McDonald’s Samurai Burger And Shaker Fries Returns To Macs On Oct 4 Along With A New Savoury Pie

A year ago, a treasure was taken away from us.

Back after a year long absence, the Samurai Burgers from McDonald’s will be available from 4th October onwards for a limited time only.

Accompanying these burgers on their return trip is an assortment of old and new sides like the Dinosaur McFlurry, a savoury pie and our favourite seaweed shaker fries that got a whole new upgrade!

They’re Back!

The Samurai Burger is among the cult favourites of McDonald’s fans in Singapore. 

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If you’ve never had a Samurai Burger (why?!), you can expect to sink your teeth into a juicy quarter pound beef or chicken patty dipped in teriyaki sauce and lettuce sandwiched between sesame buns.

No words can possibly describe our love for the Samurai Burger and we’re just really glad it’s finally back in stores. Available from $6.10 a la carte, you better hurry and get your hands on the Samurai Burgers before they’re gone again.

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If you’ve been craving for McDonald’s famous seaweed shaker fries, then you’ll be pleased to know that they got a whole new upgrade. The Roasted Sesame & Sesame Shaker Fries ($3.40 a la carte) is bound to be an addictive snack.

A couple of days ago, McDonald’s announced that they will be revealing their first ever savoury pie on the menu.

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And they delivered. The all-new Creamy Herb Chicken Pie ($1.80), the first of its kind at McDonald’s, is a burst of creaminess that packs all the goodness of chicken, carrots, potatoes, peas and mushrooms.

It’s different from the usual McDonald’s pie as the exterior is a flakier spiral crust – think Old Chang Kee Chicken Mushroom’O curry puff.

Finally, end off your meal with the indulgent Dinosaur McFlurry ($3) which comes with a generous amount of Milo powder and cocoa puffs.

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Mark your calendars, set your alarm clock and camp in front of McDonald’s because you’re about to indulge in one of McDonald’s best creations. All items are available after breakfast hours in all restaurants island-wide and via McDelivery from 4 October, while stocks last.

Also Read Taiwan’s Famous ‘Tiger Sugar’ Bubble Tea Is Coming To The Lion City This November

(Header Image Source: McDonald’s Singapore® )

Hello Penda – These Flowers Are In Full Bloom And Painting S’pore Bright Yellow

Just 3 weeks ago, Trumpet Tree flowers decked our pavements and road dividers turning our island into a sea of pink.

As we approach a new month, Singapore is now taking on a bright shade of yellow as Golden Penda Trees have been spotted flowering around various parts of Singapore.

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Bright Yellow Blooms

Also known by their scientific name, Xanthostemon chrysanthus, the bright yellow Golden Penda flowers frequently attract nectar-feeding birds and butterflies.

Great news for West siders as photos uploaded by NParks showed the flowers in full bloom mostly in areas such as Choa Chu Kang, Bukit Batok West and Jurong Lake Gardens.[0]=68.ARDGANIcO43Vg8grzvIsKIrqkkBvm15Xo8avlP1Jn3TO-1cssFWWEBo2Duee8FFfsAuEzuMu94FjQtOEapUmuSW1yse-2JEbEpmbFX8VxXrZxifzqVnbgML-ZweCcmBJLH_I2tk8U2i9vj2joWDfE_76ouPb5aVokxHDYrBS00wgg6LvoD_D-Q&__tn__=-R

The trees are native to Australia and introduced to Singapore in 1982.

The Golden Penda flowers can be identified by their distinctive colours as they are bright yellow with five petals attached to the rim of a calyx.

[caption id="attachment_37578" align="aligncenter" width="1757"]golden penda trees Image Credit: NParks/ Tee Swee Ping[/caption]According to the NParks website, the flowering of these trees are believed to be induced by a sudden drop in temperature and can begin 2 – 3 years after they have been grown from seeds.

The next time you’re walking home, look out for these bright yellow flowers!

[caption id="attachment_37579" align="aligncenter" width="1064"]golden penda trees Image Credit: NParks/ Bryan Yeo[/caption]Also, if you didn’t already know, our trees in Singapore have their very own map! If you’re looking for a specific Golden Penda tree, you can find it here at where you can learn more about Singapore’s trees!

Where have you seen the Golden Penda flowers? Share your pictures with us!

Also Read It’s ‘Sakura Season’ In Singapore – Pink Trumpet Trees Are In Full Bloom Now

(Header Image Source: NParks / Wai Jie Bin)

Sephora Opens At Causeway Point On 21 Sep – First 100 In Line To Get $100 Gift Vouchers

Time and time again, Woodlands has always been the butt of all jokes.

All through life, they’ve battled jokes about “being in Malaysia” and lived day to day standing in the train until it reaches their stop (because weirdly, everyone gets off at Woodlands). Yet, you never hear them complaining about their daily struggles.

Well, their resilience is about to pay off. In an unprecedented move, Sephora Singapore has announced the opening of a new outlet at Causeway Point on 21 September 2018.

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Now all you Woodlanders got something to be proud of again.

It’s about time we make Woodlands cool again.

Beauty Junkies Rejoice

The outlet marks the first Sephora in the North. Which means north siders no longer have to travel all the way to ION Orchard to restock their beauty supplies.

This outlet will stock the beauty retailer’s full selection of of beauty brands: Too Faced, Fenty Beauty, the newly released Huda Beauty and more!

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And on the day of their opening from 12pm, Sephora will be giving away $100 Gift Vouchers to the first 100 in line, as will the first 50 Gold Card Members in the VIP Priority queue.

Here’s how you can get the vouchers:

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  1. Make sure you are the first 100 people queuing at the launch of Sephora Causeway Point on 21 September 2018
  2. At 11am, Sephora promotional team members will be giving out a Sephora branded wrist brand, numbered 1 to 100
  3. Each person is strictly entitled to one gift voucher and one transaction with aforementioned voucher

We do recommend heading down way before 11am, because let’s be real. People will start queuing once Causeway Point opens.

If you don’t fancy the idea of waiting in line, the next 100 in queue (No. 101 – 200) will receive a $30 Gift Voucher, whereas the remaining 250 in-line (No. 201 to 450) will receive a Goodie Bag.

All Sephora Gold Card Members will also enjoy an exclusive priority queue from 12pm to 2pm on the day itself.

Beauty junkies can also look forward to a street party weekend. From 21 – 23 September 2018, the atrium of Causeway Point will be turned into a beauty haven of makeup and skincare booths, beauty workshops, and an all-you-can-grab beauty ball pit.

Come prepared as it’s bound to be madness.

Sephora Opening (Causeway Point)
Address: 1 Woodlands Square, #01-26/27
Date: 21 September 2018
Time: 12pm

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(Header Image Source: Sephora)

It’s The F1 Grand Prix Weekend – Here Are The Roads That You Want To Avoid

If you want to jio your bae out for a drive around the Marina Centre this coming week, we’ve got some bad news for you.

Roads around the Marina Centre will be closed for a week to facilitate preparations for the 2018 Formula 1 (F1) Grand Prix Race. From 12 Sept, 12.01am onwards, roads will be closed to facilitate set up of race infrastructure. Affected roads will reopen progressively when the race is completed with all roads fully accessible by 18 September, 5.30am.

Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. We’ve compiled all road opening times to help you plan your route this coming week!

SG Road Opening Times

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During this period, road corridors will be open at selected hours:

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Single-Lane Access Available

Motorists (except for buses and vehicles with W,X,Y plates) can access the Marina Centre area via a single lane along Raffles Boulevard via Nicoll Highway at the following times:

  • Sep 12 to Sep 14: 10am to 5pm, and 10pm to 6am
  • Sep 15 to Sep 16: midnight to 1pm
  • Sep 17: Midnight to 6am, 10am to 5pm, 10pm to 6am

Taxis will be able to use the single-lane access except for race days.

Motorists will also be able to enter the Marina Centre area via Temasek Boulevard from Rochor Road (after exiting ECP) throughout the day.

If you’re wondering where to park, car parks at malls including Suntec City, Millenia Singapore and Marina Square will remain open as well.

Train Service Timings Extended

On race days, 14 – 15 Sept, trains from City Hall MRT station will run till 12.30am while 16 Sep’s trains will continue running till 12.45am. Selected feeder buses will also be extended to match the last train services.

Those heading for the race will be pleased to know that shuttle buses will take you between Lavender station and Gate 1 of the race venue  for free!

Pro-tip: We highly recommend ditching the car/motorbike. Taking the public transport is definitely a smarter choice this weekend!

Also Read ‘Costa’ La Vista – Costa Coffee Is Closing Its Last 2 Outlets In S’pore By 16 Sep

(Header Image Source: Singapore Grand Prix Facebook)

‘Costa’ La Vista – Costa Coffee Is Closing Its Last 2 Outlets In S’pore By 16 Sep

If you haven’t already noticed, British coffee chain Costa Coffee has closed six outlets in Singapore over the last three and half months, with their two remaining branches at Holland Village and VivoCity Mall bowing out in the next two weeks.

Costa Coffee entered Singapore in 2012, riding on the wave of generic coffee brands that offered a quick cuppa to the masses who are looking for convenience.

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The Final Pour

Hit by hefty rents and labour costs, Costa Coffee’s failure to survive in Singapore is also partly due to the growing popularity of indie cafes and their focus on solid brews.

Over the past 6 years, we’ve seen a rise in popular indie cafes such as Dutch Colony Coffee Co. and Common Man Coffee Roasters who are known for serving up java that are roasted in-house or sourced from roasters around the world. This gives them a slight edge in serving quality coffee at the same prices or even cheaper than the offerings from bigger chains.

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Indie coffee shops continue to spring up in Singapore while big-name coffee shop chains are opening up more and more stores to mark their turf.

They’ve done a great job by starting to educate the market on how to appreciate better quality coffee.  But whether coffee shops can survive will depend on rental rates.

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Or perhaps Costa Coffee was good yet not good enough to make up for their lack of character. They weren’t distinctive enough to beat fellow big brands like Starbucks or The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. I mean, honestly, when have we ever craved a drink from Costa?

Fret not, if you love Costa Coffee, no other stores in Southeast Asia are affected by the move, though the company did not say why the chain was puling out of Singapore. This also means, the next nearest Costa Coffee outlet for you would be JB.

Whatever the case, if you love Costa Coffee, you might want to head down to their two remaining outlets at Holland Village and VivoCity Mall soon for your coffee fix.

Costa Coffee Holland Village 
Address: 269 Holland Ave, Singapore 278990
Opening Hours: Sun – Thurs: 7am – 9pm, Fri – Sat: 7am – 10pm

Costa Coffee VivoCity Mall
Address: 1 Harbourfront Walk, #01-100 VivoCity, 098585
Opening Hours: 9am – 10pm, Daily

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You Can Order Mao Shan Wang Durians Via GrabFood For Just $20/Box

Nothing unites Singaporeans like the love for durians.

Now if you love durians as much as the team at Discover SG, then you’ll understand the struggle of transporting your durians home especially if you don’t own a car.

You can’t bring durians on public transport and if you’re lucky, you might find a taxi driver that is willing to sacrifice his car for your durians.

To solve your durian dilemmas, Good Guy Grab is back with #GrabDurian so you can get fresh durians delivered to your doorstep!

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Have Your Durian And Eat It Too

You’d be glad that #GrabDurian is back for the fourth year running and best part, delivery is free!

If you still haven’t got your durian fix or you’re just craving for more, GrabFood has got you covered from  27 – 29 July from 2 – 5pm.

All GrabDurians are 100% Pahang Mao Shan Wang. This is a province traditionally known for having exceptional MSW durians grown from old trees. The durians were freshly delivered to Singapore on the morning of the day that you would’ve received them.

Each box of GrabDurian costs S$20, and is guaranteed to have at least 400g of freshly de-shelled durian inside (at least one durian’s worth of flesh), packed for your convenience and ready to be consumed.

Here’s how you can order your GrabDurian:

  1. Launch your GrabFood app from 27 to 29 July,  2 – 5pm 
  2. Find “GrabDurian” under the Featured partners section at the top
  3. Add as many box of durians as you like
  4. Apply the ‘GRABDURIAN’ promo code to enjoy free delivery
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Do take note that they only deliver to the following areas, and those within the vicinity of these locations: Jurong West, Jurong East, Bukit Panjang / Choa Chu Kang, Buona Vista, Tiong Bahru, Toa Payoh, Mountbatten, Bedok, Simei, Pasir Ris, Paya Lebar, Ang Mo Kio, Punggol, Yishun, Woodlands.

GrabDurian will be available for pre-orders at 1pm on Friday 27th July, and at 2pm for regular orders on Saturday and Sunday the 28th and 29th of July. Keep an eye on your GrabFood app then!

So what are you waiting for? Download the GrabFood app so you and your family can enjoy freshly picked durians delivered to your doorstep this Friday!

27 – 29 July, 2 – 5pm
Download the GrabFood App here: Apple | Google Play

Also Read Popeyes Goes Local With Their Limited Edition Fried Mantou Sliders With Chilli Soft Shell Crab

(Header Image Source: Grab, Discover SG)

Attention NSmen and NSFs: Here Are 20 Deals And Promotions For You To Enjoy This SAF Day

With SAF Day approaching on 1 July, it’s time to show our appreciation for all SAF national servicemen.

Pretty much the SAF’s equivalent of GSS, this special day is definitely worth spending two years of your time serving the country. Time to treat yo’self this SAF Day because you guys deserve it!

Get your wallets ready for these SAF Day promotions!

1. Shaw Theatres

(1-For-1 Weekend Movie Tickets)

You can’t go wrong with free movie tickets. Shaw Theatres is offering 1-for-1 Weekend Movie Tickets to all existing SAFRA Card Members.

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But head down as early as you can because tickets are limited to the first 1,000 on both days!

2. Wildlife Reserves Singapore

(Buy 1 admission ticket and get the second at 50% off)

If you’re bored of seeing the same ol’ snakes and wild boars during your outfields, you can now see all the animals you want at 50% off!

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(Up to 53% off top Sentosa attraction packages)

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If you’re looking for a fun day out with bae, Sentosa is offering the “Happy 2 Joyrides” promotion ($48/Adult or $39.50/Child) which includes:

  1. One-Day Cable Car Sky Pass Unlimited (Unlimited cable car rides on Mount Faber Line & Sentosa Line
  2. Free Sentosa admission pass
  3. 2 attractions of your choice
  4. 40% off Good Old Days* Buffet (U.P $29+ Adult and $24+ Child) with the above purchase.
    *Operating House: 5 pm – 10 pm daily (Last seating: 9.15 pm)

This promotion is valid from 1 Jun 2018 to 31 Aug 2018.

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Best part, enjoy 15% off selected merchandise such as t-shirts, bags, shoes, sunglasses and more!

This promotion is valid from 22 June –  31 July 18.

Swee lah, outfield barang settled!

5. Caltex

(20% Discount Petrol & Diesel)

If you ride or drive to camp, Caltex got your back.

Hormat SAF Day

From 29 June – 3 July 2018, enjoy 20% of fuel (Petrol & Diesel) at all outlets! The more you pump, the more perks you enjoy with SAFRA!

All you have to do is present your SAFRA card upon payment to qualify for this discount.

6. Futsal Court

(50% Booking Fees)

Gather all your soccer buddies for a futsal session at SAFRA Jurong or SAFRA Mount Faber and enjoy 50% off booking fees.

This offer is valid from:

30 Jun – 8 Jul 2018 (Booking Period)
30 Jun – 8 Aug 2018 (Usage)

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If you love anything tech then you’ll be pleased to know that you can get cameras, headphones, speaker and even a TV at discounted prices!

This offer is valid from 1 July to 31 August 2018.

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This offer is valid on selected regular-priced items (tee, hoodie, swear, casual jackets) with any purchase of a casual bottom (jeans, chinos, shorts) and limited to a maximum of 2 pieces in a single transaction.

Check out the T&Cs by applying the promo code: UAXSAFRA and enjoy additional 20% off min. 3 regular-priced and sale items.

From 29 June – 31 July, enjoy additional 20% off min. 3 regular-priced and sale items. This offer is not applicable on top of other promotions or flash sale.

Check out the T&Cs Hormat SAF Day Image Credit:

Promotion 1: Valid from 1 Aug to 31 Aug 2018

SAFRA members & Servicemen (11B)

  • $50 off GT-1000, GT-2000 & GT-3000 series

Promotion 2: Valid from 1 Aug to 31 Oct 2018*

SAFRA members

  • 15% off regular-priced merchandise
  • Additional 5% off discounted merchandise, also applicable at ASICS factory outlet store

Servicemen (11B)

  • 10% off regular-priced merchandise
  • Additional 5% off discounted merchandise, also applicable at ASICS Factory Outlet Store

*Promotion cannot be used in conjunction with any other bundle buy, special buy or August GT collection buy.

Time to get new shoes to prep for your next IPPT.

12. Zalora

(18% off minimum spend of $90)

Online shopping is the answer if your weekends are burned from guard duties.

Shop from thousands of products from international and local labels on ZALORA, including TOPSHOP, TOPMAN, Herschel, Nike, New Balance, River Island and more!

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All you have to do is enter promo code ‘SAFDAY18’ at checkout.

This offer is valid from 1 July 2018 to 31 August 2018.

Head on to Zalora to enjoy this promotion!

13. Attica

(Free entry to Attica – Limited to first 50 SAFRA members per day)

If you want to “dumzi-dumzi” or “ewah-ewah”, bring your bros and enjoy free entry to Attica from 23 April – 31 December 2018!

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This offer is limited to the first 50 SAFRA members each day and each member can bring along one pax (guest).

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You can also “dumzi-dumzi” and “ewah-ewah” the night away from 1 April – 29 September 2018. Enjoy complimentary access to Zouk & Phuture for the first 30 SAFRA members every Wed/Fri/Sat, before 12am only.

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Enjoy 15% off all menu items from 29 June – 26 August 2018.

This offer is only available at Ben & Jerry’s 313 Somerset/VivoCity/Dempsey/Holland Piazza.

Present your SAFRA card upon ordering!

16. Cold Stone Creamery

(1-for-1 Signature Creation Ice Cream)

You can also enjoy ice cream from Cold Stone Creamery from 2 May – 30 June!

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Enjoy 1-for-1 Signature Creation Ice Cream in ‘Love It’ (U.P. $8.50) and ‘Gotta Have It’ (U.P. $10.50) sizes.

This offer is only available at Cold Stone Orchard/VivoCity/HillV2/Waterway Point.

Present your SAFRA card upon ordering!

17. Old Chang Kee

($5.30 for 4 Puffs)

Remember all those times you’d queue for Old Chang Kee at Pasir Ris MRT after your book outs?

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From 29 June – 26 August 2018, enjoy any 4 puffs (Curry’O, Sardine’O & Chicken Mushroom’O) for $5.30 (U.P. $6).

Present a valid SAFRA Card and a physical coupon on-site for redemption. You can download your free coupon here!

18. Cat & The Fiddle

(Up to 50% off selected cheesecakes)

If you love your cakes then you’ll be spoilt for choices at Cat & The Fiddle!

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You’ll find a diverse selection of 17 varieties of gourmet cheesecakes comprising of classics such as their Classic New York Cheesecake, Oreo Cookies & Cream Cheesecake to Asian and local-inspired creations like Milo Dinosaur.

Here’s what Cat & The Fiddle will be offering this SAF Day:

Promotion 1 (Valid from 29 Jun – 1 Jul 2018)

50% off Devil’s Chocolate Cheesecake – Naughty and Nice
Use Promo Code ‘CATSAF50’ upon checkout online

Promotion 2 (Valid from 2 Jul – 10 Aug 2018)

20% off 3 cheesecake options: Milo Dinosaur, Jolly Horly (Horlicks Cheesecake) and Queen of Hearts (Strawberry Cheesecake)
Use Promo Code ‘CATXSAF’ upon checkout online

Check out the T&Cs Hormat SAF Day Image Credit: Chicken Up Facebook[/caption]

From 15 March 2018 to 15 March 2019, all SAFRA members and Servicemen (11B) get to enjoy 15% off their total bill.

That’s a whole year of savings on korean chicken!

This offer is available daily except public holidays. Remember to present a valid SAFRA card or 11B in person upon ordering.

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Treat the fam to an amazing spread of Dim Sum from 1 July – 31 August 2018.

Here’s what Yum Cha will be offering:

Yum Cha Chinatown: 30% off weekday high tea buffet, per SAFRA card holder

Yum Cha Changi: 30% off a la carte items after 6pm

If you’re craving for some real good and hearty Dim Sum such as Fish Roe with Siew Mai or Xiao Long Bao, then Yum Cha Restaurant is right up your alley.

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9 S’porean Photographers To Follow On IG Who Actually Shoot, Not Steal, Photos

Singaporean Photographers

Besides having an Instagram handle, anybody who owns the latest iPhone, a film camera and VSCO is loosely deemed a “photographer” now. All you have to do is aim, shoot, edit and post right?

Easy? Not quite.

What sets a legit photographer apart from the amateur ones is a creative eye that only few posses. Not everyone can find a creative spin to a photo that has been shot multiple times by other photographers.

Don’t get us started on amateur photographers ripping photos from other sites, editing them and claiming it as their own.

We sussed out some of the most talented photographers in Singapore that you should keep a look out for. See Singapore in a new light through the lenses of these talented photographers who are making a name for themselves on social media.

Also, #supportlocal lah.

Through Their Lens

1. Jayden Tan (@jaydenation)

Jayden Tan’s striking photographs will get heads turning for all the good reasons. His work first went viral in 2016 when he posted a series of 4 tongue-in-cheek portraits to celebrate National Day!

The photographer’s “Char Bor” series was created to commemorate Singapore’s 51st Birthday. The series feature the same model reimagined as the various women of Singapore. I mean cmon, who would’ve thought to use chilli packets as earrings?

He’s back again this year with a “Make Yishun Great Again” themed photoshoot. I mean just look at the amount of effort that goes into his work.

Versatile and striking, there are plenty of reasons why you should be following Jayden’s work on Instagram. This the kind of quality content we should all sign up for!

2. Tim Tan (@perspecgifs)

If you’ve seen Mura Masa – What If I Go MV, then you’ll be familiar with the Wiggle 3D Effect.

The image of the subject is taken in a stereoscopic manner to give it a sense of depth. This effect is so popular that Tim has dedicated his entire Instagram to this Wiggle 3D Effect.

If you’re familiar with film cameras, then you’ll realise his images gives off a very old school Fujifilm vibe.

You’ll notice some familiar faces on his feed such as the gorgeous Malaysian singer, Yuna and Korean R&B prince, Dean.

3. Yais Yusman & Yafiq Yusman (@_yaisyusman_ & @_yafiqyusman_)

The Yusman’s are definitely the coolest duo in Singapore. Yes, they’re actual twins.

When the #hypebeast #exploresg trend first kicked off on Instagram, these brothers were out and about exploring the entire Singapore for the sickest shots.

Their Instagram feed is carefully curated with creative architecture shots and clever light play. A prominent feature in all of their photos would be their quirky subjects “hanging off” railings and “playing dead”.

This is how Mondays feel like.

Most of their shots are taken with an iPhone edited using apps such as VSCO. It’s hard to believe that some of the shots were taken in Singapore.

Like wow damn really, is Singapore THAT beautiful?

4. Khairul Azmas (@khairulazmas)

Khairul’s Hypebeast-esque aesthetic has garnered him a strong following in the photography scene.

He is a self-taught photographer who delved into photography in late 2014 when he bought his first DSLR & iPhone. His Instagram account was also created around the same time was where he shared most of his work.

In 2015, after working for 5 years as a marketing professional, he left the corporate world to pursue a full-time fashion diploma & focused on his photography which brought about attention from brands & secured him jobs.

His photography skills are next level and it comes as no surprise that he is one of Sony’s go-to photographers in Singapore.


5. A (@anelephntintheroom)

Although not as known as other local photographers, A’s work is definitely a beauty.

His photography projects are often the result of my encounters with the cycle of redevelopment in Singapore. He is also inspired by the work of photographers such as Aik Beng Chia, Robert Zhao Renhui, Daido Moriyama, Martin Parr and Sim Chi Yin.

Did you know he published a photobook called “Ways Of Seeing” which you can get from Books Actually?

With nearly 10, 000 public housing blocks spread throughout Singapore, “Ways of Seeing” is a collection of images that attempts to capture the aesthetic of look-out points and sight lines in and around such estates in Singapore.

From colour coded void decks whose pillars seemingly repeat infinitely to the peonies, diamonds, moon gates and circles found in stairwells and lift lobbies, the architectural motifs found in public housing blocks in Singapore became our Ways of Seeing.

You can get his book here.

6. Fandy Razak (@frazak)

Fandy is mostly known for his wedding photography works and also for being the coolest skate dad to his two kids.

On weekdays, he can be seen sending his two sons to and fro from school. On weekends, he’s busy photographing someone’s wedding.

He’s known for coming up with the most creative wedding concepts for his clients.

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Asides wedding photography, Fandy also captures images of his family on their travels.

Someone give this man a “Best Father Award” already.

Check out more of his work here.

7. Yik Keat (@yk)

Yik Keat’s images pretty much sums up this photographer’s mad skills when it comes to producing breathtaking visuals.

His saturated shots have garnered him a strong following base, so much so that Singapore’s Biggest Music Festival, ULTRA Singapore roped him in to be the event’s official photographer.

For god’s sake, this dude even has his own Lightroom Presets which you can download.

His work is giving us all the FEELS.

8. Lenne Chai (@lenneigh)

Fashion photographer Lenne Chai captures stunning portraits and amazing fashion images.

What sets her apart from other fashion photographers would definitely be her style that is a mixture of romantic and quirky.

She also had her very own exhibition at this year’s Oh! Emerald Hill called “Salvation Made Simple”. This installation explores the ways in which spirituality has become commercialised to match our commercial world + erasure of native culture as a result of colonialism.

9. Estelle Shing (@estelleshing)

If you love anything from portraits, streetwear and film vibes, then you have to check out Estelle’s work.

One of her photos even received a even received a congratulatory thumbs up emoji from musician ASAP Rocky on Instagram .

Estelle’s work is largely inspired by classic photographers such as Mary Ellen Mark and Diane Arbus.


Over at Discover SG, we appreciate creativity and identity. Support your local creatives that put in hours to deliver original content from hard work. Let us know if there are other local photographers that we missed out!

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(Header Image Source: @yk@jaydenation@khairulazmas)

From June 20, Your KFC Drinks Will No Longer Come With Plastic Caps And Straws

Starting 20 June 2018, all 84 KFC restaurants nationwide will stop serving beverages with plastic caps and straws.

It comes as no surprise as there’s been a ramping up of anti-plastic waste measures by huge companies recently.

For example, Deliveroo Singapore pledged to do its part to cut down the use of plastic with the introduction of an “opt-in function” for cutlery on World Environment Day (5 June).

There are also plenty of start ups in Singapore introducing bamboo/metal straws to encourage Singaporeans to ditch the plastic straws and opt for reusable ones instead. Melissa Lam, the Bamboo Straw Girl, sells reusable bamboo straws and other products such as natural soap bars, bamboo fountain pens, and fabric wraps, and strawkeepers.

Ditch The Plastic Straws

In a bid to reduce single-use plastics, KFC will stop serving their drinks with plastic caps and straws as part of their No Straws initiative.

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Lynette Lee, General Manager of Kentucky Fried Chicken Management Pte Ltd, said: “We acknowledge the strain that single-use plastics put on our environment and are taking steps to do our part in endeavouring a change.

This makes KFC the very first fast food chain in Singapore to ditch single-use plastics. It has been estimated that this move will “save 17.8 metric tons of single-use plastics in a year”.

Since December 2016, KFC Singapore has made efforts to go green by swapping out paper boxes for reusable baskets for dine-in meals. In early 2017, KFC introduced recyclable paper packaging for their breakfast platters in place of foam packaging for their KFC a.m. menu.

These initiatives saw a reduction of close to 2.5 million paper boxes and over 700,000 sets of foam packaging in a span of only 6 months.

KFC Singapore also added that they will continue to review and rollout the use of more biodegradable packaging for their offerings as part of their ongoing eco-conscious efforts.

Good on you KFC, you’re doing it right!

What are your thoughts on KFC ditching their straws and plastic caps? Let us know!

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(Header Image Source: KFC Singapore)

DBS Is Making Banking Effortless Because Really, “Where Got Time?”

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Just a week ago, I realised that my debit card was nearing its expiry date.

Immediately, I thought about finding a good time to brave the typically long bank queues and renew it…and then it hit me.

When was the last time that I actually queued at a bank branch?

Not trusting my bad memory, I asked colleagues around me about the last time they queued (or even visited) a bank branch.

“Wow…I really think the last time was 5 years ago, when I went to get my debit card set up. I had a POSB kids account, and I needed to changed it to my current account,” said one.

The others, like myself, couldn’t remember the last time they even visited a bank.

Sure, withdrawing cash from an ATM is still pretty old school, but many bank-related transactions can now be done by starting up your iBanking app.

Take for example the transferring of funds.

I still remember when buying an item from an online shop meant heading down to an ATM, carefully keying in the account number, getting the transaction receipt, taking a photo of the receipt, sending over the photo to the vendor, and waiting for confirmation of payment.

Now, all you need is the recipient’s phone number to make a transfer!

What’s more, you’ll even get the digital receipt sent via SMS to your phone as well.

Image Credit: DBS

Checking in on my savings and financial health has also never been easier. I can’t imagine how tedious it might have been a decade ago, when the only way you could check your funds was by updating your passbook!

DBS Bank has just revealed plans to make banking even more convenient for customers, and it’s doing this by going ‘invisible’.

The Very Visible DBS Bank Goes…Invisible?

Just 2 weeks ago, DBS Bank unveiled that it’s ditching the decade-old, well-known tagline “Living, Breathing Asia” for a brand new one.

Said DBS CEO Piyush Gupta during the event, “In the last 10 years, we have successfully established ourselves as a leader in Asia banking. While we remain rooted to Asia, Asia is rapidly changing, like the rest of the world.”

With the ubiquity of the smartphone, the explosion of data and the rise of the sharing economy, customer behaviours are dramatically different from what they were before. Customers want a new kind of banking.

Thus, it wants to evolve from simply being a bank that understands the region it’s in, to being one that reimagines how banking is done and perceived.

And it’s doing so by, ironically, going ‘invisible’.

But how does a bank that serves a few million customers and that’s almost as old as Singapore go ‘invisible’?

At the launch of “Live more, Bank less” / Image Credit: DBS

Its new ethos, “Live more, Bank less”, is the answer.

Evolving With Singapore And Its Customers

Just like how Singapore has evolved and grown over the years, DBS Bank has similarly followed suit since inception in 1968.

First established by the Singapore Government as The Development Bank of Singapore (yes, that’s where the ‘DBS’ comes from!) to take over industrial financing activities from the Economic Development Board (EDB), it has since grown not just locally, but across various markets in the region as well.

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DBS’ first branch in Jurong / Image Credit: DBS

Currently, there are over 280 DBS branches across 18 markets.

With a market capitalisation standing at about S$75 billion currently, it is among the top 40 most valuable banks globally, and has been the most valuable bank brand in ASEAN for the past six years.

Named the “Safest Bank in Asia” by Global Finance for nine consecutive years, and “Asia’s Best Bank” by publications like The Banker, Euromoney, IFR Asia, and Global Finance, it has also been the pioneer of many firsts in the industry.

For example, it was the first bank in Singapore to adopt cloud-based productivity technology, Office 365, in its workplace in 2016. DBS also became the first bank in Singapore to launch a cloud-based data centre in the following year.

While these 2 ‘firsts’ might not be very applicable to a regular Singaporean, I’m sure you’ve heard of another Singapore-first initiative that they launched last year.

Called “NAV Hub”, it is Singapore’s first financial planning centre by a bank which offers free advisory services, with – get this – no financial products being sold.

A DBS NAV financial planning session / Image Credit: DBS

Targeted at millennials, they launched phase 2 of the initiative just last month – “NAV – Your Financial GPS“, a digital financial advisor that can be found in customers’ DBS/POSB iBanking and digibank apps.

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Image Credit: DBS

Integrating all customers’ banking transactional activities, users can set budgets and goals, and no expenditure goes unaccounted for – making it the perfect solution for those who aren’t sure about whether or not they’re on the right track – financially-wise.

Not Just Chasing ‘Firsts’

But more than just chasing ‘firsts’, DBS Bank’s main driving force lies in enabling more customers to, like its new tagline, “Live more, Bank less”.

“Live more, Bank less” encapsulates many aspects and DBS is intent on enabling its customers to:

1. Live Hassle-Free With Invisible Banking

One way it plans to do this is by embedding banking in customers’ financial journey.

To do this, DBS has launched carproperty, and electricity marketplaces on its website in the last 9 months, making browsing and purchasing these items even more seamless.

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DBS’ Car Marketplace

DBS iWealth, its platform for the higher-end consumer segment, also allows customers in Singapore and Hong Kong manage, trade, and transact via their mobile phones 24/7.

2. Seize Life’s Opportunities

iWealth also provides insights to these customers to better seize investment opportunities.

This includes having access to sophisticated portfolio and performance analysis, as well as curated research and investment views.

For the entrepreneurs among us, SMEs with DBS BusinessClass can get access to the latest market trends, a knowledgeable community of Asia’s business leaders, and also attend industry-specific events to gain more information and contacts.

Some F&B entrepreneurs at a BusinessClass event we attended

As a means to give back to society and encourage customers to live more fulfilling, socially-conscious lives,, was launched as a first-of-its-kind lifestyle portal to help social enterprises in Asia gain greater visibility.

3. Live Larger Than Themselves

More than just giving them a platform to showcase their goods and causes, DBS has also been helping social entrepreneurs bring their ideas to life since 2014 through the DBS Foundation, which is actively supporting social enterprises through funding, mentorships, and training.

Banking, Like Living, Should Be Effortless

Having made reimagining banking a priority in the last few years, we believe we are well-placed to personify and embody banking of the future. – DBS CEO Piyush Gupta

Doing bank-related transactions have become so effortless that there’s no more excuses for any inertia – be it in paying any bills, signing up for any new cards, or even getting a head start on investing.

More than just effort saved, it’s also a whole lot of time saved, and while I’m speaking mainly as a DBS Bank customer, I’m pretty sure this is the same for customers of other banks as well.

For banks, freeing up time and energy for customers doesn’t just make them more bold to do more with their account – it also gives them time to do more non-banking stuff.

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Image Credit: DBS

Like having fun with friends over food and conversation.

Like building a home and loving relationship with your partner.

Like witnessing your child’s first words and steps.

And that’s exactly what DBS wants to help its customers do.

For more information on “Live more, Bank less”, please visit: article was written in collaboration with DBS Bank.

This article first appeared on Vulcan Post.