For those who may not be familiar with the area, here’s a picture of the iconic windmill that added to the European vibes around the area. It has since been demolished to make way for a new shopping centre.
Never too early to visit the market for your favourite hawker fares
Let’s hope visitors will be able to better enjoy their dining experience at the market after the renovation works are completed.
Though there’s still a year to go till the works start, it’s never too early to visit the market for some of your favourite hawker food.
While some of us may not be fans of the changes made to Holland Village district, we hope that the new additions will inject life and vibrancy to the area, enhancing its appeal to both old and new crowds.
Singaporeans went crazy when famous Taiwanese brand The Alley first reached our shores in Apr 2019. The line at their Jewel Changi outlet is still insanely long, and we can expect the same at Cineleisure too.
If you haven’t had a taste yet, we’d suggest heading to their KL outlet and making a mini vacation out of it. The new addition Early Grey Tea will pair perfectly with their signature brown sugar pearls.
We know, another brown sugar pearl joint, but the twist here is that they stir fry their brown sugar pearls in-store in a huge wok, so you can be sure that the caramelised taste will really shine through.
Cha Wan Jia is basically what you’d imagine the love child of PlayMade and LiHo would be. Pearls in flavours like sakura and dragon fruit, and teas with foamy cheese toppings give you the best of both worlds.
Not your typical boba store, Pin Tea offers healthier versions of thirst-quenching, ice cold beverages. Pick from fresh fruit teas like grape, kiwi, berries and mango, some of which also come in ice blended form.
Slightly further away from the rest, Chatto is the only shop that’s also a full-fledged cafe complete with a savoury food menu. Fill your empty stomach with Japanese and Korean delicacies like a kimchi chicken sandwich or a curry bento set.
Person Behind Tibetan Fox Hunting Marmot Photo Snags Wildlife Photographer Of The Year Award
Be inspired to take your next adventure thanks to these award-winning wildlife photos.
London’s Natural History Museum organised The Wildlife Photography Awards and received 48,000 entries from 100 different countries.
Chinese photographer Yongqing Bao’s entry titled ‘The Moment’ featuring a Tibetan fox ready to pounce on a shocked marmot – a species of large squirrels – snagged The Wildlife Photographer of the Year Award.
Yongqing took this photo at Nan Shan mountains in northern China Source
Wildlife photography can make many stop and stare. If you’d like to see the stunning images, here’s a look at some of the award-winning photos that you need to check out.
Tibetan fox about to pound on shocked marmot
How far would you go to feed your children?
The winning entry titled ‘The Moment’ by Yongqing Bao featured a Tibetan Fox hunting a Himalayan marmot to feed her three hungry cubs, according to The New York Times.
But the party’s far from over since Sentosa announced that they’ll be playing host to the first-ever Pokemon Carnival.
From 15 to 30 June, Pokemon lovers can visit a massive 5-metre inflatable Pikachu and meet a whopping 403 types of Pokemon in the Alolan region of Sentosa Cove Village.
Looks like June holiday plans for the kiddos are settled. Here’s what else to expect.
Catch all 403 Alolan pokemon & play carnival games
Many of us spent our entire childhood watching many Pokemon adventures on TV.
This time, we’ll experience our own Pokemon Adventures, snag some activity booklets and discover tons of Pokemon in an island. We hear that Pokemon plushies will be up for grabs too, if you join in the festivities.
Thanks to the Carnival Game Vouchers, guests can experience four carnival games and win Pokemon stickers. We’ve always wanted to try using Pokeballs in real-life, and we might get the opportunity to do just that.
Kids can learn about each Pokemon by scanning the QR codes on the Pokémon standees scattered around Sentosa Cove Village. They can use what they’ve learned to answer questions in these mysterious Pokemon boards.
Get the chance to meet these adorable Pokemon mascots. Here’s to hoping that you don’t get electrocuted by lightning bolts in exchange for a hug.
In a press release, Gardens by the Bay announced that the event will feature 10 new parades, illuminating installations, and entertaining productions from Friday (29 Nov) until 26 Dec.
Here are some things you can look forward to.
Santa’s Workshops & Italian sculptures
Christmas Wonderland will make your holidays’ even brighter thanks to their illuminating light installations and new parades. The Christmas Parade will include festive characters like Santa Claus, dancing elves, reindeer sleighs, and cheeky penguins.
Those who dream of riding a sleigh can enter Santa’s workshop. We’re hoping to catch a ride to the North Pole with the help of reindeers.
There’s no need to visit Italy to witness the splendour of the season.
More than 360,000 bulbs will light up the night sky. Christmas trees, handmade Italian sculptures and classic towers inspired by Tuscany, will delight visitors of all ages.
Garden Rhapsody & Blizzard Time
While we’ve been to Gardens by the Bay numerous times, we bet that Christmas Wonderland will still take your breath away.
The Garden Rhapsody will feature a special light and sound show at the Supertree Grove. Those who are tired of the traditional Christmas tree will definitely marvel at the towering supertrees.
Good ol’ Christmas Carols will be sung at the magical Cassa Armonica gazebo. You can witness the live performances of:
The Hwa Chong Institution Choir
The NTU Alumni Choir, and more local musicians.
Blizzards and snow will never make an appearance in sunny Singapore. However, you can witness bits of ‘snow’ falling from the sky during Blizzard Time.
Carnival rides & Christmas train
Christmas Wonderland will have fun and games for kids and adults of all ages.
The carnival will feature 18 traditional carnival games and rides like Mini Viking and Swing Chair Carousel.
Visitors can hop on a bumper car and occasionally bump into their friends and family. Parents may also use this opportunity to teach their kids the basics of driving.
If you ever get fatigued from walking, then ride the Christmas train to view installations from the comfort of your own seat.
Shoppers can visit the whimsical Christmas Village to find crafts and limited-edition food and drinks.
The village’s European-style wooden huts are reminiscent of the structures that you’ll find in the Nordic region. You can browse a total of 24 festive huts to find gifts such as jewellery, bags, and phone covers.
Hungry locals can feast like a king through delicious food from Dessert Wonderland, Fat Belly, Mac Tacos, The Beast, Street Food Circus SG and more.
A meal is more delicious when shared with friends and family so be sure to invite them. Those who are still single AF may unexpectedly meet someone new.
Artbox 2018 Returns To Marina Bay In May, 3 Times Bigger Than Before
Mark your calendars — Artbox 2018 is back and it looks to be bigger than ever.
In case you missed it last year – or gave it a pass due to the insane crowd – Bangkok’s creative market will be returning for the second year in a row on 25-27 May and 1-3 June at Bayfront Event Space.
With over 400 regional vendors and almost three times the space occupied compared to 2017’s event, seems like the organisers spared no expense to ensure last year’s disastrous crowd issues don’t happen again.
Could we be experiencing Artbox’s full potential this year? Only one way to find out.
Introducing Artbox 2018: Oasis
Set to be Singapore’s largest creative market, Artbox 2018 promises to be a “land of pure enjoyment” that offers something for all ages.
From interactive elements and activities, to creative art installations and a wide variety of delectable food, this year’s edition will be taking place over the entire Bayfront Event Space at Marina Bay.
That’s over 140,000 sq ft of space — almost three times of last year’s 50,000 sq ft.
Looks like come two weekends in May and June, Marina Bay is the place to be.
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.
The guided walk will be conducted hourly from 10am to 4pm. For those who are keen, do look out for signs on the Istana grounds to find out where to register.
Guided Tour Fees:
– Children aged 4 years & above: $2
– Singaporeans/PRs aged 13 & above: $4
– Foreigners aged 13 & above: $10
– Singaporeans/PRs (Family of 4): $12
– Foreigners (Family of 4): $30
150th anniversary of the Istana
This year is undeniably a special one for Singapore, since we’re commemorating SG’s Bicentennial Year — aka the 200th anniversary of Raffles’ arrival in Singapore.
But did you know that the Istana is also commemorating its 150th anniversary?
To mark this occasion, President Halimah Yacob will be launching an Istana 150 Souvenir Series of Medallions and FlashPay cards on that day.
Jointly brought to you by the Istana and The Singapore Mint, the souvenir series will consist of a range of unique silver medallions and card products featuring the architecture of the Istana buildings.
Security screenings will be done
Before you head down to the Istana on that day, do make a mental note of these rules.
For security reasons, do not bring the following items with you:
To ensure a safe and enjoyable visit and to prevent damage to the premises, visitors will have to undergo security screening before entering the Istana grounds.
The sale of tickets for the Istana Main Building will close at 5.30pm, subject to crowd conditions. As for the guided tour, registration will close by 3pm for the main building, and 4pm for the Nature Guided Walk.
Bai nian at the Istana this CNY
So if you’ve ever wondered what it’s like inside the Istana, head on down on their CNY Open House!
But if you happen to be busy with CNY visits that day, there are still more Istana open houses later in the year.