The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time Is Coming To A Stage Near You In March 2018

Did you know The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time was written into a play?

Yes it has. In fact, the production, which is based on the bestseller by Mark Haddon, has won five Tony Awards and seven Olivier Awards – and it will show in Singapore for the first time from 29 March – 8 April 2018.

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If you’ve forgotten the story – we know, it’s been a while since we ourselves read the book – here’s a quick recap:

Fifteen-year-old Christopher Boone has an extraordinary mind. While great at math, he’s not nearly as great when it comes to interpreting daily life. One day, he falls under suspicion of killing his neighbour’s dog and his quest to uncover the real culprit takes him on a journey that upturns his world.

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Jointly presented by Singapore Repertory Theatre and Esplanade – Theatres By The Bay, the acclaimed production by London’s National Theatre will see the story that once tugged at our heartstrings brought to life on stage.

Here’s a trailer to give you a teaser as to what to expect:


Tickets to The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time are available now on Hapz on a name your own price basis, so quote your own price and purchase your tickets here.

National Theatre’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Esplanade Theatre
29 Mar – 8 Apr 2018
Name your price*

*Discounted prices available only on Hapz.

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You Can Literally Run Around Shooting Zombies In S’pore’s First Warehouse Scale VR Gaming Experience

Technology has changed our lives in many ways, and one of the most exciting areas we’ve seen this happen is in the arena of gaming.

We’ve gone from watching our character on a screen to playing as our characters through a virtual reality (VR) headset. Soon, we’ll be able to roam virtual worlds freely with the help of Zero Latency‘s state-of-the-art VR systems.

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The global leader in free-roaming multi-player virtual reality gaming, Zero Latency is a company that originates from Melbourne.

With Zero Latency regarded as one of the world’s best virtual reality gaming experiences, and with over 10 locations spread across the world, you can expect VR gaming at its finest when it launches in Singapore in late November this year.

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The company will not only be bringing us a free-roaming gaming experience, but also a warehouse scale one that’s guaranteed to thrill anyone who loves playing video games.

A Whole New Level Of Immersiveness

Opening at Suntec City, Zero Latency will bring a brand new level of immersiveness to its catalogue of games which so far includes Zombie Survival, Singularity, and Engineerium.

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Zombies not your thing? Maybe an interstellar adventure is!

Leave planet Earth and enter an interstellar-themed shooting game with Singularity, where you’ll fight against robots, killer drones and gun turrets as you wander the narrow corridors, lifts, and zero-gravity environment of a space station.

Ready, Set, Play

If you’re concerned about running into walls and hurting yourself, don’t worry. With 200 square meters of game space (and a much larger virtual space), and some tricks Zero Latency has up its sleeves, bumping into things will be the least of your worries as you play.

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Curious to try this experience for yourself?

It’ll cost $69 per person to play, and the price is inclusive of a 15 minute briefing and 30 minutes of actual game play. Look out for Zero Latency’s launch special, where players will only need to pay a discounted rate of $59.

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If you’d like to try your hand at more than one game during your session, or want a double session, opt for one of their packages, which allows you to do either of these things at a better rate.

Up to 8 players can play per session, so bear this in mind when you make plans with your mates!

Zero Latency is bringing VR gaming at its finest to Singapore, and we cannot wait to try it. Unfortunately, we still have to wait for a bit before we can get one of those headsets onto our heads, but we’re sure it’ll be worth the wait!

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This Sandwich Shack Makes Grilled Cheese Sandwiches That Will Put Your Homemade Ones To Shame

While we all have our own comfort foods, arguably, one of the most comforting things to sink your teeth into is a warm grilled sandwich – specifically, a grilled cheese sandwich.

Lay out some bread, slop on a slice of cheese, pop it in the toaster, and you have yourself a delicious snack that never fails to hit the spot.

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If you’re a fan of grilled cheese sandwiches, there’s a sandwich shack you need to meet that serves up grilled cheese sandwiches that will put your homemade stacks to shame – 52 Sandwich Shack.

Located at the basement of Raffles City Shopping Center, this takeaway-only sandwich kiosk sells 6 types of sandwiches piled with plenty of the cheesy goodness we all love.

Their sandwiches are hearty, delicious, and sinful AF, and that’s precisely why we love it. Eating healthy can get boring after awhile, no?

Stack ’em Up

A 52 Sandwich Shack original is the 52 Grilled Cheese ($6.90).

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This sandwich creation is named after the 52 cheesy experiments it took for the head chef, Chef Daniel, to find the perfect combo of cheese for the local palate. Consisting of 3 different types of cheese – cheddar, mozzarella, and fontina – the trio of cheeses is sandwiched between buttery, toasty brioche buns.

This sandwich is all about the cheese, so don’t be surprised to find that there is no meat in it!

Can’t do without your meat? Then try the Wagyu Beef With Onsen Egg ($11.90)!

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Now, this is a fun sandwich to eat.

The Wagyu beef sandwich is served separate from the Onsen egg, which comes in a small container. The sliced beef is tender and topped with tangy balsamic onions and 52 Sandwich Shack’s signature combo of cheeses.

Dip your sandwich into the egg or break your yolk and drizzle all that good stuff all over your beef!

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The flavours come together very nicely, making for a hearty meal that will fill you up for quite awhile.

If you’re not into beef, maybe you’ll like their Pulled-Pork Yakiniku ($8.90).

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With a generous amount of marinated pulled pork, pickles, and their triple cheese combo stacked between warm brioche buns, this sandwich is heavenly. The tangy, slight sourness of the pickles complements the heavier flavour of the pork, making for a delightful marriage of flavours.

Mac & cheese fans, have you ever tried mac & cheese in a sandwich? We know, it sounds like a great idea and a terrible idea at the same time.

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The Bacon Mac & Cheese ($7.90) is literally a sandwich containing mac & cheese, with some bacon bits to give it a savoury kick. A carb on carb sandwich that’s the definition of sinful, try this if you want to go all out – calorie-wise – in treating yourself.

Be sure to dig in immediately after you order it so the mac & cheese is still warm inside the sandwich!

If you find yourself in the CBD either for work or for pleasure, be sure to make a detour to Raffles City to grab yourselves these decadent sandwiches! A guilty pleasure that’s super affordable, this spot is definitely a must-try for those who love cheese.

52 Sandwich Shack
Address: 252 North Bridge Road, #B1-54 Raffles City Shopping Centre, Singapore 179103
Opening Hours: Daily, 10am – 10pm
Contact no.: 6920 2922

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Bruno Mars To Bring 24K Magic World Tour To Singapore, Tickets On Sale Next Thursday

Fans of Bruno Mars, it’s official – the Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter will be bringing his 24K Magic World Tour to Singapore!

Mark your calendars – the Uptown Funk singer will be performing at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on 6 May 2018.

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Tickets are priced at S$348, S$298, S$288, S$248 and S$168 and will go on sale next Thursday, October 19 at 10am.

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10 Halloween Events And Eats That Are Creeping Into Your Calendar This October

If you’ve been counting down the days to Halloween like we have, the wait will soon be over!

It’s that time of the year where we dress up in costume, scare ourselves silly, and hopefully score ourselves some candy. What’s not to love?

This month, we’ve rounded up a list of Halloween parties you can attend, and some Halloween-themed food you can look forward to chowing down on!

Brace yourselves, you won’t see these scares coming.

Play & Discover

1. Halloween Horror Nights 7

First on the list is a Halloween house that requires no introduction.

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Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights is back for its seventh edition, and this year’s scare-fest is themed after the seven dead-lier sins: cruelty, deception, malice, manipulation, narcissism, perversion and obsession.

Come face to face with your worst nightmares when you enter the 5 haunted houses, which include a mall filled with ghosts (‘Death Mall’), an eerie hut haunted by the Midnight Man (‘Hex’), and see what evils lurk within the minds of the malevolent (‘Inside The Mind’).

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Wander through 2 scare zones, one of which is a sanctuary for the 7 sins (‘Pilgrimage of Sin’), and another of which is a macabre twist on your favourite holidays (‘Happy Horror Days‘).

Another highlight at Halloween Horror Nights this year is also a HHN first – Zombie laser tag. For the first time in Halloween Horror Nights history, you get the chance to defend yourself against the horrors you will meet. So grab your weapon; you’ll need it to fend off the rabid flesh-eating zombies.

Tickets are available for purchase here.

Halloween Horror Nights 7
Universal Studios Singapore
When: 29 Sep – 29 Oct
Admission: $61
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Abused and murdered by her mother, her restless spirit has returned to haunt her mother’s new family. Possessing her mother, she kills off every single member of the family before forcing her mother to hang herself.

Pay a visit to the grave-filled backyard, step into the master bedroom, and brace yourself for what you may find in the attic and the children’s room! A house full of horrors, you’ll want to take a deep breath when you arrive at the front porch.

Watch your back – you can never be too careful.

Tickets are available for purchase here.

Museum Of Horrors VII: Vengeance
When: 18 – 22 Oct, 26 – 31 Oct
$15 for General Admission

3. Carnival of the Absurd at Lulu’s Lounge

If horror houses and being scared isn’t what you had in mind for Halloween, maybe this is.

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Called ‘Carnival of the Absurd‘, this party is themed around a Coney Island freak show, which is famed for its performers who bear bodily abnormalities (e.g dwarves, four legged humans) or who can perform amazing inhuman feats like swallowing swords and contorting their own bodies.

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While we don’t know yet what characters we’ll find at this carnival, you can be sure you’ll be thoroughly entertained by their roving characters and wacky stage performers.

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Get your freak on and don’t be a bystander! Here, no one will be judging.

Carnival of the Absurd
Where: Lulu’s Lounge, Pan Pacific Hotel, 7 Raffles Boulevard
When: 28 Oct, 9pm – 6am
Admission: $30 cover charge

4. Cleopetra’s Revenge at Bang Bang

If you’re looking for a change of pace, pop over to Bang Bang.

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Themed ‘Cleopetra’s Revenge‘, dance with menacing mummies and evil queens decked in gold into the wee hours of the morning.

Transporting you to Cleopetra’s creepy land, the night will whisper tales of the undead queen’s revenge.

Cleopetra’s Revenge
 Oct 27 – 28, 10.30pm – 6am
Where: Bang Bang, Pan Pacific Hotel, 7 Raffles Boulevard
Admission: $35 (includes one drink)

5. Zouk’s Laboratorium Of Horror 

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This Halloween, Zouk will transform into a Laboratorium of Horror with jars containing brains, icky intestines, old examination tables, and syringes. The laboratory of one mad Dr Gore, watch out for the diabolical doctor – you don’t want to be the next subject in his line of sinister experiments.

You’ll want to bring your A game – costume-wise – to this party because those in the most terrifying costumes stand a chance to win a pair of flight tickets to Athens via Scoot (worth $1680), Jimmy Choo and Kenzo fragrance hampers, a staycay at Lloyd’s Inn, and more.

The party goes on through the night till 4am, with Zouk’s resident DJs Hong, Lincey, and Jeremy Boon helming the decks.

The first 100 party-goers that arrive decked out in full costume get to enter for free!

Zouk’s Laboratorium Of Horror

Where: Blk 3C River Valley Road
Admission: $55 (non-member price; includes one drink)

6. Noise Invasion Festival at Haw Par Villa

There are few places in Singapore that are quite as creepy as Haw Par Villa after dark.

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On 28 October, the spooky Haw Par Villa grounds will be taken over by Noise Invasion Festival, a celebration of individuality and creativity. The event’s hashtag is #GetWeird, so you know what to do! Embrace the theme and dress your weirdest.

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Expect killer music at this festival, with a line-up including Sam Rui, Wicked Aura, M1LDL1FE, Axel Brizzy, Amateur Takes Control, and more. The festival’s got art, dance, and food, and teases that it’ll deviate from the usual arts festival format.

Not sure what to expect? Think unconventional and strange.

Admission to this festival is completely free, so if you’re too broke to party this Halloween, this is a great alternative for the Halloween weekend!

Noise Invasion Festival

Where: Haw Par Villa, 262 Pasir Panjang Road, Singapore 118628
Admission: Free

7. Singapore Halloween Festival

The Singapore Halloween Festival is back, and this year, it will take place in a water park!

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An annual event that combines fun, horror, dressing up and all things Halloween, this year’s haunting will happen slightly past Halloween on 4 – 5 November. And the site they’ve chosen this year is none other than Wild Wild Wet.

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There will be a Zombie Maze, a Monster Ball, a Giant Picnic Lawn with delicious gourmet F&B options, carnival games and pop-up stalls for everyone in the family! Dress your best because the person wearing the best costume will win a special prize!

Adult tickets are tagged at $45 for a regular 1-day pass, $70 for a regular 2-day pass and $388 for VIP Tier tickets (2-day pass) for 3 adults. Child tickets are $30 for a 1-day pass and $50 for a 2-day pass.

Tickets are available for purchase here.

Singapore Halloween Festival
Wild Wild Wet
When: 4 – 5 Nov
Admission: $30 – $388 

8. Halloween Family Night Out

Another Halloween party for the whole family is Halloween Family Night Out.

The biggest family-friendly Halloween event, this Halloween extravaganza will take over the sprawling KidZania arena.

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For 2 weekends from 27 October – 5 November, the KidZania compound will take on a brand new look. The airport, restaurants, petrol kiosk and more will transform into a landscape including a candy forest, volcanoes, and the depths of the sea!

Immerse yourself in the beautifully designed rooms that will transport you and your family to a whole other dimension. Watch the professional actors as they take you through an immersive storytelling experience!

What’s Halloween without a bit of candy? Collect trick or treat goodie bags on the trees of Vampi’s candy forest and be sure to steer clear of Vampi the vampire if you plan on holding on to your loot!

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For more candy, enter the neon forest and find 4 doors. Knock on the doors and if you and your family come in costume, you’ll receive a treat. Otherwise, you just may get tricked.

With carnival games, spooky snack-bites, magic shows and mysterious bubble shows taking place through the night, the kids are in for a night of fun at this Halloween fiesta!

Entry is $45 each for adult and child, and is inclusive of a limited edition Trick or Treat popcorn candy bucket, a Halloween Family Night Out Cape and The Secret Treasure Map of Magic Mummy (worth $45)!

Halloween Family Night Out
KidZania @ Sentosa
When: 27 – 28 Oct, 3 – 5 Nov
Time: 7pm – 11pm
Admission: $45 (adult/child)

9. Halloween At Sephora

This Halloween, why stop at putting on a Halloween costume?

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Go all out and dress your face up as well with a little help from the helpful Beauty Advisors at Sephora.

For the entire month of October, spend $100 or more and get a custom Halloween makeover at any Sephora store!

Halloween at Sephora
All Sephora outlets
When: 1 – 31 Oct


10. Cold Stone Creamery 

This Halloween, Cold Stone Creamery is serving a spooky spin on Cookies ‘n’ Cream ice cream.

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Their Halloween exclusive, Cookies ‘n’ Screammm, consists of a scoop of pumpkin ice cream mixed with a gummy worms, bloody berries, and of course, Oreo cookies. Priced at $6 – $10.50, have your dessert in a plain waffle bowl (+$1.20) or in a dipped waffle bowl (+$1.90).

Cold Stone Creamery
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There’s A Superhero Themed Cyclothon Happening In Singapore And All Are Welcome

Many Singaporeans will probably have noticed that in the past couple of years, it’s been fun runs galore here on our little red dot.

While each run has had its own unique draw, from loud, pumping music, to cartoon character themes, runs just aren’t for everyone.

Sure, there may be plenty of things to keep you distracted from the fact that you’re running, but the relatively short 5K can still be quite the challenge, especially for those of us who haven’t done any kind of physical activity in a long time.

If running isn’t your cup of tea, there’s another sporting event happening soon – and at this one, you’ll have a couple of wheels to help you out.

The annual OCBC Cycle is back.

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Happening from 18 – 19 November, OCBC Cycle is Singapore’s most happening cycling event. An event that brings together cyclists young and old, from the greenest to the most seasoned, everyone is welcome to be a part of this cycling fiesta.

OCBC Cycle 2017 has something for everyone, with 3 riding categories for people who just want to have a good time. The best part? This year’s event will be graced by superheroes.

Ride With Friends

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A Super Hero-themed ride, come dressed in your favourite Marvel or DC heroes and heroines! Better yet, come dressed like famous superhero (or supervillain) duos like Batman and Robin, Professor X and Magneto, or the Joker and Harley Quinn, with your partner or your bestie.

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You can even go all out and pimp your ride with superhero elements – just make sure it doesn’t become a hazard when you cycle! Capes can be especially dangerous for cycling superheroes.

The best dressed person with the most fearless getup will get to walk away with a Casio EXILIM EX-FR100 Action Cam (worth $629) that’s perfect for capturing action-packed outings like these.

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A scenic route that will take you past some of the most iconic landmarks of Singapore, including the other-worldly Singapore Sports Hub, majestic Supertrees at Gardens By The Bay, and the Marina Bay Sands, make sure to take in all the sights as you cruise through this 23km route.

Ride With Family

Want to spend some quality time with the family?

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The Mighty Savers® Kids and Family Ride guarantees a great time for even the youngest of the pack.

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Themed ‘Bubbly Fun’, the route comprises zones that will be filled with bubbles by bubble blowing machines. The kids are sure to have a ball with the bubbles, popping them as they cycle!

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If you’d like to take it easy and go for a leisurely ride, go for The Corporate Bike Ride. Pick between the 23km The Straits Time Ride and the 42km The Sportive Ride, and take on the city with a group of at least 15 cyclists!

Amp up the team spirit and ditch the event jersey in favour of one of your own company tees. Deck yourselves in your company colours, make post-cyclothon dinner plans, and make a day of it!

After all, the company that plays together, stays together.

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Gear Up For OCBC Cycle 2017

Sticking with the cycling theme, the OCBC 2017 participation medal comes in the form of 1/3 of a stylized bicycle gear.

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Wear it around your neck like a badge of honour once you’ve finished OCBC Cycle 2017. If you come back for subsequent editions of the OCBC Cycle in 2018 and 2019, you can combine the 3 pieces to form a complete gear!

Don’t have a bike of your own? Don’t worry, you can rent yourself a bike for this event! Some reliable places to get your bikes are T.K.H Leisure, Cycle To The Park, S-Lite Event Support and more. With these bike rental services readily available, finding a bike to ride with should be the least of your worries!

If you know you’re long overdue for some exercise, or just like sweating it out with like-minded people, register for OCBC Cycle 2017 here! And make sure to take your best pals along because everything is better when you do it with a friend!

OCBC Cycle 2017
Venue: Singapore Sports Hub 
Date: 18 – 19 Nov 

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Laneway Festival Singapore 2018 Reveals Lineup Including The War On Drugs, Wolf Alice, And More

The St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival is back for its 8th iteration and the highly anticipated indie festival has just revealed a stunning lineup.

Happening on 27 January 2018, the festival promises to be a total sensory experience, bringing the best live acts – both new and established – onto the Laneway stage for music fans.

Here are all the acts who will be taking the stage at the festival:

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The 2018 festival will take place at The Meadow at Gardens By The Bay.

October Sales tickets are tagged at $125 for 5 or more tickets, $135 for 2 to 4 tickets, and $145 per ticket. You may purchase October Sales Tickets from 5 October at 10am at

Otherwise, the standard price will be $150 for Group Bundle for 5 or more tickets, $158 for Standard Tickets and $200 for Door Sales.

St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival 2018
Venue: The Meadow, Gardens By The Bay
Date: 27 Jan 2018
Tickets: $125 – $145 for October Sales

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Someone Finally Opened A Durian Specialty Cafe, And It Serves More Than The Typical Puffs And Cakes

Love them or hate them, durians are Singapore’s national fruit; unofficially, at least.

A fruit that is beloved for its sweet, creamy flesh that melts in your mouth, few varieties can match the almighty Mao Shan Wang variety when it comes to flavour.

A nice mix of sweet and bitter – and sometimes, both – it’s no wonder Mao Shan Wang durians are the most popular among Singaporeans.

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Simply called Mao Shan Wang Cafe, this durian specialty cafe is opened by Four Seasons Durian.

Situated in Chinatown, it serves fresh durian in a tantalising array of desserts including mochi, strudel, ice cream and coffee (yes, coffee) made using the king of fruit.

The First And Only Durian Specialty Cafe in Singapore

Considering the fanaticism this fruit inspires, it’s a wonder it’s taken this long for someone to open a durian specialty cafe.

Step into the cafe and you’ll be welcomed by the strong, unmistakable smell of durian – a heavenly scent for hardcore durian fans.

With a simple, industrial aesthetic featuring brick walls and exposed beam ceilings, this cafe is the perfect place for an mid-day tea durian break.

The King And Its Subjects

If you think there are only so many things you can do with durian, think again – this cafe takes the fruit in both sweet and savoury directions.

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On the sweet – and more familiar – side of things, there are durian puffs, ice cream, pancakes and mochi.

On a sweltering hot day, order the Mao Shan Wang Delight ($15.80).

Consisting of a mountain of Mao Shan Wang durian soft serve ice cream, this dessert comes on a bed of brownies, with mini marshmallows and almond flakes scattered all over it.

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If you’re looking for a light bite, opt for either the D24 Durian Mochi ($5 for four) or the richer Mao Shang Wang Durian Mochi ($8.80 for four). Encased in a chewy mochi skin, the D24 mochi has a milder flavour while the Mao Shan Wang Mochi packs more of a punch with each mouthful.

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On the savoury side of things, there is the Black Charcoal Mao Shan Wang Durian Pizza ($18.80), which consists of a charcoal pizza base topped with a mixture of Mao Shan Wang puree and cheese.

If you’re feeling even more adventurous, try their Durian French Fries ($3.80) and Durian Nuggets ($6).

With fries and nuggets served with a dipping sauce made of D24 puree, your tastebuds are in for an unusual experience when you order yourself a serving of either of these.

Craving some durian? Whatever you’re in the mood for, your needs will be well taken care of at Mao Shan Wang Cafe!

Mao Shan Wang Cafe
Address: 49 Temple Street Singapore
Opening Hours: Mon – Fri: 1.30pm – 10pm; Sat: 11am – 10pm; Closed on Sun
Contact no.: 6221 2338 

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90s Kids, Get On Board The Feels Train Because We’re Taking A Trip Down The ‘Backstreet’

Fans of the Backstreet Boys (BSB) rejoice, as they will be returning to Singapore for a one-night only performance on 21 October.

Happening as part of the 2017 Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) Finals, this will be their only stop in Asia.

As 90’s kids, we are no strangers to the boppy pop tunes from these 5 vocally-gifted princes. Did you know Kevin Richardson used to work in Walt Disney World as a cast member and performer, with roles such as Aladdin and Prince Eric? What a man.

To prepare you for the one-night only BSB concert, here are 5 of their hit singles for you to jam to and reminisce in your pajamas. Or in the bathroom. We don’t judge.

A Trip Down Memory Lane

1. Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)


The Backstreet Boys singing in the rain with exposed torsos, telling US to quit playing games with THEIR hearts!? Do they see the irony? Who’s playing games with whose hearts now?

2. As Long As You Love Me


We’re looking at you, Kevin. Our beautiful Prince Ali.

3. I Want It That Way 


As an 8 year old, I vividly remember belting this song in the car with the vigour of a heartbroken teen. I had a tough childhood. Don’t judge me.

4. Larger Than Life


This song makes us FEEL larger than life. We’re not even kidding right now. The song comes with complimentary swagger.

5. Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)


This song has been immortalized for its iconic dance and mainly also because it’s a really solid comeback song for the Backstreet Boy brand.

If you cannot get enough of the Backstreet Boys, you can show them the shape of your heart in person at the National Stadium on 21 October, for one night only.

Ticket prices start from $108 to $248. VIP Meet and Greet upgrades can be purchased here for all valid ticketholders. Doors open at 6.30pm, so come dressed in your BSB memorabilia and be prepared for a wild night of fangirling.

Backstreet Boys: Larger Than Life Singapore
Venue: National Stadium
Date: 21 October
Time: 8pm
Admission: Cat 5: S$108 | Cat 4: S$148 | Cat 3: S$188 | Cat 2: S$208 | Cat 1: S$248
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We Asked Muay Thai Fighters What It Means To Be A Fighter In And Out Of The Ring

Muay thai is a sport that’s known for a few things – power, efficiency and simplicity.

One of the most popular martial arts in Singapore, it doesn’t take someone who does muay thai to appreciate the beauty and excitement of the sport.

Those who have watched a muay thai fight will know exactly how thrilling it is to see two people sparring, pitting not just their strength but their technical prowess against each other as they throw it down in the ring.

As spectators of the sport, often, it can seem like fighting and being a fighter is all about winning – but it is in fact about so much more.

With the inaugural Asia Fighting Championship (AFC) – an event dedicated to the sport of muay thai – coming up, we decided to ask some of the fighters what it means to be a fighter not just inside, but out of the ring. Here’s what they had to say.

Bryan Tee

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Age: 19
Weight: 57kg

If this is a face you find familiar, it’s probably because you’ve seen him at the recent SEA Games – the first time Singapore was represented in muay thai at the Games since 2008.

Bryan got his first taste of muay thai at the tender age of 12, as he was often picked on for being a “tiny guy” growing up. He was drawn to the sport as it is the art of eight limbs; you learn to be a complete fighter by using your hands, legs, elbows and knees.

After his first fight at the age of 14, he’s gone on to compete in numerous competitions including IFMA Royal World Cup 2015, IFMA Youth World Championship 2016, 5th Asian Beach Games, and the IFMA World Championship 2017.

When asked what his favourite part about fighting is, he says, “To hit, to get hit by a stronger opponent, and to WIN!”

What it means to be a fighter:

“Being a fighter in muay thai is to be someone who has a lot of heart and determination. One that doesn’t give up. You have to be strong and ready at all times,” he shares.

Outside the ring, muay thai has also instilled in him many lessons.

“Muay thai has taught me respect, to honour not only my parents, but also my teachers. Apart from helping me stay in top physical condition, muay thai has helped to supplement me with a good support system in the form of the great brothers and friends I have met along the way.”

He adds, “To be at the top of the game, you have to keep persevering, and [you have] to give 110 per cent each time. This principle applies to life outside muay thai as well. I will never give up — I will also strive relentlessly towards my goals.”

Bryan will be going up against Hong Kong’s Pan Ieong at the AFC. This will be his first ever pro fight.

Wynn Neo

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Age: 21 
Weight: 60kg

With his lean physique, you wouldn’t have guessed that Wynn is a huge fan of McDonald’s.

As a child, Wynn watched a fair bit of martial arts movies. It was this that inspired him to want to learn how to fight, and at age 15, he started training.

The more he trained, the more his passion and love for the sport grew, and it was just one year later that he fought his first amateur fight.

For him, the best part of a fight is winning and knowing that all his hard work during training has paid off. There is nothing he likes more than going head to head with his opponent, and “[seeing] who wants to win it more”.

What it means to be a fighter:

Wynn shares that in the context of muay thai, being a fighter means “Being disciplined to attend training consistently. Even during training, when no one is watching, you must still put in your very best because you are doing it for yourself and not for others.”

“In a fight, one must have the heart to fight, which means even when you are up against a highly skilled opponent and you are losing the fight, you’re still going to do all that is in your ability to put up a fight,” he adds.

In life, he believes the same principles apply.

He shares, “Muay thai has taught me to never give up no matter how tough training or the fight gets. I feel that life is like a fight too. Each day, there will be different obstacles and challenges that are placed in front of me but I press on and never give up until the goal is reached.”

Wynn will be going up against Malaysia’s Saifullah Bin Ismail at the AFC.

He says, “I am excited to put on a good fight and represent Singapore on our home ground. Knowing that my opponent is a much more experienced fighter, if I get a win over him, it would be my greatest win yet.”

Never Throw In The Towel

Being a fighter is not simply a matter of knocking out your opponent in the ring. It is a matter of putting in the work, putting in the time, and putting on a fight, even if the odds are stacked against you.

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On 23 September, Bryan Tee and Wynn Neo will be among the 6 representing our country, going up against top champion fighters from Korea, Macau, Malaysia, and more at the inaugural AFC.

Watch these talented fighters battle it out for the title of champion, and all the glory that comes with it.

Happening at Marina Bay Sands Singapore, the event is jointly organised by Muse Fitness Club Singapore and Axseed Events.

Advance Tier tickets (corner) are selling at $58; Advance Tier at $81.35** (U.P. $91); and VIP at $117.05** (U.P. $133). Get your tickets here.

Asia Fighting Championship
Venue: Hall A, Sands Expo And Convention Centre at Marina Bay Sands
Date: 23 Sep
Time: 6pm
Price: VIP: $117.05** (U.P. $133) | Advance Tier: $81.35** (U.P. $91) | Advance Tier (Corner): $58
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