20 Jan 2018

Samsung announced the Galaxy A8 (2018) and A8+ (2018) at the launch event on Wednesday afternoon.

Held at the completely revamped Samsung Experience Store at VivoCity, the launch showcased the Galaxy A8(2018) and the Galaxy A8+(2018) which boasts enhanced camera capabilities a new 16MP + 8MP F1.9 Dual Front Camera in addition to a 16MP rear camera. It also comes with Infinity Display, in 5.6-inch (A8) and 6.0-inch (A8+) screen size options. Galaxy A8(2018) and Galaxy A8+ (2018) is IP68-certified water and dust resistant capabilities, supports microSD cards of up to 256GB and support the Samsung Gear VR.


The Galaxy A8(2018) and A8+(2018) will be available from 27 January 2017 at a recommended retail price of $648 and $798 respectively, including GST. Available in Gold and Black, the devices will be available at all local telecommunication operators, selected consumer electronic stores, authorised mobile retailers, Samsung Experience Stores and selected online marketplace.

Samsung Debuts the Galaxy A8 and A8+ for 2018

14 Jan 2018

Without further delays, let me jump into the review of the Google Pixel 2XL smartphone that has been released in October 2017.

First thing of all, I apologize for the late review. All sorts of things that could possibly happened has happened and that is why the review is only out in the new year. I lost my photos and here is why I took that long for a review, in addition to a text only review. 

So, let's talk about the hardware. The Google Pixel 2XL comes in an aluminum unibody with hybrid coating, Corning® Gorilla® Glass 5 and it is IP67 water and dust resistant. I see many of the flagship smartphones these days comes with waterproof rating so it would come in handy if you would accidentally dropped it into the pool (or if you are being thrown into the pool by your "friends") or the more likely scenario, spilled water or other liquids on your phone.

Google Pixel 2XL sports a USB-C port. For those who are thinking of the 3.5mm jack, it is gone. But for compatibility to your headphones, Google included a USB-C adapter so that it can still work with your favourite earphones. 

The Stereo front-firing speakers (one on top and one at the bottom) also comes in handy when you are watching videos or playing games. I love watching videos with the stereo speakers as the sound feels fuller than my current mobile.

As for the software, you get as close as the stock experience as you can get. Google's latest flagship smartphone comes with its latest OS at the point of launch, Android 8.0! The Google Pixel 2XL was launched with the Singaporean English version of the Google Assistant. 

I tried out some of the searches like "Where is the nearest Fairprice?" and it yields pretty accurate results. You can speak Singlish to it and it would speak back to you in Singlish a variety of fun and interesting responses. Some of these were from the TV shows back in 1990s - 2000s and it was fun and nostalgic speaking to it. Oh remember to give it a squeeze when you need it. 

It is a great smartphone with the apps being fired up very snappy with the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 835 and 4GB ram. Video playback is smooth and you can even pinch zoom out to fill up the full screen in YouTube.

The Google Pixel 2XL lasted me throughout the workday (with simple twitter viewing, web surfing, taking some photos) with still juice left for net surfing. Here are some photos that I took on a cloudy day and was downloaded from the Google Pixel 2XL before it was returned. So check them out!

Google Pixel 2XL Review

31 Dec 2017

Let's see what happened in 2017!

Lookback at 2017 with Youtube

21 Dec 2017


From now till February 15, 2018, the LG Red Fair is on!

The LG Red Fair offers promotional deals on LG solutions across home entertainment, home appliance, information technology and mobile communication. The latest products showcase premium solutions that enhance the way modern consumers live. Offering a glimpse of the future with innovative technologies of tomorrow, consumers can enjoy rewarding promotions and receive free gifts on selected products that help shape an efficient and convenient lifestyle. 

Dolby Package Deal:
Purchase any of the following three LG SUPER UHD 4K TV (65SJ950T, 65SJ850T, 55SJ850T) with the LG Dolby Atmos® Speaker Bar (SJ9), and receive a free LG 4K Blu-ray Player (UP970) worth S$599.

Home Entertainment Gift with Purchase:
Purchase selected LG TVs and be rewarded with free gifts including an LG FHD SMART TV, gift vouchers and more worth up to S$1,799

Home Entertainment Bundle Deal:
Purchase any LG TV with selected LG Speaker Bars in a single receipt to receive a free Bluetooth Speaker worth up to S$199.  

Home Appliance Gift with Purchase:
Purchase selected products and receive free gifts worth up to $199, including grocery vouchers, an air fryer, mini food processor, laundry detergent bundle, LG Bluetooth speaker and more.

LG Home Bundle Deal:
Purchase any two selected LG home appliances from any two product categories to receive an additional grocery voucher worth S$100.  

LG gram Promotions:
Purchase any new LG gram 15 (15Z975) to receive free gifts worth up to S$347.

LG 34UC89G Gaming Monitor Promotion:
Each purchase of the LG 34UC89G gaming monitor (S$1,399) comes with a free Logitech G610 Orion gaming keyboard (worth S$209), while stocks last.

Mobile Communication LG Red Fair Promotion:
With each purchase of the LG V30+, receive a two-year warranty, a 15% discount voucher for all B&O Play devices and an iWalk Linkme 3,000mAH USB-C portable power bank.


So if you are intending to purchase a gift for this holiday season, do check out the above deals. 

All free gifts are available while stocks last.

Information from
LG Singapore

Save more with LG's Innovations at the LG Red Fair

3 Dec 2017


WhizComms is offering the lowest priced 1Gbps home fibre broadband service plans to all customers in town. At only less than $1.50/day ($42/month), customers get to enjoy 1Gbps Home Broadband service with Mesh Wi-Fi solution. 

This plan allows customers to enjoy seamless and uninterrupted Wi-Fi connection in every corner of their homes. On top of that, the first 100 customers who sign up for this plan will receive an additional free 1 unit of TP-Link Deco M5 router that provides true mesh networking system to completely cover the home with Wi-Fi. It also comes with additional features to enhance online surfing experiences, such as antivirus and parental controls.
Interested? Visit http://marketing.whizcomms.com.sg/meshwifisolution/ to sign up! 

Promotion ends 5 December 2017.

Information from
WhizComms

WhizComms Broadband Offers

5 Nov 2017

Looking for a new phone or home appliances? Be sure to check out the LG Living happening now at ION Orchard Basement 4 Atrium!


LG Living showcases the LG V30+ and Home Appliances such as the TWINWash, LG Styler, LG InstaView Door-in-Door refrigerator, LG HOM-BOT Turbo+ and LG NeoChef microwave oven. 

LG V30+ is coming to Singapore soon! It features a F1.6 aperture Crystal Clear Lens and OLED FullVision Display, with the newly added Cine Video Mode to produce movie-like videos. 


Along with Hi-Fi Quad DAC, the LG V30+ delivers the clearest of sounds suited for audiophiles. Pre-register from now till 17 November 2017 at www.lgmobilereg.com. You can receive a pair of Beoplay H3 earphones worth $229 with each purchase of the LG V30+!

The LG TWINWash is the world’s first twin-load washing machine that can wash two separate loads of laundry simultaneously. By reducing the laundry time, homemakers can spend more quality time with their loved ones. 

Meanwhile, the LG Styler now comes with a dehumidifying function to reduce indoor humidity, especially for walk-in wardrobes. It utilizes LG’s TrueSteam technology to sanitize, remove wrinkles and eliminate odours, lengthening the lifespan of delicate fabrics and cuts down the number of trips to the dry cleaners.


The LG Living showcase is now on from 1 to 7 November 2017! 

Information and photos from LG Singapore

LG showcases its new products at LG Living

12 Oct 2017

Make payments via Samsung Pay from the respective merchants’ apps!

Since 15 September 2017, Samsung Pay users can easily checkout in Qoo10 and Vaniday mobile apps. In the app, users have the option to pay via Samsung Pay. No need to enter their credit card details when making payment; all they need to do is to authenticate the Samsung Pay transaction via iris scan, fingerprint scan or a PIN code and payment is done.

Users who opt for the Samsung Pay option when using their Qoo10 or Vaniday mobile app will not be sharing their card information with the respective merchants, as banking and credit card details remain confidential.

Enjoy these promotions on Qoo10 and Vaniday apps!
Qoo10
From now, all users who opt for the Samsung Pay check-out option on the Qoo10 mobile app will be entitled to the following promotions:

  • Enjoy special S$2 deals on Qoo10 with check-out transaction with Samsung Pay
  • For transactions made with Samsung Pay with a minimum spend of S$20, users will receive a S$5 discount voucher for use on Qoo10.
  • Users of Samsung Pay via the Qoo10 mobile app can also earn Samsung Rewards points and redeem S$5 vouchers for use on Qoo10 from 17 October 2017.

Vaniday
  • Exclusively for Samsung Pay users, Vaniday will offer a one-time S$15 off discount on first-time booking (via Vaniday mobile app) to use on any beauty and wellness service on the platform.

Information from Samsung Singapore.

Pay with Samsung Pay at Qoo10 and Vaniday

11 Oct 2017


Just one more day to the premiere of Asia's Got Talent Season 2 on AXN! This Thursday, October 12 on AXN in a special 2-hour episode at 8:30pm (7:30pm BKK/JKT)!

This season, viewers can expect more thrills, more surprises and a whole new generation of stars as 165 acts from 15 Asian countries compete for the USD100,000 grand prize. 

The judges are 16-time Grammy-award winner and music producer David Foster; internationally acclaimed singing sensation Anggun and newcomer to the series, multi-platinum recording artist Jay Park are in the hot seat to determine who goes through to the next round in the first five episodes; but it’s the audience – the ‘fourth judge’ – who will vote in the semi-final episodes to determine the ultimate winner. 

Adding to the series are the dynamic new hosts Alan Wong and Justin Bratton who will entertain viewers with their witty banter and spontaneity on and off the stage.

Remember to subscribe to the official YouTube Channel at www.YouTube.com/AsiasGotTalent for extended highlights of Asia’s Got Talent and exclusive behind-the-scenes footages!

Information from AXN Asia.

Asia’s Got Talent Season 2 Premiering Tomorrow!

10 Oct 2017

Hello everyone!

It has been quite a while since my last post on Korea. Every time I planned for a trip, I will be sure to include some places or dishes to try in the country that I am visiting.

I always wanted to visit Korea as I love the K-Wave and the K-Culture. It seems hard to find someone to go with. My friends suggested that I should go on a solo trip, as you know, #YOLO!

While looking through the beautiful photos of Korea, many will notice the sumptuous Korean meals with all the meat and seafood glory. As I am typing this, I am already thinking of what I should have for my first trip to Korea. Besides Seoul where most of the K-Wave artists are at, one of the places that I would love to visit is Gangwon. Here I found three native food to the region! Of course there are more, but here are the ones that I really wanted to try badly and recommended for your tastebuds.

Chuncheon Dak-galbi (닭갈비)


Many people knows about the Dak-Galbi. I was searching for the origins of this dish and ChunCheon in Gangwon-do is where it originates. Although the name Dak (Chicken) Galbi (Ribs), it is not chicken ribs. It is grilled seasoned chicken meat with a variety of greens and vegetables. 
>> More info

Gamja-Ongsimi (감자옹심이)


Gamja Ongsimi? Ongsimi? 

At first, when I saw the name of the dish, I wanted to make a joke. "Simi" is the Hokkien word for "what" but that has nothing got to do with the dish at all!

In Gangwon, Gamja refers to a soupy dish made from potatos. Omg Potatos, my love! The potatos are washed and drained of water to make potato balls. As it resembles the round shape of birds' egg (Ongsimi), that is how it got the interesting name. 
>> More info (in Korean)


Makguksu (막국수)



Those who have watched Goblin should know about the Buckwheat flowers. The buckwheat is also used to make a popular noodle dish in Korea known as Buckwheat noodles of memil-guksu. The makguksu is the spicy version with vegetables, kimchi, meat and mixed in with red chili paste.
>> More info


So there you have it. 3 dishes which I wanted to try in Gangwon, Korea. So I wish I could try them on my trip to Korea. For those who have been to Gangwon, what are the dishes you will recommend? Comment below!


Photos credit: Korea Tourism Organisation

3 dishes that you cannot miss when you visit Gangwon, Korea

30 Sep 2017


In collaboration with homegrown talents, Samsung launched the "Joy in everyday art" exhibition which showcases digital art created using a Samsung Galaxy Note8. 

, each artwork in the exhibition demonstrates how inklings of fun can be injected into our daily moments with the S Pen, bringing imagination to life. 

The digital art exhibition is specially curated by veteran film producer Daniel Yun and features works from Daniel Yun himself, award-winning comic artist and illustrator Sonny Liew, illustration collective Band of Doodlers, local celebrity photographer Kevin Ou, lifestyle influencer Melissa Koh, and student artist Jeremy Sim among many others.


The “Joy in everyday art” exhibition takes viewers on a visual journey through ten carefully curated themes. Viewers explore hundreds of uniquely designed artwork created using a Samsung Galaxy Note8 and displayed across Samsung’s The Frame TVs, SMART Signage and Monitors to Galaxy Note8 smartphones and Galaxy Tab S3 tablets.

The “Joy in everyday art” exhibition is now on at Raffles City, Level 1, from now till 17 October 2017, during mall hours and is free of charge.

Photos from Samsung Singapore

Get inspired by the Joy in everyday art digital art exhibition