This is what magic sounds like: The JBL, Harman Kardon and AKG Sound Experience

Sunday, 19 July 2015

This is what magic sounds like: The JBL, Harman Kardon and AKG Sound Experience
Some of us were invited to a product demo event, featuring 3 well known audio brands: Harman Kardon, JBL and AKG, where they showcased their products and showed us why their brand is big in the audio world. 
That pretty much sums up what they're about. Passion. 
Passionate about music, about quality.

In a world now where music is the universal language, we have become a society demanding towards the standards of our tunes, and that's where these brands come into play, offering one of the best sounds in the market. 

Here are some of their products on display, which would be used to show off their sound quality later during the presentation.

Me and the Clip Plus ($99). It's super portable size and comes in various colours! Lovely for music lovers on the go, and easily able to clip it on any bag!


"Can we throw this on the floor?", some bloggers asked as Andy Tsui, the Director of Product Planning & Strategy Home & Multimedia for Harman Kardon, shared its toughness on their shock absorbent products. But seriously, you can. And he did.

This lovely, colourful one which Andy is holding, is the JBL Pulse (SGD$329).

Till here, I have to apologise because my camera ran out of battery the other day. And my phone was an old, crappy one. So here's the best of shots that I actually have. And it's obviously not doing this candy speaker justice. 

Amanda and I with the JBL Charge2+ ($279).

Andy showed us the water resistance of his speaker as well - he poured water over the speaker and we were super impressed as the water bounced up and down according to the music! And still sounded soooo good!

This was one product which Andy poured water over. If you see closely enough, you'll notice the side of the speaker still wet from all that water. I love the way they designed their speakers, it was so portable, and so detailed in design aspects. 

We also got to try out the amazing N90Q, which is slated to be retailing at $2199 (incl. 7% GST).
It was pretty much what magic sounded like. Cast in sleek black, a kiss of gold and made in leather, this limited edition auto-calibrating noise canceling earphones were inpired by the Grammy award winning producer Quincy Jones. It is truly a symbol of status and class, and only for a true music lover.

And with every event... comes a gift bag! And I got this amazing portable speaker and sport earphones, just in time to replace my faulty in-ear phones!

The Synchros Reflect in-ear sport headphones featured a highly reflective cable and a magnetic cable management, so that your cables will not tangle easily! 


The ear-tips were also well angled and ergonomically designed for better hearing comfort while doing your sports. Of course... sweat proof! Woohoo! 
 Control your music volume here.
Let me also share that it won the reddot award for 2014, another reason to get this! This is well suited for those using ipod, iPhone and iPads.
I also loved that they gave us the lovely Flip 2 portable speaker! The sound was amazing! This speaker is wireless enabled so just connect to the speaker to blast your tunes. No transferring, no cables. 
It also features a noise and echo free speakerphone system! Very impressive, stylish and lovely. 
Play your music on this for 5 hours non-stop, then simply recharge the battery when it's out of juice. 

For more information on the wonderful audio products, follow or visit them at: 
JBL : https://www.facebook.com/JBLSingapore
Harman Kardon : https://www.facebook.com/harmankardonAKG : https://www.facebook.com/AKG 


This was a media invitation by IMS Marketing, the Singapore distributor of leading audio brands, JBL, Harman Kardon and AKG. Also a big thank you to Originally.us for the invitation!

Paradise Group now serves up authentic Thai food with Parathai!

Paradise Group now serves up authentic Thai food with Parathai!
Paradise Group is famous for its Chinese cuisine. With the popularity in Thai food amongst Singaporeans, they have decided to venture into Thai food, with Parathai, an addition to one of their many restaurants.

How did I think they fared? Check out the review below.

 It's like stepping into an art gallery, inspired by young budding artists and the every growing art scene of Bangkok.

Details
 Area: 
Eunos / Paya Lebar

Country: 
Singapore

Price: 
$$

Good For: 
Big Groups / Small Groups / Friends / Solo / Family

Accessibility: 
Approx. 5-7 minutes walk from Paya Lebar MRT Station

Let's Eat!

Thai Iced Tea ($4.20) and Thai Cendol ($5.80)
The iced milk tea is strong and a tad too sweet for me, with the addition of gula melaka. The chendol was right up my alley, and is like a mini dessert to freshen you up for a hardcore Thai meal.

Homemade Minced Pork in Rice Noodle Wrap ($6.90 for 4 pcs) 
This is a mildly sweet, lovely starter. Minced meat was flavourful. Comes in 4 pieces, great for having one each for a group of 4, just nice to begin the meal!

Homemade Pandan Leaf Chicken ($8.90 for 4pcs)
This was oily and juicy. It's too oily for me though. The chilli dip makes it better because it adds a slight sweetness to it, and you probably won't be focusing on the oiliness.

Tom Yum Soup with Sea Prawns – Tom Yam Goong ($19.90 per pot) 
This was good. Delicious. Yummy. We liked it so much we actually had another bowl of this. The prawns tasted fresh and the broth was very appetising and spicy just the way we liked. A must-try.

Traditional Thai Green Curry Chicken ($12.90) 
One of my favourites. I definitely am biased towards this dish as I do love the spice, the meats, the entire concoction. They were generous with the meats, the vegetables in it - eggplant, beans. Must have with their pandan leaf rice ($1.20), love it!

Stir-fried Pork with Basil Leaves ($11.90) 
Spicy and flavourful, just the way I like it, with the lovely taste of the basil, which was also just nice - not overpowering. Another great dish to go with rice.

Steamed Seabass with Lime and Chilli ($29.90)
I love the sauce from this dish. It was slightly sourish, spicy, so appetising. The fish meat was soft and tender.

Stir-fried Mini Asparagus with Egg Beancurd and Mushroom ($12.90)
Eat too much meat, must have some vegetables to balance it out. I liked this with rice also, because I'm such a gravy person.

“Crying Tiger” BBQ Beef Steak served with Homemade Sauce ($16.90) 
Chewy and really well done. As in, the meat texture. It'll be nice if the beef steak could be slightly more tender. Remember to dip it with the sauce to enhance its flavour.

Mango Sticky Rice served with Coconut Milk ($6.90) 
Good. The mango was fresh and the sticky rice was delicious, topped with sesame seeds. Pour on the coconut milk and you're ready to go!

Red Ruby served with Jackfruit and Coconut Milk ($5.90) 
Another one I'm super biased about. This was flavourful and the red rubies were crunchy. Did I also mention that the red rubies were handmade by the chef everyday, hence there's a limited number of bowls they sell for this? Another great reason for you to order this (best at the start of your meal, then ask them to serve later).

Sweet Tapioca served with Coconut Milk ($4.90) 
This was just alright for me, as I'm not too much into tapioca. But you must have this with coconut milk, which will make this a better dessert to have. Still, I think it's a little heavy to have the filling tapioca, unless you didn't order too much of the mains.

Deep-fried Banana Fritters served with Honey ($5.90)
It was hard deciding which dessert we actually liked. This banana fritters was amazing! While it's a little oily for me, you really need to eat with while it's hot, it's so crispy I cannot even describe. With or without the honey dip, it still tasted good, but the honey dip just made it better for those who love a sweet ending to their meal.

These are just some of the dishes they serve up at Parathai. There's like more than 80 other authentic Thai dishes in the menu, by Chef Meaw and team. Overall, they did cater to the consumer's tastebuds. They are having a promotion now!


Parathai
Location: 11 Tanjong Katong Road, #02-23 OneKM Singapore 437157
Tel: 67022541
Opening Hours: 11am-10pm (Mon to Fri), 10.30am-10pm (Sat, Sun & PH)
Website: www.paradisegp.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ParadiseGrp

This was an invited media tasting.


Launch of Asian Delights Cooking Paste for SG50 x Toast Box

Friday, 17 July 2015

Launch of Asian Delights Cooking Paste for SG50 x Toast Box
To mark this year's golden jubilee, Toast Box is launching their new Asian Delights Cooking Paste, which contains 4 different meals you can make in your own kitchen!

The easy-to-make meals include: Mee Rebus, Curry Chicken, Laksa and Mee Siam.
You know what's really great about this? It's not only easy to cook, but there's also absolutely no artificial colouring and trans fat, even with its rich flavours!

Ever since their first store opening in 2005, you can also find these dishes in their cafe as they serve it out to many Singaporeans over this sunny island. That's why as part of their way of celebrating Singapore's 50th birthday, they have decided to launch these ready-to-cook paste packs so that their favourite Singaporean (that's you) can prepare them at home, or even get them as gifts for your overseas friends who miss a slice of Singapore's local delights!

For me, I did up a curry chicken and mee rebus meal for my family today! It was so easy. Check it out here!

But first, a photo... Here it is!

Curry Chicken: 



Mee Rebus:


Easy right? It's your turn!

Get this Ready-to-cook pastes, while stocks last!

Price per packet: $6.50 - $6.80 Box of any 4 packets: $25 (U.P. $26 - $27.20)

While you're at it, why not also go one step up by getting your favourite kopi as well? Also another one of their SG50 promotions, get:
- $0.50 off with purchase of any Asian Delight Ready-to-Cook Paste (U.P. $6.50-$6.80)
- $5.00 off with purchase of Coffee Brew + Coffee Powder Set (U.P. $27.90)

The SG50 promotions are available from 8 July to 10 August 2015, at all Toast Box's outlets in Singapore (except Queenstown MRT Station and Wisma Atria Basement 1).

Get yours today!

For more information, please visit Toast Box at:
Website: http://toastbox.com.sg/
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/toastboxsingapore
Instagram: https://instagram.com/toastboxsg/

This was an media invitation.

Cooking Chicken Curry at home x Toast Box

Cooking Chicken Curry at home x Toast Box
Hey guys! Today, I'm preparing the Curry Chicken, using Toast Box's new Asian Delights Cooking Paste, part of their SG50 celebratory launch!
Ingredients: 
Toast Box Curry Paste  (100g)
Fresh Chicken (I used breast meat) 430g
Peeled Potatoes (230g)
Fresh Coconut milk (145ml)
Water (200ml)
Curry leaf (but I used Laksa leaf instead to give a minty edge to my curry!) 3g

Other main ingredients to prepare

The pack says it serves 2-3 people, but I think it's well enough to feed 5 people!

Cooking method: 

1. Season the chicken pieces with curry paste and allow it to set for 20 to 30 minutes. (Cooking note: I set it a little longer - about 40 minutes)

2. The packet says to deep-fry the potatoes till golden brown, which you can do so. But I like my potatoes boiled, so I had them boiled instead, for about 5-8 minutes.

3. Stir-fry the seasoned chicken pieces for 1 minute. Add 200ml of water. Bring to boil and simmer for 13 minutes. 

4. Add the potatoes and the coconut cream. (Cooking note: I made a little changes to this, because I like my curry slightly thicker, so I used coconut cream. You can follow their instructions and put coconut milk!)

Before adding in the potatoes and coconut cream

After adding in the potatoes and coconut cream

5. Add other seasoning based on personal preference. (Please note that I didn't add any other seasoning. But you can add a little salt to season the curry more!)

6. Garnish with curry leaves and serve hot with baguette or white rice. 

(Cooking note: I used laksa leaves instead to give my curry a little more minty edge!)
As you can see, I made a little changes here and there, to suit my own convenience and taste preferences. But even following their instructions, it is a simple and easy process to churn out a lovely curry chicken dish!

It's not only easy to cook, but there's also absolutely no artificial colouring and trans fat, even with its rich flavours!


For more information, please visit Toast Box at:
Website: http://toastbox.com.sg/
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/toastboxsingapore
Instagram: https://instagram.com/toastboxsg/

Cooking Mee Rebus at home x Toast Box

Cooking Mee Rebus at home x Toast Box
Hey guys! Today, I'm preparing the Mee Rebus, using Toast Box's new Asian Delights Cooking Paste, part of their SG50 celebratory launch!

The pack says it serves 2-3 people, but I think it's well enough to feed 5 people! It's not only easy to cook, but there's also absolutely no artificial colouring and trans fat, even with its rich flavours! 

Ingredients: 
A. Toast Box Mee Rebus Paste (200g)
B. Water (540ml)

Yellow noodles (420g)
Bean sprouts (70g)
Hard boiled egg (1pc)
Fresh prawns (3-4pcs)
Green chilli (3pcs)
Fried shallot (18g)
Fried beancurd cubes (2pcs / 100g)
Fried Mini shrimps (14.5g)
Calamansi (1-2pcs)
Chinese Celery (27g)


Step A - Fried Beancurd Cubes 
1. Heat 45ml of cooking oil in wok.
2. When the oil is hot, lower the flame and fry the beancurd cubes for about 1 minute till crisp golden brown. 
3. Sieve the oil from the beancurd cubes and leave to settle. 
(Cooking Note: I used beancurd puffs instead, and did the same, but I used less oil because it naturally is slightly oilier already. I think it tasted so good and crispy.)

Step B - Mee Rebus Gravy
1. Mix mee rebus paste with water.

The packet contains some paste and powder.
 Powder and paste!
 After mixing the powder and the paste in the packet.

2. Pour the gravy into a pot and boil. When it is boiling, lower the flame and allow it to simmer for 2 minutes without covering the pot. 

The gravy's a-cookin'!
3. Place the prawns in the boiling water for 2 minutes. Then remove and set aside. 
(Cooking note: I did a light stirfry of my prawns with my dried shrimps and replaced shallots with onions instead!)

4. Transfer gravy into slow cooker or into a cooking pot. Cook using low heat. Cover the pot. 

5. The mee rebus gravy is ready to be served.

Step C - Mee Rebus Noodles
1. Blanch yellow noodles and bean sprouts in boiling water for about 5 seconds.
2. Drain off excess water and put them into a bowl.

3. Gently stir mee rebus gravy before scooping onto noodles and garnish with all the other ingredients. 

4. Serve hot. 
I did notice that the end product isn't as sweet as what you usually buy from outside. Hence, you might like to add in some sugar while making your gravy. I did like it the way it is, because I feel healthier without adding sugar! :)