10 Awesome Events And Addictive Eats To Start Off August Right [1-15 Aug]
Nothing gets us more excited than the start of a new month, and this August gets us especially excited!
With National Day just round the corner, there’s a whole slew of fresh activities and yummy new eats that remind us of why we love living in Singapore.
This month’s line-up includes outdoor movie screenings, the hottest Kpop stars on our shores, a coffee festival, and fresh food spots to pamper your tastebuds at. Whether you’re a movie buff, avid concert-goer or full-time foodie, here are some ways to keep having fun the first half of August!
Here’s a calendar of 10 of the newest events and eats to head to this month!
Play & Discover
1. Films At The Fort
If the combination of good films, food and wine sounds like heaven to you, read on.
Films At The Fort by Casillero del Diablo is this years fanciest open-air cinema event![caption id="attachment_28733" align="aligncenter" width="2048"] Image Credit: Films At The Fort[/caption]
Catch award-winning new releases, cult classics and documentaries on the big screen, under the stars.
A team from The Providore will be onsite to serve up a freshly prepared menu. There’s dinner, dessert and snacks to keep your tummy happy.
There’s also a bar selling wine, sparkling wine, beer and cider at prices that won’t break the bank.
So spread out your picnic mat, clink glasses, and lay back for a chill evening as the sun sets.
Films At The Fort
Address: Fort Canning Green (Fort Canning Park)
When: 3 – 20 Aug, 5pm till late
2. KBS Music Bank World Tour[caption id="attachment_28738" align="aligncenter" width="2000"] Image Credit: Kpop Map[/caption]
Calling all diehard K-Pop fans!
Get ready to sing and dance your heart out at the highly anticipated KBS Music Bank World Tour.
Fans can expect a star-studded lineup, with some of K-pop’s biggest stars taking the stage.
The one-night-only concert’s power lineup includes SHINee, CNBlue, BTS, Red Velvet and Mamamoo.
KBS has been a huge driving force behind the Hallyu wave, from debuting rookies in the K-pop world to charting the leading K-pop hits.
So grab your tickets and be treated to a night of non-stop chart toppers!
KBS Music Bank World Tour
Address: Suntec Convention Centre Hall 601-604, 1 Raffles Boulevard, Suntec City, Singapore 039593
When: 4 Aug, 7pm – 10pm
Admission: $148 – 288/person
Ba dum tss!
This month’s Singapore Drum Fest is a festival unlike any other music festival you’ve ever experienced.[caption id="attachment_28735" align="aligncenter" width="1089"] Image Credit: Drum Fest brings the world’s best drummers and musicians to our shores for an unforgettable experience.
This year’s killer line-up is sure to attract fans from all over the world.
Those in the circle will know international drumming star Meytal Cohen and her bassist Anel Pedrero Orantes. There’s also Juan Carlito Mendoza, Jost Nickel, Federico Paulovich and Stanley Randolph.
Local talents Benjamin Lim, Anson Koh (Drum Off 2016 Open Category Champion) and his band will also be playing!
Drum Off contestants hail from 9 countries including Japan and USA, and are sure to put on an impressive show.
Singapore Drum Fest: Ultimate Drummers Weekend
Address: Max Atria, Singapore EXPO Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Expo Drive, Singapore 486150
When: 5 – 6 Aug, 10am – 7pm
If you closely follow the Voice of China, now’s your chance to watch one of their most loved contestants IRL!
G.E.M. is coming to our shores with her brand new “Queen of Hearts” World Tour.[caption id="attachment_28736" align="aligncenter" width="2048"] Image Credit: Hong Kong’s new reigning Queen of Pop will be rocking it out at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.
The talented singer will be belting out original songs in Chinese and Cantonese, in conjunction with her latest album, “Heartbeat”.
The last time she was here was in 2015, with her sold out 73-show tour. This year, she promises a bigger, better and more breathtaking show, so make sure you get your tickets for it!
G.E.M. “Queen Of Hearts” World Tour
Address: Singapore Indoor Stadium, 2 Stadium Walk, 397691
When: 13 Aug
Contact no.: 3158 7888
Admission: $128 – S$248
There really isn’t a shortage of international stars on our shores this month.
Our favourite British indie pop act, Bastille, is taking centre stage here too![caption id="attachment_28737" align="aligncenter" width="1200"] Image Credit: Watch lead singer Dan Smith, keyboard player Kyle Simmons, bassist Will Farquarson and drummer Chris ‘Woody’ Wood in the flesh.
You’re probably most familiar with the infectious track ‘Pompeii’ off their 2013 debut album ‘Bad Blood’.
In 2016, Bastille returned with catchy singles ‘Good Grief’ and ‘Send Them Off!’
These are songs that have become the alternative anthems of the last few years.
If you didn’t catch Bastille’s dazzling sold-out show at The Coliseum in 2015 and at the Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix in 2016, make sure you don’t miss this one!
Bastille – Live in Singapore
Address: The Star Theatre, 1 Vista Exchange Green, #04-01, 138617
When: 14 Aug, 8pm
Contact no.: 6348 5555
6. Epicurean Market
This isn’t your ordinary food and wine fair.
The Epicurean Market gives you three days of direct access to world-class food, wines and spirits, all for a fraction of the usual price!
[caption id="attachment_28739" align="aligncenter" width="4256"] Image Credit: Sample famous signature dishes by celebrity chefs, taste one-of-a-kind cocktails, and take home imported specialties.
There will also be an exciting lineup of masterclasses for you to upgrade your culinary and bartending skills with.
Participating restaurants include the award-winning Bread Street Kitchen by Gordon Ramsay, CUT by Wolfgang Puck, Waku Ghin by Tetsuya Wakuda, and more!
Address: Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956
When: 11 – 13 Aug
Contact no.: 6688 8826
Imagine having a single voucher you can use at over 50 restaurant brands.
Well, Restaurant Association of Singapore (RAS) lets you do just that at the best value festival ever!
[caption id="attachment_28742" align="aligncenter" width="1600"] Image Credit: You can get $100 worth of vouchers for only $70, to be used across 50 restaurant brands island-wide.
This year’s focus is on the trendy salted egg yolk, homely pandan, and the all-time favourite, chilli crab sauce.
As a tie-in with the Singapore Food Festival, each eatery will also be highlighting a locally inspired dish.
Expect dishes such as chicken rice risotto (Joo Bar), chilli crab (Palm Beach Seafood) and chicken tikka pizza (Cali Café and Bar).
Singapore Restaurant Festival
Address: Various participating restaurants
When: 1 Jul – 30 Sep
8. Singapore Coffee Festival
Calling all cafe hoppers and caffeine addicts!
The Singapore Coffee Festival 2017 is Singapore’s first ever coffee-centric festival.
[caption id="attachment_28734" align="aligncenter" width="960"] Image Credit: This is showcase of Singapore’s speciality coffee, local kopi and cafe lifestyle.
Be spoiled for choice with over 100 exhibitors from the coffee and café industry.
The festival showcases local craftsmanship in specialty coffee, as well as Singapore’s unique and rich kopi heritage.
Besides being a one-stop shop for those interested in all things coffee, there will also be a wide range of brewed drinks, beans, gadgets and machines available for purchase.
Singapore Coffee Festival
Address: Marina Bay Cruise Centre, 61 Marina Coastal Drive, 018947
When: 3 – 6 Aug
Imagine going shopping and not having to pay for anything.
Well, that’s exactly what the Singapore Really Really Free Market lets you do![caption id="attachment_28741" align="aligncenter" width="960"] Image Credit: Singapore Really Really Free Market[/caption]
The market will showcase all sorts of goods–and services!
Things you can expect to see include second-hand stuff, basic yoga lessons, and even tarot card reading.
There are also sing-alongs and mutual shoulder massages to really foster that community spirit.
So come join in and feel a different, more caring and sharing side to the economy we’re used to!
Singapore Really Really Free Market
Address: Lorong Ah Soo, Blk 138
When: 13 Aug, 2pm
Happy birthday, Singapore!
With National Day just round the corner, enter Singapasar, just one of the many nation-centric events that’ll pop up this month.
[caption id="attachment_28740" align="aligncenter" width="1600"] Image Credit: Returning for its third year, Singapasar is a wildly popular design-centric pasar malam.
It brings together the best and the newest collections of Singapore, under one roof.
Expect to find locally designed and made products including furniture, food, apparel, bags, beverages, accessories and many more.
All of these items have their own story to tell about our Singaporean identity, history and culture.
This is where you want to shop and soak in some festive cheer this National Day!
Address: National Design Centre, 111 Middle Road, Singapore 188969
When: 4 – 6 Aug
Sounds like an amazing month, doesn’t it?
We can’t wait to head out and get busy at all these exciting activities this August!
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Get Your Post-Clubbing Food Fix At These 6 Late Night Haunts That Are Not McDonald’s
It’s 2am in the morning and you’re famished from partying and drinking all night. We’ve all been there – been drunk, tired, and hungry but with nowhere to eat.
Besides good old McDonald’s, there are actually quite a few places in Singapore you can go to feed your hungry soul at odd hours of the night/morning. So, instead of stuffing your face with french fries and chicken nuggets, head down to one of these popular supper spots – they’re sure to curb those post-clubbing hunger pangs!
1. Nunsongyee Korean Dessert Café
For those of you who crave sweet desserts in the odd hours of the morning, make a trip down to Nunsongyee Korean Dessert Café, a Korean Bingsu cafe that is open 24/7![caption id="attachment_27811" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Snow White bingsu (Image Credit: Garlic Cheese Injeolmi toast (Image Credit: Burpple User Anthony Ali)[/caption]
The Garlic Cheese Injeolmi toast ($9.90) will awaken your tastebuds as you dig into the buttered slices of bread toasted with garlic cheese. Cut open the toast to reveal bits of chewy mochi, injeolmi powder and almond slices! Definitely a sweet way to end the night!
Nunsongyee Korean Dessert Café
Address: 534 North Bridge Road Singapore, Singapore 188749 (opposite Bugis Junction)
Opening Hours: Daily, 24 hrs
2. The Ramen Stall
Having hearty Japanese fare in the wee hours of the morning is now a reality, thanks to The Ramen Stall, which is certified halal. They serve an impressive range of Japanese favourites, including Ramen, Sushi, and Rice Don.[caption id="attachment_27349" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Volcano Ramen (Image Credit: Burpple User Sihan Lee)[/caption]
The flaming hot bowl of Volcano Ramen ($11) is comfort food for the drunk soul, especially after a long night of partying. The chicken-based broth is robust in flavour and contains slices of chicken cha shu and bamboo shoot. You can also choose from three levels of spiciness!
The Ramen Stall
Address: 787 North Bridge Road, Singapore 198755
Opening Hours: Mon – Fri: 5pm – 6am; Sat – Sun, PH: 12pm – 6am
3. Aroy Dee Thai Kitchen
Boasting authentic Thai flavours at affordable prices, Aroy Dee Thai Kitchen is a stall that never sleeps, just like its country of origin – Bangkok.
Day or night, there’s never a bad time for Pad Thai. The Pad Thai ($6.50), a Thai favourite in Singapore, has all the good stuff – prawns, eggs, diced beancurd, crushed peanuts, and beansprouts.[caption id="attachment_27813" align="aligncenter" width="960"] Pad Thai (Image Credit: Burpple User Tammy Wee)[/caption]
The Chicken Green Curry ($6), filled with a generous serving of tender chicken is just the right amount of creamy. Order a bowl of rice – or two – to finish up every last drop of the curry!
Aroy Dee Thai Restaurant
Address: Sunshine Plaza, 91 Bencoolen Street, #01-12
Opening Hours: Mon – Sun: 11.30am – 6am
4. Casuarina Curry House
Prata is a popular supper option in Singapore and Casuarina Curry Restaurant is a hotspot for prata lovers in town.[caption id="attachment_27814" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Image Credit: Burpple Guides[/caption]
The plain prata ($1.30) is light, fluffy, and not too oily. With a crispy texture and slightly buttery taste, the pratas here are hugely satisfying.[caption id="attachment_27815" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Ondeh Ondeh Prata (Image Credit: Burpple User SG Food On Foot)[/caption]
Casuarina Curry House pays tribute to local flavours with its Ondeh Ondeh prata ($4.90). While slightly pricey for prata, its unique flavour makes it worth every buck. The crispy tissue prata is folded with pandan jelly cubes, a scoop of coconut ice cream, shredded coconut, and is drizzled with gula melaka.
Casuarina Curry House
Address: 136 & 138 Casuarina Road, Singapore 579524
Opening Hours: Daily, 7am – 12am
5. Beach Road Scissors Cut Curry Rice (Jalan Besar)
Nothing is as delightful as a saucy, messy plate of curry rice when the city is fast asleep. This glorious plate of scissors-cut rice at Jalan Besar is liquid gold for late night party-goers. Slap a pork cutlet, braised cabbage, and a gooey fried egg onto your rice! As with any cai fun store, the price differs depending on what ingredients you pick, but the price hovers around $3.
If you have extra calories to spare, add the Ngoh Hiang to your rice – it has a nice crunch from the water chestnuts within the fried, crispy skin.
The best part of this hearty and economical meal is the mixture of 4 different types of sauces on the mountain of food – curry, braised gravy, chilli oil, and chilli sauce. A beautiful mess indeed.
Beach Road Scissors Cut Curry Rice (Jalan Besar)
Address: 229 Jalan Besar, Singapore 208905
Opening Hours: Daily, 11.30am – 3.30am
6. 333 Bak Kut Teh[caption id="attachment_27572" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Image Credit: Coffee Shops Near Me[/caption]
Never let your cravings for Bak Kut Teh go unsatisfied again with 333 Bak Kut Teh, another joint that opens 24 hours daily.
The Pork Ribs Soup ($7) is made with a blend of pepper and various other spices, giving it a kick that will jolt you awake. The flavoursome and lean pork ribs are tender, pairing beautifully with the peppery broth. Dunk the you tiao into the broth to make these fried dough sticks even more addictive.
333 Bak Kut Teh
Address: 333 Balestier Road, Singapore 329765
Opening Hours: Daily, 12am – 12pm
And there you have it – a list of places that offer hearty meals to curb those post-clubbing hunger pangs. With these, you won’t have to go home hungry after your wild nights out!
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Ambassador Highlights #10 – Bar Crawls, Yakitori, Fashion Shows And More!
It’s officially the end of May!
Here at DiscoverSG, that means we get to look back on and celebrate all the exciting activities our ambassadors dropped in on this month.
This month’s highlights include plenty of amazing events and yummy eats!
Tras Street never fails to surprise with its string of hip, tasty food spots.
Its newest addition is Birders, a snazzy, modern yakitori bar, for all the Japanese soul food you could ask for.[embed]https://www.instagram.com/p/BTymTRclgyE/?taken-by=dianabakar_[/embed]
It’s opened by our very own local celebrity, Adam Chen too!
Our ambassadors, Diana, Shivon and Dawn headed down to see what the hype was all about.[caption id="attachment_26783" align="aligncenter" width="1880"] Image Credit: The Ranting Panda[/caption]
They were treated to a wide selection of yummy yakitori, including the Thigh ($3.50), Breast ($3.50), Tail ($4), Sasami ($4.50), Oyster ($4.50), Tsukune ($4.50), and Skin (S$4).[embed]https://www.instagram.com/p/BTv1khnhWWJ/?taken-by=shivonchua[/embed]
Dawn’s absolute favourite was their Bourbon infused liver mousse. It was paired with yuzu marmalade for a sweet kick of flavour, and fried mantou for that extra crunch!
Diana loved the spring rolls, as well as the sweet matcha lava cake dessert.[embed]https://www.instagram.com/p/BTqzq6yhk1B/?taken-by=dtynx[/embed]
We were also impressed by their selection of imported Sake that even came with a reference index of the drinks’ sweetness and acidity levels.
Where: 55 Tras Street Singapore 078994
Opening Hours: Mon – Thurs: 6pm – 12am; Fri – Sat: 6pm – 1am; Closed on Sunday
Contact no.: 8748 4585
2. Sister Act
If there’s one thing we can’t pass up, it’s a good laugh.
That’s why we were elated to hear that Broadway’s Sister Act had arrived on our shores![embed]https://www.instagram.com/p/BT6UF0olB7d/?taken-by=dianabakar_[/embed]
This comedy-musical features a wannabe diva who witnessed a murder, and who then had to be hidden in a convent for protection.[caption id="attachment_26791" align="aligncenter" width="1500"] Image Credit: Our lovely ambassadors Diana and Stephanie managed to snag tickets to the opening night of this hilarious show. [embed]https://www.instagram.com/p/BT6SshfANN3/?taken-by=piinkmasquerade[/embed]
They spent half the time howling with laughter, and the other half in tears over the touching scenes of friendship.
If you love broadway musicals, we hope you didn’t miss this one, which featured music by eight-time Oscar winner Alan Menken!
Where: MasterCard Theatres At Marina Bay Sands, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore 018956
When: May 9 – May 20; 7.30pm – 10pm
Contact no.: 6688 8868
3. Moxie Fashion Show
Lovers of lace and all things pretty, a new boutique has opened up in town for you!
Moxie is the newest super sophisticated multi-label womenswear boutique at Mandarin Gallery.[embed]https://www.instagram.com/p/BUauqr4lFhU/?taken-by=dianabakar_[/embed]
Our ambassadors Diana, Jia Min, Shivon, and Vanessa headed down for a fancy private fashion show![caption id="attachment_26789" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Image Credit: Moxie[/caption]
They lived out every girl’s dream of sitting at the front row of a runway, watching models strut their stuff in some gorgeous, immaculate pieces.[embed]https://www.instagram.com/p/BUQjaIahTcf/?taken-by=siowjiamin[/embed]
What they loved most was that each of them could find an outfit that matched their personal style!
Diana’s favourites out of all the elegant pieces were the dainty, yet eye-catching lace tops, while Vanessa’s was the red off-shoulder lace dress.[embed]https://www.instagram.com/p/BUOsLCzBWTX/?taken-by=vaneszs.h[/embed]
Every label featured at Moxie is picked by hand, and every design is personally crafted.
We can’t wait to go back to do some proper shopping here!
Where: 333A Orchard Road, Mandarin Gallery, #03-23 Singapore 238897
Open: 11am – 9pm daily
There’s a new Hawaiian eatery in town, and it’s serving up the ever delicious and trendy poke bowls.[embed]https://www.instagram.com/p/BUg9Ga_hK57/?taken-by=rachaelwong[/embed]
Our ambassadors Nicholas and Rachael had such a healthy and yummy dinner at Alakai.
They quickly felt right at home amidst the “Aloha Spirit” of this comfy restaurant.[caption id="attachment_26784" align="aligncenter" width="960"] Image Credit: Image Credit: And we attest to this–these poke bowls are as good as they sound.
The mashed potato with macaroni was a pleasant surprise, while the the coconut and coffee pudding dessert was the perfect sweet ending.
Where: 3 Everton Park #01-79 Singapore 080003
Opening Hours: Tue – Fri: 11.30am – 2.30pm, 5.30pm – 8:30pm; Sat: 11.30am – 8.30pm; Closed on Sundays
Contact no.: 6904 4957
5. Bar Crawl
If you’re wondering what to do this Friday night, we’ve got a suggestion.
Bonappetour has a not-so-secret Bar Crawl that will bring you to hidden top bars on our island!
Our ambassadors Clare, Jia Min, Kimberly, Shivon and Stephanie were brought to investigate the unknown nooks of Central Singapore.
They discovered amazing bars they’ve never been to, like Tiger’s Milk, Native Bar and Operation Dagger!
They got to savour all kinds of unique cocktails, like Tiger Milk’s fruity strawberry-passionfruit cocktail, and Operation Dagger’s toffee apple cocktail.
What excited them the most though, was ANTZ, an exotic cocktail at Native Bar, which comes garnished with actual ants.
Sign up for the bar crawl! Who knows, it might just lead you to discover your new favourite Friday night hideout.
Secret Bars of Singapore
Where: Sssshhh, it’s a secret!
When: 1 June – 28 July; 7.30pm – 10.30pm
Contact no.: 8288 5950
6. Baywatch Preview
We’ve been waiting on our toes for Baywatch to come out in Singapore, just so we can catch Zac Efron in action, in all his shirtless glory.
That’s why we were stoked to be invited to a preview of the movie!
Our ambassadors Chelsea, Cheryl, and Shivon got to catch the movie before anyone else!
They spent half the time laughing at all the sassy lines, and the other half bae-watching Zac Efron, we’re sure.
We think it’s safe to say this was one of the funniest movies they’ve seen this year.
Baywatch is now showing in theatres and we suggest you head out and catch it!
7. Sama Curry & Café
We’ve found a great new spot to get our curry fix, and it’s none other than Sama Curry & Café, a popular Hokkaido soup curry shop hailing from Japan!
[caption id="attachment_26787" align="aligncenter" width="2048"] Image Credit: We sent our ambassadors Joey, Nicholas and Vanessa down to try it out, and boy was it delicious.[caption id="attachment_26788" align="aligncenter" width="2048"] Image Credit: Next, they picked a level of spiciness from the cute categories of “Baby Bear”, “Adult Bear” and “Crazy Bear”.
Choose between 0 to 30 to make sure you get the exact level of spiciness you desire.
[caption id="attachment_26790" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] Image Credit: OUE Downtown 2 Gallery, 6 Shenton Way #03-26 Singapore 068809
Opening Hours: 11.00am – 9.00pm
Contact no.: 6224 0590
10 ‘Die Die Must Try’ Events And Eats To Rev Up Your First Half Of June [1-15 June]
Ambassador Highlights #9 – Darts, Thai Hotpot, $5 Drinks And More!
April has officially come to a close and that means one thing: time for another round-up of exciting activities our ambassadors dropped in on this month.
This month’s highlights include plenty of fresh new experiences and sumptuous noms!
1. I Darts Halo
Not your usual club scene with music, drinks, and a crowd, i Darts aims to create fun times you won’t forget with darts, a game everyone (yes, everyone) can play.
With a whole variety of ways to play the game, it’s great for bonding, learning more about each other, and in all, just having a great time with friends.
Our ambassadors Shivon, Diana, Jia Min, and Kimberley headed down to i Darts Halo, and shared good laughs over lively darts games![embed]https://www.instagram.com/p/BSpyakYhsv4/?taken-by=siowjiamin%20group[/embed]
Those new to the game, fear not! There are helpful instructors ready to guide you, and you’ll be hitting the bullseye in no time.[embed]https://www.instagram.com/p/BSn1X69Bdtk/?taken-by=shivonchua[/embed] [embed]https://www.instagram.com/p/BSlUUU3lfos/?taken-by=dianabakar_[/embed]
At just a dollar a game, it’s perfect for a fun night with the gang without breaking the bank.
New members also receive a free i Darts card, and you’ll even get to walk away with your very own set of darts if you score 400 and above! Between you and us, it’s not that tough to hit 400.
Make a date with iDarts! Who knows? You may just discover a hidden talent as a darts master!
Where: 201 Victoria Street Bugis+ #-03-24 Singapore 188067
Opening Hours: Sun-Thu & PH: 12.30pm to 1am; Fri, Sat & eve of PH: 12.30pm to 3am
Contact no.: 6634 9662
2. Soi Thai Soi Nice
“People who love to eat are the best people”.
We know we do! Especially when it’s at Soi Thai Soi Nice, the latest Thai restaurant to hit the hot steamboat scene in Singapore.[caption id="attachment_25704" align="aligncenter" width="1080"] Image Credit: Soi Thai Soi Nice[/caption]
The Thais love their food intense and flavourful–whether spicy, sweet or sour–and they love to wash that all down with a glass of refreshing ice milk tea.[embed]https://www.instagram.com/p/BSkeDX6BmTK/?taken-by=rachaelwong[/embed]
Our ambassadors, Eunice, Nicholas and Rachael got the royal treatment there, trying out their signature Royal Thai Hot Pot.[embed]https://www.instagram.com/p/BS-8gjDl9ma/?taken-by=fat_noodle[/embed] [embed]https://www.instagram.com/p/BTC5Zw0gmvo/?taken-by=nicholaslgl[/embed]
Full of fresh seafood and meats, these premium ingredients are cooked in homemade authentic Tom Yam soup.
With 4 levels of spiciness, even those with a lower tolerance for spiciness can enjoy this bubbling hot, flavourful broth!
Soi Thai Soi Nice
Where: 321 Alexandra Road #02-01 @ Alexandra Central (Next to Ikea) Singapore 159972
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri: 11.30am – 3.30pm, 6.00pm – 10.00pm; Sat-Sun: 11.30am – 10pm
Contact no.: 6250 4863
Who says eating healthy is only about expensive salads and wraps?
Dosirak serves up healthy, tasty, and convenient Korean food for those on the go![caption id="attachment_25702" align="aligncenter" width="2048"] Image Credit: Our ambassadors Cheryl and Rachael headed down and were pleasantly surprised to find fresh flavours coming from the farm to their palms!
To order, all you have to do is pick your base, choose your veggies, and finally, your meat(s). Then, take your box, add the secret sauce (psst, it’s gochujang) and shake it up!
Now, who says fast food ain’t good for you?
Where: 18 Cross Street, China Square Central #01-02, Singapore 048423.
Contact no.: 65366034
This one needs no introduction!
Bangkok’s famous hipster market must have flooded your Instagram feeds by now.
Artbox featured plenty of local designers, affordable vintage fashion, quirky lifestyle products, modern home decor items and innovative snacks.
Our ambassadors Cheryl, Vanessa, Shivon, Jia Min, Kimberley, Nicholas, Stephanie and Victoria headed down to join the insane crowd.
Just like Bangkok’s version, they were treated to yummy nosh from international vendors, a beer market and beautiful fairy light displays!
While there’s only so much a person can eat, we weren’t going to let that stop us. We dug into acai bowls, truffle noodles, Thai milk tea custard bun, milk tea, and even whiskey butter steak and ice cream!
We really hope it comes back next year ‘cuz this is one market we can’t get enough of.
5. Central Perk SG
“How you doin’?”
We dropped in on Central Perk SG, and we must say, it takes the idea of a themed cafe to the next level.
[caption id="attachment_25711" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] Image Credit: Our ambassador Jessie, a huge Friends fan, headed down to check it out!
Friends fans will defo go crazy for this cafe’s interior. We were impressed by how it had the Central Perk Cafe cut right down to the tiniest detail.
While there, we also had a good laugh trying out their edible helium balloons, the latest addition to their extensive themed menu.[embed]https://www.instagram.com/p/BSv093Nl75G/?taken-by=jessiecupcakegirl[/embed]
Even the coffees here are themed after the memorable characters! Of course, Jessie had to order herself a strong ‘Joey Tribbiani’.
Who is your favourite FRIENDS character?
Central Perk SG
Where: 1 Magazine Road, Central Mall #01-01 Singapore 059567
Opening Hours: Sunday, Tues, Wed Thurs: 11am – 11pm; Fri, Sat: Open till late; Closed on mondays
Contact no.: 90252524
KBBQ has been around for a while now, but you have to try the ultimate Korean charcoal grill experience at Seorae.[caption id="attachment_25703" align="aligncenter" width="1280"] Image Credit: Seorae[/caption]
Seorae is no ordinary Korean Restaurant. It’s the first Galmaegisal restaurant in Singapore. That’s a special pork cut that’s only available in 5% of the pig.
Our ambassadors Cheryl, Jia Min, and Nicholas headed down to try their juicy and tender meats.[embed]https://www.instagram.com/p/BTYu46gjpu-/?taken-by=cherzinga[/embed]
Their favourites were the Signature Pork Skirt with Sweet Garlic Marinade, Beef Short Ribs and Army Stew!
We also had a blast trying on the traditional korean wear to pass the time while waiting to be seated.
For a sweet finish, there’s even a Bingsu counter for dessert! Yummm.
Where: 68 Orchard Rd, #02-01, Plaza Singapura, 238839
Opening Hours: Mon-Thu: 11.30am – 10pm; Fri & Sat: 11.30am – 11pm, Sun: 11.30am-10pm
Contact no.: 9181 2709
7. Five Square
Five Square (FIV五 Square) is a unique dining space made up of 3 different concepts: The Bazaar, The Bar and The Recess.
Choose from 6 different cuisines at The Bazaar, chill over drinks, pool and darts at The Bar, and enter The Recess for an ultra-private session over whisky![caption id="attachment_25818" align="alignnone" width="2880"] Five Square Bar[/caption]
Our ambassador, Shivon headed down to catch up and chill after a long day at work.[embed]https://www.instagram.com/p/BSqOmJHhrtq/?taken-by=shivonchua[/embed]
She got to enjoy great food and drinks in such a cosy ambience! There was even live music playing when we got there!
Heads up, it gets busy from 6.30pm, so make your way down early!
Where: 1 Pickering Street, Great Eastern Centre, #01-03, Singapore 04865
Opening hours: Mon – Sat, 10am – 12am (Closed on Sundays and PH)
8. Flying Monkey
Flying Monkey brings the fun back into dining!
This contemporary Indian restaurant and bar is casual, quirky and a belly rubbing kinda yummy![caption id="attachment_25707" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] Image Credit: SG Asia City[/caption]
Housed in the culturally rich district of Kampong Glam, they offer authentic Pan-Indian cuisine with a pinch of excitement.
Our ambassador, Vanessa fell in love with The Flying Monkey cocktail, a smoked cocktail with a roasted aroma akin to an 18 year old whisky.[embed]https://www.instagram.com/p/BS3DVDDBDeo/?taken-by=vaneszs.h[/embed]
The highlight of the night has to be the contemporary pan-Indian cuisine! Our favourites were the Tandoori Chicken and Tulsi Cod.
This restaurant serves up small Tapas plates so you can taste a wide range of flavours. They’re great for sharing too! If you’re a big eater, no worries. You can always order a Big Plate for gorgeous, full-sized meals.
Where: 67 Bussorah St, Singapore 199480
Opening Hours: Sun-Thurs: 12.00pm – 2.30pm, 5.30pm – 11.00pm; Fri-Sat 12.00pm – 2.30pm, 5.30pm – 11.55pm
While so much has happened this month, we can’t wait to dive into even more fun events and happenings in May!
If you’re looking to increase your brand’s awareness and want to introduce products or services 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 a mission to discover the fun and exciting things in Singapore. If you love eating, shopping, and discovering new places in Singapore, drop us an email at [email protected]
Also, read Taste The Goodness Of Sarawak At Face To Face – An Eatery That Stays True To Its Roots
This S’pore Bar Charges You Based On The Hour – The Earlier You Drink, The Happier Your Wallet
Hey there, Singapore After Nine is back with a new find!
Situated just off Clarke Quay, this new gem is located at the peaceful 11 Keng Cheow Road. For those in the know, Stickies Bar has come to be synonymous with 3 things: food, fun and affordability.
It’s a game cafe, diner and bar, all rolled into one – the Holy Grail for lovers of games, food and booze.
While the merry-making usually begins after dark at most bars, Stickies Bar keeps its fires burning round the clock.[caption id="attachment_24751" align="alignnone" width="2880"] Image Credits: Chong Yi Sze[/caption]
This means you’ve got a good option for lunch, and a place to chill after the sun goes down. Stickies Bar offers great promotions and dishes up some tasty food, so you don’t go hungry in between shots.
We at DiscoverSG popped in to take a look and lo and behold, it was indeed all fun and games at Stickies Bar.
They’ve got game…
It has a pool table that’s open at all hours, which you can play to no end.[caption id="attachment_24753" align="alignnone" width="2880"] Image Credit: Chong Yi Sze[/caption]
There’s also a PlayStation 4, with a huge range of games including Mortal Kombat and FIFA 17. The best thing? Stickies Bar doesn’t charge any user fees!
If darts are more up your alley, dart boards are also on the ready.
What’s a game place without some good ol’ party games? Stickies Bar has a shelf packed full of them including Exploding Kittens, Uno-Jenga, Saboteur, and more! If you’re a sucker for the classics, they’ve even got chess![caption id="attachment_24754" align="alignnone" width="2880"] Image Credit: Chong Yi Sze[/caption]
And finally, how can we do without party favourite, Beer Pong?[caption id="attachment_24755" align="alignnone" width="1920"] Image Credit: Chong Yi Sze[/caption]
Games aside, we loved how customers could plug their music devices to the speaker system and play their own songs! Blast your favourite tunes and feel right at home with your own jams playing in the background!
Next, we got a taste of what the kitchen had to offer.
What’s for dinner?
1. Appetizer Party Platter (NA)
To start things off, we were served a very special party platter—special because it’s nowhere on the menu. We got to try a mix of cheesy curly fries ($11), popcorn chicken ($11), chicken karaage ($12) and sesame wings ($14).[caption id="attachment_24756" align="alignnone" width="2880"] Image Credit: Chong Yi Sze[/caption]
These bites stayed crisp long after they were served and we loved that they didn’t come dripping with oil!
2. Soup of the Day ($4)
The soup of the day when we were there was tomato soup, a rich, tangy soup topped with crisp squares of garlic bread. The tomato flavour was strong, but it was a little too sour for my liking. Then again, if you like your soup with a little more zestiness, this would be it.[caption id="attachment_24758" align="alignnone" width="2016"] Image Credit: Chong Yi Sze[/caption]
The soup of the day here is changed up regularly. Some days, they serve the classic mushroom soup, and on other days, they serve a cheesy broccoli soup. As for the others…. We’ll leave you to discover them for yourself!
3. 10-inch 4 Cheese Pizza ($13)
Think you know what a pizza looks like? This thin-crusted wonder will surprise you![caption id="attachment_24759" align="alignnone" width="2880"] Image Credit: Chong Yi Sze[/caption]
Topped with a decadent mix of 4 cheeses–mozzarella, parmesan, cheddar, and nacho cheese–this pizza is a serious game changer. The crust was crisp, and there was (surprisingly!) enough crust to balance out all that cheesy goodness. The cheesy flavours were complemented by the additional top-up of turkey ham, and the pizza came lightly seared.
4. Beef Lasagna ($14)[caption id="attachment_24761" align="alignnone" width="2016"] Image Credit: Chong Yi Sze[/caption]
Beef layered between sheets of pasta, bathed in flavourful bolognese sauce… If that sounds good, it tasted even better. As we sliced our forks through the layers of meat and pasta, they came away with stringy strands of cheese. The pasta could have done with a little more resistance, but hey, we all have our preferences. The dish was served with a salad on the side, drizzled with a yummy homemade sesame dressing.
5. Flamélicious Spicy Chicken Quesadilla ($18)
This Flamélicious Spicy Chicken Quesadilla was the highlight of our night![caption id="attachment_24762" align="alignnone" width="2016"] Image Credit: Chong Yi Sze[/caption]
Spicier than Stickies Bar’s waitresses, this dish had us gulping down cups of water in between mouthfuls. Sandwiched within a crispy, toasted quesadilla shell was a generous helping of gooey, stringy cheese and fiery chicken pieces, tender and marinated with 3 secret spices.
Thankfully, the shell managed to stay intact despite the substantial fillings inside it, making it a much less messy affair than it could have been.
Food & Drink Promotions at Stickies Bar
Besides the array of games and facilities, Stickies Bar has some sweet deals you’d be hard-pressed to find elsewhere. Considering the quality of the grub here, these promos are the real deal.
If you love your drinks, Stickies Bar has got your back…[caption id="attachment_24773" align="alignnone" width="665"] Image Credit: Image Credit: Image Credit: Image Credit: Image Credit: Chong Yi Sze[/caption]
With that, Stickies Bar definitely makes it to our list of go-to places after hours, both on weekends and on weekdays.
Westies, you won’t have to travel all the way to town for your Stickies fix soon enough! The bar will be opening its second outlet at Sunset Way in May. For more updates, be sure to follow them on Instagram!
To many more happy hours,
Singapore After Nine
Address: 1 Keng Cheow St,#01-10, Singapore 059608
Opening hours: Monday – Sunday, 12pm – 12am
Step Aside Pastamania, This Resto Chain Serves Legit Italian Fare For Under $30
Running overtime tonight? That’s not a problem.
At Singapore After Nine, we bring you the scoop on tried-and-tested, late night gems for you to rest your work-weary self.
This time, we’re featuring Image Credit: Chong Yi Sze[/caption]
Alternatively, enjoy the breeze at the alfresco dining area:[caption id="attachment_23921" align="alignnone" width="2880"] Image Credit: Chong Yi Sze[/caption]
Here is where you’ll find genuinely good Italian food that doesn’t call for a pound of flesh. They’re generous with their portions, do not scrimp on their cheese (cheese lovers take note) and use fresh, quality ingredients. Read on to see what’s good.
1. Caesar Salad from the Cheese Wheel Menu ($19++)[caption id="attachment_23902" align="alignnone" width="2880"] Image Credit: Chong Yi Sze[/caption]
Prepared in a uniquely traditional Italian method right by our table, the salad was tossed in the middle of a 20kg Grana Padano cheese wheel.[caption id="attachment_23919" align="alignnone" width="871"] Image Credit: Chong Yi Sze[/caption]
While the salad was being mixed, the server scraped off fluffy cheese from the wheel to add a creamy, sweet-salty zing to the salad. Smoked chicken and light, crispy croutons were the cherry on top. It was such a refreshing accompaniment to our meal, and also doubled as an effective palate cleanser.
2. Wagyu beef carpaccio ($18++)[caption id="attachment_23904" align="alignnone" width="2880"] Image Credit: Chong Yi Sze[/caption]
This dish consisted of finely sliced wagyu, topped with fresh rocket leaves and mushrooms, and drizzled with truffle oil. Amidst the bed of rocket leaves lay delicately-shaved pieces of 24-months old Parmesan cheese. All in all, it was a tasty, clean and refreshing dish. There were no hints of fishiness from the beef, which was sweet and tender. The rocket leaves were fresh, and tasted great with the dressing.
3. Oven Baked Eggplant Alla Parmigiana Style ($16++)[caption id="attachment_23910" align="alignnone" width="2880"] Image Credit: Chong Yi Sze[/caption]
This dish of eggplant gratin proved to be a delicious, well-executed twist on the popular potato gratin. Baked to a pleasing softness without being overly mushy, the eggplant pieces were doused in a tomato-herb based sauce that had more flavour and depth than regular pasta sauce.
While potatoes might have weighed the dish down, the eggplant added a lighter touch that was delightfully refreshing. We bet you’ll love the chewy golden Parmesan crust atop the eggplant base. It was generously thick and stringy, and crispy at the edges.
4. District 10 Pizza ($19++)[caption id="attachment_23905" align="alignnone" width="2880"] Image Credit: Chong Yi Sze[/caption]
This dish was the highlight of the night. The pizza arrived warm and toasty, brimming with the aroma of a good ol’ stone oven. The crust was fluffy and so chock full of ingredients that it bent under their weight when we tried to pick up the pizza slices. The Pancetta ham was smoky and savoury, its fatty juices adding a flavour burst in every bite. Refreshing zucchini pieces were thoughtfully added to counter the richness of the ingredients, which included a sunny side up egg and mushrooms.
5. Spaghetti Carbonara with Black Truffle ($24++)[caption id="attachment_23908" align="alignnone" width="871"] Image Credit: Chong Yi Sze[/caption]
This dish was another one of our favourites. Al dente pasta coated with creamy carbonara sauce and infused with truffle – what’s not to like? The dish arrived with a sprinkling of finely-shaved black truffle, and a perfectly poached egg that oozed golden yolk.
6. Homemade Angel Hair with Live Lobster, Chilli, Basil and Fresh Tomatoes ($34++)[caption id="attachment_23909" align="alignnone" width="2880"] Image Credit: Chong Yi Sze[/caption]
Looking ever so tempting, this dish no doubt lived up to its appearance. The tomato-based sauce was tangy and appetizing, which made us lose track of how much pasta we were eating. The zesty hit of tomato also went very well with the half-shell lobster, which could have been a tad bit more springy.
7. Warm Lava Chocolate Cake and Vanilla Ice Cream ($14++)[caption id="attachment_23912" align="alignnone" width="2880"] Image Credit: Chong Yi Sze[/caption]
All it took was a gentle cut and the chocolate lava flowed like an endless river. Safe to say, this tops our list of chocolate lava cakes. The chocolate flavour was intense and the consistency of the lava was great. It wasn’t too runny, nor was it too thick. The cake itself was moist and fluffy, which was a major plus point.
8. Traditional Italian Tiramisu ($14++)[caption id="attachment_23996" align="alignnone" width="6000"] Image Credit: Victoinette[/caption]
Likewise, the tiramisu was another crowd pleaser. Topped with cocoa powder and garnished with a berry and holly leaves, it looked like Christmas came early. The light cream sat atop a fluffy cake base flavoured richly with coffee, and was not as bitter as some other tiramisus out there.
While District 10 is known for serving up great-tasting Italian fare, its latest outlet at Suntec City specialises in something rather more unique, but equally delicious. There, choose from an ample variety of flavoursome, dry-aged meats that are beautifully marbled and paired off with premium red wine.
Last but not least, what better way to round off the night than with these sweet deals?[caption id="attachment_23916" align="aligncenter" width="306"] Outlets
Address: 81 Clemenceau Avenue #01-15/16, UE Square Shopping Mall Singapore 239917 (Corner of Unity Street and Clemenceau Avenue)
Monday to Thursdays: 11.30am to 12.00am (Last order: 10.30pm)
Fridays & Eve of Public Holiday: 11.30am to 1.00am (Last order: 11.00pm)
Saturdays: 09.00am to 12.00am (Last order: 10.30am)
Sundays & Public Holidays: 09.00am to 11.00pm (Last order: 10.30pm)
The Star Vista
Address: 1 Vista Exchange Green, The Star Vista #01-42/K3, Singapore 138617 (Beside taxi stand)
Mondays to Thursdays: 11.30am to 11pm (Last order: 10.30pm)
Fridays & Eve of Public Holiday: 11.30am to 12am (Last order: 11.00pm)
Saturdays, Sundays & Public Holidays: 11.00am to 11.00 pm (Last order: 10.30 pm)
Address: 3 Temasek Boulevard, Suntec City Mall #01-514/515, Singapore 038983 (Beside Tower 2 Office Lobby, near the Fountain of Wealth)
Monday to Sunday: 11.30am to 11pm
Lunch: 11.30am to 3pm (Last order: 2.30pm)
Dinner: 6pm to 10.30pm (Last order: 10pm)
12 Valentine’s Day Date Experiences That Don’t Involve Dinners And Movies
Don’t get us wrong, the dinner and movie date will always be a classic. But if you’ve been together for a while now, you must be a little bored by this date combination.
This special occasion, Valentine’s Day, is when couples should spend time together doing something more memorable. Shake things up by taking your pick amongst these fun, relaxing and romantic activities guaranteed to give both of you quality time. You’ll make memories to keep for a lifetime.
Make this Valentine’s Day an extra special one, with these 12 date experiences you won’t forget!
1. Live Music at the Botanic Gardens
If the standard picnic isn’t quite special enough for you, try one where you and your date are serenaded by incredible live music, against the backdrop of a moonlit sky.[caption id="attachment_22401" align="aligncenter" width="1200"] Image credit: Families For Life[/caption]
The Singapore Botanic Gardens Bandstand will be showcasing a series of melodic live acts the weekend before Valentine’s Day. So grab your sweetheart and a picnic mat for two unforgettable nights of soul soothing indie pop in the middle of a natural scenic setting.
What better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than with good music, lush greenery and a sky full of stars? Head down with your loved one early enough to grab a good spot and catch the sunset together before a relaxing night.
Valentine’s Day 2017 @ Botanic Gardens
Where: Singapore Botanic Gardens, Bandstand
Date: 10-12 Feb 2017
Time: 6pm to 10pm
2. Marina Bay Sands Light & Water Show
If you haven’t seen the Wonder Full Light and Water Spectacular at Marina Bay Sands yet, this is something uniquely Singaporean that you and your loved one have to experience together at least once. This is one majestic water-fire-light show that’ll take your breath away.[caption id="attachment_22403" align="aligncenter" width="2880"] Image credit: Skyscraper City[/caption]
The show begins with a single drop of water, signifying the beginning of life, and matures into a vibrant extravaganza–so much like your ever growing love. Fall in love again amidst the amazing convergence of light, music and sound, with the stunning cityscape of Singapore lit up in the backdrop.
If you’re enjoying a post dinner stroll along the Marina Bay, be sure not to miss this majestic show that will add that spark to complete your romantic and breezy evening at the waterfront.
Wonder Full Light and Water Show
Where: Marina Bay Sands Event Plaza at the Promenade
When: Sunday-Thursday 8pm, 9:30pm; Friday-Saturday: 8pm, 9:30pm, 11pm
Tel: 6688 8868
Don’t just promise your beloved the moon and the stars–show it to them! If there’s a most stereotypical romantic nighttime date, stargazing has to be it. And yes, you can do that right here in Singapore.
For one night each week, the Science Centre Observatory offers free star-gazing sessions. Peer at the surrounding constellations in both the northern and southern celestial hemispheres through their super telescopes, and perhaps catch a meteoroid shower while you are it. Andromeda is also a lesser-known observatory where you catch glimpses of star clusters in the Andromeda Galaxy.
For a little more privacy, you can also try West Coast Park, Fort Canning Hill, (or any secluded spot far from the city lights, really!) in the evenings to immerse yourselves in the celestial spectacle.
Science Centre Observatory
Where: Singapore Science Centre Omnitheatre, 21 Jurong Town Hall Road
When: Every Friday, 7.30pm to 10pm
Where: Woodlands Galaxy Community Club, 31 Woodlands Avenue 6
When: Every Friday and Saturday, 7.30PM-9.30PM
Price: $1 per visit
4. Couple Spa
Noticed that work has been taking a toll on your loved one? Stress can take away the sweet moments you’re supposed to be spending together, so take this Valentine’s Day to relax and pamper yourselves at with a couple spa package![caption id="attachment_22398" align="aligncenter" width="3000"] Image credit: Time Ou’s day[/caption]
We recommend Auriga Spa specially for this V-day. Chill in one of its four couple spa suites that come with their private garden. Their PS I Love You head-to-toe treatment starts with a relaxing foot massage with rose scrub, followed by a indulgent full body massage.
A candlelit bath–yes, with rose petals and the lot–and two glasses of champagne round off your intimate session.
Address: Capella Singapore, 1 The Knolls, Singapore 098297
Open: Daily 10am-10pm
Tel: 6591 5023
Price: PS I Love You Treatment $688 for two/165 minutes
Also, read Nothing Above $60 – Indulge In An Affordable Full Body Massage
5. Perfume Workshop
Embrace your chance to create a custom fragrance with your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day. At Je T’aime Perfumery’s couples perfume workshop, you’ll be able to design the perfect blend of unique ingredients based on you and your partner’s traits and preferences.[caption id="attachment_22394" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Image credit: The Nanyang Chronicle[/caption]
For starters, you’ll be given a perfume personality questionnaire. Shake things up by filling it in for each other, and you may be surprised by the results! You can then use that as a guide to match the oils in olfactory families and create the formula for a signature scent only you two will have. #couplegoals
Je T’aime Couples Perfume Workshop
Where: 90 Good Man Road, Block O, #01-57 Singapore 439053
When: Monday & Tuesday 10am to 4pm; Wednesday-Sunday 10am to 8pm
Tel: (65) 91814871
Email: [email protected]
6. Island Hopping
Thinking of a short getaway with your sweetie?
Spend the day on one of Singapore’s scenic Southern islands, or explore the lot of them! Singapore Island Cruises runs daily ferrying services to Singapore’s many secretive islands off the coast.[caption id="attachment_22400" align="aligncenter" width="1284"] Image credit: The Smart Local[/caption]
Kusu Island boasts Malay shrines, a Chinese temple, tortoises and beautiful beaches, while Sisters’ Island allows for camping and snorkeling. St. John’s Island has great trekking, swimming and fishing, while Lazarus Island is perfect for suntanning and picnicking.
No matter where you go, you’re bound to feel like you’re on vacation.
Try island hopping to create an exclusive and memorable Valentine’s Day for you and your beloved!
Singapore Island Cruise
Where: #01-04 Marina South Pier, 31 Marina Coastal Drive, Singapore 018988
When: See site for individual ferry schedules
Price: $18 per two-way ticket
Tel: 6534 9339
Here Are 6 Singapore Offshore Islands You Can Visit To Get Away From The Crowd!
7. Say It With Love
Celebrate Cupid’s season with your loved one by heading down to The Meadow at Gardens by the Bay for Say it with Love–an assortment of activities to enjoy with your partner, and even friends and family.[caption id="attachment_22399" align="aligncenter" width="1372"] Image credit: Time Out[/caption]
Create a field aglow with dreams by penning your wishes for each other on a glow-in-the-dark windmill to plant on an expanse of green.
You can also art jam with artists from Band of Doodlers, buy a unique handcrafted item for a good cause, or create a gift for that special someone at fun workshops. The highlights of the event are the cosy evening picnic and movie under the stars.
Pack your own picnic or get a couple’s picnic bag ($60-$65), which comes with a mat, snacks and a choice of either wine, a platter of finger food or a box of sandwiches.
Say It With Love
Venue: The Meadows, Gardens By The Bay
Address: 18 Marina Gardens Dr, Singapore 018953
When: Friday 24 Feb 2017 Saturday 25 Feb 2017
8. Dance Classes
Venture out of your comfort zone and learn something new together this Valentine’s Day by signing up for a couple dance class! John & Josephine Dance Creative offers Latin, Waltz, Cha Cha and many other styles for you to Tango the night away.[caption id="attachment_22404" align="aligncenter" width="940"] Image credit: Hitched Wedding Planners Singapore[/caption]
Partner dances are beautiful, intimate, and require much communication and coordination. That should pretty much strengthen your relationship, and we promise that you will have a ball of a time!
Ballroom dancing may be a good one to start with, since you’ll have to learn to do it at your wedding anyway. Hint hint.
John & Josephine Dance Creative
Where: John & Josephine Dance Creative, 1 Sophia Road, #06-27/28, Peace Centre, Singapore 228149
Open: Monday-Friday 12 noon to 10pm, Saturday-Sunday 12 noon to 6pm
Price: $100 per Lesson (per couple), $350 for 4 Lessons
Tel: 6334 6230
Email: [email protected]
9. Pasta Making Workshop
The couple that cooks together, stays together.
That’s why Plentyfull has put together a pasta-making workshop specially for the month of February. You and your partner will follow Head Chef Victor Loy in learning how to make gnocchi from scratch![caption id="attachment_22393" align="aligncenter" width="1638"] Image credit: Plentyfull[/caption]
Each of the three workshops showcases something different: Russet Potato Gnocchi with Mushroom & Spinach (14 Feb), Pumpkin Gnocchi with Kale & Pecorino (21 Feb), and Gratinated Gluten Free Gnocchi with Anchovies & Capers (28 Feb).
Drop by to pick up a new recipe for a hearty, wholesome, home-cooked meal you can make together for dinner!
Plentyfull Pasta Making Workshop
Where: 9 Raffles Boulevard, #01-79/80 Millenia Walk, Singapore 039596
When: 14, 21 & 28 February 2017
Price: $38 per person
Tel: 6493 2997
Email: [email protected]
10. Walk in Nature
With so many green spaces in Singapore, a leisurely stroll amongst our ample greenery makes for a great date idea. You can share a peaceful day in your own world, traipsing through leafy shrubs under the shade of the towering trees.[caption id="attachment_22395" align="aligncenter" width="900"] Image credit: One Three One Four[/caption]
Take your pick from the many walking guides provided by NParks.
Take your love to new heights at the MacRitchie TreeTop Walk, relive history amongst the Changi Heritage Trees or Fort Canning Park, or go completely off the beaten track at Pulau Ubin.
Hike hand in hand through these walking trails and reconnect in the wilderness this Valentine’s Day!
NParks Walking Guides
11. Cosmic Bowling
Remember the good old days dating at the bowling alley? How about some late night, glow-in-the-dark bowling this Valentine’s Day?
It’s as cool as it sounds. Luminous balls and pins, blasting dance music and disco lighting will surely make for a date night to remember.[caption id="attachment_22397" align="aligncenter" width="953"] Image credit: The New Age Paren[/caption]
Choose amongst Rock, Retro, Kpop and R&B themes on separate nights, and head to your favourite. Get pumped up be prepared to bowl your partner over with your moves both on the alley and the dance floor!
Orchid Bowl Cosmic Bowling
SAFRA Yishun, 60 Yishun Avenue 4 Singapore 769027
The Chevrons, 48 Boon Lay Way, Singapore 609961
E!hub, Downtown East, 1 Pasir Ris Cl, Singapore 519599
When: Saturdays; individual dates listed on website
Price: $24.50 (SAFRA members), $30 (non-members)
Tel: 6752 6219
Email: [email protected]
12. AcroYoga Classes
Yes, you too can be one of those cool couples on Instagram who are always trying fun new things.
This Valentine’s Day, take an Acroyoga class with your loved one! The dynamic aerial postures not only increase core strength and flexibility, but more importantly unites your mind, body and spirit.[caption id="attachment_22392" align="aligncenter" width="1268"] Image credit: Mark Adams[/caption]
This zen sport calms you down, reduces stress and anxiety, and puts you in a better mood. Partner yoga in particular deepens the practice by including your lover in postures where breathing and moving together is key.
At the end of it, expect improved levels of communication, deeper expressions of postures and higher levels of trust.
Acroyoga Jam Singapore
Where: Raffles Place on the outdoor grass lawn in front of The Providore, Raffles MRT
When: Every Thursday 8pm to 10pm, Sunday 4pm to 6pm
Shelve your dinner and movie plans, have them another day instead. This Valentine’s Day, we’ve suggested special date night (and day) plans for you already.
Take this chance to spend some good old quality time bonding with your special someone, with some of these memorable activities you can experience as a couple. All you’ve got to do is grab your sweetheart and head to these romantic events happening all throughout the sweetest month of the year!
Also, read 8 Awesome Valentine’s Day Dinner And Gift Ideas For A Truly Special Date
Hai Di Lao Tips: Essential Hacks That Will Save You Time, Money, And More!
Hai Di Lao? Yes, you heard it. When it comes to this legendary hotpot establishment, tales abound. By now, you must have amassed your own encyclopaedia of “black market” Hai Di Lao tips to take your Hai Di Lao experience to greater heights.
To add to your plethora of knowledge, we have gone undercover and infiltrated the depths of the Hai Di Lao world, right down to unearthing their new outlet in VivoCity!
Today, we are proud to present our findings – Hai Di Lao tips that are 100% legit and guaranteed to work.
To beat the queue, arrive very early… anytime before 5pm is fine. Preferably, call before you head down. Otherwise, you’ll be faced with a horrendous queue that’ll shock the living daylights out of you.
Anytime from 10 pm is good, as the dinner crowd would be gone by then and Hai Di Lao is open till 6 am.
To ensure that your table is ready by 10pm, call in early to take a queue number and let them know that you’ll arrive at 9pm.[caption id="attachment_16494" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Credits: Hai Di Lao[/caption]
Each time you dine there, you will chalk up points, which can be used to redeem gifts at no extra charge.
Every $1 you spend entitles you to 1 point. The gifts change every 6 months, so snap up that Philips steam iron before it disappears!
#1 Soup hack – thick (浓) soup base
To get the most bang for your buck, be sure to request for thick (浓) soup base during refills. Otherwise, what you get will be a more diluted version of the original soup base.
They’ll hand you a bowl of thick (浓) soup, but don’t pour it all in at once! Instead, you can adjust how thick and savoury you want your soup to be.
#2 Soup hack – 4 soup bases
If you believe that variety is the spice of life, Hai Di Lao offers 4 soup bases at virtually the same price, or even cheaper, as compared to that of 1 or 2 soup bases.
The price of 4 soup bases also depends on your ultimate choice and combination of soup. Based on our experience, it was always cheaper or the same price as choosing 2 soup bases.[caption id="attachment_16493" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Credit: youngberghill
If you come with wine or alcohol, Hai Di Lao will even open your bottle and serve it to you and your companions, free of charge!
Now, who’s up for a glass of spirits?
Mini pot hack
If you think germs and bacteria are creepy… or if your idea of fashion is a Hazmat suit, Hai Di Lao’s individual hot pots are perfect for you.
Credits: Credit: be the next Freddy Krueger try Hai Di Lao’s paper crane challenge.
[caption id="attachment_15563" align="aligncenter" width="1532"] Credits: wfenzz[/caption]
For every 30 paper cranes you fold, Hai Di Lao will reward you with a free $6 dish of your choice.
Fret not if you do not know how to fold these cranes, the staff will teach you how!
Fats? *shudders* Coagulated fats? *fear intensifies*
Congratulations, you have just discovered the hidden horror… and we’ll let you know how to overcome it. Not with a crucifix, but with your trusty ol’ ladle!
The longer you boil your soup, the more concentrated it becomes. This causes the soup to become loaded with nitrates, fats and excess protein.[caption id="attachment_16186" align="aligncenter" width="1824"] Credit: butter believer[/caption]
That white film floating on the surface of your soup isn’t the trail left by the Loch Ness monster.
It’s actually coagulated fats, nitrates and protein, which is no good for you. So, ladles up, and scoop away the white stuff!
Redeemable manicure hack
Who would pass up the opportunity of a free manicure? Not me!
The good news is, Hai Di Lao’s renowned manicure services are redeemable. Should the long queue prevent you from getting your manicure before dining, all is not lost.[caption id="attachment_16496" align="alignnone" width="640"] credit: cdn-geo dayre[/caption]
Should you wish to celebrate your grandma’s birthday there, the restaurant also offers a free platter of longevity buns to senior citizens on their special day.
This is in addition to the small gift that Hai Di Lao will present to the birthday guest, and the birthday songs that they will croon in 3 different languages.[caption id="attachment_16185" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] credit: c3.staticflickr[/caption]
A cracked phone screen is the ultimate nightmare for every phone user. This is why Hai Di Lao offers free phone screen protectors to keep your phone screens shiny and spanking new.
[caption id="attachment_16198" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Credit: 1 Harbourfront Walk, #03-09, VivoCity, Singapore 098585
Telephone numbers: +65 6250 7557 (for reservations) +65 6250 7667 (for enquiries)
Opening hours: 10.30am – 6am
Price: varies depending on the dishes ordered
Header image credit: where to get Hai Di Lao soup base!
Like Staying Up Late? Check Out These 6 Night Activities!
Suffering from insomnia? Or perhaps your body clock is all over the place after a week of hardcore midnight studying? With most malls only operating until 10 PM, there are not that many night activities to do.
In addition to exploring Singapore after dark, here are six night activities you can participate in to tire yourself out!
1. Night Cycling[caption id="attachment_12034" align="alignnone" width="700"] Image Credit: @lynnholilin / Instagram[/caption]
Get in touch with your sporty side and learn more about Singapore while you’re at it! Night cycling is a superb way to explore the island without having to spend a ton of money. All you need is safety gear, a pair of headphones, a bicycle (you could also rent), and a bottle of water!
If you’re a first-timer, check out the East Coast Park to Changi Village cycling path for a night of yummy eats, amazing finds, and quiet roads. If the East is a little far for you, you can also try cycling around the Holland Village neighbourhood down to the city where you can watch local attractions twinkle in the moonlight.
Also, read Cycling Routes In S’pore Just Got Better – Round Island & Coastal! & Cycle X Makan – 5 Best Food And Night Cycling Paths In SG
2. Chit Chat[caption id="attachment_12035" align="alignnone" width="700"] Image Credit: @ig_rb/ Instagram[/caption]
What’s better than staying up? Staying out! Since there are not that many 24/7 coffee shops in Singapore, your best bet would be to hit up Starbucks for a coffee/ tea or two while you catch up on some studying, work or just people watch/ chit chat the hours away.
We suggest going to a 24/7 coffee shop where there is outdoor seating, so you can enjoy some fresh night breeze, and not have to endure hours of nose-drying air-conditioning. Plus, free Wifi… What a score!
Starbucks at Orchard Cineleisure (other outlets available)
Address: 8 Grange Road Singapore 239695
Tel: +65 6733 0684
Opening Hours: 24/7
3. Watch a Midnight Movie[caption id="attachment_12037" align="alignnone" width="700"] Image Credit: @emyslacker / Instagram[/caption]
We love midnight shows! With only a handful of people in the cinema, the experience becomes a lot more private and intimate. Best of all, movies selected to screen in the middle of the night are usually pretty scary. Imagine walking out of a horror movie at 2 AM and strolling down an empty street. A lot more intense than 9 PM, right?
4. Put the Sing in Singapore[caption id="attachment_12038" align="alignnone" width="700"] Image Credit: @andrewpheefifofum / Instagram[/caption]
What do you think of when you see strangely irrelevant music videos (usually of varying backdrops of Singapore and/or models running down a beach), microphones, a tambourine and snacks? Of course, Karaoke. Sing to your heart’s content with affordable midnight karaoke options. Many of these karaoke operators also serve food and drinks, so there is absolutely no need to worry about being hungry.
Teo Heng KTV Studio (other outlets available)
Address: 865 Mountbatten Rd, Singapore 437844
Tel: +65 6345 6513
Opening Hours: 1 PM – 1 AM Sunday to Friday, 12 PM – 2 AM on Saturdays
Party World KTV (other outlets available)
Address: 177 River Valley Road #03-03 Liang Court Shopping Centre Singapore 179030
Tel: +65 6333 5533 or +65 6333 5588
Opening Hours: 2 PM – 6 AM Daily
5. Go prawning[caption id="attachment_12040" align="alignnone" width="700"] Image Credit: @yytoh / Instagram[/caption]
Allergic to seafood? We are sorry! But for everyone else, prawning remains as a great option to kill some time. Enjoy the cold night air while you wait for these orange fellas to take your bait! Even better, this is an excellent opportunity to spend some time with your friends as you talk over fishing rods. At the end of the night, you could even munch on what you’ve caught and cooked. Talk about a perfect way of enjoying what you worked hard for.
Hai Bin Jurong
Address: 241 Jalan Ahmad Ibrahim, The Village, Singapore 629143
Tel: +65 6265 2598
Opening Hours: 24/7
East Coast Prawning
Address: 1020 East Coast Parkway, #01-06, Singapore 449878
Tel: +65 62273330
Opening Hours: 24/7
6. Dim sum for supper[caption id="attachment_12062" align="alignnone" width="700"] Image Credit: @winstontbf / Instagram[/caption]
Get your fill of dim sum, also known as dian xin, for supper! These restaurants tend to open till late. In fact, some even operate until the morning, just so you can eat all the xiao long baos that you want. Our favourite dishes include the custard egg buns (also known as ‘liu sha bao’), rice noodle rolls (or ‘chee cheong fun’), and salted egg and butter ribs!
Mongkok Dim Sum
Address: 214 Geylang Road Lorong 8, Singapore 389274
Opening Hours: 4 PM – 5 AM Monday to Friday, 10 AM – 5 AM Saturday and Sunday
Swee Choon Tim Sum Restaurant
Address: 183-191 Jalan Besar, Singapore 208882
Tel: +65 6225 7788
Opening Hours: 6 PM – 6 AM daily, closed on Tuesdays
Go ahead, tell all your night owl friends about these night activities. After all, the night is always still young. Don’t forget that while the MRT closes by midnight, there are still Night Rider buses you can take to save some money and get home safely!
Also, read Play Till Late! 5 Hangout Spots So You Can Munch & Play The Night Away
5 Hipster Hang Out Spots In Singapore That You Should Visit With Your Best Friends
All of us would remember fondly of a hangout spot where we spent many hours with childhood friends, pretending to be pirates and big bad wolves. As we grow older, this communal playground slowly disappears. But that does not mean that the fun has to end now that we’ve all grown up.
In Singapore, we’re lucky to have so many different hangout spots offering a game-and-food experience. We can bond with all our best buddies over different games; from pool to electronic darts to a sinister board game to Guitar Hero. The best part? All at a reasonable price.
Here are five superb hangout spots you can check out. Whether you want to kill some time, have some fun, or create new memories with friends, you’d find something you like.
Cue Guru[caption id="attachment_11766" align="alignnone" width="700"] Image Credit: @shaneinfinite / Instagram[/caption]
Cue Guru is my first choice when it comes to killing an hour between plans, especially if there is some time between finishing dinner and a movie. Averaging about $10 to $20 per hour, depending on the time of day, it is a great way to have some fun without breaking the bank. You can easily split the game cost between a few friends.
For food, try the $28 combo available at Cue Guru. It comes with a jug of Tiger Beer and a plate of crunchy popcorn chicken. The $25 weekday value combo, which is only valid from Monday to Thursday 11 AM – 3 PM, comes with two hours of pool games, a choice of two mocktails or juices, and a snack. If you’re a little thirsty, order from the bar. It is usually well stocked with designer beers, wine and cocktails.
Cue Guru is currently available in two locations: Bugis+ and Kovan.
Cue Guru Bugis+
Address: Bugis+, 201 Victoria Street #03-19, Singapore 188067
Tel: 6509 6002
Opening Hours: 11 AM – 1 AM from Mondays to Thursdays and Sunday, 11 AM – 2 AM on Fridays, Saturdays, Eve of Public Holidays, and Public Holidays
Cue Guru Kovan
Address: J Forte Sportainment Centre, 50 Hougang Avenue 1, Singapore 538885
Tel: 6280 8800
Opening Hours: 10 AM – 1 AM daily
iDarts Halo[caption id="attachment_11996" align="alignnone" width="700"] Image Credit: iDarts[/caption]
Just right next to Cue Guru in Bugis+ is iDarts Halo, a fantastic hangout spot to hone your electronic dart throwing skills while spending time with friends.
There are six such hangout spots, operated by iDarts Singapore, all across the island – from Boon Lay to Punggol to Tampines. This particular setting in Bugis is perfect for the young cosmopolitan city-goer who would like some liquor to go with their missiles!
For beer lovers, especially, there is an ongoing daily happy hour promotion. You’ll receive a Carlsberg and Kronenbourg beer tower at $62 and $72 respectively. If you’re more of a cider kind of person, check out the new fruity ciders at the bar!
Address: 201 Victoria Street Bugis+, #03-24, Singapore 188067
Tel: +65 6634 9662
Opening Hours: 12.30 PM – 1 AM Sunday to Thursday (and Public Holidays), 12.30 PM – 3 AM Friday, Saturday and Eve of Public Holidays
Saint Games[caption id="attachment_11998" align="alignnone" width="700"] Image Credit: @lynaleo / Instagram[/caption]
Can video gaming be serious? Saint Games says yes! Opened in 2009, the household brand is today located at The Cathay and Bugis+. It offers fun-filled game time to people of all ages!
This is the perfect hangout spot for those whose friends are obsessed with console gaming, from PlayStation 3 to the Nintendo Wii, and the Xbox. Game selections include classic Xbox titles, Rockband, Guitar Hero, Raving Rabbids, and more!
If you’ll be catching a movie on the same day, check out Saint Games @ The Cathay’s special tie up with Cathay Cineplexes, which is just a few floors up. Show your movie ticket for that day and get an extra 30 minutes of gameplay time, on top of your existing purchase.
Saint Games @ The Cathay
Address: #03-06, Handy Rd, Former Cathay Building, Singapore 229233
Tel: +65 6397 2285
Opening Hours: 12 PM – 10 PM Sundays to Thursdays, 12 PM – 2 AM Fridays to Saturdays
Hideout[caption id="attachment_11997" align="alignnone" width="700"] Image Credit: Hideout[/caption]
Hideout is exactly what its name implies: a shelter from the outside world, an escape to a second reality. Located in Peace Center, a mall that really only comes alive after dark, this hangout spot offers a brief respite with board games and console games available for rental.
The rooms are spacious, soundproof, and furnished with the most comfortable bean bags! All these to provide you with a totally private gaming experience. With more than 30 board games available, including card games like Bang and Saboteur, and the latest gaming consoles in town, prices start at $9 for the first hour per person for first-timers, and $6 per person for subsequent hours.
Hungry? You will be able to purchase snacks from Hello Panda biscuits to spicy instant noodles to M&Ms. Eat while you play!
Address: #03-04/05 Peace Centre, 1 Sophia Rd, Singapore 228149
Tel: +65 6837 0686
Opening Hours: 11 AM – 11 PM Sunday to Thursday, 11 AM – 1 AM Friday and Saturday
Settlers Cafe[caption id="attachment_11999" align="alignnone" width="700"] Image Credit: @cynnderland / Instagram[/caption]
Perhaps you are not a console gamer, or maybe you just prefer something more old school. Try a game of Catan or Ticket To Ride with your friends for an hour or two at Settlers Cafe. It’s conveniently located in Clarke Quay. With many promotions available, from ladies night to student packages, gaming for an affordable fee is not too far from reality!
Food is also not a problem at Settlers Cafe, with an a la carte menu touting many scrumptious dishes! Dishes available are Jumbo Chicken Sandwich for $12.90 to Beef Lasagne for $9.90 to Tumeric Chicken for $12.90. You can also order light snacks and beverages, including several alcoholic choices.
One of our favourite titles at Settlers Cafe is Pandemic. It’s a 2-4 people strategy game that requires the players to stop and treat a virus that will soon conquer the whole world! If you’re looking for more of a party game choice, go for Taboo, a game that will guarantee a good laugh, no matter what.
Address: 39 North Canal Road, Singapore 059295
Tel: +65 65350435
Opening Hours: 6 PM – 11 PM Tuesdays to Thursdays, 12 PM – 1 AM Fridays, 1 PM – 1 AM Saturdays, 2 PM – 8 PM Sundays, Closed on Mondays
With these five great hangout spots in mind, the next time you’re planning a gathering, whether it’s for the traditional board-and-card game enthusiast, the Xbox expert, the darts fan, or the pool champion in your clique, you’ll be sure to find something that makes everyone happy. Keep creating new memories! The fun does not end, play time starts now!
(Header image credits: @shaneinfinite, words by editor)
Also, read Stuck In Singapore? Here Are 10 Uncommon Places To Visit For A Different Kinda Fun!