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Sushi Kimura, Palais Renaissance: Better Than Michelin-Starred Sushi Restaurants

 A funny incident occured at Sushi Kimura at Palais Renaissance. A server offered fukusa (Japanese cloth) as a placemat for my camera. I said, “It’s ok. I don’t need it.” And then Chef Tomoo Kimura said, “It’s to protect the table!” Not the camera! Hahaha. 

My friend whispered to me, “What’s so special about the table?”

“I guess it may be made from hinoki wood?”

She asked again, “What’s special about hinoki wood?

“I dunno but many high-end sushi-ya use it. It’s tradition.”

Kimura overheard our conversation and chimed in, “Yes, it’s hinoki, 150 years old.”

Sushi Kimura is helmed by Tomoo Kimura with more than 15 years of experience at top sushi restaurants in Tokyo and Singapore, including the one-Michelin-starred Ginza Sushi Ichi and Sushi Hashida. He serves Edo-mae styled sushi, priced at $ 120, $ 180, and $ 250 for lunch, and $ 280, $ 330, and $ 390 for dinner.

Here are some of the features used in ingredients:
-organic Fujisu vinegar from Miyazu city, Kyoto. To make it, they use five times more rice than other vinegars from a method called lio Jouzou.
organic soya sauce from Aritaya, Gunma prefecture.
-Tsuya-hime organic rice from a family farm in Yamagata prefecture.
-Shin nori cultivated in Ariake sea
-Hokkaido spring water to cook rice and other dishes (actually you can buy this in Meidi-ya).

Are you impressed yet?

We were there for lunch and took the $ 180+ set and my friend was blown away by the food. It began with an appetizer of fresh yuba (beancurd skin) with yuzu jelly, ikura, and a smidgeon of wasabi. Clean and bright. The chawanmushi is a trove of hairy crab with a dab of sour plum. “An unusual combination,” said the friendly Kimura. We agreed, unusual but delicate and delicious.

The sashimi course consists only 2 seafood, one of which is a conch shell variety, which is crunchy. My friend adored it, but it was pretty strange for me.

The fish is marinated in a sesame sauce and, by the side, a pumpkin mashed. The texture is slightly powdery for me, indicative of over-cooking. It’s safe to say their cooked food isn’t as consummate as the sushi.

Clockwise: Buri (adult yellowtail or hamachi), meichidai (sea bream), hirame (flounder), maguro zuke (marinated tuna)

Shari consists half of the sushi and what differentiates the shari here from elsewhere is that it’s warm, pillowy, and sweet, with imperceptible hints of vinegar. As such, it takes a backseat and accentuates the fish, educing the flavor of the fish.

The fish here is treated differently from other restaurants too: usually fish is limp which doesn’t require much chewing, but here the fish has fantastic, firm texture which we like.


There are, however, 2 or 3 pieces which are heavy-handed with wasabi or soy sauce or both, causing distraction from the umami of the fish. But the distraction passes as you chew more to get to the underlying flavour of the fish.

Chutoro, ebodai (butterfish), and sanma (Pacific saury)

That said, it is still an eye-opener. Never had I a better yellowtail full of bliss. This is also the first time I ate ebodai and sanma; the latter is umami af.

Signature bowl: 2 types of uni (North and South Hokkaido, with both male and female uni); ikura; negitoro (minced tuna); tamago

When I asked my friend how the meal was, she said, “This is so much better than Shinji. Given Shinji’s price, I’d rather eat Cold Storage sushi. But I’ll definitely bring my husband back here.”

I totally agree with my friend’s review. I have heard many good things about Sushi Kimura, and it doesn’t disappoint. I still like Ashino better, but Kimura is one of the better high-end sushi restaurants in Singapore, and, I think, better than the two sushi restaurants that receive Michelin stars.

We paid $ 470 for two persons

Sushi Kimura
390 Orchard Rd #01-07 Palais Renaissance Singapore 238871
tel: +65 6734 3520
tue 12.30pm-3pm, 7pm-10pm, W-Sun 12pm-3pm, 7pm-10pm. Closed Mon.

Food: 7/10
Price: 5.5/10
Service: 9/10
Space/decor: 7/10

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How To Hard Reset / Force Restart iPhone 8 [Guide]

By | September 24th, 2017

Here’s a guide on how to perform a hard reset / reboot or force restart on the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus smartphones.

Apple’s iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus smartphones are now in the hands of excited customers the world over, and while it can be argued that demand is not as high has it perhaps could have been, thanks to the impending arrival of the iPhone X, there are still plenty of people who have new iPhones in their pockets.

Unfortunately, even when you own a brand new iOS device, there are going to be times where a hard reset or forced restart are required. As of the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, the special incantation required to make this happen has changed, apparently because the previous method would interfere with the new SOS feature that was recently added.

For owners of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, pressing and holding the sleep/wake button as well as the volume down button for around ten seconds would instigate a restart, however as holding those buttons now activates the SOS feature, Apple has changed the method this time around. It cannot go back to the old, old method of holding the sleep/wake button and the Home button for the same reason that method was changed for the iPhone 7 – the Home button is no longer a button, as such.

So, we have a new method for carrying out a hard reset / forced restart. We just happen to know what it is, too.

Step 1: Quickly press and then release the Volume Up button.

Step 2: Now quickly press and then release the Volume Down button.

Step 3: Press and hold the sleep/wake button – Apple now calls this the Side button on iPhone 8/8 Plus/X, by the way.

Step 4: Keep holding until you see the Apple logo, and release.

That’s all there is to it. If you ever find yourself in a position where an iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus simply refuses to work, this collection of button presses should get you on your feet again. We expect this will also go for the iPhone X when it arrives on November 3rd.

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Ah Hwee BBQ Chicken Wings and Spring Chicken Review @ East Coast Lagoon Food Village

Ah Hwee BBQ Chicken Wings and Spring Chicken Review@ East Coast Lagoon Food Village

East Coast Lagoon Food Village – a place where the lingering aroma of barbecue meat pervaded the air, emitting from the barbecue pits along the beach and the grilling of satay and seafood from the food stalls. What can be more enjoyable with some barbecue chicken wings accompanying with the soothing sea breeze and cheerful people around. Seafood and barbecue food are inevitable choice when dining at East Coast Lagoon Food Village.

More than three decades of dealing with the wing’s business, Ah Hwee BBQ Chicken Wings has earned a name for its salivating grilled chicken wings and spring chicken. Marinated with many types of seasoning, the wings are placed in an oven and barbecue using charcoal.

Years of experience with the wings in return for some beautifully grilled chicken wings. The wings were nicely done delivered with an attractive golden brown colour and crisp skin, not too greasy or oil dripping. Meat was tender and retained the juiciness, however, the marinating period probably not long enough to allow the spices to permeate into the meat, resulted in a less flavourful taste internally.

The house-made chilli was good and helped to infuse some kicks to the overall flavour and complement well with the wings.

We never have a chance to try the spring chicken and unable to provide any comment.

Our verdict

Ah Hwee BBQ Chicken Wings is general good, not to the extent of finger licking good but good enough for the taste buds to salvage the flavour. Best to go with a glass of beer or simply some sugarcane drinks could make a great snack besides the main course.

Ah Hwee BBQ Chicken Wings & Spring Chicken

A: 1220 East Coast Parkway, East Coast Lagoon Food Village #01-14 Singapore 468960

H: (Mon – Fri) 5pm – 11pm, (Saturday, Sunday & Public Holiday) 12pm – 12am

T: 9660 1690

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How To Fix iOS 11 Bluetooth Issues On iPhone Or iPad [Tips]

By | September 23rd, 2017

Here are some tips to help fix iOS 11 Bluetooth not working or disconnection issues that you might be facing on your iPhone or iPad.

As with any major new update to an operating system, the release of iOS 11 has not been without its issues. While a lot of the issues experienced by people during launch day can often be attributed to user error as features and the way they work change, some of them are also actual bugs that Apple needs to fix in a future update.

Others still could sometimes be the kind that can be rectified by finding the correct incantation required to appease the iOS gods. That is likely the camp that people experiencing strange Bluetooth issues fall into, with some people reporting that they are either unable to connect to Bluetooth devices, or are experiencing seemingly random disconnections.

We rely on Bluetooth more than ever these days, so having it refuse to work properly can be nothing short of infuriating. Thankfully, there are a handful of things that you can try if you do find Bluetooth misbehaving after installing iOS 11, with varying levels of severity. Below, we are going to outline them, so be sure to give them a try if you find yourself in dire straits.

Toggle Bluetooth Radio

This may seem obvious, but that was before iOS 11 arrived. Remember, tapping the Bluetooth icon in Control Center does not actually turn Bluetooth on or off anymore, so you will need to head into the Settings app in order to turn the radio off and then back on again.

Reset Network Settings

This one is a little more severe because it will mean re-entering previously saved WiFi passwords, but if it fixes the issue, that may well be a price worth paying. Head into the Settings app and then General > Reset > Reset Network Settings.

Reset All Settings

Even more severe, this option will reset all of the settings within iOS 11. Again, find the option in the Settings app followed by General > Reset > Reset All Settings.

Perform A Clean Installation

This is about as severe as things get, but a full re-installation of iOS 11 may just have the desired outcome if the things above fail you. You can follow our guide on what you need to do right here: How To Clean Install iOS 11 Via iTunes The Right Way.

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Yishun Park Hawker Centre – Timbre's New Kopitiam With Erdinger On Tap And A Simpsons Pinball Machine

Yishun Park Hawker Centre by Timbre Group

If drift-karting and cosmic bowling aren’t enough to lure you to the crazy lil’ town of Yishun, perhaps food is.

Yishun Park Hawker Centre ramen 

Newly opened on 20th September Yishun Park Hawker Centre is named for its proximity to Yishun Park right opposite. This modern hawker centre owned by Timbre Group has pinball machines and some amazing high-tech facilities – all while retaining the kampung vibe of a traditional hawker centre. Oh, and there’s Erdinger on tap too. Mmhmm.

Yishun Park Hawker Centre 

Here’s a review of some of the dishes we tried at this spanking new food hub, and the scoop on its unique features.

Food at Yishun Park Hawker Centre

Yuan Ji – Handmade Ban Mian

Yishun Park Hawker Centre purple beetroot handmade ban mian noodle 

We’ve all heard of spinach and tomato pasta, but veggie-infused ban mian? At Yuan Ji, other than the usual ban mian and fishball noodles, there are also Pumpkin Noodles ($ 4.50) and Beetroot Noodles ($ 4.50). With a lovely purple hue, the latter will delight you even before you take your first slurp.

Yishun Park Hawker Centre purple beetroot handmade ban mian noodle 

Aesthetics aside, this dish was pleasant in taste as well. Cooked in a tasty broth that isn’t too salty, the beetroot ban mian was satisfyingly chewy and had more texture than the usual sort. There was also a generous heaping of minced pork and leafy greens – and even button mushrooms, something we’ve never seen in ban mian before.

Yishun Park Hawker Centre purple beetroot handmade ban mian noodle 

All the noodles at Yuan Ji are made from scratch in-store by two young ladies, and you can pick from 6 different types of noodles including mee hoon kuay, you mian, and ee mian.

Xin Long Xing – White Bee Hoon & Stir Fry

Yishun Park Hawker Centre Chilli Crab Sauce Crayfish Horfun Xin Long Xing 

Xin Long Xing seems to be popular for their White Bee Hoon, but we say, go straight for the Chilli Crab Sauce Crayfish Horfun. At $ 12, the huge plate of hor fun comes with 2 sizeable crayfish, and is easily shared by a pair – great bang for your buck.

Yishun Park Hawker Centre Chilli Crab Sauce Crayfish Horfun Xin Long Xing 

I’m mega picky when it comes to my crustaceans – anything that smells or tastes remotely fishy gets rejected, with no second chances given. So I was pleased to discover that the crayfish served was some of the freshest I’ve tasted – almost as if it was fished out just seconds before being cooked.

The noodles were slightly clumpy and looked rather dry at first, but mix them well with the sweet chili crab sauce and you’ll find them adequately moist.

Seng Heng Ngoh Hiang – Fried Fritters & Bee Hoon

Yishun Park Hawker Centre Seng Heng Ngoh Hiang 

Seng Heng Ngoh Hiang is the perfect choice when you need comfort food – whether you’re after a little snack or simply craving some fried grub. They’ve rows of fritters on display – a sight sure hard to resist!

Yishun Park Hawker Centre Seng Heng Ngoh Hiang 

Our plate of 6 items cost $ 9.40 in total and was suitable for sharing

Individual fritter pieces – some of which are handmade – range from $ 0.50 to $ 1.80. Other than the usual Yam or Turnip Handmade Ngoh Hiang ($ 1.50), and Water Chestnut Cakes ($ 1.20), you can also look forward to Egg Rolls ($ 1.60) here – fish cake wrapped in a thin egg layer.

Yishun Park Hawker Centre Seng Heng Ngoh Hiang sauce 

The fritters were good on their own, but what made them complete were their two handmade sauces – a light sweet sauce with a hint of sesame, and a super bomb chili dip. Whew.

Midas Every Touch Is Gold – Curry, Baked Roti Pratas & Puffs

Roti Prata ranks high on the list of Most Sinful Local Favourites, but here, you can leave all your guilt behind as you indulge – in a healthier twist, Midas Every Touch Is Gold’s handmade pratas are all baked, not fried.

Yishun Park Hawker Centre Midas Every Touch Is Gold Baked Croissant Murtabak Puff with Corned Beef 

We tried the unique Baked Croissant Murtabak Puff with Corned Beef ($ 4), which came with their Signature Curry Chicken Gravy, egg, and potato. Significantly less oily than the usual fried prata, the baked prata wrap was doughy in texture, yet crispy at the same time. It went well with the corned beef filling, as well as the rich curry that we drenched it in.

Yishun Park Hawker Centre Midas Every Touch Is Gold Baked Croissant Murtabak Puff with Corned Beef 

Our only gripe is that they could’ve been more generous with the hard boiled egg – it was just a quarter of an egg.

Ajisai Japanese Ramen – Ramen & Don 

Ramen at most Japanese eateries would set you back an average of $ 15, but Ajisai Japanese Ramen’s umami-filled bowls of goodness cost an affordable $ 3.50 to $ 5.50.

Yishun Park Hawker Centre Ajisai Japanese Ramen 

We tried their Pork Chashu Ramen, which had a flavour-packed – if slightly salty – shoyu broth. There was only one slice of chashu, and while it was decently fatty, the meat itself wasn’t the most tender. But having paid just $ 3.50 for this, we can’t really complain.

Yishun Park Hawker Centre Ajisai Japanese Ramen 

Making the perfect ajitsuke tamago is not something many Japanese eateries here have mastered, so I had low expectations here. Surprisingly, the well-marinated ramen egg was boiled to the right consistency, with a oozy, jammy yolk – especially commendable, considering it’s from a humble hawker stall!

Special features of Yishun Park Hawker Centre

Yishun Park Hawker Centre isn’t your average heartland dining spot – it’s got some spiffy features you’ll never find at any other kopitiam.

Pinball machines

Yishun Park Hawker Centre pinball machines 

They weren’t ready for use when we visited, but you can look forward to the unveiling of 2 pinball machines real soon – one featuring everyone’s favourite ogre Shrek, and the other, Simpsons-themed.

High-tech tray return system with conveyor belts

Yishun Park Hawker Centre tray return conveyor belt 

For years, there’ve been campaigns encouraging Singaporeans to clean up after themselves after meals at food courts. Here, you’re basically forced to return your tray – if you don’t want to part with an additional dollar each time you dine, that is.

Yishun Park Hawker Centre tray return conveyor belt 

When you purchase your meal, you’ll have to pay $ 1 for a tray deposit, which you can reclaim later on once you properly return the tray like a good citizen. After your tray reaches the end of the conveyor belt, you’ll be happily reunited with your moolah which will be dispensed onto the coin tray.

Yishun Park Hawker Centre tray return conveyor belt 

Get 10% off your meal with the Tuck Shop Store Credit app

Yishun Park Hawker Centre cashless payment 

If you’re on the fence about cashless payment systems, this might just change your mind: pay with the Tuck Shop Store Credit app, and you’ll get 10% off ALL items from any store. 

Yishun Park Hawker Centre cashless payment 

Simply scan the QR code on your mobile phone to download the app, and follow the instructions displayed on the Tuck Shop machine screen to top up your credits.

Of course, you can still opt to pay using cash if you prefer.

Chill spots with bar stools and trees

Yishun Park Hawker Centre Tuck Shop bar stools 

The Tuck Shop has gotta be the most adorable drink stall we’ve seen at a hawker centre. With clean mint-green accents and a neon signage, it’s slightly reminiscent of an old-school diner. 

Yishun Park Hawker Centre Tuck Shop apple ciders and beer 

Grab some Strongbow Apple Ciders, Desperados Beer, or even Erdinger on tap, and chill out at the high bar tables there. It’ll almost be like having a bar night out, but in a more lepak environment.

Yishun Park Hawker Centre trees and benches 

And other than simply being close to Yishun Park, this hawker centre has some of its own park-like details too – check out the trees and shrubs within, as well as the wooden benches where you can sit and relax.

Yishun Park Hawker Centre – Singapore’s most modern kopitiam

Confession: when I first saw Yishun Park Hawker Centre’s futuristic-looking facade and heard of all its quirky traits, I was rather skeptical. In my mind, it was going to have an “Insta-worthy” hipster interior with brick walls, along with gimmicky, overpriced dishes worlds apart from our usual hawker favourites. Boy, was I wrong.

Yishun Park Hawker Centre 

Sure, some of the dishes here are rather different from typical hawker fare – but in a good way. While novel, they still retain that local flavour we all know and love. And that’s what makes them wonderful – they’re easily appealing to people of all generations. Everything here is reasonably priced as well, with each stall required to have at least 1 item going for $ 3.

Whether you’re living in the North of Singapore or not, Yishun Park Hawker Centre is worth the trip – so grab your fam and make your way down for a hearty meal full of variety!

Note: as the hawker centre has just opened, not all stalls are in regular operation yet. However, they should be going at full force within a week or two!

P.S.: don’t worry about searching for a parking spot if you’re driving here, as the hawker centre has its own multi-storey carpark!

Yishun Park Hawker Centre
Address: 51 Yishun Avenue 11, Singapore 768867
Opening hours: 6AM-10PM
Telephone: 6338 8277
Getting here: take 806 from Yishun Bus Interchange (3 stops)


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Miss 3D Touch App Switcher Gesture In iOS 11? It’s Coming Back In An Update, Confirms Apple

By | September 22nd, 2017

Back in July, while iOS 11 was still going through its beta cycle, Apple confirmed that the absence of the 3D Touch app switching gesture wasn’t a mistake and that the feature had, in fact, been removed intentionally.

The confirmation, which came from Apple engineering in response to a Radar, did not mention whether or not there was a chance the feature would make a return, but new information coming from Apple’s senior VP of Software Engineering Craig Federighi himself reveals that the removal was only temporary.

Apart from being a UX element that users of 3D Touch-capable devices have grown used to, the aforementioned gesture offered additional convenience in the form of quicker switching between two recently used apps. Users could press harder on the left edge of the screen and drag halfway across the screen to jump into the app switcher or drag all the way across to quickly switch to a previously used app without having to deal with the app switcher at all.

As we ourselves had suggested when the news of the features removal came to light, a MacRumors reader emailed Federighi, asking him whether adding this gesture back as a switchable alternative to the old Home button double press was being considered. This is what the Apple Software Engineering head had to say.

Question from Zahn: Could we at least make the 3D Touch app switch gesture an option in iOS 11 so that I could retain the ability to switch apps that way instead of having to double tap the home button?

Response from Federighi: Hi Adam,

We regretfully had to temporarily drop support for this gesture due to a technical constraint. We will be bringing it back in an upcoming iOS 11.x update.

Thanks (and sorry for the inconvenience)!

– craig

There you have it. The gesture will ultimately be added back to iOS 11, though we still don’t know exactly when that will be or what factors caused it to be benched. If I had to guess, Id say the decision might have something to do with the iPhone X and its new Home bar, multitasking gestures for which can be found in iOS 11.

(Source: MacRumors)

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Hainanese Thai Inspired Colonial Chicken Curry Recipe: Healthy recipes by Tefal

I am excited to share with you my latest recipe creation, a Hainanese inspired Thai Colonial Chicken Curry!

Why the long name?

Well, its based upon 2 recipe inspirations. One is a chicken curry that was taught to me by a Hainanese uncle more than 2 decades ago in Australia. I learnt from him how to use the popular Keen’s curry powder and milk to cook a mild and delicious curry. The 2nd inspiration was from a recent trip to Thailand where I was inspired by make tom kha gai.  I put these two recipe ideas together and it really worked! This healthy chicken curry is made with very little oil, no coconut milk and with relatively little effort as you don’t have to fry the rempah.  But it produces a curry that is mild, yet packed with flavour that the kids will love!

I will also show you how to cook a simple chap chye in under 10mins which is like the soft gooey type they serve at the scissor cut rice places! The whole recipe can be done within an hour and packed neatly into Tefal’s new airtight, microwave and freezer proof boxes to bring to work or school.

By preparing your own meals, you can ensure that the whole family gets to eat good wholesome meals regularly!

Here are the two recipes:

Leslie’s Colonial Chicken Curry

Chicken 350g 3 thighs diced
Salt 1/2tsp
Pepper 1/2 tsp
Sesame oil 2 tsp

Skim milk 250ml
Kaffir Lime Leaf 6 leafs
Galangal 6 slices
Lemongrass 1
1 medium onion
Thai curry powder
Fish sauce 2 tsp
Sugar 2 tsp
Lime juice 1 Tbsp
Cornstarch 2 tsp dissolved in water

Cut chicken to 1 inch cubes
Season salt, pepper and sesame oil and leave to marinade for 1/2 hr

Sauté chicken meat till brown on both sides but still raw inside. Set aside

Add milk to pan and deglaze. Add onions, kaffir lime leaves, galangal and lemon grass and simmer till you can smell the fragrance, about 3 mins. Add chicken, curry powder, fish sauce, sugar and season to taste. Add cornstarch and thicken. Squeeze lime juice and stir then serve.

Chap chye recipe

Cabbage 1 head
Black fungus – 1 cup soaked
Dried prawns 1/2 cup
Garlic 4 cloves – chopped
Fish sauce 2 tsp
Water 100ml
Sugar 2 tsp
Dark soy sauce 1 tsp
Tapioca or corn starch 2 tsp dissolved in water.

Cut lettuce into 4cm wide wedges and soak in water for a few mins. Heat ClipsoDuo pressure pot and add 1 Tbsp oil. Add garlic and fry for a min. Drain the dried prawns, chop them up and add to the pot. Fry till fragrant and add cabbage and black fungus. Stir fry briefly to mix the ingredients. Once the cabbage has started to wilt, add 100ml water and pressure cook for 5mins.  De-pressurize and carefully lift the lid.  Add a teaspoon of dark soy sauce and some tapioca starch dissolved in water to thicken the sauce.

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iPhone X, iPhone 8, 8 Plus Support True, Wireless “Resonant” Distance Charging

By | September 21st, 2017

Apple’s iPhone X, iPhone 8, and iPhone 8 Plus support true wireless resonant pad-free charging. Here are the details.

When we heard rumors that the new 2017 iPhones would include true wireless charging initially, there was much talk suggesting that Apple had been waiting for a new type of charging system to become available and while that turned out to not be the case, we do now at least have the standard Qi wireless charging capabilities in the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X, as well as Apple’s own wireless charging mechanism that lets the phones charge via AirPower charging hub.

Meanwhile, that new charging capability that was rumored, the ability to charge a device without the need for a charging pad, appears to be on the way via various companies independently of Apple. Interestingly, though, Apple seems to have thought ahead with all of the 2017 iPhones already supporting what is becoming known as resonant charging.

When Apple announced the new iPhones, there was a tinge of disappointment that resonant charging was not included, at least that’s what people though because Apple didn’t mention a word about it, but considering the state of the technology, this should not be all that surprising. What is surprising is that the iPhones appear to already support resonant charging in some form, meaning if the likes of Pi are able to get their chargers to market, iPhone X/8/8 Plus owners will be able to use them.

Pi is more than a work of art, it’s groundbreaking technology. Our patented power platform allows Pi to change the angle of a magnetic field to perfectly match the angle of your device – no more charging pads. It can charge up to four phones at full speed, or even more devices at reduced speed even if they’re moving. And it follows existing FCC safety guidelines. The result is safe, seamless power.

Pi is a company that is working to offer resonant charging via a device that it claims is able to charge a smartphone within a 1ft radius. That is clearly some way from what we all want – devices that charge anywhere inside a room – but it’s workable if you position everything just so, like for example you can use your phone in hand while it’s charging wireless one foot away from Pi charger. Pi doesn’t know when its charger will be ready for primetime, but we do know that it will not be cheap.

Pi, at least, claims it will be south of $ 200, but that leaves plenty of wriggle room. You can reserve a Pi charger right now ahead of its release, whenever that may be. The charger should be able to charge at speeds comparable to traditional wired charging and is said to be able to charge up to four devices simultaneously.

The big news here is of course the new iPhone models already supporting this type of technology, which has now only recently been added to Qi standard. It will be interesting to see if Pi, and others, are able to ship these chargers sooner rather than later.

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Gu Cheng Penang Cuisine Review @ Crawford Lane 古城

Gu Cheng Penang Cuisine Review @ Crawford Lane 古城

Gu Cheng – a name signifies with rich culture and historical significant of an old town or city. Gu Cheng focuses on Penang Cuisine with a touch of home-cooked taste, this is the work of the owner cum chef, the passion with Penang food has led to this family establishment whipping out dishes of the mum’s speciality.

Penang Laksa ($ 7.80)

The Penang Laksa heavily relied on the way how the assam-flavoured fish is prepared, typically the sardine and / or Mackerel fish with assam to heighten the tanginess, the pungency from the fermented prawn paste or shrimp sauce further enhanced the overall robustness in the soup.

Gu Cheng is not too heavy-handed with the flavouring condiment; instead, it serves a tame but refreshing bowl of the Penang laksa and will certainly be welcomed with those that preferred a light touch version.

Penang Hokkien Mee ($ 7.80)

Similar to local Hokkien prawn mee, Gu Cheng in general accustomed this dish with a more neutral stand on seasoning, you will not expect the flavour could instantly wake your tastebuds but something really simple but comforting, you wouldn’t feel cloying at the end of the meal from the excessive seasoning and we have to agree this is another typical mum’s cooked meal that easy to accept by the tastebuds.

Gu Cheng’s Signature Carrot Cake ($ 8.80)

Probably our favourite of the night, the cubed radish cake was deep-fried to attain a crisp exterior and soft texture inside. Fried with beansprouts, Chinese sausage, chai po or preserved radish, eggs and prawns topped with the hei bee hiam (dried shrimp with chilli). The end result was a plate of delectable carrot cake that we have to ask for a repeat order to fulfil the craving.

Penang Lor Bak ($ 3.80) 

The deep fried meat roll was not floury filling and decent in taste.

Penang Otak ($ 3.80)

The home-made Penang Otak is one of many varieties available, likening the common Otak sticks on the streets, it is a blend of fish, coconut milk and spices, the concoction is either wrapped with coconut leaves, pandan leaves or banana leaves and grilled. However, one of the big differences in Penang Otak is the use of steaming instead of grilling to keep the soft and custardy texture.

Gu Cheng Otak has a mix of fish and prawn custard with spices in the manageable spicy level and mild flavour, there is some rooms to improve both the texture and seasoning to elevate the flavour for a more robust taste.

Our verdict

Gu Cheng is a good place for those seeking for some hearty and home-cooked Penang feast. Most of dishes here are very much customized towards a milder touch or flavour-neutral for an unpretentious and straight-forward taste.

Gu Cheng

A: Block 462, #01-61, Crawford Lane, Singapore 190462

H: Mon to Sat 11am to 8:30pm, Closed on Sundays and PH

T: +65 62917661


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Fix For iOS 11 Mail App Outlook, Exchange, Office 365 Issue Coming In Software Update, Confirms Apple

By | September 20th, 2017

Apple has confirmed that fix for iOS 11 “Cannot Send Mail. The message was rejected by the server.” error in Outlook, Exchange, Office 365 accounts is coming in software update. Here are the details.

Apple’s iOS 11 platform is now in circulation globally but it looks as though we can expect a bug fix update to be released sooner rather than later. The Cupertino-based company has acknowledged an issue whereby, Office 365, and Exchange 2016 email account holders are unable to send or reply to incoming emails using an account set up through the native iOS 11 Mail app.

Apple has informed all users that it is currently working closely with Microsoft to try and resolve the issue in a timely manner, with the creating company of iOS 11 being forced to publicly acknowledge the issue on iOS 11 launch day through the publication of a dedicated support document:

If your email account is hosted by Microsoft on or Office 365, or an Exchange Server 2016 running on Windows Server 2016, you might see this error message when you try to send an email with iOS 11: “Cannot Send Mail. The message was rejected by the server.”
Apple is working closely with Microsoft to resolve the issue and will release a fix soon in an upcoming software update.

There are still likely a large number of users around the world who think that the issue could be caused by them entering invalid credentials, or entirely confused by the situation and unsure of how to proceed to fix the issue. Apple has moved extremely quickly to publish this support document which sheds light on the problem but doesn’t go into any great detail on why it’s occurring or why the issue wasn’t resolved during the record number of issued iOS 11 beta builds. You only need to look through social media to know that certain beta testers actually reported this very issue to Apple in the first few weeks of iOS 11 being in beta testing.

Apple may be working closely with Microsoft on this issue but it’s likely that Tim Cook’s company won’t be overly keen on the wording used in Microsoft’s own support document about the problem. Microsoft says the cause of the problem is that Apple’s “Mail app on iOS 11 is not compatible with, Office 365, or Exchange Server 2016 running on Windows Server 2016,” which strictly isn’t true, it’s just broken.

Hopefully, a resolution is in sight and we will get an iOS 11.0.1 or 11.1 release to fix this issue.

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