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The Mid-Autumn Festival is upon us, and that can only mean one thing — mooncakes are going to be a constant in our diets for the next month or so.
As usual, you can count on all the bakeries, Chinese restaurants and hotel chains to release their usual fare, but the one that’s caught our attention this year are the Oreo branded mooncakes.
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Yup, you heard us right — everyone’s favourite cookie brand has released a set of six “Wonderfilled” mooncakes, with flavours ranging from Brownie Chocolate to Custard & Pineapple Flavoured Jam.
Trust us, we’re just as curious as you, and since eating is…well, kind of our job, we decided to get a box for ourselves to see how they taste.
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This was hands-down the most popular choice in the office, probably because it looks like an Oreo cookie in mooncake form.
The taste, however, is a whole other situation altogether.
As its name suggests, the Brownie Chocolate mooncake is primarily filled with a chocolate flavoured paste — the kind you usually find in mooncakes, just chocolate flavoured — along with a hint of the more traditional lotus seed paste in the center.
While a chocolate mooncake might sound good on paper (to us, at least), the combination of flavours don’t exactly go well together, with the distinct flavours of both jockeying for position in your mouth. The result is a taste that’s not strong on either front, ultimately resulting in a rather underwhelming taste.
Double Chocolate With Milk
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If you’ve ever eaten those White Rabbit candies before (really, who hasn’t?), then the taste of the Double Chocolate With Milk mooncake is going to be very familiar to you. The taste of the skin starts off rather mild, but after a few seconds a strong, milky flavour creeps up on you.
The rest of the mooncake is pretty much an inverse of the Brownie Chocolate, with a lotus seed paste filling surrounding a chocolate centre. It’s supposedly double the chocolate, but we really couldn’t tell the difference, to be honest.
With more lotus seed paste in this one, however, the flavours are spread out a little more evenly, and when paired with the milk skin everything comes together pretty nicely to produce just the right amount of sweet and savoury.
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Unlike the previous two in this list, the strawberry Jam mooncake has a jelly-esque center that forms the center of its taste as well.
Considering that everything from the skin to the main filling is strawberry flavoured, however, everything is just slightly different variations of the same thing, and despite that there still isn’t much of a kick to it.
We’re thinking that strawberry just doesn’t work well as a mooncake flavour, and it might have been *slightly* better if they had used snow skin instead.
For what it is, though, we’ll pass.
Custard & Pineapple Flavoured Jam
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Just like the Strawberry Jam before it, the taste of the Custard & Pineapple Flavoured Jam mooncake is dominated by it’s jelly filling, and more than one person in the office compared it to a pineapple tart.
As we’d come to expect by this point, however, its flavour wasn’t particularly strong, and you’d probably be better off eating an actual pineapple tart.
The custard flavoured skin does adds a rather unique, buttery taste, and if we had to pick a favourite out of the four it’d probably be this one.
If these mooncakes didn’t have the Oreo branding stamped onto their faces, we really wouldn’t have known that they belonged to the cookie company.
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We really wish that Oreo’s attempt at mooncakes would’ve tasted…well, a little more Oreo-y (putting their signature cream inside, perhaps?), instead of playing it safe with a standard that you could probably find at your neighbourhood bakery.
If you’re ready to give in to the gimmick and still want to try these out for yourself, they’re available right now at select FairPrice outlets for $29.90, or $26.90 if you order online from their website.
Don’t say we didn’t warn you, though.
Also Read 5 Must Order Dishes At Hougang’s Hainanese Village For $4 And Under
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Growing up, I’ve always envied the ones living outside of the West side of Singapore because the food was always guaranteed to be better, more varied, and even cheaper.
So after hearing my colleagues rave about food in Hougang for months, I decided to head to Hougang and try the food for myself.
The destination? Hougang Hainanese Village.
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And here are the 5 dishes to go for when you’re there.
1. Qiu Yun – Tom Yum Ban Mian
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Ban Mian is a standard coffeeshop and hawker centre staple. There’s always a stall that sells ban mian, sliced fish soup and the likes. But not all are good.
However, that’s not the case at Hainanese Village. Qiu Yun is a simple store selling ban mian, mee hoon kway, sliced fish soup, and some Pu Tien-style dishes.
They even have Garoupa Head Fish Soup for those with a more adventurous palate.
I got the Tom Yum Ban Mian ($4) and wasn’t really expecting much. I’ve never been a big fan of ban mian. I’m okay with it but it’s usually not a first choice.
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So I was genuinely surprised when the noodles remained springy without becoming soggy, even though I left it for a good 10 to 15 minutes, just busy getting more dishes.
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The Tom Yum soup isn’t too spicy or salty either, which is good because I know of stall owners who are heavy-handed with their Tom Yum paste.
That being said, $4 for a decent-sized bowl of Tom Yum Ban Mian is actually worth it, though they could be a BIT more generous with the minced meat.
2. Yi Liu Xiang – Nasi Lemak
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Yi Liu Xiang serves up Chinese-style Nasi Lemak and you know it’s good because the queues are crazy long.
I managed to jump into the queue before 6 others hastily lined up behind me. Lord. I remember thinking to myself, “It’s JUST Nasi Lemak, why is it so hyped?”
First off, $2.50 for a simple plate of Nasi Lemak with a fried fish fillet, omelette and ikan bilis seemed a bit ridiculous to me. I can probably get the same at Ananas for $2.
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Boy, was I wrong. The fried fish fillet was STILL crispy despite being left out for a while, and it wasn’t too oily. It also had a satisfying crunch that was lacking in most fish fillets.
Now, as with all Nasi Lemak dishes, the make-or-break ingredient is the chilli. Yi Liu Xiang’s chilli was a perfect balance of sweet and spicy, and not too spicy that it’ll make you reach for your drink.
12/10 will return and queue for this. Do come early though (before 10am), some of the ingredients sell out VERY early.
Yi Liu Xiang
3. Hup Huat White Carrot Cake
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As its name suggests, this stall only sells white carrot cake.
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For $2.50, you get a plate of White Carrot Cake that looks more like a fuyong omelette.
Each plate is cooked upon order and the smell is DIVINE. If you like your carrot cake crispy, this is it.
The chilli doesn’t overpower the taste of the carrot cake, and the omelette has a tinge of wok hei to it, making this extremely satisfying to eat.
Honestly, this is how carrot cake should be prepared islandwide. Make this a thing please.
Hup Huat White Carrot Cake
4. Lai Xing Cooked Food – Duck Kway Chap
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Kway Chap is traditionally served with pig offal and pork belly. But not here.
At Lai Xing Cooked Food, they serve up Duck Kway Chap. And for $2.50, it’s actually a very decent portion for one.
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You get a small platter of fish cakes, tau pok, braised hardboiled eggs, and duck intestines. Since I shun offal like the plague, I decided to acquaint myself with the remaining ingredients.
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The fish cake is fresh and springy with bits of vegetable in the fish paste.
Though the tau pok today seemed a little undercooked, I’m going to give them the benefit of doubt considering that it was early and the tau pok hasn’t been braised thoroughly enough to be sufficiently soft.
But all in all, Duck Kway Chap is an interesting dish and I highly recommend that you try it too.
Lai Xing Cooked Food
5. Shun Quan – Soya Beancurd With Gingko Nut
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As I was busy getting the other 4 dishes, I saw a few tables with soya beancurd.
And let me just clarify that I LOVE SOYA BEANCURD. So I tracked the source and found Shun Quan.
I was very surprised and had to double confirm the price when I ordered the Soya Beancurd with Gingko Nut. It’s only $0.80. WHAT.
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Price aside, the beancurd was so soft, it’s barely solid. It just disintegrates as soon as it leaves the spoon.
The gingko nuts provide a nice contrast in texture from the (literally) silky smooth beancurd.
By far the best tau huay I’ve ever had. Rochor beancurd who?
So there, if you’re at Hainanese Village in Hougang, eat these. Legit no horse run. Also, all 5 dishes cost us a total of just $12.30.
The place is nestled deep within the Hougang neighbourhood so here’re some buses that you can take to the Hainanese Village.
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Oh, and come with at least 1 other person because seats are hard to come by.
Also read This Shop In Outram Sells Customised ‘Kim Zua’ Handmade By A 65-Year-Old Uncle
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It’s that time of the year again. The strong smell of smoke fills the air which indicates the beginning of the Hungry Ghost Festival.
We’re quite the superstitious lot. From lucky numbers and urban legends to sticking to a few rules for Hungry Ghost month, we love indulging in the unexplained.
For the unacquainted, the Hungry Ghost Festival (also known as 7th month) is in full force, which is also the time when getai and kim zua companies enjoy their peak sales.
But just like many traditions, the practice of burning kim zua is slowly fading away and no longer practiced by the younger generation unless reminded by their older relatives.
However, this hasn’t stopped 65-year old Li Yao An who has been making and selling religious paper offerings at his shop for almost 40 years.
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A Dying Trade
Nestled within a housing estate in Jalan Minyak, Li Yao An runs Yew Chye Religious Goods Trading. In this old neighbourhood, the only notable sign of activity is a small coffee shop beside it – its yellowed walls and chipped paint stand as a testament to its age.
He prides himself on making his own paper offerings by hand, unlike others who’d import the kim zua instead. Having being in the business since the 1970s, Li is a master craftsman in this traditional trade.
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As I walked to the entrance, Mr Li looked up at me as he sat on on a stool working and flashed me his widest smile. He welcomed me with a question: “Were you the one that called me yesterday?”
Prior to joining this business, Mr Li previously worked a multitude of odd jobs, ranging from a plumber to an electrician.
“I started doing this not out of choice. But because I’m not educated. It’s a skill I picked up from a guy in Chinatown”, he exclaimed as he moved about his workspace, stripping and bending bamboo which I then realised was used to make the skeleton for a paper effigy.
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Mr Li starts his day as early as 4/5am and knocks off at 9pm everyday.
“I have a responsibility to my customers. I open everyday, 7 days a week. Because I agreed to take the business, so I open everyday to work”, he added.
Despite the long hours at work, one can tell how happy and passionate he is when it comes to crafting his own paper offerings by hand. He complained that it was back-breaking work but also added that he could not imagine doing anything else besides what he’s doing now.
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As we began talking about his works from the past, his eyes widened and immediately got out of his seat to reach out for an old photo album that was stored within his stack of paper and brochures – an organised mess they say.
Just like a proud father, he said: “These are some of my favourite works!”
He flipped through the album and told us more about each photo.
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“The most expensive one I’ve made was 13 golf club replicas. This man brought 13 golf clubs to me, and asked me to make replicas of all 13.”
Mr Li typically takes a few weeks to a month to finish each order as it involves a lot of thought for the creation process . However, if the end product isn’t satisfactory, he will redo the entire process because he believes that it’s his responsibility to deliver proper kimzuas to honor the dead.
Traditional Materials And Methods
40 years have passed but Mr Li still uses traditional method and materials from when he first learnt the trade. For instance, he has kept the type of paper consistent over the years. He also makes his own glue from rice flour as it is cheaper and saves him time from going out to buy whenever he runs out.
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Mr Li also recycles the flyers he receives to make shoes for the dolls.
“Come I show you how to make. Very easy one!”
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A 40 Year Old Journey
Much has changed over the years. Traditional kim zua includes houses and servants, while the more modern offerings include iPads, laptops, Rolex watches, and even treadmills.
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“Uncle ah, then after this, who taking over your business?”
He paused momentarily and chuckled, “Not everybody can do what I do.”
“Nobody to pass it down to because nobody else knows or wants to learn how to do what I do.
Despite the rise of online stores that sells kim zua such as PO-PI.com.sg and STORE.KIMZUA.com.sg, Mr Li shared that he still has plenty of customers coming to him requesting for his service as “nobody else does what I do”.
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Making paper offerings is not just a livelihood to him. It’s an art that he believes will die with him someday.
“I will do this for as long as I am able to walk and work, until the day it’s time for me to sleep”, he smiled to himself.
Yew Chye Religious Goods Trading
Address: 5 Jalan Minyak, #01-330, Singapore 161005
Contact No.: 6734 3389
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You’ve got the keys to your BTO, so what’s next?
When it comes to sprucing up your new home, IKEA is typically the first place that pops into mind. There’s no doubt that it offers cheap furniture at decent quality.
However, this option is sometimes not ideal, because you’ve got to put the furniture together yourself (which can go terrible). Also, when friends and family start spotting the same furniture as you, it gets a little too predictable.
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From online to brick-and-mortar (or both), these shops will be your new go-tos, serving up an array of stylish furnishings that won’t break the bank because who says you have to be rich for your home to look like a million bucks.
1. Second Charm
Going for a vintage or retro-style for your living space? Look no further with Second Charm!
Carrying vintage-retro furniture including antiques and collectibles, this is the perfect place to source for one-of-a-kind pieces that is bound to induce envy amongst your home visitors. Additionally, Second Charm also carries customised furniture and has even ventured into Scandinavian and Danish-inspired furniture.
With antique chairs looking like these, you will almost get a nod of approval from the old folks! These chairs will certainly create a tinge of nostalgia and homely feel to your living space – which is exactly how a home should be!
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Alternatively, incorporate some quirkiness into your bedrooms with these century bedside cabinets. Only available in this particular mixed blue and white colour, these bedside cabinets definitely scream quirky, eccentric, and retro!
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Do note that you will have to drop Second Charm an email on the specific measurements for your furniture in order to receive a quotation from them. Though it might seem troublesome, perhaps the thought of knowing that most of your furniture pieces are exclusively customised for YOUR home might make you think otherwise!
Address: Blk 21 Kallang Avenue, #05-165 Mapletree Industrial Building, Singapore 339412
Operating hours: Tue – Fri: 11:30am – 5.30pm; Sat: 11:00am – 5:30pm, Sun: 12pm – 5pm (Closed on Mondays)
Browse through HipVan’s extensive range of designer-inspired furniture which comes in quirky colours and designs.
With sturdy dining tables starting at just S$59.90, gorgeous plush sofas from just S$39, as well as bean bags and many more, home products here are undoubtedly a steal!
Infuse some Scandinavian-inspired furniture designs to your living room with this Avery Coffee Table (SGD199).
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Avery’s stylish look is further enhanced with the natural oak varnish to give it a fresh and organic look. Furthermore, if black is not a colour you fancy, this coffee table comes in white as well.
If you envision an industrial modern-chic interior as your ideal dream house, HipVan is the place to consider.
Address: The Cathay, 2 Handy Road, #02-06/07/08, S(229233)
Opening Hours: 12pm – 10 pm, daily
3. Elements Concept
If you love laid back, wooden Balinese style kind of home decor and furniture, then Elements Concept is right up your alley.
Get that laid-back Jungalow vibe at home without making a soul trip to Bali. Hailing from Indonesia, you can find beautifully handcrafted furniture and home accessories made from only the very best materials, like rattan, teak, marble and brass.
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Each piece is handcrafted by local artisans in the brand’s workshop (or from home). The slight imperfections give each piece its human touch and is therefore, in our view, just perfect. Their prices starts from $125 for a stool and $104 for a side table.
You can choose to buy their products online, but you can also visit The Attaby Collective to see and feel their items before you purchase!
Address: 420 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427641
Opening Hours: Tue – Sat: 10am-6pm | Sun: 12pm-5pm, Closed on all Public Holidays
FortyTwo is yet another online furniture retailer that sells appliances as well.
With an extensive range of furniture that boasts low starting places, FortyTwo also sells home decorations such as lightnings, mirrors and many more.
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You can get an entire dining table set with FortyTwo’s Vincente Medium Ash Veneer Dining at just SGD245.
This dining table comes with blue and yellow chairs – a replica of the popular Eames design.
FortyTwo holds regular clearance sales, offering jaw-dropping offers on their furniture. Do remember to check in regularly to snag superb deals for your home.
On top of the affordable furniture pieces, FortyTwo also provides great customer service. They offer lowest price matching – which means that if you find a merchant selling the exact item but at a lower price, FortyTwo will refund you the difference!
It is no surprise that children spend a lot of time in their bedroom. Used for sleeping, playing and crafting, it follows that their space should be a reflection of their little personalities.
The only time you can get away with cutesy stuff is when you’re decorating your baby/kid’s room. 3LittlePicks might just be the bane of your decorating fantasies – stocked with insta-worthy furniture, arts and picks for the little ones.
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The Ballerina Sheer Canopy ($192.80) is perfect over beds, cribs, and as a reading or play nook. Pair it with a play mat and a selection of cushions and pillows to complete the look.
3LittlePicks also offers adult-sized furniture so you can add in a bit of fun and cute into your home!
Address: 39a Jalan Pemimpin #07-07B, Singapore 577183
If you love everything Scandinavian but don’t want your house to look like an IKEA showroom, then Primero is the best place to get all your furnishing needs.
From dining tables and chairs to bed frames and sofas, Primero offers an entire range of designer-inspired furnishings at an affordable price.
Looking for a sleek and clean coffee table? The Elsa Coffee Table ($139) is made with strong and durable materials that are coated with solid oak veneer that gives it a clean and elegant look. The coffee table also has a shelf that comes with a striking black frame that gives it a bold and modern look.
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Homeowners can also enjoy a peace of mind from their purchase thanks to Primero’s 30-day returns and 1-year warranty.
Website | Facebook
Sprucing up and decorating your home need not be an expensive affair! With these cheap furniture retailers offering a diverse range of designer and unique furniture pieces, you’ll have your home looking like a million bucks without breaking the bank!
Also read Secrets From Experts: Tips On Buying The Right Furniture & Personalising Your Home
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It’s kind of crazy how certain scents can instantly evoke memories you’d completely forgotten about.
The smell of warm chocolate cookies can transport you to that night you slept underneath the Christmas tree because your dad told you Santa and his reindeers will show up. Sunscreen and coconut oil can remind you of sunny days in Bali. And Jo Malone Lime Basil & Mandarin cologne might make you recall your ex-boyfriend’s….mom?
There is a plethora of brands out there offering fragrances but the downside is there’s always the chance you may end up wearing the same scent as someone else–especially if you wear a classic fragrance like Chanel No. 5.
This is where Oo La Lab comes in. Established in 2016, this fragrance lab allows you to customise your fragrance with a mixologist to come up with your ideal perfume – from picking all the notes to choosing a name.
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Craft Your Own Scent
You’ll smell it before you see Oo La Lab’s workshop, their counters are lined with bottles of essential oils and perfumes. Located in Delta House, Oo La Lab lets you customise your own fragrance in a 60-minute perfume making session ($88/pax, $176/two pax).
Starting with a quick theory lesson on the Oo Fragrance Table which has a total of 25 core scent and 2 complex scent available, we set out to start our perfume making process.
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The first step required us to take a whiff of every scent and narrow down our favourite ones. The scents were split up to 3 different categories (bottom, middle, top notes).
Now, if you’re like me and you suffer from the butter finger syndrome, you’ll find yourself fumbling with the glass beakers, funnels and the bottles.
Please don’t break anything. Please don’t break anything. PLEASE don’t break anything.
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The entire set up felt like a complete throwback to chemistry lessons in secondary school. All that’s left was a lab coat, goggles and gloves to complete my look.
While I was halfway through smelling the different scents, I started getting a little giddy or perhaps high from all the different smells. The lab also carries “edible” scents such as Vanilla and Gourmande which honestly got my tummy rumbling. The aromas were so sweet that I was almost tempted to taste them. They also carry a limited edition synthetic scent called “Chocolate” which will remind you of a chocolate fondue.
From Fresh and Floral notes to deeper Oriental and Wood fragrances, I had a tough time picking out the scents that would fit my personality.
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Once I’ve decided on my scents, it was time to do the math.
I was allowed a total of 20 drops for each round (there are 2 rounds), which must include 10 drops of bottom and 10 drops of middle and top notes (5 from middle, 5 from top).
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Here’s the slightly tedious part: Mark down the scents that you want to combine and decide how many drops of each scent will go into your trial mixture.
This requires quite a bit of trial and error because you don’t want to leave the workshop smelling like a Funfetti Cake or the Amazon Rainforest.
Now here’s where you get to feel like a chemist.
Based on your prior selection, it was time to translate 20 drops into 20ml which is the amount needed to fill your perfume bottles! This step was important because an extra drop might change the entire formula of your perfume.
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The mixture in the bottle will then be iodised and topped up with alcohol, before being professionally sealed with a spray nozzle and cap. To make it even more personalised, you can name your perfume.
Once that’s done, you’ll receive your 20ml eau de parfum packaged nicely in plastic wrappers with a card indicating your mixture so you can re-order on the website if you ever run out!
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If you’re ever looking at doing something out of the ordinary in Singapore, this workshop is perfect for a date or even as a birthday gift. You’d be surprised to find out how everyone’s preferences are so different. Who knows, you might just be able to recreate a perfume you love.
Oo La Lab
Address: The Lab, DELTA HOUSE #02-04 2 Alexandra Road 159919 Singapore
Duration: 60 minutes
Book your workshop here
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What if we tell you that you could abseil off a block of HDB flats safely and without breaking any laws?
Don’t believe? Come, we show you.
Abseiling In The Heartlands
Abseiling off a block of HDB flats is a real thing in Singapore. Gone were those days where bungee jumping and bar top dancing weren’t allowed in Singapore as authorities, who for years have kept a tight rein on fun, show gradual signs of loosening up.
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Not for the faint hearted, this newfangled activity is organised by the abseiling interest group at West Coast CC Youth Club.
They folks at West Coast CC Youth Club are bringing abseiling to the residents instead of you coming to them. The abseiling activities are held every second Sunday of the month. Best part, you get to abseil off a different HDB block every month.
If you’re thinking, “Siao ah?!”
This activity is completely safe and fun for all ages. If you’re deathly afraid of heights, rest assured that you’ll be in the safe hands of professionals.
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If you’re looking forward to some butt-clenching excitement, all you have to do is sign up and all equipments will be provided by the West Coast CC Youth Club themselves.
Who knows, you might just overcome your fear of heights after attending their abseiling sessions! Keep a look out on their Facebook page for their next event.
Urban Abseiling By West Coast CC Youth Club
When: Every Second Sunday of the month
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Krispy Kreme Singapore has unveiled 2 new flavours in their range of donuts, for National Day.
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Introducing the White Chocolate Chilli Donut and the Caramel Chilli Donut.
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While it’s new in Singapore, it’s not the first time Krispy Kreme has released chilli-flavoured donuts. Back in April, Krispy Kreme Malaysia released Caramel Chilli Donut as an April Fool’s joke.
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However, the question here is, “is EVERYTHING really better with chilli?”
So, we bought and tried it.
Chilli On Donuts
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The donuts might seem intimidating for those of you who cannot handle your spice, but they’re actually quite decent.
The White Chocolate Chilli Donut ($2.95) is basically a standard white chocolate donut with dried chilli flakes (like the ones you get at Pizza Hut).
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We can barely taste the chilli, though the warmth of the spice does show up in the aftertaste.
The Caramel Chilli Donut ($2.95) was less sweet, compared to the White Chocolate variant, and had a stronger chilli taste.
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Of the 2 chilli flavours, White Chocolate Chilli was the crowd favourite.
These 2 chilli donuts are available from now till 31 August 2018 at all Krispy Kreme outlets islandwide.
There’s another SG Donut ($3.30) that’s also a National Day special.
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It’s a dense custard donut with frosting on the top. It tastes good and they’re very generous with the custard. However, it is quite saccharine after a few bites.
All in all, these new flavours aren’t as bad as we thought they’d be. But if you’re intent on trying the chilli ones, go for the White Chocolate Chilli.
Turns out, most things are really better with chilli, donuts included. Just maybe not caramel.
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Thanks to Macklemore, thrift shops got a boost in publicity and popularity.
I used to avoid thrift shop because I never understood why anyone would want to buy pre-owned items. After all, the thrill of shopping comes from obtaining new stuff.
But after I went to my first thrift store, my eyes are now open to the wonders of thrift shopping. It’s the same feeling as opening a blind packaged item. You never know what you’re going to find and it’s thrilling.
So here’re some of my favourite thrift shops around Singapore so you can have your very own thrift shop moment.
One Man’s Trash Is Another Man’s Treasure
The Red Cross Foundation has their very own thrift shops that you can visit at the Red Cross House or at the Red Cross Campsite.
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With a wide range of pre-loved items, you can even find collectibles and electronic devices such as e-scooters, Samsung phones, and iPad Pro amongst other things!
If both of the outlets are out of the way or if your schedule doesn’t coincide with their opening hours, you can also find them on Carousell.
Red Cross Training Campsite
Address: 62 Jalan Khairuddin (Opera Estate), Singapore 457524
Opening Hours: Fri: 10.30am – 3.30pm
Red Cross House
Address: 15 Penang Lane, Singapore 238486
Opening Hours: Wed: 11am – 4pm
2. Song & Song
Song & Song doesn’t exist. On the Internet, that is. They’re completely offline and the truth is, they don’t really need to be on social media.
Song & Song sells clothing for as low as $5.
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Most of the clothes here are brandless, though if you spend enough time searching, you might find some gems from certain brands. These are usually rejected pieces due to slight defects that are usually negligible.
They even have baby clothes!
From coats and vests to tops and workout clothing, Song & Song is a fun place to trawl if you’re on a budget.
Song & Song
Address: Find your nearest outlet here
3. MINDS Shop
The Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore (MINDS) organisation runs 4 thrift shops across the island.
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Each thrift shop carries a range of carefully-selected apparel, furniture, house wares, and other collectibles.
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The items are affordable and value-for-money. And don’t worry, the inventory is constantly updated.
With a bit of time, who knows what you’ll find?
Address: Find your nearest store 4. Praisehaven Mega Family Store
The Salvation Army runs a number of thrift shops in Singapore, with the largest being the Praisehaven Mega Family Store.
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From books and electronics to art pieces, antiques and even wedding dresses, the Praisehaven Mega Family Store is basically a department store for pre-loved items.
Anyone down for some thrift shopping?
Praisehaven Mega Family Store
Address: 500 Upper Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 678106
Opening Hours: Mon – Thu: 10am – 6pm, Fri – Sat: 10am – 9pm, Sun: Closed
Contact no.: 6349 5312
5. New2U Thrift Shop
New2U Thrift Shop opened during the millennium selling pre-loved clothing, accessories, household goods, decorative ornaments, books and more.
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You might even find branded goods at New2U! The best part? The prices start from as low as a dollar.
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And they even have promotions! Every Tuesday is Student Half Price day and all items (except books, toys and jewellery) will go for half price on the last 2 working days of every month.
Do check their Instagram page for regular updates on upcoming promotions!
New2U Thrift Shop
Address: 96 Waterloo Street, Singapore 187967
Opening Hours: Mon – Fri: 10.30am – 2.30pm, Sat – Sun: Closed
Contact no.: 6837 0611
6. Something Old, Something New
Something Old, Something New thrift shop started back in 1997, founded by 2 volunteers at the Singapore Anglican Community Services, Ms Anna Tsang and Ms Felicia Teo.
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You can find a ton of apparel, from clothes, shoes and bags and many more.
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If you’re lucky, you might even find some items from brands like adidas.
They also hold flea markets every now and then so keep checking their Facebook page to stay up-to-date!
Something Old, Something New
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When you’ve worked for more than a year in Tai Seng, lunch options quickly run out and nothing seems more appealing for lunch than a nap.
But today, the office decided to order in. We were sick of fast food options so we decided to get ourselves some ramen.
Enter Takagi Ramen.
They’ve recently started offering islandwide delivery for their ramen, which is great news because Tai Seng is a ghost town and the queues at Takagi Ramen outlets are always long.
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I managed to find 6 other like-minded colleagues who thought ramen makes for great comfort food on a rainy day.
Unlike food delivery services, what you find on the menu at Takagi Ramen outlets, is what you’ll find on their delivery menu as well.
And the thing about Takagi Ramen is that it’s really affordable, with their base ramen all below $10. You can check out their full delivery menu here.
We ordered a Miso Ramen, a Mazemen, a Takagi Ramen, 2 Karaka Ramen, and 2 Black Tonkotsu Ramen. The total came up to $63.60 with a delivery fee of $20.
The delivery fee wasn’t explicitly stated on their delivery site, so it was a bit of a shock. They do have free delivery for orders above $100 though.
Good luck trying to scrounge up enough orders to hit $100 with such affordable prices.
Our ramen arrived in neat little tubs that resembled upsized ice cream tubs. Also, Takagi Ramen switched to this current all-paper, 100% biodegradable packaging since last year so, kudos to them.
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They may seem small but they’re really not. Here’s a hand for comparison.
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If you’re wondering why some orders have a ramen egg, it’s an add-on for $1.50 per egg.
Here’s a closer look at the different ramen.
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What you’re looking at is the signature Takagi Ramen ($7.90), which is their most basic and standard ramen.
The tonkotsu broth here is surprisingly light, and not too rich, making it easier to finish. We’ve had broth that’s too rich and by the time we finish the noodles, more than half the soup remains. The noodles were clumped together even when it was placed into the broth.
We had to microwave the tub so the noodles would split. Thankfully, the taste remained the same.
This was by far the crowd favourite out of all the orders.
Up next is the Miso Ramen ($8.50).
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The Miso Ramen didn’t fare as well as the Takagi Ramen. It’s pretty normal, with a light broth. If you prefer lighter broths for your ramen, then you might like this.
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But the miso flavour wasn’t very prominent and we would prefer it to be a little stronger.
For the spice lovers, there’s the Karaka Ramen ($8.50).
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The Karaka Ramen is great because the spice doesn’t overpower the tonkotsu broth, so you can still the underlying broth.
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And it’s not too spicy either, so it’s great for those of you who like to add shichimi (chilli powder) to your ramen.
Next is the only dry ramen order we had – the Mazemen ($7.90).
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The dry ramen is served with sweet corn, roasted nori strips, scallions, and sweet ginger-braised pulled pork.
While it sounds good, the flavours did not really translate properly, and the rest of ramen came across as a little bland. The only real flavour came from the ginger-braised pulled pork, and even that was relatively mild.
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If you’re looking for something extremely light on the palate, get this.
Now, for my order, the Black Tonkotsu Ramen ($8.90).
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The Black Tonkotsu Ramen comes with slow-roasted black garlic-infused tonkotsu broth and comes with menma (bamboo shoots) and black fungus strips for added crunch.
I like ramen with black garlic oil and it’s my usual order at my go-to ramen restaurants. So I decided to give this one a try.
Right off the bat, the noodles were surprisingly springy even after I microwaved it. The black garlic-infused broth wasn’t too salty, which is good for me I guess, though I personally prefer stronger flavour.
I felt that there wasn’t enough black garlic oil, so an option to ask for more black garlic oil would be good.
The lean chashu was a little tough, which is to be expected since it’s been left out of the broth for quite a while.
It wasn’t as shiok as other Black Tonkotsu ramen I’ve had, but it still does the job. Plus it’s affordable, so that’s a plus point.
Takagi Ramen markets themselves as “Ramen For The Average Singaporean”, and they stay true to that motto.
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Their ramen, while it’s nothing to shout about, does its job and is incredibly affordable. Plus, now that they deliver islandwide, getting your hands on a comforting bowl of ramen is much easier than before.
But if you’re going for quality, you might fare better if you visit any of their outlets. After all, ramen was never meant to be a takeaway dish.
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For all you tea lovers out there, I suggest you take a sip of that chamomile for your nerves and grab on to something because we’ve got news.
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Following its popularity when it debuted last year, the Singapore Tea Festival is back for its 2nd edition this coming 21 to 23 September 2018!
Tea Bazaar By teapasar
Organised by teapasar, the Singapore Tea Festival 2018 will be held at the ION Orchard’s Basement 4.
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For those of you wondering, teapasar is the first global marketplace that features both local and international tea brands, and even rare teas direct from tea farms. Talk about exclusivity.
This year’s Singapore Tea Festival will be bigger than before, with 28 tea and tea-related brands all under one roof!
A Fes-Tea-val For Everyone
You can find single-origin tea merchants in the Timeless Classics section.
With vendors such as Tea Chapter, experts of the art of Chinese Tea and Chinese Tea appreciation, and Parchmen Academy, a school dedicated to the art of tea appreciation.
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The Modern Blends section will feature Singapore’s own local tea brands. You can expect to find unique tea blends inspired by local flavours, such as Durian Tea from SUCRE, and Nyonya Kaya tea from The 1872 Clipper Tea Co.
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You can also get your hands on Botanically Cold Brewed Sparkling Teas from Gryphon Tea and even 100% compostable tea pods from A.muse Projects, that are compatible with Nespresso machines!
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For those of you with more sophisticated tastebuds, the International Flavours section has got you covered with selections from Matchaya, Ito En, and Bali Organic Tea.
To go along with your tea purchases, you can also get tea-related items at the Lifestyle section, such as tea illustrations from Troops On Print and handcrafted ceramics from &Natural and Euphoramics!
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If you love your tea as much as we do here at DiscoverSG, then you should head down to the Singapore Tea Festival 2018, happening from 21 to 23 September 2018!
Singapore Tea Festival 2018
Venue: ION Orchard Basement 4 Atrium, 2 Orchard Turn, Singapore 238801
Date: 21 – 23 Sep 2018
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