Ambassador Highlights #4: Flight School, Alter Ego and Riverside Grilled Fish!

Another month has just gone by so quickly (time really does fly at this time of the year)! We’re back for another monthly round-up of the events our ambassadors had the chance of dropping in on! From food tastings to ‘do not miss’ events our ambassadors were there to witness the fun and indulge in delicious eats! Here are some of November’s highlights!

1. Nail Deck

Freshly polished nails are a girl’s best friend.  Nail Deck is a new app that let’s you customise your own colour and virtually “try on” various hues. Lacquer Bar is the real life counterpart of Nail Deck. Mixing your customised nail polish by hand and in under 10 minutes!

Our ambassador, Diana, got a chance to witness the magic of her own customisable colour being made right in front of her very own eyes!

Head down to Lacquer Bar and get your customisable polish. Best part? They’re not too expensive at $11 for a 5-ml bottle and $16 for a 10ml it’s a steal considering you’ll be the only one donning your own masterpiece!

Want to find out more? Check out our article! Perfectly Nailing It! This Lacquer Bar Can Make Any Nail Polish Colour You Want

Nail Deck
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Lacquer Bar
Sarnies’ New Menu Packs A Solid Punch: From Curry Pasta To Overflowing Burgers!

Always Wanted To Be A Pilot? Get Your Licence To Fly Without Emptying Your Bank Account!

Flight School
Reignite The Magic Of Christmas On Orchard Road With ION’s Tiffany & Co. Xmas Tree!

5. Balvenie 

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The world’s most handcrafted single malt, Balvenie is renowned around the globe for their award winning malt whiskies.

Earlier this month, Balvenie teamed up with acclaimed photographer James Stroud to showcase the history and the culture behind Balvenie. The showcase’s art pieces highlighted the Balvenie distillery in Dufftown, Scotland.

Our ambassador, Janelle, dropped by the National Museum of Singapore to catch a glimpse of the Balvenie x James Stroud exhibition and experiencing the craft of making whiskey!

Want to find out more? Check out our article! The Balvenie x James Stroud Partnership Is A Shining Light For Craftsmen Worldwide

6. Alter Ego

Located at Esplanade, Alter Ego offers up both “clean eating” Poke Bowls that Poke Theory is known for as well as a more decadent selection of eats. Bar snacks like Loaded Taters and a mouth watering Chilli Cheese Dog make up the bulk of the menu at Alter Ego.

Our ambassador Nicole dropped by Alter Ego to indulge in some of the delicious (and seriously sinful) fare that Alter Ego is known for!

Best part about Alter Ego? It stays open pretty late and they offer a pretty wide selection of ciders, ales and draft beers!

Want to find out more? Check out our article! A Poke Theory’s Alter Ego Serves Up Irresistibly Sinful Food You Cannot Say No To

Alter Ego
Riverside Grilled Fish – For Lovers Of Tongue-Numbing And Spicy Ma La Goodness!

Riverside Grilled Fish
Raffles City Shopping Centre, #B1-06/07, 252 North Bridge Road
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm daily
Tel:  +65 6352 2035

If you’re looking to increase your brand’s awareness and you want to introduce products both old and new to more Singaporeans! Drop us an email at [email protected], we would love to work with you!

We’re also on the lookout for more ambassadors who are on the mission to discover the fun and exciting things in Singapore! If you love eating, shopping, and discovering new places in Singapore, just drop us an [email protected].

Also Read: Ambassador Highlights #3: DSG Meetup, Atlantis Fright Night and Singapore Fashion Week! 

Reignite The Magic Of Christmas On Orchard Road With ION’s Tiffany & Co. Xmas Tree!

It’s that time of the year again. Prepping for Christmas feasts and enthusiastically looking for the perfect gifts for your loved ones? You can trust us, Orchard Road is definitely worth a visit! With tons of festive activities laid out by Orchard Road Business Association (ORBA) and ION Orchard, there is certainly something for everyone.

The Tiffany & Co. Christmas Tree

Titled ‘Season of Resplendence’ – ION Orchard aspires to evoke the wonders of Christmas joy with their shoppers.

To do that, they have spruced up the mall with a series of activities and promotions just for you.


A major project this year is the partnership between ION Orchard and Tiffany & Co.. Together, they have created an enthralling walk-in Christmas tree for their shoppers throughout this beautiful season!

Standing at 20 meters tall – right outside Tiffany & Co., the glamorous structure features over 2,000 custom-designed ornaments including the famous Tiffany Blue Boxes.

Here’s what our ambassador, Nicole, had to say about the Xmas tree!

After a magical experience at the photo-booth, guests can collect their photos at the Tiffany & Co. duplex located at Level 1.

Likewise, you can share a video of that special moment with your friends on social media.

Credit: ION Orchard

Right next to the glamorous Christmas tree is an illuminated Christmas labyrinth decorated with glittering-ornaments, a larger-than-life reindeer centrepiece, toy soldiers and other festive ornaments.

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Step into this fantasy maze and find yourself immersed into the magic of a wonderful fairytale. What a perfect spot for your holiday photos!

On the Streets of Orchard Road

Our famous shopping street is transformed into a glamorous galaxy, adorned with glowing reindeers, shimmering stars, and other celebratory elements that turn it into a Christmas spectacle.

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Spanning over a distance of 2.88 kilometres from Tanglin Mall all the way to Plaza Singapura, it is certainly going to be a sight.

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Christmas Light-Up Period

The Light-Up Period takes place at the following times of the day:

  • 630pm – 600am on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve;
  • 630pm–200am on Fridays and Saturdays; and
  • Except as stated above, 630pm – 1200midnight on Mondays to Thursdays and on Sundays

Music in the Air

A novel approach by ORBA this year, visitors get to enjoy their favourite Christmas Carols piped through 16 to 20 outdoor speakers that are lined through ION Orchard to Ngee Ann City.

Furthermore, song requests from a pre-selected list of Christmas favourites are accepted on weekends. Now you can truly immerse yourselves into the magic of the season.

Available from 12th November to 25th December 2016 from 5 to 10pm daily.

Exclusive Pop-Up Shops and Spending Rewards at ION Orchard

Looking for some Christmas gifts, or just a little end-of-year reward for yourself?

The exclusive pop-ups on Levels 1 and Basement 4 of ION Orchard will provide you with an abundance of gifting ideas!

First, get your shopping fix at the Club 21 Accessories pop-up store in L1 Atrium.

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Besides shopping from a vast collection of accessories from brands such as Alexander Wang and Marni, you can also do your part for charity by dropping off cash donations at the store! This is made possible due to ION Orchard’s partnership with Rainbow Centre.

Club 21 Accessories Pop-up
19 Oct – 31 Dec | L1 Atrium

Next, beauty junkies are in for a treat as well.

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Find gift items from MAC, Origins, Bobbi Brown and Lab Series at the Estée Lauder pop-up.

Estée Lauder Companies Christmas Store
5 – 30 Dec | L1 Atrium


ION Orchard is also partnering with American Express to reward Card Members with attractive offers during this period. More details can be found

Yuletide Entertainment at ION Orchard

Spice up the festive season by participating in some activities at ION Orchard!

Kids can meet Santa – happening at L56 ION Sky.

With that beautiful view, this is going to be such a great experience for both parents and children.

Music connoisseurs, look out for Harpist and Acapella Choir performances that will also be happening in the month of December.


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Special Promotion for ComfortDelGro and Uber Riders

Get $5 off your trip to and from Orchard Road.

A novel collaboration between Mastercard, ORBA and ComfortDelGro Taxis, this will be happening every weekend from 12 November 2016 to 1 January 2017 (capped at 900 trips per weekend). More details #OrchardRdXmas to share your joy and happiness with everyone!

Also, read Under $25: 9 Super Local Christmas Gifts That Will Surely Amaze Your Friends!

A Rundown Of What’s Cooking At Food Opera – 8 Stalls You Must Check Out!

Orchard Road has always been a convening point for us Singaporeans. It is a glitzy, world-famous shopping stretch that is adorned with restaurants dishing out fine dining selections. However, when it comes to eating at Orchard, we know how you feel; hunting down affordable (apart from fast food) comfort food can be tougher than scouting out the best bargains during GSS.

If you’ve got your head in your hands about what to eat at Orchard, fret not! We’ve discovered this hidden food gem of a place, and we’re letting the cat out of the bag. The reopening of Food Opera at Set C ($25)[/caption]


The white bee hoon at this new stall differs slightly from the Singaporean version we’re familiar with – Xing Lou’s unique rendition has wok-fried vermicelli simmered in shellfish gravy. The gravy is not as viscous as our local version but has a complex depth of flavour and a sweet aftertaste. The bee hoon has an ultra-soft, springy bite that breaks easily with each mouthful.

We all know how grimy stale seafood tastes like, and Xing Lou goes the extra mile to ensure this never happens. Expect only the freshest of crustaceans as seafood is imported from Endau, one of Malaysia‘s largest fishing ports, almost every other day.

Set C is perfect for sharing as it comes with a generous serving of bee hoon and an impressive seafood medley of prawns, crayfish, scallops and clams. If you’re not into sharing (we totally understand), you can opt to have your own bee hoon with any crustacean of your choice from just $6.90.

2. Ya Hua Bak Kut Teh

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Bak kut teh (pork bone soup) has always been a familiar favourite; a warm and comforting broth that fills both your heart and stomach with joy on a cold day. Ya Hua, a long-time contender in the bak kut teh scene, is helmed by founder Madam Gwee Peck Hua who believes in cooking healthy, unpretentious food that is humble yet comforting at best.

This bak kut teh recipe of hers underwent countless revisions after years of trial and error before the broth was finally perfected. Boiled for hours, the soup is flavourful with just the right hint of pepper – it won’t leave that burning sensation down your throat, yet will warm the cockles of your heart. The meat is well-cooked and tender and glides off the bone effortlessly. If you find chewing off the pork bone a hassle, Ya Hua also has a boneless sliced pork soup option ($7.50) – now you’ve got no excuses.

Apart from her iconic bak kut teh, Madam Gwee has also introduced new, homely dishes into her menu at her new stall. The Claypot Tofu – silken tofu simmered with steamed egg and pork balls – is laced with a nostalgic taste of home. Every mouthful of this humble dish will remind you of grandma’s cooking.

3. Ah Yat Kitchen


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Ah Yat may be a new tenant at Food Opera, but it has been a household name since the 1970s. While they’re undeniably known for their abalone, do give their Roasted Chicken a try! With meticulous care, the chicken is marinated and roasted to coax out flavours that will delight your taste buds. After the chicken is roasted to perfection, it is seasoned with sesame oil and sesame seeds to further enhance the flavour of this traditional Chinese dish.

The texture of the shredded chicken is impeccable – you won’t have to worry about it being too dry! All these tedious preparations contribute to fragrant, hand-pulled chicken so tender you have to try it to believe it – it might possibly give your favourite Hainanese chicken rice stall a run for its money. For $6.50, you get a quarter-chicken serving of meat and a choice of crispy fries or a bowl of rice on the side.

Another gem to try Ah Yat would be their Abalone Baked Rice ($8.80); a fragrant and delectable mix of egg fried rice with baby abalone.

4. Scotts Hwa Heng Beef Noodle

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Fishball Noodle ($5.50)[/caption]


Fishball noodle – a satisfying, fuss-free Singaporean dish that needs no further introduction. Forget about all day breakfast! Fishball noodle has been a go-to for breakfast, lunch and even supper for as long as we can remember.

Here at Li Xin, they take great pride in serving quality, handmade fishballs. Their fresh fishballs are made of top-grade yellowtail fish meat and chilled in cold water (no freezing!) to ensure freshness. According to second-generation owner Mr. Eddie Lim, this is an age-old method used to keep the fishballs bouncy and succulent. These rustic balls have a unique, ‘meaty’ texture to them – a world apart from the processed ones you find in supermarkets, in a good way of course.

The dry version of their mee pok noodles is tossed in an otherworldly concoction of chilli and ketchup, striking a perfect balance between sweet and savoury. It does not have that strong vinegar sourness but rather a mild, tangy aftertaste, much like good sourdough bread. As for its soup counterpart, the broth is refreshingly addictive – you will be down to your last slurp before you know it. Fans of pork lard, you’re in luck. Li Xin is extremely generous with their self-prepared, fried pork lard – sinful at best but irresistibly good.

6. Riverside Indonesian BBQ

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You can’t call yourself a true blue Singaporean if you haven’t heard of Riverside. We’re kidding, it’s never too late to introduce this hearty dish into your world. Their bestseller, the Ayam Panggang (Indonesian grilled chicken) set, heralds snaking queues at Food Opera daily.

Riverside goes to great lengths to serve this scrumptious dish. The chicken thigh is first dipped in a secret sauce – a combination of Indonesia spices. After being set to rest, the thigh is barbequed till it exudes a smoky aroma. That’s not all! Before being served, the thigh is dipped in a homemade special black sauce. This is THE sauce that defines their legendary ayam panggang.

The dish is served with a slab of omelette, homemade sambal chilli and rice slathered with curry gravy. The coconut-heavy curry is slightly on the sweeter end and is not too spicy, so go ahead and raise the spice level with their killer sambal chilli. All in all, this divine combination of grilled chicken in black sweet sauce, rice smothered with curry and sambal chilli gets a resounding nod of approval from us – and probably half the population in Singapore already.

Seafood lovers, you can also rejoice! Riverside serves up equally delish BBQ squid and fish too.

7.  Padang Padang

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Ayam Kari ($3.50/drumstick or $5.50/quarter chicken)[/caption]

If you, like every other Singaporean, live for cai png (economical rice), then this Indonesian version of our everyday staple provides a refreshing twist. You are more than free to mix and match a variety of meats and vegetables that are prepared daily, but we’d say go straight for the Ayam Kari and Ikan Assam Pedas.

The Padangnese-style ayam kari is essentially chicken simmered in a rich, coconut curry gravy that boasts a blend of at least seven spices. The chicken has a firm, silky texture and slides off the bone with a simple tug.

The ikan assam pedas, on the other hand, is a sour-spicy stingray dish prepared with a medley of fresh laksa leaves, tamarind and lemongrass – so rejuvenating, it’s almost like a wake-up call for your taste buds. The stingray is fresh with a nice succulent texture. We absolutely love the spot-on tanginess of the gravy – it is not too sour and has an addictive aftertaste that leaves you salivating for more.

The folks behind Padang Padang only cook with raw spices specially imported from Indonesia. You’ll also be pleasantly surprised to know that Padang Padang uses no preservatives or MSG in any of their dishes. Kudos to them! We now have the liberty to order anything here without setting the MSG alarms off.

8. Ice Shop


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You know what they say, there is always a dessert stomach – the happy ending to any meal. We love our rainbow cakes and churros, but traditional desserts will always hold an uncontested place in our hearts. This stall has a lengthy menu of over 35 hot and cold selections to satisfy your sweet cravings. The portions are not monstrous, so you won’t get jelat of the milk-based treats.

The Chendol here is remarkably different from the ones served elsewhere. Topped with jackfruit, it is a rich and flavourful thirst-quencher in a bowl. The red bean and sago jelly balances out the sweet and salty coconut milk nicely, and the shaved ice is doused in the ever familiar Gula Melaka. No doubt an ideal finish to a satisfying meal, or a midday indulgence.

If your palate gravitates more towards the warm desserts, the Bobo ChaCha with Taro Balls is a traditional option with a twist. The usual, transparent tapioca pearls you would expect to find in this coconut milk-based broth are replaced with taro balls instead. These purple, jelly-like balls have a strong, natural taro taste to them. No bobo chacha is complete without sweet potato and yam chunks, and the ones at Ice Shop are delightfully soft, but not to the point of mushy.

The next time you’re in town (we’re guessing soon), do drop by Food Opera for your local hawker and street food fix. Apart from old favourites, the new tenants are also part of a carefully curated bunch with authentic and quality food to offer – all in the comfort of air-conditioning. Now you’ll know where to get the best eats at Orchard.

Food Opera @ ION Orchard
#B4-03/04 Ion Orchard
2 Orchard Turn
Singapore 238801
+65 6509 9198

Operating Hours:
Sunday to Thursday, and Public Holiday 10am – 10pm
Eve of Public Holiday, Friday to Saturday 10am – 11pm

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Japan’s BAKE CHEESE TART Opens This Week – All You Need To Know!

The wait is almost over. Japan’s famous BAKE CHEESE TART will finally be serving freshly baked cheese tarts in ION Orchard starting from 29 April 2016 (Friday)!

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Hailing from the land of the best and yummiest dairy products – Hokkaido, BAKE’s signature cheese tart is created by blending three different types of cream cheese together – two from Hokkaido, and one more from France. The three cheeses go so well together that they form a flavour that is unique to BAKE.
Image source: BAKE

But what makes these cheese tarts so delicious (#queuedfortwohours type of delicious) is the two-step baking method which gives it a distinct crunchy yet fluffy texture. The process starts in Hokkaido. Cheese mousse is piped into freshly baked tart crusts. They are then flown to Singapore and freshly baked in the store to complete the process of creating perfect, delectable cheese tarts.

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Since the inception of their first store in Hokkaido back in July 2011, BAKE has sold over 20 million tarts in Japan and its overseas stores including Hong Kong, Seoul, and Bangkok. The Singapore store will be their fifth store outside Japan, and their flagship store for Southeast Asia. They are counting on Singaporeans and the power of social media to spread the word to the rest of the world.

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BAKE is certainly committed to making the best cheese tarts in the world. This is their only product and they pour their heart and soul into perfecting this dessert treat.

BAKE Cheese Tart’s freshly baked cheese tart will be available at ION Orchard starting 29 April 2016.

Each cheese tart will sell for $3.50, and a box of six is priced at $19.50.

BAKE Cheese Tart
Address: ION Orchard, #B4-33, 2 Orchard Turn
Opening hours: 10AM – 10PM

We’re certainly joining the queue on the 29th of April! Will you be joining us? Drop us a comment and let us know!

(Header image credit: Bake Cheese Tart, words by editor)

Also read: Forget Salted Egg Croissant, Cheese Tart Coming Through!

Game of Thrones: Worlds of Westeros Comes To Ion Orchard This April! Here’s What You Need To Know!

Game of Thrones fans, brace yourselves, winter is coming.

HBO Asia is providing everyone in Singapore with an amazing opportunity to experience the fantastical world of the hit TV show.


Delve into the world of the Seven Kingdoms at The Game of Thrones Experience: Worlds of Westeros.

Immerse yourself with weapon prop displays, strike your best pose with photo opportunities with the life-size throne replica and Daenerys Targaryen’s dragon, Drogo, against a green screen set-up.


Fans stand a chance to meet Isaac Hempstead Wright (Bran Stark) on Apr 2!


The excitement doesn’t stop there. Fans will also get the opportunity to experience Game of Thrones: Ascend the Wall, an Oculus Rift virtual reality experience that lets you ride the Castle Black winch elevator to the top of the 700-foot ice wall.

A remarkable experience for GOT fans, this event is a must visit! Visit the

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