Skip to main content
Home-button-iPhone-iOS-10

iOS 11.1 Beta 3 Brings Back Ability To Access Notification Center Via Reachability Gesture

By | October 17th, 2017

iOS 11.1 beta 3 brings back ability to access Notification Center or Cover Sheet via Reachability gesture just like how it was back in iOS 10 days. Here are the details.

Apple’s iOS 11.1 beta 3 is now in the hands of developers and fans of Reachability will be pleased to learn that one particularly well loved feature has now returned after having been inexplicably removed in iOS 11.

The ability to invoke Notification Center via a gesture when a user is in Reachability mode on Home screen was seemingly removed in the initial iOS 11 beta days and while many expected it to make an appearance during the development process, it never did. Now, though, with the release of iOS 11.1 beta 3, Apple has righted that wrong by once again allowing such a gesture.

The removal of a gesture to allow Notification Center to be invoked after Reachability is used was highlighted when one user emailed Apple’s software head Craig Federighi, lamenting the feature’s removal. Federighi replied to say that Apple was “fixing it” and now we have proof of exactly that, and perhaps much sooner than any of us expected.

You may remember the email from an earlier post, with user Michael pondering just why the feature was removed in the first place. If you don’t, you can read it in full here.

We’re sure Michael will be a happy chap today, as will everyone who makes use of Reachability and has missed this feature since iOS 11 rolled around last month to all compatible iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices around the world.

You may also like to check out:

Related Stories

Let’s block ads! (Why?)

Redmond Pie

5 Farmers' Markets In Singapore To Switch Up Your Otherwise Mundane Grocery Runs

Best farmers markets in Singapore for fresh organic produce

Farmers' markets in singapore

Image credit: @flyeryang

A farmers’ market is a one-up from any supermarket experience; While with the same bustling activity and fresh food our traditional wet markets have, farmers’ markets focus more on organic produce, some homegrown. That’s not all – they also feature handcrafted items, workshops, and pop-up food stalls, making the whole atmosphere almost carnival-like.

Whether you’re a health nut seeking out organic goodies, or simply want a different sort of grocery shopping experience, these farmers’ markets in Singapore are worth hitting up. 

1. Farmers’ Market @ Loewen Gardens

Farmers Market @ Loewen Gardens

Image credit: @s_mart_grocery

Farmers’ Market @ Loewens sells a variety of gourmet meat, cheeses and local organic produce. All vegetables sold are grown without the use of fertilisers and pesticides, and since you’ll be buying them directly from the ones who farm them, these veggies are much cheaper compared to the ones found in grocery stores.

fresh;y baked goods

Image credit: @midnightbaker_sg

They always have freshly-baked goods for sale too! From banana loafs to cupcakes and macarons, homegrown patissiers come together each time to create the ultimate spread of indulgence for sweet tooths.

organic honey at loewen gardens

Sold alongside the greens are organic products such as the Raw Himalayan Honey, all the way from Nepal: Image credit: @organichimalaya

The farmers’ market is held once a month on a Saturday, with each event inviting new food vendors. Past ones include Carrotsticks & Cravings, The Meat Club and Papa’s Grove.

Address: 75E Loewen Road, Singapore 248845
Opening hours: 9AM-2PM
Telephone: 6474 0441
Website

Check for upcoming events here!

2. Open Farm Community Social Market 

Open Farm Community Social Market

Image credit: @openfarmcommunity

On any other day, Open Farm Community is a quaint restaurant serving up dishes made with produce from local farmers. But during their monthly Social Market, their outdoor terrace and carpark transforms into a bustling market, selling fresh produce and handmade items, along with a fun range of activities great for families to partake in together.

Each Social Market is themed differently, but accommodates people of all ages. Their recent “Kids Day Out” event had bouncy castles, game booths, and popsicles to keep the kiddos occupied – while their parents sneaked away to enjoy glasses of wine and cocktails!

Social market yoga workshops

Image credit: @openfarmcommunity

With activities and workshops such as yoga classes, painting and even beekeeping, OFC also creates opportunities for like-minded people to have fun, learn new skills, and interact.

Address: 130E Minden Road, Singapore 248819
Open Farm Community Restaurant opening hours: Mon – Fri: 12PM-4PM | 6PM-11PM | Sat – Sun: 11AM-4PM | 6PM-11PM
Social market opening hours10AM-4PM
Telephone: 6264 7960
Website

Check for upcoming events here!

3. Farmers’ Market @ Central Singapore

Farmers' market @ central singapore

Image credit: @sherl3l

People of the older generation are usually sticklers for tradition, so grocery shopping is pretty much synonymous with the wet market for them. But the Farmers’ Market @ Central Singapore is one that even gramps will enjoy.

workshops at central singapore market

Image credit: Central Singapore Community Development Council

The monthly event caters more towards the elderly, providing them with entertainment such as live cooking demonstrations and art and craft workshops. Local produce can be found at the stalls, along with pre-loved items and healthy organic snacks like macadamia nuts and dried fruits. 

artisan ice cream and cold juice

Image credit: Central Singapore Community Development Council

The heat may be overbearing for ah mah and ah gong, so be sure to stop by the food stalls for some cold-pressed juices and ice cream. There are also light bites like apple pie and salad bowls to refuel yourself with after making your rounds of the market.

Address: Varies
Opening hours: Weekends, date and time varies
Website

Check for upcoming events here!

4. Bolly Jolly Farmers’ Market

Bolly Jolly Farmers' Market

Image credit: @zheng_ltd

There’s no need to cross borders for a quiet escape to the countryside. Tucked away in Lim Chu Kang is Bollywood Veggies, a 10-acre farm filled with plantations and lush greenery.

Goods at Bolly Jolly

Image credit: Bollywood Veggies

Their Bolly Jolly Farmers’ Market is held on the last weekend of each month, with fresh produce, artisan confections, locally made condiments and handmade crafts for sale.

MOFO Chilli

Image credit: The Conceptual Store

If you’re a fan of all things spicy, check out the cheekily-named MOFO CHILI, a regular vendor at the market. Their chilli paste comes in just two variants, with Dodge The Bullet ($ 10) at heat level 5, and Final Destination ($ 12) at level 10. Warning: these are not for the faint-hearted!

nasi lemak platter for 2

Image credit: @thefoodwarriors

Besides the farmers’ market, there’s also a farm-to-table restaurant for visitors to relax and dine in. The Poison Ivy Bistro is known for its Sedap Nasi Lemak ($ 15), a dish big enough to feed two!

You can even join workshops for terrarium building, take up potting classes, and do a blind tasting of locally produced honey – perfect to end the day with!

Address: 100 Neo Tiew Road, Singapore 719026
Bollywood Veggies opening hours: Wed – Fri: 8AM-5:30PM | Sat – Sun: 8AM-6:30PM
Bolly Jolly farmers’ market opening hours: 8AM-6PM
Telephone: 6898 5001
Website

Check for upcoming events here!

5. Kranji Countryside Farmers’ Market

Kranji Countryside Farmers' Market

Image credit: @flyeryang

Held quarterly, the Kranji Countryside Farmers’ Market is the largest farmers’ market in Singapore, bringing together more than 40 local farms and food vendors. If you’re planning on heading down, do arrive early to avoid the crowd!

Fried frog balls

Tender frog meat is coated in breadcrumbs, fried till golden brown and drizzled with mayonnaise: Image credit: @jurongfrogfarm

The market sells a variety of items such as potted plants and handcrafted items, but we recommend going straight for the food. As bizarre as they sound, the Frog Pops ($ 5) and Crocodile Tail Nuggets ($ 5) are the best sellers! But if you’d prefer safer options, Har Cheong Kai and fresh oysters are available too. 

Archery workshops

Image credit: @jahbellajr

Parents can take the opportunity to sign their kiddos up for fun activities here – some of these include pottery classes, and archery lessons for aspiring Legolases.

Address: 240 Neo Tiew Crescent, Singapore 718898
Opening hours: Timing varies
Telephone: 6898 5001
Website

Check for upcoming events here!

Farmers’ markets with pop-up food stalls, organic produce and handcrafted items

Best farmers' markets in singapore

Image credit: @spgranola

Whether you’re looking for a next-level grocery shopping experience or simply finding a way to spice up your weekend, these farmers’ markets are worth the experience. Besides, getting local produce from the farmers directly makes them way cheaper than grocery stores, and the activities and unique products found will make any trip down worthwhile.

Also watch us on TheSmartLocalTV!

Let’s block ads! (Why?)

Latest blog entries – TheSmartLocal

pokemon-go-ios-hacked

Pokemon Go 1.49.2 And 0.79.2 Hack Available To Download Now

By | October 15th, 2017

If you are a Pokemon Go++ user, and waiting for Pokemon Go 1.49.2 IPA and 0.79.2 APK hack release, then fear not as that wait is over.

Fans of the modified version of the worldwide smash hit can now immediately download the 1.49.2 and 0.79.2 hacked version of the game for iOS and Android respectively, meaning that all of the modified features are on offer along with every single native and official improvement as introduced by Niantic Labs. The introduction of a new version of Pokemon Go update would usually mean a few new features and nuggets of functionality for Trainers to sink their teeth into.

The subsequent update and introduction of the modified version of Pokemon Go would then mean that Trainers who enjoy the modified version would not only get access to all of those new features as introduced by the official development team, but also all of the hacked features.

The same has happened with this 1.49.2 and 0.79.2 update, meaning that this latest Pokemon Go++ hack offers a modified experience accompanied by all of the incremental improvements and patches as introduced by Niantic Labs in the latest update.

If you are the owner of an Android device, either a smartphone or tablet, and want to get involved with the latest modified Pokemon experience, then you can follow our previous guide on the topic. Just make sure that you are running the latest version of Pokemon Go for Android from the Play Store, which happens to be 0.79.2.

As for those who prefer to allow Apple to handle their smartphone and tablet needs, you can grab the latest modified IPA file of Pokemon Go++ 1.49.2 from here, and then jump across to our previous installation guide to have it up and running instantly on your iPhone or iPad.

You might also like to check out:

You can follow us on Twitter, add us to your circle on Google+ or like our Facebook page to keep yourself updated on all the latest from Microsoft, Google, Apple and the Web.

Related Stories

Let’s block ads! (Why?)

Redmond Pie

img_6310

Shima, Goodwood Park: New Value-for-Money Kaiseki Set Meals

Established in 1980, Shima Restaurant at Goodwood Park boasts to be the first teppanyaki restaurant in Singapore. The kitchen is helmed by award-winning chef Hoshiba Fumihiko, former Chairman of the National Culinary Society of Japan, with forty years of experience.

He has recently launched a Kaiseki menu at $ 48++ and $ 68++ for lunch; and $ 88, $ 188, $ 288 for dinner. Kaiseki menu focuses on fresh, seasonal ingredients with seafood flown in from Japan at least twice a week.

We had the $ 88++ set for dinner, which gives good value for 8 courses. Each dish is beautifully crafted and presented.

The appetitizer  zensai (前菜), or translated as “small pretty things,” consists of five small pretty things including an Aigamo duck steamed with sake and yuzu until it turns medium-rare. At first, given the tough texture, I thought it was beef.

The second course, sashimiis shy; it is covered with a translucent leaf. Gorgeously plated, each fish is accompanied with hand-carved root vegetables shaped like flowers and leaves. We heard the tuna is a chutoro but in reality, the fattiness is closer to otoro usually marbled pink throughout. At the end of the meal, Mr Fitness said, “I could still taste the otoro in my mouth.”

Usually, I won’t harp on chawanmushibut this one is bursting with flavors. There is a layer, smooth as silk, that tastes like peanut butter, but which is in fact a fishcake.

The Yakimono course consists of grilled or pan-fried dishes. Here, the chef chose to present a fish and a beef. A very thin slice of A5 Tochigi wagyu wraps around aonegi (or what we know as 青葱 green spring onion) delicately. However, Mr Fitness commented, “The ratio of the spring onion and beef isn’t quite right; the pungency of the spring onion overpowers the taste of the beef.”

As for the fish, it is a Japanese amberjack marinated in Sakana Kyoto miso for three days. It’s delicious but I wonder whether if this is a wasted opportunity. Shima is after all a teppanyaki restaurant. The yakimono dish should feature something from the teppanyaki grills. Now I feel like going into Ali Baba cave and coming out empty-handed without trying a teppanyaki dish.

The nimono is the highlight of the course. Nimono is a traditional simmered dish that is prepared over 2 days. A turnip (kabu) is carved in the shape of a chrysanthemum flower, the underside hollow to contain a prawn ball. It is then placed in a gooey kiku chrysanthemum broth. What a beautiful dish.

The agemono or tempura is so-so, but the penultimate course, matsutake mushroom rice is a winner. Matsutake is known as Japan’s answer to black truffle. It is cooked with dashi stock in a claypot over a fire stove. This is umami.

Matcha ice cream mochi, persimmon, pear

There is a difference between value-for-money and cheap. Shima certainly isn’t cheap, but it exemplifies what value-for-money means. It won’t be the bestest Japanese food you’ve eaten in your life, but it is still delicious. Besides, there is so much heart that goes into the effort of cooking the dishes and the intricacy of the carvings.


Shima Restaurant
22 Scotts Road, Goodwood Park Hotel #01-00, Singapore 228221
tel: +65 6734 6281
12am-3pm, 6pm-10.30pm

Food: 6.5/10
Price/value: 8/10
Service: 7/10
Decor: 6/10


You may be interested in…
Tatsu Teppanyaki, Chijmes
Teppan Bar Q, Robertson Quay: Flying Omelette, Hidden Teppanyaki 
Akari Japanese Dining Bar, Marina Bay Financial Centre: Launch of Kaiseki Set Courses. THIS IS ART.
Teppanyaki Hamburg Nihonbashi Keisuke Bettei, Tanjong Pagar: First Hamburg Restaurant in Singapore (With Salad Buffet and Free-Flow of Eggs of All Styles)


Written by A. Nathanael Ho.

Advertisements

Let’s block ads! (Why?)

Rubbish Eat Rubbish Grow

iPad-Pro-Apple-Pencil-main

Rumor: Apple Pencil Might Be Coming To The iPhone

By | October 15th, 2017

According to unnamed industry sources who have been speaking to The Korea Herald, Apple is considering offering a stylus that is capable of working with the iPhone for the first time.

The stylus, believed to be an iteration of the Apple Pencil, would likely require an all-new iPhone in order to work thanks to the screen technology required. Because of this, the Apple Pencil only works with the iPad Pro rather than other devices in the iPad line, let alone the iPhone.

According to the sources, Apple is said to favor a stylus of the “supercapacitor stylus type” in order to be able to offer a cost-effective solution. This choice would also contrast with Samsung’s Galaxy Note pen, which is based on electromagnetic resonance technology. The Galaxy Note is currently the only smartphone offered with a stylus as a key differentiator, something that sees the handset continue to hold something of a cult following despite the mess that was the Galaxy Note 7’s release and subsequent recall.

Apple is mulling something that its late founder Steve Jobs had outright rejected — adding a stylus to its iPhone, according to industry sources on Oct. 13.

“Apple is preparing to launch the phone as early as 2019,” an industry source told The Investor on condition of anonymity. “It is also in talks with a couple of stylus makers for a partnership.”

Apple first launched the Apple Pencil alongside the iPad Pro two years ago now and has so far resisted the temptation to offer a stylus for its smartphones. However, with Samsung having a portion of the market all to itself, it would stand to reason that Apple would at least work on the idea of offering a competing product.

Former Apple CEO Steve Jobs famously derided the use of a stylus with a smartphone, but as we all know, in those days stylus was mainly used as input mechanism for navigating user interface on touchscreen phones rather than fingers that we are so accustomed to these days. A stylus in 2017, like Apple Pencil, is more about drawing, annotation and other artistic works rather than navigating the user interface.

(Source: The Investor)

You may also like to check out:

Related Stories

Let’s block ads! (Why?)

Redmond Pie

10 Lovey Dovey Things You Used To Do As A Teenager You’d Be Paiseh About Today

Things we did for puppy love

Oh, puppy love. From writing our crush’s names a million times in our diaries, to signing in and out of MSN Messenger just to catch their attention, it’s an unavoidable rite of passage we all had to go through during teenagehood.  Of course, this also probably left us making a couple of regrettable life decisions.

Here are 10 things most of us have done to profess our love for our childhood sweethearts that’ll make you want to facepalm…hard.

1. Folding paper hearts with bus tickets

 SBS Bus ticket hearts

Image adapted from: hkitalk.net and lemon-zil

Back when we didn’t have EZ-Link cards, dropping coins into bulky machines that issued ticket stubs was the way to go. But what were we to do with these random slips of paper as lovelorn teenagers? Fold them into little hearts to gift our significant others, duh!

And while it did help us score some brownie points, they were probably better off in the bin…because that’s where they all went in the end anyway. *sobs*

2. Dedicating a late-night love song to bae on 98.7fm

boy holding radio

Image credit: IndieWire 

For those of us who were painfully shy and could never get around to expressing our affection face to face, calling in to a radio station to dedicate “our song” to boo was our saving grace.

A cryptic text with instructions to tune in to the radio would be sent to them too, only for them to be serenaded by a sappy love song. *cue Truly Madly Deeply*

3. Showcasing your love by with matching outfits…and everything else

matching couple outfits

Image credit: YouBeauty

Though many of us might feel embarrassed at the thought of even wearing the same t-shirt by accident, our teenage selves were more than happy to be twinning from head to toe.

 Nokia 8210

The legendary Nokia 8210. Image credit: Singtel

From getting matching Nokia 8210 phone cases and customising analog 8-bit ringtones for each other, to hiding couple dog tags from 77th Street underneath our uniform, there seemed to be no better way to show the world that the two of you were exclusive than with his-and-hers items.

4. Ending text messages with secret number codes

Before the mighty emoji which allows your love to be sent in just a simple kissy face, short forms were all the rage. We’d swap words like “you” for “u”, and even got rid of entire phrases by replacing them with sneaky number codes: 143 for “I love you” and 60 or 68, which meant “lao gong” (husband) and “lao po” (wife).

And when we didn’t want to be boring like our parents, we came up with extremely creative ways to play around with the English language: lyke typinq lyke diis.

5. Texting 17317071 to your girlfriend on your Motorola Memo Jazz

motorola memo jazz secret code

Image source: Singtel

You gotta give it to the peeps of the 90s – when all they had were pagers that didn’t support alphanumeric text, they came up with ingenious ways to beat the system and send mushy memos to their darlings anyway – like this string of seemingly random numbers: 17317071.

Decoding it didn’t even require you to transform into Sherlock – all you had to do was to turn your pager upside down to read the secret message: “I LOVE U”. :’)

6. Making a personalised mix-tape with your crush’s fave hits

personalised cd covers

Image credit: Pinterest

As young romantics, CDs were probably the most versatile gifts ever. Just burn a collection of bae’s favourite songs and you were good to go for Valentine’s Day, anniversaries and birthdays. They made for brilliant peace offerings too. A modern day apology would be sneakily slipping JB’s Sorry into the mix!

7. Getting engraved couple rings from Couple Lab

matching couple rings from couple lab

Image credit: Mythical-existence

At $ 60-80 a pair, these couple rings from Couple Lab were not easy on our poor student wallets. And embarrassingly, they were often more of a proclamation of your relationship status to keep competition at bay.

It didn’t hurt that Couple Lab offered free engraving services too, so that we could etch each other’s pet names on the bands as a true mark of being together 4eva.  

8. Chatting on the phone for hours until mom interrupts

talking over the phone for hours

Before the birth of Telegram or Whatsapp, we used to have phone calls with our sweethearts on landline telephones that stretched on for hours.

I used to be guilty of this myself: giggling and sighing into the phone for hours straight, completely oblivious to my surroundings, when suddenly all I could hear was mom yelling “Oi! Mummy wants to use the phone also ah!”

Oops.  

9. Send ASCII flowers and hearts on Valentine’s Day

ASCII Heart for valentines day

Image credit: thatgrrl.hubpages.com

Imagine the age before Telegram and its wondrous treasure trove of stickers – a good morning greeting that can be easily settled with a cute sticker these days used to be a jumble of symbols pieced together painstakingly by your S.Os.

But it’s undeniable that as teens, ASCII art was all it took to turn us into a melty puddle of goo.

10. Serenading your girlfriend through songs on voicemail

Voicemails are almost extinct now, though it was often used by hopeful crooners to serenade their girlfriends with popular hits like This I Promise You by NSYNC and As Long As You Love Me by Backstreet Boys.

Leaving surprise voicemails was the thing to do to if you wanted your gal to boast about how cool you were to her friends. Unfortunately, this would also backfire if you weren’t a fantastic singer – a traumatic experience that still elicits embarrassed groans amongst men today. Shudder.

*Bonus* Proclaiming your love on Teletext

welcome to teletext

Image credit: Elle

This one goes out to all the older peeps. Way before the time of Twitter feeds and Facebook statuses, Teletext was the go-to for the latest updates, be it for news, classifieds or even 4D results.

But of course, Teletext was also the place where budding Romeos would send in lovey-dovey messages for their partners – in all its pixelated glory. Sigh, IG dedications will never be as pure and wholesome.

Everlasting connections with the world’s longest video call

longest phone call ever kimberly wang shane pow

Image adapted from:Singtel

As we look back on all the mushy things we’ve done for love, there’s a sense of nostalgia in realising it was all just a part and parcel of our growing up. With a large chunk of it involving text messages, online chat messengers and and phone calls, dating as a teenager wouldn’t have been the same if it wasn’t for our trusty telcos either.  

From not failing us as we professed our love through voicemail to making sure it’s only mum breaking up the conversation, Singtel is one network that’s been able to keep up with even the most sentimental of texts over the years.

Ever been on a call that you wish could last forever? Watch how a young couple stay on possibly the world’s longest ever video call. It’s anyone’s guess who will hang up first. Because with Singtel’s data network, you have the power to make the call. Find out more at singtel.com/youmakethecall In the spirit of staying connected, tell us how you use your mobile phone to stay in touch with your loved ones. The most interesting answer wins you and your loved one a Samsung Galaxy Note 8 each!

Posted by Singtel on Monday, 9 October 2017

We might have kept in contact with bae through all sorts of quirky ways in the past – but this modern day couple takes “connection” to a whole new level.

With a fast and reliable data network, Singtel gives its customers the quickest speeds in Singapore of up to 800Mbps – meaning our heart-eyed emojis get sent across in a breeze. LDR couples will be able to keep the ship sailing too. Singtel’s got 99.9% of the island covered, so Tampines and Tuas don’t seem too far away after all.

Plus, with constant monitoring and optimization, the network ensures consistent data speeds in even the most crowded spots. And as SEA’s first ever Tri-band 4G+ network with LTE900, rest assured that your signal bar at indoor and underground locations will be just as strong as your relationship.

But here’s the real showstopper – Singtel has recently launched DATA X INFINITY, which gives you unlimited data for just a flat rate of $ 39.90/month on top of their latest Combo 3 Mobile Plan and above.

So who knows, you and your boo might just be able to beat the record for the longest phone call ever!

Find out more about Singtel’s mobile plans here!


This post was brought to you by Singtel.

Also watch us on TheSmartLocalTV!

Let’s block ads! (Why?)

Latest blog entries – TheSmartLocal

Samsung-logo-png

Samsung CEO Kwon Oh-hyun Resigns Amidst “Unprecedented Crisis”

By | October 14th, 2017

Big changes are afoot at the very top of Samsung after Kwon Oh-hyun, Samsung Electronics’ CEO and Vice Chairman, announced his resignation.

He will step down from the CEO role and his positions on the board in March 2018. He will also resign as CEO of Samsung Display to boot.

Kwon will be leaving Samsung following the unfolding of what he called an “unprecedented crisis,” which no doubt refers to the imprisonment of Lee Jae-yong, who was, at the time at least, the top dog within the whole Samsung group. While Lee was not directly involved in the running of Samsung Electronics, this is the first indication that his highly publicized jailing will have an impact on the company.

“It is something I had been thinking long and hard about for quite some time. It has not been an easy decision, but I feel I can no longer put it off,” Kwon said in a letter sent to his employees. “As we are confronted with unprecedented crisis inside out, I believe that time has now come for the company start anew, with a new spirit and young leadership to better respond to challenges arising from the rapidly changing IT industry.”

Samsung Vice Chairman Lee Jae-yong facing five years in prison following corruption charges

Kwon, aged 64, had held the position of Samsung Electronics CEO since 2012 and was named Samsung Display CEO in 2016. Having been with the company since 1985, Kwon leaves Samsung Electronics in a strong position having recovered remarkably well from the mauling it took following the failed launch and subsequent cancellation of the Galaxy Note 7 smartphone. The Note 7 infamously had a tendency to explode and catch fire, causing damage to property around the world.

Samsung Electronics has announced that it expects record profits for the second quarter in succession.

You may also like to check out:

Related Stories

Let’s block ads! (Why?)

Redmond Pie

Jia Xiang Nasi Lemak: Blue is in!


Chicken drumstick set $ 4.5

Blue rice is currently the in thing!  It’s actually not a new thing but an old thing, but somehow it has recently become THE thing!

Blue food really does capture the imagination doesn’t it?  There are not many foods that we associate the colour blue with.  One can think of blue cheese and blueberries perhaps, but blue is an uncommon colour for food.  Whereas reds are usually an indicator for heat, yellows for richness, greens for freshness and browns for sweetness, blue is usually associated with cold and rotting food.  So, we seldom see blue used for food.


Dried blue pea flowers

Blue pea rice is another exception, especially in Peranakan and South East Asian cooking. The colour comes from the petals of the blue pea flower,  (Malay: bunga telang) which is native to Malaysia and Indonesia.  Its resemblance to the female genitalia gave rise to its scientific name, clitoris ternatea and it is believed to be able to boost the female libido! (Same sort of reasoning with oysters)  It is also believed to have other medicinal qualities, but I think most of the time, it is simply used for its unique colour.

I don’t mean to be morbid, but my friend and food expert, Chris Tan tells me that blue is the traditional colour of mourning for the Peranakans and that the blue kuehs were made to be used during funerals!  Is this the common understanding amongst those of you who are Peranakans?  Do let us know!

Jia Xiang 家香 (lit flavours of home) was founded by two brothers, Kenneth and Shawn who hail from Alor Setar.  Shawn tells me that they grow a lot of blue pea vines at home and he grew up eating blue rice nasi lemak which is one of his grandma’s signature dishes.  In fact, it is still harvested, dried and sent to Singapore to make the blue pea rice at the stall!  So, the stall’s name,  “Jia Xiang” isn’t simply a nice name but there actually is some substance to it!


Chicken Rendang Set $ 5

I was introduced to Jia Xiang a while back when the stall was still in Tampines.  A good friend of mine, Amigo Chen, insisted that I need to try the nasi lemak and brought a box of it to the clinic.   I was immediately taken by the deliciously rich rendang ayam which went so well with the fragrant blue rice!

When I decided to pay their new home a visit,  I was really pleased to find that the rendang ayam was the special dish of the day!  (It’s on the menu on Tues and Sat).  For me, the dish was special because of the rendang ayam. The other components, viz rice, chilli, fried chicken and fried eggs where done very well, but it was the combination of the rendang and the rice that was outstanding.  The rice could be more lemak (rich), but Shawn tells me that he had deliberately cut back on the coconut milk so that his customers don’t feel too jelak after the meal.  Nevertheless, the rice grains were still plump and moist.  The fried chicken was good.  The meat was nice seasoned and juicy, though I felt the crust was a tad thick.  4.25/5

The blue pea flower is also featured in their drinks.  These are the brainchild of Kenneth’s wife, who is a make up artist by training.  The drinks are attractive, until you try to stir them and they become a dull duck egg green.  I was told that most of the ladies would just stir the bottom and leave the nice colour on top for as long as possible.  Taste wise, I think they were pretty standard drinks, but they are so pretty that I am sure most people will end up buying one, especially when it’s just an extra dollar for the blue chai tea with every set meal!

Conclusion

Good to see another young couple working hard at their craft.  I think the blue rice and blue drinks are great for marketing, especially in the age of Instagram.  But, in the long run, I think it is the quality of the food that will enable them to succeed.

Let’s block ads! (Why?)

ieatishootipost

iPhone-8-Vs-iPhone-X

Survey Shows 82% U.S. Teens Would Opt For An iPhone Over Its Competition

By | October 13th, 2017

Apple’s iPhone is still the must-have accessory for teenagers as proven by new numbers investment firm Piper Jaffray for the fall edition of its semiannual U.S. teen survey.

According to the numbers collected by the firm, a staggering 78% of teens questioned already own an iPhone of some description, which is up 2% when compared with the same report that was collated earlier this year.

On top of that very interesting statistic, 82% of those questioned said that their next phone would be an iPhone rather than something offered by competitors such as Google, Samsung and LG. That number is the highest that Piper Jaffrey has ever come across in any of the previous surveys of this ilk. The increased interest for the current iPhone lineup, or perhaps future iPhones, is likely due to the recently released iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus and more importantly the as-yet unreleased iPhone X. With its TrueDepth camera, super-fast CPU and a new Home button-less design that certainly captures the imagination, the next evolution of the iPhone design is definitely catching the eye of technology and smartphone enthusiasts.

It stands to reason that the teen market would be no different.

Other interesting numbers to come out of the survey have the Apple Watch proving popular. 17% of those questioned said that they plan to buy an Apple Watch in the next six months, up from 13% earlier this year. Apple Music is also doing well, according to the numbers, with the music streaming service gaining market share alongside Spotify.

On-demand music services like Spotify, YouTube, and Apple Music (30%, 20%, and 17%) continue to gain market share among teens, as more traditional platforms and Pandora continue to lose share.

The numbers come out of Piper Jaffray’s fall 2017 teen survey, which consisted of 6,100 teens across 44 states in the United States with an average age of 15.9 years.

You may also like to check out:

You can follow us on Twitter, add us to your circle on Google+ or like our Facebook page to keep yourself updated on all the latest from Microsoft, Google, Apple and the Web.

Related Stories

Let’s block ads! (Why?)

Redmond Pie

8 Countries Singaporeans Talk About Migrating To – Ranked By Costs Of Moving There

Reto your dream city

As much as we love Singapore, most of us have, at some point, dreamt of just packing up and moving to somewhere new and exciting. Unfortunately, getting a grasp of just how much it costs to buy a house overseas and getting an idea of the cost of living can be a daunting task.

But not to worry, we’ve picked 8 of the most talked-about migration destinations among Singaporeans and listed down living costs* and the type of housing you can get for the price of a regular $ 500,000 SGD 3 bedroom flat:

*Note: To sum up a rough cost of living, we used the cost of a Volkswagen Golf and the price of essential groceries (like chicken, eggs, bread and potatoes) as benchmarks.

1. New Zealand (Wellington)

best countries to migrate to

New Zealand’s new working visa has put Australia’s outdoorsy neighbour on the map as a migration destination, especially for young Singaporeans. Its capital, Wellington, is a hit with millennials who’ll be right at home in the artsy city centre. 

One of the biggest draws for Singaporeans has got to be Wellington’s spectacular natural beauty. Picturesque mountains, lakes and nature trails are all just a short drive away, and are some things we’d never be able to experience in SG. After all, there’s a reason why The Lord of The Rings was filmed here!

What you can get for the price of a flat: A comfortable family home with a large garden

Cost of a car: S$ 34,000

Cost of groceries: S$ 22

2. Australia (Melbourne, Perth)

 best countries to migrate to

Image credit: Johann Dique

Melbourne has topped the list of the world’s most liveable cities, so it’s not surprising this cultural melting-pot is a top choice for Singaporean expats.

Like New Zealand however, eating out in Melbourne is a pricey affair. But because of the abundant farmers markets with incredibly fresh and cheap produce, you’ll find yourself eager to cook up a storm at home. Another bonus is that cars are loads cheaper and also the best way to explore the neighbouring areas, like the gorgeous Yarra Valley.

But if city living just isn’t your thing, head west to Perth and enjoy the laid back city’s slow pace of living. One of the best parts of living here has got to be easy access to city’s beautiful beaches – so drive down to the coast and pack your boardshorts and bikinis for a spot of sand, sand, and surf.

What you can get for the price of a flat:a small apartment (Melbourne), reasonably-sized, landed family home (Perth)

Cost of a car: S$ 28,000

Cost of groceries: S$ 19 (Melbourne), S$ 18 (Perth)

3. United States (San Jose, California)

 best countries to migrate to

Image credit: Alliance Manufactured Homes

If your idea of The American Dream isn’t a shoebox apartment in pricey New York, move west to tech hub of San Jose, which is considerably cheaper and definitely more laid back thanks to its large population of young, tech-savvy millennials.

While the city might be located in the tech-hub of Silicon Valley, San Jose residents know how to have fun too. The city is home to a slew of nightclubs, bars, and award-winning restaurants and even Din Tai Fung! 

But despite its high-tech facade, the neighbourhoods like Willow Glen and Silver Creek manage to invoke a cosy, small-town feel. 

What you can get for the price of a flat:a large family home

Cost of a car: S$ 27,000

Cost of groceries: S$ 19

4. United Kingdom (Brighton)

 best countries to migrate to

Image credit: Tony Mould

Escape the bustle of London and make the quaint seaside resort of Brighton your home. In addition to rustic seaside living, Singaporeans will enjoy a true taste of Brighton hospitality – the town’s residents are a remarkably open and tolerant bunch. 

In addition to hosting major Pride events, the town has its own buzzy music scene that champions local artists like Bat For Lashes and Royal Blood. If you thought London was the only “happening” place in the UK worth migrating to, think again!

 best countries to migrate to

The view isn’t too shabby either! Image credit: The Telegraph

And if you ever feel like you miss city living, central London is just an hour away by train – perfect for a weekend shopping trip!

What you can get for the price of a flat:A cosy single bedroom flat

Cost of a car: S$ 34,000 

Cost of groceries: S$ 14 

5. Canada (Toronto)

 best countries to migrate to

Image credit: Jason Baker

Canada is also a prime destination for Singaporeans because of its general safety and migrant-friendly population. And if you’re a city kid through and through, Toronto’s vibrant city life won’t feel too far from home. 

Toronto prides itself on being an inclusive and welcoming city and is home to many Chinese, Indian, and Italian immigrants. Like Singapore, this mash-up of cultures has created a vibrant food and arts scene – a rojak if you will!

What you can get for the price of a flat:A quaint landed property

Cost of a car: S$ 26,000

Cost of groceries: S$ 16

6. Thailand (Bangkok)

If it’s street food, a tropical climate, and a lively city you’re after, you can’t go wrong making a move to the bustling city of Bangkok.

Anyone who has visited the “Land of Smiles” will already be familiar with how affordable the country is when it comes to transport, shopping, and of course, phenomenal Thai cuisine

Come nightfall, you’ll find no shortage of things to do in the city’s nightlife districts of Sukhumvit, Khao San Road, and Ratchadaphisek – the latter being more popular with the locals.

What you can get for the price of a flat: A large bungalow

Cost of a car: S$ 43,000

Cost of groceries: S$ 10

7. Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur)

Kuala Lumpur may not be as exotic a destination as the other places on the list, but the affordable cost of living there is a huge draw.

We’re familiar with Malaysia as our neighbour up north, so most Singaporeans won’t experience too much of a culture shock and won’t have much difficulty adapting to the lifestyle in KL. And while we’re all super proud of our local dishes, we gotta admit that the Malaysian food scene is a worthy competitor.

Best part? If you ever do feel a little homesick, Singapore is just a short flight or drive away.

What you can get for the price of a flat:A multi-storey bungalow

Cost of a car: S$ 52,000

Cost of groceries: S$ 7

8. Indonesia (Bali) 

 best countries to migrate to

Image credit: Selamat Made

For many Singaporeans, the dream is to migrate to a rustic countryside – far from the bustling city centre. For this, the idyllic, beachy, and ridiculously cheap Bali comes to mind. The cost of living here will be a relief for most Singaporeans, whether it’s massages, meals, or transportation.

And it comes as no surprise that the Balinese like to take things easy. With such a slow, laid back pace of life, moving to Bali means living the permanent vaycay lifestyle!

What you can get for the price of a flat:A beachside villa

Cost of a car: S$ 30,000

Cost of groceries: S$ 8

Migrate with help from an affordable investment plan

 best countries to migrate to

If you’re in your 20s and haven’t got a huge amount saved up to migrate, these prices might still leave you feeling a little disheartened. But whether you’re dreaming of moving to sunny California or a cosy flat in Brighton, a solid investment plan is the first logical step to take. 

AIA’s Pro Achiever Plan will give you the head-start that you need with an affordable starting price of just $ 200 a month. And when you start early, compounding makes your future goals all the more achievable.

More importantly, the plan gives you access to expert financial guidance that’ll help you grow your savings and plan any investment opportunities – that’s less time lost in a sea of financial jargon and more time with your friends and loved ones.

 best countries to migrate to

Image credit: AIA

AIA’s Pro Achiever plan also offers additional perks like 100% of premium invested from the start, no sales charge, bid-offer spread, and 5% bonus units on your premium amount to reward you for staying invested after 12 years of premiums, all the way till age 100 or when you surrender the plan.

With a little help from AIA, you can plan ahead and get your money to work for you right now – making a future move to your dream country a reality. We can almost see you sipping pina coladas by a Balinese beach!

Find out more about AIA’s Pro Achiever Plan


This post was brought to you by AIA.

Also watch us on TheSmartLocalTV!

Let’s block ads! (Why?)

Latest blog entries – TheSmartLocal