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Somerset MRT Skatepark

Well, yeah. A lot of us enjoy the city and the tall structures and the fancy this and that. But some of us are looking for something a little more adventurous. Maybe you’ve grown up with rock music or used to be a big fan of skate and street culture, there’s a perfect place in Singapore for you.

Not everyone enjoys street culture. The graffiti for some is a bit too outspoken to the point that they do not appreciate it anymore. Street culture has grown both ways! Both good and bad. But hey, don’t worry, there’s a place where the culture is not only preserved but also celebrated! Being young usually means you have so much energy and adrenaline inside of you. Skating is a great way for you to let out that energy and just enjoy the sport in itself. Well, skateboarding is more than just a sport, it is a way of life!

Most people do not understand that skating is a culture in itself. The surfers are already recognized for their culture. I mean, how couldn’t you recognize them. It’s pretty obvious that they surf in the water and compared to skateboard culture, there isn’t much places where it is celebrated. Skateboards in some places are considered to be just a toy but there is so much more to that board than being just a toy.

Back in the day, the skateboard movement started and it caught fire all over the world! Even people from Singapore caught a glimpse of skateboard culture! Why wouldn’t it? There’s a lot of art to the skateboard movement. The graffiti and vandalism, the music, the clothing, the lifestyle, and the boards themselves have a lot of meaning to them.

Now, where in Singapore can we enjoy skateboarding culture in peace? You can find a small skatepark right next to the Somerset MRT! Get to see skateboarders do tricks all around the park and enjoy the visual art of the vandalism everywhere! Singapore has given this park to the skaters, this is something you should definitely not miss.

Skating is a culture and it is a great thing that Singapore itself respects that culture. Leaving the park open for anyone who wants to skate, this is a great way to learn and make friends. Chilling by the park is also something you are free to do.

There are so many places in Singapore where most locals do not appreciate. But not you, check out the skatepark next to the Somerset MRT and discover a whole new world inside the city of Singapore.

Game Series for SG50  

 

The celebrations for the 50th birthday of the island-nation are beginning. There is always something to tease us before the big day. Recently, the commemorative coins were launched. Now, there is something in store for the gamers out there. There are five mobile games that are especially designed to be uniquely Singapore and it will be released soon.

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The games are made by local developers and it is just a part of the Media Development Authority (MDA) Singapore. The games will be released in iOS App stores and Google Play. In 2014, MDA called for local developers to propose games that best exemplify the country and its people. There were forty entries and only five were chosen. The entries were judged accordingly by industry members.

The four games that are selected are funded by the MDA while the other one is independently developed. MDA realized that games are increasingly popular these days regardless of the age. Games are also universal and almost everybody has a smartphone. MDA took this opportunity to educate Singaporeans in a fun and interactive way.

Here are the games that we have to consider:

  • Rickshaw Rush: The developer is Mojo Forest and it takes after Pacman. The objective of the game is simple – we have to get pick up ferry passengers and bring them to their chosen locations as a rickshaw driver. When we get three stars, we get to collect carton versions of prominent figures. There are about fifty prominent figures we can collect.

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  • My Singapore City: The developer is Ixora Studios and it takes after Candy Crush or Bejewelled. The objective of the game is to complete card-matching to unravel eighty landmarks of the island-city. It is fun to reveal the next landmark and we can plan our own city. Every time we unlock a landmark, we are free to put it anywhere we want.
  • Kan-Cheong! Kopitiam Saga: The developer is Mojocat and it takes after Bishi-Bashi. The objective of the game is to beat other players. There are three mini-games integrated which are kopitiam inspired. Players will be given tasks like remembering orders and evade “summon auntie”.
  • Satay Club: The developer is Afzainizam Zahari and it takes after Diner Dash. The objective of the game is to feed the challenging customers who are very hungry.
  • Building The Lion: The developer is Swag Soft and it takes after Monopoly. The objective of the game is to build restaurants and infrastructure while playing mini-games (like gasing and longkang fish) then eventually beating (and bankrupting) other players.

These games have different characteristics and styles but they have many things in common – it educates people by involving culture and history and all seem to take after popular games.

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Cool Rooftop Bars in Singapore

 

Singapore’s city skyline is an attraction in itself. Match that with the vibrant night life, and it’s no wonder why there’s a proliferation of rooftop bars and lounges in the country. Below are our top 5 picks of the best places to unwind in Singapore with the wind on your shoulder and a magnificent view of the city.

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  1. Loof

Catering to lively crowds, Loof is popular for being one of the few establishments in the country where clients can play Beirut or “beer pong”. The open air and cool drinks (all their beer, wine and cocktail are reasonably priced) will certainly refresh you after being indoors the whole day. Drinks range from S5-9 based on the hour.

  1. 1-Altitude Gallery & Bar

1-Altitude is arguably the rooftop bar with the best view of Singapore. This skybar has a 360⁰ panoramic view of the city, with its western corner almost perfectly facing the setting sun. Feel like the ruler of the world as you sip on cool drinks and wait for the bar and the city to come to life.

  1. Ku De Ta Club Lounge

What Ku De Ta lacks in elevation – and it doesn’t even lack much, mind you – it makes up for with its unique vantage point, which is perfect for the wonderful laser light show at Marina Bay Sands (every 8PM and 9:30PM). The design of the place is plush yet comfy, giving off an understated opulence.

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  1. Lantern Bar

Located atop the five-story Fullerton Bay Hotel, the Lantern Bar doesn’t boast much in terms of height. However, it’s one of the most colorful bars in the country, featuring a tropical décor and a beautiful mosaic swimming pool. So if the refreshing drinks isn’t enough to wash away your tiredness, the cool waters of the pool should. Lantern Bar also has a view of the MBS light show and holiday fireworks, making it a great place for parties.

  1. Punch Winebar

Mr. Punch Bar is a unique rooftop bar as its main feature isn’t the view outside, but rather its cool vintage interiors and a toy museum below it. It’s a fine place to catch up with old friends, and drink to the good old days while being thankful for the present. The bar offers reasonably priced food and drinks and a mellow atmosphere.

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What You Need to Know about Censorship in Singapore

Perhaps you heard about a recently banned documentary film here in Singapore. The documentary film titled “To Singapore, with Love” is banned because it poses a threat to national security. It was banned on September 10, 2014. The documentary film featured interviews from activists, student leaders and other communists who escaped from Singapore from 1960 to 1980.

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Hundredths of Singaporeans are indignant of the ban so they fled to Malaysia to watch the screening. For your information, the Media Development Authority (MDA) is the media regulator here. MDA is in-charge of censorship of films. The censorship essentially marks political, religious and racial films. The distributing (or exhibiting) of films here is ruled by Films Act of 1981.

The films are classified under six ratings for diverse groups of audiences. Here are the ratings:

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  • G: G stands for General. These are films suitable for all ages. In other words, anyone can watch it.
  • PG: PG stands for Parental Guidance. There is no age restriction but parents should be there when their young ones watch the film.
  • PG 13: PG 13 stands for Parental Guidance Strongly Cautioned. These films are only suitable for kids thirteen and above.
  • NC 16: NC 16 stands for No Children Under 16. This simply means that no child below 16 can be admitted.
  • M 18: M 18 stands for Mature 18. These films are suitable for individuals 18 and above. These films may contain nudity, coarse language, gore violence and many more.
  • R 21: R 21 stands for Restricted 21. These films are only offered for individuals 21 years and above. These films may contain strong sexual contents, graphic violence and the likes.
  • NAR: NAR stands for Not Allowed for All Ratings/Banned. These films may contain things that can lead to controversies.

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Staying Cool in the Summer Season

There’s no denying it. We can all feel its presence. Summer has finally arrived! With the temperature getting higher and a few drops of sweat dripping from our bodies, summer has indeed marked its arrival. Some might welcome it and some might not enjoy it so much but whatever you prefer, there are still ways to enjoy the season and stay cool despite the heat it brings about.

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Craving for Ice?

Ice cream isn’t only for stress-eating. It’s also best eaten during the summer time. When the weather is hot, eating a cone of ice cream is definitely an enjoyable way to lower our body temperatures. But the question is, where is the best place to get that delicious cone of ice cream? Just head down to #01-06 Chijmes, 30 Victoria St. and you’ll find the sweetest haven named Lippolis Italian Gelato. They offer an array of decadent flavors including dark chocolate, buffalo milk, hazelnut, vanilla, strawberry and pistachio to name a few.

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Lippolis is truly a blessing for all those with a sweet tooth because not only do they serve such delicious ice creams, they also have a promotion offering an ice cream buffet! Yes you heard it right, an ice cream buffet. For less than $20 you get to enjoy a selection of 12 flavors, including the ones already mentioned, and a choice of different toppings. You want more? Well, be sure to have a lot of room for desserts because you will get to enjoy this unique ice cream buffet for 3 hours.

Step on Ice

Want to stay cool and at the same time have some fun? Then prepare your $7 for an admission to Marina Bay Sands Skating Rink. For an additional $3, you get to rent a pair of skates. Practice doing figure eights and release the heat as you glide through this 600-square meter skating rink. Singapore may not have a winter season but visit Canal Level, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Ave. and you’ll get to enjoy skating all you want. Just be sure to remember that they are open daily from 10am to 5pm, closed for maintenance for an hour, then open again from 6pm until 10pm.

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A Scoop of Goodness

With the heat of summer going at full blast, there couldn’t possibly be a more delicious way of cooling down than eating a scoop of ice cream. As the temperature continues to get higher, there’s no doubt that many people are cueing up in ice cream shops across the country. To give you a heads up of where to get that delectable scoop of ice cream, take a look at this list of some of Singapore’s buzzworthy ice cream shops.

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U.d.d.e.r.s

It would be refreshing to have fresh, homemade ice cream for a change. If you want to have a taste of artisan ice cream with original flavors such as Bailey’s & Bourbon, Orange Choc Bitters, and Tira-miss-u, then follow the trail leading to U.d.d.er.s. Located at five outlet stores – Upp Thomson, Serangoon Gardens, Siglap, Novena, and Bukit Timah – U.d.d.e.r.s also serves ice cream cakes and their signature udderlicious sundaes.

Ice Cream Chef

Are you prepared to try a million different flavors of ice cream? Because Ice Cream Chef promises just that! Ice Cream Chef serves homemade customized ice creams that are freshly made every day. Step 1 in customizing your ice cream is selecting your flavor. The next step is choosing your mix-ins and the final step is mashing them to create your very own crunchy ice cream. Their unique flavors include Creme Brulee, Oreos Cheesecake, Honey Green Tea, Milky Moo, and Milo Peng. To see the full range of flavors they have, check their website at www.icecreamchefs.com and while there, you could even try their quick game of mashing your own ice cream. You could also find them at Upper Thomson, East Coast, and SAFRA Mt. Faber.

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Brownice

Of course those who are lactose-intolerant or perhaps allergic to dairy shouldn’t be left behind. Ice cream doesn’t need to be made from dairy for it to be delicious and Brownice stands to prove that. In place of dairy, Brownice uses organic brown rice milk and their ice creams are all-natural, vegan, and low-fat. You could choose from a variety of flavors including Hazelnut Chocolate, Vanilla Almond, Peanut Butter Caramel, and Chocolate with Caramel Almonds. Other than ice creams, they also serve an intensely chocolatey Mudpie and ice cream cakes which use gluten-free, vegan crusts. Cool down and try their ice cream at Sin Ming Centre, 8 Sin Ming Road, #01-03 Singapore 575628.

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The Advantages of Living in Singapore

In many countries all over the world, we are very lucky to live in a place that is not just abundant with natural spots but also in economic matters. Here, you will not regret living because there are a lot of perks that you can get once you are in the lovely country of Singapore. One of the things that are loved by many tourists is the National Museums and Nature Parks. Aside from that, there are a lot of tourist destinations in the country.

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  • Free Wi-Fi: In other countries, wireless hotspots are present but unlike here in the island, Wi-Fi is notably free. Not only that, the wireless connection covers all the area in the country which provides all smart-phone users with fast internet surfing.
  • Disaster-free City: Geographically speaking, Singapore is protected by any natural disaster that may occur. However, when something terrible happen, the disaster team is always ready to extend help for those who are in need.

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  • Health Conscious Country: Simply, our country is one of the most advanced cities to have the modernized medical equipment and tools. Also, their hospitals are always up to date.
  • Delicious Crab are Here: Evidently, when you talk about crabs, the best and recommended country is the chili crab. Here in the country, we celebrate chili crab festivals wherein there a hundreds or even thousands of crabs displayed.
  • One-of-a-kind Coffee: Did you know that Singapore is one of the unique producer coffees? In the country, coffees are typically sold in coffee shops and of cozy restaurants.

Actually, there are many pros living here. Aside from the above-mentioned advantages of living here, you can also obtain learning.

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Experience a Comfortable Environment in Singapore Restaurants

Since the country has many foreign visitors, accommodating them is a plus factor. On the other hand, we need to see to it that every one of them will eat in a cozy and serene place and with a fantastic view. One of the reasons why many of us eat at restaurants because it we want to feel relieved. Also, there is a need for us to go to their restaurants so that many foreigners will follow what we are doing or perhaps follow where we usually eat.

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Day or night, nothing beats the beautiful sceneries in the country together with the unique food houses. This includes:

Sky on 57

Situated at the top of Marina Bay Sands, there’s no doubt that this is the most visited restaurants in the metro. Here, you can view almost the entire Singapore. From Sentosa Island to the Marina Bay, Sky on 57 is one place to visit. The trip will not be complete of you wouldn’t taste their appetizing delicacies.

Level 33

If Sky on 57 almost got the view of the entire country, Level 33 surprisingly gives a view of the whole location of the Marina Bay. You should with your friends and drink some beer.

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Spend your weekend here. Located near the bay, you can enjoy the view of the Marina Bay Financial Centre and The Sail. Having Brunch is highly recommended in this place.

iL Cielo

iL Cielo is a hidden place but not literally hidden because it is one of the most famous restaurants on top. Located at the 24th floor of the Hilton hotel, this restaurant is among the silent places at the Orchard Road.

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