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40+ Creative and Beautiful Credit Card Designs

Credit cards are one of the best financial tools you have at your disposal, if used correctly. It is also one of the best way to express yourself – your likes, dislikes, personal preferences, even your personal branding, if you will.

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30 Beautiful & Creative Invitation Card Designs

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It’s more than just a plastic card with a bank logo on it. You can make your credit card your own with the right custom credit card design. Take for instance these 50 examples of colorful, creative and definitely not your run-of-the-mill credit card designs.

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Food Review: Seoul Jjimdak – Run of the mill taste

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Jjimdak is a popular Korean braised chicken dish, originated in the city of Andong, Korea. Compared to other Korean restaurants on fried chicken, bbq etc, Seoul Jjimdak focuses on Jjimdak as their main attraction besides the army stew, attempting to challenge the norm with a difference.

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The shallow pot filled with baked beans, sabu sabu, veggies, luncheon meat, tofu, sausage, spring onions, leeks, instant noodles and ramyeon or rice cakes. Of course, you can top up with cheese or glass noodle and other toppings to create more varieties. The Kimchi paste decorates everything in the pot with chili red, made the pot of army stew looked appetizing and appealing.

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The base Kimchi paste was quite inspiring, the spiciness and the essence of kimchi can be fully appreciated in every spoonful of gravy, however, some of the ingredients were not sung well with the base gravy, the ramyeon was too rubbery and the lunchon and sausage could be of better quality.

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The highly recommended Jjimdak dish was unfortunately a run of the mills dish in our opinion, the boneless chicken was cooked with chunks of potatoes, carrots and glass noodles, the sauce was a tad of sweet and featureless. My daughter JiaQi’s commented the Jjimdak is no difference to any mixed vegetables stalls from the food centres or coffeeshop that selling the similar chicken potatoes dish, may be it could be seen as belittling the signature dish here but it is our frank opinion, seriously, Jjimdak has a lot to work on this dish.

Kimchi pancake 10.9

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Paper thin Kimchi pancake was a mediocre with few stroke brushes of kimchi paste on the thin crust and call it the Kimchi pancake. We are not sure how well received the pancake from the patrons besides the crispiness but in our opinion there is really nothing to shout about.

Kimchi Cheese fries 6.9

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Thick potatoes fries topped with cheese, the Kimchi was practically nowhere to be found, the expectations to experience something difference with the Kimchi Cheese fries was dashed. Luckily, the fries were fragrant and that provides some solace to all the disappointment with other dishes.

Our verdict on  Seoul Jjimdak

Seoul Jjimdak may survive the run of the mills dishes with its reasonably pricing, however, if you have high expectations on the food, Seoul Jjimdak may not have the right substance and depth to meet your requirements.

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A: City Square Mall, #05-04, Singapore 208539

H: 11.30am to 10pm daily

T: +65 6634 2668

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Next Year’s “iPhone 8” To Feature All New Design, Edge-To-Edge Display, Ceramic Body

By | September 29th, 2016

Apple’s iPhone 7 is still just weeks old and attention has already begun to turn to what the Cupertino technology maker will have in store come September time next year. Apple is known to have two or even three years-worth of iPhones already in development well ahead of time, and a new report suggests that the next iPhone is no different.

The said report claims that Apple’s iPhone 8 is currently being developed at a facility in Israel, citing its source as someone who works for the company in the area.

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The next iPhone has been expected to offer something completely different from the iPhone 7 since before even that phone was confirmed, and today’s report backs those thoughts up by suggesting that an edge-to-edge display and even a ceramic construction could play a part in the iPhone 8 when it debuts around this time next year.

The fact that Apple is working on an unreleased iPhone should be of no surprise to anyone, but what we find interesting is the use of the name iPhone 8 during the report, which may go some way to further confirming existing expectations that the next iPhone will break from the norm and skip the iPhone 7s moniker completely. The thinking here is that Apple will want to showcase the iPhone during its tenth anniversary year, and to do that will require a much more impressive hardware redesign than anything released to this date under the ‘s’ branding.

Whatever the name, and wherever it is being developed, just know that the next flagship iPhone is likely to be something wholly new and, as a result, almost impossible to predict. All we know is that if Apple does want to celebrate the iPhone’s tenth birthday, the next iPhone is going to come with a lot more than just a camera megapixel jump!

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Guide To Camping In Singapore – 5 Places To Pitch A Tent For A Non-Clichéd Night Out

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So you’re looking for another destination for a weekend getaway, but prices are cray expensive. Well, it’s time to consider camping in our own backyard! While most of us stopped our tent adventures at OBS, camping is still a cheap and fun getaway option.

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Roast marshmallows over a campfire, share stories about your greatest fears, and build – or at least try to build – your tents. With camping no longer permitted at Changi Beach Park, Noordin Beach in Pulau Ubin, and Sisters’ Islands, you’re only legally allowed to camp at 5 places in Singapore. Here’s a guide to them all! 

1. Pitch a tent on Pulau Hantu Besar – The private island

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For hardcore campers who want to rough it out like Bear Grylls, Pulau Hantu is as wild as Singapore gets. You’ll really be on your own here, without 7-11s or the backup plan to Uber home. Pulau Hantu translates as “Ghost Island” in Malay, and legend has it that Pulau Hantu was born so spirits of two great warriors of the sea could live on. Be warned, faint-hearted souls.

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We visited the gorgeous private beach at Lazarus Island – which sadly doesn’t permit camping – and Pulau Hantu takes exclusivity a step further. The 13-acre island will be all yours come nightfall. To reward you for your guts, you’ll be treated with unbeatable zen, a private white sand beach and snorkelling in the reefs. 

You have to obtain a camping permit at least 7 working days in advance by contacting the Southern Islands Management (administrator@sentosa.com.sg) with your name, contact number, camping dates, and number of campers.

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Getting there: No regular ferry service is available, but you can hire a private boat at West Coast Pier or Marina South Pier. Costs vary, but is approximately $ 40/pax for a minimum of 10 pax.

Note: Overnight camping will not be available at Pulau Hantu Besar from Sep 2016 to Dec 2016.

2. East Coast Park – Gotta watch the skies from dusk to dawn

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Every Singaporean has been to East Coast Park, but few have seen its beauty from dusk till dawn. A home away from home, camp here if you’re looking for the best of both worlds between comfort and adventure. You’ll be fully equipped with barbecue pits, *clean* toilets, and even trusty old Macs for when the pit gets taken over by noob chefs!

Activities at ECP will keep everyone entertained with sandcastle building, in-line skating, prawning and watersports like surfing and kayaking available. It’s also your last chance to see the Big Splash before it disappears for good in October.

 

Get a permit to camp here – in areas D and G of the park – by applying online or at an AXS machine when you arrive. You can also book bbq pits online at $ 16 or $ 20 a pit. Read on for life-saving tips on the application process and things you die die must bring!

Getting there: Nearest MRT Bedok Station

3. Pasir Ris Park – To tick off #Couplegoals

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#Couplegoals isn’t complete without a romantic night under the stars. Pasir Ris Park is the perfect choice for camping on the quieter side of the island, yet fuss-free with all the modern facilities you need. Chill in the tent as you watch planes fly past and stay up all night talking about your dreams. 

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When the day breaks, you can explore a 6-hectare mangrove trail, get lost in a maze garden, learn stand-up paddle boarding, or go for a pony ride at Gallop Stable. This will surely be a special date that you’ll look back on with fond memories when you grow old.

Likewise, you need to apply for a camping permit online or at an AXS machine at the park. Camping is permitted in areas 1 & 3 right beside the waterfront. While most things are available at your “campsite”, for first-time campers, be sure to read our 1st-hand tips below.

Getting there: Nearest MRT Pasir Ris Station

4. West Coast Park – The king of playgrounds

Kite Flying at West Coast Park

West Coast Park is the play haven. Not just for young kids, but for everyone who’s a child at heart. There are 7 massive play areas – from a flying fox installation to a spiderweb maze, and even a ninja obstacle course. Right beside it, you’ll even find a giant lawn where you can run freely and let your worries be set free on a kite.

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Area 3 is the heart of the park where all the main attractions are, and that’s where you can pitch your tents after applying online. Have a taste of the wild and admire the stars, but still have all the necessities of the 21st century life. With 7-11 closeby, bbq pits – reserve them for just $ 20 here – and supper options right across the highway, WCP is the epitome of 1st world camping.

Getting there: Nearest MRT Clementi Station

5. Pulau Ubin – Journey into the kampung life

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There’s no camping without getting out of your comfort zone – apart from glamping, that is. And an overnight stay in a tent on Pulau Ubin is sure to keep you on your feet, as you’ll have to keep a lookout the rare wild boars… among other things.

A 10-minute bumboat ride away, you’ll feel like you jumped into Back to the Future – SG version. It’s the last real kampung in Singapore, where less than 100 villagers still live the idyllic life of the 60s under old wooden roofs. Staying overnight means you have time to ride up granite hills, explore Chek Jawa and its mirror-like tide pools, and immerse yourself in the rustic village. Just be sure to check the tides!

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You can make Jelutong or Maman Beach your home for the night. If you’re new to camping, choose Jelutong as it’s right next to Ubin town and even has facilities for a campfire. While toilet facilities are available, the water isn’t suitable for drinking or bathing. So remember to pack dry shampoo and talcum powder!

No permits are required, but campers are advised to inform the officers at Pulau Ubin Police Post on the day they’re camping. You can also be briefed on camping do’s and don’ts at Nparks Info Kiosk at Ubin Jetty. For more information, call the Info Kiosk at +65 6542 4108.

Getting there: Take a bumboat from Changi Point Ferry Terminal to Ubin Jetty ($ 2 per trip).

Life-saving tips for your camping adventure 

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We might be a small city, but there’s still a ton of places we can go to escape and have little adventures. Remember there’s life beyond the web and many wonders of nature for us to explore a short journey away – we just need to pick a spot and get packing.

Of course, you don’t want to get psyched up for a camping trip only to realise that you forgot to bring the most important thing – tents. Here, we give you the low-down on all the things you need to know about camping, from applying for permits to other life-saving tips!

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1. East Coast Park, West Coast Park, Pasir Ris Park – Campers above 16 years old with a valid residential address in Singapore can apply for a permit online or from any AXS station. Display the permit outside the tent at all times!

2. Pulau Ubin – A camping permit is not required, but you’re strongly advised to inform the officers at Pulau Ubin Police Post upon your arrival. However, if your group exceeds 20 people, write to NParks_Public_Affairs@nparks.gov.sg in case there are other large groups of campers on-site at the same time.

3. Pulau Hantu Besar – Apply for a permit by contacting the Southern Islands Management (administrator@sentosa.com.sg) with your name, contact number, camping dates, and number of campers.

4. These are the only places in Singapore where outdoor camping is allowed. Do note that camping is no longer permitted at Changi Beach Park, Noordin Beach in Pulau Ubin and Sisters’ Islands.

Things to bring

1. Tents. From the most basic ones to things that look more like sheds, make sure they can survive both wind and rain. Scan your surroundings before setting up your tent – watch out for rat holes! Buy a tent from only $ 29.90 at Decathlon if you don’t already have one.

2. Sleeping bag. Invest in an airbed or inflatable pillow for utmost comfort.

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3. Lots of water and drinks. To stay hydrated. Coconut water, like the 1L packs from Coco Life, will be useful as coconut water hydrates better than water.

4. Torch light/battery-powered lamps + extra batteries. They’ll be useful as lights that you can hang inside your tent.

5. Head lamp. It’s a lifesaver for pitching tents in complete darkness. We got ours on sale at under $ 5 from Decathlon – no need for anything fancy here.

6. Dry shampoo and talcum powder. In case you won’t be able to shower.

7. A portable charger for phone addicts. Please don’t bring a flat one. 

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8. Mess tins, solid fuel and disposable cutlery for cooking. For a full camping experience. Don’t use two solid fuels in one as the fire will be too strong. To replace, just put it above the old solid fuel and they will mesh together.

9. Food. Hungry campers are the worst. Pack simple fare like bread and spread, or level up your chef game like we did. We combined instant noodles with sausages and baked beans for our own easy-to-make Korean army stew!

10. Trash bags. Clean up after you cook, especially in the islands, or deal with stray dogs nosing around your tent for food in the middle of the night.

11. Tons of tissue paper and wet tissue. They ALWAYS come in handy, especially if toilets are unavailable or unclean.

12. Ziploc bags. Waterproof all your valuables at night in case it rains.

13. A jacket. It can get cold at night.

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14. Swiss knife. Great for just about everything.

15. Mosquito coils/insect repellent. You don’t want to get bitten by sandflies or get Zika!

Stay cool with Coco Life

Besides forgetting your tent which will be your home for the night, the last thing you’d want while camping is to be short on water. And carrying a gallon of water isn’t exactly an option when your bag’s going to be filled with a scroll of things to bring.

Instead, bring a few packs of Coco Life, made from 100% coconut water. They come in 330ml and 1L packets, perfect for whichever need you have. It contains natural electrolytes to supercharge your hydration levels on-the-go, and a sip of this will put water to shame. Grab one for your next camping adventure!

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Fix iOS 10 Siri “Sorry, You’ll Need To Continue In The App” Error, Here’s How

By | September 28th, 2016

Here’s how to fix “Sorry, you’ll need to continue in the app.” Siri error message in iOS 10 on compatible iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.

One of the many new features brought to the iPhone by iOS 10 is the ability for Siri to tie into third-party apps and then allow users to interact with those apps using the power of their voice. Unfortunately, things don’t always work quite the way they should, especially the first time the feature is used once iOS 10 is installed on a system with apps already in place. As always, though, there are a couple of things that you can do in order to make things better.

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The main issue we have seen reported is that Siri will tell users they need to carry out actions within the app, rather than Siri being able to do things itself. Take WhatsApp as an example. Asking Siri to send a message via WhatsApp should work just fine, but if things aren’t as they should be, then Siri may complain and tell the user to launch the app and carry the action out manually. That’s no fun at all.

If such a situation arises, first make sure that the app has the required permissions that allow for Siri integration. We covered exactly what needs to be done in order for that particular brand of magic to happen right here, so give that a whirl in the first instance.

If even after having followed those steps, things are still refusing to play ball, then simply deleting and re-installing the app in question should see it make all the required connections into Siri, allowing the digital assistant to interact with the app as the developer intended. The result? With a bit of luck, Siri will simply do as it’s told rather than try to push users to the app instead.

Siri integration with third-party apps is great when it works, so hopefully, these two potential fixes will have you up and running in no time! Good luck!

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Oktoberfest Asia 2016 Is Dropping With UNLIMITED Beer For 7 Hours Straight

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You’ve heard the joke. A man enters a store and says, “15 litres of beer please.” “Did you bring a container for this?” He responds, “You’re speaking to it.” Come Oktoberfest, this won’t just be a line to laugh about in your imagination. You can make it happen for real

Oktoberfest Asia is back in Singapore for the 4th year running and they’ll be hitting the streets of Tan Quee Lan from 13th to 15th of October, from 6pm to 1am. It’ll be a wunderbar event for all #beerholics as you can go bottomless with FREE-FLOW BEER for 7 hours straight. 

Come sporting your lederhosens and dirndls for a night of non-stop Prosts

UNLIMITED beer for 7 hours straight

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Some say Oktoberfest isn’t about beer. But who are they kidding – they probably didn’t have enough to drink. Get ready to be handed a free 500ml beer stein that you can use to fill up that bottomless beer belly of yours for 7 hours at the fest and bring home afterward! 

There’ll be beers from top Bavarian and local breweries and these will be open on a free-flow tap from 6pm to 1am. You’d want to get a pint from Weihenstephan Brewery, the oldest existing brewery in the world that’s been brewing since 1040! No, that wasn’t a typo and no, you ain’t drunk yet – it’s legit been around for almost a thousand years.

Pig out on gourmet Bavarian food

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Down with the bier, on with the crispy pork knuckles. You don’t want to fall into slumber before it even gets dark and miss out on all the festivities. Make sure you load up on your carbs with traditional Bavarian cuisine and local foods with a twist to survive the long night of chugging!

There’ll be grub from KINKI, Bedrock Bar and Grill, The Pelican Seafood Bar & Grill, and Kitchen Language Catering. Usual suspects like bratwursts, meatloaf and pork knuckles will be available for purchase, and you can also keep your eyes peeled for local delights garnished with an Oktoberfest touch. 

Soak in the folk spirit with a true Munchen Band

Oktoberfest to date is the largest folk festival in the world – and this year’s Oktoberfest Asia is designed to have the feel and decor that’d make you forget you’re even in Singapore. The Original Hofbräuhaus Show from beer halls in Munich will be gracing the stage to entertain everyone with their iconic performances! 

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Clad in Bavarian costumes, the world-renowned group with more than 23 years of experience will show off their traditional yodeling queens, shoe-slap dancers and Alpine horn players. With a few pints of beer, you might just wake up the next day to a snap of yourself yodeling along.

Ready or not, beer I come!

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Oktoberfest Asia is the ONLY party in Singapore that’ll let you drink to your heart’s content with unlimited craft beers paired with authentic Bavarian food, performances and a crazy atmosphere that’ll transport you straight to the beer halls of Munich. At last year’s festival, 12,500 mugs of beer were consumed. Bring your friends along and let’s double that this time round! 

So #gobottomless and save the date – 13th to 15th of October – for the ultimate bier party of the year! 

Date: 13-15 October 2016 
Time: 6pm – 1am 
Admission: $ 70 for Thursday, $ 90 for Friday & Saturday
Venue: Tan Quee Lan Street, Singapore (Location map)

Grab your tickets for Oktoberfest Asia 2016!


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How To Create iOS 10 Sticker Packs For iMessage / Messages App Store

By | September 27th, 2016

Here’s how to create your own iOS 10 iMessage sticker packs for Messages app on the App Store, and that too without requiring any coding skills.

Now that Apple has finally jumped aboard the stickers bandwagon in iOS, it opens up a whole new door and revenue model for budding developers with artistic talent. If you truly believe that the new features in Apple’s Messages app are worth their weight in gold, and you are a budding artist who needs to show his/her creative side, then you too can get involved in the stickers phenomenon.

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While it was the introduction of third-party keyboard apps to the App Store in hordes with the release of iOS 8, this time, it is the Messages app in iOS 10 which had completely revamped the whole iMessage experience, thanks to app extensions – including stickers – bubble effects and much more. Simply put, stickers are the hottest commodity on the App Store right now, so if you’re looking for that chance to jump in, here’s how you can do that.

Step 1: Let’s start with the fun part first. If you want to make a sticker pack for Apple’s new iOS 10 Messages app, then the chances are that you are probably of the creative persuasion. With that in mind, the fun part of the whole process is actually creating those stickers and getting them ready for your app. Apple outlines the various possible sizes for new Stickers in its updated iOS Guidelines, which means that users can create images as either Small (300-by-300 px), Medium (408-by-408 px), or Large (618-by-618 px).

All of these images are presented to the end-user in a grid-based system on the device, with Apple also taking the opportunity in the iOS Guidelines to make some recommendations on how to best appeal device owners, including keeping each image under 500KB in size. Oh, and keep them tasteful. This is the iOS platform after all. For more details on this, check out Apple’s guidelines here.

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Step 2: Once you have your images that will form the basis of your proposed sticker pack, you’re going to need to get involved in some of the nitty gritty grunt work that is necessary to get these onto the App Store. First of all, you’ll need to go through the process of creating an Apple Developer account. This is free-of-charge to create in its basic form, but will actually cost you $ 100/year as you will need submission privileges. Worry not, sticker packs are the new flashlight apps and will recoup that money for you in no time. You can sign up for a developer account at developer.apple.com.

Step 3: Ok so you have some images now. You have a developer account as well. What you need next is the latest version of Apple’s development software, Xcode 8. You can download Xcode for free from the Mac App Store or Apple Developer Program portal. Make sure you give yourself sufficient time to download the huge file, and that you have a MacBook or iMac running OS X El Capitan on higher.

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Step 4: Time for some more administration unfortunately. Apple needs some information about your new sticker pack, so you’re going to need to sign into iTunes Connect – which is a part of Apple’s Developer Program portal – and fill out the information required. This is where you’ll tell the world exactly what they will get if they hand over money to you, as well as show off screenshots of your stunning stickers. Apple will also want your banking and tax information so it can hand over that money to you.

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Step 5: It’s time to take the exciting step toward financial freedom by uploading your new sticker pack to Xcode. Of course, this isn’t actually an Xcode tutorial, but thankfully Apple has provided the iOS 10-loving world with a very handy little walkthrough video that outlines how to get Xcode up and running as well as adding stickers. As soon as you watch the video, you’ll understand the simplicity and be dragging that artwork into the app in no time at all. You can check out the video here.

Step 6: Your creative juices aren’t ready to be retired just yet. You’re also going to need to create yourself an app icon that is shown in the App Store when users visit your app page. Apple offers a handy template for icons as a download, but this is your chance to be really creative as it represents the first visual overview of the new sticker pack. You can download the templates from here.

Step 7: The time has come to upload your build and submit it to the iTunes Review Team for them to give it their seal of approval and add it to the App Store as an available purchase or download for everyone with an iOS 10 device. This can be handled via Xcode or Apple’s separate upload program, Application Loader. This can be grabbed from the resource section of iTunes Connect.

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Step 8: Sit back, wait for the Apple Review Team email to populate your inbox saying that your upload has been approved, and prepare to become rich and famous with all of the sticker money. As you wait, you may want to test out your app as a beta release through TestFlight.

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This Mamee Cafe In Malacca Lets You Customize Your Childhood Fave As Cup Noodles

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When it comes to noodles, most Singaporeans can’t decide between, ramen, indomie, mee pok or spaghetti. But one noodle with a special place in our hearts as the staple carb of our childhoods is the Mamee Noodle Snack.  

Growing up, my classmates and I would be downing 10 packets of seasoning in a single seating. Which meant a trip to the Mamee Jonker House and MAMEE Factory up in Malacca was a walk down noodle nostalgia for me. 

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Mamee Jonker House is the place to get everything Mamee, from the official t-shirts to snacks that come in a mind-boggling selection of tasty flavors! And right here is a special way to the taste of noodle back home with you – Mamee Jonker House’s Workshops – where you can customize cup noodles and even make Mamee snack noodles from scratch!

– Mamee Jonker House Workshops – 

Mamee conducts two special workshops that let’s you get hands-on experience with the noodle manufacturing process!  

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Sure, getting the typical Curry or Seafood cup noodle is nice, but sometimes all you really want is a very specific Creamy Prawn and Chicken with Egg Noodles in a cup. Times like these, you head straight to Mamee’s Noodle Doodle workshop

Choose from 12 condiments and dried ingredients, and bring home an entirely customised batch of cup noodles. At RM5 for 6 cups, you should have enough to last about 2 hours after getting home. 

Noodle Doodle MameeAt Mamee Jonker House, cups are the canvases! Source

For even more personality, wield yourselves some Sharpies and start doodling on your noodle cups. In case you’re less than artistically inclined, leave those cups unblemished – after all, we know it’s what’s inside that truly matters. 

The only other place you can get this DIY experience is Nissin Cup Noodle Museum in Japan! This is your chance to make a thoughtful souvenir with chicken noodle soup that’ll warm the inner recesses of the souls of your BFFs back home.  

Noodle Doodle
Hours: Mon -Thurs | 10AM – 5PM | Closed on Tues
Fri – Sat | 10AM – 7PM

Lil Monster Kitchen

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At the Mamee Monster DIY (RM15/pax) workshop, make noodles from scratch just like how it’s made in the factory – kneaded, cut, steamed, fried to crisp and packaged – and the infamous Mamee Monster does on occasion pop down to teach you the intricacies of noodle-making!

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With machinery safe for anyone to handle – including your little tots – this noodle-masterclass makes a perfect weekend family activity! 

Lil Monster Kitchen Workshop (20 pax/class)*
Hours: Sat & Sun Only | 11.30AM, 1.30PM, 3.30PM 
Phone: +60 62867666 (reservations required)

– Mamee Cafe –

At the back of Mamee Jonker House hides a cafe – The Mamee Cafe – serving up classic Malaysian favorites like mee goreng to cendol! We tried out their top-sellers, and here are the 4 must-eats at the cafe. They’re not all noodle dishes, so don’t you worry, rice-lovers.   

1. Mamee Curry Laksa

Mamee Cafe Laksa

It’s interesting to see the flavours Mamee has come up with over the years! And the Mamee cafe is the place they showcase their noodle creations. This curry laksa has the lemak of Katong Laksa and is a great choice for those who cannot tahan spicy food, with the creaminess cutting through the spicy flavours!

Mamee Cafe Laksa

Girls, make sure you head down with professional prawn-peeler a.k.a. bae, because you’ll need someone to deshell those fresh prawns! 

Price: RM8.80++

2. Mamee Mee Goreng

Mamee Mee Goreng

Tossed with egg and taufu, this Mee Goreng mamak, features the sweetness of the black Chef’s Special sauce with the zest of lime, all without that distinctive yellow noodle taste. Made true to the streetside mamak stalls of Malaysia, this is must-try Malaysian comfort food, where Mamee’s trademark noodle takes centre stage.

The best is the Chicken Satay, which was grilled just right, proving that that satay doesn’t have to be charred beyond recognition to taste amazing.

Price: RM8.80++

– Rice –

Mamee Cafe has gone beyond just their noodle specialties with their take on nasi lemak and chicken rice balls.

3. Nasi Lemak 

Mamee Cafe Nasi Lemak

I’m a huge fan of the unpretentious mass-produced nasi lemak packets you’d find at kopitiams, pre-packed with bits of ikan bilis and soggy deep-fried yellowtail. But Mamee’s nasi lemak is a complete game changer – with fragrant coconut rice, crunchy keropok and one very crispy chicken drumstick! 

Mamee Cafe Nasi lemak

And locals dig this dish – some of them remarking it’s quite like how their moms make it! 

Price: RM10.80++

4. Hainanese Chicken Rice Ball

Mamee Cafe Chicken Rice Ball

The founder of Mamee is a Hainanese man who loves him some chicken rice. He’s personally made sure chefs at Mamee cafe can recreate Chicken Rice Balls true to its traditional taste before it was allowed on the menu. 

You’re definitely guaranteed legit tender Hainanese-style chicken. And check out the MASSIVEST rice balls – I’d say they’ve intentionally made them provocatively huge.   

Price: RM10.80++

Mamee CafeFeast your eyes on Mamee Cafe’s recreation of classic Malaysian favorites. 

Mamee Cafe

Mamee Cafe
Hours: Mon – Thurs | 10AM – 5PM | Closed on Tues
Fri – Sat | 10AM – 7PM
Price: RM8.80++ and up 

– Mamee Factory Visit – 

Mamee Mega Factory

They’ve strict hand-sanitizing policies here, just in case you’ve started freaking out over the lack of gloves! Source

Here’s your chance to see where and how one of your favorite snack food is made – at a rate of 2 million noodle cakes per day- Malacca’s flagship Mamee Mega Factory. The factory manager gives an informative tour and knows at the back of his hand how much flour is used daily – it’s a paltry 80,000 tonnes!

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We watched the manufacturing process from start to end and found out just how much effort goes into producing the one of the most favored snack of the TSL pantry! 

Mamee for the whole family

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Be sure to book your factory visit and workshop spots in advance, so you can watch how your childhood cornerstone snack goes from flour into a packet of crispy Mamee. 

Mamee Jonker House
Address: 46/48 Jalan Hang Jebat (Jonker Street), 75200 Melaka, Malaysia
Phone: +60 62867666
Hours: Mon -Thurs | 10AM – 5PM | Closed on Tues
Fri – Sat | 10AM – 7PM

Mamee Mega Factory Tour
Address: Lot 1, Air Keroh Industrial Estate, 75450 Melaka, Malaysia
Phone: +60 62317176 (Ms Yip Wai Yee) | waiyee.yip@mamee.com.my
Hours: Book in Advance

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19 Useful Google Apps Scripts to Automate Google Drive

Google Drive offers great features for storing and working with different types of files but it does lack at some features that are crucial for your work. Google Apps Scripts is an easy-to-use scripting language to get things done, which are otherwise not available in Drive.

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There are scripts that can let you read/extract text from images, convert files, auto-backup social photos or store Gmail attachments. Most scripts let you automate these services as well.

Let’s check out how to make use of Google Apps Scripts to fill the missing holes in Google Drive and do many more things without third-party tools.

Prerequisite: How to Run Google Apps Scripts

To create and run a script in Drive, follow these steps:

  1. Create/open a Google Doc or Sheet. From Tools menu, select Script editor.
  2. Remove existing code and add your code. Go to File > Save > add script name > Click OK.
  3. To execute, click ►, or from the Run menu, select a function. If running the script for first time, it will ask for your authentication. Check the required permissions and click Allow.
  4. A yellow bar will appear at the centre-top, to indicate that the script is running.

Please note these steps are for general scripts and certain scripts may require specific additional instructions to run.

Convert and Email Google Sheets

What it does:

  • Converts Google Sheets to PDF and mails them using your Gmail account
  • Lets you convert and send just one sheet using its sheet id.
  • Send the PDF to multiple persons by adding their addresses, separated by commas.

Use Case Scenario:

It’s helpful in scenarios like when you wish to send marketing data to a third party but don’t want to share the whole spreadsheet. You can use this script to send a PDF version. This way required data is shared without compromising your whole spreadsheet’s info.

Convert Images to Text using OCR

What it does:

  • Converts images to text documents using the OCR technology; saves them in your drive.

Use Case Scenario:

This script proves beneficial in situations when you need to edit text in imges or do research on a large number of images. It makes the converted images editable and searchable. It saves your time and efforts and gives trustworthy text output as it uses the Google’s native OCR technology.

Track File Editors in Google Drive

What it does:

  • Finds out which user made changes to your Google Drive’s native files.
  • Displays the dates and times when the file was modified along with the name and email address of users who made the changes to your shared documents/files.

Use Case Scenario:

This script is useful for tracking the modifications made in your drive, including Sheets, Documents, Presentations and other Google Drive formats.

Save a Webpage to Google Drive

What it does:

  • Saves or backs up webpage on any URL to Google Drive.
  • Fetches the web page and saves the same as HTML file (by default) or your configured extension.
  • Maintains a nice folder structure for storing multiple web pages or their copies.

Use Case Scenario:

This script is most helpful for researchers, scholars, bloggers and such who need to research lots of websites and might need to save them for future reference. Do remember to change the RESOURCE_URL in the snippet to the link you wish to download.

Send a Google Doc via Email

What it does:

  • Sends a Google Doc through email to anyone and places the doc’s content as the email’s body (rather than an attachment).
  • Converts the doc to HTML and sends the same via email

Use Case Scenario:

If you want to send something not as an attachment but as part of the email, this is the that gets the job done. Do note you must change documentId, recipient, subject to their actual values in the 4th line.

Host a Website on Google Drive

What it does:

  • Host any static website including files like HTML, CSS, JS, image, podcast, etc on Google Drive. (Drive can’t be used to serve dynamic sites like those using PHP or Java backends.)

Use Case Scenario:

This script is useful when you don’t wish to buy a hosting plan or domain for your site. It’s completely free of charge and Google’s servers are a lot faster than many hosting providers in the world.

Download Instagram Photos to Drive

What it does:

  • Downloads multiple Instagram photos and save them to your drive automatically.
  • Download photos using certain tags or from any specific Instagram URL.
  • Images are kept in a separate folder in Drive for easy maintenance.

Use Case Scenario:

It’s helpful for Instagram fans, collectors and researchers who maintain data backups in Drive.

Convert a Google Doc to Markdown

What it does:

  • Converts a Google Doc to the markdown (.md) format.
  • It mails you the converted document along with images automatically. (Note it may get into problems with data using complex formatting.)

Use Case Scenario:

It’s useful for bloggers and publishers who regularly use the markdown format for publishing online. Using this, they can avoid manual work of converting their content for every draft.

Set Auto-Expiry for Shared Data

What it does:

  • Sets an auto-expiry interval on the shared files and folders in Drive
  • Automatically removes access to other users after the certain period (of auto-expiry).

Use Case Scenario:

This script is useful for allowing limited access to your drive’s data and relieves you from worrying about forgetting to unshare data. This feature is already available for Google Apps for Work users, but if you’re free user, then it’s for you.

Save Gmail Attachments in Drive

What it does:

  • Extracts and saves all Gmail attachments to a particular folder in your drive.
  • Notify progress of fetched attachments, via email but requires setting up notification preferences.

Use Case Scenario:

If you prefer to store attachments into cloud storages like Drive, then this is the script to get.

Search All Files in Google Drive

What it does:

  • Searches all your files in the drive and displays the results in simple-to-digest style in a Google Sheet.
  • Supports docs, sheets, presentations and few other text formats.

Use Case Scenario:

Search through your files and piles of data quickly with this.

List Directory in Google Drive

What it does:

  • Lists all files and folders of a Google Drive’s directory recursively
  • Write this data in easy-to-see format in a spreadsheet.

Use Case Scenario:

Good for making sense of all the data in your Drive, and for file management purposes. Do note that for this script to work, you must set the folderId first in the code. A folder id is everything after the ‘folders/‘ portion of a folder’s address.

Convert Google Docs to HTML

What it does:

  • Converts Google Docs to HTML format for easy sharing or using in web pages or source code editors.
  • Supports various basic HTML tags or formatting options but do understand it doesn’t work very well for complex text formatting.

Use Case Scenario:

Helpful mostly for writers, bloggers and publishers seeking posts for HTML-ready tools. Do remember to set the KEY and FILE_ID variables in the code.

Combine Data from Multiple Sheets

What it does:

  • Merges data from multiple sheets of a particular spreadsheet into a single sheet in the current spreadsheet.

Use Case Scenario:

This script is helpful in situations wherein you have got multiple sheets of common data (including common headers and structure) and you wish to combine them into one large sheet of data.

Export Google Sheets to CSV Files

What it does:

  • Exports sheets in the current spreadsheet as individual CSV files in Drive.

Use Case Scenario:

It’s helpful for people who regularly use Sheets for managing and storing data and require data in CSV format for sharing or use in other apps. Without this, Google Sheets only convert and download one sheet at a time.

After copying code into the Script Editor, re-open that spreadsheet and check the Add-ons menu.

Convert a Google Sheet to PDF Invoice

What it does:

  • Converts any particular sheet to a PDF invoice and save to your Drive.

Use Case Scenario:

Good for users who regularly use the Google Apps ecosystem as their work tool and have to deal with product invoices and such.

Upload a URL directly to Google Drive

What it does:

  • Uploads any individual file (or multiple files) from a specific URL to your drive automatically.
  • Files are saved in a specific folder in the drive and it can easily upload multiple files from multiple links provided it’s given one at a time.

Use Case Scenario:

For people who like to keep data from the Web in Drive. All it needs is the link of the page you need. To use, copy code into the Script Editor and go to Publish > Deploy as web app…

Download Google+ Profiles to Google Sheets

What it does:

  • Fetches publicly available Google+ profiles’ data to a Google Sheet. The fetched data includes name, work info, profile picture and more.
  • The only input it requires is the profile id of the person you wish to get data about and this works for multiple profiles.

Use Case Scenario:

This is extremely helpful for data entry and social media analysts for data collection.

Convert PDF Attachments to Plain Text

What it does:

  • Converts all PDF attachments from Gmail to plain text format for easy sharing/storing
  • You can specify the PDF’s original language (for extracting the text) and save the output plain text files along with the original PDF files in Google Drive.

Use Case Scenario:

You regularly receive PDFs via mails and want to save them in Drive in original or plain text form. It does the job in batches.

How did you find this list? Do you know any more Google Apps Scripts which help ease life of a Drive user? Please let us know using the comments section below.

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Disable iPhone 7 Haptic Feedback For System Controls And Interactions, Here’s How

By | September 25th, 2016

Here’s how to disable iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus haptic feedback which is there for system controls and interactions.

If you watched Apple’s introduction of the iPhone 7 at the dedicated event earlier this month, then you will be more than likely aware that the company’s 2016 flagship smartphones feature a more advanced Apple-designed Taptic Engine (when compared to iPhone 6s) which is there to provide a new level of feedback to the user when certain tasks are performed.

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This basically means that iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus can give richer feedback for a whole variety of interactions, both in apps and system-wide, such as interacting with content or spinning dials and pickers and so on. Apple has even provided a API so that third-party developers can make use of it in their own apps. Some users will love this, whereas others will simply find it a distraction. If you are an iPhone 7 owner, and definitely fall into the latter category of individuals who would prefer this level of feedback to be disabled where possible, then you’ll be pleased to know that you can actually turn it off in part.

Before we get down to actually disabling it, it is important to note that this will not in any way kill any haptic feedback for things like 3D Touch interactions or phone calls and texts. This will only disable it for “system controls and interactions.” With that out of the way, let’s see what you need to do here:

Step 1: Like so many processes that involve changing settings or preferences on one of Apple’s devices, our journey in this instance starts within the native Settings app. Launch it on your iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus.

Step 2: Within Settings, you’ll notice that there is still the familiar option for Sounds, but with the iPhone 7 range it has been changed to Sounds & Haptics. Tap on that option to continue.

Step 3: At the bottom of the Sounds & Haptics preferences page, there is a new entry called System Haptics. This toggle should be in the On position by default, as indicated by the fact that it’s green. Turn the toggle to the Off position if you wish to actually disable haptic feedback. This will disable the feedback for system controls and interactions.

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And there you have it. Disabling that particular option will ensure that performing certain tasks within iOS, such as spinning dials in certain system apps, or interacting with pickers to select dates, will not produce any type of haptic feedback whatsoever from the device. In addition to having no effect on 3D Touch feedback, incoming call alerts and texts, or notifications via vibration will also be left untouched.

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