Famous Chakey’s Serangoon Salt Baked Chicken Is Closing For Good

Chakey’s Serangoon Salt Baked Chicken Is Closing For Good

It’s time to say goodbye to Chakey’s Serangoon Salt Baked Chicken, as they close for good on 31 Dec. Channel NewsAsia broke the sad news not too long ago, disappointing customers who have been frequenting the joint for years.


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Previously known as Heong Kee Salt Baked Chicken, Chakey’s has been around for 55 years, reminding many of a time long lost.

Those that patronise Chakey’s today know of it through word of mouth, passed down through recommendation by their parents and grandparents who enjoyed it back in the day.


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Chakey’s is closing shop for good as the owner, Mr Chak, is taking time off to be with family after suffering a heart attack recently.

Why so special?

What makes their salt baked chicken so great is pretty obvious, duh. The chicken is buried in rock salt and cooked with secret herbs and spices, making it extra juicy.

Chakey’s success can surely be credited to the fact that throughout the years, the recipe has always stayed the same. The secret recipe was passed down by Mr Chak’s grandfather, so think of Mr Chak as Singapore’s very own Colonel Sanders.


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Back when Singaporeans could only afford to buy a whole chicken for special occasions, Mr Chak’s grandfather decided to start selling smaller whole chickens at a lower price to attract more customers. Their booming business led them to sell them at fairs, including the Great World Amusement Park.


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Glory days when it was still known as Heong Kee Salt Baked Chicken

Saying goodbye

Joining the ranks of other long gone favourites like A&W, it is sad to see Chakey’s go. There’s still hope though, as Mr Chak has passed down the prized recipe to his son.

Our fingers are crossed that his son will reopen the business one day, so that we can continue to get our hands on this nostalgia-inducing chicken.

There, there, don’t be sad about it just yet. It’s still open until the last day of 2017, so there’s still a chance to have a last taste before it’s gone for good.

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Pasir Ris Central Hawker Centre Supposed To Open First Half 2017, Still Not Open By The End Of 2017

Pasir Ris Central Hawker Centre May Never Open

Foodies were thrilled when it was announced in 2015 that NTUC Foodfare would be opening Pasir Ris Central’s first hawker centre, supposedly in the first half of 2017.

However, things went surprisingly quiet once the hype died down, with no information on an exact date the hawker centre was set to open. The first half of 2017 came and went, and oddly enough, there was no mention of an opening day, or even delays.


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An artist’s impression of what the final hawker centre will look like

What’s really going on?

Then Sept 2017 came, and excitement started to grow again as The Straits Times spilled some juicy info about the hawker centre, including the opening date.

They reported that the hawker centre was finally set to open in November, with a hipster vibe meant to cater to millennials. ST even detailed that each hawker stall on the first floor will have 2 budget meal options for only $2.80, as well as healthier meals below 500 calories each.

Not only that, the second floor would be called the Fareground. The space was supposed to look like a “hipster food market” and would be home to various events hosted on location, like musical performances and craft markets.


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And then November came and went, quietly, with the hipster hawker centre clearly forgotten.

Hmm, we’re sensing a pattern here.

Fast forward to 11 Dec, and NTUC finally emerged from the shadows of silence, only to disappoint again by providing barely any information on when the hawker centre is actually going to open.

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Translation: We don’t know when it’s going to open either so hang on tight and stay excited

Hangry fans starting to catch on

Well, it looks like hangry fans are getting impatient with NTUC Foodfare, too.

This commenter on NTUC Foodfare’s Facebook page suggests that the delays are due to a lack of operators because the rent is too high:


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It’s all speculation at this point, considering there is literally no news on what’s going on with the hawker centre.

Meanwhile, this netizen just wants her mookata. We can totally relate.


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If you thought NTUC Foodfare’s announcement from 11 December was the last one and that your hipster hawker dreams were finally coming true, turns out, it’s still not open. Urgh.

In true fashion, NTUC Foodfare has been completely silent on the matter ever since. However, Lukhon Thai, a stall that was meant to open at Pasir Ris Central Hawker Centre, has broken their silence.


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Plot twist (well, not really) the opening of the hawker centre has been delayed again, and this time it’s been delayed until end December to mid January.

Also, Tasty Street, another stall supposed to open at the new hawker centre posted this picture on 17 Nov, seemingly confirming their opening on 6 Dec.

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Only to comment that their Pasir Ris outlet would “not be in operations until further notice” on 26 Dec.

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Considering it’s already the end of December and there’s still no news, looks like it’ll be opening closer to January, if it even does then.

It’s just a matter of time

Ideally, NTUC Foodfare will soon announce what’s actually been going on and when we it’s going to open.

Delays are so hard to bear, especially when it comes to food. Considering there isn’t even a confirmed opening day, the wait is even harder to endure.

Of course, we know it’s just a matter of time before Pasir Ris Central hawker centre opens. We’re just hoping it’s sooner rather than later.

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Singapore’s Tallest Building Isn’t Just An Office — It Contains A Hotel, Apartments, And A Fancy Park

GuocoLand Tower Looks To Rejuvenate And Transform Tanjong Pagar

For over 20 years, the record for Singapore’s tallest building stood tall at a towering 280 metres.

This feat was shared by three different buildings until 2016, when the GuocoLand Tower – better known as Tanjong Pagar Centre – edged them out by a mere 10 metres to claim the title.

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But other than being really tall, what makes this building in particular so special? Only one way to find out.

By reading the rest of the article, of course.

About Tanjong Pagar Centre

Costing a whopping $3.2 billion to develop, the 64-storey building is geographically located in the heart of the district and was built on one of Singapore’s busiest MRT stations — Tanjong Pagar.

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At 290 metres tall, the tower also boasts 32% in energy savings thanks to glazing and directional shading which lowers glare from the sun. GuocoLand managing director Cheng Hsing Yao also told Channel NewsAsia that the building played a vital role in rejuvenating Tanjong Pagar into a business and lifestyle hub in the Central Business District (CBD).

This will bring in a lot more traffic into the area. At the same time, it will also uplift the infrastructure, the facilities and amenities for the district.

But what exactly can you do in this building anyway? Perhaps the question you should be asking is what can’t you do.

Things to do there

Exemplifying the work-live-play concept, the mixed-use development features 5 fully integrated components.

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They are:

  • Grade A Office Tower
  • Luxury Hotel
  • Prestigious Residences
  • Retail Malls
  • Urban Park

Being built atop Tanjong Pagar MRT station also means that employees and residents have direct access to both stations — the other being the upcoming Maxwell MRT.

Amazing office environment

Containing almost 900,000 sq ft of office space, each floor of the Guoco Tower able to accommodate up to 450 people.

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It occupies 38 storeys but due to office units having higher ceilings than homes, it stands roughly as tall as a 50-floor residential building instead.

Unbelievable residential apartments

Taking up the 39th to 64th storeys is the residential portion of the building, Wallich Residence.

Starting at the 180 metre mark, HSR research head Elaine Chow told The Straits Times that the units could be marketed at more than $3,000 per sq ft. With penthouses boasting unrivaled and breathtaking panorama of the city and sea, it’s quite literally the highest level one can aspire to in Singapore.

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When asked about how the view was atop of Singapore’s tallest building, Mr Cheng had the following to say:

It was really amazing.

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Well, he wasn’t lying.

A park, retail, and hotel as well

Other amenities include the Sofitel Singapore City Centre hotel, six levels of retail bringing a mix of F&B and retail options, as well as a 150,000 sq ft garden offering open green space to allow residents to unwind from work and to take a break from the hustle and bustle of city life.

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See, it’s not just another tall and boring office building — it even has a private gym inside.

Maybe one day we’ll earn enough to be able to stay at such a place.

Guess we’ll just stick to our measly HDBs for now.

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Sembawang Hot Spring Will Be Developed Into A Park 10 Times Its Current Size By 2019

Floral Walk, Cafe, And A Cascading Pool Among New Features For Sembawang Hot Spring Park

Did you know that we have our very own natural hot spring here in Singapore? In fact, we have two. But the other’s in Pulau Tekong, and last we checked, you aren’t likely to head there anytime soon unless you are 18 and male.

So that just leaves us with the one at Sembawang.

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Having first been discovered in 1908, the natural hot spring has been through several changes of ownership and multiple – failed – redevelopment plans over the years.

This time however, it looks like Sembawang’s hot spring will finally be given a new lease of life, as NParks will soon be developing the area and enhancing the experience for visitors as they begin converting it into a park with facilities like cascade pools, fruit trees, and a cafe.

Come 2019, you can look forward to the Sembawang Hot Spring Park.

NParks reveals plans for redevelopment

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At a public exhibition on Saturday (25 Nov), NParks unveiled their plans to develop the place into a community park 10 times its current size.

Features include a floral walkway comprising of flowers normally found in a kampung, and a cascading pool – which comes with a temperature metre – to allow spring water to run. There will also be basic facilities such as toilets, seating areas, and a bicycle rack — not to mention a cafe which will be integrated with the surrounding greenery.

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Currently sitting on the grounds of Sembawang Air Base, MINDEF will be returning the land to the state — where work is slated to begin early 2018.

But don’t worry about missing out on anything, because NParks has mentioned that they were looking into ways for people to continue accessing the area even during construction periods.

MPs and residents participate in various activities

Additionally, MPs from Sembawang and Nee Soon GRCs and its residents were present during the launch of its beautification plan where they toured the exhibition.

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They even joined in on activities such as cooking soft-boiled eggs using the spring’s steaming water;

Turning this.

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Into this.

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and soaking their feet in pails of warm water.

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Minister for Education (Higher Education & Skills) Ong Ye Kung, even acknowledged how important the hot spring was given Singapore’s increasing urban development.

..to find a jewel like this in Singapore is really rare, and we’re quite determined to keep this rustic vibe with the kampung spirit going.

So no surprise that they’re looking to modernise the area while still retaining its rustic landscape.

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You can contribute to the planning too

But wait there’s more.

You can actually share your thoughts on development plans and provide suggestions via NPark’s website — where they will be soliciting feedback until 10 Dec. That means you may possibly be responsible for the redevelopment of the area.

The public exhibition will be held until Sunday (3 Dec) so if you’re interested, you should head there soon.

A guide and directions to Sembawang Hot Spring can be found here.

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This New Clarke Quay Bar Serves $5 Alcoholic Drinks, And You Won’t Have To Queue

Get Juiced Is The Cheap Bar Where You Order Online

Nowadays, it gets really difficult to find good bars with cheap alcohol. If the booze is cheap, chances are that the bar is ridiculously crowded — just the thought of the crowded bartender counter is off-putting.

Luckily, a cheap bar is going to open at Clarke Quay, and drinks go at only $5 per cup. The best part is that you order and pay through an app, so you don’t even need to worry about queuing for your drinks.

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$5 Alcoholic Drinks

Perhaps the selling point of this bar is its insanely affordable price — $5 per drink. Regardless of whether it it is vodka, whiskey or gin, a glass is only going to set you back 5 bucks.

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Gone are the days when you would regret breaking the bank after a wild night of drinking. The cherry on top is that this is no run of the mill Happy Hour promotion either — drinks go for the cheap price of a green dollar note all day, everyday.

Each drink will also come with free mixers, so you don’t have to worry about that burning taste of pure vodka as it passes down your throat.

Chill, Dance and Sing

Everyone has their own gig when they drink. Some like to boogie, others like sing at the top of their lungs and others just like to chill with their friends.

At Get Juiced, you can do all three. Boasting a huge floor space of 8,000 sqf, Get Juiced is split into three rooms —  LIVE, DANCE and CHILL.

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Where else can you find indie music, EDM and coffeehouse tunes in the place?

Cashless

Technology has changed our lives irrevocably and it has finally improved the way we indulge in our vices. Get Juiced has an mobile app that customers can use to order and pay for their drinks. All you need to do is to place an order on the app, and it will notify you when the drinks are ready.

The app will be available for download on both the App Store and the Google Play Store from July 8. Until then, you are able to order via their website.

Hit me up!

Get Juiced is having its sneak preview this Sunday (June 25) and as a gift, they’re giving free entry to everyone! So grab your drinking kaki and get LIT!

Address: 3E River Valley Road, Block E Clarke Quay #02-01, Singapore 179024

Just make sure that you’re above 18 though, and please drink responsibly.

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New Premium Outlets At Genting Highlands Is Yet Another Reason To Visit

Malaysia’s Second Premium Outlet Mall

If the allure of casinos and roller coasters is not good enough reason for you to spend your holiday at Genting Highlands, maybe the new premium outlet store might change your mind.

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Genting Highlands Premium Outlets had its soft launch last week (June 15), and the discounts look very promising.

This comes hot on the heels of a new luxury hotel that just opened its doors, so now you can also buy luxury goods to complete your atas aesthetic when you stay in the hotel.

Over 150 Branded stores

If you are brand conscious, or just feel more real if you own authentic goods, this mall will feel like home.

The complex boasts more than 150 branded stores, with every designer good that you can fathom — from stiletto heels to luxury chocolates.

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Regardless of whether you want to get thrifty at Cotton On, or if you want to treat yo self at Coach, Genting Outlet Mall has got you covered.

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Insane Discounts

To commemorate its opening, the mall is also having an enormous sale, with prices going at up to 50% off outlet prices.

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If you’re looking to pimp your sportswear game, this would be a solid opportunity to do so. With everything at 50% off at New Balance, you can go home with twice the goods.

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Even luxury brands like Braun Buffel and Carlo Rino are having rare discounts on their products.

Pig Out

All that shopping sure can be tiring, but don’t worry. There is a plethora of food available at the outlet mall, so you definitely won’t go hungry.

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With so much good food around, you’ll definitely being home heavier — even if you don’t buy anything.

Location

The Premium outlet mall is located 45 minutes from the Kuala Lumpur, and is just a stone’s throw away from the Genting Highland Casinos.

However, the entire complex spans over 55,741.8sqm of land (think 10 football fields), so it would be advisable to wear comfortable shoes. After all, you wouldn’t want to lose out on great deals because of sore feet.

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Time to get shopping!

Address: KM13, Genting Highlands Resort, 69000 Genting Highlands, Pahang Darul Makmur

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5 Facts About 38 Oxley Road — The $30 Million Home In The Middle Of The Lee Family Feud

Facts About 38 Oxley Road

38 Oxley Road has been the talk of the town of late, due to allegations raised against Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong by his own siblings. Follow the full timeline of events here.

The debate rages on over its usage and demolition, but how much do we actually know about this now-famous house? Here’s a scale model of it.

1. LHY Has Full Ownership Of The House

At this point in time, Lee Hsien Yang is the owner of 38 Oxley Road.

After the passing of LKY, PM Lee was given 38 Oxley Road as part of his equal share of the estate — much to the chagrin of LHY and Dr LWL.

Dr LWL rejected to buy the house from her eldest brother for $1, and LHY eventually paid his brother full market value for the house, and donated an additional 50% of the value of the house to charity — which means he actually forked out 150% of the house’s value.

2. Who Stands To Gain?

The demolishment of the property will intangibly benefit LHY and Dr LWL, who are trying to fulfil their late father’s wishes.

It is debatable as to whether the demolition of the house will merit PM Lee.

On one hand, he claims he wants to realize LKY’s last wish, yet his siblings have speculated that the preservation of the house serves to strengthen his political muscle.

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Surprisingly, the neighbours will also stand to gain from the tearing down of 38 Oxley Road.

Back in 2011, LKY revealed the restrictions his neighbours has to adhere to in an interview with The Straits Times:

“Because of my house the neighbouring houses cannot build high.”

The neighbours aren’t allowed to have their houses overlooking 38 Oxley Road possibly due to privacy issues that stemmed from being part of the Prime Minister’s household.

3. It Was Guarded By Gurkhas

In the past, 38 Oxley Road was watched over by Gurkhas.

Here’s screenshot taken by Google Maps on February 2015 showing a Gurkha standing guard outside the house.

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Then again, this shouldn’t come as a surprise as it was the home of the former first Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew — and his safety was paramount.

After the passing of LKY on 23 March, 2015, it appeared as though the Gurkhas were no longer deployed to safeguard the house.

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4. Worth Over $30 Million

According to Nominated Member of Parliament (NMP) Calvin Cheng, property consultants have estimated in 2015 that the house was worth $24 million.

Oxley 38 is worth a lot of money now. Property consultants conservatively estimated it to be worth 24m in 2015. It is…

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Based on an average per-square-foot calculation of $2,000 psf, the 12,060 sqft property will be about $24 million.

But reasons such as it’s rich cultural history might jack up prices.

Property Asia Direct released an estimation on Friday (June 16), speculating that the value of 38 Oxley Road is more than $30 million.

5. The Size Of 17 3-Room HDB Flats

A 3-room HDB flat has an approximate floor area of 60-65 sqm — which equates to about 700 sqft.

Just to put things in perspective, the land area of 38 Oxley Road is equivalent to 17 3-room HDB flats.

The renowned home also appears to have a larger land area than the nearby Lloyd’s Inn — a 34-room chic boutique hotel.

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Bonus: The Public Wants Demolition Job

It seems the Lee family still haven’t come to a consensus regarding 38 Oxley Road, but it’s clear what the public want.

Based on a poll conducted in 2015, 77% of respondents backed LKY’s wish that the house should be torn down, reported The Straits Times.

Parliamentary Sitting

Perhaps the 77% might wish to have their voices heard in Parliament when PM Lee answers questions regarding the saga on 3rd July.

Come that day, we’re sure to get more answers regarding how the house is going to be dealt with.

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This New Luxury Hotel In Genting Highlands Is The Epitome Of The High Life

Best Western Premier Ion Delemen

If you are looking for a getaway from the hectic work life, or if you’re just having a mid year crisis, we have the perfect place for you.

Just a short drive away, the brand new Best Western Premier Ion Delemen hotel has just opened its doors at Genting Highlands — and it looks astonishing.

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Exciting Location

The hotel is built at a particularly exciting location as well. Located a short 10 min drive from the Genting casinos, it’s located just far enough to provide alternative lodging for those who prefer not to sin.

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This also means it is a mere hour’s drive away from all the city of cheap food and endless pasar malams. However, the noisy nature of the city life can get a little annoying, especially if you’re on vacation.

Thankfully, you can now have the best of both worlds and enjoy the nice and quiet that only being 5000 metres above sea level can provide.

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Luxury Accommodation

With 281 spacious guestrooms and suites, the hotel boasts a home away from home — but better. All rooms are fitted with modern furniture and designer decor, and are carefully modelled with the influence of fengshui. Rooms are also fitted with art pieces for aesthetic effect.

Deluxe Room

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Perfect for a couple of friends on a trip, or a Father’s day surprise for your Dad, the Deluxe rooms offer comfortable beds with ample space.It even overlooks the mountainous region for you to HTHT (heart-to-heart talks) with your friends while gazing out onto the lush greenery.

Bedroom Suites

If you grew up watching Disney favourites like The Suite Life Of Zack And Cody, then your mind might immediately light up whenever you think of staying in a suite.

It’s okay if you weren’t a fan of the show, that’s fine. You should be on the same excitement level once you see how gorgeous the suites look.

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There are 3 different types of suites, depending on the size of your crowd. Each have different features that set them apart, but they do have one thing in common — they look great.

For a romantic holiday with your significant other, a one bedroom suite is more than sufficient. Together with a dining area and a workspace, there is ample space for the two of you –and room for a few guests if you need to entertain.

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However, if you have kids that you cannot bear to part with, then you might want to consider a double bedroom suite instead. With two separate rooms, you can still enjoy the privacy of time spent with your partner, without feeling bad for the kids back at home.

All suites come with personal balconies, so that you can truly breathe in the amazing view of the mountains covered in fog and mist.

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Activities

Of course, for the fitspos among us, the grind never stops. Don’t worry about eating too much, because you can always burn the calories off with a swim at their amazing indoor pool.

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Infinity pools are too common now, so an indoor infinity pool is really what you need in your life.

Book Your Tickets Now!

Hurry, the June holidays are ending soon, so now’s the best time to book your tickets for a weekend getaway!  Alternatively, you can time your trip after the opening of the 20th Century Fox World theme park  at Genting Highlands later this year.

For discounts and promotions, check out their website.

You can also book your rooms here.

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Don Quijote Orchard To Open: 11 Items From Japan’s Branches We Hope To See

Japanese Megastore Comes To Singapore In November

It seems that anything from Japan will be popular in Singapore, as we have gone bonkers over food like cheese tarts and ramen, stores like Uniqlo, Daiso and Tokyu Hands, games like Pokemon Go and Japanese movies like Death Note, Your Name and Doraemon.

Well, that’s why yet another Japanese household name store is coming to Singapore aiming to rake in the cash from Singaporeans — Don Quijote (pronounced “Don-Kee-Ho-Tay”)

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The hugely popular store for anything cheap under the sun will finally be coming to Orchard Road this November.

While it seems to have everything to cater to your every need, we’re not sure how many of the items that are found in their Japan outlets will be able to make an appearance in Singapore.

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Here are some items that we really hope to see in their store in Singapore.

1. Extra-Long Bags Of Potato Chips

Don Quijote is famous for its food hall where all sorts of cool snacks can be found, so we really hope we see things like this in Singapore soon:

We’ve all been there. Buying a packet of chips for a long movie like Wonder Woman or Pirates of The Caribbean, only to finish it up 30 minutes into the show.

With this extra-long bag of potato chips, which contains 7 bags of 3 different flavours, you can have a crunchy companion by your side throughout the movie.

2. Rare Snack Flavours

Every experienced traveller in Japan knows that the country boasts different variations and limited-edition flavours of our favourite snacks that can’t be found anywhere else.

Many a Singaporean traveller has returned home with his luggage filled to the brim with things like the Kyoto regional variety of Kit-Kat, the Hokkaido limited-edition Jagabee and seasonal sakura-flavoured potato chips.

So we really want to see some of these rare snack flavours in the Orchard store, like the recently arrived “intense green tea” Kit-Kat,

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…the pretty purple yam Kit-Kat,

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…and the questionable but oh-so-intriguing wasabi Kit-Kat.

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It’s not only Kit-Kat that comes in many flavours, though. If you prefer salty snacks, perhaps the limited-edition party chicken flavoured Pringles potato chips will strike your fancy:

 

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Or Ume and Shiso flavour Jagabee?

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3. Regional Instant Noodles

Among the multitude of food that originated from Japan, cup noodles are argubly the most iconic, and enjoyed by people worldwide.

Don Quijote has a plethora of flavours of instant cup ramen on offer in their Japan stores, and like their snacks, they are from different regions of Japan like Yokohama, Nagoya, Sapporo, Toyama and Nagasaki.

Singaporeans, who are famous for bringing trusty cup noodles on overseas trips, will be spoilt for choice if the chain store brings these “delicacies” here.

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However, if you want just normal cup noodles, perhaps the green tea flavoured cup noodles would interest you?

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4. Costumes For Men Who Want To Look Like Women

While you can get pretty good stuff from Uniqlo, sometimes you may not be able to find something that suits your uncommon fashion preferences. 

Either that, or if you have friends that keep hosting Halloween parties that you can never seem to find costumes for, Don Quijote may be your saviour.

This is especially true for the guys — what if you just want to showcase your feminine side?

Their Japan outlets boast a wide range of costumes so “everyone can become lovely”, and we really really want to see them in Singapore, at least for entertainment value, for example:

Guys, when you think of getting married, do you envision yourself not in a black suit, but all in white?

When you eat at a Chinese restaurant, do you wish you could be the waitress refilling the tea cups?

When you visit a hospital, do you wish you could be one taking blood pressure and helping the patients to pee?

When Natalie Portman won an Oscar for her role in Black Swan, were you inspired to emulate her?

Or instead of ballet, you would prefer to be an extra in the musical Cats?

Or do you simply wish you could go back to your school days — but as a different gender?

5. Costumes For Men Who Want To Look More Like Men

Guys, we understand if dressing up as a woman isn’t for you.

How about looking more “man” then? Specifically, a more muscular version of yourself? Don Quijote in Japan can help with that, too.

Looks lit right?

6. Costumes For Men Who Want To Look Like A Dick

Remember this shirt that was trending a few years ago?

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Well, Don Quijote Japan has an update on that, and we would love for the store to make this available to the Singapore public.

Oh wait, it’s unisex, so girls, you can look like a dick too!

7. Socks With Cartoon Characters

Enough with the clothes for men — women and children, what if you just want something cutesy but not too obvious?

Wear it on your feet, then — Don Quijote Japan even boasts a wide array of cute socks, so you can go matchy with your squad.

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8. “Stripper” Costumes

We’re not done with costumes yet — now we proceed to the “NSFW” section of this article.

Yes, Don Quijote Japan also has costumes that will be more suitable for a strip joint, and they don’t even put them in the adults-only section.

While it’s unlikely that we’ll see this in Singapore thanks to the people who like to complain about everything and make police reports over everything, we can still hope that it will happen — it will make planning for bridal showers and bachelor parties so much easier.

For example, won’t this just delight at the next girls’ night out?

And….well, we’re not sure what this is, but we’ll just leave it out there. Waaaaaaay out there.

9. Sex Toys

Some may be shocked to know that sex toys are openly sold in Singapore, even in supposedly family friendly stores like Watsons. The store even advertises its sex toys on Facebook.

Well, Don Quijote Japan has a healthy range of sex toys too, and unlike Watsons, which mostly caters to women, Don Quijote also caters to guys.

There are a lot of lonely men in Singapore too, so we hope to see these in Don Quijote here — after all, they are cheaper and safer than going to Geylang.

But don’t ask us how to use them — that’s what Google is for.

10. Anti-Stress Sausage

We’re not sure whether this should be categorised under the previous category or not, but we will just take it for what it is — something to squeeze for stress relief.

Singaporeans work hard, and when they’re having a tough time at work, but an average stress ball doesn’t seem to be doing the trick, they might want to opt for a Big Stress Sausage instead, which we hope Don Quijote will bring to our island.

“Because everything gets so much better with a sausage.”

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11. Trump Mask

And if you really want to scare people during Halloween:

Ummmmm… #covfefe?

Double-Storey Shop At Orchard

The franchise is set to open a 2-storey megamart in Singapore come November. It will be at the basement of Orchard Central, right next to Japanese havens Uniqlo and Tokyu Hands.

We predict throngs of eager shoppers, as it’s the most fun Japanese store to hit Singapore yet, and will give Orchard a much-needed retail boost.

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Adults-Only Resort Opens On Private Island 2.5 Hours From Singapore

Cempedak Private Island Is Just A Ferry Away

While kids are usually a joy to be around, everyone needs a little “grown-up” time once in awhile, to get a break from incessant crying, seat-kicking on planes or messing up of important interviews.

Well, frazzled parents and kid-phobic singles can now escape to a private island with a wide array of activities to ensure that they get the vacation they deserve. Not only is it an only 2.5-hour ferry ride from Singapore, it is also KID FREE.

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Yes, we know. It looks like the epitome of #vacationgoals.

Cempedak Island

The 17-hectare private island just off the coast of Bintan is only a ferry ride away from Tanah Merah.

The resort is home to a diverse population of wildlife, which includes the endangered Pangolin.

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The resort opened in March this year, and has already been a seeing a flock of adults on holiday.

Accommodation

The visual aesthetics of the rooms are astounding as well — nobody would think of complaining that these rooms aren’t Instagram-worthy.

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Handcrafted

The island has 20 bamboo villas made from scratch, specially crafted to immerse guests in a tropical experience.

The hand-crafted structures are sure to leave you in awe.

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Food

The resort is also not lacking in terms of food too — in fact, it’s a gastronomic paradise.

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The resort boasts a restaurant with a plethora of options for a scenic dining experience, so guest can enjoy both the food and the view.

The menu also changes everyday, according to the freshest ingredients available at the local market.

Take a look at some of the dishes on offer:

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Activities

When you’re not eating, you’ll be spoilt for choice on what to do. From throwing a volleyball around at the beach, to snorkeling among the fishes, you can do it all.

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Alternatively, you can choose to just read a book and bask under the sun.

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Or cool off in the pool, entirely free from the splashing and shrieks of children:

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Price

Prices start at $450 a night for their one-bedroom seaview villas, and meals cost almost $100 per person per meal.

With prices like that, the food better be good.

Fortunately, the luxury resort has received stellar reviews, with a 4.9/5 rating on Facebook.

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You can find more info at the Cempedak Island website, so book your child-free luxury holiday here.

Featured image adapted from Cempedak Island

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