Calling All Students: EVOLVE MMA Has A S$10,000 Scholarship For You. Apply Now!

What a fantastic piece of news for students in Singapore! EVOLVE MMA is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a S$10,000 scholarship to be awarded to one student in October. There is NO BOND attached, you can apply even if you have already commenced your studies, use the money at any accredited institution of learning EVEN IF you already have a scholarship, and all nationalities are welcome! It doesn’t matter if you think you don’t really have a way with words ‘cos EVOLVE is asking for a 2-minute video submission so you can convince them as to why YOU deserve this scholarship. Gosh. How exciting! You’ll find more details plus the link to the registration page below…


Here’s the full press release:

“9 JULY 2018, SINGAPORE – In conjunction with its 10th anniversary, EVOLVE Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), Asia’s top martial arts organization as ranked by CNN, Fox Sports, and Yahoo Sports, has launched the EVOLVE Warrior Scholarship; a merit scholarship awarded to one outstanding individual per year for the purpose of supporting his/her studies. The scholarship is valued up to S$10,000 and is eligible to use at any accredited institution of learning in Singapore.

The EVOLVE Warrior Scholarship is open to all individuals, regardless of nationality, that are presently studying or about to undertake their studies in any institute of learning based in Singapore. Interested applicants need to fill out an online form, as well as submit a 2-minute video essay detailing why they should be awarded the scholarship. The recipient of the EVOLVE Warrior Scholarship for 2018 will be selected and announced in October 2018.

“At EVOLVE MMA, our mission is to unleash greatness in every individual that we cross paths with. As well as helping people become the best version of themselves through the power of martial arts, we consistently engage in various community outreach programs for the less fortunate and underprivileged as we want to leave a lasting and positive impact on peoples’ lives and change the world for the better. The EVOLVE Warrior Scholarship is no different; these students represent future generations of greatness and we want to help them reach their maximum potential. The past ten years at EVOLVE MMA has been nothing short of incredible. We have made remarkable progress, and this scholarship is another way in which we can play our part in giving back to the community”, says Wesley De Souza, Vice President at EVOLVE MMA.

EVOLVE MMA is Asia’s #1 martial arts academy and has the largest collection of World Champions on the planet. With the largest class schedules in Asia, containing over 700 classes a week, EVOLVE MMA has a comprehensive selection of martial arts classes, ranging from Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ), Mixed Martial Arts, Boxing, Kickboxing, Wrestling, and many more. EVOLVE MMA’s mission is to unleash greatness in everyone through authentic martial arts under World Champions. EVOLVE MMA believes that martial arts is about the journey of continuous self-improvement of the mind, body, and soul and one of the greatest platforms to unleash human potential.

Over the last ten years, EVOLVE MMA has been helping people from all walks of life unleash their greatness through the power of martial arts and the EVOLVE Warrior Scholarship is one more way in which EVOLVE MMA can help people become the best version of themselves possible.

The application period for the EVOLVE Warrior Scholarship is currently open. To apply, please visit”


What are you waiting for?! Apply now! 😀

Staying At Amoy Hotel and Exploring Chinatown

Singapore Chinatown


I enjoyed my stay at Amoy Hotel primarily because of its awesome location – Chinatown is a foodie’s paradise. Read my Amoy Hotel review here and a little piece on the Fuk Tak Chi Museum right here. I’d checked in on a Sunday, when most of the restaurants and shops around the hotel were closed. It was no cause for worry because just 5 to 10 minutes away is the rest of Chinatown where I can shop and mainly, eat to my heart’s content. So here’s a quick (and hopefully useful) guide to what to do / see / eat after you have dropped off your luggage at Amoy Hotel!

For the foodie:

In the immediate vicinity of the hotel are restaurants like Hock Lam Beef, Honzen Express and Sushi Tei (among others) – all of which I would recommend. For breakfast, you can also skip the hotel breakfast if it does not impress you and pop by Ya Kun Kaya Toast to taste what locals would eat – kaya toast, soft-boiled eggs and a cup of coffee.

If you don’t have much time to explore other parts of Singapore for good food, then you are in luck! The newly-opened Chinatown Food Street brings together the best of hawker food around the island. Head over to the Food Street to try satay from Newton Circus, BBQ Chicken Wings from Chomp Chomp, Cheng Kee Hokkien Mee, Fried Oysters from Katong, and much much more!

Chinatown Food Street

Chinatown Food Street Oyster Omelette

Chinatown Food Street Hokkien Mee

Chinatown Food Street Fried Horfun

The Chinatown Food Street, at night:

Chinatown Food Street

At tea time, you can also head to Tong Heng for some very yummy egg tarts. I sure did. Just S$1.60 each:

Sri Mariamman Temple

To get to Tong Heng, just look out for the yellow signboard after you have passed the Sri Mariamman Temple:

Tong Heng Egg Tarts

* If you can afford the extra calories *

Try the very famous Lim Chee Guan bak kwa (barbecued pork slices) that locals eat mainly during Lunar New Year, but is available year-round. You can order just 100g of that barbecued goodness for a sampling or even consider getting 1kg to bring home to friends and family! [A kg usually costs about S$50]

Lim Chee Guan

For Dessert:

Head to Chinatown Point, where you will find, at the basement, Mei Heong Yuen Dessert, which is popular for its range of ‘snow ice desserts’.

Mei Heong Yuen Dessert

One other dessert place at Chinatown Point is Hong Kong Sheng Kee Dessert, which I would not recommend for their desserts, but their mains instead:

Hong Kong Sheng Kee Dessert Chinatown Point

I like their Braised Beef Hor Fun (S$7.90)

For the health-conscious foodie:

Pop by China Square Central (less than a 5 minute walk away) and head to the basement. At #B1-02 is LINS Smoodees where you can order green smoothies which are oh-so-yummy and so good for your body. Do try their herbal porridge as well, which I highly recommend. If you’re experiencing jet lag or just feeling under the weather, what you get at LINS will surely perk you up.

For the gym rat:

Amoy Hotel does not come with a gym, but just downstairs is the Evolve Mixed Martial Arts studio. Pop by for a workout if you will. A little further is True Fitness at China Square Central’s basement.

For the photography enthusiast:

If you like snapping pictures of temples and/or visiting them, there is the famous Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and the equally famous Sri Mariamman Temple (the oldest Hindu temple in Singapore).

Buddha Tooth Relic Temple

Sri Mariamman Temple

The Sri Mariamman Temple was constructed in 1827 and today, it is best known for the fire-walking ceremony, or Theemithi, that is held every October or November. Devotees would walk on hot coals as a test of their faith and devotion.

Other places of interest: 

The Singapore Coins and Notes Museum and The TinTin Shop:

Singapore Coins And Notes Museum

The TinTin Shop

For the shopaholic:

At Chinatown Point are some shops which may interest you. Fans of branded goods will love Luxury City where branded items (supposedly authentic, but of past seasons) are sold at a discount. Also visit the Adidas pop-up store if you would like to get some cheap sporting gear – for instance, you can get a pair of Adidas running shoes at just over S$60.

Luxury City Chinatown Point

Adidas Chinatown Point

*This list is by no means exhaustive of course. Just what I did after checking in at Amoy Hotel. 🙂 If you need more recommendations, feel free to approach the staff.


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