Bargain hunters have long known about Hock Siong, the karang guni in a warehouse. You’ll find furniture, bedding and kitchenware galore–sometimes used, sometimes brand new. Lucky us–we stumbled across this unopened set of fine champagne shot glasses. Do note that many items are one-off, so be prepared to go treasure hunting.

$9 from Hock Siong, 153 Kampong Ampat. Tel: 6281 8338


Silicone Ice Ball Maker Mould

Make professional looking ice balls with this ice ball mould. Besides making your drinks look prettier, the ice sphere dilutes less quickly, ensuring your drinks stay cold without too much unwanted water.

Available in green, orange and white. $6.90 from


Letterpress Wooden Letter

Stand these up to personalise your desk, or hang them up and spell out your name just as we did here at BiTES. These sturdy letters are also easily decorated, making great gifts for friends and family. Smaller Micro wooden letters are also available at $3.50 each.

$5.95 each, $13 for three from Typo, #01-53 Bugis Junction, 201 Victoria Street. Tel: 6337 3101


Mi Power Bank 5200mAh

Who says you need to pay over $50 for this necessary phone accessory? The portable battery
fits easily into your pocket–at just 5.5cm wide, it’s only as large as your business card and has enough juice to charge an iPhone 5S” ¦ twice.

$8.99 from


Air Plant

The cactus has met its match, with the air plant claiming top spot in the low maintenance department. This plant with no need for soil and just minimal watering comes in various shapes and sizes like this ’Cotton Candy’ variant, and can be grown in a pretty bauble.

$9.80 from Big Box, 1 Venture Avenue. Tel: 6801 6688


Earthen Pot in Cherry Blossom Pink

Sakura season will soon be upon Japan, so celebrate with this surprise find. This pretty claypot sports a cheery blush, and measures 15cm across. Use it over an open flame, as induction cookers, microwaves and ovens are not recommended.

$2 each from Daiso, #B2-02 Chinatown Point, 133 New Bridge Road. Tel: 6702 0042



Find good books at a fraction of the cost at this shop dealing in used books. Sell off your old
pageturners or trade them for gems such as Le Cordon Bleu Home Collection: Christmas, one of our faves for its professional pictures and clear instructions.

$4.90 from Evernew Book Store, #01-07 Bras Basah Complex, 231 Bain Street. Tel: 6338 1753



Need a light? We’re talking about this USB lamp that you plug into your laptop for maximum portability. The lamp arm is easily adjustable and the warm-white LED would last you about 20,000 hours. Available in wine red or turquoise and copper.

$5.90 each from IKEA Tampines, 60 Tampines North Drive 2. Tel: 6786 6868