Thursday, June 30, 2016

Emirates Singapore Derby Roadshow 2016

In conjunction with the coming Emirates Singapore Derby on 10 Jul, The Singapore Turf Club and Emirates Singapore will be holding a couple of roadshows at both Capitol Piazza (on 25 & 26 Jun) and the Lawm @ Chijmes (on 1 & 2 Jul).


Did you just miss the Emirates Singapore Derby Roadshow at Capitol Piazza Outdoor Plaza last week? Fret not, as you can still enjoy the same fun on this weekend (1 Jul & 2 Jul) at the Lawn @ Chijmes.



The Highlights of the Event:
  • Horse Pitching Competition

  • Horse patting and feeding


  • Fashion Show by Reckless Shop and Fashion House
  • Appearances of Singapore Turf Club Mascots, Racer and Clover
  • History of Emirates Singapore Derby Exhibition


  • InstaPhoto Booth

As some of activities are only available at scheduled timings, please visit www.derby.sg for more information.

In addition, there will be an Instagram contest where you just need to upload your best RED outfit of the day (RED OOTD) onto your Instagram and hashtag #EmiratesRedFashion & tag @SGTurfClub to stand a chance to win a set of premium gift worth about S$2,000 from Emirates. Contest will ends on 8 July 2016. 


Thursday, June 23, 2016

Thankful Thursday: Great to be Alive!


Had not have the chance to do it on last Thu, so shall put up this gratitude post on my Lunar Birthday instead. Though not sure if anyone really bothers to read through this lengthy post which extends from my original Instagram post. 


Last year was a "happening" year, where I met up with 2 serious accidents consecutively.

Got into a 4-vehicle chain accident in April when cabbing home from work, injured my face with swollen eye and nose bleeding non stop, and bruised knees. Never did I expect, I ended up with affected vision and a slightly crooked nose which I need to choose to do a procedure ASAP, else an operation in the future. However the doctor has highlighted that the procedure may not ensure 100% restoration to my nose original's condition. As it is not obvious under the specs so I choose to leave it as it is, and live with my imperfect nose that gets blocked easily. But at times when I looked myself at the mirror, I still can't help feeling sorry for myself...  Looking back,  I may have first hurt my knees then!

Then I tripped over the kerb at the Esplanade Roof Terrace with my DSLR in May. Not only this cost me my DSLR (which now on and off works as the mechanism already spoilt and my tamron lens also on and off can't focus properly), but also my biz trip to New Albany and personal trip to New York (has to forfeit the trip due to on full backslab).  It also cost me my bank balance as the accident insurance only covers up to 30 days medical expenses. I thought it was just a sprain, but ended up in full backslab for near 2 months and walking with crutches for 1 month. The first 3 months are a real torture for me, as days drag past like years. The journey to healing took me about 1/2 year but I need to live with a bad knee which can never fully recover, as well as rheumatism.

Whatever it is, I'm glad that I managed to pull through the difficult times. I thank my family & friends who have been supportive & showering me with all the love. Without you guys, I will not be the ME today.

Thanks for the love & I love you guys too! 


This year, I consider it a turning point for myself. Bidding farewell to the thirties and bidding farewell to the misfortunes.  I considered myself quite lucky this year, to have won 2 trips. A single ticket to Wuxi through SGIG/Tigerair contest, where I get to venture Wuxi/Suzhou/Shanghai with a group of Instagrammers, I do not really know well most of the people in the group but we build our friendship from the trip and glad to remain in contact with some. Then I also won a pair of tickets to Los Angeles and get to have a private tour at the Dolby Theatre which I will share about it later.

Small achievements unlocked when my Instagram followers hit 1K just before my birthday.  This is probably nothing much to be proud of, but my followers have been hanging at 900+ for the longest, and I've been hoping to hit the 1K followers to participate in more campaigns.

While I'm not eager to compete with others, I do set some target to challenge myself when I started to be more "serious' about my Instagram account. Majority of my personal friends either do not own Instagram account or are very inactive in Instagram.  I do not really curate my gallery, nor have a specific theme or super outstanding/creative photos, neither do I do giveaways to get people to follow my account, which explain why the slow growth in my Instagram followers. With that said, I'm not giving myself excuses, but rather, the need to constantly question myself how I can improve my gallery to make it an more enjoyable to gain organic growth, without sacrificing my own enjoyment in photography.  

Knowing own weakness, then will one be able to improve himself/herself and excel. I'm lucky to have a great pal, Justin (@xjieke),  who will tell me straight to my face, what went wrong with my photos, though the truth hurts at times, but this really made me learnt and improve much. Step by step, I hit my own goal of getting an average 50 likes per photo and had my first photo with more than 200 likes, meet my 1K followers goal. I certainly have Justin to thank to, but I do put in a lot effort too.  But I know I still have some weaknesses to overcome, I tend to be too "kan cheong" (anxious) at times, so I often overlook the minute details. I need to constantly remain myself and hope I can overcome this soon.

Now is the beginning to a new stage of life, I hope for myself to have a smooth sailing year, and hopefully, I will pass the interview for Singaporean Citizenship application in coming Oct.  Wish me good luck! ;P




Photo Credit: @xjike

Sunday, June 19, 2016

LINE Characters Adding Cuteness to LG Pocket Photo

Time to rejoice, Fans of LINE characters! LG Electronics has teamed up with LINE to release a brand-new design for its inkless mobile photo printing device, with Motifs of LINE characters adorning the LG Pocket Photo (model# PD239SF).


Being one of the smallest portable mobile photo printing devices in the market, the eye-pleasing LG Pocket Photo prints pictures rendered at a crystal clear 313dpi — perfect for sharing or displaying. With the free Pocket Photo editing app downloaded, users can wirelessly connect their smartphones or tablets and begin printing immediately.


The accompanying Pocket Photo app allows users to experiment with its wide range of customization options, including filter effects and frame augmentation feature. It also offers the ability to embed QR codes in photos which is a great way to connect a physical photograph with an online community or internet-based content. The creative and easy-to-use combination of app and device provides the Pocket Photo the ability to edit and print photographs immediately while on-the-go.

The Pocket Photo uses the proven ZINK® technology which utilizes heat to activate the necessary color-forming dye crystals imbedded in each sheet of paper, eliminating the need for expensive ink cartridges, ribbons or toner. ZINK’s inkless paper system preserves images much longer and produces less smearing as compared to conventional printing processes,. The Pocket Photo can print 30 photos on a single charge.

This special edition pocket photo will be available at all Challenger outlets, retailing at S$229.

For more information on LG Pocket Photo mobile printers, please visit:
 http://www.lg.com/sg/Pocket-Photo-Printers

Friday, June 17, 2016

Chocolate Lovers Alert! Chocolate Origin Launches New Dark Chocolate Gelato

Acclaimed for its rich luscious chocolate ganache cakes and artisanal coffees, Chocolate Origin, which has been making waves in Singapore’s chocolate scene since 2011, will be launching its first ever Dark Chocolate Gelato after five years in the making!


General Manager of Chocolate Origin, Kian Yong shared that “The inspiration behind Chocolate Origin’s Dark Chocolate Gelato was for our customers to enjoy our chocolate ganache cakes in the form of a gelato especially with the hot weather we’ve been experiencing recently.”,   and long hours have been spent in the R&D room, perfecting the Italian gelato recipe, and tweaking it to suit Singapore’s palate.

With a strong desire to expand on its chocolate repertoire with a unique and outstanding creation, the Chocolate Origin team individually bought and tasted every type of chocolate they could get their hands on before picking the right one. The end result is a velvety smooth dark chocolate gelato with a rich yet bitter-sweet taste, made with same premium Belgian chocolate, used in the making of their signature chocolate truffle cake.


Apart from its signature Chocolate Truffle cakes and Cuppa Lave Cake, Chocolate Origin also brewed coffee made from the finest Arabica coffee beans from Latin America, which are known for their distinctive aroma and exquisitely smooth texture; which is a perfect match with Chocolate Origin’s cakes and gelato.

From ice cold chocolate shakes to freshly brewed artisan lattes, Chocolate Origin baristas go the extra mile to delight their patrons with unique and creative latte art.


To kick start the dark chocolate gelato launch, Chocolate Origin will be giving out free scoop of gelato to first 1000 patrons on 18 June 2016, from 10:30am to 9:00pm at their  Bugis Junction outlet (#B1-01/02). 



First 50 customers who registered at gelato.chocolate-origin.com will be entitled an exclusive set of Chocolate Origin’s commemorative pins.


The new Chocolate Origin Dark Chocolate Gelato will be available at $4.50 per scoop / S$6.50 double scoop, or at $12.50 per pint (takeaway only) in the other 6 outlets islandwide from 19 June onwards.


For more information, please visit:

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Squeezing Goodness into Your Day with F&N Fruit Tree Fresh ABC Mixed Juice


Fruits and vegetables are great sources of the vitamins, minerals, and nutrients that can help build up immunity. However, with such hectic city life, some people may find it difficult to consume the recommended servings of fruits and vegetables a day.

Now with the all new F&N Fruit Tree Fresh No Sugar Added Apple, Beetroot & Carrot Mixed Juice Drink just is fondly known as 'ABC' juice, one can conveniently achieve optimal immune health.  Made from 100% juice with no sugar added, the F&N Fruit Tree Fresh 'ABC' Mixed Juice Drink is a great source of Vitamin B & C, antioxidants, lycopene and anthocyanins. This ruby red drink provides a healthier, juicy boost to your day

The new F&N Fruit Tree Fresh No Sugar Added Apple, Beetroot & Carrot Mixed Juice Drink is retailing at the Recommended Retail Price (RRP) of $2.70 for a 1-litre pack and $1.05 for 250ml PET bottle at major supermarkets and hypermarkets.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Celebrating Father's Day at Big Street

With Father's Day coming, Big Street is having 2 promotions through the month of June in celebration of this special occasion!



There are two unbelievable Father’s Day offers:
• 7-Course Father’s Day Set Meal @ Big Street (valid until 30 June 2016)
• Fatherhood Appreciation Campaign @ Big Street (offer valid from 1 June 2016 to 30 June 2016)

Promotion 1: 7-Course Father’s Day Set Meal @ Big Street at $26/pax net (minimum two pax)


Big Street 7-Course Father’s Day Set Meal

There are familiar flavours in the family set meal to suit every palate. For only S$26/pax net (minimum two pax), the family can have a 7-course feast. At this price, you can bring your dad for a Father’s Day treat without busting your wallet. With the 7% GST absorbed by Big Street and without service charge, even the grandparents and the maid can troop along to enjoy the well-loved flavours of Singapore’s Top 10 local favourites.

This unbelievable offer is available throughout the month of June for both lunch or dinner. Thus, for busy dads and families, there is no need to rush in particular on 19 June to specifically give dad a treat to show him the appreciation.

Appetiser:
Garden Greens with Cherry Tomato Salad

Soup:
Oriental Chicken with Snow Fungus & Wolfberry Soup

Main Courses:
• Hainanese Steamed Kampong Chicken
• Seasonal Vegetables with Mushrooms
• Big Street Chili King Prawn
• Thai Fragrant Steamed Rice


Big Street Chili King Prawn

Dessert:
• Pulut Hitam with Udder’s Coconut Ice Cream


Pulut Hitam with Udder’s Coconut Ice Cream


Promotion 2: 10% discount in Support of The Fatherhood Appreciation Campaign @ Big Street

In collaboration with the Centre for Fathering, Big Street will offer families a 10% discount, multi-
generational families a 20% discount and catering orders for 30 pax and above a 5% discount on all
ala carte menu items. To enjoy these delightful discounts, flash dad’s Dads for Life wristband at Big
Street from 1 June 2016 to 30 June 2016. This promotion is in appreciation of all dads out there for
their support and sacrifice for their families as well as all the belly laughs and good times they give.

Ala carte menu items include:

Hainanese Kampong Chicken Rice (U.P. $10.00) 
$9.00 net after 10% family discount / $8.00 net after 20% multi-generational family discount.


Hainanese Kampong Chicken Rice
Fragrant and tasty, this chicken rice is cooked without using any chicken oil. It is a Healthier Choice option that is mouth- wateringly delicious.

Chunky Crab Meat Fried Rice
(U.P. $28.00) $25.20 net after 10% family discount / $22.40 net after 20% multi-generational family discount


Chunky Crab Meat Fried Rice

Fragrant, with crab meat, fresh scallops and prawns, this fried rice brings you the flavours of the ocean.


Char Kway Teow (U.P. $16.00)
$14.40 net after 10% family discount / $12.80 net after 20% multi-generational family discount


Char Kway Teow
Served with large prawns and scallops, this is a popular dish at Big Street.

For the fans of fish head curry, they will enjoy Red Snapper Fish Head Curry, served with tropical vegetables. Enjoy hand-pulled Teh Tarik, coffee, ice creams and smoothies as well as cocktails and alcoholic drinks dreamed up by Big Street’s very own Flairer and Mixologist to satisfy every craving. The venue can seat over 100 pax comfortably and is also perfect for private functions.

Unpretentious and casual, Big Street allows the family banter over their meal, like it is in most Asian homes. The staff will even help take photos with the well-presented spread. On other hand, the children can play in a child-safe attic set-up especially for them with kid-size furniture and
activities. On request, adults can watch a quiet game of sports on the large screens or have a go at
the Dartslive networked magnetic dart board brought in especially to entertain the sportier ones in
the family.

With everything in the house, at affordable pricing, where else better to go for this Father's Day?



Big Street
Address: 104 Jalan Besar, Singapore 208828.
Tel: 6100 2661

Opening Hours:
Tue - Sun, 11:00am to 3:00am

For exclusive updates, discounts and offers, visit:
Big Street Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/bigstreetsg/
Big Sgtreet Instagram: www.instagram.com/bigstreetsg/


Images Credit: Big Street Singapore

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Happy Dumpling Festival 2016! 端午節快樂!

Time flies, it's time for the rice dumplings again!  Happy Dumpling Festival to all!

不知不覺又到粽子飄香時的時候 祝大家端午節快樂!



Image illustrated by: Kwai Ken (Ah Pang)


The above image is illustrated by the multi-talented Kwai Ken.
To see more of his illustration and art works:

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Yunomori Onsen & Spa is now opened in Kallang Wave, Singapore!

The Number 1 Authentic Japanese Onsen & Spa in Southeast Asia - Yunomori Onsen & Spa is finally here in Singapore, offering the biggest variety of baths!


Yunomori is renowned for its unique relaxation and rejuvenation experience of marrying both authentic Japanese and Thai therapies – onsen therapy and Thai spa treatments. Harnessing the natural healing properties of mineral water and benefits of spa treatments, these aquatic therapies are relaxing and can cater to the health needs of everyone, from athletes to elderly folks.

Spanning more than 16,000 sq ft, Yunomori is nestled in Kallang Wave Mall within Sports Hub. It boasts a total of 11 pools with six variations of baths and other facilities such as sauna, steam bath, massage and spa treatment rooms, shower area, a dining café, lounge, locker facilities and luggage concierge service for travelers on the go.


Opens from 10am to 11am, Yunomori offers both locals and tourists who need a respite from the hustle and bustle of life, allowing busy urbanites and office-goers the flexibility to schedule an onsen experience after a hectic day.

The interior design of Yunomori features generous elements of wood and natural materials to recreate a sense of nature’s own hardware found in forests. A path of retreat is paved through connection with various forms of onsen pools, including hot and cold baths, sauna, steam and showers.



The first of its kind in Southeast Asia, Yunomori’s Soda Spa features technology imported directly from Japan. The water is enriched with a high concentration of natural carbon dioxide (CO2) which helps to increase blood oxygen levels, improve circulation, reduce high blood pressure and also detoxify the blood.

The Silk Bath is getting the silky hot water reacts with large amounts of micro-bubble containing hydrogen, give the water a sensual and silky texture. The soothing nature of the bath helps to relax the muscles, and alleviates problems such as rheumatic, arthritic aches and pains and mental stress. Enjoy the spa treatment and nourish body tissues, tighten the skin and improve skin elasticity.

Other baths such as the Bubble Bath is imbued with the nutrients of carefully balanced minerals. Its arranged temperature and a layer of surfactant foam provide guests with a holistic, rejuvenating experience. Similarly, the Jet Bath will take away everyday stress. The full-body jet streams of air can help stimulate blood circulation. There’s also a Hot Bath at 41 to 44 degree Celsius to help relief joints and muscular tension as well as detoxify the body. After soaking in these hot baths for a while, customers can switch to the Cold Bath, of which the water is set at 17 to 19 degrees Celsius. The water will stimulate the body’s natural energy and nerve endings. The Cold Bath can boost anti-ageing effects by closing the pores and tightening the skin.

Benefits of various spa and bath at Yunomori Onsen & Spa

By bringing together the two ancient practices of Japanese Onsen bathing and Thai Spa
therapies, Yunomori aims to create a unique experience of relaxation and healing in
Singapore. These two restorative methods work perfectly to create an unparalleled
state of relaxation and rejuvenation. The mineral enhanced water of the Onsen soothes the mind and body, boosting the effects and benefits of subsequent spa treatments.

Entrance fee to Yunomori Onsen is priced affordably at S$28+ (Children & Seniors) and S$38+ (Adults).  the entrance fees give customers access to the onsen facilities for the entire day and allowing them to try out the different variation of baths. Customers can add-on massage and spa treatments from the Spa Menu available.

From now till 13 July, every $30 spend at Kalland Wave Mall entitle you a lucky draw chance to win a 6D5N Holiday for 2 to Sydney! What better excuse to pamper yourself?

For more information and updates from Yunomori Onsen & Spa, please visit: 


Yunomori Onsen & Spa 
1 Stadium Place #02-17/18 
Kallang Wave Mall Singapore 397628
Email; Info@yunomorionsen.com.sg
Tel: +65 6386 4126 / +65 6385 7985
Opening Hours: 10am - 11pm