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.

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2 New Automated Food Courts In Singapore Enlist Robots To Clean, Clear Trays

Futuristic Food Courts

The next time you walk into a kopitiam or food court, don’t be surprised when you’re greeted by an army of automated androids.

Singapore’s first 2 “productive” coffee shops have hit town — featuring tray-return robots, self-ordering kiosks and self-operating floor-cleaning machines.

And a robotic revamp is on the cards for another 3 food courts in Bukit Batok, Punggol and *gasp* Yishun.

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Not Your Average Kopitiam

In a bid to offer patrons a unique dining experience alongside the added convenience of shorter waiting times for tables and food, 2 new food courts, Happy Hawkers in Tampines and FoodTastic in Choa Chu Kang, have introduced a host of technologically-driven measures to make themselves more atas.

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Happy Hawkers

The new Happy Hawkers outlet was opened last Saturday (May 20), with Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Masagos Zulkifli gracing the event as a guest of honour.

In a Facebook post, the food & beverage company promised an “improved dining experience” and “an easier and seamless ordering experience”.

We think most patrons would be glad to see the end of long queues.

Mr Masagos tried his hand at the new self-ordering kiosks, where both orders and payments can be made:

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And here’s the new friendly neighbourhood tray-return robot:

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FoodTastic

FoodTastic’s grand opening on Sunday (May 21), a day after Happy Hawkers launched, threw up a few more surprises.

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Just like Happy Hawkers, FoodTastic has its own self-order kiosks and tray-return system.

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Ms Sim Ann, Senior Minister of State for Trade and Industry & Culture and Community and Youth, was introduced to the automated tray return system that had different stations for Muslim and non-Muslim food.

Quirky Gadgets

FoodTastic boasts quirky new gadgets that Happy Hawkers doesn’t have, like this cutesy Elmo face floor-cleaning machine:

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They also have a shredder. No, not that shredder from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series, but this useful contraption that helps shred waste food into bits and pieces for easier disposal:

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Boon Or Bane?

The novelty of fuss-free dining seems like an exciting prospect at first glance. However, several netizens have reacted with scepticism.

One netizen who visited FoodTastic claimed the place felt foreign as it didn’t have a “human touch” and that the waiting time in queues wasn’t exactly cut.

He also brought up a valid point that the non-tech savvy elderly may have trouble operating the self-help kiosks.

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As mentioned by Chang Cheng managing director Ricky Kok, “FoodTastic cost $1 million more to build”, and manpower was cut by almost 50 per cent. 

Similarly, Koufu chief operating officer David Yang revealed that the non-halal kitchen had cut its staff numbers from from around 16 to 18 workers to 10 staff due to the new technology, reported Today.

This just proved to some netizens that their points were valid — that the implementation of such technology could rob the low-wage workers of their rice bowls.

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Meanwhile, others were predicting that the prices at such food courts would rise.

Though both operators said prices will be kept affordable, and Spring Singapore chief executive Poon Hong Yuen added that “productivity in the long term would (bring costs down)”.

We wouldn’t blame diners for being sceptical of that claim — why would operators lower their prices and decrease their profits for no reason?

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Still, a handful of people expressed delight at this innovative scheme.

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Robot Revolution

You can head down to the 2 new futuristic food courts to experience what it’s like to have almost everything done for you by robots.

Who knows? If the scheme proves to be successful, we might just see artificial intelligence taking over all our eateries in the future.

By then, humans may even have robots to feed them hand to mouth.

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Luxury Car Vending Machine In Singapore Dispenses Lambos, Ferraris and Bentleys

AutoBahn Motors Introduces Car Vending Machine

Vending machines are everywhere in Singapore. Most dispense drinks or snacks, but there are some that allow people to buy stuff like polaroid films as well.

Now, thanks to German Automobile mammoths, AutoBahn, you can add luxury cars to the list of items you can buy from a vending machine. 

Just take a look at it in this awesome video posted on Facebook by Senatus, a lifestyle company, of the new building on Jalan Kilang, which is off Jalan Bukit Merah:

The Future

Purposed with maximising both parking space and innovation, the building has 60 slots for cars and an interactive panel.

Customers can just choose which car they would like to view, and it will automatically come to them within 2 minutes!

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Not The First, but The Biggest

This concept is not unheard of, as companies like the United States-based Carvana have been using these vending machines in The States.

However, Singapore’s car vending machine is the tallest in the world, according to Fortune — it stands at an astounding height of 15 storeys!

Expensive Cars

AutoBahn features big names in the showroom too, boasting an impressive lineup of Bentleys, Lamborghinis and Ferraris.

Just look at these cars — they’re as sexy as it gets.

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The cherry on top is that you can actually even purchase the car of your dreams right at the showroom!

Surprising But Still Impressive

However, it is quite surprising that AutoBahn has decided to invest so much money into this extravagant structure, especially since the luxury car industry does not seem to be doing so well.

Just recently, Hong Seh trading quit as distributors for Maserati, saying that selling them was no longer profitable for the company.

Nevertheless, this move has definitely gained international recognition for Singapore, as prestigious magazines like TechCrunch and Fortune have covered the story.

Well, looks like we have AutoBahn to thank for helping Singapore gain a stronger footing in the international automobile scene.

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Party On An Island With This Crazy 2-Day Beach Rave Happening On St John’s Island This May

Island Escape Takes Place On St. John’s Island In May

If you are not really the type to spend a hefty amount of money to attend EDM music festivals like the ULTRA Music Festival, this news will be a godsend.

Priced at only $55 per ticket, Island Escape is poised to impress all the EDM fans out there. The 2-day rave festival will be hitting the shores of St. John Island from May 27 to May 28.

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The rave is organized by BLACKOUT and After Dark, two companies that are well-established in the party business, so you can expect this festival to be lit.

Lineup

Although Ultra features world-renowned DJs like Hardwell and Steve Aoki, Island Escape doesn’t quite have the same budget. Instead, the festival will feature local acts like DJ KFC, Zig Zach, and Brendon P. It will also showcase other musicians from Indonesia like Sunju Hargun and Jonathan Kusuma.

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Food Galore

Of course, hardcore clubbing requires a lot of energy. That’s why the festival also features very aesthetic foods that will help you pull off the Coachella vibes.

Selva Foods will be dishing out tasty Açaí smoothie bowls which is sure to hit the spot.

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If you’re feeling a little bit more hungry, fret not. The Camp Kilo Charcoal Club will also be there to serve up their roast meats.

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Location

To make things more interesting, the festival is happening at St. John’s Island, which is just a short ferry ride away from Marina South Pier.

How many of you have actually been there before?

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While the island looks like #beachgoals today, it has a rather eerie history. It used to be a quarantine station for diseases like cholera, beri-beri and leprosy back in the 19th century!

It eventually also developed into a drug rehabilitation centre in the mid-20th century. Don’t get too scared though, it’s totally safe now.

Never heard of the headliners? Never mind, because you’ll be partying on an actual island, so it doesn’t really matter anyway.

We just hope this won’t turn out to be as disastrous as the recent Fyre Festival.  

Tickets

Each ticket costs $55, and includes a 2-way ferry trip to and from Marina South Pier. However, party goers will have to download the WAAVE app on your phone, because the entire festival is cash-free, and this app is the only way to purchase food and drinks at the event.

You can find out more about the rave and buy your tickets here.

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Under Marina Bay Lies A Massive District Cooling System — Take A Peek In This Video

World’s Largest Underground Cooling Plant

You may have gone to Marina Bay countless times for food, shopping, theatre, and even for Artbox. But we’ll bet you didn’t know that there was a massive cooling plant right under your feet.

The world’s largest underground district cooling network is now operating at Marina Bay, and it was commissioned on March 3 by Singapore District Cooling (SDC), a subsidiary of Singapore Power (SP), following the completion of its expansion, reported Channel NewsAsia.

Energy Saver

A video uploaded recently by Temasek Holdings gives a tour of the cooling plant that’s 25m underground, together with some facts that made us go “whoa”.

Here’s the full video:

According to Today, district cooling is the centralized production of chilled water. It is sent via pipes to buildings for air-conditioning purposes

It provides chilled water to several buildings next to each other as a communal utility.

That means people can hang out at Marina Bay without having to worry about being overcome By A Singapore’s searing heat — we can’t imagine what it would be like without it.

Big Pipes

The start of the video takes us to the Marina Bay District Cooling plant.

It has industrial-sized machines and pipes that run 24/7 to keep the Marina Bay district at a comfortable temperature at all times.

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Largest In The World

The plant has been dubbed by SDC as the largest underground district cooling network in the world.

Today also reported that it has a 5km centralised piping network to serve buildings in the Marina Bay financial district.

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Its modern technology produces and distributes chilled water from a central plant, all while receiving used water from the buildings in Marina Bay to be chilled.

In a press release, SP said:

(the system) eliminates the space requirements and upfront costs for customers’ own on-site chillers and roof-top spaces for cooling towers.

And that’s why the Marina Bay Sands has so much space on its rooftop for its famous infinity pool.

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Just take a look at this control room:

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Cost Savings

District cooling doesn’t just make buildings look good while keeping cool, there’s a cost factor that come so into play too — buildings that use district cooling can can save energy costs by a whooping 40%!

That’s tantamount to 80,000MWh of energy, which is enough to power 24,000 3-room Housing Board flats for an entire year.

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Better For The Environment

That’s not all, it also emits less carbon, which is equivalent to removing 10,000 cars from the roads each year.

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Commercial Only

Unfortunately, district cooling is only limited to commercial buildings at the moment. But who knows, it could be developed for residential use in the future.

So SDC, when will there be tours conducted for people who want to see Marina Bay from a different perspective?

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Apple Orchard Road Has Appointed 12 “Red Dot Heroes” For Their Store, And We List Them For You

Red Dot Heroes From Various Fields Design For Singapore’s Apple Store

If you’re a techie and a fan of all Apple products, bet you can’t wait for Singapore’s first Apple store to open at the Knightsbridge mall on Orchard Road (it’s next to Abercrombie & Fitch).

It’s expected to be open this month, according to CNBC, and it shouldn’t have escaped your attention that Apple has already put up a teaser on the previously blank construction hoarding that’s covering the unit now.

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Love From Apple

For those who’re stumped at the visual message, it reads “Apple loves the Little Red Dot”. And it’s in red, which is one of the colours of the Singapore flag.

See the Apple sign, the heart sign and well, the red dot?

Although some people have said that the red dot on the white background looks more like the flag of Japan, we think it’s a nice touch from the company that took decades to open its first store in Singapore. If it really loved Singapore, though, we think it should have opened sooner.

Red Dot Heroes

Anyway, did you know that if you walk closer to the hoarding, there are 12 miniature versions of the “Apple loves the Little Red Dot” sign, each representing 12 well-known people in Singapore in the creative and tech fields?

Well, these 12 people have been called the “Red Dot Heroes”, and some of them will be conducting free hands-on educational sessions at the Apple Orchard Road store when it opens.

Each “red dot” representing the heroes has been designed uniquely according to their characteristics.

Here’s a list of who these 12 illustrious people are, and what their “dots” look like:

1. Joel Tan (Gentle Bones)

The singer, also known as Gentle Bones, has seen his star steadily rise since his debut.

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He’s even been mentioned by none other than Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam as a young Singaporean he admires for carving out a different path.

You know you’ve made it in Singapore when a politician promotes you on his Facebook page.

His red dot was turned into cheem musings titled “Geniuses and Thieves” from the songwriter. Perhaps his next song lyric?

2. Anthony Chen

The film-maker did Singapore proud when he won the coveted Golden Horse award for his film Ilo Ilo.

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His dot has aptly been changed into the lens of a camera.

3. Boo Junfeng

Another award-winning director, Boo Junfeng’s 2nd feature film Apprentice won the Grand Prix prize at the Fribourg International Film Festival in Switzerland, and was also acclaimed at the Cannes Film Festival.

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His red dot is a roll of film.

4. Sezairi Sezali

Sezairi gainged famed when he becamse the 3rd Malay guy to win Singapore Idol, in its third season.

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His red dot is made up of many guitar picks, including one with his signature spectacles on it.

5. Aik Beng Chia

Aik Beng Chia is a street photographer who documents life in Singapore. His photos have been exhibited and published internationally.

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His red dot frames a photo of a girl, in the style that he would take it.

6. Edwin Low

Mr Low founded lifestyle store Supermama 6 years ago, and his signature Singapore-designed ceramics are understated tributes to Singapore icons, and have made the store well-known in the local design scene.

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His red dot features a part of the Merlion that many don’t focus on at first — its tail. It’s actually a plate with a local-flavoured design, one that may be found in his shop.

7. Claire Jedrek

All-action woman Claire Jedrek started car racing in 2013, and won second place at the Malaysian Grand Prix in 2015.

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Her red dot combines all the sports that she’s into, perfect for the fitness doyen that she is.

8. Siu Rui Quek, Marcus Tan and Lucas Ngoo

You may not have heard of them, but most young Singaporeans know of the app they founded, Carousell, as a way to buy and sell their items online.

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Their red dot is basically full of stuff, which can probably be found on Carousell.

9. Ernest Goh

Visual artist Ernest Goh’s works focus on the natural world, particularly ecological relationships through our interactions with animals via anthropomorphism.

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His red dot looks like a cell, but upon closer inspection it’s made up of organic matter.

10. Hon Cheng Muh

Among the apps that Mr Hon Cheng Muh has developed are Sg Buses and buUuk. SG Buses even won an award from the Land Transport Authority.

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His red dot looks like a scene from computer game The Sims.

11. Kristal Melson

Ms Melson may look ang moh, but she’s actually Singapore born and bred. She’s an illustrator with 8 years of training in graphic print and branding, who vibrant, bizarre illustrations have captivated many.

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Her red dot is of course something that looks like it could be one of her illustrations.

12. Marc Hardy

The only actual ang moh on this list is the CEO and co-founder of RunSocial, an app that perks up your jog by letting you “run” through real-world videos of beautiful locations and see other joggers around the world do the same.

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His red dot is the scene that greets many a runner on their trails.

We Can’t Wait

While we can’t wait for the actual Apple store to open in Orchard, we had a great time looking at these representations of our Red Dot Heroes, who represent Apple’s strive to develop creative tech products.

We just hope the store itself will be just as creative in its design. An all-red theme instead of the usual all-white, perhaps? We can only dream.

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