 12:00am
Venue: Red Dot Design Museum 28, Maxwell Road
Event Page: MAAD Pyjamas Xmas Pop Up
12. Sunset Pasar
If shopping is your thing and you’re sick of the same old malls, head over to Sunset Pasar for some alternative retail therapy![caption id="attachment_19267" align="alignnone" width="960"] Image source: Sunset Pasar[/caption]
This pasar is not just about shopping. There will also be live open mic sessions, music, cocktails, art & craft workshops and it’s pet friendly!
That sure sounds like a good vibes Saturday!
Date: 3 December 2016
Time: 12:00pm- 7:00pm
Venue: CANVAS 20 Upper Circular Road, B1-01, The Riverwalk, 058416
Event Page: Sunset Pasar
13. Christmas Farmers’ Market
Want to cook up a storm but don’t know where to look for super fresh ingredients?[caption id="attachment_19297" align="alignnone" width="940"] Image source: Farmers Markets[/caption]
The Farmers’ Market at Loewen Garden is the perfect place to go to for some organic vegetables and fresh food.
If you’re too lazy to cook, there will also be vendors selling gourmet meals, wines, home-made baked goods, as well as handicraft.
Pretty sure you won’t go home empty handed… or in this case, with an empty stomach.
Christmas Farmers’ Market
Date: 3 December 2016
Time: 9:00am – 2:00pm
Venue: Loewen Gardens 75E Loewen Road 248845
Event Page: Farmers Market
With so many fun activities and charity events going on, December is set to be a feel good month! Keep the good vibes going by dropping us a comment!
Header image source: Not IKEA: 4 Places To Buy Good & Cheap Furniture So You Don’t Have To DIY
Always wanted to try flying a plane but never had a chance? You can now realise your dream to fly at Singapore’s very first private Flight School!
Formed by a group of experienced private aviators, Flight School is the only private school in Singapore. Additionally, it provides realistic training with sophisticated full-motion flight simulator.
Get Your Private Pilot Licence at Flight School
If you’ve seriously considered learning to fly, you would have thought that getting a Private Pilot Licence (PPL) is an unrealistic and unattainable dream.
Just thinking about how much you’ll have to pay in order to practice with a real plane would have made your knees go weak.
However, Flight School keeps the cost low, and your unattainable dream may just be possible!
At Flight School, they offer a comprehensive 12-week ground school in-classroom programme to help aspiring aviators like you prepare for the FAA (USA) Private Pilot Knowledge Test.
The best part of all, the full-motion Redbird MCX flight simulator is being used instead of a real plane, making it a whole lot more affordable to train for a license.
“By removing the need to practise in a real plane, it is possible for a learner pilot to prepare for the FAA Private Pilot test at a fraction of the time and cost of going the traditional route,” said Mr Lim who is, himself, a certified private pilot. “Flight training is now more accessible, affordable, and within reach of anyone.”
Redbird MXC Flight Simulator
Learning to fly on a flight simulator?
It sure doesn’t sound like the real deal – it’s definitely different from manoeuvring a real plane, right?
Fret not, because this badass simulator accurately replicates the controls of single and twin engine aircrafts that are commonly used for flight training.
Furthermore, the Redbird can also be configured for advanced flight training, including multi-engine and instrument flight training.
Trainees can clock up time ‘abroad’, train under any weather conditions and ‘land’ at any airport in the world with this simulator.
It is very much cheaper than renting an aircraft, and a whole lot safer too!
By the time trainees get into a real plane, they will feel a sense of familiarity with the instrument layout, controls, and sensation of flying an aircraft.
Full Motion Flight Simulator Experience For Everybody
What if you’re interested to try but not keen on the license?
Flight School also offers simulation sessions for adults and children aged 7 years and above.
You can explore the joy of flying an aircraft from as short as 45 minutes to as long as 180 minutes!
Teenagers aged 13-16 can also join Flight School’s Young Aviator’s Programme.
This special programme aims to spark students’ interests in Math, Science, Technology and Engineering through hands on learning.
Flight School Open House
Flight School will be hosting an open house from 26 to 27 November and 3 to 4 December 2016!
There will be fun games for children, aviation-related talks for adults, all day long snacks and FREE flight simulation sessions for all (aged 7 years and above).
While the Open House does not require any pre-registration, you will need to book your flight simulation session in advance to guarantee a spot.
Flight School Open House
Date: 26 & 27 November, 3 & 4 December 2016
Time: 9am – 7pm
Venue: Flight School, WingsOverAsia Hangar 66, 66 Seletar Aerospace View, 797509 (Next to Seletar Airport Control Tower)
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Amoy St Bloc Party is here to make sure your Sunday is a day of feasting, playing and drinking…in style![caption id="attachment_17707" align="alignnone" width="560"] Image source: Not on Orchard[/caption]
Amoy Street has a special significance in our local culture and dining scene. More so with the recent move of many award-wning F&B brands to the area. As such, they’re throwing a welcome party, so you can get to know these new kids on the block!
The Fun Stuff
Set to take place on the 20th of November, the party will see Amoy Street transform into a street festival filled with fun, food, drinks and community activities.
Cool Music & Art Display
There will be a variety of vendors, exciting activities, and live performances featuring acts by DJ KFC and DJ Roscius hailing all the way from the UK.[caption id="attachment_17711" align="alignnone" width="542"] Image source: Roscius Official[/caption]
For those who need their art fix, there will also be limited edition prints and paintings from local and uprising artists from The Artling along the street.
Get Your Fit On
We know too much good food will make you guilty, and guilty feet have got no rhythm!
That’s why one of the world’s faster growing studios, F45, is here to whip the guilt out of you.[caption id="attachment_18456" align="alignnone" width="851"] Image source: F45[/caption]
For the curious but intimidated, this is the perfect chance to try a HIIT class.
You’ll get a taste of a legit workout class in an all fun no stress environment. Just go with the flow and enjoy the good vibes.
Grow Your Own Edible Garden
Amoy St Bloc Party is not all about eating, drinking and dancing.
Besides taking home Instagram moments, you’ll head back with skills of growing your own edible garden.[caption id="attachment_18457" align="alignnone" width="960"] Image source: Edible Garden City[/caption]
Learn a trick or two from our favourite urban farming collective, Edible Garden City, to grow food at under-utilised spaces like roofs and sidewalks.
In-Car Party With Jeep
The best part of all, you can hop on the Jeep Wrangler and it will take you on a ride around the block![caption id="attachment_17709" align="alignnone" width="861"] Image source: Image source: Image source: Paper Kitties[/caption]
Their modern interpretation of Southeast Asian cuisines are executed using progressive techniques with a hint of Western influence.
While you’re at it, don’t forget to try their cocktails too.
Fuelled by chef Diego Jacquet, boCHINChe is all about bold Argentinean flavours.[caption id="attachment_17692" align="alignnone" width="593"] Image source: bochinchesg[/caption]
Just like us, Argentina is a melting pot of cultures and Argentineans loveeee their food. boCHINChe’s passion is reflected on their menu, prepare your palate for an explosion of flavours.
3. Employees Only (Cocktail Bar)
What?? A craft cocktail bar from New York is in Singapore?[caption id="attachment_17693" align="alignnone" width="597"] Image source: asia.cocktails[/caption]
Yes, and it’s one with unpretentious NY vibes, buzzing energy, shoulder shaking music, and mighty fine cocktail techniques (that’s what they’re famed for).
The place can get really busy but trust us, it’s worth the wait.
4. Le Binchotan
What do you get when you combine French and Japanese cuisine? Le Binchotan![caption id="attachment_17697" align="alignnone" width="594"] Image source: Frannywanny[/caption]
Named after the white charcoal used to smoke French-Japanese tapas, this super chic eatery dishes some of the best skewers in town.
There’ll be 10% off selected sake bottles in conjunction with the Bloc party! Now, that calls for a Kampai!
5. Burger Joint
Dubbed the best burger in NYC, Burger Joint is all about yummy burgers done to perfection![caption id="attachment_17698" align="alignnone" width="480"] Image source: Kendricljx[/caption]
From cheese to portobello, and of course, bacon burger, their patties are extremely juicy and well seasoned. Top if off with craft beer (there’s a selection of 16 taps!) and that’s how every day should end.
6. Maggie Joan’s
Looking for Maggie Joan’s can be a lil tricky. It’s an underground Mediterranean restaurant located in the alleyway just off Gemmill Lane (literally a hidden gem).[caption id="attachment_17699" align="alignnone" width="601"] Image source: glen_ballis_autopiloton[/caption]
Famed for their cosy ambience and gastronomical food, every dish here is so pretty that you’ll want to feed your camera first before digging in.
Gemmills has a split personality – it’s a cafe by day and a wine bar by night.[caption id="attachment_17700" align="alignnone" width="597"] Image source: The Silver Chef[/caption]
Expect a range of fresh pastries, sandwiches and coffee during the day and once the sun is down, bring the vinos out!
8. Birds of a Feather
Sichuan food can be a little intimidating. Just thinking about the flower pepper gives us chills![caption id="attachment_17702" align="alignnone" width="540"] Image source: Bing_leow[/caption]
But at Birds of Feather, the Sichuan-ness actually enhances the flavours of the Western cuisine served. And the ambience there will make you feel like you’re in Chengdu… well, minus the giant panda bears!
Party All Night
The event might start at 3pm, but once the sun is down (10pm onwards), step into Ding Dong as the playful restaurant space is reimagined into a retro dance floor on this day![caption id="attachment_17705" align="alignnone" width="776"] Image source: Ding Dong[/caption]
Bust a move to 80s and 90s hits at the afterparty and get a Ding Dong Daiquiri or two while you hit that high!
What are you waiting for? Get your peeps together and start planning your Amoy St Bloc Party trail.
Header image source: What’s Up, November! 13 Exciting Activities To Check Out [16 Nov – 30 Nov]
Meat lovers, listen up! Think you’ve tried the best Japanese beef Singapore has got to offer? Renga-Ya is here to top your must-try Wagyu list.[caption id="attachment_18143" align="alignnone" width="932"] Party Platter[/caption]
Rejoice, because Renga-Ya Japanese BBQ & Steak Restaurant has officially opened its doors at Chijmes. And they’ll be dishing the best of beef from the prefectures of Hokkaido and Kagoshima.
Oakleaf Hokkaido Prime Beef
All Oakleaf prime beef served in Renga-Ya is carefully sourced from Hokkaido.[caption id="attachment_18136" align="alignnone" width="851"] Hokkaido Platter[/caption]
The cows there are breed naturally without the use of antibiotics and genetically modified feed. Instead, herbs are mixed to the feed, so the meat has a natural refreshing flavour.
Kuroge A5 Grade Wagyu
Kagoshima may be well known for its active volcano but their Kuroge (Black Hair) beef is definitely a MUST TRY among meat lovers.[caption id="attachment_18137" align="alignnone" width="852"] Kagoshima Platter[/caption]
What makes it really special is the well-balanced fat marbling and full-bodied flavour of the meat.
Beef Two Ways
Renga-Ya is as much a Yakiniku restaurant as a steak house.
As they import whole cows from Hokkaido and Kagoshima, diners can look forward to a wide-range of cuts in Japanese BBQ or flamed-grilled style.[caption id="attachment_18134" align="alignnone" width="837"] Renga Ya Platter[/caption]
We highly recommend the Renga- Ya BBQ Platter (300g at $89.00 and 500g at $139.00) if you’d like to savour the best of both worlds (50:50 of Oakleaf and Wagyu).[caption id="attachment_18140" align="alignnone" width="923"] Renga Ya Zen Set[/caption]
The Karubi (short rib) and Jou Rosu (chuck roll) are hands down our favourite.
Cut to precise thickness, it’s so tender that it melts in your mouth![caption id="attachment_18144" align="alignnone" width="960"] Hokkaido Steak Image source Renga-Ya[/caption]
Steak lovers, you can try the juicy Hokkaido or Kagoshima striploin (200g at $89.00), ribeye (200g at $59.00) or tenderloin (200g at $69.00), complemented with a choice of in-house steak sauce, ponzu radish sauce or peppercorn sauce.
Side Dishes That Are To Die For!
Main star aside, Renga-Ya also specialises in other dishes such as the Hokkaido Beef Tataki with Japanese Onions and Beef Carpaccio, which is eaten raw.[caption id="attachment_18138" align="alignnone" width="749"] Beef Tataki[/caption]
The Oyster dish is a must try if you’d like to heighten your dining experience.[caption id="attachment_18141" align="alignnone" width="781"] Oysters[/caption]
Featuring succulent oysters imported from Hiroshima and seasonal vegetables from Hokkaido, this dish will make you feel less guilty from the overload of meat.[caption id="attachment_18142" align="alignnone" width="904"] Ika Yuzu Jelly Watercress Salad[/caption]
While you’re at it, don’t forget to order the super refreshing Ika Yuzu Jelly Watercress Salad. The acidity of the Yuzu jelly goes extremely well with the watercress, it’s like summer in your mouth.
Our ambassador, Valerie, visited Renga-ya. Here’s what she had to say:
Are you drooling already? Time to recruit your Meat Squad and declare it Protein Day! And don’t forget to make a reservation in advance!
Renga-Ya Japanese BBQ & Steak
Address: 30 Victoria Street #01-11/12 Chijmes, S187996
Contact number: +65 6352 1966
Lunch (Daily 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm)
Dinner (Mon- Sat 6:00pm – 11:00pm), (Sun 5:00pm- 10:00pm)
Website: Renga-Ya sg
All photos are by Japan PR Agency