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WhatsApp Ready To Release Peer-To-Peer Payment System Similar To Apple Pay Cash

By | May 31st, 2018

There is no shortage of options when it comes to sending money to friends and family with a smartphone with the latest big player to enter the arena being Apple, with Apple Pay Cash.

It may have some new competition to deal with soon enough, though, with popular Facebook-owned instant messaging service WhatsApp set to get its own service up and running as soon as next week, if reports are to be believed.

Powered by UPI, the WhatsApp payment system looks set to launch soon, although it will only have three banking partners from day one, with HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank, and Axis Bank there on day one. Others are expected to come on board in due course, but that’s a fairly limited starting point for a service that is hoping to compete with some pretty heavy hitters.

WhatsApp currently has more than 1.5 billion users to call its own worldwide, so the idea of it being able to handle payments is something that will no doubt appeal to plenty of people. Right now, the service is available in beta form for some Android users, but a more robust launch is expected to arrive soon enough with WhatsApp apparently concerned that competitors such as Paytm are starting to get away from it, with a concern being that “their rivals were racing ahead,” according to reports.

WhatsApp will surely not be the last to try its hand at mobile payments, but can it be one of the best? It will surely need to get more banking partners on board, and do it fast if it wants to take the fight to some of those companies who are not only ahead of them in the pecking order, but continue to stretch out their lead.

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10 Lesser-Known Places In Bali That'll Give You An Excuse For A Repeat Trip

Things to do in Bali 

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You’ve seen the adventurous side of Bali, a comprehensive cafe guide and even its eco-resorts. But Bali never tires of things to offer, which is why it remains such a popular travel destination amongst Singaporeans still. So here’s a brand new compilation of 11 ideas for your summer escapade to the sun-kissed city, from trendy markets to unique restaurants and cafes.

– Activities –

1. Bali Swing – mega playground with giant 78m swings

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Located 30 minutes from Ubud, Bali Swing sits atop a hill that overlooks a river and forest, so you can admire the beautiful view as you swing above the treetops. From gentler swings that’ll have you feeling zento more humongous ones that’ll rapidly zip you through the air, there are a total of 12 swings at this “playground”.

Bali - nest

If you want to take a break from swinging, there are cute “nests” in the shape of giant bird nests scattered around the place, serving as look-out spots.

Read our detailed review of Bali Swing here.

Bali Swing
Entrance Fee: 35 USD or 479,500 IDR/pax (S$ 47.95)
Address: Jl. Dewi Saraswati, 80352 Bongkasa Pertiwi, Kapubaten Bandung, Bali (Banjar Tegal Kuning), Bali, Indonesia
Opening Hours: 8AM-5PM daily
Telephone: +62 878 8828 8832
Website

2. Mirror Lounge & Club – Gothic cathedral-themed party spot

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Image credit: Mirror

One of the trendiest clubs in Seminyak, Mirror Lounge & Club is built to look like a Gothic cathedral, with stained glass windows, large golden cages, and a huge owl-like structure with glittering eyes. You’ll want to dress well for the night – the club is well-known for its stringent policy on attire, meaning heels-only for the ladies and a fancier button down for the guys.

Bali - interior of Mirror

Image credit: Zoom Bali

The architecture of the club was breathtaking and strobe lights bounced off the sparkling mosaic walls. Choose from a wide range of drinks, from a Jameson Whisky for 98,000 IDR (S$ 9.80), to the signature Irish Tiramisu Cocktail for 150,000 IDR (S$ 15).

Ladies, you’ll be pleased to note that ladies’ nights are as ubiquitous in Bali as they are in Singapore. Enjoy free entry if you plan to head over on a Wednesday.

Note: Bulky bags aren’t allowed in the venue, so you’ll be asked to keep your stuff in a locker at the entrance before you head in. 

Mirror Lounge & Club
Entrance Fee: 150,000 IDR/pax (S$ 15) with one complimentary drink
Address: Seminyak, Jl. Petitenget No.106, Kerobokan Kelod, Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Opening Hours: Wed – Sun: 11PM-5AM (closed on Mon, Tues)
Telephone: +62 361 8499800
Website

3. Devil’s Tears Blowhole – geyser by the sea

Bali - blowhole

Image credit: @bastihut

Head over to Bali’s neighbouring islands if you’re looking for a change of pace. You can take a public speed boat from Sanur beach to Nusa Lembongan, the smallest of the Nusa Islands. From there you can embark on a nature trail where you’ll get to spot a natural geyser: the Devil’s Tear Blowhole.

Bali - great view

Image credit: @gianluca.parola

The Devil’s Tears Blowhole is a 10-minute walk from Dream Beach, one of the most popular beaches on the island. Stand back as you watch water being propelled from the geyser. The neighbouring cliffs also let you have an amazing view of the ocean. Stay for the sunset – with the trail directly facing the horizon, it’s one of the best places for sightseeing.

4. Big Garden Corner – art installations 

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Colourful umbrellas suspended between treetops.
Image credit: @baliguide_des

Big Garden Corner is located in the sleepy town of Sanur, just a 20-minute drive away from Denpasar City. This tranquil sculpture garden is filled with various sculptures, both modern and traditional, calling to mind Bali’s Buddhist heritage. There’s even a replica of the well-known Borobudur Temple located in Central Java.

Bali - aluminium elephants

These brightly coloured elephants are made out of crumpled aluminium cans. 
Image credit: Polarsteps

Bali - flower archways

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There’s a little playground here too which younger children will love. If you’re going with friends or your boo, the vibrant displays will be sure to catch your eye. On site are colourful hanging umbrellas, a flower archway, and large cushioned cages with LED lights.

Bali - LED cages

Rest your feet in big cages with seats and a cushion table.
Image credit: @zulroekman_tp

Big Garden Corner
Entrance Fee: 50,000 IDR/pax (S$ 5)
Address: Jalan By Pass Ngurah Rai, Sanur, Denpasar Selatan, Kesiman, Denpasar Tim., Kota Denpasar, Bali 80237, Indonesia
Opening Hours: 10AM-9PM daily
Telephone: +62 361 9381543
Website

5. Love Anchor – market with trinkets and beach ware

Bali - Love Anchor market

Since everything is so affordable there, there’s no question that retail therapy should be a big part of your plans in Bali. Love Anchor is a market in Canggu, which is just a 30-minute drive from happening party district Seminyak.

The first floor of the market is filled with vendors selling shirts with palm tree prints, made-to-order jewellery, and straw basket bags. Don’t hesitate to bargain with the vendors – you might just get a hefty price cut if you do it right!

Bali - Billy's

Walk up to the second floor, and you’ll find a large homeware shop, with pretty deco pieces like turquoise jewellery boxes and woven placemats. They also sell affordable organic body scrubs (from 35,000 IDR or S$ 3.50).

Bali - tropical pouches

Tropical pouches – 40,000 IDR, S$ 4)

Note: While the official website states the market closes at 12AM, most of the stalls, except for one, are already closed at 9PM, so head down before that to make the most of your shopping trip!

Love Anchor
Address: Jl. Pantai Batu Bolong No.56, Canggu, Kuta Utara, Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80351, Indonesia
Opening Hours: 6AM-12AM daily
Telephone: +62 812 3830 6768
Website

– Food –

6. Keramas Aero Park – dine in an abandoned airplane

Bali - interior of Aeroplane restaurant

Keramas Aero Park is an old, abandoned airplane refurbished into a luxurious restaurant. 

Bali - pizza

We tried the Balinese Pizza (IDR 90,000, S$ 9), a steal given that it can feed about 4. It had generous chunks of chicken drenched in a thick coat of mozzarella. For dessert, go for the Caramelised Fruit Pancake (34,000 IDR, $ 3.40), topped with caramelised apples and a scoop of strawberry ice cream. 

Bali - wing of the plane

You can even step out onto the wing of the plane – the surrounding views of the lush green rice fields, distant ocean, and almost cloudless blue sky are nothing short of amazing.

Read our detailed review of Keramas Aero Park here.

Keramas Aero Park
Address: Jl. Bay Pass Ida Bagus Mantra KM. 28, Keramas, Medahan, Blahbatuh, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia
Opening Hours: 10AM-10PM daily
Telephone: +62 361 4791830
Website

7. Motel Mexicola – Mexican restaurant with vibrant walls

Bali - colourful stairs

Motel Mexicola, despite the name, isn’t an actual motel. Rather, it’s a lively restaurant located in the heart of Seminyak, just 8 minutes from the beach. The restaurant itself features loud patterned stairs and walls, and quirky pictures that’s reminiscent of vibrant Mexican culture. 

Bali - open air area

Come night-time,  the courtyard becomes a popular seating venue as live performances will be held there. 

Bali - taco

The Carnitas De Puerco (30,000 IDR, S$ 3).

We came between 4PM-6PM, during which tapas and finger food is served. We got ourselves the Carnitas De Puerco (30,000 IDR, S$ 3), a small taco filled with juicy, fried pork belly, horseradish and salsa. 

Bali - quesadilla

Ample cheese is stuffed into the Flor De Calabaza (80,000 IDR, S$ 8).

The Flor De Calabaza (80,000 IDR, S$ 8) is a quesadilla filled with zucchini flower, chilli and melted mozzarella. Each piece is large, and filled with sweet, hearty zucchini that’s supported by the delicious mouthfeel of melted cheese – we think it’s enough for 3.

Motel Mexicola
Address: Jalan Kayu Jati No. 9X, Petitenget, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Opening Hours: 11AM-1AM
Telephone: +62 361 736688
Website

8. Gardin Bistro & Patisserie – fairytale-like garden setting

Bali - gardin bistro

Located right in front of the Mirror Lounge & Club, Gardin Bistro & Patisserie is a cafe with floor-to-ceiling windows, giving you a view of the garden surrounding the cafe as you makan. The cafe is fairly hidden, with the bistro located along a narrow path, so it’s unlikely that large crowds will form during lunch hours.

Bali - salmon coulibiac

For the main, we’d recommend the Salmon Coulibiac (142,000 IDR, S$ 14.20), a risotto laden with thick strips of salmon with hollandaise foam. Quench your thirst with the Strawberry Peach Prairie (55,000 IDR, S$ 5.50), a delicious strawberry and peach drink, topped with ginger ale and fresh fruits.

Bali - gardin cheesecake

To finish up your meal, go for the signature Gardin Cheesecake (55,000 IDR, S$ 5.50). The two layer cheesecake features creamy cheese as a centre and an Oreo biscuit crumb base, and topped with jam, cherries and a sprig of chocolate.

Bali - hanging star lamps

Come night time, each table will be lit up with candles. The star-shaped lamps strung up outside the cafe will also light up, so this cosy bistro is a great place to take your date to for a romantic dinner together.

Gardin Bistro & Patisserie
Address: Jalan Petitenget No.106, Seminyak, Kuta, Kerobokan Kelod, Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Opening Hours: 10AM-1AM
Telephone: +62 361 8499799
Website

9. Nook – Indonesian “cai fan” in front of a rice field

Bali - Nook restaurant

Hearty meals at reasonable prices, and a great view of rice fields to boot – what’s not to love about Nook? You can take a relaxing stroll down the pathway and explore the rice field, and even stand among the crops.

Bali - Nasi Campur

Nook serves traditional Indonesian fare like Nasi Campur, the Indonesian equivalent of cai fan. We ordered 5 dishes including tempeh manis, (6,000 IDR, S$ 0.60), a fried egg (9,000 IDR, S$ 0.90) and rendang campur, or beef rendang in coconut sauce (11,000 IDR, S$ 1.10). The total only came up to 47,000 IDR (S$ 4.70), rice included.

Bali - smoothie bowl

For a healthy start to the day, try their smoothie bowls. We had the Iluh (55,000 IDR, S$ 5.50), with dragonfruit base and chunks of fruit like banana, papaya and strawberry. To round off the nutritious goodness, the bowl is topped with grated coconut, granola and chia seeds.

Nook Restaurant
Address: Jl. Umalas 1 Gang Nook No. 1, Kuta Utara, Kerobokan Kelod, Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Opening Hours: 8AM-11PM daily
Telephone: +62 361 8475625
Website

10. Cloud Cakes – for lovers of all things unicorn

Bali - cloud cakes interior

Fans of all things unicorn and rainbow, Cloud Cakes is for you. This cafe features a dreamy pastel interior, and even a unicorn head on the wall near the entrance.

Bali - colourful spaghetti

Food here is equally photogenic, and pretty affordable too. The Rainbow Spaghetti, priced at 45,000 IDR (S$ 4.50), is a steal for a main course. It’s basically multi-coloured spaghetti prepared carbonara style, with chicken and mushroom.

Bali - s'mores and chocolate

For maximum indulgence, try the S’more Dip (23,000 IDR, $ 2.30), with melted marshmallows on a base of chocolate sauce. The toasted mixture was really sweet, but the wholemeal graham crackers for dipping, managed to even out the flavour.

Bali - cotton candy drink

Also try the Unicorn Dream (35,000 IDR, S$ 3.50), a salted caramel drink with cheerios topped with cotton candy.

Cloud Cakes
Address: Jl. Pulau Moyo No.48, Pedungan, Denpasar Sel., Kota Denpasar, Bali 80223, Indonesia
Opening Hours: 10AM-10PM daily
Telephone: +62 812-3836-888
Website

11. Bali Bohemia – Middle Eastern cuisine in a thatched hut

Bali - Bali Bohemia entrance

Located just outside the popular Ubud Monkey Forest, Bali Bohemia is a Middle-Eastern restaurant with laid-back vibes, housed in a two-story wooden hut with a thatched roof. 

Bali - skewers

We tried their Mix BBQ Platter (128,000 IDR, S$ 12.80), an enormous dish laden with a mix of shish tawook, or chicken skewers, beef kebab and chicken sausage, marinated in fragrant BBQ sauce. Also included are veggie skewers – tomato, eggplant and zucchini, all of which have absorbed the smoky smell and taste of the grilling process.

Bali - smoothie bowl pt 2

If all that meat is too heavy, try the nourishing Rainbow (44,000 IDR, S$ 4.40) smoothie bowl as a side. Made up of blended fresh fruit, it is then lined with more seasonal ones – we got banana, strawberry and red dragon fruit – as well as with crunchy granola and coconut flakes. 

Bali - bridge and pool

Head over to the adjacent boutique hotel – you’re allowed in to chill and hang around as long as you don’t disturb the guests. You’ll find a large pool with a bridge to connect one end to another, palm trees, and lounge chairs. 

Bali Bohemia
Address: Nyuh Kuning, Jl. Nyuh Bojog, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia
Telephone: +62 361 978631
Website

Lesser-known activities in Bali, Indonesia

Unlike the fast-paced society we live in, Bali is all about taking things slow. This perfect getaway promises a host of different activities. If you need more ideas, check out this comprehensive list of 50 things to do in Bali. For accommodation, this hotel in Seminyak is located in the heart of the city, near Motel Mexicola and a bunch of other cafes and shops.

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iOS 12 Concept Delves Into AR Possibilities, Dark Mode, Smart Notifications, Much More

By | May 30th, 2018

With WWDC 2018 just around the corner and what will likely be our first glimpse of iOS 12 in the offing, there is no shortage of people looking to the next big release and wondering what it will entail.

At this point, it would appear to be increasingly likely that Apple will opt to focus on stability and performance improvements this time, though, leaving iOS 12 to be something of a maintenance release.

That’s great to some extent, and we all know iOS could do with some TLC more than it needs 100 new features most people won’t use, but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t fun to imagine what Apple could do if it completely redesigned the iOS look and feel. That’s what Michael Calcada, a fourth-year student in the York & Sheridan graphic design program did and he’s shared his work with us all.

Dubbed iOS AR, this concept is another in a long line of ideas as to what Apple could do if the reins were taken off. There is the now-obligatory Dark Mode here, but there is so much more to enjoy. If, like us, you are dismayed by how Apple continues to ruin the notification experience in iOS, then this concept is for you, bringing smart notifications as well as app-based grouping to the fore.

Ultimately adding augmented reality to the home screen, redesigning the notification experience, adding customization and improving control center, fixing continuity throughout iOS, introducing dark mode, improving gestures and redesigning apps to be more user friendly are the areas I chose to address. I wanted to address the usability problems with the current version of iOS by adding much needed features, both to boost functionality as well as add new features that create a new and more personal experience between a user and their iPhone.

Unfortunately, we can be pretty sure that none of this will make an appearance during WWDC in a couple of weeks, but hey, we can dream, can’t we?

Check out the full video for what Michael has put together – it’s well worth your time!

(Source: Michael Calcada)

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Avorush – Healthy And Yummy Avocado Toast in Town!

Love it or hate it, the avocado is definitely a unique fruit. Not only are they nutritional powerhouses, they are also adored by many for their rich and buttery flavour. For the die-hard avocado fans out there, Avorush is just the place for you. This cafe in Asia Square Tower 2 aims to elevate the humble avocado and to curb the common misconception that healthy food can’t taste good!

avorush Overall (Portrait)

One of Avorush’s most popular items, avocado toast, comes in 9 different varieties. I decided to try their simple ‘Back to Basics’ ($ 5.50), which features simply thin slices of avocado sat atop toasted sourdough bread. The avocado is dressed in a drizzle of lemon juice and seasoned with salt, black pepper and a sprinkle chilli flakes. Despite only having a few elements, the dish’s elegant presentation was impressive. The sourdough bread was golden brown on the edges, while the red chilli flakes beautifully complemented the green colour of the avocado.

avorush Back To Basics - On Fork

After I got over how pretty the plating was, I decided it was time to give it a taste. As I drove my knife into sourdough bread, I could hear the satisfying crunch of the outer crust. The bread also had a delightfully robust and chewy texture, which made it the perfect accompaniment to the soft and creamy avocado on top. That brings me to the star of the dish. The freshness and also the rich flavour of the avocado really stood out, while the acidity of the lemon juice helped to lift the flavour of the dish. The chilli flakes added an extra layer of flavour by giving just a hint of spiciness. The combination of all these ingredients made for a truly delicious mouthful both in taste and texture! Unfortunately, I did feel that they overdid it with the seasoning as the avocados were too salty. Overall, I would order this dish again if the seasoning was less aggressive.

avorush Over The Top (Top View)

Perhaps the polar opposite to the simplicity of the ‘Back to Basics’, ‘Over the Top’ ($ 6.50) prominently features a poached egg and chunks of cherry tomatoes and feta cheese. The avocado kind of took a backseat in this dish – I had to peer underneath the glistening poached egg to see that it had been mashed and spread on the toast. Without further ado, I gently pressed my knife into the egg and was greeted by a burst of runny yolk.

avorush Over The Top - Split Yolk

Even though it was the same crunchy yet chewy sourdough bread, the oozing yolk served to enrich and bind all of the toast’s components with each bite. The avocado added a hint of butteriness to the toast, while the juicy cherry tomatoes added a slightly sweet and refreshing touch. At this point, I felt that the dish’s flavours lacked ‘oomph’. That was when I bit into a chunk of feta. It might have been small in size, but not in terms of flavour. The feta was creamy and melted in my mouth, spreading its intense cheesy tanginess. This dish really had an impeccable balance of flavours of textures.

avorush Avo Vanilla Frappe

As if that wasn’t enough avocado, Avorush makes drinks with avocado as well! The Avo Vanilla Frappé ($ 5.90) might come with a hefty price tag but its well worth it. Each cup contains half an avocado, fresh milk, vanilla and honey! Avorush keeps its drinks guilt-free by not using refined sugar in its drinks. I was intrigued when I saw this on the menu. Not only are avocados rarely used in desserts, this came in the form of a drink! I initially thought that the butteriness of the avocado would make the drink too heavy and also overpower the other ingredients, but I was wrong. The frappé had just the right amount of milk, which mellowed out the flavour of the avocado. This really allowed me to taste vanilla and the sweet honey. Before long, I found myself with an empty cup in hand!

avorush Storefront

Avorush isn’t just a place for avocado fanatics, I think it’s also a great place for non-Avocado fans to give it a try. If you really need another option, Avorush is also immensely popular for its Acai bowls!

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For more food videos, check out our official YouTube channel! You may also want to check out our articles on Ar-Rina Nasi Padang located at Bukit Batok or Lai Heng which serves their fried kway teow with otah!

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New Apple Patent Envisions Flexible, Unibody “Living Hinge” For MacBooks

By | May 29th, 2018

The fine folks over at Patently Apple have spotted another interesting patent coming out of the European Patent Office. Assigned to Apple, the patent would suggest that the company is working to develop a laptop enclosure complete with a “flexible portion” that “may allow the rigid material to be folded in half and thus acts as a laptop clamshell.”

If you think of Microsoft’s Surface Book hinge, you will likely not be too far off what this patent describes.

That patent says of the hinge that “a top portion may support a display screen and a bottom portion may support a keyboard, trackpad, and the like, while an interior defined by sidewalls of the rigid material may house a variety of electronic components.… In this manner, the enclosure (or a portion thereof) may be created from a single rigid material, while still providing flexibility and bending for the enclosure.”

While this all sounds very similar to the “dynamic fulcrum hinge” that Microsoft uses in the aforementioned convertible notebooks, Apple prefers to call its own technology a “living hinge,” allowing a MacBook enclosure to be built from a single piece of material rather than multiple parts as they are today.

The move to such a hinge may immediately have some wondering whether a convertible MacBook is in the works, but considering Apple loves to find ways to reduce costs and increase manufacturing efficiencies, it is important to remember that this patent could allow MacBooks to be built in a way that would include just a single, solid component. We can imagine Tim Cook’s eyes lighting up at the possibilities.

As always, though, it’s very important to remember that not every Apple patent turns into a product. This particular patent is from 2013, so it’s difficult to know when, if at all, it will be used in a shipping product.

(Via: Patently Apple)

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Beo Crescent Hainanese Curry Rice: Shiokness to the Max!

There are some eateries that are so shiok that you just have to write about them again.  My last story was written in 2008, but at that time, I didn’t manage to get the back story from the owner as they were just too busy.  This time round, I managed to have nice chat with Mr Pang Tao Chin, 72 who has been serving his incredibly delicious curry rice at this old school coffeeshop for over three decades.

But the history of  this nameless curry rice stall is much longer than a mere three decades.  Mr Pang grew up helping his father who started selling Hainanese curry rice at a now demolished coffeeshop in Market St, just after the war. Sadly,  his own children are not interested to take over the business, so his dishes will cease to exist the day he retires.  Our only hope is for some astute entrepreneur to modernize the eatery and preserve its legacy, just like how they managed to help Mui Kee Congee.   If not, we will have to brace ourselves for the inevitability of not being able to enjoy the unique style of curry rice!

The star dish at this stall has to be the crispy “pork chops”.  These used to be more commonly available in the past, but nowadays, I know of only this eatery that makes them this good.  These incredibly tasty and crispy rashers of Hainanese style bacon add that irresistible crunch and flavour explosion to every mouthful of curry drenched rice!  It’s not good, my friends, it is very very good!  4.75/5

In case you are wondering, there are two types of pork chops that Hainanese curry rice vendors talk about.  One is the dry type which is what is served here and there other one is the wet type which is the more familiar pork chops served with a sauce.  I love them both, but if I had to make a choice, I will choose the dry type!

The secret, (WARNING: this is a spoiler for some of you) is in the cut of pork used to make the pork chops.  It needs to have a good amount of fat in order for it to crisp up nicely. That is what makes them, literally, to die for!

The pork is first marinated overnight then coated with flour and fried twice till is is crispy all the way through.  Mr Pang tells us that it is not possible to do this at home as the oil needs to be really hot.   That’s not going to stop me from trying, though. (My research on the recipe has begun!)

The braised pork here is also very good!  The texture of the pork is perfect and the sauce has that special flavour that you don’t get anywhere else.  I was told that the ingredients are specially procured from China which is why no other stalls are able to replicate the flavour!  The braised eggs are marinated overnight such that can see the dark braising sauce penetrating right down into the egg yolk!  4.5/5

The curry itself is typical of Hainanese curry rice.  It is not overly lemak (heavy) so that you can finish a whole plate of rice slathered in curry gravy and still not feel bloated.  It could, perhaps have a teeny bit more punch.  4.25/5.  Stewed cabbage are nice and mushy.  Not exceptional, but perfect as a supporting cast.  4.25/5

Conclusion

This little eatery really is a Singapore institution. I can only hope that I will still be able to enjoy the pork chops once the owner decides to retire!

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This Unique Magnetic iPhone Bumper Case Offers 360-Degree Protection With Tempered Glass On Back [Video]

By | May 27th, 2018

With smartphones getting ever more costly it is perfectly reasonably to be on the lookout for a way to keep them in as pristine a condition as is possible. There is absolutely no shortage of cases and covers to choose from, but if there is one problem we have with the vast majority of them it is the fact that they are difficult, if not downright dangerous to remove.

If you ever tried to remove an official Apple iPhone X Leather Case when it’s new, you know what we mean. One case that popped up on our radar recently may just have the answer though – it uses magnets.

Rather snappily called the “iPhone Magnetic Bumper Case With Rear Tempered Glass Protection” and at discounted price right now from here, this case protects not only the rear of the iPhone that has been placed into it but also the sides.

In fact, if you marry this case with a screen protector on front then you have all-round 360-degree protection but that’s not the best part. Thanks to its unique magnetic design, you simply lay your iPhone in it and flip the case’s chassis down with your iPhone held in place via magnets. There’s a video below showing off how that works if our description doesn’t hit the spot, but all you need to know is it’s awesome!

Features:

– Patented unique magnetic lock mechanism for an easy and secure fit.
– Slim and light design.
– Clear 9H tempered glass protection for the back of the device.
– Metal frame all around the device protects from drops, shocks, bumps and scratches.
– Fully compatible for use with wireless chargers (applies to iPhone X, 8 and 8 Plus only.)

The case itself is available for the iPhone 7 through iPhone X with Plus models included, and in multiple color options, so if you’re on the fence about buying one then now would be a great time to make your decision. As part of Memorial Day deal, this could be had for another 15% off using coupon code MEMDAYMB15 at check out, which means it can be yours for only $ 29.95 down from original price of $ 50. Offer valid till May 28.

Buy: iPhone Magnetic Bumper Case With Rear Tempered Glass Protection: $ 29.95 with promo code | Original price: $ 49.95

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Sin Heng Kee Porridge @ Hougang 新兴记粥品

Sin Heng Kee Porridge @ Hougang 新兴记粥品

Cantonese style congee is the crown jewel at Sin Heng Kee Porridge, the basic gooey bowl of thick congee has many permutations created with different ingredients added, you have more than 20 types of porridge on the menu to choose from, it may be a simple porridge on the surface but a kick ass popular eatery in Hongaug.

Sin Heng Kee Porridge runs a wholly owned coffeeshop selling the porridge, quite a sizable area but you will have a hard time to look for a seat most of the times! The place is forever packed with patrons for the bowls of congee. It has to be good judging from the overwhelming response.

Meatball Porridge $ 3.5

 

Smooth porridge and the flavour enhanced from the sesame oil and the pepper with soy sauce set the right taste for the congee, the meatball were the truth highlights for the delectable porridge, tasty and right texture that went very well with the porridge.

Signature Porridge $ 5

Mixture of various in  ingredients in the bowl of porridge, slice fish, liver, meatballs, sliced pork, century eggs, intestines. Dug up the treasures hidden buried underneath the gooey porridge and you will probably realize why Sin Heng Kee Porridge garnered the support of its fans, the ingredients were fresh and tasty, cooked to the right texture and made the overall flavour an impressive one.

Meatballs with century egg $ 4

Meatballs with the additional century eggs.

You can order youtiao or dough fritter and egg separately to further enhance the flavour. Unfortunately the youtiao on the day was missing the crispiness and with a rancid taste.

Our verdict:

Sin Heng Kee porridge scores well with its fresh and tasty ingredients, well timed and cooked to a nice texture making the bowl of congee adored by many.

Sin Heng Kee Porridge

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How To Add 2018 FIFA World Cup Schedule To Your Calendar On iOS, Android, Web

By | May 27th, 2018

It’s almost time for the FIFA World Cup 2018 to kick off in Russia, and if you’re a fan of the one true form of football, then you’re likely already keen to get the action underway.

I know I cannot wait for what is sure to be another fun-filled few weeks of some of the best action around, and there are few items on the calendar that can garner the interest of a World Cup. Speaking of calendars, wouldn’t it be great to have each and every match on yours?

Nobody wants to miss any of the big games that will be taking place over the course of the tournament, and thanks to the wonder of timezones, it can be difficult to keep track of kick-off times even if you know what date a match is taking place. If you have everything in place in your calendar, then this isn’t something you need to worry about, so without further ado, let’s run through all you need to do to get each and every FIFA World Cup fixture into your calendar.

In order to get all this to work, all you need to do is log into your Google Calendar account on the Web by pointing your browser to calendar.google.com, and click the little “+” sign next to Add a friend’s calendar in the left hand-side navigation panel. Next, click ‘From URL’ and paste in the following .ICS file: ics.fixtur.es/v2/league/fifa-2018-russia.ics. Click Add Calendar and voila, you’ve got all the World Cup fixtures in your calendar.

If you’ve got everything set up just so, you’ll also get them pushed to your smartphone, be it an iPhone or Android, which is doubly awesome. To do this, head on over to www.google.com/calendar/syncselect and select the newly added calendar to have it push across to your iOS device, too. Android user? No problem, if you’ve added the calendar to Google Calendar, then it will show up in your calendar app of choice.

See? We told you it was easy!

If Google Calendar doesn’t fit your bill, we have got you covered with iCal file too. On an iOS device or Mac, simply open this webcal://ics.fixtur.es/v2/league/fifa-2018-russia.ics?50d189988feeb1fd link in browser and it will automatically prompt you to add every fixture to your calendar.

Best of all, whether you go with .ICS or iCal route, both of them will have timezone of all the fixtures right in your local timezone!

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11 Ramadan Bazaars To Visit In 2018 When Geylang Serai Gets Too Crowded

Alternative Ramadan Bazaars in SG

Alternative Ramadan Bazaars cover image

Image adapted from: @jihye_e21

Ah, Geylang Serai Bazaar, the talk of the town this season. With more than 1000 food and retail stores filling it’s streets by dusk, the place is filled with traditional apparel, delicious grub…and a hundreds of other sweaty Singaporeans. 

For those who die-die don’t want to get caught in the middle of the crowd, here are 11 alternative Ramadan bazaars:

– Central –

1. Jalan Jalan! Makan Makan! Raya Edition @ Marina Bay Sands

For the very first time, Marina Bay Sands (MBS)  will be hosting Jalan Jalan! Makan Makan! Raya Edition, a mega Ramadan bazaar from 1-3 June 2018, in Expo and Convention Hall E.

We all know how the MBS area always has events done go-big-or-go-home style – think Artbox and the Marina Bay Carnival – so this one is definitely one to look out for.

Jalan Jalan! Makan Makan! Raya Edition Dendeng tacos

Dendeng tacos 
Image credit: @chuepachups

There will be tons of food there but keep your eyes peeled for Dendeng tacos by Dendeng Duo – an Indonesian take on the Mexican dish.

Jalan Jalan! Makan Makan! Raya Edition Project Keria

Image credit: @projectkeria

Do-nut let your guard down with these sweet potato donuts by Project Keria. Crisp on the outside and soft on the inside, they have a great bite and are highly addictive. Top them with gula melaka or chocolate sauce, or cheese if you prefer something savoury.

You can also look for your Hari Raya outfits here because they have fashion booths as well.

P.S. the first 100 visitors daily gets free limited edition Hari Raya Packets!

Size: Large
Date: 1 – 3 June 2018
Address: Marina Bay Sands, Expo Hall E
Opening Hours: 10AM – 10PM
Website 

2. LalooLalang Bazaar Raya Edition @ Malay Heritage Centre

Flamboyant in name, Laloolalang Bazaar has the atmosphere to match. This open-aired, 3 day-long festival is located at the Malay Heritage Center from 1-3 June.

You can catch the live performances during the day here, and snack under the dangling fairy nights in the evening.

LalooLalang Bazaar Raya Edition fashion

Image adapted from: Laloolalang

You can get both traditional and modern Hari Raya outfits from various retailers under the main tent.

LalooLalang Bazaar Raya Edition fashion

Last year, there were food vendors selling snacks like kebabs and satay.
Image adapted from: Laloolalang

LalooLalang Bazaar Raya Edition night

Image adapted from: Laloolalang

P.S. Laloolalang Bazaar is only 2-minute walk away from Masjid Sultan (#4). Visit both in one evening for double the fun.

Size: Medium
Date: 1 – 3 June 2018
Address: 85 Sultan Gate, 198501
Opening Hours: 3PM – 12MN
Website

3. The Grand Bazaar @ Singapore Expo

The original Grand Bazaar began in Istanbul, Turkey, and is one of the oldest and largest covered markets in the world today.

This 8-10 June, a piece of that would be brought into Singapore Expo Hall 6B. Stimulating the shopping experience of the original, The Grand Bazaar’s Singapore edition will be lined with over 200 stores selling food and beverages, cosmetics, and apparel.

Size: Large
Date: 8 – 10 June 2018
Address: Singapore Expo Hall 6B
Opening Hours: 10AM – 10PM

4. Ramadan Sultan Bazaar @ Masjid Sultan

Along Arab Street is a Ramadan Sultan Bazaar, set in front of the ornate Masjid Sultan.

Ramadan Sultan Bazaar

Image credit: @jihye_e21

Lined in tentages outside the grand Masjid Sultan are stores selling your usual wholesome Ramadan bazaar grub like kebabs, mee siam and traditional kueh. On top of that, there are also a couple of Western restaurant-quality dishes like lamb racks.

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Image credit: @sultangate.sg

Self-proclaimed carnivores, head straight to T Bobs Corner where you can indulge your taste buds in some sizzling hot, tenderised meat. These include lamb shanks and racks, beef ribs and various meat-filled burgers.

If you don’t mind splurging a little, make a stop at My Wholly for their Laksa Lobster ($ 16.90). It comes with a fresh and sweet half-lobster – juicy pincers included – served on thick bee hoon and drenched in creamy, mildly spicy laksa gravy.

Size: Medium/Large
Date: 16 May – 14 June 2018
Address: 3 Muscat St, Singapore 198833
Opening Hours: ~3PM – 10PM

– North – 

5. Bazar Raya UTARA @ Woodlands 

 Bazar Raya UTARA

Image credit: Kampung Sembawang

As much as the likes of Thai milk tea and raclette cheese are enticing, sometimes, all you crave for is some good ol’ traditional nosh.

To get the best variety of that, head to Bazaar Raya UTARA, located right next to Causeway Point, where there are around 80 salls. The bulk of them sell traditional Malay food – including roti kirari (lace pancake), nasi ambeng (rice platter with meat and vegetables) and dendeng (thinly sliced barbecued beef).

 Bazar Raya UTARA food

Size: Large
Date: 14 May – 12 June 2018
Address: Causeway Point, 1 Woodlands Square, 738099 (Next to Woodlands Bus Interchange)
Opening Hours: 10AM – 11PM
Website

– East –

6. Bazaar Raya One World @ Our Tampines Hub

Bazaar Raya One World

Image credit: @drasta

Situated a 5-10 minute walk from Tampines MRT, mega mall Our Tampines Hub is a popular hangout spot for easties. And now, the building is also host to the large Bazaar Raya One World with more than 150 stalls covering its ground floor.

Bazaar Raya One World satay burger

Satay Burger.
Image credit: @bluntforks

There’s a whole lot of food to fill your tummies up including traditional-meets-modern items from Satay Burger by Famous Satay Burger to Ondeh Ondeh Ice Cream by Kava.

Bazaar Raya One World butter boo:eh

Image credit: @boo.eh

Also look out for SG’s version of Harry Potter’s famous Butterbeer- Butter BOO:EH. The beverage is cool and fizzy with a bonus of a foam mustache from its creamy butterscotch foam topping.

Music lovers can chill by the stage, where there will be performances lined up during weekends.

Size: Large
Date: 12 May – 13 June 2018
Address: Our Tampines Hub, 1 Tampines Walk, Singapore 528523
Opening Hours: ~3PM -10PM
Website

7. Ramadan Bazaar @ Pasir Ris Blk 105

Pasir Ris Blk 105 Ramadan Bazaar

Image credit: The Halal Food Blog

Blk 105 Ramadan Bazaar is a small-scale one situated in the East of the East. Residents of Pasir Ris, this one is for you. 

Pasir Ris Blk 105 Ramadan Bazaar food

Image credit: The Halal Food Blog

Unlike its flashier counterparts, this one has more traditional Malay food like curry puffs, kueh, and cendol.

Size: Small
Date: 17 May to 13 June
Address: Blk 105, Pasir Ris Street 12, Singapore 510105
Opening Hours: 3.30PM – 7PM
Website

8. Kassimbaba Raya Fest @ D’Marquee, Downtown East

Kassimbaba Raya Fest, also known as KB Raya Fest, is a 3-day long event taking place over the 25-27 May weekend at Downtown East

This festival takes place in the air conditioned D’Marquee building, so it’s a great place to escape the sweltering heat.

Kassimbaba Raya Fest Putu Piring

Putu Piring 
Image credit: @haigroadputupiring

There will be variety of retail shops and food stops in the space. Look out for the famous Putu Piring from Haig Road – soft to the bite and generously filled with gooey gula melaka.

Kassimbaba Raya Fest Burgs

Image credit: @projectwarung

If you are looking to get your hands on some hearty grub after a long day of fasting, Burgs is opening a pop up store at KB Raya Fest. One of their bestsellers is The Classic – freshly grilled beef burger smothered in in American cheese and topped with crispy fried shallots.

Size: Medium
Date: 25 – 27 May 2018
Address: 1 Pasir Ris Close, Downtown East, D’Marquee, Singapore 519599
Opening  Hours: 12PM – 11PM
Website

9. The Royal Gala @ ONE KM Mall

Food may take the spotlight, but it certainly isn’t the only thing sold at Ramadan bazaars.

If it is Hari Raya outfits you are searching for, then hit up The Royal Gala at ONE KM Mall.

The Royal Gala

There are shops in festive tents outside, as well as pop-up stalls within the mall itself.

The Royal Gala fashion

This spot is within walking distance from Geylang Serai Ramadan Bazaar, so it’s a good place to take a break from the crowds and heat after you’ve got your fill of rainbow-coloured snacks.

Size: Medium
Date: 11 May – 14 June 2018
Address: OneKM, 11 Tanjong Katong Rd, Singapore 437157
Opening Hours: 11AM – 9PM

– Northeast – 

10. Masjid Al-mawaddah Ramadan Bazaar @ Sengkang 

Masjid Al-mawaddah Ramadan Bazaar

Image adapted from: Masjid Al-mawaddah

Masjid Al-mawaddah Ramadan Bazaar might be a small set-up, but it is certainly worth popping by if you happen to be in the area.  Everyone is welcome, but make sure to dress appropriately!

There are fully prepped meals for you to take away, such as mee rebus, lamb shank biryani, along with snacks like goreng pisang, curry puffs and donuts.

Masjid Al-mawaddah Ramadan Bazaar

Image adapted from: Masjid Al-mawaddah

Size: (Very) small
Date: 17 May – 10 June 2018
Address: Mosque Cafe, Masjid Al-Mawaddah, 151 Compassvale Bow, 544997
Opening Hours: 3pm – late
Website

– West –

11. Selera Ramadan Bazaar @ Jurong Blk 425

A short bus ride away from Lakeside MRT, Selera Ramadan Bazaar at Jurong Blk 425 is a hidden gem of the West that has recently been gaining popularity.  

Selera Ramadan Bazaar

Image adapted from: Jamaludin Jaffar

Don’t be fooled by the fact that it’s at a void deck. Rows upon rows of stores are lined along the HDB pillars, offering a wide selection of traditional delicacies such as lontong, roti boyan (pastry stuffed with mashed potatoes) and assorted kueh.

Selera Ramadan Bazaar goreng pisang

Goreng Pisang
Image credit: The Halal Food Blog

Compared to Geylang Serai Ramadan Bazaar, the food here is relatively more affordable with Sweet Potato Sago dessert bowls going at $ 2.50 and Ramly Burgers at $ 3.50.

Getting there: Take bus 98, 98M or 187 from Lakeside MRT

Size: Medium
Date: 17 May – 13 June 2018
Address: Blk 425, Jurong West Avenue 1, 640425 
Opening Hours: 11AM -10PM
Website

Alternative Ramadan bazaars to siam the crowds

Now you know that there is more than just Geylang Serai bringing on the festivities this Ramadan season.  Traditional or “hipster”, crowded or ulu, these underrated bazaars have so much in store. Time to knock yourselves out on some tasty Ramly Burgers or raclette cheese – whichever floats your boat.

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