Hotel Zen Tokyo Has Gorgeous Muji-Style Capsule Pods For Just S$75/Night

Hotel Zen Tokyo Has Teahouse Style Capsule Beds For Only S$75/Night

The cherry blossom season just began, with many of us wishing for a trip to Tokyo.

For Singaporeans, it’s definitely cheaper to celebrate with numerous sakura products and events happening on the island. But if you’re determined to see the real-thing, we’ve found a gorgeous capsule hotel that’ll fit your budget.

Hotel Zen Tokyo is a minimalist zen haven that’ll keep you relaxed and refreshed from only S$75/night.

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We’ve done your homework for you, if you’re on the hunt for an affordable capsule hotel with a beautiful aesthetic. Here’s what else to expect.

Teahouse zen pods

Hotel Zen Tokyo incorporates Japanese design principles through capsule rooms designed with traditional motifs. The interior is based on the country’s wabi-sabi philosophy which makes use of natural materials in a rustic style.

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Like most capsule-type accommodations, there are different pod styles that guests can choose from.

The aoi or standard pod is fit for the solo traveller. It has a single-sized bed and surreal nature-inspired painting. The price you’ll fork out includes free Wi-Fi, clothes, hangers, towels and full amenities.

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The fuji pod is slightly bigger with a western-style semi-double bed for two guests. The room’s ceilings are higher than most capsule hotels, so you won’t bump heads with bae.

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Those who want to get into the spirit of the sakura season can go all-out and stay in the sakura pod which has a tatami. An extra small space for luggage including a safe will be included, along with the standard Wi-Fi privileges.

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Want to medidate? Book the Tsubaki (Deluxe Pod) or Ran (Large Deluxe Pod) which have a comfy monochromatic aesthetic. You’ll also be able to appreciate the painting of Japan’s mountains in all its postcard-worthy glory.

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Lounge & basement cafes

The basement cafe includes resources and books that serve as a gateway to Japanese music, art and culture. You can read up on events and pop-up exhibits happening near the area, whilst relishing the Japanese background music.

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Those who want to meet other tourists can hang out in the study bar and share their stories.

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The bar lounge offers breakfasts in the daytime and a bar featuring sake, whisky, cocktails and wine during nighttime.

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Trip to Tokyo anyone?

You can book a flight from Singapore to Narita Airport or Haneda Airport via SIA or Japan Airlines.

From Haneda Airport, take the Keikyu-Kuko line which is directly connected to Asakusa line. Depart at Ningyocho station, take the exit A6 elevator and walk to the hotel.

From the Narita Airport, take the Keisei Narita Skyaccess line that’s directly connected to the Asakusa line. Depart at Ningyocho station, take the exit A6 elevator and you’ll see the hotel to your left.

Opening Hours: Check-in from 4.00pm, Check-out at 10.00am
Location: 1-5-8 Nihonbashi Ningyocho, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Japan 103-0013
Price: From S$75/night
Website: Hotel Zen Tokyo

Hotel Zen Tokyo is the ideal place to stay for those looking to visit Tokyo’s famous landmarks like Akihabara, Asakusa, Ginza, Tsukiji and Tokyo Sky Tree.

Cherry blossoms don’t bloom all year so schedule your trip as soon as you can.

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7 Reasons R&F Mall In Johor Bahru Is Basically City Square 2.0 For S’poreans

R&F Mall Is A 7-Min Walk From JB Customs

A lot of Singaporeans cross the Causeway to take a short vacation, visit a spa and enjoy tons of good food in Johor Bahru. It’s a lot easier to cross things off your wishlist when you have a favourable exchange rate.

If you’re thinking of crossing the border soon, stop by R&F mall. They announced their soft opening on Thursday (28 Mar) in an Facebook post.

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iProperty confirmed that the mall is a 7-min walk from Johor Bahru CIQ (Customs, Immigrations and Quarantine Complex) and will be connected through a bridge.

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From international outlets, IMAX & 4D cinemas to a massive branch of popular fast food chains, here’s a sneak peek at what you – and your wallet – can expect.

1. Hong Kong’s Emperor Cinemas

Emperor Cinemas is expected to make landfall in JB, as one of R&F Mall’s anchor tenants. They pride themselves in offering the ultimate movie experience in Hong Kong, and they’re far from the typical theatre too.

Expect cinema seats made of sumptuous leather and fully equipped with USB charging ports.

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Those who want to watch Avengers: Endgame with good ‘ol popcorn will be happy to find a major upgrade in their movie snacks. They offer fully loaded Truffle Dogs, freshly-made gourmet Pork Burgers with tangy BBQ sauce and handmade cocktail creations.

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2. Kiddomo Indoor Kids Playground

Singaporean parents who want to make sure your kids are having fun while you shop, do take note of Kiddomo Indoor Kids Playground.

The innovative playland lets kids learn and play through slides and interactive games.

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It boasts of five-themed zones such as the Creation Zone, Discovery Zone, Interactive Zone, Adventure Zone, and Imagination Zone. They also have fun workshops like the Mini Cactus DYI workshop and Lava Lamp workshop which stimulates a kid’s love for arts and crafts.

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3. Jaya Grocer

Though JB’s City Square Mall is massive, it does lack a proper supermarket. We’re hoping that this entry on the list will be a great alternative.

Jaya Grocer sells a wide variety of high-quality fresh produce, meat, new snacks, beverages, ingredients and Japanese snacks.

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They’re rumoured to have a brand new concept for their first outlet in the JB Town Area. While we haven’t received the details yet, we’re excited to convert our SGD to Ringgit and planning ahead for a proper grocery haul.

4. Massive Carl’s Jr.

Carl’s Jr. is famous in the US for their juicy, thick and delicious charbroiled burgers. Though there are outlets in Singapore, meals can cost a hefty S$10-12 on average.

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But with an outlet in JB, we can enjoy the same delectable burgers and large portions, at a third of the price. We’d recommend their best-selling item — The Most American Thickburger.

It surely lives up to its name since it’s made of Black Angus beef patty, split hot dogs, Lay’s potato chips, pickles, lettuce, tomato and ketchup — all crammed between buns.

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5. Cafes, beverage shacks & bars

R&F Mall has an astounding lineup of cafes and beverages from around the world.

San Francisco Coffee is an American-styled specialty coffee chain that sells handcrafted caffeine concoctions.

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They claim their skilled roasters can bring out the best from different beans, and we want to be the judge of that.

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极渴 (Ji Ke) is a renowned beverage store from Kaohsiung, Taiwan. We loved Tiger Sugar BBT and are crazy about irresistibly sweet Thai Milk Tea, so we have a (very) good feeling about these mason jar teas.

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We never thought sandwiches could taste crispy and fluffy ’till we came across freshly prepared treats from Liang Sandwich Bar. Fans of the Taiwanese King of Pop – Jay Chou – will definitely want to stop by.

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6. Upcoming R&F Marina Place

R&F Marina Place – located beside R&F Mall – is set to open in 2019. We’re not sure why there’s a large lighted ‘Singapore’ sign in the background, but we’ll find out once it opens.

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While it won’t open this March, we’re definitely excited about what’s coming.

The location is confirmed to include a commercial harbour, wine cellars, a 5-star luxury hotel, 4D theatre, yacht clubs and fine-dining restaurants.

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The seascape views look marvelous too.

7. Upcoming 500-seater opera house

Lovers of orchestras, ballet, international concerts and theatre will be spoilt for choice with the new addition of Johor’s Opera House.

The Opera House will be part of the R&F Marina place which is slated to open in 2019.

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We don’t have a lineup of the performances yet, but the building’s diamond-edged exterior is making us want to pack our bags and count the days.

Time to cross the border

With a favourable Ringgit exchange rate, we bet you’ll have loads of fun gallivanting across the Causeway to explore their numerous shops, groceries and cinemas.

R&F Mall is located directly opposite City Square Mall in Johor Bahru, in Tanjung Puteri.

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We have yet to confirm if the restaurants and establishments will be open during the soft opening on 28 Mar, but there’s no harm in trying to sneak a peek.

Location: R&F Mall
Address: Tanjung Puteri, 80300 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Time: 10:00am to 10:00pm
Nearest Train Station: JB Sentral

If you know City Square Mall like the back of your hand since you’ve visited too many times, you can now jio your friends to explore R&F Mall for your next day trip across the Causeway.

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This S$95/Night Hotel In Chiang Mai Resembles A Moroccan Palace With A Mirror Pool

The Grand Morocc Hotel In Chiang Mai For S$95/Night

A getaway to Morocco conjures dreams of ancient cities, mountainous landscapes, ancient cities and sweeping deserts.

While the cost of airfare might quickly dash your dreams, we’ve found a beautiful alternative location for a Morrocan vacation in Chiang Mai — a mountainous city in Thailand just 3 hour-flight away from Singapore.

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Relish the beauty of this palace-like hotel with a gorgeous pool for only S$95/night.

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We’ve done your homework for you, if you want to feel like a crazy rich royal in Morocco without blowing all your money on the plane ticket, here’s what to expect.

Gorgeous pools

A picturesque pool surrounded by unique décor and accents stands out as the main attraction.

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Rich families of Morocco live in a riad, also known as an inward-facing sanctuary with a central water structure. At the hotel, the focus of the riad is an opulent swimming pool that mirrors the decor in its surface.

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Those who want to lounge in pool float beds will be happy to find that they offer Moroccan-style rugs and pillows to complete the experience.

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You can also enjoy an afternoon tea and unwind whilst reading a book or listening to K-pop tunes.

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Luxurious Middle Eastern suites

The hotel suites stays true to to its roots with accents inspired from the Middle East, North Africa and Asia.

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The one bedroom suite includes a king-sized bed, sofa set, bathroom, kitchenette, balcony and dining table.

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The spacious two bedroom suite has all the facilities from the one bedroom suite, with an additional queen-sized bed.

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We’re sure you won’t mind binge-watching your favorite shows inside these lavish mystical interiors.

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Diverse food & lush green scenery

The hotel is surrounded by Chiang Mai’s lush greenery and dining in their restaurants will give you a panoramic view of a lush tropical paradise.

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While the architecture and designs are authentically Moroccan, the hotel’s cuisine is very diverse with a selection of dishes from around the world.

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They also serve delicious concoctions like fruit juices, wines, beers and cocktails to complete your tropical getaway.

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Trip to Chiang Mai anyone?

You can book a flight from Singapore to Chiang Mai International Airport via AirAsia or Scoot. From there, take a 40-minute cab ride to The Grand Morocc Hotel.

The Grand Morocc Hotel is a great escape for those looking to visit Thailand’s famous landmarks like Doi Suthep, Doi Suthep Temple and Wat Lok Molee. Have fun fooling your friends and letting them think that you’re on the other side of the globe.

Opening Times:
Check-in: 2.00pm to 11.00pm
Check-out: 6.00am to 12.00pm
Location: 596/2 Moo 1, Rimtai Sub-distrct, Marim District Chiang Mai, Mae Rim, Chiang Mai, Thailand, 50180
Website: The Grand Morocc

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Jewel Changi Airport Weekend Tickets Run Out; Only Weekday Previews Left

Jewel Changi Airport Preview Tickets Only Available For Weekdays

Jewel Changi Airport, the glitzy new mall at Changi Airport, has been creating a lot of buzz since construction started in December 2014.

Now that the official opening is near, Singaporeans can’t wait to see what’s in store.

To ride on the hype, Changi Airport has released special preview passes on Monday (11 Mar). Registration is free, and people are reserving their slots fast.

Free one-time admission

Jewel Changi Airport will officially open on 17 Apr, but an exclusive preview period has been set for 11-16 Apr.

E-tickets for the preview were released online on 11 Mar and people are already snapping them up fast.

Tickets for the only weekend slots on 13 and 14 Apr are already fully booked.

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The remaining dates are 11, 12, 15 and 16 Apr which are on Thursday, Friday, Monday and Tuesday respectively.

You can choose from the following time slots for each available date:

  • 10am-1pm
  • 1pm-4pm
  • 4pm-7pm
  • 7pm-10pm

You’ll have 3 hours to wander around the huge mall and check out all the retail and F&B outlets there. That’s more than enough time for a burger at Shake Shack and a root beer float at A&W.

Admission is free, so you can spend the money on all the feasting and shopping you want.

But remember that tickets are valid for single entry only, which means no stepping out for smoke breaks and going back in.

Reserve a spot online

Feeling the FOMO already? Then hurry and reserve your spot online now before they’re all taken up.

Simply visit the Jewel Changi Airport preview website, key in your details and select the date and time slot you prefer.

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Each booking allows you to chope up to 4 tickets, so you can bring your friends and family along for the fun.

Once you’ve saved your spot, all you have to do is wait another month till the preview. Try not to burst from all the excitement.

Also read:

11 Jewel Changi Airport Shops That Make The Trip Across The Island Worth It

 

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S’pore Could Have A Floating City With 26°C Temperatures In 10 Years

Singapore’s Floating City Could Be Real In 10 Years

Do you feel like Singapore is getting more crowded by the day? Apartment blocks are rising quickly everywhere, yet securing a home is still difficult for many.

Our land shortage problem is an age-old conundrum and having taller buildings isn’t going to help much anymore.

But Shimizu Corporation’s plans to build a floating city could provide a new solution for Singapore.

Floating city for more than 50,000 people

Japanese engineering company Shimizu Corporation first announced plans to start research on the Green Float project in 2010.

Back then, the proposed location was vaguely described as somewhere along the Equator, which “isn’t prone to typhoons” and has a stable climate.

In case you didn’t know, Singapore is so close to the Equator that we’re basically on it.

Fast forward 9 years and the project is likely to come to fruition right here on our tiny island country.

Shimizu Corporation is looking to build the floating city on water, where it can accommodate more than 50,000 people.

Cooler temperatures all year round

The floating city will comprise of a 1km-tall tower and “a base that is 3km in diameter”, according to a report by Channel NewsAsia.

Construction could take roughly 10 years, after which the structure could stand for about 100 years.

In the original proposal, project leader Mr Masaki Takeuchi explained that with towers that high, temperatures would remain at 26°C all year round.

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So when the heatwave hits, we won’t have to head to Genting or Cameron Highlands anymore, since a cool escape will be right here on our shores.

Everything in one tower

The topmost part of the tower is slated to be the urban area with residences and hospitals in the outer circle and offices and commercial facilities on the inner one.

The mid-section of the tower acts as a plant factory where vegetables are grown.

Move further down and there will be fields for wheat as well as shallow waters for cultivation of fish.

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Self-sustaining and eco-friendly

Carbon dioxide and waste from the urban area above will provide nutrients for the cultivation below, while produce will be channelled upwards.

This way, the floating city will become self-sustainable and eco-friendly, since it will also run on solar energy.

A possibility for Singapore

The Green Float project hasn’t been confirmed for launch here yet, but a team from Shimizu Corporation has been scouting for locations around Singapore.

If they eventually follow through with the project, our modern city could transform into something even more advanced.

Imagine that — living in a futuristic city right out of the movies.

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Huge 3-Metre Gudetama Will Laze On Sentosa Beach From 16 Mar & You Can Visit Him For Free

Sentosa FunFest Lets You Laze Around With 800 Floats of Gudetama & Sanrio Characters

The islandwide Sanrio overload takes an interesting turn with Sentosa’s FunFest from 16 to 24 March.

Expect huge balloon structures of your favourite characters — My Melody, Hello Kitty and Gudetama.

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Admission is free so you don’t need to break the bank to experience the cuteness.

We’ve reached out to Sentosa for more information about the event, so stay tuned for updates. In the meantime, we’ve scoured the net and found some pics that can help you visualise what you can look forward to.

Gudetama overload

Gudetama is our official lazy day inspiration because we all want to sit in an eggshell all-day long. Now, thanks to Sentosa’s 3-metre-high Gudetama float, you’ll have the most kawaii stroll along the beach.

Fingers crossed, it’ll be as cute as this version from Macau.

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The event organisers confirmed that there will be 800 Gudetama floats dispersed across Palawan beach. We imagine they’ll look a little something like this adorable egg-shell cupped Gudetama in a gallery in Tokyo.

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Hello Kitty & My Melody will be there too

We’ve seen Hello Kitty take Singapore by storm through Hello Kitty EZ-Link charms, Hello Kitty Baby-G watches and Hello Kitty Tokyo Bananas.

We’re sure that our Hello Kitty obsession is far from over, so you’ll be happy to find extra large inflatables of this iconic character.

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My Melody has traditionally sent many locals queuing at 3:45 am. Those who missed the chance to own a My Melody holder, could still get their fix at various points in Palawan beach featuring Hello Kitty’s BFF.

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Maybe someday you can get a My Melody inflatable like this one from Sanrio Puroland.

Run wild on inflatable land

Sentosa’s FunFest 2019 has larger-than-life inflated playgrounds too!

If your kids have what it takes to conquer this 25-metre-long obstacle course, they could be on the fast-track to becoming Singapore’s next Olympian.

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Scoot on over to the Kids Maze section as well, that’s guaranteed to help your children and nieces forge new relationships with their peers. After all, getting lost with friends can be a great once-in-a-lifetime experience, as long as you find your way back.

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They say challenges help build confidence and we bet that climbing this Traversing Wall can do just that.

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It’s true that more bubbles will always be better, so we’re excited to have a bubble fight inside these foam pools.

Those who just want to lie down, laze around and enjoy Sanrio heaven can watch free movies like The Little Mermaid, Minions and Frozen under the twinkling stars. The lucky ones might be able to chope a place right beside a cushy Gudetama float too.

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Happening at Palawan Beach from 16 to 24 March

Sentosa FunFest will take place at Palawan Beach from 16 to 24 March, just in time for the upcoming March school holidays.

We’re sure your kids will absolutely love watching Hello Kitty, My Melody & Gudetama come alive right next to them.

Do remember that you probably can’t take them home, or add the inflatables to your personal collection, but at least you’ll get to finally be up close and personal with your favourite Sanrio characters.

That’s the holiday plans for the kiddos settled! We’ll see you there.

Place: Sentosa Palawan Beach
Date: 16-24 Mar 2019
Time: 10:00am to 7:00pm
Website: Sentosa

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5 Reasons Chinatown Complex Will Be Dearly Missed Till It Reopens On 31 May

Chinatown Complex Closes For Renovations Till 31 May

There aren’t many places in Singapore that offer a wet market, sundry shops and food stores under one roof. Chinatown Complex not only offers all the above, it does so while still integrating aspects of the OG Chinatown that we know and love.

However, Chinatown Complex is currently closed for renovations as part of the National Environment Agency’s efforts to update ageing infrastructure.

Not to worry, Chinatown Complex will be opening its doors once again in 3 months. Here are 5 things we can look forward to when it reopens.

1. Michelin-worthy food for cheap

Singaporeans pride ourselves in having taste-buds like famous chefs.

You have probably heard your picky ‘foodie’ friends commenting “Wah this one nice leh!” only on atas cafe fare.

We think Chinatown Complex offers a myriad of affordable cuisine options for all kinds of palates.

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From $4 Michelin-starred Liao Fan Soy Sauce Chicken Rice to $5 Xiao Long Baos — these delectable dishes don’t only fill your bellies, they also don’t empty your pockets at an alarming rate.

2. Craft beers from $10

Tired of the same old beer brands at your favourite bars? Hidden amongst the narrow winding corridors at Chinatown Complex is Smith Street Taps which offers exotic global beers on tap.

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Our top picks are Brewlander for adventurous daredevils. Though it may look mild, it boasts a staggering 8.2% in alcohol content. For those who love sweet treats so much that HPB would be concerned, the fruity Fortunate Islands could be a great option for you — if you pay a visit during a chill night with friends.


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Grabbing a pint with friends usually means having an unforgettable night out. Just remember to not end up on the street the next day.

3. Cheongsams for cheap

Cheongsams are the perfect balance of sophisticated and sexy. The only problem is the price-tag that comes with purchasing one.

However, owning a Cheongsam for less than $30 is no longer a dream.

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The second level of Chinatown Complex offers a variety of seasonal and traditional clothes at reasonable prices. Yes, Cheongsams too! This is one of the few places left in Singapore that you can even try to bargain for a better deal.

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Just don’t push your luck too far with the vendor — they are making a living too.

4. Gorgeous murals & immersive culture

Forget the plain white aesthetic or hypebeast sub-culture, Chinatown Complex is bursting at the seams with secret heritage spots, hidden in plain sight.

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Even as the complex undergoes renovation, you can hunt for murals reminiscent of Georgetown, Penang around the area.

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Telling you where all of them are will spoil the fun, but here’s a guide to Chinatown and its many murals & Insta-spots — spoiler alert.

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5. New amenities

We expect to be pleasantly surprised by the new amenities once the extensive renovations are complete.

Gone are the days of wet slippery floors. The renovation aims to re-tile the floor to prevent disastrous falls especially for older patrons.

Clean and upgraded toilets will also be available for those that went for one too many helpings.

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The cultural heart of Chinatown

As Singapore’s landscape changes to make way for newer buildings, there are fewer and fewer areas that continue to preserve Singapore’s culture.


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So head down to Chinatown when it reopens 31 May for an unforgettable experience before it becomes one of the few areas left to time-travel back to the 1900s.

We hope that a balance is struck between preserving the culture and upgrading the infrastructure, so that we can continue to enjoy Chinatown Complex for generations to come.

Also read:

6 Things To Know About Golden Mile Complex, The Latest En-Bloc Victim

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New Japan Starbucks Is World’s Largest With A 4-Storey Coffee Cask

New Japan Starbucks Is World’s Largest

Starbucks has become such a household name that you can find an outlet almost anywhere in the world.

The American brand is continuing to expand, opening its biggest store in Tokyo, Japan, on Thursday (28 Feb).

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The store boasts unique features like a 4-storey roastery that will elevate your usual cafe experience.

Largest Starbucks in the world

We have some pretty big Starbucks stores here in Singapore, like the ones at Fullerton Waterboat House and Rochester Park.

But nothing can prepare you for how massive the Starbucks Reserve Roastery in Tokyo is.

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Spanning across 4 storeys, the roughly 3,000 square metre space is about the size of 7 basketball courts.

4-storey coffee cask

Step inside and the first thing you’ll see is a copper column stretching from the ground all the way up to the sky.

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At 4 storeys tall, that’s the largest Starbucks Roastery cask, where coffee beans rest after the roasting process.

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You know your coffee will taste good if it comes out of that shining glory.

Starbucks’ largest tea bar & first cocktail bar

Inside, you can find Starbucks’ largest Teavana tea bar, for days that you want to wean off the caffeine.

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Imagine having high tea at a bar while sitting on one of the minimalist wooden stools. That’ll be an atas experience in all senses of the word.

But if you believe that bars are only for hard drinks, you’d be happy to know that the store is also home to Starbucks’ first cocktail bar in Japan.

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The Arriviamo Bar offers exclusive drinks infused with coffee or tea, like Nakameguro Espresso Martini — a mix of chestnut liqueur, creme de cacao and espresso.

You can get drinks for all your moods at Starbucks Reserve Roastery in Tokyo — coffee to cure your crankiness, tea to calm you down and cocktails to turn things up.

Fresh breads and pastries at in-house bakery

You’ll need food to go with your drinks, and you can find the most delicious ones at the in-store, artisan Italian bakery Princi.

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Select from a wide range of the freshest breads and pastries so you won’t go hungry while spending hours at the huge store.

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The aroma of coffee and fresh bakes filling up the space would be like heaven on earth.

You should definitely drop by this amazing store on your next trip to Japan, and have a taste of the most decadent indulgences life has to offer.

Address: 153-0042 2-19-23 Aobadai, Meguro-ku, Tokyo
Opening hours: 7am-11pm daily
Nearest train stations: Ikejiri Ohashi Bridge Station, Naka-Meguro Station & Ikejiri Ohashi Bashi Station

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Haw Par Villa Reborn As Chio Wedding Venue & Artsy Events Space

Haw Par Villa Now Has A Wedding Venue And Cool Events Space

Mention Haw Par Villa and terrifying images of hellish torture will flash in anyone’s mind.

The theme park with statues depicting scenes from Chinese folklore is the last place anyone would visit to have a good time.

But the park’s new look after a 3-month long renovation could change people’s minds.

Wedding venue for brave soulmates

Stories of ghost sightings used to deter many from stepping foot in Haw Par Villa. Celebrating happy occasions there would have been totally unheard of.

But the spanking new wedding venue could make Haw Par Villa the place where two souls unite, nevermind that some others could be lingering around.

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The huge hall adorned with pretty fairy lights and clean furnishings could lull you into thinking you’re in a fancy building.

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Just don’t look outside where the lights don’t shine as brightly, or you might see something that’ll make you turn as white as the table cloth.

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Jokes aside though, the wedding venue looks legit.

Air-conditioned dining spaces are available indoors, and there’s an outdoor one if you want to dine under the stars in the courtyard.

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Having a wedding at a famously haunted place sounds scary, but you won’t think twice since everyone will be in high spirits.

Events space for artsy millennials

Young ‘uns who don’t attend weddings and aren’t planning one yet will also have a reason to visit Haw Par Villa.

The park has recently become an unassuming location for cool events catered to youths.

Just before closing for repairs, the park hosted Noise Invasion, an event which had local musicians like Sam Rui putting up captivating performances for a pretty big audience.

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Food booths were set up to feed the hungry crowds who were happy to queue like they usually do at events like Artbox or Twilight Festival.

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Those looking to buy quirky items were also treated to an art market, a collaboration between Noise Invasion and Megafash.

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Escape game for the fearless

But if you really want to remind yourself that you’re in a spooky place, join the exclusive “Journey to the End and Back Escape Game” conducted by Lockdown Singapore.

The game runs throughout the year so you can come down any time you need a scare.

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You’ll get an hour to solve puzzles and riddles about Chinese mythology or you’d be stuck in the infamous Ten Courts of Hell.

We’re not sure how different that would be from everyday life, but we wouldn’t risk staying too long in a place teeming with spirits.

Official opening on 1 Mar

The Singapore Tourism Board has announced that the new and improved Haw Par Villa will reopen on Friday (1 Mar).

Admission remains free, so you can come and go as you please. But if you’re keen on hosting an event there, you can contact the management for more information.

Address: 262 Pasir Panjang Rd, Singapore 118628
Opening hours: 9am-7pm daily
Nearest MRT station: Haw Par Villa

Also read:

7 Scariest Secluded Places In Singapore So Your Date Will Cling To You For Dear Life

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Boon Lay BTO At Old Jurong Fire Station Retains Iconic Tower & Has A Themed Playground

Boon Lay BTO Flats At Old Jurong Fire Station To Keep Parts Of Iconic Tower

So many HDB flats have come up in recent years that you can’t tell most of them apart.

The uniform concrete blocks tend to look more functional than fabulous, so any pop of colour or quirky feature is sure to catch people’s attention.

Boon Lay Glade on the site of the old Jurong Fire Station promises to be a standout HDB development with a unique incorporation of the old and new.

HDB blocks themed after fire station

The HDB blocks will be built on the site of the old fire station which is no longer there, save for the iconic 7-storey tower.

The tower will remain and transform into a heritage gallery commemorating the history of the fire station.

4-storey high rock walls will cover two sides of the tower, so those who like the adrenaline rush can also catch the feels of being a fireman.

Young children can play pretend firefighters at the fire station-themed playground that comes complete with a mini fire truck.

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Most noticeably, the HDB blocks will be in the signature red colour of fire trucks and carry the distinctive tile motif of the tower.

This tile motif will also appear on the childcare centre block, so the entire estate will have a singular theme.

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Forget the fictional Avengers Mansion from the popular Marvel movies; this estate will be Singapore’s residential spin on a hero headquarters.

Jurong Fire Station tower to remain

Long-term residents of Jurong West would remember the Jurong Fire Station tower at Boon Lay Drive.

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The tower was part of the Jurong Fire Training School where career officers and NS firemen trained from 1976 until the Civil Defence Academy was completed in 1999.

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Now that Jurong Fire Station has a new home, the exciting new development will be a great way to remember the past and forge a new beginning.

HDB sale started on 12 Feb

HDB launched the sale of Boon Lay Glade flats on 12 Feb, so interested buyers can already start applying.

Prices start from S$95,000 for a 2-room flexi but can go as low as S$15,000 with grants.

Eligible first-time families can get up to S$40,000 of Additional CPF Housing Grant and up to S$40,000 of Special CPF Housing Grant. These families will receive priority allocations.

Three-Generation (3Gen) flats are available from S$382,000 for couples who wish to live with their parents.

If you’re looking for a new place for your family, you might want to consider Boon Lay Glade. The site’s rich history will give you plenty of interesting stories to tell.

Featured image from Hao on Flickr and Facebook.

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