[Test Drive Review]- CITROËN Grand C4 Picasso, The Spacious Turbo Diesel MPV

2 weeks ago, we were given the opportunity to take the all-new CITROËN Grand C4 Picasso out for a spin and we had a rather comfortable and spacious drive. In this blog post, we will be sharing about our driving experience with the CITROËN Grand C4 Picasso and what we think about it.

Exterior Appearance

The new CITROËN Grand C4 Picasso is styled to fully stand apart from the five-seater model. The side view of the new CITROËN Grand C4 Picasso has a distinctive visual appeal through its roof arches, which emerge from the base of the windscreen.

This “signature” highlights the spacious interior and the large window area, underscoring the generous and welcoming cabin. Blending style and practicality, the central part of the aluminium arches serves as a support function. The sculptural flanks emphasis the car’s more athletic design approach.

The front end, composed of fully flowing lines, showcases CITROËN’s new styling identity with an assertive, horizontal engine bay and chevrons that extend outwards to curve into the LED daytime running lights. Just above sit the sleek headlamps, which contribute to the high-tech look at the front, as do the fog lamps with their original light signature.

The rear LED lights feature a 3D effect with an innovative, deep-set design offering a refined take on futuristic styling cues. The rear styling is enhanced by a wraparound tailgate conveying all the robustness and capaciousness of the boot and opening to reveal broad and easy access to the loading area.

Interior Appearance

The pure and uncluttered interior of the new CITROËN Grand C4 Picasso was designed in a “loft” spirit. The impression is underlined by the standard-fit panoramic windscreen and large glass roof that bathe the cabin in natural light. The loft inspiration is also to be found in the quality of the cabin materials and the painstaking attention to detail.

The asymmetrically designed dashboard blends different colours and materials. Black, with its high-tech connotations, dominates on the driver’s side, echoing the lighter slate or champagne tones on the passenger side with their “sparkle” effect.

Each passenger in the new CITROËN Grand C4 Picasso benefits from special attention to make them feel fully at home; row two is home to three independent seats with adjustable bases and tilting backs; and row three passengers get their own air blowers.

What We Think Of the CITROËN Grand C4 Picasso?

Having done multiple reviews on sedan and hatchback cars, the CITROËN Grand C4 Picasso is the first MPV to be featured on our blog and we must say, it is so spacious that it allowed us to have an opportunity to bring our entire family out for a good dinner with just one car [usually, we have to drive two cars out]. With that being said, the 3rd row of seats might be a little crammed and claustrophobic for adult passengers and it would be more suited to accommodate children.

Although the CITROËN Grand C4 Picasso has the highest torque in the Category A COE, we felt that the acceleration was a little sluggish and underpowered. This could probably be due to the fact that the car has a big body. However, going uphill with a full load of passengers is a “walk in the park” for the CITROËN Grand C4 Picasso.

The gear transition was smooth and with its fully digitised instrument panel, we felt as if we were driving a futuristic high-tech car. The purely designed dashboard is structured around two displays in the centre, a 7-inch touchpad and a 12-inch panoramic HD screen.

The standard 7-inch touchpad, with its touch-sensitive buttons, controls all the in-car functions such as dual-zone air conditioning, navigation, audio, telephone, driving aids, and etc.

The spectacular 12-inch panoramic HD screen displays essential driving information and can be configured by the driver at any time to show data for either the navigation system or driving aids. The following picture shows the 360 Vision system, an exclusive feature that uses the four cameras placed around the car, to provide a complete view of the car’s immediate environment and an extended field of vision that makes for easier manoeuvres.

No matter how heavy-footed we were during the drive, the fuel consumption was minimal and because the CITROËN Grand C4 Picasso runs on a diesel engine that is mated with the world’s first Stop&Start technology, it makes economic sense for a family to own this pocket-friendly MPV. It is also good to know that the CITROËN Grand C4 Picasso is eligible for the SGD$15,000 Carbon Emissions-based Vehicle Scheme [CEVS] rebate.

Engine Compartment of the CITROËN Grand C4 Picasso

The CITROËN Grand C4 Picasso is also equipped with Park Assist, a function that helps drivers look for a parking space and provides automatic assistance when manoeuvring into a space, whether parking in reverse or at an angle. Unfortunately, after trying this feature a couple of times, we reckoned that manual parking is still the way to go.

There are ample storage spaces onboard the CITROËN Grand C4 Picasso to store big and small items and with that, going on a road trip to Malaysia or even for a simple picnic by the beach is definitely going to be a very comfortable and pleasant experience.

Although the CITROËN Grand C4 Picasso is quite a big car, it is very simple to handle and manoeuvre. Having won many international awards and having so many great features that provide a spacious, safe, and comfortable driving experience, it is no wonder why the CITROËN Grand C4 Picasso remains a clear favourite among MPV buyers.

If you are interested in the CITROËN Grand C4 Picasso, do head down to the CITROËN Car Showroom at 239 Alexandra Road, Singapore 159930 and test-drive this family-friendly MPV! For more information and promotion updates about CITROËN’s range of turbo diesel cars, do like CITROËN Singapore Facebook Page!

An Inaugural Epicurean Event At Plaza Singapura For Everyone

In celebration of its 40th anniversary, Plaza Singapura has partnered with Cold Storage to organise an inaugural epicurean event that will be taking place from 22 October 2014 to 2 November 2014 at the mall’s Main Atrium on Level 1.

Presenting an array of international gourmet delights, “Flavours of the World” will feature an oyster bar, exquisite meat carving stations, an extensive selection of beers, ciders and wines, and as well as the exclusive launches of new-to-market food and beverage brands and products.

In addition to indulging in freshly shucked oysters, Wagyu beef, and gourmet sausages, visitors can also enjoy wine tastings, live jazz performances, and interactive games during the event.

Wine connoisseurs can look forward to sampling new and exclusive labels such as Terra Vega from the award-winning Chilean wine producer Luis Felipe Edwards, while beer lovers can anticipate the arrival of the limited edition and highly sought-after Rekorderlig Winter Brew, which is making its first appearance in Singapore at the event.

This is the first time Cold Storage is organising a live gourmet event of such a scale in a shopping mall and there will be many special offers that visitors can look forward to.

What We Think Of “Flavours of the World” Event?

It is truly a world-class “Flavours of the World” event as we saw many food and beverage brands and products from all over the world. We enjoyed ourselves very much and it was a very delightful time to indulge in some freshly shucked US oysters that are going for SGD$15 for 6 pieces.

The tantalising and exclusive Hoegaarden Rosée beer is also available on tap at the event and you have to try it because this raspberry infused Belgian white beer is very refreshing!

Just in case you are wondering, you will be able to purchase the Hoegaarden Rosée beer can for the coming Christmas season and it is only exclusively available on-the-shelf in Cold Storage.

There are also quite a number of special offers for wines, beers, and ciders, and with Christmas just 2 months away, it is a pretty apt time to stock up on some booze and end the year with a big bang.

We also bought some chips that are exclusively available at Cold Storage and if you are a big fan of truffle fries, the Torres Black Truffles Chips is simply irresistible!

As the event is open to public, the walkways might be a little tight and crammed but it is all worth the effort because there are many remarkable offers that are truly a first! If you are a UOB Cardholder, you will be entitled to a 5% rebate on all spending.

“Flavours of the World” will be ongoing from now till 2 November 2014 at Plaza Singapura’s Main Atrium on Level 1 from 10am to 10pm daily. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to get some awesome deals!

Anjalichocolat Artisan Chocolatier @ PasarBella

Despite the distance that we have to travel to get there, PasarBella is no stranger to us as we have been there so many times for the fresh seafood and fine wines. This time round, we chanced upon Anjalichocolat Artisan Chocolatier at PasarBella and we can’t wait to share about this awesome find that will delight all chocolate connoisseurs!

We had a casual meet up with Anjali, the owner of Anjalichocolat, and we were treated to an indulgent chocolate and wine pairing session. When chatting with Anjali, we found out that she left her illustrious career in the banking sector to pursue her passion in chocolates and since then, she has been in the kitchen experimenting with chocolates. We even discovered that Anjali has successfully incorporated blue cheese into chocolate truffles!

Our Personal Opinion/Review of Anjalichocolat

Anjali handmade every single piece of chocolate and they are a real treat. The ingredients used in making the chocolate come from Belgium and there are absolutely no preservatives or additives added. The luscious chocolate melts in the mouth and the assortment of flavours that are available will tickle the tongue. Our personal favourite is the Salted Caramel Bonbons and it is so rich and very satisfying that one serving isn’t enough!

Though the chocolates from Anjalichocolat are premium-priced, it is definitely more value-for-money as compared to chocolates from Godiva and the like. When we brought home some Toasted Almond Rochers which cost only SGD$18 a pack, our family members absolutely loved it and they finished the entire pack within minutes.

Anjali is also able to handmade and customise chocolates for corporate gifting. If you are looking for a suitable gift for your clients, you might want to consider giving chocolates as it is a natural stress-reliever that makes people happy.

For more information about Anjalichocolat and their latest products, do check out Anjalichocolat Facebook Page!

Lastly, here are some tips which we picked up from Anjali herself. Buy chocolates to eat, not to keep. If you want to keep and store chocolates, the wine chiller is the best place for it but do note that it can only keep up to a maximum of 2 weeks. Should you have the desire to indulge in a little pampering treat, you can pair the chocolates with some sweet wine like the Italian Moscato D’Asti and we guarantee that you will have a bubbly chocolatey time!

Pomi-T, The Natural Polyphenol-Rich Whole Food Supplement

A few weeks ago, we were invited to the launch of Pomi-T, a natural polyphenol rich whole food supplement that was specifically designed and developed by a panel of doctors, scientists, and nutritionists; led by Professor Robert Thomas, an oncologist from Cambridge University to conduct a national randomised control trial for a variety of research purposes.

Diets rich in polyphenols, the natural plant-based phytochemicals found in healthy foods, have been linked with lower risks of chronic illnesses such as dementia, high cholesterol, arthritis, heart disease, and skin aging. Population studies have also linked their regular intake with lower risks of many cancers including breasts, pancreatic, esophageal, ovarian, prostate, and skin.

Based on a research that is conducted by a reknowned oncologist, it was found that having a diet rich in polyphenol can decrease the risk of a cancer relapse.

Pomi-T, a natural supplement, is scientifically-proven to boost the body’s defence against cancer. It is made from whole foods, dried down, and packaged into a capsule. Compared to supplements containing isolated compounds, a whole food supplement allows each ingredient to work together in synergy for optimal health benefits.

Pomi-T harnesses the natural antioxidant and anti-cancer properties from four distinct food categories; fruit, vegetable, spice, and leaf. It contains only pure active ingredients such as purified green tea, pomegranate seed extract, broccoli extract, and turmeric. There is no preservatives, colours, flavours, chelating or bulking agents in Pomi-T.

Pomi-T is formulated by Professor Robert Thomas, a leading British oncologist, based on scientific studies into the properties of these 4 ingredients; Pomegranate, Broccoli, Curcumin, and Green Tea.

Fruit
Pomegranate has natural antioxidant properties that inhibit the uncontrolled growth of cells by suppressing the enzymes in the intestine and liver that convert pro-carcinogens into cancer-causing agents, and causes cells to self-terminate. It also helps to reduce the migration of abnormal cells and aids the regeneration of healthy ones instead.

Vegetable
Broccoli slows the growth of malignant cells. Regular broccoli intake regulates genes linked to abnormal cell growth and promotes genes associated with the suppression of abnormal cells.

Spice
Curcumin, which gives turmeric its yellow colour, has anti-inflammatory properties that inhibit the growth of abnormal stem cells, consequentially reducing the growth of abnormal cells and prevents the spread of damaged cells without harming healthy cells.

Leaf
Extensive research into green tea has shown that it helps the self-termination process of unhealthy cells. It inhibits the spread of damaged cells, retains good cells, and suppresses the formation of blood vessels that supply abnormal cells with nourishment.

Our Personal Review/Opinion of Pomi-T

Pomi-T stands out as one of the few supplements supported by medical research. Its combination of natural ingredients has been carefully researched in a study backed by United Kingdom’s National Cancer Research Network and it is absolutely safe for consumption. We have been taking Pomi-T for over 2 weeks now and so far, we have not experienced any side effects because the active ingredients used are all natural and made from whole foods. Personally, we feel that Pomi-T is a very affordable and value-for-money health supplement because of its proven effectiveness in combating the onset of cancer!

Pomi-T is now available at all leading pharmacies and it currently retails at SGD$49.90 for 60 capsules. Pomi-T can be consumed by anyone over the age of 16.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 4G+ Pre-orders Begin In Singapore

We were at the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 World Tour 2014 yesterday and we were mightily impressed by Samsung’s new Galaxy Note 4 4G+ and Galaxy Note Edge 4G+. The expansion of Samsung’s flagship Galaxy Note series certainly packs a punch and we anticipate that there will be a huge market demand for the new GALAXY Note 4 4G+ and Galaxy Note Edge 4G+.

On top of that, Samsung also unveiled the Samsung Gear S, the next generation smart wearable device that expands the smartphone experience to the wrist. The new Samsung Gear S delivers an up-to-date smart wearable experience with 3G connectivity and wearable optimised features to meet the evolving needs of consumers.

As there was so much information that were being disseminated during the event yesterday, we are going to make this blog post as concise as possible so that you don’t get information overload.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 4G+ Key Highlights

Design

The Galaxy Note 4 4G+ introduces a new sleek and stylish Galaxy design language. The device features a premium metal frame with fluid curvature that seamlessly blends with the device display. A soft and textured back cover provides incredible comfort that makes it easy to control with one hand. The device not only looks beautiful, but offers a superior grip and enhanced durability. With an extraordinary 5.7-inch Quad HD SUPER AMOLED Display [2560 x 1440], the Galaxy Note 4 4G+ reproduces clearer and more vivid images with deep contrast, better viewing angles, and response times as fast as a millionth of a second, providing a tremendous viewing experience. There are 4 colours available; Charcoal Black, Frost White, Blossom Pink, and Bronze Gold.

Features

The wide selection of enhanced essential features of the Galaxy Note 4 4G+ enables users to get even more from their mobile device. With the Fast Charging feature and Ultra Power Saving Mode, the Galaxy Note 4 4G+ charges from 0 to 50 per cent battery level in 30 minutes and ensures that users do not run out of power when they need it most by extending the remaining 10 per cent battery life with up to 36 hours worth of standby time.

The Galaxy Note 4 4G+ comes equipped with multiple microphones and an improved speaker phone for better noise cancellation when speaking in loud environments. A built-in Voice Recorder offers eight different directional voice tagging and a selective playback capability that allows users to isolate and listen to specific voices in a group conversation.

The Galaxy Note 4 4G+ also provides users with a choice of multiple, seamless note-taking methods integrated with Samsung’s S Note application that allows everyday tasks to get done faster and more easily. In addition to typing and writing, the innovative Photo Note feature allows users to take a picture of their handwritten notes on a paper or whiteboard, and then quickly and easily convert to an S Note for further editing. They can also further unleash their creativity by jotting down their thoughts quickly with Voice Memo.

Due to its large screen, the refined Intuitive Multi Window feature is able to maximise the user’s experience, providing them with the key to easier multitasking. Users can choose how they access selected applications with Full, Split or Pop Up View, and easily change the size and positioning of apps on the screen with one intuitive swipe.

What’s even more delightful is that the Galaxy Note 4 4G+ can be a fitness companion! With the Enhanced S Health app that leverages various smart sensors such as the pedometer, barometer, and heart rate sensor, it helps users to monitor, manage, and challenge their workout routines. It is also the world’s first mobile device to have an in-built UV sensor that helps users gauge the level of UV exposure.

Camera

The Galaxy Note 4 4G+ sports an advanced camera that is able to reproduce brighter and clearer images. The device is equipped with a 16 megapixel rear camera featuring a Smart OIS [Optical Image Stabilizer] that counter-balances camera shake and automatically extends exposure time in low light settings. In addition, a 3.7 megapixel front camera with f1.9 aperture offers a default 90° shooting angle and up to 120° wide angle so that users can take the best Selfie or Wefie shots.

Accessories

Whether it is for the ladies or for the men, there are a whole range of accessories that complement the Galaxy Note 4 4G+.

For the fashionable ladies, the crystal back cover by Swarovski for the Galaxy Note 4 4G+ is a head turner

& for the men, the Mont Blanc Galaxy Note 4 Cover and S Pen might be quite intriguing.

Our Personal Opinion/Review of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 4G+

We reckoned that the Galaxy Note 4 4G+ will be quite a hit with both the ladies and the men. For the men, the Galaxy Note 4 4G+ will definitely accomplish the most demanding tasks and for the ladies, the wide range of fashionable accessories that complements the Galaxy Note 4 4G+ will send them into a state of euphoria. Furthermore, the Galaxy Note 4 4G+ is equipped with 4G+ LTE Cat 6 connectivity and that allows users to browse the internet and download content at blazing speeds of up to 300Mbps! Watching videos online in full HD on the Galaxy Note 4 4G+ is never going to be the same again!

Pre-Order/ Registration of Interest for Galaxy Note 4 4G+

Registration of interest with Telecommunication Operators for the GALAXY Note 4 4G+ will commence from 2 October 2014 [today] at 12pm and if you are interested, you can visit the following links for more information:

M1: www.m1.com.sg/galaxynote4
SingTel: www.singtel.com/galaxynote4
StarHub: www.starhub.com/galaxynote4

You can also visit Samsung Experience Stores from 2 October 2014 during opening hours to pre-order the Galaxy Note 4 4G+ [without contract] by placing a $50 deposit per device.

If you have pre-ordered the Galaxy Note 4 4G+ at the selected Samsung Experience Stores and are early birds for the pre-order collection, you will be able to participate in the sure-win lucky dip and win prizes worth over SGD$126,000. You will also receive a free Extra Battery Kit and S View Cover, total worth SGD$146 [while stocks last], when you collect your Galaxy Note 4 4G+.

The Galaxy Note 4 4G+ will be available at SGD$1,088 from 11 October 2014 in Charcoal Black and Frost White at local Telecommunication Operators, major consumer electronics stores, authorized retailers and Samsung Experience Stores.

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge 4G+

Samsung’s relentless pursuit of the best in innovation through the optimisation of mobile technology and the user experience has led to the debut of the innovative and unique Galaxy Note Edge 4G+. Taking the Galaxy Note experience to the next level, the Galaxy Note Edge 4G+ provides users with a new way to access information, engage with their mobile device, and express their personality and tastes.

The Galaxy Note Edge 4G+’s unique curved Edge screen provides quick access to frequently used apps, alerts and device functionality. Users can also receive notifications directly on the Edge Screen while watching videos without interrupting their viewing.

Our Personal Opinion of Samsung Galaxy Note Edge 4G+

The Galaxy Note Edge 4G+ has a very similar specification as the Galaxy Note 4 4G+ except that the Galaxy Note Edge 4G+ runs on a 2.7GHz Quad Core Processor while the Galaxy Note 4 4G+ runs on either the 2.7GHz Quad Core Processor or the 1.9GHz Quad-Core [1.9GHz Quad + 1.3GHz Quad-core] processor.

From what we do know, the Galaxy Note Edge 4G+ will only be available in the fourth quarter of this year [between October to December].

If you are an early adopter of technology, the Galaxy Note Edge 4G+ might just be the phone for you. However, we personally prefer the Galaxy Note 4 4G+ over the Galaxy Note Edge 4G+ because we like our smartphone to be well protected and not have a curved Edge screen that is exposed.

Samsung Gear S

The Samsung Gear S with its display and flexible band, fits comfortably on the user’s wrist. Through 3G connectivity, the Samsung Gear S offers a new, powerful wearable experience and gives consumers the freedom to live their life on the go.

The Samsung Gear S features a 2-inch curved SUPER AMOLED display, providing a richer view with a beautiful and easy-to-use user interface. It allows users to read messages and notifications at a single glance with features such as conversation view and condensed font. The Samsung Gear S’s chic, curved design fits comfortably around the contours of the wrist, while its customisable screen options and changeable straps empower users to express their own taste and style.

The Samsung Gear S extends its communication capabilities to include 3G as well as Bluetooth® and Wi-Fi® connectivity, allowing users to stay informed with seamless notifications from social networks, calendars and applications even when away from their phone. It lets users instantly reply to incoming messages using the onscreen keyboard, or utilise enhanced S Voice functionality to ensure tasks can be completed immediately. Finally, with Samsung Gear S, people can seamlessly make and receive calls directly from their wrist, or get calls forwarded from their smartphones.

Like the Galaxy Note 4 4+, the Samsung Gear S is also a perfect health and fitness companion with more enhanced multi-sensors, built-in GPS, and Enhanced S Health features to help users maintain a healthier lifestyle. The Gear S also features advanced coaching functionality that helps keep users motivated to achieve their workout goals. In addition, applications such as Nike+ Running allow users to track their runs and stay motivated while on the move, without their smartphone. With IP67 rating [dust and water resistant] and a UV sensor, the Gear S is designed for users’ active lifestyles.

Our Personal Opinion/Review of the Samsung Gear S

In all honesty, we are extremely tempted to get the Samsung Gear S because it is very functional and useful! Packed with so many features, it allows users to stay connected even when they are away from their smartphone and that itself is a major plus point. Furthermore,

For those whom lead an active lifestyle, the Samsung Gear S is definitely the smart watch that you want to get! The Samsung Gear S will be available in Blue Black and White, from 11 October 2014 at SGD$498.