Sunday, August 7, 2016

Pokemon Go Craze Hits Singapore!!! Videos on catching Pokemon Go

Pokemon Go craze has hit Singapore. No doubt about that! I'm a grown adult, but I have jumped on the Pokemon Go bandwagon to collect these cute monsters from the Pokemon genre. Fun. In this first video, I show you how to set up the Pokemon Go Game on the iphone. Very easy.

Setting up Pokemon Go game on iPhone, and catching Charmander!

Second video, catching a RAT on the HDB void deck. Yes, a rat.

Continuing on the Pokemon theme, more monsters caught here.

Now, here is my first ever Gym battle against some 2000CP behemoth. Needless to say, I lost.

To be continued - more videos. Here is a Pokemon Rarity Chart from Reddit. (made by Rotom Guy)

Here are the specific names:
Rattata, Pidgey, Weedle, Caterpie, Drowzee
Virtually Everywhere
Eevee, Zubat, Venonat, Oddish, Magikarp
Very Common
Meowth, Spearow, Bellsprout, Paras, Krabby
Clefairy, Nidoran♀, Nidoran♂, Ekans, Cubone, Goldeen, Poliwag, Shellder
Jigglypuff, Growlithe, Gastly, Geodude, Exeggcute, Slowpoke, Psyduck, Jynx, Onyx
Ponyta, Vulpix, Koffing, Sandshrew, Staryu, Tentacool, Horsea, Magmar, Tangela
Very Rare
Abra, Machop, Grimer, Rhyhorn, Voltorb, Lickitung, Scyther, Pinsir
Dratini, Magnemite, Electabuzz, Hitmonlee, Hitmonchan, Chansey
Lapras, Snorlax, Porygon
Bulbasaur, Charmander, Squirtle, Pikachu, Omanyte, Kabuto, Aerodactyl

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Tallinn, Estonia, Cruise Port of Call - Serenade of the Seas

Tallinn is the capital and largest city of Estonia. It is situated on the northern coast of Estonia, on the Gulf of Finland, 80km south of Helsinki. Population is under 500,000. Tallinn's Old Town is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site and is one of the best preserved and intact European medieval cities. The city was known as Reval from the 13th Century until the early 20th Century.

We arrive in Tallinn on the Serenade of the Seas (Royal Caribbean) cruise ship and would spend some hours in the city today. We did not take a ship tour, but we went about on our own. We relied heavily on Rick Steves Northern European Ports guide for how to walk, as well as navigated with my smartphone GPS.

In this part 1, I show you how we walk from the cruise port all the way to the Fat Margaret Tower, which houses the Estonian Maritime Museum. We didn't visit the museum today. The walk took about 15 minutes, max. It felt good to walk. The weather was gorgeous.

We continue our journey. Using the Rick Steves travel guide, we start at Fat Margaret Tower and walk along Pikk Street. Fat Margaret was built in the early 16th Century. Called fat because she was the largest part of the city wall's fortifications, and also built to impress visitors coming by ship. So we just followed along Pikk Street till we came to the town square. It was early, around 1000hrs, and many shops were only starting to open.

Continued from the previous video, from the Tallinn old town square, we headed in the direction of Olde Hansa, which is a restaurant featuring the medieval way of eating. This was a restaurant recommended by the cruise ship, so we came to take a look, though we decided not to eat here. Just outside the restaurant, there was this lady selling some spiced sweets/nuts, at 4 Euros per packet. She said it had medicinal value! Well, it tasted like sweet stuff to me.

We followed the walking directions in the Rick Steve's guide and headed up this smaller and narrow walkway, towards the upper part of the Tallinn. This would bring us to a place called the Danish King's Garden (with plenty of shade) and we took a rest near the flower bed. Then, we headed towards the Orthodox cathedral, called the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, went inside briefly to take a look. And we walked on.

Near the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, there were several very good viewpoints to see the lower city. We visited two of them, and to get there, you walked past many foreign embassies. This area was near the Parliament and the Government center of Tallinn. After taking in the sights, we started to make our way back down to the lower city center. We found a cafe that we walked past earlier this morning, and decided to stop there for some coffee and beer!

The Tallinn Old Town, including Toompea, is a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. Her old town is one of the best preserved medieval cities in Europe.

After doing the walk (as per Rick Steve's guide), we went to an info counter to figure out how to take a tram to the Kadrioru Park. Managed to find the train stop and we paid for the tram ticket with cash (Euros). It was an interesting ride, and not far. Kind people on board the tram told us where to stop. And we walked around the park a bit. There was some large playground with amusement rides, but we didn't ride any. The plan was to take a taxi back to the cruise port but we had difficulty finding one. So we ending up walking all the way back! It was a rather long walk, I think almost 3km, but we made it. All that exercise was good! Was the park worth going? Well, probably not. May be better to spend more time wandering around Tallinn old town. More charm.

And we reach back to the port gates after a long, long walk from the Kaidrioru Park. Plenty of sun to go around. There were three ships in port, and ours was docked closest to the port gates. Walking is good, stretch the legs. Be mindful of the sun though. It was very bright. Bring a cap and sunscreen if needed.

Back on board the ship, I didn't take any video of the lunch we had. Must have been too hungry! We probably had our lunch in the Windjammer, I can't remember. Anyway, the next video footage on my camera was this footage from the Park Cafe in the Solarium.

And then I stand on the sun deck looking at the port of Tallinn, and I decided to give you some commentary on how easy and convenient the port of Tallinn was to do, by foot! This angle gives you an idea of how near (or far, it is all relative) the old town is. Many cruise passengers do it on foot, as you can see the lines of people walking back to the ships.

Opposite us, in Tallinn, was the Holland America Zuiderdam. On closer look, her hull paintwork looked to be in a rather bad shape. I am not sure why they didn't paint the ship more professionally. It certainly did not look good in the sun!

This wraps up our day in Tallinn, Estonia. Thanks for reading!

Monday, June 27, 2016

Singapore Airlines Jet Caught Fire - Nobody Hurt

A Singapore Airlines jet made an emergency landing at Singapore Changi Airport on the morning of 27 June 2016 and her right wing and jet was on fire. Plenty of black smoke and looked very scary. 

Thankfully the Changi Airport Fire service swung into immediate action and put out the fire within a very short time. No injuries, but it certainly looked like a very close call. More information from various press sources.

This Singapore Airlines Boeing 777-300ER jet (serial number 9V-SWB, a 9 year old plane) was bound for Milan and turned back to Singapore after about 2 hours, due to a fuel leak. The flight number was SQ 368. The plane caught fire after the aircraft touched down at around 6:50am. There were reportedly 19 crew and 222 passengers on board. After the fire was put out, the passengers disembarked through stairs and were brought to the terminal by bus.


Saturday, June 25, 2016

Turkish Airlines Singapore to Copenhagen in Economy Flight Reviews & Airport Lounges (Videos)

This was a family holiday to Europe. Originally we planned to book Singapore Airlines for the 4 of us, but the option of Turkish Airlines came along and we could save almost $2K for the 4 of us. So we decided to give Turkish a try. I made several videos of our experience.

I was informed by the check-in staff that I could use the SATS Premier Lounge (even though I was flying in Economy) because I was Star Alliance Gold status. Well, I recently attained Star Alliance Gold Status and I didn't even have my card yet, so I wasn't expecting this. Anyway, it was great, though I could only bring one guest. At the lounge entrance, I asked nicely if I could bring both my kids and the reception staff kindly agreed. My wife stayed outside though, she went shopping. Later on, I found out that SATS Premier Lounges were also Priority Pass lounges, so we could have used the lounge, albeit for a fee. Here is the video of the lounge, which is used by a good number of airlines. I guess this is called a contract lounge. They had a decent hot food selection, not as good as the SilverKris, but good enough for most. There was the signature laksa, which tasted good. Also they had 3 OSIM massage chairs at one corner. Cool!

Our flight was TK55 and departed at 2200hrs from Changi Terminal 1. The plane was almost full, with a good number of passengers from Singapore, including some aunties (if you watch the video, you can hear some of their voices during boarding, exclaiming that 2-4-2 is good). What is 2-4-2? That's the seating configuration on the plane, 2-4-2. Flight time was 11 hours and two meals were served. Flight was smooth and we got to Istanbul slightly ahead of schedule.

We arrived in Istanbul slightly ahead of schedule and the next flight was a good 3 hours or more away. We had already decided beforehand, and having read how busy Istanbul Airport would be, that we would park ourselves in a Priority Pass lounge. Both my wife and I are Priority Pass holders (get the card free from our credit card), but we have to pay for lounge admission at US27 per person. Well, since we had factored in this expense, we went for it, and it was a good decision because the airport was indeed crowded and the lounge provided a nice oasis to rest for a bit, with some food and drink. Here is a video of the experience.

We enjoyed the peaceful time in the lounge, and when it was time to board, we made our way to the gate. We had to take a bus to the plane bound for Copenhagen which was flight TK1783. The bus ride was nice, could see many planes. When we boarded, we found the missing cushion that I had talked about earlier. Once that was fixed, everything was smooth. Flight was good and we got some food to eat. We arrived in Copenhagen about 10 minutes ahead of schedule.

We didn't really spent a lot of time in Copenhagen. The objective of going there was to board a cruise ship for a cruise to the Baltic seas. Thanks for reading and watching my videos!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Light Dinner at Singapore Airlines SilverKris Lounge before Flight

Enjoying a light dinner at the SilverKris Lounge at Singapore Changi Airport before a recent flight. The porridge was very nice.


Sunday, April 10, 2016

Lee Wei Ling versus Lee Hsien Loong saga

This is getting exciting.  What in the world is happening?

Today, 10 April 2016, marks the first salvo by Dr Lee against PM.  She released an email correspondence with SPH where she accused PM Lee of 'abusing his power' and she went on to use words like 'dishonourable son'.

With such strong words, PM Lee responded within hours, calling all the allegations untrue.  Here is a snapshot of his Facebook post.  PM says that he is deeply saddened.

Stay tuned.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Bikinis and Snow - You mean they go together?

Well, apparently so, at least according to these pictures and movie clips.

These Chinese ladies were in their bikinis at some event.

Yet another group of women, also in their bikinis, at a ski resort.  I really wonder whether they feel cold.

Alright, you may think the above were just being done as a marketing gimmick to attract eyeballs and you are probably right.  What about ski-ing or snow-boarding in a bikini?  Yes, people have done that too.  Check out the video below.  One thing is for sure, this lady can snowboard pretty well.

Encouraged by all these bikini ladies, some amateurs also wanted some fun in the snow and they decided to strip down to their bikinis at at a ski resort in order to take some photos for a keepsake.  What happened?  Quite funny - see this clip.

Well, it is now no longer a novelty to wear a bikini in snow, or is it?  Thanks for reading.