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Tech Deals President’s Day Edition: $380 4K TV, $374 iPhone 7, $250 Off MacBook Air, $12 OtterBox Galaxy S8 Case, More

By | February 18th, 2018

If you want to celebrate George Washington, the first President of the United States, in style, then we have some wonderful deals for you that will allow you to do exactly that.

As is always the way where these deals are concerned, peruse through them, see what’s on offer, and make sure to take note of any additional promotional codes listed.

First up we have is a deal on LG 49-inch 4K+HDR TV which brings the price down to just $ 380. Next up is a Seagate hard drive of 8TB for $ 149, followed by 32GB iPhone 7 for $ 374. We also have $ 12 Galaxy S8 case and MacBook Air for $ 755. Last but not the least is a deal on official iPhone X Leather Folio case which brings its price down by 50%, and finally, iPad 4 for just $ 150.

LG 49-Inch 4K HDR Smart LED TV ($ 380 using promo code, usually $ 699.99)

If there is a large gaping hole in your living room that would look like it could accommodate 49-inch of glorious TV viewing, then this is the product for you. This LG television comes with a 49-inch panel with 4K UHD resolution and benefits from smart functionality offering access to additional apps and services.

You can get it for just $ 380 using following promo code at checkout: PRESDAY.

Buy: LG 49-Inch 4K HDR Smart LED TV from eBay : $ 380 | Original price: $ 699.99

Seagate 8TB Desktop External Hard Drive ($ 149.99, usually $ 239.99)

Some people simply don’t trust their files and documents with a cloud storage solution. One day they will, but not everyone is willing to put everything in the cloud and relax. That’s where with this Seagate Expansion drive comes in with a whopping 8TB of storage to store everything you can imagine.

Buy: Seagate Expansion 8TB Desktop External Hard Drive from Amazon: $ 149.99 | Original price: $ 239.99

Apple iPhone 7, 32GB, Unlocked, Refurbished ($ 374 using promo code, usually $ 499.99)

The world may be waxing lyrical about Apple’s iPhone 8 or iPhone X but that doesn’t mean that iPhone 7 doesn’t have an important role to play as a relatively affordable and highly capable device. This deal gets you the hardware for a ridiculously low price, unlocked and ready to use with any SIM.

You can get it for just $ 374 using following promo code at checkout: PRESDAY.

Buy: Apple iPhone 7, 32GB, Unlocked from eBay: $ 374 | Original price: $ 499.99

OtterBox DEFENDER SERIES for Samsung Galaxy S8 ($ 12, usually $ 49.95)

This glorious looking OtterBox case comes without the usual screen protector to accommodate the curved display of the gorgeous Samsung Galaxy S8. However, it still affords the same high levels of protection that the company has become known for.

Buy: OtterBox DEFENDER SERIES for Samsung Galaxy S8 from Amazon: $ 12 | Original price: $ 49.95

Apple MacBook Air 13.3-Inch Latest 2017 Model ($ 754.99, usually $ 999)

If you see any type of discounts applied to premium Apple products, then it’s generally a good idea to snap them up if you are in the market for that particular piece of hardware. This deal is going to get you a sizable discount on MacBook Air, complete with 128GB storage and a light, slimline design.

Buy: Apple MacBook Air 13.3″ Laptop from eBay: $ 754.99 | Original price: $ 999

Apple iPhone X Leather Folio Case ($ 49.99, usually $ 99)

This Leather Folio case is a premium Apple accessory to go with Apple’s premium iPhone X hardware. It not only protects the device but also wakes it and puts it to sleep when it is opened or closed. There is also room for debit or credit cards.

Buy: Apple iPhone X Leather Folio Case from Amazon: $ 49.99 | Original price: $ 99

Apple iPad 4 with Retina Display, Refurbished ($ 149.99, usually $ 199.99)

Sometimes you just need a tablet in your life to handle your computing needs when you are on the move or when you don’t want to pull out the full laptop. This Apple iPad comes equipped with iOS, a Retina Display, and access to everything you need for fun and games on the move.

Buy: Apple iPad 4 with Retina Display from eBay: $ 149.99 | Original price: $ 199.99

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10 SkillsFuture-Claimable Culinary Classes To Turn You Into Husband/Wife Material

SkillFuture cooking courses in Singapore

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Image adapted from: @hweekiat@reenieho and @shawn_chen1026 

If you’re nowhere near to being a MasterChef, your go-to kitchen fixes are probably one, instant noodles and two, fried eggs. Everyone wants to be able to casually whip up some fancy dishes at home. But with culinary classes costing a fair bit, learning how to cook or bake like a pro seems a faraway dream. 

But don’t let your tummy despair just yet. We’ve compiled a list of culinary classes that are SkillsFuture-claimable, for you to upgrade those kitchen skills from zilch to Gordon Ramsay level. Using your SkillsFuture credits, you can attend these classes for practically FREE – no strings attached. 

– Baking –

1. Creative Culinaire – decadent wedding cakes and unique sushi cakes

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Image credit: @beatriceleesn

All you romantics have probably fantasised about your dream wedding cake at one point or another. Whether you prefer edible mint green ribbons or ivory sculpted roses, the Cake Decoration Course at Creative Culinaire will teach you the necessary skills to decorate a 3-tiered cake.

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Image credit: @estheryeohz

There’s even a sushi cake class that’ll transform your average chocolate cake into a lookalike platter of premium sashimi. 

Basic sculpting techniques such as working with fondant sheets and gum pastes will be taught by Executive Chef Judy, so those with clumsy thumbs won’t have to worry about ruining your cake’s aesthetic. 

Find their courses here

How much you save with SkillsFuture: $ 228 – $ 408 

Address: 17 Eng Hoon Street, Singapore 169767
Opening hours: Mon – Sat: 9AM – 6PM (Closed on Sundays) 
Contact: 6324 1663 
Website

Note: A $ 100 refundable deposit is required when you sign up for SkillsFuture approved courses. 

2. Zan’s Treats – delectable sweets and local confectionaries 

macaron tower zan's treats

Image credit: @yurreny

For those who prefer smaller sweet treats to indulgent and decadent cakes, Zan’s Treats specialises in making one-bite delectables that are lighter on your palate. All classes offered are Halal as well, so bring along a Muslim friend when you go down to visit! 

Impress your friends with homemade agar jelly with encapsulated 3D flowers, or a mini tower of Pate a Choux puffs (French choux pastry puffs) and macarons. 

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Image credit: @the_gateau 

And if you’re a diehard cake lover, opt for something a little different apart from regular cakes. Zan’s Treats has courses that’ll teach you how to make local confectioneries such as Malay spice cakes and roll cakes. 

Find their courses here

How much you save with SkillsFuture: $ 149 – $ 187
Address: 15 Jalan Masjid, #01-01, D’Gallery, Singapore 418936
Opening hours: Tue – Fri: 10AM – 4PM | Sat – Sun: 10AM – 5PM (Closed on Mondays)
Contact: 6910 2824
Website

3. Butter & Bake – adorable character macarons and Japanese sweet breads

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Image credit: @gnyingwei 

Butter & Bake’s most popular class, Make Me A Baker, is well-loved for a reason – their cartoon-themed sweets. Give your regular macarons and Choux au Craquelin (crunchy French cream puffs) a makeover by transforming them into adorable characters like Hello Kitty, Pikachu and even unicorns! 

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Image credit: @reenieho  

Put a spin on artisan breads by learning to make flavoured soft breads here. The Shokupan (Japanese milk bread) and Melon Pan Bread are a lighter and fluffier alternative to the plain-old Sourdough breads. 

Find their courses here.

How much you save with SkillsFuture: $ 180
Address: Blk 463, Crawford Lane, #02-21, Singapore 190463
Opening hours: Mon – Sat: 11AM – 6PM (Closed on Sundays)
Contact: info@butterandbake.com.sg
Website

Note: A $ 50 refundable deposit is required when you sign up for SkillsFuture approved courses. 

4. Asian Culinary Institute – CNY delights and Durian Pastries

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Image credit: @rinsweet_delights

Squeezing through the crowd with CNY songs blasting in your ears to fight for that last jar of pineapple tarts is no easy feat. At Asian Culinary Institute’s Chinese New Year Delights Course, you can learn how to make classic CNY treats and avoid the crowds during the festive season. 

Pineapple Tarts and Sugee Cookies aside, you can also learn to make Japanese Sakura Cookies and even Durian Pastries. Sign up for their classes as soon as possible because vacancies tend to run out very quickly! 

Find their courses here.  

How much you save with SkillsFuture: $ 161.03 ($ 69.02 after SSG subsidy)
Address: 11 Eunos Road 8, #03-01, Lifelong Learning Institute, Lift Lobby A, Singapore 408601
Opening hours: Mon – Thu: 9AM – 6PM | Fri: 9AM – 5.30PM (Closed on weekends and public holidays)
Contact: 6417 3318
Website

5. Baker’s Brew –  bake elegant cakes in a French Patisserie 

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Image credit: @bakersbrewstudio

As a young bakery, Baker’s Brew currently has one SkillsFuture-claimable course, The Basics Of Buttercream. Their regular cake courses that feature unique designs like Gudetama and Koi Bubble Tea lookalike cakes are widely popular too. 

Usher in the Chinese New Year season with their CNY Special classes featuring the Mandarin Orange Chiffon Cake and Pineapple Tarts as well. Find their other courses here.   

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Image credit: @xtiechan 

The luxurious gold-accented interiors with marble table tops scream atas, and will have you feeling like you’re in some patisserie in France. They even host events like pyjama parties for 21st birthdays.

Click here for their list of outlets and contacts.  

How much you save with SkillsFuture: $ 98 – $ 208
Website  

– Cooking –

6. Culinaryon – international dishes of fine-dining standard

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Learn to make this fusion dish of Norwegian pan-seared salmon with Chinese Bok Choy
Image credit: @hweekiats

Cook up your own international feast at Culinaryon, with fine-dining courses by professional chefs who will guide you in frying up that perfect plate of Pad Thai or expertly garnishing your Truffle Pasta.  

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Image credit: @luvclaud 

To really get your culinary game on, take up the challenge of pastry making or latte art as you experiment with crafting a Chocolate Lava Cake from scratch, or brewing a cup of piping hot Vanilla Latte.   

Find their courses here.  

How much you save with SkillsFuture: $ 240 – $ 250  
Address: Tower 2, One Raffles Place, #04-63, Singapore 048616
Opening hours: Daily: 8AM – 11PM
Contact: 3108 0385 
Website 

7. Allspice – flavourful Peranakan dishes and vegan delights

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Image credit: @allspiceinstitute 

Classes at Allspice will teach you how to add some pizzazz to your dishes, using a variety of – you guessed it – spices. Names like Star Anise and Garam Masala might sound familiar to you as they’re often incorporated in Southeast Asian cuisine. 

Take Peranakan cuisine to the next level with three courses of increasing difficulty. From aromatic coconut-infused curry to dense and flavourful beef rendang, you’ll learn to cook these traditional nyonya dishes just the way your grandmother did.    

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Vegan sushi rolls 
Image credit: @ds.stelzchen  

They also specialise in vegan and vegetarian delights for health junkies craving a major upgrade from your kale and spinach salad lunches. During classes, you’ll be using organic vegetables home grown in Allspice’s garden to prepare these dishes.  

Find their courses here.  

How much you save with SkillsFuture: $ 118 – $ 200
Address: Blk 162, Bukit Merah Central, #07-3545, Singapore 150162
Opening hours: Mon – Fri: 8.30AM – 6PM | Sat: 9AM – 12.30PM (Closed on Sundays)
Contact: 6276 0760 / 6377 9303
Website 

8. Palate Sensations – Korean food and Coca-Cola chicken wings

kimchi stew korean cuisine course palate sensations

Image credit: @palatesensations 

Though they offer international cuisine classes too, Palate Sensations is the only centre in this list that’ll teach you the art and beauty that is Korean food. Waste no more time drooling over hour-long mukbang videos at home and learn how to expertly whip up some Jeons (Korean pancakes) for breakfast.  

If you’re feeling adventurous, learn to make their quirky Coca-Cola flavoured chicken wings. The sugar in the Coca-Cola is meant to coat the chicken skin with a layer of caramelised goodness.

Find their courses here

How much you save with SkillsFuture: $ 130 – $ 350
Address: Chromos, #01-03, 10 Biopolis Road, Singapore 138670
Opening hours: Only open when there are classes 
Contact: 6478 9746
Website 

9. Jia Lei Cooking School – colourful Ban Mian and Dim Sum

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Image credit: Jia Lei Cooking School 

Ah, home-cooked food. The emblem of childhood memories. Also the qualifying factor when it comes to impressing a potential mother-in-law.  

At Jia Lei Cooking School, you can upgrade your basic Ban Mian by learning how to churn out different flavours of handmade noodles, from scratch. These flavours include carrot, pumpkin, beetroot and spinach, and will add a fun pop of colour to your dish.    

dim sum workshop siew mai jia lei cooking school

Image credit: @calvinery 

You can also learn to make Dim Sum, including tasty morsels of Siew Mai and the rich and indulgent salted egg yolk Liu Sha Bao.  

Find their courses here.  

How much you save with SkillsFuture: $ 135 – $ 165
Address: Blk 269, Queen Street, #02-226, Singapore 180269
Opening hours: Tue – Fri: 10AM – 8.30PM | Sat – Sun: 10AM – 5PM (Closed on Mondays)
Contact: 6264 5751
Website 

Note: Only the first 12 classes at Jia Lei’s are claimable by SkillsFuture credits. The 13th sign-up onwards will have to be paid for by cash, nets or credit card.        

– Coffee-making- 

10. Bettr Barista Coffee Academy – coffee-tasting and latte art 

latte art bettr barista coffee academy

Image credit: @shawn_chen1026 

Your aspirations of becoming a true blue coffee connoisseur are not that far away. Apart from the regular brewing and roasting coffee classes, Bettr Barista Coffee Academy has a Sensory Course that will help you differentiate between various coffee types based on their scent. 

Watch out, your transformation to a pro coffee-taster will make you more sensitive to coffee during future cafe-hopping sessions with your friends. Find their courses here

Click here for their list of outlets and contacts. 

How much you save with SkillsFuture: $ 480-856
Website 

Cooking, baking, and coffee-making classes to spend your SkillsFuture credits on

Instead of just being an expert instant noodle chef, use your SkillsFuture credits and learn to whip up some culinary masterpieces of your own – and get to tuck into some delicious nosh while at it. 

Take down some notes and protips during classes so that you can recreate these recipes at home. And don’t forget to dabao some food back for your family and friends too!

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Electra RC 1.3 Cydia-Bundled iOS 11 Jailbreak Out Now For Devs

By | February 18th, 2018

Following the release of Electra RC1 to developers a few days ago, CoolStar has now pushed a new RC 1.3 version to the same set of developers in order for them to get their tweaks and apps ready for iOS 11 before public release.

This release of Electra comes at a time when one of the developers who had the original RC1 copy from CoolStar leaked it into the wild.

CoolStar and co. obviously recommend everyone to stay away from any such leaks because the leak appears to be modified version which “uses a bootleg half-assed attempt to re-create our bootstrap tar.” In short, using it might send your iOS 11.1.2 device into a continuous bootloop, forcing you to update to iOS 11.2.5.

We’ll advise the same. Stay away from any such leaks of Electra RC1 floating around as far as possible.

Coming back to Electra RC 1.3 release, given how fast things are progressing, it shouldn’t be too long now anyway before it’s made available to public.

For those who don’t know, Electra jailbreak is mainly based off exploits discovered and made public by Ian Beer, alongside patches from some of other prominent members of the community such as Siguza, xerub and CoolStar himself. It supports all devices, including the latest iPhone X, running anything between iOS 11.0 to iOS 11.1.2.

We will of course keep you updated on all the latest happenings from the jailbreak world. Stay tuned for more.

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Ban Leong Wah Hoe: Old School Seafood Zi Char

I am sure most foodies here would be familiar with Ban Leong Wah Hoe or at least you should know it as that zi char place at Casuarina road.  This venerable seafood restaurant has been at the same spot since 1986 when they took over the space from Ban Leong supermarket.  “Wah” and “Hoe” are the names of Mr Teh and his brother, hence the name of the eatery!

Their long time fans might tell you that the food there is really good. Others are not so impressed.  In fact, my review back in Aug 2010 was less than stellar.  This time round, I got to meet the chef-owner and finally understood what the fuss was all about.

There aren’t many zi char around where the owner is also the chef AND  the fishmonger.   Mr Teh, 67, who has been running the restaurant since 1978, also owns a seafood stall at Senoko Fishery Port where he is the wholesale importer of crabs.  Each night, after the dinner service, he would go home, rest a bit before heading down to Senoko Fishery Port to run his seafood business!


Teochew style steam pomfret $ 60/kg

It’s little wonder then, that the quality of the crabs here are excellent.  They are currently going for $ 60/kg regardless of size.  I was told that the supply of crabs are usually very good around this time of the year because demand for crabs from China drops during the winter months!  So, make a mental note: Winter is a good time for us here in Singapore to eat crabs!

I like their style of chilli crabs here because the sauce is relatively mild and the crabs are cooked directly in the gravy which means you can taste the natural sweetness of the crab.  Some places steam the crabs first then toss them in the sauce.  This saves time as it doesn’t have to be simmered in a wok for 10mins.  However, with this method,  the natural sweetness of the crab is lost. Some places make their sambal chilli so potent that you can hardly taste the crab!  That kind of sauce might good if the crabs are not of the best quality, but when you have really good crabs, you will want to be able to highlight its natural flavour! 4.25/5


Fried mee sua

The steamed pomfrets here are going for $ 60/kg which is a very good price for quality Chinese silver pomfrets.  Mr Teh sources his pomfret from Malaysia which means that they are fresher as they don’t have to make a long trip to Singapore.  Our pomfret was steamed just a tad too long that day, but otherwise quality of the fish was very good.  The sauce was good, but lacked that little something that would make you need to go back again and again.  4/5

Another of their signature dish is the har cheong gai which was good but certainly not the best I have come across. It is well seasoned but it lacks that explosive juiciness that you find at other places such as Holland Drive XO fish head steamboat and Whampoa Keng4.25/5

Their fried lala is one of the signature dishes. The lala are kept in live tanks until they are cooked.  It is lightly seasoned so that you can taste the original sweetness of the lala.  4.25/5

The oyster omelettes arrive on a hotplate with much fanfare and finished on the table.   Unlike the typical oyster omelette, theirs is without the sticky sweet potato starch.  The robust chilli has a bit of a punch and should please the chilli lovers.  I felt it was a little too spicy and could do with a bit of tang.  4/5

I was a little disappointed when I saw that they served their orh nee with coconut milk.  However, the house made yam paste itself was very good.  Mr Teh told me that we can request for it without coconut milk, in which case it would come with a water chestnut syrup.  4.25/5

If you usually like to order lime juice, then you would be very pleased to know that they still squeeze their own calamansi limes here!  I was so surprised that they would still take the trouble of squeezing their own.  Most places I know simply pour it out of a bottle!

Conclusion

There is no debate about the quality of the seafood here.  With Mr Teh running his own seafood business at Senoko fishery port, plus the fact that he is Teochew, just means that the quality of the seafood is a given.   The preparation of the food is very good.  It isn’t stellar, die die must try good, but it is better than most places.  From what I gather from our facebook fans, it seems like the quality might fluctuate especially on weekends when it is crowded, so do take note of that.

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WhatsApp Crashing On iOS 11 iPhone Due To Indian Telugu Bug? Here’s How To Fix It

By | February 17th, 2018

Is WhatsApp crashing for you on iOS 11 iPhone due to Indian Telugu language character bug? Here’s how you can fix it.

There has been a lot of talks recently about the rather annoying text crashing issue in iOS. You know, the one where the device crashes and hangs when a specific Indian Telugu character is received?

Until Apple issues its expected iOS 11.2.6 update to fix the problem with a public release, there are a couple of ways that users can attempt to resolve the rather annoying crashing issue in WhatsApp caused by the Telugu character. The first is of course something we have already told you about. Apple is currently dishing out iOS 11.3 in a pre-release state, which allows developers and registered public testers to put the platform through its paces and assists Apple in getting it ready for a public release.

Tests have already shown that iOS 11.3 has patched the Telugu crashing issue, which means that you can register yourself as a public tester in order to get the iOS 11.3 beta installed to eradicate the problem. Of course, this means running pre-release software, which isn’t the ideal route for a lot of device owners.

Another method that is confirmed to be working and much easier to fix on iOS 11.2.5 is this: Facebook-owned WhatsApp has recently introduced the ability for users to delete messages from the conversation. This means that it is now possible for you to simply ask the sender of the message with the Telugu character in to delete the offending message from the conversation. They can do this by pressing and holding on the speech bubble, tapping the right-facing arrow for more options, and then selecting Delete. Once the action sheet appears, tap “Delete for Everyone.

From the two options above, it is immediately evident that the second option of asking the sender to delete the message is the easiest and quickest. However, as per the WhatsApp, this will need to be done super quick as the sender only has the ability to delete messages for everyone for up to seven minutes after it was sent. After that period of time that individual will only be able to delete the message from his/her own view. It also requires every person in the chat to be on the latest version of WhatsApp.

Good luck and keep an eye out for Apple’s release of iOS 11.2.6 which will patch this issue once and for all.

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Ban Leong Wah Hoe: Old School Seafood Zi Char

I am sure most foodies here would be familiar with Ban Leong Wah Hoe or at least you should know it as that zi char place at Casuarina road.  This venerable seafood restaurant has been at the same spot since 1986 when they took over the space from Ban Leong supermarket.  “Wah” and “Hoe” are the names of Mr Teh and his brother, hence the name of the eatery!

Their long time fans might tell you that the food there is really good. Others are not so impressed.  In fact, my review back in Aug 2010 was less than stellar.  This time round, I got to meet the chef-owner and finally understood what the fuss was all about.

There aren’t many zi char around where the owner is also the chef AND  the fishmonger.   Mr Teh, 67, who has been running the restaurant since 1978, also owns a seafood stall at Senoko Fishery Port where he is the wholesale importer of crabs.  Each night, after the dinner service, he would go home, rest a bit before heading down to Senoko Fishery Port to run his seafood business!


Teochew style steam pomfret $ 60/kg

It’s little wonder then, that the quality of the crabs here are excellent.  They are currently going for $ 60/kg regardless of size.  I was told that the supply of crabs are usually very good around this time of the year because demand for crabs from China drops during the winter months!  So, make a mental note: Winter is a good time for us here in Singapore to eat crabs!

I like their style of chilli crabs here because the sauce is relatively mild and the crabs are cooked directly in the gravy which means you can taste the natural sweetness of the crab.  Some places steam the crabs first then toss them in the sauce.  This saves time as it doesn’t have to be simmered in a wok for 10mins.  However, with this method,  the natural sweetness of the crab is lost. Some places make their sambal chilli so potent that you can hardly taste the crab!  That kind of sauce might good if the crabs are not of the best quality, but when you have really good crabs, you will want to be able to highlight its natural flavour! 4.25/5


Fried mee sua

The steamed pomfrets here are going for $ 60/kg which is a very good price for quality Chinese silver pomfrets.  Mr Teh sources his pomfret from Malaysia which means that they are fresher as they don’t have to make a long trip to Singapore.  Our pomfret was steamed just a tad too long that day, but otherwise quality of the fish was very good.  The sauce was good, but lacked that little something that would make you need to go back again and again.  4/5

Another of their signature dish is the har cheong gai which was good but certainly not the best I have come across. It is well seasoned but it lacks that explosive juiciness that you find at other places such as Holland Drive XO fish head steamboat and Whampoa Keng4.25/5

Their fried lala is one of the signature dishes. The lala are kept in live tanks until they are cooked.  It is lightly seasoned so that you can taste the original sweetness of the lala.  4.25/5

The oyster omelettes arrive on a hotplate with much fanfare and finished on the table.   Unlike the typical oyster omelette, theirs is without the sticky sweet potato starch.  The robust chilli has a bit of a punch and should please the chilli lovers.  I felt it was a little too spicy and could do with a bit of tang.  4/5

I was a little disappointed when I saw that they served their orh nee with coconut milk.  However, the house made yam paste itself was very good.  Mr Teh told me that we can request for it without coconut milk, in which case it would come with a water chestnut syrup.  4.25/5

If you usually like to order lime juice, then you would be very pleased to know that they still squeeze their own calamansi limes here!  I was so surprised that they would still take the trouble of squeezing their own.  Most places I know simply pour it out of a bottle!

Conclusion

There is no debate about the quality of the seafood here.  With Mr Teh running his own seafood business at Senoko fishery port, plus the fact that he is Teochew, just means that the quality of the seafood is a given.   The preparation of the food is very good.  It isn’t stellar, die die must try good, but it is better than most places.  From what I gather from our facebook fans, it seems like the quality might fluctuate especially on weekends when it is crowded, so do take note of that.

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How To Fix iPhone 6 / 6s No Service Issue

By | February 16th, 2018

Here’s how to fix iPhone 6 or iPhone 6s No Service network issue on T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon or just about any carrier.

Smartphones are an expensive luxury that most of us choose to have in our lives. Most of the time, that luxury works perfectly well and actually improves our existence giving us instant communication, access to an endless amount of hilarious memes, and take-out food when we want it. However, when things don’t go smoothly, such as when non-iPhone 7 owners keeping getting an annoying “No Service” error, things aren’t quite as worry-free.

Error messages are typically very annoying to device owners but at least some of them actually give you the reason why they are happening, which means that they can more often than not be put right if you have the reason why they are being shown in the first place. However, if you are simply given a “No Service” error, with no additional information, and no ability to connect to the network, then it can increasingly be frustrating. Now if you have an iPhone 7, on some models Apple says it’s a hardware defect and they are going to do free repair for it. You can learn more about it here. But if you have an iPhone 6 or 6s, then check out the steps below for one method that’s been proven to work to fix this issue.

Step 1: First and foremost, like most journeys of this nature, we are going to start in the native Settings app. Launch the app in the first instance.

Step 2: Once Settings is launched, navigate to Privacy and check that Location Services is switched On.

Step 3: Now, still in the Location Services option, select System Services and then check that the Setting Time Zone option is toggled into the On position. If it’s already On, then toggle it Off/On.

Step 4: Fully restart the iPhone 6s/6 and wait for it to reboot. Your “No Service” issue should hopefully be fixed.

As we should all know by now, where smartphones and carriers are concerned, there are multiple reasons why a device like iPhone may be showing No Service or is unable to access the network. This is generally a temporary issue and will rectify itself by jumping onto a different cell tower or when a specific network issue in that area is fixed. However, when the issues like this consistently persist, and when it seems to be related to a specific device type, there’s further exploration to be had.

Hopefully, the above steps and process will work for you and get rid of that pesky error message immediately.

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Ban Leong Wah Hoe: Old School Seafood Zi Char

I am sure most foodies here would be familiar with Ban Leong Wah Hoe or at least you should know it as that zi char place at Casuarina road.  This venerable seafood restaurant has been at the same spot since 1986 when they took over the space from Ban Leong supermarket.  “Wah” and “Hoe” are the names of Mr Teh and his brother, hence the name of the eatery!

Their long time fans might tell you that the food there is really good. Others are not so impressed.  In fact, my review back in Aug 2010 was less than stellar.  This time round, I got to meet the chef-owner and finally understood what the fuss was all about.

There aren’t many zi char around where the owner is also the chef AND  the fishmonger.   Mr Teh, 67, who has been running the restaurant since 1978, also owns a seafood stall at Senoko Fishery Port where he is the wholesale importer of crabs.  Each night, after the dinner service, he would go home, rest a bit before heading down to Senoko Fishery Port to run his seafood business!


Teochew style steam pomfret $ 60/kg

It’s little wonder then, that the quality of the crabs here are excellent.  They are currently going for $ 60/kg regardless of size.  I was told that the supply of crabs are usually very good around this time of the year because demand for crabs from China drops during the winter months!  So, make a mental note: Winter is a good time for us here in Singapore to eat crabs!

I like their style of chilli crabs here because the sauce is relatively mild and the crabs are cooked directly in the gravy which means you can taste the natural sweetness of the crab.  Some places steam the crabs first then toss them in the sauce.  This saves time as it doesn’t have to be simmered in a wok for 10mins.  However, with this method,  the natural sweetness of the crab is lost. Some places make their sambal chilli so potent that you can hardly taste the crab!  That kind of sauce might good if the crabs are not of the best quality, but when you have really good crabs, you will want to be able to highlight its natural flavour! 4.25/5


Fried mee sua

The steamed pomfrets here are going for $ 60/kg which is a very good price for quality Chinese silver pomfrets.  Mr Teh sources his pomfret from Malaysia which means that they are fresher as they don’t have to make a long trip to Singapore.  Our pomfret was steamed just a tad too long that day, but otherwise quality of the fish was very good.  The sauce was good, but lacked that little something that would make you need to go back again and again.  4/5

Another of their signature dish is the har cheong gai which was good but certainly not the best I have come across. It is well seasoned but it lacks that explosive juiciness that you find at other places such as Holland Drive XO fish head steamboat and Whampoa Keng4.25/5

Their fried lala is one of the signature dishes. The lala are kept in live tanks until they are cooked.  It is lightly seasoned so that you can taste the original sweetness of the lala.  4.25/5

The oyster omelettes arrive on a hotplate with much fanfare and finished on the table.   Unlike the typical oyster omelette, theirs is without the sticky sweet potato starch.  The robust chilli has a bit of a punch and should please the chilli lovers.  I felt it was a little too spicy and could do with a bit of tang.  4/5

I was a little disappointed when I saw that they served their orh nee with coconut milk.  However, the house made yam paste itself was very good.  Mr Teh told me that we can request for it without coconut milk, in which case it would come with a water chestnut syrup.  4.25/5

If you usually like to order lime juice, then you would be very pleased to know that they still squeeze their own calamansi limes here!  I was so surprised that they would still take the trouble of squeezing their own.  Most places I know simply pour it out of a bottle!

Conclusion

There is no debate about the quality of the seafood here.  With Mr Teh running his own seafood business at Senoko fishery port, plus the fact that he is Teochew, just means that the quality of the seafood is a given.   The preparation of the food is very good.  It isn’t stellar, die die must try good, but it is better than most places.  From what I gather from our facebook fans, it seems like the quality might fluctuate especially on weekends when it is crowded, so do take note of that.

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Deal Alert: Save $25 On Refurbished Apple AirPods [Tax-Free For Limited Time]

By | February 16th, 2018

There are many advantages to Apple’s walled garden approach to technology, and the AirPods are one example of that.

Earphones that are truly wireless and connect via a pairing method that works in a way that can fairly be described as magic, AirPods are arguable the best example of why Apple believes it does not need to have a headphone jack on its iPhones.

The hottest earphones around when it comes to Apple’s smartphones, AirPods are often in and out of stock at Apple’s stores both on the high street and online. They are, however, currently available in refurbished form via eBay and at a minimal discount, too.

Apple’s AirPods normally retail for $ 159, which may seam costly at first until you remember how magical they can sometimes appear to be. However, if you buy via eBay right now you can save yourself around $ 10-$ 12 bucks, which while not a huge amount of money, is about as much as you are going to be able to save on AirPods anywhere right now.

However, buying this way does have another advantage in that you will likely also save on tax, too. Apple’s price of $ 159 is before local sales taxes are added, as is the case with everything it sells, so going via the eBay route could save you a few extra dollars, too – likely around the likes $ 25 but of course it will vary depending on which State you live in.

The good news is that this particular seller has great rating on eBay, and this particular item also includes eBay’s money back guarantee. So if all this checks out for you and you are on the lookout for some fancy new wireless earphones then the AirPods are certainly a tried and tested way to go – we’ve yet to hear of anyone who was disappointed with them!

Buy: Apple AirPods Refurbished from eBay: $ 149 (tax-free) | Original price: $ 160 (excluding tax)

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Uya う屋 四代目菊川 at Wheelock: Fourth Generation Owner of Unagi Restaurant Opens in Singapore

Japanese restaurant Uya at Wheelock Place, which serves unagi (eels), is a partnership between chef-owner Yuhei Kikukawa and Shin Foods. Yuhei Kikukawa is the fourth generation family head of  a wholesaler of unagi for over 90 years and owner of unagi and other Japanese cuisine restaurants in Nagoya, Japan. Shin Foods is the umbrella group of Shunjuu Izakaya, Koji Sushi, and the now defunct Satsume Shochu.

For their unagi, they use bigger eels than other restaurants. Like abalone, eels go by weight. When you say 2-head abalone, it means it takes 2 abalones to make up a kg. And 2-head abalone is more expensive than 4-head abalone because it takes longer time to grow in size. Similarly, most restaurants use 4 eels/kg but Uya uses 3 eels/kg.

Uya follows the same eel suppliers as Kikukawa’s unagi restaurant in Nagoya. They choose eels from China, Taiwan, and Japan, depending on the season. Currently, they are using Taiwanese eels. They import their eels live.

But besides unadon or unagi don, they also serve other rice bowls including tempura rice bowl ($ 23) and wagyu rice bowl ($ 27), which is just ok for us.

They also serve side dishes like the crispy bone ($ 6) of unagi, which is great as bar grub–very addictive, I finished it by myself–but I’m not sure if I’ll pay $ 6 for a few pieces.

The unagi liver can be served two ways: grilled liver ($ 9, pictured below) or poached liver ponzu ($ 9, pictured above).  The grilled liver is coated their homemade unagi sweet sauce and has a nice bite, slighter harder than poached version.

The poached liver is softer and tenderer but it is also quite bland. While I preferred the grilled version, Mr Fitness liked the poached one because it’s light with soy sauce.

The oyster tempura (3 pcs, $ 12) is wrapped with shiso leaf and is accompanied with a condiment of salt. I usually like oysters done in tempura style but somehow the oysters here aren’t as loaded with juices as the ones I had elsewhere.

The sashimi ($ 35 standard/$ 50 premium) is of good quality, firm and not fishy. (Photo shows premium version.) Worth adding a $ 15 to upgrade from standard because there is uni and chutoro in the premium plate.

Lastly, of course, their signature, hitsumabushi ($ 35 medium, $ 48 large, photo shows large). Including Chikuyotei, Man Man, and Unagidokoro Takahashi in Hokkaido–the latter two restaurants were awarded Bib Gourmand by the Michelin Guide–Uya is the fourth restaurant that I visited to focus on unagi.

Obviously, given how popular Man Man is, it invites the question of how Uya compares to Man Man. The diplomatic answer is they are different. Man Man has a masculine bold char that hits you whereas Uya is more subtle and well-balanced and gentle. If you don’t like sweet food, Uya offers a less sweet version from Man Man’s.

But this site isn’t known for diplomacy so here it goes. Uya is good. It uses great quality eels, and the sauce has been their secret family recipe for 90 years. They use koshihikari rice from Niigata, which is my favourite variety of rice. But somehow, the rice here isn’t as fluffy and moist as the one I cook at home. (Meidi-ya at Liang Court sells this rice, and when it is on discount, it’s worth buying.)

Although Uya is good, my first instinct is that I prefer Man Man because when I ate at Man Man, it hit me viscerally; I went WOW and was deeply impressed. When I had time to think about it, I like Man Man’s masculine boldness because it’s distinctive, different from other unagi restaurants’ versions. Man Man’s whole mouthfeel—the rice with the eel–is also fuller and better.

That said, Uya is good on its own right–really, no complaints–and some people may prefer a less sweet version of unadon. And another point to Uya: they accept reservations.


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Uya う屋 四代目菊川
Wheelock Place, 501 Orchard Road, #02-15/16, Singapore 238880
Tel: +65 6732 1096
Daily 12pm-2.30pm; Sun-Th 6pm-9.30pm, F & Sat 6pm-10pm

Food: 6.75/10
Price/value: 5.75/10
Ambience/decor: 7/10


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Written by Dr. A. Nathanael Ho.

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