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Are Ready-made Websites Killing Web Design?

More often than not, you would meet someone who is not as acquainted to the comings and goings of web design and tell you,”I can do the same thing you do, using Squarespace“.

To which you might respond with disgust or anger.

I mean, it’s not surprising. The advent of ready-made drag-and-drop website building platforms made creating websites so much easier, especially because there is little to no coding required. And as someone whose bread and butter is designing websites, you can’t help but feel sorry.

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Personally, you wouldn’t want your job to be replaced with an easier way to do stuff, much like how horses were replaced by cars back in the day.

Frameworks and CMS are becoming more and more popular too. You have WordPress, Blogger, Drupal. You have Foundation, Bootstrap, and Skeleton. You have SquareSpace, Wix and Weebly.

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There is so much competition, and all of these services usually target casual clients offering them to just subscribe instead of looking for web designers.

The points I’ve built so far would certainly make you think, “OMG! these ready-made websites surely kill web design. The end is nigh!

But what if it doesn’t? What if instead of killing web design, these ready-made websites are helping web design become more profitable? What if they are not cars replacing horses, but instead are the Ubers to our regular cabs?

Ready-made websites are friends, not foes

The point of these services, themes/templates, and frameworks is to make the task of creating websites easier. A beginner, who is not attuned to how good websites are supposed to look like, may find it easy to use an online website building service. And if that person finds it easy, what more could an experienced designer do?

Now if you ask me, are ready-made websites actually killing the web design?

My answer would be a firm no.

Contrary to the popular belief, I think that ready-made websites are actually doing just the opposite, and the write up that follows I’m going to discuss just how.

No need to reinvent the wheel

There is no substitute for creativity and originality, however, originality doesn’t always mean you create stuff from scratch each and every time. I think an intelligent designer can produce an original web design even if he uses a pre-made website template by cleverly customizing it to his client’s needs.

Faster turnaround time = More money

In the field of web designing, there come certain times when you suddenly catch the favor of the goddess of good fortune. You may get as many projects in a single day as you might get in months. And all of a sudden, time becomes a precious commodity as it translates directly into profits.

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At this point, the biggest advantage you can get from a ready-made website is faster turnaround time. Instead of hiring a helping hand or rejecting a few projects just because you want to create everything on your own, you can use pre-made websites to your advantage to get projects done more quickly.

Won’t it effect the quality of work, you ask? Well, it may to some extent, but then again, if you’re an astute designer, you would twist and turn a boring template into a highly customized design.

A visualization aid for uninspired clients

Ready-made websites provide good overall value to your clients because of their intuitive nature. Let’s say that you have a client who wants a website made but is dumb as a dishwasher when it comes to visualization. You discuss and offer him some prototypes and he still can’t visualize the idea inside your head.

So what’s a good way to make him see what you see? Use templates.

By using templates, you can show how the design will most likely end up looking like. This means that you are saving yourself and your client a lot of time going through different lines of communication just to hit that right spot.

Does that mean anybody can do your job now?

Truly ready-made websites are very easy to use and literally anyone who has a computer can use them, does not mean anyone can be a web designer now?

The answer would be no.

Yeah, the actual work of putting elements and customizing them can be done by anyone, but there are still things that have strings attached to them – things that can only be handled by a professional web designer.

Limitations of ready-made websites & “kiddie” designers

In this case, I’m borrowing the word “kiddie” from the hacker terminologyscript kiddie” – a hacker who only uses scripts made by others in order to wreak havoc on the internet, so technically they are just unskilled individuals who don’t have the knowledge to actually make things work outside the boundaries of the tools they are using.

1. Color scheme can’t be learned in one day

In web design, it is utterly crucial to choose the right color scheme that would work for both user experience as well as aesthetics. It’s a skill that takes years of experience and a natural eye for colors that complement each other.

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This also includes colors that are hot and trending, and how they are used to make websites look appealing.

2. Fonts are what make websites subtly stand out

In addition, not everyone is adept at choosing the correct typography and fonts. I mean look at all those birthday invitations you received in Comic freaking Sans. Disaster!

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One does not simply use Times New Romans or Comic Sans on websites. A seasoned web designer knows the psychology behind each family of fonts, when to use serif or sans serif, how to make headings and subheadings pop, how to make each paragraph more distinct, and the like.

3. Only experts know that it’s not just about the surface

Web designers also work behind the scenes in order to make each website they design works properly from the development point-of-view.

There are some back-end optimizations to take into account such as meta tags and descriptions, how to make each website search engine and social media optimized, and overall responsiveness are things only a person with years of experience in the field can do.

To sum it up

In conclusion, ready-made websites aren’t killing web design, instead, they are helping web designers and developers by making their work easier, more profitable and more valuable to their clients.

As a web designer should not fret because you can’t be overtaken by ready-made websites yet. Yes, some businesses prefer easy to use and cheaper alternatives but nothing beats the flexibility, reliability, and originality of a website built by real professionals.

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Yong Huat @ Alibabar – The Hawker Bar

Yong Huat @ Alibabar – The Hawker Bar

It was a traditional eating house or coffeeshop in the past and went through a facelift transforming the place into a modern bistro bar, the non-air-conditioned shop has everything of a bistro bar equipped, TV screens broadcasting the sport events, English pop songs are played in the background, high chairs at the alfresco area and more than 70 brands of beer are available at your choice.
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The Hawker Bar may be westernized on its facade but the food stalls do offer both the western food likes burgers and wraps as well as the Asia delights, there is a famous stall selling the Thai Wanton mee and Yong Huat – a local food stall established since 1949 with its signature Teochew Fishball noodle, fried mee suan, fried kway teow, Hokkien prawn mee and other noodle related combinations.

Our objective of the trip is the Rochor Thai Wanton mee but realised it was closed for business on the day of visit. We turned our focus on Yong Huat and decided to give it a try.

Yong Huat Mee Pok dry $ 4/5/6

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The portion was reasonably big with the usual fishballs, sliced pork, shrimps and veggies as topping. Yong Huat started its business selling Teochew fishball noodle since 1949 provides some assurance to the quality and taste.

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Seasoning base sauce and noodle texture are pleasant, the soup was similar to the prawn mee broth which was sweet and tasty.

Yong Huat Fried Kway Teow $ 4/5/6

Yong Huat 3The fried kway teow was a tad of sweet, topped with fish cake, cockles, lup cheong and vegetables. The charred flavour was not too distinctive but the overall fried kway teow aroma was acceptable with the laced of pork lard used.

Yong Huat Fried Mee Suan $ 4/6/8

Yong Huat 1Suppose to be their best signature but unfortunately we are not too impressed, the mee suan was lumpy and seasoning obviously not able to permeate into the mee suan, we expect good charred flavour which is critical for a good fried mee suan but was missing.

Yong Huat Fried Hokkien Mee $ 4/5/6

Yong Huat 2Yong Huat is heavy-handed with the use of lard to intensify and lift up the overall aroma of the dish. Definitely sinful and bad for a good waistline statistic but we have prepared to be succumbed by the temptation.

Our verdict on Yong Huat @ Alibabar

The Hawker Bar is not more a local coffeeshop, the attraction of quite a numbers of Angmo symbolized the acceptance of the new concept, be it enjoying sipping the cold beer and tucking in the grilled steaks or a plate of fried kway teow, it is a bizarre experience that bound to be the future trend.

Yong Huat @ Alibabar

A: 125/127 East Coast Road Jn of Joo Chiat Rd, Singapore 428810

H: 8:00AM to 8:00PM

T: 96301370

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iPhone 8 To Be Called “Decade Edition”?

By | June 20th, 2017

A new leak of a claimed iPhone 8 screen protector suggests that Apple’s anniversary-celebrating iPhone will be called the Decade Edition. The photo, which shows a screen protector, may have given our first real idea of what the new flagship will be called.

Apple’s iPhone 8 is undoubtedly the talk of the town right now, and that is even though we are a good three months or so away from when we expect Apple to finally take the wraps off its next flagship smartphone.

Leaks are everywhere right now, and while some of them will undoubtedly turn out to be complete trash, others will end up having been right on the money. We don’t know yet which side of the coin this latest leak will be, but we found it pretty interesting nonetheless.

With the iPhone 8 being Apple’s way of celebrating the tenth anniversary of the original iPhone, it has been thought for some time that the company will do something special to commemorate the occasion. A newly leaked photo of a claimed iPhone 8 screen protector may have given us a hint as to what that celebration could entail, with the name Decade Edition now a possibility. That is the designation emblazoned on the screen protector in the photo leaked by Slashleaks recently, and while this is far from confirmation, it does give us food for thought.

It is, of course, true that this is the first time such a name has been bandied about, so we would certainly not want to suggest that this leak has any particular credence to it, but given some of the strange naming conventions Apple has used in the past, absolutely anything could happen.

Let’s not forget HomePod and Apple Watch Edition. It seems Apple keeps naming products when its branding people are out of town!

(Source: Slashleaks [Twitter])

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Twins Korean Restaurant, Tanjong Pagar: Super Delicious Korean Fried Chicken by Hot Twin Chefs

28 year-old twins Park Woo Jae and Park Sung Jae are chef-owners of Twins Korean Restaurant at Tanjong Pagar for the past 2 years. And when we were there on a Tuesday night, the restaurant was almost packed with regulars, mostly Koreans, clearly attesting to their culinary skills.

Although the Parks are young, they have been cooking since their teens and possess a wealth of experience at places including Ku De Ta (now rebranded to Ce La Vi) and Fullerton Bay Hotel. At Twins, they take their craft seriously and although they specialize in fried chicken, they offer so much more. They come up with new and interesting dishes regularly.

There are 3 criteria for a good fried chicken: (1) the skin should be crispy and not oily; (2) the meat should be tender; and (3) it should be tasty, well-marinated. And the fried chicken here satisfies all three criteria.

The best and most creative dish we had, soy and lemon kkanpungki ($ 22/$ 30, pictured above), consists of boneless fried chicken in soy and lemon sauce, topped with shredded leek and dried chilli. It tastes as if it is inspired by our dried chilli frog leg claypot, only that it is sweeter and less spicy. The crunchy leek adds a delightful pungency to the dish.

If you pronounce tang soo yook ($ 23), you may guess correctly that it is sweet and sour pork, using fried pork sirloin. The close proximity of Korea and China means that Korean dishes have much Chinese influence: samgyetang (Korean ginseng chicken soup), for example. If you’ve been to Korea, you’ll notice many Chinese restaurants but these restaurants are run by Koreans, so the food is actually Korean interpretation of what Chinese food is.

Here, this sweet-and-sour pork is true to its Korean roots, that is, it is more Korean than Chinese.  It’s not as acidic and less tomatoey than the Chinese version; it is sweet and almost lemony. Which means it is appetizing, instead of savory. Mr Fitness loves this dish.

The third must-order dish I recommend is named after one of the twins: Woo Jae’s seafood noodles ($ 13.90/$ 16.90). The ingredients are first stir-fried in a wok with huge fire like any Chinese restaurants, before the broth is introduced. As a result, it has a wondrous wok hei charred taste at first, mellowing into a seafood-sweetness and finally, ending with a spicy aftertaste. Simply fantastic. Besides fried chicken, they do have other Korean dishes such as Korean pancakes (seafood $ 20/ kimchi squid $ 17) that are thin and packed with leeks, and army stew ($ 40). The table beside us had kimchi fried rice ($ 15) that smelled amazing. As for new dishes, they have a spicy stir-fry chicken in cheese, which is big enough to be shared among 3-4 persons. It’s not bad, but if you don’t have enough stomach space, just go for their signatures—soy and lemon kkanpungki, tang soo yook, and Woo Jae’s seafood noodles.

Highly enjoyable meal.


Twins Korean Restaurant
7 Craig Road Singapore 089667
tel: +65 6221 5205
Lunch: M-Sat 11.30am-3pm, Dinner: M-Th & Sat 5pm-12am, F 5pm-1am, Sun 5pm-11pm
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Food: 7.25/10
Decor: 6.75/10
Price: 5.75/10


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Written by A. Nathanael Ho.

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10.5-Inch iPad Pro Review [Video]

By | June 18th, 2017

Here’s our full Apple’s 10.5-inch iPad Pro review video exploring its new features and comparing it with the previous-gen 9.7-inch variant.

At the yearly WWDC this year, Apple announced some new upgrades to their iPad Pro line. We now not only have a 12.9-inch iPad Pro, but also a new 10.5-inch iPad Pro replacing previous generation’s 9.7-inch model. Apple has managed to enlarge the display from 9.7-inches to 10.5-inches while keeping the same thinness, and barely increasing the physical length and width of the newly added iPad Pro, with the bezels having been reduced in size. Less bezels and more screen is always something I welcome on a device.

Also, you’ll be happy to know that the new line comes with 64GB, 256GB, and 512GB storage tiers. Hopefully, we’ll see the same in the next generation iPhones due later this year. Internally, both 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pros are powered by Apple’s A10X Fusion chip with 64-bit architecture. This new chip in the iPad Pros has six CPU cores, giving it a lot of power over the previous A9X chip. It is 40% faster while graphics wise, the new iPad Pro is 30% faster with its 12-core GPU – great for those who are video editors, render 3D images, or love to play games.

When it comes to the Retina display, this too, has gotten an upgrade. On the 10.5-inch model, because of the new size, it has a resolution of 2224 x 1668, keeping the same 264ppi density as the previous generation, though it is brighter than before with its 600 nits of brightness. Along with the new A10X processing chip, Apple has included a new technology called ProMotion, which delivers a display refresh rate of 120Hz for fluid scrolling, greater responsiveness, and smoother motion. This is quite the leap from the 60Hz refresh rate on previous generation iPad Pros.

You can definitely notice the difference when first using it whether you are jumping from app to app, scrolling through pages, watching videos, movies, or playing games. It is super smooth and I was quite impressed when comparing the two. The new ProMotion technology is also able to improve the display quality and reduce power consumption by automatically adjusting the display refresh rate to match the movement of the content. This is a plus as your battery would probably drain pretty quickly at a continuous refresh rate of 120Hz.

Just like all the iPads I’ve used in the past, you won’t have an issue when it comes to battery. Being somebody who spends a lot of time on social media, watching videos, listening to music, checking email, and playing games on occasion, this iPad Pro gets me through a day easily and still has a lot of battery left for the next day. On average, I tend to need to charge my iPad maybe once a week and that hasn’t changed with this model.

If you are an Apple Pencil user, with the smoothness of the 120Hz refresh rate on the new iPad Pro, you’ll experience almost no lag while using the accessory. The lines feel as if they are coming right out of the pencil. Those who are graphic designers or digital artists will definitely appreciate the new iPad Pro’s refresh rate.

When using the iPad Pro, I don’t expect to use it as my camera. I don’t want to be that guy holding a large piece of aluminum trying to capture a moment, but I have to say the new iPad Pro definitely has some great cameras. Actually, it has the same cameras you’ll find on the iPhone 7 – 12MP rear-facing camera and a 7MP FaceTime HD camera. So, if there is ever a need for a good quality photo or 4K video, your iPad Pro can get the job done.

Another improvement with the iPad Pro is it now has Apple’s latest 2nd-gen Touch ID fingerprint sensor that you will also find on the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. It is twice as fast as its previous-generation part, which you’ll notice when you need to unlock your iPad, make purchases, or secure private data within apps.

Now, software-wise, the new iPad Pro comes with the current iOS 10 out of the box, but will be able to update to iOS 11 in the Fall. iOS 11 gives you several useful new features on the iPad, such as an all new dock, drag and drop, and more multitasking functionality. The release should pair very nicely with all the internal upgrades on the new iPad Pro.

Overall, do I think the new iPad Pro 10.5-inch is something to pick up or upgrade to? I would say it depends on what kind of user you are. If you currently own an iPad Pro 9.7-inch, I think you should ask yourself if the slightly larger display, better refresh rate, new camera, and more storage entices you. If not, I’d recommend sticking with the 9.7-inch iPad Pro because that is still a great tablet and you’ll still have the exact same features on both iPad Pros whether you are on iOS 10 or upgrade to iOS 11 when that drops later this year. If you are a graphic designer or digital artist and don’t have an iPad yet, this iPad Pro is a must-have. For those who occasionally consume video, movies or music, browse the web or social media, etc., I recommend going for the less expensive iPad. This new iPad Pro is a beast of a tablet and I’m confident you won’t be disappointed if you decided to buy one today.

Check out our full video review below.

RP Rating: 9.5/10

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Swatow Wanton Noodle – The Highlight is Their Delightful Laksa

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Opened for almost 50 years, Swatow Wanton Noodle is managed by Linda and her 72-year-old mother. Linda is a second-generation hawker who learnt the recipes from her mother. Nowadays, her mother takes the morning shift while she handles the afternoon and evening shifts. They serve a variety of noodle dishes such as wanton noodle, Ipoh hor fun, and laksa.

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The signature at Swatow, as its name suggests, is the wanton noodle ($ 3/$ 4/$ 5). Unlike most stalls that drench their noodles with either chilli sauce or ketchup, Swatow’s wanton mee is soaked in a dark sauce. We enjoyed the al dente noodles but felt that the sauce can be improved on. It was a tad too bland for our liking.

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Surprisingly, the dumplings in the soup that accompanies the wanton mee are plump and tasty. Each dumpling is generously stuffed with minced pork, black fungus, shrimps, and water chestnuts for that extra crunch. Linda explained that her mother arrives at the stall as early as 4am daily just to make the dumplings by hand. Her effort has certainly paid off. 

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The Ipoh Hor Fun ($ 3/$ 4/$ 5) fared better than the wanton noodle. Braised mushrooms, shredded chicken and vegetables sit atop the silky rice noodles. This dish is light, but flavourful. We would prefer a richer gravy for lunch or dinner, but slurping on the smooth hor fun and tender chicken makes an ideal breakfast.

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The unexpected star of Swatow took us by surprise. The Laksa($ 3.50/$ 4.50), contains cockles, taupok, beansprouts, and slices of fishcake. The laksa broth is reasonably thick with just the right amount of spiciness. You can request for more chilli, of course, but we enjoyed it the way it was served. Be warned, the broth is very addictive.

Bedok has tons of good food, but we would specially make a return visit just for Swatow’s laksa. You might also want to try their mushroom chicken feet noodle, and Teochew homemade fried ngoh hiang which Linda highly recommends. There were only two of us, so we were too full to stomach more. Do grab a larger group of friends so you can savour more dishes!

Address: #01-50, Fengshan Market & Food Centre, 85 Bedok North Street 4, Singapore 460085

Opening Hours: 7am to 9pm. Closed on Wednesdays.

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

Let’s build a food community that helps to update the food news in Singapore! Simply comment below if there’s any changes or additional info to Swatow Wanton Noodle. We will verify and update from our side. Thanks in advance!

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Adventurous at heart, Mu Qin loves challenges and enjoys exploring the world. She believes in counting memories instead of calories and will travel anywhere and everywhere for food. Her short disappearance from social media is due to her being too engrossed in her favourite romance novels. She has launched a food guide “Eat Muse Love” with her mother which is available in all major book stores.

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HEVC And HEIF Device Compatibility In iOS 11, macOS High Sierra

By | June 18th, 2017

Here is HEVC and HEIF device compatibility for iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra devices for the upcoming media formats which will be available for Apple devices this Fall.

Apple’s new iOS 11 platform may still be in the earliest beta form possible, but when it actually launches to the global public later this year, it will bring a whole host of changes and improvements. Unbeknownst to most standard users, improvements made within iOS 11 are as much about what’s going on under-the-hood as they are about any user-facing improvements and refinements, with the support of two new major file formats – HEIF and HEVC – being perfectly placed examples.

To most people, these new file formats are nothing more than technological mumbo jumbo, meaning that they don’t really have to know or understand what it means. They simply use their devices in exactly the same manner, but ultimately end up benefiting from the efficiencies that these technologies bring behind-the-scenes. However, to others who may be seriously invested in these types of changes, there’s an immediate confusion as to which Apple hardware will actually support the HEVC and HEIF formats when iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra are actually released. If you are one of those people, then the minimum hardware configurations are listed below.

HEIF Encode Support

  • iOS devices with min. A10 Fusion chip and over [iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 7, 10.5-inch iPad Pro, 12.9-inch iPad Pro (2017)]

HEIF Capture Support

  • iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 7, 10.5-inch iPad Pro, 12.9-inch iPad Pro (2017) and over

HEIF Decode Support

  • Hardware decode: iOS devices on A9 chip and over | macOS devices on 6th Generation Intel Core and over
  • Software decode: All iOS devices | All Macs

HEVC Encode Support

  • 8-bit hardware encode: iOS devices with A10 Fusion chip and over | macOS devices with 6th Generation Intel Core and over
  • 10-bit software encode: All Macs running macOS

HEVC Capture Support

  • 8-bit hardware encode: iOS devices with A10 Fusion chip and over [iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 7, 10.5-inch iPad Pro, 12.5-inch iPad Pro (2017)]

HEVC Decode Support

  • 8-bit hardware decode: iOS devices with A9 chip and over | macOS devices with 6th Generation Intel Core and over
  • 10-bit hardware decode: iOS devices with A9 chip and over | macOS devices with 7th Generation Intel Core
  • 8-bit software decode: All iOS devices | All Macs
  • 10-bit software decode: All iOS devices | All Macs

It won’t be long till iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra are actually released to the public, but at least the above should give you a fairly good understanding of any compatibility restrictions relating to the new HEVC and HEIF media formats introduced by Apple and announced on-stage during the opening Keynote of this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference.

The compatibility restrictions may not mean a lot to most people, but they can rest assured that the changes have been made as part of a wider improvement that should make iOS 11 a lot better at managing storage and being efficient with how it stores captured media.

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This Space-Themed Capsule Hostel Exists In Singapore With Pods From Just $40/Night

MET A Space Pod – a futuristic capsule hostel in Singapore

Originally a form of affordable, basic accommodation catered to Japanese businessmen who were unable (or perhaps too drunk) to catch the last train home, capsule hostels are now a big hit amongst backpackers and lone travellers.

For the uninitiated, a capsule hostel comprises rows of tiny pod rooms stacked upon each other, each one with literally just enough space for you to sleep in. They still allow for easy interaction between guests, but thanks to their partitioned sleep cubicles, capsule hostels offer slightly more privacy than the usual ones with open bunk beds.

And while Japan might be the OG of this concept, Singapore has just one-upped them with MET A Space Pod – a luxury capsule hostel with a chic futuristic theme to boot.

About MET A Space Pod

MET is Singapore’s first – and currently only – capsule hostel, with 2 branches at present: one in the midst of colourful nightlife at Boat Quay, and the other at culturally-rich Little India.

We visited their newer branch at Little India which was just opened in February this year. 

The rooms at MET A Space Pod

We’ve heard about the claustrophobia-inducing, coffin-sized capsule pods of Japan, but the ones at MET are surprisingly more spacious in comparison – with enough room for you to sit up comfortably or toss and turn around in as you sleep.

 

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There are 2 floors of capsules, and in each floor, capsules are stacked in only 2 rows – even though in some other hostels, they can be stacked in up to 4 rows. This is to ensure safety for guests, minimising injuries from possible falls.

 

Single Space Pod

2 types of single pods(from $ 40/night) are available for booking: Single Space Pods (Front-Entry) and Superior Space Pods (Side-Entry). The only difference between the two is that the former has a pull-down screen for privacy and cannot be locked, while the latter has a solid door that locks upon closing.

If you’re not one for the single traveller life, you can also opt for a lockable Double Space Pod (from $ 60/night) that’s good for two to snuggle up in. Be considerate, though – rooms here aren’t really soundproof, so do keep any midnight shenanigans as quiet as possible *cough*

 

All capsules come with internal safe boxes for valuables, as well as lockers underneath the lower bunk.

 

You’ll also be provided 1 face towel, 1 body towel, and a couple of hangers. Toothbrushes and toothpaste are available upon request, and a communal hairdryer can be found too.

 

The futuristic spacecraft-like appearance of the pods isn’t just a pretty facade – the pods are equipped with some pretty cool technology too, allowing guests to change the air-conditioner and light settings with a quick swipe of some touch buttons.

 

You can even change the hue of the lights from a spectrum of blue to white, and bookworms will be glad to know that you can further increase white light intensity with the “reading” mode.

There’s also a wide illuminated mirror within the pod – perfect for ladies to apply makeup with! Now you can get ready in the comfort of your bed and crawl out saying, “I woke up like this”. 

And if things go awry while you’re straightening your hair, there’s also a mini fire extinguisher to put out the flames.

 

Grab the foldable table from the side of the capsule wall if you need to get some work done

 

Fancy a lazy night in? Wind down with a huge selection of pre-downloaded movies, in all genres from action to romance and drama.

To keep noise levels down, the televisions don’t come with speakers and you’ll have to plug in with earphones instead. Fret not if you’ve forgotten to bring your own set of earphones; just ask the friendly staff and they’ll loan you a pair.

Other amenities at MET A Space Pod

 

On the second floor is a homely 24-hour lounge, which opens up to a small balcony overlooking the other shophouses opposite. Nightly movie screenings are held here – giving guests a great opportunity to make friends in a comfortable and light hearted setting – and lining the shelves of this chillout spot are books and board games free for all to use.

 

As with any other hostel, the bathrooms at MET are communal ones – 1 for the ladies and 1 for gents. Each bathroom is decently-sized, with 3 toilet cubicles, 3 shower cubicles, and free soap and shampoo for sharing. And yes, they’re nice and clean!

 

Station 51 at MET A Space Pod

 

The reception area at the lobby doubles up as in-house cafe, Station 51, where there’s an extensive drink menu of various teas, coffees and ice-blended beverages, as well as light bites like sandwiches, popcorn chicken, and cakes.

 

Complimentary Western breakfast will be provided daily for those who purchase a meal package when making their booking.

Enjoy a themed pod hostel experience at MET A Space Pod

Offering the communal “backpacker” living setting, yet a good amount of comfort, this snazzy space-themed hostel is sure to bring you an experience that’s out of this world – pun fully intended.

If you’re a traveller visiting Singapore – or even a Singaporean who wishes to experience an unorthodox staycay – it’s worth giving MET A Space Pod some consideration for your choice of accommodation!

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Address: 424 Race Course Road, Singapore 218670
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20 Event Invitation Designs That’ll Impress Your Guests

From grill parties to weddings and birthdays, an invitation card is almost as essential as the event itself. Though you can simply create an event on Facebook, send personalized emails or call people on the phone. However, in our digitally cluttered world, it feels quite special to receive an old-school paper invitation by regular mail.

20 Most Creative Wedding Invitation Ideas Ever

20 Most Creative Wedding Invitation Ideas Ever

The season is here and you probably have received a wedding invite or two a couple of months…Read more

Unique and creative invitation cards can set the tone and atmosphere for your event in advance. In this showcase, I have put together 20 creative paper invitations for different occasions that will delight and impress your guests.

Memorial Day cookout invitation

This interesting invitation to a grill party features cool illustrations. When you fold it out you see different ingredients placed on the grill.

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Boarding pass invitation

These golden wedding invitations are inspired by a fight boarding pass design. The additional tag saying ‘Love is in the air’ gives it a double meaning i.e. air travel and a romantic gesture.

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London landmarks beer mat invitation

These nice Save the Date beer mats or coasters feature famous landmarks of London city. It would be a perfect invitation for a typical UK wedding.

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NIKE — We Run London invite

An invite for the Nike We Run London race that’s made using laser cut design for London landmarks that appear as you open it, and applied golden foil for the text and highlighting architecture details.

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Modern Origami wedding invitation

Your guests can experience the traditional art of Origami while opening this delicate wedding invitation. The inside is a simple yet elegant card design.

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Vatican invitation cards

The black, unmarked envelope with the Vatican seal is not that simple as it may seem at the fist glance. As you unfold, you receive more and more detail, and finally, you see an invitation card.

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Handkerchief Invite

This cute invitation is so much fun. The invitation acts as a coat sleeve or a handkerchief, and the handkerchief itself features a cute roadmap with directions to the wedding.

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Live at The Distillery

These invites were created for The Distillery, a creative studio in Sydney. They created a ‘vinyl’ record in a colorful paper sleeve. The sleeves and records have a pleasant texture, playing off of the textural sound you hear when listening to records.

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Invitation – For Your Eyes Only

These invitations are designed in the manner of a highly classified information. Multiple layers are wrapped up into a small folder. Every layer has its own function i.e. the outer cover, a map, and the event information.

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Venture – the wooden invite

A usual invite you get by regular mail is made using paper, but not this one. Take a look at this highly crafted invitation in the form of a wooden book with a funny character inside.

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Wedding stationery

The invitation is designed after a ferry ride ticket since the wedding is held on a boat. It uses blue, white, and red color scheme to keep the theme for the smallest details.

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Pomegranate & Orange wedding invitation

The best wedding invitations have multiple layers to entice the receiver, just like this one. This wedding invitation has three layers which are the patterned front sleeve, the illustrated inside the sleeve, and the invitation card.

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Color Me Badly wedding invitation

This wedding invitation is a whole package that comes in a tin box and with certain accessories. The illustrated card inside features the bride and groom on the back. They encourage you to color the shapes with colored pencils that come with the package.

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Film roll invites

This easy DIY tutorial will guide you through the process of creating your own film roll invites. You can roll the paper over to see the text.

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Mosaic 2014 Invitation Kit

These cool invitations were made for 2014 The Singapore Mosaic Music Festival and it uses the same invite design, but in different colors: blue, yellow, and white.

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Rachael + Brian’s fabric wedding invitation

The designer (who’s also the bride) combined kraft paper, white ink screen printing, and fabric for her woodland wedding invitations.

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No-Melt popsicle invitations

Ideal to go with a summer-themed party, these invitations look like an actual popsicle. You can write the details of the event on the space given at the back side.

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Birthday invitation – Quinceanera

This amazing birthday invitation is made in the form of playing cards. You can actually play the cards, all the necessary information about the event is placed on the box.

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Floral wedding stationery

This invitation is inspired by the South African Bushveld. While the illustration is detailed, the text within it is very simple. It’s completed with flower pattern and golden envelope.

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Travel-Inspired wedding invitation

These wedding invites use travel-inspired items, such as tickets, passports, and maps with a red color accent. It is amazing to see how much attention the designer has paid to the details.

travel-invitation
A Look Into: Evolution Of Greeting Card Designs

A Look Into: Evolution Of Greeting Card Designs

Greeting cards have been around for hundreds of years dating back to ancient China and Egypt. It’s how…Read more

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Thai Boat Noodle @ Bedok Point

Thai Boat Noodle @ Bedok Point

Took over from Khun Mee Thai, Thai Boat Noodles @ Bedok Point continues the legacy of her predecessor serving the authentic Thai noodles, we love Khun Mee Thai for their delectable bowl of Thai wanton mee and can Thai Boat Noodle convinces the patrons for the same?

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Thai Boat Noodle offers the “cheapest” wanton mee at S$ 1 each in town, of course cheap could be nebulous with its dainty serving size, you can literally gulp down the bowl of noodle in one to two mouthfuls, the intention is clear for you have a taste of different flavours before embarking the final choice.

Mini Boat Noodles or Kuai Tiao RueaBoat Noodle Dry Spicy $ 1.0

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The One-mouth rice noodle was topped with sliced pork, meat ball, ground peanuts, veggies and lard. Seasoned sweet flavoured sauce with the spiciness to provide the taste, overall a nice bowl of noodle.

Boat Noodle Soup Spicy $ 1.0

Topping are exactly the same but served in the soup base, the pork broth was savoury and spicy, but overall the least favourite among the three mini bowl noodles.

Mini Tom Yum $ 1.5

A good Tom Yum soup base that hit on the right note. The right level of spiciness, savoury and sourness was a pleasant to the tastebuds. Our favourite among the three mini noodles.

Stir fried Kang Kong $ 6

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Generous serving size for the price but not able to impress, be it the taste of the texture.

Chicken winglet $ 6.8

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Thai fried chicken wings are usually the mid-wing that cut into half to separate the ulna and radius bone, it saves you the hassle when eating the mid wing especially to salvage the meat in between the two bones. It is always our favourite with its nice crisp coating, juicy and tender meat.

Phad Thai $ 7.8

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The Phad Thai was reasonably good with the taste and texture.

Egg Omelette $ 6.8

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An ordinary egg omelette that could be done for a much fluffy texture and flavourful taste.

Ba Mee Lava Egg Dry $ 7.2

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The Ba mee come with lava egg, veggies, char siew, copious of lard and crispy fried wanton skin. The yellow noodle was “pale” looking and not appearing at all, noodle was too a tad too dry with no visible sauce added, there was some taste but when compared to Khun Mee Thai, the Bak Mee from Thai Boat Noodle has a distinctive gap to bridge.

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Our verdict on Thai Boat Noodle @ Bedok Point

There are Thai Boat Noodle shops and stalls sprouting around every month and competition will likely be intense, in order to whet the appetite of the finicky diners, the anchored stars of their Thai boat noodles have to be truly standout and make a deep impact to the patrons.

Stepping out the restaurant, we kind of miss the Thai wanton from Khun Mee Thai.

8% Service charge and GST applied

Thai Boat Noodle

A: 799 New Upper Changi Road, #02-32/34 Bedok Point, Singapore 467351

T: +65 6445 9932

H: Monday – Friday: 11.30am to 10pm Saturday – Sunday: 10.30am to 10pm Last order: 9.30pm

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