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Friday, March 24, 2017

Wings of Time Show / Good Old Days Restaurant


Dinner and a show @ Sentosa, Beach Station. Taking the monorail from Vivocity 3rd floor is only $4 both ways. I booked the show ticket and food from the counter @ vivocity coz the FUN packages are really good value.

There are loads to do at Beach Station. Obviously there are beaches, there's also segway tours, Ifly and a bunch of eateries including McDonald's and 7-11.

That's the Good Old Days restaurant outside the show venue, upstairs is a-la-carte and downstairs is buffet.

I went for the buffet, I couldn't get enough of those fried fish fritters and tofu in sweet Thai chili sauce. There's a nice selection of cold drinks here, try the rose syrup its pretty good.

FUN souvenir shop next to the restaurant. There's also Korean Bingsu but its only open in the evenings after the shows.

I got a Wings of Time plushie, soo cute. They sell Wings of Time popcorn outside the Theater $3.

Check out the theater set! It's a real beach lol!

Those are real flames and fireworks and waterworks, an entertaining 20 mins.


Friday, March 17, 2017

Ainsley's Instant Food / Loaded Potato Soup

Delivery from Redmart, everything I bought was discounted by 50% or more. The only thing that wasn't discounted was this instant couscous packet ($3.95) from celebrity chef Ainsley. 

It's instant tomato & garlic couscous, just add hot water and wait 5 minutes. Recommended to be served with butter or olive oil and marinated chicken. I paired it with CP Tumeric Chicken 1kg ($8).

I also made fully loaded potato soup from watching Betty's Kitchen, otherwise known as beer cheese soup with potatoes. It's absolutely decadent and a real crowd pleaser, I almost couldn't believe 1 family portion of soup can cost $40 to make. 

Initially, I wanted to use chinese cooking wine instead of chicken stock, but it's quite salty on its own so you really have to use the pure chinese wine instead. I just went with a mix that included stock cube and water. I cooked it on the stove for 2 hours and the base burned. The potatoes were softened but not dissolved into the soup, it had to be mushed with a spatula. 

I wanted to share this last easy-to-make meal with everyone, you know how quickly wheat crackers lose it's crisp. Break it into little pieces and mix it in with 1 can of chili con carne over the stove, in this case I got Hormel Chili Turkey with Beans ($4.05). 

I mixed in Christmas cookies and crackers creating a really sweet yet savory chili. Don't worry, its totally edible, in fact it was quite nice.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Laptops Comparison

My laptop picks are based on looks and features. Specifications and numbers are great but not really important as all the laptops here fall into one of the categories.

IT Show 2017 @ Suntec from 16 to 19 March 2017.

(1) Asus Zenbook 3 ($1,998 or $2,598)
Incredibly thin at just 1.2 cm, strong and light at just 910 gm. It manages to fit in a 12.5" screen and Harman Kardon speakers. Available in Navy Blue, Quartz Grey and Rose Gold, the yellow gold binding around the laptop is enhanced by a gold back lit keyboard.

(2) HP Spectre 13.3 (from $2,399)
Touted as the world's thinnest laptop at just 1.02 cm, it has a 13" screen and Bang & Olufsen speakers. When I first saw this I thought it was a collaboration with the James Bond movie franchise, Spectre being the latest movie. It's not, HP's latest product is Spectre 360 laptop that allows you to rotate the keyboard 360 degrees. So back to this beautiful copper and matte black laptop that features jewel box hinges and a copper backlit keyboard. It weighs 1088 gm, a lucky number for most people.

(3) Dell Alienware 17 Gaming Laptop ($2,999)
The latest model from Dell's Alien ware range of gaming laptops, 17 refers to the screen length. This gaming laptop is Virtual Reality ready with its NVIDIA® VRWorks technology. It is enabled for stereo, microphone, camera, etc for group play. Back-lit keyboard and trackpad that is customizable to the user. Visually stunning, I love the rainbow back lights. This laptop is also available in 13" and 15".

(4) Acer Predator 17 ($3.498 or $4,598)
Acer also has a gaming laptop, 17 refers to screen length. The main selling point is its FrostCore cooling technology that keeps the laptop running smoothly even during long haul gaming sessions. It's got Dolby Audio for game immersion purposes and enough ports for microphone etc but is not enabled for VR yet. Red & blue back lit keyboard.

(5) Apple MacBook Pro (from $3,388)
The new 13" and 15" models features Touch Bar and Touch ID (or favorites list) allowing faster access to your usual sites. It's still thin at about 1.5cm, boasts bigger trackpad and increased visuals (25% more colours than the standard sRGB, 67% higher contrast ratio, 67% brighter display). We all love Mac Books so this is no exception, available in silver or grey.

(6) Microsoft Surface Pro 4 (from $1,399)
It's a tablet that can replace your laptop, the screen changes from monitor to touchpad. It has a screen (12.3") almost as big as an Apple Ipad (12.9"). The built-in kickstand allows your screen to rest at almost any angle. Dolby Audio premium speakers.

(7) Lenovo Yoga Book with Windows OS (from $1,999)
This 2-in-1 tablet lets you sketch with a stylus or real pen and has a halo keyboard that appears when you need it and disappears when you don't. It's got a 10.1" screen, Dolby audio premium, Android enabled.

(8) Toshiba Qosmio X70 (for enthusiasts, enquire for price)
3D laptop that comes with glasses. Capability to convert movies from 2D to 3D as well as a 3D web camera to capture 3D images. Harman Kardon speakers and Dolby Advanced Audio. It has a 17.3" screen and red back lit keyboard.


(9) LG Gram ($1,899 or $2,199)
Touted as the world's lightest 15.6" laptop at 980 gm and it comes in only gold colour. Tough enough to withstand constant travel. The body has a unique tapered design. This may be 70 gm heavier than Asus Zenbook 3 but the screen is 3.1" bigger, a huge plus point for heavy laptop users.

(10) WMP AVR (from $429)
There are all these new laptop brands like MSI, WMP, Xiaomi etc. So I picked WMP's Marvel Avengers laptop for affordability. It's a 2-in-1 touchscreen laptop with detachable keyboard and 10.1" screen. It's even got custom wallpaper and icons to fit into the Avengers theme.

(Bonus) Samsung Gaming Monitors (from $448)
Samsung stopped producing its Vaio laptops in 2014 but it still makes PC Monitors and only that! This is its new curved gaming monitor that comes in various sizes. It's flicker free, has an eye saver mode, AMD free sync and game mode. You're supposed to buy 3 and place it side by side with your own keyboard and mouse in the center. How about Havit gaming keyboard and mouse in white or black with LED back lights?