3 Cartoon Network-Themed Attractions Near SG That Ice Bear Would Approve Of

Cartoon Network Theme Park In Bali By 2020

You’ve probably heard about Cartoon Network Wave, the first Cartoon Network-themed cruise sailing from Singapore in late-2018.

But did you know that there’s a Cartoon Network water park in Pattaya, Thailand?

And if all goes well, there’ll be a humongous Cartoon Network theme park in Bali by 2020 too!


We can practically hear all you Adventure Time and We Bare Bears fans screaming in anticipation for CN’s impending SEA invasion.

Here’s a quick look at what to expect.

1. Cartoon Network water park in Pattaya

The world’s first Cartoon Network water park, Cartoon Network Amazone, boasts 13 different attractions, a humongous merch store and various dining options in Pattaya, Thailand. That’s about a 2-hour drive from Bangkok.


We’d recommend exploring kid-friendly Cartoonival first — with countless slides and stairs themed after nostalgic 90s cartoons like Powerpuff Girls and Dexter’s Laboratory.


The attractions are rated by level of scariness and the Cartoonival is “teeth-clenching”, which is scary enough that friends can’t call you chicken.


If you’re the daredevil type who enjoys feeling your heart drop, you can go for a literal drop on the popular Goop Loop ride.

You’ll have to stand and wait patiently for a few seconds before the trap door you’re standing on falls, plunging you into a 12-metre free fall.


And it won’t just be a straight fall because you’ll be flying through a 360-degree loop like a wet Hot Wheels car.

No wonder this “heart-pumping” ride warns all the scaredy cats to stay away.

Another ride not for the faint-hearted is the XLR8-TOR. Yup, it’s read as “accelerator” like those times people used to spell “gr8” or “see you l8r” when texting. Cringe, but it’s efficient.


Likewise the ride is really quick too. The 18-meter vertical drop is the tallest and steepest water park attraction in Asia.


Forget about breaking the not so high speed limit on Singapore roads. You can go siao fast on the water slides, you’ll find it hard to breathe.

You can buy tickets in special meal-inclusive packages or opt for the single-admission full day pass instead, which is priced as follows:

Adults (aged 13-64): THB 1,290 (S$53.95)
Child (aged 3-12): THB 990 (S$41.40)
Seniors (aged >65): 
THB 990 (S$41.40)

Address: 888 Moo 8, Sukhunvit Rd., Na Jomtien, Sattahip District, 20250 Chonburi, Thailand

If you’re planning a trip to Thailand over the holidays, definitely don’t miss checking Cartoon Network Amazone out.

2. Fully-fledged Cartoon Network theme park in Bali

Of course one Cartoon Network theme park in Southeast Asia isn’t enough.

That’s why Cartoon Network is giving us another option with the upcoming entertainment park it plans to open in Bali in 2020.


The 43,000 square meter park will have an indoor entertainment centre, live shows as well as water rides that include huge surf and wave pools.

Cartoon Network hasn’t released more details of the park, but we can imagine the cool attractions that might be there.

See the winding green slide to the left? Maybe the multi-level, interweaving layers mean it’s a supersized version of the Omnitrix at Cartoon Network Amazone.


Elevated slides = more speed = more fun. Since you’ll be throttling down like a car on nitro speed, you’ll have loads of time to go on all the rides over and over.


Look at the way the slides criss-cross over each other. We’re betting that it’ll take no less than three goes spinning down these slides before you start to Merlion.

And that’s only one side of the enormous park. If our guess is true, the entertainment park in Bali could rival or even beat the water park in Thailand.

We’ll keep our eyes peeled for more deets closer to the release date.

3. World’s first Cartoon Network cruise sails from Singapore

The Cartoon Network Wave’s not only the world’s first cruise liner to have Jake plastered all over its massive form, it also has 11 guest decks & 800-themed cabins and suites to cater to over 2,000 guests.


It also houses the world’s first triplex or three-storey suites perfect for large families. That’s literally like having your very own multilevel luxurious home on the high seas.

Image courtesy of Turner Asia Pacific

If this is what a suite on the ship looks like, can we apply for permanent residency there?

Image courtesy of Turner Asia Pacific

There are only two triplex suites on board, with other types of suites available in different sizes. Prices start at S$200/night.

Restaurants, cafes, bars and shops will give you the full holiday experience aboard a ship that appeals to passengers of all ages, so it’s not just for kids.

But why go on a Cartoon Network cruise if you’re not gonna immerse yourself in the cartoon world, right? Guests can take a go at the Adventure Time-themed rope park and obstacle course.

Lady Rainicorn would definitely approve of that slide.


Cartoon Network hasn’t disclosed specific details of other attractions, but expect to see scenes from familiar cartoons everywhere you look.

Step into Johnny Bravo’s world in this alfresco burger bar. Johnny Bravo’s hao lian character might not be very pleasant, but let’s hope the food makes up for it.


Not a fan of Johnny Bravo? It’s okay because on such a huge cruise ship, there are sure to be tons of other characters. Confirm plus chop.

We won’t be surprised if you run into Powerpuff Girls, Adventure Time or even We Bare Bears characters on one of your casual strolls about the decks.


We still don’t know when exactly the cruise will set sail or how you can get tickets, but for more information, visit the website here.

Adventure of a lifetime

The end-of-year holidays are approaching fast and most of us are probably scratching our heads over what we can do.

Family-friendly holidays like these Cartoon Network-themed attractions will definitely be the best way to please everyone in the fam — from grandma to your little cousins.

So if you haven’t gotten your holiday plans sorted out yet, we’d suggest that you check out Cartoon Network’s offerings and plan a holiday that your whole family will remember.

After all, you won’t just be enjoying Adventure Time for real, you’ll be embarking on an adventure of a lifetime with your loved ones.

You’ll also love:

World’s First Cartoon Network Cruise Sailing From Singapore In 2018

Featured images from Cartoon Network Wave Asia’s Facebook, Cartoon Network Amazone’s Facebook and The Jakarta Post.

There’s A Hidden LINE Village Theme Park At Siam Square Most S’poreans Walk Past

LINE Village Theme Park At Siam Square One

If you’re a regular Bangkok tripper, you may think you know all there is to Siam’s premium shopping belt.

Think again.

LINE – a popular text messaging app – low key launched their 3-storey indoor theme park in Siam Square One earlier this year.


Only, it’s hidden behind this deceptively cute storefront, so most Singaporeans just breeze past it, none the wiser.


Here’s what to expect, from over 20-themed rooms, to Virtual Reality (VR) encounters with Brown & Cony, as well as plenty of artistic shots for your Instafeed. Not to mention a thrilling VR roller coaster based on an actual Six Flags ride.


Best of all, children under 90cm enter for free.

Dads who struggle to entertain the kiddos while your better halves are shopping, you’re most welcome.

1. Mirrored rooms, LED corridors & VR encounters

The folks at LINE Village definitely understand millennials, and have gone out of their way to pepper the trail with artistic backdrops for you to achieve that perfect mirrored shot.


If all staircases look like this, we wouldn’t mind the daily step work out.


Also, don’t forget to check out this mirrored room dedicated to the adorable LINE mascot, Brown! Only, he’s now white, lighted, and has a million clones.


This lighted interactive LED corridor plastered with kaleidoscopic LINE characters bidding you a fond goodbye will be the perfect conclusion to a fun tour.

2. Gurl time with Cony & Choco

Delightfully pink-themed hangouts will make all the internal fangirls within you squeal when you pay a visit to Cony’s and Choco’s rooms.


You may not be able to try out Choco’s clothes fur realz, but you’ll definitely love snapping a picture with Sally in her adorable bubble bath.


Cony’s kitchen will also bring our the domestic goddesses, with a fun Cooking Mama style interactive game available for guests.


3. James’ romantic garden terrace

Let debonair James whisk you away for a garden date in a lush forest terrace within the park.

We won’t be too surprised if the set-up puts you in the mood to propose to your significant other either.


Treating the people you love like the queens and kings they are, is definitely something King James himself would approve of.


4. Blast off with Moon

Fans of the moon-faced human-esque character Moon will also not be disappointed by his room, inspired by his dreams of blasting off into space.


Expect spacesuits, endless sky blankets of twinkling stars, a telescope and even a life-sized rocket hidden snugly between a washing machine and a microwave.


5. Be a Boss & visit Brown’s library

Boss’ room will definitely give men FOMO as well, for it has a luxurious parquet floor and tons of branded watches, suits and polished shoes.


If reading’s more your thing, then head back to regular-SES Brown’s room to chill with the adorable bear.


Wait, he’s got a library too, so he ain’t that low-SES after all.


6. Spin records with Brown & try a VR rollercoaster

When night falls, LINE Village will transform into the hottest party district. Thanks to DJ Brown who’ll hype up the crowd with freshly spun records.


A VR-themed rollercoaster experience featuring LINE Characters is also in-store for adventurous visitors.


Be warned that it’s not for the faint-of-heart as the thrilling ride was inspired by an iconic coaster at the Six Flags amusement park in the US.

7. Glorious food & merch galore

You won’t want to walk away empty-handed from the Line Theme Park either.


Be sure to drop by the gargantuan collection of LINE collectibles, plushies, socks, plates, and stationery, to grab a souvenir for your envious friends.


LINE Village has also said there’s a cafe area in the works, so we’re expecting that they’ll be cute themed-food and desserts served up soon.


Free entry for kids under 90cm

We’ve got great news for children below the height of 90cm, entry is absolutely free for you.

As for taller children, parents and children-at-heart, here’s how much it’ll cost you for a visit. Ticket prices are inclusive of the VR rollercoaster ride and other digital adventures within the tour.

Children (90-140cm) – 790 Baht (S$33)
Adults (above 140cm) –  990 Baht (S$41)

Here are the rest of the deets you’ll need to know to pay LINE Village a visit on your next Bangkok trip.

Opening Hours: 10am to 10pm. Last entry at 9pm.
Online Booking: Book your tickets here. Walk-ins are encouraged too.
Address: Siam Square One Building (SQ) 338 Rama 1 Road, 1st Floor, Pathumwan, Bangkok, 10330
Phone: +66 95 503 6666
Official Website: https://www.linevillagebangkok.com/

Get in LINE

Whether you’re a rabid fan of all things LINE, or have no clue as to what these characters are, we’re sure you’ve found this guide useful.

The next time you walk past an unsuspectingly cute LINE storefront along Siam in Bangkok, it’ll be wise to wonder if there’s anything exciting hidden in plain sight.

Featured image from AspirantSG and LINE Village Bangkok.

Whampoa BTO Flat Transformed Into Minimalist Japanese Heaven

Japanese Zen Design Makes BTO Flat Seem Like It’s Not In Singapore

Whampoa is an estate with mostly old HDB blocks that people wouldn’t think twice about.

But a couple in their 30’s has gotten creative with renovating their 4-room BTO flat in the neighbourhood to turn it into every minimalist’s dream.

Light colour tones

Gone are the days of brightly-coloured walls or wallpapers with tacky patterns. Nobody wants a house that’s screaming for attention from all corners.

Clean, white walls all around make the house feel spacious as there is uniformity throughout the entire space.


The muted colours are also reflected in the light wood tones. These contribute to the zen effect characteristic of Japanese minimalist designs.

Now you know how little it takes to make your house a literal comfort zone. Just stick to lighter colours!

Textured panels

Wooden textures in some parts of the BTO flat contrast wonderfully with the plain white walls.


They add to the relaxing vibes by mimicking the colour palette of a house nestled within a Japanese garden.


It kind of resembles the Genko-an Temple in Kyoto with the wooden panels and open concept of the non-partitioned space.

There’s even a mini stone sculpture to match.


Now here’s a perfect place for you to retreat and meditate.

A warm and inviting home

Designed by local architecture and design company Studio Super Safari, this 92 sq m flat in Whampoa is a homeowner’s heaven.

Every space is curated to provide maximum comfort with minimum objects while maintaining full functionality.


Imagine sitting in this living space with a good book and a warm cup of coffee on a rainy Sunday. Or unwinding and watching TV with your significant other after a long day at work.


Preparing meals and having them in the kitchen that flows into the dining area would be a hassle-free affair.


And you can envision yourself on vacation in a peaceful Japanese resort with a bedroom that looks like this.

This couple’s unique BTO flat is proof that size and location do not determine how hip or cool your home is. All you need is some creative ideas and the right designers to help execute them.

Condo residents and homeowners in trendy neighbourhoods like Tiong Bahru would envy this Whampoa flat’s new look.

In case you were wondering, the median price of a 4-room BTO flat in Kallang/Whampoa in the November 2016 launch was S$545,000.

Featured image from Facebook.

Minions Village Is The Best Hotel For Families This School Holiday

Minions Galore At This Holiday Destination

Remember the time your whole family was obsessed with Minions?

This coming school holiday, you’ll get the chance to relive your obsession and see larger than life Minions at Ấp Ða Lợi, Vietnam.


The town’s Minions Village is an adorable homestay situated amid mountain ranges and lush greenery.


Here’s what you can expect from this unique destination:

Ginormous Minions wonderland

Of course, the main highlight of the homestay is the ginormous Minions.


You might have fallen in love with Minions because they’re small and tiny, but this destination proves that bigger things will make you happier.


They’re literally huggable, but remember that this version isn’t soft.


Lush green gardens & landscapes

If you’re dreaming of lush landscapes and afternoons spent outdoors, then look no further. At S$25 per night, you’ll be surrounded by exquisitely landscaped gardens.


Since Ấp Ða Lợi is a hilly region, you’ll need to walk quite a bit to get to your destination. After all, nothing good ever comes easy.


The climb is completely worth it once you see the gorgeous gardens at the top.

The best part? The property has a bunch of terraces where you can enjoy breathtaking views with your friends and family.


It’s definitely a sight to see in the day, but it gets even better at night. The lanterns gloriously illuminate the garden, which helps create a romantic atmosphere that’s perfect for twilight celebrations.


Minion wardrobes & comfy rooms

The Minions aren’t just on the outside of the homestay, they’re inside too. You can place your clothes and other essentials in their Minion-themed wardrobes.


Ultimately, a homestay is a place for you to vacay and take a break from the stress of the city and their rooms are perfect for this.

The bedrooms walls are inspired by city scenes. The artistic and simple set-up will undoubtedly make your friends and family want to stay for a very long time.


What if you want to be a couch potato? You can binge watch your favorite Netflix shows on a flat-screen TV on the shared lounge area. The homestay also offers free WiFi.


Getting there

Here’s how to get to this Minion wonderland.

You can book a flight from Singapore to Lien Khuong Airport on Jetstar Airways. From there, take a 45-minute taxi ride.

What are you waiting for? Book your stay and grab your passports.

At S$25 per night, this Insta-worthy holiday destination will help you feel relaxed without breaking the bank.

Only this time, you get to enjoy it with ginormous Minions.

See you there!

Location: 142 Hoang Hoa Tham, Ward 10, Ấp Ða Lợi, Vietnam
Website:  Minions Village

Featured image from Facebook 

Bukit Merah Public Library Will Takeover Daiso’s Spot At VivoCity By End-2018

Bukit Merah Public Library Will Open At VivoCity By End 2018


NLB announced on Thursday (1 Nov) that Bukit Merah Public Library (BMPL)’s new premises at VivoCity will open to the public on 12 Jan 2019 — a 2-week delay from its initial opening date.

BMPL’s old premises at Bukit Merah Central will cease operations from 1 Dec.

Earlier this year, pictures surfaced on Facebook that Daiso’s VivoCity branch will be closing down for good.


This followed reports in Jul 2017 that BMPL will be relocating to VivoCity.

The public speculated for nearly 6 months as to which store will be giving way to the library.

Just 5 days after the announcement, a petition named “Save the Bukit Merah Library” was posted to protest the move.

The petition has garnered close to 1000 supporters at the time of writing.


Daiso’s old location at VivoCity has also been walled up, as per an update on 3 Oct.

Posters by the National Library Board (NLB) declaring that there’s a “Library coming soon” are also plastered across the temporary installment.


Moving to Vivo in end-2018

According to NLB, BMPL will move into VivoCity by the end of this year.

Currently, NLB hasn’t made any announcements regarding the closing date of BMPL.

We have reached out to NLB for more information, and will update this article accordingly once relevant information is made known to us.

However, Instagram posts tagged at the Library seemed to indicate that BMPL is still operational.

BMPL is currently located at Bukit Merah Central, just a stone’s throw away from Bukit Merah Community Centre.


Post-relocation, Bukit Merah residents will still be able to access reading sources and services at various ‘touchpoints’ in the area. Here’s a full list of the ‘touchpoints’ here.

NLB will also be providing books, computers for residents to access online resources, and will be conducting mass borrowing services at these locations.

NLB initiated move to promote reading

This relocation is part of NLB efforts to relocate libraries into areas with other community facilities and shopping malls near major transport nodes.

Other libraries that have relocated under this program include the Tampines Regional Library and the Bedok Public Library.

Are you sad to see Daiso go?

What are your thoughts on this NLB’s initiative?

Will relocating libraries to locations with higher human traffic help to promote reading among Singaporeans?

Or are you still mourning Daiso’s demise at VivoCity? Sound out in the comments below.

Featured image from Facebook.

Watch Movies, Football Matches On Terminal 3’s New Giant Screen

Screen Will Be At T3’s New Atrium

Changi Airport may have retained the title of best in the world for 6 years running, but that doesn’t mean it’s slowing things down.

The group has just announced that a new atrium will be built at Terminal 3’s Basement 2. The space is currently unused.

The Straits Times reports that the new atrium will be ready by Christmas this year.

As part of the enhancements, more than 10 new shops and food outlets will be added to T3's Basement 2 which already has about 50 retail and service, as well as food and beverage outlets.Source: Changi Airport Group via The Straits Times

The atrium will serve as a space for family and friends to gather for events and performances which Changi Airport will be “specially curating“.

There will also be a huge ultra high-definition screen where patrons can enjoy movie screenings and watch football matches.

The atrium will be big enough to hold 200 people, so you won’t have to worry about jostling for space all the time.

More stalls and an art-themed garden

The atrium won’t be the only new thing you can visit at T3.

By March next year, a host of new food shops will be added to the current 50 or so.

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They include Hokkaido Paradise, Coffee Boy, Saap Saap Thai, and many more delicious delights!

As for nature lovers, Basement 1 will feature a new garden.

The airport is already host to numerous gardens such as the Sunflower Garden and Butterfly Garden.

Image result for butterfly garden changiChangi Butterfly Garden at T3

The Group has not released any further details or pictures of the new garden, so do keep a look out.

As for Changi Airport enthusiasts, you can be sure that your Christmas won’t be an uneventful one.

With T1 getting a whole new mall, Jewel Changi Airport, it seems only fair that T3 gets a little something for itself as well.

Featured image from Changi Airport Group via The Straits Times.

RIP Sentosa’s Tiger Sky Tower; We Kinda Saw Your End Coming

Tiger Sky Tower’s Closure Was Inevitable

If the words ‘Sky Tower in Sentosa’ or ‘Tiger Sky Tower’ ring no bells, don’t worry because you’re probably not alone.

The 110-meter tall attraction provides a vantage point for people who are willing to pay to enter and catch the views around Sentosa.

Roughly as high as 36 floors, it’s Singapore’s highest observation tower.

Pretty impressive features, so why is it closing down?

Stopped a few times in mid-air with passengers on board

The tower has faced multiple mechanical glitches over the years, often times with passengers left stranded on board.

Here are at least 3 cases which may have set Tiger Sky Tower on a clear path towards its inevitable closure.

1. June 2010

A mechanical fault forced operations to be halted, leaving 36 people suspended 30m above the ground.

The guests, which included 3 elderly people and 8 children, were stuck in the gondola for about 2.5 hours.

They received biscuits and bottled water from an emergency supply stored in the gondola.

Operators of the ride, engineers from Sky Tower and personnel from the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) worked together to bring guests back down to the ground.

2. July 2010

Mechanical faults caused the ride to stop again, this time with 10 tourists on board.

The tourists were suspended 55m above ground because an uneven curvature on the track affected the balance of the cabin.

SCDF personnel reached them via an emergency staircase and led them back down the same way.

The rescue took less than 2 hours but we suspect that it was because there were much fewer people this time.

3. August 2017

7 years later, the same problem befell the Sky Tower as operations ceased due to a mechanical fault.

39 people were stranded 25m above the ground for about 4 hours.


It took the combined effort of SCDF personnel, Sentosa Rangers and engineers of Sky Tower to bring the gondola down.

Rescuers from SCDF’s Disaster Assistance and Rescue Team (DART) had to climb to the top of the tower and rappel down to check on the guests.

Sentosa Rangers had to assist Sky Tower engineers in manually cranking the gondola down.

Not the only place to get breathtaking views

We don’t know about you but we wouldn’t travel all the way to Sentosa just to visit the Sky Tower for amazing views.

There are plenty of more affordable and accessible alternatives for that within the city alone.

The best one is perhaps ION Sky located at levels 55 and 56 of ION Orchard. It’s right in town and free for all to enter.


Tickets selling at heavily discounted prices

There’s still some good news for curious Singaporeans who wanna check out Tiger Sky Tower before it closes down on 28 Dec.

From 1 Nov, standard tickets will be sold at $8.80 instead of the usual $18 per ride, while children’s tickets will go for $4.80.

So if you’re feeling nostalgic, go get your tickets soon.

If the new mid-range hotels at Sentosa are anything to go by, maybe we could expect to hear about new attractions too.

Featured image from Google Maps.

First H&M Kids Store In Asia To Open At United Square In Thomson

H&M Launches First Kids Store In Asia Here In Singapore

Running out of ideas on where to buy cute clothes for your children?

If you’re tired of shopping at Cotton On Kids or Fox Kids all the time, you’ll soon have a new store to go to.

H&M will be unveiling its first kids store in Singapore at United Square on Thursday, 22 Nov 2018.


What’s in store for the kiddos?

Currently, children’s clothes and accessories are only available in several H&M stores like the ones at Suntec City, VivoCity and ION Orchard.

Even then, they occupy only a small section of the store. The new H&M Kids outlet will dedicate an entire store just to kids apparel.

You can expect to find a wide selection of clothes, accessories and footwear for kids, from newborns to teens aged up to 14 years.

Since it’s close to the holiday season, it will be the perfect time and place to shop for your children’s clothes.


For parents who always find themselves stressing over their children’s outfits for festive occasions, H&M has a range designed just for that.

And the children’s clothes are stylish yet age-appropriate, so there’s no need to worry.


Free tote bag & $200 H&M vouchers

To celebrate the Grand Opening, shoppers will be treated to free popcorn at the United Square outlet.

The first 80 shoppers in line will receive a free H&M limited edition tote bag and a chance to win a H&M voucher worth up to $200.

That’s equivalent to about 10 items of clothing for your child!

Image courtesy of United Square

There’ll be a lucky draw to select a winner of the $200 voucher and the $100 voucher respectively. The other 78 shoppers in line will receive a $10 H&M voucher each.

Vouchers can be used with any purchase at the United Square outlet on that day.

Image courtesy of United Square

Opening Hours: 10am-10pm, Mon-Sun (incl. Public Holidays)
Address: #01-04, 101 Thomson Road, S’pore 307591

Out with the old, in with the new

We may still be mourning some of the major fashion brands that have left Singapore recently.

10 Major Fashion Outlets You’ll Never See Again In Singapore

But perhaps, their absence simply makes way for new players to come in.

So parents, mark your calendars for 22 Nov and get your children ready for a holiday shopping spree at H&M Kids!

Featured image from Facebook & H&M Mongkok at InsideRetail.

Why Punggol Town Hub May Perform Better Than Our Tampines Hub

Punggol Town Hub Is A Necessity For Residents

Remember when Our Tampines Hub (OTH) was officially opened on 6 Aug 2017?

Touted as Singapore’s largest integrated community hub, there was much anticipation for its opening since it took 3 years to complete.

OTH may have celebrated 20 million visitors in Jun 2018, but residents say that the footfall isn’t as impressive as its initial launch.

Now, Punggol will be welcoming its own mega-hub by 2021. If the situation is anything like Tampines, you’d think that it’s a bad move.

But what will guarantee that Punggol Town Hub will perform better than OTH?

Punggol is a young residential town

Though residential areas have existed in Punggol decades ago, it wasn’t until 2007 that Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong introduced plans to develop Punggol.

Fast forward 11 years and much of the Punggol 21 Plus project has been realised.

With the Punggol Waterway, parks and schools up and running, the resident population of Punggol has grown from 52,700 in 2007 to 83, 300 in 2013.


Dr Janil Puthucheary, MP for Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC, explained that lots of facilities are needed to cater to Punggol’s rapid growth.

As many young couples are setting up their first homes in Punggol, a large & integrated hub would be an asset to the community.

5 Reasons Why Punggol’s Waterfront Living Is like The BTO Version Of Sentosa

In comparison, HDB started developing Tampines way back in the 1980’s. Tampines Town was already designated as a regional centre in the early 90’s.

So it’s safe to say that Tampines already had all the basic facilities its residents need, which makes OTH just an added bonus rather than a necessity.

Punggol residents need a place besides Tampines to buy food

Punggol’s current retail offerings are mainly at Punggol Plaza and Waterway Point.

There also aren’t many dining options since there are no major food centres around.

The new hawker centre at Punggol Town Hub will mean that Punggol residents won’t have to travel to places like Tampines just to buy food.


Other new amenities like Punggol’s new public library and a childcare centre, will help satisfy all her residents’ needs under one roof.


Tampines on the other hand already has 3 large malls located near Tampines MRT station and bus interchange — Tampines Mall, Tampines 1 and the revamped Century Square.

Home to many famous food haunts, Tampines residents are basically living in food heaven.

Maybe that’s why we rarely see people flocking to OTH for food.

It’ll be interesting to see the response to food options at Punggol Town Hub instead.

The hub’s directly at the MRT station

Those who have visited OTH will know how troublesome it is to walk there from Tampines MRT station.

Fortunately, for curious visitors to Punggol, the Town Hub will be connected directly to Punggol MRT station.

And that’s not all! It will also link to Punggol Town Square and Sam Kee LRT station. So you can explore parts of Punggol if you’re feeling adventurous.

An exciting new communal space

All comparisons aside, the construction of yet another integrated community hub is exciting news for any neighbourhood.

More options for shopping and dining will leave residents spoilt for choice.

Let’s hope that the Punggol Town Hub will fare well after its launch and make residents’ lives a lot easier.

Featured image from Facebook and Google Maps.

Durian, Century Eggs Named World’s Most Disgusting Foods

Durian And Century Eggs Among Dishes Featured In Sweden’s Disgusting Food Museum

Do you find durians too nasty to eat? Are you tired of other Singaporeans criticising you for not liking durians?

If you answered yes to both these questions, you’re in for a surprise. The city of Malmo in Sweden shares your sentiments in a very interesting way.

Malmo’s Disgusting Food Museum is exhibiting “80 of the world’s most disgusting food” and our favourite durian has made it to the list.

Mixed reactions

The museum’s website offers no description of the food it will be exhibiting, but Singaporeans aren’t taking their criticism of durian well.


There are a handful who support the museum’s durian decision but they’re a minority.

Sounds like any other argument here in Singapore during the durian season.

Whether you’re a fan of durians or not, we should be excited that the regional king of fruits is gaining recognition worldwide.

Century eggs

Durians weren’t the only regional favourite to make the list. Everybody’s favourite century eggs were also rubbished as “disgusting”.


A comfort food to many, century eggs are duck eggs preserved overnight in strong black tea, lime, salt and freshly burned wood ashes.

Its jelly-like texture and pungent smell don’t deter it from becoming a staple in rice porridge.

You can find them in most Chinese restaurants that sell porridge here in Singapore or at any major supermarket like Cold Storage and FairPrice.

At least 12 of the exhibits are from Asia

Here are some examples of other Asian delicacies at featured at the Disgusting Food Museum.

Spicy rabbit head


Popular in Chengdu, China, rabbit heads are soaked in water for several hours to remove the blood before being cooked in spice-infused broth.

It is recommended to wear gloves while eating them because of the precise manoeuvres required to dismantle the heads.

The parts that people enjoy eating include the tongue, cheek meat, eyeballs and brain.

Stinky tofu


Stinky tofu is a national snack in Taiwan and is usually deep-fried, barbecued, braised, steamed or stewed.

Opinions are divided on whether it tastes as bad as it smells, but if you’re curious to find out, you can find them in Singapore at the one place that sells it:

Mini Star Fermented Beancurd (星仔(香港)臭豆腐)



Other Asian foods up for display are:

  • Baby mouse wine
  • Bull penis
  • Kopi luwak
  • Kumis
  • Pickled sheep’s eye in tomato juice
  • Nattō
  • Fruit bats

The Disgusting Food Museum

Before anyone starts accusing the museum of being insensitive to people’s dietary preferences, listen to what the curators have to say.

Disgust is one of the six fundamental human emotions. While the emotion is universal, the foods that we find disgusting are not. What is delicious to one person can be revolting to another. Disgusting Food Museum invites visitors to explore the world of food and challenge their notions of what is and what isn’t edible.

So what this exhibition intends to do is expose visitors to the vast cultural differences worldwide and make them rethink their perceptions of food.

If you’re planning to travel to Sweden in the next few months and want to check out the Disgusting Food Museum, here are the details:

Location: Slagthuset, Jörgen Kocksgatan 7A, 211 20, Malmö, Sweden.

Exhibition period: 29 October 2018 – 27 January 2019

There’s also a tasting experience offered to groups so you can gather some friends and give this unique experience a go.

Featured image from Disgusting Food Museum.


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