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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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    Chinese New Year 2018 is the year of the Earth Dog and will start on 4 February 2018, or the start of spring (立春). This year, we consult Dato Joey Yap to find out what’s in store for you (and us) in the areas of Wealth, Career, Love and Health. Read on to find out how you fare.

    Don’t know which Chinese zodiac you belong to? Use our zodiac calculator to find out by simply keying in your birth year:

    Dog 狗 🐶

    Overall Luck

    • 2018 is a mixed bag with a fair share of personal and professional problems, even as you attain success
    • Matters from one aspect of your life could spill over into others – which is why the positive boost and confidence in your work life may be one of the reasons you encounter personal life problems
    • Your ability to summon the same inner strength you get from your job to overcome these obstacles will determine how successful you are at coming out on top


    • You might be constantly worried about a potential financial loss
    • Weaker Indirect Luck means good fortune is not in your favour
    • Manage your finances effectively – focus on saving money, don’t gamble or hit slot machines, and cautiously sign new contracts


    • A lot of work-related pressure and harsh superiors – could result in productivity decrease
    • Consistency and determination is key to deal with this tough work year
    • Unwise to move jobs – make the best out of the current situation

    Relationships (Love)

    • Weak love prospects – these are demanding times for couples
    • Married couples should practice tolerance because even simple misunderstandings can result in a big decline in bond strength
    • Single people have to contend with a largely isolated social life – should focus on other life aspects instead


    • Road safety is crucial – could lead to severe injuries if not alert on sidewalks or when driving
    • Avoid using metallic objects as it could contain rust or other harmful materials
    • Might experience digestive complications so you should diet and exercise more


    Pig 猪 🐷

    Overall Luck

    • A great year to showcase your capabilities and earn the career advancement and business development you’ve been eyeing for
    • You’ll also acquire heightened popularity, from gaining friends easily to making great business proposals that translate into thrilling investments
    • However, being the life of the party could be draining, so schedule some personal time away from work and people every week to unwind and prevent negativity from burning you out


    • Could encounter plenty of obstacles early in the year – e.g. revenues and savings stagnation
    • Careful preparation and positivity can resolve this quickly
    • After that, a surge of wealth by promotion or bonus pay could occur, but people might be petty to return money borrowed from you


    • Aid from colleagues will help you conquer minor obstacles
    • These strong alliances will help you overcome any resistance that could undermine your productivity
    • You can thus showcase your talents to highly appreciative superiors

    Relationships (Love)

    • Presence of Sky Happiness Star ensures love comes to your doorstep as opposed to last year’s dull forecast
    • 2018 will be filled with joyous events – long-term couples should begin marriage plans before the year ends
    • Single people might be able to finally start a romantic relationship so they should be vigilant in their social circles


    • Unfortunate health prospects this year
    • Unknowingly participating in ill-fated events could lead to physical and psychological issues
    • Sky Happiness Star can protect you from harm as long as you exercise diligently and avoid extreme activities


    Rat 鼠 🐭

    Overall Luck

    • 2018 is the year individuals should take their personal development to the next level, thanks to the support of the Eight Seats Star
    • Expect your fortunes to increase, and an enhanced ability to learn – consider picking up new skillsets, improving current skills, or even enrolling in courses to add value to your abilities
    • Academicians, scholars or students will especially benefit from this powerful boost


    • Prepare for a potential monetary loss due to unlucky financial investments or delayed reimbursements
    • Counter this situation by purchasing real estate at the start of the year – don’t pour savings into heavy investment schemes
    • Overall, a smooth-sailing financial year


    • A rocky career year – focus on career advancement instead of petty people
    • Soon, the noise of the petty people will soon fade and you can start reaping the benefits e.g. promotion and pay raise
    • Also, embrace help from generous people to have a stable career in 2018

    Relationships (Love)

    • Good year to start romantic relationships – single people should be alert in their social gatherings to find that special someone
    • Couples’ don’t fare too well in the health sector – could even lead to hospitalisation
    • Encourage your partner to engage in sports and compound your earnings to afford a healthier diet


    • Pay extra attention to your well-being as the Blood Knife Star appears in your midst
    • Avoid participation in extreme sports like hiking to evade serious injuries
    • However, the Nobleman Star’s presence will ensure aid is nearby for your health problems


    Ox 牛 🐂

    Overall Luck

    • This will be a good year to improve your financial standing, so explore opportunities whenever possible
    • Female-dominated industries would more likely prosper this coming year and you’ll also receive timely assistance from the women in your life (e.g. a female senior manager could offer helpful advice or even a promotion recommendation) – so be open to this generosity
    • Your good luck could be tainted if you indulge to much in the excess of wealth without keeping your ego in check – remember to keep a level head and practice self-restrain


    • The Moon Star’s in your Wealth Palace predicts great wealth accumulation in 2018
    • Could witness surprising pay rise in your job through bonuses or promotion
    • However, be aware your finances – invest in decent real estate and avoid risky financial investment


    • Little to no fluctuations in your work
    • The Broken Star could still cause disruptions between you and your colleagues however
    • Be composed around your peers and work diligently – eventually you’ll gain the respect and help of your colleagues

    Relationships (Love)

    • Absence of Peach Blossom Luck signifies unlucky prospects for single people
    • However, single people should still socialise as they might discover their romantic partner
    • Stable couples should move forward with their wedding plans


    • A negative turn of events is implied due to an inauspicious star’s presence in your Palace
    • Medical receipts could be a usual sight if health is not taken seriously
    • Consult a doctor if you contract a serious illness so that it won’t fester, and take up a sport to mitigate these issues


    Tiger 虎 🐯

    Overall Luck

    • Both welcome and unwelcome events play out through the year – a significant boost in wealth and success regarding business and professional aspects can be expected although you need to put in the hard work (like planning out a sound strategies) to be richly rewarded
    • Malicious lies and rumours about you being spread around could lead to misunderstandings between you and people who’re important to you – additionally, be wary of who you trust as they could turn on you
    • Be careful in your social interactions or you might get into legal entanglements. Unwanted chaos in money matters could also appear so manage your finances properly and avoid making large investments or lending money
    • Having to deal with all this could lead to emotional volatility, which is understandable, just don’t let it consume you


    • 2018 indicates early financial losses due to poor investment returns and mismanaged budgeting
    • However, the presence of a Noble person somewhat mitigates these problems – they’ll ensure you acquire your necessary assets despite your constant spending all year long
    • Consider donating to a charity you admire as a sign of paying it forward for the assistance you received


    • Expect disputes stemming from misunderstandings with superiors and colleagues to happen this year – thus, be watchful of your interactions
    • Also, be alert for certain malicious colleagues looking to double-cross you
    • Presence of Three Stages Star should help to reduce workplace hostility – do your part in improving your communication competency to avoid future work disputes

    Relationships (Love)

    • The Three Stages Star signifies togetherness – unmarried couples in a loving relationship should thus strongly consider marriage to solidify the bond
    • Single people wanting to be in a relationship should continue searching despite the absence of Peach Blossom Luck; this is because the Three Combinations Star shines upon them


    • Inauspicious stars in your Palace call for extra vigilance over your health
    • Be ready for any attacks by diseases on your body by maintaining your hygiene and consuming all proper vitamins and minerals
    • Consider asking people to join you in doing physical activity in a team sport, and seek immediate treatment if you do fall sick


    Rabbit 兔 🐰

    Overall Luck

    • Expect to be surrounded by abundance of love and support from kind and generous people – if you’re aiming for career growth, you’ll easily find experienced mentors willing to guide you to success
    • Also, you’ll be invited to many places and make many new friends which could lead to great collaborations in your favour – you’ll get an extra edge in job hunting and business investments. Someone will also aid you in personal finance management
    • All this however could distract from your family and loved ones – don’t take them for granted and pay extra attention to senior family members who might have minor health risks so you’ll be able to spot if anything is amiss
    • Avoid engaging in flings and instead spend more quality time with your spouse to strengthen the bond


    • Bad luck in the form of legal, personal and professional disputes could see you sustain significant financial loss – so monitor both your money and social interactions
    • There’s a plethora of opportunities to increase overall wealth – overall, a profitable year to gain substantial wealth


    • Abundance of auspicious tidings with the Grand Duke Combination Star’s presence
    • A blossoming rapport with your superiors will occur, leading to more chances to showcase your abilities at work
    • However, practice caution in your work ethic or you might overwork yourself to a risky fatigue level

    Relationships (Love)

    • Disagreements ranging from trivial to weighty could easily lead to quarrels between you and your loved one
    • 2018 brings a lot of peace-making opportunities however, so that you can stabilise the relationship
    • Newer couples should be tolerant and considerate of each other’s character or the relationship could end early


    • More illnesses and injuries may enter your life
    • However, you also have the chance to boost your overall well-being – you can lessen your chances of contracting ailments as long as you’re dieting properly and exercising sufficiently


    Dragon 龙 🐲

    Overall Luck

    • You have the ability to turn turbulence and challenges into opportunities for personal growth – although setbacks are inevitable this year, it’s how you play your cards that decides your favourability in a situation
    • When considering a business expansion or large-scale projects, you should consider all possibilities, make sure you have sufficient resources and be properly prepared. Make sure you’re practical about your 2018 goals and ambitions so that you’re not unnecessarily demoralised or stressed later
    • You may find unexpected changes hard to deal with this coming year – however, changes also brings opportunities, so make them work in your favour by accepting and making the most out of them instead of going against the tide


    • Might experience a constant monetary loss this year – formulate a suitable financial plan to manage your financial outlook
    • Inadequate financial planning and lack of caution in financial deals could lead to monetary outflow
    • Weak Indirect Wealth luck this year means that you should build up your savings and avoid high-risk activities like heavy investment or gambling


    • Massive pressure and a harsh superior could cause you to feel seriously fatigued in 2018. Also, constant conflicts and a negative work space could affect your work competency
    • Keep motivating yourself and build strength of character to push through these obstacles
    • This may not be the best time to move jobs – although this feels stagnating, view this situation more positively and try to stay humble and tolerant during this time

    Relationships (Love)

    • A weak Peach Blossom Luck means that unmarried couples should focus on maintaining their relationship
    • Married couples should be more considerate as the simplest misunderstanding could lead to a heated argument
    • Single people will have to deal with being lonely for now and should instead focus on improving other aspects of their life


    • Be wary of physical threats from the road (e.g. driving, walking on sidewalks) as you could incur minor to fatal injuries – strictly follow road safety regulations at all times
    • Handle metallic objects carefully as the rust particles it carries are a potential health hazard
    • Follow healthy nutritional and dietary practices to prevent intestinal issues from appearing


    Snake 蛇 🐍

    Overall Luck

    • A generally good year with some minor issues – you’ll not have much trouble overcoming occasional obstacles or a few heated arguments as your social and personal life will flourish
    • Unexpected events could still take place at inconvenient times however, so quickly adapt and adjust your strategy to accommodate this new element at play
    • Legal trouble from unexpected hiccups in your plans and arguments stemming from accidentally offending someone could also occur – avoid getting into more trouble by carefully interacting with people and having a clear, calm mind
    • However, don’t worry too much as you can expect to hear snippets of good news frequently and look forward to experiencing many happy occasions. In fact, your luck may be so good that you’ll be able to turn things around in your favour


    • Lots of uncertainty in your financial wealth – might incur monetary losses initially due to failed investments and excessive gambling
    • Yet, several compassionate individuals will help you recuperate those earlier losses – so accept their help to experience an ultimately rewarding year for your wealth


    • Begin by reshuffling your career priorities – e.g. changing job positions or even companies
    • Once your work life is stabilised, start making grander plans for the year ahead and you’ll slowly but surely get to execute them
    • The second half of the year will sharply boost your luck prospects – use this period to reenergise your work performance for the rest of the year

    Relationships (Love)

    • Single people should start searching for a potential partner this year as it will lead to a fruitful relationship with the right person
    • Unmarried couples in a devoted relationship should become engaged as soon as possible to have a long and prosperous marriage
    • Married couples shouldn’t act on amorous feelings towards others outside of their marriage as doing this will avoid a marital breakdown caused by either you or your partner being in an extramarital affair


    • Health is very important, especially for senior citizens
    • Elderly people could be visiting hospitals more than usual due to health ailments – they should heed their doctor’s advice and take prescribed medication to maintain their health
    • Also, they should immediately see a doctor if they experience stomach or intestinal problems to mitigate the issue


    Horse 马 🐎

    Overall Luck

    • You’re surrounded by supportive people and that’ll give strength and assistance when you feel dragged down by the rapid changes happening
    • Golden opportunities to accumulate wealth (e.g. good chances of earning a pay raise or getting bonuses). Also, look out for lucrative investments in property or shares and reliable tips from your social circle to lay a good foundation for your fortune – but there’s a high risk of financial loss due to impulsive decisions, so think thoroughly on any deals, avoid financial gambling and consider all consequences
    • Acquire skills to positively solve any conflict that arises – so don’t hold back from pursuing your goals
    • Be cautious about the possibility of accidents and communication difficulties – prepare adequately before you travel or do physical activity and be considerate when you speak. Be aware of family members’ health conditions too


    • Make sure to receive aid offered by generous friends to experience a wealth surge
    • Great work performance will also grant you the chance to achieve a business profit or salary raise as more opportunities present themselves to you


    • Conflicts and differences of opinions with colleagues could be disadvantageous to you (e.g. colleagues isolating you)
    • They could even backstab you too – remedy this by attending social events and practicing open communication to strengthen your bond with them

    Relationships (Love)

    • Unmarried couples should marry this year to boost companionship strength
    • Even with the Peach Blossom Luck’s absence, single people should consider professing their love to that special someone as there’s a good chance of getting into a romantic relationship


    • High risk of road accidents this year – ensure that you follow traffic rules to try and avoid this possibility
    • Take care when using metallic objects as they might bring you serious harm
    • Diet healthily and exercise frequently to prevent the appearance of digestive problems


    Goat 羊 🐑

    Overall Luck

    • A good year with positive events – some trials and tribulations are present, but not enough to dampen your year as you’ll have help and golden opportunities to overcome them
    • Noble people in the form of mentors or random individuals will make troubles you face more manageable
    • You’ll have ample opportunities to not only display your talents at work to secure a good bonus or promotion, but you’ll also be able to increase your wealth by engaging in asset acquisitions
    • However, you may have to deal with malicious lies and existing relationship conflicts, it’s best to ignore them and focus on your work. Family disputes will also arise, but remain reasonable here for a peaceful resolution –family and friends will still aid you when you most need it despite differences of opinion


    • Don’t let work distract you from looking for opportunities to improve your financial standing
    • Those doing clerical work might have huge workloads from hopping in between work settings, so appropriately manage your plate of responsibilities


    • Be open to ideas and collaborative opportunities from the opposite sex to receive highly favourable work prospects
    • Your diligence and persistence is rewarded this year, so motivate yourself to strive for more career achievements and showcase your talents and you’ll surely benefit in the long run

    Relationships (Love)

    • Ladies will experience weaker love prospects than men due to the weak Peach Blossom Luck
    • Thus, ladies should focus on developing other facets of their life while men should mingle in their social circles more for a good chance to discover their life partner
    • Unmarried couples should start planning their marriage, while married couples should be careful about their feelings towards people outside of their marriage as it could lead to future issues


    • Your mind and body are in prime condition to tackle 2018
    • Thus, perform physical activities, learn a new sport and watch your diet and personal safety to equip yourself for a year free of major disease and physical afflictions


    Monkey 猴 🐒

    Overall Luck

    • A trying year in both your professional and personal lives – maintaining a right mind-set and finding the strength to persevere is key to handling this
    • You could bolster your career in terms of a fortunate job-related travelling stint however, so embrace it to gain an advantage in advancing your career in the long run
    • Those in academic-related fields like learning and researching will find their endeavours yielding results in the form of significant breakthroughs
    • It’s advisable to refrain from attending funerals as there are prevalent negative energies that could have a noticeable negative impact on your well-being


    • Unfavourable financial matters as more money leaves you due to unrestricted spending
    • Sensible purchases and self-control at the start of 2018 could offset monetary losses later on
    • Effectively plan your financial budget and avoid high-risk activities to curb spending and increase savings


    • You’ll encounter a stream of obstacles (e.g. difficult superiors and barely meeting deadlines) that’ll stunt your work progress through the year
    • Be persistently diligent in work assignments and have good interactions with colleague and superiors to make progress in your work output

    Relationships (Love)

    • Weak Peach Blossom Luck means a bad relationship outlook for single people – they should adjust romantic expectations to avoid disappointments
    • Married and unmarried couples are prone to illnesses and injuries this year – so a team effort is needed to maintain each other’s health (e.g. gender-inclusive gym)
    • This could also be a chance to foster intimacy between couples


    • Light or heavy road-related injuries could affect your physical well-being – keep safe by obeying traffic rules
    • Avoid extreme sports unless you’re prepared adequately for it
    • Be aware of work hazards that could present a physical risk to reduce its negative effects on your well-being


    Rooster 鸡 🐔

    Overall Luck

    • Last year’s eventful nature could leave you exhausted, so 2018 will provide the good breather you need, giving you the chance to recharge, re-examine, improve your lifestyle and well-being to try find a healthy balance
    • There is a tendency to be anxious in your work, so it’s a good reminder to try maintaining a good work-life balance. If not, you might get worked up on small things and not advance your career
    • You might have feelings of isolation and loneliness, but they’re not actually a reflection of your current loneliness – don’t let the fear of abandonment or absent support take over you, instead go out and mingle with people close to you to get a positive reality check


    • A significant loss could plague your 2018 financial outlook so it’s advisable to purchase assets that won’t likely depreciate early in the year to signify good expenditure
    • Indirect Wealth’s presence means you’ll greatly benefit from side income


    • A huge workload could put you in an undesirable position this year, so better hold off planning new projects for career advancement and instead focus on the current tasks given
    • Welcome job-related travel opportunities because the lessons learned there will help you produced better work results
    • Extra help from your friends will also contribute to a smoother career outlook this year

    Relationships (Love)

    • The Peach Blossom Luck’s presence means that single people should start mingling in their social circles to find a romantic partner
    • Unmarried couples should start executing wedding ceremony plans
    • Married couples will experience multiple joyful occasions, possibly welcoming a new child


    • Be vigilant on your health as fatigue and illnesses plague your calendar year
    • Don’t worry because a Noble person in the medical field will guide you back to health if you do fall ill
    • A healthy routine and physical activity should help keep you healthy


    Regardless of how your luck is for the year 2018, working hard, picking up new skills and seeking out new opportunities will make every year a fruitful one!


    Reproduced with permission from Dato Joey Yap.

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      Snowy slopes of Tomamu Mountains

      For a travel destination as picturesque as Hokkaido, travelling there once or twice is simply not enough. If you have been following our travel section, you would know that Hokkaido is a place we cover most extensively (click here for our Hokkaido features). Even though we have been there a couple of times, one activity we have been dying to try out is skiing.

      With the launch of Club Med Tomamu Hokkaido, its second all-inclusive holiday resort on Japan’s second largest island, the thought of making another trip there to experience the powdery snow-capped slopes of Hokkaido is definitely swimming in our heads. The new resort is roughly 90 minutes away from New Chitose Airport and an express coach will send you straight there.

      Snowy slopes of Tomamu Mountains
      Snowy slopes of Tomamu Mountains

      Club Med Tomamu Hokkaido features a total of 29 ski courses that span a total length of 21.5 kilometres as well as 4 ski trail ratings suitable for all levels of skiiers. The resort provides ski services like pre-arrival equipment rental, ski in and out access, as well as all-inclusive ski and snowboard lessons for guests aged 4 and above with professional ski instructors. This certainly makes things a lot easier for families and first-timers like us who have no idea what to prepare for a ski trip.

      If you are wondering if the resort is only suitable for holidayers with just skiing in their itinerary, you couldn’t be more wrong. Club Med has a slew of activities that will certainly drain all your adrenaline and then some. Activities like mountain biking adventure in the snow, snow trekking and snow sledging will certainly provide a lot of instagrammable opportunities to make the trip one to remember. If you like, you can also pay a visit to a nearby ice village where you can ice skate to a ice hotel and have a drink at Bar Icewood. For family with kids, Club Med Tomamu Hokkaido also offers a suite of kid-friendly activities and exclusive ski slopes for suitable for beginner and intermediate levels.

      Club Med Tomamu Hokkaido - resort room

      For now, we can only imagine how it feels to kick back and enjoy the amazing landscape from the comfort of Club Med’s room after a full day of outdoor adventure and activities.

      For more details on the resort, pricing information and promotions, visit Club Med Tomamu Hokkaido.

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        Toast Box tiny blocks
        From left: Kaya Toast, Nanyang Kopi and Kopi Master

        If kaya butter toast and kopi is your staple breakfast, lunch and (for some) even dinner, you should definitely think about owning a set of these exclusive tiny block collectibles from Toast Box. Challenge yourself by completing all three Kaya Toast, Nanyang Kopi and Kopi Master designs, while sipping on your Kopi C si dai or Teh Peng.

        What’s more, for every piece sold, $2.50 goes to ABLE (Abilities Beyond Limitations and Expectations), a charity established in support of the physically challenged community. This is not only a great gift idea for family and friends, we are even thinking of getting it for overseas friends who are visiting us this festive season as a “taste of Singapore” memento to bring home!

        These super adorable nanoblock collectibles are designed by Christopher Tan, an award-winning artist based in Malaysia. His passion for nanoblocks has won him the title of “Tatsujin – Master of Nanoblock”, awarded by the company who first manufactured nanoblocks, Kawada Co. Ltd..

        All designs are available at Toast Box outlets islandwide and is sold at $12 per piece or $30 for a full set of 3 designs. While stocks last.

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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
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              • ƒ/2.2 aperture
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              • 1080p HD video recording
              Video capture 4K at 60fps 4K at 60fps 4K at 60fps
              NFC Yes Yes Yes
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              WiFi Dual band, 802.11ac Dual band, 802.11ac Dual band, 802.11ac
              Operating system iOS 11 iOS 11 iOS 11
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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