Did you know that Haw Par Villa’s name derives from the Burmese-Chinese Aw brothers’ personal names?
Boon Haw means “gentle tiger”, while Boon Par means “gentle leopard”. The Aw brothers were behind the renowned household brand Tiger Balm, and Boon Haw had created Haw Par Villa as a gift to Boon Par in 1937.
Haw Par Villa holds a piece of Singapore’s treasured past with a thousand statues and dioramas telling the tales of Chinese folklore, mythology, legends and history. It is hard to imagine that the theme park was a major local attraction during its peak in the 1970s and 1980s; particularly when Jewel Changi Airport just opened earlier this year.
Both of the attractions were created to draw in the masses. However, the stark contrast in the values of the different generations between the traditional cultural heritage site and Singapore’s latest dazzling crown jewel could not be more obvious.
Hong Kong is a vibrant city that prides itself in the abundance of things to eat, see and do. One of the best parts about Hong Kong is their proximity to nature and beauty through the islands that surround them.
While we have often heard about Lantau Island, a sleepy little island known as Cheung Chau has since emerged as a tourist hotspot after being thrust into the limelight in the 2015 historical sci-fi TVB drama, Captain of Destiny.
The number of rice bowl shops opening up in Singapore in the last couple of months is significantly growing and among all the rice bowls out there, beef bowls are getting a lot of attention.
Beef bowl–also known as Gyudon–is a Japanese dish with thinly sliced beef on a bowl of rice, with a drizzle of light soy sauce on top. Beef bowls are really filling and appetising, and here is a list of the top 12 beef bowls that we love.
As the season turns cooler and we prepare our precious annual leaves for the next year, many of us make it a point to visit Japan for the ever-elusive sakura blooming season.
While to us, the seas of pink is a breathtaking sight, there’s much more to the tradition of appreciating spring for the locals. Ohanami (or cherry blossom flower viewing) is one of them.
Though it seems straightforward enough to just have a picnic under the trees, there is a whole list of do’s and don’ts that you might not know about.
You’re turning twenty-one and you don’t want to #fomo when it looks like the whole world has had something cool to post about for their birthday on their Instagram. There’s the classic group shot behind the dessert table with numbered balloons in the background that you so badly want — even if you said otherwise.
Sometimes, it feels like your IG feed gets blown up for a whole weekend and each photo is followed with a long insta caption of well wishes. We’ve been there. It’s your big day coming and even though you want to be chill about it, it wouldn’t hurt if your party was dope and everyone talks about it for a few days.
We’ve gathered 12 Instagram-worthy cafés and restaurants that will give you a good range of themes for inspo.
Ice cream is probably one of Singaporeans’ favourite desserts for the cooling contrast it presents in comparison to our constant scorching heat.
Soft serves are no different. With its velvety smooth creaminess and a plethora of vividly-coloured fun flavours, they are always a satisfying and welcome treat after spending an entire day out under the sun’s blazing rays of light.
From dreamy blue sea salt soft serve to chendol soft serve and even crème brûlée soft serve, here are 9 Best Soft Serve Ice Creams in Singapore.
There are so many great cafes in the East, especially in Katong and Joo Chiat.
The Eastern part of Singapore has all along been well known for housing some of the best-hidden food gems and it is little wonder why it is always so packed during the weekends.
More often than not, this area gets instantly recognized for its deep Peranakan roots, but if you were to spend a day exploring the quaint neighbourhood, you’ll start to realize that there is more to Katong and Joo Chiat than its history. In fact, walk down any street within the area and you’ll start to see the growth of a budding cafe culture.
To help you explore Katong and Joo Chiat better the next time you’re in the area, here are 11 cafes to visit for that needed caffeine fix.
Having the opportunity to study abroad is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for most. It gives you a reason to explore the world and many take the opportunity to travel as much as they can because it’s not every day you get to live in another country for an extended period of time.
However as students, we really have to watch our spending. Travelling on a budget doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy ourselves, though! Here are 8 budget travel tips for you and once you’ve mastered these tips, you too can be a globetrotter. READ ON