There’s never a bad time for some sushi, and when it comes to an affordable, no-frills option few do it better than the folks at Genki Sushi (if the massive lines outside their stores are any indication, we aren’t the only ones who think so too).
With four of their five outlets situated in central Singapore, however, getting to one for a casual meal can be a tad inconvenient for those who don’t live in town, which is about…90% of the population?[caption id="attachment_36573" align="alignnone" width="1260"] Image Credit: Google Maps[/caption]
Thankfully for us low SES neighbourhood folk, the brand has some “aggressive expansion plans” to triple the number of stores in Singapore by 2023, and they’re definitely starting off on the right foot with the opening of their sixth outlet at Junction 8 this Friday.
North-Side, Best Side
Apart from the (relatively) more accessible location, the opening of this new outlet couldn’t have come at a better time, with Genki Sushi having revamped their menu earlier this week.[caption id="attachment_36570" align="alignnone" width="1200"] Image Credit: Genki Sushi[/caption]
The updated version includes the second edition of their Dai Man Zoku signature collection (fittingly called Dai Man Zoku Vol. 2) — which claims to be 1.5 times larger than the average sushi and features new offerings such as jumbo crab stick mentaiyaki and jumbo ebi fry.
And what would a grand opening be without some freebies?
To celebrate the occasion, 100 five-piece sushi sets will be given out for free on a first-come-first-served basis — the giveaway is scheduled to take place from 11am to 11:30am, (we doubt that it’ll last that long, though), with the store officially opening immediately afterwards.
With outlets in the North and East (Waterway Point) of Singapore, here’s hoping that Genki Sushi shows some love to the west siders in the near future too.
Genki Sushi Junction 8
9 Bishan Place, #01-22/30
(Header Image Credit: Genki Sushi)
Bishan is probably one of the best neighbourhoods to live in Singapore. With 2 intersecting MRT lines that lead to town and the ulu West side of Singapore, nowhere is too far when you live in Bishan.
This weekend, Bishan will be having their own festival, complete with food, a retail market, workshops, games, live band performances, and even a movie under the stars!
Here’s what you can expect at the Craving Communities Festival!
Eat, Play, Create
Happening this weekend, 23 to 24 June 2018, the Craving Communities Festival is a short but fun-packed festival for the whole family.
What To Eat
I’m not kidding. I mean, just look at the food that’ll be available at the fair.
Kway Guan Huat Joo Chiat Popiah is known for their traditional handmade authentic popiah and kueh pie tee.[caption id="attachment_35262" align="aligncenter" width="645"] Image Credit: Burppler Harold Koh[/caption]
If you’re not familiar, they’ve been making their famous popiah rolls for over 70 years and no one makes better popiah skin. In recognition of their rich history, they’re even included in the National Heritage Board’s historical food trail!
You might also recognise some of these vendors who were also at Artbox Singapore 2018 as well as Market On Wheels that’s ongoing at Bugis until 8 July!
That’s right, The Swag Social will also be running a booth with Carrot Cubes, serving up cheesy popcorn chicken, fries, Earl Grey Milk Tea, and traditional handmade carrot cakes with a twist![caption id="attachment_35263" align="aligncenter" width="768"] Image Credit: Carrot Cubes[/caption] [caption id="attachment_35264" align="aligncenter" width="960"] Image Credit: Carrot Cubes[/caption]
Fish Sh-nack will also be making an appearance with their very own Crispy Fish Skin snacks in 4 flavours and their Fish Sh-nack Donburi.[caption id="attachment_35265" align="aligncenter" width="768"] Image Credit: Fish Sh-nack[/caption] [caption id="attachment_35266" align="aligncenter" width="770"] Image Credit: Fish Sh-nack[/caption]
If you’re sweating buckets in this heat, cool down with modern “sng baos” (ice slushie packs) from Coldshave! Available in unique flavours such as Avocado, Yuzu Longan, and Watermelon Strawberry!
What To Shop
What’s a festival without a flea market?
Shop for little knick knacks from the Craft Market.
Little locally-inspired and designed bits and bobs from Handy Dandy SG (@handydandysg), handmade bath soaps from Allet Soap (@alletsoap), candles and diffusers from Sally’s Room (@sallysroom), cute art illustrations and postcard from Laugh & Belly (@laughandbelly) and more!
Keep your eye out for the amazing pastries from Edith Patisserie (@edithpatisserie)!
What To Do
It’s a COMMUNITY festival; there’s something for everyone in the community.
Try your hands at Tote Bag Block Printing, Terrarium-building, Wood Slice Painting, and Calligraphy at any of the 4 free hands-on workshops![caption id="attachment_35267" align="aligncenter" width="249"] Image Credit: Image Credit: Image Credit: Image Credit: Image Credit: My Hot Poster[/caption]
Gather the family and head down to the Craving Communities Festival this weekend!
And they say that there’s nothing interesting in Singapore. Pffft.
Craving Communities Festival
Venue: Open Field between Bishan Library and Junction 8
Date: 23 – 24 Jun 2018
Opening Hours: Sat: 11am – 10pm, Sun: 11am – 8pm
Old Chang Kee Set To Unveil 2 New Exclusive Curry Puff Flavours On Curry Day 2018
Male or female, young or old, we all want to look and feel good.
While some of us struggle with difficult skin, some of us struggle with something else: our hair. Whether it’s flaky scalp, oily scalp or hair loss, hair issues can be a huge source of confidence loss for both men and women.
While there are many shampoos, tonics, and serums out there that claim to help with these issues, few of them truly deliver on their promises, leaving us right back at square one: without a solution.
Beijing 101 has been in the business of hair loss solutions for a good 43 years and has won many international awards from different countries! They also have a stellar track record, with 9 in 10* of customers seeing visible hair growth and long-lasting results.
An authority in hair care, Beijing 101 employs Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) principles in its service. Not only do they use premium-grade natural herbs like ginseng, lingzhi and dang gui to treat scalp issues, all their consultants are TCM trained!
We sent our ambassador, Vanessa, down for a scalp treatment. After all, who would say no to better, healthier hair?
Consulting With The Specialist
The session began with a 20 minute consultation with the hair consultant, which took place in a welcoming private consultation room.[caption id="attachment_25667" align="alignnone" width="1344"] Vanessa was given a warm tea to drink during her consultation![/caption]
The consultant asked her a series of questions pertaining to her lifestyle, hair- and health-related habits, before proceeding to scan and analyse her scalp. She found that Vanessa’s hair was thinning at the crown, and that some empty pores were prominent.
She suggested that this could be due to stress and a lack of sleep (#studentlife), and she recommended that Vanessa go for the Herbal Scalp Treatment, which helps to cleanse and keep the scalp clean, preventing hair follicles from getting clogged.
Vanessa was led to a private VIP room, where she got all the privacy she wanted, to browse through the magazines provided and to enjoy her tea.[caption id="attachment_25668" align="alignnone" width="1344"] Getting the Deep Cleansing Scalp Mask applied to her scalp[/caption]
The procedure began with the application of the Deep Cleansing Scalp Mask to her scalp, a concoction of TCM herbs. The mask was spread evenly throughout her head, and a steamer was used to help open the pores of her scalp so it could absorb all the good stuff packed within it!
The mask was left to sit for about 40 minutes, before being thoroughly washed off.
For the next part of her treatment, 2 coats of serum were applied to her scalp to balance its pH level. The serum was massaged into her scalp to, once again, aid absorption.[caption id="attachment_25669" align="alignnone" width="1344"] Feeling all kinds of SHIOK…[/caption]
There were 3 different types of massages she could choose from: one for better sleep, one for soothing tense muscles, and another for overall well-being. She picked the one for overall well-being–the signature Meridian Herbal Treatment Massage–which was very calming and relaxing!
Seeing A Visible Difference
To conclude the session, she was given a second scalp analysis, where you could actually see much fewer pores clogged with sebum. While there was–of course–no visible hair growth within that 1 session, she left with a cleaner, much healthier scalp than she came in with!
To check out her experience, watch the video below!
If you’ve been struggling with your scalp for the longest time and have tried almost everything out there in a bid to remedy it, make a trip down to Beijing 101—you won’t regret it!
Beijing 101 will be running a Also read Goodbye Artbox, Hello Thai Festival – Authentic Thai Eats Without The Heat Or The Crowd
With Chinese New Year (CNY) on the horizon, what comes to mind is the abundance of food, the new clothes, and the joyous gatherings – all a display of wealth and fortune. Every year, we sit around a table with family and close friends, and dig into costly delicacies. These are but expected routines and traditions.
However, we forget that not everyone can afford such luxuries.
So while we’re about to celebrate this festive season, let us not forget the less fortunate, for whom these luxuries may not exist.
Here are 4 upcoming charity events that will make your CNY more meaningful this year.
1. AsiaMalls Food Collection & Distribution Initiative
In the spirit of inclusiveness, AsiaMalls has partnered Food from the Heart (FFTH) for a CNY food distribution initiative.
More than 150 volunteers will come together this month to pack and distribute over 500 bags of Chinese New Year goodies and AsiaMalls vouchers to the less privileged.[caption id="attachment_21585" align="aligncenter" width="2573"] Image Credit: Communique[/caption]
All food items will go towards supporting Food from the Heart’s 25,000 beneficiaries, especially those living in the surrounding areas of the malls.
Head on down to any of the malls below to donate goodies, volunteer to pack or distribute them!
Items to contribute include:
- Non-perishable food (Instant noodle, canned food etc.)
- Non-food grocery (Toiletries, detergent etc.)
- Condiments (Soy sauce, salt etc.)
- Instant beverages (Milo, coffee etc.)
AsiaMalls Food Collection and Distribution Initiative (in partnership with Food from the Heart)
Century Square: 13 – 19 Jan 2017, Level 1, opposite Universal Optical
Tampines 1: 13 – 19 Jan 2017, Level 1, opposite Sephora
Hougang Mall: 20 – 26 Jan 2017, Level 4, next to The Manhattan Fish Market
Tiong Bahru Plaza: 20 – 26 Jan 2017, Level 1, lift lobby.
Collection time: 11AM – 9PM, daily
2. Have A Reunion Lunch With Stay-Alone Seniors
The eve of every CNY sees members of the family, young and old, bond over a sumptuous meal that is the reunion dinner. But some seniors who live alone in rental flats don’t have anyone share this special occasion with.[caption id="attachment_21584" align="aligncenter" width="1200"] Image credit: Asia One[/caption]
GoodLife! Makan by Montfort Care is planning a charity CNY reunion luncheon for 80 to 100 stay-alone seniors in the Marine Terrace. There will also be games and activities, and a red packet for each senior for good health and luck in the new year.
Consider sharing a meal with these seniors in the afternoon before your own reunion dinner with family!
Address: 52 Marine Terrace, #01-189 Singapore 440052
Tel: 6702 0212
Email: [email protected]
3. Donate Your Pre-Loved Items To Salvation Army
While you’re in the midst of your CNY spring cleaning, don’t throw all your items out yet! Old clothes, toys, books, and even furniture can be given to someone who needs it more.[caption id="attachment_21583" align="aligncenter" width="1280"] Image credit: Urbandesis[/caption]
The Salvation Army is a good place to start. With more than 10 centres across Singapore, their programmes reach out to children and the aged who need care, families in material need, and other needy persons in society.
As long as they’re in good condition, drop your pre-loved items at any of their Redshield centres. Otherwise, if your item is bulky, like furniture or big appliances, you can arrange for collection at your doorstep.
The Salvation Army
Tel: (65) 6288 5438
Email: [email protected]
Address: 20 Bishan Street 22 Singapore 579768 (Open car park)
Operating Hours: Mon – Sun, 24 hours
Image credit: Choo Yut Shing[/caption]
Each wishing card costs $2 and all proceeds will go to the Kreta Ayer Seniors’ Activity Centre.
You’ll be benefitting more than a thousand elderly members all year round by funding meal services, morning exercises, health screenings, and excursions.
Chinatown Wishing Tree
Date: 7 – 27 January 2017
Time: 11am – 9pm
Venue: Chinatown Point
Chinese New Year is surely a time for us to kick back and catch up with family and friends over good food, good cheer and togetherness. It’s all the more that we keep in mind those who do not have access to these things we take for granted, and play our part to make their lives just a little better.
(Header credit: Asia One)
Have you had your little pooch begging you with those innocent puppy eyes hoping that you’d bring them along with you? Well, you are not the only one. We too, spend at least 5 minutes every single day at the door assuring them that we’d be back in a few hours. However, that doesn’t mean that we aren’t guilty leaving them all alone. *inserts crying emoji*
Why not bring your pooch along to your next gathering? We have compiled a fun list of dog-friendly places: cafes, beaches and even a hotel, that allows you to spend some time with your fur-kid! No more sad, droopy eyes staring back at you. Plus, they also get to socialise and make some new friends. That’s definitely a win-win for doggy and us!
Admit it, all of us dog owners secretly wish all cafes are dog-friendly.[caption id="attachment_19184" align="alignnone" width="960"] Credit: Urban Pets Club[/caption]
We’re glad to announce that this secret dream of ours is actually coming true. There are quite a few dog-friendly cafes with excellent food in Singapore.
Not all of them have separate menus for our furry friends though, but we are sure that they are contented just lying around and spending time with us!
1) The Coastal Settlement
A superb area located in Changi, The Coastal Settlement has both indoor and outdoor seating areas. It is a cosy and spacious cafe with pretty awesome food for the humans. Also, water bowls are complimentary for our little ones.[caption id="attachment_19172" align="alignnone" width="800"] Credit: I Eat & Eat[/caption] [caption id="attachment_19173" align="alignnone" width="620"] Credit: Lady J’s Musings[/caption]
This will be great for some quality, cosy time with both your human friends and furry loved ones. Order some finger food to share and enjoy the well-deserved weekend!
The Coastal Settlement
200 Netheravon Road, Singapore 508529
Tue to Sun: 10.30am – 12am (Closed on Mondays)
Credit: Singapore Botanic Gardens[/caption] [caption id="attachment_19175" align="alignnone" width="2816"] Credit: Basking in Laughter[/caption]
Think wood-fired pizzas and our favourite pastas. Casa Verde is a splendid place with great, authentic Italian food. Awesome, yummy food and you get to spend time with your little one – what’s more to ask for?
1 Cluny Rd, Singapore 259569
Monday – Sunday: 7:30am to 11pm
Credit: Project | Qanvast | Home Design, Renovation, Remodelling & Furnishing Ideas[/caption] [caption id="attachment_19177" align="alignnone" width="1600"] Credit: Amber Golden Retriever[/caption]
Aside from the usual food, pet accessories and apparels are available as well, if you are intending to give your little one an even bigger treat.
39 Opal Crescent, Singapore 328425
Mon to Tue, Thu to Fri: 12pm – 10pm; Sat to Sun: 11am – 10pm; Closed on Wed
4) Coastes[caption id="attachment_19162" align="alignnone" width="888"] Credit: Expat Living Singapore[/caption]
Located at Siloso Beach Walk, Coastes is a beach-side bar with plenty of shady spots, sun beds and benches. Both of you get to enjoy a rustic, chilled-out day right along the beach.[caption id="attachment_19163" align="alignnone" width="1000"] Credit: Bundle Me Up[/caption]
Enjoy simple Western fares like the usual Eggs Benedict and barbecued ribs. Fancy some ice cold beer while soaking up the sun? You can do that too!
50 Siloso Beach Walk, Singapore 099000
Mon-Thur: 9am – 11pm; Fri, Sat & Eve of Public Holiday: 9am – 1am; Sun & Public Holidays: 9am – 11pm
Credit: Michelle Chiang[/caption] [caption id="attachment_19179" align="alignnone" width="900"] Credit: Honeycombers[/caption]
This is also a great place to hang out with your friends over a bowl of mussels and a few Belgian beers. Your fur kid gets to tag along as well. Perfect!
The cafe is divided into two areas – one for the humans and the other one for the humans with the fur kids.[caption id="attachment_19444" align="alignnone" width="1600"] Credit: A Red Toy Poodle Story[/caption]
If you are there for a weekend brunch, be sure to get the Big Brekkie for yourself. For the pets, they have a pretty great selection that includes Cream Cheese Salmon Rolls and Beef Shepherd’s Pies. With those yummy treats, your furry one is definitely going to jump around with joy after that hearty meal.
Bonus: They serve really decent and affordable coffee!
The whole restaurant is dog approved and dog friendly – both their indoor and outdoor alfresco dining areas![caption id="attachment_19465" align="aligncenter" width="1152"] Credit: PastaJ[/caption]
Head on down if you are craving comfort western food and a comfortable friendly place to dine with your doggy. All doggies get a bowl of ice water when they arrive too!
What’s more, a few of their outlets are also pet-friendly![caption id="attachment_19448" align="alignnone" width="1260"] Credit: Les Amis Group[/caption]
Your fur-kid will be so stoked by the aroma of the pizza. They can’t have any, but a little bit of crust once in a while wouldn’t hurt, right?
Pepperoni Pizzeria (Pet-friendly Outlets)
GREENWOOD, 6 Greenwood Avenue, Hillcrest Park, Singapore 289195
Mondays to Saturdays: 12pm to 11pm; Sundays: 11am to 11pm; closed from 3pm to 5pm on Mon to Thurs
The casual environment at The Garden Slug is perfect for a lazy weekend with your furry friend. They will thank you as well, since it is located next to a few pet stores and you could get some doggy treats or toys![caption id="attachment_19450" align="alignnone" width="1005"] Credit: The Garden Slug[/caption]
Since they are famous for their huge platters that are great for sharing, grab your buddies and head down together!
There are a few fenced up areas in Singapore called dog runs. These facilities are created just for our cute little ones. Remove those leashes and set them free, so they can enjoy the freedom of being in the great outdoors at least for awhile. We reckon they’d be so happy (and tired!) afterwards.
1) Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park[caption id="attachment_19141" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Credit: SG World Mapz[/caption] [caption id="attachment_19140" align="alignnone" width="1080"] Credit: Anymap[/caption]
An area that spans over 3km – we get why this place is a hot favourite on the weekends! There is also a fenced area designated for the bigger doggies out there.
Along Bishan Road and Ang Mo Kio Ave 1, Singapore 569981
2) West Coast Park
A place for the Westies! The park is open at all times so you can head there for a workout with your dog any time of the day.[caption id="attachment_19143" align="alignnone" width="1600"] Credit: Kopii the Goldie[/caption] [caption id="attachment_19144" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Credit: Lina Yippy[/caption]
On top of providing biodegradable poo bags, water taps are also available, just in case our little ones get thirsty.
West Coast Park
West Coast Highway, West Coast Park, Singapore 126844
3) Katong Park[caption id="attachment_19145" align="alignnone" width="1080"] Credit: Anymap[/caption] [caption id="attachment_19146" align="alignnone" width="1600"] Credit: Singapooch[/caption]
Though the dog run is not that big, we are sure it is sufficient for a mid-week workout and training for our furry kids.
59 Fort Rd, Singapore 439105
4) Tampines Central Park[caption id="attachment_19148" align="alignnone" width="1200"] Credit: Lappupyim[/caption] [caption id="attachment_19147" align="alignnone" width="768"] Credit: Lappupyim[/caption]
Though the dog run is small, you can go for a walk with your doggy together in the spacious dog-friendly park.
Tampines Central Park
Tampines St 83 (Tampines Avenue 5)
5) The Animal Resort Off-Leash Park
This animal resort is more than just big. It’s massively huge – spanning across two hectares![caption id="attachment_19149" align="alignnone" width="1080"] Credit: Anymap[/caption] [caption id="attachment_19150" align="alignnone" width="1000"] Credit: Lynnlly[/caption]
Besides a dog run, there are also other facilities such as a pet hotel, grooming school as well as agility facilities. Time to train our fur kids!
The Animal Resort
81 Seletar West Farmway 5, Singapore 798061
Tuesday – Sunday: 10am to 5pm, closed on Mondays
Dog-Friendly Places[caption id="attachment_19181" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Credit: Vanillapup[/caption]
All dogs are required to be leashed up (except for Marina Barrage) at these places, but we are certain that doggy won’t be blaming you for that leash, since they will be spending some quality time with their favourite person!
1) East Coast Park[caption id="attachment_19151" align="alignnone" width="1800"] Credit: Soak in Singapore[/caption] [caption id="attachment_19152" align="alignnone" width="1620"] Credit: Today Online[/caption]
One of the most popular parks in Singapore, East Coast Park, is huge so there are plenty of spaces for your pooch to run around. A picnic with both your dog and human friends sounds really great!
East Coast Park
East Coast Park Service Rd, Singapore 449876
2) Botanic Gardens[caption id="attachment_19153" align="alignnone" width="1080"] Credit: Anymap[/caption] [caption id="attachment_19154" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Credit: Thoughts on Air[/caption]
A walk with your furry companion in the scenic, award-winning Botanic Gardens is just pure enjoyment. Definitely a photo-worthy location for the both of you!
1 Cluny Rd, Singapore 259569
3) The Green Corridor[caption id="attachment_19170" align="alignnone" width="1080"] Credit: Anymap[/caption] [caption id="attachment_19171" align="alignnone" width="900"] Credit: Deviant Art[/caption]
Want a good, long walk with your pooch and explore a little bit of Singapore’s history at the same time? Try The Green Corridor!
With a photogenic old railway line connecting to a few other green spaces like the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve – things are certainly going to get interesting.
Marina Barrage is our ultimate favourite kite-flying site in Singapore and of course, our little ones are tagging along! Spend a peaceful family day at the open space flying your kites and having a picnic with that amazing paranomic view of Singapore’s cityscape.
8 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018951
We are really glad to see so many great dog-friendly places that warmly welcome our pets. After all, we love them (a lot!!!!) and always want to give them the best.
Just hanging out together and giving them a small little treat once in a while is certainly worth it. So, give these dog-friendly places a visit and we are pretty sure that your furry kid is so going to jump around with joy.
Header Image: Vanillapup
When we do miraculously squeeze out free time to kickback and engage in the recreational activities that we so desperately need, we find ourselves swept up in this disconsolate state of inertia.
What you need is something different, something with a kick to get you right out of this slump.
Here at DiscoverSG, we might just have the right thing for you. Here are 7 recreational activities so outlandish and so unheard of, you might just have to try them out.
As far as unique activities go, JetPacking really takes the cake.[caption id="attachment_15485" align="alignnone" width="600"] Credit: Tiger Airways[/caption]
Imagine hovering across the water courtesy of a pressurised, water-propelled jetpack.
Capable of soaring to a whopping 30ft and hitting speeds of up to 25mph, Location: 36 Siloso Beach, Sentosa, Singapore 099007
Price: Cadet Training – $228 (45 mins) & First Officer Training – $298 (60 mins)
Tel: 6376 4336
Email: [email protected]
2. European Swordsmanship
Let’s face it, we’ve all wanted to try swinging swords around like they do in the movies. This is now possible with growing interest in European Swordsmanship in Singapore.[caption id="attachment_15508" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Credit: PHEMAS (Pan Historical European Martial Arts Society)
Location: 139 Ceylon Street, The Eurasian Community House, 2nd Floor
Email: [email protected]
Slacklining will quite literally have you on your toes as you sidle across suspended lines of cord.
Choose from a multitude of varying heights and distances and put your balance to the test in this enthralling activity.
While incredibly unique and engaging, slacklining also promotes good body posture and core strength.
Essentially a medieval-themed combat archery with elements of dodgeball and paintball – quirky doesn’t even begin to describe it.
Hone your dexterity, team spirit, and focus, all while having a great time with your peers.
5. Laser Clay Target Shooting
A safer, greener version of Clay Pigeon Shooting, Laser Clay Shooting fundamentally involves the shooting of clay saucers launched more than 10 meters in the air.[caption id="attachment_15531" align="aligncenter" width="1082"] Credit: BeMyGuest.com.sg[/caption]
Aside from being safer and more environmentally-friendly, Laser Clay Shooting offers you a realistic shooting experience.
Use authentic deactivated 12-bore shotguns which produce lifelike gun shots and clay breaking sound effects. Take your focus and coordination to the next level and fire away!
Derived from volleyball, Bossaball also incorporates principles from football, gymnastics and even capoeira.
Now take into account the trampolines and you get one of the craziest, most exhilarating modern team sports. Time to show off some spectacular flips and tricks.
Location: 10 Raeburn Park #02-08, Singapore 088702
Tel: 6100 6292
Email: [email protected]
Touted as one of the world’s most peculiar workout routines, SURFSET draws inspiration from the sport of surfing.[caption id="attachment_15535" align="aligncenter" width="1910"] Credit: SURFSET Singapore[/caption]
Workout routines are carried out on the SURFSET board, designed to accurately simulate the physical demands of surfing in the ocean.[caption id="attachment_15666" align="alignnone" width="1440"] Credit: SURFSET Singapore[/caption]
Furthermore, elements of aerobic fat burning, muscle building and core training are integrated into the workout. This makes for an extremely intense workout.
The multitudinous physical benefits of this activity however, are there for all to see. Get in surfer shape (without getting sunburnt or even wet).
Yup. Finally the first one-of-its-kind hop-on-hop-off Makan Bus tour has arrived in Singapore. Don’t dismiss this food tour as a tourist thingy yet. Otherwise, you are missing out on fun even locals can enjoy!
We all know Singapore is a food paradise, but the best local food are usually not near MRTs or in town.
It can be pretty hard to enjoy good food if you don’t have a car. With the launch of the Makan Bus on 26 August 2016, reaching out to these great local food is now so much more convenient for everyone.
Recently, I was fortunate to be invited for a free MakanBus tour. Getting on the tour meant I had the opportunity to taste some of the highly acclaimed local food along the 10 specially-curated stops.
What I did not know was it is more than a mere foodie bus bringing us from the central to northern heartlands in Singapore.[caption id="attachment_13279" align="alignnone" width="728"] Image Credit: Makan Bus[/caption]
Our Makan Bus Journey
We received a warm welcome from the guide upon boarding the cheery yellow bus at Orchard Gateway. After an introduction, we set off!
Besides recommending good eats near each stop, he would share insights of noteworthy buildings throughout the journey too.[caption id="attachment_14389" align="alignnone" width="1200"] Image Credit: Makan Bus[/caption]
Interesting history that we never knew about our sunny island
We thought we knew Singapore so well since we grew up here.
But we did not know that the Burma Chinese settled in Singapore as early as the 19th century!
In fact, I highly recommend you to alight at the Sun Yat Sen Memorial stop, where the Sun Yat Sen Memorial and Burmese Buddhist Temple are.
In the main worship hall of the Maha Sasana Ramsi (Burmese Buddhist Temple) sits the majestic 11-foot marble Buddha statue. This religious landmark is the only Burmese Buddhist temple of its kind in Singapore.
The statue was carved from a 10-tonne slab of marble found in Burma’s Saygin Hill and transported here in 1925.[caption id="attachment_14391" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Image Credit: ghettosingapore.com[/caption]
Bond with your family over nostalgic hawker food settings
The 10 stops on the tour will bring you through buzzing town areas to the old shophouses in Balestier and Thomson, and finally into the HDB heartlands.
This is a specially curated route to showcase the evolution and development of Singapore over the past 51 years.
Bring your whole family, including your parents onboard, so they can reminisce about the good old days.
They will certainly be able to resonate with traditional eateries such as Boon Tong Kee and Original Herbal Shop at Balestier, and Hua Nam Restaurant at Thomson.
It’s easier to strike conversations as you enjoy the food and nostalgic ambience with your family.
Who knows if these used to be their favourite haunts during their “paktor” days!
Discover yummy novel hawker food delights
While it’s obvious Makan Bus will bring you to yummy food places, you may be surprised at hidden gems within the heartlands.
Ang Mo Kio was the place I grew up in, and I thought I knew everything there. But I did not even know that there is a hawker stall selling sedap Mee Rebus Tarik for over 2 decades![caption id="attachment_14401" align="alignnone" width="1800"] Image Credit: Makan Bus[/caption]
In case you are wondering, Mee Rebus Tarik is not prepared by simply “pulling” the noodles as the Malay word “tarik” implies.
Instead, the mee rebus is laden with satay gravy and served together with either chicken or mutton satay. Such an innovative twist to the signature mee rebus!
I have tasted different versions of our favourite Indian roti prata, with egg, cheese etc for enhanced flavour.
However, it was my first time trying out some Roti Tissue along Upper Thomson Road. The prata looked like an interesting thin piece of tissue (hence its name) as seen in the image above. This is a sweet crispy prata seasoned with sugar.
Hop on and off the bus whenever you wish, wherever you fancy
There is no limit to the number of times you can hop on and off the Makan Bus.
Your $28 ticket is valid throughout the day when the bus runs from 11am to 7.30pm.
Indeed, there were times when we were engaged in such interesting conversations with the guide that we missed alighting at the designated stop.
Just continue on the looped journey and alight where you wish to tuck into the good food in the desired area.
Furthermore, you do not need to alight if you don’t find anything you fancy. Unlike other expensive food tours where you don’t get to choose the food, this is a truly flexible tour![caption id="attachment_14406" align="alignnone" width="1200"] Image Credit: Makan Bus[/caption]
Makan Bus definitely changes the way we can explore the hidden food joints and other untold stories of Singapore.
Bring your foreign friends on the Makan Bus tour and introduce them to life in the heartlands.
After all, this is a uniquely Singapore experience that they will not find at the usual tourist attractions. Besides, it is definitely more economical if you are travelling together in a group of 5 or more. Check out more details of this one-of-a-kind experience at Makan Bus!
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Everyone knows that Singapore is a food paradise, it can get pretty difficult to choose when Singapore has such an extensive array of delicacies. We’re always sourcing for new places to get our food on so we asked some of our favourite brand ambassadors where were their favourite underrated places to eat, and they did not disappoint!
Here are a list of the most underrated places to get some food here in Singapore recommended by Discover SG’s brand ambassadors :
Boon Tong Kee
(Image credit: Novita is that she really wants to see polar bears in their natural habitat. This talented 22 year old NUS Business student designs on the side and she can speak 6 languages!
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Noreen is not stranger to the spotlight, she’s been in the performing arts since primary school! She’s dabbled in English AND Chinese theatre, Chinese opera, hip hop and ukulele! The 21 year old NUS student has a weakness for puppies (just like we do!), and she wants to one day visit London and Paris ( “the pastries, cheesy food and ice cream!!!”).
(Image credit: as her favourite underrated place to fill her tummy! Noreen tells us that the rice bowls are really healthy yet still satisfy her hunger, her favourites? The ‘Yasai’ and ‘Noka’ rice bowls.
The ‘Yasai’ rice bowl is crafted from salmon poke, mixed sultanas, tomatoes and a poached egg. A simple, healthy and satisfying meal for one!
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Contact: Mon – Fri: 9.30am – 9pm; Sat – Sun: 9am – 6pm
Last week we did a feature on Kimberley, talking about her life, fashion and her love for Starbucks. The 20 year old blogger and model loves capturing memories through the medium of photographs and blog entries. Her love for eyeliner (“it makes me feel sexy”) and her wish to one day visit Cambodia (“I really want to visit the country I was born in”) is just the tip of the iceberg!
Brownice Ice Cream
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It can be difficult to find eateries in Singapore which targets vegans, but Kimberley has got you covered! One of her favourite places to grab a slice is Brownice. Vegan friendly and delicious, Kimberley loves indulging in food especially when she doesn’t feel guilty after (“After all it’s vegan!”). Brownice is primarily an ice cream place that serves up some milk-free ice cream, which is great news for our vegan and lactose intolerant friends!
Brownice Ice Cream
8 Sin Ming Road, #01-03 Sin Ming Centre, S575628
Opening Hours: 12pm – 10pm
Contact: 6456 6431
(Image credit: (Image credit: Flavour Flings her top pick for something salty and filling! She tells us that Flavour Flings is her favourite place to grab a quick bite. On why she keeps coming back to this quiet eatery? “I tired my very first salted egg fried there and it tasted so good.” At Flavour Flings you can find some unique dishes that are served up doused in salted egg!
Blk 121 Hougang Avenue 1, #01-1348, S530121
Opening Hours: Mon: 11am – 4pm, 5.30pm – 9pm; Tues – Weds: Closed; Thu – Fri; 11am – 4pm, 5.30pm -9pm; Sat-Sun: 9am – 4pm, 5.30pm – 9pm
Contact: 6286 005
Here in Singapore we’re lucky to never run out of food options, we pretty much have it all. But it can be pretty difficult to choose a place to eat when we’re surround by so many makan places! Head on over to any of these places if you’re looking for something unique, underrated and delicious!
This article is part of our ongoing Brand Ambassador Series!
Let’s be honest, the best food in Singapore aren’t always very accessible. While you can find some local eats near MRTs or near the city,we all know the best local food are scattered all over our sunny island. Unfortunately for those of us who don’t have access to a car, it can be pretty difficult to get to these places.
(Image credit: on their website, for a flat fee of $28. Commuters can hop on and off the bus which runs from 11am to 7.30pm at 20 minute intervals. Passengers will also be given a map listing more than 20 eateries, most within walking distance from the pick up/drop off points.
While the MakanBus may only have one route right now, they plan to offer another route exploring the eastern side of Singapore (Yes! There are so many amazing eats in the East!) as well themed routes for special occasions such as Hari Raya.
MakanBus is definitely a game changer for us foodies who want to explore hidden food joints in the heartlands yet have no access to a car. What’s great about the MakanBus is the flexibility it provides, something other food tours aren’t able to. As a local Singaporean, I am definitely intrigued by the MakanBus and I’m pretty sure I can rope in a few of my friends to test it out!
Pokemon Go has taken Singapore by storm for weeks now, with throngs of Singaporeans gathering at parks, malls and even the streets of Orchard Road and Marine Bay Sands till the wee hours.
Don’t expect any fast food joints on this list, it’s all local food that is bound to fuel you up after a long night of Pokemon catching!
1. Night Safari
If you have decided to go to the Night Safari to enjoy both the real and virtual animals, you would probably have stayed long past the closing hours of the Night Safari eateries.
We found the closest eatery to this national attraction, and the good news is they’re open way past the Night Safari. The bad news? They’re a pretty long walk from the Night Safari.
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For those staying in the North and Central Singapore, Upper Thomson is the best place to grab some grub. With quaint cafes serving up some really good coffee in the day and small restaurants offering really affordable and delicious food by night, it’s no surprise that it’s grown so popular.
A great place to get some cheap supper? If you’re a night owl who prowls the island for late supper you would have definitely heard of the Roti Prata House. They have a wide variety of pratas including durian and milo but if you’re a little more traditional stick to the firm favourites.
Distance: 5 mins by car, 23 mins if you’re walking
Address: 246M Upper Thomson Rd, Singapore 574370
Contact: 6459 5260
Opening Hours: 7am – 2am
4. Tampines West
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Opening Hours: 24 hours
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A stone’s throw from Al-Azhar is Saffron’s Cafeteria, if you’re starving and need something to fill your stomach this is the place to head to. A firm favourite among patrons is the Briyani, according our sources the servings are huge, enough to fill two adults and they’re really affordable, at an average price of $6 that is a steal! Best part? It’s 24 hours! So you know where to head to when those midnight Bryani cravings hit!
Address: Blk 201D Tampines Street 21, # 01-1163, S529393
Opening Hours: 24 hours
5. Chinese Garden
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Opening Hours: 6:30AM–3:30AM
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Opening Hours: 24 hours
6. Marina Bay Sands
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Makansutra Gluttons By The Bay is the perfect place to grab a bite to eat no matter the company, if you’re riding solo grab some Mee Goreng from The Old Satay Club or Soon Lee’s Fried Hokkien Prawn Mee. If you’re in a big group, do supper family style, share the famous Huat Huat BBQ Chicken Wings or the Alhambra Padang Satay.
Distance: 3 mins by car, 15 mins if you’re walking
Address: #01-15, 8 Raffles Ave, 039802
Contact: 6336 7025
Opening Hours: Mon-Thurs, 5pm-2am; Fri-Sat, 5pm-3am; Sun, 4pm-1am
7. Lot One
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