Hotpot Culture at Marina Square

Hotpot Culture is a restaurant located in Marina Square that specialises in hotpot (火锅).

They offer a wide selection of broths and dips, ranging from Chicken Broth; Tom Yum; Herbal Broth; Kimchi Broth; Laksa Broth to even Japanese Sukiyaki and Chocolate Fondue.

My set meal
My set meal

Rachel and I ate at there a few weeks ago. We ordered the Herbal Broth and Tom Yum Broth with beef and pork respectively. The price was pretty reasonable, a dinner set costs around S$10 per pax. If you make use of their various credit cards tie-ins, the bill can come to even lower.

Tucking in
Tucking in

Overall, I enjoyed the meal although it wasn’t fantastic. Rachel didn’t like the fact that the meat and some of the items were still frozen when served. Nonetheless, for the same price, it is still better tasting and healthier than other similar range restaurants like Seoul Garden.

If you are interested to visit the Hotpot Culture, here’s their address and detailed info:

6 Raffles Boulevard #02-138D
Marina Square Singapore 039594

Telephone: +65 6333 9844
Fax: +65 6483 4517

Email: sales@hotpotculture.com

Operating Hours
Sun – Thur: 11:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Last order @ 9:15 p.m.

Fri, Sat, Eves of & On PH: 11:30 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Last order @ 9:45 p.m.

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Singapore Blog Awards 2009

Singapore Blog Awards 2009
Singapore Blog Awards 2009

Please support this k? 🙂

You can help by blogging about this or pasting this blog button onto your blog.

We have roped in more sponsors this year and two blog networks, Advertlets.com and Ping.sg to help omy.sg to rally for more bloggers to take part in this award.

You can now submit blog nomination/registration; join omy’s Blog Club; vote for the most Blogged-About Event in 2008; join the official Singapore Blog Awards facebook group and even chat with other bloggers.

The official press release as below:

Singapore Blog Awards return with more categories and prizes

Singapore, 28 April 2009 — The Singapore Blog Awards return this year with more categories and prizes for bloggers!

Organised by omy (www.omy.sg), a bilingual news and interactive web portal by Southeast Asia’s leading media organisation Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (SPH), the Awards honour “new-age wordsmiths” who devote their time and energy to create and maintain informative and innovative blogs.

A total of 6000 blogs were nominated and over 70,000 votes were cast for last year’s inaugural event.

This year, three new award categories, namely Best Modeling Blog, Best WTH (what-the-hell) Blog and Best Food Blog are added to the existing list of seven categories, which are Most Insightful Blog, Best LOL (laugh-out-loud) Blog, Best Individual Blog, Best e-Commerce Blog, Best Photography Blog, EASB (East Asia Institute of Management) Best Youth Blog and Best Lifestyle Blog.

With more sponsors participating in the event, prizes will also be more enticing for participating bloggers.

Ms Lee Kuan Fung, Associate Editor of omy.sg, said: “The blogosphere gets more exciting with more people sharing their stories online and more readers supporting these stories. With the launch of the second Singapore Blog Awards, we hope to bring these voices to a new high. ”

Nominations and registrations for the Singapore Blog Awards are now open. The public can log on to the official site (http://sgblogawards.omy.sg) to nominate their favourite blogs. Bloggers can also participate directly by registering themselves for the Awards.

The Awards will be divided into three phases. The first phase consists of nomination and registration, which will end in June 2009. Following that, the omy editorial team will select the top ten blogs for each category. These blogs will then be put through a rigorous public voting process as well as scoring by a panel of ten professional judges.

The judges this year are Mr Man Shu Sum, CEO of Mark Burnett Asia; Mr Kelvin Tong and Mr Royston Tan, both Singapore movie directors; Ms Kuo Jian Hong, Co-Artistic Director of The Theatre Practice; Ms Anna Lim, Radio 100.3FM deejay; Mr Josh Lim, Managing Director of Advertlets; Mr U-Zyn Chua, CEO of Ping.sg; Mr Samuel Ng, Executive Consultant of Marine Parade Family Service Centre; Ms Xiao Han, Director and Lyricist of Funkie Monkies Productions and Mr Chua Chim Kang, Editor of omy.sg and Lianhe Wanbao.

In the third and final phase, the winners will be crowned at a closing ceremony, with details to be announced later. The winner of each category will walk away with a custom-designed trophy created by Singapore Cultural Medallion winner Mr Tan Swie Hian and a variety of sponsored prizes.

Commenting on the Awards, Mr Kelvin Tong, who is one of the judges, said: “There were pagers. Then, there were mobile phones. Now there is the blog. Blogging has become a vital and intrinsic part of youth culture. They express the experiences, thoughts, ideas, dreams, hopes and fears of the new generation.”

Adding to the excitement are fringe awards which are determined entirely by public voting. They are the Best Local Celebrity Blog, Best Overseas Celebrity Blog and the Most-Blogged-About event in 2008. There will be no prizes given to the fringe award winners.

All bloggers and voters stand to win a total of over $20,000 worth of prizes by participating in the Awards. Prizes include mobile phones, shopping vouchers, overseas hotel accommodation packages, food products and more.

The Singapore Blog Awards 2009 is sponsored by the East Asia Institute of Management (EASB), United International Pictures (UIP), National Heritage Board (NHB), Asia Web Direct, Koka, ST701, HTC and Play Smart Pte. Ltd. It is supported by blog networks, Advertlets.com and Ping.sg.

Singapore Blog Awards 2009 Categories:

1. EASB Best Youth Blog EASB 最佳青苹果部落格

This category is for all blogs written by bloggers below 16 years old.

2. Best Lifestyle Blog 最佳生活资讯部落格 (sponsored by National Heritage Board)

This category is for blogs with strong lifestyle content.

3. Best Photography Blog 最靓摄影部落格 (sponsored by Asia Web Direct)

This category is for professional photography blogs.

4. Best Food Blog 最佳饮食部落格 (sponsored by KOKA)

This category is for blogs featuring food reviews, cooking and recipes content.

5. Best e-Commerce Blog 最佳 e-shop部落格 (sponsored by ST701)

This category is for blogs which deal with online commercial activities, including corporate blogs and blog-shops.

6. Most Insightful Blog 最具深度部落格

This category is for serious blogs with interesting and revealing insights, analytical reports, dealing with various social issues.

7. Best LOL Blog 最具娱乐性部落格

This category is for blogs with strong humour that cackles up readers.

8. Best “WTH” Blog 最不可思议部落格

Blogs which focus on the strange, the underground – topics that make you go “What-the-hell is this?”

9. Best Modeling Blog 最佳个人靓照部落格

This category is for blogs with lots of self portraits and modelling photos.

10. Best Individual Blog 最具个人特色部落格

This category is for individualistic blogs with free-wheeling content about daily lives and musings that cannot easily fit into any categorisation.

Judging Criteria
To crown the award winner for each of the 10 categories, a score will be computed based on public votes (30%) and professional judging (70%).

Judging Criteria And Points

Inspiring/entertaining content – 40
Expression/presentation – 30
Judges Total – 70
Voting Total – 30

Other Fringe Awards:

Popular Choice Awards (sponsored by HTC)
This will be awarded to the top five most voted bloggers among the finalists in the ten main categories.

2008 Most-Blogged-About Event
A voting-only category for the public to determine a news event that generated the most interest in the local blogosphere in 2008.

Celebrity Blog Award

1. Best Overseas Celebrity Blog
This category is for blogs written by overseas celebrities in the entertainment and media industry, writers, sportsmen and others.

2. Best Local Celebrity Blog
This category is for blogs written by Singapore celebrities in the entertainment and media industry, writers, sportsmen and others.

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A.J. Jacobs’ The Year of Living Biblically

Book Cover
Book Cover

Written by the editor of Esquire magazine, A.J. Jacobs, The Year of Living Biblically documents his attempt to follow the Bible as literally as possible for an entire year.

Jacobs was raised in a secular family, but became increasingly interested in the relevance of faith in our modern world. By embarking on his quest, Jacobs delved into the world of the deeply religiously, and seek to understand and look at the world from their viewpoint.

With the recent AWARE Christian-fundamentalist siege incident, this book might be a good read for both side – the atheists and the Christian-fundamentalists. It is difficult to step outside one’s comfort zone and one’s worldwide to try and understand what another person who shares a different set of values experiences.

Jacobs managed to keep the tone of the book relatively light-hearted, injecting humour into otherwise, chim religious topics and their application to our current society.

Before you dismiss Jacobs’ book as a crass paperback, seeking to make a quick buck by poking fun of Christianity, the book is well-researched. Before he took on his quest, Jacobs read through all the different versions of the Bible he could get his hands on and consulted with many respected religious figures.

The book was an interesting read for an atheist like me who never gave the Bible a chance. What I concluded was the Bible is fundamentally a book. A book with written words in it. Words are free for human interpretation and that’s where the problem lies. If one were to take every single words in the Bible as the literal Truth, one will wind up like Jacobs during his one year experiment – having to avoid shellfish, stone adulterers, tell the absolute truth in all situations, among other hard-to-apply words-of-truth.

Hence in our modern world, selective interpretation of the Bible is usually applied, ignoring the more tricky portions while cherry-picking those verses that are closer to the values we hold.

The book did not change my view about religion, I am still very much an atheist. However, it did made me seek to open up and be more receptive towards others’ beliefs and value systems. The world would be a much better place if everyone could do just the same. 🙂

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zSimplicityz: The Sakae Sushi Prankster

Leonard Zhou Anjian
Leonard Zhou Anjian

I am back. 🙂 The flickr photo issue has been fixed after a few email exchanges with the friendly staff at flickr and wordpress. More about that in another blog entry.

For now, check out the two videos below.

A boy who goes by the nickname, zSimplicityz uploaded videos of himself adding extra wasabi with his bare hands into two pieces of unagi sushi at a Sakae Sushi restaurant and returning it back to the sushi conveyor belt.

In the second video, it seems like zSimplicityz and his friends returned empty plates onto the sushi conveyor belt to avoid paying for the sushi they ate – not too sure as it was not too clear from the video.

Some netizens had left comments on his video, criticising him for his actions, but check out what he has to say in rebuttal below:

Click to Enlarge
Click to Enlarge

After the recent Indian Rojak food poisoning scare, I think this boy is either extremely dense or extremely insensitive. The forummers at EDMW have done a good job CSI-ing out his identity. If you want to know more about zSimplicityz, click HERE.

His basic profile:

Name: Leonard Zhou Anjian
email: leonardz-@hotmail.com
D.O.B: 15.04.87
Employment: Student

UPDATE: Since youtube removed the original video, here’s the link to another version of the video, edited with a cartoon music:

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Alvinology is DOWN!

For some inexplicable reasons, the photos on this blog are no longer loading since three days ago… I guess I have to stop blogging for the time being till the problem is fixed since a motto of this blog is to include at least one photo or video in every single entry.

This must be the first 100 percent pure text-based entry in this blog. 😦

Any kind soul can help or give me some advices?

Email me at alvinologist@gmail.com or just leave a comment below.

Thank you very much!

My photos are all uploaded on my Flickr account and embedded here via the WordPress CMS. The photos are loading fine on my mirror blog hosted on omy.sg though. They are embedded the same way. I have not made any changes to this blog in the past three days.

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Entre-nous creperie

Restaurant exterior
Restaurant exterior

Rachel and I went to try out this French crêpe restaurant at Seah Street last Friday for lunch. Rachel has read many glowing reviews about this restaurant in various magazines and newspapers reports and had wanted to try out their crêpes for the longest time.

I ordered an Emmental Cheese crêpe. Rachel ordered the Tile aux Moines crêpe (Roquefort cheese, walnuts and chives) and a cup of cider.

Emmental Cheese crepe
Emmental Cheese crepe
Tile aux moines crepe
Tile aux Moines crepe
Rachels cup of cider
Rachel's cup of cider

The crêpes here are said to be made from organic buckwheat, which explains the dull brown colour. I am not a big fan of French food as the portions are often only enough to feed a baby. This was the case with the crêpes here too. I think I can eat ten of their crêpes and still be hungry!

Taste-wise, it’s not too bad. A tat too healthy-tasting for my liking (I am not a big fan of organic food either). I miss my oil and meat. Rachel seems to enjoy the meal very much though.

Rachel enjoying her healthy food
Rachel enjoying her healthy food
Restaurant interior
Restaurant interior

If you are a light eater who enjoys eating rabbit and hamster food, this restaurant should be perfect for you. For the average Singaporeans who prefer unhealthy but tasty food, stay clear please.

Address and other details as below:

Entre-nous creperie
27,seah street
Singapore 188 383
booking:(0065)63334671
entrenous.creperie@gmail.com

11am to 10pm
Tuesday to Sunday
Closed on Monday

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Epic Phail: Gardenia Bread Vending Machine

Epic Phail
Epic Phail

Via VR-Zone forum. Why is the vending machine being placed in such a weird location in this clubhouse? LOL I am sure many Singaporeans enjoy eating their Gardenia bread, sitting beside the men’s toilet.:p

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