Salted egg yolk-everything, over-the-top shakes and baked cheese tarts may be kings in food trends – but trendy confections like rainbow-everything, galaxy donuts and unicorn tears also have their moment in the spotlight. And as far as the die-hard foodies are concerned, it’s the hippest novelty that takes the cake. But are these seemingly gimmicky fads really worth the fuss and the bucks? 

#1 Rainbow Bingsu @ 1460 Tteokboki

 

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Address: 8 Grange Road, Cineleisure #01-02, Singapore 239695
Operating hours: 12pm – 10pm (Mon to Sun)
Contact number: 6737 8879

Step aside salted egg yolk, ’cause rainbow’s the new black. A new takeaway joint located at the heart of Orchard Road, 1460 Tteokbokki whips up all your favourite street snacks from kimchi land, including spicy rice cakes, potato tornado, fried squid and more. While these all can be easily found at your next door Korean restaurant, a dish we guarantee you won’t be able to order anywhere else (for now) is their specialty Rainbow Bingsu ($6) – imagine digging into a bowl of icy goodness painted in a kaleidoscope of unicorn-esque shades, then topped with marshmallows and fruity pebbles for the final cherry on top. 

Unicorn Puking Rainbows

Taste: 3/5
Instagram-worthy: 4/5

#2 纯粹。喝 @ 7-Eleven

Location: Selected 7-Eleven outlets island-wide

There isn’t any Pokemon Go in Singapore yet, but it looks like we’re already practising our hunting skills on another novelty that just landed in town: Chun Cui He (纯粹。喝), the popular Taiwanese beverage brand that had throngs of curious locals flocking to the most ulu of 7-Elevens to snap up these babies. Only two out of 10 flavours are available here for now – milk tea and latte ($2.80 each) – but we’ve gotten word that they’ll be bringing in more variety in the upcoming months so watch out for that. We’ll be real with ya: we had to visit several outlets before finally getting our hands on the last few bottles. Our verdict? So ready for round two. 

Taste: 3/5
Instagram-worthy: 3/5

#3 Light Bulb Bubble Tea @ Bubbs

Location: 1 Irving Place, The Commerze #01-06, Singapore 369546
Operating hours: 11am – 6.30pm (Mon to Fri), 11am – 2pm (Sat)
Contact number: 8254 2526

Why drink bubble tea in a plain ol’ cup when you can have it in a legitimate light bulb? Enter Bubbs, the new cool kid in town that serves an enticing array of bubble tea beverages in light-bulb shaped bottles ($3). Flavours stick to the usual suspects of Milk Tea, Green Tea and Oolong Tea, but there’s also the option of Thai Milk Tea which most patrons make a beeline for. As gimmicky as it sounds, you can’t really go wrong with bubble tea and these guys certainly deserve extra brownie points for the creative packaging. Seriously, how cute would it be to sip pearls through a straw within a light globe? And don’t worry ’bout getting electrocuted; it’s entirely safe to consume.

Taste: 3/5

Instagram-worthy: 4/5

#4 Galaxy Donuts @ The Lab SG

 

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Location: 1 Jalan Pisang, Singapore 199069
Operation hours:
12pm – 10pm (Mon to Sat), 1pm – 9.30pm (Sun)
Contact number: 6299 5681

Talk about an out-of-this-world creation! These mesmerising sweets are the latest inventions to come out of The Lab, the experimental cafe behind the quirky confections making its rounds on Instagram, such as the ondeh ondeh cake with neon drip paint, rainbow waffles, and over-the-top milkshakes, just to name a few. Now, they’ve recreated their own version of galaxy donuts ($3 per piece) that we see all over Melbourne. Baked over five hours, marbled to perfection and dusted with edible glitter, these cosmic treats are surprisingly chewy (not cakey, which is a plus) and crumble delightfully in your mouth. You’ll have one problem though: it’s too pretty to eat!

Taste: 4/5
Instagram-worthy: 5/5

#5 Pink Soy Latte @ Afterglow

 

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Location: 24 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089131
Operating hours: 12pm – 10.30pm (Mon to Sat)
Contact number: 
6224 8921

Yeah, your eyes aren’t playing tricks on you. It’s a cup of pink soy latte ($6) you’re looking at right now – a more wholesome alternative to the caffeinated blends we chug on a daily basis, this special blend of cold-pressed beetroot and ginger juice is mixed with organic soya milk that has been steamed with cinnamon powder. Looks amazing, tastes even better. Admittedly, this isn’t a drink for everyone, but you’ll love it if you’re a health junkie and wish to get the bulk of nutrients all packaged nicely into one cuppa. 

Taste: 3/5
Instagram-worthy: 3/5

#6 Unicorn Tears @ Dapper Coffee

 

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Location: 73 Amoy Street, Singapore 069892
Operation hours: 
8am – 5pm (Mon to Fri)
Contact number: 9005 4790

Unicorn juice made from tears of joy? We’re not sure what kind of witchcraft goes into this glittery potion, but legend has it that the Unicorn Tears ($10 per bottle) is produced from Dapper Coffee’s very own pure-breed unicorn. It’s basically blue lemonade in a fancy bottle, but makes for a refreshing quencher in our scorching weather. And that’s just one of the many eccentric concoctions dreamed up by the folks of Dapper Coffee – another best-seller is their signature Gold Brew, which is formulated with swirls of gold dust that originate from the laughter of children and the dreams of kittens (yes, it’s a thing).

P.S: No animals/mythical creatures/humans were harmed in the making of these beverages, we promise!

Taste: 3/5
Instagram-worthy: 4/5

#7 Rubber Ducky Pudding @ Non Entrée Desserts

 

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Location: 204 Rangoon Road, Singapore 218451
Operating hours:
2pm – 10pm (Tues to Thurs), 2pm – 11pm (Fri), 12pm – 11pm (Sat), 12pm – 10pm (Sun)
Contact number:
9878 6543

You might’ve heard of Non Entree Desserts for its famous Chocolate Avalanche, but we’re spotlighting its other underrated sibling instead – an edible rubber ducky ($12.90). Disguised as an unassuming rubber ducky in a foam bath, it’s actually a tangy dessert made of pineapple and passion fruit sorbet poured over a bed of sago pearls, mango puree, and lemongrass foam. We feel bad nomming up this little guy, but hey, can’t blame us when it’s so good!

Taste: 4/5
Instagram-worthy: 4/5

#8 Nitrogen Ice Cream @ 320 Below

 

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Location: 11 Tanjong Katong Road, One KM #01-K1, Singapore 437157
Operating hours: 11am – 10pm (Mon to Sun)
Contact number: 6702 2717

It may appear as any regular ice-cream at first glance, but this tub of awesomeness is actually made with liquid nitrogen formula. Found at the first nitro cream cafe in Singapore, 320 Below prepares fresh batches of ice cream, yoghurt and sorbet right in front of you so you can Snapchat the glorious process. Check it out in action above! The result is a deliciously creamy consistency, free of artificial flavourings and preservatives, and low in sugar – which means you can now indulge in as many scoops as you want without feeling the guilt. Popular flavours include Thai Coconut ($5.80), Apple Cinnamon ($4.90), and Nutella ($4.90).

Taste: 4/5
Instagram-worthy: 2/5

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Fancy a hipster twist on local cuisine instead? Check out our feature on fusion retro treats in the Tuckshop section of the August issue, out on newsstands now!

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Weekend List

29 Jul 2016 by Teenage

Say goodbye to July and welcome August (aka National Day month) with all things local! From having a one Michelin star meal for just $2 to immersing yourself in orchids and stuffing your face with more food! We have all the suggestions on what you should do this weekend right here.

VENETIA SNG, SENIOR WRITER

EAT: Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle

Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice

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Now that two of our hawkers are certified one Michelin star, I’m going to take some time off this weekend to go try one of them. Priced at just $2 for a plate of chicken rice, it’s the cheapest Michelin star meal you can get. Queues are expected to be around an hour or two, so be prepared if you want to head down to have a taste anytime soon.

Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle is located at Block 335, Smith Street #02-166, Chinatown Food Complex, Singapore 050335

SHOP: Singapasar at Keepers

Singapasar

Singapasar Toms Palette

Kick start this year’s National Day celebrations with a pasar malam that celebrates all things Singapore! Expect more than just your favourite local artisanal brands like Miniature Asian Chef, MossInGarden, Ang Ku Kueh Girl etc. There will be local delights like Ji Xiang Confectionery’s Ang Ku Kueh, crispy fish skin by Fish Sh-nack, have a scoop of Pulat Hitam ice cream served in the iconic rainbow bread by Tom’s Palette and so many other yummy treats.

Singapasar is happening at National Design Centre, 111 Middle Road, Singapore 188969

WATCH: Skiptrace

I want to unwind a little over the weekend with a movie and one with Jackie Chan can do no wrong. Our favourite Hong Kong “detective” is back and he has teamed up with Jackass star Johnny Knoxville in his latest Hollywood film Skiptrace. With the both of them leading the film, be prepared for some good laughs.

CHEW HUI LING, WRITER

WATCH: W

This might just be the most refreshing, non-cliche K-drama we’ve ever watched in a while. Romance, melodrama, suspense and fantasy rolled into one, W revolves around two unlikely individuals in parallel universes – Oh Yeon Joo (Han Hyo Joo), the daughter of a famous webtoon creator in the real world, and Kang Chul (Lee Jong Suk), a chaebol who exists in the webtoon itself. The two worlds collide when Yeon Joo gets sucked into the comic dimension and it’s now up to her to stop the mysterious murder attempts on Kang Chul. It’s one huge rollercoaster, but trust me: you’ll thoroughly enjoy the ride.

ATTEND: Singapore Garden Festival

Singapore Garden Festival

I may not have a green thumb, but that ain’t stopping me from enjoying the blooms! Singapore Garden Festival returns for its sixth and largest edition at Gardens by the Bay, and this is the last weekend to witness this 9.7-hectare floral paradise before it’s gone. Be sure to check out the 72 masterpieces from international and local designers, and get your fill at the numerous food and beverages stalls from the likes of BBQ Kebab, Non Entree Desserts, and The SweetTooth Fairy – talk about dining in a garden city! Also, look forward to exciting performances from local artistes like Gentle Bones, Jack & Rai and more.

Singapore Garden Festival will be held at Gardens by the Bay from now to 31 July. For more info, visit www.singaporegardenfestival.com

ATTEND: Kaplan Open House 2016

Kaplan Open House 2016

The period fresh after graduating is a tough one. We’ve been there; and it’s not an easy decision to make if you haven’t found where your passion lies. The Kaplan Open House is happening tomorrow (30 July) and you can take the chance to explore your options through the various seminar sessions. Not only will there be free goodie bags, you can also snack on freshly-made popcorn and candy floss while you see the campus. Psst, you might even stand a chance to win tickets to “The Invincible” Jay Chou World Tour 2016 Concert!

Kaplan Open House will be happening on 30 July from 11am to 5pm at Kaplan City Campus @ Wilkie. for more info, visit www.kaplanopenhouse.com

Where are you heading to this weekend? Share with us in the comments below!

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12 Suitcase Packing Tips by Your Favourite YouTubers

26 Jul 2016 by Teenage

Get ready for your trip with tips we’ve learned from videos by seasoned globetrotters aka YouTubers who travel the world.

Evelina Barry

Tip 1: Get travel-sized products – samples will do nicely too. Or you could squeeze shampoos, facial wash or even moisturiser into small re-fillable containers to save space.

Tip 2: Pre-plan your outfits. You don’t have to fix it down 100%, but having a rough estimate helps ensure you don’t miss anything out.

Tip 3: Roll up your clothes into small bundles to maximise your luggage space.


Ingrid Nilsen

 

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Tip 1: Segregate and pack your items into different categories in your suitcase. For example, tops, bottoms, beauty products etc. It’ll be easier to access your stuff when it’s all organised.

Tip 2: Bring less clothes and do more laundry to avoid over-packing your luggage with clothing you don’t need. Don’t be lazy!

Tip 3: Pack your liquids and creams into one pouch and then seal away into a Ziploc bag in case of leakages or air pressure explosions.

 

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Wendy Huang

 

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Tip 1: Bring along a travel adapter along with the chargers for all your gadgets when you board the plane. Don’t get stuck at the airport/overseas with a juiced-out phone!

Tip 2: Use a clean zip pouch for liquids, creams and/or cosmetics for an easier time during airport baggage checks.

Tip 3: Contact lens wearers should carry an extra pair of daily lenses along with single-use saline ampoules, just in case.

 

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Stephanie Villa

 

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Tip 1: Bring ear plugs on board the plane with you for undisturbed snooze time.

Tip 2: Store your laptop in a separate compartment on your carry-on bag for convenience while going through custom checks.

Tip 3: Keep makeup wipes handy, especially for long flights. It’ll help keep you refreshed and save the need of bringing facial wash/makeup remover with you onto the plane.

 

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What handy packing tips do you have? Share it with us by commenting below!

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Weekend List

21 Jul 2016 by Teenage

So many concerts happening this weekend PLUS a mega weekend market at Goodman Arts Centre. Find something to do this weekend with our recommendations below! 

VENETIA SNG, SENIOR WRITER

GO TO: Tanjong Goodman Weekend Market

Tanjong Goodman Weekend Market

Pack your friends and family to the first ever Tanjong Goodman Weekend Market! The place is HUGE so you don’t have to worry about the crowd. From a huge variety of arts and craft at the Togetherly Market to deliciously prepared foods at the Food Bazaar, as well as ore-loved goodies at the Great Singapore Garage Sale, enjoy the weekend exploring Goodman Arts Centre. There’s something for everyone!

More details here.

ATTEND: iKONCERT 2016 Showtime Tour in Singapore

I’m not exactly a fangirl of iKON – mainly ’cause they’re bit too young for me to fangirl about – but I’ve been following their journey as a group ever since the YG Entertainment survival program WIN: WHO IS NEXT. And though I was a Team A supporter, I kinda knew that Team B would be bigger once they debut ’cause their last performance at the WIN finals totally blew everyone (including me) away. Watch it above if you don’t believe me. Anyway, they are heading down this weekend for their first concert in Singapore and guess who’s going! Follow us on Instagram/Twitter for live updates!

You still can get tickets here.

WATCH: Star Trek Beyond

Star Trek Beyond

It has been 3 years since Star Trek Into Darkness and Star Trek Beyond is finally hitting the screens this week! I admit that I prefer Star Trek to Star Wars ’cause I like the concept of them being explorers, as compared to Jedi vs Sith. If you’re heading down to catch the movie this weekend like me, we give you a refresher/crash course of the first 2 films of the series here, you’re welcome!

CHEW HUI LING, WRITER

ATTEND: The Sam Willows Take Heart Tour Live in Singapore

The Sam Willows Take Heart Tour Live in Singapore

We’ve been mentally preparing ourselves for the day where The Sam Willows would stage their first ever concert since forever, and it’s finally happening! Come 22 July, the homegrown quartet will be performing here as part of their Take Heart tour at The Coliseum, Hard Rock Hotel – and we can already predict that it’s gonna be a concert full of surprises – special guests, spectacular visuals, never-heard-before tracks and so much more to look forward to. 

Tickets from $58 via SISTIC

EAT: Japan Food Town

Japan Food Town Singapore 2016

You don’t have to jet off to the land of the rising sun to taste unmistakably authentic Japanese cuisine – we have our very own Japan Food Town right here at Isetan Wisma Atria! Featuring 16 handpicked restaurants from Japan, indulge in a delectable array of delicacies from the likes of Bonta Bonta, a humble eatery famous for its homemade onigiri, Heijiyoen, a yakiniku specialist where meat lovers flock to for top-quality wagyu beef, and probably the best udon you’ll ever taste by the hands of Sato Yosuke and his team of craftsmen.

Japan Food Town is located at Wisma Atria Level 4, Singapore 238866.

ATTEND: flumpool “WHAT ABOUT EGGS?” Singapore Special

flumpool tour 2016 WHAT ABOUT EGGS Singapore Special

It’s another weekend of concerts! Despite how psyched I am for The Sam Willows and iKON, I can’t wait for flumpool’s upcoming gig on 23 July. Making their way to Singapore as part of their “WHAT ABOUT EGGS?” tour, fans can expect a night of hardcore J-rock tunes and ground-shaking beats in the intimate livehouse setting of MILLIAN SINGAPORE (located at St James Power Station).

Tickets from $68 via Peatix

What are you doing this weekend? Let us know by commenting below!

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10 Things To Check For Before Going Overseas

19 Jul 2016 by Venetia Sng

Planning for your next holiday doesn’t just stop at booking your tickets, planning your itinerary and packing your bags. There are many other factors that you need to take note of as well and here’s the checklist of 10 things to look over before jetting off your next vacay.

#1 Passport Validity

Things To Know Before Travelling Passport

Ensure that your passports have a validity of at least six months from your date of travel and make plans to renew your passport if it doesn’t. You wouldn’t want to be turned away at the gate when you’re all excited to set off for your trip at the airport right? Passport renewal usually takes a week to process, but give it two weeks just to be safe.

#2 Visa

Luckily for Singaporeans, our passports offer visa-free access for up to 90 days in 167 countries. But if you are planning for longer holidays like 3 months, make sure you count the number of days and not assume that that it won’t exceed the 90 days limit. Overstaying in a country may get you barred from visiting and will void your existing visa if you have one.

#3 Currency

Things To Know Before Travelling Currency

Always prepare an ample amount of the currency needed before heading to the airport as the exchange rates aren’t always the best there. Plus don’t get caught in a situation where you have to head to a moneychanger overseas and end up losing money due to poor exchange rates. Check out this list of the best moneychangers in Singapore, don’t say we never share. If you do own a credit card, find out your bank’s exchange rates and extra charges to avoid getting the shock of your life when you receive the bill afterwards.

#4 Travel insurance

Travel mishaps like theft, lost baggage, travel delays and medical expenses can add up to a hefty sum if you don’t have travel insurance. If you are unsure about it, do seek help from your parents – they might have an agent they work with when it comes to regular insurance policies. Alternatively, we always head down to NTUC Income to get the travel insurance as it’s affordable, fast and easy to apply.

#5 Health and vaccination requirements

Things To Know Before Travelling Vaccine

When visiting a foreign land, be sure to check if there are any health risks involved. It’s recommended to get vaccinated against Yellow Fever and Malaria when visiting countries like Brazil, Peru and Argentina. As there is an incubation period for Yellow Fever, travellers should get themselves vaccinated at least 10 days before they travel – your family doctor should be able to advise on the different vaccinations to get base on your destinations.

#6 Customs and quarantine

In countries like Australia and New Zealand where agriculture contributes to a large part of the country’s GDP, they’re often very cautious about the risk of introducing pests and diseases to their crops. Items like food, plants and even handicrafts made out of wood pose a bio-security threat so it is best to avoid bringing them. If you are unsure, declare the items and you would not be penalised – your food might end up being tossed but that’s way better than being fined.

#7 Time zone

Clocks on a world map

Jet lag can be annoying especially when you feel sleepy during the wrong time of the day. Find out the time zone of your destination and make adjustments to your sleep cycle accordingly. If you have the luxury of time before your flight, prep your bio-clock a few days before your departure. Otherwise, melatonin pills can help you fall asleep easier, while a much needed caffeine fix can help perk you up. Knowing what time it is back home can also help you decide when to check in with your parents – you wouldn’t want to wake them up in the wee hours of the morning would you?

#8 Embassy details

In case of emergencies, the Singapore Embassies and Consulates would be able to assist you. Find out the addresses and telephone numbers of the local embassy or consulate here and write it down. It’ll prove to be useful especially when you meet with natural disasters, terrorist attacks or when you lose your passport.

#9 Documents to bring along

Besides your passport, there are other important documents to bring along for your holiday. Ensure that you have your airline tickets (including the booking confirmation for the return trip), hotel confirmation, itinerary, credit cards, driver’s license and International Driving Permit (where applicable). Remember to pack along photocopies of your IC and the passport data page as they’ll be super useful when you lose your passport overseas.

#10 National service

If you are an NSman who is looking to travel for more than 14 days but less than six months, you will need to notify the MINDEF Notification Centre of your travel plans. Even if you’re not enlisted, all Singaporean males between the ages of 13 – 16.5 will need to apply for an Exit Permit if you are travelling for more than three months.

Image Credits: Pixabay, Getty

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