NTUC Enterprise Will Own Kopitiam By Jan 2019; Watchdog Clears Deal

NTUC Will Own Kopitiam By Jan 2019

The internet was abuzz with whispers of whether NTUC’s acquisition of Kopitiam was bringing our hawker scene one step closer towards a monopoly.

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However, the Singapore’s competition watchdog, Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore (CCCS) has given NTUC the go-ahead to proceed with the deal on Thursday (20 Dec).

Some 80 Kopitiam outlets across the island including 2 central kitchens will come under the umbrella of this sale.

This means the following stores will now be owned by NTUC Enterprise:

  • 56 foodcourts
  • 21 coffee shops
  • 3 hawker centres

NTUC Enterprise is expected to purchase everything at an undisclosed sum by Jan 2019.

Won’t lessen competition, says CCCS

CCCS explains the acquisition won’t lead to “substantial lessening” of competition within “relevant markets” locally.

A 2-week long public consultation in October was apparently done to evaluate this.

CCCS adds,

The majority of the stakeholders indicated that they have no concerns with the proposed transaction.

CCCS spoke to stakeholders like hawker associations, landlords and customers to arrive at this assessment.

Only a few raised concerns

Apparently, only a few “raised concerns” about the arrangement. And these concerns involved Foodfare possibly asking for higher rent or an increase in food prices for consumers.

Another notable merger that CCCS has allowed this year is S11’s $200 million sale to Broadway.

S11 Coffee Shops Bought Over By Rival Chain Broadway For $200 Million

Singaporeans still have plenty of alternatives when it comes to food centres. Brands like Food Republic, Kimly and Koufu will still pose sizeable threats to NTUC-Kopitiam consortium, according to CCCS.

No collusion?

CCCS waived rumours of “collusion” between coffee shop operators, citing difficulties in competitors monitoring each other.

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This is because store rentals and fee prices aren’t exactly made publicly known in the industry.

Currently, life will proceed as per normal for current stall owners, clarifies CCCS. There will be no rule that hawkers may only procure their produce only from NTUC either.

NTUC Enterprise will also not be allowed to restrict leasing of their stall spaces to competitors under the new deal.

Done deal by Jan 2019

Under the new deal, NTUC Foodfare and Kopitiam will continue operations as per normal as separate entities, managed by separate teams.

The loyalty card and cash top-up system by Kopitiam isn’t expected change anytime soon either. Good news for Kopitiam card users indeed.

We hope the new Foodfare-Kopitiam hawker centre giant will stay true to their word, and continue to provide low-cost meals for everyone, while ensure hawkers stay afloat.

Makansutra Founder Concerned Over NTUC-Kopitiam Takeover, Wants Watchdog To Step In

Or possibly face the wrath of Makansutra founder KF Seetoh once again, as he continues to speak out on behalf of local hawkers.

Also read:

Makansutra Founder Urges NEA To Help With Rising Hawker Rental Fees

Featured image from Kopitiam.

Robocar Poli Invades Marina Square With Life-Sized Sets & Adorable Plushies

Robocar Poli Is Korea’s Kid Version Of Transformers

Robocar Poli is low-key gaining popularity with kids in Singapore, as evidenced by Marina Square’s decision to dedicate an entire atrium to bringing the kids’ show to life.

The anthropomorphic Korean police car is recognised by virtually every Korean child –he’s an adorable crime-fighting robot, much like his American counterpart, Bumblebee the Autobot from Transformers.

A sprawling set inspired by Brooms Town from the world of Robocar Poli will be open to the public till 1 Jan 2019.

You’ll get a chance to get up close and personal with Poli, Helly, Amber and Roy this festive season.

Don’t miss the massive 6-metre-tall Christmas tree and look out for the familiar yellow of SchoolB — only everyone’s favourite school bus.

Car-pcakes & heli-cookies

Interactive baking classes have been held to teach parents and children alike on how to transform drab cupcakes into stunning party favours.

We’d imagine that mastering these icing techniques would mean you’ll save a pretty penny on customising that dessert table at your 4-year-old’s Robocar Poli birthday bash.

The last lesson available for sign-ups is 3D chiffon cake tutorials by Susanne Ng this Saturday (22 Dec). For more details, visit Peatix here.

Whimsical Food Fair next door

Parents and elder siblings who may want alternatives while the young ones are busy immersing themselves in the world of Robocar Poli, check out the Whimsical Food Fair next door.

Expect crazy combinations like cheese on ramen with nori shavings, or two-toned sodas complete with twisty straws.

Placate your sweet tooth with pastel animal-shaped macarons or rainbow cake pops.

Who could forget bite-sized churros from Loco Loco?

Check out our colleague’s write-up for the full deets here.

Robocar Poli merch for highrollers

Intending to deck the halls with tons of presents for your loved ones this Christmas? Don’t walk away empty-handed after you’ve splurged on a shopping spree at Marina Square.

Redeem these adorable Robocar Poli cushions with minimum spend of $200* — different designs are available each week. You’ll have to act quickly though, only the first 1,000 redemptions will be entertained.

Poli: 14 Dec–20 Dec 2018
Amber: 21 Dec–27 Dec 2018

Tis’ the season

Planning an adventure for your restless kiddos during the school holiday season may be a chore, but all you have to remember is — all they want for Christmas is you.

A little quality time with life-sized versions of their favourite cartoon characters won’t hurt either.

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8 Holiday Events For Kiddos That Don’t Involve Baby Shark On Loop

All images courtesy of Marina Square.

Internet Famous Pusheen Cat Takes Over Kumoya Cafe From 6 Jan 2019

World’s First Pusheen Cafe To Open In Singapore

Cat-lovers be prepared to squeal because a totally adorable cat-themed cafe is opening here soon.

Anyone who spends enough time on the Internet would be familiar with Pusheen, the fat feline whose GIFs have won the hearts of lovers of all things cute.

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It doesn’t take a cat person to go “aww” at the sight of a chubby cat bouncing around.

You might not get to see that come to life but there’ll be enough Pusheen to go around when the world’s first Pusheen Cafe opens in Singapore on 6 Jan 2019.

Purr-ty interior

If you’ve visited any of Kumoya’s themed cafes before, you’d know how far they go to transport their visitors into the same cartoon worlds their favourite characters live in.

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This Care Bear invasion put a smile on our faces, simply by glancing at the colourful interiors.

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Pusheen the cat will be popping up by the seating area and peeking at you having your meal, just like a real pet cat would.

But you can’t get annoyed at that smol face when you’re sitting in a pastel room surrounded by fluffy white clouds and 2D balloons.

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Furry cute food

Everything on the menu will feature Pusheen, from main courses to foamy milk art in your warm beverages. They’re so cute you might hesitate to eat at all.

What better way to bring a chubby cat to life than in a round burger bun? This ebi burger even comes in the exact shade of Pusheen gray, you’d want to pet the bun rather than bite into it.

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Don’t worry if you don’t have anyone to bring along to the cafe. Just get the truffle pasta and Pusheen will be there eating with you, like that scene from Lady and the Tramp.

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Skip the brown sugar pearl craze for the pink pearls dotting the cotton candy on top of this peach soda.

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Pusheen Cafe takes latte art to a whole new level by putting the kitty in full colour atop the frothy milk.

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Top celebrity food artist Shirley Wong aka @littlemissbento put her creative spin on all the dishes, so you can bet they’re all uniquely designed and totally Instagram-worthy.

Won’t be around fur-ever

Unfortunately, Pusheen Cafe will only be around from 6 Jan to 31 March 2019, so you’ll have to plan your visit around those dates.

And since large crowds are expected, your dining experience might be limited to 90 minutes only. That’s how crazy popular the cafe is going to be.

We’d suggest you be there early so you won’t have to wait too long and get hangry.

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Address: Kumoya @ 8 Jalan Klapa, Singapore 199320
Opening hours:
Tues-Thurs, Sun: 12pm-9.30pm*
Fri & Sat: 12pm-10pm*
Nearest station: Lavender MRT

*Last order 30 minutes before closing.

Featured image courtesy of Kumoya.

This Vietnam Hostel Is A Dystopian Alice In Wonderland Madhouse In The Middle Of A City

Live In Vietnam’s Crazy House For Just S$44/Night

If you fell down a rabbit hole, where would you end up in?

Crazy House – a hostel in Da Lat Vietnam – depicts Alice’s destination in real-life.

The sprawling complex is a literal maze of irregularly-shaped buildings, precarious walkways, cavernous tunnels and animal-themed rooms. You’ll get a chance to unwind in any of them for just S$44 per night.

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Ready to have your next adventure? We’ve done some digging on your behalf and here’s what is awaiting you down this rabbit hole.

Grotesque buildings & houses on stilts

Their grotesquely shaped buildings are a fascinating sight to behold. The main structure is a literal house-in-a-tree with convex windows surrounded by vines, branches and shrubs.

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Vietnamese architect Dang Viet Nga says the hostel seeks to encourage visitors to return to nature, and the lush greenery wrapped around the towering structures surely achieves that purpose.

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Crazy House also has houses on stilts — minus the Mad Hatter.

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The architect shares that she usually begins by painting her ideal shapes and designs. Afterwards, she seeks help from local craftsmen to make her vision a reality — like this spider-web themed house adorned with ominous looking stalactites.

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This also explains why many of the outlying buildings resemble impressionist artwork.

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As we marvel at the current structures, it’s hard to believe that Crazy House is still a work in progress. Construction first began in 1990, but Ms Dang plans to extend the massive complex with more themed houses until 2020.

Precarious tunnels & high walkways

Crazy House definitely has some crazy architecture.

We’re sure tourists will love taking lots of selfies in front of the houses — but the real fun begins once you navigate past these organic tree-like passageways.

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Have a blast finding your room by venturing through these precarious tunnels.

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For those of us who’ve never had the guts to walk on rooftops, their high walkways will let you experience it for the first time.

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You can easily conquer your fear of heights because the stairs are lined with man-made twisting organic structures that you can hold onto, in case you go weak in the knees at that altitude.

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The best part? Surviving the climb to the top gives you an uninterrupted view of nature — in sharp contrast to the hustle and bustle of the city.

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We’re sure you won’t mind staying outside all day long, whilst staring at these clear blue skies.

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Animal-themed rooms

Crazy House’s obsession with nature doesn’t stop there.

10 animal-themed rooms such as the Eagle Room, Ant Room, Tiger Room, Kangaroo Room, Bear Room & many others help you feel close to the wilderness in spite of the artificial setting.

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Each animal is meant to represent various nations — the industrious ant for Vietnam, the bald eagle for America, the majestic tiger for China and so on.

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Guests will definitely enjoy the Hobbit-esque bedrooms, expertly crafted to make you feel like you’re living right in a village out in Middle-Earth.

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Lost city of Atlantis-themed room

Your madcap adventure won’t be complete without a deep dive to the sea.

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Crazy House’s aquatic-themed room features larger-than-life corals and monstrous creature lurking in the depths of our vast ocean.

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Don’t forget to watch out for sharks at the snack bar!

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Fancy a trip to wonderland?

You can book a flight from Singapore to Lien Khuong Airport on Jetstar Airways. From there, take a 40-minute taxi ride.

Crazy House is the ideal destination for fans of avant-garde architecture and unconventional living experiences. At S$44 per night, it’s definitely an affordable stay in wonderland to say the least.

If you don’t try too hard to make sense of it with your internal GPS, you’ll have a pleasant stay indeed.

Opening Times: 8:30am-7:00pm
Location: Số 3 Huỳnh Thúc Kháng, Phường 4, Thành Phố Đà Lạt, Lâm Đồng, Vietnam
Website: Crazy House

Featured image from Instagram and Crazy House.

EagleWings Cinematics Is Officially Singapore’s Highest SES Movie Theatre

EagleWings Cinematics Has Tickets For Students At $6.50

You may not have been able to easily access a cinema in the heart of Bukit Timah, but that’s all about to change.

King Albert Park Mall’s new and extremely high-SES cinema – EagleWings Cinematics – will give you the the VIP treatment that you deserve, at affordable prices.

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Influencer Yan Kay Kay (@yankaykay) gave her followers a sneak peek of what to expect at the new cinema on her IG stories.

Premium lounge with massage chairs

The 2-storey cinema’s lounge is a literal manifestation of a premium experience.

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It includes the EagleWings Loft cafe, numerous food stalls and a lush premium lounge where you can meet up with your movie date.

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Don’t forget to recline on their massage chairs while you wait for the movie to commence — the perfect remedy for your tired and sore muscles after a stressful day at work.

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Spacious cinema with lazy boy recliners

Cineastes will be happy to find that the theatre features a luxurious and intimate setting with only 60 seats.

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If you find it hard to fully immerse yourself into the movie when people squeeze past you, we’ve got great news for you! Each of their two premium halls have 18 and 12 seats respectively.

Lounge around on these lazy boy recliner sofas and raise your feet because it’s very spacious.

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Luxurious menu & signature beer

Their dining menu is a huge upgrade from the unevenly salted popcorn you’re used to.

For those with a sweet tooth, you’ll love their Sticky Toffee Pudding with Vanilla Ice Cream. The moist cake topped with piping hot toffee sauce is a decadent dessert indeed.

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Self-professed salad lovers can try their Pomelo Pick-Me Up salad which pairs beautifully with white wine.

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Beer-lovers rejoice for they have their own beer on tap too!

Alcoholic drinks include the Eaglewings Craft, House Red Cab Sav, House Red Merlot, White Sauvignon Blanc and House White Chardonnay.

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If you don’t want to dine in the middle of the movie, you can still order good ‘ol gourmet popcorn and Coca-Cola from their freestyle machine that dispenses over 50 flavours of drinks.

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Affordable luxuries

All good things come with a price, but it’s good to know that EagleWings Cinematics is way cheaper than Golden Village’s Gold Class Cinemas.

Here’s the price for these experiences, do note that movie screenings on Public Holidays (PH) and eve of PHs tend to be more expensive.

Yan Kay Kay reveals that her IG story only had photos of Eagle Gold Hall 1, but Hall 2 is rumoured to be even better.

Eagle Classic (60 & 63 seats)
Weekdays: $9.50
Weekends (Fri evenings-Sun: $12.50)
Eve of PH & PH: $12.50
Students (Weekdays 9am-5pm): $6.50*
Seniors Citizens (>55 yrs) (Weekdays 9am-5pm): $5.50

Eagle Gold – Hall 1 (12 seats)
Weekdays (Mon-Fri afternoons) – $22
Weekends (Fri evenings-Sun) – $30
Eve of PH & PH – $30

Eagle Platinum – Hall 2 (18 seats)
Weekdays (Mon-Fri afternoons) – $26
Weekends (Fri evenings-Sun) – $34
Eve of PH & PH – $34

*Available for Primary, Secondary & Tertiary students with proof of ID.

EagleWings Cinematics promises maximum viewing pleasure to hardcore fans of the latest blockbuster movies and indie films. You’ll definitely feel the movie magic thanks to the posh setting and delicious meals.

Address: 9 King Albert Park, Singapore 598332
Nearest MRT station: King Albert Park
Contact: +65 98487777

Featured image from EagleWings Cinematics.

Gorgeous Starbucks Boutique At Tampines Looks Like An Atas Art Gallery

Singapore’s First Starbucks Boutique Opens At Tampines On 14 Dec

After walking past 22 years’ worth of Starbucks outlets in all shapes and sizes, fans may already be familiar with the iconic green coffee establishments peppered around our heartland malls.

That’s why we were absolutely floored by the new pictures of Starbucks’ latest endeavour — The Starbucks Boutique Store opening at Tampines Mall. The specialty store finally opened its doors to the public on Friday (14 Dec).

Circular glass-domed storefront

You’ll get to walk through clear glass doors which extend all the way to the ceiling at their newest outlet.

And be greeted by a warmly-lit interior complemented by artsy wooden accents.

You may worry that there won’t be enough cosy armchairs or sofas since everyone will be choping all the prime seats.

In that case, check out their second floor for more seating options — we’d recommend the window-side seats for a panoramic view of the gardens below.

Nitro Cold Brew coffee on tap

Baristas on-site will also be using state-of-the-art coffee machines and equipment that’s guaranteed to tickle the fancy of even the most picky coffee connoisseurs.

Expect hipster brews like Chemex, Pour Over and Coffee Press styles of coffee at the interactive coffee bar as well.

The boutique store offers High-SES beverages like the Nitro Cold Brew — aka the atas beer foam coffee we usually get from The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands.

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Curious about where Starbucks sources your beans? Learn about the origins of your cuppa joe from their interactive display.

24-hour study hangout

Students who call Tampines their home will definitely love this new study hangout. Best part is, if you need to pull a last-minute mugging session out of the bag over the weekend, the cafe is open for 24 hours from Friday to Saturday.

Address: 4 Tampines Central 5, #01-50, Singapore 529510
Opening hours:
Sun-Thu: 7.30am-11pm
Fri-Sat: 24 hours

Here’s hoping they’ll be carrying all these wonderful Christmas merch too.

This Year’s Starbucks Christmas Tumblers Have Pint-Sized Santas, LED Lights & Snow Globes

All images courtesy of Starbucks Singapore.

This $54/Night Marble Hotel Makes Us Want To Train To Busan Right Now

Marble Hotel In Busan From Only $54+ Per Night

Busan – one of Korea’s largest port cities – has been at the top of everyone’s bucket list, especially after the hit movie Train to Busan.

For Singaporeans, a trip to Busan may seem like a stretch because of the hefty cost of airfare. But if you’ll be in the vicinity, we’ve found a gorgeous and affordable alternative to boring and expensive hotels.

Bask in panoramic seaviews in your very own alabaster room or capsule apartment from just S$54/night.


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We’ve done your homework for you, if you’re already completely sold by the Kinfolk-esque aesthetic. Here’s what else to expect.

Marble tiled rooms with seascape views

Rooms with an exquisite marble finish distinguish Gwanganli Hotel 1 from the many other boutique alternatives within Busan.


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Marble tiles have graced the palaces of royal families, so you’ll definitely feel like a king or a queen while relaxing inside this luxurious interior.

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Gangwan Bridge is the second longest bridge in Korea – spanning 7,420 meters!

The windows give you an interrupted view of this massive structure, which makes the experience a thousand times more breathtaking.

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Each room comes fully equipped with a flat-screen TV, comfy beds and a kettle where guests take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city.

At S$108+/night for a room, the costs are far more affordable than your typical 5-star hotel.

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Whitewashed capsule rooms

If you’re far from royalty and just getting by on meager savings, we’ve got awesome news for you. The hotel comes with whitewashed and bare capsule rooms at S$54+ per night.

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Like most capsule hotels, there are floors exclusively for male and female guests to ensure safety and security.

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Each pod is decked with futuristic ambient lights – which come in colours like blue, green, orange and purple. The neon-colored minimalist theme looks straight out of a sci-fi movie.

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Missing the sea? Book an ocean-facing capsule and you’ll get to admire a stunning view of the Gangwan Bridge in all its postcard-worthy glory.

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Common rooms & hearty meals

Tired of staying in the hotel room all-day long? Explore their common areas.

The first floor features a stadium-like seating with cute stuffed animals which the kids will love.

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The second floor features individual and group seating areas where you can see the vibrant city life amidst the towering buildings and the sparkling seawater.

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You’ll need a ton of snacks if you’re going to explore Busan all-day long.

Lucky for us, there’s a pantry area with unlimited and free snacks like ice cream and juice. This means you’ll never go hungry even if you’re on a tight budget.

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Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and Gwanganli Hotel 1 seems to believe it too. Their breakfast buffet costs S$9 per person and it includes scrumptious pastries, hearty sandwiches, yummy desserts and other treats.

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Train to Busan anyone?

You can book a flight from Singapore to Busan’s Gimhae International Airport via AirAsia. From there, ride the Haeundae MRT station and depart at Gwang-Andong station. Afterwards, go on a 10-min walk to reach the hotel.

Gwanganli Hotel 1 is an idyllic seaside escape for those looking to visit Busan’s famous landmarks like Busan Museum Of Art, Shinsegae Centum City, Haedong Yonggung Temple and more. You’ll surely end up with a lot of gorgeous selfies that’ll make your friends jelly.

Opening Times:
Check-in from: 04:00 PM
Check-out until: 11:00 AM
Location: 203, Gwanganhaebyeon-ro, Suyeong-gu, Suyeong-Gu, 48303 Busan, South Korea
Website: Gwanganli Hotel 1

Featured image from Gwanganli Hotel 1 and The InnBox.

Bukit Timah Cave Has Gigs So Secret, You’re Blindfolded & Driven There

Bukit Timah Cave Hosts Secret Performances In The Woods

How do you take the underground music scene to a whole new level?

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The Kave HQ is a hole-in-the-wall establishment that hosts guerilla music performances at a top-secret location. It seems to be in the woods of Bukit Timah, but no one knows the exact address, even its regular customers.

Sounds like an interesting place to jam all-night long? Here’s what you can expect.

Blindfolded in a vintage Volkswagon

Getting to Kave HQ’s hidden location involves meeting-up with other guests at a gathering point and waiting for an old-school beetle for pick-up.

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Expect to be blindfolded with cute sleeping eye masks to ensure absolute secrecy.

Don’t worry because you have your best buds to keep you company.

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You could try to sneak a peek along the ride, but it’s no fun without a little mystery

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Once you arrive, you’ll meet up with like-minded enthusiasts and be transported to the 80s-inspired underground music scene.

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Good ‘ol music & chill vibes

Kave HQ promises good ol’ independent local acts, chill vibes and beer. It’s a special space where lovers of music and talented artistes can jam with a young and lively crowd.

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Their lineup includes a resident band ‘The Kavemen’, Disco Hue, Sobshaha among many other artists in Asia’s indie pop scene.

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The atmosphere isn’t complete without audiences dressing the part.

During the Halloween season, participants turned up in wacky costumes like shiny aliens and Spirited Away ghouls.

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Of course, we don’t think it’s weird at all to sip beers with your alien-headed friend.

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Those without wacky costumes will be pleased to know that they can turn up in an 80s outfit like colourful spandex, headbands, Madonna costumes & more.

Your group selfie will definitely feel like a blast to the past.

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Private weddings & quirky photoshoots

Kave HQ is also an alternative location for millennials looking to tie the knot at an indie wedding setting.

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Upon making your reservation, the place will undergo a complete transformation featuring rose garlands and a mini-altar — making it a perfect destination to declare your vows in front of your loved ones.

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Fans of vintage vans will also be pleased to note that couples can immortalise their intimate moments inside one, via quirky photoshoots.

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Jingle Dingle all the way

How do you get a ticket to their next gig?

A special Christmas edition show on 21 Dec will feature independent local acts like Marc & Hashy, Gareth Fernandez, and DJ Ritz playing classic festive tunes.

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There’ll also be sips and nosh for the good and naughty. We’re talking Christmas Tarik cocktails and hearty beef stew!

A special surprise awaits the best dressed, so do come as an elf, reindeer or snowman — the crazier costumes the better. Gift exchanges are welcomed in the form of songs, dances and booze.

You can book tickets to Jingle Dingle at Eventbrite. There are only 80 tickets available, so grab your tickets now. A ticket costs $38/pax but it’ll cost $32/pax for the first 50!

A ticket includes the following:

  • 1 Entrance ticket
  • 1 ‘Christmas Tarik’ welcome drink
  • 1 welcome gift
For other queries, message Kave HQ on Facebook or slide into their DMs on Instagram.
Name: JINGLE DINGLE by Kave HQ
Date & Time: Friday (21 Dec), 8-11.30pm
Meeting point: The Grandstand Shuttle Pick Up Point (Carpark outside Giant)
Pick up timings: 7:15-7:45pm
Contact: [email protected]

Now it’s time to jio your friends to join the underground music scene or convince them to celebrate their wedding day at top secret venue.

Featured image from Instagram.

NUS Students Mourn Engin Canteen’s Closure, Now S’poreans Are Sad Too

No More Techno Edge Canteen At NUS Engineering Till 2020

“Uncle, one kopi o peng please. Sorry, can faster? I’m super late.”

The drink stall uncle hands the drink over wordlessly, a familiar smile playing on his lips. This caffeine kick saves you from public embarrassment later, and you survive an entire 8am lecture without nodding off a wink.

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Now, you can imagine why students feel extremely nostalgic about Techno Edge’s planned closure for renovations starting today (8 Dec). After 30 years of operations, the National University of Singapore’s Engineering canteen will be closing for “redevelopment works”.

A 1,000-seat canteen will replace the venue in 2020, with 2 brand new floors furnished for student activities.


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Sadly, the Chicken Rice, Yong Tau Foo and Soya Bean vendors will be retiring, while all other hawkers are moving to other canteens within the school.

Here’s NUS’ touching tribute in full. We say our goodbyes below.

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Thank you for your service

A beautiful series of photographs were shot of all the vendors, as a heartfelt tribute to their years of service.

Mdm Pong, pictured below, has clocked more than 35 years of service in NUS, in her tenure as cleaning supervisor for Techno Edge, since its humble beginnings in 1983.

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Fun fact! Her sister used to run the Hokkien Mee stall in the Arts Canteen.

Prepare your tissues for the rest of their stories, as they will definitely give you the feels.

1. McDonald’s

The McDonald’s outlet at the Engineering Faculty has always been famous for their cheery uncles and aunties.

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Here’s Uncle Henry smiling at you for his very last shift, after 9 years of faithful service. They’ll also be closing the branch, as the entire building undergoes renovation.

2. Yong Tau Foo

Mr Pang and Alice will be looking forward to a blissful retirement after operating the Yong Tau Foo stall for 31 years.

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NUS shares that the fondest memory Alice will takeaway in her retirement, will be how her stall won a cooking competition in 2016, judged by “celebrity chef Violet Oon”.

3. Chicken Rice

Back in 1974, Mr Ching set up his first chicken rice stall on campus in Bukit Timah. He later made the brave decision to move the Kent Ridge campus, where he has served since.

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He’s pictured smiling cheekily here while holding up two peace signs. Mr Ching will be retiring, and we wish him all the best.

4. Drinks Stall

If you’re worried that the motley crew at Techno Edge will be dispersed, there’s a silver lining to this mostly sad announcement. 4 Techno Edge stalls will be relocating together to E2 Cafe — Indonesian Panggang, Western, Ramen and Drinks to be exact.

Drinks stall owner, Mr Seton Lim and his colleague Mr Cheong were pictured at the helm of their new drinks stall in E2 Cafe.

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But what we’d miss most are their adorable antics to cheer up students at Techno Edge. Uncle Seton typically plays party music to liven up dreary school mornings, or even gets his team to dress up for festive occasions over his 25 faithful years of service.

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5. Indonesian Panggang

This stall is home to arguably the most famous dish in the entire school — Ayam Panggang. Though the debate’s ongoing on whether the Arts or Engin faculty has a better version of it, you’d see long snaking queues during lunch for students hoping to get their fix.

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These stall helpers Siti, Ah Moy and Siti have all served for 10, 11 and 6 years. They were most probably responsible for the insane portions of rice and generous servings of sauce drizzled on your plate.

6. Mee Pok & Fishball Noodles

Students have thanked the owners of this mee pok stall, Mr Teo and Mdm Ong, profusely for letting them “anyhow customise their noodles”. They’ll make a permanent move to Prince George’s Park Residences with immediate effect.

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7. Nasi Padang

70-year-old Kartinah, not only looks stunning for her age, but is also a long-serving kitchen helper at the Nasi Padang stall. She’ll be moving along with her stall to Yusof Ishak House’s canteen.

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8. Kaneda Japanese Cuisine

Kaneda’s sizzling hotplates of Salmon Tama, paired with piping hot bowls of fluffy white rice are too die for. Students who frequent The Deck at the Arts Faculty will be pleased to welcome Peter and Ivy’s offerings at the canteen.

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9. Vegetarian

10 years of service and marriage aside, the Sohs are prepping for their move to Prince George’s Park Residences. They’ll continue to serve delicious vegetarian fare to eco-conscious students.

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10. Oon Western Food

Oon Western Food will be making the move to E2 Cafe as well. Store owner Mr Oon and his kitchen helper Faisel are pictured outside the stall in the photograph below.

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Their chicken chops will be dearly missed by students.

11. SSS Indian Food

SSS Indian Food has been dishing up rich curries and crispy pratas to students for a whopping 28 years. Ragani, Owner Mr Saravan and Ugesh will be calling Prince George’s Park Residences their new home.

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12. Caifan

Mr Lai Cheng Boon’s Chinese Cooked Food stall has been around for 41 years. He’s also been helping to represent all the TechnoEdge vendors over the years.

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The yearly canteen fund to help pay for festive decorations within the canteen was his brainchild. His stall will be moving to Prince George’s Park Residences.

Goodbyes don’t last forever

Since the last minor renovation for Techno Edge came in 1999, this refresh is definitely long overdue.

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Though we know it’ll be hard to say goodbye to a place that holds so many fond memories for so many of us, we at MS News wish all retiring vendors a blissful retirement.

As for the hawkers in the midst of their moves, all the best in your future endeavours!

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2D1N Batam Getaway Only $179/Pax For 5 Star Hotel Stay & 2-Way Ferry

WeekendGoWhere’s 2D1N Batam Package Starts At $179/Pax

If your boss is forcing you to clear your leave, and you’ve been browsing pictures of beach destinations on an incognito browser at work, we’ve got awesome news for you.

WeekendGoWhere – a Singapore-based travel agency – is offering a very affordable trip to Batam starting at $179 per person.

The package includes the following:

  • Accommodation at Montigo Resort
  • 5 Star Hotel Room (including breakfast)
  • 2-Way Ferry Tickets (including tax)
  • 2-Way Land Transfer

Sounds like a perfect weekend getaway this festive season with bae. Here’s what to expect.

Scenic coastal views & private infinity pools

Getting to Batam Island involves a short 30-40 min ferry ride from Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal (Singapore) to Nongsapura Ferry Terminal (Nongsa). Land transfer to Montigo Resorts is available upon arrival.

Once you get there, you’ll witness clear blue waters as far as the eye can see.

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The best part? You can book a two to five bedroom villa. Each villa comes with a private infinity pool where you can clear your head and marvel at the sea.

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No beach vacation is complete without a tan! Lucky for us, there’s an array of lounge chairs where you can chat with your gal pals, stan your favorite K-pop group or soak up under the sun.

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There’s no denying that the view looks great — but the sunsets are to die for!

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Massages & dining options

Besides their luxurious infinity pools, Montigo Resorts Nongsa is also an award-winning spa.

Spending a wonderful day of pampering with their skilled masseuses will feel like absolute bliss.

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Those who want to stay in the hotel all-day long will be happy to know that they offer an in-villa BBQ service where their chefs will serve you local delicacies.

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If you eventually get tired of dining-in, you can check out their three restaurants – Tadd’s, Pantai and Cafe Montigo. You’ll be spoilt for choice from their multi-cultural selection of delicious dishes.

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Luxurious villas

Most of their villas are seriously high-SES — we mean extremely luxurious.

The deluxe two-bedroom villa boasts an expansive master bedroom suite with a minimalist theme. It’s the perfect place to relax and take a break from the stress of work.

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If you’re going to party with your group of friends or bringing your entire family along, then opt for their three to five-bedroom villas. The room features king-sized beds that are bound to ensure your utmost comfort.

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Each villa has a living room with cushy couches and an uninterrupted view of the the seaside. It’s the perfect spot to sip cocktails while enjoying the cool sea breeze with your friends or lovers.

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Booking your stay

If you haven’t booked a trip overseas, we’re sure that this resort is on your radar.

The deal is a part of their year-end sale and you’ll get an additional $12 off for booking on 12 Dec.

To learn more about the package, message WeekendGoWhere on Facebook or call +65 6358 4231 (9am to 6pm) from Mon-Fri, 9am to 6pm and Sat, 9am to 5pm.

You can also head down to their office at this address.

Name: WeekendGoWhere HQ
Location: Blk 71 Ayer Rajah Crescent, #06-14 (One-North MRT station)
Opening hours: Mon-Fri: 9am-6pm, Sat-Sun: 9am-5pm
Contact: +65 9390 0052 (WhatsApp)

Now that we’ve done your homework for you, there’s no need to rack your brains to pull out all the stops for your loved ones’ Christmas presents. A surprise Batam getaway on a budget and quality time with you will be all they need. You’re most welcome.

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