Tired of the crowds at KSL City and City Square Mall? Here’s a new alternative for those of you visiting JB- Spring Labs by Eco Palladium. Though not as big as the main mega-malls, Spring Labs will surely be more than enough to fulfil your eating and photo-taking desires.
To start, Spring Labs is the perfect place to fill your Instagram or Facebook feed. Just look at the entrance! Looks more like a theme park than a mall doesn’t it? Snap some shots in front and you’ll definitely have people asking you where this is.
Go deeper and you’ll meet with the unique striped designs of the stores. Bringing a vintage, retro vibe to the space, take a solo aesthetic shot alone or a fun group photo with your friends. The possibilities are endless!
The vibrant backdrop also add a pop of colour to an otherwise mundane, boring photo.
Tired of taking photos? Take a break in the many eating establishments at Spring Lab.
Be greeted by a beautiful glasshouse entrance at Palladium Cafe, the perfect spot to sate your hipster and aesthetic desires. Tuck into simple desserts, pastries and drinks at this quaint little spot that’ll make you forget your in JB.
Binge on the moist, decadent cakes and sip on one of their handcrafted drinks at the same time!
Prefer something more hearty and filling? Consider Tropiq for lunch or dinner with your friends and family. A rustic bistro serving up reasonable portions of food at affordable prices, Tropiq should be your go-to spots for any western meals at Spring Lab.
Try their salmon or go for other entrees like steak, burgers or pasta!
If you have restless kids on your hands and want a short break, visit Diggersite for hours of fun for your children! Your kids can have the experience of being a construction worker for a day. Get into the kid-friendly construction vehicles like cranes and forklifts and engage in building (or destructive) activities.
Regardless, I’m sure that your kid is going to have loads of fun!
These are just a few of the note-worthy spots that we’ve found out about. For more hidden treasures and photo-spots, you definitely need to make a trip down to see for yourself.
It’s new, hip and trendy, so why not give it a chance? JB isn’t just about shopping is it?
I guess it’s time to start making plans to JB over the next long weekend!
Spring Labs by Eco Palladium
1 Jalan Ekoflora, 1 Taman Ekoflora
22 Must See Attractions In Singapore
With a reputation of being a world renowned Garden City, one can expect to find a blend of nature and modern architecture on our sunny shores. From mega-malls to nature reserves, the sights in Singapore are more than enough to keep you busy for a couple of days. We have curated 22 must see highlights in Singapore that we feel you shouldn’t miss whenever you’re in Singapore.
1. Gardens By The Bay
Hosting a plethora of plants, Gardens By The Bay is any nature-lover’s paradise. The garden comprises of conservatories such as the Cloud Forest and Flower Dome, various gardens, and not to forget the Supertree Grove.
Tickets are priced around $28 and all standard exhibitions can be accessed. For such a garden to exist within a modern metropolis like Singapore is something rarely seen and definitely worth a visit.
2. Marina Bay Sands
Besides being one of the best hotels in Singapore, Marina Bay Sands also hosts various facilities that everyone can enjoy. Indulge in retail therapy at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, where you’ll be greeted by luxury brands like Burberry and Chanel. Cruise through MBS and enjoy the sights on a Sampan (Chinese wooden boat) Ride for only $10 per person.
If you’re a guest at the hotel, take in the sights and sounds of the city from the hotel’s infinity pool which oversees the skyline. For those of you not staying at the hotel itself but want a taste of the high life, admission is available for $23 per person.
3. Botanic Gardens
The Singapore Botanic Gardens was officially created in 1859 and has since undergone great change to become Singapore’s first UNESCO Heritage Site. The gardens are only five minutes from Orchard Road and is accessible from several MRT Stations.
The gardens feature various gardens with different themes like “fragrant”, “rainforest” and “healing”. Look out for the National Orchid Garden which showcases countless varieties of orchids in controlled environments. Additionally, look out for the national flower of Singapore, the Papilionanthe Miss Joaquim (Previously known as Vanda Miss Joaquim).
The two durian shaped buildings in the middle of the Central Business District are none other than the Esplanade, which hosts a mall as well as performance theatres. If you’re a theatre or music junkie, catch a performance in one of the spacious halls. If not, shop and dine in the mall sections or simply snap a photo in front of these uniquely Singaporean structures.
Half lion and half fish, this mythical creature is the national icon of Singapore. This statue is erected at Merlion Park, in front of the Fullerton Hotel. Constantly spewing water 24/7, standard poses for photos include opening your mouth to “catch” the Merlion water. You haven’t truly been to Singapore if you haven’t taken a picture with the Merlion.
6. ArtScience Museum
The ArtScience Museum is situated right outside Marina Bay Sands and its design draws inspiration from the humble lotus. The museum exhibitions change from time to time and some highlights include a Marvel Exhibition to celebrate 10 years of Marvel superheroes and Futureworld: Where art meets science. To check what exhibits are on, just visit their website and purchase tickets from $19 onwards.
7. National Gallery
At the National Gallery, you’ll get to see the world’s largest public display of Southeast Asian art. The current buildings the National Gallery currently occupies were actually the former Supreme Court and City Hall, two national monuments that have been restored and transformed. So don’t be surprised by the classic architecture that you’ll be surrounded by while admiring the art pieces.
8. National Museum
Not to be confused with the National Gallery, the National Museum is the oldest museum in Singapore. This museum focuses mainly on the history and progress of Singapore herself. With a mix of classic and modern media, be enthralled by the galleries in the museum as they take you on a journey through Singapore’s short but rich and vibrant history.
9. Universal Studios Singapore
Located on Sentosa Island, just a short walk (or tram trip if you’re willing to pay) from the mainland, Universal Studios Singapore promises a day of thrills and fun for the whole family. Enjoy USS exclusives like the Battlestar Galactica Ride, or the Transformers 4D Ride. Whether you’re into thrilling rollercoasters or more mellow family-oriented rides, USS has something for everyone.
10. SEA Aquarium
SEA Aquarium is home to 100,000 marine animals, from starfishes to sharks and dolphins. Be amazed as you walk through giants tanks filled with various sea creatures and specially built habitats for more exotic creatures. You’ll even have the opportunity to touch starfishes and view jellyfish under colour-changing lights.
11. Singapore Zoo
The Singapore Zoo opens every day of the year and boasts a plethora of creatures including giraffes, orang-utans and pandas. It might seem like your typical zoo, but the Singapore Zoo offers various one-of-a-kind experiences.
Besides getting to feed some animals, you can opt to have breakfast with the orang-utans, an opportunity you might not get elsewhere. For just $35 enjoy a sumptuous buffet breakfast spread in the accompaniment of the cute and playful orang-utans.
12. River Safari
The Amazon River Quest, which simulates the habitat along the Amazon River is the highlight of River Safari. You’ll get the opportunity to see animals in their natural habitat and try to spot them camouflaged among the lush and dense greenery. Jaguars and Tapirs are among the animals that you can try to find as you cruise along the river.
13. Night Safari
Get to see nocturnal animals such as the Clouded Leopard and Sunda Pangolin in their natural habitats in Singapore’s very own Night Safari. Built as an accompaniment to the Zoo, the Night Safari allows visitors to observe these animals in their active state at night, something you might otherwise miss in a regular zoo. Follow the various trails and visit the exhibits for an insight to how these animals behave.
14. Jurong Bird Park
Jurong Bird Park is definitely the place to be if you’re a lover of our Avian winged friends. The park boasts exhibits like Pelican Cove, Waterfall Aviary and Wings of Asia, where birds of specific types or from specific regions can be found. The bird park also features shows involving trained birds as well as bird feeding.
15. Macritchie Reservoir Park
Macritchie Reservoir Park is definitely the place to be for both nature and fitness lovers. This park offer both land and water activities, ranging from hiking along the various trails, or paddling in the water to discover native flora and fauna.
If you’re looking for something more unique, the Treetop Walk is the thing for you. Spanning over 7 kilometers, hike on a specially built pathway where you will overlook the entire park and have the chance to encounter some wild monkeys.
16. Lazarus Island
For something a little more exotic, you can take a ferry to Lazarus Island, a tranquil, peaceful island just offshore from the mainland. A regular ferry takes visitors to St John’s Island for only $18 (round trip) and walk across the link bridge to this island. Unlike its neighbours Kusu and St John’s Island, Lazarus is known for its undeveloped beaches and undisturbed nature so do consider visiting for a different experience.
I’m pretty sure you’ve heard of Sentosa. With three beaches to choose from (Siloso, Palawan and Tanjong Beach) and many other beach clubs, be spoilt for choice on where to let loose and enjoy. Being a man-made beach, expect clean and pillowy sands. Engage in sports and games like frisbee, volleyball, cycling or simply having a stroll along the beaches.
If you’re willing to spend some money, other activities include iFly (indoor skydiving) and flowriding at Wave House Sentosa.
18. Singapore Flyer
It’s almost impossible to miss the Singapore Flyer, our very own version of the London Eye. Even though it’s a little smaller, you’ll still be able to catch a glimpse of our beautiful skyline. Get a ticket for around $33 and enjoy the stunning architecture of the building in the day, or the bright lights in at night. For a more memorable experience, the option of dining in the flyer is also available, but bookings do have to be made in advance.
19. Fort Canning
Besides being a park, Fort Canning also holds much of Singapore’s history, especially during World War II. Hike along trials that used to be former British military sites including gates, bunkers and even a cannon. Tours that you can sign up for are also available, in which visitors are brought into former bunkers that have been restored for a depiction of what war was like in the 1960s.
Chinatown used to be the enclave for Chinese immigrants during early Singapore times. Today, it is a bustling area filled with countless dining and shopping options, together with temples and shops selling traditional items. Visit during the Chinese New Year period to experience the hustle and bustle, with snacks, decorations and clothes sold all over the main street.
21. Little India
In Little India, you’ll find many shops selling traditional Indian apparel as well as herbs and spices. Here, you can get your daily dose of prata or thosai.
One highlight would be the Mustafa Centre, a 24 hour mall that has a total of 6 levels, including 2 basement floors. Find anything from fresh food and snacks to clothes and electronics. Definitely a must-visit if you’re in the area.
22. Kampong Glam
Lastly, being a melting pot of cultures and races, Kampong Glam has a rich history that originated from the Malay and Arab settlers. Aside from mosques, visitors can go to the Malay Heritage Centre for a deeper insight and understanding of the area. Visitors can purchase traditional Malay baju and Persian rugs as souvenirs. For something more modern, hit Haji Lane up for a more hipster area, selling trendy blogshop clothes.
These are our top recommendations for a truly Uniqely Singaporean experience. Hit these places up, snap some pictures and let us know what you think!
10 Best Hotels in Sentosa Island
It may only be August, but it’s never too early to plan your end-of-year festivities. If you’re looking for an idyllic retreat where temperatures don’t plummet with the winter cold, and would prefer somewhere near, why not just look at The State of Fun? Home to sandy beaches and green hilltops, Sentosa’s the perfect location for a getaway. From an Amazonian rainforest-esque pool to your own personal backyard, you’d be surprised at the palatial hotels that are housed on the island. And the best part? You get to save on air fares and skip the long queues at the money changer. Before holiday season hits and prices skyrocket, here are our top picks for you to consider now:
Indulge in the joie de vivre of the French by relaxing in the luxurious suites Sofitel has to offer. Each spacious room borrows Parisian refinement and marries Old World elegance with garden paradise. Tucked away amongst nature, stay in comfort without any worries.
Sentosa, 2 Bukit Manis Rd, 099891
The Shangri-La brand is no stranger to holiday goers, and as far as credibility goes, you definitely can trust this one. Conveniently located near prime spots like Siloso Beach, iFly and Universal Studios, this family-friendly resort is best if you’re looking to bring your baby brother along. Various water slides are available for the kids, and massages are ready available for the adults at CHI, The Spa.
101 Siloso Rd, 098970
Nature lovers, you’d want to bookmark this hotel. Surrounded by greenery, wake up to paranomic views of a tropical rainforest. For those who value a little more privacy, opt for the Deluxe Garden Room where you can enjoy your own personal garden. And because of its geographical location, a hike is just a stone’s throw away.
8 Sentosa Gateway, 098269
Feel like a true blue (and upscale) Singaporean at your stay with Le Méridian. Peppered with little quirks of this country (read: red and white cushions and views of the Merlion) in the rooms, it’s clear that the designers borrowed inspiration from Singapore’s past and present. The highlight of this hotel, though, is their Onsen Suite — first of its kind with a private open air hot tub.
23 Beach View Sentosa, 098679
Think Sentosa’s all about lush greenery and clear blue skies? Well, art lovers would be pleased to know there’s a hotel that merges both style and fashion. Each room is designed to make you feel at home, and while the design and layout varies according to price point, they all have a consistent theme of orchids, pop art furniture and mood lighting. Perfect for the ‘gram.
21 Ocean Way, 098374
Don’t expect Festive Hotel to look like your atypical hotel room. There are bunk beds, baby blue carpeting, and a kickass outdoor pool to boot. If you’re intending on celebrating a special occasion with your other half, be sure to pop by The Garden for an extensive selection of fresh blooms and bouquets.
8 Sentosa Gateway, 098269
Without a question, this one’s for all rock and roll fans. I mean, where else can you find memorabilia dating all the way back from 1968? Expect to find the iconic blue overalls worn by Elvis Presley in Speedway, and a signed guitar from Pearl Jam. Feel like instant rock royalty upon stepping into their rooms, where cutting edge meets glamour. There’s also a sick gym with all the cardio and weight-training equipment you need — yes, working out on holiday is a thing.
8 Sentosa Gateway, 098269
There’s only one thing you need to know about Capella (apart from the fact that the recent Trump-Kim summit was held here): the pool is frickin’ amazing. Like, amazing. Be immediately transported to an Amazonian rainforest as luscious trees surround the area. On top of that, each room also comes with a balcony overlooking the South China Sea.
1 The Knolls, Sentosa Island, 098297
Did someone say yacht party? ‘Cus that’s what about to go down. ONE 15 offers a hub for marine activities and charter boat hire services. From classic fishing boats to luxurious super yachts, go on the ultimate seafare experience with the fleet of vessels available for rental. Accommodation wise, you get to pick between waking up to nature or the marina.
11 Cove Drive, #01-01, Sentosa Cove, 098497
If you’ve got cash to spend, ball it out on Crockford Tower. This suite-only hotel screams opulence — evident from the red and gold fabrics that drape the rooms, complete with a Bang & Olufsen entertainment system. Bathrooms also come with their own steam rooms, ensuring all the privacy you need.
8 Sentosa Gateway, Crockfords Tower, 098269
10 perfect Singapore staycations for kids
It’s a fine balance between juggling a handful of excitable, bouncy children, but still enjoying yourself at the same time. If you’ve sadly cleared all your leave for the year, or aren’t planning on leaving Singapore anytime soon, here’re some staycation ideas for you and your family. You’ll definitely return back to reality feeling more refreshed, instead of insanely exhausted.
1. D’Resort @ Downtown East
Address: 1 Pasir Ris Cl, Singapore 519599
Here’s a chance for you to embrace your inner child again. Immerse yourself in the depths of the sea or swing from the jungle vines in D’Resort’s Underwater and Amazonian Jungle themed family rooms.
The rooms are furbished with all the trappings of whichever environment you’d like to be in – from a double bunk bed with wildlife-patterned sheets, to wallpaper where you can fall asleep to a backdrop of fish meandering past you. If you can get your hands on it, there’s one room that is M&M-themed as well! Want the real splash of water against your skin?
If you’re an NTUC member, you’ll get free Wild Wild Wet tickets based on the maximum occupancy of the room.
2. Farmstay @ Kranji Countryside
Address: 240 Neo Tiew Crescent, Singapore 718898
It’s almost a whole other world at Kranji Countryside. It’s a perfect escape from the stress of city living, with not a single high-rise building in sight. Little plots of farmland speckle the surroundings, from Bollywood Veggies to Jolly Organic Vegetable Farm. At Farmstay, quaint little villas take inspiration from the black-and-white colonial bungalows.
Three types of rooms with three different concepts (English, Oriental and Contemporary) are available. Daffodil, the contemporary concept, is right next to the pool! Though each room only has one queen-sized bed, extra tatami beds can be requested.
When you’re done exploring the villas, grab a bike and bring your kids on a rustic trip across the various farms.
3. Glamping at East Coast Park or Sentosa
Now we know this isn’t a hotel or a resort, but you’ll be just as comfortable as if you were indoors. Glamping, or “glam camping”, is a camping experience where you don’t need to rough it out. Your glamorous tent, erected on Sentosa or East Coast Park’s coastlines, is packed with amenities.
The Family Retreat tent is equipped with air-conditioning, two queen-sized beds, a mini-fridge and even those beautiful, atmospheric fairy lights. While your kids play on the beach, you can listen to the waves crashing gently against the shore and gaze into the (hopefully) starry sky. It’s quite romantic.
4. Amara Sanctuary Resort Sentosa
Address: Sentosa Island, 1 Larkhill Rd, 099394
This is another great escape from the metropolitan bustle. The Family Suite at Amara Sanctuary comes with the perfect package for your children. Club Tiny takes your little ones on an explorative journey through the Safari, where they can snap pictures of the native animals traversing the resort and win a surprise.
An In-room Teepee bed setup might even make them feel like they’re an explorer sleeping in the wild. While you relax at your private verandah, you can keep an eye on your children splashing around in the infinity pool. Once you’ve had enough of your languid morning, why not head down to the thrilling Universal Studios Singapore and Adventure Cove?
5. Furama Riverfront
Address: 405 Havelock Rd, Singapore 169633
Cutlass-swingin’ pirates, an idyllic castle, picturesque views of the deep blue sea… Furama Riverfront’s themed rooms have it all. There’s even an xbox console in-room for families to battle it out with each other.
Take the play outdoors as well with the outdoor swimming pool or the indoor children’s playroom! It’s a short walk from the hotel to the Tiong Bahru area full of delicious food (we recommend Tiong Bahru Bakery for breakfast and 178 Lor Mee for lunch).
6. Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium
Address: 317 Outram Rd, Singapore 169075
If you’re looking for a quick weekend getaway, Holiday Inn’s Fam-tastic Weekend Staycation Package is right up your alley. Your weekend will be filled with gastronomical delights, from the buffet breakfast at Atrium Restaurant, to 15% off Xin Cuisine Chinese Restaurant.
Enjoy a movie by the poolside, or get a little 30 minute break as your kids receive complimentary play time at Waka Waka, one of Singapore’s best indoor playgrounds.
7. CSC at Changi
Address: 2 Netheravon Rd, Singapore 508503
These family suites are fitted with a huge living area, double bedrooms and a kitchenette. There’s ample room for the kids to run around, or to settle down and stream a few movies with the free wifi.
If you’re feeling peckish, get hands-on with the children and take the cooking outside with a BBQ pavilion overlooking the sea. A round of bowling and a splash in the pool to cool off isn’t out of the question too.
8. Swissotel Merchant Court
Address: 20 Merchant Rd, Singapore 058281
A regular luxury hotel room is transformed into a whimsical wonderland for children in Swissotel’s The Great Family Escape staycation. Patterned bedsheets, a kid-sized table and drawing activity books are just some of the perks of this colourful room.
Kids under 12 years of age will receive 50% off the Kids Menu while kids under 5 eat for free at the Ellenborough Market Café! You’ll save some cash on the second room for the children, as it’ll be 50% off Swissotel’s daily rate. Most importantly, there’ll be complimentary ice cream for your kids 12 and below to satisfy their sweet tooth.
9. Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa
Address: 101 Siloso Rd, 098970
The main draw for this resort is probably the huge play area dedicated to children. While relaxing and easing your tension at the spa, your kids can head straight for the cool zone. With three water slides, a children’s swimming pool and a splash pad, they’ll probably be stuck there for hours.
Lure them away from the water to spend time with them at the Fun Zone, an arcade chock full of Xbox1s, race car simulators and air hockey machines. The Family Fun Package gives your entire family perks such as a daily buffet breakfast, a free buffet dinner and a complimentary stalk along AJ Hackett Singapore Skybridge.
10. Village Hotel Changi
Address: 1 Netheravon Rd, Singapore 508502
You don’t have to splurge on a room at Marina Bay Sands for that rooftop infinity pool. Instead of a cityscape, try out a different view. This vast, endless sky stretches into the distance, where you can watch planes make their way across the airstrip, or admire the sunset while your children frolic in the pool.
The Creek Pool, at Level 1, has various aquatic animal floats for the kids to play around on too. Cycle over to Changi Village Hawker Centre or Changi Seafood for delicious sambal stingray, or our personal favourite, Amigo Chicken Chop Hor Fun.