8 Jewel Changi Airport Features Like Shake Shack & A&W That Make The 2019 Wait Unbearable

Jewel Changi Airport Has An Indoor Waterfall & Bouncy Sky Nets

The launch of Jewel Changi Airport is going to be pretty exciting, with the surprise unveiling of anchor tenants like A&W and Shake Shack.

With about a year till its grand opening, the hype is real.

Not to mention the fact that the airport will have a legit cinema, 5-storey garden and a majestic waterfall.

Here are some features of Jewel Changi Airport that are sure to make you want to flock over to the East.

1. Debut of Shake Shack

We predict that 2019 will be the year you’ll decide to ditch your diet.

The famed New York burger chain, Shake Shack, is debuting on our shores.

Shake Shack is several steps up from your average fast food joints — offering decadent milkshakes and extra cheesy crinkle-cut fries.

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Since its humble beginnings as a hot dog stand in Manhattan’s Madison Square Park, Shake Shack is currently lauded as one of the most well-known fast food chains across the globe.

They now boasts over 170 outlets internationally.

The OG ShackBurger and peanut butter shake FTW!

2. Return of A&W

American fast food joint A&W will be re-entering the Singapore market after a 14-year absence.

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In 2003, they shut down all 5 outlets in Singapore due to stiff competition.

But thank god for popular demand — the iconic root beer float, curly fries and coney dog are making a comeback.

Let’s rejoice and welcome this nostalgic fast food chain back with open arms.

3. Catch a movie at Shaw Theatres

Who would have thought that you could enjoy a fully fledged theatre experience at the airport?

Travellers can now watch the latest blockbusters while waiting to catch their flight as Shaw Theatres opens up an outlet in Jewel.

Singapore is one of the few airports that provide such a service for travellers.

In other words, Jewel knows what it’s doing.

4. World’s tallest indoor waterfall

The centrepiece of Jewel is a 40-metre-tall waterfall cascading from an opening in a vaulted glass roof canopy.

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We hear that the ‘Rain Vortex’ will come alive when dusk approaches, as the entire waterfall lights up and provides visitors with a stunning show.

Best part is, it’s completely free.

5. Bouncy sky nets

Thrill-seekers can jump on a 25-metre-high bouncy net throughout Jewel.

At its highest point, visitors will be suspended 8m above ground.

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Think Gardens By The Bay x City Square Mall’s suspended playground, but better.

How cool is that?!

6. Singapore’s largest indoor garden

Canopy park is a 5-storey-high garden, which will play host to over 2,500 trees and 100,000 shrubs.

Our new plant friends will hail from countries around the world, like Australia, Brazil, Thailand and the United States.

You can choose to relax in the equatorial sun-lit atmosphere, sit by a bed of flowers, or partake in stargazing at night.

7. A treetop bridge with a cloud walk

One of the highlights of Jewel, is the canopy bridge that is suspended 23 metres above the ground.

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With its glass panel flooring, slides and walking trails with mist effects, visitors get a chance to experience how strolling amongst fluffy clouds will feel like.

8. A seamless connection to T1

Jewel’s iconic structure with its glass and steel façade is designed by the world-renowned architect, Moshe Safdie.

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Jewel will be seamlessly connected to Terminal 1 and is approximately 134,00 sq metres in size.

To put that into context, that’s as big as 20 football fields.

Spanning across 7 storeys from Basement 2 to Level 5 — Jewel will house over 280 shops.

Definitely on track to claim its rightful place as an iconic landmark of Singapore and a tourist destination that Singaporeans can be proud of.

Exciting times ahead

With all the new additions, Jewel might be crowned the most amazing airport on earth yet.

Now, give us a sec while we power up our time machine to head to the future as we literally can’t wait for 2019 to dawn upon us.

See you in the A&W queue for curly fries and root beer floats!

Featured image from Shake Shack Facebook and A&W Facebook and Jewel Changi Airport.

Malaysia Screens World Cup For Free, Singapore Not Losing Out With Free CC Screenings

56 Community Clubs To Watch The World Cup ‘Live’ At

You can watch all 64 World Cup matches ‘live’ for free at various Community Clubs (CC) in Singapore.

The opening match on Thursday (14 Jun) will be screened at Our Tampines Hub and 40 other CCs.

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Detailed screening schedules for the 56 participating CCs have not been released.

But you can follow People’s Association’s (PA) Facebook or Instagram pages for the schedules as will be published nearer the kick-off dates.

PA has been screening World Cup matches at CCs for free since 2010.

56 CCs involved

Meanwhile, these are the 56 CCs you will be able to watch the matches at.

Once again, remember to check the CC’s screening schedule before heading down.

In the north we have:

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For the first time, Our Tampines Hub will be screening the matches too!

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People living in the West, take note:

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For the Central/Southerners:

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Fun games

PA will also be organizing related activities for residents to enjoy.

They include Subbuteo (sports table soccer) and football try-outs.

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Get some of that Malaysian signal

But having to get out of the house at 2am wearing pyjamas just to watch free games may prove too much for some Singaporeans.

Especially those who know that Radio Televisyen Malaysia (RTM), Malaysia’s national broadcaster, will be airing 41 of the 64 World Cup matches for free.

And Singaporeans in the past have really attempted to share in Malaysia’s blessings by buying rabbit-ear antennas to receive our neighbour’s signals.

The strength of the signal varies according to location.

Nonetheless, some Singaporeans are already making plans to try it out.

Said Mr Aaron Yong, an avid football fan who lives in Bukit Panjang,

If my home is near enough to receive an RTM signal, I will try. It is free, after all.

All geared up

Most of us will probably be turning up all fresh and awake for the matches at the CCs (then yawn the next day).

56 venues leh.

So RTM need not worry so much about freeloading Singaporeans.

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10 Movies Filmed In Singapore, Other Than Crazy Rich Asians

Movies Filmed In Singapore Just Like Crazy Rich Asians

Singapore is back on the map again, and this time, Hollywood is taking interest.

Crazy Rich Asians, a Hollywood flick that comes out in August, was filmed in Singapore.

From a synchronised swimming scene at the Marina Bay Sands infinity pool to lavish luxuries, Crazy Rich Asians put the spotlight on our island, big time.

Surprisingly, this isn’t the first time we’ve been featured in movies before.

So, in honour of Crazy Rich Asians, here are 10 other movies filmed in Singapore.

1. Hitman: Agent 47 (2015)

Considering how tiny the island is, word spreads quickly anytime something exciting takes place around the city.

In 2015, Hitman: Agent 47 made local news when it was reported that Singapore would be featured prominently in the movie, with many of the scenes being filmed here as well.

A shootout scene in Hitman, filmed in CBD area
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Considering grand scale productions don’t usually take place in Singapore, it’s pretty cool to see Robinson Road front and centre during a shootout scene.

Apparently, the lead actor, Rupert Friend was the first civilian ever to legally be allowed to fire a gun in Singapore.

From clones to assassins, having Singapore as the backdrop to Hitman: Agent 47 only serves to make this movie out-of-this-world cool.

2. Krrish (2006)

Of course, we haven’t forgotten the Bollywood fans out there.

Bollywood productions typically don’t skimp on the drama and fanfare, and Krrish is no different.

Here he is performing martial arts by the Singapore River.

Hrithik Roshan plays Krrish, a young superhero who has to travel to Singapore to save his father.

He also falls in love with a girl named Priya, who’s played by Priyanka Chopra, an absolute #bae. And like other great Bollywood movies, you bet Krrish has catchy dance and song sequences, too.

3. Equals (2016)

For this movie, Singapore was picked as a filming location thanks to the #futuristicvibes of Equals. 

Set in a futuristic utopia, the two leads fall in love, causing a series of unfortunate events. While that sounds vague, that’s as much as we can give away without spoilers, anyways.

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The leads are played by Nicholas Hoult and Kristen Stewart, which we’re kinda upset about.

Because how did we not realise that they were filming in Singapore for a month?

Some notable places in the movie include the MRT station at One-North and Marina Barrage.

And here’s an idea — head on down to the locations in the movie to recreate the scenes for an #Instaworthy photoshoot.

4. Dear Zindagi (2016)

In an effort to boost tourism, the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) teamed up with producers on Dear Zindagi. 

Partnering up with STB was a win-win situation for them and the filmmakers, as it made it easier to facilitate shooting on location in Singapore.

Thanks to this, the movie Dear Zindagi was born.

Starring Shah Rukh Khan and Alia Bhatt, this movie is a perfect watch if love stories are your weakness.

Fun fact: As they had lost time due to previous rainy days, the cast had to shoot for 24 hours straight on their final day, as they had flights to catch the next day.

Talk about dedication, huh.

5. Saint Jack (1979)

Oooh, we’ve gotta warn you, this item on the list is a little saucey.

For those of you that might be unaware, the director of Saint Jack knew his portrayal of Singapore would cause problems with our government when it came to filming.

In order to overcome this issue, the director submitted a fake script instead to be able to film here.

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What’s so bad about the movie, you might ask? Apparently, it portrays the side of Singapore that doesn’t quite exist anymore — pimps, prostitutes, and drugs, to name a few.

If anyone’s curious about Singapore’s shady past, you’ll be happy to know the movie is no longer banned here, so you can watch it totally guilt-free.

6. Rogue Trader (1999)

Based off the real-life story of trader Nick Leeson, Rogue Trader follows how he single-handedly brought a bank to its demise by causing it to lose $2.2 billion.

Perhaps you could even call him Singapore’s very own Wolf of Wall Street.

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Of course, the movie isn’t 100% an accurate description of the shenanigans Nick Leeson got up to here.

But with a stellar cast including Ewan McGregor, we ain’t even mad.

7. De Dana Dan (2009)

According to reports, over 70% of the movie was shot in Singapore, with stars Akshay Kumar and Katrina Kaif.

They filmed at locations all over the island, including VivoCity.

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De Dana Dana is a comedy about the kidnapping of a dog for ransom. Of course, as expected, chaos ensues.

This movie is hilarious, so we’re thinking it’s definitely worth a Netflix and chill session.

8. Independence Day: Resurgence (2016)

A sequel to the 1996 movie Independence Day, Singapore is reduced to rubble at the hands of some angry aliens.

The director chose Singapore thanks to it’s “attractive skyline”, which brings us so much #pride.

Marina Bay Sands gets blown up, along with most of the CBD.

Possibly our worst nightmare, but with Liam Hemsworth in it, we’re willing to give it a watch.

Just for Liam.

9. Aur Pyaar Ho Gaya (1997)

We’re going kinda old-school with this one, considering the movie came out over two decades ago.

Aur Pyaar Ho Gaya is a quintessential Bollywood romantic film, starring Bobby Deol and Aishwarya Rai.

If you can’t really remember what Singapore looked like in the 90s, this movie is for you.

Check out the clip above, to see how some iconic locales like the Fountain of Wealth and Tiger Balm Gardens used to look like.

10. Pyaar Impossible (2010)

Looks like Bollywood has long been a favourite for filming movies in Singapore, considering the notable few that have ended up on this list.

Of course there has to be another love story on the list, because we’re suckers for romance.

 

Unlike the other Bollywood love stories on this list, Pyaar Impossible is a romantic comedy, with our fave Priyanka Chopra making us believe in love again.

Just a warning though — if you’re not a fan of sappy love stories, then you’ll probably wanna stay away from this movie.

Time for a movie marathon

With a public holiday coming up soon, it’s time to check out some of the movies on this list.

We even suggest playing a game with your friends and family while watching. Whoever spots the most number of Singaporean locations in the movies, wins.

So grab a bowl of popcorn, and dig in. We’ve just given you a bunch of movies to binge watch, guilt-free.

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Pop-Up Tokidoki Cafe Near Victoria Street Is An Instagrammer’s Paradise

Bright Colours And Quirky Characters Welcome You At Kumoya X tokidoki Till End-June

In a first of its kind, Kumoya cafe is partnering popular Japanese-inspired lifestyle brand tokidoki to open a pop-up cafe.

Located at Kumoya’s premises at 8 Jalan Klapa, the pop-up cafe will operate till the end of June.

It features a tokidoki-inspired menu, as well as plenty of Instagrammable tokidoki decor.

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Toki-what?

For the uninitiated, tokidoki is the brainchild of Italian artist Simone Legno.

The word tokidoki means “sometimes” in Japanese and according to Mr Legno, represents people’s hidden energy and the hope for something magical to happen to us.

The brand is well-known for its colourful characters, like the Unicorno, which welcomes you at the entrance to Kumoya x tokidoki.

According to tokidoki legend, Unicornos were once ponies that passed through an enchanted waterfall and turned into unicorns.

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Serving up tokidoki-inspired fare

Inside, the cafe is decorated with other tokidoki characters, including the Cactus Friends and the Moofia.

But us being us, we were immediately drawn to the tokidoki-inspired menu, which was curated and styled by well known food stylist Little Miss Bento and the Kumoya team.

One look at the plating and we knew that Little Miss Bento, also known as Shirley Wong, had something to do with it!

Here are some dishes we recommend you try during your visit:

For the curry fanatics…

Sink your teeth into the Donutella & Sweet Friends Japanese Curry ($25.90), a delectable meal of fresh tempura salmon, breaded prawns and scallops and calamari rings.

It’s served alongside rice shaped like Donutella, a tokidoki character that discovered Earth while searching the Milky Way for a new fuel source.

Having invited her friends to live in a sweet colony on Earth, she is now a pioneer of the colony.

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For the rice lovers…

Can’t get enough of sweet Japanese sushi rice? Then you’ll love the Moofia-Protected Pressed Sushi Rice ($24.90).

It features grilled unagi, teriyaki sauce, cucumber and cheese sandwiched between two slabs of rice.

The dish gets its name from The Moofia, a line of tokidoki characters that posses a Robin Hood-level sense of justice.

They extort milk from school bullies for the good kids to ensure that the good become strong and healthy. Only then can they make the world a better place, right?

Milk is might.

For the snackers…

If you’re in between meals and just need a quick bite, opt for the Karaage Chicken with Shoyu Glaze ($12.90).

For those with a sweet tooth…

End — or start, we’re not judging — your meal on a sweet note with the Unicorno Cotton Candy ($17.90).

It’s part-juice, part-heaven: sitting atop a mixture of passion fruit juice, strawberry Calpis and butterfly tea is a huge cloud of dream-like cotton candy, sure to put anyone on cloud nine.

Merch galore

Apart from food, the pop-up also sells tokidoki merchandise, giving fans a great opportunity to stock up.

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There are even limited edition plushies being sold that are not available anywhere else.

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You know where you’ll find us this weekend.

Kumoya is open from 12.00pm – 9.30pm (Tues – Thurs, Sun), 12.00pm – 10.30pm (Fri, Sat).

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5 Towns Where You Can Reminisce The Good Old Days At Singapore Heritage Festival 2018

5 Towns Selected To Host Nostalgic Events For Singapore Heritage Festival 2018

In a fast-paced country like Singapore — where new things are introduced often and changes take place quickly — barely anything stays still long enough for people to appreciate them fully.

Perhaps, this is why we Singaporeans love nostalgia and the idea of looking back at what was.

For those who are longing for the past and all its glory, don’t fret.

The Singapore Heritage Festival (SHF) is back for its 15th edition to help you trigger those golden memories again.

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The festival, happening on three weekends this month (6-22 Apr), is set to take place at different towns around the island.

These sites will host various events and programmes that celebrate culture and reminisce the good ol’ days.

Here are the 5 estates and what they have to offer.

1. Jurong

Jurong Town Hall will be the centerpiece of the festivities when Singapore Heritage Festival visits the western town from 6-8 Apr.

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The national monument will host curated programmes such as Jurong Songbook, an interactive performance that allows audiences to interact with characters from Jurong’s past, as well as a tour of the Jurong Town Hall itself.

The drive-in cinema is also bound to appeal to everyone, regardless of age.

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The Singapore Heritage Festival will also bring back Jurong’s drive-in cinema, a popular attraction in the ’70s.

Entry to this event is completely free. Among the movies to be screened are classics like Cleopatra Wong and modern favourite Ah Boys to Men 3: Frogmen.

Here are the details:

Free admission, available on a first-come-first-served basis
*Advisory: Limited seats are available for visitors who are not driving.

Movie line-up
Friday, 6 April
9.35pm : The Provision Shop

Saturday, 7 April
6.30pm : Cleopatra Wong
9.00pm : Chicken Rice Wars

Sunday, 8 April
7.30pm : Ah Boys to Men 3: Frogmen

Time: 7 – 11 PM

AddressJurong Town Hall, 9 Jurong Town Hall Road, S(609431)

2. Jalan Besar

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Following its western excursion, the Singapore Heritage Festival will visit Jalan Besar from 13 – 14 Apr.

Here, it will focus on immersing visitors in the charm of Jalan Besar, immersing them in its architecture and blend of cultures.

Participants can sign up for various tours to explore the precinct’s maze alleys or have a look at a traditional car repair shop that inspired The Machinist, a local book.

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Alternatively, visitors can look forward to a street party along Jalan Besar Road, coupled with a market that quenches your thirst for IG-worthy aesthetics.

Most events like the street party are free, however, participants may need to fork out a small fee of $5 and up to join some of the tours.

3. Chinatown

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That same weekend, Singapore Heritage Festival will visit Chinatown from 14 – 15 April.

In this enclave, it promises various “eat, drink, explore and be merry programmes”.

Participants can look forward to cultural tours as well as experience Chinatown’s famed food first hand.

As part of the food trail, participants will be brought to heritage stalls where food with a unique cultural heritage is made.

Here’s a preview of one of them called Sak Kei Ma (kill the horseman), a sweet treat made of fluffy strands of fried batter and bound together with a stiff sugar syrup.

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Like the events in Jalan Besar, most tours come with a fee of $5, while talks remain free of charge!

4. Bras Basah.Bugis

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Being Singapore’s dedicated arts and heritage district, it’s no surprise that Heritage Fest 2018 will swing by Brash Basah.Bugis.

Events at the district will take place from 20 – 21 Apr.

The Armenian Street Party 2.0 will celebrate all things Perenakan with performances and of course, food.

Armenian Street Party: Balik Kampong 2.0 Ain’t it pretty?
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In conjunction with SHF, the National Museum of Singapore will also open a new exhibition titled: The More We Get Together: Singapore’s Playgrounds 1930 – 2030.

The exhibition will be showcase how playgrounds and community spaces play a crucial roll in strengthening Singapore’s social fabric.

5. Toa Payoh

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From an exhibition of playgrounds, to actually playing in one, the Singapore Heritage Festival plans to make this iconic dragon playground the heart of celebrations from 21 – 22 Apr. 

The playground’s surroundings will be converted to a carnival that features a LED dragon dance performance, outdoor movie screenings and a classic vintage car flea market.

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Of course, as is the norm in Singapore culture, no carnival is complete without scrumptious food which will be provided from various popular hawker delights.

Admission to the Dragon Playground Carnival is free and it will start from 5pm all the way till 10 pm on both days.

Just bring some spare cash if you’re looking to fill your tummy, or bring home some knick-knacks from the car boot sale stalls.

Plenty to see and do

What was mentioned in the list above barely scratches the surface of what participate can expect from the 2018 Singapore Heritage Festival.

Certainly, a look back at Singapore’s heritage will push some nostalgic buttons. If it doesn’t push any buttons, be glad to know at least that there’s plenty to do over the next few weekends!

More information on all the planned activities can be found at https://heritagefestival.sg/

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Choa Chu Kang Cemetery’s As Large As Jurong East & Has A Michael Jackson Silhouetted Grave

Choa Chu Kang Cemetery Is Almost As Large As Jurong East

Singapore doesn’t have many well-kept secrets, but hidden in the outskirts of Singapore, Choa Chu Kang (CCK) cemetery is one of them.

Spanning 300 hectares, or almost the entire size of Jurong East, the cemetery is currently home to around 300,000 graves.

Left image: CCK cemetery. Right image: Jurong East.
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The grounds that the cemetery covers are expansive, and rightfully so as CCK cemetery is categorised by faith — housing Muslim, Chinese, Hindu and Christian lawn cemeteries and crematoriums.

It’s also clear that some of the more interestingly designed tombstones reflect the life of people who’ve passed.

A place of lost memories, here are some of the most intriguing things about Singapore’s largest cemetery.

1. Michael Jackson’s silhouette on a tombstone

A huge of fan of Michael Jackson who enjoyed impersonating him is allegedly buried here.

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This tombstone has a Michael Jackson carving on it, complete with his iconic military jacket.

Although we’re unsure of how true this is, it’s touching to think it may be.

2. Marble car tombstone

 

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Perhaps the deceased owned a car dealership, or simply loved cars.

Whatever the reason for the marble car, it’s an ingenious idea for a tombstone. And frankly, we’ve never seen anything like it before.

3. Sacred tree trunks in Hindu cemetery

An uncommon sight within the Hindu section of the cemeteries, are tree trunks adorned with flower garlands.

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However, no one seems to know what these spiritual trees symbolise or which deity they represent.

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There’s also a dedicated pathway leading to the trees, for believers to visit them.

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However, the mystery remains. If you know the purpose of these sacred tree trunks, do let us know in the comments.

4. Toad tombstone from Chinese cemetery

Animals play a big part in Chinese mythology, and are similarly important in the Chinese Fengshui.

A few select tombstones in the Chinese cemetery are shaped like animals, possibly to fulfill this very purpose.

The most fascinating of which is arguably this Toad tombstone.

Left: 金蟾六顺通, Right: 北斗七星劫
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There’s also no birth or death date stated on the gravestone — which instead features two vertical lines of Chinese characters.

Seven crystal stones representing the Big Dipper
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The symbols and text refer to a golden toad which spits out gold to enhance a family’s fortune.

And also a way to rob the Big Dipper constellation, by using its life force to ensure that the family remains unbeatable for 180 years.

5. Two guard dogs on a tombstone

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We’d like to imagine that the two dogs on this tombstone represent dogs that the deceased actually kept as pets.

And now, they’re watching over their owner. Which kinda warms our hearts and makes us feel all fuzzy.

6. CCK cemetery is shrinking quickly

A common fact about Singapore is that there is land scarcity. In order to combat this, even our deceased do not have a permanent resting place.

In 1998, the government imposed a law stating that the maximum length of time for a burial in CCK cemetery would be 15 years.

After 15 years, the remains are exhumed and cremated, or reburied elsewhere.

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Currently, the government has begun the process of exhumation in phases. By 2029, around 130,000 graves will be exhumed to expand Tengah Air Base.

Last year, the government started its plan to reduce the size of the cemetery by one third, giving next-of-kin up to two years to claim remains.

The situation is unpleasant for families of the deceased, but it is unfortunately what has to be done, in order to expand Singapore.

7. Kartina Dahari, a famous Singaporean vocalist, is buried here

The first entertainer ever inducted into the Singapore Women’s Hall of Fame, Katrina Dahari was the “Queen of Keroncong”, a form of traditional Malay folk music.

Her most well-known song, Sayang Di Sayang, was composed by Zubir Said, who also composed Singapore’s national anthem.

She passed almost 4 years ago, and now rests at CCK cemetery.

8. Memorial for Silk Air Flight 185 crash victims

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Back in Dec 1997, a tragedy took Singapore and Indonesia by storm when a plane en route to Singapore crashed into an Indonesian river, leaving no survivors.

Of the 104 people on the flight, there were 46 Singaporean passengers on board. The crash was highly publicised as there were speculations that the incident had occurred intentionally, due to the pilot committing suicide.

In 1998, Silk Air commissioned a memorial for the victims, which is now located at CCK cemetery.

You can find out more about the tragedy in this video here:

Memories which linger on

Most people have mixed feelings about passing on. We often choose not to determine our final resting places, or even discuss the topic of death openly.

CCK cemetery, however, is truly unlike any other resting place in Singapore.

The vast cemetery reflects significant parts of our forgotten history — now only distant memories for the older generation.

Then again, death can be seen as a way to bring forth new life. This holds especially true in this case, when the urbanisation of the area is complete.

Until then, we hope Singaporeans won’t forget the lingering mysteries surrounding CCK cemetery.

And continue to cherish fond memories of those who are no longer with us.

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Artbox 2018 – Bangkok’s Biggest Hipster Market Returns To Singapore In May 2018

Artbox 2018 Returns To Marina Bay In May, 3 Times Bigger Than Before

Mark your calendars — Artbox 2018 is back and it looks to be bigger than ever.

In case you missed it last year – or gave it a pass due to the insane crowd – Bangkok’s creative market will be returning for the second year in a row on 25-27 May and 1-3 June at Bayfront Event Space.

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With over 400 regional vendors and almost three times the space occupied compared to 2017’s event, seems like the organisers spared no expense to ensure last year’s disastrous crowd issues don’t happen again.

Could we be experiencing Artbox’s full potential this year? Only one way to find out.

Introducing Artbox 2018: Oasis

Set to be Singapore’s largest creative market, Artbox 2018 promises to be a “land of pure enjoyment” that offers something for all ages.

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From interactive elements and activities, to creative art installations and a wide variety of delectable food, this year’s edition will be taking place over the entire Bayfront Event Space at Marina Bay.

That’s over 140,000 sq ft of space — almost three times of last year’s 50,000 sq ft.

Looks like come two weekends in May and June, Marina Bay is the place to be.

What you can expect

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While details are still scarce at the moment, here are some things you can surely expect to see.

Live musical performances that will sweep you off your feet.

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Unique trinkets and knick-knacks to spice up your everyday life.

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And of course, a wide variety of food that’ll make you salivate.

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And drinks to quench your thirst under the Singapore sun.

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IG-worthy hotspots that’ll make all your friends wish they were there.

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Lastly, an evening of unforgettable fun is also guaranteed.

Still not convinced? Check out this video of last year’s event — it might just change your mind.

We’ll definitely update this page as more information is released.

Mark your calendars now

Need we say more? Block out those dates, call all your friends and families and tell them to get ready.

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Date: 25th to 27th May and 1st to 3rd June
Location: Bayfront Event Space next to the Marina Bay Sands
Nearest MRT: Bayfront MRT Station
Time: 3pm to 11pm

Alternatively, you can check out Artbox Singapore on their Instagram for more information or keep track of it via Facebook.

See you guys there!

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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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