Skip The Store – Here Are 8 Everyday Products That Are Better Bought Online

Loathe lugging heavy items around the supermarket or simply too busy to even visit one? Well, your weekly supermarket shopping doesn’t have to be a struggle when you can sit in front of your computer to check the best prices of the items you need. You can even save some money on public transport fares or taxi when you purchase in bulk.

Whether you are a busy career women or a bachelor wanting to spend time at the bar instead of the supermarket, we sussed out a list of everyday products that are better bought online.

1. Toilet paper/Tissues

Think necessities, and you definitely have toilet paper and tissues up on the list. These household essentials are used daily, so why not buy it in bulk online and get it delivered to your doorstep? You’ll save lugging these bulky rolls of toilet paper up the public transport. Just make sure you have some extra room in your store to load them up.

Purchase Red Mart’s house brand of 3-Ply luxuriously soft toilet tissue at only $4.70 as compared to buying at FairPrice Supermarket for Kleenex at $6.95 with similar 3-Ply 220 sheets per roll. Red Mart’s house brand is definitely more affordable and gets you much more savings!

Where to purchase:
Redmart (Purchase a min of $30 for free delivery)
Honestbee (Purchase a min of $30 for free delivery. $12 off your first order with min $100 spent)
Purchase any three 600ml Kirei Kirei Body Foam Refill at $5.40 each and get $5.05 off the total amount at FairPrice Online, offer valid till 7th September 2016. As compared to Red Mart, 600ml Kirei Kirei Body Foam Refill retails online at $4.25, thus buying more quantities at FairPrice Online is a better option which saves you $1.60!

Where to purchase:
Redmart (Purchase a min of $30 for free delivery)
Honestbee (Purchase a min of $30 for free delivery. $12 off your first order with min $100 spent)
Zalora (Purchase a min of $40 for free delivery. Enjoy 20% off using Citi Rewards card – Use code: “CITISTYLE20”, All other Citi credit cards enjoy 18% 0ff – Use code: “CITISTYLE18”)

3. Detergent

Doing laundry may be a chore to some, especially with the need to purchase heavy bags of detergent powder. Why not order your detergent online and settle this tedious task easily. You’ll save the hassle of lugging those heavy bags around the supermarket and get them delivered right to you.

Where to purchase:
Redmart (Purchase a min of $30 for free delivery)
Honestbee (Purchase a min of $30 for free delivery. $12 off your first order with min $100 spent)

Save up to $24.70 when you purchase in bulk from Red Mart. Their Huggies Ultra Diapers M retails online for $50.15 for 3 packs of 64 diapers as compared to Honest Bee which retails at $24.95 for 1 pack of 64 diapers. Other brands such as Pampers, MamyPoko and Merries has great savings when you purchase in bulk from Red Mart. 

Where to purchase:
Redmart (Purchase a min of $30 for free delivery)
Honestbee (Purchase a min of $30 for free delivery. $12 off your first order with min $100 spent)

Purchase 3 bottles of vitamins at Watsons for 33% off your total price. As compared to Redmart, Honestbee and Guardian, Watsons’s deal is a great saver!

Where to purchase:
6. Durex

Do you know you can shop for condoms and lubricants online? Buying online makes the process much easier with you being able to slowly browse through and purchase the best condom for yourself or partner. The obvious reason to shop online for this intimate product is also for privacy, and to avoid any embarrassment. You won’t need to be standing at the store to decide what you need, when getting them online is so much easier.

Order from Honestbee for same day delivery. If you’re not in a rush, slowly browse through the different types of Durex condoms on Redmart. Prices for both Redmart and Honestbee are the same.

Where to purchase:
Redmart (Purchase a min of $30 for free delivery)
Honestbee (Purchase a min of $30 for free delivery. $12 off your first order with min $100 spent)

7. Toothpaste and Tooth Brush

Get into the habit of changing toothbrushes 2 to 4 times per year. Toothbrushes tend to contain bacteria and it’s always good to have a new, fresh toothbrush storing in the cabinet. Other hygiene care products are also available purchased online. With its long shelf life, you need not worry about the toothpaste or mouth wash expiry dates.

Buy 2 get 1 free at Honestbee when you purchase Colgate Fresh Cool Mint Toothpaste (175g) at $6.40. As compared to Redmart, its 250g Colgate Fresh Cool Mint Toothpaste retails online at $4.10 for 1 box. Honestbee definitely saves more when you purchase 2 boxes.

Where to purchase:
Redmart (Purchase a min of $30 for free delivery
Honestbee (Purchase a min of $30 for free delivery. $12 off your first order with min $100 spent )

Homenoffice provides a large range of office needs from stationary to printer inks and other office equipments as compared to Redmart and Honestbee. Bulk purchases at Homenoffice sets you for great discounts. For example, Double A Copier Paper 70gsm A4 cost $5.90 at Honestbee, while at Homenoffice they retail online at $3.50. If you purchase 50 qualities and above Homenoffice offers a bulk price of $3.15 each.

Where to purchase:
Redmart (Purchase a min of $30 for free delivery)
Honestbee (Purchase a min of $30 for free delivery. $12 off your first order with min $100 spent)
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Wanna Be A Masterchef? FIJI Water Shows You How It Should Be Done

For the first time in ten years, FIJI Water changes the look of its ionic bottle.

So, what changed?


Credit: FIJI Water


FIJI Water

The main features – square shape, blue bottle cap – remain the same, but the labels have changed. The back label now explains the water’s journey from cloud to bottle. Pretty cool, we say.

FIJI Water Presents ‘Cooking with Gourmet Greens’

So, what’s the secret to being a masterchef? Cooking with FIJI Water, apparently!


“[It] is the preferred water of choice for top chefs, restaurants and hotels around the world.”

Together with the launch of its new look, FIJI Water presents ‘Cooking with Gourmet Greens’. It is hosted by Chef Jo Ann, owner of Vanilla Bar & Cafe. Chef Jo Ann is known for her contemporary Japanese creations.


‘Cooking with Gourmet Greens’ is a continuation of the popular Gourmet Green Week organised by FIJI Water last year. This year, FIJI Water plans to champion the pure, pristine taste of vegetable by taking the initiative into home kitchen.

Held at Tools of the Trade (ToTT), be prepared to learn some vegetable-centric dishes, such as the Sautéed   Miso   Pasta   with   Brussel   Sprouts   and   Zucchini   Ribbons, Sambal  Tofu,  Portobello  Mushroom  and  Aubergine  Lasagna.
Classes are priced at $58 per person. Registration is open and can be made
This may be your first step to being a true masterchef!

Here’s Your Chance To Truly #FlipTable, Swap Books & More At This Year’s Archifest!

ArchiFest 2016

The 10th Archifest returns this year with a Pavilion designed by DP Architects. Themed “Exhale”, the festival will be held from 23 September to 9 October in the heart of the CBD at Raffles Place Park.

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The theme ‘Exhale’ aims to examine the rapid pace of life within our dense city and to challenge people to dictate their own rhythm of life.

Take time to slow down and breathe while you enjoy the installations and events happening at the festival.

This temporary structure is not to be missed, so what are you waiting for? Come on down and explore the eye catching Pavilion at Raffles Place!


Organised by Singapore Institute of Architects (SIA) and the Singapore Institute of Landscape Architects (Sila), there are more than 30 events lined up at Archifest this year.

From talks, to workshops, and exhibitions, discover great things at Archifest 2016 with more than 100,000 visitors expected this year.

Of course, the best things first:


Feeling all stressed up at work? Well, design consultancy Chemistry has the right solution for you.

Set against the backdrop of Raffles Place, the team designed #FlipTable. And it truly allows you to flip a table!

Have a go and finally put your words into action!


In all seriousness, it’s actually an interactive installation that provides an avenue for you to vent your frustration in a creative manner.

Take a deep breath and exhale while you do some damage at #FlipTable. It’s all about harnessing negative energy into a positive form.

Raffles Place Park
Date: 23 Sep Fri, 27 Sep Tue, 3 Oct Mon
Time: 11.30am –  2pm

Book Swap & Beer

Books & Beer is Singapore’s first travelling book swap service. You’re invited to bring up to 10 pre-loved books and exchange them for another book!

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No books to swap? Simply drop by and browse some books, courtesy of ORO Editions and ONG&ONG Group. These books are free for you to take home.

Bring your own beer and beverages and enjoy your time with Books & Beers!

Book Swap at Books & Beers
Raffles Place Park
Date: 24 Sep Sat
Time: 3pm – 6pm

Barter Market

Barter Market is a collective effort between local makers, artists, and crafters in our community.

The goal? Take money out of transactions.

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Bring a little something so you can trade your item for goods or services. No better way to bond with humans, we’d say! Nothing like good old bartering.

Barter Market
Raffles Place Park
Date: 9 Oct Sun
Time: 2pm – 6pm

RGB Pavilion With A Psychedelic Selfie Tunnel

With a structure so vibrant and colourful, this is hard to miss.

The Pavilion is composed entirely of construction site materials; so it’s “zero waste”. There are rows of multi-coloured safety netting and over 70 tonnes of scaffolding pipes.

This structure is a breathtaking 22m tall! Here’s how small we’ll look:

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There’s so much to do at Archifest 2016! With so many exciting programmes happening this weekend till 9 Oct, be sure to mark this event down on your calendars!

Archifest 2016
Date: 23 September to 9 October
For full details of events and happenings at Archifest, visit their official website Attention Coffee Lovers: Here’s Your Chance to Savour 30 Cups Of Coffee At Only $30!

Mai Tu Liao! Up Your Cafe Game And Visit Sin Lee Foods For Some Sinfully Good Food!

Sick of the same old cafe food at your typical neighbourhood cafe? Drop by Sin Lee Foods and tuck into unique creations for some sinfully good food!

The ambience

Located in the tranquil neighbourhood of Bukit Ho Swee, Sin Lee Foods was converted from an old coffeeshop. Its original name and signboard remains!

Choose between al fresco dining under a sheltered pavilion or head indoors for respite from the afternoon heat.

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Decked in wood, metal and red bricks, the cosy interior space exuded a rustic and homey feel.

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We sat at the bar table outside and really enjoyed the peaceful estate and environment Sin Lee was situated in.

The ambience, especially with the overhanging lights, gave off a warm and cosy comfort that immediately drew us to the place.

The food

You won’t find your usual egg benedict at Sin Lee Foods, but you’ll surely devour awesome food and beverages. With the owners being trained in Guy Savoy and Les Amis, they sure know flavours well.

Aburi Mentaiko Burger ($14)

We particularly enjoyed the Salted Egg Yolk Fries and the re-introducd Aburi Mentaiko Burger. The savoury creamy housemade mentaiko sauce made it taste so good!

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The torched aburi pork shoulder was tender, lathered with the sauce, and topped with a gorgeous amount of salmon roe. All the flavours went well together!

Prepare to get your hands dirty and dig in to this delicious burger.

Besides the Salted Egg Yolk fries and the re-introducd Aburi Mentaiko Burger, here are other items on the menu you should try!

Chirashi Rice Bowl ($14)

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All those sashimi and tuna lovers, hands up!

Fresh tuna and salmon, fish roe, spring onion, and black sesame seeds are served atop rice. This dish is definitely for those who love salmon and tuna sashimi.

Yakiniku Beef Bowl ($14)

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If pork or fish is not your choice of food, why not try the Yakiniku Beef Bowl? Runny yolk oozes out into the tender beef slices. Tuck into a warm bowl of beefy goodness!

There you go! Who’s ready for some awesome good food?

Thumbs up to Sin Lee Foods for its constant innovation and take on cafe food. Sin Lee Foods is indeed satisfying and definitely worth future visits.

Not the easiest to get to, so get your GPS out and track down this unique cafe at Tiong Bahru!

You can get a 10% discount at Sin Lee Foods with HollerOut. Read here for details!

Sin Lee Foods
Address: Blk 4 Jalan Bukit Ho Swee #01-164, Singapore 162004
Contact: 6377 3170
Opening Hours: Tues-Fri 11am-9pm; Sat 9.30am-9pm; Sun 9.30am-6pm; PH 11:30am-6pm. Closed on Mon
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Gardens By The Bay Presents Yet Another Date Night Opportunity. Hint: It Ends This Week!

From 3 to 18 September, in conjunction with Mid-Autumn festival, Gardens by the Bay will be transformed into a whole new light.

With dazzling displays of elaborately handcrafted lantern sets, multimedia installation, nightly performances and many other amazing highlights, Gardens by the Bay’s event is one you must not miss. Check out the line ups for this exciting event happening at the Gardens!

1. Be Amazed By Giant Lantern Displays

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Join in the spectacular display of lanterns at the Gardens this Mid-Autumn. Giant lanterns measuring up to 27 metres will be displayed at various locations in the Gardens.

Time: 7pm – 11pm daily
Location: Golden Garden, near Conservatories, Supertree Grove and Dragonfly Bridge

2. Stroll Through The Colonnade Of Lights

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As you take a stroll along the Colonnade, appreciate the 4,000 colourful lanterns hanging above.

These paper lanterns are decorated by the community including local and international students and senior citizens.

Time: 7pm – 11pm daily
Location: Colonnade (Supertree Grove)

3. Be wowed by Ron Arad’s  720°

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Brought in by the Singapore International Festival of Arts, be wowed by the massive installation by designer extraodinaire Ron Arad.

He presents 720°, a monumental outdoor video installation with great creativity. At 18 metres in diameter, the installation is made up of 5,600 silicon cords of over 37 kilometres in length.

Drop by the Meadow to experience this magical interactive stage.

Time: 7pm – 11pm daily
Location: Meadow

4. Indulge In A Hearty Spread

Not only will you get to feast on some of your salted egg yolk favourites, there’s even chilli crab mantous!

Indulge in your favourite Asian goodies and eat to your heart’s content while you soak in the festivities.

Time: 6pm – 10.30pm daily
Location: Colonnade (Supertree Grove)

5. Craft And Fringe Activities

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Try out various activities from lantern decorating, calligraphy to guess the riddle at the craft booths. Do note that some activities are chargeable.

Have fun reliving your childhood decorating and making lanterns and put them to good use for the night!

Time: 7pm – 10pm daily **Chinese Riddles: 8pm – 9.30pm
Location: Supertree Grove

6. Enjoy Cultural Performances By Traditional Art Groups

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Though Mid-Autumn festival is largely celebrated by the Chinese community, multi-ethnic groups will be putting up cultural performances at the Supertree Grove.

Themed “Moon | Conversations”, traditional art groups will be putting up performances ranging from evergreen Chinese songs to contemporary Indian music.

Time: Mon to Thurs 8pm to 8.45pm, Fri to Sun, 7pm to 7.45pm & 8pm to 8.45pm, *12 Sep (Mon): 7pm to 7.45pm & 8pm to 8.45pm
Location: Supertree Grove

There are so many events happening at the Gardens this Mid-Autumn Festival!

Don’t forget to bring those lanterns and relieve your childhood memories of celebrating Mid-Autumn Festival. If you’re still thinking of where to go during this year’s Mid-Autumn Festival, the Gardens is definitely one you must not miss out!

(All images are by Your Ultimate Guide To The Most Decadent And Epic Singapore F1 After Parties

Mid-Autumn Fest: 5 Romantic Places To Visit With Your Date That Will Set Your Heart Aflutter

Every year, families gather to indulge in mooncakes, and enjoy dazzling lighting displays and lantern processions in celebration of Mid-Autumn festival.

In appreciation of the lunar moon, celebrations go into full swing once the sun sets. Thinking about where to celebrate this year’s Mid-Autumn festival? We’ve round up the best places to visit with your date that’s bound to set your heart aflutter. Enjoy the full moon, savour mooncakes, and soak in the sights and sounds!

1. Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival Celebrations 2016 

This year, the street light-up features lantern displays telling the legendary story of Chang’Er and Hou Yi. Book your date and head to Chinatown to view the gorgeous yearly Mid-Autumn light up. The light up will be displayed till 30 September.

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After viewing the massive light displays, join in the festive fun with live nightly performances at Kreta Ayer Square. With performances by local entertainers and troupes from China, you’ll be entertained by animated and dynamic Chinese cultural acts, folk songs and music and dances.

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During the festival, walk along the bustling street and shop through the night. The streets will be bustling with stalls selling traditional and modern mooncakes, decorative ornaments, preserved fruits, potted plants, clothing and many more!

Date: 2 to 15 September 2016
7pm till late

Mass Lantern Walk
Date & Time:
11 September, 7:00PM – 10:00PM
Starting point: Kreta Ayer Square

2. Mid-Autumn @ Gardens by the Bay

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Happening from now till 18 September, experience Gardens by the Bay in a whole new light. You can expect dazzling displays of handcrafted lantern sets to multimedia installations and nightly performances located at the Gardens.

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Bring your lanterns and join in for a stroll along the Gardens! Nothing else will set your heart aflutter like strolling among beautiful light displays.

Date: 3 to 18 September 2016
7pm to 11pm
Gardens by the Bay

3. Wan Qing Mid-Autumn Festival 2016

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Relive your childhood memories at Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall as life-sized lantern installations resembling old playgrounds will be displayed.


Head down this weekend on 10 and 11 September as there are free programmes for everyone – Lantern Making Workshop, Shadow Puppetry, Xin Yao Live Band, and more!

You can also wind down and relax to popular ’90s music performances or listen to storytelling featuring Mid-Autumn tales. Sounds like a great idea for an awesome date!

Date: 9 to 18 September 2016
7pm to 10pm
Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall

4. Moonfest 2016 Esplanade

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Join in the celebrations at the Esplanade with its annual Chinese traditional arts festival.

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There are workshops available such as DIY Snowskin Mooncakes, as well as a Lantern-Making Workshop. No better time to impress your date with your handicraft skills!


Both ticketed and free programmes are available, check out the detailed listings here.

Date: 9 to 11 September 2016
Various timings

5. Chinese Garden Mid-Autumn Festival 2016

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The Chinese Gardens is one place you must not miss out during Mid-Autumn Festival. With spectacular displays of large-scale lanterns and props, this tranquil garden will be transformed into an epic date-worthy place.

Location: Chinese Gardens

With so many events happening this Mid-Autumn festival, take some time off and spend it with your date, friends or family. Indulge in those delicious mooncakes and stroll along the parks and gardens with your lanterns.

Though the Mid-Autumn festival is largely celebrated by the Chinese community, everyone from all walks of life and races are always welcomed to join in the fun!

(Header image by yoursingapore)

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6 Absolutely Beautiful Spots In Singapore That You Can Actually Dive In!

Surprising to many, Singapore is not just a stopover for feasting and shopping. Do you know what we also have a range of diving sites? You probably thought that we have no marine life at all, but our research has proved us wrong!

It doesn’t matter whether you are a seasoned or novice diver, check out our list of diving sites in Singapore. Get your game on for your next adventure!

1. Sisters’ Island Marine Park

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Opened to the public recently, scuba divers are now able to register to explore the underwater trails at the Sisters’ Island Marine Park. A wide range of marine life has actually been found in the waters and NParks has developed a first dive trial. It’s located at Pulau Subar Laut or the Big Sister’s Island. Divers have spotted huge seafans and many seawhips along the dive trail.

How to get there: Check out the Dive Trail schedule by NParks here.

2. Pulau Hantu

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A 30-minute boat ride from Singapore, Pulau Hantu is a popular diving site for local recreational divers due to its accessibility and sheltered reefs. Pulau Hantu is made up of 2 islands, Hantu Besar and Hantu Kecil. Visitors are able to walk between the islands during its low tide season.

Although Pulau Hantu is located in close vicinity to the Pulau Bukom’s refineries, divers are able to spot rich marine life and reef collection. The high density of divers has led to some coral damage. However, it is still the best and nearest spot for diving in Singapore.

How to get there: Join one of the many dive groups that organise regular trips to Pulau Hantu.

3. Kusu Island

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Unlike Pulau Hantu, the reefs of Kusu Island are not as well known to recreational divers. This island is great for divers looking for a less crowded setting. Located just 5.6km from Singapore, Kusu Island houses a 8.5 hectare holiday resort. The island is home to one of the highest densities of anemones and anemonefishes known in Singapore!

How to get there: Ferries depart daily from Marina South Pier. Prices for a two-way trip are fixed at $18 for adults and $12 for children aged 1 to 12 years old.

4. Pulau Salu

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Pulau Salu is a small island located to the South of Jurong Island. The coast consists of many coral formations and is a popular spot for scuba diving. Divers would be able to see sharks, barracudas and even dolphins if you’re really lucky. However, currents here can be quite strong thus you must be an experienced diver.

How to get there: There are no scheduled ferries to the island. Charter your own private boat or join dive groups that organise trips to Pulau Salu.

5. Pulau Jong

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Being a tiny island, one would not expect Pulau Jong’s waters to be filled with rich marine life and reefs. Black-tip sharks and schools of parrotfishes which are rarely seen on our reefs in Singapore are often spotted in Pulau Jong. Recently, pipefish has also been found there. It’s a new sighting and record for Singapore’s waters.

Due to its location and size, Pulau Jong’s reefs can experience strong and tricky currents of up to 3 knots. There may also be choppy waters in bad weather conditions during the monsoon season. Do check the weather before heading out to dive in Pulau Jong.

How to get there: There are no scheduled ferries to the island. Charter your own private boat or join dive groups that organise trips to Pulau Jong.

6. Labrador Reef

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Labrador Reef remains as our last stretch of coral reefs on the mainland. This spot is a popular destination for students, nature lovers and recreational divers who want to explore a natural shore. Even at high tide, interesting marine life is spotted here.

As Labrador is a Nature Reserve, diving there requires the prior permission of NParks. Under NParks regulations, dives are allowed at Labrador reef, but dive trainings are not to be conducted.

How to get there: Labrador Reef is located South of the mainland island.

Nothing beats the thrill of diving in our very own Singapore waters! Call all your diving kakis and make a trip down to one of these islands. They’ll definitely amaze you!

(Header image by WaikikiDive)

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There Are Wild Dolphins In Singapore’s Waters? We Did The Research & Uncovered The Spots.

There’s no doubt that dolphins are one of the most loved marine animals in the world. You may think that these beloved dolphins are only sighted around the waters of Bali or Australia. However, do you know that people have sighted dolphins in Singapore? Right in our own backyard!

There have been at least 50 sightings reported to the National University of Singapore’s Tropical Marine Science Institute (TMSI) in 2012. More than 169 dolphins were also spotted between 2008 and 2011. Species such as the Indo-Pacific humpbacked dolphin or pink dolphin are commonly found in Singapore’s congested southern waters. Dolphins in Singapore? Just wow!

Here are some places where you can catch a glimpse of these lovely wild dolphins in Singapore.

1. Between St John’s And Lazarus Islands

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Dolphins in Singapore are spotted most frequently between St John‘s and Lazarus Islands, south of Sentosa. These wild dolphins often generate excitement on social media. The waters are calm during monsoon rains. Fishes at the nearby coral reefs attract these wild dolphins to the area for food and rest.

2. Sisters’ Islands Marine Park

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Another spot to view lovely dolphins in Singapore is at Sisters Island Marine Park. Recently, in early August 2016, Indo-Pacific humpbacked dolphins were spotted near the area. Being located in close proximity to one of the world’s busiest ports, the Marine Park provides a safe place for marine animals to feed and rest.

3. Between Brani Island and Sentosa

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On 18 June 2016, 4 to 6 dolphins were spotted between Sentosa and Brani Island. Due to their small dorsal fins and slight pink colour, these wild dolphins in Singapore are believed to be the Indo-Pacific humpbacked (also known as pink dolphin) species. Having been sighted twice by a passer-by, one can assume that the pod of dolphins have taken up residence in Singapore’s waters!

4. East Coast Park

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Fill The Void In Your Life With These Equally Good Milk Tea

For all Chun Cui He fans, here are 5 other tasty milk tea alternatives that will fill the void in your life.

It may take a while before you can get your hands on a bottle of the popular Chun Cui He drink here again. A food additive not permitted by the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority (AVA) was found in the drink. This famed drink has since been recalled.

Whether you need to fill a void in your life or not, you can grab a bottle of any of these Milk Tea. Because they’re pretty darn good.

1. Kirin Afternoon Milk Tea

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Kirin Afternoon is a favourite, go-to drink in Japan. It has a rich taste and a silky texture. Kirin’s milk tea is a refreshing drink and comes in 1.5l. Instantly satisfies all your milk tea cravings.

You can find it at Isetan supermarket at $6.90 for 1.5l.

2. Pokka Premium Milk Tea 

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This is 100% real brewed from specially selected premium Ceylon tea leaves and high-quality milk. The creamy taste and sweet aroma of Pokka Premium Milk Tea will linger on to delight your taste buds. This is one of the better milk teas because of its rich tea flavour. Also, no preservatives or colouring have been added.

Available at most supermarkets and convenience stores, $1.40 for 500ml.

3. MineShine Milk Tea Drink

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With carefully selected high-quality tea leaves brewed to perfection, the MineShine Milk Tea Drink tastes similar to those you get from bubble tea shops. Also from Taiwan, this drink claims that it contains powerful tea catechins, a disease-fighting flavonoid and antioxidant that also reduces fat! You believe? We’re not too sure if this is true.

Anyhow, this drink has its own fans and tastes pretty good. Still worth a try.

Do check them out at 7-Eleven stores islandwide.

4. Unif Premium Assam Milk Tea

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Made from freshly picked Assam black tea leaves from the Himalayas foothills, the Unif Premium Assam Milk Tea is blended with premium milk from New Zealand to create a spicy and rich taste. The fragrance of the tea leaves is strong. The tea was milky and fragrant, not too sweet.

Available at most convenience stores.

5. Bale’ Shake Bubble Milk Tea

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Bale’ Shake Bubble Milk Tea tastes unexpectedly good with a creamy and rich taste. Imported from Uni-President (Thailand) Limited, this brand is uncommonly thought of when it comes to milk tea. If you like your milk tea sugar level at 50%, this is the one to try.

It’s pretty fragrant because of the assam tea leaves. It also has a subtle caramelised taste from the brown sugar.

Craving for some cold milk tea in this hot hazy weather? Head down to your nearest supermarket or convenience store and chug down these drinks.

(Header image by ladyironchef)

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Noise Singapore Festival 2016 – Show Your Support For Our Local Talents!

It’s the time of the year again where young budding Singaporean artists showcase their works at the annual Noise Singapore Festival. Its 11th edition this year, Noise Singapore Festival features over 200 artists, 300 new works and a new venue. This year, Noise Singapore Festival presents an exciting line-up for everyone! Support local talents and head down to the various exhibitions, artist market and concerts this August and September!


Noise Singapore Festival Exhibition 

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Themed “Uncharted”, this year’s festival presents a showcase of original artworks and commissioned installations by young people in Singapore. Explore works in both the Outdoor Plaza from 13 – 31 August and indoors from 13 August – 30 September.

Festival Exhibition
Capitol Piazza Outdoor Plaza & #01-23
13 – 31 August 
Time: 10.30am 10.30pm

Noise (co)Lab

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Also located at Capitol Piazza, explore Noise Singapore Festival’s collaborations with partners such as Converse, EZ-link, Naiise and Snupped. With these partnerships, Singapore artists have a chance to express their creativity and showcase their works with the world. EZ-Link Pte Ltd, for example, has launched a set of three 2016 Special Edition National Day EZ-Link cards featuring the works of young artists.

Don’t forget to try out hands-on activities and workshops and discover what it means to be an artist!

Noise co(Lab)
Capitol Piazza #01-23
13 August – 30 September
Time: 10.30am – 10.30pm

Alumni Exhibition

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In collaboration with Noise Singapore Festival, swing by the Esplanade Festival Corner. Have a look at how selected Noise Art Mentorship alumni artists have gone all out to explore unknown territories. View their new commissioned works as they share the results of their creative progression as they gone on to continue developing their art.

Alumni Exhibition
Festival Corner at the Esplanade Concourse
16 – 31 August
Time: 11am – 11pm

Noise Singapore Festival Concert

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Besides the Noise Singapore Festival exhibitions going on at Capitol Piazza and Esplanade Concourse, music lovers will also be treated to performances by Noise Singapore Festival alumni musicians. Wind down the weekend to gigs featuring a mix of old and new songs. The line-up is exciting! Expect music talents like Stopgap, Take Two and enec.e. What’s more, three emerging Australian acts will also join in to add an international flavour to the concert.

In addition, in conjunction with Weekend Noise, some of the Noise Singapore Festival Artists will also be performing at Singapore Night Festival‘s festival village at SMU. It’s happening this coming weekend on 26 and 27 August.

Festival Concert
Esplanade Outdoor Theatre and Concourse
26 – 28 August
Time: Various evening timings

Noise Artist Market


Lastly, not to be missed is Noise Artist Market! Drop by Esplanade Concourse and be treated to an array of original art, crafts, accessories from local artists and designers. Support 12 local artists as they showcase their works from miniature air-dry clay dishes by Tiny Supply to colourful art prints by Nadia So.

Noise Artist Market
Esplanade Concourse
27 – 28 August 
5pm – 10pm

There’s so much do to at Noise Singapore Festival 2016! Drop by the exhibitions, shop at the artist market or chill at the concerts. There’s something for everyone at the festival!

(All photos are by Noise Singapore, otherwise stated)

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