In need of a caffeine boost? Perk up your dreary mornings with a cuppa from these coffee joints in the CBD that open early before 10 o’clock.

Kafe UTU

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Address: 12 Jiak Chuan Road, Singapore 089265
Opening hours: 8am – 5pm (Wed to Mon)

Take a sip on the wild side with Kafe UTU, Singapore’s first cafe concept inspired by Africa. The menu is a celebration of its colourful culture; the flavours are just as exciting. On the drinks front, the UTU Ink ($6) is a safe bet. This cold brew uses Ugandan beans for a rich, chocolatey flavour while delivering a jolt of caffeine. Other kahawa (coffee in Swahili) options include the mocha variation of Bidibado ($6); and the Ibada ‘Ritual’ ($6), a quad ristretto shot over Hokkaido milk. If time permits, come back for lunch and sample exotic dishes like Swahili Fish Curry ($29) and Liberian Peanut Chicken Stew ($28).

Maxi Coffee Bar 

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Address: 31 Club Street #01-02, Singapore 069468
Opening hours: 8am – 5pm (Mon to Fri)

It might be hard to locate Maxi Coffee Bar, but those who do will be treated to a warm space, friendly faces, and a humble menu. For something different, get the Iced Cereal Milk Latte ($7.50) which is almost like a grown-up’s breakfast in a cup. The taste is layered: sweet from the cereal, which transitions gradually to smooth espresso. Also unique to the cafe is the tropical Coconut Cold Brew ($7.50), where the subtle fruity sweetness and coffee brew come together in a refreshing concoction that’s great for beating the heat. And in a similar fashion, Maxi Coffee Bar serves up a novel combination of Miso Peanut Butter Honey Toast ($6) – sweet, salty and savoury all at once.

Nexus Coffee 

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Address: International Plaza #01-15, Singapore 079903
Opening hours: 7.30am – 4pm (Mon to Fri)

The menu at Nexus Coffee is lean and focused: chai, chocolate, matcha and coffee in its variations. This no-frills kiosk stands out with its teal blue exterior, but it is the coffee served that deserves special mention and makes you come back for more. To lend some variety, different beans are available for espresso and filter options, each with their own special profile. Keep things simple with a Black Coffee ($4), or beat the heat with an Iced Mocha ($6) – either way, you will find yourself with a caffeine boost that will lift your tired mind.

Bearded Bella 

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Address: 8 Craig Road, Singapore 089668
Opening hours: 7.30am – 5pm (Mon to Thurs), 7.30am –11pm (Fri), 7.30am– 6pm (Sat & Sun)

Quite literally, Bearded Bella serves up winning cups of coffee. Its co- owner, Regina Tay, holds the title of Singapore Barista Champion 2016, and has under her belt experience as a barista in the coffee capital of Melbourne. There, she learned about its thriving coffee culture and sought to recreate her own back in her homeland. Those lucky enough can spot her behind the coffee machine, pulling shots made from a special house blend of thoughtfully sourced beans – carefully roasted in-house to create its delightful flavour profile. Prices start from $3.50 for a single espresso, which pairs well with their selection of homemade cakes and pastries.


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Address: 531 Upper Cross Street #01-41, Singapore 050531
Opening hours: 10am – 7pm (Mon to Sat)

For a healthier, non-dairy option, try popping by the country’s first vegan-dedicated latte bar. Located opposite Hong Lim Food Centre, Kebun whips up vegan options of your favourite caffeinated drinks. Here, conventional milk is replaced with their special handcrafted cashew ‘mylk’ – which is made from premium, whole cashews that are said to be a healthier alternative. Try the Kebun Earl Grey Latte ($5) infused with the fragrant bergamot, or opt for the nutty Seoul Misugara Latte ($5.50) which comes with an aromatic blend of black sesame seeds, black beans, black and brown rice, and barley grains. Those looking for a gentler dosage of caffeine can also look forward to Kebun’s range of exotic tea blends (also vegan!).

Five Oars Coffee Roasters 

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Address: 39 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088462
Opening hours: 8am – 10pm (Mon to Sun)

With a name like theirs, you know that this is a place that treats coffee seriously. Five Oars Coffee Roasters ticks all the boxes for the modern cafe-goer: clean, minimalist interior, an extensive brunch menu, and good cups of coffee. Beans are roasted in-house, and they serve the usual suspects of espressos ($3), pour-overs (from $6) and iced variants (from $5), which are executed with no faults. The food menu is also tempting enough for you to make a return during the weekends. Without the need to rush for deadlines and meetings, indulge in Insta-worthy dishes like the Truffle Benedict ($20) or Mentaiko Royale ($21) with a cuppa in hand, while enjoying the botanical-decorated surrounds.


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Address: 1 Raffles Place #B1-34, Singapore 048616
Opening hours: 7.30am – 9.30pm (Mon to Fri)

In need of a quick caffeine fix? Drop by the conveniently located Parallel (they have two outlets in the CBD). Raffles City is the brand’s second outlet, where they run regular $2 Friday promotions on their coffee menu for an affordable treat. For those familiar, Parallel makes their coffee using beans from specialty coffee roaster Common Man Coffee Roasters. Beyond just coffee, folks with a sweet tooth can get a healthy dose of sugar with their range of smoothies and acai bowls. Made without added fructose or syrups, Parallel serves up acai bowls (from $8.90) that come packed with natural goodness from ingredients like goji berries, sunflower seeds and nut butter.

 This article was adapted from Teenage Portfolio 2019.

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Shop These 10 Best Taobao GSS Deals From 16 To 18 June!

14 Jun 2019 by Jasmine Ong

In need of some online retail therapy? From 16 to 18 June, Taobao and TMall will be giving local shoppers plenty of reasons to shop with exciting deals on a wide range of products. As if that isn’t already enough of a reason to shop, the online shopping portal has prepared an all-new promotional treat aptly named ‘Jio-A-Friend’ – where users can unlock an exclusive discounted price of the same product link that they’ve shared with their friends. From beauty products to accessories and tech gadgets, here are 10 of the best Taobao x TMall GSS deals that you simply cannot miss!

#1 notime Electric Blackhead Remover and Pore Cleaner, $47


It’s fair to say that most of us have been plagued with a case of stubborn blackheads that has led to a rather painful removal session in the bathroom. But with the notime Electric Blackhead Remover and Pore Cleaner, you no longer need to dread the process. With the force of a small electric suction, you can now easily say goodbye to unsightly blackheads and hello to beautiful skin!

#2 Herschel x Hoffman Heritage Backpack, $49


Although there is still about two more weeks till the start of the new semester, it’s not too early to start getting your back-to-school gear. Designed in collaboration with Hoffman California Fabrics, the Herschel x Hoffman Heritage Backpack is a sturdy companion that you can rely on to carry your books to and from school.

#3 For Beloved One Facial Mask, $69 for 2 boxes


The best way to give your skin all the hydration it needs is through a 15-minute R&R with a cool sheet of For Beloved One Facial Mask. With a formula that aims to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, your skin is bound to feel firm, plumped and youthful from the inside out!

#4 Muzen Wireless Speaker, $79


The vintage trend has returned in the form of this trendy Muzen Wireless Speaker! Built with a nostalgic design and modern bluetooth connectivity, you can easily dance to the tunes of today with this gem from the past.

#5 Edifier Minions Truly Wireless Earphones, $79


Love all things Minions? Then you’ll surely love these adorable Edifier Minions Truly Wireless Earphones, which are ideal for use at home or when you’re out for a jog!

#6 Fujifilm Mini9 Instax Camera, $87


Compact and handy, the Fujifilm Mini9 Instax camera is perfect for capturing precious memories no matter where you are – and the best part about it? Your photos are printed in an instant!

#7 Superga Rainbow Sneakers, $79


Literally feel like you’re stepping on a rainbow with this pair of Superga Rainbow Sneakers that features the brand’s signature canvas and its lace-up entry, finished off with a multi-coloured rubber coated sole.

#8 Sephora Captain Marvel Brush Set, $79


Channel your inner Carol Danvers with this exclusive Sephora Captain Marvel Brush Set fashioned after the superheroine.

#9 3CE Tinted Water Tint, $23


Known as one of the most popular K-beauty brands, the 3CE Tinted Water Tint has a liquid formula that instantly delivers a jolt of colour with a light finish. To create the coveted gradient lip effect, simply apply the tint at the inner part of your lips and blend it out to achieve a K-pop star worthy look.

#10 aza Dinosaur Wallet, $16


Looking for a new wallet? Lightweight and small in size, the aza Dinosaur Wallet comes with a wristlet that makes it easily portable when you are in a rush.

The Taobao GSS campaign will run from 16 June to 18 June. Start shopping now!

You might’ve been wondering: what took Canon so long to launch their own range of instant camera printers? But it seems like the wait is for good reason.

The tech powerhouse just announced their foray into the instant-print game with the new iNSPiC [C] and iNSPiC [S]. The latest additions to its rebranded Mini Photo Printer lineup, the two models are introduced with a fresh logo and stunning new colours to boot. Think of it as an instant camera and compact printer hybrid, delivering instant gratification without losing the nostalgic appeal. Lightweight, stylish and a whole lotta fun – what’s not to love?

Make a bold statement with the iNSPiC [C] ($159) series, which comes awash in a palette of vibrant hues such as Bubble Gum Pink, Bumble Bee Yellow and Seaside Blue. Perfect for the snap-happy crowd, this one boasts a built-in 5MP camera and a small selfie mirror next to the camera lens so you can easily take selfies or wefies in a snap. Plus, it has a one-touch reprint button that lets you churn out multiple printouts sans the fuss.

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If you fancy something a little more classy, the iNSPiC [S] ($219) would be a delightful addition to your collection. It’s available in three ultra-sleek colours: Pearl White, Matte Black and Rose Gold. Don’t be fooled by its slim profile though; this pocket-sized beaut packs in a 8MP fixed focus camera so you can shoot and print instantly from just one device, without the need to perform a juggling act with a separate camera and printer. Both cameras also come with a micro SD slot that supports card capacities of up to 256GB so you can load up your memories safely in one space.

Canon iNSPiC [S]_Front_Rose Gold

Want to take your portrait game up a notch? Here’s the surprise: it’s equipped with a built-in LED ring light that circles the camera lens, giving you flawless lighting on the move to better capture nighttime shots. Pair it with the selfie mirror dome and you’ll have the ideal selfie-ready companion.

Adopting a formula famously used in most mini printers, the new Canon instant camera printer utilises ZINK technology to enable colour printing without the need for ink cartridges. The result? Crisp, glossy prints that are smudge-proof and scratch-resistant, complete with a peel-and-stick reverse side that you can adhere to the back of smartphones, laptops or just about any smooth surface. Just snap, stick and go!

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To make it double the cuteness, those who purchased the iNSPiC [C] or iNSPiC [S] will be able to bring home a special bundle of Craftholic premiums, which includes a limited edition pouch, lanyard and keychain plushie worth $59. BRB while we squeal.

The iNSPiC [C] and iNSPiC [S] will be available in Singapore at all authorised Canon dealers from 17 June 2019.

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It’s that time of the year where we celebrate the greatest man in our lives. From always playing the bad cop when we get in trouble to showing us affection in their own unique way, our fathers have always been quietly protecting and supporting us even when we assume they don’t. Now it’s our turn to show our appreciation for our wonderful dads!

Even as Father’s Day is soon approaching, it’s still not too late to go out and get a gift for good ol’ pops with our list of thoughtful picks.

Canon Rayo S1 Mini Projector, $599


If you have a dad who’s all about the latest tech gadgets, this might be something he’d enjoy. Great for work and play, the Canon Rayo S1 Mini Projector is built with a bluetooth speaker that produces clear and crisp sound quality and is equipped with 4GB worth of memory space to easily hold all of his business presentations or favourite movies. In addition to the easy-to-use features, the projector boasts various ways of connectivity ranging from Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and the USB port.

Available at Canon Singapore.

Collins Debden Notebook, $20.90


This Father’s Day, gift your dad a Collins Debden luxe leatherette notebook which has been intricately crafted to become the quintessential work and travel companion. Not only is it handy for everyday notes and to-do lists, this slim-sized notebook is brilliant for chronicling your dad’s greatest memories and adventures away from home.

Available at Kinokuniya Bookstore, NBC Stationery Store and Times Bookstore.

adidas Originals NMD R1, $200


Up his streetwear game with a pair of adidas Originals NMD R1 from JD Sports, which blends contemporary comfort with a retro-tech outlook that hypebeast dads will appreciate. It’s also designed with the Boost midsole to provide the utmost comfort using its responsive cushioning – perfect for everyday wear without compromising on the style factor.

Available at JD Sports.

OPPO Reno, from $849


Have a serious gaming dad in your life? Indulge his geeky obsessions by gifting him the brand new OPPO Reno. Available in two variants, the standard version is equipped with a full frontal panoramic OLED display and a 48MP camera, while the 10x zoom version comes with an additional 10x hybrid zoom capability for an unparalleled entertainment experience.

Available at Singtel, M1, Starhub and other authorised retailers.

Dry Pique Colorblocked Polo Shirt, $29.90


Get matching polo shirts with pops with the UNIQLO and Engineered Garments Collaborative Polo Shirt Collection! A reinterpretation of the wardrobe staple, the line features mismatched designs in oversized styles for a casual yet modern look.

Available at UNIQLO.

Storytel Gift Card, from $9.90 monthly


No time to read a book due to busy schedules? Storytel will do the trick. Hailing from Sweden, the audio book company is home to a wide collection of titles which include fiction, economy and business genres as well as an exclusive shelf of local works from homegrown publishers.

Available at Storytel.

Fitbit Inspire HR, $158


A great way to help encourage dad to pick up new healthy habits, the all-new Fitbit Inspire HR is the perfect fitness tracker for newbies. Equipped with an intuitive touch-screen interface, your dad will be able to easily track his fitness activity, sleep, heart rate and calorie burn – all on your wrist. You don’t have to worry about its battery life either – this trooper can power through day-to-night activities for up to five days.

Available at Lazada.

Sudio Nivå, $169


Great for dads who enjoy going for a run or evening stroll, Nivå is an affordable pair of truly wireless earphones from the established Swedish label, Sudio. Don’t be fooled by its compact size – this ear candy is more than capable of performing tasks such as controlling music selection and answering calls while out and about.

Available at Sudio.

Panasonic ES-SA40 Rechargeable Wet/Dry Men’s Shaver, $60


Every man needs a good shaver like the Panasonic ES-SA40 Rechargeable Wet/Dry Men’s Shaver – this one has a lightweight, waterproof design that makes it portable and durable for use, even in the shower. It also comes equipped with a slide-up trimmer which is ideal for grooming facial hair and sideburns.

Available at Best Denki and Harvey Norman.

JBL Flip 3 Stealth Edition, $179


Perfect for dads who can’t live without their music, the JBL Flip 3 Stealth Edition is an ultra-compact portable speaker that delivers up to 10 hours of powerful stereo sound. Featuring a waterproof design with a rechargeable battery, it’s the ultimate all-purpose entertainment companion that your dad will surely love.

Available at Shopee.

Elwyn Billfold Wallet, $188


Put together by lush leathers, hand-painted sides and hand-stitched detailing, the Elwyn Billfold wallet is a reinvented design by local brand, Gnome & Bow – just in time for Father’s Day.

Available at Gnome & Bow.

80-Min Men’s Treatment at Sulwhasoo Spa, $120


Sometimes, men need pampering too and this is your chance to indulge dad in a Men’s Spa Treatment at Sulwhasoo. The relaxing 80-minute session will include a deep-cleansing facial massage, which uses the men’s line of nourishing products to help nurture resilience in the skin and transform it into younger, vibrant-looking skin.

Available at Sulwhasoo Spa.

What are your plans this Father’s Day? Share it with us in the comments below!

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After shutting its doors back in 2016, the newly revamped Funan is set to make its highly-anticipated return to the retail scene after three years of redevelopment works.

Previously known as the Funan DigitaLife Mall, it used to be the go-to locale for tech-savvy locals looking for the latest IT, digital and mobile products. Come 28 June, shoppers can look forward to an all-new shopping destination that brings you the best of experiential and activity-based retail all under one roof.

Funan Shopping Mall Singapore 1

The new Funan will be home to over 180 concept and flagship stores with a focus on six main themes: tech, craft, play, fit, chic and taste. Besides returning brands such as tech giants Courts, Best Denki and Lenovo, as well as homegrown eateries Ya Kun Kaya Toast and Old Chang Kee, a plethora of up-and-coming tenants will be making their Funan debut as well. Here are some of the retail offerings you can expect:

Golden Village – It’s not just any other Golden Village; you’re looking at a mega seven-screen multiplex featuring two new seating concepts – Deluxe Plus and Gold Class Express. Virtual reality pods will also make an appearance in its foyer, which showcases popular games alongside other cinematic content for moviegoers.

TFX The first ever fitness centre in Singapore that comes with a swimming pool (yes, legit!) and an outdoor deck, complete with smart training systems to guarantee you a cutting-edge experience unlike any other.

Funan TFX

Love Bonito – Amongst the homegrown labels setting up stores in Funan, millennial shoppers are arguably most excited for the opening of fashion label Love, Bonito’s largest outlet in Singapore. No better reason to indulge in some retail therapy!

Edible Garden City – Living up to our name as a garden city is Edible Garden City, which operates a 5,000 square feet urban farm right smack in the middle of the seventh floor. Not only do they specialise in growing and supplying fresh produce straight to restaurants in Funan, visitors can also take part in multi-sensory tours and gardening workshops in the future.

Funan Edible Garden City

Tree Of Life – At the heart of Funan is its coretailing concept of Tree Of Life, which houses 20 retail pods that will introduce new pop-up concepts on a regular basis. Participating tenants include, where you can check out reviews of tech products filmed live in a media studio right in front of you.

Climb Central – An extension from the base of the Tree of Life, Climb Central is set to take centre stage at Level 1 – which operates the highest climbing facility in the Civic District.

Funan Climb Central

The Travelling C.O.W / MILKSHA – Over at Level 2 of the Tree of Life, two Volkswagen Kombi vans will be occupying the parking space at Funan – popular food truck The Travelling C.O.W, as well as Taiwanese bubble tea chain MILKSHA.

GamePro Shop – Longtime patrons of the old Funan might be familiar with GamePro Shop. Aside from getting your gaming fix, esports enthusiasts can also keep an eye out for future esports tournaments being held in its new space.

Other notable debuts include tech company Dyson’s first standalone beauty-centric store, bike manufacturer Brompton Junction’s first Southeast Asian flagship store, as well as the first DJI drone store in Singapore.

Photo credits: CapitaLand

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