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Apple Confirms 2018 MacBook Pro Uses Membrane Under Key Caps To Protect New Butterfly Mechanism

By | July 19th, 2018

Apple has confirmed that the recently released 2018 MacBook Pro models do indeed come equipped with a new membrane layer under the butterfly keyboard mechanism. As part of a memo issued to Apple Authorized Service Providers, Tim Cook’s company has informed that the membrane is “to prevent debris from entering the butterfly mechanism.”

It’s worth noting that this admission isn’t exactly unique news and only proves to confirm the intended purpose of the new membrane rather than actually confirm its existence.

As part of a teardown of the new MacBook Pro 13-inch model, iFixit had already discovered the membrane as part of the butterfly mechanism and surmised that it was in place to act as a barrier underneath the keycaps and would likely be there to prevent dust ingress. The official memo, which has been intercepted by MacRumors, confirms that theory:

The keyboard has a membrane under the keycaps to prevent debris from entering the butterfly mechanism. The procedure for the space bar replacement has also changed from the previous model. Repair documentation and service videos will be available when keycap parts begin shipping.

Apple was well aware that a lot of consumers were having reliability issues with MacBook models containing the redesigned butterfly mechanism. As part of this 2018 MacBook refresh, the company had informed that the hardware would ship with an “improved” keyboard experience that was built with “quieter typing” in mind.

Quieter typing may be a benefit of the change but the memo issued to Apple Authorized Service Providers essentially confirms that the change has been made to prevent those pesky crumbs from getting inside of the mechanism and causing issues.

This is definitely good news for anyone purchasing a 2018 MacBook Pro. Apple has clearly accepted that global criticism of its keyboard design and has acted to make changes where necessary. Of course, the class action lawsuits and worldwide service program probably played a fairly big part in this decision to include a thin, malleable membrane under the keycaps. Whatever the reason, it’s undeniably a good result for the consumers who can now look forward to a low profile, almost silent keyboard and typing experience which shouldn’t suffer from any of the issues of previous models.

(source: MacRumors)

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5 Trampoline Parks In Singapore To Bounce Your Calories Away From Just $6.25/hour

Trampoline parks in Singapore

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Image adapted from: Bounce

 We know we gotta exercise, but for many of us, working out feels like a much-dreaded chore. Here’s how you can push yourself to do what you gotta do: gather a bunch of friends for a fun day out at a trampoline park! Sounds like fun and games, but it actually works the muscles a fair bit – as you’ll discover the next morning.

Slip on your grip socks, put on some comfy shorts, and get ready to bounce your calories away at these trampoline parks in Singapore.

1. Zoom Park – from $ 10/hour

With more than 80 springy trampolines to bounce on, Zoom Park is Singapore’s largest trampoline park, which is home to 7 zones and can hold up to 110 jumpers. 

Trampoline park - zoom park somersault

Image credit: @zoomparkasia

One to look forward to is the Xtreme Dodgeball zone, where participants aim to swiftly throw balls at each other and dodge oncoming ones. If you’re worried this is too intense for your young uns’, there’s a separate, smaller court specially for kiddos to enjoy the game. 

Trampoline park - zoom foam landing pit rock wall group

Rock wall area with foam pit landing
Image credit: @edwinchigga

 You can also play a game of trampoline basketball here, and showcase your parkour skills with their Wall Run arena. 

 The big space makes it especially ideal for large parties, be it a birthday bash or corporate outing. 1 hour of entry costs $ 12 on from Mondays to Thursdays, and 2 hours would be $ 20. Entry on Fridays, weekends and public holidays costs $ 15/hour or $ 25 for 2 hours

Zoom Park
Address: 200 Pandan Gardens, #01-14 Singapore 609336
Opening hours: Monday: 3PM-9PM | Tues-Thurs: 10AM-9PM | Fri: 10AM-10PM | Sat: 9AM-10PM | Sun: 9AM-9PM 

2. Katapult – from $ 14/hour

ORTO is known for its prawning or fishing ponds, but the compound also includes Katapult, a trampoline park with an impressive Main Court of over 30 interconnected trampolines. 

Trampoline park - katapult overview

Image credit: Katapult Trampoline Park

There’s also a cushy inflatable air bag at the Bag Jump zone, where you can try doing somersaults and backflips. Daredevils above 18 can attempt the Free Fall, where you leap off an elevated platform and fall backwards onto an airbag.

Trampoline park - Katapult air bag jump plunge

Image credit: Katapult Trampoline Park

Besides that, they’ve got areas where you can do slam dunks, wall runs, and play dodgeball.

Trampoline park - katapult basket ball jump

Image credit: ORTO 

You can also incorporate trampoline jumping into your regular fitness routine with Katafit, Katapult’s fitness programme, where you can learn the basics and different styles of jumping. You’ll find yourself gaining more core strength, a better sense of balance, and more toned muscles! 

One hour of jumping costs $ 15 on weekdays and $ 19 on weekends. 2 hours will cost $ 28 and $ 35 respectively. 

Address: 81 Lorong Chencharu #01-11 Singapore 769198
Telephone: 6754 5188
Opening hours: Mon: 12PM-9PM | Tues-Fri & school holidays: 10AM-9PM | Weekends & PH: 9AM-9PM

3. Bounce – from $ 10/hour

A straightforward name – Bounce. But you’d better think again if you assume all you’ll be doing there are simple jumps. Besides the Free Jumping Arena, which has 28 trampolines, they’ve also got a zone called The Wall. There, you can have a feel of how it’s like to parkour as you rebound trampolines and run up walls.

Trampoline park - Bounce Rainbow jump group

Image credit: Bounce

More acrobatic stunts can be practised at the Big Bag, a giant inflatable bag to land on after leaping high into the air. If that’s not enough of an adrenaline rush for you, head to X-Park – Bounce’s very own indoor Ninja Warrior obstacle course. Swing on monkey bars, climb rock walls, and end off the course with a zipline to the finish line.

Check out our vlog Bounce’s X-Park below:

Bounce is also the only trampoline park in Singapore with the “Leap of Faith”. Test your courage by jumping off the elevated platform – kinda like how you’d bungee jump – and aim to catch a trapeze or grab bag instead of falling.  

 Trampoline park - Bounce leap of faith jump group

Image credit: Bounce

The general price for the first hour of jumping is $ 26, but on Fridays and Saturdays, they’ve got Friday Super Sessions or Saturday Night Jams which are as low as $ 30 for 3 hours, complete with party music.

Find their full list of rates here.

Note: General entry to Bounce excludes access to “Leap of Faith”. Ticket for “Leap of Faith” costs $ 5/jump or $ 10 for 3 jumps. 

Address: 8 Grange Road, #09-01, Cathay Cineleisure Orchard, Singapore 239695
Telephone: 6816 2879
Opening hours: Mon-Thurs: 10AM-10PM | Fri: 10AM-11PM | Sat: 9AM-11PM | Sun: 9AM-10PM | PH: 9AM-10PM 

4. Amped – from $ 12/hour

Trampoline park - Amped blue jump overview

Image credit: AMPED Trampoline Park Singapore

Being amped means to get all fired up, and that’s exactly what you’ll be at Amped, Singapore’s first trampoline park. Both their River Valley and Jurong East branches feature 35 interconnected trampolines and foam pits that’ll have you feel like an excited kid all over again. 

Trampoline park - Amped foam pits jump girls

Image credit: @kwannni

If you’re a fan of ball games, the Slam Dunk Zone at River Valley is where you can enjoy a mix of both of basketball and trampolines. The trampolines help give an extra push as you jump and aim to shoot your ball into the loop.

Trampoline park - amped ninja warior course

Image credit: @sichengorange

For a good challenge, try your hand at their Ninja Warrior Course at Jurong East, open to both adults and kids.

Prices start from $ 12/hour on weekdays and and $ 18/hour on weekends. Find their full list of prices here.


River Valley outlet
Address: 46 Kim Yam Road, #02-11, Singapore 239351
Telephone: 82285961

Jurong East outlet
Address: 200 Jurong East Ave 1, Level 2 Sports Hall, Yo:Ha, Singapore 609789 
Telephone: 81263801

Opening hours (both outlets): Mon: 10AM-3PM (all ages), 3PM-7PM (12 years and younger) | Tues-Fri: 10AM-10PM | Sat: 9AM-10PM | Sun: 9AM-9PM

5. GymKraft – from $ 6.25/hour

GymKraft isn’t a trampoline park per se – it’s more of a training centre with classes for gymnastics, parkour, and aerial fitness. But they do offer unsupervised open sessions for those aged 13 and over, at very reasonable prices of $ 20 for 2 hours, $ 25 for 4 hours, or $ 30 for the entire day.

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Image credit: Gymkraft

The Olympic trampoline and aerial structures are out of bounds to those who drop in for casual open sessions, but you’ll still be given access to their many super bouncy trampolines and spring floor mats.

Trampoline park - gymkraft cart wheel girl gym

Image credit: Gymkraft

Address: 100 Guillemard Road Singapore 399718 
Telephone: 6677 6988
Opening hours: Mon-Fri: 3PM – 10PM | Sat-Sun: 9AM-8PM
Open sessions: Mon-Tue: 3PM-8PM | Wed and Fri: 3PM-6PM

Bonus: BBounce – trampoline fitness studio

If you’re looking to get a good cardio workout – minus a crowd full of kids – head to BBounce, Singapore’s first rebounding fitness studio. 

Trampoline park - BBounce rebounding  cardio work out gym

Image credit: @meilinyeo

Their trampoline workouts include the use of resistance bands, light weights, and some energetic dance moves. Rebounding is said to be 2X more effective than running for calorie-burning, so that’s one way you can shed them calories while having the time of your life. In addition to that, it creates less impact on your joints compared to running

Check out our experience at BBounce here:

176 Orchard Road, #06-09, The Centrepoint, Singapore 238843
Telephone: 6262 2272

Singapore’s trampoline parks

Jumping on trampolines are fun and stress-free, so you won’t even realise you’re working out. If you’re looking for more ideas for an active day out, check out some of our guides below:

Guide to active and exhilarating activities in Singapore
Fun workouts 
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iOS 11.4.1 To iOS 11.4 Beta 3 Downgrade No Longer Possible For Jailbreak

By | July 18th, 2018

Cupertino-based Apple Inc. has officially stopped signing its iOS 11.4 firmware approximately one week after releasing iOS 11.4.1 into the public domain. The move means that device owners are no longer able to downgrade from iOS 11.4.1 to another version of Apple’s mobile firmware.

The majority of iPhone and iPad owners who have been within Apple’s ecosystem for a decent period of time will be well aware of Apple’s commitment to continually updating and releasing new versions of iOS.

Tim Cook’s company dropped iOS 11.4.1 last week containing a plethora of bug fixes, under-the-hood enhancements, and overall improvements that should stabilize and correct any issues found with the iOS 11.4 release. With that release now find its way onto devices around the world, Apple has decided to stop signing iOS 11.4 final as well as iOS 11.4 beta 3, which will really only have a large effect on would-be jailbreakers looking to downgrade.

Most iOS device owners will see a new version of iOS, choose to upgrade as per Apple’s prompt, and then never look back. However, where jailbreaking is concerned, it’s always a wonderful situation if device owners have the opportunity to roll back their firmware should they need to do so. And with the Electra jailbreak supporting iOS 11.4 beta 3, some would-be jailbreakers have been taking the opportunity to take that backward step and liberate themselves using the aforementioned jailbreak. This internal decision by Apple relating to iOS 11.4 has now put an immediate stop to that process.

For those who aren’t interested in a jailbreak then iOS 11.4.1 is definitely an installation worth having. Apple introduced a number of new features with the release of iOS 11.4, including Messages on iCloud and AirPlay 2, which works harmoniously with updated HomePod hardware. iOS 11.4.1 doesn’t expose brand new features but it does do a very good job of streamlining that iOS 11.4 release and ensuring that iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch owners get the best possible experience across all supported hardware.

iOS 11.4.1 could also be the last version of iOS 11 to be released into the public domain ahead of an official public release of iOS 12. Apple is currently testing iOS 12 with developers and public testers. The next major release as far as Apple’s mobile platform is concerned could be the first public unveiling of iOS 12 this coming September.

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Peranakan Khek – Premium quality kueh with a premium price tag

Peranakan Khek – Premium quality kueh with a premium price tag

It is not easy to spot the Nyonya kueh kuek shop with it plain façade, we noted the shop through the stream of customers flowing in and out of the shop and yeah…that is the Peranakan Khek shop we are looking for.

The quality of the kueh has earned Peranakan Khek lots of the accolades from the public. Most of the kuek kuek shops are inconsistent in the quality with the kueh offered, if you are lucky enough, may be you can appreciate one or two out of the array of kuek on display, but finding one that can please the palates consistently with almost all the kueh offered is exceptionally rare, and we are glad to say that Peranakan Khek at Caven Road is able to make it to be one of the top lists, it is definitely one of the gems around with its curated Nyonya kuek that made of quality ingredients, fine bakery skills and superior flavour.

Quality comes with the price, each piece of the kueh has a retail price tag of not less than $ 2 a piece, definitely a premium price above the mass market for the similar products. However, it has not deterred those that willing to pay for the quality and taste judging from the stream of customers flowing in and out of the shop.

Peranakan Khek knows the art of the authentic good Nyonya kueh, each assortment of the kueh has given the full attention and precision to showcase the professional bakery skills.

Kueh Salat $ 2 per piece

The classic Nyonya kueh will put a real test to the mastery of the Peranakan kueh, we have to agree the pandan egg custard has the right firmness and fragrance to bring up the best of the custard, not too sweet and not cloying, it went very well with the bottom part of the Glutinous rice, not mushy or hard, nice texture with hints of coconut fragrance that make you carving for more.

Ang Ku Kueh $ 2.2

Good Ang Ku Kueh must have thin but chewy skin with fine and fragrant mung bean, Peranakan Khek has fulfilled both the requirements.

Kueh Bingka Ubi $ 2

You will be able to appreciate the fragrant of the tapioca

Kueh Putugal $ 2

Bananas are wrapped in a layer of steamed tapioca, coated with grated coconut, the subtle sweetness and fragrance of the tapioca made a wonder pair with the banana.

Gula Melaka Chiffon Cake $ 15 for a 9″ cake

Fine texture and not too sweet Gula Melaka chiffon cake, fragrant and nice, we ordered one slice but ended up with one full cake for our next day breakfast.

Kueh Dadar $ 2 per piece

The pandan-flavoured crepes encasing the Gula Melaka infused grated coconut, not too bad but compared to the signature Tiong Bahru Galicier Pastry Kueh Dadar, Peranakan khek is obviously has some gaps to close especially the coconut filling that is less fragrant with the taste.

Kueh Kosui

The steamed rice kueh has a fudge-like texture and is characterised and made distinct by the aroma of the Gula Melaka, the wobbling pillowy kueh undoubtedly is one of the highlight here.

Our verdicts

Peranakan Khek may be seem as a small and not noticeable pastry shop along the Caven road, however, the quality and flavour of the kueh and cakes are good enough to make them a big name for one of the best Nyonya Kueh around.

Price may be at the high end but if you are looking for real good Nyonya Kueh, Peranakan Khek is certainly a clear choice.

Note: best to pre-order online to avoid disappointment as only limited supply available daily for retail.

Peranakan Khek

A: 11 Cavan Road, #01-03 Cavan Suites, Singapore 209848

H: Wed to Sat 11am – 6pm, Sun 11am – 5pm, closed Mon & Tue

T: 65 64431213

Peranakan Khek

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More Details On Sileo Cydia Replacement / Alternative For Electra Jailbreak Emerge

By | July 18th, 2018

Now information on the Cydia replacement that is set to be bundled with newer versions of the Electra jailbreak has emerged. Dubbed Sileo, the app will install alongside the upcoming Electra jailbreak version update as a total Cydia replacement and will remove the need for additional fixes and hacks to be included to keep Cydia functional.

Until now, little information has actually been pushed out into the public domain as far as Sileo is concerned. We’ve learned that the app is a work in progress and that it has been designed to fully replace Cydia going forward on all future Electra jailbreaks.

We’ve also had a quick glimpse at the initial user interface for the app running on an iPad and have seen the adding of new repositories functionality in operation. As mentioned at the time, this process will be extremely familiar for anyone who has worked with Cydia previously.

Now, developer CoolStar has taken to Twitter to give some additional information on payments and how they will work across the Sileo platform and including various repositories. In short, the developer has confirmed that any repository will be able to handle commercial packages and take payments from users and that additional API documentation will be released in due time to enable owners of those repositories to set up that flow:

any repo will be able to handle paid packages through Sileo. API documentation will be available once Sileo is released.

He also confirmed that repositories will be able to use a “standardized API to present package price, purchase status, and handle payments seamlessly,” meaning that users should expect to see a uniform process and payments process throughout Sileo, regardless of what they are purchasing or the repository that the purchase points to. This is all good news and gives the comfort to package and tweak developers that payments will still be able to be taken and handled once the comfort zone of Cydia is removed.

It is definitely good news to see more information about Sileo filtering through into the public domain. However, what the community really wants is an indication of when Sileo will actually be released and when we can expect to see a fully functional version of it in the real-world.

(Source: @coolstarorg [Twitter])

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Tsui Wah Singapore: Authentic Hong Kong Cafe

Crispy Bun with Condensed Milk ($ 4++)

Review by: SheEats

Hong Kong’s iconic cafe chain, Tsui Wah has finally made its debut in Singapore!   Located at Clarke Quay, this first Tsui Wah outlet in South East Asia is a collaboration between Jumbo Group Ltd and Tsui Wah Hong Kong and coincides with their 50th anniversary.

Their Head Chef, Chef Ren has been stationed here since last year to recreate the dishes which made Tsui Wah a household name in Hong Kong since the 1960s.   Many of the ingredients, like their tea leaves and curry spice mix had to be imported directly from Hong Kong while local ingredients have been meticulously sourced to ensure authentic flavours are kept intact.

What To Eat

The Crispy Bun with Condensed Milk ($ 4++) is the must-try dish.  Chef had to work with a local bakery for 8 months to get the bun just right. The bun is lightly toasted so it is super crisp on the outside and pillowy light on the inside, then buttered and drizzled with condensed milk.  It is amazing that something so simple should be the main reason to visit Tsui Wah.  4.5/5

I would also recommend the Pork Chop Bun ($ 7.50++).  The same bread used for the Crispy Bun is also used here to sandwich a juicy and flavourful piece of fried pork loin. 4/5

Kagoshima-style Pork Cartilage with Tossed Instant Noodles ($ 9.50++)

There are no Japanese flavours in this Kagoshima-Style Pork Cartilage dish.  The pork cartilage is also served with Fish Soup and Mixian  ($ 8.50++)  which is my favourite savoury dish.  Both the creamy fish soup and tender pork cartilage had to go through long hours of cooking to get it to the right texture.   It’s called “Kagoshima” because chef learnt the recipe from another chef from Kagoshima. 4/5

Pork Chop Bun ($ 7.50++)  and  King Prawns in XO Sauce with Tossed Noodles ($ 11++)

The XO sauce served with the King Prawns in XO sauce ($ 11++) Noodles is specially created for the Singapore outlet.  I felt it would have been better if the sauce was already mixed in.  They use specially sourced sea prawns which are good quality but  I would have preferred the prawns grilled or sauteed instead of simply blanched. 3/5

Lamb Chop Curry with Steamed Rice ($ 29++)

The Lamb Chop Curry with Steamed Rice ($ 29++) we were told,  is priced at a “loss” because the boss loves lamb chops and opted to use quality NZ lamb chops to entice more people to experience it.   I thought the specially formulated curry of 30 spices was quite good.  It has the pungent kick of our local curry and the smooth/shiny texture of a Japanese curry.   Nonetheless, I still prefer my lamb chops just grilled and may try a different dish from the curry series next time. 4/5

Luncheon Meat and Egg on White Rice ($ 9++)

The Luncheon Meat and Egg on white rice is a conundrum.  We feel $ 9++ is too much to pay for “simple comfort food.”  The chef explained that the luncheon meat they use can only be sourced by commercial buyers in China and the egg is  cooked in way that is not browned and the yolk just a little runny.  The accompanying soy sauce is also a specially selected premium soy sauce that goes well with the dish.  I mused that purpose of this dish was to make the other dishes look a lot better in value.  Chef was not amused.  I think fans of this dish love it more for its nostalgia than value.   You be the judge. 3.5/5

The Borscht soup with Thick Toast ($ 5.50++) was good again, not something I would specially go to the cafe to eat.   However, I might order this classic Russian beef and vegetable soup on a rainy day. 3/5

Savoury French Toast Bites served with Vanilla Ice Cream ($ 9.50++)

If you still have the stomach and want to continue enjoying the bright cheery ambiance of this 140-seater cafe, you may want to order the Savoury French Toast Bites with Vanilla Ice Cream ($ 9.50++) to share.  The bread is freshly cut and fried upon ordering. 3.5/5

What to drink

Milk Tea Hot ($ $ 3.50++) Cold ($ 4++)

Their signature Hot Milk Tea ($ 3.50++) served in a cute smiley cup comes unsweetened and is best consumed with their Crispy Bun.  The texture is quite smooth and I had mine “Kosong” (without sugar).  You can have fun picking out one of the sugar packs printed with their own themed characters.  4/5

All the cold beverages are pre-sweetened and constructed with precision.  The Ice Lemon Tea ($ 5++) has precisely 5 (~5mm ) slices of lemon.  Chef Ren explained that 5 slices will slightly tip the balance towards a more lemony taste which is their intent. For someone who has learnt to drink Kopi-C-Kosong, the sweetness was just right, not bad! 4/5

I am not an Yuan Yeung (Coffee and Tea) drinker but I was unexpectedly won over by their Yuen Yeung (Cold) ($ 4++) that has a good balance of coffee and tea, with neither overpowering the other.    I am glad to have succumbed to the Marketing and PR persons’ persuasion to try one for myself. 4.25/5

The same magic did not happen with the Almond Milk with Egg White (Hot) ($ 7++)  though.  I can however imagine that fans of this type of drink would like this freshly grounded Almond version that is a little frothy, milky and not too strong. 3.5/5


I confess that I am no “Cha Chaan Teng”  expert.  Nonetheless, Tsui Wah has brought Hong Kong Cafe food quality in Singapore to the next level but prices are relatively higher too.  Big question is will I return with my family and friends to stand in the queue?  Well, yes, if I am around the vicinity and looking for a cafe with quality food.  I would certainly be back again if they decide to start serving baked items like Egg Tart and Polo Bun.

Disclaimer: This was a media tasting.  That means that the food was provided but no fees were charged for writing the blog post.

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Apple Teases 70 New Emoji For iOS 12, Including Red-Haired Ones, Superheroes, Kangaroo, More

By | July 17th, 2018

Apple today took the opportunity on World Emoji Day to share that it will be adding no fewer than 70 new emoji to most of its platforms this fall, with the iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Mac all gaining the icons.

As is becoming more regular for Apple, the Cupertino outfit shared the news via a newsroom post with confirmation now available that the new emoji will be available to users of Apple’s platforms under the Unicode 11 update.

More than 70 new emoji characters are coming to iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch and Mac later this year in a free software update. The new emoji designs, created based on approved characters in Unicode 11.0, include even more hair options to better represent people with red hair, gray hair and curly hair, a new emoji for bald people, and new smiley faces that bring more expression to Messages with a cold face, party face, pleading face and a face with hearts.

Apple highlighted the emoji that relate to diversity during its announcement post today, but as has been noted elsewhere, the arrival of Unicode 11 means that there will be a total of 2,832 emoji available for users to choose from once the update rolls out to everyone.

It’s the added diversity that some of the new arrivals add that has Apple particularly keen to share the news, although we’re also pretty keen to check out some of the superheroes that are being added as part of this round of updates.

Thousands of emoji are currently available on iOS, watchOS and macOS, including emotive smiley faces, gender-neutral characters, various clothing options, food types, animals, mythical creatures and more.

We expect the new emoji to arrive alongside iOS 12, macOS Mojave, and watchOS 5 in September.

(source: Apple)

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Ah Hua Teochew Fishball Noodles – Authentic Teochew Fare

The most common hawker food in Singapore is, perhaps, a bowl of comforting fishball noodles. You’ll easily find 2 or 3 stalls selling fishball noodles in every hawker center, and at least 1 stall in a coffeeshop. Call it basic, but I like basic. To me, it’s a classic that I’ll never get sick of. Bouncy fishballs sitting atop a messy pile of mee pok (sorry mee kia) really screams comfort food to me, especially if it costs 3 bucks or less. It’s easy to do fishball noodles but the difficult part is doing a great bowl of it.

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Started by 60-year-old Ah Hua, Ah Hua Teochew Fishball Noodles features authentic Teochew fishball noodles prepared with handmade ingredients. Uncle Ah Hua started his business from scratch, where he tweaked his father’s recipe for handmade fish dumplings and homemade traditional fishball noodles. He took it one step further and even came up with his own handmade yong tau foo. The business took off and he was managing 5 stalls island-wide, and a central factory. Owing to the economic downturn, the success was short-lived as he had to sell his assets to make ends meet.

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Now, Uncle Ah Hua continues to run the only stall he has left whilst still maintaining the same level of standards as before here at Pandan Gardens. Seeing that her dad was struggling to keep his passion and business alive, 29-year-old Jean quit her full-time job to run the stall together with her dad, in hopes of bringing the business back to its former glory.

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Besides a fishball noodle stall, Ah Hua Eating House also houses a small zhap cai png stall and a drink stall. Uncle Ah Hua and Jean told me that they have to close the stall at 3pm daily in order to make all the ingredients by hand so that they will be in time for sale the next day. From fish dumplings to fish cakes to fish balls, Uncle Ah Hua creates everything from scratch. Even his chili paste is homemade so you won’t be able to taste this anywhere else!

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We ordered a bowl of their signature Fishball Noodles ($ 3) and a bowl of their Yong Tau Foo noodles ($ 4). The star of the meal was definitely the fishballs. Bouncy, yet firm, the fishballs are handmade the night before with yellowtail fish. I especially liked the ratio of fish to flour and how it did not have a strong fishy smell. The soup, which is boiled daily, offered a very clean taste save for a distinctive chye poh (preserved radish) taste, which was pretty unusual.

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The Yong Tau Foo set sees a bowl filled with handmade yong tau foo goodies swimming in the same clear soup. The items were pretty fresh. For $ 4, I think it was pretty good value for money. If, however, you’re looking to quell your yong tau foo craving, you might be disappointed since the variety of yong tau foo here is pretty limited.

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Both sets are served with your choice of noodles.  Overall, it was delicious, albeit a tad too oily, but I enjoyed it. My mee pok was al dente, and had a good bite. Coated with their handmade chili paste, the noodles boasted a fiery finish. I think a touch more vinegar would have cut through the oiliness of the noodles.

We were there around 10am, and wanted to try their homemade fried fishcakes but they were sold out! Jean told me that it usually sells out because people tend to buy them in bulk. They have other treats such as fish dumplings and meatballs too. I hear you can call in (check out their Facebook and Instagram) to reserve your share. made an anonymous visit and paid its own meal at the stall featured here.

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These Tech Backpacks Feature Built-In USB Charging Ports For Your Smartphone And Start At Just $39

By | July 15th, 2018

It’s that time of year again. The time of year where kids and young adults are being kitted out ahead of another hectic year of school. That’s always an expensive time of year for parents which is why the likes of Apple run Back to School promotions on things like MacBooks and iPads.

We told you about that recently, and today we are telling you about two awesome backpacks that have USB charging ports built in, perfect for keeping those devices charged up while on the go.

Below we have two different options that we think you are going to love, with one being a budget option and one for those who are happy to spend a little more to get something a little extra premium. With that said, let’s take a look

1. Budget option: Tech Backpack With Built-In USB Charging Port ($ 39.95 for 1 or $ 69.95 for 2 using promo code, usually $ 79.95 for 1 or $ 159.99 for 2)

This backpack can hold a notebook of up to 13.3-inches in size along with the prerequisite smartphone, books and even tablet while charging things via its USB port. Specific pockets for things like earphones that also have external holes for feeding the cables through are also here, with the backpack itself available in multiple colors including blue, black, purple and gray options.

Right now you can take advantage of an offer that will get you two of these backpacks (in same or any color) for $ 69.95. Simply add two to your cart from here and then check out with promo code BTCC2018 to take advantage of the offer.

Buy: Tech Backpack With Built-In USB Charging Port: $ 39.95 for 1 or $ 69.95 for 2 using promo code | Original price: $ 79.95 for 1 or $ 159.99 for 2

2. Premium option: Leather Tech Backpack With USB Charging Port, Headphones Cord Hole (74.95 with promo code, usually $ 99.95)

This more costly option also has the same features but is also made of high-quality leather, making it look more premium when being worn. The same USB charging capabilities are here as is the special hole for feeding earphone cables through so you don’t have too many unsightly cables in view. There’s room for a notebook up to 14-inches in size and again tablets, books and smartphones will fit just fine.

Right now this leather backpack can be had for $ 74.95 from here using promo code BTC2018 at check out.

Buy: Leather Tech Backpack With USB Charging Port, Headphones Cord Hole: $ 74.95 | Original price: $ 99.95

Discount codes for both backpacks are applicable until mid-August, so be sure to take advantage of them before then. Not only are these great for school and college students, but everyday commuters and travelers as well.

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Moist Diane's New Shampoo That Sold 1 Million Bottles In 10 Days Is Now In Singapore

Moist Diane – silicone-free Japanese shampoo

Free Moist Diane shampoo and conditioner samples

Brushing your hair 100 times isn’t good enough these days. Even our countless shelves of hair products – everything from hair masks to conditioning sprays – nup, not good enough. But with Moist Diane’s new shampoo, we can take a breather from our intensive haircare routine.

Through July 2018, Moist Diane will be holding pop-up booths around Singapore to help fix all your hair concerns. Whether it’s dry, frizzy hair or weak strands prone to breakage, they’ve got a silicone-free and sulfate-free formula to fix it all. Besides getting free samples, here’s what you can expect:

Discovery Zone: Learn about your hair type and condition

Moist Diane Perfect Beauty - Discovery Zone

If you’re anything like me, the condition of your hair is a mystery. On good days, it’s neat and malleable but on most other days, it looks like I just got out of bed – and not in a fashionable, bedhead-esque way. At Moist Diane’s Discovery Zone, take the chance to learn more about your hair and the condition its in.

Moist Diane - Perfect Beauty shampoo

Although Diane Perfect Beauty’s shampoo formula is already specially formulated for Asian women, each shampoo still has a different purpose. Moist Diane has an entire series with 6 different shampoos to help with your hair concerns:

  • Extra Damage Repair – for severely damaged hair
  • Extra Moist & Shine – for dry and dull hair
  • Extra Fresh & Hydrate – for an oily scalp
  • Extra Volume & Scalp – for flat hair and a sensitive scalp
  • Extra Smooth & Straight – for frizzy and coarse hair
  • Extra Vital – for weak hair prone to breakage

Since Singapore often feels like a sauna, use a shampoo like Extra Fresh & Hydrate – it’s been specially formulated for hot and humid Asian climate and even been clinically tested to keep your scalp fresh for up to 48 hours. Their Extra Moist & Shine also works well on an everyday basis for normal to dry hair, and you’ll be walking around with glossy, healthy hair.

All shampoos come in new, shiny packaging in a range of vibrant colours to help zhng your bathroom.

Voting Station: See which hair concerns are most common

Moist Diane - Solve hair concerns

You’re not alone in this: almost every woman in Singapore will be fretting about the condition of their hair. Thanks to our overwhelming humidity, many are troubled by their oily scalps but there are plenty of others who also face all sorts of concerns, from lacklustre hair to brittle strands.

Moist Diane - vote for your hair concern

See which hair concern plagues us most in Singapore at the Voting Station – all you have to do is insert a voting token to redeem empty bottles, so you can collect your free samples!

Shampoo Wall: Collect free shampoo samples

Moist Diane - collect free shampoo sample

Head over to the Shampoo Wall where there are 6 different dispensers for each shampoo. You’ll get to turn on the faucet to fill up a bottle with your shampoo of choice.

Moist Diane - shampoo dispenser

Samples (15ml) come in a clear test tube.

Photo Booth: Take photos with a bathtub ball pit to redeem matching conditioner

Moist Diane - photo booth with bathtub

You won’t miss this: a scented bathtub ball pit where you can IG all you like. The tub’s paired with a rose gold, vintage faucet – all in all, the entire setup looks like it comes straight from a home decor magazine. After you take a photo with the hashtags #SheisDiane and #MoistDianeSG, remember to redeem your matching conditioner!

Moist Diane - redeem matching conditioner

Redeem your matching conditioner at the pink counter near the photo booth.

Sales Area: Buy discounted full-sized shampoos and conditioners

Moist Diane - 6 different shampoos

Although you already have free shampoo and conditioner samples, there’s also a Sales Area where you can buy full-sized Moist Diane products. 1 bottle is priced at $ 15 (U.P. $ 16.90) and 2 bottles are $ 25 (U.P. $ 33.80). If you spend $ 50 or more, you’ll also get an exclusive limited edition travel set.

Moist Diane - limited edition travel set

The set comes with travel-sized bottles (50ml) of shampoo and conditioner.

Moist Diane shampoo in Singapore

Moist Diane - Somerset@313, Bugis Junction, Chevron House

Selling 1 million shampoo bottles in 10 days is a feat to be applauded, but when it’s Moist Diane Perfect Beauty shampoo, we completely understand why. Even though keratin’s usually an expensive, salon-only product, Moist Diane’s formula made up of 6 different keratin proteins that’ll strengthen your hair and treat specific hair concerns.

It’s also made up of Ecocert-certified Organic Moroccan Argan Oil – that means no pesticides.

And the formula sure works. We explored walking trails all around Singapore, and Moist Diane’s shampoo was the only thing that rescued our sweat-ridden heads. Besides being silicone-free, it’s also sulphate-free and paraben-free, and safe to use with coloured hair – no need to worry about your dyed locks changing into an icky green after a few washes.

Moist Diane Perfect Beauty shampoo

Long gone are the days when you’ll be sharing shampoo with your entire family: you’ll want your own shampoo to directly address all your hair concerns from dry ends to an oily scalp. You might even cave in to temptation and get 2 different shampoos: one for the top half of your head and the other for the dry ends.

Head down to learn how to thoroughly care for your hair with a Moist Diane Perfect Beauty shampoo. Remember, visit the photo booth where there’ll be a bathtub ball pit ready for all your Instagram shots, with hashtags #SheisDiane and #MoistDianeSG.

Whether you’re worried about an oily scalp or dry hair, there’s a specific Moist Diane Perfect Beauty shampoo out there for you that you’ll be heaving a sigh of relief over.

Moist Diane Events:

Somerset 313 Level 1 Atrium (outside Cotton On)
Event hours: 13 to 14 July, 11AM – 10PM and 15 July, 11AM – 8PM 

Bugis Junction Hylam Street (next to pushcarts outside McDonalds)
Event hours: 16 to 22 July, 10AM – 10PM 

Chevron House Atrium
Event hours: 26 to 27 July, 11AM – 3PM

Find out more about Moist Diane Perfect Beauty shampoo here!

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