New resort coming to Mandai in 2023

Come 2023, Banyan Tree will be welcoming its first resort in Mandai, Singapore.

This 4.6-ha sanctuary will offer guests guided nature walks and hands-on activities. With the Singapore Zoo, Night Safari, River Safari, the Rain-forest Park and the Park bird a stone throw away, overnight guests will be able to participate in behind-the-scene activities with the keepers as they learn about the animals.

The eco-resort, which will be elevated so as to not disrupt the native wildlife, will hold 338 rooms. Among the rooms are tree-houses nestled in the heart of the forest. The tree-houses would also be fitted with fine nets cast over the openings.

Photos from Mandai Park Holdings

Sentosa to host brand new Pokemon Carnival featuring 5-meters tall Pikachu this June holidays

Artiste impression of Pokemon Carnival

After the successful Pokemon Go Safari event held at Singapore in April, Sentosa is hosting another Pokemon Carnival event this coming June holidays from 15 – 30 June 2019 featuring a 5-meters tall Pikachu!

This will also mark the first-ever appearance of all 403 Alola region Pokemon in one place!

Some of the highlights of the carnival includes Pokemon themed inflatables, special Pokemon Adventure, where participants stand to win attractive prizes like Pokemon plushies. (While stocks last)

Participants can also capture picture-perfect moments with all 403 Alola Pokemon cut-outs around Sentosa cove and there will also be a variety of games such as catching of Pokemon, hitting Pokeballs, mix and match Pokemon characters and hardcore trainers can also challenge themselves to identify the different Pokemon elements.

Fans posing with Pikachu. Picture taken from Pokemon Go Safari Sentosa

Pikachu will also be making a special appearance during the meet-and-greet sessions and Pikachu parade.

Meet-and-greet: 15, 17, 19, 21, 23, 25, 27, 29 June 2019 (1900hr, 2015hr)
Pikachu Parade: 16, 18, 20, 22, 24, 26, 28, 30 June 2019 (2015hr – 2030hr)
Venue: Sentosa Cove Village concourse

Come night fall, enjoy a laidback evening at Sentosa with Movies by the Bay for all ages.

Pokemon Carnival 2019

When: 15 – 30 June 2019 (1700hr – 2100hr)
Where: Sentosa Cove Village
Cost: Free

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These 5 restaurants in Singapore serves rice dumplings that are so worth the calories

As the Dragon Boast Festival (7 June) is around the corner, it is customary for the Chinese to dig into some glutinous rice dumplings. Here, we share with the newest and most unique dumplings you can find it Singapore.

5.  Crystal Jade

The Chinese restaurant has released 4 mouth-watering Cantonese rice dumplings this year. We recommend the traditional Hong Kong-style Premium Ham with Conpoy because it’s filled with intense savoury flavours of the Jinhua ham, top quality conpoy from Hokkaido, roast pork and roast duck.

Classic Five Spice Marinated Pork Rice Dumpling: S$8.35
Traditional Hong Kong-style Premium Ham with Conpoy: S$17.80
Black Bean Roast Pork Belly: S$8.80
Mushroom & Chestnut with Black Glutinous Rice: $6.80 each

4. Mitzo

Executive Chef Nicky Ng has created three exquisite handmade glutinous rice dumplings this Dragon Boat Festival. The decadent Abalone Rice Dumpling (S$28+) is made using premium abalone, dried scallop, duck meat, kurobuta pork belly, lotus seed and green bean, wrapped in glutinous rice.

Instead of the usual Kurobuta Pork Belly and Glutinous Rice, their Nyonya dumpling has an added crunch – Sliced Winter Melon!

Rice Dumpling with abalone: S$28
Kurobuta Pork Nyonya Dumpling: S$15
Sweet Rice Dumpling with Rose Lotus Paste: S$8

Available until June 9.

3. Din Tai Fung

The internationally acclaimed Taiwanese restaurant has two Rice Dumpling flavor namely the Red Bean Rice Dumpling and Rice Dumpling with Flavoured Pork.

These Taiwanese Rice Dumplings are specially air-flown from Taiwan.

The unique pillow-shaped Red Bean Rice Dumpling is filled with finely-mashed red bean cocooned in soft, chewy glutinous rice. The Rice Dumpling with Flavoured Pork is marinated by hand with 15 types of spices and condiment. Each piece of succulent premium pork belly is also sliced with precision.

We also recommend downing these dumplings with a cup of premium aged Puer tea.

Red Bean Rice Dumpling: S$5.50 each
Rice Dumpling with Flavoured Pork: S$6.50 each
Premium Aged Puer Tea: S$12.80/ box (8 individually wrapped tea bags)

2. Joo Chiat Kim Choo

With a heritage spanning more than two decades, Joo Chiat Kim Choo knows the tastes of Singaporeans. This year, in partnership with the 7-Eleven chain of convenience stores, the brand is offering two non-pork flavours: Nonya chicken and salted chicken rice dumplings.

Salted Dumpling: S$4
Nonya Dumpling: S$4
Salted Dumpling with Egg Yolk: S$5
Cantonese Bean Dumpling: S$5
Kee Zhang: S$2
Kee Zhang with red bean: S$2.50

1. Shang Social

The new kid in the block with it’s flagship restaurant opening at Jewel Changi Airport last month has something to offer this Dragon Boat Festival too. It’s luxurious rice dumplings are handcrafted by Shangri-La’s highly acclaimed culinary maestro, Chef Mok Kit Keung.

This year, Shang Social is offering 4 new creations made using premium ingredients. These dumplings tap onto a variety of Chinese ingredients and various inspirations from around the world.

Eight Treasures Dumpling with Mixed Grains and Organic Quinoa wrapped in Bamboo Tube: S$20.80 (500g)
Shang Palace Signature Barbecued Pork Dumpling with Yunnan Ham and Dried Scallops: S$23.80 (700g)
Sweetened Lotus Seed Paste Dumpling: S$12.80 (450g)
Sweetened Red Bean Paste Dumpling with 20-years Tangerine Peel: S$12.80 (450g)

Available till 7 June 2019.

 

Pictures: Restaurant’s websites and press releases.

Here are the highlights of Gardens by the Bay upcoming Toy Story 4 Carnival

In conjunction with the world wide premiere of movie Toy Story 4, Gardens By the Bay (GBTB) is organizing a Toy Story themed carnival this June holidays from 15 – 30  Jun 2019. Admission is free of charge!

This carnival is presented by GBTB and is a collaboration between the Singapore Tourism Board and The Walt Disney Company Southeast Asia (Disney). It will see Toy Story themed rides and activities.

Some of the Attraction Highlights…
1. The Marble Run

Artiste impression of the marble run at GBTB

This is the first ever Disney Pixar’s Toy Story 4 themed marble run track in Singapore. It happens twice every hour! Visitors can gaze up to two of the Supertrees and follow the 1.5-metre-wide marble as it weaves around the towering structures and travels along the track that spans approximately 150 metres.

2. Star Adventurer Ride

Artiste impression of star adventure ride

Visitors can race in self-driving cars in order to recharge Buzz Lightyear!

3. Bo Peep’s Adventure

Artiste impression of Bo Peep’s adventure

Children gets to test their speed, agility and endurance at this obstacle course!

4. Carnival Game Booths

Artiste impression of Toy Story themed booths

Visitors gets to have their hands on toy story themed game booths featuring Woody and Jessie.

5. Special meet-and-greet sessions

Visitors gets to also meet Toy Story characters – Buzz Lightyear and Sheriff Woody on 15 and 16 June!

Meet and greet timings: 1030hr, 1600hr, 1700hr, 1800hr, 1900hr

6. Special Light & Music Show

End the day  on a magical note with a special Disney Pixar’s Toy Story 4 inspired-edition of the Garden Rhapsody, a signature light and music show by Gardens by the Bay!

Toy Story 4 Carnival Details

When: 15 – 30 June 2019 (1000hr – 2100hr)
Where: Gardens By The Bay Supertree Grove (18 Marina Gardens Drive)
Cost: Free admission

JJ Lin returns to Singapore on 21 December with brand new Sanctuary 2.0 Concert

It has been less than a year since his four sold-out shows at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. Home-grown Mandopop star, JJ Lin is set to return to Singapore on 21 December 2019 for the brand new Sanctuary 2.0 Concert.

He will also be performing at Kuala Lumpur on the  7 December 2019.

Ticketing Information

Stay tune to Mustvisit.sg for latest information about ticketing information!

Singapore residents enjoy 50% discount for Night Safari admission from now till end of the month

To celebrate Night Safari’s 25th anniversary, the nature reserve is welcoming Singapore residents with admission passes retailing for half of its original price. This offer will run from today (25 May) till the end of the month.

The admission pass would be priced at SGD$25.

Here are some of the things you can do at the Night Safari…

Thumbuakar Performance

A 7 minutes breath-taking, fiery performance featuring pyro warriors wielding burning torches. This show happens at the Enterance Courtyard.

Timings: 1845hr, 2000hr, 2100hr, 2200hr

Creatures of the Night Show

A popular attraction happening at the Amphitheatre. This 25 minutes show showcases binturongs, civets and other animals displaying their natural talents.

Timings: 1915hr, 2030hr, 2130hr, 2230hr

Guided Tram Rides

If you hate walking around the park, Night Safari offers guided tram rides, completed with audio commentary.

The tram rides also offers an up-close encounter with the animals!

Promotional Hours: 8.15pm – 11.15pm
Address: 80 Mandai Lake Road
Cost: SGD$25/pass
Online Booking here.

Pictures from Wildlife Reserves Singapore

The new Funan Mall has an indoor cycling track, a rooftop farm and robot helpers

After its been closed for 3 years to revamp, Funan SG set to reopen in June, this time, almost twice its original size.

Its bicycle friendly

With over 200 retail shops spread across its 6 floors, shoppers can now cycle through the building along dedicated cycling path.

There are also end of trip facilities like bike shops, bike cafes, parking bay and shower facilities.

Centerpiece is a 25-metres Tree

Upon entering Funan Mall, shoppers will be greeted with the mall’s centerpiece – Tree Of life. It is a steel structure that stretches from Basement 2  to Level 4.

The Tree Of Life also houses 20 retail pods for brands to showcase their products and crafts. These pods also allowed entrepreneurs and design ateliers to conduct classes and workshops.

Kinetic Wall – The Next IG Friendly Wall

Similar to the ones you see at the Changi Airport T2, Funan Mall also has a Kinetic Wall, which is a multimedia art installation.

It comprises of embossed aluminium panels that span 13 metres in height and 9 metres in width which features a total of 1,271 motorised light blades made from specially customised moulds.

The Kinetic Wall is further enhanced by the mirrored ceiling which expands the size of it optically.

Rooftop Food Farm

Imagine growing a farm in the CBD? Funan Mall will be home to “largest area set aside for urban agriculture in the CBD”.

The rooftop is home to a 18,000 sq ft Food Garden, where shoppers can experience a variety of edible plants through smell, touch and sight.

The heart of the Food Garden is the 5,000 sq ft Urban Farm operated by Edible Garden City.

One of the few urban farms in Singapore open to the public, it is designed as a production and functional space where visitors can learn how vegetables are produced and harvested.

There is also a futsal court at the rooftop.

Robot Helpers

Ever had the hassle experience of carrying your purchase whilst continuing to shop?

The mall plans to introduce its hands-free shopping concept where retailers make use of an in-mall delivery robot that will pick up orders and deposit them at collection boxes.

Customers can then pick up their orders at their own convenience.

The mall also uses facial recognition cameras  to sort shoppers by demographics before recommending a list of shops to look out for.

Good Mix of Shops

Some of the confirmed tenants include W!ld Rice theatre, Golden Village cineplex, TFX fitness centre, Climb Central indoor rock climbing, The Ark futsal facility, ABC Cooking Studio and farm-to-table dining at Japanese restaurant Noka in collaboration with Edible Garden City.

 

Pictures: Funan SG Facebook Page

This Singapore company lets you rent a friend from $60

If you are going to put a price tag on friendship, how much would that be?

A Singapore company, Maybe, attempts to answer this question by letting you rent a friend for a fee. You can bring this new companion out to do activities with you. Besides paying for the hire, you are also required to pay for any fees incurred during the outing.

Like what the company suggests: “Meet someone new to do fun activities with, or simply have a meal together to talk about all there is under the sun”

However, the company is also quick to point out that this is not a social escort service and no forms of physical contact is allowed, except for a friendly handshake.

At the moment, there are 4 men and 24 women available for hire.

Bookmark and share this link with someone who needs a date during next year’s Chinese New Year!

Pictures from Maybe.sg

Singaporeans can ballot for NDP 2019 Tickets starting tomorrow

Starting tomorrow (23 May) to Jun 2, Singapore citizens and permanent residents can apply for two, four or six tickets to the two preview shows on 27 Jul and 3 Aug or the NDP on 9 Aug.

Successful applicants will be notified on 24 Jun via email. They can collect their tickets at Raffles City Level 3 Atrium from 5 June to 7 June and 12 July to 14 July.

Each person is limited to one application. Singapore citizens and applicants who were not allocated tickets for the NDP last year will get priority.

2019 NDP Theme Song – Our Singapore


The NDP committee this year has also released this year’s theme song as the parade commemorates 200 years since the founding of modern Singapore.

The theme song, titled “Our Singapore”, draws inspiration from 2002 and 2015 theme song.

This year’s theme song is performed by 27 artistes representing different generations. They include veterans like Rahimah Rahim and Jacintha Abisheganaden, pop singers Kit Chan, JJ Lin and Stephanie Sun.

Balloting Details

Ballot duration: 23 May (0000hr) – 2 June (2359hr)
Preview Shows: 27 July & 3 August 2019
Cost: Free
Venue: The Padang
Actual Day: 9 August 2019
Ballot Site: https://www.ndp.org.sg

 

Photos from NDPeeps Facebook Page