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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Samsung GALAXY Tab 3 8.0" to be available in Singapore from 3 Aug 2013


Samsung today announced the launch of the new GALAXY Tab 3 (8.0") in Singapore, which offers an expanded range of options for consumers to view, listen, create, and share meaningful events and special content. Perfectly suited for surfing the web at home or reading during commute, the GALAXY Tab 3 (8.0") is packed with enhanced content and intuitive design perfect for viewing or sharing content with friends and family, and capturing all of life’s spontaneous moments.

The GALAXY Tab 3 (8.0") will be available in white from August 3, 2013 at $668 for the LTE version without contract and $468 for the WiFi® version at telecommunication operators, major consumer electronics and IT stores, and Samsung Experience Stores.

Key Highlights of the GALAXY Tab 3 (8.0")

  • Comes with a slim bezel for effective and maximum screen use for an exceptional reading and entertainment experience. It is powered by Samsung’s “reading mode” technology which optimizes the display to deliver perfect illumination and tone for comfortable paper-like readability in a variety of lighting conditions.
  • Equipped with intuitive features such as Story Album and Group Play which allow users to instantly share and enjoy music, photos, documents, and games with those around them.
  • Available in LTE and WiFi versions.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Epson L800 Review: Low Cost Printing at High Volumes with Epson L800

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Epson Inkjet Photo L800 is a single function color printer that uses a cost-effective ink tank system which provides low-cost printing at high volumes.   Thanks SAFRA for getting me to review this printer!
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The L800 has a removable paper tray and an additional CD/DVD tray that enables direct printing of labels onto a CD/DVD which spares you from buying additional adhesive labels, a pretty neat feature for a printer.
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What I like about the printer is, when the printer is not in use, both the input and output trays can be kept hidden and this saves on storage.

First up, let’s try the ink cartridges. Compared to traditional ink cartridges, the L800 ink tank system is more cost-effective in the long run as each ink refill goes for only $15.90 and prints up to 1,800* 4R borderless prints with just 1 set of ink and it also supports up to A4 borderless print. 
*Based on ISO/IEC FDIS29103 pattern with Epson’s own methodology.

The system is fitted with filters and tank caps to control airflow and ensure minimal ink wastage from evaporation. There's also a choke valve at the side of the tank to prevent any leakage during transportation.
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Every 70ml bottle of Epson high capacity ink comes with a unique 13-digit code that ensures its authenticity and a cap for easy storage of any unused ink.

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With a photo print speed of up to 13 sec per 4R photo, you can achieve much more with less time. 

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I timed the printing process; it takes less than 2 minutes to print an A4, borderless photo!

With a resolution of 5760dpi and the expanded colour gamut of 6 inks, you can be assured of great quality in photo printing.  Even printing on a sheet of 70g/m2 A4 white plain paper, the quality is still great though the color seems less vibrant compare to the printing on photo paper, but this is mainly due to the quality of the paper. [FYI, the below printout was printed at ‘Photo’ quality only].

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To achieve photo lab quality prints, remember to select the ‘Best Photo’ option in your printer settings.
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The printer comes with the Epson Creativity Suite that allows printing in 3 easy steps.  The following options in the Epson Creativity Suite allow picture perfect printing:
• The Red Eye Correction - Eliminate red eye effect
• Epson Portrait Enhance - allows adjusting the skin tones, colour casts and exposure levels.
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The L800 is no doubt a great photo printer that produces sharp and high quality images with vibrant colors.  However, it would be better if it came with direct printing options such as Bluetooth which is a popular feature among new printers in the market.

For more information on Epson Inkjet Photo L800, please visit Epson Singapore’s official site.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Magnum Singapore Pleasure Store at Clarke Quay


Right at the Clarke Quay’s Central Fountain Square last evening, Magnum Singapore unveiled a new experience of ultimate indulgent pleasure with the opening of the Magnum Singapore Pleasure Store. Together with the opening of the store is the launch of the Magnum Pink Champagne and Magnum Black Espresso ice creams.

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The Magnum Singapore Pleasure Store allows pleasure seekers to design one’s very own Magnum6 simple steps: Coat It, Top It, Set It, Name It, Share It and Love It!

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Besides being able to design your own magnum, you can also indulge in beautiful Magnum dessert creations and cocktail such as ”A Midsummer’s Night Dream” topped with delicious fizzy berries, white chocolate sheet, edible flowers.

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Two other dessert creations available: Vincent Van Gogh and The Carla Bruni
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Coincided with the opening of the Magnum Singapore Pleasure Store is the launch of the Magnum Pink and Magnum Black ice creams. At the launch party, Ms Jaymee Ong dazzled the crowd the Magnum Pink & Black Twitter Vote Dress designed by Cute Circuit.

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The Magnum Pink is a pink Marc de Champagne ice cream coated with a premium pearl scent pink layer of crackling Magnum chocolate sauce whereas the Magnum Black contains intense black espresso coffee swirled in a smooth creamy vanilla ice cream covered in the thick layer of crackling dark Magnum chocolate.

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The new Magnum Pink and Magnum Black will be available island wide on 1st August 2013. As for the Magnum Singapore Pleasure Store, it will be roving around Singapore with the first stop, Clarke Quay Central Fountain Square from 27th July 2013 to 26th August 2013 and will be open daily, from 12 noon to 11 pm. For more information, do visit Magnum Singapore Facebook Page.

Photos Taken by CK Chai

Monday, July 22, 2013

G-Shock Celebrates 30th Birthday with Shock The World 2013 Tour


Casio G-SHOCK today returned with the highly anticipated “SHOCK THE WORLD 2013” tour, in celebration of the iconic timepiece’s 30th birthday across major cities worldwide.



From New York to Berlin and Paris, to Tokyo and Dubai, the “SHOCK THE WORLD” movement has brought together thousands of people since its inception in 2009 across continents and cultures to celebrate the brand and its legacy of trendsetting innovation in timepieces. These tough ‘indestructible’ watches, designed by Kikuo Ibe, Research and Development Chief Engineer of Casio Japan, have ultimately defined the brilliance of combining style and utility, along with superior craftsmanship.


To mark G-SHOCK’s milestone 30th anniversary in Singapore, this year’s “SHOCK THE WORLD 2013” tour in Singapore was held at The Coliseum, Hard Rock Hotel, at the Resorts World Sentosa on 19 July 2013. In an exclusive collaboration between G-SHOCK and two of Singapore’s most talented designers, the event featured the unveiling of limited edition stylized G-SHOCK watches designed by local design icon, Keith Png, who has dressed international movie stars like Zhang Ziyi and the design collective duo, Andrew Loh and Kenny Lim of Depression, who are known across Asia for their signature bold, monochromatic designs.


Here are some highlights of the Shock The World 2013 Tour in Singapore:







(Information from Casio. Photos by CK Chai.)

Hollywood Blockbuster RED 2 Movie Tickets Giveaway

In celebration of its 75 years of heritage, quality and coffee expertise, Singapore’s no.1 coffee brand, NESCAFÉ® has invited Lee Byung-Hun, Heartthrob and king of Korean dramas, as NESCAFÉ® Singapore’s brand ambassador!


In the recent NESCAFÉ® television commercial, the usual cool and manly Lee Byung-Hun display a totally different warm and cheerful side.

Are you guilty of doing what Lee Byung-Hun’s friends did in the commercial during social settings? I'm pretty sure most of us are guilty as charged.

Don't you think Lee Byung-Hun is hot, especially with his sunny smile enjoying his cuppa NESCAFÉ® coffee? Would you like to win a pair of movie tickets to catch Lee Byung Hun’s latest Hollywood Action Blockbuster, RED 2?
 

All you need to do is:
1. Like NESCAFÉ® Facebook Page
2. Like & Share this blog post posted at 楊鴻鵬 HP and indicate what's your most favourite NESCAFÉ® coffee flavour, I'm sure there’s one for everyone. (Pls make sure your sharing setting is set at 'public' )


There will be total 3 pair of tickets to be given away. The giveaway will end 28th July 2013, 2359 hours. Winners will be contacted via Email or Facebook.

About RED 2

In RED 2, the high-octane action-comedy sequel to the worldwide sleeper hit, retired black-ops CIA agent Frank Moses reunites his unlikely team of elite operatives for a global quest to track down a missing portable nuclear device. To succeed, they’ll need to survive an army of relentless assassins, ruthless terrorists and power-crazed government officials, all eager to get their hands on the next-generation weapon. The mission takes Frank and his motley crew to Paris, London and Moscow. Outgunned and outmanned, they have only their cunning wits, their old-school skills, and each other to rely on as they try to save the world—and stay alive in the process. Stars Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Mary-Louise Parker, Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Lee Byung-Hun, Brian Cox, Neal McDonough.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Collect Limited Edition PACIFIC RIM EZ-Link Cards


Fans of PACIFIC RIM can now own a part of the epic adventure! EZ-Link today launched the PACIFIC RIM ez-link card series and the opportunity to get up to 12 months’ worth of free travel on public transport. There are six cards in the series!

The first card in the series featuring the PACIFIC RIM movie poster will be on sale on 18 July; followed by individual Jaeger character art: Gipsy Danger on 23 July, Striker Eureka on 26 July, Cherno Alpha on 31 July, Crimson Typhoon on 5 August and Coyote Tango on 7 August.  PACIFIC RIM is the epic sci-fi action adventure  currently showing in cinemas in 3D and IMAX 3D, where humans build massive robots  known as Jaegers to help combat monstrous alien creatures, known as Kaiju, which threaten to take over the Earth.

How to get them?

Each of the limited edition PACIFIC RIM ez-link cards is available at S$12; with S$5 as cost of the card and S$7 as the minimum top-up value. 

Collect them and stand a chance to win!

Collecting all six designs in the series and sending in a picture of the collection to promotions@ezlink.com.sg will give the collector a chance to win a year’s worth of free travel on public transport.

In addition, a total of 10 existing and new EZ-Link Activate! members as well as PAssion Card Activate! members will stand to win three and six months’ worth of free travel on public transport respectively, by sending in any one of the six designs with their NRIC number also to promotions@ezlink.com.sg

Any ez-link card holder can become an EZ-Link Activate! member by signing up at ezlinkactivate.com.sg or via the ‘EZ-Link’ mobile app for free.


Where to get them?

The cards will be available at the TransitLink ticket offices at the following MRT stations, while stocks last:

·         Ang Mo Kio
·         Bugis
·         Cityhall
·         Clementi
·         Raffles Place
·         Sengkang
·         Tampines
·         Orchard
 

This is the second series of limited edition blockbuster movie ez-link cards released by EZ-Link, with the first being the MAN OF STEEL™ ez-link cards launched on 14 June 2013.

(Information from EZ-Link via The Right Spin)

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Stand a chance to win B.A.P Live on Earth Singapore Concert Tickets




Calling all BABYs (B.A.P fans)! F&N Sparkling Drinks is organizing a contest to give out 20 pairs of tickets through their facebook (https://www.facebook.com/FnNFuN) to the B.A.P Live on Earth Singapore 2013!

B.A.P which stands for BEST, ABSOLUTE, PERFECT is a 6-member boy group from South Korea represented by TS entertainment.The members are:

- Bang Yong Guk,
- Zelo,
- Him Chan,
- Dae Hyun,
- Young Jae,
- Jong Up.

They are also known as the “Rookie of the Year” for 2012 and 2013 and have received 14 rookie awards from all around the world.



B.A.P Live on Earth Singapore on the 8 August 2013 will be the final stop for the group to mark the end of their tour in Asia as well as the members’ first ever full-fledged concert in Singapore.

How to join the contest?

It's very simple! Just two steps!

1. Create a fun photo with F&N Sparkling Drinks (like the picture seen in the note: https://www.facebook.com/notes/fn/fns-win-tickets-to-bap-live-on-earth-singapore/10151580451528090 )

2. Send an email to fnnfbcontest@gmail.com with the title: F&N Sparkling Drinks – BAP Facebook Contest. The email must include the following:

Your Full Name (as it appears on your NRIC or Passport):
NRIC/Passport No.:
Mobile Number:

A Fun photo created with F&N Sparkling Drinks

The contest ends on 23.59 hours, 4 August 2013.

Do like F&N Sparkling Drinks Facebook Page!

Meanwhile, do support their new song Hurricane!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Microsoft Surface RT Price Revision



For those who is considering a Surface RT, Microsoft Singapore announced price revisions to Surface RT from 15 July 2013.

Surface RT is available at the following retailers:
·         Challenger (Funan Digital Life Mall, AMK Hub, Bedok Point, Causeway Point, Changi City Point, The Clementi Mall, Funan DigitaLife Mall, Great World City, Hougang Mall, IMM Jurong, Jcube, Jurong Point, 112 Katong, nex Serangoon, North Point, Parkway Parade, Plaza Singapura, Tampines 1, Tiong Bahru, Vivocity, and White Sands.)
·         Harvey Norman (Parkway Parade, The Centrepoint, Funan Digital Life Mall, Millenia Walk, Square 2)
·         Newstead (Jurong Point, DigitalStyle @Funan DigitaLife Mall, IMM, Nex, Sim Lim Square #03-90/91) outlets.
For more information on Surface, please visit surface.com/sg

New Price from 15 July 2013:


New Price from 15/7/13
(prices inclusive of GST)
Old Price
(prices inclusive of GST)
Surface RT 32GB
$488
$668
Surface RT 64GB
$618
$798
Surface RT 32GB Bundle with Touch Cover
$618
$798
Surface RT 64GB Bundle with Touch Cover
$748
$928


(Photo and information from Microsoft Singapore via Infom Asia.)

Monday, July 15, 2013

Jay Chou 周杰伦 《天台》 Rooftop Movie Review


Jay Chou 周杰伦 《天台》 Rooftop Movie Review:
  •  The concept idea of the whole movie is very interesting, entertaining and creative
  •  stunning graphical illustrate animation
  •  Story flow of the movie is fresh and smooth
  •  《哪里都是你》 MV is shown inside this movie
  •  Exciting action climax
  •  Trendy and catchy background music
  •  Beautiful classical musical dance
  •  Lovely and romantic
  •  Awesome cinematography and dance choreography in this movie
  •  It include happiness and sadness feeling which able to give audience a realistic twist in this movie

It’s recommended and worth to watch this movie especially with your loved one! I rate the Jay Chou Rooftop movie 5/5 star! ^^

Friday, July 12, 2013

Sony Launches New Review Programme for Alpha Lens

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Sony today announced the start of of its “ alpha Lens Library” programme, where new and existing My Sony members, who are owners of its popular range of interchangeable lens cameras such as the SLT-A99, NEX-6 and NEX-VG900, are now able to loan and test any lens before purchase.

New and existing registered My Sony members can review up to 20 of Sony’s popular lens models and adapters for a nominal fee. The lens selection include Sony’s popular Carl Zeiss® Sonnar optical lens and also the E-Mount lens line-up for up to five calendar days (including both pick-up and return dates).

Interested members of the public are encouraged to visit the Sony Store at Isetan Orchard any day of the week during its opening hours of 11am to 9pm daily.

For more information about the programme and terms and conditions of the loans, please visit www.sony.com.sg/alphalenslibrary.



(Information from Sony Singapore via Waggener Edstrom)

Sunday, July 7, 2013

SingTel Hawker Heroes Winners

The top three hawker heroes prepared for a mouth-watering culinary cook-off against Michelin-starred heavyweight Gordon Ramsay in the SingTel Hawker Heroes cook-off.

On 5 and 6 July, Chef Ramsay spent time with each of the three hawkers to learn their signature dishes: chicken ricechilli crab and laksa. Here are some photos!

Chef Gordon Ramsay at Jumbo Seafood restaurant!









Gordon Ramsay and Mr Ryan Koh at 328 Katong Laksa!
Gordon Ramsay at Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice Stall.
The contest was held at Newton Food Centre where more than 1000 members of the public, including excited Singaporeans who started queuing from the night before, witnessed the exciting culinary showdown and sampled chicken rice, laksa and chilli crab prepared by Chef Ramsay and the hawkers. 

The results are out!


Winners:

Chicken Rice – Tian Tian Chicken Rice

Chili Crab – Gordon Ramsay

Laksa – 328 Katong Laksa

Overall winner: Singapore’s Hawker Heroes!

The Singapore hawker heroes narrowly edged-out Chef Ramsay in the live poll by 6 per cent of the total vote in the closely contested battle. In each dish category, Tian Tian Chicken Rice won by 6 per cent, 328 Katong Laksa by 19 per cent and Chef Ramsay’s version of Chilli Crab triumphed by 5 per cent.  
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(Images credit SingTel Facebook and SingTel Hawker Heroes Cook-Off website. Information from SingTel via Ogilvy.)

Friday, July 5, 2013

Ultimate Ears UE Boom Review

Ultimate Ears (UE) recently launched their spanking new UE Boom speakers. I was given the opportunity to review this and to be honest was quite excited, considering all the raves it has been receiving.

Packed in a sleek casing that comes together when purchased at retail outlets, the UE Boom weighs at 538g. While travelling, the speakers can be placed in a bag or can be hung from your as it comes with an easy to hang hook for those who prefer that. The speakers come with a 15-hour rechargeable battery.


With cool colours of Blue, Red, White and Black, the UE speakers are water and stain resistant. This is a good function to have, in view of Singapore’s sometimes weird weather patterns. This has been tested by Darren (http://www.darrensim.com), but please DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME! 

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(Doesn't it look delicious? Hehe!)

UE speakers are easy to operate and have been created with simplicity in mind, doing away with the typical manuals. One swift press of the button turns on the speakers and another to set it to Bluetooth pairing mode. The huge buttons for the volume make it easy on the fingers when partying! A shortcut, when the volume buttons are pressed at the same time, it will reveal the battery percentage, so that you know when to charge your rechargeable battery. With a 15-hour rechargeable battery, you’d probably not do this too often. 
As an added advantage, a mic is also included for the UE Speakers to be used as a speakerphone.  


For Android smartphones (with NFC capabilities) connecting to the UE speakers could not have been made any easier. A simple tap on the UE Boom with your smartphone is all you need to get connected. For those with smartphones without the NFC capabilities, not to worry you are not left out, connect with Bluetooth, and you’re all set. 

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With two drivers, the bass that the UE Speakers give out is apt for its nifty size. Upon connecting with my smartphone, it does take a while for it to hook up with both speakers for the first time through the UE Boom app. Subsequent re-connections yielded better response time. However, you have to connect one speaker first through the smartphone OS and the other through the app. This is also the reason why I got two review sets instead of one.


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Another shot taken at the UE Boom launch party. On the left, that is the same speaker that was tested with the tomato sauce and it washed off cleanly with water and... still works!
The other two colours available in Singapore are Blue and Red.


Each UE Boom is priced at S$299 (SRP).
 
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