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Hello Kitty Orchid Garden Café in Singapore

Hello Kitty Orchid Garden CaféReturning to Singapore on an odd-hour flight recently, I was able to skip the horrendously long queue at Hello Kitty Orchid Garden café which opened in May 2016. Located at Changi Airport Terminal 3’s Arrival area, it is the only 24-hour Hello Kitty themed café in the world.Hello Kitty Orchid Garden CaféInspired by Singapore’s garden city landscape as well as the national orchid flower, the cafe is shaped like a glasshouse in colonial black and white, and decorated with orchids. The cafe was full even at an odd-hour, so you can imagine how many feline fans there are in Singapore (my dad included heehee).Hello Kitty Orchid Garden CaféThe café serves all-day breakfast and desserts inspired by Hello Kitty, as well as locally-inspired dishes such as beef rendang and orange sugee cake.Hello Kitty Orchid Garden CaféA bit of trivia – Singapore’s feline mascot is the only Hello Kitty with 2 bows in the world. Talk about being kiasu (Singapore slang for being afriad to lose out), haha.Hello Kitty Orchid Garden CaféOut of all the character-themed cafes that I have visited in Singapore, this cafe’s food presentation seems to be the tamest. At least I don’t see a 3-D Hello Kitty-shaped rice or pink-coloured Kitty bread around.Hello Kitty Orchid Garden CaféTaste-wise, I would say it is one of the better ones cos’ the food arrives fast and hot (maybe cos’ minimal food styling involved). That said, don’t come here expecting Michelin-star standard. Service-wise, it was the best – the staff were friendly and not looking stressed from the crowd.Hello Kitty Orchid Garden CaféI went for The Cowabunga! Wagyu! which is a rendition of Singapore’s beef rendang as it is exclusive to the Singapore cafe. It tastes authentic, although my mum almost fell off her chair when she learnt I paid almost S$30 for a local beef rendang dish.Hello Kitty Orchid Garden CaféIf you are there for photos, the desserts are more Instagram-worthy.Hello Kitty Orchid Garden CaféWhile most people ordered Camping Under the Stars, I opted for the Kitty Goes Bananas Split sundae. Cos’ I go bananas for ban-nanas.Hello Kitty Orchid Garden CaféFor those looking for souvenirs, the cafe has a retail section offering a range of Singapore-exclusive merchandise such as tea blends, plush toys and postcards.Hello Kitty Orchid Garden CaféTea blendsHello Kitty Orchid Garden Café

Hello Kitty Orchard Garden Café
Address: Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 3 (Arrival Meeting Hall Central), Singapore 819663
Opening Hours: 24 hours daily
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/HelloKittyCafeSingapore

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I got my Singing Bone Hello Kitty!

Mcdonalds Hello Kitty

Hello Kitties! :)
The kitty fever has hit the island of Singapore again, courtesy of Mcdonalds

Mcdonalds Hello Kitty

McDonald’s Hello Kitty Fairy Tale series
I have a soft spot for the mouthless cat, and have been faithfully collecting the special edition plushies from Mcdonalds since school days. I remember sleepless nights queuing up outside a shopping mall, getting Dad to drive me around Singapore in search of the elusive Kitties, and most of all – making friends with people in the queue and arranging to queue for more kitties together.

Although I think I am a bit overaged now, the words “Hello Kitty” and “Fairy Tales” made my heart waver, and I found myself eating Mcdonalds every week just to get the cats. It was easy at first, and got more difficult with every next Kitty released which sold out in 3 days, then within a day, then in just one morning. So for the last Kitty in the series, I made up my mind to make effort to get it since it was also my favourite of the lot.
Photo: McDonalds

Mcdonalds Hello Kitty

The limited edition Singing Bone
It was so limited – it sold out in a mere 15 minutes. I thought I was crazy enough to go specially go to a McDonalds at 12 midnight, but apparently I was not the only one – people had started queuing since 9pm the night before! LOL it’s pure madness. Even the haze left them unfazed. It’s a Singapore phenomenon.
Photo: McDonalds

Mcdonalds Hello Kitty

Singaporeans love to queue
And we queue for many things – apartments, N95 masks, food and Hello Kitty.
Photo of the crazy queues that formed the night before The Singing Bone Kitty went on sale at 0000hrs, taken by my friend.

Mcdonalds Hello Kitty

And where did they end up? eBay. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw this bid – only 2 hours and it has reached S$1,000???! I can buy a real cat. Or a nice handbag. Or save a small village.

Mcdonalds Hello Kitty

Hmmm…can I eat this? Cannot? Then why buy?? I’m cuter, meow.
I managed to land myself one kitty, phew. I can sleep in peace tonight. Yawn. Gosh, I am so crazy! zzzzzzzz…*drool* *knockout* *snore*