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.
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.
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.
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.
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"] 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"] 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 www.trees.sg where you can learn more about Singapore’s trees!
Where have you seen the Golden Penda flowers? Share your pictures with us!
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.
Make sure you are the first 100 people queuing at the launch of Sephora Causeway Point on 21 September 2018
At 11am, Sephora promotional team members will be giving out a Sephora branded wrist brand, numbered 1 to 100
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.
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
[caption id="attachment_37199" align="aligncenter" width="2350"]F1 Circuit Park Map | Google Maps[/caption]
During this period, road corridors will be open at selected hours:
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!
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.
[caption id="attachment_37155" align="aligncenter" width="1200"] Image Credit: Costa Coffee Facebook[/caption]
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.
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.
[caption id="attachment_37157" align="aligncenter" width="1080"] Image Credit: Costa Coffee World Facebook[/caption]
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
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:
Launch your GrabFood app from 27 to 29 July, 2 – 5pm
Find “GrabDurian” under the Featured partners section at the top
Add as many box of durians as you like
Apply the ‘GRABDURIAN’ promo code to enjoy free delivery
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 2pmforregular 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!
When: 27 – 29 July, 2 – 5pm Download the GrabFood App here:Apple | Google Play
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 https://goo.gl/CkkFdA 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.
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.
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
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.
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?
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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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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.
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’?
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.
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.
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.
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 car, property, and electricity marketplaces on its website in the last 9 months, making browsing and purchasing these items even more seamless.
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.
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.
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: www.dbs.com/livemore. This article was written in collaboration with DBS Bank.