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5-Star Hotels Offering 50% Off Restaurant Buffets In April So You Can Whack Without Splurging

50% off dinner buffets in April 2018

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Hotel buffets are an indulgence that most of us are only able to enjoy on special occasions. Even then, the hefty price tag still stings the wallet and the temptation to ta pau food home to make your money’s worth still lurks.

Lucky for us, we can dig into extravagant buffets this April without having to go broke. These 5 5-star hotels will be offering 50% off dinner buffets from 1st – 30th April

1. Seasonal Tastes @ The Westin Singapore

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Original price: From $ 88/person
DBS offer: From $ 44/person

Seasonal Tastes certainly lives up to its name – they don’t just stick to the same cuisine all the time. Friday is Seafood Night, while Saturday’s highlights are roasts and prime cuts. But don’t fret if you aren’t coming down on either day, fresh seafood and premium meat will still be served alongside handmade pastas and a wide range of desserts daily.

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Located on the 32nd floor of The Westin Singapore, the restaurant has a panoramic view of the South China Sea for you to admire as you dig into the scrumptious buffet.

Address: 12 Marina View, Level 32, Asia Square Tower 2, The Westin Singapore, S018961
Opening hours: 6.30PM – 11PM
Telephone:6922 6968

Terms and conditions:

  • Valid till 30th May
  • Offer is valid for  max. 100 daily reservations.
  • DBS General Promotions Terms and Conditions apply, please refer here

2. The Clifford Pier @ The Fullerton Bay Hotel

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Original price: $ 58/person
DBS offer: $ 29/person, only available on weekends

Heads up to fans of all Asian food – The Clifford Pier has a Heritage Dinner Buffet every weekend this April, where you’ll get to indulge in oriental dishes to your heart’s delight.

Feast on Chinese favourites such as crispy pork belly and wok-fried Hong Kong Noodles. Alternatively, you can opt dishes that hit closer to home – Feel free to devour as much satay, rojak, and chicken rice as you wish. 

Bonus: Enjoy 50% off their Heritage Set Lunch and Heritage Set Dinner on weekdays

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Signature Wagyu Beef Rendang
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Original price: From $ 35 and $ 58 respectively
DBS offer: $ 17.50 and $ 29 respectively

If you think that a full fetched buffet may be too overwhelming for you, opt for their 2 or 3 course Heritage Classics Set Lunch or 4 course Heritage Classics Set Dinner instead. You’ll get to indulge in your favourite Asian dishes, spiced up with premium ingredients, such as their Signature Wagyu Beef Rendang.

Address:Fullerton Bay Hotel, 80 Collyer Quay, S049326
Opening hours:12PM-2.30PM (weekday lunch), 6PM-10.30PM (weekday dinner/weekend buffet)
Telephone: 6597 5266

Terms and conditions:

  • Valid for min. 4 pax to dine.
  • Offer is valid for  max. 12 daily reservations.
  • DBS General Promotions Terms and Conditions apply, please refer here

3. AquaMarine @ Marina Mandarin Singapore

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Original price: $ 72/person
DBS offer: $ 36/person

AquaMarine’s food variety is huge, and we aren’t exaggerating – They cover a wide spread of International and Asian fare, including Thai and Filipino food items. And the best part: Everything’s Halal certified for all our Muslim friends to enjoy.

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Dig into a never ending supply of crabs, oysters, sashimi and prawns; You won’t need to fight with others for the servings as there’s such a large quantity of these dishes available. Be sure to grab a serving of their Hainanese Chicken Rice – It’s one of the best amongst buffets.

Address: Level 4, Marina Mandarin Singapore, 6 Raffles Boulevard, Marina Square, S039594
Opening hours: 6.30PM – 10.00PM
Telephone: 6845 1111

Terms and conditions:

  • Valid for max 50 adults daily reservations
  • Max. 5 adults per card/reservation/bill.
  • Not valid on blackout dates, eve of and PH. 
  • Not valid with other promotions, vouchers, membership/VIP card, privileges and offers, unless otherwise stated.
  • DBS General Promotions Terms and Conditions apply, please refer here

4. Lobby Lounge @ Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel

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Original price: $ 72/person
DBS offer: $ 36/person 

Lobby Lounge was originally just a cafe situated at the lobby of Singapore Marriott Tangs Hotel where guests can be commonly found delighting in their afternoon tea. But they’ve decided to appeal to the popularity of Marriott Cafe’s dinner buffet, expanding the space to allow us to indulge in the same buffet in a cosier atmosphere. 

Must-tries include premium meat dishes like Crispy Pork Saddle with Pancetta Prune and Sage which is unique to the cafe. 

Address: 310 Orchard Road, S238864
Opening hours:7AM – 10PM
Telephone:6831 4605

Terms and conditions:

  • Valid till 30th April.
  • Reservations are required and confirmed on a first come first serve basis.
  • DBS General Promotions Terms and Conditions apply, please refer here

5. Town Restaurant @ The Fullerton Hotel

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Original price: $ 59/person
DBS offer: $ 29.50/person, min 4 pax

Fullerton Hotel has a branding that’s associated with luxury and their in-house restaurant, Town Restaurant is no different: They’ve got a whole range of Western and Asian fare. Their best dishes include their Town Laksa, Fish Curry and Nasi Goreng; So for all you local food junkies, Town Restaurant will definitely satisfy your cravings.

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Do request for outdoor seats to enjoy a scenic view of the Singapore River while indulging in your favourite food.

Address: 1 Fullerton Square, S049178
Opening hours: 6.30PM – 10.30PM
Telephone:6877 8128

Terms and conditions:

  • Valid for min. 4 pax to dine.
  • Offer is valid for max. 12 daily reservations.
  • DBS General Promotions Terms and Conditions apply, please refer here

Enjoy half-priced hotel buffets with DBS

From 1st – 30th April, all DBS/POSB cardholders will get to indulge with these dinner buffets at half price. All you’ve got to do is use your card for payment to enjoy the promotion.

To keep up with future promotions, download the DBS Lifestyle Apphere.

Find out more about DBS’ promotions here!


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Tech Deals: $340 Off Surface Book 2, $50 Off Apple TV 4K, Apple Pencil, More

By | April 22nd, 2018

Once again we have wondrous technology deals literally spilling out of our hands. Each deal is designed to get some wonderful technology into your hands without having to pay full price for the pleasure.

Starting off, we have an incredible discount of $ 340 on the Microsoft Surface Book 2 which means you can grab it for only $ 1,659 as opposed to the $ 1,999 retail price.

Next up, we have the Apple TV 4K 32GB with a 27% discount, as well as the Apple Pencil with $ 6 slashed off the original price. There’s more where that came from, so take some time to read through the deals, find something that genuinely piques your interest, and make sure to make the purchase before the deal runs out or the stock levels deplete. Happy shopping, folks!

Apple TV 4K – 32GB ($ 129.99, usually $ 179)

This model is latest Apple TV 4K set-top box. It carries on where the fourth-generation Apple TV left off by offering the same physical product design, the same Siri-powered remote, but with the addition of 4K HDR functionality. This model offers 32GB of internal storage, an HDMI port, and access to the tvOS App Store for the installation of additional apps.

Buy: Apple TV 4K – 32GB from eBay: $ 129.99 | Original price: $ 179

Microsoft 13.5-inch Surface Book 2 ($ 1,659 at check out, usually $ 1,999)

If you have been wanting to purchase one of Microsoft’s stunning Surface Book notebooks but certainly couldn’t have paid the full price, then you definitely need to watch this deal with a keen eye. You’re going to get a 13.5-inch display with an Intel Core i7 8th generation processor, an internal 8GB of RAM and a 256GB hard drive for apps and storage. Grab this stunning piece of kit right now.

Buy: Microsoft 13.5-inch Surface Book 2 from eBay: $ 1,659 | Original price: $ 1,999

Protection Kit for Nintendo Switch with Carrying Case and Screen Protector ($ 11.17, usually $ 19.99)

This kit is going to give you everything that you need to accompany your Nintendo Switch purchase. This protection kit will ensure that your Switch hardware is kept safe at all times and even comes with an excellent and affordable carrying case with a screen protector. You wouldn’t think twice about protecting a smartphone or tablet in this manner, so you should definitely be considering this for your Switch.

Buy: Protection Kit for Nintendo Switch with Carrying Case and Screen Protector from Amazon: $ 11.17 | Original price: $ 20

Apple Pencil for iPad ($ 93.49, usually $ 99)

If you have an iPad Pro or latest iPad 6 then you can get this Apple Pencil for discounted price in order to take your creativity to next level.

Buy: Apple Pencil for iPad Pro from Amazon: $ 93.49 | Original price: $ 99

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Unagiya Ichinoji: Miyagawa Honten’s First Unagi Restaurant in Singapore

If you recall, in my previous story of Singapore’s love affair with the unagi,  I talked about the impending shortage of unagi next year as fishermen reported a 80% decline in the catch rate for baby eels this season.  The owners of Uya were just lamenting about the bad timing of the opening of their restaurant earlier this year.  The last thing you would expect is for yet another new unagi restaurant to open in Singapore, right?

Well, it just happened.  And this time, it’s not a home grown brand.  This new restaurant is opened by Miyagawa Honten, one of Tokyo’s most well known unagi restaurants.  Founded in 1898, Miyagawa Honten is one of those pricier places to eat unagi don in Japan.  A bowl of eel on rice there will set you back roughly S$ 40.  That’s relatively expensive when the average bowl of unagi don would go for around S$ 12-$ 15 in summer when the Japanese would eat unagi as it is believed that eel meat will give increased stamina during the hot summer months.

How is it then, that this venerable Japanese restaurant would  still be able to charge $ 19.80 for a small bowl of unagi don?  When you compare the price of a comparable sized  hitsumabushi with Man Man and Uya, its $ 32.80 price tag is also lower!  What is most mystifying is how it can actually be cheaper to eat the same bowl of hitsumabushi here than in Tokyo?

Well, the answer is actually very straightforward — What you are getting in Singapore is not exactly the same as what you are getting in Tokyo!

What Miyagawa brings to the table is their secret sauce and expertise in cooking the unagi, but the rice and the eel are different from what you get in Japan.  Oh, they do use live eels just like Man Man and Uya, but the eels are imported from a farm in Indonesia and they are of a different sub species.  Whereas the the other two restaurants use Japanese eel, anguilla japonica, the one which will suffer a drastic plunge in supply next year,  Unagiya Ichinoji’s partner actually owns the eel farm in West Java which breeds the Indonesian shortfin eel, anguilla bicolor!

Pound for pound, the price of the baby eels of the Japanese variety is roughly 10x that of the Indonesian eels. So the cost of breeding the Indonesian variety is considerably lower.  If you factor in the lower transportation costs of shipping the eels from Indonesia as opposed to Japan or Taiwan, then you start to understand how they can price the unagi don so competitively.

So now, the $ 64K question.  Can you taste the difference?

In short:  Yes and no.

One thing you will have to bear in mind is that the unagi here is prepared Kanto style.  That means that the eel is first grilled, then steamed for 15mins, then grilled again before serving.  The other two restaurants prepare theirs Kansai style which omits the steaming step.  So yes, there is a difference in the texture of the unagi.  Because of the steaming, the eel is softer and more tender while with the Kansai style the skin of the eel is more crisp and the flesh is not as tender and melt in your mouth.

Flavour wise, I really can’t tell the difference between the Indonesian eel and Japanese eel especially when it is slathered in the unagi sauce.  According to the eel farmer, neither can most Japanese connoisseurs, including the owner of Miyagawa Honten himself!

Personally, I like the hitsumabushi at all three restaurants.  I’d go to Man Man for the whole wasabi root you get to grate yourself, but the queue there is quite intimidating.  As for the sauce, my preference is for the one at Uya which is less sweet than Man Man’s.  The other advantage with Uya is that you can actually make reservations there so you don’t have to queue.  I’d come to this place for the Kanto style, tender, melt in your mouth eel and for its cheaper pricing.   The fact that the eels come from Indonesia is not a deal breaker for me.  4.5/5

For the Singapore restaurant, they are also offering two other styles of unagi don.  One is the seiro mushi which is the style originating from Yanagawa, Fukuoka.  Here, the grilled unagi is placed on top of rice which has already been flavoured with unagi sauce and shredded eggs before it is steamed for a further 5 mins.

The other style is mamushi donburi where the eels is similarly placed atop rice that has been flavoured with unagi sauce and shredded eggs.  Before eating, you are to mix in an onsen egg, mentaiko and grated yamaimo.

Personally, I still prefer hitsumabushi as my favourite way of eating it is to mix it with wasabi, nori and negi, plus extra sauce.  The the premixed rice in both the mamushi donburi and seiro mushi was just too dry for me. 4/5

 Conclusion

Competition is good!  Now we have yet another place to enjoy unagi in Singapore!

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You Can Now Create Your Own Alexa Skills With Amazon’s New Skill Blueprints

By | April 21st, 2018

Amazon’s Echo devices are already pretty capable as they are, but with the addition of skills, users are able to add features that are not part of the standard Alexa setup.

Those skills are normally put together by either companies or like-minded individuals who know their way around a programming language or at least have more know-how than the average bear. That’s always been a barrier to entry for those wanting to build their very own skills, but now Amazon has a solution. Welcome to Skill Blueprints.

Accessible via blueprints.amazon.com and currently only available to those who have their Echo devices set up for US English as of right now, blueprints are a new way to create Alexa skills that do not require any real knowledge of how to build apps. In fact, building skills will be immediately familiar to anyone who uses services such as IFTTT or Zapier, with templates available for all kinds of scenarios. These templates can then be edited for particular use-cases before being pushed out to a user’s Amazon account and thus their Echo devices.

One example of this is a skill designed for babysitters, with users able to fill in fields for all manner of things like medications that may be required, or allergies that sitters need to be aware of. The skill allows a babysitter to ask Alexa simple questions and receive answers that would not normally be available, just like any other skill.

There is plenty there to play with right now, although Amazon does not give you as much control as you may like. Skills can only present standard text-based responses for Alexa to relay, so no playing music etc as part of a blueprint skill, unfortunately.

Limitations aside, this is an important step for Alexa and one that Amazon should arguably have taken before now. Expect blueprints to grow, too, with more wriggle room given to those who want to create more, increasingly complicated skills in time.

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NEX Has Free Avengers Movie Screenings & Exclusive Plushies Marvel Fans Cannot Miss

Avengers: Infinity War event at NEX

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In less than a week, Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) fans can rejoice as the 10-year long wait to catch Black Panther, Iron Man, and Star-Lord sharing the screen will finally be realised when Avengers: Infinity War hits theatres.

If that’s too long a wait, count your lucky stars and stripes cause NEX will be assembling all the Avengers from now till 1st May 2018. Let your inner Marvel fanboy hulk out as you take part in a bevy of Captain America-approved activities from playing VR games to assembling your very own superhero gun! Here’s what you can expect.

1. Take photos with life-sized figures of Marvel superheroes

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Head to NEX Atrium and you’ll probably think that you just broke into the set of Avengers 4 as life-sized figures of heroes like Iron Man, Doctor Strange, and Black Panther will be splayed all over the area. Trick your friends into thinking that you’ve attended Infinity War’s Hollywood premiere by snapping pics with these lifelike sculptures.

Nex Avengers - Black PantherBe careful to not damage them though – these beauties cost more than $ 39,000!

Location: NEX Atrium, Level 1
Date: 20th April – 1st May 2018
Time: 12PM – 8PM daily
Admission: Free

2. Play games like a VR Iron Man simulation and a NERF shootout for free 

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Tony who? Step into the shoes suit of the “genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist” himself in this VR game where you blast enemies as Iron Man.

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If you’re gunning to be the next Black Widow or Hawkeye, then there’s no better way to test your marksmanship skills than at the games station which is equipped with NERF guns.

Location: NEX Atrium, Level 1
Date: 20th April – 1st May 2018
Time: 12PM – 8PM daily
Admission: Free

3. Catch free screenings of past MCU movies

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Imagine the horror of jio-ing someone out to catch Infinity War, only to find out that -gasp- they haven’t watched a single MCU movie! Show them the right way by bringing them to catch free screenings of past MCU movies at the Atrium, happening till 29th April 2018. Hopefully, you’ll add another member to #TeamMarvel.

Here’s the film schedule*:

  • 21st April 2018: Iron Man 3
  • 22nd April 2018: Guardians of The Galaxy
  • 28th April 2018: Captain America: Civil War
  • 29th April 2018: Guardians of The Galaxy Vol. 2

*All films will be shown at 7PM.

Location: NEX Atrium, Level 1
Time: 7PM
Admission: Free

4. Redeem exclusive Avengers collectibles and stand a chance to win a trip to New York

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Plushies are to Singaporeans what Infinity Stones are to Thanos – we can’t resist them. Luckily, you won’t have to travel across worlds just to snag them. Simply spend a minimum* of $ 200 or $ 350, if it includes Cold Storage or FairPrice Xtra receipts, to redeem exclusive premiums like:

  • 20th April – 20th May: Avengers: Infinity War Golf Umbrella
  • 24th May – 6th June: Baby Groot 5” Plushie
  • 7th June – 20th June: Iron Man 5” Plushie
  • 21st June – 30th June: Spider-Man 5” Plushie

For a greater reason to splash the cash, with every $ 50 spent, you’ll get a chance to be the winner of a 7D6N holiday for 4 to New York – home of Marvel superheroes like Iron Man, Daredevil, and Spider-Man. 

Also, 5 other lucky winners will each win $ 2,000 worth of nexVouchers to be used at the mall.

*Maximum of 3 combined same-day receipts.
**Maximum of 20 chances per shopper per day.

Avengers assemble at NEX

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There was an idea to bring together a group of remarkable people, and they’ve been brought to NEX. Whether you’re a hardcore Marvel fan or a parent planning the next family outing, mark the date for NEX’s Avengers event which will be running till 1st May 2018

Since there are enough activities here to last an entire day, be sure to set aside some time to shop at the over-340 stores to increase your chances of winning an 7D6N holiday for 4 to New York – ground zero for Marvel superheroes.

Find out more about NEX’s Avengers event here!


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Tim Cook Explains Why He’s Against Merging The iPad And Mac In New Interview

By | April 20th, 2018

While the iPad is often touted by many as what will eventually replace the Mac lineup of computers, Apple CEO Tim Cook is reportedly still against the idea of merging the Mac and iPad to create one software and hardware experience.

The report is based on a conversation Cook apparently had during last month’s education event in Chicago, with the CEO speaking with The Sydney Morning Herald at the time.

Tim Cook has previously made similar statements on the subject, saying back in 2015 that Apple is not keen to merge the Mac and iPad. During the Chicago event, Cook said that merging the two would water one or both down.

We don’t believe in sort of watering down one for the other. One of the reasons that both of them are incredible is because we pushed them to do what they do well. And if you begin to merge the two … you begin to make trade offs and compromises.

Despite accusations that Tim Cook is a numbers man, more concerned with efficiencies than making the kinds of products Apple has become known for over the years, the CEO said that making the company more efficient by merging product lines is not what Apple is aiming to do.

So maybe the company would be more efficient at the end of the day, but that’s not what it’s about. It’s about giving people things that they can then use to help them change the world or express their passion or express their creativity. So this merger thing that some folks are fixated on, I don’t think that’s what users want.

These comments are particularly interesting at a time where rumors persist that Apple is working to unify both iOS and macOS with iOS 12 and macOS 10.14. Bloomberg has reported that developers will be able to build apps for both platforms at once, without needing to produce two distinct apps for use on Macs or iPhones and iPads.

This unification is something made all the more likely given additional rumors that Apple is planning to move its Mac lineup away from Intel CPUs and towards ARM alternatives, just like those used in existing iOS hardware.

(Source: The Sydney Morning Herald)

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Blockers Movie Review – A Lighthearted Comedy With Heartfelt Moments

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Blockers centres around three protective parents doing all they can to protect each of their daughter’s chastity, after stumbling upon their daughters’ pact to explore their sexuality and lose their virginity at prom. Shenanigans ensue in this coming-of-age comedy film, as the parents flip out, unite, and hatch plans to stop their teens from doing so – aka “c*ckblocking”.

Before we go on to our thoughts about this film, here’s a bit of background info about the types of movies we enjoy the most:

Charlotte Chong: I love movies that either make me laugh hysterically, sob uncontrollably, or both – heartwarming comedies like Pitch Perfect 2 (2015), Miracle in Cell No. 7 (2013) and Ladybird (2017) come to mind.  

Adira Chow: Generally, shows with whimsical illustrations like Horton Hears A Who (2008) and Spirited Away (2001) never fail to win my heart. It’s a huge bonus if the characters are clumsy and adorable, yet have their vulnerable, tear-jerking moments. 

In a nutshell…

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Charlotte Chong: A comedy that amuses you with the kind of hijinks that panicky parents can come up with to intervene in their adolescent children’s lives. 

Adira Chow: A lighthearted comedy that only seems intense if you compare it to how mild prom nights are in Singapore.

A raunchy comedy with its heartfelt moments  

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Charlotte: I entered the theatre with low expectations – at the risk of sounding like a movie snob, my impression of a film about hormonal teenagers all set on deflowering themselves is that it’d be rather...trashy. So imagine my surprise when the film turned out to be more than just crude jokes and toilet humour. Blockers briefly touches on social issues like feminism and the LGBT community, and has a strong focus on wholesome family love.  

However, the shifts between comedic and heartwarming tones often felt a little too drastic for me. Before I could empathise with the actors’ struggles or gush at warm and fuzzy moments, absurd body gags undercut the scenes, which made it difficult to connect to the actors.  

Well, it’s a comedy film after all. But I found the humour a big hit or miss – some parts had me laughing hard, while the others had me choking out a chuckle because of the ridiculousness of it all, or just cringing through the second-hand embarrassment. 

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Adira: On the surface, Blockers is pretty much your average American comedy featuring the unholy trinity of drugs, alcohol and sex. It didn’t leave much to my imagination to say the least. 

I enjoyed the dynamics between the three parents far more than the friendship between the three girls. It made me realise how the wackiest, most absurd adults are also the most often misunderstood and how single parents can feel the sad reality of loneliness when their kids are grown.

The build-up to the parents finding their girls was jam-packed with comedic moments but the resolution felt rather lacklustre and unrealistic to me. After a heated argument between parent and daughter, what are the odds of reconciling with smiles and hugs after 3 minutes? Overall, the movie could have fared better with a little more depth and character development.

The verdict

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Charlotte:6/10 – the movie had me enjoying the occasional hearty belly laugh, but the supposedly emotional parts didn’t work their magic on me. 

Adira:5/10 – a feelgood comedy but with a weak plot; it was mediocre at best. 

Note: Movie contains sexual content, crude language and drug use.

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How To Unlock And Customize PUBG Mobile Graphics Settings On Android

By | April 19th, 2018

We seem to be covering PUBG and Fortnite almost constantly right now, which just goes to show what an impact on the mobile gaming world the two shooters are having right now.

While Fortnite does not yet have an Android version available for people to play, the same does not apply to PUBG Mobile, which is great news for those carrying Android devices.

This being Android, there are also a few other perks to remember, one of those is the fact that other apps can interact with PUBG Mobile in ways they would not be able to on iOS. That’s what makes Graphics Tool for PUBG Mobile possible, and it’s quite well worth checking out.

As the title might suggest, Graphics Tool for PUBG takes the standard PUBG Mobile game on Android devices and gives users a fine control over how it looks. With the app installed, users can not only choose at which resolution the game runs, but also other settings such as the frames-per-second it will run at and whether shadows are enabled or disabled.

There are other options in there too, all aimed at giving gamers a fine-grained control over how the game looks and behaves on their device.

According to the app’s developer, Graphics Tool PUBG should work just fine on any device, although if things are not acting quite as they should, then clicking the Repair button in-game before relaunching it should see Graphics Tool for PUBG start to work as intended.

This is one app that would never be allowed into the App Store and if you’re an Android user, now is the time to laud it over all of your iPhone-owning friends. Graphics Tool for PUBG is a free download and it can be had from the Google Play Store right now.

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9 Delicious (Crispy?) Rendang to Satisfy Your Cravings After #RendangGate

Most of us have heard of the embarrassingly hilarious Masterchef UK saga, which unfolded recently and left everyone shell-shocked. A flurry of memes and hashtags have taken over the internet. Think #Crispyrendang #Rendangate #Rendangisnotcrispy. For those who are still in the dark and wondering what on earth I am going on about, here’s a quick summary of the issue:

On a recent episode of Masterchef UK, one of the judges (Gregg Wallace) remarked that the Nasi Lemak Chicken Rendang dish that Malaysian contestant, Zaleha Kadir Olpin, had prepared was “not crispy enough”. In his words, “the chicken skin isn’t crispy. It can’t be eaten and all the sauce is on the skin so I can’t eat it”, to which another Masterchef UK judge (John Torode) chimed in and added that her dish was “a mistake”. Poor Zaleha was then sent home that episode, a move which left countless Malaysians dumbfounded and angered by the judges’ ignorance.

Now that you have the gist of the saga, you may be craving for some good rendang yourself. We have compiled a list of 9 places where you can get delicious rendang! While most eateries featured in this list serve traditional rendang, we have also featured eateries that have put a twist on their own versions of rendang. These include rendang fries and none other than… crispy chicken rendang! 

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Hjh Maimunah’s name came up multiple times when I was searching for good rendang places. My Malay friends love this place! 3 pieces of beef rendang, along with a plate of rice costs $ 7.80 here. This is actually considered pretty affordable! The beef rendang was spicy and well flavoured, even though the meat was a little tough. The rice was soft, fluffy and carried a hint of garlic.

Rumah Makan Minang

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This beef rendang here is actress Mastura Ahmad’s “number one choice after [her] mum’s rendang”. The beef rendang ($ 3.50) seems to be the star here. The intense aroma of the beef rendang can be attributed to it being cooked over a slow charcoal fire. While the beef rendang was not extremely tender, the flavours were captivating.

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The beef here is cooked for 4 hours in a pressure cooker, before the rendang sauce, which is cooked separately, is added. The chef wakes up as early as 5am to prepare the rendang! Although the beef rendang was not very consistent in texture, with some parts tougher than others, the spiciness and herbal flavours are very enjoyable.

KRAVE

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KRAVE serves a wonderful rendition of rendang, in the form of Rendang fries ($ 14). The spicy minced beef rendang sits atop hearty steak cut fries, and tasted better than I expected. The beef rendang gravy was chock full of flavours from the garlic chips, onions and chilli, and actually reminded me of Thai minced beef basil rice. The portion is very generous!

Sabar Menanti II

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Sabar Menanti II is Taufik Batisah’s (Singapore Idol Season 1 Winner) favourite stall. We were glad to finally chance upon a shop that sells both beef and chicken rendang. The beef rendang, which was not too spicy, was more savoury and slightly more bitter than the other rendangs that we’ve tried. The spice only started to kick in at the end. The rendang gravy was thick and rich, but the beef was a little tough.

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The chicken rendang was yummy, lemak, and slightly sweet. However, the chicken was also slightly tough. By the way, 1 piece of meat costs a standard price of $ 3(for both the chicken rendang and beef rendang).

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Address: 747 North Bridge Rd, Singapore 198715

Phone: 6291 0109

Area: Bugis

Opening Hours: 6am to 4.30pm daily.

Cuisine: Malay

Old Bibik’s Famous Peranakan Rendang

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Old Bibik’s Famous Peranakan Rendang serves wallet-friendly rendang prepared daily from scratch with fresh ingredients. Following the recipes from their grandmother’s secret collection, which has been handed down from generation to generation, Old Bibik hopes to provide quality and MSG-free rendang at affordable prices. The beef rendang (set meal $ 8.90) is really quite delicious, and is drenched in a rempah sauce that is blended every day. The rendang is slow cooked for over 2 hours, and the resulting fork-tender meat is thoroughly infused with the rich flavours of the spices. I am a big fan of their Chicken Rendang (set meal $ 7.90), which has an intensely flavorful and thick gravy. Each rendang set comes with stir-fried vegetables, omelette and power-packed belachan chili.

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And finally, the infamous crispy chicken rendang! CreatureS, which serves Mod-Sin cuisine, actually launched the Crispy Chicken Rendang ($ 23 before GST) just one night before we visited. The plump and juicy chicken thigh here is slow cooked in an heirloom home-made rendang recipe, then coated with a crispy batter. The fried chicken was very crispy and super juicy! The chicken rendang comes with butterfly blue pea coconut fragrant rice, nonya chup chye and a slice of egg omelette. The chup chye had a natural sweetness from the addition of red dates, and the rendang sauce, which was not very spicy, had a slight sour tinge. 

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Istimewa Kitchen

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A chio bu selling nasi padang? 4 years ago, Sara and her fiancé, Kenneth, wanted to venture into F&B and thought nasi padang was a “niche market”. Roping in a family friend who is a chef, Sara then left her job as a underwriter and set up Istimewa Kitchen. Their signature mutton rendang, a hot favourite, goes easy on the palate. The lean pieces of mutton are braised for at least 2 hours to ensure that they melt in your mouth. The meat was tender and not gamey. Istimewa Kitchen at Bedok Industrial Estate reopened on 22 Feb 2018, after having been closed for 3 months for renovation.

Enak @ Bedok South

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Owner Ibu Bida gave up her corporate job, and hired a talented Indonesian cook from Tanjung Pinang to whip up a good spread of dishes. You should definitely order the Nasi Ambeng – a traditional and authentic Javanese dish. For $ 5.50, you get steamed rice surrounded by some of Indonesia’s greatest hits: beef rendang, sambal goreng, begedil (potato patty), achar (pickled vegetables), terung (spicy brinjal), serunding (grated coconut) and an excellent sambal belachan. The beef rendang, which has been braised in coconut milk , was so delicious!

Address: Blk 16 Bedok South Road Market & Food Centre, Singapore 460016

Mobile: 9666 6909

Area: Bedok

Opening Hours: 7am to 2pm daily, Closed on Mon and Tues

Cuisine: Malay

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bedoksouthblk16/

And, we have come to the end of of our list… Hungry yet? What are you waiting for? Head to any of the 9 places to try their yummy rendang dishes! I really enjoyed KRAVE’s Rendang Fries, and will highly recommend that. However, if you are too lazy to head out, why not try your hand at cooking your own rendang instead? Click here for our very own Rendang Chicken recipe:

MissTamChiak.com made anonymous visits and paid its own meals at the stalls featured here.

Victoria Cheung

Victoria is a fun-loving 18 year old on the permanent hunt for mouth-watering, lip-smacking good food. She is also a travel enthusiast, sky aficionado, tea connoisseur and avid writer.

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New Numbers Suggests iPhone X Accounted For 35% Of Smartphone Profits In Q4 2017

By | April 18th, 2018

While there are a lot of Android phones sold, Apple has long been the one with the vast majority of the total profit earned throughout the entire smartphone market, and a new report by CNBC is suggesting that the iPhone X alone may have accounted for 35% of total smartphone profits during Q4 of 2017.

CNBC’s report cites numbers from Counterpoint Research and are nothing short of utterly mesmerizing, if accurate.

According to the latest research from Counterpoint’s Q4 2017, the premium smartphone market did not grow as expected while Apple remained the most profitable brand, capturing 86% of the total handset market profits […]

The iPhone X alone generated 21% of total industry revenue and 35% of total industry profits during the quarter.

While that alone is impressive to say the least, the report points out that the iPhone X alone generated five times as much profit as more than 600 Android brands combined, something that is almost impossible to fathom. Counterpoint Research notes that Apple’s ploy of continuing to sell lower end, older models for longer periods of time in order to hit specific price points is starting to prove important, something that is likely to continue far beyond this year’s iPhone refresh in September.

Apple still has eight out of top 10 smartphones, including its three-year-old models, generating the most profits compared to current competing smartphones from other OEMs.

What makes this news particularly interesting is the continued rumor that the iPhone X is performing badly, with both Apple and manufacturing partners said to feel that the device is performing below expectations and as a result is being deemed a failure in some quarters. If these numbers from Counterpoint Research are anywhere near correct, that can surely not be the case.

(Source: CNBC)

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