Funan IT Mall Reopens By Jun 2019 With Indoor Cycling Track, Robot Shoppers & Rooftop Farms

Funan IT Mall Gets Massive Upgrade & Opens By June 2019

We remember Funan Mall as a haven for tech geeks who want to find the latest and greatest gadgets, laptops, computers, printers and digital cameras.

The old Funan DigitaLife Mall closed in 2016, but it’s scheduled to return by June 2019 with a massive 887,000 square feet upgrade — about the size of fourteen football fields!

From co-working spaces, robot shoppers to edible gardens, here’s a sneak peek at the confirmed vendors at the new and improved Funan. Now you – and your wallet – will know exactly what to expect.

1. Robot shoppers & cashless shopping

Funan IT Mall is determined to blur the lines between traditional retail and online shopping, with some exciting and innovative tech features.

Expect hands-free shopping with robots that deliver your orders to a ‘Click & Collect Lounge’.

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Those with vehicles can drop by their drive-through facility and get their shopping bags handed to them by a robot arm. Think McDonald’s drive-through, but for your electronics.

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As for purchasing stuff within the retail sections, you won’t actually have to use cash anymore. All you need apparently is their app, to make purchases & receive recommendations for deals you’ll be interested in.

2. Indoor cycling track

We all know that owning a car comes with a hefty price tag and walking isn’t always convenient.

Brompton’s folding bikes provide a portable and practical solution for millennials who want to travel from point A to point B via their indoor cycling track.

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Going to the gym will no longer be a hassle because you can lose a few carbs and stay healthy by biking around in an air-conditioned mall.

3. Ark Futsal

The Ark Futsal facilities at Funan will let kids and adults play street soccer, football and tennis.

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Parents who want to get their kids away from computer screens can schedule a trip during family days and birthdays. Companies can also ignite their employees’ competitive spirit through company tournaments.

4. Climb Central

Climb Central is an air-conditioned sport climbing venue.

They have easy-to-learn safety systems and auto belays that can guarantee your safety, especially if you’re a complete beginner.

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In case you’re tired of running in the treadmill, you can try something new and reach new heights here.

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5. Urban rooftop garden

Organic produce is definitely healthy, but pricey.

While many don’t have room to build a garden or plant crops in their HDBs, you can volunteer to grow your own food at Edible Garden City.

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Buying from a grocery store is a lot faster and more convenient, but we can’t wait to experience farm fresh produce.

6. Massive Golden Village Cinema

Movie-goers who crave the ultimate big screen movie experience, will be happy to chill at the Golden Village Cinema branch at Funan.

With more theatres, CBD workers don’t have to travel far for the upcoming release of Star Wars IX: The Rise of Skywalker in December.

7. Swanky co-living serviced apartments

lyf – owned by The Ascott – will offer swanky coliving serviced apartments for technopreneurs, start-ups and creatives.

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lyf’s overseas branches feature spaces where tenants can host workshops, network with millennial professionals and exchange ideas with industry experts.

They also have workshops with artisans, innovation talks and hackathons with start-up accelerators.

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Ordering fast food everyday? The kitchen area lets you sign-up for cooking classes, learn culinary tips and exchange exotic recipes with attendees.

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8. WeWork office spaces for startups

Office space for entrepreneurs, startups or freelancers isn’t cheap.

Fortunately, WeWork – a confirmed vendor at Funan – will provide beautiful and flexible workspaces with super fast internet, IT support, business class printers and roasted coffee.

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9. Facial recognition offices

New start-ups will be housed within office areas with facial recognition technology at the entrance. This means hands-free entry into your office spaces.

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You won’t have to fumble around in your bags any more for your ID just to enter the office. Plus points for convenience if you’re the one arrowed to do the morning coffee run.

10. Chope parking lots online

Say goodbye to circling around a carpark endlessly hunting for a parking lot. Funan is apparently introducing a way to chope your slot online.

We hear that guests can reserve parking space ahead of time and pay for tickets too, regardless if they’re going to the mall or just staying in the neighbourhood.

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11. eSports Tournaments

eSports fans, brace yourselves. GamePro is set to host eSports tournaments at the eSports zone within the mall. This could mean League of Legends, Overwatch or Dota competitions hosted right at the heart of the CBD district.

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We can’t wait to support local gamers and watch heart-stopping tournaments.

The mall of the future

We’re still gushing over Jewel Changi Airport’s opening but we’ll have something new to visit very soon.

Funan is an all-in-one serviced apartment, office and shopping destination for those who prioritize speed, accessibility and convenience. If this is what the malls of the future will look like, then keep ’em coming.

Address: 109 North Bridge Rd, Singapore 179097
Opening Month: June 2019
Website: Funan 

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This Vietnamese Haw Par Villa Has Bizarre Water Slides Featuring Buddhas & Mythical Folklore

Vietnam’s Suoi Tien Theme Park Has Buddha-Themed Water Slides

Die-hard fans of Haw Par Villa in Singapore should bookmark this Vietnamese version which is a major upgrade.

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Located in Ho Chi Minh City, Suoi Tien Theme Park is a mythical amusement park and a cultural monument to boot.

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The park is decorated with massive golden Buddha statues, colourful dragons and majestic castles.

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If you’re sold by the bizarre mish-mesh of traditional mythology and water slides, here’s what to expect besides a surprise Harry Potter cameo.

Towering monuments to mythical figures

The water park includes statues of mythical creatures and colourful monuments not dissimilar in style to the famous figures at Haw Par Villa.

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However, these sculptures don’t represent the levels of Hell or punishments for wayward believers. Instead, they inspire a sweeping sense of awe for the rich religious and cultural roots of Vietnamese society.

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The Chinese Guardian lions or food dogs symbolize prosperity, success and guardianship — and we hope they’ll pass some of their good luck to us.

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Buddhas at every turn

Those who want to calm and control their minds can mediate with this Buddha statue that looks towards the fountain.

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Avalokiteshvara – the compassionate Bodhisattva – is often depicted with multiple heads and arms. Since he is believed to hear the cries of the world, those struggling with life can share their problems here. Alternatively, go hang with Smiling Buddha if you’re in an awesome mood.

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Water-themed adventures to flaunt your bikini bod

Suoi Tien Theme Park is the perfect place to flaunt your fit or flabby bikini body.

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Those with a taste for adventure can slide inside gigantic sea creatures and emerge from its fanged mouth.

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Planning to bring the kiddos along? They will adore the collection of slides and as they marvel at the face of an ancient king.

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If your kids are bored with kiddie pools, how about sliding through a Chinese dragon’s mouth?

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Theme park rides & Harry Potter castles

Millennials who grew up with the Harry Potter books will stop and stare at this Western-style castle inspired by their favourite books. We don’t think it is a legit partnership but the replica is amusing nonetheless.

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This group of house elves are bizarrely chained to the entrance and we’re hoping we can grant them some freedom if we visit. Better pack some extra socks just in case.

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On a random note, we couldn’t help but notice that Dobby the house elf got real buff. See for yourself.

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You can also have memorable carousel rides or opt for the thrill-seeking roller coasters.

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We all have mixed feeling about rides that spin endlessly, but what matters is that you don’t get sick or puke until it’s over.

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After the fun-filled day ends, you can take a boat ride and conclude the day by catching a mesmerising sunset.

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We’re sure Vietnamese families love the cheeky references to pop culture while educating their kids about their religious heritage.

How to reach the theme park

Suoi Tien Theme Park is the ideal place to beat the heat and have summer fun, but how do you get there?

You can book a flight from Singapore to Tan Son Nhat International Airport on Jetstar Airways. From there, take a 30-minute taxi ride.

Vietnam having an upgraded ‘Haw Par Villa’ of sorts makes it an ideal destination for thrill-seekers looking for water-filled adventures during the hottest time of the year.

At only S$6.78 (US$5) for adults and S$3.39 (US$2.50) for children, it’s an affordable price for an afternoon with mythical creatures. Not to mention, you’ll get to see how buff Dobby the house elf got as a bonus.

Opening Times: 8.00am to 5.00pm
Location: 120 Xa lộ Hà Nội, Phường Tân Phú, Quận 9, Hồ Chí Minh 700000, Vietnam
Website: Suoi Tien Theme Park

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9 Penang Road Will Replace Park Mall At Orchard By End-2019 & It’s Freaking Huge

9 Penang Road Will Replace Park Mall At Orchard By End-2019

Dhoby Ghaut’s Park Mall replacement is set to open by the end of 2019.

SingHaiyi Group – a Singapore-listed developer – revealed plans for a swanky Grade A commercial building at 9 Penang Road back in January 2017.

The 10-storey commercial building is estimated to be worth $800 million.

If you’re curious about this upcoming development, here’s what you can look forward to.

Massive office & retail space

Located near Orchard Road, the new establishment will comprise of two wings with eight levels of office space. At 352,000 square feet, it’s about the size of six football fields!

A 15,000 square feet area – about the size of an Olympic pool – will be dedicated to retail space.

In line with the Walking and Cycling Plan requirement of the LTA and URA, there will be facilities dedicated for pedestrians and cyclists.

These include walking paths, cycling paths, bicycle parking facilities, lockers and shower rooms.

Breath of fresh air

The development is a joint venture partnership between Singhaiyi Group, Haiyi Holdings Pte and Suntec Real Estate Investment Trust.

Mr Desmond Sim – CBRE research head for Singapore and South-East Asia – said that the demand for office space at Orchard Road is stable with low vacancy rates.

In an interview with The Straits Times he said,

The new building will be a breath of fresh air for Orchard Road as there has been no new supply in this sub-market for a period of time.

Waiting for more updates

They say too much of a good thing is bad for your health but we can’t say the same thing about malls. We’re currently counting the months until we see 9 Penang Road in all its shining glory.

We haven’t confirmed any details of retail or F&B outlets that will open in the building, but we’re hoping to find local favourites or popular international brands.

In the meantime, let’s be mesmerised by the beauty of Jewel Changi Airport and take a trip to Pokemon Centre and A&W.

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SGD Hits Yearly High Against M’sian Ringgit; Time To Shop Before The Dollar Drops

SGD To 3.06 Ringgit, Here’s Where You Can Shop In JB

You’ve probably made countless trips across the causeway by now to shop, since the Singapore Dollar (SGD) has been strong against the Malaysian Ringgit (MYR).

But don’t take a breather just yet, because the SGD just hit a 17-month high against the MYR on Wednesday (17 Apr), according to a report by CNA.

Demand for MYR has recently fallen, as fears of Malaysian bonds falling out of a major global bond index arise.

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Bad news for Malaysia, but good news for us — a long weekend is coming up and a trip across the causeway is surely on everyone’s minds. So get ready to join the snaking queues at the money changer.

While you patiently wait in line, why not check out our list of malls you can shop at in Johor Bahru (JB)?

1. R&F Mall

Getting through the massive causeway jam is enough of a pain that you’d simply want to get to the mall with as little fuss as possible.

Luckily for you, the new R&F mall in JB is only a 7-minute walk from JB customs, which it’s connected to via a sheltered link bridge.

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With over 100 stores like a gigantic Carl’s Jr. and the atas Emperor Cinemas, you’ll find everything you’ll need there.

In case you didn’t know, Emperor Cinemas hails from Hong Kong, and promises a top-notch movie experience with luxurious leather seats fitted with USB charging ports.

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Unfortunately, Avengers: Endgame won’t be out yet this weekend, but there’s still good news for Marvel fans — R&F Mall is having a special exhibition in preparation for the movie.

You can take pictures with life-size models of the characters, participate in workshops and buy exclusive Avengers: Endgame colour-changing mugs.

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The mugs are only RM39.90 or S$13 each, which is a steal for something you can’t get anywhere else.

Even if you’re not much of a shopper, cool, limited edition merch should be reason enough to drop by R&F Mall.

Address: Tanjung Puteri, 80300 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Opening hours: 10am-10pm daily
Nearest train station: JB Sentral

2. Paradigm Mall Johor Bahru

Touted as the “largest shopping mall” in Johor, Paradigm Mall is one to visit, especially if you like to marvel at huge malls like Suntec City or VivoCity.

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The mall boasts more than 500 stores, including departmental store Parkson which spans across four storeys.

They have A&W there too, so you can skip the crazy queues at Jewel Changi. No Shake Shack though, but there’s a Shake Shake, which sells a variety of bubble tea flavours.

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When your eyes are tired from looking at retail outlets, you can turn your attention to other fun activities at the mall which the whole family can do:

  • Ice skating
  • Indoor Skating
  • Indoor climbing

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Address: Jalan Bertingkat Skudai, Taman Bukit Mewah, 81200 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Opening hours: 10am-10pm daily
Nearest train station: JB Sentral

3. Capital City

Renamed Capital City after the underwhelming soft launch of Capital 21 in October 2018, the now complete mall is the perfect family destination.

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The retail outlets don’t offer anything very unique, but one thing that sets this mall apart is the massive theme park on the 4th floor.

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With thrilling indoor rides for visitors of all ages, the young and the young-at-heart are in for the time of their lives.

Attractions like Garfield Family Escape Playland and Bumper Cars are sure to keep you entertained for hours on end.

Address: 83, Jalan Tampoi, Bandar Baru Uda, 81200 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Opening hours: 10am-11pm daily
Nearest train station: Larkin Sentral

4. IKEA Tebrau

Think IKEA Tampines is big? Have a look at IKEA Tebrau in Johor Bahru, which happens to be the largest in Southeast Asia.

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Its existence may be old news, but those who have yet to visit must know that prices there are cheaper than in Singapore.

We’re not sure how you’d lug a four-post bed or a table home, but you can always buy bed sheets and other small furnishings.

Don’t miss the Swedish furniture giant’s signature meatballs, which only cost RM15 (S$5) for 15 pieces.

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Address: 33, Jalan Harmonium 23/13, Taman Desa Tebrau, 81100 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Opening hours: Mon-Sun 10am-10pm, Fri-Sat 10am-11pm
Nearest train station: JB Sentral. Free shuttle bus services are available from Larkin Sentral and KTMB Museum (next to JB Sentral).

5. Johor Premium Outlets

Let’s be honest, we go to JB to spend like royalty, but by that we mean buying tonnes of things for cheap.

And there’s no other place fit for budget kings and queens than Johor Premium Outlets, which offers a wide range of famous luxury brands at marked down prices.

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From Armani to Burberry, Coach and Gucci, you can find the biggest names in fashion all at one place, and in a pretty fancy setting.

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You’d think you were strolling around a quaint little town somewhere in Europe or America.

Address: Jalan Premium Outlets Indahpura, Kulai District, Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia.
Opening hours: 10am-10pm daily
Nearest train station: None, but there are direct buses from Singapore.

Long weekend, short holiday in JB

For those of us without any plans for the Good Friday weekend, perhaps a trip to JB will be a great idea.

There’s no need to plan any complicated activities, just hit the malls and make your ringgits rain.

Featured image from Instagram and Capital City.

Central i-City Shopping Centre Is An Exact Replica Of Bangkok, Just 1 Hour From Kuala Lumpur

Central i-City Shopping Centre Is An Exact Replica Of Bangkok

Malls start to look similar and boring, especially if you go shopping often.

Central i-City Shopping Centre at Shah Alam keeps things fresh through Thai street food stalls, gorgeous installations and even workshops endorsed by Tourism Thailand.

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Located 1 hour away by car from Kuala Lumpur, the mall is the brainchild of the owners of popular megamall Central World Bangkok — managed by Central Group.

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Their Thai-inspired installations are a part of the Sawasdee Thailand event which runs until 5 May.

If you’re planning a weekend getaway to Kuala Lumpur, here’s why you should stop by Central i-City Shopping Centre, to visit mini-Bangkok as well.

Replicas of Thai huts, tuk-tuks & street life

Central i-City Shopping Centre has huts and stalls that mimic traditional Siamese architecture and Bangkok’s street life.

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We’re familiar with tuk-tuks which are the cheapest way to visit Bangkok’s many shopping destinations — and we’re hoping to catch a ride.

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A trip to Bangkok isn’t complete without the sight of their popular floating markets featuring friendly vendors, traditional fishing boats and fresh goods.

While the shopping mall doesn’t boast of an indoor river, their small pond includes water lilies and colourful sampans that make the replica seem more authentic.

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Thailand’s dress codes changed a lot in the past few decades but you’ll be able to revisit the era through viewing these silk wrap-around garments, Thai dresses and stitched garments.

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Elephants have been revered in Thailand since ancient times. Their association with royals and constant presence on battlefields have made them a symbol for wealth and power.

We’re not sure how you feel about meeting a massive elephant up close, but we’re sure you’ll love these sculptures.

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Authentic Thai food & stalls

Those who have a passion for authentic Thai cuisine can binge on local delicacies at their Bangkok Street Life area.

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We’ll never get enough of irresistibly sweet and diabetes-inducing Thai milk teas. We’ve been obsessed with many tea brands in Singapore, but we’re hoping to buy lots with a Ringgit price tag.

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Thai supermarkets boast of sweet and spicy concoctions that will surely tickle your taste buds.

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Feast like a king thanks to the favourable 3:1 exchange rate, if you change your currency at the right opportunities.

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Thai workshops

Cultural connoisseurs can spend their weekend by attending free workshops about pandan-leaf folding, Batik painting, traditional dessert-making and Muay Thai.

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Get your kids away from their iPads through activities that are guaranteed to help them learn something new or strike up friendships along the way.

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Listen to the beat of classical music trying your hand at traditional Thai cultural activities.

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Have a taste of Bangkok

i-City Shopping Centre’s Sawasdee Thailand event runs until 5 May.

To get to the mall, you can book a trip from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur International Airport via Scoot, Jetstar or AirAsia. From there, take a 40-min cab ride.

The mall can trace its origins to Central World Bangkok which belongs to Thailand’s holy trinity of massive mega malls.

Similar to its Bangkok branch, we’re sure you’ll find retail shops and food stalls which are native to Thailand or found internationally.

Address: No. 1, Persiaran Multimedia, Seksyen 7, Jalan Plumbum 7/102, I-City, 40000 Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia
Contact details: +60 3-5525 0099
Opening Hours: 10:00am to 10:00pm
Website: Central i-City

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7 Bookstores In Singapore That Struggled Over The Years

RIP Iconic Bookstores In Singapore

Hanging out at a bookstore and discovering new series has always been a pleasurable experience for many locals, regardless of age.

While we all love reading books and imagining adventures in fantasy realms, operating a bookstore is another thing altogether. The rise of ebooks and other digital media have led to the decline of the publishing industry over the years.

In this article, let’s take a look back at the bookstores that have risen and fallen from grace. You might be able to spot some of your favourite outlets when you were little.

1. Borders

Borders – a popular US bookstore chain – entered Singapore in 1997.

In 2011, it closed its Wheelock Place branch due to a dispute with the landlord. They also ended their tenancy at Orchard Road and Parkway Parade.

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The Straits Times reports that the US Borders Group and REDgroup Retail, owner of Borders’ operations, closed down which led to its rapid decline.

In 2013, Popular Holdings attempted a comeback by opening an outlet at Jurong’s Westgate mall. Unfortunately, it immediately closed 3 months later and turned into a regular Popular bookstore.

Arrived in Singapore: 1997
Went Extinct: 2013

2. MPH Suntec Outlet

MPH brands itself as the #1 bookstore in Malaysia with a vast collection of stationery, gadgets, toys, Chinese books, children’s books, school references, books and lifestyle magazines.

Some locals will remember that its Suntec Outlet opened in 2010 and closed in 2011.

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Fortunately, bookworms will be happy to know that the brand is still going strong with outlets in Malaysia. Your best bet for a visit is probably the one within City Square Mall in JB.

Arrived in Singapore: 2010
Went Extinct: 2011

3. MyEPB

MyEPB Bookstore arrived to Temasek Boulevard in February 2000.

It was one of the country’s biggest bookstores but it cancelled its operations in July 2017. We suspect that it left a few years earlier because we couldn’t find a trace on the Internet.

Yes, not even a picture. If you’ve been a longtime MyEPB fan, do submit your photographs of the iconic store at Suntec City in the comment section. We’ll be sure to update this article ASAP.

Arrived in Singapore: February 2000
Went Extinct: July 2017

4. Liang Court’s Kinokuniya

Most locals will remember Liang Court’s iconic Kinokuniya outlet, which opened in December 1983.

It was a popular hangout spot for otakus and Japanese bibliophiles thanks to its collection of more than 150,000 titles of manga, Japanese magazines and cute stationery.

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The store has been around for three decades but not all good things last forever. The company announced the closure of its first branch on 18 March.

Fortunately, you can still check out their other outlets at Ngee Ann City, Bugis Junction and Jem.

Arrived in Singapore: December 1983
Went Extinct: March 2019

5. Harris

Harris Bookstore was the go-to store for kids and adults in the 90s. Many an uncle or auntie wishing to pass the time before picking up their grandkids, could be spotted browsing through magazines at their outlets.

Harris established a presence in the 1960s and expanded to 7 stores at its peak.

During the 2000s, the brand struggled and closed its Jurong Point outlet in 2011 and its Great World City outlet in February 2012.

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At a final attempt to revive the brand, they stocked their [email protected] store with popular merchandise and graphic novels, but the branch closed shortly after.

Arrived in Singapore: 1960s
Went Extinct: 2013

6. Prologue

Prologue Bookstore’s opening at Ion Orchard was met with a lot of fanfare thanks to its 2-storey book haven and cafe.

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The store differentiated itself from its parent company Popular Holdings’ — owner of Popular bookstores. The interior of Prologue featured chic and modern architecture that was poised to attract a lot of millennials.

Unfortunately, it closed around 2013 due to its failure to secure a large following.

Arrived in Singapore: 2009
Went Extinct: 2013

7. San Bookshop

During the early 2000s, San Bookshop had a big presence in Singapore.

Readers could find a fine selection of English & Chinese books or comics at their outlets in the Funan The IT Mall, OUB Centre, Tampines Mall, West Mall, United Square, Heartland Mall and The Amara.

They’ve built a name for themselves for offering more affordable books and the option to purchase second-hand books.

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They’ve opened and closed several branches for the past few years but it seems that their stores in Tampines, Jurong West, Hougang Street and Marine Parade are still open.

Arrived in Singapore: 2000s

Bookstores will be missed

Is there hope for books?

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All of us grew up in bookstores. However, as ePubs and digital media continue to gain ground more people prefer buying their favourite titles online.

It’s sad that a lot of bookstores have struggled, but perhaps having an online store like MPH will help these brands thrive. Meanwhile, go out to your local bookstore and share your favorite series.

Appreciate what you have before it turns into what you had.

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Pokémon Centre At Jewel Changi Opens To Public On 17 Apr; Time To Assemble Your Army Of Plushies

Pokémon Centre At Jewel Changi Airport Lets You Assemble Your Pokémon Team

On Thursday (12 Apr), Singapore’s Pokémon Centre opened its doors for the first day of Jewel Changi Airport’s public preview.

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Now that Singapore has its own Pokémon Centre, you don’t need to travel to Japan to catch ‘em all. The location is a haven of Pokémon plushies, finger puppets and trading cards.

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If you’re ready to expand your collection of Pokémon merchandise, here’s what to expect on 17 Apr, when it officially opens to the public.

Pokemon plushies & statues

The opening was met with a lot of fanfare, thanks to the Japanese Pikachu guarding the entrance.

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A look inside reveals gigantic Pokémon statues and plushies.

Lapras enjoys ferrying people across bodies of water, and we can only hope that it’ll do the same for us.

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Gyrados – a flying dragon-like creature – seems like an evolved cousin of Merlion.

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Singaporean Pikachu flight attendants are the plushies that we didn’t know we needed. It’s a welcome addition to our Pokémon wishlist, and we’re not complaining.

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They say the more the merrier, and the same applies to Pokémon.

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Time to buy new shelves to store your future collection of Pokémon collectibles.

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Finger puppets, blocks & miniatures

Save up your money because you’ll find a great number of things related to Pokémon.

We didn’t know that Pokémon could rest on the tips of our fingers, until we discovered these finger puppets.

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Those who love building LEGO buildings & towers will have a blast assembling these Pokémon Nanoblocks.

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You might have caught virtual Pokémon in video games, but at least you can now buy tangible miniatures.

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We doubt these Pokémon face masks can transform us into our favourite creatures, but at least you’ll get A+ for effort.

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Trading cards & face masks

Those who grew up collecting decks will be happy to find the Pokémon Trading Card Game Theme Deck of Sun & Moon, Team Up, Crimson Invasion, Burning Shadows, Ultra Prism and Guardians Rising.

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Decorate your desk with Pokémon TCG: Shining Legends Pin Collections featuring Pikachu and Mewtwo.

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Those who’ll watch the Detective Pikachu movie should stock up on these cards for the ultimate fan experience.

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Prepare your Pokémon wishlist

As much as we want to collect ‘em all, we have to save up first.

We suggest you list down your favourite Pokémon, otherwise you’ll get overwhelmed by the goodies.

If people go gaga over their virtual Pokémon Go collection, we’re betting they’ll go crazy over these merchandise. We’re not sure how fast these will get caught by local fans, so grab what you can.

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KFC Tampines Mall’s Open Kitchen Is Like Din Tai Fung’s Glass Gallery, But Fried Chicken

KFC Tampines Mall Lets You See How Fried Chicken Is Prepared

Die-hard KFC fans must have often dreamt of seeing the preparation process of their favourite fried chicken.

If you’re a KFC lover yourself, you’ll be excited to know that KFC’s newest outlet at Tampines Mall lets you do just that.

Aptly named “The Tank”, the spanking new restaurant has an open kitchen that lets diners observe the making of their finger-lickin’ fried chicken.

Think Din Tai Fung’s signature open kitchen concept, but fried chicken
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First open kitchen in Southeast Asia

KFC Tampines Mall’s kitchen is surrounded with glass panels so customers can view the art of frying chickens with their very own eyes.

This open kitchen concept will be KFC’s first in Singapore, as well as in the whole of Southeast Asia.

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You’ll be able to see chefs hard at work, going through the whole process of preparing the chicken, from breading to frying it to perfection.

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But if you’re thinking of having a glimpse into their top-secret recipe, note that KFC is not planning on revealing their 79-year-old formula.

Insider tour available at 9 outlets

From their signature grilled chicken to their mala chicken, KFC sure knows how to win over Singaporeans’ hearts.

If you want to go further, KFC also has an insider tour that you can sign up for, at 9 KFC outlets across Singapore.

Registration for this programme will commence next Monday (8 Apr).

Meanwhile, if you’re a die-hard KFC fan, head on down to Tampines Mall to witness some of that behind-the-scenes magic for yourself.

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8 Resorts World Sentosa Attractions Like Minions Park & Super Nintendo World Will Open By 2025

Resorts World Sentosa Plans Ambitious Expansion Plans By 2025

On Wednesday (3 April), Resorts World Sentosa announced its ambitious expansion plans up till 2025.

Yes, the same plan to add a 4th tower to MBS.

Disclaimer: This is photoshopped
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An investment of $4.5 billion will be used to expand the destination’s floor area by 164,000 square metres — equivalent to three soccer fields.

The real artist’s impression of how it will look
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Since there’s more room, it’ll naturally be filled up with new attractions to boost tourism in the island.

The expansion plans will be delivered in various phases and you can expect new attractions popping up from 2020 until it’s officially complete by 2025.

We’ve checked out all the details from Sentosa, and here’s what to expect.

1. Minions Park at Universal Studios Singapore

We’ve fallen for Despicable Me’s small and tiny Minions after watching the movie.

If you wanted to join their adventures, you can ride the immersive motion-simulator 3D ride — Despicable Me Minion Mayhem.

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You can even enjoy a trip inside the super-villain laboratory with your family and buy Minion merchandise at their Minion-themed stores.

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2. Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios Singapore

Fans of Nintendo’s Mario and Luigi won’t just have to stick to Nintendo DS games.

Universal Studios Singapore will offer Nintendo-world themed attractions, restaurants and shops. We imagine it’ll be like hopping right into a real-life Mario Cart game and whizzing around against your friends.

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Plans for Nintendo World have yet to be finalised and more details will be announced at a later date.

3. S.E.A. Aquarium

We’ve visited the S.E.A. Aquarium since we were kids so stopping by might seem boring. Soon you’ll be excited to take a return trip because it’ll become three times larger.

The Oceanarium will include three new zones such as Evolution and Extinction, Exploration and Deep Ocean, and Conservation.

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You might’ve enjoyed looking at their various aquariums but the Evolution and Extinction zone will have you checking out their simulated ocean floor too.

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The Exploration and Expansion area will let your kids meet Asian ocean navigators. They can also interact with holographic images of rare sea creatures and live marine animals.

Your journey should end at the Conservation zone — guests will be inspired to save our oceans thanks to special installations on climate change and pollution.

4. At least 3 spanking new hotels on Sentosa

Three new hotels will open at Sentosa in 2019.

The Barracks Hotel is scheduled to open on October 2019. Meanwhile, The Outpost Hotel and Village Hotel will open on April 2019.

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In a previous article, we’ve written about the pools, rooms and activities that you can look forward to.

7 Singapore Hotels Open In 2019 For Couples Lazy To Leave The Island

5. Adventure Dining Playhouse

Whoever said you can’t play and dine at the same time?

Adventure Dining Playhouse will feature the first immersive dining and concept performance which includes Asian pirates defeating sea monsters and conquering thunderstorms. Expect thrilling acrobatic performances, jaw-dropping special effects and exciting live stunts.

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The attraction will include a pre-show, multi-course meal and will require audience participation.

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We’re not sure if you can focus on your food whilst watching epic performances, but there’s always a first time for everything.

6. Waterfront Lifestyle Complex

Shopaholics who believe that more malls will always be better will be happy to visit the Waterfront Lifestyle Complex.

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The complex will include two new hotels with a unique concept that’s different from the existing RWS hotels.

The Crane dance will be replaced by an event zone and nightly show that can be viewed from Harbourfront and VivoCity. We expect that it’ll be a lot bigger and more spectacular.

7. MICE Facilities

Companies who want to have experiential meetings and events will be able to book spaces at the upcoming MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions) facilities.

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Probably the place to book besides Suntec City Convention Centre, for high impact events in the city. We’re not saying no to more warehouse sales or even an Asian leg of Comic-Con in Singapore.

8. Driverless Transport System

Exploring Sentosa’s numerous attractions can be tiring for both locals and tourists.

Fortunately, a Driverless Transport System will run along both directions of the Sentosa Boardwalk. There’ll be plenty of seats because it can accommodate a maximum of 1,800 passengers per hour per direction.

So you don’t have to chiong for every single shuttle bus that comes along.

Looking forward to the future

Sentosa will definitely be the place to hit up for boring weekends in the near future.

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Most Singaporeans already know Siloso Beach like the back of our hands but these plans show that there will always be something new to expect.

While it’ll take years for these plans to become reality, we’re currently waiting for news about the Outpost Hotel and Village Hotel which will open this April 2019.

Just show us where the queue for the Mario Cart Rides begin already.

Let us know in the comments which attraction you’re most looking forward to.

Featured image from Resorts World Sentosa.

Gardens By The Bay’s New Plaza Has A Bubbling Brook & Stunning Cave Opening On 14 Apr

Gardens By The Bay’s Floral Fantasy Opens On 14 Apr

Ever wondered what it’s like to enter a fantasy world filled with waterfalls, bubbling brooks and vibrant flowers?

Floral Fantasy – the upcoming attraction at Gardens by the Bay – will transform into a blooming fantasyland on 14 Apr.

Located at Bayfront Plaza, the destination will feature four diverse garden landscapes —Dance, Float, Waltz and Drift.

We’ve contacted Gardens by the Bay for you, if you’re already completely sold by the whimsical view of pendulous floral balls. Here’s what else to expect.

Bubbling brook & stunning cave

We all know Gardens by the Bay doesn’t have a natural source of water but anything is possible with science and technology.

The Float zone will include a gorgeous bubbling brook beside drooping branches of Oldham’s Silverberry trees.

The intricately-arranged rock formations and flowering plants make this one of the ideal places for date nights.

The Drift zone will include a semi-enclosed cave-like landscape surrounded by terraced rock formations, South American orchids and hanging ferns.

The blue ceiling lights mimic the light from glow worms and convert the space into an underground tropical rainforest.

Rain oasis & tableau of flowers

We’ve seen decadent ceilings ensconced with lush florals in images of high-class weddings and special occasions. Now you can live the experience and not just rely on Pinterest.

The Dance zone will feature a floral-covered ceiling installation that forms an immersive tableau of brightly-coloured flowers.

If you ever wanted to visit an oasis in the middle of a tropical rainforest, visit the Waltz zone. The space is covered with driftwood structures and droplets of water cascading down into small ponds.

The area is currently being filled with trees and plants but we’re hotly anticipating the Poison Dart Frog display — which will allow us to admire their brightly coloured bodies from a safe distance.

4D ride at fantasy theatre

Gardens by the Bay’s Floral Fantasy will have a 4D ride called Flight of the Dragonfly.

As its namesake suggests, visitors will be able to feel like a flying dragonfly and witness a whole new world through their eyes.

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Parents should note that the ride has a height requirement of 1-metre and above.

Ticketing & admission rates

The admission rates for Floral Fantasy are $9 for adults and $5 for senior citizens or children. From 14 May onwards, it’ll be $12 for adults and $8 for senior citizens or children. Proof of residency may be required when purchasing tickets or when entering conservatories.

The standard rate for tourists and non-Singaporeans are $17 for adults or senior citizens and $10 for children. From May 14 onwards, the price will be $20 for adults or senior citizens and $12 for children.

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Those who’d like to visit the other conservatories should opt for their Attraction Bundle which is available at the Gardens by the Bay Ticketing counters.

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Opens on 14 April at Bayfront Plaza

Floral Fantasy opens on 14 April at the Bayfront Plaza.

While we’re sad to see their Sakura Matsuri end, we’re looking forward to visiting a forest of flowers located in caves and bubbling brooks.

Opening Hours: 9.00AM – 9.00PM daily (Except on 14 Apr, when Floral Fantasy is open from 2.00pm – 9.00pm)
Last admission: 8.00PM
Location: Bayfront Plaza
Nearest MRT: Bayfront MRT station
Website: Gardens by the Bay Floral Fantasy

Featured image from Gardens by the Bay.

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