6 Places You Can Go When You’re Done With Dinner But You Still Want To Lepak
We’ve all been there. You and your friends just had a 2-hour long dinner to catch up but it’s still not enough. You leave the restaurant and now the whole group aimlessly drifts around the mall.
What you’re looking for, is a place to settle down so that you and your friends can carry on your conversation comfortably. Because window shopping gets boring after a while.[caption id="attachment_31912" align="aligncenter" width="250"] Image Credit: giphy[/caption]
So we’ve found 6 places for you and your friends to visit after dinner, if you’re craving for desserts or are just looking to drink.
Desserts And Drinks
1. 2am : dessertbar
If you’re craving for some artsy desserts, then 2am : dessertbar is the place for you. For the majority of us who can never seem to grasp the concept of modern art, we can focus on the taste of the desserts instead.
The thing about this dessert bar is that they actually recommend alcohol pairings with the dessert that you select. Desserts to try are the Cassis Plum ($24), Cacao Forest ($24), and the Tsujihei Green Tea Tart ($20).[caption id="attachment_31911" align="aligncenter" width="1080"] Image Credit: @i_live_to_eat[/caption] [caption id="attachment_31901" align="aligncenter" width="960"] Image Credit: 2am : dessertbar[/caption]
The dishes are all carefully plated and look like an abstract art piece that’s almost too pretty to eat. Almost.
Prices here are steep but great service, ambience and food makes the trip to Holland Village worth it.
2am : dessertbar
Address: 21a Lorong Liput, Holland Village, Singapore, 277733
Opening Hours: Tue – Fri: 3pm – 2am, Sat – Sun: 2pm – 2am, Mon: Closed
Contact no.: 6291 9727
2. PS.Cafe at Ann Siang Hill
PS.Cafe has many outlets all over Singapore but the Ann Siang Hill branch is the only one that opens till 1am on Friday and Saturday nights.[caption id="attachment_31903" align="aligncenter" width="2048"] Image Credit: PS.Cafe[/caption]
Always a good place to hang out and chill, PS.Cafe serves a wide variety of drinks, from coffees and teas to juices and milkshakes. There’s also alcohol if you’re in the mood.
For dessert, order the Sticky Date Pudding ($15) which comes sitting in a pool of toffee sauce.[caption id="attachment_31902" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Image Credit: Burpple User Mel Wong[/caption]
You can thank us later.
PS.Cafe at Ann Siang Hill
Address: 45 Ann Siang Road, #02-02, Singapore, 069719
Opening Hours: Mon – Wed: 11.30am – 11pm, Thu: 11.30am – 12am, Fri: 11.30am – 1am, Sat: 9.30am – 1am, Sun: 9.30am – 11pm
Contact no.: 9797 0648
3. Cook & Brew
Cook & Brew is a gastro bar in Asia Square Tower 2 in the Marina Bay area.
With an exhaustive menu of wines, beers, cocktails and other spirits, Cook & Brew is the perfect place to chill if you’re in the area with a big group of friends.[caption id="attachment_31905" align="aligncenter" width="1899"] Image Credit: Image Credit: 4. Highlander Bar And Restaurant
If you like bagpipes and kilts, then this Scottish bar is for you. Highlander Bar And Restaurant is located at Clarke Quay and it’s a great bar to hang out and watch the world go by, or enjoy live musical performances from their resident band, Stereofly.[caption id="attachment_31907" align="aligncenter" width="710"] Image Credit: Quandoo[/caption]
Also, it’s a Scottish bar so you never need to worry about a small drink menu. They have over 250 selections of whiskies for you to choose from. If whisky isn’t your thing, then try their micro-brewed beers.
The live band starts performing at 8.30pm daily. Bring your friends down to Highlander for a fun night!
Highlander Bar And Restaurant
Address: 3B River Valley Road, #01-11, Clarke Quay, Singapore, 179021
Opening Hours: Sun – Fri: 5pm – 3am, Sat: 5pm – 4am
Contact no.: 6235 9528
Image Credit: Image Credit: Yong He Eating House[/caption]
The best part? It’s open 24 hours. Bring friends, come hungry.
Yong He Eating House
Address: 458 Geylang Road, Lorong 24A, Singapore, 389417
Opening Hours: Daily: 24 hours
Contact no.: 6745 5682
6. Mogambo Bar & Restaurant
Mogambo at Boat Quay is a bar that’s inspired by the Mogambo in Tokyo. The restaurant has 2 bars; an island-style bar and an outdoor bar for al fresco diners.[caption id="attachment_31910" align="aligncenter" width="1200"] Image Credit: Appetti[/caption]
The drinks menu is extensive, ranging from liqueurs to beers, spirits, shots and champagnes. There’s even a Mogambo bell that customers can ring for a round of shots.
Definitely a great place to hang out with a large group of friends. Just don’t drive after, okay?
Mogambo Bar & Restaurant
Address: 03 Canton Street, #01-01, Boat Quay, Singapore, 049745
Opening Hours: Mon – Fri: 11am – 3am, Sat: 5pm – 4am, Sun: Closed
Contact no.: 6438 9808
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Welcome To The Dark Side – These 13 Black Foods Will Surely Soot Your Tastebuds
Black – we love to wear it, we love it on makeup, we love to… eat it?
Black coloured foods seem to be the next big food trend and we think you’ll be seeing more of these dark, moody foods all over your Insta-feeds. From sinful desserts to devilish mains, with foods as black as our hearts, we’re not going to say no.
We’ve rounded up some of the blackest foods in Singapore, so let your inner goth come alive with these cold, black treats.
1. 黑 “Hei” Rice ($22) – Paddy Hills[caption id="attachment_27591" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Image Credit: Image Credit: Image Credit: Burpple User Seth Lui[/caption]
This signature dish consists of the OG black food, squid ink pasta, tossed with a generous amount of crayfish, scallops, prawns, clams, and squid. The pasta is infused with the natural taste of the sea from the squid ink, and the sauce is briny and flavourful. While squid ink pasta is not hard to find across our little island, this is one of the better squid ink pastas you can get in Singapore.
Address: 11 Craig Road, Singapore
Opening Hours: Mon – Sat: 11.45am – 2.15 pm (lunch), 6.15pm – 10.15pm (dinner); Closed on Sun & PH
4. Squid Ink Panini with King Crab and Prawns ($14) – Dolcetto by Basilico[caption id="attachment_27694" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] Image Credit: Image Credit: Image Credit: Image Credit: Image Credit: Black Magic[/caption]
You may have chanced upon this all-black dessert before. Now, it’s back again in all its glory. The magic unfolds in an intricately designed medley of black sesame panna cotta, squid ink profiterole, crispy charcoal biscuit, lace tulle, black berries, with a chocolate wand. A tasty and quirky combination that works wonders!
Address: 1094 Serangoon Road, Singapore 328192
Opening Hours: Tue – Fri: 11am – 10pm; Sat & Sun: 10am to 10pm; Closed on Mon
10. Foie Gras Macaron ($12) – Hashida Garo[caption id="attachment_27604" align="aligncenter" width="1500"] Image Credit: Image Credit: Burpple User V T[/caption]
To beat the heat, come to the dark side with KokoPanda’s black frozen yoghurt, made with charcoal and roasted coconut husk.
It’s a tangy, refreshing and absolutely yummy alternative to ice cream. What’s more, it’s also a much healthier choice as it comes topped with superfoods. These include dried strawberry, apple, pear, persimmon and Jeju tangerine, as well as caviar bubbles made with real fruit juice.
A single topping with the base froyo will cost $4.90, while a froyo with 3 toppings will cost $5.90, with additional toppings priced at $0.80 each.
Address: 68 Orchard Road, #B2-60, Plaza Singapura, Singapore 238839
Opening Hours: Mon – Sun: 10am – 10pm
12. Homemade Black Soy Ice Cream ($4.90 for Regular, with 2 toppings) – Dofu[caption id="attachment_27607" align="aligncenter" width="480"] Image Credit: Image Credit: Burpple User Zhi Hui Lim[/caption]
This grand tower consists of fine milk shavings topped with a generous layer of black sesame and kinako powder, a heap of red beans, and a scoop of ice cream. Feast your eyes on the Black Sesame Bingsu, a slayer at Nunsongyee Korean Dessert Café that for good reason, has garnered its own fan club.
Nunsongyee Korean Dessert Café
Address: 534 North Bridge Road, Singapore 188749 | #02-25 Century Square, 2 Tampines Central 5, Singapore 529509 | 227 Upper Thompson Road Singapore 574359 | The Midtown Singapore, 1187 Upper Serangoon Road #01-14, Singapore 534785
Opening Hours: 24 hours daily (North Bridge Road branch) | Mon – Sun: 12pm – 10pm (Century Square branch)
It seems when it comes to food, black is now the new black. With all the multi-coloured and ombre foods and drinks we’ve been seeing lately, this is definitely a refreshing and much welcomed change.
If you’re in the mood to try something new, check out these deliciously dark eats. And of course, make sure to bring a mirror with you–you don’t want to be out in public with black stuff all over your teeth!
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Food At The Geylang Serai Ramadan Bazaar Isn’t Cheap — Here’s What’s Worth It And What’s Not
In the past couple of days, much has been said about this year’s Geylang Serai Ramadan Bazaar.
Some have pointed out that Artbox 2.0, and others have said the food there is not worth the price or the queue.
The DiscoverSG team headed down to taste-test the food ourselves, to distinguish those that are worth the money (and the queue) from those that are not. Full disclosure: we picked many of these items based on their insta-worthiness and novelty.
Our conclusion? Some of the most photogenic foods actually tasted the worst.
These are some of the things we liked.
1. Katoshka (Muslim owned)[caption id="attachment_26780" align="alignnone" width="1000"] Image Credit: passerbyshaz[/caption]
One of our favourite stalls at the bazaar–by far– was Katoshka, which serves up russet fries drenched in sauce. Here, you don’t have to worry about running out of sauce for your fries. Not your average cup of cheese fries, this snack packed a punch without being too overwhelming.
We tried the Sambal Cheese ($5.90) and loved how the crispy fries mixed with the spicy cheese. While the serving size is quite small, we think it’s worth every dollar
We also tried the Asam Boi Special ($3.90), a sour plum drink. The drink was on the sweet side, with just the right amount of sourness from the Asam.
2. Banana Cheese Fritters[caption id="attachment_26798" align="alignnone" width="750"] Image Credit: passerbyshaz[/caption]
Another sweet treat we tried is the Banana Cheese Fritters ($6)–the humble pisang goreng with a twist. There was barely a queue or a wait when we were there. We went with a classic chocolate flavour from a list of options including chocolate rice and oreos. Served warm, these were the perfect balance of sweet and salty–great for those who want a sweet treat that isn’t too cloying.
The melted cheese brought a very subtle flavour to the fritters. If you’re looking for a stronger cheese flavour, we suggest asking for an extra helping of cheese.
And now, on to the stuff we didn’t like.
Not Worth It
1. Milk Bites (Non-halal)[caption id="attachment_26781" align="alignnone" width="750"] Image Credit: passerbyshaz[/caption]
The Singaporean wisdom of ‘if there’s a queue, join it‘ led us to Fried Milk. An interesting concept, these bite-sized squares of fried milk pudding come in 3 different flavours: Original, Pandan and Thai Milk Tea.
We tried the platter ($9), which came with 4 milk bites of each flavour. Freshly fried, these desserts were crunchy on the outside and oozy on the inside. The consistency of the cream was a bit chunky for our liking and the flavour was quite overwhelming. Suffice to say, we weren’t fans of these.
2. WORD (Muslim owned)[caption id="attachment_26793" align="alignnone" width="750"] Image Credit: passerbyshaz[/caption]
WORD is no stranger when it comes to cooking up a storm. Their outlet at Upper Thomson Road serves up delicious Western fare alongside crafted sodas and mocktails.
At their pop up stall, we tried the Minah ($8), a bucket of soda dressed to the nines. We were in for a bit of a wait despite the short queue due to a shortage of staff. When we did get our drink creation, we were pretty disappointed. Crafted from Fanta Orange, Ice Cream Soda and two scoops of ice cream, this tasted like diluted Fanta and felt like it could easily have been made at home.
While we appreciate the size of the drink, hauling it around was also a bit of a struggle, especially given the crowd.
3. Loco Loco[caption id="attachment_26794" align="alignnone" width="1000"] Image Credit: passerbyshaz[/caption]
Loco Loco made a splash at last year’s Geylang Bazaar for offering up flavoured churros. This year, they have 3 outlets spread out over the entirety of the bazaar. We picked up the Chilli Crab Churros ($6) and Beef Scotch Eggs ($6).
The Chilli Crab Churros were warm and the chilli sauce topping tasted like the real-deal, minus the spiciness. Sadly, these Churros were unexpectedly dense. Without the sauce, this snack would have ranked low on our score scale.
The Beef Scotch Eggs were served warm and with a serving of keropok. We waited about 10 – 15 minutes for the Scotch Eggs, so pick this up only if you’re willing to wait around for this dish. While the eggs were nicely done, the beef was pretty plain.
At least they’re photogenic?
Image Credit: passerbyshaz[/caption]
SOFNADE is one spot you might want to check out for a sweet treat. Serving up Cendol Soft Serve, Galaxy Milkshakes and Donut Balls, it’s no wonder this dessert stall is a favourite among sweet tooths. We managed to grab a Galaxy Milkshake ($6.50) while the line was short and watched as the stall attendant poured the coloured liquids into the cup, layer by layer. A gorgeous work of food art topped with rainbow sprinkles, its flavour was unfortunately, a let down. The milkshake tastes like a vanilla milkshake, except a lot sweeter. We’re sweet tooths ourselves, but this was way too sweet for us. Unfortunately, many of the pretty and novel foods we tried at the Geylang Bazaar were sub-par in the taste department. That said, we also bought ourselves some more “traditional” pasar malam eats like Takoyaki Balls, Vadai and Dengdeng, and we must admit, at the end of the day, these were our top picks. While this year’s Geylang Bazaar may have more of an Artbox vibe compared to the past years, we were still glad we made the trip down. One piece of advice we do have though, is that if the food looks good, it probably won’t taste great. Also read, With Over 1,000 Stalls, This Year’s Geylang Bazaar Will Keep You Coming Back For More
SOFNADE is one spot you might want to check out for a sweet treat. Serving up Cendol Soft Serve, Galaxy Milkshakes and Donut Balls, it’s no wonder this dessert stall is a favourite among sweet tooths.
We managed to grab a Galaxy Milkshake ($6.50) while the line was short and watched as the stall attendant poured the coloured liquids into the cup, layer by layer. A gorgeous work of food art topped with rainbow sprinkles, its flavour was unfortunately, a let down. The milkshake tastes like a vanilla milkshake, except a lot sweeter. We’re sweet tooths ourselves, but this was way too sweet for us.
Unfortunately, many of the pretty and novel foods we tried at the Geylang Bazaar were sub-par in the taste department.
That said, we also bought ourselves some more “traditional” pasar malam eats like Takoyaki Balls, Vadai and Dengdeng, and we must admit, at the end of the day, these were our top picks.
While this year’s Geylang Bazaar may have more of an Artbox vibe compared to the past years, we were still glad we made the trip down. One piece of advice we do have though, is that if the food looks good, it probably won’t taste great.
Also read, With Over 1,000 Stalls, This Year’s Geylang Bazaar Will Keep You Coming Back For More
With Over 1,000 Stalls, This Year’s Geylang Bazaar Will Keep You Coming Back For More
The month of Ramadhan is a few weeks away and while it holds plenty of cultural and religious significance for Muslims all over the world, that doesn’t mean the rest of us can’t join in on the festivities.
Two cultural events worth checking out every Ramadhan are the annual Hari Raya Light-Up and the Geylang Serai Baazar. This year’s light-up is centred around the cultural and historical aspects of Malay culture.
Hari Raya Light-Up[caption id="attachment_26271" align="alignnone" width="991"] Image Credit: Hari Raya Light-Up 2017 Organising Committee[/caption]
This year’s Hari Raya Light-Up will feature a 4.4-metre-tall wau (a kite originating from the Malaysian state of Kelantan), a stage area formed by a 12-metre-wide sampan and decorated arches standing at 13-meters and 9-metres tall.[caption id="attachment_26272" align="alignnone" width="991"] A 4.4-metre-tall wau, a kite originating from the Malaysian state of Kelantan (Image Credit: Hari Raya Light-Up 2017 Organising Committee)[/caption]
This year’s light-up stretches over 2.25km, spanning Sims Avenue and Changi Road, and comprises 900,000 LED lights!
This year’s Hari Raya Light-Up will see the addition of a new, temporary exhibition. Housed in a structure modelled after the weaves of a ketupat, the exhibition serves to educate the public about the history of Hari Raya and of the Geylang Serai area.
Geylang Serai Bazaar[caption id="attachment_26266" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Image Credit: SCAPE*[/caption]
The Geylang Serai Bazaar is returning with more than 1,000 makeshift stalls selling both traditional and fusion snacks. Happening from 25 May to 24 June, look out for “poke bowls”, candy floss burritos and “rainbow planet” ice-cream buns.[caption id="attachment_26265" align="alignnone" width="618"] Candy Floss Burritos[/caption]
The annual bazaar spans Geylang Serai market, Joo Chiat Complex and Haig Road. Cultural performances are set to take place every weekend near Kampong Kembangan Community Club. For cultural buffs, catch free screenings of P Ramlee’s films on the big screen.
If you’re a Singaporean (or foreigner) who is keen on getting their hands on some delicious eats, head on down to the Hari Raya Light-Up. Our advice? Bring that portable fan and lots of cash!
Hari Raya Light-Up
Where: Around Sims Avenue and Changi Road
When: May 20 – Jul 7
Geylang Serai Bazaar
Where: Geylang Serai Market, Joo Chiat Complex and Haig Road
When: 25 May – 24 June
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For The Budget Singaporean: 6 Best Spots To Get Christmas Decorations On The Cheap!
With Christmas around the corner, it is inevitable to overspend during this festive period. What’s more with Christmas shopping and scrumptious festive food. Hoping to save a few bucks while decorating your humble abode? Fret not, DiscoverSG has collated a list of 6 places where you can get cheap Christmas decorations without burning a hole in your pocket!
1. Juz My Party by Yeo GM Trading
Previously nestled in Rochor Centre, this decorations specialist has since shifted to Upper Cross Street 4 months ago, injecting the Christmas spirit to that row of shophouses.[caption id="attachment_19706" align="aligncenter" width="2816"] Credit: Goh Jia Xuan[/caption] [caption id="attachment_19890" align="aligncenter" width="2816"] Credit: Goh Jia Xuan[/caption]
With baubles going as low as $3 per packet of 6 and tinsels retailing at $3.80 each, you could have your ideal Christmas set up without breaking the bank.[caption id="attachment_19707" align="aligncenter" width="2816"] Credit: Goh Jia Xuan[/caption]
In addition, a spending of $200 and above will entitle you to a free home delivery. You won’t have to worry about transporting that tall and heavy Christmas tree you’ve been eyeing![caption id="attachment_19708" align="aligncenter" width="2816"] Credit: Goh Jia Xuan[/caption] [caption id="attachment_19891" align="aligncenter" width="2816"] Credit: Goh Jia Xuan[/caption]
If you have any questions, the staff will be more than happy to share with you their knowledge. You’ll be a step close to injecting your home with that Christmassy spirit.
Juz My Party by Yeo GM Trading
Address: 46 Upper Cross Street, #01-02A, The Platinum, Singapore 058345
Operating hours: Monday – Saturday, 10am – 8pm; Sunday and Public holidays, 10am – 5pm
Website: Credit: Goh Jia Xuan[/caption]
If you ever want to experience the Christmas spirit in sunny Singapore, you should head here. This warehouse with good but cheap Christmas decorations is a cross between a shop and a Christmas Wonderland.[caption id="attachment_19715" align="aligncenter" width="2816"] Credit: Goh Jia Xuan[/caption] [caption id="attachment_19893" align="aligncenter" width="2816"] Credit: Goh Jia Xuan[/caption]
With a history of 84 years, the shop has remained in its location at the edge of Geylang Road since the beginning. The classic red brick walls and the icy cold blast in the store carry the ambience of a traditionally decorated Christmas home.[caption id="attachment_19716" align="aligncenter" width="2816"] Credit: Goh Jia Xuan[/caption]
Packages of 6 baubles here range from 4 packages for $10 to $8 per package. Smaller ornaments can be found in the red baskets, going for as low as 5 pieces for $10.[caption id="attachment_19717" align="aligncenter" width="2816"] Credit: Goh Jia Xuan[/caption]
They also stock other Christmas goods such as Christmas crackers, which is priced at $15 per box.
As the shop is warehouse style, be prepared to purchase in bulk. So round up your friends and family before coming down!
Heng Yak Henry Christmas Wholesaler Jing Yuan (Sin & Cn) Trading
Address: 734 Geylang Road, Singapore 389645
Operating hours: Opens from October to December. Monday, Noon – 8pm; Tuesday – Sunday, 10am – 8pm
3. Spotlight[caption id="attachment_19709" align="aligncenter" width="2816"] Credit: Goh Jia Xuan[/caption]
With only one store in Plaza Singapura, Spotlight from Australia is the go-to store for everything. It carries a diverse range of items, from crafts items to bedsheets, all at a bargain price.[caption id="attachment_19710" align="aligncenter" width="2816"] Credit: Goh Jia Xuan[/caption]
Not forgetting cheap Christmas decorations, Spotlight is now offering up to 50% off for them! Expect tinsels retailing at $3.50 each, and baubles (1 set contains 9 baubles) going at $1.99 per set.[caption id="attachment_19894" align="aligncenter" width="2816"] Credit: Goh Jia Xuan[/caption] [caption id="attachment_19711" align="aligncenter" width="2816"] Credit: Goh Jia Xuan[/caption]
This adorable tray of gingerbreads is priced at $5 after the 50% discount![caption id="attachment_19712" align="aligncenter" width="2816"] Credit: Goh Jia Xuan[/caption]
Also, you can find all their Christmas decorations at Snowy Splendour, an exhibition of Christmas goods by Plaza Singapura on level one. Expect to find Christmas cookies, toys, ornaments, toiletry sets and gifts by brands such as Marks & Spencer, Hamleys, and Cold Storage.[caption id="attachment_19895" align="aligncenter" width="2816"] Credit: Goh Jia Xuan[/caption]
Address: Plaza Singapura, Level 5, Unit number 05-11 to 19, Singapore 1 238839
Operating hours: Daily from 10am – 10pm
Address: Plaza Singapura, Front Plaza, Level 1
Operating hours: From 6 to 25 December 2016, 11am – 9pm
Website: Credit: Goh Jia Xuan[/caption]
For those staying in the west, you do not have to travel far to enjoy cheap Christmas decorations. Big Box, a megastore that opened in 2014, is home to a plethora of lifestyle products and services at affordable prices.[caption id="attachment_19898" align="aligncenter" width="2816"] Credit: Goh Jia Xuan[/caption]
Located at the Atrium, level 2, you can find an array of Christmas ornaments and gifts.[caption id="attachment_19719" align="aligncenter" width="2816"] Credit: Goh Jia Xuan[/caption]
The boxes surrounding the Christmas tree contain ornaments within the price range of $2 to $2.50. Sets of baubles are going for $9.90 each. Also, tinsels are retailing at $3.90 each![caption id="attachment_19900" align="aligncenter" width="2816"] Credit: Goh Jia Xuan[/caption] [caption id="attachment_19720" align="aligncenter" width="2816"] Credit: Goh Jia Xuan[/caption]
Big Box also stocks miniature Christmas trees going at $4.90 each. You can purchase the dark green one for a traditional feel, or opt for the light blue for a frosty Christmas.[caption id="attachment_19721" align="aligncenter" width="2816"] Credit: Goh Jia Xuan[/caption]
In addition, there is a buy 1 free 1 sale for some designs now, so pop by if you would like to buy some cheap Christmas decorations that feel and look luxe.[caption id="attachment_19899" align="aligncenter" width="2816"] Credit: Goh Jia Xuan[/caption]
Address: 1 Venture Avenue, Singapore 608521 (Next to Jurong East MRT Station)
Operating hours: Monday – Friday, 11am – 10pm; Saturday – Sunday, 10am – 10pm
Website: Credit: Goh Jia Xuan[/caption]
Be prepared to find Giant’s own range of presentable and cheap Christmas decorations![caption id="attachment_19723" align="aligncenter" width="2816"] Credit: Goh Jia Xuan[/caption] [caption id="attachment_19902" align="aligncenter" width="2816"] Credit: Goh Jia Xuan[/caption]
24 pieces of Giant’s Christmas baubles are only going at $3.90 per set, while wreathes retail at $16.90 (small) and $19.90 (large).[caption id="attachment_19724" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Credit: Goh Jia Xuan[/caption]
Items in lanes of ornaments are going at as low as $2.90 each.[caption id="attachment_19725" align="aligncenter" width="2816"] Credit: Goh Jia Xuan[/caption]
Display a snowflake globe ($4.90 each) on your desk for some festive spirit![caption id="attachment_19904" align="aligncenter" width="2816"] Credit: Goh Jia Xuan[/caption]
Click here for location information on the Giant Hypermarkets and their operating hours.
6. IKEA[caption id="attachment_19907" align="aligncenter" width="1600"] Credit: Gravity Home[/caption]
Oh who can forget the nation’s favourite furniture store? Hailing from Sweden, IKEA not only sells affordable furniture, but also pretty and cheap Christmas decorations.[caption id="attachment_19909" align="aligncenter" width="2816"] Credit: Goh Jia Xuan[/caption]
Expect baubles to be sold from $14.90 to $19.90, with an assortment of classic colours such as navy blue, maroon, gold, and silver.[caption id="attachment_19910" align="aligncenter" width="2816"] Credit: Goh Jia Xuan[/caption]
Fancy unconventional Christmas decorations? Take your pick amongst the artificial miniature plants, with white Christmas trees going at $19.90, and potted flowers at $4.90 each.[caption id="attachment_19911" align="aligncenter" width="2816"] Credit: Goh Jia Xuan[/caption]
Or if you would like to have your star dangling from the ceiling instead of being perched on your tree, this star shaped light is going at a mere $5.90![caption id="attachment_19912" align="aligncenter" width="2816"] Credit: Goh Jia Xuan[/caption]
There is also a wide range of LED lightings, so you can express your creativity with your Christmas decorations.[caption id="attachment_19913" align="aligncenter" width="2816"] Credit: Goh Jia Xuan[/caption]
Forget the usual Christmas wreaths; unleash your creativity and use baubles instead![caption id="attachment_19908" align="aligncenter" width="798"] Credit: Gravity Home[/caption]
Address: Alexandra – 317 Alexandra Road, Singapore 159965; Tampines – 60 Tampines North Drive 2, Singapore 528764
Operating hours: Daily 10am – 11pm
Don’t hold back from that fabulous outfit you have been eyeing for a Christmas party or the perfect present for your loved one. With tens of dollars saved here and there while shopping at these places selling beautiful but cheap Christmas decorations – you will be able to splurge on other desires!
Armed with this list, you will have an equally magical Christmas, with your wallets feeling only a tad lighter.
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Dessert Buffets In Singapore: So You Can Gorge On Ice Cream, Cakes & Chocolate!
If you thought that normal buffets were sinful then well, you might want to rethink that thought. In this list, we’ll present you dessert buffets in Singapore because we know everyone loves desserts. We always somehow have space for dessert, no matter how full we are, no?
1. Club 55’s Cheese and Chocolate Buffet
Can’t decide between the sweet and the savoury?[caption id="attachment_18262" align="alignnone" width="3000"] Image Credit: Club 55[/caption]
Imagine this: Chocolate, your very best friend, is getting married to his total opposite, Cheese. You’re quite weird-ed out by the idea but attend the wedding anyway. Club 55’s Cheese and Chocolate Buffet is a brand new experience for all who love chocolate and cheese, but have never tried them together.[caption id="attachment_19485" align="aligncenter" width="3000"] Image Credit: Club 55[/caption]
With more than 40 chocolate themed desserts and 12 types of cheeses, this buffet will be a symphony of flavours.
Try pairing your cheeses and chocolates together to taste something you’ve never experienced before. Think milk chocolate and blue cheese cream as suggested by Club 55.
Address: 10 Bayfront Avenue, Level 55, Hotel Tower 2, 018956
Price: $48++ per person (Additional $19++ or $28++ for three glasses of wine)
Tel: 6688 8858
Daily, 8:00pm – 12:00am
2. The Courtyard’s Chocolate Buffet
If you’ve ever wanted to be Augustus Gloop from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, this is your chance.[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="800"] Image Credit: HungryGoWhere[/caption]
After trying out The Courtyard’s Chocolate Buffet, you might never want to settle for just a regular bar of chocolate ever again.
Indulge in a variety of chocolate themed desserts from pralines (3 kinds), tarts, crepes, souffles, and cakes for an all out chocolate pig out.[caption id="attachment_19484" align="aligncenter" width="612"] Credit: openrice.com[/caption]
If you’re feeling a little brave, try their different mousses and crème brûlée. Think wasabi chocolate mousse and crème brûlées without the burnt sugar top, and you’ll get what we mean by needing a bit of bravery. Yes, we know how weird it sounds.
The portions here tend to be bigger so if you’re planning to try everything, pace yourself.
Not feeling enough of the chocolate love? The buffet also offers chocolate drinks that come in the 2 main flavours with 8 different variations of white and dark chocolate.
Address: 1 Fullerton Square, Singapore 049178
Price: $42++ (festive period), $38++ (non-festive period)
Tel: +656877 8129
Day: Friday and Saturday only, 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m
3. Swensen’s Ice Cream and Dessert Buffet
The much loved classic dessert buffet.[caption id="attachment_19159" align="alignnone" width="800"] Image Credit: IEatandEat[/caption]
Ask anyone for a place where you can find a decent dessert buffet and you’ll probably be steered in this direction.
Now it’s pretty obvious why Swensen’s Ice Cream and Dessert buffet is particularly popular; it is home to 50 flavours of ice cream. Think that’s impressive? Think again.
It has 40 toppings; syrups, nuts, marshmallows, and cereal to name a few, for you to shower your preferred dessert with.[caption id="attachment_19160" align="alignnone" width="480"] Image Credit: Beverly’s Net[/caption]
If ice cream isn’t enough to satisfy your sweet tooth, other delectable treats like cakes, a chocolate and white chocolate fountain, along with other pastries are also available.
Swensen’s ice cream and dessert buffet
À la carte buffet:
Adult: $19.90 (weekdays)/ $20.90 (weekends)
With food orders excluding soup, sides and salads:
Adult: $13.90 (weekdays) / $14.90 (weekends)
Tel: 6884 5967
4. Lick (Little Ice Cream Kafé)
All-you-can eat ice cream buffet on Fridays? TGIF indeed![caption id="attachment_19345" align="alignnone" width="1600"] Image Credit: A Spoonful of Soul[/caption]
To all ice cream lovers, you’re going to want to add Lick (Little Ice Cream Kafé) to your list of dessert buffets to try. You might be thinking: “Huh, ice cream only? What kind of dessert buffet is this?” Well, with 40 unique flavours (25 will be available at their counter) and more toppings than you can count, Lick is definitely be a strong contender in our best dessert buffets list. It even has free wifi. Score!
All ice cream at Lick are made daily from scratch to ensure you get the best quality. If you’re craving for local delights, try their D24 or Mao Shan Wang durian (or both!), Kaya Toast, Horlicks and Teh Tarik flavours.
Want something a bit more out-of-the-box? Give yourself a treat with creative flavours like Ginger Bread Man, Popping Candy Yogurt, Avocado and even Cucumber Yogurt.
Address: 258 Tanjong Katong Road, Singapore 437046
Price: $15 ++
Fridays only, 2pm – 4pm and 6pm-8pm
Are you drooling? Because we certainly are. Let’s all admit it, dessert is our favourite part of any meal and we somehow always have space for it no matter how full we are. So, why not go for some of these dessert buffets and make them your entire meal instead? Trust us, you won’t regret it.[caption id="attachment_19356" align="alignnone" width="500"] Image Credit: Imgflip[/caption]
Header Image Credit: fullertonhotels.com
Also, read 10 Crazy & Unusual Ice Cream Flavours You Would Have Never Dreamed Of!
What If We Told You, You’ve Been Choosing Your Christmas Gifts Wrong All Along?
Let’s be honest, while we Singaporeans love Christmas (the lights, the food, the endless parties and get-togethers!), picking out the perfect gifts for family and friends can be pretty tough.
We can readily admit that pinning down that unique, extra special and thoughtful gift for a loved one is no easy feat.
Chances are, after hours of searching and walking up and down Orchard Road, you would have settled for the typical gift sets, hampers and bags of sweet treats to give out to family, friends and colleagues (don’t even try to deny it)![caption id="attachment_19318" align="alignnone" width="1024"] the Nail Social for a relaxing spa day. Located along Haji Lane, this nail spa offers up manicures and pedicures for ladies and gents!
Using only products that are non-toxic, eco-friendly, fair-trade and/or cruelty-free, the Nail Social is also a socially-conscious salon that trains and employ underprivileged women, who often face a higher barrier to employment. The Nail Social in partnership with The Pink Room International Nail Academy co- sponsor Professional Manicurist Courses, which beneficiaries undergo enabling them to pick up skills of the trade.
Nail Social is probably one of the most comfortable nail spas around, with personal iPads loaded with movies and complimentary glasses of wine on weekends, guests are definitely in for a treat. The best news? Nail Spa can also play host to your bridal showers and intimate get-togethers!
The Nail Social
42A Haji Lane (2nd Floor), S189235
Opening Hours: Weekdays 11am – 9pm; Weekends 10am – 8pm
Contact: Phone +65 6717 3221 ; Whatsapp +65 8145 5226
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Founded by a group of local Singaporeans who were keen to overthrow the idea that Singapore is boring, Geylang Adventures strives to explore the different dimensions of Geylang while creating a more harmonious and welcoming society for all.
During the Geylang Adventures Trail, guests will get to explore the winding lorongs and back alleys and experience firsthand the eco-system that forms the backbone of Geylang. Intertwining stories of childhood adventures and interactions with the people who spend their days and nights in Geylang, the Geylang Adventures Trail hopes to break down barriers and open our eyes to a different side of this historic neighbourhood.[caption id="attachment_19275" align="alignnone" width="960"] Geylang Adventures
Geylang Adventures Trail
Daily, 7pm – 10pm
Weekdays: $35, Weekends: $40
Contact: [email protected]
3. Enjoy A Tranquil Moment @ Hush TeaBar[caption id="attachment_19276" align="alignnone" width="955"] 4. Coffee Appreciation Courses @ Bettr Barista Coffee Academy [caption id="attachment_19278" align="alignnone" width="1024"] DBS[/caption]
Not just a place to learn to appreciate coffee blends (not to mention unleash your inner hipster), Bettr Barista also trains women and at-risk youth to be baristas. A firm believer in holistic well-being, they also offer emotional development and physical skills training.
For more information on Bettr Barista Coffee Academy:
Bettr Barista Coffee Academy
37 Mactaggart Road, #07-03, S368083
Opening Hours: Weekdays 10.30am – 5pm; Saturday 10.30am – 2pm; Sunday Closed
Contact: +65 6509 0113
5. Learn How To Whip Local Delicacies @ Food Playground[caption id="attachment_19280" align="alignnone" width="550"] Food Playground[/caption]
Learning to cook is a skill most of us sorely lack (no, instant noodles don’t count!), but fortunately, there are cooking schools here in Singapore where we can pick up some culinary skills!
Food Playground offers three-hour long cooking classes where participants can have a go at whipping up local favorites such as Nasi Lemak, Chicken Rice and Laksa![caption id="attachment_19281" align="alignnone" width="459"] have a festive meal for a good cause at these restaurants that give back!
For more information of Food Playground: https://www.foodplayground.com.sg/
24A Sago St, S059020
6. Dine In The Dark @ Dialogue In The Dark[caption id="attachment_19282" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Dialogue In the Dark[/caption]
Looking for a unique experience like no other? Dialogue In The Dark may just have what you’re looking for!
Located at Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Dialogue In The Dark enables local Singaporeans to “learn to see in the darkness”. Guests will go through a guided one-hour long tour, where they will walk around a typical housing estate, and later sail down the Singapore River – experiencing everyday environments that are vastly different without the gift of sight.
If you’re looking for something a bit more intimate, Dialogue In The Dark also features Lunch in the Dark.
Guests will have a chance to experience a full course meal in complete darkness. Relying on other senses such as sound and touch, guests are encouraged to communicate, and help each other ease their fears and apprehension throughout the experience – perfect for that friend who’s keen on trying out something truly unique![caption id="attachment_19283" align="alignnone" width="1024"] SG Socially Conscious[/caption]
Most of us have tried our hand at picking up a new language. Let’s be honest – most, if not all of us, know a handful words from another language (the perks of being born in Singapore!), but picking up a new language using just your hands is a whole new experience.
At Extraordinary Horizons, participants would be able to pick up basic Sign Language. If you’re keen on delving deeper into how the deaf communities live their daily lives, Extraordinary Horizons offers customizable workshops where you can experience music, dance and song appreciation for the deaf![caption id="attachment_19285" align="alignnone" width="720"] Singapore Sign Language Club[/caption]
Extraordinary Horizons strives to promote deaf awareness through their sign language courses, workshops and outreach programs. EO Horizons also features performances by those dabbling in the deaf performing arts scene in Singapore, and helps the disadvantaged gain self-confidence as well as attain life skills and knowledge!
Entrepreneurs with Disabilities
3 Coleman St, #04-04, S179804
Scape Co Ltd
2 Orchard Link, #04-01, S23797
Contact: [email protected][caption id="attachment_19286" align="alignnone" width="500"] Family Christmas[/caption]
Let’s be honest, most of us can’t use that many bath and beauty products at any one time. So this year, instead of popping by a store for those yearly gift boxes head down to any of these 7 local social enterprises and have a unique Christmas experience!
Feeling inspired? Check out this list of fun events that give back this festive season.
If you’re looking to make your Christmas one that really counts, check out Asia For Good’s socially conscious gift guides and hacks for a merrier Christmas!
(feature image: Reignite The Magic Of Christmas On Orchard Road With ION’s Tiffany & Co. Xmas Tree!
One Kind House: The Modern Kampung That Serves Homely Food
Singapore’s kampung days might be long gone, but there’s a hole in the wall establishment in heritage-rich East Coast that is hell bent on preserving our unique culture. Enter One Kind House, a modern, 60’s inspired kampung with an eclectic touch.
They’re open for food and drinks from Tuesday to Sunday, 8am – 5pm – but One Kind House is more of a community than an eatery.
One Kind House: Decor
The house is thoughtfully littered with art in the form of paintings on the walls, down to the bathroom sink. The art is by their family member, Ng Yak Whee, who is quite a famous Singapore painter.
Greenery at One Kind House
Plants line the entrance of the house and the dining area; and an urban farm fills the backyard.
Of course, no hipster spot is complete without freshly brewed refreshments. Blue Collar Collaborative has moved into One Kind House to serve up hot and cold brew coffee and tea – think cold blue pea flower tea with lemon grass.
One Kind House: The Story
One Kind House was born out of nostalgia.
The owner’s son, Calvin Soh, explained that during kampung days, families were able to reach out to their neighbours to borrow ingredients, or invite them over for food if they had overcooked.
Kampung life was open and communal, unlike the closed-door mentality we have adopted today. Calvin and his family wanted to replicate just that.
Mommy Soh is the head chef and owner of the house.
Her plat du jour differs day by day, but one thing is consistent – she uses only the freshest, cleanest ingredients from her urban farm.
Another constant on the menu: Mommy Soh’s signature duck egg kaya toast, mostly served during breakfast. Her other farm-to-table creations include fish laksa, mee siam with prawn sambal, ulam vermicelli – just to name a handful.
She cooks some of these dishes over a traditional charcoal stove, so the flavours are top-notch!
Because the idea of One Kind House is less of a business and more of a community, all of Mommy Soh’s creations are while stocks last (if the food runs out but you ask Mommy Soh nicely for more, she would whip up something nice for you).
One Kind Family is a space for friendly neighbours and guests who are open to learning from both young and old.
The Soh family, and of course, guests from all walks of life who pop by One Kind House for meals and refreshments, have a wealth of knowledge to share. So come for the kaya, and stay for the conversations.
One Kind House
Location: 136b Lorong J Telok Kurau Road
Facebook page here
Picture credits: One Kind House
Also, read Lovers Of Old School Snacks, Here Are The Very Best Places For Your Nonya Kueh Fix!
6 Kid-Friendly Eateries Perfect For Parents Who Want To FINALLY Enjoy Their Meals!
Mealtimes can sometimes be a battlefield especially when taking your young ones out to restaurants. For a quiet (and calm) mealtime when dining out, check out these 6 awesome family friendly restaurants with tons of stuff to keep your little ones occupied!
Cool de Sac
This massive entertainment center for kids is a child’s heaven like no other.
Located at Suntec City Mall, Cool de Sac is one of the best family friendly restaurants around.
It has more than enough educational play stations to keep your child entertained for the entire day![caption id="attachment_15703" align="aligncenter" width="920"] Credit: #02-379/80, Singapore 038983
Tel: 6337 0205
Email: [email protected]
Opening Hours: Sun – Thu, 10am to 8pm; Fri – Sat, 10am to 10am
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Take your kid outdoors. They can run about while you enjoy a picnic-style and alfresco dining.
All complete with a huge bouncy castle on weekends, only at Café Melba.
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There is a special menu for your kids, with well-portioned all-time favourite dishes such as Fish & Chips.
Furthermore, with a wide selection of milkshakes to choose from, rest time is almost as fun as play time!
Café Melba Right here at Slappy Cakes, the rule of do not play with your food! does not exist. This one-of-a-kind dining experience allows your kids (and yes, adults as well) to literally play with their food! Credit: Mitzo Restaurant & Bar
One of the most family friendly restaurants for yum cha in town, Mitzo Restaurant & Bar is a dining establishment to consider! [caption id="attachment_15743" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Credit: Grab Them Buddies! 7 Places Where We Can Have Fun Like Kids During PE!
Address: 90 Goodman Road, Block N #01-56, Goodman Arts Centre, Singapore 439053
Tel: 6440 6068
Email: [email protected]
Opening Hours: Mon – Fri, 10am to 10pm; Sat – Sun & PH, 8.30am to 10pm
Credit: Slappy Cakes
Right here at Slappy Cakes, the rule of do not play with your food! does not exist.
This one-of-a-kind dining experience allows your kids (and yes, adults as well) to literally play with their food!
Credit: Mitzo Restaurant & Bar
One of the most family friendly restaurants for yum cha in town, Mitzo Restaurant & Bar is a dining establishment to consider! [caption id="attachment_15743" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Credit: Grab Them Buddies! 7 Places Where We Can Have Fun Like Kids During PE!
One of the most family friendly restaurants for yum cha in town, Mitzo Restaurant & Bar is a dining establishment to consider!
[caption id="attachment_15743" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Credit: Grab Them Buddies! 7 Places Where We Can Have Fun Like Kids During PE!
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[caption id="attachment_15315" align="alignnone" width="1000"] SG Hotels[/caption] [caption id="attachment_15313" align="alignnone" width="840"]
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[caption id="attachment_15281" align="alignnone" width="840"]
238 Joo Chiat Road, S427495
Email :[email protected]
Contact :+65 6344 3131
Reservation :+65 6342 0991
4. Hotel 81 Hollywood[caption id="attachment_15278" align="alignnone" width="700"]
61 Lorong 8 Geylang, S399121
Email: [email protected]
Contact: (65) 6383 8181
5.Harbour Ville Hotel[caption id="attachment_15288" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Hotel.com[/caption]
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
Superior Twin: $87.17
22 Teck Lim Road, Chinatown, S088392
Email: [email protected]
Contact: (+65) 6225 5565
7.Arton Boutique Hotel[caption id="attachment_15301" align="alignnone" width="840"] Booking.com[/caption] [caption id="attachment_15300" align="alignnone" width="1000"]
176 Tyrwhitt Rd, S207576
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!