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  • Jessica Ong
    Cosy local cafe
    During my schooling days, whenever I was craving for some good ol’ home cooked food, Curry Wok would be the place to visit.

    Set up by a local couple in a small shop along Coronation Road, it always felt cosy and welcoming. Even up till today, I’ll occasionally miss the place and pop by if I am around the neighbourhood.

    My standard order was the Jumbo Pork Chop set ($8), which consists of crispy pork chop, their signature curry chicken, chap chye, rice, and lime juice. A secret tip for anyone ordering the set - don’t feel restricted if you don’t like one of the dishes, as you can customise what you want from the other sets as well!
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    Fun edgy clothes
    A blogshop based in Singapore, A For Arcade is amongst the better quality and more trustworthy few. With its own house brand and designs, I would describe the fashion style of its apparel as fun, colourful, edgy and cool.

    I ordered a dress from them before, and the quality was unmatched, although this also means that the price is slightly above that of other local blogshops. The material turned out to feel a tad heavier than I had expected, so be sure to check the product description carefully.

    Overall, a great website design that makes scrolling through their collection a breeze. Worth checking out!
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  • Jessica Ong
    Salmon sashimi @ only $3!
    The first thing you need to know about Standing Sushi Bar - it is not a standing bar. A small space beside the Singapore Art Museum on Queen Street, the only inkling of a standing concept that I get from the restaurant is the long queue that you’ll need to stand in while waiting for a seat. But it is well worth the wait.

    Despite the not-so-pleasant waiting experience, the long queues exist for a legit reason. Standing Sushi Bar is famous for their daily promotions, but the more valuable one is undoubtedly their crazy salmon sashimi promo on Monday and Thursday. At just $3, you can enjoy five thick and quality slices of salmon sashimi. No sane person will miss out on a deal like that. What’s more, if you order more than 30 slices, you will be rewarded with 5 FATTY salmon sashimi as part of the order. With super cheap drinks like $2 sake and $5 beer, who can complain?

    My only qualm if any would be the service. The waitresses tend to rush customers into ordering and will be impatient if you take too long deciding on your choice. Like a fast-paced Hong Kong cha chaan teng, don’t go there if you are expecting friendly service or a slow meal.
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  • Jessica Ong
    Growing crowds and mediocre line-up
    I’m a huge fan of St Jerome’s Laneway Festival, which expanded into Singapore in 2011, bringing the live music festival scene to our small shores. So trust me when I say it pains me that the standard of the festival has reached a plateau or may even be going downhill.

    It started out amazing. With the inaugural Laneway Festival held at Fort Canning Park, it felt nothing short of authentic - a passionate audience and an impeccable line-up with the likes of Foals, Warpaint, Beach House, Two Door Cinema Club, and Yeasayer. Yet, just a few years since moving to the larger-scale Gardens by the Bay, the line-up has been growing in number but reduced to a few headliners and… well, other smaller acts. Also, the venue has become so packed that it feels rather stifling.

    No doubt, it’s still a fun way to spend the weekend and has a chill atmosphere to enjoy new music. While many continue heading to the bayfront annually to check out new acts, with similar festivals starting to pop up in Singapore, Laneway must up their game to maintain a loyal base of followers. And I’m rooting for them not to let us down!
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  • Jessica Ong
    Affordable Thai food with a rustic atmosphere
    With each branch designed to have a charm of its own, Folks Collective at China Square Central prides itself as “the vintage shophouse” - and I utterly loved it. With a name that reflects all things indie and hipster, the decor does the same. Think vintage scooters, brick walls and sky blue walls. And yet it is designed so well that it doesn’t feel overdone and you just feel warm and cozy inside.

    Beyond its atmosphere, the restaurant welcomes swarms of office workers due to its affordable weekday set lunches and daily specials served from 11am - 3pm, and deservingly so. During my visit, I tried the Set B featuring their Mini Street Omelette, Green Chicken Curry and Steamed Jasmine Rice ($10.90). While served in atypical red porcelain dishes, the taste felt authentically Thai, with good a balance between spice and flavour. Not the best, but pretty decent.

    My only qualm would be that the serving size is not big. But this problem can be easily solved with a side of Folks Drumlets ($6.90) or a sweet Honey Mango ($7.90) to end the meal.
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  • Jessica Ong
    Quirky theme, average food
    I love The Beatles. And I love cheesesteaks. So when I heard that there was a local cafe and bistro called “Yellow Submarines” serving up Philadelphia Cheesesteaks, I was instantly attracted to its fun and quirky theme, and made a visit to their Toa Payoh branch. With bright yellow walls and funky designs to match the submarine theme, it brought back the kid in me, brimming with excitement as I imagined myself being immersed underwater in a yellow submarine

    Having ordered the Philly Submarine set ($9.90) off from the Yellow Submarines Classics menu, which came with thick-cut cheese fries and a drink, I was disappointed. The cheesesteaks were tiny and dry, while the cheese on the fries could be compared to those you get from 7-11. Overall, I must say the food was average, serving was small and not worth the price.

    Another thing to note is that while the cafe atmosphere and menu designs were unique, it did feel a little more like a fast food restaurant than a cafe, which wasn’t what I had in mind.
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  • Jessica Ong
    Best truffle fries
    Situated in the Kampong Glam district, Symmetry remains one of the most authentic cafes serving quality brunch food in Singapore. It’s easy to miss this tiny corner shophouse, but once found, you will discover that it has a unique vibe that perfectly combines queer and retro. From a skeleton couple seated right beside the entrance to brick walls and pop art filling the interior, this cafe is cosy yet one-of-a-kind.

    But the best part about Symmetry is none other than its famed truffle fries ($14) that lives up to its name. Served up in a bucket, the shoestring potato fries burst with the aroma of truffle paired with generous parmesan cheese shavings that will engulf your tastebuds.

    Other notable favourites are the Truffle Eggs Mushroom ($21), Symmetry Eggs Benedict ($20) and Big Breakfast ($24). Despite being crowded on the weekends and pricey (don’t forget GST and service charge), this cafe has a quaint charm that will keep me coming back for more.
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  • Jessica Ong
    Best weekend brunch spot in the CBD

    Brunch in Singapore is an expensive affair, and don’t we all hate it when the quality of food doesn’t match our expectations? Thankfully, there remain a few solid cafes in town and one of my all-time favourites is Sarnies - a gem in the Central Business District that serves up the heartiest plates of toast, eggs and pancakes for its weekend-only brunch menu.

    “Sarnies” is an Aussie slang for sandwich, but the cafe offers so much more. Bring a date, as you can’t go to Sarnies and leave without trying two of their signature items - the wholesome Fry-Up w Eggs, Shrooms, Baked Beans, Home-cured Bacon & Sausage ($24.50) and the oh-so-fluffy Pancakes w Berries, Honey & Greek Yoghurt ($20). I love that the servings are huge and yet feel home-made.

    If I had to name one complaint, it would be that they should serve brunch every day!! But til’ they realize their mistake, I will continue to be a loyal weekend patron of Sarnies. And if you are one of those hesitating at the thought of heading back to office area - trust me, it’s 100% worth it.
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    Things To Do At Montigo Resorts, Nongsa   You’ve all probably heard of Montigo Resorts, Nongsa in Batam. But unlike the static squares that you see on Instagram, it’s not only made up of white walls, the long jetty, or unicorn floats in the pool.  We got the chance to...
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  • Things To Do At Montigo Resorts, Nongsa   You’ve all probably heard of Montigo Resorts, Nongsa in Batam. But unlike the static squares that you see on Instagram, it’s not only made up of white walls, the long jetty, or unicorn floats in the pool.  We got the chance to...
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