Sales, sales, sales! 11.11 was just a warm-up – Black Friday (and its neglected but equally important cousin, Cyber Monday) is the real deal, TBH. To help you snag the best discounts, we’ve put together a list of splurge-worthy local deals to fill your carts with once 23 November rolls around. Go on and shop away!

Amazon

You can always count on Amazon aka the Godfather of e-commerce sites to cover all your shopping needs. If you’re a Prime member in Singapore, you get access to exclusive deals on everything from beauty products to tech gear to home essentials across its bottomless inventory. Don’t miss out on discounts off items such as the GoPro HERO6, Canon All-In-One Printer and Fujifilm Instax mini 8 Instant Film Camera. The best part? Thanks to its speedy delivery service, you can get your goods delivered to your doorstep in just two hours!

Charles & Keith

There’s no better time to get yourself some new kicks or a brand new bag for school, as Charles & Keith is offering crazy discounts for more than 2,000 marked-down items! For instance, a pair of strappy flats can be yours at $17.50, while a drawstring bag that usually costs over 50 bucks is now sold for a mere $17.90. To sweeten the deal, the fast-fashion brand also provides free delivery for all orders.

Daniel Wellington

If you’re in the market for fresh wrist candy, hit up Daniel Wellington. Besides giving away free straps with any watch purchase and 20% off selected combinations, the Swedish brand is also slashing the prices of their Dapper Collection down to half – which means you can get your hands on a DW timepiece for only $130!

Expedia

Itching to go on a vacay this holiday season? Check out Expedia for special discount coupons up to 50% off select flights and hotels to hot destinations including New York, Paris and Miami. Pro tip: download the Expedia app to collect double reward points when you book via the app.

IKEA

IKEA fans, get excited ’cause the Swedish giant is holding a Black Friday extravaganza for the first time ever. With over a hundred items on sale both online and in-stores, you can grab your home essentials and furnishing knick-knacks at rock-bottom prices.

JD Sports

Touted as the one-stop shop for limited edition drops and exclusive designs, leading sports retailer JD Sports will be cutting prices up to 30% off on major brands such as adidas, Nike, Converse and Puma. What’s more, shoppers who spend a minimum of $200 at their ION Orchard store will also receive a bespoke custom tote bag.

KLOOK

With a tagline like “double the savings, double the fun”, you know you’re in for some seriously unbeatable deals from KLOOK. Besides granting you 10% off any activity and 50% off F&B activities, there are also exclusive Buy 2 Get 2 flash deals that allow you to purchase a buddy package for Ocean Park Hong Kong, early bird tickets for Everland in Seoul, and a one-day ticket to Universal Studios Japan amongst others.

Lazada

When it comes to Black Friday sales, Lazada is hard to beat. For this year’s edition, the e-commerce retailer upped the ante with a Slash It campaign where you can slash deals down to as low as $0. To help you get started, here’s a handy list of items under $9.90 to snap up which includes a wide range of beauty products, fashion accessories and electronic gadgets.

Qoo10 

What’s Black Friday without including one of the biggest players in the e-commerce market? As soon as you enter Qoo10, you’ll be greeted with tons of great deals, exclusive coupons and membership rewards to help you save major bucks. Take part in their Rocket Auction, which allows you to bid for your desired item starting from $1, all through the weekend! Some of the highlights include the Nintendo Switch Console System, Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer and Sony M3 Wireless Headphones.

Sephora

In Sephora we trust. Beauty junkies can now stock up on their favourite makeup and skincare products online and in-stores at 15% off on E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G. What’s more, all Sephora outlets will open their doors an hour earlier at 9am this Friday so you can beat the TGIF crowd and get more shopping done. ‘Nuff said – we’ll race you to the stores.

Shopee

In case you need more reason to go crazy on Christmas gifts, Shopee has over 100 unmissable deals across brands like adidas, Marshall, Marc Jacobs and more at the lowest price guaranteed. For the tech-savvy, you’d be glad to know that there’s also a Crazy Cyber Monday Tech Sale where you can snag the latest gizmos ahead of your geeky peers.

ZALORA

Where else to score massive fashion bargains than ZALORA? With an extensive selection of over 500 international and local brands for you to choose from, you’ll be getting some real cool outfits at impossibly low prices. Now you can look like a million bucks at a fraction of the original price!

What’s on your shopping list? Tell us in the comments below!

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Calling all witches and wizards; it’s time to head back to the Wizarding World!

Just in time for the festive season, Changi Airport has been transformed into a Harry Potter-themed paradise complete with life-sized setups, colourful Christmas lights and snow showers across all three terminals. From now till mid February 2019, fans of the boy wizard will have a chance to explore a magnificent recreation of Hosmeade Village and participate in spellbinding activities at Diagon Alley as you soak in the bewitching atmosphere. Here are some of the highlights waiting for you to discover at A Wizarding World Holiday.

QUIDDITCH TOSS

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Ever dreamed of making the Quidditch team? Well, here’s your chance to practice your skills and see if you have what it takes to make the cut for the fictional sport. Quidditch Toss will give you the opportunity to throw the Quaffles into the three hoops to score points, all while riding a broomstick. Don’t worry about the Bludgers or the Quaffles flying back at you – this is a keeper and beater free zone.

NIFFLER CHALLENGE GAME

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Challenge your fellow Potterhead pal to a balancing game with an adorable giant Niffler that won’t be stealing the shiny coins. All you need to do is spin the wheel and stack the required number of coins on your respective sides. You and your friend will each take turns stacking the coins until the Niffler tips – the heavier stack wins!

MADAM MALKIN’S ROBES FOR ALL OCCASIONS

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Show off your house pride with the Hogwarts school uniforms available for you to dress up in your Harry Potter best. To make things more magical, you can even create your very own GIF image in front of the magical mirror which makes for a perfect, lasting memento of your enchanted day out.

SNOW AND LIGHTS SHOW AT HOGSMEADE VILLAGE

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Inspired by the original Hogsmeade Village from the Harry Potter universe, be enthralled by the daily snow and lights show happening on weekdays at 6pm, 7pm, 9pm, and on weekends at 1pm, 6pm, 7pm and 9pm. Aside from photo opportunities at notable shops like Zonko’s Joke Shop, Honeydukes and the Owl Post, fans will be delighted to know that you can also get up-close to a recreation of the iconic scarlet steam engine, the Hogwarts Express!

Photo credits: Changi Airport Singapore

A Wizarding World Holiday at Changi Airport runs from now till mid-February 2019, 10am to 1pm daily.

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Things are about to get lit at Sentosa this November!

Previously known as Pop Up Night, the inaugural Island Lights 2018 returns just in time for the year-end festivities. From 16 November to 31 December, Sentosa’s Palawan Beach will be transformed into a multi-sensory wonderland with a series of photo-worthy landscapes to get your ‘gram on. Here are some of the highlights you can expect – dancing Pikachus, ASMR treats and more.

Pikachu Night Parade

Pikachu Night Parade

Everyone’s favourite Pokémon, Pikachu, will be joining the party! Taking place from 7.30pm on 14 to 16 December and 21 to 23 December, the Pikachu Night Parade will see a posse of life-sized Pikachus decked out in glowing neon lights as they march and dance along the Palawan Beach Walk. Be sure to head down early to chope your spot if you want to catch ’em all!

ASMR Wonderland

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After getting your Pikachu fix, hang out with local artist Yang at ASMR Wonderland. Serving as a “representation of pop culture and social media”, this one-of-a-kind exhibition offers a multi-sensory experience that is said to engage four of your five senses: sight, smell, touch and hearing. Satisfaction guaranteed!

Betelgeuse Supernova

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Sam Lo, aka the crowd-favourite Sticker Lady, probably needs no introduction. Be prepared to feast your eyes on a visual splendour of logic-defying structures, all exquisitely designed with reflective surfaces that make for perfect Instagram fodder.

Palawan Pirate Ship

Ahoy, mate! Have a splashing good time at this massive water playground, which will be dressed for the occasion in neon livery. If you need a break from the foam parties and inflatable play areas, you can also indulge in activities such as glitter slime-making and rock painting. 

That’s not all; there will also be live performances and delicious light bites amongst other offerings to keep you occupied throughout. Get ready to party under the sunset sky with breaking waves, lively tunes and sand beneath your feet. Because at Sentosa, the fun doesn’t stop at dusk!

Sentosa Island Lights 2018 runs from 7pm, 16 November to 31 December 2018. Visit www.sentosa.com.sg/islandlights for more information!

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Ah, virtual reality; the technology that transports you to imaginative worlds with just a simple headset. With the advent of VR in recent years, more and more companies are embracing the technology to create new immersive platforms beyond mere gameplay. Just take HeadRock VR for instance, an all-new theme park that fully utilises the power of VR for a larger-than-life escapade unlike anything you’ve ever seen before.

Set to be Singapore’s first and largest virtual reality theme park, this next-level digital attraction is the latest brainchild of Korean production house Mediafront and will be making its highly-anticipated debut on 17 November at Resorts World Sentosa. 

Adrenaline junkies are sure to get a kick out of the 11 thrilling rides available – from plunging into molten lava from a height of more than 1000 metres on the Flying Dive, to navigating extreme river rapids on the crowd-favourite Jungle Rafting. Or if you’re up for something more adventurous, hop on a dog sled as you brave through a snowy storm blizzard on the Storm Blizzard.

More reason to make a trip down to HeadRock VR? If you’re a fellow K-popper, you’d be surprised to know that BIGBANG’s Seungri serves as the franchise’s Creative Director and will also be in town to grace the official launch event. This marks the enterprising star’s first foray into the IT sector, having already owned several flourishing businesses under his belt including a rapidly-expanding Japanese ramen chain, a luxury lounge bar and an EDM music label.

 
 
 
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Attraction tickets priced from $35 to $65 are available for purchase on SISTIC. Early bird passes with a 15% discount are also up for grabs from 17 November to 16 December.

HeadRock VR is located at 26 Sentosa Gateway #01-38/39, opens daily from 10am to 8pm (last admission at 7pm).

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5 New Bubble Tea Stores To Get Your Boba Fix In Singapore

12 Nov 2018 by Chong Xin Yi

Over the years, we’ve seen bubble tea stores come and go – from the good ol’ days of Sweet Talk, to big-name chains like KOI, Gong Cha and LiHo taking over the BBT game. And it seems like the craze is here to stay, with plenty of up-and-coming brands springing up on our sunny island in recent months. If you’re looking to switch up your go-to order, here are five new alternatives to get your boba fix from.

HEYTEA

 
 
 
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HEYTEA needs no introduction. Touted as the OG creator of cheese tea, the highly-raved Chinese tea connoisseur has finally made its way to Singapore and opened to much fanfare the past weekend. Aside from their specialty tea offerings, you can also get your hands on their Singapore-exclusive ice cream flavours such as Durian Ice Cream ($4.80) and Salted Egg Yolk Ice Cream ($4.80). Just be prepared to join in the queue – it’ll be worth it.

Address: ION Orchard Mall #B4-29, Singapore 238801
Opening hours: 10am – 10pm (Mon to Sun)

TaiGai

 
 
 
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If fruit teas are your cup of tea, look no further than TaiGai. Originating from Shenzhen, the novelty tea brand has recently set up their first ever overseas outlet in Singapore this September. Come for its exotic floral-scent teas, but stay for their signature Fruity Milky Kiss series – a refreshing combination of fresh blended fruits and milk cheese that are equal parts sweet, creamy and velvety. For starters, go for their best-selling Strawberry Pulpy Kiss ($6.80) which comes topped with a strawberry-blended milk cheese crown that will have you smitten at first sip.

Address: NEX Serangoon #B2-34, Singapore 556083
Opening hours: 10am – 10pm (Mon to Sun)

Bober Tea

 
 
 
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Located conveniently in the heartlands of Bishan, Bober Tea is an artisan bubble tea joint famed for its colourful array of Instagrammable concoctions. Not to be missed is the Brown Sugar Fresh Milk ($3.80), which is delightfully complemented by their 65 degrees brown sugar coated pearls. Oh, and did we mention how adorable their takeaway packaging is? You can walk away with these cute carriers, or get your drinks dabao-ed in their reusable Buber Bottles. Talk about saving the environment, one bottle at a time!

Address: 200 Bishan Road #01-01, Singapore 579827
Opening hours: 11am – 10pm (Mon to Sun)

Muyoo

 
 
 
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If you fancy a healthier option to your regular cheese tea, consider giving Muyoo a shot. The homegrown label offers a selection of fruit-based beverages that come topped with their iconic Cheese Cloud, which is said to be made from naturally derived milk powder instead of artificial creamer. At their newest concept store situated outside of Bedok Mall, it also incorporates a bakery serving up fresh breads and pastries in addition to their beverage offerings.

Address: Bedok Mall #01-94, Singapore 467360
Opening hours: 9am – 11pm (Mon to Sun)

Answer Tea

 
 
 
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Have a question you don’t have an answer for? Answer Tea may be able to help you out. Simply write your questions on the cup holder and you’ll get your answer printed (it’s edible ink – don’t worry!) on top of the froth of your drink of choice. If you’re here for the ‘gram, we highly recommend the Lemon Butterfly Milk Tea (from $4.20) which has a gorgeous blue hue derived from butterfly pea flowers.

Address: Dhoby Ghaut MRT #B2-06, Singapore 238889
Opening hours: 11am – 10pm (Mon to Sun)

Featured image credits: @wishuponatart, @heyteaofficial and @muyoosg on Instagram

Have you tried any of these new bubble tea shops? Let us know what you think in the comments below!

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