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Hello Everyone,
as you can see from the topic of this blog entry itself, yes, it’s all going to be about food but for this particular blog entry, the photos that are published here were taken using the LG Optimus 4X HD Smartphone!

So anyway, in conjunction with the Singapore Food Festival that is organised by the Singapore Tourism Board, 313@somerset is presenting a month-long celebration of food, entertainment and shopping from July 27 to August 31 at the Discovery Walk, Level 1 of 313@somerset. This event is none other than the, “Let’s Talk About Food”. As part of the Let’s Talk About Food event, a series of exciting themed acts and performances have been lined up; so if you happen to be at 313@somerset on 3-4 August, 8 Aug, 24-25 Aug from 6pm onward, be sure not to miss these whimsical performers! The best part about Let’s Talk About Food is that during this period, you can definitely look forward to indulging in your favourite dishes at significantly discounted prices and I really mean it!

Here’s why; 313@somerset is launching the exclusive 313 Dining Wallet where you can purchase it for just $19 and inside this 313 Dining Wallet, it contains $40 worth of dining vouchers that you can use at selected Food & Beverage [F&B] outlets. Now that’s really something you ought to consider because you pay half price for the value that you are getting! However, this promotion is only valid till 31 August 2012 so be sure you don’t miss out on this awesome deal.

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In case you are wondering, there are many F&B Outlets where you can utilise your vouchers. The vouchers that are inside the 313 Dining Wallet are, $5 Coffee Bean Voucher, $5 Famous Amos Voucher, $10 The Flying Bread Voucher, Lunch Voucher, Drink Voucher, Snack Voucher, and Dinner Voucher! For the vouchers that have cash value such as the Coffee Bean Voucher, the Flying Bread Voucher, and the Famous Amos Voucher, all you have to do is to use the vouchers at their outlet respectively and use it to purchase whatever food you are planning to purchase. If the amount exceeds the indicated value on the voucher, all you have to do is to just top it up with your own cash.

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For the Lunch Voucher, Drink Voucher, Snack Voucher, and Dinner Voucher, all you have to do is to present the voucher at the respective participating outlets as indicated in the brochure found in the 313 Dining Wallet and select your food choices that are also indicated in the brochure. For the Lunch Voucher, you can only utilise it at a stipulated time from 1130am to 230pm and for the Dinner Voucher, you can only utilise it from 6pm onwards.

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Thanks to OMY.SG and the team from Land Lease, I was part of a group of 20 bloggers whom were given the opportunity to taste some of the food that the participating F&B outlets have to offer.

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We started off at the Basement 3 Food Hall where we sampled some snacks and light-bites from Jollibean, Umi Sushi, The Flying Bread, and Paradise Inn.

The Umi Sushi Outlet at 313@somerset.

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Look at the variety of sushi, handrolls, and sashimi that they have.

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The Green Salad we had from Umi Sushi

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The All Salmon Platter from Umi Sushi

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Jollibean Outlet at 313@somerset.

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The Chicken Floss Pancake that we tried [from Jollibean].

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The Flying Bread Outlet at 313@somerset

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Look at all the wraps they have!

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And yes, we too got a chance to sample the wraps made by The Flying Bread.

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The Flying Wrap’s Calamansi Juice with Mint is really something I really like because of its refreshing minty taste.

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The Paradise Inn outlet at 313@Somerset.

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I have earlier done a review on the Paradise Inn restaurant so do check it out here for further details –> http://awinsomelife.org/2012/07/05/paradise-inn-greenwichv/

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Here are some of the dishes that we sampled from Paradise Inn

Braised Vermicelli with Seafood

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Homemade Style Fried Vermicelli

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Then we went to the Malones Irish Restaurant and Bar and the Charlie Brown Cafe, both of which are situated at the Discovery Walk, Level 1 of 313@somerset.

The Malones Irish Restaurant and Bar at 313@somerset, where we tried their Margherita Pizza [with tomatoes, mozzarella, and fresh basil].

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The unique Charlie Brown Cafe, one of its kind in Singapore.

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At Charlie Brown Cafe, we sampled their Chicken Wings and specially concocted drinks.

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Oh, and they even gave us a lovely badge too!

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And we finally ended the whole food tasting session at Food Republic, Level 5 of 313@somerset where we sampled dishes from You Men HK Roast, Bangkok Gem, and Heniu Teppanyaki.

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Bangkok Gem’s Olive Fried Rice

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Just in case you are wondering, the dishes that are featured in this blog entry are not exhaustive of what is offered in the 313 Dining Wallet. In fact, there are also other F&B outlets [such as Yoshinoya, Wang Cafe, The Handburger, Blue Mountain Cafe, Honeymoon Dessert] that are not featured here. For a full list of participating F&B outlets and the food choices available, click here –> http://apps5.noisycrayons.com/313somerset/foodfest/coupons.html

Well, through this event, I also got the opportunity to meet some bloggers and they are Albino, Elrica, Luke, Isaiah, Deenise, Dawn, William. Do check out their blogs because they are really interesting.

So, do make use of this opportunity to check out the 313 Dining Wallet and go on a food fiesta!

Stay tuned to more updates from us.

God bless!

Hello Everyone,
I am really excited about this blog entry because in this entry, I will share with you readers the latest information first-hand, regarding my experience [thus far] with the LG Optimus 4X HD Smartphone.

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Thanks to the team from LG Mobile Singapore and One9Ninety, I was selected to be one of the 12 bloggers whom are given the opportunity to try out LG’s latest mobile phone, the LG Optimus 4X HD Smartphone. In case you are wondering, yes, the LG Optimus 4X HD Smartphone was loaned to me for 2 months so that I can try it out and give you readers my honest opinion and review.

Well, the last LG phone that I personally owned and used was the LG KM900 Arena and that was in the year 2009! Thinking about my past experience with the LG KM900 Arena, I would never have thought that I would lay my hands on a LG phone ever again because the rise in Apple’s iPhone and Samsung’s Galaxy were just too attractive! But having touched, felt, and fiddled with the LG Optimus 4X HD Smartphone for the past 1 day, I’m now very confident and open to consider LG as a possible brand for my next phone purchase. Ever since I first started using the mobile phone in 2000, with Nokia 3210 being my first phone, I have used various mobile platforms such as Symbian, Windows, iOS, Blackberry and now, the Android. Out of these various platforms that I’ve used, I personally like the iOS and Android because of its user-friendliness and ability to personalise the phone. So, you can be very sure that my next phone purchase would be one that runs on either the iOS platform or the Android platform [unless there happen to be any significant developments that can far exceed the iOS or Android which I highly doubt so]

So, being a first-time user of the Android platform on the LG Optimus 4X HD Smartphone, I found the user-interface relatively easy to navigate around. I was able to run multiple applications on the LG Optimus 4X HD Smartphone with no problems and every applications ran rather smoothly. For me, the most important thing that must be in my phone are applications such as Facebook, Twitter, Whatsapp, Instagram and I must say, I’m pretty pleased with the way these applications are running seamlessly on the LG Optimus 4X HD Smartphone. As I frequently access my emails, I am really extremely happy that my emails can be “pushed” to the LG Optimus 4X HD Smartphone instantly so that I will never miss any important emails and reply them on the go! One very important reason why I actually liked the iPhone iOS was because it had the iCloud function where every photo I take can be uploaded straight to my computer wirelessly. Thinking that this particular ability was restricted only to the iPhone, I was pleasantly surprised when I saw that the Android platform allows me to do the same thing too! In addition, the LG Optimus 4X HD Smartphone was able to sync my Google Calendar and Picasa Photos which I used frequently on my desktop and that really made life much better for me because I can work efficiently and productively using both the LG Optimus 4X HD Smartphone and my computer.

Well, some of you may be asking me how the camera of the LG Optimus 4X HD Smartphone compare to other Smartphones like the HTC One X, the Samsung Galaxy S3, and the Apple iPhone4S. To be frank, I still prefer iPhone4S camera because its autofocus mechanism was pretty fast and the photos that it takes are pretty accurate in terms of colour and exposure. The photos that the LG Optimus 4X HD Smartphone takes appear to be more on the warm side.

The camera on the LG Optimus 4X HD Smartphone also has this, “Time Catch Shot” function where it takes a photo even before the shutter button is pressed. This would then allow you to pick the best image and save it accordingly. Such a function would be very much suitable for taking photos of moving objects, children, and pets.

One other cool function of the LG Optimus 4X HD Smartphone is its ability to zoom-in and zoom-out of a specific area in a video while watching it. While I don’t think I would use this function frequently, I believe it is useful for people whom want to scrutinise any inconsistencies in a video that they have probably directed or produced.

And check out this rather chic function of the LG Optimus 4X HD Smartphone. You can connect your phone to your computer and use your phone from the computer to send a text message, make a voice call, check out your facebook, and so much more.

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So if you’re wondering what the box contains, here’s what you will find:

The LG Optimus 4X HD Smartphone

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A Quick Start Guide, A One-Year Warranty Card, A Charger, A Data Cable, A Stereo Handsfree Earpiece, and Two Near Field Communication [NFC] Tags

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Ok, I have heard of the NFC function before but I haven’t really utilise it. In fact, my Blackberry has this function but I do not use it at all. Well, as the box contains the NFC tags and it was a virgin experience for me to explore the NFC function, I actually stick the NFC tag which was labelled for car onto my car windshield. When I placed my phone near it, the phone detects the NFC tag and automatically activates the Car Mode where it offers navigational capabilities. Its pretty cool I would say. Oh, and I heard from a fellow blogger, Lester Chan, whom were there for the launch as well, mentioning that the NFC function could even let you check the balance on your EZ-Link card!

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Anyway, LG is having a promotion with Box.Net where every user of a LG Android Device [the device must have a display resolution of 320 X 480 or higher and must be running on Android OS 2.1 or above] can qualify for the free 50GB LIFETIME Cloud Storage Promotion. I must say, this is really an awesome deal considering that Samsung Galaxy S3 is only offering 50GB of Dropbox Storage for 2 years.

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Ok, moving on to the more important aspect of this blog entry. Personally, I am a heavy phone user where I make alot of phone calls, reply a lot of emails, and frequently access my social media applications such as Twitter, Instagram, Whatsapp, and Facebook; hence, the battery life of a phone is of utmost importance to me. In terms of capacity, the LG Optimus 4X HD Smartphone is the highest as compared to Samsung Galaxy S3 or the HTC One X. Given the way I used my phone, I reckon that the LG Optimus 4X HD Smartphone could last me 1 day on 1 full charge. Hearing from some of my friends who uses the HTC One X, they regretted getting the phone because the battery life is super short [lasting them a few hours]!

So, whats the price of the LG Optimus 4X HD Smartphone? Well, for Singtel, it is retailing the LG Optimus 4X HD Smartphone at a price of $288 for a 2-years mobile contract on the iOne Plus Plan; for M1, it is retailing the LG Optimus 4X HD Smartphone at a price of $448 for a 2-years mobile contract on the Sunsaver Plan; for Starhub, the phone is not available yet. If you compare the price of the LG Optimus 4X HD Smartphone to Samsung Galaxy’s S3 and HTC One X, the LG Optimus 4X HD Smartphone definitely offers much more value.

Well, I shan’t bore you all down with the details and specifications of the LG Optimus 4X HD Smartphone any further but if you do have any questions or if you want to have a feel of the phone, do let me know so that you can try out the LG Optimus 4X HD Smartphone that I am currently holding onto. Other than that, do stay tuned to my blog entries for the next two months which will feature photos that are taken using the LG Optimus 4X HD Smartphone Camera and if I really have the time, I would do some guitar recordings of myself and share it with you all.

In case you want to compare the specifications and features of the HTC One X, Samsung Galaxy S3, and the LG Optimus 4X HD Smartphone, check out the following screen grab I gotten from Singtel Mobile’s Website.

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Here are some photos that I took during the LG Live Event that was held at the Marina Bay Sands:

This replica was imported from Europe and it didn’t come cheap.

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The LG Smart 3D Split-Screen TV where two gamers can play games and see things from their own perspective is rather unique.

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Our trainer for the evening whom guided us to the various functions of the LG Optimus 4X HD Smartphone.

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The following commercial basically summarises the benefits of the LG Optimus 4X HD Smartphone:

And if you’re interested to read a review from Hardware Zone about the LG Optimus 4X HD Smartphone, click the following link: http://www.hardwarezone.com.sg/review-lg-optimus-4x-hd-affordable-quad-core-contender

Life’s really good with the zippy, trail-blazing and sleek LG Optimus 4X HD Smartphone!

Stay tuned for more updates from us!

God bless!