This S$84/Night Hotel Near Seoul Lets You Sleep In A Jail Cell & Actual Bus

Lamang Pension House In Gyeonggi-Do Has 10 Themed Rooms

You’ll definitely experience an unforgettable night at Lamang Pension House in
Gyeonggi-do, Korea — and we mean next-level themed rooms for a reasonable price.

The wacky complex boasts of 10 crazily styled rooms that resemble the interiors of a jail cell, bus and carriage.

Located in Gapyeong-gun in Gyeonggi-Do province –- the pension house is the ideal homestay for those going on a trip to Seoul to see the cherry blossoms in full bloom soon.

If you’re booking a trip to the land of K-drama, here’s what to expect at this quirky destination.

1. Jail cell with hole in the wall

Ever dreamed of being a movie character who attempts death-defying prison breaks?

This modern prison cell lets you live your life as a fugitive complete with a bed surrounded with grills and yellow tape that protect the sanctity of the crime scene.

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You could try to escape through the hole-in-the-wall –- but we bet that you’ll be disappointed because you’ll come face to face with cold hard cement.

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2. Bus with scenic views

Window watching is one of the greatest pleasures of travel, so we’re sure you’ll have a blast inside this bus that comes with a ‘scenic view’ of the countryside.

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You might not have the comfiest nights on the bus seats but this cozy bedroom can surely help you escape from the city stress.

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3. Sleeping with the polar bears

Visiting the North Pole might just lead to endless bouts of shivers and tremors, especially for those of us who’ve lived in a humid country almost all our lives.

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Fortunately, this North Pole-themed room conjures the illusion of traveling to the land of the polar bears, minus the sub-zero temperatures.

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4. Ride a ‘Lego’ carriage

The LEGO-themed LEOO room is covered in wallpaper with toy blocks and vibrant furniture.

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If you have kids, we’ll bet they would love to pretend they are steering this colourful vehicle onward to their next great adventure. We’re wondering what the random ladder is for, but there’s only one way to find out.

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Those who want to live like a real princess can opt for this pastel pink carriage with ebony accents instead.

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The blushing pink interior of the bed within the carriage is guaranteed to make even Cinderella jealous. Her mode of transport may have been conjured out of a magical pumpkin, but you can enjoy a restful night’s sleep in this one.

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5. Collapse in a shot glass with beer

Drinking is one way you can stay sane when life gets too overwhelming.

But if you want to take your love of alcohol to the next level, sleep inside this shot glass that seems to be filled with Heineken beer.

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The plush green mattress look like the perfect place to collapse and forget all your problems.

6. Livin’ with Spongebob

The famous yellow sponge has captured the hearts of many ‘90s kids. If you’re a fan, you could sleep inside him too courtesy of this Spongebob-themed bedroom.

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What we’re most excited about is catching or running away from wee little jellyfish.

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7. Napping in safaris & jungles

Nothing can come close to the experience of napping in the middle of an African safari.
While you’ll miss the calls of nocturnal creatures, we’re loving the gorgeous backdrop of lush green forests and fountains.

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8. Live like a king or queen

You’re bound to feel like the King or Queen of Hearts inside this room adorned with spades and clubs.

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The room includes an outdoor patio where you can grill sumptuous Korean meat like samgyupsal, beef and pork.

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9. Partying in Havana

Latino pop lovers eager to go clubbing in Havana can get their shot inside this disco-themed room with lots of illuminating lights.

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A small disco orb lighting fixture transforms the dark room into a cascade of red and blue lights in the middle of the night.

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It’s the ideal place to party all night long with the music of Latino pop artists like Shakira, Camilla Cabello and Jennifer Lopez.

10. Romancing your partners

This luxurious bedroom is adorned with doves that represent romance in Greek mythology.

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The cute, white dove is often associated with Aphrodite, the goddess of love. It also represents loyalty in relationships which make it a symbolic place to celebrate your anniversaries with bae.

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Excited to sleep in jail cells & buses?

You can book a trip from Singapore to Gimpo International Airport via SIA, AirAsia or Korean Air. You can then ride Noryangjin MRT station and get off at Gapyeong MRT station.

From there, walk to Yongsan station near Hongik University and depart at Gapyeong station. Afterwards, take a bus to Hongeun Church and take a 3-minute walk from the village’s bus station.

The rooms at Lamang Pension house start from S$84/night. It’s definitely a fair price to pay for a fun night inside a Havana-themed disco rooms or a shot glass with Heineken beer.

Address: 565 Jeryeong-ri, Buk-myeon, Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do
Check in from: 3:00pm
Check out until: 12:00pm
Website: Lamang Pension House

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This Island In Japan Is A Massive Art Gallery With Futuristic Houses As Exhibits

Naoshima Is Japan’s Art Island By The Sea

Japan is famous for creating kawaii characters like Hello Kitty, Gudetama and My Melody. They’ve spearheaded the anime and manga industry, but did you know that they’ve amassed their artistic installations, museums and cutting-edge architecture all-in-one island?

Located a short 3-hour ride from Osaka, Naoshima Island is the home of numerous museums with world-class collections, including paintings by Claude Monet and Andy Warhol.

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Located at the Kagawa prefecture, the island features lush green trees in resonance with beautifully-designed buildings. If you’re ready to experience high-class art on steroids, here’s what to expect.

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1. Benesse House Museum

Those who want to stay on the island for several days should book their stay at the Benesse House Museum. The facility combines the art museum and the hotel based on the concept of “coexistence of nature, art and architecture”.

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The building is composed of four-themed lodgings which include Museum, Oval, Park and Beach. Each room is guaranteed to have a gorgeous seaside view of the Seto Inland Sea.

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The main attraction is the Oval which includes a mesmerising pond surrounded by six rooms.

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Bask in panoramic seaviews at their museum suites which is closest to the drawings, paintings, prints, and artworks.

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The park is composed of guestroom verandas facing lush green lawns and the mountains of Shikoku. Art connoisseurs will be happy to find that the bedrooms contain open-air artwork and easy access to nearby restaurants and shops.

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All suites offer a marvelous seaside view, but if you want to be close enough to hear the waves lapping at the shore then opt for the beach suite. The view from the room is parallel to the sea which makes you feel like you’re floating on top of water.

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2. Chichu Art Museum

The Chichu Art Museum is an underground structure that uses natural light to alter the appearance of various installations throughout the day or seasons.

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Viewing Time/Timeless/No Time by Walter De Maria feels like a trip to the throne room. A flight of steps leads visitors towards a majestic black granite sphere at the centre.

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James Turrel’s Open Sky lets viewers subtly experience the transformations of natural light from morning to night.

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3. Lee Ufan Museum

Massive concrete walls lead towards the entrance of the Lee Ufan museum which boasts of two-dimensional paintings and symbolic sculptures.

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The installations are connected through their simplicity and elegance, though some rooms are bathed in light whilst others are covered in darkness.

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4. Ando Museum

The Ando Museum is a 100-year-old traditional wooden house at Honmura. Similar to the other museums’, the installations play with contrasting elements like past/present, wood/concrete and light/shadow.

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Unlike most homes, the interiors consist of concrete space with a skylight originating from the top of the wooden roof.

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The goal of this masterpiece is to create a space with a rich sense of depth in spite of its small size.

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4. Art House Project

The Art House project is composed of abandoned houses, shrines, and temples that have been turned into art installations.

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Each house takes guests back to the past like this building which was a former office by a local dentist, 200 years ago.

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The inside of each home is transformed by artists like the Sea of Time by Tatsuo Miyajima.

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Art anywhere & everywhere

They say art is all around us, but it’s definitely on an entirely new level at Naoshima Art Island.

The island has a variety of museums created by popular artists across the world — even the hotel rooms have priceless pieces.

You can take a trip from Singapore to Japan’s Takamatsu Airport via Japan Airlines or Korean Air. From there, take the train from Takamatsu (Kagawa) station and depart at Uno station. Get a ride from the nearby ferry at Uno, which is headed to Honmura.

If you’re planning a trip to Osaka’s castles and Pokemon centres, why not consider making a day trip to Naoshima. The island is only 3 hours away by train.

Naoshima Benessee House Museum

Check in: From 3:00pm
Check out: Until 11:00pm
Contact: +81 878923223
Booking details: Naoshima’s website

Naoshima is the perfect place to view some of the world’s greatest creations and architectural feats. We all love visiting the museum, but there’s something alluring about these experiential art installations that you have to see for yourself.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Teahouse zen pods

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Lounge & basement cafes

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

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

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

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Trip to Tokyo anyone?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1. Hong Kong’s Emperor Cinemas

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

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

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

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2. Kiddomo Indoor Kids Playground

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

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

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

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3. Jaya Grocer

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

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

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

4. Massive Carl’s Jr.

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

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

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

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5. Cafes, beverage shacks & bars

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

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

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

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

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

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6. Upcoming R&F Marina Place

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

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

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

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The seascape views look marvelous too.

7. Upcoming 500-seater opera house

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

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

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

Time to cross the border

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gorgeous pools

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

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

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

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

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Luxurious Middle Eastern suites

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

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

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

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

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Diverse food & lush green scenery

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

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

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

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Trip to Chiang Mai anyone?

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

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

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

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

Jewel Changi Airport Preview Tickets Only Available For Weekdays

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

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

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

Free one-time admission

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Reserve a spot online

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

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

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

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

Also read:

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

 

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

Singapore’s Floating City Could Be Real In 10 Years

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

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

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

Floating city for more than 50,000 people

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

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

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

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

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

Cooler temperatures all year round

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

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

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

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

Everything in one tower

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

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

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

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Self-sustaining and eco-friendly

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

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

A possibility for Singapore

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gudetama overload

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

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

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

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Hello Kitty & My Melody will be there too

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

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

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

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

Run wild on inflatable land

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Happening at Palawan Beach from 16 to 24 March

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

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

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

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

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

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

Chinatown Complex Closes For Renovations Till 31 May

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

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

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

1. Michelin-worthy food for cheap

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

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

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

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

2. Craft beers from $10

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

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


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

3. Cheongsams for cheap

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

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

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

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

4. Gorgeous murals & immersive culture

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

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

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

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5. New amenities

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

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

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

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The cultural heart of Chinatown

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


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

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

Also read:

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

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

New Japan Starbucks Is World’s Largest

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

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

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

Largest Starbucks in the world

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

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

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

4-storey coffee cask

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

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

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

Starbucks’ largest tea bar & first cocktail bar

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

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

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

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

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

Fresh breads and pastries at in-house bakery

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

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

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

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

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

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