LEGO Starbucks Cafe on LEGO Ideas

If you have been reading my blog long enough, you will notice that I love Starbucks and LEGO. That’s why I’m super excited when I saw this LEGO Starbucks Cafe on LEGO Ideas.

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The 3 level Starbucks Cafe is built on a 32 x 32 plates and is able to fit in Modular series nicely. The ground floor is the cafe entrance, indoor sitting area, counter and espresso machine. The second floor include indoor and outdoor sitting and a transparent curved stairs to the roof top area. The third floor is the roof top and fully outdoor.

The whole design uses around 3000 bricks and even comes with customized Starbucks barista minifigure complete with green apron. How cool is that?

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The LEGO Starbucks Cafe is now on LEGO Ideas. Please go support it. If this idea get 10,000 supporters, LEGO will review it and maybe we might see it on the LEGO store shelf someday.

Happy 7th Birthday DKSG

Oh hey! I’ve been blogging on this domain for 7 years already. Amazing how time flies. Happy Birthday DKSG.

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If DKSG is a kid, he/she will be in Primary 1 now. Lol…..

Pebble Time

The folks behind the highly success Pebble watch are back with a new smart watch, the Pebble Time. The Pebble Time uses a color e-paper display which according to Pebble is able to provide 7 days worth of battery life like the current monochrome Pebble watches. The new color e-paper display is easy to read and always-on, perfect for displaying incoming notifications and your favorite watchface.

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Pebble Time is 20% thinner than the original Pebble at just 9.5mm. Its ergonomic, curved design fits comfortably on either wrist and slides easily under dress shirts. The Pebble Time also comes with a microphone for taking notes or replying to messages by voice. Sending voice replies works with most major Android apps including SMS, Hangouts, Gmail, Facebook Messenger, Whatsapp and hundreds more. For iOS users, voice replies are currently limited to Gmail notifications as Pebble are working to enable voice reply for more apps.

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Pebble Time comes with a soft silicone band and will work with all standard 22mm watch bands. Knowing that people like personalizing their watches, all new Pebble watch bands now comes with a quick release pin which allows you to swap bands easily.

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But perhaps the biggest change is the software level. Pebble Time will be running a new software that focus on providing relevant, at-a-glance information such as news, weather, travel updates and reminders. Pebble Time will show these updates when it thinks they are useful and allow users to take quick action. Oh, and existing Pebble and Pebble Steel watches will be able to upgrade to this new Timeline interface.

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And the best part is, all existing Pebble apps and watch faces are compatible with Pebble Time. This means you’ll have more than 6,500 apps and watch faces to choose from when you receive your Pebble Time.

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Pebble Time is now on Kickstarter. Simply pledge US$179 to receive a Pebble Time. Pebble Time is expected to starts shipping in May 2015.

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Starbucks Honey Vanilla Macchiato

There’s a new drink at Starbucks this spring. The Honey Vanilla Macchiato features a mild honey sweetness that’s accentuated with a hint of vanilla.

The uniqueness of honey together with well-loved vanilla flavors are then combined with velvety steamed milk and signature espresso, and finished with a cross hatch of honey vanilla drizzle, resulting in a deliciously delightful beverage.

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Also back this season is the Hazelnut Macchiato and Caramel Macchiato.

Receive an exclusive Starbucks reusable cup for S$3.90 (S$2.90 for My Starbucks Rewards card members) with any purchase of the featured Macchiato drinks (Caramel Macchiato, Honey Vanilla Macchiato or Hazelnut Macchiato). Bring the cup back for your next purchase and enjoy 50 cents off your handcrafted beverage.

LEGO Oscar

The LEGO Movie wasn’t nominated for best animated feature. But that doesn’t mean LEGO can’t steal the show during the 87th Academy Awards ceremony. During the performance of Everything is Awesome, several LEGO Oscar statuettes were handed out to the celebrities at the Dolby Theater.

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These LEGO Oscar statuettes were created by Nathan Sawaya, LEGO Certified Professional and artist behind The Art of the Brick exhibit.

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It seems like the LEGO Oscar statuettes was a big hit among the celebrities.

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It’s a pity that The LEGO Movie wasn’t even nominated for best animated feature. What was the Academy thinking? Anyway, Congrats to Big Hero 6 for winning best animated feature.

Update: Someone reversed engineered the LEGO Oscar statuettes and posted the instructions online. (Requires Lego Digital Designer to view)

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