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Chargrilled Food @ The Quarters

The Quarters, a humble yet modern Singapore local food cuisine that incorporates and evolves local Singapore food delights with a modern fusion twist. From their humble beginnings with their trademark Durian Crème Brulee to the launch of The Quarters at Icon Village, followed by Kush at Timbre+, I personally seen it grow from a food cart at a pop up event to their two ModSin food cuisines today.

Before the Chargrilled food event started, I went down earlier and had a chat with this ModSin food guru, Deming, the Founder of The Quarters, a person who is very passionate about his food, cooking and dining experiences. In my earlier articles that I wrote and shared about The Quarters, kicking it off with- Introducing The Quarters, The Real McCoy Salted Egg Burger and The Quarters Experience.

Using the common food lovers language lingo in Singapore, the Chargrilled Food @ The Quarters is like “zi char meets Izakaya (char-grilled)”, a fusion of local Singapore food meeting the Japanese charcoal grilled cooking. These new food menu options are now available in the dinner menu that diners visiting The Quarters are now able to have a more diversified menu than before, experiencing delicious food on a daily basis.

Today, I shall continue my journey and coverage of ModSin food cuisines at The Quarters. Ladies and Gentlemen, let me present to you, Chargrilled food at The Quarters, No Char, No Count (in no order of food preference)

Bibik’s Chicken – $12

Another perfectly charcoal grilled dish, the Bibik’s Chicken with a rich Buah Keluak Sauce. When I ate the Bibik’s Chicken, the chicken meat was tender and not overcooked, this demonstrated the skill and experience level of the chefs charcoal grill cooking. I love the Buah Keluak Sauce, I love the Bibik’s Chicken, so deliciously, skilfully and meticulously chargrilled to perfection by The Quarters.

Nai You Lobster – $68 (24hr advance order)

This lobster dish stood out, it was charcoal kissed and butter poached. The chefs of The Quarters were really skillful in their charocal cooking techniques, it was just nicely cooked, sweet and tender.

Grilled Steak – From $24

A selection of steaks to choose from, charcoal grilled to the highest standards by The Quarters, from the quality of the steaks to the final grilled steak, absolutely one of the best charcoal grilled dishes by The Quarters.

200g Grassfed Ribeye – $24

250g Angus Ribeye – $38

250g US Wagyu Striploin

400g 30 Day Dry Aged USDA Prime Ribeye – $140

Salted Egg Mid Wings – $12

Charcoal grilled to perfection, topped with The Quarters signature Salted Egg Aioli suace. Your fingers have to be fast and furious or else you might lose the mid wings to your fellow diners eating together.

Fwah! – $18

A most interesting and unique name to this dish, my maiden experience tasting Foie Gras. This had a local flavour to this dish, their house made kaya on toast, scrambled egg on toast. Fwah! is just soft, sweet and delicious, it just melts in your mouth. A ModSin fusion cuisine, our local favourite Singapore breakfast dish with Foie Gras. Just taste it!

Baby Back Ribs – $24

Marinated with their housemade BBQ sauce, this smoked dish will leave you lusting for more of the Baby Back Ribs.

Ooh La La! – $16

The Venus clams, cooked in flambed style with Singapore style chilli sauce and croutons added into them. The final product is like a chilli style soup with Venus clams and croutons. Once you tasted the sauce, you will secretly want more croutons to dip into the Ooh La La sauce and continue eating it!

The Quarters Fried Rice

An egg coated fried rice with two types of salted fish. The rice was so soft, fragrant and not oily at all. The Quarter’s Fried Rice was addictive because it was simply too good, too delicious. Once you tasted it, you will want more of this legendary fried rice by The Quarters.

Grilled Vegetable Platter

If anybody mentions that grilled vegetables doesn’t sound delicious or exciting, let them try the Grilled Vegetable Platter and they would change their views on this type of charcoal grilled vegetable cooking. Presenting Shitake mushrooms, vine tomato and asparagus with fermented black beans and garlic. For somebody like me who doesn’t really grill vegetables, the charcoal Grilled Vegetable Platter is a real delight and most welcome for me. Charcoal grilling the fermented black beans and garlic with asparagus is my favourite among them.

The Quarters Platter – $128

  • Salted Egg Midwings
  • Buah Keluak Chicken
  • Baby Back Ribs
  • Angus Ribeye
  • Grilled Vegetable Platter
  • The Quarters Fried Rice

This new menu at The Quarters is ideal for multi-generations family dinner gathering, 6 amazing food items which are good to be shared among 4-5 people. Add on other delicious dishes on The Quarters menu and you woul have an remarkable and memorable ModSin food experience there with your extended family.

Last but not least – Desserts

There is always room for desserts, there are more delicious choices available in The Quarters food menu! Let me introduce two desserts that were presented during our Chargrilled food tasting event.

Durian Crème Brulee

This is Deming’s trademark dish, the original dish that got me to first know Deming for the first time (3 years ago) before he launched his food concept The Quarters. This is highly recommended, a Must Try if you love durian! Coming from a person who doesn’t eat durian (that’s me).

Wonderffle

2 different ice cream flavours, a scoop of pandan and lemongrass ice cream each, on top of the crusty and crispy waffle base. Pour the gula melaka over them, glazing it perfectly, beautifully and deliciously. This is probably my favourite dessert from The Quarters desserts menu list.

Extended and Expanded Quarters Experience

Personally, the Chargrilled Food @ The Quarters is an extension and expansion to The Quarters Experience that I had, it’s not just about how excellent and delicious the food at The Quarters. The diners can feel the heart, passion and soul of the fusion ModSin food, honest food cooked well, close to the heart, simple yet so wonderful, delicious and fulfilling, not just the taste buds, the tummy, the heart and soul.

“It’s really an expression of pure passion and heart for local flavours” – Deming, Founder of The Quarters. 

First and foremost, having written my personal thoughts, feelings and views, it’s not just because I was invited to a food tasting at The Quarters, or I know the founder.

This is also not the type of food review per se that you might read in papers, magazines and websites.

This is how I give back, Pay-It-Forward and Pass-It-On, to the expanding ModSin local food fusion cuisines by The Quarters, also through my passion, heart, soul, taste buds and tummy, via my photographs, article coverage and sharing.

Thank you Deming, for the invitation to the Chargrilled food tasting event!

 The Quarters

Location: Icon Village, 16 Enggor Street, #01-09, Singapore 079717

Telelphone: 6834 4174

Email: info@thequarters.sg

Website: www.thequarters.sg

Instagram: @thequarterssg

Facebook: The Quarters

Twitter: The Quarters

Opening Hours

Monday to Friday

0900hrs to 2200hrs

Saturday

1000hrs to 2100hrs

Sunday

1000hrs to 1800hrs


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Sirri na Pesse

This word, “Bugis”, what comes into your mind? For the local Singaporeans and overseas visitors, the first thing that comes to their mind would most probably be Bugis Junction, Bugis MRT station or Bugis Village. Yet behind these few known names and locations in both local and international visitors, do you know about the history, heritage, cultural and economics that the Bugis community brought into Singapore, the influence and outreach that shaped the Bugis community and presence in today’s modern Singapore society?

Sirri na Pesse, loosely translated into “Honour and Pride” in the Bugis language, features the history and development of the Malay-Bugis community in Singapore, tracing their roots through the historical developments and changes in the Malay world during the 18th to 20th centuries. The exhibition Sirri na Pesse was officially launched on Friday 13th October 2017 at the Malay Heritage Centre by Guest of Honour, Mr Baey Yam Keng, Parlimentary Secretary, Ministry of Community, Culture and Youth (MCCY), along with the Malay Culture Fest 2017 that took place from 13 – 28th October.

During the launch programme, guests were treated to an amazing artistic showcase titled, “Aga Kareba Performance”, a compressed history of the Bugis people from the myth of creation to the beginning of their settlements in the Malay Kingdoms.

Act 1: Myth of Creation

Act 2: Thriving Port of Makassar

Act 3: The Makassar War

Act 4: Departure & Arrival

The 4 acts performed were very nice to watch, beautiful traditional dancing, music and performances. Through the narration by the emcee and short write up in the programme booklet, visitors like me were able to understand and learn more about the Bugis community in Singapore.

After watching the performance, I visited the Sirri na Pesse exhibition at Gallery 1 & 2. Due to time constraints, I made another trip back to Malay Heritage Centre and continued my learning and understanding tour of the history, heritage, cultural and economics development of the Bugis community in Singapore.

When you visit Sirri na Pesse exhibition at Malay Heritage Centre, make sure you start from Gallery 1, in the following order of the exhibits below (Remember to pick up the exhibition guide book before your start your tour)

Gallery 1

1) The Bugis

2) Politics and Economy

3) Language and Literature

4) Indigenous Knowledge and Expertise

Gallery 2

5) Presence in Singapore

6) Practices and Beliefs

7) Memory and Identity

“Navigating Bugis Identities in Singapore”, a perfect quote for the visitors to the Sirri na Pesse exhibition at Malay Heritage Centre. Indeed, I am navigating my tour and journey into the Bugis world, from their origins, whether of royal descent, or seafarers or merchants, I was like I am on their phinisi (a traditional Bugis ship) sailing through in time and history, from their origins to modern Singapore today, inside this highly enriching exhibition.

With my limited knowledge initially, I only knew the Bugis community as seafarers, merchants and business people. After visiting and leaving the Sirri na Pesse exhibition, I am glad to learn and know more about the Bugis community in Singapore.

There are so much more to learn and understand about Singapore’s history, heritage and culture, the Sirri na Pesse exhibition is an excellent exhibition that I strongly encourage people to visit, learn and understand more about them.

Over the years that I had been writing and covering heritage, history and cultural exhibitions, events and related topics on the ground, there is always new knowledge, understanding and appreciation of our different races and cultures in Singapore that helped to grow, change and shape Singapore today.

The Galleries 1 & 2 at the Malay Heritage Centre may be small in exhibition space floor size, however, they are able to showcase a rich, diversified, concise, enriching and eye opener on the history, heritage, culture, conservation and preservation on the Bugis community and identities in Singapore.

*** More photographs of the Sirri na Pesse exhibition can be viewed here inside my Flickr photography album ***

Exhibition details and information

Sirri na Pesse: Navigating Bugis Identities in Singapore (In partnership with the Singapore-Bugis Community)

Dates: 14th October 2017 to 24th June 2018

Malay Heritage Centre

Galleries 1 & 2

Free Admission

Malay Heritage Centre

Address: 85 Sultan Gate, Singapore 198501

Opening Hours: Tuesday – Sunday 10am – 6pm

(Closed on Mondays)

Last admission at 5.30pm

Website: www.malayheritage.org.sg

Facebook: Malay Heritage Centre

Instagram: @malayheritage

Email: NHB_MHC@nhb.gov.sg

Telephone: +65 6391 0450


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Haenyeo Singapore Photography Exhibition

A photography exhition on an intangible culture that is facing its own challenges and continuation in the modern era today, a rich tradition that is slowly being eroded and a risk of this tradition and culture being lost. This topic resonates deeply in me, an area where I have an interest and passion in. This is the Haenyeo Singapore Photography Exhibition by Jose Jeuland, a professional Fujifilm X photographer based in Singapore.

Photo courtesy of Epson Singapore

During the official launch event at The Fullerton Hotel Singapore, I had the opportunity to view the wonderful and amazing photography works on display, telling us the stories behind the Haenyeo people, brave and amazing women that take on such a dangerous nature of work. . I remembered watching the Haenyeo in action on television, diving into the water gathering clams, abalone or seaweed from the ocean floor with just a lead-weighted vest and googles.

Viewing the photography works by Jose, I can sense and feel the connections with the subjects in the photographs. Maybe I have similar connections in our photography genre, through my personal heritage, cultural and conservation photography projects that I have undertaken over the years.

Photo courtesy of Epson Singapore

There were more than 30,000 Haenyeo diving off the shores of Jeju and Udo Island daily. Today, less than 5,000 with two-thirds being over the age of 60 remains. This traditional culture is facing many challenges ahead and it is recognised by UNESCO as an Intangible Cultural Heritage to be cherished.

The photography prints on display at the Haenyeo Singapore Photography Exhibition were supported by Epson Singapore, the official print sponsor by supporting the exhibition with its commercial and industrial photo graphic production printer, creating stunning high and professional quality prints.

Epson SureColor 64″ SC-P20070 Printer (Photo courtesy of Epson Singapore)

In the exhibition, there is a collection of compelling portraits of Haenyo are printed using the Epson SureColor 64″ SC-P20070 with UltraChrome® PRO Pigment Ink on Epson’s Signature Worthy Hot Press Bright.

Let me share with you more information on the Epson SureColor 64″ SC-P20070 Printer

The exhibition-quality prints were created with Epson’s 64″ SureColor SC-P20070 printer, using the Epson’s UltraChrome PRO nine-colour pigment ink system, with an extended colour gamut and four levels of black, and advanced PrecisionCore™ MicroTFP printhead technology to develop vibrant prints with lasting durability.

Used with Epson’s Signature Worthy medias, this advanced printing technology produces exceptional colour gamut and high maximum density (D-Max), offering photographic quality prints that is a favourite of photographers and artists alike

Ms. Tan May Lin, General Manager, Sales, Marketing and Customer Service Division, Epson Singapore said, “Epson Singapore is proud to be the official print sponsor for Jose’s first ever photography exhibition in Singapore. Jose has captured wonderfully compelling stories that bring the raw emotions of the Haenyo sea women to life. With Epson’s photo graphic production printers, we’re excited that our unique combination of Epson’s printhead technology and UltraChrome® PRO archival ink technology can help deliver the very best representation of his artworks in final print format.”

José Jeuland, a Singapore-based French professional photographer said, “I am thankful for Epson’s support as I launch my first-ever photography exhibition here in Singapore. Epson’s unique printing technology accentuates the key features of the Haenyeo as seen from the photographs at the exhibition. This in turn portrays the raw emotions of these women of great fortitude. With Epson’s support, I am happy to share the inspiring story of the Haenyeo women-divers from Jeju, Korea.”

Whether you love photography, travel, traditional culture and also Korea, do take the time and visit the photography artworks of the Haenyeo at The Fullerton Hotel Singapore. It’s a real eye opener to a wonderful culture and tradition, facing its own challenges and hurdles in the modern era. Do check out the Epson printer on display there too!

Details of Haenyeo Singapore Photography Exhibition

Date: 28th October 2017 to 23rd November 2017

Venue: East Gearden Foyer, The Fullerton Hotel Singapore

* Admission is free for all *

Jose Jeuland website/social media links

Website

Facebook

Instagram

Twitter

Pinterest

* Information courtesy of Epson Singapore and Lewis PR *

I would like to thank Epson Singapore for the invitation to the official launch of the Haenyeo Singapore Photography Exhibition.

Hong Kong Great November Feast

Food and travel lovers, there is an exciting feast festival taking place in Hong Kong during the month of November. There are many exciting and delicious food events that would make you eager and excited! All the delicious food are making me hungry and I would love to visit Hong Kong soon!

I would like to share more information and details about the Hong Kong Great November Feast taking place in Hong Kong, a month long packed festival, promotions and events featuring some of the best food and drinks that Hong Kong has to offer.

Crabalicious, a month-long celebration of the crustaceous creature. Participating restaurants like Michelin-starred restaurants Akrame, Ye Shanghai and more will offer a crab-based set menu during the whole of November. The seasonal hairy crab will also be making an appearance on some of the menus.

Sparkling Sunset @ Harbour City, a wine- and crab-pairing package offered between 5-8pm Thursdays and Fridays, and 3-8pm on weekends from 26 October – 12 November at the new Ocean Terminal Deck. For HK $100, customers can enjoy  a “Sparkle and Shine” party set that entitles them to three glasses of sparkling wine paired with three crab snacks, all while admiring the glorious sunset.

Lan Kwai Fong Carnival, a lively annual outdoor bash hosted in one of Hong Kong’s most bustling party districts. This year, the theme is Japanese, meaning everything will have a touch of Nipponese influence. Set aside 11-12 November for the two-day affair, which promises to be the largest street party in Hong Kong.

Great Wines of the World 2017, an international wine exhibition in collaboration with wine critic James Suckling. Held at the Four Seasons Hotel this 3 November, the ticketed event will feature high-ranking wines from China, Argentina, Thailand, France and more.

The Great November Feast will be opened by the annual Wine & Dine Festival on 26-29 October. This year, the festival is bigger and better than all previous editions, with 400-plus booths touting delicacies from Hong Kong and across the globe.

HONG KONG – OCTOBER 22: Guests attend the CCB (Asia) Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival in Central district on October 22, 2015 in Hong Kong, China. Hong Kong holds the CCB (Asia) Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival featuring over 300 booths from over 20 countries. (Photo by Jerome Favre/Getty Images for Hong Kong Images)

There’s the FeedMe lane featuring dishes by some of the city’s trendiest restaurants, including Bo Innovation, Chili Fagara and Lai Bun Fu. Then there’s the Robert Parker Wine Advocate Pavilionhighlighting off-the-beaten-path wines from around the world. Meanwhile, The Concept Store will be a hit for style-conscious customers keen to get their hands on the designers’ kitchen gadget. And that’s just a small glimpse into the Festival!

For more event information, please visit http://www.discoverhongkong.com/eng/see-do/events-festivals/highlight-events/great-november-feast.jsp

* Information and pictures courtesy of Hong Kong Tourism Board and Media OutReach *

Return of McDonald’s Samurai Burger

Samurai Burger by McDonald’s Singapore, one of our favourite burgers there, is making a comeback! The return of McDonald’s Samurai Burger!

This iconic Samurai Burger has attracted some attention and wrath of a strong Ninja rival that is secretly planning an attack on the Samurai Burger, I am pretty curious and excited on this new Ninja rival! Stay tuned for more news and updates!

The Samurai Burger is available in either a succulent grilled chicken patty or juicy quarter pounder beef patty, dipped in teriyaki sauce, packed with a layer of crunchy lettuce in between lightly toasted sesame buns.

Do check out the Seaweed Shaker Fries, you can opt to upsize your meal to add it in! From $8.80, indulge in a Samurai Special that includes the Seaweed Shaker Fries (L) and refreshing Heaven & Earth Green Tea (M), the perfect beverage to send your taste buds to Japan. End your meal on a high by digging into the Matcha McFlurry® with Red Bean from only $3. The burger can also be enjoyed a la carte from $6.

All the above items shared, available after breakfast hours in all restaurants and via McDelivery from 13th October 2017, while stocks last

* Information and pictures courtesy of McDonald’s Singapore and Golin *

Celebration of Photography Exhibition by ION Art and Leica Galerie Singapore

ION Orchard is celebrating their 8th Anniversary this year and in conjunction with this celebration, ION Art is proud to present Celebration of Photography Exhibition, in partnership with Leica Galerie Singapore. This is the fourth edition of the annual ION Art Photography Series and I remembered visiting ION Art for a photography exhibitio by fellow photographer friend, Aik Beng Chia.

For this particular Celebration of Photography Exhibition, they will feature eight collections of photography works by eight oustanding and talented Singapore-based photographers, each of them specialist in their own photography fields and genres. During the media session on the morning of Friday 6th October 2017, I had a short tour of this amazing Celebration of Photography Exhibition with a short sharing and presentation by each photographer, on their themes, thoughts and synposis behind their photography works on display.

From photography genres, portrait, architecture, lifestyle, travel, documentary, sports and street photography, visitors can view the various photography works by the eight Singapore-based photographers, from all walks of life. When I walked through the various photography works on display, they were more than just excellent and amazing, they each tell a story behind the photograph, through the unique and special vision of each photographer.

Being a photographer myself, taking on both commercial photography work as a small business and personal photography, each and every of the eight photographers works resonates something with me, in my heart, mind and soul. Viewing photography exhibitions of such high standards and quality, does give me the encouragement to rekindle my passion for my personal photography projects when commercial photography takes a huge part away from it. This photography exhibition was also an excellent opportunity to view the quality of Leica cameras and lenses, shot entirely from the legendary Leica M series, professional systems such as the Leica S and SL, to versatile and compact cameras such as the Leica Q, TL2 and Sofort.

Now, let me introduce to you the eight photographer featured in this exhibition:

KC Eng

Laxmi Kaul

Andrew Lum

Francisco Marin

Justin Ong

Eric Sawitoski

Marc Tan

Yuey Tan & Claire Jedrek

No matter which level of photography you are at, or you are a fan of the photography, arts and creative field, do drop by and visit Celebration of Photography Exhibition by ION Art and Leica Galerie Singapore.

Celebration of Photography Exhibition by ION Art and Leica Galerie Singapore

Venue: ION Art Gallery, ION Orchard Level 4

Date:7th to 15th October 2017

Opening hours: 10am to 10pm daily

Photography Talks

Venue: ION Art Gallery, ION Orchard Level 4

Saturday 7th October 2017

  • Justin Ong – 10.30am to 12.00pm
  • KC Eng – 2.00pm to 3.30pm
  • Andrew Lum – 4.00pm to 5.30pm

Saturday 14th October 2017

  • Francisco Marin – 10.30am to 12.00pm
  • Laxmi Kaul – 2.00pm to 3.30pm
  • Eric Sawitoski – 4.00 to 5.00pm

Notes:

Admission to the photography talks is complimentary and it is limited to 40 people per session. Visitors can register via

OPPO R11 Dual Lens Smartphone Review

The OPPO R11 was launched not long ago in July 2017, their current flagship model in their line up. At their launch event, I did manage to get hold of the OPPO R11 for a very short time and tried it out.

Once a review unit was made available, I had the OPPO R11 for two weeks to test it out, putting their dual lens smartphone camera to the test. Their ColorOS 3.1 based on Android 7.1, is easy to use, it has a friendly user interface and it is quite similar to the Apple iOS layout. Overall, smartphone users who decide to choose the OPPO R11 smartphone should be able to adapt pretty quickly.

Before I proceed to write and share on the dual lens smartphone camera review, let me refresh on the OPPO R11 technical specifications

OPPO R11 Technical Specifications and Information

Dimensions/Weight

  • Size: 154.5×74.8×6.8mm
  • Weight: 50g (with BATT)

Basic Parameters

  • Colour: Gold, Black
  • Operating System: ColorOS 3.1, Android 7.1
  • Processor: Qualcomm SDM 660, Octa-core (4 x2.2GHz, 4 x1.9GHz)
  • RAM: 4 GB
  • Storage: 64 GB (Support microSD card up to 256GB)
  • Battery: 3000mAh (Typical Value) Li-Po Battery (unremovable)
  • Charger: VOOC Flash Charge mini

Display

  • Size: 5.5”
  • Type: AMOLED (PPI 401)
  • Resolution: FHD (1920 by 1080 pixels)
  • Colors: 16 million colors
  • Touchscreen: Multi-touch, Corning® Gorilla® Glass 5

Camera

  • Rear Camera: 16M (f/1.7) + 20M (f/2.6)
  • Rear Sensor: IMX398 + IMX376
  • Front Camera: 20M (f/2.0)
  • Flash: Supported

Connectivity

  • GPS: Supported
  • Bluetooth: 4.2 LE
  • Wi-Fi: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
  • NFC: No
  • OTG: Supported
  • Sensors: E-compass, G-sensor, Gyro-meter, Light and Proximity Sensor

Inside the OPPO R11 dual lens smartphone camera, here are the list of capabilities that you can find and use. Although it is not as packed in features compared to some of the other smartphone models in the market, they still have a pretty good list of features packed inside them. Let me bring you through the features packed inside the OPPO R11 dual lens camera smartphone:

Modes

  • Time-lapse
  • Video
  • Photo
  • Portrait (with Depth Effect)
  • Pano
  • Expert

Photo mode

  • Standard , Square , Full Screen
  • Watermark – 8 types
  • Filters – Aesthetic , Instant , Fantasy , Sweet , Sunlight , Transfer , Fresh , Mono
  • HDR – On , Off , Auto
  • Flash – Off , On , Auto , Fill Light

Portrait

  • Timer – Off , 3s , 10s , Tap

Video mode

  • 720p , 1080p, 4K
  • 10s short video
  • Light on / off
  • Filters – Aesthetic , Instant , Fantasy , Sweet , Sunlight , Transfer , Fresh , Mono

Expert mode

  • WB – Auto , Incandecent , Daylight , Fluroescent , Cloudy , Shade , Twillight , Candelight
  • EV from -3 to +3
  • ISO – Auto , 100 , 200, 400 , 800 , 1600
  • Shutter – Auto, 1s , 2s , 4s, 8s, 16s
  • Focus – Auto , Manual (able to adjust Near to Far)
  • Timer – 3s , 10s
  • Horizontal Level
  • Ultra HD
  • Zoom – 1x to 10x
  • 2 lenses (20MP and 16MP)

What are some of my thoughts, views, notes and observations during my review on the OPPO R11 dual lens smartphone camera review? Let me bring you through my experiences with the OPPO R11 dual lens camera smartphone, the photographs that I took with it and videos on my YouTube channel.

Observations, Notes and Views

  • In expert mode, you can zoom in from 1x to 10x, this is a very interesting and very useful feature to have. With the high megapixels, this allows the camera to push up to 10x, although I personally won’t use up to 10x zoom.
  • There are two lenses that you can use in expert mode, they are the 16M (f/1.7) + 20M (f/2.6).
  • In video mode, they have a feature to record 10s short video, this would come in handy for social media usage.
  • 4K video output is good when viewed on my laptop
  • Sharp and clear photographs
  • At high ISO, the noise level is visible and photographs can be grainy (a challenge for all smartphones in my personal opinion)
  • In expert mode, users can’t shoot in mono filter
  • Monochrome photos straight out from OPPO R11 is a mix of hit and miss for me, sometimes I like the final photo, sometimes I don’t.

The OPPO R11 dual lens camera smartphone may not seem to be packed with that many features that you can see in some other smartphone models in the market, that does not mean that they are not as good. From my review and experiences, the OPPO R11 does have some strong features that stand out during the time when I was reviewing it.

The portrait feature, coupled with the high megapixels sensors in the OPPO R11, making it one of their strong features and key selling point. This would be most welcomed by those who love to take portraits or have their portraits being taken.

Overall, the OPPO R11 dual lens camera smartphone may not have the features that professional photographers / serious photography enthusiasts desire, nevertheless, they are still able to produce pretty nice and good quality photos from the OPPO R11 especially for those who love portraits and selfies. The 4K video quality output is good, another feature that I like, from the OPPO R11 dual lens camera smartphone.

I woud like to thank OPPO Singapore and MSL Group for the opportunity to review the OPPO R11 dual lens camera smartphone.


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Happy Mid-Autumn Festival 2017!

A festival that always attracts the whole family with children, for a fun time of family gathering and fun together. Mid-Autumn Festival has always been an important festival for the Chinese community around the world, an occasion for celebration on the Chinese Lunar Calendar, the 15th day of the eighth lunar month, which is today, 4th October 2017.

On the weekend 30th September and 1st October 2017, I visited Wan Qing Yuan, Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall for an evening of Wan Qing Mid-Autumn Festival 2017 Celebrations (秋月明夜亮晚晴). There were a number of fun activities organised for the weekend, great for families and children, do check out some of their photographs uploaded on their Facebook Page.

I visited 晚晴园 on 30th October for Mid-Autumn Festival 2017 celebrations. It was great to see families with children coming down for family bonding time and having fun together. The lanterns were a big attraction for the children and also for the parents too, they are childhood memories for the adults too! With the outdoor booths around the lawn area, fun activities and food for the visitors, beside visiting the museum and other activities taking place inside Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall.

The evening concert was great; the LED Dragon Dance got everybody excited as they moved around the crowds, getting up close and personal with them. That was followed by live music performances on the stage, entertaining and captivating the visitors celebrating Mid-Autumn Festival 2017 at 晚晴园, some of the memorable scenes for me were the cute and enthusiastic young children sitting right in front of the stage, watching, cheering and recording videos of the live music performances on stage, spreading great joy and love to the different performers. Let me share some of my memories from Wan Qing Mid-Autumn Festival 2017!

Today is Mid-Autmn Festival 2017! Wishing everybody a Happy Mid-Autumn Festival 2017! Have a great time of fun and bonding with your family during this festival!

祝大家中秋快乐!


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Ballantine’s launched 15 years old Single Malt Series

Scotch whisky lovers alert! Ballantine’s, one of the world’s renowned Scotch whisky, recently launched their first ever 15 years old single malt series. For those who have been following my articles here on my portal/blog and my Instagram, you would have seen my whisky drinking adventures with Nikka, Balvenie and Ballantine’s, as well as my family secret collection of whisky over the past few decades.

A recent news release by Media Outreach got my attention, Ballantine’s launched their first ever 15 years old single malt series in Taipei, Taiwan. From the press release, I also learned that Taiwan is the 4th largest whisky market by value and the most vibrant Single Malt market in the world. With this factor, Taiwan is the first country  to officially launch the Ballantine’s Single Malt Series.

I am going to share more information provided by them on their first ever 15 years old single malt series Scotch whisky.  I hope to have the opportunity to taste them here in Singapore and I would love to visit whisky distilleries in Scotland when the opportunity arises.

Let me share the key information and details of Ballantine’s first ever 15 years old single malt series:

For the first time in its 190-year history, Ballantine’s has unveiled three outstanding 15 years old Single Malts, each unique in flavour and from three of its signature distilleries: Glenburgie, Miltonduff and Glentauchers.

This innovative move sees Ballantine’s look to meet the growing demand for Single Malts and allow a new generation of discerning drinkers to discover the unique flavours of three of the signature malts from the heart of Ballantine’s.

Fusing the traditional and the modern, each Single Malt celebrates nearly two centuries of heritage and tradition in the beautiful and historic Speyside region of Scotland — whilst showcasing founder George Ballantine’s need to do things differently.    The packaging itself is an outward expression of this fusion, taking inspiration from Scotland, the home of the brand and showcasing the natural stone of each of its distilleries.

Sandy Hyslop, the fifth Master Blender for Ballantine’s, worked with his talented team to craft the first ever Single Malt Series, he comments: “This is a truly exciting time for Ballantine’s. Since 1827, Ballantine’s has been creating award-winning whiskies, and the Single Malt series is a bold expression of both Ballantine’s heritage and sense of innovation within the world of whisky.

“Each of these 15 years old Single Malts has been made with the same craft, care and authenticity that goes into every bottle of Ballantine’s, whilst pushing the boundaries of what is currently on the market today. I am certain that whisky drinkers, connoisseurs and collectors alike will enjoy these new whiskies.”

The Glenburgie Single Malt

  • Nose: Perfectly balanced with aromas of sweet soft red apples and blackcurrant. Allied with this is wonderful honeycomb candy sweetness.
  • Taste: Full and creamy with a velvety smooth texture (honey). This whisky is bursting with fruity sweet orange flavours.
  • Finish: Very long, sweet and round.

The Miltonduff Single Malt

  • Nose: Rich fruity and sweet. Flavours of peaches in syrup, juicy sweet orange and creamy soft toffee with a hint of toasted almonds.
  • Taste: Sweet scented floral flavours. Extremely smooth with milk chocolate flavours and hints of cinnamon spice, cloves and liquorice root in the background.
  • Finish: Very long, warm and sweet.

The Glentauchers Single Malt

  • Nose: Bursting with sweet citrus fruit flavours (tangerine and sweet clementine) with hazelnut notes and a hint of delicate floral heather coming through the background.
  • Taste: Coats the mouth with smooth, soft berry flavours of raspberry and blackcurrant, combined with a tantalising taster of barley sugar sweets.
  • Finish: Incredibly long and luscious.

* Information and pictures courtesy of Ballantine’s and Media Outreach *

Lomography LOMO’INSTANT SQUARE

Lomography has added new photography products to their line up, the LOMO’INSTANT SQUARE and Instant Mini Camera Back to their line up.

For the film and analogue photography fans, let me share with you more information below:

The Lomo’Instant Square is the first fully analogue camera to work with the recently released Fujifilm Instax Square film. It’s a response to a consistent, popular demand from analogue lovers worldwide hungry to try out the iconic square format. With a compact, foldable design, the Lomo’Instant Square is a box full of creativity that fits right into your life.

​​​Just two weeks after the launch of the Lomo’Instant Square, we’re introducing the Instant Mini Camera Back to transform our brand new instant camera into a multi-format master. With double the features, it’s double the fun!

The Instant Mini Camera Back clips onto the Lomo’Instant Square to make this foldable box of creativity work with Fujifilm Instax Mini Film as well as Fujifilm Instax Square Film! That means you’ll get all the super sharpness, perfect exposure and funky features of the Lomo’Instant Square on two different film formats.

The Lomo’Instant Square Kickstarter Project (Ends on 29th September 2017)

KICKSTARTER PRICE:

KICKSTARTER SPECIAL PRICE
・Lomo’Instant Square Single Package – USD 149
・Lomo’Instant Square Black & White Combo Package – USD 179
・Lomo’Instant Square Kickstarter Exclusive Combo Package – USD 186
・Lomo’Instant Square Ganza Combo Package – USD 194
・Lomo’Instant Square Pigalle Combo Package – USD 194

The Lomo’Instant Square Instant Back Mini Add On – USD 15
Check out available add ons here:
https://microsites.lomography.com/lisq-addons/

Back us on Kickstarter Now:http://www.lomography.com/kickstarter
Estimated delivery date for 1st batch of backers: February 2018

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TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

▪ Film Format: Fujifilm Instax Square Film

▪ Exposure Area: 62mm x 62mm

▪ Lens Focal Length: 95mm (45mm equivalent)

▪ Auto Exposure Type: Programmed Automatic

▪ Aperture: Automatic f/10, f/22

▪ Shutter Speed: Bulb Mode up to 30 sec, Auto Mode 8s to 1/250

▪Exposure Compensation: +1/-1 Exposure Values (Ambient Exposure)

▪ Film Ejection Mechanism: Motorized

▪ Multiple Exposures: Unlimited

▪ Built-in Flash Guide Number: 9 (m)

▪ Built-in Flash: Automatic Flash & Flash Off Mode

▪ Closest Focusing Distance: 0.8m

▪ Zone Focusing Setting: 0.8m / 1-2.5m / infinity (pre-set at 1-2.5m)

▪ Tripod mount: Yes

▪ Remote Control Transmission: Infrared (front & back sensors on camera)

▪ Self Timer: Electronically controlled countdown to 10 seconds

▪ Film Counter: LED indication, counting down

▪ Battery Supply: 2 x CR2 batteries (6V) – not included

▪ Remote Control Battery Supply: CR2025 (3V) – not included

▪ Filter Thread Diameter: 30.5mm

▪ Lens Attachments: Portrait Glass Lens (closest focusing distance 50cm) and Splitzer. Available in combo packages.

▪ Accessories: Lomo’Instant Square Instant Mini Back, Color Lens Filters & Color Temperature Filters. Available separately.

* Information and pictures courtesy of Lomography Online Services *