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About Old Chang Kee   On sluggish mornings and evenings, aunties at Old Chang Kee greet you with smiles, packing your delectable savouries into small bags for takeaway. A transaction takes place, and you leave Old Chang Kee happier than you were five minutes ago.  With so many outlets sprouted across our little sunny island, everybody knows what Old Chang Kee sells. The convenience offered every time you need your savoury fix makes it popular among consumers - they recently won the Top Brand award in the 2014 Influential Brands survey in the F&B Kiosk category.  One trend people may notice...
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Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert   Hold your horses if you think this musical centres around a lady named Priscilla, and that she lives like royalty in the desert. Well, that’s what I thought when I first saw the title of this musical.  Thanks to my overzealous desire to discover what lies behind that title, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, I learned from the internet that it tells of the struggles faced by a community often discriminated by the masses in society: the LGBTQ community.  Through media such as musicals and plays, alternative voices can finally be heard. With secrets spilled...
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About kyō   Cecil Street on a Saturday afternoon is quieter than you’d imagine. The quiet before the storm, a tourist would be forgiven for thinking that nothing interesting could happen here on a weekend. They couldn’t be more wrong. kyō is situated on 133 Cecil Street, its wooden entrance breaking the monotony of the banks and consultancy firms flanking it. Without velvet ropes and a team of security and club staff working the doors, I almost got lost trying to locate the place even though I’ve been here before. That’s the story of a typical nightspot: when daylight shines, the...
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The Dim Sum Dollies   Hot on the heels of the success that was the Dim Sum Dollies in The History of Singapore, the beloved cabaret trio is back with another side-splitting performance. In this instalment, they will be singing about Singapore's history after the merger in 1965. Using colourful costumes, English and a sprinkle of local dialects, the Dim Sum Dollies will remind you of Singapore’s past, discussing what makes Singapore the place we all know and love today. Prepare to see E.R.P., C.O.E., “Two Is Enough”, and many other quintessentially Singaporean ideas in a whole new light. Whether you...
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About The Escape Hunt Experience   The Escape Hunt Experience is not your typical activity - particularly if you’re a claustrophobe. Being stuck in an enclosed area with one hour to find a way out would have been nobody’s idea of fun. That is, till an enterprising Singaporean experienced it in Bangkok and loved it so much that he brought it over to our sunny shores. The Escape Hunt Experience opened in May 2014, and a clue to what makes it different from the competition is in its name. The décor, the tea they serve, and the outfits the gamemasters don...
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About Bioskin   I admit I’ve been negligent where skincare is concerned. I don’t have a skincare regime and I barely even moisturize. Needless to say I needed some urgent skin rejuvenation before I started looking older than my actual age.  I had already heard about Bioskin - the skincare and wellness centre that everyone seemed to be raving about. Bioskin was also voted as the Top 1 Brand in the facial centre category in the Influential Brands Survey 2014. I checked out their website and if even Zoe Tay was willing to endorse their services I’m sure their reputation must...
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Bus Trips   Some of my fondest memories from childhood involved taking bus trips with my family to Genting Highlands. The waking up early to getting to Golden Mile Complex to catch the bus before dawn had broken. The sleep we had to catch up on while on the rocky road. The amazing time we had at Genting. Granted, I didn't enjoy the waking up early part, but the bus rides with family added more character to the trip than if we had taken a drive up. I'm older now, and those bus rides with my family seemed a lifetime ago,...
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10 Types of Singaporean Guys You Will Date   Image Credits: Smithankyou Picture this: you meet your girlfriends for lunch and the inevitable topic of their significant others comes about. In the midst of all the stories, you realise you already predicted these behaviours ages ago in a total “I told you so” moment. Be it good or bad, Singaporean guys tend to create their own stereotypes. We explored 10 possible male personas that we felt typified the kind of guys us girls encounter today. Sure, not all from the male species necessarily fit into these molds but I’m sure some...
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My visit to Seoul   With the increasing popularity of K-dramas, the Korean culture has slowly but surely crept into our everyday lives. The Korean Wave, or Hallyu, as it is popularly known, is in full swing. With flight tickets to the land of K-Pop getting more economical by the day, Jessica and I had to take a quick trip down to take in and experience this phenomenon better. Join us on this 2-part journey as we trace the footsteps of Korea’s hottest stars!    Starting our Journey - Nine Tree Hotel   Our hotel was the first stop in Seoul. Nine Tree...
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Halloween Mascots at Liang Court   With Halloween around the corner, Liang Court has 2 new mascots to charm the daylights out of everyone. Meet Frankie the Frankenstein and Dracula Onigiri, possibly the 2 cutest mascots you’ll ever see! Having always loved Halloween, I jumped at the opportunity to follow 2 of Liang Court’s mascots for the day, watching as they made new friends with young kids, posed gamely for photographs, and inadvertently made some children cry!  Frankie and Dracula are Liang Court’s mascots for Halloween this season. As trick or treat sessions with Frankie and Dracula are happening at Liang...
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About Mr Bean   Chendol Soya Milk, Gingko Nut Bean Curd and Pizza Mushroom Pancakes - these are but a few quirky products in Mr Bean’s inventory. These products were launched years ago, but their staying power till today shows that Mr Bean is doing something right, experimenting with flavours nobody else would. Since its inception in 1995, Mr Bean has been pushing boundaries with its daring experiments with food. However despite success with the innovative flavours, Mr Bean’s iconic Classic Soya Bean Milk remains its best seller. With the affirmation of Mr Bean’s popularity as a Top Brand in the...
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About Hippopotamus Grill    Hippopotamus Restaurant Grill has a long history having been established in Paris since 1968. They are most known for offering quality steaks that don’t burn a hole in your pocket. Their wide selection of steak cuts include sirloin, tenderloin and even the less common cuts like hanger and skirt that will leave any carnivore spoilt for choice. This September, Hippopotamus introduced a revamped drink menu including 5 new cocktails, a new wine list and happy hour deals to complement their offerings. In line with its French roots all but one of its new cocktails are in hues...
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SuperBrunch 2014   Asia’s biggest and most extensive brunch event was back again, and there was no way I was going to give this a miss. Sold out months in advance, Super Brunch is a bi-annual event held and prepared at the majestic The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore. From a 70 kg Wagyu Leg to 30 kgs of Foie Gras and a mouth-watering Caviar Bar, this exclusive champagne brunch extravaganza featured some of the best food man could create.  The amount of food was simply mind-blowing. Stretched across the hotel from the East Wing to West Wing, you just wouldn’t know where...
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About Todai   Tucked away in a quiet corner of basement two at Marina Bay Sands, Todai is an international cuisine, seafood and sushi buffet restaurant with a huge array of offerings. The original Todai was started by two businessmen – a Korean and a Japanese – in California in 1985, and they have been growing steadily ever since. Todai currently has 27 branches worldwide.   The Food    Todai has an impressive selection of food, but upon stepping into the restaurant, chances are that you’ll find yourself automatically gravitating towards the crab section. After you’ve taken in the sight of...
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About Sumiya   Despite the number of Japanese restaurants you can all over Singapore, there is still a constant queue at many famous eateries. Singaporeans’ love for Japanese food stems from their undying cravings for fresh sashimi, delectable ramen broths and springy handmade udon noodles. While many Japanese restaurants serve sashimi, only a handful serve truly fresh and authentic sashimi flown in all the way from Japan, prepared by Japanese chefs. The best Japanese restaurants in Singapore are definitely worth searching for. Styled in a traditional 1950's Japanese look, as well as coming from the same parent group as popular Japanese...
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GRUB Noodle Bar   As far as supper places go, local food are in a different league of their own. From sumptuous Bak Chor Mee to crispy Roti Prata and mouth-watering Bak Kut Teh, these are some local delights that we just crave after a long day.  You can now add one more supper place to your list - the newly opened Grub Noodle Bar. Founded by the owners of the #instafamous eateries Grub and FIX, Grub Noodle Bar offers an array of delicious appetisers and beef noodles that will keep you coming back for more. They also sell decent beers...
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Smileworks - A trip to the dentist can be fun!   The dentist is one person you needed but never wanted to visit as a kid, or even as an adult. Knowing how most people have an aversion to the dentist, the founders of Smileworks started the clinic with the aim of reducing fear in their patients and making the dental experience a lot more enjoyable and comfortable. From the moment you step into the clinic, Smileworks' comforting decor and soothing music dispel the images of painful procedures and menacing tools that come to mind when your tooth starts to ache....
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About Cookyn Inc    Chris and I Cookyn Inc takes team-bonding to a whole new level with their programmes and activities centred around a kitchen. Be it a private party or a corporate team-building event, Cookyn Inc has the facilities to cater for up to 80 pax. (Bookings over 80 pax will have to be conducted off-site.) Their spacious, modern kitchens are equipped with the latest gadgets are sure to inspire all first-time cooks. Cookyn Inc also prides itself on providing exclusivity -- no matter how large or small a group, you can be sure that you will have the kitchen...
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About The Beast   Priding itself as Singapore’s first southern kitchen and bourbon bar, The Beast features classic dishes from the Southern United States (think fried chicken and waffles), replete with 30 kinds of Bourbon whiskeys. We've covered The Beast before, but with The Beast playing host to Beam Suntory’s launch of four exclusive small batch bourbons and a brunch menu that wasn't there the last time we visited, we had to take another trip down!   Bourbon 101: Distinguishing Authentic Bourbons   In line with International Bourbon Heritage Month, resident mixologist and brand educator of Beam Suntory, Jamey Merkel, shared several...
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Student Meals   Back when I was still in school, money was always a problem for me - I never had enough! Hanging out with my friends after school would cost me my whole week's allowance, and going out for a simple meal or date at a decent restaurant required weeks of savings. It is almost impossible to eat out in Orchard with a budget of less than $20.  Photo Credit: biteclubsg Nevertheless, there are many restaurants in town who feel the pain of students. Offering massive student discounts, these eateries make themselves so affordable that it makes me wish that...
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