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
If your favourite installations are the kind you can
interact with, Spark The Next: Youth
Hangout 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
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
Gallery 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
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.
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
Don Don Donki’s Third And Largest Outlet At City Square Mall Has A Food Court And Bargains Section From $2
DON DON DON, DONKIII~
If you find yourself humming to the addictive theme song of the famous Japanese store, we have exciting news for you. Don Don Donki just opened their third outlet at City Square Mall!
Their first outlet at Orchard Central is already enough of a big maze, but their third outlet will be its largest one yet at 26,000 sqf![caption id="attachment_38714" align="aligncenter" width="2122"] Image Credit: Don Don Donki[/caption]
Don Don Don, Don’t You Wish Your NTUC Was Hot Like Me?
If you’re wondering why we need a bigger Don Don Donki outlet, here’s why.
The new outlet will offer three unique features everyone will appreciate – a food court, bargain section and fresh groceries.
A Japanese Food Court[caption id="attachment_38715" align="aligncenter" width="2120"] Image Credit: Don Don Donki[/caption]
When you’re done with shopping or simply craving for Japanese food, swing by the in-store food court to get your ramen or hokkaido ice cream fix.
The food court will house five different stores,where mains like ramen, donburi (rice bowl), Japanese barbecue, and fried chicken will be available.
Indulge in a piping hot bowl of ramen from the famous Hokkaido Ramen Santouka – the ideal comfort food after a long day at work and grocery shopping.[caption id="attachment_38719" align="aligncenter" width="1200"] Image Credit: Hokkaido Ramen Santouka Facebook[/caption]
Round off your meal with Naganuma Ice Co’s creme brulee soft serve ice cream.[caption id="attachment_38720" align="aligncenter" width="1080"] Image Credit: Naganuma Ice Co Facebook[/caption]
Treasure Hunting At The Bargain Section[caption id="attachment_38717" align="aligncenter" width="2122"] Image Credit: Don Don Donki[/caption]
If you’re secretly a Singaporean auntie who loves her discounts, then you’re going to love Don Don Donki’s bargain section.
Set in a corner of the store, customers can hunt for treasure bargains starting from $2. This area will also mimic the signature Don Quijote displays in Japan that use carton boxes and handwritten price tags.
Snatch all the good deals you can get and reflect on your life decisions afterwards. No regrets, we promise!
Extensive Japanese Delicatessen Offering
Looking to whip up a Japanese feast at home?
Don Don Donki City Square Mall boasts an extensive range of fresh produce and perishables that is much wider than its other outlets, so you can pretty much find everything you could dream of here.[caption id="attachment_38713" align="aligncenter" width="2128"] Image Credit: Don Don Donki[/caption]
If you’re not in the mood to cook, grab some freshly-made Japanese dishes from the delicatessen section and you’re good to go.[caption id="attachment_38712" align="aligncenter" width="2124"] Image Credit: Don Don Donki[/caption]
Opening Day Promotions
Don Don Donki City Square Mall officially opens today (11 January 2019)!
To celebrate its launch, new and existing Don Don Donki mobile app members get a chance to spin a wheel of fortune. Prizes up for grabs include:
- Limited edition Donpen plushies
- 10 pairs of tickets to Airzone, the suspended playground in City Square Mall
- 100 Don Don Donki Eco Bags
The first 1,000 customers who spend at least S$50 will win a limited edition Don Don Donki Tote Bag so make sure you get there early.
Pokemon fans can also swing by Don Don Donki as Pikachu will be making special appearances on 11-13 Jan at 1pm, 3pm and 5pm.
Don Don Donki City Square Mall
Address: Basement 2, City Square Mall, 180 Kitchener Road, Singapore 208539.
Opening hours: 9.00am – 12am, daily
Nearest MRT station: Farrer Park
(Header Image Source: Don Don Donki)
Tiong Bahru Bakery has done it again. The local pastry and bakery stalwart, famed for their French Croissants, has opened its fifth outlet – a safari-themed space nestled in the lush surrounds of Dempsey.
There may not be any wild animals here, unless you count the illustrations and cushion prints, but there are chickens and bunnies on site!
If you’re planning your next trip to an African Safari, you can finally do so at TBB Safari – a 46 seater cafe serving rainbow lattes and power breakfast jars.[caption id="attachment_38277" align="aligncenter" width="2048"] Image Credit: Tiong Bahru Bakery[/caption]
No Wild Animals Here
Following a trip to Selinda Camp and Gomoti Plains Camp in Botswana, founder Cynthia Chua made use of the previously underutilised space in front of farm-to-table restaurant Open Farm Community. Where there once was an alfresco dining area now sits TBB Safari, with an all new, specially designed wooden gazebo and eco-friendly Airbitat coolers set at 25 degrees to regulate the temperature.
Being outdoors may sound cool in theory to some but not when you’re sweating in Singapore’s sweltering heat. Surrounded by Dempsey’s lush greenery, you can connect with nature in maximum comfort.[caption id="attachment_38278" align="aligncenter" width="2048"] Image Credit: Tiong Bahru Bakery[/caption]
Inspired by her trip to Botsawana, she decked out the cafe with flat-woven kilim rugs, framed butterfly taxidermy and custom-made wooden tables. For a semi-alfresco space, the pseudo-campsite is nothing short of cosy. It’s the perfect glamping experience minus the mosquitoes and heat.
Exclusive to Tiong Bahru Bakery Safari are anti-inflammatory caffeine-free drinks. The Turmeric & Ginger Latte ($6.50) and Beetroot & Ginger Latte ($6.50) are smooth, warm options perfect for a rainy day. You can also switch out the milk for soy or almond nut milk at no extra charge.[caption id="attachment_38276" align="aligncenter" width="1222"] Image Credit: Tiong Bahru Bakery[/caption]
TBB’s signature pastries and breads are also available at the new outlet, along with some Safari-exclusive items. Crafted for the health-conscious are their new power-breakfast jars packed with fruits and herbs plucked straight from the on-site garden. Think: pandan-infused pineapple on rolled oats in black sesame-infused milk ($8.80) and papaya infused with turmeric on a bed of tapioca pearls and coconut milk ($8.50).[caption id="attachment_38274" align="aligncenter" width="2000"] Image Credit: Tiong Bahru Bakery[/caption]
A limited edition Wild Safari Cake ($9.20) – an elegant confection of banana mousse, banana passionfruit confit coated in chocolate, and coconut praline feuilletine will be available until Dec 14.
Dempsey is not the easiest place to get to but it’s definitely worth the trip. However we heard that queues stretched on for two hours at the branch’s opening on 16 Nov, so you might have to plan your trip here!
Tiong Bahru Bakery Safari
Address: 130E Minden Road
Opening Hours: 8 – 5pm daily
Contact No.: 6877 4876
(Header Image Source: Tiong Bahru Bakery)
It’s the school holiday season so you know what that means!
Time to pack your bags and take your family on a road trip because one of the largest waterparks in the world is opening in Desaru and it’s only a 2 hour drive from Singapore!
Get Your Splash On
Desaru Coast Adventure Waterpark opens 15 November 2018 and we are not exaggerating on how amazing this waterpark is turning out to be.
Set against the backdrop of a traditional Malay fishing village, Desaru Coast Adventure Waterpark is home to 5 playing zones and over 20 wet and dry rides, slides and attractions. There’ll never be a dull moment in the sun!
Here’s a sneak peek of what to expect once the waterpark officially launches on 15 November:
1. One Of The World’s Largest Tidal Wave Pools
Holding more than four million gallon of water over nearly three acres, the tidal wave pool is a zone on its own! The Tidal Wave Beach is one of largest wave pools in the world with some of the world’s biggest man-made waves. Yes, waves that reach up to 3m in height![caption id="attachment_38120" align="aligncenter" width="1293"] Image Credit: Desaru Coast Adventure Waterpark Facebook[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_38121" align="aligncenter" width="868"] Image Credit: Desaru Coast Adventure Waterpark Facebook[/caption]
For that reason, everyone is required to wear a life vest and are not allowed to cross beyond a marked line.
Guests can relax in luxury and enjoy the wave pool views from the Beachside Cabanas, or lounge along the 170-meter-long sandy shoreline of Tidal Wave Beach. But honestly, who cares about the beach when there’s an amazing wave pool to dip in.
2. Water Slides Designed For Kids
Remember when you weren’t allowed on most rides when you were younger due to the height requirements?
Well this waterpark designed their rides with kids in mind. In addition to the standard water play structure, complete with mini water slides and giant splash bucket, there are also water slides specially designed for younger kids. So they won’t miss out on all the fun![caption id="attachment_38118" align="aligncenter" width="2048"] Image Credit: Desaru Coast Adventure Waterpark Facebook[/caption]
The slides are scaled down to a small version so that kids can have a go at it.[caption id="attachment_38123" align="aligncenter" width="960"] Image Credit: Desaru Coast Adventure Waterpark Facebook[/caption]
Kids Ahoy is a dedicated children’s zone with three separate age-appropriate play areas filled with water play equipment and a combined total of 13 different water slides designed for our younger guests. This zone is a splashing favourite for the waterpark’s younger guests.
3. Rollercoaster Flume Ride
We’re most excited for this ride![caption id="attachment_38117" align="aligncenter" width="1080"] Image Credit: Desaru Coast Adventure Waterpark Facebook[/caption]
The Kraken’s Revenge is a combination of a roller coaster and splashing flume ride that takes you up 30 metres above ground and spinning through a full 360º horizontal loop, followed by a diving 27-metre drop. Riders can reach speeds up to 70km/h as they plummet to a splashing finish.
4. 4 Signature Water Slides To Increase Your Adrenaline Levels
Head over to the left section of the waterpark to ride the 4 main crazy water slides that will sweep riders at the steepest angles and fastest speeds giving an unparalleled feeling of weightlessness.[caption id="attachment_38126" align="aligncenter" width="2048"] Image Credit: Desaru Coast Adventure Waterpark Facebook[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_38127" align="aligncenter" width="1673"] Image Credit: Desaru Coast Adventure Waterpark Facebook[/caption]
Ride with friends and see them scream their lungs off.
5. Learn How To Surf
For those who want to surf but too lazy to travel all the way to Bali, ride the waves at Surf Wall – a safe and high-energy surf simulator where surfing beginners or enthusiasts can catch and ride a radical artificial wave.[caption id="attachment_38131" align="aligncenter" width="1222"] Image Credit: @amir_alkautsar[/caption]
Take Us Away!
Desaru is known for their pristine beaches and resorts. If you’ve never been, here are some suggested ways to get there!
Driving to Desaru takes around 2 hours from Singapore Checkpoints via Senai–Desaru Expressway. Do remember to prepare your Touch N Go card to pay toll when entering Malaysia.
Paid parking is available next to the waterpark. However, if you do intend on finding a hotel to stay for the night, the nearest option is Hard Rock Hotel Desaru Coast which is located just next to the waterpark. Other resorts near to the waterpark are Tunamaya Beach & Spa Resort (Desaru Coast) and Sand & Sandals Resort & Spa which are located a 5-minute drive away.
Coach from Singapore available at Singapore Flyer. Round trip tickets from S$36.33. Visit HERE for more info.
You can also book a 30 minute ferry ride from Changi Ferry Terminal to Tanjung Belungkor Ferry Terminal in Kota Tinggi for $26. The tickets can be easily booked online at DirectFerries.com.
Do note that Desaru is still a 30-45 minute ride away from the ferry terminal, so do check for alternative transportation that will bring you there!
Can this new waterpark rival our Wild Wild Wet or Adventure Cove?
Guess we’ll just have to wait and see!
Desaru Coast Adventure Waterpark
Address: Desaru Coast, No. 4 Jalan Danau, Desaru Coast, 81930 Bandar Penawar, Johor Darul Ta’zim, Malaysia
Opening Hours: Thurs – Sun: 10am – 6pm, park closed from Monday to Wednesday
Admission Prices: Adult RM151 | Child (below 12 years old) & Senior (Age 60+) RM113 | Toddler (below 3 years old) FREE
(Header Image Source: Desaru Coast Adventure Waterpark)
Christmas is looking to be extra magical this year with the arrival of Disney characters across the city.
The adorable Disney Tsum Tsum characters are bringing a touch of magic to the Christmas floral display at Gardens by the Bay starting this November.
Let It Glow, Let It Glow
Brace yourself for cuteness overload this holidays as Gardens by the Bay presents Singapore’s first Disney Tsum Tsum floral display.[caption id="attachment_38087" align="aligncenter" width="3000"] Image Credit: Gardens By The Bay[/caption]
“Poinsettia Wishes Featuring Disney Tsum Tsum” sees over 40 Tsum Tsums lying amidst a large field of more than 8,000 multi-coloured poinsettias at the Flower Dome. Join your favourite Disney and Pixar characters in stackable form as they make preparations for Christmas.
Snap a photo with Minnie Mouse and her friends decorating the Christmas tree, Mickey Mouse painting the ornamental baubles, Tigger sliding down ribbons while gift wrapping, and Dumbo lifting presents into the air![caption id="attachment_38088" align="aligncenter" width="1874"] Image Credit: Gardens By The Bay[/caption]
Not one to miss Christmas, the characters from Frozen are bringing Arendelle to the Flower Dome. Even Perry the Platypus from ‘Phineas And Ferb’ will be making a special appearance!
There’s no doubt that the Tsum Tsums are highly adorable but the main star here is the poinsettia! The star-shaped flowers are commonly used in Christmas decorations. The Tsum Tsum floral display will feature close to 20 varieties of poinsettias of various colours such as the traditional red, pure white, rich yellow, pink and cream.[caption id="attachment_38085" align="aligncenter" width="3000"] Image Credit: Gardens By The Bay[/caption]
There will be plenty of other plants synonymous with the season such as Christmas berries, holly, and coniferous trees, including the Korean Fir that will help turn the Flower Dome into a snowy wonderland.
You can’t bring home the huge Tsum Tsum-stacked Christmas tree but visitors can choose from a range of Disney Tsum Tsum merchandise – including apparel, stationery, lifestyle products and even special-edition Disney Tsum Tsum x Udders ice cream – at the Gardens’ Conservatory Gift Shop.
“Poinsettia Wishes Featuring Disney Tsum Tsum” is one of the festive highlights at Gardens by the Bay this year, along with “Christmas Wonderland” which takes place at Supertree Grove. Both events at the Gardens are held in conjunction with Marina Bay’s “Celebrate in the City”.[caption id="attachment_38083" align="aligncenter" width="3000"] Image Credit: Gardens By The Bay[/caption]
Don’t wait too long as the Tsum Tsum floral display will only be around till 6 January 2019!
Poinsettia Wishes Featuring Disney Tsum Tsum
Address: 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Gardens by the Bay Flower Dome, Singapore 018953
Date: 2 November 2018 – 6 January 2019
Opening Hours: 9am – 9pm
Price: Usual admission charge to the Flower Dome applies
(Header Image Source: Gardens By The Bay)
If you haven’t already noticed, being eco-friendly is quite the rage as of late (as it should be). From fast food chains banning plastic straws to encouraging shoppers to bring their own bags for their grocery shopping, efforts to reduce waste created by single-use plastics are being increasingly adopted in Singapore.
In efforts to save our earth one plastic at a time we first saw the opening of Unpackt back in April – the first zero-waste grocery store in Singapore.
Now, we have Reprovisions – a newly opened zero-waste bulk store in Jurong Point.[caption id="attachment_37879" align="aligncenter" width="2048"] Image Credit: Reprovisions[/caption]
Bring Your Own Bags
According to the Singapore Environment Council, we’re still producing a massive amount of plastic waste – 815,200 tonnes last year to be specific. However it’s great to see that movements to reduce our reliance on single-use plastic are gaining traction here too.
Recently opened in Jurong Point (11 Oct), customers are expected to bring their own reusable package to bag their food items and sundries.
Reprovisions mainly sells healthy fare such as nuts and dried fruits as well as staples like pasta and spice blends from Anthony The Spicemaker.[caption id="attachment_37882" align="aligncenter" width="2048"] Image Credit: Reprovisions[/caption]
Adopting the weigh-and-pay concept, customers you will have to weigh your containers, jars or bottles on a weighing scale provided so that the weight can be noted down and excluded from your total bill.
Here are some of the items you can expect from Reprovisions:
Spice mixes from local spice shop Anthony the Spice Maker going between S$5.40 to S$6.30. From basics such as ground turmeric and ginger to mixes such as tandoori and black pepper crab, you can just buy what you need![caption id="attachment_37875" align="aligncenter" width="960"] Image Credit: Sofia Khanafie Facebook[/caption]
They also carry pasta from popular Italian brand Barilla going for $0.46 per 100 grams. A box of Barilla spaghetti from the usual supermarkets would cost about $2.55 for 500g.[caption id="attachment_37877" align="aligncenter" width="960"] Image Credit: Sofia Khanafie Facebook[/caption]
And also 6 different types of rice for as low as $0.25 per 100g.[caption id="attachment_37876" align="aligncenter" width="960"] Image Credit: Sofia Khanafie Facebook[/caption]
If you’re looking for something sweet, Reprovisions carries an assortment of liquorice flavours such as sour watermelon, sour rainbow and sweet bubblegum going for $3.50 per strip.[caption id="attachment_37880" align="aligncenter" width="898"] Image Credit: Reprovisions[/caption]
How To Purchase
Customers who bring their own packaging will have to weigh their empty containers before filling it with their desired items. As you go about your shopping, write down the product codes before dispensing or scooping the products you want.[caption id="attachment_37881" align="aligncenter" width="1080"] Image Credit: Reprovisions[/caption]
Reprovisions also provides kraft bags and reusable jars in case you don’t have your own container on hand.
This encourages customers to head down with a “shopping list” in mind so as to curb impulse purchases and reduce waste.
Reprovisions is an amazing social enterprise that can hopefully move Singaporeans away from plastic wastage and being more eco-friendly.
Address: Jurong Point Shopping Centre, 1 Jurong West Central 2, Singapore 648886 #03-32/33
Opening Hours: Mon – Fri: 10.30am – 9.30pm, Sat – Sun: 10.30am – 10pm, PH: 10.30am – 10pm
(Header Image Source: Reprovisions)
From Fluffy Pancakes To Fresh Oysters, honestbee Welcomes You To Their New Supermarket X Dining Space
Apps that provide convenient services have become part and parcel of modern life. From ride sharing to finding a date, there’s an app for almost every need and concern.
Enter honestbee – if you think all it does is just shop your groceries for you, then you’re wrong.
From online to offline, Asia’s leading marketplace that delivers quality food products and experiences, unveils their latest offering: habitat by honestbee – the world’s first tech-integrated multi-sensory grocery and dining destination of its kind.
habitat marks honestbee’s first foray into brick and mortar: its a supermarket, restaurant and retail innovation lab all in one.[caption id="attachment_37854" align="aligncenter" width="2122"] Image Credit: Honestbee[/caption]
A Multi-Sensory Experience
Occupying a 60,000 square feet space in an industrial building in Pasir Panjang, habitat comprises a full supermarket stocked with over 20,000 curated Asian and international produce and essentials.[caption id="attachment_37855" align="aligncenter" width="2120"] Image Credit: Honestbee[/caption]
You can also expect a dining area featuring 15 unique food and beverage concepts – from grain bowls and grilled wagyu meats to Japanese soufflé pancakes and homemade kombucha, there’s something for everyone here.
habitat is honestbee brought to life. It is a cashless space that ensures your experience is fuss-free, all you have to do is come equipped with the honestbee app.
Here’s a sneak peek of what you can expect at this one of a kind tech-enabled multi-sensory, grocery and dining experience.
Shufu[caption id="attachment_37858" align="aligncenter" width="6000"] Image Credit: Discover SG[/caption]
Possibly our favourite spot in this place, Shufu is a little reading corner at habitat. With high ceilings and plenty of natural light shining into the space, Shufu is a good vantage point for all the excitement at habitat.
Shufu also overlooks lush greenery – perfect for cosying up with a good read and a cuppa. Shoppers can pick from an array of exclusively curated books and periodicals revolving around food, design, chefs and local literature.
Seafood[caption id="attachment_37860" align="aligncenter" width="2118"] Image Credit: Honestbee[/caption]
The trio behind Bear Bear Fresh, Roger Wong, Chen Wei Nan and Christopher Chan believe in all things local, especially seafood from Singapore’s very own shores.
With a network of local fishermen casting the net in our backyard, the fish that comes to habitat are locally sourced and completely fresh. You can also find oysters, lobsters and alaskan king crabs.[caption id="attachment_37857" align="aligncenter" width="6000"] Image Credit: Discover SG[/caption]
You can also buy your oysters and get them chucked on the spot so you can eat it while it’s fresh.
Butchery[caption id="attachment_37859" align="aligncenter" width="2110"] Image Credit: Honestbee[/caption]
Browse and select from a wide variety of premium cuts of meat. Customers have the freedom to choose the amount, types of cut and number of years aged – all straight from the butcher.
If you love your meats, some of the interesting selections include snow-aged beef from Niigata and Mayura station beef, where the cows are fed with chocolates.
Hanaya[caption id="attachment_37856" align="aligncenter" width="4240"] Image Credit: Melissa Chan | Vulcan Post[/caption]
A tribute to the level of artistry of the floral works in Japan, Hanaya (also known as “florist” in Japanese) is habitat’s very own florist. At Hanaya, you are invited to embrace the scent of fresh blooms and even learn to arrange a bouquet.
With something for every type of foodie, dine fresh in over 15 F&B concepts. Here’s what we tried and loved!
hinoki (IG: @hinoki_sg)[caption id="attachment_37865" align="aligncenter" width="2114"] Image Credit: Honestbee[/caption]
White or black, single origin or house blend – each and every cup of coffee from hinoki embodies understated elegance, like the Japanese cypress tree it’s named after.
The hinoki blend comprises of coffee beans that are sourced around the world and roasted in Kyoto. Japanese fresh milk is used in all white coffees. hinoki also offers tasting and latte art classes, where you get to choose and try new beans and even taste coffee in its most authentic forms.[caption id="attachment_37862" align="aligncenter" width="6000"] Image Credit: Discover SG[/caption]
hinoki is also situated right next to Shufu so guests can head over to the cosy space after ordering their coffee and cakes.
Lazy Loaf (IG: @lazyloaf_sg)[caption id="attachment_37863" align="aligncenter" width="6000"] Image Credit: Discover SG[/caption]
Lazy Loaf is the go-to place for rustic loaves, Asian-sourced flours and spreads.
With a repertoire of homemade spreads that have been perfected through generations of bakers, we highly recommend chef John Tan’s homemade kaya – a recipe that can be traced from his grandmother.
This bakery lets you call the shots. Choose a bread, select a toaster, and dress up your toast. Many of their loaves and breads are lovingly baked in-house and exclusive to habitat, putting a spotlight on premium ingredients and flours.
Campfire (IG: @campfire_sg)[caption id="attachment_37861" align="aligncenter" width="6000"] Image Credit: Discover SG[/caption]
Reflective of the great outdoors – Campfire is perfect for warm meals shared with friends and family. You can buy the meats fresh from the butchery and drop them off at the Campfire and have the chefs prepare it right after.
Featuring both grass-fed and grain-fed beef as well as quality cuts from Tajima Wagyu and Black Angus cows, Campfire’s mains are complemented by sides which are stars in their own right.
Set lunches are at a steal for as low as $12.90 – perfect for the corporate crowd.
Poofy (IG: @poofy_sg)[caption id="attachment_37864" align="aligncenter" width="2132"] Image Credit: Honestbee[/caption]
At Poofy, pancakes are the star. Japanese soufflé pancakes to be specific.
If you’ve patiently queued at Japanese pancake specialist Riz Labo Kitchen’s pop-up shop at Wisma Atria’s Japan Food Town for its soufflé pancakes, you’ll be pleased to know that they’ve partnered with honestbee to open a permanent shop at habitat.
Enjoy a comforting after-meal treat of a good ol’ soufflé pancakes, just the way the Japanese do it – fluffy, light and perfect.
World’s First Cashless, Automated Checkout Experience
Powered by honestbee’s leading edge technology, habitat by honestbee offers two firsts in the world: a cashless checkout experience (AutoCheckout) and fully automated, robotic collection point (RoboCollect) for a seamless and fuss-free grocery shopping experience.
If those two terms are completely foreign to you, trust us, it’s pretty cool.
Here’s how it works:
Use the Bee Pass on the honestbee app to enter the space and make cashless transactions throughout the store with beePay – honestbee’s very own digital wallet.[caption id="attachment_37866" align="aligncenter" width="1200"] Image Credit: Discover SG[/caption]
For purchases of 10 items or less, shoppers can use the “Scan & Go” function on the honestbee app, so you can skip the checkout line and get your items on the spot. No more joining long queues just to pay for a bottle of water![caption id="attachment_37867" align="aligncenter" width="2116"] Image Credit: Honestbee[/caption]
For more items, drop off your trolleys at the world’s first convenient AutoCheckout and habitat will take care of the scanning and packing. After paying with beePay, you’ll receive a text notifying that your bags are read for collection at the RoboCollect Stations.[caption id="attachment_37869" align="aligncenter" width="6000"] AutoCheckout | Image Credit: Discover SG[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_37868" align="aligncenter" width="1200"] RoboCollect | Image Credit: Honestbee[/caption]
While you’re waiting for your orders to checkout and be ready for collection (orders can be processed in “as fast as 5 minutes”), head around habitat to grab a cup of coffee or enjoy a meal at one of their many F&B dining concepts.
At habitat, you can see, feel, hear, smell and of course, taste food items and ingredients at their freshest. Although it is slightly out of the way, we do love the fact that this multi-sensory grocery and dining experience is truly one of a kind.
(Header Image Source: Discover SG)
All the hype built around Capital 21‘s opening is about to pay off!
Situated just 20 minutes from Woodlands Checkpoint, Capital 21 is supposedly Johor Bahru’s (JB) biggest mall. So if you’re wondering how to make the most out of the high SGD – MYR rate, you know where to go this October.[caption id="attachment_37624" align="aligncenter" width="1657"] Image Credit: Capital 21[/caption]
Largest Mall With Indoor Theme Park
The official word is that the mall’s opening is slated for 17th October 2018 in Jalan Tampoi – just 20 minutes from Woodlands Checkpoint.
What sets them apart from the other malls in JB is that this complex houses an indoor theme park as well as thematic floors inspired by 5 different continents.
Here’s what you can expect at Capital 21.
Travel The World In One Shopping Mall
You don’t have to spend a bomb travelling the world when you can immerse yourself in 5 different continents all in one shopping mall.[caption id="attachment_37622" align="aligncenter" width="1170"] Image Credit: Capital 21[/caption]
From the elevation floor plan alone, you can see that it’s far from your typical shopping mall. Featuring America (Upper Ground), Europe (First Floor), Australia (Second Floor), Asia (Third Floor) and Middle East (Fourth Floor), each level is designed to look like its respective continent.[caption id="attachment_37623" align="aligncenter" width="1999"] Image Credit: Capital 21[/caption]
From bright Japanese lanterns to the Leaning Tower Of Pisa, here’s your chance to travel the world in one day!
Indoor Theme Park
Besides the exciting retail areas, the main highlight of this mall is probably their indoor theme park!
Occupying the third and fourth level of the mall will be MCM Studio, an indoor theme park that is divided into 3 main sections – Movie Planet, Cartoon Planet and Music Planet.[caption id="attachment_37625" align="aligncenter" width="2048"] Image Credit: MCM Studio Facebook[/caption]
In Movie Planet, you can expect thrilling rides such as Transformers, Dinosaur World and even haunted houses. For families with young children, Cartoon Planet will showcase “kiddy attractions” such as Tom and Jerry as well as other animated characters.
For those who aren’t up for rides, Music Planet, will also showcase a circus as well as musical and theatrical performances by “internationally renowned names” such as the Great British Circus.[caption id="attachment_37626" align="aligncenter" width="1944"] Image Credit: MCM Studio Facebook[/caption]
Planning a day trip to JB soon? Grab your loved ones and have a spectacular weekend at Capital 21!
Mark your calendars for 17 October so you won’t miss out on all the fun!
Address: 83 Jalan Tampoi Bandar Baru Uda, Jalan Tampoi, Bandar Baru Uda, 81200 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Opening Date: 17th October 2018
Opening Hours: Daily | 10AM – 11PM
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As though we don’t already have enough bubble tea stores in Singapore, Taiwan’s famous bubble tea brand, Tiger Sugar, is coming to Singapore this November.
Those who have had a sip of this drink have claimed that the hype is very real, dubbing it as the most popular milk tea in Taipei.[caption id="attachment_37599" align="aligncenter" width="1080"] Image Credit: Tiger Sugar Facebook[/caption]
Bubble Tea Craze
Taiwan is known to be a milk-tea crazed nation with stalls and shops lining the streets with some of their brands crossing over to our shores.
Since its opening late last year, Tiger Sugar has been getting all the hype from hard core milk tea lovers in Taipei. They got their name from the ‘tiger stripes’ it forms when the caramalised syrup mixes with the thick milk tea mixture.[caption id="attachment_37602" align="aligncenter" width="1080"] Image Credit: Tiger Sugar Facebook[/caption]
Tiger Sugar will be opening their first flagship store in Singapore this November at City Hall. The exact date and location has not been revealed.
If you’re wondering whether you should hop on the bubble tea craze train, we can vouch for Tiger Sugar as people are willing to queue for up to an hour for the Tiger Sugar Boba Fresh Milk (NTD50/S$2.20~) in Taipei. The queues are always snaking long despite the abundance of bubble tea shops nearby.[caption id="attachment_37601" align="aligncenter" width="1478"] Image Credit: Tiger Sugar Facebook[/caption]
Many have praised their Brown Sugar Fresh Milk for its undiluted taste, a mistake often made by most bubble tea stores who scrimp on flavour affecting the overall taste and experience of milk tea addicts.
Skip the flight to Taiwan because you can finally get Tiger Sugar’s famous Brown Sugar Fresh Milk right here in Singapore![caption id="attachment_37598" align="aligncenter" width="1772"] Image Credit: Tiger Sugar Facebook[/caption]
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One would typically associate Malay food with Nasi Lemak, Mee Rebus, Nasi Padang etc.
However growing up as a Malay in Singapore, most of us would probably have never heard of this Malay dish called Nasi Beringin.
This Malay dish was once sold in Singapore for a short period of time in the 1950s but gradually disappeared from the local Malay food scene.
Chef Fahmi Rahaman decided to revive this long lost Malay dish that was once served to the Johor Royalties in the late 1890s.[caption id="attachment_37556" align="aligncenter" width="5588"] (L) Khairul Afnan (R) Fahmi Rahaman | Image Credit: Discover SG[/caption]
Reviving A Long Lost Dish
Introduced in the late 1890s, Nasi Beringin was first popularised within the compounds of the Johor Royalties. Sultan Sir Ibrahim, then the 2nd Sultan of Johor in the modern era, regularly had this dish in his feasts especially when guests were invited to dine in the palace.
Nasi Beringin, was also called the “Nasi Bering Harum” (Fragrant Beringin Rice), as the scent from the dish never fails to invigorate one’s palate.[caption id="attachment_37554" align="aligncenter" width="6000"] Image Credit: Discover SG[/caption]
Owner of Fifty50 Empire, Fahmi Rahaman who was an ex Assistant Head Chef with Timbre Group recently set up stall at Yishun Park Hawker Centre together with his partner, Khairul Afnan selling Nasi Beringin.
Nasi Beringin is served with traditional favourites such as the Ayam Kurma, Rendang, and Achar which combines all the sweet, sour, spicy and savoury elements into a harmonious unity within a plate.
At Fifty50 Empire, you are given a wide range of meat to choose from – Fried Chicken Wing (Signature), Fried Fish, Beef Rendang, Tiger Prawn, Fried Squid which comes in various portion size (lite, double, triple).[caption id="attachment_37549" align="aligncenter" width="6000"] Image Credit: Discover SG[/caption]
They also provide three different sauces – rendang, kurma and masak merah. The sauces are really unique as they were taught to him by his mother.
If you’re wondering how Nasi Beringin tastes like, its basically a cross between Nasi Lemak and Nasi Briyani. Fahmi uses short grain basmati rice that is cooked with a variety of spices and oil resulting in rice that’s temptingly fragrant. Delicate hints of cardamom, cloves, star anise and fenugreek can be discerned in the rice.[caption id="attachment_37551" align="aligncenter" width="6000"] Image Credit: Discover SG[/caption]
The prawns were definitely the star of the entIre dish. The prawns were fresh and battered to give it a slight crunch. We recommend pairing the Prawns with Masak Merah Sauce.[caption id="attachment_37553" align="aligncenter" width="5531"] Image Credit: Discover SG[/caption]
The chicken wing was as impressive as the prawns. Instead of coating the chicken in a thick batter, the wings are lightly coated with flour and his blend of spices before frying. This makes a lot of difference to the chicken as the batter won’t soak up the oil and this also keeps it crispy.[caption id="attachment_37555" align="aligncenter" width="5358"] (L) Kurma Sauce (R) Masak Merah Sauce | Image Credit: Discover SG[/caption]
If you’re looking for a traditional way of eating Nasi Beringin, we highly recommend pairing the Chicken with Kurma Sauce which is made from coriander, cumin, coconut, curry and chili.[caption id="attachment_37552" align="aligncenter" width="6000"] Image Credit: Discover SG[/caption]
The Beef Rendang is another favourite of Fahmi’s. The beef was tender and tore apart easily. I also liked the fact that the rendang was the perfect balance of sweet and spicy.
Each plate of Nasi Beringin comes with sambal belacan for the extra kick, achar to cut the acidity of the dish as well as a crispy piece of papadum.
As compared to Malay dishes such as Nasi Lemak and Nasi Padang which can be pretty heavy as a lunch option, the Nasi Beringin did not leave me with a food coma.
If you’re ever in Yishun, and looking for a change from your typical Malay fare, you know where to go for a good meal.
Fifty50 Empire Nasi Beringin
Address: 51 Yishun Avenue 11, Singapore, 768867
Opening Hours: 11am to 9pm daily. Closed for Friday Prayers from 1pm- 2pm
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