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Budget Tam Chiak – 15 Meals for Less Than $50 in 5 Days (CBD Edition)

How many of us are still climbing our way to the top of the success ladder? Some of us are barely staying afloat and it doesn’t help that a meal in CBD often demands at least $ 5. As such, we often end up with a meagre amount to bring home every month.

But don’t surrender to the unnecessary “exorbitant” lifestyle. If there’s a will, there’s a way. And this is the way that we have specially paved for you to consider – a comprehensive food diary comprising of Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner in the CBD for a typical 5-day work week. ALL UNDER $ 50!! Yes, it’s humanely possible.

Let’s speedboat towards the 6 DIGIT bank account balance together. Read on to find out how.

Sian-Day Monday – $ 9.80

Breakfast: Chwee Kueh ($ 1.80)

Situated towards the back of Clifford Centre, a nameless eatery offering local delights awaits. We were shocked that they genuinely do not have a shop name, but #01-K3 is the clue! Receive 5 plump chwee kueh (steamed rice cakes) topped with ample preserved turnips for just $ 1.80 – what a steal! The chwee kueh are a little denser than what we would have liked, but the greasy and fragrant turnips seemed to be screaming 加油 (add oil) for my dreadful Monday. Thank you, I really needed that encouragement.

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Address: Clifford Centre, 24 Raffles Pl, #01-K3, Singapore 048621

Opening Hours: 10.30am-2.30pm

Lunch: Nasi Padang ($ 3)

Despite the huge number of office workers invading the area during lunch hour, the delicious food at Shenton House lacks an online presence for some reason. Or maybe, they want to keep it a secret. Tucked away at the last eatery, this Nasi Padang has won countless hearts over the years. For just $ 3, you can order 1 meat + 2 vegetables/egg on top of the amazing portion of rice drenched in curry. Doesn’t the chicken drumstick look so appetizing? My eyes were glued to it the moment I stepped into the eatery. The meat ended up tasting slightly dry, but the crispy skin made up for it.

Mon-Nasi Padang

Address: Shenton House, 3 Shenton Way, Level 2, Singapore 068805

Opening Hours: 10.30am-3pm

Dinner: Pad Thai ($ 5)

My nose picked up the lovely aroma of stir-fried noodles as I was on my search for dinner at Amoy Street Food Centre. I went for the classic Pad Thai ($ 5) that was indeed satisfying and good value for money. SAP Thai Food is a relatively recent addition and has a pretty extensive menu representative of Little Thailand. I was too excited to tuck into the piping hot noodles, that I even found squeezing the lime a chore. The umami flavours radiated throughout the dish, ending my Monday on a pleasant note.

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Fry-My-Brain Tuesday – $ 9.00

Breakfast: Fried Bee Hoon ($ 1.50)

I don’t only get Monday Blues, I get Tuesday Blues too. So, I need to recharge for Day 2 with energy boosters like Fried Bee Hoon. This takeaway box will surprise you with just how much noodles are packed inside. The Bee Hoon is a tad plain, and could do with less oil. However, you will really appreciate this dish if you’re up for a super busy day ahead.

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Lunch: Chicken Leg Angel Hair Pasta ($ 5)

Shall I invite you into the house of Italian food? Taste Affair is one of Amoy’s newest guests, injecting fresh vibes into the old building. For $ 5, you may twirl away with a good serving of Chicken Leg Angel Hair Pasta coated with a chili oil-based sauce. Looking beyond the pasta, the tender chicken actually emerged as the angel of the meal. Also, a golden poached egg is never a bad idea.

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Dinner: Nasi Lemak ($ 2.50)

While you may pick your own dishes, we went with Set C ($ 2.50). This Nasi Lemak (which means ‘fatty rice’) comes with a huge scoop of green long-grain rice, filled with subtle coconut notes. Spice your carbs up with an ikan kuning, otah, ikan bilis, a sunny side up and a spoonful of sambal chili which will curb your nasi lemak cravings temporarily. For me, the sambal chili plays an important role in bringing the whole dish together, but unfortunately, it was more sweet than spicy. Nevertheless, within the CBD, this plate suffices.

Tues-NasiLemak

Address: Golden Shoe Hawker Centre, 50 Market Street, #02-24, Singapore 048940

Opening Hours: Mon-Fri, 8.30am-7.30pm. Sat, 8.30am-5pm.

I-Am-Dead Wednesday -$ 8.60

Breakfast: Curry Puff ($ 0.60)

Sometimes, I wake up craving some Indian spices to heat me up for the day. Do you? Especially when I am in a rush, a curry puff is my go-to breakfast. The Real One Teh Tarik & Indian Food prepares a whole range of cheap eats that includes 60-cents curry puffs. Despite the puff skin being slightly thick, the flavourful filling was a joy to savour. Although they are small, I’m cool knowing that I will be having a heavy lunch later.

Wed-CurryPuff

Address: 24 Raffles Place, #01-K1, Clifford Centre, Singapore 048621

Opening Hours: Mon-Sun, 9am-8pm.

Lunch: Fried Kway Teow Mee ($ 3)

Told you that it would be heavy, but I forgot to mention that it’s tasty and smoky as well. Outram Park Fried Kway Teow Mee – this name shouldn’t be foreign to the CBD crowd. The first outlet is kickstarted by Mr Ng’s father at Metropole Cinema in the 50s, and Mr Ng is now in charge of the second outlet in Outram Park. The noodles are smooth, thoroughly coated with a special black sauce and awesomely packed with a wallop of wok hei. And, we couldn’t possibly do without the cockles, beansprouts, fried pork lard and egg, right?

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Address: Blk 531A, Upper Cross Street, #02-17, Hong Lim Market & Food Centre, Singapore 051531

Opening Hours: Mon-Sat, 6am-4.30pm. Closed on Sun.

Dinner: Hand Crafted Salad ($ 5)

To combat the greasy lunch I had earlier, I wanted something light and guilt-free. Off I skipped towards Tanjong Pagar MRT to grab my precious box of greens. Your eyes will sparkle at the plethora of brightly-coloured toppings and dressings; don’t hesitate to ask the staff for recommendations! 1 premium (protein) + 3 toppings, and a box of 5 toppings are both sold at $ 5. In the end, I decided to go for smoked duck, corn, purple cabbage, carrots and Japanese sesame dressing that evening. Not to forget, the cosy ambience and friendly staff played a part in putting a smile on my face.

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Press-On-A-Little-More Thursday – $ 8.10

Breakfast: Peanut Pancake ($ 0.90)

I never want to live a week in CBD without Frankie’s Peanut Pancake. Located at the coffee shop at the junction of Boon Tat Street and Telok Ayer Street, the stall has a range of fluffy yet chewy ban chiang kueh which sells like hot pancakes. Get the combo version which is a mix of both red bean and peanut for just 90 cents. This spongy pancake is a reminiscence of my childhood and I absolutely love it.

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Address: 121 Telok Ayer St, Singapore 068590

Phone: +65 9849 9056

Opening Hours: Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm.

Lunch: Mee Rebus ($ 2)

$ 2 noodles?! Yes, you saw that right. Uncle Ah Cai has kept his prices constant since 22 years ago; this uncle is a true friend. He wakes up at 3am daily and heads to the coffeeshop to prepare the noodles. You will be spoilt for choice as there are 8 different types of noodles – mee siam, prawn noodles, laksa, wanton noddles, fishball noodles, bak chor mee, mee rebus, lor mee. If you’re seriously troubled over what to eat, I will suggest the hearty mee rebus – yellow noodles swimming in a thick potato-based gravy.

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Address: No. 62 South Bridge Road, Singapore 058692

Opening Hours: Mon-Fri, 6am-3pm.

Dinner: Aussie Rolls ($ 5.20 for 3 rolls)

Wrap your day up with some charming rolls from the basement of Chevron House. The rolls are usually priced at $ 2.60 onwards for one. However, get a bang for your buck from 6pm onwards. You can purchase 3 rolls for the price of 2! Mhmmmmm, all 31 of them looked delightful but the indecisive me finally settled on Tuna, Korean Bulgogi and Sweet & Spicy Calamari. The Calamari Roll stood out the most as a result of the interesting combination of textures and flavours.

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Address: 30 Raffles Place, #B1-05, Chevron House, Singapore 048622

Opening Hours: Mon-Fri, 8am-7pm.

Drink-Drank-Drunk Friday – $ 13.90

Breakfast: Popiah ($ 1.40)

Start your day on a roll, with this traditional Fujian snack. Similar to how a burrito is made, stir-fried turnips, beansprouts, lettuce, mashed hard boiled eggs and peanuts are wrapped in a thin crepe-like skin. It isn’t too heavy, so you can pop this Singaporean-favourite into your mouth easily. I particularly enjoyed the delicate popiah skin, even though I feel that the uncle could have been more generous with the sauce.

Fri-Popiah

Address: Golden Shoe Hawker Centre, 50 Market Street, #03-02, Singapore 048940

Opening Hours: Mon-Fri, 8am-2.30pm

Lunch: Hainanese Curry Rice ($ 2.50)

Hainanese Curry Rice Sets start from only $ 2.50 here, and this Pork Chop Rice Set costs exactly $ 2.50. It is almost unbelievable that such a generous amount of comfort food comes at such an affordable price. The pork chop is served crispy and tender, despite coming with a limited amount of fat. Watch as the auntie pours the fragrant curry over the rice; it didn’t turn out spicy at all. This was easily one of the tastiest hawker meals, but prepare your battle gear for the insane queue that stretches to no end during lunch hour.

Fri-Curry Rice

Address: Golden Shoe Hawker Centre, 50 Market Street, #02-35, Singapore 048940

Opening Hours: Mon-Sun, 11.30am-10pm.

Dinner: Ninja Burger

TGIF!!! What does that mean? Suit up, it’s time to reward yourself with a treat to end the stressful week. Does a burger sound good to you? Well, it surely did sound like heaven to me. In the heart of bustling Raffles Place lies a silent Dojo, which is home to affordable burgers. In fact, they specialise in pork burgers which isn’t the most common in Singapore. Bite into a juicy pork patty dressed with a special oriental sauce, sandwiched between freshly toasted buns. You would wanna pair the porky goodness with some addictive fries that are worth all the calories. All at just $ 10 nett (Pss no GST and service charge)! It doesn’t deserve a “OMG THIS IS SO GOOD, LET ME CRY IN HAPPINESS”, but experience the unparalleled feeling of satisfaction after a week of scrimping.

Fri-Burger

Address: 72 Circular Road, Singapore 049426

Website: https://dojo.sg/

Opening Hours: Mon-Sat, 11am-3pm, 6pm-10pm. Closed on Sun and Public Holidays.

YES, WE DID IT, WE DID IT!

Give me a Hi-5! $ 50 under a week in CBD, who says we can’t achieve that? I had a very fulfilling week putting myself to the challenge, and I genuinely hope that this will come in handy for anyone and everyone.

If you are up for this challenge, do tell us how it went and if you managed to complete it! Also, if you have other ideas for affordable meals in the CBD, please share with us!

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Leaked Samsung App Might Just Have Given Us A Peek At Galaxy S8

By | February 21st, 2017

We may have been provided with our first sneak peek of what the upcoming Galaxy S8 will look like, and it has come from within a leaked Samsung app for the existing Galaxy S7 smartphone.

You may be familiar with the news that a leaked version of the Secure Folder app for Samsung’s Galaxy S7 has appeared online today, and while the app was previously only available for the Galaxy Note 7, the company previously suggested that it would be coming to the Galaxy S7 following the rollout of Android 7.0 to the device.

If you’re running that particular version of Android already, then you can install the app now if you get your hands on it, and that’s great. What we’re more interested in is the images used in the app, because they look a lot like they may give us a glimpse of the Galaxy S8.

Leaks and rumors for what Samsung has up its sleeve with the Galaxy S8 have pointed us in the direction of a new, all-screen front panel with no buttons and minimal bezels. That, at this point, is almost a given but we have yet to see anything official from Samsung that would give the game away. Perhaps that just happened with this leak.

As can be seen below, images in the newly leaked Secure Folder app depicts a smartphone that appears to show what we expect the Galaxy S8 to look like – no buttons on the face of the device, and a bezel so small it’s as if it’s not there.

All in all, the drawings used in the app do look like they may be our first official glimpse at what the Galaxy S8 will look like, even if it is an vector graphic of the phone rather than a full-blown render or a slew of photos like the ones from previous alleged rumors and leaks.

(Via: SamMobile)

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Braised Pork Belly in Teriyaki Beer sauce

A slice of slow cooked braised pork belly must be one of the most sublime things you can ever put into your mouth!  It is not difficult to do, but to do it well, you need patience. This is a recipe from Chef Morimoto.  I was intrigued by the addition of beer into the teriyaki sauce and I just had to try it!

You can make this all in one day, but it would not be as nice.  You need time to cool the pork in the fridge so that you can slice it nicely and also time for it to marinate in the braising sauce. Chef Morimoto’s recipe calls for the pork to be cut into cubes, braised and served.  I added an extra step of leaving the pork to marinate in the braising sauce overnight before slicing it and steaming it to warm it up.

Ingredients:
Pork belly 2 kg

Ingredients for Teriyaki Sauce
Japanese soy sauce 1/2 cup
1/2 Cup Mirin
1/2 Cup Sake
1/2 Cup Sugar
1/4 cup diced onions
5 thin slices ginger
2 medium garlic cloves

Method
Combine all the ingredients for teriyaki sauce in a pot and simmer for 8 mins.  Strain and set aside.

Dry the pork belly and pan fry till brown all over.  More time should be spent frying the skin so that it blisters.  This part should take around 15mins.

Next, place the pork belly into a pot of water with a handful of brown rice.  According to Chef Morimoto, this is an old grandma’s technique to remove porky odour.  Simmer for 2 hours, remove pork and leave to cool.  Wrap it in cling film and leave it in the fridge to cool overnight.

Once the pork is cold, cut it into cubes, about 5cm by 5cm.  Place in a pot with 1 cup of teriyaki sauce and one can of beer.  Simmer for 1 hour and 15mins.  It is ready to be eaten but if you leave it overnight, the flavours will really infuse into the pork.

The next day, slice the pork into thin 1 cm slices, place in a plate and steam to warm it up and serve!

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This Creepy Tool Reveals Just How Much Facebook Knows About You

It is no secret that Facebook tracks your browsing habits. By doing so, the social network service is able to feed you content that you’ll likely find relevant. That being said, have you ever wondered what exactly does Facebook track? If you’ve answered yes to this question, then you might be interested in Data Selfie.

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Data Selfie is an open-source Chrome extension that tracks your activity when you browse through Facebook. Some of the things that are tracked with this extension include the posts you viewed, the posts you liked, how long you’ve taken to view a post, what you’ve typed, and much more.

All data gathered by Data Selfie can be viewed through a timeline that is provided by the extension itself. This timeline will be populated by your Facebook activity which has been broken down and colour-coded in order to make it more identifiable. Additionally, Data Selfie will also publish a list of your top friends, pages, and likes just below the timeline.

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On top of that, Data Selfie would also use natural language processing and machine learning algorithms to turn the collected data into insight. Said language processing and machine learning algorithms were sourced from the University of Cambridge, as well as IBM’s supercomputer Watson. From the insights generated, Data Selfie is able to identify various aspects of your personality. This ranges from your health, your habits, and even your political beliefs.

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Due to the sensitive nature of the information that is stored and generated by the extension, Data Selfie is coded to make sure that all the data it has is stored locally. If you’re the type that fears that your computer might be compromised, the extension also gives you an option to delete all the data.

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While the methods and the tools may be different, Data Selfie is very much an extension that showcases what a company means when they mention terms like “Big Data” and “Analytics”. Make no mistake, a large majority of modern day companies have long since adopted, or have begun adopting this form of technology. So if you’re worried about companies having huge troves of data about you, we can only say that it’s probably too late for that.

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Cafe review: On The Table @ Pasir Panjang

Cafe review: On The Table @ Pasir Panjang

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On The Table is the twin of the popular Lola cafe at Kovin. Serving fairly similar food menu but in a much spacious and more sitting capacity. Good things about On The Table@Pasir Panjang is the much shorter waiting time and no snaking queue compared to the Lola cafe @ Kovan.

Fries with Truffle Mayo $ 8

On the Table 5

The fries was good, crisp on exterior, meaty potatoes and fluffy internally, the Truffle Mayo gave the fries a good complement to the overall taste. A good side order to start the meal.

Crispy Honey Wings $ 10

On the Table 8

It is the house signature snack, the deep-fried mid-wing has a nice crispy skin with juicy and tender meat. Texture was very good for the wings but flavour may not be the top notch, however, the drizzle of honey and sprinkled of chilli powder did help to lift up the overall flavour. A finger food still worth the bites.

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Pulled Pork Sanger $ 15

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The 6 hours smoked pulled pork cannot hold the candle to those gone through the 12 hours process. Texture was not refine and the heavy reliance on chipotle mayo for the sourness predominantly overshadowed the flavoured pulled pork. A real good pulled pork sanger should have well balanced of flavour and should not be masked by just the sourness.

Ultimate Croissant $ 14

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The butter croissant was served with honey glazed bacon, ham, honey mayo, scrambled eggs chaddar cheese and mesclun salad. Fairly ordinary items but reasonably good standard overall for the price you paid.

Truffle Mushroom Linguine $ 14

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Truffle Mushroom Linguine consists of Truffle mushroom bechamel, onion, cream sauce, linguine and parmesan cheese. It was creamy and very rich, can be cloying after few mouthfuls.

On the Table 4

The intensity of the overall flavour went into the bowl of Linguine somehow more on the tame side, it just wouldn’t leave you with any impression, neither good nor bad.

Waffle with ice cream (2 scoops) $ 10

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The waffle was fluffy but not as flavourful as what we expect, it has to rely on the ice cream and the honey to excite the taste buds.

Our verdict on On The Table

On The Table @ Pasir Panjang is attractive for its reasonable price tag with not GST and service charge. The acceptable food quality further help to attract the crowd, overall a good cafe worth the support.

On The Table @ Pasir Panjang

A: 118 Pasir Panjang Road, Singapore 118541

H: Tues – Fri: 8am – 10pm, Sat – Sun: 10am – 10pm Closed on Mondays

W:Lola’s Cafe | On The Table

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14 New Or Updated Cydia Tweaks For iOS 10.2 Jailbreak: Sonus, TranslucentMessages, Unify, More

By | February 19th, 2017

It’s that time of week again, where we do our level best to keep you apprised of the new and updated tweaks that can be used in conjunction with the latest jailbreaks around, which right now happens to be the yalu102 jailbreak for iOS 10.0.x-10.2 iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices.

As mentioned above, if you’re running a jailbroken version of iOS 10, all the way up to iOS 10.2, then you’re good to go when it comes to installing any of the 14 tweaks we’re going to share with you below.

That’s right, 14. Never let it be said that we don’t offer value for money here at RP. So without any further ado, and with a steely determination, let’s just jump right into it, shall we?

For your ease and comfort, we have clearly mentioned the repository each of these tweaks on Cydia live in, as well as the price for associated with them, if any, right beside the tweak’s name so that it helps you easily scan through this list of ours for your next tweak.

Sonus (BigBoss, $ 1.99)

If after all these years of iOS, you find yourself tired of the standard volume HUD, then now would be a wonderful time to install Sonus. It looks so, so much better.

Harbor (BigBoss, $ 0.99)

The iOS dock may get a redesign as part of iOS 11, but right now, jailbroken peeps can check out Harbor. What this thing does to the dock is amazing, including the ability to have icons bounce when a notification is received.

Unify (unify-tweak.com/cydia/unify, Free)

Properly group your iOS 10 notifications on both the Lock screen and in Notification Center. Are you paying attention here, Apple?

HapticScroll (BigBoss, $ 1.49)

You know how awesome it is when the screen bounces after scroll limit is reached? Wouldn’t it be cool if your iPhone also vibrated at the same time? Install this tweak and find out for yourself.

3DLight (BigBoss, Free)

Give notifications and widgets a nice, white look. It’s about as clean as clean can be.

Low Power Modder (BigBoss, Free)

Configure at which battery percentage Low Power Mode automatically activates.

PassButtonStyle (BigBoss, Free)

Bored of the standard buttons used when entering your passcode? Alter them to make them look just how you like with this tweak.

Mitsuha (BigBoss, Free)

Give the Music app a Jell-O effect, which makes it look so smooth, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it.

MessageFilter (BigBoss, Free)

With MessageFilter, you can choose words that will get blocked in certain, specified conversations within the Messages app.

SendDelay (BigBoss, Free)

Want to send a message in the Messages app and not have it actually send immediately in case you make a mistake and want to cancel it? You can do exactly that with this tweak installed.

Camera Tools (BigBoss, Free)

This tweak alters the stock Camera app to give it a nicer user interface and add extra functionality such as the ability to hide certain camera modes.

TranslucentMessages (BigBoss, Free)

Give the stock Messages app a whole new, rather gorgeous translucent look.

NoWifiWhenRunThisPlz (BigBoss, Free)

It may have a name that is nothing short of horrific, but this tweak’s ability to automatically disconnect from WiFi when specific apps are launched makes up for that.

Apex 2 (BigBoss, Free)

Think of folders, but better – way better – so much better, we think Apple should do something similar, better.

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Bedok Ah Koon Fish Soup review – 勿洛亚坤鱼汤

Bedok Ah Koon Fish Soup has impressed us both of their fish soup and meat ball soup. This is another hidden gems in the HDB that warrant the support. In fact, we are contemplating to list them as one of the good hawker food for 2017.

Bedok Ah Koon Fish Soup review – 勿洛亚坤鱼汤

Bedok Ah Koon Fish Soup occupied two adjacent units selling fish soup and zi char, consistent stream of customers seems to imply something attractive about the stall. Most of the customers apparently went after the fish soup and meat ball soup, we decided to check it out.

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Fish Soup $ 4/6/8
Bedok Ah Koon Fish Soup uses more expensive Batang fish than the cheaper snakehead for the fish slices.

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The portion of the fish slices were generous, each slices of fish were thickly sliced and had double to triple the thickness compared to other fish soup stalls, fish was fresh with the sweetness of the broth can be felt in every sip. Definitely one of the better fish soup we have tried so far.

Meat ball soup $ 4/6/8

Bedok Ah Koon Fish Soup may be specialised in fish dishes and we have to agree they served fairly good fish soup, however, the meat ball soup was just equally phenomenal and surprisingly impressive compared to the fish soup.

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The meat balls were a mixture of minced pork, fish meat, carrot, Chinese celery, water chestnut and the spices. Each meat ball was packed with salivating flavour with a nice texture, the soup was infused with the additional sweetness from the meat balls and highly recommended dish to order.

Our verdict on Bedok Ah Koon Fish Soup

Bedok Ah Koon Fish Soup has impressed us both of their fish soup and meat ball soup. This is another hidden gems in the HDB that warrant the support. In fact, we are contemplating to list them as one of the good hawker food for 2017.

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A: 538 Bedok North Street 3 #01-120/121. Singapore 460538

H: Tue to Sun: 930am – 8.30pm Closed on Mondays

FB: Ah koon fish soup Blk 538 Market Food Centre – Singapore – Restaurant | Facebook

 

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20 Gorgeous Space Themed Web Designs For Your Inspiration

Nothing comes even close to the fascinating beauty of space. All those planets, stars, satellites and rockets are the attributes of space that we love so much. Thanks to the technological advancements in the field, any space enthusiast can now explore the night sky by just sitting at their computer.

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Owing to its popularity, space inspired website designs have become a favorite among web designers. Such websites always. In this post, we have put together a collection of 20 fantastic space theme websites that look mysterious with a certain depth in their design. Let us take a look at these amazing websites brought to life by talented web designers and developers.

4por4

4por4 shows the space as a white background with an astronaut catching donut. The design is made in minimalistic and stylish details.

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Minicool

Minicool is a fun illustrated website where a flying saucer is floats when you scroll up. It’s a promotional website for a book for kids using illustrations and muted colors.

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NASA Space Apps : Greece

It is the website for the NASA Space Apps : Greece. The website is in 3D version meaning that you can move inside the three-dimensional space which looks almost like a real one.

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12Wave

12Wave is a company which specializes in creating websites with interesting effects and animations. The website is not an exception, so feel free to visit it and scroll down to see it in all its beauty.

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Space Advisor

It is the interactive experience of the documentary movie “Beyond Earth”. It’s an exceptional website through which the user can explore space in a 3D experience.

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Easy Rocket Studio

Easy Rocket Studio is a company which assists new sports brands in launching their websites. Each element of a site is designed in space theme with high-quality illustrations. Don’t miss out their creative loader which is a flying saucer pulling up cows.

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Mordillo

Thanks to the color palette and cartoon characters, Mordillo has a retro design. It is a space-inspired portfolio website of an Argentinian illustration artist.

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Send a Sceptic to Space

This website is about an Overview Effect – an effect when an astronaut goes to space and sees the Earth. People from 120 countries choose a person to change his perspective and send him to space.

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Space and Sound

Space and Sound has clean, dynamic and interactive interface. Go to the website and scroll down to see it in action.

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Alessio Santangelo

This is a portfolio of a talented web developer Alessio Santangelo. The futuristic image of space on the homepage drives attention from the very first view.

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Send me to outer space

Send me to outer space is a website created by a regular boy who dreams of going to space. He wants the public to help him raise the money and actually go to outer space.

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Vizua

Vizua is a creative studio website with a hilarious alien who goes through his factory as you scroll down. Here you’ll see a creative combination of polygonal and fat illustration to create a fun cartoon look.

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BrightMedia

It is a beautiful modern website taken from a cosmic theme. It features semi-transparent gradient blocks, gorgeous line graphics, and delicate typography which follows you when you move from one section to another.

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Alquimia

Alquimia is a small online portfolio including some awesome effects, clean typography, and elegantly executed cosmos theme. The rest of the design is based on clean light backdrops, lots of white space and particular attention to the copy.

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Brandon Jhonson

A website about Brandon Jhonson (a planetary scientist) that leverages a super-cool photo background for his website. Here using of space theme looks like the most appropriate solution, because Brandon’s profession is truly connected to space.

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First Light Fusion

First Light Fusion is a website about a new source of energy for our planet. As the website is all about saving the Earth, the blue planet sets the feel and tone. Neat typography and highly interactive effects create a spectacular impression.

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Tomas Bata

It is a website about the Tomas Bata university. The homepage encourages users to dive deeper inside the project through several accents. Awesome geometric fonts and a space theme adds an element of mystery.

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Paper Planes

Catch and throw Paper Planes using the app with one another around the world – a simple concept using the power of the web and smartphones to create an instant connection to one another.

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Sushi Mitsuya 鮨三矢, Tras St: Recommended by Japanese on Separate Occasions 

img_1504Although there are more than 800 Japanese restaurants in Singapore, the Japanese expat community is tight and word gets around the grapevine. On separate occasions, Japanese have recommended Sushi Mitsuya along Tras Street. It offers good value for their excellent sushi; it is still expensive, my Japanese friends said, but less expensive than top tier Japanese restaurants in Singapore.

For lunch, the barachirashi set ($ 50) is least worth it to me; it’s only a bowl of rice with diced fish and you can’t gauge the culinary prowress of the Head Chef Ryosuke Harada, who worked at Sushi Sora at Mandarin Oriental Tokyo. The two sushi sets ($ 60 or $ 100) are better. If you can splurge, the lunch omakase set ($ 180) is more affordable than the dinner ($ 130 or $ 200 or $ 300).

The problem with Japanese sushi restaurants in Singapore, in general, is that just for a little bit of better quality, you have to pay a lot more. Mitsuya’s two lunch sushi sets, for example, differ by $ 40; the less expensive set has 8 pieces of sushi whereas the more expensive has 6 pieces of superior ingredients, along with extras such as cooked dishes and sashimi that the less expensive set doesn’t have.

I took the more expensive sushi set.

img_1507The cooked dishes are impressive. It starts with a homemade sesame tofu which has a gooey texture. In the mouth, sweet, salty, pungent flavors explode. How can they make tofu taste so heavenly?

img_1511Following the tofu, the clams with mustard is sweet from the seafood, and  nicely chewy. The steamed cod, however, could do with a little salt, and the homemade prawn ball soup, which comes at the end of the meal, is equally bland.

img_1517The plating for sashimi is gorgeous, and seeing it already lifts one’s spirit. They are ok in general, but the maguro tuna is tasteless and should have been aged longer and the saba mackerel is fishy.

img_1525Long anticipated is the sushi and they appeal to the sight. They look like tiny, bite-sized of jewels, shiny and pristine. The firmness of seafood, not soft and slimy, is much appreciated and the shari is slightly harder than other sushi-ya’s, which gives the sushi a good overall bite.

img_1527Here, I feel that Chef Harada uses salt too liberally. The soy sauce overcomes the taste of kasugodai sushi (baby snapper), which is overly sinewy. The hotate scallop, seasoned with black salt and yuzu, has the same problem of oversaltiness. Less is more.

img_1531Like the saba in the sashimi, the saba sushi is fishy. Perhaps it would be better not to repeat the fish in both sashimi and sushi.

img_1536Chutoro medium fatty tuna is divine! The treatment of it, making small slits on the surface, brilliantly increases the surface area, enhancing the availability of fats. It also curls in the mouth, like a cat in a box, giving a feel-good mouthfeel. But how come otoro isn’t offered in this set?!

img_1540Although the uni sushi is so chilled it gives my tooth an ache, it is amazing. That seafood-sweetness-crossed-peanut-butter-creaminess. OMG. I also want to write an ode to the top quality seaweed. It’s crisp and umami, going excellently with the uni.

img_1541I also like the arrangement of the sushi, from lightest to heaviness, ending with a spectacular anago sea eel. I have no particular liking for anago, but Chef Harada makes it such that it is pillowy with the right balance of sweetness and saltiness that I understand why he puts it at the end of the array as a highlight.

img_1547Negitoro maki is a commonplace sushi, but like the anago, Chef Harada has elevated it, making it umami and unforgettable with that crisp and delicious seaweed.

img_1559Usually Japanese restaurants don’t pay attention to their desserts. It isn’t part of the traditional omakase culture to have desserts; usually it’s just fruits or ice cream. But Mitsuya gives a well-rounded experience by their miso ice cream paired with hojicha (roasted tea) panna cotta. It’s one of the most original and delicious desserts I’ve eaten this year: salty miso counterbalances the sweet panna cotta. Moreish!

I can see why many of my Japanese friends recommend Mitsuya. Compared to top sushi restaurants, the quality is on par, and the price is better. I paid $ 117 for my meal.


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Sushi Mitsuya
60 Tras Street #01-01 Singapore 078999
Tel: +65 6438 2608
12pm-3pm, 6pm-11pm, closed Sun
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Food: 7.5/10
Price: 6/10
Service: 8/10
Ambience/decor: 7/10
Overall rating: 3.563/5


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After T-Mobile And Verizon, AT&T Launches New Unlimited Data Plan

By | February 17th, 2017

Coming after both T-Mobile and Verizon jumped back onto the unlimited data plan bandwagon, AT&T has now announced plans to do exactly the same thing. The carrier’s new unlimited data plan will debut on February 17, and will be available to everyone on existing postpaid plans.

While AT&T did already offer a plan that included unlimited data, that offer was only available to those who were also DirecTV or U-Verse customers. Today’s announcement removes that requirement, opening the doors for many, many more people to take advantage of the unlimited data on offer.

As outlined by AT&T today, the new plan will also include unlimited calls, text messages, and data on four lines for $ 180 (after $ 40 credit for 4th smartphone line) while those wanting a single line will cost $ 100.

AT&T will also throw in unlimited calls from the U.S. to Canada and Mexico and unlimited texts to more than 120 countries around the world. Those on the unlimited plan will also be able to talk, text, and use data in Canada and Mexico without having to worry about roaming charges.

“We’re offering unlimited entertainment on the nation’s best data network where and when you want to enjoy more of what you love,” said David Christopher, Chief Marketing Officer of the AT&T Entertainment Group.

With AT&T joining Verizon and T-Mobile in offering an unlimited data plan, all of the biggest players in the cellular business in the United States are now once again giving their customers the chance to download as much as they want for a flat fee, or at least as much data as their acceptable use policy allows, anyway.

The vast majority of people will not have to worry about such things though, and if all you want to do is not have to worry about how much YouTube you watch while out and about, then you’re going to be just fine.

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