Thursday, December 1, 2016

My New Toy 2/2 - Sony Xperia XZ Platinum

Sony Xperia XZ Platinum

Network - 2G/3G/LTE
CPU - Quad-core (2x2.15 GHz Kryo & 2x1.6 GHz Kryo), Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 820 chipset
Memory - Internal 64 GB, 3 GB RAM
OS - Android OS, v6.0.1 (Marshmallow), planned upgrade to v7.0 (Nougat)
Display - 5.2" IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors, 1080 x 1920 pixels, Corning® Gorilla® Glass
Waterproof capability - IP58 certified, dust proof & water resistant over 1 Meter up to 30mins
Camera - 23 MP, f/2.0, 24mm, 1/2.3" sensor, EIS (gyro), Phase detection, Laser autofocus, 4K Video recording
Battery - Non-removable Li-Ion 2900 mAh battery
Dimensions - 146 x 72 x 8.1 mm (5.75 x 2.83 x 0.32 in)
Weight - 161 g (5.68 oz)

Available colors - Mineral black, Platinum, Forest blue

I'm pretty happy with its performance so far, the camera didn't have the overexposure problem I've been having with my Xperia Z1 in the recent year.

My New Toy 1/2 - Lenovo IdeaPad 710s

Gonna ditch my HORRIBLE 4yr old Samsung lappy cos it has been having CPU overheating issues for years. Since day 1 it was a nightmare to use, within first year warranty period, I had sent it to service center twice (replaced HDD & Motherboard). And after seeing news of exploding Note7s and Samsung washing machine going up in flames, I decided not to have it explode in my face!

Lenovo IdeaPad 710S (13ISK 80SW001MSB)

Intel Core i5-6260U Processor
8GB RAM LPDDR3, 1866 MHz
Intel Iris Graphics 540
Windows 10 Home
13.3" FHD IPS LED Display
13.9mm thin & 1.1kg light
Backlit Keyboard
2 Years Carry-in Warranty

Bought it at Challenger shop for $1399. Very pleased with my purchase so far, it is thin, light, fast and super easy to use!

Hubby took over this pinky...wish him good luck! Hehehe...

Monday, November 7, 2016

Sky High Tea at SKY on 57 @Marina Bay Sands

It's been a while since we last enjoyed a leisurely afternoon sipping tea and watching the world goes by. This time around, we decided to try the Sky High Tea from SKY on 57 at MBS.

Located on level 57, the restaurant boasts a stunning view of the Marina Bay area.

The entire restaurant has full length glass windows show casing the priceless views from day to night. Interior decor is kept simple so patrons can concentrate on the food.

Table setting with elegant tableware, and cutlery with east meet west fusion theme.

The Sky High Tea is $39++ per pax, consists of Chef Justin Quek's signature Truffle Xiao Long Bao, Sweet and Savory finger food and Premium tea from Newby of London.

The starters, crispy mushroom bites and soup in espresso cups. The Truffle Xiao Long Bao was expertly made with truffle infused soup sealed within each individual baos. Thumbs up.

Then the 3-tier sweet and savory goodies arrived. There were 10 items in total, 3 savories and 7 sweets. The serving staff didn't give any description of the food, so we explored them on our own.

The savory items were delicious. The egg mayo bread roll had hints of truffle oil in it. Salad prawn on bread with flying fish roe and Mango salsa wrap all tasted wonderful. 

The sweets items were more of a hits and misses affair, with the Pandan Gula Melaka Macarons outshining the rest. The scones with fruit jam was very dry, the creme brulee was alright, the rest was quite forgettable.

Last but not least, Milo ice cream was served to end the meal on a sweet note. This was pretty good, it has crunchy bits within that added extra texture to the dessert.

Our dining experience was nice overall, the food turned out to be better than expected (reviews we read online wasn't so positive). The price is in line with other restaurants of the same grade. We have no complains on the service and adored the restaurant's breathtaking ocean view. So it's all good.

SKY on 57 @Marina Bay Sands
Level 57, Sands Skypark Tower 1
10 Bayfront Ave, Marina Bay Sands, S018956

Tel: 6688 8857

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Twins Korean Restaurant @Tanjong Pagar

Celebrated my friend's birthday here cos she wanna eat Korean Army stew! The place was recommended by evil sista who had eaten here a while ago. Food is said to be pretty authentic as the restaurant owner(s) is a pair of real life Korean twins.

The eatery is located about 5-6mins walk from Tanjong Pagar MRT station. The space isn't very big so reservation is recommended to have confirmed seating.

On top of the Army stew, we also ordered Korean fried chicken in different style for sharing, and snacked on Korean pancakes and Jap Chae too. Food was indeed delicious but serving portions were a tad tiny which makes them a wee bit pricey.

My personal fave was the Spicy Dakgangjung $22++ (fried chicken with rice cakes), the special sauce and the slightly crispy and chewy rice cakes were double thumbs up. The Yangnyum Wings $10++ was pretty yummy too. The rest of the items were not too bad but no wow factor.

Spicy Dakgangjung $22+

Soy & Lemon Kkanpungki $22+

Original Fried chicken $18+

Yangnyum Wings $10+

Jap Chae $15+

Seafood Pancake $20+

Kimchi Pancake $20+

Army stew $40+

We enjoyed our dinner at Twins, food was generally good but the pricing kinda dampened the dining experience a little. There are many Korean eateries in SG offering similar menu, especially the Army stew, better ones can easily be found elsewhere. For Jap Chae and Korean pancakes I still prefer Hansik ones, they are cheaper and had loads more seafood inside, plus they're tastier. Drinks are not cheap either, even ice water cost $0.50 per serving. Fortunately, they have not started charging for GST yet, so for now buying takeaways is probably a much better option.

Twins Korean Restaurant
7 Craig Road Singapore 089667
Tel: 6221 5205

Opening Hours:
11am – 3pm (Daily)
5pm – 12am (Mon-Sat)
5pm – 12am (Sun)

Delicious birthday cake from Chef Yamashita, Royal Earl Grey Tea w/ Chocolate Meringue & Banana cake $32