Just when you thought nothing could beat last year’s headliner for Halloween Horror Nights, Universal Studios Singapore has upped the ante with frights that hit a little closer to home.

From 27 September to 31 October 2019, get ready to face your fears at Singapore’s most highly-anticipated annual scare fest! Back for its ninth edition, USS will be turning their family-friendly theme park into a place of frights at night, where you’ll get to experience five haunted houses, two scare zones and two killer shows. Here’s a closer look at what you can expect at Halloween Horror Nights 9.

#1 Take a trip to Thailand without leaving the country

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Following their inaugural IP-themed house last year, the Curse of the Naga is an original house conceptualised in collaboration with Parkpoom Wongpoom and Gunn Purijitpanya, better known as the directors of popular Thai horror films Shutter and 4bia. This spine-chilling attraction will take visitors from the vibrant streets of Bangkok, to a lost village in the outskirts that is caught under the spell of a snake spirit aka the Naga. It will feature elaborate designs, stunning special effects and original characters that are sure to frighten even your most gung-ho peer.

#2 Local urban legend brought to life

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We’ve all probably heard our fair share of spooky stories during camps, or experienced unexplainable occurrences at the chalets of yesteryears. Now, you’ll get a chance to uncover The Chalet Hauntings – which will bring together a collection of Southeast Asian ghosts in an illusion-fuelled location that will raise your fears and anxieties as you unravel the mystery behind the five missing teenagers.

#3 No clowning around here

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You might want to hold back on the clown jokes when you step into this abandoned carnival ground. At the Twisted Clown University, remorseless clowns have banded together to train the next generation of successors to become killers in an already coulrophobic society.

#4 These are no ordinary dolls

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Legend has it that the life-sized, hand-stitched dolls that were left behind in this abandoned Spirit Dolls village was a result of a massacre caused by an evil doll housing a vengeful spirit. Challenge yourself as you explore this village but be warned, don’t ever let your guard down!

#5 Morbid death metal show

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Join other frightful fanatics as you enjoy this scare zone that has been transformed to Death Fest, a hardcore music festival bursting with visually stunning pyrotechnics. If you visit the park on peak nights, you’ll get a chance to see the headlining Death Trap band on a never-before-seen morbid death metal procession around the park!

Don’t miss out on these other highlights of the event including a prison-themed haunted house aptly named Hell Block 9, an opportunity to witness strange funeral rites at the Dead End scare zone, and a chance to be tickled pink at Skin & Bones – the number one comedy show in the Underworld.

Get your early bird tickets from now till 1 September at $55 (non-peak) and $65 (peak). Subsequently, regular tickets will be available at $60 (non-peak) and $70 (peak). Tickets can be purchased from www.halloweenhorrornights.com.sg, and at Universal Studios Singapore ticket booths.

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8 Nostalgic Sweet Treats To Tuck Into This National Day

6 Aug 2019 by Jasmine Ong

With the nation’s birthday just right around the corner, it’s time to soak up the festivities by taking a trip down memory lane with some good ol’ desserts inspired by our iconic local flavours. From the rose-flavoured Bandung to the childhood favourite of paddle pop, here are eight familiar tastes that have been reimagined with a modern twist.

#1 The 1872 Clipper Tea Co: Flavours of Singapore Tea Collection

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Image credit: The 1872 Clipper Tea Co.

If you thought it wasn’t possible to drink your favourite kaya toast, homegrown brand The 1872 Clipper Tea Co. is here to prove you wrong. As an ode to Singapore’s 54th birthday, the tea gurus have concocted Teh Tarik and Kaya Toast blends as part of their Flavours of Singapore Tea Collection, which have been inspired by every Singaporean’s favourite breakfast. To recreate the Kaya Toast taste, the tea encompasses flavours from fragrant pandan leaves and tropical coconuts, which are then blended with toasty Ceylon black tea and sencha to give you that rich yet mellow blend.

The 1872 Clipper Tea Co. is located at ION Orchard #B4-07, Singapore 238801.

#2 RedMart x Ice Cream & Cookie Co: Onde Onde Ice Cream, Rojak and Peach Teh ‘O’ Sorbet

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In celebration of Singapore’s Bicentennial, the folks at RedMart have teamed up with local brand The Ice Cream & Cookie Co to present three locally-inspired flavours of frozen treats in a Fresh Scoops pack. Made from fresh produce available on RedMart, these unique flavours – namely Onde Onde, Rojak and Peach Teh ‘O’ – are all dairy-free and come in a ready-to-eat cup. An instant solution to beat the heat.

Available on Lazada.

#3 Gong Cha Singapore: Bandung Milk Tea with Strawberry Pearl

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Following Gong Cha’s National Day creation last year, the popular bubble tea chain has revised its special offering to the Bandung Milk Tea with Strawberry Pearl, which is available from now till 9 August at all Gong Cha Singapore outlets for $3.50 per cup. The Instagram worthy rose-flavoured drink comes in two distinct layers of colours, which turn into a pretty shade of pink after shaking it up.

Find your nearest Gong Cha outlet here.

#4 Nasty Cookie: Milo & Horlicks Soft Serve

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Located at the newly-opened Funan mall, local dessert shop Nasty Cookie has prepared two limited edition malty National Day soft serve flavours that will take you back to your childhood. Available from now till 11 August at Nasty Cookie Funan, the Milo and Horlicks soft serve are the ultimate indulgent treats that you won’t get enough of. Diehard Milo fans would be happy to note that the flavour comes in its own solo cone, complete with sprinklings of milo powder that resemble a Milo dinosaur.

Nasty Cookie is located at Funan Mall #02-35, Singapore 179105.

#5 Patisserie G: Bandung Eclair and Singapore-inspired Macarons

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Known for their exquisite selection of desserts, Patisserie G has joined other establishments in creating their own National Day treats. Available at both their Millennia Walk and Downtown Gallery outlets, the team has created the Bandung Eclair – a tribute to Singapore’s beloved rose drink which is made with a choux pastry topped with bandung chantilly, strawberry crunchy pearls and lime jelly. Not a fan of bandung? Five new local flavours of Yam, Salted Egg Yolk, Teh Tarik, Kaya and Kopi Butter are also added to their macarons menu.

Find your nearest Patisserie G outlet here.

#6 Creamier: Chendol Float

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There’s nothing like an ice-cold dessert to beat the Singapore heat. To help us with that, Creamier has come up with a sweet treat that perfectly encapsulates nostalgia with our unique Singaporean identity. The new Chendol Float is created with thick gula melaka syrup, sweetened red beans, chendol jelly, pandan-infused coconut milk, and topped off with their signature Sea Salt Gula Melaka ice cream. How shiok does that sound?

Find your nearest Creamier outlet here.

#7 Two Bakers: Nostalgia Series

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What could be better than an Instagrammable collection of desserts? Created by the talented team at Two Bakers, their Nostalgia series consists of eye-catching pastries that have taken the term re-invention to a whole new level. From the modern take of the peanut pancake to the old-fashioned chocolate rice cake and ever-iconic paddle pop, these uniquely Singaporean desserts will have you reminiscing our little red dot’s yesteryears with delight.

Two Bakers is located at 88 Horne Road, Singapore 209083.

#8 The Humble Scoop: Locally-Inspired Ice Cream

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With an all-year round menu that features an exciting range of local flavours, The Humble Scoop is every ice cream lover’s go-to place to enjoy a chilled, nostalgic treat. All flavours have been invented by the lady boss Yvonne and her team, who also hand-churns the ice cream. In addition to their earnest dedication in recreating these familiar flavours, they’ve also come up with adorable punny names such as Gam-Ba-Teh (Earl Grey Milk Tea), Orh-Haw (Hawthorn Berry) and Orh-Bee-Good (Pulut Hitam), which are bound to get a chuckle out of you when you place your order.

The Humble Scoop is located at Katong Shopping Centre #B1-92, Singapore 437844.

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We’re more than halfway through the year and to kickstart our last quarter of 2019, here are 16 events to get excited about alongside our highly-anticipated National Day long weekend.

1 to 12 August: Hugo x Liam Payne Capsule Pop-Up

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As Hugo’s new global ambassador, One Direction member Liam Payne has collaborated with the brand and designed an exclusive capsule which will be launched in Singapore from 1 August at the Hugo x Liam Payne Capsule Pop-Up. Held over two weekends, fans can participate in music-inspired workshops led by local creatives and artists, as well as take part in the daily Guitar Hero challenge where the daily top scorer will walk away with a Liam Payne T-shirt worth $139.

Admission is free, visit Hugo x Liam Payne Capsule Pop-Up for more information.

1 to 18 August: InstaKindness with Singa

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It doesn’t take much to be kind to others. Learn more about the Singapore Kindness Movement at this interactive exhibition as you try your luck at the Singa’s Paw Machine, colour the wall mural and enjoy the many photo opportunities at the photo wall. Plus, stand a chance to redeem a mini DIY Singa when you post a photo you’ve taken at the exhibition on your social media with the hashtag #BeGreaterSG.

Admission is free, visit InstaKindness With Singa for more information.

2 to 4 August: Singapasar 2019

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The third edition of Singapasar is back! Bringing together the best and the newest of all things Singapore, come and soak in the National Day cheer at this design-centric market where you can find homegrown brands with their locally designed (and made) furniture, apparel, accessories and more.

Admission is free, visit Singapasar 2019 for more information.

2 August to 15 September: Singapore River Festival 2019

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Back for its fifth year, the Singapore River Festival spans across three quays along the Singapore River where guests can enjoy a highlight event at each location that suits their vibe. Aside from the live music performances, you’ll also get to indulge in local delights like ha cheong kai, sambal sotong and wanton mee!

Admission is free, visit Singapore River Festival 2019 for more information.

3 & 4 August: Music For A Cause 2019

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Known as Singapore’s social cause music festival, Music For A Cause returns for its fourth edition as part of the YOUTHX weekend – with two days of good music featuring 13 local acts such as Joanna Dong and Charlie Lim, who are performing in support of 16 social causes.

Admission is free, visit Music For A Cause 2019 for more information.

10 & 11 August: Gardens By The Bay and MediaCorp National Day Concert

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Come enjoy the National Day long weekend at Gardens by the Bay with two days of exciting performances from renowned homegrown acts such as Kit Chan, Kumar and rising sensation Jasmine Sokko. Plus, you’ll also be able to fuel up with food trucks at the venue, and get up-close with your favourite local celebs!

Admission is free, visit Gardens by the Bay for more information.

15 August: The Black Skirts ‘Thirsty’ Asia Tour 2019

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Following the release of his most recent studio album, indie singer-songwriter Brian Cho (or better known by his moniker The Black Skirts) is set to take the stage in Singapore as part of his Thirsty Asia Tour with a lineup of chart-topping singles. Don’t miss your chance to catch this critically-acclaimed one-man band who will be playing here for one night only!

Tickets from $98, visit Universe Events for more information.

15 August: The Vamps Four Corners Tour in Singapore

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British pop rock band The Vamps is making their return to Singapore as part of their Four Corners 2019 Tour. Labelled as one of their biggest tour thus far, expect to dance and sing along to their latest hit ‘All Night’ as well as their classics ‘Wild Heart’ and ‘Can We Dance’.

Tickets from $128, visit SISTIC for more information.

15 to 18 August: LumiNation 2019

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What makes us Singaporean? Explore our Singaporean identity with LumiNation 2019 held in conjunction with National Day. Through performances and talks, you’ll learn more about how we’ve built our identity as well as better understand the relationship between the self, place and space to create a fuller sense of belonging.

Admission is free unless otherwise stated, visit LumiNation 2019 for more information.

16 August: Kang Daniel Fan Meeting Color On Me in Singapore

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Former Wanna One member Kang Daniel is headed to Singapore for his first ever fanmeeting following his debut as a soloist. As part of his Color on Me Asia Tour, fans can expect to be treated to loads of interactive moments as well as performances of tracks from his recently released solo album. What’s more, all ticket holders will be entitled to a set of premium gifts which comprises of an official poster and an exclusive fan!

Tickets from $98, visit SportsHubTix for more information.

16 to 18 August: Carouselland 

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The online marketplace Carousell is back for its fourth annual flagship event, Carouselland. Get ready to enjoy three whole days of fun retro games, unique crafts, sharing sessions from influencers and much more. Feel free to shop from over 300 specially curated vendors or get snap-happy at the various Instagrammable spots located around the venue!

Admission is free, visit Carouselland for more information.

19 August: Trevor Noah Loud & Clear Tour 2019

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Known famously as the host of the The Daily Show, Trevor Noah is a successful comedian, host and author who is about to make his debut here as part of his all-new standup show, Loud and Clear. With his sharp wit, intelligent commentary and unmistakable charm, you’re in for a night full of laughs that you will not forget.

Limited tickets are still available, visit SISTIC for more information.

20 August: Alec Benjamin Caught In The Middle World Tour

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Acclaimed singer-songwriter Alec Benjamin is coming to Singapore for his debut concert as part of his first world tour. Experience a night full of familiar songs both old and new, such as ‘Let Me Down Slowly’, ‘I Built A Friend’ and fan-favourite ‘Death of a Hero’.

Tickets from $108, visit APACTIX for more information.

23 to 31 August: Singapore Night Festival

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Experience the nightlife in a different light at the Singapore Night Festival as the Bras Basah and Bugis district transforms into an experiential wonderland. Over the course of two weeks, come and be part of this exciting event as you watch facades of iconic landmarks coming to life using artistic expressions and animated storytelling. Patrons can also look forward to a lineup of exhilarating international and local art performances!

Admissions is free unless otherwise stated, visit Singapore Night Festival for more information.

24 August: 2019 NU’EST Concert <Segno> In Singapore

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The wait is over – K-pop boy group NU’EST is set to take the stage at their first-ever solo concert here in Singapore! Since releasing their sixth mini album as part of their latest comeback, the boys have gone on to conquer a number of music charts before kicking off their concert tour in Seoul with a three-day show. Get ready to feel their energy in an electrically-charged night filled with tunes from their extensive discography.

Tickets from $148, visit SportsHubTix for more information.

25 August: 2019 SF9 Live Fantasy #2 Unixerse in Singapore

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Fantasys, are you ready to welcome the talented boys of SF9 back to our shores? Although returning to Singapore for the second time, this will be the nine-member group’s first full-fledged concert here as part of their Asia tour. Fans can expect to see special stages as well as live renditions of new tracks off their latest mini album, RPM.

Tickets from $118, visit APACTIX for more information.

Which event will you be attending this August? Let us know in the comments below!

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It’s always good to support homegrown businesses and what better time to #SupportLocal than during our nation’s birth month? August is littered with tons of markets and fleas that feature Singaporean brands and artists for a month-long celebration – time to bust out the flags and get to shopping!

2 to 4 Aug: Singapasar 2019 Edition

Back for its fourth run, Singapasar reclaims its location at the National Design Centre to showcase a collection by homegrown talents that represent Singapore’s identity and culture, where some 32 brands will set up shop. Happening on the weekend before National Day, forage through the stands and you just might find locally designed/made apparels, accessories and bags suited to your taste, books by local authors and of course, food and beverages.

2 to 4 Aug: All Things Singaporean Bayfront Pop-Up Market

As the attractions at Gardens by the Bay bloom with brand new exhibitions and shows to commemorate our 54th birthday, pop by the Bayfront Marketplace for adorable little trinkets, including metal straw sets, stationery and snacks. Always one to support local social services, the bazaar has also partnered up with various social service organisations to raise funds for their beneficiaries at the pop-up.

3 Aug: Lelong! Lelong! Sustainable Fashion Swap

WeWork partners up with The Fashion Pulpit for a swap flea just in time for National Day. The Lelong! Lelong Sustainable Fashion Swap will also feature local favourite sustainable brands including cruelty-free skincare Re:erth and Want Skincare, independent womenswear label Qlothe and upcycled fashion Muta Wear – all held at the newly revamped Funan mall.

3 Aug: Design Pasar

In support of local artists, craftsmen and designers, Foreign Policy Design Group will be hosting Design Pasar; a pasar malam-style neighbourhood craft market for the creative community. Find homeware and porcelain plates by Supermama, gorgeous bouquets by Floral Magic, and even delectable bites from The Refinery Singapore and Creamier Handcrafted Ice Cream and Coffee. Shop to the sounds of live local indie bands and DJs, or stay for the free artistic showcases by Tell Your Children, Ejtee and Old World Charm.

16 to 18 Aug: Carouselland: Small Dreams, Big Possibilities

Themed ‘Small Dreams, Big Possibilities’, this year’s physical manifestation of Carousell’s marketplace stretches across three days with an extensive list of over 300 vendors manning booths offering various knick-knacks in honour of everyday aspirations – including anything from vintage clothes and accessories to retro games and home decor. Workshops, game stations and an interactive trail of sure-win prizes await!

30 Aug to 1 Sep: Twilight: Flea & Feast

Twilight: Flea & Feast is Singapore’s answer to the famed weekend hawker markets from the land down under, playing host to a plethora of the tastiest street food around the globe. Besides over 50 F&B stalls, get your fix of retail therapy from over 100 booths offering fashion, furnishing, skincare and more. Entertainment is supplied in the form of games and movies – all you have to bring are your friends!

A version of this article first appeared on SG Magazine.

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Fans of BLACKPINK will soon be able to own some next-level merchandise – in the form of Samsung’s new BLACKPINK-themed collection! 

It’s safe to say that the collective K-pop community has reached a point where we’d cop anything and everything that BLACKPINK – comprising Jennie, Rose, Jisoo and Lisa – endorses (case in point: this designer dress that Jennie wore in her recent Instagram post sold out in minutes). From beauty brands like Moonshot to sportswear labels like Adidas and even automobile bigwig KIA, the quartet has been snatching up major endorsements deals left, right and centre.

Earlier this year, BLACKPINK delighted Android users everywhere when it was announced that the girl group will be the new global ambassadors for Samsung, starting with the hugely popular Galaxy A series. Teaming up with the tech giant for yet another collaboration, Samsung will be rolling out the BLACKPINK Special Edition set specially for fans of BLACKPINK. Retailing at $1,198, the limited edition bundle consists of a Galaxy A80, Galaxy Watch Active and Galaxy Buds – all BLACKPINK themed!

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Although the hefty price tag might seem a tad too steep, fans will be glad to know that you’ll also be able to score exclusive content along with your purchase. Curated themes, icons and a personalised homescreen photo carousel will be available on the Galaxy A80, complete with a BLACKPINK booting animation that launches upon start up. Oh, and it comes with a set of BLACKPINK character stickers to share with your fellow BLINK pals.

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Similarly, the Galaxy Watch Active will also feature the BLACKPINK booting animation, as well as stylish watch faces in line with the black and pink theme.

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The Galaxy Buds adopt the same colour scheme as well.

BLACKPINK fans, it looks like your merch collection’s about to get real high-tech!

The BLACKPINK Special Edition will be retailing at $1,198 from 1 August 2019, available at all Samsung Experience Stores and the official Samsung store on Lazada.sg, while stocks last.

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