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New and Fun Things To Do In December 2017: Christmas Wonderland At GBTB, $5 Pub Crawl, And Zoukout

Fun and festive activities this December holiday

 yoga and movie night with free wine

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Although the year is coming to a close, there surely isn’t an end to the number of exciting activities lined up for the holiday season. With school holidays or annual leave to clear, there’s all the more reason to loosen up with a few more outings and adventures before 2018 swings in. 

This list of fun things to do in December will keep your holiday season fulfilling and well-spent: 

Events

1. Wknd Folks Christmas Pop-Up Market

 Wknd Folks Christmas Pop-Up Market

This pop-up market is a dog-friendly one – so bring your furfriends along! Image credit: @skinnyblooms

Wknd Folks is back even bigger and better at their Christmas Market, this time offering more Christmas-related items for those who wish to get one-of-a-kind gifts for your loved ones – complete with beautiful packaging thanks to a gift wrapping station. 

Some local vendors that are going to be present include florist SkinnyBlooms and jewellery brand Circus Fling, as well as smoothie bowl kiosk Uluwatu Bowls Co. Check out Haiku.Fever, where well-versed Dave Tai will spin a Haiku for you right on the spot, about any subject you can think of for him to write about. 

 Haiku.Fever

Dave here will write a haiku on the spot for you about anything under the sun. Image credit: @wkndfolks

Highlights of the event include floral arrangement,metal flower jewellery workshops, as well as live acoustic music. You can also have your face painted or get temporary henna and tattoos when you’re here. Those with kids in tow will be glad to know that there’s a bouncy castle to keep your little one busy.

Date: Sat – 2 Dec | Sun – 3 Dec
Time: Sat – 11AM – 8PM | 11AM – 6PM
Venue: Buzz in the Woods, 320 Tanglin Road
Website

2. Santa Run for Wishes

 Santa Run for Wishes

Image credit: Santa Run for Wishes

It’s the season of giving, so take some time to sweat it out for someone else at this year’s Santa Run for Wishes – a run organised to raise funds to help grant wishes of ill children. With 2km and 5km runs going at $ 52 for adults and $ 42 for children, the Santa Run is more affordable than most big-name runs. Family packages can also be bought at $ 188 for 4.

Date: 9 Dec 2017
Time: 7.30AM – 11AM
Venue: The Promontory @ Marina Bay
Website

3. Marina Bay Carnival

 Marina Bay Carnival

Star Flyer – a 35m tower.  Image credit: The Straits Times

Stretching 3.5 football fields wide across from the Marina Promontory to the Bayfront event space, Marina Bay Carnival is Singapore’s largest carnival yet. Look forward to a host of over 40 rides like Orbiter Cars, cyclone coasters, pirate ships, and even a log flume ride. But the queen of all rides is surely the Star Flyer – a 35m tower that’ll give you the sensation of flying.

Chomp down on local fare like chendol soft serve and lemongrass chicken rice bowls, on top of carnival fare like candyfloss. 

Local powerhouses TheLionCityBoy and Kexin Tay will be performing at the event as well.Date: 8 Dec 2017 – 1 Apr 2018

Time: 10AM – 7PM
Venue: Marina Barrage
Price: Free
Website

4. Zoukout 2017

 Zoukout 2017

Image credit: @zoukoutofficial

End your year with a blast with the annual Zoukout, and party it up to EDM tunes from dusk till dawn at Siloso Beach – alongside international headliners like Axwell Ingrosso, DJ Snake. 

If you’re in for the full experience, sign up for their hotel packages, which allow you to continue with an afterparty back in a hotel room at W Singapore, Hard Rock Hotel, Genting Jurong or Park Hotel Alexandra. The package also includes a pair of event tickets, breakfast on the house and transfers to the event venue. 

Date: 8 – 9 Dec 2017
Time: Doors open at 6.30PM
Venue: Siloso Beach, Sentosa
Ticket Prices: At the door: Day 1: $ 158 | Day 2: $ 168
Advance 2-day Festival Pass: $ 228
Website

5. Yoga and Movie Under The Stars

 Yoga and Movie Under The Stars

Image credit: Yoga and Movie Under the Stars 

Enjoy a moonlit film at a private open-air rooftop backyard at Suntec city, all cuddled up with your loved one. A Christmas favourite, The Polar Express will be screened, and you’ll get 1 free glass of wine, free-flow snacks, hot green tea, and popcorn – everything you need for a perfect movie night.

Come 60 mins earlier at 6.15PM before the movie screening if you would like to participate in a gentle yoga session, just to get those tense muscles relaxed for the chill night ahead.

Date: 24 Dec 2017
Time: 7.15PM – 10.15PM for movie, 6.15PM for yoga session
Venue: Suntec City, 3 Temasek Boulevard, Singapore 038983
Price: $ 28 – get your tickets here.

6. Flashbang Flea Market

 Flashbang Flea Market

Old school arcade games that will be available at the flea. Image credit: Flashbang Singapore

A pop-up market with stalls housed in shipping containers – reminiscent of Bangkok’s Artbox – Flashbang features over 120 stalls with food and games, neon light installations, and music performances.

Day activities include craft workshops by local entrepreneurs and even virtual reality installations and interactive walls. When night dawns, installations designed by local artists will light up beautifully for photo opportunities. Old school arcade games will also be there for some friendly competition between you and your pal. 

Date: 9 – 30 Dec
Time: 3PM – 11PM, Daily
Venue: 96 Somerset Road – the open air carpark at Grange Road and Orchard Fountain Corner
Price:Free
Website

7. Noise Singapore Showcase

 Noise Singapore Showcase

Image credit: The Facade

You might already be familiar with local artistes like Charlie Lim, Lewis Loh, and The Facade – but what you may not know is that they’ve all been past winners of the Noise Singapore Mentorship programme in various categories. This year, Noise Singapore is holding yet another showcase-cum-competition, where you’ll get to watch rising stars put forth some of their best performances and compositions.

There will also be a Christmas Market with shopping and food booths. Concert-goers will be glad to know that they’ll get access to stations for free face-painting and manicures.

Date: 16 Dec 2017
Time: 6PM – 10:30PM
Venue: Venue
Price: Free

8. Christmas Wonderland at Gardens by the Bay

 Christmas Wonderland at Gardens by the Bay

Image credit: @christmaswonderlandsg

Get more into the yuletide spirit at Garden by the Bay’s Winter Wonderland – where you’ll get to ice skate, try your hand at carnival games, and go on rides like a ferris wheel and bumper cars. There’ll also be hearty European dishes and mulled wine to warm your tummy with. Complete your night by attending a performance by Circus Abyssinia, an acrobatic troupe from Ethiopia that will wow you with their gravity defying stunts. 

Date: 1 – 26th Dec 2017
Time: 4PM – 11PM, Daily
Price: online purchase: $ 4 – $ 8 | at the door: $ 6 – $ 10
Click here for more information. 

9. Pets Jingle

 Pets Jingle

Image credit: Pets Jingle

If you’re a pet owner, bring your furbaby for Pets Jingle, the largest Christmas festival in Singapore for pets! The 2-day festival is hosting vendors selling pet goodies, some at discounted prices, and healthcare seminars for pet owners to learn about taking better care of their furry friends. 

Dog owners, doll up your pet in festive gear and sign them up for the Best Christmas-Themed Dressed-Up Canine Contest – there’ll be prizes to be won!

Sign up soon here – because the first 1000 RSVPs will walk away with limited edition goodie bags! 

Date: 9 – 10 Dec
Time: 11AM – 9PM
Venue: Singapore Turf Club
Price: Free

10. EOY J-Culture Festival

 EOY J-Culture Festival

Image credit: EOY J-Culture Festival 

One of the largest Japanese sub-culture festivals in Singapore, EOY J-Culture Festival at Marina Barrage offers an avenue for lovers of cosplay, anime, and J-pop to congregate. Other than dressing up as your favourite character, you can also look forward to performances by J-pop artists from both overseas and home, as well as booths selling illustrations and anime-related trinkets. 

Date: Sat – Sun | 9 – 10 Dec 2017
Time: 10AM – 7PM
Venue: Marina Barrage
Price: Free
Website

Things to do

1. Get 1-for-1 drinks at Sentosa’s Thirsty Thursdays

 Get 1-for-1 drinks at Sentosa’s Thirsty Thursdays

Image credit: @olabeachclub 

You don’t have to wait till Friday to drink when there are 1-for-1 drinks at all Sentosa Bars every Thursday this December! 

If you want to chat with friends over Tiger draught beers and house pours indoors, head to Hard Rock Hotel and RWS. For those who prefer clinking glasses by the beach, head to Bikini Bar, Ola Beach Club, and Wave House for a chill night. The newest AJ’s Bar also offers 1-for-1 pasta and sandwiches on top of their drink discounts.  

Note: Free GrabShuttle pickups are available at VivoCity, Mapletree Business City, Mapletree Business City II, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Harbourfront Tower One and Keppel Bay Tower. Click here for more info on bus routes. 

Date: 5 Oct – 28 Dec 2017, every Thurs
Time: 6PM – 10PM
Venue: Click here for all participating bars

2. Take in the magical Christmas lights at Orchard Road

 Take in the magical Christmas lights at Orchard Road

Walk of Wonder at Forum

We’ve all been looking forward to Orchard Road’s annual Christmas light up, and this year’s is no short of magical. One of the most eye-catching light installations you can look forward to is the Walk of Wonder at Forum – a “tunnel” illuminated by blue fairy lights.

This year, there will also be more buskers and carollers on the streets to heighten the festive vibes, as well as a pop-up Christmas Village with food stalls and carnival rides!

Read our article on Orchard Road’s Christmas Village here.

Date: Runs till NYE
Time: All day – lights come on at 6PM
Venue: Whole street of orchard road.
Website

3. Go for an art jamming cum open mic session

 Go for an art jamming cum open mic session

Image credit: Splash Academy

If you’ve always wanted to unleash your inner Picasso, head down for Splash Academy’s Art Jammingevent to create your own masterpiece. Brushes, paint, canvas and easels are all provided, so all you need to do is show up and get in touch with your artistic side. 

At the same time, there will also be an open mic jam session. Again, just show up and jam ‘cause with fellow music-lovers as mics, mixing board, cables, and even drinks are all provided! 

Date: 3 Dec 2017
Time: Art Jamming Session 1: 3PM – 5PM | Art Jamming Session 2: 5.30PM – 7.30PM
Venue: Kult Kafe, Emily Hill, 11 Upper Wilkie Road, Singapore 228120
Price: $ 30 for up to 2 people for Art Jamming – inclusive of paint and canvas
Website

4. Earn money while you exercise

  Earn money while you exercise

While it’s usually almost a chore taking me out out of our busy schedules to exercise, perhaps some cash incentives might bribe you to get on that running track.

Download some FREE exercise apps that let you clock dollars when you run or walk – you’ll be surprised by how much more motivated you’ll become!

Read our article here to find out more about the apps you can download to kickstart your fitness journey. 

5. Go for a FREE Karaoke session at the Esplanade

 Go for a FREE Karaoke session at the Esplanade

Image credit: Esplanade

Jio your KTV squad to Keep Calm and K-On, and sing along to over 60,000 songs on Esplanade’s Waterfront canopy stage. If you’ve always wondered what performing on stage is like, this is your chance to break out of your comfort zone and shine. 

Read our article on the overarching Voices at Esplanade event here.

Date: 8 Dec 2017 | 9 – 10 Dec 2017
Time: 6PM – 12AM | 5PM – 12AM
Venue: Esplanade Waterfront Canopy
Price: Free

6. Have an affordable Halal steak feast for under $ 25

 Have an affordable Halal steak feast for under $  25

A good slab of steak doesn’t come cheap, especially if it’s Halal. But if you’re a Muslim, or have Muslim friends, check out these 7 affordable Halal steaks you can enjoy for under $ 25. So go ahead and celebrate the end of the the academic or work year with these tasty, quality steaks that will meat your expectations.

7. Unwind at Level Up, Clarke Quay’s new arcade-bar

 Unwind at Level Up, Clarke Quay’s new arcade-bar

For fans of Stranger Things – this bar is a dream come true. Level Up at Clarke Quay looks just like the arcade scene in the Netflix series. Equipped with over 10 game machines – from Time Crisis and racing machines to the old-school Street Fighter, this bar is already a great hit amongst the young and young at heart. 

You can also try your hand at kiap-ping some stuffed toys from Craftholic from their claw machine. BFs, you know what to do to make your girl’s night. 

Read our firsthand review of Level Uphere.

Address: 3A River Valley Road, #02-04, Clarke Quay, Singapore 179020
Opening Hours: Mon – Thurs: 5PM – 2AM | Fri – Sat: 5PM – 3AM | Sun: 2PM – 11PM
Telephone: 62662276
Website

8. Go on a pub crawl and enjoy 4 shots for only $ 5

 Go on a pub crawl and enjoy 4 shots for only $  5

Image credit: @sgpubcrawl

Imagine spending just $ 5 (U.P. $ 35) for 4 shots from 4 different bars – that’s what you’ll get to do when you join this TGIF/Saturday Escapade with Singapore Pub Crawl. Need a stronger buzz? Top up $ 15 for 2 additional cocktails. On top of that, you’ll get VIP entry to some of the hottest clubs in the city area! This event will be great for your squad to let your hair down and meet new people. 

Date: Fri and Sat nights in Dec
Time: 7.30PM onwards
Meeting Point: Fat Pigeon statue, UOB Plaza
Website

9. Treat yourself to an affordable afternoon tea session

 Treat yourself to an affordable afternoon tea session

If you’ve always wanted to live the tai tai life, sipping tea all day and chatting with your girlfriends over little cake, that dream isn’t too far out of reach.

Afternoon tea is usually an expensive affair, but we’ve found of 11 affordable afternoon tea sets from only $ 13/pax that you can indulge in without splurging too much. One of these places even has a Science lab-themed tea set!

10. Admire stamps with designs of cartoons like Pokemon and Totoro

 Admire stamps with designs of cartoons like Pokemon and Totoro

Image credit: sgcafe

Cartoon lovers, heads up: the Singapore Philatelic Museum is holding an Anime X Stamps exhibition for the first time, showcasing limited edition collectible stamps and original production artwork for 80 different Japanese animation classics – from Pokemon and Doraemon to Naruto. 

Side activities include cosplay session, sushi-making demonstrations, and piano performances of classic animes like Totoro. There will also be toys and collectible figurines on sale.

Date: 16 Nov – 30 Apr 2018
Time: 10AM – 7PM, Daily
Venue: Singapore Philatelic Museum 23-B Coleman Street, Singapore 179807
Price: Free

Things to do in December 2017

It’s finally the end of the year, and we deserve to be rewarded for a year of hard work. Make sure you take some time off and enjoy the holiday season with family and friends, rejuvenating through activities you love. Don’t forget to share the love and spread festive cheer. Happy holidays! 

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TV App Gains Live Sports Section Ahead Of iOS 11.2 And tvOS 11.2 Release

By | November 30th, 2017

It has perhaps taken longer than it should have, but live sports are now part of the TV app in the latest beta releases of both iOS 11.2 and tvOS 11.2.

That means there is now live integration with both iOS and tvOS apps, as was initially announced months ago. Rumors of a launch in December have been circulating, and the new appearance in beta form does suggest those rumors are accurate.

The new Sports section is available as a tab option in Apple’s TV app, and once loaded a user can configure their favorite teams. Following that one-time requirement users will be given alerts for upcoming games, with live scores and remaining times also displayed. With support for teams across the MLB, NFL, NBA and NHL as well as others, there should be a little bit of something for everyone.

However, in its current beta form it would appear that the live news integration, shown off during Apple’s September media event, is not yet baked in.

The new Sports tab has also begun to appear for those on the latest beta builds of iOS and tvOS 11.2, with the final release expected to arrive some time in December.

While the addition of the Sports features that have been showcased by Apple will be high on the list of reasons to update for some, the addition of improved HDR and frame rate control to the Apple TV 4K are likely more important for the majority of users. The HDR situation in particular, with movie fans now able to set whether Apple TV should automatically switch between HDR and SDR modes depending on which type of content is being displayed as opposed to always-on HDR that is baked currently in Apple TV 4K.

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Restoran Hua Mui Hainanese Chicken Chop @ Johor Bahru 华美茶餐室 – Nice Chicken Chop

Restoran Hua Mui Hainanese chicken chop serves nice chicken chop, battered coating was thin, crispy and amazingly fragrant, Meat was juicy and tender, Thumb up!

Restoran Hua Mui Hainanese Chicken Chop @ Johor Bahru 华美茶餐室– Nice Chicken Chop

Hua Mui Coffee Shop is a two story shophouse located about 10 minutes’ walk from the JB City Square, the non-air conditioned environment can be a little squeezy during peak hours.

The menu has extensive items serving Chinese and Western halal food, however, it is their famous signature Hainanese fried chicken chop that luring us to this place.

Hua Mui Hainanese chicken chop is made from a whole chicken thigh, it was flattened and deep fried with a special coating, served with green peas, tomatoes, potatoes with light brown house special mushroom sauce.

The delicate battered coating was thin, crispy and amazingly fragrant, it was tantalizing to the taste buds and the internal was equally good with its juicy and tender meat. However, the accompanying sauce was light and nothing worth to short about.

Unfortunately we already had too much good food prior to the visit of Hua Mui and was regrettable not be able to experience other items on the menu.

Our verdict

Restoran Hua Mui Hainanese chicken chop lives up to be one of the best chicken chop in JB, anyway, it is just a short walking distance from the JB City Square and worth to pop by and give it a try.

Restoran Hua Mui 华美茶餐室

A: 131 Jalan Trus 80000 Johor Bahru

T: +607-2247364

H: Daily 7:30am to 7:30pm

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Here’s The Apple-Suggested Workaround For iOS 11 “I.T” Autocorrect Bug

By | November 29th, 2017

You may remember how we told you very recently about another autocorrect bug that appears to have befallen iOS, with users who type “it” finding that their text is automatically changed to “I.T” when they don’t want it to be.

That’s the kind of bug that can really drive you a little bit crazy, and now Apple has offered an official workaround to the issue. While not a full fix, this may be enough to tide users over until a full fix is implemented in a future version of iOS, either iOS 11.1.3 or iOS 11.2.

According to some users who have reported the issue to Apple, the iPhone maker is suggesting users reset their dictionary in an attempt to fix the issue short-term. To do this, navigate to Settings > General > Reset > Reset Keyboard Dictionary. Afterwards, Apple wants users to try a full restart of the affected iPhone, iPad or iPod touch device so that the reset takes full effect properly.

While some users have reported that this action restores normal service for them, not all are so lucky. Apple has yet to say when it will be able to get a full fix in place via an iOS update, but given past issues similar to this, we expect an update to come sooner rather than later. After all, clearing dictionaries on a device that is supposed to learn your most typed words is far from ideal, to say the very least.

If this workaround does not sound like your idea of fun, you can try another suggestion instead. As we mentioned yesterday, simply disabling auto-correction and/or predictive suggestions completely should do the trick as well.

Apple has only just fixed a similar issue that saw the letter “i” become impossible to type on iOS 11, with a fix implemented as part of the iOS 11.1.1 update that was pushed out to devices earlier this month.

(Via: Jim McCarthy [Twitter])

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8 Super Pops International Food Chains Near Singapore Worth Queuing For On Vacations Within Asia

Famous Western eateries in Asia

International Restaurant Chains in Asia

Image adapted from: @djqrius

While Singaporeans are certainly proud of their hawker heritage, we all can’t resist some good ol’ Western fare. Though popular joints like Shake Shake, Luke’s Lobster, and The Cheesecake Factory haven’t made their way to Singapore (yet), they’ve already landed in other neighbouring countries in Asia not too far from us.

The next time you’re on a short getaway to Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur or Tokyo, take the opportunity to try these iconic international restaurant chains and fast food joints.

1. Luke’s Lobster – Osaka and Tokyo

International Restaurant Chains in Asia

Image credit: @ds_h_jam

Maine-bred Luke’s Lobster has made its first international foray to Japan, where it’s since opened 6 outlets – in places including Osaka and Tokyo. So when you’re done eating your way through bowls of ramen, take a break to indulge in some Maine lobster rolls.

International Restaurant Chains in Asia

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Their classic lobster roll features a quarter pound of chilled lobster in a bun with lemon butter, mayo, and their special secret seasoning. You can also opt for crab and shrimp rolls – or get the Luke’s Trio which features a half portion of each.

P.S.: do try the wasabi-flavoured ones that are exclusive to Japan!

For a full list of Luke’s Lobster outlets in Japan, click here.

2. Taco Bell – Tokyo and Seoul

International Restaurant Chains in Asia

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Taco Bell’s 2008 closure of its Singaporean outlets was quite a blow for fans of tacos and nachos. Thankfully, its other Asian outlets remain open in popular tourist spots like Shibuya in Japan, and Seoul in South Korea.

The next time you’re on holiday and feel like crunching on a hot, affordable taco with cheesy nachos, pay a visit to any of these outlets to enjoy your favourite Mexican options. Fillings include crispy fish, Mexican chicken, or pinto beans with sauces like Cool Ranch and the devilishly spicy Hot Ghost Pepper.

For a full list of Taco Bell locations, click here.

3. The Cheesecake Factory Bakery – Bangkok

International Restaurant Chains in Asia

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When it comes to consistent, indulgent cheesecakes, you can’t go wrong with The Cheesecake Factory Bakery. The beloved American bakery and restaurant is opening its first Southeast Asian outlet in Bangkok’s Gourmet Market at Siam Paragon on 16 December 2017 – so be sure to add this to your itinerary for your next Bangkok adventure!

International Restaurant Chains in Asia

Image credit: @boriborikong

While you won’t get to try all 37 flavours offered at American outlets, the Bangkok one will bring in 13 classics including White Chocolate Raspberry, Dutch Apple, Tuxedo Mousse, and the much-loved Original cheesecake with Graham Cracker crust.

International Restaurant Chains in Asia

Image credit: @christine.1122

Address: 991/1 Rama 1 Road, Siam Paragon, Bangkok, Thailand
Opening hours: Daily 9AM-9.30PM
Telephone: +66 2 392 5485

4. Shake Shack – Tokyo and Seoul

International Restaurant Chains in Asia

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There’s no shortage of fantastic burger restaurants in Singapore, but there’s an undeniable draw to the American classics. The next time you’re on a trip to Tokyo, Japan or Seoul, Korea, you’ll have a chance to sink your teeth into a Shake Shack burger.

The Shack Burger is the quintessential American-style cheeseburger packed with an Angus beef patty, lettuce, tomato and shacksauce. There are also other options for gussying up your burger including extra patties, applewood smoked bacon, and mushrooms.

As its name would suggest, the restaurant is also famous for its milkshakes. You can order flavours like vanilla, chocolate, caramel, strawberry, peanut butter, and coffee – all of which can be had malted too.

For a full list of Shake Shack locations in Japan and South Korea, click here.

5. Cinnabon – Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok

International Restaurant Chains in Asia

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When you think of American dishes, it’s usually burgers, nuggets, fries, and hotdogs that come to mind. But on the sweeter side of the spectrum you’ll also find treats like cinnamon rolls – and no one does them better than Cinnabon.

Cinnabon’s Classic Cinnamon Roll with Makara cinnamon, a rich cream cheese frosting, and freshly baked dough is a great hit – and it’s not hard to see why as you peel apart its warm, fluffy layers. Also available are variations of the classic roll in stick and bite sized portions, as well as a selection of coffees and hot chocolates.

Lovers of all things sweet will be happy to know that Cinnabon has opened stores in places like Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur, and Bangkok.

For a full list of Cinnabon outlets in Asia, click here.

6. Burger and Lobster – Bangkok and Genting Highlands

International Restaurant Chains in Asia

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At Burger and Lobster, you won’t have to decide between surf or turf. This London restaurant, born in a small Irish pub, has expanded overseas and opened its doors in Central Bangkok and Genting Highlands in Malaysia.

As its rather direct name would suggest, Burger and Lobster prides itself on offering a selection of Nebraskan beef burgers, as well as lobster dishes – such as rolls and whole Maine-style lobsters served with clarified butter. For a truly indulgent feast, opt for the Beast Burger – A 10oz beef burger patty topped with lobster meat, brie, truffle & tarragon, mayo, fennel, and Chinese cabbage. 

Rather curiously, they also offer a Singapore Chilli Lobster Roll.

For a full list of Burger and Lobster locations in Bangkok and Genting Highlands, click here.

7. IHOP – Bangkok

International Restaurant Chains in Asia

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If you’re a pancake fanatic, you’ll know of the legendary, hangover-slaying breakfast spreads from the American pancake chain IHOP. Luckily for us, there’s a branch right in Bangkok’s Siam Paragon.

Tuck into favourites like the Big Steak Omelette, Breakfast Sampler, and the T-Bone Steak & Eggs. Of course, you can’t leave without trying their signature stacks of piping hot buttermilk pancakes drizzled with syrup and topped with a dollop of melting butter.

Address: 991/1 Rama 1 Road, Siam Paragon, Bangkok, Thailand
Opening hours: Daily 10AM-10PM
Telephone: +66 866 444 5144

8. A&W – Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok

International Restaurant Chains in Asia

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Rounding off this list is the one-and-only A&W – possibly the most nostalgia-inducing fast food restaurant among Singaporean 90s kids and the generations preceding them.

The restaurant is famous for its Root Beer Floats – served in those iconic mugs – as well as curly fries and the Coney Island Hot Dog.

While their closure in Singapore was met with widespread disappointment, fans of this fast food stalwart will be happy to know that A&W will be returning to Singapore to open a flagship store sometime in 2018 – we can’t wait!

For a full list of A&W locations in Malaysia and Thailand, click here and here.

Visit popular Western eateries in countries near Singapore during your next holiday

America might be the home of the world’s best fast food options, but thanks to globalisation, legendary food from some of the world’s most iconic restaurant brands has made its way a lot closer to home. So if you’re on a weekend trip Bangkok or Kuala Lumpur and feel like trying something other than local food, block out your itinerary and pay a visit to these famous restaurants.

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Here’s A Flashier Way To Invoke Reachability On iPhone X

By | November 28th, 2017

When Apple removed the Home button from the iPhone X, most of us rejoiced at the idea of an iPhone that finally broke from the norm and gave us something new.

That something was gesture controls that, admittedly, originated around the time of the Palm Pre, but let’s overlook that for a second.

While the removal of the Home button is a good thing, its loss did leave us with no way of invoking Reachability, the feature that brings the top corners of the screen down to allow those with smaller hands to more easily reach them. With no Home button to tap, how would we invoke Reachability?

As has now become clear, a pull down of the gesture bar at the bottom of the iPhone X display just makes sense, and it works well. Where a drag upwards closes apps or invokes the mutltitasking switcher, a drag downwards invokes Reachability. As well as it works, it’s not really all that fun. Thankfully, one Reddit user has shared a much more entertaining way of doing the same thing, and there’s a video to show it, too.

The gist is simple, really – as the user points out, simply drag upwards on the gesture bar as if closing the app and then as the animation is in full flight, flick the bar back down to the bottom of the screen. Not only are you launched right into Reachability, but the whole thing looks awesome thanks to the way the animations blend into each other. Check out the video and you’ll see just what we mean.

Many of us may not make much use of Reachability, but this gesture might just have us flicking that gesture bar around just for fun!

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Get Merry at Lime Restaurant with Festive Buffets and Takeaways!

Lime Restaurant at PARKROYAL on Pickering is rolling out a brand new festive menu for the upcoming holidays. Are you ready to for your palate to be dazzled?

For the month of December, the buffet spread at Lime will include holiday delights such as roasted turkey, salmon tartare and crayfish salad.

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Salmon tartare

To get you ready for a fantastic dinner, the restaurant has concocted an exclusive welcome drink, Jiggly Lime. Made with matcha powder, cultured milk, ginger, honey and lemon, this carbonated bright green drink is served with a slice of dehydrated lemon on top. Refreshing and unique, the drink tasted like honey soda water, with a slight hint of lemon.

The holidays are never complete without turkey. Lime Restaurant does its version of roast turkey with giblet gravy and cranberry sauce. The turkey’s apple stuffing gave the meat a nice fruity aroma.

We enjoyed the Scallop Gratinated with Lemon Pepper Hollandaise Sauce. The scallops were doused in the addictive sauce before they were torched. This is definitely the way to do scallops – we couldn’t keep our hands off them!

A little bubbly never hurt nobody. Make this holiday extra jolly with a bottle of Mumm Champagne, available at a promotional price of $ 88 (dine-in only).

Foie Gras
Scallops
Short ribs
Turkey
Duck Confit portrait

Come Christmas Eve and Christmas Day (24 and 25 December 2017), Lime Restaurant jazzes things up a notch with their lunch and dinner buffets. The repertoire will include the likes of Roasted Turkey Roulade with Chinois Sauce, Foie Gras Torchon with Brioche, Seared Foie Gras flambéed with Cognac, Magret Duck Leg Confit and many other joyful delights.

It’s a slew of celebrations this December. End the year with a bang as you feast on elaborately-crafted dishes on New Year’s Eve. Apart from favourites such as Grilled Beef Tenderloin, Thyme and Garlic Roasted Lamb Chops, and Peking Duck, the Whole Baked Salt Crusted Atlantic Salmon is another dish to look forward to. Watch the chef deconstruct and hammer his way through the crust to unveil the prized succulent salmon flesh. Take a serving, and pair it with the restaurant’s Homemade Garlic Aioli for maximum indulgence.

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Roast Pork

If you are throwing a party at home and are not quite the domestic goddess, don’t fret! Lime’s festive roasts and desserts are available for takeaway as well. That way, you can still impress your guests without attempting to burn the kitchen down.

Some Christmas must-haves for takeaway include Roasted Turkey ($ 118 and above), Honey Baked Ham ($ 98/2.5kg), Christmas Stollen ($ 28/600g) and Panettone ($ 35/750g). We will recommend the Celebration Set ($ 128) which is absolute value for money. The set consists of a 2kg Roasted Turkey, pre-carved and deboned so no stressing in the kitchen, 1.5kg Honey Baked Ham and a trio of sliced log cakes.

Dessert spread
Strawberry log
Chocolate log
Durian log
Pandan log
Finger desserts
Gingerbread House
Lime Log Cake 2

What is Christmas without log cakes? Lime Patisserie has created 4 unique flavours – Chocolate Yuzu, Pandan Coconut, Matcha Azuki and Durian Gula Melaka ($ 30/500G, $ 58/1kg). We fancy the Chocolate Yuzu and Matcha Azuki cakes the most. They are not overly sweet, and are great for the seniors to enjoy.

Sweet treats such as Gingerbread Cookies ($ 6/40g) and the Jolly Santa with Cane ($ 18/90g), also double up as edible decorative ornaments that will spice up your home this Christmas.

The early bird gets the best discounts. Order and pay for your festive goodies before 3 December 2017 to enjoy a 15% discount, or grab 10% savings on orders paid and confirmed between 3 to 13 December 2017.

With so much festivities going on at Lime , there’s simply no reason for you to not celebrate the most joyous occasion of the year here. Be it an extensive buffet spread, or takeaways for a party at home, Lime Restaurant has got you covered.

The prices of the festive buffet are as follows:
Festive Buffet Lunch and Dinner (From 1 to 30 December 2017):

Lunch (Mon to Sat): $ 60++ for adults, $ 40++ for children
Super Lunch Sunday: $ 80++ for adults, $ 50++ for children
Dinner: $ 80++ for adults, $ 50++ for children

Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve Buffet (24, 25 and 31 December 2017):

Lunch: $ 108++ for adults, $ 168++ with unlimited servings of house pour tipples, $ 64++ for children
Dinner: $ 128++ for adults, $ 168++ with unlimited servings of house pour tipples, $ 74++ for children

Address: PARKROYAL on Pickering 3 Upper Pickering Street, Singapore 058289

Phone: +65 6809 8899

Website: http://www.parkroyalhotels.com/lime

Opening Hours: Sunday to Thursday: 06.30am to 12mn, Fridays, Saturdays and Eve of Public Holidays: 6.30am to 2am

This post was brought to you by PARKROYAL on Pickering.

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An avid fan of the local food scene in Singapore, Justyn loves to recreate hearty hawker meals during his free time at home.

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20+ Cyber Monday Deals That Are Live Early: 50% Off 4K TV, $200 Off MacBook, 15% Off iTunes, $150 Off Galaxy S8, More

By | November 26th, 2017

Black Friday has come and gone. Early estimates suggest that this year’s Black Friday event has been the biggest single day of shopping since records began, and online retailers had been at the forefront of that experience for a lot of shoppers.

In fact, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has actually seen his personal worth top more than $ 100 billion due to the successes over the last few days. Black Friday may be gone, but that doesn’t mean the deals have, as these early Cyber Monday deals show.

We used to just have Black Friday. It was a single day of shopping which quickly escalated into week-long deals followed by additional Cyber Monday deals. Rather than having to wait until Monday for those deals to kick in, we have a list of Cyber Monday deals which are live right now for you to take advantage of. As always, all the deals listed, will be time sensitive and subject to stock levels. So if you fancy a product, make sure you act quickly before the offer expires or stock runs out. Check them out below and see if anything piques your interest.

More Cyber Monday deals will become available during the course of the weekend, and, of course during Monday, but right now you can take advantage of these early deals to save yourself some money and beat the Cyber Monday rush.

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11 Affordable Afternoon Tea Sets In Singapore From $13/Pax So You Can Be Fancy On A Budget

Cheap English afternoon tea places in Singapore 

Fresh Fruits Lab Science lab themed afternoon tea set

Tell a Singaporean you’re having kaya toast and kopi for an afternoon snack, and no one bats an eyelid. But say you’re going for tea, and you might raise some eyebrows. Though we grew up being taught to speak and write in Queen’s English, the very British custom of afternoon tea just never really caught on – partly ‘cause it’s thought of as super atas.

Despair not, wannabe tai tais – you don’t have to spend a bomb just to munch on tiny pastries with your pinky in the air. While there are some pretty extravagant tea sets out there, affordable ones at $ 30 and below exist as well, for indulgence on a budget.

1. Fresh Fruits Lab – $ 19 per person

Fruit and may Science have little in common, but at Fresh Fruits Lab, the two come together to create a whimsical concept that somehow works.

Fresh Fruits Lab

In line with the theme, the sweet items from their Hi-Tea Set ($ 38 for 2) are plated using lab apparatus – think Passionfruit Jelly in petri dishes, Cake Pops meticulously arranged to look like a molecular structure, and bowl of shortbread with fruit puree atop a bunsen burner stand.

Fresh Fruits Lab Science lab themed afternoon tea set

Fruit juice shooters served in a row of test tubes serve as a great palate cleanser in-between bites

And yes, true to their name, Fresh Fruits Lab incorporates fruity flavours into most of their dishes – even the savoury ones – making them lighter and more refreshing. Some of these include the tangy Grilled Watermelon with Yuzu Sauce and Shrimp Fruits Cocktail.

Fresh Fruits Lab Experiment special effects test tube drink

You could opt for Fruit Soda or Artisan Tea at no extra cost, but for a fully immersive experience, we suggest topping up $ 6 for the FFL Experiment in either Green Apple or Passionfruit. Prepare yourself a spectacle of a mini Science demonstration, where the staff will expertly make a bubble appear over your fizzy drink using a sweet golden-brown liquid!

Fresh Fruits Lab

Shelves here are painted with bright fruit motifs and lined with lab apparatus reminiscent of our school days

Fun fact: Fresh Fruits Lab is by the same creative folks who’ve brought us Platform 1094, Singapore’s first and only Harry Potter-themed cafe. Read our firsthand review of Platform 1094 here!

Fresh Fruits Lab
Address: 351 Changi Road, Lorong Marzuki, Singapore 419818
Opening hours: Tue-Fri: 11AM-10PM | Sat-Sun: 10AM-10PM (Closed on Mondays)
Afternoon tea timings: Tue-Fri: 3PM-5PM (excluding Public Holidays)
Telephone: 6677 6741

Website

2. D’good Cafe – $ 19 per person

d'Good Cafe afternoon tea

Don’t be too surprised if you find yourself itching to bust out a posh Brit accent here. Boasting a quintessentially British theme, the interior of d’Good Cafe’s Orchard outlet is styled like a London Tube station, while the seating area outside is inspired by an English garden. 10/10 for brill aesthetics.

d'Good Cafe English Garden theme swing seats

Outer seating area with flowers and swing chairs

On regular rotation are their 3-tier Fulfilment and Beatific tea sets ($ 38 for 2), where every single item is painstakingly crafted from scratch, in-house. Best tongue-pleasers here include the Torched Tiger Prawn with Caviar on Toast, Tofu Cheesecake, and Earl-Lavender Cream Puff.

Of course, no true English tea set is complete without buttery scones. Look forward to flavouring your plain, raisin, and cranberry scones with cream cheese, homemade strawberry jam, and a rich matcha spread made with matcha shipped from Japan.

d'Good Cafe tea

Try their Creme Brulee tea – it’s one of my favourites, and tastes just like the real thing!

To top it all off, they’ve got a whopping 100 different coffees and teas – all from their own brand. And because each flavour only has real ingredients – as opposed to artificial flavours and essential oils – you can be sure that any pick will pack full-bodied flavour.

d'Good Cafe London Underground Tube theme

Note: Afternoon tea sets are only available at d’Good Café’s Orchard outlet

d’Good Café
Address: 391 Orchard Road,  #B1-56, Takashimaya S.C., Ngee Ann City, Singapore 238872
Opening hours: Daily, 10AM-10PM
Afternoon tea timings: Daily, 2PM-5.30PM
Telephone: 6694 1411

Website

3. Eaglewings Loft – $ 22.50 per person

Ahoy there, ocean-lovers, here’s one restaurant you’ll like for shore: with a ship-shaped bar counter, anchor wall pieces, and beachy hues all over, nautical-themed Eaglewings Loft will make you feel like you’re dining at sea – minus any seasickness. The sea-riously chill ambience here is perfect for laid-back dates with your mate or hangouts with your crew.

Eaglewings Loft nautical themed cafe

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If you’ve got a sweet tooth, their Duo on Deck tea set ($ 45 for 2) will give you that sugar rush you crave; While their savouries like the Pesto Chicken Sandwich are decent, the bite-sized desserts like milky Bon Bons, Ispahan Shooters, and Tiramisu Chocolate Cups are the ones that truly shine.

Eaglewings Loft Duo on Deck afternoon tea set

Image credit: @caramellechaos

Just a heads up – if you’re a traditionalist when it comes to scones, be prepared for something different as theirs are more crisp and biscuity than the usual.

Eaglewings Loft nautical themed cafe

Image credit: @caramellechaos

When you’re done with pigging out, head to the nearby Bukit Timah Railway Station for pensive-looking shots along the tracks!

Eaglewings Loft
Address: 9 King Albert Park, #01-14/33/34/56/57 KAP Residences Mall, Singapore 598332
Opening hours: Mon: 5PM-1AM | Tue-Fri: 9AM-1AM | Sat-Sun: 8AM-1AM 
Afternoon tea timings: Daily, 2PM-5.30PM
Telephone: 6264 7787

Website

4. Arteastiq – $ 24 per person

From their plush sofa seats to glass teaware and elegant geometric ceiling lamps, everything about Arteastiq oozes luxe. Even their Signature Teasery tea set ($ 48 for 2) is served in a gold birdcage stand. Clearly, they don’t hold back on presentation, whether for food or ambience.

Arteastiq Signature Teasery afternoon tea

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The set includes 4 savouries and 4 sweets per person, along with your choice of Specialty Tea. Some of the items you can look forward to include Valrhona Chocolate Truffles, Panini Morsi with Foie Gras, and a unique Pineapple Upside-Down Cake. Hardcore fans of matcha will enjoy the slightly bitter aftertaste of their Matcha Cheesecake.

Arteastiq Plaza Singapura sofa

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A personal favourite from their tea selection is the refreshing Pear Tea, served with a fresh pear chunk and dried orange slice. All of Arteastiq’s teas come paired with biscuits, such as chocolate biscotti or lemon butter cookies.

Arteastiq Plaza Singapura

Arteastiq’s Plaza Singapura outlet
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If you’re up for getting arty farty, they also hold art jamming sessions at $ 48 which come with a free drink. Plan your visit according to their art jamming promotions to save yourself some bucks!

Arteastiq Mandarin Gallery
Address: 333A Orchard Road, #04-14/15 Mandarin Gallery, Singapore 238867
Opening hours: Mon-Fri: 11AM-10PM | Sat-Sun: 10AM-10PM
Telephone: 6235 8370

Arteastiq Plaza Singapura
Address: 68 Orchard Rd, #03-70/72 Plaza Singapura, Singapore 238839
Opening hours: Daily, 11AM-10PM
Telephone: 6336 0951

Afternoon tea timings: Mon-Fri: 1.30PM-5.30PM | Sat-Sun: 2.30PM-5.30PM

Website

5. L’éclair by Sarah Michelle – from $ 25 per person

I was never a fan of eclairs, as I’ve always found them too light and insubstantial for my liking. But the artisan eclairs at L’éclair by Sarah Michelle are a far cry from the usual ones filled with plain ol’ whipped cream – each one is satisfyingly dense and stuffed to the brim with flavoured cream.

L'éclair by Sarah Michelle High Tea Degustation

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Regular eclairs are priced at $ 7.50to $ 8.50, but if you’d like to sample a few flavours at once, go for their High Tea Degustation ($ 50 nett on weekdays, $ 60 nett on weekends and PHs) for 2 which includes 5 pre-selected mini eclairs.

L'éclair by Sarah Michelle

Image credit: L’éclair by Sarah Michelle

The Dark Chocolate eclair will excite any chocoholic, with its thick cocoa glaze and rich 66% Mexique dark chocolate cream – and it’s sprinkled with edible gold dust! Those who love fruity-floral flavours will delight in the rose petal-topped Ispahan with light rose cream, lychees, and fresh raspberries. 

L'éclair by Sarah Michelle

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Completing the set are 6 savouries – including a Truffle Egg Mayo Choux Puff and Smoke Salmon & Dill Mousse Tartlet – and one beverage per person.

Note: Reservations for High Tea Degustation sets must be made at least 1 day in advance.

L’éclair by Sarah Michelle
Address: 190 Clemenceau Avenue, #01-28 Singapore Shopping Centre, Singapore 239924
Opening hours: Tues-Fri: 11AM-8PM | Sat: 11AM-9PM | Sun and Public Holidays: 11AM-6PM | Closed on Mondays
Afternoon tea timings: Tues-Sat: 11AM, 12PM, 2PM, 4PM, 4.30PM
Telephone: 6635 7909

Website

6. Monti – $ 30 per person

If you’ve taken a stroll along Fullerton, you’d definitely have seen the futuristic dome-shaped structure that is Monti. Here, you’ll be dining on the water’s edge – and thanks to giant floor-to-ceiling windows, you’ll get to gaze at an unobstructed view of the bay and iconic MBS as you dine.

Monti afternoon tea

When it comes to afternoon tea here, it pays to pair up – while the price for one is $ 35, 2 get to enjoy a slightly discounted rate of $ 60 combined ($ 30 each). Some of the tasty morsels you can find here are the Salmon Tartare on Waffle Biscuit and Mini Pancakes – along with free flow Arabica coffee and Newby tea.

Monti Singapore

Portions for this tea set are relatively small – especially given the price – so you’d want to have a decent lunch before heading down. Nevertheless, lounging at this swanky spot is an experience in itself, so think of the costs inclusive of your “entry fees”.

Monti Singapore

Take all the time you need to savour your food, because you’d want to be here as evening falls. Head up the steps outside to the top of the dome to take in the sunset!

Monti Singapore Fullerton

Monti
Address: 82 Collyer Quay, Singapore 049213
Opening hours: Daily, 12PM-1AM
Afternoon tea timings: Sat and Sun: 3PM-6PM
Telephone: 6535 0724

Website

7. Wildseed Cafe – $ 20 per person

Wildseed Cafe Seletar Aerospace Park

Tucked in a refurbished colonial house at Seletar Aerospace Park, Wildseed Cafe is one ulu little joint. But for its rustic country-style setting and quiet ambience, the travel here will be well worth it. And since the cafe shares its space with Poppy Flora Studio, you’ll be dining amongst the prettiest blooms!

Wildseed Cafe Seletar Aerospace Park afternoon tea set

At $ 40 for 2, their Afternoon Tea Set comes with 4 mini cakes, buttery madeleines, caprese and chicken pinche sandwiches, and a choice of either coconut or milk soft serve – something you don’t normally find in tea sets. Wash down the sweetness with pot of Newby Tea, or a cuppa joe by Nomad The Gallant Coffee Roaster.

Wildseed Cafe Seletar Aerospace Park gazebo

When you’re done with the noms, head on out to the garden area for a little stroll amongst nature. A gazebo with curlicue patterns adds an enchanting quality to the entire setting!

Wildseed Cafe
Address: 3 Park Lane, Singapore 798387
Opening hours: Daily, 9AM-5PM
Afternoon tea timings: Daily, 2PM-5PM  
Telephone: 6262 1063

Website

8. Brunches Cafe – $ 16 per person

Brunches Cafe vintage theme

Image credit: @jovyng

Decked out in old wooden furniture, metal gate grilles, and whimsical birdhouse lamps, vintage-themed Brunches Cafe brings a blast from the past. Old souls will feel right at home here!

Brunches Cafe Hi-Tea afternoon tea set

Image credit: Brunches Cafe

Apart from wallet-friendly mains and all-day breakfast all below $ 20, they also serve an affordable Brunches Hi-Tea set ($ 32 for 2) with sliders, mini tarts, and assorted cakes. Take your pick from 6 flavours of tea – including “Cleanse and Clarity” with rosella and apple flowers, and the berry-infused “Beauty” tea.

Brunches Cafe vintage car

Image credit: Brunches Cafe

In a kitschy touch, they’ve converted a vintage car into a functional seat booth. It’s a highly coveted spot, so make an advance reservation in order to park yourself there for your meal. Need condiments to spice up your food? You’ll find them laid out in the engine compartment.

Note: the Brunches Hi-Tea is limited to 10 sets per day, so ring them up to reserve yours before heading down.

Brunches Cafe
Address: 96 Rangoon Road, Singapore 218381
Opening hours: Mon and Wed-Fri: 10.30AM-9PM | Sat and Sun: 9.30AM-9PM (Closed on Tuesdays)
Afternoon tea timings: Daily, by reservation
Telephone: 8685 8488

Website

9. Museo – $ 29.50 per person

Museo An Afternoon In Mezzanine tea set

Image credit: @quenmantha

Adventurous foodies will love tucking into An Afternoon In Mezzanine ($ 59 for 2) by Museo, with savoury bites cutely served in little bubble-shaped cups. You’ll get to pick a set of 4 cups, with quirky dishes like Deep Fried Camembert Cheese with Cranberry Sauce, Crispy Frog Legs, and Chicken Liver Bacon Rolls.

Museo Quayside Isle Sentosa Singapore

Image credit: Museo

If their teas look familiar, they’re actually the same ones at Arteastiq – which happens to be Museo’s sister restaurant. Those who prefer a thicker beverage can opt for coffee or cioccolata.

Museo Quayside Isle colouring paper art

Image credit: Museo

Just like Arteastiq, Museo is big on art. Even if you’re not here for an art jamming sesh, you can still get your Van Gogh mode on by colouring their dish mats with provided markers!

Museo
Address: 31 Ocean Way, #01-22, Sentosa Cove, Singapore 098375
Opening hours: Mon-Thu: 3PM-10PM | Fri: 3PM-11PM | Sat: 11AM-11PM | Sun: 11AM-10PM
Afternoon tea timings: Daily, 2PM-5PM
Telephone: 6734 8066

Website

10. Kotobuki Coffee – $ 13 per person

Kotobuki Coffee’s Happy Sensation Dessert set ($ 26 for 2) is perfect for when you’re feeling the munchies, but don’t have the appetite for a super heavy indulgence. Or, go ahead and finish the entire set yourself if you simply wish to enjoy 2 of everything – we’re not judging.

Kotobuki Coffee Happy Sensation Dessert afternoon tea set

Image credit: Kotobuki Coffee

Other than yuzu jelly with strawberries, coffee jelly, and green tea financiers, each tea set features 2 types of mini ice cheese tarts. Unlike the usual baked cheese tarts that pop out warm from the oven, ice cheese tarts are – as their name suggests – served cold. This makes them more densely packed, with more bite.

Kotobuki Coffee traditional wooden decor

Kotobuki Coffee’s traditional woody interior complete with lanterns will make you feel like you’re dining in a real Japanese teahouse from the olden days!
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The next time you’re in town, skip the long queues for those hyped up cheese pastries, and try these ones instead!

Kotobuki Coffee drip coffee

Image credit: Kotobuki Coffee

Kotobuki Coffee also brews their signature cold drip coffee in a set of special drippers that resemble apothecary equipment.

Kotobuki Coffee
Address: 435 Orchard Road, #01-18C Wisma Atria, Singapore 238877
Opening hours: Daily, 11.30AM-10.30PM
Telephone: 6734 7767

Website

11. Lime Patisserie at Parkroyal On Pickering – from $ 21 per person

Lime Patisserie at Parkroyal On Pickering Tiers of Joy afternoon tea

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Teatime is always a joyous occasion, but there’s added cause for rejoicing when you get to nibble on an elegant hotel tea set at low prices.

At $ 42 for 2 (1 serving of coffee and TWG tea) or $ 48 for 2 (unlimited coffee and TWG tea), the Tiers of Joy set at Parkroyal on Pickering’s Lime Patisserie is a steal – with a satisfying mix of sweet and savoury tidbits like the Passionfruit Meringue Tart and Ayam Percik Shepherd’s Pie. 

Parkroyal On Pickering

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If you haven’t already guessed from the mass of greenery draping from its facade, Parkroyal on Pickering is big on eco-sustainability. So it’s not surprising that you’ll be close to nature at the restaurant too – even while in air-conditioned comfort.

Parkroyal On Pickering

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Tall glass windows will give you good eyeshot of the green oasis surrounding the eatery – making your dining experience truly zen.

Lime Restaurant at Parkroyal on Pickering 
Address: 3 Upper Pickering Street, Singapore 058289
Opening hours: Daily, 11AM-10PM
Afternoon tea timings: Daily, 3PM-6PM
Telephone: 6809 8899

Website

Cheap high tea sets in Singapore below $ 30

Regular goers of afternoon tea sessions will know that teatime isn’t just about munching on bite-sized treats per se. It’s also very much about the excitement of dressing up in your prettiest outfits, and feeling like a princess as you nibble on an exquisite tray of goodies. Well, that, and the mandatory camwhoring too.

But just like heading to a bar, prawning, or playing pool, going for tea is ultimately all about chilling in the company of your friends – with an added element of self-pampering. For those who haven’t had the pleasure of experiencing an English afternoon tea sesh before, do try one of these inexpensive sets – you’ll get to feel like a true tai tai, even if just for a few hours.

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Shorter iPhone X Delivery Times Made Possible By Production Improvements, Not Weak Demand, Says KGI

By | November 26th, 2017

A quick glance around the biggest consumers of Apple products across North America and Europe would suggest that iPhone X delivery estimates have improved to 1-2 weeks throughout a whole host of countries.

While some may choose to spin that as a sign that demand is waning, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo instead believes that the shorter wait times are indicative of Apple’s efforts to improve the supply chain, getting iPhone X handsets into the hands of customers more quickly than previously anticipated.

According to Kuo, Apple and its suppliers have been able to ramp up production levels to new heights for the iPhone X. That has seen Foxconn increase its production to around 450,000-550,000 units per day compared to just 50,000-150,000 in the days leading up to the big iPhone X launch a couple of weeks ago.

(1) Hon Hai’s daily shipments of iPhone X have climbed to 450-550k units, up from 50-150k units 1-2 months ago; (2) shipments of Career’s LCP LTE antenna will likely grow 100% MoM in both November and December; and (3) production yield of Dot projection module, made by LG Innotek (KR) and Sharp (JP), has moved quickly above 80-90% or higher from below 60% 1-2 months ago.

Kuo reports that the increase in production has been possible following suppliers’ ability to get to grips with part manufacture that was previously proving troublesome. As a result, Kuo also now believes that shipments of the iPhone X could be between 10% and 20% more than was previously predicted for the fourth calendar quarter.

Apple’s own financial guidance for the quarter has it expecting record numbers, and being able to get iPhone X handsets into the hands of buyers as quickly as possible will certainly do nothing to harm the possibility of that coming to fruition.

(Via: MacRumors)

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