Here’s a Public Service Announcement for all CitiBank Singapore Credit Card holders. CitiBank Singapore is terminating the Citi Rebates scheme.

With effect from 25 April 2019, transactions at participating Citi Rebate merchants will no longer be awarded Citi Rebates. You can continue to utilize your Citi Rebates at participating merchants until
2 May 2019. Any Citi Rebate not redeemed by 3 May 2019 will be forfeited (except for Citi M1 Rebate).

So if you are a CitiBank Credit Card holder, do redeem your Citi Rebates before 2 May 2019. List of all the participating merchants can be found here. To find out how much Citi Rebate you have, simply SMS “CRBTBAL <SPACE><last 4 digits of your card>” to 72484 (Example: CRBTBAL 0123).

Thanks Lester Chan for the heads up!

Sony just released a new Bluetooth Wireless Remote Commander for its camera. The RMT-P1BT wireless remote commander provides a reliable, responsive solution for those who want to control their camera without physically touching it. Great for landscape shooting, astrophotography, fireworks or simply a group photo.

The wireless remote commander features focus buttons for manual focus control and a custom button that can be adjusted based on user preference. It also includes Start/Stop movie recording and control over power-zoom or digital-zoom functionality.

For photographers that prefer to shoot on ‘Bulb’ exposure mode, the remote commander can be set to open and close the shutter with respective clicks of the main button, eliminating the need to press and hold the button throughout exposure time.

The RMT-P1BT is compatible with the Sony a6400, a7 III, a7R III and a9 camera and will be available at selected Sony Stores, Sony Centres and Sony authorised dealers from April 2019.

Starbucks will be opening its Singapore flagship store, the largest in Singapore to date at the iconic Jewel Changi Airport. The store is officially due to open on 17 April 2019 but visitors to the Jewel Preview can have a sneak peek first.

Besides the exclusive local menu at the flagship store, the theme of craftsmanship runs strongly throughout the space along with the brand’s tribute to the coffee journey as seen from the duplex’s lush indoor landscaping, polished interiors and artisanal woodwork. The flagship store presents a third-wave of coffee offering familiar to Starbucks Reserve patrons, with a keen focus on quality artisanal coffee and the best of the brand’s Singapore repertoire. Inviting deeper coffee exploration and discovery at the Reserve Experience Bar, the store offers coffee made through manual brewing methods: Chemex, Pour Over, Siphon Brew and Coffee Press, which are all found at the Reserve Experience Bar, helmed by Starbucks coffee masters.

The bar also features the VA388 Black Eagle Espresso Machine, a familiar sight at the World Barista Championships. This allows the barista full control over the consistency and precision in every aspect of a coffee – from bean ratio to brewing time and water temperature – directly impacting the customer connection with each personalized cup.

As a final homage to Starbucks’ commitment to coffee education, the art room on the second level will also be used to host coffee seminars and other coffee related events for customers.

So do check out the new Starbuck Flagship store if you are visiting the new Jewel Changi Airport.