Who are the Little Twin Stars? Little Twin Stars, Kiki and Lala, are a pair of characters from the Japanese company Sanrio. They were born on December 24th (Christmas Eve) on Omoiyari Star in the Dream Star-Cloud. To learn how to be the best, shiniest stars they could be, they traveled a long way to Earth.
Located at the start of the ethnic enclave of Little India, Citadines Rochor Singapore is part of Tekka Place, an intersection point of contemporary living and 19th century heritage. The integrated development features a curated mix of retail, dining, fitness and cultural options spread across four floors. Also within walking distance is the arts, heritage and design precinct of Bugis and Bras Basah. From here, it is easy to travel to other locations within the country, especially the Central Business District, thanks to the close proximity of Rochor and Little India MRT Stations.
Ornate Hindu temples, goldsmith shops, sari stores and flower stalls – these are just some of the sights to be found in the perennially vibrant Little India. Revel in the bohemian vibe found in the maze of side streets and sample dishes commonly found across India. Make time to visit the 24-hour shopping mall Mustafa Centre, home to 300,000 products spanning from electronics to groceries, textiles and jewelries. For a truly local experience, head to Tekka Centre, Singapore’s largest indoor “wet market” that is chock-a-block with stalls selling fresh produce from around the region. Diagonally across the Rochor River is LASALLE College of the Arts. It is worth a visit for its striking architecture that resembles a massive black box turned inside out to retain a connection to the surrounding streets.
Business and leisure travellers will be pleased with Citadines Rochor Singapore’s variety of apartment types to choose from. These range from Studios to One-bedroom apartments. Dual-key apartments are available too, for those travelling in bigger groups.
A wide range of facilities and amenities are available to make the stay enjoyable. These include the outdoor swimming pool, Residents’ Lounge, Residents’ Kitchen, Fitness Corner, and a common laundrette.
Get your dose of Grizzly, Panda and Ice Bear from the hit cartoon series We Bare Bears at the upcoming We Bare Bears x Kumoya cafe from 4 January onwards.
The We Bare Bears x Kumoya cafe will have a menu inspired by the bear brothers specially crafted by social media influencer Ms Shirley Wong (@littlemissbento) in collaboration with the Kumoya kitchen team.
Guoco Midtown is a mixed-use development comprising premium Grade A offices, public and retail spaces, exclusive residences, and the former Beach Road Police Station which is a conserved building. The development will rejuvenate the Beach Road district, redefine public spaces, enhance street life, introduce a new experience of working in Grade A offices and a new concept of luxury city living.
Located at the intersection of two key development corridors along Beach Road and Ophir-Rochor Road in the Central Business District, Guoco Midtown will connect the three office micromarkets of City Hall, Marina Centre and Bugis, and introduce an innovative concept for Grade A offices and re-define the way landlords partner office tenants.
Served by 4 MRT lines and Nicoll Highway, as well as the North-South Expressway in the future, GuocoLand will introduce a new way of luxury city living in response to the new urbanite lifestyles which demands effortless transition between living, working and entertaining.
Following the continued success of retro arcade bar and discotheque, NINETEEN80, A Phat Cat Collective is excited to announce the launch of its second bar and club concept, Pinball Wizard. Opening its doors from mid-September 2019, the new space draws inspiration from the vintage glory days of the popular arcade machine, the pinball, with imaginative drinks and music of the 90s mixed with 00s and current hits.
Located in the basement of Sim Lim Square, Pinball Wizard breathes fresh life into the iconic building, in which after opening in the late 80s, has become known as the largest hub for gadgets and tech in Singapore. Pinball Wizard is the first concept bar to open in Sim Lim Square, following the rejuvenation of offerings within the IT mall with hip cafes and retail spaces. Combining timeless pinball games with a great entertainment line-up and bar programme, Pinball Wizard will open throughout the evening before transitioning into club mode at night.
Describing their latest venture, Joshua Pillai, Managing Director of A Phat Cat Collective says, “Sim Lim Square is an unsuspecting yet exciting choice for our newest concept. Fueled by the offbeat charm of Sim Lim Square, we wanted to create a hidden intimate space that is unexpected but stylish with lots of character.” Yafith A. Hamid, A Phat Cat Collective’s Operations Director, adds, “Pinballs have become a rare find in Singapore, and we are thrilled to introduce a bar and club that puts a spotlight on it. We had requests for pinballs in NINETEEN80, and we thought that it was something that we could build an entire theme around. It is simple and accessible for anyone to play with just two buttons, but it’s a game that comes alive and has inspired a massive culture surrounding it.”
A Phat Cat Collective is made up of co-founders Joshua Pillai, Yafith A. Hamid (YA5TH) and Francesca Aurora Way, who are known for their curated concepts and events within the F&B and nightlife scene in Singapore. In June 2018, they launched their first concept, NINETEEN80, which is located in the heart of Tanjong Pagar, provides a nostalgic throwback to all things 80s.
As Singapore’s only dedicated pinball bar, Pinball Wizard, which is also the name of the classic rock anthem by British rock band, The Who, is an endearing moniker for pinball enthusiasts. Playful creativity abounds in this imaginarium of the past and present, through an out-of-the- box and groovy perspective on music, games, design, innovation and popular culture.
Omurice Keisuke is the 17th outlet by Ramen King, Mr Keisuke Takeda under the Ramen Keisuke chain in Singapore. Serving customers with classic Japanese comfort food - Omurice (pronounced as omu-raisu) which is a Western-influenced Japanese dish that consists of a wrapped omelette ("omu") over western fried rice with ketchup. Customise your own Omurice combo by choosing from their range of sauces and salads.
The word’s first Pusheen cafe is coming to Singapore next month.
Pusheen is a female cartoon cat who is the subject of comic strips and sticker sets on Facebook. Pusheen was created in 2010 by Claire Belton and Andrew Duff for a comic strip on their website, Everyday Cute.
The Pusheen cafe's interior will be designed by Belton herself.
Patrons will be able to get their hands on exclusive Pusheen merchandise from the cafe.
Located at 155 Waterloo Street, Stamford Arts Centre (SAC) is within the Waterloo Street arts belt, a vibrant precinct known for the diverse offerings of arts and cultural programmes and events. Following redevelopment works from 2017 to 2018 that transformed SAC into a modernised Centre with enhanced features, SAC is envisioned to be a vibrant and energetic arts centre focussed on bringing the traditional arts closer to the community, supporting content creation and artistic collaborations.
SAC provides shared facilities for hire on a short-term basis for arts activities and projects. These include five project studios, an acoustically-treated music studio, and a black box.
The SAC black box is designed to be a multi-purpose space that provides an intimate setting for rehearsals, performances or events. With a total floor area of 355 sqm, the fully air-conditioned black box provides performance capabilities with theatre grid and lighting, as well a fully integrated sound system. Retractable seats with a capacity of up to 162 persons are available for small scale performances. A modular sprung floor system is also available when required.
Celebrate magic, friendship, happiness and togetherness at My Little Pony x Kumoya Cafe. A very warm welcome to My Little Pony from their home in Equestria. Be sure to dine and feast in this magical café with their special My Little Pony inspired menu!
Dine, shop, swoon. Visit the themed cafe and bring home some magic with you. You can get your favourite My Little Pony merchandise at the cafe too.
On the menu: Candylicious Rainbow Fruity Shibuya Toast, Magical Princesses with Magic Potion Galaxy Cake, Twilight Sparkle Soaring Skies Chicken Katsu Burger, Pinkie Pie Playful Waffles with Karate Chicken and more.
Tekka Place, the intergrated development located at the junction of Serangoon Road & Sungei Road in Little India, will have an emphasis on the arts and culture, with dedicated spaces to host exhibitions, artwork and performances. It is slated for completion in the later part of 2019.
Comprising a 10-storey Main Block and 7-storey Annex Block, their mixed-use development includes 320 serviced residences and an outdoor rooftop area for delightful F&B choices, along with a diverse mix of 80 curated retail outlets.
In partnership with the Singapore Tourism Board and local associations, Tekka Place will also celebrate the rich heritage of the area with a space dedicated for events and activities.
Located at the gateway of Little India, Tekka Place is at the crossroads of contemporary living and rich heritage. Because of its unique location, the area is assured of an ideal mix of international and local interests. Tekka Place’s accessibility from the Downtown and North-East lines and major expressways makes it well-positioned for success.
Singapore will not be short of new & upcoming cafes. Another cosy one by the name of Löwe'f Artisanal, has recently started on Queen Street.
The people at Löwe'f Artisanal spent many years creating beautiful tasting food for their family and friends. Finally, their doors are open to discerning foodies to feast and appreciate life at it's finest with them.
On the menu: Westcombe's Grilled Cheese Sandwich, Citrus Salmon Sandwich, Queen Street Chicken Burger and more.
Sideways is nestled in the heart of one of Singapore’s heritage trails along Little India and Jalan Besar. The unassuming shophouse - once an education ground for under privileged children of migrant workers in the olden days - is now decked in famous street art, which starkly contrasts its bricked interiors.
Their service, food and drinks are inspired to the Mediterranean. The 21 countries along the coast are very different, but they all appreciate the same things. Olive oil, bread, wine, coffee, afternoon naps and having a good time. That’s what you’re going to find at Sideways.
Steakville source for their beef supplies from specific farms and regions, bringing specialised farm breeds to their cozy restaurant in Sunshine Plaza. They aim to bring the “farm-to-table” dining experience to their customers whereby patrons can find out more about the steak they are having. You can view their menu here.
Their collaborative partner, Candour Coffee Bar, provides a wide selection of beverages, ranging from artisan coffee to signature coffee mocktails, creating options and playful choices for everyone.
The casual 50-seater wine and bistro bar redefines an approachable concept to the charming world of wines. Winederlust strives to explore the synergic combination of fine wine and good food to create a seamless, enjoyable and inviting dining experience at friendly prices. Wine amateurs or connoisseurs alike should be able to savour and appreciate the wine and food at Winederlust.
Sprawled across the lobby of The Great Madras Hotel, The Great Mischief lends a playful Catalonian twist to the vintage setting of the hotel and rich heritage of Little India.
This fifth installation from The Black Hole Group is inspired from the gastronomical culture of Catalonia - with much emphasis on sharing good foood and time with family and companions. The Great Mischief offers their own rendition of Catalan delicacies, an open concept and good vibes - the rest of the story is for you to pen down.
The previous Bayview Hotel Singapore on Bencoolen Street has re-opened as a hip hotel with high-tech services and a rooftop pool after a $20 million renovation. Its new name is 30 Bencoolen.
Set on a broad, tree-lined street in the heart of the arts and cultural district, 30 Bencoolen offers a cool, contemporary ambience in an ideal central location. The hotel is a short stroll from 3 MRT stations in the area. You can relax in a warmly decorated room a short walk from top attractions in Singapore such as the landmark National Museum and Singapore Art Museum. Family rooms for up to 4 guests are available and the hotel’s personalised service benefits from technology like complimentary handy® smartphones. You can enjoy casual all-day dining in their hip restaurant and gourmet coffees or chilled wines in the lounge bar. After a busy day, head up to the rooftop to unwind in the outdoor pool and spa tub.
Discover places to visit with information at your fingertips on their 4G handy® smartphones – free for guests to take out during their stay. Unlimited internet access, free local and international calls to 6 of the most popular countries and helpful city guides are all available. WhatsApp connectivity allows you to easily ask the hotel for advice or place orders 24/7, when you’re out. Their in-house HotSOS maintenance monitoring system lets them know if something in your room needs fixing, often before you’ve even noticed it.
Decorated in warm grey tones, welcoming rooms come with stylish furnishings and dark natural wood features. Reliable, high-speed WiFi is complimentary and can help keep the kids happy while you check your email at the large desk. Business guests are a 16-minute walk from Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre. At the hotel, you can host events in 6 stylish function rooms equipped with state-of-the-art presentation facilities.
After a day of meetings or sightseeing, re-energise with a workout in the fully equipped gym or relax in the rooftop pool and hot tub. Later, enjoy a drink overlooking the pedestrian walkways and cycle paths of leafy Bencoolen Street.
With wooden trellis ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows, Local provides an airy, informal space where guests and the neighbourhood community can enjoy gourmet coffees and delicious all-day dining. The generous breakfast buffet sets you up for a day of exploring the city, while lunch becomes a treat thanks to salad and dessert buffets.
You can relax on a comfortable sofa in their lounge and bar, to savour artisan teas, indulgent pastries and aromatic local coffees prepared by expert baristas. The deli counter is ideal when you’re busy with meetings or refuelling after a workout. Head Chef Elvin Chew’s fragrant fusion of Asian and Western cuisine serves up creative dishes for dinner.
Their Fala-Falafel Burger is made up of all things delicious. Think 180g of chickpeas, tzatziki, kale, tomato compote in one burger with sweet potato fries on the side. Taste the goodness of the Middle Eastern flavours in one bite that will keep you going back for more.
Opening on 30th May and situated within the ever quirky Wanderlust Hotel, Audace (short for Audacity) serves as an invitation to discover new taste experiences that push boundaries and is the brainchild of Michelin Star awarded Chef Jeremy Gillon from Le Montana in the French Alps.
The restaurant and bar will serve up sensational French Bistro fare with a contemporary touch, providing guests with a different dining experience from breakfast through to dinner.
While Jeremy's cuisine is identifiably French, his passion for travel has imbued his dishes with influences he has derived from eating and cooking around the globe.
F45 is the revolutionary training system changing lives around the globe. Their new Rochor studio located at Beach Road will be opening on 29th April 2017.
The F45 concept is simple: their studios all over the world offer a 45 minute High-Intensity, Circuit Training workout class for their studio members. They have developed 27 different 45 minute workouts, with more currently in development.
The F45 studios offer the same class at different times throughout the day. Every day throughout the week offers a different 45 minute workout. The workouts are created by the F45 Athletics and Peak Performance Department from a database of over 3,000 different exercises, so their members never get the same workout twice.
The nationally treasured Parkview Square building is to reveal Singapore’s most highly anticipated bar concept of recent years - ATLAS.
Opening in March and located in the vibrant ground floor lobby of the unique office tower, ATLAS will welcome residents, professionals and drinks aficionados from Singapore and beyond to a stand-out, sophisticated all-day drinking and dining destination.
The ATLAS Gin Collection will provide the world’s most diverse and thoughtfully curated physical compilation of this popular spirit. Assembled in an impressive ceiling-high tower, the display will form the centrepiece of the expansive venue. Appointed by Master of Gin, Jason Williams, the selection includes everything from 1910 London dry gins to the best of modern craft gins from the far corners of the world.
Beneath the bar lies a bespoke rose gold walk-in Champagne Room housing the ATLAS Champagne Collection. Guests are invited to taste the rare treasures from one of Asia’s most sought-after Champagne lists.
Andaz Hotel will open in Singapore's new 1.73-million-square-foot Duo Development.
Hyatt Hotels and property developers M+S are planning to open an Andaz Hotel in the hip Ophi- Rochor district of Singapore. The hotel, which is not slated to open until 2017, will be a part of the upcoming Duo Development and will be home to over 340 guest rooms, multiple restaurants and bars, a lounge area, meeting and event spaces, spa services, a fitness center, a gift shop, and an outdoor pool and venue. The hotel will be the first Andaz in Singapore and the first in Southeast Asia.
The Duo Development, designed by internationally-acclaimed architect Ole Scheeren, is in the first stages of construction and upon completion will cover an area of 1.73 million square feet. In addition to the hotel, the 49-story property will include 660 luxury residences, 56,000 square feet of retail space and 570,000 square feet of office space. The two towers of the Duo Development will curve along a crescent and include gardens, a viewing platform and pools on the multi-level rooftops. It will also include a direct underground connection to the Bugis MRT Station.