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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Enjoyable Dining Moment at Pool Grill Marriott Hotel

Looking for restaurant to dine-in for celebrating your romantic anniversary with your love ones? Pool Grill restaurant at Singapore Marriott Hotel is one of your choices in your mind today!


A week back, I chance upon having my first fine dining experience at Pool Grill restaurant located in the heart of Orchard at Marriott Hotel. To kick off with my verdict of the outdoor restaurant, I would like to highlight that the place was filled with elegant dining set complementing with the sky pool which gave audiences a cozy ambience.

Beside the ala cart menu, Pool Grill Restaurant do serve 3 meal course set dinner menu which consists of 1 Starter, 1 Main and 1 Dessert. The chef restaurant will prepare dishes based on customers’ preference. Likewise, their service was fast and excellent too. Indulge with my dining moment at Pool Grill, I would like to share with you guys the dishes I had tried during my tasting session.


THE STARTER

I have chosen Pool Grill’s Caesar salad to be my starter dish. Despite the salty taste of the fish in the salad, the dish was well-seasoned and fresh and it is good for appetizer.

Chef’s crafted soup of the day

Duck liver and foie gras parfait, consommé jelly, chutney, crostini

Pool Grill’s caesar salad, Romaine lettuce, parmesan, anchovy dressing, croutons

THE MAIN

Next, I selected pan roasted butterfish for my main dish. I am totally in love with the sweet taste of the tender butterfish, thus it comes with cauliflower puree and Shiraz reduction to make the dish look healthy. Fish lover will love it! However, there are other two selections which are ‘braised boneless beef short rib’ and ‘roast chicken breast’ and are definitely worth the price!


THE DESSERT

 ‘Cheese Board’ is one of the recommended dessert dishes to end off a delighted meal. It is a selection of artisanal European cheeses, crackers, homemade nut confit and quince paste. It tastes savory and is value for sharing. Yummy!


I had a delightful dining experience with my friends at Pool Grill @ Singapore Marriott Hotel. Thumb up for the excellent services and delicious dishes. Concurrently while having my three-meal dinner course, I am able to enjoy seeing lights display from the opposite Ion Orchard and also feel the refreshing wind cooling the outdoor ambience.


Pool Grill Marriott Hotel Location:
Singapore Marriott Hotel
320 Orchard Road
Singapore, 238865 Singapore

Opening Hours: 
11am to 10pm (Sundays to Thursdays)
11am to 11pm (Fridays and Saturdays)

Payment: Cash, Amex, Diners, JCB, Master Card, VISA
Enquiries call: (65) 6831 4605
Website: http://www.singaporemarriott.com/restaurant/pool-grill/
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Saturday, December 20, 2014

How to Get the Most Out of Life in 2015


How was 2014? Good? Bad? Either way, chances are you want your 2015 to be better! It's the time of the year again for New Year's Resolutions and here's how to finally fulfil some of them and feel accomplished come 2016.

This is the OKJ guide to getting the most out of life in 2015.


1. MINDSET
When it comes to making a change in your life, it's all about accepting a challenge. And while many would attribute "Mind over body" for their success. Most of us do not know what that truly feels like till we try it for ourselves.

That was one thing that I learned when I recently undertook and completed a strenuous 21 Early Days challenge - A sleep challenge that has me waking up at 4:30am every weekday with only 6 hours of sleep.

Not only did I complete it, I thrived on it. I was motivated to get it done, and because of that, the difficulties of the challenge which can easily be over-thought were actually pretty easy to overcome.
It just goes to show that to make our 2015 awesome...

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2. DON'T LET ANTICIPATION RUIN YOUR OUTLOOK
If I had over-thought my approach to completing the 21 Early Days challenge, I would never have made it.

Just think about how it breaks conventional wisdom about sleep, how the opinions of my friends and family were pretty much one-sided on my improbability of succeeding, and how science were at times not on my side.

But I did not let anticipation ruin my outlook. I wanted to "see" what was on the end of this journey. And to do so means using the "F*ck it, just do it" mentality.

This goes beyond the beginning. Even when proceeding through the challenge, there were times where I overslept and days where I felt tired. But because I didn't burden myself anticipated outcomes based on past experiences, self-doubt did not succeed in making me give up.

Look out the window to find what you seek without letting your past blind you.

So now that we have our mindset and approach right, there is one more thing to settle, and that's ...

Photo Credit: J. Finkelstein via Wikipedia

3. PRIORITISING PRIORITISES
It seems common sense, though ironically it's becoming a rarity these days. But prioritising prioritises have become so overused for so many aspects of our lives that at the end of the day, we leave out some of the most important things.

Crucial things such as sleep and exercise. Are they important? Hell yeah they are. But how many of us have already given them up for seemingly "more important" things? Sure, you promise yourself this is a temporary thing, and most of us will put this up as part of our New Year's Resolution, just like what we did last year, and the year before, and the year before that...

It is a never-ending cycle with an absolute contradiction to our way of life. Many of us would believe in the statement, "What's the point of earning fortunes if you don't have the luxury to spend it in the end."

But our pursuit of such fortunes runs against that. It is time to stop the bullshit, and in 2015, instead of making your New Year's resolution about losing 10kg or becoming healthy or even being happy, make it about prioritising priorities.

Prioritise getting the basics of everyday life done right - sleep, eat, exercise, socialise, work - There may not be a perfect answer that specially caters to you, but there is a ton of knowledge out there to get you started.

I started with my sleep and got my sleep pattern down to a science. Collectively, I calculated that I had increased my productivity hours by 2 hours each weekday. That's a whopping 21.6 days that I had previously used for sleeping.

Does that mean that I have sacrificed on sleep? Not really. By improving my sleep quality though learning and formulating a sleep habit that suits my lifestyle, I am more well rested than ever.

I really cannot think of anything more important to put on to someone's New Year's Resolution.

Feeling great through the change is also paramount to the success this 2015. One way to do that is to prioritise...

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4. ENJOYMENT OVER PERFECTION
One of the most memorable periods of my 2014 was the time I got into the local Instagram community. My incredible rise in appreciating and creating beautiful photos can be attributed to one point that sums it all. Enjoyment over perfection.

I did not seek to make my photos perfect. When I tried, I failed horribly. I disliked the process of editing and soon started to wonder why my time and effort spent did not amount to anything compared to the great photos on Instagram.

But then being surrounded by a passionate welcoming community that constantly inspires, arouses, and entertains, I stopped seeking for perfection, and just simply enjoyed the process.

I set my direction on getting better rather than being perfect, and prioritised enjoying that process. It was only then that I truly started to grow. I felt less restrained by any forms of doubt - I naturally began to experiment and focused more on satisfying my own standards rather than those of others.

I believe that the successes of many New Year's Resolutions keep to this principle.

Even for my 21 Early Days Challenge, if I had not enjoyed the process, I would have already given up.

Sure, discipline plays a part in it, but enjoyment makes it a whole lot easier to be disciplined. Just like those fitness buffs out there, they sum up enjoyment to amplify discipline quite vibrantly with phrases like "Enjoy the pain" or "Happy pain".

But ultimately...

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5. NO GUIDE FITS YOU PERFECTLY, NOT EVEN THIS ONE
How many guides have we read on improving ourselves? How many tips and tricks have we tested out?

Chances are that there are a whole lot of contradictions. Different views and different standards have confused many of us who are seeking to make a change in our lives.

My 5 point guide of:
1. Having the right mindset.
2. Having the right approach by not letting anticipation ruin your outlook.
3. Prioritising prioritises.
4. Enjoying the process over perfecting it.
5. And making the guide your own.

has been moulded in the same way many of us have failed over the years to fulfil our resolutions.
Do I have any failed New Year's Resolutions? Of course! And it greatly outnumbers those that I fulfilled. But recently I took all those experiences from my failures into good use.

Formulating a plan that works for me. I invited new approaches and tried to implement tips and tricks that others have sworn to have worked for them. But the majority of the guides come with a disclaimer which reads, "Since it worked for me, it COULD work for you."

I read that powerful one word as a sign - something that tells me that this guide may not help me entirely, but it may be an ingredient useful in making my own.

Creating a guide that works for you will not take you to an end goal but become a journey that ultimately makes up who you are, your ideals and beliefs - it is THAT fundamental to your life.

Want to start making 2015 awesome? Then enough talk, start acting. Start working on one thing and learn from everything. Keep accumulating that experience to help you get better. Surround yourself with like-minded individuals to share and learn from and in the mean time you could even inspire others to do the same.

But before we get all philanthropic and help others, have empathy.

Remember that we are all different but we achieve our goals all the same, even if it is through different means. We may have found our guide to life, but it is at best, just another ingredient for others.

Have a happy and fulfilling 2015! Personally, I intend to make it so!

This article was inspired by my enlightening 21 Early Days Challenge, where I transformed from a Night Owl to an Early Bird in an attempt to get the most out of life. This change will go a long way for me in my future, and hopefully it can help with yours!





Guest Editor: Ong Kah Jing from okjdiscoveries
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Friday, December 19, 2014

Scrumptious Chinese New Year 2015 Dishes at Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant

Does the traditional Chinese food you know of bore you? Perhaps the best dishes are still those cooked by your grandparents. While this may be so, give them a treat this Chinese New Year and let the chefs at award-winning Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant from Marriott Hotel cook up a storm for all of you.


At Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant, you will step in hungry and leave with a satisfied, full tummy. While the food may be traditional, the ingredients used are of high quality and the flavor of the various dishes will not disappoint you.



So when you think of Chinese New Year, the first thing that comes to mind is the Yu Sheng. Look at the design of the Yu Sheng. It says 2015 and even shows a goat, if you are fast to observe.  Have fun tossing Yu Sheng as a family and enjoy a time of family bonding.

We, as Chinese, love soups.  It’s not all about the ingredients but most importantly, it is about the way the soup is brewed. Good soups usually take many hours to brew and with one sip you can tell how flavorful it is.  That is the case for the Double-Boiled Supreme Bird’s Nest in Whole Chicken. It is so good that if my grandma was there to taste it, I am sure she will agree with me. Personally I would rate it 4.5/5 stars.


One special dish that was offered at this restaurant was the Wan Hao Deluxe Abalone Pen Cai. Before this, I knew not about the existence of this dish but it has its origins in China and Chinese New Year would not be what it is if this dish was not prepared during the festive season.


It includes 3-head fresh abalone, conpoy, sea cucumber, fish maw, dried oyster, mushroom, live prawn, roasted pork belly with yam, roasted duck, chinese cabbage, sea moss, fried bean curd sheet, mustard green and radish. Yes, that’s a lot of ingredients and seafood lovers will definitely enjoy this dish.  We had a great time indulging in this dish and were pretty much full after this.




Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant at Marriott Hotel is the place you should head to if you are looking for a restaurant which serves tasty Chinese food that appeals to family members of all ages. It's definitely worth the money for dine-in. Do visit their 'Singapore Marriott Hotel' website for more CNY dishes information.


Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant Location:
Singapore Marriott Hotel
320 Orchard Road
Singapore, 238865 Singapore

Opening Hours:
Lunch: 11.00am to 3.00pm
Sundays to Thursday Dinner: 6.00pm to 10.00pm
Fridays & Saturdays: 6.00pm to 11.00pm

Enquire Hotline: 6831 4605





Editor: Samuel Low

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

SONY a7 II the World’s First Full-Frame Camera Review


The next generation of the ever popular a7 series full frame camera comes with an upgraded a7 II. The most exciting upgrade is the Optical 5-Axis Image Stabilization feature. It is remarkable that Sony is able to squeeze so many new features into this little camera and yet it didn’t grow bigger in size.

When I hold it on my hands, one notable thing is the handgrip. It felt so comfortable ergonomically on my hands as compared to the first version of a7.


The launch attendees were dealers from the various South-East Asian countries as well as a small group of media personnel from Singapore.

Speakers at the Launch
The opening speech was done by managing director, Naoki Sekiguchi of Sony South East Asia.


Takashi Yasuda from the Imaging Marketing Division of Sony gave a detailed explanations of Sony a7II features. He claimed that he was not a photographer and went on to demonstrate the most important feature of a7II 5-axis stabilization with a large Sony 300mm A-mount lens. The result was astonishing. The ability to shoot at a lower shutter speed without a tripod ( hand-held ) is a big plus point for a7II.



The next Sony speaker is Kavid Yan, Assistant Manager for Digital Imaging Marketing Division of Sony South-East Asia. I had a chance to speak to him in person after his speech. I raised a few questions concerning a7 series. One of them is the lack of native lens. He explained that a7 series was only introduced in 2013. Given the short period of introduction, Sony already produces 6 lens.

As compared to Canon and Nikon, they have been around for a long time with the F mount and EF mount. Sony is committed to produce more lens in the coming years for the popular a7 series. He further explained that it is easy to produce kit lens but for better quality lens, it will take more time.

In addition, he said that 5 axis stabilization feature is the result of feedback received from users. It is an important feature as it will help better stabilization of the camera which resulting in better quality photos. He went onward to relate that with all these new features build into this small camera, Sony engineers make sure that the a7 Sony body remain the same size as the previous model.

Another question, I asked was about the a7s 4K recording. The 4K recording will need an external recorder. Some users remarked it as an incomplete camera. As compared to Panasonic GH4, the 4K recording was built into the camera. I could not remember what Kavid explanation but I believe it may be due to the size constraint of the a7 camera. Sony believes in a small light weight full frame camera. In any case, a7s is an exceptional low light camera produce amazing photos and video. Let’s keep our finger crossed; the next model of a7s will have even world’s first features.


Sony also brought in two other professional photographers to speak in this event. They are Sony Ambassador. Sanjit Das is a Malaysian. He is a documentary photographer. You can read about him at this link. http://imagingambassadors.sony.net/masters/sanjit-das

Pilar Tuason is the other professional photographer. 
She is the Ambassader of Sony Philippines. 

Notable features of the new camera
World first’s full-frame camera with optical 5-axis image stabilisation - The five axes include angular shake ( pitch and yaw) which occur when shooting with a telephoto lens, shift shake ( along the X and Y axes) that becomes noticeable as photographing magnification increases, and rotational shake ( roll ) that often affects shots at night or when recording video. This feature will benefit any lens ( both native and non-native ) you mount on the camera. Fr still images, stabilisation is equivalent to up to 4.5 steps faster shutter speed of correction.
Speedy, accurate autofocus with Fast Hybrid AF – It has a Wider AF coverage, 30% faster AF and 1.5 times better tracking ability of the previous model.
Better Image quality and video recording using an advanced BIONX X image processing engine and XAVC-S recording
Support S-Log2 gamma function for wider dynamic range, wider S-Gamut mode for a full featured professional video recording capability.
Refine usability include grip shape and height and increase comfortable. The tilting display features White Matic LCD screen for better visibility under the bright sun.
Reliability – Magnesium alloy construction are now on the top, front cover and internal structures for more durability and light weight. Sealing of dials and buttons help to keep moisture and duct out.
Quick Startup faster by 40% then the previous model.
Wi-Fi and NFC for better connectivity with mobile device and support for PlayMemories Camera apps.




Samples photos provided by Sony

Unedited Samples photos taken during the launch using a7II with the kit lens 28-70mm




Launch Special
The a7II is available in stores from 12 Dec 2014. Click on the link below to find out more on the launch special. - http://www.sony.com.sg/microsite/MySony/promotions/alpha_dec14/index2.html

Opinion
My personal preference is a small full frame camera with the capability of taking high resolution photo and video. As I am currently using a Nikon D4 and D750 for both my professional work and leisure/blogging, in time to come, as I get older, I may have to change to a small mirror-less full frame camera to resolve the weight problems of pro DSLR and it’s pro lens. Thus, Sony a7 fit well into my small camera bag.

Sony had demonstrated to us that it is possible to squeeze many features into this the new a7II. With innovation and technology advancement in the coming years, I will not be surprise to see even more great features in the future of a7 series. What’s next…a7r II and a7s II.




Editor: Derrick See
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Isabelle's Closet Fashion Shop at Bugis Street


CHECK OUT MY PRETTY FRIEND'S SHOP @ BUGIS STREET!

with variety of dresses and blouses for you to choose from from..

Here.. with something sporty and comfortable..
which I think its nice to wear to lectures. ;)
 something sweet..
 Something glam.. a very nice simple evening dress..
something kawaii ne~!

**Pls note that all the above clothes MIGHT NOT be available when you are there at the shop!

CHECK OUT HER SHOPS @ BUGIS STREET!
Unit No. CFL/F15 & FFL8

 Click on image to enlarge.


Here's a picture of how the shop front looks like.. to better help you distinguish the shop. :) 

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Year-End Celebration: 50% OFF All Domino's Pizzas in Singapore

Last week, I attended the Domino’s Pizza Singapore Year-End appreciation party together with a group of lifestyle bloggers hosted by The Influencer Network (TIN). It was a fabulous party with friends in this Christmas atmosphere, challenging games and good foods by Dominos.


Merry Christmas from Domino's Pizza!

We started off with playing “Christmas tree” decorating game whereby this poor handsome guy has to be decorated with the stuff given.  Lolol See the final result below!


We keep hanging stuff on his body... Until...

Tadaa! Here the result of our creative decoration! LOL

The Green VS The Red! 

Yay! We won the human decoration game! xD

It’s time for dinner! But first let us take some photograph! Hahaha… Life of a blogger is to take picture before eat. Domino’s always served hot and delicious Domino’s Pizza freshly made from their kitchen. Thumb up for the excellent service! ^^



To kick off the month of celebration, Domino’s Singapore is now having 50% OFF for ALL Domino’s PIZZA!!! This promotion is only valid for Take-Away or Dine-in at all Domino’s stores from 1st December 2014 to 11th January 2015.


Photo with group of blogger friends at Domino's Xmas Party!

Merry Christmas in advance to all my readers! ^^
*PS: I WILL WISH YOU ALL AGAIN*
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