Fire at Bukit Panjang coffee shop

A fire broke out on Wednesday (March 16) morning at Bangkit 257 Coffee House at Block 257, Bangkit Road.

The fire is believed to have started at around 10.30am at the economical rice stall after a wok of oil was left unattended on the stove.

Tenants in the coffee shop tried to put out the fire with buckets of water and a fire extinguisher to little avail.

An SCDF spokesman said that a fire engine, two red rhinos, three fire bikes, a support vehicle and an ambulance were dispatched to the scene. 

The fire was extinguished within 20 minutes and no injuries were reported.

The tenants said that coffee shop will be closed until repairs and renovations are completed.

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Former SCDF officer charged with harassment

A former Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF)  Lieutenant-Colonel was charged with harassment in a district court on Wednesday (March 16).

Goh Wee Hong, 39, who is married with a child, is accused of making sexual advances towards a woman in her 20s and harassing her between Aug 27 and Aug 30, 2015.

The woman cannot be named due to a gag order by the court to protect her identity.

His case was adjourned to April 27 for a pre-trial conference.

If convicted, Goh faces up to a year's jail and could be fined up to $5,000.

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Bali's Naughty Nuri's arrives with swank

Naughty Nuri's - one of the most popular restaurants in Ubud, Bali - has made its way to Singapore and abandoned its roadside roots.

It opened its first Singapore outlet in the swanky Capitol Piazza.

It is a place to chill at in Bali, but it is a place to be seen at here.

The menu is divided into three sections: Shared small plates, its signature grills and an extensive cocktail programme from renowned mixologist Ricky Paiva.

The food is authentic, although you will find food as good - and cheaper - from the many Indonesian restaurants we have.

But I do not think the people come here especially for the food.

The clientele seems to be made up of many expatriates and I imagine those who want to mingle with them will like it here.

The more-than-decent food is just a bonus.


My favourite item is the Crispy Pig Ears ($6.80). Seasoned simply with curry powder and salt, it makes a great bar snack. Squeeze the lime over it for extra kick.


The Sambal Prawns Petai ($11.80) is very good. The sambal is spicy, but full of flavour. It even overwhelms the petai (stink bean). The dash of coconut cream balances it out.


The turmeric gravy is the reason the Lemak Chilli Party ($6.80) is great. It needs to be on everything. The plus? The chicken thigh is very tender.


The Burnt Squid ($8.80) was recommended, but I have tasted better. The red pepper sauce is decent, but not memorable.



Their star item, Ribs ($18.80, half rack), is fine, but not spectacular. I wish there was more smokiness and consistency. There were parts too tender, and parts too tough.


Naughty Nuri's


#01-84 Capitol Singapore


Weekdays: 11.30am to 2.30pm and 5.30pm to 11pm Weekends and public holidays: 11.30am-11pm



Easter feasts: More than just eggs

Wagyu beef, seafood paella and a yummy cocktail are some of the goodies available at these Easter Sunday spreads

Easter Sunday on March 27 is the best time to gather a few friends for a meal.

There are many special brunches on that day - each with alcohol top-up options - and for those with kids in tow, there will be activities to keep them entertained. Here are our picks:


Every year, the creative team of pastry chefs at Shangri-La Hotel Singapore comes up with a fun theme for its special Easter Egg ($88).

This year, it is Alice In Wonderland, so you will see characters such as the White Rabbit, the Cheshire Cat (left), the Mad Hatter and - my favourite - the Queen of Hearts.

Turn up at an Easter party with the egg that comes with the hotel's Easter Hamper ($198), which also has shortbread, Sicilian nougat and chocolate, and you'll be the most-loved guest.

Get both items from The Easter Goodies Shop at the hotel lobby.


Brizo Restaurant & Bar (Park Hotel Clarke Quay, Tel: 6593-8855) serves a festive spread that includes its popular seafood paella, alongside a carving station with Spanish-style roast pork belly with smoked paprika and oven slow-roasted bone-in leg of lamb with herbcrust at $55.

The little ones can take part in an egg hunt.


If you wants lots and lots of eggs, head for the Easter Sunday Brunch (from $108) at Opus Restaurant (Hilton Singapore, Tel: 6730-3390).

The egg station is one of eight live cooking stations available.


At Cafe Mosaic (Carlton Hotel Singapore, Tel: 6311-8195), Easter is celebrated with goodies such as fried ice cream, hot cross buns, and pumpkin pudding melted with marshmallow.

Children can take part in the gingerbread bunny painting contest.

It's at $68 and for Citibank, UOB and OCBC cardholders, one dines free with every three paying adults.


The Easter Sunday Brunch ($168) at Barnacles by the Sea (Shangri-La's Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa, Singapore, Tel: 6371-1966) will have live carving stations and a seafood corner, but the busiest section will probably be the children's activities all around the resort.


If you are looking for something more adult-orientated, the elegant Ash & Elm (InterContinental Singapore, Tel: 6825-1008) offers brunch from $98. Brunch starts with a cocktail (there are options for free flow alcohol) and you will get a selection of the restaurant's special offerings.


Need a cocktail to get you through the long Easter weekend? Catalunya (The Fullerton Pavilion, Tel: 6534-0886) offers Rum Hunt (left, $22), an emulsified cocktail shaken with butter, black tea, Plantation Rum and falernum.

Catalunya is also offering brunch from March 25 to 27, with traditional Spanish Holy Week recipes in addition to the restaurant's signature items.


The Carvery (Park Hotel Alexandra, Tel: 6828-8880) is known for its roasts and for Easter, you'll get classics such as Australian wagyu roast beef and medium rare leg of lamb, with fluffy hot cross buns and crisp Yorkshire pudding.

Brunch is from $68.


At Edge (Pan Pacific Singapore, Tel: 6826-8240), you will get the usual feast accompanied by unlimited Veuve Clicquot Champagne ($208) and an Easter-themed dessert corner with classics such as hot cross buns and champagne jello with strawberry pearl shooters.

If you need the children kept occupied while you drink, sign them up for the Easter egg hunt.


Easter brunch at Melt Cafe (Mandarin Oriental, Singapore, Tel: 6885-3500) is a feast of eggs, charcuteries, seafood, roasts and grills.

The Easter Bunny will also pop up for a photo op.

Brunch is from $148.

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Must-see MVs

English singer Anohni's touching and powerful new track Drone Bomb Me is a must-watch.


The gravity of the story behind the English singer's heartbreaking track is written all over the face of the MV's leading lady, English supermodel and Empire actress Naomi Campbell.

As she mouths the lyrics - written from the perspective of a young Afghan girl whose family was destroyed in a drone bomb attack - Campbell lets her tears flow while staring directly at the camera in a dark, dreary-looking room.


Hollywood actress Olivia Wilde's music video directorial debut is whimsical, starring the US folk band's lead singer Alex Ebert.

Ebert wakes up in a bathtub in an abandoned dumping ground and tries to make sense of his environment. He chances upon a quirky band of musicians on a hill, discovers they are a funeral procession and willingly climbs into a white coffin.

It's idiosyncratic and Wilde captures this.


Oh, the joys of being young, wild and free.

The up-and-coming 19-year-old Canadian singer captures her youthful spirit in this new MV, surrounded by her close friends as they defy convention and have their own brand of fun through clean, responsible means.

The group hangs out at a house party, then get silly pushing each other around in supermarket trolleys and dancing around a beach bonfire before calling it a night.

Like her previous song Here, Cara doesn't care about being part of the "in" crowd as long as she's having fun being herself.



Just Maddy being silly

Our resident Kiss92 DJ/ journo thinks Madonna will be just fine despite her recent 'meltdown'

ANTICS: Madonna in clown costume at the Melbourne performance at Rod Laver Arena.

By now, you've probably heard that Madonna suffered a "meltdown" during her intimate gig, Tears Of A Clown, in Melbourne, while taking a break from the Australian leg of her Rebel Heart world tour.

She reportedly took a swig of tequila and sipped from a concertgoer's hip flask.

She jokingly begged for sex.

She pleaded for someone to take care of her.

She dressed as a clown and fell off a tricycle.

She messed up a couple of songs.

She called her English film-maker ex-husband Guy Ritchie something we can't print.


Sorry but this doesn't sound like a meltdown to me. This sounds like Madonna acting a bit goofy.

Frankly, I wish the US pop queen would have a meltdown. Then we'd at least know she's human.

Madge's slightly off-kilter behaviour is apparently due to an ongoing custody battle over her 15-year-old son Rocco.

She wants the boy to live with her in New York but he wants to be with his dad Ritchie in London.

The case is being heard in London before the Family Division of the High Court and a ruling is expected soon.

No matter what happens, this kid Rocco is going to continue to be one of the most pampered and privileged kids on Earth.

With his mother being a pop star and his father a famous director, his only challenges in life will be deciding which golden opportunities to take and how to spend his money.

Frankly, I doubt Madonna even cares as much as she wants us to believe that she cares.

During the recent court hearings which Ritchie and Rocco attended, Madonna wasn't even there. She was in Australia. On stage, where she had her "meltdown".

A lot of us have to make sacrifices in terms of being good parents because of our jobs.

We can't spend as much time with our children as we'd like because we have to work for a living. If we stop working, we're doomed.

It's different for Madonna. She's one of the richest pop stars in the world, with a fortune estimated at US$700 million (S$960 million).

She could live a thousand years and never have to work another day in her life.

Why was she Down Under with her fans instead of in England with her son? If she thinks that her relationship with a bunch of random fans is more important than her relationship with her child, she's delusional beyond belief.

Then again, that's Madonna.

At 57 years old, she's still the fame-starved striver she always has been.