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About Xin Wang Hong Kong Cafe   Everyone knows about Xin Wang, the cafe with the affordable Hong Kong-style comfort food that we all love. From tea-time snacks to dimsum and noodles to congee, Xin Wang’s extensive menu caters to the taste buds of even the fussiest eaters. I can vouch for their Hong Kong Milk Tea which in my opinion is one of the best milk teas you can have in Singapore. As this home-grown cafe celebrates its 9th year of operations, we bring you 9 facts about Xin Wang that you never knew.   1. Nothing on the menu...
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About The Missing Pan   The Missing Pan is known for their unique spin on brunch food, like the perfectly-cooked 62 Degree Eggs Benedict and their French Toast Salpicon. But more than just serving all-day breakfast, The Missing Pan has introduced new items to its menu, ensuring that it serves all-day dinner as well! Having heard positive reviews about their brunch items, we were eager to find out how the rest of their menu fared.   The Missing Pan Starters   For the appetiser, we had the Chargrilled Squid ($12++). Marinated in their special seasoning, the squid was well-cooked and did...
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About Millenia Walk   If you’ve been skipping Millenia Walk because you thought there was only “furniture” and “atas brands”, you’ve been missing out big time. Contrary to popular belief, there’s a lot more to Millenia Walk than Harvey Norman and bespoke furniture brands. The big plus for us has to be how it’s right in the city but far less claustrophobic than other nearby malls. Millenia Walk is home to more than 30 restaurants and food specialty stores and it also features a 280-metre long food street offering Singapore’s only Park and Dine concept. Yes, that means instead of navigating...
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 About Kushi Dining Bar   Calling themselves as one of Singapore’s best yakitori bars, you can expect quality food at Kushi Japanese Dining Bar. Fresh produce is imported from Tokyo’s famous Tsukuji Fish Market, so it’s no wonder the taste of Kushi’s seafood has been compared to the freshness of the ocean.  Kushi Dining Bar raises their yakitori game by refreshing their menu every six months. With that in mind, I was thrilled to try their new menu. The items at Kushi Dining Bar are only available as part of a buffet, which is priced between $41.90 to $128 per adult...
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Amazing Bali Villas That Won't Break The Bank   With the year coming to an end, I can only imagine how much you’ve been dreaming of a getaway from Singapore. But going budget doesn’t mean you have to compromise on the quality of your holiday.  For those who’ve been shelving the idea of visiting Bali because "it’s expensive” compared to alternative destinations like Krabi, these 20 amazing pool villas in exotic Bali may make you change your mind. It's also amazing to know how you can have most of these private villas all to yourself (and your friends!). Note: The prices listed...
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About Breeze At The Scarlet Singapore   It’s that time of year again when we freak out over where to take our loved ones for dinner during the festive period. Scarlet Singapore would like to be your Santa Claus, unveiling a festive menu at Breeze to help you make that decision a painless one. Breeze is the Scarlet Hotel's exclusive rooftop bar. Much like the hotel, it’s charming and intimate - the perfect place to dine at with close friends or that special someone. We were fortunate to be Chef Vincent Tang’s personal guests as he gave us a preview of Breeze’s...
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Synopsis   Source: W!LD RICE Ltd, photo by Albert KS Lim © Most of us are familiar with the mischievous Monkey King from the Chinese epic Journey To The West. This well-loved story is Wild Rice’s Christmas pantomime for the year, albeit with a local twist. Written by Alfian Sa’at, the plot revolves around Ah Tang (Joshua Lim), a Sec 3 schoolboy who lives with his Aunty Fanny (Chua Enlai) and Uncle Moo (Lim Kay Siu) after his mum passed away. He also feels overshadowed by his cousin Xiao Hong (Kimberly Chan), who is an overachiever and wins lots of prizes for...
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Earlier this year, TSL wrote a piece on minimum wage and the problems it caused. In this article, the issue of cheap sourcing will be looked at by a guest writer. This problem is best illustrated by the story of Mohd, a security officer of 9 years who had just lost his job.   Cheap sourcing victims were model workers   For 9 years, 52 year old Mohd has kept students safe as they went about their daily activities in their secondary school.  His humble monthly gross pay of $1,760 from working up to 66 hours a week still allowed him to raise...
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About FUKU Fine Fugu Kaiseki Restaurant   Pufferfish, also known as Fugu in Japanese, is a rare Japanese delicacy that people steer away from due to the risks involved - if not prepared properly, pufferfish flesh can be lethal. This is taken care of at Fuku Restaurant, with the toxic parts of the pufferfish safely removed in Japan before being shipped to Singapore.  There are only 20 edible species of pufferfish, but with 20 years of experience behind them, you can be rest assured that the chefs at Fuku are well-equipped to safely prepare this delicacy for you.  Fuku has a...
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About Takumi Kacyo   We are spoilt for choice when it comes to Japanese restaurants. In fact, you could probably find at least one Japanese restaurant in every shopping mall. Takumi Kacyo isn't in a shopping mall though - it's situated in Keppel Bay Vista, an area known for its exclusivity.Takumi has wooden floors and brick walls, and the setting gives off a dojo-like Japanese feel. The décor is stylish, offering an ideal combination for both business and social events. Two open kitchens take centre-stage, and over here you'll get to see the chefs prepare the cooked food and raw food...
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About Eggs and Berries   The Do-It-Yourself trend has taken Singapore by storm. Be they birthday cards, room decorations, or fashion apparels, we are getting increasingly hands-on in our daily lives. The trend has been turned up a notch by the launch of Eggs and Berries' first build-your-own coloured burger joint, in their third outlet at Jurong Point.Apart from adding vibrancy to the cafe, the coloured burgers boast health benefits as they are made with all-natural ingredients and are brimming with goodness.    The Food at Eggs and Berries   We were welcomed with the smoothies from Eggs and Berries -...
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About Pan Pacific Singapore   Located in the heart of the CBD, Pan Pacific Singapore boasts breath-taking views of the Singapore skyline. After undergoing an extensive renovation in 2012, the hotel now takes on a modern zen decor with bursts of colour. I particularly love the floating pods in the lobby of the hotel sitting atop a ‘moat’. I’ve done numerous staycations in Singapore before but never had one quite like this. For starters, the room Christabel and I stayed in retails at a whopping SGD2000 a night! We stayed at the opulent Harbour Suite, located at the 35th floor of the...
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About PARKROYAL on Pickering   Being Chinatown residents, we've watched the development of PARKROYAL on Pickering with curious eyes - from its construction to its opening in 2012. From below, greeneries from their lush 15,000m² sky-gardens dangle over, wrapping the hotel in its beautiful landscaping. It's as if the hotel was built in a gigantic garden, complete with larger than life bird-cages. We've always wanted to have a staycation here to see what it was like on the inside. Designed by internationally acclaimed local architectural firm WOHA, the theme that runs through this 367-room hotel is that of wellness, renewal and...
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About Waiting For Godot   I have long had a love-hate relationship with Samuel Beckett’s play, Waiting For Godot. I first encountered it in university, and felt the immense agony that washed over me as I watched an adaptation of the production — a play that showed that life was tedious and meaningless isn't terribly uplifting. And yet, I was utterly charmed by Beckett’s eloquence — with few words, he articulates the pains of existing, the effort to get through the day as it wore on, and the fatigue of putting on an act of being when there really is nothing...
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About Poulet   Having opened 10 outlets across our little sunny island in just over two years, casual dining food chain Poulet has made quite its mark in Singapore with their affordable French food. I recently took a trip down to Poulet to find try out their new festive dishes, created just in time for Christmas. Their festive menu will be available from 3rd November 2014 to 31st December at all Poulet outlets, except Jurong Point.    4 New Dishes From Poulet’s Festive Menu   1. Blood Orange & Minty Cucumber Cooler ($4.90)    This cooler was one of the 4...
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About Waiting For Godot   Image Credits: ABA Productions Written by Samuel Beckett, Waiting For Godot has been hailed as one of the most important English language plays in the 20th century. This Irish production, now in Singapore for only the second time, stars two tramps who get up to hijinks while waiting for Godot. Intellectuals will love this play, but be warned - fans of Michael Bay-esque productions will find it an uncomfortable two hours. This production stars Neill Fleming as Vladimir, Patrick O’Donnel as Estragon, Paul Kealyn as Pozzo, and Nick Devlin as Lucky. We managed to snag an interview with Peter Reid,...
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About Bibigo   Bibigo is owned by Korean food company CJ Foods, which cut its teeth putting out sugar products back in 1953. The first Bibigo branch was opened in Seoul, and they came to our sunny shores in 2010. Today, Bibigo can be found not just in Asia, but also in the US and UK. With a goal of opening 1,000 restaurants in 20 countries by 2017, Bibigo has no intention of slowing down.   Bibigo in Singapore   In Singapore, Bibigo can be found at Raffles City, NEX, as well as Suntec City. The outlet at Raffles City has...
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Beautiful HDB Toilets   An average person spends one and a half years of thier life in the loo. If that’s not incentive enough to make it as comfortable and gorgeous as you can, I don’t know what is. Most people believe that staying in HDB flats means you wouldn’t spend extra time in the toilet - it’s simply too cramped in there! And even if you start a remodelling project, a functional toilet takes priority over a pretty one. Toilets all look the same anyway, right? Wrong. Here are 16 HDB toilets with beautiful thrones you wouldn't mind occupying for...
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Most Famous Singapore Urban Legends   All of us know Singapore as the bustling metropolis we live in. However, despite being the practical Singaporeans that we are, local urban legends still linger in our minds. Whether or not we have heard of them before, these urban legends have the potential to send shivers down our spines. Remember those old wives’ tales that our parents told to scare us from doing dangerous things? Well, that’s just one type of urban legend. Then, there are the dubious ones that are spread by word-of-mouth. Today, in an age where our lives revolve around the...
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About Hungry Heroes   One can only imagine how much food Batman eats. Fighting crime burns more than a few calories, and his butler must be kept busy preparing his meals every night. We might not fight crime like Batman, but we get hungry too after a day in school or at work! Occupying a two-storey shophouse off Little India is Singapore’s equivalent of The Justice League HQ. Walking in, you'll be greeted by your favourite superheroes, all encased in glass boxes on one wall of the restaurant. The opposite wall houses posters and artworks. The impressive assembly of superhero collectibles...
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