8 Wallet-Friendly Hotels You MUST Consider For Your Next Impromptu Staycation!

After a busy week at work, all you really want is to get some much needed R&R! And where else can you lie in bed all day and not be disturbed? A hotel of course! But that can be pretty difficult if you’re tight on cash! But don’t fret! We’ve found 8 hotels that are wallet-friendly and are perfect for your next staycation!

1. Hotel NuVe

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No. 9 Jalan Pinang, S199141
Email: [email protected]
Contact: +65 6299 5975

2. Fragrance Hotel – Crystal

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50 Lorong 18 Geylang, S398824
Contact: +65 6844 7888

3.Venue Hotel – The Lily

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238 Joo Chiat Road, S427495
Email :[email protected]
Contact :+65 6344 3131
Reservation :+65 6342 0991

4. Hotel 81 Hollywood

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61 Lorong 8 Geylang, S399121
Email: [email protected]
Contact: (65) 6383 8181

5.Harbour Ville Hotel

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Hate the “cold” look of hotels? Harbour Ville Hotel is the perfect place for you! Located at Kampong Bahru Road, this hotel looks more like an Airbnb than an actual hotel! The rooms are decorated in light and soothing colours which gives off a homely vibe. They have an in house gym and even an outdoor patio to spend lazy evenings at!

Best part? Each room comes with a Handy Phone! Guests can stay connected with family and friends and get access to exclusive discounts and offers!

Standard Single: $69.58
Standard Queen:$71.37
Superior Queen:$76.46
Superior Twin: $87.17

22 Teck Lim Road, Chinatown, S088392
Email: [email protected]
Contact: (+65) 6225 5565

7.Arton Boutique Hotel

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176 Tyrwhitt Rd, S207576
Email:[email protected]
Contact: +65 6571 9100

8. Aqueen Hotel Lavender


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139 Lavender Street, S338739
Contact: +65 6395 7788

There you have it! 8 wallet friendly hotels that still prioritises comfort, looks and modern conveniences! So what are you waiting for?! Start planning for your next staycation at any of these 8 hotels!

All prices reflected are from the hotels official websites.

(Feature image: 5 Unique Staycations In Singapore You Must Check Out!

Mai Tu Liao! Up Your Cafe Game And Visit Sin Lee Foods For Some Sinfully Good Food!

Sick of the same old cafe food at your typical neighbourhood cafe? Drop by Sin Lee Foods and tuck into unique creations for some sinfully good food!

The ambience

Located in the tranquil neighbourhood of Bukit Ho Swee, Sin Lee Foods was converted from an old coffeeshop. Its original name and signboard remains!

Choose between al fresco dining under a sheltered pavilion or head indoors for respite from the afternoon heat.

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Decked in wood, metal and red bricks, the cosy interior space exuded a rustic and homey feel.

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We sat at the bar table outside and really enjoyed the peaceful estate and environment Sin Lee was situated in.

The ambience, especially with the overhanging lights, gave off a warm and cosy comfort that immediately drew us to the place.

The food

You won’t find your usual egg benedict at Sin Lee Foods, but you’ll surely devour awesome food and beverages. With the owners being trained in Guy Savoy and Les Amis, they sure know flavours well.

Aburi Mentaiko Burger ($14)

We particularly enjoyed the Salted Egg Yolk Fries and the re-introducd Aburi Mentaiko Burger. The savoury creamy housemade mentaiko sauce made it taste so good!

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The torched aburi pork shoulder was tender, lathered with the sauce, and topped with a gorgeous amount of salmon roe. All the flavours went well together!

Prepare to get your hands dirty and dig in to this delicious burger.

Besides the Salted Egg Yolk fries and the re-introducd Aburi Mentaiko Burger, here are other items on the menu you should try!

Chirashi Rice Bowl ($14)

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All those sashimi and tuna lovers, hands up!

Fresh tuna and salmon, fish roe, spring onion, and black sesame seeds are served atop rice. This dish is definitely for those who love salmon and tuna sashimi.

Yakiniku Beef Bowl ($14)

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If pork or fish is not your choice of food, why not try the Yakiniku Beef Bowl? Runny yolk oozes out into the tender beef slices. Tuck into a warm bowl of beefy goodness!

There you go! Who’s ready for some awesome good food?

Thumbs up to Sin Lee Foods for its constant innovation and take on cafe food. Sin Lee Foods is indeed satisfying and definitely worth future visits.

Not the easiest to get to, so get your GPS out and track down this unique cafe at Tiong Bahru!

You can get a 10% discount at Sin Lee Foods with HollerOut. Read here for details!

Sin Lee Foods
Address: Blk 4 Jalan Bukit Ho Swee #01-164, Singapore 162004
Contact: 6377 3170
Opening Hours: Tues-Fri 11am-9pm; Sat 9.30am-9pm; Sun 9.30am-6pm; PH 11:30am-6pm. Closed on Mon
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The Great Meat Feast Is Making Every Meat Lover’s Dream Come True

Good news for meat lovers out there!  . From 28 Sept to 22 Oct, prepare to be awed by their wide selection of flawlessly-prepared quality roasts.

If you’re a huge meat eater, you’ll definitely feel at home at The Great Meat Feast. Choose from Aomori Rice Beef from Japan, Mayura Full-Blood Wagyu from Australia (this chocolate and grain fed cattle gives the beef a sweet and nutty undertone),  Zebu from Brazil (A national favourite among Brazilians) and of course, Black Angus!


If that isn’t enough meat for you. Look out for their other hot dishes like The New Zealand Roasted Leg of Lamb and Crispy Pork Knuckle!

The great thing about The Carvery? Most their cuts are served sans sauces, with just a dash of seasoning. So expect to taste the unadulterated authentic taste of their meat cuts.


If  you like your meat drenched with decadent sauces. The Carvery has lined up a delectable array of condiments and sauces. Choose from Truffle Butter, Pink Himalayan salt and a robust Veal Jus!

While the highlight of The Great Meat Feast is their array of decadent meats. Don’t miss out on The Carvery’s other highlights like their fresh selection of chilled seafoods and their daily-changing grilled fish!


What better way to enjoy an extraordinary selection of meat than with a glass of wine. Choose from 6 specially hand picked wines (they go perfect with the meat!), at $14 per glass or $68 per bottle.

If you’re a meat eater that can never be appeased, The Great Meat Feast is the ultimate treat for your tastebuds (and stomach of course)!

Prices are set at $78 (Sun – Thu) and $88 (Fri – Sat) for Adults and $42 (Sun – Thu) and $48 (Fri – Sat)for Children.

The Great Meat Feast
Park Hotel Alexandra
323 Alexandra Road, Level 7, S159972
Contact: 6828 8880
Operating Hours: 6.30pm – 10pm

Also Read: Want A Chance To Literally Eat Your Feelings? Shangri-La’s The Table Is Your Answer!

6 DIE DIE Must Visit Stalls For Lovers Of Seafood White Bee Hoon!

The seafood white bee hoon buzz is one of the latest food craze in our sunny island.

This unassuming tze-char dish has been around for ages in Singapore, with no one paying so much attention to it until now.

With so many wannabes in the market riding on the wave of the craze, it’s rare to come by stalls that genuinely know their stuff.

Here are some of the places we recommend for a good plate of our favourite local seafood white bee hoon!

1. Woon Woon Pek Beehoon

This small hawker stall at Changi Village Hawker Centre brings in long lines of customers every week.

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Their speciality is the seafood that goes with its bee hoon. Choose from a top-up of fish, crab, prawn, crayfish or mussels. If you’re feeling hungry (or are in a group), you can try the seafood platter ($30 or $40).

Woon Woon Pek Bee Hoon
Blk 2, Changi Village Road #01-52, Singapore 500002

2. East Seafood White Beehoon

Led by a chef with 30 years of culinary experience, East Seafood hawker chain prides itself on offering affordable seafood white bee hoon amidst rising seafood prices.

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With three hawker branches located in Toa Payoh, Hougang (Ciyuan CC) and Ang Mo Kio, they also offer great seafood add-ons with their bee hoon (crayfish, lala and crabs).

East Seafood White Bee Hoon
Blk 210 Toa Payoh Lorong 8, #01-06, Singapore 310210
Blk 407 Ang Mo Kio Ave 10 #01-733, Singapore 560407
No.51 Hougang Ave Ci Yuan Hawker Centre, Singapore 538776

3. Jia Wei White Beehoon

Quietly tucked away in an HDB coffee shop in Jalan Bukit Merah (near ABC Brickworks hawker centre), Jia Wei brings a homey taste to its tze char specials.

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Jia Wei White Bee Hoon
Address: Block 2 Jalan Bukit Merah, Singapore 150002

4. White Restaurant The Original White Beehoon

When it comes to seafood white bee hoon, this famous restaurant chain in the north is the mother of them all.


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White Restaurant The Original White Beehoon is one of the pioneers of the famous Sembawang White Bee Hoon. Their version is dressed in thick sauce and copious ingredients (eggs, sotong, chai sim, and prawns – yum!). Beware of the long queues on the weekends!

White Restaurant The Original White Beehoon
Address: 22 Jalan Tampang (Opp Sembawang Shopping Centre) Singapore 758966

5. Hualong Fishhead Steamboat

Though not seafood white bee hoon specialists, Hualong manages to differentiate its rendition of the dish by making it drier than usual.

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The seafood white bee hoon is served on an opeh leave, and topped with sliced cabbage, fried garlic and lime for flavour.

Complete your meal with one of their delicious dishes, such as fish maw soup, fried sotong and fuyong omelette.

Hua Long Fishhead Steamboat
Address: Block 347, #01-2142 Ang Mo Kio Ave 3, Singapore 560347

6. Hong Yun Seafood

One of the more successful coffee shop stalls in Toa Payoh, Hong Yun is known for the crispy – and huge – pork lard that they generously scatter across several of their dishes. Same goes for their seafood white bee hoon dish!

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While you’re there, try out their sambal kangkong and potato leaves – shiok!

Hong Yun Seafood
Address: Block 124, Toa Payoh Lor 1, #01-459 Singapore 310124

What is it about seafood white bee hoon that keeps drawing customers – new and old – week after week?

Could it the salty rice noodles that make up the core of the dish? Is it the prawns and sotong that accompanies it? Or could it be the fragrant, hot gravy that tops it all off?

It’s pointless to think too much into it – just join the queue this weekend and find out!

Also, read Wanna Share? 7 Steakhouses With Portions So Huge, You Need To Call Your Entire Squad!

10 Proposal Spots In Singapore For That Special Someone You Want To BTO With

Proposals. They’re nerve wrecking enough without having to worry about the where, when and how. And with SO MANY proposals that are so amazing and out of this world (spoil market!) , we’re not going to blame you if you’re clueless on where to propose! We asked a few Singaporean ladies where’s a great place to be proposed to, and they gave us a simple yet oddly complicated answer:

“What kind of girl is she?”

Simple enough right? Find out what she enjoys doing and you’ve pretty settled on where you’re going to propose! If you’ve still haven’t found THE perfect place to propose. Don’t worry! We complied a list of the most romantic places in Singapore to propose!

If She Likes Nature..

Henderson Wave

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At 36 meters above the ground, Henderson Waves bridge is the highest pedestrian bridge in Singapore.  If your girlfriend is a fan of nature, bring her on the Southern Ridges Walk, a 5 kilometer hiking trail that takes you through Telok Blagah Hill Park and Mounth Faber.

Pack a picnic and sit down at the Henderson Waves right about sunset. You’ll be able to admire the setting sun against the backdrop of distant residential blocks, the perfect background for a romantic proposal.

Southern Ridges
Henderson Road, Southern Ridges, Bukit Merah, S159557
Contact: 800 471 7300

Little Guilin

[caption id="attachment_14252" align="alignnone" width="1024"]little-guiliun Bukit Batok Park, Little Guilin got its name due to its similarity to that of Guilin in China. What attracts locals all over Singapore to come here is the granite rock sitting within the lake (an anomaly in any other parks in Singapore). There are two shelters  right across from the lake giving you a breathtaking view of the tranquil lake.

Bring your girlfriend here right after an early dinner, the fantastic view combined with the setting sun is the perfect backdrop for a proposal she won’t be able to refuse!

Bukit Batok Park
Bukit Batok East Avenue 2 and Bukit Batok East Avenue 6, S659761
Contact: 1800 471 7300

If You’re Planning To Propose After Dinner…

Dinner and proposals go hand in hand, how can she say ‘Yes!’ on an empty stomach? If you’re keen on proposing right after dinner (or even during dinner), head over to these places.  You can grab dinner at the restaurants nearby and pop the question against the amazing backdrop!

Faber Peak

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A stone’s throw from Henderson Wave, Faber Bistro!

Faber Bistro
101 Mt Faber Road, S099201
Opening Hours: Mon – Thu: 4pm – 11pm; Fri – Sat: 4pm – 2am; Sun: 11am – 11pm
Contact: 6377 9688

Esplanade Rooftop

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Another old favourite amongst teens back in the mid 2000s. Offering views of Marina Bay and the city skyline, this outdoor space is a quiet getaway from the hustle and bustle downstairs. The roof terrace is landscaped with manicured lawns, benches and small shrubs and trees, so it’s a change of landscape from the modern architecture of CBD Singapore.

There are so many great restaurants around this area, including rooftop restaurant The Esplanade Co Ltd
1 Esplanade Drive, Singapore 038981
Contact: 6828 8377

Quayside Isle

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If you’re a true blue Singaporean you would know that the National Gallery occupies two of Singapore’s landmarks; the Old Supreme Court and City Hall. The history of this building dates back to the 1920s where it was first named the Municipal Building.

The Supreme Court and the adjacent City Hall underwent a thorough restoration from 2012 until its grand opening in 2015.

If you’ve stepped into the National Gallery you would know that most if not all of the original architecture still remains. Let’s be honest, the art work pales in comparison to the grandeur of this national monument.

What’s great about the National Gallery is that the architecture and overall feel is dependent on which section of the National Gallery you’re at. The Ng Teng Fong Roof Garden Gallery, the Former Supreme Court Foyer and Inside the Rotunda are amazing places to propose!

National Gallery
1 St Andrew’s Road Singapore, #01-01, S178957
Opening Hours: Sun – Thu; 10am – 7pm; Fri – Sat: 10am – 10pm
Contact: 6690 9400

If You Have Some Money To Spend…

If you’re intending to splurge on the proposal and you’re seeking a place which is extra special, we’ve got you covered. Proposals are a once in a lifetime event, what better way to splurge on dinner then to have it amongst the stars!

Sky Dining

(image credit: is once in a life time experience. The 2 hour cable car ride makes 3 rounds between Mount Faber, HarbourFront and Sentosa! Dinner starts from 6pm and will set you back about $300 for a 4-course meal.

Seeking something extra special? Go for the Floral Cabin, specially designed and decorated with flowers, the Floral Cabin will set you back almost $500.

But really,for the breathtaking view you’re going to experience, isn’t it worth it?

We recommend you book a few weeks in advance especially if you’re planning to propose on a special occasion such as Valentine’s Day.

Singapore Flyer

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Standing at 165m (about the height of a 42 storey building!), the Singapore Flyer is one the largest Observation Wheels in the world. The Flyer was launched in 2008 and has been a feature in the city skyline since.

If you’ve ever been in on it and thought the capsule would be a romantic place to propose, you’re in luck! You can have dinner here! , be prepared to drop $1,800! While the menu provided is similar to the one provided in Premium Sky Dining Flight, you do get a bottle of Premium Champagne and a bouquet of roses!

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Ritz Carlton’s Most Extravagant Wedding Proposal Package, set at a cool $19,999 this proposal is something most us can only dream about.

No matter where you propose or how much you spend on the proposal, just remember what really matters is your sincerity! Good luck!

(feature image: Singaporean Men Not Creative? These 7 Tearjerking Wedding Proposals Prove Otherwise

Apple iPhone 7 Launch Has Descended Upon Us – Avoid These Places Until The Hype Dies Down

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few months, you must have heard about the iPhone 7. Rumours of the newest Apple iPhone being headphone jack-less and a duel camera proved to be true when Tim Cook (Apple’s CEO) introduced our newest obsession (we want it, we need it, we gotta have it!) at Apple’s inaugural September Keynote.

While you can get your pre-orders for Apple’s newest brainchild tomorrow (Sept 9) on the Apple website. If you would rather have the experience of seeing and touching the phone in person before dropping a mean thousand dollars, the phone is available in stores next Friday (Sept 16). While the new iPhone 7 is great news for any big tech fan out there for the rest of us it means seeing hordes of people queuing up at your local telcos.

We gathered a list of places to AVOID if you’re not keen on a) getting your hands on the iPhone 7  b) struggling to make your way through a very excited and impatient crowd.

1. Orchard Road

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Also Read:  Here’s A Look At Funan’s New Revamped Look – And It Is Cool AF!

Singaporeans Are Going Crazy Over Pokemon Go! Here’s The Evidence!

When baked cheese tart hit our shores, we thought the queue was crazy. But when Pokemon Go landed in Singapore, Singaporeans take crazy to a whole new level!

Day or night, shine or very hot sunshine, Singaporeans are all out Poke-hunting and we have the evidence!

1. Hougang is gungho…real gungho

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When word about “rare” Pokemon such as Gyarados was spotted at Block 401 of Hougang Avenue, the precinct gained notorious reputation overnight.

2. ….doesn’t matter day or night

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Hot sun? What hot sun? Nothing is hotter than a Charizard that I’m about to catch!

3.  Punggol Park is not spared either

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It’s normal to see a park with people in sports attire but in flip flops and their smartphone on their hands? That’s the Pokemon effect!

5. Yishun Park at night

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Dear, we’re not going to the movies tonight. Instead, let’s go catch some Pokemon! Pokemon Go – redefining date nights.

6. Orchard Road

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How to get a bunch of youths going on a public holiday? Organise a Poke-crawl on National Day!

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The event started at 1pm (read: hottest time of the day) and yet our Singaporean youths braved the heat to be the very best! In fact, the turnout was so massive that Poke-crawlers were chased away by the security staff of ION!

7. Orchard At Night

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Just look at how everyone sits together so uniformly! It sure looks like they’re about to start a choir performance! Actually, they’re sticking as close as possible to leech from each other’s lure.

8. Chinese Garden, Jurong

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It may look less crowded in this picture but the Chinese Garden is a hot spot for Pokemon GO players as it houses 20 rest stops and 3 gyms. It’s very spacious so it’s great for people who don’t like crowd.

9. Vivo City

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We Singaporeans are all about efficiency. If we can get our shopping done at Vivo and catch some Pokemon too, why not?

10. Bishan Park

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Remember how people used to say that Bishan Park is really scary at night? This was taken at 1:30am and the park is still lively and buzzing!

11. East Coast Park

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East Coast Park is home to one of Singapore’s most haunting ghost stories. It’s one of those places people try to avoid going to at night. But ever since the launch of Pokemon Go, we’ve seen some really brave Singaporeans. And it’s the Hungry Ghost Festival now…

Do you have evidence of the Pokemon Go craze in your neighbourhood? Drop us a comment and share with us!

Header image source: Straits Times

Also, read Pokemon Go Guide: How To Catch Pikachu & Where To Catch ‘Em All

Verdict Is Out! Michelin Bib Gourmand Singapore For Best Food Under $45

Where to get the best Curry Laksa? Which hawker stall has the best Hainanese Chicken Rice? Don’t know where to bring your tourist friends for the best Chai Tow Kway?

Worry no more because some of Singapore’s best eateries have been awarded a”Bib Gourmand” (high-quality menu at reasonable prices) by the very first edition of the Singapore Michelin Guide! So who made the cut? Here are the 34 hawker stalls, restaurants and food establishment that made the list.

What is Bib Gourmand?

“Not quite a star, but most definitely not a consolation prize, the Bib Gourmand…is a just-as-esteemed rating that recognises friendly establishments that serve good food at moderate prices. ” In Singapore – the meal must be under SGD$45 to qualify.

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Michelin Bib Gourmand Singapore – Hawker Stalls

Without further ado, here’s the full list!

1. Claypot Laksa – Alexandra Village Food Centre

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23. New Ubin Seafood – Sin Ming Road

24. Peony Jade at Keppel Club (Cantonese) – Bukit Chermin Rd

25. Shish Mahal (Indian) – Albert Street

26. Song Fa Bak Kut Teh – New Bridge Rd

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27. 328 Katong Laksa – East Coast Road

28. True Blue Cuisine (Peranakan) – Armenien Street

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33. JB Ah Meng Kitchen (Cantonese) – Geylang Road

34. Sin Huat Eating House (crab rice noodle) – Geylang Road

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With so many yummy approved food to choose from, we reckon you bookmark this page (and share with your friends) for future reference. You’ll always know “what to eat” and “where to eat” from now. No more arguments about who has to decide meal plans!

Header image source: Clearing All Your Doubts – How Exactly Does The Michelin Guide Work?

7 Local Desserts So Good, They’ll Remind You Of Your Childhood Sweetheart

Topped with tropical fruits and a side of condensed milk for a Snapchat worthy sweet treat, Bingsus are the go-to dessert on a hot summer’s day. Not forgetting a warm and freshly baked Belgian waffle, topped with a scoop of creamy gelato and almond sprinkles. Mmm.

Local Dessert – Comfort Food That Never Disappoints

But when it comes to hitting that sweet spot for dessert, nothing does it better than local dessert. Affordable, nostalgic and ultimately delicious, local dessert is not only part and parcel of our culture, but also a quick and delicious way to seek respite from the blistering heat. Be it a cooling snack, a mid-day treat or a post-meal dessert, here’s a list of where you can go to get your local dessert fix!

1. Mei Hong Yuen Dessert

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A name familiar to most, this local dessert chain serves traditional hot and cold dessert. It is one of the “Singapore Chinatown Heritage Brands”. These brands are the ones that have been operating in Chinatown for at least 30 years. Through the years, Having eaten at this dessert stall for years, we heavily recommend the Almond with Egg White, Red Bean Lotus, and Chee Cheong Fun. They have also recently opened more stalls, so you don’t have to travel to Chinatown just to savour one of the best local dessert stalls.

From its smooth and comforting bowl of peanut paste to the classic and juicy bowl of mango with pomelo and sago, you’ll never be disappointed.  

Chinatown: No. 63 – 67 Temple Street, #B2-32 Chinatown Point
Orchard: #B4-34, ION
Novena: #02-03 Velocity@Novena Square
Clementi: #03-02 321 Clementi Ave 3
Opening Hours:
2. Ah Chew Desserts

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Other must-try dishes include Hawaiian Papaya boiled with Fresh Milk, Black Glutinous Rice with Vanilla Ice-cream, Mango Sago & Pomelo, Watermelon Honeydew with Sago, and Durian Hong Kong Red Bean Ice.

Ah Chew Desserts
Address: 1 Liang Seah Street, #01-10/11; 181 Thomson Road, Goldhill Shopping Centre
Opening Hours: Mon – Thu: 12:30pm – 11.30pm; Fri: 12.30pm – 12.30am; Sat: 1.30pm – 12.30am; Sun: 1.30pm – 11.30pm

3. Ji De Chi

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Traditional flavours still have a place in today’s age. Ji De Chi’s dish of sweet mangoes and black glutinous rice wrapped in green tea mochi is the perfect example. This eatery serves up a good selection of traditional and modern desserts.

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Their rendition of the Taiwanese shaved ice dessert is a cheaper alternative to the pricier bingsu, but it definitely does not lack in terms of sweetness and flavour.

Ji De Chi
Address: 8 Liang Seah Street, #01-03
Opening Hours: Mon – Sun: 11am – 11pm

4. Annie’s Peanut Ice Kachang

Image credit: Heartland stalls are where most of us first tasted and tried local desserts. With time-tested recipes, they as good as, or even better than chain dessert stalls! Annie’s Peanut Ice Kachang is a good example. Her dedication to serving quality dessert has been recognised. She was invited to the Singapore Hawker Street Festival 2015. 

With numerous modern spins on the old ice kachang dish, perhaps the best combination is still some roasted peanut and red bean, doused with a colourful blend of syrup.

Annie’s Peanut Ice Kachang
Address: 3 Yung Sheng Road, #01-01

5. Ye Lai Xiang Cheng Tng

Image credit: Sticking to a traditional recipe passed down since 1939, Ye Lai Xiang has been churning out bowls of cheng tng.

Their bowl of cheng tng comes loaded with 10 different ingredients, a class above the rest (the usual cheng tng contains only a handful of ingredients). The painstaking preparation process of double boiling the sago and sunning the dried longans is evident in the end result – a clear sweet broth that’s almost addictive.

Address: Bedok Food Centre, 1 Bedok Road, Stall 31

6. Jin Jin Hot/ Cold Dessert

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The owners weren’t kidding when they named their dish ‘Power Cendol’. Using premium gula-melaka to give it that distinctive palm sugar richness, this is one decadent dessert. It packs all the punches at only a fraction of the price. Coupled with sweet coconut milk and red beans, you’ll find yourself polishing the bowl in jiffy. 

Image credit: If you love Mango and Durian, this one’s for you! Tangy Mango cubes are topped with condensed milk and a scoop of Durian puree! There’s also a version without the durian topping. From our visits to Jin Jin Dessert, we also learn that the mango cubes are soaked in a secret sauce for that tangy and refreshing bite. Their hard work pays off, as there’s nothing like this bowl of mango goodness elsewhere!

Jin Jin Hot/ Cold Dessert
Address: ABC Brickworks Market & Food Centre, 6 Jalan Bukit Merah, #01-20
Opening Hours: Mon, Tues, Thurs, Sun: 12:30PM – 10PM; Fri, Sat: 12:30PM – 10:30PM
Closed every Wednesday

7. 75 Ah Balling Peanut Soup

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We are all accustomed to the usual glutinous rice balls with peanut and black sesame filling. But at 75 Ah Balling Peanut Soup, they even have red bean, yam, and green tea fillings to up their ball antics. Best of all, those special flavours are hand-made!

As their name suggests, they are famous for their peanut soup. The soup is simmered for hours for soft and tender peanuts. They also offer options like almond milk and ginger soup. No matter what you choose, you can be sure you’re digging into a bowl of comforting goodness.

75 Ah Balling Peanut Soup
Address: #01-75, Golden Mile Food Centre, 505 Beach Road; #01-25 Blk 85 Bedok North Street 4

Certainly, there are numerous other dessert stalls out there that serve up that familiar bowl of traditional dessert. When the queues of artisanal desserts grow too long, know that you can always fall back on stalls like these to satisfy your sweet tooth.

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Need A Break? Here’re 9 New & Hip Hotels For Your Next Staycay!

Half of 2016 is officially gone! Congrats on making it this far, and after all the hard work, we’re sure you’ll want to rest your tired souls with a quick break. Too busy/tired to plan an overseas trip? A staycay is your answer.
Since late 2015, multiple new hotels have been opening their doors to travellers and staycationers alike. Whether you’re into quirky boutique hotels or extravagant luxury stays, here are 9 spots to book your upcoming staycations.

1. The South Beach

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If you’re looking for an elaborate stay, the The South Beach
Address: 30 Beach Rd, S189763
Contact:6818 1888
Price: From 
S$442 per night

2. Hôtel Vagabond

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From its massive gold elephant to the shiny bronze rhinoceros at the reception, the quirky Hotel Vagabond
: 39 Syed Alwi Rd, S207630
Contact:6291 6677
Price: From 
S$209 per night

3. The Club Hotel

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Head straight to Mr & Mrs Maxwell’s, the bar and lounge at The Club Hotel
Address: 28 Ann Siang Rd, 069708
Contact:6808 2188
 S$268 per night

4. Hotel Jen Tanglin

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Based on the imaginary persona of Jen, a professional hotelier, Hotel Jen Tanglin offers a cosy staycation spot at the end of Orchard’s shopping district. With Tumblr-ish quotes printed on its cushions and a lounge that looks more like a cafe than a hotel, Jen offers a charming and personal touch. This is also seen from its dabao (takeaway) box at the buffet, where you can help yourself to a little extra with the courtesy of Jen. They certainly know how to satisfy the auntie in us.

Hotel Jen Tanglin
: 1A Cuscaden Rd, 249716
Contact:6738 2222
Price: From $202 per night

5. Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa

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The newly refurbished Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa
: 2 Bukit Manis Road Sentosa, Singapore 099891
Contact:6708 8310
Price: From 
S$354 per night

6. Hotel YAN

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This industrial-chic hotel has a chill, cafe-like vibe that hipsters will die for. Built from a former industrial warehouse, Hotel YAN
: 162 Tyrwhitt Rd, 207581
Contact:6805 1955
Price: From 
S$104 per night

7. Park Hotel Alexandra

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Want to avoid the hustle and bustle of the city? Park Hotel Alexandra
: 323 Alexandra Road, 159972
Contact:6828 8888
Price: From 
S$148 per night

8. ibis Styles Singapore On Macpherson

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Located at the top level of Macpherson Mall, ibis Styles Singapore On Macpherson
: 401 Macpherson Road Corner of MacPherson & Aljunied Rd, S368215
Contact: 6622 6000
Price: From
S$99 per night

9. Oasia Hotel Downtown

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With natural foliage and sleek modern designs, Oasia Hotel Downtown
Address: 100 Peck Seah St, 079333
Phone:6812 6900
Price from
S$240 per night

Parisian-inspired stays, tropical retreats and more, there’s definitely no lack of new hotels to book a staycation this year. So if you’re too caught up with work for an overseas trip, a staycation is probably the next best thing for a quick getaway.

(Header image credit: original images (in clockwise direction) by Hotel Jen TanglinSofitel Singapore Resort & Spa, edited by author.)

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