That’s why we were absolutely floored by the new pictures of Starbucks’ latest endeavour — The Starbucks Boutique Store opening at Tampines Mall. The specialty store finally opened its doors to the public on Friday (14 Dec).
Circular glass-domed storefront
You’ll get to walk through clear glass doors which extend all the way to the ceiling at their newest outlet.
And be greeted by a warmly-lit interior complemented by artsy wooden accents.
You may worry that there won’t be enough cosy armchairs or sofas since everyone will be choping all the prime seats.
In that case, check out their second floor for more seating options — we’d recommend the window-side seats for a panoramic view of the gardens below.
Nitro Cold Brew coffee on tap
Baristas on-site will also be using state-of-the-art coffee machines and equipment that’s guaranteed to tickle the fancy of even the most picky coffee connoisseurs.
Expect hipster brews like Chemex, Pour Over and Coffee Press styles of coffee at the interactive coffee bar as well.
The boutique store offers High-SES beverages like the Nitro Cold Brew — aka the atas beer foam coffee we usually get from The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands.
Curious about where Starbucks sources your beans? Learn about the origins of your cuppa joe from their interactive display.
24-hour study hangout
Students who call Tampines their home will definitely love this new study hangout. Best part is, if you need to pull a last-minute mugging session out of the bag over the weekend, the cafe is open for 24 hours from Friday to Saturday.
Needless to say, all that space is going to good use.
The club will house an 8-armed indoor ferris wheel, with a photobooth in each pod, that can take partygoers almost 30 metres above the dance floor. There will also be a 3-storey-high carnival slide to zip down for quick cocktail replenishments.
Opening night on 12 & 13 Apr
The lineup for the opening weekend on 12 and 13 Apr is has not been confirmed.
But seeing as how Marquee’s decks have been graced by the likes Post Malone, Travis Scott and Armin Van Buuren, you can probably expect big names to be running the night.
The folks at Tan Boon Liat Building have reached out to us with the complete list of 37 vendors who’ll be offering bespoke furniture & decorative art pieces at this weekend’s block party.
Here are our top picks for those looking to make a bold statement in your homes.
1. Pomelo (#13-02)
Pomelo calls itself a boutique home furnishing store that promises timeless furniture and lighting backed by quality designs.
They favour effortless set-pieces that add to a classy and homely atmosphere.
We have our eyes on this modular Punt Literatura shelf that would put the DIY IKEA shelves to shame — if you have the budget of course.
Block Party Offers:
10% off Christmas Wreaths
Flower Bar Pop-Up by The Green Room
Redeem a freshly arranged bouquet with every Ro vase purchased
2. The Providore (#05-03)
The Providore puts the gourmet in groceries with their extensive selection of homeware, boutique wines and craft beers.
Besides gifts, you’ll be able to find rare angmoh cooking ingredients that Nigella Lawson would approve of. Not to mention, delectable organic snacks that’ll turn the staunchest of meat-eaters vegan.
We think the store sounds like a perfect place to pick up a gift for that atas friend who enjoys the finer things in life.
Here’s a pro-tip for all you early bird Christmas shoppers. The Providore will be offering an impressive selection of Christmas gift hampers to help everyone get into the festive mood.
Block Party Offers:
Craft beers & coffee
Gourmet hotdog stand
In-house wine & cheese tastings
3. Journey East (#03-02)
Established since 1995, Journey East takes pride in offering eco-friendly wood furniture and vintage Asian design influences — explaining why they’ve been Singapore’s favourite furniture destination for over 20 years.
With a massive 8,600 sq ft showroom, and mentions in Louis Vuitton, Elle Décor and The Guardian (UK), Journey East houses pieces from over 10 international collections.
From adorable bunny chairs, killer shark umbrellas & cherry-shaped light fixtures, Journey East expertly captures the quirky appetites of millennials when it comes to interior design.
Block Party Offers:
Happy Hour & Live Music with DJ Jeff-0 (3pm to 6pm)
Freshly mixed Gin & Tonics available for guests
Design Installations (10am to 6pm)
Charlie Chaplin film-screening in 1920s vintage set
Urban Design Jungle menagerie
‘Wall of Mirrors’ teak exhibition
4. Arete Culture (#06-01)
Arete Culture is the brains behind at least 650 gorgeous home makeovers and bespoke collections made or finished in Singapore.
We’re absolutely floored by what they’ve done to this loft apartment. You’re highly encouraged to pop by their showroom to see if you can steal the look too.
Tribal mirrors, unique pottery pieces and abstract paintings would definitely add a splash of colour to your upcoming BTO flat.
If you’re worried about having to lug the bulky items home, fret not! They provide home delivery services from their store to your doorstep within 3 weeks.
Block Party Offers:
Arete Culture will donate $10 from every $100 spent to local charities for migrant workers and animal shelters.
Lucky draw for massive decor hamper worth over $5,000. Make any purchase within the store to enter it.
The winner will be drawn and notified on Monday (26 Nov).
5. LivingwithArt Singapore (#02-05)
LivingwithArt is a massive local gallery that carries artwork from all over the world. But their priority is providing local artists with a conducive space to hawk their thought-provoking work at affordable prices.
The showroom also houses Murano glasswork, traditional canvases & bronze sculptures that would elevate the SES of any humble abode.
Getting a locally-designed sculpture as a centrepiece in your living room, could be the much-needed conversation starter during your awkward festive gatherings this Christmas.
Block Party Offers:
New fine art gallery launch
Live Christmas carolling, art workshops & painting sessions (11am – 2pm)
Lucky dip & door gifts, free snacks & drinks
Additional 15% off all showroom items
6. Hassan’s Carpets (#02-06)
As one of Singapore’s oldest and leading rug companies, Hassan’s Carpets fans are long-time connoisseurs of quality handmade rugs.
Since every rug is woven from scratch, Hassan’s Carpets guarantees fine textile floor coverings that would make even Aladdin turn his head twice.
A quality carpet changes the mood of the entire living room, so do consider investing in one.
Block Party Offers:
Free Persian tea & exotic nibbles
‘With Love, from Iran’ exhibition
Rare collection of Persian antique rugs on display
Museum-worthy entries dating back to the 18th Century
Limited edition Santa Rug stockings on sale
Win a handknotted rug by following @hassanscarpets, and using the hashtags #TBLblockparty and #hassanscarpets
Winner will be notified on 26 Nov. Terms and conditions apply.
7. Deer Industries (#07-05)
Parents would be wondering if there are any vendors at Tan Boon Liat Building who specialise in child-friendly furniture, here comes our answer — Deer Industries.
This pastel pink room would be perfect for your princesses who want their own little hideaway.
Who said baby rooms can’t look classy? This cream-based cot set-up seems lifted straight out of an IKEA showroom, but arguably 100 times better.
8. Emperor’s Attic (#01-10)
Emperor’s Attic touts affordable antiquities and vintage northern Chinese furniture.
If you’ve adored Crazy Rich Asians‘ opulent Peranakan-inspired sets, this is the furniture joint for you.
Wooden cabinets that are older than your ancestors, paired with yellow jade lions, will usher your guests into your home in the most memorable way.
Those who prefer a greener take on shoe cabinets can consider this rustic white-washed arrangement complete with a full collection of potted plants.
9. Grey and Sanders (#06-02)
Expect luxurious full-aniline leather and fabric sofas and modern home furnishings at Grey and Sanders — Singapore’s leading solid wood slab specialist.
They’ll be launching a spanking new range of premium designer sofas on 24 Nov, so be sure to check out their sofa sets in person.
Block Party Offers:
Light bites & drinks provided for guests
Visitors enjoy 20% off their second item
10. Ethnicraft Online (#02-01)
Stop by the Ethnicraft showroom to take a look at their extensive selection of wood furnishings, with a modern Belgian twist.
Now that we can get our HDB flats looking like this, all we need is a willing tribute to BTO with at Tengah.
Imagine coming home after a long day at the office to that luxurious and massive recliner. Hours upon hours of Netflix here we come.
Admission is free so you don’t need to break the bank to experience the cuteness.
We’ve reached out to Sentosa for more information about the event, so stay tuned for updates. In the meantime, we’ve scoured the net and found some pics that can help you visualise what you can look forward to.
Gudetama is our official lazy day inspiration because we all want to sit in an eggshell all-day long. Now, thanks to Sentosa’s 3-metre-high Gudetama float, you’ll have the most kawaii stroll along the beach.
Fingers crossed, it’ll be as cute as this version from Macau.
The event organisers confirmed that there will be 800 Gudetama floats dispersed across Palawan beach. We imagine they’ll look a little something like this adorable egg-shell cupped Gudetama in a gallery in Tokyo.
My Melody has traditionally sent many locals queuing at 3:45 am. Those who missed the chance to own a My Melody holder, could still get their fix at various points in Palawan beach featuring Hello Kitty’s BFF.
Scoot on over to the Kids Maze section as well, that’s guaranteed to help your children and nieces forge new relationships with their peers. After all, getting lost with friends can be a great once-in-a-lifetime experience, as long as you find your way back.
It’s true that more bubbles will always be better, so we’re excited to have a bubble fight inside these foam pools.
Those who just want to lie down, laze around and enjoy Sanrio heaven can watch free movies like The Little Mermaid, Minions and Frozen under the twinkling stars. The lucky ones might be able to chope a place right beside a cushy Gudetama float too.
Sentosa FunFest will take place at Palawan Beach from 16 to 24 March, just in time for the upcoming March school holidays.
We’re sure your kids will absolutely love watching Hello Kitty, My Melody & Gudetama come alive right next to them.
Do remember that you probably can’t take them home, or add the inflatables to your personal collection, but at least you’ll get to finally be up close and personal with your favourite Sanrio characters.
That’s the holiday plans for the kiddos settled! We’ll see you there.
Place: Sentosa Palawan Beach Date: 16-24 Mar 2019 Time: 10:00am to 7:00pm Website:Sentosa
Durian Stalls In Johor Bahru (JB) That Are Close To Checkpoint
We get it, you love durians. You love them so much that you’ve made it your life mission – insofar as budget and leave days allow – to find the creamiest and cheapest durians around. Just kidding, who does that?
Malaysia inevitably falls into the custard crosshair.
To aid you on your magnanimous enterprise, we’ve compiled a list of the more notable durian stalls in Johor Bahru.
1. Ah Tong Durian Stall
Starting the list off, is Ah Tong Durian Stall. With a name like that, you can’t get anymore old school. This road-side durian stall sits just opposite KSL Shopping Mall, which means it won’t have to be a trip there just for durians.
Address: 1, Jalan Sutera 1, Taman Sentosa, 80150 Johor Bahru Telephone: +60 16-7893385 Time from checkpoint: 40 mins
3. Durian King
Claiming to be the king of the king of fruits is bold. Durian King is very popular among locals and even offers an all-you-can-eat for RM20. The store has been featured on the local papers before, so you can trust that its durians will be sedap.
Address: Katsura Garden, Jalan Sutera Danga, Taman Sutera Utama, 81300 Skudai, Johor Telephone: +60 14-3315555 Time from checkpoint: 50 mins
4. Ah Shui Durian Stall
Ah Shui Durian Stall is right beside Durian King. So a reasonable plan would be to try a few durians from each and lay the verdict.
Address: Jalan Sutera Danga, Taman Sutera Utama, 81300 Skudai, Johor Telephone: +60 16-704 2127 Time from checkpoint: 50 mins
5. Nusa Bestari Durian
Also in the vicinity of the previous 2 durian stalls mentioned is a smaller, tented one called Nusa Bestari Durian. Since you’re on a durian quest and in the area, there’s no harm paying a visit to this stall as well.
Address: 60, Jalan Jati 1, Taman Nusa Bestari Jaya, 81300 Skudai, Johor Telephone: NIL Time from checkpoint: 50 mins
6. The classic roadside durian stalls
There are tons of roadside durian stalls in Malaysia. Drive anywhere during the durian season and you’ll be sure to come across one every 15-20 minutes. Just make sure you ask to have a sample of their durians before buying any.
Zhongshuge Bookshop In Chongqing, China Is A Mind-Boggling Masterpiece
Chinese bookstore chain Zhongshuge (钟书阁) is no stranger to outlandish, mind-boggling designs. That’s probably what earned one of its stores – in Xuhui (徐汇), China – the title of “Most Beautiful Bookstore In China“.
On 25 Jan 2019, the bold bookstore expanded its enterprise — this time with a store featuring an Inception-like, M.C. Escher-esque library in the hilly city of Chongqing (重庆).
Those familiar with the paradoxical stairs in the movie Inception – adapted from M.C. Escher’s famous painting – may have already begun theorising from where the bookstore designer got his inspiration.
Chongqing is a major city in southwest China. The city is about a 5-hour flight from Singapore — same as a flight to Shanghai and about an hour shorter than one to Beijing.
Zhongshuge’s Chongqing store, the brand’s 14th, is at a part of the city called Yang Jia Ping (杨家坪). The city’s trains run directly to the area, and from what we’ve read, the bookstore is only a short walk from the station.
Opening hours: 10am to 10pm daily Address: 3 Floor, Zhongdi Plaza, No. 8 Yangzheng Street, Yangjiaping, Jiulongpo District (九龙坡区杨家坪杨正街8号中迪广场3楼)
Many ‘Zhongshuge’s scattered across China
The inventive bookstore has footprints all across China — Shanghai, Hangzhou, Yangzhou, Chengdu, Suzhoi, Wuxi, Xi’an, Guiyang and Chongqing.
If for some reason you’re flying to any one of those cities during the upcoming Chinese New Year holiday, it will be worth your time paying a visit to a Zhongshuge bookstore.
They say reading feeds the imagination. But sometimes, the bookstore feeds it just as well.
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