Pedestrians Encouraged to Share Umbrellas in Nee Soon Area

An initiative by Boxrella, supported by the Singapore Kindness Movement and SMRT Corporation and as part of Nee Soon Town Council GRC’s two-year long gracious living campaign, was launched earlier this afternoon to encourage the public to share umbrellas with those who have forgotten to bring theirs on rainy days.


Decal designating an umbrella sharing zone at Khatib MRT Station
Decal designating an umbrella sharing zone at Khatib MRT Station

There are times when the rain catches the pedestrians off guard. However, when needed, they are sometimes too shy to ask or offer to share umbrellas. In order to encourage sharing of umbrellas across short distances, Umbrella Sharing floor decals will be introduced at 11 locations within Nee Soon Zone from October 2014 to January 2015. Through this initiative, it is hoped that members of public could overcome their shyness, and neighbourliness could then be promoted among the society.


Decal designating an umbrella sharing zone at Khatib MRT Station
Decal designating an umbrella sharing zone at Khatib MRT Station

Associate Professor Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim, Chairman for Nee Soon Town Council said: “Nee Soon Town Council launched the Gracious Living Campaign in hopes of making graciousness a way of living and reducing the fear of embarrassment from offering a complete stranger help. A kinder and more gracious society was what Singaporeans wanted, based on Our Singapore Conversation. These Umbrella Sharing decals will be useful in “breaking the ice” and facilitating that first conversation between strangers. I thank those involved in making this happen and look forward to seeing more of them throughout Nee Soon.”


An Explosion Of Flavours With The Collaboration Between Executive Chef Anne-Cecile Degenne And Guest Chef Nicolas Isnard

Singapore, 15 October, 2014 Xperience, the signature restaurant and bar at Sofitel So Singapore, welcomes French Michelin star Guest Chef Nicolas Isnard to deliver fresh and sumptuous flavours from France to Singapore. From 4 to 8 November 2014, Chef Isnard will be bringing his Mediterranean and Italian influences and serving up delectable, rustic flavours in classic French style.

Michelin Star Chef Nicolas Isnard
Michelin Star Chef Nicolas Isnard


Partnering with Chef Anne-Cecile Degenne, Executive chef of Xperience, Chef Isnard will offer a daily set 4-course lunch at S$45++, daily set 5-course dinner menu at S$88++ and Saturday 6-course Gala dinner at S$148++ or S$188++ with wine pairing. An à la carte dinner menu will also be available.



Originally from the South of France, Chef Isnard acquired a taste for cooking from his Italian grandmother. Famous for mixing traditional cooking with innovation, he currently co-owns the L’Auberge de la Charme restaurant in France, which earned a Michelin star within a year of its opening in 2008. The restaurant also boasts four Gault & Millau toques.

“As the culinary capital of Asia, Singapore is the place for gastronomic adventures and new experiences. Sofitel So Singapore strives to offer our guests an exclusive interactive culinary journey of the senses. With Chef Isnard and Chef Degenne together, we are confident that they will bring an extraordinary culinary experience for Singapore’s gastronomes,” said Mr. Vincent Lelay, General Manager of Sofitel So Singapore.



Filet de Boeuf en Cube Sauce Barbecue Artichaut
Filet de Boeuf en Cube Sauce Barbecue Artichaut

Chef Isnard’s specialties include Filet de Boeuf, Farmed Chicken Egg and Onion Soup “Contemporary Style”.


“I am excited to be collaborating with such an inspiring chef to continuously push new boundaries for Singapore’s culinary scene. Chef Isnard’s creativity and innovation will certainly elevate our guests’ experience to a whole new level,” added Chef Degenne.


Guest Chef Isnard is the grand finale of Sofitel So Singapore’s Guest Chef Series. Earlier this year, Chef Degenne was joined by internationally acclaimed Michelin star guest chefs, including Chef Yuichi Kamimura and three Michelin star Chef Quique Dacosta.


For reservations, please call the hotel at +65 6701 6800.

SingTel launches “Roam Like Home” DataRoam Saver service for Malaysia

Singapore, 3 October, 2014Singapore Telecommunications Ltd (SingTel) today unveiled Singapore’s first “Roam Like Home” data roaming add-on service to Malaysia. Priced at just S$10 per month and available from today, the DataRoam Saver Malaysia (Monthly) 1GB service offers customers 1GB of roaming data in Malaysia via SingTel’s preferred partner, Maxis.

Under this new service, customer can “Roam Like Home” and enjoy data roaming rates similar to local data rates. Excess data charges beyond the data bundle will only cost subscribers S$0.10/MB, the lowest rate in Singapore.

Mr Johan Buse, SingTel’s Vice President of Consumer Marketing, said: “More than 250,000 SingTel customers travel to Malaysia every month, and the new DataRoam Saver Malaysia (Monthly) 1GB service will allow them to enjoy data usage rates similar to what they pay in Singapore. More importantly, the service offers great convenience and value for money without our customers having to search for elusive WiFi hotspots or juggle multiple SIM cards.”

Existing DataRoam Saver Malaysia (Monthly) 100MB plan enjoys free upgrade

Bundled data for the existing DataRoam Saver Malaysia (Monthly) 100MB plan will also be upgraded from 100MB to 200MB per month. The subscription fee for all new and existing customers will remain at S$5 per month.


Mr Buse added: “With the DataRoam Saver Daily and DataRoam Saver Monthly services to Malaysia, our customers can choose from a variety of data roaming plans to suit their needs. Whether you are a frequent traveller or heading to Malaysia for a day trip, you can select and activate your desired data roaming plan easily.”

All DataRoam Saver plans come with SingTel’s Network Lock feature. This feature protects customers from unintended pay-per-use data charges if their phone roams onto a non-preferred network. Customers will also receive SMS reminders when they have utilised 50 percent and 100 percent of their data roam plan. These unique features will eliminate bill shock, giving customers total peace of mind.


THE RETURN OF THE HAIRY CRABS! 24 September to 23 October 2014

Singapore, September 2014 – The prized Hairy Crab will make a welcome return to Min Jiang and Min Jiang at One-North from 24 September to 23 October 2014, when diners can savour the pristine flavours of these exquisite crustaceans prepared with an expert hand in dishes conceived by Master Chefs Chan Hwan Kee and Goh Chee Kong respectively.

Menu Highlights
Min Jiang 岷江川菜馆, located at Goodwood Park Hotel, will offer delicious a la carte specials such as a duo of Steamed Xiao Long Bao with Chilli Crabmeat and Baked Japanese Fresh Scallop with ‘Mentaiko’ Mayonnaise paired with Chilled Angel Hair Noodles with Truffle Oil and Hairy Crab meat 辣汁蟹肉小龙汤包,明太子焗日本带子拼松露油蟹肉天使冻面 (S$28 per person), Steamed Hairy Crab 清蒸大闸蟹 (S$68 each), Baked Hairy Crab with Ginger Rice Wine wrapped in Lotus Leaf 荷香姜酒焗大闸蟹 (S$68 each), Steamed Hairy Crab with Glutinous Rice served in Bamboo Basket 笼仔蒸糯米大闸蟹 (S$68 each), and Simmered Japanese Noodles with Hairy Crab 京汤泡大闸蟹日本面线 (S$68 each).

Two set menus priced at S$108 and S$128 per person (minimum 2 persons) will feature Steamed Hairy Crab and Steamed Hairy Crab with Glutinous rice served in Bamboo Basket

At Min Jiang at One-North 岷江在纬壹 located in Rochester Park, indulge in the luxurious Hairy Crab Trio Platter 大闸蟹拼盘 (S$28 per person); a trinity of intricate delights comprising Baked Hairy Crab Meat in Tomato (番茄焗大闸蟹粉), Soft Shell Crab with Garlic and Shallots (避风塘软壳蟹) and Steamed ‘Xiao Long Bao’ with Hairy Crab Meat (蟹粉小龙包). Another decadent appetiser would be the Steamed ‘Xiao Long Bao’ with Hairy Crab Roe (S$28 for 4 pieces). A la carte dishes such as Steamed Hairy Crab with Ginger Rice Wine 姜米酒蒸大闸蟹 ($68 each) as well as Braised Beancurd with Hairy Crab 蟹粉扒豆腐 (S$38 per person) will best showcase the delicate flavour of the hairy crab.

Two set menus priced at S$108 and S$118 per person (minimum 2 persons) will feature both Steamed ‘Xiao Long Bao’ with Hairy Crab Meat and Steamed Hairy Crab with Ginger Rice Wine.

Archifest Works Displayed at Marina Bay Sands

Archifest is Singapore’s annual architecture festival of ideas for the city. Organised by Singapore Institute of Architects (SIA) Archifest 2014 is curated and produced by PLUS Collaboratives and supported by Design Singapore Council, Urban Development Authority and Marina Bay Sands Singapore. It returns with a brand new theme – ‘CROWD’, running from 26 September to 11 October 2014. Festival highlights include the Archifest Pavilion, Urban Lab, Archifest Conference, Architours, SIA Design Awards Presentation Ceremony, ArchXpo and Fringe Events.


A showpiece of Archifest in celebration of architects and architecture.

The Archifest Pavilion


26 September – 11 October 2014


10:00 – 22:00


Archifest Pavilion, Marina Bay Sands Event Plaza




The Archifest Pavilion is the main base where the various events and activities start from or run within the space, and will physically embody the spirit of this year’s theme ‘CROWD’. Situated at Marina Bay Sands Events Plaza, the Archifest Pavilion will be the physical manifestation of the combined ideas between the two winning teams, Architect Fong Hoo Cheong of ‘HCF and Associates’; and Architect Kelvin Kan and Lead Designer Shinya Okuda of ‘AgFacadesign and NUS’.



Archifest 2014 Pavilion Winning Entry: Cloud ArchTM , Kelvin Kan (AgFacadesign) + Shinya Okuda (NUS),
Archifest 2014 Pavilion Winning Entry: Cloud ArchTM , Kelvin Kan (AgFacadesign) + Shinya Okuda (NUS)


Fugue 1 3 5 7 by Fong Hoo Cheong of HCF and Associates

Urban Lab

A collective of ideas, perspectives and showcases centered around architecture and the festival themes.

Urban Lab – Student Showcase


26 September – 11 October 2014


10:00 – 22:00


Archifest Pavilion, Marina Bay Sands Event Plaza




The various design schools have been invited to be involved under an open brief, which has been further scoped in collaboration with the respective tutors to be specifically relevant to each school’s curriculum. Nanyang Polytechnic, National University of Singapore, Ngee Ann Polytechnic and Temasek Polytechnic are partners of this year’s festival.

Work from Ngee Ann Polytechnic Sttudent
Work from Ngee Ann Polytechnic Sttudent


Archifest X Haystakt: Make Your Own – Copper Pipe Lamp

Date: 6 October 2014
Time: 14:00 – 17:00
Venue: Archifest Pavilion, Marina Bay Sands Event Plaza
Admission: Register online at for crowd-funded rates
Description: Established in 2013, Make Your Own was founded to bring a new perspective to the D.I.Y culture. In this workshop, participants get to create their own industrial looking copper pipe lamp by bending the copper pipe and the using of brass fittings to assemble the product. At the end of the workshop, they get to bring home the completed masterpiece. All materials inclusive. Suitable for age 13 and above.


Work from Make Your Own
Work from Make Your Own




26 September – 11 October 2014


Please check our facebook page for the most updated timing


Archifest Pavilion, Marina Bay Sands Event Plaza


An anchor programme of the pavilion, Toby’s estate will be making available fresh made coffees and a selection of baked goods. Come down and join us in the many activities at the pavilion and enjoy a cup of Toby’s Estate coffee!


There are more events being held in this year’s Archifest. Please check for more updates.


History Channel & Canon Presents: Photo Face-Off Premieres Sep 23, Tuesday 10.30pm


Premieres Sep 23, Tuesday 10.30pm


Five photographers from Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam are competing for the assignment of a lifetime – an all expenses paid trip to New York City to photograph some of the world’s biggest stars and a trip to the Canon Photo clinic in Japan.

( Source: Youtube User INDOVISIONTV)

“Photography is one of the most celebrated ways to capture history. We developed Photo Face-Off as an original series for HISTORY™ to showcase the unique cultures and diversity in Asia,” said Michele Schofield, Senior Vice President, Programming & Marketing, A+E Networks Asia. “Canon recognized the opportunity to integrate their cameras into the series and be our presenting sponsor.”

“We saw a good synergy between Photo Face-Off and our Canon PhotoMarathon and are thrilled to be working with HISTORY on this unique series,” said Hideaki Nishimura, Senior Director & General Manager, Regional Imaging & Consumer Products Division, Canon Singapore Pte. Ltd. “At Canon, we believe anyone is capable of capturing his or her special moments in a beautiful manner and we hope to inspire more people in continuing to do so.”

Casio G-SHOCK GPW-1000: World’s First with GPS and Radio Wave Time-Calibration Hybrid Technology‏

Singapore, 12 September 2014: Casio Singapore presents a new G SHOCK GPW-1000 series with the world’s first hybrid time keeping system. Inspired by the speed and accuracy of modern aviators soaring through the skies, the pioneering hybrid technology uses both Global Positioning System (GPS) and radio wave time-calibration signals to ensure utmost precision and reliability for aviation adventures.


World’s First Hybrid Timekeeping System

Casio’s innovative timekeeping system enables the GPW-1000 to simultaneously receive both GPS and radio wave time calibration signals from six stations worldwide. Wearers can travel anywhere in the world and rely on the watch to accurately adjust the time display, reflecting changes in time zones and daylight savings.

The watch frame is also reinforced with fine resin to protect built-in GPS antennas while still allowing the sensitivity to receive precise time and location signals regardless of terrain or weather condition.

For long lasting performance, the watch also features shadow-dispersing solar cells to receive light and a low-power GPS LSI to receive GPS signals without draining the batteries.

The product comes in Blue (GPW-1000-1A), Black (GPW-1000-1B) and Orange (GPW-1000-4A) and is available now at all G-FACTORY and G-FACTORY Premium stores in Singapore at a Suggested Retail Price of SGD$999.00.

Casio G-SHOCK GPW-1000 specifications:

Construction Shock-resistant; resistance to centrifugal gravitational force; vibration resistant

Water Resistance 200 meters

GPS Signal Frequency 1575.42MHz

Radio Frequency 77.5 kHz (DCF77: Germany); 60 kHz (MSF: UK); 60 kHz (WWVB: USA); 40 kHz (JJY: Fukushima, Japan) / 60 kHz (JJY: Kyushu, Japan); 68.5 kHz (BPC: China)

GPS Signal Reception time-calibration (auto*2,manual); acquisition of position information (manual)*2 GPS signals are received automatically when the watch recognized that the place is area of GPS signal.

Radio Wave Reception Automatic reception up to six times a day (except for use in China: up to five times a day)

World Time 27 cities (40 time zones, daylight saving on/off) and Coordinated Universal Time

Stopwatch 1/20-second stopwatch; measuring capacity: 24 minutes; elapsed time; split time, 1st and 2nd place times

Countdown Timer Measuring unit: 1 second (maximum 24 hours)

Alarm 1 independent daily alarm

Other Functions Full auto-calendar; 12/24-hour format; battery level indicator; LED light with afterglow:3.0 seconds;

Power Source Tough Solar power system (solar-charging system)

Continuous Operation About 18 months with the power-saving function*3 ON after full charge*3 Power-saving after a certain period in a dark location

Size of Case 66.0 × 56.0× 18.1 mm

Total Weight Approx. 126 g

Documentary: Dive into “fire from hell”

Ever since the last attempt in Centralia, Pennsylvania, George Kourounis, together with his fellow explorer – Sam Cossman, made another venture to hell of fire. This time, they step foot into Marum Crater, the world’s most dangerous and inaccessible volcano.

Cited from the Huffington post, George recounts,

“Getting to [Marum] was kind of like a reverse climbing of Everest. The volcano fought back at us, and we had to deal with terrible weather, tremendous heat from the lava, descending and ascending 400 meters of near vertical, loose rock face, acid rain so strong that it could have come from a car battery, and a variety of other craziness.”

During the interview with Huffington Post, he explained why he is doing so. He wants to travel around the world documenting world’s most extreme and inaccessible places. More importantly, he wants to share what he see to the rest of the world.  A true adventure indeed.

YouTube video uploaded by Sam Cossman

Previous attempt in Centralia, Pennsylvania