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Realty Matters   "Your best investment opportunity won't fit into a safety deposit box, but you can live in it!”  We all need a roof over our heads as we sleep at night. That’s the least anyone could hope for - a house to go back to after a long day at work. But how do we find the perfect house? Picking your agent becomes an important task for potential home owners, especially with horror stories about unscrupulous realtors floating around. With ERA winning the #1 Property Agency in Singapore in the 2014 Influential Brands study, we spoke to a few of their...
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About ZALORA   Over the past decade, online shops have taken the world by storm. Countless online fashion stores and blogshops pop up every single day, and this has changed the way we do shopping. With the development of apps and smart phones, almost everything has become available at the touch of our fingers. Most online stores have an extensive range of products, from shoes, clothes and accessories, to even electronics and home decor. Shopping has never been easier!  And in the world of Online Shopping, ZALORA is a massive behemoth that dominates the market - having recently picked up the...
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Travelling To China   Having lived in China for six months, I've had the opportunity to travel around the second-largest country in the world during my time there. Even though I would like to think I’ve seen most of this beautiful country, I’ve only touched the tip of the iceberg.  China may be known for their Terracotta Army in Xi'an and the Great Wall of China in Beijing, but there is so much more beauty in this country to explore. Here are some travel ideas to help you get started in planning your next adventure.   1. Trek along the valleys...
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About Mount Huashan   When Jing and I heard we were going to Xi’an, there was only one thing on our minds. It was to get to Mount Hua and cross the world’s most dangerous trail on a mountain. Alright, make that two things - Jing also had her mind set on visiting the UNESCO Terra Cotta Warriors. We were exhilarated, extremely eager to tick two things off our travel bucket list.  Mount Hua, located 120km (75 miles) from Xi’an City, is one of the five tallest mountains in China, standing at 2155m above sea level. The Sparrow Hawk Cliff in...
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Xi'An - The birthplace of 5000 years of Chinese history   If you’re like me, always lost on cultural references and history trivia, this will be the not-so-comprehensive-but-good-enough guide for you. Let this be your part of your arsenal whenever someone in your group thinks it’s fun to talk about China and her past emperors. Who has the time to remember all 26 dynasties and the even crazier amounts of monarchs who ruled during that period?  Embark with me as I traverse 5000 years in a day and regale you with Emperor Qin’s fixation with the Terracotta Warriors, Emperor Tang’s love...
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About The Disgruntled Chef   The Disgruntled Chef is a cosy restaurant tucked away in the food haven of Dempsey Hill. Started by executive chef Daniel Sia 4 years ago, The Disgruntled Chef still remains the talk of the town with its excellent service and high quality food and drinks.  They have revamped their menu again with the help of new head chef Jac Lim, with the introduction of brand new Turkish, Melbourne and French-inspired flavors. The new “Small Plate” and “Big Plate” format is cleaner and more attractive, but they still retain most of their mainstay recipes such as the...
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The First Marine Park in Singapore   When the National Parks Board (NParks) announced in July 2014 the designation of the Sisters' Islands as Singapore's 1st Marine Park, I had mixed feelings. I was delighted that nature-lovers have, for once, triumphed - nature was finally allowed to flourish in close proximity to us urbanized folk.  On the other hand, I was weary of the fact that most of our children would rather be glued to their smartphones or tablets than look up and breathe in the wonders nature have to offer. Regardless, it's heartwarming to know nature is alive and well within...
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About The Boiler   Spacious, delish and down-to-earth, The Boiler was conceptualised by a groups of bankers turned restaurateurs inspired by the rich Cajun culture in LA. Have a taste of what they mastered from the South, as you get your fingers saturated on Louisiana styled creations right here in Singapore. Expect an earnest team that focuses on  delivering a customer orientated menu and a good meal. There aren't any table placemats here because most of the food comes delivered in seafood bags. So instead, the entire table is covered in a disposable type of wrapping paper. Bathed in goodness and...
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About Open Door Policy   Open Door Policy (ODP) is well-known as one of the pioneer eateries in Tiong Bahru before the whole cafe craze swept through this neighbourhood. The dark lights and modern interior decor gave the restaurant an intimate setting that would be lovely for a Saturday date night or even a quiet family dinner.  It was my first time eating at ODP and having heard raving reviews from my friends, I was extremely excited to try the food there. Just the mere description of how the juice would ooze out of every bite of their Wagyu burger made...
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About The Nail Artelier    My nails after the session! The Nail Artelier has spent the last year catering to hipsters in Haji Lane with its quirky nail art designs and creative staff. This popular nail joint has been frequented by several local celebrities and featured in numerous magazines including Female and Her World for their exquisite nail art and customizable designs. All their nailists are certified by The Pink Room International Nail Academy and have ample experience in nail art.  Their latest move to North Bridge Road is merely a few shops away from their old location at Haji Lane...
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UOB’s ‘Are you Travel Savvy’ LIVE Show   Last Friday, on the 5th of September, UOB hosted a LIVE version of their newly launched ‘Are you Travel Savvy’ Online Game at the UOB Plaza from 12 to 2pm. This was to acquaint the public with their new game, and drum up some publicity for their enhanced travel insurance, Insure & Travel Enhanced Plan. There was a good participation response from the general public in the game show on stage that day as each participant walked away with free Insure and Travel Enhanced Single Trip Plan distributed by UOB. In addition, the...
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Where to Find Free Flow Food   I have a love-hate relationship with buffets. The good ones are often overpriced and the cheap ones hardly serve food worth stuffing your face for. Overeating is almost obligatory when you pay for a buffet - you gotta eat your money’s worth.  This is why my eyes light up instantly when I hear about places that offer their food free-flow. No exorbitant buffet prices, no extra charges and no pressure to eat more than I can handle. Just generous, complimentary, unlimited servings of stuff they know their diners can’t get enough of.  Here are...
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What is J A.V.E?   More than just a level of plain shopping, J.Avenue is the paragon of Affordability, Variety and Ever-change. I was here for the launch of J.Avenue last weekend, the new retail zone located at Level 2 of J Cube. The shopaholic in me was going bonkers from all the affordable and chic varieties of clothes and accessories on display. Think 40 fashion shops and 23 niche shops specialising in gadgets and hobbies from $5.  As a 21st century shopper, heading to malls is no longer just about buying clothes since we have the convenience of online blogshops now. Malls have...
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My first backpacking trip around Southeast Asia   Last winter, I bought a one way ticket and spent 6 weeks travelling overland through Vietnam, Laos, Thailand and Cambodia. In this article, I will share with you the things I discovered and wish I knew before embarking on my backpacking journey.  Southeast Asia is a well-worn backpackers' circuit that many travellers flock to each year - a finite place with infinite surprises everywhere. Backpacking means ignoring the lofty abstracts of reality back home and dealing only with tangible problems. How much should I spend on lunch? When will I leave this city? What is this person...
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TSL Comedy Series: Shit Girls Say At Home   This week, the girls from The Smart Local did something new in our latest TSL comedy series - they unleashed their alter egos!This week we have Christabel as The Lazy Bum, Beatrice as The Health Junkie, Deborah as The Vainpot and myself, Felicia as The Overly Obsessive Girlfriend. We hope you enjoy watching the video as much as we enjoyed making it! Give it a thumbs up and remember to subscribe to The Smart Local for more videos!...
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Best Affordable French Food in Singapore   When I asked around for ‘inexpensive French food options’ and my chef friend cheekily replied “French Fries lor”, I knew I was going to be on my own. Determined, I attempt to bring you 10 places in Singapore where you can dig into French fare without digging that deep into your pockets.  I have a feeling said chef friend will thank me for this.    - Affordable French Restaurants -   1. Saveur    Probably the most popular one in the list, the Purvis Street Saveur opened to snaking queues and glowing reviews for...
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The Fashion of JRunway   JRunway brings the trendiest street wear brands from Japan to the heart of Orchard Road. Located on the ground floor of Plaza Singapura, JRunway is the only store in Singapore that stocks brands like Emoda, Spiral Girl, and 3rd By Vanquish.    For Japanese fashion lovers   Top: Spiral GirlSkirt: EmodaSkirt: Leng KeongStyling: Gwen Being one of those girls who love experimenting with new styles and colours, this is one of my most adventurous outfits to date. I like to think that I'm a more laid-back chic kinda gal (the more conservative version) but today's OOTD is very street-styled and...
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Annie Leibovitz: A Photographer Life (1990-2005)   I haven’t lived that many years, but this is by far the most heart-warming and provocative exhibition I’ve been to. Stripped down to the core, Annie Leibovitz reassuringly takes us by our hands on a journey down her memory lane to appreciate some of the simplest interactions in her life. The exhibition showcases her 15-year journey as a photographer, both professionally or personally. Bold, raw and very personal, Leibovitz’s style of photography is distinct.Source: Marina Bay Sands    The Exhibition   “I realized I couldn't be a journalist because I like to take a side,...
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About SET   Established by former members of Tao’s Restaurant, SET reintroduces the attractively priced prix fixe concept that offers flexibility in menu choices. Customers can expect premium dishes prepared using the freshest ingredients, as well as prices that will give you a run for your money. You can enjoy an enticing array of contemporary cuisine with Asian and Western influences, priced very reasonably at $28.80++ for a five-course lunch and $38.80++ for a six-course dinner. We were here to try out the the latter option.   The Food at SET   We began the meal with a Chef starter of...
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Restaurants with a Cause   One day, I was mindlessly browsing the net and found myself on online shops who’d donate large portions of their profits to a social cause close to their hearts. These enterprises were started up by people with the belief that shopping, even for yourself, can be made slightly altruistic. All it takes is us being a bit more mindful of where we get our things from, and where our money eventually end up. Most of us are always on the lookout for the next most interesting food places to go to. So I decided to apply that...
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