What if you could have all your favourite old-school Hokkien snacks and dishes for half a dollar each? For just two days from 27 to 28 July in the heart of Chinatown, you can have your fill of cheap but sumptuous local delights at rock-bottom prices!

Jointly organised by Chinatown Food Street and Select Group Pte Ltd, the fourth edition of the 50 Cents Fest (五毛钱美食荟萃) will feature a total of 45 stalls and mobile vendors with wares priced from the titular $0.50 to no more than $3. This year, the fest will spotlight a specific dialect group from the many facets of Chinese heritage: Hokkien, originating from Minnan in Fujian Province, China.

50 Cents Food Festival

Having been a staple of the Singapore Food Festival for years, it’s no surprise that the 50 Cents Fest covers an extensive list of Hokkien delicacies for its visitors. This includes Kong Bak Pau (braised pork belly bun) from established restaurant Beng Hiang, as well as a myriad of familiar tastes like Hei Zo (prawn rolls), fried Hokkien mee and Buddha Jumps Over The Wall soup.

In addition to the huge variety of local grub available, there will also be games and activities for visitors to enjoy throughout the two-day extravaganza. Immerse yourself in Hokkien Getai performances, go all the way at the “Jiak Ba Buay” (“Have you eaten?”) Bingo, as well as hearken back to the good old days with nostalgic arcade games. Don’t forget to take home a souvenir or two from the Mixed Goods Store retail lane featuring Hokkien-styled merchandise after you’ve had your fill. Don’t worry about running out of cash either – QR code payments via OCBC PayAnyone will also be available at the stalls.

50 Cents Food Festival

Salivating yet? Keep a look out for festival seats through the reservation platform Chope so you can snag the best spot for the best experience.

The 50 Cents Fest will be held from 27 to 28 July 2019, 11am to 11pm, at Chinatown Food Street, Smith Street and Chinatown.

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We’re not kidding when we say that Singapore has been hit with a case of Pokémon fever. Not only did we get our very own Pokémon Go Safari Adventure in April, hardened fans were also treated to the theatrical release of the highly-anticipated Detective Pikachu earlier this month. And now, the pocket monsters are set to descend upon Singapore this upcoming June holiday at the first-of-its-kind Pokemon Carnival!

From 15 to 30 June 2019, Sentosa will be holding its inaugural Pokémon Carnival at Sentosa Cove Village. This marks the first time in Asia where all 403 Pokémon hailing from the region of Alola make their debut appearance for a photo opportunity of a lifetime.

Pokemon Carnival Singapore

They are also a key feature in the Pokémon Adventure hunt that you can participate in, where you can grab yourself Pokémon plushies by answering a couple of questions about the various Alolan Pokémon. Not sure if you’re up for the challenge? Hints are scattered around Sentosa Cove Village via QR codes – just keep a lookout for the Pokémon standees! 

In addition to the main attraction, the carnival includes other fringe activities such as Pokémon-themed carnival games, the crowd-favourite Pikachu Parade as well as meet-and-greet sessions to get up-close with the yellow pocket monster.

Pokemon Carnival Singapore

For the snap-happy Pokémon trainers, you’ll be happy to note that there will also be Pokémon inflatables (including a five-metre tall Pikachu!) and ball pits around the carnival, so you’ll definitely be able to capture that picture-perfect moment for the ‘gram. Once you’re done for the day, you’re invited to unwind under the stars for a special screening of a Pokémon movie at Sentosa Cove Village!

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Sentosa Pokémon Carnival runs from 15 to 30 June 2019, 5pm to 9pm at Sentosa Cove Village. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.sentosa.com.sg

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Who doesn’t love White Rabbit candy? You know, that oh-so-familiar milky texture of the cylindrical sweet wrapped in an edible sticky rice paper that has an unforgettable spot in our childhood hearts. Transporting us back to the days of our youth, the famous throwback candy has now been transformed into a new line of beauty products like shower cream, perfume and more. 

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Created by Chinese fragrance brand Scent Library, this exclusive range of beauty products is said to smell exactly like White Rabbit candy using a combination of sugared jasmine petals and Madagascan vanilla – sweet, milky and creamy all at once.

Sound a tad too sweet? It’s meant to be; the aim of the line is to hearken back to one’s childhood, where life was simpler and such candies could be had by the handfuls.

White Rabbit Handcream

The full range of offerings includes fragrances, hand cream, car fragrance clips, shower cream, body lotion and even bags. Of the beauty products, the shower cream and body lotion definitely strike our fancy – they come infused with vitamin E and shea butter to leave your skin feeling baby-soft and smelling fresh.

If you think the scent will fade off too quickly, you can also add a spritz of perfume before heading out, or slather on some hand cream to soak in the White Rabbit goodness while on the go. How’s that for sweetening up your day?

White Rabbit Candy Beauty

The White Rabbit Candy beauty line and other merchandise are now available online via Chinese retailer T-Mall, and range in price from S$6 to S$57 (excluding shipping).

Photo credits: T-Mall

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We all know that bubble tea is huge in the Asian regions, especially in the land of boba that is Taiwan. But with more and more countries making the move to ban the use of single-use straws in the coming years, there’s a need to come up with an innovative solution fast. Leave it to Taiwanese duo Mickey Wu and Fang Shih to do just that with Float – a reusable cup that lets you sip on your favourite BBT drinks with the pearls, but sans the straws.

FLOAT

So how exactly does it work?

Just like its namesake suggests, this ingenious design comes with a small inner container that holds the toppings so they “float” on top of the cup instead of sinking to the bottom of the drink. And in case you’re worried that it might be tough to clean, fret not – the rest of the parts can be easily disassembled for fuss-free washing too.

FLOAT

FLOAT

Besides eliminating the use of plastic straws, eco-conscious drinkers will also be glad to know that these cups are constructed with recycled glass, which helps to reduce environmental pollution. This means you can enjoy your boba without feeling the guilt – and it doesn’t hurt that it looks incredibly sleek. Functional and stylish while doing our part to save the earth? Just take our money!

FLOAT

But here’s the sad part: as much as we hate to burst your bubble (sorry, we had to), FLOAT unfortunately doesn’t appear to be available on the market as of yet. Let’s hope it will be up for sale soon!

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With a fast-paced working culture and a city that never sleeps, food you can eat on the go is immensely popular – and the reason why sandwich restaurants are dime a dozen in Singapore.

It’s thus a breath of fresh air to see one that’s clearly trying to go against the norm, albeit with familiar influences in their dishes. Located within the quieter sister of the two Somerset-named malls, 111 Somerset, the striking red hue of REBEL’s interior coupled with eye-catching murals of their mascot Rebel Gurl clearly shows how they aim to stand out from the crowd. And with a motto like ‘Normal is Boring’, you can be sure they aren’t your typical sandwich joint.

REBEL

Their offerings certainly piqued our interest when we headed down for a tasting a few days before their opening. Taking inspiration from traditional Vietnamese banh mi with the use of pickled relish and coriander leaf in a baguette, REBEL puts together distinct Singapore flavours in its 15 offerings. While the usual style that local patrons know and love is still available in the Trad (traditional style chicken Cha Lua, chicken ham, pate), it’s the unique ones that most definitely steal the show.

Take the H.A.L.T. – an acronym for its ingredients of chicken ham, avocado salsa, lettuce and tomato – for example: the creamy avocado with its tinge of sour salsa elevates the otherwise normal ham to a whole new level. Although portions are generous, the avocado salsa tends to fall out when you take a big bite so we reckon eating in is the key.

REBEL

Also of note are their vegan varieties, which are made in collaboration with eco-friendly protein producers Quorn. The meat-free patties used in the sandwiches are pleasantly realistic, with our favourite being the Pure – Quorn’s spicy patties coupled with decidedly Singaporean tempeh (fermented soy cake), sandwiched between the fluffy insides of their in-house bread.

REBEL

Working together with local labels is also part of REBEL’s brand ethos. Quorn is just one of REBEL’s several boutique partners; local coffee roasters QOMUNE will also be offering up their brews for the morning cuppa, while meat is provided by premium halal certified meat brand Zac Meat. Even its packaging is meticulously selected to be environmentally friendly, in a bid to go plastic-free – PACKADZ uses biodegradable, recycled, unbleached or non-PVC lined papers to reduce their environmental footprint.

REBEL is located at 111 Somerset #01-08, Singapore 238164.

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