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

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

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

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

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

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

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

View of Mount Fuji from Shibuya

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

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

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Shibuya Scramble Square has office & retail spaces too

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

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

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

  • Food
  • Fashion
  • Lifestyle goods
  • Cafés & restaurants

Ticket prices & where to get them

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Operating hours & how to get there

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

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

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

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Be the first to see it

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

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

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Fox Giving Marmot A ‘Heart Attack’ Moment Was So Epic, It Won Best Wildlife Photo

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.

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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.

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The image conveyed a stark contrast between life and death as the predator was poised to attack and the prey realised its quick demise.

Bao took home the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Award for his stunning feat. We were equally amazed, and even made a meme out of it.

Glowing squid also a stunning photo

Meanwhile, the winner of the Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year was Cruz Erdmann.

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His entry titled ‘Night Glow’ featured a bigfin reef squid altering its body colour and pattern.

Notable mentions of the awards

The competition also announced winners for different categories like birds, amphibians, animal portraits, invertebrates and mammals.

‘Pondworld’ by Manuel Plaickner captured the mass migration of common frogs in large ponds. We never knew that these amphibians had their own sci-fi wonderland until today.

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The ‘Garden of Eels’ by David Doubilet includes a swaying group of eels drifting across the current.

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‘The Equal Match’ by Ingo Arndt reminds us that we’ll never know which day will be our last.

The picture highlights a horrified guanaco as a female puma grabbed him by the throat.

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Surprisingly, Mr Arndt revealed that the guanaco escaped while the female puma went hungry.

Hawaii is famous for its gorgeous beaches but it’s volcanoes are a sight to see too. ‘Creation’ by Luis Vilariño has red lava from the Kīlauea volcano dripping down towards the cool Pacific Ocean.

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‘The Huddle’ by Stefan Christmann proves that you need others to survive in the wildlife too. The photo featured 5,000 male emperor penguins huddled with their heads down to share body heat.

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Appreciating the beauty of wildlife

We undoubtedly love to take vacations in urban destinations but these pictures inspire us to consider a wildlife adventure too.

If we witness the beauty of nature, then maybe we’ll be more inspired to preserve the planet and protect the environment.

The Earth is huge and there are a lot of places to discover.  In the meantime, consider adding underwater worlds, hot volcanoes, forests and savannas to your travel bucket list.

Have you ever had a wildlife adventure? Share your stories with us in the comments below.

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Thomson Nature Park Is A Free Safari To Spot Banded Langur Monkeys, Bubul Birds & Rare Sambar Deer

Newly-Opened Thomson Nature Park Lets You Spot Banded Langur Monkeys & Rare Sambar Deer

There’s no need to cross borders to explore natural forests and safaris.

On Friday (11 Oct), National Parks announced the opening of the Thomson Nature Park which boasts of rich wildlife and biodiversity. The 50-hectare forest is home to rare animals like the Banded Langur Monkey, Sambar Deer and Bubul Birds.

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If you’re tired of hanging out in shopping malls, here’s a new destination in the North you can head to for a breath of fresh air.

Three Forest Trails

Located on the premises of a former Hainanese village, the opening of Thomson Nature Park is a step to reconnect to and preserve our cultural heritage.

The forest is filled with lush green trees connected by rope bridges and underground culverts that allow wild animals to roam freely.

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National Parks worked closely with the original residents to determine which trails visitors can wander. Guests can explore five trails such as the Stream and Ferns Trail, Ruins and Figs Trail and Ferns Trail, Langur Trail and Macaque Trail. The 5 trails span 3.8 kilometres and are designed to go around the former village’s road network.

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Singapore’s city life features high-rise buildings and condominiums which is a big departure from the kampung life of our ancestors. We imagine elderly grandparents can reminisce and tell stories of their childhood while strolling with their grandkids.

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Wildlife Safari

The 50-hectare park is home to animals like the Malayan Porcupine, Banded Langur, Sambar Deer and Mousedeer.

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For the uninitiated, the Banded Langur is a sky monkey that can only be found in Singapore. There are estimated to be only 60 langurs alive and we’re curious to know if these monkeys will grow to have a big fanbase like our otters.

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Otherwise, keep your eyes peeled on the trees and you may find a straw-headed bulbul perched on a branch.

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The sambal deer is a rare find and we wish that they’ll be able to meet and greet guests. Here’s to hoping we can run as gracefully as these animals while traipsing over branches during a hike.

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How to get to Thomson Nature Park

Locals can visit the Nature Park by booking a Grab or riding the bus.

Those opting for public transport can take bus 138, 138A, 167, 169, 860, 980 and alight at at Upper Thomson Road near Aft Tagore Dr. You can also ride bus 138, 167, 169, 860, 980 and alight at Upper Thomson Road near Bef Tagore Dr.

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Opening Hours: 7am – 7pm daily
Carpark Opening Hours: 7am – 7pm daily (no overnight parking)
Website: National Parks

Thomson Nature Park is a new getaway to get in touch with local wildlife and contemplate life in a kampung village. Make sure to come with friends and family who can help you spot animals.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Soufflé pancakes, Okonomiyaki & BBQ prawns

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Thai Tea & MSW Ice Cream

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

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

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

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

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

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Uncle Ringo carnival rides

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

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

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

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

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Tampines MRT bazaar runs till 30 Oct

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

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

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

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

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Bangkok’s New Mixt Chatuchak Mall Has 700 Air-Conditioned Shops So You Can Siam The Heat

Mixt Chatuchak Mall To Offer 700 Retail Shops, Beside Chatuchak Night Market

Your shopping experience at Bangkok’s Chatuchak Market is about to get an upgrade thanks to the recent opening of Mixt Chatuchak Mall.

Nation Thailand reports that the establishment is a 5-story structure with zones for food and beverage, beauty, home and decor, spas and fashion.

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The building has 700 stores and covers a land area of 60,000 square metres — equivalent to the size of 10 football fields!

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You don’t have to be tired and sweaty after a long day of hauling your purchases because this mall will offer air-conditioned rest areas and complementary facilities.

Two floors of fashion & beauty

The first two floors are dedicated to the Fashion Zone which consists of more than 380 retail shops for beauty, bags, and clothes.

We imagine sneaker heads will have the time of their lives choosing shoes that fit their style and aesthetic — without breaking the bank.

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Makeup lovers can choose from a variety of brushes, sponges and other beauty essentials from the Brush Studio and dozens of other beauty outlets.

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A fashion haul isn’t complete without a brand new wardrobe. Lucky for you, the area boasts of fashion outlets for shoppers of all ages.

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Fashionistas who want to spice up their outfits can choose from a variety of leather goods and handmade bags that look cool or chic.

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The mall also offers spa and beauty services for travellers who want to feel relaxed and pampered.

Home & decor zone

You can easily redecorate your home with a variety of handicrafts, handmade souvenirs, and artwork offered by professional artisans.

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Aspiring travellers can grab figurines of their dream destinations like the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Big Ben and the Statue of Liberty.

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A unique cushion or signage can easily change the atmosphere of your room, so you might want to stop by shops that offer wacky and colourful decorative objects.

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Food court meals from $1.35

After hours of shopping, you can take a break in their food court which has 600 seats! Food prices start at an insanely cheap $1.35 (30 baht) per item.

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Some stalls offer fresh halal meals chock full of rice, carrots, onions and other nutritious vegetables. Foodies who are hoping to find authentic Thai cuisine can spend hours browsing through diverse menus.

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If you missed the durian season here, you’ll be glad to know that you can binge on delectable fruits here. We bet you’d be tempted to hoard a bunch and store them in a suitcase.

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Foodies craving for luscious fruits can check out fresh mangoes, bananas, and berries from local stalls. There’s nothing like the taste of ripe produce straight from the local farms.

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How to get there

Mixt Chatuchak is a mere five-minute walk from Chatuchak Park MRT station and Mo Chit BTS station. Commuters only need to cross the road to get to their destination.

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Mixt Chatuchak is directly beside the famous Chatuchak Night Market. According to Says, avid shoppers can reach the establishment directly from Sections 9, 11, 13, 15, 17, and 19 of the night market.

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Address: 8 Kamphaeng Phet 3 Rd, Chatuchak, Chatuchak, Bangkok, Thailand, 10900
Opening Hours: 10am to 10pm
Contact Number: +66 2 079 4888
Nearest MRT: Mo Chit BTS station and Chatuchak Park MRT station

With a new, comfortable retail venue in the heart of Chatuchak, your Bangkok shopping experience will definitely be a worthwhile one.

You might want to shop for new luggage to carry your entire haul back home.

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Vintage B-Story Cafe Garden In Bangkok Has European-Inspired Decor & Fruity Desserts From $5

Bangkok’s B-Story Cafe Garden Has European-Style Vintage Aesthetic & Fruity Desserts From $5

There’s no need to travel far to marvel at European Gothic architecture and renaissance-style paintings.

B-Story Cafe Garden, located in Lat Phrao – a district in Bangkok – boasts all the above, including extravagant chandeliers and a stunning indoor garden.

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As the holiday season draws near, we bet you’re on the hunt for beautiful cafes in Thailand. Here’s why you shouldn’t miss this cafe on your next visit.

Gothic-style interior

If you frequent cafes to finish homework or attend meetings, then B-Story Cafe Garden will drastically change your experience.

The establishment mimics classic European architecture with tall ceilings and vintage furniture.

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We’ve seen rustic rooms in movies with old mansions, and we never thought that we’ll get to dine in one until today.

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The ceilings have Renaissance-style paintings of goddesses and angels, which is a departure from the casual cafes that we’re used to.

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Coffee enthusiasts who want to indulge in hot cappuccino in the great outdoors should head to the second floor, which boasts balconies and miniature columns.

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Their exquisite angel statues add an aura of mystery and mystique to the atmosphere.

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Vintage greenhouse

Visitors who want to indulge in the beauty of nature can stay inside B-Story Cafe Garden’s traditional glass greenhouse.

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The vibrant atmosphere and abundance of seats make it the perfect place to share stories over afternoon treats and coffee with friends or family.

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Dining at the greenhouse seems like a great option when the view outside features lush green plants and hand-carved angel statues.

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Fruity drinks & delicious seafood from $5

While the interior is certainly impressive, you’ll be happy to know that the menu is too.

The Be-Forest Tea features a mix of mango or strawberry tea and an adorable bear-shaped milk foam for $6.09 (135 baht).

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Their Nero Pasta Tomyum features massive shrimps and copious amounts of shrimp eggs. The concoction has pasta dipped in squid ink and spicy tom yum sauce for $15.78 (350 baht).

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Locals craving for a premium seafood dish should check out the B-Ocean which includes shrimp, mussels, squid and tomato sauce served in a hot pan for $17.59 (390 baht).

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Sometimes you’re craving bold flavorful Thai dishes, so we suggest their fresh Chee Chee Salmon that is best enjoyed with hot steamed rice for $13.08 (290 baht).

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Finish your luxurious dinner with a Banoffee Cake that is served in a jar for 125 baht ($5.64).

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Directions to B-Story Cafe Garden

B-Story Cafe Garden is a 30-minute cab ride from Suvarnabhumi Airport.

The cafe is along Chalong Rat Expy (Toll Road) and beside Ministrant Thailand. The nearest MRT is Lat Phrao station, which is a 16-minute drive from the cafe.

Address: B-Story Garden 33 25 Pradit Manutham Alley, Khwaeng Lat Phrao, Khet Lat Phrao, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10230
Opening Hours: 10am – 11pm
Phone: +66 83 751 1137
Website: B-Story Cafe Garden

B-Story Cafe Garden seems like a quaint establishment that you’d find in Europe. Just by looking at the pictures, you can tell that it’s the ideal getaway to escape the hustle and bustle of the city.

What do you think about putting B-Story Cafe Garden in your Bangkok bucket list? Let us know in the comments below.

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

Kallang River To Have Cycling Path Connecting Bishan To Downtown

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

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

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

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Community deck and a more beautiful river

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

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

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Towards a car-lite city

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

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

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

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Sunway Big Box Will Open In JB On 18 Dec With A Giant Indoor Extreme Park & Cinema

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

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

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

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

Big boxes & relaxing parks

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

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

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

100+ retail outlets

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

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

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

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Indoor extreme park with obstacle course

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

According to lifestyle website Johor Foodie, EnerG X which runs Asia’s largest indoor theme park, will be one of the tenants there.

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That means visitors can look forward to a whole array of adrenaline-filled indoor activities like high elements and giant trampolines.

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For those who are familiar with the American game show Wipeout, you’d be thrilled to find a very similar setup right in Sunway Big Box.

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The facilities are kid-friendly, so you won’t have to worry about bringing the little ones along.

Sunway Citrine Hub hotel & residences

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

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

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Sunway Big Box opens on December

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Featured image adapted from Sunway Malls and Facebook.

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

Bangkok’s Central Village Luxury Outlet Opens On 31 Aug

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

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

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

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

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

Luxury shopping paradise with 235 outlet brands

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

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

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

Up to 70% off discounts

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

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

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

More Thai and street delicacies to choose from

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

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

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

Cultural events & tourist services

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

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

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

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

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

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

Central Village is a 10-min cab ride from airport

Central Village will open on Saturday (31 Aug).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1. 2.5 times the size of Bishan

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

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

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

2. Ports to move house to Tuas

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

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

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

3. Universal Studios Part II?

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

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

4. Green corridors connecting East & West Coast Park

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

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

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

5. Sentosa to be revamped too

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

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

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6. Breathing new life into 2 old power stations

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

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

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

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

7. A second Mapletree Business City

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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