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Better Blooms with A Better Florist

Singapore is absolutely obsessed with A Better Florist, and we don’t blame them the tiniest bit. With exquisite designs, perky blooms and an outstanding delivery, A Better Florist easily takes the #1 spot as the go-to florist for all things flowers. And not only that, it’s the only flower shop that makes gifting special and unique, with flower creations tailored with your loved ones in mind.

A Better Florist is a florist that’s dominating the sunny island of Singapore. Well, at least it’s florist side. With numerous locations around the island, it’s hard not to become charmed by the A Better Florist blooms. They made their appearance on the floristry scene with an authentic philosophy and approach to the entire industry. Luckily, they have a team of florists that understands the philosophy to the core and spends their days trying to make everyone’s day just a little bit better. They’re not called A Better Florist for no reason.

This team supports the philosophy that you shouldn’t wait for a special occasion to gift someone flowers. Gift beautiful blooms for no special reason at all, and utilize the language of flowers to spread love.

“Make Any Occassion Better With A Better Florist” – Source: Instagram user @weewu

 

All of the florists that are taken into their own flower-crafting family are skilled and experienced florists, with respective certificates that enable them to do all kinds of designs for different events. Wedding flowers and bridesmaids bouquets, funeral wreaths and birthday flowers, it’s just a small array of tasks they can take on.

One major benefit of A Better Florist is simply the freshness of flower, which you shouldn’t take for granted. Not all florists offer such perky and fresh flowers all the time. Most of them spend a lot of time in storage, waiting to be used and sold, but A Better Florist has yet again, a different approach that gives customers long-lasting bouquets. Their blooms are grown on a farm on Cameron Highlands, and are directly delivered to their flower shop once they have been picked. Unlike most florists, they cut out the middle-man, and give your flowers a longer life in your home.

To complete the wonderful and modern service, you get to experience a swift delivery. Order your blooms, and they will be delivered on the same day, within only 90 minutes. This has been made possible because of several different locations of A Better Florist, that enables them to deliver blooms to any part of Singapore, with no exceptions.

Experience a world outside of your local flower shop, and enjoy what A Better Florist has to offer. From the moment you step onto their website or visit their flower shop, to the moment you receive the blooms, you’ll experience a revolutionary service.

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Nikon Releases The Highly Anticipated DSLR D850 (Soon!)

SINGAPORE, 25 July 2017 – Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce the development of the next generation full-frame, high-resolution, high-speed digital SLR cameras with the upcoming release of the highly anticipated Nikon D850.

 

The D850 will be a formidable tool for creators who will not compromise on exceptional image quality and versatility, including aspiring and professional photographers, as well as hobbyists who capture landscapes, commercial sports, fashion, weddings, and multimedia content creators.

 

The D850 is the successor to the D810, which was highly praised by its users for offering extremely sharp and clear rendering, and rich tone characteristics. This powerful new FX-format digital SLR camera is engineered with a range of new technologies, features and performance enhancements that are a direct result of feedback from users over the years – who demand the very best from their camera equipment. The D850 will exceed the expectations of the vast range of photographers that seek high resolution and high speed capabilities that only a Nikon of this calibre complemented by NIKKOR lenses can offer.

 

Announcing the new Surface Pro for Singapore

Microsoft announced that the new Surface Pro and Surface Pro Signature Type Cover are now available for pre-order in Singapore starting 20 July from the Microsoft Store, as well as authorised retailers including Best Denki, Challenger, Courts, Harvey Norman, and Newstead. Pre-order for commercial customers is also available via Authorised Device Resellers including AsiaPac Distribution Pte Ltd, Insight Technology Solutions Pte Ltd, JK Technology Pte Ltd, SoftwareOne Pte Ltd and UIC Asian Computer Services Pte Ltd.

Unveiled earlier in May, the new Surface Pro has been redesigned from the inside out to give people more performance with improved battery life. Everything has been streamlined and refined — from softer, rounded edges to cameras built to fade into the bezel. At just 8.5mm thin and starting at 767 grams, the new Surface Pro packs the power of a 7th generation Intel® Core™ processor into a new fanless, whisperquiet design.

 

The Surface Pro delivers the most performance and battery life in a laptop that is this thin, light and quiet. It features up to 13.5 hours of battery life, providing unmatched versatility and mobility in a lighter, more refined design.

 

Pricing 

 

Product Suggested Retail Price

(inclusive of GST)

Surface Pro Configurations
Intel® Core™ m3, 128 GB SSD, 4GB RAM, Intel® HD Graphics 615 S$1,188
Intel® Core™ i5, 128 GB SSD, 4GB RAM, Intel® HD Graphics 620 S$1,488
Intel® Core™ i5, 256 GB SSD, 8GB RAM, Intel® HD Graphics 620 S$1,788
Intel® Core™ i7, 256 GB SSD, 8GB RAM, Intel® IrisTM Plus Graphics 640 S$2,288
Intel® Core™ i7, 512 GB SSD, 16GB RAM, Intel® IrisTM Plus Graphics 640 S$3,188
Accessories
Surface Pro Type Cover

(Available in Black)

S$199
Surface Pro Signature Type Cover

(Available in Platinum, Burgundy and Cobalt Blue)

S$249
Surface Pen

(Available in Black, Platinum, Burgundy and Cobalt Blue)

S$148
Microsoft Surface Arc Mouse

(Available in Light Gray, Burgundy, Cobalt Blue. Black available as the Microsoft Arc Mouse.)

S$118

Turkey Trip – Review of Alldaywifi’s Mobile Internet

For those who know me, I have been traveling to many places ever since I stepped out from university and mostly, I planned my own trips. Planning your own itinerary is tedious – a lot of reading on the travel forum and chatting with your contacts who have been there.

As a rule of thumb, you always must plan for contingency. For me, having mobile internet access is a must because when things do not go according to plan, I can always ask the oracle over the internet a.k.a Google.

It is not hard to buy a Travel 4G card in Singapore and the price is quite reasonable. Usually, I will recommend people to buy the 4G card beforehand so that you could save the hassle of getting one abroad.

However, you can’t get all the 4G cards in this small country and that’s the challenge I faced when I was planning for my trip to Turkey – I can’t find any compatible 4G Sim card in Singapore! On top of that, Google does not seem to be helpful where there isn’t much discussion in the forum on the 4G card in Turkey (maybe the information is there but in Turkish).

 

Why did I choose alldaywifi?

alldaywifi’s pocket WIFI. Source: Instagram user @weewu

Unlimited data usage: If you run a check on the internet, the prices of the pre-paid sim cards offered by the 3 main telcos in Turkey are about the same and they don’t offer unlimited usage. alldaywifi’s unlimited mobile data usage saves the hassle of topping up.

 

Sharing Via Mobile Hotspot: alldaywifi provides user with a mobile router which makes it easy to share internet access with your travel companions. If you are traveling with a sizeable number of people, this is in fact a cheaper option than buying a pre-paid sim card. Since you are not using the 4G services on your phone, you could save more battery life on your phone to take more pictures and videos of your trips.

 

Free Delivery to hotel: Once you have placed your order, you can choose to collect the device at any hotel in Istanbul. What’s better, the delivery is free-of-charge.

 

User’s Experience

The package consists of a charger, USB cable, instructions and of course the mobile router. They are all packed in a small bag. The instructions are all written on a pile of plastic cards. Each card contains one instruction and it is very easy to follow.

 

Setting up does not take more than a minute. Seconds after, your Wi-Fi is ready for connection.

 

At the end of your trip, all you need to do is to keep the entire package in a plastic bag provided and leave it with the hotel receptionist upon checking out.

The beautiful #bluemosque at #istanbul, #Turkey #travelphotography #alreadytherewithexpedia #travelgram #travelwithdfs

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 Internet Speed and battery life

Alldaywifi is using Vodafone, one of the 3 main telcos in Turkey. Coverage-wise is generally up-to-mark and we didn’t have any issue with instagramming and broadcasting via Facebook Live outside of Istanbul.

Check up the Facebook Live video I took on a hot air balloon ride at Cappadocia.

 

 

Altogether, there were only 2 of us (poisonvine.com and myself) using the alldaywifi’s router. As such, the battery usage of the mobile router was not high. Furthermore, we switched it off while we were on the roads and only turned it on at the site. It lasted us a good whole day.

 

If you are a mobile phone addict who needs to be online all the time, you can connect the router to your power bank (I am very sure all mobile phone addicts carry one). The alldaywifi’s router has micro-USB port which most of the smartphones have; so there shouldn’t be any problem with charging.

 

Verdicts

If you are going to travel in small groups to Turkey, alldaywifi is definitely value-for-money when you are calculating your cost of mobile data usage on the per-pax basis.

 

It is very convenient. You could do all the registration online before you go for the trip so that you don’t need to spend time to hunt for 4G cards at arrival.

 

If you are intending to use alldaywifi for your trip to Turkey, you could use my promocode “THENEODIMENSION” at alldaywifi.com to receive 10% discount.

Speed Apparel’s IPO shares is 400 times Over-subscribed

HONG KONG, CHINA – 29 May 2017Speed Apparel Holding Limited (“Speed Apparel”, together with its subsidiaries, the “Group”; HKSE: 8183), a Hong Kong apparel supply chain management services provider, announces the subscription results for its shares (the “Shares”) under the public offer (the “Public Offer”) and placing (the “Placing”, together with the Public Offer, the “Share Offer”). The shares under the Public Offer have been very significantly over-subscribed by approximately 400 times. The offer price per share has been set near the mid-point of the offer price range at HK$0.50 per share. Dealings in the shares on the Growth Enterprise Market of The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited is expected to commence on 31 May 2017 (Wednesday).

 

Due to the very significant over-subscription in the Public Offer, the reallocation procedures have been applied. A total number of 50,000,000 shares under the Placing have been reallocated to the Public Offer, so that the total number of shares available under the Public Offer has been increased to 62,500,000 shares, representing 50% of the total number of the offer shares available under the Share Offer. Based on the final offer price of HK$0.50 per Share, the net proceeds from the Share Offer to be received by the Company (after deducting underwriting fees and estimated expenses in connection with the Share Offer) is estimated to be approximately HK$37.1 million.

 

Speed Apparel intends to apply the net proceeds as follows: 1) approximately 13.5% for strengthening and diversifying the Group’s customers base; 2) approximately 26.8% for further expanding the Group’s product mix to cater to the customers’ need; 3) approximately 20.2% for enhancing the Group’s design and development capabilities; and 4) approximately 39.5% for enhancing the Group’s inventory management to strengthen operational efficiency.

 

Messis Capital Limited is the Sponsor of Speed Apparel for the listing and Great Roc Capital Securities Limited is the Bookrunner.

 

Source: Media OutReach

Singapore Road Safety Month 2017 – Stand a Chance to Win a Samsung Galaxy S8

Inline with the Singapore Road Safety Month,  Samsung Singapore is having a booth at Nex Shopping Center promoting their latest VR content – Eyes on the Road that aims to educate the public on the importance of staying focused while on the roads.

Encouraging Safe Driving among Road Users

Although the number of fatal accidents has decreased by 5.4 percent from 2015 to 2016, the number of injury accidents has seen a rise of 2.7 percent in 2016 as compared to 2015. To help reduce the number of traffic incidents caused by distractions from mobile devices, Samsung’s Eyes on the Road VR content features different dangerous scenarios to discourage the use of mobile devices while on the road. For example, a scenario plays out whereby the user, experiencing the point of view of a driver, almost gets into an accident at a pedestrian crossing due to distractions from his mobile device.

Instagram user @weewu was trying out the Eyes On the Road with Samsung Gear VR.

Samsung Galaxy S8 Giveaway Instagram Contest

In addition, Samsung will be holding two Samsung Eyes on the Road #EOTR contests on Instagram whereby participants can stand a chance to win a #GalaxyS8 and a Gear VR (with controller).

What you need to do?

1. Head down to the Samsung’s Eyes on the Road booth at Nex Shopping Center between 24 and 28 May 2017 OR the Eyes on the Road experience corner at Samsung Experience Store at Vivo City between 30 May and 2 Jul 2017.

2. Take a photo of themselves against Samsung’s Eyes on the Road backdrop

3. Upload the photo to their own Instagram page and tag @samsung_sg and include the #EOTR hashtag within the captions.

The PC Show 2017: Bringing People #Techgether for 27 Years

Marina Bay Sands Expo & Convention Centre, Level 1, Halls A – C 

1-4 June 2017, 12pm – 9pm daily

25 May 2017, Singapore – Singapore’s longest running annual consumer technology and electronics fair, The PC Show, returns with the theme #Techgether from 1 – 4 June 2017 at the Marina Bay Sands Expo & Convention Centre.

In its 27th edition, this year’s theme highlights the show as the go-to event for families and friends to discover the latest consumer technology products and best deals in town. Boasting a wide range of familiar brands including Dell, Creative, Fujifilm, HP, Samsung, Courts, Lenovo, Best Denki, and homegrown PC company, Dreamcore, amongst others, The PC Show 2017 is committed to bringing quality, convenience and value for all in one stop.

Gillian Loh, Project Manager of show organiser, Lines Exposition and Management Services, said: “The PC Show has grown over the years to provide the latest electronic gadgets and new innovations for our visitors. Recognising that technology has become so involved in our everyday lives, we want our show to be more than a showcase of products, but as a place where people can also bond over shared experiences.

“For our 27th year, we are excited to introduce our theme #Techgether this year with the aim of bringing people together to enjoy and experience new technology products.”

The Amazing Tech Hunt, running from 1 – 4 June, will add to the PC Show this year as a supplementary shopping experience for visitors. The tech hunt will involve a set of clues that will lead participants to the latest products and bargains. To participate, visitors simply have to collect their yellow game card from the lucky draw booth located outside Hall B. All visitors are invited to join in the fun and stand a chance to win a 1-night staycation at the iconic Marina Bay Sands hotel.

Special zones at the show this year include:

GG Gaming Zone: Enjoy exciting on-stage activities such as League of Legends, Overwatch Tournaments and live unboxing sessions. Customise your own gaming rig from scratch, take part in gaming challenges, or check out limited edition artworks by local artists and cosplayers available for sale. Whether you are an avid gamer or just a casual participant, check out the latest gaming systems and gears and deals exclusive to The PC Show.

Know Your Tech: Exhibitors like Creative, Fujifilm, Samsung Mobile, Lenovo and Dell will be showcasing their latest technology and products to educate visitors on what’s hot and new. A strictly no-sales zone.

Singtel Scores Big in Fintech Scene with its Dash

Ever since the announcement on the rebranding of the company in 2015, Singtel has been transforming its business from a conventional telco to ICT solution provider. Personally, I think it is not easy for a big infrastructure-based business like telco to change their business model but I think for the past 2 years, Singtel has improved reasonably in turning around their business.

 

#singtel #everydaybetter

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Payment business has been tightly-linked with the Telco but nobody has ever expected a telco to do well in this space. Surprisingly, Singtel has invested a lot in this space with its Singtel Dash, a cashless payment solution using smartphone ( even you are not Singtel subscriber).

 

I think Singtel’s effort has paid off. Today, it announces that its Singtel Dash has been recognised for excellence in FinTech with two industry awards, Seamless Awards Asia’s “Best Asian B2C Payments Initiative” and “FinTech Innovation of the Year” at the FinTech World Forum.

 

Seamless Awards Asia honours excellence in the payments, e-commerce and retail industry in Asia. Selected for its unique ecosystem that makes mobile payments accessible to everyone in Singapore, Singtel Dash was mentioned for its mobile remittance services which offer unparalleled convenience to customers sending money to over 13,700 cash-out points across the Philippines, Indonesia, India and China.

 

Singtel Dash also took home the “FinTech Innovation of the Year 2017” at the FinTech World Forum, held in Shanghai in the same month. Organised as part of the FinTech World Forum by FinTech Alliance (FTA), the FinTech Innovation Awards honour the highest achievements in the global FinTech and financial industries. It is a global competition to showcase companies who are paving the future in financial services and innovative technologies.

 

Ms Gan Siok Hoon, Vice-President of mCommerce, Consumer Singapore, Singtel, said, “We are extremely pleased to receive industry recognition for our contributions to FinTech. Since its launch in 2014, Singtel Dash has evolved to meet the demands of Singapore’s increasingly digital economy and our customers’ connected lifestyles. These two awards affirm our efforts to revolutionise payments for our customers’ convenience. We look forward to delighting them with more innovative features and contributing to Singapore’s journey to Smart Nation by developing the mobile payments ecosystem in Singapore.”

CHARLES & KEITH increases sales conversion and enhances customer experience with CyberSource payment management services

  • CHARLES & KEITH, a global fashion brand, implements CyberSource’s full suite of global payment management solutions, including fraud management and payment tokenization
  • CyberSource’s holistic payment solutions helped CHARLES & KEITH increase online card acceptance rate by up to 17%, while reducing the rate of manual review by 65%[1]

Singapore – 18 May 2017 – CyberSource, a Visa Inc. company (NYSE: V), and one of the world’s largest providers of eCommerce payment management services, today announced an agreement with CHARLES & KEITH, a leading fashion retailer in Asia Pacific. With more than 500 stores in over 40 countries in Asia Pacific, Europe, and the Middle East, this agreement enables CHARLES & KEITH to provide its customers with a secure, streamlined online payment experience. Through CyberSource’s payment and fraud management solutions, CHARLES & KEITH has managed to increase its online card acceptance rate by up to 17%, while reducing the rate of manual review by close to two-thirds1.

 

Launched in 1996, CHARLES & KEITH has established a strong presence not just in fashion capitals such as Seoul, Shanghai, and Dubai, but also online through CHARLESKEITH.COM. With an understanding of the importance of differentiating itself with a simple, secure and seamless online shopping experience, CHARLES & KEITH aims to enhance customer satisfaction by catering to each customer’s unique shopping preference.

 

CHARLES & KEITH has deployed CyberSource’s full suite of payment, fraud management and tokenization services for selected markets[1] . With CyberSource’s global payment gateway, CHARLES & KEITH is able to process a wide range of international payments from multiple card issuers, as well as select alternative payment methods across various web and mobile channels, via one connection.

 

Since 2004, CHARLESKEITH.COM has become a part of the business, providing shoppers in more than 40 countries with online shopping catalogues, exclusive products and the latest releases. Appreciating the value of a secure, seamless shopping experience, CHARLES & KEITH implemented CyberSource Payment Tokenization to help ensure that their customers’ sensitive payment information is safe and in turn, providing customers with peace of mind.

 

“Asia Pacific is one of the largest eCommerce market[2], and CHARLES & KEITH aspires to provide shoppers with the ultimate shopping experience. This requires us to continue building trust among our customers. As an established global leader in the eCommerce payment management industry, CyberSource’s holistic suite of payment and fraud management solutions enable us to optimize our entire payment process across the complete order lifecycle.  As a result, we are able to simplify and streamline the customer journey, while ensuring that payment information and personal data are kept secured,” Tse Ling Lau, Executive Director, CHARLES & KEITH commented.

Recognizing that eCommerce fraud is on the rise[3], CHARLES & KEITH utilizes the CyberSource Decision Manager to automate and streamline their fraud operations. CyberSource Decision Manager features the World’s Largest Fraud Detection Radar, compiling insights from over 68 billion transactions processed annually by Visa and CyberSource, which is supplemented by over 260 real-time global validation tests. As a result, CHARLES & KEITH has been able to minimize fraud losses with enhanced accuracy that comes from more data, proprietary scoring algorithms and custom rules, while streamlining manual review with a case management dashboard.

“Today, when more than three-quarters of Asia Pacific customers abandon their digital shopping carts[4], the importance of providing a seamless end-to-end online payment experience cannot be underestimated,” said Chew Ann Wee, Senior Regional Director, Southeast Asia, CyberSource. “Security and convenience are two key pillars, to reduce the probability that customers choose to abandon their shopping carts at the payment stage. We are excited to work with  CHARLES & KEITH to optimize their payment and fraud management services, and enable a simple and secure online payment experience for their customers.”

[1] Questionnaire from Charles & Keith, March 2017

[2] All markets except China & Japan

[3] eMarketer, AsiaPacific Is Home to Majority of World Retail Ecommerce Market, December 16, 2015

[4] Retail Dive, Experian: Ecommerce fraud attack rate up 15% over 2015, September 22, 2016

[5] eMarketer, ThreeQuarters of the World’s Shopping Carts Are Abandoned, May 17, 2016 

Khoo Teng Chye Appointed Chairman of ULI SINGAPORE

HONG KONG (April 18, 2017) – Khoo Teng Chye, Executive Director for the Centre for Liveable Cities (CLC), Ministry of National Development (MND), Singapore, has been appointed Chairman of Singapore for the Urban Land Institute (ULI), an interdisciplinary research and education institute with more than 40,000 members dedicated to leadership in real estate and land use and creating thriving communities worldwide.

 

Khoo, who was formerly the Chief Executive of PUB, Singapore’s National Water Agency and Chief Executive Officer/Chief Planner at the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), is ULI’s first Council Chair to come from the public sector in Asia Pacific. As ULI Singapore Chairman, he will lead the Executive Committee in Singapore, which will continue to focus their efforts in providing long-term thinking and sustainable solutions for the city’s ongoing development.

 

ULI Singapore has been extremely active in the city for a number of years. The National Council has advised on a number of issues related to urban development and in 2016, ULI Singapore, together with the CLC completed a piece of research on “Creating Liveable Cities through Car-lite Urban Mobility” which proposed practical recommendations on moving cities towards a more sustainable mobility future with reference to the city-state. This is the third initiative that ULI has worked on together with CLC, with the other two being defining 10 Principles for Liveable High Density Cities and producing a report on Creating Healthy Places through Active Mobility. One of Khoo’s core objectives, as Chairman, is to extend this relationship between the two organisations further, and to continue to facilitate the sharing of knowledge and understanding with regards to sustainable urbanisation.

 

Khoo’s second objective is to help ULI play an active role in supporting some of the exciting new developments in Singapore, like the proposed second Central Business District at Jurong Lake. Khoo believes that many of ULI’s international members are in the unique position to advise and work with the Singapore urban planning and real estate community.

 

The World Cities Summit takes place in Singapore every two years and is a platform for government leaders and industry experts to address liveable and sustainable city challenges, share integrated urban solutions and forge new partnerships. Khoo’s third key objective is to help ULI serve as a strategic partner to the event, as it has in the past, and work on exciting new initiatives planned for the event in 2018.

 

“I firstly became familiar of ULI’s work when I was working for the URA so it is an honour for me to be invited to be Chairman of ULI Singapore,” said Khoo. “Urbanisation is a complex process everywhere in the world and the public sector has to work with the private sector for it to be a success. ULI helps both sides come together, through providing new models of collaboration, and I look forward to helping extend ULI’s mission in Singapore.”

 

“We’re very excited that Khoo Teng Chye will be leading the national council in Singapore as he has been a great advocate of ULI in the past,” added John Fitzgerald, Chief Executive Officer of ULI Asia Pacific. “His knowledge of the Singapore real estate industry is unparalleled and with his leadership I am confident that ULI will continue to play an important role to the development of the city.”

 

Under Khoo’s leadership, ULI Singapore Executive Committee members include Frank Khoo, Global Head of Asia, Real Assets, AXA Investment Managers; Daniel Cerf, CEO, Cache Logistics Trust; Blake Olafson, Managing Partner, Asia Capital Real Estate; Scott Dunn, Vice President, Southeast Asia, AECOM; Bernard Phang, Managing Director, GIC; Darren Sabom, Head of Underwriting, APAC & Head of Southeast Asia Acquisition; Magdelene Chua, Partner, PwC Singapore; David Huang, Partners Group; Gaurang Khemka, Founder, URBNarc; Terence Tang, Managing Director, Colliers International; Niel Thassim, Head of Asia, Private Funds Group, Brookfield Asset Management; Choon Fah Ong, CEO, Edmund Tie & Company; Augustine Tan, Executive Director, Far East Organisation; Yu-Ning Hwang, Director (Land & Liveability), Strategy Group, Prime Minister’s Office; Benett Theseira, Managing Director, Head of Asia-Pacific, PGIM Real Estate