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Some people have a ton of time on their hands. One guy was able to compare the lives lead by men who live in Malaysia but work in Singapore versus a Singaporean male.

Essentially, he created a chart that spoke volumes about being a Jiuhukia vs Chao Sinkie.

Take a look at this piece of work:

According to the forum post on Eat Drink Man Woman, the user got his data from the following websites:

– MY Axia: http://www.perodua-price.com/latest-price-list/
– SG Axia: http://www.sgcarmart.com/new_cars/ne…?CarCode=11769
– MY House: https://www.mudah.my/Taman+mawar+pas…+-62595342.htm
– SG House: http://www.hdb.gov.sg/cs/infoweb/res…sales-launches

What do netizens think of this analysis?

But what about THIS Singaporean male who had 5 girlfriends and a boyfriend?

Take a look at what Singaporeans online who have seen this chart can say:

Some can’t help but agree with this.

Others appreciated the effort the person went to research and construct this chart. We appreciate this too.

Some completely agree and offered supporting “facts.”

While others wanted to debunk the argument.

Others had a lot to say about being a Singaporean. Maybe we should make this out new pledge to the flag.

The user who posted the chart had something to say about this observation too.

While a person who claimed to be a Malaysian debunked that statement. The commenter said that he didn’t have to deal with any of that.

Does this post contain the secret of life? For Malaysians, at least. Someone online can attest to how true this is and said that a house painter in Singapore has land, a branded car, can eat good food and sustain a wife and four kids. How do we get this guy’s number?

Now what is this about the cost of living? Oh wait, they meant cost of life. We guess hitmen can get hired anywhere?

While others said that some Singaporeans are too sheltered and wouldn’t understand a smackdown, a police raid, a shootout or a buy bust operation until it happens. Would any of us know? Who lives the thug life here, anyway?

While this guy, on the other hand, seems to have the wisdom of the ages. Are you going to listen?

Some pointed out that there are no “mass killings” in certain parts of Malaysia. What do you mean “mass killings,” anyway?

And of course we have the hardcore Malaysians (or are they Malaysian wannabes?) who say everything is Malaysia and Truly Asia and the best ever!

This person hit taxation, healthcare, housing, vehicles, cost of living, petrol, education, working conditions, freedom of speech and Chinese preferences!

In this post, you could say that they’re painting Malaysia as a veritable paradise.

Some questioned the nationality of the person in the original chart. They debunked that and and said they were pure Singaporean from Chinese descent. Sure, on the internet you could be anyone.

While others said that the chart didn’t even reveal the half of it. Apparently, Malaysians know the secret to living like a king if you’re a Malaysian and you work in Singapore. Where are these people getting these stories?

While others wanted to point out you have to live in Malaysia and work in Singapore for anything in that chart to work. So happiness is not actually attainable?

And finally, someone puts up the theory that Singaporeans may be brainwashed.

And then there’s this guy who can’t wait to get out of Singapore. And jail.

What do you think of this chart? Would you want to try this sort of life out? Join our poll below!


Would you rather be a Malaysian male working in Singapore or a Singaporean male?

Header image from Shutterstock.

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No, this isn’t the Singaporean version of long-running US show “Cops,” but it could very well be one of the dumbest and most desperate moves by a Singaporean detainee this year. To be sure, Chew Eng Han is the first.

In a report by Today, former City Harvest Church leader Chew Eng Han tried to flee Singapore by boat.

Yes, you read that right. A day before he was supposed to serve his three year and four month sentence, he was arrested by authorities on a sampan by the Police Coast Guard. Investigations said that Han and a companion were trying to flee Pulua Ubin to Malaysia.

But couldn’t he have done something else?

While we can understand his distress and trepidation with going to jail, his Prison Break plan left a lot to desire. When caught, reports said that the two claimed they were merely “fishing.”

Fishing for freedom?

Here are some other ways he could have escaped his jail sentence. Success not guaranteed:

Hide inside a suitcase.

But as we have seen in cartoon shows and movies, he’s have to find someone strong enough to lift him without making it look like they had a person in the suitcase.

Swim across the sea to Indonesia.

This method is completely dependent on Han’s physical condition.

Fly away on a private plane.

But if all his assets may have been frozen and the money from the church confiscated, he may not have any money for that anymore.

Mail himself via DHL or FedEx.

If he mails himself in a box big and sturdy enough with oxygen tanks, food, water, a toilet, and a will of iron then this could be the most plausible way to escape.

Say something awful about the government, fear for his life, go to the US, and claim asylum.

One Singaporean, Amos Yee, has proven that this method works as he is still alive and kicking, making his videos in the US.

What do you think about his daring escape plan that ended up as “fishing trip?”

Let us know in the comments!

Header image from Channel News Asia.

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In what has become a shock to so many, Malaysian coach company Konsortium suddenly closed its doors to its Golden Mile office just today, February 22. The report came from the Straits Times Singapore today. It isn’t known if the Konsortium refunds process will go smoothly.

Several patrons and even business partners were surprised to see the office locked and the lights turned off. A notice was taped to the door that said the company was experiencing a financial crisis and that all the trips and operations were ceasing immediately.

Here is the full text of the message:

IMPORTANT NOTICE

WE ARE SORRY TO INFORM THAT THE COMPANY HAVE WENT INTO FINANCIAL CRISIS AND WILL CEASE OPERATION ON ALL SERVICES WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT

TO THE AFFECTED PASSENGERS WITH UNFULFILLED TRIPS, PLEASE MAKE CLAIM FROM YOUR TRAVEL INSURANCE (IF ANY) OR REFER TO SMALL CLAIMS TRIBUNAL TO LODGE YOUR REFUND.

WE ARE DEEPLY APOLOGETIC FOR THE SUDDEN CLOSURE AND WE SEEK YOUR FORGIVENESS.

The same notice also told customers to start the process of claiming their travel insurance or to file a claim at the small claims tribunal for a refund.

At the end of the notice, it said, “We are deeply apologetic for the sudden closure and we seek your forgiveness.”

Here is an advertisement they ran online that was dated just last January 6:

Surprise and shock

Members of the Express and Excursion Bus Association have stepped up to provide free trips to Konsortium ticket buyers and those who are travelling to Malaysia from today until March 1.

The same members said in an interview with The Straits Times that, “Our focus is on helping any affected travellers the best we can.”

The number of people affected by the closure is still unknown, but Konsortium is one of the biggest coach companies in Singapore so a lot of travellers are expected to turn up for refunds and assistance.

Several other executives in the coach industry said that they knew of Konsortium’s financial troubles, but a story was published last month that Konsortium had sold out all its tours for Chinese New Year. More details revealed that the agency was driving four times more buses than in previous years.

Read about the latest Lucky Plaza scam.

What if you have a pending ticket with Konsortium?

According to the same report, affected travellers can go to the following for assistance:

Grassland Express & Tours

Lapan Lapan Travel

Sri Maju Tours & Travel

Transtar Travel

WTS Travel & Tours

or call 62988245

Header image from VIP COACH

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Keeping your home beautiful and livable relies on how well you pick your furniture. It doesn’t matter if you are living in a huge house or a small apartment, choosing the right pieces will guarantee that your home will look its best.

However, one of the hassles when it comes to shopping for furniture is that it can consume a lot of your time since you have to go visit malls and stores to find the perfect pieces. In addition, physical stores are often crowded and have products that are too costly.

So what’s the solution? Here we present you with seven online furniture stores in Singapore that you can check out to make your furniture shopping easier than ever while still staying within your budget.

Primero

Primero is an online store that focuses on keeping things clean and simple as can be seen in their products that are primarily inspired by Scandinavian and minimalist interior design styles. Their furniture pieces range from bold and elegant to simple and bright while enabling customers to easily mix and match the pieces to match their existing interior décor. They also provide free installation whenever customers purchase products $100 and above.

+65 9670 7516 | primero.sg

Cosimo Gallery

Cosimo Gallery specializes in manufacturing and selling leather furniture pieces that are meant to be elegant and timeless. Boasting of using only high-quality materials that come in a wide range of colors to choose from, they even provide services where customers can ask for modifications and customizations on their chosen sofa sets. Upon confirmation, customers can expect to have their customized sofa set within two to three weeks.

+65 6690 3146 | Cosimogallery.com.sg

Originals

Having categories labeled like “Nomad Home” and “Nomad India”, Originals is an online store that prioritizes using environment –friendly methods and materials for their furniture pieces. They source out their pieces from small businesses and have a wide range of furniture that has a rustic and country feel. Originals source out their materials from places like India and Malaysia and keep the natural look of the materials when crafting their cabinets, bed frames, and other furniture.

+65 6471 9918 | shop@originals.com.sg

Finn Avenue

For homeowners who have Mid-Century, Victorian, or traditional interior design styles, Finn Avenue is a good place to shop for luxury furniture online. Their pieces are designed and crafted to fit designer rooms and use premium materials from countries including France, Italy, and Spain. While their furniture pieces are not on the cheapest side, they are relatively cheaper than the prices of luxury furniture that can be found in malls and other physical stores.

+65 6753 3466 | Home@FinnAvenue.com

Naiise

Staring out with an online store in Singapore in 2013, Naiise currently has pop-up stores in various locations for customers who want to see some of their products in person. They offer fun and quirky pieces that are perfect for urban and contemporary interior homes because of their unique and imaginative designs. They offer over 25,000 products that are not limited to furniture but offer pet accessories and jewelry as well.

+65 6266 8418 | naiise.com

Castlery

Collaborating with award-winning designers all over the world, Castlery features a wide range of unique collections and furniture pieces. Their furniture designs range from minimalist to rustic and even urban contemporary so customers can use them for both homes and offices. Each of their pieces reflects the expertise of their specific designers as can be seen in the diversity of the products that Castlery has to offer.

+65 6239 0111 | Castlery.com

Ethnicraft Online                 

Started by Philippe Delaisse, and eventually joined by his friend Benoit Loos, Ethnicraft is an international brand that currently has retailers in 50 countries. Featuring contemporary an functional collections, Ethnicraft is a proud promoter of using eco-friendly materials in their furniture. They guarantee pieces that are unique and one-of-a-kind, focusing primarily on products made out of various types of wood like oak and teak.

+65 9272 1545 | info@ethicrraft-onine.com.sg

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Looking for a getaway to forget all your troubles and just relax? A beach vacation is exactly what you need. But what’s worse than not being able to take a vacation at the beach is you having a less than stellar time while there. Instead of relaxing, you are worrying because you seem to have forgotten your camera or the sand has ruined your favorite pair of footwear. Well, not to worry because we have you covered with 10 travel tips that will make your beach vacation more than memorable. So, get your sunblock and flip-flops ready because we are about to hit the beach!

Get Travel Insurance

Getting travel insurance is probably the last thing on your mind when you are planning a vacation to the beach. It, however, is one of the first things that you should think about. It minimizes the stress of traveling since you know that if there is any unforeseen medical emergency, then you are financially protected. If you have a rough idea of when and where you will be traveling, then you can purchase travel insurance that will provide coverage for all your travel needs. For instance, if you want to indulge in adventure water sports at the beach, then you should purchase travel insurance that provides coverage for these sports.

Carry a Medical Kit

Having travel insurance that provides medical assistance is all well and good. But it will not cover minor cuts and bruises or other such injuries. Make sure you carry a medical kit with you which has anti-bacterial wipes, bandages, and any other prescription-only medication that may not be locally or easily available.

Have a Travel Budget

Transport and stay are two of the biggest expenses you will incur while on vacation. If you have a budget that accommodates your flight and hotel stay plans for your beach escape, then you are all set for your holiday. But if you are on a budget, then don’t worry. There are a number of beaches close to Singapore where you can holiday without breaking the bank. For instance, you could visit Telunas Island which is only 50 kilometers south of Singapore. The island can be reached by ferry and its serene waters and rustic charm will leave you feeling calm and relaxed.

Learn How to Identify and Get Out of Rip Currents

Rip currents are powerful channels of water that flow away from the shore all of a sudden. Identifying these currents, especially if you are not a good swimmer is imperative so that you can get back to shore safely. Look for warning signs such as gaps between waves and discolored water near the shore. If in the unfortunate circumstance, you do get caught in a rip current, then knowing how to get out of one while you wait to be rescued could help save you.

Pack Light and Smart

A big no-no when you are heading to the beach is to over pack. Only pack essentials like beach towels, sunglasses, light cotton clothes, and flip-flops or cross since you don’t want sand getting into your best shoes. Also, make sure that you pack enough sunscreen and carry a waterproof bag that not only dries easily but also one from which sand can be removed without any hassles. Bags made of mesh, for example, are perfect for beach use.

Find Out What Amenities Your Beach Resort or Hotel Provides

Most beach resorts will provide you with sun loungers and beach towels. However, some of them may charge high prices for these facilities. You can always check the hotel’s website or call them up to find out how much these facilities will cost you. If it doesn’t fit your budget, then you can always carry your own beach towel and a comfortable mat that can be used in place of a sun lounger.

Invest in a Prescription Snorkel Mask

If your beach vacation includes exploring coral reefs and you wear corrective lenses, then you should think about investing in a prescription snorkel mask. These masks will help you correct your vision while underwater so that you can enjoy the wonderful sights the ocean has to offer. Another advantage of getting your own mask instead of renting one is to prevent the spread of communicable diseases like conjunctivitis.

Carry Waterproof Gear for Your Electronics

Your phone and camera are indispensable while on vacation. You would naturally want to capture every moment. Make sure that you have a waterproof camera bag or waterproof pouches to carry your electronics. This will protect them from getting damaged and putting a damper on your vacation. Also, remember to carry with your phone charger as well as an extra memory card for your camera so that you never miss a moment.

Cool Down Your Sunscreen

A trip to the beach without sunscreen is mostly unheard of. A good practice is to chill your sunscreen by keeping it in a cooler. This way when you apply or reapply the sunscreen, it will help cool down your skin. The effect that the sunscreen has on your skin won’t change, but you will feel more refreshed.

Explore Tidal Pools

A tidal pool is usually created just after a low tide. They are, more often than not, teeming with starfish, snails, and other molluscs. Be sure to take a look at the tide schedule so you don’t miss out on exploring these wonderful marvels of nature.

Now that you have taken note of these tips, enjoy your vacation at the beach and make as many memories as you can. Having an exceptionally memorable vacation at the beach free from stress and worry is probably the best souvenir you can take away from your trip.

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Buying a home in Singapore requires a major commitment. Deciding to buy your first home is just the beginning of a long journey. In order to make informed choices, you’ll have to do a lot of research and make a proper plan.

Make sure that your plan is realistic and implementable. Following the steps mentioned below will make your journey a lot easier.

Steps to Take Before Buying Your Home

1. Scout for a good location

You may want to book your first home in River Valley or Upper Bukit Timah. But it may not be realistic, given the exorbitant property prices in these areas. Hence, you should start looking for the right area in addition to the right property. Check the transport links, nearest MRT, bus stops and other transport options that you use during peak hours. Check for nearby schools and playgrounds for your child.

If rental income is important for you, get a valuation of the property and an estimate of the rent you can demand over the next few years. Do your research to know more about the upcoming infrastructure projects in the area and how they can positively impact the valuation of your property.

2. Start with your research into the property type and size

Most first-time buyers in Singapore usually opt for HDB flats. However, that’s just the tip of the iceberg. You’ll now have to decide whether you want to go for a BTO flat or a resale property. A BTO flat is usually available in a non-mature estate. That might give you some respite on the price front. But there could be a long wait period. When buying a resale property, you’ll have to negotiate a price with the seller, and be prepared to pay a premium called cash over value (COV).

If you’re planning to go for HDB executive condominiums, bear in mind that these types currently have a minimum occupancy period (MOP) clause of five years. Foreigners may only be eligible to purchase these condos 10 years after their construction.

The alternatives are private properties – landed or apartments. Private apartments have no or less restrictions on ownership and are popular with foreigners wanting to own a stake in the Singapore real estate market.

If you’re a Singaporean or a PR, you may be able to buy landed properties without restrictions. However, foreigners may need to seek an additional approval from the Land Dealings Approval Unit of Singapore Land Authority to proceed.

3. Find out the approximate total cost involvement

While the approximate cost of your property has to be determined, there are other expenses you need to worry about. They are as follows:

  • Stamp duty: To buy your property, you’ll have to pay stamp duty. If you’re a Singaporean national, you’ll have to pay the buyer’s stamp duty (BSD) only. The rate is 1% on the first S$180,000, 2% on the next S$180,000, and 3% on the remaining value of the property. PRs and foreigners have to pay an additional buyer’s stamp duty (ABSD), too. If you’re a PR, you’ll have to pay ABSD at 5% for your first home. A foreigner will have to pay a flat 15% ABSD irrespective of the volume of the flat.
  • Home loan charges: Whether you’re opting for an HDB loan or a bank loan, you’ll have to pay interests and administrative charges. If you take a CPF grant, you’ll have to pay additional interests on that as well. HDB loans are currently pegged at 2.6%, 1 percentage point higher than the interest rate applicable on CPF Ordinary Account.

Home loans offered by banks are currently lower. You’ll have to decide whether to go for fixed interest rates or variable interest rates. While floating interest rates are currently lower because SOR, SIBOR and internal board rates for most banks are low in Singapore at the moment, future market volatility could make it more expensive.

However, some other considerations may be important. The loan to value (LTV) ratio for individuals with no other loan has been set at 90% by HDB. Banks usually set it at 80%. Of the balance 20%, at least 5% is expected to be made up front in cash. HDB loans are ideal for those without enough liquidity. Remember, that you need to have an approval-in-principal from a lender before you can make a purchase.

  • Legal expenses: To complete different agreements, starting from Option to Purchase (which is usually set at 1% of the agreed price and is valid for three weeks from the date of agreement) to Sale and Purchase Agreement and more, a knowledgeable lawyer will help you navigate the legal waters without hassles.

After acquiring the sale and purchase document from the developer or reseller, the lawyer will create a description of the property and help you negotiate with the bank to secure a mortgage loan. A lawyer will also help you secure an HDB loan eligibility letter (in case of HDB loan) or a letter of offer (in case of a bank loan). This document needs to be submitted at the time of lease agreement signing. You need to have a good idea of the total fees you have to pay to your lawyer. Find out whether legal charges and administrative fees have been included or not.

It’s advisable to have a property agent since it’s your first time in the real estate market. An agent can help you find the best deals and negotiate with a seller.

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Singapore is often considered as a country that offers good pay packages to its employees. But to many, the country is also one where employers expect their staff to devote as much time to work as possible.

It is quite common for employees to stay back to meet targets even after the end of their contracted hours, or work through weekends. The Working Hours Survey conducted by Morgan Stanley in 2014 had revealed that a very high percentage of Singaporeans, especially in the financial and IT sectors, worked longer than their contracted hours.

To say the least, reports like these clearly indicate that not everything is okay with work-life balance in the country. The Ministry of Manpower in Singapore is now trying to encourage employers to promote work-life balance by adopting strategies that help their employees work efficiently without feeling stressed.

The Work-Life Works! Fund and the Flexi-Works! Fund are two schemes that are available to businesses to implement work-life balance strategies to improve productivity at their workplaces without compromising on the health or happiness of their employees.

Why Should You Maintain a Healthy Work-Life Balance?

A proper work-life balance will ensure that you spend enough time with your friends and family. This is important for keeping you in a peaceful state of mind. You’ll feel healthy and will be less susceptible to burnouts. The right balance will also help you to be more efficient at work.

How to Achieve a Great Work-Life Balance?

By applying the principles discussed below, you’ll be able to find enough time outside work for yourself, your hobbies, and people who are important to you. According to Bankbazaar Singapore, the principles to be followed are:

  • Work smart instead of working hard: By managing your workflow through the day better, you can reduce the amount of time you spend at your work and also increase your productivity. Create your list of priorities. Focus on one thing at a time.

For example, don’t keep checking your work email every five minutes. Instead, take some time out in between important assignments to check and answer emails. Learn to say “no”. If your boss asks you to juggle between multiple assignments, you could try to excuse yourself out if you think that it might affect your ability to focus on priority assignments you’re working on.

If you plan to keep an assignment on hold and take up something else, don’t come back to it until you have finished the other assignment or at least made satisfactory progress with it. Give yourself deadlines and stick to them. Don’t forget to take short breaks in between. Working in short spells may help you focus better.

  • Be proactive: While taking breaks in between work is advisable, you should also see to it that you’re not wasting time. If you have finished an assignment and don’t have much work on hand, ask your boss for a new assignment instead of wasting time. That way, you can make the most of your contracted hours and also stay ahead on your targets. You may also be able to establish a reputation for yourself as a serious worker.
  • Disconnect from work: While it may be difficult for high-level employees or consultants, it isn’t impossible to take out at least half an hour to one hour of time for yourself every day. During that period, make sure you’re not taking business calls or brainstorming while video-conferencing with your colleagues.

You can meditate, read books, listen to music, spend time in the kitchen/garden, or do anything you’re passionate about to unwind from daily/weekly stress. Make it clear to your bosses and associates that you won’t be reachable during this time.

  • Don’t get distracted: This can mainly happen when you’re working from home but can also affect you at your workplace. Many employees tend to stay back after their scheduled work hours not because they’re overworked but because they may not be scheduling their time well.

While taking time off to unwind is important and has been seen to be helpful, it has to be done in moderation. The idea is to stay focused and rejuvenated. Long breaks between sessions could actually be counterproductive. Stay sharp at your workplace and always be ready for your next assignment.

  • Work for the right employer: At times, you may come across employers who focus more on facetime rather than on results, or who have unrealistic expectations from their employees. If you’re working for an employer who tends to keep their employees cooped up at their workstations for long hours even when there is no need, you may be working for the wrong employer.
  • Don’t schedule or attend too many meetings throughout the day: While meeting with your subordinates, bosses, business contractors, or other stakeholders is an important part of your corporate life, don’t make it a goal unto itself. It is meant to help you get perspectives of the other side, seek, or provide inputs into important activities and get updates. However, when you spend too much time in meeting rooms, meeting your own targets can become difficult. While it may not be possible to avoid meetings, by keeping them short or by scheduling them optimally, you can get the most out of your day.

Taking a holiday once in a while is a great option to achieve optimum work-life balance. If you’re planning to do this, get one of these credit cards for convenience and maximum value for your money.

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Instead of reaching for your wallet to make your yearly donations, The Food Bank Singapore prefers that you get rid of the canned goods, chips, crackers, instant noodles, biscuits, and the like.

If there are food items you bought in several quantities and didn’t like in the end, consider donating them instead because someone could sure use your extra food.

Instead of the food expiring or getting thrown out, The Food Bank Singapore will get it to people in need.

You may drop off your excess food into our Bank Box located at:

East Locations

  • Giant Hypermarket Parkway Parade, Self-Checkout Area, 80 Marine Parade Road #03-27/30 Singapore 449269
    (Operating hours: 9am to 10pm)
  • The Food Pantry, 100 Sims Avenue Singapore 387426
    (Operating hours: 10am to 10pm daily)
  • Viva Busniess Park, 750 Chai Chee Road Singapore 469000, Level 1 Lift Lobby
    (Opening hours; 9 am to 10 pm)

North East Locations
None at the moment, join us as a location!

West Locations

  • National University of Singapore:
    School of Engineering, Techno Edge Canteen,
    Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, The Deck Canteen,
    School of Computing, The Terrace Canteen
  • Giant Hypermarket Grand Stand , Entrance 200 Turf Club Road #01-1 Singapore 287994
    (Operating hours: Sun-Thurs: 9am – 10pm, Fri-Sat: 9am – 11pm)
  • Big Box, Level 1, Check-out exit at Supermarket, 1 Venture Ave Singapore 608521
    (Operating hours: 10am to 10pm)

Central Locations

  • City Square Mall, Level 2 (Beside Customer Service Counter)
    180 Kitchener Road, Singapore 208539
    (Operating hours: Mon to Sun 10am to 10pm)
  • Liang Court Shopping Mall, L2 Customer Service Counter, 177 River Valley Road, Singapore 179030
    (Operating hours: 10am to 10pm)
  • Forum The Shopping Mall, 583 Orchard Road Singapore 238884, Level 2 next to Customer Service Counter
    (Opening hours: 10 am to 9 pm)

South Locations

  • Quayside Isle, Sentosa Cove: B1, outside Management Office
    (Operating hours: Mon to Sun 10am to 10pm)
  • Giant Hypermarket Vivocity B2, beside the customer service counter
    (Operating hours: Mon to Sun 10am to 10pm)
  • Vivocity, Lobby N Level 3, Sentosa Concourse
    (Operating hours: Mon to Sun 10am to 10pm)
  • Chrysler Jeep Automotive of Singapore, 1 Chang Charn Road, Singapore 159630
    (Operating hours: 9am to 7pm daily)

Or bring them directly to our warehouse:
The Food Bank Singapore Ltd, 39 Keppel Road #03-08, Tanjong Pagar Distripark, Singapore 089065

Operating hours:
Monday to Friday – 10am to 7pm
Saturday – 10am to 1pm

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Welcome Starbucks Spring with the irresistible range of drinkware and accessories dressed in gorgeous shades of pink with delicate water color paintings inspired by the iconic blooms of the season. Don’t miss out on the limited-edition season-inspired tote bags and Starbucks Cards that are too pretty to do without! A must-have for collectors.

Starbucks Cards

A flower or two, the easiest way to brighten someone’s day.

Spring Season Blend

Starbucks Spring Season Blend celebrates a time of year marked by new beginnings and renewal. This seasonal blend combines customers’ all-time favorite coffees to deliver a complex, yet balanced profile, including Ethiopian sun-dried beans with a striking flourish of dark cherry; aged Sumatra, loved for its syrupy body and cedary spice notes; juicy herbal and complex coffees from Papua New Guinea; and our Colombian coffee, bright, balanced and nutty.

Left, VIA Ready Brew, 12 sticks: $16.90 Middle, Whole Bean, 250g: $16.90 Right, Origami Personal

Blush

Of petals that dance mid-air and soft pink hues that make your heart sing.

Left, 16oz: $36.90 Right, 16oz: $42.90

Blossom Rain

Petals that are ready to give your favorite brew plenty of hugs.

Both designs, 16oz: $29.90 each
Pouch (comes with fabric marker): $9.90

Create Your Own

A petal here or a pop of color there – make this tumbler yours.

16oz: $29.90

Bloom

One by one, the raining petals settle.

Left, 12oz: $34.90 Middle, 12oz: $22.90 Right, 18.5oz: $25.90

Petal Rain

The wind blew and the petals sang, painting our tumblers and bottles a gorgeous shade of pink.

From left, 12oz: $25.90, 12oz: $22.90, 16oz: $22.90, 16oz: $21.90

Seasonal offerings for Spring

Bask in the new season and delight in treats that are sure to satiate your sweet tooth! Available for a limited time only, tingle your taste buds with the Green Tea Blossom Cake, Hojicha Chocolate Cake or Pudding Cups – all luxuriously rich and perfect whenever, wherever.

Green Tea Blossom Cake

Light, fluffy green tea sponge cake sits between layers of luscious cherry blossom flavored cream. A sprinkle of dried rose petals completes the gorgeous cake.

Pudding Cups

A palm-sized dreamy, creamy dessert that will leave you wanting more. Pick from green tea or milk.

Blueberry Cheesecake

Dig into a wonderful union of tangy blueberry and delightful cream cheese set on a caramel spiced cookie base.

Hojicha Chocolate Cake

Relish every spoonful of this light chocolate cake that’s layered with lush Hojicha flavored cream and topped off with chocolatey cookie crumble.

Earl Grey Honey Cake

Smooth Earl Grey tea flavored cream is piped between layers of feather light honey sponge cake – the perfect addition to your daily brew.

Starbucks Single Origin Series: Papua New Guinea Highlands

Papua New Guinea’s overall conditions are optimal to produce some spectacular coffees with pronounced herbal and juicy red fruit notes with a floral background.

250g: $16.90

Which pink thing are you getting this Spring? Let us know in the comments!

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