We all know that Singapore is a food haven and there is absolutely no way anyone could go hungry in Singapore as there are so many dining options that are available for people to choose from. However, what really troubles us Singaporeans are often the questions, “What should we eat?” and “Where should we eat?”
We know it is funny but it is also very true that sometimes we even argue with one another over what to eat and where to eat! This is the dilemma that we constantly face every day and making dining decisions can be really tough at times.

What about you? Do you often find yourself asking where to eat in Singapore?

Well, with the OpenSnap App, this problem can now be solved and what is even more intriguing to us about the OpenSnap App is that it gives us pretty good suggestions as to which Restaurants and Dishes in Singapore we should try!

Not only that, the dish rating system in the OpenSnap App is really helpful as it guides us to decide what we ought to order at a restaurant!

One feature that we like about the OpenSnap App is that it allows us to bookmark our favourite topics, offers, restaurants and photos so that we can revisit the bookmarks as and when we wish and find out what are the latest promotions and offers that are available.

What we like the most about the OpenSnap App is that it also features restaurants and dishes from other regional countries like Taiwan, Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines and other Southeast Asian countries! This is truly one app you don’t want to go without if you are a frequent traveller to Asian countries!

Also, just for all you foodies and food photographers, we are organising a special giveaway for all of you and this is a giveaway you don’t want to miss because if you frequently take photos of your food dishes at restaurants and even hawker centres, winning this giveaway is going to be a stroll in the park for you!

All you have to do is just download the OpenSnap App, snap photos of what you’re eating, upload the photo, and hashtag #awinsomelife! It’s really that easy and this time round, we will be giving away two prizes; a SGD$50 Isetan Shopping Voucher and a SGD$28 Golden Village Gift Card!

As long as you download the OpenSnap App, snap photos of what you’re eating, upload the photo, and hashtag #awinsomelife; you will stand a chance to win the SGD$50 Isetan Shopping Voucher through a random lucky draw and if you don’t feel that lucky at all; fret not because if you upload the most photos, you will walk away with the SGD$28 Golden Village Gift Card!

Just make sure you remember to use the hashtag #awinsomelife so that we can keep track and tally the number of photos taken using the OpenSnap App!

All photos uploaded from 24 July 2015 to 24 August 2015 will be considered for the contest and the person who uploads the most food pictures and uses the hashtag #awinsomelife will walk away with the SGD$28 Golden Village Gift Card!

So what are you waiting for?

Download the OpenSnap App and start snapping away!

For Android Users | For iPhone Users

Last Thursday, we concluded our movie tickets giveaway and we would like to thank ciNE65 and Golden Village for their kind sponsorship.
Without further ado, we will be revealing the five lucky winners whom will be walking away with a pair of movie tickets that are kindly sponsored by ciNE65 and Golden Village.

Here is a list of participants whom have participated in our Movie Tickets Giveaway. Names are arranged according to the time we received the email from the respective participants.

The five lucky winners are selected by a random number generator.

And the five random numbers that were generated are…

A hearty congratulations to Valentine, Alvin Toh, Grace, Deve, and Michelle Ang. Each of them will walk away with a pair of movie tickets that are sponsored by ciNE65 and Golden Village. If you haven’t caught any of the winning short films that are wonderfully produced for the ciNE65 [Season II] Competition, do go catch it at ciNE65’s Website now!

For the rest of the participants whom did not win in our Movie Tickets Giveaway, don’t fret because we are currently running a new contest where we will be giving away 4 pairs of Movie Passes to catch Lee Byung Hun’s latest Hollywood action comedy blockbuster, Red 2, that are kindly sponsored by NESCAFE.

To stand a chance to win those Movie Passes that are sponsored by NESCAFE, kindly visit the following link: Movie Passes to Red 2 Giveaway

Please note that the Movie Pass is only valid on 6 August 2013 at Shaw Lido Cinema Hall 5. Registration begins at the NESCAFE Booth located near the box office from 1830 hours onwards and the movie will start screening at 1915 hours. The movie duration is 116 minutes and seats are available on a first-come-first-serve basis [free-seating].

Are there any fans of Lee Byung-Hun in the house?
[Image Credit to Lee Byung-Hun’s Facebook Page]

We have some really exciting news for you and if you’re interested, do read on to find out more!

NESCAFÉ®, the no. 1 coffee brand in Singapore, is celebrating 75 years of heritage, quality and coffee expertise. To celebrate this joyous occasion, NESCAFÉ® have invited Lee Byung-Hun to be NESCAFE Singapore’s Brand Ambassador!

[Image Credit to NESCAFÉ® Singapore’s Facebook Page]

Well known for his role as Storm Shadow in G.I Joe movies, the usual cool and manly Lee Byung-Hun shows his warm and cheerful side in a recent television commercial that will definitely send all the fan girls screaming.

NESCAFÉ® 3-in-1- There’s One for Everyone [Television Commercial]

Are you guilty of doing what Lee Byung-Hun’s friends did in the commercial during social settings? Well, with NESCAFÉ®, “There’s one for everyone!” and if you do agree that NESCAFÉ® does offers a coffee flavour which you really enjoy, we invite you to share your NESCAFÉ® story with us! Who knows, you might just be one of the four lucky winners to win a pair of movie passes to catch Lee Byung-Hun’s Latest Hollywood Action Comedy Blockbuster, Red 2!

Here’s How You Can Participate In This Giveaway:

1. “Like” NESCAFÉ® Singapore’s Facebook Page and A Winsome Life’s Facebook Page

2. “Share” the NESCAFÉ® 3-in-1- There’s One for Everyone [Television Commercial] with the caption, “I love the NESCAFÉ® [your favourite NESCAFÉ® coffee flavour] because [your personal reason]. There’s One for Everyone!” and don’t forget to tag @NescafeSingapore and @awinsomelife

An example could be as such, “I love the NESCAFÉ® White Coffee because it is so fragrant and milkilicious! There’s One for Everyone!”

3. Once you have done the above, drop us an email with the subject, “NESCAFÉ®- There’s One for Everyone Contest” and send us your Name and Mobile Number. This contest will close on 28 July 2013, 2359 hours. Do note that tentatively, the movie has been scheduled to be held on 6 August 2013, 1930 hours at Shaw Lido. Further details and confirmation will be released as the date draws nearer.

The four lucky winners will be randomly selected by a random number generator.

In case you’re wondering what Lee Byung-Hun’s upcoming movie, Red 2, is all about, here’s the official movie trailer.

In RED 2, the high-octane action-comedy sequel to the worldwide sleeper hit, retired black-ops CIA agent Frank Moses reunites his unlikely team of elite operatives for a global quest to track down a missing portable nuclear device. To succeed, they’ll need to survive an army of relentless assassins, ruthless terrorists and power-crazed government officials, all eager to get their hands on the next-generation weapon. The mission takes Frank and his motley crew to Paris, London and Moscow. Outgunned and outmanned, they have only their cunning wits, their old-school skills, and each other to rely on as they try to save the world—and stay alive in the process. Stars Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Mary-Louise Parker, Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Lee Byung-Hun, Brian Cox, Neal McDonough.

For the latest news and information about NESCAFÉ® and upcoming promotions or events, don’t forget to check out NESCAFÉ® Singapore’s Facebook Page!

All the best and good luck!

First and foremost, we would like to thank all you readers for participating in our SingTel 4G Contest. The response was truly overwhelming and we are really humbled by the keen participation from everyone single one of you.
Without further ado, we will be revealing the three lucky winners of the $20 NTUC Fairprice Vouchers that are kindly sponsored by SingTel.

Here is a list of participants whom have participated in our SingTel 4G Contest. Names are arranged according to the time we received the email from the respective participant.


The three lucky winners are selected by a random number generator.


And the three random numbers that were generated are…

A hearty congratulations to Jason Koh, Quek Song Chua, and Helen Yow for winning our SingTel 4G Contest. Each of them will walk away with a $20 NTUC Fairprice Vouchers that are sponsored by SingTel.

For the rest of the participants whom did not win in our SingTel 4G Contest, don’t despair because we are currently running a contest where we will be giving away 5 pairs of Golden Village Movie Tickets that are sponsored by ciNE65 and Golden Village.

To stand a chance to win 5 pairs of Golden Village Movie Tickets that are sponsored by ciNE65 and Golden Village, kindly visit the following link: https://awinsomelife.org/2013/07/10/cine65-ii-ill-be-there-for-you-singapore/

You might also want to know that we will be giving away 2 Packets of Cafedirect Ground Full Roast Coffee sponsored by Cafedirect, 2 Bottles of Jaillance Semillon Sparkling Wine sponsored by Jaillance, 2 Tins of Cafedirect Sao Tome Hot Chocolate sponsored by Cafedirect, and 4 pairs of Movie Passes to catch Lee Byung Hun’s latest Hollywood action comedy blockbuster Red 2 that are kindly sponsored by Nescafe.

So, do stay tuned to us for more exciting freebies and giveaways!

We have just concluded our Ben & Jerry’s Ice-Cream Voucher Giveaway and the 5 Winners are:

[Image Credits to Wanderfly]

1. Nina Yeo
2. Michelle Boor
3. Koh Jason
4. Yueyoong K
5. Michhysaurous BelleBelle

All Winners will be contacted via Facebook Message and Email so if you see your name listed here, do remember to check your inbox-es!

[Image Credits to Sputnika]

On a separate note, ever since we started our Blog in December 2011, we have seen an increase in the number of visitors and pageviews on our Blog and we are extremely humbled by the statistics. If we compare our current year’s statistics to the previous year’s statistics, we are generally doing just fine but it is still not up to our expectations because we feel that there are so much things that we could have done better. Hence, we are currently doing a thorough review of our Blog and we have plans in the pipelines to carry out some BIG changes that we hope will bless YOU [our readers].

As the plans are underway, we won’t be revealing them anytime soon but we really hope that this would be the next breakthrough that we’re hoping for. Meanwhile, you probably might be able to note the change in our blogging/writing style and over the next few weeks and months, you might see the bigger changes eased in.

Hence, do stay tuned to us and should you have any thing that you wish to let us know, do feel free to leave us your comments or drop us an email at admin@awinsomelife.org

After attending an event with a best Blogger-friend of ours, I was having a conversation with her and we chatted over many topics and issues pertaining to social media and the Blogosphere. When we bade farewell, I drove home and throughout the journey, I started reflecting and as I reflected, I began to thank God for the many wonderful opportunities and blessings that were poured into my life.
In fact, when both Baby and I started A Winsome Life back in December 2011, all we wanted to do was to share information about our latest food finds, how we bred Betta fish [also known as fighting fish] and triops, whether a movie was worth catching, and what was so interesting about the places and events that we visited. Little did we know, the incoming traffic to our blog kept increasing and we started receiving invites to product launches and media conferences.

Today, we are privileged to be blogging for major brands like McDonald’s, LG, Logitech, Nespresso, Panasonic, Ben & Jerry’s and we are also honoured to work with major reputable PR companies like Mileage Communications, Strategic Public Relations Group, Golin Harris, and etc.

With that being said, we aren’t here to brag or anything like that but more often than not, we hear nasty comments from certain bloggers about why we are getting all these opportunities while they aren’t invited and to be honest, we ourselves are sometimes quite surprised when we open up our emails to see that we’re invited to a particular “premium” event.

The truth is, we are not “popular” bloggers and we are not out to steal the limelight or any of that sort. We are just ordinary folks whom are passionate about blogging and would go all the way to make sure that every content or blog post that we publish are of substance and quality. This means that with every blog post that we publish, the blog post would more or less be displayed in the first few pages of search engines like Google or Yahoo! when people search online for information about a particular product, brand, or event.

We have to admit that, yes, having a large fan base may be something admirable; but sometimes, bloggers got to really ask themselves this question, “Are their readers truly reading about the stuffs that they blog about or are their readers merely following them for the sake of getting some benefits in return?” We’re not saying that all our readers are following us for the sake of receiving some benefits because we have in fact received emails from some of our readers whom encouraged and thanked us for addressing certain questions or doubts that they had. However, there are certain bloggers whom have a large fan base and they assumed that as such, they’re bringing value to the companies or brands that they are blogging for. Well, we personally feel that what really matters in social media is the quality of the content that we bring to our readers and the companies/brands that we’re blogging for.

Authenticity is also one other factor that we feel is equally important. Over the last 15 months since we started our journey in the Blogosphere, we have met with fellow bloggers whom shared similar interests as us and some of them eventually became personal friends of ours. On the other end of the spectrum, there were also a few bloggers whom we have met and they had devious plans in mind to gain followers and “likes” so that they can have a large fan base and proclaim that they are influential opinion leaders in the Blogosphere. Whatever the case, we believe that it is important to be real and authentic; not try to shadow someone and become like someone whom we are not meant to be.

As the title of this blog post suggests, we have counted our blessings and will continue to do so because we consider ourselves blessed to have been given tons of wonderful opportunities to not just work with the best brands and PR companies but to have also made real and trustworthy friends in the Blogosphere. We will continue to keep up the good work that we have done and we will continue to strive for the best in all that we do or undertake. Henceforth, we really want to show our gratitude by thanking all those whom have made A Winsome Life impossible possible!

On a separate note, if you’re a non-blogger and you’re always reading our blog or if you’re a blogger/blogger-friend and you have been checking us out very often, may we kindly request that you drop us an email at admin@awinsomelife.org just to let us know that you’ve been visiting our blog because we are in the midst of planning something and we would like you to be a part of it. Even if you know us personally and check us out regularly, do let us know too. As we really want to keep what we’re planning a surprise, do leave us your name and contact number when you send your email to us so that we can get in touch with you and provide more details.

Meanwhile, do stay tuned to our upcoming blog post about a Nespresso Atelier Class that we recently attended and we look forward to sharing more exciting stuffs with all of you.

It is the first day of the March Holidays and I believe that many people would be bringing their children for a well-deserved mini-vacation before the Mid Year Examination kicks in. Personally, this 1 week break would be an extremely good opportunity for me to catch up with my loved ones and friends.
Since we’re 2 weeks away from the end of the first quarter for the year, we hereby present you the “Report Card” for our Blog’s performance thus far:

No. of Pageviews
January 2013: 22,702
February 2013: 17,987
March 2013 [up till 18 March 2013]: 11,785
Total [from January 2013 to 18 March 2013]: 52,474
Monthly Average: 17,491

No. of Visitors
January 2013: 9,921
February 2013: 7,802
March 2013 [up till 18 March 2013]: 5,040
Total [from January 2013 to 18 March 2013]: 22,763
Monthly Average: 7,588

From Screen Captures

The statistics shown above are extracted from Google Analytics and truly, we are really glad that we started the year pretty well.

In the last 3 months or so, we have organised 3 separate Blog Giveaways and we have seen more than 100 entries submitted for these giveaways.

From Screen Captures

Also, our Winsomelifers’ Programme [also known as our Blog Loyalty Programme] currently has a record of 128 Winsomelifers [also known as our Loyal Readers]. Looking at the Leaderboard for our Winsomelifers’ Programme, we are happy to announce the top 3 Winsomelifers and they are, See Xinyi with 6000 points, Koh Jason with 5200 points, and William Foong with 2800 points! With these points, Winsomelifers can use them to redeem for movie vouchers, shopping vouchers, and dining vouchers! Currently, we’re conducting a poll to find out what new addition our Winsomelifers would like to redeem with the points that they’ve earned through our Winsomelifers’ Programme.

From Screen Captures

Well, having said so much, if you’re interested to advertise your products and/or services or if you’re keen in exploring social media as an avenue to market your products and/or services, please feel free to drop us an email at admin@awinsomelife.org and we will be more than happy to get in touch with you.

Last but not the least, do stay tuned to our upcoming Blog entries as we will be sharing with you some information about the new electronic gadgets by Logitech!

In our most recent giveaway of 2X ToastBox Vouchers worth SGD$5 each, we are happy to announce the two following readers whom have won the contest; they are:
1). Jason Koh


2). Ong Ruixiong

A hearty Congratulations to the both of them!

Well, if you haven’t won any prizes in any of our previous Blog Giveaways, don’t lose heart ok! The trick to winning prizes in our Blog Giveaways is to submit as many entries as you can by either Tweeting about our Giveaway, Liking our Facebook Page, or Answering the Question required. By doing so, you will be given multiple chances of being selected to win a prize.

Anyways, in this Blog Entry, we are extremely happy to announce that we will be giving away 3X SGD$10 worth of ePhoenix Credits that are proudly sponsored by Phoenix Comms! At this juncture, we believe many of you must be scratching your heads right now and questioning what exactly is ePhoenix Credits.

Before we begin, we’re pretty sure many of you have heard of the Phoenix Card. If you don’t know or you have never heard of the Phoenix Card, Phoenix Card is one of the top selling International/IDD Calling Cards in Singapore.

[Image Courtesy of Phoenix Comms]

Well, Phoenix Comms [owner of Phoenix Card] recently launched one of the first cardless International Calling Card/IDD Solution known as ‘ePhoenix’ and it is essentially a PIN free, prepaid International/IDD Calling Card service that offers one of the most competitive rates in Singapore; thus allowing users to enjoy meaningful and precious conversations with loved ones overseas. The awesome thing about using ePhoenix is that you can save the hassle of purchasing physical calling cards which usually has a short expiration date and with ePhoenix, users can now take advantage of the 9 months validity period for each top-up.

[Image Courtesy of Phoenix Comms]

By using ePhoenix, you can:

1). Go card-less. No physical card purchase is required and therefore, you need not worry about losing your card.

2). Top up your calling credits online anywhere, at anytime. As long as you’re connected to the Internet, it is easy and convenient for you to top up your calling credits!

3). Get reliable and quality calls at one of the lowest rates you can ever get in Singapore. For SGD $10 worth of ePhoenix Credits, talktime is 333mins for calls to China, 597 mins for calls to India, 453 mins for calls to Malaysia, 399 mins for calls to the US, 333 mins for calls to Australia, 399 mins for calls to the UK and 349 mins for calls to Taiwan! This is definitely way cheaper than using the International/IDD Calling Service that is provided by SingTel, StarHub, or even M1.

[Image Courtesy of Phoenix Comms]

Many people have the misconception that International/IDD Calling Card is only for foreigners whom are studying/working/living in Singapore. However, this is not true because we locals may sometimes find ourselves making International Phone Calls to our loved ones whom are living/studying abroad or even to arrange for accommodations and transportation prior to our overseas travel.

Let me give you an example.During our most recent trip to Taiwan, we made tons of International Calls to the various Accommodations and Transportation Companies in Taiwan to enquire about their services and rates. As writing in Chinese isn’t our forte and Google Translation may sometimes be rather inaccurate, we liaised with the various Accommodations and Transportation Companies in Taiwan via phone conversations as a follow-up to our Email exchanges. This has helped to clear any doubts between us and the various Accommodations and Transportation Companies in Taiwan, and it also facilitated our bookings much smoothly.

[Image Courtesy of Phoenix Comms]

Whether you’re making an International Call to your loved ones or to make some travel arrangements prior to your visit to another country, ePhoenix will definitely come in handy.

With ePhoenix, you can bid farewell to:

•Searching for kiosks selling phone cards when you need to make calls
•Having to buy new or top up phone cards when the current card expires/runs out of credit
•Keying in a long string of pin numbers when doing top-up

If you’re wondering how you can sign up for ePhoenix Service or how to dial overseas using ePhoenix, read on!

To Sign Up for ePhoenix Service:
1) Visit Phoenix Comms webpage (http://www.phoenixcomms.com.sg/)
2) Register the relevant phone number, and purchase top up value
3) Once the purchase is confirmed, you will receive an online transaction confirmation

To Dial Overseas Using ePhoenix:
1) Dial 6347 4088 with registered phone number
2) Follow operator’s instructions and dial overseas recipient’s number (Country Code + Area Code + Telephone Number)
3) Start talking

We hope that by now, you would have a better idea of what ePhoenix is and how you can avoid expensive International Calls by using ePhoenix. As mentioned, we will be giving away 3X SGD $10 worth of ePhoenix Credits! In order to participate, all you have to do is click on the following link and follow all the necessary steps as indicated : https://awinsomelife.org/current-blog-giveaway/

We will be accepting entries for the giveaway from now till 10 March 2013!

Stay tuned to more updates from us!

God bless!

About Phoenix Communications:

Formed in 1996 as a CallBack operator, Phoenix Communications Pte Ltd (Phoenix Comms) has progressively advanced in the telecommunications industry with their offer of quality International Direct Dialling services and other telecom innovations.

Positioned as a service provider to connect you to your destinations easily, effectively, and at a competitive rate; Phoenix Comms was also the first newly licensed IDD operator in Singapore to launch the Phoenix 1516 IDD in July 2000. Featuring the lovable Phoebie as their mascot, their reliable services not only connect you to more than 200 countries around the world, they also include the very popular PhoenixCard, the Phoenix CallBack Card, SmartDial, SmartRoam, SmartPin and World Connect.

Today, Phoenix Comms enjoys the distinction of being a market leader in delivering cost-effective high-quality IDD services that meet any requirement. Driven by a vision to offer first-class IDD services, the company is constantly perfecting its robust and reliable network. From the expansion of their switching networks to their constant delivery of quality services, we are sure you will find one that most fit your needs.

Hello Everyone,
it has been more than a year now since we have officially moved from www.awinsomelife.wordpress.com to www.awinsomelife.org and we are really glad that our decision to self-host our own blog has paid off. Over the course of 1 year, our blog has seen tremendous growth especially in the number of visitors visiting our blog and out of the pool of visitors that have checked out our blog, there are also a number of Winsomelifers [visitors whom are constantly checking out our blog regularly for updates] whom we are really grateful to.

Till date, we have achieved more than 74,000 views in total and we are currently averaging 336 views a day. If we continue to maintain this pace of growth, I believe that we should be able to replicate this success in the coming year and double that of what we are currently achieving. Also, if not for the constant support of omy Blog Club, Nuffnang, and a few other PR companies like SPRG, One9Ninety, and Mileage, our blog would not have had the privilege of working with established and reputable brands such as McDonald’s, LG, Crocs, and Far East Hospitality [just to name a few]. Henceforth, we really want to express our gratitude to all our partners for the wonderful opportunities that have been presented to us.

On a more personal note, Baby [Jacqueline] and I [Melvin] really enjoy bringing you the latest updates and happenings about food, travel, or just about anything that is interesting. In case you’re wondering what our roles are on this blog, Baby is the official photographer while I am the content producer. So, most of the photos you see on our blog are taken by Baby while the blog entries are planned and typed by me.

For those of you whom are new to our blog, we invite you to connect with us via Twitter, Facebook, or even email. Occasionally, we do have mini contests and mini giveaways on our blog, so in order not to miss out on the promotions, we will strongly encourage you to Like Us On Our Facebook Page.

You can choose how you want to connect with us via the following links:

Twitter: www.twitter.com/awinsomelife
Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/awinsomelife
Email: admin@awinsomelife.org

Last but not the least, blogging is our passion and joy. There has never been a dull moment for us and we are really glad to have made friends in the blogosphere whilst blogging. It is because of the friendships that have been forged that made attending events more lively and fun. So, here’s a big thank you to all our fellow blogger friends whom have made a difference in our lives; [you know who you are and you guys are truly winsome+awesome]

Do continue to stay tuned to our blog for more updates and we look forward to bringing you more of the interesting happenings in our daily life.

God bless!