(Review + Discount code) Sudio NIVA, wireless earphones from Sudio Sweden

Monday, 28 January 2019

(Review + Discount code) Sudio NIVA, wireless earphones from Sudio Sweden

[Discount Code all the way below post!]

As most of you following my Instagram account (@janelkuuu) would know, I'm super into going to the gym nowadays, and through that I've successfully lost more than 20 kg over the past year. 

I'll write about my weight loss story sometime soon, but first, shall we talk about Sudio Niva, the new super chio (pretty) earphones from Swedish audio firm Sudio

Specifications:
- Built-in mic
- Play Music / Pause Music / Take Calls
- Compatibility with Android and iOS
- Playtime 3.5 hours each (totalling 17.5hours with 4 charges)
- Driver type: dynamic
- Sensitivity: 105dB SPL @ 1 kHz
- Bluetooth 4.2 technology


The Sudio Nivå is the Swedish company’s first entry into the wireless earphones market, and now, not only does a wireless earphone need to be able to deliver, it also needs to serve up as a fashion statement.

Perhaps that's why the Sudio Niva is getting so much attention, because its colours are not only easy to match with your daily fashion, but also manages to deliver awesome sounding tunes from your phone to your ears. 

Honestly, I'm someone who do not enjoy using wireless earphones because I always had the fear of sudden disconnection to my music, or worry that the earphones run out of battery very quickly. 

Fortunately, the Sudio Niva was pretty decent when I tested it out. 




Unfortunately, if you're someone who needs to be able to control everything using your earphones, It's not possible to do that with the Sudio Niva - mainly you can't (1)control volume and you'll have to do that on your phone directly, and (2) you can't skip your music tracks backwards.

Also, its voice-picking-up function (I'm a techie noob so pardon me for my noobish tech descriptions) when I pick up calls do not quite meet my expectations in extremely noisy environments (such as during train rides) - fair enough - perhaps also because the mic is all the way at your ear level, as opposed to speaking when you're holding your phone, where the mic is very much nearer to your mouth. So I don't think I can fault that too much with these pair of earphones since I think this problem should be one that's prevalent to most wireless earphones/bluetooth headsets out there. 

Thankfully, I still overall do enjoy these pair of earphones very much especially during gym sessions, because I need a good pair wireless earphones to deliver songs and sounds from my Youtube exercise instructors' videos to my ears while I'm attempting to follow along. Its colours are really nice, acting as a lovely accessory while I'm listening to music while rushing to various places. 

May I also add that I find it's awesome when I actually need to visit the washroom, I do not need to unplug my music to my ears as I go about my business? 

TMI? Ok, fine. But just so you know, it works that way for me and I LOVE IT. haha!



The case that the earphones come in also acts as its charging station - a portable charging case for the Sudio Niva. Its case comes in corresponding colours of the earphones, with a leathery brown functional strap which adds an edgy Scandinavian styled fashion tinge to it.

It also came with a simple usb cable for recharging the case. The case won't be overcharged because it comes with a function where it automatically stops charging once it's full. Which is good because most times, I forget and many of my devices ends up overcharging and the battery's lifespan gets reduced :(

Anyone can learn how to use the Sudio Niva in a matter of minutes. Just switch it on by pressing on the one-button located on each side of the earphones. If you don't want to switch on both sides, you can just switch on one side and leave the other unused earphone in the charging case. 

Just note that if you're using 2 earphones, switching off one side of the earphone will cause both sides to be switched off. 



As with most earphones, the Sudio Niva provides extra earbuds for your selection based on what's a comfortable fit in your ears.

The white earphone version comes with light grey earbuds, while the pink earphone version comes with white earbuds. Another colour they have for the earphones is black, which comes with just, plain black earbuds. 

To be honest, when Sudio contacted me and asked me which colour I wanted, I was contemplating between choosing the black or pink version because the colours were actually all something I would totally wear, for different occasions. 

Why I wasn't thinking to choose white was because I already bought the white earphones before Sudio even reached out to me (yes, I am a paying customer too)!



Connecting with my phone proved no issues at all, and overall, delivered a sound quality of which I was satisfied. Sudio estimates a whopping total of 17.5h of use between 4 charges, as well as a 10m Bluetooth range - which I was not able to test since I was never too far from my phone, but I was still pretty much able to receive my music from my work desk to the photocopier room in my office (about 30-40 steps away).


[EXCLUSIVE PROMOTION]

Special for my readers, you'll get a 15% discount code: JANEL when you purchase Sudio products at www.sudio.com!

In addition, SUDIO Sweden is having an exclusive 2019 Valentine's Day promotion now that they will give a FREE Gift Package, AND and additional 10% discount for purchases of two or more earphones.

Delivery worldwide is free too! So don't miss out on this awesome promotion, and get yours today while stocks last!


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Oh Hey! HEYTEA Singapore Arrives In Clarke Quay

Saturday, 26 January 2019

Oh Hey! HEYTEA Singapore Arrives In Clarke Quay

[Opening Promotion details available at the end of this post]

China's number 1 contemporary tea connoisseur arrived in the shores of Singapore not long ago, contributing to the waves of bubble tea craze in Singapore with its scene-stealer Cheezo tea. Since 2012, the original creator of cheese tea has rejuvenated the tea drinking scene, going forth strong in their messaging of tea drinking as an inspiration. The brand has over 100 stores in China and its offerings have won both critical and public acclaim.



For the first time, HEYTEA launches 6 brand new alcoholic tea creations, including 4 Singapore-only creations: 2 alcoholic tea creation and 2 alcoholic ice creams at their Clarke Quay outlet to cater to the bustling nightlife around the area.


 Located in the midst of the nightlife area in Clarke Quay, this outlet opens at 12pm and closes as late as 1am into the night. Their store is designed in a lighthouse theme, introducing the first ever in-store tea experience (laboratory style) - known as Tea Geek Bar.

The Tea Geek bar creates specially curated tea recipes and features alcoholic tea drinks created for 4 seasons: Spring (Spring Fling, $16), Summer (Summer Siesta, $18), Autumn (Autumn Ashes, $16) and Winter (Winter Solace, $18).




Also, this outlet will also offer 2 Singapore exclusive alcoholic tea creations: Scarlet's Heart ($16) and The Royal's Romance ($22), which uses tropical fresh fruits such as sea coconut, pineapple and grapefruit.

If you've a sweet tooth, don't forget to also try their tipsy ice-cream, where you can have your alcohol-infused dessert: Singapore Sling ($5.50) and Guinness ($4.50) - literally named after what it's supposed to taste like.

If you're not into alcohol, get their normal tea offerings which are also available in-store.





HEYTEA Clarke Quay Opening Promotion

- Enjoy Buy-1-get-1-free promotion from 26 to 28 January 2019. Promotion is not applicable to Tea Geek Special Blend Menu, except Tipsy Ice Cream.
- First 150 customers daily will have a chance to walk away with a set of HEYTEA Merchandise.

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Paradise Dynasty's Flagship outlet opens at Wisma Atria Orchard

Thursday, 10 January 2019

Paradise Dynasty's Flagship outlet opens at Wisma Atria Orchard

[Exclusive Promotion at the end of post!]

Paradise Dynasty announces the launch of its brand new outlet at Wisma Atria today! The flagship 196-seater sports a pinkish design closely similar to Beauty in a Pot, which is one of the brands under the Paradise Group.




 Also in conjunction with the opening, Paradise Dynasty has collaborated with Beauty in a Pot to create Beauty Collagen Xiao Long Bao, which is exclusive available at the Wisma Atria outlet. This is a limited edition flavour which is available only until 31 January 2019.


Each xiao long bao is the hallmark of precision - weighing exactly 25 grams and pleated with 18 folds, the golden formula for the perfect xiao long bao. The skin is delicate and thin, yet houses the delicious soup and meat filling wonderfully.


Besides the signature la mian and xiao long bao offerings, Paradise Dynasty has come up with a range of new dishes as well.



Some other dishes which I really liked and highly recommend are the chilled jellyfish in soy sauce vinaigrette, steamed glutinous rice stuffed in red date, yam paste xiao long bao, braised tofu with crab roe (must-try)!




There'll be a Crispy Yellow Croaker Spring roll, as well as Steamed Yellow Croaker with fermented rice and chinese win.  I also like the La mian with Yellow Croaker fish and preserved vegetables - as it boasts a thick, flavourful broth with tender fish meat.

The yellow croaker fish bones are deep fried then simmered for more than three hours before combining with pork bone soup. Just beware as you enjoy the ramen bowl as Yellow Croaker tends to have more bones.



Opening Promotion: Complimentary Beauty Collagen Xiao Long Bao (5 pieces) from now till 31 January 2019, with every purchase of the specialty dynasty xiao long bao.

Opening Exclusive: 50% off food bill (applicable for a-la carte food items) on 19 and 20 January 2019 (for Citibank Credit or Debit Cardmembers and Paradise Gourmet Rewards members)

Paradise Dynasty Flagship store (Wisma Atria)
Location: 435 Orchard Road, Wisma Atria #01-18, Singapore 238877
Operating Hours: 11am - 10pm (Mon to Fri, last order at 9.30pm), 10.30am - 10pm (Sat, Sun & PH, last order at 9.30pm)

Official hashtags: #dynastywisma #paradisegrpsg #paradisedynasty


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Oh! Matcha Season of Ichigo: Lewin Terrace

Saturday, 5 January 2019

Oh! Matcha Season of Ichigo: Lewin Terrace
Image credits: Lewin Terrace

Which side are you on? That's one question I was asked when Lewin Terrace invited us for a preview their Oh! Matcha Season of Ichigo Afternoon Delight Dessert Buffet, which is available from 9 January – 29 March 2019.

But, is picking a side truly necessary? Let's do both.

To complete the Afternoon Delight Dessert Buffet experience, Lewin Terrace has teamed up with stylist Med Kärlek Inc. for a visually exciting experience and delectable desserts, with the entire dessert setup presentation coming across as an art installation in itself.

Known for cultivating the region’s, if not the world’s most premium grade of tea leaves, Japanese Matcha leaves from Uji have a distinct, full-bodied flavor and are high in anti-oxidants. Yes, the dessert series combines the best of Japan’s staples with Uji Matcha and Chitose Ichigo. 


Visitors can now enjoy Japanese sweet treats made from home-grown brand Matchaya’s Matcha powders - Sencha Jelly, Matcha Pudding, Matcha Pudding, Ichigo Chiffon and Baked Matcha Cheese Tart, amidst a lush background setting of greenery, as the restaurant is nestled at the edge of Fort Canning Park. 

The spread of classic French pastries offered include Mixed Berry Tart, Ichigo Clafoutis, Mixed Berries Mille Feuille, Ichigo Macaron, Matcha and Ichigo Madeleines. 






All diners are treated to an exclusive box of hand- made treats which features the Ichigo Daifuku and Charocal Matcha Roll Cake. I enjoyed the Ichigo Daifuku very much as I'm a fan of the mochi dessert. 

A serving of Ichigo and Matcha Ice Cream will also be served to all guests upon order. Guests can also enjoy the natural sweetness of fresh Chitose strawberries by dipping them in the accompanied toppings of condensed milk, Matcha cream, syrup and powder.



Apart from the dessert buffet spread, enjoy Oh! Matcha Season of Ichigo in a 3-course lunch menu ($58++) that comes with an appetizer and main, or 4-course ($88++) with two mains of fish and meat options.

Signature Cod Saikyoyaki

Truffle Mushroom Soup with Onsen Egg

Oh! Matcha Season of Ichigo 
When: 9 January to 29 March 2019 
Hours: Wednesday to Friday, 1pm to 3pm
Price: $38++ per pax for ala carte dessert buffet, $58++ for 3 Course Set Lunch including Dessert Buffet (From 12PM onwards) 

Complete lunch menu available at www.lewinterrace.com/menus

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