Food & Socialikes Connect (FSCSG) (Invite) – of Food, Social Media & Ethics

Food is hot in Singapore, and it’s getting social.

The inaugural Food & Socialikes Connect (FSCSG) was held at Lime House over a week ago, and saw some 50 food bloggers, Instagrammers and blogger-come-Instagrammers tuning on some of the things that FSCSG’s panel of F&B professionals and insiders had to say about the local F&B and blogging scene.

It’s funny how most of us are kind of “competing” against each other for a share of voice in this hyper saturated field, yet our blogs and social media profiles also complement each other in terms of how we cover different areas in food. That said, it was great to finally see some of my favourite food bloggers in person and bask in their reflected glory-I mean, spend a fruitful day getting their insights and strategies on how to be a better blogger.

Oh, and there was also a friendly mobile photography competition after photographer Alex Ortega shared tips on how to take great pictures without a DSLR. No pressure. 😉

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When in Tokyo: Ryu Sushi 竜寿司 @ Tsukiji Fish Market 築地市場 – Have Sushi Here if You Want to Skip the Line at Sushi Dai 寿司大 and Daiwa Sushi 大和寿司

Mention the words “seafood” and “Japan”, and Tsukiji Fish Market 築地市場 comes to mind. Indeed, the world’s biggest wholesale fish and seafood market is host to a gamut of fresh catches, and more importantly – sushi restaurants.

There are a couple of options when it comes to having sushi at this time honoured market. Sushi Dai 寿司大 and Daiwa Sushi 大和寿司  are two massively popular choices, thanks to the dozens of recommendations on TripAdvisor. But if you don’t want to burn the better part of your day queueing for three to four hours minimum, you can also check out Ryu Sushi 竜寿司 – or Ryuzushi as it’s known among the locals.

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When in Tokyo: Book and Bed 泊まれる本屋 @ Ikebukuro 池袋 – Sleep Inside a Bookshelf at this Unique Hostel

Few things in life are as pleasurable as curling up with a good book in the comfort of your bed.

So when it was announced that a unique bookshelf themed hostel by the name of Book and Bed 泊まれる本屋 had opened in Ikebukuro 池袋, Tokyo in late 2015, I knew I had to add it to my bucket list.

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Home to 1,700 books and growing – all of them published by Shibuya Publishing & Booksellers, Book and Bed was inspired by the founding company, R-Store‘s vision to let guests combine the best of both worlds: a place that’s comfortable to sleep, as well as more interesting than your run of the mill bed.  And judging by their unique set up, they certainly achieved that!

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Kittea – Artisanal Tea Flavours for Cat Lovers (Invite)

I’ve recently gotten into the habit of drinking tea – just taking 5 minutes off my morning to brew a cup, and taking in that sweet, sweet aroma has become my little sanity fix amidst busy days at work.

Kittea began in 2016 with an intention to combine its founder’s love of tea and cats (hehe geddit geddit?). The result is 12 unique brews, each with its own take on the breed it was named after.

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10 Reasons to Head to DBS Marina Regatta 2017 (1-4 June) – Singapore’s Only Pop-Up Urban Beach (Invite)

Singapore’s only pop-up urban beach, the DBS Marina Regatta, will be back at the Marina Promontory from 1 to 4 June.

Spanning 21 000 square feet – or 1.5 Olympic pools – with 151 tonnes of sand, this year’s pop-up urban beach is set to be twice as big as last year’s.  With up to 2 000 pax capacity, there’s little doubt that this waterfront extravaganza is gonna be huge.

So here’s a list of what to check out at the upcoming DBS Marina Regatta!

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When in Tokyo: How to Buy Ghibli Museum Tickets Outside Japan

Whether you’re an ardent fan of animation or a casual viewer, the Ghibli Museum in Mitaka is an attraction that can’t be missed if you’re visiting Tokyo.

Unlike most attractions, though, it isn’t a place you can simply stroll in when the mood takes you. Admission is strictly by advanced booking at certain times before your desired date and time.

Here’s how you can get your hands on the coveted tickets!

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RONIN Cafe @ Hong Kong Street – Coffee and Eggs to Die For; Blink and You Might Miss This Hideout

Here’s a cafe that’s relatively off the grid – at least by today’s standards where information about any and every business is readily available online.

When it first opened its doors, RONIN Cafe was one of those “hidden finds” with little to no reviews, and no website or social media presence to inform customers of its opening hours or menu.

Not that they needed that kind of publicity, though, as the 30+ seater cafe remains thriving in its cosy corner on Hong Kong Street to this day; the lunchtime crowd didn’t die down till well after 3pm when I re-visited.

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5 Reasons to Visit DBS PayLah! Palooza Bazaar, Singapore’s 1st Ever QR Code Cashless Payment Led Bazaar (5 – 7 May) @ *SCAPE (Invite)

[Update 6 May 2017 – More information about how to use Paylah! as well as stalls to watch.]

Missed the Singapore edition of Artbox, held at Marina Bayfront a couple of weeks ago? You’re in luck, because DBS is back with another bazaar, Paylah! Palooza this weekend!

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Source: DBS

I’m a big supporter of local F&B and lifestyle vendors, and an even bigger lover of bazaars, so here are 5 reasons you should check out Paylah! Palooza.

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