You no longer have to fly all the way to the Land of the Rising Sun to catch the cherry blossoms, as you can now get the full hanami viewing experience at our very own Gardens by the Bay from now till 8 April 2018.

As part of the inaugural Sakura Matsuri (Cherry Blossom Festival), the Flower Dome is transformed into a magical sakura forest embraced by a canopy of pink and white blooms. Set against a Japanese-inspired landscape, one can expect plenty of ‘gram-worthy ops – from traditional tea houses, to torii gates, to the lifelike dolls on display. While soaking in the views, don’t forget to immerse yourself in the other Flower Dome programmes such as Japanese tea ceremonies, kimono parades and more. 

Sakura Matsuri

Sakura Matsuri

Rounding off the festivities is the Sakura Japan Fair, which will be held over the last week of Sakura Matsuri from 30 March to 8 April. Savour delicious Japanese treats, enjoy cultural performances and participate in the various workshops such as baking, bento making and sake appreciation. But don’t leave without renting a yutaka (rental charge applies), which will make for super pretty #OOTDs – psst, those wearing a yutaka will be given priority to snap a free picture at the photo booth! Check out the Calendar of Events for the complete programme lineup.

Sakura Matsuri is happening from now till 8 April 2018 at Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay.

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Millennials vs Parents: Who's The Better Traveller?

16 Mar 2018 by Teenage

Travelling with our clan is an entirely different ball game when compared to going on a trip with our friends – travel habits, itinerary preferences and all. Family dynamics may be hard to navigate, but according to Expedia.com.sg’s Family Travel, 75 percent of teenagers said that their parents are their favourite holiday companions! That’s not all; 6 in 10 respondents also agree that at the end of the day, it’s making memories together with your loved ones that counts. Just ask these three millennials, who took part in the Expedia Singapore Family Showdown in hopes of scoring a dream staycation for their family.

Roping in their folks for the challenge, our friends at Expedia put them to the test to see who knows the other better. It was full of fun and laughter as the families spared no hesitation in spilling hilarious anecdotes about each other’s weird quirks, embarrassing overseas encounters and more! After all, our family knows us best – or do they?

And here’s the fun part: it’s up to YOU to decide which family gets to embark on the getaway of their dreams. Simply watch the videos below and vote for the pair whom you think deserves to win! The video entry with the most amount of votes will win a staycation for their family worth up to $3,000, while the remaining two finalists will each receive an Expedia voucher worth $500. 

Round one: Aisyah vs Mustapah

In the first episode of the Expedia Singapore Family Showdown, watch as Aisyah and her dad, Mustapah, battle it out to see who knows the other better as they talk about their favourite family vacation moments, who’s the more forgetful one in the family, and their wish for a dream family holiday.

Round two: Shirmin vs Vercilia

In the second instalment of the Expedia Singapore Family Showdown, we have Shirmin and her mum, Vercilia, giving us a peek into their embarrassing encounters overseas, and amusing family bickers as they spend time travelling as a family.

Round three: Ruqsaar vs Sarifah

In the last episode of the Expedia Singapore Family Showdown, Ruqsaar and her mum, Sarifah, tease each other on their family vacation quirks and habits to bring the series to a heart-warming close.

Which video is your favourite? Simply fill in your particulars below and start voting! Also, don’t forget to sign up here as an Expedia Rewards member to enjoy exclusive members-only deals.

Terms & conditions

  • Closing date for this contest is 30 March 2018. This contest is open to all residing in Singapore only.
  • Only one submission per person is allowed. Any entrant who enters more than once will be disqualified.
  • The video entry with the most amount of votes will win a staycation for their family worth up to $3,000, while the remaining two finalists will each receive an Expedia voucher worth $500. 
  • All details and particulars submitted must be accurate and complete.
  • Any incorrect or incomplete information found in the entry will result in the disqualification.
  • Media Group reserves the right to suspend or cancel the voting at any time.

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From immersing yourself in light art installations, to swooning over cherry blossoms, to partying it up on the streets, we’ve got your March hit list covered!

“Re-Embrace” Charity Drive Returns

ReEmbrace Charity Drive Returns 2018

International Women’s Day may be over, but there are still other ways you can celebrate womanhood. Following the success of their charity drive last year, homegrown jewellery store Embrace Jewelry once again partners up with the Singapore Council of Women’s Organisations (SCWO) to empower and help women in need. And what better way to support a good cause than donating your pre-loved jewellery? Simply drop off your old accessories at the locations below – proceeds will go towards Star Shelter, a crisis shelter for survivors of domestic violence.

Date: 8 March – 8 May
Venues: 
1. Embrace Jewellery, Takashimaya Level 3, Singapore 238873
2. Kai Life, Holland Road Shopping Centre #02-04, Singapore 278967
3. Embrace+, Tanglin Mall #02-27, Singapore 247933 (opens 8 April)
Find out more about Re-Embrace Charity Drive Returns here.

Make The Future Singapore

Make the Future Singapore

Back for its second edition, Make the Future Singapore is a four-day festival packed with tons of exciting activities and interactive games. From showing off your moves on the kinetic dancefloor to building your own mini saltwater cars, you’re in for an electrifying good time. Plus, you get to enjoy live performances by homegrown darlings Gentle Bones, Charlie Lim and Jasmine Sokko. The best part? Tickets are free!

Date: 8 – 11 March
Venue: Changi Exhibition Centre 
Get your tickets to Make The Future Singapore here.

Textures – A Weekend With Words

Textures

Calling all wordsmiths and art geeks – head down to this new literary festival to enjoy a weekend with words at The Arts House. With a myriad of enticing programmes specially curated for you, there’s sure to be something for everyone – think dramatised performances, film screenings and even a workshop that allows you to personalise your own poems!

Date: 9 – 11 March
Venue: The Arts House, 1 Old Parliament Lane, Singapore 179429
Check out the full programme lineup for Textures – A Weekend with Words here.

i Light Marina Bay

I LIGHT

With its massive lineup of stunning light art installations, one would never have guess that these Instagram-worthy masterpieces are actually made up of used products such as plastic bottles and containers in an effort to promote sustainable living. Apart from the visual treats, there’s also a plethora of food options, music performances and art workshops to check out.

Date: 9 March – 1 April 
Time: 7.30pm – 11pm (Mon to Thurs & Sun), 7.30pm – 12am (Fri and Sat)
Venues: Marina Bay Waterfront, Esplanade Park
Admission is free, find out more about i Light Marina Bay here.

National Addictions Awareness Day

NAMS

In a joint effort to encourage an addiction-free lifestyle, this enriching one-day event features a series of talks, activities and performances – all in the name of raising awareness of the various types of addiction and preventive measures. Local celebrities Irene Ang, Rafaat Hamzah and Nat Ho will also be coming down to share their perspectives on substance abuse and recovery.

Date: 10 March
Time: 9.30am – 3pm
Venue: Our Tampines Hub
RSVP for National Addictions Awareness Day here.

Singapore Improv Festival

SG Improv Fest

If you’re searching for four days of fun-filled, totally unscripted entertainment, the Singapore Improv Festival (SIF) is sure to bring you truckloads of laughter. Now in its second edition, SIF18 features both local and international improv troupes that will bring their unique blend of hard-hitting, show-stopping performances to the stage. For those who are curious about theatre, there will also be workshops to attend if you’re looking to develop some improv skills yourself!

Date: 15 – 18 March
Venue: Aliwal Arts Centre
Find out more about Singapore Improv Festival here.

Urban Ventures 9

Urban Ventures 9

As part of the Singapore Urban Design Festival, Urban Ventures 9 will turn Keong Saik Road into a mega street party featuring the likes of local acts Disco Hue, The Fleurist, Killedbythecircus, Spacedays etc. What’s more, there are artisan pop-up stores, yoga workshops and even a space age augmented reality photobooth that’s sure to give everyone major ‘gram envy – while DJs spin the decks into the night.

Date: 17 & 18 March
Time: 2pm – 10.30pm
Venue: Keong Saik Road
Find out more about Urban Ventures 9 here.

Sakura Matsuri

Sakura Matsuri

Why travel to Japan for the sakura blooming season when you can welcome Spring right here in Singapore? For the first time ever, our very own Gardens by the Bay will be holding a Japanese-themed festival to showcase its annual cherry blossom floral display. Aside from the hanami experience, anime enthusiasts can also look forward to a host of activities such as free anisong concerts, appearances by celebrity cosplayers and even a Pikachu dance parade!

Date: 16 March – 8 April
Time: 9am – 9pm
Venue: Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay
Find out more about Sakura Matsuri here.

Talk about March madness! What will you be up to this March? Tell us in the comments below.

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You Can Now Rent An Oppa As Your Tour Guide For A Day!

5 Mar 2018 by Chew Hui Ling

Renting a boyfriend is so 2017 – you can now find an oppa for hire straight out of your K-drama dreams. Yes, you’re reading this right.

Enter Oh My Oppa, a travel platform where you can book your very own oppa (older brother) as your personal tour guide while you’re travelling in Seoul. How does it work? Take your pick from a catalog of Korean dudes on the site, which comes complete with a short biography of his interests, languages he’s fluent in and his available schedule. Each oppa has a specialised itinerary that lets you experience various aspects of Korean culture, from renting hanboks, to visiting traditional food markets, to going on a K-beauty tour. If you’re not a fan of touristy attractions, you can also opt for other activities such as hanging out at cute animal cafes, getting some shopping done at the fashion malls or simply soaking up the youthful vibes along the university streets.

Prices are rather hefty, starting from 40,000KRW for a two-hour tour up to 200,000KRW for a complete 10-hour experience, so be sure to consider your budget before splashing your cash. Do take note however, that the fees don’t include the cost of any other extra expenses including food, transport fares and all. Not gonna lie, we were initially iffy about the entire concept – it’s pretty much a glorified one-day dating site – but we don’t deny that it’d be an interesting way to explore Korea from a local’s perspective and gain a travel new buddy while at it.

Yay or nay? You decide.

Would you rent an oppa for your next Korea trip? Tell us in the comments below!

More related stories: 8 Oppa-Approved Pickup Lines That Will Win Over Your K-Drama Obsessed Sweetheart, This Is Why You Shouldn’t Pull Any Oppa Moves On Your Crush

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Forget McDonalds’ Cheesy Loaded Fries or Nasi Lemak Burger – we’ve got the real deal sitting in our hands right now: Chocolate Pie! Although the recent new offerings from the fast food giant has arguably been a hit or miss, we know for a fact that they take their pies very seriously. Originally from Korea, we had a taste of the much-hyped chocolate pie ahead of its launch on 1 March and the verdict is in: consider us hooked.

MCD-Chocolate-Pie

To be honest, you can’t really go wrong with chocolate – but serve it in pie form and you have a little piece of dessert heaven. Admittedly, we spent too much time trying to snap the perfect #FoodPorn shot thus it wasn’t exactly piping hot when we took our first bite, but it’s enough to satisfy your chocolate cravings. Bet it’ll taste so much better when it’s fresh out of the oven though, so skip the ‘gram and just focus on indulging in this pocket of molten goodness.

It’s equal parts crumbly and creamy, filled with a delightfully oozy centre that hits the sweet spot without being overly gelat. We don’t have a major sweet tooth, so we like that it isn’t sickeningly sweet and neither does it taste cheap. And at $1.40, who can resist not sinking their teeth into this cutie pie?

While you’re getting your chocolate fix, don’t forget to check out the new savoury delights – Fish & Fries ($7.90) and Sweet Chilli Fish Burger (from $7.50) – as well.

All items are available after breakfast hours in all McDonald’s restaurants and via McDelivery and Uber Eats from 1 March 2018, while stocks last.

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