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Thursday, January 19, 2017

8 Huat places in Singapore to visit with your family and friends during the Chinese New Year 2017 Period

Usher in the Year of Fire Rooster, the spring festival celebrations returns Singapore with more lively and lovely on its traditional culture located at the tourist-hotspot places. During this festive period, other than the usual house visiting, the next “must-do” thing will be visiting those CNY decorations places located in the heart of Singapore.

It’s time to get your camera ready! Here are the 8 recommended attraction places for you and your family and friends to visit during the Chinese New Year period from 28 January to 11 February 2017.

Image credit: Gardens by the Bay
Dahlia Dreams Floral displays at Gardens by the Bay
Be greeted by the auspicious, gilded hues of yellow, orange and red Dahlias (大丽花) and Begonias (秋海花) as you step into the crisp climate of the Flower Dome. Take in the beautiful sights while strolling through the Chinese garden inspired landscape, complete with a three-tier pagoda, a pavilion, moon gates, and even intricate sculptures of adorable chickens to welcome the Year of the Rooster. Read more: http://bit.ly/2jBZlGS

Image Credit: Resort World Sentosa
Blossom and Prosper at Resorts World Sentosa
Unlock the Golden Treasures, savour 8,888 lobsters at our Celebrity Chef restaurants, indulge your taste buds at our Supper Club, and win cash & prizes worth over S$3,000,000! Read more: http://bit.ly/2iNUmyx or http://bit.ly/2jscHWb

Image Credit: River Hongbao official website
River HongBao 2017 at Marina Bay Floating Platform
Nestled at the Singapore’s iconic floating platform, the River HongBao returns this year with more futuristic- spectacular elements to welcome the Year of the Rooster. Larger-than-life lantern displays are colourful and fun, with interesting play on the Chinese word for Rooster. With nightly fireworks and laser displays, intricate handicrafts and crowd-pleasing performances featuring local and exotic programmes from the region, be prepared to treat your senses this coming spring. Read more: http://bit.ly/2iWFdyc

Chinatown Chinese New Year 2017
Chinatown Chinese New Year 2017 celebrations welcome the Lunar year of the Fire Rooster with the theme of “Rise to Good Fortune & Prosperity” (金鸡报喜迎新春, 狮城欢腾庆丰年). Located in the heart of Chinatown, visitors will be able to witness the spectacular street light displays features about 5,500 handcrafted lanterns from 7 January to 25 February 2017. Read more: http://bit.ly/2iQw62J

Image Credit: Singapore Turf Club
Fortune Bowl 2017 at Singapore Turf Club
Get yourself away from town and try something different in this Rooster New Year! Delight all your senses and celebrate the traditional Lunar New Year at the Fortune Bowl 2017 held on 29 Jan (Sunday) at the Singapore Turf Club. You will get a chance to meet and greet with the ‘God of Fortune” for good luck and watch the dragon and lion dance at the Outdoor Prize Presentation Dais too. Read more: http://bit.ly/2jBTktZ or purchase your package here: http://bit.ly/2jCSGMd

Chinese New Year at The Istana Open House
The Istana Grounds will be open to the public visitors during the 2nd day of Chinese New Year on 29 January 2017. Grab this golden opportunity to visit the Istana and capture as many beautiful photograph as you can. Admission to the Istana grounds is free for Singaporeans and Singapore Permanent Residents. Other visitors are required to pay an entrance fee of $2 per person. Entrance to the grounds is via the main gate at Orchard Road. Opening hours are usually from 8.30am to 6.00pm.

Chingay 2017 Parade at the F1 Pit Building
Chingay 2017 will be held on 10th & 11th February from 8pm to 9.30pm at the F1 Pit Building with the theme of “Soundwaves Chingay, WeCare Singapore”, a spectacular parade event with more than 600 performers from all races, ages and background, showcasing the most stunning water, fire, snow and lighting effects as well as pyrotechnics and fireworks display. Read more: http://bit.ly/2iFwsdc

Image Credit: Sentosa Official Website
Love in Springtime at Sentosa Island
Love in Springtime encourages all to celebrate love in its many forms, with abundant opportunities for families and loved ones to bond.

Strike a pose in front of 12 huge Zodiac lanterns at Palawan Green, and enjoy stories of kinship, friendship and romance from 21 January to 26 February, 11am – 11pm. Measuring up to two metres in height, the lanterns feature light-hearted depictions of acts of love by the 12 Chinese Zodiac signs. Learn about the meanings behind each story and take pictures with the colourful lanterns in the day, or bask in the glow of the lanterns after dark. Read more: http://bit.ly/2k4AxnC

We hope that you had a wonderful and memorable Chinese New Year celebration in Singapore this year. Cheers!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

7 Auspicious Chinese New Year Dishes to eat at Resorts World Sentosa

Celebrate the auspicious Lunar Rooster New Year with your family and loved ones at the Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) restaurants and attractions and stand a chance to win luxury prizes hatch in the grand lucky draws.

Well, get ready to feast, explore or play your way to prosperity with sure-win prizes plus a chance to win 2 x S$88,000 cash, a Citroen C4 Hatch, diamond jewellery from Poh Heng or a stay in an exclusive Ocean Suite in the Grand Lucky Draws on 5 and 12 February 2017.

During this festive period from now till 12 February 2017, every S$100 spent in a single receipt entitles you to a sure-win prize and one lucky draw chance for the grand prizes.

Here are the 7 RWS’ Chinese New Year Dining Highlights:

1. Feng Shui Inn (13 January to 11 February 2017)
This Lunar New Year, Feng Shui Inn’s Hong Kong-born Executive Chef Li Kwok Kwong puts a twist on classic Cantonese fare and the traditional Yu Sheng. The new Longevity “Lo Hei” with Tuna Sashimi, Quail Eggs, Black Truffle and Caviar perfectly combines prized ingredients from both land and sea. The hard boiled quail eggs symbolise the Year of the Rooster, while chopped Australian black truffle infuses an irresistible aroma, and the caviar gives delightful bursts of salty sweetness in every bite.

For the health conscious, Feng Shui Inn’s Fortune Salmon “Lo Hei” with Sweet Corn features succulent fresh salmon slices with juicy kernels of golden sweet corn, and a delightfully refreshing strawberry sauce (S$78++ for 3 to 6 persons or S$108++ for 7 to 10 persons).

Feng Shui Inn also offers a sweet and savoury Ikan Parang “Lo Hei” with Sweet Corn and Spanish Premium Ham (S$78++ for 3 to 6 persons / S$108++ for 7 to 10 persons).

2. Forest 森 (One Michelin-starred) (13 January to 11 February 2017)
Renowned for his innovative contemporary Chinese cuisine, local Celebrity Chef Sam Leong’s creations for the Lunar New Year are as delicious as they are visually stunning. The Signature Salmon Yu Sheng at Forest森 will once again delight guests with its zesty flavours. Made from a medley of fruits and vegetables like melon, pomelo, apple, seaweed and carrot, it is served with crispy white bait and thinly sliced salmon then drizzled with a well-balanced and appetizing homemade yuzu honey lime dressing.

Guests can also choose to order additional servings of Geoduck clams at S$68++, Boston lobster at S$68++, Salmon fish at S$28++ and Salmon fish skin at S$12++.

3. More creative Lunar New Year dishes from Forest restaurant includes Deep-fried Five Spice Duck Drumstick served with Pan-seared Assorted Mushrooms (五香酥炸鸭腿) - $22 and 4. Deep-fried Boston Lobster served with “Tian Jin” Cabbage, Topped with Homemade Cheese and Garlic Sauce (酥炸波士顿龙虾,香蒜芝士汁) - $58++


5. Prosperity Steamboat at Hard Rock Hotel Singapore (27 January to 4 February 2017)
The Chinese tradition of enjoying steamboat with the family takes on a luxurious note at Hard Rock Hotel Singapore. The Prosperity Steamboat set (S$168++ for 2 persons) offers a choice of superior chicken, tom yam or spicy hot Sichuan broth and includes 600grams of lobster for 2 persons, 6 Head Abalone, Indonesian Crabs, Kurobuta Pork, Hokkaido Scallops, Garoupa Fish Fillet, Oysters, Mussels, Sea Cucumber, Clams, Tiger Prawns, Pork Belly and more.

On Chinese New Year’s Eve, this festive lobster hotpot takes you al fresco to our breezy open-air Coliseum where you and family can dine under the stars. For reservations, please call (65) 6577 6688 or email: dining@rwsentosa.com.

6. Chinese New Year Supper Club at the Forum (27 January to 11 February 2017)
Staying out late during the Lunar New Year season and hunger pangs strike at midnight? No need to worry because you can head down to the Supper Club at the Forum (Basement 1) in RWS where you can tuck into satisfying, steaming hot bites paired with ice cold beer from 10pm to 2am.

Do not miss the delicious Cantonese style lobster congee at S$8. Cooked in a lobster and chicken broth for four hours with sliced Boston lobster meat, it is a comforting bowl of savoury goodness. Local delights like Kueh Pie Tee, Popiah, dim sum and hot and cold desserts will also be available.

7. Abundance Lunar New Year Reunion Buffet Dinner at Ocean Gallery (27 January 2017)
Make your Lunar New Year Reunion Dinner a visually awe-inspiring experience by dining right at the Ocean Gallery in our S.E.A. Aquarium. Usher in a year of abundance by tucking into a one-night-only Asian buffet spread while being surrounded by schools of fishes and other gentle giants of the sea (S$88++ per adult and S$28++ per child).

The spread includes specialties from Singapore and the region, featuring Popiah, Kueh Pie Tee, Bak Kut Teh (Pork Ribs Soup), Vietnamese “Shaking Beef”, Peking Duck, Malaysian Assam Prawns, Java Chicken Noodles Soup, and Taiwanese Braised Pork Belly. A whole Salted Egg Lobster can also be enjoyed for an additional S$28++. For reservations, please call (65) 6577 6688 or email: dining@rwsentosa.com.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Halo Wars 2 Blitz Beta Coming to Singapore on 20 January 2017

Be prepared and get ready with your partner for a whole new Xbox gaming adventure with the Halo Wars 2 Blitz mode (Beta) in this coming 20 January 2017.

The all-new twist to RTS gameplay, combining the deck building and split-second decision making of card-based strategy play with explosive tactical combat in the Halo universe card deck, along with your faction leader, are your greatest resources as you assemble a collection of air, ground and infantry units and seek to out-think and out-maneuver your opponents on the battlefield.

The Halo Wars 2 Blitz Beta will run from 20 January till 30 January, and will take place on the map “Proving Grounds,” offering 1v1, 2v2 and 3v3 gameplay via matchmaking on both Windows 10 PC and Xbox One.

Pre-order for Halo Wars 2 is now available on the Microsoft Store.

Indulge the delicious Japanese cuisine at The Green Market at Malaysia Airport KLIA2

The Green Market is a modern casual Japanese restaurant located at the Malaysia Kuala Lumpur International Airport Terminal 2 (KLIA2) that offers wallet-friendly healthy cuisine for the travellers and visitors. Follow me and find out my experience at The Green Market.

Maki Roll
Let’s start off our dinner with the savoury-crispy Maki Roll. Time to feed more goodness in it.

Gyoza
Well deep fried gyoza. Minced Chicken meat was filled in it and wrapped with a thin and chewy wanton skin. If you are a gyoza fans like, you will definitely like it.

Sushi bento
What is Japanese cuisine without any sushi or sashimi! This bento set was served with salmon sashimi, salmon sushi, avocado sushi, unagi sushi, scallop sushi, and fried potato.

Volcano Steak
The highlight of the meal! This volcano steak served in a hotplate and wrapped in aluminium foil. Once served on your table, the server will frame up the aluminium and let the steak cooked in it. The steak will be cooked to well done texture. The steak was seasoned with shallot and garlic. As for my liking, I don't think this 2 ingredients goes well with the steak, instead I would prefer it to seasoned with sea salt. I think it will taste even better.

My Verdict:
Overall, I enjoyed my dining experience at The Green Market at Malaysia KLIA2. The restaurant comes with friendly ambiances and served a range of comfortable and delectable Japanese, Korean and local cuisines. Likewise, it was a good place to recommend for a quick meal while waiting for your next flight destination.


The Green Market @ klia2 Location Address:
KL International Airport, Departure Level,
Public Concourse, klia2, International Airport, Kuala Lumpur,
Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Opening hours: 4am to 12am
Price range: 10RM - 30RM

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Plan your private escape to Phuket with Avista Hideaway Phuket Patong Mgallery by Sofitel

Start planning your private escape with your loved one to the Avista Hideaway Phuket Patong Mgallery by Sofitel located in the Thailand. The hillside resort provides a luxurious comforts and amenities, which comes with an inspiration theme of traditional culture and arts, showing the way of life of the local villages.


There are 150 rooms and suites at the hotel, each infused with classic motifs and Thai-inspired interior décor of rich local woods and natural stones. The family-friendly hotel also features three themed swimming pools with saltwater filtration system, a kid’s club, games room, mini putting green and virtual golf game, spa, fitness centre, library, and business centre.

Avista Hideaway Phuket Patong MGallery by Sofitel is located at 39/9 Muen Ngern Road, Tri Trang Beach, Patong. The resort is 45km from Phuket International Airport and a five-minute stroll from Jungceylon Shopping Complex, numerous fine seafood restaurants and popular nightspots.

Enjoy the Avista Hideaway Phuket Patong MGallery by Sofitel Junior Suite or Executive Suite stay with a complimentary 30 minute Thai Massage for two at THB 4,500++.

For reservations:
please email: reservations@avistahotelsandresorts.com
contact: +66 (0) 266 181 414.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Samsung New Galaxy A Series and the S7 Edge Black Pearl in Singapore

Samsung announced on Wednesday the availability of the Galaxy A5 (2017) and the Galaxy A7 (2017). Sporting a 5.2 and 5.7 inch inch screen respectively, the 2017 Galaxy A series features a premium metal frame and 3D glass back. The phones also comes IP68 certified water and dust resistant capabilities. Samsung Pay is also available on the Galaxy A (2017).

The Samsung Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A7 (2017) series will be available from 21 January 2017 at the recommended retail price of $548 and $648 respectively in Black Sky, Gold Sand and Peach Cloud.

Concurrently, Samsung also announced that the Black Pearl variant of the Galaxy S7 edge in Singapore will arrive on 07 January 2017. The device capacity will be 128GB, and available at a recommended retail price of $1,198.




Writer: Jeremy 

Saturday, January 7, 2017

10 highlight activities at the Chinatown Chinese New Year 2017 celebrations for you and your family

Chinatown Chinese New Year 2017 celebrations welcome the Lunar year of the Fire Rooster with the theme of “Rise to Good Fortune & Prosperity” (金鸡报喜迎新春, 狮城欢腾庆丰年). Located in the heart of Chinatown, visitors will be able to witness the spectacular street light displays features about 5,500 handcrafted lanterns from 7 January to 25 February 2017.

Without further ado, let’s check out the 10 highlight activities which will offers you and your family a truly immersive Lunar New Year experience in Chinatown.


1. Official Light-Up and Opening Ceremony
The Official Light Up and Opening Ceremony marks the opening of the Chinatown Chinese New Year Celebrations 2017. The event continues to awe visitors with entertaining performances by both local and China leading performing troupes. Together with spectacular firecrackers and fireworks display, it will bring the opening ceremony to a greater height as we usher in the Year of the Rooster.

2. Festive Street Bazaar
With a variety of stalls lining up the streets of Chinatown, visitors can feast on mouth-watering New Year delicacies, enjoy the brilliant lights and decorations of the stalls and shop for the many New Year traditional goodies from cookies, decorative items, waxed duck and preserved fruits to potted plants and clothing.

3. YouthEATS @ Temple Street
For the first time, cooked food will be available for sale at the Festive Street Bazaar at a specially allocated area called YouthEATS @ Temple Street. 12 enterprising entrepreneurs, including youths, will set up shop offering a variety of popular and unique festive eats that will tantalise the taste buds, complementing the popular traditional food offerings at the Festive Street Bazaar.

4. Nightly Stage Shows
Catch nightly performances at Kreta Ayer Square during the Chinatown Chinese New Year celebrations. The popular gathering point for local Chinese communities during this time lives up to its deeply rooted affinity to Chinese culture and it is also the place where you can find the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum and take a pit-stop from your festive shopping. Be entertained by lively and vibrant Chinese cultural performances, festive songs, songs, music and dance performances by local entertainers and troupes from China.

5. 10th International Lion Dance Competition
The annual International Lion Dance Competition is celebrating its 10th Anniversary this year. Prepared to be wowed as top international troupes pit their skills on the meihuazhang as they perform jaw-dropping stunts in a fight for the ultimate title of ‘King of the Lions’! This event will be held at the Banda Street on 14 and 15 January 2017, 6.30pm to 10.30pm.

6. YHFlea: Come Lepark edition
Located at Lepark (Rooftop of People’s Park Complex) ‘Come Lepark Edition’ is a unique collective flea market that brings on board over 100 curated local brands and independent designers. The largest CNY flea market will be held on 14 and 15 January 2017, from 12pm to 8pm.

7. Chinatown Walking Trail
Dive into Chinatown’s rich heritage and culture on this guided tour along the story-filled streets of Kreta Ayer Road, Sago Street, Pagoda Street and new bridge road. Experience the liveliness of the Chinese enclave and learn about its colorful past while taking in the many sights and sounds of the Lunar New Year celebrations. Pre-registration is required at www.chinatownfestivals.sg

8. Chinatown Heritage Centre CNY Festivities
A series of family bonding activities will be held at the Chinatown Heritage Centre (CHC) starting from 6 January to 28 February 2017. There are “Happy Rooster Family Album”, “Capteh Challenge”, “CHC CNY Exhibition” and “Trishaw Tours”.

9. Chinatown Wishing Tree
Bring festive cheer to the less fortunate and the elderly while making New Year wishes for you and your loved ones at the Chinatown Wishing Tree. Each “Make a Wish” card costs $2 each, and in addition, “Rooster” five stones (set of five) specially handmade by Chinatown Social Enterprise for this year’s Chinatown Chinese New Year celebrations can be purchased at $10 each. All proceeds will be donated to the Kreta Ayer Seniors’ Activity Centre.

10. Chingay 2017 @ Chinatown
Marking the end to the Chinese New Year celebration, the Chingay Parade Singapore will make an appearance in Chinatown on 12 Feb 2017 from 7.30pm to 9.30pm in between New Bridge Road and Eu Tong Street. Join us for a vibrant night on the streets of Chinatown, coupled with special performances by local and overseas performers.

For more information, do visit: http://chinatownfestivals.sg

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Meet and greet the Korean superstar Song Seung Heon this Saturday at The Cathay

Meet and greet the Korean superstar Song Seung Heon this Saturday at The Cathay for his upcoming drama, Saimdang, will premiere on Turner’s Oh!K (Singtel TV Channel 525 / 611) on 26 January 2017 at 9pm.

Be sure to catch Song Seung Heon as he shares more about his role in the much awaited serial, as well as interacting with fans through some fun and games!

Meet and Greet Song Seung Heon Event Details:
Date: 7 January 2017, Saturday
Venue: The Cathay, Level 1 Atrium
Time: 7pm

Synopsis of Saimdang
The epic K-drama depicts the life of Shin Saimdang, Korea’s most famous historical female figure known for her art, poetry and calligraphy, and her love story with Lee Gyeom, played by Song. Lee stars in dual roles as a present-day Korean art history lecturer Seo Ji Yun and as Shin Saimdang. The drama also marks Lee’s long-awaited comeback to the small screen after nearly 13 years.

Saimdang will broadcast simultaneously with Korea, and air every Wednesday and Thursday. The drama will be dubbed in both Mandarin and Bahasa Malay.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Life is just like the fireworks! Ready to kick off the exciting 2017




It’s a brand new year for everyone! I shall kick off my first post of the year with some of my fireworks photography taken during the countdown at the Marina Bay Singapore. A line-up of exciting articles coming up this and next week including the Chinese New Year guides at Chinatown, travel essentials, travelogues, restaurant foods and gadgets reviews. Meanwhile, you may enjoy reading my amazing resolutions (for 2017) article at this link here: http://bit.ly/2ir78qA

Stay tune and Cheers!
Hp

Saturday, December 31, 2016

7 Amazing Resolutions Awaits Me in Year 2017

Today mark the 31st of December 2016! Happy New Year Eve to everyone! Time flies, it has been a fruitful and memorable year for me. Thank you for all the events opportunities and the featured on traditional and social media, as well as my supporters and readers throughout these years at Hpility SG. I am looking forward to the amazing year 2017.

Well, instead of writing a summary post about my year-end, I am here to share the happening in year 2017! Although the result was generated by an app but I like it! Cheers! Without further ado, let’s see the result here:

1. Which 20 friends will be by your side in the New Year?
Let’s start off with friends! According to the app, here are my 20 friends that will be by my side in the New Year! Make a guess, who is going to the countdown with me at the Marina Bay tomorrow? xD

2. What Does Your 2017 Calendar Look Like?
The app unveiled that 2017 will be a big year for me! My friends will be there for me and I will be there for them just the same.

3. Which is your best month in 2017?
Well, the app said that the best month of mine in 2017 is going to in JUNE! “You will be able to fulfil all your dreams and goals. You'll encounter many wonderful opportunities in this month. This will be your show-stopper month in 2017!” Oh yes! Excited to looking forward to June 2017!

4. Which 3 Things Will Happen To You In 2017?
“Hong Peng, the year 2017 is still an unwritten book, but nothing can stop you from dreaming of the future. And once these dreams turn into reality, you will enjoy 12 incredibly successful and adventurous months.” Those 3 things is what I thought too. That’s kinda accurate!

5. What words of wisdom are you in 2017?
“You have a wise head on your shoulders. You have been through a lot this year, and emerged stronger on the other side. These words reflect your inner strength and the resolve you enter 2017 with will be rewarded with much happiness in 2017.”

6. Find Out Who Will Do Everything For You In 2017!
According to the app, here are my amazing friends that will do everything for me in year 2017! “They have always been there for you, and they will continue to do so in 2017. You really couldn't ask for better friends than these, so hold them close and never let them go!” Thank you friends! I just want to say that I will do everything for you too! Cheers + Hugs!!!

7. Who Should You Hang Out With In 2017?
“The New Year and 12 new months are waiting for you. You'll have a lot of time for your dear friends next year! Together, you will make 2017 an unforgettable year.” Alright, I will cherish them! ^^

Thank you everyone for spending some times on the last day of the year 2016 to read my serious and nonsense post! Hahaha, I will definitely bring you the best exciting and interesting articles in year 2017.

Next year is Hpility SG 10th year anniversary! If you wish to collaborate or partnership with us, please drop me an email at: hongpeng@hpility.sg 



Happy New Year 2017






 
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