This Shop In Outram Sells Customised ‘Kim Zua’ Handmade By A 65-Year-Old Uncle

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It’s that time of the year again. The strong smell of smoke fills the air which indicates the beginning of the Hungry Ghost Festival.

We’re quite the superstitious lot. From lucky numbers and urban legends to sticking to a few rules for Hungry Ghost month, we love indulging in the unexplained.

For the unacquainted, the Hungry Ghost Festival (also known as 7th month) is in full force, which is also the time when getai and kim zua companies enjoy their peak sales.

But just like many traditions, the practice of burning kim zua is slowly fading away and no longer practiced by the younger generation unless reminded by their older relatives.

However, this hasn’t stopped 65-year old Li Yao An who has been making and selling religious paper offerings at his shop for almost 40 years.

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A Dying Trade

Nestled within a housing estate in Jalan Minyak, Li Yao An runs Yew Chye Religious Goods Trading. In this old neighbourhood, the only notable sign of activity is a small coffee shop beside it – its yellowed walls and chipped paint stand as a testament to its age.

He prides himself on making his own paper offerings by hand, unlike others who’d import the kim zua instead. Having being in the business since the 1970s, Li is a master craftsman in this traditional trade.

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As I walked to the entrance, Mr Li looked up at me as he sat on on a stool working and flashed me his widest smile. He welcomed me with a question: “Were you the one that called me yesterday?”

Humble Beginnings

Prior to joining this business, Mr Li previously worked a multitude of odd jobs, ranging from a plumber to an electrician.

“I started doing this not out of choice. But because I’m not educated. It’s a skill I picked up from a guy in Chinatown”, he exclaimed as he moved about his workspace, stripping and bending bamboo which I then realised was used to make the skeleton for a paper effigy.

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Mr Li starts his day as early as 4/5am and knocks off at 9pm everyday.

“I have a responsibility to my customers. I open everyday, 7 days a week. Because I agreed to take the business, so I open everyday to work”, he added.

Despite the long hours at work, one can tell how happy and passionate he is when it comes to crafting his own paper offerings by hand. He complained that it was back-breaking work but also added that he could not imagine doing anything else besides what he’s doing now.

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As we began talking about his works from the past, his eyes widened and immediately got out of his seat to reach out for an old photo album that was stored within his stack of paper and brochures – an organised mess they say.

Just like a proud father, he said: “These are some of my favourite works!”

He flipped through the album and told us more about each photo.

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“The most expensive one I’ve made was 13 golf club replicas. This man brought 13 golf clubs to me, and asked me to make replicas of all 13.”

Mr Li typically takes a few weeks to a month to finish each order as it involves a lot of thought for the creation process . However, if the end product isn’t satisfactory, he will redo the entire process because he believes that it’s his responsibility to deliver proper kimzuas to honor the dead.

Traditional Materials And Methods

40 years have passed but Mr Li still uses traditional method and materials from when he first learnt the trade. For instance, he has kept the type of paper consistent over the years. He also makes his own glue from rice flour as it is cheaper and saves him time from going out to buy whenever he runs out.

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Mr Li also recycles the flyers he receives to make shoes for the dolls.

“Come I show you how to make. Very easy one!”

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A 40 Year Old Journey

Much has changed over the years. Traditional kim zua includes houses and servants, while the more modern offerings include iPads, laptops, Rolex watches, and even treadmills.

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“Uncle ah, then after this, who taking over your business?”

He paused momentarily and chuckled, “Not everybody can do what I do.”

“Nobody to pass it down to because nobody else knows or wants to learn how to do what I do.

Despite the rise of online stores that sells kim zua such as and, Mr Li shared that he still has plenty of customers coming to him requesting for his service as “nobody else does what I do”.

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Making paper offerings is not just a livelihood to him. It’s an art that he believes will die with him someday.

“I will do this for as long as I am able to walk and work, until the day it’s time for me to sleep”, he smiled to himself.

Yew Chye Religious Goods Trading
Address: 5 Jalan Minyak, #01-330, Singapore 161005
Contact No.: 6734 3389

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10 Michelin Bib Gourmand Eateries Actually Worth Visiting, According To S’poreans

The list of restaurants that have been awarded the Michelin Bib Gourmand in 2018 has been released.

Not to be confused with the Michelin Star, the Bib Gourmand is awarded to eateries that serve really good food below a maximum price determined by local economic standards. For Singapore, the maximum is $45.

And this year, there are 17 new additions to the Bib Gourmand list.

However, with so many eateries on the 50-strong list, how many are ACTUALLY worth visiting?

After all, food preference is subjective. So we’ve sieved through the list of 50 to pick out our 10 favourites.

Here we go.

Ah Er Soup

If you love soup like I do, then this is it.

I’ve seen many shops with the sign “老火汤”, which translates into “Old Fire Soup”, but I’ve never come across one with accolades like the Bib Gourmand.

Ah Er Soup serves up various herbal soups with offerings such as Lotus Root Soup and Watercress Soup and even their own version of Buddha Jumps Over The Wall.

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Every order of soup comes with white or pumpkin rice. And the best part is, the prices are incredibly affordable, between $3.50 to $6.50.

Ah Er Soup
 6 Jalan Bukit Merah, ABC Brickworks Market & Food Centre #01-143, Singapore 618642
Opening Hours: Daily: 11am – 9pm

Alliance Seafood

Alliance Seafood blends into the sea of tze char stalls at Newton Food Centre very easily mainly because it looks like a generic stall.

It doesn’t really look any different from a regular tze char stall.

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Like any tze char stall, the available dishes are quite standard. You can expect Chilli Crab, Black Pepper Crab, Fried Rice, Cereal Prawn, BBQ Stingray, Sambal Kangkong, and more.

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Seats are hard to find due to the crowd here, so come early with a tissue packet for the chope.

Alliance Seafood
Address: Newton Food Centre, 501 Clemenceau Avenue North #01-27, Singapore 229495
Opening Hours: Thu – Tue: 1pm – 12am, Wed: Closed

Chey Sua Carrot Cake

Don’t expect to find the sweet, dark carrot cake here because Chey Sua Carrot Cake only serves the savoury, white carrot cake.

The carrot cake here is homemade from scratch, unlike most carrot cake stalls nowadays who prefer to use machine-processed carrot cake chunks.

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The cooking method is also slightly different. While most carrot cake hawkers pan-fry the carrot cake chunks first before cracking and adding the eggs later, Chey Sua Carrot Cake mixes the carrot cake chunks in beaten egg mixture before pouring it on to the pan to fry.

The result is a carrot cake that resembles a pancake. Flat with each carrot cake chunk evenly coated in egg mixture.

Need your carrot cake fix? Be prepared for a wait. Especially now that they’ve received their Bib Gourmand accolade.

Chey Sua Carrot Cake
Address: Blk 127 Toa Payoh West Market & Food Centre Lorong 1 #02-30, Singapore 310127
Opening Hours: 
Tue – Sun: 6am – 1pm, Mon: Closed

Hoo Kee Bak Chang

Hoo Kee Bak Chang is known to be Singapore’s best bak chang (rice dumpling).

If you love salted egg, then you’ll love this too. They’re known for their Salted Egg with Chestnut Bak Chang – a traditional bak chang with the addition of salted egg yolk.

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The bak changs are priced from $2.80 to $3.60 and each one is handmade.

If you know your bak chang, then you have to try this because there’s no better bak chang than this.

Hoo Kee Bak Chang
7 Maxwell Road, Amoy Street Food Centre #01-18, Singapore 069111
Opening Hours: Mon – Sat: 11am – 3pm, Sun: Closed
Contact no.: 6221 1155

Address: Blk 161 Bukit Merah Central #01-3735, Singapore 150161
Contact no.: 6222 7866
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There are other sides to order as well, such as various boiled soups and blanched vegetables with oyster sauce.

Because of the long waiting times, there’s the option to call ahead to place your orders so piping hot claypot rice will be ready when you arrive.

Lian He Ben Ji Claypot Rice
335 Smith Street, Chinatown Complex #02-198/199, Singapore 050335
Opening Hours: Fri – Wed: 4.30pm – 10pm, Tue: Closed
Contact no.: 6227 2470

Na Na Homemade Curry

I remember there was a stall in Bukit Panjang Plaza’s Kopitiam that sold really good Chinese-style curry.

I love Chinese-style curry. It is usually spicier and comes paired with either white rice or baguette.

This is what you’ll find at Na Na Homemade Curry. They serve a variety of Chinese-style curries, with options such as Curry Chicken ($3), Curry Vegetable ($3), Curry Fish Head, and even Curry Mutton ($4) and Curry Pork Ribs ($4).

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Order yours with a side of white rice or toasted baguette slices because you’ll definitely need a buffer for the incoming spice hit.

Na Na Homemade Curry
Address: 115 Bukit Merah View, Singapore 151115
Opening Hours: Mon – Sat: 11am – 7pm, Sun: Closed
Contact no.: 9106 4316

Outram Park Fried Kway Teow Mee

Outram Park Fried Kway Teow Mee always has a long queue, but don’t worry, it clears pretty quickly because every plate is cooked and served with surprising speed.

Even though it says “Kway Teow Mee” in the name, what they serve here is basically Char Kway Teow. However, the version here isn’t as oily as the ones you’d find elsewhere, with plenty of egg, lard, beansprouts, and cockles.

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They’re also not heavy-handed with their dark soy sauce so the Char Kway Teow is more savoury than sweet.

You can order the spicy version and your order will be fried with chilli instead of the typical scoop of chilli on the side.

This is probably the best Char Kway Teow you can find in Singapore at the moment.

Outram Park Fried Kway Teow Mee
#02-18 Hong Lim Market & Food Centre, 531A Upper Cross Street, Singapore 051531
Opening Hours: Daily: 7am – 9pm

Sin Kee Famous Cantonese Chicken Rice

Chicken rice is probably Singapore’s most iconic dish. Everyone can learn to cook chicken rice, but few can make GOOD chicken rice.

However, that’s what Sin Kee Famous Cantonese Chicken Rice has managed to achieve. The chicken is tender and full of flavour, so no complaints there. The chicken rice, however, could do with a stronger flavour.

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At this point it just seems like white rice flavoured with a bit of chicken stock and is a little mild. I prefer the chicken rice to be full of flavour.

And now the aspect of chicken rice that can make or break the dish, the chilli. Once again, flawless execution. Spicy with a hit of tanginess, thanks to the lime and vinegar.

You want good chicken rice? This is where you should be going.

Sin Kee Famous Cantonese Chicken Rice
Address: Blk 40 Holland Drive, Singapore 270040
Opening Hours: Tue – Sun: 11am – 8pm, Mon: Closed

Shi Hui Yuan Hor Fun Specialty

Ipoh Hor Fun is a magical dish. It’s neither kway teow or hor fun. It just toes the line between the 2 and is so simple yet delicious.

The ones served at Shi Hui Yuan come with either duck, chicken, braised spare ribs, or a mixture of all 3.

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The recommended one is the Blissful Combination ($5), which has braised shiitake mushrooms, roast duck and chicken slices, as well as braised spare ribs.

A worthy mention is the sauce that they pour over the hor fun. It’s a magical concoction of the braising liquid of the mushrooms, spare ribs, and chicken.

The biggest problem you’ll encounter here is finishing your hor fun before you can finish the sauce.

Shi Hui Yuan Hor Fun Specialty
Address: 159 Mei Chin Road, Mei Ling Market & Food Centre #02-33, Singapore 140159
Opening Hours: Wed – Sun: 7.30am – 2pm, Mon – Tue: Closed

Zai Shun Curry Fish Head

Zai Shun Curry Fish Head looks just like a regular cai fan stall albeit slightly more upscale, with their rather impressive display shelves for the dishes.

While their name suggests that they’re known for their Curry Fish Head, it’s their Steamed Fish that fares better and is more popular.

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The steamed fish depends on the catch of the day which ranges from red snapper to grouper.

Aside from their signature Steamed Fish, other must-orders include the Salted Egg Minced Pork, Fried Egg with Bittergourd, Har Cheong Gai (Prawn Paste Chicken), Braised Pork Belly, and Herbal Chicken.

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There’s a lot more that’s worth trying so our advice is bring more people so you’ll get to try everything once.

Zai Shun Curry Fish Head
Address: 253 Jurong East Street 24 #01-205, Singapore 600253
Opening Hours: Thu – Tue: 7am – 3pm, Wed: Closed
Contact no.: 6560 8594

So there you have it. 10 of the best eateries, out of the 50 chosen by the Michelin inspectors, that’s actually approved and loved by locals.

Are any of these eateries already a favourite of yours? Or which are you going to try next? Let us know!

Also read Beyond Char Siew Siew Yoke – Cantonese Words & Phrases You Can Impress Your Grandma With

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The Incredible Spread At This Seafood Buffet Will Make You Say “Shell We?”

If you’re a fan of seafood, you’ll know that seafood – and especially fresh seafood – is typically quite expensive. Order just a few dishes and you’ll find that you’ll already have racked up quite the bill.

For that reason, we love getting our seafood fix from a buffet. Plus, who doesn’t love a spread of food you can have seconds, thirds, and even fourths of if you like?

Previously, PARKROYAL on Pickering’s Lime Restaurant gave us Lobsterfest, a decadent lobster affair that saw the star shellfish dished up in a spectacular variety of ways, such as in risotto, mac and cheese, laksa, cooked with a truffled hollandaise, and more.

This time, the restaurant is back with a new themed buffet, and it’ll be featuring the best of what lies under the sea.

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It’s latest offering, “What the Shell” is a seafood buffet where you’ll find a wide array of fresh shellfish and crustaceans – cold, cooked, or dished up with an inventive spin. Think succulent scallops, juicy prawns, sweet crabs…

The best part? Some of the dishes you loved (or missed out on!) during Lobsterfest will be making a re-appearance!

What The Shell!?

Happening from 22 September, some of the highlights at this buffet line are Lobster on Ice, Sauteed Vongole with Chardonnay Scallion, Gratinated Escargots with Pesto Sauce and of course, everyone’s favourite Singapore Chilli Crab.

Other must-tries are Lime’s signature Maine Lobster LaksaFlower Crab and Shellfish Claypot Congee, and Steamed Ireland Razor Clam with Garlic.

Straight From The Grill

If you love the smoky, charred flavour of food (particularly seafood) over a barbecue, you’ll want to head on outside to the outdoor barbecue.

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Savour the flavours and aromas of flame-grilled fresh ocean bounty. Feast on Half-Shelled Scallops and Oysters with Bonito Soy Butter and enjoy Drunken Whole Tiger Prawns with Salt served straight from the grill!

Keep your eyes open for the Hourly Chef’s Surprise at 7.30pm and 8.30pm.  Deep-fried Soft Shell Crab with Salted Egg Yolk or Maine Lobster with Jalepeno, Garlic and Butter will make quick appearances at the live station, so grab your portion before they disappear off the shelves. After all, a little bit of kiasu-ness never hurt anyone!

Shots, Shots, Shots

And by shots, we mean those of the Oyster variety.

Only three lucky diners will get to attempt the Oyster Shooter Challenge each day. Down 12 alcohol-infused oyster shooters within three minutes, and you get to enjoy dinner on the house! That, and you’ll also win a spot on Lime Restaurant’s “Shell of Fame” (Hall of fame, get it?).

This challenge will go on for 10 weeks, and the diner who manages to down the highest number of shooters will get to take home a $100 dining voucher.

The buffet will set you back $99++ per adult and $59++ per child. Children below 5 years of age get to dine for free. To make a reservation at this buffet, drop them a call at  6809 8899.

If you’ve got a special occasion coming up – a birthday, an anniversary – or you just want to pamper someone you love, spoil them with this gourmet spread! Featuring a stunning variety of the freshest catch prepared in a host of different ways, eat to your heart’s content at Lime Restaurant!

Lime Restaurant 
Address: PARKROYAL on Pickering, 3 Upper Pickering Street, Singapore 058289 
Tue – Sun, 22 Sep – 15 Oct; Tue – Thu, 17 Oct – 16 Nov
Time: 6.30pm – 10.30pm
Contact no.: 6809 889

(Header Image Source: PARKROYAL on Pickering)

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10 High-Octane Events To Kick Off The First Half Of September [1-15 September]

It’s finally here – September!

September is always a busy month because of the Singapore F1 Grand Prix stop. As the drivers descend upon our shores, we are armed with loads of parties and festivities to welcome them to our sunny island.

If you aren’t into the racing and/or partying scene, here are some ideas on what else you can get up to the first half of this month.

Play & Discover

1. Star Wars: Experience The Force

On the stroke of midnight of 1 September, you’ll be able to get first dibs on exclusive merch from the upcoming movie, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, at Ion Orchard.

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The celebrations will continue with pop-ups and installations like the Millennium Falcon and a super adorable BB-8 virtual reality experience.

It’s never too early to start, so bring your young ones to their very first Padawan training class to kick start their journey to being a Jedi Master.

The festival will culminate in an entire zone dedicated to fans of the galaxy at the annual Singapore Toy, Game & Comic Convention (STGCC). Go crazy taking photos with replicas of Kylo Ren’s TIE Silencer, J.J. Abrams’ autographed Rey’s Speeder, and a film replica of the interior of the Millennium Falcon.

Star Wars: Experience The Force Festival
Address: Ion Orchard and Sands Expo & Convention Centre Hall D, E & F, Level B2, Marina Bay Sands 
When: 1 – 10 Sep
The Imaginarium Of David

The greatest suspense is the feeling of mystery!

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Andsoforth, who is well known for bringing whimsical fantasies to life in a theatrical dinner setting, are back again with another hit production.

This time round, the tale of David and Goliath is re-imagined in a modern disco setting, with b-boys, swan ballerinas, Shaolin Ballerinas, and a cabaret that will ensure you won’t have a peaceful dinner.

Here’s what went down at their previous show:

The food will also be extraordinary, with a four course meal to tease your tastebuds and a sneaky cocktail thrown in at the end to finish off the night.

The Imaginarium Of David
Address: Secret location – only revealed on the day of the event itself
When: Every Fri & Sat till 30 Sep

3. Dashboard Confessional Live In Singapore

Relive your childhood with one of the icons of the 2000s emo era – Dashboard Confessional!

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Even though they’ve been to Singapore twice previously, they were both stripped down, acoustic shows. This time round, they will come at us full force, with the entire band in attendance.

You can expect old favorites like ‘Belle Of The Boulevard’, ‘Stolen’, and also newer material off their latest album, such as ‘Hopes Up’. Their sound has changed slightly over the years, but still retains the same poignancy and rawness that we loved in our teen years.

Dashboard Confessional Live In Singapore
Address: D’Marquee@Downtown East
When: 9 Sep

4. Singapore Toy, Game & Comic Convention 2017 (STGCC)

Our local version of Comic Con is celebrating its tenth year this year!

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Anything from manga, anime, comics to cosplay and collectibles goes at STGCC. Attendees can score limited edition drops, meet artists and famous cosplayers, and take part in the festivities by dressing up as their favorite characters.

C.B. Cebulksi, editor of Marvel Comics and talent scout, will be here doing his portfolio review rounds for aspiring cartoonists and illustrators. Also visiting are Japanese toy designers Hinatique and Yasu, who will be visiting Singapore for the first time.

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This year, there will be a dedicated zone for Star Wars fans, with a live replica of the Millenium Falcon.

An entire hall dedicated to competitive and casual gamers will also see three gaming tournaments – ROG Masters 2017 – DOTA 2 – Singapore Qualifier and ROG Masters 2017 – CS:GO – Singapore Qualifier finals, and semi-final to finals Tickets

5. West Side Story

Pretty much the underworld version of the Shakespearean romance tragedy Romeo And Juliet.

One of Broadway’s biggest spectacles will be making its way to Singapore after selling out shows in Sydney, Tokyo and London.

West Side Story is a tale of two star-crossed lovers from rival teenage gangs, set in the slums of 1950s New York. The musical will take to the stage in a flurry of explosive choreography and jazzy tunes.

We’re sure you won’t be able to resist singing along to this ill-fated violent romance that painfully reveals the injustice of the social system in America back in the 1950s.

West Side Story
Address: Grand TheatreMastercard Theatres at Marina Bay Sands
When: 13 – 30 Sep

6. Music Matters Live 2017

Held in conjunction with the All That Matters Live Conference and Apple Music, Music Matters Live is back again this year, happening from 9 – 13 Sep! Artists from all over the world will gather to showcase the best of their country’s burgeoning music scene.

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This event will see rapper DANakaDAN from USA, indie outfit Fairchild from Australia and Taiwanese rock heavyweights Elephant Gym 大象體操 making up some of the international acts.

Repping Singapore, we have Falling Feathers, M1ldl1fe and Tabitha Nauser.

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Head over to the Various locations, including CHIJMES and Timbre outlets
When: 9 – 13 Sep
Singapore Grand Prix: Singapore F1 2017

The highlight of the racing world is finally here!

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When: 15 – 17 Sep

Spice up your yakitori with CHIKIN’s Szechuan-style yakitori.

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Instead of using the usual tare sauce, CHIKIN uses mala to season their yakitori. Expect to find over 11 parts of the chicken available on the menu, as well as various other kushiyaki like veggies and other meats.

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The pop-art inspired bar also has an extensive range of Japanese whiskies and sakes to choose from, as well as an entire menu of cocktails that reinterpret old favorites with a twist.

Address: 6 Bukit Pasoh Rd, Singapore 089820
Opening Hours: Mon – Fri: 5pm – 12am; Sat: 6pm – 12am
Contact no.: 6634 2916

9. Ben and Jerry’s new flavors: Frozen Flakes and Cocoa Loco

We just cannot get enough of Ben & Jerry’s new ice cream flavors!

This time, their two new flavors remind us of breakfast. Cocoa Loco is a chocolate cereal milk ice cream with crisp chocolate cereal swirls. Frozen Flakes is the normal milk ice cream version of Cocoa Loco, just without chocolate.

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Who says we can’t have ice cream for breakfast?

Ben & Jerry’s 
Address: Various outlets


10. Superga X Disney collection

No matter how old we are, Disney characters will always have a place in our hearts.

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The classic 2750 cut gets an adorable update with a baby pink Minnie mouse print and a fire-truck red shade covered in Mickey’s handprints.

These shoes also comes in kid sizes, so that you can be all matchy-matchy with your younger siblings.

These shoes can be found in-store at Wheelock and Vivocity, and you can also purchase them online.

Address: 501 Orchard Road, Wheelock Place #B2-04, Singapore 238880
Opening Hours: Mon – Sun: 10am – 10pm
Contact no.: 6634 2916

With such an exciting and star-studded month ahead, we can’t wait for it to come! You definitely won’t want to stay in and miss out on all the fun.

Also read Make Your Heart Go “Dookki Dookki” At Singapore’s First Ever Tteokbokki Buffet

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This Bar Is Serving Yakitori With A Mala Twist That’s Sure To Make You Chikin Out

Have you ever tried mala yakitori? Probably not. Because CHIKIN is the first place in Singapore to serve up Szechuan-style yakitori!

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Besides bar bites, CHIKIN has also curated an extensive selection of sake and created an exciting cocktail menu that will make you want to keep coming back until you’ve tried everything.

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Pop art vibes

When you first step into CHIKIN, you’ll be greeted by neon signs and walls covered in pop icons, especially everyone’s favourite mouthless kitty. There’s even a wall covered with tuna cans.

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Sit at the bar to soak in the bustling atmosphere of the open bar and kitchen, or head to the second floor for a more relaxed and quieter lounge area.

The third floor, vibing hard with the same pop art furnishings, opens up to a cosy attic that also comes with karaoke machine, so you can sing a few tunes with your friends. The room is open from 8pm onwards, although you need to make a reservation for it. The space can also be rented out for an intimate event.

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Sticks and chikin parts

CHIKIN is not your typical yakitori joint. Instead of using the typical tare sauce to season their meats, they use a mala – a Szechuan peppercorn – sauce for a spicier kick.

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Other kushiyaki like vegetables and other meats are also available. Must-tries include their Quail Egg, Iberico Pork Collar With Leek and Shiitake Mushrooms.

If you like various body parts, you can try the Beef Tongue or Foie Gras skewers.

The yakitori and kushiyaki sticks are all grilled over Binchotan flames to order, before being transferred onto a super cute plate designed to look like a square in a Japanese action comic.

Skewers are priced individually, starting from $3 a stick. Alternatively, grab a tasting platter at $30 for 10 sticks or 15 sticks for $40.

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If you need your carbs, load up on their rice. Chikin makes a delicious Plentiful Ikura Garlic Rice and Unagi Garlic Fried Rice With Fish Roe to pair with your yakitori. The rice is seasoned with their homemade garlic and tare sauce, which means you cannot get the same taste anywhere else!

Other popular bar bites like Umami Fries, Chikin Karaage and even a Chikin Collagen Onsen Soup are also available.

Tip: Add some homemade miso into your food, which is mixed with their Szechuan peppercorns if you just cannot get enough of mala.

Cocktails for everyone

No matter how diverse your tastes are, we’re sure there is something for everyone on the cocktail menu.

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The cocktails are created by Sam Wong, who has won various bartending awards in and around Singapore, and is quite well known in the bartending scene for his creative cocktails.

You might even have tasted his creations at Ah Sam Cold Drink Stall and Nutmeg and Clove. For CHIKIN, Wong recreated a range of classic cocktails with a twist, inspired by Japanese flavors.

A large part of the cocktail menu is made up of whisky and sake infusions, although there are also gin and cognac infusions. The cocktails are usually left aside for a few days to infuse with the alcohol, before they are served. The result is a more blended, smooth concoction.

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Sweet-tooths will love the Sake Sangria, a fruity infusion of sake and gin. Those who do not like the taste of alcohol can give the Boba Kori a go, as it is similar to a bubble-tea-slash-slushie drink which masks the taste of gin (unfortunately, there isn’t actually boba inside).

Whisky fans are in for a treat, with an Oolong-inspired Oold Fashioned on the menu. The Sumoki Raisin is a smoky whisky and sherry infusion that leaves behind a strong aftertaste, and comes topped with raisins that were left to soak in the whisky infusion for three days – they are sure to pack a punch!

If the Sumoki Raisin doesn’t give you enough of a kick, then CHIKIN challenges you to the ultimate cocktail spice challenge – the Szechuan Bloody Mary.

The vodka cocktail is mixed with Szechuan peppercorn, tomato, chilli oil, and comes in 5 different spicy levels: Novice, Hungover, Expert, Hao Lian, and WTF.

How daredevil are you?

Address: 6 Bukit Pasoh Rd, Singapore 089820
Opening Hours: Mon – Fri: 5pm – 12am; Sat: 6pm – 12am
Contact no.: 6634 2916

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These 6 Rose-Flavoured Foods Are The Perfect Way To Celebrate Your Love Of Millennial Pink

With the rising popularity of millennial pink, it seems rose-flavoured things have come into trend in the world of F&B. The humble ingredient has come a long way since our first taste of it in Bandung. Now, it’s found its way into mooncakes, crepes and even fried chicken!

Not only does it smell great, rose has many health benefits, including antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and moisturising properties.

If you’re a fan of the floral flavour, here’s a list of 6 foods and drinks that put rose front and centre!

1. Rose Mille Crepes

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The latest creation from Lady M, the Rose Mile Crepe ($90.95/9″ cake) is layered with rose flavour infused pastry cream and garnished with sweet rose jelly and edible rose petals. A boutique exclusive at the Scotts Square outlet, hurry down to try this fairy-tale like cake that’s perfect for tea time!

Lady M Singapore
Address: Scotts Square, 6 Scotts Road #01-06/07, Singapore 228209
Opening Hours: Daily, 10am – 10pm
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At Choo Choo Chicken, the Rose Chicken ($30) consists of rose cream sauce in a bread bowl and 12 pieces of fried chicken. The cream sauce is thick with a hint of tomato flavour. The batter is crunchy without being too greasy, and the meat is exactly as it should be – juicy and tender.

Choo Choo Chicken
Address: 33 Bali Lane, Singapore
Opening Hours: Daily, 11.30am – 11pm
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Only available at TANGS, grab yourself a box of the quadruple White Lotus Paste with Rose Baked Mooncakes ($51/4pcs) which are lower in sugar and calories. That means you get to indulge in these light treats guilt-free! The white lotus paste is paired with French chewy roses, so that the mooncake contains a mixture of flavours that are sure to delight!

310 Orchard Road, Singapore 238864
Opening Hours: Mon – Sat: 10.30am – 9.30am; Sun: 11am – 8.30pm

4. Madeleine Rose Cookie

Known for creating cookies with unconventional flavours such as Chilli Crab and Chicken Rice (say what?!), The Cookie Museum also offers Madeleine Rose cookies ($47/24pcs).

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Address: 6 Raffles Boulevard, #02-280, Marina Square Shopping Mall, Singapore 039594
Opening Hours: Daily, 11am – 9pm
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Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll know Cha Tra Mue has been making waves in Singapore with the launch of their rose tea, which comes in three flavours: Rose Milk Tea, Honey Rose Tea and Lychee Rose Tea.

Their cups are all very Instagram-worthy, and we think they deserve the title of “Bangkok’s prettiest tea”.

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Of the three drinks, the hot favourite is the Rose Milk Tea ($4.50) – a cup of  fragrant Thai milk tea that has a faint taste of rose and a whiff of floral fragrance. For those who are slightly lactose-intolerant, try the Honey Rose Tea and Lychee Rose Tea. These refreshing drinks will keep you going for the rest of the day!

Cha Tra Mue
Address: 137 Amoy Street, #01-05 Far East Square, Singapore 049965
Opening Hours: Mon – Fri: 9am – 6pm; Closed on Sat & Sun
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Antoinette serves an exquisite Superlova ($10.70) – Rose finger sponge cake with raspberry jelly, raspberry caviar & crumble, which is delectably lifted by a yuzu cream. They gel seamlessly together into a pleasantly creamy treat with light floral notes. The taste is neither overpowering nor elusive – truly a rose creation that’s deserving of admiration.

The ornate pastry is served with a Rose macaron on top, which consists of two light and crisp cookie shells sandwiching a delicate rose buttercream filling. While great with the rest of the cake, you’ll love it on its own too!

Address: 333A Orchard Road, Mandarin Gallery, #02-33/34, Singapore 238897
Opening Hours: Daily, 11am – 10pm

These rose creations are not only easy on the eyes, they also play well with the taste buds.

The great thing about rose is that because it’s light, it doesn’t overpower the other flavours it’s brought together with. If you love your millennial pink and love a light, floral flavour to go with your food or drink, these are a must-try.

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This Fry-It-Yourself Hum Chim Peng Stall Is Your Grown-up Masak Masak Dream Come True

Recently, a certain hum chim peng (deep fried dough fritters) stall has caught the attention of netizens in Singapore.

Located at Maxwell Food Centre, what’s unique about this humble fried dough fritter stall is that you get to fry your own dough fritters.

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Smaller in size than what you might find elsewhere, Hum Jin Pang’s dough fritters come in two varieties – Five Spice Salt and Sweet Red Bean. At six pieces for $1, these fritters are incredibly cheap; you’d be hard pressed to find prices likes these anywhere these days.

Want to have a go at frying your own hum chim pengs? Make a trip to Maxwell Food Centre sometime for lunch, and fall in love with this simple snack all over again!

Hum Jin Pang
Address: Maxwell Food Centre, 1 Kadayanallur St., Singapore 069184
Opening Hours: Daily, 2.30pm – 8pm

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There’s An Art Exhibition Called ‘Singawhore’ And It Makes Brutal Jabs At Local Culture

Different people have different ways of celebrating our nation on its 52nd birthday.

Some people launch crazy, never-before-seen deals, some people pay homage to our country through inside jokes we Singaporeans are all privy to, and some people… create profane works of art in the name of celebrating Singapore culture and the Singaporean identity.

We’re talking about A Good Citizen, a.k.a ‘好公民’.

Helmed by Citizen Dan, The Good Citizen is known for its brutally honest, unfiltered works of art that traverse themes such as politics, gender, race and religion.

Pop culture-Singapore crossovers are not unusual for the group, who’ve likened the recent #FamiLEE drama to an episode of Game Of Thrones…

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depicted how even a Xenomorph (Lee No Morph, get it?) would be tamed into subservience in our strict, regimented society, and more.

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From 11 August – 3 September, A Good Citizen will be bringing Singaporeans a series of brand new works in an exhibition called ‘Singawhore‘. Given the name of the exhibition and A Good Citizen’s track record of creating unabashed depictions of trending events in Singapore, we can only imagine what we’ll see once it opens.

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This FREE exhibition will be happening at ARTBLOVK GALLERY, and there will also be a sharing session with Citizen Dan on the opening day, 11 August 2017 at 7pm – 9pm, at the same location. Refreshments will also be provided.

If you like the works you see, limited original artworks will also be available for purchase!

Can’t get enough of satire and have a dark sense of humor? If you do, make sure to check out what the people at A Good Citizen have up their sleeves!

Address: ARTBLOVK GALLERY, 195 Pearl’s Hill Terrace, #03-05
Date: 11 Aug – 3 Sep
Admission: Free

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Young, Wild And Free – Live It Up This Youth Month At These Places Because You Are Only Young Once

Young, wild and free – a motto we all wish we could live by, but unfortunately, often find it difficult to because of the many stresses of living in Singapore.

Between struggling to maintain a good grade – or to pass that horror module – and juggling the expectations of all the people around us, it’s easy to forget how young we are and how these should be the best years of our lives.

For the month of July, we celebrate youth. Our youth years should be vibrant, fun and carefree, so let’s bring all that back into our lives! For the entire month, many of the places and experiences we love, or have always wanted to try, will be offering exclusive promos just for youths – thanks to the National Youth Council!

This month, let’s live it up at these 7 places. And don’t worry, each of them comes with a super sweet deal.

1. Bounce

If you haven’t heard of Bounce, where have you been? The largest trampoline park in Singapore, this grown-ups playground lets you jump, somersault, do twists and all kinds of crazy tricks!

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With a variety of trampoline zones and a Ninja-Warrior-like obstacle course, X-Park, test your mental and physical limits at Bounce.

Jump and play to your heart’s content at the Free Jumping Area, a large area comprising 28 interconnected trampolines that includes long tumble tracks and banked walls. Here, you can even defy gravity and run up walls!

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Looking to try something that pushes your body even further? Attempt the insane X-Park! An obstacle course that combines elements of climbing, jumping and free-running, discover abilities you never knew you had at X-Park.

If reading this has got you raring to go, gather a bunch of your best friends and make plans to head down together! Conveniently located at Cathay Cineleisure, put your youthful energy to good use at Bounce.

Youth Month Promo: Enjoy 10% off on weekdays throughout the month of July. This promo only applies for general admission tickets and student session tickets. Use this to enjoy your promo.

Bounce Singapore
Cathay Cineleisure, #09-01, 8 Grange Road, Singapore 239695
Opening Hours:
Mon – Thu: 10am – 10pm; Fri: 10am – 11pm; Sat: 9am – 11pm; Sun: 9am – 10pm
Contact no.:
6816 2879
General Access: $25 first hour, $20 each additional hour | Students: $21 first hour, $16 each additional hour

2. Concrete Everything

Get creative this July with a material you’ve probably never worked with before – concrete.

Started by a fellow youth with a deep passion for design, Concrete Everything doesn’t just sell beautifully crafted homeware in the natural colours and texture of cement; it also conducts workshops teaching you how you can make them!

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From luxe marble lamps to concrete versions of Darth Vader and StormTroopers, the items on their slim catalogue is a minimalist’s dream.

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Courses they offer include marbled planter casting, concrete mini stool casting, marble square lamp casting and more. You even get to make your own Vader and StormTrooper! Each workshop will last 2 days, and everything you need to create your own concrete masterpiece will be provided.

It’s time to unleash your creativity and get crafty at Concrete Everything!

Youth Month Promo: Enjoy 10% off all products and workshops throughout July. Workshops need not fall in the month of July, and need only be booked and paid for during July. Use this to enjoy your promo.

Concrete Everything
Workshops from $45 – $110

3. Climb Central

Always wanted to try indoor rock climbing, but find it too expensive? This July, you’ll be able to enjoy the sport without burning a hole in your pocket!

Climb Central is the tallest indoor climbing venue in Singapore, boasting about 1,000 square meters of climbing wall space. Fully air-conditioned, it is conveniently located in Singapore Sports Hub.

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First timers, you’re in for a real treat because for the month of July, you get a 20% discount on all off peak First Timer Sets. That’s about $7 off the $32 adult entry fee that includes registration, 1 adult day pass and 1 equipment set!

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Climb Central
#B1-01 Kallang Wave Mall, 1 Stadium Place, Singapore 397628
Opening Hours:
Mon – Fri: 11am – 11pm; Sat, Sun & PH: 9am – 9pm
Contact no.:
6702 7972
Click 4. Bossaball

Looking for an experience you’ve NEVER tried before? We bet you’ve never played Bossaball, and boy are you missing out.

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10 Raeburn Park #02-08, Singapore 088702
Contact no.:
6100 6292
Public Session (2 hr): $20 Per Pax | Private Group Session (2 hr): $600 (20 pax)

5. HolyCrab

If gorging on delicious food is your idea of living it up, Holy Crab! We’ve got just the place for you.

HolyCrab is a cosy restaurant located along charming Tan Quee Lan. Big enough to seat only 24 people, this diner is always packed with foodies with an appetite for Holy Crab’s next level Singapore-style crabs.

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Made with the freshest crab from the shores of Singapore, Holy Crab is the place to go for an affordable plate of quality crab.

Youth Month Promo: Enjoy 10% off your total bill throughout the month of July. Use this to enjoy your promo.

Address: 2 Tan Quee Lan Street, #01-03, Singapore 188091
Contact no.: 8444 2722
Opening Hours: Mon – Sat: 11.30am – 2.30pm, 6.00pm – 10:30pm; Sun: 6.00pm – 10.30pm

6. 8 Korean BBQ

If you love pork belly, you’re in for a feast at 8 Korean BBQ, a Korean BBQ franchise that serves 8 different flavours of decadent pork belly including Original, Wine, Ginseng, Garlic, Herb, Curry, Miso Paste, and Red Pepper Paste.

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A tender, juicy meat that’s seasoned with a variety of perfected flavours, treat yo’ self this month with this unique K-BBQ experience!

Youth Month Promo: Enjoy 10% off your total bill throughout the month of July. Use this to enjoy your promo.

8 Korean BBQ
6 Eu Tong Sen Street, #02-79/90 The Central, Singapore 059817
Contact no.:
8692 1188
Opening Hours: Mon – Fri: 11.30am – 2.30pm, 5.30pm – 10.30pm; Sat – Sun: 11.30am – 10.30pm

Address: Shaw Centre #04-20/21, 1 Scotts Rd Singapore 228208
Contact no.:
9018 9212
Opening Hours: Mon – Fri: 11.30am – 2.30pm, 5.30pm – 10.30pm; Sat – Sun: 11.30am – 10.30pm

7. Joo Bar

No list on living it up is complete without at least one watering hole for you and your buddies to knock back a few.

Fans of Korean alcohol and Korean fare in general must check out Joo Bar, Singapore’s first Makgeolli Bar & Restaurant. Located within a heritage shophouse, Joo, which means ‘alcohol’ in Korean, offers modern Korean bites and creative drinks in an edgy setting.

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Order their multi-coloured Makgeolli sampler if you can’t decide on just one makgeolli! For a sweeter experience, go for their Makgeolli cocktails! The bites here aren’t shabby too, with tasty finger food like Baby Eel Paper, Warm Kimchi with Tofu and Spam, and more!

Drink and eat to your heart’s content at Joo Bar – just make sure you’re 18 and above!

Youth Month Promo: Enjoy 10% off your total bill throughout the month of July. Use this to enjoy your promo.

Joo Bar
Address: 5 Tan Quee Lan Street, Singapore 188094
Contact no.: 8138 1628

Opening Hours: Daily, 5.30pm – 12am

This is just the tip of the iceberg. There is a total of over 40 brands collaborating with the National Youth Council to bring you exclusive perks in celebration of Youth Month.

With brands like Lazada, Crossfire Paintball, GoPro, Klipsch, The Juicy Way, Udders and more participating to give you great deals, there’s no better time than now to live it up!

For all promotions, check out Youth Month Perks 2017.

The Entertainer App

If you’re all about getting good deals and making the biggest bang for your buck, The Entertainer is an app that will make all of that much easier.

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An app that gets you amazing deals on food, attractions, spas and even hotels in Singapore, live it up every month of the year with The Entertainer.

As part of Youth Month, you get to purchase The Entertainer app for just $70 (U.P. $125)! All you have to do is use to promo code ‘SHINEWITHUS’ when you download The Entertainer App. You can also purchase the Cheers app (The Entertainer app for alcohol) at a discounted $40 (U.P. $125) when you quote the promo code ‘CHEERSHINE’.

Another app that will come in handy in your hunt for some of the best deals in town is the Lazada app, which gives you access to app only deals (daily!), app only vouchers, and app first updates!

With all these handy tools at your fingertips, enjoying the good things in life will come at a drastically reduced cost, making your experiences all the more sweeter!

They often say youth is wasted on the young, and that’s true for the most part, especially when you live in Singapore.

Let’s not be in such a hurry to grow up. Have fun, live a little, do crazy things you might regret! There will come a time when we must grow up, when we become responsible for other people, other lives, and when the stakes are truly high. But that time is not now.

We are only young once, so let’s enjoy ourselves while we can and live a life with no regrets.

To enjoy all the above promotions, make sure flash the appropriate e-vouchers to participating merchants, or use the promo code(s) stated within the relevant e-voucher. Make sure to read the fine print for all Terms & Conditions.

This article is written in collaboration with National Youth Council.

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These 5 Indie Bookstores Are A Bibliophile’s Dream And Will Make You Want To Never Leave

“A town isn’t a town without a bookstore” — so writes Neil Gaiman in American Gods, and we agree.

For all you bookworms, we’ve rounded up 5 best independent bookstores around the island where you can get your lit geek on and #SupportLocal while you’re at it.

1. Booktique

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BooksActually is the place to be if you’re looking for local literature, with its good selection of works by Singapore poets. Here, you’ll also find the trademark minimalist SingLit book covers printed by BooksActually’s publishing arm, Math Paper Press.

Venture into the back room and you’ll find several knick-knacks and accessories with local flavour. And if you’re lucky, you’ll get a chance to say hi to the bookstore’s resident feline friends.

9 Yong Siak St, Singapore 168645
Opening Hours: Tues – Sat: 10am – 8pm; Sun – Mon: 10am – 6pm

3. Woods in the Books

A few doors down from BooksActually is Woods in the Books, an independent bookshop that specialises in picture books for the little ones.

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With its adorable outdoor mural and charming decor, Woods in the Books is nothing short of enchanting.

The young at heart can also indulge in a little childhood nostalgia here, as the bookstore carries plenty of classic titles such as The Giving Tree and The Hungry Caterpillar.

Woods in the Books
 3 Yong Siak Street, Singapore 16864
Opening Hours: Tue – Fri: 10am – 7pm; Sat: 10am – 8pm; Sun: 10am – 6pm; Closed on Mon
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Wandering through the bookshelves here will take you from fantasy novels to science fiction, to cookbooks and travel guides, with helpful post-it recommendations along the way on the staff’s favourite picks.

DiscoverSG Pro Tip: Look out for the discount pile under their staircase, where you can get some great steals.

Littered With Books
20 Duxton Road, Singapore 089486
Opening Hours: Mon – Thu: 12pm – 8pm; Fri 12pm – 9pm; Sat 11am – 9pm; Sun 11am – 8pm

5. Basheer Graphic Books

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Hankering for a dose of design inspo? Head to Basheer Graphic Books. Offering shelves upon shelves of books and magazines on architecture, graphic design, fashion, photography, typography and more, the store is a mecca for lovers of design and collectors of magazines. The store’s no-frills, old-school vibe is also a big part of its charm.

Basheer Graphic Books
Bras Basah Complex #04-19, 231 Bain St, Singapore 180231
Opening Hours:
Mon – Sat: 10am – 8pm; Sun: 11am – 6.30pm
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