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  • Have A Memorable Stay At These 12 Cool and Trendy Places In Singapore!

    There are plenty of cool, trendy and fresh places for a staycation in Singapore. Below are recommendations that fit the theme, some being more Muslim-friendly than others - so do weigh your options carefully such as factoring proximity to the mosque and Halal eateries in the area. We arranged these unique accommodations (hotels, hostels and glamping option) by location for your ease of planning. Here's Why The Great Madras Should Be Your Next Staycation Spot The City 1) Lloyd's Inn Picture: LloydsInn Lloyd’s Inn used to be a popular budget hotel more than twenty decades ago, but since the makeover and rebranding a few years back, it’s now a sought-after trendy and chic choice of staycation. With minimalist and clean look, this boutique hotel immediately charms you. If you want an escape yet still feel connected to the city, it is the perfect option thanks to its location - in one of the inner-city residential area. The main minus point is perhaps there’s no in-house F&B but certainly not the biggest drawbacks since there are plenty of eateries nearby such as the Halal nasi padang, Warung M.Nasir as well as supermarket. For breakfast (which is included in the room rate), you can redeem the vouchers provided at the nearby cafes - Freshly Baked and Killiney Kopitiam. You can also utilise its common outdoor pantry where microwaves, vending machines along with tea and coffee making facilities are provided. Choose one of the sleek, white-themed rooms and create your own spa experience in the semi-open toilet and shower space. There is a roof terrace, wading pool (not for swimming though) and a garden to savour outdoor moments in this oasis. Address: 2 Lloyd Rd, Singapore 239091Price Range: SGD150 – SGD300Contact: +65 6737 7309Email: mail@lloydsinn.comWebsite: LloydsInn Little India 2) The Great Madras Picture: TheGreatMadras Easily accessed by MRT, The Great Madras has recently undergone a complete makeover and is now managed by a new owner. The art deco hotel is a blend in of vintage furniture and fitting, freshly painted wall in pastels, beautiful designed wallpaper and bright neon lights signage. The open-air lobby captivates you to linger just a bit longer - here you will find a little barber tucked by the lift and laundromats parked against the wall alongside the old cinema chairs. Picture: TheGreatMadras At the front corner, sits a Spanish bistro called The Great Mischief. It invites you to sample its dishes made from Halal sourced ingredients. Their 35 rooms come in varying sizes to suit any type of travellers and budgets. The hostel options are all available with shared bathrooms (shower and toilet in one room) and there’s also a women-only hostel. Not only will you be glad that all rooms are complete with modern comfort facilities, there is also a prayer room available on the premise and a small outdoor pool waiting for a dip. The Great Madras is one of Singapore's hipster hangout places that is Muslim-friendly. Address: 28 Madras Street, 208422 SingaporePrice Range: SGD80 - SGD350Contact: + 65 - 6914 1515Email: guestservice@thegreatmadras.comWebsite: TheGreatMadras 3) The Daulat Picture: TheDaulat Once an old British shophouse in Little India, 16 rooms at The Daulat have been installed to meet contemporary and luxurious needs of its modern customers. The interior is Middle Eastern inspired and rooms are freshly painted in white. As you land on the handpicked 300-thread count linen, you will surely fall asleep instantly on its comfortable Sealy “Posturepedic Mattress” bed. Wake up to a cup of coffee in the morning from the provided Nespresso machine. The bathroom amenities from London’s Penhaligon brand awaits you for a luxurious rain shower accompanied by music from its Geneva audio system. Check out the loft style room where sleeping area occupies the mezzanine which separates the living area. A complimentary Halal Western breakfast can be enjoyed at Santap Café in the lobby. If you're tired from binging the free DVDs, pop by upstairs to have a dip in its rooftop pool. Address: 16 Madras Street, Singapore 208413Price Range: SGD130 - SGD280Contact: +65 6408 5555Email: guestservice@thedaulat.comWebsite: TheDaulat Singapore Riverside To get to the following 3 hotels, you can access the closest MRT at Clarke Quay. You can also take advantage of the free shuttle bus provided at the Millennium and Copthorne riverside hotels. 4) Studio M Picture: MilleniumHotels Studio M has a small lobby decorated with white fitting and long chandeliers dazzling from the high ceiling to welcome you into this fully loft-inspired designer hotel. All their rooms are able to accommodate 2 adults and 1 child (below 12 years old). They also offer elevated ceilings with an exclusive view of the city. Designed by an Italian architect, you can ride their see-thru lifts while glancing at the contemporary outdoor living which features a 25m lap pool, outdoor gym and jet pool. Enjoy breakfast with style at a dedicated area on Level 2, an intimate oasis of tranquility before taking a nice stroll along the river. Address: No. 3 Nanson Road Singapore 238910Price Range: SGD150 – SGD400Contact: +65 6808 8888Email: SMH@millenniumhotels.comWebsite: MilleniumHotels 5) M Social Singapore Picture: MillenniumHotels A modern and contemporary Italian designed hotel, M Social will not only provide a chic staycation, but it will also give you a new experience. The outside lobby features a funky mural which welcomes you as you enter, and beautiful tiles decorated the floor. Be fascinated by its automated room service robot and during breakfast, there’ll be a robot cooking eggs for you as well. Choose any of its 293 chic rooms – from the small yet cozy Alcove Room to spacious loft style rooms. There’s an infinity pool available for a good swim. Try the modern Asian cuisine at their Beast And Butterfly Restaurant - though not Halal certified, it serves plenty of seafood and vegetarian dishes. Their Dessert selection will impress you – try the chef recommended dessert such as yam brûlée or rojak ice cream toast. There’s Freshbox Locker at the lobby, should you want some healthy meal from Saladstop to be delivered to the chilled locker – their poultry is Halal sourced and some salad dressing contains no alcohol. Address: 90 Robertson Quay, Singapore 238259Price Range: SG$130 – SG$300Contact: +65 6206 1888Email: reservations.mss@millenniumhotels.comWebsite: MillenniumHotels 6) The Warehouse Hotel Singapore Website: TheWareHouseHotel Part of the prestigious Design Hotel portfolio, The Warehouse Hotel is notably a 37-room reborn and restored heritage building in a spot of what used to be the hotbed of trade and shipping activities. A particularly beautiful hotel that has received numerous accolades, with peaked roofs and shuttered windows. You will be impressed by the edgy industrial open plan lobby decorated with a set of designer furniture. You can admire the historic conservation details including original beams and a soaring peaked ceiling. The rooms offer a perfect balance of light and darkness. You will experience a unique boutique stay from its best feature such as Bang & Olufsen Bluetooth speakers, custom mattresses, 100% eco-certified Ashley & Co bath amenities, eco-friendly Nordaq water bottles and an infinity pool. Pop by Po is the hotel's flagship restaurant. Although not halal certified, they have an alcohol-free signature dessert, the Ice Cream Popiah. Address: 320 Havelock Road, Robertson Quay, Singapore 169628Price Range: SGD240- SGD650Contact: +65 6828 0000Email: reservations@thewarehousehotel.comWebsite: TheWareHouseHotel Central - South 7) Villa Samadhi Singapore by Samadhi Picture: VillaSamadhi Villa Samadhi is a 20-room boutique hotel charmingly decorated with teak furnishings that exude old colonial charm in a renovated black and white house, tucked away from the hustle and bustle city life surrounded by the lush natural greenery. Complimentary welcoming high tea, shuttle to Vivocity, king size bed in each room, and a common area library with an extensive collection of books are some of the unique features to look for when you stay in this spacious villa. If you are after the Crib room with a wooden bath, do indicate your interest. For an added touch of privacy, the Luxe Sarang room will serve as your own sanctuary equip with private garden and pool. If the short walk through the rainforest from your room to the breakfast place is not enough, you may want to explore the nearby coastal Labrador Park, Mount Faber, and Southern Ridges. The must-visit during your stay is the stand-alone Tamarind Hill Restaurant for its stunning venue. It is only a few minutes stroll via a jungle boardwalk and it offers exquisite Thai and Shan cuisine.  Although they are not Halal certified, there offer plenty of vegetarian and seafood dishes from its long menu. Address: 20 Labrador Villa Road, Singapore 119193Price Range: SGD280 – SGD850Contact: +603 9212 9363Email: reservations@villasamadhi.com.sgWebsite: VillaSamadhi East - Changi 8) Raintr33 Hotel Singapore Picture: Raintr33hotel Another colonial building stay that we recommend is tucked in the tranquil greenery of Changi Village. Raintr33 Hotel maybe a bit out of the way, but rooms are generally big – for example, Mulberry is the smallest available at 24 m². Maintaining the old style, expect to climb stairs since no lift is available – fret not as it’s only 3 floors high and there are only 2 blocks. Ensure you ask for a room that gives you as much privacy as possible, away from Red Beret bar/restaurant which sometimes can be noisy at night. Their restaurant is not Halal certified so you may want to dine out instead, taking advantage of the numerous delicious eateries or hawker stalls nearby. For a large get-together, you can plan for a barbeque. The facility located at the lower pool deck amidst the lush greenery with a spacious outdoor space. For activities to do, you can walk around the surrounding or ride a bicycle provided by the hotel to explore the Changi Boardwalk and Changi Beach Club situated only minutes away. You can also visit Changi Point, Loyang Park Connector, or go to Pulau Ubin from Changi Ferry Terminal. Address: 33 Hendon Road Singapore 509673Price Range: SGD100 – SGD250Email: reservations@raintr33hotel.comContact: +65 6653 3833Website: Raintr33hotel 9) The Pod Picture: ThePodCapsuleHotel There are plenty of complimentary services available at this new establishment such as buffet breakfast, Wi-Fi, toiletries (including toothbrush and toothpaste), local calls, drinking water and a facility for work requiring laptops in the business pods. The capsule room comes with personal lockers. There are 3 types of dormitory though mostly are singles (mixed, female or male only) or bigger queen size suite pod (30 m²). Featuring front or side entry, each capsule comes with a clothes rack with hanger, power socket, a reading light, and fold-down table. A touch of luxury accompanies the capsules with 300 thread count sheets and a fluffy duvet. Address: 289 Beach Road Level 3 Singapore 199552Price Range: SGD40 - SGD100Contact: +65 6298 8505Email: info@thepodcapsulehotel.comWebsite: ThePodCapsuleHotel 10) CUBE Boutique Capsule Hotel – Kampong Glam Picture: CubeHotels This capsule hotel is nestled in a restored shophouse block right in the heart of Kampung Glam (Singapore hipster hangout place) and minutes away from the Sultan Masjid Mosque. Private rooms that can sleep 4, 6 and 8 people as well as female private rooms are available. You will appreciate the fluffy duck-feather duvet, 250 thread-count linens, complimentary buffet breakfast, free Wi-Fi and free washing and dryer (only 1 set provided). The common area includes in-house café, a library, a terrace, and a kitchen, should you want to cook. As for lockers, you will be given 3 – outside for footwear, storage for luggage, and a safe in the cube for personal belongings. Be mindful that there is no lift. For planning activities to do in Singapore, the Singapore Visitor Centre is located on the premise to assist with tour arrangement or ticketing services. Address: 54, 55, 56 Bussorah Street, Bugis, Singapore, 199471 SingaporePrice Range: SGD45 – SGD370Contact: +65 6291 1696Email: reservationskg@cubestay.sWebsite: CubeHotels 11) Glamping City Picture: AsiaStyleAsia Founded in 2017 by Ryan Lam, Glamping City claimed to provide a “luxury unique camping experience”. They are offering 2 locations – for Sentosa location campers can enjoy air-conditioning tent with electrical supply, mini-fridge, and private toilet. Tent available for couples, big groups or families of 6 adults. Don’t forget to ask for complimentary board games. Address: East Coast Park                SentosaOperating Hours: Check-in: 3PM                               Check-out: 10AMPrice Range: SGD170 - SGD240Contact: +65 9651 1114Email: booking@glampingcity.com, or business@glampingcity.comWebsite: GlampingCity 12) Glamping Society Picture: GlampingSociety Meet the first glamping provider in Singapore with its vision to serve a “top-notch quality service”. The tent is available in 4 different sizes (sleeps from 2 to 8 people). The tent at Punggol comes with air-conditioning and power outlets – only no showering facilities and no BBQ facilities. Address: Area G East Coast Park (Pit 65 to Pit 76)                Punggol Container Park (50 Punggol East)Operating Hours: Check-in: 3P                              Check-out: 12 pm .                              Punggol: Daily                              East Coast Park: WeekendsPrice Range: SGD120 - SGD300Contact: +65 9384 1244 or +65 8751 5339 on weekdaysEmail: Hello@glampingsociety.comWebsite: GlampingSocietyOperating Hours: Check-in: 3PM                              Check-out: 12 pm .                                Daily (Punggol) and Weekends( East Coast Park)NOTE: Add-on charges apply for special occasions and they take any special request such as for parties, retreat, festivals, or any customized theme. As for food, you can choose one of the packages with meal included, or you can fire up the barbeque – advance booking required. You may also choose whether to dine out or get a takeaway. What are you waiting for? Begin planning a chic and trendy staycation in Singapore now! 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  • New in Singapore: Here's Why The Great Madras Should Be Your Next Staycation Spot

    Planning for a staycation in our little red dot or would like to experience Singapore in a new perspective? We think The Great Madras, a newly refurbished hotel (and hostel) is the next staycation spot for you! This so-called boutique establishment, run by Mini Environment Service Pte Ltd which is owned by a Muslim businessman, has been gaining interest from locals as well as guests from all over the world since its opening in December 2017. For your convenience in getting Halal food in Singapore and as a guide for your next staycation spot, we lay out why this little cosy establishment is a great choice: A Muslim Travel Guide to Little India 1) Comfortable and Aesthetically Pleasing Picture: TheGreatMadras The big makeover exhibits a blend of artistic historical architecture with attention to detail interiors. Vintage pieces of furniture and lighting are mixed in a classic way in the lobby space - exhibiting a homely feeling, not quite luxury but comforting. Its pastel pink wide French doors are opened up to the street and its surrounding - inviting guests to its airy and open ambiance. The 35 non-smoking rooms vary in sizes from 8 m² to 28 m². The Great Madras is an aesthetically pleasing accommodation where you can marvel at the cartoonist impression wallpaper that portrays local landmarks and historically significance. Also look out for several catchy neon lights shining brightly in the building such as the one in the lobby that says, “Go Everywhere, Do Everything”. Apart from quality bedding and linen, you can expect all rooms (including the hostels) to be complete with modern comforts such as slippers, bathrobe, toiletries set, ironing facilities, safe deposit box, free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TV. Unique wallpaper designs decorate the rooms, with windows adding brightness to the pastel and light colour painted wall. In the smaller rooms, the contrasting coloured wash basin sits on the table facility outside the shower and toilet room . Picture: TheGreatMadras The hostels (one side with 3 roomas for women with 3 rooms and another mixed with 5 rooms and private courtyard) come with a private shower and toilet room – although it’s a ‘shared’ concept (2 in women and 3 in mixed). The minimalistic-styled king size bed in the hostel rooms occupies the entire space (so there's no floor area in the room) but they do make good use of the 8 m² sizes private room with sliding doors. If you pick a suitable room, you can have great staycations for any occasions. For example, the women-only hostel has 3 rooms that can sleep 6 adults for a group staycation. A family with children can opt for The Courtyard room (biggest at 28 m²), or The Balcony/The Better room where interconnected rooms are available – check the children age limit for no charge policy. For a special treat such as birthdays or anniversaries, check out The Great Suite room (at 20 m²) which is complete with an open circular bathtub or chill in the outdoor pool - another Instagram worthy feature of The Great Madras. 2) Halal Food at The Great Mischief Bistro Picture: TheGreatMischief Located at the hotel lobby, breakfast is served at The Great Mischief bistro for hotel guests.  Recently welcoming customers in February, this restaurant, operated by The Black Hole Group, invites you to sample its interpretation of Catalan cuisines prepared with Halal sourced ingredients. Enjoy the amazing tapas selection or simply dine with its ‘raciones’ menu. Picture: TheGreatMischief Wash down with your choice of non-alcoholic beverage or have a sip from 12 interesting selections of mocktail - such as La Rambla (Chai, Red Bull, and Soda) or Lloret De Mer (lychee, mint, and pomegranate). You can’t go wrong with the usual snack plate such as the fried chicken wing, fried potatoes with truffle oil and croquet. However, do extend to other Spanish inspired dishes such as salt cod fritters or paprika pulled beef with cheddar and Padron peppers. Spanish hot chocolate and churros await you for dessert. As for price range, it can start from as small as SGD3.50 for a cup of coffee to around SGD25 for the ‘racione’ menu. Do note that wine is served on the premise. 3) Located at Little India Apart from providing a relaxing and convenient stay with communal feelings, it serves as a central point for staycations in Little India thanks to its 24-hour reception, a one-sit barbershop and laundromat services. It can easily be reached by MRT (closest is Rochor followed by Jalan Besar and Little India) or buses. You can also visit the Abdul Gaffoor Mosque nearby or utilise the prayer room available in the premise for your prayers. While you're here, why not see a different and interesting side of Singapore through wanders of culture, ethnicity, history, and architecture on top of shopping – yes, it’s a few blocks away from Orchard Road, Mustaffa Centre, and Sim Lim Tower. Free bicycles can be hired from the hotel. Though the area is relatively quiet during daytime, we would suggest packing an earplug if you are a light sleeper as it could get a bit noisy in the weekend from the nearby nightlife of this vibrant neighbourhood. 4) Range of Affordability For All Pocket Sizes Room rates that include complimentary buffet breakfast range from SGD80 to SGD350 depending on the rooms and seasons. Even though it is not the cheapest as compared to other budget places, The Great Madras offers a charming boutique stay where convenience and comfort are not being compromised. The Great Madras is a unique place for your short staycation and it's suitable for those going solo, as a couple or as a family with young children. Stay and create a memorable art-deco staycation memory at The Great Madras – a Muslim-friendly hotel in Singapore and one-of-a-kind gem in Little India. Address: 28 Madras Street, 208422 SingaporeContact: 6914 1515 or email guestservice@thegreatmadras.comWebsite: http://thegreatmadras.com               https://www.thegreatmischief.sg More About Singapore...

  • Flying off to Lebanon's Beirut–Rafic Hariri International Airport? Here's A Muslim-friendly Guide You'll Need!

    Flying to Lebanon? Beirut is your international getaway and one of the buzzing city in the Middle East. It’s also one of the oldest city in the world, rich in history and populated by multicultural and multi-religion society. Its diverse geography and mild Mediterranean climate have made Lebanon famous for many activities. There is plenty to do and see at their mountains and beaches. Beirut-Rafic Hariri International Airport may not be the best airport in the Middle East, but this formerly called Beirut International Airport is more than sufficient to welcome you with its metallic structure and high ceiling. 10 Reasons to visit Beirut! History of Beirut–Rafic Hariri International Airport Picture: BeirutAirport Originally built in 1954, the airport has since flourished as a premier hub in the Middle East until it suffered damages during more than 2 decades of Civil War and Lebanon War. While the airport has undergone massive construction when completed in 2005, some argued about the need for better management, maintenance, or new makeover. Recently, the government has finally approved its first phase of expansion to accommodate an increase in passenger traffic. The airport was named after the late Prime Minister, an important man in the reconstruction of Lebanon post of the civil war. You can never miss his tomb and mausoleum in downtown Beirut, nearby the Mohammad al Ameen Mosque. Services And Facilities Sum up below for your convenience are the services and facilities at this single terminal airport - a U shaped building with 2 wings from East to West: Ground level: Arrival Hall and Qatar Airways Lounge Level 2: Departure Hall and access to the East and West wingsLevel 3: Airlines lounges, prayer rooms and a restaurantLevel 4: Airport administrative offices (Closed to passengers) Muslim prayer room is above the Duty-Free Zone on the level 3. Food Option Dining at the airport may be limited and a bit pricey. That said, more restaurants and cafes are planned to open in the near future. If you feel peckish and have no other choice, the following are available to consider. Akle Picture: fulcrum-bia This alcohol-free eatery is located at the Arrival Hall in the meet and greet area. They serve both Arabic and Lebanese fast-food. You can expect 3 daily hot dishes, shawarma, grills, salads, desserts, breakfast and many more. Balkoumi Picture:fulcrum-bia A quick service and ‘grab & go’ is located in the Departure Hall, offers a wide variety of healthy light dishes including a selection of vegetarian options and manakish menu. The full-service Balkoumi is located in the West pier where you can enjoy home-made shawarma, falafel, sandwiches or moussaka. Cafe Matik Picture: fulcrum-bia You can find this eatery in the Arrival Hall as well as in the East and West Wing of the Departure Hall for late minute bite closer to the gate. Hot and cold beverages (including freshly ground coffee from finest beans), handmade sandwiches, salads, and sweet treats are available. They also offer vegan-friendly menu. SALT Picture: fulcrum-bia A nice place to relax and dine before boarding your flight, this gourmet restaurant is located on the upper level (3rd floor) immediately after passing through passport control. Sit by the window to marvel at the mountain and enjoy the flights taking off while savoring the selection of pastries, cakes, salads, sandwiches, and hot dishes. Or get your Oriental fix from its made-to-order sushi. Vegetarian-friendly and gluten-free options available. All eateries above are managed by Fulcrum SAL and are opened 24/7.Free WiFi available at restaurants such as Akle and SALT. Contact: +961 1 628240Email: info@fulcrum-bia.comWebsite: www.fulcrum-bia.com Tip: We advise you to ask before consuming any meat meal because Halal certifications in Lebanon is limited. Shopping You will find a variety of high-end shopping at the five distinct shopping zones in the departure such as Luxury, Electronics (including Middle East’s first Virgin Megastore), Beauty, and Food (for delicious Lebanese sweets and delicatessen you got to try!). All passengers' purchases are exempt of V.A.T. and Beirut Duty-Free ensures there are good saving as compared to the domestic market. As for the prices, Beirut Duty-Free claimed to be cheaper than all Regional airports as well as other international airports. Amenities Wireless Internet Access (WiFi or Internet): Free up to 30 minutes within 24 hours. For more access time, you may purchase internet cards in the airport duty-free zone. Money: ATM and currency exchange services are available. Transportation: The airport is about 10km to the Beirut city center which will take a 15 to 20 minutes ride. You may choose either a taxi or hire a car from car rental booths. For taxi, it is advisable to catch the Airport owned taxis which can be easily recognized by their airport logo on the side, over the regular taxis of Beirut. Alternatively, you can also avail privatized taxis like welcome pickup offered by hotels and various online companies. Other guidance: The official Android and Apple application of Beirut Airport is now available on Playstore and Appstore.Passengers coming to Lebanon are not allowed to carry fresh fruits and vegetables. Contact: +96 11 62 80 00Website: beirutairport Discover Airports Around The World!...

  • Scrolling For Food Online? Here Are 4 Halal Instagram Businesses in Singapore Worth Exploring!

    There has been an increasing trend in the Food and Beverage industry where vendors, start-ups and owners are capitalising on Instagram to reach customers. It's no difference with Singapore’s Halal Food Instagram scene. Home businesses are gaining their popularity as an alternative to the usual dining out or hawker centres. Instagram has provided plenty of channels for you to find Halal food in Singapore. Local home businesses can benefit from the support of their followers, who in return can enjoy the aunthentic taste of home-cooked food. It also comes with the convenience of your order being delivered straight to you. This service is suitable for events, gatherings and your own glutton pleasure – just be mindful of the limited operating hours. We summed up the top 4 Instagram Halal food businesses (Muslim owned or co-owned) that offer delicious delicacies that can satisfy your taste buds and how you can fix orders for your next meal. Check out our Instagram 1. Ann's Stove Picture: Annsstove Ann’s Stove has been in business since May 2016. Their meals are cooked with love by a mum of 2 and they are now a well-known brand when it comes to delicious homemade pie and pasta. They offer catering services and also have a kids' menu. Fans can’t wait for its shop to open soon at East Village Mall in Simpang Bedok. They seem ready to be spoilt with the old classic & new truffle Mac & Cheese as well as the spicy black pepper chicken and beef pies. Seafood lovers can opt for aglio olio with prawn and for vegetarian customers, the mushroom version will surely satisfy you. Fancy staple rice instead? Fret not as Ann’s Stove can also prepare baked rice dish. While the special homemade sauce is delicious, we are happy to learn that the cheese sauce is salt-free. Food comes in a tray of small (4 servings) or medium (10-12 serving), with the option for baked or pre-baked. Website: www.annsstove.comOrder: WhatsApp at 9224 9206. Orders to be placed by providing Date, Name, Instagram Account, Order Details (quantity, menu, size), and Delivery Address. Order mainly for weekend. Pre-orders for special / any occasion is 2 weeks in advance. Instagram 2. Mama's Boy Bakes Picture: mamasboycakes Samuel and Fahmy are the boys behind Mama’s Boy Bakes. Their Instagram account showcases food images that are guaranteed to keep you salivating. The All Week menu (except Monday) offers the signature dish of Mac & Cheese. This dish comes with premium homemade gooey cheese sauce, shredded cheese with a generous bit of beef bacon, chilli padi (birds eye chilli) for those who fancy a little kick and topped off with golden breadcrumbs. The combination of its creamy inside and crispy outside will knock you off-guard. Sadly the beef goulash is no longer available for the Friday to Sunday menu. However, you have the option of chicken Cordon Bleu paired with creamy mushroom garlic sauce, chicken marinara and Mac & Chick Combo with tiramisu for dessert (minimum of 2 tubs per order). The meal comes in 3 sizes (Small, Medium and Large tray, as well as pre-baked). Muffin sizes for Mac & Cheese are suitable for both parties and kids. Self-pick-up available if you happen to be in Tampines or Pasir Ris area. Keep an eye on the monthly special menu from time to time too. Email: mamasboybakes@gmail.comOrder: Direct Message (DM) to order            Tampines Street 45, Block 498D (Self-collection)Operating Hours: From Tuesday to Sunday                               10.30am - 6.30pm. (Self-collection)                               From 11 am to 7 pm. (Delivery) Instagram | Facebook 3. Naughty Boyz Picture: Naughtyboyz_ Entrepreneur Abdul Rashid Mahmood is the founder of Naughty Boyz, a home-based business taking orders on certain days which began capturing local fans at their stall near local night markets. What people love about their Mac & Cheese is that it comes in 3 flavours - Salted Egg, Spicy (request hot chilli for extra heat) and Original (white cream sauce). They are accompanied with deli meat slice and mushroom which are perfectly sautéed with a little bit of pepper and salt. A pro tip - if you want to serve your guests fresh and hot meals from the oven, you may opt for Naughty Boys frozen servings. Their collaboration with female riders group, StradaBabes, will ensure delivery to anywhere around the island. Email: naughty.boyz@outlook.comOrder: WhatsApp or Text 87199478. Tampines Street 44 (Collection)Orders to be placed by providing Name, Email, Order Details (quantity, size, flavour), Delivery Address, Date/Time & Any Special Request.Operating hours: Wednesday, Friday & Sunday only Instagram 4. Manzzy’s Beef Bowl Picture: Manzzy_s This newly established home business is slowly rising its popularity since kicking off its first ricebowl project at the local mosque early this year. Azman, the owner, mentioned that their customers love the sweet caramelised onions and their ‘Shichimi Togarashi’ which is a unique Japanese chilli powder blend - a perfect combination to the pan grilled beef. Manzzy’s Beef Bowl comes with Japanese rice priced at $8 and you can opt for an extra $1 for a special onsen egg which is a traditional Japanese low temperature egg to complement the beef bowl. Their onsen eggs are cooked to perfection and some fans even described the egg as restaurant quality – a must try if you haven’t. Self-pick-up option is available if you happen to be nearby Punggol area. ORDER: Direct Message (DM) by providing Name, Mobile Phone, Order Details (Quantity, Onsen Egg, Chilli Padi) & Delivery Address, Fernvale Link (Self - Collecting)Operating Hours: 4-5pm/5-6pm (Self - Collecting)                               Weekend and public holidays (Pre-orders) Facebook | Instagram Read more about Singapore...

  • Need A Quick Escape To Johor? Here's How You Can Get To JB Fast!

    Living on a tiny island of Singapore means we always like to get around to see other places. Getting out to Johor Bahru (famously known as JB) is the only one location frequently visited by the resident of this island for many obvious reasons - whether for a quick outing, day trip, weekend getaway or an entry point to Malaysia's long vacation. Johor Bahru is the capital of Malaysia's state of Johor situated just across the Straits of Johor on the southern tip of Malaysian Peninsular. Picture Credit: chuttersnap on Unsplash If you are planning a visit using public transportation other than self-driving, there's more than one way to get there depending on your circumstances and factors to take into consideration - price, time, flexibility, regularity of service. It’s also important to weigh your option depending on your location in Singapore and the destination you want to go to Johor Bahru. Crossing from Singapore, there are 2 border or immigration checkpoints: Causeway in Woodland, Singapore which serves a road and rail link to Sultan Iskandar CIQ (JB CIQ) or JB Sentral in Johor Bahru. Second Link in Tuas, Singapore which leads to Sultan Abu Bakar CIQ or Second Link in Gelang Patah, in Johor Bahru. So, how to travel from Singapore to Johor Bahru? This article gives you the lowdown of modes of transportation options from Singapore to Johor Bahru, including highlighting the advantages, disadvantages, and tips for you to consider on each travel option. 1. Train (From Woodlands Train Station to JB Sentral) Picture Credit: KTM Berhad Facebook One of popular way is taking the train - thanks to KTM, the Malaysian train operator. You can get the ticket online at Easybook (link below) or buy from the counter at Woodlands Train Station. More train services have been added and they are more frequent based on the new timetable. From Woodlands, you can travel as early as 7:19 am till the last train at 11:30 pm, and from JB Sentral from 5 am till 10:30 pm – both ways train departs every 1 to 1.5 hour. The Woodlands Train Checkpoint is served by public buses from/to Kranji MRT Station, Marsiling MRT Station, Bukit Panjang MRT and Woodlands MRT Station. Advantages Fastest way: 5 minutes of travel time. Avoid long waiting queue before boarding like long bus queue. Closer to City Square Mall than taking a bus. Usually more reliable departure time. Cheap and comfortable. Confirm seat if you book online in advance (you can book 30 days in advance). Children less than 4 years old, can travel for free of charge. Disadvantages Need to book advance at least 4 hours prior to travel time. Popular timing (like early morning weekdays for regular commuters) or weekend always sold quickly. Recommended For: Traveller with time pressure or urgency Price Range: $ Buy at Woodlands Train Station: Depart fate SG $5. Return fare RM 5. Buy at JB Sentral: Depart fare RM 5. Return fare SG $5. Buy online: Depart fare SG $5 and return fare SG $1.84 plus Admin Fee SG $1.34 KTM IntercityPhone: 1-300-88-KTMB(5862)E-mail: callcenter@ktmb.com.myWebsite: www.ktmb.com.my               www.easybook.com                www.busonlineticket.com  2. Public Bus Picture Credit: Causeway Link Facebook There are many options to choose from (especially via Causeway) such as Causeway Link Bus (CW), SBS Transit Bus, Singapore-Johor Express (SJE), and SMRT Bus. Do note that Causeway Link offers greater flexibility in ways that passengers able to board any Causeway Link bus across the causeway after clearing immigration. Do also note that there seem to be more CW buses than SBS buses. Via CIQ Second Link As below, there is 2 bus pick up points in Singapore to reach your preferred destinations near CIQ Second Link mostly served by Causeway Link Bus. Boon Lay MRT is serving bus CW 6 (to Bukit Indah/ Giant at Taman Nusa Bestari): SG $4 Jurong East Interchange (at Berth B1) is serving: CW3 (to Bukit Indah/ Perling Mall): SG $4 CW4 (to Gelang Patah/Pontian):SG $4 + RM 4.20 CW4S (to Gelang Patah/Sutera Mall): SG $4 or SG $4+RM4.80 for Sunday Once you reach CIQ Second Link after passing through immigration, there are several options of buses to queue depending on your specific destination to go other than destinations mention above. For examples: CW7L (to Mall of Medini/Legoland): SG $4 JPO2 (to Johor Premium Outlet/ Senai Airport) Via Causeway As below you’ll find a lot more options, some with similar routes. For example, comparing CW2 and 170, the latter has more stops and therefore travel time is a bit longer. Comparing CW1 and 170X, while the latter has more stops, it’s considered as a transfer if you take the MRT (transfer must be done within 45 minutes) and you’ll get discount on overall transport fares. Only board SJE if you must as the route is longer than CW1 and 170X, plus the bus is not very frequent like the rest. 1. The Causeway Link operates the following route: From Kranji MRT to Larkin Bus Terminal (CW1): SG $1.50 (RM 1.90 return) From Queens Street Bus Terminal to Larkin Bus Terminal (CW2): SG $3.50 (RM 3.40 return) From Newton Circus to JB CIQ (CW5): SG $3.30 (RM 3.40 return) 2. SBS Transit Bus There are 3 pick-up points: From Kranji MRT to JB Sentral (170X): SG $2 (SG $1.37 on Ezlink) From Queens Street Bus Terminal to Larkin Bus Terminal (170): SG $2.50 (SG $1.96 on Ezlink) From Jurong East Interchange to JB Sentral (160): SG $2.50 (SG $1.83 on Ezlink) 3. SMRT Bus 950 From Woodlands Bus Interchange to JB Sentral SG $2.20 (SG $1.41 on Ezlink). In case of a long queue, alternatively, you can opt for bus 856 which bring you close enough for a bit of walk to Woodlands Train Station. 4. Singapore-Johor Express (SJE) From Queen Street to Larkin Bus Terminal: SG $3.30 (return RM 3.40) Advantages The cheapest fare. The buses connect directly to shopping malls and tourist destination such as those serviced via Second Link. Disadvantages Time-consuming as you have to wait in long queues for buses (holding your ticket of course!) at both immigration. While the buses may be frequent, they may not be regularly available due to a traffic jam. SBS usually add more travel time since it stops to pick up other non-JB passengers. You have to board twice to clear immigration including carrying your bag and belongings. Inconvenient and stressful for the elderly. Getting back into Singapore, take note that service is not available after 1 am – last SBS bus is available just after half midnight from JB. CW bus is not operational after 11.30 pm. Recommended For: Budget-conscious traveler. Family with big children. Healthy and fit individuals. Travelers with less luggage. Price Range: $ As per above, it ranges from SG $2 to SG $4. Cheaper if you use Ezlink card for traveling with SBS and SMRT. For return fare via CW and SJE buses, the fare will be charged in RM. Causeway Link: www.causewaylink.com.my/singapore-busSBS Transit Bus: www.sbstransit.com.sg/transportLand Transport Guru: www.landtransportguru.netFor booking: Easybook www.easybook.com Bus Online Ticket: www.busonlineticket.com 3. Shuttle Bus Picture Credit: Transtar Travel Facebook Transtar: You can travel to JB CIQ from Changi Airport (TS1), Marina Square (TS3), and Resort World Sentosa (TS8). Transtar also offers service from Buona Vista to Gelang Patah Sentral (TS6). Fare range from SG $5 to SG $10. Advance Coach Bus (AC7) from Yishun Bus Interchanged to JB Sentral: SG $2.50 (Ezlink SG $2.20). Return RM 3 If you are interested in specific tourist attractions for a day trip such as Hello Kitty Town or Legoland, there are few coach bus transfer from Singapore such as Superior Coach & Tour, Starmart Express, or WTS Travel. Choose from convenient departure points in Singapore which close to public transportation and you can do online booking at Easy Book. Fare usually range from SG $10 to SG $13.      Advantages Convenient pick-up points. Less queue after immigrations when boarding for bus compared to public buses. For tourist destination bus, you’ll be served in comfortable coaches and may get a briefing from the guide. Disadvantages Same as public buses – still have to board the bus twice at both immigration. A little bit expensive than public bus fare. Need to check timetable as bus may not be as frequent – every 30 minutes to an hour for example with Transtar. Suitable For: You can take advantage of this option if you are closer to the pick-up points. Price Range: $$ Transtar: www.transtar.travel/cross-border-services 4. Private Car or Limousine Looking for a cheap private car to go to JB? There are plenty of private companies offering this service, so you can be a little spoil with the comfort and convenience you can get from this option. Not to mention, you can pick your choice of vehicle, its size, and variety of locations as a drop point. You also have options to hire vehicle for a full day plus private driver. Just ensure to shop around for best, competitive price and reliable service provider before you book online or ask recommendation from friends. A good driver will choose the best route to cross the strait by checking the traffic or live camera app. Advantages A convenient door to door service in a well-maintained vehicle. Pick up at preferred time and location. No need to get off from the vehicle for immigration clearance – passport needs to be handed to the driver as the vehicle pass through the clearance booth. No need to carry a bag too. A full day car hire can be cheap if you share the cost with maximum passenger number and hassle-free for an entire day. Disadvantages Cost wise, it can be expensive if traveling under 2 or 3 people. You may get unlucky with an unfriendly driver which you get to stick with during the traffic. Suitable For: Group of friends, families with young kids and/or elderly. Travelers with heavy luggage. Price Range: $$$ For JB area, range from SG $80 to SG $150 one way subject to vehicle size which can fit from 6 to 7 passengers - do check if you need to add the toll fee of SG $10 (approximately from SG $15 to SG $22 per person). For a full day trip to JB including private driver plus DIY itinerary, you can book via Klook for about SG $280 per vehicle of 7 passengers (SG $40 per person return). SGMYTAXI: www.sgmytaxi.comSG2JOHOR: www.sg2johor.comKlook: www.klook.com/activity/7712-private-car-charter-from-singapore-johor-bahru 5. Public Taxi (Ban San St. Taxi Kiosk, Singapore or Larkin Terminal Station, JB) Picture Credit: Wikipedia Hail a cab is another good old ways, thanks to both countries cross-border special licensed vehicles. You can grab Singapore or Malaysian taxis at Ban San St. Taxi Kiosk (Queen Street Bus Terminal) to bring you to Larkin Terminal Station. However, choose Malaysia cross-border taxi (yellow or blue) if you wish to be drop off anywhere in Johor (or Malaysia for that matter). Conversely, choose Singapore cross-border taxi at Larkin Terminal Station if you wish to go anywhere else in Singapore. Advantages Available 24 hours. Still a convenient direct non-stop service without having to get down at customs and carry bags. Cheaper than a private car or limousine hire. Disadvantages No frill or basic vehicle. Need to be at the pick-up point. More expensive compared to bus or train option. Need to negotiate a fare with the taxi driver when traveling other than Ban San Street (Queen Street Bus Terminal) or Larkin Terminal as there’s no fixed rate. Stuck in traffic during peak time. Suitable For: Group of friends, families with young kids and/or elderly. Travelers with heavy luggage. Price Range: $$ - $$$ Depart from Ban San St. Taxi Kiosk to Larkin Terminal - fare is SG $12 per person (sharing with other passengers) or SG $48 per taxi. Other than Larkin Terminal, expect to pay at least SG $70. Return from Larkin Terminal to Ban San Street (Queen Street Bus Terminal). Taxi Kiosk – fare is RM 20 per person or RM 80 per person. Other than Ban San St. Taxi Kiosk, expect to pay at least SG $70. Taxi Singapore: www.taxisingapore.com/singapore-to-johor-bahru Singapore - Johore Taxi Operators’ Association: Tel: +65 6296 7054 Pengurusan Terminal Teksi Johor Bahru-Singapore: Tel: +607 222 5898 or +60 7 224-6986   Hope the above guide assist you well in deciding which mode of transportation best to use for your future trip to JB. You may also want to look at any travel promotional to Malaysia with already inclusive of transportation – usually for coach/shuttle bus tours organized by a travel agency. Finally, while you may get some ideas on how to travel from Singapore to JB, it is wise to also know how to plan the trip around the pain points or any unexpected situations - congestion, snaking queue for bus, traffic jam on the bridge, queue at immigration, meeting prayer time, and toilet issue. * Please check service provider website for an update on price or accurate quotation for your specific trip. P.S. If you have any suggestion for a reliable private taxi provider, we would love to hear from you!...

  • LATEST: Taufik Batisah's New Fried Chicken Store Has Joined The Hipster Squad

    Chix Hot Chicken is no ordinary fried chicken shop in Singapore. Opened recently in June, it has since welcomed an increasing number of visitors who simply want to find out what’s on its Halal menu, what’s so special about its fried chicken and to sass out the popular names associated behind this blue corner shop in Haji Lane area. If you are planning a visit (and you should!), the shop is located on Jalan Pisang where The Lab SG used to be. Taufik Batisah (winner of the first Singapore Idol) and Ismail Rawi Bober are the co-owners of this Halal food joint. The two began friendship more than a decade ago as gym buddies – a friendship which then flourished through many of similar interests, including a dream of opening a business together. From South America to Singapore Picture Credit: Chix Hot Chicken Facebook According to co-owner Ismail Rawi Bober who’s passionate about cooking, he was intrigued by Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown several years ago. When he took a family trip to Louisiana in 2013, he was fascinated by the southern hospitality and the food experience – especially the Nashville Hot Chicken. This is when and where the idea of Chix Hot Chicken originated from. 5 years later, we are glad to see the business is executed well and ready for its customers in Singapore. Unique Pepper Powders & Spice Blend Picture Credit: Chix Hot Chicken Facebook At Chix Hot Chicken, the distinguishing factors are the use of organic pepper powders and spices to bring a different kind of heat and flavour to customers in Singapore. This makes the hot chicken agonizingly delicious. You'll be amazed with this whole new side of fried chicken when you dine at Chix Hot Chicken. We like that fresh chickens are delivered daily and no preservatives or chemicals being used in the secret rub and marination. As for the Original Fried Chicken (not spicy), it is made with Soul Spice mix inspired from New Orleans. Sauce Using World Spiciest Pepper Picture Credit: Chix Hot Chicken Facebook The main reason to visit Chix Hot Chicken is to try their homemade sauces using the hottest peppers in the world as ranked by Guinness World Record called Carolina Reaper (heat measured on Scoville scale: 1,569,300 on average SHU). Also used in the sauce is Ghost Pepper (heat measured on Scoville scale:1,041,427 SHU). You can taste different levels of heat and test your limit when you order the Nashville Hot Chicken. Challenge your tastebuds with all three levels of sauces – mild, extra or insane hotness. Not too worry, order the Chix Milkshake as well. The vanilla flavour will surely go really well to cool down the heat. Freshly Fried Chicken Picture Credit: Chix Hot Chicken Facebook Not only the chicken is freshly fried upon the order of your choice, it ensures the juiciness and tenderness of the chicken. From the menu, choose from the Original (come with fries) or Nashville Hot (come with a slice of white bread and pickles) and then pick the size you fancy - Quarter (choice of thigh & leg or breast & wing), Half (thigh & leg + breast & wing), or Wings (3 whole wings). If you like burger style, pick the Soul Slider made of boneless chicken, slaw pickles, and pink mayonnaise with 2 buttered buns. If you’re on a diet and not keen on protein intake (we don’t blame you), grab the side dish of baked bean, creamy tangy slaw and some fries. Sunday Waffle If the above is not enough to entice your appetite for a kick-ass finger-licking fried chicken, come on Sunday for their waffle as a weekend treat. Dine with choice of Quarter or Wing fried chicken plus the waffle - comes handy with honey butter. Funky Ambience Picture Credit: Chix Hot Chicken Facebook Feel the love and passion when you dine in the shop to enjoy the freshly fried hot chicken off the fryer while you marvel at the art work by talented artist Timothy Stewart Shaw. Expect cool beat of the music in the air to make your dining experience a satisfying one. Why wait? Come down to Chix Hot Chicken now. The Halal hot spicy fried chicken will surely challenge your tastebuds. Cuisine: South American Fast FoodAddress: 1 Jalan Pisang, #01-01, 199069 SingaporeOpening Hours: 12:00 pm to 9 pmPrice: $ - $$Reservation: NoContact: www.facebook.com/chixhotchicken  ...

  • World Cup 2018: Here's Where You Can Watch FIFA World Cup 2018 At Almost No Cost At All In SG

    Once in 4 years, we get to witness the best in the world of football. Russia is hosting the 2018 FIFA World Cup from the glory of Moscow bling city to dreary location that recalls Soviet days. Whether you are following your favourite team, rooting for favourite players or want to join the soccer crowd in an atmosphere other than a sports bar or a pub – we got it covered for you. Note that you may need to at least pay for a meal or drink if you choose to watch in a restaurant or coffee shop. 1. McDonald’s Picture Credit: Photo by Niver Vega on Unsplash Catch the live screening of FIFA World Cup at all 22 McDonald's outlets islandwide while enjoying the World Cup menu specials. Enjoy your dinner, supper or early dawn meal during the live games. Enjoy the game with some Sausage McMuffin, or even the new Chicken Pizza Kicks. Alternatively, if you are sharing a meal with friends, don't miss out on the Happy Sharing Box FIFA World Cup Edition. You'll get a whole box filled with 12 pieces of Chicken Pizza Kicks and 8 delightful pieces of McWings. Check out their website for franchise details. Website: www.mcdonalds.com.sg 2. Enak Enak Hong Kong Tea House Picture Credit: Photo by Jason Leung on Unsplash This Halal dim sum establishment in East Coast Park is not only open for 24 hours but also provide their customers with a free live screening of FIFA World Cup. If you don’t feel like dining, a dollar can buy you a cup of coffee, allowing you 'access' to join the football craze . No schedule available - simply pop by or call in for reservations. Address: 1202 East Coast Parkway, #01-01 East Coast Seafood Centre, 449881, SingaporeContact: 6876 5911Website: www.facebook.com/enakenakec 3. OCBC Square - Singapore Sports Hub Picture Credit: Singapore Sports Hub The OCBC Square features Festival of Football (till 30th July) where most matches including all knockout stage matches as well as the final will be screened live on a mega 66sqm LED screen. Meet local football heroes, or simply soak up the live entertainment, music performances, and food stalls. Activities related to football will definitely keep you occupied. Plenty of Halal eateries in nearby Kallang Mall for your pre and post matches. Check out the screening schedule on the Facebook page. Address: Stadium Boulevard, Kallang, Singapore 271003Contact: 6653 8900Website: www.facebook.com/sporesportshub 4. The People Association – Community Centres Picture Credit: PA Frenz Facebook Unite as one at your nearest community centre because there are no excuses not to watch the matches when the 55 community clubs return this year to showcase the live screenings of 2018 FIFA World Cup. Updates on schedules can be referred to Facebook and Instagram (PAFrenz). Website: www.facebook.com/PAFrenz 5. SAFRA Country Clubs Picture Credit: SAFRA Facebook Head to one of the 6 SAFRA Country Club in Jurong, Mount Faber, Punggol, Tampines, Yishun, and Toa Payoh for free FIFA live screenings where you can enjoy the excitement - even if you are not a SAFRA member. For members, you will entitle for special seating upon registration, perks, and exclusive fan packs including prizes to be won for Football Bonanza Draw. Each registered member can bring up to 2 guests into the exclusive member’s area. Activities such as football carnival and clinics are added features you don’t want to miss. Plenty of Halal eatery in SAFRA country club for you to fill in the tummy pre or post matches. Refer to the website for the schedule of the games. Website: www.safra.sg 6. Changi Airport Picture Credit:Changi Airport Facebook Be delighted with an interactive football experience as you watch the World Cup for free at the world’s best airport in a comfortable setting. For visitors, catch the live screening at the public area in Terminal 3, Departure Hall North (near Skytrain station to Terminal 1). Before each screening on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, if you guess the right winning team you can stand a chance to win Changi Gift Cards of up to $300 (or $1,000 at the finals!). Plenty of Halal outlets at Changi Airport where you can dine between 6 pm and 9 pm to redeem 2 hours of free parking. Check out the broadcast schedule on the website. Address: Airport BlvdContact: 6595 6868Website: www.changiairport.com 7. Downtown East Mall – Level 2, Event Square Picture Credit: APACTix Join the fun at Downtown East mall in Pasir Ris for free live screening. Come for the final match and redeem a $5 Downtown East voucher with every $30 spent. Wait, there’s more - the first 30 people to spend $30 at any F&B outlet will receive a limited edition World Cup Russian doll set. Address: 1 Pasir Ris Close, 519599Contact: 6589 1688Website: www.downtowneast.com.sg 8. Velocity Novena Mall Picture Credit: Choo Yut Shing on Flickr From 26th July, Velocity Novena scheduled important matches where you can watch at the Wing Atrium (near New Balance). Check out their website for selected games screening. Address: 238 Thomson Road, 307683Contact: 6358 0700Website: www.velocitynovena.com 9. ION Orchard Picture Credit: CapitaLand Witness the Football Fiesta in the heart of Orchard Road this coming July. Not only you can watch the World Cup third-place and final match on the big screen, ION Station will also gather local fare of foodie delights for you to savour. On top of that, football fans are entertained by live soccer performances from the Urban Street Team, an international freestyle football team. Address: B4 ION Station, 2, Orchard Turn, 238801 SingaporeDate: From 13th July to 15th July 2018Website: www.facebook.com/IONOrchard 10. JCube Mall - Level 5, JStage Picture Credit: Bandwagon SG If you are in Jurong, head down to JCube to catch live screening of the third playoff and the finals. Free goodies bag (worth $30) could be yours if you are among the first 250 customers that day or you could also stand a chance to win iPhone X free giveaway when you catch the final game. Address: 2 Jurong East Central 1, Singapore 609731Date: From 14th July to 15th July 2018Website: www.capitaland.com 11. FIFA’s Digital Coverage Picture Credit: FIFA.com Be closer to action via FIFA’s Social Media platform and download the newly renovated FIFA app so you are not missing out on the exclusive update of your favourite team. The Live Blog also bring exclusive coverage for each match in real-time. Check out exciting competitions in Social Media – you could still win a ticket for the semi-finals and final. Website: www.fifa.com/worldcup 12. Stream your own World Cup live via Express VPN Option Now, we know this is not free but this is so worth a try! For 13 US dollars (equivalent to 18 Singapore dollars), you can purchase an express VPN that gives the option for cancellation within 30 days with no questions asked. With this VPN, you can stream live the 2018 World Cup for FREE on (i) BBC or ITV, or (ii) The World Game. This way, you can watch matches in the comfort of your own home. Website: www.expressvpn.com Have a wonderful football World Cup season. Do share your favourite places to watch the FIFA World Cup for free in Singapore or if you have anything else to add to the list, we love to hear from you....

  • #MyFirstTarawih: Carpooling In Ramadan

    I still recall my first Ramadan in the Middle East. One of many things I love about Ramadan is the act of performing night prayers called Tarawih. Tarawih is special because it's only practiced during Ramadan immediately after obligatory solat Isha and recommended to be done at a mosque in congregation. One may also perform it at home. As a background, Tarawih prayer is established in 2 raka’at. Some mosques perform the total of 8 raka’at and some perform 20 raka’at. The closing prayer is called Witr raka’at, ending the overall Tarawih prayers. Long recitation of Quran is observed during the standing part and because Ramadan is the month of Quran, the imam of the mosque will aim to finish reciting the Quran - which means to complete reading 1 Juz (an equal part of the Quran) in one night of Tarawih. Desert Ramadan Back then, Ramadan fell in the middle of the hot summer season (August) and Muslims in the region fast for about 15 hours. Being just relocated to the desert, I didn’t manage to get transportation part sorted out, so while I didn’t worry about fasting and getting thirsty during the hot day (around the high 30s to mid 40s degrees Celcius), I was a bit unsure about walking my way to the closest mosque for Tarawih during hot summer night. But I did walk in the hot sauna for few nights to the mosque and they weren’t too bad at all, apart from my sweaty abaya (loose over-garment traditionally worn by Muslim women in the Gulf region). The mosque is less than 2 kilometres away from where I lived - a local neighborhood mosque with a little eatery beside it. Carpooling Ride One night, before prayer began a lady said hi to me thinking I was her neighbour but we established later on that we weren’t. On the way back while walking home in the hot summer night, a car stop by. Turned out it was the lady I was chatting to, and her husband offered a ride back home. The first ride was not the last. Phone number exchanged and we made a point to contact each other for mosque carpooling. Arabic Coffee and Iftar What I love about Ramadan is the spirit of sharing, and how we discussed about the bless month together based on our experiences. We talked about the Tarawih pace at the mosque, how Quran being recited, and the power of Imam’s du’a during Witr prayer. Of course, the topic about which car model to buy also hot under discussion especially given the Ramadan deals were going on! The carpooling has led to a coffee invitation post-Tarawih prayer on one night and then followed by an evening of lovely Iftar at the house where I met the extended family. One night after Tarawih prayer, we even went to the wholesaler market to get some fruits and vegetables. Beyond my expectation, I clearly experienced truly Arabian hospitality. Togetherness & Unity For most nights we returned to the same mosque for Tarawih. It’s a great feeling to go to mosque together with friends. Doing good deed together with a common goal only strengthens the spirit of the ummah. A sincere random act of kindness is core to a sound and honest society - which lead to a strong ummah. The Tarawih prayers amplify the spirit of spirituality and unity. Practice, Endurance and the Last 10 Like any Ramadan, it felt very quick as time flies when our physical and soul busy with the act of worship. The nightly practice felt like boot camp drill – I did not only refer to how the long Tarawih made me feel good physically about moving and doing a little exercise after an Iftar meal. Tarawih provides a sense of spiritual endurance that it increased concentration and overall obedience after many repetitions. The saying of the more you do, the better you are really applying here in my opinion. Towards the end of Ramadan around the last 10 nights, the mosque usually busy with worshipers – it’s always wonderful to see. The mosque we went (which perform 20 raka’at) finished the Quran reading on the 27th night of Ramadan. I recalled this night vividly, and how it was a special night of blessing. My friend’s husband said before he entered the car, "that’s it, Taqaballa Allahu minna wa minkum" - which mean "May Allah accept from us, and from you." Grateful and Tarawih Virtues On the night of 27th Ramadan, I was dropped at my apartment after the Tarawih prayer. Feeling of deep sad of how Ramadan was ending filled me. But I was very much grateful and thankful for everything that Ramadan offered beyond words can describe. The bless of Tarawih prayer with many virtues being showered upon night after night is one of many things to be grateful for. Examples are of being sin wiped out, being rewarded like performing prayer in Masjid Al Haram, Mecca. Being rewarded with safety in this world and next. Being rewarded as though we were with Moses when he fought Pharaoh. And there are many more which I recommend you to dig further - not only inspire you to perform Tarawih but to appreciate how most generous and merciful Allah is to us. Opening Doors It was one of memorable Ramadan, being the first year in the Middle East. I learned a lot about Arabian hospitality, culture, and spirit which till today is part of my life. Making new acquaintances and having a Ramadan ride for Tarawih prayers were a bonus like sweet Turkish delights. Bless the family who opened so many doors – from their car to their house. May door of Jannah is open for them, Ameen. I may not walk to the mosque anymore, but I cycle to the local mosque here in Singapore for Tarawih. That’s for next Tarawih story, insyaAllah. Make the most of remaining Ramadan and the bless of Tarawih - as well as Tahajjud (night vigil) prayers too. Love and Peace. P.S. Check out the app call Terawhere for carpooling opportunities in your area in Singapore for going to the mosque for Tarawih....

  • Sharing Ramadan Experiences with Non-Muslims

    Learning about cultural differences can foster understanding, bring people together, and encourage bond and solidarity as human beings. For Muslims, Ramadan is an important time and this joyful month cannot be a better time to extend its spirit to our non-Muslim friends as well as the overall community. Etiquette & Guide Before we delve into how to share the Ramadan spirit, it is crucial that you are equipped with the proper etiquette. When explaining about Islam and Ramadan, conduct yourselves in high excellence manner, keep it simple (because Islam is simple, so don’t make it complicated), and direct to point. Show utmost respect at all times to your guest, be courteous, open, welcoming and not defensive. Don’t probe or force your guest to ask a question, nor brag or exaggerate about Ramadan - let them be comfortable with themselves. Often non-Muslim can be shy asking religious questions, so do be sensitive to your guest. What Non-Muslim Need To Know About Ramadan Sharing Ramadan with non-Muslim begin with the ability to explain this act of worship. Non-Muslim need to know that fasting during Ramadan is the fourth Pillar of Islam obligatory for Muslims. Muslim anticipate this blessed month every year and celebrate for its arrival because it is the holiest month in Islam - full of power, energy, reflections, soul-cleansing, purification. Ramadan also steeped in history and traditions. In this month of Ramadan, the holy book of Quran is revealed to the Prophet Muhammad PBUH through angel Gabriel. Muslim will fast for a month, from dawn to sunset abstaining from food, drink, and sexual activities. Muslim will increase the amount of charity, night prayers, reciting Holy book of Quran and do extra good deeds with the main aim to increase piety and God-consciousness. The act of fasting is observed in parallel with Muslim’s normal day to day affair. Therefore, it’s not an easy feat, but with fasting Muslim ingrain a character build and a spiritual transformation. Despite this, fasting is not compulsory for the kid, elderly, sick people, traveler, pregnant lady, breastfeeding mother and menstruation women. Ways for Ramadan Outreach to Friends And Neighbour There are so many ways to introduce the good aspects of Ramadan to your non-Muslim friends and neighbours. After all, Ramadan is about sharing. Do take advantage of Ramadan by engaging in communities through having conversation and dialogues. Share Ramadan experiences and build bridges with your non-Muslims friends by implementing suggestions below: Fasting with your friend  Share the experience together by suggesting your friend to abstain from food and drink during daytime (even for a day or two). Remember to tell your friend to wake up for a pre-dawn meal (Suhoor) though! Or if it's too difficult, you may suggest your friend to cut down on one ‘bad’ thing from their diet – such as sugar, caffeine, cigarette for a month. This way, empathy and good habit can naturally build through 'fasting' such as self-control and discipline. Your friend may learn to understand when the tummy growling in the afternoon, the need for power nap when sugar level drop, and importantly, to experience the hunger like the poor people feel. Invite a friend with breaking fast  Since you are not having lunch with your friend, why not celebrate the end of your fast by breaking it with your friend. Share the first taste of dates (copying Prophet Mohammed PBUH who broke his Iftar this way) and the first sip of water into your body after so many hours of fasting, as you reflect on how your day goes by with company of your friend. Check out one of many Halal Iftar buffet in town if you feel like dining out with your friend. Host an Iftar and full dinner at home You could cook your special meal to impress your guest or simply order in. This is also a wonderful opportunity for your friend or neighbour to get to know your family. The topic of religion may get discussed during Iftar at home but food always foster understanding about culture and people. Just be sure to excuse yourself for Maghreb prayer before you continue the good conversation over the dinner party. Gifting food to neighbours   It is a normal practice that during Ramadan, Muslim tend to invest some time in cooking to celebrate Iftar. No better time to share with neighbours around your block - they would love to taste your secret family dish or the classic Ramadan rice congee/porridge (bubur as fondly called in Malay). You can also bring some dates to work as a gift. If you fancy baking during Ramadan, share freshly baked cakes or cookies with colleagues. Do charity or community work together  Pick any charity during Ramadan and volunteer together with your non-Muslim friend. Add extra meaning and fun factor when contributing to community hand in hand with your mate. For example, this could be donating cans of food at The Food Bank, offer help at the mosque for serving before Iftar, help to deliver or pack Ramadan food package. Share Ramadan joy with kids  We know that kids love festivities and Ramadan should not be excluded. Share with them candies, balloons or chocolates. You could bring to school if your kid or little sibling is at school. Ramadan decoration  While you perform spiritually for Ramadan, prepare a right ambiance and environment at home or work desk. This could be a simple decoration that would highlight Ramadan spirit to let your neighbour or colleagues know you are observing Ramadan. Consider a banner or garland on your entry door, decorative prints, ornamental or star lanterns, countdown posters, and treat jars. Going to the bazaar together  Make a point to spend time with your non-Muslim fiend visiting Ramadan bazaar. Plenty of food bazaars held across the island. Even if this is your family’s annual Ramadan tradition, extend an invitation to your friends too. It will be an outing to be remembered. Learning about Ramadhan together Show great appreciation if your friend or neighbour express interest to learn deeper about Ramadan. Always speak the truth about Islam, and if things you don’t know the answer to, the best way is to go to reliable sources as recommended below: Reliable body locally. For example in Singapore, the Muslim Convert’s Association of Singapore (MCAS) is the place to go. Here you can find the answer to the question such as what is Halal and why do we need to eat Halal, what is Ramadan and why do we have to fast during Ramadan. Question and answer services online such as:http://www.ask-ustaz.com http://seekershub.org/ans-blog/ Imam of local mosque always happy to help too. Based on above, we hope you are proactive in sharing Ramadan with your friends and neighbours. Do you have other suggestion to share?...

  • Top 10 Ramadan Buffets for your Makan Feast in Singapore

    Once a year, the blessed month of Ramadan is observed by Muslims through the act of fasting from dawn to sunset. Iftar, or breaking fast begins with a couple of dates and water as per the sunnah of Prophet Muhammed (PBUH). The act of having Iftar with friends and family is an affair to celebrate the communal spirit of Ramadan, sharing food together and spending time together. This year, we went down to try out some of the Ramadan buffets to give you the 10 Best Ramadan Buffets in Singapore. Spend this Ramadan with your family and friends at the ideal Ramadan Buffet that suits your own personal style! 1. Azur at Crowne Plaza Satay-marinated Australian Beef Short Ribs: Never thought the traditional Malay cuisine could go perfectly with the all-raved about short ribs! Whole Salmon with Laksa Gravy: To us, this was The Star of the Night! It was so packed with fat and the smooth Laksa gravy goes perfectly well with the tender salmon. Sushi Time!: We thought Azur would focus on Malay and Western cuisines this year. Well, we thought wrong. If you are a Sushi lover like us, Azur definitely got you covered! Dessert Station: The cheesecakes, the puddings, the ice creams, Azur has everything. If you think you're already filled to the brim with the main dishes and thinking about skipping dessert, think twice! The desserts at Azur are so light you'll never get jelak (bored) of it! Azur is back once again this year with its Sedap-licious Ramadan buffet. The delectable spread includes seafood delights, and traditional cuisine with a Western twist such as the Lamb Slab Biryani, Satay-marinated Australian Beef Short Rib, and Salmon with Laksa Gravy. If you love dessert, don’t leave before sampling the artisanal dessert inspired by local flavours - Teh Tarik Tiramisu, Chendol Panna Cotta, Durian Pengat or maybe even try out their Chilli Crab Ice Cream! With easy access on the second level of Terminal 3, this buffet is perfect for families that enjoy spending time at the Changi Airport. Azur will definitely not disappoint you with its wide spread of delicacies. Come in a group of 10 and claim the Ramadan special of 30%. Also, if you are a Gourmet Collection member or a Maybank credit card holder, enjoy a 25% discount! Address: 75, Airport Boulevard, #01-01, Changi Airport, Terminal 3, Level 2, Singapore 819664 Buffet Period: 17th May 2018 to 14th June 2018 Price: $68++ per adult | $34++ per child Opening Hours: 6pm to 10pm Contact: +65-6823-5354, Whatsapp: +65-9336-3125 or email azur.cpca@ihg.com Website: www.changiairport.crowneplaza.com Prayer Room: A dedicated prayer room with prayer rugs is available. 2. Blue Jasmine at Park Hotel, Farrer Park  Picture Credit: www.facebook.com/bluejasmine.sg/ We are absolutely in love with the ambience of Blue Jasmine! This traditional restaurant is beautiful inside and out! Panna Cotta: This is our ultimate favourite! We had 3 servings! The Coconut flavour is thick and the cranberries on top are simply a burst of fresh flavour! Roasted Duck and Steak: The perfectly glazed roasted duck makes all the calories worth it! Beef Noodles: The beef is absolutely tender and the glass noodles tie everything together perfectly! Kueh!: Blue Jasmine is the Queen of Traditional Desserts! Everything is so packed with flavour and they are all served in cute cups! We also LOVE the Ondeh-Ondeh, especially when the Gula Melaka oozes out. Mango & Blue Jasmine Sticky Rice: The iconic Mango Sticky Rice is an absolute MUST TRY! If you are a mango lover, never leave Blue Jasmine without giving this a shot! Take your time and dine at this casual-chic Thai restaurant, Blue Jasmine. Either choose to dine indoor to admire the award-winning design, or alfresco seating, overlooking the breathtaking skyline. The weekly rotating Thai and regional flavours menu of BBQ Seafood Night with a variety of grilled seafood, Pineapple and Crabmeat Fried Rice, Lobster Kao Soi – Northern Thai curry noodle. They also have the Thai Curry Night, highlighting the Singapore Style Crab Meat Laksa and curry station of Beef Rendang, Batang Fish Curry and Lamb Shank Assam Pedas. Meat lovers would love the Grill & Roast Night, serving Premium Duck, Lamb, Ribeye and Thai satay. Indulge in traditional Thai dishes on Herbs & Spices Night, highlighting the Tom Kar Gai, Deep Fried Seabass with Lemongrass and Peanut.  Your evening will not complete without savouring the iconic Durian Sticky Rice and Thai Coconut Ice-cream. Our personal favourite is the Panna Cotta dessert topped with cranberries and their mouth-watering Ondeh-Ondeh! Blue Jasmine is the ideal hang out place with your friends as you soak in the beautiful and chill ambience. Bonus! Enjoy a 20% discount when you quote 'HalalTrip'! Address: 10 Farrer Park Station Road, Level 5, Singapore 217564 Buffet Period: 17th May 2018 to 13th June 2018 Price: $58++ per person Opening Hours: 6.30pm to 10pm Contact: +65 6824 8851 Website: www.parkhotelgroup.com Prayer Room: Located on Level 14. Very close to Angullia mosque. 3. Iftar Buffet at Hilton Singapore  Hilton's Iftar Buffet is all about dining with a view. Can you spot the iconic Ramly Burger? The chefs would personally whip up the Ramly Burger just for you! Missing the old Bazaar Vibe? Hilton brings you back to the olden days where drinks scooped up from a whole big bucket! Seafood: If you are a fan of fresh raw seafood, Hilton got you covered with handpicked mussels, oysters and of course many more! Moroccan Food: The Hilton Iftar Buffet is one of the few buffets in Singapore that serves authentic Moroccan food. Don't forget to give this a try! The Iftar Buffet is filled with chefs that will serve you their gourmet dishes right before your eyes! Prayer Room Break your Ramadan fast overlooking the stunning sunset at Hilton’s rooftop newly renovated space in its pop-up restaurant to savour over 90 dishes and 6 live stations (including the crowd puller Ramly Burger) at the heart of Orchard Road. From old time local classic, Bubur Lambok and Ayam Masak Merah, to newly introduced dishes such as the Kerabu and Grilled Otah, you will appreciate this hotel’s team of chefs who have combined their expertise and treasured family recipes. The International spread also features Indian dishes (kurma, aloo gobi), Moroccan cuisines (various tagine), Japanese (various sushi) and Chinese (dim sum). Round out the evening with an assortment of dessert such as must have Hilton popular cheesecake or opt for soothing Pengat Pisang. Come in a group of 6 to 15 and save 20%! The Pop-up Ramadan Buffet is Halal-certified by Majlis Ugama Islam Singapura (MUIS). Address: 581, Orchard Road, Hilton Singapore, Level 24 (Panorama Venue), Singapore 238883 Buffet Period: 16th May 2018 to 14th June 2018 Price: Mon -Thu: $68++ per adult | $34++ per child           Fri - Sun: $78++ per adult | $39++ per child Opening Hours: 6.30pm to 10.30pm Contact: +65 6737 2233 or email sinhi.f&b@hilton.com Website: www3.hilton.com Prayer Room: Prayer rooms available on the Left side of Level 6, Al Falah is the closest mosque. 4. Rumah Rasa at Bay Hotel  This Indonesian restaurant not only located opposite Singapore’s largest shopping mall, Vivocity – it prides itself on serving herbs from their own garden. Highlights of the Ramadan buffet line are Lemak Gudeg (young jackfruit in spicy coconut broth), Ayam Woku Belanga, (Manado styled chicken - the cuisine of North Sulawesi Indonesia), and Bebek Cabai Ijo (braised duck in green chilli sauce). The live stations from Sunday to Thursday showcase Laksa Asam and Roti John. Look out for BBQ live stations if you visit on Friday and Saturday for marinated squid, fresh tiger prawn, and assorted satay. Be tempted over a variety of dessert such as mung beans porridge or simply enjoy a healthy selection of tropical fruits. You can also drop by for Suhoor – thanks to its early Ramadan morning hours. We also love the set Iftar takeaway option (Lemak Gudeg, Ayam Woku Belanga, Pedas Kakap, Rawon Sapi, rice and mixed fruit platter) at $80 nett for 4 people and $40 nett for 2 – subject to an order by 2.30PM on the same day. We think that Rumah Rasa is the perfect place to dine at if you are looking forward to a staycation at Bay Hotel during the month of Ramadan! Address: 50, Telok Blangah Road, Level 1, Singapore 098828 Buffet Period: 16th May 2018 to 14th June 2018 Price: Sun -Thu: $35++ per adult | $20++ per child           Fri - Sat, Eve of Public Holidays: $42++ per adult | $25++ per child Opening Hours: 6.30PM to 9.30PM. Breakfast Buffet from 4:45am. Contact: +65 6818 6681 or email dining@bayhotelsingapore.com Website: www.bayhotelsingapore.com Prayer Room: Very close to Temenggong Daeng Ibrahim mosque. 5. Straits Cafe at Hotel Rendezvous Picture Credit: www.facebook.com/StraitsCafeSG Straits Café invites Muslims customers to its first Iftar Ramadan buffet situated within Hotel Rendezvous in the most artistic district in Singapore. With few accolades under the belt such as The Asian Food Award’s Excellent Service Award and SPRING Singapore’s Excellent Service Award, this establishment is the newly Halal certified restaurant where you can try various cuisines from around the Straits such as Ipoh Chicken Rice, Curry Fish Cheek, Penang Fried Carrot Cake, Durian Pengat and Durian Crepe – available on rotational basis. Especially for this Ramadan buffet, you can enjoy Gado Gado (salad mix made up of fried tempeh, hard boiled eggs, bean sprouts - served in peanut sauce), Chicken Tikka Pitta Pockets (tender and tangy chicken in flatbread) and Ayam Percik (roasted chicken marinated in flavourful spices). For sweet tooth fan, you will not disappoint with Ondeh-Ondeh Cake, Bandung and Lychee Cake, Semolina Pudding, and Assorted Nonya Kueh. Check out the Dine 4 Pay 3 deal if you pay with Mastercard (from Monday to Thursday only). Address: 9, Bras Basah Rd, Singapore 189559 Buffet Period: 14 May 2018 to 15 June 2018 Price: Mon -Thu: $52++ per adult | $26++ per child Fri - Sun, Eve of and On Public Holidays: $60++ per adult | $30++ per child Opening Hours: 6:30pm to 10pm Contact: +65- 6708 7745 or email straitscafe@kitchenlanguage.com.sg Website: www.facebook.com/StraitsCafeSG/ Prayer Room: Separate prayer rooms for all female and male Muslim diners are available. Very close to Bencoolen mosque. 6. The Halia and The Villa at Singapore Botanic Garden The Halia Restaurant Picture Credit: thehalia.com The Villa  Picture Credit: www.facebook.com/thevillasbg/ For gastronomical Iftar in a tranquil setting this Ramadan, visit The Halia which nestled in Singapore Botanic Garden. Its International menu for Ramadan Buffet and Communal Feast are simply irresistible. For the buffet, some of the highlights are Shaved Wagyu Beef, Chilli Crab Spaghettini, Spiced Wagyu Beef Ragout, and Australian Grain-fed Beef Ribeye. Wash down well with The Halia Calamansi Quencher or the classic Bandung drink. Don’t rush to leave without sampling the sumptuous dessert, such as Lemon Botanics Meringue Tartlet and Chocolate Brownie with Caramel Ganache. As for the Communal Feast, savour delightful quality dishes such as Bluefin Tuna Tartare, Wagyu Masala Beef, Pan-fried Barramundi, and Roast Rangers Valley Wagyu. Finish off with Sticky Date Pudding and Die Die Must Have Chocolate. Depending on which gate you access from, it’s surely a wonderful pre and post-Iftar stroll (do check the website). Do note that the Ramadan buffet is held at The Villa while the Ramadan Communal Feast is held at The Halia Restaurant. Address: 1, Cluny Road, via Tyersall Avenue, Ginger Gardens, Singapore Botanic Gardens, 259569 Singapore Buffet Period: 17th May 2018 to 14th June 2018 Price: Ramadan Buffet (The Villa) – Fri to Sun: $50++ (Adults) |$20++ (Children) Ramadan Communal Feast: $220++ for 4 people Opening Hours: 7:00pm - 10.00pm Contact: +65- 8444 1148 Website:  www.thehalia.com Prayer Room: A prayer room is available to use 7. Royal Plaza on Scotts (Carousel) Picture Credit: carouselbuffet.com.sg This sought after Carousel is a local favourite – voted the Best Buffet Restaurant in Singapore at AsiaOne People's Choice Awards for the 7th consecutive year and the only restaurant that received Hall of Fame award. The Ramadan buffet serves International fare including special highlights such as Turkish spread, Steamboat Corner, BBQ main courses (Mexican Barbeque Chicken, Moussaka, Oven Baked Beef Dumpling with Couscous and Yogurt Dip, Braised Lamb with Eggplant Puree), Shawarma Station, Catch Of The Day, and Tandoori Oven. Delight your evening with the sweetness of Turkish inspired desserts such as semolina cake, saffron rice cake, and pistachio puff. Various major credit card promotion available – do check website accordingly. The Suhoor menu is worth mentioning here if you fancy some local delights, Asian inspired menu and noodle live station. Do check out their special discounts for selected cardholders! Address: 25, Scotts Road, Level 1, Royal Plaza on Scotts, Singapore 22822 Buffet Period: 17 May 2018 to 14 June 2018 Price: Sun - Thur: $78++ per adult | $46++ per child Fri - Sat, and Eve of Public Holiday: $83++ per adult | $49++ per child Opening Hours: 6.30 - 9.30pm for Iftar, 4am to 5:30am for Suhoor Contact: +65 6589 7799, book online or email carousel@royalplaza.com.sg Website: www.carouselbuffet.com.sg Prayer Room: Prayer facilities are available at the hotel. Al Falah is the closest mosque 8. Days Hotel (21 on Rajah) Picture Credit: www.facebook.com/21onRajah This modern restaurant is located in the heart of foodie haven, Balestier. For its Ramadan Special Iftar and Special Supper, 21 On Rajah offers Lauk Padang alongside the in-house fusion of Mediterranean and Asian signature dishes. Seafood lovers can relish on the seafood on ice. Feast on the old-time favourite Slow-Roasted New Zealand Beef Rib-Eye with Asian Spice-Rub, Ayam Bakar Berempah (Roasted Chicken), Slow-Baked Salted Salmon with Tamarind Glazed Sauce and more. You can’t be wrong dining at this comfortable and nicely decorated restaurant with fresh ambiance. Enjoy further discounts when you book in advance via their website! Address: 1, Jalan Rajah, 329133, Singapore Buffet Period: 17th May 2018 to 14th June 2018 Price: Mon - Thur: $46++ per adult | $22.50++ per child           Fri - Sat (BBQ): $59++ per adult | $29.50++ per child           Fri – Sat (Supper): $39++ per adult | $19.50++ per child           Sun: $56++ per adult | $27.50++ per child Opening Hours: 6:30pm to 9:30pm for Iftar, 9:30pm to 11:30pm for Supper Contact: +65 6808 6847 or email 21@dayshotelsingapore.com Website: www.21onrajah.com Prayer Room: Closest mosque is Masjid Hajjah Rahimabi Kebun Limau, but prayer rooms are available at the hotel too. 9. Fairmont Singapore (Asian Market Cafe) Picture Credit: www.facebook.com/pg/Asian-Market-Cafe Fairmont Singapore has been awarded the 5-star Crescent Rating as a Halal-friendly hotel. Asian Market Café offers Halal-certified authentic pan-Asian cuisine. Choices of Medjool, Ajwa or Safawi dates are provided for breaking the fast. The delicious buffet features local favourites and contemporary regional delicacies (from the state of Penang, Ipoh, Kuala Lumpur, and Malacca) alongside Middle Eastern, Japanese and Indian favourites. The Middle Eastern live station showcases Whole Lamb Quozi, Mediterranean Baked Whole Fish, and Turkish Roast Beef Brisket. Here you will discover a wide array of dishes to choose from old Asian corner (Hong Kong Chilli Crab, Thai Style Fried Seafood) to Modern Asian corner (Baked Seafood Biryani, Penang Style Sweet & Spicy Mutton). The final fitting of mouthwatering dessert proves to be hard to choose from Arabian delights of Umm Ali and Rose Scented Baklava to local specialities Fairmont signature’s Egg Tart and Durian Pudding. Address: 80, Bras Basah Road, Level 2, Singapore 189560 Buffet Period: 15th May 2018 to 1st July 2018 Price: Sun - Thur: $73++ per adult | $37++ per child Fri - Sat (1st seating): $75++ per adult | $38++ per child Fri – Sat (2nd seating): $68++ per adult | $36++ per child Opening Hours: 6pm to 8.15pm. 2nd seating Friday and Saturday 8.30pm to 10.30pm Contact: +65 6431 6156 or email dining.singapore@fairmont.com Website:  www.fairmont.com Prayer Room: Located on Level 2, at the left side of the corridor passage outside of the Asian Market Café. Or a short walk to Bencoolen mosque. 10. Marina Mandarin (AquaMarine) Picture Credit: www.facebook.com/marinamandarinsg Nestled in the heart of the city, Aquamarine celebrates the diversity of food from around the world. Book yourself for Ramadan Dinner buffet and stand a chance to win a trip to Bali or Belitung – thanks to the collaboration with Garuda Indonesia. Enjoy Iftar over delicious spread which includes dishes like succulent Kampung-style Slow Braised Leg of Lamb, tangy Oven-baked Fish with Assam Curry and mouth-watering Ayam Penyet. If you fancy succulent Middle Eastern Roasted Baby Lamb, drop by on Friday or Saturday – where you will enjoy the tender meat with mint yogurt, spicy tomato salsa, and chilli dip. Also, from 17th to 30th May 2018, every child aged 12 and below dines for free with every paying adult. Address: 6, Raffles Boulevard, Level 4, Marina Mandarin, Singapore 039594 Buffet Period: 16th May 2018 to 14th June 2018 Price: Sun - Thur: $72++ per adult | $36++ per child           Fri – Sat, Eve of Public Holiday: $82++ per adult | $41++ per child Opening Hours: 6.30pm - 10.00pm Contact: +65 6845 1111 or email aquamarine.marina@meritushotels.com Website:  www.meritushotels.com Prayer Room: Located on Level 4, just behind Aquamarine If you and your loved ones are looking for somewhere fancy to make your dining experience worth every penny, simply whip out this list and dine at one of these buffets that will suit your own personal preference! Make this Ramadan a memorable one as you strengthen the bond as a family over a feast....

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