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Tech Deals: $100 Off Beats Solo3 Headphones, 40% Off PC Networking And Storage Accessories, More

By | June 1st, 2017

We are back yet again with another installment of our wonderful tech deals. As always, we have a number of deals to choose from which not only allow you to introduce some wonderful gadgetry into your life but also save you money in the process. If you want our top tip, you’d be hard pushed to find a better gadget at the moment than a stunning little robotic vacuum cleaner. Enjoy!

Starting off, we have the Apple W1 chip-powered Beats Solo3 wireless headphones coming in with a mammoth discount of $ 102, which means you can grab a pair for under $ 200 right now.

Looking for PC networking and storage accessories? We have ton of them today with discounts of up to a good 40%. There’s also a pair of sport Bluetooth earphones for as little as 17. Last but not the least is your very own pet robot vacuum cleaner for only $ 287.

As always, the deals listed here are only available for a limited period of time, or till stocks last, whichever happens first. So if you have a product of choice narrowed in your sights, make sure you act quickly before the offers expire. Enjoy the savings!

Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones ($ 197.99, usually $ 299.99)

If you have been waiting patiently for the right opportunity to invest in a brand new pair of headphones from Apple’s Beats, then this is likely that chance. The wonderful Solo3 wireless headphones not only look stunning but also come equipped with tons of technology for a highly pleasurable experience. The hardware is backed up by a battery life of approximately 40 hours, and Class 1 Bluetooth for a seamless connection to devices. Like the AirPods, Solo3 is also powered by Apple W1 chip which gives it longer battery life, long range and seamless connectivity with Apple devices.

Buy: Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones from Amazon: $ 197.99 | Original price: $ 300

Select PC Networking and Storage Accessories (Up to 40% off)

What could possibly be better than having access to a single PC or storage accessory offer? Well, having access to multiple offers across multiple different products, of course. You can get your hands on some wonderful storage, networking accessories, or even a fully functional TP-Link AC1200 Wi-Fi Range Extender if that’s the type of thing you’re after.

Buy: Select PC Networking and Storage Accessories from Amazon: Up to 40% off

Bluetooth Wireless Sport Earphones ($ 17 with promo code, usually $ 28.99)

For those who don’t want to part with hundreds of dollars for headphones, but who still want a lightweight cutting-edge experience, there are these wonderful Mpow options. They are lightweight, sweatproof, and perfect for the fitness enthusiast who wants to cover some serious tarmac without fear of having their earphones fall to the ground. The comfortable ergonomic fit is matched by the excellent battery life and product aesthetics.

Grab the earphones for as low as $ 17 using the following promo code at checkout: 7XXKWH49.

Buy: Bluetooth Wireless Sport Earphones from Amazon: $ 17 | Original price: $ 29

iRobot Roomba 650 Robotic Vacuum Cleaner ($ 286.99, usually $ 374)

You truly know that you are living in the 21st Century when engineers come up with a way of making vacuuming seamless. Why push that horrible upright machine around the house when you can simply purchase this wonderful and innovative little Roomba to do all of the hard work for you automatically? It’s a case of turning it on, sitting back, and watching as it uses its internal intelligence to whizz around the environment and clean up after you like a little robotic pet.

Buy: iRobot Roomba 650 Robotic Vacuum Cleaner from Amazon: $ 286.99 | Original price: $ 374

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The Bakery by Woodlands Sourdough – Artisanal Bakes Handcrafted With Love

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Good loaves of bread are hard to come by – more so if they are all made individually with love and care, without any added preservatives nor artificial ingredients.

The couple, Chalith and Nur, began kneading doughs 3 years ago and hasn’t stopped since. Both had started out as engineers, but found their true love and passion in making bread instead. Till now, they have yet to look back.

Naturally leavened using wild yeast – which requires more patience compared to commercial yeast in its slow development process – The Bakery’s rustic sourdough bread carries a range of sweet, earthy and nutty flavours that beautifully balanced out the subtle sour-ishness of the sourdough bread. Wonderfully moist and chewy, their bakes are probably one of the best artisanal breads I’ve ever come across.

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With so many spreads and toppings you can choose to go on top of your sourdough slices, we recommend the Hummus and Za’atar ($ 4), Sage Cream Cheese and Berry Compote ($ 4) and the Nut Butter with Honey ($ 4). No Skippy’s or any other commercially-made toppings are used here, except homemade peanut butter made from real peanuts. What’s great about these homemade goodness is that the flavours are more complexed and nuanced – anyone would be pleased by their nutty fragrance which supersedes those you can easily get off the self.

Our favourite has got to be the Sage Cream Cheese and Berry Compote, which had a nice tang balanced out by the sweetness of the berry compote and the savouriness of the sage.

Indeed, the toppings did help to accentuate the beautifully baked sourdough slices. Although the choice of toppings are nothing crazy, nothing over the top, each are done exceptionally well; it’s just simplicity at its best.

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Besides toasts, they also offer sweet desserts (cookies, brownies, teacakes, etc), muesli ($ 7), granola ($ 6), pizzas (only on Sundays!) and real awesome coffee sourced from Cata Coffee, a small local roastery. Prices for coffee starts from $ 3, with the most expensive on the menu priced at $ 6.

Making a good sourdough bread is a challenge and takes real commitment. Undoubtedly, The Bakery by Woodlands Sourdough has topped the bread game in Singapore. With each loaf beautifully handcrafted with love, this is the place you should add to your list for good quality toasts and coffee.

Address: 10 Jalan Serene, #01-05 Serene Centre, Singapore 258748

Opening Hours: Wed-Sun 8.30am to 6pm, or till sold out. Closed on Mon-Tues

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

MissTamChiak.com made anonymous visit and paid its own meal at the stall featured here.

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 The Bakery by Woodlands Sourdough. We will verify and update from our side. Thanks in advance!

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Download: PS4 4.70 Firmware Update Released, Here’s What Is New

By | May 31st, 2017

You can now download PS4 4.70 system software firmware update on your PlayStation 4 consoles. Here are the details.

Sony yesterday pushed out a new update to the software which powers its PlayStation 4 console, bringing that software up to version 4.70 and bringing with it some changes that gamers will appreciate as well as system performance improvements which should have games and apps running more fluidly once the update has been applied.

While Sony has not provided an in-depth changelog for this update via the page on its website which served as a notice for its release, the company did outline two particular points that it sees as the biggest reasons to download the update. Those are the obligatory performance increase and a new ability to see match results for each player in a tournament.

Main features in system software update 4.70

In tournaments, you can now view match results for each player.
This system software update improves system performance.

As is always the case with Sony’s PS4 updates, there are multiple ways to get the update onto your home console for installation. One of those, and likely the way most people will receive the update, is to have it download from the internet and right onto the PS4 itself. This is all automated if you have the correct power saving settings configured on your console, with a system restart required to bring the update into effect.

Those who do not have an internet connection for their PS4 will also be able to either download the update on a computer and install it from a USB device or even wait for the update to appear on a game disc, something that could take some time depending on the release schedule of the games you like to buy. The easiest and quickest way is obviously to go the internet-connected PS4 route, and we suggest you get the update installed ASAP, if only for the security fixes it likely also includes but have not been detailed by Sony.

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Red Dot for Pink Dot: Epiphyte, Garden Cafe at Neil Road

Nobel Prize winner Seamus Heaney wrote about The Northern Ireland Conflicts where 3500 people were killed in his book Station Island. Two strangers knocked on the door of his cousin’s shop at midnight. The cousin’s wife was frightened and told the cousin not to open the door. But the strangers shouted through the door that they had a sick child and needed to buy medication. When the cousin opened the door, the strangers, who were policemen incognito, shot him. In the poem, the apolitical Heaney meets the ghost of his cousin and apologises,

Forgive the way I have lived indifferent-
forgive my timid circumspect involvement.

Heaney regrets his non-involvement in the Conflicts. The message is pretty clear: Do not be afraid to do what is right, be brave. Every effort counts and sometimes it can be as easy as visiting a cafe for brunch to show support or boycotting certain places.

This year, the Singapore government has decreed that foreign companies such as Google, Facebook, Twitter, Barclays, JP Morgan, Goldman Sachs, BP, Bloomberg, GE, Apple, Microsoft, and Visa cannot fund Pink Dot. It’s funny how these companies, with numerous Singaporean employees, have invested in Singapore but cannot fund events.

In any case, it may be the best thing to happen to Pink Dot because local companies step up and begin to fund the event in an initiative called Red Dot for Pink Dot. Many F&B companies donate and we should support these generous, open-hearted companies.

Although Epiphyte has donated to the good cause, this review is, like others, unbiased and fair.

Epiphyte, a pretty cafe with a garden theme, doesn’t have a clear-cut direction in the menu and I don’t understand the difference between the sections that list “appetizers” and “bar snacks” and “Epiphyte snacks.”

The pork belly ($ 13) is very shiok and fat without being greasy. Tender with a nice bite. It’s covered with orange 5 spice and comes with a spicy coriander sauce.

But we don’t understand the sea habitat ($ 27). It’s a stack of soft shell crab, unagi, and purple rosti. The rosti comes in the form of a patty, which makes it hard to connect to the other ingredients. The combination doesn’t work. Furthermore, the portion is too little to justify the pricetag. Here’s a suggestion: they could give a hearty amount of purple rosti all spread out, so that it looks prettier and could fill up the stomach.

We got two of their popular desserts. The fir-like leaves of the terrarium ($ 13) are made from pistachio sponge and they solve the problem of dryness by including a pourover peach liquer sauce. There is also a crunchy texture from balls of croustillant. Overall, a well-balanced dessert.

The twilight ($ 10) is what people know as the galaxy cake. It’s delicate and nice; chocolate mousse, chocolate sponge, Cointreau orange curd. But there is no texture here. If they can include a crunch as a base, it’ll be better.

Including coffee, we paid $ 88. The prices here are quite expensive and portions are small. Perhaps it is because the menu is confusing, we didn’t know what to order.Everyone seems to be ordering the pink risotto ($ 22, beetroot risotto with scallops).  Maybe next time, we’ll just order from the mains.


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Epiphyte
47 Neil Road Singapore 088827
tel: +65 9138 3315
t-th 4pm-12am, f 4pm-1am, sat 11am-1am, sun 11am-4pm
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Ambience: 7/10
Service: 6/10
Price: 5/10
Food: 6/10
Overall: 3/5


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Best Practices to Trim Your WordPress Database

A clean WordPress installationstarts with 12 database tables by default, however, with time, data quickly adds up. Your numerous posts, pages, comments, options, and settings are all saved into the database. Moreover, many plugins (and sometimes even themes) also create their own database tables. But a lot of these data get redundant after a while.

Sooner or later, the database overhead can feel crippling. Your server slows down, page load time grows, export and import get harder, and creating a backup can take ages.

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So, in this article, we’ll look into the best practices to trim your WordPress database. Even if you don’t have problems right now, it’s worth considering a clean-up as it can improve the performance of your website, speed up your backup workflow, and make site maintenance more manageable.

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Don’t forget to back up the database before you start so that you don’t lose anything if something goes wrong during the clean-up.

1. Perform a manual clean-up

There are many redundant data items you can remove manually, simply from the WordPress admin.

Remove posts you don’t need

WordPress saves all post types (posts, pages, custom post types) into the wp_posts table and the related metadata to wp_postmeta.

If you empty the trash in the “Posts” and “Pages” panels in your WordPress admin you already get rid of a lot of unnecessary data. If you have many drafts and pending posts it’s also a good idea to go through them and delete what you don’t need.

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Note that media items (the content of the “Media” panel) are not stored in the database but in the /wp-content/uploads/ folder.

Remove unused categories and tags

If you have too many categories and tags you don’t use it’s also worth deleting the ones you don’t need. Categories and tags are the two taxonomy types you can access from the WP admin. By removing the unnecessary ones, you can free up space in the wp_terms, wp_term_relationships, and wp_term_taxonomy database tables.

Delete unused plugins and themes

By default, plugins are saved into the /wp-content/plugins/ folder, while themes go into /wp-content/themes/. However, many plugins as well as some themes create their own custom database tables. They also frequently save options into the wp-options table.

Therefore, deleting unnecessary plugins and themes can free up significant space in your database. However, for that you have to delete them, instead of deactivating.

Remove comments you don’t need

You can remove unapproved, spam, and trashed comments from the “Comments” panel in your WordPress admin. This way, you can reduce the size of the wp_comments and wp_commentmeta tables.

If your site receives many comments it’s also a good idea to consider using a third-party commenting system, such as Disqus or Livefyre, so that you don’t have to store comments in your database at all.

2. Optimize your database via phpMyAdmin

Access phpMyAdmin

phpMyAdmin is a software that enables you to manage your MySQL database. In your cPanel, find the “Databases” section and simply click the phpMyAdmin icon.

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If you are on your local machine you can find phpMyAdmin on your local web server, usually on the http://localhost/phpmyadmin URL.

Remove database overhead

phpMyAdmin has a feature that allows you to optimize your database. The Table maintenance > Optimize table option runs the OPTIMIZE TABLE MySQL-query for the selected tables and removes the overhead of your database.

As you can see on the screenshot below, phpMyAdmin shows if you have overhead in a table (last column). Select the tables that have overhead, or select all tables if you want, and run the query.

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If you have a corrupted table in your database you can repair it by selecting the “Repair table” option (it’s below “Optimize table”) that runs the REPAIR TABLE MySQL-query.

3. Use WP’s built-in database optimization

WordPress also has an automated database optimization tool. To access it, you have to edit the wp-config.php file. This is the configuration file of your WordPress-install. You can find it in your root folder that you can access via FTP (SFTP).

Open the wp-config.php file in a code editor, and add the following line to the beginning, after the starting PHP tag ():

define( 'WP_ALLOW_REPAIR', true );
 
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Save the wp-config.php file and open the http://yoursite.com/wp-admin/maint/repair.php URL path. You will find yourself on the following screen:

Automatic WP optimization

“Repair Database” option looks for and fixes common database problems. The other option, “Repair and Optimize Database” also tries to optimize the database that can improve the performance (page load time) of your website.

Note that if you choose the latter, your database will be locked until the task is performed (you can’t save, edit or delete, etc. the scontent).

When you’re finished don’t forget to remove the define( 'WP_ALLOW_REPAIR', true ); line from the wp-config.php file, as the database optimization tool can be accessed by anyone not just by admins.

4. Trim your database with plugins

There are more complicated database optimization tasks, such as removing expired transients, orphan meta items, duplicate items, and former post revisions, that are the safest to do by using database clean-up plugins.

Below, you can find the best free plugins you can use to further trim your database. These plugins also perform some of the tasks I mentioned in the “Manual clean-up” section which means you don’t necessarily have to do these manually.

WP-Optimize

The WP-Optimize plugin removes trashed and unapproved comments, pingbacks, trackbacks, expired transient options, cleans the wp_postmeta table and orphaned relationship data, and has many other great features.

In the options panel, you can select which tasks you want to perform. Moreover, you can also schedule automatic weekly clean-ups, according to your specification.

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WP Sweep

The WP Sweep plugin has similar functions to the aforementioned WP-Optimize, for instance, it can be used to remove trashed posts and comments, duplicate post meta, transient options, orphaned meta, etc.

WPBeginner has an interesting post in which they argue for WP Sweep (as opposed to WP-Optimize) as it “uses proper WordPress delete functions as much as possible instead of running direct delete MySQL queries”. Both plugins are great, choose whichever you like more, you won’t go wrong with any of them.

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Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions

With this plugin, you can delete trashed items, expired transients, pingbacks, trackbacks, spam, etc. Moreover, you can opt for keeping a log and set up an hourly, twice a daily, daily, weekly, or monthly optimization scheduler.

Just as its name says, before the database optimization, it deletes post revisions that usually take up a huge place in the database. In the options panel, you can select how many revisions you want to keep and also the age of the revisions that can be deleted. This plugin is multisite-compatible as well, which is a huge plus.

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Heng Long Teochew Porridge 兴隆潮洲糜 – Not cheap but quality dishes

Heng Long Teochew Porridge 兴隆潮洲糜 – Not cheap but quality dishes

When The Straits Time reported four customers that was upset with their “pricy” bill at Heng Long Teochew Porridge, vent their anger through flipping the table they were dining and wrecked the place with chairs, smashing glass panels at the food display counter during the early hour and rendered the stall to shut for a cleanup. However, the episode never deterred us to visit the place at night and fortunately business was back to norm.
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Heng Long Teochew Porridge is located at Hougang, an estate used to be populated with Teochew and good Teochew kuek, muay and fish soup etc can be found in the precinct.

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We had experienced the nearby Soon Soon Teochew porridge and Heng Long Teochew Porridge is another popular porridge outlet in this vicinity.

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Heng Long Teochew Porridge only starts business at 6pm and run into the morning wee hours, so a good place for those looking for a place for late night supper. An ordinary coffeeshop setup but overall environment is clean and tidy.

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We reached there at 6pm sharp so all dishes were fresh. The varieties are extensive and you will be overwhelmed with more than sixty dishes covering from typical Teochew steamed fish, braised meat, veggies to seafood and preserved food.

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We ordered the cabbage, braised bean curd skin or tau kee, salted egg, hei-bee haim or fried minced dried shrimp with chili, fishcake and stingray with two bowls of porridge for $ 18. The price is at the high side for Teochew porridge but at least we don’t flip the table and smashed the glass panel.

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All the dishes were tasty and cooked to the right texture; none of the dishes we ordered is being labeled as below the standard and a good endorsement to the quality of the food here.

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The bowl of plain porridge was cooked with good quality rice grain though the texture could be made softer for a more pleasing bite.
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Of course, the Teochew porridge here has evolved as well, in fact, the originality and authenticity of a traditional Teochew porridge and dishes have slowly diminishing, many of the dishes on display here are definitely not the mainstream of the Teochew cuisine, it is seemingly the line of traditional and evolution has becoming more vague and nebulous, a reality we have to accept to suit the changing need and for the survival.

Our verdict on Heng Long Teochew Porridge

Heng Long Teochew Porridge may perceived as expensive compared to many other Teochew porridge stalls around, however, from the quality aspect, you can expect this is a place you can enjoy a subtle Teochew porridge.

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A: 1006 Upper Serangoon Road, Singapore 534744
H: 6pm – 4.30am daily
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How To Sideload Snapchat++ On iOS Without Jailbreak

By | May 28th, 2017

Snapchat hacks 2017 series: Here’s how to download and install Snapchat++ IPA on iOS 10 without jailbreak. Works on iOS 10, iOS 10.2 and iOS 10.3 as well.

Are you an avid Snapchat user who loves the features within the app but wishes that Snap Inc. would introduce new functionality? Do you love sending and receiving time limited Snaps, but wish that you could have a version of Snapchat that did just that little bit more for enhanced experienced? If so, then what you’re looking for is probably Snapchat++, a modified version of the official app that introduces a whole heap of new functionality that Snap Inc. don’t want you getting your hands on. Best of all, it works just fine with iOS 10 as well with no jailbreak being required.

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If you are already familiar with the Pokemon Go++ or WhatsApp++ apps, then you may have an immediate understanding of what Snapchat++ is. If not, then it’s basically the main Snapchat app as downloaded and consumed from the official iOS App Store, but modified and offered independent of said App Store to introduce a load of new features that simply aren’t in the official app.

From a features perspective, you get everything that’s offered officially with the App Store version, but also additional functionality, such as being able to choose which Stories to automatically save, and the location that they should be saved to.

There’s also additional in-depth functionality that determines exactly how Stories should work on Snapchat. The same level of treatment is also applied to Snaps, giving more power over how they are saved and the saved location for easier access going forward. There’s also a dedicated “Snapchat+ Media Vault” area that allows control over incoming and outgoing saved Snaps.

You can check out all of the additional settings you will be getting your hands on as part of the Snapchat++ experience in the screenshot below:

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Part of the fun of something like Snapchat++ is not only getting it on your device independent of the App Store, but also interacting with it to find out all of the features and new things to play with that enhances the experience. If you are wanting to go ahead and get up and running with Snapchat++, then it’s possible to do it in one of two ways, and as you might have guessed, we have the information for you.

First, you need to delete the Snapchat app from your iOS device that you may have installed from the App Store. Then using a computer, download the Snapchat++ IPA file from here.

You will then need to sideload the downloaded patched ++ version of Snapchat IPA file to get the full Snapchat++ experience.

As for how to sideload/install Snapchat++ file on your device, you can perform the necessary steps using two methods, one which involves using Xcode, and second which involves Cydia Impactor. The Cydia Impactor method also works for those who are on Windows. Both methods work without requiring any jailbreak on the device.

For instructions on how to sideload using Xcode, you can follow our guide here: How To Sideload iOS Apps Without Jailbreak Using Xcode 7 For Free. Instructions on how to do the same using Cydia Impactor can be found here: Sideload iOS Apps On Windows, Mac With Cydia Impactor Without Jailbreak, Here’s How.

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Once done, you will be able to unleash all those advanced Snapchat features on your iPhone or iPad that were previously only exclusive to jailbroken users.

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The Masses, Bugis: Massively Good

The Masses at Bugis: The three founders of The Saveur Group, who made waves a few years ago for their rapid expansion, have split up: one bought over the shares of the group; Joshua Koo started Taste Affair, a hawker Western food stall; and Dylan Ong opened The Masses.

There are two areas that The Masses is different from Saveur: firstly, Saveur dishes out modern French cuisine whereas The Masses focuses on contemporary cuisine that is borderless. Secondly, The Masses uses fresh, seasonal ingredients of better quality and sustainable sources; and the organic vegetables come from a local farm, reducing carbon footprint. The menu changes frequently depending on the ingredients available.

As a result of the sourcing, the pricing is slightly more expensive than Saveur’s but I feel that the quality of the food is also better.  The egg ($ 9), a reinterpretation of chawanmushi, comes hot or cold. It is topped with ikura, tobiko, homemade potato chips, and brown butter. The chawanmushi whose smoothness is broken by the crisp is enhanced with little pops of umami.

It is difficult to name the best dish because they are all great, but the Australian Fremantle octopus ($ 14.90) may be it. It’s tender and charred beautifully to give a pleasant smokiness, which is lifted by the spicy gochujang aioli.

Another contender for the best dish, burrata ($ 14), is served broken up, drizzled with a refreshing basil oil. There are also bits on the burrata (crispy rice?) that give a nice crunch to the smoothness.

The pasta ($ 9 small, $ 14.90 main), which is very popular and probably the most instagrammed dish, is topped with caviar and crab meat cooked in lobster bisque. It’s served cold, so it’s refreshing. The pasta is done perfectly in al dente. It’s sweet and viscous.

The main, honey garlic miso chicken breast ($ 13.90), is a dish of contention. Those who dislike sweet mains should probably avoid it, but to me, I find it very good. Chicken breast is usually tasteless but the honey garlic miso gives it a clean tang. I also like the celeriac puree, infused with brown butter.

The weakest link seems to be the dessert section, which doesn’t look very interesting. However, the deep-fried camembert ($ 8.90) is very good. The pungent cheese isn’t oily, and the sourish yogurt ice cream undercuts the richness. Bits of gula melaka granola adds to the texture.

The food is so delicious because in every dish, there are always contrasting textures and flavors. It’s very smart food design here; there are balance, beauty, and great flavors in each dish.

We paid $ 112 for two persons, including a glass of wine each, but we over-ordered and were stuffed. Usually, I think one patron would pay about $ 30-$ 40. I want to bring my friends back here.


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The Masses
85 Beach Road #01-02 Singapore 189694
tel: +65 6266 0061
M, T, Th, 12pm-9.30pm; W, F, Sat 12pm-12am; Sun 12pm-9pm
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Food: 8/10
Price: 7.5/10
Service: 8/10
Decor/ambience: 7/10


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New iOS 10 Jailbreak Tweaks: SmartCameraShutter, GalaxyPulse, Thumbtack, More

By | May 28th, 2017

We’re back with a compilation of seven more new or updated iOS 10 jailbreak tweaks, including Horseshoe v2, GalaxyPulse, SkinnySettings, Thumbtack, and more.

It’s that time of the week again, where we gather together a list of new and updated jailbreak tweaks that we think you will appreciate.

There are in fact seven of them, and while we are pretty confident that you will be able to find something to tickle your fancy here, there’s no need to fret if you don’t because we will have a brand new list next week! This time around we have a Camera app customization tweak, another for the Settings app, a tweak that brings back the look and feel of classic iOS notifications and more. With that intro out the way, shall we just get on with the show?

SmartCameraShutter (BigBoss, Free)

Change how the gestures behave and how the shutter buttons act in the stock Camera app.

SkinnySettings (BigBoss, Free)

This tweak takes the stock Settings app and makes it look much cleaner, removing all the unnecessary dividers and colored icons.

Classic (BigBoss, Free)

Change how notifications appear in iOS 10, making them look much more like the notifications used in older versions of the operating system.

Horseshoe v2 (BigBoss, $ 2.50)

Have you ever wished that iOS 10’s Control Center was customizable and all on one page? Of course you have, and this tweak will make it happen.

LaunchInSafeMode (BigBoss, Free)

An additional 3D Touch shortcut, this allows for apps for be launched in safe mode, preventing the firing up of anything using Substrate.

Thumbtack (BigBoss, Free)

A simple tweak, Thumbtack allows the pinning of notes to the top of the stock Notes app in iOS.

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Nasi Lemak Specialist: Basmati Rice!


Nasi Lemak $ 3.50

The idea of using basmati rice for nasi lemak is not new.  Selera Rasa Nasi Lemak at Adam Road Food Centre had built its reputation upon it and even managed to win the patronage of the Sultan of Brunei! What is surprising is that aren’t more nasi lemak stalls capitalising on Selera Rasa’s idea after so many years.   It is probably because basmati rice is more expensive and not many stalls want to take the risk as they fear that the customers would complain about the higher prices.

There are many advantages of using basmati rice.  First there is the health benefit.  Basmati rice has a lower glycaemic index compared to normal white rice. So it is recommended for diabetics as it doesn’t raise the blood sugar as quickly.  Gastronomically, the texture of basmati rice is light and fluffy and it isn’t as sticky as normal white rice, so it doesn’t fill you up as quickly.  Hence, it is easy to finish a plate of basmati rice nasi lemak and feel just comfortably full instead “jialak”.  (bloated)

The rice here is very good.  They insist on using freshly squeezed coconut milk which gives the rice a nice fragrance.  Although it is light and fluffy, there is enough coconut milk so that it is still “lemak” and doesn’t feel dry and empty in the mouth.  The sambal tumis also complements the rice very well. Its a bit on the sweet side which is what I like.   I was there when they almost sold out so the chicken wings and eggs weren’t freshly fried, so I can’t really comment on the actual quality of the wings. 4.25/5


Lontong

Although they call themselves “nasi lemak specialist“, it was their lontong that I was more impressed with.  It has a certain homemade quality about it which makes it very unique.  The gravy is nice and thick, unlike the watery type that you would find in a lot of other stalls and the flavour is well balanced.  The lady boss, Mdm Mazwin Khan explained to me that she uses her own blend of fresh ingredients to make the rempah which is why the flavour is so unique.  4.5/5


Mee Siam

Her mee siam also has its own unique character.  It was just a tad sour for me, but I am sure it would suit those who like to feel an itchy scalp when they eat! 4/5

Helping Mdm Mazwin full time at the stall is her son, Ex Lion’s 12 backup goalie, Qadir Yusoff.  He had recently left the game to pursue his passion in food!  It is great to see another upcoming Gen Y hawker!

Conclusion

This newly opened stall still has that home cooked taste as all the ingredients are prepared fresh without the use of premixes.  They might call themselves nasi lemak specialists, but the lontong is a real gem that you should not miss out on.

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