Moving to a new city can be fun, exciting and daunting in equal parts. But it helps to know that technology has your back. When we moved here late 2017, we relied heavily on apps and websites to make ourselves feel at home.
If you’ve just moved to Singapore or are just passing through, I guarantee this list right here is gonna be a lifesaver. My husband and I use all these apps on a regular basis, so rest assured these are reviewed and well-loved. This is one of two apps based stories.
This list includes only the Most Basic and Most Essential apps you will need on arriving in the country. No smartphone in Singapore ought to exist without these all-holy apps. Our second list of Must-Have apps which you can pick and choose depending on your preference.
* this info is relevant as of March 2018. I hope the future me will update the app list!
This was my first event as a blogger in Singapore and I couldn’t have asked for anything better. Yamaha Music with Silent Disco Asia and FabCafe held Singapore’s first ever silent piano concert on Dec 21, 2017. It was held at night at ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay. And we were there to witness it all!
Young and mighty talented pianist Li Churen played several pieces on Yamaha’s hybrid Silent Piano. As the presenter pointed out, it’s built for regular people like us who live in apartments. It’s fitted with a magnificent “Quiet Mode”. In this mode, you can play the piano and listen to yourself play live on a set of headphones attached directly to the instrument.
It started a few days before New Year’s Eve and it still hasn’t stopped. It’s been pouring or drizzling in Singapore for a little over two weeks now and the temp has dropped drastically. I’m not complaining or anything but wearing full-length pants is a pain.
If you know anything about me, you will know my two weaknesses: Coffee & Chocolate. I know a lot of people who share my craze for these two sinful elements. And the other day, Magnum took it a step further. They recently launched their newest flavour – Magnum Choco Cappuccino – and I was one of the first few foodies to have the pleasure of tasting it.
If that wasn’t good enough, we did it with two of the biggest names the world of chocolate and coffee – Asia’s best pastry chef Janice Wong and World Barista Champion Fritz Storm. On the Sunday of 22nd February, Magnum invited a host of Bombay’s food bloggers for a super Masterclass 2.0 with this awesome twosome.
Fritz, who has an hilarious sense of humor, spoke to us about the intriguing world of coffee from its production and selection right up to brewing and pairing. If there was one thing that he ingrained in all of us was the importance of flushing the coffee maker before every brew. Janice, who’s confidence was contagious, narrated the tale of cocoa and talked about experimenting with her favourite muse. She even went on to create a scrumptious mousse with just 3 ingredients – chocolate, egg whites and water!
The Verdict When we came to tasting the new Magnum Choco Cappaccino, the first crack of the chocolate coating resonated in the room and it was immediately following by a chorus ‘mmmmm’. This new Magnum flavour is available across outlets from March 1, 2015. It came as a surprise but there is one distinct element of the sweet-salty caramel that you cannot miss. I would have loved more coffee in the ice cream but that’s just me and my craze for black coffee talking.
I know a lot of people are still unsure of it but I’m all for shopping online. Some might even call me a bit of an addict. When I got a chance to review Jabong.com, I already knew what my verdict would be considering I’ve been an ardent shopper with them. So here goes…
The Shopping The website itself is very intuitive and user friendly. I have signed up with them, so they even keep me posted about the latest offers and discounts. If you know what you are looking for, the filters on the site are amazing to help you narrow down your options. Filters including clothes category, size, offers, price, brands, colours eased it out for me to find that perfect dress under 1k.
I usually take my time with shopping (typically Libran) so Jabong.com App in App Store/Google Play was a great help while browsing through dresses while on the move. I save the options I like in my Wishlist and come to it when I’m ready to make a decision.
From the options that I had (COD, Credit etc), I chose to pay online. I received my well packaged order in 1 and half days which was rather quick. One of the reasons I am unafraid to buy on Jabong.com is because of their 30 day return policy. If the dress doesn’t fit or I don’t like the way it looks on, I simply email them and they collect it back from my home, following which the amount given back to my as Jabong Credits. I didn’t have any problems with this dress so I kept it.
It was and always will be my favourite Indian online shopping website.
I’m the last person you will find in pink. But this L’oreal nail Polish was a tad hard to resist.
When I was given the Shocking Pink 201 I had my reservations. I wasn’t sure how it will look against my dusk skin but was I wrong. I tried it on a whim and totally loved it. It’s bright, it’s neon ish and bolder: it takes a different kind of crazy to get away with this. Full marks + a brownie point for the glossy finish that lasts.
When the folks at GAIA sent over their tea, I was curious and how. Green tea, on its own, is an acquired taste for most and add a dash of tulsi to it to make it healthier… well it could either go really good or really bad from here. I’ve been trying out green teas for a while in a bid to lose some meat and this one definitely goes in the “hmm…interesting” pile.
I take my green tea with a teaspoon of honey. Now, this tea bag doesn’t need more than 3 dips to change colour in pipping hot water. Tulsi has a tendency to make the concoction bitter so I stuck to 2 few second dips and I suggest you do the same, unless you like your tea strong.
My favourite thing about tulsi flavoured tea is the earthy aroma that transports me to a rainy day by the hillside. And this tea didn’t disappoint there. I also like how the packaging suggests you save and refrigerate used tea bag as facial cleansers and eye packs.
FACT FILE No of bags: 25
Price: Rs 150
Verdict: The other day, I completely forgot about my tea and it ended up cold. Before I could zap it in the microwave, I took a few sips (I’m adventurous like that) and guess what, it tastes great when its room temperature cold. When it’s hot though, I like it mild with honey. The tulsi can get a tad overpowering so dip with caution as per your taste.
On an impromptu trip to FoodHall, I spotted his little jar. Apples, Honey, Cinnamon: Three of my favourite ingredients put together to make a jam. What could ever go wrong? Consistency of the jam, unlike most gelatin filled jams in the market, is soft, which I liked. Super excited, I slathered it generously on my multi-grain oats bread and took my first bite.
It did nothing for me. Second bite. Again…nothing. I couldn’t taste/smell cinnamon…which was a big disappointment considering there is a piece of bark in the jar. As for apples, there’s no denying that’s there but what’s that tangy flavour I keep getting?
Lime juice. It’s a bit overpowering. I am big fan of lime but not when I’m promised cinnamon. Now that I have already bought the bottle, I need to finish it. Turns out it tastes slightly better when it is refrigerated and used.
Price: Rs 105
Ingredients: Apples, honey, cinnamon, sulphurless sugar, pectin, lime juice
Verdict: Maybe I set my expectations too high considering it’s Moshe’s and cinnamon. But if you say cinnamon on the bottle, a bark in the jar isn’t enough. I want more flavour and less lime. Or maybe, simply rename it to apples, honey and lime for accuracy.
When the good folks at CashKaro.com asked me to review their new website, I was rather curious. I love discovering new sites like any self respecting 20-something and I have a crazy Sale radar (digital and real life) that constantly baffles The Boy. So finding a new website that lists out all the e-discounts in India and allows for cashbacks on most of them was delightful.
I decided to buy this pretty little sling from LimeRoad.com that happened to give the highest cashback. If you are following me on my Instagram account, you would have seen this bag making an appearance now and again.
How it works is, you have to sign in to Cashkaro.com and go via that to a site of your choice. Choose the coupon of your choice and the cashback offered gets credited to your account in 3 days. To understand it better, read this.
Sometimes, like in my case, the purchase doesn’t register with the CashKaro. All I had to do was fill in a ticket where they asked for invoice details. This takes you to a waiting period where the guys at CashKaro verify if you really did go through their website. In a couple of weeks, stuff gets sorted and money gets credited to you account.
Once the monies is in the your digital account, you can transfer it to your bank. That’s the great part about this website. Discounts get converted to real moolah. Verdict, you ask? I like what I see. I wish it didn’t take so long though. But a little waiting never killed anybody…
A workplace beauty product sale … a chance buy. Figured I’ll try something ayurvedic for a change. Pleasantly surprised. Left me heady and perfumed like a forest angel, it is so mild to the skin. I love
I was at an exhibition recently when I came across a stall run by this young girl – Pushtiie Shakti – who owns a line of handmade products under the name Bath Etc…I don’t know if they have a store but I tracked down their website.
Coming back to the exhibition… After sniffing almost everything on the table (more than once), I finally came out of my many heady trips with one and only decision. I have to own a Bath Etc… product and I have to own it now. She had soaps, moisturisers, lip balms and what not. She said they were all handmade with natural ingredients.
I was short of money but that didn’t turn out to be much of a problem because the stuff was surprisingly reasonably priced. You know me and my crazy person unhealthy love for cupcakes, so it was only natural…almost predictable…that I picked out the Raspberry Vanilla flavoured lip balm. Best. 100 bucks. Spent. Ever.
Image by Slow Motion Thoughts
Moist, it last long but sadly I end up inadvertently eating most of my lip balm (See: Hogger). Now that I constantly get the aroma of a small bakery, I can rest in peace! And like Pushtiie said, I’m sure The Boy is going to love it as much as I do!