Monday, February 27, 2017

Orchard Central Video of teen fall leaked

A leaked security camera footage of the moments before 17-year-old Jonathan Chow fell to his death from the 4th floor of Orchard Central last Friday. The video shows him and her friend, Ruth (the girl in the video), standing together in a linkway between Orchard Central and Orchard Gateway before Jonathan jumped. According to TodayOnline, teenagers were window shopping for clothes (at the mall) and when they went to the bridge, Jonathan Chow came up with the idea of doing a stunt : "Help me take a Snapchat video and I’ll jump.” were the last words of him.

Jonathan leapt before she could say no :
“We both thought the parapet was made of concrete, but when he jumped, he fell straight through,” said Ruth, who is currently assisting the police with investigations. “I knew it was dangerous, but before I could stop him, he already jumped over. I swear I wanted to jump over too but I knew it was too late.”
Source : Teen who fell to death from Orchard Central wanted a video taken: First-hand witness
Earlier reports said that he went on the paraphet to retrieve his phone but the video (you can watch it here in The Star Online article) seems to confirm her story. He jumps over the barrier while the girl was filming in the security camera footage.

Orchard Central Video of teen fall leaked

Jonathan Chow was rushed to hospital but he died.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Where to stay in Langkawi?

An archipelago of 99 islands, Langkawi is the Malaysia’s most promoted tourist destination. Away from the main island’s developed areas, Langkawi is rural with mountainous interior, villages, rice paddies and jungle­covered hills. A duty­free location, Langkawi is also the perfect place to buy cheap luxuries and it’s recognized for its excellent dive sites and what some say are the most beautiful beaches in Malaysia. Besides all that, sightseeing attractions that range from the Underwater World and the Cable Car & Skybridge to natural draws such as Langkawi’s offshore islets and the Telaga Tujuh waterfalls make Langkawi Malaysia’s most popular tourist destination.

Featuring an equatorial climate, Langkawi is suited for year­round travel. Shielded from major winds and storms by the mainland on one side and Sumatra on the other, the island has two prevailing seasons – dry season (November to March) and wet season. Temperatures are fairly consistent during the day, ranging from 30°C to 35°C, while at night they drop to 28°C or 29°C; humidity levels remain high at about 80% throughout the year. The most rainfall occurs in September and October, as a result of the monsoon winds.

Where to stay in Langkawi? We will not answer this question by giving our recommended list of hotels and resorts in Langkawi but introduce major areas to stay and their attractions. There are many nice hotels and resorts in Langkawi and the real difficult part is to determine in which town or around which beach to stay.

Where to stay in Langkawi? - Langkawi Map
Langkawi Map - Source : Malaysia Maps
Pantai Cenang

Dubbed Langkawi’s main vein, Pantai Cenang is not as rowdy as Bangkok’s Khao San Road but it’s still the island’s most popular stretch. 25 km west of Kuah and 500 metres north of Pantai Tengah, the bay forms a white-sand beach strip, and the area is crammed with unobtrusive budget and mid-range beachfront accommodation. Mostly due to the burgeoning package tour clientele, Cenang has plenty of places that offer water sports and boat rentals. Good restaurants with an emphasis on Westernised local dishes, and the best
nightlife in Langkawi, results in an odd jumble of backpackers, expats, Asian tourists and families crowding the restaurants and bars come nightfall.

For resorts and hotels in Pantai Cenang, their room prices, latest deals and discounts as well as customer reviews refer to Langkawi Pantai Cenang Hotels page.

Where to stay in Langkawi? - Pantai Cenang
Pantai Cenang in Langkawi is Langkawi's most popular beach.
Pantai Tengah

The first of Langkawi’s western beaches, Pantai Tengah is situated just around the southern bend of the Pantai Cenang road. A family-friendly strip, with some low-key chalets as well as a few all-inclusive resorts, Tengah has the longest stretch of beach on the main island. The bay’s out-of-the-way location means that the water isn’t renewed by the tides and as a result looks quite murky. There’s not much sightseeing here, but there are quite a few spas, and tour operators are abundant. Eating out used to be limited to the various restaurants attached to the motels and resorts along the strip, but lately local enterprise has begun to hit Tengah’s food scene. The nightlife isn’t as prolific as Cenang but it’s popular with the locals.

For resorts and hotels in Pantai Tengah, their room prices, latest deals and discounts as well as customer reviews refer to Langkawi Pantai Tengah Hotels page.


With an estimated 11,000 inhabitants, Kuah is easily Langkawi’s largest town. The arrival point for most ferries, it features a strip of modern high-rise hotels and duty-free shops along the main road, which hugs what little beach there is. Sitting on reclaimed land, it’s more of a fishing beach than a recreational one. Kuah’s not an unattractive place – in fact, the whitewashed Al Hana Mosque, which dominates its waterfront, is one of Langkawi’s most popular sightseeing attractions. The town will probably be your first view of Langkawi and it’s the place to settle any business matters as it’s one of the only places on the island for banks, post office, police station, a hospital and fast food eateries.

For resorts and hotels in Kuah, their room prices, latest deals and discounts as well as customer reviews refer to Langkawi Kuah Hotels page.

Kuah and its famous eagle statue (Dataran Lang) in Langkawi Eagle Square.According to folklore Langkawi’s name came from two Malay words – ‘helang’ (eagle) and ‘kawi' (reddish brown): hence lang-kawi.  - Source : Langkawi Info
Padang Matsirat

Located towards the northern end of the island (skirting the airport), a right turn off the main road brings you to Padang Matsirat (The Field of Burnt Rice). It’s only a few kilometres off the road that leads to the west coast beaches, and it offers many sightseeing spots (Makam Mahsuri, Snake Sanctuary and more). You’re going to need to rent a car to get to them as most of these spots are located far from each other. That being said, it takes the top spot as one of the best places to stay, especially if you’d like a quieter atmosphere than
Pantai Cenang or Tengah. There are a few good restaurants and attractions in the vicinity but if you’re looking for nightlife then stick closer to less provincial areas of Langkawi.

For resorts and hotels in Padang Matsirat, their room prices, latest deals and discounts as well as customer reviews refer to Langkawi Padang Matsirat Hotels page.

Pantai Kok

Pantai Kok is on the far western stretch of Langkawi. Hands down it’s the best beach in Langkawi – it’s quieter and more secluded than Cenang or Tengah and enjoys a very intimate feel. Major sightseeing attractions include the popular Oriental Village plus its only 2 km from the Telaga Tujuh waterfalls. High-end resorts like the Sheraton and Tanjung Sanctuary dominate lodging options here, but there are also a number of attractive chalets along the beach. The beach itself is beautiful with clean sand and clear waters, a thoroughly modern marina (Telaga Harbour Park) with a string of good shops, bars and restaurants, plus a
petrol station, bank and post office.

For resorts and hotels in Pantai Kok, their room prices, latest deals and discounts as well as customer reviews refer to Langkawi Pantai Kok Hotels page.

Datai Bay

Halfway along Pantai Kok’s main road, there’s a right turn that takes you down a narrow stretch of road leading to the north coast. After 10km, a road to the left leads to Datai Bay – home to some of Langkawi’s most exclusive resorts. The site of Datai Bay Golf Course (one of Malaysia’s top-ten golf clubs), the area’s crowning glory is located at the end of the curving road that takes you past the headland, where a couple of secluded coves afford great views of several Thai islands in the distance. Back-tracking from Datai Bay, there are a couple of reasonable stretches of undeveloped beach; you’ll find Pantai Pasir Hitam (Black Sand
Beach) here – a strip of beach with sand that looks as if it has been sluiced with tar.

For resorts and hotels in Pantai Kok, their room prices, latest deals and discounts as well as customer reviews refer to Langkawi Datai Bay Hotels page.

Datai Bay (Facilities seen here are Datai Langkawi Resort) - Source :

Where to stay in Penang?

The northern gateway to Malaysia, Penang’s the oldest British settlement in the country. Also known as Pulau Pinang (Pulau means “island” in Malay), the state capital, Georgetown, is a UNESCO listed World Heritage Site with a collection of over 12,000 surviving pre-war shop houses. Its best known as a giant beach resort with soft, sandy beaches and plenty of upscale hotels but locals will tell you that the island is the country’s unofficial food capital Georgetown.

Penang enjoys a warm equatorial climate. Average temperatures range between 29°C – 35 during the day and 26°C – 29°C during the night; however, being an island, temperatures here are often higher than the mainland and sometimes reaches as high as 35°C during the day. It’s best not to forget your sun block – the higher the SPF, the better. It’s mostly sunny throughout the day except during the monsoon seasons when the island experiences rainfall in the evenings.

So where to stay in Penang? Most of Penang’s fancier accommodation is in the form of beach resorts on the main tourist beach of Batu Feringghi. More backpacker-friendly options, as well as a few classical luxury hotels, can be found in Georgetown. You can find many budget hotels at Chulia Street, Muntri Street, and Love Lane area.

Penang Map. To view larger click here.

Named after the Prince of Wales, who later became King George IV, Georgetown has a long and illustrious history under its belt. On the northeast point of the island, the state capital, Georgetown (a World Heritage Site since 2008) is defined by four major streets: Lebuh Pantai, Lebuh Light, Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling and Lebuh Chulia. Playing host to over 12,000 surviving pre-war shop houses built by Chinese craftsmen and a skyline pierced by the Kompleks Tun Abdul Razak (KOMTAR) skyscraper, the city houses the island’s most popular sightseeing attractions as well as the best hawker fare in the state.

For hotels in Georgetown, room prices as well as customer reviews, you can visit Penang Georgetown hotels page.

Georgetown, Penang
Georgetown, Penang
Batu Feringghi

In the past, Penang’s main beach, Batu Ferringhi was best known as a hippie hangout. These days it’s a sprawling three km long white sand strip that plays host to scores of upmarket hotels. Also known as Foreigner’s Rock, the area is mostly frequented by package tourists and is especially in vogue with Middle Eastern visitors. Though the ocean waters of this palm-and-casuarina-tree lined coast aren’t crystal clear (holidaymakers just tend to stick close to the poolside of the plush resorts) it remains wildly popular. Batu Ferringhi’s night market is legendary and good food is ubiquitous along this strip.

For hotels in Batu Feringghi, room prices as well as customer reviews, you can visit Penang Batu Feringghi Beach hotels page.

Penang Batu Ferringhi beach
Penang Batu Ferringhi beach
Tanjung Bungah

A twenty-minute bus ride from Georgetown’s outskirts, Tanjung Bungah is a seaside suburb that was once a sleepy fishing village. It’s risen in popularity in recent years to become one of Penang’s most popular tourist destinations due to its close proximity to both Gurney Drive and Batu Ferringhi. Though the beaches here are not as pristine as those out further west, they’re still pleasant and hotels here are shipshape ventures and generally offer much cheaper rates. The Penang Water Sports Centre is based here.

For hotels in Tanjung Bungah, room prices as well as customer reviews, you can visit Penang Tanjung Bungah hotels page.

Tanjung Bungah
Gurney Drive

Though most people wouldn’t classify this as a separate area in and of itself, Gurney Drive is so wildly popular that you should spend some time exploring it. Otherwise known as Persiaran Gurney, it’s often referred to as ‘the new Esplanade’ (to differentiate it from the original Esplanade in Georgetown). There’s a deluge of hawker centres, seafood restaurants and a healthy nightlife scene that really kicks off the instant the sun goes down here. The waterfront strip also plays host to Gurney Plaza – one of the island’s best known shopping malls.

For hotels in Gurney Drive, room prices as well as customer reviews, you can visit Penang Gurney Drive hotels page.

Penang Gurney Drive
Penang Gurney Drive
Bayan Lepas

20 km south of Georgetown and 36 km from Batu Ferringhi, Bayan Lepas is Penang’s main industrial hub. Home to the Bayan Lepas International Airport, the area may not be the most aesthetically-pleasing spot on the island – there are a huge number of factories belonging to multinational companies centred here but it’s still moderately charming. Besides sightseeing attractions such as the Snake Museum, Batu Maung, Penang War Museum and the Bukit Jambul Orchid and Hibiscus Garden and Reptile Garden, the island’s biggest shopping mall, Queensbay Mall, calls this area home.

For hotels in Bayan Lepas, room prices as well as customer reviews, you can visit Penang Bayan Lepas hotels page.

Seberang Perai

Penang Island is connected to its 760sqkm peninsular province (Seberang Perai) via the 13km-long Penang Bridge as well as ferry services. Dubbed Province Wellesley by the British, its chief town is Butterworth, an industrial town that doubles as a transportation hub for the whole area. Generally used as a halfway stop between Bangkok and Singapore, Seberang Perai’s bus station, port complex, train station and taxi stand lie right on Butterworth’s quayside. Of Penang’s 1.4 million residents, 54% live on the mainland; rapidly expanding, its one of Penang’s only areas enthusiastically embracing the 21st century.

For hotels in Seberang Perai, room prices as well as customer reviews, you can visit Penang Seberang Perai hotels page.

Make professional animated explainer video

I like to explore Fiverr for new and interesting services from time to time. For those who do not know Fiverr, it is an online freelance service market place where you can buy and sell any micro-work for a fee. Most gigs (micro-works are called gig in Fiverr) start from 5 USD but there are many gigs more expensive than this basic price. I use Fiverr to buy services for my blogs as well as some professional services for my day job.

One of the most interesting and hugely successful gig is from this dude called Vince from Singapore. Vince uses his 13 years of experience in making animation to create awesome animated explainer videos starting from 100 USD. These videos usually cost much higher than that and Vince also gives some reasonable lead times like 10 days for a standard package which costs 170 USD.

If you want to make 2D animations for your business, service or products, this hugely popular gig is for you. Standard Explainer Video Animation package comes with up to 60 seconds full HD video, voice over, background music and option to add your logo.

Vince has completed 527 orders (I guess since 2012) and a Level 2 Seller in Fiverr. Level 2 Sellers maintain a a high star rating (4.7-5 star rating) and exceptional customer care. This means you can safely buy from a Level 2 Seller.

Make professional animated explainer video
Using this Fiverr gig, you can make professional animated explainer video for your business, services and products.
You can access the gig here : Make professional animated explainer video

Translate English to Chinese or Chinese to English

If you are looking for a cost effective or cheap English to Chinese and Chinese to English translation services, read on. One of the most popular places to do this now is Fiverr, a global online marketplace offering tasks and services, beginning at a cost of $5 per job performed, from which it gets its name.

Fiverr offers many language related services and here you can find many affordable and quality English - Chinese translation gigs to choose from.

For example this gig, "I will translate between English and Chinese" offers 15 USD for translating a 1000-word English document to Chinese. Aside from this standard package, you can choose a medium service which offers "Translating a 5000-word English document to Chinese for 70 dollars only" and advanced service "Translating a 10000-word English document to Chinese for 150 dollars only, 25% off!" 

This English - Chinese translation gig provides a human translation service for the following items:
  • All kinds of essay translation
  • Company introductions
  • Advertisements
  • Any forms of instruction and brochure translation
  • Product name translation
  • Business report and  letter translation
  • Invitations
  • Business card translation
  • All kinds of certificates
  • Website translation
The gig privider is a native Chinese speaker from Mainland China. She has studied Business English and Translation & Interpretation practice in college and graduated with a Bachelor Degree. Apart from her college education, she also obtained several certificates from Harvard University and UC Berkeley.

English to Chinese or Chinese to English Translation
Fiverr offers many translation gigs with various quality like this English - Chinese Translation service.
The price can be cheaper though. There are still a lot of gigs in Fiverr living up to its name and starting from 5 USD. For example this "I will translate between English and Chinese up to 500 words" gig.

Translation will be manually and professionally done and proofread the work before delivery. Up to a maximum of 2 rounds of changes are allowed. 

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Best Tuition in Sembawang

If you are looking for chemistry, A/E mathematics and Science tuition; physics express or mathematics tutor, please read on. We know it is difficult to be a student in Singapore and a parent of a student in Singapore. Demanding parents, exams, home works and teachers require a lot in terms of school scores. The competition is high and everyone is doing what they can to be a step forward from the crowd. This makes normal school hours not enough for being at the top. This is why nearly 8 out of 10 parents with children in primary school and 6 out of 10 parents with secondary school children send their kids to private tuition.

Tuition is mostly fueled by ambitious parents wanting their children to secure places at top schools. It is also a global phenomenon not limited to Singapore. And in Singapore, good education system and high quality tuition pay back handsomely. Singapore now has a reputation as an education powerhouse and its students are world champions.Singapore's 15-year-olds for example are ranked tops for mathematics, science and reading in the Programme for International Student Assessment.

Although (and thankfully), Singapore tuition system did not reach the the mania in other (places) such as Hong Kong, where celebrity tutors are treated like idols, it is still very important to find a good tutor or a tuition center. A dedicated tutor can quietly help students achieve their full potential behind the scenes.

Serene Wong is one such tutor you can find if you live around Sembawang. She is a graduate of National University of Singapore (NUS) in Bachelor of Science. She has more than 15 years of experience teaching Science and Mathematics at secondary level. Besides tutoring, she also had substantial experience conducting 'O' Level classes at private institutions.

Best Tuition in Sembawang
Serene Wong does tuition in small group of 2 to 5 students and each student is given individual attention.
As a dedicated and patient teacher, Serene Wong is able to impart knowledge to her students and help them to improve, and eventually excel in the subject(s). She teaches lower secondary such as Science ( IP/Express/IB/ NAcad) and Mathematics ( Express/IB/NAcad); upper secondary such as Chemistry ( IP/Express/IB/NAcad), Physics ( Express/NAcad ) and A/E Mathematics ( Express/IB/Nacad).

Serene Wong does tuition in small group of 2 to 5 students and each student is given individual attention. As mentioned above, she has has more than 15 years of teaching experience, with proven track records. Tuition is conducted in a conducive environment and conceptual and progressive learning is emphasized. The tuition also provides supplementary worksheets and exam papers.

Best Tuition in Sembawang

If you are looking for one of the following, this may be the tuition center for you :
  • Chemistry tuition in Sembawang
  • Physics Express Tutor in Sembawang
  • A/E Mathematics Tuition in Sembawang
  • Science ( IP/Express/IB/ NAcad) Tuition in Sembawang
  • Mathematics ( Express/IB/NAcad) Tutor in Sembawang
  • and so on.
Chemistry tuition in Sembawang
On of the courses of Serene Wong Tuition is Chemistry tuition in Sembawang
Serene Wong Tuition Sembawang is located at Blk 406, Sembawang Drive, Sembawang, 750406. You can also access her by phone at 93636683. For more information, you can visit

Friday, February 10, 2017

Marina Mandarin Singapore’s 30th Anniversary

Marina Mandarin Singapore is celebrating its 30th Anniversary in 2017 with promotions that will exciteits guests from attractive room stays to dining deals. One of the best hotels in Singapore, centrally located 5-Star Singapore hotel is very popular with business travelers, leisure travelers as well as locals for a nice staycation in Singapore.

Marina Mandarin Singapore's 30th Anniversary

You can book a Deluxe Room and enjoy these fantastic benefits:  Guests will receive SGD 30 Nett worth of food and beverage credits per booking to be redeemed at Peach Blossoms, AquaMarine or Atrium Lounge.

With this Marina Mandarin 30th Anniversary Deluxe Room booking, receive a Guaranteed upgrade to Executive Deluxe Room -- Marina Bay View and Guaranteed late check-out until 3 pm and guests will also receive 30th Anniversary welcome amenities.

 To book this package, do Quote "30th Anniversary" when making your reservation.

Booking period is from now to 28 February 2017
Stay period: 9 Apr to 30 June 2017

Black-out dates are from 16 to 18 May 2017 and 23 to 25 May 2017
Terms and conditions apply
Package is non-refundable, non-cancellable

For Reservations, please call
+65 6845 1000

Marina Mandarin Singapore skyline view
Marina Mandarin Singapore is a world-class, 5-star Singapore luxury hotel that offers breathtaking views of Marina Bay and the financial district. Enjoying an excellent location in the heart of the city, the hotel has direct access to the Marina Square Shopping Mall, and is opposite the Suntec Convention & Exhibition Centre and The Esplanade--Singapore's premier performing arts centre. The hotel is also perfectly situated right on the trackside of the Singapore Grand Prix Formula One race.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Singapore beauty Michelle Tan

Actress / model Michelle Tan is a well known Singapore beauty from Night Owl Cinematics. The youtube channel is very famous in Singapore and South East Asia and has more than 540K subscribers. Her facebook page is and you can also follow her on twitter at

Here is her short bio (sort of) from Night Owl Cinematics :

"Michelle is confident, bold and sexy. She trains hard and goes on a strict diet to achieve her 'Barbie Doll' figure as it's known to the Owls! Catch her in her sexiest in 'Murphy's Law' and also as a 'Policewoman' in 'You Got Scammed #Criminalwatch' in which she also choreographed our dance moves!"

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

How To Have Clear Skin | 6 Simple Skincare Tips For Men

A question for you men? Would you consider your skin clear and free from black heads, pimples and blemishes? Is it glowing bright, hydrated with an even skin tone? What about radiant? That is right gentlemen, radiant. Clear, glowing, radiant skin is not only for the ladies. It is also for the dudes, so today we will go over six simple skincare tips for man to enhance your magnificently masculine appearance.

#Tip 1 : H2O a.k.a hydration

The first rule of good skin for man is hydration. You need to hydrate from inside. You probably know how a thirsty flower looks like and what happens to şt when you give water. Analogy may look weird but pretty much same applies for your skin. If you do not hydrate enough, your skin will drop and look old.

You need to maintain an adequate level of hydration all the time. If you do this, your skin will reward you with a fresh, young, bright look.

#Tip 2 : Eat Healthy Diet

There is a direct correlation between what you eat and how you look. Let me break this down as simple as possible : If you eat crap, you would look like crap. Also, if you drink alcohol in excessive amount, your skin will look like crap.

And if you smoke, you might just as well stop reading this post, because you my friend are doomed and no tip can help you! Your skin would look old, crappy, rough and rugged.

It is as simple as this : (a) limit processed food, (b) reduce sugar intake, (c) reduce the saturated fat, (d) reduce alcohol and (e) stop smoking!

#Tip 3 : Clean and Exfoliate Your Face Twice a Day

You need to clean your face twice a day, morning and evening. With a MEN Face Cleanser or MEN Facial Scrub suitable for your skin. There are two reasons you are doing this. First, you need to remove excessive oil and dirt from your face and your skin  will be free of blemishes and break outs. Second, you also remove dead skin sells in the process.

To clean your face, you can wash your face and use an old school towel. Or, you can use super cool technology; facial scrubbing brush. You will immediately see results if you consistently clean and exfoliate your face. When you are using the face scrubbing brush, try not to over scrub your face. Scrubbing about 10 seconds per zone (forehead, right cheek, left cheek, nose and chin) is more than enough.

MEN facial scrubbing brush

#Tip 4 : Moisturize

You should drink plenty of water to hydrate your skin from inside but that is not enough. You also need to moisturize your skin from outside. Try to buy a MEN Moisturizer with not high oil content so your skin does not look super greasy.

#Tip 5 : Protect from sun

Tip #5 is something most men do not start early enough. You need to protect your skin from sunlight with a proper sunscreen. Use it when you are going outside, not just for outside activity. A daily MEN Moisturizer with SPF 15 and plus is a good place to start. You also do not forget to wear sun glasses. Sun glasses not only make you look cool, it is also a very good way to prevent wrinkles around your eyes.

#Tip 6 : Sweat!

Exercising is not only good for your heart and lungs, it is also good for your skin. Sweating helps you to throw toxins from your body and skin.

Follow these 6 simple skincare tips for men and you will ensure that your skin is clean, glowing and radiant. And bonus : you will probably look 10 years younger.

Taiwan Beauty Carina Linn a.k.a the most beautiful nurse in the world

23 years old nurse Carina Linn from Taiwan is becoming an Instagram celebrity thanks to her beautiful face and body as well as sexy photos she shares in her Instagram account. With her photos in-duty, with bikinis and etc. she is also dubbed as "the most beautiful nurse in the world" by "fans".

Despite all the hype and her photos appearing in almost all newspapers in Far East, she says she is still a full time nurse and not much changed in her life. She also says that she has not put her photos in instagram to be famous.

Here are some photos from her Instagram account.

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Lazada Singapore Valentine's Day Campaign and Deals

Are you looking for Valentine's Day gift ideas in Singapore? And are you also looking for Valentine's Day deals? You can take a look at Lazada's SG Valentine's Day Campaign for both. From January 31st to February 06th, you can find up to 80% discount for Valentine's Day Gift Of Love.

There are 14 SGD daily Valentine's Day deals as well as Flower Pre-Order Deal in the campaign. The campaign page also has some nice Valentine's Day ideas for your boyfriend / husband or girlfriend / wife. The page even offers Valentine's Day gifts for yourself.

For men, you can choose among a large collection of Fragrances, Men's care, Men's Watches, eyewear, men's fashion, audio, wearable tech and wines, beers & spirit. For women, you can find gifts like perfumes, makeup, beauty tools, jewellery, women's fashion, women's watch, wearable technology, skincare, mobiles, cameras and etc.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

A similing monkey is a nervous monkey

Long-tailed macaque (Macaca fascicularis) are native to Singapore. Although their original habitat was mangroves (you can still see them at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, Sentosa, the Sisters Islands, Pulau Ubin and Pulau Tekong), you will most probably encounter them in the Western and Central Catchment areas as well as at Bukit Batok Nature Park.

Macaques communicate differently from humans. One of the most important thing to remember is that smiling may be a friendly gesture for you but for macaques, this gesture may be interpreted as aggression. So avoid smiling them, especially by widely showing your teeth, and even do not bother to create an eye contact since this also may be interpreted as aggression.

And of course, do not even try to approach the baby macaques because the parents are extremely protective and your smile on your face to the baby macaque would be an invitation for trouble.

This also means that it is not always a good thing if a monkey smiles at you. What is often perceived as a smile of happiness is actually a nervous monkey expressing discomfort. This is typically known as "fear grin".

A sign board in MacRitchie Reserve in Singapore warning people about smiling at long-tailed macaques. The gesture which looks like smiling to us is actually a nervous monkey showing its discomfort. They also interpret smiling as aggression.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Where to stay in Pattaya?

Although it is still known as the sex tourism capital of the world, Pattaya is trying to develop some family friendly image to attract more diversified segments of tourists. In a sense, Pattaya is quite there already: many families flock to Pattaya from capital Bangkok for a weekend holiday and we see increasing number of tourists going to Pattaya for its sun, beaches and activities. But even if you are not into red light districts and their workers, the `trade` is quite obviously done out in the streets and clubs. So if you will not be able to stomach the `scene` it may still be better to not visit Pattaya. On the other hand, if you are going to Pattaya to bang, it will be a paradise for you.

Pattaya's city center is quite straight forward. The city lies in the north-south direction, parallel to the sea. Between the sea and the city, there is Pattaya Beach and Beach Road running parallel to the sea and the beach. In the south, Beach Road becomes Walking Street, the infamous Red Light District of Pattaya. Inside Pattaya, Second Road runs parallel to Beach Road and these 2 are connected to each other with 3 main roads and many narrow sois (see the map below).

Pattaya is indeed offering a lot of fun other than its naughty night life. It is a heaven for water sports lovers and the city also offers golf, horse riding, bungee jumping, swimming and etc.

Where you should stay in Pattaya depends on why you are in Pattaya. If you are in for the `trade` you would like to stay near Walking Street. If not, Jomtien Beach will be a more family oriented and tranquil place to stay.

Most hotels will allow you to bring your "hourly" or "nightly" friend to the hotel. This means some do not, so if you are planning to bring in someone, then you should be sure that you can do it. Some luxury hotels will charge extra "joiner fee" to discourage you to bring in new "friends" so this is also something to check. Security will keep the identity card of your new friend for your safety. If this new friend is younger than 20, many hotels will not accept her/him.

Another thing to know about Pattaya hotels is the smoking free room issue. Many do not have it. Most of the hotels with smoke free rooms will have a limited number of them. If you have an issue with tobacco and its smell, stick to hotel chains and luxury hotels.

Where to stay in Pattaya - Pattaya map and Pattaya's main streets
Pattaya map and its main streets
South Pattaya - Pattaya Walking Street

South Pattaya is in fact is not the southern most area in the city (to the south you have Buddha Hill and Jomtien Beach). Pattayaland and Walking Street are here in South Pattaya. Walking Street is the main tourist attraction in the city and is the red light district. There are many beer bars, go-go bars, brothels and small stalls selling many things you can buy and eat. This 20th century Gomara is worth to visit even if you are not into the trade here.

Pattayaland is the poster child of Pattaya with its neon filled space. The place is in fact nothing compared to Walking Street (only 8 and so go-go bars here).

There are many hotels in South Pattaya. Cheaper ones tend to be on bars or other establishments and may be very noisy. For the hotels, their room prices and customer reviews refer to South Pattaya hotels, and Walking Street hotels pages.

Pattaya Walking Street Otelleri
Pattaya Walking Street
Soi Buakhao, Soi LK Metro and Soi Honey
You can find cheap hotels, hostels and guest houses in Soi Buakhao, Soi LK Metro and Soi Honey. Very noisy and many hotels here does not have online booking but you can just show up in the reception and book a hotel.

Jomtien Beach
Jomtien Beach is seperated from Pattaya Proper by Buddha Hill and is quite quite and clean compared to Pattaya city center. The beach is a heaven for water sports lovers and kids will find it entertaining in amusement and water tower.

If you want to be a little away from the circus in the south Pattaya, this is a very nice place to stay. For Pattaya hotels here go to Pattaya Jomtien Beach hotels.

Pattaya Jomtien Beach
Islands Near Pattaya

For many, islands near Pattaya means a daily tour but you can indeed stay in some of them. Ko Lan is the most famous and largest one offering many hotels and resorts.

Ko Lan

Top 5 extraordinary things to do in Singapore

There are many things you can do in Singapore and these things are listed quite well in countless "Top 5 things to do in Singapore" articles. In this post, we will not list these "ordinary" attractions. There are also unique and quite extraordinary things to do in Singapore.

Indoor Skydiving at iFly Sentosa

This is the next best thing to sky-diving. iFly Sentosa will let you experience true free-fall conditions, just like a real skydive in the comfort and safety of a wind tunnel. This virtual skydive is designed to last as long as a 12,000 to 3,000 feet fall. It also cost only 20% of the real thing.

Measuring 16.5 feet in diameter with a flying height of 56.5 feet, the equivalent of five storeys, iFly Singapore is the world's largest themed vertical wind tunnel. It can accommodate up to 20 flyers at the same time. Website :

Where is iFly Sentosa? Here is the address: iFly Singapore, 43 Siloso Beach Walk #01-01 Singapore 099010

Indoor Skydiving at iFly Sentosa
Indoor Skydiving at iFly Sentosa
Ultimate Drive

Have you ever drive a supercar? If not, Ultimate Drive may help you to drive one. With the motto of "“Everyone can drive a Supercar", Ultimate Drive offers micro-rental packages starting from as low as $198 for a 15 minute ride and also have membership packages that allow members to use the cars for longer periods. Their supercar fleet has McLaren MP4-12, Porsche 911, Rolls-Royce Ghost, Lamborghini Huracan, Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder, Lamborghini Aventador, Ferrari California and Merc S Class.

You can have more info at

Ultimate Drive
Ultimate Drive allows you to drive a supercar in Singapore.
Flight Experience Singapore

Have you ever dreamed about being a pilot or at least experiencing to fly a commercial plane? Well, you can at least try something closest to the real experience : Flight Experience Singapore. The company lets you to be a pilot in a state-of-the-art, professional flight simulators based on the Boeing 737-800. Although this is a fixed-base simulator, it is 100% scale and is a fully enclosed cockpit.

Flight Experience Singapore is at Singapore Flyer (30 Raffles Avenue #02-06 Singapore 039803). And here is its website

Flight Experience Singapore
Flight Experience Singapore lets you to pilot a real flight simulator.

SKI360degree! Singapore's first and only Cable-Ski Park located in East Coast Park. This system, Cable-Skiing or Cable Wakeboarding, is basically water skiing or wakeboarding using the pull of a cable system that goes continuously around the lagoon. All you need to bring is some sun block, boardshorts.

You can find out more here The park is located at 1206A East Coast Parkway Singapore 449891.

SKI360degree! Singapore's first and only Cable-Ski Park
SKI360degree! Singapore's first and only Cable-Ski Park
Wavehouse Sentosa

Wave House Sentosa  is a 70,000 sq ft beachfront venue that offers exhilarating wave rides and the ultimate beach lifestyle experience in Singapore. The centerpiece of Wave House Sentosa is “The Wave” - a fully-flowing, FlowBarrel® sheet wave that approximates a roaring, 10-foot wave when it’s cranked to setting 11. The system is invented by a surfer named Tom Lochtefeld, the founder and CEO of Wave House,

For more info, visit

Wavehouse Sentosa
Wavehouse Sentosa

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Sting concert 2017 Singapore

Following the recent release of English singer-songwriter Sting’s highly anticipated rock/pop album “57th & 9th” and with sold out concerts already confirmed in North America and Europe, Cherrytree Management and Live Nation Lushington are proud to announce the return of English singer-songwriter STING, performing live in Singapore on 28 May 2017 (Sunday) at the Singapore Indoor Stadium at the Sports Hub.

On the 57th & 9th Tour, STING will be joined by a 3-piece band including his longtime guitarist, Dominic Miller, plus Josh Freese (drums) and Rufus Miller (guitar). Special guest in Singapore will be singer/songwriter Joe Sumner.

Sting gained world fame as the frontman for the punk rock band The Police nearly 40 years ago before embarking on a successful solo career, and has received 10 Grammy Awards.He is also an avid supporter of human rights organisations like the Rainforest Fund, which protects both the world’s rainforests and the indigenous people living in them.

Ticket are priced from S$108 (and can be purchased for S$108, S$148, S$198, S$228 or S$288 depending on the seating location) with +$4 booking fee.

Tickets go on sale this Thursday 15 December, 10am via, hotline +65 3158 78888, Indoor Stadium Box Office and all SingPost outlets.

You can reach events Facebook page Sting - 57th & 9th Tour Singapore.

Sting concert 2017 Singapore
Sting - 57th & 9th Tour Singapore

Where to buy Xiaomi Singapore?

Beijing based Chinese electronics company is quite popular with its mobile phones and tablets such as Mi series mobile phones, Redmi series budget mobile phones and Mi Note Series. Singapore is an important country in Xiaomi's history. When founded in 2010, Singaporean government-owned investment company Temasek Holdings was one of the institutional inverstors in the first round of funding. In 2014 Xiaomi announced its expansion outside China, with their first stop in Singapore.  Xiaomi's Redmi and Mi3 phone were released in Singapore on 21 February – 7 March 2014.

You can buy Xiaomi products in Singapore through several mediums. First, you can buy Xiaomi online through e-commerce companies. For example Lazada, a Singaporean e-commerce company, sells Xiaomi products online. You can check here : Lazada Xiaomi Mobile.

Xiaomi also sells its products online through MI Singapore page.

And last but not the least, Xiaomi also has a retail store which is located in Suntec City. This Xiaomi Singapore store is first full fledged retail store outside of China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.  This store is not 100 per cent run by Xiaomi, It is a collaborative effort with Singapore's current go-to tech e-commerce site Lazada, which will manage the sales. This is a good place to get your hands on latest Xiaomi products but some cool products that is usually reserved for sale in China cannot be found here (such as Mi Drones, Notebook Air, 4K Mi TV and Mi rice cookers ).

Xiaomi Singapore store
Xiaomi Singapore store is first full fledged retail store outside of China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

The Ancient Histories of Singapore

The earliest possible mention of ancient Singapore is dates back to 2nd Century cartographic references. Greco-Roman astronomer Claudius Ptolemy (AD 100 - AD 170) marked a place called Sabana, a coastal port at the southernmost tip of the Malayan peninsula, on his map. The area where Singapore lies and identified was known as a "Nominon Emporion" or a designated foreign trading port. It was a part of a chain of trading centers that linked South East Asia with India and Mediterranean.
Links between India and Singapore go back to ancient times. In the first century A.D., Claudius Ptolemaeus, a Greek astronomer, collected astronomical observations from the countries around the Indian Ocean in order to determine their locations. One of these, Sabana, lay in the area of modern Singapore.  Sabana was a nominon emporion or designated foreign trading port, part of a chain of such trading centres which linked Southeast Asia with India and the Mediterranean 2,000 years ago.  The Greeks themselves never reached Sabana. According to Ptolemy, Sabana should have lain somewhere in the vicinity of the Johor-Riau-Singapore area.
Source : Records of Ancient Links between India and Singapore
A 3rd century Chinese witten record also described the island of "Pu Luo Zhong" (蒲羅中). This is probably a transliteration of the Malay Pulau Ujong, "island at the end" (of the Malay peninsula). It is said that Pulau Ujong maintained as a fishing village from that time on.

In 1320, the Mongol court has sent a mission to a placed called Long Yamen (Dragon's Tooth Strait) to get elephants. This probably referred to Keppel Harbour.A visitor from China, Wang Dayuan, who came around 1330, called the main settlement Pancur (spring), and reported that there were Chinese already living here.

Sabana on Ptolemy's world map
Sabana on Ptolemy's world map
One of the earliest references to Singapore as Temasek, or Sea Town, was found in the Javanese Nagarakretagama' of 1365. The name was also mentioned in a Vietnamese source at around the same time. By the end of the 14th century, the Sanskrit name, Singapura (Lion City), became commonly used.(Source : Singapore History)

The Sejarah Melayu or Malay Annals contains a tale of a prince Srivijaya, Sri Tri Buana (also known as Sang Nila Utama). During one of his voyages, he saw the beautiful beach of Temasek (Sea Town) and decided to take a closer look. He only reached the Temasek after surviving a great sea storm in the late 13th century. According to the tale, the prince saw a strange creature, which he was told was a lion. Believing that this is an auspicious sign, he decided to name the new settlement Singapura, which means Lion City (lions have never lived in Singapore and the name probably comes from the shape of the island which looks like a male lion with mane on the map).

In late 15th century, Singapore appears in Malay Annals :
The Sejarah Melayu or Malay Annals, compiled around 1435, contains information passed down from earlier times. The first section of the Malay Annals tells the story of a great Indian ruler, Raja Shulan, who after conquering all of India, set his sights on China.  However, he only had a vague idea of where China was.  The Chinese, learning of Raja Shulan's intent, and wishing to avoid conflict, employed a stratagem.  They sent an old ship crewed by a group of aged men to Singapore. Raja Shulan, on his way to China, also stopped in Singapore.  He met the doddering Chinese sailors and asked them how much further away China lay. The old sailors informed Raja Shulan that China was so far away that when they had set out, they were still young. Raja Shulan decided to return to India.
Source : Records of Ancient Links between India and Singapore
Singapore was caught in the struggles between Siam (now Thailand) and the Java-based Majapahit Empire for control over the Malay Peninsula. According to the Sejarah Melayu (Malay Annals), Singapore was defeated in one Majapahit attack, but Iskandar Shah, or Parameswara, a prince of Palembang, later killed the local chieftain and installed himself as the island's new ruler. Shortly after, he was driven out, either by the Siamese or by the Javanese forces of the Majapahit Empire. He fled north to Muar in the Malay Peninsula, where he founded the Malacca Sultanate. Singapore remained an important part of the Malacca Sultanate; it was the fief of the admirals (laksamanas), including the famous Hang Tuah.(Source : Singapore History)

Recent excavations in Fort Canning provide evidence that Singapore was a port of some importance in the 14th century and used for transactions between Malays and Chinese.

Soil To Body : Delicious plant based recipes

If you are looking for some delicious vegan recipes, take a look at Soil To Body. This is a blog prepared by a vegan blogger to introduce some interesting vegan recipes.

The blogger, Deniz, was born and raised in Anatolia where is famous with its cuisine which in turn borrowed many elements from many different cultures like Middle Eastern, Greek and Balkan cuisines. There are rich ingredients that Anatolia offered. In this way, people cooked different ingredients in harmony and enabled to form a very rich and varied food culture.

There are too many accidentally vegan or vegetarian traditional cuisine in Anatolia. In the website, she shows originally vegan or vegan version of Anatolian cuisines. Also, some new inventions from time to time.

These delicious recipes include lentil soupstuffed zuccine flowers (a famous summer dish in the Aegean Sea side), fava bean puree (Aegean Sea Style), red pepper bread (originally coming from Antakya, Hatay Province of southern Turkey) and green lentil and quinoa stuffed eggplant (vegan version of karnıyarık).

quinoa stuffed eggplant (vegan version of karnıyarık)
quinoa stuffed eggplant (vegan version of karnıyarık)
sweet red pepper bread
This amazing sweet red pepper bread is originally coming from Antakya that is the seat of the Hatay Province in southern Turkey. Really delicious and good appetizer for your guests.

Peanut, butternut squash soup
Peanut, butternut squash soup