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Tech Deals: Xbox One S With Free Game, $13 iPhone X Wireless Charging Dock, iPhone X Battery Case, More

By | November 19th, 2017

Any of our loyal and regular readers will know the deal with these deals by now.

A selection of products, all of which are appealing in their own right, pushed right in front of your face with price reductions applied to them.

With the festive shopping season upon us, it is never too early to get the right tech-based gift for a loved one, or to even treat yourself. Go on – you deserve it, but make sure you get in on time as these deals are super time limited and subject to stock levels as well. Make sure you act in quickly before the offers expire. Ready? Here we go!

Microsoft Xbox One S Bundles – Buy a Console, Get a Game Free (Starting at $ 249)

If you were going to be in the market for an Xbox One S this coming festive season, either for yourself or someone else as a special gift, then you may as well make that purchase right now and take advantage of these amazing deals.

Buy any of these powerful Xbox One S consoles and get yourself a free game thrown in for good measure. I can definitely recommend the Call of Duty: WW2 bundle.

Buy: Microsoft Xbox One S Bundles from Amazon: Buy a console, get a game free starting at $ 249

iPhone X Battery Case 6000mAh ($ 34.99, usually $ 49.99)

Cases like these are exceptionally good at giving a small amount of protection to the outer edges of the device at the same time as actually pumping additional battery into the encased phone when required. This particular one offers a decent 6,000mAh cell, which should get you nearly two full charges of the iPhone X battery.

Buy: iPhone X Battery Case 6000mAh from Amazon: $ 34.99 | Original price: $ 50

Sid Meier’s Civilization VI [Online Game Code] ($ 29.99, usually $ 59.99)

If you have a yearning to sit down at your PC or Mac and build an expansive empire that is built on advanced scientific research and a dynamic diplomacy, then you are definitely going to need this digital online code. Sid Meier’s Civilization VI is one of the greatest games ever created, so at this price it’s really a no-brainer.

Buy: Sid Meier’s Civilization VI [Online Game Code] from Amazon: $ 29.99 | Original price: $ 60

Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance A19 Starter Kit ($ 113.99, usually $ 199.99)

This is pure home automation without the price. Philips offers one of the most immediately recognizable brand names in the home automation world with the Hue intelligent lighting system, and this is your opportunity to get on that bandwagon at a reduced price. This Starter Kit gets you three bulbs and the latest HomeKit-compatible Hue 2.0 Bridge to make it all work.

Buy: Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance A19 Starter Kit from Amazon: $ 113.99 | Original price: $ 199.99

Extended Gaming Mouse Pad ($ 8, usually $ 9.99)

This may not exactly be laden with technology but it’s fair to say that any serious PC gamer will want something like this in their life. It’s large enough for a mouse and keyboard and offers an excellent non-slip, water-resistant experience.

Use the following promo code at checkout to get it at discounted price: SDXOQM76

Buy: Extended Gaming Mouse Pad from Amazon: $ 8 | Original price: $ 9.99

iPhone X Qi-compatible Wireless Charging Dock ($ 13.96, usually $ 20.95)

Wireless charging is all the rage these days thanks to Apple’s introduction of iPhone 8 and iPhone X. And even more, with the imminent release of iOS 11.2, fast charging is even a thing on those devices. That’s why you need to invest in something like this, which is Qi-compatible from a wireless charging perspective, works with all Qi-compatible devices, but even offers fast charging.

Make sure you use the following promo code at checkout to get it at the discounted price: CISLSVRY

Buy: iPhone X Qi-compatible Wireless Charging Dock from Amazon: $ 13.96 | Original price: $ 20.95

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Delicious Takeaways for Christmas Feast by Four Seasons Catering

If you don’t fancy the stress of cooking the whole festive feast for your family this year, put your feet up and call in the experts instead. Four Seasons Catering will satisfy all your traditional festive food cravings, from turkey to that all-important chocolate log cake.


I planned a picnic with my team members over the weekend just to try out the new and limited edition Xmas Set for 2017! Comes in a pretty red-orange packaging with 10 dishes, you can order your festive feast online and have it delivered straight to your home without any hassle!


Kickstart your Christmas feast with Pommery Potato Salad. The baby potatoes are tossed with turkey bacon crisp, and chopped onions mixed in a creamy mayonnaise and pommery mustard mixture.

Our favourite was the Christmas Turkey. It was first sous vide to retain the flavours before slow roasting it till perfection. Each piece of roasted turkey breast is sliced thinly and served with mushroom stuffing, drizzled with cranberry jus. A whole turkey can be quite intimidating to slice, especially for newbies. Hence, this sliced version is so convenient! Also, the meat is still tender even when we leave it outside for quite a while.
For fish lovers, the Baked Snapper with Onion Gravy is bound to satisfy your craving. The fish is served with aromatic sweet onion gravy, garnished with chopped parsley & cherry tomatoes. Pair it with winter vegetables. The sautéed cauliflower, broccoli and carrots are crunchy and topped with toasted almond flakes. Lyonnaise Potato is also a fabulous side dish.


No buffet is complete without the deep-fried snacks such as Tempura breaded prawn fritter with wasabi mayo dip, Crispy Mid Wings, and seafood croquette, served with sweet chilli dip. I like the wings most as it was deep-fried to golden brown perfection.

Carbonara is one of the most popular Italian pasta dishes. Adding mushroom and ham into the pasta, mix well and enjoy the creaminess from the sauce. Oh yes, please remember to try the homemade Banana Chocolate Tart. Sparkled with gold dust, they are always a hit, especially amongst the kids.


Each Xmas Party Set costs $ 269.00 (S$ 287.83 W/GST) Per Set and it is suitable for 10 pax. They come with a limited Christmas edition recycle bag with full set of biodegradable wares, serviettes, disposable tong & scoop, garbage bags, & condiments.

Plus, they are halal certified. Marvellous, isn’t it? Get clicking early to avoid disappointment – these guys get booked up fast!


Self-collect your Christmas Party Box & enjoy a 10% off your Christmas Party Box. The promo is applicable for Christmas Party Box Menus (Mini Yuletide Feast A, B & Party Set) from 1 Dec 2017 to 1 Jan 2018.

Discounts are only valid for self-collection orders and not applicable on side orders, transportation or any other surcharge.


One lucky reader will stand a chance to win a set of Christmas Party Set (worth S$ 287.83 W/GST)! All you have to do is:

Like Four Seasons Catering Pte Ltd Facebook Page
Share their post & tell them your most creative Christmas Party plan in the comments section.

Winner will be announced by 10 Dec.

This post was brought to you by Four Seasons Catering.


Born into a family of enthusiastic foodies, Maureen has always loved all things culinary, especially the local cuisine here in Singapore. With a life-long fascination with the rapidly evolving food scene in Singapore, she started this website in 2007 to explore and celebrate all types of local Singapore dishes and to share her love of travel and food with the world. With 4 years of experience as a journalist and producer, she has a wealth of experience in food writing, photography and styling.

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How To Improve AirPods Sound Quality And Bass Using DIY Hack [Video]

By | November 18th, 2017

Apple’s AirPods are amazing little earphones, mainly because they are completely wireless and require next to no work to pair to a device, especially those built by Apple. Where they do lack a little something, however, is in the sound quality department.

At $ 159 per pair, the idea of earphones being so well regarded but not being great sounding is an odd one, but thankfully, improving the sound itself is not too difficult. All you need is some foam, some time, and some patience.

The main complaint levelled at the AirPods, and indeed their wired alternatives EarPods, is that the base response is less than stellar. In fact, it’s sub-par if we are being brutally honest, but as with so many things in life, convenience makes this less important for some people. There are ways to improve how bass is produced, however, and a YouTube video by PoltergeistWorks has everything you need to get the work done.

You really do need to watch the video in order to get the full lowdown on what needs to be done, but the upshot is that by adding foam to the AirPods, you will be able to reduce or eliminate the space between them and your ears. As everyone knows, such spaces are the enemy of sound quality and in particular, bass. The foam should go some way to rectifying that issue, although we still think the best option would be for Apple to actually make the AirPods so they go in our ears properly. Just a thought.

In the meantime though, we suggest checking the video out. The work should take you less than 30 minutes and all you need is the foam, a small screwdriver and something to heat it – a lighter should do the trick just fine. Be careful, take your time and above all, enjoy the results when you’re finished. We think you’ll be pleased!

(Source: PoltergeistWorks [YouTube])

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Leslie’s Simplest Butter Cake Recipe

Here is something that happens in our family every year. We would be celebrating my mother-in-law’s birthday and no matter what trendy birthday cake we buy for her, she would always end up saying that butter cake is still her favourite. And every year I would promise to bake her a butter cake next time! Year after year, that “next time” never happened until Anchor sent me a few blocks of their New Zealand butter to sample!

When I was growing up in the 70’s, the word “cake” usually meant my mum’s orange butter cake. It was the cake I grew up eating for most of my early childhood before she went on to bake Pandan Chiffon Cake and Blackforest gateau! Nowadays, our kids are spoilt for choice with so many different cakes available! But, many of us still find comfort in the good old butter cake. It is old school comfort food and you can’t deny that it is incredibly delicious especially when it is accompanied by a cup of tea!

The most important ingredient in a butter cake is, of course, the butter. Please don’t use margarine to bake a butter cake as it will not have the same wonderful aroma as real butter. You might not realize this, but there some blocks of “butter” in the butter section of your supermarket shelves which are in fact margarine! If you read the ingredient label, you will realize that they are made of vegetable oil with artificial butter flavour and colouring!

Another thing you might not know is that butter made with milk from cows that graze on pasture (like in New Zealand) have a deeper yellow colour than those made with milk from cows that feed on grain. Grass-fed cows produce milk that contains more beta carotene (precursor of Vitamin A) which gives the butter a deeper colour, and is also higher in Omega-3 fatty acids. I never realized this until my friend, Dean Brettschneider from Baker & Cook, pointed out the advantages of using New Zealand butter during our croissant making class (Dean’s a New Zealander, but he feeds on sourdough).

I started with a very traditional recipe which I got from my aunt who also shared with me her Pandan Chiffon Cake recipe. Her recipe is over fifty years old and was something she learnt from a baking class held at Faith Methodist Church. It is a typical butter cake recipe where you cream the butter first, then add the yolks, fold in the flour and then the whites after they are whisked into a meringue. The recipe produced the typical dense, buttery cake which we are all used to. It was good, but I hate creaming the butter and having to separate the eggs. So I tried a different method used for genoise sponge cakes where whole eggs are whipped with sugar before adding the melted butter. The big difference is in the proportion of ingredients. I stuck to the old pound cake ratio of 1:1:1:1 of butter, flour, eggs and sugar. To my surprise, the cake turned out to be fluffier while still having that wonderful buttery flavour! I offered both to my extended family members and 9 out of 10 actually preferred my version because it was lighter and not as sweet!

The advantages of baking a pound cake this way is that it is much simpler with less room for error. The thing that can go wrong with creaming the butter first is that you really do need to keep the butter within a narrow 15°C to 20°C range in order to get a good rise. So it does take more skill and experience. You also won’t need to separate the eggs and whisk the whites separately with my technique, so the number of steps is reduced. The cake turns out fluffier which means that the same slice of cake will be less sweet and contain less calories! The recipe is so simple that you can bake it without referring to the recipe because everything weighs the same!

The main disadvantage is that the cake is more crumbly and people who are used to the traditional butter cake may complain that it is not dense and buttery enough. But for me, it is the kind of thing I can whip up within an hour and have something my guests will enjoy with afternoon tea! (Getting the butter to room temperature alone will take 30mins with the traditional method!)


Equipment: 12 cup Bundt Pan or 9 in Baking Tin
Anchor butter (unsalted) 227g (1 block)
Castor sugar 225g
Self raising flour 225g
Eggs 225g (4 large eggs)
Evaporated milk 4 Tbsp
Vanilla 2 tsp
Salt 1/2 tsp

1.  Add 4 eggs and sugar into a bowl and whip till white and foamy. When you lift the beater out of the eggs it should fall back into the batter in a continuous stream (ribbon stage).
2.  Melt the butter and add evaporated milk, salt and vanilla to it.
3.  Stream the hot butter into the batter slowly, making sure that the butter is mixed into the batter before adding more. Should take 2 mins.
4.  Shift and fold in the flour in stages, making sure it doesn’t clump together.
5.  Prepare a bundt pan, tube pan or normal cake pan by smearing it with butter and dusting it with flour.
6.  Pour the batter into the baking pan. Tap the pan a few times to release the bubbles.
7. Bake in at 170°C (non fan forced) for 35 mins or until a skewer inserted into the cake comes out clean.
8.  Leave to cook for 15mins before de-panning and leaving to cool.

NB: The crust is incredibly tasty and using a bundt pan will ensure that you get a whole lot more tasty crust with each slice!

This recipe was sponsored by Anchor Food Professionals (AFP). In an effort to promote dairy education amongst consumers, AFP has partnered 9 local bakeries to create 9 limited edition floral, tea-inspired cakes using butter and cream by Anchor. Available from now till 31 December 2017, stand a chance to win return tickets to New Zealand when you purchase one of these cakes at participating outlets. Find out more at

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2018 Samsung Galaxy S9 Benchmarks Appear Online, Are A No Match For 2017 iPhone X

By | November 17th, 2017

Samsung is expected to announce the Galaxy S9 in early 2018 and following on from its well received Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, there are big expectations for what the new flagship will offer. Samsung’s flagships are normally the most powerful Android phones around, and with the next iteration expected to boast a combination of Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 845 chipset and Samsung’s new Exynos chipset built on second-generation 10nm process technology, power should not be in short supply.

Now it would appear that one of the new phones has popped up on Geekbench, but it is not all good news.

Following the appearance of a Samsung device with the SM-G960F designation in Geekbench’s results, it is now strongly rumored that the unannounced Samsung flagship is being tested. That model number is believed to be the Galaxy S9’s global version, suggesting we have been treated to a sneak peek of what we can expect. The problem is, even though it has not yet been released it would appear that the 2018 Galaxy S9 will benchmark significantly slower than the 2017 iPhone X powered by Apple’s A11 Bionic chip.

According to the Geekbench results, the global Galaxy S9 scored 2680 on the single-core Geekbench 4 test and 7787 on the multi-core test. Those numbers put it among the most powerful Android devices tested, but with scores of 4197 for single-core and 10051 for multi-core tests, the iPhone X still has it beat easily. In fact, the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus score even more impressive results thanks to their lower resolution display.

2018 Galaxy S9 benchmarks:

2017 iPhone X benchmarks:

Of course, it is important to remember that none of this really means anything yet, and with the Galaxy S9 still months away from release, these scores could easily improve with the software optimization that is no doubt still ongoing. Benchmarks are not always a great indicator of real world performance, either, but on paper at least, the iPhone X is going to take some beating!

(Source: Geekbench)

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Salted and Hung, Purvis St: Fantastic Australian Weekend Brunch Buffet

After a disappointing meal at Chef Drew Nocente’s 5th Quarter which met an early  demise, I was apprehensive about eating at Salted & Hung along Purvis Street by the same chef, especially when both restaurants’ concepts are similar. Salted and Hung is a contemporary Australian restaurant with a menu that has a strong focus on in-house curing and grilling using head-to-tail of the animals.

But my friend highly recommended Salted and Hung’s Weekend Brunch Buffet ($ 58++); it is, she said, as tasty as it is worth the buck. I trust her good taste and yes, it turned out that we had a fabulous meal.

A little background: Chef Drew Nocente has a stellar resume: sous chef at Gordon Ramsey’s Maze Grill (London), Sous chef Table No. 1 by Jason Atherton, and Skirt at Hotel W.

A supplement of +$ 20 for The Weekend Brunch gives a free-flow of non-alcoholic beverages and a supplement of +$ 30, a free-flow of beer, prosecco and house pour wines limited to 2 hours.

There is a buffet table serving charcuterie. That day, there was three types: venison loin, coppa (Italian cold cut from the neck of the pig), and duck prosciutto. The last one is the best; the fats give much flavour that Mr Fitness went for round after round.

The rest of the buffet comes as individual plates. There are only 13 plates so a group of 4 people can cover the entire menu. Even with just Mr Fitness and I, we already had 9 plates.

The best dish has to be the smoked halibut and caviarcrostini (above). It is extremely bold. The bread is toasted so darkly it gives a bitter counterpoint to the extremely salty and smoky halibut. The creamy sauce does not make the bread soggy, so there is a wonderful juxtaposition of crunchiness and softness.

The Freemantle octopus is also fantastic in its texture: charred and tender. It comes with sweet corn and quandong sauce. (Quandong is known as a native peach in Australia.) There are also two sheets of lardo (basically pork fat) and they give much umami to the octopus without robbing away the subtle taste of the seafood.

Our friends highly recommended this homemade pasta with wagyu ragu and beef fat crumbs. It’s normal and a bit bland for us.

So when the short rib came and it was as under-seasoned as the pasta, we requested for some salt. The salt transformed it. The texture was fork-tender, but the additional salt really brought out the flavours of the beef. If we hadn’t add the salt, the beef fat potato so incredibly crispy might have upstaged the main.

They ran out of mussels that day, so they substituted them with clams in white wine. They are topped with salty fingers, which I don’t like. The texture is like a waxy spring onion and its saltiness leaves a bitter aftertaste. I’d rather it be just spring onion.

The bacon chop isn’t those melt-in-the-mouth but it has a good, chewy texture which we prefer. It’s a tad too salty for me, but the sweet, roasted pineapple serves to undercut it.

The barley porridge swims in a cheesy emulsion whose heaviness is offset by the crispy guanciale (cured pork cheek) which is really just glorified bacon.

The only dish that we didn’t like is the cinnamon scrolls (too hard) with bacon ice cream.

But the yoghurt is great. The berry meringue wraps around a frozen berry yogurt, very sour, very refreshing. I can eat this everyday for breakfast.

We spent $ 136 for two persons. On the whole, Salted & Hung is fantastic. The food is pleasing and well conceptualised. The service swift and knowledgeable. But we must protest against the music choice. It was playing rock and heavy metal on a Sunday afternoon. I understand the music is great for an after-work convivial dinner crowd, but for weekend brunches? People are having hangovers during weekend brunches! They should play jazz. We didn’t want to be passive aggressive so we asked the waiter to change the music but he said they didn’t control it. I wondered who did.


Salted and Hung
12 Purvis Street, Singapore 188591
tel: +65 6358 3130
T-F 11.30am-2.30pm, 6pm-10.30pm, Sat 11.30am-4pm, 6pm-10.30pm, Sun 11.30am-4pm

Food: 7.5/10
Price/value: 6/10
Service: 7/10
Ambience/decor: 6/10 (poor choice in music)

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iPhone X / 8 7.5W Fast Vs 5W Wireless Charging Speeds On iOS 11.2 Compared

By | November 16th, 2017

With the release of iOS 11.2 betas recently, Apple has included support for fast 7.5W wireless charging, upping the ante when compared to the 5W wireless charging capability offered by the currently shipping iOS 11 builds.

While this obviously only impacts the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X, the inclusion of a faster wireless charging capability will no doubt prove beneficial for future iPhone releases, too.

However, while 7.5 watts is a decent jump over 5 watts, some people took to wondering just how much faster their iPhones would charge with the latest iOS 11.2 beta installed. Thankfully, one of those people was Matt Birchler, and he took to doing some testing with his iPhone 8 Plus in order to be able to satiate his curiosity. According to his results, “fast” wireless charging is not a huge upgrade over the existing wireless charging offered with currently available versions of iOS.

Over the 2 hour test, the iPhone 8 Plus went from zero to 47%. It charged at an incredibly consistent 4% per 10 minutes. Previously I got up to 40% with this same charger after 2 hours, which is a 17% improvement in wireless charging speed. While this is indeed an increase, it’s not the sort of increase that’s going to get you from “wireless charging is too slow” to “I love wireless charging!”. If you have 2 hours to change your phone and there is a 7% difference in the change level, I don’t think that’s a huge deal. Especially when you compare 30 minutes on the charger, I saw literally no change in performance, as it took 30 minutes for the phone to reach 11% charge.

The upshot of all this is, of course, that if speed of charging is the most important factor for you, then using a wired solution is most definitely the way to go. That being said, the convenience of charging wirelessly can be a large one depending on the situation, so as always, your mileage may vary and you are best using the solution that most suits you.

Just don’t expect iOS 11.2’s increase in wireless charging capabilities to make charging without a cable be the best option for everyone.

Update: Turns out that Matt used Samsung’s fast wireless charger for this test and not Mophie or Belkin BOOST UP chargers both of which have been certified by Apple for fast wireless charging on iPhone X, 8, 8 Plus. Although this shouldn’t technically effect the result too much as both Apple certified Mophie and Belkin, as well as Samsung’s charger used here, feature 7.5W fast charging. But it’s still something worth noting.

Also check: The Best iPhone X / iPhone 8 Wireless Chargers and Best iPhone 8 / X Fast Chargers That Costs Less Than Apple’s Charger.

(Source: BirchTree)

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Beerthai House – A Hidden Gem in Singapore’s Little Thailand

Golden Mile Complex is home to many tour agencies, as well as Thai eateries. Dubbed ‘Little Thailand’, many Thai expats regularly visit Golden Mile Complex whenever they crave a taste of home, or want to visit the large Thai supermarket to restock their favourite Thai instant noodles and snacks.

Despite being in a rather deserted part of the complex, Beerthai House Restaurant still gets a steady stream of customers. The restaurant, which has another outlet at Golden Mile Tower, reminds us of a Thai ‘zi char’, where you can get one-dish meals, or rice with ingredients.

Pork Noodles

We really liked the Thai Beef Noodles ($ 5), which features a rich and dark beefy broth and flat rice noodles. The noodles come with tripe, beef slices and meatballs, which, for $ 5, is really a bang for the buck. Add some crushed peanuts for a nice, nutty flavour.

Pork noodles landscape

For those who can’t take beef, go for the Thai Pork Noodles ($ 5), which is the pork version of the above. The broth used for the pork noodles is made with pork bones, and it’s not as sweet as the broth for the beef noodles.

Both noodles are served with a basket of raw bean sprouts and sweet basil leaves, which diners can add for more flavour.

Omelette rice landscape

We also tried the Prawn Omelette Rice ($ 7), which is a very common dish peddled by Thai street hawkers. The omelette was nice and fluffy, and had quite a few pieces of prawns, and some onions and tomatoes, which made the dish less mundane.

Pandan Chicken closed

We also ordered the Pandan Chicken ($ 12). Wrapped in a pandan leaf before it is deep fried, the chicken meat was tender, juicy and tasted very much like chicken satay without the sweetness. Dip it in the Thai sweet chilli sauce for a further burst of spice and sweetness.


One thing is for sure, dining at Beerthai House is indeed affordable. Although the restaurant isn’t as clean or pristine, it is almost impossible to find authentic Thai restaurants like Beerthai House which still keeps their prices very affordable.

Address: 5001 Beach Road #01-94/96, Golden Mile Complex, Singapore 199588

Phone: 6291 2267

Opening Hours: 10am to 10pm daily. made anonymous visits and paid its own meals at the stalls featured here.


An avid fan of the local food scene in Singapore, Justyn loves to recreate hearty hawker meals during his free time at home.

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iPhone X Intel Vs Qualcomm Modem Speed Tests Show “Significant” Performance Difference

By | November 15th, 2017

Apple’s iPhone X, being the next step in the iconic product line’s evolution, comes with its own set of unique problems linked to the major design changes that it introduces, though it seems some things never change.

As has been the case with previous iPhone lineups, Apple has had to divide production between a couple manufacturers, likely to keep up with the phone’s staggering expected demand, and the result is two variants of the device that appear to differ in cellular performance. Apple continues to outsource the production of modems for its new iPhone to both Intel and Qualcomm, with speedtest crowdsourcing company Speedsmart discovering that Intel’s offering, though behind its Qualcomm counterpart in many other ways, is a “significantly” faster on certain networks.

Of note here is that these speedtest results were collected and compiled over 10 days with a 5:1 test gap between Qualcomm and Intel modems, and only cater for average download speeds, upload speeds, and latency. Simply put, any conclusions drawn from this data compilation are far from incontestable as well as being a partial representation of each modem’s overall efficiency.

The company behind the test, quoting a 10% difference in download and upload speeds on AT&T and a 15% difference on T-Mobile, both in favor of the Intel chip, advises users on said networks against opting for the Qualcomm variant.

We can say that when it comes to just purely speed that there is no reason if your [sic] on AT&T or T-Mobile to try to get a Qualcomm modem iPhone X. If anything the Intel modem version might be better for both those networks.

There has yet to be any official word from Apple on this, but the company is likely to discredit such findings even if it has legal battle going on with Qualcomm, and is expected to ditch Qualcomm altogether in the next-gen iPhone. Given the numbers, that might not completely allay any concerns the astute consumer might have developed, despite the Cupertino giant’s long standing reputation as an outfit that adheres to stringent quality assurance standards.

(Source: Speedsmart)

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Mahota Commune, Jalan Besar: They Have an Organic Farm with Free Range Animals

Mahota Commune occupies the entire 3rd floor of Kitchener Complex, housing a restaurant, a cafe, a supermarket focusing on organic food, and a TCM clinic.

They have an organic farm in Shandong that practises sustainable agriculture. Meaning: it’s environmentally responsible, so they make their own compost, returning organic nutrients to the land. In their farm, they grow certified organic vegetables, herbs and grains; and raise free-range chicken, pork and other poultry.

On their farm, they also have an organic vineyard, free of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, fungicides, and herbicides. Which means they produce their own wines.

We went to Mahota Kitchen, which is their restaurant. It’s a farm-to-table concept, that is they cook the food they grow themselves.

Mahota Kitchen is known for their bento boxes ($ 22.80 onwards) and their hotpot ($ 18.80 onwards for lunch, and $ 27.80 onwards for dinner). Their 3 soup bases have no MSG or artificial flavouring. They make their own sauces daily in small batches using fresh ingredients and superfoods. They even make their tofu by hand from organic soy beans without any preservatives.

But that day, we felt like eating their Western food. Their homemade salmon gravlax ($ 18.80) is very stingy for the price. I don’t care if they cure their own salmon but 4 thin slices? and just a thin layer of romaine lettuce? When they write “cherry tomatoes” on the menu, I didn’t expect ONE.

That said, the balance is lovely. The dressing, wasabi mayo, is so light it’s imperceptible, allowing the fresh ingredients to speak for themselves. The fresh mango, not tart, adds a lovely sweetness to bring the flavours together.

The bacon & Italian sausage bamboo charcoal pizza ($ 25.80) is also delicious. It has roasted bell peppers, organic roasted pineapple, topped with slates of mozzarella cheese that slowly melts into the pizza. Good flavours!

The crabmeat pumpkin capellini ($ 28.80) is done past al dente but I prefer soft pasta so I didn’t mind it. It has wonderful flavours with crab meat, roasted bell pepper, cherry tomato, olive, fresh basil in a brandy tomato cream sauce.

The organic grilled beef sirloin (200g, $ 33.80) is excellent. Grilled nicely to a medium rare with a good bite. It comes with a sweet potato and pumpkin coconut mash which undercuts the heaviness of the beef. Also great is the garlic, which I ate them all.

We didn’t have dessert that day because I was sick and my two friends are health conscious. Altogether, we were very content with the meal. After eating, we didn’t feel heavy. The ingredients are indeed good quality, which contributes to how delicious the food is. I do wish the food is more affordable and I regret ordering the salad which is so little.  Will be back to try the bento set and the hotpot. We paid $ 130 for three persons.


Mahota Commune
809 French Road, Kitchener Complex Level 3, Singapore 200809
Weekdays 11am-10pm, Weekends 10am-10pm
tel: +65 6295 8809

Food: 7/10
Price/value: 5.25/10
Service: 6.75/10
Decor: 6/10

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Written by A. Nathanael Ho.


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