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Apple CEO Tim Cook Says “We’re Not In It For The Money” In New Interview

By | February 22nd, 2018

You may remember that we told you yesterday that Fast Company had named Apple as its most innovative company of the year, and as a follow up to that, it has now published an interview with the company’s CEO, Tim Cook.

During the interview, Cook hits many of the same points that he has in the past and there is never any doubt that he is not very well rehearsed, hitting predefined points along the way, but that does not mean that there are no interesting tidbits worth reading.

In a move that is similar to a sentiment often shared by Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, Tim Cook said that Apple is not motivated merely by making money, instead focusing on making products that will impact on people’s lives. If Apple manages that, then money, and subsequently, profit, will follow. Cook, whether you believe him or not, says that sky-high stock prices are a result of Apple’s work, not something it sets out for.

Stock price is a result, not an achievement by itself. For me, it’s about products and people. Did we make the best product, and did we enrich people’s lives? If you’re doing both of those things–and obviously those things are incredibly connected because one leads to the other—then you have a good year.

With regard to Apple’s most recent release, the smart speaker it calls HomePod, Tim Cook reiterates his previous claims that music is an important part of Apple’s DNA, something that led to the creation of HomePod thanks to a desire to allow music to be enjoyed in a way that makes it possible to hear “the full sound.”

Think about the production that goes into a recording of a song. Great artists spend enormous time thinking about every detail. If you get this little squeaky speaker, all of that is gone! All of the art and craft of music is gone. [HomePod] is the realization that that is important. Part of the enjoyment in music is hearing the full sound.

The interview also touches on other recent developments, such as Face ID, as well as confirming that Apple starts working on products three or four years ahead of their release while also implying that some product lead times are even longer than that.

The full interview is well worth a read, and while some old tropes are trotted out, there is plenty to enjoy here.

(Source: Fast Company)

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Ah Seah Teochew Porridge 亚城潮州粥 @ Teck Chye Terrace

Hougang probably has the highest Teochew porridge eatery outlets in Singapore, not a surprise with its premises reside in an area that predominantly a Teochew community.

We have tried a few of the famous one around this area and come to Teochew porridge; it wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Ah Seah Teochew Porridge which is one of the heavyweights around in Hougang. Established since 1955 and a place used to be popular among the Houganger hankering for some authentic and traditional Teochew porridge.

It was a weekend evening; the drizzling rain bought the temperature down to a cooling night and could not be better to indulge in a bowl of steamy hot watery porridge with a few traditional simple dishes to warm the stomachs.

Ah Seah Teochew Porridge occupying two adjacent shops along the stretch of shop houses together with other eateries. There were a myriad of choices available here, from the must have braised items like braised duck, pork and steamed fish to the traditional Teochew dishes like the home-made fish cake, salted preserved vegetables and cabbage chai chye etc.

Our stomachs were not growling for food and we opted for something simple, we skipped the steamed fish or braised meat and went for the hei-bee-hiem, cabbage, steamed eggs with minced meat and fish cake. Of course, the supposedly piping hot porridge that turned out to be lukewarm only.

Unfortunately all the dishes could not create too much of excitement to our tastebuds; the dishes were fairly ordinary, it was the run-of-the-mill standard from the taste to the texture and freshness. Some of the dishes were cold when served eg the cabbage and steamed eggs, we have to rely on the lukewarm porridge to warm up the food.

There is no specific sublime dish that worth to mention, everything we tried was edible food and that’s it. Price may be slightly cheaper compared to those around the same area and may consider as a consolation to the overall experience here.

Our verdict

Compared to other popular Teochew porridge around, Ah Seah Teochew Porridge obviously has more rooms to improve, although there could be some good dishes that we have not tried, however, based on the similar dishes we have tried before from other Teochew porridge shops as the basis of comparison, the differences are there.

Ah Seah Teochew Porridge

A: 31 /33Teck Chye Terrace, Singapore 545732

H: 11am to 12am daily

T: 6283 7409

FB: Ah Seah Teochew Porridge 亚城潮州粥 – Singapore – Singaporean restaurant, Chinese restaurant | Facebook

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iPhone SE 2 Rumored To Have 4.2-Inch Display In New Report Detailing Its Specs

By | February 21st, 2018

The iPhone SE has been the subject of rumors for a few months now, with the smart money being on the low-end device receiving a much needed refresh in 2018. While that is likely on the cards, what that refresh will look like is far less certain and there have been contradicting reports coming out of multiple sources.

Now we have another one to add to the mix, with Chinese news website qq.com citing supply chain sources when saying that the updated device will debut at WWDC 2018 along with all-new specifications.

Chief among the new things qq.com claims to know is that the iPhone SE will ship with a new 4.2-inch display atop a chassis that will more resemble the current model than anything more flashy, such as the iPhone X. This would be the first time Apple has shipped an iPhone with such a display size, and the current iPhone SE possesses the slightly smaller 4-inch display that owners of the device apparently love.

While the iPhone SE 2 is very unlikely to move away from a metal design a la the current flavor, we have less faith in that 4.2-inch display rumor coming to fruition.

Inside, the report claims that the new iPhone SE refresh will include a new, faster A10 Fusion chip, although it also says that Apple will ship the device with the same 2GB of RAM. Storage options are said to be either 32GB or 128GB.

Finally, the report claims that Apple will announce the device during WWDC in June, something that has not happened since the iPhone 4 all the way back in 2010. While possible, we find this unlikely, although there really is no knowing with Apple these days.

We still think it’s more likely that an iPhone SE refresh would come later in the year, potentially alongside the annual flagship iPhone announcements in September.

(Source: qq.com [Google Translate])

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Kra Pow, Far East: Popular Thai Restaurant Moved, Expanded, and Added More Dishes

Kra Pow, a popular Thai restaurant at Far East Plaza, was a hole in the wall but it was so popular so quickly that it moved a few doors away from its original spot to a much bigger space. With the bigger space, they updated the decor and it was bright, contemporary, classy, and comfortable.

In addition, they have also increased their dishes. Initially, they only serve one-meal noodles or rice bowls like fried rice or beef soup noodles. But now they add sharing, communal dishes such as whole seabass, which they can steam, or deep fry, or topped with Thai sauce at $ 39.90. They also have crying tiger ($ 15.80), grilled beef knuckle so spicy it makes a tiger cry. I’ve tried this dish at Siam Society and I dare not order it again.

When we were there, we noticed that chefs were speaking Thai in the kitchen. And the food was fantastic. Great for this price.

For carbs, the Thai beef fried rice ($ 7.90) is nice. A good smoky wok hei with a generous serving of tender and chewy beef. While Mr Fitness prefers the fried rice, I like the pad see ew beef ($ 8.90+ $ 1 for sunny side-up) which is really just stir-fried beef hor fun (broad rice noodles). It’s oily enough so that the noodles don’t stick together but it isn’t greasy so you can eat a lot of it. It has just a touch of soy sauce, which undercuts the oil.

Chiobu thinks the spice level of the red tom yum seafood ($ 7.90) is just ok but I find very spicy. Although spicy (to me), it is also quite complex: a sweetness first which mellows down to a salty spiciness. Quite good.

We expected the Thai prawn omelette ($ 12.90) to be the deep-fried Thai style but it isn’t; it is just a normal omelette. While the price point is rather weird (because it is more expensive than meat dishes), it’s quite tasty. If you don’t mind the price, it’s delicious.

Thais do great pork dishes. The deep-fried pork belly ($ 10.90) is wonderful, tender and crispy without being oily. Although Mr Fitness said that the braised pork leg ($ 16.90) is just so-so, I like the it because it tasted light and not gamy. The price is also good.

A must-order here is the red and green ruby ($ 5.90, two persons can share). It’s really very simple: just rubies with coconut ice. But the ice here is like those Korean bingsu ice, so fine and powdery like snow. It is expensive but I highly recommend it and I think it is worth the price.

Including a iced Thai milk tea ($ 3.90), a lemongrass ($ 3.90), and a takeaway packet of Thai beef fried rice ($ 7.90 + $ 1 extra rice + $ 3 extra beef) for my dad who finished the enormous portion, we paid $ 98 for three persons + 1 takeaway packet. Of course, we over-ordered and overate so a more reasonable estimate would be about $ 20 per pax.

On the whole, this restaurant is wonderful. We love everything here from the delicious food to the decor. Definitely will be back for more. Highly recommended.


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Kra Pow Thai Restaurant
Far East Plaza, 14 Scotts Road #03-26/27 Singapore 228213
tel: +65 6734 1946

Food: 7.25/10
Value/price: 6.75/10
Service: NA (order at counter and collect when your beeper rings)
Decor: 7/10


You may be interested in…
The Sushi Bar, Far East Plaza
Kin Moo, Bugis: New Thai Boat Noodles Shop, First in Singapore to Offer Baamee Haeng Cha Kang Rao
Basil Thai Kitchen, Paragon: Iron Chef Chumpol Jangprai Presents Provincial Thai Dishes
Yentafo Kruengsonge, Cineleisure Orchard: Popular Bangkok Pink “Yong Tau Foo” Has Come to Singapore. Go Spicy or Go Home.


Written by Dr. A. Nathanael Ho.

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Leaked Samsung Galaxy S9 Renders Show Rumored Design Again, New Color Options

By | February 20th, 2018

Samsung’s Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ will finally be announced by Samsung on February 25th, with Mobile World Congress in Spain being the venue for what will be the first flagship smartphone launch of 2018.

Samsung’s Galaxy S line is not expected to receive a huge list of new features this year, and it certainly won’t see a radical redesign when it comes to how it looks, either, with anyone familiar with the Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+ likely to already have a good idea of what the new devices will represent, visually.

Leaks have been coming thick and fast of late, and now, two new reliable sources have shared renders and stock imagery showing just what we can expect next week. The first of those sources is WnFuture, which offers up a number of marketing renders that appear to confirm the stereo speaker configuration that has been anticipated for a while now, with leaks of the retail packaging for the new phones making mention of speakers that are “tuned by AKG.”

Not to be outdone, the ever-reliable and supremely accurate @evleaks, or Evan Blass, has shared some renders himself that show the colors we can expect to see come launch day.

Between the WinFuture and Blass images, we can see colors including a new Titanium Gray as well as the more familiar black, coral blue, and lilac offerings. Black would still be my go-to choice when it comes to smartphone colors, but that Titanium Gray certainly has a lot going for it.

We have also been treated to leaks detailing just how much the new flagship will cost, as we told you earlier, with anyone hoping for a cut-price high-end Galaxy S9 likely to be disappointed – expect nothing under $ 1000 when the phones go on sale in the United States.

We will of course have full coverage from Samsung’s announcement come February 25th. Stay tuned!

(Sources: WnFuture [Google Translate], Evan Blass [Twitter])

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Forest Adventure: We Tried This Treetop Obstacle Course At Bedok Reservoir With Zip Lines Over Water

Forest Adventure at Bedok Reservoir

For many of us, the last time we’ve gone on a high elements course probably dates back to our primary or secondary school days in OBS camps. But if you think obstacle courses are only meant for kids, think again. 

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Forest Adventure’s revamped facility at Bedok Reservoir now has higher platforms, longer crossings, and 4 zip lines across the water. We decided to take up the challenge and head down to experience it for ourselves – here’s what you can expect there: 

In-depth safety briefing with hands-on simulation

All the courses in Forest Adventure are unguided, meaning that when you’re in the treetops, it’s up to you to use your equipment and maneuver through the obstacles. But don’t worry, you’ll go through a thorough 20-minute safety briefing first before you’re good to go up amongst the trees.

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Our instructor, Tim, adjusting our safety harnesses and carabiners 

Being a noob when it comes to handling climbing equipment, going on an unguided course didn’t sit well with me at first. Thankfully, the briefing given by our instructor, Tim, was very comprehensive and settled all our doubts. 

There was even a hands-on simulation less than a metre above the ground – for us to properly acquaint ourselves with the equipment to move along on our own before the real thing. 

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Learning how to manoeuvre the trolley along the safety line 

Forest Adventure operates on a continuous belaying system, which means that you’ll be connected to a safety line at all times throughout the entire course. Plus, the instructors patrol the grounds regularly so you won’t have to worry about being left alone if you somehow find yourself getting stuck. 

Forest Adventure’s Grand Course – 44 obstacles and 3 zip lines above water

For a good challenge, tackle Forest Adventure’s gutsy Grand Course. The course has a total of 3 loops in increasing difficulty, each finishing off with a zip line across the water. 

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Outline of the Grand Course route

The Green Loop – a good warm-up with obstacles of alternating difficulty levels

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Walking across the Talloires Crossing – a bridge of suspended skinny logs

We started slow and steady with the green loop at 6.3m high, making our way through the foliage as we familiarised ourselves with the belaying system and acclimatised to the height. 

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The Indian Bridge

The courses are constructed such that there are obstacles in varying difficulties within the same loop, so we weren’t constantly exhausted. For example, after the Talloires Crossing which requires more balance as your manoeuvre yourself across skinny logs, we were met with the easier Indian Bridge, which only requires you to walk across a horizontal ladder. 

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The Bedok Bridge 

The easier obstacles will give you a sense of peace as you venture through the quiet canopy. 

The Red Loop – Tarzan Swing 9.3m above the ground

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The Tarzan Swing

Things got tougher as we kick-started the Red Loop with one of Forest Adventure’s must-trys – the Tarzan Swing. You’ll have to hook yourself up to a vine-like contraption and swing across mid air from a 9.3m platform towards a vertical net. Brace yourselves for the initial free fall before the swing mechanism kicks in, propelling you to the net on the other side.

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As this obstacle requires a bit of equipment work, instructors will be at ground level to guide you step by step before you take the leap. This rope system is designed to completely foolproof, meaning you won’t even be able to jump off if you aren’t hooked up correctly. 

If you aren’t quite up for the challenge of the Tarzan Swing, there’s an alternate route you can take, consisting of 3 crossings before the 2 routes merge and the course continues in the same direction. 

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One of the obstacles in the alternate route – the Half Stirrups 

The Black Loop – the trickiest obstacles, with a reward of stunning views at the end

Also at 9.3m high, the Black Loop may be the shortest of all, but houses the trickiest obstacles. We kid you not, even Tim acknowledged that the instructors had difficulties crossing the obstacles sometimes. 

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The Sherwood Crossing, by far the hardest obstacle in the whole compound 

Unsuspecting as these small wooden octagonal planks look, it’s seemingly impossible to step on one without immediately slipping off and getting tangled in the mass of ropes. But here’s a hack we learnt from Tim: the trick is to turn left and cross sideways while holding the rope as high up as possible for maximum tension and stability. 

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Walking on the Goat Crossing 

Our hard work wasn’t in vain when we were rewarded with a stunning panoramic view of the reservoir nearing the end of the loop. It was satisfying to know that to have gotten far enough to witness this priceless view, it meant that we had successfully conquered 2 gruelling hours worth of obstacles. 

Forest Adventure’s Big Zip – zipline across the waters of Bedok Reservoir

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Only one word can describe the feeling of zipping down a 300m stretch across water, suspended at 14m in the air – shiok. If you’ve already conquered the 3 zips in the Grand Course and are looking for grander finale, Forest Adventure’s Big Zip is the way to go. 

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Before reaching the platform, you’ll have channel your inner Kim Possible and climb up a wooden shaft called the Fisherman’s Trap. Then, attach your carabiner to the wire and let yourself zoom down!

Tip: Run off the platform for extra speed

Take things to new heights at Forest Adventure’s obstacle courses

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If you’re looking for a challenge that doesn’t involve racing to meet a deadline, Forest Adventure is the perfect outdoorsy activity for an adrenaline rush. After all, up in the treetops, the sounds of everyday life like zooming cars and the city bustle are completely muted by the rustling of leaves.  

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It doesn’t matter if you’re not the “fitspo” type – Forest Adventure’s Grand Course can be conquered by anyone – as long as you’re at least 1.5m tall and chock full of guts.

There are also easier courses for kids’ to attempt, so your little ones can be part of the fun too. So gather your family and friends, and head down for an experience that’s out of the norm. Sure, you’ll find yourself sweaty and tired after the 2 hours or so, but the sense of accomplishment at the end will be worth it.

Prices for Forest Adventure’s various courses are as follows: 

  • Kids Course: $ 36
  • Junior Course: $ 39
  • Grand Course: $ 50
  • Big Zip: $ 15

Note: The Big Zip is not a standalone attraction and is only accessible to course ticket holders at an additional price of $ 15 on top of the course price. 

CNY Promotion: The Big Zip is free of charge until 28 February 2018

Address: Bedok Reservoir Road, Singapore 479244 
Opening hours: Tue-Sun: 9.30AM – 6.30PM (closed on Mondays) 
Telephone: 8100 7420

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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. 

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

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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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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 

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

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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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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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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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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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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 
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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

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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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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.    

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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.        

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

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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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