Feast Like A King On Board A Cruise, With These 5 Luxurious Dishes Approved By Royalty

You can scour the city to experience some of the finer things Singapore has to offer, but a chance to live like actual royalty will still be worlds apart.

From the view of our local life, gazing upon kings and queens on their regal thrones is a faraway concept. We can’t relate, but we’ll admit it’s fun to imagine what it might be like. 

If you want to get a taste of the high life, take to the seas and Dream Cruises will lay out a spread fit for an emperor. 

Their signature culinary extravaganza “Taste The Dream – Wine and Dine at Sea” returns this year with a royal spin, thanks to two internationally acclaimed chefs who’ll be making their debuts on board the Genting Dream and World Dream cruise liners.

In East-meets-West fashion, Chef Darren McGrady and Chef Ivan Li present two unique dining experiences to choose from, The Queen’s Feast and The Forbidden Banquet. The craziest thing is, they’ll be serving dishes that have been tasted and praised by the royals themselves.

In his 15 years of service at Buckingham Palace and Kensington Palace, Chef McGrady has been trusted with crafting the favourite foods of Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Diana, Prince William and Prince Harry. He brings to the table some of his culinary wonders that have gotten their seals of approval.

Chef Ivan Li is just as impressive, coming down the line from his great grandfather who headed the imperial kitchen to the last Qing emperor. He’s now the second generation owner of Family Li Imperial Cuisine, a prestigious restaurant that has carried on the legacy feeding numerous dignitaries and celebrities since 1985.

Here are some dishes they’ll be serving at sea that are bound to make anyone feel grand.

Juniper Crusted Venison with Truffle Oil Risotto

Combining two of The Queen’s most favoured delights in one masterpiece, Chef McGrady’s venison takes your taste buds to the grounds of Balmoral Castle.

Queen Elizabeth loves a serving of game for her main courses, and this dish was prepared for her with the abundant venison on the Balmoral Estate.

If you’re a chocoholic, that’s one thing you can say you have in common with The Queen, before you get swept away by the surprising twist of a chocolate-infused grand veneur sauce topping this delectable cut of meat.

Another dimension of flavour comes from the fluffy bed of risotto it lies upon, made with wild mushrooms and truffles, and adored by Prince Charles.

Ballotine of Salmon, Tomato & Dill Mousse, Herb Marinated Lobster Tail

The life of royalty sure looks magnificent, but it isn’t all indulgence either. When Chef McGrady was the personal chef to Princess Diana at Kensington Palace, she had him turn her meals fat-free to help her maintain a healthy lifestyle, and he did this with her favourite tomato and dill mousse.

His new rendition does away with the full-fat mayonnaise and heavy cream, while it still packs a rich flavour and smooth texture.

Served alongside a fresh piece of lobster was just the way Princess Diana loved it. On top of that, guests will enjoy the addition of a supple ballotine of salmon, finished with avocado and caviar.

Bread and Butter Pudding

Chef McGrady’s bread and butter pudding was another dish famously treasured by Princess Diana. In fact, she loved it too much to keep it to herself and often raved to her friends that it was the best in the world.

It became so iconic that many have tried to recreate it, describing it as a heavenly cross between a traditional bread pudding and a crème brûlée, sprinkled with raisins and slivered almonds. But none can match up to the original, of course.

The treat gets sweeter as it’s drizzled with salted caramel sauce, and accompanied by the chef’s masterfully made drambuie blueberry compote and vanilla bean ice cream.

Mashed Green Beans with Minced Scallops and Ginger

If you’d prefer a taste of oriental grandeur, Chef Li’s imperial menus will take you deep into the Forbidden City. More than just delicacies, some of his creations are rightfully a work of art too.

Specially invented for Empress Dowager Cixi, who was a great lover of jade, this unusual appetiser is coined ‘Tofu of Jade’ for its distinctive pale green hue. Achieved by mashing green beans into a smooth, silky, curd-like texture, it truly shows that the simplest ingredients can be turned extravagant in the hands of a master.

Along with it, savour Chef Li’s delectable deep fried prawns wrapped with egg, and duck meat with sweet sauce.

Bird’s Nest with Pheasant Meat and Vermicelli

Just like it is today, bird’s nest has historically been prized in Chinese cuisine. Back in the courts of the Qing dynasty, it was one of the most highly favoured ingredients to use.

Bird’s nest with rock sugar was served to Emperor Qianlong for breakfast every morning, while Empress Dowager Cixi would request to have different dishes made from it on a daily basis.

Chef Li makes this dish even more classical with the addition of pheasant (we’d like to think of as the nobleman’s chicken), also another symbolic favourite of the royals of China.

Ready Your Crown, It’s Time To Set Sail!

If you’ve been holding out for the perfect opportunity to #treatyourself, it probably doesn’t get more luxurious than being served with the royal treatment out at sea.

Catch Chef Li on his voyage with World Dream from 13 – 20 October 2019, followed by his next sailing on Genting Dream, departing from Singapore for a 3-night getaway from 17 November 2019.

Chef McGrady embarks on Genting Dream from 11 – 13 November 2019, before he sets sail on two back-to-back sailings on World Dream from 29 December 2019 – 3 January 2020.

Besides a gastronomic experience, guests on the cruises can also enjoy a lineup of programmes including a Peking opera, British garden tea party, workshops and concerts on board.

To view the full menus and find out more about A Taste of the Palace, click here!

This article was written in collaboration with Dream Cruises.

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[QUIZ] How Well Do You Know Japan?

There’s so much to love about Japan, from its beautiful scenery to its addictive food and entertainment.

If you’re a fan of Japan and want a way to prove it, look no further than our quiz dedicated to the Land of the Rising Sun.

So you think you know all there is to know about Japan? Prove it below!

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This quiz was made in collaboration with Westgate.

Deliveroo’s New Food Market Features Self-Order Kiosks And Digital Cubbies For Fuss-Free Dining

We all know Deliveroo for delivering our favourite eats right to our doorstep, but they’ve since pushed the envelope to go from online to offline.

Within the last two years, the food delivery giant has launched two physical dining spaces in Singapore known as ‘Deliveroo Editions’, which double up as their delivery-only super kitchens.

Following the success of these two sites, Deliveroo has recently launched their biggest and most advanced Editions site in Singapore to date.

Called the deliveroo food market, this new space is just a stone’s throw away from the new Mediacorp headquarters, sitting on the first floor of ALICE @ MEDIAPOLIS. Its eye-catching teal interior makes the place hard to miss!

This new site is a significant ‘upgrade’ from their previous Editions sites, with the addition of a tech-enabled dining space that can accommodate up to 40 people.

7 Restaurants Housed Under One Roof

Deliveroo food market houses 7 restaurants and a total of 11 food concepts, which has been carefully curated based on user demand.

Some noteworthy restaurant partners include popular favourites like Korean fried chicken brand Bonchon, Vietnamese noodle bar NamNam, NamNam’s sister brand COMNAM, Omakase Burger, and Rasa Rasa.

You can also order from some of the virtual brands that are exclusive to Deliveroo such as EZO Hokkaido Eats by Omakase Burger, which serves quality Japanese dons (like their Signature Butadon).

For those who are health-conscious, there are plenty of wholesome options as well. VIOS by Blu Kouzina for one, offers bowls that are carefully packed for a balanced diet without compromising on taste. You can even pick your favourites with their Build Your Own Bowl option!

Its sister brand, Lucky Souvlaki by Blu Kouzina, specialises in traditional Greek street food that is made with quality ingredients like organic meat.

Japanese Curry Katsu Pork from EZO Hokkaido Eats, Kway Teow Goreng from Rasa Rasa, Pho Beef Steak Slices and Beef Balls from NamNam, and grain bowls from Chop Shop

Crispy Imperial Rolls from NamNam,  Nasi Goreng Kampung from Rasa Rasa, Signature Butadon from EZO Hokkaido Eats, Summer Chirashi Bento from The Flying Squirrel

On the other hand, Chop Shop by Pot Luck Club offers delicious grain bowl options like the Thai BBQ Chicken, and you can also get gourmet salads and sandwiches from Delismith by Pot Luck Club.

A Taste Of Dining In The Future

What’s unique about this food market is its fully-automated ordering system.

These Digital Cubbies act as ‘smart lockers’ for food collection

Designed to offer customers “a taste of dining in the future”, the entire ordering experience is automated and powered by eatsa, a San Francisco-based technology automation company.

The ordering process is seamless and very user-friendly. If you’re familiar with ordering food through Deliveroo’s app, this shouldn’t be a problem for you. In any case, there are instructions on the screen to guide you along through the whole ordering process. If you do encounter any issues, there are service staff around as well.

Instead of ordering over the counter or at tables like most dining establishments, you get to browse the menu and place your order at any of the five self-serve kiosks onsite. Once you’ve settled on your order, checking out is just as easy! You simply need to tap or swipe your card for payment.

Order and pay cashless at these kiosks.

Track your order on the digital status board

After placing your order, your name will appear on the digital status board. Once your food is ready, the number of an assigned digital cubby will appear alongside your name.

You can then head over to the designated cubby for food collection. Your name will also appear on the door of the cubby, which is a pretty nice touch as it makes the dining (or ordering) experience more personalised.

Tap twice on the ‘door’ to collect your food

Food is placed on a tray for easy collection

For those who prefer takeouts, there is a takeaway option as well, which you can select when you place your order at the kiosks.

An Alternative Dining Experience At One-North

Lunch can be a stressful experience for the working crowd, but the entire order-and-collect system makes it so much easier. It is perfect for those who want to avoid unnecessary fuss during their precious lunch break — simply tap to order, pay, and collect your meal.

The deliveroo food market is also a good alternative for group dining as the many restaurants housed under one roof offer a plethora of options for all. Unlike a food court, the laid-back ambience there makes you feel like you’re dining at a cafe instead.

Moreover, the space offers power points and wifi access, which makes it a great place for working professionals to dine and chill at.

The first ‘home’ for Nineteen95 Espresso Bar

For those who need their caffeine fix, the food market also houses Nineteen95 Espresso Bar—this is the first fixed location for the mobile coffee cart brand. Besides that, you can also get Magnum ice cream bars and pints of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream there.

The deliveroo food market is only open for dining during lunch from 11am to 2.30pm, and for dinner from 4.30pm to 9.30pm. Beyond these hours, you can still order from the restaurants via delivery until 10pm!

Deliveroo Food Market


Opening hours: 11am – 2.30pm (Lunch), 4.30pm – 9.30pm (Dinner)

Sentosa Sandsation Returns With A MARVEL-lous Array Of Superheroes – Runs From 1-16 Sept

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It is safe to say that we are still reeling in from the aftermath of Avengers: Infinity War but it’s not over yet. Polish your shields because your favourite superheroes are taking over Siloso Beach this September holidays.

Southeast Asia’s biggest sand festival, Sentosa Sandsation, is set to return bigger and better from 1 – 16 September in a never-before seen MARVEL Edition.

The Sentosa Sandsation: MARVEL Edition exhibition will feature 15 larger-than-life sand sculptures of popular MARVEL Super Heroes such as Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, and Hulk, and another 14 sculptures crafted from scratch in the Sentosa International Sand Sculpting Championship.

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Sandcastles Assemble

Over 10 days, your favourite MARVEL characters took shape on Sentosa’s Siloso Beach as sand sculptors from all over the world brought a whole stable of superheroes and villains to life!

Swopping in at Siloso Beach, Iron Man, Captain America, Dr Strange, Thor, just to name a few, will arise from the sands under the hands of internationally-acclaimed sculptor JOOheng Tan and his team.

This is some next level sand art.

Here’s what you can’t miss at Sentosa Sandsation: MARVEL Edition:

Iron Man

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Captain America

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Black Panther

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Ant Man

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Black Widow

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Guardians Of The Galaxy

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Doctor Strange

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Thor & Asgard

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Fans can also look forward to the return of the acclaimed Sentosa International Sand Sculpting Championship, which will see 14 of the world’s best sand sculptors put against each other for the Golden Shovel Award (worth US$5,000) in a MARVEL-inspired sand sculpting competition!

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You can also look forward to an array of interactive MARVEL-themed activities that are set to bring out the inner superhero in everyone.

Hulk Smash

Discover how your strength compares to a MARVEL Super Hero as you watch the ground break and tremor according to the intensity of your smash.

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Shout “HULK SMASH” to see the full effect!

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Freeze Frame Station

Show off your superhero moves in a 180-degree photo opportunity activation and take home a photo memorabilia after!

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Sandcastle Sculpting Workshop

Let the little ones learn how to create their very own sand sculptures from our master sand sculptors!

Specially designed for kids aged 5 years and above, a demonstration will be provided by a master sand sculptor before the kids are allowed to “let loose” and create their very own masterpieces!

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Finally, this is for all the hardcore comic fans out there, stand a chance to be among the few to take home a super limited edition customised Singapore-themed MARVEL comic book, created by MARVEL’s own team of creatives and artists which you can’t find anywhere else!

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Sentosa Sandsation: MARVEL Edition runs from Sep 1 to 16 at Siloso Beach. Entry to Sentosa is free for all Singaporean residents during this period!

Sentosa Sandsation: MARVEL Edition
Address: Siloso Beach
When: 1 – 16 September 2018

Also Read Life’s A Beach – Sentosa Offers FREE Entry For S’poreans From 1 to 16 September

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From Fusion Dishes To Tea Tastings, Grids & Circles Has Everything For The Perfect Date

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Cafes have become increasingly popular across the island in the recent years, favoured by millennials due to their Pinterest-worthy aesthetics and brunch menus.

However, the truth is, most cafes have a pretty basic food menu. Call me cynical but pretty latte art and a good brew can only go so far.

But there’s a newcomer in town and they’re gearing up to spoil market.

A Cafe And More

As I stepped out of my Grab, I saw the place – an entirely white shophouse save for their pastel-coloured logo and address.

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Stepping in, I feel like I just walked into a Scanteak x MUJI showroom.

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Of the 3 levels in the shophouse, level one houses the coffee bar, cashier, kitchen, and some seating space.

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Level 2 is where you’ll find the Flex Space, which is a larger area that can accommodate up to 32 people comfortably, and can be booked for corporate or private events.

The Flex Space is divided into 2 sections.

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Flex Space 1 is the larger of the 2 and provides additional seating for customers who are simply there to dine.

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Flex Space 2 is primarily allocated as a work space. It can also double as a space for conducting workshops.

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East Meets West

Now, for the part you’re all waiting for, THE FOOD.

The menu at Grids & Circles doesn’t really centre around a specific cuisine. Though the easiest way to describe it would be “East meets West”.

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I managed to try a few dishes specially curated by the Head Chef and Co-Founder, Daryl Lim.

To start things off, I was served a Watercress Potage with Bacon.

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I’m a big fan of vegetables and chunky soups and this reminded me of a chunkier cream of broccoli. All I can say is, it didn’t stand a chance against my spoon – gone in 60 seconds.

The next dish was a Tamago Sando ($12).

A fat slab of Japanese tamagoyaki sits between 2 slices of white bread, one slathered in house made konbu mayo, and the other with a thin but useful layer of pear compote.

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I’m not going to lie. This sandwich comprises everything I love, so I was a little disappointed with the flavour of the tamagoyaki because it tasted a bit bland.

The konbu mayo was generous but did little to elevate the sandwich and it was quickly becoming jelak, 3 bites in. That was until the pear compote came into play.

The sweet pear compote helped to balance the flavours of the sandwich so maybe a little more pear compote and less konbu mayo would be great.

The next dishes were mains in the form of their Summer Pasta ($16) and Almond Bacon Carbonara ($16).

The Summer Pasta has tagliatelle tossed in a bacon cream sauce with fennel, watercress, Japanese cherry tomatoes, and garnished with shaved Parmigiano Reggiano.

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The Almond Bacon Carbonara also uses tagliatelle tossed in bacon cream sauce, toasted almonds, an onsen egg, and Parmigiano Reggiano.

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If I had to choose one, I’d go for the Summer Pasta. The textures and subtle flavours from every ingredient made it a very enjoyable dish to eat. 10/10 will order again.

For the vegetarians, vegetarian options are available for all pastas.

The next to arrive was an interesting Modanyaki Slider.

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Modanyaki is a type of okonomiyaki which also contains yakisoba for a double whammy of carbs. What Head Chef Daryl Lim has done, is that he took the key ingredients of a modanyaki and turned it into a slider.

There’s the beef patty, lettuce, katsuobushi (dried bonito flakes), okonomiyaki sauce, konbu mayo, spring onions, and a unique “noodle crisp”.

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The noodle crisp is made by blending cooked instant ramen into a paste, smearing it on a baking sheet and toasting. What you get is a thin, pale crisp that looks like uncooked tau kee (beancurd skin). While it’s tasteless, it does add an interesting texture to the slider.

Next, the Salmon Ochazuke ($16).

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Now, I’m a huge fan of Ochazuke and it’s really hard to find good ones in Singapore.

The version here comes with seared sous vide salmon, shredded shiso leaf, nori strips, umeboshi (salted plum), brown rice, and bacon dashi green tea.

If you’re looking for something comforting for lunch, this is it. There’s no other way to describe this. You have to try it for yourself.

Ending off the meal were 2 desserts – the Matcha Affogato ($11) and the Strawberry Wonderland ($16).

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The Strawberry Wonderland comes with 2 pancakes, strawberry compote, basil and mint sauce, and fresh strawberries sitting on a cloud of chantilly cream.

It’s simple, straightforward and so darn good.

You can also choose from their seasonal homemade cakes and pastries in the display at level 1.

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Now, for the drinks, Grids & Circles has a rather extensive drinks menu. Choose from coffees, teas, cold brews, coffee and tea-based lattes, and even craft beers!

I got myself an Iced Hibiscus Tea with Honey and Mandarin Oranges ($7.50) because I’m boujee and I like sweet drinks. Bite me.

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It was great for a while, before the ice melted and the drink started tasting a little like Ribena. But I liked it nonetheless. It’s refreshing for sure.

Finally, what makes Grids & Circles so unique, is that they hold tea degustations for the public, conducted by Clement Lim, a coffee and tea connoisseur and certified sommelier. He’s also the younger brother of Head Chef Daryl Lim.

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The Fine Teas menu is separated into Classic Teas, Artisanal Teas, and Pinnacle Teas, in ascending order of quality.

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Tea degustation ranges from $18 to $58, depending on the set of teas you choose for the session.

I highly recommend the tea degustation if you love your tea.

Despite their rather bustling location, Grids & Circles provides a respite from the hustle of the city. With good food, great coffee and tea, a cosy ambience, and even greater service.

I’m definitely returning for more, and if you haven’t been yet, what are you waiting for?

Grids & Circles
Address: 200 South Bridge Road, Singapore 058749
Opening Hours: Mon – Thu: 9am – 9pm, Fri – Sat: 9am – 11pm, Sun: Closed
Contact no.: 6935 3546

Also read This New Cafe Serves The Dopa-st Gelato In S’pore, And You Can Choose To Have It With Croissant!

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If You’re Mad For Marbling, This Restaurant Serves Grade 9 Wagyu Beef Bowls Under $25


Let me just start off with a disclaimer – I’m a huge fan of steak.

So imagine my delight when I learned that I was going to be sampling Wagyu beef bowls one fine afternoon.

A short ride on my Grab later, I find myself in the heart of the CBD, at TOKIDON.

Beef Appreciation 101

Some background – TOKIDON is the new brainchild of the people who brought us sake gastrobar Kabuke, with the aim to educate customers and make them more discerning when it comes to beef.

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Standing at the helm of this new venture, is Head Chef, Rio Neo.

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Chef Neo started working in the kitchen when he was younger, helping out in his parents’ economic bee hoon stall, preparing ingredients and cooking. It is this experience which inculcated in him the belief that simple ingredients can produce big flavours, and that not everything has to be expensive to taste good.

He would later encounter the variety of Wagyu beef, as well as the different cuts and preparation methods during his time working in Fat Cow.

His stint in Kinki also equipped him with the know-how when it comes to food presentation and seamless fusion of different cuisines.

These experiences would subsequently culminate in TOKIDON’s menu.

A Beef-ed Up Menu

TOKIDON specialises in Wagyu beef bowls.

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Chef Neo uses Grade 6 and Grade 9 Australian grass-fed Wagyu beef in the rice bowls.

For those of you who don’t know what the rankings mean, Australian Wagyu goes by the ranking of 1 to 9, with Grade 9 Wagyu having the best marbling (fat to lean meat ratio).

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He mentions that he personally sources for the farms that raise the cows, to ensure that they live in optimal conditions and that the way the cows are slaughtered plays a part in the quality of the beef.

“Happy cows equals to delicious beef”, he quipped.

TOKIDON serves up 4 cuts of beef – Wagyu Tenderloin, Wagyu Striploin, Striploin, and Wagyu Shortplate.

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If you’re new to Wagyu beef, Chef Neo recommends the Gyu Don ($11.90) which uses Striploin. It has a balanced fat to lean meat ratio, so it won’t be too rich and jelak after finishing a bowl.

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But for those of you looking for something a little different, go for the Wagyu Sukiyaki Don ($17.90) which uses Wagyu Shortplate. It’s a unique cut of beef that’s offered at TOKIDON.

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Wagyu Shortplate is usually braised or slow-cooked to offset the chewy and tougher texture of the cut. At TOKIDON, the Wagyu Shortplate is sliced thinly and cooked sukiyaki-style, before it’s served in the beef bowl.

The result is a Wagyu beef bowl that makes Yoshinoya’s Gyu Don retire in shame.

Chef Neo’s personal favourite, however, is the Truffle Wagyu Don ($23.90), which uses Wagyu Striploin and is dressed with a house blend of truffle and soy sauce.

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For the accompanying pescatarians, TOKIDON didn’t forget about you guys. They have a Salmon Cha Soba ($16.90) which comes with a teriyaki-glazed, sashimi-grade salmon served on a base of green tea soba and an onsen egg.

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If you’re looking to reduce your carb intake, you can choose from a salad or cha soba for other base options.

While the mains are great, the sides aren’t lacking either, with options such as Tori Karaage skewers with Yuzu mayo ($1.90), Fried Ebi skewers with Mentaiko sauce ($1.90), Spicy Corn Cup ($3.90), and Wagyu Suji Miso Soup ($3.90).

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The side that stood out to me was the Wagyu Suji Miso Soup. It was an interesting creation and I’ve never seen it served in Singapore.

Chef Neo explained that he tries not to waste any part of the beef, so he used the wagyu trimmings to make the soup, and mixed in miso paste for additional flavour.

Suji is actually a dish I came upon when I was in travelling in Japan, where it was served in traditional restaurants. It’s like a stew that the Japanese usually prepare in Winter. It’s very comforting”, said Chef Neo.

This is a side dish that you have to try. It’s worth every cent.

TOKIDON also has a Sunakku menu that starts at 3pm. The only items on the Sunakku menu currently are the Wagyu Sliders ($12.90) and Wagyu Bolognese ($9.90).

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The Wagyu Bolognese comes served with buttered, toasted slices of foccacia, which goes incredibly well with the Wagyu Bolognese.

The beverage menu features authentic Japanese canned drinks (from $2.90) and cup sakes ($11.90).

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Happy hour begins from 4pm to 9pm and every order of 10 beers or 5 cups of sakes will get you one-hour of FREE FLOW TORI KARAAGE. This is not a joke.

TOKIDON Merchandise

Food aside, TOKIDON has also collaborated with local artist and creator of Kult Magazine, Gallery & Studio, Mojoko, and Flabslab to come up with official merchandise.

Get the limited edition “Tok-Tee” for $59.90, or the adorable 8-bit acrylic keychains at $9.90 each, or $26.90 for a set of 3.

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What’s more, with every purchase of a beef bowl at TOKIDON will earn you a chance to try your hand at their Gachapon machine where you’ll stand to win any of the acrylic keychains or meal vouchers.

So if you ever get the craving for wagyu beef, TOKIDON is the place to go, with really affordable (there’s no GST) and high quality Wagyu beef bowls, perfect for the uninitiated or seasoned wagyu connoisseur.

As for me, I’m definitely returning for more wagyu beef bowls because I am officially converted.

Update (20/09/2018):

TOKIDON has just announced island-wide delivery with all orders made through the their website, with free delivery on orders $100 and above!

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If you’ve been longing to feast on their beef bowls, TOKIDON has also released the Beef Bowl Party Set which is great for a group of six. The set comprises of two Gyudon, two Sukiyaki Wagyu Don, two Truffle Wagyu Don with two Tori Karaage, two Corn Cups and six Green Tea for $99 only (U.P. $136.40).

A $20 delivery charge applies for all orders under $50 and just a $10 delivery charge for all orders above $50.

Now, you can enjoy TOKIDON’s repertoire of gourmet beef bowls, featuring only the best Grade 6 Wagyu slices and Grade 9 Sukiyaki Wagyu, in the comfort of your home or office.

Address: 16 Raffles Quay, Hong Leong Building #B1-33, Singapore 048581
Opening Hours: Mon – Fri: 11am – 9pm
Contact no.: 9151 9572

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This Shop In Outram Sells Customised ‘Kim Zua’ Handmade By A 65-Year-Old Uncle

kimzua singapore

It’s that time of the year again. The strong smell of smoke fills the air which indicates the beginning of the Hungry Ghost Festival.

We’re quite the superstitious lot. From lucky numbers and urban legends to sticking to a few rules for Hungry Ghost month, we love indulging in the unexplained.

For the unacquainted, the Hungry Ghost Festival (also known as 7th month) is in full force, which is also the time when getai and kim zua companies enjoy their peak sales.

But just like many traditions, the practice of burning kim zua is slowly fading away and no longer practiced by the younger generation unless reminded by their older relatives.

However, this hasn’t stopped 65-year old Li Yao An who has been making and selling religious paper offerings at his shop for almost 40 years.

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A Dying Trade

Nestled within a housing estate in Jalan Minyak, Li Yao An runs Yew Chye Religious Goods Trading. In this old neighbourhood, the only notable sign of activity is a small coffee shop beside it – its yellowed walls and chipped paint stand as a testament to its age.

He prides himself on making his own paper offerings by hand, unlike others who’d import the kim zua instead. Having being in the business since the 1970s, Li is a master craftsman in this traditional trade.

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As I walked to the entrance, Mr Li looked up at me as he sat on on a stool working and flashed me his widest smile. He welcomed me with a question: “Were you the one that called me yesterday?”

Humble Beginnings

Prior to joining this business, Mr Li previously worked a multitude of odd jobs, ranging from a plumber to an electrician.

“I started doing this not out of choice. But because I’m not educated. It’s a skill I picked up from a guy in Chinatown”, he exclaimed as he moved about his workspace, stripping and bending bamboo which I then realised was used to make the skeleton for a paper effigy.

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Mr Li starts his day as early as 4/5am and knocks off at 9pm everyday.

“I have a responsibility to my customers. I open everyday, 7 days a week. Because I agreed to take the business, so I open everyday to work”, he added.

Despite the long hours at work, one can tell how happy and passionate he is when it comes to crafting his own paper offerings by hand. He complained that it was back-breaking work but also added that he could not imagine doing anything else besides what he’s doing now.

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As we began talking about his works from the past, his eyes widened and immediately got out of his seat to reach out for an old photo album that was stored within his stack of paper and brochures – an organised mess they say.

Just like a proud father, he said: “These are some of my favourite works!”

He flipped through the album and told us more about each photo.

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“The most expensive one I’ve made was 13 golf club replicas. This man brought 13 golf clubs to me, and asked me to make replicas of all 13.”

Mr Li typically takes a few weeks to a month to finish each order as it involves a lot of thought for the creation process . However, if the end product isn’t satisfactory, he will redo the entire process because he believes that it’s his responsibility to deliver proper kimzuas to honor the dead.

Traditional Materials And Methods

40 years have passed but Mr Li still uses traditional method and materials from when he first learnt the trade. For instance, he has kept the type of paper consistent over the years. He also makes his own glue from rice flour as it is cheaper and saves him time from going out to buy whenever he runs out.

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Mr Li also recycles the flyers he receives to make shoes for the dolls.

“Come I show you how to make. Very easy one!”

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A 40 Year Old Journey

Much has changed over the years. Traditional kim zua includes houses and servants, while the more modern offerings include iPads, laptops, Rolex watches, and even treadmills.

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“Uncle ah, then after this, who taking over your business?”

He paused momentarily and chuckled, “Not everybody can do what I do.”

“Nobody to pass it down to because nobody else knows or wants to learn how to do what I do.

Despite the rise of online stores that sells kim zua such as PO-PI.com.sg and STORE.KIMZUA.com.sg, Mr Li shared that he still has plenty of customers coming to him requesting for his service as “nobody else does what I do”.

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Making paper offerings is not just a livelihood to him. It’s an art that he believes will die with him someday.

“I will do this for as long as I am able to walk and work, until the day it’s time for me to sleep”, he smiled to himself.

Yew Chye Religious Goods Trading
Address: 5 Jalan Minyak, #01-330, Singapore 161005
Contact No.: 6734 3389

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15 Things Only S’porean 90s Kids Will Remember From Their School Days

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Going to school back in the 90s wasn’t about having the latest iPhone or MacBook. There was a time when kids played in sand-filled playgrounds and depended on school bookshops for affordable novels and comic books.

If you grew up in Singapore as a 90’s kid, then you’ll remember how much fun we had in school even without phones and social media. We were born in a time where we got to witness the evolution of technology and the proliferation of the Internet – which is pretty damn cool, if you ask me.

The 90s brought us lots of fond memories. Here are several things you’ll remember about school as a 90s kid!

1. OHP 

Remember when every class had leadership roles for everyone? Class Monitors, Group Leaders for different subjects and the most important role of all – AVA Monitors. They were always responsible for the set up of the OHP Projectors.

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Don’t forget the shadow puppet shows we’d always perform using the OHP.

Cheap thrills ah they say.

2. Morning Silent Readings

Remember dragging your feet to school at 6:30am begrudgingly to sit in the parade square for morning assemblies?

We used to call it “Silent Reading” and your teachers would walk down the row to inspect the books you brought to school. We’d read everything from The Bookworm Club and Enid Blyton to True Singapore Ghost Stories and Mr Midnight.

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You know you’re one of those cool kids if you had this.

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Secret compartments, in-built sharpeners and some even had compasses.

4. Country Eraser

You could get these country erasers for 10 – 20 cents from your school bookshop!

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We used to keep ourselves entertained by flipping our erasers and celebrating mini victories whenever we won because that meant you could keep your opponent’s erasers.

We used to staple our erasers as well and transform it into a mini gasing. Just remember not to get caught by your teachers during lessons.

5. Corporal Punishment

Caning is also used as a form of corporal punishment and disciplinary measure in primary and secondary schools.

Remember public canings? Oh they were the worst.

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If you see your discipline master with rolled up sleeves with a cane in his hand up on stage, you know things are about to go down.

6. Floppy Disk

Before thumb drives, we had floppy disks.

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Can you remember the smell of these things? Remember the sounds the computer made when it was reading the disks?

We used to carry stacks of these for IT classes or to simply store pictures in them.

7. Phone Cards

Instead of carrying coins around, your mom would get you a phone card with a certain amount of money in it instead.

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We’d rush to the nearest phone booth just to call them during recess.

“Ma, today got remedial at 1:30pm.”

“Until what time, later I fetch you.”

“Okay ma, I need to go oledi. Bye bye.”

8. Kiwi Shoe Whitener

Weekends were always reserved for cleaning your shoes.

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Remember spending a whole hour scrubbing your shoes, air drying them, using the kiwi shoe whitener and drying them again?

If you come to school with dirty shoes, be prepared for after school detention.

9. Young Scientist Badges

You know you’re a true Young Scientist Master if you collected these badges.

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Long before computer games came up with the achievement unlocking systems, we grew bean sprouts, ran around collecting leaves and did many other things to earn these young scientist badges.

Remember pinning these badges on your uniform collars just to show it off to your other classmates?

10. Dental Care 

Every kid in primary school used to get a free toothbrush and container from the school dentist. We used to line up outside the dentist in two rows while the dentist would teach us how to brush our teeth the proper way.

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“Okay remember, don’t forget to brush your gums also. Up and down 5 times.”

11. Collecting Stickers

Sticker books was the in thing then.

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Autograph books were exchanged and classmates you like would take a turn to write in your book, decorating it with poems. There was even a section where friends were ranked. Ouch.

We only used sparkly gel pens to write in it because we were hella fancy.

13. Velcro Wallets with Silicone Coil Chains

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This was the noisiest thing to ever exist.

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These chains came not only in block colours but also in neon rainbow colours. They were the top selling item in almost every Primary School bookshop.

If you are a boy, you were considered cool if you had one of these hooked on your school shorts’ belt loops. I remember dodging many Spider-Man and Billabong Velcro wallets when sweaty boys run around during recess.

14. Trolley Bags

They see me rollin’, they hatin’.

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The lucky kids who owned trolley bags soon realised that dragging their new bags up the stairs was much more troublesome than it looked.

But the thrill of owning one made up for that.

You’re basically Regina George in Mean Girls.“I have the coolest school bag now. Everyone else is irrelevant.”

15. MSN Messenger

Before we had WhatsApp or Facebook messenger, we all had MSN accounts.

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I’m sure all the 90s kids would sigh with nostalgia at this. We’d rush home after school and made promises to our friends to go “online” at a certain time.

Everyone had to have some kind of status message (mostly emo lyrics) else they weren’t cool.

Rawr means I<3 you XD 


What are some other fond memories you remember from school?

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10 Places To Get Affordable Blooms For Bae This Valentine’s Day – Starting From $18

As January nears its end, it means one thing: Valentine’s Day is round the corner.

A day where we celebrate love and show our partners how much they mean to us, on this special day, no gesture is too big or too small.

If you’re looking to give your partner some flowers, but don’t want to splash out over a hundred dollars on blooms, you’ll be glad to know that affordable options are not that hard to find these days.

Here are 10 florists that sell beautiful bouquets – fresh and dried – at wallet-friendly prices, so you can show your affection without burning a huge hole in your pocket.

After all, it’s the thought and not the amount of money you spend that counts.

1. The Bloom Room

A floral shop that typically sells bouquets that are on the pricier side, The Bloom Room is showing us all some love this Valentine’s Day by selling petite floral bouquets, so we can all experience the joy of giving and receiving flowers on the day of love.

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Bouquets start at $18 for a simple rose and wax flower combo, and other affordable options include a dried medicinal bottle arrangement ($28) and a dried lavender bouquet ($30).

Do take note that delivery is not free, so drop by to pick up your flowers, and save that extra money for something else!

Bloom Room 
Price: From $18

2. The Enchanted Tree

If you haven’t heard of The Enchanted Tree, get acquainted – especially if your partner loves receiving flowers.

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A company that believes in making flowers affordable anywhere in Singapore, their hand bouquets are priced at $30 each. Yes, that’s a $30 flat fee that includes delivery.

These $30 bouquets – otherwise known as ‘Daily Picks‘ – differ on a day to day* basis, so what you get really depends on what they’re selling on that particular day.

The Enchanted Tree
Price: From $30

*A different style is put created everyday from Monday to Friday, excluding PH.

3. Windflower Florist

Another go-to florist for affordable bouquets is Windflower Florist. They’re the ones responsible for the dried flower vending machines you may have seen around Singapore!

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If your partner loves the look of dried flowers, you should definitely give Windflower Florist’s catalog a browse. Dried lavender bouquets start at $33, while $48 can get you pink, blue, purple bouquets and more with some whimsical cotton flowers.

Fresh flower bouquets here are similarly wallet-friendly, with a good selection of affordable options starting at $43.

Windflower Florist
Price: From $33

4. The Bloom Box

For a more unique Valentine’s Day gift, why not get blooms in a box?

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The Bloom Box rejects the notion that flower bouquets need to be expensive, reserved for special occasions, and come wrapped in coloured paper. As such, they’ve created floral boxes, and they offer only one type of box a day at $35 nett (inclusive of delivery).

Designed with a handle, these floral boxes are definitely a lot handier than the traditional hand bouquet. Their Valentine’s Day designs are out, and are available for pre-order.

The Bloom Box
Price: From $35

5. Adorninglory

Another unconventional bouquet idea is a felt floral bouquet. That is, flowers made of felt material.

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These quirky bouquets are created by Adorninglory, a felt and fresh floral artist. For Valentine’s Day this year, Adorninglory will be selling 4 types of felt bouquets, as well as 1 dried flower bouquet.

Prices start at $39 for a felt floral bouquet, and their hand-calligraphed card + bouquet set is tagged at $55.

Price: From $39

6. Fleuriste

For more rustic bouquets, check out the selection at Fleuriste.

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For fresh bouquets, the Everyday Petite Posy costs $40 while the Everyday Medium Bouquet costs $55. Here, you’ll find many soft pastel blooms, rather than the loud, bolder hues you typically see in more old school floral shops.

Their Valentine’s Day collection is also very affordable, starting at $55 for a simple bouquet of baby’s breath, cotton flowers and roses.

Price: From $40 

7. Skinny Blooms

For an all-in-one Valentine’s Day gift, you can turn to Skinny Blooms.

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Aside from dainty bouquets, which start at $40 for a Dainty Posy, they also sell floral gift sets. That is, flowers with an added gift, such as bralettes in their I’m in x Petite Beauty Set ($98) and lipsticks in their Vely Vely x Dainty Posy set ($83).

With that, your Valentine’s Day gift is pretty much settled, and all that’s left to do is show your lady a good time.

Skinny Blooms
Price: From $40

8. Keira Floral

A relatively lesser known brand, Keira Floral is a name many brides and bride-to-bes will know.

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Their bouquets start at $65 and come with plenty of greenery and quirky little details.

Dawn Q has also released her own Valentine’s Day bouquet range, with prices starting at $65 for a dried flower bouquet.

Dawn Q
Price: From $65

10. Petite Fleur

For more sophisticated bouquets, try Petite Fleur.

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With flowers in pretty pastel hues of pink, purple and blue, these romantic bouquets are surely the way to a woman’s heart.

Prices start at $69 for a bouquet of purple roses with Dusty Miller and Baby’s Breath, or a simple 8-stalk rose bouquet. They also sell round and square flower boxes which are a nice change of pace from handheld bouquets. Flower boxes start from $60.

Petite Fleur
Price: From $69

This Valentine’s Day, give your special someone the gift of flowers. After all, a little romance never killed anyone.

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Here Are All The Concerts To Look Forward To In 2018 So Far

2017 is quickly coming to an end.

Whether you’ve had a good or a bad year, 2018 has so much in store. Just look at how many concerts we have to look forward to?

From Bruno Mars and Fall Out Boy, to indie acts like Clean Bandit and Fleet Foxes, to nostalgic acts like S Club Party and Incubus, there’s a concert for everyone. Here are all the concerts in 2018 you can look forward to so far.


1. Jay Chou “The Invincible” Part 2 Tour

Kicking this list off with a bang is none other than the King of Mandopop himself, Jay Chou.

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Here in town on 6 Jan 2018 for Part 2 of The Invincible tour, the concert will take place at Singapore National Stadium.

Fans can look forward to belting every word of Jay Chou’s classics, and of course, watching him perform some of his latest and greatest hits.

Jay Chou “The Invincible” Part 2 Tour
Singapore National Stadium
Date: Jan 6
Time: 8pm
Tickets: SOLD OUT

2. Imagine Dragons “Evolve” World Tour

Alt-rock outfit Imagine Dragons will be returning to Singapore on 7 January 2018, and they will be performing a one night only concert at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

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Following the debut of their 3rd studio album, Evolve, the Grammy Award-winning band will be bringing their music to Singapore, performing hits such as “Whatever It Takes”,”Believer”, and “Thunder” from the Evolve album.

That said, you can also expect old favourites such as “It’s Time”, “Radioactive” and “Demons”.

Imagine Dragons “Evolve” World Tour
Singapore Indoor Stadium
Date: 7 Jan 2018
Time: 8pm
Tickets: $98 – $228. Get your tickets Image Credit: 4. Clean Bandit Live In Singapore

Grammy Award-winning musical sensation Clean Bandit will be here in Singapore on 22 Jan 2018, performing at the Suntec City Convention & Exhibition Centre Halls 601 – 604.

[caption id="attachment_32566" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Image Credit: The Sam Willows, this is one concert you don’t want to miss.

Clean Bandit Live In Singapore
Venue: Hall 601-604, Suntec Singapore Convention and Exhibition Centre
Date: 22 Jan 2018
Time: 8pm
Tickets: $108 – $208. Get your tickets

5. St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival

The annual St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival is back!

This year’s event features a smashing lineup including Aldous Harding, Amy Shark, Anderson, Paak & The Free Nationals, Billie Eilish, Bonobo, Father John Misty, Loyle Carner, Mac DeMarco, Moses Sumney, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, Slowdive, Sylvan Esso, The Internet, The War On Drugs, and Wolf Alice.

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Happening on 27 January 2018, the festival promises to be a total sensory experience, bringing the best live acts – both new and established – onto the Laneway stage for music fans.

St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival
Venue: The Meadow, Gardens By The Bay
Date: 27 January 2018
Tickets: Standard Tickets: $158 | Door Sales: $200. Get your tickets Image Credit: Allkpop[/caption]

While the group performed here just 2 years ago, it certainly feels like it’s been longer. Here for their 7th world tour “SUPER SHOW 7”, prepare to scream yourself hoarse (and to be deafened) when they perform at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

Super Junior
Singapore Indoor Stadium
27 Jan 2018
$168 – $288. Get your tickets Image Credit: here.


8. Incubus

This one is a huge blast from the past.

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10. Fifth Harmony PSA Tour

A girl group that really needs no introduction, global pop sensation Fifth Harmony will be bringing their PSA Tour to Zepp@BigBox Singapore on 14 March 2018.

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Known for their confident and empowering voice, expect to hear songs such as “Down” feat. Gucci Mane, and all the hits from their sophomore album 7/27 such as “Work from Home”, “All In My Head (Flex)”, and “That’s My Girl”.

Fifth Harmony
Venue: Zepp@BigBox Singapore
Date: 14 Mar 2018
Time: 8pm
Tickets: $138 – $168. Get your tickets here.

11. Lany

After a sold out show in 2017, Indie pop trio Lany will be returning to Singapore on 29 March 2018. This time, the band will be playing at a different venue – Capitol Theatre.

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12. Perry’s Witness: The Tour

KatyCats, Katy Perry will be gracing us with her presence come 8 April 2018.

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Image Credit: 13. The Script Live In Singapore

Irish rock band The Script will be taking the stage at the Singapore Indoor Stadium for just one night on 12 April 2018.

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Image Credit: 14. Yiruma Live In Singapore

What do the Twilight Saga and famous K-drama, Winter Sonata, have in common?

Both had soundtracks featuring songs composed by well-known Korean classical composer and pianist, Yiruma.

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Following his sold out concerts in 2015, 2016 and 2017, Yiruma will be returning to Singapore on 28 April 2018 for a one night only performance at The Star Theatre.

Fans can expect to watch Yiruma play his greatest hits such as “The River Flows In You”, “Kiss The Rain”, “May Be”, and “Love Me”, as well as pieces from his latest album, “f r a m e”.

Yiruma Live In Singapore
Venue: The Star Theatres
Date: 28 Apr 2018
Time: 8pm
Tickets: $98 – $288. Get your tickets here.

15. Fall Out Boy Mania Tour

We can already tell 30 April 2018 is going to be a good day because rock superstars, Fall Out Boy, will be performing in Singapore at Zepp @ BigBox Singapore.

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Here as part of their M A N I A tour, we cannot wait for the boys to perform tracks from their latest album like “HOLD ME TIGHT OR DON’T” and “The Last Of The Real Ones”, and also revisit their breakout hits like “Sugar We’re Goin Down” and “Dance Dance”.

Fall Out Boy Mania Tour
Venue: Zepp @ BigBox Singapore 
Date: 30 Apr 2018
Time: 8pm 
Tickets: $148. Get your tickets here.


16. Harry Styles Live In Concert

On 3 May 2018, the One Direction member with arguably the best hair will be here in Singapore to perform at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

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If you were lucky enough to get tickets to see Bruno Mars before they were all sold out, this is a big one to look forward to.

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Here as part of his “Flicker World Tour”, Horan will be performing for just one night at The Star Theatre.

If you can’t get enough of “This Town” and “Slow Hands”, you’ll want to hear these hits sung live.

Niall Horan Flicker World Tour 2018
Venue: The Star Theatre 
Date: 12 June 2018
Time: 8pm
Tickets: $88 – $148. Get your tickets 8 Fun NYE Plans That Are Better Than Counting Down With Strangers At Marina Bay