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The First Marina 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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