[Food Review]- Délifrance’s Award-Winning Heritage Croissant

I was introduced to the world of croissants at a very young age and back then, no other croissants could beat the ones from Délifrance. Even after so many years, I still love Délifrance’s signature butter croissant and more recently, I got very hooked to Délifrance’s Heritage Croissant, the highly commended enriched version Délifrance’s signature butter croissant, which sells close to one million pieces annually in recent times.

Tastier, healthier, and crispier, the Heritage Croissant is Délifrance’s answer to other challengers in the croissant market and it is the only product in Singapore to receive three Golden Stars in a blind taste test in June 2013 by a panel of experts from the world-renowed International Taste & Quality Institute in Brussels.

During the evaluation, the Heritage Croissant was lauded for having high quality butter and a harmonious fully flavoured finish, coupled with a lovely presentation and good bite texture. The judges complimented its crisp texture and appetising interior, and also praised it for being a genuine top-quality croissant with a splendid taste, delicate with a nice tasty finish.

Image Credits to Délifrance Singapore

Techniques such as slow kneading and gentle rolling are used in the making of the Heritage Croissant and they are naturally inspired by artisanal French baking methods taught in Ecole de Boulangerie et de Patisserie.

The Heritage Croissant is made from top quality French ingredients such as finely milled premium wheat flour from Grands Moulins de Paris, which contains higher dietary fibre and several vitamins including folate, riboflavin, and Vitamins B1, B3, and B5.

Other ingredients include fresh butter from Brittany, a renowned butter-producing region in France and certified Label Rogue eggs which are laid by hens reared on 100% plant-based feed, minerals and vitamins including 50% minimum cereals with no artificial colouring.

These fine ingredients ensure that every Heritage Croissant packs a delicate flavour and fragrance that is quintessentially French.

Our Personal Opinion/Review of Délifrance’s Heritage Croissant

Jacqueline and I really love the Heritage Croissant. It is so buttery, flaky, and crispy that you can eat it on its own. As only authentic French ingredients are used, the result is a deliciously flaky croissant that literally melts in the mouth.

Available at all Délifrance outlets, the Heritage Croissant will retail at a special introductory price of SGD$2.50 a piece until 28 February and from 1 March onwards, it will be selling for SGD$2.90 a piece, or SGD$8.90 for a pack of four.

Having said that, the Heritage Croissant also comes in two savoury flavours [Turkey Bacon & Chicken Ham, and Almond Poulet] and two mouth-watering limited edition sweet flavours [Cream Cheese with Strawberry Toppings, and Hazelnut Chocolate with Almond Flakes].

Turkey Bacon & Chicken Ham Heritage Croissant, SGD$7.50 a piece

Almond Poulet Heritage Croissant, SGD$7.50 a piece

Having tried all four, we would highly recommend the Turkey Bacon & Chicken Ham Heritage Croissant and as well as both the sweet flavours [Cream Cheese with Strawberry Toppings, and Hazelnut Chocolate with Almond Flakes]. The savoury flavours will cost SGD$7.50 a piece and the sweet flavours will cost SGD$3.90 a piece and it is available at all Délifrance outlets except Délifrance Coronation Plaza.

Cream Cheese with Strawberry Toppings Heritage Croissant, SGD$3.90 a piece

Hazelnut Chocolate with Almond Flakes Heritage Croissant, SGD$3.90 a piece

Hurry down to the nearest Délifrance outlet near you and indulge your senses with the authentic taste of France. If there’s one croissant you have to eat, the award-winning Heritage Croissant is it!

[Event Feature/Review]- Singapore Motorshow 2015

Presented by the Motor Traders Association [MTA] and in partnership with MediaCorp, the Singapore Motorshow is Singapore’s most celebrated and prestigious motoring event. Held at Suntec Singapore Convention and Exhibition Centre, the Singapore Motorshow 2015 is a motoring event for motoring enthusiasts to get up close with world-class concept cars and witness exciting new automotive launches.

The Singapore Motorshow 2015 will feature 26 car brands and as well as exciting performances by Russ Swift, the world’s number one display driver. Do note that the tickets for Russ Swift’s stunt driving show is separate from the entrance ticket. It will be available for collection on-site an hour before each show and must be collected in person and upon presentation of a valid entrance ticket. Tickets are limited and will be given out on a first-come-first-served basis.

[Image Credits to Channel News Asia]

To ensure the Singapore Motorshow 2015 is accessible and affordable for families, MTA will price daily tickets to the event at SGD$6 per entry and make it free for anyone below 120cm in height. In case you are wondering where you can purchase the tickets, it can be bought onsite at Level 3.

A total of 21 passenger and commercial vehicle makers will be showcasing at least one new model or variant at the Show. These include Alfa Romeo, Audi, BMW, ChangAn, Citroen, Ford, Honda, Hyundai, Infiniti, JAC, Jaguar, Kia, Lexus, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Peugeot, Range Rover, Renault, Subaru and Volkswagen.

Aside from the many vehicles on display, the Motorshow will also showcase automotive accessories and innovative technologies.

Our Personal Opinion/Review of Singapore Motorshow 2015

After a 6-year hiatus, the Singapore Motorshow is back and I was really excited about it as I really wanted to get up close and personal with the many exciting new cars that were going to be launched. For me, it was sort of like an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and I was very privileged to have been invited to attend the Singapore Motorshow 2015.

Every car at the Singapore Motorshow 2015 is different and they cater to different crowds. Whether you are a family-oriented driver, a track racer, a techie geek, a deliveryman, or even an environmental conservationist; there’s something for everyone at the Singapore Motorshow 2015!

If you’re feeling rather competitive, do check out Toyota’s Waku Doki booth and clock the best race timings on the simulator to win some attractive prizes!

Lexus Unveiling the RC F, the most powerful Lexus V8 model delivering a blistering 470bhp and 530Nm of torque.

Mitsubishi unveiling of the new Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, the world’s first plug-in hybrid SUV, a ground-breaking model that brings together the superior environmental performance and quietness of an EV, the stability and handling of a 4WD, and the practicality of an SUV.

With an expected increase in the COE quota for the next few months, visiting the Singapore Motorshow 2015 this weekend might be a pretty apt thing to do; especially if you are planning to buy a car.

For more information about the Singapore Motorshow 2015, do check out Singapore Motorshow Official Website and like Singapore Motorshow 2015 Facebook Page!

Singapore Motorshow 2015

15 to 18 January 2015

Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre [Level 4]

Opening Hours
16 Jan 2015 [Friday]: 11.30am – 10.00pm
17 Jan 2015 [Saturday]: 10.30am – 10.00pm
18 Jan 2015 [Sunday]: 10.30am – 8.00pm

Ticket Price
SGDS$6 per person per entry
Free: Anyone below 120cm in height

[Tablet Review]- ASUS MeMOPad 8, ME581CL Variant

The ASUS MeMOPad 8 is a Quad-Core 8-inch LTE Tablet that is powered by the next generation 64-bit Intel Atom Z3560 Processor and it is very slim, ultra-portable, and convenient for one-handed use.

If you go to Google and search for the ASUS MeMOPad8, you might notice that there are two different variants of the ASUS MeMOPad8 that goes by the same name and in this blog post, we will be sharing about the ASUS MeMOPad 8 that has the model number, “ME581CL”.

Our Personal Opinion/Review of the ASUS MeMOPad 8, ME581CL Variant

Having fiddled with the ASUS MeMOPad8 for a month, we daresay that the ASUS MeMOPad 8 is a very responsive and power-packed tablet that offers a blazing fast web-browsing experience.

With 2GB RAM, 16GB of internal storage [with microSD expansion capability for up to 64GB capacity], and a 9-hour battery life, the ASUS MeMOPad 8 can be an entertainment powerhouse that allows you to bring your video and music library wherever you go.

Not only is the ASUS MeMOPad 8 an entertainment powerhouse, its sleek profile of just 7.45mm and its weight of 299 grams makes it very convenient and lightweight to bring around.

Featuring an 8-inch Full HD 1920 x 1200 IPS display with a wide 178-degree viewing angle that combines ASUS Splendid and TrueVivid colour enhancement technologies, the ASUS MeMOPad 8 is very capable of delivering stunning visuals.

It is also interesting to note that although the ASUS MeMOPad 8 does not come with a stylus, its capacitive touchscreen is capable of pen functionality by using any metal-tipped pen or lead pencil with a radius of 0.75mm or more.

One thing I really like about the ASUS MeMOPad 8 is its ability to stream photos and videos in high definition to a TV or an external display with Miracast. When paired with the Google Chromecast, the ASUS MeMOPad 8 works wonders and turns your not so smart TV into a very smart TV.

Some other specs of the ASUS MeMOPad 8 include NFC, 5-Megapixel Rear Camera, 2-Megapixel Front-Facing Camera, and Stereo Speakers with SonicMaster Technology.

Available in 3 different colours; Pearl White, Powder Pink, and Metallic Blue, the fashionable and stylish ASUS MeMOPad 8 is retailing at SGD$499. For such an affordable price, the ASUS MeMOPad 8 is definitely value-for-money.

For more information about the ASUS MeMOPad 8, do check out ASUS Singapore Official Website or like ASUS Singapore Facebook Page!

[Home Appliance Review]- Bosch’s Athlet Cordless Vacuum Cleaner

Cordless vacuum cleaners have been around for quite a while now but many of them lack suction power and have a rather short battery life. However, cordless vacuum cleaners are highly portable and have an unlimited area of operation; just as long as there is a power socket available for charging.

Thanks to the kind sponsorship by Bosch Home Appliances, we were given a set of the new Bosch Athlet Cordless Vacuum Cleaner and it was a breeze to use. With a cleaning power of a 2,400 watt cylinder vacuum cleaner and a lasting performance of up to 60 minutes, there is everything to like about the Bosch Athlet Cordless Vacuum Cleaner.

The Bosch Athlet is the first cordless handstick vacuum cleaner to boast the proven SensorBagless Technology, a well-known feature on Bosch’s corded bagless vacuum cleaners. The Sensor Control performance monitoring function significantly reduces the level of maintenance required and it ensures maximum dust pick-up. When the filter cartridge requires cleaning, the automated sensors will light up.

One really awesome point to note about the Bosch Athlet is that it is extremely cost-saving. The efficient separator system is equipped with a powerful centrifugal force of air, which separates the dust, even before it hits the filter. The majority of the dust ends up in the dirt container and not in the filter, keeping the required maintenance to a minimum. There is no subsequent cost because the innovative lifetime filters from Bosch are washable and do not need to be replaced.

The dirt container is also very easy to remove and empty, even when full. This means that the Bosch Athlet delivers a thorough cleaning performance without any additional cost for bags and filter for the entire lifetime of the appliance.

Powered on Bosch Lithium-Ion Technology, the Bosch Athlet can vacuum up to 60 minutes on a full charge and it charges up to 75% in just three and a half hours. A three-stage, electronic protection system reliably prevents overcharging, overheating, and deep discharge.

Three level settings allow for different cleaning requirements; Level 1 for simple cleaning tasks at maximum run time, Level 2 for normal cleaning tasks at medium run time and Turbo Level for difficult cleaning tasks at short run time.

At approximately three kilograms, the Bosch Athlet is lightweight, and with its low centre of gravity and balanced ergonomics, it handles comfortably and can be used on all floor types. Yes all floor types! We used the Bosch Athlet to vacuum our tiles, marble floor, and even the carpet, and it works perfectly.

Our furkid is changing his puppy fur to an adult fur and as a result, he tends to drop a lot of fur on the marble floor and it can be quite difficult to spot the fur on the floor as they are of the same colour. However, we are pretty convinced that the Bosch Athlet is doing its job very well because when we are about to empty the dust container, we could see the fur being gathered into a neat and tidy ball.

Without a cord dragging behind it, the cordless Athlet can be used just about anywhere and stored away neatly in an instant. We highly recommend the Bosch Athlet for all your vacuuming needs because it does not compromise on performance with its strong suction power and lasting battery capability.

We have also used the Bosch Athlet to vacuum the dust, sand, leaves and hairs found in my car and it was slightly efficient in doing so. In fact, we have every intention to purchase the Accessory Kit which extends the versatility of this cordless wonder but we were informed that the Accessory Kit is not available for retail and it is a real pity because an extra-large upholstery nozzle would have enabled us to clean the furniture in a shorter time; while an extra-long crevice nozzle would have helped us to clean spots which are difficult to reach i.e. car interior.

With that being said, the Bosch Athlet Accessory Kit is given away complimentary when customers purchase the white model and it is only valid for purchases made before 31 December 2014. As for us, I guess we can only get the Bosch Athlet Accessory Kit from the Amazon Store.

Watch how the Bosch Athlet performs when it is put to the test at the Bosch lab.

The Bosch Athlet is currently available at all leading departmental and electrical stores island-wide for SGD$649. For more information about the Bosch Athlet, do check out Bosch Home Appliances Official Website.

The World’s First Wireless Portable Charger Sleeve Made & Designed in Singapore

Portable chargers are the craze nowadays and it seems like this power-hungry frenzy will not stop anytime soon. A search for portable chargers on major online shopping sites like Qoo10 would give you plenty of affordable options to choose from and in fact, I know of a friend who bought boxes of Xiaomi portable chargers to give away as Christmas presents.

Now, I own a Samsung Galaxy Note 4 smartphone and because I tend to be quite careless with my phone, I put my phone into an Otter Box casing so that it can be well protected from drops and bumps. With the Otter Box casing, my phone is rather bulky and if I were to bring along an additional portable charger and charge my phone while on-the-move, it can be quite a handful.

Recently, Mark Keong [a friend of mine whom was my platoon mate at Officer Cadet School], brought my attention to a really sleek gadget that he and his team had come up with and I can’t help but to marvel at the possibility of having a wireless portable charger that could fit snugly into my pocket.

Although wireless chargers are not new in the market, a portable wireless charger sleeve for phones is definitely a first! I had the privilege to attend the unveiling of ampere, the world’s first wireless portable charger sleeve for phones and I was very amazed at this nifty gadget.

To arrive at its final prototype, Novelsys, an award-winning local Singaporean startup behind ampere, has worked really hard to develop what is dubbed as the world’s first wireless portable charger sleeve.

At the first look, ampere is sleek and highly compact. Though the design for it is somewhat limited at this point of time, it is important to note that the technology in ampere can be replicated for future designs and one thing I really like about ampere is that an app was specially developed to make the wireless charging experience even more intuitive and seamless.

With the app, users can use it to set when ampere should wirelessly charge the phone i.e. when the phone battery level falls beyond a pre-determined percentage. Users can also use the app to locate ampere with their phone and vice-versa.

Weighing just 180grams, ampere is considerably light for daily usage. The only qualm I probably have about ampere is the low battery capacity of 2700 mAH because it is not able to fully charge my Samsung Galaxy Note 4 which has a battery capacity of 3220mAh. Furthermore, ampere is rather pricey and the costs can far outweigh the benefits it provides.

As for me, I would definitely get ampere if the battery capacity is larger but for now, I will just stick around for more news and wait till ampere has new developments!

If you are interested to get your hands on ampere, you should check out Novelsys Official Website for more information. In fact, Novelsys is heading to Kickstarter to get crowdfunding for ampere to be rolled-out in the market and the price to get an ampere is USD$84 [approximately SGD$112] during the Kickstarter campaign.