Bryan Choo

Bryan Choo

Bryan loves exploring and sharing the best of Singapore and the best travel ideas with readers. He creates innovative start-ups that he hopes will allow him to live a life doing what he loves. He enjoys photography, film making, coding and writing - and the process of getting better at them. He is trying to learn fashion after someone said he looked like a 40 year old. He is not 40 years old.


He's Editor-in-chief at local lifestyle portal TheSmartLocal.com and regional gaming portal SC2SEA.com where he also runs an events management company. He is co-writer of Korean Travel Guide "Mad for Singapore" by Chosun Media with his wife Chloe Park. He thanks you for reading this and apologises for talking in third person.

About Kitchen Table   Kitchen Table is W Singapore's all-day dining restaurant, helmed by Sydney native Matthew Woolford, who's been with Starwood Hotels Since 2003. They usually serve up Western dominated buffets. But on 16 August and 20 September, The Kitchen Table will be hosting a unique social dining experience called “Get Together at The Chef’s Table”. Yes, communal dining has come to W Singapore. And this menu will feature reinterpreted versions of Singaporean favourites for 9 pax only, on the third Saturday of the month - 16 of August and 20 of September.   The Menu At "The Chef's Table"   Priced at $50++ per pax,...
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About Bandung   This week, Christabel and I took a trip to Bandung, a booming metropolis increasingly popular with Singaporeans. Surrounded by volcanic mountains, this city used to be filled with tea plantations established by the Dutch who wanted to capitalise on the region’s fertility. Bandung was also nicknamed the Paris of Java due to the beauty of its natural landscape and the similar atmosphere it shared with European cities. It has since evolved into a sprawling city filled with restaurants, cafes, luxury hotels and the odd Singaporean on the hunt for good bargains. Yes, Bandung is extremely accessible to us!...
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About Makassar   When you think Indonesia, images of Balinese beaches or rice fields probably pop into your head. I’ve been to Bali twice but I’ve never visited any other Indonesian city - simply because I didn’t know what else was out there. And that’s a shame because Indonesia has way more to offer than $10 massages and tourists who have seen “Eat, Pray, Love”. This month, the TSL team went on a mission to explore 5 lesser travelled Indonesian cities. With our “TSL Discovers Indonesia” series, we aimed to come up with a series of guides, to help travellers looking...
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Big Changes Start with Small Choices   I get snail-mailed bank statements every month. I open the letters, take a 5 second look at what I already know, then throw them away. It's a pointless cycle I perpetuate. And it's all because I've been too lazy to go to my bank websites and tick the box that says "have all paper statements delivered to you digitally." I'm sure I've seen the banks prompt me with pop-ups whenever I log into my online account. But my anti-spam reflexs are strong and I click close before I even bother to read a word...
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About Influential Brands   The Samsung versus Apple and Gong Cha versus Koi debates are over. Brand Alliance’s Influential Brands Award answers just that for all of us. Recognizing the efforts of Singapore and Asia-based brand heroes to connect with its consumers, this award celebrates the brands who have clicked well with us - the local shoppers.  One study revealed that we are exposed to 5000 brand messages each day and we are already wondering how these brands stand out from the non-stop blitz of advertising messages and clutter.  Last year, brands like Coca Cola, Gong Cha and Old Chang Kee...
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About Halia at Raffles Hotel   Halia which means "ginger" in Malay, is also the name of a popular restaurant located in the Botanic Gardens. And the Botanic Gardens is really known for two things. For having lots of plants and for being not very easy to get to. Lucky for us, Halia opened a second branch more conveniently located in Raffles Hotel two years ago. Most Singaporeans did not know this, and even if they did the atas vibe of Raffles Hotel combined with Halia's classy ambience may have scared some away. In truth, prices here are affordable, in the range of $40-68 per...
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Pezzo Launches A New World Cup Pizza   After 4 long years, the World Cup has returned! To celebrate this event, Pezzo has created a new World Cup Pizza. A word of warning - this is not your usual Pizza and its more of a "Dessert Pizza". Yes, that's the first time I've heard of such a pizza too! This World Cup pizza is topped with Oreo cookie crumbles and slices of bananas. Under the cheese is a thin layer of condensed milk. The pizza is meant to resemble a soccer ball but unfortunately, the delivery process was not kind to this pizza. I thought the mix...
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About SKIRT   I can still fondly recall my first trip to SKIRT 2 years ago. It was my very first time in Sentosa Cove and I had been on a quest to find the best steaks in Singapore. I still remember my disbelief after taking my first bite into their dry-aged SKIRT, which I learned was not just something ladies wear but an uncommon type of steak cut. A dry-aged steak is hung in a dry cabinet for weeks to months. And this dry-ageing process means that blood will not start oozing out after you cut your steak, even if its...
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Finding Job Talent in Singapore   Our TSL team recently moved into a bigger office along River Valley. We picked up a new couch, new computers and new plants that did not need water. But something important was still missing. New talent. We needed to fill up our new full timer spots and I wasn't sure of the best job employment website to use. So I ended up trying nearly every job site in Singapore. I made it a point to be thorough about this because I believe employees are a company's most valuable asset. Yea yea it sounds so cliché but this holds true especially for small start-ups...
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About Oscar's and the Sustainable Seafood Festival   We won't be surprised if you haven't heard of the Sustainable Seafood Festival, which is being hosted in Singapore for the very first time this year. What may surprise most though, is the fact that 87% of the world's oceans today are being overfished. This is why the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) believes we'll run out of fish in a few decades. I can't imagine a world without sambal stingrays and Chilli crabs, so I hope that day never comes. To help raise awareness for this issue, the WWF has launched the...
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