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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).