Food & Beverage

Monday, October 12, 2015

British Airways Lounge at Changi Airport

British Airways has extended an exclusive offer for its Club World business class customers from Singapore to celebrate the opening of the new lounge at Changi Airport.

For a limited time, customers from Singapore who purchase Club World business class tickets will be able to fly the high life with a one-way complimentary upgrade to First, as well as a £60 (S$120) F&B credit and a complimentary one-way airport transfer for customers who choose to stay at the Shangri-La Hotel, The Shard, London.

The one-way complimentary upgrade to First is available on one leg of the flights operated between Singapore and London. Club World business class return fares start from S$8,184 including taxes. This offer is available for booking until 20 October 2015 and is valid for travel for flights from Singapore until 31 March 2016. To take advantage of this limited time special offer, customers can visit or contact travel agent to book.

The special offer will entitle Club World business class customers to indulge in the ultimate luxury of flying British Airways’ First and enjoy the premium perks, such as exclusive entry to the first of its kind Concorde Bar in the new British Airways lounge at Changi Airport.

Customers upgrading to First will have access to the latest Concorde Bar, a private sanctuary exclusive for the First customers. The Concorde Bar distinguishes itself from the main lounge with its opulent interior featuring the finest quality and a digital screen that projects the Singapore skyline reflecting the time of the day. The Concorde Bar offers a range of private seating options and a premium selection of wines and champagnes for customers to unwind and relax.

Welcome to the new British Airways Lounge at Changi Airport, Singapore

Sunday, October 11, 2015

10 Must See Things at Coney Island Park

Coney Island, formerly known as Pulau Serangoon, is now officially open to the public on 10 October 2015. Coney Island Park is connected to the main island by two bridges on its western and eastern ends.

It was a warm Saturday afternoon whereby I got my Canon EOS M3 mirrorless camera ready and visit the Coney Island for my very first time in life. The distance from punggol promenade to Coney Island is about 10 minutes walk.  Alternative plan for walking to Coney Island, you may want to consider sport activities such as jogging, running, skating and cycling to the main west entrance of Coney Island Park.

Nature lovers may now step into the mahogany brown forest adventure and start exploring the interesting and uniquely wild creatures at Coney Island Park. Hence, it is definitely a recommended to wear covered shoes and prepared with sufficient bottle of mineral water for this island visit. While walking along the crispy grass and broken stones, it guides you to various locations, including as mangroves, coastal forest, casuarinas woodlands and grasslands.

Here are the 10 Must See Things on Coney Island:

1. Serenity Forest
Walk into the peaceful forest and start exploring the nature.

2. Bird Watching 
Coney Island Park is the perfect place for bird watching. This is also a popular stopover for migratory birds. Camouflage in the bird hides or waits patiently from the forested trails.

3. Heart-Shaped Lalang
Feel the love in the air with Lalang on Coney Island Park today! Try to spot the other half of heart-shaped lalang and combine them into one. True love is not finding someone but finding your other half.

4. Butterfly Garden
Orange butterflies are friendly and popular in Coney Island Park. Try to spot and play with them!

5. Wild Boar
Beware while you are walking, jogging, cycling along the path of Coney Island Park, the wild boar comes in family may visit you randomly. Do not attack the wild boar! Stay still and wait till they walk away from your sight. Oh yeah, you might get a chance to see Monkey and Cow too! Good Luck in your wild life exploration.

6. Leafy Paradise 
Feel the natural elements in the park. Fresh air, greenery leaves giving people the energy and courage. Maybe this will be the next hot destination for couple dating.

7. Mangrove
Explore the Mangrove habitats on the newly built boardwalk and move on to the beach which can accessed at five locations.

8. Shell Creatures
You may also want to look out for shell creatures such as Baby Crab, Water-Snail and Telescope Snails nestled along the Coney Island Beach.

9. Woody Heaven
Its woody incense was from centuries of snapping branches crashing to the forest’s floor and rotting silently. Welcome to the woody heaven, a place that make you realize the nature has its limit.

10. Calm Beach
Want to feel yourself like in Bali? Coney Island Beach is one of the must visit destination. The clean beach on Coney Island is a perfect place for couple dating as well as wedding proposes. Have a romantic walk along the soft sand and admire a stunning sunset with your love ones.

The Coney Island Park is open from 7am to 7pm daily. It is a wonderful place for family bonding and friends outing. Somehow this might be the next prominent tourists’ attractions in Singapore! Hope you guys enjoy exploring the new nature destination and good luck in finding all the uniquely creatures on Coney Island.

Above pictures were taken using Canon M3 EOS Mirrorless Camera with 18-55 / 55 – 200 Canon Lens.

How to get to Coney Island (Pulau Serangoon, Singapore):
- From Punggol interchange, take bus 84 to Punggol Point Park/Punggol Settlement.
- Walk about 500m east along the Punggol Promenade Nature Walk to get to Coney Island West Entrance.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Microsoft New Surface Book and Surface Pro 4 for Better Lifestyle Experience

Microsoft introduced a new lineup of devices that, together with Windows 10, give people the powerful, magical experiences necessary to do great things.

Meet Surface Book, Microsoft’s laptop redefined. Designed with the quality and workmanship that have characterized Surface from the beginning, Surface Book combines 6th Generation Intel® Core™ i5 and Core™ i7 processors and up to 1 TB of storage with Intel® HD graphics 520, optional discrete NVIDIA® GeForce® graphics, an integrated backlit keyboard, responsive glass trackpad, and detachable screen-turned-tablet featuring a 13.5-inch PixelSense™ Display.

Starting at $1,499 , Surface Book is a high-performance laptop with exceptional power and unprecedented versatility that flexes to meet the demands of your work — from the art studio to the board room.

Top Features for Microsoft Surface Book:
  • Creative powerhouse. Design, sketch and build without limits. Surface Book is designed to be your creative powerhouse, built for the most demanding creative tasks. Edit photos and videos in graphics-heavy programs with amazing fluidity and smoothness.
  • Draw, write and create on the go. Quickly and easily detach the screen to use it like a clipboard, and take advantage of its advanced touch and precise inking experience, or rotate and reattach to continue using the hardware-accelerated graphics.
  • Best-in-class screen. With 6 million pixels, 1800:1 contrast ratio and 100 percent sRGB color, Surface Book’s 13.5-inch PixelSense™ Display offers stunning clarity and incredible resolution. Surface Book is individually calibrated for true-to-life color, with extremely high contrast and low glare. 
  • Experience Windows 10. full Windows 10 Pro, Surface Book is compatible with virtually all your favorite software, including apps, programs like Microsoft Office , and professional-grade software such as Citrix4 and Visual Studio4.

Meet Surface Pro 4, the tablet that can replace your laptop. Featuring Windows 10 Pro, 6th Generation Intel® Core™ m, Core™ i5 and Core™ i7 processors, and a 12.3-inch PixelSense™ Display, Surface Pro 4 helps you power through everything you need to do. Starting at just $899, it’s thinner, lighter and faster than any previous Surface Pro model.

Surface Pro 4 will be available in Singapore starting November 19. Pre orders for Surface Pro 4 will commence starting 7 October on the Microsoft Store. There will be a limited pre-order price period till 18 October 2015.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Remarkable Sakura Day 2015 at Singapore Turf Club

The annual Japanese-themed event’s Sakura Day and Panasonic Kranji Mile have successfully held at Singapore Turf Club last Sunday. Invited guests were dressed in their elegant and traditional Yukata outfit to witness the exciting Japanese-culture event.

It was definitely a uniquely and meaningful experience to dress in authentic Japanese Yukata to attend Japanese culture event. Hence, I was amazed by my first debuts in Yukata outfit together with the other lifestyle bloggers at Singapore Turf Club.

It is easy to differentiate a male and female Yukata by the waist belt (Obi) and the dress design. It makes you feel much more cooling especially in Singapore, the all-time summer season. We proceeded on to the committee box for our Japanese lunch buffet, followed by visiting the Sake and Sushi tasting and learning the paper art skill from the origami experts.

Origami: Using a piece of art paper and create something fantastic

Sushi Tasting

Blogger's Joey is learning the correct way of eating Sushi

Sake Tasting for the Sake Lovers

Ladies showing off their elegant Yukata design.

With my two Japanese friends watching the live horse racing in our authentic Japanese Yukata!

Race to the finishing point.

A group photo of us at the committee box, before we went off to the parade ring, to get up-close with the horses and jockey. It's Stunning with a group of gorgeous ladies~! ^^

Group of audiences were looking at our traditional Yukata outfit while we leisurely on our way to the parade ring to see the horses warm up before their next race.

Welcome to the highlight of the day! Sakura Day kick-off with the traditional Japanese dances performance at the prize presentation stage to welcome the Panasonic Kranji Mile Race. Group of bloggers were enjoying taking their outfit of the day photos with the turf club landscape whereas the rest of the patrons excited for the main race to start.

Outfits of the day

Konnichiwa~! Lydia Yang, Atsuko Sato and Kayo Kobayashi (Left to Right)

Sakura Day @ Singapore Turf Club ended off with wonderful Japanese-themed activities and remarkable horse live racing and glad that we managed to grab a photo opportunity with the Jockey’s M Rodd, winner of Panasonic Kranji Mile Race. An unforgettable moment of this event was the debuts of my Yukata outfit. Looking forward to next year Sakura Day @ The Racecourse.

Ultimate Ears Music Experience with UE BOOM 2 Speaker

UE introduces the new waterproof-wireless Bluetooth UE BOOM 2 speaker, comes with colourful portable design and long last battery, which give people an ultimate music experience at anywhere and anytime.

The UE BOOM 2 designed to get wet, muddy and beat up, blasts insanely great sound in every direction. Using the same high quality materials you have come to expect from Ultimate Ears, UE BOOM 2 is waterproof (IPX 7), drop proof (from up to five feet high), disruptive and bold, plus a whole lot of fun. It is the size of a water bottle, so stick it in your bike’s water bottle holder or clip it to your bag, turn up life and add dimension to any moment.

UE BOOM 2 is 25% louder with a longer wireless range of 100 feet and a completely waterproof design, so your music can be shared no matter where you are or what you are doing.

It has a 15 hour all day, all night battery life, plus, new and innovative tap control that allows you to skip songs, without needing to have your phone in hand.

Using the UE BOOM 2 app for iOS® and Android™, you can double the sound by pairing UE BOOM 2 with any other Ultimate Ears speaker, remotely turn the speaker on from your phone and even wake up to your favorite music.

New updates are sent to UE speakers wirelessly through the app, so you can easily continue to expand features, making each speaker future proof and even more awesome over time.

UE BOOM 2 comes in five new vibrant colours: Cherrybomb, Phantom, GreenMachine, Tropical and BrainFreeze. UE BOOM 2 is expected to be available in Singapore in October 2015, for a suggested retail price of $319.00.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Acronis survey ranks ’ease-of-use’ among consumers

Acronis®, a global leader in new generation data protection, today released the findings of a consumer survey conducted during the COMEX 2015 technology show in Singapore. The survey was aimed at quantifying the data backup practices among general users of digital devices, including computers, laptops, smartphones and tablets.

The survey found that despite frequent data loss incidents, more than a half of the respondents do not backup any person data, including pictures, video, files, documents, and contact information. The survey also found that those who do back are not taking advantage of the ease of use and advanced capabilities of cloud backup solutions instead using external hard drives and USB flash drives, which can be prone to malfunction, theft and physical damage.

Key Survey Findings:
  • More than 52% of the respondents reported that they experienced data loss between one and three times, and nearly 6% experienced it four or more times in their lifetime.
  • A large proportion of the respondents (55%) currently do not use any data backup solutions.
  • Only 24% of the respondents had ever performed data backup in the past.
  • Most of the respondents (64%) store their photos and videos on external storage devices; 25% store photos and videos in the cloud, and 11% only have the copy on their computers, mobile phones or tablets with no backup copy at all.
  • Software user-friendliness was ranked as the most important aspect of backup (56%), above the feature set (26%) and price (18%).

The survey suggests that a perceived difficulty of software use remains a stumbling block in backup adoption, and that additional effort must be made in educating consumers about the advantages of cloud backup and the risks associated with keeping data on local storage devices.

Acronis received responses from 353 people who visited Acronis stand at the COMEX show during the four-day period in September 2015. Most of the respondents identified themselves as men (96%), under 25 years of age (56%), residents of Singapore (93%).

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Motoplex launches Premium Motorcycle Showcase in Singapore

I am not into the two wheeler transportation but I had the opportunity to understand a bit better about them at the launch of Motoplex which distributes high-end bikes under the Piaggio Group such as Piaggio, Vespa, Aprilia, MotoGuzzi . The showroom also features premium brands Triumph and Givi on the second floor. I am only familiar with the brand Vespa.

The concept store located along Serangoon Road showcases a full range of attraction for scooter and motorcycle lovers. The 200-square meters of space houses 26 vehicles together with original accessories displayed which include apparels and helmets.

It also showcases the heritage popular brand Vespa, which is celebrating its 70th anniversary next year. Right in front of the showroom, visitors can sit and admire the scooters and bikes, or simply relax to watch “live” events or races in a web streaming through the two video walls at the store.

“The Piaggio concept store is not only a stylish and dynamic meeting point for two-wheel enthusiasts. It will provide an illustrious experience for fans in Asia to immerse in the wonderful world of Piaggio.” Said Mr. Costantino Sambuy. Executive Vice president of Piaggio Asia Pacific.

About The Piaggio Group
Largest European manufacturer of two-wheel motor vehicles and one of the world leaders in its sector. The group is also a major international player on the commercial vehicle market. The Piaggio Group product range includes scooters, motorcycles and mopeds from 50 to 1400cc marketed under the Piaggio, Vespa, Gilera, Aprilia, Moto Guzzi, Derbi and Scarabeo brands. The Group also operates in the three- and four- wheel light transport sector with its Ape, Porter and Quargo (Ape Truck) ranges of commercial vehicles.

Writer/Photographer: Derrick See

Saturday, October 3, 2015

MUHLE Introduces New Shaving Products

MUHLE celebrates its 70 years anniversary in Singapore with live pop-up shaving station and introducing 4 new MUHLE products at Takashimaya Orchard, Level 3 at Men’s Department store. The four product ranges are MUHLE Edition Collection, Modern Collection, Traditional Collection and The Anniversary Set, targeting for all ages of men’s group for personal use, lifestyle travel and to gifts set.

The Anniversary Set, a limited edition set that comes with Razor and Brush costing at $179 and $286 respectively, which is inspired by a traditional design.  Compared to other three new products, MUHLE Edition No. 3 is supremely elegant and yet they tell of a long distant past. Modern collection comes with timeless design and ergonomic shape in the modern series makes it ideal for the well-groomed globetrotter.

Public can visit the special showcase of MUHLE rich heritage of products and manufacturing tools dating back to 1945, at Takashimaya Orchard, Level 3 at Men’s Department Store from today until 6 October 2015.
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