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How To Use “Remove For Everyone” Facebook Messenger Feature For Unsending A Message

By | November 16th, 2018

Remember when Facebook-owned WhatsApp gave you the ability to delete a message that had already been sent? A godsend for a lot of people sending messages that they immediately regretted.

Well, after initially teasing a similar feature for Messenger, Facebook has officially started rolling out the ‘Remove Message’ functionality.

Similar to how the Whatsapp delete functionality works, those using Messenger for Facebook will be able to delete or edit a message within 10-minutes of the original message being sent. Once that time limit has passed, the message is essentially permanently in play and can’t be removed or edited within the conversation. If the message is caught within that time limit and removed entirely from the conversation, the recipient won’t see the message any longer, but the Palo Alto company will keep a copy of the message on its servers in order to check for any policy violations.

Facebook is also sticking to tried and tested methods of invoking this functionality as far as the UX is concerned within Messenger. Rather than adding any additional buttons or complex gestures, any user wanting to delete a message will simply need to tap and hold on the chat message bubble within the Messenger conversation to bring up a new set of options. From these options, the user can choose “Remove for Everyone” or “Remove for You,” which will either delete the message entirely for all parties or simply remove it from your conversation view but leave it untouched on the recipient’s end.

Like WhatsApp, the message doesn’t disappear without a trace. Once one of those options is selected, Messenger provides a user-facing alert warning of the consequences and informing that the recipient will be able to see that a message has been removed and will still be able to report the communication:

You’ll permanently remove this message for all chat members. They can see you removed a message and still report.

This functionality is currently rolling out in a select few countries, including Polana, Colombia, and Bolivia. It’s likely that this will then lead into a global roll-out for all Facebook users but the timeline on that is currently unknown.

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6 Salivating Choices at Punggol Waterway Point

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Punggol used to be an ulu ghost town, but has since gone through an extreme face-lift and become one of the most exuberant neighbourhoods in Singapore. Sitting at the heart of Punggol is Waterway Point which, since its opening in 2016, bustles with life.

waterway point

Photo credit: sqfeed

With more and more young families immigrating to the north-eastern corner of Singapore, Waterway Point has inevitably become the main source of food for many Punggol-ians. On weekends, the whole population of Punggol will be concentrated here, and you can expect to walk amongst throngs of families as you cluelessly saunter around in search of a place for dinner.

Waterway Point is an integral part of this fairly new and lustrous neighbourhood, and it seems that every big-name franchise wants to have a piece of this cake. Filled with established F&B chains and eateries, you may find yourself uninspired despite the array of choices presented, as you’ve probably seen these offerings countless times. Regardless, don’t let yourself be turned off by the brand saturation! Here are 6 choices that you can consider the next time you’re wandering around Waterway Point.

1. Grove 一素

grove

Photo credit: Grove Facebook

Marketed as a meat-free, quick service restaurant that caters to the busy lifestyles of Singaporeans, Grove is a brainchild of Elemen – a homegrown vegetarian restaurant chain. Sitting right next to Koufu, this dainty-looking eatery presents you with salivating choices of healthy and natural vegetarian food. They offer bento rice sets, noodles, light snacks and even juices and teas. With its simplistic interior and pastel-toned walls, it is one pretty-looking cafe, I would say.

grove

Photo credit: @sweetvegan.neko

There is a raging obsession to eat healthy these days, and vegan diets are becoming very popular amongst the young ones. If you belong to that part of the population, you’re in a for a treat! Grove’s Signature Dry Truffle Ramen ($ 8.80) puts a spin on Chinese la mian, by adding an ‘atas’ touch. Tossed in their homemade truffle sauce, each strand of la mian is thoroughly coated and perfumed by the truffle while staying springy to the bite.

Topped with fresh black fungus, mushrooms and Nai Bai, you can expect a good mix of textures in your mouth even without meat. It is not a looker with its boring colours, but you know what they always say – don’t judge a book by its cover.

grove

Photo credit: @hey.veggie

Greetings to those at the other extreme end, I can smell your fear for meatless food from here. If one day, you’re unwillingly dragged here by one of your family members or friends, you might find comfort in the Laksa Soup Ramen ($ 7.80) for your finicky taste buds. Cooked in creamy coconut milk, the soup packs a flavourful punch and warms your stomach with its gentle kick of spice. Topped with tofu puffs, straw mushrooms and vegetarian fishcakes, it is a wholesome and satisfying meal.

Grove 一素

83 Punggol Central, #02-21, Singapore 828761

Daily 11am – 9.30pm

2. Uncle Leong Signatures

Taking its first steps back in a humble coffee shop at Ang Mo Kio, Uncle Leong Seafood has since grown its brand and opened three full-fledged restaurants in Singapore. Uncle Leong Signatures is one of them, the others being the famous Mellben Seafood and Mellben Signatures. If you’re reading this near payday or a family member’s birthday, you can consider having a well-deserved celebration here with their juicy seafood and the extensive menu of zi char dishes.

uncle leong signatures

Photo credit: @kesinong

Its name – Shimmering Sand Crab (seasonal pricing) is already enticing, but its mouth-watering presentation deserves a complete 10/10. The juicy orange creature bathes in a generous pool of sauce, which is a well-balanced combination of butter, white pepper, and cheese. It is then sprinkled with piquant curry leaves and golden cereal, which creates a picture of the crab shimmering under the sun in the sand.

Thick and creamy with a light touch of aromatic spices, the sweet and savoury sauce is perfect for dipping the juicy white crab meat. The cereal then provides extra crunch. You can even order man tou to mop up any remaining sauce, which is more socially-acceptable than licking the plate clean.

uncle leong signatures

Photo credit: @mightyfoodie

To all of you who are addicted to caffeine, the Nescafe Pork Ribs ($ 13.80/&18.80/$ 23.80) might just be up your alley. This dish features tender pork ribs marinated and stewed for at least 4 hours in the chef’s special blend of Nescafé coffee and spices, wrapped in aluminium foil to capture all the flavours. The intensity of the coffee is successfully brought out, and the deep fragrance of Nescafé lingers in your mouth.

Uncle Leong Signatures

83 Punggol Central, #B1-21, Singapore 828761

Daily 11am – 10.30pm

6385 9989

3. London Fat Duck

We have patronised their outlet at Raffles City, you can read our full review here.

This is based on our experience at Raffles City. 

Well-known for their Cantonese-style roast ducks, London Fat Duck has been given the premium status of Wagyu duck for its quality meat. Unlike what its name suggests, London Fat Duck is a Chinese restaurant, which specialises in dim sum with a focus on their signature roast meats.

london fat duck

Of course, Braised Duck (Whole: $ 58 Half: $ 32) is the thing to stuff your face with at London Fat Duck. The slices of meat feature a well-braised skin with a layer of fat hidden underneath. Rendered fat also infuses the flavourful sauce so that it becomes rich and fragrant. The meat itself is succulent and tender, paired with the sauce, this might be one of the best braised ducks around.

london fat duck

If your sweet tooth is acting up again, you can even try the Durian Mousse ($ 6.80) here, which is a surprising standout in the menu. In the small bowl sits a generous dollop of rich and luscious durian purée, with a sweet layer of gula melaka. It serves as an indulgent way to end your meal after all the salty roast meats and dim sum.

London Fat Duck

83 Punggol Central, 01-23, Singapore 828761

Mon – Fri: 11.30am – 10pm

Sat & Sun: 10am – 10pm

6385 9557

4. Rong Hua Bak Kut Teh

We have patronised their outlet at Fusionopolis, you can read our full review here!

This is based on our visit at Fusionopolis. 

There are tons of bak kut teh stalls out there, but Rong Hua Bak Kut Teh is the one that has its roots all the way back to the 1920s. Travelling to Singapore from China, Ah Hua was intrigued by the taste of Teochew BKT, and pursued culinary success under his village elder, Uncle Rong. Before passing, he named Ah Hua as his successor, giving rise to the name – Rong Hua Bak Kut Teh.

rong hua bak kut teh

On some days, we just want something familiar and warming in our stomachs. The broth served here is Teochew-style and homely, with a well-balanced peppery flavour. In the piping hot soup, you can find pork ribs that are tender, albeit not fall-off-the-bone soft. Order some youtiao to go along with the clear soup, and get as many rounds of refills as you need.

rong hua bak kut teh

If you’re looking for something that excites your palate, another note-worthy dish here is their Kong Bak Pau. Go ahead and wedge that fatty, glistening piece of pork belly in between the soft white buns, or just eat the meat by itself. The pork belly is braised in a luscious gravy which brings a bit of tang with the black vinegar in it.

Rong Hua Bak Kut Teh

83 Punggol Central, B1-23, Singapore 828761

Daily 10.30am – 10pm

6385 8765

5. Guschlbauer

Earlier this year, this Austrian Bakery brought its Devil Cheese Buns to Singapore, and being the cheese-obsessed bunch of people that we are, Singaporeans flocked to this bakery like moths to a flame. I still remember seeing a picture of this glorious-looking chunk for the very first time and travelling here all the way from the West just to get my creepy little hands on it.

guschlbauer

The craze for this bun was sadly short-lived, but it was an unforgettable fluffiness in my mouth. That memory lingers even today. The Cheese Bun Original ($ 5.80) sees a pillowy-soft bun cut in the middle, slathered with an obscene amount of velvety cream cheese, and then dusted all over with milk powder. Despite how heavily creamy it looks, the cream cheese is not cloyingly sweet, and downing the whole bun is not a challenge. For a less sweet option, give their Tiramisu Bun ($ 5.80) a try as well; The cocoa powder on the outside balances the sweetness of the cream cheese. If you haven’t tried this, stop sleeping on it!

Guschlbauer

83 Punggol Central, 01-K16 Waterway Point, Singapore 828761

Daily 10am – 10pm

6. Osaka Ohsho

On the outside, Osaka Ohsho looks like a basic Japanese restaurant that sells ramen. Well, you can definitely find ramen here, but the main reason you should be coming here is their delightful dumplings. Translated as ‘The King of Gyoza in Osaka’, this restaurant serves affordable gyoza at only $ 3.90 for 6 pieces!

osaka ohsho

Photo credit: Osaka Ohsho Philippines Facebook

Encased in Osaka Ohsho’s wonton wrapper, the filling is a mixture of cabbage, ginger, garlic, and three kinds of pork. While the exterior is pan-fried to a crisp golden-brown, the filling is kept moist and juicy, which is a joy to bite into every time.

osaka ohsho

Photo credit: @osakaohshoid

For a meal, you can order the Fuwatoro Tenshin Han Set($ 12.90), which gives you this adorable-looking dome and six gyozas. As cute as it looks, the thick blanket of omelette is done to a fluffy texture and protects the rice within it. The big eggy structure sits in a pool of thick gravy, which resembles the consistency of shark’s fin soup. Get messy with it and mix it around, you’ll find that it is reminiscent of our own mui fan. 

Osaka Ohsho

 83 Punggol Central, B1-14, Singapore 828761

6333 9781

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Anker Soundcore’s Premium $100 Truly-Wireless AirPods Competitor Are Down To Just $50 [Today Only]

By | November 15th, 2018

It’s sometimes easy to forget that the world of wireless earbuds extends beyond AirPods, because while Apple’s solution is a great one for those carrying iPhones, iPads, and Macs around, for everyone else there is likely a better option.

One of those potential options is the Anker Soundcore Liberty Lite earbuds, and right now you can get them for an absolute bargain.

If you’re unfamiliar with the Soundcore Liberty Lite, here’s the skinny. Using Graphene drivers for great sound, these earbuds are super small and light. They’re capable of around 12 hours of playtime over a combination of 3.5 house from the earbuds themselves and an addition 9 hours thanks to the charging case. They’re even IPX5 water resistant, which is something not even Apple’s AirPods can boast.

All this sounds great in its own right, but right now you can get them for a steal. Normally costing anything up to $ 80, these earbuds can be picked up for just $ 49.99 by clicking on the coupon on their Amazon listing page. That’s a price that we haven’t seen these fall to and we can’t imagine them falling this low very often, either.

Alongside everything we just mentioned, the earbuds also support Bluetooth 5.0 and have a built-in microphone making them great for making calls or talking to your digital assistant of choice, all without any wires.

The full feature list reads:

  • Graphene-Enhanced Sound: Pioneering audio technology delivers jaw-dropping clarity and treble.
  • 12-Hour Playtime: Get 3.5 hours’ playtime from a single charge with 9 extra hours in the compact charging case.
  • PUSH AND GOTM Technology: Simplified setup ensures ultra-fast pairing. Last-paired device automatically connects on startup.
  • IPX5 Protection: Resists water and liquids for workouts in the sun or singing in the rain.
  • What You Get: Soundcore Liberty Lite, Charging Case, XS/S/M/L EarTips, XS/S/M/L EarWings, Micro USB Cable, our worry-free 18-month warranty, and friendly customer service.

So really, what are you waiting for?

Buy: Soundcore True-Wireless Earphones Liberty Lite by Anker from Amazon: $ 49.99 (must use on-page $ 15 off coupon to get the price down to $ 49.99) | Original price $ 100

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6 Salivating Choices at Punggol Waterway Point

rong hua bak kut teh

Punggol used to be an ulu ghost town, but has since gone through an extreme face-lift and become one of the most exuberant neighbourhoods in Singapore. Sitting at the heart of Punggol is Waterway Point which, since its opening in 2016, bustles with life.

waterway point

Photo credit: sqfeed

With more and more young families immigrating to the north-eastern corner of Singapore, Waterway Point has inevitably become the main source of food for many Punggol-ians. On weekends, the whole population of Punggol will be concentrated here, and you can expect to walk amongst throngs of families as you cluelessly saunter around in search of a place for dinner.

Waterway Point is an integral part of this fairly new and lustrous neighbourhood, and it seems that every big-name franchise wants to have a piece of this cake. Filled with established F&B chains and eateries, you may find yourself uninspired despite the array of choices presented, as you’ve probably seen these offerings countless times. Regardless, don’t let yourself be turned off by the brand saturation! Here are 6 choices that you can consider the next time you’re wandering around Waterway Point.

1. Grove 一素

grove

Photo credit: Grove Facebook

Marketed as a meat-free, quick service restaurant that caters to the busy lifestyles of Singaporeans, Grove is a brainchild of Elemen – a homegrown vegetarian restaurant chain. Sitting right next to Koufu, this dainty-looking eatery presents you with salivating choices of healthy and natural vegetarian food. They offer bento rice sets, noodles, light snacks and even juices and teas. With its simplistic interior and pastel-toned walls, it is one pretty-looking cafe, I would say.

grove

Photo credit: @sweetvegan.neko

There is a raging obsession to eat healthy these days, and vegan diets are becoming very popular amongst the young ones. If you belong to that part of the population, you’re in a for a treat! Grove’s Signature Dry Truffle Ramen ($ 8.80) puts a spin on Chinese la mian, by adding an ‘atas’ touch. Tossed in their homemade truffle sauce, each strand of la mian is thoroughly coated and perfumed by the truffle while staying springy to the bite.

Topped with fresh black fungus, mushrooms and Nai Bai, you can expect a good mix of textures in your mouth even without meat. It is not a looker with its boring colours, but you know what they always say – don’t judge a book by its cover.

grove

Photo credit: @hey.veggie

Greetings to those at the other extreme end, I can smell your fear for meatless food from here. If one day, you’re unwillingly dragged here by one of your family members or friends, you might find comfort in the Laksa Soup Ramen ($ 7.80) for your finicky taste buds. Cooked in creamy coconut milk, the soup packs a flavourful punch and warms your stomach with its gentle kick of spice. Topped with tofu puffs, straw mushrooms and vegetarian fishcakes, it is a wholesome and satisfying meal.

Grove 一素

83 Punggol Central, #02-21, Singapore 828761

Daily 11am – 9.30pm

2. Uncle Leong Signatures

Taking its first steps back in a humble coffee shop at Ang Mo Kio, Uncle Leong Seafood has since grown its brand and opened three full-fledged restaurants in Singapore. Uncle Leong Signatures is one of them, the others being the famous Mellben Seafood and Mellben Signatures. If you’re reading this near payday or a family member’s birthday, you can consider having a well-deserved celebration here with their juicy seafood and the extensive menu of zi char dishes.

uncle leong signatures

Photo credit: @kesinong

Its name – Shimmering Sand Crab (seasonal pricing) is already enticing, but its mouth-watering presentation deserves a complete 10/10. The juicy orange creature bathes in a generous pool of sauce, which is a well-balanced combination of butter, white pepper, and cheese. It is then sprinkled with piquant curry leaves and golden cereal, which creates a picture of the crab shimmering under the sun in the sand.

Thick and creamy with a light touch of aromatic spices, the sweet and savoury sauce is perfect for dipping the juicy white crab meat. The cereal then provides extra crunch. You can even order man tou to mop up any remaining sauce, which is more socially-acceptable than licking the plate clean.

uncle leong signatures

Photo credit: @mightyfoodie

To all of you who are addicted to caffeine, the Nescafe Pork Ribs ($ 13.80/&18.80/$ 23.80) might just be up your alley. This dish features tender pork ribs marinated and stewed for at least 4 hours in the chef’s special blend of Nescafé coffee and spices, wrapped in aluminium foil to capture all the flavours. The intensity of the coffee is successfully brought out, and the deep fragrance of Nescafé lingers in your mouth.

Uncle Leong Signatures

83 Punggol Central, #B1-21, Singapore 828761

Daily 11am – 10.30pm

6385 9989

3. London Fat Duck

We have patronised their outlet at Raffles City, you can read our full review here.

This is based on our experience at Raffles City. 

Well-known for their Cantonese-style roast ducks, London Fat Duck has been given the premium status of Wagyu duck for its quality meat. Unlike what its name suggests, London Fat Duck is a Chinese restaurant, which specialises in dim sum with a focus on their signature roast meats.

london fat duck

Of course, Braised Duck (Whole: $ 58 Half: $ 32) is the thing to stuff your face with at London Fat Duck. The slices of meat feature a well-braised skin with a layer of fat hidden underneath. Rendered fat also infuses the flavourful sauce so that it becomes rich and fragrant. The meat itself is succulent and tender, paired with the sauce, this might be one of the best braised ducks around.

london fat duck

If your sweet tooth is acting up again, you can even try the Durian Mousse ($ 6.80) here, which is a surprising standout in the menu. In the small bowl sits a generous dollop of rich and luscious durian purée, with a sweet layer of gula melaka. It serves as an indulgent way to end your meal after all the salty roast meats and dim sum.

London Fat Duck

83 Punggol Central, 01-23, Singapore 828761

Mon – Fri: 11.30am – 10pm

Sat & Sun: 10am – 10pm

6385 9557

4. Rong Hua Bak Kut Teh

We have patronised their outlet at Fusionopolis, you can read our full review here!

This is based on our visit at Fusionopolis. 

There are tons of bak kut teh stalls out there, but Rong Hua Bak Kut Teh is the one that has its roots all the way back to the 1920s. Travelling to Singapore from China, Ah Hua was intrigued by the taste of Teochew BKT, and pursued culinary success under his village elder, Uncle Rong. Before passing, he named Ah Hua as his successor, giving rise to the name – Rong Hua Bak Kut Teh.

rong hua bak kut teh

On some days, we just want something familiar and warming in our stomachs. The broth served here is Teochew-style and homely, with a well-balanced peppery flavour. In the piping hot soup, you can find pork ribs that are tender, albeit not fall-off-the-bone soft. Order some youtiao to go along with the clear soup, and get as many rounds of refills as you need.

rong hua bak kut teh

If you’re looking for something that excites your palate, another note-worthy dish here is their Kong Bak Pau. Go ahead and wedge that fatty, glistening piece of pork belly in between the soft white buns, or just eat the meat by itself. The pork belly is braised in a luscious gravy which brings a bit of tang with the black vinegar in it.

Rong Hua Bak Kut Teh

83 Punggol Central, B1-23, Singapore 828761

Daily 10.30am – 10pm

6385 8765

5. Guschlbauer

Earlier this year, this Austrian Bakery brought its Devil Cheese Buns to Singapore, and being the cheese-obsessed bunch of people that we are, Singaporeans flocked to this bakery like moths to a flame. I still remember seeing a picture of this glorious-looking chunk for the very first time and travelling here all the way from the West just to get my creepy little hands on it.

guschlbauer

The craze for this bun was sadly short-lived, but it was an unforgettable fluffiness in my mouth. That memory lingers even today. The Cheese Bun Original ($ 5.80) sees a pillowy-soft bun cut in the middle, slathered with an obscene amount of velvety cream cheese, and then dusted all over with milk powder. Despite how heavily creamy it looks, the cream cheese is not cloyingly sweet, and downing the whole bun is not a challenge. For a less sweet option, give their Tiramisu Bun ($ 5.80) a try as well; The cocoa powder on the outside balances the sweetness of the cream cheese. If you haven’t tried this, stop sleeping on it!

Guschlbauer

83 Punggol Central, 01-K16 Waterway Point, Singapore 828761

Daily 10am – 10pm

6. Osaka Ohsho

On the outside, Osaka Ohsho looks like a basic Japanese restaurant that sells ramen. Well, you can definitely find ramen here, but the main reason you should be coming here is their delightful dumplings. Translated as ‘The King of Gyoza in Osaka’, this restaurant serves affordable gyoza at only $ 3.90 for 6 pieces!

osaka ohsho

Photo credit: Osaka Ohsho Philippines Facebook

Encased in Osaka Ohsho’s wonton wrapper, the filling is a mixture of cabbage, ginger, garlic, and three kinds of pork. While the exterior is pan-fried to a crisp golden-brown, the filling is kept moist and juicy, which is a joy to bite into every time.

osaka ohsho

Photo credit: @osakaohshoid

For a meal, you can order the Fuwatoro Tenshin Han Set($ 12.90), which gives you this adorable-looking dome and six gyozas. As cute as it looks, the thick blanket of omelette is done to a fluffy texture and protects the rice within it. The big eggy structure sits in a pool of thick gravy, which resembles the consistency of shark’s fin soup. Get messy with it and mix it around, you’ll find that it is reminiscent of our own mui fan. 

Osaka Ohsho

 83 Punggol Central, B1-14, Singapore 828761

6333 9781

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Steal Of A Deal: This 360-Degree Firing 10W Bluetooth Speaker Can Be Yours For Only $10

By | November 15th, 2018

How do you fancy owning an attractive and performant Bluetooth-based speaker that is going to give you wonderful sound without even making a dent in your bank balance? Sounds too good to be true, right? Well, we are here to tell you that it’s now.

A lot of people wanting personal audio have opted for SoundPEATS truly wireless earbuds that give Apple’s AirPods a run for their money but at a fraction of the cost.

The success and performance of that hardware have also meant that individuals are now looking at the company’s other devices, with the P4 portable Bluetooth speaker one that’s commanding the most attention at the moment for its unbelievable value for money. And now, thanks to this deal, you can own it for less than $ 10.00.

The deal means that you can literally buy multiple of these as holiday gifts to give out to loved ones. It’s even a perfect purchase for initiatives like Secret Santa in the workplace that have a spending limit of $ 10-$ 20. The hardware itself comes packaged in an attractive cylindrical exterior and will actually look quite good in pretty much any room in the house or office.

From a sound quality perspective, it offers 360-degree omnidirectional sound so you should be getting a really good audio experience regardless of where it’s placed. There is even a little responsive touch panel on the top of the speaker for small interactions like changing songs, controlling playback, and adjusting the volume with minimal fuss or effort.

Obviously, at this price, there is no voice-guided assistant built in, such as Alexa or Assistant, but it definitely commands respect and attention when you consider how much the company is selling it for. The integrated 2,000 mAh battery is going to give approximately 8-hours of playback time and there is even a built-in microphone that allows the speaker to be used as a speakerphone.

It is definitely a diverse and powerful little piece of kit that deserves to be looked at over and over at this price. Check it out right now at the direct link below.

Buy: SoundPEATS Bluetooth Speaker Portable 10W Wireless Speaker from Amazon: $ 9.93 with code JPV7LFY7 | Original price: $ 20

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10 Iconic Singaporean Ads From Pre Social Media Days To Trigger Your Nostalgia

Iconic old-school Singaporean ads

Image credit: YouTube – chuniie

Before the glorious days of on-demand cable tv and Netflix, our sole source of digital entertainment came from our analogue TVs. Those were simpler days where patience was a virtue conditioned by the daily act of having to flip through the newspaper to check the day’s channel schedule, and commercials were a necessary evil for pee breaks and for snack runs.

And whether pure marketing genius or complete fails, some ads got lodged so deep in our brains that we’ll remember them for life. We’re taking you on a walk down memory lane with the best – and worst – of what early advertising had to offer with these 10 Singaporean ads that shaped most of our childhoods:

1. Shokubutsu – Elvin Ng

Image credit: YouTube – Sharon Loh

Shokubutsu is obviously Japanese. But it doesn’t get more local than a 30-second mandarin commercial featuring a very youthful, bare-bodied Elvin Ng working up a sweat then lathering up in an outdoor shower. While the ad’s effectiveness is questionable, it sure did creep its way into the hearts of many a pubescent Singaporean girl.

2. Canadian Pizza – 2-for-1

Image credit: Youtube – canadian241pizza

Any 80s/90s kid will tell you that before the reign of Dominos and Pezzo, Canadian Pizza ruled the pizza scene right there next to Pizza Hut. They were also second in line for the throne for most memorable hotline jingle of all time. With all that paid screen time, who can forget their perpetual 2-for-1 pizza offer?

3. Mocca – Muscleman

Image credit: YouTube – Waterstorm3

A lesson in marketing: there’s a paper-thin line between tastefully humorous and horrendous. And while we’re loving the cringe a decade down the road, Mediacorp’s Mocca is a now-defunct advertising service we only associate with this spoof and tight, zebra briefs.

4. McDonald’s – A Day in Singapore

McDonald’s – warming more than just their deep fryers and grills since 1979. 
Image credit: YouTube – Kelly Khoo

A medley of fresh vegetables and water droplets moving in slow-motion through the air. A perfectly (airbrushed) piece of meat being grilled to perfection. Outrageously juicy components of a burger magically falling into place… 

These are the shots modern day fast food commercials are made of, but not this 1990s Mac’s Ad. Who needs high-resolution food porn when this ad feeds you one minute of feels?

5. Singapore Girl – A Great Way To Fly

Image credit: YouTube – dewssTV

The near 1-minute ad might seem completely misguided to viewers today with hardly any footage of the airline or its routes/destinations, but the “Singapore Girl” personification of the brand worked wonders for SQ. It also greatly glamorised the airline industry and sparked fires in the hearts of young girls wanting to make the world their oyster when it first launched. 

6. Tiger Beer – It’s Tiger Time

Image credit: YouTube – ShiokOnLine

For a good few years after Tiger Beer kicked off this campaign, “It’s TIGER TIME!” became the popular alternative answer to the question “What time is it?”. It also became the surefire way to piss someone off real quick. But thanks to all the inadvertent word-of-mouth, Tiger definitely got the top of mind awareness they wanted out of the ad.

7. Singtel – 17 – 31707 – 1

Image credit: YouTube – Singtel

While 50% of today’s population cannot fathom a reality without their smartphones, the real lao jiaos remember a time of peace without the incessant need to check our phones every 10 minutes for new notifications. God bless the simplicity this archaic Singtel ad. Nothing like a throwback to the age of pagers and secret numeric codes to unlock the floodgates of nostalgia in our minds.

9. Anything Whatever – Ah bengs trash convenience store

Image credit: YouTube – chuniie

I remember the hype these can drinks generated back when my school’s canteen first started stocking it. Practically made for the indecisive, “Anything” was a carbonated surprise that came in a range of flavours from cola to citrus while “Whatever” was a non-carbonated concoction that was strangely similar to Pokka’s fruit teas. 

Sadly, once the novelty wore off, this ad was a thousand times more memorable than the taste these drinks left in our mouths.

10. M1 – I’m Walking on Sunshine

Click through to the full video and turn up the sound for maximum enjoyment.
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How to create positive feelings associated with your brand 101 – m1 style: 

a) Pick a contagiously upbeat and cheerful song
b) Show people being happy with your brand while the song plays
c) Repeat this over and over again

Even if you didn’t care for the brand back then, every time this m1 ad came on, it was hard not to sing and jig along to all the happy people on screen. There was really no escaping this ad – 

some loved the song so much they even set it as their connecting dial tone.

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While our younger selves might have been suckered by repetitive pizza hotline jingles and feel-good telecom dance ads, we’re definitely way more critical of the information we consume these days. Plus, with the second and third screen phenomena, marketers can no longer trap us in front of the TV for the full duration of the ad like they used to. 

We’re more likely to jump onto the next device to occupy our headspace the minute an ad starts. This is what makes understanding the impact and future consequences of disruptive technology so important. 

As an organisation, knowing who your customers are and how to effectively reach them unlocks a plethora of opportunities – and keeping up-to-date with the constantly changing digital terrain shouldn’t be limited to just the marketing team, every employee, regardless of department or rank, should be in the know.

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If you possess a wealth of knowledge on your product or service but are having a hard time grasping consumer behaviour in this digital era, Lead Digital, a pioneering digital business course developed by AVADO is perfectly positioned to bridge that gap. You’ll also have a certificate in digital leadership to your name at the end of it. 

The 3-month online course is the only programme on the market that is specially tailored to enable leaders of the digital age to think and operate in a way that improves the entire customer experience and organisational agility.

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The array of modules will take you through the factors behind the ever-changing digital landscape, keep you up-to-date with both technological and behavioural trends, help you build a lead business plan and make data-informed decisions.

The course also prides itself in helping to build leadership and collaboration skills through its virtual campus, where you’ll sit through live classes by industry experts and partake in activities such as quizzes, surveys, forum discussions and spearhead an individual project that involves creating a 90-second video pitch to get others onboard with your ideas. 

Digital has arrived – and it’s time for you to lead it.  

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Rare Discount: Get $100 Off DJI Mavic Air [Today Only]

By | November 14th, 2018

Black Friday is always a good bet for offering up some great deals, even though there are some stinkers to be found along the way, too. The offer we’re about to share is without a doubt one of the former though, with a brand new DJI Mavic Air Quadcopter currently available with $ 100 off as part of Amazon’s pre-Black Friday sale.

Available in multiple color offerings, Amazon’s deal means that you can pick up a new Mavic Air including full 4K video support and a 32-megapixel sensor for just $ 699.99 shipped.

That’s a bargain considering the drone’s ability to capture HDR photos as well as slow-motion video for those super cinematic shots.

The full list of features, as per Amazon, reads:

32.0MP sphere panoramas – In addition to horizontal, vertical, and 180° panoramas, Mavic Air stitches 25 photos together in just eight seconds to create crystal clear 32.0MP sphere panoramas.

Lightweight and compact foldable design – You can take it anywhere with you.

Supports 4K video at 30 fps – The 12.0MP camera with Adobe DNG RAW support is ready to shoot. The three-axis gimbal is capable of stabilizing the camera even during high-speed motion for smooth video and sharp photos.

Control your drone from up to 6562′ away – The Mavic Air Intelligent Flight lithium battery provides up to 21 minutes of flight time per charge.

If all that sounds right up your street, you’re in for a treat if you do pick yourself up a Mavic Air as part of this deal. It really is a superb drone for anyone looking to transition from a beginner drone to something a little more capable.

Buy: DJI Mavic Air Quadcopter with Remote Controller from Amazon: $ 699.99 | Original price $ 800

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6 Salivating Choices at Punggol Waterway Point

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Punggol used to be an ulu ghost town, but has since gone through an extreme face-lift and become one of the most exuberant neighbourhoods in Singapore. Sitting at the heart of Punggol is Waterway Point which, since its opening in 2016, bustles with life.

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With more and more young families immigrating to the north-eastern corner of Singapore, Waterway Point has inevitably become the main source of food for many Punggol-ians. On weekends, the whole population of Punggol will be concentrated here, and you can expect to walk amongst throngs of families as you cluelessly saunter around in search of a place for dinner.

Waterway Point is an integral part of this fairly new and lustrous neighbourhood, and it seems that every big-name franchise wants to have a piece of this cake. Filled with established F&B chains and eateries, you may find yourself uninspired despite the array of choices presented, as you’ve probably seen these offerings countless times. Regardless, don’t let yourself be turned off by the brand saturation! Here are 6 choices that you can consider the next time you’re wandering around Waterway Point.

1. Grove 一素

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Marketed as a meat-free, quick service restaurant that caters to the busy lifestyles of Singaporeans, Grove is a brainchild of Elemen – a homegrown vegetarian restaurant chain. Sitting right next to Koufu, this dainty-looking eatery presents you with salivating choices of healthy and natural vegetarian food. They offer bento rice sets, noodles, light snacks and even juices and teas. With its simplistic interior and pastel-toned walls, it is one pretty-looking cafe, I would say.

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There is a raging obsession to eat healthy these days, and vegan diets are becoming very popular amongst the young ones. If you belong to that part of the population, you’re in a for a treat! Grove’s Signature Dry Truffle Ramen ($ 8.80) puts a spin on Chinese la mian, by adding an ‘atas’ touch. Tossed in their homemade truffle sauce, each strand of la mian is thoroughly coated and perfumed by the truffle while staying springy to the bite.

Topped with fresh black fungus, mushrooms and Nai Bai, you can expect a good mix of textures in your mouth even without meat. It is not a looker with its boring colours, but you know what they always say – don’t judge a book by its cover.

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Greetings to those at the other extreme end, I can smell your fear for meatless food from here. If one day, you’re unwillingly dragged here by one of your family members or friends, you might find comfort in the Laksa Soup Ramen ($ 7.80) for your finicky taste buds. Cooked in creamy coconut milk, the soup packs a flavourful punch and warms your stomach with its gentle kick of spice. Topped with tofu puffs, straw mushrooms and vegetarian fishcakes, it is a wholesome and satisfying meal.

Grove 一素

83 Punggol Central, #02-21, Singapore 828761

Daily 11am – 9.30pm

2. Uncle Leong Signatures

Taking its first steps back in a humble coffee shop at Ang Mo Kio, Uncle Leong Seafood has since grown its brand and opened three full-fledged restaurants in Singapore. Uncle Leong Signatures is one of them, the others being the famous Mellben Seafood and Mellben Signatures. If you’re reading this near payday or a family member’s birthday, you can consider having a well-deserved celebration here with their juicy seafood and the extensive menu of zi char dishes.

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Its name – Shimmering Sand Crab (seasonal pricing) is already enticing, but its mouth-watering presentation deserves a complete 10/10. The juicy orange creature bathes in a generous pool of sauce, which is a well-balanced combination of butter, white pepper, and cheese. It is then sprinkled with piquant curry leaves and golden cereal, which creates a picture of the crab shimmering under the sun in the sand.

Thick and creamy with a light touch of aromatic spices, the sweet and savoury sauce is perfect for dipping the juicy white crab meat. The cereal then provides extra crunch. You can even order man tou to mop up any remaining sauce, which is more socially-acceptable than licking the plate clean.

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To all of you who are addicted to caffeine, the Nescafe Pork Ribs ($ 13.80/&18.80/$ 23.80) might just be up your alley. This dish features tender pork ribs marinated and stewed for at least 4 hours in the chef’s special blend of Nescafé coffee and spices, wrapped in aluminium foil to capture all the flavours. The intensity of the coffee is successfully brought out, and the deep fragrance of Nescafé lingers in your mouth.

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83 Punggol Central, #B1-21, Singapore 828761

Daily 11am – 10.30pm

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3. London Fat Duck

We have patronised their outlet at Raffles City, you can read our full review here.

This is based on our experience at Raffles City. 

Well-known for their Cantonese-style roast ducks, London Fat Duck has been given the premium status of Wagyu duck for its quality meat. Unlike what its name suggests, London Fat Duck is a Chinese restaurant, which specialises in dim sum with a focus on their signature roast meats.

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Of course, Braised Duck (Whole: $ 58 Half: $ 32) is the thing to stuff your face with at London Fat Duck. The slices of meat feature a well-braised skin with a layer of fat hidden underneath. Rendered fat also infuses the flavourful sauce so that it becomes rich and fragrant. The meat itself is succulent and tender, paired with the sauce, this might be one of the best braised ducks around.

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If your sweet tooth is acting up again, you can even try the Durian Mousse ($ 6.80) here, which is a surprising standout in the menu. In the small bowl sits a generous dollop of rich and luscious durian purée, with a sweet layer of gula melaka. It serves as an indulgent way to end your meal after all the salty roast meats and dim sum.

London Fat Duck

83 Punggol Central, 01-23, Singapore 828761

Mon – Fri: 11.30am – 10pm

Sat & Sun: 10am – 10pm

6385 9557

4. Rong Hua Bak Kut Teh

We have patronised their outlet at Fusionopolis, you can read our full review here!

This is based on our visit at Fusionopolis. 

There are tons of bak kut teh stalls out there, but Rong Hua Bak Kut Teh is the one that has its roots all the way back to the 1920s. Travelling to Singapore from China, Ah Hua was intrigued by the taste of Teochew BKT, and pursued culinary success under his village elder, Uncle Rong. Before passing, he named Ah Hua as his successor, giving rise to the name – Rong Hua Bak Kut Teh.

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On some days, we just want something familiar and warming in our stomachs. The broth served here is Teochew-style and homely, with a well-balanced peppery flavour. In the piping hot soup, you can find pork ribs that are tender, albeit not fall-off-the-bone soft. Order some youtiao to go along with the clear soup, and get as many rounds of refills as you need.

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If you’re looking for something that excites your palate, another note-worthy dish here is their Kong Bak Pau. Go ahead and wedge that fatty, glistening piece of pork belly in between the soft white buns, or just eat the meat by itself. The pork belly is braised in a luscious gravy which brings a bit of tang with the black vinegar in it.

Rong Hua Bak Kut Teh

83 Punggol Central, B1-23, Singapore 828761

Daily 10.30am – 10pm

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5. Guschlbauer

Earlier this year, this Austrian Bakery brought its Devil Cheese Buns to Singapore, and being the cheese-obsessed bunch of people that we are, Singaporeans flocked to this bakery like moths to a flame. I still remember seeing a picture of this glorious-looking chunk for the very first time and travelling here all the way from the West just to get my creepy little hands on it.

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The craze for this bun was sadly short-lived, but it was an unforgettable fluffiness in my mouth. That memory lingers even today. The Cheese Bun Original ($ 5.80) sees a pillowy-soft bun cut in the middle, slathered with an obscene amount of velvety cream cheese, and then dusted all over with milk powder. Despite how heavily creamy it looks, the cream cheese is not cloyingly sweet, and downing the whole bun is not a challenge. For a less sweet option, give their Tiramisu Bun ($ 5.80) a try as well; The cocoa powder on the outside balances the sweetness of the cream cheese. If you haven’t tried this, stop sleeping on it!

Guschlbauer

83 Punggol Central, 01-K16 Waterway Point, Singapore 828761

Daily 10am – 10pm

6. Osaka Ohsho

On the outside, Osaka Ohsho looks like a basic Japanese restaurant that sells ramen. Well, you can definitely find ramen here, but the main reason you should be coming here is their delightful dumplings. Translated as ‘The King of Gyoza in Osaka’, this restaurant serves affordable gyoza at only $ 3.90 for 6 pieces!

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Encased in Osaka Ohsho’s wonton wrapper, the filling is a mixture of cabbage, ginger, garlic, and three kinds of pork. While the exterior is pan-fried to a crisp golden-brown, the filling is kept moist and juicy, which is a joy to bite into every time.

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For a meal, you can order the Fuwatoro Tenshin Han Set($ 12.90), which gives you this adorable-looking dome and six gyozas. As cute as it looks, the thick blanket of omelette is done to a fluffy texture and protects the rice within it. The big eggy structure sits in a pool of thick gravy, which resembles the consistency of shark’s fin soup. Get messy with it and mix it around, you’ll find that it is reminiscent of our own mui fan. 

Osaka Ohsho

 83 Punggol Central, B1-14, Singapore 828761

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iClever Deals: 5 USB-C Cables Pack For Just $10, Smart Wi-Fi Power Socket, More

By | November 13th, 2018

It’s start of new week, which means we have some great deals to share with you guys, and we’ll continue to do the same throughout the week. We know that picking up a bargain isn’t the easiest thing in the world right now, with prices continually increasing even when the products may not be getting a great deal better at the same time.

Thankfully there are still some companies out there that continue to offer great products at affordable prices, and when they’re available as part of a deal, things are even better.

The folks at iClever definitely fall into this category, because while the accessories they offer are great, they’re competitively priced as well. Right now you can get your hands on three particular products for a great discount, and we wanted to share all of them with you today.

So with that said, let’s take a look at what’s on offer, shall we?

iClever 1300A Peak 18000mAh Car Jump Starter

Nobody wants to be stuck in a car that won’t start, and in 2018 that shouldn’t be the problem it was even ten years ago, and with this jump stater kit, it isn’t.

This portable jump starter can start most 12V vehicles’ engine (up to 8L gas or 6.5L diesel) in an emergency and the high capacity 18000mah battery allows it to jump start vehicles an average of 40 times before needing a recharge.

Buy: iClever 1300A Peak 18000mAh Car Jump Starter from Amazon: $ 71.99 with code JUMP1300 | Original price $ 89.99

iClever Smart Plug Wi-Fi Mini Outlets

Compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant, these compact smart plugs are good for up to 15A and won’t take up a huge amount of room in your sockets, either. Support for services like IFTTT allow these smart plugs to be used as part of a complex home automation system, too.

Buy: iClever Smart Plug Wi-Fi Mini Outlets from Amazon: $ 9.99 with code SMARTPLUG2 | Original price $ 14.00

USB Type C Cable, iClever USB A 3.1 to Type C Cable

USB-C cables are all the rage right now, especially with companies like Apple going all-in and launching new iPad Pros as well as MacBook Airs that use USB-C alone. Having plenty of cables around the home is a great ideal, and with five in a single pack this deal is a great place to start your collection.

Buy: USB Type C Cable, iClever USB A 3.1 to Type C Cable from Amazon: $ 9.99 with code 5USBCABLE | Original price $ 15.99

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Hawker – The First Asian Fast Food Restaurant!

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Dedicated to sending out Asian fast food, Hawker QSR seems set to be the most popular fast food restaurant in town. Nestled in Esplanade, the first Asian fast food restaurant offers an exciting line-up of locally-inspired burgers, wraps, and desserts! Hawker QSR is the brainchild of No Signboard Holdings which is famous for the “White” pepper crab and other traditional tze char dishes. So, you might have an idea of what to expect!

In case you’re wondering, “QSR” stands for “quick service restaurant” and is one of the key selling points of Hawker QSR. What sets them apart from the other big chains in the F&B industry is definitely their menu which is focused on Asian and Singaporean flavours. Mr Eric Er, Vice President of Hawker QSR, mentioned that unlike other fast food chains which offers locally-inspired creations as a seasonal item, Hawker QSR intends to offer them all year round. Now, you can to enjoy your Nasi Lemak burger all day, every day!

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It might be difficult deciding what to have for lunch because everything just sounds delicious — think Nasi Lemak Burger, Chilli Crab Bao, Prata Wrap, Mala Burger, and Mantou with Chilli Crab Sauce. So, bring along your troops so that you can have a bite of everything!

Hawker QSR has transformed familiar and traditional hawker food into burgers, and we think that it’s an amazing feat. We wasted no time in placing an order for almost all the burgers! I know, I’m not supposed to eat that much, but it’s impossible to pick just one or two! The Chili Crab Bao ($ 8.90 ala carte, $ 10.90 for a meal), Szechuan Mala Burger ($ 6.00 ala carte, $ 8.00 for a meal), Satay Chicken Burger ($ 6.50 ala carte, $ 8.50 for a meal), and Nasi Lemak Burger ($ 8.90 ala carte, $ 10.90 for a meal) were our top picks! Each set comes with a side of curly fries and a drink of your choice. Don’t need to wait until next Chinese New Year for curly fries, because you can have it right here, right now!


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Stepping into their kitchen, we noticed a stark similarity in their layout and range of equipment — they do look very much like a conventional Western fast food chain!

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Well, if we have to choose a favourite, it will have to be the Signature Chili Crab Bao! When we indulge in chili crab, a plate of fried mantous is a must to go along. And, we were excited and beyond pleased that the people at Hawker QSR think so too! The Chili Crab Bao sees a deep-fried chunky crab patty slathered generously with an addictive chili crab sauce, all wrapped in a crunchy fried mantou! Get the meal, like we did, and enjoy your chili crab bao with a side of well-seasoned curly fries and an ice cold beverage.

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Other noteworthy creations include the Hainanese Chicken Rice burger and Nasi Lemak burger which sees rice burgers taking the place of fluffy bread buns. The rice patties are heated for 80 seconds before they are served, so your burgers are going to reach you piping hot! I thought the Chicken Rice burger was particularly interesting. The steamed chicken patty was carefully paired with signature chicken rice chili, and armed with a dollop of mashed ginger. Wow, it was a party in my mouth! We noticed that the rice buns are different for every burger. Expect fragrant coconut-infused rice buns for the Nasi Lemak Burger, and ginger-infused ones for the Chicken Rice Burge. Both burgers were really solid options but I enjoyed the Nasi Lemak burger a little more because of the sunny side egg! Yes, I’m basic like that.. but I love eggs!


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Fancy some prata? Well, the Prata Wrap is created for you. We jumped at the sight of the prata wrap, and its price tag of $ 3! The wrap comes with a chunk of scrambled egg with onions, and a slice of melted cheese. The prata is cooked for a strict 80 seconds so you can rest assured that you’ll get a crispy prata without any burnt edges! A generous serving of curry tied everything together, and the easy-to-eat snack works as a tea-time treat and a great grab-and-go light lunch option.

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Complete your meal with the Chendol Softee ($ 2) or Mango Peach Cone ($ 1.50). The Mango Peach Cone was fruity, refreshing and delightful! If you’re looking for something a little milkier, go for the Chendol Softee which boasts a swirl of vanilla soft serve, luscious Gula Melaka sauce and a heap of green rice flour jelly.

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Hawker QSR might just be a few days old, but they have already planned to open a second outlet in One @ Kent Ridge(end November 2018), and a third one in Paya Lebar(first quarter of 2019). They even have plans to expand into Shanghai next year! There are also Damn Good Deals which start from just $ 1. Say what! If your friends are visiting Singapore for the first time, this might just be the place for them to enjoy a plethora of local flavours, but in a more familiar manner.

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