Singaporeans went crazy when famous Taiwanese brand The Alley first reached our shores in Apr 2019. The line at their Jewel Changi outlet is still insanely long, and we can expect the same at Cineleisure too.
If you haven’t had a taste yet, we’d suggest heading to their KL outlet and making a mini vacation out of it. The new addition Early Grey Tea will pair perfectly with their signature brown sugar pearls.
We know, another brown sugar pearl joint, but the twist here is that they stir fry their brown sugar pearls in-store in a huge wok, so you can be sure that the caramelised taste will really shine through.
Cha Wan Jia is basically what you’d imagine the love child of PlayMade and LiHo would be. Pearls in flavours like sakura and dragon fruit, and teas with foamy cheese toppings give you the best of both worlds.
Not your typical boba store, Pin Tea offers healthier versions of thirst-quenching, ice cold beverages. Pick from fresh fruit teas like grape, kiwi, berries and mango, some of which also come in ice blended form.
Slightly further away from the rest, Chatto is the only shop that’s also a full-fledged cafe complete with a savoury food menu. Fill your empty stomach with Japanese and Korean delicacies like a kimchi chicken sandwich or a curry bento set.
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.
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.
Image courtesy of Funan IT Mall
They have easy-to-learn safety systems and auto belays that can guarantee your safety, especially if you’re a complete beginner.
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.
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.
However, these sculptures don’t represent the levels of Hell or punishments for wayward believers. Instead, they inspire a sweeping sense of awe for the rich religious and cultural roots of Vietnamese society.
Avalokiteshvara – the compassionate Bodhisattva – is often depicted with multiple heads and arms. Since he is believed to hear the cries of the world, those struggling with life can share their problems here. Alternatively, go hang with Smiling Buddha if you’re in an awesome mood.
Millennials who grew up with the Harry Potter books will stop and stare at this Western-style castle inspired by their favourite books. We don’t think it is a legit partnership but the replica is amusing nonetheless.
We’re sure Vietnamese families love the cheeky references to pop culture while educating their kids about their religious heritage.
How to reach the theme park
Suoi Tien Theme Park is the ideal place to beat the heat and have summer fun, but how do you get there?
You can book a flight from Singapore to Tan Son Nhat International Airport on Jetstar Airways. From there, take a 30-minute taxi ride.
Vietnam having an upgraded ‘Haw Par Villa’ of sorts makes it an ideal destination for thrill-seekers looking for water-filled adventures during the hottest time of the year.
At only S$6.78 (US$5) for adults and S$3.39 (US$2.50) for children, it’s an affordable price for an afternoon with mythical creatures. Not to mention, you’ll get to see how buff Dobby the house elf got as a bonus.
Opening Times: 8.00am to 5.00pm Location: 120 Xa lộ Hà Nội, Phường Tân Phú, Quận 9, Hồ Chí Minh 700000, Vietnam Website: Suoi Tien Theme Park
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.
Hanging out at a bookstore and discovering new series has always been a pleasurable experience for many locals, regardless of age.
While we all love reading books and imagining adventures in fantasy realms, operating a bookstore is another thing altogether. The rise of ebooks and other digital media have led to the decline of the publishing industry over the years.
In this article, let’s take a look back at the bookstores that have risen and fallen from grace. You might be able to spot some of your favourite outlets when you were little.
Borders – a popular US bookstore chain – entered Singapore in 1997.
In 2011, it closed its Wheelock Place branch due to a dispute with the landlord. They also ended their tenancy at Orchard Road and Parkway Parade.
The store has been around for three decades but not all good things last forever. The company announced the closure of its first branch on 18 March.
Fortunately, you can still check out their other outlets at Ngee Ann City, Bugis Junction and Jem.
Arrived in Singapore: December 1983 Went Extinct: March 2019
Harris Bookstore was the go-to store for kids and adults in the 90s. Many an uncle or auntie wishing to pass the time before picking up their grandkids, could be spotted browsing through magazines at their outlets.
Harris established a presence in the 1960s and expanded to 7 stores at its peak.
During the 2000s, the brand struggled and closed its Jurong Point outlet in 2011 and its Great World City outlet in February 2012.
The store differentiated itself from its parent company Popular Holdings’ — owner of Popular bookstores. The interior of Prologue featured chic and modern architecture that was poised to attract a lot of millennials.
Unfortunately, it closed around 2013 due to its failure to secure a large following.
Arrived in Singapore: 2009 Went Extinct: 2013
7. San Bookshop
During the early 2000s, San Bookshop had a big presence in Singapore.
Readers could find a fine selection of English & Chinese books or comics at their outlets in the Funan The IT Mall, OUB Centre, Tampines Mall, West Mall, United Square, Heartland Mall and The Amara.
They’ve built a name for themselves for offering more affordable books and the option to purchase second-hand books.