But there’s short – yet still sweet – relief coming up for those who may not have gotten the chance to visit the pink wonderland before.
Paradigm Mall in JB will be running a Hello Kitty-themed playland plus fun-filled events that’ll be a nice relief from work and life in general.
A giant Hello Kitty-shaped arch welcomes visitors as they prepare to step into the realm of cuteness.
For those who may be hesitant, rest assured that Paradigm Mall JB is taking active measures to clean and sanitise the playland to ensure hygiene and cleanliness.
Children will also have their temperature taken before stepping into the play area, to ensure everyone is safe amid the ongoing. Of course, those who are unwell won’t be allowed into the area.
Sugary decor for the sweet-toothed
As the title suggests, the Hello Kitty Sweet Escape decoration consists of various desserts — from doughnuts to cakes and macarons.
While they’re not edible, they’ll certainly work up an appetite and get you craving for some sweet treats — or at least put a sweet smile on your face.
You’ll also get to witness a stunning display of a Macaron Cake — officially hailed as the Tallest Macaron Replica Tower in the country by the Malaysia Book of Records.
Malaysia Book of Records marketing solutions director Mr Jwan Heah Yeow Hooi (right) handing over the certificate to Paradigm Mall JB general manager Ms Catherina Quek.
Behold, the cake in all its glory. Or better yet, head down to see it with your own eyes.
Insta-worthy playground for kids & children at heart
Devotees of the Hello Kitty Temple will be glad to note that the Sweet Escape event will feature a very pink play area, with rides for little ones.
One of the highlights includes the carousels, which may not induce thrill but might just get a rush from the kids.
There’s also a see-saw, as a representation of how one can never achieve work-life balance. You just gotta ensure both sides have some weight.
Paradigm Mall might just be the stage for your next insta-op with these decorations and rides.
Pop-up store with Hello Kitty goodies
Nothing screams Hello Kitty fandom like the myriad of goodies one can adorn all over your person.
This Hello Kitty paradise features limited-edition plushies, bags, water bottles, tote bags, clothes, and even more.
Even if you’re not a fanatic, you might just turn into one after seeing this display. And for those who are, surely this is heaven.
Colouring & painting for the kids
It’s said that activities like painting and colouring stimulate creativity of young minds. There’s also an avenue for parents to supervise their children through paint-by-numbers workshops.
These activities are available at the following times:
Meanwhile, colouring activities are available from 10am until closing time throughout the event.
Exclusive gifts are up for grabs — snag a sweet exclusive Hello Kitty Drawstring Pouch with S$98.30 (RM300) minimum spend, with a maximum of 3 combined receipts in a single day.
Meanwhile, WCT Buddy members need only spend S$81.93 (RM250) to redeem the pouch, though the maximum of 3 combined receipts in a day condition still applies.
Those who fancy a mug instead can aim a little higher — an exclusive Premium Mug can be yours if you spend S$163.88 (RM500) with a maximum of 5 combined receipts on the same day.
However, WCT Buddy members can spend just S$147.51 (RM450) with a maximum of 5 combined receipts on the same day, and they’ll have a cutesy mug to bring home.
Hello Kitty Sweet Escape Event from now till 29 Mar
This Mar holidays, there’s finally a place that’ll fill the void in your heart left behind when Hello Kitty Town in JB closed its doors.
Bring your friends and loved ones for a fun-filled sweet adventure at Paradigm Mall.
Location: Paradigm Mall Johor Bahru, Main Atrium Ground Floor Address: Jalan Skudai, 81200 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia Telephone: +60 7-2313 800 Website:Paradigm Mall JB Opening Hours: 10am to 10pm daily.
Paradigm Mall JB is about an hour’s drive away from the Woodlands Checkpoint. You’re recommended to head to JB Sentral Bus Terminal and take a bus as an alternative to driving.
FairPrice Xtra Has 1-For-1 Deals On Shampoo, Toothpaste & Facial Cream Till 18 Mar
Everyone has their own thoughts about how to protect themselves from Covid-19 — your family chats probably have a million different techniques or remedies to rid oneself of pesky viruses. But really, the best way is through staying clean and making sure you adopt hygienic practices.
Of course, keeping your skin looking fresh remains important in this climate. We can’t neglect taking care of our looks, after all.
So, FairPrice Xtra’s Health & Beauty Fair (Haba Fair) has all the items you’ll need to keep clean, and then some, from now till 25 Mar.
Getting these necessities at the fair comes with perks like 1-for-1 deals until 18 Mar, free gifts and even gift vouchers!
Check out some of what you can expect to find below.
Stay germ-free with anti-bacterial soap & refreshing toothpaste
Amid the Covid-19 outbreak, health consciousness is now the in-thing. You might argue that washing one’s hands should always be a trend in general, but that’s beside the point.
The important part is that people are becoming more health-conscious, and the HABA Fair is a good place to start if you’d like to stock up on goods like hand sanitiser and soap.
Lifebuoy’s anti-bacterial handwash will ensure that you stay well-protected from not just Covid-19 but also pesky ailments like seasonal flus.
Hygiene also consists of brushing your teeth twice daily — this is non-negotiable if you don’t want hefty dental fees or bad breath.
Until 18 Mar, you can get a sweet 1-for-1 deal on Colgate Naturals Real White or Darlie Double Action toothpaste, so that’s your dental hygiene sorted.
Get the right product for your hair & body
Softer hair with no dandruff is the goal of any human being, and unless you’re blessed with good genes, hair care is a must.
Depending on your hair type, Sunsilk’s range of shampoo and conditioner options is effective yet tailored to your needs.
And of course you can’t forget some body soap while taking a shower. Velvy’s Goat Milk Shower Cream is perfect for those who prefer smooth skin like a baby’s.
The best part is that FairPrice Xtra is offering 1-for-1 on both of these products until Wednesday (18 Mar), so it does pay to be an early bird.
Free $10 FairPrice gift voucher with min. $70 spend
Gift vouchers are a wondrous invention and arguably the perfect present for when you’re unsure as to what to get someone.
The answer is: Treat yourself. You deserve more. And so FairPrice will give you a free $10 FairPrice gift voucher if you spend more than $70 in a single receipt on participating brands, which can be used at any FairPrice outlet.
Singapore Zoo & Wildlife Reserves Have Free Admission For Every Full Priced Ticket You Buy Between 13 – 22 Mar
If you’re not sure where you can head to for a day of fun with the family, look no further. Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS), who oversees the Singapore Zoo, and more, is having a 1-for-1 deal on its tickets for the March school holidays.
Better yet, you’ll also receive a $2 retail voucher for every ticket purchased.
The promotion, which is valid for single-park admission only, applies to entry tickets to any of the 4 main attractions — Singapore Zoo, River Safari, Night Safari and Jurong Bird Park.
You can read the full terms and conditions on the WRS website here.
Free ticket with every full priced ticket
For each ticket you buy, WRS will give you a free one. This deal will last for a week and a little more — from 13 – 22 Mar.
The promotion is not only valid for adults but for children too, so you can save more money on top of the cheaper tickets. However, do note that Senior Citizen tickets do not count as a full priced adult ticket.
The tickets can be in any combination of an adult or child ticket, so you don’t need to die-die have 2 adults to get the deal.
Each ticket is valid for a single-park and same-day admission to the park you choose.
Choose from 4 different parks
You’ll get to take your pick from 4 different parks.
There’s the Singapore Zoo, for those who want to have a world-class experience. You’ll get to see animals like the majestic lion that hails from Africa.
Gardens By The Bay Giving Free Sakura Festival Tickets & Hotel Stay To 500 Lucky Winners
While you may have cancelled your flight to Japan, you can get an opportunity to view ornamental cherry trees and blooming sakuras a lot closer to home.
On Tuesday (10 March), Gardens by the Bay announced that they will give 500 lucky winners tickets to their Sakura Matsuri event and staycation packages at the Pan Pacific Singapore.
Participants must have scheduled their disrupted trip from Mar 1-May 31 to qualify.
Free sakura festival tickets
Gardens by the Bay is offering 500 Singapore residents – whose trips to Japan were disrupted due to Covid-19 – free tickets to Gardens by the Bay’s Sakura Matsuri event and staycation packages at Pan Pacific Singapore.
This is opened to those with disrupted trips that fall between 1 Mar – 31 May.
Amid the Covid-19 outbreak, our long-awaited trips may have been cancelled.
While most of us are staying safe in the city, you can book a trip to Gardens by the Bay’s Sakura Exhibit to feel like you’re away from home.
Here are the details about the event:
Venue: Flower Dome Address: 18 Marina Gardens Dr, Singapore 018953 Date: 6-29 Mar 2020 Time: 9am-9pm Nearest MRT: Bayfront MRT Station Website:Gardens by the Bay Sakura Matsuri
If you don’t qualify for Gardens by the Bay’s promo, then book a trip to their Sakura Exhibit anyway — tickets are 50% off. We bet you’ll feel the coming of spring after an afternoon spent viewing wonderful cherry blossoms.
Visitors can provide information at Thailand checkpoints or via an app
Those entering Thailand can furnish their information via an immigration form at checkpoints or through an app that’ll be launched on Thursday.
The info that visitors will have to supply will include contact details like mobile phone numbers and email addresses, as well as personal information.
To use the app, tourists can use either use their own SIM card if they have roaming, or purchase a prepaid SIM card with unlimited mobile data. Having an Internet connection is important, as the government may need to contact them in case of an outbreak.
Immigration officers at checkpoints will check whether the data is complete, before allowing travellers into the kingdom.
Make sure you have a working SIM card with data if visiting Thailand
Regular travellers probably already know this, but it’s best that you get data roaming or a prepaid SIM card with mobile data when travelling in Thailand.
This is so that you can be contactable by the local authorities throughout your stay in case of emergencies.
With Covid-19 being as serious as it is, the measures in place also have to be serious.
Thailand seems to have learnt from Singapore’s contact tracing supremacy, and their measures means it’s now easier for the Thai authorities to identify the contacts of people who test positive for Covid-19 — including tourists.
8 Libraries Including Choa Chu Kang Public Library To Be Revamped From 2020 To 2026
Visiting the library may not be everyone’s favourite pastime, but Singapore’s plans to make our local libraries bigger and better could change that.
Senior Minister of State for Communications and Information Ms Sim Ann announced that the National Library Board (NLB) is closing a total of 8 libraries for a revamp, reported The Straits Times (ST) on Tuesday (3 Mar).
The move is reportedly to make the spaces more “inclusive” for all visitors.
Central Public Library to close in early 2021
The Central Public Library in Bras Basah, will close in early 2021, to make way for an even bigger branch. The current floor area will reportedly increase from 3,900 m² to 4,600 m².