Toppen Shopping Centre In JB Is An Open-Concept Mall With An Integrated IKEA, Opens 13 Nov

Toppen Shopping Centre Will Be The “Heart & Hub” Of Johor

UPDATE (13 Nov, 10.46am): Toppen Shopping Centre opens its doors today (13 Nov)! This article has been updated to reflect the latest changes.

Singaporean shoppers who love to shop in Johor Bahru (JB) were given the largest integrated mall – Mid Valley Southkey – this year.

However, another huge JB mall – newly completed – will give Singaporeans one more shopping haven.

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Toppen Shopping Centre combines IKEA Tebrau and AEON Tebrau to become a 1.1 million sq feet mall — 20 times the size of a soccer field.

An artist’s impression of the mall released in May this year
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The open-concept mall aims to be the “heart and hub” of JB, and they’ve officially opened on Wednesday (13 Nov).

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Here’s what you can look forward to there.

Open-concept mall

Instead of being cooped up within four walls, Toppen Shopping Centre is an open-concept mall.

By letting sunlight in, they are able to rely less on interior lights.

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The glass ceiling will also give you a view of the sky if you’re planning to shop at night.

The mall also features outdoor rooftop areas that feature water playgrounds for families to enjoy.

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As the images above were artist’s impressions of the mall released in May, we’ve sourced a few pictures of the mall’s interiors that have just been posted online in the last 24 hours as of 13 Nov.

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A variety of food options

Walking around the 1.1 million square feet mall is sure to tire you out.

Don’t worry, the mall has plenty of food stores to help you “recharge” your burnt calories. From Kyochon Korean Fried Chicken to AWA Mee Bar noodles store, the choices are endless.

Kyochon Korean Fried Chicken
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Maybe fried chicken isn’t your thing. The mall also has a DubuYo — a Halal Korean restaurant.

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If your throat is parched, why not head to Starbucks to quench your thirst.

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Eco-friendly heart & hub

The Toppen Shopping Mall is described as having a “heart” as the mall is eco-friendly.

The rooftops of the mall will have multiple solar panels to harness solar energy for the malls use. With the “Intelligent Building Management System”, the mall prevents energy wastage by adjusting lighting and power.

Rainwater will also be collected to be reused in the mall.

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30 mins drive from JB customs

The best part about the mall is that it’s only a 30-minute car journey from JB customs.

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Time to look for the next good time to change for some Ringgit.

Address: Taman Desa Tebrau, 81100 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Opening hours: Mon-Sun (10am-10pm)

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Bangkok’s Cafe La Rose Has An Entire Wall Of Roses & Egglet Rose Gelato Cones From S$5

Cafe La Rose In Bangkok Has A Gorgeous Flower Garden With Edible Roses To Boot

The sight of gorgeous flowers isn’t new to locals who frequent Gardens by the Bay. We all know at least one person who absolutely loves to take pictures of florals for their pastel-themed ‘gram, but who knew that you could eat them too?

We’ve recently discovered that Cafe La Rose in Bangkok lets you sip tea within an exquisite flower-covered interior whilst eating literal roses too.

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The cafe is a pastel paradise with walls and roofs intricately decorated with pink, orange and red blossoms.

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Let’s take a peek inside this beautiful cafe in the heart of Ari, Bangkok.

Gorgeous floral fantasy land

Couples looking for a chic date hangout in Bangkok can impress their dates by suggesting this romantic destination.

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Guests who are single but looking to mingle can hang out at the rose bar to order some flower-themed drinks. They say love comes when you least expect it, so who knows what could happen once you spark a conversation with that charming person holding a sparkling rose champagne flute?

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While waiting for your order, explore the corners adorned with fairy lights and meticulously arranged bouquets.

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The usual coffee shops provide you with a clear view of your laptop, but this hole-in-the-wall lets you revel under a vibrant tree of flowers.

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Floral concoctions from S$5

The establishment sells rose gelato scoops, rose imbued floral teas, and other spectacular desserts themed around flowers for a reasonable price.

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This chocolate lava cake is topped with homemade rose ice cream. They say it’s not too sweet, but we’re curious to discover the taste of a rose-flavoured dessert for S$12.99 ($300 Baht).

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Their rose bouquet ice-cream is the cherry-on-top of a cone of thicc egglet waffle. We absolutely adore the Pocky sticks with wee little edible flower sweets as toppings.

The rose-shaped filling looks so heavenly and we pray it doesn’t melt before you get a good pic.

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Hands up if you already knew that rainbow-coloured rice noodles were a thing? We sure hope the dish tastes as good as it looks. Be warned that this version is on the spicy side with chili peppers, lemon, shrimp and onions.

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Consider their stunning ombre Italian sodas in different colours and flavours for a refreshing break from the scorchingly hot tropical weather for S$5.20 (120 Baht).

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How to get there

Cafe La Rose is near the neighbourhood of Ari in Bangkok and easily accessible by the BTS train line.

It’s along Phibun Wattana 10 Alley and a few metres from Bangkok’s Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning building.

Since it’s inside the neighbourhood, commuters could also take a tuk tuk or motorbike from the train station. Parking spots are available for drivers.

Cafe La Rose

Address: 66 Phibun Wattana 10, Khwaeng Samsen Nai, Khet Phaya Thai, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10400, Thailand
Opening Hours: Tues to Sun, 11:00am – 10:00pm, Closed on Mondays
Nearest Train: Ari BTS Station
Contact Number: +66 99 198 2571
Website: Cafe La Rose Facebook

We can’t think of a better place to stop and smell the roses than Cafe La Rose. They say roses smell sweet and aromatic — but if you do visit, tell us if it tastes good too in the comments.

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Malaysia’s Zoo Negara Needs More Visitors Or It’ll Run Out Of Money To Care For Animals

Malaysia’s Zoo Negara Urgently Needs Money To Sustain

Though opinions are split between the pros and cons of zoos, they are undeniably sanctuaries for endangered animals.

Our very own national pride, the Singapore Zoo, has helped tremendously in global animal conservation efforts over the years.

Likewise, Malaysia’s Zoo Negara is doing its part to keep many animal species alive. But its efforts could go to waste, if visitor footfall continues to drop and the zoo stops making money.

Malayan tigers most at risk of losing funding

According to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), there are only 250 to 340 Malayan Tigers left in the world, making the species “critically endangered”.

Zoo Negara helps to look after some of these surviving tigers, feeding them, and ensuring that they’re in the pink of health.

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But their care costs a significant amount of money, with each tiger setting them back roughly RM40,000 (S$13,200) a year.

The zoo estimates that it needs at least RM500,000 (S$165,000) to keep up with tiger care, but hopes for RM1 million (S$330,000) to focus on conserving all Asian tiger species.

Currently surviving on limited funds

Since 2015, the number of visitors to the zoo has fallen, with the latest record accounting for only 368,000 in a year. The zoo needs at least 500,000 to break even.

The falling numbers means expenditure is really tight, with almost as much money going out as it is coming in.

Five-year grants had long ended in 2004, and the zoo is currently getting by on a one-off government aid for general maintenance.

Future remains uncertain

It is not known what the consequences will be if funding eventually runs dry and the zoo is unable to make ends meet.

But Zoo Negara has arranged talks with Malaysia’s Water, Land and Natural Resources Minister as well as Prime Minister Mahathir to discuss ways to sustain the zoo and possibly upgrade it to a dedicated conservation centre.

For now, we can help keep a roof over the animals’ heads by making a visit to the zoo the next time we’re in Kuala Lumpur.

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Here’s more information on how to get there:

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Address: Jalan Ulu Kelang, Kemensah Heights, 68000 Ampang, Selangor, Malaysia
Opening hours: 

  • Mon-Fri: 9am-4.30pm
  • Sat-Sun: 9am-5.30pm

Nearest LRT stations: Sri Rampai & Wangsa Maju
Entrance fees (for ASEAN citizens): 

  • Adults – RM61 (S$20)
  • Children (3-12 years) – RM33 (S$11)
  • Senior Citizens (60 years & above) – RM61 (S$20)

It’ll be a nice change from the usual city shopping sprees that people go on to whenever they visit KL. A visit to the zoo will surely be a fun trip for the entire family.

Let’s do our part to help the animals. This is, after all, a matter of preservation of life rather than national interests.

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This Luxurious AF Marble Cafe In Bangkok Has S$2 Coffee For Aspiring Royals On A Budget

Marble Cafe In Bangkok Has Beautiful Outdoor Gardens To Match Its Luxurious Interior

When in Bangkok, we often binge on food and hoard retail goods because of the favourable exchange rate.

You may feel crazy rich whilst shopping at Thailand’s famous night markets, but you’ll definitely feel like royalty inside this marble cafe in the city.

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The establishment boasts of a marble-laden interior, an extravagant outdoor garden and a surprisingly affordable menu.

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Let’s have a sneak peek at this cafe that would put most alabaster palaces to shame.

Interior with an exquisite marble finish

The cafe is entirely made out of imported marble and it looks luxurious not just from the outside, but on the inside too.

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Marble-laden interiors have graced the halls of Bangkok’s best-known temples, so if you wanted to hang out in a cafe that mimics a dining room for kings, then this is the place to be.

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You might’ve spent long nights at local cafes cramming work, but now you can feel like a crazy rich employee while fielding calls from your boss and clients.

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Feel free to hangout and catch up with friends while enjoying good ol’ coffee on this sofa surrounded by round marble tables and seats.

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Stunning outdoor marble garden

If you prefer enjoying a cup of coffee in the great outdoors, then we’ve got awesome news for you! Marble Cafe comes with a stunning garden that features marble steps and scenic miniature ponds.

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Just imagine basking in the glow of the sun on these interestingly cut lounge chairs beside their outdoor pool. All you’ll need is to pair your sunbathing experience with a glass of classic iced Thai milk tea while perched on these reclined marble chairs.

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Kids looking inside ponds to find fishes will discover marble statues staring right back at them instead.

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There’s no need to worry about running out of outdoor seats because several stone benches are scattered across the property.

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This means that no matter where you turn, you’ll easily be able to get your money’s worth of pics for the ‘gram.

Affordable coffee & desserts

There’s no denying that the cafe’s exterior looks like a majestic palace garden. Prices for luxurious experiences may seem sky high, but you’ll find that the cafe’s menu is very much affordable.

Start your morning coffee runs with their lattes, espresso, Americano coffee and Nitro coffee from S$2.17 (50 Baht).

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Not a coffee person? No problem. You can choose from smoothies, teas and sodas — along with a classic crisp brown toasted bread for breakfast.

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Dessert lovers can take their pick from their assorted set of cheesecakes, tarts, fruit cakes and brownies from S$6.29 (145 Baht).

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Their mousse cakes appear to be made by gifted pastry chefs and we can’t wait to munch on these heavenly pink entremets.

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This cherry pink raspberry mousse cake is their signature treat that will surely satisfy your sugar cravings.

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How to get there

Marble Cafe is just a 17-min taxi ride from Suvarnabhumi International Airport.

You can tell your driver to take you to “Stone Gallery”, and you’ll be within walking distance of the cafe.

The cafe is near Airport Link Hua Mak and Hua Mak Railway Station.

Look out for a small establishment beside Bangkok Stone Gallery. Parking is also available if you’ll be driving there.

Mirror Cafe

Address: 566 Srinakarin Road, Suanluang Bangkok, Thailand 10250
Opening Hours: Mon to Sat, 9:00am to 6:00pm, closed on Sunday.
Contact No: 02-7204732-4

If you’re going to Bangkok for a short vacation and craving a little of life’s luxuries, a short stay in this cafe is all you need.

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Pearl Bank’s New Design Splits The OG Horseshoe & Puts The Pieces Back Differently

One Pearl Bank’s New Design Revealed

In the past weeks, much has been made about the horseshoe-shaped icon of Singaporean architecture — Pearl Bank Apartments.

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The apartments were sold on en bloc to CapitaLand in Feb 2018. Since then, many Singaporeans have been lamenting the imminent loss of the recognisable yellow tower.

On Tues (14 May), CapitaLand unveiled the new design for the building, called One Pearl Bank. From the pictures, it looks something like a reconfiguration of the old structure.

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According to the building’s architect Dr Christopher Lee, the new design “ensures the continuity” of the signature curve of the old Pearl Bank.

Building features 18 sky gardens

Apart from the sleek new curves and sky bridges, One Pearl Bank will also feature a series of 18 community sky gardens. There will be a sky garden every four levels, totaling about 200 plots where “residents can grow their own herbs, fruits and vegetables”.

These gardens will not only add greenery to the facade of One Pearl Bank, but also provide a space for community bonding. Almost like that little garden on the top level of an Ang Mo Kio carpark.

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New Pearl Bank has 3 times more units

The old Pearl Bank Apartments housed 288 units. This new one however, will have about 3 times more — 774. Buyers will be able to choose from studio apartments to penthouses, with the latter being almost 6 times as large as the former.

The 178-metre tall One Pearl Bank will also snatch the crown of tallest building in the Outram-Chinatown district from the Pinnacle@Duxton, which stands about 20 metres shorter.

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Adjacent park will be upgraded

The current park next to Pearl Bank Apartments is rather sparse and dull.

But as part of the Urban Redevelopment Authority’s Draft Master Plan 2019, the space will be transformed into something much nicer and more conducive for community activities. The park will also be linked to Fort Canning Park through the Singapore River.

Set to be completed in 2023

That’s only 4 years away. By then, the Thomson-East Coast Line will be open too, which means even more convenience for the building’s future residents.

The prices aren’t out yet, but if you have an interest in one of One Pearl Bank’s units, you can register it here.

Perhaps the renovation of Pearl Bank Apartments isn’t so bad after all. Besides, not everything can be preserved forever. What is important is that we balance heritage and modernity.

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Woman’s Corgi Birthed 7 Surprise Puppies; She Opened A Corgi Cafe In Bangkok To Keep Them All

Corgi In The Garden Cafe In Bangkok Has 12 Corgis To Greet You & They’re Adorable As Heck

A woman in Bangkok found herself unexpectedly saddled with 12 corgis after her beloved pets got busy under the sheets without her knowledge.

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To support her brood of precious new puppers – which is by no means a cheap endeavour –  she devised a heartwarming solution.

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Ms Tanchanok Kanawaong decided to open a dog cafe in Bangkok to allow Corgi fans like her to interact with her litter of smol puppers.

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Enter Corgi in the Garden – a rustic cafe in southwest Bangkok – home to 12 adorable hosts waiting to greet you with charming smiles & stubby tail wags.

From Left to Right: Dean, Quinn, Porkchop, Pumpkin, Salmon, Bean, Bone, Babycorn, Blossom, Bluebell, Barley, Buttercup
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One puppy became many

Ms Tanchanok Kanawaong, shared with Bored Panda that she has always been a dog-lover. She even owned “up to 10 Siberian Huskies and Golden Retrievers” at one point.

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After they passed away, she found a new companion in a baby Corgi pupper. She decided to get a playmate for him shortly after.

Before she knew it, she was the proud fur-parent of 5 dogs. And then something incredible happened.

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One of her dogs birthed a surprise litter of 7 puppies.

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As they grew older, she was inspired to “share the joy” that came from seeing them running around her garden as a short stack — sorry, pack.

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Thus, the concept for Corgi in the Garden was born.

Expect handshakes & Corgi sploots

Guests of the cafe – opened on 18 Jan 2019 – can expect a hoard of adorable puppers to greet you when you enter.

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The charming pack of corgis have already stolen our hearts in these pictures, so we expect to shed a few man-tears when we actually see them in person.

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Yes, they even have matching attires to boot.

1-hour play sessions

Play sessions with the corgis are also limited at the busy cafe, to make sure that they get sufficient rest.

The dogs get to meet with their fans in 3 x 1-hour sessions over the course of the day.

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A limited number of people will be allowed in to play with them for S$10.79 (250 Baht) per person. This price includes a drink.

At specific timeslots, 10:30am (For Sat & Sun only), 12:30pm, 2:30pm and 4:30pm, guests will be allowed to interact with the puppies in a safe & enclosed space.

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Visitors will have to wear plastic covers over their feet and sanitise their hands before interacting with the corgis.

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This is to help keep their environment clean, so the dogs won’t come into contact with germs or dangerous substances.

Keeping fit with a training regime

Before meeting with guests, corgis at this cafe also have to attend scheduled swimming lessons and grooming sessions to keep them in tip top shape.

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They’re also encouraged to exercise on treadmills to ensure that they won’t grow chubby from all the splooting they are doing in the comfy cafe environment.

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What’s on the menu

Guests who are looking forward making a corgi pilgrimage will probably be interested to know what’s on the menu.

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From matcha lattes to iced macchiatos, expect standard cafe fare for reasonable prices.

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We just want to get our hands on that adorable reusable cup with their corgi logo emblazoned upon it.

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How to get there

Do note that it’s not easy to get to the cafe’s location if you’re planning a trip there.

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But we’ve plotted out the journey on public transport for you.

  1. Take a train to Wutthakat Station on Silom Line (Dark Green)
  2. 10-min drive from Wutthakat Station via taxi

Don’t panic if your driver drives past the cafe, he or she has to make a u-turn to drop you off.

Here’s the exact location pin on Google Maps.

Do note that the cafe only entertains walk-ins, but you may DM them in advance on Facebook or Instagram for more information.

Opening Hours:

Mon: Closed
Tues-Fri: 12.30pm to 6.00pm
Sat-Sun: 10.30am to 6.00pm

Contact No.:
062 865 6165
Social Media: Instagram, Facebook, Line ID: @corgiinthegarden
Nearest BTS Station: Wutthakat Station

This is because the max capacity is 50 customers. Ticket sales will open 30 minutes before the first round of the day, 12pm for Tues-Fri, 10am for Sat/Sun slots.

Corgi Play Timeslots:

Round 1: 10.30am (Sat & Sun only)
Round 2: 12.30pm
Round 3: 2.30pm
Round 4: 4.30pm

Prices:

  • S$10.79 (250 Baht) – Entry + 1 Drink
  • S$15.11 (350 Baht) – Entry + 1 Drink + 1 Cake/Ice Cream
  • Free entry for children below 90cm

You’re advised to call or contact the cafe on Line to check about the ticket availability. They’ll also update their Facebook page once the round is sold out.

The ultimate corgi pilgrimage

Corgis are undoubtedly the darlings of the internet with their wee widdle paws and silly doggo smiles.

If you’re planning a trip to Bangkok anytime soon, you should probably add this to your to-do list.

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Don’t forget to savour the moment when they come rushing out of the gate to greet you enthusiastically. You’ll definitely want to have those slow-mo cams at the ready.

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Cornwall Gardens Is A Massive Botanic Gardens House For 4 Generations

Cornwall Gardens House Is Like A Mini Botanic Gardens

Somewhere near Holland Village MRT station is a street called Cornwall Gardens. A stroll in will make you wonder if you’ve not just stepped into the territory of the Crazy Rich Asians.

The houses there are massive. Among the concrete giants sits one resembling a tropical rainforest — or in Singaporean context, the Botanic Gardens.

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This 1,500-square-metre, 3-storey, multi-generational house features a swimming pool, a waterfall, a terraced roof garden, a library, a gym, and of course, an abundance of verdure.

Let’s have a closer look at this gorgeous rendition of tropical paradise.

Cornwall Garden’s tropical paradise

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From the outside, the house may look like any other colossal house of a very rich family — black stone walls with plants lining its balcony for both privacy and polish.

But step inside and you’ll be met immediately by the courtyard swimming pool. The pristine blue of the water will tempt anyone into it, especially in our ungodly equatorial heat. Lining the perimeter of the pool are large stones, reinforcing the natural aesthetic of the place.

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A short way further in is a Koi pond with a small – okay, maybe not that small – waterfall. Again, every part of the pond is designed to give the impression of it being natural.

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Even the walkways run alongside a whole variety of plants. This will probably be perfect for children playing catching as they duck beneath the shrubs and escape the eyes of the catcher.

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Also on the ground level is the open-air dining area — it would be a shame if it were indoors and deprived of the serene atmosphere of the courtyard.

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Every part of Cornwall Gardens is purposefully designed. The stairs leading to the second level are not your usual uniform ones. Instead, they mimic nature’s irregular form.

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The individual bedrooms – there are 6 of them – are no less splendid than the rest of the house. With parquet flooring and wide ‘windows’ facing the open courtyard, it’ll feel more like a resort in Bali than a house in Singapore.

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Passageways are open-aired as well. This makes the house seem more like a really expensive and structurally-stable tree house than an actual house.

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The mini-library, like the bedrooms, gives a broad, relaxing view of the courtyard as well. The natural light that floods into the room makes it perfect for an afternoon read on the couch.

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Finally, we get to the top floor, if it can even be considered a proper floor. The roof terrace gardens feature tall steps on which to sit and enjoy an aerial view of the rest of the neighbourhood.

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Won various international awards

For a unique house like this, it’s not surprising that it’s been nominated for several awards, and even won one of them.

In 2015, it was shortlisted for the house of the year award at the World Architecture Festival 2015. But the award later went to a house in Vietnam. Then in 2016, it took the crown for Architizer’s 2016 A+Awards — which, from what we know, is fairly prestigious.

This house isn’t accessible to public — duh. But it’s nonetheless cool to know that there are houses in Singapore that spice up our landscape.

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Mothercare Warehouse Sale At Geylang Has Baby & Kids Items At Up To 70% Off

Pan-I Complex In Geylang Holds Mothercare Warehouse Sale For Baby & Kids

Raising a child isn’t easy. One of the main difficulties parents face is the cost of raising a child in Singapore.

Remember in 2016 when a study showed that it could cost you from S$360,000 to S$1,000,000?

According to Singapore Atrium Sale, there is a warehouse sale by Mothercare at Pan-I Complex that helps you save on baby and kid items with discounts of up to 70% from Friday (10 May) to Sunday (12 May).

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Diapers from $0.22 per piece

Diapers are costly — especially when you need one every 2 to 3 hours.

Thankfully, Mothercare has got you covered. If you just need 30 pieces, you can get it for only $8. That’s around $0.27/diaper.

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Assuming you need more, they also have 64 pieces for $17, which is around $0.26 for a diaper.

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If you really want to stock up on diapers they have the 90 diaper version for $20. That’s $0.22/diaper.

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Kids footwear & socks from $2

As a child learns to walk, you definitely need socks and shoes to protect them from sharp objects and dirt on the ground.

The warehouse sale sells shoes at prices starting from $2 and as a benefit, it is also extremely cute. Just look at these $2 fluffy dog shoes.

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A wide selection of shoes are also available at $5.

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Shoes are usually paired up with socks and not to worry, they have discounts for them too. Based on the picture, you can buy 3 pairs of socks for $2.

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Kids jackets under $20

Baby and kids clothes are also available at the warehouse sale. For your convenience, they are even placed on hangers arranged by age ranges.

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If your child is too cold, they have jackets at 50% off.

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Your child can even dress up as their favourite superhero if they wanted to.

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You can even get an addition 20% off the final price if you purchase any 4 fashion sale items.

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Toys to stimulate the brain

As parents, you may not think much of kiddish toys that seem useless to you. However, certain toys actually stimulate the brain.

For example, the $10 Honey Bee Tree toy may help with their critical thinking.

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Other items such as the $12 wooden triceratops puzzle helps to develop both the left and right parts of the brain.

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$100 prams & $80 baby seats on sale

A child’s safety is usually a parent’s priority. Therefore, items like prams and child seats are indispensable.

However, these items are usually quite expensive. Fortunately, the warehouse sale sells them cheaper compared to other retailers.

A pram there will only set you back $100 compared to hundreds that you will have to fork out normally.

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Baby seats are also an essential item in a parents arsenal. At the warehouse sale, you are only charged $80 for one.

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Paradise for parents

As of today (10 May), it seems like not many people know about the sale so there are still many items left.

However, we don’t know how long the items will stay on the shelves once the weekend arrives. So make time this weekend to head down early to snag all the good deals before everything runs out.

Address: 601, Sims Drive, Singapore 387382
Nearest MRT: Aljunied, Kallang, and Geylang Bahru
Opening hours: 11am-9pm (Fri-Sat), 11am-6pm (Sun)

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8 Haunted Places In S’pore Converted To Regular Spaces Because We’re Practical AF

Haunted Places In Singapore That Are Totally Normal Now

Singapore is a small country with pretty scarce land. However, we overcame the odds and became a successful – albeit tiny – nation.

To achieve this, many iconic locations in Singapore were rebuilt to make way for modern infrastructure. Some of these areas had a darker past than we realise.

Here are 8 haunted places that were converted into regular estates, because our practical government moves on from spooky rumours pretty quickly — also because we don’t have much land to spare in Singapore.

1. Pasir Ris Red House

Some of you may have heard of the Pasir Ris Red House.

An old and uninhabited house is sure to spawn some horror stories, which make the house eerier than it already looks.

Urban legends detail necessary rituals before entering the premises like bringing offerings for the stone lions guarding the entrance.

Soon, it became known as a haunted house by those who knew of its existence.

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However, it actually has a very positive history.

It used to be a community centre that taught kampung kids basic skills and even providing them with free meals.

After the owner’s passing, it was turned into a preschool in 2014.

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With children playing in a carefree manner around its vibrant school compound, the area seems to have lost all traces of the original haunted Red House.

2. Sentosa Island

Sentosa Island is one of the biggest attractions in Singapore. In a small area, it packs a casino, Universal Studios, and even multiple beaches.

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However, it was nothing like its name – which signifies peace and tranquility – suggests.

The original name of Sentosa was “Pulau Blakang Mati” which can be loosely translated to the “Island of Death from Behind“.

The island was formerly used by the British as a strategic location for the defence of Singapore.

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However, even before that, the island had a hill named “Blakang Mati” by Malay villagers living in that area.

It was only after World War II, when the Japanese used it as a Prisoner-Of-War (POW) camp, and one of the beaches for Operation Sook Ching did the name Pulau Blakang Mati came about.

Even today, there are reported sightings of ghostly soldiers at quieter spots on the island.

3. Neo Tiew Estate

There is a lesser-known public housing area in Lim Chu Kang known as the Neo Tiew Estate.

This area underwent en-bloc in 2002 and has been abandoned ever since.

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The legend goes that a man forced a pontianak to do his bidding by sticking 7 nails into a banana tree.

After he became rich, he left the nails there, condemning the spirit to roam the grounds looking for its next victim to devour.

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Though this sends chills down my spine, the Singapore government has managed to re-purpose the area into a Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) training ground.

After all, the dilapidated buildings provide soldiers with the perfect place to conduct urban warfare training.

Let’s just hope the training soldiers don’t encounter other types of enemies in the area.

4. Thomson Cemetery

Some of you living in the Thomson area may be wondering where this cemetery is.

You may be surprised that thousands of Singaporeans set foot on this area every day. That’s because Novena MRT currently sits on top of the cemetery.

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The area was reportedly used as a burial site from 1904 to 1973 and was finally cleared in 1985 to construct Novena MRT station as we know it today.

MRT staff have reportedly seen coffin bearers along the tracks.

In fact, it is even said that the malls around the area like Velocity have all been built upon repurposed cemetery grounds.

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The next time you are in the area, you may want to watch your step. You never know when you’re stepping on someone’s toes — literally and figuratively.

5. Matilda House

Once a grand bungalow with servant-quarters, the Matilda House – located in Punggol – was one of the oldest homes in Singapore.

It was originally built by Alexander Cashin for his wife and it was named Matilda, after his mother. However, in the early 2000s, the government acquired the land but left this house standing due to its conservation status.

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Apparently, evil spirits have haunted the estate and would harm anyone who dares enter.

When the house was due for demolition, 3 workers allegedly died of unnatural causes. As such, the project was halted.

However, even ghosts couldn’t stop multi-millionaire property developer Kuik Ah Han and Sim Lian Group as they developed a condominium there in 2015 and made the former haunted house into a fun clubhouse.

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6. Amber Beacon Tower

If you’ve ever climbed the stairs of the Amber Beacon Tower, you’d know that it was old. However, did you know it was once a crime scene where a brutal murder occurred?

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A girl was allegedly killed by 2 men on 15 May 1990 and ever since then, there have been claims of a female figure sighted.

A group of paranormal investigators even tried to look into the case, and watching the video really makes the ends of my hairs stand.

While it was technically not removed, the surrounding area has vastly changed over the past decade.

East Coast is now one of the more popular hangout spots for families and groups of friends. Many visitors also take pictures atop the picturesque tower today, without knowing the full extent of its creepy origins.

7. Raffles Institution’s 49-metre pool

Raffles Institution is one of the longest standing schools in Singapore with roots dating all the way back to Sir Raffles himself.

The school’s facilities & buildings, however, were only built much later.

Although the school compound is enormous, their pool is only 49 metres long. That’s 1 metre short of a full-sized Olympic pool.

The story goes that workers who were constructing the pool at the time found human remains at the 50-metre mark. To avoid incurring the wrath of the spirits, they decided to not build the last metre.

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From what we found, the Bishan area was also the site of a World War II battle in Singapore.

Apparently, the bloody battle was fought over a cemetery and resulted in the dying men laying over already buried bodies.

If you’re an RI student reading this, we hope your morning lap around the pool will still be as enjoyable while musing about this.

8. St Patrick’s School’s staircase

St Patrick’s is a school with a dark past.

During World War II, it was used as a hospital by the British forces. It was also a battleground when the Japanese took over.

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Clearly, there were many unwilling people who died there. But one story stands out.

A Japanese soldier was apparently sent to kill civilians atop a flight of stairs. However, he didn’t know that a British soldier was waiting to ambush him and he was killed just as he reached the top. This left him to be forever trapped at the stairs looking for people he was supposed to kill.

After many years, 5 construction workers were sent to replace the wooden steps. These 5 workers allegedly all died in their sleep.

But the school eventually managed to convert the wooden steps to concrete and repaint the walls. The staircase now leads to the school library.

Tread carefully as Singapore has tons of allegedly haunted places

If you think about it, the odds are that there will always be people who have passed away in every crevice of our island.

Avoiding these ‘haunted’ places out of respect for the dead isn’t exactly a practical solution, as Singapore is already a very small country.

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So in our daily routines, we may inadvertently step into places that were, or perhaps still are, haunted. But as long as you are respectful, you should be fine.

Have news you must share? Get in touch with us via email at hello@mustsharenews.com.

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Topshop & Dorothy Perkins Apparel Going For Up To 80% Off At AMK Hub Till 12 May

80% Off Clothing From Brands Like Topshop & Dorothy Perkins

A common saying we always hear is we should “never judge a book by its cover“. However, in today’s society, how we present ourselves may just secure us our next job or even our next date.

Fortunately, you can now look great even on a budget. According to Singapore Atrium Sale, there is now sales on atas brands like Topman and Dorothy Perkins of up to 80% at Ang Mo Kio Hub till Sunday (12 May).

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Discounts to dress your best

When you hear of Topshop or Dorothy Perkins, we usually think of upscale button-ups and suits on the pricer side. So we usually settle on cheaper alternatives for our office or date needs.

However, this sale might make you reconsider buying from your usual budget clothing stores.

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All three brands have lowered their prices from over $100 dollars to nothing over $40.

If you have problems deciding what to wear for your next formal function, why not look at their button-up and blazer combinations.

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Blazers are selling for only $29.90 and long-sleeve button-ups for only $19.90. This makes the total cost of your top a little less than $50.

You can’t even get button-up shirts at this prices in other clothing companies.

Dorothy Perkins is also having incredible prices and we think that their collection is cute and classy. But more importantly, affordable.

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Kids are not neglected

Other than adult items, the sale extends to Fox clothing for kids and babies as well.

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From what we can see, they offer a wide selection of children’s clothing which is also on discount.

Bring your whole family

With the wide selection of clothes for all ages, you can bring your whole family along to shop for clothes this weekend.

However, since the sale is so good, you might have trouble finding what you want. So be sure to arrive earlier to stay ahead of the crowd.

Address: 53 Ang Mo Kio Ave 3, Basement 2 atrium, Singapore 569933
Nearest MRT: Ang Mo Kio

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