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Transitions® Signature Lenses, Transitions® Newest & Most Adaptive Lenses

Although I don’t have to wear eyeglasses, I have always been fascinated by the Transitions® Lenses because they are equipped with patented, photochromic dyes that enable the lenses to rapidly activate, or darken, when they are exposed to the sun’s ultraviolet light.

This means that the lenses are clear when indoors or at night and automatically darken to a sunglass tint when exposed to sunlight.

Recently, Transitions® has set another milestone by launching its latest and most responsive adaptive lenses, the Transitions® Signature™ Lenses.

Thanks to Transitions® Chromea7™ photochromic technology, the Transitions® Signature™ Lenses are more reactive to UV light and they get darker in more conditions, including bright sun, partially sunny weather, cloudy weather, and everything in between. They also adapt to indirect light; such as light reflected from buildings, cars, and many other surfaces. With its ability to continuously adapt to changing light, the Transitions® Signature™ Lenses are always exactly the shade you need them to be.

What about when you’re indoors or at night?

The Transitions® Signature™ Lenses remains fully clear and with its fast fade back speed, it just makes your lifestyle more mobile and convenient!

In case you’re wondering, the Transitions® Signature™ Lenses is suitable for people of all ages; including children and they fit any prescription and spectacle frame.

Source: Transitions Optical Singapore

The price of Transitions® Lenses will vary because there are many factors that affect the price of eyeglass lenses. The final price depends on the lens material, your prescription, any features you add, and which Transitions® Lenses product you choose.

Here are some questions that you can discuss with your optician so that you get an eyeglass lenses that best fit your needs.

Lens material: Do you need impact resistant lenses or ultra-thin ones (especially if you have a high prescription)? Or do standard plastic lenses work just fine for you?

Your lens type: Do you need lenses just for reading? Do you need a single distance vision correction or a multi-focus one?

Coatings or treatments you opt to add: Do you need an anti-reflective coating for reducing reflections from the front of your lenses, reducing glare from headlights, streetlights, computers or TV screens? Do you want scratch resistance for sports?

The Transitions® Lens product you select: Do you need darker lenses for extra protection? Or do you want lenses that are just like clear lenses indoors?

The latest Transitions® Signature™ Lenses is available to all lens wearers across the region in Hong Kong, Indonesia, Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand.

If you are interested to fit the latest Transitions® Signature™ Lenses into your preferred spectacle frame, you can enquire with the optical store nearest to you or check out Transitions® Lenses Store Locator.

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

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!

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 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 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!