It seems that the surprises just keep on coming for Singapore ARMYs! As if the recent UNIQLO and BT21 collaboration wasn’t enough to delight avid BTS fans, Changi Airport has decided to up the ante by launching an exclusive pop-up experience with LINE FRIENDS and BT21.

From now till 8 August, head on down to Changi Airport Terminal 3 to browse the extensive range of limited edition BROWN & FRIENDS merchandise, with some items making their first ever appearance in Singapore such as the BROWN SHARK and SALLY OCTI as well as the LINE FRIENDS JUNGLE BROWN collection.

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In addition to the BROWN & FRIENDS products, diehard fans of BTS are also in for a treat at the pop-up store with a dedicated section packed full of BT21 goodies. From stationary goods to cuddly cushions, tech gadgets to bag charms, you can now get your hands on rare collectibles that carry the design of your favourite BT21 character without even leaving the country. You can even get first dibs on recent collections such as the BT21 Von Voyage Summer Dolls. Just be prepared to brave the queues!

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While we’re definitely expecting the products to be snapped up quickly, fans will be glad to know that new merchandise for both BROWN & FRIENDS as well as BT21 will be added to the shelves weekly, with the older collections getting restocked on a regular basis. So if you’re on the hunt for a particular item, you might be in luck the next time you visit.

That’s not all; in celebration of the launch weekend special from 28 to 30 June, the first 50 shoppers in line at the LINE FRIENDS pop-up store will get to walk away with an exclusive LINE FRIENDS character balloon.

ARMYs, you know what to do!

The LINE FRIENDS pop-up experience runs daily from 28 June to 8 August 2019, 10am to 11pm at Changi Airport Terminal 3, Departure Hall (next to the link bridge to Jewel).

More related stories: All The BT21 Collaborations Every ARMY Should Add To Their BTS CollectionHere’s Your First Look At The New UNIQLO X BT21 Collaboration

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As if the return of the Nasi Lemak burger wasn’t enough to get McDonald’s devotees salivating, the major F&B chain has decided to spice up their offerings with a plethora of new treats to indulge in. From 27 June, McDonald’s Singapore will be introducing a total of five items, which consists of a spicy classic revamp along with all-new additions to the menu. Here’s a taste of what you can expect:

McSpicy Deluxe, from $5.90

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Without a doubt the most popular patty on the current menu, everyone’s all-time favourite McSpicy gets a Deluxe upgrade with white cheddar cheese, a slice of tomato and an extra kick of tomato jalapeño relish – all tucked between a soft cornmeal dusted bun.

Creamy Herb Chicken Pie, from $1

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Making its return to the snack menu since its limited launch last year, the Creamy Herb Chicken Pie is back to satisfy your cravings when you’re in need of a savoury treat. Packed with chicken, carrots, potatoes, peas and mushrooms, get ready for a burst of creamy goodness as you bite into its crispy and flaky pie pocket.

McMuffin Stack, from $5.30

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Enjoy a hearty brekkie with the all-new McMuffin Stack, which is stacked with two sausage patties, crispy chicken bacon strips, a sunny-side up egg and melted cheddar cheese sandwiched between toasted wholegrain muffins. Unlike its McGriddles buddy, this new item is only available during breakfast hours.

Bandung Soft Serve, from $1

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Known for their interesting soft serve renditions, the team at McDonald’s has come up with yet another familiar flavour that will definitely resonate well with Singaporeans: the nation’s beloved pink drink. The refreshing lineup of Bandung ice cream desserts will be available exclusively at all dessert kiosks and you can get it in your preferred choice of a Cone, Twist Cone, ChocoCone, Strawberry Sundae or McFlurry.

Kueh Salat Cake, from $5.20 each

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Available at all McCafe outlets, the Kueh Salat cake is a kueh-licious combination of pandan mousse, sponge cake and sticky rice topped with coconut flakes. If you’re a fan of all things pandan, this nostalgic creation may just be the perfect dessert for you!

The new items will be available at all McDonald’s Singapore outlets from 27 June 2019, while stocks last.

Though the June school holidays have come and gone, that doesn’t mean it’s back to the boring regular programming. Here are 14 exciting events to look out for in the month of July that will put the pep back in your step!

5 to 14 July: Ballet Under The Stars

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A spectacular lineup of breathtaking ballet performances awaits you in the 24th edition of Ballet Under the Stars! Over two weekends, enjoy a leisurely picnic as you spend an evening with dancers from the Singapore Dance Theatre who will be performing highlights from some of the world’s most famous classical ballets.

Tickets from $40, visit SISTIC for more information.

5 July to 4 August: KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities

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World-famous performance troupe Cirque du Soleil is back with a brand new show that takes you on a fantastical journey to a world where anything is possible. Making its temporary home under an all-new Big Top, get ready to be blown away by the international cast of world-class gymnasts, acrobats, contortionists and more as they showcase their tricks set to an energetic soundtrack.

Tickets from $95, visit SISTIC for more information.

6 July: 2019 Kim Jae Hwan Fan Meeting [Min:D] in Singapore

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The talented former lead vocalist of Wanna One, Kim Jae Hwan, is coming to Singapore for his very first fanmeeting. Having kicked off his solo career in May this year, Jae Hwan has released a mini album, sold out his Seoul fanmeeting and even scored two wins for his debut track ‘Begin Again’. So it’s safe to say that WIN:Ds are in for a memorable night come 6 July.

Tickets from $98, visit APACTIX for more information.

7 July: Bae Jin Young 1st Fanmeeting Tour in Singapore ‘Im Young’

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Wannables are indeed a lucky bunch! Just a day after Jae Hwan’s fanmeeting, fellow Wanna One member Bae Jin Young will also be making a stop here as part of his Asian fanmeeting tour to meet local fans through specially-prepared stages. All ticket holders will not only have the chance to get up-close with Jin Young for a hi-touch, but also take home a souvenir poster!

Tickets from $98, visit APACTIX for more information.

13 July: TWICE World Tour 2019 ’Twicelights’ in Singapore

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Returning to Singapore for their third world tour, the ladies of TWICE are back to treat ONCEs with an all-new production that includes stunning visual effects and eye-catching stage performances. Apart from delighting fans with their recent comeback track ‘Fancy’, the group will also be performing some of their iconic earworms such as ‘Cheer Up’, ’TT’ and ‘Yes or Yes’.

Tickets are fully sold out, visit SportsHubTix for more information.

17 July: Bazzi Live in Singapore 2019

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Already destined for greatness in the music industry, the talented Bazzi is set to grace our shores for his first ever solo concert! Be prepared for a night of infectious R&B and pop-infused tunes that will definitely include his viral hits such as ‘Mine’ and ‘Beautiful’.

Tickets from $78, visit APACTIX for more information.

20 July: Charity Screening of Disney’s The Lion King by Beyond Social Services

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Be a part of this meaningful initiative organised by Beyond Social Services to help raise funds for disadvantaged youths and families while enjoying a feel-good movie of The Lion King. Each ticket will entitle you to an invite for the screening as well as a popcorn and drink set. All proceeds gathered from this screening will go towards supporting the efforts of Beyond Social Services – so gather the whole fam to contribute to this great cause!

Tickets from $80, visit Giving SG for more information.

20 July: 2019 GFriend Asia Tour [Go Go GFriend!] in Singapore

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After three long years, K-pop darlings GFriend are headed back to Singapore to delight local Buddys with a full-length show. Having sold out their recent concert in Seoul, these six talented girls are ready to charm and serenade you with their string of hit songs like ‘Me Gustas Tu’ and ‘Sunrise’.

Tickets from $148, visit APACTIX for more information.

20 July: NCT 127 World Tour ‘Neo City: Singapore – The Origin’

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Since announcing their world tour earlier in the year, K-pop sensation NCT 127 has finally added a Singapore stop to their tour. Having recently made their comeback with their fourth mini album ‘We Are Superhuman’ and making their debut performance on Good Morning America, the multinational group will be lighting up the stage with chart-topping tracks such as ‘Limitless’, ‘Cherry Bomb’ and ‘Superhuman’.

Tickets from $168, visit SportsHubTix for more information.

21 July to 1 September: Aladdin The Musical

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Making Singapore its only stop in Asia, the hit Broadway musical Aladdin is set to transport you to a colourful and magical world with spectacular sets, lavish costumes and iconic classic songs from the beloved animation.

Tickets from $68, visit SISTIC for more information.

24 July to 4 August: M1 Peer Pleasure Youth Theatre Festival 2019

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After a one-year hiatus, the nation’s only annual theatre festival by youths returns to explore the issue of poverty in Singapore. The lineup includes original festival plays and a participatory theatre piece, along with masterclasses, dialogues and workshops.

Tickets from $20, visit M1 Peer Pleasure for more information.

27 July: AB6IX 1st Fanmeeting <1st ABNEW> in Singapore

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Rookie boy group AB6IX will be coming to Singapore for their first official fanmeeting! In addition to interacting with fans, the newly-minted quintet will also be performing songs from their first mini album including the title track ‘Breathe’, which was co-composed by member Lee Dae Hwi.

Tickets from $98, visit APACTIX for more information.

27 and 28 July: National Theatre Live Screenings

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Don’t miss your chance to catch some of the finest theatre productions on screen! Through the aim of broadcasting theatre from the stages of National Theatre to the world, comes National Theatre Live which films its performances live for screening in more than 40 countries. Available titles this season are: Antony & Cleopatra, War Horse and King Lear.

Tickets from $20, visit SISTIC for more information.

27 and 28 July: The Fifty Cents Fest

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Indulge in yummy Hokkien dishes at the fourth edition of The Fifty Cents Fest! Held as part of the Singapore Food Festival, come and experience a multi-sensory, gastronomical experience soaked with the most authentic local flavours.

Admission is free, visit Chinatown Food Street for more information.

What are your plans this July? Tell us in the comments below!

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7 New And Upcoming Shopping Malls In JB To Check Out

17 Jun 2019 by Jasmine Ong

Known as a shopping Mecca for Singaporeans, Johor Bahru has been the go-to destination for locals thanks to its close proximity and affordability. Besides our usual haunts, it seems that our causeway neighbour has been quietly expanding as they make room for new shopping and entertainment destinations. To give you a preview of what’s to come, here are some upcoming shopping malls to pencil into your future itinerary.

#1 Mid Valley Southkey

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Having opened just late last month, Mid Valley Southkey is the largest integrated shopping mall in the Johor region, which was inspired by Mid Valley Megamall in Kuala Lumpur. Apart from housing affordable street brands like Cotton On and Uniqlo, the mall is also home to luxury names such as Dior, Kate Spade and Chanel. Given the sheer size of the mall, plenty of dining options are also available – from Southern Fried Chicken to Thai boat noodles, you can have your pick from the delicious array of cuisines hailing from any corner of the globe!

Address: Jalan Bakar Batu, Southkey, 81100 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia

#2 Toppen Shopping Centre

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Set in Tebrau City, this gem of a mall will be opening its doors come end-2019 with four levels of shops and a rooftop space that will include up to 300 retail, dining, leisure and entertainment options. Probably sounding a little familiar to VivoCity, the rooftop space will also feature play areas as well as a community garden and sporting facilities. Plus, it’s linked to IKEA so that’s one more reason to hightail it to Toppen Shopping Centre when it opens!

Address: Taman Desa Tebrau, 81100 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia 

#3 Sunway Big Box Village

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Probably a shopping concept we’ve never quite experienced before in Singapore, Sunway Big Box Village is touted as the first-of-its-kind retail park in Malaysia. This open-air strip mall features over 80 warehouse concept stores from quality brands alongside an X-treme Park as well as a hotel. Though there isn’t much information available yet, this interesting new project is slated to open at the end of this year.

Address: Persiaran Medini 5, Iskandar Puteri, Sunway Iskandar, Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia

#4 Beletime Danga Bay

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If you would like a change of scenery, Beletime Danga Bay might just be what you’re looking for. Due to open end-2019, discover a whole new retail experience at this marine-themed two-storey lifestyle mall located at a seaside beach in Danga Bay. Apart from getting your groceries at the Japanese supermarket brand AEON, you might also want to take some time to enjoy the 3D cinema – which promises a fully-immersive 3D visual spectacle unlike any other.

Address: Lot PTB 22056, Danga Bay, Jalan Skudai, Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia

#5 Larkin Junction Mall

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Strategically located within close proximity to Larkin Sentral transportation hub, the upcoming Larkin Junction Mall is set to deliver diverse experiences across all of its five levels. From fashion to dining and entertainment, you can be assured of a quality shopping experience boosted with a carefully curated mix of over 150 shops.

Address: Jalan Dewata, 80350 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia

#6 Eco Galleria

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With architecture inspired by Singapore’s legendary Raffles Hotel, Eco Galleria is a combination of the timeless European shopping streets and arcades that contribute to the high-street experience. Come December 2019, this modern mall is set to offer a unique shopping, dining and entertainment in an environment that’s contemporary yet nostalgic all at once.

Address: 25, 27, 29 Jalan Eko Botani 3/5, Taman Eco Botani, 79100 Nusajaya, Johor, Malaysia

#7 Mall of Medini

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Though not entirely new, the Mall of Medini is currently undergoing a revamp and will be unveiling its brand new look along with the addition of more retail brands in September 2019. While information about the retail cluster has been kept under wraps, frequent visitors of the mall are already hopeful that they would get to see big-name brands such as H&M, Starbucks, TGV Cinemas and Chatime at the re-opening.

Address: 79100 Nusajaya, Johor, Malaysia

Which mall will you be heading to on your next JB trip? Tell us in the comments below!

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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