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Friday, September 30, 2016

Fall into the Darkness Nightmares at Halloween Horror Nights 6 at Universal Studio Singapore

The annual deadly festive at Resorts World Sentosa is back! Halloween Horror Nights 6 (HHN6) returns Universal Studio Singapore (USS) this year with new-series of 5 terrifying haunted houses and 2 scare zones from Singapore-inspired haunting to western horrors.

From HHN1 to HHN5, this year marked my 6th Halloween Horror Nights with my awesome friends at USS. Hence, Halloween Horror Nights 6 brings me into a spectacular darkness nightmares at Universal Studio Singapore whereby my friends and I experiencing a dream walk at the Old Changi Hospital to visiting a terror Hawker Centre, followed by soul’s procession at the Hu Li’s Inn, Salem Witch House and Bodies of Work. Well, the 5 haunted houses are ready to lead you and your friends to 5 amazing darkness-frightening experience in this Halloween seasons.

Let's get ready to enter the nightmares!

Hu Li’s Inn (狐姬客栈)
Delve into an Old Shanghai Hu Li’s Inn ambiances, where indulgence reigns the night. As man falls for the mystical charms of these mistresses, their beauty fades away to unveil the true evil within.

Old Changi Hospital (旧樟宜阴魂)
Old Changi Hospital, one the most haunted places in Singapore will be on set featured at the HHN6 at USS this year. Visitors who dare enter will chance upon vengeful ghosts from Singapore’s bloodiest history – from patients who do not know they are dead to the Pontianak, a female Malay vampire who wanders the hallways.
Bodies of Work (血尸秘展)
Artist Damien Shipman will take fans on a heinous trip down memory lane as he unveils his controversial exhibition titled Bodies of Work. Displayed in a macabre fashion, his twisted memories are played out in this horrific homage to his family who perished tragically in a fire.


Salem Witch House (塞勒姆女巫之家)
Evil lurks in the air, for the wicked ones stir within Maison Deux-Six. As the scorn of Defeo Witches makes the living pay in blood and soul.


Hawker Centre Massacre (小贩中心食人宴)
Mayhem breaks loose at the Hawker Centre Massacre where a meal turns into a banquet of horror as victims of radioactive food poisoning transform into savage, flesh-eating creatures.

March of the Dead (死神降世祭典)
Shiver your soul at HHN6! Aside the 5 haunted houses, local and international visitors may also witness the fire-ever carnival procession in a zone lined with deadly descendants, exhumed coffins and larger-than-life skeletons, all led by the ominous Lady Death. The procession culminates in an action-packed live show that celebrates the deceased in the haunting March of the Dead.

My verdict:
I had a wonderfully terrifying experience at the Halloween Horror Nights 6 at Universal Studio Singapore this year. The scare crew were professionals and the environment was well decorated. I enjoyed walking through the spooky haunted houses, especially the Hawker Centre Massacre. It was particularly unpredictable and was full of unexpected surprises. I am sure you and your friends will have a good time scaring yourselves. Overall, I rate HHN6 7.5/10 stars.

The Halloween Horror Nights 6 will be held at the Universal Studio Singapore, Resort World Sentosa from 30 September to 31 October 2016 and the standard tickets are selling at S$65 and S$69. Please click here for more information about the HHN6 tickets pricing and event activities.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

New Transit Visa Rules Make Visiting Qatar Easier

Qatar Tourism Authority, Qatar Airways and Qatar’s Ministry of Interior announced a revised tourism visa scheme available to passengers transiting through Doha in a move to promote Qatar as a world-class stopover destination.

The new transit visa structure now allows passengers with a minimum transit time of five hours in Hamad International Airport, to stay in Qatar for up to 4 days, without the requirement to apply ahead of time for an entry visa.

This is a significant increase from the previous transit visa scheme, which allowed travellers with a minimum layover of eight hours to spend a maximum of 48 hours (2 days) in Qatar. This increase is designed to make stopovers easier and more attractive to Qatar Airways’ global passengers, and aims to deliver additional value to the local economy while strengthening Qatar’s position as an attractive tourist destination.

The Qatar transit visa is free of charge and available on arrival at Hamad International Airport to passengers of all nationalities, upon confirmation of onward journey and completion of passport control procedures. All visas are approved and issued at the sole discretion of the Ministry of Interior.

To maximise on the transit through Qatar, visitors can explore Discover Qatar stopover packages offered by Qatar Airways Holidays. These include, desert safaris, city tours, visits to Katara Cultural Village, Souq Waqif and The Pearl-Qatar island, museum and art gallery visits, architectural tours, and hotel bookings.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

[Review] Precise actions with The Magnificent 7 Movie

The Magnificent 7 is an American-Western action film directed director Antoine Fuqua and lead cast by the 7 marksman includes Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D'Onofrio, Lee Byung-hun, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo and Martin Sensmeier.

My verdict:
The classic action movie kicked off at the Old West town of Rose Creek with the spectacular fighting climax. I like the precise cinematography that blends well with the background music and effects which gave audiences a thrilling attention. It is an inspiring moment when you see the magnificent seven fights more for themselves than money to protect the town resident. I rate the Magnificent 7 Movie: 3.5/5 star.

The Magnificent 7 Movie Synopsis:
Director Antoine Fuqua brings his modern vision to a classic story in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures’ and Columbia Pictures’ The Magnificent Seven. With the town of Rose Creek under the deadly control of industrialist Bartholomew Bogue (Peter Sarsgaard), the desperate townspeople employ protection from seven outlaws, bounty hunters, gamblers and hired guns—Sam Chisolm (Denzel Washington), Josh Farraday (Chris Pratt), Goodnight Robicheaux (Ethan Hawke), Jack Horne (Vincent D’Onofrio), Billy Rocks (Byung-Hun Lee), Vasquez (Manuel Garcia-Rulfo), and Red Harvest (Martin Sensmeier). As they prepare the town for the violent showdown that they know is coming, these seven mercenaries find themselves fighting for more than money.


Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Easy Living Experience at Hotel Novotel Phuket Phokeethra by AccorHotels

Located in the historic heart of beautiful Phuket island, the new Hotel Novotel Phuket Phokeethra by AccorHotels is now opens to the travellers. Situated close to the old quarter with its ancient architecture, Buddhist temples and Taoist shrines, the hotel offers inquisitive travellers an opportunity to immerse themselves in a time when prosperity first arrived on the island through the stunning heritage and blend of architecture.

The Novotel Phuket Phokeethra hotel featuring 180 spacious rooms and suites with city, mountain and bay views, the hotel’s stylish rooms offer premium bathroom amenities, LCD TVs, and complimentary Wi-Fi and minibars. For wellness, fitness and relaxation, the hotel has a spa, gym and an indoor pool.


An elegant counterpoint to the abundant street fare outside the hotel, the all-day dining restaurant, AMOR, serves delicious local and international cuisine, and the Sino-Portuguese-inspired Estrela Sky Lounge offers breathtakingly panoramic views of the city, the bay and the mountains, while the chic lobby lounge, LUA, is an inviting rendezvous point.

For meetings, events and conferences, the hotel can accommodate up to 850 guests in its state-of-the-art Grand Ballroom with vaulted ceilings and offers four additional meeting rooms.

With more than 30 beaches on the island, guests will never be far from the sea – Patong Beach, Kata Beach and Karon Beach are just a short ride from the hotel. A five-minute drive to Thalang Road and Promthep Clock Tower in Phuket Old Town and 40 minutes from Phuket International Airport, the hotel is located at 40 Chanajaroen Road, Tambol Talad Yai, Amphur Muang Phuket.

Starting from 1st September to 30th November 2016, guests can enjoy a two-night stay at Hotel Novotel Phuket Phokeethra from THB 3,450++ per night inclusive of a THB 1,000 credit that can be used on dining or spa treatments.

For reservations please e-mail H9932-RE@accor.com
or call +66 (0) 76-397-777
Click here for more information

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

5 Key Factors about the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

Canon launched the latest full frame EOS 5D Mark IV camera, offering professional photographers and filmmakers stellar performance and speed to deliver captivating narratives in both still and video formats.

The EOS 5D Mark IV extends the legacy of the 5D series with improvements on key features found in the popular EOS 5D Mark III, and best-in-class technology and features found in professional EOS models like the EOS-1D X Mark II. New features such as support for Dual Pixel Raw (DPRAW) format and 4K frame grabs will empower photographers with greater control when creating and capturing their shots.

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV will be available in Singapore at all Canon authorised dealers from 8 September 2016.


Model

Recommended Retail Price

EOS 5D Mark IV body

$5,199

EOS 5D Mark IV Kit (with EF24-70mm f/4L IS USM)

$6,249

EOS 5D Mark IV Kit(with EF24-105mm f/4L IS II USM)

$6,599

BG-E20 Battery Grip

$429


5 Key Factors about Canon EOS 5D Mark IV:

1. Remarkable still photo performance
EOS 5D Mark IV comes equipped with Dual Pixel RAW (DPRAW) –a feature which enables adjustments to be made to images after a photo is taken. This new version of RAW image data contains Dual Pixel information that allows precise adjustments to be made in post-production via DPP, providing professional photographers an edge in terms of precision enhancements.

With this feature, users can make micro adjustments to the position of maximum sharpness and resolution based on the depth of subject, reposition the viewpoint to horizontally shift the foreground bokeh, as well as reduce ghosting and flare effects in images.

2. Professional 4K movie and image quality
With the EOS 5D Mark IV’s ability to shoot smooth 4K videos at 30fps, picture-perfect moments from a video can be extracted as a JPEG image at a resolution of approximately 8.8 megapixelsusing the camera’s in-built 4K frame grab feature, suitable for creating A3 sized prints. Compared to 7fps continuous shooting in viewfinder mode, the 4K frame grab capability allows photographers to capture a decisive moment at a much higher speed.

The HDR movie function allows users can capture beautiful 30p videos in a brightly-lit environment without risking overexposure. In addition, the Time-lapse movie feature allows users to create time-lapse movies by gathering and connecting photos shot at regular intervals.

3. Wi-Fi / NFC connectivity and in-built GPS
The EOS 5D Mark IV is designed with in-built Wi-Fi and Near Field Communications (NFC) capabilities. This enables users to easily transfer videos and images to external devices via FTP or FTPS service, via the Camera Connect app, or upload them directly on to social media sites. This potentially improves the workflow for many photographers, especially those in the field.

Remote shooting can be activated via the Camera Connect app, so users will have the flexibility to take photos or record videos from a distance using their smartphones. NFC enables quicker connection between the EOS 5D Mark IV and most NFC-enabled devices, and can be set up simply by tapping them together.

Equipped with an in-built GPS, the EOS 5D Mark IV can record location data of images into Exif data without requiring an external GPS unit. The ability to automatically record location details of where photos were taken would be especially useful for photographers who work on-the-go.

4. Sturdy design and easy operability
Built for durability, the EOS 5D Mark IV is designed for enhanced dust- and water-resistant performance, for use in challenging environments. The exterior body of the camera is protected and sealed with an outer rubber coating or dust/water-resistant sealing material at all of its joint areas .
With the Intelligent Viewfinder II, users will be able to check and adjust shooting functions without taking their eyes off the subject. They can also customise the display to include an electronic level and other functions. With the electronic level displayed, users can view the current tilt and rotation of the camera, which makes it easier to compose their shots.

The EOS 5D Mark IV’s LCD monitor also features customisable touch panel functions, allowing users to quickly navigate menus and adjust settings such as shutter speeds, ISO speeds, and AF and AE functions. The touch shutter function also allows users to snap a photo simply by tapping the LCD screen to focus and shoot. Touch panel sensitivity can also be adjusted, or deactivated altogether. With its Touch AF capability, live-view shooting will be more intuitive and comfortable for users.

5. New lens and accessory to complement performance
The highly reputed EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens, originally released as a kit lens for the EOS 5D in 2005, has now been updated with the latest L series enhancements to match the higher rendering power of the EOS 5D line. These include improved optical performance, significant flare and ghosting suppression through the use of Air Sphere Coating (ASC), IS performance upgrades, fluorine coating for improved durability, and quieter operation to suit videography usage. The EF24-105mm f/4L IS II USM’s zoom range covers everything from wide-angle to mid-telephoto shots, to complement the versatility attainable with the EOS 5D Mark IV.

Also new to the EOS range of accessories is the optional BG-E20 battery grip. Featuring a slimmed down grip, it provides improved handling when shooting in portrait orientation. Powered by up to 2 LP-E6/ LP-E6N batteries, the BG-E20 prolongs the battery life, lending users extra support for long periods of movie or stills shooting. In addition, the grip is assembled with the same build quality as the EOS 5D Mark IV, a dust/water resistant design, to deliver the same level of durability.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Artistic fusion dining experiences at the Froth Café Singapore

The newly revamped Froth is now nestled in Ascott Raffles Place. Just a stone’s throw away from Raffles Place MRT station, the 140-seater restaurant exudes a minimalist vibe and opts for the dichotomy of black and white as its colour scheme. Its muted interior design however belies the adventurous culinary journey that Chef Derrick brings his guests on.

Oriental Duck Salad ($16.90++) 
Started my meal with oriental duck salad at the Froth Café! What a unique dish, first time heard off duck salad! It’s very rare chef use duck meat to go along with salad because usually it won’t goes very well but this surprised me. Roasted duck, smoked duck, confit duck all mixed in the spring roll, turnip, carrot and pistachio topped it up with citrus plum dressing to open up your appetite.

Beef Carpaccio ($17.90++)
It was served with wagyu beef slices, hazelnuts, sundried tomatoes, baby cress, and topped up with truffle mayonnaise and hazelnut dressing. Don’t worry the truffle mayonnaise wasn’t too overpowering.

Five Spice Wagyu Patty Burger ($34.90++)
A beautiful marriage of east meets west in Five Spice Wagyu Patty Burger. Think the traditional ngoh hiang, but with a wagyu twist. The patty is wrapped in crispy beancurd skin and then deep fried to perfection. Completing the towering burger are baby arugula, tomatoes and soft brioche burger buns.

Sio Bak Aglio ($25.90++)
My personaly favourite dish among all!! This linguine was served with their home-made roasted pork belly cracking and pork jerky (Sio bak). The roasted pork belly meat was amazing good, the meat was tender, flavorful and it doesn’t has much fat and oily. The pork belly skin you can simply hear the cracking sound when you bite it.

Asian Barramundi ($32.90++)
Interesting dish! Sear barramundi, asia slaw, mango salsa, puffed rice and grilled clams in their home-made laska sauce. I find that it was a very interesting and unique dish. The laska sauce was flavorful and the spiciness was just right. The sear barramundi was grilled to perfection.

French Toast Waffle ($16.90++)
Cap off the gourmet experience with French Toast Waffle, which is topped with an enticing scoop of gourmet ice cream.

My Verdict:
I enjoyed my dining experience at Froth cafe. Sio bak aglio, oriental duck salad, and their truffle fries that’s worth all your travel time and calories! Trust me, you won’t regret it! I definitely will be back for more.

Froth Cafe Address Location:
Level 2 at Ascott Raffles Place No 2, Finlayson Green S049247

Contact: 6336 1228
Opening Hours:
Monday - Saturday: 7am - 1030am
Sunday: 1130am - 10pm

Facebook: www.facebook.com/froth.sg
Instagram: www.instagram.com/froth.sg

Sunday, September 11, 2016

My 8 Favourite Stops at the Singapore Toy, Game & Comic Convention (STGCC) 2016

The annual Singapore Toy, Game and Comic Convention (STGCC) returns Singapore with the hottest pop culture and exclusive collectibles treasure to comic book fans, toy collector, gamer and Cosplayers, held at the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Level B2, Hall E and F on 10 and 11 September.

It was a spectacular event crowded with anime and comic book fans, cosplay talent and gamer that witness their wonderful moment with their favourite artistes at this year STGCC. Toy collectors are also able to purchase the exclusive collectible figures from Marvel superhero, DC comics to Star Wars collection series as well as the recent world trending, Pokemon. Below here are my 8 favourite stops at the Singapore Toy, Game & Comic Convention 2016.

1. Marvel Superhero - The Iron Patriot
A fabulous detailed masterpiece of the Marvel Superhero, Iron Patriot displays at this year Singapore Toy, Game & Comic Convention. Marvel Comic fans will love it!

2. Gen 3, Pokeball by the Phoenix Orb Project
Purchase your favourite Pokemon merchandise such as Pokeballs, Pokecoins, Gym Badges and Mega Stone Pendants at The Phoenix Orb Project booth in this Singapore Toy, Game & Comic Convention exhibition 2016.

3. One Piece Toy Figures by Figuarts Zero
For One Piece Fans! You may find and purchase the exclusive One Piece Figures from Figuarts Zero at the STGCC. For more, you may also visit my previous article that share about the Tokyo One Piece Tower: Click Here

4. Pikachu Hat and Headband
Pokemon fans alert! The valuable Pikachu hat and headband all the way from Japan will be available at the STGCC. This booth had attracted group of youngster and kids too!

5. Exclusive Collectible Figurines at the XM Studios
Exclusive collectible figurines can be found at the XM Studios, one of the featured at the Singapore Toy, Game & Comic Convention 2016.

6. Star Wars displays by the Beast Kingdom and Falcons Hangar
Visitors and Star Wars fans may grab a photo opportunity with their favourite Star Wars character featured by the Beast Kingdom and Falcons Hangar at the STGCC 2016.

7. Tamusic and Akairyusei Booth
Are you fans of Japanese anime music? If so, this is the booth you need to visit. The booth features more than 20 original anime music and song and you may have a chance to listen live play by the talented booth owner too.

8. Civil War: Choose a side - Ironman vs. Captain America by Hot Toys
This is one of my most favourite displays I saw at this year STGCC exhibition. Ironman vs. Captain America figurines are really well done and I believe all visitors, including marvel fans will love it! Cheers!

The above featured are based on personal opinion! Hope you have enjoyable weekends visiting the Singapore Toy, Game & Comic Convention exhibition at the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre. The STGCC tickets are pricing at S$19 and S$28, for one-day and two-day pass respectively.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

One-stop 99 Percent Hair Studio to transform you into a more confident person

Are you looking for a professional hair cut, make up, spa manicure or pedicure? Introducing the 99 Percent Hair Studio nestled in the heart of Bugis, 40 Haji Lane, it is a perfect place to transform you into a more confident person with 100% satisfaction.


Recently, I got invited to try out the hair and spa manicure services offered at 99 Percent Hair Studio. The glossary green matted woody interior caught my attention as I first stepped into the hair studio. I was warmly greeted by the hair stylists and manicurists too.

One key point I admire about the 99 Percent Hair Studio is their professional skills in creating a unique and fanciful hair style both in terms of colouring and styling that will suit your style. My creative hair stylist, Katherine and I had a discussion regarding my hair transformation and here is how it went:

Ready for my 99% hair transformation at 99 Percent Hair Studio! *Excited!*
Oh yes! While having my haircut, concurrently I am doing the Spa Manicure by manicurist, Moon Lim! Their services are excellent and efficient.
The steps for the spa manicure includes, applying mask on full hands, shaping of your nails, soak in sea salt, followed by removing of cuticles and dead skin and buffing of nails to make it shining and lastly to massage with lotion.

Here is my shining nails! Thank you manicurist, Moon Lim!
After a precise haircut by my hairstylist, Katherine, Next was the hair dyed! The hair colour that Katherine chosen for me was Ash Brown. And here goes another 30 minutes…


Tadaaa… Here is the final result!

My Verdict:
It was an amazing hair transformation journey with the professional hair stylists from 99 Percent Hair Studio. I was satisfied with their hairstyling services. A big thank you to my creative hair stylist, Katherine for the smart hair cut. I am in love with my hair style and colour now! I would also like to thank Moon Lim (manicurist) for the spa manicure and hand massage that was really rejuvenating. Overall, 99 Percent Hair Studio is a highly recommended hair salon to visit for a change in haircut. Start pamper yourself at the 99 Percent Hair Studio today!

Had a photoshoot in my new hair style! Geng Hui from TanGengHui Photography shot a series of street style photographs a few days ago and below are some of the images he captured.





Photographs credit to Geng Hui from TanGengHui Photography

99 Percent Hair Studio Pricing:

Do follow 99 Percent Hair Studio Facebook page and Instagram 
to know more about their latest promotion.

99 Percent Hair Studio Address Location:
Bugis - 40 Haji Lane #01-01 Singapore 189233 (Tel:63963667)
Katong - 42 East Coast Rd #01-03 MODA Singapore 428762 (Tel:67027062)
Ochard Central - 181 Orchard Road, #04-10/11 Singapore 238896 (Tel: 62383667)

Opening hours: 11am to 8.30pm (Monday to Saturday) & 11am to 7.30pm (Sunday)
Website: www.99percenthairstudio.com.sg
 
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