8 Reasons Going To IconSiam Is Like Visiting All Of Bangkok In One Mall

IconSiam, Bangkok’s Massive Waterfront Megamall Now Open

Are you ready for some Crazy Rich Asian-level opulence and a brand new shopping mecca along the river?

If you’re visiting Bangkok soon, don’t miss IconSiam — Thailand’s biggest and fanciest shopping mall which has just opened along the Chao Phraya River on 12 Nov.

The 54 billion baht (S$2.28 billion) commercial complex offers glamorous retail stores and attractions. And at 525,000 square metres, it’s about 90 times as big as a football field!

That’s a massive upgrade from the usual night markets and shopping malls you’re used to.

From indoor floating markets, to large fountains shows & a massive Takashimaya outlet, here’s a sneak peek at what you – and your wallet – can look forward to.

1. Massive 7-storey Takashimaya

We all know Takashimaya is the go-to store for retail therapy.

It has a vast collection of fashion stores, enrichment centres, beauty salons, restaurants, fitness clubs & more! And at IconSiam, it’s a bigger and better home of more than 500 brands!

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If you want an authentic Japanese shopping experience, you’ll find 180 Japanese brands, fan-favourite Cosme included.

The beauty mega-chain is expected to offer 5,000 products from 600 Japanese brands, basically a Japanese-version of Sephora. So, if you love all-things beauty, then don’t miss this!

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One entire floor will be home to the Hokkaido Dosanko Plaza, a local specialty shop which stocks fresh produce, sweets and delicacies.

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If you want to take a break from some serious shopping, then chill with this Yubari melon soft serve that they’re extremely famous for.

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2. Indoor floating market

Thailand is famous for their floating markets featuring boats with friendly vendors selling a ton of fresh food and goods.

IconSiam ups the ante with a floating market — indoors.

Think The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, but with friendly vendors hawking their wares in colourful sampans.

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Its architecture and designs are a homage to Thai arts and culture, which makes the experience more exciting and meaningful.

You can find also local crafts, regional specialties, food and beverages here at Sook Siam’s mini floating market.

3. World class museum

If you thought that a mall was the last place you’ll learn about a country’s culture and heritage — think again.

IconSiam’s National Heritage Gallery features valuable antiques and artifacts. You can marvel at the hundreds of statues, paintings, carvings, and chandelier inspired by the shape of woven garlands.

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If you’re craving for an international experience, visit the Temporary Exhibition Gallery. It will feature masterpieces of renowned artists from around the world, and be the venue for art-related activities and world-class museums.

4. All the luxury brands your credit card can afford

ICONLUXE is a Crazy Rich Asian’s dream.

The globally iconic store is home to world-class brands in categories, including fashion, jewelry and timepieces. Just take a look at these massive chandeliers and retail havens:

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Want to buy the latest iPhone? Visit Thailand’s first Apple store.

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Looking for a personalized and design-savvy footwear? You can find a mix of footwear and apparel at the first Nike Kicks Lounge in Southeast Asia.

What makes this special is that you can get retail services such as garment tailoring, customized tees, hoodies and sports bras, and custom printing of Nike’s original designs and logos.

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Other brands that are slated to open include H&M, H&M-owned fashion label Cos, Aland lifestyle concept store from Korea, JD Sports, and local accessories brand Naraya.

5. Fancy Japanese cuisine & decadent deserts

IconSiam is a foodie’s dream.

You’ll find popular destinations like Katsukara from Japan.

Famed for their well-friend and crispy Tonkatsu, soothing Miso soup, and copious amounts of sauce based on your preference — it’s a gastronomical experience unlike any other.

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Have a passion for authentic Thai cuisine? Baan Khanitha The Heritage is set to open this November.

It offers refined Thai classics like the Goong Ayudhaya Pud Song Kruang, which is a stir-fried Ayudhaya giant prawn with chilli, roast chilli paste, ginkgo, cashe nut, and crispy hot basil.

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We love that IconSiam isn’t just for High-SES foodies.

If you’re on a budget, there are more than 100 restaurants you can choose from like Black Summer Dessert Bar.

Their colorful and yummy Icyfrity will delight both your stomach and Instagram feed.

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6. State-of-the-art auditorium

Want to watch a concert and a movie? Their 3-000 seat venue looks set to take your breath away.

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The state-of-the-art auditorium boasts the latest projection and sound equipment.

We have no doubt that catching the latest Marvel movie in this cinema will change your theatre experience forever.

7. Dazzling musical fountain shows

Conclude your adventure with one of the largest fountain shows in Asia.

Step aside Fountain of Wealth at Suntec, you’ll definitely be amazed by their show’s stunning lights and special effects.

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Not impressed by water shows?

At River Park, you can take a stroll, gaze at the riverside landscape and enjoy the dazzling lights.

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You might also catch some national events and world-class performances here.

How do I get there?

Here’s how to get to IconSiam:

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You can ride the BTS Gold Line connecting BTS Krung Thonburi to Taksin Hospital. The station’s names are pretty straightforward, so you can just exit at Icon Siam Station (G2).

What are you waiting for? Grab your passports & bring lots and lots of baht. Get more bang for your buck with these amazing opening day deals here.

There’s no better time to go on a Thai shopping spree with friends and family!

Only this time, there’s really only one mall you need to visit.

Featured image from IconSiam and Baan Khanitha The Heritage.

This Building In Outram Is A Secret 14-Storey IKEA For Furniture Hipsters

Tan Boon Liat Building Houses 37 Shops Selling Furniture & Lifestyle Products

They say first impressions last but you might want to look past that when it comes to this nondescript building at Outram Road.

If you’ve been in the area, you probably would’ve walked or driven right past what appears to be an old industrial building.

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But step inside any one of the units and you might be surprised. Hidden from the public eye are stores selling quality furniture and home decor.

14 storeys of lifestyle shopping

With 37 lifestyle stores spread over 14 storeys, spending just a few hours at Tan Boon Liat Building won’t be enough.

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Aiyo, might as well shop at IKEA right, everything there. At most climb staircase up or down one level can already.

Well yes, if you prefer convenience and owning furniture that everyone can identify because they’ve either seen it before or own it themselves.

But aren’t you tired of people’s comments about your home being right out of an IKEA catalogue? Everyone has seen what the showrooms have to offer, so why not try something different?

Take the time out of your weekend to visit some of the stores at Tan Boon Liat Building. You’re bound to find something that could add an interesting touch to your home.

Unique furniture & home decor stores

Are the walls in your house looking plain and boring like your computer screen at work?

Add colour and character to them by hanging paintings from LivingwithArt Singapore‘s gallery. The store even looks like it’s right out of a legit art museum.

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Artwork isn’t just for the high-SES since affordable paintings can be bought here.

You can even customise the artwork by altering its style, colours, dimensions and execution so it would fit your living space better.

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Of course, a house would be bare without furniture and home accessories. You can choose from the many home decor stores available, one of which is Journey East.

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Hipsters of all shapes and sizes would scream “YASSS” when they see this store. From vintage to industrial furnishings, pieces from Journey East will appeal to fans of everything counter culture.

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No matter what your taste in home decor or furnishing may be, Tan Boon Liat Building is the place to go to get everything you need to make your home look on point.

We help you navigate the maze that is the industrial complex with our top 10 picks from the 37 vendors here in our full article.

10 Tan Boon Liat Building Vendors That Give IKEA A Run For Its Money

November block party

Not sure when to visit? There’ll be a block party at Tan Boon Liat Building this weekend (24 & 25 Nov) with mini markets, pop-up stalls, workshops and exclusive deals.

Four visitors will also stand a chance to win S$250 in cash vouchers by simply leaving their email addresses at any of the shops in the building.

And the party won’t be about home decor alone. Christmas is weeks away, so expect to find quirky gift ideas, food and other exciting items for your home this festive season.

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Add some flair to your Christmas stockings with these elaborate designs from Hassan’s Carpets.

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When you’re tired of trawling fourteen levels for home decoration ideas, stop by The Providore — a grocery store, cafe, deli, bakery and cooking studio all rolled into one.

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Get the Christmas treats and wine that you need to host the perfect party in your freshly furnished home.

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Are you itching to go already? We definitely are. Here are more details of the event.

Dates: Saturday & Sunday, 24 & 25 Nov 2018
Time: 10am-6pm
Location: Tan Boon Liat Building, 315 Outram Road, Singapore 169074
Nearest MRT Station: Outram Park

Bring your partners or maybe the entire family down to Tan Boon Liat Building this weekend for a fun Christmas shopping experience.

Even if you’re not looking to buy anything, just being there would be a great chance for a taste of the boujee lifestyle.

Featured image from Google Maps and Journey East’s Facebook.

Queensway Shopping Centre May Close After 43 Years As En Bloc Sales Begin

Queensway Shopping Centre Begins En Bloc Sales

Sports enthusiasts would be familiar with Queensway Shopping Centre, a mall famous for shops selling a wide variety of sporting gear.

More than 20 sports shops there have seen generations of athletes passing through since the mall opened in 1976.

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The impending closure of the iconic mall will surely put a heartbreaking end to its 43-year history.

En bloc sales have started

En bloc sales for Queensway Shopping Centre and the adjacent 78 apartments have started since 22 Apr, according to a report by Berita Mediacorp.

The news comes after a series of failed en bloc sales that started in July 2018, when the government tried to cool the market.

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Residents and shop owners reportedly received news of the sales at an important meeting that happened the weekend before.

A special committee put together for the sales had convened the unprecedented meeting, but no information of the members are available.

Shop owners willing to sell their business

Though not all shop owners attended the meeting, some were still open to the idea of selling their businesses.

One of them who has been running a store there for the past 26 years claimed that business has declined in recent years due to the falling number of customers.

No more cheap sport apparels

Netizens who got wind of the news expressed disappointment at potentially losing their one-stop sports mall.

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That the shops sell sportswear at lower prices than most other places in Singapore is common knowledge, so their impending closure will be felt by many.

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Other stores that hold nostalgic value for regular visitors will also be sorely missed, like The Original Katong Laksa – Janggut Laksa and 328 Katong Laksa.

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We’re not sure if any of the stores will be finding a new home, but we hope they do. That way, we can still hold on to some remnants of our past.

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Whampoa BTO Flat Transformed Into Minimalist Japanese Heaven

Japanese Zen Design Makes BTO Flat Seem Like It’s Not In Singapore

Whampoa is an estate with mostly old HDB blocks that people wouldn’t think twice about.

But a couple in their 30’s has gotten creative with renovating their 4-room BTO flat in the neighbourhood to turn it into every minimalist’s dream.

Light colour tones

Gone are the days of brightly-coloured walls or wallpapers with tacky patterns. Nobody wants a house that’s screaming for attention from all corners.

Clean, white walls all around make the house feel spacious as there is uniformity throughout the entire space.

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The muted colours are also reflected in the light wood tones. These contribute to the zen effect characteristic of Japanese minimalist designs.

Now you know how little it takes to make your house a literal comfort zone. Just stick to lighter colours!

Textured panels

Wooden textures in some parts of the BTO flat contrast wonderfully with the plain white walls.

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They add to the relaxing vibes by mimicking the colour palette of a house nestled within a Japanese garden.

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It kind of resembles the Genko-an Temple in Kyoto with the wooden panels and open concept of the non-partitioned space.

There’s even a mini stone sculpture to match.

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Now here’s a perfect place for you to retreat and meditate.

A warm and inviting home

Designed by local architecture and design company Studio Super Safari, this 92 sq m flat in Whampoa is a homeowner’s heaven.

Every space is curated to provide maximum comfort with minimum objects while maintaining full functionality.

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Imagine sitting in this living space with a good book and a warm cup of coffee on a rainy Sunday. Or unwinding and watching TV with your significant other after a long day at work.

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Preparing meals and having them in the kitchen that flows into the dining area would be a hassle-free affair.

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And you can envision yourself on vacation in a peaceful Japanese resort with a bedroom that looks like this.

This couple’s unique BTO flat is proof that size and location do not determine how hip or cool your home is. All you need is some creative ideas and the right designers to help execute them.

Condo residents and homeowners in trendy neighbourhoods like Tiong Bahru would envy this Whampoa flat’s new look.

In case you were wondering, the median price of a 4-room BTO flat in Kallang/Whampoa in the November 2016 launch was S$545,000.

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This $54/Night Marble Hotel Makes Us Want To Train To Busan Right Now

Marble Hotel In Busan From Only $54+ Per Night

Busan – one of Korea’s largest port cities – has been at the top of everyone’s bucket list, especially after the hit movie Train to Busan.

For Singaporeans, a trip to Busan may seem like a stretch because of the hefty cost of airfare. But if you’ll be in the vicinity, we’ve found a gorgeous and affordable alternative to boring and expensive hotels.

Bask in panoramic seaviews in your very own alabaster room or capsule apartment from just S$54/night.


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We’ve done your homework for you, if you’re already completely sold by the Kinfolk-esque aesthetic. Here’s what else to expect.

Marble tiled rooms with seascape views

Rooms with an exquisite marble finish distinguish Gwanganli Hotel 1 from the many other boutique alternatives within Busan.


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Marble tiles have graced the palaces of royal families, so you’ll definitely feel like a king or a queen while relaxing inside this luxurious interior.

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Gangwan Bridge is the second longest bridge in Korea – spanning 7,420 meters!

The windows give you an interrupted view of this massive structure, which makes the experience a thousand times more breathtaking.

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Each room comes fully equipped with a flat-screen TV, comfy beds and a kettle where guests take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city.

At S$108+/night for a room, the costs are far more affordable than your typical 5-star hotel.

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Whitewashed capsule rooms

If you’re far from royalty and just getting by on meager savings, we’ve got awesome news for you. The hotel comes with whitewashed and bare capsule rooms at S$54+ per night.

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Like most capsule hotels, there are floors exclusively for male and female guests to ensure safety and security.

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Each pod is decked with futuristic ambient lights – which come in colours like blue, green, orange and purple. The neon-colored minimalist theme looks straight out of a sci-fi movie.

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Missing the sea? Book an ocean-facing capsule and you’ll get to admire a stunning view of the Gangwan Bridge in all its postcard-worthy glory.

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Common rooms & hearty meals

Tired of staying in the hotel room all-day long? Explore their common areas.

The first floor features a stadium-like seating with cute stuffed animals which the kids will love.

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The second floor features individual and group seating areas where you can see the vibrant city life amidst the towering buildings and the sparkling seawater.

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You’ll need a ton of snacks if you’re going to explore Busan all-day long.

Lucky for us, there’s a pantry area with unlimited and free snacks like ice cream and juice. This means you’ll never go hungry even if you’re on a tight budget.

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Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and Gwanganli Hotel 1 seems to believe it too. Their breakfast buffet costs S$9 per person and it includes scrumptious pastries, hearty sandwiches, yummy desserts and other treats.

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Train to Busan anyone?

You can book a flight from Singapore to Busan’s Gimhae International Airport via AirAsia. From there, ride the Haeundae MRT station and depart at Gwang-Andong station. Afterwards, go on a 10-min walk to reach the hotel.

Gwanganli Hotel 1 is an idyllic seaside escape for those looking to visit Busan’s famous landmarks like Busan Museum Of Art, Shinsegae Centum City, Haedong Yonggung Temple and more. You’ll surely end up with a lot of gorgeous selfies that’ll make your friends jelly.

Opening Times:
Check-in from: 04:00 PM
Check-out until: 11:00 AM
Location: 203, Gwanganhaebyeon-ro, Suyeong-gu, Suyeong-Gu, 48303 Busan, South Korea
Website: Gwanganli Hotel 1

Featured image from Gwanganli Hotel 1 and The InnBox.

EagleWings Cinematics Is Officially Singapore’s Highest SES Movie Theatre

EagleWings Cinematics Has Tickets For Students At $6.50

You may not have been able to easily access a cinema in the heart of Bukit Timah, but that’s all about to change.

King Albert Park Mall’s new and extremely high-SES cinema – EagleWings Cinematics – will give you the the VIP treatment that you deserve, at affordable prices.

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Influencer Yan Kay Kay (@yankaykay) gave her followers a sneak peek of what to expect at the new cinema on her IG stories.

Premium lounge with massage chairs

The 2-storey cinema’s lounge is a literal manifestation of a premium experience.

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It includes the EagleWings Loft cafe, numerous food stalls and a lush premium lounge where you can meet up with your movie date.

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Don’t forget to recline on their massage chairs while you wait for the movie to commence — the perfect remedy for your tired and sore muscles after a stressful day at work.

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Spacious cinema with lazy boy recliners

Cineastes will be happy to find that the theatre features a luxurious and intimate setting with only 60 seats.

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If you find it hard to fully immerse yourself into the movie when people squeeze past you, we’ve got great news for you! Each of their two premium halls have 18 and 12 seats respectively.

Lounge around on these lazy boy recliner sofas and raise your feet because it’s very spacious.

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Luxurious menu & signature beer

Their dining menu is a huge upgrade from the unevenly salted popcorn you’re used to.

For those with a sweet tooth, you’ll love their Sticky Toffee Pudding with Vanilla Ice Cream. The moist cake topped with piping hot toffee sauce is a decadent dessert indeed.

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Self-professed salad lovers can try their Pomelo Pick-Me Up salad which pairs beautifully with white wine.

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Beer-lovers rejoice for they have their own beer on tap too!

Alcoholic drinks include the Eaglewings Craft, House Red Cab Sav, House Red Merlot, White Sauvignon Blanc and House White Chardonnay.

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If you don’t want to dine in the middle of the movie, you can still order good ‘ol gourmet popcorn and Coca-Cola from their freestyle machine that dispenses over 50 flavours of drinks.

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Affordable luxuries

All good things come with a price, but it’s good to know that EagleWings Cinematics is way cheaper than Golden Village’s Gold Class Cinemas.

Here’s the price for these experiences, do note that movie screenings on Public Holidays (PH) and eve of PHs tend to be more expensive.

Yan Kay Kay reveals that her IG story only had photos of Eagle Gold Hall 1, but Hall 2 is rumoured to be even better.

Eagle Classic (60 & 63 seats)
Weekdays: $9.50
Weekends (Fri evenings-Sun: $12.50)
Eve of PH & PH: $12.50
Students (Weekdays 9am-5pm): $6.50*
Seniors Citizens (>55 yrs) (Weekdays 9am-5pm): $5.50

Eagle Gold – Hall 1 (12 seats)
Weekdays (Mon-Fri afternoons) – $22
Weekends (Fri evenings-Sun) – $30
Eve of PH & PH – $30

Eagle Platinum – Hall 2 (18 seats)
Weekdays (Mon-Fri afternoons) – $26
Weekends (Fri evenings-Sun) – $34
Eve of PH & PH – $34

*Available for Primary, Secondary & Tertiary students with proof of ID.

EagleWings Cinematics promises maximum viewing pleasure to hardcore fans of the latest blockbuster movies and indie films. You’ll definitely feel the movie magic thanks to the posh setting and delicious meals.

Address: 9 King Albert Park, Singapore 598332
Nearest MRT station: King Albert Park
Contact: +65 98487777

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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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8 Haunted Places In S’pore Converted To Regular Spaces Because We’re Practical AF

Haunted Places In Singapore That Are Totally Normal Now

Singapore is a small country. However, we overcame the odds and became a successful – albeit tiny – nation.

To achieve this, many iconic locations in Singapore were rebuilt to make way for modern infrastructure. Some of these areas had a darker past than we realise.

Here are 8 haunted places that were converted into regular estates, because our practical government moves on from spooky rumours pretty quickly.

Also because we don’t have much land to spare in Singapore.

1. Pasir Ris Red House

Some of you may have heard of the Pasir Ris Red House.

An old and uninhabited house is sure to spawn some horror stories, which make the house eerier than it already looks.

Urban legends detail necessary rituals before entering the premises like bringing offerings for the stone lions guarding the entrance.

Soon, it became known as a haunted house by those who knew of its existence.

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However, it actually has a very positive history.

It used to be a community centre that taught kampung kids basic skills and even providing them free meals.

After the owner’s passing, it was turned into a preschool in 2014.

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With children playing in a carefree manner around its vibrant school compound, the area seems to have lost all traces of the original haunted Red House.

2. Sentosa Island

Sentosa Island is one of the biggest attractions in Singapore. In a small area, it packs a casino, Universal Studios, and even multiple beaches.

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However, it was nothing like its name – which signifies peace and tranquility – suggests.

The original name of Sentosa was “Pulau Blakang Mati” which can be loosely translated to the “Island of Death from Behind“.

The island was formerly used by the British as a strategic location for the defence of Singapore.

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However, even before that, the island had a hill named “Blakang Mati” by Malay villagers living in that area.

It was only after World War II, when the Japanese used it as a Prisoner-Of-War (POW) camp and one of the beaches for Operation Sook Ching did the name Pulau Blakang Mati come about.

Even today, there are reported sightings of ghostly soldiers at quieter spots on the island.

3. Neo Tiew Estate

There is a lesser-known public housing area in Lim Chu Kang known as the Neo Tiew Estate.

This area underwent en-bloc in 2002 and has been abandoned ever since.

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The legend goes that a man forced a pontianak to do his bidding by sticking 7 nails into a banana tree.

After he became rich, he left the nails there, condemning the spirit to roam the grounds looking for its next victim to devour.

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Though this sends chills down my spine, the Singapore government has managed to re-purpose the area into a Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) training ground.

The dilapidated buildings provide soldiers with the perfect place to conduct urban warfare training.

Let’s just hope the training soldiers don’t encounter other types of enemies in the area.

4. Thomson Cemetery

Some of you living in the Thomson area may be wondering where this cemetery is.

You may be surprised that thousands of Singaporeans set foot on this area every day. This is because Novena MRT currently sits on top of the cemetery.

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The area was used as a burial site from 1904 to 1973 and was finally cleared in 1985 to construct Novena MRT station as we know it today.

MRT staff have reportedly seen coffin bearers along the tracks.

In fact, it is even said that the malls around the area like Velocity have all been built upon repurposed cemetery grounds.

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The next time you are in the area, you may want to watch your step. You never know when you’re stepping on someone’s toes — literally and figuratively.

5. Matilda House

Once a grand bungalow with servant-quarters, the Matilda House – located in Punggol – was one of the oldest homes in Singapore.

It was originally built by Alexander Cashin for his wife and it was named Matilda, after his mother. However, in the early 2000s, the government acquired the land but left this house standing due to conservation status.

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Apparently, evil spirits have haunted the estate and would harm anyone who dares enter.

When the house we due for demolition, 3 workers died of unnatural causes. As such, the project was halted.

However, even ghosts couldn’t stop multi-millionaire property developer Kuik Ah Han and Sim Lian Group as they developed a condominium there in 2015 and made the former haunted house into a fun clubhouse.

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6. Amber Beacon Tower

If you’ve ever climbed the stairs of the Amber Beacon Tower, you’d know that it was old. However, did you know it was once a crime scene where a brutal murder occurred?

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A girl was allegedly killed by 2 men on 15 May 1990 and ever since then, there have been claims of a female figure sighted.

A group of paranormal investigators even tried to look into the case, and watching the video really makes the ends of my hairs stand.

While it was technically not removed, the surrounding area has vastly changed over the past decade.

East Coast is now one of the more popular hangout spots for families and groups of friends. Many visitors also take pictures atop the picturesque tower today, without knowing the full extent of its creepy origins.

7. Raffles Institution’s 49-metre pool

Raffles Institution is one of the longest standing schools in Singapore with roots dating all the way back to Raffles himself.

The school’s facilities & buildings, however, were only built much later.

Although the school compound is enormous, their pool is only 49 metres long. That’s 1 metre short of a full-sized Olympic pool.

The story goes that workers who were constructing the pool at the time found human remains at the 50m mark. To avoid incurring the wrath of the spirits, they decided to not build the last metre.

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From what we found, the Bishan area was also the site of a World War II battle in Singapore.

Apparently, the bloody battle was fought over a cemetery and resulted in the dying men laying over already buried bodies.

If you’re an RI student reading this, we hope your morning lap around the pool will still be as enjoyable while musing about this.

8. St Patrick’s School’s Staircase

St Patrick’s is a school with a dark past.

During World War II, it was used as a hospital by British forces. It was also a battleground when the Japanese took over.

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Clearly, there were many unwilling people that died there. But one story stands out.

A Japanese soldier was sent to kill civilians atop a flight of stairs. However, he didn’t know that a British soldier was waiting to ambush him and he was killed just as he reached the top. This left him there to forever be trapped at the stairs looking for people he was supposed to kill.

After many years, 5 construction workers were sent to replace the wooden steps. These 5 workers allegedly all died in their sleep.

But the school eventually managed to convert the wooden steps to concrete and repaint the walls. The staircase now leads to the school library.

Tread carefully

If you think about it, the odds are that there will always be people who have passed away in every crevice of our island.

Avoiding these areas out of respect for the dead isn’t exactly a practical solution, as Singapore is already a very small country.

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So in our daily routines, we may inadvertently step into places that were, or perhaps still are, haunted. But as long as you are respectful, you should be fine.

Featured image from Asia Paranormal Investigators and Google Maps.

This Album With 30 Years Of Singapore In Pictures, Lovingly Depicts How Our Nation Has Grown

30 Years Of Singapore In Pictures

The son of an American photographer has uploaded his or her own version of the #10yearchallenge that’s been going viral on Facebook.

As for the subject matter? Singapore in her early 20s.

In an uncredited post on Imgur, the original poster (OP) creates a poetic ode to his father’s work — by revisiting the spots pictures were taken at back in the late 1980s, after his father’s death in 2014.

Turns out, Mr Adam Snyder has been posting these incredible photos on his Instagram account as well.

Here’s the post in full.

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The resulting album is a stunning collection that highlights how much Singapore has grown in just 30 years. And in many ways, how not much has changed at all.

1. Ann Siang Hill

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A surreal sight indeed, as not much has changed except the shophouse fronts getting restored. We’ve identified the blue building in the background, as housing units located along Smith Street at Chinatown Complex.

2. Jalan Besar/Kelantan Road

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Besides the quaint row of shophouses receiving a paint job, we love how Adam managed to capture an SBS Transit bus in almost the exact same spot.

3. Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple

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Though the temple along Serangoon Road used to be a standalone structure, it appears many residential areas have popped up behind and beside it.

4. Boat Quay

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Back in 1988, it appears that the UOB Plaza One building was in the midst of construction.

5. UOB Plaza

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Now, it towers over neighbouring buildings, and is a permanent fixture along Boat Quay.

6. Masjid Sultan

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Playing spot the difference in this set of photos is eerily difficult — they’re almost identical. A few tell tale signs are the models of the cars, and absence of overhead wiring.

7. Arab Street

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We find it heartening that the bones of the shophouses remain the same, having undergone restoration works to preserve the structures.

What has changed at Arab Street slightly is the nature of the businesses — from shops hawking general textiles, to carpet galleries and F&B outlets.

8. Central Business District (CBD)

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Maybank’s new skyscraper and the cluster of buildings behind Hongkong Bank – aka HSBC – were erected in just 30 years. Not to mention the overpass that’s framing the left side of the picture.

9. Esplanade

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You’ll notice many iconic additions to our waterfront skyline since 1988. Spot the iconic durian-shaped Esplanade on the left, and a refurbished Mandarin Oriental Hotel building.

10. Marina Bay

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The collage of Marina Bay boasts one of the most drastic changes. Since the 80s, we’ve grown from a bustling jetty with small tugboats to a beautiful waterfront pathway for visitors.

11. Fullerton Road towards UOB Plaza

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12. Anderson Bridge & Fullerton Hotel

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For this remarkable collage, the photographer writes that the sapling on the upper right hand corner, appears to have blossomed into a massive tree now.

13. Cavenaugh Bridge & Fullerton Hotel

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As for the shrubs in front of Cavenaugh Bridge, Adam isn’t “100% sure”, but believes the trees may be the same as well in this set of pictures.

14. MRT Map

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As a bonus, the photographer gave us a glimpse at how our transport system has grown over the years from just the OG Red & Green line, to 5 new lines and 2 LRT systems.

If you love what you’ve seen, do follow Adam on Instagram here as he has promised to post more from his collection, due to the overwhelmingly positive response.

A meaningful project

We sometimes take Singapore’s cityscape for granted, having passed by familiar landmarks on our daily commutes.

Through the lens of this pair of father & son photographers, we love that we’re able to see Singapore’s beauty reflected through the passage of time.

Now, it’s our generation’s turn to define how Singapore will turn out in the next 30 years. May she continue to prosper and grow, while preserving her unique culture and architecture.

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Singapore Is A Futuristic City From 2050 In This Album That’s Convinced Netizens To Visit ASAP

Local Photographer’s Photo Album Makes Singapore Look Like A Futuristic City From 2050

We’ve often heard that Singapore is a futuristic city thanks to urban farms, state-of-the-art architecture and towering skyscrapers.

The island’s sights might not be impressive to locals since we’re used to seeing them everyday, but these photos will definitely change your mind.

A photographer named Kevin (@kevouthere) has uploaded shots of illuminating landmarks and out-of-this world buildings that make Singapore look like a city of the future.

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We might not be able to time travel but these places make us feel like we’re living in an urban sci-fi fantasy.

1. Marina Bay Sands

Marina Bay Sands has a dramatic sky garden atop luxurious triple towers. While they’re set to add a fourth tower by 2030, we’d like to see how many towers it’ll have by 2050.

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2. The Interlace

Normal buildings are made from the ground-up but The Interlace mimics Jenga blocks irregularly stacked on top of each other.

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3. The Singapore Sports Hub

They say the view from the top is always better and we think the same is true for The Singapore Sports Hub.

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4. The Hive at NTU

Most buildings are rectangular but NTU’s The Hive strays from the norm. It features interconnected non-hierarchical round shapes that stimulate collaborative learning.

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5. Indoor waterfall at Jewel Changi Airport

Futurists say that cityscapes will blend nature and urban architecture but it’s already a reality in Singapore.

Waterfalls are common in mountains and we never knew we needed an indoor version, until we saw the tallest indoor waterfall at Jewel Changi Airport.

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6. Gardens By The Bay

Gardens By The Bay has supertrees and lush greeneries that imitate rainforests a few centuries from now.

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7. Flower Dome at Gardens by the Bay

We did a double take due to this bewildering night transformation of the Flower Dome showcasing its reflective glass walls, neon lights and symmetrical columns.

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8. NTU’s School of Art, Design and Media (ADM)

We love the vast expanse of green fields and we’re expecting to see them in more roofs soon like NTU’s School of Art, Design and Media (ADM).

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9. Parkroyal on Pickering

Parkroyal on Pickering is a communal space featuring exquisite terraced gardens complete with bird cage sculptures in an assortment of colours.

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10. The Tree House in Bukit Panjang

The Tree House condominium in Bukit Panjang proves that the grass can also look greener on the outside of a towering residential building.

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Happy to live in the future

The future might be unpredictable but Kevin (@kevouthere) proves that it’s incredibly bright for us here.

The Singapore-based photographer specialises in landscape, architectural, travel and street photography. His experience as an interaction designer allows him to take stunning images that capture the complexity of the island’s architectural feats.

If the island looks like a futuristic cityscape in 2019 — we can’t wait to see how Singapore’s appearance will continue to evolve 30 years from now.

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