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Vecteezy Has a Pretty Cool Browser-Based Vector Editor And It’s Free

There’s no shortage of free vector websites to help designers find quality scalable graphics. But there’s a resource, Vecteezy, that just took this a step further with their own in-browser vector editing tool.

With the Vecteezy Editor, you can build any vector you want right from your web browser—and best of all it’s completely free.

There’s no limit to what you can create using vectors from simple cartoon characters to more detailed infographics. But most of these tasks require software such as Illustrator. This is why Vecteezy’s editor is so valuable. It helps non-designers who want to customize icons without paying for software.

Since Vecteezy already has a huge library it’s easy to browse and find existing graphics you like. But what if you want to make changes to the color, size, or proportions?

Typically, you’d need to download the .ai or .eps files and edit them with Illustrator. Now, you can edit files directly from the browser. But how does this work?

First, find a vector pack you like. I’ve chosen these free hat icons. On that vector page, you’ll notice a button with the text “Edit & Download” off to the side. Click this button to immediately access the editing interface.

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It’ll import your chosen vector and give you all the tools along the left-hand side of the screen. These work just like Illustrator where you have the selection tool, type tool, and even a custom pen tool. The pen lets you edit anchor points in existing vectors and even create brand new vectors from scratch!

Plus, many of the same Adobe keyboard shortcuts have been added to this editor. For instance, you can use CTRL / CMD with + / to zoom in or out. And if you hold the space key and drag you can pan all over the canvas.

The editor screen is surprisingly responsive, so it loads pretty quickly, although it only supports modern browsers with HTML5 canvas API support.

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One tricky thing to note is the selection tool. It can be tough getting an accurate selection when you’re trying to click a very small aspect of a vector (like the flower in these hats). But if you zoom in close enough you can click to select and get all the properties in one window.

Once an object is selected, you can change the vector element’s color, stroke, fill style, or size from the left-hand menu. And if you have a Vecteezy account you can save your work to keep editing over multiple days/weeks at a time.

This all-browser vector editor is the first of its kind and it’s a revolutionary web app for designers. Vecteezy’s editor may be the best tool for aspiring designers to practice editing vectors without dropping any money on software.

To learn more you, can visit the landing page or click the “Edit” button on any vector page from the site.

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Taiwan – Taichung Food Review  台中美食

Taiwan – Taichung Food Review 台中美食

From Yilan, we moved on to Taichung for our second stop of food hunting in Taiwan. FengJia night market 逢甲夜市 is a must visit place for the local street food, there are many good restaurants and cafes around in Taichung but we have to be selective with the limited time we have on our itinerary.

無為草堂 Wu Wei Tsao Tang 

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Wu Wei Tsao Tang is a Traditional Chinese with Japanese influenced tea house. Iits ancient Chinese architecture framework built on mainly timberwork and surrounded a huge fish pool that provides a natural habitat for the Koi with the Aquatic plants and trees around.

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Individual small hunt and private dining rooms spreading around the premises to cater for different patrons’ needs. There are tables with “tatami” sitting or the standard setting available.

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Stepping into Wu Wei Tsao Tang will make your mood swing instantly, it was a feeling of travelling back to the early 1900’s ancient Chinese world. We are amazed with its beautiful structure work and the surreal and tranquil of the environment.

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Food are equally great with the set menu we tried. The salmon was perfectly pan-fried to a nice crisp outside and a soft, juicy interior. Seasoning was on the spot and deserved a big thumb up for us.

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We had indulged too much of Carnivorous food and opted the veggies hot pot. A big pot of veggies, cabbage, mushroom, pumpkin, toufu etc, served with pickles and sacha sauce, freshness of the veggies are guaranteed and another satisfying set menu that we are very pleased.

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Do try the dessert as well, the taro balls and sweet potatoes balls (on the menu it shown as two separate items but do ask for the mix so you can try both). For the taro balls, the filling is mashed sweet potatoes and the opposite for the sweet potatoes balls with Yam filling. Both the balls are deep fried to a chewy texture, real good dessert to end the meal.

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Wu Wei Tsao Tang is place leave us with a deep impression. A glad place highly recommended in your next trip to Taichung.

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A台中市南屯區公益路二段106號(公益路、大墩路口)

HDaily 10.30am to 10.30pm

T04-2329-6707

Miyahara (宮原眼科)

The building was once an ophthalmology clinic but transformed into a charming gorgeous Taiwan dessert house. The spectacular space and structure resembled the old England library.

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Traditional Taiwan desserts are sold here like pineapple tarts, cakes, biscuits, chocolates, cookies and all types of local popular snacks. However, one of the main attractions of Miyahara is the ice cream, there are more than 50 flavours of house brand premium quality ice cream available here, many are specially created flavour that you will not be able to find in anywhere else. The queue for the ice cream is not for the impatience.

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There are too many flavours and we have only limited available capacity to experience some of the flavours.

The ice cream was generally smooth and not too sweet, not extraordinary but overall acceptable.

Fengjia Night Market 逢甲夜市

Xitun District, Taichung City, Taiwan 407

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One of the biggest night markets in Taiwan, open from 5pm to midnight daily and a must visit place to hunt for local snacks.

Guan Zhi Lin官芝霖大腸包小腸40NT

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Small intestine wrapped in large intestine or Small sausage in large sausage, a Taiwan local invention by wrapping the usually char-grilled pork sausage with sticky glutinous rice. The wrap will then topped with various condiments like pickled ginger, cucumber together with the various choices of sauce like original, black pepper, spicy or wasabi to complement the taste.

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The combination was quite nice but could be a bit heavy loaded with the glutinous rice, if not for sharing, our stomachs probably already reached the limit.

官芝霖 (Guan Zhi Lin) 40NT

located directly at the main entrance to the night market.

A: 台中市西屯區逢甲路20巷16號(逢甲路和便當街的交叉路口)

H: 12pm to 1am

Minglun pancake NT40 明倫蛋

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The dough is flatten like the roti prata and grilled on the hot plate, an egg and spring onions are added with you choice of sauce before roll it up. You can taste the fragrance of the egg in the dough and the sweetness of the spring onion. Not too bad in our opinion.

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A: 福星路546號

Aniki poteto NT120老大薯條

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Japan mashed potatoes formed into 30cm world longest French fries. You can choose different sauce as topping, the fries was deep-fried till crisp exteriorly but retained the softness inside. You can enjoy the nice aroma of the potato in each bite and an interesting snack that worth the try.

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A:台中市西屯區慶和街75號

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Tai Kuo yam dessert 大甲芋頭城

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大甲 is famous with their fragrance and creamy texture taro or yam. Desserts made of the popular yam are prevalent in Taichung.

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大甲芋頭城, a shop specializes in taro desserts and is known for the best around FengJia. There are many choices but just go for the signature 芋圓綜合 – NT45, an assorted dessert bowl with yam, tapioca pearls, red beans and flavored chewy balls. Hot and cold version are available. Honestly, it is not over the moon feeling and fairly ordinary, but undeniably the yam is good.

A: 大甲芋頭城 台中市西屯區福星路461巷2號之2

Pig blood cake NT40 豬血

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A street food served on a stick in Taiwan, voted number 1 most disgusting food in the world, mixture of pig blood with glutinous rice and sold as a rectangle 1cm thick cake. The cake is then dabbed with peanut powder and brushed with sweet sauce and chili sauce. Nice? we took a big courage to have a bite, it just taste bland even with all the accompaniment added, in the end, we can’t even finished half but have to give up.

A: a stall right outside the main entrance of Fengjia university

Cuttlefish酥炸大鱿鱼

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You will find it in every night market and a snack prevalent in Taiwan. Fresh cuttlefish deep fried and doused with your choice of sauce. We went for the Thai chili sauce, the cuttlefish was fresh and chewy but will not make you craving for more.

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Lazy people Prawns 小鬍子懒人虾

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Popular snack at Fengjia night market, don’t expect big and juicy tiger prawns, the grilled shrimps are the size about your little finger and you eat it without de-shelling, that is how the name “Lazy people prawns” come about. However, the raved reviews about the prawns are not good enough to convince us to cast an affirmative vote for it.

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A: 台中市西屯區逢甲夜市文華路37號(懶人蝦)

Dì jūn charcoal grilled peppery bun逢甲帝鈞碳烤胡椒餅

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On the recommended list of Michelin guide under Taiwan snack. The fillings are the traditional spring onion and diced pork with spices. The buns are stick to the sides of a cylindrical oven fired with charcoal, the charcoal grilled buns delivered a crisp and charred flavour of the skin, fillings are juicy and strong spices  predominated by the fragrant pepper.  Overall a quality bun but will not make your eyeballs rolling.

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A: 台中市西屯區文華路12號之7(文華路與慶和街口)

T: 04-24525050
18號麵包 Bakery 18

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Local made bread and cakes are one of the things that you must eat when you’re visiting Taiwan, the bakery industry is much inherited and influenced by the Japanese with its superior flour and fine ingredients used. Bread and cakes here are usually fair much better than our Singapore bakery and highly recommended food you must try.

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A: 40741西屯區福星北路18號,台中市, 407, 台灣星享道集團 Insky Hotel

H: 11am – 9pm

Taichung food review summary

Fengjia night market is a good place to explore Taiwan street food and should always be part of the itinerary when visiting Taichung. For local restaurant cuisine, head to 無為草堂 Wu Wei Tsao Tang which is truly an unique experience for us in this trip.

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5 Must-Know Facebook Timeline Tips/Tricks

Facebook Timeline’s new design was probably the biggest upgrade in Facebook’s history. The new design has many cool features and ensures you put the best impression on your profile. If you like the Facebook Timeline, then I can help you get more out of it with some handy Facebook Timeline tips and tricks.

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There are certain Facebook tips and tricks that will help you take advantage of the Timeline in ways you may have never imagined.

1. Manage your posts in bulk

The posts on your Timeline can be seen by anyone with the right access. If you are looking to delete, hide or unlike posts in bulk, then you will have to manually open each post and perform the right action; which can take quite some time may even leave a headache. Thankfully, there is a handy Chrome extension that can automatically do all this for you while you sit and relax.

F___book Post Manager uses your Facebook’s Activity Log to look for posts and automatically perform the right action based on time and content filters. To use the extension, open your Facebook profile and click on the “View Activity log” button.

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Once in the “Activity Log”, click on the “F___book Post Manager” extension button and you will see management tools in its interface. Here you can select the time period from which you would like to manage the posts, and also specify keywords that the posts may contain or may not contain. After setting up, click on the Delete , Hide / Unhide or Unlike button to start the process.

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The process can take several hours to complete as the extension also scans and manually manages the posts. Additionally, if the extension is missing some posts in the process, try decreasing the scan speed from the main settings and see if it helps.

2. You can still poke people

Facebook’s notorious poking trend met the dust with the new Timeline design when it was deliberately removed from the common sight. However, this doesn’t mean you can’t use the poke feature anymore. If you are still interested in poking people to have some fun, then you can easily do so.

All you need to do is visit your friend’s profile and click on the drop down menu next to the “Message” button. Here select “Poke” and your poke will be sent.

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3. Check for grammar mistakes

Whether you have a Facebook account for business or just want to make sure you don’t look dumb, using perfect grammar will definitely put a good impression. Grammarly has a handy extension for both Chrome and Firefox that will help you fix most of the common grammar errors. It will provide suggestions to fix critical grammar errors for free. However, you will have to upgrade to the paid version if you want more insight.

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Just install the extension and you will start seeing the suggestions as you type in Facebook.

4. Create interesting profile and cover photos

Your profile and cover photo are one of the main attractions of your Facebook Timeline. You should have a cool profile and cover photo to interest other users. For creating interesting Facebook profile and cover photos, TrickedOutTimeline is a great tool.

It allows you to create cover photos that directly interact with your profile photo. You can merge your profile and cover photo to make it look like a single photo, create Jigsaw puzzles, tear the photo and give zooming effect to your cover photo. All you need to do is upload your profile and cover photo and the rest will be handled by TrickedOutTimeline.

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5. Use a video as Facebook profile picture

A still image profile picture is good, but a video offers a whole new level of creativity. You’ll be happy to know that Facebook also allows you to upload a video as profile picture as long as you are uploading from its smartphone app on Android or iOS.

To set a video as a profile picture, tap on your profile photo and you will see the options to upload a picture or video. Here you can either choose to create a new profile video or select one from your phone gallery. Just select the desired option and you’ll be able to set a video as a Facebook profile picture.

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The maximum video time allowed is 7 seconds. So you need to make sure that your video is not longer than this duration. Thankfully, Facebook offers handy editing tools to trim and customize video to your liking. The video will start looping when someone will open your Facebook profile, similar to a GIF.

I also really love how you can even enable sound in the video to really surprise your profile visitors.

Rounding up

So these were few of the tricks you can use to jazz up your Facebook Timeline and get more out of it. I personally love how you can upload a profile video to make your profile stand out. Which one of these Facebook Timeline tricks do you like? Share with us in the comments.

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Hana-hana: Cheap and Good Omakase

Cheap is relative.  Spending $ 60 on a meal isn’t cheap especially when you can fill your stomach for $ 3 at a hawker centre.  But add the words, “Japanese” and “Omakase” into the equation and $ 60 suddenly sounds like pretty good value! Even more so when you add “13 courses” into the same equation.

Hana-hana is the 2nd omakase concept restaurant by Chef Yamashita Teppei who shot to fame when he introduced his $ 50 omakase a few years ago.  He is certainly one Japanese chef who understands the Singaporean mindset — which is not surprising since he is also married to a Singaporean wife!

The queues at Teppei are incredibly long, which is why I never got to eat there.  Since its opening, the price of the $ 50 omakase has slowly crept up to $ 90 with the introduction of more high end ingredients.  I am told that it is still one of the best value omakase in town. Being ever mindful that we Singaporeans don’t want just a good deal, we want the kind of deal that looks like it is impossible for the restaurant to make money, the astute Chef decided to open Hana-hana right next door to Teppei.

Using the same strategy as Teppei, Hana-hana is now serving omakase sets for $ 40-$ 60 for lunch or dinner.

I know what you are thinking:

“Aiyah, sure jia bueh pah (eat not full) one!”
“Don’t expect any Japanese ingredients”
“Sashimi sure eat already lao sai (diarrhoea)”

OK, I admit, those were my thoughts too.

My advice: Just go and have a meal there and you will find that those assumptions are totally unwarranted.

For our omakase, we were presented with 13 courses (2 palate cleansers not shown).  We had uni, ikura, grilled kinmedai, grilled unagi intestines, kagoshima wagyu, Japanese bamboo shoots, snowcrab, chirashi and they are all pretty legit.  The sashimi was surprisingly good except for perhaps the frozen otoro which was not defrosted properly.  What was most unexpected was the main dish of bara chirashi that was topped with a generous amount of seafood and a handful of crispy tempura bits!  My only complaint was that by then I was so full, I couldn’t finish the whole bowl!

I don’t think I need to tell you that the food is no where as refined as those that you find at top end Japanese restaurants, but its authenticity beats most mid ranged Japanese restaurants.  Your money goes into the food, not expensive cutlery.  So, expect your uni to be served with the same kind of spoon that you would use for roti prata.  Just close your eyes, put it in your mouth and you realise that it really doesn’t matter.  It also doesn’t matter that your waitress wears a black T shirt from her Junior College and doesn’t really know much about what she has just handed you. It doesn’t matter that the snow crab leg or the uni isn’t exactly the best quality or that the soup was a little cold or that the sashimi was a bit warm.  Such trespasses are easily overlooked when you are presented with a plate of grilled Japanese wagyu and you wonder how they managed to give you all these stuff for $ 60.  Your mind is so occupied with what else they are going to throw at you that you will not stop to make mental notes of each and every imperfection. (I did, of course, because I had to write this post!) 4.25/5

Conclusion

The food at Hana-hana is very good value.  I am not saying you will get top class Japanese food, but for a Japanese omakase meal, this is as cheap and good as it gets and you should leave the place feeling that you will want to go back again.

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What’s New in Android O in a Nutshell

Android O, Google’s next iteration of the Android operating system, is finally available in Developer Preview form. As with all new iterations of Android, Android O will bring with it a whole bunch of new features for the operating system.

For those of you who are reluctant or unable to install the Android O onto your device, here’s a rundown of some of the key features that are currently available on the operating system.

A redesigned Notifications system

The notifications system is getting a huge overhaul with Android O, as Google has implemented many changes to it with the Developer Preview. For starters, Android O has notification channels, a user-customizable channel that lets you group together notifications from various apps into a single category.

Users can also customise the behavior of their Android device when receiving notifications from a particular channel, ranging from the sound associated with it, to the vibrations that accompany it.

notifications channels

Apart from the introduction of notification channels, notifications can now be snoozed by the user. Snoozed notifications will appear after a set amount of time, and will be given the same level of importance when the first appeared.

On the developers’ side of things, Google has made notifications a bit more flexible than it used to be. For starters, developers can now set timeouts for notifications, causing the notifications to disappear after a set amount of time.

Developers can also set and enable background colors for notifications which is a handy way to convey the importance of a particular notification, although Google has requested developers to use this particular feature sparingly.

Notifications that utilise the MessagingStyle class will now be able to display more content in their collapse form. Finally, Android O now distinguishes between notifications that are dismissed by the user and those that are dismissed by the app itself.

Picture-in-Picture mode

After making its debut on the Android TV, Google is finally ready to bring Picture-in-Picture mode to the Android OS. Starting with Android O, users can now watch a video while performing other tasks on their device simultaneously.

The video will be shown in a smaller window, while the task at hand would take up the rest of the device’s screen space.

Adaptive Icons

If you own a Pixel or a Pixel XL, chances are good that you’re familiar with Adaptive Icons. If you have neither, then Android O will be your first experience with them. With Android O, icons may now come with borders that are either the default square, circular, or a squircle shape.

Additionally, these icons are capable of supporting animations. The Adaptive Icons will appear in the launcher, shortcuts, device settings, the app overview screen, and sharing dialogs.

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Improved color management

An improvement that is sure to please developers of photography and imaging apps, Android O devices will now be able to support wide-gamut color capable displays. Profiles that are supported by Android O includes AdobeRGB, Pro Photo RGB, and DCI-P3.

The introduction of the Autofill Framework

Anyone who has ever signed-up or login to an account would probably be familiar with Autofill. With Android O, Google is officially introducing an Autofill API. With this API, users can now choose an app to function as a source of autofill data.

The introduction of this Autofill API also means that developers will now need to implement the API should they wish to rely on Autofill.

Fonts in XML

Beginning with Android O, fonts will now be treated as a full resource type. Google will be introducing the Fonts in XML feature to Android O, allowing developers to bundle custom fonts as a resource.

Improved WebView experience

With Android Nougat, Google introduced an optional multi-process mode for WebView. Come Android O, said multi-process mode is now enabled by default.

On top of that, Google has also added some APIs to the mix that would make applications that use web development languages much more stable and secure.

Wi-Fi Aware

With Android O, Google is looking to have the operating system support Wi-Fi Aware. Based on the Neighbour Awareness Networking (NAN) specification, this feature would allow devices with the appropriate hardware to discover and communicate with one another over Wi-Fi without the need of an Internet access point.

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Improved audio performance

Audiophiles are going to be happy with Android O as the operating system will now support Sony’s LDAC codec for wireless audio purposes. On top of that, Google will also be introducing the new Audio API, and API that is tailor-made for applications that require a high-performance, low-latency audio path.

Multi-display support

Not all of the features found in the Developers Preview of Android O is tailored towards Android-powered mobile devices. One such feature is multi-display support, a feature that would prove useful for Google’s Chromebooks or devices that run on Chrome OS.

Keyboard navigation improvements

Yet another feature for Chrome OS, Android O will give developers the ability to better support arrow and tab key navigation.

Wrap up

The features mentioned above are just a tip of the iceberg of what the Android O Developers Preview has to offer. A full list of features and changes, as well as an in-depth look at some of the changes, can be found here. For those who want to try out the Developers Preview, you can choose to download the files here.

Do note that the preview is only available on certain Nexus and Pixel devices. Also, you’ll need to manually install the preview to your device, so do remember to backup all important files before doing so.

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Nam Seng Noodles – Superb Venison Hor Fun by an 88 year old Aunty

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88-year-old Madam Leong Yuet Meng has been whipping up plates of scrumptious venison hor fun and wanton mee for more than half a century. She started as a canteen vendor at a school, before she set up her stall at the former Stamford Road National Library. For the past 20 odd years, she has been serving many white-collared workers in the CBD.

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The Wanton Noodle ($ 4/$ 5) here evokes a sense of nostalgia. The egg noodles are cooked to a very springy texture and have a good bite. Char siew here is the old-school kind, mostly lean meat, with a tinge of sweet tasting marinade. Remember to add some green chilli for that tanginess. Each plate of noodles is accompanied by a bowl of wanton soup, and the wantons are generously stuffed with meat.

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However, the highlight of our meal is, of course, Nam Seng’s Venison Hor Fun ($ 5)! Honestly speaking, this is one of the best hor fun we’ve tried – velvety smooth and very soft. The venison meat is tender, and has soaked up the thick, savoury gravy really well. It’s almost impossible not to finish slurping down the last mouthful of gravy.

We heard the queue during lunch hour can be crazy, so it’s best to arrive earlier. Nam Seng also offers soy sauce chicken noodle, seafood hor fun, and another hot favourite, fried rice.

Address: #01-01, Far East Square, 25 China Street, Singapore 049567

Mobile: 9689 6288 (Madam Leong)

Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 8am to 7pm. Sat 8am to 2pm. Closed on Sundays.

Let’s build a food community that helps to update the food news in Singapore! Simply comment below if there’s any changes or additional info to Nam Seng Noodles. We will verify and update from our side. Thanks in advance!

Mu Qin Toh

Adventurous at heart, Mu Qin loves challenges and enjoys exploring the world. She believes in counting memories instead of calories and will travel anywhere and everywhere for food. Her short disappearance from social media is due to her being too engrossed in her favourite romance novels. She has launched a food guide “Eat Muse Love” with her mother which is available in all major book stores.

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Overhang.js – A jQuery Plugin for Dropdown Notification Messages

How annoying are the default JS alert boxes? They feel like a relic from a primitive bygone era of web development.

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Nowadays, we can make unobtrusive notification messages that share the same information but don’t interrupt the user experience. And that’s exactly what you can do with overhang.js.

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This free jQuery plugin can add custom notification bars that drop down from the top of the screen. They’re positioned via CSS and animated with JavaScript, so they can drop down from a fixed point at the top regardless of page length.

You can build messages that auto-close after a certain time, or others that require user input.

Messages can relay success, failure, error, or simple notifications with information about the user or the page. Messages can also have their own yes/no buttons to ask users questions like a JavaScript prompt alert.

There’s even an option to create prompts that drop down with an input field. This would be perfect for an email opt-in form.

overhang plugin

Overhang.js supports all the major browsers supported by jQuery and it’s also powered by jQuery UI for the animated features.

Along with the jQuery & jQuery UI libraries, you’ll also need to include a custom CSS file with the plugin. You can always merge this with the stylesheet of your website to reduce HTTP requests.

Every call made to the overhang() method can take any number of parameters. These are called “options” and they give you full control over each notification box.

You can change the animation speed, duration, easing, and box size/color, along with other design features.

Here’s a sample snippet demonstrating how to create a confirmation box:

// Some confirmation
 $ ("body").overhang({
    type: "confirm",
    yesMessage: "Yes please!",
    noMessage: "No thanks."
 });
 

You can see this is pretty simple and it doesn’t require much jQuery code.

To download a copy of the plugin, you can visit the repo on GitHub where you can also browse through the source files directly. Or, if you want to see more live examples head on over to the Overhang.js website.

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Colour your life with 7 Stunning Edible Rainbows in Singapore

Have you ever wanted to dance with fairies, ride a unicorn, swim with mermaids, or simply chase rainbows? Well, here’s your chance as we’re bringing you 7 rainbow-themed foods to brighten up your day! Sometimes, all we need is a little splash of colours in our lives! Perhaps, it’s time to bring back the Rainbow food trend?

Rainbow Cheese Toastie

Previously located at Robertson Quay, Epicurious cafe has shifted to their new home at UE Square. How about starting your day with their Rainbow Cheese Toastie ($ 9)? It’s a sandwich made of grilled cheese and truffle oil, coloured with natural foods. Vegetable purees such as beetroot (pink), carrot (orange), spinach (green), butterfly pea flower (blue), and red cabbage (violet) are used to create this rainbow toast.

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Address: #01-13, UE Square Shopping Mall, 81 Clemenceau Avenue, Singapore 239917

Phone: 6734 7720

Website: http://www.epicurious.com.sg/

Opening Hours: 8.30am to 5pm. Closed on Tuesdays.

Rainbow Burger

If you think rainbow designs are only reserved for desserts, you are mistaken. Word Bistro is serving their attractive instagram-worthy Handsome Burg ($ 20), which consists of bacon, onion, kale, and a thick succulent beef patty slathered with house-made spicy peanut butter sauce. This savoury delight is a comfort food, and the vibrant colours immediately puts you in a good mood.

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Address: 906P Upper Thomson Road, Singapore 787110

Mobile: 9699 4829

Opening Hours: Tue-Thu & Sun 12pm to 10pm. Fri & Sat 12pm to 10.30pm. Closed on Mondays.

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

Rainbow Jelly Heart

Akin to colourful layers of agar-agar, this multi-layered rainbow “cake” (from $ 47) is made up of 4 tiers. The base contains digestive biscuit crumbs that are diet-friendly due to its low calorie count. The 2nd tier consists of full cream cheese, a great source of calcium and protein, while the 3rd tier is made up of colourful jelly. Finally, it’s topped with fresh strawberries which have antioxidant properties. Good for our health!

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Address: #B1-08, One Raffles Place, Singapore 048616

Phone: 6635 1868

Website: http://thejellyhearts.com/

Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 10am to 9pm. Sat, Sun & PH 10am to 4pm.

Rainbow Cake

Opened at a hipster area, Haji Lane, I AM Cafe has the tallest Rainbow Cake ($ 8.90) you’ll ever find in Singapore. It’s too tall to stand alone, hence it’s served laid flat on a long plate. If you’re one who likes a dense cake, this is for you. But, I personally prefer a light and fluffier cake.

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Address: #01-01, 674 North Bridge Road, Singapore 188804

Phone: 6295 5509

Opening Hours: Mon-Thu 11am to 11pm. Fri & Sat 11am to 1am. Sun 11am to 10pm.

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

Rainbow Latte

Last year, a Las Vegas-based barista Mason Salisbury surprised some of his customers by pouring a regular looking latte or cappuccino that suddenly ends with a flourish of foamy color. The technicolor beverages resemble the patterns from tie dye t-shirts and are fully edible. So, I AM Cafe tried to replicate the Rainbow Latte ($ 5). Unfortunately, it didn’t turn out like what we expected. We were kind of disappointed with the so-called latte art.

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Address: #01-01, 674 North Bridge Road, Singapore 188804

Phone: 6295 5509

Opening Hours: Mon-Thu 11am to 11pm. Fri & Sat 11am to 1am. Sun 11am to 10pm.

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

Rainbow Chiffon Cake

Let the attractive colours of this rainbow chiffon cake lift your mood up! Good news! You can get it affordably at $ 6.90 per cake – perhaps the cheapest rainbow dessert in Singapore. There’s a strong coconut fragrance and the cake tasted lighter and fluffier than expected. Our only complaint is the soggy bottommost layer of chiffon. 

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Rainbow Paddle-Pop Cheesecake

This Halal-certified Western café conveniently situated at Woodlands Swimming Complex evokes a sense of nostalgia, with their Rainbow Paddle-Pop Cheesecake ($ 8.80). It made us miss the paddle-pop ice cream we used to love in our childhood days. This cake is really creamy but not too heavy, boasting a tinge of sweetness and slight tangy-ness.

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Address: 3 Woodlands Street 13, 3-3A Woodlands Swimming Complex, Singapore 738600

Phone: 6366 6581

Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 11am to 11pm. Sat & Sun 9am to 11pm.

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

Next time you’re having a bad day, drop by at any of these places for a slice of rainbow! We hope this post will bring lots of colours into your life.

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

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Adventurous at heart, Mu Qin loves challenges and enjoys exploring the world. She believes in counting memories instead of calories and will travel anywhere and everywhere for food. Her short disappearance from social media is due to her being too engrossed in her favourite romance novels. She has launched a food guide “Eat Muse Love” with her mother which is available in all major book stores.

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How To Install iOS 10.3 The Right Way

By | March 27th, 2017

Here’s a guide on how to install iOS 10.3 on your compatible iPhone, iPad or iPod touch device the right way.

Apple may have flicked the switch on the public availability of iOS 10.3, but that doesn’t automatically mean that device owners should instantly jump into an over-the-air update just because they can. iOS 10.3 comes with a decent sample of new outward-facing functionality, but it also offers up an entirely new internal file system (APFS), also known as Apple File System. which users need to take into consideration.

The inclusion of APFS definitely shouldn’t stop users from adopting iOS 10.3 as it happens all in the background automatically with no interaction required on the user end, but extra care should be taken to ensure that devices are backed up prior to the update. For those that are interested in the iOS 10.3 update, we’re going to show you the right way to go about the install in this step by step guide.

Backing up Device Prior to Install

This is an important aspect of any firmware installation, especially when there could be errors anticipated, but also a step which often gets overlooked or forgotten about until it is too late. However, with this move from HFS+ to APFS, it’s important to once again push the importance of either iTunes or iCloud backups for devices. Depending on your preferred method of backup, we’ll walk you through that:

Backing up your device with iTunes

Step 1: Simply connect your iOS device to the Mac or PC, and proceed to launch iTunes if it doesn’t automatically launch on detection of the connected device.

Step 2: Make sure you’re looking at the connected device’s Summary and proceed to select This Computer from under the “Backups” section. If you wish to secure your backup, which we do recommend doing, enable Encrypt iPhone backup proceeding to hit the Back Up Now button to begin backing up your iOS device’s date on the computer.

Backing up your device with iCloud

Step 1: Make sure you’re connected to WiFi and have more than 50% of battery charge, and then proceed launching the Settings app and heading over to iCloud > Backup.

Step 2: Make sure that the iCloud Backup option is switched to the On position, and then hit the Back Up Now button to begin backing up your iPhone or iPad data to iCloud.

Installing iOS 10.3 with iTunes

If you prefer to stick to the tried and tested traditional methods of installing firmware, then you may find yourself wanting to use iTunes for this iOS 10.3 installation. If so, you can follow the steps below.

Step 1: This may not seem important on first glance, but you will need to seriously consider performing a backup as highlighted above, as well as checking that the iTunes installation is the latest version. With iTunes open, click on the iTunes option in the menu bar and then select Check for updates. If there is an update available, then install it as per the instructions.

Step 2: Now, with the latest version of iTunes running on your Mac or PC, plug the device in via USB to the computer. iTunes should automatically connect to the device and recognize its existence. Now, in the main menu bar on the top-right side, click the device indicator to access the device itself and see the available options.

Step 3: When the iOS 10.3 update is available, iTunes will produce a popup letting you know that it is there. If you don’t automatically see that popup, simply hit the Check for Update button and you will be informed about the update.

Step 4: Once found, click the Download and Update button to start the process.

Installing iOS 10.3 Over the Air

If you don’t like using iTunes, or have struggled in the past with the software, then an over-the-update of iOS 10.3 is definitely the easiest way to get your hands on the latest version of Apple’s mobile OS.

Step 1: First of all, in the interests of safety and precaution, make sure you have performed a backup of your device using one of the methods outlined above. This is definitely for your own safety and peace of mind. With that done, ensure that the device is connected to a power source. This isn’t a necessary step, but it’s good housekeeping to ensure that the battery doesn’t drain and die during the update. Also, make sure the device is connected to Wi-Fi.

Step 2: On the device itself, launch the Settings app, then navigate immediately to General > Software Update. The iOS 10.3 update may already be showing, or it could take some time for the device to connect to Apple’s servers and validate that an update is available for that device.

Step 3: With the update showing, follow the prompts on screen to download and then ultimately install the firmware. If this hasn’t previously been downloaded to the device, then it will connect to Apple’s servers and grab the necessary components for install. This could take a while so prepare some patience.

Step 4: With the update downloaded, tap the Install Now button. Feel free to set the install away and then leave the device plugged in to go about its business.

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The Wall – An Extraordinary Wall that Offers the Best Whiskies in Town!

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As I entered the bar, I can’t help but notice the rustic and raw red brick walls at the sides. There is just something so enthralling about bare brick walls. And that is also how The Wall derived its reminiscent name – from the walls on each side of the unit that dated back to the original construction of the shop house in the early 1900s!

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Located in one of the shop houses along Tanjong Pagar Road, The Wall is a new Whisky and Sumiyaki Bar, which seeks to re-orientate the world of whisky drinking in Singapore. There are two levels to The Wall. On level 1, the 10-seater bar offers a casual and friendly setting, and on the upper floor, it is a lounge area for guests who prefer a more private space. On the same floor, there is also a VIP lounge catered for the whisky aficionados and their companions. There are various displays of the founders’ private collections of whiskies all around the bar. Some of these whiskies are even from the pre-war period!

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Whether you are a novice whisky drinker or seasoned whisky lover, you will surely be able to find a whisky that suits your palate. Whiskies by the glass are offered at very affordable prices, starting at only $ 14 per glass. Whisky flights runs from S$ 37 – definitely very friendly prices for those seeking to explore and learn more about whiskies.

What sets The Wall apart from other whisky bars is the full sumiyaki menu that they offer. Sumiyaki is Japanese charcoal-grilled skewers. Of course, in a whisky and sumiyaki bar, you can look forward to experience the wonders of whisky and food pairing! There are several thoughtfully paired sets starting from $ 49. Also, you can choose to dine omakase-style too. 

For those who aren’t experienced whisky drinkers, like myself, but are looking to learn more about whiskies, you can give the East Meet West whisky flight (S$ 37) a try!

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With just an additional $ 12 on top of the whisky flight, you can experience the wonders of sumiyaki and whisky pairing. I have tried Tebasaki paired with Auchentoshan Three Wood, Kashiwa Chicken Thigh paired with Les Moissons, Tsukune paried with Yamazaki Distiller Reserve, and Negima paired with Kavalan Single Malt.

The Kashiwa Chicken Thigh paired with Les Moissons is my favourite pairing. The chicken thigh is seasoned with salt and served with dollops of wasabi. The wasabi lifted the flavours of the chicken and the whisky really well.

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Aside from these sumiyaki pairings, there are also other ala carte sumiyaki available, such as the hotate bacon ($ 9), miso nasu (Japanese eggplant with minced chicken in miso, $ 6), and piman niku (Japanese capsicum filled with minced chicken, $ 6). The grilled capsicum was filled with minced chicken with cartilage and yuzu peel. Trust me, I’m not lying when I say they were all absolutely divine – I loved the charred and smokey aroma of the sumiyaki!

Other appetizers available include miso nachos ($ 8), eihire (grilled skate fin, $ 15), surumi ika (grilled squid, $ 18), as well as desserts like warabi mochi ($ 10). The grilled dehydrated skate fin is served with spicy mayonnaise and is very addictive. It has a very similar taste to grilled cuttlefish, except sweeter and better!

For those working in the CBD, you’re in for a treat! The Wall has recently rolled out their lunch menu, which is available from Mondays to Thursdays from 12 noon to 2:30 pm. You can look forward to various donburi (rice bowls), such as yakitori donburi and sumiyaki donburi – all for under S$ 20!

Address: 76 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088497

Phone: 6225 7988

Opening Hours: Monday – Thursday: 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm (Lunch), Monday – Saturday: 5:00 pm – 1:00 am, Closed on Sundays

This was an invited tasting.

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Born into a family of enthusiastic foodies, Maureen has always loved all things culinary, especially the local cuisine here in Singapore. With a life-long fascination with the rapidly evolving food scene in Singapore, she started this website in 2007 to explore and celebrate all types of local Singapore dishes and to share her love of travel and food with the world. With 4 years of experience as a journalist and producer, she has a wealth of experience in food writing, photography and styling.

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