Wednesday, March 30, 2016

A Taste of Tradition at Attap House @ Fusionopolis

The Attap House, opened since July 2015, is an eatery located at Fusionopolis (One North). If you are taking the MRT, simply go via Exit D towards Galaxis Building.


Attap House is created with the aim to offer authentic local delights and brings back nostalgic memories of the 1970s-1980s. This also explains the high usage of wooden, rattan and attap leaves materials in its furniture and fittings.

The Otah Bun (S$2.50) simply should not be missed! Reason being, the bun is well toasted on the outer and yet soft, with a subtle sweetness that simply goes well with the Otah.  The well marinated otah is flavourful and with a low spicy level which means, kids will probably enjoy as much as the adults! And the slice of butter, simply adds on to a buttery fragrance.

Otah Bun, S$2.50
The Assam Fish with White Rice (S$5.80) is a pretty affordable price.  However, it is not to my personal liking, reason being, the distinctive fishiness, probably due to choice of fish used.  And mostly importantly, the assam taste is not soaked in the fish itself, it tasted as though the fish and the assam gravy are separately cooked which is a disappointment. Also, be mindful of the tiny fish bones when eating the dish.
Assam Fish, S$5.80

For the Satay Mee Hoon (S$6.80), its home made satay sauce is actually made up of grounded peanuts and cashew nuts.  The texture of the Mee Hoon is just nice for me, on the softer side which to some, may find it of less bouncy texture.  Apparently, there is a mixed review of the Satay Mee Hoon. Some of the bloggers simply love it for its flavourfulness, but unfortunately, the tasting portion of mine, is too bland which a few others also shared the same view.  I think it might be fairer to make a trip back again to try out the full portion to give a more accurate verdict.  

Satay Mee Hoon (S$6.80)

Next comes the Pork Chop with Sambal Fried Rice (S$6.80). The sambal fried rice score average as I feels that the spicy level simply needs to be up, even for someone like me who eat less of spicy food! On the other hand, the dark savoury pork chop may not seems very appetising, however, as the sayings goes, never judge a book by its cover! The grilled pork chop is simply delectable and its probably due to the sake used in the marination which brings out the flavour. The pork chop taste pretty much like Char Siew, less the coloured food dyes, which is great for the health conscious.

Pork Chop with Sambal Fried Rice, S$6.80


Cashew Nut Fried Rice (S$6.50) simply won over the hearts of many of us.  However, some of us find that the black pepper may be slightly overpowering.  The Cashew nuts not only added flavour but also texture to the dish.  And the chicken breast meat chunks are well marinated.  This is actually highly recommended to try.  And hopefully, my next visit to the Attap House, the black pepper is of the appropriate portion which will be added points to the dish.



Braised Hokkien Noodle (S$5.90) is a typical traditional Singapore dish and the recipe originates from a lady who have 50 years of experience cooking Hokkien Mee.  However, to reach out to the health conscious people, pork lard is removed from the recipe, the sauce is braised with mushroom instead. It is a pity that the noodles did not simmer long enough to absorb the flavours of the gravy and ingredients, thus tastes less flavourful than expected.  Call me unhealthy, I still feel that this traditional dish will fare better with the use of lard.

ABraised Hokkien Noodle, S$5.90
The Chef did a live demonstration of cooking the Braised Hokkien Mee...




The Bobo Chacha (S$3.00) is definitely the highlight of the night where everyone loves it for its richness. Nowadays, I less often come across a decent bowl of this traditional dessert of mixed taro and sweet potatoes cubes. The aromatic coconut milk and pandan leaves simply entice the taste. Thick, yet not too gluey nor overly-sweet, this bobo chacha jolly scores 8.5/10!



Another dessert will be waffle with Nonya Kaya / Peanut Butter (S$3.00).  The Nonya Kaya, infused with the Gula Melaka, gives the Kaya a rich taste, and surprisingly, the sweetness is well balanced, which is a plus point.  On the other hand, the homemade Peanut Butter Sauce, creamy, rich and smooth, simply goes well with the Waffle. Alternatively, you can order with a scoop of ice-cream with Waffle at S$4.80 and have some maple syrup or chocolate sauce over it!



Delivery service is available at Attap House between 9 am to 11 am and 2 pm to 7 pm. For orders above S$30.00, delivery charge will be waived off, simply call 9052 2669 to place your order.

Attap House
1 Fusionopolis Pl,  #01-04 Fusionopolis Galaxis, Singapore 138522
Opening Hours: 7.30am-8pm, Daily
Tel: +65 8590 1482


Friday, March 25, 2016

CORPORATE LIFE ISN’T THAT BAD AFTER ALL!

It is said that there you can’t really make true friends at work; is it really so?  While I acknowledge that there may be some black sheep who would be out for himself/herself only and may even go to the extent of backstabbing you to excel further at work, I beg to differ.

One may ask how is it possible?

Yes, it is indeed possible!  I do have ex-colleagues whom I still get in touch with even after leaving the company for more than 10 years.

I truly believe that great relationships at work help to foster a more cohesive working environment. The most important factor is sincerity; if you are truly sincere towards one, the other party will feel it and in turn, reciprocate. However, there are other ways to nurture friendships at work; and one best way will be sharing.  As the saying goes, “Caring is sharing!”

TRAVEL SMART & FREE TRAVEL!!

With Singapore becoming the most expensive city to live in, I’m sure anyone will appreciate the idea of having cash savings  A smart way to save money is to reduce costs whilst commuting each day - Think of how much money you could have saved from your daily expenses if MRT rides are free or even getting cash rebates if you travel more on MRT/LRT rides!

Well, dream no more - Have you heard of the Free Pre-Peak Travel (FPPT) where early morning MRT rides to 18 designated MRT stations* in the city area before 7.45am on weekdays (excluding public holidays) is free? Missed the cut-off timing for free travel by a few minutes?  Fret not, you are still eligible for 50 cents off your train fare as long as you exit at any of the 18 stations* between 7.45am and 8.00am on weekdays (excluding public holidays).

Mind you, the FPPT scheme has been extended till this coming 30th June and I am not sure if there will be further extensions. Why not share it with your colleagues too (apart from your family and friends) and get them to take full advantage of this scheme whilst it is still available!

The 18 designated stations are:
*Bayfront, Bras Basah, Bugis, Chinatown, City Hall, Clarke Quay, Dhoby Ghaut, Downtown, Esplanade, Lavender, Marina Bay, Orchard, Outram Park, Promenade, Raffles Place, Somerset, Tanjong Pagar and Telok Ayer.

P/S: For those whose point of entry is from any of the 18 stations, they will not be eligible for free MRT rides or $0.50 off train fares.

Apart from cost savings, travelling early allows one to benefit from a more enjoyable commuting experience with lesser crowds!


Find it being too early to leave your house earlier?  Why not ‘jio’ your colleagues for a workout at the gym near your office before starting work, and begin to lead a healthier lifestyle?  With the high medical fees in Singapore, I have always joked with my friends - one can die but not fall sick in Singapore!  Having a healthier lifestyle will mean lesser chances of falling sick.



Also, don’t you think it’s cool?  While working out together, there will be more chances for interaction and you also get to exchange tips on fitness! Now isn’t that killing two birds with one stone?

After the gym session, head over for breakfast with your colleagues together where you get to make small talk and get to know each other better. Over time, friendships will surely grow.



If gym sessions are not your cup of tea and you prefer home-made breakfasts, why not have a mini potluck breakfast session with your colleagues whereby a few of you take turns to prepare something for all to enjoy over breakfast? Don’t you think it’s fun to have a “mini party” to kick-start each working day?

TRAVEL SMART MOBILE FOOD TRUCK ROADSHOW

Earlier in March, I attended the LTA’s Mobile Food truck Roadshow at One Raffles Place together with Meryl; the Mobile Food Truck distributed 2000 lunch sets over 2 days!

At the Mobile Food Truck Road show, we got to learn about the various LTA’s Travel Demand Management schemes, including the (1) Free Pre-Peak Travel (FPPT), (2) Off-Peak Pass (OPP) which is available for frequent commuters that are willing and able to travel during off peak periods and (3) Travel Smart Rewards (TSR).


I mentioned earlier that everyone will appreciate cash savings; and what’s even more attractive is getting cash rebates if you travel on the MRT/LRT - Travel Smart Rewards (TSR) is formerly known as INSINC during its pilot stage (if you have previously signed up for INSINC but are not aware of the changes)

To my surprise, there was still a huge crowd of commuters who are totally unaware of the TSR scheme, despite most Singaporeans being internet-savvy! Free goodie bags and Jollibean vouchers were also given out to those who sign up for the TSR on the spot.

Hence, this initiative was indeed a good outreach programme by LTA!



Office workers working near One Raffles Place gladly queue to enjoy a free meal while learning more of the benefits of the different travel demand schemes available.




During the road show, we were briefed on how TSR works. Commuters who make decongesting trips between 6.15am - 7.15am or 8.45am - 9.45am on weekdays each week will be rewarded with more points. Depending on the number of decongesting trips they make, a commuter will be classified as either: Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum statuses.  The membership statuses will be adjusted on every Friday; dependent on each individual’s past seven days’ travel pattern. The higher a commuter’s membership status, the more points and hence, higher chances he or she has of winning attractive prizes in the lucky draw.

I also got to learn more about the Corporate-Tier Travel Smart Rewards (TSR), whereby organizations can sign up with LTA and help their employees enjoy an immediate signup bonus of 1,000 points. On top of this, these employees will earn 2 extra bonus points per km when travelling on the MRT/LRT network during decongesting periods.

Points earned can be redeemed for cash rewards via the Travel Smart Rewards portal (http://www.travelsmartrewards.sg). Participants can opt to accumulate points and exchange them for cash directly whereby $1 will be credited every time 1,000 points are being accumulated. Alternatively, commuters can choose to play the online game and stand to win monetary prizes of $1, $5, $10, $20, $50, $100 and $200 as well as a monthly lucky draw prize of $1,500.



Instead of 3×, 4×, 5×, 6×, those under Corporate-Tier Travel Smart scheme will earn 5×, 6×, 7×, 8× points per km for decongesting trips!

If you are unsure if your company has already signed up with Travel Smart Rewards, simply check with your company's HR department!

Do propose to your HR department if your company has not yet jumped onto the bandwagon.  This will definitely be a win-win situation for both the company and employees; employees will be motivated to reach office earlier whilst enjoying greater benefits from Corporate-tier TSR!

Sign up for TSR https://travelsmartrewards.sg/r/DgddTstd/ and get rewarded when your friends sign up upon your referral!

Thursday, March 10, 2016

IT Show 2016 Returns at Suntec City (10-13 Mar 2016)

The IT Show is back at Suntec City Convention Centre this year with more exciting deals.  The trade-in program makes its return this year, allowing more categories of products such as smartphones, laptops, tablets, PCs, monitors, game consoles used games and even small TVs to be trade in for cash vouchers at IT Show 2016. 

Other hot deals include video games, TVs under 34-inch, preorders for Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End Limited Edition PlayStation 4 console bundle, with over $35,000 of prizes to be won for PC gaming fans plus the latest jaw-dropping gadgets including the $6,000-plus Asus GX700 gaming laptop beast, the Sony α6300 mirrorless camera with the world’s fastest autofocus and the Lenovo Vibe X3 smartphone with in-built virtual reality smarts


Tech Showcase (L4 Hall 405, 406)
Latest and best deals in consumer technology are available at the Tech Showcase at Level 4, hall 405 and 406.

Sony will be launching its new α6300 mirrorless camera, featuring the world’s fastest autofocus speed and capable of 4K video recording. Sony's latest video recording camera, HDR-AS50, packed with innovative video technologies such as the SteadyShot™ image stabilization, smooth zoom, field angle adjustability, as well as 4K Time-lapse capture, will also be featured.

Lenovo will feature the innovative Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro, the only tablet that comes with a built-in projector and also its 14-inch Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Ultrabook that comes with 11- hour battery life, a perfect companion for those always on the move and withstand rugged uses.  

Another highlight of Lenovo will be Vibe X3 or Vibe A7010, which are the world’s first two smartphones with built in virtual reality (VR) technology. Purchase of these models will come with a VR headset at the IT Show.

Asus will be showcasing the world’s first liquid-cooling gaming laptop system. The ROG GX700 that is capable of overclocking and the GTX 980 graphics chip that allows it to rival high-end gaming desktops in performance.

Asus Zenwatch 2 now also comes with metallic strips with limited quantities available at the IT Show.

Dell also features Dell 28 Ultra HD 4K Monitor, the company’s first 4K consumer monitor with immersive dual 9W integrated speakers, incredible Ultra HD 4K clarity and Picture-in-Picture features.
Brand Time (L4 Stage Area)
Visitors can hop on over to the stage area to join the brands in discussion, to find out more about the latest software and gadgets from leading brands like Lenovo, Samsung or Sony.

Gaming extravaganza at GAMEX (L6, Hall 605)
Video games will be getting a dedicated floor on Level 6 for the second year with a bigger hit from e-sports competitions to exclusive hands-on sessions to the best gaming deals!

Sony Computer Entertainment Singapore will be taking pre-orders for its upcoming Unchartered 4: A Thief’s End Limited Edition PlayStation 4 console bundle that comes with a unique silk-screened image of Nathan Drake with a matching DualShock wireless controller and a copy of the game. Also available for hands-on experience for the first time is a 5vs5 multi-player challenge for Uncharted 4.

Nvidia VR zone allows fans of Virtual Reality (VR) to try out the VR adventure game by donning the HTC Vive VR headset, complete with motion sensors that track the player’s movements in the game.

E-sports fans can lay their hands on the multiplayer challenges on Fifa Online 3, Alliance Of Valiant Arms and League Of Legends. There will also be the Garena Campus League finals for League Of Legends. Over $35,000 in cash and prizes will be given out to gamers who take part in the festivities and e-sports competitions.

Other gaming brands such as Asus Republic Of Gamers, Aorus, Alienware, Logitech, PlayStation, Razer, Samsung and Steelseries also offer attractive deals.

IT Show Babes Selfie Contest (L4, Tech Showcase Area)
One lucky winner will walk away with a Sony 5100 Mirrorless Camera (worth $999) by taking a selfie with the IT Show babes and posting it on the IT Show Facebook page.

You can catch the IT Show babes in action at L4 Stage at 2pm and 6pm!

IT SHOW 2016
Date: 10-13 March
Location: Suntec Convention Centre Singapore

Opening Hours:
Level 3 (11am- 9pm) 
Levels 4 & 6 (12pm-9pm)

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