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Fresh Resources for Web Developers – March 2017

With CLI (Command Line Interface) we’re able to streamline and automate web development workflows. And that’s why in this installment we’ve included quite a number of awesome CLIs that you can install on your local computer or to run some stuff on the server. On top of that, we’ve also included a few PHP tools, browser add-ons, and JavaScript libraries. Let’s check them out.

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Guetzli

A new encoder from Google that allows to compress image down by up to 35% from the initial size while retaining the quality. It is quite a breakthrough given that similar open source encoders, such as JPEGOptim and jpegtran, are capped to only 20% on avarage. I can see that there will be a number of apps and plugins for CMS platform integrating Guetzli to optimize JPEG files.

Guetzli

Developer Roadmap

As the name implies, Developer Roadmap is an infographic of journey of being a Web Developer. There are three courses Front-end, Back-end, and DevOps. These roadmaps are like, well, a map; and are a great reference to see where we’re currently at, what we might have missed, and where we’re going next.

Developer Roadmap

Netlify CMS

SmashingMagazine has recently made a bold move to ditch WordPress and try something new entirely with a new CMS called Netlify CMS. It is a new CMS built on top of React.js and can be integrated with any static site generator like Jekyll, Hugo, and MiddleMan.

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BadSSL

It’s a website to check your SSL configuration. BadSSL is a handy tool to perform debugging and errors over SSL installed on your site.

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Alix

Alix is a Chrome extension that allows you to audit your website accesibility. Once installed and enabled, the plugin will add an overlay box over a number of elements on the page which pose warning or errors.

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AR.js

AR.js is JavaScript libraries unlike the others. This library enables us to create Augmented Reality using Web technology, and surprisingly runs really fast on mobile phones.

AR.js

React Trend

It’s a react component from Unsplash to create lovely Line chart typically for showing trends. The component is configurable; you can set the line thickness, color, gradients, and the curve smoothness. You can simply use the GUI to conveniently generate the component code.

React Trend

Gitee

A macOS application to monitor your Github activity right from your desktop, Gitee adds a new item on the status bar showing numbers of stars, followers, and notification. In addition, you can also view charts of your push and commits on a repository as well as trending repository on the current month and week. It is Github on Desktop in a nutshell.

Gitee

Goops

Goops is a handy CLI that will analyze your project directory and determine the directories and files to add in the .gitignore. The CLI can be installed via NPM. Once installed, type goops and done.

Goops

Debug CSS

DebugCSS is a CSS drop-in utility that allows you to analyze and validate your CSS output on the browser. It works quite similar to Alix, when you load the debugCSS stylesheet or use the bookmarklet, it highlights the elements on the page that pose errors or warnings.

Debug CSS

EagleJS

EagleJS is a JavaScript library to create presentation similar to RevealJS. EagleJS is differ in some ways; it is built using Vue.js, a JavaScript MVC framework, and use Pugas the templating system to build the slide.

EagleJS

BootstrapTour

A JavaScript library to build pop-up guides using a Bootstrap component. The popup guides usually appear for new user to walk them through the application interface, new features, and for showing tips. It is a perfect library if your site is built with Bootstrap as well.

BootstrapTour

Brick

Brick is a JavaScript library designed to build web application UI. You’ll find some common ones like Calendar, Menu, and Form among the bundled components, It also comes with a “storage-indexeddb” component to allow you to store data on the client-side using IndexedDB.

Brick

OctoTree

OctoTree is a nice utility that allows to browse source codes and files on Github with Tree structure as in an IDEs or code editors. It comes as an add-on for Chrome, Safari, Firefox, and Opera, and available on their official add-on repository. Octotree supports Private and Enterprise Github repository.

OctoTree

Github Notification

Another useful Github extension for Chrome. Once installed you will be able to receive notification even if you’re currently not on Github pages. A great plugin if you want to stay in the loop with your repositories.

Github Notification

Deployer

Deployer is a tool to deploy your PHP sites. It works with a number of popular frameworks and platforms including WordPress, Drupal, Magento, Laravel, and CodeIgniter. With this tool, you can compose your own recipes, a piece of command to run during deployment. It comes with Rollback feature which enable you to go back to previous version in case of failures.

Deployer

PHPStan

A CLI that to scan PHP files to find errors without executing the runtime. This means that you do not need a full-stack PHP environment to debug the PHP files on your project.

PHPStan

NGINX Boilerplate

A collection of common Nginx configurations which include Backend Caching, connection and requests rate limit, and some other best practices to boost your site for speed and tune it up for traffic rush.

NGINX Boilerplate

Bubbly

Bubbly is a great command line that you can install on your server to generate, manage, and renew certificate with Let’s Encrypt. Doplying SSL is now getting so much easier.

Bubbly

Waffle Grid

Yet, another CSS grid framework built with Flexbox that I think you should look into.

Waffle Grid
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Hong Yun Seafood: Seafood White Bee Hoon Dry!

White Bee Hoon
Seafood white beehoon from $ $ 20

I happened to chance upon this Zi Char in Toa Payoh one evening while looking for supper.  The owner recognised me as he was also the owner of Hup Chong Yong Tau Foo which I had blogged about previously.

I was surprised when he told me that he also ran the Zi Char in the same coffeeshop and that their signature dish is a dry version of white beehoon which has been around long before the current seafood white beehoon craze.

This version of white beehoon is quite different from the wet version we are all familiar with in a similar way that wet hokkien mee is different from the dry type.  I liked the texture of the thin beehoon and how it had absorbed the flavour of the stock.  A generous sprinkling of crispy chunky nuggets of lard also helped to add a big flavour boost to the dish.  It isn’t as robust in seafood flavour as the wet version and it does lack a wok hei flavour, but I found the carbo rush of the chewy white beehoon very comforting.  It is one of those things that can easily become a staple which you can eat every week. Not surprisingly, almost everyone in the coffeeshop had a plate of white beehoon and another side dish to go with it.  4.25/5

Eggplant
Meat Floss Brinjal $ 20

Following that supper, we organised a mid-week makan session to taste some of their other Zi Char dishes.   They are all very competent and they are especially good at their deep fried dishes like the eggplant with pork floss which were crisp and dry and provided a very satisfying start to the meal.  4.5/5

Sweet potato leaves
Sweet potato leaves $ 13

Their sambal sweet potato leaves was also excellent.  Even if you don’t like to eat veggies, you will probably like to eat this as the veggies are soft and not fibrous and the flavour of the sauce goes really well with rice.  4.25/5

Curry Fishhead
Curry Fish Head (half) $ 24

Their version of the curry fish head uses farmed ang zhor (red snapper) and a curry gravy that isn’t as tangy as some other places as they don’t use as much assam.  It is well balanced and good for those looking for a more Indian style curry fish head.  4/5

Yam Ring
Yam Ring $ 20

Our first impression of the yam ring was that it doesn’t have enough gravy. Chef explained to me that this was done on purpose so that the yam ring will remain crispy.  Unlike a lot of other places which buy their yam rings ready made, they still make the effort to mash their own yams.  The yam ring itself is very good, though I would still feel a bit more satisfied if there was just a bit more sauce!  4.25/5

Nam Yu Pork
Crispy Fried Pork $ 15

If you are looking for something to go with the white beehoon, then the crispy fried pork is a good bet.  It’s fried till the whole thing is crisp all the way through.  You will need teeth for this dish!  I felt the sweet black sauce didn’t go too well with the pork though and would have preferred it if it were less traumatic on the teeth.  4/5

Har Cheong Gai
Har Cheong Gai $ 12

Like all their other deep fried dishes, the har cheong gai was fried perfectly.  However, the har cheong flavour could be more robust.  3.75/5

Aircon area

The boss converted two stall spaces within the coffee shop into an air-conditioned area for patrons of the zi char.  I thought it was a brilliant idea as customers can now dine in aircon comfort in a coffee shop with no extra charge.  This really makes Hong Yun stand out from many other coffeeshop zi char!

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Conclusion

Most of the dishes are good overall and their signature white bee hoon is quite unique and satisfying.  On top of that, they have an air-con area where you can enjoy the food!

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New Sales Figures Show iPhone 6s Was The Best Selling Smartphone In 2016

By | March 23rd, 2017

IHS Markit today released data in which it compares the sales of 350 different smartphone models throughout last year, and it makes for interesting reading.

According to the figures, the iPhone 6s was the best selling smartphone throughout the twelve month period, beating the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus as well as every Android smartphone on the market, including Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S7.

Of course, not all of this should come as a huge surprise to anyone who is familiar with a calendar. Both the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus were around from January 1st through December 31st, while the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus did not go on sale until almost October.

The fact the older iPhone outsold the newer release makes absolute sense given its nine month sales head start. The same goes for Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge, although to a lesser extent – both went on sale in March of 2016.

Of course, the three months extra sales time is not going to stop people from waxing lyrical about how Apple’s year old devices trounced the competition.

Apple again has demonstrated that its new iPhones integrate enough innovations and new features to drive sales and remain successful in the market. The company is also capable of selling older devices for an extended period of time. For instance, the year-old iPhone 6s and 6s Plus were both among the most-shipped models in 2016… Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge and S7 ranked fifth and ninth, respectively. Sales of these two devices have outperformed their immediate predecessors, S6 and S6 Edge.

Of course, it is entirely possible the iPhone 6s would have beaten out all new comers even if they all had the same amount of time on sale, and the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus clearly outsold the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge despite being on sale for a shorter time. To us, that’s a more compelling story than the iPhone 6s sales, but maybe we’re the odd ones out.

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Beat The Lunchtime Crowd With These 5 New Food Delivery Options

Newest delivery options in Singapore

It’s lunch time and you’re getting hangry. The mere thought of cold, wet rain slapping against your calves and having to brave through crowds in search for something to eat gets… a little overwhelming. It doesn’t help that the nearest hawker centre isn’t anywhere near you.

Whether it’s wet and stormy or hot and humid, here are 5 new amazing restaurant options by Deliveroo that’ll arrive at your doorstep within an average time of 32 minutes.

1. PUTIEN

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The unassuming appearance of Putien’s Fried Heng Hwa Bee Hoon ($ 10.17) belies the skill needed to perfect this staple of Chinese cuisine. Springy hand-made vermicelli is infused with a rich stock of pork bones and chicken. The chilli sauce provided also adds a tangy and spicy punch to the dish.

Another must-order from their menu is the Homemade Bean Curd ($ 11.66). Stir-fried with mushrooms, carrots and sugar snap peas, the hand-made beancurd has a silky melt-in-your-mouth texture that pairs well with the bee hoon.

2. Sushi Tei

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If you’re looking for a quick bite, Sushi Tei has got an extensive menu with 16 different makis! Their Spicy Tuna Mayo Tobikko Maki ($ 6.40) is generously stuffed with tuna salad, and their Ebi Avocado Ebikko Maki ($ 7.40) is a delectable combination of prawn, cucumber and avocado.

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For those who aren’t fans of sushi (you’re seriously missing out), try their Chicken Curry Rice ($ 12.70) served with tender chunks of chicken, onions and carrots. They also thoughtfully separate the gravy from the rice so you don’t have to settle for a soggy and goopy meal.

3. Pepper Lunch

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While the takeout version of Pepper Lunch isn’t served on its signature hot plate, the set still sizzles in flavour. BBQ Premium Beef & Hamburg Set ($ 18.40) comes with a hearty portion of sliced beef and a hamburg beef patty that’s balanced out with a refreshing side of corn and long beans. It’s a pity their signature Honey Brown and Garlic Soy sauces were missing. Otherwise, this would have been a complete meal. 

4. Imperial Treasure

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Nothing feels quite as comforting as a warm bowl of E-fu noodles on a cold rainy day. A staple at most Chinese restaurants, Imperial Treasure’s Stewed “E-Fu” Noodles with Fresh Mushroom & Shrimp Roe ($ 17.15) is served with mushrooms and shrimp roe that adds a burst of flavour to the dish. 

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Not all Roast Pork ($ 12.85) are created equal and Imperial Treasure’s rendition ranks among some of the best in Singapore. The crispy skin is well-complemented with tender lean meat, and layers of succulent fat. We’re huge fans of this roast pork on its own but for an added oomph, dip the meat into the creamy mustard sauce on the side.

5. Fish & Co.

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If you want to #treatyoself, choose Fish & Co.’s Seafood Platter ($ 24.56)*! The dish offers generous helpings of grilled prawns, grilled calamari and white fish that are lightly charred, giving it a delicious smoky flavour. And if that isn’t enough, the platter comes with a side of paella rice and chips. Their garlic lemon butter sauce also adds a bright zingy kick to the platter! 

*The Paragon outlet serves their Seafood Platter ($ 29.91) with King prawns!

Because lunchtime food deliveries save lives 

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It can get busy at work sometimes but it shouldn’t mean that you should skip lunch. With Deliveroo, you’ll be powered through the day with a plethora of options that’ll keep your belly nice and warm — through a few mere clicks!

New Deliveroo customers can also use exclusive TSL promo code ‘TSLROO2‘ to get their delivery fees ($ 7 code) waived off their first two orders. The code is valid until 30th April 2017, so get your orders quick!

Satisfy your lunchtime cravings withDeliveroo!


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Chrome for iOS Now Comes With Read Later Option

Chrome for iOS users who would like to save articles for perusal later will finally get their wish as the Chrome 57 update brings with it the “Reading List” feature for Google’s browser.

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Functionally identical to the one that can be found on Safari, the Reading List feature for Chrome for iOS will let users save articles that can be read at a later time.

To do so, all you need to do is open the Share Sheet menu and tap on the “Read Later” option.

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All articles that are saved can be easily accessed via the Reading List option found in Chrome’s Settings Menu. All saved articles are stored locally on the device itself, allowing the user to access them even when there is no internet connection. On top of that, Google saves the entire page instead of just the text, so you’ll be seeing the full webpage complete with images.

Additionally, Chrome for iOS sorts saved pages into “Unread” and “Pages You’ve Read”, allowing you to better keep track of your saved articles.

The one drawback that Chrome’s version of Reading List has is that the saved articles do not sync between devices at the moment, so you’ll only be able to access the Reading List on the specific device it was saved on.

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Shake Mee – Start your day with Mee, but don’t get Mee crazy!

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Do you remember Face To Face, a popular Sarawak noodle brand from Malaysia, which opened its first overseas franchise set-up in Singapore last year? They have just introduced a new foodcourt concept at Cookhouse@Jem on 13 March 2017. Get ready to shake it up and slurp it down with freshly-made noodles and delicious ingredients!

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Serving Pan Mee and Kolo Mee in Japanese bowls, their serving size starts from “on diet” portion at $ 3.90 each. Our favourite is the Chilli Pan Mee served with mince meat, anchovies, kai lan, onsen egg, and house special dry chilli. The noodles have a good bite, while the chilli knocked our socks off. The anchovies accentuated the savouriness of this dish. Being one who favours salty food, the chilli pan mee definitely won me over.

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You can also choose interesting flavours such as the Creation Pork Pan Mee, Curry Pan Mee, Mala Pan Mee, and others. Consisting of braised egg, kai lan, crackers and pork, the Creation Pork Pan Mee reminded us of Taiwan’s braised pork rice. The pork is succulent and flavoursome, and we liked the crunchiness from the crackers in each bite.

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Mala Pan Mee contains shredded pork, pickled tuber mustard, peanut, roasted seaweed and sesame. It’s more numbing than it is spicy. 

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The Kolo Mee is also a bestseller and you can choose to order it in white (traditional), black (dark soy sauce), red (chilli sauce) or mix (black + chilli). This bowl of wriggly, al dente egg noodles served with minced pork, char siew, fried wonton, and kai lan is very enjoyable. The noodles are handmade daily without any preservatives. Check out the takeaway version which is very nicely packaged. This stall uses “chork”, giving you the option to choose from using chopsticks or fork for the noodles.

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Shake Mee also offers Chicky Pops ($ 3 each) which make a really good afternoon snack! They come in two flavours, namely Sea-Yo-Later and K-Pops. The former is drenched in mayonnaise with seaweed and sesame. We already found the little chicken pieces addictive, so we believe that kids will love them too! K-pops is drizzled with Korean spicy sauce with sesame. The taste is quite unusual, and we’re not sure if this will appeal to the local tastebuds.

Have fun shaking it up before slurping it down (that’s why it’s called shake mee)! If you need a meal that isn’t too heavy to perk you up, Shake Mee is here to satisfy.

Address: #05-01, Cookhouse@JEM, 50 Jurong Gateway Road, Singapore 608549

Opening Hours: 10am to 10pm daily.

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 Shake Mee. 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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Create Flow Diagrams in Sketch With User Flows Plugin

Interface designers quickly fell in love with Sketch as a UI/UX design tool. Right out of the box, it can whip up simple interfaces much quicker than Photoshop or Illustrator.

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One nice feature missing from Sketch is the ability to link artboards with flow charts. But with the User Flows plugin you can do just that!

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UX designers often need to deliver a full working prototype of mockups connecting different links/buttons to pages in the app or website. With User Flows, you can generate full sketch diagrams connecting certain elements on one page to another.

Flows can also help you define complete mockups with diagram templates. This feature automatically combines all the artboards and their flow lines together into one big Sketch file. This way you can export your flow ideas directly from Sketch.

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You can change line color, size, and export options for @1x or @2x sizes.

All flow lines are built with vector elements, so they can be resized and moved constantly without quality loss. And you can even set up conditionals where the flow chart moves to different screens based on different scenarios, for instance when a user is logged in vs logged out.

This is easily one of the most useful tools for a UI/UX designer, and it’s not something you can get with a Photoshop workflow.

Designers have plenty of reasons for switching over to Sketch. It’s cheaper, easier to use, and it can build high-quality mockups just like Photoshop. And now, with User Flows, you have one more reason to make the switch.

This plugin is completely free and open source with its own GitHub repo. If you notice any issues or bugs you can submit a report on GitHub or message the creator on Twitter @abynim.

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Hainanese Pork Chop Recipe: Hainanese Curry Rice Series

I am starting my Hainanese Curry Rice series with this Hainanese pork chop recipe.   Crispy fried pork chops can be found in many cultures.  The Austrians have their schnitzels and the Japanese their tonkatsu.   What makes Hainanese pork chops unique is the use of cream crackers for the coating which not only gives the pork chops their unique crunch but also a unique, toasty flavour.

In this recipe I used a brine to tenderise the pork instead. This simple salt brine not only tenderises the meat, but also makes it more juicy and seasons it at the same time.  If you are in a hurry, you can omit it and tenderise the pork the traditional way by pounding it and adding 1/2 a tsp of bicarbonate of soda into the marinade.

I am using meat from the ham (back thigh) in this recipe.  My butcher at the wet market told me that this is the cut they use at the Hainanese curry rice stalls.   It actually works very well and the meat was lean but still tender.  Pork loin chops would work well too.  The thickness should be between 1.5cm to 2cm.  If you cut it too thick, the crackers will burn before the interior of the pork is adequately cooked.

When breading the pork, make sure you drain off the excess marinade before you dust with flour to ensure that the crust will stick to the pork.  Gently press the cream crackers onto the surface of the pork and leave it on a rack until ready to fry.

Ingredients:

Brine
500ml water
1/8 cup salt (25g)

Pork Chop
Lean pork 600g
Salt 1 Tbsp
White pepper 2 tsp
Sesame Oil 1 Tbsp
Ginger juice 1 Tbsp
Chinese wine 1 Tbsp
Plain flour 1 cup
Eggs 2
Cream crackers 10 (crushed)

Sauce
Onion 1 medium
Tomatoes 2
Tomato ketchup 3 Tbsp
Vinegar 2 tsp
Sugar 1 Tbsp
Chicken powder 2 tsp
Cornflour 1 Tbsp (dissolved in water)

Method:

Dissolve salt in water and brine the pork for 8 hours.  Remove and pat dry.

Marinade pork for 30mins.  Then dust the pork with flour, followed by beaten eggs and cover with crushed cream crackers. Deep fry at 190°C for 2 mins or until the crust is golden brown.  Set aside.

Remove the skin of the tomato by cutting a cross on the base of the tomato and then blanching it in hot water for 1 min.  Remove and cool in water.  Peel the skin and cut into wedges.  In a wok, saute the onions, add the tomatoes and the rest of the seasoning.  Simmer till the tomatoes are soft and thicken with corn flour.  Spoon sauce over the pork chops and serve with potato chips and canned peas.

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Watch YouTube Videos Together With Friends With UpTime

For the most part, watching YouTube videos on your mobile device is mostly a solitary experience. However, what if there was an app that lets you view a “YouTube” video with your friends at the same time? If such an app appeal to you, then you might be interested in what UpTime has to offer.

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Created by Google’s internal incubator Area 120, UpTime is an iOS app that turns your regular YouTube binge sessions into a more social affair. This “social video experience” lets you browse through YouTube for videos that can then be shared and watched simultaneously with other people over the app. Viewers of a video are represented as circles that hover above the square border of the video.

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To make the group watch experience more interactive, UpTime allows viewers to chat with each other while the video is running, complete with emojis and reaction faces. On top of that, tapping on the video itself will cause effects to appear that are visible to all those who are currently viewing it.

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As is expected from a brand new app, UpTime does feel lacking in terms of features. Some examples includes the inability to record and publish a video onto UpTime, and the lack of an address book feature. UpTime also does not have a private messaging feature, although considering the fact that the developers are experimenting with the concept of open sharing, the absence of this feature may be intentional.

Flaws aside, UpTime is a rather interesting take on the video streaming experience. If you’re someone who likes interacting with strangers, UpTime is an app that’s worth experimenting with.

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10 Hypebeast Backdrops In Central Singapore's Less Accessible Corners

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So you think you’re hype enough to join the collective, having transformed your wardrobe from Bugis Street wares to HBX-approved gear. For the ‘gram, it is not so much of the clothes you wear but where the shot is made. A picture of you decked out in a pair of $ 400 kicks and Off-White top and bottoms with the backdrop as the middle of a MRT train impresses no one. 

Do your feed and outfit a favour – don’t waste your next #highsnobiety post on any ordinary backdrop, drop by these 10 hypebeast-approved places for that perfect shot. These locations are so obscure that we’ve included geotags so that you won’t get lost.

1. Chinatown Complex

Known as the home ground of the cheapest Michelin-starred meal in the world and 60-cent xiao long baos, Chinatown Complex holds a secret a select few know about – a basketball court on its roof. 

Take a trip down here either in the early morning or evening to avoid getting all charred by the afternoon sun. We got a hit of serious NYC basketball vibes while taking our photos here. 

Come nightfall and this court will be the perfect place to take a panorama shot of the sunset against the skyline of Singapore. 

Geolocation: 1°16’55.2″N 103°50’35.6″E
Directions: Take the lift up to the top floor of the carpark and continue your journey up via the stairs at either side of the carpark. 

2. Paragon Shopping Centre

Hidden from the outside world by translucent solar films is this futuristic-looking structure between Paragon Shopping Centre and Ascott Orchard Singapore. We loved how monochromatic the entire linkway looked, but you’ll need to have extra-thick skin when shooting here – we got many strange looks from business executives walking by.

Because of the high human traffic, we recommend heading down to the linkway during the post-lunch – aka food coma – hours.

Geolocation: 1°18’14.2″N 103°50’10.8″E
Directions: Head up to the third floor of Paragon Shopping Centre and walk through Mark’s & Spencer to its back entrance – the linkway.

3. Victoria Wholesale Centre

Established as the place to get local dry provisions at significantly lower prices by those in-the-know, Victoria Wholesale Centre also houses one of the most ulu spiral carparks in Singapore. Walking through the entire building at 6pm felt as though we were in a ghost town with store shutters down and the carpark quiet.

The trippiness of the spirals brings about infinite possibilities for your shots. With the many backdrops, you are all set to dish out your photos day by day with no one knowing that you ‘grammed them all in one day.

Geolocation: 1°18’41.1″N 103°52’01.4″E
Directions: From Lavender MRT Station, take Exit B and walk along Kallang Road to Padang Jeringau before turning into Kallang Avenue.  

4. Esplanade Park

Here’s a word of caution: don’t come here with the brutal midday sun hanging high in the sky. Sunburn is not a good look. That aside, this is where you can get #hboutthere shots at the underbelly of Esplanade Drive.

This is undiscovered prime area away from the sun and the crowd. Late afternoons on the weekdays are your best bets as optimal timings.

Geolocation: 1°17’20.3″N 103°51’15.5″E
Directions: From the Esplanade, walk along the Singapore River towards Anderson Bridge.

5. Underneath Marina Coastal Expressway

Even with cars and trucks whizzing right above this unnamed location, this pocket of space is a safe haven for many, including construction workers taking a midday break. Being here in the middle of the day gave us laid-back vibes. And of course, the pictures you take against the greyed-out backdrop make your journey here worth the effort.  

With the area entirely filled with pebbles, your kicks are bound to get dust all over, but leaping off the insane number of pillars for the perfect shot will get the dust off in style. 

Geolocation: 1°16’24.2″N 103°50’58.8″E
Directions: Alight at Bus Stop ID 03217, walk towards the Marina Bay Fire Station along Prince Edward Road. Look across the carpark and you’ll find the closest thing to a hypebeast’s Holy Grail. 

6. Raffles Place

Show your dedication to your feed by lying down on the floor for this #LookUpshot as your friend jumps over you in the middle of a sea of suits and ties. Come here on the weekends for minimal human traffic as it’s going to take more than him jumping over you once to nail this shot.    

Since you’re here, weave in and out of the alleys between the many office buildings for that natural HB1 filter. We took these shots in an alley right off Malacca Street, much to the confusion of blue-collared workers unloading office furniture.

Geolocation: Look up – 1°17’03.1″N 103°51’05.5″E, Alley – 1°17’01.4″N 103°51’02.6″E
Directions: From Raffles Place MRT Station and walk out via Exit A. Once out, find your sweet spot for the look up while lying on the greens. Seek out the alley of your choice by walking down Malacca Street towards Golden Shoe Hawker Centre.

7. Millenia Tower

No socks are to be worn here unless you’re in Phua Chu Kang boots. A sight common to white-collared workers on their smoke break, this oasis is only known to a chosen few who bother exploring Millenia Walk and its surroundings instead of just taking shots of its multi-coloured interior look-up.

By setting your shutter speed low, you can catch the movement of the wind across the waters as you carefully take baby steps to the middle of the shallow pool. 

The best kind of hypebeast shots are the ones people don’t expect. Nobody in their right mind would jump headfirst into a puddle of water, but if you’re rocking a pair of water-repellent kicks like the Sperry 7 SEAS we’ve got on here – then you must add water. We can guarantee you’ll be swimming in compliments after.

P.s. Scroll to the bottom to read exactly how these kicks stay so dry.

If you are donning on major cops, keep them dry by heading behind the cascading wall of water for a moodier shot.   

Geolocation: 1°17’32.2″N 103°51’36.8″E
Directions: From Promenade MRT Station, walk down Temasek Avenue and this water feature will be on your right. 

8. The Future of Us Exhibition Pavilion

Constructed in tandem with SG50 and once filled with visitors and exhibits, the metal lattice installation is now left at the back of the minds of the people. When we were there for half a day, we only noticed a handful of tourists snapping selfies with the structure.

The general public seems to forget about the beauty of light bouncing off this structure. Not us though. Take the advantage of the light and enjoy playing with the angles as you spend the day taking that perfect shot here with no one judging.

Geolocation: 1°16’52.2″N 103°51’40.0″E
Directions: From Marina Bay Sands, cross the Marina Bay Overpass towards Gardens by the Bay. After you’ve stepped off the overpass, walk towards your right and you’ll reach the structure.

9. Marina Barrage Bridge

Everyone comes to Marina Barrage to fly kites and have cutesy picnics and post photos with pictures either with the boring green backdrop or the empty blue sky. For more “industrial” images, head towards Bay East, Gardens by the Bay along the Marina Barrage Bridge

With its nondescript pathway, you have the freedom to explore the different kinds of shots you want against the concrete. 

Tip: If you’re here in the evening, watch out for joggers and cyclists who might accidentally photobomb you.

Geolocation: 1°16’56.0″N 103°52’25.7″E
Directions: Walk to Marina Barrage as you would from Bayfront MRT. The bridge starts right beside Sembawang Eating House Seafood Restaurant.

10. Marina South Pier 

This is a personal favourite. With a similar degree of seclusion as #5, you would have absolutely no reason to come to the Marina South Pier area unless you’re boarding a cruise or taking your IG feed to the next level.

On this ledge overlooking Marina Coastal Expressway, this is a backdrop unlike anywhere else in Singapore. With both the greenery and the cityscape right behind you, it won’t be for long till you are greeted with hordes of people here coming here to take their own shots.

Geolocation: 1°16’13.2″N 103°51’33.3″E
Directions: Exit Marina South Pier MRT Station and walk along the main road towards Marina Bay Cruise Centre. As the road divider comes to an end, cross the road and walk through the greenery towards the CBD buildings in the distance. You will then reach an area bordered by shrubbery as cars whizz past right under your nose.    

Hypebeast done right

There you go. Get down to these 10 places before anyone else accuses you of a trend follower. You are now part of the collective that’s in the know so grab your outfits and head out to feed your feed some hype.

As much as the Anti Social Social Club tops and Saint Laurent jeans are essential, your kicks have to be just as pumped as your clothes. What you cover your feet with can potentially make or break your shot. Our kicks from Sperry made sure that from top to bottom, we wouldn’t be mistaken for a couple of tryhards. 

Cop the next Sperry

Fresh out of Sperry’s idea board are the 7 SEAS. Having a sleeker silhouette than before, this new line of kicks are all about functional fashion. 

Spearheading the creation of non-slip shoes since 1935, Sperry outdid itself with the 7 SEAS. The trademark Razor-Cut Wave-Siping™ on its soles are further enhanced with its Terrain Traction Pods to ensure an insane level of grip no matter the terrain. Designed to prevent sailors from slipping off the decks aboard ships in the past, a pair of these can literally save your ass on rainy days. 

Incorporating Sperry’s seafaring background, the 7 SEAS also features a hydrophobic mesh upper teched up with HydroPel. This water-repellent technology means that you need not fear completely ruining your kicks and ending up with drenched socks and shoes by the end of your shoot. The minuscule OmniVents on the outsole of the shoes also drains excess moisture from it so that you will not end up with annoyingly moist socks at the end of the day. 

Constructed in Sperry’s signature MocFit structure and 360 Lacing System™, every pair of 7 SEAS fit us like a charm. We did not have to worry if they would suddenly fly out from our feet as we jumped from ledge to ledge for the shots.

The 7 SEAS ($ 129.00) is not only available at Sperry’s flagship stores in both Marina Square and Vivocity. You can also get them at selected Royal Sporting House outlets – 313 @Somerset, JEM, and Ngee Ann City. 

If you’re in the sneakerhead game, you can also find the collection at both outlets of The Social Foot – Orchard Central and Suntec City. 

For TSL readers, quote “The Smart Local” at all the above stores for 20% OFF all regular-priced Sperry shoes from now till 31st March 2017.

Check out the 7 SEAS Collection here!

Keep up with the latest happenings from Sperry simply by exploring #SPERRYSG and#SPERRY7SEASor by following Royal Sporting House and The Social Foot.


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