From a fun new SG-based novel (by a former That Mama!) to restaurant and cafe openings (Shake Shack in the CBD!), here’s what’s hot this February
January’s finally over (was it just us or did it feel like 32 January was about to be a real day?) and we’re ready to tackle February head-on after all the CNY festivities! Start on your a-book-a-month resolutions with author Stephanie Suga Chen’s new novel about the ‘international school mommy wars’, treat your little ones to Disney tunes all day err’ day with Spotify, or get excited to feast at one of the many new restos and cafes popping up around town.
Swipe through to see what’s new in Singapore for February 2020!
Singapore has been hurtin’ for a good sandwich joint and Blimpie has come to the rescue! Coined as the world’s first submarine sandwich chain, Blimpie opened its first location in Hoboken, New Jersey back in 1964. They’ve been know for their large, fresh subs ever since! In Singapore (Blimpie’s first outlet in Asia), the fast casual concept is serving halal deli meats sliced to order, using only the freshest ingredients. Expect freshly baked bread, farm-to-table chicken items, Provolone cheese (delicious Italian cheese that’s been aged for a minimum of four months) along with high quality Cheddar and Swiss cheese options.
While not yet MUIS Halal certified, Blimpie Singapore promises a 100% halal supply chain.
Blimpie, Tampines Food Co. 10 Tampines North Drive 4, Singapore 528553, www.blimpieSG.com
Read more: Ultimate Guide to Halal Restaurants & Cafés in Singapore
While we patiently wait for Disney+ to launch on our shores, we’re satiating our (and our kids’) Disney cravings with the all new Spotify Disney Hub! Search ‘Disney’ on Spotify and you’ll be able to stream all the music behind some of your fave Disney movies, shows and more. Kiddos will love that they can find all the soundtracks to everything from Moana to Frozen, Star Wars and Marvel movies in one place! To celebrate the launch, Spotify has even curated a localised Disney playlist made for Singapore, featuring Asian artist versions of popular songs like Into the Unknown (Frozen 2) by TAEYEON , Rise – Music Inspired by “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” by regional artists Alif, SonaOne and more. Click below to start jamming!
If you’re looking to pick up a fun and engaging new read, former That Mama Stephanie Suga Chen is launching her new book, Disunited Nations: International School Mums at War. The Travails of a Trailing Spouse author is back with another Singapore-based novel, promising lots of relatable content for mamas with kiddos at international schools in Singapore! She’s also hosting a book launch party at Kino alongside author Lisa Beazley on 22 February — check out the deets here.
New on Great World’s list of tenants are Scoop Whole Foods and PS. Cafe – two establishments that are no stranger to us!
Scoop’s flagship store at Great World (#01-148, on the same floor as Uniqlo and Zara) features an in-house bakery, over 75 varieties of tea, a Fermentory Bar (includes Kombucha, Jun, Kefir and Tepache on tap!) and even a co-working space. There are 30% more products here than their Tanglin outlet, so you can get almost anything you need to stock up your pantry (with lots more plastic-free options, too).
PS. Cafe announced that they’ll be at Great World very soon, and we’re itching to hear more details. Keep your eyes peeled for the launch happening on 10 February, mama!
Great World, 1 Kim Seng Promenade, Singapore 237994
Read more: An Enhanced Experience at Great World City
Any anime fans in the house? From 1 February, Netflix started rolling out 21 animated films from Studio Ghibli, the award-winning Japanese art house and animation studio. For the first time ever, the films are subtitled in 28 languages and dubbed in up to 20. Among our top picks: the Academy Award-winning Spirited Away and the classic Princess Mononoke (both available 1 March). We hear the Studio Ghibli Museum in Tokyo is pretty amazing for kids, too!
Who doesn’t love a good burger?! It’s getting really exciting in the fine casual dining scene with international names popping up on our little island:
Shake Shack – After its beyond-successful opening at Jewel Changi Airport, Shake Shack is set to open a second outlet on Neil Road TODAY! Look forward to the debut of the highly-anticipated Chick’n Shack, a crispy 100% all natural and antibiotic-free chicken breast burger, plus two new, exclusive concretes to end your meal on a sweet note. Opens Friday 7 February at 7:30pm, 89 Neil Road
Five Guys – If you still haven’t been to Five Guys since they opened in December, what are you waiting for?! We heard it sold over 1,000 burgers and 500 milkshakes on opening day. You wouldn’t want to miss out on their made-to-order menu, consisting of fully customisable burgers and sandwiches (15 free toppings to choose from), milkshakes (11 free mix-ins) and its signature fries. Five Guys is located at Plaza Singapura, 68 Orchard Road #01-32/33/34C/35
More cool burger spots to check out:
15 Duxton Road, Singapore 089481
435 Orchard Rd, #01-37/38 Wisma Atria, Singapore 238877
Clarke Quay Central, 6 Eu Tong Sen St, #01-07, Singapore 059817
340 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427592
Ask your little one: have you ever wondered what goes on in a day of the life of Ryder or Skye from PAW Patrol? Nickelodeon has created PAW Patrol: A Day in Adventure Bay, a life skills app that combines nurture-style gameplay with action and adventure to empower kids to play and learn independently, explore and problem solve through missions around Adventure Bay, and learn universal early-childhood social skills.
Through positive reinforcement, kiddos learn how to break down larger tasks into smaller activities like helping brush the pup’s teeth, checking the weather and selecting appropriate attire before embarking on the day’s mission of helping citizens around Adventure Bay through a series of driving missions. After completing each mission, kids can unwind with each pup by helping them prepare for bed, bathe, change into pyjamas and go to sleep, mimicking kids’ own routines in real life.
Available to download on Apple iOS, Amazon and Google Play
Best known for their natural, handmade milk bubble tea, Milksha is recognising the current high demand for disinfectants in Singapore by responding with free hand sanitizer (which you may have noticed have been a bit tough to find lately thanks to the Wuhan coronavirus). BYO opaque bottle to any of their outlets and they’ll fill it up with 50ml of disinfectant, no strings attached. Make sure your bottle is opaque so sunlight doesn’t affect the performance of the disinfectant!
On top of that, every Milksha outlet has a spray bottle filled with HoCl (a novel disinfectant in the F&B industry) that is available for public use.
EtonHouse Community Fund (ECF) has launched a free, exclusive e-book on the Novel Coronavirus outbreak specifically catered for young children! In a time where reliable facts about the virus are solely spread on the news and the internet, EtonHouse has created A New Virus Has Arrived, filled with beautiful illustrations and an educational story that’s relatable for little ones. The book explains the Novel Coronavirus in a lighthearted, sensitive and meaningful way, hoping to open up opportunities for dialogue and learning for both children and adults to build an understanding of the virus and its implications for our community.
ECF is a Registered Non-Profit organization approved by the Commissioner of Charities in Singapore and an Institution of Public Character (IPC).
Founded by young Singapore parents Priscilla Hoon and Shawn Tan for their two-year-old daughter, the Awesome Women Series is a kickstarter for children’s board books to inspire young girls to be anything they want to be. Recommended for kids aged zero to four years old, the comprehensive series will portray modern female role models for them to admire and emulate. Young boys will also benefit from being exposed to awesome female role models and learning that both boys and girls can achieve anything they set their minds to.
The first box set of the Awesome Women Series will feature six female leaders, including Hillary Clinton, Condoleezza Rice, Chancellor Angela Merkel and Singapore President Halimah Yacob. Make sure you check out their crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter launching in mid-February 2020 if you’d like to give them some love!