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Dodocool Deals: 7-In-1 Premium USB-C Hub For $24, Wall Mount Adapter For $13, Surge Protector With USB Ports For $15

By | October 15th, 2018

We have yet another wonderful opportunity for you to save some of your hard-earned money whilst purchasing some extremely worthwhile power-based products.

Our continuing relationship with Dodocool has once more exposed some wonderful deals that will allow you to welcome some needed hardware into your life whilst also saving money. Granted, power delivery hardware and accessories aren’t necessarily going to go down in the sands of time as the most exciting and rewarding products out there but they definitely are worthwhile and needed in the grand scheme of things. Check out the deals below and make sure you act quickly before they are gone.

Dodocool Multiport Adapter with USB Type-C Power Delivery Charging Port

This is definitely an extremely premium-looking piece of equipment. It not only looks wonderful from the outside but also offers great functionality all bundled into a product which has been designed for the 13 or 15-inch MacBook Pro. There are no additional drivers or software required to make this work. Just plug it in, sit back, and make use of the multiple port types to ensure that you get the very best performance for your money.

Buy: Dodocool Multiport Adapter with USB Type-C Power Delivery Charging Port from Amazon: $ 24.99 with code APJ6CKMY | Original price: $ 49.99

Dodocool Wall Mount Adapter USB Charging Station

Plug this compact product into your power outlet and you are immediately going to get four additional AC outlets and four USB-A ports. So, if you have the right combination of equipment, you can give power to 8 devices at any given time. It is also space-saving and comes with a design that allows the plug element to fold away to make it easy to transport and use without taking up a load of space or making it too bulky.

Buy: Dodocool Wall Mount Adapter USB Charging Station from Amazon: $ 13.29 with code LGGSH97M | Original price: $ 18.99

Dodocool Surge Protector Long Cord Multiple Outlet Adapter USB Charging Station with 4 Outlets

Yet another power-related and money-saving product from Dodocool. This power strip is going to ensure that you have four socket outputs and four USB-A ports from your single input. You’re going to get a premium built power-delivery-based product with built-in protections and enough technology to ensure that your connected gadgets are safe and secure with minimal risk of damage. It’s difficult to make products of this nature “beautiful” to look at but this is isn’t going to make your eyes hurt.

Buy: Dodocool Surge Protector Long Cord Multiple Outlet Adapter from Amazon: $ 15.99 with code PJS3LLOJ | Original price: $ 19.99

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Kamoshita, Neil Road: Oden Izakaya, Better Than Japan’s Restaurants

There are not many oden restaurants in Singapore–the only other one I can think of is the now-defunct Ginza Yoshihiro at Marina Mandarin–so the bar is low if you want to open an oden restaurant. But subpar standard is not the Japanese way; and Kamoshita at Neil Road sets the bar so high it is better than many izakayas in Japan, and certainly better than the Bib Gourmand ones we had in Hokkaido.

Kamoshita is opened by chef-owners Koki Miyoshi and Naoki Kaiyama; the former worked at Mikoto at Robertson Quay prior to opening Kamoshita. They serve omakase at $ 60 / $ 80 / $ 100. Because they are an izakaya, it is expensive to order non-alcoholic drinks: we had green tea for $ 5 a cup (but we also ordered sake, $ 31 a carafe).

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What is unique about the 20 types of oden here is that they don’t add soy or miso in the broth; they use a dashi stock of kombu, bonito, and mackerel, without any soy sauce or MSG. Traditionally, hot oden is taken with warm sake, but here, they have both hot and cold oden, usually served with mustard, which is popular with young Japanese.

The Pacific Saury sashimi ($ 18) is superb. It’s the type of fish that may be a little “fishy” but here, that “fishiness” is kept to a minimum, even desirable to give it an edge. It comes with grated ginger and sweet shredded onion. Very nice.

Curiosity kills the cat (get it? the cat paper in the photo?). Wanted to see what is so special about the deep-fried gingko for $ 12. It isn’t special. Skip this.

They make their own cheese and the assorted 4 types ($ 20) are so marvellous that Mr Fitness proclaimed it’s the best ever. The cream cheese soaked in miso has boosted its umami. Smoked radish stuffed with cream cheese is just ok. The other two come on a sweet cracker like 旺旺: one is soy sauce boiled konbu mixed with cream cheese and the other, crab butter, which is my favourite. You can truly taste the crab through the cheese. I also like that they use a sweet cracker because it plays off the saltiness of the cheese, but I know some people don’t like sweet food.  You can tell them that you want a mix of cold and hot oden for the omakase oden ($ 25). I won’t go into details for every item but they are amazing; they are one of the best oden I have eaten. Although they are soaked in one big (copper?) pot, they are fished out and cooked individually so that each broth for each item tastes differently.

For example, each broth has something different added to it. The radish has a mustard (or wasabi, they taste alike), so the broth is exciting. I think the onsen egg has a hint of green tea? (I may be wrong) which is rather interesting and delicious. The fish cake is AMAZING, out of the world; it’s so smooth that it’s more cake than fish. The chicken dumpling (pictured below), which is like 狮子头,  has a fantastic texture; there is cartilage (I think) so it’s crunchy.

The grilled radish with sea urchin (above right, $ 15) comes a la carte. It’s nice; there are layers of flavours. First you taste the radish which mellows into a funky seafood uni sweetness. But since other “ordinary” oden items are so unique and delicious, this uni radish although delicious does not seem worth it.

 The piece de resistance, claypot ($ 29), can feed 3 to 4 people. It is a speciality from Ehime Prefecture, and takes 40-45 minutes to cook. (So make sure you order it right from the start.) It is steamed with sea bream. Although it looks pale and unappetising, it is bursting with flavours. So sweet and complex. It also comes with a sauce which tastes like the Chinese fermented black beans. It’s nice with the sauce, but the sauce may overpower it; on its own, it is already fantastic. MUST ORDER this.

It seems like the items are value-for-money, but they really add up and the bill came up to $ 160 for two persons. Still, you can really tell the effort that goes into the creation of the food. It’s the type of food that you know the chefs have substance and can do traditional Japanese cuisine but they choose to innovate and create new things; they choose not to be contented with the old; they choose to seek a newer world; they are strong in will to strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield. That’s why Kamoshita is a cut above many restaurants.


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Kamoshita
5 Neil Road Singapore 088806
tel: +65 6221 3950
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Price: 5/10
Ambience/ Decor: 6/10
Service: 6.5/10
Food: 8.5/10


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Sushi Hashida, Mandarin Gallery: Probably One of the Best Sushi Restaurants in Singapore
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Shiraishi, Ritz Carlton: Strangely, Tempura is Better Than Edomae Sushi
Yuzu Japanese Restaurant, Holland Village: Great Food and Four Cases of Carelessness


Written by Dr. A. Nathanael Ho.

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Cops In US Instructed Not To Look At iPhones To Avoid Wasting Face ID Attempts

By | October 14th, 2018

We heard earlier this month that the first known case of United States law enforcement gaining access to an iPhone via Face ID had taken place, and now we are also hearing that police around the country are being told to be careful when handling a suspect’s iPhone so as to avoid triggering the device’s security features and thus disabling Face ID altogether.

In its current form, Face ID will disable itself after five unsuccessful unlock attempts, reverting to requiring passphrase entry in order to unlock. Law enforcement doesn’t want this to happen, because while it is able to compel people to unlock a device via Face ID, it does not have the same powers when it comes to forcing people to enter a passphrase.

According to a report by Motherboard, a forensics company called Elcomsoft is teaching police officials how to avoid triggering Face ID, warning them “don’t look at the screen, or else the same thing will occur as happened [at] Apple’s event.”

That’s in reference to when Apple’s Craig Federighi encountered a troublesome iPhone X during its announcement event. Because that handset had been handled by multiple people before the event took place, it had disabled Face ID. Of course, Federighi didn’t know that so when he tried to demo the new headline feature, it failed because the iPhone X rightly demanded a passphrase. Police want to avoid the same outcome.

Elcomsoft’s CEO, Vladmir Katalov, explained to Motherboard.

“This is quite simple. Passcode is required after five unsuccessful attempts to match a face,” Vladimir Katalov, CEO of Elcomsoft, told Motherboard in an online chat, pointing to Apple’s own documentation on Face ID. “So by looking into suspect’s phone, [the] investigator immediately lose one of [the] attempts.”

If you do find yourself in a situation where you need to easily disable Face ID, whether for reasons relating to law enforcement or not, you can press and hold the side button and either volume button until the power-off screen appears. This disables Face ID until a passphrase has been entered.

(Source: Motherboard)

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Singapore’s Top Ten Zi Char Dishes: The Ultimate Zi Char Trail

Moonlight Hor Fun $  8
Moonlight Hor Fun $ 8

Previously I took you on a Food Trail for ten iconic hawker dishes, this time we are going to visit 10 zi char stalls for 10 signature dishes!  These are some of the most memorable dishes that I have eaten over the last 12 years while writing this blog.  This post is ideal for those of you looking for a one day whirlwind tour of the Singapore zi char scene!  Just make sure you are hungry!

Our first stop is at Alexandra Village where we visit Chef Wayne for his Moonlight Hor Fun is 月光河.  If there is ever a dish to order to gauge the chef’s wok skill, it’s got to be hor fun.  This very simple dish of rice noodles fried with lard, dark sauce and topped with an egg is simply irresistible when the chef has managed to capture the breath of the wok! (wok hei). While there, you can also check out Poh Cheu for their ang gu kueh and Lina’s confectionery for the steam kueh lapis.

Keng Eng Kee
Blk 124 Bukit Merah Lane 1 #01-136, Singapore 150124

Zai Shun is the best place in Singapore for steamed fish.  Not only is the fish fresh, the prices are also very reasonable, they also have fish like Empurau and humpback grouper which is not so easily found elsewhere!  Make sure you order the salted egg bittergourd omelette while you are there!

Zai Shun Curry Fish Head
Blk 253, Jurong East St 24, #01-205, Singapore 600253

Yong Tau Foo
Yong Tau Foo

Kok Sen is one of those venerable zi chars that which has served 3 generations of Singapore.  They have a couple of signature dishes, but if I were to just order one, it would have to be their yong tau foo.  They make their own stuffing from squid and prawns and the items are braised in a wonderfully mooreish sauce that is so good that you would break your low carb diet and order a bowl of rice!  After the meal, hop over to Tong Ah for a cup of kopi and a slice of their crispy kaya toast!  If you still have the stomach you can head further down the same street for some excellent sio bak and char siu at Foong Kee!

Kok Sen
30-32 Keong Saik Road


Wong Po Lou Meen: Prawn Omelette noodles $ 20

A French cook might be whacked over the knuckles if the surface of the omelette turns brown but the Chinese won’t have any of that.  The best way to cook an omelette is with lots of lard and high heat so that the eggs become really puffy and develops that nice crust on the outside.  Then all you need is a bit of fish sauce and suddenly you realize how tasty eggs can be! It’s even better when its served atop a mound of eggy noodles! This old school dish is not easily found anywhere else and is well worth the trip.  Their har cheong gai is also very good.  While you are at the stall, order a cup of Teh Tarik from Syed Mohd drinks stall right opposite them.  There are also lots of other good stuff at Amoy St Food Centre which will easily derail you from the Ultimate Zi Char trail.  Resist temptation and focus on the trail!

Quan Ji
Amoy Street Food Centre, 7 Maxwell Rd, , Singapore 069111

Fish Head Curry (Ang Sai) $  40
Fish Head Curry (Ang Sai) $ 40

Fish Head curry was invented by an Indian man who wanted to attract a Chinese crowd to his curry stall.   I am not kidding!  It’s true!  I did some research into the origins of Fish Head Curry some years back when we had a little tiff with our neighbours up north on who really invented curry fish head.  Anyway,  there are many places where you can enjoy curry fish head but the one that stands out from the rest is Ocean Curry Fish Head.  The gravy is very nicely balanced and you can get really good quality wild caught fish there if you request for it.  While you are there Kim Keat Hokkien Mee does a very nice claypot Hokkien Mee with roasted pork that you can also try.

Ocean Curry Fish Head
Blk 92, Toa Payoh Lor 4 #01-264, Singapore 310092

When I first wrote about You Huak Seafood white bee hoon in 2011, they were just about the only ones which was famous for the dish. Since then, seafood white beehoon stalls have opened up all across Singapore. Still I think You Huak still does the best version of the dish. While you are there, if it is durian season, you can visit Durian Seng, and if you are really in luck, he might just be giving out free durians if it happens to be his birthday that day!

You Huak Seafood White Noodles
22 Jalan Tampang (Opp Sembawang Shopping Centre) Singapore 758966,

Steamboat $  50

It’s a shame that Fish Head Steamboat isn’t usually mentioned in the same sentence as Chicken Rice or Chilli Crabs. Most of the time it is relegated to the B list of foods to try in Singapore. But this dish is well loved by the locals and the one which I find myself going back to the most is Whampoa Keng. The soup is very tasty and I also like the san lor hor fun which has got that wok hei.

Whampoa Keng Fish Head Steamboat
116/118 Rangoon Road Singapore 218394

Tofu Prawns
Tofu Prawn (large) $ 25

I have been enjoying Desmond’s wok skills ever since he was still cooking at his father’s restaurant,  Sik Wai Sin, which has been around for almost 5 decades.  Desmond and his brother have gone on to open their own eateries.  Desmond, just down the road at Sik Bao Sin, while his brother opened Eat First,  in Siglap.  My must order dish there is the tofu prawns which is one of those dishes that is really bad when you are on a low carb diet because the sauce is really begging for a big bowl of rice!

Sik Bao Sin
592 Geylang Road (Between Lor 34 and 36).


Lobster Hokkien Mee $ 38.80

Also in Geylang is Eastern House of Seafood which had recently re-located from Chai Chee. With the relocation, they have introduced the lobster Hokkien Mee which is like our usual hawker version, only better as it comes adorned with the crimson shell of a live (cooked by then) Boston Lobster!  Their smoked chicken is also very unique and worth a try!

Eastern House of Seafood
46 Geylang, Lor 23 Geylang, Singapore 388375

Just down the road is a Zi Char that is opened till the wee hours of the morning, so this is the perfect place for the last stop of our food trail.  It is the haunt for many chefs who come here for supper after closing their own restaurants!  The white pepper crabs here are really tasty and so is their san lor bee hoon!  This is the red light district, so try not to wonder down the even numbered Lorongs (small street) on the left side of the main road!

JB Ah Meng
534 Geylang Road, 389490

Here are all the places on the map! Enjoy your food trail and please remember to share this with your friends!

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Galaxy Note 9 Smokes iPhone XS Max In Real-World Battery Test [Video]

By | October 13th, 2018

While the Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL may have cause to disagree, we’d suggest that the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max are still the biggest stories in town, if only because they’re the phones that everything will be compared with over the next 11 months. That’s very much the case here, although in this situation, it’s to put the iPhone XS Max firmly under the microscope.

Youtuber PhoneBuff took an iPhone XS Max and pitted it against a Samsung Galaxy Note 9 in order to see which would win when being subjected to a battery torture test.

This being PhoneBuff, the test was aimed at trying to accurately represent how both devices would be used in the real world, which means the test comprised various things such as an hour-long phone call, an hour of email browsing and all other kinds of wonderful things that we all do with our phones during the average day. Just to make things as accurate as possible, a robotic arm was used to make sure that the test was fair. During the test, display brightness and audio volume were both set identically across both devices, and we’d suggest checking the full video out to see how things went down.

The TL;DR of it all? Well, the iPhone XS Max didn’t do great and the Galaxy Note 9 was the clear winner by some considerable margin. This is perhaps to be expected to some extent given the difference in battery capacity, however, with the iPhone’s battery sitting at 3174mAh and the Galaxy Note 9 boasting a 4000mAh capacity. The test also doesn’t cater for intermittent idle time, which is likely to take up most of a smartphone’s daily routine.

Still, the way the iPhone’s battery just seemed to disappear makes for an interesting watch regardless.

(Source: Phonebuff [YouTube])

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Singapore’s Top Ten Zi Char Dishes: The Ultimate Zi Char Trail

Moonlight Hor Fun $  8
Moonlight Hor Fun $ 8

Previously I took you on a Food Trail for ten iconic hawker dishes, this time we are going to visit 10 zi char stalls for 10 signature dishes!  These are some of the most memorable dishes that I have eaten over the last 12 years while writing this blog.  This post is ideal for those of you looking for a one day whirlwind tour of the Singapore zi char scene!  Just make sure you are hungry!

Our first stop is at Alexandra Village where we visit Chef Wayne for his Moonlight Hor Fun is 月光河.  If there is ever a dish to order to gauge the chef’s wok skill, it’s got to be hor fun.  This very simple dish of rice noodles fried with lard, dark sauce and topped with an egg is simply irresistible when the chef has managed to capture the breath of the wok! (wok hei). While there, you can also check out Poh Cheu for their ang gu kueh and Lina’s confectionery for the steam kueh lapis.

Keng Eng Kee
Blk 124 Bukit Merah Lane 1 #01-136, Singapore 150124

Zai Shun is the best place in Singapore for steamed fish.  Not only is the fish fresh, the prices are also very reasonable, they also have fish like Empurau and humpback grouper which is not so easily found elsewhere!  Make sure you order the salted egg bittergourd omelette while you are there!

Zai Shun Curry Fish Head
Blk 253, Jurong East St 24, #01-205, Singapore 600253

Yong Tau Foo
Yong Tau Foo

Kok Sen is one of those venerable zi chars that which has served 3 generations of Singapore.  They have a couple of signature dishes, but if I were to just order one, it would have to be their yong tau foo.  They make their own stuffing from squid and prawns and the items are braised in a wonderfully mooreish sauce that is so good that you would break your low carb diet and order a bowl of rice!  After the meal, hop over to Tong Ah for a cup of kopi and a slice of their crispy kaya toast!  If you still have the stomach you can head further down the same street for some excellent sio bak and char siu at Foong Kee!

Kok Sen
30-32 Keong Saik Road


Wong Po Lou Meen: Prawn Omelette noodles $ 20

A French cook might be whacked over the knuckles if the surface of the omelette turns brown but the Chinese won’t have any of that.  The best way to cook an omelette is with lots of lard and high heat so that the eggs become really puffy and develops that nice crust on the outside.  Then all you need is a bit of fish sauce and suddenly you realize how tasty eggs can be! It’s even better when its served atop a mound of eggy noodles! This old school dish is not easily found anywhere else and is well worth the trip.  Their har cheong gai is also very good.  While you are at the stall, order a cup of Teh Tarik from Syed Mohd drinks stall right opposite them.  There are also lots of other good stuff at Amoy St Food Centre which will easily derail you from the Ultimate Zi Char trail.  Resist temptation and focus on the trail!

Quan Ji
Amoy Street Food Centre, 7 Maxwell Rd, , Singapore 069111

Fish Head Curry (Ang Sai) $  40
Fish Head Curry (Ang Sai) $ 40

Fish Head curry was invented by an Indian man who wanted to attract a Chinese crowd to his curry stall.   I am not kidding!  It’s true!  I did some research into the origins of Fish Head Curry some years back when we had a little tiff with our neighbours up north on who really invented curry fish head.  Anyway,  there are many places where you can enjoy curry fish head but the one that stands out from the rest is Ocean Curry Fish Head.  The gravy is very nicely balanced and you can get really good quality wild caught fish there if you request for it.  While you are there Kim Keat Hokkien Mee does a very nice claypot Hokkien Mee with roasted pork that you can also try.

Ocean Curry Fish Head
Blk 92, Toa Payoh Lor 4 #01-264, Singapore 310092

When I first wrote about You Huak Seafood white bee hoon in 2011, they were just about the only ones which was famous for the dish. Since then, seafood white beehoon stalls have opened up all across Singapore. Still I think You Huak still does the best version of the dish. While you are there, if it is durian season, you can visit Durian Seng, and if you are really in luck, he might just be giving out free durians if it happens to be his birthday that day!

You Huak Seafood White Noodles
22 Jalan Tampang (Opp Sembawang Shopping Centre) Singapore 758966,

Steamboat $  50

It’s a shame that Fish Head Steamboat isn’t usually mentioned in the same sentence as Chicken Rice or Chilli Crabs. Most of the time it is relegated to the B list of foods to try in Singapore. But this dish is well loved by the locals and the one which I find myself going back to the most is Whampoa Keng. The soup is very tasty and I also like the san lor hor fun which has got that wok hei.

Whampoa Keng Fish Head Steamboat
116/118 Rangoon Road Singapore 218394

Tofu Prawns
Tofu Prawn (large) $ 25

I have been enjoying Desmond’s wok skills ever since he was still cooking at his father’s restaurant,  Sik Wai Sin, which has been around for almost 5 decades.  Desmond and his brother have gone on to open their own eateries.  Desmond, just down the road at Sik Bao Sin, while his brother opened Eat First,  in Siglap.  My must order dish there is the tofu prawns which is one of those dishes that is really bad when you are on a low carb diet because the sauce is really begging for a big bowl of rice!

Sik Bao Sin
592 Geylang Road (Between Lor 34 and 36).


Lobster Hokkien Mee $ 38.80

Also in Geylang is Eastern House of Seafood which had recently re-located from Chai Chee. With the relocation, they have introduced the lobster Hokkien Mee which is like our usual hawker version, only better as it comes adorned with the crimson shell of a live (cooked by then) Boston Lobster!  Their smoked chicken is also very unique and worth a try!

Eastern House of Seafood
46 Geylang, Lor 23 Geylang, Singapore 388375

Just down the road is a Zi Char that is opened till the wee hours of the morning, so this is the perfect place for the last stop of our food trail.  It is the haunt for many chefs who come here for supper after closing their own restaurants!  The white pepper crabs here are really tasty and so is their san lor bee hoon!  This is the red light district, so try not to wonder down the even numbered Lorongs (small street) on the left side of the main road!

JB Ah Meng
534 Geylang Road, 389490

Here are all the places on the map! Enjoy your food trail and please remember to share this with your friends!

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Sygic CarPlay App For iOS 12 Finally Released

By | October 13th, 2018

After a beta process and following Apple’s addition of support for third-party navigation apps within CarPlay, Sygic has today updated its popular Car Navigation: GPS & Maps iOS app, adding CarPlay functionality.

This marks the latest stage in the evolution of an app that has been around for a long, long time and was one of the first GPS apps to make its way to the App Store back in the day.

The update is available as a download from the App Store and gives users the ability to connect to a compatible car and send Sygic’s maps to the built-in display. Drivers can then control the app via the in-car controls, whether on-screen or on a car’s steering wheel controls. This is a big addition to third-party navigation apps and many, like Google Maps and Waze, have already been updated to add CarPlay support.

Anyone who wants to try Sygic out can do exactly that by downloading the free app from the App Store. However, after an initial 7-day free trial users have to sign up for a bundle in order to gain a license.

Those licenses change depending on what is required and where they cover, so be sure to check your local App Store out for the full details. There are of course plenty of free options around, including the aforementioned Google Maps which has also been updated to add CarPlay support.

The inclusion of third-party apps in the world of CarPlay was one of the many features added as part of iOS 12 which launched last month.

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21h书店 (21h Bookstore), Zhuhai: Lovely, Quaint Bookshop, Cafe, and Air BnB, Not Interested in Making Money

Situated at Tangjia District 唐家区 in Zhuhai,21h书店 is a lovely and quaint bookshop and cafe and air bnb. We stumbled upon it serendipitously; we were having a meal nearby and wanted a postprandial coffee to sit and chat. But when we arrived, it wasn’t opened. We telephoned the owner, who lives nearby, and he came to open the bookshop. According to him, somedays they don’t open, somedays they open for 3 hours, and somedays they adhere to the time.

The bookshop is opened some friends who want a cultural space to hang out, and that’s why their purpose is not about making money. If you follow their official channel on Wechat (id: zh21hbookstore), they host regular activities (discussions, screenings, etc) regularly and you can join them at no cost. Because they are a cultural space, they are LGBTQ friendly. It’s really rare for LGBTQs to have a safe space in China. This is not to say that this bookshop is rebellious and revolutionary and seditious; the bookshop is none of these things. The bookshop is merely providing a neutral, judgement-free zone so that gentle voices can be heard without fear.

The name of the bookshop is derived from a famous educator in China, Fu Shi Nian, who said that we only have 21 hours everyday; the other 3 hours should be used for meditation and thinking. 

The space is not big; it is rather homely. On one side of the room, they have some Chinese books for sale and on the other side is their cafe which has some books that you can borrow. See, told you they aren’t interested in making money; they are only interested in breaking even for the rent.

On Da Zhong Dian Ping, an aggregate food review site, where we found 21h, the reviewers said that there are cakes and waffles, but when we were there, there were no confectionary. Or when there was, they were mooncakes made elsewhere. In fact, 21h functions much like a middleperson; buying food from elsewhere and selling them here. The owner is honest about it. Even the drip coffee, he admitted, was bought the day before from another mega bookshop.

Although the coffee is brought from somewhere else, it is terrible and expensive at ¥18. But the service and ambience make up for it.

It says “The Prettiest Pretty Boy.”

On the loft, they rent out the space for Air BnB. It’s a small space and the mattress is on the floor. The steps are rather steep so you probably couldn’t or shouldn’t carry your luggage up. But it is also cozy.

We like different cafes for different reasons. But for this bookshop cafe, I really, really love it. It reminds me of someone’s home. Although the food isn’t the best, the space gives a safe space for decent conversations. It’s a space that tries improve the human condition without much concern to material gains.


21h书店
唐家湾镇下边外街29号(近牛王庙)
tel: +86-13676040466
2pm-10pm

Food: No food that day
Decor/Ambience: 10/10
Price: 6/10
Service: 10/10


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Apple Music To Get Lyrics Powered By Genius As A Result Of New Partnership

By | October 12th, 2018

Apple and Genius have today announced that they have struck a new partnership that will bring inline Apple Music playback to the Genius apps, with Apple in return getting a new source of lyrics for its Apple Music database.

The addition of another source will allow Apple to up its lyric game, something that is always popular among Apple Music subscribers. Another source will, theoretically, mean improved lyric accuracy.

For its part, Genius says that the new partnership will have it provide Apple with lyrics for “thousands” of songs which seems like a drop in the ocean when you consider that Apple Music has around 50 million songs on tap.

For those wondering whether Apple Music will gain the trivia information that Genius already provides to Spotify, you’re unfortunately out of luck although we do always wonder how many people truly read those things.

Don’t expect to start seeing the Genius logo inside Apple Music any time soon though. Apple already uses multiple different providers of lyrics and none of those ever receive a namecheck. It’s expected that the same situation will play out with Genius, with Apple simply rolling its database into its existing collection.

As for Genius and its apps, the company will be adding Apple Music players to its web and mobile apps, giving Apple Music subscribers another way of playing their music.

(Source: Genius)

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Waku Ghin The Executive Lunch

I have been to Waku Ghin several times in the past and the experience has always been quite extraordinary.  This should be expected of any two Michelin star restaurant, especially when you have to fork out almost $ 1k for a dinner for two. This is the kind of restaurant that one goes to to celebrate special life events or when you really have impress a significant other.

The typical dinner service comprise of 10 courses which is served in private rooms where the chef will prepare your meals on a Teppanyaki hotplate.  At the beginning of the meal, they will bring out a box to show you the fresh seafood that will be used for during the course of the meal.

Waku Ghin has always been a dinner affair, but recently they have started their Executive lunch which are served on Fridays from 12-2pm.  The lunch comprise of 5 courses, 4 mains and one dessert and cost $ 180++.  They have also introduced several new items that are served at The Bar area outside where you can order ala carte dishes like wagyu don and toasted parma ham and black truffle sandwiches together with cocktails.


Pasta with botan shrimp, white truffles, uni and Oscietra caviar

The first course for lunch was cold pasta with botan shrimp, white truffles, uni and Oscietra caviar which is tried and tested combination which you really can’t go wrong with.


Pan seared Ayu with tade sauce

This was followed by a Japanese classic of fillet of  pan seared ayu served with a tade-zu.  Chef explained to us that tade, aka water pepper is a plant usually found along the banks of the river where you also find ayu, so it is a natural complement for the fish.  It’s quite a luxury having the ayu fish filleted instead of served whole as they generally tend to be quite small.  The ones at Waku ghin are quite substantial and you can really appreciate the delicate sweetness in the flesh.


Seafood bouillabaisse

No surprises with the seafood bouillabaisse except that the lobster, scallop and snapper were all pan seared on the teppanyaki hotplate and the soup constructed with much finesse in front of us.


Ohmi wagyu

Again, no surprises with the treatment of the ohmi wagyu.  They were seared to perfection and served with freshly grated 3 year old Shizuoka wasabi.  I don’t think I have come across anyone trying to serve top quality wagyu sirloin steak in any other way.   It is perfect when it has developed a thin crust on the outside while the middle of the steak has warmed up so that the oleaginous juices burst out between your teeth with each bite!

After the main courses, we moved to the lounge area where dessert was served together with you choice of tea and coffee.   This is a hallmark of the whole Waku Ghin experience.

Conclusion

The executive lunch is a good introduction to Waku Ghin’s dining concept, offering half of the dinner course at less than half of the price. The courses are well executed and the produce was top notch, but don’t expect any real surprises.  There are no funky foams or textural transformation of produce, just very good ingredients simply presented.

Disclosure
This was a media tasting.  That means the food was provided with no obligations. No fee as paid for the review.  We do not write any paid review for restaurants and eateries.

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