The National Day long weekend is just around the corner, and what better way to celebrate local culture than experiencing a heritage food trail?

As part of the #sginsiders Staycation Package that runs till October, Park Regis Singapore is bringing back their annual trail to take you on a culinary journey along the cultural district of Chinatown. Through a three-hour guided tour held every Saturday, you’ll be able to savour a variety of familiar local delights – from the quintessential breakfast staple of kaya toasts, to traditional desserts that are sure to evoke a sense of nostalgia. It’s time to jio your makan kakis!

First stop: Hong Lim Market and Food Centre

Your day starts off with a humble cup of kopi and a generous spread of kaya jam slathered over thin crisps of golden-brown toast – served with a lot of heart at the Hong Lim Market and Food Centre, which is home to some of the most iconic hawker cuisines in Singapore.

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Before you make your way to the next location, we recommend dabao-ing a couple of freshly-made curry puffs from the famous Tanglin Crispy Curry Puff stall. It’s said that the folks sell more than 4,000 curry puffs per day, so you wouldn’t want to miss out on all that flaky goodness.

Second stop: Tong Heng Delicacies

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At first glance, Tong Heng looks just like any other hipster bakery with its modern interior. But walk through the door and you’ll realise this is the same pastry shop well-loved for its famous diamond-shaped egg tarts. The 83-year-old establishment has since undergone a major revamp in order to cater to the millennial crowd, but its old-school charm is evident in the rows of traditional pastries on display.

Third stop: Mei Heong Yuen Dessert

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Venturing further into the heart of Chinatown, we pop by Mei Heong Yuen Dessert to cool off from the scorching heat with some refreshing sweets. Tucked away at a corner shophouse, this unassuming dessert shop has everything from ice kachang to cheng tng, but what we’re here for is its famed traditional pastes – its almond and sesame pastes are to die for.

Fourth stop: Lee Chee Guan

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Who says bak kwa is only a Chinese New Year thing? Although it’s known mostly as a popular CNY snack, we certainly don’t mind having it 365 days a year if it’s from Lim Chee Guan. No stranger to the local foodies, the time-honoured bak kwa maker has been serving up these irresistible slices of sweet and savoury meat since 1938 so you know they’re pretty darn legit.

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After stuffing your face with a local feast, make your way back to Park Regis Singapore to enjoy the rest of the staycation experience. With luxurious rooms, a 25-metre lap pool (with cascading waterfall!) and a well-equipped gym, there’s everything you need for a cosy, laidback stay – it’s like having a weekend getaway without actually going anywhere.

The best part? We like that it’s strategically located in the heart of the CDB, just a stone’s throw away from the Clarke Quay MRT. So if you’re not in the mood for lounging in, make the most of your weekend by exploring the Chinatown area like a tourist, or soaking in the vibrant entertainment scene at Clarke Quay instead. There’s plenty to look, see and do!

The #sginsiders Heritage Food Trail will run from now till October 2019 as part of the #sginsiders Staycation Package ($218+) at Park Regis Singapore.

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In celebration of McDonald’s 40th anniversary in Singapore, everyone’s favourite fast food giant has launched the brand new McDonald’s App offering exclusive deals and offers, available for download on App Store and Google Play Store from 22 July.

If you’re wondering if this is the same app as the currently existing McDelivery App, you would be happy to know that they are two entirely different apps. This new app works as an all-in-one comprehensive platform that incorporates familiar features of their website – such as McDelivery, My Feedback, Restaurant Locator and nutritional information – with a personalised experience through its exclusive ‘Deals’ tab.

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With each deal redeemed, the McDonald’s App will start to recognise each customer’s preference so new and exciting deals can be introduced according to their buying habits. For example, if you often redeem dessert-related deals, the next time you return to the app, you will see more dessert offers available for you. Plus, once you download the app, new users will automatically receive a one-time welcome deal where you can get a Filet-O-Fish for $1 with any purchase!

These exclusive deals will be available for redemption at all McDonald’s self-ordering kiosks, restaurant front counters and drive-thrus except McDelivery and GrabFood orders, as well as McDonald’s outlets that are within campus sites. To redeem your offer, simply select the deal within the app and click ‘Activate’ to load up the QR code. 

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You can download the new McDonald’s App from the App Store and the Google Play Store, or simply scan the QR code above!

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If you’ve ever been to the Philippines, you’d have probably heard of Maxi Mango.

Just a visit to any of the 43 outlets there, and you’ll easily be greeted with snaking lines of mango-crazed locals who are willing to queue for as long as four whopping hours in the insane heat. But those with a sweet tooth no longer have to fly all the way to the Philippines to get your mango fix – the Davao-based franchise will be opening their very first flagship store right here in Singapore!

Set to open its doors at Capitol Piazza this August, Maxi Mango will be bringing five of their signature soft serves to town: Mango Graham, Mango Keso, Mango Ube, Mango Coconut, as well as the highly-raved Maxi Mango.

Maxi Mango Soft Serve

Unlike other mango desserts, the brand prides itself on using the juiciest, sweetest mangoes to make their soft serves. Plus, these mangoes are specially imported from the Philippines so you can expect to be served only the freshest treats. For an extra hint of indulgence, you can also choose to add extra toppings such as crushed graham crackers, cheese, purple yam or fresh coconut.

Maxi Mango Signautre

Maxi Mango PH

In addition to its soft serve menu, don’t miss out on other must-try items including the classic Filipino Mango Shake and the original Mango Graham Shake. Just gotta be prepared for the queuing frenzy!

Image credits: Maxi Mango PH Facebook

Maxi Mango officially opens on 2 August 2019 at Capitol Piazza, #B2-29.

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5 Things To Look Out For At Singapore Comic Con 2019

15 Jul 2019 by Jasmine Ong

Fans of all things pop culture rejoice: the annual Singapore Comic Con (SGCC) returns this year from 7 to 8 December at Marina Bay Sands with a star-studded lineup of comic illustrators and toy designers, as part of the Singapore Media Festival (SMF).

Formerly known as the Singapore Toys, Games and Comics Convention (STGCC), the newly rebranded convention is back for its 12th run with two days of fandom madness for everyone to satisfy their nerdiest desires. To help you make the most of your weekend adventure, here are five things you can look out at this year’s SGCC.

#1 Get upclose with DC Comics artists 

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If you’re a DC Comics aficionado, you’re in luck as New York Times best-selling artist Mark Simpson aka Jock and DC Comics’ Batman series artist Greg Capullo will be making their way here for SGCC. Famed for their artworks in titles such as 2000 AD, Wolverine and the award-winning Batman: The Black Mirror series as well as Quasar, X-Force and Spawn respectively, fans can stand a chance to rub shoulders with the duo and get your prized comics signed in person.

#2 Meet popular illustrator Tara McPherson

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Known for creating art pieces that explore otherworldly characters borne from the complexities of the human psyche, leading female illustrator and toy artist Tara McPherson will be in town to meet with fans of her work while giving the uninitiated a peek at her stunning illustrations.

#3 Get in the e-sports action at the PVP finals

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The stage is set for e-sports fanatics to enjoy the final showdown between PVP Community Leagues in games such as Mobile Legends: Bang Bang and DOTA 2. Plus, guests will also get a chance to rub shoulders with professional gaming influencers and experience the latest development for AR and VR in gaming technology at the exclusive industry showcases.

#4 Experience old-school gaming from Gamersaurus Rex

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If you’ve seen Stranger Things, you might be one of those who’ve always wondered what it would be like to sit in on a Dungeons & Dragons session. Well, now you can have the tabletop game experience at SGCC and try your hand out at the various role-playing adventure games available! Not to worry if you’re a newbie as sessions for beginners will also be hosted, giving you a chance to learn as you play.

#5 Get first dibs on the latest merchandise

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The best part about conventions are the vast variety of exclusive merchandise up for grabs, which are made available to SGCC-goers before it hits stores. From the latest Hot Toys releases to the recent designer XM Studios figurines, it’s every collector’s ultimate paradise.

Singapore Comic Con will take place from 7 to 8 December 2019 at Marina Bay Sands. Tickets from $21, visit Singapore Comic Con for more information.

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If you don’t have time to constantly shop online but want to treat yourself once in a while, consider subscription boxes. By paying a monthly fee, you get a box of items ranging from snacks to apparel and everything in between, depending on the service you’ve subscribed to.

And here’s why it’s even better than something you picked up from the retail shelves: with most of them giving only the hint of a theme every month, what you receive will be a total surprise – just like how presents should be. Here are 10 themed subscription services (both local and international) to cater to vastly different tastes.

For the health nut: Boxgreen

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For those looking to switch up the nutritional value of your midday snacks, swing by snack subscription service Boxgreen. Offering the options of savoury, sweet or a mix of both in easy-to-keep bags, you can either choose your favourite varieties or receive recommendations based on your taste and dietary preference. To ensure that subscribers get the best bang for their buck, calories are measured by an in-house nutritionist so you know exactly what’s going into your body. As a bonus, a portion of proceeds of every box sold will go to providing meals for the less fortunate under soup kitchen Willing Hearts. Snacking while doing good? Sign us up! Price: $19.90/month

For the self-professed geek: Lootcrate

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Are movies, comics and games up your alley? Try out international geeks-only subscription Lootcrate. Each monthly box comes with a selection of pop culture swag such as wearables (think accessories and tees), vinyl figures and comic books. There are also franchise-specific subscriptions for most well-known fandoms, so if you’re thinking of stocking up on merch of your favourite superheroes or preparing for that eventual letter from Hogwarts (it’ll come one day!), Lootcrate is the one for you. Price: From $42/month (including shipping)

For indecisive shopper: Her Velvet Vase

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Homegrown fashion label Her Velvet Vase offers a subscription service for their Moodbox, where all you have to do is to indicate a Mood Preference and you’ll receive your apparel monthly. All the items in the Moodbox are hand-picked by a stylist, who will create a customised ensemble just for you, including accessories. Remember to indicate specific sizes so you get the right outfits catered for you! Price: From $50/month

For the dapper gent: Ohhmybox

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Guys, you’re not forgotten. Grooming products, fashion accessories and other gentlemen essentials come together in Ohhmybox, a male-oriented service which delivers monthly. Selected based on a short questionnaire, you get to bring home elegant cufflinks, fancy tech gadgets and an assortment of facial products when you order one up. Price: From $59/month

For the creative planner: Stickii Club

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From today’s to-do list to tomorrow’s reminders, bullet journals are often the medium of choice for those who love to jot down notes for their day. To spice up the pages, why not opt for a curated set of sticker sheets from Stickii Club? With three themes to choose from – Cute, Retro and Pop – along with the option to switch around anytime, these stickers make for beautiful spreads in journals and can be easily stored away using the Stickii Storage A5 insert for binders. For a peek at what each set consists of, keep a lookout for their spoiler posts on their social media pages around the end of the month! Price: $16.90/month (including delivery)

For the aesthetic bookworm: Carpe Librum

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“We deliver happiness, one book at a time” – that’s the slogan of Carpe Librum, which was started by a pair of book lovers who wanted to help grow the local book community. With a new theme introduced every month, these intriguing reads come carefully packaged in a tote bag with related merchandise that avid bookworms would definitely enjoy. Price: $35/bi-monthly for self-collection (additional fee required for delivery)

For the caffeine addict: Hook Coffee

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Mornings just aren’t the same without your daily cuppa. In a bid to keep you fuelled for the day ahead, Hook Coffee offers a subscription service of unique blends that you can take your pick from. Not only do they send whole/ ground beans, they also offer drip coffee bags and Nespresso compatible pods. Don’t fret if you don’t own a coffee maker – you can grab one off their site with their Home Brewing Starter Kits. You’ll also be able to select your intensity and preferred flavour profile to make sure that you receive a suitable blend every month. Price: From $14/month

For the tea aficionado: Gryphon Tea Company

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If you don’t fancy coffee, why not go for tea instead? Local tea brand Gryphon Tea Company offers its very own monthly subscription service, which allows you to save both time and money. Picking between two box sets, Artisan Curation and Gourmet Curation, a variety of products will be delivered to your doorstep so you can enjoy your selection in the comfort of your home. A longer subscription period also gives you a discount of up to 20 per cent, so order away! Spending over $60 in one order entitles you to free local delivery as well. Price: From $28.80/month

For the Japanophile: Japan Crate

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Love immersing yourself in all things Japanese? Japan Crate helps you to get your monthly fix, with up to five box options – Premium Japan Crate, Doki Doki Crate, Umai Crate, Gacha Gacha Crate and Kira Kira Crate – each for different facets of the ever-vibrant Japanese culture. While you can’t select your preferred items, rest assured that the Tokyo-based company will be sure to include Japan- only goodies to make the subscription box even more exclusive, with free shipping to boot! Price: From $38/month

For the furry friends: Perro Box

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Your pooches deserve a gift every now and then too! Perro Box gifts your fur-kid two treats, a toy, a chewy item and something extra every month, every two months or every year. Simply indicate your doggie’s size and how often you want the boxes – and you’ll be sure to come home to a box of treats in the first week of the month. Price: From $29.90/month

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