50 Cool 3D Street Art and Murals Around The World

Creativity can be expressed in many different forms, and one of the most powerful form of public art is the street art. However, nowadays, street artists are working in certain unconventional forms of art, by experimenting with perspective and human imagination, creating the wonderdul 3D murals.

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3D murals are made in such a way that they only can be properly seen from a particular angle. From their right viewing angle these graffitis come alive, and people who walk by can take pictures and play with the perspective.

However, no matter how much I explain in words, you can only get the complete idea of their awesomeness when you see these amazing murals yourself. So, here we have put together a showcase of mindblowing creative 3D murals, made by different artists, that are definitely awe-inspiring for their viewers.


animals IMAGE: Tracy Lee Stum


hiphop IMAGE: Odeith


kinkong IMAGE: Tracy Lee Stum


airplane IMAGE: Tracy Lee Stum


war IMAGE: Kurt Wenner


duck IMAGE: Odeithstarwars IMAGE: Tracy Lee Stum


brussels IMAGE: Kurt Wenner


letters IMAGE: Odeith


eagle IMAGE: Tracy Lee Stum


ice IMAGE: 3DEdgar Müllerwaterfall IMAGE: Edgar Müller


stairs IMAGE: Tracy Lee Stum


trees IMAGE: Zolidelphia

IMAGE: Kurt Wenner


neworlean IMAGE: Tracy Lee Stum


door IMAGE: Tracy Lee Stum


wildrodeo IMAGE: Kurt Wenner


malta IMAGE: Odeith


letters IMAGE: Odeith


wall IMAGE: RubberShark Creative IMAGE: Tracy Lee Stum


elefant IMAGE: Tracy Lee Stum


money IMAGE: Odeith


crocodile IMAGE: Odeith


girl IMAGE: Leon Keer


india IMAGE: Tracy Lee Stum


teaparty IMAGE: Kurt Wenner


money IMAGE: Kurt Wenner


chinese IMAGE: Kurt Wenner


octopus IMAGE: Odeith


tools IMAGE: Odeith


ice IMAGE: Julian Beever


whale IMAGE: Julian Beever


gold IMAGE: Julian Beever


cups IMAGE: Tracy Lee Stum


egypt IMAGE: Tracy Lee Stum


skyscarper IMAGE: Tracy Lee Stum


horses IMAGE: Kurt Wenner


mummy IMAGE: Kurt Wenner


redletters IMAGE: Odeith


rat IMAGE: Odeith


boat IMAGE: Julian Beever


money IMAGE: Julian Beever


dubai IMAGE: Tracy Lee Stum


cars IMAGE: Tracy Lee Stum


game IMAGE: Tracy Lee Stum


spray IMAGE: Odeith


southcarolina IMAGE: Odeith


venice IMAGE: Tracy Lee Stum

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Weekend Bites #3 – Racing towards Chinese New Year in a Ferrari

Hi friends! Welcome back to Weekend Bites! Have we kept you waiting for too long?

For those who are new here, every Friday evening is the time that you absolutely have to visit our site. A new issue will go live just in time for you to plan your lunch or dinner dates for the weekend. Ranging from the latest restaurants in town and exciting new menus to must-attend foodie events, we’ve absolutely got your back.

This week, we bring you the coolest in town (literally). So, buckle up and hold on tight! It’s the last weekend before CNY.

STRAY by Fatcat

For lazy cats who just wanna lepak their weekend away

Stray from your favourite cafes only for worthy reasons. And I have one for you – to up your Insta game with STRAY by Fatcat’s innovative creations that are unlike any other. Plus, we think the minimalistic design of the cafe is a perfect backdrop for photos. Apart from their highly sought after desserts, go for the Black Pepper Wagyu Bowl ($ 22, $ 20 for lunch special. The harmonious play of ingredients makes you wanna sing. STRAY will launch their full menu in February, so let’s anticipate the surprises that will be in store for us.



Picnic Singapore

For big groups that can’t decide on what to eat

It’s time that the food halls in Singapore get an upgrade, and hooray – Picnic did just that. Additionally, if you’re a fan of nature, Picnic is totally up your alley. With so many trees in the forest, how do you always know which one to pick? As usual, that’s what we’re here for! This huge Meatball Pizza ($ 18) feeds 2 not-so-hungry souls nicely, but you’re obviously welcomed to wolf another down. Lastly, help yourself to some Parmesan cheese to give you that extra cheesy kick! This babe has got a pizza my heart.



Address: #03-15, Wisma Atria, 435 Orchard Road, Singapore 238877

Website: http://www.picnicsg.com/

Opening Hours: Opening Hours: 10am to 10pm daily.

The Coffee Academics

For the caffeine slaves who need a perk-me-up

The famous Hong Kong coffee chain has sneaked their way into Raffles City last month, without too much of a big hoo-ha. They have been labelled as one of the best cafes in Southeast Asia, so you know they are serious about what they do. Have a cuppa of their highly acclaimed coffee, such as the Pepper Agave Latte ($ 7.50) that will brew your mind. Tickle your tastebuds with this unique concoction – raw agave nectar as a natural sweetener combined with freshly ground black pepper. Don’t be taken aback by the weird flavours too early; you might be one of the those who swear by this coffee after a sip.




For town-dwellers looking for a quick dinner fix

Seorae made a decision to move their dessert menu downstairs (literally) to their latest F&B venture, Patbingsoo. Indulge in premium k-bbq meats at Seorae, then end off with a Big Bang with some refreshing desserts – doesn’t it sound like a perfect plan already? The Apgujeong Bingsoo ($ 14.90) is a mountain of cheesy toppings – cheese, cheese sauce, cheesecake, cheese wafer and vanilla ice cream. While you’re there, explore their adventurous menu of Korean fusion food which includes Patbingsoo Beef and Chips (whoa) and Fried Samgyupsal (whoa whoa).



Les Amis

For proud worshippers of truffle

We can’t deny it – Truffle is just another name for heaven. Are you obsessed with this exorbitant fungus, like we are, and proud of it? Then, Les Amis’s new truffle series – The Black Diamonds of Gastronomy will keep you smiling like a fool. Only available until the end of February, catch these culinary delights that will wow you. You may take your pick from 3 different set menus starting from $ 185++ per pax and spend the night of your life savouring dishes like la langoustine de loctudy (langoustine from loctudy with courgette and an emulsion of extra virgin olive oil).



Address: 1 Scotts Road, #01-16, Shaw Centre, Singapore 228208

Opening Hours: Mon-Sun, Lunch 12.00pm (Last seating at 1.45pm). Mon-Thurs, Dinner 7.00pm (Last seating at 9.00pm). Fri-Sun, Dinner 6.30pm (Last seating at 9.00pm).

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lesamisrestaurant

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 the cafes listed above. We will verify and update from our side. Thanks in advance!

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Wan Ping fixates her attention on food so much that it almost drives her boyfriend mad at times. When she is not stuffing herself silly or churning out those creative juices, Wan Ping indulges in her guilty pleasure – Korean dramas, and yet again decides to resign herself to her fate of gluttony.

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Text Expander Apps for Windows – Best of

You may be able to type faster on the keyboard, but at some point you get tired of typing repetitive words. From writing your email address to typing some common words that you frequently use, repetitive typing can be a big productivity killer. However, a text expander app can be the perfect solution for this problem.

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Text expander apps allow you to automatically fill commonly used long sentences with short abbreviations or keyboard shortcuts. Although it does require some initial setup as you need to specify phrases and their triggers, but it’s all worth it when it helps you save hours of your time.

If you are convinced to try out a text expander app, then we know a handful of good ones. Below is a list of the best text expander apps for Windows.


It’s an easy-to-use text expansion app that’s completely free for personal use. It allows you to use both keyboard shortcuts and abbreviation text as triggers to automatically input specified phrases. There are many built-in templates to help you get started, and you can take advantage of smart search to automatically search for queries on different websites right from your text editor.



Additionally, its built-in autocorrect is quite handy that will automatically fix most of the common mistakes. You can use boilerplate templates to fill spaces with usernames, email entries or add date and time stamps. There is also a clipboard cache feature that can record and save all copied data to clipboard and let you use it anywhere.

Apart from handy features, PhraseExpress is highly customizable and gives full control over how, where and when you would like to auto-expand text.

Price: For personal use, it is completely free. For commercial use, it costs $ 139.95/year.

Notable Features:

  • Multiple trigger methods
  • Built-in templates
  • Auto corrector
  • Unlimited clipboard history
  • Boilerplate templates


TextExpander completely focuses on offering most customizable snippets to expand text. There are no side features unlike PhraseExpress, but this is also one of its main strengths as it focuses on only what is important.

TextExpander lets you create text, images, and link based snippets with automatic time/date stamps. You can either create plain text snippets or use formatted snippets that will not lose their formatting when used. You can also create snippet groups, specify case sensitivity, add keyboard buttons, manage cursor position and more. On top of this, it will also remind you to use the snippets if you forget.



TextExpander is especially useful for programmers as it allows you to create scripts to automatically add while coding, including JavaScript, AppleScript and Shell Script. Furthermore, it comes with great team collaboration features that let you share your snippets with the whole team and manage them together.

Price: For single user package, $ 3.33/month. For team package $ 7.96/month.

Notable Features:

  • Extremely customizable
  • Snippets for programmers
  • Team management features
  • Cloud sync


FastKeys is actually an all-in-one Windows automation system that allows you to automatically control Windows programs and settings using commands. It has an extensive text expander feature that allows you to create abbreviations to automatically enter long phrases.

Unlike other text expanders, FastKeys doesn’t only work in a text editor. You can also specify abbreviations to quickly open up Windows programs or control Windows features. Its interface is dead simple and you can see the examples to quickly create your own snippets.



Additionally, it has many handy templates that you can use to get started. Apart from expanding text using abbreviations, you can create gestures that will either enter a text phrase or control a function of Windows. Similar to PhraseExpress, it can also keep a complete record of clipboard history.

The best feature of FastKeys is that its trial version includes all the features; the only limitation is that it comes with a reminder to upgrade to pro. This means that you can use the software for free forever if you don’t mind closing a popup at the start.

Price: Trial version with upgrade reminders is completely free. Paid version removes initial popup and costs $ 9.99.

Notable Features:

  • Can be used for free forever
  • Very easy to use
  • Can control Windows with abbreviations (not just a text expander)
  • Built-in templates to get you started
  • Clipboard history manager


Breevy is similar to FastKeys as it offers the ability to control Windows features along with text expansion. However, I didn’t find it to be as intuitive and it also seemed somewhat lacking in control.

Breevy interface is simple, all you need to do is to click on “New Abbreviation” or “New Launcher” button to get started. New text expanding abbreviation can be set to be applied immediately or after a trigger key, and you can also control case sensitivity.



For launching programs and files, you can specify the exact location and

whether they should be opened as administrator or not. Breevy options are quite customizable, allowing you to create abbreviations from selected text, manage data on clipboard, sync data over dropbox, and make its interface similar to TextExpander (good if you are switching from TextExpander).

Price: A single lifetime license costs $ 34.95.

Notable Features:

  • Simple interface
  • Expand text and open Windows programs
  • Cloud syncing
  • Customizable interface


Offered by NCH Software, FastFox is another easy to use text expander app that lets you set keyboard keys and abbreviations to enter long phrase. You can automatically enter text, formatted text, and even images. It interface itself is very minimal, you can click on the “Add” button to start creating abbreviations.

Unfortunately, FastFox does not offer many customization options, you can only specify a phrase and its abbreviation. Additionally, you have the option to choose from where you would like to copy the phrase.



A unique and important feature of FastFox is its smart autocomplete that learns from you. It tracks which sentences you use most often and gives you the option to automatically complete it the next time you start typing it. This feature can even remove the need of creating manual lists of abbreviations. This feature alone is enough to choose FastFox over other text expander apps.

Price: A lifetime license costs $ 39.95.

Notable Features:

  • Minimal interface
  • Text and image expansion
  • Auto-complete feature that learns from you

Some closing points

PhraseExpress is definitely the best free tool to expand texts, but no one can beat the customization option TextExpander has to offer. However, if you want best of both worlds, then give FastKeys a try as it allows you to both expand phrases and control Windows.

Another important thing to note is that all these programs have a free or trial version, so make sure you check them out before buying the paid version.

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Porta, Park Hotel Clarke Quay: Modern European Cuisine by 31 Year-Old Michael Suyanto

img_1141Porta means “door” in Italian, and Porta at Park Hotel Clarke Quay aims to be the entrance to modern European cuisine haven. (Interestingly, you can spot door motifs in the decor of the restaurant.)

Taking over the space of the now-defunct Brizo buffet restaurant, Porta is headed by Chef Michael Suyanto who led the team at Bistro du Vin for 3 years. Where they can, they make things from scratch; for example they smoke their own salmon trout ($ 18). The set lunch goes for $ 18++ (2 courses) and $ 22++ (3 courses).

I applaud this move of transforming a hotel buffet restaurant, which usually serves mediocre food, to a proper restaurant where chefs can take accountability. This seems to be the trend of many hotels.

img_1147Starters: The chilled angel hair pasta (available for lunch only) comes with avruga caviar and Japanese kombu seaweed, drizzled with truffle oil. The angel hair pasta is thicker than the usual angel hair, more like mee kia texture, and while this isn’t bad, it is ordinary; more of a crowdpleaser than a signature.

img_1152The Spanish Octopus ($ 18) uses octopus leg from Ria de Arousa, which is grilled too charred. But it is on a tangy and slightly spicy patatas bravas, making the dish fun.

img_1160Foie gras ($ 24) is huge and competent: it is paired with onion marmalade, and sprinkled with crushed pink dragee. (Don’t worry, dragee is not a young drag queen, it’s a candy with a hard shell like M&Ms.)

img_1185The mains are the best part of this meal. Imported from France, the ravioles de royans ($ 22) are mini squares filled with 2 types of cheeses. It comes with tomato coulis and pesto Genovese, and the flavor is not unlike cheddar.

img_1208Porta has the tendency to over-grill the meat. Like the octopus, the porta burger‘s ($ 23) angus beef patty is too charred on the surface, but this works surprisingly well because the bitterness of the char is undercut by the sweetness of the ketchup and caramelized onions. On top of the flavors, there is the umami from cheddar cheese and smoked bacon. Very shiok to eat.

img_1192While I like the burger, I (and everyone else) adore the iberico pork secreto ($ 26). First sous vide for 4 hours and then roasted, the high marbling of the shoulder blade secretes extremely umami juices; it is indeed a doorway to heaven. Interestingly, instead of the usual apple sauce and mustard on the side, a pommery mustard is glazed on it, giving it a sweetness and complexity. This is a MUST ORDER.

img_1230The desserts are ok. Coconut blancmange ($ 12) is a coconut custard topped with passionfruit coulis: sour and refreshing. The Valrhona chocolate ($ 14) is a standard chocolate lava cake.

I wish the service was more attentive and had topped up my water more often and I wish the restaurant takes more risks, be more creative, instead of the safe menu which may be boring to some. All that said, Porta is a pretty good restaurant which serves fine-dining food at affordable prices. There are zero bad dishes, one good dish (burger), and one mindblowing pork.



Porta Restaurant
1 Unity Street, Park Hotel Clarke Quay, Singapore 237983
T: +65 6593 8855

Food: 6.75/10
Price: 6.75/10
Service: 6/10
Ambience/decor: 6.5/10
Overall rating: 3.25/5

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14 WordPress Themes to Getting 2017 off to a Good Start

Trying to sift among hundreds of paid and free WordPress themes to find the best possible web design solutions can be overwhelming, especially for a beginner. Eventually, all the themes begin to look the same, and not knowing exactly what to look for in a theme only compounds the problem.

If this sounds familiar, read on. We’ve spelled out some key things to look for, and provided a list of 14 great WordPress themes to get the New Year off to a great start.

To avoid the necessity of another search effort, you want to select a theme featuring an aesthetically pleasing and modern design. Such a theme can be expected to have some staying power, and should contain features like,

Now that we know what are the things that one can look for in a good WordPress theme, let us take a look at the following list of some of the best themes available on the Internet, along with their amazing features.

  • Be Theme

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    be themes

    This popular multipurpose theme is one of the biggest WordPress themes ever, in terms of features, options, and pre-built websites. With a strong user community of 30,000, Be theme boasts of a 4.79 star ThemeForest rating.

    With Be theme, you can produce any type of website, blog, or portfolio you want. Its selection of 230+ pre-built websites practically guarantees success. If you or your client can envision an awesome website, Be theme has the tools to make it a reality.

    be themes

    be themes

    The professionally-designed pre-built websites are modern, aesthetically pleasing, completely customizable, and feature functionality that enables you to create one engaging UX after another.

    Muffin Builder 3 and Visual Composer are your page-building and editing options, a large selection of shortcodes eliminates any need for coding, and if you want to start a page from scratch, it’s as easy as can be. Be theme is Responsive, Retina Ready, loaded with design options and elements, and the support that is second-to-none.

  • The Core

    the core

    the core

    The Core was built with the professional designers in mind, but don’t let that worry you if you’re still somewhat of a newbie. This WordPress theme’s 154,000+ users represent all skill levels. Using The Core theme is so intuitive, that you don’t need any special technical skills, or do any coding, to create absolutely delightful websites; and do so quickly.

    The Core theme’s thematic demos are easy to install and customize. They will help you get any project off to a fast start, after which, the Visual Builder will make it easy for you to maintain your momentum. This frontend page builder lets you see what you’re doing in real time. In doing so, it speeds up the entire design process.

    Documentation includes more than 100 informative articles, and a selection of video tutorials come with the package.

  • Enfold



    Easy in customizing, plenty of available options, and highly flexible, Enfold is a great multi-purpose WordPress theme. It is also a ThemeForest best seller, designed to be used by any skill level. You can either start your design activity with a demo or start from scratch.

    Whatever approach you take, be prepared to pleasantly surprise your clients with quality websites that are always delivered on time, or ahead of time. Your clients will also appreciate your ability to offer prototypes of proposed designs.



    The demos are easy to customize, and you can even select elements from several demos if doing so will help you build a page. You’ll find a wide selection of menu and header options, plus, Enfold makes creating an attention-getting portfolio a piece of cake, thanks to its attractive selection of customizable portfolio templates.

  • Divi 3.0



    Divi has always been a popular WordPress theme, and its popularity seems to increase with each major new version release. This is certainly the case with Divi 3.0, with one of the fastest and efficient page builders you’ll find anywhere, the Divi Builder.



    This front end page builder and editor are worth a close look, as are the other features of this premium multipurpose WordPress theme.

  • Hestia Pro

    hestia pro

    hestia pro

    Hestia Pro is a slick, one-page Material Design theme that’s especially suited for startups and other businesses.

    It is a responsive design theme that ensures your site will always be mobile-friendly and provides perfect results on all devices, no matter how you choose to configure it. Hestia Pro features a top-of-the-line page builder, it’s WooCommerce compatible, as well as SiteOrigin Page Builder.

    hestia pro

    hestia pro

  • Houzez



    Houzez is another specialty WordPress theme. In this case, the target website audience is the real estate sector.

    With Houzez, you can give real estate agents or agencies all the functions and features they would expect in a website designed to attract customers, showcase properties, and help them make sales.



  • KLEO



    Kleo can easily serve as a multipurpose WordPress theme, but its main strength lies in its community-oriented features and functions. Kleo is well worth considering if you are planning a site that highlights community activities and events.

    Features include a profile search, a Facebook login capability, and the tools to establish a forum. These features are generally not to be found in most WP themes.



  • Uncode



    It always helps to get a web design project off to a good start if you have a design concept in mind, and this is where Uncode shines. It is a pixel-perfect WordPress theme that offers a variety of conceptual designs that are nicely arranged in several categories.

    Once you get started, Uncode’s Adaptive Images system, its Advanced Grid System, and enhanced Visual Composer, offer a smooth sailing from start to finish.



  • TheGem

    the gem

    the gem

    TheGem’s numerous demos are easy to import, and they are highly customizable. With this creative, multipurpose toolbox, you can freely combine elements from a large array of layouts and styles, and build an attractive, high-performance website in minutes.

    You don’t have to waste time on coding since none is needed. TheGem is designed to let you make the most of your creativity.

    the gem

    the gem

  • Ultra



    Ultra is not simply another fine WordPress theme worthy of your consideration. Several features set it apart, including the Themify Builder, a selection of skins to give your websites some very unique looks, WooCommerce integration, image filters, Section Scrolling – the ability to scroll down pages, one row at a time, and a host of smart layout options.

    Last, but not least are the 60+ fully customizable and responsive pre-designed layouts.



  • Impreza



    If user ratings mean anything, Impreza’s 4.88 stars out of 5 speak volumes. An ingenious selection of unique demos is one reason behind the theme’s popularity.

    Check out the Minimal Shop Demo, the Mobile App Demo, or the One Page Demo, to see for yourself. The best way to find out if Impreza is the solution you’re looking for is to give it a test drive. You can do so for free.



  • XStore



    If you’ve been procrastinating about building an online store because of the challenges involved, there’s really no need to continue to do so.

    XStore makes everything easy. This elegant, carefully-developed theme has just the right tools, pages, and settings you need to build a professional-looking store that offers a UX guaranteed to generate trust. Experience e-commerce as it should be – fun and easy.



  • Kalium

    If working with a theme that’s both clean and minimal appeals to you, give Kalium a good, close look. This superbly organized, minimalist theme is a great choice for beginners, even though it was built for professionals.

    Visual Composer is its page builder, it’s WooCommerce ready, and its highly useful selection of popular plugins offer plenty of versatility. The Kalium package also contains a nice selection of valuable bonus elements.



  • TheFox

    the fox

    the fox

    This multipurpose theme is perfect for almost every site-building need. TheFox is smart, responsive, and flexible. It requires no coding, and it comes with 30 intricately-detailed, easy to customize pre-built home page designs.

    Visual Composer and 4 premium plugins help make up the package. TheFox is well documented and the tech support is world class. Check out the demos and the video tutorial to see for yourself.



  • Whether it’s a multipurpose theme, or one that is more specialized, there’s something here for almost anyone. Some of these themes have been around for a few years, while others are somewhat new. Each of these premium WordPress themes is popular, highly rated, and a good choice for beginners and professionals alike.

    Whichever you choose, you’ll be in good shape to get your 2017 web design activities off to a great start.

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    13 Types Of Singaporean Girls You Will Inevitably Wind Up Dating

    What’s your type of Singaporean Girl?

    Tinder, OKCupid to Paktor. No matter which app you’ll use to get the girl, you’ll finally have to date the girl. And that’s when you really get to know the girl behind the profile photo.  

    We’ve narrowed down 13 girls you’ll wind up dating in the Singaporean singles scene – Monthsary Monica, Jiak Kantang Jennifer to Spot-Check Sally – they could even be your GFs already. And yes, we drew alliterative inspiration from SMRT’s definition of “good girls”, Hush-Hush Hannah and Give-Way Glenda. 

    1. Spot-check Sally

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    Liking a picture of a hot chick on Instagram is your definition of living life on the edge, because Sally watches your activities like a hawk. You can expect the paggro “Wah! Got time to like other people photo, no time to reply my whatsapp” the very second you double-tap. 

    2. Monthsary Monica



    Every milestone is a cause for celebration. No aspect of your relationship is too uneventful for her – from the first time you met each other’s parents to the first time you farted in front of each other. Your life mission will be thinking of surprise ideas to outdo last week’s celebration. 

    3. Pamper-me Patricia 



    Not only are you her designated chauffeur when she’s “immobilized” after a pedicure, you also have to plan for regular staycations and carry her hand-bag in public. You’re the dude you swore you wouldn’t be, sitting around at Charles and Keith and peeling the prawns of her hokkien mee.

    4. Office-Lady Olivia  



    Branded handbag from Reebonz, check. Pencil Skirt, check. Intimate knowledge of the office’s juiciest gossip, double check. You don’t have to buy The New Paper when you date her – you’re automatically subscribed to daily updates of the office politics, scandals and the lowdown incompetencies of the HR department. But she’s also decisive, and never answers “anything? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯” when asked where to go for dinner. Because that’s just the strong go-getter you fell in love with. 

    5. Sephora Junkie Stephanie


    You’re really dating a multi-colored zebra. Source: @sephorasg

    Your familiarity with eye-liners and mascara will increase exponentially with every date – where you’ll spend most of the date’s duration loitering outside Watsons, Innisfree, and Sephora. But it won’t be long before you’re summoned inside. 

    Her hands are fully covered in testers, and she still needs your hands to try more colours. Accordingly, you’ve also discovered the best makeup removers money can buy.   

    6. Book-out Beverly 

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    She’s the one waiting at Pasir Ris Interchange for you to book out from camp. Even the peeping-toms won’t faze her, because she’s devoted to you. Never mind that it’s been days since you washed your No.4, she’ll hug you like she’s immune to bad smells. 

    Don’t worry about that separation anxiety though, cause we all know that an NSF boyfriend is the best thing ever

    7. Bro-chick Beatrice


    Brochick – hot girl that also has bro-like qualities, which make her awesome for all things bro-related. Source

    She plays LAN, skateboards and doesn’t think twice about watching soccer till 3AM at your favorite sports bar. The best part: she supports the same team as you! While you couldn’t wait to show her off to your bros, it’s now clear they like her more than you. You best keep her closer – in the backseat of your rover – because she’s one with mass appeal.

    8. Jiak Kantang Jennifer


    The England is powerful with this one. But don’t worry, she’ll graciously pardon your bad grammar, if you put up with her singing “Tong Hua” over and over at your Teo Heng KTV dates. Brownie points to her for trying to make conversation with your Mandarin-speaking parents though. It’s taken awhile, but watching her mangle her intonation is actually rather endearing. 

    9. SIA Stewardess Sharon (and crew)



    Almost a rite of passage, almost all true-blue Singaporean men have dated (or tried to woo, albeit unsuccessfully) a lady in blue batik. London, Paris, Korea, she’s jet-setting everywhere. But long-haul flights never faze her. Her hair will never be out of place and she’s ready to service you with a smile, every time you see her 😉

    10. Xiao Mei Mei Michelle



    You’ll know her for her undying love for Hello Kitty and all things kawaii. You’ll even go so far as to queue hours for her at Changi Airport’s Hello Kitty Cafe. Her cute exterior helps you overlook the creative liberties she takes with her FB name (Michelle Fatdieme Lovesyoumuch Cutiepiepie Lim) and her texting vocabulary  – Thank euuz, aiyahh, eeyeer, dardar. 

    11. SPG Samantha



    “I can’t resist white meat, okay.” And she isn’t talking about the chicken she’s eating with you at Astons, because her western inclinations go beyond just food. She’ll tell you that she doesn’t usually date Asian men and that you’re an exception. Let’s see how long it takes for her to shake off the fake ang moh accent.

    12. Household Hackster Hilda



    This girl aced home econs in school – cooking, baking, she’s proficient at ironing too. She’s also the girl who goes gaga over household products every time she steps into Daiso and IKEA. A girl of this calibre is one who’ll win over your fussy mother. 

    13. Insurance Agent Ida



    She was way out of your league in school, but one fine day she asks you out for coffee out of the blue. The date goes well and you think you’ve bagged the girl. That’s until she starts pitching to you viable hospitalization plans for your income bracket and outlining steps you have to take to financial freedom. 

    No Shortage of Great Singaporean Girls


    We may have a shortage of people on MRTs with proper travel etiquette – not many commuters are giving way like Glenda says they should – but one thing’s for sure, we aren’t short of great girls you’ll date and finally wind up with. 

    With 960 males for every 1000 females in Singapore (2016), odds are you’re going to find a keeper in your larger dating pool. We girls on the other hand have to settle for you guys and YOUR idiosyncratic behaviour. So count yourself lucky and don’t complain, we’ve heard enough from upset MRT commuters already!

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    How to control Windows with only a keyboard

    No need to worry if you have lost access to your PC mouse, you can still control your PC just with the keyboard. Your PC keyboard offers all the keys and shortcuts to perform almost all of the Windows functions. You can even learn these handy keyboard shortcuts to boost productivity.

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    In this post, we will tell you everything you need to know about controlling your Windows PC when you have just the keyboard at your disposal. Of course, it requires memorizing the function of some keys or shortcuts, but in the time of need, it’s worth it. Let’s take a look at the following shortcuts and their functionalities.

    Important keyboard keys to control Windows:

    • Arrow Keys: These keys allow you to move up, down, left and right on a page or a menu (where it is possible).
    • Enter: To execute any command or confirm a dialog, you need to press the Enter key.
    • Spacebar: Usually used for scrolling, but when you are using just the keyboard, you can use it to enable/disable different options in the check box via Control Panel or System Properties. The Enter key will not change options inside a dialog.
    • Tab: Simply allows you to move to the next item, text field or link on a page. The Tab key highlights anything clickable on a page for your interaction.
    • Shift: Allows you to use a different or opposite version of a key or function to change its behaviour. For example, press Shift + Tab, and the Tab key will move you backwards on a page instead of forward.
    • Ctrl: This is used in conjunction with other keys to quickly perform different actions. Here is a list of shortcuts you can use with the Ctrl button.
    • Windows Key: The Key with a Windows logo on it is called the Windows key. It can be used to start menu and combinable with other keys to perform different actions. The Windows key, however, may not be able to control functions of third-party apps. Here is a list of shortcuts you can perform using the Windows key.
    • Menu Key: Located between Spacebar and the Ctrl key on the right side of the keyboard, the Menu key allows you to navigate through arrow keys. Its function is similar but not an alternative to the right-click as it only opens menu for highlighted item. If you don’t find this button on your keyboard, then you can press Shift + F10 for alternative shortcut.
    • Page Up/Page Down: These buttons will move you to a single page up or down on the screen for quick scrolling. A page is usually the size of the content you are currently seeing on your screen.

    Reaching the Desktop

    By pressing Windows Key + D will take you to the desktop from anywhere. Whether you want to select an operating system, cancel disk check or enter your Windows password, all can be effortlessly done with Arrow keys and the Enter button.

    Interacting with the Desktop items

    You cannot navigate between desktop items with the Arrow keys, and so you need to bring focus to the desktop items in order to move between them. Since you don’t have access to the mouse you will have to resort to an alternative.

    Pressing the Tab key on the desktop will start switching the focus between desktop and items on the taskbar. Press the Tab key multiple times to move the focus to the desktop.

    When an item on the desktop is highlighted, use Arrow keys to move between the items and press the Enter key to launch/open an item.

    open launch items

    open launch items

    Interacting with the Start Menu items

    You can press the Windows key to activate the Start menu. In the Start menu, you can use the up/ down arrow keys to move between items and press the right arrow key to move to the section on the right side of the Start menu (tiles in Windows 10), or use the jump list if available.

    You can also use the Tab key to move to the each section of the Start menu.

    tab key moving through start menu

    tab key moving through start menu

    The same instructions apply to Windows 8 users, but they will be moved to the “Start screen” instead of the Start menu.

    Interacting with the Taskbar

    As mentioned above, you can press the Tab key on the desktop to move between taskbar items and press the enter key to open one. In case you have pinned items on the taskbar, press Windows key + corresponding number to quickly open that program.

    For example, if your browser is pinned at 3rd number in the taskbar, then you can press Windows key + 3 to open your browser immediately. Same shortcut will be used when you need to minimize or maximize an already opened program.

    Using the File Explorer

    You can press Windows key + E to open the File Explorer (My Computer), or navigate to it from the desktop or the start menu.

    Inside the File Explorer, you can use arrow keys, Tab key and the Enter key to navigate and access files/folders. You can press and hold the Alt key and use the left and right arrows to move backward or forward between folders.

    If you want to select multiple items, then press and hold the Shift key and use the arrow keys to start selecting multiple items. Once selected, you can press the Menu key (or Shift + F10 ) to open menu for the selected items (simply put, right-click on them).

    Use your Browser with Keyboard shortcuts

    Most of the keys and shortcuts mentioned in this guide function in the same way for third-party applications. While it’s difficult to highlight all third party applications, we are covering the most utilised applications, which is the web browser.

    Once the browser launches, your cursor will be inside the search bar. Enter your query and hit Enter to search for it. The search results can be navigated using the arrow keys.

    If you want to access each button and link on the page, then Tab key, Arrow keys, Spacebar and Page Up/ Page Down keys will help you scroll through the page. The Tab key will help highlight clickable buttons. You can press Ctrl + T to quickly open a new tab or press Ctrl + W to close a tab.

    These instructions should be enough to do a basic search on the web. You will have to check shortcuts guide for your browser in order to learn shortcuts for specific features such as access history, bookmarks or the settings.

    Use the Mouse with the Keyboard

    Windows allows you to control your mouse with the keyboard buttons. Of course, it is not even nearly as intuitive as using an actual mouse, but when you are stuck; it can be astonishingly helpful.

    To enable mouse control with keyboard, press Left Alt + Left Shift + Num Lock keys and then press Enter to confirm the dialog that appears. You must use the Left Alt and Left Shift keys otherwise this will not work.

    mouse keys

    mouse keys

    Once enabled, you can use the keys on the numpad to move the mouse around and click on items, similar to how a mouse works. Numpad keys 8, 4, 2 and 6 are used for moving around and you can press the numpad key 5 to execute left-click.

    To right-click you must first change function of numpad key 5 to right-click by pressing the (minus) button and then use it to execute right-click.

    Here is a list of all the keys you can use to control your mouse with the keyboard. Some smaller laptops don’t have numpad keys or the touchpad is not compatible, so it can’t be applied.

    Important Keyboard shortcuts to remember

    Remembering important keyboard shortcuts will help a lot in controlling Windows and its functions in a snap. Below is a list of Windows keyboard shortcuts that will help you immensely :

    • F2 : Rename a file
    • Delete Key : To delete an item
    • Shift + Delete : Permanently delete an item
    • Ctrl + Shift + N : Create new folder
    • Ctrl + A : Select everything on a page
    • Ctrl + C : To Copy
    • Ctrl + X : To Cut
    • Ctrl + V : To Paste
    • Window Key + S : Open Windows search field
    • Ctrl + Shift + Esc : Open Task Manager
    • Alt + F4 : Close currently opened program/window
    • Windows Key + Tab : To preview and move between opened windows

    The above are just few of the basic Windows shortcuts that will make it easier to navigate and perform common tasks. I will also recommend you to go through our ultimate list of over 200 Windows keyboard shortcuts. It may become even more easy for you to use Windows with the keyboar as compared to the mouse.


    The above instructions should be more than enough to navigate Windows and work with files and folders. However at this point it is impossible to replace mouse with keyboard as the mouse is still very relevant in many situations and mandatory for using many apps and games.

    I personally prefer to skip the step to reach for my mouse, and honing keyboard shortcuts has helped me immensely. We look forward to your comment on mouse to keyboard experience.

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    Tefal Cookoff Challenge #2: Chilli Crabs Recipe!

    Here is the improved version of my chilli crab recipe.  As I mentioned in my previous article, I find that most places serve their chilli crabs with a spicy sambal which overpowers the natural sweetness of the crabs.  This recipe is closer to the original version that was invented by Mdm Cher Yam Keng in the 50’s where the sauce isn’t thickened with beaten eggs.  I lightly fry the garlic, chillies and shallots to keep the flavours bright and fresh instead of using a pre-fried sambal. The caramelising of the sugar with butter is an extra step I added to give the crabs a little of that wok hei flavour that they achieve at the restaurants by frying the crabs over high heat . The simple dried prawn stock adds lots of umami power to the dish.  You can substitute it with ikan bilis stock cubes but nothing beats a freshly made stock! Finishing it with a flambe of XO brandy gives the dish that touch of prosperity to usher in the Chinese New Year!


    Crabs 2 (800g – 1.2 kg)
    Garlic 4 cloves
    Chilli 2
    Ginger 3 cm sliced
    Shallots 4

    Sauces and seasoning
    Sugar 1 Tbsp
    Butter 30g
    Plum Sauce 6 Tbsp
    Chilli Sauce 4 Tbsp
    Tomato ketchup 2 Tbsp
    Dried prawns 1/4 cup or 30g
    Potato starch 1 Tbsp dissolved in water


    1.  Kill and prep crabs
    2.  Put sugar in pot and heat till it melts and caramelizes.  Add butter and cook till it turns brown.  Add plum, chilli and tomato sauce and set aside.
    3.  Add dried shrimps in a pot with 500ml water and simmer for 15mins and strain.
    4.  Use Tefal chopper to mince garlic, chilli and shallots.
    5.  Heat 3 Tbsp oil and fry chopped ingredients plus sliced ginger
    6.  Add crabs and toss to mix.  Fry for 2 mins
    7.  Add sauces and dried prawn stock and enough water so that half of the crabs are submerged.
    6.  Bring to simmer and cover.  Cook for 5 minutes.
    7.  Remove the lid and continue to cook for another 5 mins, stirring occasionally till sauce thickens
    8.  Add potato starch to thicken the sauce and  serve with fried mantou or toasted French Loaf.
    9.  Optional:  Add 1/4 cup of brandy and flambe it for that extra oomph!

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    Use Quantity Queries to Make Your CSS Quantity-Aware

    Quantity queries are specially set-up CSS selectors that allow developers to make their code quantity-aware. In responsive design, we usually use media queries to adapt our design to different viewports. In some cases however, we may want to switch to a different layout or use other dimensions or aesthetics after a certain quantity of the same content type is present on the screen.

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    It’s a frequent issue with dynamic websites that we don’t always know in advance how many items will be on the screen. Think about tags at the end of blog posts, product-specific filters in the navigation of eCommerce sites, or on-site search results. This is when quantity queries can give us an elegant, CSS-only solution, and save us from the hassle of using JavaScript.

    How quantity queries are composed

    We can build three kinds of quantity queries:

    1. “At-least” queries when there are more than a certain quantity of the same content type on the screen.
    2. “At-most” queries when there are less than a certain quantity of the same content type on the screen.
    3. “Between” queries when there are more than a certain quantity, but less than another quantity of the same content type on the screen.

    All three types of quantity queries are built by using the :nth-last-child CSS pseudo-class and the general sibling selector (~), while “at-most” and “between” queries also make use of the :first-child pseudo-class.

    The :nth-last-child pseudo-class behaves similarly to :nth-child, however it starts the counting from the last child, while the general sibling selector (~) selects all elements that come after a certain sibling element.

    “At-least” queries

    The most important thing to understand is that quantity queries select all elements that belong to the same parent element, as the goal is to assign the same design to all the elements that meet the quantity criteria.

    In the code snippet below, we select all <li> elements in an unordered list that contains minimum five list elements.

     /* "At-least" query */ ul li:nth-last-child(n+5), ul li:nth-last-child(n+5) ~ li {   background-color: orange; } 

    As you can see, an “at-least” query is made up of two CSS selectors. The first selector, ul li:nth-last-child(n+5) selects all <li> elements that are at least five elements far from the last child. This style rule alone is not enough though, as it doesn’t make all the elements look the same—the last four elements will keep their original style. That’s why we need to add the second selector, that selects all general siblings of the previously selected elements.

    To get back to our example code, it adds an orange background to all the elements of unordered lists that have at least five elements, while unordered lists with less than five <li> elements will keep their default (blue) color. You can test live how the “at-least” query works in the Codepen pen below.

    “At-most” queries

    “At-most” queries are also made up of two selectors, however they don’t only rely on the :nth-last-child pseudo-class, but also on :first-child. The example code below selects all <li> elements that belong to an unordered list that have maximum five list elements.

     /* "At-most" query */ ul li:nth-last-child(-n+5):first-child, ul li:nth-last-child(-n+5):first-child ~ li {   background-color: orange; } 

    The first part of the first selector, :nth-last-child(-n+5), uses a negative value that swaps the direction of the selection—it still counts from the last child (which is the built-in nature of the :nth-last-child pseudo-class), however now it will select the last five elements (i.e. the elements that are not at least five elements far from the last child). This selector selects the last five elements of any unordered list, however we only want to select those that have maximum five elements (as this way all the elements will be selected).

    That’s why we need to combine it with the :first-child pseudo-class that will select the first elements of the previously selected list elements, but only for those that are also the first child of their <ul> parent, which is only true for unordered lists that contain maximum five <li> elements.

    Now we don’t have to do anything than to add the second selector, which will select the general siblings of the previously selected :first-child elements. And that’s it, our “at-most” query is done. Y ou can play around with the CSS code in the live demo below to see how it works.

    “Between” queries

    The “between” query combines the code we’ve used for the “at-least” and “at-most” queries. The code example below selects all elements of unordered lists that contain minimum five but maximum six list elements.

     /* "Between" query */ ul li:nth-last-child(n+5):nth-last-child(-n+6):first-child, ul li:nth-last-child(n+5):nth-last-child(-n+6):first-child ~ li {   background-color: orange; } 

    To build a “between query” we concatenate the CSS selectors belonging to the appropriate “at-least” and “at-most” queries. The “at-least” query in our example is :nth-last-child(n+5), while the “at-most” query is :nth-last-child(-n+6):first-child, we simply join them with a colon.

    Use cases

    Quantity queries have many interesting use cases from content-aware navigations to automatic grid systems, here’s a collection of some of the best:

    Tools to build quantity queries

    There are some great developer tools out there that can help you build quantity queries more easily.

    Quantity query builder

    This handy quantity query builder makes the creation of quantity queries easy and straightforward. You only have to fill in three input fields (elements to be counted, type of query, amount of items), and the tool generates the quantity query you need.

    Quantity query builder

    Quantity query builder

    Quantity query mixins for SASS

    You can use these simple quantity query mixins in your Sass projects. The author, Daniel Guillan, also created a Codepen demo where you can check out the mixins in action.

    Quantity query mixins

    Quantity query mixins

    PostCSS plugin for quantity queries

    This PostCSS plugin is built on top of the aforementioned quantity query mixins, and allows you to include quantity queries into your PostCSS workflow.

    PostCSS plugin for quantity queries

    PostCSS plugin for quantity queries

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    STRAY by Fatcat – New Kitty at Orchard Central MEOW!

    Shop Front

    Shop Front



    A new cafe – STRAY by FATCAT has landed on the 4th storey of Orchard Central! Yupp, you got it right if you were wondering if FATCAT Ice Cream Bar has expanded into town! Currently, STRAY has yet to launch their full menu and thus, the range of food available is limited. Nevertheless, the design and layout of the cafe is aesthetically-pleasing and minimalistic, which is bound to please the younger crowd.

    Black Pepper Wagyu Bowl

    Black Pepper Wagyu Bowl

    With just 3 mains on the menu, the Black Pepper Wagyu Bowl ($ 22, $ 20 for lunch special) moooo-ed out to us. Cooked to a commendable tenderness, the beef was juicy and flavourful. We certainly looked forward to our favourite activity, which is bursting that sunshine of a yolk onto the fluffy rice ooooohhhh. The harmony of all the flavours, topped with gentle touches of Gari (ginger) espuma, shaped the dish into our favourite of the afternoon.

    Truffle Fries

    Truffle Fries

    Truffle fries is my Achilles’ heel. There, I said it. (Someone please tell me I’m not alone). The STRAY Truffle Fries ($ 12) remained crisp over time, making it an enjoyable snack. And the best part – it’s not the kind of fries where you feel like you’re not getting your money’s worth because of the lack of potato “liao” inside. One unique point to note is the use of Chinese spices that lent the fries an interesting flavour. While not impressive, this dish is decent if you simply wish to satisfy your cravings.

    Keep Popping

    Keep Popping

    From left: Blood (Mandarin, Shiraz, Lemon), Lychee (Lychee, Rose, Lime), Lime (Lime, Rum, Osmanthus)

    Sphere desserts are photogenic, attention-grabbing and fascinating. Keep Popping ($ 12) consists of 3 adorable molecules, just waiting to explode in your mouth. Lime stood out the most, with a refreshing burst of sourness. However, this trio of ballers ultimately failed to score a date with us girls at the table. Oops, but $ 4 a ball is just too much of a pinch.

    Black _ Gold

    Black _ Gold

    FATCAT Ice Cream Bar previously shot to fame with their iconic Charcoal Waffles with Salted Egg Yolk Sauce. Riding on their success, these guys are making an appearance here too. Now, with a revolutionary Salted Egg Soft Serve. Although I am a fan of salted egg, I have to admit that I would prefer a good old waffle dessert over this. In addition, the Black & Gold ($ 18) got us wondering “where is the charcoal??” more times than we could remember. 

    Honestly, I didn’t really get a clear picture of their concept of redefining Chinese cuisine during my meal. Hmmm, will this kitty grow into a STRAY cat? We think not, but we certainly hope that their upcoming full menu in February will be better. As for now, you can catch their Lunch Special, served with a complimentary coffee or tea, from noon to 3pm

    MissTamChiak.com made anonymous visit and paid its own meal at the cafe 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 the cafes listed above. We will verify and update from our side. Thanks in advance!

    Wan Ping Ho

    Wan Ping fixates her attention on food so much that it almost drives her boyfriend mad at times. When she is not stuffing herself silly or churning out those creative juices, Wan Ping indulges in her guilty pleasure – Korean dramas, and yet again decides to resign herself to her fate of gluttony.

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