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About Upper Thomson Road   This road was once synonymous with good prata at The Roti Prata House and handmade dimsum at Hwa Nam Restaurant. Perhaps it still is. But in the past few years, we've seen exciting F&B concepts sprout up and shake up the scene. Nowadays, Upper Thomson is no longer just known for the prata and dimsum. It is also home to some of the coolest cafés and bakeries in Singapore. We suss out 19 that we think you should check out when you're in the neighbourhood.   - Cafés At Upper Thomson-   1. Wafflelicious   Source: Entree Kibbles  This...
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14 Singaporean Boys In School   The years you spend in school will define your life. And there are countless of characters you'll meet, from the testosterone-fuelled kids trying to impress to the powerful and disciplined athlete. With boys, being boys, you are bound to witness 30-man tau-poks, petty fights over girls, smoking at the top floor toilets or stairwells, flag-poling, 20v20 football matches.. and the list goes on. These life changing years will remain with you forever.  Here's a look at some personalities you might be, or may encounter!   1. The All Rounder   The man who has roughly around 34,235,463 hours...
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Maison Ikkoku Review   If you like specialist coffee, you've probably read our interview with the people behind Maison Ikkoku, where we unearthed the secrets of the cafe's success.  Did you know that Maison Ikkoku's French-Japanese name means "house of the moment"? For the three years it's been around, it's established itself as the place for Singaporeans to stop and smell the roses - or the coffee beans, in this case! We ventured down to Kandahar Street to see if the food and coffee at this entrancing little cafe still live up to all the glowing reviews!   The Food at Maison...
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Why I love Heartland malls   Gone are the days when heartland malls only catered to the older generation. Today’s heartland malls meet all your needs and wants and give you a sense of familiarity and nostalgia that the supermalls of today lack. The next time you need to get something, skip the hour long journey to town and the needless effort to dress-up. Just head on down wearing something comfortable to your local heartland mall. Here is why we love heartland malls, using what you can expect to see at Hougang Mall as an example.   - Heartland Mall Niche shops -  ...
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5 Amazing places to visit in Vietnam   Ever since I started travelling, I preferred my itinerary to be a good combination of tourist attractions and off-beat tracks that immerses in some me-time. To me, there is no best place or time to travel. As long as there are tickets, it is time to travel. Vietjet is currently having promotions and offers incredible fares to 24 local and international flight routes. The varying geographical features of Vietnam has belted it as one of my favourite travel destinations; so close to home and foreigners-friendly. On my many visits to Vietnam, I would never fail to indulge...
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Traditional bakeries in Singapore   Many of us love a freshly baked slice of butter cake or ham bun with our morning kopi, but do we really know much about the labour of love that goes into producing these delicious confectioneries? My interest in these traditional bakeries was piqued when I chanced upon a newspaper article that shed some light on this industry. With the emergence of modern bakery chains, such old family-run businesses have been dwindling over the years. In fact, the estimates put those still plying the trade to be about a dozen island-wide. With the difficulty in getting...
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About Teadot   When I first saw Teadot tucked into a corner at the Courtyard of Westgate, I thought they were a speciality tea shop that sold Chinese teas. I'm not sure how I got this impression but I now know I couldn't have been more wrong. Teadot is more of a casual cafe, that aims to bring customers high quality teas at an affordable price. They serve western brunch classics, teas with a twist and if you really need your cup of joe, they do that too.   The Food at Teadot   Cafe staples like All-Day Breakfast ($17.90) and Salmon Benedict ($16.95)...
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About Victoria Theatre & Concert Hall   After 4 years of refurbishment, the Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall opens its doors to the public once again. More than a century old, this national monument once played host to many international and local arts groups - many of which would be happy to utilise its grand stage once again. Despite several changes, the building has retained its Victorian architectural style and still stands in its full glory along Empress Place. Some of these changes include the redevelopment of the Theatre and Concert Hall, the restoration of the Clock Tower and the modernising...
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About Ricciotti   Ricciotti Pizza Pasta Grill is an Italian restaurant that serves authentic and affordable Italian cuisine. They opened their first outlet at The Riverwalk way back in 2004. They pride themselves on serving food that reflects the warmth of an Italian dining experience in a metropolitan setting. To mark their 10th Anniversary, Ricciotti has introduced several new items to their menu! Here some of the things we tried.   The Food   Appetizers We started off our meal with a couple of entrées, the Caprese Salad ($14.50) and Suppli ($13.80). The Caprese Salad is a classic Italian dish, which consists of...
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Surabaya - 10 Road Trip Memories to a Live Volcano   Aside from its reputation as one of Indonesia’s biggest business centres, I knew little about Surabaya. I thought of it mostly as a place of transit for travellers to change planes, trains or buses. To the locals, Surabaya is known as the “City of Heroes” for its role in Indonesia’s struggle for independence - not that this meant much to any of us before The Smart Local team headed down for a short exploration trip.  Upon arrival, we soon found out why Surabaya is a severely underrated destination for the...
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