Moving Back to

By alvinology, November 15, 2013 10:04 pm

For the purpose of SEO and Google’s policy on classifying duplicated content low on search, I will not be posting regularly on this blog any more. Please visit for regular updates from now on.

Thank you for reading and supporting on both the original blog and this mirror blog for so long. See you over at the original blog. :)

Online food delivery portal FoodPanda comes to Singapore

By alvinology, November 6, 2013 9:00 am

Online food delivery service is not new in Singapore, what is important is the variety of food offering and the assurance of quality service.

FoodPanda is an online food delivery portal which delivers food from various local restaurants, right to your doorstep. They are currently operating in 30 countries worldwide, including Singapore and is founded by Rocket Internet, the same company behind online shopping site, Zalora.

Sick of the usual fast food delivery options? Why not try ordering from FoodPanda for a variety of international cuisines from a slew of local restaurants?

Welcome to FoodPanda
Welcome to FoodPanda

I just made a dinner order on FoodPanda last night and was pretty satisfied with their service.

There is a variety of different cuisines available on FoodPanda, ranging from Italian to Japanese to Indian. I had a craving for briyani last night and was very happy to see a few Indian restaurants which deliver to my home.

I made the order at around 7pm from my office. The estimated delivery time was indicated as 70 minutes and the charges were all reflected upfront, with no hidden costs:

Browsing through the menu for Aromas of India
Browsing through the menu for Aromas of India

My wife texted me at around 7.30pm to inform me that the delivery has been made. Love it. Fuss-free and easy to use. Dinner is just a few clicks away with FoodPanda.

The total bill from Aromas of India restaurant came to S$28.27. Food cost was S$25.70 with an additional 10% (S$2.57) service fee. There is no 7% GST.

My order
My order

Here was how my order looks like when it came:

A salad, mutton briyani and chicken briyani to share between two pax
A salad, mutton briyani and chicken briyani to share between two pax
Salad to share
Salad to share
Chicken briyani
Chicken briyani
Mutton briyani
Mutton briyani

The portal also offers periodic discounts and alerts, much like many of the online coupon websites, except that they will be tempting you with food offerings exclusively.

FoodPanda is also available on both iOS and Android mobile platforms.

I had a good experience ordering from FoodPanda and will do so again.

And the winner for the #sctigeraircard tweet contest is…

By alvinology, November 6, 2013 12:01 am

Standard Chartered and Tigerair recently announced together, the launch of the Standard Chartered Tigerair Platinum Credit Card, Singapore’s only no-frills airline credit card.

Introducing the new Standard Chartered Tigerair Platinum Credit Card
Introducing the new Standard Chartered Tigerair Platinum Credit Card

In conjunction with the launch of this card, I ran a twitter contest to give away a NESCAFÉ DOLCE GUSTO Circolo Automatic beverage system:

To all the readers who sent in your entries, a big thank you:

I can only pick one winner though… and the winner goes to: @behindthebasics!

Congratulations. Please email me at with your name, home address and contact number. I will get sponsors to contact you on the prize collection details. :)

Ambi Pur Smelly to Smiley Challenge

By alvinology, November 3, 2013 12:02 am

Is it possible to turn #SmellyToSmiley?

Leading P&G air fresher brand, Ambi Pur did a test to find out just that.

Ambi Pur set up a room full of smelly items, with old shoes, durian, and dirty food cans. They then guided some real, blindfolded folks into the room, asked them to smell the room thoroughly, and then describe their experience.

Can  Ambi Pur undo the damage from the stinky items? Watch this video to find out:

I remember when I was serving my NS, our air-con bunk always smell of sweat and old socks. Repulsive. A healthy dose of Ambi Pur then would have made all of us happier and fitter to defend the nation – a real life scenario of #SmellyToSmiley.

Can you think of other real life #SmellyToSmiley scenerio?

Tweet and share them with Ambi Pur using #SmellyToSmiley. Here are some of the examples I thought of:

1.  School changing rooms, especially after a long PE lesson.

2. Car interior after transporting a cargo load of durians home for the family.

3. A guest lighted up and puffed away in your home with your air-con on.

4. Your parents just made their own belachan (nonya shrimp paste) in your kitchen.

5. You run and operate a stinky tofu stall.

6. Someone has body odour in the office and is not using any deodorant.

7. You love to eat blue cheese, but sadly, the rest of your family members don’t.

8. Your child brought his/her basketball teammates home after a sweaty match.

9. Your new citizen neighbours dislike curry smell.

10. You only do your laundry once a month and pile up all your cloths in one corner.

More details on Ambi Pur is available via their official website.

This post sponsored by Ambi Pur.

KidsFest 2014 – Tickets on sale now

By alvinology, October 31, 2013 3:01 am

Last weekend, I brought Asher to the KidsFest 2014 preview at the British Club where he met some of the performers, including the Gruffalo’s Child – a character which he is familiar with from the Gruffalo series of children books which Rachel reads to him:

Kids meet the Gruffalo's Child
Kids meet the Gruffalo’s Child
Asher hi-five with the gruffalo's child
Asher hi-five with the gruffalo’s child
Kids meet King Henry
Kids meet King Henry
Gruffalo story book reading time
Gruffalo story book reading time
Playing games
Playing games

KidsFest debuted in Hong Kong and Singapore in 2012 and will return from 15 Jan to 9 Feb 2014 next year with nine international theatre productions adapted from best-selling children’s books.

KidsFest 2014 muffins
KidsFest 2014 muffins

The family-friendly productions will be shown at two performing venues in 2014; at DBS Arts Centre and Drama Centre Theatre.

KidsFest 2014 also see the introduction of KidsFest+ – an exclusive backstage experience on scheduled dates for selected productions where fans can interact up close with the cast over an autograph or photo session – much like the fun preview session which I brought Asher to.


“KidsFest is an exciting festival for the whole family where compelling characters are brought to life and scenes from well-loved books are enacted vividly on stage. It is a wonderful platform for family bonding and at the same time, nurtures a child’s interest in literature and language. Our aim is for KidsFest to be a staple in Singapore’s calendar of cultural events when families can look forward to a series of world-class productions,” said Mr Matthew Gregory, Executive Producer of ABA Productions Pte Ltd.

The KidsFest 2014 organisers promise each production to be an adventure for the family; with catchy music, engaging scenes and even audience participation for some. There will also be surprises thrown in for the kids along the way.

Tickets are on sale now, with prices range from S$35 to S$62.

Book them at any SISTIC outlet, official SISTIC website or call the hotline 6348 5555. For more information, visit the official KidsFest website and the official Singapore Facebook page.

Here are some of the shows to look out for in KidsFest 2014:

Back by popular demand is of course, the well-loved Gruffalo! This charming production adapted from the award-winning picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler showcases Mouse’s adventurous journey into the ‘deep dark wood’ and his encounter with the terrifying Gruffalo. Though the use of sheer wit, learn how the quick-thinking Mouse evades danger.

Following hot on the heels of The Gruffalo’s sell out tour comes the must-watch sequel; The Gruffalo’s Child. Find out just how brave the Gruffalo’s Child is as she ventures into the ‘deep dark wood’ to find the ‘big bad mouse’, the one thing her father, The Gruffalo is afraid of.

For the history-buff, you’re in for a treat! Indulge in the drama during the Tudors dynasty at Horrible Histories Terrible Tudors starring the monarch, Henry VIII himself. Hear the legend (and the lies!), find out about the triumphs and what is so terrible during this enthralling era.

The HORRIBLE HISTORIES team also brings a fresh take into the mysterious world of ancient Egypt as they unearth the enigmatic symbols in Horrible Histories Awful Egyptians. Learn the power of the pyramids and discover the foul facts of death and decay with the meanest mummies in town – find out why the Egyptians made their mummies and how they did it!

Some other must-watch productions includes What the Lady Bird Heard, The Boy Who Cried Wolf, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, Snow Dragon and Private Peaceful as they grace the local stage for the first time In 2014.

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