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

World’s Largest Underground Cooling Plant

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

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

Energy Saver

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

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

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

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

Big Pipes

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

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

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Largest In The World

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

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

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

In a press release, SP said:

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

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

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Just take a look at this control room:

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Cost Savings

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

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

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Better For The Environment

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

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Commercial Only

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

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

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New Atlas Bar In Singapore’s “Gotham City” Will Bring You Back To The Great Gatsby Era

Atlas Grand Lobby & Bar

We all like to feel classy sometimes. Already imagining champagne in your hand and chandeliers above your head? Well, we have just the fix for you.

Behold, the Atlas Grand Lobby & Bar.

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With just a few weeks away from its opening, we are already envisioning guests crowding the place just for a taste of its five-star European concept.

Shades Of Gotham

Located at Parkview Squre, an impressive-looking building in Bugis dubbed “Gotham City”, the bar fits in perfectly due to its art deco interior and 1920s European vibe.

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The building’s general manager Vicky Hwang told Australian Bartender that “every piece of furniture, every textile, the carpets, the marble” were all handpicked. In other words, a lot of effort was made to achieve such a beautiful concept.

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The bar has an eye on becoming a popular tourist attraction to many over the world too, thus the moniker “Atlas”.

As it will be open from from 8am to 3am on weekends, it will undoubtedly appeal to the local crowd too.

Five-Star Service

Head bartender Roman Foltán assures guests of great service, saying: “We want to deliver a five-star service, with a lot of attention to the details and personalised service. At the same time, in a very relaxed, and a little bit cheeky way as well.”

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Mr Foltán will be serving alongside Ms Carla Soares, who will be the maitre d’. The pair formerly worked at Artesian, in London, which used to be ranked top in the list of the world’s 50 best bars.

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Local Touch

One may be wondering whether there will be any local influences, since the bar is located in Singapore, after all

Well, Atlas recently announced the addition of bartender Sim Sze Wei, formerly of Ah Sam Cold Drink Stall.

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Mr Sim used to front the locally themed bar in Singapore, so get excited to taste his cocktails with an Asian flavour.

Champagne For Days

Atlas will focus on cocktails, gin and champagne. They are even working with Britsh glassmaker John Jenkins to design a custom glass for their signature Martini. Talk about atas.

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The carefully procured champagnes (many from the famous Hwang family) will even be housed in a walk-in, rose-metal plated champagne chiller room behind the main bar, according to Mr Jason Williams, creative director of Proof & Company, which is behind the Atlas project. It even has a pillbox with a special light, because UV lights are a big no no. 

Who would’ve thought that being a champagne bottle would feel so good?

Lavish Interior

Before Atlas took over, the space was taken up by Divine Bar. From past photos of its lavish interiors, we can tell that Atlas is going to look like a throwback to The Great Gatsby, Leonard DiCaprio not included:

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Secretive

Obviously, there is a lot more to the Atlas Bar then they have revealed so far. Even their website is rather secretive, with only one page so far:

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A Sparkling Gem

All we really know for sure is that Atlas Bar looks to be a sparkling gem that will not go unnoticed when it opens this month.

So cheers to Atlas, and we hope to visit soon!

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King Albert Park Mall’s The Highest SES Neighbourhood Mall In Singapore

Independent Cinema And Exclusive Stores Make King Albert Park Mall Very Atas

Visit any shopping mall in Singapore and you’ll find stores like Cotton On, McDonald’s and Golden Village.

Like, where’s the variety right? No wonder Singaporeans resort to online shopping.

While you’re online adding items to your Zalora cart or planning your next meal on Foodpanda, we’ll tell you about a place you might want to physically visit.

If you haven’t heard of King Albert Park Residences Mall, listen up. It has hipster cafes, restaurants and an independent cinema opening soon.

Forget Haji Lane or The Projector. You can satisfy your bank-breaking hipster needs under one roof at this mall.

Intimate setting in indie cinema

Picture this — you walk to a cinema in a mall, enter a theatre, and walk up or down the stairs to find your seat.

It’s in the middle, so you have to squeeze past people to get to it while whispering, “Sorry! Excuse me,” multiple times.

Not the best way to start a movie but it’s the reality in most cinemas, which have over 100 seats each.

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EagleWings Cinematics which will open at King Albert Park Mall in early December will have significantly fewer seats. Here’s what you’ll find there:

  • 2 standard halls – 60 and 63 seats respectively
  • 2 premium halls – 12 and 18 seats respectively, premium lounge with massage chairs, soft-drink vending machines with over 50 flavours & food from EagleWings Loft cafe

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Ticket prices are not out yet but the cinema will screen mainstream movies, so let’s hope prices can rival other cinemas around.

Fancy restaurants and hipster cafes

Hunting down hipster cafes can be an adventure itself but you’ll get tired of Google Mapping your way down dodgy alleys at some point.

Have your quirky, Instagrammable food served directly to you at one of the cafes and restaurants at King Albert Park Mall.

EagleWings Loft

You can’t get more high SES than a restaurant spin-off of a yacht chartering company.

With a “casual yet sophisticated ambience” and VIP rooms available for booking, EagleWings Loft is fine dining at its finest.

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There’s a more casual dining area if the grandeur in this room is making you anxious.

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The restaurant claims to serve multiple cuisines, though the menu seems to point to mainly Asian and European dishes.

Get the best of both worlds with their lobster laksa, available from 5pm on Mondays and 11am the rest of the week.

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You’ll be spoilt for choice with their expansive menu that offers desserts and even cocktails.

Store no.(s): #01-14/33/34/56/57
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 10.30am-12am, Sat & Sun 8.30am-12am

Kindred Folk

Kindred Folk sounds like a sleepy, cosy place for you to sit back and chill out alone or with a few friends.

And that’s exactly what it is. Spanning two storeys, this homely cafe’s aesthetics are on point and millennial-approved.

Industrial design chairs and wooden tables are mainstays of hipster cafes but Kindred Folk also has a hammock. You can rilek one corner if you’re too full to move.

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When you’re there, definitely go for the waffles and specialty homemade ice cream.

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Or have a generous scoop of ice cream sandwiched between a fried mantou. Now that’s something you can’t get anywhere else.

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Store no.: #01-09
Opening hours: Tues-Thurs & Sun 12pm-10pm, Fri & Sat 12pm-11pm

Quaint hangout spot for all ages

The Bukit Timah area may have some cool dining spots already, but King Albert Park Mall brings us multiple options under one roof.

A quiet mall with quaint eating places and a cinema is perfect for a relaxing weekend hangout.

Address: 9 King Albert Park, Singapore 598332
Nearest MRT station: King Albert Park

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Malaysia’s Zoo Negara Needs More Visitors Or It’ll Run Out Of Money To Care For Animals

Malaysia’s Zoo Negara Urgently Needs Money To Sustain

Though opinions are split between the pros and cons of zoos, they are undeniably sanctuaries for endangered animals.

Our very own national pride, the Singapore Zoo, has helped tremendously in global animal conservation efforts over the years.

Likewise, Malaysia’s Zoo Negara is doing its part to keep many animal species alive. But its efforts could go to waste, if visitor footfall continues to drop and the zoo stops making money.

Malayan tigers most at risk of losing funding

According to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), there are only 250 to 340 Malayan Tigers left in the world, making the species “critically endangered”.

Zoo Negara helps to look after some of these surviving tigers, feeding them, and ensuring that they’re in the pink of health.

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But their care costs a significant amount of money, with each tiger setting them back roughly RM40,000 (S$13,200) a year.

The zoo estimates that it needs at least RM500,000 (S$165,000) to keep up with tiger care, but hopes for RM1 million (S$330,000) to focus on conserving all Asian tiger species.

Currently surviving on limited funds

Since 2015, the number of visitors to the zoo has fallen, with the latest record accounting for only 368,000 in a year. The zoo needs at least 500,000 to break even.

The falling numbers means expenditure is really tight, with almost as much money going out as it is coming in.

Five-year grants had long ended in 2004, and the zoo is currently getting by on a one-off government aid for general maintenance.

Future remains uncertain

It is not known what the consequences will be if funding eventually runs dry and the zoo is unable to make ends meet.

But Zoo Negara has arranged talks with Malaysia’s Water, Land and Natural Resources Minister as well as Prime Minister Mahathir to discuss ways to sustain the zoo and possibly upgrade it to a dedicated conservation centre.

For now, we can help keep a roof over the animals’ heads by making a visit to the zoo the next time we’re in Kuala Lumpur.

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Here’s more information on how to get there:

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Address: Jalan Ulu Kelang, Kemensah Heights, 68000 Ampang, Selangor, Malaysia
Opening hours: 

  • Mon-Fri: 9am-4.30pm
  • Sat-Sun: 9am-5.30pm

Nearest LRT stations: Sri Rampai & Wangsa Maju
Entrance fees (for ASEAN citizens): 

  • Adults – RM61 (S$20)
  • Children (3-12 years) – RM33 (S$11)
  • Senior Citizens (60 years & above) – RM61 (S$20)

It’ll be a nice change from the usual city shopping sprees that people go on to whenever they visit KL. A visit to the zoo will surely be a fun trip for the entire family.

Let’s do our part to help the animals. This is, after all, a matter of preservation of life rather than national interests.

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10 Unique Features That Make Changi Airport #1 In The World

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Changi Airport Is The Best

On 1 July 1981, the very first flight to Changi Airport, SQ101, touched down from Malaysia — making Singapore’s dream of having its own airport a reality.

Almost 40 years later, Singapore is recognised as the #1 airport for the 4th-straight year, despite us being one of the 20 smallest countries in the world.

Wonder how we landed this award? Wonder no more. Here are some reasons why our airport has made its name worldwide, with the help of alliteration:

1. Wonderful Wi-Fi

Sure, many airports all over the world offer free wi-fi to its frequenters. But Changi Airport takes it to the next level by offering the use of Internet-enabled computers for free.

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Worried that your phone battery will drain whilst basking in the presence of the complimentary wi-fi? Don’t fret, there are also up to 800 free charging stations planted all over the different terminals.

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These services are not always available in other airports out there, making it difficult for passengers with long transits. Looks like Changi Airport’s approach to pampering visitors is obviously working.

2. ‘Mazing Movies

Who would’ve thought that you could Netflix and chill at the airport? Although some look forward to catching the latest movies during their flights, others aren’t fortunate enough to have that privilege.

The solution? Free screenings at the airport movie theatre.

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Singapore is one of the few airports that provide such a service for its passengers. In other words, Changi Airport knows what it’s doing.

3. Nature’s Nearby

After all the talk about the need to treasure our endangered species, it’s amazing that Changi Airport prioritises the preservation of nature, in all of its beauty.

Behold, the very first butterfly garden created in an airport:

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 That’s not all. Changi Airport boasts of various gardens such as the sunflower garden located in Terminal 2:

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Not only do these gardens provide scenic views for Instaworthy photos, they are the perfect spots to bring children for a fresh breath of the outdoors after being confined in their airplane seats for prolonged periods of time.

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4. Beloved Beds

Think back to your secondary school camping days, where you had no choice but to sleep on hard concrete. Sometimes, sleeping in other airports during long transits can very much feel like that.

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So it’s definitely comforting for passengers to know that Changi Airport has designated resting areas that have reclining chairs, deeming it as one of the best airports to take a nap during a dreaded long transit.

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Let’s not forget that they are also free-of-charge. Here are their locations:

Terminal 1: Snooze Lounge, Transit East, Level 3, Transit Area

Terminal 2 : Sanctuary Lounge, Transit North Pier, opposite E5, Transit Area; Oasis Lounge, Transit North Pier, Opp E11, Transit Area

Terminal 3: Snooze Lounge, Transit North Mezzanine, near to Singapore Food Street, Transit Area

5. Terrific Tours

Take a little trip around Singapore town in a Singapore city bus. Sound familiar? Well, Singapore is actually one of the few airports in the world that offer not only one, but two free tours for passengers in transit.

The City Lights and Heritage tour allows passengers gawk at the grandeur of the city or explore the historical sites around the country. This is accompanied by well-trained tour guides, assuring visitors of a high-quality experience.

Here are some photos taken by tourists on one of the tours:

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Since not many airports grant passengers such an opportunity, this service places Changi Airport much higher in the ranks. Good job, Changi!

For more information, click here.

6. Games Galore

Missing your XBOX 360 and Playstation back home? Changi Airport has got your back with its Entertainment Deck. It even comes with an XBOX Kinect!

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Gaming consoles not for you? Well, Changi Airport is the only airport with a LAN gaming cafe in transit.

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7. Sports Stop

For all the sports lovers out there, you haven’t been forgotten. It’s at Changi Airport that you’ll get to catch up on the latest football matches at the Xperience Zone at Terminal 2.

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Or, if you need to move around a little, there’s also a free swimming pool for you to take a refreshing dip to get rid of all that travelling stress.

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8. Art Attack

It’s very easy to overlook the aesthetics of any airport when you are in a rush. However, there’s something about Changi Airport’s artistic structures that make it hard to look away.

The “Kinetic Rain” installation is particularly enticing, especially since it is the largest kinetic structure in the entire world.

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Find it at Terminal 1’s Departure Hall or watch the entire display here:

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Another famous sculpture is “Going Home” located at Terminal 3’s Arrival Hall, which serves as a reminder of the importance of family and that feeling of going home to yours.

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If you’re more of a hands-on person, Changi Airport has art rubbing stations in ALL three of its terminals. Perfect for some family crayon time!

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Here are the locations:

Terminal 1: Viewing Mall, Level 3, Public Area

Terminal 2: Departure Transit Lounge South, next to the Orchid Garden, Level 2, Transit Area

Terminal 3: Next to the Fountain area, Level B2, Public Area; Departure Transit Lounge North, Outside gate holdroom B1-B4, Level 2, Transit Area

We think it’s wonderful that Changi Airport is taking the appeal of the arts so seriously, definitely much more than other airports out there.

9. Maximum Mugging

To many foreigners, encountering students studying at airports is rather strange. However, Changi Airport has picked up on Singapore’s obsession with studying, and houses many studying spots perfect for the everyday mugger, unlike other airports in the world. Here are some of the best spots to study!

Panopolis

This quiet cafe offers free wi-fi and charging ports, perfect for the everyday mugger. Located at Level 2 of Terminal 3, this 24-hour cafe is sure to help keep students awake and undisturbed.

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Krispy Kreme

The outlet is located at Terminal 2 and open 24/7 as well, with welcoming staff to serve any midnight study cravings.

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With a plethora of food chains and open spaces available for students to study and/or relax, no wonder Changi Airport doesn’t appeal only to travellers.

10. Shiok Shopping

Avid shoppers almost always look forward to the “NO GST”, duty-free deals during transit. At Terminal 2, The Shilla Duty Free store hosts 180 brands, making it one of the most accessible shopping stops.

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If you thought it couldn’t get any easier than this, Changi Airport has tax-free online shopping booths at all three terminals.

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It’s no wonder that Changi Airport is considered one of the best airports in the world to shop, according to Skytrax.

Changi Airport’s Achievements

As Singaporeans who grew up frequenting Changi Airport, we tend to take for granted how well-kept and developed our airport is. In total, the airport has won over 500 awards as of 2015 and yet still undergoes numerous renovations to better their services.

One of them is the development of the new Terminal 4, which you can read about here: The New Changi Airport Terminal 4 Is Basically Jaw-Dropping.

As we anticipate the upgrade of Changi Airport, we send our heartfelt thanks to those who painstakingly designed and built this airport to be the best in the entire world.

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New JB Mall Will Take You Around The World Despite Being Just 20 Minutes From Singapore

Capital 21 Mall Opening Near Singapore

Wow, great. You’ve just scrolled through Instagram and everyone you know is on overseas vacation and having the time of their lives. And you are stuck in a packed bus on the way to work, slowly developing intimacy issues.

You’d love to explore the world too, but have neither the time nor the money — well, why not visit a nearby mall that brings you around the world in a single building?

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Around The World In A Day

You may not be able to travel the world, but Capital group now brings the world to you with the thematic Capital 21.

The mall is opening right outside our doorstep in Johor Baru and it’s shopping goals.

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Each storey of the mall is themed to simulate a trip into a different country, and the design plan is amazing.

Let’s take a virtual tour of Capital 21:

Middle East/Africa Level

If you like the mystery of the Middle East, or the lush greenery of the African Serengeti, then you will be thrilled to know that Capital 21 has a whole floor themed to suit your fancy,

However, you can avoid the heat in Africa thanks to the air-conditioning that should keep you cool and frosty.

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Australia Level

Think of Australian food and amazing coffee comes to your mind.

Soon, you could save the airfare and experience the laid-back Australian culture right in Johor.

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America Level

Long to live the American Dream, but without Donald Trump the party pooper? Head across the Causeway instead.

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Europe Level

Hate mediocre airplane food and long-haul flights, but want to take in the architectural grandeur of Europe?

Fret not, for “mini Europe” is coming to Capital 21 real soon.

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Asia Level

A little familiarity is always comforting. If all the “world touring” has overwhelmed you, stick closer to home in little Asia.

The neon lights will look great on Instagram.

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World Museum

If you’re even too lazy to go up and down the floors of the mall, fret not.

The World Museum at Capital 21 will allow you to enjoy 21 different cultures from around the world in the same place.

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According to The Star, Capital 21 is named after the 21 different “capitals”  that it features in the World Museum. Some of them are country capitals, while others are prominent in their own way.

The 21 capitals are Los Angeles, Switzerland, Las Vegas, Tokyo, Washington DC, Madrid, Paris, Milan, Amsterdam, Stockholm, Athens, Istanbul, Cairo, Dubai, New Delhi, Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Seoul, Sydney and Hawaii (Not a city, actually, but who cares about geography when you’re in a mall?).

A Stone’s Throw Away

This exciting new development is just 20 minutes from the Causeway, so day trips to Malaysia will get a lot more interesting.

Here’s its exact location:

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Coming Soon

While Capital 21 is currently still under construction, it’s expected to be completed very soon.

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When it’s completed, there will be no need to feel left out of vacations any longer. You can make your friends jealous by posting pictures from different countries in just one day!

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Hotel Mono – Singapore’s First Black And White Boutique Hotel Opens In Chinatown

Monochrome Madness

Many hotels are famous for their cutting-edge design, but this is the first one we’ve heard of that’s based on just two colours: Black and White.

If you are looking for a trendy place to host your birthday parties or an aesthetic #monochromemonday photo from your staycations, look no further.

The highly anticipated Hotel Mono, Singapore’s first Black and White hotel, is now open in Chinatown.

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Both the exterior and the interior of the hotel are completely monochromatic, and provide a much-needed break from the colourful and vibrant colours that are prolific in Chinatown.

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Amazing Rooms

They say good things come in small packages, and Hotel Mono proves this axiom to be true. Stretching across 6 shophouses, the hotel comprises just 46 rooms, so book super early if you want to experience this visual masterpiece.

The 46 rooms are split into 6 types, each catering to different groups of travellers.

Let’s take a virtual tour:

Single Rooms

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The room may be for one, but it’s still spacious. Perfect for the solo traveller with a soft spot for the minimalist aesthetic.

Twin Rooms

All twin rooms have 2 super single beds.

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Even the bathrooms are in monochrome.

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Double Rooms/Double Plus

With a queen-sized bed, a double room is perfect for a staycation with your significant other.

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Of course, if you need a little more space, and would fancy a view of the bustling streets of Chinatown, you could opt for the Double Plus rooms, which come with big windows.

Studio Rooms

For some of you, the idea of being in a small room is rather irksome. Fret not, the studio rooms are available to save the day. Each one is like a mini-apartment:

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With both a king-sized bed and a sofa bed, it’s the perfect place to crash after a party or a night of painting the town red.

Family Room

An avid minimalist but can’t find a babysitter for your kids? Don’t worry, Hotel Mono even boasts a Family room.

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Amenities

While the rooms may differ in styles and size, one thing stays constant: Great amenities.

Each room comes with the now-standard free high-speed Wi-Fi Internet access, powerful air-conditioning, an attached bathroom and daily housekeeping. Refreshments such as coffee and tea are provided too.

Wanna have a movie marathon? Rooms are stocked with flat-screen TVs with cable service.

And for your beauty sleep, Hotel Mono provides each rooms the luxury of a pocketed spring bed with micro-gel fibre pillows.

It doesn’t get any better than this.

Location, Location, Location

When opening any hotel, accessibility is the most important thing.

The people behind Hotel Mono must have understood this completely, and they have chosen a location right smack in the middle of Chinatown.

The hotel is a stone’s throw away from all the attractions Chinatown has to offer, and is also mere minute away from Chinatown MRT.

Eats

Although the hotel may not offer gourmet breakfasts, the location it seem as though you are virtually surrounded by food. With the plethora of food that you can find in Chinatown, it’s almost impossible that your tummy will be unsatisfied.

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Sale!

Nothing gets Singaporeans more excited that a promotion. This is no different.

Hotel Mono is offering an early bird promotion, with rooms going for 20% less than their normal prices. The promotion ends on June 1, so gather your kakis and book your staycation now!

You can book your rooms via the Hotel Mono website to enjoy the offer.

Don’t say bojio!

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

Jewel Changi Airport Has An Indoor Waterfall & Bouncy Sky Nets

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

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

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

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

1. Debut of Shake Shack

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

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

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

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

They now boasts over 170 outlets internationally.

The OG ShackBurger and peanut butter shake FTW!

2. Return of A&W

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

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

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

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

3. Catch a movie at Shaw Theatres

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

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

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

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

4. World’s tallest indoor waterfall

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

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

Best part is, it’s completely free.

5. Bouncy sky nets

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

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

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

How cool is that?!

6. Singapore’s largest indoor garden

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

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

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

7. A treetop bridge with a cloud walk

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

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

8. A seamless connection to T1

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

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

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

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

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

Exciting times ahead

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

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

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

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

Kanchanaburi’s Idyllic Lakeside Resort Offers A Breathtaking Stay On A Private Lake

Z9 Resort In Kanchanaburi Is Perfect For Nature Lovers

City life can be stifling. The busy streets, the crowds, the noise, the chaos. And in a small country like Singapore, it’s hard to find a nice, isolated spot to spend a few days in silence.

That’s where Thailand’s Z9 Resort comes in.

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A 4-hour drive from Bangkok’s international airport, the resort is tucked away in a little corner of Kanchanaburi, a town in west Thailand.

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The name “Z9” comes from the Egyptian Mount Sinai. According to the Bible, the mountain is where Moses often meditated. So it’s no surprise that Z9 presents itself as a place for relaxation and rejuvenation.

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An idyllic escape north

As you may have noticed from the picture, there are 2 separate stretches. The stretch with 10 houses is called “Escape North”, while the stretch with 5 is called “South the Scene”.

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The rooms in South the Scene are almost half the size of the ones in Escape North. But don’t worry, both provide an equally stunning view of the horizon.

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Since the resort only has 20 rooms, you can be sure that the serenity won’t be constantly broken by large hoards of tourists common in mainstream resorts.

Living on a lake 

What’s better than waking up in a rustic cabin-like room? Waking up in a rustic cabin-like room that floats on a lake. With a splendid view of the calm waters and distant mountains, you may just end up lazing on your bed the entire morning.

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If you want some fresh air, you can always hop onto the platform outside and enjoy the lounging in the sun.

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Trust us, it looks even better at night once dusk falls.

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Food at your fingertips

It’s possible to be so taken in by the view that you forget about lunch or dinner. But don’t worry, just take a short stroll to the main resort building.

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 You’ll find an open-air café that whips up Thai and Italian cuisines.

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And even when you’re eating, you can continue to enjoy the view and atmosphere.

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Explore limestone caves in an untouched waterfall

If you’re not the kind to sit around idly for an entire day, you can always go for a dip in the water or rent a kayak and paddle around.

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During the day, you can also head out to Erawan Waterfall, which is a 40-minute drive away. Just make sure you ask the resort to charter a driver for you beforehand because being so far from the city, you’ll probably never be able to flag a taxi.

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The waterfall is divided into 7 tiers, or levels. You may be surprised at the sheer number of fish in the first tier. It may be frightening at first, but you’ll soon get used to it. Behind some of the waterfalls are actually limestone caves which you can explore.

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Luxury doesn’t come cheap

The larger Escape North rooms go for a nightly rate of 6,600 Baht (S$275) per person, while the South the Scene ones go for 4,500 Baht (S$187).

This may sound a little pricey, but for the spellbinding peace you get to wake up to every morning, it may be well worth the splurge.

Featured image from Z9 Resort.

Pearl Bank’s New Design Splits The OG Horseshoe & Puts The Pieces Back Differently

One Pearl Bank’s New Design Revealed

In the past weeks, much has been made about the horseshoe-shaped icon of Singaporean architecture — Pearl Bank Apartments.

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The apartments were sold on en bloc to CapitaLand in Feb 2018. Since then, many Singaporeans have been lamenting the imminent loss of the recognisable yellow tower.

On Tues (14 May), CapitaLand unveiled the new design for the building, called One Pearl Bank. From the pictures, it looks something like a reconfiguration of the old structure.

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According to the building’s architect Dr Christopher Lee, the new design “ensures the continuity” of the signature curve of the old Pearl Bank.

Building features 18 sky gardens

Apart from the sleek new curves and sky bridges, One Pearl Bank will also feature a series of 18 community sky gardens. There will be a sky garden every four levels, totaling about 200 plots where “residents can grow their own herbs, fruits and vegetables”.

These gardens will not only add greenery to the facade of One Pearl Bank, but also provide a space for community bonding. Almost like that little garden on the top level of an Ang Mo Kio carpark.

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New Pearl Bank has 3 times more units

The old Pearl Bank Apartments housed 288 units. This new one however, will have about 3 times more — 774. Buyers will be able to choose from studio apartments to penthouses, with the latter being almost 6 times as large as the former.

The 178-metre tall One Pearl Bank will also snatch the crown of tallest building in the Outram-Chinatown district from the [email protected], which stands about 20 metres shorter.

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Adjacent park will be upgraded

The current park next to Pearl Bank Apartments is rather sparse and dull.

But as part of the Urban Redevelopment Authority’s Draft Master Plan 2019, the space will be transformed into something much nicer and more conducive for community activities. The park will also be linked to Fort Canning Park through the Singapore River.

Set to be completed in 2023

That’s only 4 years away. By then, the Thomson-East Coast Line will be open too, which means even more convenience for the building’s future residents.

The prices aren’t out yet, but if you have an interest in one of One Pearl Bank’s units, you can register it here.

Perhaps the renovation of Pearl Bank Apartments isn’t so bad after all. Besides, not everything can be preserved forever. What is important is that we balance heritage and modernity.

Featured image from CapitaLand.

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