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Monday, August 31, 2015

Battle of the Crabs Buffet at ParkRoyal on Kitchener Road


Get ready for another battle with the crabs buffet running from 17 September 2015, every Thursday to Saturday evenings at Spice Brasserie, ParkRoyal on Kitchener Road. The hotel’s all day dining restaurant accommodates up to 300 people and caters to small private functions for up to 130 guests, ideal for birthday celebrations, baby showers, company lunches and more.



Executive Chef Low introduces his mouth-watering Baby Crab Salad with Green Mango and new flavours such as Steamed Marinated Spicy Crab with Light Sauce, Stir-fried Crab with Jalapeno and Fermented Black Beans, Stewed Kimchi Crab and Wok-fried Crab with Garlic and Scallion. In addition, diners can feast on all-time favourites like Salted Egg Yolk and Butter Crab, Braised Bee-hoon Crab, Stir-Fried Crab in Asian Spices and local classics such as Authentic Singapore Chilli Crab and Black Pepper Crab.

Among all, Wok-fried Crab with Garlic and Scallion is one of my favourite dishes. It was a plate of mouth-watering wok-fried Crab with Garlic and Scallio, I love the wok-hei infused garlic and scallion crab. In my opinion, ginger and scallion are perfect matches made for Chinese stir-fry dishes–be it seafood or meat. Warning, it will be very addictive!


Transiting into a refreshing-taste of the menu, the appetizing Baby Crab Salad with Green Mango giving consumer a new twist of having crab, and it was a good dish to open up your appetite.


The Signature Slow-braised Pumpkin Crab in Claypot was one of the highlight dishes of the night. It was a real surprise that pumpkin sauce gravy goes so well with crab as this was our first time trying such a version. The pumpkin gravy was thick and creamy and tasted so good that we finished every bit of it. Remember to dip the fried buns in the awesome gravy.

For Korean food lover, you might want to try out their new dishes Stewed Kimchi Crab. It was stewed still prefect, the crab meat was soft and flavorful. It was my first time trying out this way of eating crab. Another new dishes, Stir-fried Crab with Jalapeno and Fermented Black Beans.

Apart from the Battle of the Crabs dinner buffet, Spice Brasserie also offers the Asian Temptation Lunch and Dinner buffet which features an extensive range of local and Asian cuisines such as assortment of fresh sashimi and sushi, our popular Teochew Porridge corner, and a tantalising variety of appetizers and desserts. Asian Temptation Buffet will start between 13 September and 13 December 2015.

Spice Brasserie Restaurant Location:
PARKROYAL on Kitchener Road, Lobby Level

Spice Brasserie’s Operation Hours:
Lunch: 12noon to 2.30pm (daily)
Dinner: 6pm to 10pm (daily)

Price Range: $16 - $75
Tel: 6428 3160
Email: spicebrasserie.prskt@parkroyalhotels.com

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Singapore First Cat Museum at Purvis Street


Last Saturday, I chance upon visiting the Singapore first cat museum located at Purvis Street. Yup, it is definitely real cats in the museum! And to all cat lovers in Singapore, if you find bored in visiting the adorable cat café, you may now switch an option to visit the lion kitty cat museum.



The cat museum in Singapore consists of three levels with different space such as “The Museum”, “The Muses” and “The Mansion”. I am amazed by the beautiful Cat Museum interior and those volunteers are kind and helpful to explain the cat history and understanding the cat breeds. In this charming museum, the cats are well-maintain with clean hygiene and it is safe to touch and carry them within the circumference. Likewise, your heart will definitely melt by seeing those little playful kitties running around and toward you too.

"Play-Station" for cats

About The Cat Museum:
“Little did we know when we moved into Purvis Street 10 years ago in 2004 that this Little Street’s residents and name would affect our lives so deeply. We had 1 EXOTIC (Persian/British Shorthair) who amused and entertained our clients, staff, interns and everyone including delivery men, with his grumpy cuteness.Brad or Braddie (named after Brad Pitt) as he is a Pretty Boy, is our first love. Although a “Foreign Talent”, he made us fall in love with the local kitties we have affectionately names “Lion City Kitties”!” [Read More]



This is how you play with the kitties 

My selfie at Cat Museum

I played with this Fast and Furious kitty for almost 30 minutes!

Hungry...

Pose for photo. 

The Cat Museum only open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday and time 4.30pm – 7.30pm, 12pm to 7.30pm respectively. The Entry fee is $9 per person, Free for children who below 6 years old.

Oh yes! Photography without flash is allowed in the cat museum. So, don’t miss out your chance to get up-close with those adorable and superstar cats and take a selfie to make your day complete! I believe it going to be your memorable day!

The Cat Museum, Muses & Mansion Location:
8 Purvis Street, #02-02 Singapore 188587

Admission Fee: $9 per person.
Tel: 6336 2133
Email: purr@thecatmuseum.com.sg
Website: http://thecatmuseum.com.sg

Museum Operation Hours:
Fridays: 4.30pm – 7.30pm
Saturdays/Sundays: 12noon – 7.30pm
(Closed from 3.30pm – 4.30pm for Kitty Kat Nap)

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Dynamic Data Backup with Acronis True Image 2016

Early June this year, I shared an article about Acronis and my experience of using the Acronis True Image Unlimited. Today, Acronis successfully launches the new version of True Image in Singapore, with fastest full image backup solution for individuals, families and home office users.


With the upgrading of advance technology, the new Acronis True Image 2016 also provide users with complete cloud and local data protection with new support for Android, iphone, ipad devices and windows tablets as well as optimized for Windows 10.



Honestly speaking, I am a tech geek with Android tablet, iPhone and also my Windows 10 desktop, and of course, data in those devices are extremely important to me. Thankful to Acronis True Image 2016, I am now able to store all my data (up to 5 devices) into a single Unlimited Cloud Storage and without doubt, the uploading and downloading speed is faster than the previous Acronis version.


6 Key Factors for Acronis True Image Cloud 2016:

Protect all devices
PCs, Macs and newly expanded support for Android, iPhone, and iPad devices, and Windows tablets, extends protection to the world’s most popular computers, laptops, and mobile devices in use today.

Manage multiple device backups in one place
new online dashboard is an easy-to-use management console that allows a single user to manage the backup and recovery of multiple devices from one place – with the ability to access it from any device and location via a web browser.

Store and archive data in the cloud
Unlimited cloud space and the new personal archiving capability for moving large and rarely used files to the secure Acronis Cloud makes sure that users never run out of storage, while freeing-up hard drives to keep computers running smoothly. Users can access and view archived files from any device and can archive data by type and size.

Safety, Security, Privacy
Ensures that data is always secure with a user-defined private key that uses AES-256 encryption and secure communication channels, securing data in transit and in the cloud. Only the owner of data can access and manage data protected in the Acronis Cloud, using a password.

Flexible storage options
Backup data to multiple sources and destinations, including a local drive, external drive, local or remote network, and the Acronis Cloud, as well as 3rd party cloud storage destinations available through local file system integration. Different backup plans may be setup for full system backup, specific files and/or folders.

Optimized for Windows 10 and the most recent Mac OS X operating systems
Always stay up to date and compatible with the latest operating systems.  Also includes support for Master Boot Record (MBR) and GUID Partition Table (GPT), BIOS and Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI), and WIMBoot.

Acronis True Image 2016 is now available for local-only backup and recovery. It provides entire computer backup and bare-metal restore and/or migration to new computers using a local hard drive.
The new 2016 edition also brings back the ‘try& decide’ capability, providing a controlled, temporary environment to safely test new software, drivers, and system configurations.


Availability and Pricing 
The Acronis True Image family of products is available at the pricing below:

• Acronis True Image Cloud with unlimited cloud backup & archiving space:
o S$139.99 per year for one computer and three devices
o S$214.99 per year for three computers and ten devices
o S$269.99 per year for five computers and fifteen devices

• Acronis True Image 2016 for local only backup and restore:
o S$69.99 for one computer
o S$109.99 for three computers
o S$139.99 for five computers



For your information, Acronis will be showcase at this coming biggest IT exhibition – COMEX 2015 at Singapore Suntec City level 4, Booth no.8413 from 3rd Sept to 6 Sept 2015. Don't miss out everyone! Enjoy your data backup with Acronis Today!  "Data is not just about life but could also be eternity and even resurrection." Cheers!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Logitech Honored With Three 2015 IDEA Awards

Logitech announced that three of its products have been honored with 2015 International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA). The Logitech® Keys-To-Go and the Logitech® MX Master Wireless Mouse were each honored with a bronze award, while the Logitech® ConferenceCam Connect received a gold award, marking the second consecutive year of IDEA wins for the company.

Each year designers, students and companies worldwide submit their products to the IDEA competition and this year more than 1,700 entries were submitted. The competition is considered to be one of the most prestigious in the world with winners being the most innovative and creative designs of the year.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

5 Favourite Themed Cafe in Singapore


Nowadays, you can almost find cafes at any part of the Singapore. New cafes can be found almost every month. So does all the cafes in Singapore really look the same or different? Here are my 5 recommended themed cafes in Singapore. I can’t really promise that the food here is equally great, but I can guarantee that it will be unique and instagram worthy feed.

Photo Credit: Cafehopping.sg
1. Eat Play Love Cafe
Eat Play Love cafe, a Thai-Western cafe is filled with little bits and bobs, showcasing quirky vintage pieces and old-school snacks that bring back a flood of happy memories. It offer a unique experience where kids and adults can get crafty at the same time. Besides the Craft Corner, they also offer a range of easy crafts for guests to purchase and complete in the cafe whilst enjoying their meal.

Eat Play Love Location:
28 Aliwal Street Singapore 199918

Opening Hours:
Daily: 12pm – 10pm, Closed on Tuesdays


2. Boufe Boutique Cafe
Located in Phoenix Park, blending simplicity and serenity is what Boufe does best – whether its fusing minimalistic architecture with well thought about food elements, or blending strong flavors into fresh modern menu items. Boufe Boutique Cafe concept certainly proves their sincerity by bringing you an intimate, yet memorable cafe setting away from the bustle.

Boufe Boutique Cafe Location:
308 Tanglin Road, Singapore 247974

Opening Hours:
Tuesday - Sunday: 10am - 10pm, Closed on Monday


3. Old School Delights Cafe
Old School Delights is about re-living culinary memories of Singapore's past through authentic recipes handed down through generations. Inspirations behind the cafe lies in the desire to serve home styled food which is still prepared in a traditional manner, using quality fresh ingredients and rempah (paste) that is lovingly hand-cooked for at least 2 hours. It is their utmost pleasure to take you down memory lane where nostalgia and comfort food are entwined to enhance your dining experience.

Old School Delights Location:
215M Upper Thomson Road, Singapore 574349

Opening Hours:
Tuesday – Friday: 11.30am – 10.30pm,
Saturday - Sunday: 11am – 10.30pm
Closed on Monday


4. Symmetry Cafe
Café by day, restaurant bar by night, Symmetry is nestled in a serene spot within Jalan Kubor. Taking inspiration from both the Australian casual dining culture and French cuisine, Symmetry presents a unique dining experience with an emphasis on sharing.

Symmetry Cafe Location:
9 Jalan Kubor #01-01, Singapore 199206

Opening Hours:
Tueday to Thursday: 11am – 11pm
Friday and Saturday: 11am – 12 midnight, Sunday: 11am – 7pm

Photo Credit: thydowager.com
5. Kombi Rock Cafe
Kombi Rocks Diner is the revamped version of Koon Kee Restaurant which started way back in 1971. Serving Thai and Chinese recipes passed down for three generations. It also provide the diner car rental services (including a chauffeur) which makes them a popular place for couples to take their wedding photos.

Kombi Rock Cafe Location:
66 Yio Chu Kang Road, Singapore 545568

Opening Hours:
Monday to Friday: 1200 – 1500, 1800 – 2200
Saturday: 1100 – 2300, Closed on Sunday


Hope this article will help you to start discovering the Singapore and cafe that you didn’t know about. Feel free to share with us your favourite themed café too! Happy café hopping in Singapore!






Editor: Jonathan Soh

Chapman To (杜汶泽) Directorial Debut LET’S EAT Movie


HongKong Actor-Producer, Chapman To (杜汶泽) debut his new directorial comedy film - LET’S EAT in both Singapore and Malaysia this year. Budgeted at S$1.8million, the movie will star regional artistes that includes Chapman To (杜汶泽), Hong Kong actress Aimee Chan (陈茵媺), Hong Kong hip-hop duo FAMA 农夫 member C-Kwan (郑诗君), veteran award-winning artist Lo Hoi Pang (卢海鹏), Malaysia’s Tommy Kuan (关栋珉) & newcomer Daphne Low (刘倩妏) and Singapore’s well-loved comedian Patricia Mok (莫小玲).

“LET’S EAT!” depicts how the head chef Dai Hung (Chapman To) and owner’s daughter Rosemary (Aimee Chan) of AH YONG CAFÉ set aside their differences and embark on a quest to save the once reputable restaurant. The movie will showcase the many tantalizing aspects of Southeast Asian cusine, do expect plenty of banter and sparks between the movie characters!

The movie is scheduled to commence filming in early September 2015 and slated for release in first quarter of 2016. Produced by Asia Tropical Films and Clover Films, the movie will be distributed by GSC Movies in Malaysia while Clover Films will be distributing the movie in Singapore and worldwide.

Monday, August 24, 2015

11 Things You Can Do With Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac


Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac launches with Windows 10 Integration and OS X EI Capitan Readiness, up to 50% performance improvements and makes Microsoft’s Cortana available to Mac Users in OS X. The new edition of Parallels Desktop for Mac has also improved in its travel mode which extends battery life up to 25% while on the go.

The release includes a new version of the software for developers, designers and power users, Parallels Desktop for Mac Pro Edition. It also includes Parallels Desktop for Mac Business Edition, previously known as the Enterprise Edition.

Here are the 11 things you can do with Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac:
  1. Get Windows 10 on your Mac
  2. Quick Look at your Windows Files
  3. Jump to your recently used files from the dock
  4. Toggle Coherence Mode with just one click
  5. Talk to Cortana
  6. Play OS X, Windows, and even Xbox games on your Mac
  7. Install Windows 10 universal apps on your Mac
  8. Ditch your charger, travel worry free
  9. Run virtually all software in the world
  10. Find the Parallels Desktop 11 version that suits your needs
  11. Switch it up and give Linux a go

Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac is available now to both current and new Parallels Desktop for Mac users at www.parallels.com/desktop worldwide, and at local retailers including Challenger, EpiCentre, Harvey Norman, iStudio, NuBox and other Apple resellers in Singapore. The recommended retail price (RRP) of Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac is S$108.00. Upgrades for existing Parallels Desktop 9 or 10 for Mac customers are S$68.00.

Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac Pro Edition is available online at www.parallels.com/desktop and at the Apple online store. Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac Business Edition is available through commercial resellers.

Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac Pro Edition and Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac Business Edition are available to new customers for S$134.00 per year. Parallels Desktop for Mac Pro Edition includes a complimentary Parallels Access (www.parallels.com/access) subscription to remotely access their Mac from any device.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

8 Must Visit Activities at Singapore Night Festival 2015

The annual Singapore Night Festival is back this year with stunning and creative arts installation and music entertainment located in the heart of Singapore at Bras Basah, Bugis. This is an important year as we celebrate Singapore’s Golden Jubilee to recognize the past 50 year’s achievements.

Likewise, there are an exciting line-up immersive activities and show-stopping performances across the festival grounds giving you an unforgettable SG50 memory. Here are the 8 Must Visit Fun activities at Singapore Night Festival 2015.


1. Le Desir ET La Menace
Spectacular birds display on the Banyan Tree at outside Singapore National Museum. This collection of three birds is a picture-perfect specimen of precise lighting techniques applied with artistic ingenuity.


2. The Anooki Celebrate Singapore
This will be the HOT SPOT for everyone! Catch the Anooki, the world’s smallest Inuits! Running amok across the façade of the national museum, their shenanigans leave cheer and joy in their wake. Look out for their special birthday tribute to Singapore! This performance happening from 21 August to 29 August from 7.30pm to 11pm at Singapore National Museum!


3. Spark!
Get into the rhythm with five mysterious, perfectly choreographed LED-lit drummers as they march their way through the Bras Basah, Bugis precinct.


4. The Peranakan Museum Variety Show
Joget to classic Peranakan tunes and sing-a-long performances in the dondang saying tradition. This performance only happening on 21 & 22 August from 8pm – 9pm.


5. Illuminate
Located at Peranakan Museum, Lecture Room; illuminate showcase a fascinating display of glow in the dark outfits designed by students. Happening on 21, 22, 28, 29 August from 7.30pm to 2am!


6. Hanami
This light installation is inspired by hanami, the Japanese tradition of celebrating the transient beauty of cherry blossoms each spring.


7. Drawn In Light
This 12-metre-wide installation is made from metal wires, hand-bent into the form of a typical Amsterdam-style canal building. The sculpture not only reflects light but also hovers and rotates above the ground, inviting visitor interaction.


8. Barber Outside The House
Pay what you want! Get your fantastic haircut done at Singapore Night Festival 2015 at any amount of price you pay! It going to be a challenging task for the barber but I believe your haircut going to be interesting! Have a fun week visiting the Singapore Night Festival 2015!

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Paris Holiday (巴黎假期) Movie Review


Paris Holiday Movie Review
Forget about your heartbreaking past and value your present moment with love. Together with Louis Ko and Amber Kuo, both will bring you into a romantic holiday in Paris. Other than having a great cinematography showing a variety of Paris attraction places, this movie has also taught us in loving and forgiving someone who is special in your life. The life quotes used in Paris Holiday movie will definitely inspire and motivate you to find a new love, and it is a recommended movie for couple to learn the true process of eternity love. I rate Paris Holiday Movie 3.5/5 stars.

Paris Holiday (巴黎假期) movie is now available in all Singapore cinemas. Hurry and catch this romance movie with your love ones today!




Paris Holiday (巴黎假期) Movie Synopsis:
Kit leaves Hong Kong for Paris with a broken heart, to start a new page of life and venturing into the wine business. Through real estate agent, Lau Chung, he finds a shared apartment with a weird tenant, Man, a desperate artist going through a bad breakup.

 Man hates men after a devastating breakup, in order to get along with Man under the same roof, Kit pretends to be gay. At the beginning, Man’s eccentric and insane behavior gets onto Kit’s nerve, but after knowing Man’s heartbreaking past by chance, Kit decides to stay and teaches Man how to get over a failed relationship, as this is exactly what he has encountered in the past. Kit also helps Man ignites her passion for drawing, which allows Man to regain her confidence and balance in life. Soon, the two get closer and falls for each other.

One day, Man bumps into her ex-fiancé Fai, she is shocked but surprised that she no longer felt any pain - she has really overcome the past relationship with the help and support of Kit. Meanwhile, when Kit and Man are going to move a step forward, Kit’s ex-girlfriend comes to Paris causing misunderstandings which takes a toll on the relationship.


Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Ricola Natural Relief Honey Lemon and Swiss Cherry


Ricola launches new Natural Relief, to help maintain your voice in optimal condition and alleviate the symptoms of coughs and colds, congested nose and irritated throats. The new range of Ricola Natural Relief comes with two flavours; Honey Lemon and Swiss Cherry giving consumer a soothing and refreshing taste.


Each Honey-Lemon herb drop candy, specially made for maintenance of the voice, takes you on a trip to a mountain meadow at the foot of the beautiful Swiss. Like a mountain stream that meanders through the lush mountain meadows, you end in the sunny alpine landscapes with the evolvement of the pleasantly refreshing syrup filling that pampers the palate and throat to keep one's vocal chords at its optimal.

Each Swiss Cherry herb drop candy is developed for cough and throat irritation – taking you on a trip to a cherry orchard, and completing the journey in the peaks of the Swiss Alps with the evolvement of the refreshing syrup filling, just like a cool mountain waterfall, stimulating the palate and throat. The candy shell's cherry content also helps to alleviate discomfort in the throat with flavoursome freshness.


To ensure optimum product freshness and hygiene, the new Ricola NATURAL RELIEF comes in individually-wrapped pillow packs housed in a distinctively-designed paper box packaging that is convenient to consume anytime you need them.

Ricola NATURAL RELIEF is now available at all supermarkets, convenience stores and pharmacies island-wide pricing at S$3.75 per box.
 
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