Author: Darren Ang


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 Or visit 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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ANA Announces Two New Star Wars™ Themed Planes

ANA, Japan’s largest airline, today announced that two more of its planes will be decorated with Star Wars characters as part of an agreement with The Walt Disney Company (Japan) Ltd. BB-8, a brand new character from Star Wars: The Force Awakens scheduled for theatrical release in December 2015, will be displayed on the livery of the BB-8™ ANA Jet, a Boeing 777-300ER. ANA also announced the Star Wars™ ANA Jet, which will showcase both BB-8 and R2-D2 on the outside of a Boeing 767-300. These Star Wars themed planes will join the previously announced R2-D2™ ANA Jet, a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. Through this combination of characters, ANA hopes to welcome more passengers of all ages from around the world. The ANA Star Wars planes’ will also display in-flight decorations, such as headrest covers, paper napkins and cups featuring Star Wars characters. ANA will also be the only airline in the world to offer all six of the currently released Star Wars films as part of its extensive in-flight entertainment options on international routes starting …

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Get Uplifted with Diamond Polar at EHA Clinic

The most common cause of sagging skin is aging, and as you age, your skin loses collagen and elastin which is supposed to make you skin look soft, plump and youthful. Facial muscles weaken with age as well and as you age, more exposure to the dreaded pull of gravity causes skin to sag a little further down with each passing day. Not only that, you skin will tends to look tired and droopy. BUT! Not to worry as with the help of Venus Via Diamond Polar from EHA Clinic, you can achieve a uplifting face :) Venus Viva Diamond Polar is a technology that utilizes the proven Magnectic Pulse Technology combining Multi-Polar RF and Pulsed Magnectic Fields, it provides a non-invasive skin tightening treatment which is safe for all skin types. If can be used on the face, neck and other hard to reach body areas. The applicators unique electrode placement can treat around the eyes, along the jowls and other smaller body parts to smooth skin, wrinkles and fine lines. My mum was …

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MTG Releases SIXPAD, Ronaldo-Inspired Training Gear

AIBI introduces a new Body Revolutionary product called the SIXPAD, inspired by global football icon, Cristiano Ronaldo, which aims to deliver a toned abdominal without heavy training using CMM pulses that can be used any time and worn under your clothes. Weighing at 84g, the Training Gear SIXPAD uses the Electrical Muscle Stimulation (EMS) technology to directly stimulate and exercise the muscles. “I am very happy and honoured to be here to present the SIXPAD. It’s a fantastic product which I believe will give anyone, regardless of their age, better abs,” Ronaldo, the official ambassador of the product, said at the launch event. For over 30 years, Professor Moritani’s research has focused on the effects of EMS training on muscles. Through repeated verification tests, he has also determined that the effective frequency for training is 20Hz, which he incorporated, in the SIXPAD training program. AIBI International is the sole distributor of MTG’s Athletics beauty series endorsed by Cristiano Ronaldo in Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia. During this product launch special, the Training Gear SIXPAD Abs Fit …

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Ricola Introduces Natural Relief for Voice, Throat Irritation and Cough

Ricola has announced the launch of a brand new product range, NATURAL RELIEF, to help maintain your voice in optimal condition and alleviate the symptoms of coughs and colds, congested nose and irritated throats. Ricola NATURAL RELIEF is available in two flavours – Honey-Lemon and Swiss Cherry. These soothing herb lozenges feature a centre-core filled with a rich syrup that contains natural menthol as its key ingredient. This new range of Ricola NATURAL RELIEF combines the delicious taste of honey and tangy lemon, or tart Swiss cherry flavour, with the proprietary 13 herbal blend, invented more than 70 years ago by Ricola founder Emil Richterich, to make a candy shell that is uniquely smooth, soothing and refreshing in taste. The Ricola special 13-herb mixture contains Burnet, Cowslip, Elderberry, Horehound, Marshmallow, Lady’s Mantle, Mallow, Peppermint, Plantain, Sage, Speedwell, Thyme, and Yarrow. At the heart of each herb drop is the Honey & Menthol syrup (in the Honey-Lemon lozenges) or Herb & Menthol syrup (in the Swiss Cherry lozenges) that is perfectly matched to each grade for …

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Unique Popcorn’s Flavours from PopGal

Advertorial Have you come across any unique popcorn flavours other than the usual sweet caramel taste? How about trying a Honeydew Flavour or Spicy Curry Flavour? Yes! you can with POPGAL now! POPGAL is the premium-quality gourmet popcorn from Daily Fresh, popped from the best quality popcorn kernels coated with different flavours that cater to discerning taste buds of consumers ;) Spicy Curry Flavour – A fiery mix of fresh popcorn and curry spices that are slow-fired! If you are one who love hot and spicy stuff, you should try this. WOO LALA~~ Seaweed Flavour – Tossed with premium Japan seaweed powder, perfect for those who are looking for a salty deliciousness ;) Honeydew Flavour – The most interesting flavour to be found in a popcorn. This is one nice refreshing fruit tasting popcorn that gives you a satisfying crisp! If you are not that adventurous in trying out new flavours, not to worry as they do have the all time favourite Caramel Flavour. Crispy popcorn well coated with caramel sugar, definitely a delight and …

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Sony Mobile reveals two new smartphones with the introduction of Xperia C5 Ultra and Xperia M5

Sony Mobile reveals two new smartphones with the introduction of Xperia C5 Ultra and Xperia M5 to its impressive range of devices. Offering advances in camera, design, battery and performance, the products support Sony’s leadership in the smartphone market. Xperia C5 Ultra – the all new PROselfie smartphone with two 13-megapixel cameras and an innovative near borderless 6” Full HD display. Starting with the Xperia C3, Sony Mobile has been the front runner to address the digital native’s need with our PROselfie offering. Xperia C5 Ultra incorporates an industry first twin 13-megapixel front and rear camera, which offers stunning high-resolution imagery. Whether you’re shooting incredible scenery or taking a selfie with friends, your images are always captured in crystal clear quality. Both cameras include Sony’s leading Exmor RS™ sensor, HDR for picture and video, and an easy to use preset Auto scene recognition mode that analyses and adjusts settings automatically to give the perfect results every time. Selfies are also enhanced with the integration of Sony’s enhanced Selfie Flash that supports the front camera and lightens …

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A.E.I.O.U – Vintage Cafe along King George’s Avenue

A.E.I.O.U – Does this sound familiar to you? I’m sure most of us learnt these as the vowels of the alphabets as a child. Just like what the cafe hope to achieve, going back to basic where the theme centers on a lifestyle of green conscious living. A space for one to enjoy life’s simplicity, consume goodly and appreciate nature. A.E.I.O.U is a vintage cafe located along King George’s Avenue where it combines food and lifestyle into one. This vintage looking cafe is housed in this shop house that was built in the mid 70s where it used to be an antique shop. You can still see the old signage there. The cafe is divided into two section. When you first enter the cafe, on your right, you will get to see a range of lifestyle products available on sale. On the left is where the counter sits, displaying desserts which looks good and tempting. Overall ambience of the cafe was good though you might feel that you’ve walked into a karang guni house as most …

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