Thursday, October 31, 2013

WeChat Celebrates Halloween with Halloween and Mr. Egg stickers

Halloween is coming and it wouldn’t be complete without a fancy dress party – even the WeChat Bubbles are getting into the ‘spirit’ of it!
 
 
Is that Frankenstein himself?!
No, don’t worry, it’s just the White Bubble in his spookiest disguise yet!
 

All the best Halloween parties have a ghost…
 

And just when you think it wasn’t possible to eat too much candy, seems the little Green Bubble got too many ‘treats’ and not enough ‘tricks’!

Meet your new friend Mr. Egg!And it’s time to meet your new friend Mr. Egg!
Here’s Mr. Egg! Everyone needs friend like him, who…

…pulls you together when you are cracking up...
 
 
…keeps you going when things boil over...
 
 
…and enjoys the sunny side when you are happy...
 
 
Once you get to know him, he will roll anywhere with you!
 
Steps to meet your new friends on WeChat:

 
For further details please visit:

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Food Review: Triple-O's at Orchard Toward, Singapore

Never am I aware of the existance of this Canadian Burger Chain piror to this food tasting session.  Triple O was founded in 1928 by Nat Bailey, which is much earlier than McDonald’s, that started out in 1940 only!!!

To my surprise, Triple-O's by White Spot at Orchard Tower is actually their third outlet in Singapore!
 
 
Expect to wait for approximately 6mins for your burgers to be served as these are freshly made upon order placement. The extra few minutes wait is definitely worthwhile to have freshly prepared meal served.

 
 
We started the session with some fingers foods - Sweet Potato Fries (S$2.90), Onion Rings (S$2.90) and the Chicken Strips ($8.90).
 
 
It is uncommon to have sweet potato fries served in fast food restaurant, which is a pleasant surprise.  However, it is sort of disappointing that the sweet potato fries soon turn soggy, as much as I wanted it to be crispy badly. The onion rings are not too bad, however, among the three, I love the chicken strips BEST!  As compared to many other fastfood restaurants and even cafe, the chicken strip are full strips of chicken meat than overly battered with flour, is savoury and stayed cripsy throughout.
 
The mushroom soup is nothing to wow about, while you get to nibble on bits of the mushroom, I prefer to have bigger chunks of the mushroom and also, for the soup to be less savoury.  It is just too salty for my personal preference.
 
The Egg Benedict is somewhat different from elsewhere served, the poached egg is no where to be found, but rather, the egg is found at the center of the brioche which a numbers of us are just so amused by it. The homemade hollandaise sauce is yummylicious and everyone enjoyed the egg benedict!  Somehow, there is a lack of consistency in the bacons, some are obviously slightly burnt.
 
 
Triple-O's is specialised in beef burgers, and their most sought after burgers are their bacon & cheese burger  (S$12.90, comes with fries and soda), and mushroom burger  (S$12.90, comes with fries and soda). I personally am not a beef lover, so I opted out of bacon cheese burger. Accordingly to those who tried it, the beef is real tender and juicy and there are full of "wows" for it.


Fret not for the non-beef lovers / eaters, they have many more other burgers options available, of which, their deep-sea ling cod fish burger (S$13.90, comes with fries and soda), is another sought after burger.

They are generous with the serving of the cod fish fillet, the portion is simply fulfilling.  The cod fish fillet is very crispy yet retaining the juiceiness but I would love it with slightly more sauce while some may like it as it is, with added zesty taste from the squeezed lemon slices. I don't mind going with the lemon juice, but simply feels that something is missing... The kitchen staff seems to be in a cheeky mood that day and draw a saddy face on the lemon slice served along with my cod fish burger, everyone is saying, "So cute!!!"


We also tried out the poutine, this is my first time trying out fries served with cheese and gravy! I'm an abosolute potato lover but I stopped after a few pieces; while the poutine is quite tasty, I find it too salty for my tastebud.


End your meal with something sweet, for instance their classic milkshakes. I tried the strawberry milkshake, deceivingly the pastel colour seems to imply a bland milkshake.  However, it is actually very delightful with a sweet aroma of the strawberry.  This is something to die for, but will not recommended for large serving cup as one can get surfeit after a while as the milkshake is REALLY thick!

Else, you can end it with a scoop of ice-cream, there is actually nothing to bravo about the available ice-cream flavours,  the blueberry ice-cream just seems to be blueberry sauce served on top of the vanilla ice-cream.  I'm not a big fan of vanilla ice-cream, but surprisingly the vanilla ice-cream has a sweet aroma that lingers around.


As the orchard tower outlet which had more space, they actually have a Felix's Corner where their French chef can whip up some French delicacies for those who wanted something different.


The the orchard tower outlet operates till wee hours during the weekends and this may be of good new to those who went clubbing or party in town area till late night and find it such a pain to hunt for a makan place where they can beat their hunger pangs.

BTW, for the health-conscious one, you can watch out your calories intake at Triple-O's by checking out this nutrition fact sheet provided by Triple-O's!

Last but not least, thanks Dennis for the invite!

Triple-O's by White Spot
400 Orchard Road #01-29C
Singapore 238875
Tel:  67350002

Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri: 11:30-23:30
Thu-Sat: 11:30-02:00
Sun    : 11:30-23:30

Other Triple-O's Singapore Outlets:

Asia Square:
8 Marina View, Asia Square Tower 1 #02-14
Singapore 018960

Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri: 08:30-21:00
Closed on Sat, Sun and Public Holiday

Buona Vista:
1 Vista Exchange Green
The Star Vista Mall #01-22
Singapore 138617

Opening Hours:
Mon-Sun: 10:00-21:30

 
For more information, pls visit:

Sunday, October 27, 2013

247 Printing Singapore: Top 5 Night Clubs in Singapore

All day work and no play makes Jane a dull girl, 247 Printing Singapore spots the top 5 night clubs and dance venues in Singapore for your consideration to chill out and relax yourself.
 

The Top 5 Night Clubs listed are:
1. Avalon Singapore @ Marina Bay Sands
2. The Butter Factory @ One Fullerton
3. Filter Members Club @ The Gallery Hotel
4. Pangea Singapore @ Marina Bay Sands
5. Playhouse Singapore @ River Valley Road

However, it is noticed that Filter Members Club @ The Gallery Hotel is actually closed since 22nd Mar 2013.  Surprisingly, Zouk Club, being one of very popular night spot in Singapore, has been omitted from the list.  In fact, Zouk Club has just received the Best Nightspot Experience in Singapore Experience Awards 2013.

So what's your thought on the Top 5 Night Clubs in Singapore listed here?  Why not leave a comment if you think it should be otherwise as compared to those listed in the video?

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

10 Best Beach Vacations with InterContinental

Planning for a beach escapade to get sand between your toes?  What is your perfect beach vacation?  Hours of exhilarating water sports, witnessing the beautiful sunrise & sunset by the beach, or a romantic moonlit dinner by the sea?  No matter your preference, InterContinental Hotels and Resorts can make that dream resort getaway a reality.

With world-class resorts across the globe, you will be spoilt for choice when deciding between Polynesian sunsets, amazing Balinese seascapes or the golden sand of the Middle East.

1. Son Tra Peninsula, Danang
With its long, white sandy beaches and natural forests, the Son Tra Peninsula, also known as the Mythical Monkey Mountain, boasts such beauty that in the past it used to be revered by the locals as a landing place for fairies.

The Son Tra Peninsula spans 4,000 hectares and is home to an array of beaches. Nestled in a private bay within the Peninsula is InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort. With its magnificent views, emerald blue water, gentle sea breezes and an endless untouched beach, the resort is truly deserving of its title of Vietnam's Leading Resort in the recent World Travel Awards 2013. Guests can dine at the casual yet classy Barefoot Café and enjoy the fine tastes of a Mediterranean meal as they sink their toes into the soft, fine sand and take in the stunning views of the East Sea.

2. West Bay Lagoon, Qatar
West Bay Lagoon, also known as Al Qutaifiya, is a neighbourhood in Doha, Qatar. The area houses a variety of accommodations and lifestyle options, including InterContinental Doha which is home to Doha's longest private beach. The resort is a waterfront oasis where guests can take in sweeping views of the Arabic Gulf simply by taking a relaxing stroll down the sandy white coastline.

For a unique seafood experience, visit the Fish Market where you can select your own catch of the day, and indulge in the freshest seafood specialties tailored to your taste buds.


3. Natadola Bay, Fiji
Natadola Bay is one of the South Pacific’s best-kept secrets and home to Fiji’s finest mainland resort, InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort and Spa. With its natural white sand and lush greenery, it is no wonder the beach was voted as one of the Top 10 in the world by Forbes Magazine.

Enjoy a luxurious massage in a seaside cabana, tackle the inviting waves or dive among its colourful reefs when you stay at the resort. Guests who are more adventurous can opt to explore the deserted beaches on the far side of Navo Island.


4. Hua Hin, Thailand
Hua Hin has its roots as the official resort destination of the Thai royal family. Just a threehour drive from Bangkok, the five kilometre long beach is now a popular getaway for Thai locals and travellers alike. A resort of prestigious Thai royal heritage, InterContinental Hua Hin Resort rests in the shadow of Khao Takiab, known locally as Chopstick Hill. The peace and tranquillity of the resort draws travellers who appreciate the chance to take a step back from everyday life and restore themselves – mind and body. Guests can regain their equilibrium through yoga sessions at the resort's beachfront with the pristine white sand between their toes.

Come evening, guests can indulge in a bountiful seaside barbeque where they can prepare their own fresh seafood dinner, or seek the assistance of the resort’s renowned seafood chefs.


5. Maesato Beach, Okinawa
The Maesato Beach is famed for its rich cultural traditions, abundant coral reefs, distinctive regional foods and the natural warmth of its people.

Situated astride the Maesato Beach, ANA InterContinental Ishigaki Resort Hotel is Japan’s southern-most resort that is prefect for an idyllic beach getaway. It offers a wide range of activities such as scuba diving, fishing and snorkelling. Guests can also choose to take a swim or relax along the clear waters of the Pacific Ocean at Maesato Beach. For an unforgettable ocean experience, participate in the Sea Walk to feel the sand under water as you're surrounded by captivating marine life. Travellers will fall in love with the natural warmth of Okinawa’s people and the beauty of the island. With myriad fun-filled activities, this island getaway will make for a truly memorable family vacation.


6. Sanctuary Cove, Gold Coast
Sanctuary Cove is renowned as Australia’s resort-style masterplanned community. Located in the northern Gold Coast region, Sanctuary Cove combines quality residential options with world class leisure facilities.

Just minutes away from Australia’s favourite theme parks in the Gold Coast, InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort is equipped with a beautiful one-acre beach lagoon perfect for a relaxing holiday to escape from the bustling city. Spend your day in the resort with an indulgent massage at Champions Day Spa and spend the rest of the afternoon relaxing around the spectacular lagoon pool. Need a bite? Enjoy a delicious afternoon High Tea in Cove Cafe, before heading back to your pool lounge.


7. Al Jubail, Saudi Arabia
Al Jubail is a city in the eastern province on the Persian Gulf coast of Saudi Arabia and the largest industrial city in the Middle East. In the middle of a bustling city life, there is an oasis that is InterContinental Al Jubail. Set on a private beach, the hotel overlooks the beautiful Arabian Gulf. It has its own scuba diving centre and is the ideal base to start your sail along the stunning Arabian coastline.

Upon reaching either of two pristine islands, Juraid and Jana, guests can swim and snorkel in the calm blue waters with barracudas, hamour and needlefish while taking in the vibrant shades of the coral reefs. Back at the resort, guests can unwind over dinner at the Laguna Pearl Café while they take in the majestic sunset.


8. Jimbaran Bay, Bali
Bali is a stunning island famed for its scenic views and warm hospitality. Its beaches are amongst the most famous in the world and Jimbaran Bay at InterContinental Bali Resort is often considered the island's crown jewel.

Guests can choose to explore the local culture through village tours or simply sip on a delicious cocktail on the golden sands of Bali. Nature lovers can also opt to be a part of the resort's turtle conservation efforts during their stay there. In the evening, guests can revel in a performance of Balinese dancing while dining at Taman Gita Terrace. Besides being the perfect way to end a day in Bali, it is also a great way to immerse deeper in Bali's rich tradition and culture.


9. Manzamo Cape , Okinawa
The Manzamo Cape is one of the most visited tourist spots in Okinawa. Facing the East China Sea, the Cape is famous for its elephant-trunk shaped rock formation. Situated on the Manzamo cape, each guestroom at the ANA InterContinental Manza Beach Resort Hotel provides guest with captivating views of clear blue waters and white sandy beaches. Guests can kick start their day with a visit to the nearby Cape Manza. Its commanding views of gorgeous coral reefs and aqua blue waves crashing against rugged cliffs will take your breath away.

Next, a visit to the Churaumi Aquarium is a must do. Literally meaning the Beautiful Sea Aquarium, it is inhabited by over 16,000 sea creatures, including several whale sharks, and is the largest in Asia. End the day by setting sail on the resort’s catamaran yacht and bask in the changing colours of the sky and sea while you reminisce on a day well spent.


10. Balaclava, Mauritius
Mauritius is a resort-haven situated in the Indian Ocean. Sitting on an island offering stunning views which overlook the Bay of Balaclava, the breath-taking InterContinental Resort Mauritius is the perfect base to set off for a snorkelling or diving expedition at the beautiful Turtle Bay – or Baie aux Tortues to the locals. The resort features an outdoor infinity pool alongside the pristine white beach where children can build sandcastles with mini buckets and spades provided by the hotel while the adults take a leisurely stroll.

To end the day’s activities, guests can savour the freshest seafood from the region at Segala, one of the hotel’s 5-star restaurants, while they take in the spectacular view of the Indian Ocean.

P/S: The above is not ranked in any particular order.


For more information on InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, visit: http://www.ihg.com/intercontinental/hotels/gb/en/reservation.



Image Credit: Intercontinental Hotels & Resorts

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Love from New Zealand - Sheep Droppings and Kiwi Poo

Sis has just got her boy to help deliver her love from New Zealand...


Sheep Droppings and Kiwi Poo!!!  OMG, why these???

Lol!  Fret not, these are just some Kiwi humour!  Actually they are simply some novelty confectionery from Parrs Product Ltd, which makes great gifts ideas as souvenir from New Zealand.  The Sheep Droppings is actually chocolate coated peanuts while the Kiwi Poo is actually chocolate coated raisins.

I think this is pretty cool and interesting!  Frankly speaking, there aren't much special about these chocolate, except for the packaging.  They are just milk chocolate which are are of not too inferior quality. 

I googled around and seems like these confectionery are rather popular souvenir, beside the usual lanolin products from New Zealand.  I would think the credit should goes to the marketing and packaging design.  The names of the various flavours definitely attracts attention, e.g. Cow Poo & Flies (Coconut Rough And Gummy Flies) and such weird and funny names sure draws the younger generation to make the purchase. While nowadays, most of the younger generation will do without souvenirs purchase from their vacation trip, but cute packaging will most likely tempts them to make a purchase or two.

Never under estimate the power of packaging.  The food may not taste great, but premium packaging or interesting packaging will definitely draws the crowd and increase the sales.  But of course, if the quality is not there, these will not sustain for long.  Therefore a certain level of the quality of the product has to be ensured to keep the business going.  Kudos to the creative marketing staff out there who crack their brains to think of such interesting marketing concept.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Casio World's First G-Factory Premium Store in Singapore

From left: Triple World Drivers’ Champion, Sebastian Vettel, Mr. Shunichi Watanabe, President and CEO of Marina Bay Sands, George Tanasijevich and Mr. Sezai Hiroyuki, General Manager, Timepieces Division
Casio Singapore has opened its first ever G-Factory PREMIUM store at the official launch on 19 September 2013, with Infiniti Red Bull Racing Formula One Team driver and Triple World Drivers’ Champion, Sebestian Vettel.

The new G-Factory PREMIUM store is located at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, catering to discerning, affluent individuals in Singapore to provide a unique luxury shopping experience, as their strategy to expand their range of high-end, premium line-up of timepieces in Singapore.

The sophisticated G-Factory PREMIUM store offers a top-tier range of brands including the elite line of OCEANUS timepieces that combines cutting edge technology, housed within a titanium case and a scratch resistant sapphire glass.

The G-Factory PREMIUM will also showcase the MT-G and MR-G range of timepieces that utilises metal and composites which provide the highest level of protection, combined with G-SHOCK’s legendary toughness and shock resistance, developed by the ‘Father of G-SHOCK’, Mr. Kikuo Ibe.

Consumers can also look forward to the highly popular EDIFICE and SHEEN range of watches at the G-Factory PREMIUM. The EDIFICE range of watches — particularly those designed in partnership with Infiniti Red Bull Racing Formula One Team are meant to complement any occasion and individual style. Female consumers will also get to lay their hands on the latest SHEEN timepieces, designed with Swarovski® elements, which is the perfect accessory to a modern woman’s lifestyle.

Sebastian Vettel signing on Casio EDIFICE plaque

The G-Factory PREMIUM store is located at:
The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands
2 BayFront Avenue #B2-90
Singapore 018972
 
 
Photo Credit: Casio Singapore

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Ben & Jerry's ChunkFest 2013 - a little weird and A LOT fantastic

The Annual Ice Cream ChunkFest was held at The Promontory @ Marina Bay on 12 October 2013, where many of Ben & Jerry's fans turned up for the occasion.



In celebration of Ben & Jerry’s culture of fearless innovation which has produced countless innovative flavours full of wacky, out-of-this-world combinations, this year's ChunkFest had the unique theme of 'a little weird and A LOT fantastic'.

A new flavour, Couch Potato, a wacky concoction that is both sweet and savory has been introduced to Singapore. This chunky, funky concoction featuring vanilla bean ice cream with a salty caramel swirl and fudge covered potato chip clusters, is going to be the new found best friend of all couch potatos out there! 

This year, a total of 18 flavours made available to the fans with 13 exclusive US flavours flown in just for the day.


For the very first time, Ben & Jerry’s held an open air MOOvie screening at ChunkFest. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ was voted by fans as the choice of movie via Ben & Jerry’s Facebook page, adding on to the a little weird and A LOT fantastic flavour of the festival. 

Other than ice cream, five Fairness Partners were also invited to champion their causes at the festival.  From selling merchandise, delicious gourmet food and coffee and organising fun games, the Fairness Partners were able to leverage ChunkFest as a platform to raise awareness and funds for their causes.


The Five Fairness Partners
Blessing in A Bag
A non-profit project that seeks to partner with existing communities, orphanages, schools, homes as well as initiatives to provide for the needs of underprivileged, abused and medically-ill children across Asia.
(Visit http://blessingsinabag.org/ for more information)

Chris’ Café @ The HUB
Part of The HUB Singapore, is a platform for people who use entrepreneurial ideas to create sustainable impact, Chris café also provide barista training for those looking to upgrade their skill sets and support various causes. At ChunkFest 2013, Chris’ Café will be supporting Milaap, a social enterprise specialising in online micro-lending for those who need a little help. 
(Visit http://singapore.the-hub.net/space/chris-cafe/ for more information)

Dyslexia Association of Singapore (DAS)
Promotes a fair playing field for children in their education, providing professional support and remediation services to preschoolers and school-aged kids who have learning differences including dyslexia.
(Visit http://www.das.org.sg/ for more information)

Kerbside Gourmet
Singapore’s first gourmet food truck with a social vision, that aims to turn part of their profits to feed the less privileged in Singapore, operating on a “Buy-One-Give-One” model.
(Visit http://kerbsidegourmet.com/ for more information)

Project Happy Feet
A non-profit organisation that empowers lives through education and training, so as to alleviate poverty. Run entirely by volunteers, Project Happy Feet supports numerous locally-managed education and training related programmes benefitting underprivileged children in Singapore, Cambodia, Vietnam and Nepal through innovative fund-raising events like Project Happy Feet Slipper Race.
(Visit http://www.projecthappyfeet.org/ for more information)

The ever-popular Vermonster Challenge (where teams of four compete to be the first to finish the challenge of 20 scoops of ice cream and toppings in the shortest time possible) renews its record at a jaw-dropping new timing of 18 seconds!

The Winning team, Faire la Croquette Ben & Jerry’s, was a returning participant from the Vermonster Challenge at ChunkFest 2012, and had practised hard to shave off precious seconds from their previous timing of two minutes.
Image Credits: Ben & Jerry's Singapore

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

A Bold Night Out with The Fray celebrating Guinness Arthur’s Day

Guinness hosted its second Arthur’s Day celebrations in Singapore on 27 September 2013 and brought about 1,759 fans, with double platinum record artists The Fray for the occasion! 
 


The guests at the concert enjoyed an epic set by the Denver alternative-rock band in a specially constructed pint-shaped concert arena at The Promontory@Marina Bay, and were also entertained by local band Ellipsis – winners of the ‘Play on the Day’ competition who kicked off the night’s revelry.



As The Fray took their positions on stage to begin their first song, the Guinness Arthur’s Day backdrop came down to reveal a transparent screen that allowed for views of the illuminated Marina Bay and the breath-taking Singapore skyline. In an intimate setting, The Fray led the the huge crowd of fans and invited guests in the signature toast to “To Arthur”, celebrating GUINNESS’ founder Arthur Guinness who was distinctive, bold and epitomizes the concept “Made of More”.


The band performed a sneak peek of the upcoming album that is still in the mixing and editing stage, ‘Hold My Hand’ and ‘Wherever This Goes’, debuting for the first time outside the U.S! They also sang their award-winning tunes ‘How to Save a Life’, ‘Never Say Never’, ‘You Found Me’ and ‘Over my Head (Cable Car)’ together with other hits.
 



 

Mr Rene de Monchy, Head of Marketing, Asia Pacific Breweries Singapore, said that it has been a great success in the second installment of Guinness Arthur’s Day in Singapore, from the ‘Play on the Day’ competition which led to a local emerging band opening for The Fray today, to the bold activations and sharing of Guinness moments, and promise that “GUINNESS has, and will continue to stay true to rewarding its fans with novel experiences such as Arthur’s Day, and continue being a passionate supporter of live music here in Singapore.”

Singapore joined over 55 countries and an estimated 1.7 million people across the world to celebrate the fifth year that Guinness Arthur’s Day has been celebrated globally.

For post-event updates about the Guinness Arthur’s Day Concert, fans are reminded to visit the GUINNESS Singapore Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Guinness.SG.

GUINNESS should be enjoyed on Arthur’s Day, and any other occasion, responsibly. For more information, visit www.DrinkiQ.com

The Fray Concert Set lists:

From released albums:
Syndicate
All at Once
You Found Me
Turn me on
Look After You
How to Save a Life
Vienna
Here We Are
Over My Head (Cable Car)
Heartbeat
The Fighter
Never Say Never
Be Still


Unreleased fourth album, debut performance outside the U.S.:
Hold My Hand
Wherever This Goes



Image Credit: Asia Pacific Breweries Singapore