Transit Number 8 Cafe Nails The Muji Aesthetic Perfectly With A S$2 Coffee Menu In Thailand

Transit Number 8 Cafe In Chiang Mai Has A Perfect Muji Style Aesthetic & Menu

Muji-style hotels and homes are at the top of our bucket list for travel and interior design aspirations. Transit Number 8 Cafe is definitely a place you can get major inspo for your own flats.

For Singaporeans, it’s hard not to name-drop the Japanese label when thinking about their classy minimalist aesthetic. While not all of us can afford a home design overhaul yet, you could grab some inspiration from this recently opened cafe in Chiang Mai.

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Transit Number 8 Cafe has nailed their welcoming zen cafe atmosphere with a Muji-style menu to boot.

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Let’s take a closer look at the cafe that seems to have a close to perfect execution of Japanese design principles.

Muji-style cafe haven

Transit Number 8 is a modest and simple cafe with soothing monochrome shades, wooden furniture and artisanal decor.

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The shelves are stacked with evenly-spaced coffee cups that complement the smooth panes of the stairways’ railings.

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When in cafes, you impatiently wait for your espresso to be served. But you won’t notice time passing by whilst marveling at this perfectly zen set-up.

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They say simplicity is beauty and we look forward to sitting at these exquisite tables to catch up with friends or having a date with bae.

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Orange-spiced coffee served with wood coasters

They boast a carefully put together menu with crafted concoctions in cutlery and cups that follow a Muji-esque pale white and earthy brown colour palette.

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Espresso lovers can choose from menu staples like lattes, iced cocoa and Americanos from S$2.51 (58 Baht).

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You might’ve been fine with any coffee that has a shot of espresso, but give your morning coffee run a much-needed upgraded with their signature orange-spiced coffee — ‘Welcome On Board’.

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This dainty Oreo cheesecake is highly-recommended as well. We undoubtedly love the cookies, but we bet you’ll be obsessed with this version which comes with a generous dollop of cream frosting for good measure.

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Those who want to enjoy their vacation with a host of cocktails can opt for this pastel coloured Honey Moon Trip drink that will undoubtedly taste great with their cheesecakes.

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How to get there

Transit Number 8 is a mere 15-minute cab ride from the Chiang Mai International Airport.

The cafe is near Food & Friends Chiang Mai and Apache House Chiang Mai. We don’t think parking is available so you can opt to ride a tuk tuk, cab or motorbike to reach this destination.

Address: 56/19 Soi Muban Khumkhon Phing 2 Chiang Mai, Thailand 50200
Opening Hours: Mon to Sun, 8:00am to 6:00pm
Contact Number: +66 94 636 8763
Website: Transit Number 8

Transit Number 8 proves that the secret to an attractive interior is to keep it simple. There’s not a lot of destinations that can ace the Muji aesthetic so include this in your bucket list and schedule a trip as soon as you can.

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10 Most Expensive Singapore Homes In 2019 That Are Still On The Market

10 Most Expensive Homes In Singapore

You may have, when younger and playfully imaginative, dreamt of living in a castle.

But as you grew older, you began to realise that living in a castle is impractical — especially in a space-deprived city like Singapore. Only the ultra-wealthy get to live in anything close to being called a castle.

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Here are the 10 most expensive homes that are available on the Singapore market now. We’ve ranked them from expensive to ridiculously expensive because who are we kidding? Admiring them in pictures is as close as most of us will get to seeing them IRL.

10. Queen Astrid Park, Bukit Timah

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Price on PropertyGuru: $60,000,000
Tenure type: Freehold

If you want to be above everyone else all the time, you may want to consider this house — supposing that you can afford it.

The house at Queen Astrid Park is elevated from its surroundings and has trees planted all around it so you can always have your privacy in your own home. You probably won’t be able to see much of the house from the street.

Maybe the house is too ‘small’ for you. The house also features a gazebo if you prefer the charms of the great outdoors.

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9. Boulevard Vue

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Price on PropertyGuru: $61,000,000
Tenure type: Freehold

You may not have expected a non-landed property in this list. Each unit occupies an entire level — which should justify its ridiculous price tag. You’ll even have private access to the rest of the building from 2 lifts.

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The best part about the penthouse is that you can choose how you would like it designed and a team will help you with it.

Choose to have a panoramic view of the skyline
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8. Ladyhill Park, Bukit Timah

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Price on PropertyGuru: $63,988,000
Tenure type: Freehold

Hidden behind a wall of greenery is another super-expensive modern home.

Just like most other houses at this price range, you have a personal swimming pool.

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But what sets this apart is the huge basement garage that could house the owner’s supercars.

Why drive 1 car when you can have 10?
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The rich seem to never have time to go catch a movie in the ‘squeezy’ cinemas. So this house also includes an in-house movie theatre.

7. Ewart Park, Bukit Timah

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Price on PropertyGuru: $61,000,000 – $65,000,000
Tenure type: Freehold

This property is probably one of the more modern-looking ones on the list. However, it’s not only modern-looking on the outside but on the inside as well.

The expansive property boasts a barbeque pit, a gymnasium room and a massive swimming pool that extends into the house.

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It also has a fully-fitted kitchen that even the finest chefs would desire. This may not be the biggest house in this list but who cares, it’s definitely one of the most aesthetic.

6. Ocean Drive, Sentosa Cove

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Price on PropertyGuru: $78,000,000 to $78,888,888

A list of expensive homes will without a doubt include Sentosa Cove’s Ocean Drive units.

Sentosa Cove is reserved only for the rich and famous — at least that’s what we learned in Monopoly Singapore Edition.

Look at salt water while swimming in chlorine water
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The only problem with living in Sentosa is that you’re living on a separate island. But when you’re that rich, time can be probably be ‘bought’.

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5. Binjai Park, Bukit Timah

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Price on PropertyGuru: $83,800,000
Tenure type: Freehold

At first glance, the bungalow doesn’t seem that impressive. You can’t see much of it with the trees ‘guarding’ the compound.

However, you’ll understand the reason for the asking price when you find out how big the house really is.

The size of the property is around 70,000 square feet making it only slightly smaller than a soccer field.

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You can literally fit all your uncle and aunties into the unused plot of land for a random post-CNY gathering — or just because you can.

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4. Chancery Lane, Newton

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Price on PropertyGuru: $83,888,888
Tenure type: Freehold

Unlike the Binjai Park property, that occupied a vast expanse of land, this estate resembles more typical landed property at around 4,285 square feet.

That said, it is by far the most expensive house per square feet at $19,577 psf. By comparison, regular condominiums hover around $5,000 psf, which is still a hefty price to fork out.

The house comes equipped with an above ground swimming pool. From what can be seen, it’s nice enough to immediately move in without any renovations.

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The listing is probably more of a troll as we can’t see anyone buying such a small but expensive property. Can you?

3. Yarwood Avenue, Bukit Timah

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Price on PropertyGuru: $86,000,000
Tenure type: N/A

From the outside, this seems like a rather run-down property. However, do not be deceived by its outward appearance. The property is 69,500 square feet — second biggest on this list.

The garden feels more like a park
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Oh did we mention that the grounds include a full-sized tennis court?

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The property is huge, but if you think that the house is comparable, you’d be wrong. The house is actually one-story and not as extravagant as you’d think.

2. Leedon Road, Holland

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Price on PropertyGuru: $91,800,000
Tenure type: Freehold

Unfortunately, the listing for this property doesn’t have many details about where exactly it is.

However, what it shows is enough to help you understand why the property costs so much. Not only does it have a swimming pool – almost seems like a given at this point – it also has an area big enough for a futsal match.

I guess you could say this house is ‘goals’
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1. Wallich Residence, Tanjong Pagar

If you thought that the most expensive home in this list was going to be a freehold landed property, you would be wrong.

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Price on PropertyGuru: $107,000,000
Tenure type: 99-year lease

The most expensive property you can purchase now is actually a penthouse at Wallich Residence with a 99-year lease.

The property is expensive for many reasons. One of which is that it is placed right at the heart of the Central Business District. At this price, you’ll also be paying for the interior space and view of the skyline.

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With a 21,000 square feet living space and a view from 60 floors up, you’ll literally feel on top of the world.

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Singapore, the land of the rich

If you’ve read all the way to the end, you might have noticed a trend — many of the properties lie in the Bukit Timah area.

This could be why Bukit Timah is usually known as the rich man’s paradise.

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Have we missed any expensive Singapore properties still on the market? Do let us know in the comments and it may just make a notable entry on this list to give us all major house envy.

Also read:

Cornwall Gardens Is A Massive Botanic Gardens House For 4 Generations

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Sentosa Pokemon Carnival Has 5-Metre Pikachu Float, Parades & Carnival Games From 15 Jun

Sentosa Pokemon Carnival Has Pikachu Floats, Pikachu Parades & Carnival Games From 15 Jun

Pokemon fans in Singapore seem to be having the time of their life thanks to the Pokemon Go Safari Zone and the recently opened Pokemon Centre at Jewel Changi.

But the party’s far from over since Sentosa announced that they’ll be playing host to the first-ever Pokemon Carnival.

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From 15 to 30 June, Pokemon lovers can visit a massive 5-metre inflatable Pikachu and meet a whopping 403 types of Pokemon in the Alolan region of Sentosa Cove Village.

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Looks like June holiday plans for the kiddos are settled. Here’s what else to expect.

Catch all 403 Alolan pokemon & play carnival games

Many of us spent our entire childhood watching many Pokemon adventures on TV.

This time, we’ll experience our own Pokemon Adventures, snag some activity booklets and discover tons of Pokemon in an island. We hear that Pokemon plushies will be up for grabs too, if you join in the festivities.

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Thanks to the Carnival Game Vouchers, guests can experience four carnival games and win Pokemon stickers. We’ve always wanted to try using Pokeballs in real-life, and we might get the opportunity to do just that.

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Kids can learn about each Pokemon by scanning the QR codes on the Pokémon standees scattered around Sentosa Cove Village. They can use what they’ve learned to answer questions in these mysterious Pokemon boards.

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Get the chance to meet these adorable Pokemon mascots. Here’s to hoping that you don’t get electrocuted by lightning bolts in exchange for a hug.

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Pikachu parades & dance parties

Those who loved the Pikachu Parade last December can relive their adorable butt-shaking and ear-wagging with return of the Pikachu Parade.

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We don’t have details about the event yet, but we recall last year’s parade featuring Pikachu’s glowing afro wigs, funky fashion and neon-lit costumes.

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Get ready for more surprises and groovy nights as Pikachu’s LED costume changes colour according to the beat.

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Massive 5-metre Pikachu float & Pokémon inflatables

The adventure doesn’t stop there. Kids can make new friends and jump inside this huge  Pokémon-themed inflatable slide and ball pit.

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Just like any Pokemon adventure, they’ll make new friends and conquer obstacles through teamwork.

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We went gaga over the massive inflatable Lapras last April, and this time we can hang out with a 5-metre inflatable Pikachu.

While we don’t have an image of actual float yet, we think that this huge Pikachu float from Changi Airport is close to the real deal.

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Catch ‘em all at Sentosa Cove

With the school holidays upon us, Pokemon Carnival is the perfect event to celebrate your love of Pokemon and pass it on to your kids.

There’s no need to break the bank to live like Ash Ketchum because admission is free.

The Pokemon Parade and meet and greet sessions won’t be available everyday so check out their website for more details.

Here are some details about the event:

Location: Sentosa Cove
Date: 15-30 June
Time: 5pm-9pm
Nearest MRT: Harbourfront Station

Stay tuned for updates as Sentosa reveals more information about the upcoming Pikachu carnival.

The Pokemon Carnival is a fresh opportunity to update your feed, especially if it’s been filled with Pokemon Centre pics for the past few months.

Featured image from Sentosa. All photo credits to Nintendo unless otherwise stated. ©2019 Pokémon. ©1995-2019 Nintendo/Creatures Inc. /GAME FREAK inc. TM and ® are trademarks of Nintendo.

Singapore Is A Futuristic City From 2050 In This Album That’s Convinced Netizens To Visit ASAP

Local Photographer’s Photo Album Makes Singapore Look Like A Futuristic City From 2050

We’ve often heard that Singapore is a futuristic city thanks to urban farms, state-of-the-art architecture and towering skyscrapers.

The island’s sights might not be impressive to locals since we’re used to seeing them everyday, but these photos will definitely change your mind.

A photographer named Kevin (@kevouthere) has uploaded shots of illuminating landmarks and out-of-this world buildings that make Singapore look like a city of the future.

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We might not be able to time travel but these places make us feel like we’re living in an urban sci-fi fantasy.

1. Marina Bay Sands

Marina Bay Sands has a dramatic sky garden atop luxurious triple towers. While they’re set to add a fourth tower by 2030, we’d like to see how many towers it’ll have by 2050.

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2. The Interlace

Normal buildings are made from the ground-up but The Interlace mimics Jenga blocks irregularly stacked on top of each other.

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3. The Singapore Sports Hub

They say the view from the top is always better and we think the same is true for The Singapore Sports Hub.

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4. The Hive at NTU

Most buildings are rectangular but NTU’s The Hive strays from the norm. It features interconnected non-hierarchical round shapes that stimulate collaborative learning.

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5. Indoor waterfall at Jewel Changi Airport

Futurists say that cityscapes will blend nature and urban architecture but it’s already a reality in Singapore.

Waterfalls are common in mountains and we never knew we needed an indoor version, until we saw the tallest indoor waterfall at Jewel Changi Airport.

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6. Gardens By The Bay

Gardens By The Bay has supertrees and lush greeneries that imitate rainforests a few centuries from now.

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7. Flower Dome at Gardens by the Bay

We did a double take due to this bewildering night transformation of the Flower Dome showcasing its reflective glass walls, neon lights and symmetrical columns.

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8. NTU’s School of Art, Design and Media (ADM)

We love the vast expanse of green fields and we’re expecting to see them in more roofs soon like NTU’s School of Art, Design and Media (ADM).

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9. Parkroyal on Pickering

Parkroyal on Pickering is a communal space featuring exquisite terraced gardens complete with bird cage sculptures in an assortment of colours.

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10. The Tree House in Bukit Panjang

The Tree House condominium in Bukit Panjang proves that the grass can also look greener on the outside of a towering residential building.

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Happy to live in the future

The future might be unpredictable but Kevin (@kevouthere) proves that it’s incredibly bright for us here.

The Singapore-based photographer specialises in landscape, architectural, travel and street photography. His experience as an interaction designer allows him to take stunning images that capture the complexity of the island’s architectural feats.

If the island looks like a futuristic cityscape in 2019 — we can’t wait to see how Singapore’s appearance will continue to evolve 30 years from now.

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Bangkok’s Kafae Tuktheaw Is An Old-School Tokyo Cafe That Lets You Time Travel To ’80s Japan

Kafae Tuktheaw Has Retro Japanese Vibe & An Authentic Menu From S$2 In Bangkok

You may think that only pictures and movies can help you revisit the ’80s and ’90s era of Japan. But we’ve recently found a stunning cafe in Bangkok that’s a fun blast to the past.

Enter, Kafae Tuktheaw. This unassuming storefront that looks lifted off the streets of Japan literally transports you to a whole other city from within.

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Inside, you’ll recognise the retro aesthetic of old Tokyo’s tiny bars and traditional Japanese pubs and hawkers.

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The walls are filled with references of an old era through postcards, anime classics and old Japanese corporations.

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We absolutely love the attention to detail for the decor, with Easter eggs referencing old-school manga characters and brands littered all over the posters and car plates. Here’s what else to expect, so buckle up if you’re joining us for the ride.

‘80s Japanese aesthetic

For self-proclaimed otakus born in the ’80s or ’90s, Kafae Tuktheaw will most definitely take you back to your childhood.

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Hanging out at a cafe is something that we’ve all experienced. But it becomes a lot more special when you’re surrounded by cigarette vending machines, postboxes and vintage chairs. Kafae Tuktheaw places great care in replicating the atmosphere of an entire Japanese street throughout its premises.

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As an ’80s kid, you might long for the days when windows had wooden panes and each table had a telephone. Fortunately, time seems to stop in this quaint hole-in-the-wall corner of the cafe.

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You can even test your childhood memories by recalling familiar characters like Astroboy and Sato-chan.

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Wagons, posters & anime

Before the age of iPads, kids would put their toys in wagons and pull it to their neighbours’ house. While it might not be as common now, we’re tempted to use the wagon to get all these classic merchandise.

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Automobile fans will be happy to find old models of their favourite motorbikes, cars and scooters. It’s never too late to bring back your wild side.

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We’re used to ordering our toys online now. But just a few decades ago, cheap capsule vending machines were the go-to way to lay our hands on classic figurines and miniature trinkets.

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Posters of Bruce Lee and the Green Hornet, Tiger Mask and Ultraman take us back to the days when we watched the television with our cousins.

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Authentic Japanese food from $2

The cafe’s menu consists of tea, desserts and bento meals from S$2.50 (60 Baht).

Their Sukiyaki bento has a beef donburi with tender slices of beef and onsen eggs for S$5.83 (135 Baht). While the cafe perfectly nailed the ‘80s aesthetic, we’re excited to see if they did the same with the food.

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Beat the tropical heat with their refreshing Yuzu orange juice which tastes sour with a hint of sweetness for S$2.81 (65 Baht).

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End your meals with these cute miniature brownie doughnuts that will bring you comfort as you remember bits and pieces of your younger years.

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How to get there

Kafae Tuktheaw is a 30-minute cab ride from Suvarnabhumi International Airport.

Take the airport link to Ramkhamhaeng and ride a taxi to reach your destination. The cafe is near the Thai Airways Operation Centre.

Kafae Tuktheaw
Address: 1144/17 Phatthanakan Rd, Khwaeng Suan Luang, Khet Suan Luang, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10250, Thailand
Opening Hours: Mon to Fri, 8:00am to 8:00pm, Sat to Sun, 7:30am to 8:00pm
Contact Number: +66 082 584 4073

Time travel isn’t possible yet. But this rustic cafe in Bangkok will let you visit 2 cities for the price of one. If you’re paying this place a visit, we’re sure you’ll love reliving the good old ’80s, especially if you’re an otaku at heart.

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Mandai Eco-Resort Opening In 2023 Will Have Spaceship Treehouses, Canopy Bridges & Nature Trails

Banyan Tree Mandai Eco-Resort Will Have Treehouses For You To Stay In

Mandai isn’t exactly where you’d imagine going for a nice, peaceful retreat. After all, many associate the area with the zoo, the safari and the crematorium.

But all that is set to change with the opening of Banyan Tree’s first resort in Singapore in 2023.

News of the eco-resort at Mandai actually broke in Oct 2017. But today (23 May), snapshots of what the resort will probably look like were released. These include illustrations of its spaceship-like treehouses, canopy bridges and nature trails.

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Treehouse, canopy bridges and nature trails

The eco-resort will hold 338 rooms.

Among the rooms are treehouses nestled in the heart of the forest. And you won’t have to worry about insects flying into your face as you sip on your afternoon tea, because there are fine nets cast over the openings.

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You can also choose to take a short stroll through the rest of the resort on the canopy bridges. With tall trees over your head to provide shade, the heat shouldn’t be a worry.

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There will also be guided nature walks through the teeming-with-life forest. Just remember to take along some insect repellent, otherwise you may find yourself itchy with bites for the rest of your stay.

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Most of the eco-resort will be elevated so as to not disrupt the native wildlife too much.

The resort is part of a greater development of the Mandai area, “A Rejuvenated Mandai”.

From the map below, you’ll see that eco-resort, located at the northern end, will be integrated into the entire Mandai eco-expanse. This will connect it to a host of other attractions like the Night Safari and the Bird Park.

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2023 please come faster, so we’ll have a new attraction to visit.

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Toppen Shopping Centre In JB Is An Open-Concept Mall With An Integrated IKEA, Opens End 2019

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

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 – completed at the end of 2019 – will give Singaporeans one more shopping haven.

Toppen Shopping Centre is set to open in 2019 and it combines IKEA Tebrau and AEON Tebrau to become a 1.1 million sq feet mall — 20 times the size of a soccer field.

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The open-concept mall aims to be the “heart and hub” of JB. 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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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 and 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.

Featured image from backpackingmalaysia.com and 8excite.

Kiztopia Indoor Playground Is S’pore’s Largest, With Ninja Warrior Courses & A ‘Driving’ School

Kiztopia Is A Massive Indoor Playground At Marina Square That Will Open On 15 June

A lot of kids visit playgrounds to go wild, make new friendships and learn something new. It’s a lot easier to learn when the process is delightfully fun.

Pretty soon, kids can play and learn all they want because Kiztopia is opening a massive indoor playground on 15 June.

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The establishment will be the largest indoor playground in the island with a massive 18,000 square feet — around one-third of a football field.

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From indoor driving schools, bouncy castles to role play rooms, let’s take a look at the new playground that your kids will go gaga over.

Indoor driving school & mini train rides

Kiztopia is an edutainment playground that’s designed to improve the physical, emotional, cognitional and social development of children.

Unlike most playgrounds, kids could learn what it takes to drive a car at their indoor driving school. While they still need to turn 18 to get a licence, at least they’ll master the basics of road safety.

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When travelling abroad, riding a train and watching landscapes change can be a lot of fun, especially if you’re in the window seat.

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While Kiztopia’s train doesn’t travel across great distances, you can cultivate your kids’ taste for adventure via these indoor train rides.

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Role play rooms & ninja warrior courses

As kids grow, they need basic survival skills like cooking, shopping and athletics.

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No one can survive without good food. Those who want to raise future Michelin star chefs should check out the cooking corner that has bread makers and stoves. Here’s hoping your kids will bring home yummy treats and pastries.

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Parents can even accompany their children to indoor supermarkets and teach them the ideal ingredients to choose and how to pay at counters.

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Kiztopia also offers special programs for kids that could include taekwondo, music and other popular activities. We don’t have all the details yet but they’re set to build a Ninja Warrior obstacle course and an augmented reality basketball room.

Bouncy castles, thrilling rides & trampolines

A playground experience isn’t complete without slides and bouncy adventures.

Young thrill-seekers will have fun sliding all the way down into ball pits and making new friends along the way.

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Parents should have their cameras at the ready while their kids are bouncing up and down on these indoor trampolines.

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Buying a ticket?

Tickets for Kiztopia are currently available at Ticket Tailor.

As their grand opening approaches, Kiztopia, will offer grand opening promos, early-bird tickets, annual passes and bulk admissions. Tickets start at $22 for 1 hour, $30 hours for 3 hours and $38 for unlimited play for one day. You can check out their offerings here.

Each admission pass is valid for one child and one accompanying adult only. The ticket price for an additional adult will be $8.

Marina Square is a 3-minute walk from Esplanade MRT station.

You can check out their website details here.

Address: Marina Square, 6 Raffles Blvd, #01-09 (main entrance opposite Esplanade).
Opening Hours: TBA
Website: Kiztopia
Nearest MRT: Esplanade Station

Featured image from Kiztopia.

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