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Ivan Teo

Ivan Teo
Friends of Ivan call him an over-achiever. He is an avid traveller, tech geek and a foodie. Always on the lookout for travel destinations, experiences, gadgets and new dishes to surprise his taste buds, Ivan is also an avid photographer, vocalist and guitar player wannabe.

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    Herbal Lion Mane Mushroom $7.90 at Greendot
    Herbal Lion Mane Mushroom $7.90

    Good food in good company is certainly something we will always want more of. Greendot, a chain of restaurant in Singapore serving fusion-style, meat-free meals is making it easier for you to share a healthy meal by introducing a range of new dishes.

    Available at Paya Lebar and VivoCity outlets, the new dishes are free of MSG as well as artificial preservatives. The company’s nutritionist also works closely with chefs to ensure you get delicious, healthy and meat-free meals that are not only affordable, but also nutritious and tastes great.

    Of the lot, the Herbal Lion’s Mane Mushroom (S$7.90) is our favourite. The immune-boosting premium mushroom has a meaty bite and goes easy with your choice of either the white or brown rice. The medley of lion’s mane mushroom, baby corn, snap peas and bell peppers is cooked using Greendot’s best-selling herbal soup, giving the dish an aromatic and rich flavour.

    Sweet & Sour Crispy Nuggets $7.90 at Greendot
    Sweet & Sour Crispy Nuggets $7.90
    Broccoli in Creamy Pumpkin Puree, $5.90 at Greendot
    Broccoli in Creamy Pumpkin Puree, $5.90
    Golden Mango Yogurt Konnyaku $7.90 at Greendot
    Golden Mango Yogurt Konnyaku $7.90

    Other new additions include the Crisp-fried Sweet & Sour Soya Nuggets (S$7.90) tossed with capsicum and pineapple, the Golden Mango Yogurt Sliced Konnyaku (S$7.90) drizzled with a tangy mango-yogurt sauce, as well as a stir-fry of broccoli served with creamy pumpkin puree (S$5.90). Each dish is good for 3 persons and boasts vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that seek to “power-up” your body.

    If you are heading down with a bigger group, mix if up with the restaurant’s steamboat set ($35.90) that comes with hearty mix of vegetables for a guilt-free, healthy meal.

    Laksa Steamboat Set $35.90 at Greendot
    Laksa Steamboat Set $35.90

    These dishes are available at the following outlets:

    Vivo City Outlet
    1 Harbourfront Walk, Vivo City, #02-150
    Phone:+65 6873 2301

    Paya Lebar Square Outlet
    60 Paya Lebar Road, Paya Lebar Square, #02-15/16/17
    Phone:+65 6702 2221

    Opening Hours: 11:00 to 22:00 (Last order 21:00)

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      The New Tiffany & Co Fragrance
      The New Tiffany Fragrance

      Tiffany & Co accessories have pretty much been on the wish list of every bride-to-be since the iconic American jeweller was artfully featured in Breakfast at Tiffany’s by style icon Audrey Hepburn.

      Fans of the brand now has a new item to wish over–the very first Tiffany Eau De Parfum. Now, the “something blue” on your special day could mean a fresh spritz from the jewel glass bottle that resembles the famous 128.54-carat Tiffany diamond. We don’t mean to be a cheapo (being cheap), but guys, this could be your wiggle out of something that comes in little blue boxes.

      The scent, designed by perfume genius Daniela Andrier, has a delicate citrus-floral mix that comprise of rare iris butter flower, minty musks of patchouli and zesty lift from green mandarins. To make it even more special, the perfume itself is subtly tinted in the “Tiffany blue” that the brand is so well known for. And yes, the new Tiffany Eau De Parfum comes perfectly placed in a robin’s egg blue box.

      The new Tiffany & Co fragrance going for USD$130 and is now available in boutiques.

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        iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus

        Even though we know which model we want for the latest range of iPhones, it is always good to pause and take a second look at what’s powering the 3 latest smartphone models from Apple–iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. Whether you are hell bent on getting your hands on some cutting-edge technology like FaceID, TrueDepth and Super Retina Display on the iPhone X or staying classic with a sup-up iPhone 8 and 8 Plus that still has the iconic iPhone look, here’s a simple side-by-side comparison of each phone’s specifications.

        iPhone X

        iPhone 8

        iPhone 8 Plus

        Pricing S$1,648 (64GB), S$1,888 (256GB) with no contract S$1,148 (64GB), S$1,388 (256GB) with no contract S$1,308 (64GB), S$1,548 (256GB) with no contract
        Key features FaceID, Super Retina HD Display, A11 Bionic chip, Wireless charging Retina HD Display, A11 Bionic chip, Wireless charging Retina HD Display, A11 Bionic chip, Wireless charging
        Colours Silver, Space Grey Silver, Gold, Space Grey Silver, Gold, Space Grey
        Dimensions 143.6 x 70.9 x 7.7mm 138.4 x 67.3 x 7.3mm 158.4 x 78.1 x 7.5mm
        Weight 174 grams 148 grams 202 grams
        Screen size 5.8 inches (147.32mm) 4.7 inches (119.38mm) 5.5 inches (139.7mm)
        Screen resolution 2,436 x 1,125 (458ppi) 1,334 x 750 (326ppi) 1,920 x 1,080 (401 ppi)
        • Built-in rechargeable lithium‑ion battery
        • Up to 21 hours talk time, 12 hours internet, 13 hours video playback
        • Built-in rechargeable lithium‑ion battery
        • Up to 14 hours talk time, 12 hours internet, 13 hours video playback
        • Built-in rechargeable lithium‑ion battery
        • Up to 21 hours talk time, 13 hours internet, 14 hours video playback
        Rear camera Dual cameras:

        • 12-megapixel wide-angle and telephoto cameras
        • Wide-angle: ƒ/1.8 aperture
        • Telephoto: ƒ/2.4 aperture
        • Dual optical image stabilisation
        • Optical zoom; digital zoom up to 10x
        • Quad-LED True Tone flash with Slow Sync
        • Portrait mode
        • Portrait Lighting (beta)
        • 12-megapixel camera
        • ƒ/1.8 aperture
        • Optical image stabilisation
        • Digital zoom up to 5x
        • Quad-LED True Tone flash with Slow Sync
        Dual cameras:

        • 12-megapixel wide-angle and telephoto cameras
        • Wide-angle: ƒ/1.8 aperture
        • Telephoto: ƒ/2.4 aperture
        • Optical image stabilisation
        • Optical zoom; digital zoom up to 10x
        • Quad-LED True Tone flash with Slow Sync
        • Portrait mode
        • Portrait Lighting (beta)
        Front camera
        • TrueDepth camera
        • 7-megapixel photos
        • ƒ/2.2 aperture
        • Retina Flash
        • 1080p HD video recording
        • Portrait mode
        • Portrait Lighting (beta)
        • Animoji
        • FaceTime HD camera
        • 7-megapixel photos
        • ƒ/2.2 aperture
        • Retina Flash
        • 1080p HD video recording
        • FaceTime HD camera
        • 7-megapixel photos
        • ƒ/2.2 aperture
        • Retina Flash
        • 1080p HD video recording
        Video capture 4K at 60fps 4K at 60fps 4K at 60fps
        NFC Yes Yes Yes
        Bluetooth v5.0 v5.0 v5.0
        WiFi Dual band, 802.11ac Dual band, 802.11ac Dual band, 802.11ac
        Operating system iOS 11 iOS 11 iOS 11
        Others New 3-axis gyroscope and accelerometer, IP67 certified New 3-axis gyroscope and accelerometer, IP67 certified New 3-axis gyroscope and accelerometer, IP67 certified

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          Gold leaf ice-cream at Small Potatoes Ice Creamery

          You have seen gold, learned about gold (remember the periodic table?), and perhaps even dreamed of owning gold.

          Now is your chance to indulge your taste bud with a little luxury – a little 24k gold/silver-layered ice cream luxury that is.

          The Small Potatoes Ice Creamery in Singapore recently released their Sea Salt Caramel with Gold Leaf and Purple Potato with Silver Leaf ice creams, priced at S$12 and S$10, respectively.

          Gold lining tummy i have now 💛

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          Don’t get discouraged with the price just yet because both gold and silver leaves are Japan-imported, made from actual food-grade 24k gold (basically meaning that it is an edible bling).

          The Japanese believe that consuming gold can aid in maintaining youthfulness and prolonging life span – but if you are not into that, just do it for the ‘gram.

          If that’s not enough, only Hokkaido milk is used to produce the soft serve.

          Based on the Kinkaku Soft Serve Ice Cream’s creation, those in the land of the rising sun can find these special desserts in Kinkakuji (the Golden Pavilion) just outside of Central Kyoto, Japan.

          The earliest I am able to travel to #Kanazawa is likely next year so guess I'll have a golden leaf from there on my ice cream first. 🏅☘️🍦 Absolutely love the sweet potato soft serve from #SmallPotatoesIceCreamery; you can really taste the freshness of the #PurplePotatoes from #Okinawa and #Milk from #Hokkaido that this dessert is made from. With the golden leaf, it's such a awesome combination, even the sweet potatoes on the wall wants some. 🍠😋💕 #SmallPotatoes #SmallPotatoesSG #SoftServe #IceCream #SweetPotato #SaltedCaramel #GoldLeaf #GoldenLeaf #LimitedEdition #Japan #金沢 #日本 #キンパク #金箔 #アイスクリーム #ソフトクリーム #芋 #塩キャラメル #北海道 #牛乳 #Food #Instafood #Foodagram #Foodstagram

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          Those who aren’t in Japan, just head on to Small Potatoes Ice Creamery branches located at Somerset 313 and Novena Square 2 to get a taste of the rich life.

          Be mindful that these edible luxuries will only be in stores until they sell out, so best make your purchase quick.

          This article Pamper your taste buds with this luxurious 24K gold leaf ice-cream appeared first on TheHive.Asia.com.

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            The Great Meat Feast 2017 - The Carvery

            Meat lovers attention! The Great Meat Feast at The Carvery, Park Hotel Alexandra is back. Running from 27 September to 22 October 2017, the Great Meat Feast is an eat-all-you-can buffet that lets you indulge in different cuts of meats prepared expertly by a kitchen led by new executive chef Ian Hioe. The Great Meat Feast is priced at $78++ from Monday to Thursday and $88++ from Friday to Sunday.

            This year, in addition to a range of premium beef, The Carvery will also introduce two different cuts of pork — a pork collar from Dingley Dell Farm in Britain and Australia’s Bungalow Sweet Pork pork belly.

            “Pork is very often underrated so with these two meats as part of this year’s line-up, The Great Meat Feast will once again have a stellar offering on the carving board for the meat lovers”, says Executive Chef Ian Hioe.

            Here are the highlights from the Great Meat Feast:

            Dingley Bell (British)

            For those who knows their pork, Dingley Dell pork is the result of crossbreeding Landrace, Red Duroc and Large White pigs. This creates a meat that’s flavourful and has a fat marbling of 7%.

            The Carvery first sous vide (slow cook) the meat for 12 hours, marinating the meat in fresh apple juice, garlic and herbs at the same time. The amazing cut of pork is then salt baked for 20 minutes before cracking it to unveil the aromatic and beautiful pink flesh.

            Salt Baked Dingley Dell Pork
            Salt Baked Dingley Dell Pork

            Bungalow Sweet Pork (Australia)

            Bungalow Sweet Pork is a multi-award winning, antibiotic and hormone-free meat supplied by family farms in Australia. The Carvery uses the belly to make a insanely crispy porchetta, or siow bak. If you are going down for the feast, this dish is a must-have. And make sure you have the crackling skin! If not for all the meats we had, we would ask for a third helping.

            Preparing the Porchetta
            The Porchetta is prepared by applying a blend of coffee and cocoa powder, paprika and oregano before rolling and tying the belly up snugly with a rope

            Beef selection

            For beef, to retain the its natural flavours and nuances, Chef Ian opts to simply slow roast them with salt and pepper. At the feast, you will be able to savour British 28 days dry aged Aberdeen Angus (only available on weekends), Australia’s John Dee and Mayura full-blood Wagyu and U.S. black Augus.

            Our pick is the 28 days dry aged Aberdeen Angus and the Mayura full-blood Wagyu. The Aberdeen Angus is amazingly tender due to the aging process with an strong bovine flavour that is best enjoyed without any condiments while the Mayura full-blood Wagyu has consistent marbling throughout the cut of the meat and is rich in flavour.

            While the highlight of the buffet is certainly the meats, The Carvery also has a high quality selection of starters like Jicama and mango salad, smoked salmon and endive, freshly shucked oysters and other seafood. Hot dishes and a la minute pasta also adds variety to the high protein meats.

            There is also a small selection of desserts like English Trifle, Spiced Apple Crumble and Chocolate truffle cake just to finish your meal on a sweet note.

            New Executive Chef Ian Hioe
            Executive Chef Ian Hioe

            The Great Meat Feast 2017 at The Carvery

            Address: Level 7, Park Hotel Alexandra, 323 Alexandra Road, Singapore 159972
            Phone: +65-6828-8880
            Dates: From 27 September to 22 October 2017 (dinner only)
            Price: Adults $78++ (Mon – Thu), $88++ (Fri – Sun), Child (5 – 12 years old) $42++ (Mon – Thu), $48++ (Fri – Sun)
            Time: 6.30pm to 10pm
            Website: parkhotelgroup.com/alexandra

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              Sony Xperia XZ Premium

              For those who have stuck to Apple and Samsung phones for many years, it’s time to take a second look at Sony’s latest flagship smartphone, the Sony Xperia XZ Premium. From the design and performance to the features and quality, the phone hits all the right notes.

              Before we discuss the specifications, the phone looks and feels beautiful right out of the box. The model we got was Deepsea Black, a colour that we instantly fell in love with. The Gorilla Glass 5 front and rear provides protection and gives it an air of sophistication. Look wise, we were slightly disappointed that the sides of the phone were made of plastic instead of higher quality materials like the metallic finish used for the top and bottom of the phone. After all, the phone is priced over $1,000.

              We felt that the positioning of the buttons seems more intuitive for left hand use, even though using with the right hand shouldn’t pose too much of a problem. The volume, on/off and camera buttons are located on the right side of the phone while the SIM card tray is on the left.

              Another thing to note is that the front and back glass design of the phone also means that it’s a fingerprint-magnet. If you have OCD and can’t stand the sight of fingerprints on your phone, then the Sony Xperia XZ Premium is not for you. Luckily for us, that wasn’t an issue.

              4K HDR display

              The Xperia XZ Premium features a 4K HDR 2160 x 3840 5.5-inch display built with Sony’s very own BRAVIA TV technology to give you an immersive 4K HDR viewing experience. Whether you are browsing the internet, using maps or looking through photos you’ve just shot, the sharp and vivid quality of the display is pleasing and not over saturated.

              Sony Xperia XZ Premium - top view

              Sony Xperia XZ Premium - side view

              Performance and battery life

              The performance is excellent, thanks to the Snapdragon 835 chip and 4GB of RAM. From unlocking the phone to multi-tasking, the phone is fast and you don’t feel the lag you sometimes get when opening up multiple apps at the same time.

              With its 4K display, you would think that the phone is a potential battery guzzler, but the phone manages to last us a full day with reasonable usage. What’s reasonable? We checked emails, watched videos, used maps for navigation and shot an album full of images and videos all day long before its 3,230mAh non-removable battery suggested that we activate the Stamina Mode. That’s when the phone hits under 15% of battery life.

              However, the most important and the single reason for us to pick the Sony Xperia XZ Premium is its insanely good phone camera. The rear shooter has a 19-megapixel Sony-made sensor which features HDR, face detection, electronic image stabilisation, predictive phase detection and laser autofocus. We were particularly impressed with the phone’s ability to shoot at night and how it handles different lighting conditions. Here are some images we shot and published straight out of the camera with no editing (however, we did cropped the images by 50% as the file size was quite large). Click on the images to view the full size.

              Sony Xperia XZ Premium shots
              Macro shot

              Sony Xperia XZ Premium shots

              Sony Xperia XZ Premium shots

              Sony Xperia XZ Premium shots

              Sony Xperia XZ Premium shots
              Night shot
              Sony Xperia XZ Premium shots
              Gourmet mode

              But that’s not all. XZ Premium can shoot in super slow motion, capturing amazing footages at a staggering 960 frames per second. In comparison, the slow motion video recording on even the latest iPhone X is only 240 frames per second. This is all made possible by equipping the phone with a new Motion Eye camera, memory stacked ExmorTMRS sensor with technologies found on premium compact cameras.

              You know that Sony built this phone for the shutter bugs when they included a physical camera button on right side of the phone. The button works like your compacts or DSLRs, where a half press focuses the shot and depressing it all the way down captures the image. Pressing it when the phone is on sleep mode also activates the camera immediately, saving precious seconds for that fleeting moment you want to shoot.

              All in all, the Sony Xperia XZ Premium is a great phone to own. There are many reasons why we would want to get this phone but the singular, most desired feature, is the phone’s camera with its slow motion mode. If all you carry is a phone snapper, the Xperia XZ Premium will not disappoint.

              Sony Xperia XZ Premium comes in 3 colours, Deepsea Black, Luminous Chrome and Bronze Pink. The phone is going for S$1098 at Sony Store, Sony Centre, M1, Singtel, StarHub and authorised Sony retail partners. For more information on the Xperia XZ Premium, visit www.sonymobile.com.

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                Niku Katsumata Ebisu Course
                Niku Katsumata Ebisu Course

                If you think grilling meat can only be done on an iron grill, then think again. Most people expect to walk into a yakiniku restaurant that is smoky with a charred meat smell. To our surprise, when we entered Niku Katsumata, a 28-seater on Duxton Road, we were greeted with a subtle grilled beef aroma sans the smokiness. We soon found out why as we were led to our seats. The premium meats are expertly grilled by the amiable restaurant staff on a special crystal plate over low flames in front of the guests.

                Niku Katsumata prides itself on the quality of the meats it imports from Kagoshima, Japan and wants to ensure that guests savour the tender, moist meat with every bite.

                The restaurant cooks the premium wagyu meat over a crystal plate
                The restaurant cooks the premium wagyu meat over a crystal plate, accentuating the taste of the meat while keeping it moist and tender

                We tried the generously sized 7-dish Katsumata Course which included the following:

                • Starter: today’s special of Japanese peach and ham and simmered beef tendon
                • Appetizer: homemade kimchi and marinated vegetables
                • Sashimi: Kagoshima wagyu beef and liver sashimi
                • Salad: Chinese cabbage salad topped with umami seaweed
                • Yakiniku of selected meats (150 grams): beef tongue, assorted wagyu beef, black pork loin, wagyu beef fillet
                • Rice/Noodle: wagyu beef curry or chicken noodle soup
                • Dessert: black sesame ice cream
                Wagyu selection from the Ebisu course menu
                Wagyu selection from the Katsumata course menu

                Our favourites?

                Naturally, we enjoyed the grilled meat which were nicely accentuated by a selection of imported British rock salt, freshly made marinade, or a few drops of freshly squeezed lemon juice. The Wagyu beef fillets stood out because they were incredibly tender and juicy. Just when we thought the highlight of the course was over, we were suitably impressed by the light but flavourful chicken soba soup served to top off our meal.

                We were also pleasantly surprised by the humble Chinese cabbage sprinkled with dried seaweed salad. The seaweed raised the umami levels of the lightly seasoned shredded cabbage and helped whet our appetites while we waited for our meat platter.


                Chinese cabbage salad sprinkled with dried seaweed
                Chinese cabbage salad sprinkled with dried seaweed
                Chicken soba at Niku Katsumata
                Chicken soba

                For its 1-year anniversary, Niku Katsumata is running a 1-for-1 promotion from September 12-26 for its 3 set courses: Niku Course with 6 dishes ($98++), Katsuma Course with 7 dishes ($128++) and Ebisu Course with 8 dishes ($168++). Each set meal offers surprise variations, from premium Kagoshima beef to the amazingly tender black pork loin and chicken soba to wagyu donburi with bonito broth.

                Niku Katsumata

                Address: 47 Duxton Road Singapore 089511
                Phone: +65 9162 7502
                Opening Hours: 5:30pm – 11:00pm

                *Article and images by Debra Foo and Lauren Liang

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                  iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus

                  By now, you would have read dozens of articles on the latest iPhones–iPhone 8 and iPhone X. No prizes for guessing here, the leaks were once again spot on, taking out all elements of surprise. And as with previous iPhone launches, Apple has created high spec smartphones capable of making into review charts and roundups in 2017 as ‘best smartphones of the year’. But is Apple hitting a wall in terms of innovation?

                  iPhone 8 and 8 Plus

                  At one glance, the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus looks identical to iPhone 7 line, spotting the same rounded edges, button positions and protruding camera design. For iPhone 7 users, the switch will be intuitive as the design uses the same capacitive home button and of course, the lack of the headphone jacks. In fact, it really should be called the iPhone 7s and 7s Plus. They did however bumped up the hardware to include a ultra high performing A11 Bionic chipset, 12-megapixel rear camera and 7-megapixel front-facing camera and wireless charging capabilities on both models.

                  The glass back design of the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus
                  The glass back design of the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus
                  iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are available in Silver, Gold and Space Grey
                  iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are available in Silver, Gold and Space Grey

                  The iPhone 8 with the new iOS 11 seems like a “transitional model” to the future of iPhones, starting from the iPhone X. The new gestures, user interface and experience are making it easier for the home button to disappear and for users of iPhone to evolve their habitual use of a physical home button to one that is without. The iPhone 8 could also jolly well be used as a marketing decoy, deflecting users to the iPhone X.

                  Release date and pricing
                  The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus starts shipping on 22 September 2017 and are both available now at the Apple Store with a choice of 64GB or 256GB storage. The iPhone 8 is priced at S$1,148 (64GB) and S$1,388 (256GB) while the iPhone 8 Plus is priced at S$1,308 (64GB) and S$1,548 (256GB).

                  iPhone X

                  Apple’s real deal in the recent keynote event is definitely the iPhone X. Priced starting at S$1,648 for the 64GB model, the high-end version comes with more the bells and whistle like facial-recognition security that Apple calls FaceID and a higher resolution ‘Super Retina Display’ that wraps the entire front of the phone.

                  With the iPhone X (it’s pronounced ‘ten’ and not ‘Ex’), Apple might be moving back to a single size iPhone. The phone is only slightly bigger than the iPhone 8 but has a screen size that is even larger than the iPhone 8 Plus at 5.8 inches. And unlike the iPhone Plus models where Apple has tried to provide a single-handed use with ‘Reachability’, the size for the new iPhone X feels right. And that’s a big deal. And oh, in case you haven’t noticed, there’s no home button anymore. A long overdue design update, iPhone X is all screen, giving users an immersive experience.

                  iPhone X comes in 2 colours, black and silver
                  iPhone X comes in 2 colours, black and silver

                  The iPhone X cameras is also Apple’s most advanced. Even though there are a lot of better spec phone cameras in the market, Apple’s colour saturation and gradation for the shots seems so natural, almost film like. With the upgrade to dual OIS (optical image stabilisation) on both rear lenses, you now have the ability to shoot better low light images and less shaky videos. Previous iPhones I’ve used is helpless when faced with poor lighting conditions. The front facing camera now has the capability to capture bokeh-like selfies with a new technology called TrueDepth.

                  Watch the other features in this video from Apple:

                  Release date and pricing
                  According to Apple, pre-orders for the iPhone X will begin on 27 October 2017 and starts shipping 3 November 2017. The iPhone X comes in 2 colours, black and white and is priced at S$1,648 for the 64GB and S$1,888 for 256GB worth of storage.

                  So, will iPhone 8 get lost in the shadow of the anniversary iPhone X? Only time will tell. But if I have to upgrade my iPhone, it will have to be the iPhone X and not the already-obsolete-at-launch iPhone 8. And judging from the (lack of) queue in shops and launch events here in Singapore, I believe iPhone users feel the same.

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                  Star Wars: Experience the force festival

                  Get ready to experience a 10-day long Star Wars themed festival in Singapore this September.

                  Opening on 1 September 2017, the Star Wars: Experience the Force Singapore festival co-organised by ReedPOP and The Walt Disney Company Southeast Asia will allow fans to be a part of the global fan event as they celebrate the merchandise release of the upcoming movie “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” at ION Orchard.

                  There will be various exciting pop-up experiences and fan-based activities, including the first-ever installation of the Millennium Falcon and the first-ever Padawan Training in Southeast Asia. Aspiring Padawans aged between 4 to 12 are invited to train in the ways of the Force and learn how to master a lightsaber under the guidance of a Jedi Master.


                  Star Wars: Experience the force festival

                  A unique opportunity to meet and interact with the adorable BB-8 droid in virtual reality will take place at the Basement 4 of ION Station. Created by ILMxLAB, this installation is a first for Southeast Asia fans after debuting at the Star Wars Celebration Orlando 2017 earlier this year.


                  Apart from that, Toys ‘R’ Us, Simply Toys, and Beast Kingdom will be bringing their 3.5 meter tall AT-ACT Walker set from the Battle of Scarif scene and exclusive “Star Wars” merchandise to the festival as well.

                  Best of all, the 10-day festival experiences along Orchard Road are FREE!

                  For more information, go to Star Wars: Experience the Force website.

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                    25-Pounder Gun from Witness to War: Remembering 1942 exhibition

                    Even though many of us studied history in secondary schools and are familiar with stories of Singapore during the Japanese occupation in World War 2, being able to “see” beyond the textbooks will definitely aid in the understand of this milestone period better. The National Museum latest exhibition Witness to War: Remembering 1942 seeks to do just that, allowing you to explore a rich and complex world of untold stories of the events leading up to the occupation.

                    Witness to War: Remembering 1942 commemorates the 75th anniversary of the fall of Singapore to the Japanese forces on 15 February 1942 and its immediate aftermath, through never-before-seen artefacts and accounts from war survivors and veterans. It also explores the time period from the late 1930s leading up to that faithful day.

                    In order to put this exhibition together, National Museum collaborated with over 10 museums and institutions like the Australian War Memorial and the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, to features over 130 artefacts, many of which have never been displayed in Southeast Asia before. Some of these items include the personal diary of Major- General Lim Bo Seng and a 25-Pounder Gun used during the war.

                    25-Pounder Gun from Witness to War: Remembering 1942 exhibition
                    25-Pounder Gun

                    To provide an immersive experience to visitors of the exhibition, the museum has created a time tunnel displaying a film montage as well as several interactive stations. Parents who wish to introduce the subject of war to kids through the eyes of young people who lived through the fall of Singapore in 1942 can bring them to the dedicated family activity space for children aged 7 to 12.

                    Witness to War: Remembering 1942 Details:

                    Exhibition period: 23 September 2017 to 25 March 2018
                    Opening hours: 10am to 7pm

                    For more details, visit www.nationalmuseum.sg.

                    How to get there:

                    By Bus:
                    YMCA Bus Stop 08041:
                    SBS: 7, 14, 14e, 16, 36, 64, 65, 111, 124, 128, 139, 162, 162M, 174, 174e, 175
                    SMRT: 77, 106, 167, 171, 190, 700, 700A, 972, NR6, NR7

                    SMU Bus Stop 04121:
                    SBS: 7, 14, 14e, 16, 36, 111, 124, 128, 131, 147, 162, 162M, 166, 174, 174e, 175
                    SMRT: 77, 106, 167, 171, 190, 700, 700A, 857, NR7

                    By MRT:
                    Bras Basah MRT Station (5-minute walk from Exit B or C)
                    Dhoby Ghaut MRT Station (5-minute walk from Exit A)
                    City Hall MRT Station (10-minute walk from Exit A or B)