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Showing posts with label Other Reads. Show all posts

DisneySea Shopping: ShellieMay, the Disney Bear ( シェリーメイ )

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Do you know who ShellieMay ( シェリーメイ ) is? Well, #ShellieMay the Disney Bear is a Disney character found in Tokyo DisneySea and only couple of other Disneyland theme parks worldwide!

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ShellieMay has a lovely shade of pink, and has a pair of sparkling blue eyes. I love my ShellieMay bag, bought during my recent trip to Tokyo DisneySea. I was told it is the iconic item there and it is a must-by, and I did! Never mind my age, you are only young once!

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Louis Vuitton or Disney Bear? I mentioned I traded my LV for ShellieMay in my last DisneySea post, and yes, I chucked my LV backpack into my cargo bag and carried my new plush toy throughout my entire stay in Tokyo!
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Asakusa Nakamise and Sensoji, Must-Visit Places in Tokyo!

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Traditional snacks, local food and souvenirs, find them all at Asakusa Nakamise! Temple visitors to the Sensoji ( 浅草寺 ) aka Asakusa Kannon Temple will also get to enjoy Nakamise, a shopping street that is filled with tasty lovely treats.

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Asakusa ( 浅草 ) is definitely one of the must-visit attractions in Tokyo, and it is easily explored by foot. The area is easily spotted with their huge red lanterns through the famous Kaminarimon ( Kaminari Gate ) leading to the Sensoji Temple, which is also known as Thunder Gate ( 雷門 ).

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Upon entering these gates, you may find the Asakusa Nakamise Shopping Street with more than 50 shops stretches over 250 meters from Kaminarimon to the main grounds of Sensoji Temple. Here, you will find typical Japanese souvenirs such as Yukata ( 浴衣 ), handkerchiefs and local snacks like Senbei rice crackers ( 煎餅 ). This is one of the best places in Tokyo to buy souvenirs home.
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Beware of Apple Store Phishing Emails and How to Identify!

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I am sure all of us have received spam emails at one point or another, but do we really know how to handle them to avoid being spammed? Should you be clicking on the links? How do you identify if it is a phishing email?

Phishing emails are scams that trick receivers into giving out personal information such as your passwords, bank account and credit card numbers. These senders often disguise themselves as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication such as this recent one that I had received from Apple Store.

In this post, I shall relate my recent encounter and discuss how we can tackle phishing emails to avoid falling into scammers’ traps.
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Western Australia’s Swan Valley Unearthed In Singapore

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A Showcase of Extraordinary Food and Wine
from Western Australia’s Oldest Wine Region
The rich and bountiful plethora of gourmet products and produce from the Swan Valley in Western Australia were recently unveiled at a cocktail reception at ME@OUE hosted by Mayor Mick Wainright and Chief Executive Officer Mike Foley from the City of Swan.

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Featured Food in Swan Valley:
Morish Nuts, La Boutique Lavender Lollies, The House of Honey
Over 100 guests from the travel trade, media and food import sector had an enjoyable time tasting products specially brought in from the Swan Valley such as olive oil, dukkah, jams, lavender products, finger and seedless grapes, honey, nuts, nougat, spirits and wines. Swan Valley Humane Food Ambassador Caroline Taylor conducted a cooking demonstration using products from the region while Singapore’s own wine specialist and consultant, Lim Hwee Peng provided an insight into the wines of the Swan Valley.
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Avoid These Ten Mistakes For a Successful Property Investment

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When it comes to investing in Singapore, you can never ignore the property sector. Land ownership is arguably the most ancient expression of wealth. Currently, the human population is exponentially increasing while the land is in a relatively limited supply in Singapore. As you would guess, any market that has significantly higher demand than supply is likely to experience price inflation. In many ways, Singapore is an extreme example where land outweighs the supply. Unfortunately, this scenario may give a false impression that you can never go wrong by investing in property. Perhaps this is why real estate investment has become the most preferred retirement asset for most Singaporeans.

Property investment is an excellent way to generate a healthy passive income, but only if you know what you are doing. Otherwise, it can be a precarious market characterized by lots of difficulties here and there. However, with the right guide and a good idea of your marketplace, you might be well on your path to becoming a successful property investor. So today in this particular post, we want to explain to you in fine detail, some of the most common mistakes that you should avoid even as you aim to build a proper portfolio. Read on and get to know!
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Year of the Rooster: Celebrate Love & Prosperity at Sentosa

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Usher in the Lunar New Year and celebrate love this springtime with your family, friends and loved ones at Sentosa! The State of Fun welcomes guests with Love in Springtime ( 爱在春季 ) - a series of exciting festivities, auspicious promotions, and fun activities from 21 January to 26 February, including FREE island admission and cable car rides for guests born in the Year of the Rooster!

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Love in Springtime brings together two of the biggest occasions in Chinese and Western cultures – Lunar New Year and Valentine’s Day. Areas including Palawan Green, Merlion Plaza and Beach Plaza will turn into a festive playground of lights, entertainment and activities for everyone, with a captivating showcase of 12 Zodiac lanterns at Palawan Green, each stylised to tell heart-warming love stories.

The highlights also include Merlion Magic Lights! as well as a concert beside the beach on the 15th day of the Lunar New Year, featuring well-known folk songs by active members from the 1980s local music scene.

That’s not all! Special promotions from Festive Bundles (福袋) to lucky draws for Mastercard cardholders are in store for guests of all ages, including families and children!

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“Love in Springtime celebrates togetherness, love, and wishes for a bountiful year – ideals that transcend cultures. Our line-up of activities offers both traditional and unconventional options for those seeking a fun-filled spring celebration of love. The festivities provide great opportunities for families and friends to come together and celebrate in The State of Fun. As we march into the year of the Rooster, we wish our guests a year of luck, prosperity and good health,” said Ms Agatha Yap, Director of Sales & Marketing at Sentosa Development Corporation.
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IN:FUSE Event by JETRO at CulinaryOn Cooking Studio

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As part of continued efforts to promote safe and healthy Japanese food for export, the Japan External Trade Organization ( JETRO ) organized a one-day showcase of Japanese ingredients at CulinaryOn Cooking Studio recently.

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CulinaryOn Brand Chef Giuseppe D’Angelo

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Summer Palace Executive Chef Liu Ching Hai
IN:FUSE saw participation by 10 Japanese food suppliers from different Japanese prefectures, who are looking to explore partnerships in Singapore. The event featured renowned chefs Liu Ching Hai, Executive Chef of Summer Palace and Giuseppe D’Angelo, brand chef of CulinaryOn, whipping up delectable creations that will fuse Japanese ingredients into their traditional style of cooking.
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Teochew Stir-Fried Fish Maw with Prawns ( 潮州鱼鳔炒鲜虾 )

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Fish Maw ( 鱼鳔 ) is a popular ingredient in the Chinese cooking especially in Teochew cuisines, and it is considered a delicacy. A highly sought-after ingredient during the Chinese New Year, fish maw is commonly used for cooking soups although foodies can also savour this gourmet dish in braised or stir-fried styles.

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An excellent source of collagen, fish maw is tasteless and takes in the flavours of the accompanied ingredients. Available in Chinese Traditional Medicine stores, these fish maw usually come in dried forms and vacuum-packed for convenience. Prices differ widely depending on the type of fish and also the thickness of fish maw. Personally, I prefer the thicker type which gives you a nicer texture.

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Well, I do hope you will enjoy savouring this Teochew Stir-Fried Fish Maw with Prawns ( 潮州鱼鳔炒鲜虾 ) dish as much as we do! Oh yes, I am a Teochew! Are you?
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Cuponation Gives You Real-Time Expenditure Infographic!

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Where does your money go? Stop wondering and start saving on small daily purchases because this real-time infographic shows that Singapore is fanatically spending on everything!

From enchanting smoky temples to the streets of Chinatown to a part that still holds its old school charm; Singapore is a city that is popular for many reasons. This city not just offers an overwhelming experience to travelers but also offers a perfect cosmopolitan lifestyle to the locals. Having said that, we just cannot deny the fact that Singapore has become an extremely expensive city to live in. Hasn’t it? You are sure to agree if you are a local residing in this eclectic city.

It is why this expenditure infographic that calculates the real time spending habits of families living in Singapore is a fantastic thing for every Singaporean to check out. With an elaborate research on the day to day shopping insights about how people shop in Singapore, the savings platform, CUPONATION has come up with an intriguing real-time expenditure infographic. The infographic uncovers high to low share of everyday consumption that Singapore families indulge in. The daily expenditures have been put into an interactive infographic.
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Joseph Schooling, Singapore's First Olympic Gold Champion!

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We may be just a little red dot in the world map, but we did it! Yes, it's a GOLD!

For the international readers, in case you haven't heard, Singapore won her first ever Olympic gold medal on Saturday! Congratulations Joseph Schooling, you have done us all proud by winning the 100m butterfly event at Rio 2016, beating American great Michael Phelps! I guess this makes a great gift as the nation celebrates her 51st Birthday! Happy Birthday, Singapore!

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Pix Credit: Channel News Asia
Joseph Schooling Meeting His Idol, Michel Phelps - 8 Years Ago and Now

I am usually not into sports, but this is a historical event that's too good not to share as the nation rejoices! Butterfly specialist Joseph Schooling, clinched his first Olympic Gold medal at the 100m butterfly event on Aug 13 by setting a new Olympic record of 50.39 seconds! It is also the first ever gold medal by a Southeast Asian male swimmer!
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Instagram Roundup! How Active Are You On Social Media?

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Are you #Instagram ready? Do you post Instagram worthy images? Well, as much as bloggers need to be active on social media sites, I have to admit I am not much into Instagram just looking at my pathetic numbers. With so many social media sites, it is really hard to catch up and I don't have as much time to spare.

That being said, I try to post whenever there is a need or when time permits. Well, this post is about my recent Instagram round-up, and let's try to follow each other if you have an Instagram account too. Always wonder how some of them get a 5-figure following............
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Ah Boys To Men: Singapore Basic Military Training POP

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Have you watched Ah Boys to Men ( 新兵正传 )? Do you know that it is the highest-grossing Singaporean film of all time, a comedy about a group of army recruits in National Service in Singapore? I love the army-themed film which gave me an insight of what is going to be like when my prince goes to the army.

Why was I anxious? Like all mothers, I was very concerned cause my only son was enlisting in the national service for 2 years! For the non-Singaporean readers, it is mandatory for all fit and able-bodied Singaporean men to serve a 2-year period as Full Time National Servicemen ( NSFs ), either in the Singapore Armed Forces ( SAF ), Singapore Police Force ( SPF ), or the Singapore Civil Defence Force ( SCDF ), and thereafter a reservist obligation up to age 40 or 50 depending on their ranks.

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Jonathan was enlisted end of last year and went through a nine-week Basic Military Training ( BMT ) program held on the offshore island of Pulau Tekong. Those who are following me on facebook would probably have seen some of these photos documenting my prince's enlistment to the Singapore Armed Forces and my family attending his BMT Passing Out Parade and the Specialist Cadet Graduation recently.
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SG50 Birthday in Charismatic Prague with EU Holidays!

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Eastern Europe Day 8 Continues: Prague holds a very special place in my heart as I celebrated my 50th birthday last November. Oh yes, believe it or not, I have officially joined the 50s Club!

For the non-Singaporeans, 1965 is very special year for us as we commemorated SG50 in a nationwide effort to celebrate Singapore's 50th birthday in 2015; that's 50 years of independence!

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This is just a short post on my surprise birthday planted by EU Holidays, and their friendly Tour Manager, Ricky Woo.
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Cesky Krumlov in Czech Republic, UNESCO World Heritage Site

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Eastern Europe Day 7: Nestled in the South Bohemian Region of the Czech Republic is a small city named Cesky Krumlov, crowned by the magnificent Cesky Krumlov Castle.

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With history dating back to the Middle Ages, the quaint town is a gem of Renaissance architecture, boasting maze-like alleyways, charming burghers houses, medieval pubs and more. Due to its distinctive preserved medieval core, the Old Cesky Krumlov is a UNESCO World Heritage Site along with the historic Prague castle district.

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A town full of art, the Renaissance smokescreens of painted houses, conventional artisan shops and medieval taverns, Cesky Krumlov is indeed an indisputable fairy-tale beauty.
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Chanel Lambskin Matelasse Hobo: What's In My Bag?

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I have always wanted to feature " What's In My Bag? " as this seems to be quite a popular topic going around the internet. Well, it can be rather puzzling what a woman carries in her bag. Lots of nonsense, a man would probably say. Lol! So why is it that a man can walk into the streets with just few basic items in his pockets, but women…………? Sigh, it's complicated!

What are the must-carry items in your bag? Is there something that you can't live without? Is your bag a representation of your personality? Let's take a peep into what's in my bag, shall we?
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Tips In Getting Part-Time Jobs For Students In Singapore!

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Thanks to American sitcoms, I could barely wait for the day I could hold a part-time job when I was a teenager. Nickelodeon’s ‘ Drake and Josh ’ which featured Josh as a character who had a lot of fun selling tickets and manning the popcorn booth in a cinema, and Disney sitcom ‘ That’s So Raven ’ on which the best friends trio had a ball even while working in mundane places like convenience stores, had me believing that student part-time jobs are absolutely delightful.
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Luxury Haven Singapore Lifestyle Blog: 10 Most Popular Posts

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It is always interesting to check what the popular posts are over at Luxury Haven, and most often they come as a surprise. Well, it is certainly nice to know that the Top 10 Blog Posts are a mix of food, beauty and travel reviews being a lifestyle blog.

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I am thrilled that the post earning the most number of reads is none other than Nippon Paint Momento Special Effects Paint! I had a $6,000 home makeover some time ago fully sponsored by Nippon Paint, and this review has emerged as the top post with a total of 47,309 pageviews! Did you get the series of islandwide mailers in your mailbox too?
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My Queenstown Heritage Trail, Dawson and Alexandra Tour

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Do you know that Queenstown was named in commemoration of Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation in 1953? Are you aware that before Queenstown was conferred with the title as Singapore’s first satellite estate in 1953, there were military camps, rubber plantations and villages?

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My Queenstown Heritage Trail brings participants to colonial landmarks, military installations and residential buildings within Dawson and Alexandra Neighbourhoods. There will also sharing sessions with long-time residents chipping in their stories and memories on Queenstown.

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So there we were, armed with a camera and a good walking pair of shoes, complete with a cap, sunscreen and bottle of mineral water, we were geared for #MyQueenstown adventure – a tourist in our own country!

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Join us, as we uncover the many stories behind the 2 hours+ Dawson and Alexandra Heritage Trail, plus an exciting adventure into a forested area to search for abandoned bunkers built during the World War II!
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Lantau Island Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car Adventure ( 大嶼山 )

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Visitors to Hong Kong gotta visit Lantau Island ( 大嶼山 ) at least once, and Ngong Ping 360 ( 昂坪 ) is certainly one of Hong Kong's must-see tourist attractions on the Lantau Island. If you are a fan of Hong Kong dramas, you would have heard of Lantau Island, a place often used as a film location for hiking and camping.

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Do you know that Lantau is the largest island in Hong Kong, and is almost double the size of Hong Kong Island itself? Come, let me take you to Lantau Island, where your sky-land-sea adventure starts with astounding cable-car views of mountains, forests and coast!
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Hong Kong Stanley Market, Certainly Worth A Visit ( 赤柱市集 )

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Enjoy a day of yummy food, chic cocktails, souvenirs shopping, or an evening of sunset at Stanley Market ( 赤柱市集 ), one of the must-go places especially for first-time visitors to Hong Kong.

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Located on the southern side of Hong Kong island, the quaint village of Stanley is quite different from other parts of Hong Kong.
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