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Timeless Facade – Everything is a facade, only good food is a reality: Nara Japanese Restaurant January 29, 2010

Filed under: Life In Singapore,Where to eat — ilcourtilcourt @ 18:59

Final Verdict:
Value for money:7/10
Address: 10 Maju Avenue
Contact: 63820905
Opening Hours:
Weekdays: 11.30am – 2.15 pm, 6pm – 10.15pm
Sat & Sun: 11.30am – 10.30pm

via Timeless Facade – Everything is a facade, only good food is a reality: Nara Japanese Restaurant.

It has been quite some time since I last had Japanese food and Nara was a decently good choice to begin the plunge back in. Dinner for 3 cost almost $119, which isn’t too expensive, considering the quality of food and the decent service (which did seem a little inexperienced at times). Nearby Sushi Tei now has a serious rival to conten

d with.


ieatishootipost blogs Singapore’s best food: Kim Joo Guan Bak Kua: Bak Kwa 101

Filed under: Life In Singapore,Where to eat — ilcourtilcourt @ 18:28

Kim Joo Guan
257 South Bridge Road
Singapore 058806
This was an invited review

via ieatishootipost blogs Singapore’s best food: Kim Joo Guan Bak Kua: Bak Kwa 101.

I taste tested both the freshly BBQed Bak Kwa and the ones that have been rested for a day and I have to admit that the one day old Bak Kwa really does have a better flavour and bite to it. This Bak Kwa is excellent. It’s tender but has enough bite so that you can fully develop that savoury pork flavour. It is sliced slightly thicker than a lot of other Bak Kwa and so it retains it moisture very well. 4.5/5


ieatishootipost blogs Cumi Bali Indonesian: You don’t get this in Bali

Filed under: Life In Singapore,Where to eat — ilcourtilcourt @ 18:22

Cumi Bali Indonesian Restaurant66
Tanjong Pagar Road
Singapore 088487
Open daily for lunch and dinner except Sundays

We went there this Saturday, the food is good. Recommended.

via ieatishootipost blogs Singapore’s best food: Cumi Bali Indonesian: You don’t get this in Bali.

Let me just cut the long story short and tell you that the Sate Ayam Madura is one of the best things I have tasted and it is the one dish that has re-ignited my interest in Indonesian food. Maybe it is just because I am partial to the sweet, savoury flavour of the Kichup Manis marinade. But the tender, sweet and smokey pieces of chicken just made me want to visit the restaurant again very very soon! 4.75/5
The Beef Rendang here is not your classic Beef Rendang. It isn’t the fiery red and spicy version. Instead, the tender beef is stewed in a gravy which has a wonderful combination of spices which you probably need both hands and a few toes to count. It was very good and Cactuskit gave it a 4.75/5. My score is 4.5/5 as I felt it could have just that bit more ooomph.


Blame the foreigners!

Filed under: Life In Singapore,Politics — ilcourtilcourt @ 07:29

What do you do when the economy is in shambles, when your constituents are threatening to vote for the opposition, when they blame you for increasing the influx of foreigners, and when you do not want want to give them the effective right to vote you out of your million dollar job?

You blame the foreigners too! it always works!

It is still the same problem in Singapore: with no one to vote for, the citizens cannot enjoy what should be their only privilege, so they more and more look at monetary compensation for their lack of citizen rights. They learnt well from their government who has always been pushing “asian values”, including wealth over freedom.

Less health subsidies for PRsBy Claire Huang, Channel NewsAsia | Posted: 28 January 2010 1242 hrs    Photos 1 of 1      SINGAPORE: The Government has decided to shave off health subsidies given to Permanent Residents PRs by 10 percentage points. This is in a bid to make a sharper distinction between the privileges a citizen is entitled to, as compared to a PR. Currently, citizens enjoy heavy subsidies in Class B2 and C wards, while PRs receive significant subsidy and foreigners dont get any at all. With the revision, citizens are still entitled to an 80 per cent subsidy for a Class C ward. But PRs will be entitled to 60 per cent of cost, down from 70 per cent. The Ministry of Health said the reduction will be implemented in three stages. This is to make it easier for PRs to adjust to the new policy. From January 1 2011, the subsidy for PRs in Class B2 and C wards in public hospitals as well as specialist outpatient clinics will be cut by five percentage points. And in July 2011, it will be cut another five percentage points. The subsidy for PRs in the intermediate and long-term care sector, like community hospitals and nursing homes, will be cut by five percentage points. The last phase comes in January 2012, where another five percentage-point reduction will apply to community hospitals and nursing homes. This means that by 2010, PRs will receive 20 percentage points less healthcare subsidies than citizens.

via – Less health subsidies for PRs.


iPad – Data Only January 28, 2010

Filed under: Technology — ilcourtilcourt @ 08:36

Wi-Fi + 3G model

  • UMTS/HSDPA 850, 1900, 2100 MHz
  • GSM/EDGE 850, 900,1800, 1900 MHz
  • Data only
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR technology

Data Only: this is a great disappointment; just as the Fujitsu tablets before it, Apple goes with the easier Data Only limitation.

This means that there is no choice to use only the iPad wherever you go: you need Dual Sim, Dual device (and hopefully not Dual plan). I wanted to be able to take phone call on the iPad (via the headphone+microphone)

Another limitation is the lack of front facing camera “iSight”; with that camera the iPad would be better for my parents than a MacBook.

My guess is that for the moment Apple wants to make sure that the iPad cannot be a primary device.

via Apple – iPad – Technical specifications and accessories for iPad..


ieatishootipost blogs Singapores best food: Bismillah Biryani: Our Kakis’ current favourite Briyani January 25, 2010

Filed under: Where to eat — ilcourtilcourt @ 20:51

Bismillah Biryani Restaurant

50 Dunlop Street

Singapore 209379


11am to 10.30pm daily

via ieatishootipost blogs Singapores best food: Bismillah Biryani: Our Kakis’ current favourite Briyani.


How to Choose ETFs for Your Portfolio January 19, 2010

Filed under: Invest — ilcourtilcourt @ 07:28

How do you chose the most performant low-cost ETF?

Three hints from The Oblivious Investor

A reader recently asked me how to choose between ETFs when creating a low-cost ETF portfolio.

The first step, of course, is to choose the asset allocation that you want. But what then?

via How to Choose ETFs for Your Portfolio.