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Top 10 Cafes with Wifi - in the East and Central Area

21 Apr 2015 by Venetia Sng

We suss out the best cafes in the East and Central areas that provides free wifi and power-points so that you can hold study/project sessions (best on weekdays off peak hours) without a worry.

  1. Coast & Company 
    54 Siglap Drive, Singapore 456176

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Tucked along a quiet corner of Siglap, this quaint café is also home to a bicycle showroom and workshop. We love the fact that you can park your bicycles outside and enjoy an iced cold drink or a light bite before heading to the nearby East Coast Park.

  1. Craftsmen Specialty Coffee
    1 First Street, #01-01, Siglap V, Singapore 458278

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This cafe prides itself on their specialty coffee blends and baked goods. You can choose from classic favourites like Red Velvet Cake ($8.90) or One Republic Banana Cake ($8.90), but our go-to choice is the Chilli Crab Pie ($12), our favourite local dish in a buttery puff pastry. Yum!

  1. Dutch Colony Coffee
    113 Frankel Avenue, Singapore 458230

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Their second branch at Frankel Avenue is spacious and has a corner selling coffee-making supplies for the coffee enthusiasts. They also hold classes for those who would like learn how to brew their own coffee or try their hand at latte art.

  1. Penny University
    20 East Coast Road, Singapore 428997

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Penny University was one of the first cafes to hit the East Coast in 2012. What started as a cafe serving just coffee and cakes has evolved into one with a more extensive menu, themed events (Great Gatsby night anyone?) and coffee workshops. Try the Iced Muddy Espresso ($5.50), which is more or less an iced flat white but packs wonderful flavour with every sip.

  1. Hyde & Co
    785 North Bridge Road, Singapore 198753

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Situated along the quieter part of North Bridge Road, Hyde & Co stood out from the rest of the cafes around the area with its warmth and attentiveness. That’s not to say that they don’t serve up a good cup of joe. Be sure to try out their crumpets, it’s a mix between an English muffin and a sponge cake.

  1. Maison Ikkoku
    20 Kandahar Street, Singapore 198885

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For coffee snobs who love something other than the regular espresso, Maison Ikkoku serves specialty coffee using six different brewing methods. Choose from cold drip coffee, which tastes less acidic, to the aeropress, which produces a rich brew without the bitterness.

  1. Tolido’s Espresso Nook
    Block 462 Crawfod Lane, #01-63, Singapore 190462

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It’s amazing how coffee lovers sniff out cafes in obscure locations, but Tolido’s Espresso Nook is a prime example of how the crowd follows quality. Cae crawlers will love spending time at this quaint “nook” which is known for their artisan coffee and latte art. Sea Salt Caramel Latte ($6) and Flat White ($5.50) are their must-tries. You can also grab their 462 Prawn Laksa Pasta($16.90) if you’re up for a spicy and savoury fare.

  1. Lowercase
    1 Mcnally Street, Block D #01-01, Singapore 187940

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Situated inside the campus of LASALLE College of Arts, you’ll see artsy, well-dressed students chilling at this spacious open-concept cafe. Lowercase is a cafe quadruple threat – yummy food, pocket-friendly prices, comfy atmosphere and Instagram-worthy interior. You can settle pretty much any cravings here as they have an extensive but simple range of food for the student’s palate.

  1. The Loft
    268A South Bridge Road, Singapore 058817

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The Loft is probably Chinatown’s best kept secret – housed inconspicuously on the second floor of a vintage shop house. Unadorned walls, soft lights and comfy sofas make this the perfect hideaway for a study session. Grab a seat overlooking the hustle and bustle below and unwind over some good ol’ pancakes and waffles. We recommend The Indulgent Waffles with Strawberries and Cream ($9.80) with a cup of Affogato ($6.30). Totally worth the calories.

  1. Miss Molly’s
    2 Craig Road, Singapore 089662

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Nestled at a blink-and-you-will-miss-it nook off Craig Road, this pint-sized joint is the epitome of hipster chic – think bicycles on the walls, hanging industrial lights and quirky art decals. Blending mid-Western fare with local flavour, Miss Molly’s serves up a handful of fusion dishes like the Har Jiong Kai ($10.80) and Beef Rendang Pizza ($18.60). Don’t leave without trying their dangerously addictive Death by Chocolate lava cake ($.6.90) – best kind of sinful.

Head on down to the cafes and let us know which ones are your favourites!

Lifestyle

Teenage Weekend List

16 Apr 2015 by Teenage

In case you run out of ideas to while your weekend away, here are some things you can do, eat, buy, try or watch. 

Arissa Ha, Deputy Editor

WATCH: Daredevil

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The highly-anticipated TV series, Marvel’s Daredevil is now available on Netflix. The story follows Matthew Maddox (played by Charlie Cox) –  blind lawyer by day, masked vigilante by night. He stumbles upon a series of murders and kidnappings that seem to link up to a bigger, more sinister plan to transform the city of New York. A word of advice for the squeamish though, there are several scenes that are rather violent and graphic. The entire series has been released at one go on Netflix, so you can indulge in some binge-watching over the weekend. 

EAT: Skinny Salads

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Lunchtime during the work week is usually chocked full of unhealthy and greasy hawker food for me – that’s why I like eating healthy during the weekends to take some guilt off the weekdays. Get healthy salads and wraps with an Asian twist at Skinny Salad (think of it as the healthier sister of Skinny Pizza) – instead of the usual citrus dressing or sesame dressing, Skinny Salads offer specialty Asian salads like Green Papaya and Snake Beans ($9) with Nahm Jin dressing (a type of Thai dipping sauce), Cabbage with Nouc Cham dressing ($9) and Soba & Watercress ($11.50). Now will someone just open a salad bar in the heartlands? 

Skinny Salads is located at 100AM Shopping Mall, #01-03. 100 Tras Street,  Singapore 079027

WEAR: Little Black Dresses  

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I’ve often been asked if I ever get bored of wearing all-black, but in all honesty, black is just as interesting as a wardrobe full of colour. Once you remove colours from the picture, it allows you to concentrate more on the style, shoes or accessories of the outfit. I love the ZARA Boho dress ($59.90) and the Peter Pan Collar Jumpsuit ($109) for their distinctive style – perfect for every girl’s wardrobe. 

Venetia Sng, Senior Writer 

SHOP: ZALORA new pop-up store at Bugis+

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In celebration of their 3rd anniversay, Zalora has set up their latest click-and-mortar store at Bugis+. If you’ve been avoiding online shopping for fear of sizing issues or quality, you might wanna drop by to try on the clothes, or to get a general feel of what Zalora has to offer! 

The Zalora pop-up store is located at Bugis+, #02-02/05. 

VISIT: Singapura 700 Exhibition at National Museum of Singapore

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Most of us are only familiar with Singapore’s history starting from the day Sir Stamford Raffles “discovered” Singapore. Did you know that we have more than 700 years of history according to archaeological finds? Discover more about Singapore’s history. Psst… the exhibition is free for all Singapore citizens! 

WATCH: Southeast Asian Film Festival 2015 at Singapore Art Museum

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Although tickets to The Look of Silence (Danish documentary film which tells the story of the survival of a family surviving a genocide in Indonesia) is already sold out, there are other films at the Southeast Asian Film Festival 2015 to check out. I’d recommend Chasing Waves by Charliebebs Gohetia (Philippines), So Be It by Kongdej Jaturanrasmee (Thailand) and Wukan: The Flame of Democracy by Lynn Lee & James Leong (Singapore).
 
Running from 10th April to 3rd May, more details at Singapore Art Museum’s website!
 

Johanna Teo, Writer

DO: Primp from head-to-toe

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After a long week of hard work and long hours, I’m looking forward to indulging in a DIY spa session with The Body Shop’s Fuji Green Tea range (From $8.90 onwards, www.thebodyshop.com.sg), to fully bid adieu to the tiring week.

WATCH: All 6 Star Wars movies

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Even though the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens movie isn’t released till 17 December, I’m gonna prep early for it by going on a Star Wars movie marathon. In case you 00s’ kids aren’t  familiar with the Star Wars franchise, there are 6 movies, and you definitely have to watch them all. 

DIY: Go material hunting

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We’re doing some pretty interesting DIYs in our upcoming June issue, so I’m going to hunt for all the materials needed. So if you’re going to be in the Chinatown/Arab Street area this weekend, see you if I see you!

Chew Hui Ling, Writer

WATCH: The Con Artists

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Bromance is one of my greatest guilty pleasures – Lee Jong Suk/Kim Woo Bin in School 2013 and Kim Soo Hyun/Lee Hyun Woo in Secretly, Greatly anyone? – so it pleases my fangirl heart to know that the second leads paired up for this heist flick. Watching Woo Bin as a snarky master thief and Hyun Woo as a genius hacker should be a pretty amazing feat to witness!

EAT: Banana Tree SG

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This Korean dessert spot popped up just weeks ago, but it has already lured in an endless stream of cafe-hopping fiends. Come for the ridiculously photogenic Flower Paap ($6.50) and Pot Bingsu ($12.50), stay for the cosy ambience and sweet service.

READ: #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso

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No matter how busy you are, you gotta make time for books! Sophia Amoruso’s the coolest chick out there and what better way to spend a casual Sunday than learning how to be a #GIRLBOSS with the Nasty Gal founder?

What’s on your list this weekend? Let us know in the comments box below.

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More To Shop At The New Vivocity Basement 1

15 Apr 2015 by Arissa Ha

For those who lament about running out of malls to shop at, check out the new basement 1 at VivoCity. The additional 15,000 square feet of space houses nine retailers, including some well-known labels opening their first store in Singapore. 

Here’s a look at when you can expect these stores to open and the promotions you can take advantage of! 

Fashion

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Aéropostale, #B1-05
Opening date:
 25 Apr
The Aéropostale store in VivoCity this the label’s fifth and largest store in Singapore, with a special collection of teen active and loungewear that are exclusively available there. Customers will enjoy $20 off with $80 minimum spend (terms & conditions apply) and receive a free umbrella with every $100 spent (available while stocks last).

American Eagle Outfitters, #B1-06/07
Opening date: 19 Jun
Denim brand American Eagle Outfitters finally reached our shores. This youthful fashion label captures the adventurous spirit of the 15 to 25-year olds with a selection of clothing and unique accessories. Be one of the first 160 in line when the store opens on 19 Jun to win shopping vouchers!

Steve Madden, #B1-04
Opening date: 15 Apr
Shoe lovers rejoice! Expect a myriad of trendsetting shoes from one of America’s most successful shoe labels – Steve Madden. There will be a Spring/Summer 2015 collection preview on the 24 April to celebrate its new store opening, so drop by to sneak a peek. 

Thomas Sabo, #B1-09
Opening date: 17 Apr
Established in 1984, this German jewellery label carries a line of accessories and waters for both men and women. From now until 28 May, customers will receive a complimentary jewellery roll with a minimum purchase of $250 (while stocks lasts).

RABEANCO, #B1-01
Opening date: 25 Apr
RABEANCO was created in 2004 out of its founders’ passion for leather craftsmanship and their desire to make luxurious accessories widely accessible. Its first store was open in Hong Kong but the brand continues to grow regionally and internationally, with stores in Belgium, China, Malaysia, Netherlands, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Taiwan. Expect a 20% discount on all regular-priced items from 25 Apr to 10 May 2015, and VIPs will receive a complimentary cosmetic bag for purchasing any regular-priced handbags from 25 Apr 2015 (while stocks last).

Beauty

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Lab Series, #B1-08
Opening date: 15 Apr
As one of the leading skincare brands for men, LAB SERIES products are formulated through extensive scientific research to provide the best care for men’s grooming needs. The VivoCity store features a special station which presents store’s best gift options for birthdays and special occasions. 

Etude House, #B1-03
Opening date: 18 May
Be pampered and dolled up like a princess at the newest Etude House store. The VivoCity store carries a wider range of skincare and cosmetics, as well as limited edition releases. Check out the first and only Etude House store which features a manicure and pedicure zone!

innisfree, #B1-02
Opening date: Jun 2015
With the concept of bringing eco-friendly to its customers, innisfree uses ingredients that are environmentally sustainable, and focuses on being “green”. The new store in VivoCity offers special skincare sets and gift bundles with a minimum purchase of $100 (while stocks lasts). 

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Weekends, #B1-10
Opening date: 15 Apr
Express your personality and charm with a selection of whimsical stationery, jewellery, accessories and home decor from Weekends. Doll up your room with novelty room fragrances, or cajole mom into getting some cute tableware to liven up the dinner table!

Which stores are you looking forward to visiting? Let us know! 

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Get Your Juice Fix With HIC&RUN

18 Mar 2015 by Arissa Ha

Need a quick pick-me-up during snack time? Instead of reaching for a pack of fattening chips, try HIC&RUN – the latest juice delivery service to hit our shores.

HIC&RUN juices comes in 33 different varieties of juices, with a rotating menu of two to four flavours available each day. To order, you just have to choose the desired flavour and delivery time (from 10.30am to 2pm). About three minutes before they arrive, an SMS will be sent out to notify you of their arrival, and you will receive your juices from one of these cute HIC&RUN delivery vans!

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The first phase of pick-up locations is focused on the CBD area but you can expect more collection points in the near future. They’re even planning an app where you can track the van’s location, as well as expanding their menu with snacks and solid food items from May onwards. Sign us up please!

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