From Honey Butter Chips to the iconic Choco Pie, it’s no surprise that Korean snacks hold a special place in our hearts. While the snacks alone are enough to make us a loyal supporter, it’s often the celebrity endorsements that motivate our trips to the mart (especially when their promotional images are being used as part of the product packaging). Though these idol-fronted brands may be more of a common sight in kimchi land, it turns out that our local Korean marts have actually been quietly stocking up on these goodies. To get you started on your quest, here’s a list of products endorsed by your favourite celebs that you can get your hands on at anytime!

#1 BTS and Coca-Cola

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Although the Coca-Cola campaign has been launched since last year, local ARMYs can finally pick up all seven of these limited edition BTS cans without shopping online or leaving the country. Previously available only in convenience stores and supermarkets in Korea, it seems like our very own Korean marts have come through with these fizzy delights. And if you’re not a fan but you’re curious to know who’s who, here’s a breakdown of the colour representation on the cans: RM (Pink), Jin (Blue), Suga (Mint), J-Hope (Green), Jimin (Orange), V (Purple), Jungkook (Red).

#2 Park Seo Joon and Bibigo

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Since making waves in the K-drama world, Park Seo Joon is no stranger to the endless advertisement opportunities before him. Apart from endorsing international brands like Laneige and Gong Cha, the charming actor is also the face of Korean food brand, Bibigo. As their spokesperson, he endorses their range of pre-packed food products with a picture of him smiling on the packaging. Not all products come with his endorsement, but the kimbap seaweed wrap is a safe bet.

#3 BTS and Cold Brew by Babinski

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While most of us might not be familiar with Babinski, we might soon be acquainted after purchasing a bottle of their fragrant cold coffee. Widely popular in South Korea, the coffee brand is created by HY Fresh in collaboration with 2015 US Barista Champion, Charles Babinski. Unlike their competitors, the unique selling point of the coffee comes from the diligent mention of the actual brew dates on the packaging, which ensures consumers receive the freshest coffee possible.

Back in August 2018, the brand partnered with BTS to feature all seven members on their bottle packaging in a special Art Nouveau design series, which emphasised the romantic and artistic style of the group. While only the Americano flavour is available in Singapore for now, that shouldn’t be too much of a dealbreaker if you can have this gorgeous collectible to keep once you finish your drink.

#4 Nam Joo Hyuk and Nongshim Shrimp Cracker

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Known as the original shrimp flavoured snack, this light puffy snack was first produced by Nongshim back in 1971, and is now considered one of the most popular snacks in Korea. As if it isn’t already marketable on its own, the brand has engaged Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo’s Nam Joo Hyuk to endorse the product, which is now available in more variety of flavours including spicy shrimp!

#5 IU and Lotte Mongshell Cakes

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A popular snack that is similar to the famous Chocopie, Mongshell is filled with cream in place of the marshmallow found at the centre of the cake. As a huge fan of the product and having a sweet tooth herself, it’s no wonder IU jumped at the chance at being a part of the marketing campaign. Apart from starring in the various advertisements, the singer-actress had also lent her vocals for a special track related to the product that is aptly named the ‘Mongshell Song’.

#6 Gong Yoo and Maxim Kanu Coffee

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Gong Yoo’s longstanding partnership with Maxim began when they first selected him in hopes of tapping onto his well-received appeal as an actor. With Gong Yoo as the face of their product, they believed that it would help in enhancing the product’s overall image as a sophisticated coffee mix. And boy, did it work like a charm – Kanu Coffee has become one of the most sought-after instant coffee brands in Korea, offering up special seasonal blends and even iced coffee in its selections!

#7 Wanna One and Vita500

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Widely popular in Korea as the market’s leading energy boosting drink, Vita500 provides just the right amount of vitamin C for your body to help get you through the day. In celebration of its 18th anniversary, the brand collaborated with Wanna One for a promotional campaign which saw the release of 11 different bottles for each member. While the group may have disbanded in January, you can still get your Wanna One (and vitamin C) fix with these thirst-quenching keepsakes!

#8 Lee Seung Gi and Noble Coffee

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Unlike other coffee brands on the market, Noble Coffee prides itself as a premium health coffee brand that contains coffee polyphenols extracted from green coffee beans, which is known as an ingredient that’s beneficial in improving skin properties and micro circulatory functions. Perhaps that was the reason why Lee Seung Gi was chosen to endorse the brand. Not only is he multi-talented, the actor is also dubbed as the Nation’s ‘Um Chin-dal’ (mother’s friend’s son) – which gives the beverage brand a wholesome, healthy image that will appeal to the masses.

Featured image credit: SnackFever

Are there any other Hallyu-endorsed brands that you spotted at our local Korean marts? Let us know in the comments below!

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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.

Kebun 

 
 
 
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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.

Parallel 

 
 
 
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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

#9 3CE Tinted Water Tint, $23

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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

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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!

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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