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Thursday, December 31, 2015

End of Year 2015


The year 2015 is about to end, what are your thoughts?
Time flies like an arrow… To me, it is the most happening year since from the start till today. My year started off by graduating from the army as NSF, to finding a new job as social media, and maintaining my blog relationship and meeting new bloggers and friends.

I believe that work life balance is important, hence despite my busy schedule, I still manage to squeeze out my spare time to catch up with my old good friends. Well, attended many exciting and eye opening events this year, and most importantly I would like to thank you all for the wonderful events invitations and supports to keep this blog live updating. I would also like to thank friends who have given me the endless opportunity to showcase myself on online and offline this year.

The fruitful experiences of mine have come to a conclusion for this year and I wish that next year will be the best. Last but not least, I would like to thanks my family, friends and readers who have been giving me the support and courage for past 12 months.

Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one.
Wishing everyone a Fruitful and Blissful Happy New Year 2016!

To be continue in year 2016!
Cheers!

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

6 Celebration Highlights at Marina Bay Singapore Countdown 2016

The 11th edition of Marina Bay Singapore Countdown return in the heart of Marina Bay and will be the largest in Singapore, jointly organised by Esplanade Theatres by the Bay and Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA).

For the first time, the 8 minutes long fireworks display span the entire Marina Bay accompanied by a rousing original score composed by a young music director Julian Wong. There will be more viewing locations for the public especially with the opening of the Jubilee Bridge this year. Likewise, here are the 6 highlights for the coming Marina Bay Singapore Countdown 2016 celebration.


1. Wishing Spheres
The wishing spheres are installed in Marina Bay which are penned by members of the public since mid-November at the 21 wishing stations around the island. It is lit from 26 to 31 December. The visual wishing spheres will represent the collective wishes of residents and visitors for Singapore’s future. In addition, netizens and Singaporeans overseas can also make virtual wishes at www.marinabaycountdown.sg



2. 3D Projection
From 26 to 31 December, a special projection show on the façade of The Fullerton Hotel Singapore which depict the dynamism and vibrancy of the future of Singapore, whilst remaining anchored in images that capture our identity as a nation, from shophouses to HDB flats to lush tropical landscapes. On New Year’s Eve, the public can look forward to the final showcase beginning at 11.55pm that culminates in a countdown to midnight, followed immediately by the firework display.


3. Events around the Bay
Both ticketed and non-ticketed Esplanade events are available. There is something for everyone. Free entry. They are located at Esplanade Concourse, Outdoor Theatre and other locations around Esplanade for the Esplanade’s Celebrate December music programmes. www.esplanade.com/celebrate_december

4. Marina Waterfront Bazaar
Public can enjoy a festive shopping on 31 December 2015 3pm-3am. Check out the details at www.facebook.com/BazaarsINSingapore. Location: Marina Bay waterfront promenade. Free Entry.


5. MediaCorp Celebrate 2016
Star-studded ensemble of local artistes as well as international superstar Adam Lambert will be there to entertain the public in the biggest countdown event of the year. More information at toggle.sg/celebrate2016
Time: 31 December 2015 8pm to 3am
Location: The Float @ Marina Bay
Entry: $168, $88, $38



6. Marina Bay Singapore Countdown Photo Competition
The annual Marina Bay Singapore Countdown Photo Competition with the theme “A Brighter Future. Participants can submit photos capturing the various highlights of the countdown celebration that depict this theme and stand a chance to win attractive prizes sponsored by Tigerair. Winning entries will be showcased in a digital exhibition on Suntec Singapore’s The Big Picture and The Nicoll Corner Screen in 2016. Find out more at www.marinabaycountdown.sg

There are also online contest. Public are invited to like and follow the Marina Bay Facebook www.facebook.com/marinabaysg and Instagram www.instagram.com/marinabaysg account and participate in weekly contests to stand a chance to win amazing prizes.



Author / Photography: Derrick See
Editor: Yeo Hong Peng

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

ASUS ZenWatch 2 available in Limited Edition Rose Gold colour


In conjunction with the Christmas holiday season, ASUS release the ZenWatch 2 available in limited edition Rose Gold colour in both 1.63 inch and 1.45 inch size (male and female), namely the Sparrow and Wren ZenWatch 2 models.


The ZenWatch 2 design comes with stylish and personalized wearable device powered by Android Wear and features the efficient and powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor. Likewise, the ZenWatch 2 serves as a smart assistant for Android and iOS Smartphone’s user and it is user-friendly when it comes to receiving incoming calls, messages, notifications, and it allows you remotely access the smartphone camera without the need to remove Smartphone from the pockets or bags.


ASUS ZenWatch 2 Rose Gold edition will be retailing at a promotional price of $229 at all ASUS Brand Stores and selected ASUS authorized retailers.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Move Freely with BRAND’S ActivMove


Our joints are probably one of the least thought of parts of our body as we are often more concerned with the health of our heart, lungs and other major organs. Our joints carry our weight and move us effortlessly through our daily lives. Whether it is riding a bike or taking a long leisurely stroll in the park, our joints are important to us as we pursue life’s simple enjoyment.

There is very little awareness that our joints deteriorate with age. Everyday movement such as walking and climbing can increase the wear and tear of our joints which lead to joint aches and pains.

Joint pains can be emotionally frustrating and depressing as they cause physical discomfort and restrict daily activities. Joint health does not discriminate and can affect us at any point of our life.

We should care for our joints as much as other parts of our body. Taking early precautions to protect our joints will allow us to continue the active lifestyle that we love and enjoy. Start your prevention early to reduce the risk of joint problems with BRAND’S® ActivMove!

One Mini Tablet with Mighty Effectiveness
BRAND’S ActivMove with Flexi-Boost is formulated as a total solution for joint maintenance and protection. BRAND’S ActivMove with Flexi-Boost® formulation contains UC-II® and Hydrolyzed Type II Collagen that alleviates joint pain to help you perform at your best. The recommended dosage for BRAND’S® ActivMove is one tablet a day, about 60% smaller than regular glucosamine supplement; it is easy to swallow one mini tablet for doubled effectiveness.

BRAND’S® ActivMove is available at Watsons, Guardian, Unity Pharmacy and store.brandsworld.com.sg, at S$64 for a pack of 30 tablets.

From now till 15 December 2015, consumers who accumulate purchases of a total of two packs of BRAND’S® ActivMove, are entitled to redeem a free fitness tracker, the Mi Band (worth S$19.90).

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Touch and Go with Self-Ordering Kiosk at FIVE BAR Restaurant


Enhance your dining experience with Touch and Go payment via the smart technology at FIVE BAR Restaurant today. Customers can order their food and pay at the stall through the Self-Ordering Kiosk system and a notification will send to you via SMS when your food is ready for collection.

The instructions is written clearly at each self-ordering kiosk station, it allows you to have a selection of ‘Dine In’ and ‘Take Away’ as well as self customize your dishes at the stall. Hence, this digital service solution is convenient and it makes everyone's life easier when it comes to ordering foods and drinks.


Here are the steps for Self-Ordering Kiosk at FIVE BAR Restaurant:

Firstly: Select your mode of dining. You can choose either ‘Take Away’ or ‘Dine In’

Secondly: Select your food and drink.

Thirdly: After confirmation your dishes, then proceed on to the payment.  There are total of 3 different payment modes for you to select, Cash, Nets and Credit.



Fourth: Once payment is done, you may want to enter your mobile number as the system will send you a SMS once your food is ready for collection.

The overall of food ordering process took me less than 3 minutes to complete and my food was ready in within 5 minutes upon the confirmation of my payment. I am satisfied with the digital service solution at FIVE BAR Restaurant.


Thursday, December 17, 2015

Traditional Taste at Attap House at Fusionopolis Galaxis


An brand new F&B concept offers diners an authentic and nostalgic F&B experience with its unique interior and interesting nyonya & local favourite delights.


Attap House hopes to bring back the nostalgia and memories of the 70s and 80s by presenting a unique dining experience set in an attap house ambience and environment. Without further ado, let me introduce you the traditional local foods I ate during the media tasting session.


Otah Bun:
Started off with a All day breakfast Otah Bun, the otah spiciness was just perfect to go along the bun and even non spicy eater can try it too.



Braised Hokkien Mee:
The Braised Hokkien Mee is the highlight at Attap House Restaurant. This dish is a pride at Attap House. The chef learned this traditional recipe from a 50 year old lady. No wonder the taste is so GOOD!!

Satay Mee Hoon:
The Satay Mee Hoon is one of their signature dish! You can find many ingredients such as prawn, cuttlefish, pork slices, cockles, kang kong, pork liver, tau pok and the rice vermicelli. Don’t forget about the key of this dish, the smooth nutty satay sauce!! The soft rice vermicelli still retains a bit of bite coating fragrant satay sauce in each mouthful.


Pork Chop Sambal Fried Rice:
This was my favorite dish among all. The pork chop tasted similar to one of our local food “ Char Siew” (Marinated Pork). This pork chop was savoury and sweet at the same time. It was soft, tender and with a right amount of fat in it.


Assam Fish with White Rice:
It was quite amazing that the assam fish has no sea or any raw fishy taste in it. I can say they did cooked and added the spices perfectly! The only minus point was the fish was under-cooked. Overall, the chef capture the right amount of spiciness and sour in the assam.

Waffle with Peanut Butter/Nonya Kaya:
You must check out this awesome waffle. This waffle wasn’t like other cafes style, it was more on traditional style as it was matched with nonya kaya and peanut butter. Both Jam was made by the chef from the stretch. The nonya kaya was really different from other eatery places as it has a stronger caramelize sugar flavour. The peanut butter has added cashew nut to enhance sweetness and flavor. No wonder i am addicted in it.

Bo Bo Cha Cha:
The Bo bo cha cha is thick, creamy and has a strong rich coconut taste but was not overwhmled. The sweetness was perfect!


My Verdict:
I love how the traditional themed is extended to the ambience with design components reminiscence of the 70s and 80s, and how good nostalgia food is when using traditional recipe with prices that are wallet friendly.

Attap House Location Address:
1 Fusionopolis Pl,
#01-04 Fusionopolis Galaxis, Singapore 138522

Contact: +65 8590 1482
Opening Hours: 7.30am-8pm, Daily

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Acronis Updates Acronis True Image Cloud and 2016 Versions


Acronis today announced an update to Acronis True Image Cloud and Acronis True Image 2016, the fastest universal full image backup solutions for personal, family and home office use. The newest versions are updated based on customer feedback, which highlighted a huge demand for offloading data from a local machine, smart phone or tablet to the cloud due to space constraints, as well as user interface improvements, and family data protection features that make it easy to manage the backup and recovery of multiple PCs, Macs, smart phones and tablets.

Acronis True Image provides complete data protection for computers, including pictures, videos, documents, applications, passwords, settings, and the entire operating system.

Acronis True Image Cloud features unlimited cloud storage for backups and an easy-to-use, centralized dashboard that lets one person manage the backup and recovery of multiple devices, including PCs and Macs, and mobile phone and tablets, including Android, iPhone, and iPad devices and Windows tablets, for a family or home office. It also provides complete protection against data loss disasters and mishaps, including accidental file deletions and user errors, as well as damaged devices, loss and theft.

Availability and Pricing

Acronis True Image Cloud with unlimited cloud backup and archiving:
  • S$94.99 per year for one computer and three devices.
  • S$159.99 per year for three computers and ten devices.
  • S$199.99 per year for five computers and fifteen devices.
Acronis True Image 2016 for local-only backup and restore:
  • S$69.99 for one computer
  • S$79.99 for three computers
  • S$94.99 for five computers
For more information, a free trial, or to buy the new Acronis True Image solutions, visit http://www.acronis.com/en-sg/personal/.

Acronis True Image is also available at Challenger: http://www.challenger.com.sg/products/product_Search?identity=acronis&x=0&y=0

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Authentic Korean Stewed Chicken at Andong Zzimdak Restaurant

Breaking into the winter festive season, if you are now having holiday with your family or friends in Seoul, Korea, you definitely are going to look for some warm and spicy Korean cuisine such as Ginseng Chicken Soup, Baked sweet potatoes, steamed corn, Odeng (fishcake), Sundubu Jjigae and Zzimdak to fight against the cold season.

Andong Zzimdak, the Korean popular stewed chicken cuisine origin from Myeongdong is now newly open in Singapore for its very first outlet located at Raffles City shopping mall. Hence two week ago, I make my first visit to Andong Zzimdak Restaurant to try out their warm and spicy authentic stewed Korean chicken cuisine.

kimchi side dish


The staffs at Andong Zzimdak Restaurant were polite and the services toward the customers were excellent. Likewise, we are first welcome with the Korean side dishes while waiting for our mild-spicy stewed Korean chicken to be ready.

Getting along the authentic taste of Korea, here is our Korean stewed chicken cuisine (JJimdak). It was served in hot plate, comes with an option of spicy level from low, mild to extra spicy. The mixture of the ingredients and sources were well-blended and it melts in the delectable taste of stewed chicken. Totally love the JJimdak!


The Andong Zzimdak stewed chicken cuisine come in sharing portion and is suitable for dining in with the large group of friends or family gathering. Hence, the price at Andong Zzimdak Restaurant is affordable and definitely a recommended cuisine to taste in Singapore. Remember that the hot authentic stewed chicken Korean dishes always goes well with the delightful Soju drink.

The Andong Zzimdak Restaurant is located at Raffles City Shopping Centre, 252 North Bridge Road, #B1-44F, Singapore 179103.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Capture your Lifestyle Moment with Asus ZenFone Selfie


Asus integrated an advance and fulfilling lifestyle technology to the users by releasing its latest smart selfie mobile, the Asus ZenFone Selfie. Running on Android 5.0 Lollipop, the Asus ZenFone Selfie comes with lightweight, unique bright colours and comfortable stylish design to offer users a customized experience for work and leisure and most important for selfie.

Despite of taking selfie or wefie with large group people, Asus ZenFone Selfie Smartphone will allows you to obtain a perfect wide viewing angles with intelligence digital image stabilization in day and night time. Both front and rear camera comes with 13 megapixels, producing the images in high quality and it also allows you to capture 1080p high-definition with its primary camera.


I had my Asus Zenfone Selfie on hand since one month ago and today I have symphonize this valuable Smartphone to be part of my daily lifestyle. Likewise, I would say that holding on to the Asus Zenfone Selfie is totally different from other android phone, in term of its intelligence inbuilt functions, user-friendly setting and impressive quality and durability.

Lifestyle
This is one of the lightweight Smartphone comes with comfortable hand grip as well as a variety of cheerful colours for user choice. Hence, this is also one of the best affordable price Smartphone release in the market. Asus ZenFone Selfie is considering much more on the mid-tier category in term of specifications, thus we don’t compare this Smartphone against the high-end tier such as Samsung S6/Galaxy Note or iphone.



Other than the curvy design for comfortable hand grip, one interesting feature about Asus ZenFone Selfie is its perfect 5.5 inch density screen with corning gorilla glass. Now you no need a mirror to check yourself, just simply turn off your screen and you get a portable mirror on hand!

Photography
Well, with the great support from Asus ZenFone Selfie camera, you may now want to give a break on DSLR and Mirrorless camera. Of course this target subject to user preference in term of picture quality. Asus ZenFone Selfie is definitely perfect for users who love snapping Selfie and Wefie, especially when it comes to the auto built-in beautification mode, which enhance and give your overall picture into a wonder. Check out some of my Selfie and Wefie with friends taken using the Asus ZenFone Selfie.



Technologies nowadays are being smart enough to detect the environment ambiance. The satisfaction of Asus ZenFone Selfie will be the camera low-light mode function. Most phone camera does not work well in day and night time. However, I have tried taking landscape and interior pictures using the Asus ZenFone Selfie in different kind of mode and it works fine. Although the processing of images is a little slow, but overall is still manageable and acceptable.

Low Light Capture F2.2

Depth of Field Mode

HDR Mode

The Asus ZenFone Selfie includes the brilliant beautification mode for instant photo editing at your fingertips. A few taps is all that are needed to soften facial features, slim bloated cheeks and brighten skin tone to add vibrancy, and all in real time.


Availability
The Asus ZenFone Selfie is now available in Baby Pink, Tiffany Blue, Black and Pure White colours at all ASUS brand stores, ASUS authorised retailers and Qoo10 at S$399.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Hotel Grand Mercure Singapore Roxy Welcomes The Year Of The Monkey


Grand Mercure Singapore Roxy has put together an extensive selection comprising of our traditional takeaways, delectable goodies and exquisite set menus which are excellent as gifts or for organising hassle-free reunion dinners with beloved family members and friends for the upcoming Lunar New Year celebration.

At Jia Wei Chinese Restaurant, the signature creation of Master Chef Victor Lee is the Baked Pig Trotter in Golden Ingot. The pig trotter is slowly cooked along with 8 Head Abalone and an assortment of seasonal vegetables in his signature sauce. It is encased in salt which is shaped like a golden ingot. Upon serving, the chef will break open the top of the golden ingot, releasing all the goodness. All orders require 1 day advance booking.


Another traditional Lunar New Year takeaway item will be the Prosperity Salmon or Lobster ”Yu Sheng”, a festive salad for good luck. For hassle-free and sumptuous reunion dinners, look out for the signature Jia Wei Treasure Pot “Pen Cai” and “Buddha Jump Over the Wall”. These traditional delicacies consist of premium ingredients which are cooked to perfection in a pot of rich broth. They are combined with other Lunar New Year favourites and signature dishes such as Jia Wei Roasted Duck.

For the months of January and February, Wave Café will introduce two chef’s specialties: Nyonya Assam Prawns with Steam Rice and Spicy Spaghetti with Crispy Soft Shell Crab. They are accompanied with beverages and a slice of either Banana cake or Butter cake.

From 11 February to 14 February, breez bistro will be offering a delicately crafted Valentine’s Day 5-course set menu with a bottle of fine wine for 2 persons.

For more information on Lunar New Year and other festive offerings at Grand Mercure Singapore Roxy, please visit: www.grandmercureroxy.com.sg

Monday, December 7, 2015

Just Bin It at Golden Village Cinema


Have you ever leave your foods and drinks behind the cinema theatre? Well, is time to throw the leftover foods into the BIN whereby everyone play a part to keep the theatre clean and green! For your info, there are 11,830 man hours are spent cleaning up 109,000kg of trash in the cinema. Hence, Golden Village had launched a JUST BIN IT campaign to encourage audiences to properly dispose their trash in rubbish bins instead of leaving them behind in their seats.

Check out the video here!

Do note that, it always seems impossible until it’s done. Likewise, by properly disposing your rubbish, you ensure that other people will enjoy their cinema viewing experience.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

9 ways to Celebrate Christmas at Orchard Road

Welcome to the month of festive seasons! Is about 3 weeks to Merry Christmas, have you make a visit to Orchard Road to feel the Christmas atmosphere? In line with the Singapore 50 year-end celebration, Christmas returns to town with the themed of Christmas on a Great Street.

Today I am going to share with you the 9 ways you can celebrate your Christmas at the Orchard Road. Well, get your camera ready and capture the most fun moment at the Orchard Road Singapore in this December.

1. Swarovski Christmas Tree
Without fail if you exit the ION Orchard shopping mall, you will definitely see this gigantic Swarovski Christmas tree. From my point of view, this is one of the most beautiful Christmas trees located in the heart of Orchard Street, and I really love the sparkling sapphire effect decorated around the Christmas tree. Try to walk into the Swarovski Christmas tree and I am sure it will surprise you with wonder.


2. Sing along at the Orchard Street
With this festive season, there will be a series of live band or choirs’ performances line-up along the orchard street. Live it up with the Christmas songs performs by the choirs’ team to enhance your Christmas atmosphere.


3. Sweet Candy Canes Christmas Themed
Apart from visiting the Christmas Wonderland at Gardens by the Bay, the next Christmas destination you may want to visit together with your loved one will be at the Somerset Orchard. Let’s blend in with the sweet candy cranes Christmas themed in this season.


4. Shopping Paradise
Have a fashionable Christmas this year along the street of orchard by immersing yourself with the jubilee shopping delights with great promotions deals and discounts.


5. Play and Feel the Artificial Snow
Too bad in Singapore there is no real snow. But no worries, you will still able to enjoy the “Snowing” season in Orchard Road just right outside ION Orchard, TANGS Mall and Orchard Central shopping mall.


6. Selfie/Wefie with the Sphere Balls
Get your camera ready and selfie/Wefie with your friends, family, loved one, on the reflective Christmas sphere balls displays along the orchard street.


7. Elegant Christmas Installations Displays
Capture the twinkling lights and festive installations along the Orchard road. Bask in the shimmering sensations and enjoy the lights and beauty of this wonderful time of the year.


8. Indulge with Italian Experience at Casa Ferrero 
Thinking of chocolate Christmas gift? Why not give a visit to Casa Ferrero located directly outside Wisma Atria shopping mall. Shoppers are welcome to assemble personalised packages of elegant pralines for their loved ones or choose from a myriad of special editions.


9. Welcome Christmas Photo opportunity
Take a slow walk along the orchard street and you might get a chance to meet the Santa Claus and Santarina. You may not want to miss the photo opportunity with them! Likewise, Christmas on A Great Street is one of the most well-photographed highlights of the year.


 
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