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Apple Website Gets New “Families” Section Focusing On iOS, macOS Parental Controls

By | March 17th, 2018

Parental controls in software and importantly, mobile operating systems, is something that has been a growing concern for many ever since smartphones and tablets grew to the popularity that they enjoy today.

Both Apple and Google have taken great strides in trying to find ways to make sure parents and guardians have control over what children are doing with their technology, and with Apple under pressure from shareholders and customers alike, it has now published a new “Families” page to its website ( in which it outlines what parents can do to help protect children during the use of its devices.

While Apple is said to have new parental controls on the way as part of future iOS updates, this new page does not mention those but instead focuses on what features and capabilities are offered by the versions of iOS and macOS that are currently available.

You want to do what’s best for your family. So do we.

iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch, and Apple TV. They’re some of the most powerful tools ever made for learning, exploring, and staying in touch. Parents love them. Kids love them. And we’re continually designing new features to help make sure kids use them in the ways you want.

Earlier in 2018, a group of investors released an open letter to Apple entitled “Think Differently About Kids,” which was aimed at ensuring Apple focuses on adding better parental control mechanisms to iPhones and iPads.

Apple later said that it was keen to ensure that kids were protected during the use of those devices, confirming that it has new features in the pipeline that will be “even more robust” than those that are currently offered.

Those robust features are expected to debut in iOS 12, which itself will be announced during the WWDC 2018 event on June 4th.

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Ri Ji Porridge: Steamed cooked congee

I have been blogging for twelve years now and I thought I had seen it all.

In the early days, a lot of hawkers were highly suspicious whenever I try to interview them, but as blogging and social media marketing got more popular, many hawkers have become media savvy and it has been easier to talk to them.

There are, of course, those who still shy away from the media spotlight.  These stalls are usually already very popular and don’t wish to have the extra publicity for fear of bigger crowds.  Song Kee Fishball noodles and Kuthurar briyani were two of my most recent encounters.  I usually don’t get too flustered.  After all, they are just trying to do their business and it is really none of my business to get in the way.  I do get frustrated of course, because when I discover a stall worth recommending, I’d want to be able to say a little more than just “Oh, the food here is awesome!”.

But, this stall really took it to the next level! The lady at the counter was friendly enough at first, but refused to answer any of my questions, and kept insisting that she didn’t know anything, even basic things like opening and closing times and when the boss will come to the stall!  Her colleagues were even worse and would not even respond to a friendly greeting!

Don’t get me wrong, this is not a rant.  I am still recommending that you go try the food at the stall.  As a customer, you would probably won’t feel any difference in the service.   I am just relating a rather interesting experience I had.  In fact, I had a good laugh with my lunch kaki when I got back to the table.  It’s one thing to be told to get lost but quite another to get completely ignored!

Fortunately, I did manage to talk to the owner who had responded to my Instagram post.  The owner, Eric Wong, 34 was extremely apologetic and helpful.  He had taken over the stall from his father, Mr Wong Ah Kit, 2 years ago when the latter had suffered a heart attack and was forced to retire.  Mr Wong had started the stall in 1979 along Waterloo street before moving to its present premises in 1984 and Eric felt that it was his duty to keep his father’s legacy alive.

The young entrepreneur actually owns other businesses which is why he is not at the stall full time. He would come in at 3pm to cook the porridge and marinate the meats for the next day.

Since taking over the business, Eric has been looking for new ways to improve on the consistency and quality of the food.  He introduced a new porridge cooker 8 mths ago which uses steam to cook the porridge.  The process starts with the addition of rice to a stock and then steam is bubbled through the rice overnight to produce a smooth congee.   In the old days, the porridge had to be constantly stirred with a wooden paddle and the texture is highly  dependent on who is doing the cooking.

I found the porridge to be quite satisfying.  It had a thick and smooth consistency and the meats were well marinated and seasoned.  The only thing that was a let down were the quality of the you tiao which were thick and doughy.  I had the pork and century egg version whiles my friend had the cuttlefish and both were very good.  4.25/5

What I found was really special was their chee cheong fun!  Their version comes with a scoop of crunchy topping made from shallots and hae bee (dried shrimps) which really brought the umami level up a few notches. Eric tells me that their sweet sauce is also made in-house from a recipe handed down by his mother.  It really is one of the tastiest things you can buy in Singapore for $ 2!  4/5/5


Great place for a satisfying bowl of congee and the crispy hae bee topping really makes their chee cheong fun stand out from the crowd.

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Samsung To Finally Have iPhone X-Like Face ID 3D Facial Recognition Tech In Time For Next Year’s Galaxy S10

By | March 16th, 2018

Apple may have been the first to really get facial recognition on a smartphone right with its Face ID system, but it would be very shortsighted to not expect every other smartphone maker on the planet to also be working on facial authentication software that works just as well.

According to Korean news outlet The Bell, Samsung is set to offer a Face ID-like feature on next year’s Galaxy S10.

The Israeli startup Mantis Vision said to be working with camera module company Namuga in an attempt to develop 3D sensing camera capabilities similar to that of Face ID.

If this rumor is true, then the two companies may be able to give Samsung the camera technology required to offer something akin to the iPhone X‘s Face ID in its own smartphones.

The recently announced Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ both use Iris and 2D facial recognition in order to offer some sort of face-based authentication mechanism. However, this is known to be less accurate, less secure, and slower to function than Face ID. This is the reason why Samsung’s current facial tech doesn’t allow for things like payments or app purchases like Apple’s Face ID does, so it would very much stand to reason that Samsung would be looking at an alternative solution for next year’s flagship devices.

Copying Face ID will not be an easy task, however. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has previously said that it will take Android smartphone companies up to two and a half years to be able to compete with Face ID, and with the iPhone X less than six months old right now, the likes of Samsung may still have a wait ahead of them before they can say their own systems are as secure, or even just as slick as Apple’s Face ID.

(Source: The Investor)

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House of Li Xiang – Fancy Some Affordable Mee Rebus for Lunch?

The owner owns not one, but three stalls under the name “House of Li Xiang”.  We were here to visit the stall which sells ONLY mee rebus and mee siam. We hear it’s really cheap!

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My favourite of the two dishes is the Mee Rebus (small $ 2.50, large $ 3). For starters, the gravy was seasoned adequately.  The lovely sweet and savoury notes won me over. There’s something about yellow noodles soaked in a viscous and lumpy gravy that makes me drool. Don’t expect the sauce to be out of this world though. 

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The dish felt complete. I loved that there was a good amount of thinly sliced tau kwa, and not too much bean sprouts. Remember to sweeten the boiled egg with a drizzle of sweet dark sauce. If I were to state one complaint, it would be that the chilli paste could have been made spicier. For $ 2.50, I’ll say that the mee rebus was pretty good.

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The Mee Siam (small $ 2.50, large $ 3), on the other hand, leaves much to be desired. My team found the dish satisfying, while I didn’t think too highly of it. The smooth gravy had a good sweetness and tanginess, but it lacked that oomph factor.

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Perhaps, what was missing was that prominent sourness and spiciness that you get with good mee siam. Nevertheless, the flavour of the gravy paired nicely with the cut up white vermicelli. Sadly, the mee siam became jelak after a couple of mouthfuls.

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If you’re a fan of hae bee hiam, you’ll probably swoon over this bowl of mee siam because the fragrance of  dried shrimp is very distinct.

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It’s cheap and it’s tasty, so what’s not to like? House of Li Xiang is an excellent place to grab lunch, especially if you’re craving for good and unpretentious hawker fare. Come prepared with a huge appetite and empty stomach as the portions are huge. You can patronize their beverage stall for some soya bean too.

Address: 162 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 4, #01-17 Mayflower Food Centre, Singapore 560162

Opening Hours: 8am to 2pm daily. made anonymous visit and paid its own meal at the stall featured here.

Let’s build a food community that helps to update the food news in Singapore! Simply comment below if there’s any changes or additional info to House of Li Xiang. We will verify and update from our side. Thanks in advance!

Sean Ng

Battling perpetual food coma while indulging in a menu that fills both the stomach and soul.

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What To Expect From WWDC 2018

By | March 15th, 2018

We now know that WWDC 2018 will kick off on June 4th following Apple’s big announcement yesterday, and as is always the case with Apple’s developer conference, we know that we are going to be shown new versions of Apple’s software at the very least.

There’s also the possibility that we may see some new hardware this time around as well, but for now, we do not really know for sure what Tim Cook and his team will be announcing. What we do know, is that it has the potential to be a big few days for Apple, let alone all the developers in attendance.

With interest in WWDC 2018 as high as ever, we got to thinking about what we may or may not see announced this year. There are some absolute givens, such as iOS 12 and macOS 10.14, but what will they entail? Let’s have a think, shall we?

iOS 12

If the rumors turn out to be accurate, then this year’s big iOS release will focus more on stability and performance improvements than adding new features, but that does not mean that there is nothing to look forward to. Improved parental control of devices is expected to arrive, as is the integration of Emoji 11.0. Beyond that, though, it’s anyone’s guess as to what we will really see. We did have the potential for a redesigned Home screen layout, before Apple decided to work on getting all of its ducks in a row, rather than simply adding more and more ducks to the equation. For more on this, read: iOS 12 Beta Download, Rumors, Features, Release Date [Everything We Know So Far].

macOS 10.14

Without doubt, the biggest potential change in macOS 10.14 is the addition of a new app model. Right now, developers create an iOS app and a macOS app, both of which are fundamentally different and have homes in completely different stores. Development is different for both, too, but if Bloomberg‘s claims are true, then Apple is working on unifying the Mac and iPhone/iPad development systems to allow developers to create universal apps in the same way they can now for the iPhone and iPad. Adding macOS apps to the mix will help developers and, potentially, breathe new life into the Mac App Store.

watchOS 5

Currently, there aren’t any credible rumors for watchOS 5 floating around. That might change as we edge ever nearer to June 4th, though. We will update the post in case we hear anything about watchOS 5 but expect Apple to announce the next major software update for Apple Watch at WWDC this year.

tvOS 12

Just like watchOS 5, tvOS 12 has yet to really pop up on the usual rumor merry-go-round. The Apple TV remains Apple’s “hobby,” no matter how much it protests, and we don’t expect huge changes this year.

“HomePodOS” 12

The HomePod is Apple’s latest baby, and as such, we expect it to receive a few fairly major software additions during WWDC, at least in beta form. These include an improved SiriKit as well as HomeKit capabilities but it’s the inclusion of stereo pairing and, importantly, multi-user profiles that could make the biggest difference to most people’s use of the HomePod. We’re hoping Apple pulls a rabbit out of the bag here, so fingers crossed for a surprise or two.

Hardware Updates

Bezel-less iPad Pro concept by Benjamin Geskin

Hardware is not traditionally a big thing during WWDC, but we do know that there are plenty of rumors right now suggesting that at least one new iPad Pro, possibly in 11-inch size, and even a new MacBook Air with a Retina Display could be set to be announced during the event. The languishing iPhone SE is very much ready for a refresh, with claims of a WWDC announcement having been made before now.

Last but not the least, we might finally hear some details on modular Mac Pro that Apple confirmed last year that it was coming sometime in 2018.

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10 Heartland Nail Salons For Affordable Mani-Pedis In Singapore Without Crazy Waiting Lists

Cheap manicures at neighbourhood nail salons in Singapore

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We all need a little pampering once in a while, and what better way to go about it than getting the princess treatment with a manicure. But with popular nail salons in town having their schedule packed for months to come, it’s pretty impossible booking a last-minute appointment. Besides, dressing up your digits comes at a price.

As an alternative, here are some nail salons in the heartlands where you can walk in to get a last minute fix, all at reasonably affordable prices. Some may even just be a stone’s throw away from your block!

1. Twenty Nails – Toa Payoh

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Get all your twenty nails done at Twenty Nails. Boasting a chic interior design and curtains at each station for privacy, you will feel completely at ease thanks to both the ambience and price. Get an express manicure and pedicure at $ 15 each, and an express gelish manicure and pedicure at $ 35 each.

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Address: 450 Toa Payoh Lorong 6 – #01-02, Hersing Centre Toa Payoh,  Singapore 319394
Opening Hours:  Mon – Sat: 11AM – 9PM Sun: 11AM – 8PM
Telephone: 6258 1861
Nearest MRT: Toa Payoh (5 min walk) 

2. Fancy Nails Paradise – Tampines

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Fancy Nails Paradise’s plush oversized armchairs and girly pastels are reminiscent of the kind of decor you’d find in a Barbie dollhouse. Enjoy an express manicure for $ 10, express pedicure for $ 15 and their express gelish manicure for just $ 25

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Image credit: @fancynailsparadise

Address: 139 Tampines Street 11 #01-56 Singapore 521139
Opening Hours:  Mon – Sun: 10AM – 8PM 
Telephone: 9778 5712
Nearest MRT: Tampines West (12 min walk)

3. Nourish Naturally – Marymount

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All nail treatments at Nourish Naturally are highly personalised, and natural ingredients are used in their manicure and pedicure treatments. There are non-toxic nail polishes available as well, so your little princess can join you in dolling up. With an earthy toned-interior, this relaxing Thomson Road salon will have you seemingly transported to a resort spa in Bali. Manicures start from $ 12, and pedicures from $ 15

Address: 215 Upper Thomson Road, Singapore 574349
Opening Hours:  Mon – Wed: 1PM – 9PM Fri: 11AM – 9PM (Note: Thursdays are reserved for appointments only) | Sat, Sun and Public Holidays: 10AM – 7PM 
Telephone: 6458 3286
Nearest MRT: Marymount (10 min walk)

4. iNails Culture – Ang Mo Kio  

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While this no-frills salon is not the closest to the MRT, it’s probably got the best deals on our list. Their services come at no frills prices as well – express manicures at $ 8, express pedicures at $ 12 and both at just $ 15! Say what? Their gelish manicures go for $ 18 and gelish pedicures, $ 28. Totally worth the distance.

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Address: 108, Ang Mo Kio Avenue 4 – #01-82, Singapore 560108
Opening Hours:  Mon – Wed, Fri: 11AM – 8PM Thur: Closed | Sat – Sun: 10PM – 7PM
Telephone: 9232 5509
Nearest MRT: Ang Mo Kio (19 min walk, or 4 bus stops with service 265)

5. Beauty Lady – Tanjong Pagar

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You barely need to lift a finger with Beauty Lady located right at the doorstep of Tanjong Pagar MRT. While they’ve got friendly staff, your experience here will be made even more pleasant with their affordable prices. 

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Get an express manicure and pedicure at $ 10 and $ 12 respectively, and an express gelish manicure and pedicure at $ 25 and $ 30

Address: 10 Anson Rd – #02-23, International Plaza, Tanjong Pagar, 079903, Singapore
Opening Hours:  Mon – Fri: 11AM – 6.30PM | Sat: 11AM – 7PM Sun: Closed
Telephone: 9232 7637
Nearest MRT: Tanjong Pagar (2min walk)

6. Beautiful Art Nail Indulgence Loi’s Studio – Woodlands

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Those in the far North, this one’s for you. Beautiful Art Nail Indulgence Loi’s Studio offers a variety of cute designs at just $ 8 for an express manicure, $ 10 for an express pedicure, and $ 35 for an express gelish manicure.

Address: 848 Woodlands Street 82, #12-193, Singapore 730848 
Opening Hours:  Mon – Sun: 10AM – 11PM 
Telephone: 9620 0002
Nearest MRT: Woodlands (13 min walk)

7. The Nailworks – Jurong

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Nestled in an obscure part of JCube is The Nailworks, with its small but cosy interior. Unlike other nail salons found in shopping malls, The Nailworks manages to keep its prices low. An express manicure and pedicure would cost just $ 12 each, and an express gel manicure and pedicure for $ 30 each

Address: 2 Jurong East Central 1, JCube #02-40, Singapore 609731
Opening Hours:  Mon – Sat: 11AM – 9PM Sun: 11AM – 7PM
Telephone: 6909 0333
Nearest MRT: Jurong East (2 min walk)

 8. Saigon Star – Yishun

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This salon is your one-stop beauty go-to in Yishun. Enjoy a gelish manicure at $ 23 and gelish pedicure at $ 25. Do check out their other beauty services such as eyelash extensions and facial threading at super affordable prices. 

Address: 291 Yishun Street 22, #01-353, Singapore 760291
Opening Hours:  Mon – Sun: 10AM – 9PM 
Telephone: 8524 7664
Nearest MRT: Yishun (14 min walk, or 2 bus stops with service 804)

9. Shugar Spa – Punggol

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Take your mind off the stresses of school or work at Shugar Spa. Get treated like a queen with their express manicure ($ 10) or glitter tone gelish ($ 10) as you bask in the regalness of it all – chandeliers, ambient lighting, and a cream coloured interior. You’ll get a 10/10 luxe experience at an extremely affordable price. 

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Address: 83 Punggol Central #01-36, Waterway Point, Singapore 828761
Opening Hours: Mon – Fri: 11AM – 9.30PM | Sat – Sun: 10AM – 9PM
Telephone: 6385 7644
Nearest MRT: Punggol MRT (5 mins walk)

10. Honey Clover Nail Salon – Kallang

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Thank you lucky clovers for Honey Clover Nail Salon! This humble and quaint salon offers an express manicure for $ 10 and an express pedicure for $ 15. If you prefer gelish, an express gel manicure would be an affordable $ 20, and an express gel pedicure would cost $ 25

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Address: Blk 18 Upper Boon Keng #01-1127, Singapore 380018
Opening Hours:  Mon – Sun: 9.30AM – 7PM 
Telephone: 8823 8312
Nearest MRT: Kallang (8 min walk)

Affordable neighbourhood nail salons in Singapore

No need to think twice about splurging on a little makeover with these nail salons in the heartlands. They’ll definitely do the trick with their friendly staff and quality service. Plus, you save on the trip all the way to town. 

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11-Inch iPad Pro, No New iPhones To Be Revealed At WWDC 2018

By | March 14th, 2018

Talk of new iPad releases has really begun to intensify of late, with Apple’s notebook lineup also expected to receive a refresh this year.

According to Taiwan’s Economic Daily News, we can expect at least one new iPad Pro to arrive fairly soon, with a display measuring around 11-inches in size.

We have, of course, already heard multiple rumors that suggested Apple will launch a new iPad Pro in 10.5-inch form later this year, complete with slimmer bezels all around and no Home button to speak of. With that on the cards, it is entirely possible that Apple could increase the size of the display to something nearer the 11-inches that this new rumor claims, all without increasing the overall size of the device itself.

According to the report, we can expect the new 11-inch iPad Pro to debut alongside an updated 12.9-inch version of the iPad Pro during Apple’s annual developer conference, now confirmed to take place on June 4th.

Both new iPads are expected to include Face ID and new A11X processors, although whether the devices will need to include notches in their displays a la the iPhone X remains to be seen. With more space to play with, we would surely expect the iPad to remain notch-free, but if Apple does truly intend on making a feature out of it, then all bets are off.

Bezel-less iPad Pro concept by Benjamin Geskin

The same report, citing an unnamed source, claims that Apple has no new iPhones planned for the first half of 2018.

This would fly in the face of previous hopes that an iPhone SE refresh could be around the corner, although it is still possible we will see this arrive alongside higher-end iPhones towards September time.

(Source: Economic Daily News [Google Translate])

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Good Thyme Bistro, AMK: We Don’t Even Have to Try/ It’s Always a

Ok, so maybe Good Thyme Bistro at Ang Mo Kio isn’t inspired by Carly Rae Jepsen and Owl City’s song. Actually, I’m positive it isn’t because the cafe isn’t that hip. In fact, the cafe at the heartland is very far from hip, very far from the usual hipster cafe. BUT they value substance over style; the food is marvellous, and so is the service, and that’s all we care about.

The decor of the cafe isn’t the ubiquitous industrial chic, cement floor, white walls look; on the contrary, there isn’t much decor to speak of, but they make it personal and cosy by displaying photos. And the cafe is cleaner than most cafes.

The menu’s offerings consist of the usual suspects other cafes, such as truffles fries ($ 8), pastas (starting from $ 7.90), and beer battered fish and chips ($ 14.90 sole fish, $ 17.90 haddock). There is an interesting Southern French starter alligot ($ 5) that is mashed potatoes with cheese. The friendly and non-intrusive waiter also recommended the homemade mushroom soup ($ 4), cod fish fingers ($ 6), laksa pasta ($ 13 chicken, $ 16 tiger prawns), and aloha golden chicken cutlet ($ 12.90) topped with pineapple and cheese.

Although we had to wait some time, one thing we love is how the food came hot, showing they were preparing in the kitchen. We started with Korean chicken chunks ($ 4) which the waiter also recommended. The chunks are drizzled with their homemade Korean styled soy sauce, which is like a thick, concentrated version with a hint of sugar. When it arrived, we were disappointed because there were few pieces. Mr Fitness said, “It’s hard to open a cafe. When the price is affordable, customers complain the portion is small. But when they give enough, people will complain the food is expensive.” He’s right, but tastewise, this is just ok for us.

Although there are few pieces of chicken, the salted egg chicken spaghetti ($ 13) is very good. The salted egg sauce is intense and deep and, unlike other places, their version is more savoury and less sweet; this tastes like real salted egg. There is also a hint of chilli; my guess is they use chilli oil? which makes the dish a little jerlat and oily. I would suggest using chilli padi to toss with the spaghetti. The dish is also slightly one-dimensional and may be livened up with a little zest? or lemongrass? But on the whole, the pasta is delicious and head and shoulders above the inferior salted egg pastas out there.

The cutlet ($ 11.90) is perfection because it is, like the salted egg pasta, different and unique. Usually, elsewhere, cutlets tend to be salty, but here, they marinate it with musky, earthy spices (a dry rub?). The cutlet is also crispy and not at all greasy.

There is a choice of dips for the cutlet, and the waiter recommended their homemade garlic aioli dip which is nicely creamy. Their homemade coleslaw is also fabulous: freshly crunchy and light. I know their fries are probably the kind you can buy from supermarket, but they fry it well and I guess they fry it together with the chicken, so it has an extra chicken-fat flavour.

For dessert, the churros waffle ($ 8.90) is wonderful too. It’s just normal waffle topped with cinnamon sugar and seasalt caramel ice cream, but the waffle is done perfectly: crispy outside, fluffy inside. It’s also not overly sweet; really, it’s so good that one person can finish it.

Good Thyme Bistro is a fantastic, fine find. The food is scrumptious at a great price and the service is considerate. We paid $ 41.30 for two persons and ate until our pants split. Just being hyperbolic, but we were quite full. We highly recommend this cafe. Good Thyme Bistro lives up to its name; it’s always a good time.


Good Thyme Bistro
Blk 505, Ang Mo Kio Ave 8, #01-2674 Singapore 560505
tel: +65 6452 9741
T-Th 11.30am-3pm, 5.30pm-9pm, F 11.30am-3pm, 5.30pm-10pm, Sat 9.30am-10pm, Sun 9.30am-9pm, closed Mon

Price/ value: 7.5/10
Ambience/decor: 6/10
Food: 7.5/10
Service: 7.5/10

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Written by Dr. A. Nathanael Ho.


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Philips Hue Outdoor Smart Bulbs Release Date, Price Announced

By | March 13th, 2018

Philips, the biggest name in smart lights that work throughout the home teased that it would soon be launching bulbs for use outside of it back in January.

Now, it has taken a step further by announcing when the bulbs will be on sale and how much Hue fans will have to pay in order to bathe their gardens in multicolored light.

Starting in July, Philips says that it will be selling three different types of outdoor lights across the United States and Europe, all offering different lighting solutions depending on what users require for their specific needs.

Extending the Philips Hue range even further, from wall mounted luminaires, to spot lighting and pillar posts, Philips Hue’s outdoor range offers the freedom to extend Hue features and functionality to any outside area, be it a garden, terrace or balcony. The new Philips Hue outdoor products span both the Philips Hue white and Philips Hue white and color ambiance ranges, allowing users to improve the security of their home for added peace of mind as well as creating the perfect outdoor ambiance, all with the simple tap of a button.

The cheapest of the new solutions will be Luminaires. Designed to be easily mounted near a door or to act as a replacement for more traditional motion-activated lights, these will be available in a range of different looks and will start at the surprisingly low price of $ 29.99.

Moving to the very top of the price tree, we have Lily spotlights, intended to highlight particular features in a garden such as plants or flowers.

A new unique spotlight, the Philips Hue Lily, can be used to highlight the key design features in your garden, illuminating beautiful flower beds, or potted plants by choosing from the 16 million colors available via the Philips Hue app.

The item requiring lighting better be special, though – the Lily spotlights will cost $ 279.99, although that does get you a pack of three.

Finally, we have the Calla bollard lights, perfect for lighting the way down a path of a driveway. A start pack will set buyers back $ 129.99.

Philips Hue Calla is perfect for path lighting and can also be used to enhance your outdoor space. Simply choose a color which suits your mood, or even go one step further and change your lighting to reflect your guest’s favorite color palette, dimming to create a more intimate setting as the night draws on.

Philips Hue is undoubtedly the go-to brand for smart bulbs right now, and if you already have a home decked out in kit with a Hue logo on it, going the same route with your external lighting is probably a no-brainer. Roll on, July, we say!

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Summer Hill, Sunset Way: Rustic French Bistro by Former Chefs of Cocotte and Bird Bird

Formerly from the now-defunct Cocotte, Chef Anthony Yeoh has opened Summer Hill, a rustic French bistro, at heartland Sunset Way alongside Chef Christopher Soh from another defunct restaurant, Bird Bird. I read rave reviews of the bistro, but having gone to both Cocotte and Bird Bird, I am cautious about what I read.

I have never dined at Sunset Way before and it’s surprising to find an entire row of restaurants. Can the neighbourhood sustain the restaurants?

Summer Hill is situated beside a prata shop. There is a table (or two) within the restaurant but the grease from the open kitchen will get on customers’ clothes, and it’s better to sit outdoors where there is ample space (12 tables or so?).  But when you sit outside, the aromatic curry smell from the prata shop distracts you from the French food. All the time I was there, I kept thinking, “Maybe we should have eaten prata.” It’s between the devil and the deep blue sea, grease on clothes or seduction by curry.

The menu is currently very small. Only three mains and each main comes with a choice of two sides. Well, there is supposed to be a choice of sides, but when we were there, there were only two sides; no choice for us.

Their roast chicken ($ 23 half for one person/ $ 45 whole for two) is highly praised in the blogosphere. The raw ingredient comes from hormone- and antibiotic-free birds. Mr Fitness is never impressed by chicken–chicken is common that he doesn’t think any dish from it can be special–but I was by Summer Hill’s roast chicken.

At first, I thought the chicken was first sous-vide then roasted, but when I found out, it wasn’t sous-vide at all, I was awed. Because it is difficult to roast such tender breast. Soft and juicy. It is also marinated well. Rosemary, was it? And a hint of ginger? In any case, even the meat tastes of the marinade. And the skin is crispy as it should be.

But unfortunately, since eating is about comparison, we have recently eaten a similarly priced roast chicken at Amo Restaurant, and the Amo chicken, which is amazing, is better. Not a tad better, not way better, but just palpably better.

Furthermore, the Summer Hill chicken is reddish with blood at the bones. We don’t mind, but we know many Singaporeans do.

And lastly, the homemade gravy (chicken jus?) is smelly. The chicken is better on its own.

The second main we ordered, Mr Fitness liked but I didn’t. The roast pork collar ($ 25) is sous-vide-d first before roasting. It’s tender but overly salty with the wholegrain mustard cream sauce. It is also slightly gamy that the sauce fails to mask.

After the meal, Mr Fitness wanted to go somewhere else for coffee and dessert. He thought Summer Hill was mediocre. I persuaded him to try the desserts because I wanted to write a more rounded and accurate review.

The croissant ($ 1.90) is nice. Crusty and fluffy and buttery. But it has gone slightly sour. The chocolate tart ($ 8) wasn’t on display on the shelf but the friendly staff informed us they had it in the fridge. It’s costly but comes in a big piece. The crust is also made with chocolate. Excellent tart, well-balanced and doesn’t feel too heavy.

I think the food here is suitable for the heartland. Much of their business comes from providing for home parties (for 2 to 12 people). They would prepare most of the ingredients but the host will do enough at home to make the experience personal, as if the host has prepared the food. Because of this home delivery concept, they don’t really need a fancy restaurant. They only need good-enough food for people in the neighbourhood to come. And I think the food is good enough; it’s homely and easy to understand. Wonderful for home parties.

One other reason why I think Summer Hill is more suited for the heartland than CBD is the service. We ordered at the counter and they delivered the food… without cutlery. Even though they are friendly, I thought the service was a little careless. Usually when you order food at counters at cafes, servers would bring cutlery along with the food. It’s strange for the server to bring the food and expect the customer to get out of the seat to go take cutlery and then return to the table of food. A good way around this is to put a container of cutlery on every table.

We paid $ 58 for two persons. It is an ok-good meal but it isn’t as mindblowing as what others have reported and I won’t travel more than 20 minutes for it.


Summer Hill
Block 106, Clementi Street 12 #01-62, Singapore 120106
11.30am to 9.30pm daily
tel: +65 6251 5337

Food: 6.75/10
Price: 5.5/10
Service: 5.75/10
Ambience: 6/10

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Written by Dr. A. Nathanael Ho.


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