VivoCity Hypermarkets Close On 17 Feb; NTUC FairPrice Only Opens In Late 2019

Giant & Cold Storage Close On 17 Feb, NTUC FairPrice Opens Late 2019

Just a few months ago, we gave a PSA about Giant at VivoCity or Vivomart closing in early 2019.

Now that dreaded time has come and the supermarket is leaving with its counterpart, Cold Storage, too.

TODAYonline reported on Saturday (2 Feb) that Giant and Cold Storage will be exiting VivoCity on 17 Feb.

No supermarkets from 17 Feb

Giant and Cold Storage, both under Dairy Farms International Holdings, will allegedly be closing in 2 weeks.

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We’re not sure how nostalgic you’d get about the latter, but most of us will certainly miss the two-storey Giant hypermarket.

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The huge store with endless arrays of household products has been a comforting refuge from the sea of retail stores in the mall.

Customers who regularly shop for groceries there will miss the variety of fresh produce that are sold at affordable prices.

With Cold Storage leaving VivoCity at the same time, there will be no other grocery stores available — unless you can survive on products from Marks & Spencer’s food hall.

Alternative options for groceries

FairPrice, Singapore’s largest supermarket chain, will open at VivoCity only in the third quarter of 2019.

That’s somewhere between July and September.

What can customers turn to in the meantime? There’s always online grocery shopping at RedMart, FairPrice On, Giant or Cold Storage.

But if you prefer to pick your products yourself, the nearest supermarkets are:

  • Cold Storage, Harbourfront Centre, 1 Maritime Square, #01-48 to 50, Singapore 099253
  • NTUC FairPrice, Blk 1, Tanjong Pagar Plaza, #01-01, Singapore 082001
  • FairPrice Finest, 100 Tras Street, #B1-01, Singapore 079027
  • NTUC FairPrice, 78A Telok Blangah St 32, #01-01/02, Singapore 101078
  • NTUC FairPrice, 460 Alexandra Road, #01-09 & #01-16, Singapore 119963
  • Habitat by Honestbee, 34 Boon Leat Terrace, Singapore 119866

High expectations for FairPrice Xtra

A FairPrice spokesperson has said that the FairPrice Xtra opening at VivoCity will have “unique features”.

No further details have been given, but with self-checkout machines becoming a fixture in their stores, we can expect more exciting additions.

Perhaps they could take after Habitat by Honestbee and implement fully robotic checkouts, both in-store and via phone apps.

Dining places offering food cooked from fresh produce right from the store could also make a wonderful addition.

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The FairPrice Xtra outlet spanning roughly 8,361 square meters will be the largest in Singapore, so there’s more than enough space for these interesting features.

Out with the old, in with the new

We’re sad to see Giant and Cold Storage go, but perhaps the new year bids a new beginning at VivoCity.

We hope that the new FairPrice Xtra outlet will turn out great and be worth the wait when it opens later this year.

For now, if you want to bask in the glorious air-con of Vivomart or Vivo’s Cold Storage one last time, plan a trip to VivoCity soon.

You’ll only have a few days left before they’re gone forever.

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Gorgeous Starbucks Boutique At Tampines Looks Like An Atas Art Gallery

Singapore’s First Starbucks Boutique Opens At Tampines On 14 Dec

After walking past 22 years’ worth of Starbucks outlets in all shapes and sizes, fans may already be familiar with the iconic green coffee establishments peppered around our heartland malls.

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.

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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.

Address: 4 Tampines Central 5, #01-50, Singapore 529510
Opening hours:
Sun-Thu: 7.30am-11pm
Fri-Sat: 24 hours

Here’s hoping they’ll be carrying all these wonderful Christmas merch too.

This Year’s Starbucks Christmas Tumblers Have Pint-Sized Santas, LED Lights & Snow Globes

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Marquee Is Singapore’s Largest Nightclub & Has An Indoor Ferris Wheel; Opens 12 Apr

Marquee Singapore Will Be S’pore’s Largest Nightclub

UPDATE: Lineup for the opening weekend has just been confirmed.

  • 12 April(Fri): Tiësto
  • 13 April(Sat): Afrojack with special guest A$AP Rocky

Forget Zouk and Attica, the classy, cosmopolitan New York nightclub Marquee is making its way to Singapore.

Set to open in The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands (MBS) on 12 Apr, Marquee Singapore will be the city’s largest – and probably the most lavish – nightclub.

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Indoor ferris wheel and 3-storey-high slide

The vernal nightclub will span 2,300 square metres across 3 storeys, putting it at roughly twice the size of Zouk.

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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.

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AVENUE lounge just beside

If the going gets too loud for you, or if you’re looking for a place to have audible, meaningful conversations with your friends, AVENUE lounge is only a few doors away.

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The luxurious, speakeasy-style lounge will offer a quieter and more intimate setting for those ‘getting too old for clubbing’.

Apart from lazing on the couches and at the counter, visitors can opt for a little fun with the mini bowling alley and vintage pinball machines.

A more vibrant nightlife

Nocturnal partygoers definitely have something to cheer about with these additions to our nightlife scene.

The ticket sales have not been announced for Marquee’s opening weekend, so keep your eyes peeled on their Facebook page for any updates.

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10 Tan Boon Liat Building Vendors That Give IKEA A Run For Its Money

Tan Boon Liat Building Block Party From 24-25 Nov

So you’ve probably heard about the hidden 14-storey IKEA for hipsters hidden in plain sight in this unassuming building in Outram.

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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
  • Instagram giveaway
    • 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.

Block Party Offers:

  • Ethnicraft Online’s new moniker will be revealed
  • Free beer & Belgian nibbles
  • Lucky draw with vouchers up for grabs

Maze runner no more

The massive 14-storey industrial building complex is home to 37 stores selling everything from home furnishings, affordable art pieces and groceries.

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While this may seem a tad intimidating at first, we hope this quick rundown will help you avoid a sticky IKEA maze situation when you visit.

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We’ll see you furniture shoppers there! Just hopefully not in the queues before us.

Dates: Saturday & Sunday, 24 & 25 Nov 2018
Time: 10am-6pm
Location: Tan Boon Liat Building, 315 Outram Road, Singapore 169074
Nearest MRT Station: Outram Park

Featured images courtesy of Tan Boon Liat Building’s vendors and The Finder.

Huge 3-Metre Gudetama Will Laze On Sentosa Beach From 16 Mar & You Can Visit Him For Free

Sentosa FunFest Lets You Laze Around With 800 Floats of Gudetama & Sanrio Characters

The islandwide Sanrio overload takes an interesting turn with Sentosa’s FunFest from 16 to 24 March.

Expect huge balloon structures of your favourite characters — My Melody, Hello Kitty and Gudetama.

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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 overload

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.

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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.

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Hello Kitty & My Melody will be there too

We’ve seen Hello Kitty take Singapore by storm through Hello Kitty EZ-Link charms, Hello Kitty Baby-G watches and Hello Kitty Tokyo Bananas.

We’re sure that our Hello Kitty obsession is far from over, so you’ll be happy to find extra large inflatables of this iconic character.

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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.

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Maybe someday you can get a My Melody inflatable like this one from Sanrio Puroland.

Run wild on inflatable land

Sentosa’s FunFest 2019 has larger-than-life inflated playgrounds too!

If your kids have what it takes to conquer this 25-metre-long obstacle course, they could be on the fast-track to becoming Singapore’s next Olympian.

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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.

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They say challenges help build confidence and we bet that climbing this Traversing Wall can do just that.

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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.

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Happening at Palawan Beach from 16 to 24 March

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

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6 Durian Stalls In JB That Are Less Than An Hour’s Drive From Checkpoint

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?

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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.

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Address: Jalan Serigala, Taman Century 80250 Johor Bahru
Telephone: +60 19-7473493
Time from checkpoint: 40 mins

2. Sentosa Supple Wholesale Everyday Fruit Trading Durian

The name of the stall is a mouthful. But who cares about the stall’s name when they’ve got durian lined up for you. Like most durian stalls in Malaysia, this one offers a durian buffet as well.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Address: Everywhere in Malaysia
Telephone: NIL
Time from checkpoint: 15 mins – ∞

That said, happy hunting for more durians across the border. But remember not to get too carried away, lest you return with a devilish sore throat.

For those who prefer a more high-class durian affair:

Genting Durian Festival Has 50 Tonnes Of Musang King, XO & Black Thorn Durians Till Sep 2019

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China’s Zhongshuge Bookstore Has An Inception Mirror Maze That’s Mindbendingly Beautiful

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).

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Yes, that’s also the province where the Mala Hotspring is located. Let’s take a closer look at this mind-bendingly beautiful library.

Mind-bending & mirrored communal area

The unorthodox bookstore houses multiple sections, each as intriguing as the other, but all guided by a single aesthetic — haphazard geometry and mirrored ceilings.

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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.

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Trippy mountain book shelves for kiddos

Reading is a habit best sown when young.

With vibrant colours and shelves shaped like mountains, the dreamy pink children’s section will easily steal the young ones away from their electronic addiction.

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Though not as extravagant, the quiet reading spaces are equally stylish with dark wood and cosy curves.

For those who prefer more privacy, there are cushioned ‘caves’ perfect for both solitude and refuge from the clamour of the crowd.


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‘Infinite’ tunnels & Alice In Wonderland themes elsewhere

If there’s one thing about Zhongshuge bookstores, it is that every one of them will dazzle and impress.

The Yangzhou (扬州) store features an ‘infinite’ space-age tunnel — once again making clever use of reflective surfaces.

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Li Jiang’s (丽江) branch takes you down the rabbit hole into a colourful world not much different from the one Alice discovered.

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Finally, Zhongshuge in Hangzhou (杭州) will give you glimpse of a distant, sterilized future. Or the inside of an alien abductor spaceship — we’ll leave it to your imagination.

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Chongqing, China is a 5-hr flight away

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.

You’ll also love:

Seoul Library Literally Brings Books To Life In Stunning Christmas Display

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Largest Don Don Donki In Singapore Opens At City Square Mall On 11 Jan

Third Don Don Donki Outlet Is The Largest & Has A Food Court Inside

If you’ve been to a Don Don Donki outlet, you’d know how huge the store is with its endless aisles.

One minute you’d be looking at sashimi and the next you’d be surrounded by shelves upon shelves of instant ramen.

Their first outlet at Orchard Central is enough of a big maze, but their third and largest one opening at City Square Mall on Friday (11 Jan) promises to be even bigger.

Fresh groceries, dining & bargain sectors

Every Don Don Donki outlet is designed to cater to the unique retail behaviour of customers in its location.

Since a lot of families visit City Square Mall, Don Don Donki’s new outlet will offer three unique features all families will appreciate — dining, bargain buys and fresh groceries.

Bargain section

Bargain hunters swarm around sale sections in stores like moths drawn to a flame. We try to snatch all the deals we can get and leave with more than what we intended.

If you’re guilty of that, you might want to stay away from Don Don Donki’s bargain section. Set in a corner of the store, bargains from as low as S$1 can be found here.

Items are placed in carton boxes with handwritten price tags spelling out the extremely low prices in bold, like in the original Don Quijote in Japan.

The displays that basically scream ‘sale’ would be too difficult to ignore, so maybe you should just give in to your temptations.

Legit ramen at food court

When you’re done shopping or simply need to pause and refuel, drop by the in-store food court for some authentic Japanese cuisine.

You can find everything there as the five food stalls sell both sweet and savoury dishes.

A piping hot bowl of ramen from Hokkaido Ramen Santouka makes the perfect comfort food after a long day of shopping.

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For dessert, try Naganuma Ice Co’s creme brulee soft serve ice cream which will round off your meal nicely.

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Japanese delicatessen pantry right out of MasterChef

To avoid splurging on Japanese food at a restaurant, you might want to play MasterChef and make your own instead.

Don Don Donki City Square Mall’s extensive range of fresh produce and delicatessen is much wider than its other outlets, so you’ll find everything you’ll need there.

There’s no excuse not to include fruits and vegetables in your diet when you can get the freshest ones flown in from Japan.

If you’re not in the mood to cook, just grab something from the delicatessen section and you’ll be good to go.

Opening day promos

The official opening ceremony for Don Don Donki @ City Square Mall will be on Friday (11 Jan) at 10am.

Be there to catch the Donpen Mascot and stand a chance to win attractive prizes.

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New and existing Don Don Donki mobile app members get a chance to spin a wheel of fortune. Spin-the-wheel prizes up for grabs include:

  • Limited edition Donpen plushies
  • 10 pairs of tickets to Airzone, the suspended playground in City Square Mall
  • 100 Don Don Donki Eco Bags

The first 1,000 customers who spend at least S$50 will win a limited edition Don Don Donki Tote Bag so make sure you get there early.

Pokemon fans should make a point to stop by too as Pikachu will be making special appearances on 11-13 Jan at 1pm, 3pm and 5pm.

Address: Basement 2, City Square Mall, 180 Kitchener Road, Singapore 208539.
Opening hours: 9am-12am daily
Nearest MRT station: Farrer Park

All images courtesy of Don Don Donki unless otherwise stated.

S’pore Airlines Flight To Bangkok & 3-Night Hotel Stay Only Costs $378/Pax

WeekendGoWhere’s 3-Day SIA Bangkok Package Starts At $378

For many Singaporeans, Bangkok’s sprawling shopping districts are a must-visit when stocking up for your New Year’s wardrobe.

WeekendGoWhere – a Singapore-based travel agency – is offering a 3-day Bangkok package starting at $378.

The package includes the following:

  • Singapore Airlines two-way flight tickets (inclusive of tax + 30kg check-in baggage)
  • 3-night stay at a hotel
  • Daily breakfast
  • 2-way airport transfer

Bangkok destinations galore

The package comes with a 3-day itinerary to make sure your Bangkok trip is hassle-free!

Once you arrive in Bangkok, you’ll even be greeted by their tour guide who’ll escort you to your chosen hotel. You can then enjoy Thai cuisine and explore the nightlife.

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The next day you can take a boat tour across Chao Phraya Canal where you’ll see the city’s golden temples, palaces and wooden houses.

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After that, visit the Temple Of Dawn, Wat Arun and marvel at the distinctive spires adorned with seashells and vibrant porcelain.

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It’s definitely a sight to see during the day, but it gets even better as the sun sets.

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On the third day, you can check out the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market famous for its boats with friendly vendors selling a ton of fresh food and goods.

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Bangkok is renowned for her massive night markets and malls that sell everything at extremely low prices. Cashless payment options are even available at 1.6 million Thai stores.

S’poreans Can Now Go On Cashless Shopping Sprees At Chatuchak, Platinum Mall & Train Markets

You’ll definitely go crazy shopping for clothes, shoes and other quirky items at Chatuchak Weekend Market, Jatuchak Green Market, Rod Fai Night Market and Asiatique The Riverfront.

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Stay at 3-5 star hotels

WeekendGoWhere’s $378/pax package includes 3-night stays at P2 Boutique hotel which has a three-star rating.

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You can also opt for other hotels but prices will vary accordingly.

Premium dining options and luxurious experiences at 5-star hotels such as the Amari Watergate hotel, Pathumwan Princess and The Berkeley Hotel are available for those looking to pamper themselves.

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If you’re not too big on luxury but value upscale quality and extraordinary comfort, then  book your stay in these 4-star hotels:

  • Baiyoke Sky Hotel
  • Grand Diamond Suite
  • Centara Watergate Pavilion Hotel
  • Arnoma Hotel
  • Centre Point Hotel Pratunam
  • Glow Hotel
  • Novotel Platinum
  • Ramada D’MA Bangkok

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If you’re on a budget, you can still get quality service and good suites at 3-star hotels such as Asia Hotel Bangkok and Baiyoke Boutique Hotel.

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Booking your stay

We’re sure that this deal is definitely on your radar, if you’re planning a Bangkok getaway.

The booking period is only up till 19 Dec so get your laptop and grab your passport.

Travel periods start from 1 Jan to 31 May 2019. The minimum stay is three days and you should expect to pay more for longer visits.

Note that the package does not include the tipping guide fee of THB100/person, which is payable in Bangkok.

You can easily book your stay and learn more about this deal by getting in touch with WeekendGoWhere on Facebook Messenger. You can also talk to their travel consultants on WhatsApp +65 93900052 from Mon-Fri, 9am to 6pm and Sat, 9am to 5pm.

See you there!

WeekendGoWhere Office
Location: Blk 71 Ayer Rajah Crescent, #06-14 (One-North MRT station)
Opening hours: Mon-Fri: 9am-6pm, Sat-Sun: 9am-5pm
Contact: +65 9390 0052 (WhatsApp)

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King’s Cross Cafe Has An Actual Hogwarts Train & Entire Wall Of Wands

King’s Cross Coffee Platform Is Korea’s Largest Harry Potter Cafe

Hold onto your Butterbeers for we come bearing Fantastic news for local Harry Potter fans.


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A massive 4-storey Harry Potter-themed cafe opened its doors to the public in Hongdae, recently.

King’s Cross is named after a prominent train station in London — the very station Hogwarts Express departs from in the books. If you can find your way to Platform 9 3/4, that is.

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There’s a basement, a Hogwarts train replica with actual steam and an entire wall of wands to boot — house elves and ghouls sold separately.

All aboard the Hogwarts Express

To enter, simply do as we say.

Locate the secret wall to run your suitcase trolley into.

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Poor Muggles around you will be suitably bewildered as you launch yourself into the air to enter Platform 9 3/4 where the cafe is located.

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Alright, we’re kidding. This is the Muggle-friendly entrance since we’re all still waiting for our letters to arrive.

Massive on the inside

FYI, the cafe complex is bigger on the inside, just like the Weasley family’s expanding tent.

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There’s an actual Hogwarts train replica housed within, with impressive gleaming front lights and a spout that emits actual steam.

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We’d recommend trying to snag a seat inside the train compartment, with your best mates Hermione and Ron — or whomever is tagging along for the ride.

Walls lined with wands

Look out for the most magical wall you’ve ever encountered, literally — it has wand boxes stuffed into every nook and cranny.

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Perfect for that pensive back shot as you sit prettily on the rickety wooden staircase beside it.

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Themed floors galore

You should definitely scale the entire establishment for the full Wizarding World experience.

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Chill among suspended owl cages as you dig into scrumptious food inspired by The Leaky Cauldron’s menu.

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There are tons of quirky Muggle furniture and antiquities scattered around each floor — we suspect that Arthur Weasley had a hand in this.

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Pick your house

Come dressed for the occasion or loan their costumes and scarves for a memorable photo op depending on your chosen house.

You may only wear your robes and scarves on the first floor, or risk getting precious house points deducted by Professor McGonagall.

Always, Snape…Always. </3
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Don’t forget to check out these character cards featuring the OG cast of all 7 Harry Potter movies.

Apparate there now

We don’t have Floo powder or a functioning flying broomstick on hand, so here are all the Muggle deets you’ll need to know to get there.

Do note that they’re not open on Mondays.

Address: Hongdae, Seoul Mapo-Gu Seogyo-Dong 417 (서울특별시 마포구 서교동 417)
Opening Times: Tue-Sun (11am–10pm)
Nearest Station: Hongik University (Exit 9), Located near Trick Eye Museum.
Instagram: King’s Cross Coffee Platform

Better than hot Dumbledore in a vest

No Christmas surprise would ever top hot Dumbledore – aka smexy Jude Law in a vest – for many Potterheads.

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But this glorious cafe will definitely be a close second. We’ll see you wannabe wizards and witches there!

If you’ll be in Seoul this Christmas, don’t miss this gorgeous library either.

Seoul Library Literally Brings Books To Life In Stunning Christmas Display

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