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  • Singapore: 6 Family-Friendly Attractions You Need To Go At Least Once!

    Something that is truly priceless is family time. While we may be busy working, it is so important to dedicate family time especially when the children are still growing up! Whether you’re here in Singapore as a tourist, or a born local, check out these 7 family-friendly attractions in Singapore! Time to make some new, everlasting memories with your loved ones. via GIPHY Singapore Zoo | River Safari | Night Safari | Jurong Bird Park This should be on everyone’s list! All four parks are what make us uniquely Singapore as they boast an amazing mix of flora and fauna for everyone to enjoy. Educate your children with knowledge and the importance of sustaining biodiversity by making a fun weekend out for the whole family. Singapore Zoo | River Safari | Night Safari | Jurong Bird Park Address: 80 Mandai Lake Road, 729826Operating Hours: Singapore Zoo                             8.30AM to 6PM (Daily)                             River Safari                             10AM to 7PM (Daily)                             Night Safari                             7.15PM to 12AM (Daily)Ticket Price: Singapore Zoo                      $35 (Adult) | $23 (Child)                      River Safari                      $32 (Adult) | $21 (Child)                      Night Safari                      $47 (Adult) | $31 (Child) Jurong Bird Park Address: 2 Jurong Hill, 628925Operating Hours: 8.30AM to 6PMTicket Price: $30 (Adult) | $20 (Child) Website | Multi-Park Ticket Prices | Facebook | Instagram  Gardens by the Bay If the real outdoors is not for you or your children, step into the domes in Gardens by the Bay for a much cooling experience! In both Flower Dome and Cloud Forest, your children will not only be at awe at the amazing nature spots but they get to learn about conservation efforts needed to tackle the inevitable climate change we are facing on a global scale. With lots of interactive installations, these domes promise an enriching and educational trip for the whole family! Address: 18 Marina Gardens Dr, Singapore 018953Operating Hours: Outdoor Gardens                             5AM to 2AM                             Cooled Conservatories                             9AM to 9PMTicket Price: Outdoor Gardens                     Free Admission                     Cooled Conservatories                     Standard Rate: $28 (Adult) | $15 (Child)                     (2 Conservatories)                     Singapore Resident Rate: $20 (Adult) | $15 (Senior) | $12 (Child)                     (2 Conservatories)                     Singapore Resident Rate: $12 (Adult) | $8 (Senior) | $8 (Child)                     (1 Conservatory) Website | Facebook | Instagram SuperPark Singapore Credit: SuperPark Singapore on Facebook Want to get active but don’t want to head outdoors? You can still have a smashing good time right in the heart of the city—Suntec City! At SuperPark Singapore, there is always something for everyone regardless of age. From flying fox, to kid’s gym, and even a pedal car track—everyone will have a memorable time all under one roof. Bonus: there’s plenty of f&b outlets in the mall too after a good workout with the fam! Address: 3 Temasek Boulevard Suntec City Tower 1 #02-477 (North Wing)Operating Hours: 10AM to 9PM (Mon-Fri)                             9AM to 9PM (Sat & Sun | Public Holidays | School Holidays)Ticket Price: Prices start from $22                     Check out the ticket prices for each time slot here Website | Facebook | Instagram Wild Wild Wet Credit: Downtown East on Facebook If you are the waterpark adrenaline-junkie kind of family, head east to Wild Wild Wet for a spectacular day. The waterpark offers a cool respite from Singapore’s hot weather. With plenty of rides available like the Royal Flush, Professor’s Playground, Vortex, Kraken Racers etc, the whole family will be hooked on those rides! Address: 1 Pasir Ris Close Singapore 519599Operating Hours: Off-Peak                             1PM to 7PM (Mon-Fri, except School & Public Holidays)                               Peak                             10AM to 7PM (Sat & Sun | School & Public Holidays)                             Refer here for specific datesTicket Price: Off-Peak                     $24 (Adult) | $18 (Child)                      Peak                      $32 (Adult) | $24 (Child)*Free Admission for U Live Members, Pioneer Generation & Toddlers Website | Facebook National Museum of Singapore Credit: National Museum of Singapore on Facebook This iconic building is a must-visit! It showcases a myriad of exhibits so educational and enriching that you will leave the place inspired as ever. Here, you can learn more about Singapore’s history and the milestones we have achieved while appreciating culture and diversity. Address: 93, Stamford Road, Singapore 178897Operating Hours: 10AM to 7PM  (Daily)*Quiet Mornings: The museum dedicates a 9AM to 12PM window on the 1st & 3rd Thursdays of each month for children with special needs to visit the museum in a quieter environment.Ticket Fee: Non-Citizen / Non-Permanent Resident                  $15 (Adult) | $10 (Senior, Student, Special Access)                  Singaporean Citizen / Permanent Resident                  Free AdmissionRefer here for ticket prices that include special exhibitions Website | Facebook | Instagram Sentosa They don’t call Sentosa the State of Fun for nothing! Get ready your picnic baskets and make a beach day with the family. Soak in the sun at Palawan Beach and build sandcastles. Port of Lost Wonder waterpark is a great attraction for the kids — free of charge! Who says you can’t have a great family fun time without spending a lot? Website | Facebook | Instagram Universal Studios Singapore This list will not be complete without the coveted Universal Studios Singapore (USS). This is a must-visit for many as it offers a whole different world of non-stop entertainment and fun-filled rides for the whole family! Kids can go on Spaghetti Space Chase, Treasure Hunters, Canopy Flyer, Enchanted Airways and many more! There are also plenty of halal food options within the park for your lunch needs. Address: 8 Sentosa Gateway, 098269Operating Hours: 10AM onwards *Refer here for the various closing times Ticket Price: Standard Rate                     $79 (Adult) | $59 (Child) | $41 (Senior)                     Singapore Resident                      Anytime: $75 (Adult) | $56 (Child) | $41 (Senior)                     Off-Peak: $69 (Adult) | $53 (Child) | $41 (Senior) Website | Facebook | Instagram...

  • Rumour Has It These Are Your Best Bet For Some Authentic Italian Cuisine

    What is your go-to comfort food? Mine has to be anything pasta-related! That carb-loaded goodness should be enjoyed in moderation but boy do they satisfy your soul after a long week of work. via GIPHY This staple Italian food is rightfully enjoyed and savored worldwide and we are lucky that we have access to really authentic ones right here in Singapore. If you’re like me, or just really craving for some authentic pasta, head down to these 7 Halal Italian restaurants for your fix! 1. Positano Risto Credit: Positano Risto on Facebook This place needs no introduction. This is the most authentic Italian restaurant in Singapore that is suitable for Muslims. Ever since they open their doors a few years back, this place has been bustling with repeat customers. Yes, it’s that good. Indulge in their Signature Boston Lobster Fettucine or bite into some crispy Roman-style Margherita Pizza. Address: 66 Bussorah Street, Singapore 199479Contact: 6292 1866Operating Hours: 11.30AM to 10PM (Sun-Thu)                                  11.30AM to 11PM (Fri & Sun)Website | Facebook | Instagram 2. Kucina Credit: Kucina Italian Restaurant on Facebook The east of Singapore is always more favored for some reason because we have access to more halal eateries. If you happen to be in the east, drop by Kucina Italian Restaurant! This authentic and hearty Italian restaurant is perfect for date nights and family dinners. They have an extensive menu boasting items that are usually found in authentic Italian restaurants, except they are all halal! Some must-try dishes here include their Gnocchi, Risotto, and here, you have a choice of making your own pizza! Address: 11 Tanjong Katong Road, Kinex Mall, Basement 1 - #09/10, Singapore 437157Contact: 6493 2154Operating Hours: 11.30AM to 10PM (Daily)Website | Facebook | Instagram 3. Tipo This newly launched pasta restaurant is the perfect addition to the halal food enclave in Bugis. They make all their pastas from scratch and you get to customize your own pasta! Take a pick from their premium ingredients (like truffle and caviar) and savour it once you are served. Check our their lunch menu for affordable lunch deals! PS they make their own desserts too. Address: 785 North Bridge Rd, Singapore 198753Contact: 8768 0785Operating Hours: 12PM to 10PM (Sun-Thu)                                  12PM to 11PM (Fri & Sat)Website | Facebook | Instagram 4. Bravery Café Credit: @_thebravery_ on Instagram This café is nestled in the heart of Jalan Besar and it is the perfect place for a lazy weekend. They not only serve all day brunches, but they also serve classic Italian-style fare too! Take your pick from the range of pasta, burgers, sandwiches, and mains. I highly recommend indulging in their Boston Mornay Lobster dish and their Traditional Fish and Chips! Address: 66 Horne Road, 209073Contact: Website: thebraverycafe.comOperating Hours: 9AM to 6PM (Sun-Thu)                                  9AM to 10PM (Fri & Sat)Website | Facebook | Instagram 5. Krave Credit: Krave on Facebook If you’re into Italian food but don’t really want to stray too much from your Asian roots, Krave is the place for you! This charming café offers classic Italian dishes like pasta and pizza but with an Asian twist. Try their Cremoso Champignon Deluxe pasta and their Spicy Beef Pizza. For dessert, you should check out their Cempedak Crème Brulee. Address: 28 Bali Lane Singapore 189864Contact: 9856 4249Operating Hours: 11.30AM to 10PM (Tue-Thu, Sunday)                                  11.30AM to 11PM (Fri & Sat)                                  Kitchen Closed from 4.30PM to 6PM                                  Closed on MondaysFacebook | Instagram 6. I Am Café Credit: I am on Facebook I Am Café is another restaurant that needs no introduction thanks to their well-known figure in the halal f&b industry. I Am Café may be dutch-inspired but they do offer a wide range of pasta and pizzas so there’s always something for everyone. Indulge in their Oriental Crab Meat Pasta, Simply Margherita Pizza, and their extensive list of Steak and Ribs! You will definitely be spoilt for choice. Oh, yes they have brunch too. Address: Haji Lane 674 North Bridge Road Singapore 188804 & Various LocationsContact: 6295 5509Operating Hours: 9AM to 11PM (Mon-Thu)                                  9AM to 1PM (Friday)                                  8AM to 1AM (Saturday)                                  8AM to 10PM (Sunday)Website | Facebook | Instagram 7. Royz et Vous Credit: Royz et Vous This is my go-to place for special occasions! Prices run steep here but it is so worth it for the quality and portions. Have a go at their Signature Prawns and Crayfish Pasta, Brazen Beef, and Smoked Duck! Then wash it all down with some halal wine if you like. Guaranteed a fulfilling meal. Address: Viva Business Park                  750 Chai Chee Road #01-16, Singapore 469000                  Telok Ayer                  137 Telok Ayer Street #01-01, Singapore 068602                   (Opposite Thiam Hock Keng Temple)Contact: 6293 0270Operating Hours: Viva Business Park                                  11AM to 10PM (Mon-Fri)                                  12PM to 11PM (Sat & Sun)                                  Telok Ayer                                   11AM to 10PM (Mon-Thu)                                   11AM to 11PM (Friday)                                   12PM to 11PM (Saturday)                                   12PM to 10PM (Sunday)Website | Facebook | Instagram...

  • Singapore: Visit These 8 Food Places To Satisfy Your Indian-Muslim Food Cravings

    Singapore has been experiencing cold weather lately (well, as cold as Singapore can get at least!) and I always find myself yearning for some comfort food. No, not the typical mushroom soup, but real, hearty Indian-Muslim food! I’m always up for some good ol’ crispy prata with fish curry or that steaming hot plate of Sup Tulang Merah. We are blessed to have so much good food in this tiny country and here are 8 of the best Indian-Muslim food places(in no particular order) you can find! 5 Places To Enjoy Halal Dum Biryani in Singapore 1. Flaming Spice Picture: FlamingSpiceSG This is a hidden gem in Pasir Ris. They are located in the newly renovated Downtown East/E!Avenue and you can spot the restaurant even before you enter the building. The elaborate decorations in the restaurant might look intimidating but they offer affordable food! They have one of the best Teh Tarik served with that mountain of foam and their pratas have a crispy texture, just like how I love it! They also serve Thai cuisines so there’s always something for everyone. As a bonus feature, it’s air-conditioned and the atmosphere is perfect for date nights! Address: 1 Pasir Ris Cl, #01-309, Singapore 519599Contact: 6816 6081Operating hours: 8AM-1PMWebsite: FlamingSpiceSG 2. Bedok Corner Suka Ramai Mama Power Picture: Mohd Pakkir The east always has plenty of good food options and here’s a quaint food stall in the middle of Bedok Corner. This unassuming stall serves delicious, and lip-smacking Indian food fare. I would highly recommend their Mee Kuah! Address: 1 Bedok Rd, Singapore 469572Operating hours: 10AM-10PM 3. Srisun Express Picture: SrisunExpress Sometimes you can’t really help that your tummy grumbles while you’re up late studying or rushing that deadline. Put away those instant noodles and do not order from Mcdonalds for the umpteenth time. Instead, head down to Srisun Prata as they’re open 24 hours! You can easily get a satisfying Indian Muslim meal, complete with a nice cup of authentic teh tarik. Address: Blk 474 Tampines st 43 #01-118, Singapore 520474                 (Srisun Express has 3 outlets islandwide)Tel: +65 6288 5747Operating hours: 24 HoursWebsite: SrisunExpress 4. Adam’s Delights Mee Goreng Combo Picture: Burpple Tucked in an 'atas' part of Singapore, it’s a popular haunt for tourists and locals. Do come here with your own transportation as it’s not very accessible via public transport. While you're there, you must try their famous Mee Combo. Not only do they look instagram-worthy with that gorgeous mix of ingredients, they taste extremely delicious too! My favourite would be Mutton Chop Combo that comes with Maggie Goreng(you can also opt for kway teow or Mee Goreng), cheese fries, and a fried egg. Head down to Adam Road today and you'll be guaranteed a satisfying meal. Address: 2 Adam Rd, Singapore 289876 5. Springleaf Prata Picture: Burpple This is my favourite prata place ever! I love crispy thin Egg Onion pratas and when paired with the free flow fish curry, it’s becomes the perfect breakfast/supper for me! However, they are not easily accessible too so it would be more convenient if you come with your own transportation. It’s worth it! Address: 57B Jalan Tua Kong, Singapore 457253 (3 outlets islandwide)Tel: 6636 2935, 91077432Operating Hours: 8AM to 12AMWebsite: SpringleafPrataPlace 6. Deen Tiga Rasa Picture: Tze Kwang Teo This place is well known for serving one of the best Tulang Merah in Singapore. It’s a popular dinner spot among locals for its affordable and tasty spread of food! It’s also centrally located in Singapore so do bring your buddies here for some fulfilling bonding sesh over a plate of steaming red Tulang Merah. Address: 505 Beach Rd, Singapore 199583 Beach Rd, Singapore 199583Contact: 6396 6648Operating hours: 8AM-1130PM 7. Al-Azhar Picture: Burpple This brand is famous for offering a plethora of food options that are not limited to just Indian Muslim food. With that being said, they are still known for their Indian food and I can totally see why! When that naan craving kicks in, I will make sure I head down to the nearest Al-Azhar and indulge in their garlic naan dipped in creamy Butter Chicken. That’s the good stuff! Address: Tampines Street 21, #01-1105 Block 201D, Singapore 524201                 (Al-Azhar has 3 outlets islandwide)Contact: 6785 1265Operating hours: 24 hoursWebsite: AlAzharRestaurants 8. Victory Restaurant Picture: Mazlinda Mazlan This restaurant needs no introduction since it’s been around for so long (more than a century). Some people prefer their competitors but I personally feel that the Murtabaks here taste better. They have a nice balance of crisp, generous fillings, and density—complete with that Cucumber Salad and Curry. Yum! Address: 701 North Bridge Rd, Singapore 198677Contact: 6298 6955Operating hours: 7AM-11PM Where will you be heading to sate that Indian-Muslim food craving? Read more about Singapore...

  • ICHIKOKUDO: You Have To Give Singapore's First Halal Hokkaido Ramen Restaurant A Try!

    [Updated as of 8 September 2020] If you're like me, you might be really tired of having to travel all the way to Bugis for a meal whenever you happen to be around the Civil District area since that’s the nearest place where you can get a wide selection of Halal food. Well, we have great news! You can now venture to Suntec City for Singapore’s first Halal Hokkaido restaurant! Suntec City is known for having limited halal food options(other than fast food) so the existence of Ichikokudo is definitely a plus. More great news! Since this blog post was published, Ichikokudo has opened up multiple outlets all over Singapore. Here are the places where you can get that savory bowl of ramen: 313@somerset #B3-35/36 Open from 11AM to 10PM daily Hillion Mall #01-01/02 Open from 11AM to 10PM daily Paya Lebar Quarter #B1-15/16 Open from 11AM to 10PM daily Suntec City #B1-135 (North Wing) Open from 11AM to 10PM daily 45 Bussorah StreetSunday to Thursday: 11AM to 11PMFriday & Saturday: 11AM to 12AM Changi Airport Terminal 3 #B2-58 **NEW**Open from 11AM to 10PM daily Read more about Singapore About Ichikokudo Picture: Burpple Some backstory before we dig in—the Ichikokudo brand looks to create an authentic Hokkaido Seafood Ramen experience for its customers. Their chefs take hours daily to create the incredible broth that forms the base of their ramen. Each bowl is cooked to order to maintain consistency so you can expect to savour a rich-flavored bowl of broth and springy noodles made with the freshest ingredients. Ichikokudo's Types Of Seating Picture: Fave The restaurant offers three types of seating: Tatami-style, Ramen Bar seats, and the conventional dining area. The Tatami-style seats offer the most authentic Japanese experience but there are a couple of things that you should keep in mind before jumping into a booth. You have to remove your shoes before sitting and the lack of ventilation for your feet means it can get pungent on a rainy day after so many customers had occupied the booths before you. Tip: Do make reservations before coming down especially if you plan to dine during peak hours and weekends! You can book a table easily through their website. What To Get At Ichikokudo As you peruse the menu, do consider some of our recommendations. Trying their Ichikokudo Ramen ($9.90) is a must! This is their specialty—original authentic soy sauce ramen. It consists of clear brown broth, based on chicken and seafood with plenty of soy sauce. Think tangy, salty, and savoury, yet fairly light on the palate. Yum! We would suggest spending a little more to complete your meal with a choice of Grilled Gyoza Set ($4.50) that comes with 3 Gyozas and 2 watermelon wedges. For chicken lovers, the Chicken Karaage Set ($4.50) would suit you better. Other must-try ramen dishes include their Ichi-Smoked Duck Ramen ($12.90) and Ichi-Ramen Gifts from the Sea ($18.90). The latter boasts bountiful sea treasures (crab leg, shrimps, and scallops), aosa seaweed, seasoned bamboo shoots and shredded white leek. How rich and satisfying is that?! Picture: Ichikokudo If you’re a must-eat-rice person, this restaurant also offers a plethora of donburi dishes for you to savour. Take your pick from Japanese Garlic Karaage Don, Korean Spicy Karaage Don, and Special Tartar Sauce Karaage Don—all priced affordably at $10.90 and comes with miso soup and pickled vegetables. Don’t really want to eat fried food? Try their Grilled Donburis instead! Some recommended dishes are Teriyaki Unagi Don ($15.90) and Korean Style Beef Yakiniku Don ($13.90). If you are in a 'treatyoself' mood, you might want to order their Hokkai Special Ikura Don ($19.90). This premium dish consists of Salmon roe, pickled ginger, shredded dried seaweed, chopped green onion, white leek, aosa seaweed, and miso soup. You can upgrade your mains with their Gyoza or Karaage set. Picture: Ichikokudo The restaurant has a special part of the menu titled Teishoku for those who want to enjoy home-style, healthy, and convenient traditional Japanese meal. These are dishes like Seafood stir-fry, chicken cutlet, Japanese Beef Yakiniku, and Teriyaki Salmon. They come complete with Japanese white rice, miso soup, sliced watermelon, and pickled vegetables. Sounds heartening! The restaurant also offers dishes that are perfect for sharing. Take your pick from the wide array of sides. I personally recommend their Salmon Sashimi ($7.90) but they have Seafood BBQ for seafood lovers as well. So start making your dinner plans with your loved ones and head down to Ichikokudo at Suntec City today! Read more Halal food blogs...

  • It's Time To Start Planning For Your 2019 Long Weekend Escapes From Singapore!

    As November looms around the corner, we are already on the homestretch of 2018! It doesn’t matter if you’ve had a fantastic year or not because we can always look forward to a new year full of hope and possibilities! Some of you have probably booked a flight for your year-end trip and just counting down the days to that long-awaited vacation. While waiting, you should try planning for great weekend getaways in 2019!  Great news: There are FOUR LONG WEEKENDS spread out across the year, making sure you'll always have that well-deserved break! Plan for your long weekend trips with our travel inspirations: 10 Muslim & Children Friendly Destinations To Visit in 2019! GOOD FRIDAY (19 - 21 April) Krabi, Thailand This is the perfect time to visit Krabi because it is just before the monsoon season where blackouts are a norm. This is your chance to relax on the beautiful beaches, go island hopping, indulge in dirt-cheap body massages, and feast on awesome Thai street food! If you prefer to live near Ao Nang beach, Ao Nang Princeville Resort is the place for you! Completely Muslim-friendly, this resort offers halal dining options so you never have to worry about finding halal food. Definitely a great place to stay because of its central location! In fact, this resort offers convenient Spa services, a restaurant, outdoor pool, hot tub, and a sun deck—perfect for lazy days! Address: 164 Rural Road Krabi 1010, Krabi Chang Wat Krabi 81180, ThailandContact: +66 75 637 971 VESAK DAY (18 - 20 May) Jakarta, Indonesia Picture: University of Melbourne Jakarta is a beautiful, bustling city that is great for a quick weekend getaway. Sometimes, we all need a shopping holiday and this is just the perfect place to get everything done under one roof! The iconic roundabout at the Selamat Datang Monument is the place for all things convenient because right beside it lies Plaza Indonesia, a shopping heaven for locals and tourists alike! For accomodation, you can stay at the Grand Hyatt Jakarta right next to Plaza Indonesia. Take as much rest as you can in their classy rooms so you have sufficient energy to shop till you drop right after. This grand hotel is decked with luxurious furnishings that will make you feel like royalty. They have all the amenities in place to ensure that you are comfortable throughout your stay. They offer a fitness center, room service, outdoor pool, laundry service, a spa, and even an airport shuttle! Address: Jl. M.H. Thamrin No.Kav. 28-30, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 10350Contact: +62 21 29921234 NATIONAL DAY & HARI RAYA HAJI(9 August - 12 August) Bandung, Indonesia  Picture: OhFact! Coincidentally, National Day and Hari Raya Haji fall on the same weekend so this means that we are rewarded another long weekend. However, this time it's an even longer one that lasts for FOUR DAYS! Bandung is definitely perfect for a four-day getaway because it has so much to offer. Since we have covered beach destinations and shopping paradise so far, let’s head for some nature time as you bask in the beautiful landscapes that Bandung has to offer! Bandung is home to magnificient mountains, gorgeous green landscapes and many more natural tourist attractions such as Lake Patenggang—a picturesque lake with stunning views. Picture: GH Universal Hotel Bandung You’ve probably seen the GH Universal Hotel circulating around the internet—an architectural beauty right in the heart of Bandung with European-style (more accurately, Italian Renaissance) furnishings. You should try staying at this hotel at least once. You will feel like royalty from the moment you step into this beautiful plush accomodation. This hotel is fully equipped with an outdoor pool, a spa, a fitness center, a patisserie (yes, desserts!), a rooftop bistro offering majestic panoramic views of the city, and yes—airport shuttle! Address: Jl. DR. Setiabudhi No.376, Cidadap, Kota Bandung, Jawa Barat 40143Phone: +62 22 2010388 DEEPAVALI (26 - 28 October)  Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam Picture: Consolato Generale Take a step back into history during your trip to this city. Ho Chi Minh City has so much to offer in terms of historical monuments. Make sure you set aside a day to see the Cu Chi Tunnels (and crawl in one too!) that the Vietnamese used during the Vietnam war. You should also visit Mekong Delta and marvel at the beautiful rivers while sipping a fresh coconut drink on a small boat. For café-lovers, this is a city filled with affordable cafes! Simply take a stroll down the city and you will find great cafes offering really refreshing coffees (yes, Vietnamese coffee) for your caffeine needs. Do visit the Café Apartments along the Saigon Walking Street. This historical building used to be a home to government and military personnels (also the only building that wasn’t bombed) but is now a hipster haven full of eclectic cafes. You will be greeted with majestic views of the city from the café balconies as you sip some good old Vietnamese coffee. Perfect for a late-night wind-down. Picture: Ostrovok This is a crowd favourite hotel because it is right next to Ben Thanh Market (The place to go to for your grocery needs and night market!) as well as the Malaysian Street. The Malaysian Street is packed with halal food options from Malaysian food to authentic Vietnamese food. You will be happy to know that some diners even offer free food delivery services right to your hotel! The hotel offers a spa, a fitness centre, and airport shuttle for your convenience. There are also a few major mosques nearby. Address: 289-291 Lý Tự Trọng, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh, VietnamContact: +84 28 3828 2888 Start planning and get yourself ready to explore all these amazing getaway destinations in 2019! Read more about destinations to visit in 2019...

  • Singapore: Here Are 5 Famous Barber Shops For Men To Get A Fresh Haircut!

    Movember is coming to an end so if you took part, you surely feel a need to finally go for a fresh haircut. For the uninitiated, Movember is an annual movement involving the growing of moustaches during the month of November to raise awareness for men’s health issues. This noble movement is a great reason for you to finally have the courage to rock some facial hair which calls for a classy haircut to go with it. Here are 5 great places for you to make sure you’re always looking sharp and properly groomed! Psst... they specialise in gentleman haircuts too in case you are in for a thorough grooming sesh. 5 Places to try the Best Halal Singapore 1. Hombre Barberblade Picture: HombreBarberBlade Great for Easties — Hombre Barberblade is the place to go to for a fantastic haircut. They market themselves as a new wave barbershop specialising in classic haircuts and shaves. They are located opposite Darul Aman Mosque so it’s very convenient to drop by after your prayers. Address: 228 Changi Rd, #01-04, ICON @ CHANGI, Singapore 419741Operating Hours: 12PM - 9PM (Sat - Thurs)                           2:00 PM till 10:00 PM (Fri)Website: HombreBarberBladePrice: Haircuts - $28           Hot Towel Shave - $28           Beard Trim/Sculpting - $20 2. The Panic Room Picture: ThePanicRoom The Panic Room is a well-known brand when it comes to great hair supplies. They have plenty of regulars who constantly visit their site to replace their empty pomades. They also have on-site barber services that you can pre-book online, making sure that your next visit to stock up on your pomades and other hair products will be complete with a professional haircut or beard trim. Address: 311A GEYLANG ROAD, SINGAPORE 389350Operating Hours: 11AM - 9PM (Mon- Sat)                             Closed on Sundays and Pubic HolidaysWebsite: ThePanicRoom 3. YANCUTSHAIR Picture: YanCutsHair Centrally located in Peninsula Excelsior, YANCUTSHAIR has received countless positive reviews on their service. Most customers do not mind making their way down just for that crisp haircut with a talented barber to achieve the dapper look.  If that’s not enough to convince you, simply check out their repertoire of photos on YunCutsHair's Facebook page. It features their satisfied customers after a haircut or beard grooming sesh. Address: PENINSULA.EXCELSIOR, 5 Coleman Street #B1-13, Singapore 179805Operating Hours: 11AM - 9PM,  (Weekdays)                             Last Cut at 8.30PM                             11AM - 6PM (Sat)                              Last cut at 5:30 PM                              Closed on Sunday & Public HolidaysWebsite: YanCutsHairPrice: Haircuts from $30 4. Empire of Steel Barber Picture: EmpireOfSteel If you really value excellent quality haircuts and do not mind the price, Empire of Steel Barber is the place for you. Located right in the heart of River Valley, this indulgent experience is like no other. Customers laud this place for their excellent service, skilful barbers, interesting conversations, and awesome ambiance— all the ingredients for the perfect grooming experience.  Price: Haircuts from $55, Beard Trims from $25 Outlet 1Address: 220 River Valley Road, Singapore 238278Operating Hours: 11AM - 9PM (Tues - Fri)                             10am - 6pm (Weekends)                             Closed on Mondays and Public Holidays Outlet 2Address: 6 Shenton Way #03-19, OUE Downtown 2, Singapore 068809Operating Hours: 11AM - 8PM (Mon - Sun) Website: EmpireOfSteelPrice: Haircuts from $55           Beard Trims from $25 Splice Barbershop Picture: SpliceBarbershop If you frequent Suntec City a lot, you would have probably walked by and noticed a fancy-looking barber shop on the ground floor. With its classic furnishings and exclusive door, one might even feel intimidated to enter. Well, we have great news for you! They offer competitive prices and even a student rate! They are strategically located because while your partner goes shopping, you can have your own therapy here and leave the place looking suave and feeling satisfied. Definitely makes for a win-win situation! This one-stop service offers premium haircuts as well as hair products that you  can purchase to maintain that handsome haircut! Address: Suntec City Mall 3, Temasek Boulevard #01-487 (Near Tower 1), Singapore 038983Operating Hours: Barbering Services - 11AM to 8PM (Daily)                             Retail Shop - 11AM to 830PM (Daily)Website: SpliceBarbershopPrice: Student $38           Signature Haircut $50           Hot Towel Wet Shave $50 There you go! Enough reasons for you to participate in Movember and still look sharp and suave! Word of advice: do book an appointment prior to visiting any of the barbers listed here because they are incredibly popular and you definitely want to secure that good slot for your hour-long grooming. Read more about Singapore...

  • Two Hana Goes Halal! Treat Your Tummy To These 9 Korean-Meets-West Items On Their Menu!

    Have you heard? There is a new Korean-meets-West restaurant in the newly renovated Century Square—and it’s HALAL! It is Two Hana and they recently became halal certified so everyone can now enjoy their unique dishes! Apart from its delicious food, Two Hana's strong social message is another great reason to dine at this establishment. Their tagline, 'The Power of Inclusivity' champions their vision to bring people from all walks of life together. So the next time you’re wondering where to dine with your loved ones, friends, and even colleagues, think Two Hana! Here are some tasty items that await you during your visit! Address: Century Square, #01-21, 2 Tampines Central 5, 529509Contact: 6260 4321Operating Hours: 9AM - 10.30PM (Weekdays)                                8AM- 10.30PM (Weekends)Website: TwoHana Singaporean Delight & Hasnah 1. Two Hana Drumlets Classic appetizers with a quirky twist—these item is a combination of honey butter and yangnyeom drumlets. They are served with popcorn, almonds, and spring onions. This serving is served in fours, two of each flavor, so you can experience the best of both worlds. Do try the almonds and popcorns as you munch on the drumlets for a more heavenly experience. You might be taken aback by the presence of popcorns alongside the drumlets at first. However, once you try them together you will agree that they are indeed a perfect match. Price: $9/4pcs 2. Kimchi Mac and Cheese You simply cannot dine here without trying their unique Korean and Western fusion of the much-loved comfort food: mac and cheese! This classic macaroni and mozzarella cheese combo is mixed with diced kimchi bits, then coated in panko breadcrumbs before they are deep-fried to perfection. The breadcrumbs add crunch to the mac and cheese and the kimchi bits give it a Korean twist. This one-of-a-kind snack is definitely a must-try! Price: $9/5pcs 3. Korean Cauliflower Fritters  Remember Two Hana’s vision of inclusivity? For your vegetarian friends, there’s this delicious dish to whet their appetite. The Korean cauliflower fritters is a vegetarian dish made with fresh cauliflower that is coated with tempura batter then deep-fried. For garnish, they are coated with inspired dakgangjeong sauce and sprinkled with sesame seeds and spring onions before serving. This dish is also suitable for those who are not a fan of vegetables as the taste of the cauliflower is not strong at all and its texture resembles a fried fillet. Price: $8/6-8pcs 4. Korean Seafood Cioppino  Time for the mains! If you love seafood, then you will definitely love this one. This medley of mussels, clams, and prawns are stewed in tomato cream based, then served with some vegetables. The mushrooms, carrots and zuchinni are only sauteed and deglazed with prawn stock and tomato puree once you order so the dish will always taste fresh. This dish is akin to western tomato soup albeit elevated with umami and the sweetness of fresh seafood. Choose from either soft rolls filled with kimchi and cheese or a whole tube of tofu. Price: $12 5. Striploin Bap  For meat lovers, this one is for you! Fragrant kimgarou rice with medium rare striploin slices bring out the distinct taste of the ‘banchans’. Apart from korean and western, this dish actually has a familiar local flavor to it as well.  The striploin slices are so soft that you don't even need a knife to enjoy this meal. The softness of the meat will be more noticeable once you realise how easy it is to chew it down.  The 63 degree poached egg helps to bind all the ingredients together and adds a depth of flavour. For an even more flavorful bite, mix the egg yolk with all the other ingredients before you start digging in. Price: $15.50 6. Haebi Seaweed Prawn Aglio Olio  This cuisine gives a korean twist to the western Linguine Pasta Prawn Aglio Olio. For this version, the pasta is sautéed with home-made haebi oil and topped with seaweed spring onions and haebi. However, the primary ingredients such as fresh prawns, garlic and chilli flakes are still used to maintain it's original western influence. Instead of regular chilli flakes, Two Hana uses Korean chilli flakes to create this gem. They are also very generous with the fresh prawns that come with this meal so you will definitely have a satisfied, full stomach once you are done. Price: $13 7. Iced Matcha Latte ($6) For beverages, you might want to enjoy this refreshing and indulgent drink. Matcha is mixed with meiji full cream milk and blended with ice. Topped with whipped cream, rice crispies and fish bungeoppang, this drink is definitely a quirky spin on the classic Matcha latte. Price: $6 8. Coffee  You might also want to indulge in a nice cup of coffee made with Carmelo blend from Allpress. This exudes full body flavour with chocolate notes. Price: $5 9. Apple Caramel Waffles with Doenjang Caramel Ice Cream  End your meal with something sweet to share. These waffles are served with Doenjang Caramel Ice Cream, stewed apples, fresh apples, and seaweed fritters.  Popular in Korea, 'Doenjang' Ice cream is made from fermented soybean paste. Having it with caramel waffles will give you sweet savoury goodness. Do you love to eat ice-cream with its cone? Then you will love the seaweed fritters. The crunchiness and sweetness of the seaweed fritters goes very well with the ice-cream waffles. Price: $9 There you have it! 9 Two Hana Items that you can choose from on your next visit here. Are you ready for a fusion-filled gastronomic experience? Check out our Halal Food Blogs...

  • Find Out About Our Winner's Experience At Blue Jasmine's Anchan Buffet!

    In August, Halaltrip collaborated with Blue Jasmine to give away sets of dining vouchers at Blue Jasmine's Anchan Buffet. They had a month-long food photography contest where two winners will be chosen. You guessed it! Shortly after the contest ended, they announced that I was one of the winners. Recently, I got the chance to try the buffet with my prize vouchers and this was my experience! Learn more about the contest Blue Jasmine's Anchan Buffet Located on the 5th floor of Park Hotel Farrer Park, it’s a great place for every occasion. The restaurant is situated on the same floor as the swimming pool so you will definitely be greeted with an amazing, relaxing view. Blue Jasmine offers their dinner buffet on Fridays and Saturdays, making it the perfect place to wind down with loved ones after a long week. It gets more relaxing when it gets breezy in the evening. Indoor Spread This buffet has both indoor and outdoor spreads. For the spread indoors, they had the highly acclaimed Blue Jasmine Rice which I thought was an interesting base as you pile on other buffet items. When I visited the place on a Saturday, they had Fried Glass Noodles, Stir-Fried Vegetables, Beef Basil, Chicken Petai, Lamb Curry, and Steamed Seabass Slices. I enjoyed their Lamb Curry and Steamed Seabass a lot—very flavourful and fresh! I thought they would offer some Tom Yum Soup and Pad Thai since they’re classic Thai dishes but they did not serve those. Outdoor Spread For the spread outdoors, you are in for a treat as there is a Beef Noodle live station that I enjoyed a lot! Beef Noodles is something I truly look forward to when it comes to fulfilling my Thai food cravings and they did not disappoint. If you are not a fan of beef, you can request for chicken meatballs instead with the broth and noodles. They also offer a spread of hot appetizers like Sugarcane Prawn, Fried Chicken Tom Yum Pocket, Thai Fish Cake, and Chicken Wings. I went for multiple rounds for their tasty Chicken Wings and Tom yum Pocket! However, do note that their Tom Yum Pocket do not have the Tom Yum spicy taste so kids will love it! Dessert Time for dessert! Blue Jasmine offers some really tantalising desserts—think assorted Nyonya Kuehs, Sago Coconut, fresh seasonal fruits, Thai Chendol , and of course, Blue Jasmine Mango Sticky Rice that you can smother in Durian sauce. Yum! The best part is they also have a coconut ice cream soft serve machine complete with toppings! Go crazy for all things sweet! Beverages For beverages, unlimited lemongrass and iced water were provided. You may also dispense your favourite beverages from their coffee machines. Thai food will not be complete without some Thai Milk Tea right? You’ll be glad to know that you can dispense as much hot Milk Tea as you want! It is not very sweet so you don’t have to feel very guilty about indulging in your third cup of Thai Milk Tea. You may also request for some Thai Iced Milk Tea but I would recommend sticking to their hot milk tea instead. Overall, this place is great for special occasions because of the great ambience and accessibility. The spread of food during my visit was not particularly amazing because of the absence of some classic dishes. Still, the service from the attentive staffs and dessert selections made up for it. Thank you HalalTrip and Blue Jasmine for this opportunity! Read more about Blue Jasmine...

  • Need A Break? Head Down To These Muslimah-Friendly Spas When Kit Kats Aren't Enough

    As we usher in the month of October, it is also -unfortunately- a month with no public holidays :( As you hustle your way through the weeks, don’t forget to take care of yourself too. Sometimes, you just have to #treatyourself to a relaxing spa day to unwind and recharge from all that hustling. Check out these 5 hijab-friendly spas that promise a relaxing session focused on your needs! 1. Spa by Norfasarie Picture Credit: Spa by Norfasarie Facebook When you think of hijab-friendly spas, Spa by Norfasarie comes to mind! This popular spa is founded by our local celebrity, Norfasarie, in 2011. This brand has since become the go-to place for a much-needed pampering session among ladies. They market themselves as the ideal place for ladies to pamper and rejuvenate themselves in complete privacy so this place is definitely a favourite for mother-daughter girls day out! Here’s the best part: they have monthly promotions so there's always great deals to look out for each month! Price Range: Spa Packages from $120; Luxurious Body Massage $78 for 60 minAddress: 302 Changi Road, SingaporeOpening Hours: 11AM to 8.30PM (Mon, Wed-Sat)                               11AM to 5.30PM (Tue & Sun)Contact: 6744 9564 (Phone)                 8128 8687 (SMS/Whatsapp)Website: www.spabynorfasarie.com Facebook | Instagram 2. Spa Jelita Picture Credit: Spa Jelita Facebook Another favourite among the locals, this spa epitomises royal Arabian indulgence! Step inside into their intricately-designed spa and be treated like royalty here. Here, you can deepen your appreciation of the Arabian spa, experience the exotic blend of time-honoured and truly unmatched therapies couples with excellent service to soothe and enrich the body, mind and spirit. Price Range: Arabian Spa Retreat from $130; Bridal Spa Promo from $138Address: 150 Changi Road #01-02 Guthrie Building Singapore 419973Opening Hours: 10 AM to 7PM (Mon-Sat)                               10AM to 6PM (Sun & Public Holidays)Contact: 6345 4565 (Phone)                 9627 4977 (Whatsapp)                 9625 5913 (Mobile) *After 7PMEmail: info@spajelita.comWebsite: spajelita.com Facebook | Instagram 3. Citra Ayu Picture Credit: Citra Ayu If you are looking for a more affordable pampering session in the heartlands, Citra Ayu is the answer. Located in Bedok, this charming place is definitely a go-to place for eastsiders wanting a quick retreat – no frills! Price Range: Body Massage from $48Address: Blk 510, #01-29 Bedok North Street 3 Singapore 460510Opening Hours: 10.30AM to 8.30PM (Mon-Fri)                              10.30AM to 7PM (Sat)                              Closed on Sundays & Public HolidaysContact: 6244 9664Website: citraayu.com.sg Facebook 4. Aura Nur Spa If you have been reading and thinking where you could get your pampering session in the west area of Singapore, Aura Nur Spa got you covered! Aura Nur Spa offer treatments for three different types of skin issues - Pigmentation/Anti-Ageing, Acne/Clogged Pores and Dull Skin/Repair Skin. Aura Nur Spa offers services that are value for money, definitely a great way to give yourself a boost! Price Range: TOTOK AURA WAJAH & HERBAL COMPRESS 1HR at $60Address: Taman Jurong Tah Ching Road, SingaporeOpening Hours: 11AM to 7PMContact: +65 8742 0723Email: info.auranur@gmail.comWebsite: www.auranur.com 5. MOZA Aesthetics Spa Picture Credit: Moza Aesthetics Spa Facebook Here’s the place for possibly the best facial treatments in Singapore! Their highly trained and certified aestheticians are committed to you achieving beautiful and luminous skin. Look out for their monthly promotions! Price Range: Pro-oxygenated super facial from $148Address: 51A Haji Lane, SingaporeOpening Hours: 11AM to 8.30PM (Mon, Wed-Sat)                               11AM to 5.30PM (Tue & Sun)Contact: 6291 3658Website: www.facebook.com/pg/mozaaesthetics Are you ready to be pampered and well taken care of? ;)...

  • Give Your Support & Dine For A Good Cause At These 4 Halal Eateries!

    Admit it, all of us love food! More than mere sustenance, food offers a respite after a long day when we just want to indulge in some good, delicious food. The prospect of winding down to a nice meal is sometimes the motivation you need to get through the week. Food is also a common avenue for us as we often bond with our loved ones over a good meal. Now, what if we can extend the purpose of food beyond just a feast for our bellies? Wouldn’t it be better if we could do something good just by eating? Check out these 4 eateries that will make you feel good about indulging! Ashraf’s Café Nestled in the east, this café's tagline emphasises its mission—Towards an inclusive society. Inclusive meaning the café extends its employment opportunities to individuals with special needs. It started with the founders’ mission to ensure that their son becomes more independent in future. The café aims to support individuals with special needs achieve a long term paid employment. This way, people with special needs are able to earn a living and play a crucial role in society. This ensures that they get to contribute back to society meaningfully by being gainfully employed. It is rare to find eateries that hire people with special needs so it is an admirable thing that this café prides itself by training them patiently and integrating them into society. As you indulge in their list of delicious western and Asian menu, be awed by just how professional the workers are as they meticulously serve your food. Prices are very affordable and they offer lunch sets too for a fulfilling meal. Address: 168 Changi Rd Fragrance Building #01-01/02/03/04 Singapore, 419730Nearest MRT Station: Eunos MRTOpening Hours: 8AM to 9PM (Daily) Facebook | Instagram Lina’s Café Picture Credit: Lina's Cafe Facebook Here’s a centrally located café that has gotten rave reviews on their delicious desserts and affordable fare! This is a Muslim owned café that aims at creating a safe haven for families with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) children to dine in. The café stresses on the importance of providing a safe place for these children to be comfortable in a social setting. They specialise in amazing Mee Rebus, Halal Bubble Teas, Mee Siam, and Bubur Kampung Set. They also offer western fare like Chicken Katsudon with Fries. Fancy some desserts? Try their mouth-watering Ondeh-Ondeh Cake! How’s that for a complete meal? Address: 7 Jln Pisang, Singapore 199074Nearest MRT Station: Bugis/Lavender MRTOpening Hours: 10AM to 7PM (Monday)                          11AM to 8.30PM (Tue-Sat)                          Closed on SundaysWebsite: linas-cafe.business.site Facebook | Instagram Metta Café Picture Credit: Metta Cafe Facebook Initiated by Metta Welfare Association, Metta café was established in 2014 to provide employment opportunities for Metta School graduates. They aim at providing vocational, work, and life skills to these people so they can also play an important role in society. This way, the workers gain self-reliance and build confidence as they take on roles like any working adult in the F&B service industry. They offer vegetarian options as well as non-vegetarian (halal-certified). Think local fare and some “tze char”- style cuisine for you and your family. For a full look on their menu, check out their official website here! Address: 32 Simei Street 1, Level 1, Metta Building, 529950 (Located in Metta Building)Nearest MRT Station: Simei MRTOpening Hours: 7AM to 5PM (Daily, Except Public Holidays)Website: www.metta.org.sg Facebook  Eighteen Chefs Signature Root Beer battered Fish & Chips Picture Credit: Eighteen Chefs Facebook A home-grown favourite for delicious affordable western food, Eighteen Chefs is often a go-to place for a quick, satisfying meal. This brand is also well-known for their generous student/NSF deals all day everyday. Why is dining at this place good? Founder Benny believes in the importance of former convicts and at-risk youths to reintegrate back into society. He believes that through this platform, his employees can contribute to society in valuable ways. So the next time you order their heart attack fried rice, appreciate the efforts done to get this famous brand running! Address: 13 Outlets in Singapore AMK Hub (Reopening in Nov) Cathay Cineleisure Orchard Pasir Ris Downtown East E!Avenue Northpoint City Djitsun Mall Bedok JCube Jurong East Simei Eastpoint The Cathay Dhoby Ghaut NEX Serangoon Bukit Panjang Plaza Bugis Junction The Star Vista Yew Tee Point Website: www.eighteenchefs.com Facebook  ...

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