The following articles were authored by dk

Plaza Singapura celebrates 40th anniversary with Flavours of the World

Plaza Singapura is celebrating its 40th anniversary with an inaugural epicurean event, Flavours of the World, held in partnership with Cold Storage. The event will be at the mall’s Main Atrium on Level 1 from 22 October to 2 November 2014.

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Flavours of the World will feature an oyster bar, exquisite meat carving stations, an extensive selection of beers, ciders and wines, as well as the exclusive launches of new-to-market food and beverage (F&B) brands and products. Wine connoisseurs can look forward to sampling new and exclusive labels such as Terra Vega from the award-winning Chilean wine producer Luis Felipe Edwards, while beer lovers can anticipate the arrival of the limited edition and highly sought-after Rekorderlig Winter Brew, which is making its first appearance in Singapore at the event.

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Hoegaarden Rosée, an original raspberry-flavoured Hoegaarden white beer, will be available on tap. If you love Hoegaarden like me, you’ll love Hoegaarden Rosée.

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Flavours of the World is happening at Plaza Singapura Main Atrium from now till 2 November. Do check it out.

Starbucks Toffeenut Latte is back!!!

You know Christmas is coming when you start seeing the iconic red cups at your local Starbucks. YES PEOPLE! Toffeenut Latte is back!!!

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Toffeenut Latte, together with Peppermint Mocha and Cranberry White Chocolate Mocha will be available from 23 October 2014 to 5 January 2015.

Starbucks will also be introducing a new holiday beverage. My Starbucks Rewards card members will be the first to try the new beverage on 24 November, before the launch on 25 November to all customers. Hmmm…. I wonder what will it be.

ACM After Dark

I know it is Halloween but let’s talk Asian supernatural. Be thrilled by crafts and performances inspired by objects touched by the past at ACM After Dark happening this coming Saturday.

Colour and sound take centre stage with a Getai concert outdoors under the stars. And skulls and spirits come alive through special talks and haunting tales in the galleries. Did I say that admission is free?

Oh, and come in your spookiest costume to stand a chance to win Make Up Forever goodies worth $120. Visit ACM website for more info.

ACM After Dark
Date: 25 Oct 2014
Time: 7pm till late
Venue: Asian Civilisations Museum

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Workaround to use Apple Pay in Singapore

Apple haven’t officially launch Apple Pay in Singapore yet. But my friend Vishnu managed to find a workaround to use Apple Pay in Singapore (and most likely rest of the world too).

Firstly, you must have a US Credit Card or Debit Card. Apple Pay won’t accept local Credit Cards for now since it is not officially launched in Singapore. To enable Apple Pay, go to Settings > General > Region and change your region to United States. You should be able to see the Apple Pay option inside your Passbook after you restart your phone. Enter your US Credit Card or Debit Card details and you are ready to use Apple Pay.

Apple Pay works with any Contactless Payment Terminal like Visa payWave.

WARNING: This is a workaround. Try at your own risk. Apple Pay is not officially launched in Singapore at this moment. Apple might block this workaround anytime. And not all cashier knows about Apple Pay so some of them might not allow you to point your iPhone 6 / iPhone 6 Plus at their Contactless Payment Terminal. Try at your own risk. If it works, then good for you. If it doesn’t, just be patient. Apple will launch Apple Pay outside US eventually.

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But it is interesting to note that the existing Contactless Payment Terminal we have in Singapore works with Apple Pay. This means that Apple can launch Apple Pay in Singapore (and rest of the world) easily after getting approval from the local authorities. And after seeing how easy and convenient Apple Pay is, I personally can’t wait for Apple to launch Apple Pay here.

GameStart 2014

Good news to all gaming fans. Singapore will be having our own gaming convention. And no, we are not talking about those half hearted exhibition with a few local gaming distributors.

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The organisers for the inaugural GameStart 2014 means business here. We are talking about companies like Sony, Bandai, Blizzard and 2K as exhibitors and guests like Masaaki Yamagiwa (Producer for Bloodborne) and Junichi Yoshizawa (Producer for Freedom Wars) coming to Singapore for the gaming convention.

Sony Computer Entertainment HK (SCEHK) will be showcasing close to 30 exciting titles for the PS4, PS3 and PS Vita. These include hands-on previews for Bloodborne, The Order 1886, Until Dawn and Guilty Gear Xrd which are all slated for release in 2015. Most of the games on show will be unreleased and recently-released titles.

2K Asia will also be bringing a preview of their highly-anticipated 4v1 game Evolve to GameStart 2014. Made by the creators of Left 4 Dead, Evolve is a cooperative/competitive shooter where four Hunters face off against a single, player-controlled Monster in adrenaline-pumping 4v1 matches.

And you can’t have gaming convention without Cosplay. Renowned international cosplayers Yuegene Fay (Thailand) and Yasemin Arslan (Australia) will be at GameStart to meet fans and act as judges for the Game On! GameStart Cosplay Competition that will be held on 26 October.

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GameStart will be held on 25 and 26 October at Suntec City Convention Centre. The first 300 visitors each day will receive a ‘Random Loot Bag’ which could contain anything from limited edition T-shirts to games, posters and other exclusive items. All ticket holders qualify for a daily lucky draw in which they could win prizes such as consoles, games and gaming accessories such as Razer and the Creative SB Inferno gaming headset by Creative Sound Blaster.

GameStart
Date: 25 & 26 October 2014
Time: 12pm – 9pm (Sat), 11am – 9pm (Sun)
Venue: Suntec City Convention Centre Hall 403
Tickets: $8.50 for 1 day pass and $15 for 2 day pass

For more information, visit GameStart website.