List Of Secret USSD Codes To Unlock Hidden iPhone Settings

By | June 26th, 2016

Smartphones have plenty of settings and apps these days, so the chances are that you can change everything you want to, monitor everything you need to, but that is not always the case.

Going all the way back to feature phones, there have been some settings that require a little noise in order to find, with phone software keeping some settings hidden from most users with technicians and tinkerers able to delve more deeply into the software and how it works. Accessing these settings, or sometimes, even simple status displays requires the entry of what have become known as secret USSD codes, and if you know them, the world is your oyster.


We have already shown you in the past how to get into some of the deeper and darker settings hidden within some Android phones, but what about the iPhone? Are there some that are specific to Apple’s smartphone, and more importantly, how do you access them? Well, we’re going to tell you.

All of these USSD codes need to be entered via the Phone app, and require the input of a handful of digits and characters followed by a tap on the call button. It’s not difficult, but do be careful; sometimes, messing around with these things can cause some serious problems down the line. You’ve been warned.

Now, with that out of the way, here are the codes you’re going to need!

*3001#12345#* – Activate Field Mode, which contains all of your iPhone’s more technical settings. It also converts the signal bars into an actual number.

*#5005*7672# – Check SMS center

*646# (Postpaid only) – Display your available minutes

*225# (Postpaid only) – Check your current bill’s balance

*#31# – Choose whether to hide your number

*3370# – Enable or disable EFR (Enhanced Full Rate), which improves your iPhone’s voice quality, but will quite likely reduce battery life

*#21# – Check call forwarding status

*777# (Prepaid only) – To check the account balance

*#62# – Check which number calls will be forwarded to if no service is available

*#76# – Check connecting line presentation

*#67# – Check the number to be used for call forwarding

*#33# – Check whether anything is barred, such as international calling etc.

*#61# – Check number of missed calls

*#06# – Displays your iPhone’s IMEI number

*#43# – Check call waiting status

*43# – Activate waiting

#43# – Deactivate call waiting


We’re sure that will be enough to keep you entertained tonight. Don’t go changing settings unless you know what you’re doing, though!

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HungryGoWhere's GSS Orchard Dining Delights Deals.


In conjunction with the Great Singapore Sale 2016, HungryGoWhere has brought to you the first ever HungryGoWhere’s GSS Orchard Dining Delights from 3 June to 14 August 2016. Diners will get to enjoy a selection of dining deals along Orchard Road to satisfy the rumbling stomach after a long day of shopping at Orchard Road.


Ito-Kacho at Mandarin Gallery is one of the participating restaurants for the first ever HungryGoWhere’s GSS Orchard Dining Delights. Known for its premium Yakiniku, diners get to enjoy 20% off their total bill with a minimum spending of $ 100. To enjoy this deal, simply book via HungryGoWhere website, app or phone concierge (6884 6884)

Hickory Smoked Salmon

Braised Beef Cheek 

Besides the shoppers, executives working in Orchard Road will be delighted with the 1 for 1 mains offer from Milagro Spanish Restaurant at Orchard Central. Do note that this promotion is only available for weekday lunch only.

Arros Negre

There is more at Milagro Spanish Restaurant. Diners from Sunday to Thursday get to enjoy 20% off from their paella. Book via HungryGoWhere website, app or phone concierge (6884 6884) to enjoy these fabulous deals.


Singaporean loves buffet and how exciting is it when Makan@Jen from Jen Hotel offers 4th diner dines free promotions.


Makan#Jen offers three promotions exclusively if diners book through HungryGoWhere website, app or phone concierge (6884 6884).

1) 4th diner dines free for Weekend Seafood Buffet Dinner ($ 65++/pax) on Friday & Saturday
2) 4th diner dines free for Weekend Singapore Roast Brunch Buffet ($ 42++/pax) on Saturday & Sunday
3) 4th diner dines free for Sunday Buffet Dinner ($ 42++/pax)

Above is only 3 of the participating restaurants of the HungryGoWhere’s GSS Orchard Dining Delights Deals. For the full list of the participating restaurants, it can be found at

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New Rumor Corroborates Next-Gen Thunderbolt Display With Built-In GPU

By | June 25th, 2016

Apple just yesterday announced that it was to discontinue the aging Thunderbolt Display, which has inevitably led to questions as to what will replace it in Apple’s product lineup. It is still possible that nothing will fill the void left by the display, although conventional wisdom would suggest otherwise, as would BuzzFeed‘s John Paczkowski.

Tweeting this morning, Paczkowski said that he had received information from unspecified sources that claimed Apple is not just working on a new display that would replace the now-defunct Thunderbolt Display, but also that said display would actually ship with its own integrated GPU to enable less powerful devices such as MacBook notebooks to drive the screen.


This would be one way of getting around the issue of having machines with less capable GPUs still be able to move a huge number of pixels around on a large Apple display.

Rumors of a display being in the works with its own integrated chip have circulated for a short time now, as have claims that a 5K display has not yet been announced because driving something with such a huge number of pixels is no mean feat. If Apple could handle all the heavy lifting within the display itself, however, it’s possible that even the lowest-end MacBook could be capable of plugging into a 5K display and reaping the benefits of having so many pixels with which to work.


If Apple does announce a new display in the coming weeks or months, it stands to reason that new MacBook Pros and perhaps even a new Mac Pro will also be announced, with both of the company’s computers now starting to become due for a design refresh. What money would you bet on all three being announced at the same event?

Knowing Apple as we do, it might be worth keeping hold of your money.

(Source: John Paczkowski [Twitter])

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11 Beautifully Obscure Places To Visit Near Singapore Under $500 Before 2016 Ends

So obscure, there isn’t even a tourist track…


Travel season is in full swing; it seems like everyone on your Instagram feed is in Bali or Bangkok living the carefree life right now. If you’re tired of the same old beaches and shopping trips holiday after holiday, it’s time to shake things up by breaking the travel mould and taking a trip far, far off the beaten track.

With almost no commercial tour package deals or reviews to rely on, prep yourself for a wild adventure that’ll make your friends and followers wide-eyed in wonder – or envy.

Bagan, Myanmar

For less than $ 500, here are 11 obscure cities to hitch an unconventional trip to during your next long weekend.

1.  Watch a blood-red sunset over the ancient city of Bagan, Myanmar

Long-abandoned payas in the plains of Bagan

Lying on the banks of the Irrawaddy river, you won’t see as dense a cluster of temples and ruins anywhere else in the world. 

Climb a stupa with your significant other

Two lovebirds overlooking a deserted city – how’s that for a romantic travel date?

Not too different from the iconic structures of the famed Angkor Wat, its stupas are a must-see for every traveller treading on Bagan soil.

These historic little mounds – in different stages of decay – have retained most of their original form despite the elements and can be ascended like staircases. Anyone brave enough to scale these old buildings will be rewarded with a sweeping view of this majestic terrain.

Temple hop your way through the city

A pony cart ride by Thatbyinnyu Temple 

Marvel at the grandeur of the Thatbyinnyu Temple, the tallest standing pagoda in the city, or check out the Dhammayangyi Temple, a relic of the past housing a haunted history. 

Built by King Narathu who usurped the throne by murdering his own family, the temple is believed to be a symbol of atonement for his sins. History buffs will delight in uncovering local myths and legends while soaking in the rustic vibes of this conservative city.

While the trip alone doesn’t exceed the $ 500 budget, if you’re willing to splurge – we highly recommend you set aside some dough for the next attraction!

Bonus: go up, up, and away on a hot air balloon ride

Being able to fly like a bubble in the sky with no glass windows obscuring the view is something every wanderluster must do before they die, and where better to try it than in Bagan, a historic lowland with few skyscrapers? 

*These hot air balloon rides will bust your budget, but for a once in a lifetime experience, it’s worth it.

Find out more here.

Flight on Malaysia Airlines: S$ 197
Train from Yangon – Bagan: $ 16 – $ 23
Accomodation: As low as $ 15/night

2. Fulfil your wanderlust dreams at the holy city of Amritsar, India 

Harmandir Sahib, Amritsar’s Golden Temple 

Ask to see any Singaporean’s travel bucket list, and I guarantee you won’t find India anywhere on it. You might have been to Delhi or Mumbai, but I’ll bet you haven’t heard of Amritsar. Possessing a raw beauty and a people and culture so colourful, it’ll put a smile of wonder on your face.

Here in Amritsar, India’s holy city, you will find that peace and serenity govern local life. Located far from the usual commotion of Indian cities, Amritsar exudes a quiet calm – perfect for millennials looking for a spiritual escape. Remember Eat, Pray, Love? They chose India for a reason! Here are some compulsory sights and activities:

Stay in a temple covered in 750 kg of gold for FREE


Bathed in 750 kg of pure gold, The Golden Temple of Amritsar is India’s hidden treasure. Attracting more domestic visitors than the Taj Mahal itself, everyone is welcome to pay their respects at this Sikh masterpiece. Visitors are welcome to eat and sleep for free for up to three days. 

Safety is not an issue as the grounds are guarded against anyone but the visitors and temple staff themselves.

Try your hand at chapati making with the locals

Nothing beats getting a taste of the city’s local life, and truly immersing yourself in its day-to-day activities. A kind local invited us into their house for a communal chapati-making session. You may have eaten chapati before, but nothing beats learning how to make your own chapati from the pros, and taking your newfound chapati-making skills back home with you.

Milk a buffalo

The locals were so friendly and generous, they even let us into their house to have a hand in milking their buffalo. Forget mainstream cow-milking and milk a buffalo instead! You’ll get to drink the fresh milk afterwards too.

Shop at the local artisans’ market

Of course, no trip is complete without shopping at the city’s bustling artisan market. Ornate mandalas, gorgeous saris and jingly bangles await. You’ll even find a whole street dedicated to the city’s beloved papadum (fried flour disc) snack.

And when it comes to accommodation, even if roughing it out in the temple is not for you, you can always opt to live it up in one of their 5-star hotels for less than S$ 100/night!

Flight on Scoot: $ 179/pax
Find out more here.

3. Have your head in the clouds in Chiang Rai


No, it’s not Chiang Mai – but it’s close. Chiang Rai is a destination every world-thirsty traveller must hit with its rich culture of old still well-preserved in the modern age. Neighbour of the ever-popular capital Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai receives far less tourist traffic, so you can rest assured that you won’t have to crop people out of your travel photos. 

A perfect balance of nature and culture, Chiang Rai will sate any curious spirits and take your travels to greater heights – literally. 

Climb to the high heavens with a hike to the peak of Phu Chi Fa Forest Park


If you’ve always wanted to see the same breathtaking sceneries on Tumblr or Instagram through your own eyes, then gear up and throw caution to the wind because this hike will not disappoint. To catch the captivating sunrise, you’ll have to take a 4am songthaew (open-back van) ride up the mountain’s winding slopes and embark on a 35 minutes hike up to the peak. 

Cross the bridge of “rebirth” and enter the “gate of heaven” at the White Temple


The White Temple, 15km south of Chiang Rai is a symbol of Buddha’s purity and divinity, and is one unique pit stop not to be missed. Elaborately decorated to reflect Buddhist teachings, try your best not to be crept out by the hundreds of hands that greet you at the “Cycle of Rebirth” bridge.


Guardians of the temple, Death and Rahu (The maker of your fate) Source

Immerse yourself in the hidden world of Chiang Rai’s hill tribes


Chiang Rai also plays host to a few hill tribes in the depths of its forests. Of these, the Akha hill tribe is one of the friendlier tribes open to visitors wanting to learn more about its culture. For a small fee of 300 baht, you’ll learn to appreciate a simpler way of life. 

Find out more here.

Flight on Scoot: S$ 181.59
Accomodation: From S$ 38/night 

4. Indulge in the shiok-est waterfall massage in Kawasan Falls, Cebu 


Most waterfalls in the world are nestled deep within mountains or closed off to visitors for safety; it’s really not every day you’ll get to wade in one that’s this photogenic and open for adventuring. Well, welcome to Cebu’s little known outdoor wonderland, Kawasan Falls, aka Tarzan’s playground.


How often do you get to go under a waterfall? A legit one at that, not the man-made one from your condominium pool or luxury resort. We may have jacuzzis, but nothing beats lying on a raft in cyan blue waters, feeling the mighty waterfall of the wild beat down on you. Exhilarating massage, check!


To get your raft under the grand gush, you’ll first have to tug-of-war yourself there via the ropes around the waterfall. Everything’s DIY in this natural paradise!

Jump off a Grand Canyon-esque canyon into the waterfall


Save Australia’s Grand Canyon for another day; Cebu’s Jurassic wonderland is calling. Canyoneering in Kawasan Badian National Park and Falls is no mean feat – especially when you’re asked to jump off a 3 storey/20 foot high cliff into the waterfall at the start of the trek. With rope swings, rocky cliffs and cliff-jumping into waterfalls on the itinerary, you’ll have your fair share of heart-stopping moments to last you for the rest of your life.   


Do it for Instagram! Be it the sunlit view from the top of the canyon or down below in the misty blue waters, Cebu’s Kawasan falls will instantly be the picturesque pop of colour everyone needs in their instagram feeds.

Flight on TigerAir: S$ 190
Accommodation:From $ 31/night

5. Soak in the sun, sand, and glorious sea at The Perhentian Islands, Kuala Terengganu


Ahh, the beach life. It’s hard to believe this isn’t a picture of Bali’s incredibly blue waters, but a coral reef-lined island north east of Malaysia just across the Causeway. The only thing keeping this incredible beach away from floods of tourists is how tricky it is to get there – but stick it out and you’ll have a serene beach all to yourself.


Skip the Maldives and find Dory in these cerulean blue waters instead; with the exchange rate in our favour, pricey water sports like scuba diving, snorkeling and kayaking will be your everyday go-to activities.

Look at how clear the water is! Source: @hoctavia

Getting There: Fly to Kota Bharu from Kuala Lumpur and take a 1.5 hour bus ride to Kuala Besut, thereafter take a 40 minute speedboat ride to the Perhentian Islands. Alternatively, a 9 hour bus ride from Kuala Lumpur will then take you to Kuala Besut where you can catch a 40 minute speedboat ride to the Perhentian islands.

6. Sail amongst dolphins and whales in Kalpitiya, Sri Lanka


Sure, you’ve snorkeled, scuba-dived and even jet ski-ed. That’s enough to check off your watersports to-do list, but I’ll bet you haven’t boated among whales big enough to capsize your ride before. Tackle the strong currents as you get up close to whales and dolphins in Sri Lanka’s lesser known Kalpitiya.

Cost of dolphin and whale watching: S$ 139


And just because you’ve done it before, why not do it again? Take your pick from deep sea diving, kite surfing, wind surfing and snorkeling – there’s always a new challenge to take on in Kalpitiya!

Kitesurfing is the new one-up from jet skiing and surfing. Flying on water – check! Source

Flight on Malindo Airways: S$ 377.70
Accommodation: From S$ 10/night

7. Let loose in an all-in-one holiday at Kenting, Kaohsiung  

Soak in the happy-go-lucky holiday vibes at Nanwan beach, Kenting’s very own party beach.

If you’re a holidayer with a taste for a little mix of everything, Kenting will be your remedy. Just a two hour drive from Kaohsiung, Kenting moves on a frequency of its own, offering wanderlusters a blend of the great outdoors, quiet time by its picturesque beaches, and a little culture and history woven into the mix.

Unleash your inner speed demon on an ATV adventure

How often do you get to scale a sandy mountain – on an ATV no less? This sand dune peak poses a slippery challenge to all, but conquer the sinking sand and you’ll be rewarded with a sweeping view of the ever-blue sea, and a chilling sea breeze strong enough to knock you back. 

For just S$ 30 per bike (which 2 people can ride), ride down 风吹砂 a.k.a Feng Chui Sha’s dune-like terrain on an ATV, and admire herds of animals grazing in the wild. 

Admire the beauty of age-old rock formations

Nature lovers will go wide-eyed at these natural rock formations over at Jia le shui, also known as the playground of the sea gods. This natural wonder earned its fame for its rocks shaped by sea erosion and strong winds, some of which include rocks shaped like a lazing pig, a frog, and even a rhinoceros.

Tackle the waves on a jet ski or banana-boat

Feed the adrenaline junkie in you and pick from a choice of water activities that will leave you pumped-up and breathless. Laze your way across the sea on a banana boat, or rent a cute umbrella for a chill time on land. The vibrant atmosphere of Nanwan beach is sure to put you in a holiday mood.

Flight on Scoot: S$ 185.13
Accommodation: From $ 30/night

8. Have a swinging good time in the sea at Lombok, Indonesia

While half the world parties it up under the Bali sun, settle down in tranquil Lombok, the jewel of Southeast Asia, to get a taste of that cookie-cutter Bali trip without the crowd. Breathtaking beaches and iridescent waters will have you feeling like you’re right in the centre of world with only the sun and sea; in fact, the water is so clear that it mirrors the sunset! 

Throw in a swing in the sea and you’re all set for some Tarzan-esque water fun. Definitely insta-worthy.

Snorkel your way around the Gili Islands

If you’re still craving for more underwater beauty, you can plan day trips to explore Lombok’s little sister islands, Gili Trawangan, Gili Air and Gili Meno, just an hour’s boat ride away.

Feel like Jack and the Beanstalk on Mount Rinjani


People who flock to Bali like to challenge themselves with a hike up Mount Batur. Instagram it, and you’ll just be a picture among the thousands that scale it every year. Take your mountain climbing game to greater heights with Lombok’s Mount Rinjani, Mount Batur’s 2,000m taller sister.

Whether or not it’s your first time scaling a mountain, conquering Mount Rinjani is no easy feat. And why not profess this achievement to the world while you’re at it?


As the second highest volcano in Indonesia, Lombok’s Mount Rinjani is definitely the new hiking challenge to keep an eye out for. It takes two physically demanding days of hiking to reach the peak, and the panoramic view of the breathtaking scenery will probably knock you out after, but we say it’s worth it. Bucket list checked! 

Flight on Silkair: S$ 399

Accommodation: From S$ 10/night 

9. Unleash your wild side with a Jungle Book adventure in Pakse, Laos

Tad Fane Waterfall Source

There’s nothing more magnificent than basking in nature’s wonders. Take the Asian road trip of your life and have your own Jungle Book inspired adventure in low-key Laos.

Conquer the breathtaking Tad Fane Waterfall


Buried deep within the tangle of the Dong Hua Sao jungle, the Tad Fane Waterfall sits upon a National Biodiversity Conservation area. Be it a half day or full day trek you’re signing yourself up for, there’s nothing more rewarding than taking in the arresting sight of twin waterfalls gushing 200m into the gorges below.

Visit Asia’s very own Niagara Falls


Behold, the Niagara Falls of Asia! No trip to the Si Phan Dong island cluster is complete without a visit to the Khone Phapeng Falls. Known for its whitewater torrents and roaring waves, daredevils can kayak down the nearby Mekong river for a turbulent whitewater experience. 


Flight on Lao Airlines (SIN-VTE): S$ 353.60
Vientiane to Pakse (Sleeper Bus): S$ 28
Accommodation: From S$ 9/night

10. Tackle Mount Kota Kinabalu, a mini Himalayas in Sabah


If you like living life on a mountain’s edge, then Sabah needs to be your next long weekend escapade!


Mount Kota Kinabalu is the closest mountain every hassle-free Singaporean can hope to climb. If you’re too tight on time and budget to travel to Lombok, Sabah’s rocky giant is an even more challenging alternative.

Scaling this steep mountain is no easy feat, especially when you think about all the JB street food you gave up for Sabah; but persevere, and you’ll find yourself on top of the world at the summit. You’ll be rewarded with a magnificent view of Malaysia’s mountains – a view you’d never expect to see from something just across the Causeway.

Bonus: Kick back in a hot spring without having to fly to Japan

Poring Hot Spring Source

While this looks like your run-of-the-mill swimming pool, it’s actually a hot spring. And though there’s nothing like the steamy authenticity of a real Japanese onsen, when you’re all sweaty and beat-up from climbing a mountain, there’s no better respite than to sink into a hot spring that’ll soothe your frazzled muscles.

Admission Fee: 3RM/pax
Flight on AirAsia: S$ 287.13

11. Homestay with the locals in a beach house in Rajah Ampat, Indonesia


Forget luxury resorts; the best way to get to know a place is to see it through the eyes of a local. Here in the natural wonderland of Raja Ampat, expect no air conditioning, fluffy beds or wifi connection. Instead, experience the most authentic form of beach life you’ll ever get with stilted houses, self-constructed wooden houses and – you guessed it – hole-in-the-ground toilets.

Dive deep down under with 75% of the world’s known coral species

There are so many diving spots around the world, but few are as affordable and beautiful as Raja Ampat. The crystal blue waters make for clear sightings of corals and fish, as well as making it easier to capture the perfect underwater shot. 

Flight on Garuda Indonesia (SIN-UPG): S$ 393
Domestic flight from Makassar to Sorong: From $ 144
Express Ferry (Economy Class) to Raja Ampat: $ 13.50

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iPhone 7, 7 Plus, 7 Pro Storage Tiers And Pricing Revealed [Rumor]

By | June 24th, 2016

Now that Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC 2016) is out of the way, attention has firmly turned to the iPhone 7, with an announcement and subsequent release expected sometime around September, and as always, the rumors are coming thick and fast. A new leak coming out of Chinese social network Weibo claims to have details on pricing for the unannounced smartphone as well as the iPhone 7 Plus and, interestingly, an iPhone 7 Pro.

Kicking off with the pricing, things are pretty much in line with what we would expect from a premium iPhone, although perhaps the most obvious and striking part of the prices shared is the addition of a 256GB model.

iPhone-7-rumor-concept main

Rumors had already suggested that Apple was getting ready to up the maximum capacity that an iPhone would be available with starting from this year, but this is the first time we’ve seen anything that comes close to confirming what the rest of the lineup would look like for 2017.

The claimed pricing structure for the new iPhone models depict a collection of devices that would include 32GB, 64GB, and 256GB models for the iPhone 7 but with 32GB, 128GB, and 256GB options available for the iPhone 7 Plus and an entirely new iPhone Pro line. Rumors had previously claimed that Apple would ditch the much-maligned 16GB base option for the iPhone, so if these prices are correct, it looks like that will come to fruition, finally! The claimed prices, converted from Chinese yuan, are quoted as follows:

iPhone 7 32GB: ~$ 800 | 64GB: ~$ 930 | 256GB: ~$ 1080

iPhone 7 Plus 32GB: ~$ 925 | 128GB: ~$ 1050 | 256GB: ~$ 1200

iPhone 7 Pro 32GB: ~$ 1080 | 128GB: ~$ 1200 | 256GB: ~$ 1350


Leaked photo of alleged iPhone 7 dual-lens camera system and 256GB storage chip

As for what the rumored iPhone 7 Pro could be, leaks had previously claimed that an iPhone with dual-camera setup would be offered by Apple, though we are not sure that alone would justify the alleged addition of $ 150 over the price tag of the iPhone 7 Plus. If Apple is going to announce not just an iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus but also a new Pro designation later this year, it would be another example of Apple’s clean product lines becoming yet further muddied. With so many iPhone SKUs available, Apple runs the risk of confusing customers unnecessarily, and that’s never a good idea.

Is it September yet?

(Source: Weibo)

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Peter Leow’s Hakka Yong Tau Foo – Making a Comeback?

Yong Tau Foo, a traditional Hakka Chinese cuisine, can be eaten dry with a sweet sauce or served as a soup dish. Customers are usually attracted by the attractively colourful and mouthwatering display of ingredients lined up or stacked up in rows at the front of a Hakka yong tau foo stall. Ingredients usually consist of minced-meat-stuffed tofu or fish-paste-stuffed tofu, as well as, other stuffed vegetables and mushrooms. You get to pick your desired choice of noodles (eg. yellow noodles, vermicelli or kway teow etc) to accompany the ingredients that you’ve chosen. With a gradually disappearing traditional hawker scene in Singapore, it’s hard to come across an affordable yet simply scrumptious Hakka Yong Tau Foo nowadays.



Remember Ghim Moh Wet Market’s Hakka Yong Tau Foo stall? Fans of Peter Leow, the man behind this delicious Hakka yong tau foo recipe, rejoice! After two years of taking a break, Peter and his wife have decided to make a comeback! We’re pretty sure you remember him for the queue at Ghim Moh Wet Market. There wasn’t a timing where his stall wasn’t stormed by a crowd.

The secret behind his fresh and yummy ingredients is the strong passion towards creating culinary delights that Peter and his wife possess, as well as, the amount of hard work and love they invested in painstakingly hand-making each and every ingredient personally. Can you imagine waking up daily as early as 5am to prepare all the ingredients before they open their stall for business?! It’s no surprise that their ingredients taste distinctively different from those that are mass produced by factories and suppliers and made by machines.





What stood out for us most was the perfectly concocted chilli sauce that spices up the entire Hakka Yong Tau Foo dish! It adds that additional kick that’s super satisfying! We even bought a couple of their chilli sauce back home to enjoy with whatever home-cooked dishes we have.

So, what sparked Peter’s interest in making a comeback in the hawker scene? That’s when Varian Loke, founder of non-profit organization, Food Culture Academy (FCA), comes into play! FCA is established in December 2015, with an aim to bridge the gap between aspiring young hawkers and the already established and successful older generation of hawkers.

In order for the survival of Singapore’s hawker culture, Varian realizes that Singapore needs more youngsters to step out and be passionate about our hawker food. However, these aspiring young hawkers might have financial issues or might face certain problems which become an obstacle for them in pursuing the “hawker dream”. Hence, Varian, owning a coffeeshop of his own in Geylang, decided to set aside two stalls as “training grounds” for the older generation of hawkers to impart their culinary knowledge and skills to the young hawkers who are willing and passionate about learning from the older generation of hawkers.



Peter is very supportive of Varian’s aim for FCA hence he decided to “test the market” once again, to see how responsive people are towards his Hakka Yong Tau Foo. This pop-up stall is located at the “Shiok Eat! Food Fair” at the atrium of West Mall from 20 June 2016 to 8 July 2016. There are a total of 14 different vendors. Peter and his wife are very open to feedbacks so if you’ve been a fan of his previous stall at Ghim Moh Wet Market, this is an opportunity for you to relieve the taste of Peter’s Hakka Yong Tau Foo again! Whether as finger food or as a side dish that you pack back home for lunch or dinner, Hakka Yong Tau Foo is a great choice for everyone!

Address: No. 1 Bukit Batok Central Link, West Mall, Singapore 658713

Opening Hours: 20 June 2016 to 8 July 2016 11am to 9pm daily.

Mu Qin Toh

Mu Qin loves challenges and always believes that life begins at the end of her comfort zone. Her short disappearance from social media is due to her being too engrossed in her favourite romance novels. Adventurous at heart, she loves exploring the world. She’ll travel anywhere and everywhere for food! She has just launched a food guide “Eat Muse Love” with her mother and is available in all major book stores.

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If someone asks you, off the top of your head, what search engines you use or know off, chances are you’ll be naming the regulars: Google, Bing, Yahoo. The Internet however is a really big place and there are plenty more search engines out there that can cater to very specific requirements.

General Search Engines

We’re skipping the search engines that everyone know about so you won’t be seeing Google, Yahoo or Bing in this list. Here are many other alternative search engines available out there.

  • Aol – Aol offers search results combined with content from AOL. It allows searching for web pages, images & videos, news, tools and more, and also offers filter options.
  • Yandex – Yandex is a Russian service provider offering search engine, mail, maps and more. Its search service allows searching for images, videos and more.
  • ScrubTheWeb – ScrubTheWeb deliver organic search results and allows searching for web pages available in their member’s list only.
  • Ecosia – Ecosia is a web search engine, which donates 80% of its surplus income to plant trees. It lets you search for web, images, news, videos and more.
  • MyWebSearch – MyWebSearch is search engine that shows results from Google. It lets you search for web, images & videos, news, shopping products, maps and more.
  • Teoma – Teoma is an Internet search engine with its own link popularity algorithm. It lets people search for web, images & videos, news, recipes and more.
  • InfoSpace – InfoSpace offers white-label search and monetization solutions. Its combined search engine lets you find web pages, images & videos and news.
  • Giga Blast – Giga Blast indexes billions of pages and provides quick, latest information. It lets you search only for web pages, but with filters for enhanced search results.

Regional Search Engines

  • Baidu – Baidu is China’s search engine for searching websites, news, maps, images and audio & video files. It also shows definitions and allows making searches using images. More China search engines: Yam, Youdao, Sogou.
  • Naver – Naver is the South Korea’s first web portal that allows searching for web, definitions, images, news, articles, videos and more apart from providing other web services. More South Korean search engines: Daum, Nate.
  • Goo – Goo is an Internet search engine and web portal of Japan, which crawls primarily Japanese sites and allows searching for web, images, blogs, maps and even definitions. More Japan search engines: Biglobe
  • Rambler – Rambler is a Russian web portal offering services like search engine, email, news portal, finance portal, etc. It lets users search for web and images, and offers filter options.
  • Seznam – Seznam is a web portal and search engine of Czech Republic. It allows anyone to look for web pages, maps, photos & videos, definitions, products and more.
  • SAPO – Servidor de Apontadores Portugueses is a Portuguese service provider. It offers a search engine that allows searching for web, images & videos, news and blogs.
  • Virgilio – Virgilio is an Italian web portal and search engine that lets anyone search for web pages, images & videos, companies and maps. More Italian search engines: Libero
  • Walla – Walla is an Israeli web portal, providing news, search and email services. It allows searching for web, photos, jobs, shopping products and more.
  • Diri – Diri is a Bulgarian web portal and provides search, news and more services. It allows searching for web, definitions, flights, blogs, music, videos and more.
  • Search – Search is a search engine and web portal of Switzerland providing weather, maps, cinema and more services. It only allows searching for web pages.
  • Najdi – Najdi is a search engine built for Republic of Macedonia. Unlike most search engines, it does not crawl the sites for their content and instead uses RSS or other XML sources.
  • Search Nigeria – Search Nigeria is a web based portal and search engine. It lets people to search the web pages, images & videos, news, blogs and more.
  • Das Oertliche Das Oertliche is a German web portal and local directory, which allows its users to search for public locations using phone numbers, names or streets.

Kid-Safe Search Engines

These search engines provide children with a search service that keeps out age-inappropriate materials unfit for consumption for young ages.

Social Media Search Engines

  • Social Mention – Search for social media mentions and understand social trends.
  • IceRocket – Search blogs and social networks
  • Websta Search Instagram for Instagram tags, user accounts, boards and more
  • SocialSeeking – Search across various social networks and media channels like Twitter, Instagram, Vimeo, etc.
  • Social Searcher – Search for public information from networks like Twitter, Google+, Facebook, Youtube, Instagram and more.
  • Pixnet – An online mobile photo sharing and networking service. Provides search for publicly available information including web posts, images and more.

Image & Icon Search Engines

  • Iconfinder – A repository and search engine for free and premium icons.
  • Image Search – Find photos from Facebook, Flickr, Zooomr, MySpace, Photobucket, Corbis and more.
  • TinEye – A reverse image search engine that allows people to search images using images.
  • Picsearch – Search for images on the Web.
  • Twicsy A search engine for Twitter pictures
  • Spezify – Search for images from social networks like Instagram, Facebook and others.

Knowledge Search Engines

  • Ask – Ask is a question-answer community cum search engine that allows searching for web, images, videos and news. You can also ask questions for getting quick answers.
  • eHow – eHow is one of the oldest question & answer websites that allows people to search about almost any topic – from home decor to food and from finance to legal.
  • Answers – Answers is a question-answer engine and community that lets people search for answers. You can directly ask questions and the sites answers them accurately.
  • Wolfram Alpha – Wolfram Alpha is a computational knowledge and search engine that searches for answers for factual questions, finds images, solves calculations and does much more.
  • ChaCha – ChaCha is a human-guided search engine. It provides free, real-time answers to any question through its website. It also posts galleries and quizzes online.
  • Quora – A ask and answer site to find advice and insights by real people about real-life experiences.

Private Search Engines

  • DuckDuckGo – DuckDuckGo is an Internet search engine that emphasizes on protecting searchers’ privacy and allows searching for web, images & videos, definitions and stocks.
  • Qwant – Qwant is a France-based anonymous web search engine. It claims not to track its users while providing search for web, news, images & videos and more.
  • Startpage – Startpage is a Google-powered yet secure and privacy-respecting search engine. It lets people search for web pages, images & videos and more.

More private search engines: Lukol, Privatelee

Metasearch Engines

  • Dogpile – Fetches from Google, Yandex and Yahoo
  • Nigma – An innovative Russian metasearch engine
  • OpenText – Fetches from Google, Bing and others
  • Fagan Finder – A search engine listing tool

More metasearch engines: WebCrawler , ZapMeta, Excite, Yippy, Qrobe

Search Engines to Search for People

  • Spokeo – aggregates data from online and offline sources and allows searching using a name, email, phone number, username or address.
  • Piplfinds info about people that cannot be found on regular search engines by name, username, phone number and email.
  • PeekYou – indexes people from various social networks by name, email, phone, address, location and more.
  • Vebidooindexes publicly accessible information about people and lets you search them using name, location and more.
  • Spysee – A next-generation people search engine geared towards social networks.

Search Engines for News

  • Digg – A news aggregator and curator
  • YouGotTheNews – A search engine for US news and articles
  • NewsLookup – Search for latest and trending global news
  • Elephind – A search engine for finding historical news.
  • NewsLibrary – A library cum search engine for find facts and news

Search Engines to Search Blogs

The following are search engines to search for niche blogs based on blog categories.

Other Search Engines

  • DMOZ DMOZ is a multilingual open directory of the Internet. It uses a hierarchical ontology scheme for organizing site listings and lets you search for websites.
  • Food Blog Search – Food Blog Search is a food recipe search engine powered by Google Custom Search. It lets you find recipes from 1000+ blogs and sites across the web.
  • Swoogle – Swoogle is a search engine for semantic web ontologies, documents, terms and data published on the Internet. It’s not a regular search engine unlike others.
  • SimilarSiteSearch SimilarSiteSearch helps you find similar, related or alternative websites.
  • Shodan Shodan is a search engine that lets users find devices (computers, routers, servers, etc.) connected to the Internet. It collects data mostly from public web servers.
  • Blackle – Blackle is powered by Google Custom Search and aims to save energy by displaying a black background. It allows users to search for web pages and images.
  • Blinkx – Blinkx is a web media platform with an index of over 35 million hours of videos. It allows people to browse videos using sections and search for videos.
  • NerdyData – NerdyData is a geek’s search engine that allows programming enthusiasts search for technologies, languages, libraries and much more.
  • SearchCode – SearchCode is a source code and documentation search engine, providing programmers the ability to search for functions or code snippets.
  • Open HUB Code Search – Open HUB Code Search is a search engine for coders, allowing programming enthusiasts to search for relevant open source code, functions and more.
  • Polyvore – Polyvore is a community-powered social commerce website, allowing you to discover and search for latest trends in fashion and beauty.
  • Yummly – Yummly is a repository and search engine for foodies. It lets people search and explore food recipes – available in various categories (even seasonal).
  • Pronto – Pronto is a price comparison and product finding service that allows anyone search for products across large range of retailers and stores.
  • Discounto – Discounto allows its users to search and acquire discounts and offers from various retailers and local shopkeepers. It also informs of latest and awaited offers for popular items.
  • AZLyrics – AZLyrics is a lyrics portal and search engine, which searches for lyrics using any phrase or song or album name and shows the lyrics of your favorite song.
  • AnooX – AnooX is a social search engine that allows searching for web pages. Unlike many other SEs, it claims to use people’s rating for listing its search results.
  • OneLook – OneLook is a search engine for words and phrases. It lets you search for words or meanings in 1000+ dictionaries and is even capable of making reverse lookups.
  • GoodSearch – GoodSearch is an online shopping site with a search engine that helps you find deals and coupons in major retailers. It donates part of the purchase price of items you find and buy on GoodSearch.

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Regent High Tea, Orchard: My Friends are Taitais! 

regent-hotel-high-tea-reviewMy friends have been high-tea-hopping on weekdays from hotel to hotels, and we came to Regent Hotel High Tea, which is at their Tea Lounge. It’s very old school, almost colonial-like. A pianist plays at the lobby.

regent-hotel-high-tea-menuThe weekday high tea lasts for 5 hours, from noon to 5pm, and starts from $ 45++ and goes up to $ 138++ for freeflow of champagne. The basic set, which we took, consists of 5 finger sandwiches, 4 savory puffs and pies, 6 sweet pastries, and 2 scones. It also comes with 2 teas.

regent-hotel-high-tea-priceThe scones are supposed to be their signature, but they are nothing to write home about. The Devonshire clotted cream is gorgeous, light and rich. Huccalyly was astonished, “You FINISHED the cream?” Ok, don’t get your panties in a twist.

The sandwiches are nice. The best thing is probably the satay chicken puff, a smart creation. The sweets are just so-so, and perhaps the least impressive of the lot.

We paid $ 53 each, after taxes. On the whole, not bad. There are better high teas, and there are worse.

Tea Lounge, Regent Hotel High Tea
1 Cuscaden Road, Regent Hotel lobby, Singapore 249715
T: +65 6725 3245
Weekday Afternoon Tea 12pm-5pm (Mon-Sat)
Weekend High Tea Buffet 12pm-2.30pm (1st seating), 3pm-5.30pm (2nd seating)

Food: 6.5/10
Service: 8/10
Price/Value: 5/10
Decor/Ambience: 7/10
Overall rating: 3.313/5

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Apple Leaves iOS 10 Beta Kernel Unencrypted, On Purpose?

By | June 22nd, 2016

Whenever Apple releases a beta version of a major revamp of iOS following its WWDC keynote session, there’s an acceptance that developers and security researchers will take the opportunity to pull the firmware’s codebase apart to see what they can find.

That’s exactly what some security experts have done with the iOS 10 beta 1 release, and much to their delight, have found something that they probably didn’t expect to find; an unencrypted kernel. It has been discovered that the beating heart of Apple’s iOS platform has not been secured with advanced encryption methods in line with previous versions of iOS.


An unencrypted kernel may not immediately mean anything to the average iPhone and iPad users who simply use the devices for everyday tasks such as messaging, phone calls and sending and receiving emails, but from a security perspective, it makes things a lot easier for developers and hackers to find weaknesses in the iOS 10 codebase.

Of course, as we should all know by now, those weaknesses could eventually be exploited and used to produce a functioning iOS 10 jailbreak, such as the one Canadian developer iH8sn0w recently teased on an iPhone 5 running iOS 10 beta 1.

The fact that the kernel of the iOS 10 beta is entirely unobfuscated could be viewed in two ways. Jonathan Levin, who has authored a book on the internal workings of iOS, believes that there’s the potential someone within Apple has simply “royally screwed up” by pushing out a public facing version of iOS 10 without a secure kernel. On the other hand, there is a train of thought that suggests the move could be a deliberate one, ultimately allowing security researchers the ability to more easily discover bugs and vulnerabilities that could then be given back to Apple to fix ahead of an actual live release later this year.


It seems to be the general consensus amongst the security world that the latter could indeed be true. As security researcher Jonathan Zdziarski puts it, “this would have been an incredibly glaring oversight, like forgetting to put doors on an elevator.”

Knowing what we know about Apple, it’s highly unlikely that the company or one of its engineers would make such an elementary mistake. With the iOS 10 kernel unencrypted, for the time at least, the complexity of reverse engineering is hugely reduced, meaning that those developers and hackers involved in the jailbreaking world will most definitely be taking the opportunity to exploit the system.

(Source: MIT Technology Review)

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Mitzo New Dim Sum Brunch – Lobster, Bamboo Clam, Abalone & FREE FLOW Char Siew

Mitzo Brunch

Mitzo’s Weekend Dim Sum Brunch is probably one of the best deals in town, and one that everyone must try at least once! Dining in a sexy and intimate setting over free flow delicacies sounds like the perfect way to spend the weekend, no?

Known for dishing out stunning Cantonese-style dishes and artisanal dim sum, Mitzo at Grand Park Orchard has just revamped their Weekend Brunch and there is really a whole lot to be obsessed about. The Weekend Brunch is all about indulging in the finest at Mitzo. Love their signature Char Siew? Yes, you will have that free flow.

And in this revamped menu, everyone gets to pick one bamboo clam dish, one live lobster dish and an abalone dish each! That pretty much already pays for the S$ 68++ per person for brunch. How value-for-money!

Special Dishes Mitzo


Mitzo heightens its brunch game by offering luxurious items as part of its brunch menu in its latest revamp. There is a menu of bamboo clam, abalone and lobster dishes – and every diner gets to pick one of each!

Yes, for the price you pay, it includes one bamboo clam dish, one live lobster dish and an abalone dish each. Such supreme dishes would usually cost a bomb in seafood restaurants; you know that. Just think about the standalone value of these three dishes that you are entitled to in the Weekend Brunch!

Bamboo Clams

Choose your desired way of cooking.

For the bamboo clams, the range to select from are Steamed Bamboo Clam with Minced Garlic in Soya, Steamed Bamboo Clam with Enoki Mushroom in Spicy Peanut Sauce and Steamed Bamboo Clam with Preserved Vegetables in Soya.

We highly recommend the former, which is the classic way bamboo clams are commonly prepared in local seafood restaurants. The sweetness of the clam is enhanced with the fragrance from the soy sauce and garlic.

Live Lobster

You can choose the way your lobster is cooked as well – Deep-Fried Lobster coated with Truffle Peanut Sauce, Baked Lobster with Creamy Lemon and Cheese, and Spicy Chilli Lobster Served with Bun.

The spicy lobster is our pick, for its tangy flavours. The bun (served separately on the side) is for you to wipe up all the remaining sauce.

Abalone Asparagus

Last but not least, for the Supreme Specialty Dishes, you get an abalone dish. Choose from Abalone Truffles Rice, Stir-Fried XO Abalone with Asparagus and Braised Abalone with Tofu.

Mitzo Char Siew


Save some tummy space for Mitzo’s acclaimed roast meats. While the Crispy Pork Belly with Bun is flavourful and tasty, we cannot miss the Mitzo Special Barbecued Pork. The outer caramelised crust that encased the pork meat is crispy and sweet, and the meat is so tender it melts in your mouth.

If you haven’t tried Mitzo’s Special Barbecued Pork, you haven’t lived. And guys, it’s free flow in the Weekend Brunch. We repeat – FREE FLOW!

Mitzo Dim Sum


Mitzo’s dim sum selection is among the top reasons why their brunch is so popular, simply because you get to pick from a huge variety of handmade dim sum. One thing Mitzo does really well is to beautify their dim sums.

A simple Har Gow (Royal Shrimp Dumpling) is naturally coloured with purple radish for flair, and a creamy custard bun has a charcoal outlook with an edible gold-embossed moon on top.

Artisanal dim sum is just about right, and once again, everything’s free flow so you should totally eat to your heart’s content because it’s the weekend!

Escargot Dim Sum

And sure, they taste as good – if not better than they look.

Check out this Escargot Cheese Puff which is newly introduced to Mitzo’s weekend brunch menu.. It is a little savoury treat that the kids are bound to love. Who would have guessed that snails could look this cute!

Pork Ball and Noodles


When a Cantonese chef cooks for you, of course you have to ask him for his Double Boiled Soup of The Day. The Cantonese do their soups really well, and Mitzo is no exception. Nourishing broths that have been double boiled for hours with premium ingredients, the Weekend Brunch includes unlimited servings of the Soup of The Day that we always look forward to. The Braised Abalone Strips & Bamboo Pith Soup is for those who prefer soups with a thicker consistency.

Some other wok dishes to love are the Stir-Fried Scallop with Egg White & Fresh Milk and Crispy Duck Roll.

And the Braised Truffles Pork Ball – a Cantonese-style pork ball infused with truffle – is one surprising dish. Hand-beaten meat balls are prepared fresh daily, and the truffle adds fragrance that cuts through the strong meaty smell.

While most people stay away from the carb-loaded dishes that fill one up fast, we actually recommend trying the Braised Duck Pulled Noodles. You can always order a portion and share it with your dining partners. The duck is fork-tender and the chefs nailed it with the sauce and well-cooked la-mian.

Cheese Tart


While the elegant Cantonese desserts are prepared with finesse, let’s not talk about anything else except the Hokkaido Milk Cheese Tart. The chefs totally won us over with this new addition to the revamped menu!

Little yellow tarts to end off your meal is second to none. Savoury milky cheese custard encased in buttery tart shells; melty and flowy. How to not love these?

Eat all you can? Yes, sure. Too easy.

Mitzo Cocktails

Mitzo also has a specialised cocktail bar where you can expect an impressive range of artisanal and bespoke cocktails, including the classic Shisho Mojito, vodka-based Blue Moon and the pretty gin-based Pink Fashioned.

Nothing on the menu you fancy? No worries. Just tell the bartender your preference and he will create a concoction specially for you! Mitzo spares no effort in pampering you.

Kids Corner


Bringing the littlies out to brunch with you? You can just sit back and indulge as Mitzo keeps your little ones entertained in a dedicated kid’s playroom, complete with cartoons, cushioned seats, and a selection of engaging & fun-filled activities.

S$ 68++ (Adult)
S$ 34++ (Child 6 to 12 years old)
Child under 6 years old dines for free
Add on S$ 60++ for free flow champagne, selected cocktails, wines and beer
(11.30am to 2.30pm on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays)
Reservations are highly recommended.

Mitzo Restaurant & Bar
Level 4 Grand Park Orchard
270 Orchard Road
Singapore 238857
Tel: +65 6603 8855
Mon to Thu: 12pm – 2.30pm, 6.30pm – 12am last order
Fri to Sun, Public Holiday and Eve of Public Holidays: 12pm – 2.30pm, 6.30pm – 1am last order
Nearest Station: Orchard/Somerset

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