Here’s how to download and install Specto Kodi addon in 2017 on version 17 or 17.4. This process will work regardless of the platform that your Kodi installation is running on.
As far as add-ons for Kodi are concerned, Specto is a relative newcomer to the community.
That however doesn’t make it any less impressive or worthwhile. Like most good Kodi add-ons, it comes with an impressive selection of movies and TV shows which should suit everyone’s needs. This is largely an impressive add-on as it’s essentially a fork of the old Genesis add-on which was extremely popular back in the good days. So Without further ado, let’s dive right in and take a look at the installation process.
Enable Unknown Sources
Step 1: Select the main System settings on your Kodi installation. Select the Add-ons option from within the settings.
Step 2: In this section, you will notice that there is an option called Unknown sources. Make sure the toggle switch associated with this option is turned to the On position.
Install Specto Kodi Addon
Step 1: Before you can get the add-on, you need to have the holding repository installed on the Kodi installation. To do this, select the ‘Gears’ icon on the main Kodi screen and then select File manager.
Step 2: Select the Add source option. You will be taken to a new screen. Where you see , tap into it and enter the following URL for the necessary repository: goodfellasteam.com/Repository
You can then select OK and add a name for the repo.
Step 3: Head back to the Kodi main screen and select Add-ons. You now need to select the icon which looks like an open box to browse through packages.
Step 4: Select Install from zip file option and then select the Goodfellas source. Or select whatever you actually called the source earlier on in the process.
Step 5: Select the repository.goodfellas-1.6.1.zip file to continue. You will get a confirmation message presented to you when this has been installed.
Step 6: You now need to install the Specto add-on. Select the Install from repository option, then navigate to GoodFellas > Video add-ons > Specto – … Fork.
Step 7: Once you select that you will see an Install button. Go through the installation process until you are up and running with the wonderful Specto add-on.
That’s it, Specto is now up and running on your Kodi installation. Enjoy!
We all know Greece as a romantic destination fit for a honeymoon, but beyond the blue and white facades of Santorini is Athens, a jaw-droppingly beautiful city filled with warm locals, stunning ancient architecture, and some sweet nature spots you won’t want to miss out on.
The best part: it’s not as expensive as you’d expect a European destination to be.
With Scoot flights starting from $ 279 one-way*, we landed in the city on a comfortable Dreamliner plane without a huge dent in the wallet – and continued our cash-saving ways by uncovering epic attractions that’re all under €14 on our 5-day stay. Some of them are even FREE! Here’s how we did it:
1. Get acquainted with the city with the Athens Free Walking Tour
Seeing Athens without a guide can make you feel like a headless chicken running around with Google Maps, but salvation isn’t far away.
Athens Free Walking Tour takes you around the must-see attractions within the city centre, and the 2 – 2.5 hour walk varies in duration and location depending on what the group wants to visit, led by a knowledgeable guide.
Here are our highlights of the walk:
Academy of Athens
Academy of Athens
Designed by Theophil Hansen at just 25 years old, the Academy of Athens pays tribute to ancient Athenian architecture and the belief that beautiful buildings are made up of all geometrical shapes – circles, cylinders, prisms – not just the commonly-used rectangles and squares we see in modern buildings today.
The pristine marble slabs and gold accents make us feel like we’re in ancient Olympia.
Fun Fact: Our very own Old Supreme Court was influenced by the Athenians, too, and not just architecturally – Lady Justice is inspired from Greek goddesses Themis and Dike.
Built in 131-132 AD, it’s a miracle that the thinly constructed Hadrian’s Arch stands tall with its immemorial Greek inscriptions still intact. We recommend coming around evening to catch the magical sight of the structure framing the sunset.
Metro stations that are mini museums
Syntagma Metro Station
Most Greek metro stations are mini museums in their own right. When this historical city drills deep into the ground, they make sure to carefully excavate and preserve every bit of the old world’s magic in protected glass cases:
This rectangular box I’m posing with is not a vent…
…It’s actually an ancient grave set in Syntagma Station for the public to see. Image Credit: Shaumyikasharma
The cross-section of the ground lets you see exactly how Athens used to be – when new cities were built on old ones, when volcanoes erupted, and when the area used to be a river bed. In fact, we saw the age-old underground river Eridanos that still runs through Monastiraki Station!
Price: The Athens Free Walking Tour is free, but it’s good to give your hardworking tour guide a tip. Around €5 per person should be fine.
2. Time travel to the Byzantine era by visiting gorgeous churches
For the uninitiated, the once-great Byzantine Empire was a Greek-speaking continuation of the Roman Empire, stretched over present-day Greece, Turkey, Bulgaria, Italy, and parts of North Africa and Egypt. Christianity was widespread then and today, many churches still stand.
Church of Agioi Theodoroi
Standing since 1049, this near-millennium-old church is built in a shape of a cross, and constructed without columns. Though it looks humble upon first glance, a closer look will reveal ornate Arabic ornamental lettering across its exteriors.
To be further surprised, step in and marvel at the intricate interiors, characterised by domes, carved columns, marble, and coloured glass mosaics – it’s like you’ve travelled back in time.
Price: Free Address: Pl. Agion Theodoron, Athina 105 61, Greece
Metropolis Cathedral of Athens
Metropolis Cathedral of Athens was completed in 1862, 23 years after they began building it.
Requiring the demolition of 72 older churches, the Metropolis Cathedral of Athens is the largest church in Athens, and doesn’t resemble many of its smaller and older Byzantine-styled churches that are built with dome tops and bricks.
It stands as the seat of the archbishop of Athens – a little like the archbishop’s headquarters – and if you’re lucky, you’ll get to witness official ceremonies, laudations and funerals of some of the most important people in Greece.
3. Muse upon Socrates’ Prison at the Hill of the Muses
Located on the rocky slopes of the Hill of the Muses is Socrates’ Prison, but don’t be fooled – this isn’t where the philosopher spent his last days before his poison-induced death.
Up till today, nobody’s sure what these cave-like structures were used for back in ancient times, but it was used in WWII to hide antiquities from German looters.
Even if looking into prison cells isn’t your thing, strolling through the Hill of the Muses to the city centre is a trip filled with joy, because the views of the surrounding plains are amazing.
Our tip: Get a few epic shots for the ‘gram when the sun is low on the horizon!
Price: Admission to the Hill of the Muses is free
4. Be mesmerised by the changing of the guard at Syntagma Square
If you thought K-Pop groups were the only super synchronised troupes around, you thought wrong. At Syntagma Square at 11AM daily, there will be a changing of the guard – the number of attractive boys, precision in timing (with no music at all), and coordination is unreal.
Even their bent knees are at the exact same angle.
These guards undergo rigorous selection and an intense training programme, all to prep them for their daily performances of standing completely still for an hour – no straying eyes or twitching noses here.
Fun fact: The super slow movements during the guard change keeps their blood circulation going, especially after they’ve been immobile for an hour.
5. Visit the tiny Ottoman village of Anafiotika for tourist-free views
Anafiotika is a tiny village nestled between the Acropolis and the Plaka Stairs – it might seem inconspicuous, but it gets you incredible views of the city below without throngs of tourists.
On our way up, we only met one local and three cats.
Take the unassuming stairs next to Agios Georgios church, and you’ll find the village.
If you’re wondering why the neighbourhood looks like a poorly played tetris game, it’s because back in the times of Anafiotika’s inception, Ottoman law decreed that if you put up a house between sunset and sunrise, the property’s free – and so, citizens built wherever they wanted.
6. Sip a coffee at the iconic Plaka Stairs
The Plaka district is the oldest section of Athens, and the iconic Plaka Stairs is a must-visit. The food may be slightly more expensive than usual, so we suggest sipping on coffee or milkshake, then heading off to have your meal elsewhere.
The stroll around Plaka district also makes for great OOTD backgrounds:
Price: Around €7 for a cup of coffee
Address: Mnisikleous 22, Athina 105 56, Greece
7. Up your IG game at Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre
Located away from tourist eyes, a Greek friend of ours had to guide us to this newly-opened spot, which from the main street looks like any other building in Piraeus. But good things come to those who wait, and once the sun sets, the interior becomes magical.
Housing Greece’s National Library and opera, the Foundation was designed to get the Greeks’ creative juices flowing. It’s also a popular hangout spot for the local youth for keeping up with the IG life, and we can tell why:
Price: A 20-minute Uber from Piraeus Port to the cultural centre costs about €9-10, while a free shuttle bus from Syntagma Square takes 30-40 minutes. Address: Leof. Andrea Siggrou 364, Kallithea 176 74, Greece Website
8. See 3,300 year-old temples at the Acropolis
The Parthenon at the Acropolis.
You don’t have to resort to Nat Geo to see ancient artifacts – at 3,300 years old, the Parthenon still stands pretty much intact at the Acropolis. “Acropolis” means “a fortified part of an ancient Greek city built on a hill”, and on your way up, you’re sure to feel like a Greek god/goddess when you’re stepping upon luxurious white marble.
When you’re standing here, keep in mind that this is the place which saw concepts like Democracy, Philosophy, Theatre, and Freedom of Expression flourishing. It’s probably the very ground that Socrates and Plato paced as they first questioned the meaning of human existence.
Athens has a law that prohibits people from building anything higher than the Acropolis, and we’re grateful because otherwise, lookout shots like these wouldn’t be possible:
Tip:The queues can go up to 2 hours long in the summer, so come early at around 7AM.
Price:€10 per person in winter, €20 in summer, but we suggest paying €30 for a 5-day pass (same prices across seasons) to Acropolis and its slopes, Ancient Agora, Hadrian’s Library, Roman Agora, Kerameikos, The Temple of Olympian Zeus, and The Archaeological site of Lykeion.
9. Feel like a Greek god at the Temple of Olympian Zeus
Befitting Zeus’ grandeur as the the king of gods, the Temple of Olympian Zeus is one of the largest temples ever built in ancient times. While you can view this beauty from behind a metal fence for free, we suggest paying a few euros to get up close to this standing miracle.
Get your Greek goddess shots!
Most of the temple probably collapsed in an earthquake from medieval times.
The column toppled in 1852 in a large storm, and we love how the Greeks just leave it as it is.
Price: €6 Address: Athens 105 57, Greece
10. Forgo Santorini and hop over to Aegina Island
We all know about the famed Santorini, but as the closest island from Athens and Piraeus Port (~1 hour boat ride), Aegina Island is the perfect all-in-one island for those who don’t fancy long boat rides and tourist crowds. Here’s what you can look forward to:
Church of Saint Nectarios
By far the most majestic church we visited was the Church of Saint Nectarios, that’s complete with picturesque views from beautiful balconies:
The church was built in memorial of the miracle-working Saint Nectarios who passed away in 1920. There’s a monastery inhabited by a few nuns who tend to those who seek solace and healing.
While on Aegina, grab a bag or two of their famous pistachios – the pinkish nuts have a roasted fragrance to them, and tastes like it’s been lightly drizzled with vinegar.
Price:€8 (2 hours 15 min) or €14 (40 minutes) from Piraeus Port. Bus ticket from Aegina port to Agios Nectarios €2 on the blue line. Ticket to the Church of Saint Nectarios €1.80.
Seen from the moment your boat docks at the port, Poros’ clocktower serves as a lookout to the Mediterranean and Aegean sea. Of course, you’ll have to scale the white stone steps to get to the top.
It’s totally worth it, though:
If you’re up for it, get your bikinis out and head to the crystal clear waters of Askeli beach for a swim, or a game of beach volleyball. It helps that you can score inexpensive drinks and snacks for just a few euros, too.
12. Channel Wonder Woman vibes at Hydra Island, Greece’s version of Themyscira
With traditional stone mansions and white-washed cobblestone streets, the island of Hydra is like Wonder Woman’s Themyscira – unapologetically stuck in time and charming in its own right.
It’s so stuck in time that it’s illegal to drive cars around here – the 500 donkeys that reside on the island are the locals’ mode of transport.
Bonus: Take a short walk from the port to the Church of Dormition (Assumption) – Kimisi Theotokou and Hydra Port for some ‘grammable spots:
Price:€13.5 from Poros to Hydra, 1hr 30 min ferry ride. Book a ferry here. Around €10 for a donkey ride.
13. Soak in the thermal springs of Vouliagmeni Lake
The summer heat is hard to beat, but at Vouliagmeni Lake, you get to chill out under the sun in a natural outdoor spa with the locals. The underground thermal spring water is at a comfortable 22-29 degrees Celsius all year round so it’s even suitable for a soak in winter.
The lake is packed with salt and minerals to keep skin supple!
It helps that the Doctor Fish nibble on dead skin cells for a #newyou the moment you emerge from your €13 full body spa treatment.
After you’ve spent all those calories wading around in the water, head to the cafe and restaurant just beside the lake to grab some Kaimaki ice cream (€2.50), a local delicacy that’s a mix of sahlep powder (from wild orchids) and a rich creamy base.
Price:€13 per person
Getting to the lake from Piraeus port is about €10-15 by Uber – a much faster, but it’s just a few euros more expensive than the alternative of a bus if you’re travelling in a pair.
14. Munch on super cheap, super filling gyros
If you’re a broke traveller, fret not – not all of Europe is filled with expensive restaurants. Gyros is the Greek version of a kebab, complete with fragrant grilled meat chicken or pork, onions, tomato slices, tzatziki sauce, and fries inside a pita wrap. It’s crazy filling, and costs only €2-4.
Tip: Some of the more secluded gyros joints away from touristy areas may not have staff that speak English, so try holding up Google Images of gyros to order.
Bonus: Strap on leather sandals at Melissinos Poet Sandal Maker
If you’re looking for a pair of footwear nobody else has, look no further than Melissinos Poet Sandal Maker. Famed for making sandals for legends like John Lennon and Sarah Jessica Parker, the family-run business is dedicated to the craft of perfectly-fitted handmade sandals.
For those on the go, don’t fret, they’ll custom-fit the sandal for you in less than 30 minutes. No online orders or deliveries here – so getting these sandals mark your official visit to Athens.
We’ve walked in these all over the city for hours on end – the leather straps soften with use and are super comfortable, even if you’re walking over uneven marble.
Most people would shy away from an 11-hour flight on a budget airline, but we were pleasantly surprised when flying with Scoot’s new 787 Dreamliner planes in the ScootinSilence section – kids under 12 are not allowed, and there’re adjustable headrests and seats with more legroom.
Totally worth paying a little extra to to sit in peace – especially for flights as long as the ones to Athens!
Scoot’s 787 Dreamliners also feature roomier seats, in-flight Wi-Fi, ScooTV (movies and shows) and in-seat power outlets for purchase so that you can binge-watch on those dramas for your entire flight.
We all get inexplicably hungry in the air, too. And for long haul flights like Athens, make sure you get your choice of food by pre-ordering the special Long Haul Meal Bundle! These come in non-vegetarian and vegetarian options, and includes the following:
Premium Meal Combo: a deluxe meal, 2 sides and a drink
Light Meal Combo: a light meal, snack and pre-cupped juice
Premium Meal Combo: Beef Stew with Buttered Linguine, a side salad, 2 deluxe sides, a cup of water and a choice of Evian Mineral Water or Coca Cola.
For our Premium Meal Combo, we chose a main of Beef Stew with Buttered Linguine. We aren’t fans of most in-flight meals, but were pleasantly surprised when the beef stew had a generous portion of tender meat chunks with a sweet aftertaste.
Before the main meal, the Light Meal Combo is served to ward away any late night hunger pangs. On our flight to Athens, we got the Turkey Pastrami with Cranberry Sauce & Roasted Pumpkin Mushroom Wrap. This came with snacks such as baked cashew nuts, as well as a cup of apple juice.
And on our way back to Singapore, we tried another Light Meal Combo – the Turkey and Cheese Baguette. This came with juice and digestive biscuits!
Read here to find out more about the meals available.
With Scoot operating the first direct, non-stop budget flight from Singapore to Europe starting in a magical city like Athens, super-comfy flights starting at $ 279 (one-way) to this dream destination are now a reality!
Italian developer Luca Todesco, who has made a huge name for himself in the jailbreak and security research communities thanks to his work on yalu102, has been tinkering around with Apple’s recently released iOS 11 platform and managed to achieve root status.
In order to achieve that exciting landmark in iOS 11, the developer has had to make the best use of a WebKit exploit which many hope could potentially lead to an iOS 11 jailbreak in the future.
Todesco has become extremely well-known in the development and research communities over the last 12-18 months. In addition to his work with iOS and bug finding, Todesco has also investigated vulnerabilities in other platforms and systems, leading him to get somewhat of a name for himself as an all-around security researcher. Most of that work is prompted over Twitter, which seems to be his favorite medium for presenting information and findings, and which once again has acted as the platform of choice to announce his latest findings in iOS 11.
It’s worth noting that this is very much the beginning of something which could lead to something bigger. Achieving root status within iOS 11 using the aforementioned WebKit exploit potentially opens the door up to the possibility of a Safari-based jailbreak for Apple’s iOS 11 platform down the line. That’s all very exciting, but also needs to be caveated with the fact that Todesco has claimed on more than one occasion in the recent past that he has left the public jailbreak community, meaning that this could be purely for his own private research purposes rather than the beginning of work which would ultimately lead to a public-facing jailbreak.
Whatever Todesco’s intentions actually are, it’s actually wonderful news that this type of achievement has been proven to be instantly possible with Apple’s iOS 11 platform. And, let’s remember, iOS 11 has only really been out in the wild for a week or so, meaning that there is still a lot of work to be done by Todesco and other individuals.
It’s worth noting that KeenLabs has already demoed a jailbreak for iOS 11 back in June when iOS 11 was in beta stages.
Unfortunately for the jailbreak community, Apple’s lucrative Bug Bounty Program has meant that developers and researchers are generally much better placed selling their discoveries to Apple rather than trying to make a jailbreak out of them or leaking them into the community for the greater good. As always, we’ll keep you updated on this one as it progresses.
After blogging for over a decade, I never thought I would come across a new type of prata. But here it is. Thin and crispy prata.
Oh, but you say, that’s old news!
But just hold your horse sic and take a closer look at this prata.
This is the first time I have come across a prata that is folded such that it resembles a window frame. The edges are double layered and the centre consists of only one thin layer like tissue prata!
This style of folding results in a prata that is thin and almost biscuit like. The dough shatters when you break the prata apart. It’s nice to eat, but I do feel that it lacks that chewy component which is also nice to have in a prata.
I usually prefer the plain version in most prata stalls but this is one stall where I will actually recommend the egg version. Because of the crispy dough and the way it is folded, you get both crispy parts as well as doughy, chewy parts where the eggs are. The contrast between the two parts make the egg prata a joy to eat.
This is one of those stalls that still bothers to make their own prata dough and you can tell by the dough being placed in plastic boxes and sacks of “Ikan Terbang” flour at the back of the stall. With many prata shops now opting for factory made dough balls, this is one of the signs I look out for in order to decide whether to add them to my list of recommended prata places.
Another thing I like about the place is that they seem to be very focused on their prata. Lots of places, especially the 24 hr ones try to provide lots of other stuff like Indian rojak and various types of curries. This stall just gives a standard fish curry which is delicious and an optional chicken curry which is also very good. 4.5/5
Another good place for a prata meal especially if you are after thin and crispy prata. This is one place where I would recommend the egg prata over the plain ones as I like the contrast between the crispy parts and the doughy eggy parts. The standard fish curry is delicious and goes very well with the prata. They do have other branches so you may have one nearer to you!
Famous camera maker GoPro has used an event in San Francisco to announce two brand new cameras. The company unveiled its gorgeous GoPro Hero6 Black as well as the Fusion 360 camera, the latter of which will usher in the beginning of a new “creative area.”
The Fusion 360 has been on the company’s agenda since last Consumer Electronics Show (CES), and will eventually hit the market this coming November.
The company’s GoPro Hero6 is essentially an upgraded Hero5 complete with the same exterior design and waterproof features. In fact, if you were to look at it side-by-side with the Hero5 then you would be hard pushed to distinguish between the two. However, this latest iteration of the company’s hardware will offer increased frame rates, pump out images of a higher quality, and will be able to capture those images a lot faster thanks to a brand new internal custom processor built purely for this device.
In addition to the aforementioned improvements, consumers opting to introduce the Hero6 into their lives will also get 4K recording at 60fps, 2.7K at 120fps, or 1080p at 240fps – all thanks to a powerful custom processing chip called “GP1”. GoPro is also telling us that the Hero6 packs improved image stabilization, though OIS still remains missing.
There’s also improved 5GHz WiFi in order to transfer all images and videos to a connected smartphone up to three times faster than its predecessor. Speed seems to be key with the Hero6, which makes it quite ironic that the standout improvement is the fact that’s all about slow motion. The hardware carries everything that you know and love about the Hero5 and will start shipping today for a $ 499.99 outlay.
The new and innovative Fusion 360 camera on the other hand uses two lenses to capture video at up to 5.2K at 30 frames-per-second. There’s also the ability to capture 18-megapixel spherical photographs and capture immersive sound in a 360-degree fashion from the external environment. In an interesting revelation, it also employs the OverCapture feature which allows for a 360-degree footage to be rendered in a 1080p video or photograph.
GoPro has also had the foresightedness to ensure that the Fusion 360 is compatible with a lot of the mounts already on sale by the company so it isn’t a total start over for anyone who hardly owns that hardware. In addition to those features, it comes equipped with all of the features that you would expect, as well as having all of the usual technologies built-in, such as GPS, WiFi, and Bluetooth for connectivity and data transfer.
If you have been interested in this type of camera since its original tease at CES, and have been looking for a company to make 360-degree videos more accessible and usable, then you can get amongst GoPro new “creative area” this coming November with a $ 699.99 outlay.
Tiong Bahru Galicier Pastry Review – One of the best Kueh Dar-Dar
From the Hainanese Curry Rice at the corner of the coffeeshop to the Teochew rice kueh and many other delectable local hawker dishes in the neat and clean food centre, the food here have evoked many nostalgic memories of our childhood’s favorites. Tiong Bahru – a medley of new and old, while the progression are enthralling viewing, it is a real good place worth the soul searching of our heritage including the exotic food scene.
Tiong Bahru Galicier Pastry, a typical old shophouse presented in the most traditional manner and unpretentious way, not the environment and setting to attract you but the it is their old-school Nonya kueh or pastries that entice your tastebuds.
Tiong Bahru Galicier Pastry offers an assortment of Nonya kuehs, however, our objectives of visiting the shop is clear, the shopping list cannot left out the Kueh Dar-Dar and Ondeh-Ondeh. The two most sought after kuehs among the array of kueh.
Kueh Dar-Dar ($ 0.80)
White grated coconut wrapped in a green-coloured pandan-flavoured thick rice roll, the Kueh Dar dar here stands out among others with its unique filling, Tiong Bahru Galicier Pastry do not add palm sugar or gula melaka for extra sweetness, the snowy white grated coconut is fresh and fragrance, keeping the most original coconut flavour in its form with its mildly sweet taste.
One of the best Kueh Dar dar in Singapore? We can concur and endorse the claim.
The round rice balls are filled with melted gula melaka, if you don’t want to stain your clothes or face and hands with the explosive juice encased in the dough, never eat the Ondeh-Ondeh with a bite, just pop the whole ball in one mouthful and let the gula melaka to burst in the mouth, you will be able to enjoy the essence of the gula melaka and the softness of the dough. Every ball is just salivating.
Others kueh kueh are reasonably good but the real Mccoy here are the must try kueh dadar and ondeh-ondeh.
We do enjoy the Kueh Dar-Dar and Ondeh-Ondeh Tiong Bahru Galicier Pastry, other kuehs are reasonably good as well. If you have limited capacity, go try at least the two kueh-kueh mentioned, you wouldn’t regret it.
It happens every single year. Whenever a company like Apple releases a new smartphone, which in this instance is iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, the general reporting stance is that sales have been disappointing and that there’s much hype about nothing.
KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo doesn’t believe the iPhone 8 sales doom and gloom is required, suggesting that reports so far have been “excessively negative” and that device sales were actually very stable.
As always, Kuo has pushed out a note to investors clarifying thoughts on the initial sales weekend as well as his company’s belief that Apple will see roughly equal sales split between iPhone 8 and iPhone X.
We previously estimated the production weighting of new 2017 iPhone models at roughly 50% iPhone X and 50% iPhone 8/ 8 Plus. This matches what we believe is Apple’s (U.S.) estimate for demand. At first glance, the combined first-week adoption rate for the iPhone 8/ 8 Plus might appear low (about half that of iPhone 6s/ 6s Plus and 7/ 7 Plus). However, this is due to the fact that the iPhone X is not included, not because iPhone 8/ 8 Plus first weekend sales have been weak.
A lot of the negativity around the belief of poor iPhone 8 sales has been driven by the fact that there doesn’t appear to be as many hardcore Apple fans queuing up religiously for hours on end outside of Apple Stores around the world. With that said, we could simply be in a position where those individuals who enjoy the annual pilgrimage to form a camping queue out of a local Apple Store are simply waiting for iPhone X to arrive in a few weeks time.
A day earlier, a report from Localytics suggested that the weekend sales of the iPhone 8 range were the slowest of any iPhone since 2013, but interestingly it also saw the adoption rate of the larger 5.5-inch iPhone 8 Plus to be the highest amongst any Plus-model till date.
It’s certainly not all doom and gloom for Apple. The well-placed KGI analyst believes that sales have been good for Apple where iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are concerned – with it being reported that more consumers are actually opting for 8 Plus – and expects 40-50 million iPhone X pre-orders to go through Apple’s servers when that device is released for sale.
You only need to take the price of the handset and multiply it by those numbers to know that would be a huge success for the company.
We spend an incredible amount of time on the MRT every day but it’s surprising how many little details we tend to miss – like the hidden toilet within the fare area at Bugis MRT station.
But beyond modern-day mysteries, digging into history will reveal even more hidden secrets such as stations-within-stations and money-carrying trains. Here are some facts about Singapore’s island wide rail network that most of us probably haven’t heard of.
When I’m unlucky enough to have to wait five minutes for a train, I find myself studying the station map, only to make an earth-shattering discovery: there is no NE2.
This is no typo – some lines have “missing stations” because the ID numbers are reserved for future stations. Take the previously missing NE11 on the North-East line, savvy commuters would’ve predicted it’d become the Woodleigh MRT station which opened in 2011.
If you like a peek into a crystal ball, other “missing stations” are Canberra (NS12), Bukit Brown (CC18), and the unofficially named Kampung Bahru (NS2) and Sungei Kadut (NS6).
2. “Phantom stations” are hidden within Changi Airport and Punggol
I’ve always wondered why the escalator at Punggol MRT goes down so deep, despite there being just one line at the station. Look around on your extra-long ride – you’re actually surrounded by a restricted basement level that’s a sealed up “phantom station”.
These empty stations are not horror story fodder, but rather, a clever hack that allows stops for future lines to be set up quickly.
Besides Punggol, there’s also one in Changi Airport MRT station and a partitioned-off area in Ang Mo Kio MRT Station. The latter’s rumoured to transform into a MRT interchange in future.
3. Dover MRT was built around an existing track
Before Dover MRT Station’s opening, Singapore Polytechnic students had no choice but to take crowded buses from Clementi or Buona Vista to get to school. Thankfully, in 2001, the government decided it would open a whole new station for the students.
But the thing is, there was already an existing track in the area. So the new station was built literally round the track. As some SP kids recall, they caught glimpses of trains passing by during the station construction.
Too bad for graduating students – they could only imagine how convenient their trip to school would have been. Sorry guys!
4. In the past, a 4-carriage “money train” carried fares in cash
Before stored value cards, station staff carried around large amounts of cash from the ticket machines.
To transport the money, a specially-designed, four-carriage money train would pop by each station in the evening and offload the dough at a special facility at Bishan Depot. Sounds just like a Singaporean heist movie.
And although the money train was decommissioned in 2007, NSFs might meet this iconic piece of history just yet – the train is currently used by SAF for training simulations!
5. Our first MRT station is colored bright yellow for the illiterate
Toa Payoh MRT station was where it all started.
The station was part of Singapore’s first MRT section which was just six kilometres of track and five stations that linked Yio Chu Kang and Toa Payoh. Then, if you were going anywhere else, you’d have to take the bus!
The station was a groundbreaker in design too. It’s cheery yellow interior is more than just ‘bout aesthetics, but rumoured to have been chosen to make it easily recognisable by the illiterate.
6. The notorious chewing gum ban is linked to MRT vandals
After the expensive construction of Changi Airport, The Cabinet needed some persuasion to get started on the 5 billion dollar MRT project in the 80s.
Then-Minister for Communications Ong Teng Cheong, who most people remember as “the People’s President”, was a firm supporter of the project and made his case to The Cabinet.
This was his touching declaration after the MRT was built: “This is like a 20-years love affair, from conception to delivery. Now the baby is born. Well, to say that I am happy and pleased is an understatement.”
Thank you Mr President!
8. And here’s the woman behind the “doors closing” announcement
We’ve all been there – rushing to make it through the doors only to narrowly miss being sliced in half thanks to the “doors closing” announcement.
Here’s who you can thank for the warning – the late Juanita Melson who was a much beloved figure in Singapore’s radio scene. Now you can put a face to the iconic voice announcements that gently remind you that eating and drinking are not allowed on the trains and platforms.
9. Singapore’s own Disneyland is the reason for long gap between Yio Chu Kang and Khatib
If you haven’t already heard of this is might just break your heart – Singapore could have been home to Southeast Asia’s first Disneyland! The theme park was to be located between Yio Chu Kang and Khatib stations and serviced by a new station.
Unfortunately, the plans fell through and neither Disneyland or the proposed station was built. But hey, at least we get to enjoy the five minutes of lush greenery between those stations.
10. Your stored value cards used to look like this
One thing we take for granted is the convenience of tapping our transit cards and whizzing through the gantries. But before the touch-and-go system, commuters had to insert a card with a magnetic stripe into a machine and retrieve it after passing through. Such a waste of seconds.
And today’s stored value cards are multi-taskers too. The NETS FlashPay card can even be used for payment at retail outlets like convenience stores, supermarkets, fast food restaurants, and even carparks.
Celebrate SMRT’s 30th Anniversary with this limited edition NETS FlashPay card
After being part of our lives for so many years, it’s hard to imagine a Singapore without public transport – especially the MRT which has been around for a solid 30 years. To celebrate this milestone, SMRT has teamed up with NETS to release a special edition NETS FlashPay card.
And deal-hunting Singaporeans will love it – it’ll bag you discounts and deals from Eu Yan Sang, Food Junction, and TotallyHotStuff just by going about your usual commute.
The first 30,000 who register their SMRT 30th Anniversary NETS FlashPay card in the WINK+ app and complete a ride on any SMRT train network will score 50 bonus WINK+ points to redeem vouchers from over 50 merchants like Shaw Theatres, Sushi Express, Timezone, and Toy Outpost.
With the sale of the cards, SMRT will also make a special contribution to its adopted charities such as AWWA, Bizlink Centre and the Cerebral Palsy Alliance Singapore.
The limited edition NETS FlashPay Card will be priced at $ 12 (with $ 7 in stored value) and sold at SMRT train stations. But hey, if you’re feeling lazy, you can always order the card online for just $ 5 (no stored value) and have it delivered right to your doorstep!
Here’s how you can update to iOS 11.0.1 from iOS 11 beta or GM with configuration profile installed for developers or public betas.
With new iPhones released yearly, we get new versions of iOS to take advantage of all the new features those iPhones bring. The updated iOS also comes to existing models, and that is something that Apple is very proud of. In fact, it likes to point out how many of its users update to the latest and greatest version of iOS 11, especially compared to the number of people who get to use the latest version of Android.
With the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, we got iOS 11, and it’s available to download for everyone who owns a compatible device. Apple has even pushed out an update just for the stable release in iOS 11.0.1. But what if you are using the iOS 11 betas? How do you get back onto the normal, public release schedule and install iOS 11.0.1?
Well, it’s actually really simple and you probably should do it before too long.
While playing around with new beta releases of iOS 11 was great fun, especially getting to try out all the great new multitasking features that arrived for the iPad, sometimes it is beneficial to be running on the latest official release rather than whatever Apple happens to push out for testing. If you were previously on the public beta program though, you will need to delete the profile that you installed to kick this all off. We already told you exactly how to do that, and it’s as easy as it sounds – locate the profile in the Settings app and delete it. Perform a quick restart after that, and you’re golden.
Of course, if you do wish to stay on the beta track then leave the profile exactly where it is right now, but remember, sometimes it’s just nice to have a stable iPhone or iPad, especially now that all the new hotness is available for everyone!
JB Ah Meng burst into our Zi Char scene in 2009 with their white pepper crabs going for $ 20 for 3 . I still remember reading about them in the forums and promptly made my way down to sample the food.
They have made great strides since then and even gotten themselves listed in the Michelin guide as a Bib Gourmand restaurant in 2016. That same year, they moved to new and bigger premise but for some reason did not get into the Bib gourmand list this year. I have eaten there several times since my blog post but this is the first time at their new place.
One big reason for JB Ah Meng’s success, aside from the quality of the food, is that they are opened till 2.30am in the morning. By providing tasty zi char at reasonable prices late into the night, they fill a very important niche in our local food scene. This is the time when chefs who have shut their own restaurants for the day finally get to eat to chill out after an exhausting day. It’s no wonder that their walls are peppered with photos of famous chefs both local and foreign!
Their white pepper crabs have, predictably, risen in price since 2009. We paid $ 51 for four small sri lankan crabs. They might be small but they were full of meat and some of them were double shell crabs which have that nice layer of new shell forming under the old. The white pepper crabs as still very good and one of best I have come across. 4.5/5
The other must try dish is their san lou meehoon which is wonderfully crispy on the outside and deliciouly chewy on the inside. San lou (三楼) refers to the restaurant in JB famous for the dish and not san lou (三捞) as in the popular dish of san lou hor fun. 4.5/5
Some other dishes we tried were the lala which are surprisingly plump and juicy. Owner Ah Meng told me that they are from Russia and come frozen. 4.25/5. For veggies, we ordered their lotus roots fried with snake beans which were also very good. The lotus roots where fried to a crisp and then tossed with the snake beans in a tasty sauce with just a tinge of sweetness. 4.25/5
Great place for white pepper crabs and crispy beehoon especially if you are looking for a place that opens late into the night! Do note though, that in my facebook post, there has been a number of not so favourable comments. I had a very good experience, so I am not sure what happened. Perhaps there is some issue with consistency especially when it gets really crowded. But, if you get them at a good time, the food really is very good.