Posts Tagged ‘Shopping Malls’

Paya Lebar Quarter opens! – 5 reasons why you should visit

Those of you living or working in the East, rejoice because Paya Lebar Quarter Mall has finally opened! Yes the massive construction that has been plaguing my eyes for the last few years whenever I have to change trains at Paya Lebar MRT interchange has finally ceased, and a new mall has sprouted in its place. So what’s the big deal about this mall since it might turn out to be just the same as any other mall? Well here are 5 things are unique to Paya Lebar Quarter (PLQ), or at least not commonly found in other malls.

  1. PLQ Plaza – This huge plaza is sure to play host to numerous events and activities. But even when nothing is on, its still a great place to sit and people watch while having a takeaway meal. Yes colourful PLQ chairs and tables have been provided just for this purpose. There is a row of takeaway shops comprising cafes and a chicken rice store, so you don’t even have to step into the mall if you are pressed for time. Children too will love the sheltered spacious plaza for running about, which includes a flat fountain area (think Bugis and Clarke Quay). There is also an outdoor children’s play area
  2. Smigy Indoor Playground – You might find Smigy familiar as they are a clothing store located at Suntec City. They’ve now come up with a children’s Indoor Playground at PLQ. This is great news for parents who don’t drive because this is one of the rare few indoor playgrounds in malls connected to MRT stations. At least that is so in the East.
  3. IT big players – Is it just me or does PLQ seem to boast quite a number of big IT and Telecommunications players? They have Gadget Mix, Hua Wei, iStudio and even Challenger
  4. There’s more to PLQ than just food – What’s a person to do if they don’t want to eat or buy something? Well here are the things you can do at PLQ
    • Watch a movie at at Shaw Theatres – 12 movie halls including premium halls and an IMAX theatre with the latest laser projection technology
    • Sing Karaoke at Sing My Song Family Karaoke
    • Feed your competitive streak and need to win at Zone X arcade
    • Get your creative juices out at Our Art Studio – Art lessons, Art Jamming, Art Parties. Put some colour in your lives!
    • Take photos at the instagrammable walls with props already conveniently provided, or have your photo printed for free.
  5. A number of new to Singapore F&Bs – Well we can’t really run far away from food, so what’s new in the F&B scene? Check out Mom’s Touch, which is a South-Korean fast food chain famous hand-battered and hand-breaded chicken and burgers, brought in by the No Singboard Gruop. Or Fong Sheng Hao, Taiwan & Singapore’s First Charcoal Grilled Toast / Milk Tea Store. A pork and egg cheese sandwich costs about $6.50. Others include Lucky Bird (Singapore chicken rice with a modern twist), Hayai (Onigirazu without pork or lard), and Wursthans Switzerland (authentic Swiss sausages restaurant).

So there you have it, 5 things about Paya Lebar Quarter Mall that will hopefully keep the crowds coming back. Scroll down for all the pictures!

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Funan is open! 5 reasons why you will want to visit Funan again and again

If you haven’t already heard, Funan is now open! Funan DigitalLife Mall is no more, and instead what you will find is a mall that is quite different from any other in Singapore. Here’s 5 things to look out for when you visit Funan, which I’m sure you will want to very soon. Or you can skip all these and just watch the video for a quick walk through of Funan on their opening day on 28 June 2019.

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What is open during Chinese New Year 2017?

Read What is open during Chinese New Year 2019 here!

Here’s 365days2play’s annual list of supermarkets, malls, clinics, food courts, and kopi/cafe places that are open during the CNY period! Hope you find it useful. If the supermarket or shopping centre in Orchard road is not listed here, it’s because the information is not available (yet)! You can also check the 2016 guide, 2015 guide, 2014 guide, 2013 guide or 2012 guide for reference.

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wishes all a prosperous and wonderful Chinese New Year 2017!

Happy Chinese New Year 2017 (Chinatown)

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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!!!!!!

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Scroll down to take a look at the shop directory

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myVillage evening visit

Made my 2nd visit to myVillage on Saturday. I was hoping to catch the sunset before having dinner at Shin Kushiya. We made it just in the nick of time. The traffic towards Serangoon Garden was quite horrendous. It was the inch and jerk type, I was almost quite sure the sun would have set by the time we got there.

Check out the photos I took here!

I didn’t know if we could actually catch the sunset on the roof of the myVillage mall, but apparently you can. The minute you get out of the escalator and onto the roof, the last of the sun’s rays hit you. Alas, it was pretty cloudy so I couldn’t get good pictures.

As I previously mentioned, being able to have rooftop access is pretty cool. Yeah it’s not the roof level of Marina Bay Sands, but the 3rd floor roof top of myVillage has its own charms. For one, you’re away from the hustle and bustle of the roads below. You still get to overlook most of the buildings in the vicinity, as they’re even shorter! You can get a really good view of the sky and the stars at night, cloud cover pending.

There’s also another cool spot which I bet hardly anyone knows about. It’s so secluded yet cool and romantic I wonder if I should share this secret with anyone. Right next to Shin Kushiya is an automatic door. Step through it and you’re on a ledge right outside the mall. The ledge is very narrow and long. I suppose it’s a smoker’s stop of sorts but no smokers were there. The night lighting made it quite interesting. I would post a picture of it but once again, my camera failed on me. Remember to let your camera assimilate to the humid temperature first before taking off the lens cap after coming from an air-conditioned place!!!

Not all the shops were open when I was there on Saturday. Apparently myVillage will be having its official opening ceremony this Sunday 20th February 2011. Check out the details at http://myvillage.sg/. Also check out my post on my 1st visit to myVillage as well as the blogger’s invite to myVillage and Shin Kushiya.

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