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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Valentine's Day Special: Lavish on the Love of Your Life at Caffé B located along Marina Bay Promenade

Make your way to Caffé B Restaurant Bar located along the Marina Bay promenade for a perfect intimate and romantic dinner on this Valentine’s Day.

Drizzled with a tangy mix of extra virgin olive oil and lime, and served with black sea salt, the Salmon Tartare with avocado and mango promises to tease and whet your appetite – leaving you yearning for more.

Next, relish in the romance of the night with Risotto Prosecco. Slowly simmered like the most enduring of all relationships, rich and creamy risotto meets its perfect match in savoury parmesan cheese. Topped off with pan-seared foie gras, and embellished with rose petals, this is one decadent dish that you and your loved one will remember for a lifetime.

Moving on to some relationship advice: the best unions in life often come with a little spice. In this interesting coupling, Caffé B’s Pan-seared Tuna is coated with pistachios, bread crumbs and aromatic Italian spices – married together with red and yellow capsicum coulis for a harmonious blend of textures and flavours.

For the peak of your enjoyment, get passionate and intense with the Wagyu Beef Striploin, quickly seared and served alongside butternut squash gratin, wild mushroom fricassee, green pea purée and Mirin-infused veal jus.

Finally, end the night on a sweet note with the Café-almond Opera, served on a delicious platter of treats with peppermint marshmallows, white chocolate praline, Chocolate Tuile, crunchy pearls and raspberry coulis.

Caffé B’s Valentine’s Day Special Menu is available from 1 to 14 February 2017 and is priced at $250++ per couple (five-course menu, inclusive of three wine pairing).

Caffé B will also be running an introductory Early Bird special at $200++ per couple from 7 to 10 February 2017.

First 20 couples dining on 14 February 2017 will also receive an exquisite Valentine’s Gift from Caffé B.




Caffé B Location Address:
2 Bayfront Avenue #B1-15 & 01-83
The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands
Singapore 018972

Reservations
Restaurant: +65 6887 3311
Bar: +65 6222 2329

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Fairmont Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles to reopen in 2018

Luxury hotel operator Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, now part of the AccorHotels Group, and Next Century Associates announced the signing of definitive agreements for the revitalization and management of the historic Century Plaza Hotel, located in the heart of Century City in Los Angeles.

The iconic, crescent shaped hotel has hosted generations of Hollywood celebrities, foreign dignitaries and every United States President since its opening in 1966. The hotel is currently closed for a meticulous restoration and refurbishment and is slated to re-open as Fairmont Century Plaza, Los Angeles in 2018.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Your essential handy tips for using the New MacBook Pro

2017 is well under way, but it’s not too late to kick off a productive year with a fresh and brand new device.

Apple’s new MacBook Pro is the laptop of choice of many professionals, and whether you decide to spoil yourself with your own purchase or received one as a gift, here are some tips and best practices to help you get started.

Unboxing
Save the box! Apple does an admirable job with their product packaging, and they’ve engineered the boxes precisely to ensure your machine is protected.

Saving the box can help if you decide to move, resell your machine, or even if you plan to potentially return the machine.

You may also want to keep any receipts from this purchase inside the box. Yes, we live in a digital world where you can generally find your receipt in your email. However, it’s nice to keep physical receipts just in case the unexpected happens. (The receipt usually also has the serial number printed on it so you don’t have to physically flip your machine over and read those tiiiiiiiny little letters and numbers.)

Powering It Up
Brand new Mac machines will automatically launch the Setup Assistant, and Apple has made it incredibly easy to get started. Go ahead and set up your machine with your personal configurations and details.

You’ll find the Migration Assistant within the Setup; this is where you can set up as a new machine, migrate data from an old Mac, use Time Machine with an external hard drive, or port over data from an old PC!

Don’t worry, you can always migrate older data through Time Machine at any point if you’re feeling antsy to get your machine set up quickly.

Essential Tips ‘n’ Tricks

First things first: Get your machine up-to-date.

Apple releases updates often, and it’s safe to say that an update or two would have been released between the time the machine is boxed during production and the time you receive it.

Head to the top left corner where the Apple menu is and select the App Store. Go to the Updates Tab, and if you have software that needs an update, it will show up here:

Next, head over to System Preferences to customize your machine the way you want it! Your machine is going to be your “home” for productivity. Whether it’s for personal or work use, its best to get your machine fine-tuned to how you’d like it to avoid hang ups later.

For example, you may want to adjust your Trackpad Natural Scrolling and gestures, and set up Hot Corners. You may also want to adjust the magnification in the Dock for better accuracy, especially if you stuff your Dock with tons of apps.

Last but not least, familiarise yourself with some essential keyboard shortcuts.

Keyboard shortcuts can save you a tonne of time for both work and play by executing frequently used commands with just a few taps, so it’s worth taking the time to practice a couple of them if you’re not yet familiar with them.

Here are some of the most helpful Mac keyboard shortcuts:

  • Command + Tab: Cycle between active applications
  • Command + W: Close window
  • Command + Q: Quit application
  • Command + Shift + 3 or Command + Shift + 4: Screenshot the entire screen or screenshot a selected area. Screenshot will save to Desktop.
  • Command + Spacebar: Use Spotlight to quickly launch an app you do not have in your dock, find a file, or even search through your web history.
  • For even more keyboard shortcuts, check out this handy infographic: Essential Mac Shortcuts Infographic

Stuff your dock with essential apps
Your new Mac is only as powerful as the apps you install on it. Hit the ground running with a few of these favourites:

- MacTracker: This free app has been my go-to secret for years now. MacTracker provides detailed technical information on every Apple Mac along with Apple-branded Mac-compatible devices. You can use this to look up older products via serial number or to see the hardware and software details of your current machine. Very helpful if looking to do hardware upgrades such as RAM or battery purchases.

- Evernote: Make a note, have it everywhere, find anything fast, and share it with anyone. Evernote is prime for productivity, and I suggest this app because it offers a plan for everyone, ranging from “Free” to “Premium.”

- 1Password: Collect all your passwords, secure notes, and credit cards in one safe place. Regardless of your platform—Mac, Windows, iOS, or Android—you’re covered!

- Parallels Desktop for Mac: Running Windows on Mac has never been easier. Switching from PC to Mac without rebooting your machine saves you valuable time. Plus, if you’ve never owned a Mac before, you can use Parallels Desktop as a life-saving tool as you’re transitioning so you don’t feel lost in the dark!

- Parallels Toolbox: Imagine having a set of tools, with no complicated settings, to simplify everyday tasks. Take a screenshot with a simple click, secure private files with a password, download a favorite video from YouTube or Facebook with little fuss, easily record a screencast, or keep your Mac from sleeping with the push of a button.

- Spotify: What is life without music? Horrible. Spotify plans range from Free to Premium, allowing you to enjoy a huge library of music. I use Spotify religiously on my Mac while at work to help me avoid in-office distractions and stay on task.

And there you have it! 
All set to charge into the year with your shiny new Mac computer!





Article contributed by Parallels Asia Pacific

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Get into the swag mode with Sudio Regent wireless headphones

Get into the swag mode with the new Sudio Regent this season. The lightweight foldable wireless on-ear headphone is available in 2 primary colours (white or black) with sleek ultramodern design which allows you to personalize your favourite headphones cap. One of the highlights is the 24+ hours of battery life which allows you to enjoy your favourite music or songs anytime anywhere.

Thank you Sudio! I have chosen the white Regent headphones pairing with the Selva Azurro cap. I have been using the Regent headphone for nearly 1 month now. It is perfect for gaming at home or even listening to music during my travels overseas. The gadget produces rich sound-bass quality with impressive noise cancellation and I like the comfortable feel of the soft ear cushions.

The Sudio Regent allows you to connect to your smartphones, tables and desktop PC which support the Bluetooth functionality and it is definitely suitable for both males and females. Overall, it is a handy gadget to have with you.

The Sudio Regent wireless headphones is pricing at S$229. Simply use this discount code “Hpility” to enjoy 15% discount + 20% instant tax rebate of your total bill! Click here to start purchase your favourite Sudio collections today.

A series of portrait photography shown above are taken by the talented photographer, Geng Hui from TanGengHui Photography.

Accorhotels first ibis Kochi City Centre Debuts in Kerala

AccorHotels opens first ibis in kochi, located 30km away from the Cochin International Airport and is within walking distance to Kochi Central Mall, shopping centres.


The ibis Kochi City Centre offers travellers a unique blend of modernity, comfort and affordability. It features 115 well-appointed guest rooms furnished with the signature ‘Sweet Bed’ by ibis, in-room amenities and WI-FI access.

The hotel is home to Spice It –a signature food concept tailor made for India. Serving Indian, Oriental and European cuisine prepared from freshest locally sourced ingredients, ‘Spice It’ offers well-priced, quality home style and healthy food and beverages – buffet and an a la-carte menu – including an eight hour non-stop breakfast concept starting from four in the morning until noon.

At ‘Spice It’, the concept of “You Create, We Cook” comes to life with live cooking stations. The interactive cooking environment lets guests explore their culinary skills whilst dining in one of the most vibrant and energetic restaurants in town.

ibis Kochi City Centre also features My Zone at The Hub, the hotel’s lobby bar, where guests can spend quality time enjoying a refreshing drink while listening to their music, playing games or surfing the Internet on tablets that come equipped with high quality stereo headphones.

The hotels has the modern and stylish meeting rooms with state-of-the-art technology that can accommodate up to 70 guests for meetings and private events.

For reservations, please call +91 (484) 713 7137 or email H7928-re@accor.com​

Hotel ibis Kochi City Centre location address: 
ibis Kochi City Centre, Padma Junction,
MG Road, Kochi, Kerala 682035, India




Images credit: AccorHotels

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Chinese New Year Celebrations with 500 residents at the Chinatown Harmony Night

About 30 clan associations, religious groups and corporate partners came together this evening to celebrate Chinese New Year with 500 residents at the Harmony Night (牛车水新春和谐之夜).

The event is part of the Chinatown Chinese New Year Celebrations 2017 and aims to strengthen community bonds and ethnic ties during the festive period. It also celebrates the different cultures, religions and dialect groups in Singapore.

Dr Lily Neo handing out oranges and delivering his festive wishes to needy residents from Jalan Besar GRC and Potong Pasir SMC, at Harmony Night.
Into its second year, it is organised by the Kreta Ayer – Kim Seng Citizens’ Consultative Committee (KA-KS CCC) and is on a much larger scale this year, welcoming more groups as they put up cultural performances ranging from Cantonese opera to guzheng ensemble.

Besides performances by groups including Singapore Kwangtung Hui Kuan, Sri Lankaramaya Temple, Sri Mariamman Temple, and Fairfield Methodist Church, residents also tucked into a sumptous dinner and Lo Hei for a memorable start to the Chinese New Year.





Images credit: 
Kreta Ayer-Kim Seng Citizens’ Consultative Committee

Thursday, January 19, 2017

8 Huat places in Singapore to visit with your family and friends during the Chinese New Year 2017 Period

Usher in the Year of Fire Rooster, the spring festival celebrations returns Singapore with more lively and lovely on its traditional culture located at the tourist-hotspot places. During this festive period, other than the usual house visiting, the next “must-do” thing will be visiting those CNY decorations places located in the heart of Singapore.

It’s time to get your camera ready! Here are the 8 recommended attraction places for you and your family and friends to visit during the Chinese New Year period from 28 January to 11 February 2017.

Image credit: Gardens by the Bay
Dahlia Dreams Floral displays at Gardens by the Bay
Be greeted by the auspicious, gilded hues of yellow, orange and red Dahlias (大丽花) and Begonias (秋海花) as you step into the crisp climate of the Flower Dome. Take in the beautiful sights while strolling through the Chinese garden inspired landscape, complete with a three-tier pagoda, a pavilion, moon gates, and even intricate sculptures of adorable chickens to welcome the Year of the Rooster. Read more: http://bit.ly/2jBZlGS

Image Credit: Resort World Sentosa
Blossom and Prosper at Resorts World Sentosa
Unlock the Golden Treasures, savour 8,888 lobsters at our Celebrity Chef restaurants, indulge your taste buds at our Supper Club, and win cash & prizes worth over S$3,000,000! Read more: http://bit.ly/2iNUmyx or http://bit.ly/2jscHWb

Image Credit: River Hongbao official website
River HongBao 2017 at Marina Bay Floating Platform
Nestled at the Singapore’s iconic floating platform, the River HongBao returns this year with more futuristic- spectacular elements to welcome the Year of the Rooster. Larger-than-life lantern displays are colourful and fun, with interesting play on the Chinese word for Rooster. With nightly fireworks and laser displays, intricate handicrafts and crowd-pleasing performances featuring local and exotic programmes from the region, be prepared to treat your senses this coming spring. Read more: http://bit.ly/2iWFdyc

Chinatown Chinese New Year 2017
Chinatown Chinese New Year 2017 celebrations welcome the Lunar year of the Fire Rooster with the theme of “Rise to Good Fortune & Prosperity” (金鸡报喜迎新春, 狮城欢腾庆丰年). Located in the heart of Chinatown, visitors will be able to witness the spectacular street light displays features about 5,500 handcrafted lanterns from 7 January to 25 February 2017. Read more: http://bit.ly/2iQw62J

Image Credit: Singapore Turf Club
Fortune Bowl 2017 at Singapore Turf Club
Get yourself away from town and try something different in this Rooster New Year! Delight all your senses and celebrate the traditional Lunar New Year at the Fortune Bowl 2017 held on 29 Jan (Sunday) at the Singapore Turf Club. You will get a chance to meet and greet with the ‘God of Fortune” for good luck and watch the dragon and lion dance at the Outdoor Prize Presentation Dais too. Read more: http://bit.ly/2jBTktZ or purchase your package here: http://bit.ly/2jCSGMd

Chinese New Year at The Istana Open House
The Istana Grounds will be open to the public visitors during the 2nd day of Chinese New Year on 29 January 2017. Grab this golden opportunity to visit the Istana and capture as many beautiful photograph as you can. Admission to the Istana grounds is free for Singaporeans and Singapore Permanent Residents. Other visitors are required to pay an entrance fee of $2 per person. Entrance to the grounds is via the main gate at Orchard Road. Opening hours are usually from 8.30am to 6.00pm.

Chingay 2017 Parade at the F1 Pit Building
Chingay 2017 will be held on 10th & 11th February from 8pm to 9.30pm at the F1 Pit Building with the theme of “Soundwaves Chingay, WeCare Singapore”, a spectacular parade event with more than 600 performers from all races, ages and background, showcasing the most stunning water, fire, snow and lighting effects as well as pyrotechnics and fireworks display. Read more: http://bit.ly/2iFwsdc

Image Credit: Sentosa Official Website
Love in Springtime at Sentosa Island
Love in Springtime encourages all to celebrate love in its many forms, with abundant opportunities for families and loved ones to bond.

Strike a pose in front of 12 huge Zodiac lanterns at Palawan Green, and enjoy stories of kinship, friendship and romance from 21 January to 26 February, 11am – 11pm. Measuring up to two metres in height, the lanterns feature light-hearted depictions of acts of love by the 12 Chinese Zodiac signs. Learn about the meanings behind each story and take pictures with the colourful lanterns in the day, or bask in the glow of the lanterns after dark. Read more: http://bit.ly/2k4AxnC

We hope that you had a wonderful and memorable Chinese New Year celebration in Singapore this year. Cheers!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

7 Auspicious Chinese New Year Dishes to eat at Resorts World Sentosa

Celebrate the auspicious Lunar Rooster New Year with your family and loved ones at the Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) restaurants and attractions and stand a chance to win luxury prizes hatch in the grand lucky draws.

Well, get ready to feast, explore or play your way to prosperity with sure-win prizes plus a chance to win 2 x S$88,000 cash, a Citroen C4 Hatch, diamond jewellery from Poh Heng or a stay in an exclusive Ocean Suite in the Grand Lucky Draws on 5 and 12 February 2017.

During this festive period from now till 12 February 2017, every S$100 spent in a single receipt entitles you to a sure-win prize and one lucky draw chance for the grand prizes.

Here are the 7 RWS’ Chinese New Year Dining Highlights:

1. Feng Shui Inn (13 January to 11 February 2017)
This Lunar New Year, Feng Shui Inn’s Hong Kong-born Executive Chef Li Kwok Kwong puts a twist on classic Cantonese fare and the traditional Yu Sheng. The new Longevity “Lo Hei” with Tuna Sashimi, Quail Eggs, Black Truffle and Caviar perfectly combines prized ingredients from both land and sea. The hard boiled quail eggs symbolise the Year of the Rooster, while chopped Australian black truffle infuses an irresistible aroma, and the caviar gives delightful bursts of salty sweetness in every bite.

For the health conscious, Feng Shui Inn’s Fortune Salmon “Lo Hei” with Sweet Corn features succulent fresh salmon slices with juicy kernels of golden sweet corn, and a delightfully refreshing strawberry sauce (S$78++ for 3 to 6 persons or S$108++ for 7 to 10 persons).

Feng Shui Inn also offers a sweet and savoury Ikan Parang “Lo Hei” with Sweet Corn and Spanish Premium Ham (S$78++ for 3 to 6 persons / S$108++ for 7 to 10 persons).

2. Forest 森 (One Michelin-starred) (13 January to 11 February 2017)
Renowned for his innovative contemporary Chinese cuisine, local Celebrity Chef Sam Leong’s creations for the Lunar New Year are as delicious as they are visually stunning. The Signature Salmon Yu Sheng at Forest森 will once again delight guests with its zesty flavours. Made from a medley of fruits and vegetables like melon, pomelo, apple, seaweed and carrot, it is served with crispy white bait and thinly sliced salmon then drizzled with a well-balanced and appetizing homemade yuzu honey lime dressing.

Guests can also choose to order additional servings of Geoduck clams at S$68++, Boston lobster at S$68++, Salmon fish at S$28++ and Salmon fish skin at S$12++.

3. More creative Lunar New Year dishes from Forest restaurant includes Deep-fried Five Spice Duck Drumstick served with Pan-seared Assorted Mushrooms (五香酥炸鸭腿) - $22 and 4. Deep-fried Boston Lobster served with “Tian Jin” Cabbage, Topped with Homemade Cheese and Garlic Sauce (酥炸波士顿龙虾,香蒜芝士汁) - $58++


5. Prosperity Steamboat at Hard Rock Hotel Singapore (27 January to 4 February 2017)
The Chinese tradition of enjoying steamboat with the family takes on a luxurious note at Hard Rock Hotel Singapore. The Prosperity Steamboat set (S$168++ for 2 persons) offers a choice of superior chicken, tom yam or spicy hot Sichuan broth and includes 600grams of lobster for 2 persons, 6 Head Abalone, Indonesian Crabs, Kurobuta Pork, Hokkaido Scallops, Garoupa Fish Fillet, Oysters, Mussels, Sea Cucumber, Clams, Tiger Prawns, Pork Belly and more.

On Chinese New Year’s Eve, this festive lobster hotpot takes you al fresco to our breezy open-air Coliseum where you and family can dine under the stars. For reservations, please call (65) 6577 6688 or email: dining@rwsentosa.com.

6. Chinese New Year Supper Club at the Forum (27 January to 11 February 2017)
Staying out late during the Lunar New Year season and hunger pangs strike at midnight? No need to worry because you can head down to the Supper Club at the Forum (Basement 1) in RWS where you can tuck into satisfying, steaming hot bites paired with ice cold beer from 10pm to 2am.

Do not miss the delicious Cantonese style lobster congee at S$8. Cooked in a lobster and chicken broth for four hours with sliced Boston lobster meat, it is a comforting bowl of savoury goodness. Local delights like Kueh Pie Tee, Popiah, dim sum and hot and cold desserts will also be available.

7. Abundance Lunar New Year Reunion Buffet Dinner at Ocean Gallery (27 January 2017)
Make your Lunar New Year Reunion Dinner a visually awe-inspiring experience by dining right at the Ocean Gallery in our S.E.A. Aquarium. Usher in a year of abundance by tucking into a one-night-only Asian buffet spread while being surrounded by schools of fishes and other gentle giants of the sea (S$88++ per adult and S$28++ per child).

The spread includes specialties from Singapore and the region, featuring Popiah, Kueh Pie Tee, Bak Kut Teh (Pork Ribs Soup), Vietnamese “Shaking Beef”, Peking Duck, Malaysian Assam Prawns, Java Chicken Noodles Soup, and Taiwanese Braised Pork Belly. A whole Salted Egg Lobster can also be enjoyed for an additional S$28++. For reservations, please call (65) 6577 6688 or email: dining@rwsentosa.com.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Halo Wars 2 Blitz Beta Coming to Singapore on 20 January 2017

Be prepared and get ready with your partner for a whole new Xbox gaming adventure with the Halo Wars 2 Blitz mode (Beta) in this coming 20 January 2017.

The all-new twist to RTS gameplay, combining the deck building and split-second decision making of card-based strategy play with explosive tactical combat in the Halo universe card deck, along with your faction leader, are your greatest resources as you assemble a collection of air, ground and infantry units and seek to out-think and out-maneuver your opponents on the battlefield.

The Halo Wars 2 Blitz Beta will run from 20 January till 30 January, and will take place on the map “Proving Grounds,” offering 1v1, 2v2 and 3v3 gameplay via matchmaking on both Windows 10 PC and Xbox One.

Pre-order for Halo Wars 2 is now available on the Microsoft Store.

Indulge the delicious Japanese cuisine at The Green Market at Malaysia Airport KLIA2

The Green Market is a modern casual Japanese restaurant located at the Malaysia Kuala Lumpur International Airport Terminal 2 (KLIA2) that offers wallet-friendly healthy cuisine for the travellers and visitors. Follow me and find out my experience at The Green Market.

Maki Roll
Let’s start off our dinner with the savoury-crispy Maki Roll. Time to feed more goodness in it.

Gyoza
Well deep fried gyoza. Minced Chicken meat was filled in it and wrapped with a thin and chewy wanton skin. If you are a gyoza fans like, you will definitely like it.

Sushi bento
What is Japanese cuisine without any sushi or sashimi! This bento set was served with salmon sashimi, salmon sushi, avocado sushi, unagi sushi, scallop sushi, and fried potato.

Volcano Steak
The highlight of the meal! This volcano steak served in a hotplate and wrapped in aluminium foil. Once served on your table, the server will frame up the aluminium and let the steak cooked in it. The steak will be cooked to well done texture. The steak was seasoned with shallot and garlic. As for my liking, I don't think this 2 ingredients goes well with the steak, instead I would prefer it to seasoned with sea salt. I think it will taste even better.

My Verdict:
Overall, I enjoyed my dining experience at The Green Market at Malaysia KLIA2. The restaurant comes with friendly ambiances and served a range of comfortable and delectable Japanese, Korean and local cuisines. Likewise, it was a good place to recommend for a quick meal while waiting for your next flight destination.


The Green Market @ klia2 Location Address:
KL International Airport, Departure Level,
Public Concourse, klia2, International Airport, Kuala Lumpur,
Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Opening hours: 4am to 12am
Price range: 10RM - 30RM

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Plan your private escape to Phuket with Avista Hideaway Phuket Patong Mgallery by Sofitel

Start planning your private escape with your loved one to the Avista Hideaway Phuket Patong Mgallery by Sofitel located in the Thailand. The hillside resort provides a luxurious comforts and amenities, which comes with an inspiration theme of traditional culture and arts, showing the way of life of the local villages.


There are 150 rooms and suites at the hotel, each infused with classic motifs and Thai-inspired interior décor of rich local woods and natural stones. The family-friendly hotel also features three themed swimming pools with saltwater filtration system, a kid’s club, games room, mini putting green and virtual golf game, spa, fitness centre, library, and business centre.

Avista Hideaway Phuket Patong MGallery by Sofitel is located at 39/9 Muen Ngern Road, Tri Trang Beach, Patong. The resort is 45km from Phuket International Airport and a five-minute stroll from Jungceylon Shopping Complex, numerous fine seafood restaurants and popular nightspots.

Enjoy the Avista Hideaway Phuket Patong MGallery by Sofitel Junior Suite or Executive Suite stay with a complimentary 30 minute Thai Massage for two at THB 4,500++.

For reservations:
please email: reservations@avistahotelsandresorts.com
contact: +66 (0) 266 181 414.
 
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