Keisuke Is Opening A New Omurice Joint At Bugis+ – Prices Start From $9.90 And You Can Upsize For Free

You may have already seen that viral video of Japanese chef, Yukimura Motokichi, who wows his customers with his theatrics whenever he prepares the famous omurice in his resturant, Kichi Kichi.

Originating more than 100 years ago in Kyushu, this Japanese soul food is a staple dish in many Japanese homes and restaurants as they are reasonably priced and affordable to the masses. Most Japanese diners have grown up eating omurice and this yōshuku (Japenese-style Western food) brings back many childhood memories for them.

Comfort Food For The Soul

Celebrity Chef and Ramen King, Keisuke Takeda kicks off the new year with the opening of Keisuke Group’s 17th outlet in Singapore, Omurice Keisuke. This classic Japanese dish consists of a wrapped omelette (“omu”) over western fried rice with ketchup.

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While it may seem like the typical “Nasi Goreng Pattaya” you can get at most hawker centres, omurice is actually quite challenging to make. The key to perfecting this dish is that the egg has to be soft, creamy on the outside and smooth on the inside.

Situated on the fourth floor of Bugis+, Omurice Keisuke is a cozy 22-seater outlet, perfect for dinner with the family or a night out with your partner. As the eatery is not exactly spacious and they don’t take reservations, you might want to avoid peak hours if you plan on bringing more than 4 people.

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You can also choose to sit at the bar counter so you can watch the chefs prepare the dishes right in front of you.

While it may not be as entertaining as it is at Kichi Kichi, the food here definitely does not disappoint.

The Omurice ($9.90) features Keisuke’s own locally-farmed eggs which come from hens fed with omega-rich grains. The difference is that you’ll get a richer and creamier omelette that pairs perfectly well with the fried rice. The rice is simple and perfectly seasoned with ketchup dashi, diced chicken and corn.

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There is also an option to customise your omurice by choosing from a range of sauces including wafu, demi-glacé, creamy white sauce or chilli tomato sauce. We highly recommend pairing your omurice with the wafu or dami-glacé sauce as it cuts the richness of the eggs. We had the creamy white sauce as well, however it got pretty jelak by the time were halfway through our meal.

You can also have the option of adding cheese ($2.00) to your Omurice. The cheese is a combination of mozzarella and two types of cheddar which will be melted and prepared right in front of you over your main dish.

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Best part, if you have a bigger appetite, you can choose between the regular or large size at NO additional cost. Honestly, we were already struggling to finish the regular portion so a large portion will be perfect for two.

There’s also an option of getting Spaghetti instead of the Omurice. They serve two types of spaghetti here – Mentaiko Spaghetti and Neapolitan Spaghetti ($9.90). There’s nothing outstanding about the pastas but it definitely gave us the comfort of a home-cooked meal.

For those who can’t choose between the omurice and spaghetti, you can choose to have the best of both worlds in one plate. For $12.90, you can get the Omurice Combo which comes with omurice, spaghetti and a refreshing side salad – potato salad, coleslaw, green salad or spinach and miso soup.

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Diners can also order additional side dishes such as deep fried chicken wing, ebi-fried, teriyaki chicken hamburg and pork spare ribs which cost between $2 – $3. If you’ve been to Hamburg Steak Keisuke, then you’ll definitely want to get the teriyaki chicken hamburg here. The seared patty itself has a lovely char, but was still very tender and juicy in each bite.

Omurice Keisuke officially launches in Singapore on Monday, 14 January 2019. This is the 17th outlet under the Keisuke Group with plans to open more locations with different concepts later this year.

Omurice Keisuke
Official Launch:
Monday, 14 January 2019
Address: 201 Victoria Street, #04-01, Singapore 188067
Opening Hours: 11.30am – 10pm, daily
Contact No.: 6634 4558
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Avoid The Crowd At Marina Bay – Here Are 12 Other Places To Catch The NYE Fireworks In S’pore

When it comes to welcoming the new year, Singapore truly knows how to throw a party with a dazzling display of fireworks.

However, watching the fireworks can be less than pleasant when you’re pressed up against thousands of other people who had the same location in mind. Here are some alternative places to catch the fireworks if you want to avoid the massive crowd!

1. Bay East Garden @ Gardens By The Bay

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The lesser known portion of Gardens By The Bay, this tranquil park is filled with lush lawns, elegant palm trees, and an unobstructed view of the fireworks! Situated opposite the Supertree Grove, the Cloud Forest and Flower Dome, we suggest splurging on hawker treats to go from Satay by The Bay beforehand to feast out while waiting for the big show.

It’s accessible by car via Tanjong Rhu Road or across the bridge from Marina Barrage.

Open daily 24 hours, admission is absolutely free, so bring your picnic mats and hunker down for a peaceful night.

Bay East Garden 
Address: 18 Marina Gardens Dr, Singapore 018953
Nearest MRT: Bayfront (CE1/DT16)

2. The Esplanade Roof Terrace

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Head all the way to the top of the Esplanade for a stunning view of the city. It also has a bird’s-eye view of the fireworks as it illuminates the Singapore skyline, ringing in the new year.

Do note that there’s limited space on the roof terrace so you might want to head down earlier to score yourself a good spot!

The Esplanade Roof Terrace
Address: 8 Raffles Ave, Singapore 039802
Nearest MRT: Esplanade MRT (CC3) | City Hall (NS25/EW13)

3. Faber Peak

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While the view of the fireworks is from a distance here, this hilltop destination is perfect for a romantic rendezvous away from the crowd.

With cable cars, bars and restaurants, you’ll be living in the lap of luxury with food, drinks, fireworks and tons of breathing space this New Year’s Eve.

It’s accessible by car via Mount Faber Road from Lower Delta Road or Kampong Bahru Road which will take you straight up to Faber Peak Singapore.

Faber Peak
Address: 109 Mount Faber Rd, Singapore 099203
Nearest MRT: HarbourFront MRT (NE1/CC29), take Exit B towards HarbourFront Centre

4. Singapore Sports Hub

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The greatest draw to watching the fireworks at the Sports Hub is avoiding the crowds of Marina Bay. If you position yourself right, along the waterfront, you get an undisturbed view across the water all the way to Marina Bay.

The numerous eateries here also means you don’t need to prepare your own picnic basket or food. Before the fireworks start, head over to Kallang Wave Mall for dinner or get some munchies to snack on while you watch the spectacular fireworks display.

Singapore Sports Hub
Address: 1 Stadium Place Singapore 397628
Nearest MRT: Stadium MRT (CC6)

5. Starbucks at The Fullerton Waterboat House

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Not one for alcohol? Start your new year with a caffeine fix at Starbucks at The Fullerton Waterboat House!

With its full length windows and a great view of the MBS, you’ll be able to catch the fireworks in a comfortable, air-conditioned space.

Starbucks at Fullerton Waterboat House
Address: 3 Fullerton RD, #02-01/02/03, Fullerton Waterboat House, Singapore 049215
Nearest MRT: Raffles Place MRT (EW14/NS26)

6. The Helix Bridge

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Located right next to where the fireworks will be released, but a good distance away from the crowd at The Float @ Marina Bay, The Helix may get crowded, but is nonetheless better than squeezing at The Float.

What’s more, with 4 viewing platforms, it is a great place to get up close and personal with the fireworks!

The Helix Bridge
Address: Helix Bridge, Singapore
Nearest MRT: Promenade MRT (DT15/CC4)

7. Marina Barrage

The expansive lawn of Marina Barrage overlooks the city from across the Marina Channel.

Bring along a picnic mat and chill on the spacious rooftop garden during major celebrations, as you wait for the spectacular illuminations in the sky.

Marina Barrage
Address: 8 Marina Gardens Dr, Singapore 018951
Nearest MRT: Bayfront (CE1/DT16)

8. Pinnacle @ Duxton

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It’s the tallest public housing in the area, with an astonishing 50 storeys. Residents of The Pinnacle are lucky to view the annual fireworks from the comfort of their homes. However, that doesn’t mean that you should be losing out too. For $6, you can head to the rooftop of The Pinnacle and witness the fireworks as they unfold.

All you’ll probably need to pay for is parking!

Pinnacle @ Duxton
Address: 1 Cantonment Rd, Singapore 085301
Nearest MRT: Tanjong Pagar MRT (EW15) | Outram MRT Station (EW16/NE3)

9. 1-Altitude

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It should come as no surprise that the world’s highest alfresco bar delivers one of the best views of the fireworks. Head up to the Upper Viewing Gallery (on the 63rd floor) of 1-Altitude for a spectacular 360-degree view of the city.

Standing at 282 metres above sea level, enjoy the panoramic view of the entire island, have a drink whilst enjoying the fireworks and enjoy many amazing photo moments!

Address: 1 Raffles Place, Singapore 048616
Nearest MRT: Raffles Place (EW14/NS26)

10. Smoke & Mirrors

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The National Gallery’s snazy rooftop restaurant and bar boasts a gorgeous view of the MBS and CBD.

Smoke and Mirrors has been gaining a rather loyal following for their cocktail menu, so grab a drink and settle in for the upcoming fireworks!

Smoke and Mirrors
Address: St Andrew’s Rd, 01 National Gallery, Singapore 178957
Nearest MRT: City Hall MRT (EW13/NS25)

11. Skyville @ Dawson

The Sky Garden at Dawson is a fully-sheltered garden terrace surrounded by lush greenery. The sky gardens are located at levels 14, 25 and 36 but the 47th storey is where you want to be this NYE.

As it is a residential area, be considerate and keep your levels down as you usher in the new year!

Skyville @ Dawson
Address: 86 Dawson Rd, Singapore 141086
Nearest MRT: Queenstown MRT (EW19)

12. Marina South Pier Carpark (Level 3)

The Marina South Pier isn’t just for ferry rides to St John’s Island. Climb up to level 3 of the car park and you’ll find a viewing spot of the ocean and CBD skyline in the background.

It may be packed with cars on the actual day itself but if you just want an epic view of the fireworks, the view from the top alone will be enough for your IG-worthy pictures.

Marina South Pier Carpark
Address: 31 Marina Coastal Dr, Singapore 018988
Nearest MRT: Marina South Pier MRT station (Exit A)

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Last Minute Christmas Shopping At Orchard? Here Are The Cheapest Places To Park

Orchard Road is one area in Singapore where it’s notoriously expensive to park your car.

I’m sure we’ve all experienced the horror of arriving at the car park exit gantry, only to find that we’ve racked up over $10 in parking fees (true story). And that’s on top of all the money we’ve spent shopping.

Unless you have loads of things to carry, or are travelling with kids in tow, there’s just no justifying spending that kind of money on what is essentially a place to put your car while you run around doing your errands.

As someone who’s in town way too often, here are the cheapest places to park your car no matter where in town you need to go.

Cheapest Parking In Orchard: Weekdays Before 5/6pm

1. Far East Plaza [14 Scotts Road, S(228213)]

Mon – Fri: $1.07 for 1st hr, $1.07 for next subsequent 30min (before 5pm)

2. Plaza Singapura [68 Orchard Road, S(238839)]

Mon – Fri: $1.28 for 1st hr, $0.43 for next subsequent 15min (before 6pm)

3. Lucky Plaza [304 Orchard Road, S(238863)]

Mon – Fri: $1.93 for 1st hr, $1.28 for next subsequent 30min (before 5pm)

4. Atrium @ Orchard [60 Orchard Road, S(238889)]

Mon – Fri: $1.28 for first hour, $0.43 for subsequent 15 min (before 6pm)

5. The Cathay [2 Handy Road, S(229233)]

Mon – Fri: $1.40 per 30 minutes (8am to 9:59am), $1.40 per hour (10am to 5:59pm)

6. Orchard Central [181 Orchard Road, S(238896)]

Mon – Fri: $2.14 for 1st hr, $1.07 for next subsequent 30min (before 6pm)

7. *SCAPE [2 Orchard Link, S(237978)]

Mon – Fri: $2.05/hr (before 5pm)

8. The Centrepoint [176 Orchard Road, S(238843)]

Mon – Fri: $2.00 for 1st hr, $1.50 for next subsequent 30min (before 5pm)

Cheapest Parking In Orchard: Weekdays After 5/6pm

1. Atrium @ Orchard [60 Orchard Road, S(238889)]

Mon – Fri: $2.57 per entry (extended to 2.59am on Fri and eve of PH)

2. ION Orchard [2 Orchard Turn, S(238801)]

Mon – Thurs: $3.00 per entry (from 5pm-11:59pm), $1.07 per hour (12am to 7:59am)

*Parking on Friday will be slightly expensive: $3.74/entry (from 6pm to 11.59pm). Best to park from Mon – Thurs instead.

3. Plaza Singapura [68 Orchard Road, S(238839)]

Mon – Fri: $2.57 per entry (extended to 2.59am on Fri and eve of PH)

4. The Cathay [2 Handy Road, S(229233)]

Mon – Fri: $3.00/entry (after 6pm)

5. Singapore Shopping Centre [190 Clemenceau Avenue, S(239924)]

Mon – Fri: $3 per entry (after 8pm)

6. Street Parking at Penang Road

Mon – Fri: $0.70 per 30 min (after 5pm)

7. Street Parking At Angullia Park [Angullia Park, S(239974)]

Mon – Fri: $0.80 per 30min (5pm to 10.30pm),  $0.70 per 30min (10.30pm to 7am the following day)

8. Street Parking at Grange Road/Somerset Road

Mon – Fri: $0.80 per 30min (5pm to 10.30pm),  $0.70 per 30min (10.30pm to 7am the following day)

9. The Centrepoint [176 Orchard Road, S(238843)]

Mon – Fri: $2.00 for 1st hr, $1.50 for next subsequent hr (after 5pm)

Cheapest Parking In Orchard: Saturdays

1. Street Parking at Penang Road

Sat: $1.20 per 30 min (before 5pm), $0.70 per 30 minutes (5pm – 10.30pm)

2. Street Parking At Angullia Park [Angullia Park, S(239974)]

Sat: $1.30 per 30 min (7am to 11am), $1.50 per 30 minutes (11am to 5pm), $0.80 per 30 min (after 5pm)

*Best to park after 5pm

3. Street Parking at Grange Road/Somerset Road

Sat: $1.30 per 30 min (7am to 11am), $1.50 per 30 minutes (11am to 5pm), $0.80 per 30 min (after 5pm)

*Best to park after 5pm

4. Plaza Singapura [68 Orchard Road, S(238839)]

Sat: $2.57 for 1st 2hr, $0.43 for next subsequent 15min (3am to 5.59pm), $2.57/entry (after 6pm)

5. The Cathay [2 Handy Road, S(229233)]

Sat: $1.40/hr (before 6pm), $3.00/entry (after 6pm)

6. Atrium @ Orchard [60 Orchard Road, S(238889)]

Sat: $2.57 for 1st 2hr, $0.43 for next subsequent 15min (3am to 5.59pm), $2.57/entry (after 6pm)

Cheapest Parking In Orchard: Sundays

1. Street Parking at Penang Road

Sun: $0.70 per 30 min (7am – 10.30pm)

2. Street Parking At Angullia Park [Angullia Park, S(239974)]

Sun: $0.70 per 30 min (7am to 11am), $0.80 per 30 min (11am to 10:30pm), $0.70 per 30 min (10.30pm – 7am)

3. Street Parking at Grange Road/Somerset Road

Sun: $0.70 per 30 min (7am to 11am), $0.80 per 30 min (11am to 10:30pm), $0.70 per 30 min (10.30pm – 7am)

4. Plaza Singapura [68 Orchard Road, S(238839)]

Sun: $2.57 for 1st 2hrs, $0.43 for subsequent 15mins  (3am to 5:59pm), $2.57 per entry (6pm to 11:59pm)

5. The Cathay [2 Handy Road, S(229233)]

Sun: $1.40/hr (before 6pm), $3.00/entry (after 6pm)

6. Atrium @ Orchard [60 Orchard Road, S(238889)]

Sun: $2.57 for 1st 2hr, $0.43 for next subsequent 15min (before 6pm), $2.57/entry (after 6pm)

7. The Centrepoint [176 Orchard Road, S(238843)]

Sun: $2.00 for 1st hr, $1.50 for next subsequent 30min (before 5pm), $2.00 for 1st hr, $1.50 for next subsequent hour (after 5pm)

8. Singapore Shopping Centre [190 Clemenceau Avenue, S(239924)]

Sun: $2.50 for 1st hour, $1.25 for subsequent 30 min (8am to 8pm), $3 per entry (after 8pm)

*Parking here is cheaper after 8pm

The next time you’re in town, whether to shop, go on a date, or watch a movie, we hope this guide comes in handy! Hopefully, you’ll also have discovered some new car parks you never knew existed through this!

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There’s An Underground Music Joint In Bukit Timah That’s So Secret, You’re Driven And Blindfolded There

You’ve got your speakeasies, hidden art galleries and secret museums. Now it’s time to skip the mainstream nightlife venues and go straight to where the coolest parties are at. Taking underground music to a whole new level is The Kave HQ.

This underground watering hole hosts guerilla music performances somewhere in the woods of Bukit Timah, but no one knows the exact address, even its regular party-goers.

Sounds interesting? Here’s what you can expect.

An 80s Inspired Cave

Opened since June this year, getting to Kave HQ involves meeting up with other guests at the gathering point and waiting for an old school Beetle or Kombi van to come pick you up. To ensure absolute secrecy, you’ll be blindfolded the entire journey.

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Don’t worry, you’ll be seated with your best buds if you’re scared of being blindfolded. You can also try sneaking a peek along the ride, but it’s no fun without a little mystery and thrill!

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What lies within might possibly the one of the coolest music joints in Singapore. Meet up with like-minded music enthusiasts and be transported to an 80s-inspired underground music scene featuring bricked walls, cement flooring, exposed pipes, dangling light bulbs, neon-lit signs and vintage furniture.

Kave HQ promises local acts, chill vibes and drinks – because what’s a party without booze? It’s a space for music lovers and musicians to jam with all night long. Their lineup includes local indie bands such as Disco Hue, .gif and resident group The Kavemen among many other artists in Asia’s indie pop scene.

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You can also book the space for solemnisations and weddings if you’re looking to tie the knot in an indie setting. Upon confirmation, the space will be decorated with rose garlands and a mini altar – making it the perfect setting to declare your love for one another.

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Huge fan of vintage cars? Immortalise your intimate moments inside one!

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Keep your eyes peeled for their next gig. Since their location is a secret and you can’t exactly walk in at anytime of the day, keep a lookout for upcoming gigs on their Facebook page.

Their next gig is happening on 21st December with a special Christmas-themed set. Come dressed as an elf, reindeer or Santa as a special prize awaits the best dressed of the night. There’ll also be sips and nosh for the good and naughty – think Christmas Tarik cocktails and hearty beef stew!

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Book your tickets for Jingle Dingle at Eventbrite. There are only 80 tickets available, so grab yours before they’re all gone! A ticket costs $38/pax but it’ll cost $32/pax for the first 50!

The Kave HQ
Upcoming Event: Jingle Dingle
Date & Time: 21 December 2019
Time:8pm – 11.30pm
Meeting point: The Grandstand Shuttle Pick Up Point (Carpark outside Giant)
Pick up timings: 7.15pm – 7:45pm
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Take A Magic Carpet Ride – Aladdin The Musical Is Flying To S’pore For Its Only Stop In Asia In 2019

Singapore’s entertainment calendar is perennially packed and musical theatre nerds should be particularly excited with the huge musical productions heading our way in the coming months.

These musicals aren’t just for theatre die-hards – you’re probably already familiar with them in other mediums, whether that be books or films. From Lion King to Beauty and The Beast and even Frozen, it’s not all uncommon for Disney movies to be reimagined for the Broadway stage. But the most beloved of them all is Aladdin.

Shining, Shimmering, Splendid

The Broadway sensation Aladdin The Musical will be premiering its Singapore debut at Marina Bay Sands from 21 July 2019 onwards. The show will run at the Sands Theatre, marking its one and only stop in Asia.

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Making its world premiere four years ago at Broadway’s New Amsterdam Theatre on 20 March 2014, Aladdin The Musical quickly established itself as one of the biggest new blockbuster in recent years, welcoming close to 10 million people worldwide.

Based on the 1992 animated movie, the show follows the rebellious but lovable street urchin Aladdin on his journey of discovery, where he encounters the evil sorcerer Jafar, and beautiful, but headstrong, Princess Jasmine. He finds a lost lamp in the Cave of Wonders, which, once rubbed, releases the crowds favourite rugged and humorous Genie.

The cast will be decked out in extra bling – featuring 337 glittering costumes, 161 custom-made pairs of Arabian shoes, 712 different styles of beads 712, and almost 500,000 Swarovski crystals.

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Get ready for the experience of a lifetime that the musical has to offer with its breathtaking visuals. The show will also be flying 60 tonnes of automation and staging equipment to Singapore, and 40 tonnes of exotic flying scenery to recreate A Whole New World, such as the fantasy city of Agrabah, the colourful marketplace, the lush palace of the Sultan and his daughter Princess Jasmine, and the legendary Cave Of Wonders.

Featuring all the songs from the classic Academy award winning film, including “Friend like Me”, “A Whole New World” and “Arabian Nights”, prepare to experience the unmissable theatrical magic that is Aladdin.

Aladdin The Musical will run from 21 July 2019 to 11 August 2018 at the Sands Theatre at Marina Bay Sands. Tickets are available at SISTIC and, starting at $68.

Not convinced yet? Catch the trailer for Aladdin The Musical here!

From breathtaking sets to a fabulous cast, the beloved story of Aladdin comes to life in this spectacular new musical!

Aladdin The Musical
Venue: Sands Theatre at Marina Bay Sands
Date: 21 July 2019 – 11 August 2019
Price: $68 – $832 (VIP Box)

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PSA: $100,000 Has Been Hidden Somewhere In Singapore And It’s Up For Grabs

Hunt The Mouse

With Christmas just around the corner, having some extra cash to fund your shopping trips is more important than ever (well, having extra cash is always important, but you get the point).

Now, there are several ways to obtain said cash — you could take the traditional route and get a job, or change your spending habits to save more of what you already have.

…or, you could embark on a treasure hunt to find a stack of money just lying somewhere.

Wait, How Much…?

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Yup, you heard us right — in the second instalment of their HuntTheMouse campaign, promotions aggregator Sqkii (pronounced “squeaky”) have hidden $100,000 somewhere in Singapore.

Of course, it won’t be easy to find the money — the first clue posted on their Facebook page yesterday states that the “Mouse” — taking the form of a shiny gold coin — is hidden under “something”. Reaalll helpful, guys.

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Image Credit: Google Maps[/caption]

Thankfully, Sqkii have revealed several more hints since then, and will continue to post three a day until someone eventually finds the cash. Among other clues, we currently know that the Mouse is:

1) Afraid of heights,

2) not in a UNESCO site, and

3) is within 45 steps of a man-made structure.

On top of that, additional clues will also be posted on the WINK+ app, and physical hints can be found in MRT stations and trains on the Circle and North South lines as well.

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If you aren’t keen on fighting with what is probably a good chunk of the population, Sqkii have teamed up with venues such as Sentosa and the Singapore Sports Hub to hide silver coins worth $1,000 as well.

To put things in perspective, it took 23 days to find last year’s Mouse, so it’s probably still anyone’s game right now. If you happen to have some free time this end of year period, this sure beats aimlessly walking around Orchard road for the 15th time.

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Prepare For Truffle, Make It Double – Kanshoku’s Ramen Is A Truffle Lover’s Dream

Kanshoku Ramen

Food trends may come and go, but that doesn’t mean that they stop being good.

Take truffles, for example — even though the luxurious ingredient has admittedly lost some of its cred and made way for other fads like salted egg and mala, there’s nothing quite like a side of truffle fries to go with your meal.

And if you find yourself craving for a truffle-icious meal, look no further than Kanshoku Ramen.

A Truffle Treasure Trove

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Started by two longtime friends — Melvin and Brandon — Kanshoku Ramen is a Japanese food joint that has outlets in Orchard Gateway, Ion Orchard and Northpoint City.

While their menu does include staples like Tonkatsu ramen, rice bowls and gyoza, the star of the show has to be their Truffle Ramen, which is available in both dry ($16.90) and broth ($17.90) versions.

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While there really isn’t a wrong choice here, those looking for maximum truffle should definitely spring for the dry version. Thanks to a generous serving of truffle oil, truffle pate and actual truffles, every single bite is heavily laced with that distinct truffle taste (truffle enthusiasts will know that this is a rare occurrence).

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The inclusion of an onsen egg adds another dimension of flavour to the springy Hakata-style ramen (made in-house, btw), and I don’t think I could have finished my bowl any faster than I did.

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While the broth version is noticeably milder in that truffle taste, it definitely isn’t anything to scoff at either. Instead of covering the noodles the truffles make their way into the soup this time, resulting in a hearty concoction that you’ll want to finish to the last drop.

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Whichever version you choose, you’ll also be treated to two slices of Chashu (pork belly), which are marinated for four hours before being served. To be honest, the noodles are good enough to eat on their own, and the pork — while serviceable — did little to add to the already-flavourful dish.

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Melvin tells me that Kanshoku Ramen translates to “finish eating every last bit of your food” in Japanese, and with food this good it wasn’t hard to do so.

With so many truffle-based dishes proving only the briefest moments of satisfaction before losing its distinct taste, it’s refreshing to see a dish that doesn’t skim on its key ingredient. If you’re a fan of truffles at all, you owe it to yourself to give Kanshoku Ramen a try.

Kanshoku Ramen
Address: Orchard Gateway (#01-06), Ion Orchard (#B3-18), Northpoint City (#B1-151)
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm

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A Cut Above The Rest – This Is Probably The Most Instagrammable Hair Salon In Singapore

Do you remember the times in your childhood when your parents used to bring (or drag) you to the neighbourhood barber shop to get your hair cut? The leather seats with metal frames, faint smell of hair dye and the blocky hard cushion they used to prop you up so the chatty uncle or auntie (who typically goes way back with your family) can trim your locks.

As we grew up, we gradually and unknowingly transitioned from these vintage barbershops to the stylish modern hair salons that we frequent today.

Hair salons are a dime in a dozen in Singapore, however, there is one that is hoping to be a cut above the rest.

Hair Salon Made For Instagram

Tucked away in a former office space and hidden away from the hustle and bustle of the city is Chez Vous: HideAway – which unabashedly bills itself as Singapore’s most Instagrammable hair salon. Far from your ordinary hair salon, Chez Vous is a breakaway from the usual makeover stations, old school chandeliers and marble flooring.

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What makes it so Instagrammable you may ask? For starters, there are seven different zones set up as a maze across its 1,800 sq ft interior, each offering a different experience. Part salon, part sanctuary and part-playhouse, this salon is designed to create an immersive, retreat-like experience.

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Take countless selfies in a Hogwarts-inspired library and get your hair cut in an urban-minimalist loft which comes with a quirky Instagram-perfect bathtub right in the middle. You don’t only get to enjoy the hair services and your new look, but also feel like you’re on a retreat.

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Guests are encouraged to drop by 15 minutes ahead of their appointed time to enjoy the complimentary spa extras the salon offers. Unwind at the Relaxation Lounge which boasts a menu of signature herbal teas, spa snacks and leather massage chairs equipped with an oxygen bar and scalp rejuvenation machines.

Other complimentary add-ons include getting a Swedish scalp massage to the sound of a Tibetan Singing Bowl. Yes. Extra? Maybe, but we’re not mad about it.

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Each experience will also be accompanied by a bespoke Aromatherapy Journey, where your selected essential oil blend will accompany you through each step of your hair service, from the shampoo to the shoulder massage.

And all of these services are a GIVEN for every customer.

Here’s the catch. While all of these services may sound like the ideal place to pamper yourself, expect to fork out a minimum of $199 while you’re here.

There are only 4 tiers available here (for all hair length):

1. $199 for 2 services (Cut + 1 other service)

2. $299 for 3 services (Cut + 2 other services)

3. $399 for 4 services (Cut + 3 other services)

4. $499 for 5 services (Cut + 4 other services)

Check out their list of services here.

All we’re trying to say is, if you have money to throw and you feel like treating yourself, make your way down to Chez Vous: HideAway for a hair cut like no other.

Take all the time you need at this hair salon as each Chez Vous stylist will only take up to five appointments in a day to ensure customers get all the attention – and all the pouty selfies you need.

Chez Vous: Hideaway
Address: 391B, Orchard Road, Ngee Ann City Tower B (Takashimaya), #14-04, Singapore 238874
Opening Hours: Mon – Fri: 11am – 8.30pm | Sat: 10.30am – 7pm | Sun: 11am – 6pm
Contact No.: 6219 3558
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A Uniquely Singaporean Omakase: Feast On An 8-Course Meal Made With Local Produce In A HDB Flat For $99

“Do I remove my shoes?” I asked sheepishly as Chef Shen laughs and warmly welcomes me into her home.

I took my place at the dinner table and awkwardly shift about my seat. Attending a private dinner in a stranger’s home is possibly the weirdest thing I’ve done in 2018. How do I act? Do I make friends? Am I supposed to eat at the same pace as others?

As the saying goes, the best food is the kind that’s cooked at home. We all love the comfort of a good home-cooked meal but the idea of stepping into a stranger’s home for dinner might sound a little strange to some.

Private home dining experiences are emerging here once more. It’s not difficult to understand why as the modern consumers can be tired of ‘outside’ food and would prefer a ‘simple’ home style cooking instead. However, it’s not exactly the cheapest option either. Some menus may cost anywhere between $80 – $100, some with unique creations and a long waiting list you have to book months prior.

Even though the price-tag seems high, a lot of Singaporeans are willing to fork out good money as many of these concepts offer recipes which are not commonly found anymore.

Ownself Make Chef

The Cook: Durian Tempoyak with Pork Ribs, Bacon Ice Cream Sandwich and Wasabi Chocolate – if you think these combination of sweet and savoury are weird, Chef Shen Tan, a virtuoso of mod-sin cuisine takes it to the next level.

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After leaving her corporate job 10 years ago, she jumped into the F&B industry despite having zero culinary background. Famed for her Nasi Lemak at Revolution Coffee and her first restaurant venture, Wok and Barrel, Chef Shen now opens her home to public for a gastronomic experience like no other. And she’s named it Ownself Make Chef.

Ownself Make Chef is about Chef Shen’s journey as a self-taught chef and her culinary explorations. Getting inspirations from her runs and afternoon reads, her food revolves around Singaporean and Southeast Asian flavours.

The Setting: Conveniently located 5 minutes away from the MRT, who would’ve thought that a three-room HDB flat in Commonwealth plays host to some seriously amazing food creations.

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I was warmly welcomed into her house and walked in to a minimalist dining area that could comfortably sit up to 12 people. Soft music was playing in the background as Chef Shen prepares the first course of the day. Her kitchen is located right next to the dining area so you could observe Chef Shen as she prepares the courses throughout the evening.

I was lucky enough to attend the Sinfully Seafood Dinner ($99 per pax) and it was a dinner that was about to change my life (no kidding!).

The Menu: Truly the queen of puns, just her menu names alone are worth a revisit. From the aPORKalypse Dinner to Rice to The Occasion, her menu rotates each week so diners can always expect something new each time they dine with Ownself Make Chef.

There’s a total of 12 menus to date with new ones in the pipeline. Her dinners are so popular that she’s all packed till January 2019. Check out her website and reserve a spot before they’re all sold out again. Or simply gather a group of 8 and organise a private dinner instead!

The Food: Working with the best of local seafood from Ah Hua Kelong in Singapore, the Sinfully Seafood Dinner is created for seafood lovers who enjoy Singaporean flavours. Working with familiar local flavours such as Mee Siam, Salted Egg and Durian, this 8 course seafood dinner is far from ordinary.

Here’s what was served:

Mee Siam Ceviche

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We finally sat down for the first course. Growing up eating Mee Siam, most of us are familiar with its rich and sweet taste. For this dish, Chef Shen breaks down Mee Siam and turns it into a ceviche which is a seafood dish typically made from fresh raw fish cured in citrus juices, such as lemon or lime.

The botan ebi, hokkaido scallop and grouper are cured in kalamansi lime and mee siam rempah, mixed with pineapple, cucumber, coriander, spring onions, chilli, chinese chives and topped with tau pok croutons.

What you get is a light and refreshing version of the Mee Siam that we all know and love.

Oyster Fritters with Salted Egg Yolk Aioli

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We can all agree that the salted egg trend has gotten out of hand within the past two years and it’s about time we put an end to it. But we won’t say no to this Salted Egg Yolk Aioli.

The whole shucked oysters are lightly marinated with fish sauce and sugar then battered and fried. They’re then served with a side of housemade salted egg yolk aioli. Who would’ve thought oysters and salted egg could go so well together.

Seafood Tau Pok Pau 

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This was hands down the best dish of the night just because of all the elements that went into it. Also, plus points for creativity.

The tau pok is turned inside out and stuffed with otak mousse, blood cockles, torched ginger flower, leeks and deep fried. It is served with a side of sng ngee which is made up of garlic, lime juice and a handful of chilli padi. It may look like any ordinary chicken rice chilli but this one surely packs a punch.

For someone who can take her spice, I found myself choking from the heat of the chilli.

Luxe Hae Mee Tng 

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The handmade oyster pasta is the star of the Hae Mee Tng. Instead of using regular yellow noodles, Chef Shen infuses oyster in her pasta which elevates the flavour of the entire dish.

The broth is made with pork bones, carrots, shallots, swimmer crabs, prawns and clams. You can also expect the freshest jumbo prawns that have been grilled with crustacean infused lard. It’s then garnished with crispy shallots and lardons.

Green Pepper Curry Clams with Nasi Lemak

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Famed for her Nasi Lemak, you know you’re in for a real treat. Her signature dish is painstakingly cooked by steaming the rice twice over four hours.

This time, instead of having it with a fried egg and chicken wing, we’re treated to a generous portion of local clams and kampot green peppercorns cooked in a mild lemak curry served with sambal belachan.

Grilled Salted Egg Cured Grouper

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The black grouper from Ah Hua Kelong is cured in salted egg and curry leaves which results in a lovely firm texture. The grouper is paired with grilled vegetables tossed through her own Thai basil laksa leaf pesto.

Durian Tempoyak Mussels and Bacon

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If you’re a huge durian fan (or not), you’re definitely going to love this dish.

The super fresh mussels from Ah Hua Kelong are cooked with fermented durian from Ah Seng Durian, leeks and bacon.


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Ending off the 8 course dinner on a high note is a sweet and savoury dessert. Just when I thought that Chef Shen was done with surprises, the last dish did it for me again.

The sweet crepes are stuffed with a mango and crab filling, served with kaffir lime leaf lychee sorbet, salted egg yolk ice cream and grated salted egg yolk. This is the only time we’re not complaining about salted egg yolk in our food.

Let’s just say, this isn’t your average dessert course.

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Helming Wok and Barrel, Ujong and Revolution Coffee in the past, Chef Shen’s creations were nothing short of amazing and it definitely set the bar high for all future private dining experiences. She regularly posts sneak peeks of upcoming dinners on her Facebook page and website.

In a city state known for its rigidity and conservatism, the chance to have an intimate and private experience is indeed an exciting , fresh-feeling proposition. But if you think getting into someone’s house for a private dinner is easy, think again.

Many private dining experiences involve multiple emails, follow ups and a long waiting list. But once you score an invite, the back and forth is well worth the effort. You’ll not only be treated to an exceptional meal but an unforgettable experience too.

Check out Ownself Make Chef for Chef Shen’s upcoming dinner.

Ownself Make Chef
Address: 84 Commonwealth Close, #04-83, Singapore 140084
Book Your Dinner Here: Website | Facebook | Instagram

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Poke Bowls, Vintage Clothes And More – 8 Stalls To Check Out At Twilight Express: Flea & Feast

We’ve already seen two instalments of Twilight: Flea & Feast this year, but it looks like the indoor bazaar will be making a third appearance in 2018 to usher in the Christmas season.

Now rechristened as Twilight Express: Flea & Feast, the hipster extravaganza will be returning to the Suntec Convention Centre from the 7th to 9th of December (this Friday to Sunday), once again featuring more than 50 (halal!) f&b and artisan stalls to satisfy both the foodie and shopaholic in you.

With admission being free, however, it’s almost guaranteed that the event is going to be a human sardine can. To make sure you get the most of your visit, we’ve gone ahead and rounded up 8 stalls that you should check out:

Oahu Poke

Is it still Poke Bowl season? Well, the folks at Oahu Poke are certainly doing their part to keep the trend alive.

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Making their debut at Twilight Express, the stall offers healthy meats like like grilled salmon and teriyaki chicken, topped with classic poke ingredients like Japanese cucumber, tamago and pineapples.

With discounts of up to $3.90 available on their Facebook page — off an already-enticing introductory price of $8, no less — you’ll be saving on both dollars and calories.


Think of Saiko as the elevated version of your typical pasar malam takoyaki joint!

Serving up Japanese street food realness, Saiko serves takoyaki in sizeable portions with full bite-sized fillings. You can choose from 3 different fillings – octopus, chicken and braised mushrooms. You also have the option of mixing 2 different fillings in one serving.

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Other selections include Classic, Dashi (takoyaki with dashi broth, bonito flakes and scallions) and Miso (takoyaki with miso butter and rice krispies). Top it all off with a perfectly cooked onsen egg for just an additional $2!

We promise you that the takoyaki from Saiko won’t disappoint!

The Fab Five

If it’s comfort food you’re looking for, look no further than The Fab Five.

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Inspired by “Chicago’s late night eats”, this stall specialises in good ol’ Mac & Cheese. For added guilt, you can add a variety of toppings such as chilli beef, meatballs, and even button mushrooms for the vegetarians out there. Save the dieting for next year, we’d say.


For those heading to Twilight Express in a group, Sofnade is one stall you have to put on your to-do list.

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From meatballs, twister fries and even milk-friggin-tea, everything is served in a comically large bucket (smaller sizes are available, but where’s the fun in that?). At $10 for an entire bucket of meatballs, you’re definitely getting your money’s worth with this one.


Retro fashion will always be in, but if you’re not keen on digging through your parent’s old clothes to find the perfect #throwback outfit, Vintagewknd has got you covered.

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Featuring a wide catalogue of blouses, skirts, dresses and shirts that are unapologetically stuck in the 70s, you’re sure to stand out among the sea of Champion tees that everyone seems to be wearing these days. And with prices hovering around the $20 mark, they’re mighty affordable too.

With Christmas just around the corner and secret santa’s happening in every office and classroom, it’s time to start thinking of gift ideas. Now, you could play it safe with a book or Takashimaya vouchers…or you could get them a personalised car plate instead.

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That’s right — at, you can emboss a message on a license plate for a truly unique gift. Whether it’s their name or some inside joke that no one else will get, you’re sure to be the MVP of your secret Santa with this one.


In an age where everyone’s pretty much carrying the same phones and laptops, personalising your gear is more important than ever. For a cheap and affordable solution, head on over to SticOnArt.

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Offering a wide variety of stickers that range from fancy typography to pop culture references, there’s something for everyone here. Personalised options are available as well, if you’re feeling particularly picky.


A girl can never have too many makeup brushes, so why not #supportlocal while you’re shopping for your next one?

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Painstakingly handcrafted in limited quantities and made with cruelty-free products, 13rushes just might be your new favourite brush brand. With brushes available in every size imaginable, you just might find some things to put on your Christmas wish list.

Twilight Express: Flea & Feast
Venue: Suntec Convention Centre, Halls 401/402
Date: 7th December – 9th December
Time: 10am – 10pm
Admission: Free


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