Shibuya’s Tallest Building Has Outdoor Observatory That Lets You Marvel At 360° Views Of Tokyo

Shibuya Scramble Square Is Located Above Shibuya Station, Opens 1 Nov

Tokyo is peppered with glimmering skyscrapers and towers, with some of them offering unobstructed views of the metropolis’ skyline.

From the famous Tokyo Skytree, Tokyo Tower, and even to Roppongi Hills, tourists like yourself are spoilt for choice.

Enter Shibuya Scramble Square, the soon-to-be tallest building in the bustling ward of Shibuya.

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The 230m-high building is set to open on 1 Nov, featuring an open-air observation deck that offers a breathtaking 360-degree view of Tokyo.

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Here’s more of what we know about Shibuya’s newest skyscraper.

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From Shibuya Scramble Square’s observation deck – named Shibuya Sky – you can get a gorgeous view of Tokyo’s stunning skyline, spot the famous Tokyo Tower, and even see the majestic Mount Fuji.

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Expanding a size of 2,500sqm, it’s touted as one of the largest open-air high-rise observation decks in Japan.

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Shibuya Scramble Square has office & retail spaces too

Shibuya Scramble Square has 47 floors, and it’s located above Shibuya Station.

The skyscraper, which doubles up as a shopping mall, will have 213 shops and restaurants located from B2 to the 14th floor.

According to Real Estate Japan, these commercial spaces will feature:

  • Food
  • Fashion
  • Lifestyle goods
  • Cafés & restaurants

Ticket prices & where to get them

Shibuya Sky is a place you should definitely visit so you can get the best views of the metropolis, and show them off on your Instagram.

After all, the Tokyo skyline is one of the many things you don’t get to see everyday.

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Tickets for the observation deck can be bought online. Here are the prices:

  • Adults (18 Above) – S$23 (1,800 Yen)
  • Students – S$11-17 (900-1,400 Yen)
  • Infants – S$6 (500 Yen)

You can also get the tickets over the counter on the 14th floor but the prices do differ:

  • Adults (18 Above) – S$25 (2000 Yen)
  • Students – S$12-20 (1000-1600 Yen)
  • Infants – S$7 (600 Yen)

People with disabilities can enjoy a 50% discount on tickets. For more details, click here.

Operating hours & how to get there

Operating hours for various shops in Shibuya Scramble Square differ. Here are the timings according to Japan’s local time, which is 1 hour ahead of Singapore.

Shops: 10am-9pm
Restaurants (12th floor): 11am-11pm
Restaurants (13th floor): 11am-12am
Observation deck (Shibuya Sky): 9am-11pm. Last entry at 10pm.

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To get there, you have to find your way to Shibuya Station’s East exit once you alight. You can get to Shibuya Station via the various lines as seen in the picture below.

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Be the first to see it

If you are visiting Japan in the 1st week of November, you may want to shift your plans to allocate time for this amazing place so that you can tell your friends that you’ve been there.

What do you think about Shibuya’s newest and tallest building? Let us know in the comments below.

Featured image adapted from Instagram & Hong Kong Tatler.

Tampines MRT Bazaar Has Soufflé Pancakes, MSW Ice Cream & Uncle Ringo Fun Rides Till 30 Oct

Tampines MRT Bazaar Has 64 Food Stalls Selling Local & International Fares Till 30 Oct

Most locals will know that Singapore’s night bazaars are a haven filled with carnival rides and street food.

This October, you can spend a month in a fun-filled food paradise thanks to the Tampines MRT Trade Fair.

The bazaar will feature a massive selection of foods, household products, toys, fashionwear, claw machines and more.

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Stop by before heading home and hang out with friends to enjoy local treats and carnival rides.

Soufflé pancakes, Okonomiyaki & BBQ prawns

The Tampines MRT Trade Fair is a melting pot of Japanese, Malay, and Chinese street food.

Soufflé Pancake’s soft and fluffy treats are bound to make your tummy happier. You can grab either the chocolate, strawberry or original flavour — but you might as well try them all.

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Don’t forget to indulge in these sumptuous BBQ prawns that are crunchy and meatier than the usual shrimps.

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There’s no need to travel to Tokyo to taste authentic Japanese street food. Golden Bee’s stall boasts salmon okonomiyaki, takoyaki, Japanese prawn and prawn chicken.

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These sweet potato balls are the perfect comfort food after a long day of work. We bet you’re excited to sink your teeth into this chewy and tasty delicacy.

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Tutu Kueh is well-loved and comes in 3 different fillings — chocolate, peanut, and coconut. The smoky and sweet taste will undoubtedly leave adults and kids patiently queueing for several minutes.

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Thai Tea & MSW Ice Cream

Those with a sweet tooth will be happy to know that Tampines MRT Trade Fair has a lineup of sweet treats.

Fans of Mao Shan Wang ice cream should check out 211 House of Durian for their durian soft serve. If you’re craving for some variety, you can grab other ice cream flavours like dragonfruit, mango, banana, and strawberry.

The pungent and creamy desserts are ideal after a long commute in sunny Singapore.

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Better watch your calories because Broti will sell Thai Iced Milk tea that will definitely satisfy our sweet palate.

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Krunchy Fritters’ selection of banana fritters comes in flavours like Nutella, Milo, Fererro Roche, and Butterscotch. They say it’s so addictive that you’ll come back for more — and we’re eager to test their claims.

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Uncle Ringo carnival rides

Before you binge all night long, you might want to have fun at Uncle Ringo carnival rides.

You can start a competitive rivalry with friends through these bumper cars after school.

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The Meteorite is highly-recommended for thrill-seekers looking for some heart-pumping and adrenaline-inducing rides. We highly recommend you to try it out on an empty stomach.

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Kiddos can bond with their parents by picking out a horse and riding the merry-go-round.

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Tampines MRT bazaar runs till 30 Oct

Tampines MRT Trade Fair will run till 30 October at the Open Field in front of Tampines Mall.

The fair has a total of 170 stalls with 64 of them featuring irresistible treats. The location is a mere 2-minute walk from Tampines MRT.

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Date: 1 Oct to 30 Oct 2019
Location: Open Field in front of Tampines Mall
Time: Mon-Fri: 6pm-10pm, Sat-Sun & Public Holidays: 6pm-10.30pm
Nearest MRT: Tampines MRT

The month of October is bound to be a blast thanks to this fair’s diverse delicacies and fun rides for friends and family. Make sure to come down for some fun.

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Kallang River Revamp Will Create A Cycling Path Connecting Bishan To Downtown By End 2019

Kallang River To Have Cycling Path Connecting Bishan To Downtown

Kallang residents now have something new to boast about their neighbourhood — a clean and fresh landscape along the Kallang River.

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The revamp of Kallang River had taken a total of 4 years and cost about $86 million. Our national water agency PUB had widened the canal by a maximum of 13 metres and deepened a section of it. All these increases the drainage capacity and works to prevent pesky floods.

Users of the park can also expect a cycling path running across the river by the end of this year. The bridge will form part of the cycling route that takes cyclists from Bishan to Downtown in the future.

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Community deck and a more beautiful river

Apart from the utility changes, Kallang River now also sports a spacious community deck where residents can gather and partake in activities or simply hang out with one another.

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There are also little planter islands, water cascades and green slopes to spruce up the river.

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Towards a car-lite city

In Mar 2019, LTA announced that 40km of cycling paths will be built in Woodlands, Toa Payoh, Choa Chu Kang, Geylang and Queenstown. These additions are part of Singapore’s effort to move towards a car-lite and more interconnected city.

That same month, NParks launched a 36km Coast-to-Coast Trail, which runs all the way from Jurong Lake to Coney Island — another step towards a more connected city where dwellers can easily move about either on foot or bicycles and scooters.

There is a shortage of people coming over to visit our country and having seen it, exclaim that it is one of the most gorgeous and kempt cities they have ever been to. But we should never rest on our laurels. PUB, NParks, LTA and all the other agencies truly deserve more credit than they are receiving, for continuously thinking of ways to improve our country and our daily living.

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Sunway’s Huge Retail Park Opens Near Legoland JB, 20 Min From Tuas Checkpoint

Sunway Big Box Opens In JB, 20 Min From Tuas Checkpoint

An annual road trip to Johor Bahru’s Legoland may already be on the cards for many Singaporean families. So we come bearing glad tidings — a massive open-air strip JB mall will be right next door as early as 18 Dec.

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On Friday (6 Sep), Sunway Big Box – an upcoming shopping destination in JB – recently held their unveiling ceremony and announced their opening date in December 2019.

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The shopping haven will have a park, hotel and more than 100 outlets offering retail goods, entertainment, food & beverage options.

Big boxes & relaxing parks

Sunway Big Box will literally consist of big boxes or warehouse-like structures.

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While the company has not released the details about the experience in each building, the massive development space will occupy 24 acres (97,000 square meters) — or 18 times the size of a regular football field.

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What makes it distinct from most malls we’ve seen is that they’ll have parks and open piazzas where you can take a breather with friends and family.

100+ retail outlets

Sunway Big Box boasts of more than 100 retail outlets. Their diverse offerings include books, home & living, sports, gadgets, hardware, fashion, and entertainment.

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During the opening ceremony, the company revealed 6 key partners such as NSK, BookXcess, Golden Screen Cinemas, Caltex, SSF, MOX, Ace Hardware — so we bet that they’ll be setting up shop too.

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Thanks to the Singapore dollar’s rise against the Malaysian Ringgit, Marvel movie tickets at Golden Screen Cinemas could be cheaper than local prices.

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X-treme park with Go-Karts & ATVs

Sunway Big Box’s upcoming X-treme park could also be a new JB destination for thrill-seekers and adventurers.

Details haven’t been fully released on Sunway Big Box’s branch but we hope to see similar rides to a nearby X-Park in Sunway Iskandar.

Aspiring F1 racers can compete with their friends or meet new opponents because X-Park Sunway Iskandar offers heart-racing Go-Kart sessions.

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You can take your love for racing to the next level by riding powerful all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) across various adventure courses.

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Tired of land-based adventures? Perhaps you could have some splashing good fun and meet some fishes at Aqua Walk.

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Street soccer may be your favourite past-time, but what about the added challenge of playing while housed inside a transparent bouncy sphere?

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Sunway Citrine Hub hotel & residences

Those who are planning to get away from the hustle and bustle of Singapore can even book a stay in the Sunway Hotel. The property is surrounded by the sea and lush green trees which help it achieve a perfect balance of yin and yang.

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You’ll love to unwind in their luxurious suites after carrying your purchases for hours.

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Sunway Big Box opens on December

Sunway’s Retail Park will open its doors on 18 Dec.

The mall is a 20-min bus ride from Tuas Checkpoint. To reach Sunway Big Box, alight at the bus from Jurong East Interchange or Tuas Checkpoint and depart at Citrine Sunway Big Box.

Sunway Big Box is also a 20-min drive from Tuas Checkpoint and a 10-minute drive from Legoland.

It is accessible from major roads which include the Pasir Gudang Highway, Second Link Expressway, Singapore-Johor Bahru Inner Link Road, as well as Bukit Timah Expressway. There are about 2,000 car parks available for vehicle owners.

Here’s a map that shows you how to get there:

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Opening Date: 18 Dec 2019
Address: Sunway Iskandar, 5, Persiaran Medini, 79250 Nusajaya, Johor, Malaysia
Contact Number: +60 7-509 8856

Sunway’s retail park is set to offer diverse dining options, extreme sports adventures, hotels, and more than a hundred outlets. We’re definitely looking forward at having our own adventure there during the holidays.

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Central Village Is Bangkok’s First Luxury Outlet With Coach, Ralph Lauren & Kenzo, Opens On 31 Aug

Bangkok’s Central Village Luxury Outlet Opens On 31 Aug

When your shopping trip in Bangkok is ending, you’ll most likely have some baht to spare before heading home.

Sadly, the airport shops aren’t as fantastic as the city’s night markets and massive shopping malls.

This’ll no longer be the case, now that a hot shopping destination is opening on Saturday (31 Aug). Enter Bangkok’s first luxury outlet, Central Village.

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The establishment is Thailand’s first international luxury outlet and it’s only a 10-minute cab ride from the airport.

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We believe Central Village will offer the ultimate shopping experience of a lifetime, so here are some of the reasons why you should book a ticket to Thailand soon.

Luxury shopping paradise with 235 outlet brands

Central Village boasts that they’ll be the shopping paradise of Thailand.

The mall occupies a vast expanse of 40,000 square feet, which is only slightly smaller than a soccer field. Prepare to shop till you drop, since it will include a total of 235 local and international retail stores.

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Time Out Singapore confirmed that popular sports and fashion brands like Polo, Under Armour, Kenzo, Coach, Puma, Onitsuka Tiger, and Superdry will set up shop. We don’t know when these stores will officially open so stay tuned for updates.

Up to 70% off discounts

Besides popular luxury brands, there will also be shops for appliances, kitchenware, kid’s toys, and accessories.

Just like everything else in Bangkok, their offerings will be sold at lower prices. Shoppers can expect discounts from 35% to 70% off every day, plus additional promotions.

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We bet you’ll consider buying extra luggage to store your massive purchases.

More Thai and street delicacies to choose from

Foodies who want to experience legendary Thai food and street food should put the Food Village on their radar.

While they haven’t released a list of the restaurants that will be available, you can expect Modern Thai style offerings and cuisines from across the world.

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Similar to their retail offerings, we bet that food will be cheaper too. You’ll definitely forget your diet plans while becoming starry-eyed over Thai boba tea.

Cultural events & tourist services

There’s no need to worry if you’re far away from Bangkok’s markets ,because you can browse through a variety of gifts, local handicrafts, and souvenirs here.

Tourists will also receive special privileges from the mall, such as:

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Real-time flight information
  • Power banks for smartphone charging
  • Wheelchairs
  • Shuttle bus schedules
  • Baby strollers
  • Currency exchange

With all these perks, we think you might make some last minute changes to your itinerary so you can spend more time here instead.

Meanwhile, those who want to experience Thai culture can head to their upcoming Thai Pavilion Zone, which will host art fairs and cultural events led by the Ministry of Culture and the Department of Internal Trade.

While there’s no line-up of events yet, we’re hoping they will post updates ASAP on their website.

Central Village is a 10-min cab ride from airport

Central Village will open on Saturday (31 Aug).

The mall is only a 10-minute cab ride from Suvarnabhumi International Airport. You can easily get a ride from the Central Village Shuttle Bus to reach this destination.

Here’s a map that shows different bus routes and BTS & MRT Lines:

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Address: 370 ถนน ท่าอากาศยาน สุวรรณภูมิ 3 Tambon Bang Chalong, Amphoe Bang Phli, Chang Wat Samut Prakan 10540, Thailand
Opening Hours: 10am-10pm
Contact number: +66 2 021 9999
Website: centralvillagebangkok.com

Excited to book a trip and visit this mall? Get more updates through the Central Village Facebook page and website.

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Singapore’s Pulau Brani Will Be A Mini-Sentosa With Bayfront Houses, Swanky Offices & A Universal Studios-Like Resort

Pulau Brani Will Be Like A Mini-Sentosa With A New Resort & Attractions

Arguably one of the best things to come out of this year’s National Day Rally Speech, was exciting plans to redevelop Pulau Brani — a little island off the coast of Sentosa.

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If all goes well, Universal Studios Singapore (USS) won’t be the only attraction housed on this mini island near Sentosa island — at the southern tip of Singapore.

9,000 hectares of land will be dedicated to “new attractions similar to USS”, a spanking new resort, private & public waterfront houses, and green co-working spaces, reports TODAY.

Here are the other tantalising hints dropped by our government after the rally.

1. 2.5 times the size of Bishan

Currently, the island is occupied by a port terminal but plans to redevelop the area have been put into motion under the umbrella project name ‘Greater Southern Waterfront’.

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This extends over 30km worth of coastline, from Gardens by the Bay all the way to the coastal area in Pasir Panjang.

To put this land mass into context, 2,000ha of land is about 2.5 times the size of Bishan.

2. Ports to move house to Tuas

Port terminals at these 4 locations are set to move to Tuas as soon as 2027, in about 8 years:

  • Keppel
  • Tanjong Pagar
  • Pulau Brani
  • Pasir Panjang (By 2040)

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Once Brani terminal’s move is complete, the island’s space could be repurposed for entertainment, residential and commercial purposes.

3. Universal Studios Part II?

Buzzwords like ‘Universal Studios’ and ‘Downtown East’ have already been dropped in preparing Singaporeans for what is to come in the South.

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Minister Ng Chee Meng likened Pulau Brani’s impending transformation to Downtown East in Pasir Ris — complete with green corridors to link up the west and east coast of Singapore.

4. Green corridors connecting East & West Coast Park

Imagine a day when it’s possible to cycle through West Coast Park all the way to East Coast Park via Pulau Brani.

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Add to that the possibility of Sentosa and the real corridor in between, adding pitstops at Tanjong Pagar – a CBD district – all the way to the far north of Woodlands.

We’re definitely not saying no to more trees in our home districts, but the aim here seems to be to help Singapore to evolve from a garden city, into a city within a garden.

5. Sentosa to be revamped too

Long-time fans of Sentosa will also not be too disappointed by plans to rework the southern area. To create a “green heart” in the centre of Singapore, the resort will be “revitalised” with brand new heritage trails.

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Seeing that there are already 3 brand new gorgeous hotels for staycations, we’re sure there are only great things to come in the future of Sentosa.

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6. Breathing new life into 2 old power stations

In the early 2010s, university students recall chionging to bars and clubs at St James Power Station for a chill night out, or partying till late with friends.

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Despite ups and downs over the years, the ex-power station has stood the test of time and continues to be a hangout for youth.

As for the 2 old power stations housed within Pasir Panjang’s premises, their history dates back to the 1960s, as electricity hubs for the city.

The government hopes to re-purpose the units in a similar fashion, to breathe new life into the buildings — just like St James Power Station did.

7. A second Mapletree Business City

With Google’s big move to the Mapletree Business City near Labrador Park, many SMEs and start-ups have followed suit — Cisco, Unilever notwithstanding.

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Marrying co-working spaces with swanky residential units seems like the trend, especially since these office hubs will be stacked with the latest restaurants, concept gyms, and best malls Singapore has to offer.

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Greater Southern Waterfront might just be home to idyllic CBD penthouses, just minutes away from your office — one more thing to aspire towards saving for.

Comparing the size of this estate to “the size of 2 Punggols”, there should be enough units – both public and private – to go around.

Looks like it’s time to ditch the Bishan queue, and consider planning ahead for a Pasir Panjang BTO instead.

From a little fishing village, to a city of the future

City planning in Singapore has its roots firmly planted in Sir Stamford Raffles’ creating Kampung Glam, Chinatown, Little India to establish enclaves for the different races 200 years ago.

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Singapore has grown since those days, and is now a multicultural and ethnically diverse city with facilities catered to all races and religions.

Bayfront living on our little island, however, is still a prized commodity especially when we consider our humble beginnings as a port of call for seafaring migrants & traders.

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We’re glad that with the new updates, we’ll indeed be growing from strength to strength — creating new sanctuaries & homes for future generations of Singaporeans.

That’s why we sincerely hope that Pulau Brani – nicknamed the ‘Island of the Brave’ – will indeed be the next crowning jewel of the South in the near future.

Featured image adapted from Sentosa Development Corporation via The Straits Times.

Paya Lebar Quarter Mall Opens On 30 Aug With Cinema, HDL & Korean Fried Chicken

Paya Lebar Quarter Mall Will Have More Than 200 Stores

As if Paya Lebar Square and the spanking new SingPost Centre aren’t enough, Easties are in for another treat with the opening of Paya Lebar Quarter Mall (PLQ).

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Connected to Paya Lebar MRT station, the new mall will add so many more shopping and dining options.

With a cinema, family-friendly stores and countless food places in the works, this might just be the latest shopping haven.

Singapore’s firsts at Paya Lebar Quarter Mall

A full list of the mall directory isn’t out yet, but property developer Lendlease has hinted at a few stores that will open there.

Some of the ones mentioned in Thursday’s (15 Aug) press release include:

Mom’s Touch by No Signboard Group, a popular South Korean fried chicken chain that will open its first Singapore outlet at PLQ.

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Now all the Korean food lovers will have a new joint to frequent. Daebak!

Keeping to the East Asian cuisine, there’ll also be Hayai, which will sell Singapore’s first Onigirazu or Japanese rice sandwich.

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The food supposedly contains no pork and no lard, so who knows, maybe a halal certification is on the horizon?

Bubble tea lovers who adore the Taiwanese concoction will forget about pearls once they taste the rich milk tea from Fong Sheng Hao.

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Pair that with their signature charcoal-grilled toast and you’ll instantly be transported to the streets of Taipei.

Other food outlets that visitors can look forward to include:

  • Wursthans Switzerland
  • Lucky Bird
  • Haidilao Hot Pot
  • The Providore
  • Wine Connection
  • Starbucks Reserve™
  • TungLok Seafood
  • Duckland

With so many dining options in-store, you surely won’t feel hungry after a long day of shopping.

Fun for the whole family

Of course, PLQ won’t just be about the food. Stores for the whole family will also be available, the highlight of which is probably Shaw Theatres, with 12 halls and an IMAX theatre complete with the latest laser projection technology.

In total, more than 200 stores are lined up for Paya Lebar Quarter Mall’s grand opening, so look out for announcements closer to the date.

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Mark your calendars for 30 August, and be the first to check out the latest and coolest new mall in the East.

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Jollibee Waterway Point Opens On 18 July, First 100 Customers Get Freebies

Jollibee Opens 8th Outlet At Punggol’s Waterway Point

The Jollibee craze doesn’t seem to be dying down, as the Filipino fast food chain confirmed the opening of its Waterway Point outlet for Thursday (18 Jul).

The Punggol branch will be their 8th Singapore outlet. This comes less than a month after they opened the 7th at Causeway Point on 26 June.

Considering the hype surrounding the Woodlands opening, this next one will surely be just as exciting.

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8th Jollibee outlet in Singapore

The new outlet at Waterway Point will join a growing list of Jollibee chains in Singapore as the brand continues to expand.

You can find the other existing outlets at these locations:

  • Lucky Plaza, #06-48A
  • Lucky Plaza, #B1-38 Stall 14
  • Square 2 (near Novena MRT), #01-07 to 12
  • Changi City Point, #01-37/38
  • Paya Lebar Square, #01-05 to 07
  • Jurong East MRT Station (below Exit A), #01-01
  • Causeway Point, #01-19/20/21/24/25

With another outlet in the heartlands, residents in the North-East of Singapore can enjoy their yummy fried chicken closer to home.

Maybe with more outlets now, there’ll be shorter queues at each location.

Exclusive free gifts for first 100 customers

Not only will you get to enjoy the delicious food, early birds will also stand a chance to win exclusive free gifts.

The first 100 customers in line will get an adorable Jollibee pillow, so you can eat, sleep and breathe Jollibee.

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The figurine looks cute too, but you’ll have to be super early and be one of the first five customers there to win it.

Be one of the first to try Jollibee in Punggol

Jollibee has yet to announce the official opening time yet, but we’re guessing it will be 10am just like in Woodlands.

Opening day will be a weekday though, so you might want to plan ahead. We’ll keep quiet if your boss asks.

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Apple Jewel Changi Is A 2-Storey Glasshouse Next To Rain Vortex & It’s More Chio Than Apple Orchard

Apple Jewel Changi Unveils Magnificent Glass Facade Ahead Of Its Opening On 13 July

After 2 weeks of anticipation, Apple Jewel Changi is finally opening this Saturday (13 Jul).

And it’s every bit as sleek and massive as we imagined. The first thing that’d grab your eyeballs upon walking up to the store’s front, is the impressive double-storey glass facade.

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According to 9To5Mac, this is Apple’s 2nd store in Singapore. Jewel Changi’s outlet serves as an important expansion of Apple’s retail services for travellers visiting Singapore.

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Apple Jewel Changi will also complement the brand’s existing flagship store at Orchard Road.

Located next to the Rain Vortex

The store, which looks like a stunning glasshouse, is located next to the iconic HSBC Rain Vortex.

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We daresay that this outlet surpasses its downtown counterpart in terms of aesthetics.

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Staff fluent in 11 languages, even sign language

The Straits Times reported that shoppers will be greeted by staff who can collectively speak 11 languages, even sign language.

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Other than English, some of the languages covered by their 100-strong team include German, Hindi, Italian, Malay and Mandarin.

Pretty impressive.

Insta-worthy stairs

Similar to the Orchard Road outlet, there’s a whitewashed, minimalist staircase design at Jewel Changi’s one too.

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Perfect for you to get creative and make the most out of those curves.

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Learning photography by capturing Jewel

If you’re new to Apple’s learning classes, Apple Orchard Road occasionally holds hands-on sessions called Today at Apple.

This is where customers get to learn from educational programmes on photography and coding, among others.

So for the Jewel Changi outlet, Apple’s senior market director Mr Denny Tuza said they created their own Today at Apple session — something “really unique and different.”

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It’s called The Magic of Jewel Changi Airport Photo Walk, a 1-hour session for visitors to learn new photography techniques using iPhones and iPads.

They get to put their skills to the test by shooting architectural highlights of Jewel Changi, like the 40m Rain Vortex and its indoor gardens.

There’s 16 sessions available from 15-26 Jul, but unfortunately, all sessions are fully booked as of today (12 Jul).

You can still hop over to check out how chio the store looks though, and compare how it looks with the Apple Orchard store.

Here’s when to go to Apple Jewel Changi, and how.

Opening hours: 10am-10pm daily 
Address: Jewel Changi, 78 Airport Boulevard, Singapore, 819666
Nearest MRT:
Changi Airport

 

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There’s A New Victorian-Style Hotel In Penang That Lets You Dine In A “Glasshouse”

The Prestige Hotel In Penang Brings You Back To Victorian Era’s Flavours Of Decadence

Penang is a culturally rich enclave brimming with mouth-watering street food. It’s no wonder tourists are streaming into this historic centre.

If you’re looking for a place to stay that promises the cultured vacation you’ve been thirsting for, The Prestige Hotel is a colonial-style hotel that opened in June 2019.

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Located in the heart of Georgetown, it’s as atas and elegant as you’d imagine it to be from its name.

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Did we mention that they have a glasshouse-inspired cafe that transports you to a Victorian Eden, but with a modern, minimalist touch?

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Let’s take a peek beneath The Prestige Hotel’s majestic exterior.

Modern Victorian design of The Prestige Hotel

As you arrive at the entrance, be prepared to be taken away by the sheer grandeur of its Victorian-style architecture.

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The contemporary colonial setting will whisk you away to a world where the English once hailed Victoria as their queen.

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Seems almost like a real-life fantasy where you’re the crazy rich Asian.

Affordable dining at The Glasshouse

The highlight of the hotel is its restaurant The Glasshouse. It’s the perfect spot where generous sunlight streams through the wide windows to nourish the weary workaholic in you.

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It’s also a great place to eat your stress away. The spectre of CBD shall not bother you here.

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The best part? Most of their mains range between RM18 to RM45 (S$6 to S$15), with the kitchen mainly specialising in Western cuisine.

Yay for affordable comfort food.

Futuristic rooms with heritage aesthetics

The Prestige Hotel boasts beautifully designed rooms that will help you relax and unwind. Anything that pleases the eyes, pleases the mind, right?

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We’re not sure about you, but the golden structure brings to mind the glitzy style of 2013’s The Great Gatsby movie posters.

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You can choose your preferred room type from Deluxe, Premier Deluxe or Deluxe Trio, with room prices starting from ~S$80.

As a bonus, here’s a picture featuring the mesmerising view of Weld Quay and the ocean from The Prestige Hotel’s rooftop pool.

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Brb, finding our passports & Google Maps

The Prestige Hotel is a 25-minute drive from Penang International Airport.

 

It’s also within walking distance to Penang’s cultural sites, like the Clan Jetty Heritage Home and Pinang Peranakan Mansion, as well as famous food.

The Prestige Hotel

Address: 8 Gat Lebuh Gereja, 10300 Penang, Malaysia
Email: [email protected]
Contact No: +604-217 5888

The Glasshouse opens from 6.30am-11pm daily, which also makes it perfect for early breakfast and supper.

Featured image from The Prestige Hotel.

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