Author: Darren Ang

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OPPO R7 Plus: Big On Style, Bigger On Battery Life

Design has always been at the forefront for OPPO. The latest addition to the R7 range, the OPPO R7 Plus is about to give other premium-range smartphones a run for their money when it launches in Singapore on 5 September, 2015. The OPPO R7 Plus has the stamina to go the distance with a generous 4,100mAh lithium-polymer battery – one of the biggest, if not the biggest capacity in the current generation of phablets. The unique VOOC Flash Charge system delivers two hours of talk time after just five minutes of charging. Shutterbugs will be pleased with the Flash Shot feature which lets users snap an image instantly without turning on the screen – by simply pressing the power and both volume keys at the same time. The use of the fast and accurate laser-guided autofocus is also a boon for photo enthusiasts. Design The R7 Plus inherits the classic OPPO design tradition – the free curves convey a sense of elegance and comfort. Known for its unique styling and cutting-edge features, the OPPO R7 …

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SUCRE’S FLEURS D’AUTOMNE Mooncake Gift Set

Mid-Autumn Festival 2015 arrives at SUCRE with the Fleurs d’Automne mooncake gift set, which is available from July to September 2015. FLEURS D’AUTOMNE MOONCAKE GIFT BOX Inspired from the the Flowers of Autumn where gold-laced floral motifs can be seen covering the gift box, it’s a reminiscent of a luxurious as the overlapping flowers in two different shades of pink create a strong textural contrast. 12 MOONCAKE FLAVOURS This year, SUCRE, the traditional baked mooncake specialist, doubles its mooncake offerings for the Mid-Autumn Festival to a total of 12 mooncake flavours. One of the highlight flavour is ‘Phoenix’ or ‘鳳黄’ – White Lotus Seed paste with Pineapple and Single Yolk. The evenly grated pineapple filling in this traditional baked mooncake has a tart accent which perfectly balances the saltiness of the single yolk with the sweetness of the white lotus seed paste. Last year’s best-selling White Lotus Seed Paste with Cherries is back by popular demand and this year, SUCRE introduces Organic Cherries as an ingredient in this traditional baked mooncake for those with a …

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Celebrated filmmaker Eric Khoo directs video for Okamoto’s latest campaign

The number one condom brand in Japan, Okamoto, has partnered with internationally-acclaimed Singaporean film director Eric Khoo to launch a campaign celebrating the female orgasm. The campaign features a 30-second video that seeks to capture the beauty of women at the height of their pleasure. Roping in Eric Khoo to direct this piece was a natural fit as sexuality has always been a strong and consistent theme in his movies (from his debut feature Mee Pok Man to 12 Storeys to Be With Me). Okamoto’s Singapore spokesperson, Mr Andy Ong, Managing Director, said, “Over the years sex has evolved from being a taboo topic – an obligation for women to reproduce – to something beyond that. The idea behind You’re Welcome is to celebrate strong, confident women of the 21st century who are unafraid to enjoy sex. And to all our male customers who care about their partner’s pleasure during sex, we’d like to say to them, ‘you’re welcome’.” Having produced and directed some rather controversial themed films, Eric Khoo said, “When the idea was …

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Bubbly September Promotions at Saint Pierre, Quayside Isle

Pamper yourself with free flow of smooth, refine champagne to compliment your meals at Saint Pierre, Quayside Isle this September! Indulge in a gastronomic brunch experience with a free flow of Duval Leroy champagne. After 2.30 p.m., guests can continue to enjoy the champagne at a promotional price of $18++/glass and $85++/bottle. Saint Pierre Free Flow Champagne Brunch Date: 6 September 2015 Time: 11.30 a.m. to 2.30 p.m. Relish in an exquisite dinner menu with a free flow of Krug Grande Cuvee or Dom Perignon champagne. After 10.30 p.m., guests can continue to enjoy the champagne at a promotional price of $45++/glass and $200++/bottle. Saint Pierre Grand Cru Dinner Date: 18 September 2015 Time: 7.30 p.m. to 10.30 p.m Not one to rest on its laurels, Saint Pierre fortifies its philosophy of educating the masses on high-quality modern French cuisine by introducing set meals, Menu Du Jour, at $68++ per person. Enjoy and appreciate gastronomic experiences at Saint Pierre with our weekly changing dishes, sans the hefty price tag. Enjoy a complimentary glass of house …

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MasterChef Asia Premiere 3 Sep 2015, 9pm on Lifetime

The MasterChef series is one of my favourite guilty pleasures when I am at home. I particularly like the Team Challenges, when the chefs are divided into two teams and have to prepare an entire menu of dishes for a large group of diners at an event. I also love the Mystery Box challenges. It’s interesting to watch the amateur chefs at work, and sometimes I am inspired to try out new dishes from what I see on the show. This is why I am quite excited to learn that the inaugural MasterChef Asia is debuting on Lifetime Channel this Thursday, 3 September. There are three Singaporean contestants on the show – Lennard Yeong, an engineer; Woo Wai Leong, a lawyer; and Sandrian Tan, a homemaker. Go Singapore go! Last Saturday, we watched a live cook-off between these three Singaporean contestants in Nex Shopping Mall. The judges, Susur Lee, Audra Morrice and Bruno Menard, were there as well, providing commentary about the dishes that the three contestants were preparing. The three contestants also answered the …

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Low-Sugar Mooncake Creations from Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant, Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel

Celebrate one of the most memorable and captivating Mid-Autumn festivals as the award-winning Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant pays homage to the traditions of the festivity with twelve exquisite, low-sugar mooncake creations. Beautifully encased in an auspicious and elegant red treasure chest hot-stamped with gold peonies that symbolise riches, prosperity and romance, these mooncakes present the perfect opportunity to convey your best wishes and to share unbridled happiness. Personalisation of the mooncake boxes with complimentary hot-stamping of the company logo is also available with a minimum order of 50 boxes of mooncakes (T&Cs apply). NOVEL, UNIQUE AND EXCITING FLAVOURS WITH A TWIST With increasing demand for new, exciting and premium flavours, Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant took into consideration the feedback received from the clients to develop innovative and premium mooncakes. Making a debut this year is the luxurious, gold-dusted Black Truffle, Roasted Chestnut, Waxed Duck and Single Yolk with White Lotus Seed Paste Baked Mooncake – the ultimate ensemble for the most exquisite palate. With the Black Truffle unique earthy aroma and the meaty flavour form …

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A Luxury Collection Hotel – The Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit Bangkok

Sponsored Review Bangkok, one of my favourite travel destination is only a 2 hours flight away from Singapore and with the cheap air fares nowadays, visiting Bangkok can be as good as making a impromptu trip over the weekends. During my recent visit to Bangkok, I was delighted and pleased to be hosted at The Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit where we both experience a wonderful stay with them. Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit, A Luxury Collection Hotel under the Starwood Hotels Group is located in the heart of Sukhumvit Road. Easily accessible through the sky bridge to the Skytrain at BTS Asok Station, the subway at MRT Sukhumvit Station, Terminal 21 (my favourite shopping mall), you are just minutes away to all the entertainment that the city has to offer! Oh, do take the train from the airport to the hotel as your save ALOT more time than taking a taxi. The Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit combine modern elegance and luxury with the fascinating Thai culture. Enhancing the atmosphere of a luxury Bangkok hotel, vivid glass sculptures are displayed …

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OPPO Singapore launches the hip Mirror 5s and the value-for-money Neo 5s

OPPO fans can look forward to two new editions to the OPPO family with the launch of the OPPO Mirror 5s and Neo 5s this August. Both smartphones continue to deliver the brand’s promise of superior product design, attention to detail and exceptional user experience all at a remarkable price. Designed for the bold and the stylish, the OPPO Mirror 5s sports a unique mirror-like back. This reflective surface comprises individually cut and embossed glass sections that reflect light in different directions – creating a diamond-like bling like no other. This 7.65mm-thin, 160g light smartphone with a 1,280 x 720 5-inch screen is powered by a Quad-core Snapdragon 410 processor, 2GB RAM and has 16GB of internal flash storage, expandable to another 128GB with a Micro SD card. It has dual 4G SIM-card slots and offers innovative photography modes via its 8-megapixel rear camera and 5-megapixel front camera. The Mirror 5s in white will be available at all Singtel and M1 stores, and select retail outlets from August 29 at $369. OPPO Neo 5s: Affordable, …

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Earn Bonus Points from IHG Rewards Club ‘Accelerate’ Promotion

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) today announces the upcoming launch of ‘Accelerate’, a promotion which offers IHG Rewards Club members the opportunity to earn bonus points faster than ever. This promotion follows a series of recent enhancements, including the introduction of a new top membership level, Spire Elite. IHG Rewards Club members who register for the ‘Accelerate’ promotion will receive personalised and tailored offers that would enable them to receive bonus points with each achieved offer. Non-members will also enjoy special rewards when they join IHG Rewards Club and enrol in the promotion. These new members will be awarded one free night at any IHG hotel in the world, when they book and complete 2 separate stays at any IHG property. New members can earn up to 2 free nights. Registration for ‘Accelerate’ begins today, 24 August 2015. To register, please visit http://www.ihg.com/content/gb/en/offers/falloffer/registration. Or visit http://www.ihgrewardsclub.com to sign up as a member.

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Mandarin Orchard Singapore Sweet Mid-Autumn Treasures

Get ready to bring your taste buds to the next level with exciting mooncake flavours from Mandarin Orchard Singapore. Beautifully presented in custom-designed gold-latticed gift boxes, the mooncakes provide the perfect gift for family, friends and business associates. Fans of the hotel’s mooncakes will be delighted to know that they have kept their recipe for the ever popular Baked Mooncake with Single/Double Yolk and White Lotus Paste (单/双黄白莲蓉月饼). For the health conscious, a lower sugar variety is available with the Baked Mooncake with Macadamia Nuts and Low Sugar White Lotus Paste (低糖夏果白莲蓉月饼). Go the whole hog with the Baked Mooncake with Mixed Nuts and Jamón ibérico (伊比利亞火腿五仁月饼) as it makes its return and promises to up the mooncake ante. Alternatively, the Baked Mooncake with Azuki Red Bean Paste and Pine Nuts (日本红豆沙松子月饼) will satisfy even the fussiest vegetarian. Snow skin mooncake aficionados will not be disappointed with Mandarin Orchard’s range this year as they introduce something new and bring back more of your favourites. The hotel’s new Mini Snow Skin Red Wine Cranberry Paste and …

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Casio EXILIM EX-ZR3500 – Equipped with Bluetooth Smart Technology and Make-up Plus mode

Sponsored Review Not long ago, I was given a EXILIM EX-ZR3500 from Casio, one of its latest addition to the EXILIM ZR series of compact digital cameras to try out and was quite happy with the results :) Casio EXILIM EX-ZR3500 is armed with Bluetooth Smart technology, which allows for a constant connection between the camera and a smartphone via the EXILIM Connect application. You can now capture and transfer the photos to you smartphone instantly! Very convenient ;) The camera is also equipped with the Make-Up Plus mode, an enhanced feature of Casio’s make-Up mode which automatically detects faces, brightens skin tone and smoothens complexion. Featuring a 1/1.7 inch back-illuminated CMOS sensor, the EX-ZR3500 produces sharper images in low-light settings and when shooting in burst mode. With a F2.8 wide-angle lens, you can also captures impressive night shots as well! These was taken under a low-light environment during a indoor party. Surprisingly, colors turned out virbant and noise level was well controlled too. Cheers! Some outdoor shots taken around the Gardens. with the 180-degree …

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Catch The Singapore Grand Prix Action at LeVeL33 – The World’s Highest Microbrewery for $33++

LeVeL33, home to the world’s highest urban micro-brewery and one of Singapore’s finest modern European kitchens, is now taking reservations for the September Formula 1® which starts Friday 18 September. Singapore is one of the most iconic cities to host the three-day adrenaline charged Grand Prix weekend. LeVeL33, situated at Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 1, renowned for its fine selection of craft beers, boasts sweeping views of Marina Bay, giving its patrons a glimpse of the action on the street circuit. Big television screens will be set up inside the restaurant to ensure not a single moment of the race is missed from the practice sessions on Friday right through to the race on Sunday night. Packages On all three nights (Friday 18th, Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th), LeVeL33 guests can be part of the F1 excitement: $33++ Cover Charge from 4.30pm. This includes a 0.3l freshly-brewed craft beer or a glass of house pour  Terrace Table Package of $333++ (up to Six Guests) includes: Cover charge for up to six guests 2 Beer …

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Timberland Fall/Winter 2015 – The Black Forest Collection

Timberland’s latest Fall/Winter 2015 Black Forest collection embodies the dark and beautiful shades of grey found in the deepest parts of the woods married with monochromatic head-to-toe looks. In tune with the global fashion trend of using charcoal as the colour for the season, the collection features premium leather boots, sleek apparel and modern jackets in city-centric silhouettes, greyscale hues, and an unmatched attention to detail throughout. This fall, Timberland has also extended the Sensorflex™ technology into its women’s footwear collection to offer everyone the city ready style that allows you to instantly adapt to any surface or terrains. Designed for those who crave for comfort and style at the same time, the Timberland Sensorflex™ technology is a three-layer suspension system that flexes with every step, absorbing uneven terrain for a smooth, stable ride. The tri-layer system includes a firm layer for underfoot support, a soft EVA layer for comfort and flexibility and recycled rubber outsole pods for traction. Desire for comfort and versatility shouldn’t mean sacrificing style. Merging menswear-inspired looks and weather-ready performance, the …

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Celebrate TwoNine Birthday Celebration at The St. Regis Singapore

It’s the time of the year again! No, i’m not referring to CNY or Christmas, but my birthday! :D I had a great mini birthday party last year at W Singapore and this year, being a supporter of SPG, I held my birthday staycation at The St Regis Singapore :) The St Regis Singapore is situated at the heart of the city’s premiere shopping district, Orchard Road and is within walking distance to the Singapore’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site, Singapore Botanic Gardens. Benefits of a SPG members, you get assigned to the floor exclusive for SPG members only. What’s more if you are a SPG Platinum member, you get Free upgrade to a suite during your stay with them. So, do remember to sign up as a SPG member here. We’re given the Lady Astor Room where the room is divided into three sections. Upon entering the room, you will see the pantry cabinet where your minibar, glass wines and tea can be found. Right behind the pantry area is the bathroom. Set in …

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Enjoy the wonders of Thailand and Vietnam at Marriott Cafe Singapore

Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel invites you to excite your senses with Marriott Cafe’s “Wonders of Thailand and Vietnam” buffet to experience the five fundamental taste senses for both Vietnamese and Thai Cuisine – Sweet, Spicy, Sour, Bitter and Salty. Guest Chefs from JW Marriott Khao lak and JW Marriott Hanoi was invited over a short period of time to prepare the food for this buffet so as to ensure the authenticity. Some of the Thai highlights comprise of Phad Thai Goong, Laarp Phed (Chicken Thai Salad), Nua Phad Khing (Stir-fried Beef with Ginger) and many more. Geang Phed Ped Yang (Spicy Red Duck Curry) surprises me as the curry is spicy and sweet and I only got to know why it tasted sweet was from the pineapple chunks which looks like potatoes cooked in it. What’s thai food without Tom Yum Soup right? One of my favourite got to be the Thod Man Goong (Deep Fried Shrimp Cake) So addictive that I can’t stop eating it :X Other common food that you’ll find in a …

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W Hotel Singapore – Glam up your afternoon with a Refreshed W T Time Experience at WooBar

Relish an afternoon of great conversations amidst spectacular yacht marina and WET pool view with a refreshed W T TIME DROP THE T menu! Featuring a smorgasbord of 14 modern interpretations of sweets and savoury treats, the W T Time experience boasts canap-style delights with a twist including Dim Sum Basket with lofty, light and perfectly textured Raspberry Scones, Smoked Salmon Scones, Curry Creme Brulee, Lime Pie Popsicles, Spiced Crab Cake with Mango Salsa and Grilled Lamb Kofta with Mint Yogurt, all in miniature portions. W T TIME DROP THE T is curated to offer a new take on the traditional afternoon tea where guests can have a fun yet glamourous time savouring these exquisite delights. Cozy up in one of WOOBAR’s custom-design chairs and sofas, or perch at the friendly bar counter as the electri music atmosphere with sublime NYC cool and dance-worthy hits filled the air. W T TIME DROP THE T WOOBAR W Singapore – Sentosa Cove 21 Ocean Way, Singapore 098374 Daily from 3:00pm to 5:00pm Weekdays: $65++ per cage (serves …

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Kanye West and adidas Originals launches YEEZY BOOST 350 new colourway

Following the highly successful YEEZY BOOST 350 released in a white colourway this past June, Kanye West and adidas Originals now announce the forthcoming global launch of an all black version. The shoe marks the third footwear model launched in the historic partnership between West and adidas. First glimpsed in New York last February during the YEEZY SEASON 1 Fashion Week presentation, the lo-top YEEZY BOOST 350 in black features uppers composed of tonal Primeknit: a breakthrough material developed using adidas’ most advanced digital engineering techniques to fit like a second skin. Color-coordinated outsoles leverage adidas BOOSTTM’s highly responsive properties to offer an unparalleled level of comfort, performance, and style. The YEEZY BOOST 350 is composed of beautiful yet simple materials in a refined, elegant color palette, speaking to West’s vision for effortless, timeless footwear and apparel. Melding the forward-thinking technologies of adidas with a classic aesthetic, the YEEZY BOOST 350 represents a bold new design ideal. Retailing at SG$329, the YEEZY BOOST 350 will hit selected stores globally on August 22, 2015 and limited …

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Brunches Cafe – Chic Vintage Themed Bakery Café along Rangoon Road

Located within 5 mins walk from Farrer Park MRT station along Rangoon Road, there is this chic vintage themed cafe where you will get to find a mini cooper inside. Yes, don’t be surprised if I tell you that can sit on it while you enjoy your cup of cappuccino or savouring the yummy pasta for dinner. Brunches Cafe serves all-day breakfast, gourmet sandwiches, waffles, and your favourite beverages. Bakery and pastries are freshly made daily in the kitchen with no preservatives used which makes their High-tea sets limited. Cafe is nicely decorated with vintage furniture under a cosy ambience setting. You can choose to purchase them if you want and there are retail corners featuring genuine vintage collectables too. Here’s the signature Coffee on the Rock $6.50 with a nice presentation. What you need to do is to pour the milk into the glass cup where there is a coffee ice cube in it. As you pour the milk into it, it will slowly melt and you’ll have a cup of iced coffee. Option to …

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Race to Win with The LG World Champion Race

Vrroom! LG Electronics is searching for the next World Champion candidate. Slated to take place at Courts Megastore Level 3 from August 7 to September 13, 2015, the LG World Champion Race will galvanize all daredevils to feel the rush of adrenaline in a virtual milieu. Participants will battle it out like a true racecar driver on a driving simulator that is fitted with the LG OLED TV for an augmented racing experience. Held during the weekends, this competition is a partnership with TechToy, designer of advanced simulator systems. The newly crowned World Champion will get to go home with a pristine LG 55” OLED TV worth S$4,999.

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Hotel Jen Tanglin Singapore marks last phase of Refurbishment with Interactive Art Showcase

Hotel Jen Tanglin Singapore, which has entered its last phase of refurbishment, engaged the Band of Doodlers, a group of young local artists to doodle, draw and illustrate in an interactive art showcase over the weekend on its premises. Around 150 guests and members of the public attended the interactive art event at Hotel Jen Tanglin Singapore on Saturday, 15 August. Hotel Jen Tanglin Singapore has undergone a major refurbishment, following the rebranding from Traders Hotel to Hotel Jen last year. Works started in December 2014 with the renovating of the Club Lounge, 15 Suites and 550 Guest Rooms. The hotel is now in the last phase of refurbishment with completion expected by end-November. The ground floor is the focus area for this last phase of refurbishment, and a large hoarding wall has been put up to close off the renovation space on the ground floor. The Band of Doodlers, a group of professional young local artists, was invited to illustrate and doodle over the 17-meter long hoarding. The group was engaged to mark the …

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