13 Homegrown Brands That Will Make All Singaporeans Proud Of Our Little Red Dot

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We all know that Singapore is undisputedly one of the safest and cleanest countries in the world—home to the best airport in the world as well as cheap yet amazing hawker food, our Little Red Dot is indeed a country that easily piques one’s interest.

Yes, many of us agree that the temperatures here can drop by 10 degrees or so, but there are so many reasons to love Singapore that we endure our all-year-long summer. Besides being famous for the banning of chewing gum and our seemingly animated colloquial slang, Singlish, there are plenty of reasons for us to be oh-so-proud Singaporeans.

Here are 13 Homegrown Brands That Will Make All Singaporeans Proud of Our Little Red Dot—we bet you didn’t know that half of these are homegrown brands! #majulahsingapura

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Urban Artisan – Soft Serve Cafe In Johor Bahru That Rivals Sydney’s Famous AquaS

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Situated just a 25-minute drive away from Woodlands Checkpoint in the area of Taman Mount Austin, Urban Artisan Cafe is a dessert cafe that serves aesthetically-pleasing, colourful soft serves that will be a feast for both your stomach and your eyes.

If you’ve been dying to try AquaS, a popular dessert parlour originating from Sydney, but have never gotten the chance to, this cafe is a pretty darn good (and reasonably cheap) alternative to try. Boasting multiple outlets across Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Johor Bahru itself, Urban Artisan Cafe is best known for its gorgeous soft serve that tastes as good as it looks.

Here’s what you can expect in this gorgeous dessert cafe in Johor Bahru!

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JUJU – 100% Guilt-Free, Plant-Based Acai Bowls In Singapore Botanic Gardens For The Hipsters

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Acai is one of those superfoods that, besides being delicious and “Instagrammable”, is widely lauded by for its multiple health benefits. Jam-packed with antioxidants, fibre, vitamins and minerals with supposedly anti-cancer and brain-boosting effects, acai bowls are hugely popular among both the hipster and fitness community.

Nestled amidst the lush greenery of Singapore Botanic Gardens, JUJU is a takeaway kiosk that serves a myriad of healthy, wholesome food on-the-go. Their acai bowls, in particular, stand out for being 100% plant-based without the use of any refined sugars and whatnot.

Whether you’re looking for a guilt-free dessert after sweating it out at Singapore Botanic Gardens the entire morning or just a rejuvenating, ice-cold dessert to enjoy as you explore the park, JUJU—located over at the Visitor Services Kiosk—will surely have you well sorted.

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Salt Grill & Sky Bar – Romantic Restaurant To Take Bae If You’re Looking To Impress

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Unless you’re armed with a fail-proof list of romantic restaurants to take your other half on special occasions, a date night out in celebration of a milestone would, more often than not, have you racking your brains on where to go for a meal.

Singapore is a city that surely doesn’t fall short of romantic restaurants and if you are looking to add another restaurant to your list of where to take bae, Salt Grill & Sky Bar would be it.

Located on the 55th storey of ION Orchard, Salt Grill & Sky Bar offers diners an unobstructed bird eye’s view of the city and an elegant dining atmosphere, making it an ideal restaurant no matter if you’re looking for a sensuous spot to impress your first date or a charming restaurant to spoil bae.

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Taman Mount Austin – A Food, Massage & KTV Heaven In JB That Locals Don’t Want You To Know About

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Be it for a short 3-day staycation or a day trip, Johor Bahru has (and will always be) one of Singaporean’s top destinations to go for retail therapy, café-hopping and a short but relaxing respite.

Situated just a 15 to 20-minute drive away from Woodlands Checkpoint, Taman Mount Austin is the hidden gem of Johor Bahru. With over 70 cafes and eateries, massage parlours and KTV joints galore, to say that you’d be spoilt for choice is an understatement. 

From Insta-worthy soft serve ice cream to lip-smacking KL-style Hokkien mee and ombre beverages, there is surely something to delight even the fussiest foodie in Taman Mount Austin!

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Jewel Changi Airport – Shake Shack, Burger & Lobster, A&W & More Dining Concepts

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Consecutively awarded the ‘World’s Best Airport’ for its sixth year in 2018—the first time in the history of the awards—, Changi Airport dubs itself as ‘an airport worthy of being a destination in itself’ for good reason. 

Jewel Changi Airport will be Singapore Changi Airport’s newest addition and unmistakably one of the most highly-anticipated openings in our city. Opening on 17 April 2019, this complex will house some of the world’s biggest f&b brands such as popular American burger franchise Shake Shack, A&W and London’s famous Burger & Lobster.

Before the official opening, a public preview will be held from 11 to 16 April 2019 for everyone to have a sneak peek. A total of about 500,000 free tickets will be available and it will run in four three-hour time blocks from 10am to 10pm daily.

The 14,000 sq m Canopy Park—located on the top floor of Jewel Changi Airport—is not available and it will be open to the public only in the middle of the year.

Here’s what you can expect to find in Jewel Changi Airport!

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6 Unconventional Snacks To Get This CNY — Crocodile Meat & Coffee Bak Kwa?!

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Chinese New Year is the best time of the year to pig out, and being the year of the pig, we have all the more reason to do so. Snacking is a huge part of the celebrations and often we find ourselves emptying entire boxes of pineapple tarts, bak kwa, love letters and cookies faster than our arteries can handle.

Sure, these classic favourites hold a special place in our hearts but perhaps it is time to step away from tradition and go for something a little more unconventional this upcoming Chinese New Year.

We explored the streets of Chinatown and found a couple of oddities—some are creative, while some are just plain exotic. Feeling ballsy? Here are 6 unconventional snacks to get this CNY.

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24 Chinese Restaurants in Singapore That Are Open During Lunar New Year 2019

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The time of the year has come again for family and friends to gather for reunion dinners. Most of us will be busy going around house visiting and catching up with relatives, and it comes naturally that many Chinese restaurants will shut their doors on these days as we spend our time celebrating this holiday.

If you are worried about cooking up an impressive feast for your guests and all the hassle involved, fret not for there are actually quite a handful of Chinese restaurants in Singapore that are still open during this period!

Here we have sussed out 24 Chinese Restaurants That Are Open During Lunar New Year 2019 where you can feast on traditional Chinese delicacies, lavish buffet spreads and more!

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