Poké Balls at the ready! If you’ve not heard by now, Jewel Changi Airport is set to fulfill your Pokemon trainer dreams with the first-ever Pokémon Centre outside of Japan.

Since the launch of Pokémon Go in Singapore as well as the Pokémon event held at Changi Airport in 2016, excitement for the franchise is still at an all-time high – and it shows no signs of stopping. From Pokémon-centric events to pop-up cafes and even a Pokémon Run, it is clear just how much we Singaporeans love our Pokémon.


For those who are unable to fly out to visit the actual stores in Japan and Hong Kong, fret not  as the spanking new Jewel Changi Airport will be housing our very own Pokémon Centre Singapore!

Set to be a permanent brick-and-mortar business, the new retail outlet will offer locals and tourists exclusive merchandise and collectibles that are unique to Jewel — think old-school trading cards, adorable accessories and all the cuddly plushies that you can take home. So get ready to be spoilt for choice when you face the endless shelves of Pokémon goodies that call for you to catch ‘em all!

While there are currently not much details being revealed about this exciting new addition to our sunny island, we are optimistic that the final reveal will electrify us like Pikachu does Team Rocket.

Other notable brands making their debut at Jewel include Shake Shack, A&W, Naiise and more. Jewel Changi Airport is slated to open during the first half of the year in 2019.

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From glow-in-the-dark parties to spook-tacular horror fests, the month of October promises non-stop entertainment to shake up your boring nights!



Experience thrills and scares at Southeast Asia’s largest and most intense Halloween Horror Nights 8! Bravely immerse yourself in a night of endless terror as you venture into five haunted houses including the highly-anticipated Stranger Things collaboration with Netflix, and encounter your worst nightmares at the two scare zones and three killer shows. Don’t say we didn’t warn you!

Tickets from $58, visit Halloween Horror Nights Singapore for more information.



From heart-wrenching ballads like ’Stay with Me’ and ‘Pray’ to upbeat tunes like ‘Money On My Mind’ and ‘One Last Song’, be prepared for two emotionally-charged nights with soulful powerhouse Sam Smith in his first-ever emotionally-charged live performance in Singapore.

Tickets from $128, visit Sports Hub Tix for more information.



Get ready to strut down the stage with Kinky Boots, the award-winning smash hit that has seen the likes of popular celebrities like Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco take on the lead role in its Broadway run. Based on the 2005 British film of the same name, Kinky Boots take you from a gentleman’s shoe factory in Northampton to the catwalks of Milan in a joyous musical celebration about friendships and beliefs.

Tickets from $65, visit SISTIC for more information.



Define the way you train as you push, power and party through PUMA Train 24/7. Come take part in fitness classes by PUMA’s team of influential trainers, and work out in a neon-themed setting to an exclusive K-pop Fitness Jam with special guest Mina Young from 1MILLION Dance Studio. After sweating it out, fuel up with the array of delicious grub available that are guaranteed to keep you energised and in beast mode!

Tickets from $35, visit eventbrite for more information.



In its inaugural run with 11 international feature films and one short film under its belt, Scream Asia is the quintessential film festival for all the horror buffs. Besides film screenings, budding horror filmmakers can also attend the two masterclasses by acclaimed horror directors, Joko Anwar (Satan’s Slaves) and Yeon Sang Ho (Train To Busan).

Visit Scream Asia Film Fest for more information.



The Youths Celebrate! Sustainability festival is back at Gardens by the Bay! Visit the largest collection of Instagrammable light installations in the form of endangered animals as Supertree Grove transforms into a neon jungle. You will also get to enjoy a host of exciting programmes which includes a neon night market, a moonlight cinema and a glow-in-the-dark party – all in the name of sustainability.

Visit Gardens by the Bay for more information.



ReVeluvs rejoice: K-pop girl group Red Velvet will finally be holding their first solo concert in Singapore with their brand new concert tour, Redmare! Alongside your favourite bops, be enthralled by the quintet’s unique amusement park concept where each member will get to showcase something special for their fans.

Tickets from $168, visit Apactix for more information.



In a very special one-off show in Singapore, let pop breakout star Anne-Marie heat up the stage with her infectious tunes that entwine her celebrated humour, charisma and idiosyncratic storytelling.

Tickets from $138, visit Apactix for more information.



Held in conjunction with the final edition of BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore, join renowned singer-songwriter Jason Mraz for a memorable one-night-only show where you can sing along to new songs like ‘Unlonely’ as well as classic favourites like ‘I’m Yours’, ‘I Won’t Give Up’ and more!

Tickets from $108, visit Sports Hub Tix for more information.



It’s time to get captivated by the soulful vocals of Britain’s Got Talent finalist Calum Scott at his debut show in Singapore. Be moved by his ability to transform deeply personal material into heartfelt lyrics like his popular tracks ‘You Are The Reason’ and ‘Rhythm Inside’. We can only imagine how perfect it would be to witness Calum’s breathtaking rendition of ‘Dancing On My Own’ in the flesh!

Tickets from $78, visit Apactix for more information.

Have you marked your calendars? Tell us which event are you the most excited for in the comments below!


Fans of My Little Pony can now dine amongst iconic pony paraphernalia and Equestria-inspired dishes!

From now till 30 December, My Little Pony fans are in for a magical treat at Kumoya. Decked out in colourful imagery of the loveable ponies from the Hasbro franchise, the whimsically-designed My Little Pony cafe is ready to give you and your friends an unforgettable day out. To ensure that you get the full MLP experience, you can take a photo with Rainbow Dash, Twilight Sparkle, Pinkie Pie and Spike at the entrance before saddling up with the rest of the gang. There are also My Little Pony merchandise on display ranging from squishy plushies to adorable accessories, which are all available for purchase.


Aside from the cutesy interior, what can you expect from the food? In yet another amazing collaboration with Little Miss Bento, the My Little Pony-inspired menu offers a variety of Instagrammable mains, desserts and beverages that will leave you spoilt for choice. Here’s a look at what we ordered.

Rainbow Dash Fluffy Clouds Bubblegum Soda with Fluffy Cotton Candy, Twilight Sparkle Sparkling Water Melon Soda with Fluffy Cotton Candy ($12.90 each)


This gorgeous thirst quencher arrived with a fluffy cloud of white cotton candy sitting atop bubblegum and melon syrup. The soda came in a separate plastic bottle for you to pour the soda onto the cotton candy, allowing it to melt into the cup like raindrops. Though it makes for a super IG-worthy photo, it tends to get a little messy when the cotton candy falls apart so we suggest scooping the remaining cotton candy into the cup for a sweeter flavour. All drinks also come with a complimentary My Little Pony coaster that you can take home.

Friendship Meets Love Seafood Curry Rice ($28.90)


As Little Miss Bento’s signature creation, this dish features beetroot-infused Japanese rice doused with curry and compacted into a heart-shape. Although a tad expensive, it makes up for the price with a substantial portion of breaded ebi, calamari, scallop, tempura salmon and potato cake hearts. Plus, you get to bring home a My Little Pony key and coin pouch with every order of this kawaii curry rice!

Twilight Sparkle Soaring Skies Chicken Katsu Burger ($22.90)


Arguably the star dish of the mains, this hearty burger comprises a slab of juicy chicken katsu drizzled with house-made teriyaki sauce and sandwiched between two fluffy buns. And it doesn’t hurt that it comes adorned with a pair of wings and cheese stars to amp up the aesthetic appeal. Don’t forget to enjoy the bite-sized Twilight Sparkle mantou and crunchy curly fries that are served on the side too.

Magical Princesses with Magic Potion Galaxy Cake ($21.90)


If you’re here for the ‘gram, this intergalactic dessert is a must-order. A mango mousse cake sits atop a bucket of dry ice, served on a tray with a beaker of multi-coloured shimmery galaxy glaze that you can pour over the cake – all you have to do is to get your cameras ready to capture the action. It may seem like a hefty sum to pay for a seemingly small piece of cake, but you get the experience of creating your very own galaxy cake (complete with an epic boomerang and a free Twilight Sparkle keyring plush).

Pinkie Pie Pack-a-Punch Strawberry Cake ($17.90)


If you’re a fan of strawberries and all things pink, you’ll love this dessert. Inspired by Pinkie Pie, this pinklicious delight comes packed with an assortment of treats – think strawberry sponge cake, fluffy cotton candy, vanilla soft serve, strawberry cereal crunch and fresh strawberries. Despite our initial assumption that this would probably be too sweet for our liking, we were pleasantly surprised by the subtleness of flavours. Be sure to get those photos taken as soon as the dessert arrives though, ’cause the cotton candy melts real quick.

My Little Pony x Kumoya pop-up cafe is located at 8 Jalan Klapa, Singapore 199320.

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Before it became an instant rom-com classic on Netflix, To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before was part of Jenny Han’s bestselling trilogy. As we patiently await for Lara Jean Covey and Peter Kavinsky to reunite for the much-anticipated sequel, check out these 10 contemporary YA novels with equally adorable characters that will give you the same OTP feels.

#1 P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han


If you can’t wait for the onscreen sequel, how about reading it instead? Following the events of the first book, the second installment in the To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before trilogy will answer all your burning questions about the elusive John Ambrose McClaren and reveal big secrets about Gen – all while feeding you with more Covey and Peter cuteness.

#2 Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli


Who doesn’t love a good ol’ high school romance? Simon Spier is a seemingly ordinary teenager with a big secret. When a fellow classmate unintentionally discovers his email exchange, he is blackmailed into helping this classmate get close to a girl. As his secret about his sexual orientation hangs in the balance, he must find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he compromises his shot at happiness with his adorable crush… whom he’s never met before.

#3 Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett


How would you feel if the one guy you can’t stand is actually the boy of your dreams? Well, that is the case for classic movie fan Bailey who has spent months crushing on a witty film geek she’d met online named Alex. Though they’ve tried to make plans to meet in person, Bailey was never ready to take the next step. When she moves to the same town as her online bae, she decides to keep it a secret. Little does she know that her dreamy love interest turns out to be her IRL archnemesis, the irritating (but super hot) Porter Roth.

#4 When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon


Meet Dimple Shah, a determined go-getter who doesn’t conform to the traditions of her Indian culture; and Rishi Patel, a hopeless romantic who believes in traditions. Their paths intentionally cross when Rishi decides to join the same summer program for aspiring web developers in an attempt to woo Dimple. Told from two points of view, this is an unconventional love story where love works hard to prove itself in the most unexpected ways.

#5 Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins


Travel with Anna to a boarding school in Paris for her senior year of high school, where she meets a gorgeous Brit boy named Etienne. They quickly become best friends, but things get complicated when their platonic friendship starts developing into romance. Just how will they end up together if they both already have someone back home?

#6 I Believe In A Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo


Perfect for all you K-drama lovers, this is a story about Desi Lee who tackles her flirting failures with guidance from Korean dramas that her father obsessively watches. Armed with her ‘K-Drama Steps to True Love’ guide, Desi attempts to go after the moody, elusive artist Luca Drakos with boat rescues, love triangles and staged car crashes as portrayed in the shows. But when the fun and games turn to true feelings, Desi finds out that real love is way more than just drama.

#7 Geekerella by Ashley Poston


Embrace your inner geek with this fantastic retelling of Cinderella set in the world of pop culture conventions and all things cosplay. Elle is a teenager who adores everything about the classic sci-fi series Starfield. She enters a cosplay contest tied to a promotion of the latest movie in the franchise, and ends up winning an invitation to the ball at ExcelsiCon where she meets the guy playing the prince in the reboot. Chockfull of heart-fluttering moments, this is a modern-day fairytale for anyone who believes in the magic of fandom.

#8 Meet Cute: Some People Are Destined to Meet by various YA authors


Whether or not you believe in fate, luck or love at first sight, every romance has to start somewhere. In this anthology of original short stories, you will experience 14 diverse love stories from finding love with a missing library book, to a missed connection on a subway. With a variety of different writing styles and relatable characters to immerse yourselves into, this page-turner will take you on a rollercoaster ride of emotions.

#9 Love, Life and the List by Kasie West


Follow the story of aspiring artist Abby Turner, whose paintings have been rejected from an art show because her works “had no heart”. Determined not to let another opportunity slip by, she gives herself one month to accomplish 10 things on her list; including confessing her love to her best friend and longtime crush, Cooper.

#10 The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli


Molly is a plus-size girl who has lived through 26 experiences of unrequited love. She often crushes hard in secret (similar to Lara Jean) as she can’t stomach the idea of rejection. Just when she thinks she’s brave enough to get close with one of her sister’s new guy friends, she starts getting friendly with her co-worker, Reid. Though he isn’t the usual kind of guy she’d fall for, there’s just something about this awkward Tolkien superfan that makes her heart skip a beat.

Are you swooning yet? Let us know in the comments section if you have more recommendations! 


Here's How You Can Explore Europe On A Millennial's Budget

10 Sep 2018 by Chew Hui Ling

With the holidays in full swing, you may be in the midst of planning a vacation abroad – whether it’s your long-awaited graduation trip or a spontaneous getaway to satisfy your wanderlust. Amongst the many top tourist destinations, Europe tends to fall under the misconception that it’s an expensive country to travel to. With these money-saving tips, you can easily embark on your dream European holiday without breaking the bank!


Europe transport

Despite Europe’s vast geographical size, getting around on a budget is definitely possible. Here are three recommendations:

1. Bus

By far, the most cost-effective option when travelling around Europe is by bus – other than walking, of course. Check out Interflix by Flix Bus that allows you to discover five cities all across Europe for only €99! Not only is it super affordable, it’s also fuss-free to adjust your bookings in case of itinerary changes. Their fleet of buses always arrive on time so it saves you from unnecessary waiting.

2. Train

Another alternative is to travel by Eurail. Though slightly more expensive than travelling by bus, it allows nine flexible days of travel and access to board multiple trains each day! This is a great option for those who are looking to pack in multiple tourist spots in a day. Prices range from €53 to €169 depending on the routes selected.

3. Car

Grabbing a cab in Europe can be rather hefty, but thanks to BlaBlaCar, travelling by car is now cost-efficient for the everyday student. Similar to the GrabHitch service we have in Singapore, BlaBlaCar functions as a carpool service that fetches passengers who are heading towards the same direction – at a wallet-friendly fare. For instance, a ride from London to Manchester starts from €14. Now you can enjoy a comfortable ride and even make a couple of new friends along the way!

Tip: Check out Changi Recommends’ handy Trip Planner that allows you to see at a glance the best mode of transport to reach your desired destination!


The best thing about ending a day of exploring is being able to crash in a cosy abode. Hotels can be expensive, so we found some budget-friendly options that don’t compromise on comfort.

1. Hostel

Hostels have long been a well-loved form of accomodation for students on a budget or backpackers, so this one’s a no brainer. Hostel World is a handy platform that helps you to find hostels at your desired destinations at your fingertips.

Alternatively, check out a few of these stylish yet affordable hostels in Europe:

Franceso’s in Los, Greece

Franceso’s in Los Greece
Credit: Francesco’s

Kabul in Barcelona, Spain

Kabul in Barcelona, Spain
Credit: Kabul

Hostel Mostel in Bulgaria

Hostel Mostel in Bulgaria
Credit: Hostel Mostel

Tallinn Backpackers in Tallinn, Estonia

Tallinn Backpackers in Tallinn, Estonia
Credit: Tallinn Backpackers

Hostel stays always spell fun because you will get to meet not only locals but people from all countries and walks of life. Expect late-night gatherings with your newfound friends – that’s where the most interesting and memorable conversations are made.

2. AirBnB

AirBnB offers millions of listings across more than 191 countries, which means you have a wide variety of lodging options to choose from. Booking rates vary depending on accommodation facilities and location – prices can go as low as $26 per night like the Göreme Valley Cave House in Turkey, or even at $22 per night at the Frankovič Bed&Breakfast Apartment in Slovenia.


For those on a shoestring, a good way to manage dining expenses would be to include a mix of cheaper dining options to the typical fine dining restaurants – think local markets, street food and even home-cooked fare!

1. Local markets

Borough Market in London, UK

Find local markets like the widely-known Farmers’ Market, where you can get top-quality eats at cheap prices. The perk is that almost every city has at least one Farmers’ Market, but most markets only open once or twice a week till early afternoon so plan ahead before making your trip down.

Pro-tip: Wait till the market’s closing to get even more discounts off the street snacks!

2. Street food

London Street Food

What better way to get bustling with the crowd and taste authentic local fare than with street food? Each country has their own speciality – visit France for crepes, Berlin for currywurst, Belgium for fries with a large diversity of sauces, Italy for pizzas, UK for fish and chips, just to name a few!

3. Budget-friendly restaurants

Being on a budget doesn’t mean restaurants are completely cancelled out of your list of food places! Here are some tips for you to get the best cheap eats:

  • Keep a lookout for lunch or dinner specials
  • Ask locals for the best cheap eats in town
  • Avoid eating in central areas and head to residential neighbourhoods for the best deals
  • Skip restaurants that have multi-language menus

Tip: When asking for water, request for tap water instead. Else, they will serve you bottled water which is way more expensive.

4. Cook your own meals

Choose from an array of local produce either from the Farmers’ Market or any grocery store you can find nearby and whip up your own meals! By far, this is the cheapest option. You can also get creative with what you cook and control your portion size despite being on a budget. Plus, it makes for a great bonding activity for students travelling in groups!


Europe shopping

The best places to shop at are markets where you can find hidden gems at extremely low prices. Avoid going to tourist hotspots because prices usually get spiked up in those areas. Check out these 10 cities that offer cheap shopping, or bring out the Singaporean in you by trying your luck at haggling.

A few places you can get good bargains are Amsterdam’s Waterlooplein, London’s Portobello Market, Paris’ Puces de St-Ouen, Madrid’s El Rastro and the market of Tangier in Morocco.

Tip: Beware of pickpockets especially at crowded areas such as markets.


Europe is a land filled with thousands of historic sites, from contemporary art museums to old historic sites. Expect tons of sightseeing and long walks! For all the museum lovers, you’re in for a treat. Just in London alone, there are countless free museums for you the visit, such as The British Museum, Natural History Museum, Tate Modern and more.

Tate Modern
Credit: Tate Modern

Other than London, there are also plenty of spectacular museums across Europe waiting for you to discover. One example is the National Museum and Zacheta National Gallery of Art in Warsaw, Poland for 1 PLW (S$0.36) and 8 ZT (S$5.46) respectively.

For other historic sites or attractions, here’s a tip: check if the country has free walking tours that give you a comprehensive tour of the cities (Belgrade, Serbia and Budapest offer free walking tours).

Tip: Get your attraction tickets here for discounted prices up to 40% cheaper as compared to over-the-counter prices.



Having access to social media is essential for millennials – gotta do it for the ‘gram! Opting for wifi routers is a good option for students travelling in groups. ChangiWifi allows up to six mobile devices to be connected, which makes it perfect for sharing and provides additional cost savings.

It’s now available in 13 new destinations (including Europe) so hop over to their website for more information on router rental services. Be sure to book yours at least two weeks in advance as these babies get snapped up pretty quickly.

Now, who says you can’t explore Europe on a budget? Bon voyage!

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