GameMartz Is Selling PS4 & Xbox Games From $10 Till 11 Jan 2019

Massive Sale On PS4 & Xbox Games At GameMartz

Game consoles like PlayStation, Wii and Xbox already cost so much on their own.

You’d need to buy the video games too, and those don’t come cheap. You can wait for your ang bao money, but February seems so far away.

Well don’t stress about it too much because GameMartz is having a massive sale on video games at both its outlets.

Brand new PS4 & Xbox games from $10

Brand new video games can cost a fortune, often going for at least $50 each especially for the popular titles.

Forking out money to buy one can be painful but what alternative is there?

You can buy pre-owned games but nothing beats the thrill of tearing the plastic wrapper on a CD case that’s been untouched by human hands.

Paying affordable prices for that satisfaction? That’s a dream you can realise at GameMartz which is selling PS4 and Xbox games for as low as $10.

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That’s $10 for a lifetime of entertainment — or however long your PlayStation survives for.

Hit Xbox One games like “Resident Evil Origins Collection” are sold for $25 or less, which is significantly cheaper than what most places offer.

Online retailer Lazada sells the game for $59.90.

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Nintendo 3DS games are also available at very attractive prices, so get ready to make it rain when you visit one of GameMartz’s stores.

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Sale ends 11 January

Awesome deals don’t last forever and this one will only be around till Friday (11 Jan).

Here’s all you need to know about both outlets to get your hands on your gaming haul ASAP.

GameMartz @ Plaza Singapura
Address: 68 Orchard Rd, #04-03 Plaza Singapura, Singapore 238839
Opening hours: 11am-9.30pm
Nearest station: Dhoby Ghaut MRT

GameMartz @ Bugis Junction
Address: 200 Victoria St, #03-24B Bugis Junction, Singapore 188021
Opening hours: 11am-9.30pm
Nearest station: Bugis MRT

So gather your fellow nerds from the gaming community and hurry over to any GameMartz outlets soon to catch the deal while it lasts.

Alternatively, if you live nearer Yishun & Tampines, check out this sale instead.

GameXtreme Store Also Selling PS4 Games From $9.90 At Tampines & Yishun

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The Market Bangkok Is Like Platinum Mall But Newer, & Located Right Next Door

The Market Bangkok Is Also Home To Domo-Kun Cafe

Bangkok is one of the best shopping havens in the world. But if you’re the kind of person who flies there 3 to 4 times a year, it does get pretty sian after some time.

Thankfully, a new mall just opened in Bangkok right next to Platinum Mall on last Thursday (14 Feb), and has everything you’d expect in a shopping complex, from blogshops to cafés and even massage parlours.

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Here’s a preview of what you can expect.

Rows of fashion boutiques

Those looking for new apparels will be delighted at the rows upon rows of fashion boutiques at The Market Bangkok.

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There are in fact two whole levels of blogshops on Floors M and 1 for shoppers looking for new additions to their wardrobe.

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Whether you’re looking for cutesy T-shirts or formal dresses for the workplace, The Market Bangkok has everything you’ll need.

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You’ll also be able to get some beachwear for your next tanning session.

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The mall certainly has Far East Plaza feels, but on steroids.

Massage parlours on Floor 4

A must-do in between all that shopping is heading to Floor 4 for a Thai massage session. You can relieve your body of aches and pains at Let’s Relax — a massage parlour located on Floor 4.

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There are also salons and beauty centres at The Market Bangkok for those looking to beautify themselves.

You can check out the full list of beauty services here.

Huge variety of F&B outlets

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The undisputed highlight of the F&B pickings here is surely the Domo-kun Café located on Floor G.

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We highly recommend going for their soft serve ice cream which comes with our favourite topping — tapioca pearls.

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At just S$2.82 (65 baht), it’s a steal for something that will have your Instagram followers jelly AF.

You can also grab yourself some adorable Domo-kun merchandise.

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If you’re looking for a heavier meal, there’s also a massive food court on the 3rd floor.

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Getting there

Planning a trip there already? The Market Bangkok is located directly opposite Central World, and a 5-minutes walk from Platinum Mall.

Here’s the address:

Location: The Market Bangkok
Address: Ratchadamri Road, 10400 Bangkok Thailand
Opening hours: 10am-10pm
Nearest BTS station: Chit Lom

Guess it’s time for you to start jio-ing your friends for a trip to Bangkok soon!

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Capital 21 Mall In JB Opening On 17 October, So Get Your Wallets Ready

JB’s Largest Mall With An Indoor Theme Park Opens In 2 Weeks

Are you still thinking of how to make the most of the high SGD – Ringgit rate?

Well, don’t think any further because Capital 21 Mall will be opening in Johor Bahru (JB) on 17 October!

You won’t have to travel very far either since it’s only a 20-minute drive from the Woodlands checkpoint.

Updated:
We went there and discovered this:

Capital 21 Mall In JB Is A Mess, Despite Opening Officially On 17 Oct

If you’re still hesitating about making that trip, here’s a reminder why you should visit Capital 21 before everyone swarms it.

Travel the world in one shopping mall

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From the elevation floor plan alone, you can see that it’s far from the usual shopping mall.

If you’ve been feeling envious of friends who’ve been travelling the world on holidays or school trips, here’s your chance to outdo them.

Boasting retail zones themed around different continents, you’ll be exploring the world in one trip around Capital 21.

America

You can start from the first continent on the upper ground floor, America.

Ever imagined yourself as a film character walking the streets of New York or taking in the bright lights of Hollywood?

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You can live those fantasies right here without having to spend lots of money or long, butt-aching hours on a plane ride.

Europe

Take the escalator one level up and you’ll find yourself in a different continent.

Capital 21’s European zone whisks you away to famous cities like Venice and London with its realistic reenactments.

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Escalators leading to gateways displaying names of popular Tube stations make you feel like you’ve been transported to the heart of London.

The adjacent hallways create the atmosphere of shopping along quaint streets much like the affluent West end of London. Think Kensington and Notting Hill.

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This is an actual image of the completed hallway. The grand arches and hanging lamps scream aesthetics perfect for your next Instagram post.

If you prefer a less cliched European destination, you can simply walk over to Italy, the country of high fashion and the iconic Leaning Tower of Pisa.

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The high fashion retail area imitates the streets of Milan. Time to whip out the RM and make it rain as you sashay down the hallways.

Southeast Asia’s largest indoor theme park

Besides the themed zones, the mall also boasts the region’s largest indoor theme park.

And that’s great because most of us would have tried the rides at USS one too many times. So checking out Capital 21’s indoor theme park would be a welcome change.

Run by MCM Studio, the theme park features a Cartoon Planet, Music Planet and Movie Planet. There’s really something for everyone.

Cartoon Planet

For parents who need somewhere to let their children spend their energy, Cartoon Planet has many kid-friendly attractions.

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Wear the kids out with some rides, live shows or time spent at the cartoon-themed playgrounds so they won’t bother you while you shop later.

Music Planet

If Cartoon Planet doesn’t appeal to your inner child, you can watch live musicals instead.

The current headliner is the London Musical Circus which features acts that will keep you at the edge of your seats.

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As if show tunes and crazy acrobatics aren’t enough, there’s also the famous Globe of Death.

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Movie Planet

Visuals of Movie Planet have yet to be released, but with rides featuring Transformers, Dinosaur World and a Haunted House, it already sounds too exciting to resist.

How do I get there?

Here’s how to get to Capital 21 from the Causeway:

Currently, no shuttle bus services have been offered to Capital 21.

If you’re driving from Singapore and entering JB via the Woodlands Checkpoint, the route is pretty straightforward.

If you’re taking other forms of transportation like bus or train and alighting at different locations in JB, you can Grab from those places to Capital 21.

The drive from popular malls like City Square (across JB customs) or AEON Tebrau City average at about 15 minutes.

Theme park fees

As of now, no entry fees for the theme park have been announced.

Our guess is that it’s free access for shoppers like the one in Berjaya Times Square, so you’ll only have to pay for the rides or shows of your choice.

So grab your passports & get those stacks of ringgit ready.

There’s no better time to jio your friends for a weekend getaway to JB!

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Genting Highlands Indoor Theme Park Opens On 8 Dec & Spans 4 Storeys

Genting Highlands Now Boasts Massive Indoor Theme Park

Hey 90’s kids, do you remember First World Indoor Theme Park in Genting Highlands?

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If your family likes to make frequent trips to Malaysia for holiday, chances are you might have visited this theme park at First World Plaza before.

And you might even recall sitting on a roller coaster that goes around the shopping mall.

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If the visuals make you want to revisit your childhood, we’re sorry to say that First World Indoor Theme Park is no more.

But hold those tears, because it has been replaced with a new and improved version called SkyTropolis that will open on Saturday (8 Dec).

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Theme park operator Resorts World Genting hasn’t released any official pictures, but the ones circulating on social media have got us psyched.

Massive 4-storey attraction

It’s rumoured that SkyTropolis will span across four storeys in the mall.

This literally means that some of the larger rides will be massive. Look at this indoor ferris wheel that’s impossible to miss.

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And that’s only what you’ll see by the entrance of the theme park. There’s a lot more in store and this is what you can expect.

24 rides and attractions

Those who get nauseous easily be warned because most of the rides here spin around.

The Dragon Frenzy 360 will not only spin you around in your seats but also swing you 360 degrees upside down.

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We’re not sure where the dragon in the ride is but your guts will definitely be in a frenzy after being twirled around in two different directions.

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If you want to dial it down a bit, you can try the Space Cadet, where you sit in little space rockets that spin up and down a central pole.

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It may not be Star Wars level cool, but at least you can experience the rush of zooming around in your own spaceship.

We don’t know what this ride does. What looks like random ride seats in a small circle may appear harmless but we won’t be surprised if it starts turning in high-speed loops.

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The handles must be there for a reason, so hang on tight.

Kid-friendly rides

Parents, don’t worry if you’re afraid that your kids won’t be able to handle rotating at fast speeds. There are milder rides for them too.

This carousel promises to live up to your expectations and more. It appears to have stairs that lead to an upper deck, so you can perch on a pretty pony for a better view of your surroundings.

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Anything with double layers means an added serving of something good, so get your extra helping of the vibrant carnival atmosphere on this two-storey merry-go-round.

Let your kids experience the nostalgia of riding on a steam engine train on Copper Express as it takes them around a mini field complete with fake grass and trees.

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Fun for the whole family

Whether you’re seeking an adrenaline rush or a breezy fun time with your family, SkyTropolis is the one-stop destination for the young and the young at heart.

And the best thing is, it’s inside a mall, so you can do all your shopping and eating there. Yup, we didn’t forget about you, mum.

Ticket prices haven’t been released yet but with the exchange rate, we doubt you’ll have much to worry about it.

Be sure to include SkyTropolis in your itinerary when you plan your family vacation to Genting Highlands!

Location: First World Hotel & Plaza, 69000 Genting Highlands, Pahang, Malaysia
Opening hours: 10am-12am
How to get there: WTS travel provides coaches directly from Singapore. Pick-up locations include Tampines, Sengkang, Bedok, Ang Mo Kio, Sembawang and Woodlands.

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Funan IT Mall Reopens On 28 Jun With Indoor Cycling Track, Robot Shoppers & Rooftop Farms

Funan IT Mall Gets Massive Upgrade & Opens On 28 Jun

We remember Funan Mall as a haven for tech geeks who want to find the latest and greatest gadgets, laptops, computers, printers and digital cameras.

The old Funan DigitaLife Mall closed in 2016, but it’s scheduled to return by 28 June 2019 with a massive 887,000 square feet upgrade — about the size of fourteen football fields!

From co-working spaces, robot shoppers to edible gardens, here’s a sneak peek at the confirmed vendors at the new and improved Funan.

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Just take a look at the TFX flagship fitness centre’s new swanky swimming pool to be housed in the massive complex.

Now you – and your wallet – will know exactly what to expect.

1. Robot shoppers & cashless shopping

Funan IT Mall is determined to blur the lines between traditional retail and online shopping, with some exciting and innovative tech features.

Expect hands-free shopping with robots that deliver your orders to a ‘Click & Collect Lounge’.

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Those with vehicles can drop by their drive-through facility and get their shopping bags handed to them by a robot arm. Think McDonald’s drive-through, but for your electronics.

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As for purchasing stuff within the retail sections, you won’t actually have to use cash anymore. All you need apparently is their app, to make purchases & receive recommendations for deals you’ll be interested in.

2. Indoor cycling track

We all know that owning a car comes with a hefty price tag and walking isn’t always convenient.

Brompton’s folding bikes provide a portable and practical solution for millennials who want to travel from point A to point B via their indoor cycling track.

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Going to the gym will no longer be a hassle because you can lose a few carbs and stay healthy by biking around in an air-conditioned mall.

3. Ark Futsal

The Ark Futsal facilities at Funan will let kids and adults play street soccer, football and tennis.

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Parents who want to get their kids away from computer screens can schedule a trip during family days and birthdays. Companies can also ignite their employees’ competitive spirit through company tournaments.

4. Climb Central

Climb Central is an air-conditioned sport climbing venue.

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They have easy-to-learn safety systems and auto belays that can guarantee your safety, especially if you’re a complete beginner.

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In case you’re tired of running in the treadmill, you can try something new and reach new heights here.

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5. Urban rooftop garden

Organic produce is definitely healthy, but pricey.

While many don’t have room to build a garden or plant crops in their HDBs, you can volunteer to grow your own food at Edible Garden City.

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Buying from a grocery store is a lot faster and more convenient, but we can’t wait to experience farm fresh produce.

6. Massive Golden Village Cinema

Movie-goers who crave the ultimate big screen movie experience, will be happy to chill at the Golden Village Cinema branch at Funan.

With more theatres, CBD workers don’t have to travel far for the upcoming release of Star Wars IX: The Rise of Skywalker in December.

7. Co-living serviced apartments designed by millennials for millennials

lyf – owned by The Ascott Limited – will offer vibrant and Instagram-worthy coliving serviced apartments for technopreneurs, start-ups and creatives.

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lyf’s properties will feature spaces where tenants can host workshops, network with millennial professionals and exchange ideas with industry experts.

Workshops featuring artisans, innovation talks and hackathons with start-up accelerators will also be organised regularly.

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Ordering fast food everyday? The social kitchen lets you sign-up for cooking classes, learn culinary tips and exchange exotic recipes with attendees.

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8. WeWork office spaces for startups

Office space for entrepreneurs, startups or freelancers isn’t cheap.

Fortunately, WeWork – a confirmed vendor at Funan – will provide beautiful and flexible workspaces with super fast internet, IT support, business class printers and roasted coffee.

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9. Facial recognition offices

New start-ups will be housed within office areas with facial recognition technology at the entrance. This means hands-free entry into your office spaces.

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You won’t have to fumble around in your bags any more for your ID just to enter the office. Plus points for convenience if you’re the one arrowed to do the morning coffee run.

10. Chope parking lots online

Say goodbye to circling around a carpark endlessly hunting for a parking lot. Funan is apparently introducing a way to chope your slot online.

We hear that guests can reserve parking space ahead of time and pay for tickets too, regardless if they’re going to the mall or just staying in the neighbourhood.

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11. eSports Tournaments

eSports fans, brace yourselves. GamePro is set to host eSports tournaments at the eSports zone within the mall. This could mean League of Legends, Overwatch or Dota competitions hosted right at the heart of the CBD district.

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We can’t wait to support local gamers and watch heart-stopping tournaments.

The mall of the future

We’re still gushing over Jewel Changi Airport’s opening but we’ll have something new to visit very soon.

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Funan is an all-in-one serviced apartment, office and shopping destination for those who prioritize speed, accessibility and convenience. If this is what the malls of the future will look like, then keep ’em coming.

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Address: 109 North Bridge Rd, Singapore 179097
Opening On: 28 Jun
Website: Funan


Article updated by Mugdha Jaruhar.
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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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S’pore Photographer Takes Final Photos Of Pearl Bank Apartments Till Last Residents Leave

Pearl Bank Apartments’ Last Photos Make Singaporeans Nostalgic

Word of Queensway Shopping Centre‘s en bloc sales disheartened Singaporeans as they anticipate the loss of an iconic building.

While people talk about Queensway, another iconic building saw its time come to an end on Tuesday (30 Apr).

Pearl Bank Apartments near Chinatown which has been around since 1976 saw its last occupants leave on Tuesday, and photographer Darren Soh was there to witness everything.

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Last residents leave the building

According to Mr Soh, residents of the building had until 5pm on Tuesday to clear out and leave their apartments, and surrender their keys to management.

As the evening came to an end, Mr Soh captured what remained of the building after everyone had left.

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The 43-year-old building was a mere shadow of its former glory, with windows of every unit pitch black, save for one on the 28th floor.

Mr Soh reckoned the light came from the public toilet which operates on motion sensor, but he reconsidered the idea after remembering that the building was meant to be empty.

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He ended his last post on the Pearl Bank Apartments with a solemn, “It is done. 30th April 2019.”

Building no longer accessible

The fear of losing something forever often compels us to hold on before it completely disappears.

Likewise, Singaporeans are wondering if they could catch a final glimpse of Pearl Bank before redevelopment begins.

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Unfortunately, the building will no longer be open to public as the new developer, CapitaLand, starts taking over.

Those who wish to see Pearl Bank in its current state will have to settle with watching the vacant building from afar.

Singaporeans sentimental for the past

These recent photos weren’t the only ones Mr Soh took of the Pearl Bank Apartments.

He has tirelessly compiled an album of over 51 photos and growing, recording views of the apartments over the last 5 years. You can see the full album here.

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Residents and non-residents alike felt sentimental about the photos, reflecting on a part of history that may soon be gone.

A resident who spent 30 years at Pearl Bank sincerely thanked Mr Soh for the photos, which captured the essence of the “beautiful place [he] called home.”

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Even those who made a quick stop or two at the building had fond memories, sharing the somber mood felt by former residents.

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Suffice to say, the breathtaking views from the building are what many will miss, which says a lot about the beauty that will disappear with Pearl Bank’s closure.

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Future of Pearl Bank still uncertain

While CapitaLand has taken control of the building, there’s no confirming what the next step will be.

Pearl Bank will most likely be redeveloped, but whether the building will be demolished remains to be seen.

If demolition is on the books, Mr Soh has promised to document the process and update his followers.

Till then, you can get your last look of Pearl Bank through Mr Soh’s album, or make a quick drive or walk by the building if you’re ever in the area.

Address: 1 Pearl Bank, 169016
Nearest MRT station: Outram Park and Chinatown

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SGD Hits Yearly High Against M’sian Ringgit; Time To Shop Before The Dollar Drops

SGD To 3.06 Ringgit, Here’s Where You Can Shop In JB

You’ve probably made countless trips across the causeway by now to shop, since the Singapore Dollar (SGD) has been strong against the Malaysian Ringgit (MYR).

But don’t take a breather just yet, because the SGD just hit a 17-month high against the MYR on Wednesday (17 Apr), according to a report by CNA.

Demand for MYR has recently fallen, as fears of Malaysian bonds falling out of a major global bond index arise.

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Bad news for Malaysia, but good news for us — a long weekend is coming up and a trip across the causeway is surely on everyone’s minds. So get ready to join the snaking queues at the money changer.

While you patiently wait in line, why not check out our list of malls you can shop at in Johor Bahru (JB)?

1. R&F Mall

Getting through the massive causeway jam is enough of a pain that you’d simply want to get to the mall with as little fuss as possible.

Luckily for you, the new R&F mall in JB is only a 7-minute walk from JB customs, which it’s connected to via a sheltered link bridge.

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With over 100 stores like a gigantic Carl’s Jr. and the atas Emperor Cinemas, you’ll find everything you’ll need there.

In case you didn’t know, Emperor Cinemas hails from Hong Kong, and promises a top-notch movie experience with luxurious leather seats fitted with USB charging ports.

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Unfortunately, Avengers: Endgame won’t be out yet this weekend, but there’s still good news for Marvel fans — R&F Mall is having a special exhibition in preparation for the movie.

You can take pictures with life-size models of the characters, participate in workshops and buy exclusive Avengers: Endgame colour-changing mugs.

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The mugs are only RM39.90 or S$13 each, which is a steal for something you can’t get anywhere else.

Even if you’re not much of a shopper, cool, limited edition merch should be reason enough to drop by R&F Mall.

Address: Tanjung Puteri, 80300 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Opening hours: 10am-10pm daily
Nearest train station: JB Sentral

2. Paradigm Mall Johor Bahru

Touted as the “largest shopping mall” in Johor, Paradigm Mall is one to visit, especially if you like to marvel at huge malls like Suntec City or VivoCity.

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The mall boasts more than 500 stores, including departmental store Parkson which spans across four storeys.

They have A&W there too, so you can skip the crazy queues at Jewel Changi. No Shake Shack though, but there’s a Shake Shake, which sells a variety of bubble tea flavours.

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When your eyes are tired from looking at retail outlets, you can turn your attention to other fun activities at the mall which the whole family can do:

  • Ice skating
  • Indoor Skating
  • Indoor climbing

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Address: Jalan Bertingkat Skudai, Taman Bukit Mewah, 81200 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Opening hours: 10am-10pm daily
Nearest train station: JB Sentral

3. Capital City

Renamed Capital City after the underwhelming soft launch of Capital 21 in October 2018, the now complete mall is the perfect family destination.

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The retail outlets don’t offer anything very unique, but one thing that sets this mall apart is the massive theme park on the 4th floor.

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With thrilling indoor rides for visitors of all ages, the young and the young-at-heart are in for the time of their lives.

Attractions like Garfield Family Escape Playland and Bumper Cars are sure to keep you entertained for hours on end.

Address: 83, Jalan Tampoi, Bandar Baru Uda, 81200 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Opening hours: 10am-11pm daily
Nearest train station: Larkin Sentral

4. IKEA Tebrau

Think IKEA Tampines is big? Have a look at IKEA Tebrau in Johor Bahru, which happens to be the largest in Southeast Asia.

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Its existence may be old news, but those who have yet to visit must know that prices there are cheaper than in Singapore.

We’re not sure how you’d lug a four-post bed or a table home, but you can always buy bed sheets and other small furnishings.

Don’t miss the Swedish furniture giant’s signature meatballs, which only cost RM15 (S$5) for 15 pieces.

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Address: 33, Jalan Harmonium 23/13, Taman Desa Tebrau, 81100 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Opening hours: Mon-Sun 10am-10pm, Fri-Sat 10am-11pm
Nearest train station: JB Sentral. Free shuttle bus services are available from Larkin Sentral and KTMB Museum (next to JB Sentral).

5. Johor Premium Outlets

Let’s be honest, we go to JB to spend like royalty, but by that we mean buying tonnes of things for cheap.

And there’s no other place fit for budget kings and queens than Johor Premium Outlets, which offers a wide range of famous luxury brands at marked down prices.

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From Armani to Burberry, Coach and Gucci, you can find the biggest names in fashion all at one place, and in a pretty fancy setting.

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You’d think you were strolling around a quaint little town somewhere in Europe or America.

Address: Jalan Premium Outlets Indahpura, Kulai District, Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia.
Opening hours: 10am-10pm daily
Nearest train station: None, but there are direct buses from Singapore.

Long weekend, short holiday in JB

For those of us without any plans for the Good Friday weekend, perhaps a trip to JB will be a great idea.

There’s no need to plan any complicated activities, just hit the malls and make your ringgits rain.

Featured image from Instagram and Capital City.

New Japan Starbucks Is World’s Largest With A 4-Storey Coffee Cask

New Japan Starbucks Is World’s Largest

Starbucks has become such a household name that you can find an outlet almost anywhere in the world.

The American brand is continuing to expand, opening its biggest store in Tokyo, Japan, on Thursday (28 Feb).

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The store boasts unique features like a 4-storey roastery that will elevate your usual cafe experience.

Largest Starbucks in the world

We have some pretty big Starbucks stores here in Singapore, like the ones at Fullerton Waterboat House and Rochester Park.

But nothing can prepare you for how massive the Starbucks Reserve Roastery in Tokyo is.

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Spanning across 4 storeys, the roughly 3,000 square metre space is about the size of 7 basketball courts.

4-storey coffee cask

Step inside and the first thing you’ll see is a copper column stretching from the ground all the way up to the sky.

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At 4 storeys tall, that’s the largest Starbucks Roastery cask, where coffee beans rest after the roasting process.

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You know your coffee will taste good if it comes out of that shining glory.

Starbucks’ largest tea bar & first cocktail bar

Inside, you can find Starbucks’ largest Teavana tea bar, for days that you want to wean off the caffeine.

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Imagine having high tea at a bar while sitting on one of the minimalist wooden stools. That’ll be an atas experience in all senses of the word.

But if you believe that bars are only for hard drinks, you’d be happy to know that the store is also home to Starbucks’ first cocktail bar in Japan.

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The Arriviamo Bar offers exclusive drinks infused with coffee or tea, like Nakameguro Espresso Martini — a mix of chestnut liqueur, creme de cacao and espresso.

You can get drinks for all your moods at Starbucks Reserve Roastery in Tokyo — coffee to cure your crankiness, tea to calm you down and cocktails to turn things up.

Fresh breads and pastries at in-house bakery

You’ll need food to go with your drinks, and you can find the most delicious ones at the in-store, artisan Italian bakery Princi.

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Select from a wide range of the freshest breads and pastries so you won’t go hungry while spending hours at the huge store.

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The aroma of coffee and fresh bakes filling up the space would be like heaven on earth.

You should definitely drop by this amazing store on your next trip to Japan, and have a taste of the most decadent indulgences life has to offer.

Address: 153-0042 2-19-23 Aobadai, Meguro-ku, Tokyo
Opening hours: 7am-11pm daily
Nearest train stations: Ikejiri Ohashi Bridge Station, Naka-Meguro Station & Ikejiri Ohashi Bashi Station

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VivoCity Giant Hypermarket To Close In Early 2019, 3 More Outlets Up For Review

3 Confirmed Giant Hypermarket Closures By 2019

Remember the rumours about the closure of 7 Giant hypermarkets around Singapore?

Although Giant denied those rumours, TODAYonline reported on Friday (28 Sep) that Giant will be closing its VivoCity outlet early next year.

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This announcement comes at the heels of the closure of two stores in Bukit Panjang and Jalan Tenteram in Whampoa Estate.

Giant outlets that have closed

Bukit Panjang – Junction 10 Shopping Centre

Whampoa Estate – Jalan Tenteram

Vivocity outlet to close, 3 others up for review

While it’s confirmed that the Vivocity outlet will be closing soon, Giant will be reviewing if business is still viable in 3 other outlets.

The store locations up for review are:

  • The Grandstand, 200 Turf Club Road, Singapore 287994.
  • Blk 512 Bishan Street 13, #01-524, Singapore 570512.
  • Blk 118 Aljunied Avenue 2, #01-100, Singapore 380118.

Closing because of lease expiry & competition

A spokesperson from Giant stated that their lease at VivoCity will not be renewed when it expires in the first quarter of 2019.

Parent company Dairy Farm will redeploy affected staff to other Giant stores or its subsidiaries like Cold Storage or Guardian.

Rising rental rates upon every lease renewal could be one of the reasons behind the closure of Giant’s stores.

Online grocery shopping provided by FairPrice and platforms like RedMart also pose a threat to their business.

Apart from lease renewals and store performance, perhaps Giant could consider having a greater online presence to match its market rivals.

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