Vibrant Mural In Little India Suddenly Vanishes, Netizens Wonder What Happened To It

Little India Mural Vanishes Suddenly, Netizens Wonder What Happened To It

Murals and street art can breathe new life into a neighbourhood. In most cases, they also act as great identifiers that the public can remember locations by.

Recently, many were surprised to find that the vibrant mural at Little India was allegedly removed over the past week.


Netizens who came across the Facebook post, showing the before and after images, were puzzled as to why the artwork was removed.

MS News has contacted the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) for comments on the matter and will update the article accordingly.

Trishaw man mural in Little India removed

On Monday (1 Jun) afternoon, a Facebook user posted a picture showing the facade of a familiar red building on Clive Street.


However, there was a missing component to the building — the iconic trishaw mural on the exterior of the building.


Apparently created in 2019 by local artist, Ceno2, the mural shows an Indian man in a turban sitting in front of a trishaw and sipping on a beverage.


Its interesting composition and contrast with the bright red building naturally made it a population tourist attraction and photo-taking spot.

Netizens wonder what happened to mural

Upon seeing the removal, many expressed their displeasure at the removal of the mural.


Someone suggested a change in the law that protects public artwork from being removed without consent.


There were also others who offered a possible theory that involved reinstating the building to its previous condition before a change of tenant could occur.


And that might well be the case.

On 15 May, The Singapura Club – which occupies the building – announced on Facebook that they will be closing their outlet in Little India.


Even though the mural at Little India might be a thing of the past, The Singapura Club at Kampong Glam also has a similar-looking artwork, albeit in black and white.


Such a shame to see it disappear

Even though the removal may be part of a contractual agreement, it is sad to see such an iconic piece of street art disappear from the Little India landscape.

We hope that the wall can be reused and that other talented artists could have a crack at it, writing a new chapter in that part of Singapore.

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Featured image adapted from Google Maps

Ang Mo Kio HDB Has Kopi, Kueh & Other Nostalgic Murals To Help The Elderly Find Their Way Home

Murals At Ang Mo Kio HDB Estate Help Elderly With Dementia Find Their Way Home

Our favourite snacks and candies remind us of our childhood years. For the elderly, these classic products may spark memories and help them recognise their surroundings.

A block in Ang Mo Kio Ave 4 has taken this idea to heart with murals featuring tang yuan, satay, and ang ku kueh. The murals were created by the Alzheimer’s Disease Association (ADA) to enable the elderly and residents with dementia to find their way back home.

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Perhaps showing these murals to your grandparents will remind them of the good ‘ol days.

Nostalgic murals help the elderly recognise their blocks

Local hiker Joyce Sim shared photos of the nostalgic murals in the Singapore Hikers’ Facebook group. While taking a morning walk around her neighbourhood, she photographed street art with retro items like kopi cups and classic treats.

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The iconic White Rabbit candies, for example, are reminiscent of many Singaporeans’ childhoods, young and old. Besides bringing back fond memories, they’ll likely help elderly residents living at this block find their way home too.

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Homemade tang yuan is an age-old dish loved by everyone. Evocative of festive dinners with the family, these luscious glutinous rice balls will surely guide ah ma or ah gong back home easily.


And if the smell of grilled satay skewers hits closer to home for them, this mural makes the perfect indicator for where a certain block is situated.


Some of us prefer to eat kueh lapis by peeling the individual layers while others prefer to eat them all at once. Either way, these colourful layers not only brighten up the neighbourhood, but they also distinguish a particular block very well.


Building a dementia-friendly community

The murals were painted as a part of ADA’s Wayfinding Project in 2020, to transform the neighbourhood into a dementia-friendly community.

We certainly hope that they’ve been able to achieve that with these beautiful works of art.

Once the Covid-19 outbreak subsides, perhaps you could drop by for a visit too, and check out the unique murals.

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Featured image adapted from Joyce Sim on Facebook

Makansutra At Esplanade Has Free Meals On 30 May For Anyone In Need Before Temporary Closure

Makansutra At Esplanade Offers Free Meals Before Closure Till 14 Jun

Covid-19 has hit different sectors of our country hard with food establishments among the hardest hit following the implementation of Phase 2 (Heightened Alert) (P2HA).

Popular tourist destination and supper spot Makansutra at Esplanade appears to be the latest to succumb to the measures. They’ve recently announced their temporary closure till 14 Jun, when P2HA ends.


Before their closure, they will be offering free meals to anyone in need, with no strings attached.

Makansutra at Esplanade to close temporarily till 14 Jun

In a Facebook post today (29 May), Makansutra announced their Gluttons Bay closure for the rest of the P2HA period till 14 Jun.


Since the tighter measures came rather unexpectedly, it’s to no surprise that many businesses weren’t ready for slower sales.

Even though Makansutra has sought help from the public as well as received generous rental discounts from their landlord,  it’s apparently not enough to tide them through these trying times.

With less foot traffic in the area, it has become difficult for them to stay open as the eatery is widely known to cater to workers and tourists.

Free meals to all who need it on 30 May

With generous donations from notable supporters, the hawkers at Makansutra will be offering free takeaway meals on 30 May.

The meals will also be halal, with some having no pork and lard. This was done intentionally for the food riders and deliverymen who have been working tirelessly to bring our favourite food to the comfort of our homes.

Collection of the meals will begin from 3pm till 8pm tomorrow (30 May), while stocks last. No other conditions are listed and you can simply grab a meal and go.

Here’s how to get there, if you’re planning to head over:

Makansutra Gluttons Bay
Address: #01-15 Next to Esplanade, 8 Raffles Ave, Singapore 039802
Opening hours: Tues-Fri 4pm-9pm, Sat & Sun 3pm-9pm, Closed on Mon (Collection will be from 3pm-8pm)
Nearest MRT: Esplanade Station

Hope Makansutra emerges stronger

Even under unfortunate circumstances, Makansutra has made it a point to give back to the community by offering free meals to anyone in need.

Kudos to them for the kind gesture and we hope to see them bounce back better than ever.

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Featured image adapted from Makansutra on Facebook.

These Bunny Lemon Tarts Are So Cute, They’ll Hop Into Your Heart Instead Of Your Mouth

Taiwan-Based Bakery Has Fluffy Bunny Lemon Tarts Made From Yoghurt & Passionfruit

Taiwan is known for its foodie innovations like Shiba Inu toast, and BBT served with chicken.

While we wait for travel restrictions to ease, we’ve discovered a heartwarming treat that can instantly hop into your bucket list.

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Taiwan bakery ‘io design studio’ whips up jiggly bunny lemon tarts that look too cute to eat.

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Food trends may come and go but we’re hoping this dessert will withstand the test of time and spread like wildfire.

Bunny lemon tarts are fluffy & jiggly

‘io design studio’ specialises in creative and sculpted desserts that will blow away foodies with a sweet tooth. Their bestsellers include stylish cakes and parfaits—but what truly stands out is their iconic bunny lemon tarts.

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When it comes to fluffy bunny treats, the more, the merrier. That’s why we’re amazed by the sight of this bunny haven.

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Similar to its real-life counterpart, the immaculately adorable figurine has a plump body and a fluffy butt.

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Made of yoghurt & passionfruit

This adorable bunny lazing on top of a sour lemon tart captures our hearts with its tiny eyes.


Foodies who have the guts to slice it will find that its exterior seems to be made of yoghurt while the interior has hints of a passionfruit filling.


How to get there

‘io design studio’ is located in Tainan City in Taiwan.

A tart costs S$8.07 (NT$180). While it’s a bit pricey, at least it’s a relaxing dessert you can munch on after a day spent sightseeing.

Due to current travel restrictions, we can’t get these at the moment. But once it’s safe to travel again, you can bookmark its location to hunt these tarts down.

Address: No. 50號, Lane 433, Gongyuan Road, North District, Tainan City, Taiwan 704
Opening Hours:  11:30am-6:30pm, (Thurs-Mon), closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays
Contact number: +886 6 252 3586
Website: io design studio Facebook page

Must-try for bunny lovers

Bunny lemon tarts are a must-have for rabbit lovers that want to gaze and taste these irresistibly adorable pastries.

Though it’s exclusively available in Taiwan, we hope our local cafés and bakeries will stock up on these too.

Know anyone who will love these bunny lemon tarts? Tag them in the comments section to share this food trend.

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Featured image adapted from Facebook and Instagram

Orchard Rd Vietnamese Restaurant Run By Deaf Couple Struggles To Stay Open, Public Urged To Help

Orchard Road Vietnamese Eatery Run By Deaf Couple Struggles To Stay Open

Many businesses from restaurants to karaoke chains are struggling to stay open in the current climate, with many long-established brands ending their decade-spanning trades due to the pandemic.

Pioneer Fish Head Soup Eatery On Amoy St To Close, Monthly Losses Due To Covid-19 Too Much To Bear

However, not every story needs to end in defeat. A Facebook user recently urged the public to support an ailing Vietnamese eatery that’s being run by a deaf couple in Orchard.


Netizen urged Singaporeans to help Orchard Vietnamese restaurant

In a Facebook post on Friday (21 May), a netizen named Mr Ng urged the public to help the couple – Anthony and Angela – with their struggling restaurant business.

The pair have apparently been operating since 2018. However, due to Covid-19, the lessened footfall at basement 2 of Orchard Gateway, and lack of presence on delivery platforms, they are struggling to stay open.


Mr Ng encouraged the public to come together and get group orders while seeking kind members of the public who could offer them delivery service.

He also went on to highlight the generous portions of food and relatively cheap prices for Orchard Road standards.


Vietnamese eatery run by deaf couple from Hanoi

Encouraged by their family and friends, Anthony and Angela opened a Vietnamese restaurant in the Orchard district a few years ago.

Perhaps due to their inexpensive pricing and MSG-less food, they have flourished and even relocated to a bigger space from their previous Orchard Midpoint location.

However, the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has not been kind to businesses in Singapore and especially those located in tourist-centric areas like Orchard.

Being hard of hearing, running a business where communication is vital has not been easy.

For instance, buying from suppliers who only entertain calls and not texts have led to them purchasing supplies in-person at supermarkets or the wet market.

Despite their struggles, the couple’s enthusiasm for cooking and people have prevailed.

They even have learning materials in the form of cards at the restaurant that teach customers basic sign language.


Short walk from Somerset MRT Station

If you’re in the area and want to show your support, here’s how to get there:

Signs A Taste of Vietnam Pho
Address: 277 Orchard Rd, #B2-15, Singapore 238858
Opening Hours: 11am – 8.30pm
Phone: 8685 4838 (text only)
Nearest MRT: Somerset MRT Station

Support small businesses

Some F&B establishments have certainly been having a hard time during the pandemic.

Hence, we are heartened to see that Singaporeans have taken it upon themselves to share the Facebook post and tagging their loved ones in the comment section.

We hope business owners in Singapore can overcome their struggles and make it through the pandemic safely.

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Man Captures Aerial Photos Of Lazarus Island At Low Tide, Reveals Its Natural Rocky Shores

Aerial Photos Of Lazarus Island Highlight Its Breathtaking Coastline At Low Tide

Lazarus island is known for its stunning coastlines and pristine white sand. However, this scenery might make you do a double-take.

Equipped with a drone camera, a man took photos of the island paradise at low tide. Upon closer inspection, you’ll find crystal clear waters and breathtaking shores akin to a Mediterranean destination.


Lazarus island at low tide is a hidden gem

After visiting Lazarus Island for a run and trek, nature lover Brice Li uploaded photos in the Facebook group Nature Society (Singapore).


The photographs were captured over 5 separate trips since last April. At low tide, you’ll find that it’s brimming with abundant corals which prove that the coastal forest is flourishing.


As the water level rises, the colours transition from turquoise to a darker shade of blue.


Perhaps this thriving scenery will encourage you to ride a ferry and see it for yourself soon.


Majestic forests & greenery abound

Towering trees are a common sight whenever we hike and trek in local forests, but the view is even better from up above.


A change in perspective unveils an untouched field overflowing with greenery.


Lazarus Island’s rich biodiversity is certainly apparent in this majestic photo of woodlands surrounded by azure waters.


Whenever you crave a break from urban life, take a trek from the edge of this shore. Maybe a change in scenery is just what you need to get motivated amid the WFH period.


They say beautiful things take time and it seems true, at least when it comes to Mother Nature. We can only imagine how long it must have taken for the lush greenery to thrive and grow into the vast forest it is today.


Aerial shot juxtaposes island with urban coasts

Avid local hikers will know that Lazarus Island has neighbouring isles such as Seringat Island, Kias Island, Tekukor Island—and you’ll be able to spot them from higher up in the skies.


The blissful paradise stretches to Seringat-Kias, connected through paved trails. Eagle-eyed viewers will probably notice Sentosa Island in the background.


Interestingly, one can’t help but notice the juxtaposition of the island’s natural coasts with Sentosa’s more developed appearance.

Mother Nature’s wonders from a different perspective

A simple change in perspective combined with the right moment can transform our local destinations. Though we might not have the long shorelines of Thailand or Malaysia, it seems our very own isles can satisfy our wanderlust.

While we wait for the end of the pandemic, let’s appreciate our own natural wonders. After all, there are also adventures we can take close to home.

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Featured image adapted from Brice Li on Facebook.

Boat Quay Supper Spot New Shah Alam Suspended Due To Cockroach Infestation & Unclean Premises

SFA Suspends & Fines New Shah Alam In Boat Quay For 3 Offences

Boat Quay is synonymous with chill hangouts and supper spots, none more so than New Shah Alam that has served hungry club-goers for years.


The 24-hour eatery selling Indian Muslim food has become the de-facto supper place for club-goers in and around the area.

Unfortunately, you won’t be able to get your late-night pick-me-ups for a while as the restaurant is closed till 31 May.

New Shah Alam in Boat Quay suspended from 18 May

In a news update, the Singapore Food Agency (SFA) announced that the restaurant’s licence has been suspended from Tuesday (18 May).

This is following the accumulation of 14 demerit points for the following offences:

  • Failure to keep licensed premises free of cockroach infestation
  • Failure to keep licensed premises clean
  • Failure to provide adequate numbers of refuse bins with fitting covers

SFA have also fined New Shah Alam $1,000 for the above offences.

The suspension will last until the end of May, after which the restaurant may reopen if certain requirements are met.

Staff have to retake & pass Food Safety Course

As a licensee with SFA, those who accumulated 12 or more demerit points during a 12-month period may have their licence suspended for either 2 or 4 weeks.

Food handlers will need to undergo retraining before resuming work.

SFA also calls on food operators to be mindful of food and hygiene practices at all times and employ staff with valid credentials.

Hopefully, New Shah Alam will remedy their faults and reopen in June. If you’re looking to head over once they’ve resumed business, here’s how to get there:

New Shah Alam Restaurant
Address: 20-21 Circular Rd, Singapore 049376
Opening hours: 24 hours daily
Nearest MRT: Clarke Quay Station

No comforting suppers till 31 May

The announcement of its closure may disappoint many who find comfort in having suppers at one of Singapore’s supper institutes, often overlooking the less than ideal hygiene standards.

However, we’ll only have to wait for 2 weeks for the restaurant to clean up their act and reopen again.

Till then, patrons can reminisce on the good times where clubs were still open, stumbling your way to some good ol’ Indian food.

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Featured image adapted from Google Maps.

Karaoke Manekineko Closing All S’pore Outlets, Thanks Customers For Their Support

Karaoke Manekineko To Close All 8 Outlets In Singapore

Similar to Teo Heng, Karaoke Manekineko holds a special place in many Singaporeans’ hearts.


However, as KTVs in Singapore have suspended operations for over a year now, many are starting to go under.

The latest casualty seems to be Karaoke Manekineko, which announced that it’ll be closing all Singapore outlets soon.

But thankfully, according to Manekineko’s management team, it’s not farewell for good.

Karaoke Manekineko closing all Singapore outlets

On Wednesday (19 May), the popular KTV brand announced on Facebook that it’ll close all outlets in Singapore.


This comes as a shock for many, as the chain is extremely well-received amongst Singaporeans who frequented KTVs.

Having opened their first K Box in Singapore in 2002, Manekineko now owns 8 outlets islandwide, at the following locations:

  • Orchard Cineleisure
  • *SCAPE
  • Bugis+
  • Marina Square
  • Lucky Chinatown
  • SAFRA Punggol
  • SAFRA Jurong
  • Tampines 1

In the notice, it thanks customers for the support over the nearly 2 decades it’s been around and anticipates a comeback in the future.

While the poster states the date of closure as 5 May, the KTV chain interestingly posted the notice only today (19 May). MS News has reached out to them for clarification regarding the official closing date.

KTV with the cute fortune cat

Known fondly as the karaoke with an adorable fortunate cat as their mascot, Karaoke Manekineko is popular for many reasons.


For one, customers could enjoy an unlimited flow of drinks and snacks during their singing sessions, for just $5 nett.


Many have also gushed over the pristine and kawaii interior design of their K suites, along with quality sound systems. That’s not to mention the friendly staff at many of their outlets.


Having started out with a K Box at Choa Chu Kang Lot 1, the Japanese karaoke chain expanded into a leading entertainment provider in Singapore.

Prior to the pandemic, its newest outlet opened in Chinatown in Oct 2017.

Sad news for many

Given the raging pandemic and safe distancing measures, KTVs are undoubtedly amongst some of the most severely hit.

Some of them had to close most outlets after struggling to survive with the end of the tunnel not yet in sight.

It’s heart-wrenching to have to bid farewell to another of Singapore’s beloved brands.

We hope that this is indeed not goodbye, and await Karaoke Manekineko to come back stronger.

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Featured image adapted from Google Maps.

Tanjong Katong Eng’s Wanton Mee Outlet Suspended After 13 Diners Get Stomach Flu

Eng’s Wanton Mee At Tanjong Katong Suspended After 13 Come Down With Stomach Flu

While Katong boasts shiok eateries galore, wanton mee enthusiasts are likely to recognise Eng’s Wanton Noodle at 287 Tanjong Katong Road best.


Famed for their springy wanton noodles and homemade signature chilli sauce, many have frequented the stall for a bowl of dry wanton mee.

However, customers won’t be able to do so for while, as the eatery has been ordered to close till further notice.

Eng’s wanton noodles suspended from 18 May

According to a notice by the Singapore Food Agency (SFA), they’ve suspended Eng’s Wanton Noodles’ Tanjong Katong outlet from Tuesday (18 May).

Apparently, 13 diners have come down with gastroenteritis symptoms after eating there between 14 and 16 May.

Gastroenteritis symptoms, or stomach flu, typically include diarrhoea, vomiting, and abdominal pain.

Thankfully, none of the affected customers required hospitalisation, says SFA. They sought outpatient treatment, self-medicated, or recovered without treatment.

However, to prevent the recurrence of such cases, SFA has ordered the restaurant to close till further notice.

Staff to retrain under Food Safety Course

All staff will need to re-attend and pass the Food Safety Course before the eatery can reopen.


They also have to test negative for foodborne pathogens, before returning to work as food handlers.

The board reminds all food operators to observe good food and personal hygiene practices at all times.

Meanwhile, it also encourages the public to report poor hygiene practices at F&B outlets via SFA’s online feedback form.

Look forward to the restaurant’s reopening

Hopefully, with food safety re-training and proper sanitisation, the restaurant can reopen soon.

Even though we cannot dine in till 13 Jun, many would still like to dabao back a bowl of wanton mee or two.

Let’s hope that Eng’s Wantan Noodle will be able to resume operations soon for that to happen.

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Featured image adapted from Google Maps.

S’pore CCs Offer Workers On The Go Space To Eat & Rest, Netizens Applaud Initiative

Several CCs Offer Space For Cabbies & Delivery Riders To Rest & Makan

Since Sunday (16 May), dining-in at F&B venues has been put on hold. While many who work from home (WFH) can eat at home, not everyone is as lucky.

Workers such as delivery riders, Social Distancing Ambassadors (SDAs) and taxi drivers find themselves at a loss trying to find a place to eat.

To help alleviate this growing concern, several community centres (CCs) have opened up spaces for them to rest and makan.


CCs that have come up with this timely initiative include Kampong Kembangan CC, Kampong Ubi CC and Braddell Heights CC.

CCs in the East open to delivery riders & cabbies

On Monday (17 May), Marine Parade GRC MP Mr Tan Chuan-Jin shared on Facebook that taxi drivers can now take meal breaks at some of the CCs.


This comes amid the ban on dining-in at hawker centres and eateries, resulting in many cabbies having to find alternative places to consume their meals.


Some have had to eat at shophouse lobbies or at roadside pavements. Coupled with the unpredictable downpours of late, many are having a hard time taking meal breaks.


As such, Kampong Kembangan CC and Kampong Ubi CC have opened up their function halls for delivery riders and taxi drivers to rest and makan.


SDAs and private hire car drivers can also take their breaks there, while observing safe distancing measures and refraining from talking or socialising.

Rooms are available from 10am to 8pm and are subject to limited capacity. Those in need may approach the staff at the CCs to book a slot.

Nearby at Bedok North, Kaki Bukit CC is also opening its doors to workers in the area who need somewhere to rest.


The space will be open from 10am-6pm daily.

Braddell Heights CC allows SDAs to rest

Similarly, Braddell Heights CC has opened its Multi-Purpose Hall (MPH) for workers in need of a break.

Agency officers such as SDAs, as well as food delivery riders in the area, can now have a proper place to rest and makan.


The operating hours of the MPH will follow that of the CC, which is 10am-10pm daily except for public holidays, when it closes.

The initiative has received glowing reviews from netizens, who left positive comments in the respective MPs’ posts.

Kudos to the CCs for freeing up space to help

While the new measures may have inconvenienced many of us, they clearly hit some harder than others.

We, therefore, applaud the CCs for such timely initiatives to help alleviate a growing concern. We also hope that more workers will soon have a safe space to rest as a result.

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