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Xin Yuan Ji Fish head Steamboat (新源记) @ Tan Quee Lan Street

Xin Yuan Ji Fish head Steamboat (新源记) @ Tan Quee Lan Street

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Started at People’s Park Food Centre in 1993, Xin Yuan Ji has relocated to several locations and finally settled at Tan Quee Lan Street. Xin Yuan Ji specialised in fish head steamboat and one of must visit stop in our hunt of the best fishhead steamboat in Singapore.

There was already a queue when we reached there at 5.30pm. Xin Yuan Ji Fish head Steamboat apparently has its group of fans judging from the response.

Xin Yuan Ji Fish head Steamboat 40 / 55 / 70

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We ordered the red snapper steamboat (meat) and its served in the traditional charcoal heating aluminum type of steamboat. The steamboat was packed with cabbage, tomatoes, tofu, yam and big chunk of red snapper fish.

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The red snapper was fried to seal the flavour and the serving was reasonably generous compared to other famous steamboat brands. The fish was fresh and tender and it has complemented well by a good broth, most of the steamboat failed miserably with the poor mastery of the broth, we are pleased Xin Yuan Ji’s broth was infused with sweetness and savoury, it has a hints of herb flavour and embellished with the pleasing seasoning. Refilling of broth thrice and the quality of broth has not been compromised.

Assam Curry Fish Head 22.8

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The curry flavour was subtle, the gravy was rich and robust, however, taste of sourness from the assam was not distinctive, name it as Assam curry may not fit the dish.

The claypot curry fish head served with eggplant, cabbage and tau pok, a bowl of rice doused with the curry could already made a succulent taste and hard to stop at just one. The only drawback was the small fish head and the pathetic flesh came with it.

Mixed fish mee hoon 8.8

Xin Yuan Ji is popular with its fish meat mee hoon, however, the mixed fish mee hoon broth was insipid to the taste, we have to slight touched up the taste by sprinkling some soy sauce. Fried fish lost too much of the moist and the dry texture was not the perennial flavour of a good food soup.

Salted egg diced chicken 18.8

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Xin Yuan Ji may have the culinary skills with the fish but non-aquatic creatures are just lacks the quality, be it the poultry or the green veggies, the dishes are menial job.

Sambal Kang Kong 8.8

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The more we eat, the more we think the dish was cooked just for entertaining, featureless sambal and mushy texture were what is all about for this dish.

French Bean with Dry Shrimp 13.8

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Run of the mills dish.

Ham Scramble Egg 8.8

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Chef recommendation but…..ok…you may forget about it.

Our verdict on Xin Yuan Ji Fish head Steamboat

When we left at 7pm, the queue already stretched few folds longer, everyone was obviously going after Xin Yuan Ji Fish head Steamboat for their lovely luscious warmth soup and the pleasing fish thingy and we can fully endorsed it. However, you can forgo the side dishes except the Assam claypot fish head.

Xin Yuan Ji Fish head Steamboat

A: 31 Tan Quee Lan Street, Singapore 188117

T: +65 6334 4086

H: Daily 11.30am to 11.30pm


Xin Yuan Ji (新源记) @ Hougang

A: Blk 107 #01-00 Hougang Ave 1 Singapore 530107 ( off Lorong Ah Soo )

T: +65 6747 7713

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Apple To Attend Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2017 As An Exhibitor?

By | October 20th, 2016

In a move that has surprised most, Apple has been listed as an exhibitor at 2017 Mobile World Congress (MWC) event, set to begin on February 27th next year.

The event, which takes place annually in Barcelona is the world’s largest exhibition and conference for the mobile industry and while companies such as Samsung, HTC, LG and even Microsoft have often used it as a launchpad for new products, Apple has never attended. Next year will change that.


In fact, Apple hasn’t attended any third-party trade show since Macworld way back in 2009. The move to be part of Mobile World Congress next year is an interesting one on many levels, and shows yet another change to the company which once made a big deal about not needing events such as Macworld or Mobile World Congress in order to show off its wares.

In fact, Apple was so pleased with the performance of its Apple Stores along with its own ad-hoc product announcement events, that it decided it no longer needed the help of third-parties in order to get its new products before the eyes of the world.

Since that time, some of Apple’s biggest product announcements have happened on its own terms. With no set dates imposed upon it for when products could be released, Apple seemed pleased with its lot. However, with Mobile World Congress 2017 now set to boast Apple as an exhibitor, perhaps this stance has begun to change.

Apple at MWC

Apple has yet to officially acknowledge its presence at next year’s Mobile World Congress event, but PR firm Babel PR brought its attendance to the attention of one publication. Interestingly, the portion of the Mobile World Congress website which outed Apple’s attendance is no longer available, suggesting someone has now removed it. Ooops.

(Via: MacRumors)

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10 Best 1-for-1 Food Deals You Must Not Miss In October 2016

Double the company, half the price 

 We’re down to the last quarter of 2016, and you’ve probably already started saving moolah for all the Christmas presents you’ll be buying. That normally means more stay-home and budget dates, except this year it can be totally different –  here’s a pool of great places that you can halve your bill if you bring a plus one, as long as you use a DBS/POSB card to make payment! 

Read on for eat-all-you-can buffets, high teas and simple milkshakes that you can indulge in. 

1. 1-for-1 Milkshakes @ Ben & Jerry’s, Dempsey 


Source: @benandjerrysg  

Happiness could come as easy as a cup of creamy milkshake. Think your favourite Chocolate Fudge Brownie or Phish Food ice-cream blended into a smooth and milky slush for you on a sweltering hot day: shiok. Even better, create your own signature milkshake made from any ice-cream flavour of your choice! 

Promotion: 1-for-1 Milkshake Exclusive  
Offer till: 31st Oct 2016 
Outlets: Only at Dempsey Road, Blk 8 #01-14 

2. 1-for-1 Lunch/Dinner Buffet @ Furama City Centre 


Source: @furamacitycentre

A 4-minute walk from Clarke Quay is all it takes to reach this halal-certified restaurant at Furama City Centre. Tiffany Cafe & Restaurant serves a huge range of gastronomic delights and specials from their Malay Kitchen, so if you love international food and spice, you’ll love it here. 

They have an impressive dessert spread and you must not miss out any of their durian desserts – their Durian Pengat and puddings have been highly raved about!  

Promotion: 1-for-1 Lunch/Dinner Buffet 
Offer till: 30 Dec 2016

  • Maximum of 10 diners per table 
  • Child pricing only for children aged 5 – 11 years old. 


  • Lunch: S$ 53.80++ (Adult) S$ 28.80++ (Child)
  • Buffet Dinner: S$ 65.80++ (Adult) S$ 28.80++ (Child)

Venue: Tiffany Cafe & Restaurant

3. 1-for-1 Buffet Dinner/ Weekend High Tea @ Holiday Inn Atrium 


Source: @ksherena 

Another super accessible buffet is Holiday Inn Atrium’s seafood buffet. A few minutes from the CBD, you can jio your colleagues for a TGIF seafood feast to kickoff the weekend. Think freshly-shucked oysters, snow crab delights and even your favourite salted egg yolk crab.  

On weekends, you can anticipate a spread of savoury baked options and homely favours such as cheese oysters and crab with vermicelli. If you don’t wanna bog yourself down with a full meal, this 1-for-1 promotion also extends to their weekend high tea! 


  • 1-for-1 ‘A Great Catch’ Seafood Buffet Dinner
  • 1-for-1 Weekend High Tea

Offer till: 31st Oct 2016

  • 1-day advance reservation needed 

Address: Atrium Restaurant, 317 Outram Road, Holiday Inn 
Contact: 67317172 

4. 1-for-1 Cafe Mosaic @ Carlton Hotel, Singapore 


Source: @titu5

If you love your savoury favourites hot, Cafe Mosaic at Carlton Hotel doesn’t disappoint. On top of their amazing seafood range on ice, you get to indulge in their O.P Ribs served with Red Wine Reduction or dive into a delish “rojak” you create with your favourite ingredients.  

Just 3 minutes from City Hall MRT, it’s another dinner spot you can definitely head straight after work. This also means that you have more time to eat till every penny’s worth!  

Promotion: 1-for-1 buffet dinner 
Offer till: 31st Oct 2016

  • Not valid during festive period, eve of and on PHs. 
  • Up to 12 guests per table, no splitting of bill 
  • Child pricing only for children aged 6 – 12 years old, 6 years and below dine for free. 

Address: Cafe Mosaic, 76 Bras Basah Road, Carlton Hotel Singapore 

5. 1-for-1 English Afternoon Tea Set @ Java+, Marriott Tang Plaza


Source: @imfleur  

Sometimes, having time to even chill your afternoon away with nice cake and good tea becomes a luxury in the midst of your busy schedule. Swarmed with work, most of us barely even have time to pick up a book, let alone catch up with a friend over dessert. 

Now you can legit stop feeling guilty about the time you stood your BFF up because you had work to clear. Chope her and catch up over quality TWG tea paired with good english savories.  

Promotion: 1-for-1 Traditional English Afternoon Tea Set, from 2 – 5 pm daily 

Offer till: 31st Oct 2016

  • Reservations made at least 2-days in advance 

Address: 320 Orchard Road, Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel 

6. 1-for-1 Mains/Pasta @ High Society, Marina Bay Sands  


Source: @kenniey

Normally, food at MBS can be so atas that you could only explore options from 1983 or Rasapura Masters. Even then, you could carelessly over-pick a few yong tau foo ingredients and pay almost $ 10 for it. 

But now you and your BFF could share a Cajun Spring Chicken and Norwegian Seared Salmon from this cool music-themed restaurant without breaking the bank. After which, you can tell your friends that you have FINALLY dined at a classy restaurant in MBS! 

Promotion: 1-for-1 Main course/ Pasta 
Offer till: 31st Oct 2016, Valid only for dine In 
Outlets: The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, #B2-47/48 

7. 1-for-1 Selected Mains @ Fish & Co 


Source: @fishncosg  

You don’t have to be a student to enjoy their amazing mains at a wallet-happy price. Pick up deep sea catches with ebiko or a peri-peri spice, enjoy a grilled chicken with seafood or even share a crusty mediterranean pizza. 

They’ve outlets islandwide so hop conveniently to one near you!  

Promotion:1-for-1 Selected Main Course 

Offer till: till 31st Oct 2016

  • Only valid for dine in on weekdays, excluding Friday 6 – 10pm, eve of PH and PH. 
  • Free item will be of the lower value 

Outlets: All Singapore outlets except Changi Airport Terminal 2, Paragon & AMK Hub 

8. 1-for-1 All Mains & Breads @ Bakerzin Farrer Park Connexion 


 Source: @rennahalim 

You might be more familiar with their flans and macaroons but locally-born French patisserie Bakerzin has been working hard to bring more than just desserts to the table. If you don’t already know, they have long revamped their menu to include savoury hot mains!  

Now with a wide range of food, drinks and desserts, it’s time for you to grab bae and make them your cosy one-stop dinner pick. 

Promotion: 1-for-1 all Main Courses and Breads 
Offer till: 4th November 2016, only valid on weekdays. 
Outlet: Only at Bakerzin Farrer Park Connexion 

9. 1-for-1 Dimsum @ Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao / Jiangnan 


Source: Crystal Jade  

Crystal Jade members, you’re in for a treat! Tick off your cravings with a range of their signature dimsums; from Beijing XLB, your favourite steamed honey char siew bao to Shanghai pan-fried pork buns, you got to try them all.  

The promotion is available at ALL Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao/Jiangnan outlets, so it’s convenient wherever you stay! 

Promotion: 1-for-1 Selected Dimsum, for Jadeite members with payment made using DBS/POSB Credit or Debit card
Offer till: 31st Oct 2016, Mon – Fri excluding eve of PH and PH 
Outlets: Available at all Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao/ Jiangnan outlets

10. 1-for-1 Pastas @ Capri by Fraser, Changi 


Source: Capri by Fraser  

Just because all-day-dining restaurant Caprilicious is nestled quietly within Changi Business Park doesn’t mean that their deals are as ulu as their location. Easties are gonna hail this pasta promotion that’s perfect for you and your office lunch kaki. Also because they’re so known for their international buffets, you can expect high quality seafood here. 

Promotion: 1-for-1 Pasta at Caprilicious 
Offer till: 31st Oct 2016 
Outlets: Only at Capri by Fraser (Changi), 3 Changi Business Park Central 1 

Eat your way through October with wallet-friendly deals 


Armed with a DBS/POSB Credit or Debit Card, you can wrap up October easily without emptying your wallet in misery. So when you’re desperate and close to eating grass, supersaver deals are a godsend. 

Besides these F&B deals to look out for, you could even score a 1-for-1 7D6N trip to Taiwan, enjoy complimentary perfumes and skincare or dine free with two paying adults at Fullerton Hotel. With less than two weeks to go, we say you better catch these deals as fast as you got PPAP stuck in your head.  

Find out more 1-for-1 and other dining deals here!  

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Do RAM Cleaning Tools Really Help?

If you don’t have “enough” RAM in your PC, then you must have tried (or thought of trying) a RAM cleaning tool that promises to quickly “free up” RAM.

Have you ever wondered how the cleaning and quick boosts in RAM work? How do these tools free up RAM? Do they allocate the processes somewhere else or kill the processes? Or do they just fake it?

Well, there are loads of debates going on around RAM cleaning/optimizing tools, both in favor, and against. In this article, I will try to clear up misconceptions about RAM cleaning tools.

How RAM works

Operating systems use both the RAM and storage inside your hard drive to write and exchange processes.

Almost all the latest operating systems (released in the last 10 years) have a smart RAM management system to cache processes and take full advantage of the physical RAM and the virtual RAM stored in the hard drive storage.

Physical RAM is very fast, so all active processes are written there.

On the other hand, hard drive storage is very slow, so the passive processes are moved there to keep more RAM free to tackle more important or pressing processes.

Virtual RAM is the one typically stored in a file in your system drive; it’s called pagefile.sys in Windows and swapfile in Mac OS X.

When you use your PC, the operating system is continuously moving less important processes (passive ones) to virtual RAM (slower memory), and freeing up actual RAM (faster memory) for important processes (active ones).

Additionally, your OS also caches less important processes to free up RAM for important processes.

You can press Ctrl + Shift + Esc keys in Windows to bring up the Task Manager and move to the “Performance” tab to see all the details regarding RAM.

On Mac OS X you can press Command + Shift + Escape to open “Activity Monitor” and see the RAM usage in the “Memory” section.

How to see RAM work in real-time

You can also see this happening in real-time, here is what you need to do:

Open two tabs in your browser with separate websites on them, like on one and your email service on the other. If you will switch between these tabs, there will be no delay or lag.

Now minimize the browser and do anything else in your PC e.g. Open the File Manager and move 2-3 folders to another location. After 10-15 seconds come back and try to switch between the tabs again, you will see the “processing icon” next to your mouse cursor (it’s a blue circle in Windows) and there might be a tiny lag as well.

That 1-3 seconds process shows that the operating system is moving processes from the virtual RAM to the physical RAM.

Note: If you have a SSD instead of HDD, then the delay should be very small, almost unnoticeable.

Overall, the RAM management system in all the latest operating systems is really good and should not require intervention from third-party tools.

How RAM cleaning tools work

Most RAM cleaning tools minimize physical RAM usage. Usually they shift all the processes to virtual RAM and clear the physical RAM cache to free up RAM.

As soon as you tell the RAM cleaning tool to free up RAM it will put extreme pressure on the physical RAM. The operating system will think that the tool requires too much RAM, and to achieve that it will move all the other processes to virtual RAM.

Once the cleaning tool is sure that all the processes have been moved to virtual RAM, it will stop putting the pressure and show you that it has freed so much RAM. In the same process, it will also delete all the cached data inside the physical RAM.

To illustrate the process, I have done two quick experiments, which you can try on your own as well:

Experiment 1:

I have selected the Glary Utilities built-in “Memory Optimizer” which could free up to 90% of total RAM. Based on the screenshots below, my RAM usage was 78%-84% at the time of the experiment.

When I clicked on “Optimize” to free up RAM, the tool immediately started using 99%-100% of my RAM. After 4-5 seconds it stopped using the RAM and my RAM usage went down to as low as 23%!

The tool released a huge amount of RAM and an average user will definitely find this eye opening. However once it was done, all the opened programs in my PC got stuck and took at least 5-7 seconds to work again.

In the screenshot below you can see how my Opera browser is not responding after using this tool.

Experiment 2:

To further prove that these tools only send processes to virtual RAM, I did another experiment. The experiment is the same as the one above, but this time I disabled “pagefile.sys” in my Windows PC i.e. I completely disabled the virtual RAM.

As soon as I pressed the “Optimize” button to free up RAM, it again started using 100% of my RAM and in less than 2 seconds my PC crashed with a blue screen of death.

This happened because virtual RAM was not available. As Windows had nowhere to send the other processes, the pressure led to my PC crashing.

Why RAM cleaning tools are bad

Now that you know how RAM cleaning tools work, let’s see why they are bad.

We now know that RAM cleaning tools move all the active and passive processes to virtual RAM, which is much slower than the physical RAM.

This means your PC will slow down until the operating system moves the processes back to physical RAM again.

As I said in the first experiment, the programs in my PC got stuck for 5-7 seconds after the use of the RAM cleaning tool. In those 5-7 seconds the operating system’s RAM management system was trying to fix the mistakes of the RAM cleaning tool and move all the process back to the physical RAM.

Additionally, as these tools also delete cached data inside the RAM, it will also take more time for you to load a recently closed or minimized program.

Where RAM cleaning tools work

There aren’t many advantages to freeing up RAM, but it may help take care of programs with memory leak issues.

A memory leak issue simply means that memory is allocated to certain programs but it is not used by the program or released upon the program being terminated. This memory cannot be flushed by the operating system. You have to restart the PC or use a RAM cleaning tool to regain it. If your PC’s RAM is filled even when there are no programs or processes running, it could also be a memory leak.

RAM Cleaners vs. RAM Managers

I am sure many readers will argue that memory cleaners like CleanMem, Wise Memory Optimizer or Memory Cleaner do speed up the PC. The thing is, programs like CleanMem are not RAM cleaning tools. They are more of a RAM manager which works alongside the Windows built-in memory management system.

These tools force Windows to stop moving current passive processes to virtual memory (pagefile.sys) and instead move them to cache inside the RAM as “Standby” processes.

Cache is much faster to flush or recover data from as compared to virtual memory that has slow read/write speeds.

Hence, these tools do help speed up the PC as the passive processes are now being read from the cache instead of the virtual memory.

If you are low on RAM, then a tool like CleanMem will surely speed up the PC (I am using it for over a year now). On the other hand, memory cleaner tools will focus on moving the processes to virtual memory, which is bad for the PC.

Last Words

The main reason why anyone uses RAM cleaning tools is because their RAM is filling up quickly and they want to “free up” RAM. As operating systems cache the previously opened processes, it may seem like your RAM is being used up rather quickly.

However, a full RAM isn’t necessarily a bad thing as the operating system is taking advantage of the RAM. On the contrary, free RAM is useless as it is not being used by the operating system to speed things up.

Even if an operating system is low on RAM for new processes, it can quickly flush the cache and use the freed RAM to open new processes. If you are looking to speed up the PC, then a RAM manager tool will be a better option than a scammy RAM cleaner that makes it look like your PC is speeding up when in fact, it is slowing things down behind the scenes.

Lastly, letting the operating system handle RAM is a sound option for most users. If you are low on RAM, the only way to gain more speeds is to upgrade the RAM. If you really do need to clean RAM, then use a RAM manager instead of a RAM cleaning tool.

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14 Cafes In Singapore That Open Till Midnight For Non-Alcoholic Hangouts

Cafes that are still open way after bedtime

late night cafes COVER

Singaporeans like to sleep late. That’s a known fact. If we didn’t, the 24 hour behemoth Mustafa would have folded within its first two weeks. Prata shops would uniformly close at 10pm daily, and we would see a drastic drop in motorcycle deliverymen employment. 

Nonetheless, there seems to be a dearth in our supper culture. After way too many tau huay and McDonald’s sessions, all we really want is to jazz it up a little, while enjoying the unique opportunity to have brunch for supper. After all, McDonald’s only starts serving breakfast at 4am, and having to wait 4 hours for food is just way too long. Even if it’s for an Egg McMuffin. 

If you share the common belief that foods designed for the first meal can and should be eaten three or more times a day, check out these 14 cafes that stay open till at least midnight so you can grab a morning nosh even at the eleventh hour.

1. Curious Palette

Curious Palette


Serving breakfast classics with a twist, the makers of ‘first-gen’ cafe Strangers Reunion bring you Curious Palette – a cosy yet chic cafe located along Princep Street.

Along with their wide selection of artisanal coffee and cold brew, must-haves include Berry Ricotta Hotcake ($ 18.90) and Corned beef scotch egg ($ 17.50) – all of which is worth every penny and a spot on your IG feed.

Address: 64 Prinsep St, S188667
Opening Hours: Friday to Saturday 9am–12am | Sunday to Thursday 9am–12am | Closed on Tuesdays
Contact: 6238 1068

2. Overeasy



To whomever that made waffles and fried chicken a quintessential American breakfast classic, I have two things to say: “What were you thinking?” and “THANK YOU xoxo”. At Overeasy, transport yourself to an old school 1940s diner – retro checkered floor and open bars included.

 Overeasy cafe Waffles and Breaded Wings

The said Waffles and Breaded Wings ($ 22) aside, chef specials include House Smoked Salmon and Kale Pancakes ($ 18) and Bacon Avocado Toast ($ 12), because never deny yourself the added decadence of bacon at any given time of the day.

Address: 541 Orchard Road, #01-01 Liat Towers, S238881
Opening Hours: Monday to Thursday 11am – 12am | Friday: 11am – 1am | Saturday 10am – 1am | Sunday 10am – 12am
Contact: 6684 1453

3. Lola’s Cafe

 Lola's Cafe


Oozing with laidback vibes, Lola Cafe’s brunch menu speaks the comfort vernacular that we crave. We suggest the Breakfast Butter Croissant ($ 15) – fluffy scrambled eggs, ham, honey bacon and mayo topped with garden salad and sandwiched between a buttery, flaky croissant.

 Lola's Cafe


This may be an all-night breakfast guide, but you simply cannot leave Lola’s without giving their Honey Paprika Crispy Wings ($ 10) a try. Trust when I say 4 Fingers ain’t got nothing on them. #noshade.

Fun Fact: The frames laced on the walls at Lola’s were painstakingly pinned up by the owners themselves when contractors told them it was impossible to be done.

Address: 5 Simon Rd, S545893
Opening Hours: Friday to Saturday 10am – 12am | Sunday to Thursday 10am – 11:30pm | Closed on Mondays
Contact: 6284 0349

4. Jen’s Kitchen On-The-Go

Jen's Kitchen On-The-Go


For a soothing cafe experience no matter the time of the day, Jen’s Kitchen On-The-Go offers guests light bites 24 hours round the clock. Though the food menu isn’t extensive – think simple fare like salads and sandwiches, the drinks menu is quite a sight to marvel. With an array of coffee, tea and alcoholic beverages, don’t miss their over-the-top Dirty Milkshakes like Death by Brownie ($ 11) and Birthday Cake ($ 11).

Address: Hotel Jen Tanglin Lobby, 1A Cuscaden Road, S249716
Opening Hours: Open 24 hours
Contact: 6831 4374

5. P.S Cafe

 P.S Cafe at Harding Road


The Prada of all cafes, you’ve probably seen at least one person on your timeline post a photo with P.S Cafe on geotag – and it’s not hard to see why. For a slice of the lush life and temporary respite from the busy city, P.S Cafe is it.

 P.S Cafe at Harding Road


Offering patrons with a wide variety of brunch options, treat yourself to classics like Eggs Ben ($ 26), or something more extravagant like a Breakfast Steak (priced by weight). Dining environment counts too and it’s your reign to either dine alfresco or revel in the minimal yet classy interior of the cafe.

Address: 45 Ann Siang Rd, 069719
Opening Hours: Friday 11.30am – 1:00am | Saturday and PH 9.30am – 1am | Sunday 9.30am – 11pm | Monday to Thursday 11.30am – 11pm
Contact: 9797 0648

6. The Butter Studio

The Butter Studio Crabby Eggs Neptune


Creating their own renditions of the breakfast OG – aka Eggs Benedict – The Butter Studio serves this cafe breakfast staple five ways. While dishes like the Pancakes Benedict ($ 15.50) and Wasabi Eggs Royale ($ 16.50) are crowd favourites, the star of the show is the Crabby Eggs Neptune ($ 18.50) – everything a wholesome eggs benny needs crowned with housemade crabcakes.

The Butter Studio


Despite its brunch menu, the main draw here is ultimately their baked goods – and cake for supper is always a great idea.

Address: 147 Jalan Besar, 208865
Opening Hours:  Friday 12pm – 12am | Saturday 10.30am – 12am | Sunday 10.30am – 10pm | Monday – Thursday 12pm – 10pm | Closed on Tuesdays
Contact: 6294 7115

7. Symmetry

Symmetry Cafe


To start your weekend right – even if it’s at 2 in the afternoon – a hearty breakfast must be in place. If you’re looking to deviate from breakfast regulars, Symmetry’s Pork Kakuni Croissant ($ 20) and Charred Miso & Ginger Marinated Mackerel ($ 22) are crowd pleasers every time.

As for drinks, those looking to get a little turnt can look to adding a shot or two of Frangelico and Baileys into their favourite cuppa.

Address: 9 Jalan Kubor, S199206
Opening Hours: Friday 10:30am – 12am | Saturday 9am – 12am | Sunday 9am – 7pm | Monday 10:30am – 9pm | Tuesday – Thursday 10:30am – 11pm
Contact: 6291 9901

8. Club Meatball

Club Meatball Homemade Muesli


We’d tell you what this cafe specialises in but we’ll let it tell you itself – quite literally. While Club Meatballs got some pretty kickass meatballs, don’t forget to show their breakfast options like the Homemade Muesli ($ 6.80) and Granola with Berry Compote ($ 6.80) some love too.

Club Meatball


For a more substantial meal, build your own ideal morning platter with the Club House DIY Breakfast. Just don’t miss out on the scrambled eggs, we hear they’re a game changer.

Address: 20 Cross St, 01-35, China Square Central, S048422
Opening Hours: Weekdays 8am – 12am | Saturday 12pm – 12am | Closed on Sundays
Contact: 6222 8660

9. Memo at Studio M

 Memo cafe at Studio M

A self-serving cafe by day and chill bar by night, the no-frills and laidback vibes of Memo is perhaps their way of saying anyone and everyone to stay and unwind. If your lazy day by the city brings you here, treat yourself to the wide selection of pastries and baked confectionaries.

Otherwise, guzzle to your heart’s content with their savoury waffle sandwiches over a smooth cup of latte.

Address: Studio M, 3 Nanson Road Singapore, S238910
Opening Hours: Friday – Saturday 7am – 12am | Sunday – Thursday 7am – 11pm
Contact: 6808 8888

10. Laffio

Laffio Cafe Big Brunch


A self-made abbreviation for ‘Laugh it out’, Laffio was conceived as an incubator for great moments. And it comes through in their food. Take the Laffio’s Big Brunch ($ 22) for instance – smoked salmon, beef fillet, bacon, toast, eggs, criss-cut fries, and mix of greens served right on a tray cause why even make the futile attempt to fit all of that on a plate.

On the drinks front, Laffio offers patrons a range of booze and non-alcoholic options, now tell me how you can’t be all smiles.

Address: 337 Beach Road, Singapore 199565
Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday 10am -12am | Closed on Sundays
Contact: 6635 6668

11. Gemmills

Gemmills Cafe


What hits you first when stepping foot into Gemmills is unmistakably its homeliness, from its humble decor to mismatched furniture. What’s even lovelier is its meek entrance by the alleyway, making it seem as if you stumbled upon a fairies’ hideout.

The menu reads well – a bountiful medley of baked goods and artisanal coffee and tea. Served on dainty silverware, we won’t be surprised if this becomes your favourite hangout spot.

Address: 110 Amoy Street #01-02, Singapore 068579
Opening Hours:: Monday to Saturday 8am – 12am | Closed on Sundays
Contact: 6221 5564

12. The Beast

The Beast

If you wanted, you could have chicken and waffles anywhere, but we all know that not all avian and pastry combinations are created equal. American-Southern cuisine is BIG on flavours, and if anyone knows how to do chick-and-waffles right, count on the folks at The Beast. Soaked in a 24-hour brine, the crispy yet juicy chicken fillet is slapped on a thick slice of waffle before anointed with a drizzling of bourbon maple butter sauce.

As far as we’re concerned, this is how soul food tastes like.

Address: 17 Jalan Klapa, Singapore 199329
Opening Hours:: Monday – Wednesday 5pm – 12am | Thursday & Friday 5pm – 1am | Saturday 5pm – 12am | Sunday 10am – 5pm
Contact: 6295 001

13. Ninethirty by awfully chocolate

Ninethirty by awfully chocolate


Cruising along the ‘Modsin’ food movement, ninethirty by Awfully Chocolate epitomises the fusion of east-meets-west, marrying local cuisines with our favourite cafe regulars. A handful of dishes incorporates Asian flavours of soy, miso and sesame, but items like Curry Fries ($ 8) and Tandoori Chicken Salad ($ 14) are made to satisfy the glocal palette.

Address: 131 East Coast Road Singapore 428816
Opening Hours: Friday 12pm – 1am | Saturday 9:30am – 1am | Sunday 9:30am – 11pm | Monday to Thursday 12pm – 11pm
Contact: 6345 2190

14. Nook & Cranny

 Nook & Cranny cafe


Before we get on about the food, everything about Nook & Cranny’s visual aesthetics screams minimalist heaven. Muji-Inspired wooden chairs and marble printed tables, we particularly love the white square tiles plastered across the counter that’s reminiscent of houses built in our ah ma’s generation.

Nook & Cranny


They have to food to match for it too. The usual suspects like Eggs Benedict and Salmon Florentine aside, concoctions like the Miso Roasted Pork ($ 16.50) and Japanese Beef Stew ($ 18.50) are highly raved.

Address: Thomson V One, 9 Sin Ming Road #01-03, S575630
Opening Hours: Friday 11am – 12am | Saturday 10am – 12am | Sunday 10am – 11pm | Monday – Thursday 11am – 10:30pm
Contact: 6452 7449

There When You Need It

Be it having brunch for dinner to make up for the fact you almost didn’t make it in time for morning meeting – let alone breakfast – or basking in the weekend hurray, sustenance in the form of breakfast foods can make the crazy world all seem right again. The saying goes “you snooze, you lose”. But as far as having breakfast at anytime of the day is concerned, these cafes have got your back.

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How to Create a Text-Search Bookmarklet with JavaScript

Bookmarklets are JavaScript applications that can be accessed as browser bookmarks. They are used to enable users to perform different actions on web pages. For instance, this bookmarklet by FontShop is for previewing FontShop web fonts on any web page.

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In this article, we are going to see how quick and easy it is to concoct a bookmarklet by creating one that performs a Wikiwand (better-looking Wikipedia) search for a selected text on any web page.

How bookmarklets work

The URI of a bookmarklet uses the javascript: protocol that indicates it’s composed of JavaScript code. When you click on a bookmarklet, you can run JavaScript on a web page, and perform tasks, such as changing the appearance of a page, redirecting to another page, or showing new information on it.

Since bookmarks are essentially sets of JavaScript code, they are easy to create with little JavaScript knowledge, either for personal use or for offering it to your users, such as WordPress does with its Press This bookmarklet.

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Get started with the JavaScript code

The URL structure Wikiwand uses for an English-language article is We need to write a script that jumps to the Wikiwand page of which URL ends with the string the user has just selected — the selected text will need to be put in place of articleTitle.

First, we get hold of the text the user has selected on the page with the following code:


We need to cast the object returned by getSelection() as a string by using the toString() method, in order to make it output the selected text.

Next, we need to perform a visit to the Wikiwand article page. We’ll achieve this by using the following logic, where newURL will be the URL of the Wikiwand article page (that will contain the selected string at the end):

 location.href = newURL 

When we put these two code snippets together, we end up with the following script:

 location.href=     ''+getSelection().toString() 

Now we only have to add the javascript: protocol to the front, and we have the final code we’ll use in our bookmarklet:

 // add in one line without line breaks javascript:location.href=     ''         +getSelection().toString().replace(/\n/g,'%20') 

The optional replace(/\n/g,'%20') at the end replaces any new line character (\n) in the text with a single space character (%20).

The JavaScript code is ready. Note that the code need to be placed in a single line with no line breaks, since later it will be added to a text input field.

Create the bookmark

Open your browser’s bookmark window, and add a new bookmark:

  • Firefox: Press ctrl + shift + B / cmd + shift + B, right-click “Bookmarks Toolbar”, and select “New Bookmark”.
  • Chrome: Press ctrl + shift + O / cmd + alt + B, right-click “Bookmarks bar”, and select “Add Page…&quot.

In the URL field copy-paste the JavaScript code from before. Once the bookmark is created it’s ready to use; go to any web page, select a word you want to search for in Wikiwand, and click the bookmarklet — the Wikiwand article page will open at once.

Quick Access

Rather than reaching for the bookmarks menu every time you need the bookmarklet, you can choose to display it directly in your browser for quick access.

  • Firefox: Click “View > Toolbars” in the top menu bar, and select “Bookmarks Toolbar”.
  • Chrome: Press ctrl + shift + B / cmd + shift + B.

Create a bookmarklet link

You can add your bookmarklet to a website as a hyperlink as well, which visitors can bookmark by either simply drag-and-dropping the link to the bookmark toolbar, or right-clicking the link and selecting the option to bookmark it.

To turn your bookmarklet into a hyperlink, create an <a> HTML tag with the bookmarklet script as the value of its href attribute:

 <!-- add in one line without line breaks --> <a href="javascript:location.href=   ''   +getSelection().toString().replace(/\n/g,'%20')">           Wikiwand Search Bookmarklet </a> 

How to store bookmarklets separately

You can also use a separate JavaScript file to store the bookmarklet code, which is probably not necessary if you have a short script — like the one we’ve just seen in this tutorial — but can come handy when the JavaScript code is too long to copy-paste it to the bookmark bar of your browser.

The file myscript.js will house the main JavaScript code for the bookmarklet, and you need to add the following code as the bookmark URL (either to the browser’s bookmark bar, or as the value of the href attribute in the HTML file):

 // add in one line without line breaks javascript:(()=>{   with(document){     let s=createElement('script');     s.src='myscript.js';     head.appendChild(s)}   })(); 

The code snippet above is wrapped in a self invoking arrow function, and uses features of ECMAScript 6, such as the let keyword, in order to reduce code length. It adds a <script> tag pointing to the myscript.js file to the <head> section of the document when the user clicks the bookmarklet (note that you may need to use an absolute path for the myscript.js file).

In my previous articles, you can read more on how to use the with statement and self-invoking JavaScript functions.

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Niku Katsumata 肉勝又, Duxton Road: Healthy Kagoshima Wagyu Beef Yakiniku, Grilled on Crystal Plate

niku-katsumata-duxton-hillThe month-old Niku Katsumata at Duxton Road is the first overseas outlet of Katsumata in Ebisu, Tokyo. The Tokyo outlet, started by the owner Tsuyoshi Katsumata in 2012, is an exclusive member-only restaurant serving gourmands and celebrities. In the same year, the owner started Japan Meat Sommelier Association. He also lectures at culinary schools and consults for restaurants.

niku-katsumata-yakiniku-restaurantIn Singapore, the restaurant is helmed by Chef Taiki Fujikawa, who has 10 years of experience, and a very striking manager Yosuke Aoki, who looks like the hansamu version of the actor in Train to Busan. All three of them—the chef, the manager, and the server–are imports from the Ebisu outlet. It feels like Tokyo at the restaurant.

niku-katsumata-duxton-roadThe restaurant serves 2 set courses at $ 128++ and $ 198++, with a la carte options. The set consists of 150g-175g of beef. The yakiniku grilled meat shop uses Kagoshima wagyu beef of marbling 3 to 4 (except for Australian beef tongue). They cook the beef on a crystal plate which distributes the low heat evenly, so that the beef retains its tenderness and moisture. Because there is no contact between the fire and fat, there is no smoke. Because there is no smoke, there is not stench on clothes.

I want to know about the crystal plates: are they Swarovski crystal? Hahaha.

niku-katsumata-singaporeBut before the grilled beef, there are some beef dishes, like the appetizer prosciutto melon and onion soup; and wagyu sashimi and tartare (from rump), which is mixed with a nice sweet Japanese sauce.

niku-katsumata-sgAfter the appetizers comes the grilling. The selection of beef includes rump, rib, flank, fillet, loin, etc. Simply season it with salt or with their delicious secret sauce, which includes onions and two fruits.

The marbling is not very high because they believe that you can taste the true “beef-ness,” something I agree on. Over the years, I’ve grown to enjoy a slight bite to the beef, to like more meat than fat on beef. It’s healthier, and it is also more commonsensical to eat meat, not fat.

niku-katsumata-reviewThe selection is very good, because you can taste a variety; some are very tender and some has a bit more bite, all are succulent but none is oleaginous. Towards the end of the meal, you’ll feel good, and not heavy.

niku-katsumata-menuThe wait staff provides table service and grills the meat for you. Most of the times, I prefer to grill the meat myself because it’s more fun and interactive. But Aoki-san has a special way of grilling the fillet; he grills it, leaves it aside to rest, and then grills it again. As a result, when you bite into it, the juices splash in your mouth. It’s good to leave the work to the experts.

niku-katsumata-priceOn the platter, there is also a Kagoshima pork. Usually we Chinese cook pork thoroughly, but Aoki-san assured us that there is no bacteria in Japanese pork, so it doesn’t need to be well-done. And true enough, it’s delicious and juicy. And no diarrhoea. Haha.

肉勝又At first, we thought we wouldn’t be full, but at the end of the beef courses, we were. But Japanese always ends with a carb. There is a choice of curry rice or chicken soup torisoba. The curry rice has been written about in a popular Japanese magazine; it is sweeter and thicker than usual Japanese curry, and also more Indian-spice-y. But go for the torisoba. The soup is boiled for 8 hours, packed with collagen. The noodles are slightly soft—which is how I like Asian noodles–and very slurp-worthy. Chiobu just drank straight from the bowl. Who cares about spoons?!

niku-katsumata-duxton-singaporeWe were surprised by the tiramisu. (Thought we were getting ice cream or fruits.) The dessert is fantastic, full of rum. There is something crunchy (oreo crumbs?), which adds a great dimension to the traditional Italian dessert; very smart.

On the whole, the price is rather reasonable, more affordable than other yakiniku joints like Magosaburo and beef specialist shops like Ushidoki. I like it that Katsumata serve a lean cut of wagyu, I didn’t miss the oily, jerlat feeling of fatty wagyu at all; The lean beef is just as delicious. But what I miss is the charcoal-aroma of yakiniku. Give and take, no smoky beef also means that our clothes are odor-free when we leave the restaurant. An excellent meal.

Food: 7/10
Price: 7/10
Service: 8/10
Decor: 7/10
Overall rating:  3.625/5

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Samsung Self-Tested Note 7 Batteries Before Launch, Other Companies Use Third-Party Labs

By | October 18th, 2016

Samsung’s big Galaxy Note 7 debacle and subsequent second and final recall along with discontinuation of the device has understandably left some people wondering what kind of testing was done to ensure the smartphone was safe before it went on sale.

Following reports of batteries catching fire within the affected smartphones, attention predictably turned towards the testing those batteries had undergone before being packed into the Note 7, and then subsequently being shipped out to retailers and customers across the globe. As it turns out, Samsung tested its own batteries rather than using a third-party as other companies normally would.


In order to be sold in the United States, smartphone manufacturers must have their phones tested at one of 28 facilities which are specially rated for such things. As it turns out, Samsung has its own facility in which the Galaxy Note 7 handset, and its defective battery, was put through its paces.

To sell smartphones at major U.S. carriers, phone makers are required to test phone batteries at one of the 28 labs certified by the U.S. wireless industry’s trade group, the CTIA, to ensure compliance with standards set by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Samsung is the only such manufacturer using in-house battery-testing facilities for CTIA certification, according to the association.

One of Samsung’s representatives has already stated that the company found no issue with the Galaxy Note 7, or the batteries used within it during the testing phase. That however has not stopped the device from now undergoing two different recalls, both relating to those batteries.

The device has been subject to over 100 reported cases in the United States alone of varying degrees of nastiness ranging from smoke billowing from it, to sparks and flames leaving some users injured, and even damaging property.


If that doesn’t make you want to return that Galaxy Note 7 that sits sweltering in your jeans pocket, we’re not sure what will. If you own one, return it for a refund or an exchange with another handset now!

(Source: WSJ)

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Food Review: Sin Hoe Huat Cafe – tradition in the Kopi Roti

Sin Hoe Huat Cafe – tradition in the Kopi Roti

sin-hoe-huat-12Sin Hoe Huat

Sin Hoe Huat – a cafe with a very traditional Chinese name serving the most traditional coffee and toast since 1960. Started the first establishment at the corner of Sembawang Hills Food Centre, it grows over the years and the third outlet has it foot settled at Jalan Basar, not a stall but a vintage cafe located at the lobby of Kam Leng hotel.


Helmed by the third generation, the young entrepreneur has glorified Sin Hoe Huat to a new level taking the hawker stalls from the food centre to open a nice café in the city area, we applause their courage and well deserved from our support.

sin-hoe-huat-2Sin Hoe Huat – Simple and Neat deco

Ambience is simple and neat, on the shelves, vintage radio, fan, flasks, sewing machine and old painting are telling you an old story of Sin Hoe Huat. We are very much enjoying a moment of tranquility luxuriating in this air-conditioned cafe in the Sunday morning, sipping the Nanyang coffee and appreciating the traditional bread toast.

sin-hoe-huat-3Sin Hoe Huat – showcase of old heritage

Sin Hoe Huat is easy on their menu and price, the oriental Kopi, Teh and drinks are priced from 1.8 to 3.0 and most of the toast ranged 1.9 to 3.5. The cafe creates the ambience that is ideally for recollection of the childhood memories, sweet and saltiness from the homemade kaya and the salted butter was the best catalyst for you to indulge in some good old time.

sin-hoe-huat-7Sin Hoe Huat Kopi and Roti

Traditional Toast 2.2, Peanut Thick Toast 2.2, Emperor Bun 1.9

sin-hoe-huat-4Sin Hoe Huat Emperor Bun

Enjoy your favorite traditional breakfast, the kopi and roti may see discordant to the soothing English songs that playing, but who care? Let the time come to a crawl, isn’t that a moment of slowness in the early morning of the weekend help make life more wonderful?

sin-hoe-huat-9Sin Hoe Huat popular kaya toast

Besides the traditional local breakfast, local favorites like Laksa, mee siam, curry chicken, mee rebus at 6.5 with drinks are worth the exploration.

Curry Chicken

sin-hoe-huat-10Curry Chicken

A bowl of sensory seductive curry immersed with a rich and bold flavour, chicken was cooked till it breaks from the bone effortlessly, tenderly chicken and good quality potatoes made the whole a compelling choice not to be missed.

Babi Pongteh

sin-hoe-huat-11Babi Pongteh

Braised pork with fermented soya bean is a typical Nyonya dish that every Baba Nyonya family cook and Sin Hoe Huat has presented it well. The spice infused gravy and tender textured pork belly was succulent in taste.

Our verdict on Sin Hoe Huat Café

Glazing through the glass windows, let your mind carried away with each of the zooming cars that passed by, we just need a break sometimes. Let’s tuck in the kopi and roti, alright…here comes the beautifully done half-boiled eggs, add some dark soy sauce and dash of white pepper, it is indeed an inspiring and a lovely Sunday morning.

Note: Thanks Sin Hoe Huat for the invite.

Sin Hoe Huat Café

A: 383 Jalan Besar, Singapore 209001

H: Daily 7am to 1am


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A.I.-Powered Amazon Music Unlimited Rolls Out

Applications like Spotify and Apple Music have been providing millions of songs for audiophiles and now are facing new on-demand streaming competition from Amazon.

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Amazon Music Unlimited complements the current Amazon Prime Music in servicing listeners with “tens of millions” of songs found in Amazon’s music library.

What separates Amazon Music Unlimited from its competitors is Alexa, Amazon’s own A.I. voice assistant, which can now be used to power the music-streaming service, as well as the Amazon Echo speakers.

By using the Amazon Echo speakers, a subscriber is able to control the service via his or her voice. Alexa will put together a playlist based on the user’s search parameters. For example, if the user requests for music by AC/DC, Alexa would proceed to compile a list of AC/DC’s most popular songs into a playlist. Alexa can also identify songs just via parts of the song’s lyrics.

As Alexa is a digital assistant that is based on artificial intelligence, Alexa will be capable of machine learning. Machine learning allows Alexa to learn the listening habits and music preferences of the user. As the user relies more on Alexa, Alexa would be able to learn more about the user.

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Alexa would then be able to use this data to make recommendations of various bands and artists, as well as automatically create custom playlists that meshes well with the user’s listening habits.

Pricing for Amazon Music Unlimited is similar to many other music streaming services in that it is tier-based. That said, the tiering for this service is pretty unique. The price scheme is as follows:

  • USD9.99 per month for a standard individual plan
  • USD7.99 per month or USD79 per year for an individual plan if the user is an active Amazon Prime user
  • USD3.99 per month for an Echo plan. This allows you to use the service on a single Amazon Echo, Echo Tap, or Amazon Tap device.
  • USD14.99 per month or USD149 per year for a Family plan. Allows up to six family members to utilise a single Amazon Music Unlimited subscription. Will be available soon.

The implementation of Alexa into Amazon Music Unlimited is an interesting experiment on Amazon’s side, and it could prove to be the dealmaker for Amazon’s newborn music streaming service. Currently, the service is limited to the U.S., so those living outside the States are going to have to wait a while before Amazon starts rolling out the service globally.

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