Central Perk Cafe: Fancy a French Roasted Monica Geller or a Smokey Blend City Roasted Chandler Bing?

Central Perk Cafe along Magazine Road
Your job's a joke, you're broke, your love life's D.O.A…. yes, that’s THAT song. Hello! Welcome to your everyday season of back-to-TV-reruns, FRIENDS style. The Central Perk cafe in Singapore has everything you need to combat the seeming end of good quality American television sitcom out there. Okay maybe, good US tv series are still plentiful, but nothing can ever replace Friends and our love for cafe hang-outs, like how Rachel Green, Monica Geller, Phoebe Buffay, Joey Tribbiani, Chandler Bing, and Ross Geller did.

This nostalgic and energetic F.R.I.E.N.D.S Café also known as the Central Perk, is located in the Central Mall along Magazine Road, has actually been granted the intellectual property rights by Warner Brothers. How cool is that? You’ll easily remember how you liked the sitcom, just by seeing and identifying with the iconic features around the coffee shop, which includes Monica’s kitchen, Rachel’s runaway wedding dress, Phoebe’s cat found in the guitar case, and even Chandler and Joey’s foosball table. In case you forget, there are reruns being played inside the cafe, 24 X 7. Cool, yes.

Not only is it an old school cool chill-out vibe kind of venue, I could easily imagine getting a couple of my Singapore friends to here, be it for long chats, or just lazying around watching the reruns.  If you’re lucky enough to get a seat reservation, you might even sit in the “actual” chair where dreams are made of!

Food wise, to round things off here – from all day brunch choices (Joey’s Ride Alone Sandwich?), salads (Phoebe’s Nutty Vegetarian Salad?), desserts, soups, mains (Janice’s Oh My God Baby Back Spare Ribs?) and sides, to coffee blends named after each of the protagonists character, there’s definitely that one definitive choice for you.

The show may have lasted ten seasons, but certainly I am hopeful the Central Perk will last longer than that. So do not forget to call in and discover one of the Singapore’s nicest themed cafes unlike any other. Who knows, perhaps Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, or Matthew Perry might even drop by here in the near future. I’ll be there for sure, will you?

Address: 1 Magazine Road, Central Mall #01-01 Singapore 059567
Opening Hours: Sun, Tue, Wed, Thu – 11:00 – 11:00 pm Fri, Sat – 11:00 – midnight
Website: http://centralperk.sg/

Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery: A Must See in Singapore

Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery
Can you imagine 10 football fields as a religious site? Yes, that’s the Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery, which is the largest Buddhist Temple complex in Singapore. It also happens to have one of the largest bronze Buddha statues in Asia, weighing 55 tons and rising to a height of 13.8 meters. If you are looking for a less touristy, more suburban and serene religious site in Singapore that will give you heavenly goose bumps, it’s time to visit the Phor Kark See Monastery.

Inspired by the Southern Chinese design, this Monastery complex consists of a large Dharma Hall, a Pagoda of 10,000 Buddhas, prayer halls, meditation halls, a crematorium, stupas, and a Buddhist college offering a 4-year degree in Buddhism and residence for local and visiting Buddhist monks. Talk about all encompassing, yes. Established in 1920, the Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery was actually donated by Tay Woo Seng, a Chinese businessman.

Another notable feature of the monastery is this Bodhi Tree, which came from a sacred Bodhi tree at Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka, and India where Shakyamuni Buddha was said to have attained enlightenment. I have never seen a place in Singapore that looks as serenely spectacular as the Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery. In my book, it’s most likely one of the best places in Singapore to not only learn about the Buddhist culture but also to appreciate the impressiveness that this place shows. Okay, enough describing, more photo-dumping. Enjoy the profusion of photos over here!

Address: 88 Bright Hill Rd, Singapore 574117 Singapore

Maxther: Find Your Best Local Travel Experiences around ASEAN


January 2017 may seem so-near-yet-so-far, but it’s rather hard to fathom how this savvy start-up community, with barely a year in its operation, is now providing more than 80 extraordinary travel experiences from 10 South East Asian countries (Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam). Yes, I am dashingly raving about Maxther.com and I am so very pleased to be collaborating with them at this point in their start-up rollercoaster ride. Start-up – check. Travel experience – check. ASEAN  represent – check.

A New Kind of Travel High in Southeast Asia

With more than 30 years of South East Asian travel industry, Maxther is a travel marketplace for ASEAN local experiences. The goal is inspiring and on point: to help locals maximize their resources and be connected globally for alternative opportunities; at the same time, to allow travellers to maximize their local travel experiences. win-win situation, yes. Their Maxperts are all authentic people and licenced companies, so you are guaranteed quality and safety. To find out more about how it works, there’s a pretty fascinating video that you have to watch.

Maxther invited me to try out and review their super easy to use and traveller-friendly site. I immediately noticed how every page seems to be like a light-bulb moment of travel ideas and plans to do in a specific ASEAN destination. You can browse and filter by travel experiences of your choice – from adventure, local culture, must-go attractions, photography, picnics, and special events – everything is well thought of. Additionally, they even threw in a few unique ones that you would not normally find out in other travel sites and blogs – silver hair experiences, unique experiences, pink experiences, and water or air experiences.

Travel Experiences within ASEAN

If you are like me who would like to become a Maxpert in the future, I suggest you check out the help plans. It’s essentially becoming a local tourist guide without the pains of actually leaving your day job or any other jobs that you are doing. It’s definitely a great way to profit off your passion and introduce people to unique experiences. These help plans are strategically split into 3 different phrases (Before, During, After) experiences, so that you can know how to proceed and become a verified Maxpert. They offer the FULLPROOF plan, UP YOUR GAME plan, and PICK YOUR OWN plan to make it easy for you to join in the club! Keen on joining? Check it out over here.

So perhaps, you are now ready to maximise your travel experiences in ASEAN with Maxther? Safe, local and authentic environment – that’s what we all desire, and I trust you have to try the Maxther way to get to know this beautiful piece of place on Earth known as the ASEAN region. I promise you, countries like the Philippines and Singapore won’t disappoint; and, you’ll also be surprised to find out how gorgeous countries like Laos, Myanmar, and Vietnam are. I sure will let you know how it goes, based from my experience! More on that soon.

BONUS #Maxther

You can get a 5 USD discount off your experience in Maxther by applying the coupon code MAX-BOWDY Note that this coupon code expires on 31 December 2017. Yes, you are welcome! :-)

Address: 12 New Industrial Road, #03-05 Morningstar Centre, Singapore 536202
Bookings related matters: help@maxther.com
Customised solutions: customise@maxther.com
Enquiries on cancellation and refunds: refunds@maxther.com
Maxpert Help Plans: max@maxther.com

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