If there are 2 things that Singaporeans love, it’s bubble tea and photo-worthy exhibitions. Just take a gander at the snaking queues for bubble tea shops islandwide, which seem to be multiplying at alarming rates. Not that we’re complaining!
No matter the theme, photo op events of all kinds have also proved to be a massive hit, with attendees young and old showing up in droves simply to snap up a storm.
In a match made in heaven for all BBT addicts and IG aficionados, The Bubble Tea Factory is a picture-perfect exhibition held at *SCAPE from 19th October – 18th December 2019. Here’s what the saccharine journey entails:
Adding an extra thrill factor while you traverse through the photo zones, every guest will be handed a Boba Booster Pack which contains a set of limited edition game cards.
Every pack is unique. If you collect 10 different collectible cards, you’ll win a special prize!
Besides serving as adorable souvenirs, these cards also present a series of fun dares and challenges for you and the squad to tackle on-site. Perfect for those with a slight competitive streak! Every pack contains a different combination of cards, with challenges like “Take a selfie with a stranger you met at The Bubble Tea Factory”.
Have your cameras at the ready and make sure you have plenty of data storage to spare; The Bubble Tea Factory comprises of over 10 different photo zones each with a new and visually-captivating theme.
Set across a sprawling 7,000-sq ft space, prepare to strike endless poses against the numerous backdrops and interactive set-ups of various aesthetics, from pastel and cutesy to chic and badass.
One of the most iconic aspects of our beloved beverage other than the tea and pearls themselves: those thicc straws which transport all the yummy goodness right where they belong.
Step into mythical forest of illuminated straws where, instead of tall trees, towering bubble tea straws will be lining the path for some tunnel-illusion shots.
What do you call a utopia for folks who can’t get enough of those bouncy, chewy tapioca pearls? Utapioca.
The Blue Coral Utapioca is populated by larger-than-life boba trees you can lounge under. The cups are filled with air vents which make the pearls dance around in majestic flight. Great for Boomerang shots!
If, like a magpie, you’re drawn to all things glittery and iridescent, the Wrap Zone will be right up your alley. The best part about this photo zone is the way light bounces off all corners, lending a soft and natural glow to your portraits no matter which angles you’re serving.
If you’ve ever fantasised about rolling in riches Money Heist-style, here’s your chance. Boba Ballin’ is a too-cool-for-school photo zone dripping with lavish details and a sophisticated green-and-gold aesthetic.
Take a dip in the bathtub filled with wads of cash! Pssst…the gold toilet bowl is chock full of money too.
Tip: Hidden within The Bubble Tea Factory is a secret room you just might miss if you don’t keep your eyes peeled.
If you manage to find it, however, opening the doors to the psychedelic infinity room will likely take your breath away. This spectacular set-up will send you to the deep end of an awe-inspiring pearl-filled galaxy. A.k.a the kind of world we want to live in!
Venture to a pair of cosy nooks each fitted with a quirky photo element, giving you perfectly-framed statement shots.
We’re going ga-ga over the hilarious medical-themed “Boba-jection” zone, where you can pretend to pump bubble tea straight into your system through an IV drip.
Next to it is the Taro-bly Wreck zone, where you can climb aboard and swing around on the wrecking ball. Oops, we mean wrecking PEARL 😉
The folks behind The Bubble Tea Factory weren’t kidding when they promised a multi-sensory experience. Be surrounded by the heavenly scents of a fresh brew over at Smells Like Tea Spirit. The interactive wall lets you take a whiff of various fragrances, from malty and luscious to tart and tropical.
What combination of aromas would be on your ideal bubble tea wish list?
No matter what age or gender, nothing beats diving into a ball pit and feeling the weight of the world dissipate as you wade through plastic orbs. Level-up that experience with the gorgeous lilac Pearl Pit, filled with 100,000 pastel purple balls reminiscent of taro pearls.
It’s hard not to break out in a fit of giggles when a powerful explosion of rainbow confetti rains all over you. The Pearlsonality Chamber is fitted with a confetti cannon on the ceiling, making for A+ Boomerang shots of the colourful blizzard.
“Welcome aboard, passengers. Thank you for choosing to fly with Air BBT.”
Take to the skies in a unique aircraft interior, fashioned after bubble tea themes with fake bubble tea in fancy champagne glasses and LCD airplane windows where you can peek out to see “milk-tea way” animations.
Conclude a splendid trip to The Bubble Tea Factory with none other than a free cup of slurp-a-licious bubble tea. Redemption is simple, just hand over the “Free Bubble Tea” power-up card from your personal Booster Pack!
There’s also a snack redemption booth located next to the Taro-bly Wreck and Boba-jection photo zones. We won’t spoil the surprise of what the array of bite-sized boba treats entail, but we’re confident that they’ll delight any sweet tooth.
Commemorate your Bubble Tea Factory adventure and bring home an exclusive souvenir from their extensive array of boba-themed merch.
Of course, it never hurts to buy a couple of bubble tea-centric snacks to gobble on while bingeing Netflix. At this rate, our entire diets are gonna consist of bubble tea and its derivatives! Not that we’re complaining 😉
Judging from the strong affinity Singaporeans possess towards bubble tea and #aesthetics events, The Bubble Tea Factory is going to stir up quite a flurry of excitement with queues as far as the eye can see.
Leave a message behind on the Happiness Wall, where notes are pinned via thick bubble tea straws. Some of the sweet prompts include questions like “Who bought you your first ever bubble tea drink?”
To avoid disappointment, make sure to snag your tickets ahead of time and secure a slot for the exclusive 2-month long exhibition. Admission costs $24/pax on weekdays and $28/pax on weekends, with each entry entitling you to a number of bite-sized boba-themed sweet treats and a refreshing cup of complimentary bubble tea to stave the inevitable sugar cravings.
Don’t go home without this cuddly Boba Bae mascot plushie ($29.90). It’s the perfect gift for your loyal BBT kaki!
Early bird tickets will be up for grabs for the first 2 weeks of launch, going at $18/pax for weekday and $23/pax for weekend admission. Act fast though, as these opening special tickets are only available in limited quantities.
Bonus: You can add a touch of boba flair to all your IG updates anywhere, any time with the special TBTF Instagram filter, created exclusively for The Bubble Tea Factory. The slight tinge of blush and cartoon boba cups are too cute for words! Find it on The Bubble Tea Factory’s Instagram page, available on mobile.
This post was brought to you by The Bubble Tea Factory.
Photography by Tan Wen Lin
Admission: $24/pax on weekdays, $28/pax on weekends. Each ticket includes a free cup of bubble tea.
Early bird special: $18/pax on weekdays, $23/pax on weekends. Limited quantities available.
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