Are you looking for a unique way to celebrate the countdown to 2014? Want to join in the countdown festivities but dislike large crowds? Prefer to celebrate the countdown to 2014 in an air-conditioned environment within an intimate setting? Well, we have just the right solution for you!
Back by popular demand and in its third year running, the New Year’s Eve Gala Concert by The Philharmonic Orchestra Singapore is a one-of-a-kind concert featuring orchestral favourites, waltzes, and an exhilarating musical countdown to the New Year.
One of Singapore’s flagship orchestra under the baton of Maestro Lim Yau, The Philharmonic Orchestra Singapore comprises of young adults who are committed to training and developing as ensemble musicians, through the study and performance of seminal orchestral literature.
The concert will be conducted by Lim Yau and presented by Andrew Mowatt, a senior lecturer at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts’ theatre department and also an established scriptwriter and actor in the Singapore scene. This year’s countdown concert will also feature Su Yi Wen & Yin Yue from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, in Delibes’ ever popular Flower Duet.
A Sneak Peek of The New Year’s Eve Gala Concert
The Event Details Are As Follows:
The Philharmonic Orchestra, Singapore
Lim Yau, conductor
Andrew James Mowatt, presenter
Su Yiwen and Yin Yue, sopranos
New Year’s Eve Gala Concert 2014
Date: 31 December 2013
Time: 2200 to 0005 hours
Venue: School of the Arts Concert Hall, 1 Zubir Said Drive Singapore 
Nearest MRT Station: Dhoby Ghaut
Alternative Parking Areas are available at The Cathay, Plaza Singapura, Hotel Rendezvous, SMU, PoMo
Tickets are available at SISTIC Online, SISTIC authorised agents, and SISTIC Hotline [6348 5555].
SGD $37 Standard
SGD $70 1 Pair of Standard
For more information and updates about the New Year’s Eve Gala Concert by The Philharmonic Orchestra Singapore, do check out The Philharmonic Orchestra Singapore Facebook Page!
Tickets are limited so if you want to celebrate 2014 with an evening of classics, hurry and book your tickets now! And oh, you will also get to enjoy a glass of champagne during the intermission! Just sit back, relax, and celebrate the year-end with orchestral favourites from Dvorak’s Carnival Overture to the best loved Flower Duet of Delibes and waltzes of Johann Strauss. Together with Maestro Lim Yau and presenter Andrew Mowatt, The Philharmonic Orchestra Singapore promises a pleasurable evening and good company on December 31st!
LG is always at the forefront of innovative technology breakthrough. In this year alone, we have attended numerous product launches by LG and we have seen how the company always strive to constantly be the best in the field of ‘Smart Technology’.
Now what exactly is Smart Technology and how does it apply to us in our daily lives?
In our own terms, Smart Technology serves to provide a proven time-saving specific function that is relevant to the user, and its efficiency and effectiveness to help improve our everyday lives can be measured. Simply put, products that incorporate Smart Technology are easy to use, intuitive, saves time, and provides convenience to users.
There are a couple of products such as mobile phones, television, and home appliances from LG that incorporates the use of Smart Technology and in this article, we will using the LG G Flex smartphone that was created and recently launched by LG as an example.
The LG G Flex is poised to create a new milestone in the smartphone revolution, incorporating proprietary innovations from other LG companies in the form of the display and battery.
Here’s how the LG G Flex [incorporated with Smart Technology] will bring about convenience and practicality to the everyday ‘lifestylists’!
With the unique and vertically curved design of the LG G Flex, the distance between the user’s mouth and the microphone [when the device is held against the ear] is reduced and hence, optimised to deliver improved voice and sound quality. As a matter of fact, the LG G Flex curved design increases the sound level by 3 decibels as compared to typical flat smartphones. The LG G Flex curved design also offers a more reassuring grip and fits more comfortably in one’s back pocket.
In landscape mode, the display offers a cinematic experience to fit the contours of human’s eyes, providing users the most immersive and comfortable viewing angle for watching videos or playing games.
The LG G Flex also features the Rear Key function which was first introduced in the LG G2. Devoid of any buttons on the sides, there is less chance of accidentally powering off the phone and the convenience of using one’s index finger to adjust the volume when conversing is maintained.
[Image Credits to The News Tribe]
[Image Credits to @kenhong via Tom's Hardware]
LG Chem, a sister company of LG, developed the world’s first curved battery technology specifically for application in the LG G Flex. The curved battery in the G Flex is designed with LG Chem’s patented Stack & Folding technology, reducing the physical stress on the battery pack when in the curved form and provides better stability and performance. Despite its thin form, the LG G Flex battery has a capacity of 3,500mAh, enough power for more than a full day of use.
The LG G Flex has an array of new features that will prove to be useful for consumers. Some of the new features include QuickTheater, a feature that gives users quick access to photos, videos and YouTube right from the lock screen; Dual Window, a feature that divides the wide 6-inch screen into two separate windows for more effective multitasking; Face Detection Indicator, a feature that displays the LED on the Rear Key in green to confirm the status of face detection and focus during self-shots using the rear camera.
[Image Credits to Inferse]
Among the several new technologies incorporated into the LG G Flex, the LG G Flex is the first smartphone to apply a “Self-Healing” coating on the back cover. This elastic coating has the ability to recover from the daily wear-and-tear scratches and nicks that un-cased smartphones are likely to receive, helping it to maintain a brand-new look.
[Image Credits to Gadgets.NDTV]
With ergonomic features and Smart Technology incorporated into the LG G Flex, the LG G Flex certainly has much to offer! “LG has continued to learn from consumers and has broken boundaries with a distinctive and revolutionary product that is shaped to enhance consumers’ usage experience,” said Mr. Scott Jung, Managing Director, LG Electronics Singapore “The LG G Flex with its distinctive curved design, innovative hardware and consumer-centric UX sets the standard in the smartphone industry and represents the most significant smartphone development.”
Smartphones aside, we’re pretty confident that LG will continue to spearhead and pave the way for Smart Technology to be infused into our everyday life. With LG, Life is Good!
If this article about the LG G Flex is too technical to understand or comprehend, this video produced by the team from HardwareZone.com is definitely way easier to understand as it clearly demonstrates the new functions and features that is available with the LG G Flex.
The LG G Flex will be available at M1, Singtel, Starhub and other authorised LG mobile retailers from 21 December 2013 for a recommended retail price of SGD$1,088.
If you are interested in the LG G Flex and you wish to find out more information, do check out LG Mobile Singapore Facebook Page!
Say, “Yes!” to smart living with smart technology!
For all you fans of Betjeman & Barton Singapore, do you know that Betjeman & Barton Singapore has launched an online retail shop where you can purchase your favourite teas with no hassle? Well, if you frequent the physical Betjeman & Barton Singapore tea boutique at Raffles City Shopping Centre, you probably would have some favourite tea flavours in mind and ordering them online would now be so convenient!
In partnership with Betjeman & Barton Singapore, all of our readers will be entitled to a 10% discount when they enter the coupon code, “awinsomelife” before “checking out” their online shopping cart. Furthermore, when you make any purchase, yes any purchase, at the Betjeman & Barton Singapore Online Store, you might just be one of the lucky winner to win a Shooting Star! Now, that’s some extra reasons to shop online for some premium tea collections from Betjeman & Barton.
Last week, we were at the Betjeman & Barton Singapore tea boutique at Raffles City Shopping Centre and there are some new tea selections that tea connoisseurs can look forward to. If you are an adventurous person and you absolutely can’t wait to try new stuffs, heading down to the physical store would be a good idea but be prepared though; you might be so awestruck by the beautiful and intricately-designed tea caddies filled with the goodness and pleasant scents of the tea leaves that you might want to consider buying the whole tea boutique!
When we were there, Agnès Defontaine, one of the co-owners of Betjeman & Barton, flew specially from France to Singapore and conducted a small tea tasting session and we certainly learnt a lot about tea from her.
Sampling some lovely tea during the tea tasting session at Betjeman & Barton Singapore.
It was overall an enjoyable session with Agnès and should you be interested in such tea tasting session, do subscribe to Betjeman & Barton Singapore’s Newsletter or alternatively, check out Betjeman & Barton Singapore’s Facebook Page.
With exactly 10 more days to Christmas, should you still be cracking your head for Christmas gift ideas, how about getting some premium tea collections from Betjeman & Barton Singapore? We’re pretty sure your tea-loving friends will adore you for that!
While it is good to take a break away from work, one must never forget to keep fit and healthy. For one, I feel extremely guilty that I haven’t done any workouts for the last one month and with all the weekly food and alcohol binging, it certainly isn’t doing my body any good. The good news is, I’m still losing weight by managing my intake of calories but the bad news is, my body has been feeling lethargic and my fitness level is dropping really badly.
Stop procrastinating and start working out by engaging in my weekly 5-Kilometre runs. To be honest, I really hate running; though I probably will get accustomed to it sooner or later. But what really would be useful for me right now would be some Pilates Classes at Pilates Fitness!
Previously, we have shared about our experience at Pilates Fitness and though the location was somewhat inconvenient for us, we are really glad that Pilates Fitness has recently opened another branch at Serangoon Gardens.
With the new branch at Serangoon Gardens, it now gives us an extra reason to take up Pilates classes at Pilates Fitness. In fact, we’re pretty sure a number of people would welcome this new avenue to keep themselves fit and healthy!
Now, one really awesome benefit of taking up Pilates instead of Gym Classes, Yoga Classes, or even Fitness Boot Camps is that Pilates has zero impact on the joints. This means that the elderly, obese, people with body size on a bigger side, pregnant ladies, or even those recovering from an injury can still do Pilates safely. If only I knew about this earlier, I probably would have been able to keep my weight in check as the wrist injury I sustained during National Service hindered me from doing a lot of physical activities. Moreover, running has a high impact on my knee joints and it is probably wiser to alternate between Pilates Classes and my weekly 5-Kilometre runs.
If you are wondering what classes at Pilates Fitness is like, check out the short clip that we have created.
You probably would have noticed from the video that the class size is small, and this is the case for every session at Pilates Fitness because they believed that every participant should be given maximum attention and interaction with the instructor. As a matter of fact, the ratio of the number of instructor to the number of participants per session is 1:10.
Apart from a small class size, the regular/full-time Pilates Instructors at Pilates Fitness would be able to monitor and keep track of your progress and fitness goals! As such, this allows them to be fully committed to your growth and development. Imagine the horror of having a different instructor every time you go for your lesson!
Well, it’s high time that we start getting our fitness back on track. Even as I am typing this blog entry, I really reminiscence the time we spent doing Pilates at Pilates Fitness and really, if you are looking for a positive and conducive environment to keep fit, lose weight, and tone some muscles, Pilates Fitness is the place!
We had a very delightful experience at Lucky Bunny Café during our recent trip to Bangkok, Thailand; and this is a place we highly recommend if you are looking for some awesome homemade Thai food with some lovely and cute bunnies as your companions.
A distance away from the heart of Bangkok, Lucky Bunny Café is located in a residential area and to get there via public transport, you can take the Bangkok Metro to Lat Phrao Station and thereafter, take a taxi straight to Lucky Bunny Café. Alternatively, if you prefer to take a taxi and head straight to Lucky Bunny Café without the hassle of taking the Bangkok Metro, you can do that too but you might encounter heavy traffic congestion along the way. Make sure the taxi driver charge you by the fare meter and not on an agreed sum; else you would be ripped off during the journey.
When you are near the area [assuming you are using Google Maps to track your location, which we did], do look out for directional signs that will lead you to the doorstep of Lucky Bunny Café.
The entrance to Lucky Bunny Café is very well-decorated and though it is set in a home, don’t hesitate to go in and enjoy the warmth hospitality from the owners of Lucky Bunny Café.
Areas of Lucky Bunny Café which guests can access to are the dining room, the bunnies’ room, and the garden.
Lucky Bunny Café Dining Room
Lucky Bunny Café Bunnies’ Room
Lucky Bunny Café Garden
When we were presented with the food menu by the owner of Lucky Bunny Café, both Jacqueline and I were scratching our heads because they were written in Thai. Thankfully, the owner is extremely conversant in English and we placed our food and drinks order with much ease.
You might also want to take comfort in the knowledge that the drinks and desserts menu are in English.
While waiting for our food and drinks order to be ready, we took a quick look at the garden and admired the really cute figurines. There were definitely tons of opportunities for snapshots, even in the dining room!
The Cute Sheep Figurines in the Garden
Foxy Mehmeh Riding the Vintage Scooter in the Dining Room
Presenting to you the food, drinks, and dessert that we ordered at Lucky Bunny Café.
Tom Yum Soup with Chicken
Spicy Minced Pork with Thai Herbs
Thai-Styled Fried Rice
Chocolate Waffles Served with Bananas and Vanilla Ice-Cream
Italian Kiwi Soda & Italian Lemon Soda
Are you ready for some squealing good time?
After a very satisfying meal, we went to the bunnies’ room and we had a lot of fun cuddling the super adorable bunnies. The best part was, some of the bunnies even showed us a trick or two and they were really funny!
We were also very privileged to have the owner of Lucky Bunny Café with us as we learnt a few tips about keeping bunnies, how to maintain the bunnies, and what kind of food to feed the bunnies.
By the way, some of the bunnies at Lucky Bunny Café are for sale and they are top grade premium bunnies [they even have something like a pedigree certificate too]. The bunnies come from a farm that Lucky Bunny Café works with and trust us, the bunnies are really affordable, healthy and well-maintained; yes, way cheaper and even way better than the bunnies from the pet shops we have here in Singapore.
Now, if you really want to explore Bangkok, Thailand and you are looking for a unique place to dine, Lucky Bunny Café is one place you should include in your itinerary the next time you plan your free and easy trip to Bangkok.
Address: 866/7 Ladprao 101, Soi 28, Klongjan, Bangkapi, Bangkok 10240
Operating Hours: Tuesdays to Sundays 1030 hours to 2000 hours, Closed on Mondays
Mode of Payment: Cash Only
Contact Number: 6685-1955465
Enjoy & Have Fun!