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iOS 12 Beta 5 Reveals Dual-SIM Support In 2018 iPhones, AirPods Wireless Charging Case Image

By | July 31st, 2018

When Apple seeds new beta versions of iOS, it often outs new features or even new devices in the process. Yesterday saw the release of iOS 12 developer beta 5 and as the world begins to spend time with the new software, we are starting to learn little tidbits about it.

Two of those further confirm existing suspicions about the upcoming hardware release that Apple is working on, one relating to AirPods 2, and one to the iPhone itself.

Starting out with the AirPods the folks over at 9to5Mac have spotted new references to the wireless charging AirPods case that Apple actually announced almost a year ago. We first saw references to it in the GM build of iOS 11, while the case and the AirPods within it, had yet to make an appearance.

Within iOS 12 beta 5 there appears to be new images for the case and accompanying AirPods, with the case itself having an LED that will presumably show its charge state. The current AirPods charging case has a battery indication LED on the inside, under the lid, but with wireless charging on the horizon it appears that there will now also be an external light, too.

We now also know that the new AirPods will carry the designation AirPods 1,2, which makes plenty of sense given the fact that the current AirPods have the identifier AirPods 1,1.

Moving on we have dual-SIM support, something that the iPhone – or at least, one of them – is expected to have when the 2018 lineup is announced in September. References to “second SIM status” and a “second SIM tray status” within a component responsible for diagnostic report generation would suggest that this is now almost confirmed, although it’s obviously unknown whether dual-SIM support is coming to all iPhones or just one model as has been suggested.

This new discovery also appears to confirm that the dual-SIM capabilities will be thanks to the iPhone’s ability to carry two physical SIMs rather than one being an e-SIM.

Apple will announce new iPhones this September with updated AirPods and potentially the much anticipated AirPower charging station also coming along for the ride.

(Source: 9to5Mac [1], [2])

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Singapore Restaurant Festival 2018 – Up to S$48,000 of Prizes to be Won!

Before the Singapore Restaurant Festival 2018 rolled around, I wouldn’t have believed that I could be rewarded just for eating. Well, from 1 July to 30 September 2018, stand a chance to win up to $ 500 worth of dining vouchers, just by eating at participating restaurants!

The Restaurant Association of Singapore (RAS) has brought together a whopping 63 F&B brands to celebrate Singapore’s rich and diverse food culture at Singapore Restaurant Festival 2018. Whether you’re looking to have a fancy date night at Chef’s Table by Stephan Zoisl, or a boisterous family gathering at Chui Huay Lim Teochew Cuisine, there’s definitely a place for you (full list of participating outlets here: https://www.singaporerestaurantfestival.com/where-to-feast).

Collect & Win

1. Eat!

Dine at any of the 63 participating restaurants.

2. Register!

Approach the restaurant staff for registration and stamp accumulation upon settling your bill. Upon registration, you will then receive an SMS containing a unique URL where you can check the number of stamps you have collected.

3. Stamp!

A maximum of 5 stamps can be awarded per dining bill. Here’s how you can earn them!

  • 1 stamp for every dine-in at Singapore Restaurant Festival 2018 participating restaurants
  • 1 stamp when you dine at featured restaurants of the month:
    • July: Heritage & Japanese
    • August: Western & Korean
    • September: Chinese & Asian (Vietnamese, Thai, Indonesian, Indian)
  • 1 stamp when you order a salted egg dish
  • 2 stamps when you pay with a DBS/POSB credit or debit card

4. Win!

3 monthly draws (July, August, September): Diners need to accumulate 6 stamps to complete an e-reward card to be eligible for that month’s lucky draw for attractive dining vouchers worth up to $ 500. Lucky draw winners will be announced and notified on the first week of every month.

July 2018: Heritage & Japanese

Japanese: The Flying Squirrel

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Tucked away in a quiet alleyway along Amoy Street is The Flying Squirrel. This secret cosy hole-in-the-wall hideout is inspired by the love of travel, coffee, art, music and Japanese food! This restaurant doesn’t just serve your traditional Japanese favourites. Sure, they offer fresh cuts of sashimi, handmade sushi, and even lunch bento sets. But, you’ll also be treated to twists on familiar favourites, such as their Truffled Ebi Fry, Uni Shooters and Wagyu Burger Paté!

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You have to check out their latest Singapore-inspired special! The Chilli Crab Maki is a perfect example of fusion done right. This mouth-watering maki features soft-shell crab tempura, cucumber, and their house-made chilli crab roll topped with egg yolk sauce, crab meat flakes and tobiko!

Heritage: Fatty Weng Restaurant

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Started in 1967 at Albert Street, Fatty Weng Restaurant is a home-grown zi char restaurant. Fatty Weng has been around for a long time and for good reason – it’s the best place to bring friends and family for authentic Cantonese cuisine at affordable prices!

Singapore Restaurant Festival 2018 Fatty Weng: Deep Fried Soon Hock Fish

You can’t go wrong with Fatty Weng’s Deep Fried Soon Hock Fish. After all, people have been flocking back for more for the past 40 years! The dish features a highly sought after Soon Hock fish that’s fried to perfection. Then, it’s lightly bathed in an aromatic brown sauce which is prepared according to a secret recipe which is fiercely guarded by their chefs. Each mouthful of the fresh Soon Hock is crisp on the outside, and succulent and juicy on the inside.

August 2018: Western & Korean

Western: Pince & Pints

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Here’s a quick tip — next month’s theme is Western and Korean. So, be quick and reserve your tables now! Established in 2014, Pince & Pints Restaurant & Bar is an award-winning restaurant that serves up wild caught lobsters. Rest assured, Pince & Pints takes absolute pride in ensuring that all their lobsters are obtained from fisheries that practise sustainable fishing methods. Feast on their signature dishes, which include their Lobster Rolls ($ 58++), Grilled Lobster ($ 58++) and the Lobster Noodle ($ 58++)!

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Pince & Pints’ Chilli Lobster ($ 58++) is a play on the iconic national dish, Singapore Chilli Crab. Their special housemade blended chilli paste consists of is made with tomatoes, ginger, lemongrass, garlic, ketchup and more! A whole live lobster is then braised in a wok with the chilli paste and lobster stock. Finished with egg and thickened with cornflour, the sauce delivers a sweet and tangy punch, which goes so well with the fried mantous!

Address: 95 East Coast Road, Singapore 428793

Phone: 6386 3988

Opening Hours: Tuesday to Friday: 12pm – 2.30pm & 5.30pm – 11pm,
Weekends & Public Holidays: 11am – 11pm.

Western: Commons

Commons is the place for people from all walks of life to come together to relish a delicious meal. You’ll be spoiled for choice with their comprehensive menu, which comprises a variety of salads, sandwiches, pastas, pizzas and entrées. There’s always something for everyone, at any time of day, and for any occasion!

Singapore Restaurant Festival 2018 Commons Meat Platter Hero

Commons makes sharing food with your friends and family easy with their range of sharing platters! The Commons Meat Platter Hero is a generous meat platter consisting of a roasted half chicken with mushroom sauce, 200g beef tenderloin, lamb shoulder, Italian chicken sausages, mashed potato, beetroot coleslaw and grilled tomatoes! This will easily feed 3 to 4 meat lovers.

Commons: Oriental Sesame Wings Singapore Restaurant Festival 2018

The Oriental Sesame Wings is a snack that’s great for sharing, or to have all by yourself! The chicken wings are coated in a sweet and sticky homemade sauce that will have you licking your fingers.

Address: Our Tampines Hub, #01-103, 1 Tampines Walk, Singapore 528523

Phone: 6386 6917

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

Opening Hours: Monday & Thursday: 10am to 10pm, Tuesday & Wednesday: 11am to 10pm, Friday: 10am to 11pm, Saturday: 8am to 11pm, Sunday 8am to 10pm.

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

Korean: Seoul in a Sandwich

Seoul in a Sandwich serves up sandwiches that are a toast to east meets west! This is a brand new pick-up kiosk concept by the Seoul Garden Group, which seamlessly combines Western breads and Korean fillings to create an array of delicious and satisfying sandwiches. We love their tagline – Seoul in every sandwich, soul in every bite!

Singapore Restaurant Festival 2018 Seoul in a Sandwich - Bulgogi Cheese Steak

Singapore Restaurant Festival 2018 Seoul in a Sandwich - Kimchi Grilled Cheese Toast

The Bulgogi Cheese Steak features sautéed peppers, grilled bulgogi beef and cheddar mozzarella mix, all in a buttered baguette. If you’d rather have something that’s tangy and spicy, get the Kimchi Grilled Cheese Toast! The sandwich features a cheddar and mozzarella mix, kimchi bits and mayo butter toast.

September 2018: Chinese & Asian (Vietnamese, Thai, Indonesian, Indian)

Chinese: Hill Street Coffee Shop

Hill Street Coffee Shop aims to recreate the quintessential local coffee experience. Head down to this nostalgia evoking café and take in the aroma of freshly brewed kopi, and strong flavours of kaya, in the busy coffee shop.

Singapore Restaurant Festival 2018 Hill Street Coffee Shop - Sambal Chicken Nasi Lemak

Savour one of Hill Street’s signature dishes — Sambal Chicken Nasi Lemak! This hearty dish is an ensemble of fluffy basmati rice, cucumber, ikan bilis & peanuts, keropok, homemade achar, and a tender piece of chicken drenched in a spicy sambal sauce.

Singapore Restaurant Festival 2018 Hill Street Coffee Shop - SteamedToast Kaya Butter Set

One of Singapore’s most popular breakfast items, Hill Street’s Steamed/Toast Kaya Butter Set is a dish you can’t miss out on. The set features freshly steamed/toasted bread with a classic kaya spread, accompanied by two soft boiled eggs and a cup of coffee or tea!

Asian: Big Street

Located in a 2-storey shophouse, Big Street boasts a café on the first floor and a fully-stocked bar on the second. Their menu offers a vast array of local Singaporean favourites, but with unique twists! With its cosy ambience and great customer service, Big Street is the perfect venue for dining with your loved ones.

Singapore Restaurant Festival 2018 Big Street - Pulut Hitam Chicken Rice Sushi

Big Street’s Pulut Hitam Chicken Rice Sushi is the epitome of a fusion dish done right. Topped with succulent Hainanese chicken breast, this dish will fill you with comforting traditional flavours that’s completed with a Japanese fusion twist!

Singapore Restaurant Festival 2018 Big Street - Salted Egg Yolk Prata Bom

The housemade Salted Egg Yolk Prata Bomb is an Instagram-worthy dish that’s a must-try! Cut the prata bomb open and prepare for a jaw-dropping moment as the thick and creamy salted egg yolk sauce oozes out. Enjoy the perfect harmony between the sweet and savoury flavours.

Asian: Punjab Grill

Punjab Grill offers contemporary Indian food. You’ll know that you’re in for a luxurious experience once you walk into the restaurant which is abundantly decorated with glass and high-polish metal.

Singapore Restaurant Festival 2018 Punjab Grill: Dum Ki Biryani

Singapore Restaurant Festival 2018 Punjab Grill: Jumbo Prawns

The Dum Ki Biryani (Lamb) features succulent lamb pieces cooked in yoghurt spiced gravy and is served with a side of aromatic basmati rice. In the mood for seafood? The Jumbo Prawns are perfect for you then. The prawns are marinated with yoghurt, lime, and grilled in a tandoor!

What are you waiting for? Start eating to stand a chance to win $ 500 worth of dining vouchers! Remember, the Singapore Restaurant Festival 2018 runs from now till 30 September 2018, and the theme changes every month. Visit https://www.singaporerestaurantfestival.com/ for more details!

This post was brought to you by the Restaurant Association of Singapore.

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Download iOS 12 Beta 5 IPSW Links & Install On iPhone X, 8, 7, Plus, 6s, 6, SE, 5s, iPad, iPod [Tutorial]

By | July 30th, 2018

You can now download iOS 12 beta 5 IPSW links and install on iPhone X, 8, 7, Plus, 6s, 6, SE, 5s, iPad mini 2 and over, and iPod touch 6th-generation. It’s currently available to those users who are registered on Apple Developer Program. Announced at WWDC 2018, iOS 12 is Apple’s latest major update for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices, brining in a number of new features to one of the world’s most popular mobile platform. Final version of iOS 12 is set for release for all consumers this coming fall.

For a full list of features on what’s new in iOS 12, you can check out our separate detailed post on it here: iOS 12 Features, Release Date And More Announced, Here’s Everything You Need To Know.

The following guide will help you download and install iOS 12 beta on your compatible iPhone, iPad or iPod touch device the right way. To find out whether your device is compatible with iOS 12 or not, you can check out the details in our iOS 12 beta compatibility list post here. Before going ahead with installing iOS 12 beta on your device, it is important to note that this is an early beta of iOS 12 which is prone to bugs and issues and hence isn’t really advisable to install on primary devices. We recommend installing iOS 12 beta on test devices only.

It’s also highly recommended that you make a complete full backup of your device, either using iTunes or to iCloud, before installing iOS 12 beta on it.

How to download and install iOS 12 beta 5:

Step 1: Before you can go ahead and download iOS 12 beta, you need to first enroll yourself into Apple Developer Program at https://developer.apple.com/programs/. If you are already registered on it, simply skip to Step 2.

Step 2: Login to Account section of Apple Developer Program using your Apple ID: https://developer.apple.com/account/.

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Step 3: Now you will need to register your UDID with Apple for the iOS device you want to install the beta on. To find the UDID of your device, simply plug your device into iTunes, select it, and then click on the serial number for it to show the UDID, like shown in the screenshot below. Now copy this number using ctrl+c on Windows, or command+c on Mac.

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Step 4: From the main Account section of the page, Click on Certificates, Identifiers & Profiles.

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From the Devices section found in the left panel, click on All.

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Now from right hand panel, click on “+”, and then add the UDID of your iOS device.

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Step 5: Once the UDID has been added, head to the Develop > Downloads section. You can find this page directly at https://developer.apple.com/download/.

Now from here, select your device from drop down to begin downloading the required iTunes-restorable iOS 12 beta firmware file.

Alternatively, you can also choose to install iOS 12 beta using OTA update method. For that, open the same download page as mentioned above directly on your iOS device, then click on ‘Download’ under iOS 12 beta and alongside Configuration Profile, and then allow it to install on your iOS device (this may require a restart). Once the profile is set, head to General > Settings > Software Update on your device and wait for iOS 12 beta OTA update to show up. Once it is available, tap on Download and Install to get onto the new firmware version.

Step 6: Coming back to the iTunes-restorable firmware download method, make sure that iTunes installed on your Windows PC or Mac is the latest version. Once you are sure it’s on the latest version, launch iTunes and also connect your iOS device to the computer.

Step 7: Now to install the beta, Mac users need to hold the Alt key, for Windows users this will be the Shift key, and then click on the Restore iPhone… button. iTunes will now prompt you to select the ipsw firmware file. Select iOS 12 beta file you downloaded earlier.

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Step 8: Now sit back and relax as iTunes installs iOS 12 beta on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. Be patient as this could take some time depending on the speed of your computer and the type of device you are installing it on. Once installed, your device will reboot automatically and you’ll be greeted with Hello screen of iOS 12. Happy testing!

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Grand Hyatt Singapore Has Teh Tarik And Acai Berry Truffle Mooncakes To Impress Colleagues

Grand Hyatt Singapore’s Mooncakes for Mid-Autumn Festival 2018 

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This Mid-Autumn festival, Grand Hyatt Singapore is pampering us with a refreshing selection of mooncake flavours like Acai Berry, Black Sesame and Teh Tarik that you will love to have at your upcoming Mid-Autumn gathering. Especially if you’re looking to one-up your friends in the ‘unique flavours’ department. 

Their Snowskin Mooncakes comes in a set of 8 and there are 9 flavours which you can choose from. As fans of the light and fruity drinks, we’re especially eyeing the Champagne Truffle and Lychee Martini Truffle flavours.

We tried the interesting flavours to see if they taste just as good as they sound.

Acai Berry Truffle Snowskin Mooncake

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Left to right, clockwise: Champagne Truffle, Acai Berry Truffle

If you’re health conscious or scared of looking like a Michelin brand ambassador from binge-eating mooncakes, don’t worry. The filling in Grand Hyatt Singapore’s Acai Berry Truffle mooncake is a blend of not one, but two superfruits – Acai and Cassis berries.

So you get tons of vitamin C, antioxidants and fiber to help you do some damage control from all the fats and sugar intake. Nubbad.

A massive stamp of approval for the taste – you know they’re not kiam siap when the filling hits your taste buds with a generous burst of that rich acai flavour. A mild touch of Cassis liquor brought out an alcoholic sweetness which perfectly complemented the tart flavour of the acai.

I took my time to eat these babies – they were worth every slow-mo munch.

Black Sesame and Walnut Truffle Snowskin Mooncake

grand hyatt black sesameLeft to right, clockwise: Lychee Martini Truffle, Black Sesame and Walnut Truffle

Nothing says ‘atas’ more than the lightly sprinkled gold flakes on this Black Sesame and Walnut Truffle Snowskin mooncake. This mooncake checks all the boxes for some high-quality food porn action with its IG-worthy luxurious black and gold colour scheme – and yes – it tastes just as good as it looks. 

I’m a sucker for my ah ma’s black sesame tong shui, and this mooncake tasted like a solid version of it. If you’re also a fan of the traditional Chinese dessert, this mooncake is right up your alley. Every bite fills you with a chock-full of that deliciously sweet sesame paste. Yum. 

Teh Tarik and Chocolate Truffle Snowskin Mooncake

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Left to right, clockwise: Teh Tarik and Chocolate Truffle, Lychee Martini, Basil Green Apple and Trigona Honey Truffle

To Teh or not to Teh, that is the question. This caffeinated number is inspired by the iconic kopitiam staple drink that all of us have ordered at some point of our lives. Instead of saying ‘kopi bing uncle!’ we say ‘teh tarik gao gao!’ just to see some of that tea pulling action. 

This mooncake brings out the aroma of our fave kopitiam drink so prominently that we almost thought we were drinking Teh Tarik straight from the cup. The chocolate truffle gave us that extra oomph factor – kind of like mixing Teh Tarik with sumptuous hot chocolate. Double yum.

Bonus: Peanut Butter and Sea Salt Truffle Snowskin Mooncake

grand hyatt peanut butterLeft to right, clockwise: Basil Green Apple and Trigona Honey Truffle, Peanut Butter and Sea Salt Truffle and Lychee Martini Truffle

Our favorite spread for every season – if we had seasons. Grand Hyatt Singapore’s Peanut Butter and Sea Salt Truffle Snowskin Mooncake is just as rich and creamy as your mother’s expensive 24K gold powder clay mask –  we don’t recommend doing a taste comparison though. 

But seriously, you have your basic version of peanut butter sandwich, and then you have this Gordon Ramsey version of peanut butter sandwich. I’ll have the latter please. 

Other flavours include the Champagne Truffle and Lychee Martini – inspired by the offerings in the hotel’s famed martini bar – and another new flavour, Basil, Green Apple and Trigona Honey Truffle. Take your pick. 

Celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival 2018 with Grand Hyatt Singapore’s Mooncakes

Mark your calendars, Mid-Autumn Festival is on 24 September this year. If you don’t want to be stuck in the last-minute rat race to get a box of mooncakes for your gatherings, you can pre-order a set online instead – no hassle, no frills.

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Grand Hyatt Hotel Singapore’s snowskin mooncakes takes all the cakes for having an impressive variety of unique flavours we’ve never seen or tried before. We felt like we were indulging in a mooncake buffet with all the different experimental flavours – each mooncake stood out in their own way.

The packaging is also a feast for the eyes with its colourful hues. For those of us who are into collecting beautiful mooncake boxes for the aesthetics or to store random accessories, mementos and love letters, this box is definitely sturdy and pretty enough to put up for display. Heck, keep the paper bag too – you can use it as a gift bag for your friend’s birthday present. 

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The best news: Grand Hyatt Singapore is offering a 25% off for online pre-orders before 15 August. That’s $ 58.50 (U.P.$ 78) per set! 

Get it from: 
16 Jul – 15 Aug: 25% off for online pre-orders
16 Aug – 4 Sept: 15% off online purchases, 20% off early bird promo for in-store purchases* 
5 – 24 Sept: 10% off online purchases, 15% off in-store purchases*
(Damai and Club at the Hyatt members enjoy 25% off early bird promo and 20% off regular discount)

*Note: Credit cards from the following banks are eligible for in-store promotions – DBS, Standard Chartered, OCBC, UOB, Citibank

Collection for online orders will be from 16 Aug to 24 Sept

For orders and inquiries: 
Telephone: 6887 5492 (11AM-10.30PM)
Email: singapore.grand@hyatt.com

Get your mooncakes from Grand Hyatt Singapore here!


This post was brought to you by Grand Hyatt Singapore. 

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How To Unlock Any Locked iPhone On iOS 11.4.1 Using This R-SIM And ICCID Changing Trick

By | July 29th, 2018

A new discovery has been made in Apple’s iOS platform which allows any device to be factory unlocked to any network by using an R-SIM and directly modifying the ICCID. The device will then continue to work, without the R-SIM, using any network’s SIM card.

iPhone and iPad owners are used to hearing about iOS vulnerabilities but are also used to them being discovered by security researchers and used for the purposes of trying to find a route into the device for jailbreak purposes.

It’s rare – at least in the modern world of iOS – to have something like this discovered that is uniquely related to unlocking the device and ensuring that a factory locked iPhone can be used on any network without having to request Apple or the locked carrier to interject. However, with the right tool, and with the right process, it can be done and that’s exactly what we appear to have here. Best of all, it doesn’t require jailbreak to work.

The process appears to be as follows. There’s a chance that Apple might patch this in future but as of right now, it’s working as intended:

Note: You will of course need R-SIM for this to work. You can get it from here.

  1. Insert a unsupported SIM with the R-SIM into a locked iPhone
  2. Launch Phone app and type *5005*7672*99# and then tap edit ICCID
  3. Type 8901-4104-2778-0604-3133
  4. Restart the device and follow the setup
  5. Once back at Home screen, remove the R-SIM and just use the previously unsupported SIM card

And voila! There you have it. By changing the ICCID, it leverages a vulnerability that unlocks the device for use with any SIM card. It is being pointed out that this isn’t entirely permanent and will be put back to being a factory locked device if a hard reboot or reset is performed on the device.

However, you can go through the process of an over-the-air (OTA) firmware update without the unlock being taken aware. However, if you do a full restore through iTunes, then the unlock is removed and the hard work is undone, so to speak.

If you have a device that needs unlocking, then this is definitely worth giving a try.

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Chill Gen by Xin Wang 潮eat代, Cineleisure: It’s Gettin’ Hot Pot In Here!

Chill Gen by Xin Wang (or in Chinese, 潮eat代, pronounced Chao Eat Dai) at Cineleisure brings you the highlights from the original Xin Wang Hong Kong Café menu, and adds a new hearty hot pot buffet offering. Chill Gen provides a budget friendly option ($ 18.80++, $ 24.80++ on Fri, Sat and Public Holidays after 5pm) for anyone looking to have a gathering with family and friends, especially on a cold rainy day (hey, it can get cold in Singapore too, ok?).

As an ala carte buffet, the ordering process is simple enough. Their signature base is the papaya soup, made with chicken stock and, of course, papaya. I order additional papayas as I prefer a sweeter and stronger papaya flavour. The spice hunter that I am also appreciates the savoury homemade fragrant spicy soup.

On top of the free flow of meat, seafood, vegetables, starches and add-ons, each person gets a serving of the premium items (scallop, ebiko fish paste, and Iberico pork belly). I especially recommend getting extra servings of the Iberico pork belly ($ 9.80++), as it is amazingly tender owing to the right combination of meat and streaky fat.

In the short interval between ordering and the arrival of the food, you can hop on over to the sauce station to customise your own dipping sauces. It may not appear to have as wide a variety as other notable hot pots, but all the essentials are there, and then some. The sesame sauce goes well with the meats, as the slight sweetness of it balances the savouriness of the soup bases. The fried garlic powder is something I haven’t seen elsewhere, and adds a rich flavour and nice crunch to the sauce.

The ingredients are fresh, and notable items include the succulent asari clams, the dried beancurd roll which you can either soak in the soup or dunk and eat it still crunchy, the sweet smoked duck slices, and the Teochew porkballs which remain pinkish and maintain a good bite even after soaking in the boiling soup.

Do not forget the pork ball with minced meat. It sounds like pork overkill, but the outer layer allows the mincemeat middle to retain the umami juice (be warned though: let it cool down first, else you might burn your tongue). Oh yes, for someone who usually abhors cephalopods, I am pleasantly surprised that the baby squids agree with me owing to just the right amount of bite.

With good food, great value, prompt service and no need to queue for a table, there really isn’t much to fault the dining experience. Yes, one of the service staff is a little green and could use a tad more training, but looking beyond that, this is a great place for NS boys, students, and young working adults.


Chill Gen by Xin Wang 潮eat代
Cathay Cineleisure #02-11, 8 Grange Road, Singapore 239695
tel: +65 6235 6480
Sun-Th 11am–11pm, F, Sat & Eve of PH 11am – 2am
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Food: 6.25/10
Value: 7/10
Ambience/Décor: 6.25/10
Service: 6/10


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How To Keep Deleted WhatsApp Messages On iOS [No Jailbreak Required]

By | July 29th, 2018

Some people love the fact that Facebook-owned WhatsApp now has the ability to delete messages and sent media. Others, however, think it’s a terrible idea and still want to see everything that has been sent without fear of missing out.

Well, we have some good news and are here to let you know that if you fall into the latter bracket of individuals then it’s entirely possible to prevent content from being deleted on the iOS platform. Now that we have your interest piqued, let’s dive right in and take a look at the process.

Step 1: You are going to need a few things to get started. First of all, you will need to download the Watusi-for-WhatsApp IPA file. This is essentially like a “WhatsApp++” type apps which modifies the WhatsApp experience. There are two versions of this available depending on whether you want to overwrite the original WhatsApp or if you want to have this installed as a duplicate. Head over to the apps GitHub page here to download the latest version of your choice and the follow the instructions here on how to install it.

Step 2: Now that you have the chosen IPA of your choice, you are going to need to download the Cydia Impactor tool in order to sideload the IPA to your connected iOS device. If you don’t have it, you can grab it from here.

Step 3: Connect your iPhone to your PC or Mac and run Cydia Impactor. When the device is connected, drag the Watusi-for-WhatsApp IPA onto the Cydia Impactor interface.

Step 4: When prompted, enter your Apple ID and password. Remember, if this is Apple ID is not associated with a paid Apple Developer account, then you will have to re-sign the app every 7-days.

Step 5: Wait for the Watusi-for-WhatsApp app to be installed to your device and then head to Settings > General > Profile(s) & Device Management and select the profile associated with this installation. Select Trust and then Trust again.

Step 6: Now, open Watusi-for-WhatsApp and set the app up just like you would with WhatsApp. Select Settings > Watusi Preferences > Chat Add-ons and then make sure that Keep Contacts Revoked Messages is toggled to the ON position.

And voila! There you have it. Now, when a contact deletes messages or sent media, including photos and videos, they will still be visible on your Watusi-for-WhatsApp installation.

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Pastaria Abate, Tanjong Pagar: Handmade Goodness is a Daily Affair

Pastaria Abate, the sister restaurant of The Reading Room, started business at Craig Road last September. It may seem like a bold move when Pasta Brava, an established and popular Italian restaurant, is just several doors down the road. However, we do not have to worry too much on their account because this Italian restaurant is offering us what we love – good and affordable Italian food.

Part of Pastaria Abate’s slogan, ‘Handmade Daily’ indicates their commitment to freshness and authenticity. Indeed, the words ‘handmade’ and ‘handformed’ appear frequently on their menu and also on the small wooden cutting boards that line up against the walls. These wooden boards are useful, suggesting dishes in pictorial form to those who may need visual clarity.

They also entice customers to upsize their pasta for an additional $ 2 or grab their ‘homemade tiramisu’ while it lasts as there are limited portions a day. You can customise your pasta dish by choosing a type of pasta – egg pasta, pasta or specialty pasta, and a type of sauce – ranging from red, cream or white. That allows a few hundred possible combinations, a staggering sum for the indecisive lot. The three of us spent a while studying the menu, wondering what to order to maximise the handmade goodness experience.

To keep overheads low, it is mostly self-service when it comes to ordering and collecting food. The service staff on duty that evening was helpful nonetheless. She gave some good recommendations and whatever we initially wanted to order flew out of the window.

Half a board of antipasto is $ 12.80 and a full board costs $ 20. If you want to go overboard, the rest of the appetisers cost less than $ 10 each. We opted for their popular Portobello fries ($ 8.80), which is a steal because the price tag is about the same as the packet of uncooked Portobello mushrooms I can find in a supermarket. The ‘secret batter’ gives a good crunch to the otherwise juicy and meaty funghi. They are tasty and it is impossible to stop at one.

After we took the first bite of the Italian grilled pork belly ($ 7.90), there was a unanimous ‘ooh-ahh’. It is nicely charred without being overburnt. The layer of fat keeps the slab succulent and retains the flavour of the meat. The pork belly is not on the regular menu but it is one of the seasonal specialties that we hope to be recurrent.

The other seasonal item is tagliatelle with mixed mushrooms and fresh summer truffles ($ 19.80). Summer truffle can be harvested from May to November and is known for being subtler in its flavour and aroma as a comparison to other truffle counterparts, making it a very good source of garnish for a wide variety of dishes without overriding other flavours. In this case, the summer truffles and mixed mushrooms get on famously in the union. It is delicious and a ‘must-order’ for anyone who likes the earthy taste found in mushrooms and truffles.

The spinach tagliatelle with calamari frito ($ 16.80) has a tantalising lemon butter sauce which complements the spinach flavour of the tagliatelle perfectly. Unfortunately for both pasta dishes, the tagliatelle ribbons tend to stick together. I’m not sure if it is because the pasta is not well-tossed with the sauce before serving or if the noodles are not stirred continuously during the boiling process.

The desserts, unfortunately, are not as good as the pastas. The tiramisu ($ 6.80) could be richer. I could taste a slight hint of rum and espresso but the primary taste comes from the cocoa powder on the top layer. The panna cotta ($ 6.80) appears to be firm and dense but it melts in the mouth easily enough. However, it is much too sweet, and the small dollop of berry compote does not enhance the panna cotta much and instead adds to the sweetness. The compote can be tarter.

We were already talking about what we want to order in the next visit before we were done with our meal. We are keen to try steak Florentine ($ 15.80) and needless to say more pastas,  in the red sauce category like the Italian meatballs ($ 12.80). The food takes a while to be prepared so it is best not to go there ravenous. On the whole, it is a comfortable and pleasant dining experience, nothing short of what an authentic Italian family restaurant is all about. We paid $ 74 for three persons, including sparking water (water is not complimentary here). No GST, no service charge.


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Pastaria Abate
43 Craig Road, Singapore 089681
10am – 10pm daily
tel: +65 6909 0672
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Food: 7/10
Price/value: 7.5/10
Service: NA (self-service)
Décor/ambience: 6/10


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Written by Cheang Shwu Peng. She used to be able to eat for three but we know that age catches up on everyone, she is now only able to eat for two. She also does not have the habit of sharing food unless it is necessary.

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President Trump Once Again Claims Apple Is Building Plants In The U.S., Only It’s Not

By | July 28th, 2018

Love him or loathe him, current United States President, Donald Trump, is always good for a headline or two, and he’s been at it again. This time he’s been talking about Apple and its plans to build “new plants” in the United States. The problem is, that’s not strictly accurate.

The mention of Apple came during a speech during which he was talking about the country’s economic growth, as reported by Business Insider. While speaking he mentioned that Apple is building “new plants” in the United States, something that Apple has never said to be on the table.

He did get something right when he said that Apple would be opening a “magnificent campus” in the States, something Apple has mentioned in the past. Expected next year, Apple announced during 2017 that it would “establish a campus initially housing technical support for customers.”

However, new plants? Not so much.

“Apple alone is bringing in $ 230 billion and they’re building new plants, they’re building a magnificent campus, they’re gonna be spending their money very wisely, but they’re spending it in our country, not in some other country,” Trump said in a speech on the White House South Lawn.

“That was made possible by the new tax cut and reform plan,” he continued.

Trump has claimed that Apple will open new plants in the United States before, something that Tim Cook, Apple CEO, has been careful to not talk about, with Apple instead saying that it is committed to job creation and growth within the country. Whether Trump does not realize he’s talking about something that isn’t happening or is simply lying is anyone’s guess, but if he really does think Apple is building plants in the US then he’s going to be disappointed.

(Source: Business Insider)

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No Name Ban Mian Stall (Teban Gardens)- What’s Their Special Weapon?

One day, I was asking my mom if she had any food recommendations, to which she excitedly exclaimed: “Yes! Got a ban mian stall above Sheng Siong at Teban Gardens that is nice! It’s run by a Chinese couple.” I was skeptical — ban mian is ban mian, how good can it get?

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Located in Yong Sheng Coffee Shop above Sheng Siong, this ban mian stall had the simple name of Ban Mian. Fish Soup. We tried both soup and dry versions of the ban mian ($ 3).

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The auntie told me that they use handmade ban mian, which explains the chewy, QQ texture of the noodles. The ban mian was firm, with a good bite, while the broth bore the sweetness of minced pork chunks, cabbage and fried ikan bilis. You can request for the egg to be cracked directly into the ban mian, letting the heat of the hot broth cook it. You may find the ban mian average tasting at first. But as you eat it, you’ll gradually realise that this simple bowl of hot noodles is actually quite addictive and comforting. After trying so many mediocre ban mian in food courts and hawker centres, this is admittedly one of the better ones around.

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teban gardens ban mian dry closeup

If you want something more special, the dry ban mian is the one to order. The first thing you will notice is how the seasoning taste starkly different from that of most ban mian stalls. The distinctive sour tang of the vinegar made the ban mian more appetising, but the real special weapon was the chilli. The auntie revealed that high-quality Tungsan chilli is used in the seasoning of the dry ban mian. The seasoning sure packed a fragrant spicy punch. The Tungsan chilli coated the minced pork chunks nicely, making them taste different from the ones in the ban mian soup. The minced pork were sizeable and chunky, so I asked the auntie how she made it so tender and delicious. She wryly smiled and shared that the minced pork is marinated with a special sauce. Pork lard is not used in the seasoning which is concocted with just vinegar, dark soya sauce and Tungsan chilli. It was pretty amazing that the ban mian was perfectly moist.

Good ban mian should be readily available in every part of Singapore so that those seeking comfort food can easily get their hands on some. I am sure that there are many other good ban mian places in Singapore, and this unassuming stall at Teban Gardens has just been added to my list.

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Address: Blk 61 Teban Gardens Road, Yong Sheng Coffee Shop (above Sheng Siong), Singapore 600061

Opening Hours: 8am to 9pm daily.

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

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After countless hawker food adventures, Yun Xin still finds the familiarity and comfort of home cooked food the best.

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