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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Travel in Style with SONY NEX-5T

Do you like to share your fun travel photos with the rest? From 30 October till 11 December 2013 share your captured memories when abroad on the captureyourtravel.sony-asia.com microsite and you may stand a chance to win the latest SONY NEX-5T!


The new SONY NEX-5T packs pro-quality pictures and wireless freedom into a power packed, pocket-sized camera with the limitless creativity of interchangeable lenses. In addition to being Wi-Fi enabled, the SONY NEX-5T is the first interchangeable lens E-mount camera from Sony with NFC. This gives users the extra convenience of One-touch wireless connection with Android smartphones and tablets for easy sharing of images on their social networks wherever they are.

Submit your holiday photos to three categories - Perspective, Poses and Open Category and your captured fond memories can be one of the ten shortlisted photos per category. Three Grand Prize winners from each category will be announced on 19 December 2013, who will walk away with the SONY NEX-5T and US$1,000 in travel vouchers from Sony to fund their next travel destination!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Captain Phillips Movie Review


Thanks Sony Pictures Singapore for the great invitation to Captain Philips movie premiere last evening. I am glad to have this opportunity to catch Captain Philips movie in advance before everyone does and i like this movie alot!

Captain Philips Movie Review:
Captain Philips Movie is film based on true story of Captain Richard Phillips facing a hijacking situation by Somali Pirates, the book of "A Captain's Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALS, and Dangerous Days at Sea". Hence, director’s Paul Greengrass had transform the whole incident and experience into a thriller action movie lead cast by Tom Hanks.


My review of Captain Philips Movie is that, it has a great smooth story flow, the dramatic climax was impressive as it able to catch audience attention and also, the moral of story of this movie was very inspiriting and motivating. Thus, the main story between the captain and pirates had also touched me with their attitude and profession. Likewise, ‘Never give up’ and ‘professionalism’ is the key message in this movie.

In life, everything will be fine if you think positivity. The wisdoms of this movie had showcase the spirits of Navel Team in planning out the work flow of rescue a hostage and how they solve critical problem in the smartest way when they facing a terrible situation. Want to know more? Do watch this movie in the cinema theater!! The Captain Philips Movie will be release in Singapore cinema theatre on 14 November 2013, it’s recommended and I rate Captain Philips movie 4/5 stars.



Captain Phillips Movie Synopsis:
Columbia Pictures' action-thriller Captain Phillips stars two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks in the true story of Captain Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the US-flagged MV Maersk Alabama, the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in two hundred years.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Hee Wellness Magic Duo Review


Have you ever heard of LED Light Therapy?  Your first thought is probably, is this harmful to our body? The LED light Therapy actually uses the light-emitting diodes to deliver low-level pulses of light via different wavelengths to create optimal effects on the skins, such as relieving inflammatory pain for acne-ridden skin, stimulating the whitening and anti-aging effects on one’s skin.

The beneficial effects of LED light therapy have been vigorously tested, evaluated and validated by NASA,  universities, medical labs, dermatologists, aestheticians and even by consumers around the world.  So far, there is no known side effects.

Sometime back, I was asked to do a review on one of such premium beauty devices with LED Light theraphy properties from Hee (姬), which was originally designed by Korean scientists, and subsequently clinically tested in Korea hospitals before its official launch. It has since been launched in Korea and Japan. It is currently designed and manufactured by a company based in Hong Kong.

There are 4 types of the premium beauty devices as below, targeted at three skin conditions that are often the grouses of many women – acne, ageing skin and dark spots, and assist in the treatment of these skin conditions in a natural, safe and effective way.

• Hee Magic Acne ($S240) - helps to reduce inflammation and pain commonly associated with acne breakouts and also aid in the healing of scars caused by acne.

• Hee Magic White ($S220) - helps users achieve radiant and clear-looking skin by removing dark spots and lightening freckles, etc.

• Hee Magic Collagen ($S220) - halts the passage of time by boosting the growth of collagen and helps in reducing wrinkles and visible fine lines.

• Hee Magic Duo ($S298) - the ultimate device boasting both Hee Magic White and Hee Magic Collagen, which is suitable for users who want to obtain youthful, fairer and clearer-looking skin.


After some consideration, I decided to try on the Hee Magic Duo as I hope to reduce some of the fine lines as well as lighten my face pigmentation.

The Magic Duo is elegantly packed in a tiffany blue box and comes with different adapter head for the charger which makes it versatile for use in different countries and facilitate for use during overseas trip.  There is also an eyeshade provided, which is recommended for use during treatment, reason being, while the light emitted from the Hee Premium Series is not harmful to the naked eye but may cause discomfort when shone into the eye.


The device is compact, portable and suitable for all skin types, making it an ideal choice for the busy women on the go, and busy moms too.

When fully charged, the Magic Acne is estimated to fulfil around 40 treatments while Magic White, Magic Collagen and Magic Duo are estimated to fulfil around 60 treatments each.  So there’s literally no need to worry about the cumbersome process of having to charge the device every day.

The process of doing the light therapy is simply easy.  Just place the device about 5 – 10mm away from the treatment area and hold at the same position till the light from the device switches off automatically. For Hee Magic Collagen, it is recommended to treat the affected areas just once per day.


Normally, I do not put on the eyeshade.  Rather, I just shut my eyes and lay on the bed to do the light therapy just before I tuck into sleep.  During the process, I can feel the heat transmission from the device, however, there is no pain nor discomfort encountered.
 



 After 1 month’s usage, it is obvious that the frown lines near my forehead have lightened much.

 Before
After

As for the pigmentation, there hasn’t been very obvious result, but it can be noticed that there are certain spots that have lighten a little.

Before

After

Disclaimer: There have not been any special filter used in the both before and after used photos, the difference is only on the light settings.

In order to obtain optimal results, consistent treatment on a daily basis is recommended. Most users have reported visible results after 2 to 3 weeks of consistent treatment.  However, this will also be very much dependent on the individual's lifestyle, environment, diet, habits and genes.

Basically, some improvement to my skin condition can be seen within the 1 month’s trial use, I believe, if used for long time, and with disciplined lifestyle and diet, I can expect to see more results. 

Just a side note, as the device is round, those with smaller palms may have difficulty in grabbing the device firmly.  I would think that if there can be a string attached to the device, it will be great.  It can minimize of the chances of the device falling off from the palm.

The Hee beauty devices are currently available online at http://www.hee-wellness.com/ with free delivery within Singapore and 1 year International warranty.



Saturday, October 26, 2013

The Amazing Unexpected Holiday by DBS TravellerShield


Woohoo! While I was shopping with friends in town today, I chanced upon an event happening at Ngee Ann City Atrium on basement 2 so I decided to check it out. DBS was having an event there to promote their new service that will come soon with their Travellershield Insurance plans.


There was a photo booth and they were offering FREE photo taking services – 
of course we just had to get our photo shoot professionally done! Yay and say Cheese! ^^

Omg! It's a surprise! Check out my photos below!

And I found out that this event was tied to a contest too! Because after my photo was taken, it was instantly uploaded on to the DBS Facebook Page after which, I had to tag myself, share with my friends and get them to like it.
WHY…?

Because if my photo gets the most likes I am going to be going to “Dimsum” land for FREE! Yes!!! They are giving away a pair of tickets to Hong Kong on Cathay Pacific airways!

You guys should go check this cool photo booth out yourselves. They will still be there tomorrow, 27 Oct 2013 (Sunday) anytime from 12PM to 9PM. So bring your friends, family and get your best pose on! Cos you’ll never know, you might win those free tickets to Hong Kong!


Introducing TravelAlert by DBS TravellerShield
I had so much fun taking pictures with friend at the photo booth and I am glad that through this event, I have a better understanding to know about the new DBS travel insurance too. I was so sold on this new service from TravellerShield that the minute I got home, I did my research! And I find it interesting and really useful for our daily life.

Hmm… So what is TravellerShield? Well, TravellerShield is a comprehensive travel insurance plan from MSIG Insurance, is designed to take a load off your mind and let you truly enjoy your trip.

Not everything may go as well as planned when we are on holiday. There’re many other factors that may disrupt our holiday plans such as transport delays, extreme weather or strikes.


So it’s great that now DBS TravellerShield comes with the new TravelAlert Service. With this service, we can be informed through SMS alerts on safety and security related information about our travel destination; providing early warning for you to take action or make alternative plans.

The alerts will be sent via SMS so no worries if you are in the middle of nowhere with no WiFI connection – you will still be notified! That’s cool ya! ^^

TravelAlert Service is exclusive to the new TravellerShield Single Trip Premier Plan and Classic & Premier Annual Plan purchases via the DBS website or branches.


Good news to share also – Starting from now till 31 Dec, 
if you purchase the above plans, 
you will get to enjoy 25% premium discount and get a free gift!


To understand more about how it works, watch this video!


Visit http://bit.ly/UnexpectedHoliday to find out more now!

In the meantime, PLEASE VOTE FOR ME OK?
Online voting ends on 11 November 2013 at 12PM!
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Thursday, October 24, 2013

The Epson Stylus Photo R3000 Printer Review


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The Epson Stylus® Photo R3000 is clearly meant for photo enthusiasts or designers who needed quality professional printing. This seemingly big and bulky printer allows you to print up to A3 size. There is also a CD/DVD mounting tray that allows direct printing on the surface of discs.


The Epson UltraChrome® K3 Ink with Vivid Magenta helps to deliver vibrant blues and violets. The 9-colour pigment ink ensures greater colour accuracy and virtually no colour shifts.


It comes with a 2.5" LCD Panal that allows you to check the printer status - ink levels and menu settings at your convenience. In addition, it also displays on-screen instructions to show you how to feed special media such as fine art paper or board paper, as well as performing other operations.


Best of all, the R3000 can be shared within workgroups with its WIFI/Ethernet function. It support for USB 2.0 further expands connectivity options while WIFI access extends to new generation PEDs like the Apple iPad and iPhone.

I tried printing on A4 paper and it took a couple of minutes to print out. There is some slight noise when it first started processing the print request. However, once it pulled in the paper for printing, you barely hear anything.



I tested printing a couple photos with "dreamy effect", "HDR effect" and of normal shoot mode, and the final results is simply stunning! The colours are of such vibrancy that I can't wait to frame these up and used these for my room decoration. I believe these pictures after framed up, can serve as nice gifts to friends too.



Last but not least, thanks SAFRA for getting me to review this awesome printer!

For more info, visit: http://www.epson.com.sg


Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Food Review: Bear Bites Singapore 熊の食 at SCAPE


Hi Readers! Have you seen the cutest Bear Paw Burger start to pop out in town? Well, maybe you guys have seen it on instagram and facebook and wondering whether is it selling in Singapore or Taiwan? Yes! Today going to introduce you peoples an adorable outdoor café in Singapore – ‘Bear Bites 熊の食’ located in the heart of Orchard Road at SCAPE*.

Bear Bites 熊の食originated from Fengjia night market (逢甲夜市) in Taiwan, was started by the founder (Mr Avery) in 2010. Mr Avery got his inspiration during his holiday in Japan to create this unique burger. The Bear Paw Burger is a combination of the Taiwanese steamed bun with Japanese food. With a short period of 3 years, there are more than 10 branches across Taiwan today and proven to be a success story.


Hence, the Bear Bites branch in Singapore has its alfresco concept whereby visitors are able to enjoy their delightful Bear Paw Burger under a big shady tree. Thus, with the peaceful and lovely ambient, this is also a good place for you to have a memorable date with your love one. Alternative, it is also a place for you to have a pleasant friend gathering too.


Before hop into their signature dishes, let’s have some cheese fries for our appetizer dish and not to forget their savoury sauces to spice up their main dishes.



Cute Bear Paw Buns for Bear Paw Gelato


Likewise, having thought of creating your very own mouthful Bear Paw Burger at Bear Bites, it consists of three main things which are ‘Meat’, ‘Bun’ and ‘Sauce’. Check out the steps below here:

Step 1: Choose a Meat
Karaage Crispy Chicken ($4.80) / Oishi Fish Fillet ($5.80)

Step 2: Choose a Bun
Original Milk / Brown Sugar / Yam / Curry / Oat / Squid Ink / Strawberry (seasonal)

Step 3: Choose a Sauce
Mushroom / Sweet & Spicy Thai / Black Pepper / Tartar / Honey Mustard / Golden Cheese

There are also set meal which starts from $7.80 which includes karaage crispy chicken/ Oishi Fish Fillet with steamed bun + fries + bottled drinks. Add $1 to upsize to cheese fries. Ala carte burger starts from $4.80. *All buns are freshly imported from Taiwan so that consumers can taste the original.




Here not the end yet! You may want to end your delightful meal with their signature dessert – The Bear Paw Gelato. Yup! It is an ice cream Bear Paw Buns! They have up to 7 varieties of buns for you to choose and three Gelato ice creams; Chocolate, Green Tea and Salted Caramel Biscuit.

As my review, Bear Bites is an interesting and creative concept in Singapore. The adorable and delectable Bear Paw Buns/Burger had attracted a group of youngster and adults, especially teenager girls who will definitely love it. Foods at Bear Bites are well-prepared and taste savory! Boss of Bear Bites had also put in his great effort to make sure that their “Bear Paw” (foods) maintains a fresh and healthy quality when serving toward their customers.  With that, it is definitely a recommended for you to have an enjoyable dining at Bear Bites Singapore Café.


Photo with the Boss of Bear Bites Singapore

Bear Bites 熊の食 group photo at the food tasting session!

Check out Bear Bites 熊の食 Singapore 超級小吃贊3 Snack Attack 3 ep7


Go visit Bear Bites and try the cute Bear Paw Burger today! From 20 October till 20 November 2013 take part in their Instagram Contest and stand to win a Bear Bites Party for 6pax. Do remember to also check out their Facebook time to time to get updates on their latest offerings and promotions!

Bear Bites Singapore 熊の食 Address:
2 Orchard Link #02-42 *SCAPE (Outdoor Kiosk),
Singapore 237978

Follow their link Below Here:
Bear Bites FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/BearBitesSingapore
Bear Bites SG Twitter: https//www.twitter.com/BearBitesSingapore
Bear Bites Instagram: https://www.instagram/BearBitesSingapore

Monday, October 21, 2013

Plantronics BackBeat Go Wireless Headset Review

Being always on the move, a bluetooth headset is definitely useful. 
Thanks to Safra, I got to review the BackBeat Go from Plantronics.

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The Pantronics BackBeat Go is a compact wireless headset with two earbuds connects through a short cable and comes with an in-line controller and microphone.  The package includes the battery charger adapter, 3 sets of rubber earbud sleeves, 1 set of stabilizers, which can fit in the side and press against the ear to hold the earbuds in place.

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The default earbud sleeves are usually too big for most Asians, so it is advisable to test out the various pair of earbud sleeves to look for the pair that can most fit to your ears.  This is important as without a good seal, things will sound differently and your clarity of hearing is most likely be affected by the effectiveness of the sound isolution.
You may notice the earbuds are much biggers compared to other earbuds in the market, reason being, this is where the battery is placed and and and where the micro USB port is located.  All you need to do, is to peel off the rubber cap on the right earbud and plug in the cable to charge the headset.

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While it was cited on the user manual that the playback time is approx 4 hours, after testing,  the actual playback time is only approx 3.5hrs.  I did not managed to test out the full talk time length though, it is cited as 4.5hrs in the user manual.

I made several test calls and as feedback by the other party, they have no issue with the clarity of my speech, and neither do I encounter any issue.  The in-line controller actually allows you to increase or lower the volume which is a very convenient feature.

As an overall, the Plantronics BackBeat Go served pretty well as a tangle free wireless headset.  The battery span though no exactly as cited per the user manual, could be a result of  tuning to high volume when listening to audio music or when watching video clips.  The price is slightly on the higher end so it will depends on your budget if it fits your budget to get one.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Coffee X Music Inspiration


Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it’s time to pause and reflect.
 
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