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

By | May 27th, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

See? We told you it was easy!

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

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

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

Alternative Ramadan Bazaars in SG

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Image adapted from: @jihye_e21

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

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

– Central –

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

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

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

Jalan Jalan! Makan Makan! Raya Edition Dendeng tacos

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Image credit: @chuepachups

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

Jalan Jalan! Makan Makan! Raya Edition Project Keria

Image credit: @projectkeria

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

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

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

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

2. LalooLalang Bazaar Raya Edition @ Malay Heritage Centre

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

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

LalooLalang Bazaar Raya Edition fashion

Image adapted from: Laloolalang

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

LalooLalang Bazaar Raya Edition fashion

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

LalooLalang Bazaar Raya Edition night

Image adapted from: Laloolalang

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

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

3. The Grand Bazaar @ Singapore Expo

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

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

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

4. Ramadan Sultan Bazaar @ Masjid Sultan

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

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Image credit: @jihye_e21

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

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

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

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

– North – 

5. Bazar Raya UTARA @ Woodlands 

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

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

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

– East –

6. Bazaar Raya One World @ Our Tampines Hub

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Image credit: @drasta

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

Bazaar Raya One World satay burger

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

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

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

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

7. Ramadan Bazaar @ Pasir Ris Blk 105

Pasir Ris Blk 105 Ramadan Bazaar

Image credit: The Halal Food Blog

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

Pasir Ris Blk 105 Ramadan Bazaar food

Image credit: The Halal Food Blog

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

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

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

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

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

Kassimbaba Raya Fest Putu Piring

Putu Piring 
Image credit: @haigroadputupiring

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

Kassimbaba Raya Fest Burgs

Image credit: @projectwarung

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

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

9. The Royal Gala @ ONE KM Mall

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

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

The Royal Gala

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

The Royal Gala fashion

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

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

– Northeast – 

10. Masjid Al-mawaddah Ramadan Bazaar @ Sengkang 

Masjid Al-mawaddah Ramadan Bazaar

Image adapted from: Masjid Al-mawaddah

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

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

Masjid Al-mawaddah Ramadan Bazaar

Image adapted from: Masjid Al-mawaddah

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

– West –

11. Selera Ramadan Bazaar @ Jurong Blk 425

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

Selera Ramadan Bazaar

Image adapted from: Jamaludin Jaffar

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

Selera Ramadan Bazaar goreng pisang

Goreng Pisang
Image credit: The Halal Food Blog

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

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

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

Alternative Ramadan bazaars to siam the crowds

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

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iOS 11.4 Final Version Download Expected Release Date

By | May 26th, 2018

We’re now days away from Apple’s opening Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) keynote rather than weeks. In addition to being the opening of one of the biggest tech conferences in the calendar, it also means that we are days away from getting our first glimpse of iOS 12, but, with that in mind, where does that leave iOS 11.4 final and its public unveiling?

Apple has been testing iOS 11.4 internally and with registered developers and testers for a while now. That testing roadmap has included six pre-release beta seeds finding their way into the hands of the aforementioned testers, resulting in tons of feedback being received by Apple.

That feedback has been translated by Apple’s internal engineers and turned into a new pre-release seed each time, which, will hopefully put us in a position to get iOS 11.4 on a public level? But, when can the average iPhone and iPad owner expect to receive that update?

Given the fact that WWDC is around the corner, and that it will result in iOS 12 beta 1 being released to developers, as well as the fact that we’ve currently had six pre-release seeds of iOS 11.4 and it’s extremely stable now, we expect Apple to push iOS 11.4 final out into the public domain this coming Tuesday, May 29th.

With iOS 12 beta 1 coming out on June 4th, Apple definitely does not want developers to halve their attention between iOS 11.4 and iOS 12, meaning that it really needs to get that public release out of the way to remove iOS 11.4 from the testing equation. May 29th is also the most likely date for that to happen because May 28th is Memorial Day in United States.

Combine all this with the fact that the beta configuration profile of iOS 11.4 beta has already expired with Apple not posting a renewed profile, it’s pretty much given that final public release is imminent.

Once that release goes live, public owners of iPhone and iPad will be able to head over to the Software Update mechanism in the native Settings app and grab the release immediately. That download will include a host of bug fixes and patches, security enhancements, and even AirPlay 2 and Messages on iCloud functionality.

Once it’s released and in place, it’s then a case of welcoming the iOS 12 madness and watching as registered developers – and ultimately public testers – get to grips with everything that iOS 12 offers.

If you are currently running iOS 11.3.x, and have been waiting patiently for iOS 12, then mark Tuesday, May 29th in your diary as the very likely release date of iOS 11.4 final version.

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Artbox Singapore 2018 – 10 Must Try Dishes At Singapore’s Largest Pop-Up Market!

After last year’s overwhelming response, the popular pop-up container market from Bangkok is back again! This year’s Artbox Singapore 2018 sees nearly a triple in size and covers an expansive 140,000 square feet at Bayfront Event Space. Artbox Singapore 2018 will run for two weekends from 25th May to 27th May and 1st to 3rd June.


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The theme for Artbox Singapore 2018 this year, Oasis, aims to construct a sanctuary of experiential imagination for visitors to escape from the stress of urban life. The organisers have taken the feedback for last year’s edition and improved on the layout of the aisles and stall locations. There were wider walkaways to allow for human traffic, and numerous chill out corners and cosy hammocks to relax and unwind. Our team visited the highly-anticipated Artbox Singapore 2018 and highlighted ten interesting food stalls. So what are you waiting for – let’s go!

Cereal Citizen
Stall 66

Cereal Citizen is the dessert brainchild of three good friends. They are famed for their Crododo, a cross between a croissant and donut. Toppings of Fruity Pebbles and Oreo are available for Crododos ($ 8 each). The Crocodo itself was a pastry lover’s heaven with a flakey and buttery exterior while the inside remained airy and fluffy. To complete the meal, the Cha Yen Milkshake ($ 10) sees your choice of Crododo placed on top of a rich tasting milk tea. The Curry Crododo ($ 10) was very similar to roti pairing with curry, as the Crocodo was wrapped around a cute cup holding delicious curry gravy, making it an indulgent savoury snack.

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Yossakul’s Thai Kitchen
Stall 7

Yossakul’s Kitchen serves up authentic Halal Thai food and desserts. We ordered the quintessential Pad Thai ($ 5) and Mango Sticky Rice ($ 5). The Pad Thai was wetter than usual and had an uncharacteristic tomato taste to it. Make sure you have a cup of drink at hand as the bee hoon is extremely spicy! For the Mango Sticky Rice, the glutinous rice was cooked to the right consistency and topped with sweet, juicy mango slices. We also love how Yossakul remains one of the more affordable options for a filling meal with generous portions!

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MOMO
Stall 39

If the Ice Cha-Pa-Lang Float seems a tad too heavy for you, Momo’s Sakura Drink ($ 6) is a great thirst-quenching alternative. Before you gasp at this drink’s price tag, let it be known that it contains real Sakura flowers! The drink is made with a base of carbonated soda and also has a spoonful of sweet and chewy pearls at the bottom. This drink tastes just like any other fizzy and refreshing lemonade until you bite into the sour and tangy sakura. Though hard to recommend given its price, it’s one of the more ‘Instagram worthy’ drinks at the event so social-media aficionados should consider giving it a try!

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Tiew Mai
Stall 307

Tiew Mai’s logo might be familiar to some – it is actually a Thai Boat Noodle eatery situated at Upper Serangoon Road! Their main dish for Artbox Singapore 2018, the Thai Holy Basil Chicken ($ 8), features minced chicken that is stir-fried with garlic, chilli and long beans. A sweet and dark soy sauce is mixed in before the fresh and aromatic Thai holy basil is added. The dish comes with a serving of white rice and is topped with a fried egg, which still had a soft runny yolk. The minced chicken was truly mouth-watering – it was infused with the sweet flavours of the soy sauce and a hint of spiciness from the chillies. The basil, which scented the chicken with its herbaceous fragrance, did not overpower the flavour of the dish. This is a substantial and authentic dish that is sure to bring you back to the streets of Thailand!

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The De’luxe One
Stall 71

The De’luxe One definitely brought an element of creativity to Artbox Singapore 2018. The stall decided to add a Thai spin on a British classic! Their Tomyam Fish & Chips ($ 6) features two pieces of deep-fried battered fish that have been coated with Deluxe One’s very own tomyam sauce. The chips were lathered with a cheese sauce and are topped with some chopped spring onions to add some freshness. The tomyam sauce seemed to be made with a mayonnaise base and was definitely milder in flavour than I expected. It still carried the spicy and sour essence of tomyam, but it was toned down so as to not overwhelm the flavour of the fish. The fish itself was fried to crisp perfection, while the white flesh remained moist and succulent. Overall, this was a delicious plate of fish & chips! However, I felt that the sauce could’ve packed a bigger punch in terms of spiciness and flavour.

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Soi Thai Soi Nice
Stall 333

Soi Thai Soi Nice is a local Thai brand with several outlets islandwide and famous for their authentic Thai Seafood Hot Pot. They are bringing a few signature bite-sized treats from the expansive menu to Artbox Singapore 2018, which include tantalising items such as Deep Fried Pork Belly ($ 5), Fried Garlic Chicken Thigh ($ 5) and Tom Yum Mama ($ 6). We had the Grilled Pork Neck ($ 5) which saw chunky pork strips soaked in jaew, or Thai dried chilli dipping sauce. The chilli was infused with aromatic spices, which made the pork more exciting by giving it a spicy kick. The meat strips were nicely charred and flavourful, though some were chewier than usual.

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The Wicked Cream Co.
Stall 355

Their famous bright coloured Roasted #WICKEDMALLOWS are extremely Instagram-worthy as customers can mix and match three flavours on a stick for $ 4. We tried the Alphonso Mango, Cotton Candy Bubblegum and Pink Lemonade – stellar flavours that tasted like the real thing. If you are adventurous enough, they have quirky flavours such as Salted Egg and Charcoal Lemonade as well. They also do Soft Ice Cream and we had the creamy Himalayan Pink Salt Ice Cream made with Hokkaido Milk. True to its name, the subtle saltiness provided a nice contrast to the sweetness of the ice cream. The soft serve melts quickly though, so finish it fast to avoid a sticky mess!

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Cafe3 by Joan Walker
Stall 369

Cafe3 by Joan Walker jumped onto the dry ice bandwagon with an additional surprise: LED lights in their Mystical Food Cups ($ 13.80). Simply choose your Mystical LED Drink Flavour (Blue Paradise, Red Sweet Heart, Gold Shimmer) and a corresponding “food plate” with a savoury option of Combo (consisting a mix of calamari, fries, hot dogs) or Har Cheong Gai. If you are going for desserts, sweet Ice Cream Mixed Fruits is also available.

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Carrot Cubes
Stall 40

Carrot Cubes is a hidden gem in Artbox Singapore 2018 specialising in carrot cake. The chef creatively reinterpreted the all-familiar breakfast staple and transformed it into a never-seen-before carnival food! Carrot Cubes offer the Traditional White Carrot Cake ($ 5) as well as the spicy Hottie Carrot Cake ($ 6). The item to look out for is the chef recommended Bacon & Cubes ($ 7): a fusion carrot cake with the addition of bacon bits. The bacon was generous and complemented the soft carrot cake with its giamness (saltiness), making the otherwise mushy texture of the carrot cake less boring. Carrot Cubes also offer the Carrot Smoothie ($ 6): a refreshing blend of fresh carrot juice, milk and orange juice. Fibre tends to accumulate at the bottom, so the smoothie becomes harder to sip near the end. Combo sets of food and drink are available and starts at $ 10!

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Hyde & Co
Stall 44

If you’ve already visited the Geylang Serai Ramadan Bazaar this year, you might have tried Hyde & Co’s Crispy Chicken Rendang. Now, the stall is making yet another debut at Artbox Singapore 2018! Their signature Chilli Crab Pasta ($ 10) pasta that has been thoroughly coated with a sweet and savoury tomato and chilli-based sauce is one of the offerings here. Despite being one of the pricier dishes at the event, I was pleasantly surprised by the generous amount of crab meat! Sat atop the pasta was also a few pieces of emping belinjo, which added a crunchy texture to the dish. This dish definitely captures the flavours of authentic chilli crab without being too heavy or overpowering.

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Ollela
Stall 12

Ollella’s Ice Cha-Pa-Lang ($ 6) definitely lives up to its name. This sweet and indulgent drink comes filled to the brim with a plethora of refreshing ingredients, including cream corn, grass jelly, jackfruit and aloe vera – just to name a few! To complete this decadent concoction, the cup is filled with condensed milk and soda water. We took things a step further and decided to order the ‘float’ version ($ 8), which gets you a scoop of their homemade ice-cream on top (Coconut/ Pandan)! After mixing everything together, I found that this drink had a perfect balance of sweetness and savouriness. I also really enjoyed the combination of textures – you get rich creaminess from the ice-cream, a subtle crunch from the corn and springiness from the grass jelly!

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Other than the dizzying array of food choices, Artbox Singapore 2018 also houses a plethora of lifestyle, beauty, fashion and art vendors from both local and overseas. There are also fun and games available with creative installations such as the foam pit and hair-raising VR Fear Factor. So come spend your weekend at the hottest event in town – Artbox Singapore 2018 surely has something for you!

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You may also want to check out our article on 10 fun things to see and do at Artbox Singapore 2018!

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Alexa Recorded A Private Conversation In A Home And Sent It To A Random Contact, Amazon Explains What Exactly Happened

By | May 25th, 2018

Amazon has been forced to publicly explain how one of its Alexa-capable products ended up recording a private conversation between husband and wife and then sent that conversation to an employee of the husband.

If the explanation is to be believed, then it’s a case of a series of unfortunate events rather than being anything actively malicious or invasive.

According to an interview with Portland-based TV station Kiro 7, Alexa in an Amazon Echo device was able to record a conversation between a woman known as Danielle and her husband. Then, as if that recording wasn’t bad enough, the hardware then forwarded the full private conversation directly to an employee of Danielle’s husband, meaning that the individual was able to listen to the full conversation.

Amazon has confirmed that this incident did actually take place as stipulated in the TV interview but has clarified that the problem occurred due to Alexa mistakenly thinking it heard a series of commands:

Echo woke up due to a word in background conversation sounding like “Alexa.” Then, the subsequent conversation was heard as a “send message” request. At which point, Alexa said out loud “To whom?” At which point, the background conversation was interpreted as a name in the customer’s contact list. Alexa then asked out loud, “[contact name], right?” Alexa then interpreted background conversation as “right”. As unlikely as this string of events is, we are evaluating options to make this case even less likely.”

So, that’s the explanation by Amazon, as issued to The Verge. It’s great to read that Amazon is extremely aware that it all sounds entirely non-plausible that so many interpretations could be made that would trigger this series of events to occur. At best, the whole incident shows that Amazon – as well as other creators of digital assistants – still has a lot of work to do to ensure that this type of event doesn’t happen again. At worst, it highlights just how invasive digital assistants could be in our homes if they were indeed programmed to perform in a malicious way.

Still, if you actually have any Amazon hardware which runs Alexa, then you yourself will likely know that it’s prone to spontaneous acts of coming to life based on what it perceives to be keywords.

(Source: KIRO-TV)

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Artbox Singapore 2018 Is Back With New Food Vendors, Foam Pits & Vintage Cars

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That’s right folks, Artbox Singapore is back, 3 times bigger than before – with more space, more stalls, and more ‘grammable backdrops. The massive market full of good eats, shopping, and even activities like VR games will be open at the Bayfront Event Space for 2 weekends only, from 25-27 May and 1-3 June, 3pm-11pm

We headed down today right when it opened, here are some of the highlights to look forward to:

– ACTIVITIES –

Experience a thrilling VR challenge

MTV Artbox Singapore 2018

MTV is daring everyone to take up their VR Fear Factor Challenge. To participate, just sign up at their booth and they’ll let you try out a harrowing virtual reality experience. No spoilers on what it is, but let’s just say that this is not for anyone with a fear of heights.

Catch live music while relaxing on a hammock

Airmock Artbox Singapore 2018

If you get weary from navigating through the sprawling market, chill out on a comfy Airmock as you soak up the live music at the performance zone.

Don’t worry about having to balance all your food in your hands while eating. There are 5 different dining zones across the compound with wooden pallet seats and barrel tables so you can dine in comfort.

Frolic around in a foam pit with flamingo floats

Foam Pit Artbox Singapore 2018

For just $ 5, you get to dive into this extra ‘grammable foam pool, complete with flamingo floats and a vivid tropical-themed backdrop. Or, spend $ 20 using any cashless payment method, and you’ll get in for free!

Snap one for the ‘gram inside a vintage car

Krombi Artbox Singapore 2018

Krombi Rocks has brought over 2 of their vintage car-turned-photoboots, along with a variety of photo props. 2 photostrips with 3 photos each cost $ 5.

– FOOD – 

Flamed Mentaiko Eggs

Easy Eggs Artbox Singapore 2018

Easy Eggs easily boasts the best egg-related dish at the carnival – their Flamed Mentaiko Eggs ($ 6.90). The fluffy scrambled egg balls coated in lightly-charred fish roe sauce make for a convenient and tasty snack.

Massive Chicken Skewer

The Beast Artbox Singapore 2018

The only thing better than fried chicken is a bigger portion of fried chicken, and that’s just what you’ll be getting with this Massive Chicken Skewer ($ 10) from The Beast. This crispy tower of meat can be coated with 3 sauces of your choice, including truffle mushroom sauce and smoked maple syrup.

Coconut Snowballs

Cocobox Artbox Singapore 2018

Cocobox’s Coconut Snowballs ($ 6.50) are the perfect remedy for Singapore’s hot weather. These cool treats are actually made from defleshed coconuts chilled whole, and you can choose to have them plain or topped with candy and cornflakes.

Chilli Crab Crispy Pancake

Messy Munch Artbox Singapore 2018

For those who can’t get enough of Singapore’s signature seafood dish, good news, because you can find these Chilli Crab Crispy Pancakes ($ 9) at the Messy Munch stall. The crunchy snack is smothered in an addictive chilli crab sauce, with real crab meat of course.

Watermelon Fried Rice

Watermelon Rice Artbox Singapore 2018

This colourful Watermelon Fried Rice ($ 13) dish is way more filling than it looks. The fried rice is topped with fish skin, peanuts, pork floss and a handful of watermelon balls.

Singha Beer Garden

Singa Artbox Singapore 2018

You’ll want to hit up Singha’s Beer Garden with the squad, because while the beer comes at $ 8 per cup or bottle, a bucket of 5 costs only $ 35. There’s a live DJ and plenty of seats here, as well as a photobooth to capture the memories.

For $ 120, you can even play a game of beer pong with 20 cups of beer.

– SHOPPING –

Hand-painted animal hats and pillows

Nokkajib Artbox Singapore 2018

Get your hands on one of these adorable hats by Nokkajib for $ 30. This stall has all sorts of cute animal-themed goodies from T-shirts to pillows, and all of them are drawn by hand. 

Storm glass necklaces

Dotted Connection Artbox Singapore 2018

Image credit: @dottedsg

The elegant Storm Glass Necklaces from Dotted Collective are filled with a unique solution that reacts to surrounding temperatures. As it gets colder, “snowflakes” form in the glass, which looks super mystical.

Note: this stall only opens on the 2nd weekend of Artbox

Temporary tattoos

Tattoo Artbox Singapore 2018

If you’re thinking of getting yourself inked without the commitment, there are plenty of stalls at Artbox that do temporary tattoos. Henn.drawn and Out and Ink both do elaborate henna or jagua designs from $ 6 onwards, while Temp Fun offers more colourful stick-on tattoos that you can easily apply yourself with water.

Lightbulb Aquariums

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These amazingly detailed Lightbulb Aquariums ($ 28) are all crafted by hand, so no two of them are the same.

Guide to Artbox Singapore 2018

In case you were deterred by the crowd last year, now’s your chance to check out Artbox Singapore and all of its food, fun and goodies without bumping shoulders with everyone else. It can still get a little warm in the afternoon though, so we’d recommend heading down in the evening when the air is cooler.

Don’t forget to carry your phone with you either, because Artbox Singapore has teamed up with mobile applications like NTUC Plus!, DBS Paylah and Moonie to bring you giveaways, discounts and free tokens that you can spend at the stalls. 

Artbox Singapore 2018 
Address: 12A Bayfront Avenue, Bayfront Event Space, Singapore 018970
Opening hours: 25-27 May and 1-3 June 2018, 3PM-11PM
Nearest MRT station: Bayfront

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PUBG Mobile 0.7.1 Beta Rolls Out For iOS, Android

By | May 24th, 2018

The continuation of PUBG Mobile rolls on. Well, at least in China it does. Even though version 0.6.3 and 0.7.0 are still technically in beta, the team behind PUBG Mobile has announced that version 0.7.1 is also now rolling out in a beta capacity.

The PUBG Mobile team may have two main versions of the game out in the public domain – one which is available solely in China and the other which is a English global version – but it has also shown extreme willing and passion for continuously updating the game and ensuring that new features, functionality, and bug patches are rolled out on a semi-consistent basis to all gamers.

As we should all know by now, the Chinese version and global version aren’t exactly on par with one another, with this latest beta announcement suggesting that the Chinese version is likely to pull further ahead.

We don’t currently have an exhaustive list of whats going to be brought to the forefront of the game with this latest version but we do know enough to understand that it’s going to bring a lot of enjoyment to individuals who want additional firepower and accuracy when it comes to destroying targets within the battle zone.

Those enhancements include a new SLR gun with 3x and 6x scopes, as well as a whole array of new weapon attachments. Little else is known about this release at the moment but it’s highly likely that more will become transparent as soon as the beta goes live and gamers start to interact with the release.

But what does this mean for the future of PUBG Mobile in the immediate? Well, with two other versions currently in beta, we’d expect the PUBG team to start rolling version 0.6.3 out to public with almost immediate effect. That will mean that the team isn’t just handling and monitoring three different beta versions of the product but also gives the public on the whole something to sink their teeth into.

Given how popular PUBG Mobile is, and how popular these beta initiatives always prove to be, the general gaming public who love the title will be chomping at the bit to get their hands on just any new version of the game in order to experience the improvements.

We’ll keep you updated as and when anything further develops.

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Ji Tou Chicken Rice: Surprisingly Good Roasted Chicken!

As a Westie, I hardly travel to the East side of Singapore. So on one rare occasion that I happened to be in the East, we decided to head to a random coffee shop at Tampines Street 23 for lunch. It was noon when we arrived at the kopitiam next to Blk 201E and the place was already bustling with the lunch crowd. My friends recommended Ji Tou Chicken Rice and gushed about their roasted chicken in particular.

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Admittedly, I was highly skeptical when I saw the brightly-lit storefront because it seemed like the kind of “chain franchise” at hawker centres and kopitiams. The stall name also sounded vaguely familiar, but I couldn’t quite put my finger on where I have seen it before. Nevertheless, we ordered their Steamed Chicken Rice ($ 3) and Roasted Chicken Rice ($ 3).

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I am more biased towards steamed chicken in general as compared to roasted chicken. Steamed chicken is usually more tender and smooth compared to roasted chicken, which many places tend to do it too dry. When the food came, I dug into the Steamed Chicken Rice immediately, confident that it would be the better of the two based on past experiences.

ji tou chicken rice Steamed chicken in chili

To my surprise, I was greatly disappointed. The steamed chicken was uncharacteristically dry, saved for the chicken skin, and lacked the usual silkiness that I was used to. I didn’t think it was possible for steamed chicken to taste so mediocre, given that it was normally the method of roasting which leaves the chicken stringier and drier.

I moved on to the Roasted Chicken Rice with tempered expectations. If the standard of the steamed chicken was as such, how much better could the roasted chicken be?

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That day, I was gladly proven wrong twice during lunch. The roasted skin was sublime: crispy yet capturing that stirring greasy fragrance from the chicken. The breast meat was surprisingly not as dry as expected, with oil from the skin penetrating the meat to make it juicier. I found myself continuously reaching for more and more of the evenly-cooked pieces of golden brown goodness.

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The rice grains were oily and flavourful, indicative of how the chicken stock has been sufficiently cooked together with the rice. For the best experience, take a small mountain of rice and pile it with a few pieces of roasted chicken.

ji tou chicken rice Sauces

The sauces were however quite ordinary. Ji Tou’s ginger was too watery for me as I prefer my ginger to be more fibrous and pasty.

After the meal, I found out that Ji Tou actually has another outlet in Clementi 448 Market and Hawker Centre. Having patronised the Clementi outlet, I don’t remember it being as good as the Tampines one. I guess that even within the same franchise, there can be substantial differences in the quality of food at different branches.

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Ji Tou Chicken Rice exceeds what I would expect out of an ordinary kopitiam. The lads tending the stall were also friendly and ready to strike up a conversation. Don’t expect Boon Tong Kee standards from Ji Tou, but it is a stall I will return to if I am in Tampines or around the area.

Address: 201E Tampines Street 23, Singapore 527201

Opening Hours: 11am to 9pm daily.

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

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Tech Deals: Jurassic Park 4K Collection, 15% Off Magnetic Wireless Charger Car Mount For iPhone, Xbox One X Bundle, More

By | May 24th, 2018

If you are after some of the finest technology and accessories that money can buy but you don’t want to part with the full recommended retail price for that luxury, then you have definitely come to the right place. Thanks to another installment of technology deals you are able to get some excellent hardware for yourself or a loved one without having to pay full price.

Starting off, we are looking at a fantastic deal on an Xbox One X bundle, complete with two games, and an extra controller for only $ 445.

Next up, we have a refurbished DJI Mavic Pro drone, as well as a robot vacuum cleaner from eufy. There’s also a 25th anniversary pack of Jurassic Park on 4K Blu-ray discs discounted by almost 50%. There’s more where that came from, so dive right in and check out the deals for yourself.

Magnetic Qi Wireless Fast Car Charger Mount For iPhone & Android ($ 29.75 with promo code, usually $ 44.95)

The title of this accessory should probably do a great job of giving away what it actually does. Yes, that’s right, if you get this accessory you are going to get a car-based mount which securely and magnetically holds your iOS or Android device in place and also gives it the power that it deserves if it’s Qi compatible. A great power accessory at a great price.

Best of all, you can grab this mount for only $ 29 using the following promo code at check out: MD1815OFF.

Buy: Magnetic Qi Wireless Fast Car Charger Mount For iPhone And Android from Chytah: $ 30 | Original price: $ 45

DJI Mavic Pro Drone – Refurb ($ 649.99, usually $ 799)

Drones are extremely fun and powerful pieces of kit to play with and interact with but if you are going to invest in a DJI Mavic Pro then you really need to have a serious use case for it. This certified refurbished product comes with up to 27-minutes of flight time on a full charge, a range of 4.3 miles, as well as a lightweight and foldable body making it highly portable. Oh, and you’re also going to get full 4K video out of it.

Buy: DJI Mavic Pro Drone from eBay: $ 649.99 | Original price: $ 799

Xbox One X 1TB Console + 2 Controllers + 2 Games Bundle ($ 445, usually $ 558)

Most people who have an interest in video gaming will already own a current-generation console but in case you don’t, or in case you want to purchase one for a loved one, here is a wonderful deal on one of Microsoft’s 4K gaming-capable Xbox One X consoles. It comes with an internal 1TB hard drive, complete with 2 Xbox One Wireless Controllers, and even copies of Titalfall 2 and Destiny 2 to keep you entertained.

Buy: Xbox One X 1TB Console + 2 Controllers + 2 Games Bundle from eBay: $ 445 | Original price: $ 558

eufy BoostIQ RoboVac ($ 186.99, usually $ 219.99)

This deal is going to net you an intelligent and automated robotic vacuum cleaner that will happily clean your home without making a fuss. This is the slimmest and most lightweight RoboVac model yet but which also boasts an increased suction power and a high-capacity lithium-ion battery to keep it chugging around your home for as long as possible.

Buy: eufy BoostIQ RoboVac from Amazon: $ 186.99 | Original price: $ 220

Jurassic Park 25th Anniversary Collection in 4K 8-Disc Set ($ 49.96, usually $ 79.98)

It seems total madness that Jurassic Park is 25 years old. If you are a fan of the series and would love to reminisce and watch them all in glorious 4K, then you can make this cut-price purchase and become the proud owner of Jurassic Park, Jurassic Park: The Lost World, Jurassic Park III, and Jurassic World in 8-disc 4K UHD Blu-ray set.

Buy: Jurassic Park 25th Anniversary Collection in 4K from Amazon: $ 49.96 | Original price: $ 80

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Farm and Fables, Savourworld, Science Park: Good and Simple Western Food

Savourworld at Science Park is a dining enclave with 16 restaurants with an al fresco courtyard. Each individual restaurant has its own (air-conditioned) space but if a group of people want different things, you may buy from any restaurant and gather at the courtyard. Although there are 16 restaurants here, I feel like many restaurants belong to the same “genre” and don’t provide much variety.

Farm and Fables, one of the 16 restaurants at Savourworld, took over the space of Garcons that also shares the area with Blotto Bottles, a wine shop. (It’s actually a good idea to get a bottle of wine to share with friends.) I don’t really like the name “Farm and Fables” because it misleads people into thinking that it’s a farm-to-table concept; I asked the cashier about it, he said brusquely, no it isn’t.

The menu is conceptualised by the Culinary Director Chef Derek Ang, who is in charge of the selection of restaurants here, and who used to work with the Prive Group. It’s a small menu with 4 meat mains (like fish and chips $ 13.90), and 4 pastas from about $ 11 to $ 24. When we were there, they didn’t have their signature, cured Norwegian salmon ($ 17.90), which looks interesting at jiak simi png.

We went for the beef ragu rigatoni ($ 12.90), ground beef in tomato sauce tossed in a tube-shaped pasta. It’s quite good. You can taste a real nice tanginess of the sauce, but it isn’t overpowering. The rule of the thumb is usually thick pasta for thick sauce but the pairing here is nice too. I wish we can add a meat on it because it seems too little for one person, although I cannot think of a meat that would have gone well with the pasta.

The 48-hour slow-cooked beef short ribs ($ 23.90) is the most expensive item on the menu, twice as much as the cheapest dish. It consists of 280g of bone-in Australian beef short rib on a bed of garlic mashed potato, doused in a thick veal sauce.

Mr Fitness likes short ribs very much but I don’t think the beef has been cooked for 48 hours. There is still a nice crunchy bite, which means the tough tissues haven’t broken down. If it’s cooked for 48 hours, it should be completely soft. But we actually prefer the texture to have a bite, so this is great for us. The garlic mash is very addictive too, and the sauce is addictive, very savoury.

One thing about Farm and Fables is that both of us weren’t full after the two dishes, so we ordered tacos from Spruce which has an outpost here. Hm… Spruce’s standards have deteriorated greatly.

In any case, Farm and Fables is not bad. The menu, though small, has some variety, and the food is pretty tasty.

We pay for the food we review anonymously.


Farm and Fables
Savourworld #01-27, 2 Science Park Drive Singapore 118222
tel: +65 6265 0992
11.30am-2.30pm, 5pm-9.30pm, closed Sun
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Food: 6.75/10
Price/value: 6/10
Decor/ambience: 6/10
Service: 6/10


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