Immersive Installation Explores SG Youths’ Vision For The Future: 5 Reasons To Check It Out

As millennials and Gen Z-ers, we love any stunning visual
installation that makes a great photo-op for our Instagram feed, but to call us
superficial would be wrong.

We’re also the same people who crave to go deep and talk
about the meaning of life, our hopes and dreams, and how we envision a better

A new roadshow called Spark
The Next: Youth Hangout
will let you do both. While it sets a dazzling
backdrop of swirling colours for the ‘gram, it’s also packed with many
insightful things to discover, based on topics that we care about.

Here’s why you should check it out.

Psychedelic Spaces Come Alive When You Step Inside

Spark The Next: Youth Hangout, installation about what the youths of Singapore envision for the future.
Image Credit: DiscoverSG

If your favourite installations are the kind you can
interact with, Spark The Next: Youth
will let you unapologetically be the ‘itchy-fingers’ your parents
used to call you.

Step inside the various installations, snoop around and
see what happens. Each of its psychedelic spaces isfilled with interactive elements — every action you take here
triggers a reaction that may just surprise you!

In fact, the installations quite literally won’t show you anything special unless you work with them. So go ahead and don’t hold back your curiosity!

Learn How Your Habits Can Make The World Around You Greener 

Many young Singaporeans are on board with the idea of
sustainability. But frankly, we know it’s going to take SO much more than just
metal straws to fix waste, pollution and climate change.

For the eco-conscious who want to know how they can do
their part, Room For Change will
show you where to look.

What do you do with your old phone when you upgrade to a
newer model? Did you know your fashion choices could be leaving a nasty trace
too? The good news is, switching to better habits can make a positive impact.

Explore this installation to find out how your little
changes can go a long way!

We Don’t Have To Hide What We’re Dealing With Inside

The Invisible Gallery installation at #SparkTheNext showcases unseen stories of struggles from real Singaporeans.
Image Credit: Spark The Next

We’re the generation that’s ready to stop shying away and
get real about mental health and many other complications of growing up. But it
isn’t always easy for these conversations to happen. When everyone constantly
tries to put their best ‘face’ forward, sometimes we don’t know who’s actually

The Invisible
shows you blank canvases at first, just like the way
emotional strife is often hidden beneath the surface. There’s a simple trick to
revealing what lies beneath. We won’t tell you how, but here’s a hint: your
handphone will help you out.

Once you find out what to do, you’ll start to see stories of struggles come to light. Prepare to have your heartstrings tugged as Singaporeans share about their personal experiences with mental health, addiction and other unseen struggles.

Find Out How Successful Singaporeans Were Once #YouthsLikeUs

Meet a young Fandi Ahmad and learn from his journey at the Youths Like Us installation, #SparkTheNext
Image Credit: DiscoverSG

Everyone could use a motivator now and then, to remind you that you’re doing great and to keep going towards your goals!

Who better to do that than fellow Singaporeans who have
been through the hustle and made their mark?

Youths-Like-Us lets you ‘meet’ Michelle Chong, Fandi Ahmad, MasterChef Asia finalist Lennard Yeong and Tanglin actress Eswari Gunasagar as their younger selves pursuing their passions, and they each have a few words to help motivate you along your own path to success.

Meet a young Michelle Chong to learn about her journey at the Youths Like Us installation, #SparkThe Next
Image Credit: DiscoverSG

Besides getting some nuggets of wisdom about how they made personal progress on their journey, you could also win exclusive workshops with each of the four personalities!

Free Entry To An Immersive Experience

The best part is that
Spark The Next: Youth Hangout
is completely free for anyone to enjoy. If
you’re tired of expensive outings with your friends or S/O, this makes for a
memorable activity you can try without spending a cent.

In fact, you can also look out for instructions at the
installation to redeem free bubble tea, and stand a chance to win mall vouchers!

You’ll definitely leave with something new learnt, and maybe even feel inspired to start a change IRL.

The installation will be hopping across a few locations around Singapore, including Plaza Singapura and Our Tampines Hub. You can catch it first at Jurong Point from 20 November!

Spark The Next: Youth Hangout
Location: Jurong Point
Date: 20 – 24 November 2019

Location: Plaza Singapura
Date: 27 November – 1 December 2019

Location: Our Tampines Hub
Date: 4 – 8 December 2019

Click The Secrets of City Hall Unveiled at National Gallery Singapore’s Latest Exhibition

Experience A Slice Of 50s And 60s At Chinatown Opera Festival 2019

Many of us are familiar with Getai, but the
art form that truly captures the charm of ancient Chinese performing arts is
Chinese Opera.

It’s ostentatious costumes, over-the-top make-up, and the dramatic falsetto singing are symbolic of a fascinating art form that can be traced way back to the Tang Dynasty. And although Chinese Opera isn’t as popular today, there’s still so much value and beauty to this traditional performing arts, which you can experience at the upcoming Chinatown Opera Festival!

Traditional Chinese Opera at Chinatown Opera Festival 2019

This 20th to 24th November, Singaporeans
will get to travel back in time and experience the performing arts on the 50s
and 60s at the Chinatown Opera Festival 2019!

The first ever opera festival showcasing
Singapore’s rich local heritage and culture will feature a range of exquisite
performances as well as activities and food that encapsulates the nostalgic
days of the past.

You can expect an array of performances by local troupes like the Qiong Ju Society of Singapore and

Highlights include Hainanese Opera by Qiong Ju Society of Singapore / Image Credit: Qiong Ju Singapore

For the younger audience, fret not as there are also
‘introductory programmes’ that will guide you in navigating the eclectic world
of Chinese Opera. There’s even a live demonstration of Chinese Opera weapons,
which is sure to excite even the most unenthused!

Other highlights of the shows include puppet shows, face-changing performances, the beautiful water sleeve dance, and also a special Pop Music & Opera segment featuring local artistes Sylvester Sim, Nick Shen, and Gavin Xie.

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Snack on some traditional Dragon’s Beard candy / Image Credit: PartyMojo

There will also be food stalls offering assortments of
traditional snacks, so you can indulge in some dragon beard candy, egg tarts,
and our all-time favourite ice cream bread as you explore and shop for Opera

Win A Brand New iPhone 11 At The
#ChinatownSG Contest

top of that, stand a chance to win a brand new iPhone 11 at the #ChinatownSG
contest! To participate, follow Chinatown Singapore on Facebook (ChinatownstreetmarketSG) and Instagram (@ChinatownSingapore).

any two photos of yourself in operatic costume or with any of the opera
characters at the event venue, Banda Street carpark, or Kreta Ayer Square and
on your Facebook and Instagram with the hashtags #ChinatownSG #VisitSingapore
#PassionMadePossible. Remember to also tag @ChinatownstreetmarketSG on Facebook, and

Featured Image Credit: Chinatown Business Association

This article was written in collaboration with Chinatown Business Association.

The Secrets of City Hall Unveiled at National Gallery Singapore’s Latest Exhibition

We all know City Hall as an MRT station and the bridge between the ‘red’ and ‘green’ train lines, but the ‘real’ City Hall is actually a three minute walk away, at National Gallery Singapore.

Unbeknownst to some, City Hall was once known as the Municipal Building, and provided the backdrop for many significant—yet sometimes lesser-known—moments in Singapore’s history. For example, did you know that it was on the steps of City Hall that the late Mr. Lee Kuan Yew recited the Proclamation of Malaysia on Sept 16, 1963?

In conjunction with the Singapore Bicentennial, National Gallery Singapore has launched a new exhibition that opens the window to these lesser known stories, taking you on an immersive multimedia experience where you will get to witness these moments come to life.

Free for Singaporeans and PRs, this exhibition marks the first time that National Gallery Singapore is hosting a long-term exhibition within the City Hall Chamber.

Embark On A Historical Journey With ‘Encik Awang’

Begin your experience with ‘Encik Awang’, a character inspired by a real-life caretaker, who will guide you through key events that happened in and around the City Hall building. Before that however, have your photos taken at the photobooth and download them via a QR code. You’ll also be in for a surprise as these photos will be incorporated into a part of the show!

Embark on a journey through time to learn about the origins of the building, its name, and the other stories within the building’s walls.

Go on a multisensorial historical journey through these interactive panels
Image Credit: National Gallery Singapore

The 20-minute multimedia show will immerse you in these stories through several interactive elements, like diffusing the smoke caused by a Japanese air raid during the war.

The City Hall building served as a bomb shelter during the Japanese occupation. The City Hall chamber is also where the Japanese surrender took place.
Image Credit: National Gallery Singapore

Besides the evolving roles of the building, you will also learn about some lesser-known trades like lamplighters. Overseen by the Municipal Council, they climbed up lamp posts daily to illuminate the streets which were lined with gas-powered lamps.

Muse Over Our History And Culture At The Social Wall

After bidding goodbye to Encik Awang, head on over to Singapore Courtyard at level 3 of the City Hall building, where you’ll get to deepen your understanding of Singapore’s past through art at the Social Wall, a life-sized multi-touch interactive screen.

The Social Wall at level 3 of the City Hall building is made out of twelve 55-inch panels
Image Credit: National Gallery Singapore

Here, you can choose from curated themes like Portraits of Lives, Architecture and Stories, Conflicts and Concerns, War and Adversity, Places and Inspirations, and Changing Landscapes, which will present you with a selection of artworks that inspire you to think about the historical and cultural contexts of their creation. 

There’s also a ‘Surprise Me!’ function to personalise your experience, which will create a journey based on your profile.

You can even go on a hunt for the original artworks presented on the Social Wall! Download a digital map via the QR code on the Social Wall, which will lead you to the pieces displayed in the exhibits at Siapa Nama Kamu? Art in Singapore since the 19th Century.

The artwork on the left is one of the artworks you will find on the hunt.
Image Credit: National Gallery Singapore

Immerse Yourself In The Unique Stories At The Memories Of City Hall

After celebrating the history of City Hall and the events surrounding the building, get a different perspective of history through the lenses of people who used to walk the hallways of this grand monument at the Memories of City Hall. The personal stories of these people who have played an important role in the building’s history makes for a great way to wrap up your experience. 

Located at Singapore Courtyard at level 2 of the City Hall, the exhibition completes the City Hall story with a selection of oral history interviews and archives of unique stories and memories of people who were based in City Hall from the 1960s to 1980s. These include stories of former civil servants in the early days of Singapore’s independence.

You can also download the Gallery Explorer App to read more about the compelling stories relating to key moments in Singapore’s history, such as the unveiling of Singapore’s State Crest and National Flag, and the first public performance of the national anthem.

Celebrate City Hall’s Rich History

Image Credit: National Gallery Singapore

Whether you’re a history or art buff, or simply looking for an exhibition to check out, City Hall: If Walls Could Talk will be an engaging journey of discovery, and will surprise you with little known facts about a majestic building that we are visually familiar with. 

Check out City Hall: If Walls Could Talk from 1 September 2019 at the 3rd floor, City Hall Chamber, National Gallery Singapore. 

General admission applies to the exhibition (free for Singaporeans and PRs). For more information, visit! 

This article is written in collaboration with National Gallery Singapore.

Header Image Credit: National Gallery Singapore

Also Read: Singapore Bicentennial – The History And Debate Around It

Catch This Uniquely S’porean Play By Tan Kheng Hua And Get A FREE UNIQLO Shopping Spree In Return

Uniqlo Theatre

UNIQLO is known for a lot of things: stylish-yet-affordable clothing, their three-storey Global Flagship Store at Orchard Central, and a tendency to scream in our faces every five minutes, to name a few.

But theatre? Well, that’s a new one.

Uniqlo Theatre

We’re not joking, though. To promote their upcoming Fall / Winter 2018 collection, the Japanese brand is staging a guided play titled Modest Travels, which tell four stories of Singaporeans and their experiences overseas.

This isn’t some rookie production, either — the play is produced by none other than Tan Kheng Hua, fresh off her role as Constance Wu’s mother in the Crazy Rich Asians movie.

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The cast is also comprised of local theatre actors such as Zee Wong and Timothy Wang, and includes singer-songwriter Inch Chua as well.

The 1.5 hour play will be presented on the 21st (Friday) and 22nd (Saturday) of September at 18/20 Temenggong Road, and tickets are going for $30.

(Technically) Free

Okay, we’re aware that not everyone is willing to spend $30 to watch a play, but here’s where things get interesting.

After watching the show, you’ll be able to fully convert your ticket into UNIQLO store credit, which means that the performance is technically free if you were already planning to get some new threads.

This strategy seems to be working, with two of the three shows on Saturday already sold out.

A performance by Singapore’s theatre elite, something to do over the weekend AND a thinly-veiled excuse to buy more clothes? We’d say get your tickets sooner than later, because there’s really no reason not to go.

Venue: 18/20 Temenggong Road, Singapore 098772
Date: September 21 and 22nd
Time: 2:30pm – 3:30pm, 4:00pm – 5:30pm, 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Admission: $30

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Also Read Follow The Yellow Brick Road And Bask Among 16,000 Sunflowers In The Flower Dome

(Header Image Credit: UNIQLO Singapore and Tan Kheng Hua)

Kenny G Comes To Singapore This November To Sax Things Up For One Night Only

Kenny G

If there’s an instrument that I want to learn besides the accursed recorder, it’s the Saxophone.

And it’s thanks to this musician that ignited my love for the saxophone – Kenny G.

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Fans of Kenny G will also be glad to know that the beloved saxophonist will be performing in Singapore on 8 November 2018 at The Star Theatre!

He last performed in Singapore back in 2015 and this time round, he will be featuring his album The Brazilian Nights.

Listen to The Brazilian Night below.

Ticket prices go from $78 to $328. Early bird ticket sales go live from 20 August 2018 to 2 September 2018 exclusively for MasterCard holders.

You can purchase your tickets from SISTIC.

If you love your Bossa Nova, don’t miss Kenny G live in Singapore!

Kenny G Live In Singapore
Venue: The Star Theatre
Date: 8 Nov 2018
Price: $78 – $328

Also read Do You Feel It? The Weeknd Is Coming To S’pore For The First Time In December

(Header Image Source: Kenny G)

Don’t Worry, ‘Beer’ Happy – 6 Cheapest Beer Towers In S’pore For $50 And Under

cheapest beer towers

Singapore has no shortage of pubs and bars, thanks to a nation of drinkers.

However, not all places have cheap beer and if you’re out drinking with your mates, it might be a bit of a shock when the bill arrives.

Don’t worry though, we’ve got you covered with a short list of places with the cheapest beer towers in Singapore, because honestly, with beer towers this cheap, there’s no reason to get your own bottle.

Let’s go!

Inspirit House

Inspirit House kicks off the list, offering beer towers at $50 during their Happy Hours.

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Now, before you get bummed, you should know that their Happy Hour lasts from the time they’re open till 8pm daily.

Yes, DAILY. What’s more, you get to choose from a Hoegaarden White tower or a Rosée tower.

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If you like any of those 2 beers, then you should hit up Inspirit House.

Inspirit House
Address: 3 Punggol Point Road, The Punggol Settlement #01-05, Singapore 828694
Opening Hours: Tue – Thu: 3pm – 12am, Fri: 3pm – 1am, Sat: 9am – 1am, Sun: 9am – 12am, Mon: Closed
Contact no.: 6920 6388
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Happy Hour begins at 11.30am and ends at 9pm daily. What’s more, you can get finger food such as Crispy Chicken Skin ($6) and Mozzarella Cheese Sticks ($10) to go with your beer.

You can view their full menu Two Fat Men Food Bar

Two Fat Men Food Bar is a neighbourhood bar that offers Singha Draught Beer Towers at just $48 during their Happy Hour!

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Happy Hours are from 5 to 9pm on weekdays, and 2 to 9pm on weekends.

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What’s more, they’re also known for their fragrant Basil Chicken Fried Rice ($9), packed with wok hei.

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If you love Thai food and Thai beers, then Two Fat Men Food Bar is THE place for you.

Two Fat Men Food Bar
Address: 376 East Coast Road, Singapore 428984
Opening Hours: Mon – Fri: 5pm – 12am, Sat – Sun: 2pm – 12am
Contact no.: 6348 0241

Al Capone’s Kallang

You would think that a mall by the sports hub of Singapore would be filled with GNCs and other fitness or wellness shops, but NO.

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Here we have Al Capone’s at Kallang Wave Mall. They’re known for their all-day $39 Heineken Beer Towers.

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Yes, ALL DAY. If that’s not good enough for you, check out their Mabuk Monday promotions on their Facebook page.

Anybody up to get mabuk?

Al Capone’s Kallang
Address: 1 Stadium Place Kallang Wave Mall #01-15, Singapore 397628
Opening Hours: Daily: 11am – 2am
Contact no.: 6282 5926

Stickies Bar

Stickies Bar is a crowd favourite. If you ask any person who knows their beer, they’ll tell you that Stickies Bar is one of the best places to drink.

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You can get a beer tower for just $35! That’s insanely cheap and one of the best prices you’re going to find in Singapore.

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Also, the service is great and the staff are friendly. If you’re not already drinking at Stickies Bar, then what are you doing?

Stickies Bar
Address: Riverside Piazza #01-10, 11 Keng Cheow Street, Singapore 059608
Opening Hours: Daily: 12pm – 12am
Contact no.: 6443 7564

Sleeping Giants Bar

We thought Stickies Bar had the cheapest beer tower in Singapore. We were so wrong.

Enter Sleeping Giants Bar. They have the cheapest beer towers in Singapore, at just $29.90 for their Housepour Tower! And the 2nd tower onwards goes for just $19.90!

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You can choose from Asahi, Heineken, Cresten and more for your Beer Tower.

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So what’re you waiting for?

Sleeping Giants Bar
Address: 217 East Coast Road, #01-01, Singapore 428915
Opening Hours: Mon – Thu: 4pm – 1am, Fri – Sun: 3pm – 1am
Contact no.: 8383 5602

Also read 8 Hawker Food Haunts That Are Tried, Tasted, And Recommended By True Blue S’poreans

(Header Image Source: Sleeping Giants)

Beyond Char Siew Siew Yoke – Cantonese Words & Phrases You Can Impress Your Grandma With

cantonese singapore

If you read the previous article on Hokkien 101, you’d know that I grew up speaking Hokkien.

What I didn’t add, however, is that my parents and grandparents spoke both Hokkien and Cantonese fluently, though I only managed to pick up 1 dialect.

I’ve always wanted to pick up Cantonese though but I can never seem to properly grasp the dialect’s tones and pronunciation.

But today, I’m going to try my best to convey the basic Cantonese words and phrases that I’ve managed to learn from my helpful colleagues and family.

The flow will be the same as the Hokkien 101 article, so it’ll be easier for comparison. Now, let’s dive in!

1. Oy and Mm-Oy

Oy, means “want” and Mm-Oy means “don’t want”.

The lack of consonants in Oy bothers me a little bit.

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So in future, if the waitress in Yum Cha pushes you the dim sum cart for Phoenix Claws, just say “Mm-Oy“.

2. Oy-Mm-Oy

It took me a while to not completely butcher this term into “Oy-Moy”.

Oy-Mm-Oy is the Cantonese equivalent of “Ai Mai”.

Example: “We’re planning a trip to Hong Kong in November and we have one more slot in our AirBNB. Oy-Mm-Oy?”

3. Chut Hoi

Chut Hoi, sometimes also known as Chut Gai, means “going out” or “heading out”.

Chut Hooi directly translates into “leaving home” and Chut Gai translates into “Going onto the street”. Either way, both mean that you’re not home.

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Example: “Where are you going? Everyday Chut Gai, then leave me at home with your father. I don’t know raise children for what.”

4. Saek Fong

Saek Fong, like Jiak Hong, also literally translates into “eating air”.

It means “to travel” or “holidaying”.

Example: “Eh your trip to Macau next month is for work or you going Saek Fong?”

5. Fan Ohk

Fan Ohk (read: fun oak), means “to go home”.

Example: “I’m going to fan ohk. You guys go ahead and karaoke without me.”

6. Lok Yu

Lok Yu is the equivalent of “Lor Hor”.

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So if you hear anyone saying that it “Lok Yu“, better grab your umbrella.

7. Saek And Saek Fan

Saek means to eat, though Saek Fan is more commonly used.

Saek Fan translates to “eat rice”.

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Example: “Guys, let’s go Saek Fan leh. 1.30pm already. I’m hungry.”

8. Fan Gao

Fan Gao means “sleep” or “sleeping”.

Example: “I’m gonna go home to Fan Gao. I’m super tired.”

9. Lei Hou Ma

This isn’t Lei Hou’s mother.

This is the Cantonese version of “Ho Seh Bo?” or “How are you?”

Example: “Hello auntie, Lei Hou Ma?”

10. Tak and Mm-Tak

Tak (read: tuck), means can. While Mm-Tak means cannot.


A: “Ma, can I go out with my friends?”

B: “Mm-Tak! You never finish your homework, you don’t go out.”


A: “Can I borrow your pen?”

B: “Tak. Would you like the blue or black one?”

11. Tak-Mm-Tak

Tak-Mm-Tak, the combination of the previous 2 words, basically translates into “can or not?”

Example: “Eh I borrow your laptop, Tak-Mm-Tak? I need to check something.”

12. Fai Di

Fai Di means to “hurry up”.

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Example: “Fai Di lah! We’re going to be late at this rate.”

13. Dor Tseh

Dor Tseh is the ever-useful “thank you”.

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Always remember your “please” and “thank you”.

So there you have it, Cantonese words and phrases that aren’t names of Dim Sum dishes. Cantonese is a polite and refined dialect, unlike the seeming brash tones of Hokkien.

Once again, dialects are important because they’re part of the Chinese heritage. Don’t let it die out.

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Hokkien 101 – Words And Phrases You Can Use Everyday Without Getting Slapped

hokkien lingo

Hello, ho seh bo? I’m Ian, DiscoverSG’s leading Hokkien speaker.

Singapore is home to many dialect groups, but one of the most common one is probably Hokkien.

If you grew up in Singapore, you’ve definitely heard Hokkien being spoken around you, whether you’re aware of it or not.

The place where Hokkien is most prevalent is the humble kopitiam, where the elderly chatter fluently in the dialect.

If you don’t understand a single word of it, or if your Hokkien is limited to the expletives, then allow me to teach you some simple words and phrases that you can use daily.

Trust me, I spoke Hokkien before I learnt English.

1. Ai and Mai

These are your most basic words.

Ai, means “want”. Whereas, Mai, means “don’t want”.

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So, in future, if you’re bombarded with a sentence in Hokkien and you’re not sure, just say Mai and spare yourself the embarrassment.

2. Ai Mai?

You’ve probably heard or even used it before.

Ai Mai, a combination of the previous 2 words, is usually used as a question to ask if you want something or not?

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Example: “We’re going to have supper after karaoke. Join us ah. Ai mai?”

3. Chut Mng

Chut Mng is a term that’s used by the older generation that means “heading out” or “going out”.

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Example: “Ah boy, where you going? Everyday see you chut mng, you think my house is hotel is it?”

4. Tit Toh

Stop giggling. Tit Toh is somewhat similar to Chut Mng, but its meaning is closer to “jalan jalan” or going out to have fun.

Example: “Everyday chut mng tit toh, you a lot of money to spend is it?”

5. Jiak Hong

Jiak Hong literally translates into “eating air”.

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The real meaning of the word is “to travel” or “holidaying”.

Example: “Eh I saw Alex’s Instagram Story, he go to Switzerland to jiak hong or for exchange?”

6. Dng Chu

Dng Chu means to “go home”.

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Example: “Eh guys I’m gonna dng chu already. Y’all have fun.”

7. Lor Hor

Lor Hor translates to “raining”.

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8. Jiak Png

Jiak Png is probably one of the most used Hokkien phrases. It directly translates to “eat rice” but it’s used to mean “have lunch/dinner” or “to eat”.

Example: “Eh it’s 1pm already. Let’s go jiak png.”

9. Kun

Kun, in this case, does not refer to the Japanese honorific for boys. In Hokkien, it means “to sleep”.

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Example: “This lecturer talk so slowly. I want to kun already.”

10. Ho Seh Bo?

Ho Seh Bo is a greeting which means “How are you?” However, this would be better used when speaking to someone who is of the same age, or younger.

When speaking to an elder, you should be using Li Ho Bo which means “Are you well?”

Example: “Wah bro, long time no see. Ho seh bo?”

11. Eh Sai and Buay Sai

Singaporeans who speak Hokkien love to use these. Eh Sai means “can”, and Buay Sai means “cannot”.


A: “Can I borrow your pen?”

B: “Eh sai.”


A: “Can I borrow your pen?”

B: “Buay sai, cos I only have one.”

However, if you’re using Eh Sai in the context of “can or not”, then Eh Sai needs to be complemented with “Buay” at the end. The sentence would be something like this.


A: “Eh you not using your pen. I borrow ah? Eh sai buay?

B: “Eh sai. Take lor.”

12. Kah Kin

Kah Kin means ” to hurry up”. If you’re a sloth, you might’ve heard this used on you more than a few times.

Example: “Eh you very slow, the movie going to start already. Can you kah kin anot?”

So there you have it. Hokkien words and phrases that you can use daily. Feel free to pepper your sentences when speaking with your grandparents for that bit of extra.

Also please don’t let Hokkien die out as a dialect. Pass it on.

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10 Budget-Friendly Karaoke Studios In S’pore From As Low As $1 For 2 Songs


Recently I chanced upon this cute little Sanrio character on Netflix (of all places).

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No wonder Lulu The Movie was filmed in Cash Studio Family Karaoke.

If you’re parched from all that belting, free drinks are available too.

They have 2. Grandlink Karaoke

Grandlink Karaoke is a disco, 24-hour KTV, and music hall that offers darts, billiards and pool, as well as game console rentals for XBox One, PS4 and Wii Station.

They have 48 rooms available that accommodate from 5 to 70 people, depending on your requirements.

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Their rates begin from $5 per hour and if you download their Loyalty App, you’ll get to enjoy discounted member prices.

If your group of friends cannot decide on 1 activity to do, head over to Grandlink Karaoke. There’ll surely be something for everyone.

Grandlink Karaoke
511 Guillemard Road, #B1-02 Grandlink Square, Singapore 399849
Price: From $5 per hour
Contact no.: 8114 1885

3. K-Garden Family KTV

Even though it brands itself as a family KTV, it doesn’t really seem like one.

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However, they do offer very affordable rates. $10 nett for 6 hours of singing (which is honestly excessive) and 1 free drink?

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Can you get a better deal?

Though we definitely cannot tank 6 hours of continuous singing, it’ll be great for those who come in a big group.

K-Garden Family KTV
Address: 18 Maju Avenue, Singapore 556693
Opening Hours: Sun – Thu: 2pm – 1am, Fri – Sat: 2pm – 3am
Price: $10 nett for 6 hours
Contact no.: 6287 7256

4. K.Star Karaoke

If you’ve been to Orchard Central recently, you’d have seen this karaoke joint take over a good part of the fifth level.

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This new KTV is Singapore’s first themed karaoke, more specifically, themed rooms. With a total of 25 themed rooms (including a LINE-themed room!) in a space of 7,000 square feet, singing in this KTV is an experience all on its own.

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Rates start from $18++ during happy hour for a mini room that can accommodate up to 6 pax. The price is actually quite reasonable considering the service and environment here.

So if you’re looking for a different KTV experience, check out K.Star Karaoke.

K.Star Karaoke
Address: 181 Orchard Road, Orchard Central, #05-01, Singapore 238896
Opening Hours: Mon – Thu: 12pm – 3pm, Fri: 12pm – 5pm, Sat – Sun: 1pm – 5pm
Price: From $18++ per hour for 1-6 pax
Contact no.: 6634 2801
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Their rates are very reasonable, starting at $6 per hour for a small room if you book in the day. You can view the rates down below.

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It has been lauded as one of the CHEAPEST karaoke joints in Singapore. That’s not all, the service is great, with the friendly staff and a rather impressive sound system, this is a great place for a millennial to sing his problems away.

Our only gripe? It closes too early.

K Star Family Karaoke
20 Toh Yi Drive, #03-03 Bukit Timah CC, Singapore 596596
Opening Hours: Sun – Thu: 1pm – 12am, Fri – Sat: 1pm – 1am
Price: From $6 per hour
Contact no.: 6469 9989


Karaoke MANEKINEKO, originally from Japan, is possibly Singapore’s cheapest luxury karaoke joint. There are 9 outlets across Singapore, all of which are easily accessible by public transport.

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Rates differ outlet to outlet, though all of them are within the price range of $12 to $15 for a 2-hour day time karaoke session.

Every outlet is fully furnished with a well-stocked snack and drink service bar.

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Price: From $12 per 2-hour session

7. Tang Music Box

Tang Music Box is rather unique, in the sense that they have a concept store stocked with premium snacks. However, there is a minimum spending per room per booking.

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Every 2-hour session booked will entitle you to a free drink, while a 3-hour session will get you a snack as well.

The staff are friendly and blankets are also provided if the central air-conditioning system proves too cold for you.

Rates go from $5 per person for a 3-hour session. See the full list of prices 8. Ten Dollar KTV Club

Ten Dollar KTV Club is a lifesaver if you’re sick of calculating per hour, per person, per song and all that nonsense.

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 $10 per 3-hour session per person
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From $8 per hour
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The best part about this place is, they charge you by song and not by duration or room.

Every 2 songs will cost you just $1. Which means you’ll probably tire before you realise you’re spending way too much.

That’s not to say that Voicebooth doesn’t have rooms for booking though. You can still choose to book a room from $10 per hour, per room.

It’s all up to how much you want to sing.

Voicebooth KTV
Address: The Cathay, 2 Handy Road, #03-14/15/16, Singapore 229233
Opening Hours: Sun – Thu: 12pm – 10pm, Fri – Sat: 12pm – 1am
Price: $1 every 2 songs OR From $10 per, hour per room
Contact no.: 8112 0480

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A Throwback To The 90s – What S’porean Kids Used To Play With Before The Smartphone Era

90s childhood

Growing up in the 90s, life was great. As a 90s kid, we found many ways to entertain ourselves, and toy manufacturers were also stepping up their game so we had tons of new toys to pester our parents to buy.

But that aside, here are some of the things that we 90s kids remember from our childhood.


Beyblades were the toys of my childhood. They’re basically pimped-out spinning tops.

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I had an entire shoebox filled with Beyblades, and customisation was a big thing. I’d sneak my Beyblades to school and trade parts with my friends.

Also, thanks to the Beyblade cartoon that aired on Kids Central on Sunday mornings, screaming at your Beyblade became a thing.

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While Beyblades made a comeback a few years ago, there’re too many gimmicks now and it’s no longer the same. R.I.P Childhood.

Block Catching

If you lived near a primary school, chances are you’ve heard kids sprinting and screaming down your corridor, hours after dismissal (This is why my mother chose to live in a corner unit).

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You’re basically kicking a weighted feather, trying to keep it in the air for as long as you can. Some of the seasoned pros were able to perform tricks, much to the envy of the unskilled on-lookers.

If you were a seasoned chapteh pro, you had cred. That was an unspoken law in primary school.

Country Erasers

Country Erasers were probably the biggest source of income for school bookshops. While each eraser retailed for a measly $0.10, students would clear the stocks in bulk.

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Some of us even demonstrated budding entrepreneurial skills by SELLING the country erasers they bought, to fellow classmates.

Country Eraser-wrestling was a thing too. The goal was to flip your country eraser such that it sits on top of your opponent’s eraser.

In certain death matches, you’d lose your eraser though in most cases, you lost your pride. Which is more important? You decide.


Too much money has been lost to encyclopedia salesmen that haunted our neighbourhood shopping malls.

Till today, I have 3 bookshelves of Time Life Junior Encyclopedia in my room.

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It’s a waste to throw them away.

However, I have to admit that I spent many afternoons and nights reading said encyclopedias which developed my love for Science.

That being said, if anyone would like the encyclopedias, please contact me.


This is the reason why my Ocean Pacific wallet has scars.

I loved playing Hopscotch during recess time. We didn’t have the five stones to throw, so we had to use our wallets.

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If you excelled in Standing Broad Jump, you’re probably good at Hopscotch. The ability to jump to the last 2 boxes at the end was a skill that few had.

We were Primary school kids with short legs okay? Give us a break.

Jumping Pen

This is why Pilot G2 pens saw a spike in popularity in the 90s.

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But still, building blocks were great fun for a kid. To be honest, I still enjoy buying and building LEGO figures today. There’s something so cathartic about building something from scratch, and not knowing what you’ll end up with.

The possibilities are endless. But if you cannot afford genuine LEGO products, knock-offs will do. I still turned out fine. Mostly.


Do Neopets die in cyberspace?

How many Kacheeks and Meercas have been left floating in the world of Neopia, following years of neglect? The Money Tree has probably withered by now.

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