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A Different Kind Of Shopping Experience At 313@somerset

Last week, we were invited by 313@somerset to experience a whole new way of shopping and we were quite intrigued by the Beacon-Based Indoor Positioning technology that are currently under trial to provide shoppers with an interactive and engaging shopping experience.

Being the first mall in Singapore to embrace this latest technology, 313@somerset hopes that this latest retail innovation will enable shoppers to receive hyper-targeted messages, deals, and other content based on their proximity inside the mall.

The technology offers immense potential for both 313@somerset’s retailers and as well as the increasingly technologically savvy shoppers. How this technology works is that it uses battery-operated Beacon devices, the size of a thumb-drive, to emit low-energy Bluetooth signals with an identifier for that particular Beacon.

“Can you spot the Beacon device?”

These signals communicate directly with BLE Bluetooth compatible devices, such as a smartphone or tablet. Beacons themselves do not track devices; they emit a signal to the device to do something. An app is required for a mobile device to ‘see’ a Beacon. When placed throughout the mall or store, BLE Beacons are detected by shoppers’ mobile devices, provided their Bluetooth and Location Services preferences are turned on.

Shoppers, who have the Tring 313 app will then receive alert notifications within one to five meters from the nearest Beacon; a much tighter range compared to the current Tring 313 app which utilizes a mix of GPS, cell tower triangulation and Wi-Fi access points to alert shoppers within a 50m to 400m radius outside the mall.

“A pop-up notification that alerted us to a deal at MUJI when we walk past the store.”

With the Beacon-based Indoor Positioning, it promises more relevant and personalised messaging delivered at convenient times. Deals and promotions will be filtered and relevant messages will reach desired shopper audience as they pass by participating stores, allowing them to conveniently pick up deals along their intended route; or when they are in the store itself, to deliver a more engaging experience with real time offers and deals.

“We downloaded the deal coupon on the Tring 313 App and walked-in to MUJI store.”

Shoppers will be able to enjoy instant gratification and greater relevancy in messaging and deals.

“Instant gratification indeed!”

Closed beta group testing is currently in place to gauge how intuitive the new Tring 313 experience is and how shoppers engage with the new Indoor Positioning technology. The official roll-out date is not confirmed yet but we envision that this technology will evolve Singapore’s retail shopping landscape.

How To Bypass Geographical Restrictions When Watching Videos On US/UK Sites

Have you ever encountered this and found it really annoying?

Well, we have and we are going to share with you how you can bypass geographical restrictions when streaming online videos from practically anywhere!

Here’s UnoTelly to the Rescue!

UnoTelly offers smart DNS service that changes your current IP address and lets you stream online TV shows to your home on any device with advanced features like high streaming speed and bypassing the geo-restrictions. In other words, it’s an Online TV Service that bypasses Geographic Limitation.

With UnoTelly, you can now experience the Internet without any virtual borders because UnoTelly unlocks TV, film, and music that are not available in your current location. UnoTelly’s catalogue is also one of the largest around and with 250+ channels, you’re bound to discover something new to watch and enjoy.

You can check out the channels’ listing at https://quickstart3.unotelly.com/channels

Just in case you are wondering, the key difference between UnoTelly and traditional VPN services is that by using UnoTelly, you will have a much faster connection for streaming video compared to VPN services. That’s because unlike VPNs and other solutions, with UnoTelly, there is no “middle-man” and as a result, you can stream directly from the streaming media station such as Netflix, BBC iPlayer, and etc. with your full internet speed. Furthermore, a majority of the VPNs’ can only be used on PC and Mac whereas UnoTelly works on any PC/Mac/Linux, media streaming device, game console and mobile device. Whether you have one or one hundred, there is no limit on how many devices you can use with UnoTelly.

Unsure if UnoTelly is useful or works for you?

Well, you can try UnoTelly DNS access for free for 8 days and the best part is, no credit card is required! If you require technical support, UnoTelly has a friendly and dedicated support team that is available 24/7!

What’s more, if you sign up for the UnoTelly Gold Plan, it will come with a bonus VPN feature that will also let you download Android apps from the UK and US Google Play store. The bonus VPN feature also allows you to use UnoTelly services in hotel, any public places, and 3G or 4G networks! Now that’s really something to rave about!

So what are you waiting for? Go sign up and try out UnoTelly’s 8 Days Free Trial at https://www2.unotelly.com/signup!

For more information, do check out UnoTelly’s Facebook Page!

[Pre-Order]- Good Chen Hello Kitty & Doraemon Mooncakes 2014

Good Chen, a bakery in Malaysia, is rolling out their special mid-autumn festival mooncakes once again and as usual, we have received quite a number of emails from various individuals whom asked if we will be bringing them in to Singapore like we did the year before. So, yes, we will be bringing them in and here are the various mooncakes that are being offered this year!

All images used are courtesy of Good Chen Malaysia.

Doraemon Mooncakes

Price For Doraemon Snowskin Mooncakes
[SGD$40 for a box of 4 pieces]
[SGD$14 for 1 piece]

Price For Doraemon Traditional Baked Skin Mooncakes
[SGD$40 for a box of 4 pieces]
[SGD$14 for 1 piece]

Hello Kitty Mooncakes

Price For 4 Hello Kitty Mooncakes + Limited Edition Champink Apple Cooler Bag OR Cooler Lunch Bag
[SGD$55 for a box of 4 pieces]

Price For Hello Kitty Snowskin Mooncakes
[SGD$50 for a box of 4 pieces]
[SGD$15 for 1 piece]

Price For Hello Kitty Traditional Baked Skin Mooncakes
[SGD$50 for a box of 4 pieces]
[SGD$15 for 1 piece]

If you’re interested in placing an order, kindly copy and paste the following template, fill in the required information, and drop an email to sales@awinsomelife.org.

Sales Template

Name: __________
Contact Number: __________
Email Address: ____________________

Mooncake Theme: Doraemon/Hello Kitty/ [please choose one]

Choice of Mooncake Flavours:

1._______________ 2._______________

3._______________ 4._______________

5._______________ [reserve]

Choice of Bag/Packaging [only for those ordering 4 pieces of mooncakes]:

Doraemon Collection 1/2/3
Hello Kitty Series 1/2/3

Terms & Conditions:

1. All prices as indicated [less the ones on the brochures] are in Singapore Dollars and they are final & non-negotiable.

2. With every order of 4 pieces of mooncakes, you will be entitled to an exclusive limited edition packaging/bag. For orders with less than 4 pieces of mooncakes, we will just be placing them in normal plastic bags.

3. Once you have place an order with us via email, we will send you a confirmation email and upon receipt of the confirmation email, payment has to be made immediately. An electronic receipt to confirm that your payment has been received will be sent to you.

4. In the event that your choice of mooncake flavours are unavailable for whatsoever reason, we reserve the right to help you change the mooncake to your next preferred flavour as indicated in the Sales Template. Should your next preferred flavour is not available or is out-of-stock, we reserve the right to make a decision for you, based on what is available at that point in time.

5. The mooncakes as illustrated in the brochures are for reference. Actual appearances may differ slightly.

6. Complimentary self-collection points for the mooncakes will be at Hougang MRT, Kovan MRT, and Paya Lebar MRT. For self-collection, the hours are from 1830 hours on weekdays only. For all other timings, kindly drop us an email at sales@awinsomelife.org. If you prefer us to deliver the mooncakes to your preferred location, we will be charging a service delivery fee of SGD$5.

How Does The Vegetables From Panasonic’s Indoor Agriculture Farm Taste Like?

Do you know that Panasonic has an indoor agriculture farm here in Singapore that cultivates premium Japanese crop varieties via a controlled soil-based and pesticide-free environment with LED lighting?

The 248 square metre indoor agriculture facility currently produces 10 types of vegetables; green and red leafy lettuce, mizuna [potherb mustard], mini red and white radish, rocket lettuce, basil, ooba [mint herb], mitsuba [wild parsley] and baby spinach. Both leafy and root vegetables are cultivated in the controlled soil-based environment with LED lighting. At present, total production capacity is at 3.6 tonnes annually. Through this local indoor cultivation, consumers like you and us can potentially gain significant savings compared to purchasing similar premium Japanese produce that are imported.

Panasonic is strengthening its research and development efforts to accelerate harvest such as increasing shelf capacity [vertical farming], shortening cultivation lead time from 35 days to 28 days, improving area productivity and expanding crop variety. By 2016, Panasonic is looking to grow more than 30 crop varieties.

In land scarce Singapore where only 8% of vegetables consumed are grown in local farms, Panasonic aims to contribute to the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority’s [AVA] vision of raising self-sufficiency level for leafy vegetables through its technology and harvest. Panasonic also hopes that the indoor vegetable farm can provide a better life and a better world through improved food quality.

As of now, the produce from Panasonic’s indoor agriculture farm is not commercially available but Panasonic will assess market demand for commercial expansion to restaurants and supermarkets within this fiscal year.

Currently, Panasonic supplies on average, 0.3 tonnes of vegetables to all three Ootoya outlets in Singapore per month.

If you are interested to find out how the fresh, crunchy, and pesticide-free Japanese produce from Panasonic’s indoor taste agriculture farm tastes like, all you have to do is head down to any Ootoya Japanese Restaurants and order their new salad offerings.

Salad Roll with Bagna Dressing, SGD$4

Mini red radish, red leafy lettuce and mizuna [potherb mustard] wrapped in rice paper, served with a typical Italian style dip made from anchovies, fresh cream, milk and garlic.

Homemade Tofu Salad with Sesame Dressing, SGD$4.50

Mini red radish, red leafy lettuce, mizuna [potherb mustard] and home-made tofu, served with flavourful, healthy Japanese style light sesame dressing.

Bonito Salad with Vegetable Dressing, SGD$5

Mini red radish, red leafy lettuce, mizuna [potherb mustard], bonito or katsuobushi [dried, fermented, and smoked skipjack tuna, served with Ootoya’s original tangy dressing made from tiny sliced onion, bell pepper, lemon juice and olive oil]

Shrimp Salad with Aurora Dressing, SGD$4

Mini red radish, red leafy lettuce, mizuna [potherb mustard] and shrimps, served with creamy dressing made from bell pepper and tomatoes drizzled with freshly squeezed lemon juice which enhances vegetable and shrimp flavour.

Our Personal Opinion of Ootoya Japanese Restaurant’s New Salad Offerings

A few days ago, we were at Ootoya Japanese Restaurant [Orchard Central] for a media tasting session and we had a really refreshing time indulging in the crunchy and fresh vegetables from Panasonic’s indoor agricultural farm. The vegetables are delivered fresh from Panasonic’s indoor agriculture farm to Ootoya restaurants daily, ensuring that the quality of harvest is maintained.

If you ask us if there are any difference in terms of taste and quality of the fresh produce from Panasonic’s indoor agriculture farm and those from the conventional farms, we felt that there wasn’t much difference except that the produce from Panasonic’s indoor agriculture farm are much fresher and really crunchy.

We felt that the new salad offerings from Ootoya Japanese Restaurant are really wholesome and relatively affordable. Drizzled with Ootoya Japanese Restaurant’s homemade sauce, the salads make a perfect appetizer for a healthy and nutritious meal.

And if you’re a meat eater, you don’t want to miss out on the Ootoya Japanese Restaurant’s Grilled Pork Belly!

From now till 30 September 2014, you can enjoy a complimentary Kirin Draft Beer OR Dessert with purchase of any main course at any of the 3 Ootoya Japanese Restaurant. All you have to do is just flash this coupon!

On a last note, we have been wanting to grow our own vegetable produce at home and recently, we embarked on a mini project to grow our very own cherry tomatoes and sunflowers. We’re still in the beginning stage of the cultivation process and we are glad that the baby cotyledon leaves have started to surface.

Looks like it will be weeks before we get to enjoy the fruits of our labour and we can’t wait!

Happy Weekends!

Celebrating Jacqueline’s 26th Birthday With Resorts World Sentosa, Rainbowly & Taobao!

The month of June has been an extremely busy month for us as there were so many media requests, reviews, and events for us to attend and even though there were so much things to do with so little time, I managed to squeeze some time to plan Jacqueline’s 26th birthday and it was indeed such a memorable occasion for the both of us.

The Chocolate Mousse Cake From Swee Heng 1989 Classic That Jacqueline Really Love

To begin with, I had a difficult time deciding what to get for Jacqueline. After much consideration, I decided to give her a dollhouse that fits the theme of our upcoming wedding. Just in case you are wondering, the theme for our upcoming wedding is, “Nautical” and it will be held next year at ONE°15 Marina Club.

In the past, there used to be a push-cart store at VivoCity that sells do-it-yourself [diy] dollhouse kits but after searching high and low, I was informed that the push-cart store was no longer in operation. As such, I began to search online for diy dollhouse kits and it took quite a while as I was not sure where to begin. Thankfully, I managed to find the diy dollhouse kit that I was looking for on Taobao and I got it shipped over to Singapore via a third-party shipper, 65daigou.

The entire process [including shipping] took less than 1 week and 65daigou provided me with many convenient options to collect my shipment. It cost me about SGD$120 [inclusive shipping] to get the diy dollhouse kit and I must say, it was well worth the money!

The diy dollhouse kit took me about 1 month to complete and I had to start building the dollhouse from scratch! Though it was difficult at first, I managed to figure my way around and the instruction manual was really helpful in aiding me to piece everything together.

Everything was literally built from scratch and a lot of cutting, pasting, and sewing was involved! The windows, bed, flower pots, sofa, and other minute details are all pieced together bit by bit.

Due to a mistake that I made at the very first step, I had to do some drilling on my own as well. After constructing all the various decorations and furnishings, the last thing I had to do was to fix the lighting using a parallel circuit.

Viola!

Here’s a picture of the dollhouse that I made for Jacqueline and when she saw it, she was so happy that I felt a sense of satisfaction and achievement!

Apart from giving Jacqueline a dollhouse that I made from scratch, I also gave her an edible bouquet of fresh strawberries that are coated and decorated with white chocolate. The bouquet of fresh fruits also came with 3 stalks of beautiful roses and it was really pretty!

In the past, I have always given Jacqueline a bouquet of roses but she has never really fancied it because she felt that it was a waste of money. Giving Jacqueline an edible bouquet of fresh strawberries was really a fantastic idea as we could enjoy and savour the sweet and juicy strawberries together. The edible fruit bouquet was very practical and reasonably priced too!

If you are interested in giving an edible bouquet to your loved ones, do check out Rainbowly’s Official Website and like Rainbowly Facebook Page for more information and promotional updates! In fact, Rainbowly has a wide range of edible bouquets that you can choose from and we are sure you can find one that your partner adores!

On this note, both Jacqueline and I would also want to thank Rainbowly for coming onboard as one of our sponsors for our upcoming wedding! We are truly honoured and privileged!

Last but not the least, to celebrate Jacqueline’s birthday, we had a great dining experience at L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon, Resorts World Sentosa.

L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon, a two-time winner in the Best Dining Experience category at the Singapore Experience Awards (2012 and 2013), is a unique dining concept where chefs experiment and create; working on new ideas and fusing different concepts reflective of the locale.

This presentation immerses guests in a dining experience where guests are part of the action, separated by a counter between kitchen and main dining area. Mr Robuchon has likened L’Atelier to an artist’s studio, where diners can witness chefs create, prepare, and cook innovative dishes right before them, and chefs have the pleasure of watching diners enjoy their meal.

Here’s a picture of the servers whom served us really well!

At L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon, we entered a whole new realm of fine dining. After shocking the culinary world with his retirement at 50 years of age, Mr Joël Robuchon returned to the kitchen with the idea to create L’Atelier. “This concept has convinced me that its informality and conviviality, where you can have just one dish or a whole dinner, is the way people want to eat today. In addition, you have the theatrical aspect, of being able to watch the food prepared.” – Joël Robuchon on L’Atelier.

The L’Atelier interior décor lies in the hands of world-renowned designer Pierre-Yves Rochon who designed the first L’Atelier in Paris in 2003. Kitted out entirely in black and red furnishings to streamline the signature dramatic sleek look for the Atelier concept, the restaurant also dresses its servers in black.

This was the 3-course meal that we had at L’Atelier.

My Appetizer: Cod Brandade Served With Condiments

Jacqueline’s Appetizer: Piquillo With Smoke Eggplant & Tuna Belly Confit

Our Main Course: Salmon With Lacquered Maple Sap & Endive Salad

Jacqueline’s Dessert: Mango Lightness, Passionata Sorbet With Exotic Coulis

My Dessert: Crunchy Chocolate With Coffee Chantilly & Fresh Orange

The 3-course meal that we had at L’Atelier was fabulous and they are lovingly made by the chefs whom were working really hard to whip up such a sumptuous meal. Jacqueline and I will definitely be back to try their other dishes!

Here are the promotions that L’Atelier has in the meantime:

Early Evening Dining
Daily, 5.30pm – 6.30pm
3-course Meal at $40++

Ladies’ Night (Every Thursday)
$88++ per person
Inclusive of 4-course set menu with free-flow of Sparkling wine or Bellini Cocktail

If you like to spend some romantic time with your loved ones over dinner, we will highly recommend L’Atelier. Though the menu is slightly on the expensive side, you will definitely enjoy the immersive and highly-personalised dining experience. Be sure to call and make your reservations as the restaurant is often packed with diners.

A Picture With The Chef De Cuisine & Sous Chef To Complete The Dining Experience

So this was how I planned and celebrated Jacqueline’s 26th birthday! I hope that by sharing my experience, the husbands/boyfriends would be able to get some tips and ideas here to thrill and surprise your other half!