Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Where to stay in Pattaya?

Although it is still known as the sex tourism capital of the world, Pattaya is trying to develop some family friendly image to attract more diversified segments of tourists. In a sense, Pattaya is quite there already: many families flock to Pattaya from capital Bangkok for a weekend holiday and we see increasing number of tourists going to Pattaya for its sun, beaches and activities. But even if you are not into red light districts and their workers, the `trade` is quite obviously done out in the streets and clubs. So if you will not be able to stomach the `scene` it may still be better to not visit Pattaya. On the other hand, if you are going to Pattaya to bang, it will be a paradise for you.

Pattaya's city center is quite straight forward. The city lies in the north-south direction, parallel to the sea. Between the sea and the city, there is Pattaya Beach and Beach Road running parallel to the sea and the beach. In the south, Beach Road becomes Walking Street, the infamous Red Light District of Pattaya. Inside Pattaya, Second Road runs parallel to Beach Road and these 2 are connected to each other with 3 main roads and many narrow sois (see the map below).

Pattaya is indeed offering a lot of fun other than its naughty night life. It is a heaven for water sports lovers and the city also offers golf, horse riding, bungee jumping, swimming and etc.

Where you should stay in Pattaya depends on why you are in Pattaya. If you are in for the `trade` you would like to stay near Walking Street. If not, Jomtien Beach will be a more family oriented and tranquil place to stay.

Most hotels will allow you to bring your "hourly" or "nightly" friend to the hotel. This means some do not, so if you are planning to bring in someone, then you should be sure that you can do it. Some luxury hotels will charge extra "joiner fee" to discourage you to bring in new "friends" so this is also something to check. Security will keep the identity card of your new friend for your safety. If this new friend is younger than 20, many hotels will not accept her/him.

Another thing to know about Pattaya hotels is the smoking free room issue. Many do not have it. Most of the hotels with smoke free rooms will have a limited number of them. If you have an issue with tobacco and its smell, stick to hotel chains and luxury hotels.

Where to stay in Pattaya - Pattaya map and Pattaya's main streets
Pattaya map and its main streets
South Pattaya - Pattaya Walking Street

South Pattaya is in fact is not the southern most area in the city (to the south you have Buddha Hill and Jomtien Beach). Pattayaland and Walking Street are here in South Pattaya. Walking Street is the main tourist attraction in the city and is the red light district. There are many beer bars, go-go bars, brothels and small stalls selling many things you can buy and eat. This 20th century Gomara is worth to visit even if you are not into the trade here.

Pattayaland is the poster child of Pattaya with its neon filled space. The place is in fact nothing compared to Walking Street (only 8 and so go-go bars here).

There are many hotels in South Pattaya. Cheaper ones tend to be on bars or other establishments and may be very noisy. For the hotels, their room prices and customer reviews refer to South Pattaya hotels, and Walking Street hotels pages.

Pattaya Walking Street Otelleri
Pattaya Walking Street
Soi Buakhao, Soi LK Metro and Soi Honey
You can find cheap hotels, hostels and guest houses in Soi Buakhao, Soi LK Metro and Soi Honey. Very noisy and many hotels here does not have online booking but you can just show up in the reception and book a hotel.

Jomtien Beach
Jomtien Beach is seperated from Pattaya Proper by Buddha Hill and is quite quite and clean compared to Pattaya city center. The beach is a heaven for water sports lovers and kids will find it entertaining in amusement and water tower.

If you want to be a little away from the circus in the south Pattaya, this is a very nice place to stay. For Pattaya hotels here go to Pattaya Jomtien Beach hotels.

Pattaya Jomtien Beach
Islands Near Pattaya

For many, islands near Pattaya means a daily tour but you can indeed stay in some of them. Ko Lan is the most famous and largest one offering many hotels and resorts.

Ko Lan

Top 5 extraordinary things to do in Singapore

There are many things you can do in Singapore and these things are listed quite well in countless "Top 5 things to do in Singapore" articles. In this post, we will not list these "ordinary" attractions. There are also unique and quite extraordinary things to do in Singapore.

Indoor Skydiving at iFly Sentosa

This is the next best thing to sky-diving. iFly Sentosa will let you experience true free-fall conditions, just like a real skydive in the comfort and safety of a wind tunnel. This virtual skydive is designed to last as long as a 12,000 to 3,000 feet fall. It also cost only 20% of the real thing.

Measuring 16.5 feet in diameter with a flying height of 56.5 feet, the equivalent of five storeys, iFly Singapore is the world's largest themed vertical wind tunnel. It can accommodate up to 20 flyers at the same time. Website : http://www.iflysingapore.com

Where is iFly Sentosa? Here is the address: iFly Singapore, 43 Siloso Beach Walk #01-01 Singapore 099010

Indoor Skydiving at iFly Sentosa
Indoor Skydiving at iFly Sentosa
Ultimate Drive

Have you ever drive a supercar? If not, Ultimate Drive may help you to drive one. With the motto of "“Everyone can drive a Supercar", Ultimate Drive offers micro-rental packages starting from as low as $198 for a 15 minute ride and also have membership packages that allow members to use the cars for longer periods. Their supercar fleet has McLaren MP4-12, Porsche 911, Rolls-Royce Ghost, Lamborghini Huracan, Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder, Lamborghini Aventador, Ferrari California and Merc S Class.

You can have more info at http://www.ultimatedrive.com/

Ultimate Drive
Ultimate Drive allows you to drive a supercar in Singapore.
Flight Experience Singapore

Have you ever dreamed about being a pilot or at least experiencing to fly a commercial plane? Well, you can at least try something closest to the real experience : Flight Experience Singapore. The company lets you to be a pilot in a state-of-the-art, professional flight simulators based on the Boeing 737-800. Although this is a fixed-base simulator, it is 100% scale and is a fully enclosed cockpit.

Flight Experience Singapore is at Singapore Flyer (30 Raffles Avenue #02-06 Singapore 039803). And here is its website http://flightexperience.com.sg/

Flight Experience Singapore
Flight Experience Singapore lets you to pilot a real flight simulator.

SKI360degree! Singapore's first and only Cable-Ski Park located in East Coast Park. This system, Cable-Skiing or Cable Wakeboarding, is basically water skiing or wakeboarding using the pull of a cable system that goes continuously around the lagoon. All you need to bring is some sun block, boardshorts.

You can find out more here http://www.ski360degree.com/. The park is located at 1206A East Coast Parkway Singapore 449891.

SKI360degree! Singapore's first and only Cable-Ski Park
SKI360degree! Singapore's first and only Cable-Ski Park
Wavehouse Sentosa

Wave House Sentosa  is a 70,000 sq ft beachfront venue that offers exhilarating wave rides and the ultimate beach lifestyle experience in Singapore. The centerpiece of Wave House Sentosa is “The Wave” - a fully-flowing, FlowBarrel® sheet wave that approximates a roaring, 10-foot wave when it’s cranked to setting 11. The system is invented by a surfer named Tom Lochtefeld, the founder and CEO of Wave House,

For more info, visit https://wavehousesentosa.org/

Wavehouse Sentosa
Wavehouse Sentosa

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Sting concert 2017 Singapore

Following the recent release of English singer-songwriter Sting’s highly anticipated rock/pop album “57th & 9th” and with sold out concerts already confirmed in North America and Europe, Cherrytree Management and Live Nation Lushington are proud to announce the return of English singer-songwriter STING, performing live in Singapore on 28 May 2017 (Sunday) at the Singapore Indoor Stadium at the Sports Hub.

On the 57th & 9th Tour, STING will be joined by a 3-piece band including his longtime guitarist, Dominic Miller, plus Josh Freese (drums) and Rufus Miller (guitar). Special guest in Singapore will be singer/songwriter Joe Sumner.

Sting gained world fame as the frontman for the punk rock band The Police nearly 40 years ago before embarking on a successful solo career, and has received 10 Grammy Awards.He is also an avid supporter of human rights organisations like the Rainforest Fund, which protects both the world’s rainforests and the indigenous people living in them.

Ticket are priced from S$108 (and can be purchased for S$108, S$148, S$198, S$228 or S$288 depending on the seating location) with +$4 booking fee.

Tickets go on sale this Thursday 15 December, 10am via www.sportshubtix.sg, hotline +65 3158 78888, Indoor Stadium Box Office and all SingPost outlets.

You can reach events Facebook page Sting - 57th & 9th Tour Singapore.

Sting concert 2017 Singapore
Sting - 57th & 9th Tour Singapore

Where to buy Xiaomi Singapore?

Beijing based Chinese electronics company is quite popular with its mobile phones and tablets such as Mi series mobile phones, Redmi series budget mobile phones and Mi Note Series. Singapore is an important country in Xiaomi's history. When founded in 2010, Singaporean government-owned investment company Temasek Holdings was one of the institutional inverstors in the first round of funding. In 2014 Xiaomi announced its expansion outside China, with their first stop in Singapore.  Xiaomi's Redmi and Mi3 phone were released in Singapore on 21 February – 7 March 2014.

You can buy Xiaomi products in Singapore through several mediums. First, you can buy Xiaomi online through e-commerce companies. For example Lazada, a Singaporean e-commerce company, sells Xiaomi products online. You can check here : Buy Xiaomi Mobile | Tablets | Redmi | Mi | Lazada.

Xiaomi also sells its products online through http://www.mi.com/sg/.

And last but not the least, Xiaomi also has a retail store which is located in Suntec City. This Xiaomi Singapore store is first full fledged retail store outside of China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.  This store is not 100 per cent run by Xiaomi, It is a collaborative effort with Singapore's current go-to tech e-commerce site Lazada, which will manage the sales. This is a good place to get your hands on latest Xiaomi products but some cool products that is usually reserved for sale in China cannot be found here (such as Mi Drones, Notebook Air, 4K Mi TV and Mi rice cookers ).

Xiaomi Singapore store
Xiaomi Singapore store is first full fledged retail store outside of China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

The Ancient Histories of Singapore

The earliest possible mention of ancient Singapore is dates back to 2nd Century cartographic references. Greco-Roman astronomer Claudius Ptolemy (AD 100 - AD 170) marked a place called Sabana, a coastal port at the southernmost tip of the Malayan peninsula, on his map. The area where Singapore lies and identified was known as a "Nominon Emporion" or a designated foreign trading port. It was a part of a chain of trading centers that linked South East Asia with India and Mediterranean.
Links between India and Singapore go back to ancient times. In the first century A.D., Claudius Ptolemaeus, a Greek astronomer, collected astronomical observations from the countries around the Indian Ocean in order to determine their locations. One of these, Sabana, lay in the area of modern Singapore.  Sabana was a nominon emporion or designated foreign trading port, part of a chain of such trading centres which linked Southeast Asia with India and the Mediterranean 2,000 years ago.  The Greeks themselves never reached Sabana. According to Ptolemy, Sabana should have lain somewhere in the vicinity of the Johor-Riau-Singapore area.
Source : Records of Ancient Links between India and Singapore
A 3rd century Chinese witten record also described the island of "Pu Luo Zhong" (蒲羅中). This is probably a transliteration of the Malay Pulau Ujong, "island at the end" (of the Malay peninsula). It is said that Pulau Ujong maintained as a fishing village from that time on.

In 1320, the Mongol court has sent a mission to a placed called Long Yamen (Dragon's Tooth Strait) to get elephants. This probably referred to Keppel Harbour.A visitor from China, Wang Dayuan, who came around 1330, called the main settlement Pancur (spring), and reported that there were Chinese already living here.

Sabana on Ptolemy's world map
Sabana on Ptolemy's world map
One of the earliest references to Singapore as Temasek, or Sea Town, was found in the Javanese Nagarakretagama' of 1365. The name was also mentioned in a Vietnamese source at around the same time. By the end of the 14th century, the Sanskrit name, Singapura (Lion City), became commonly used.(Source : Singapore History)

The Sejarah Melayu or Malay Annals contains a tale of a prince Srivijaya, Sri Tri Buana (also known as Sang Nila Utama). During one of his voyages, he saw the beautiful beach of Temasek (Sea Town) and decided to take a closer look. He only reached the Temasek after surviving a great sea storm in the late 13th century. According to the tale, the prince saw a strange creature, which he was told was a lion. Believing that this is an auspicious sign, he decided to name the new settlement Singapura, which means Lion City (lions have never lived in Singapore and the name probably comes from the shape of the island which looks like a male lion with mane on the map).

In late 15th century, Singapore appears in Malay Annals :
The Sejarah Melayu or Malay Annals, compiled around 1435, contains information passed down from earlier times. The first section of the Malay Annals tells the story of a great Indian ruler, Raja Shulan, who after conquering all of India, set his sights on China.  However, he only had a vague idea of where China was.  The Chinese, learning of Raja Shulan's intent, and wishing to avoid conflict, employed a stratagem.  They sent an old ship crewed by a group of aged men to Singapore. Raja Shulan, on his way to China, also stopped in Singapore.  He met the doddering Chinese sailors and asked them how much further away China lay. The old sailors informed Raja Shulan that China was so far away that when they had set out, they were still young. Raja Shulan decided to return to India.
Source : Records of Ancient Links between India and Singapore
Singapore was caught in the struggles between Siam (now Thailand) and the Java-based Majapahit Empire for control over the Malay Peninsula. According to the Sejarah Melayu (Malay Annals), Singapore was defeated in one Majapahit attack, but Iskandar Shah, or Parameswara, a prince of Palembang, later killed the local chieftain and installed himself as the island's new ruler. Shortly after, he was driven out, either by the Siamese or by the Javanese forces of the Majapahit Empire. He fled north to Muar in the Malay Peninsula, where he founded the Malacca Sultanate. Singapore remained an important part of the Malacca Sultanate; it was the fief of the admirals (laksamanas), including the famous Hang Tuah.(Source : Singapore History)

Recent excavations in Fort Canning provide evidence that Singapore was a port of some importance in the 14th century and used for transactions between Malays and Chinese.

Soil To Body : Delicious plant based recipes

If you are looking for some delicious vegan recipes, take a look at Soil To Body. This is a blog prepared by a vegan blogger to introduce some interesting vegan recipes.

The blogger, Deniz, was born and raised in Anatolia where is famous with its cuisine which in turn borrowed many elements from many different cultures like Middle Eastern, Greek and Balkan cuisines. There are rich ingredients that Anatolia offered. In this way, people cooked different ingredients in harmony and enabled to form a very rich and varied food culture.

There are too many accidentally vegan or vegetarian traditional cuisine in Anatolia. In the website, she shows originally vegan or vegan version of Anatolian cuisines. Also, some new inventions from time to time.

These delicious recipes include lentil soupstuffed zuccine flowers (a famous summer dish in the Aegean Sea side), fava bean puree (Aegean Sea Style), red pepper bread (originally coming from Antakya, Hatay Province of southern Turkey) and green lentil and quinoa stuffed eggplant (vegan version of karnıyarık).

quinoa stuffed eggplant (vegan version of karnıyarık)
quinoa stuffed eggplant (vegan version of karnıyarık)
sweet red pepper bread
This amazing sweet red pepper bread is originally coming from Antakya that is the seat of the Hatay Province in southern Turkey. Really delicious and good appetizer for your guests.

Peanut, butternut squash soup
Peanut, butternut squash soup

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Why Some Men have More Success with Women than Others

At any one point in a man's life, we've probably had friends or seen some guys who were just so smooth with the ladies. We wonder about what they said or did that made women smitten over them. And we wonder what was the missing link that we were lacking.

When I was in my tertiary years (before I became good with women) I used to have a close friend, Ben. Ben was a regular dude. He wasn't exceptionally good looking, or tall; just clean and hip (back in the 90's) But Ben was Naturally good with girls.

Because we were close, we hung out a lot. I watched as he went on countless of dates and was perpetually texting some girl. It got to a point where we were once at a club and he asked me to point to any girl and he would walk up to her and get to know her. They actually ended up dating.

I felt like a boy scout. I compared myself to Ben and tried to find the missing link. We are about on par in terms of looks. Neither of us were filthy rich (we were still students back then).

Fast forward, after years of attaining abundance in my Dating life, I realised that it isn't really as complicated as I once thought it was.

The Key is Intention

In life, you need Intention to  achieve your career or personal goals.

Why are you Friend-zoned? Because your Intention wasn't clear or strong enough.

You lack the guts to do something? Your Intention is weak.

Why did your colleague get that raise or promotion and not you? Your Intention wasn't strong enough.

Why Some Men have More Success with Women than Others

Ben was "naturally"good with women because his intentions were strong and clear. On the contrary, the old Me could get nowhere though I went on many dates. My date would question my intentions in her mind: " Okay, he's a nice guy..but.. Is he trying to be a friend? Or is he really interested in me."

Women are attracted to Men with strong Intentions. These Intentions are not solely with regards to his interest towards her but also his Intentions towards his own life. Is he driven? Is he passionate? etc.

Be cautious though, as you work on this. It has to be Tactful and Progressive. Otherwise, you might come off as a Serial Killer rather than the Casanova you intended to be.

Ethan Lee - Lead Instructor at http://gentlemens-secrets.asia

Monday, January 16, 2017

Singapore motorcyclist flying over roof of car after collision at Joo Chiat (video)

A video posted on Facebook on Sunday showed the 23-year-old male Deliveroo motorcyclist crashing into a car at the junction of Koon Seng Road and Tembeling Road. The shocking video shows rider flying over the roof of the car and landing on the road on the other side.

The accident seems to happen because of the car. In the video, it is clear that there is a stop line in front of the car, but instead of giving way to the motorcycle, the car driver does not stop. Although the car driver made a mistake, she at least stops immediately and runs to the help of the motorcyclist. According to AsiaOne, the motorcyclist was taken conscious to Changi General Hospital .

You can watch the video below or at its original published page on Everyday SG Facebook page.


Saturday, January 14, 2017

Dapper Coffee of Singapore Bottled Unicorn Tears

Local cafe Dapper Coffee's new creation "Unicorn Tears" has been a recent social media buzz after Cosmopolitan featured it in an article named "Someone Bottled Unicorn Tears Into a Drink and It's Magical AF". The non-caffeinated, non-alcoholic mystery drink is supposedly sweet and tastes faintly of lemon according to Cosmopolitan.

3 years old Dapper Coffee doesn’t reveal exactly what the bottled stuff is made out of, insisting that it’s “100% tears of joy" from “Sparkles,” their pure-bred Mongolian Unicorn. Although bottled Unicorn Tears does not actually contain alcohol, most people say it tastes like a cocktail mixer.

You can buy Unicorn Tears online at Dapper Coffee product page but unless you order $120 or pay $15 delivery service, it requires self collection. The cafe is at 73 Amoy Street, Second Floor (Above Alati Restaurant)

Unicorn Tears seems to be a runaway success in social media and became a sort of international buzz. According to Singapore's AsiaOne, since the Cosmopolitan article, Dapper Coffee owner Christine Seah has received a slew of e-mails from curious netizens from countries like Denmark, the United Arab Emirates, Japan, US and UK asking for a taste.
Miss Seah, 25, told The New Paper: "I'm overwhelmed by the overnight reaction. One day I woke up to 400 new followers on our Instagram page and many e-mails from around the world. "We were already targeting to distribute it overseas in March but now we are making it our top priority."
Source : AsiaOne
Dapper Coffee of Singapore Bottled Unicorn Tears
Dapper Coffee defines Unicorn Tears as "pure tears of joy from Sparkles, our pure bred Mongolian Unicorn"
The café makes it fresh daily, and their website says it's "Pure tears of joy from Sparkles, our pure bred Mongolian Unicorn." 
Regardless of not knowing what's actually in it — as much as I'd like to believe unicorns are real and they cry sparkly blue tears, I'm a little skeptical — people on social media are really into Unicorn Tears. 
In a live taste-test on Clicknetwork — a Singapore TV network Facebook page — people described the drink as smelling and tasting like lemon, and that it's very sweet. Others who have tried it on Instagram say it's sweet, and some even say that it tastes like a cocktail, even though it's non-alcoholic.
Source : Cosmopolitan

Harry Potter-themed cafe in Singapore - Platform 1094

Platform 1094 on 1094 Serangoon Road (600 meters from  Boon Keng MRT station) has opened its doors to customers in December 2016 with a Harry Potter themed menu.. With its warm brick walls, wood-panelled ceilings, soft chandelier light fixtures and chairs decorated with colourful stag prints, it brings customers into the world created by J.K. Rowling.

Platform 1094 is a new restaurant of three-year-old bistro and bar Fresh Fruits Lab in Changi Road.

Menu includes desserts like Black Magic ($16 - black sesame panna cotta and squid ink profiterole with mango cream diplomat, crispy charcoal bread, black tuile lace, chocolate soil, blackberries and sweetie cream), main dishes like Pestro Mayo Pork Ribs ($22 - butter-cream poached pork ribs, drizzled with pesto mayo, served with grilled vegetables, corn, pickled beetroot and mango mustard espuma).

But the real deal is the magical food; this Harry Potter-themed cafe offers wizard-themed starters, main dishes, desserts and cocktails.

Platform 1094 - Harry Potter-themed cafe in Singapore
Platform 1094's warm brick walls, wood-panelled ceilings, soft chandelier light fixtures and chairs decorated with colourful stag prints, it brings customers into the world created by J.K. Rowling.
Goblet of Fire ($15) for example is one of the most popular drinks at the cafe. This is an alcoholic cocktail that is made with blue curacao liqueur, lemonade and Bacardi rum. The drink is then set on fire in front of guests and sprinkled with cinnamon powder, causing sparks and flames to swirl.

Other "Poisons" in the menu are Truth Venom ($12 - blue curaçao liquer, vodka, sprite, grenadine and pineapple juice), Dizziness Tonic ($12 - blueberry vodka, tonic water and fresh blueberries), Amnesia Blend ($12 - rum, champagne, mint leaves and lime), Sleeping Draught ($12 - rum, ginger ale, banana schnapps, cherry, pineapple juice and orange juice) and non alcoholic Elixir Of Life ($8 - tonic water, sprite and lime sorbet).

Goblet of Fire cocktail
Goblet of Fire is an alcoholic cocktail that is made with blue curacao liqueur, lemonade and Bacardi rum. The drink is then set on fire in front of guests and sprinkled with cinnamon powder, causing sparks and flames to swirl. - Image : Lonely Planet
Platform 1094 is on 1094 Serangoon Road. It is open from 11am to 10pm (Tuesdays to Fridays), 10am to 10pm (weekends), closed on Mondays. Visit its Facebook here Platform 1094 Facebook page.