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Bedok Mall is opening on 3rd December!

*Latest Update as at 12 Dec 2013: Bedok Mall is already open and super crowded, I really wonder where the people have come from! And it feels like more than  90% of the shops are already open for business. From what I saw today, places like Starbucks, ToastBox, Tim Ho Wan, Poulet, Itacho, SK Jewellery, G2000, Charles & Keith, Faces of Spade etc are open. But FairPrice Finest will only be open on 14 Dec 2013 onwards!

Really long queues at all the popular restaurants! Eg by 6.30pm, Tim Ho Wan already had a snaking queue outside their restaurant, and by 7pm, you would have had to wait at least 15 minutes or more at Itacho sushi!

Amazing news! For those of you who are living in the East, rejoice because Bedok Mall will be opening on 3rd December! Yes, even though the mall still looks half complete, the insides must be already all spruced up and ready to invite the Christmas shoppers!

Some fun facts about Bedok Mall

  • Already 100% leased
  • 200,000 sqft or approx the size of Junction 8
  • About 200 shops spread across 3 floors
  • Approx 250 carpark lots (doesn’t sound like a lot!)
  • Bedok Mall’s basement 2 is linked to Bedok MRT
  • Bedok Bus Interchange will be above the Bedok Mall
  • Bedok Residences condo will continue to be built even after Bedok Mall opens

Bedok Mall and Bedok Residences

Picture courtesy of CapitaMalls Asia

Christmas Celebrations!

There will be a 4m Christmas tree at the basement made out of 2000, recycled plastic milk bottles bringing festive cheer to all shoppers. Don’t forget to go there to get the free lollipops, popcorn, balloons and check out the roving fairies, contortionist, Santa Claus and SNOW!

Shoppers stand to win $100,000 worth of prizes in the CAPITASTAR Star Shower Game. Goodies include umbrellas, Christmas gift wrappers and CapitaVouchers.

And save the date for 21 December when Bedok Mall will be open until 2.40am and will give away $30,000 WORTH OF CAPITAVOUCHERS to lucky shoppers!!!!!!


Scroll down to take a look at the shop directory

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The Coffee Shot

Discovered a new cafe last week over the long weekend. Did you all enjoy the 4 day weekend? I certainly did cafe-hopping all over Singapore. Wish Singapore had more Public Holidays. I hardly think most companies would suffer, the non-manufacturing ones I suppose. We’d still all have to come back on Monday to finish what we left off. Less official working days to finish all the work results in greater efficiency and yet a happier workforce, don’t you think?

The Coffee Shot has been around for some months. I vaguely recall wanting to visit it but with the hype from even newer cafes opening, I lost track. I think Singapore’s going to become like Taiwan, Japan and Melbourne in terms of coffee culture. I can recall just merely 2 years ago I was lamenting the lack of good cafes in Singapore and now, you can bank on having a cafe right in your own neighbourhood. And of course, the rule of thumb being, the more far flung and obscure the location, the more crowded the cafe!

The Coffee Shot (13)

The Coffee Shot – Click in to see the menu

If you’re in the Lavender / Jalan Besar area, you might just want to visit The Coffee Shot, rather than Chye Seng Huat Hardware (a cafe, yes!) which I hear is still as crowded as ever. The Coffee Shot faces the Lavender main road, so you won’t miss it. It seems that area is also frequented by backpackers because while I was there, 2 Caucasians with laden backpacks came in for a rest. I take my hat of these backpackers. The backpacks are almost as tall as the bearers and they sure look heavy. I feel tired even thinking of the idea of having to backpack somewhere. I’d rather save up and travel more comfortably, but I guess if the priority is to see more with less money, backpacking is the way to go.

The Coffee Shot Apple Pie (2)

Apple pie with fresh whipped cream

It’s hard to get a really good apple pie in Singapore. Not many cafes serve apple pies to begin with, and if they do, quite often the standard is mediocre, ranging from too dry to too much crust and not enough apple. I think there are 2 key elements to a good apple pie. First the apple filling must be tasty and moist (something difficult to achieve if you don’t put your heart into making the apple pie), and of course the crust must be buttery and fragrant. The apple pie that The Coffee Shot served was very good as it passed the key components that I just mentioned. The apples were chunky and yielding, but not overly soft. A good amount of cinnamon was used as well to give it better fragrance. Someone once told me that apple pies in Singapore lack cinnamon due to the Asian palate. What a pity then, because really an apple pie is not complete without cinnamon!

The Coffee Shot Flat White

Flat White $5

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Sinpopo Brand

It’s interesting how cafes are falling over themselves trying to come up with the quirkiest and most “non-cafe” kind of names you can think of. The latest to join the bandwagon of wacky names are cafes such as Relational Goods, Penny University (okay this one has grounds) and Sinpopo Brand. And don’t even get me started on Chye Seng Huat Hardware, which has got nothing to do with hardware with the exception of coffee machines!

And what’s weird with Sinpopo Brand did you say? Well, for those of you old enough to know, Sinpopo used to be the name of a notorious nightclub along Tanjong Katong road! According to my father, it probably closed around the late 80s. I can’t remember a thing about Sinpopo but somehow the name sounds familiar. My grandparents used to live around the Geylang area, so they might have mentioned Sinpopo in their conversations previously.

I have to admit, it’s a great name for an old-school themed cafe that Sinpopo Brand is, as the name does evoke thoughts of yesteryear. Name aside, the menu, serving dishes, decor and even the music has been carefully selected to bring us back to days gone by.

Sinpopo Brand (4)

This is the main entrance that greets you, I recall having a TV with sliding doors, already disused by the time I was aware of things, it served as a nice side table! Old school biscuits that are still quite easily available in Singapore if you know where to look. Sinpopo Brand gives these out to kids for free.

Sinpopo Brand (3)

Ice Bor $3.90

This is the reason why I really wanted to visit Sinpopo. I’ve never in my life ever seen an ice ball up until now, and I really wanted to try it. I’ve no idea if this is authentic or not, can someone tell me? According to my mother, the ice ball man will just pass you the ice ball and you eat it off your hands, no paper no plastic no plate! This version from Sinpopo, called ice bor, has some redbeans squashed into the centre, and for some reason, crushed peanuts at the top.

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Lots Gourmet Stop – Another Cafe in the East

Even though it has been raining torrentially in the afternoons these last few days, it was unbelievably scorching on Sunday. After visiting Bark Cafe adjacent to Changi Museum, the Partner and I, plus a friend who met us for lunch thought it extremely appropriate to gravitate towards a cool cafe selling iced cold drinks. It was nice at Bark Cafe, but one hour in the non-air-conditioned Bark Cafe was as much as we could tolerate. While driving along Upper Changi Road North to get to Bark Cafe, we had spied a small nondescript cafe, so that’s where we headed to.

Changi Garden

I’d never been to this area which calls itself Changi Garden. I don’t suppose most people would know it too, unless you live in the vicinity. I know the famous Porta Porta Italian restaurant is located here, and after more than 10 years, I have yet to try it! I must make a mental note to try this Porta Porta out.

Lots Gourmet Stop (8)

Lots Gourmet Stop is a nifty little place, decked out in bright colours, and with little trinkets and decorative plates plastered on the back wall. Alas, it isn’t air-conditioned too, but it seems more shaded than the previous Bark Cafe. There is an upper inner balcony with air-conditioning, but we were told that it was reserved.

Lots Gourmet Stop - Iced Chocolate $6

Iced Chocolate $6

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Penny University

I’m so happy that we finally have our very own Speciality coffee cafe in the Eastern part of Singapore!! I do hope that this is a signal of good things to come and that the Katong / Marine Parade area will be come as happening as the Tiong Bahru and Duxton Hill area! (Remember you heard it here first!)

It’s Penny University that I would like to talk about today. The reason for the quirky name stems from 18th century coffeehouses in London, England. For the price of a penny, one had access to coffee, the company of people from all levels of society, discussions, bulletins, newspapers and the latest gossip.

Penny University (3)

Not surprisingly, Penny University was full yesterday, it being Vesak Day. I am surprised though at the size of the cafe. Rental must still be affordable at this point in time. In any case, I do think they could try to revamp their seating area. The booth seats on the left were occupied by single couples when they could have accommodated at least 4 people. The communal bench table on the right is wider than it should be, taking up precious space. It could also have been pushed closer towards the right wall, allowing for a few more tables to be placed in the rather large passageway.

Penny University - Black Sesame Chiffon Cake (1)

Black sesame chiffon cake $5.50

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