Universal Studios Singapore

Universal Studios Singapore

Come for some sun and a whole lot of fun!

Get ready for a tropical adventure at Universal Studios Singapore. Meet King Kahula, the fast-talking and music-loving tiki, as he welcomes you to his island in an all-new interactive meet and greet. Catch your favourite characters dressed up for the occasion, including the debut of Guy Diamond from DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls. You’ll also get to let loose and hang ten on our thrilling rides and enjoy the delicious island flavors around the park.

Guests with bookings for visits between 16 May and 13 June 2021 will be allowed entry, but subject to the cap on maximum capacity and changes to operating days.

Aloha Talk with King Kahula

All Hail King Kahula! He’s the King of Fun and for good reason! This fast-talking and music-loving tiki loves meeting and joking with visitors to his home – Walamak Island. Be sure to introduce yourself and share a little about Singapore!

Tiki Time with the Stars!

See your favourite characters as they join King Kahula to show off their tropical island outfits. There’ll also be hip-swaying hula characters and tiki stilt-walkers, so get your cameras ready!

Meet and Greets

Meet with your big-screen and small-screen buddies and take some tropical, shareable pictures. Grass skirts, garlands, shades; you name it, they’ve got it!

Frolic in RWS Contest

Come in your best tropical paradise outfit and you could be the weekly winner to get a free ticket to Universal Studios Singapore (with Universal Express) and S.E.A. Aquarium!

Taste The Tropics

Fuel up for more fun by digging into a special spread of tropical treats. You’ll almost taste sunrays and sea breezes in every bite!

Hula Hero Challenge

Show us your skills! Spin a hula hoop for 20 seconds without dropping it, and stand a chance to win a One-Day Ticket to Universal Studios Singapore! To enter, simply spend SGD30 in a single receipt at Loui’s NY Pizza ParlorTM between 6pm and 8pm.

The island adventure you’ve been waiting for!

Put on your shades and get ready for a hula of a time at Resorts World Sentosa. Step into a lagoon pool right from your room in the Island Escape of your dreams. Enjoy some Tropical Thrills at Universal Studios Singapore as your favourite characters get into the island groove. Enter the depths of S.E.A. Aquarium and discover amazing tropical marine life. There’s a surprise waiting everywhere you go in the resort, as Yoyo discovered.

Grab Announces GrabForGood Fund

Grab Announces GrabForGood Fund

Grab Announces GrabForGood Fund to Benefit Grab Partners and Southeast Asian Communities

Grab plans to create endowment fund with initial funding of [$275] million in cash and Grab shares, including [$25] million personal pledge in Grab shares from Co-founders and President of Grab

Grab Holdings today unveiled plans for the GrabForGood Fund that seeks to support programs that will have lasting impact on the quality of life for its driver-, delivery- and merchant-partners, and the broader community of Southeast Asia.

Grab will seed the fund with $50 million in cash and $200 million in expected value of Grab shares. In addition, Grab Group CEO and co-founder Anthony Tan, co-founder Tan Hooi Ling and President Ming Maa have pledged a combined $25 million in personal contribution of Grab shares (expected value). This brings the total initial fund size to $[275] million, based on today's value expectations.

"Since our founding, Grab has been dedicated to our mission of creating economic empowerment for everyone in Southeast Asia. The GrabForGood Fund will be a key pillar of our efforts to uplift Grab partners and our broader community, and represents a meaningful next step in our long-term commitment to Southeast Asia," said Grab Group CEO and co-founder Anthony Tan.

Tan added, "The GrabForGood Fund will commence immediate work on meeting the urgent need for COVID-19 vaccines, where it's not easily available. Over time, we're planning to introduce other programs that will provide the foundation for social and economic mobility, and give more people access to opportunities to upgrade and improve their lives. Our aspiration is to create lasting positive impact in every country we operate in."

The Fund will support a mix of programs aimed at delivering long-term social and environmental impact, including in areas such as education, financial support for underserved communities, and environmental issues. A 'Fund Advisory Board' will be formed to give Grab partners and the broader Southeast Asia community strong representation in providing feedback and recommendations over how the funds will be spent.

Near Term Initiative: Up to [$20] million to provide free COVID-19 vaccination for Grab partners

COVID-19 has impacted livelihoods across Southeast Asia. As an immediate commitment, Grab has allocated up to [$20] million in cash from the fund to fully subsidise the cost of COVID-19 vaccines and vaccine administration of eligible[1] driver- and delivery-partners who are not covered by a national vaccination program. This is in response to the findings from February 2021 survey which found that[2], an average of 92% of Grab users continue to be worried with the COVID-19 situation.

Grab has started sourcing for vaccines, and will look into setting up vaccine centres to inoculate eligible partners locally.

Grants and financial support for longer-term social and environmental impact

Structured as an endowment to ensure the Fund's long-term sustainability, the GrabForGood Fund will start to support other initiatives after it exceeds a certain targeted value. While more details will be determined and disclosed over time in partnership with the Fund Advisory Board, anticipated areas of support include:

For Grab partners:

GrabInsure Subsidy: Based on a May 2020 survey, the insurance ownership rate amongst Grab partners is low at an average of 13%[3], with affordability of premiums being the main barrier to purchasing insurance. Grab plans to tailor a GrabInsure program to enable Grab partners to purchase insurance products at discounted rates. The range of insurance products could include life, critical illness, family-member insurance coverage and investment insurance products, and will be customized to the needs of our partners in each country. This is on top of existing region-wide complimentary insurance coverage (Grab Personal Accident Program) that covers all driver- and delivery-partners in event of accidents or death while in service on the Grab platform, subject to the terms and conditions of such coverage.

Education Scholarships: Merit-based financial aid for the most underserved of the Grab-affiliated community

Financial Aid to Persons with Disabilities (PWD): Financial aid for PWDs to gain mobility and access to income by funding car/bike modifications, driving school fees and necessary hardware such as wheelchairs and hearing aids to enable their use of Grab's platform for income creation opportunities.

For broader community in Southeast Asia:

Financial and Digital Literacy Programs: Partnerships with financial/educational institutions to provide educational content and co-develop tools to improve digital access, productivity and financial standing.

Climate Change Resiliency: Grants or incentives towards low- or zero-emission technology and waste reduction solutions, addressing climate change and waste pollution respectively.

Catastrophic Relief: Financial aid support for vulnerable groups to rebuild lives in the event of natural disasters.

Creation of the The GrabForGood Fund is a significant milestone building on the success of many existing Grab's initiatives to empower Southeast Asia, such as the Small Business Booster Program which helps small businesses to digitalize, and upskilling programs for Grab partners through free access to Microsoft's e-learning digital literacy modules via the Grab driver app.

Grab plans to ensure the GrabForGood Fund will maintain structures and policies that comply with local laws, regulations and compliance requirements.

About Grab

Grab is the leading superapp platform in Southeast Asia, providing everyday services that matter to consumers. Today, the Grab app has been downloaded onto over 214 million mobile devices, giving users access to over 9 million of drivers, merchants, and agents. Grab offers a wide range of on-demand services in the region, including mobility, food, package and grocery delivery services, mobile payments, and financial services across 428 cities in eight countries. For more information, visit grab.com.

Magnite Invests In New Data Center

Magnite Invests In New Data Center

Strategic move increases Magnite’s data capacity by 50% to support its unified omnichannel platform

Magnite (Nasdaq: MGNI), the largest independent sell-side advertising platform, today announced a new, state of the art data center facility in Singapore, unifying its footprint for all media types in the heart of the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region. This investment is designed to support the rapid growth in digital advertising services across the region and reinforce Magnite's global leadership in CTV and omnichannel digital advertising.

Digital ad spending in APAC is expected to grow 13% to reach US$114 billion according to Magna Global and this investment in Asia will optimize Magnite’s technical infrastructure in the region. Co-locating Magnite’s DV+ and CTV platforms in Singapore will standardize the company’s operations and provide maximum efficiency for buyers and publishers. The investment also allows Magnite to provide the robust technical capabilities necessary to support increased traffic.

The larger unified data center in Singapore will enable Magnite to better service clients across APAC from India to Australia and Japan. With this step, publishers can expect better performance and new monetization opportunities, as well as increased capacity for inventory. Buyers will see better campaign performance and delivery, and have increased access to new supply.

“Preparing our technological infrastructure in APAC will give Magnite a clear competitive advantage in better servicing our clients and ultimately improve results,” said Tom Kershaw, CTO of Magnite. “By unifying and standardizing our omnichannel platform, we’ll be more agile, proactive and efficient. Our tech stack needs to evolve with the demands of the industry and we have greater flexibility to scale our infrastructure in real-time as the business scales.”

Juliette Stead, Head of APAC at Magnite commented, “We expect the entire APAC region to enjoy continued growth and we recognize the importance of investing in the region for the benefit of our clients. Investing at scale to optimize our capabilities ensures we will be well-positioned to respond to change. We are also building out our AWS infrastructure in Singapore to further support CTV growth - including live streaming. Now more than ever, we intend to be at the forefront of the strongest segment of industry growth for the foreseeable future, and ensure our infrastructure is equipped to accommodate these developments.”

About Magnite

We’re Magnite (NASDAQ: MGNI), the world’s largest independent sell-side advertising platform. Publishers use our technology to monetize their content across all screens and formats—including desktop, mobile, audio and CTV. And the world’s leading agencies and brands trust our platform to access brand-safe, high-quality ad inventory and execute billions of advertising transactions each month. Anchored in sunny Los Angeles, bustling New York City, historic London, and down under in Sydney, Magnite has offices across North America, EMEA, LATAM and APAC.

Where to eat with kids in Singapore

Where to eat with kids in Singapore

For a day out with the family, Singapore has a huge array of quirky and fun-filled dining options that will ensure everyone is well-fed and that your kids are entertained. From craft corners to pancake decorating, choose between these restaurant options for a fantastic meal everyone will equally enjoy.


East Coast Park is the perfect place for a family day out, and if you’re looking for a place to stop for a bite to eat, SandBank is a great choice. Located at Parkland Green, it’s easy to reach from the public transport links at Marine Parade, or if you’re driving, stop at Carpark C. The Weekend Breakfast Buffet is highly recommended, combining international food with favourite local fare - including nasi lemak, roti prata and congee. You’ll be treated to a beautiful view of the ocean and shaded by palm trees. What really makes SandBank stand out though, is its very own beachfront plunge pool - it’s 15m long and divided into sections for kids and adults, so you can be sure your kids are entertained and also safe. In the evenings, the restaurant offers a huge selection of handmade pizzas, grills and barbecues, and the view of the ocean sunset makes this restaurant even more special.


To combine lunch with unlimited entertainment, Thyme@Aliwal is the place to bring your kids to. It’s one of Singapore’s best craft cafes, nestled in the quaint streets around Bugis and Arab Street and with decor that matches the location - it has a distinctly vintage and laid back vibe. The arts and crafts corner of the cafe is available for $5 per child, and is filled with every kind of art supply under the sun. While the kids are busy, feast upon a selection of classy bistro-style fare, from European to Asian, like Claypot Braised Tofu and Vegetable Linguini. It’s also a great place to come for brunch, with a wide selection of international dishes and an affordable menu.

Slappy Cakes

For a fun-filled breakfast experience where you’ll be just as entertained as your kids, visit Slappy Cakes. The concept here is that you can enjoy making pancakes right at your table - each table comes with a heat plate in the centre, so you can flip your way through breakfast. In each of the three locations in Singapore - The Grandstand, Resorts World Sentosa and Plaza Singapura - your kids will have the choice to build their own pancakes from scratch. Batters come in novelty flavours like peanut butter or pandan, and the wide variety of toppings include sweet treats like berries, chocolate chips and shredded coconut, as well as savoury options like honey roast ham and chopped scallions. Top off with delectable sauces including lavender honey and maple syrup and you’re ready to learn the craft of crepe-making as you dine out with your family.

Camp Kilo Charcoal Club

For a whimsical but high quality dining experience, visit Camp Kilo Charcoal Club, located in an idyllic riverside location in Kallang. Aiming for a backyard-style barbecue experience, bring your kids and enjoy the communal and rustic atmosphere, and gather around one of the wooden picnic style tables outside. Star of the show here is the whole roast pig, which is slow cooked each day and perfect for sharing. Complement it with Whole BBQ Fish and some of their celebrated vegetable sides - like Burnt Carrots and Tamarind Brussel Sprouts. It’s a great place to gather family and share delectable food in a casual setting.

Little House of Dreams

For those with a sweet tooth, Little House of Dreams in bucolic Dempsey Hill is one of the best places to bring the kids for a day out. The pink facade will immediately draw you in, and the independent bakery-bistro serves food that will rival even the interior with its frothy whimsicality. Seating is under an incredible floral-inspired canopy created by local paper designer Ektory, and the room is draped with fairy lights. The menu is filled with fun and flavour-filled fusion food that’s perfect for sharing, from chilli crab fries to prawn laksa spaghetti. The star of the show though are the desserts. Indulge in classic, expertly made cakes in vanilla, chocolate and red velvet flavours, or treat your kids to some of the cafe’s own unique creations. Bloom Pots are flower-pot style bowls filled with cake and buttercream flowers, while Mess Jars fill rustic mason jars with layers of cake, buttercream and toppings from smarties to cookie dough.