Male or female, young or old, we all want to look and feel good.
While some of us struggle with difficult skin, some of us struggle with something else: our hair. Whether it’s flaky scalp, oily scalp or hair loss, hair issues can be a huge source of confidence loss for both men and women.
While there are many shampoos, tonics, and serums out there that claim to help with these issues, few of them truly deliver on their promises, leaving us right back at square one: without a solution.
Beijing 101 has been in the business of hair loss solutions for a good 43 years and has won many international awards from different countries! They also have a stellar track record, with 9 in 10* of customers seeing visible hair growth and long-lasting results.
An authority in hair care, Beijing 101 employs Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) principles in its service. Not only do they use premium-grade natural herbs like ginseng, lingzhi and dang gui to treat scalp issues, all their consultants are TCM trained!
We sent our ambassador, Vanessa, down for a scalp treatment. After all, who would say no to better, healthier hair?
Consulting With The Specialist
The session began with a 20 minute consultation with the hair consultant, which took place in a welcoming private consultation room.[caption id="attachment_25667" align="alignnone" width="1344"] Vanessa was given a warm tea to drink during her consultation![/caption]
The consultant asked her a series of questions pertaining to her lifestyle, hair- and health-related habits, before proceeding to scan and analyse her scalp. She found that Vanessa’s hair was thinning at the crown, and that some empty pores were prominent.
She suggested that this could be due to stress and a lack of sleep (#studentlife), and she recommended that Vanessa go for the Herbal Scalp Treatment, which helps to cleanse and keep the scalp clean, preventing hair follicles from getting clogged.
Vanessa was led to a private VIP room, where she got all the privacy she wanted, to browse through the magazines provided and to enjoy her tea.[caption id="attachment_25668" align="alignnone" width="1344"] Getting the Deep Cleansing Scalp Mask applied to her scalp[/caption]
The procedure began with the application of the Deep Cleansing Scalp Mask to her scalp, a concoction of TCM herbs. The mask was spread evenly throughout her head, and a steamer was used to help open the pores of her scalp so it could absorb all the good stuff packed within it!
The mask was left to sit for about 40 minutes, before being thoroughly washed off.
For the next part of her treatment, 2 coats of serum were applied to her scalp to balance its pH level. The serum was massaged into her scalp to, once again, aid absorption.[caption id="attachment_25669" align="alignnone" width="1344"] Feeling all kinds of SHIOK…[/caption]
There were 3 different types of massages she could choose from: one for better sleep, one for soothing tense muscles, and another for overall well-being. She picked the one for overall well-being–the signature Meridian Herbal Treatment Massage–which was very calming and relaxing!
Seeing A Visible Difference
To conclude the session, she was given a second scalp analysis, where you could actually see much fewer pores clogged with sebum. While there was–of course–no visible hair growth within that 1 session, she left with a cleaner, much healthier scalp than she came in with!
To check out her experience, watch the video below!
If you’ve been struggling with your scalp for the longest time and have tried almost everything out there in a bid to remedy it, make a trip down to Beijing 101—you won’t regret it!
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Running out of ideas for what you can do together as a family? Don’t worry, there are plenty of ways to switch things up!
This time of the year is jam-packed with fun-filled activities that both you and your kids can enjoy!
From immersive arts experiences for your budding little musician to musicals with special appearances from your kids’ favourite nursery rhyme characters, there’s a whole host of experiences you can share with your child!
Here are 5 family day out ideas that we’re sure both you and your child will love!
1. Arts Imprints Around My Neighbourhood
If you enjoyed Arts in Your Neighbourhood before, the month-long arts extravaganza is back again and this time, it’s coming to the north of Singapore—the neighbourhood of Yishun![caption id="attachment_24241" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Image credit: Arts For All[/caption]
From now till 26 March, there will be a host of engaging, fun arts activities for you and your kids to enjoy right where you are, in your neighbourhood!
One of the events both you and your kids can have a ball of a time at is Arts Imprints Around My Neighbourhood, a musical trail around Yishun. Start at either Chong Pang Amphitheatre (Route A) or Yishun Neighbourhood Park (Route B), and follow the musicians as they lead you from one familiar landmark to another, telling the story of Yishun, one of the oldest estates in Singapore.
Expect pop-up music performances, hands-on drumming sessions for your kids, and also a special finale: a concert at GV Yishun cinema! Arts Imprints Around My Neighbourhood*
Date: 26 Mar 2017
Time: 9.30am – 12.30pm
*Event is free, but registration is required.
2. i Light Marina Bay
For those of you who haven’t already checked out i Light Marina Bay, it’s not too late to head down to see the remarkable lightworks and be a part of the food, fun and festivities! Planned with both adults and children in mind, people of all ages can enjoy i Light!
Bring the kids to the Art-Zoo, an experiential inflatable playground and art installation by Singaporean artist, designer and curator Jackson Tan. Here, kids can bounce to their heart’s content in an imaginative landscape where plants, animals and eco-systems are brought to life through art.[caption id="attachment_24242" align="alignnone" width="800"] Image credit: Image credit: Image credit: Xavier Lur[/caption]
With so many things to do, i Light is definitely an event you don’t want to miss out on.
Click here to find out more about the light installations and the performances happening at Gastrobeats.
Location: The Float @ Marina Bay
Price: $15/person; $54/4 pax (at the door), $50/4 pax (online sales)
Date: 3 March – 26 March 2017
Operating Hours: Weekdays: 5pm – 11pm; Weekends: 2pm – 11pm
Location: Bayfront Event Space
Date: 3 March – 26 March 2017
Operating Hours: Sunday – Thursday: 5pm – 11pm; Friday & Saturday: 4pm – 12am
3. Itsy – The Musical[caption id="attachment_24245" align="alignnone" width="640"] Image credit: SISTIC[/caption]
Itsy the Musical tells the tale of the evil Itsy Bitsy spider, who’s gathered an army of spiders to terrorise the characters in the nursery rhyme world. A grandfather in search of his grandson becomes an unlikely hero, as he fends off the eight-legged terror to protect the friends he’s met along the way—characters you’ll find familiar from reading all those nursery rhymes with your kids!
A moving tale of the bond between a grandparent and his grandchild, look out for special appearances by Jack and Jill, the Three Blind Mice, Humpty Dumpty and many others! With an entrancing mixture of puppetry and live action, you can expect a show with stunning effects and music both you and your tot will love!
Location: Victoria Theatre
Price: Standard: $75, $65, $55; Restricted View: $45
Date: 24 March – 2 April 2017
Click Image credit: Image credit: to find out more highlights happening during “A World Of Wonder” Garden Rhapsody.
The Dye-nosaur Gardens
Location: Supertree Grove, Gardens by the Bay
Date: 10 March – 2 April 2017
Time: 10.00am – 9.00pm
“A World Of Wonder” Garden Rhapsody
Location: Supertree Grove, Gardens by the Bay
Date: 10 March – 2 April 2017*
Time: 7.45pm – 8.00pm, 8.45pm – 9.00pm
*In support of Earth Hour on 25 March 2017 (Sat), the 8.45pm Garden Rhapsody show will be cancelled. The 7.45pm show will proceed as scheduled.
5. A Peter Rabbit Tale
Based on the beloved children’s classic by Beatrix Potter, Singapore Repertory Theatre’s The Little Company will be presenting “A Peter Rabbit Tale”![caption id="attachment_24253" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Image credit: for an informative list of arts and culture events happening all around Singapore.
A List Singapore is also easily available in both online and print versions. You can either follow them on their Facebook, Twitter, Instagram , Youtube page, or get a hardcopy of their monthly magazine that is distributed at SMRT Stations island-wide.
Have a blast, and we hope you make some brilliant memories as a family!
We millennials are a busy bunch. Between sitting on our butts all day, balancing school, work, our social lives and the 101 other commitments we keep these days, there are definitely some things that fall by the wayside, including our fitness, skin health, and sometimes, even our general well-being.
Who has the time to hit the gym three times a week or to religiously go through a 5-step skin routine? Well, every now and then, it’s good to stop, take a break, and find a fix for some of the things you’ve been neglecting until now.
If you’re all about quick fixes when it comes to your weight, skin, or if you just want to purge your body of all the tiredness within it, Healing Touch has your back. The beauty chain whose core services include facials, massages and slimming has won awards from CLEO, Women’s Weekly and TripdAdvisor, sealing its status as a peoples’ favourite.
Its staff are friendly and highly experienced, they use quality products and the latest technologies. And the best part? It won’t cost you a bomb!
Last week, I popped by the branch in Orchid Country Club to give its slimming treatment and facials a go and this was what went down.
The slimming treatment I tried was the Slim Lipo-Laser Treatment ($230 excl. GST) and the staff there guaranteed—as they do with all their first time customers—that I would lose 5cm around my waist. A little bit skeptical at first, I went for it and wound up losing a total of 8.5cm within the 60 minute session! I was definitely surprised by the results.[caption id="attachment_22944" align="alignnone" width="1280"] Each slimming room comes equipped with a hanger to hang your clothes and a locker to store your things[/caption]
The treatment uses a machine called a ‘Lipo Laser’. During the treatment, after the skin is prepped with a Complex AHA fruit acid, a total of 8 laser light emitting plates are strapped across the tummy region. It sounds scary, but trust me, it isn’t!
The lasers penetrate the skin, targeting fat cells and releasing water and free fatty acid. This effectively causes the fat cells to “shrink”, which is how you lose the inches around your tummy! After this, the slimming therapist conducts a Manual Lymph Drainage massage to flush out all that water and nasty toxins that was released earlier.
The heat from the metal plates can be a little painful, especially if you’re on or near the beginning/end of your period (like I was), because the skin tends to be more sensitive during this time. Don’t try to bear with it like I did! Feel free to let the attentive staff know if it’s too hot, and she will make adjustments accordingly.[caption id="attachment_22945" align="alignnone" width="1249"] The Lipo Laser machine[/caption]
As the lasers were working away at “melting” my fats, the therapist went through a questionnaire to find out more about my lifestyle habits—how much water I drink, how often I exercise, etc.—as well as my weight loss goals—what my goal weight is, when was the last time I was at my goal weight, etc.
When the session was over, we had a short consultation where she advised me on how to lead a healthier lifestyle, and made sure I had realistic expectations when it came to achieving and maintaining my goal body, i.e. it takes a total lifestyle change. Slimming treatments without any accompanying changes to your nutritional habits or exercise frequency won’t do the trick, especially not in the long run.
While the Lipo-Laser Treatment is definitely a quick fix when you need it, I think it’s great that Healing Touch employs a holistic approach toward weight loss, providing nutritional coaching and motivating customers to live healthier beyond just administering the treatment, so they can better achieve their goal physiques.
For the facial, I tried the NEO Energy Advanced Facials ($226 excl. GST), a 90 minute bespoke facial where you get to use 2 of 5 cutting edge technologies, depending on your skin issues.[caption id="attachment_22954" align="alignnone" width="1126"] For the NEO Energy Advanced Facials, the facialist recommends you 2 of 5 latest technologies and customizes the treatment to your skin’s needs[/caption]
The 5 are Meso Infusion, which facilitates the penetration of serum for more hydrated, firmer skin; D-Sonic Deep Cleansing for a deep clean of the skin; Sonic Muscle Toning for firming and lifting; LED Multi-Purpose, to promote the production of collagen; as well as Bio-Mask Refining, to minimize pores as well as to brighten.
Because the beautician identified uneven skin tone, blackheads and enlarged pores as my key skin issues, she recommended Meso Infusion and Bio-Mask Refining. The treatment was so relaxing I actually fell asleep![caption id="attachment_22946" align="alignnone" width="1265"] Healing Touch uses skincare products from Japanese brands Organic Time and Dr. Proens[/caption]
After giving my face a thorough double cleanse, as well as a routine extraction, the beautician applied a customized serum to my face and gently massaged it in using the Neo Energy Mesotherapy probe which was tuned to the optimal frequency for penetration (Meso Infusion).
Next, she applied 6 pairs of electrodes to the face through a face mask. While the positive ion plates helped with detoxification and removal of dirt and oil, the negative ion plates helped with the delivery of the active ingredients of the serum used, as well as with brightening the face and the minimizing of pores (Bio-Mask Refining).
What struck me as quite unique about the facials here was that they pluck your eyebrows as part of the treatment. I was so surprised I actually asked “Is this part of the facial?” when the beautician offered to pluck them! Aside from that, the facial included a face and shoulder massage—again, an unexpected touch, but definitely a plus by me.
All the products used were lightly and beautifully scented and felt super luxurious, and as promised, at the end of the treatment, my pores were noticeably smaller and my skin felt soft and youthful again!
From my experience, it’s clear to see that the staff at Healing Touch are truly dedicated to serving its customers. With a strong no hard-selling policy, you don’t have to worry about having to commit to anything you’re not comfortable with. Whether it’s slimming, a facial, or a relaxing massage you’re in for, you’ll sure to leave feeling very, very satisfied.
North-east residents rejoice! The new kid on the block – Seletar Aerospace – is currently where all the hipsters are now hanging out at!
The recently redeveloped area at Seletar Aerospace Park is also known as The Oval. This sprawling plot of land boasts a cluster of 32 black and white colonial bungalows. Gazetted for conservation, these stunning bungalows now house various restaurants for that ultimate dining experience.
We’d say, forget Tiong Bahru and Holland Village. Seletar Aerospace is the next foodie enclave that you should be heading to!
1. Youngs Bar & Restaurant
Housed in one of the numerous colonial bungalows at Seletar Aerospace Park is Youngs Bar & Restaurant.[caption id="attachment_21805" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] Credit: Credit: Credit: Instagram[/caption]
If you happen to be here at night, you will certainly be spoilt for choice with their extensive selection of drinks. Choose from draft and bottled beers, single malt whiskies, cocktails to red and white wine!
Youngs Bar & Restaurant
Address: 3 Hyde Park Gate, The Oval @ SAP, Singapore 799531
Opening hours: Mon to Thu 11am – 1am, Fri & Eve of PH 11am – 2am, Sat 8am – 2am, Sun and PH 8am – 1am
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Similar to most of the restaurants here at Seletar Aerospace Park, Wildseed is a cafe by day and transforms into a bar at night.
[caption id="attachment_21809" align="aligncenter" width="901"] Credit: Credit: Credit: 4. The Summerhouse Dining Room
Sharing the same bungalow space as Wildseed, The Summerhouse Dining Room is located at the upper floor of the colonial bungalow. [caption id="attachment_21813" align="aligncenter" width="1080"] Credit: Facebook, The Summerhouse Dining Room[/caption]
The restaurant overlooks its in-house garden and farming collective. Expect a plethora of nature-inspired cuisines using their very own fresh seasonal produce!
Sharing the same bungalow space as Wildseed, The Summerhouse Dining Room is located at the upper floor of the colonial bungalow.
[caption id="attachment_21813" align="aligncenter" width="1080"] Credit: Facebook, The Summerhouse Dining Room[/caption]
The restaurant overlooks its in-house garden and farming collective. Expect a plethora of nature-inspired cuisines using their very own fresh seasonal produce![caption id="attachment_21814" align="aligncenter" width="2048"] Credit: Facebook, The Summerhouse Dining Room[/caption]
Here at The Summerhouse Dining Room, you can expect nothing short of inventive flavours. They have a unique collective farming set menu as well as a la carte dishes available. Some of their highlights include Iberico Pork, Beetroot as well as Uni Pasta.
[caption id="attachment_21812" align="aligncenter" width="329"] Credit: 5. Di Wei Teo Chew Restaurant
If modern Western cuisines do not suit your palate for the day, fret not! There is still the reliable Chinese restaurant to fall back on at Di Wei Teo Chew Restaurant. [caption id="attachment_21816" align="aligncenter" width="1280"] Credit: Credit: Website The once-secluded area of Seletar just got more hip. All because of the onslaught of chichi restaurants and cafes that serve up fancy food, fancy cocktails and fancy coffee. Away from the bustling city roads, this place provides a serene and almost country-like atmosphere rarely found in our cosmopolitan Singapore. While Seletar Aerospace might be slightly inaccessible (though Punggol and Yishun residents might beg to differ), it is no doubt a trip worth making. So head down to this new foodie enclave and savour some delectable food fare while enjoying the quiet setting. At the rate of its increasing popularity, this place might start getting more crowded in time to come! (Header image credit: www.silverkris.com)
If modern Western cuisines do not suit your palate for the day, fret not! There is still the reliable Chinese restaurant to fall back on at Di Wei Teo Chew Restaurant.
[caption id="attachment_21816" align="aligncenter" width="1280"] Credit: Credit: Website
The once-secluded area of Seletar just got more hip. All because of the onslaught of chichi restaurants and cafes that serve up fancy food, fancy cocktails and fancy coffee. Away from the bustling city roads, this place provides a serene and almost country-like atmosphere rarely found in our cosmopolitan Singapore.
While Seletar Aerospace might be slightly inaccessible (though Punggol and Yishun residents might beg to differ), it is no doubt a trip worth making. So head down to this new foodie enclave and savour some delectable food fare while enjoying the quiet setting. At the rate of its increasing popularity, this place might start getting more crowded in time to come!
(Header image credit: www.silverkris.com)
As The Avons sang, “We’re Only Young Once”, children will only be tiny munchkins for that precious instant in their lives. Who wouldn’t want to capture their lovely, tiny human at the pinnacle of their childhood charm? Before all your tiny darlings start shooting up like Jack’s magical beanstalk, book one of these outstanding baby photographers to freeze all those precious moments and expressions.
Photography Style: Versatile and Ingenious
1. Bambini Photography
If your baby is crying like a burst dam, it may make perfect sense to call off your photoshoot. Or even better, why not let Bambini Photography turn that moment into a breezy au naturel photo opportunity?[caption id="attachment_19575" align="aligncenter" width="885"] Bambini[/caption]
Also, they are such dedicated baby photographers that they’ll even bring their props and backdrops to your home for a photoshoot if that’s what will make baby and you feel more comfortable.[caption id="attachment_19577" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Bambini[/caption]
P.S. I Love You Photography[/caption]
Whether it’s recreating a nautical scene on a beach, or depicting your baby as a hen, game on.
P.S. I Love You Photography
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Helmed by an all-women team, this boutique photography studio specialises in dreamy, whimsical shots with playful use of costumes and props.[caption id="attachment_19501" align="alignnone" width="1500"] Photography Style: Surreal and Edgy
4. Jen Pan Photography
This baby photographer’s shots will speak to your inner wild child, as her shots are snazzy and mystical all at once.[caption id="attachment_19651" align="aligncenter" width="918"] Photography Style: Simple and Classic
5. Bamboo Shoots Photography[caption id="attachment_19583" align="aligncenter" width="686"] Bamboo Shoots[/caption]
Cici from Bamboo Shoots Photography believes in delivering simple, sincere and elegant shots. What better way to do this than capturing her subjects under natural light?[caption id="attachment_19584" align="aligncenter" width="960"] Bamboo Shoots[/caption]
Besides her artful integration of nature into the photography process, she is adept at capturing her subjects’ emotions. No wonder she’s on the 2016 Best list of Singapore Tatler!
Bamboo Shoots Photography With the blood of photography running through her veins, Tatler’s listed Sealey Brandt has photographed over 1,000 families across the globe. It certainly wouldn’t hurt to experience the magic of what her and her camera can do.
Photography Style: Humorous and Candid
7. The Family Man
[caption id="attachment_19384" align="alignnone" width="1200"] Photography Style: Sophisticated and thought-provoking
8. Sealey Brandt Photography
With the blood of photography running through her veins, Tatler’s listed Sealey Brandt has photographed over 1,000 families across the globe. It certainly wouldn’t hurt to experience the magic of what her and her camera can do.[caption id="attachment_19585" align="aligncenter" width="1440"] Afghan Girl, you’ll be in good hands with Sealey Brandt.
Singapore is home to a multitude of religions and races and let’s be honest it seems we’re celebrating a holiday every other month! We’re days from ushering the new month of October and that means only one thing, Oktoberfest! We’ve sourced the top 10 places where you can celebrate Oktoberfest 2016, so get your body ready for the never ending flow of beers, Oomph music and way too much bratwurst!
1. Oktoberfest Asia 2016 (13-15 Oct)
(image credit: Oktoberfest Asia)
If you want to completely immerse yourself in Oktoberfest, you’re in luck because Oktoberfest Asia 2016 is going all out this year! Located at the open field at Tan Queen Lan Street, this large scale booze filled event is a dream come true for every Ocktoberfest fan!
Each ticket purchased gets you free flow of beer from 6pm to 12.30am (!!!) and an Oktoberfest Asia beer stein for free! With beers like Schneider Weisse, Paulaner Brauhaus and Weihenstephan on tap. With Bavarian favourites available for purchase and live performances from Hofbrauhaus band. You’ll feel like you’re actually in Munich!
Oktoberfest Asia 2016
Tan Quee Lan Street
Ticket Prices: 13 Oct – $70; 14/15 Oct – $90
For more information: Oktoberfest Asia 2016
2. Swissotel The Stamford
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Prices: Adult – $66++, Child – $33++
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Opening Hours: Sun – Thu, 12pm – 12am; Fri – Sat, 12pm – 1am
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Park Royal On Pickering has started their own Oktoberfeast early this year! From 19-30 Sept, the Lime Bar is offering unlimited servings of Erdinger Weissbier, Erdinger Weissbier Dunkel and Tiger Beer for only $68! Best part? If you head over in a group of 4, the Lime Bar will throw in a complimentary German platter full of German sausages and cold cuts!
On 1 and 2 October 2016, Park Royal On Pickering will be holding a Bavarian Feast! Held at the outdoor terrace, you’ll be treated with free flowing Erdinger Beer and an assortment of traditional German cuisine! From German Sausages, Pork Knuckles and Chicken Schnitzel to Potato Rosti, there’s something for everyone at the Bavarian Feast!
Park Royal On Pickering
3 Upper Pickering St, S058289
Contact: 6809 8899
Oktoberfest: 19 – 30 Sept ; 6pm – 9pm; $68/pax
Bavarian Feast : 1-2 Oct; 4.30pm – 9pm; $128/pax (inclusive of free flow beer); $99/pax (inclusive of chilled juices & soft drinks)
For more information: Park Royal On Pickering
5. Erdinger Ocktoberfest 2016
7. Brotzeit German Bier Bar & Restaurant
8. Resort World Sentosa
(image credit: Oktoberfest RWS)
For one night only and for the the first time ever, Resort World Sentosa is holding its own Oktoberfest! Tuck into a buffet of German favourites like schnitzels, sauerkraut and four bratwursts specially created by RWS’s Michelin-Starred and Celebrity Chef Restaurants!
Served alongside limited edition Erdingers and featuring a live performance by Ois Easy! Oktoberfest by Resort World Sentosa is definitely going to be ton of fun! Best part? They have Beer Pong!
Tickets are priced at $78++ for the German fare buffet, the tasting platter of sausages and one glass of beer! Parties of 8 can get tickets at $750++ inclusive for two beer towers!
Resort World Sentosa
7pm – 2am
For more information: Oktoberfest at RWS
9. Clarke Quay Oktoberfest 2016
10. Orchid Country Club’s Oktoberfest
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Good news for those living in the north, you don’t have to go far to celebrate Oktoberfest this year! Orchid Country Club is throwing its own Oktoberfest party! If you’re all about having fun and competing in the spirit of fun, Orchid Country Club’s Oktoberfest is perfect for you!
With sausage eating, arm wrestling competitions, log sawing and one minute challenges alongside live band performances OCC’s Oktoberfest is all about having fun! But don’t brush them off just yet, traditional German grub like pork knuckles, oven-based BBQ ribs and roasted lamb legs are all part of the menu!
Orchid Country Club
1 Orchid Club Rd, S769162
30 Sept – 1 Oct
7pm – Late
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Yishun is probably not one of the first few places we’ll think of when we wanna look for great yummy food in Singapore. But don’t dismiss this new town up north quickly as a pathetic and boring place for foodies yet.
Let the hidden yummy food in Yishun make you relook at this suburban neighbourhood. Read on to discover the top 16 yummylicious all time best eats and new eats so good, you wish you could have them now!
All Time Best Eats
1. Hojiak Black & White Rojak[caption id="attachment_14006" align="alignnone" width="1600"] Image Credit: Cavin Teo[/caption]
As the name of this stall implies, they sell real “ho-jiak” (“delicious” in Hokkien) rojak, a popular local delight.
Hojiak Black & White Rojak has been faithfully serving the palatable delight to residents around Khatib MRT for a long time. While it has moved from one coffee shop to another within the same neighbourhood, it is always strategically located next to the drinks stall.
Rojak served with the black shrimp paste (“hae ko”) is considered a sinfully unhealthy food. But who can resist the plate of crisp tofu and dough fritters, with crunchy cucumber and turnip slices drizzled with lots of diced peanuts? I can’t!
If you prefer a healthier version, try the white rojak which is served with sour plum sauce, a refreshing tangy taste that is equally yummy too!
Hojiak Black & White Rojak
Address: Blk 846 Yishun Ring Road
Open: 1.30 pm till sold out
Price: From $3
2. Yishun 925 Hainanese Chicken Rice[caption id="attachment_14191" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Credit: Image Credit: Ellena Guan[/caption]
Shami Banana Leaf Delights is a popular Indian food stall that started operations at Northpoint Shopping Centre food court since 1993. There were crazy queues in front of the stall during meal times back in the good old days.
Their signature dish has to be the nasi briyani set that comes with flavourful meat served on fluffy briyani rice. With the expansion of 2 outlets at Food Republic Causeway Point and Sembawang Road, it’s now more convenient to get your briyani fix!
Shami Banana Leaf Delights
Northpoint Shopping Centre, 930 Yishun Ave 2 #B2-10;
349 Sembawang Road;
Causeway Point, 1 Woodlands Square #04-01
Open: 10 am to 10 pm (Northpoint & Causeway Point); 7 am to 10 pm (Sembawang Road)
Price: $7 for the chicken briyani set
4. Chuan Kee Braised Duck Rice[caption id="attachment_13995" align="alignnone" width="1600"] Image Credit: The Burnt Fork[/caption]
Enough of chicken, folks in Yishun love duck meat too! And so, we love Chuan Kee Braised Duck Rice in Chong Pang Food Centre. The boneless braised duck meat here comes in a generous serving doused with thick dark gravy, accompanied by slices of soft braised tofu and flavourful peanuts.
No wonder there is always a queue at the stall!
Chuan Kee Braised Duck Rice
Address: Chong Pang Food Centre, 105 Yishun Ring Road, #01-159
Open: Tue to Sun 10 am to 8 pm
Price: From $3
5. 928 Yishun Laksa[caption id="attachment_14193" align="aligncenter" width="1600"] Credit: Image Credit: Hawker Hunters[/caption]
Yet another perennial favourite of the northlanders, Chong Pang Nasi Lemak started as a humble stall in the Chong Pang Village Hawker Centre in 1973. Over the years, it has gained such a huge following with its freshly cooked dishes that it has since relocated to a coffee shop along Sembawang Road to cater to a larger crowd.
The coconut rice is aromatic but not overpowering. Popular dishes include the specially marinated chicken wings fried to perfection, spicy long beans and sambal brinjal. For a really satisfying meal with a kick, don’t forget to add their signature chilli sauce!
Also found in Chong Pang Food Centre, Xiang Xiang Fishball Noodles is one of my favourite comfort food. This is a familiar name to many of those who grew up in the old kampung days in Nee Soon.
As one of the rare hawker stalls that still serves food to your table, Xiang Xiang’s fishballs are big and springy, made with fresh yellowtail fish or ikan parang. Try the dry spicy version for a savoury bowl of noodles tossed with a generous mix of lard, chilli paste and soy sauce. The accompanying soup is lightly flavoured with “chye poh” (preserved turnip) which adds to the fragrance!
Xiang Xiang Fishball Noodles
Address: Chong Pang Food Centre, 105 Yishun Ring Road, #01-177
Open: Tue to Sun 6 am to 4 pm
Price: $3 (small), $3.50 (big)
8. 618 Sim Carrot Cake[caption id="attachment_14002" align="alignnone" width="1600"] Image Credit: Foodie FC[/caption]
Nestled within the quiet Nee Soon South district at Fujo Eating House, 618 Sim Carrot Cake is the place to satisfy your cravings early in the morning! Located about 10 min away from Khatib MRT station, count your lucky stars if you manage to tuck into a yummy plate of fried radish cake mixed with a plentiful amount of “chye poh”.
On weekdays till 9.30 am, you can ask for either black (fried in dark sweet sauce) or white carrot cake. However, only the white carrot cake is available on weekends. Be prepared to wait around 10 minutes or so on weekdays, and up to 30 minutes on weekends!
618 Sim Carrot Cake
Address: Fujo Eating House, Blk 618 Yishun Ring Road #01-3230
Open: Wed to Sun 6.30 am to 3 pm. Closed on Tue
Price: From $2.80
9. Heng Hua Restaurant[caption id="attachment_14009" align="alignnone" width="1600"] Image Credit: Uniquelicious[/caption]
Do you know that there is a Heng Hua Restaurant tucked in a quiet corner of Yishun, serving heartwarming Fujian Henghua cuisine? It is a homely zi-char style eating house serving a variety of authentic dishes at reasonable prices. Classic dishes include the Heng Hua Style Lor Mee and Fried Bee Hoon. Who needs Putien when we have such a nice cosy eatery in Yishun?
Heng Hua Restaurant
Address: Blk 748 Yishun Street 72 #01-212
Open: 11 am to 11 pm
Price: From $4.50
10. Bei Sheng Taste of Thailand Restaurant[caption id="attachment_14011" align="alignnone" width="1600"] Image Credit: The Burnt Fork[/caption]
For a taste of Thailand, Yishun residents can find comfort at Bei Sheng Taste of Thailand Restaurant in Chong Pang City. Tuck into your favourite zi-char dishes with Thai influence. A must-have at this restaurant is the Tom Yam Soup, with plenty of seafood cooked in the aromatic broth. As its name implies, enjoy a variety of fresh and yummy seafood here, such as the signature Thai Deep Fried Fish Delight.
There’s also another outlet, Taste of Thailand, run by the same family, at 1001 Yishun Industrial Park A.
Bei Sheng Taste of Thailand Restaurant
Address: Blk 701A Yishun Ave 5 #01-01, 1001 Yishun Industrial Park A, 18 Sin Ming Lane (new outlet)
Open: 11.30 am to 2 pm (lunch) and 5.30 pm to 10 pm (dinner)
Price: From $4
11. Zi Zai Vegetarian[caption id="attachment_14012" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Image Credit: Gurkhason[/caption]
Vegetarians in Yishun are not left out. Zi Zai Vegetarian is a popular vegetarian eatery in the community. With a myriad of vegetarian dishes available, you’ll never be done trying them all! Must-try dishes include the signature crispy yam ring filled with lots of yam, cereal vegetarian prawns and claypot tofu. If you think vegetarian food is boring, you haven’t been to Zi Zai Vegetarian!
Zi Zai Vegetarian
Address: 236 Yishun Ring Rd #01-1000
Open: 7.30 am to 9.30 pm
Price: From $3
12. Jing Ma Che (H.K) Roasted Porridge Noodle House[caption id="attachment_14262" align="alignnone" width="1080"] Image Credit: Mr. & Mrs. Glutton[/caption]
Jin Ma Che (H.K) Roasted Porridge Noodle House is another mean foodie place where you can satisfy your craving for roast meat delights. Strategically located opposite Chong Pang Camp, be prepared to fight with army personnel for your steaming plate of fragrant rice topped with thick cuts of roasted meat.
What sets this apart from other roast meat stalls in Yishun is its rich and flavourful sauce. Their porridge, only available on weekend mornings, is worth the wait too. Try some yourself and you will know what I mean!
Jin Ma Che (H.K) Roasted Porridge Noodle House
Address: 101 Yishun Ave 5
Open: 7.30 am to 8.00 pm
Price: From $4
13. The French Table[caption id="attachment_14020" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Image Credit: Food Hunting For Us[/caption]
Yishun not only has yummy hawker delights to boast of, we are also able to savour cool French cuisine at The French Table. Sink your teeth into traditional French dishes like their signature Duck Confit, and Roasted Chicken. The best part of the deal, this casual dining restaurant is wallet friendly!
The French Table
Address: Northpoint Shopping Centre, 930 Yishun Ave 2 #01-44
Open: 10.30 am to 10.30 pm
Official website: Credit: Image Credit: The Moose[/caption]
Coba Coba is a retro-looking cafe tucked in a quiet corner of a HDB block that serves traditional Nasi Padang. Tuck into favourite dishes such as Terung and Sayur Lodeh that taste just like homecooked food. No worries about the meal burning a big hole in your pocket though. A great meal with drink costs less than $10 in such a cosy ambience!
We recommend choosing your own sides as compared to ordering the Nasi Ambeng.
Address: 156 Yishun Street 11 #01-106
Open: 7.00 am to 9.00 pm
Official website: https://www.facebook.com/cobacobasg/
16. Nakhon Kitchen[caption id="attachment_14264" align="alignnone" width="960"] Image Credit: Wendy Huin[/caption]
Nakhon Kitchen is a popular casual Thai eatery that started in the Kovan neighbourhood. Since last year, Yishun residents need not travel all the way to northeast Singapore just for a taste of authentic Thai food at wallet-friendly prices. Hooray!
Satisfy your Thai cravings with Nakhon’s affordable and quality eats. Best part of the deal? No GST and service charge to be paid here!
Address: 233 Yishun Street 21 #01-03
Open: 12.00 pm to 3.00 pm (Lunch); 5.30 pm to 10.00 pm (Dinner). Closed on Wednesdays.
Instead of drooling over mouth-watering images of these yummylicious Yishun eats, make a move up north! Don’t just envy us northlanders. Discover these best food yourself for a satisfying culinary experience. Enjoy 🙂
If you’ve been out playing Pokemon Go all week, you probably know that Pokemon-spawning areas are virtually everywhere. However, where are the rare pokemon locations?
There are some specific locales in Singapore that are home to rare and powerful Pokemon. We’re here to let you in on the rare pokemon locations, so you can find all 11 rare pokemon! Read on if you’d like to add these elusive gems to your collection and further your quest to become the very best!,
Image Credits: With its luscious, red-hot flaming mane and tail, the incredibly rare Ponyta is one you’d want to collect for bragging rights. Easily one of the prettiest Pokemon around, this fire horse Pokemon – and its evolved form especially – is the closest you can get to catching a unicorn!
Rare pokemon location – Ponyta has been spotted at:
- Yishun Park
- Resorts World Sentosa
It was always helping Nurse Joy heal Pokemon back to health in both the game and animated TV series. Chansey also boasts an incredibly high HP. While it may not be a fighter, it can certainly hold its own in a gym.
Rare pokemon location – Chansey has been spotted at:
- Changi General Hospital
- Khoo Teck Puat Hospital
Image Credits: All Snorlax likes to do is eat and sleep, but don’t let its lazy, cuddly appearance fool you. This Pokemon is extremely powerful in battle! Snorlax is backed by high HP and defence stats, making it a popular Pokemon for trainers holding gyms.
Rare pokemon location – Snorlax has been spotted at:
- Blk 401, Hougang Avenue 10
- Bedok Point
- 5 Tampines Central 6, Singapore 529482
- Tampines St 83
- City Plaza
Image Credits: YouTube
With its friendly appearance and gentle nature, it’s hard not to fall in love with Lapras. Despite its docile look, this Pokemon also has relatively high combat capabilities. It is another popular choice for battles or gym takeovers.
Rare pokemon location – Lapras has been spotted at:
- Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 3
- Choa Chu Kang Avenue 3
- 10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956
Image Credits: Author
Fire fox Vulpix is already stealing our hearts in its own right. Look how cute it is!
However, its evolved form, Ninetails, will propel it to the top of your must-catch list. This Pokemon is an elusive one, with rare sightings in Singapore. Fire-type Pokemon are strong when up against Grass, Bug and Ice Pokemon, so it’s always useful to have some of them!
Rare pokemon location – Vulpix has been spotted at:
- Sentosa Siloso Beach
- Beauty World MRT Station
The most advanced stage of Dratini’s evolution, this Pokemon is incredibly rare and hard to obtain. It is highly sought after by ambitious trainers. Dragonite is also evidently useful for holding gyms. Just take a look at the sheer number of Dragonites reigning in gyms all over Singapore!
Rare pokemon location – Dragonite has been spotted at:
- Suntec City
- Tiong Bahru Plaza
- Singapore Management University (SMU)
- Marina Bay Sands
Image Credits: Now, this is a Pokemon you don’t usually chance upon! This shockingly (pun intended) fierce Electric-type Pokemon would make a great addition to your team. Especially since there aren’t many Electric-type Pokemon around at the moment. Just what you need to take down Golducks, Slowbros and Vaporeons.
Rare pokemon location – Electabuzz has been spotted at:
- Eco Park Tampines
- Near White Sands Primary School
- Resorts World Sentosa
Image Credits: YouTube
If you thought hunting for Growlithe is tough, wait till you try searching for Arcanine. A cross between a tiger, wolf and fox, this Pokemon is one you’d definitely want to catch. Arcanine is said to have one of the highest combat stats amongst the non-legendary first generation Pokemon.
Rare pokemon location – Arcanine has been spotted at:
- Clark Quay area (near Riverside Point)
- Chinese and Japanese Gardens
You may be unsure if this Pokemon is worth hunting for. However, do note that fighting-type moves are the only moves that are effective against normal-type Pokemon! Hitmonchan would defo be useful in gyms. Time to take down that Snorlax!
Rare pokemon location – Hitmonchan has been spotted at:
- West Gate Mall
- National University of Singapore (NUS)
Pretty cool, huh? While this Pokemon isn’t best suited for combat, Porygon’s sheer elusiveness justifies the need to catch one.
Rare pokemon location – Porygon has been spotted at:
- City Square Mall
- Clementi Mall
- Orchard Central Mall
- 271 Bukit Batok East Avenue 4, Singapore 650271
- Parklane Shopping Mall
Image Credits: Author
We saved the best for last – you didn’t think we’d leave this out, now did you? Undisputedly the most famous Pokemon of all time, Pikachu remains as one of the most loved Pokemon to date.
If you didn’t manage to catch Pikachu at the start or hatch it from an egg, fret not, because here’s where you can find it!
Rare pokemon location – Pikachu has been spotted at:
- Universal Studios Singapore (Sentosa)
- Near Jurong West Temple
- Tampines West Community Club
- Marina Bay Sands
- Gardens by the Bay (near carpark exit)
And there you have it – 11 of the rarest Pokemon that have been sighted in our city! While we don’t have access to internal spawn data, trust us when we say that the aforementioned places are your best bet to catch ’em all. Happy hunting!
When baked cheese tart hit our shores, we thought the queue was crazy. But when Pokemon Go landed in Singapore, Singaporeans take crazy to a whole new level!
Day or night, shine or very hot sunshine, Singaporeans are all out Poke-hunting and we have the evidence!
1. Hougang is gungho…real gungho[caption id="attachment_12166" align="alignnone" width="780"] Image source: @WEIXIANGLIMSG[/caption]
When word about “rare” Pokemon such as Gyarados was spotted at Block 401 of Hougang Avenue, the precinct gained notorious reputation overnight.
2. ….doesn’t matter day or night[caption id="attachment_12167" align="alignnone" width="593"] Image source: @plince83[/caption]
Hot sun? What hot sun? Nothing is hotter than a Charizard that I’m about to catch!
3. Punggol Park is not spared either[caption id="attachment_12168" align="alignnone" width="690"] Image source: Image source: Lim Zhuang Chen[/caption]
It’s normal to see a park with people in sports attire but in flip flops and their smartphone on their hands? That’s the Pokemon effect!
5. Yishun Park at night[caption id="attachment_12173" align="alignnone" width="850"] Image source: @amiehetfield[/caption]
Dear, we’re not going to the movies tonight. Instead, let’s go catch some Pokemon! Pokemon Go – redefining date nights.
6. Orchard Road[caption id="attachment_12170" align="alignnone" width="1179"] Image source: Razergo[/caption]
How to get a bunch of youths going on a public holiday? Organise a Poke-crawl on National Day![caption id="attachment_12171" align="alignnone" width="690"] Image source: Razor[/caption]
The event started at 1pm (read: hottest time of the day) and yet our Singaporean youths braved the heat to be the very best! In fact, the turnout was so massive that Poke-crawlers were chased away by the security staff of ION!
7. Orchard At Night[caption id="attachment_12172" align="alignnone" width="960"] Image source: Pokemon GO SG Hunt[/caption]
Just look at how everyone sits together so uniformly! It sure looks like they’re about to start a choir performance! Actually, they’re sticking as close as possible to leech from each other’s lure.
8. Chinese Garden, Jurong[caption id="attachment_12174" align="alignnone" width="960"] Image source: PokemonGO SG[/caption]
It may look less crowded in this picture but the Chinese Garden is a hot spot for Pokemon GO players as it houses 20 rest stops and 3 gyms. It’s very spacious so it’s great for people who don’t like crowd.
9. Vivo City[caption id="attachment_12175" align="alignnone" width="960"] Image source: Pokemon GO SG[/caption]
We Singaporeans are all about efficiency. If we can get our shopping done at Vivo and catch some Pokemon too, why not?
10. Bishan Park[caption id="attachment_12176" align="alignnone" width="595"] Image source: @euniceleong[/caption]
Remember how people used to say that Bishan Park is really scary at night? This was taken at 1:30am and the park is still lively and buzzing!
11. East Coast Park[caption id="attachment_12177" align="alignnone" width="595"] Image source: @camemberu[/caption]
East Coast Park is home to one of Singapore’s most haunting ghost stories. It’s one of those places people try to avoid going to at night. But ever since the launch of Pokemon Go, we’ve seen some really brave Singaporeans. And it’s the Hungry Ghost Festival now…
Do you have evidence of the Pokemon Go craze in your neighbourhood? Drop us a comment and share with us!
Header image source: Straits Times
With free flow of fresh sashimi and more, who can resist Japanese buffets? Though some restaurants at hotels charge exorbitant prices for a buffet, we’ve found 6 places where you don’t need to spend a bomb.
Here’s our list of affordable and good Japanese buffets to indulge in. At the same time, you don’t have to burn a hole in your pockets!
1. Shin Minori Japanese Restaurant[caption id="attachment_9068" align="alignnone" width="800"] Image credit: sethlui[/caption] [caption id="attachment_9093" align="alignnone" width="800"] Image credit: sethlui[/caption]
Tucked away at a corner of UE Square’s Level 3, Shin Minori offers high quality Japanese buffet at an affordable price. Diners can enjoy their meal watching sushi chefs prepare sashimi and sushi while sitting at an open sushi bar. Alternatively, opt for a window seat with views to Robertson Quay area.
There’s a wide range of fresh sashimi, sushi, maki, yakitori, teppanyaki and many more. If you are looking for a private gathering with some privacy, call them to book their private rooms. They have 2 adjourning table sitting rooms which can accomodate 12 pax in each room and also a tatami room that can sit a total of 12 pax for a cosy setting.
With many positive reviews from customers, Irodori Japanese Restaurant in Riverview Hotel consistently draws crowd for their fresh seafood and selection of over 100 dishes. Prepared by skilful chefs, the restaurant only uses fresh seafood from Australia, New Zealand, Norway and Europe. They serve appetisers, sashimi, sushi, teppanyaki, tempura and many more.
Three private rooms that sit 8, 10 and 12 are available for your business meetings or for some private family time. Be sure to make reservations as this restaurant may be packed even on a weekday!
Price: $36.80++ (Adult); $23++ (children under 10 years old)
Address: 1 Selegie Road, #01-14/15 POMO, Singapore 188306
Contact: 65 6337 7230
Opening Hours: Daily 1130am-2.30pm; 6.00pm-10.30pm
3. Ikoi Japanese Restaurant[caption id="attachment_9105" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Image credit: misstamchiak[/caption] [caption id="attachment_9104" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Image credit: misstamchiak[/caption]
Located just opposite Riverview Hotel lies another affordable yet delightful Japanese buffet. Ikoi Japanese Restaurant is located in the lobby of Hotel Miramar. This small and cosy restaurant keeps diners happy with an extensive selection of fresh Japanese cuisine.
Simple, no-frills and usually full house, this restaurant is highly popular and recommended for its buffet. To keep customers happy while they wait for their food to be served, Ikoi serves complimentary side dishes from salmon sashimi to Japanese teapot soup. On their menu, the fresh cuts of sashimi and wide selection of tempura dishes are the most popular.
It’s best to make reservations at least 1 week in advance.
Be spoilt with endless servings of snowcrabs, oysters, Häagen-Daz ice cream and free-flow Sapporo Beer at Momiji! With a wide range of quality Japanese cuisine, you probably won’t be able to try every item in a single visit. You can even make your own waffles at their DIY waffle stations!
The servers at Momiji are quick and attentive. Plates are cleared quickly to make room for more food. If you are looking for an intimate dining space, do book their private rooms available at their Revenue House outlet. Be sure to arrive at 6.30pm for their free-flow beer which lasts till 7.30pm!
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 12pm-3pm (Lunch); Mon-Thu 6pm-10pm (Dinner); Sat, Sun, Eve of PH, PH 11.30am-3.30pm (Brunch); Fri-Sun, Eve of PH, PH 5.30pm-10pm (Dinner)
Opening Hours: Daily 5.30pm-10pm (Dinner); Sat, Sun, Eve of PH, PH 11.30am-3.30pm (Brunch)
5. Senki Japanese Restaurant[caption id="attachment_9109" align="alignnone" width="640"] Image credit: burpple[/caption]
Located right in the heart of the city, yet away from the hustle and bustle, Senki serves up a wide range of dishes for its buffet menu. With many items available on their menu (138 items to be exact), it would be best to skip lunch if you are coming for dinner.
Priced reasonably, the service at Senki is efficent. This is the place to go if you are looking to unwind and have an unhurried meal in the city.
Hidden in a low-rise office complex in Alexandra, the restaurant is surprisingly crowded at 8pm on a weekday. Premium sashimi cuts including swordfish, yellowtail and tuna are fresh and melt in your mouth! Not only do they serve the usual sushi, maki and tempura, but diners are also able to have a shabu shabu or sukiyaki hotpot. There is also teppanyaki at their Alexandra outlet too! With such a wide variety of over 150 items, including appetizers to desserts, this is definitely a spot worth returning for more! Check out their menu (Alexandra)
Price: Lunch $41.80++; Dinner $45.80 (Mon to Thu), Lunch $44.80++; Dinner $48.80 (Fri-Sun, Eve of PH & PH), Lunch/Dinner $30.80 (Child), Lunch/Dinner $33.80 (Adult above 65 yrs old)
Address: 991B Alexandra Rd, #01-08/09, Singapore 119970
Contact: 65 6272 1110
Opening Hours: 11.30am-2.30pm; 6pm-10pm