12 Oct 2017

Make payments via Samsung Pay from the respective merchants’ apps!

Since 15 September 2017, Samsung Pay users can easily checkout in Qoo10 and Vaniday mobile apps. In the app, users have the option to pay via Samsung Pay. No need to enter their credit card details when making payment; all they need to do is to authenticate the Samsung Pay transaction via iris scan, fingerprint scan or a PIN code and payment is done.

Users who opt for the Samsung Pay option when using their Qoo10 or Vaniday mobile app will not be sharing their card information with the respective merchants, as banking and credit card details remain confidential.

Enjoy these promotions on Qoo10 and Vaniday apps!
Qoo10
From now, all users who opt for the Samsung Pay check-out option on the Qoo10 mobile app will be entitled to the following promotions:

  • Enjoy special S$2 deals on Qoo10 with check-out transaction with Samsung Pay
  • For transactions made with Samsung Pay with a minimum spend of S$20, users will receive a S$5 discount voucher for use on Qoo10.
  • Users of Samsung Pay via the Qoo10 mobile app can also earn Samsung Rewards points and redeem S$5 vouchers for use on Qoo10 from 17 October 2017.

Vaniday
  • Exclusively for Samsung Pay users, Vaniday will offer a one-time S$15 off discount on first-time booking (via Vaniday mobile app) to use on any beauty and wellness service on the platform.

Information from Samsung Singapore.

Pay with Samsung Pay at Qoo10 and Vaniday

11 Oct 2017


Just one more day to the premiere of Asia's Got Talent Season 2 on AXN! This Thursday, October 12 on AXN in a special 2-hour episode at 8:30pm (7:30pm BKK/JKT)!

This season, viewers can expect more thrills, more surprises and a whole new generation of stars as 165 acts from 15 Asian countries compete for the USD100,000 grand prize. 

The judges are 16-time Grammy-award winner and music producer David Foster; internationally acclaimed singing sensation Anggun and newcomer to the series, multi-platinum recording artist Jay Park are in the hot seat to determine who goes through to the next round in the first five episodes; but it’s the audience – the ‘fourth judge’ – who will vote in the semi-final episodes to determine the ultimate winner. 

Adding to the series are the dynamic new hosts Alan Wong and Justin Bratton who will entertain viewers with their witty banter and spontaneity on and off the stage.

Remember to subscribe to the official YouTube Channel at www.YouTube.com/AsiasGotTalent for extended highlights of Asia’s Got Talent and exclusive behind-the-scenes footages!

Information from AXN Asia.

Asia’s Got Talent Season 2 Premiering Tomorrow!

10 Oct 2017

Hello everyone!

It has been quite a while since my last post on Korea. Every time I planned for a trip, I will be sure to include some places or dishes to try in the country that I am visiting.

I always wanted to visit Korea as I love the K-Wave and the K-Culture. It seems hard to find someone to go with. My friends suggested that I should go on a solo trip, as you know, #YOLO!

While looking through the beautiful photos of Korea, many will notice the sumptuous Korean meals with all the meat and seafood glory. As I am typing this, I am already thinking of what I should have for my first trip to Korea. Besides Seoul where most of the K-Wave artists are at, one of the places that I would love to visit is Gangwon. Here I found three native food to the region! Of course there are more, but here are the ones that I really wanted to try badly and recommended for your tastebuds.

Chuncheon Dak-galbi (닭갈비)


Many people knows about the Dak-Galbi. I was searching for the origins of this dish and ChunCheon in Gangwon-do is where it originates. Although the name Dak (Chicken) Galbi (Ribs), it is not chicken ribs. It is grilled seasoned chicken meat with a variety of greens and vegetables. 
>> More info

Gamja-Ongsimi (감자옹심이)


Gamja Ongsimi? Ongsimi? 

At first, when I saw the name of the dish, I wanted to make a joke. "Simi" is the Hokkien word for "what" but that has nothing got to do with the dish at all!

In Gangwon, Gamja refers to a soupy dish made from potatos. Omg Potatos, my love! The potatos are washed and drained of water to make potato balls. As it resembles the round shape of birds' egg (Ongsimi), that is how it got the interesting name. 
>> More info (in Korean)


Makguksu (막국수)



Those who have watched Goblin should know about the Buckwheat flowers. The buckwheat is also used to make a popular noodle dish in Korea known as Buckwheat noodles of memil-guksu. The makguksu is the spicy version with vegetables, kimchi, meat and mixed in with red chili paste.
>> More info


So there you have it. 3 dishes which I wanted to try in Gangwon, Korea. So I wish I could try them on my trip to Korea. For those who have been to Gangwon, what are the dishes you will recommend? Comment below!


Photos credit: Korea Tourism Organisation

3 dishes that you cannot miss when you visit Gangwon, Korea

30 Sep 2017


In collaboration with homegrown talents, Samsung launched the "Joy in everyday art" exhibition which showcases digital art created using a Samsung Galaxy Note8. 

, each artwork in the exhibition demonstrates how inklings of fun can be injected into our daily moments with the S Pen, bringing imagination to life. 

The digital art exhibition is specially curated by veteran film producer Daniel Yun and features works from Daniel Yun himself, award-winning comic artist and illustrator Sonny Liew, illustration collective Band of Doodlers, local celebrity photographer Kevin Ou, lifestyle influencer Melissa Koh, and student artist Jeremy Sim among many others.


The “Joy in everyday art” exhibition takes viewers on a visual journey through ten carefully curated themes. Viewers explore hundreds of uniquely designed artwork created using a Samsung Galaxy Note8 and displayed across Samsung’s The Frame TVs, SMART Signage and Monitors to Galaxy Note8 smartphones and Galaxy Tab S3 tablets.

The “Joy in everyday art” exhibition is now on at Raffles City, Level 1, from now till 17 October 2017, during mall hours and is free of charge.

Photos from Samsung Singapore

Get inspired by the Joy in everyday art digital art exhibition

29 Sep 2017

If you read my last post on Gangwon, you will have notice that Gangwon is a beautiful area in Korea where you can enjoy the wonders of nature! Summer (여름) has ended and now it is the beautiful and cooler Autumn (가을) (or also known as fall) in South Korea.

Besides a popular destination for the snow activities in Winter, Gangwon is also pretty during Autumn.  So let's check out some of the beautiful places in Gangwon!

Nami Island



Namiseom or Nami Island is a popular destination for many tourists with its beautiful tree lined roads. Due to its beautiful scenery, many dramas are also shot here. The most well known drama is Winter Sonata! 

Take your time to walk around on the island and take pictures on the picturesque pathways. You can also create your very own craftwork on the island and capture the beautiful memories on the island.
Address: 1, Namisum-gil, Namsan-myeon, Chuncheon-si, Gangwon-doWebsite: https://namisum.com/

Seoraksan




Seoraksan is another great destination to enjoy the beautiful autumn scenery. Rich colours from the leaves decorate the mountain. Hikers can catch a breath while enjoying the lovely mountain covered in the delighful shades of red, orange, green and much more. 
Address: Buk-myeon, Inje-gun, Gangwon-doWebsite: http://english.knps.or.kr/

Hongcheon Ginkgo Forest




Hongcheon Ginkgo Forest is one of the less well known places in Gangwon. Known as one of the best place in Korea to see the falling leaves in Autumn, the Hongcheon Ginkgo Forest is only opened for a short period in October. Lined with around 2,000 ginkgo trees, the forest is free for entry.


Address: 686-4 Gwangwon-ri, Nae-myeon, Hongcheon-gun, Gangwon-do, South Korea


If you are visiting Korea in autumn, do remember to check out the above destinations! While compiling the information for this article, I am falling in love with the beautiful Autumn in Gangwon! Hence the article name "Fall in love with Gangwon", where fall is also another word for Autumn. #Wordplay

*This series of articles also serves a note for me to visit these beautiful places when I plan for my trip to Korea! I hope it helps you plan for your next trip to Korea!

Photos taken from Korea Tourism Organization

Fall in love with Gangwon

28 Sep 2017


Lee Jong Suk is back on the small screen on Korean dramas with Bae Suzy on While You Were Sleeping! 

The last time he appeared on a Korean drama was his camero on Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-Joo. And that was in 2016 already. The story of While You Were Sleeping (WYWS) revolves around a girl Hong Joo, whose dreams will happen in real life. 

Throughout episode one, her dreams is bad enough for her to wake up in fear, or sometimes crying. Hong Joo's dreams or "prophecy" vivid enough that even when she woke up, she can write down the details of her dream. 

First, she dreamed of a stranger, bleeding from his head. Okay, that is a bit far fetched. How would one dreamed of a stranger whom you have not met before? Coincidentally, that stranger in her dream, Jae Chan, became her neighbour. We continue to see the powers of her dreams. "Prophecy" is prophecy no more as it bound to happen.

The accident happened according to her dream and she ended up in the hospital.

Oh gosh, we see Jae Chan popping up again to question her on the accident. Hong Joo was devastated that she indirectly caused her mum's death. Being labelled as the culprit of the accident and all evidence points to her, Hong Joo tried to take her life. The next scene,  Jae Chan woke up from his dream. So that was not real? Jae Chan have the ability to see the future too?

As with many dramas, the writer left many unanswered questions. This "ability to tell the future" plot is not new, but they managed to find one that is not used or less frequently used. While I was searching on the Internet to ensure article acuracy, there is another Kdrama of the same title in English. No wonder I find the title of this drama so familar.

Anyway, I love Suzy's acting in the drama. So I hope the story gets better as the episodes go.


While You Were Sleeping - First Impression

15 Sep 2017


Singtel announced a piece of good news for its customers! From today, Singtel Combo 3, 6 and 12 mobile plans will be upgraded with unlimited talk time and SMS. Customers can sign up for these plans can enjoy unlimited local data with DATA X INFINITY, an add-on available at just S$39.90/month.

At launch, customers who subscribe to Combo 6 and 12 plans will enjoy a free data roaming plan each month. Choose from any of Singtel’s data roaming options of up to S$35 to stay connected while overseas.

Customers who subscribe to DATA X INFINITY will also have the option to share their data with up to three family members with a MobileShare supplementary plan, which is available at S$10.70/month per line.

More information on the new Combo Plans and DATA X INFINITY can be found at www.singtel.com/combo and www.singtel.com/dataX.

Unlimited Data on Singtel's New Combo Plans

9 Sep 2017


Logitech introduces the Logitech CRAFT keyboard - the keyboard that comes with a creative input dial that offers immediate access to context-specific computing tools. 

The Crown, or the touch-sensitive aluminum creative input dial knows the app that is being used and gives instant access to brush size, brightness, chart type, font size and more in Adobe Photoshop CC, Adobe Illustrator CC, Adobe Premiere Pro CC, Adobe InDesign CC and Microsoft PowerPoint®, Excel® and Word® (Microsoft functionalities currently work on PC only). Simply install the custom profiles in Logitech Options Software.

With smart illumination with backlighting which detects your hands and adjusts lighting automatically depending on the room conditions, you can type comfortably on the full-sized keyboard. Simply tap the Easy-Switch button, you can switch between – and type on – any three connected devices, Windows® PC or Mac®, using the Logitech Unifying™ USB receiver or Bluetooth® Low Energy connection.

The Logitech CRAFT is expected to be available from September 2017 onwards on Logitech.com and selected retail stores at the SRP S$329.00.


Information from Logitech Singapore

Logitech CRAFT available from September

8 Sep 2017

Parallels Desktop 13 is now available! 




Parallels Desktop 13 makes it simple for MacBook Pro users to add Windows applications to the Touch Bar, and use Touch Bar within Windows applications. It is also the first solution to bring the upcoming Windows 10 People Bar feature to the Mac – including integration with the Mac Dock and Spotlight.


A single mouse click, the Parallels Installation Assistant will automatically install Windows 10 into a virtual machine (VM), which can be purchased at a later date without losing data or installed applications, making getting started in Parallels Desktop 13 for Mac simpler than ever. It also enables users to purchase and automatically install Windows 10 from Microsoft, add an existing copy of Windows, and simply move their PC to their Mac. Users can choose to make Windows look like a PC (Full Screen) or make Windows invisible (Coherence mode), while launching Windows apps from the Mac Dock, Launch Pad or Windows Start Menu.

Parallels Desktop 13 for Mac is available for download now, starting from US$79.99. Existing Parallels 11 and 12 users also have various upgrade options. 

There are many other new features in the new Parallels Desktop 13. Check them out at http://www.parallels.com/products/desktop/.

Information from Parallels

Parallels Desktop 13 available now

7 Sep 2017

At the IFA held in Berlin, LG announced its upcoming LG V30.
The LG V30 spots the first F1.6 aperture camera lens, the first glass Crystal Clear Lens, the first OLED FullVision display, Cine Video mode for producing movie-quality videos, premium sound with advanced Hi-Fi Quad DAC, sound tuning by B&O PLAY, and Voice Recognition. 

On the LG V30, the Google Assistant will be able to activate capabilities specific to the phone. Saying “Ok Google, take a romantic Cine Video” will activate Cine Video preset to Romantic. Or you can say “Ok Google, take a wide angle selfie” to launch the camera app with the setting on the front-facing camera wide angel mode.

LG V30 now comes with four security options. Unlock with Face Recognition using the front camera instantaneously, even when the phone display is off. It can also unlock your phone with your voice voice using Voice Recognition. You can also choose the fingerprint unlock and Knock Code. The phone also features Gorilla® Glass 5, Corning’s most advanced tempered glass, on both the front and rear.

Availability of the LG V30 will start in South Korea from September 21. It will be also released in several countries in North America, Asia, Europe, Africa and the Middle East. The V30 with 64GB ROM will come in four beautiful elegant hues: Aurora Black, Cloud Silver, Moroccan Blue and Lavender Violet 2 while the LG V30+ with 128GB of storage will be available in limited markets.

LG showcased the LG V30 at the IFA 2017