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Introducing Snax! by CP Foods – 5 pair of vouchers to give away

Snax! by CP Foods
Snax! by CP Foods

Snax! by CP is the latest food concept launched by CP Foods, one of Singapore’s most popular and leading food brands, that serves up hot, flavourful comfort food that you can consume on-the-go.

Shrimp skewer choices
Shrimp skewer choices
Chicken skewer options
Chicken skewer options

In collaboration with CP Foods, I will be giving our 5 pairs of Snax! by CP vouchers (each pair worth S$30++) – each voucher entitles a Snax! value meal, 3 seafood or chicken skewers, and 1 set of the new ‘Chicky Chix’.

One voucher can get you this amount of food:

Two chicken sticks on the left and three shrimp sticks on the right
Two chicken sticks on the left and three shrimp sticks on the right
A box of rice with two skewers
A box of rice with two skewers
That's really a lot of food!
That’s really a lot of food!

The vouchers are redeemable at either of the two Snax! by CP outlets – Takashimaya (Food Hall, B2), and JEM (B1-K03) – and are valid till 31 October 2013. Other terms and conditions apply.

If you are interested to win these vouchers, simply go Like my Facebook Fan Page and leave a comment on this post.

I will do a random draw and contact the winner via Facebook message by next Monday (14 Oct 2013).

[14 Oct 2013 Update] Congratulations to the following five winners:

I will be messaging the winners via facebook. A big thank you to everyone who joined this contest. Do continue to support Alvinology.com and Snax! by CP Foods. 🙂

Red Bull Real Singapore Heroes

Have you witnessed a kind deed recently, or know someone who regularly goes the extra mile to lend a helping hand?

How about spreading some love to these wonderful individuals?  –  nominate them for the Red Bull Real Singapore Heroes: an award to recognise and reward ordinary Singaporeans and Singapore residents who make a difference through selfless and noble acts:

redbullheroes

 Held in conjunction with the launch of the new Red Bull 25% Less Sugar, Red Bull Singapore is extending an invitation to Singaporeans to nominate individuals who have performed heroic acts in our daily lives on the Red Bull Real Singapore Heroes microsite  through video or text submissions from 1 Aug to 30 Sep.

redbull

There are amazing prizes to be won:

    • 3 winning video entries will each receive 1x Samsung Galaxy S4 or $888 cash
    • 3 winning text entries will each receive 1x iPad Mini or $488 cash

Need inspirations for your submission? Check out the Hall of Heroes to read the entries submitted so far.

In addition, if you have bought any Red Bull Less Sugar during this period, just snap a photo of the receipt, upload it on the same microsite and you will be entered into a draw to win S$5,000 worth of prizes, including travel vouchers! 

It doesn’t matter if it’s one can or a dozen; your own receipt or your mama’s grocery receipt. If you bought Red Bull Less Sugar, you’re in. 

Have fun. 🙂

Win the Volkswagen Sharan (for a week)!

Yes, you read correctly.

You can win the Volkswagen Sharan (for a week)!

I wrote about my experience cruising around in the 7-seat MPV with a 2.0 TSI engine for a week. Would you like to experience this for you and your loved ones too?

You can! Volkswagen Singapore is now running a #INeedASharan contest. Do visit the official website for more details. 

To participate, simply post a picture (on instagram or on the #INeedASharan facebook app) showing why you need a Sharan, along with the hash tag #INeedASharan. For ideas and inspirations, you can read my previous blog post on my experience driving the Sharan for a week. 

Me driving the Volkswagen Sharan
Me driving the Volkswagen Sharan
My son, Asher, enjoying his ride in the Sharan with his aunt
My son, Asher, enjoying his ride in the Sharan with his aunt

The top 10 most voted pictures will be selected and judged by a Volkswagen Singapore panel, and the top 5 will be selected winners. Yes, there are FIVE winners – not one, but FIVE. 

The prize? A week drive with the Sharan!

Note that anyone is free to participate, but ultimately, the winners will have to be 24 and above and have a valid driving license for your own safety as well as the safety of other road users.

Hurry and send in your #INeedASharan entry now! Submission closes at 2359hrs, 13 September 2013.

The King Louis Grill & Bar @ VivoCity

When you go shopping at VivoCity, did you notice a medieval suit of armor beside a few of the escalators? These are advertisement for the medieval themed restaurant, The King Louis Grill & Bar, located on the third floor of VivoCity at unit #03-07A (beside Daiso).

The King Louis Bar & Grill at Vivocity
The King Louis Bar & Grill at Vivocity

The restaurant has been in operations for over a year now and has been popular with family and kids. It was named the Best Family Restaurant by Parents World magazine in 2011.

One of the many suit of armor in the restaurant
One of the many suit of armor in the restaurant
Decorative plush tiger
Decorative plush tiger
Medieval themed restaurant seating
Medieval themed restaurant seating
The menu
The menu
Since it's a family restaurant, there is a kid's menu
Since it’s a family restaurant, there is a kid’s menu

Rachel and I went there to dine on a Monday evening. We should have brought Asher along since it is a family restaurant, but it was rather late and we did not have time to fetch him from my parents’ place to Vivocity for dinner. A pity.

These are the items we sampled:

Teriyaki Chicken Salad (Fresh garden salad, grilled chicken breast meat topped with teriyaki sauce and parmesan cheese) - S$13.80
Teriyaki Chicken Salad (Fresh garden salad, grilled chicken breast meat topped with teriyaki sauce and parmesan cheese) – S$13.80
Banana Bacon Bites - S$10.50
Banana Bacon Bites – S$10.50
Signature mushroom soup - S$8.90 and pumpkin soup - S$7.90
Signature mushroom soup – S$8.90 and pumpkin soup – S$7.90
The Queen Victoria 2-3pax (Meat & Seafood) (Roasted beef with black pepper sauce, Premium BBQ baby back ribs, Pan Seared snapper with wasabi mayo sauce, Oven Baked King Prawns with melted Australian cheese, Sauteed scallop with garlic & wine sauce) - $108.50
The Queen Victoria (Meat & Seafood): serves 2-3pax – S$108.50
Items include Roasted beef with black pepper sauce, Premium BBQ baby back ribs, Pan Seared snapper with wasabi mayo sauce, Oven Baked King Prawns with melted Australian cheese, Sauteed scallop with garlic & wine sauce
Items include Roasted beef with black pepper sauce, Premium BBQ baby back ribs, Pan Seared snapper with wasabi mayo sauce, Oven Baked King Prawns with melted Australian cheese, Sauteed scallop with garlic & wine sauce
Here is another picture of the Queen Victoria banquet platter to give a sense of proportion
Here is another picture of the Queen Victoria banquet platter to give a sense of proportion

The serving for the banquet platter was really huge. Rachel and I felt like Knights of the Round Table, feasting at a medieval banquet. The theme and concept for the restaurant is interesting and would make a great place for large group gatherings.

I can see how kids would love to throw their birthday parties here and companies have their corporate events, fitting to the medieval theme.

The restaurant has a clear window view of Sentosa island and on weekends, you can witness the fireworks from Resorts World Sentosa while enjoying your meals.

There is also nightly live music and an open bar for those who looking to knock a pint or two like in the days of the shiny knights.

Open bar
Open bar

If you are interested to visit King Louis Bar & Grill, good news – I have 4 x S$50 dining vouchers to giveaway!

Terms and Conditions for the vouchers:

    • Valid for one-time redemption only.
    • Valid for ala carte menu only.
    • Valid for dine in only.
    • Not valid for Lunch Time Express.
    • Not valid on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, Eve of Public Holidays and Public Holidays.
    • Minimum spending of S$150.00 required.
    • Voucher cannot be used inconjunction with other promotion, discount and voucher.
    • Voucher must be redeemed before 31 Aug 2013.

If you are interested to get the vouchers, simply go LIKE my Facebook page and The King Louis Grill & Bar’s Facebook Page. After that, email me at alvinologist@gmail.com with your mailing address before 16 August 2013. I will select 4 winners and mail out the vouchers on the same day.

Update (20 Aug 2013): The winners for the vouchers are:

Rae Mok, Benjamin Loh, Esther Lim and Ric Neo

Note: I have thrown in additional 2 x free coffee vouchers from Queens Dessert Cafe Bistro which is operated by the same owner as The King Louis Grill & Bar. Congratulations. 🙂

To find out more about The King Louis Grill & Bar, you can visit their official website, follow them on instagram @thekinglouissg or visit their Facebook page.

The restaurant is currently running a 2 for 1 main course promotion every Monday to Thursday as well as a special Lunch Time Express menu. Details are available below:

Everything But The Brain – a pair of tickets to giveaway!

Over the Hari Raya and National Day long weekend, I attended the opening preview of Sight Lines Entertainment’s Everything But The Brain on Saturday evening:

Everything But The Brain is written by award-winning playwright, Jean Tay and directed by Derrick Chew, artistic director of Sight Lines Entertainment.

Everything But The Brain tells the story of Elaine, a Physics teacher who hatches a plan to turn back time and save her stroke-afflicted father from further deterioration. Along the way, she is egged on by a chorus of three bears, occasionally distracted by a dashing young surgeon and haunted by a particularly memorable train ride to Malacca.

The play first premiered in 2005 to critical acclaim. After two sold-out runs, it went on to win two awards at the 2006 Life! Theatre Awards including “Best Original Script” and “Best Actor” (Gerald Chew).

Recently, Everything But The Brain has been chosen to be an O Level Literature text.

The play is presented by Boehringer Ingelheim and in association with the Singapore National Stroke Association.

Stroke affects one in every 6 persons in their lifetime. Each of us will know of someone or will ourselves be affected by stroke. Every stroke survivor has a different story. This play chronicles the journey of a stroke patient and his caregiver. When I first read the script for the play, I was taken aback how true to life the story is.” Said Deidre De Silva, President, Singapore National Stroke Association.

Like the topic of death, stroke is not a topic which most of us would like to talk about. This play is a good initiative to raise awareness.

I did not watch the play in 2005 and this is the first time I am seeing Everything But The Brain and being exposed to Jean Tay’s witty and poignant writing.

I like how time travel and physics is weaved into the play, adding depth and dimensions to the theme of stroke and dementia.

The three bears seem awkward at first, but they are important plot devices to bring out the complex relationship between Elaine and her father. Without them, the play would have been stripped to a string of dialogues between two persons.

If you are interested to find out more about Everything But The Brain or to book tickets, do visit the official Sight Line Entertainment website. Ticket discounts are available for OCBC card holders and for school bookings.

If you are interested to win a pair of tickets to Everything But The Brain on 18 August (Sun), 8pm at DBS Arts Centre (worth S$110), simply like my Facebook page and Sight Line Entertainment Facebook page. After that, drop me an email by 15 August (Thurs) noon at alvinologist@gmail.com with your name, contact number and NRIC/ passport number. I will select the winner by random draw on the same day and notify you by evening via email. 

UPDATE (15 Aug 2013): Congratulations to Ms. Chow Sue Ling, NRIC: SXXXX825F. I will contacting you via email on the tickets collection. Enjoy the show! 🙂

Everything But The Brain

10 – 21 August 2013
DBS Arts Centre, Home of SRT

Show Schedule:
10 – 11 August
16 – 21 August
Tues – Fri: 8pm
Sat & Sun: 3pm & 8pm

Starring:
Gerald Chew, Koh Wan Ching,
Edward Choy, Faizal Abdullah,
Amanda Tee & Cassandra Sypkerman

CooperVision’s #iseefreedom contest – Win prizes worth up to $1288

Contact lenses brand, CooperVision is running a #iseefreedom photo contest in conjunction with Pink Dot 2013The first prize is a prize of your choice worth up to SGD$1000 + 3 months supply of CooperVision contact lens! 

Win amazing prizes from CooperVision
Win amazing prizes from CooperVision

CooperVision wants you to be a part of their movement to change the way we see every day. #iseefreedom is an initiative inviting you to share your refreshing take on freedom in the world around you.

You can find out more about the contest HERE.

Here are some of the photos I submitted which you can refer to for inspiration:

Native American dreamcatchers. Seen at Esplanade. #iseefreedom
Native American dreamcatchers. Seen at Esplanade. #iseefreedom
Two boys at a beach. Seen in a mall in Jakarta. #iseefreedom
Two boys at a beach. Seen in a mall in Jakarta. #iseefreedom
Gathering of strange characters at the Social Star Awards 2013 at Marina Bay Sands. #iseefreedom
Gathering of strange characters at the Social Star Awards 2013 at Marina Bay Sands. #iseefreedom
Hong Lim Park  turned a sea of pink during Pink Dot 2013. #iseefreedom
Hong Lim Park turned a sea of pink during Pink Dot 2013. #iseefreedom
Pink Nando's chickens in support of Pink Dot 2013. #iseefreedom
Pink Nando’s chickens in support of Pink Dot 2013. #iseefreedom
Rainbow chair seen at Millennia Walk. Raindow colours for diversity. #iseefreedom
Rainbow chair seen at Millennia Walk. Raindow colours for diversity. #iseefreedom
Two guys posing for a photo at Pink Dot 2013. #iseefreedom
Two guys posing for a photo at Pink Dot 2013. #iseefreedom
Bling bling wall at Shanghai Dolly, Clarke Quay. #iseefreedom
Bling bling wall at Shanghai Dolly, Clarke Quay. #iseefreedom
A moth can be as beautiful as a butterfly. Seen at Krabi Airport. #iseefreedom
A moth can be as beautiful as a butterfly. Seen at Krabi Airport. #iseefreedom
Colourful house of cards, designed by the Eames. Seen at Essential Eames exhibition at ArtScience Museum, Marina Bay Sands. #iseefreedom
Colourful house of cards, designed by the Eames. Seen at Essential Eames exhibition at ArtScience Museum, Marina Bay Sands. #iseefreedom

All the best for the contest. 🙂

About CooperVision:

CooperVision has a long history of bringing innovation to contact lenses and overcoming technical problems like difficult fittings.

Although CooperVision was born in 1980, its history actually goes back much further. CooperVision’s parent company, The Cooper Companies, Inc., is a global medical device company publicly traded on the NYSE Euronext (NYSE:COO) whose origins go back to 1985. In 1967, Cooper Tinsley Laboratories changed its name to “Cooper Laboratories, Inc.” As the company expanded globally, multiple locations opened around the world.

CooperVision takes its position as a leading global contact lens manufacturer with a sense of pride, encouraging them to make even more advancements in the field of ocular science. Buttressing this determination is CooperVision’s strong R&D team.

Alvinology Goes to Pink Dot 2013

I attended Pink Dot 2013 on 29 June and took some photos. The last time I attended a Pink Dot event was for the first event, five years ago. You can read about the first Pink Dot here.

Happy folks at Pink Dot 2013
Happy folks at Pink Dot 2013

Comparing the crowd then and now, I must say the atmosphere is much more festive and more people were willing to pose for photographs with happy expressions.  The turnout has grown exponentially, such that the designated venue, Hong Lim Park can no longer contain everyone.

For those who do not know about Pink Dot, it is an annual event campaigning for diversity and inclusiveness while fostering understanding for the basic human need to love and be loved, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

Global financial firm J.P. Morgan, local hotel PARKROYAL on Pickering, popular contact lens specialist CooperVision and audio branding agency The Gunnery, came on board as Corporate Contributors of Pink Dot 2013. They join a growing list that includes search engine giant Google and international banking group Barclays.

Here are some of my photos taken at Pink Dot 2013:

A large crowd has already gathered when I arrived
A large crowd has already gathered when I arrived
Crowd having picnic on the grass patch
Crowd having picnic on the grass patch
Crowd gathered near the stage
Crowd gathered near the stage
Community tent
Community tent
Pink out loud
Pink out loud
Cosplayer spotted
Cosplayer spotted
Spotted a friend, Daen, giving out free chicken from Nandos
Spotted a friend, Daen, giving out free chicken from Nando’s
Painting mats
Painting mats
This Hello Kitty bubble machine got a lot of grown-men excited
This Hello Kitty bubble machine got a lot of grown-men excited
Free pink cranes
The Purple Alliance
The Purple Alliance
Striaght Ally noticeboard
Striaght Ally noticeboard
Pink balloon house
Pink balloon house
Crew giving out free pink torchlights
Crew giving out free pink torchlights
Peformance on stage
Performance on stage
Singing band
Singing band
Pink Dot plush toys for sale
Pink Dot plush toys for sale
Group of guys with pink hats
Group of guys with pink hats
Rainbow parents
Rainbow parents
A pair of pink Nando chickens
A pair of pink Nando chickens
Group singing of our national anthem, Majulah Singapura
Group singing of our national anthem, Majulah Singapura
Group form Humanist Society
Group from Humanist Society
Group from University of Chicago
Group from University of Chicago
Cheers!
Cheers!
Can you see the small remote helicopter camera on the top left-hand corner?
Can you see the small remote helicopter camera on the top left-hand corner?
Group from Credit Suisse waving at the camera
Group from Credits Suisse waving at the camera
Crowd waving as the helicopter flew by
Crowd waving as the helicopter flew by
Skit performance
Skit performance
Friends gathered for picnic
Friends gathered for picnic
Some brought kids along
Some brought kids along
Happy couple
Happy couple
Some came in flamboyant costumes
Some came in flamboyant costumes
Interesting looking guy with pink hat
Interesting looking guy with pink hat
Pink balloons for everyone to pose with
Pink balloons for everyone to pose with
Free cotton candy from one of the sponsor, Barclays
Free cotton candy from one of the sponsor, Barclays
All-male cheerleading group
All-male cheerleading group
Many brought their pet dogs
Many brought their pet dogs
Last picture of the crowd before I left Hong Lim Park at around 7pm
Last picture of the crowd before I left Hong Lim Park at around 7pm

More photos are available in my Facebook album for Pink Dot 2013.

Btw, CooperVision is running a #iseefreedom photo contest in conjunction with Pink Dot 2013The first prize is a prize of your choice worth up to SGD$1000 + 3 months supply of CooperVision contact lens! 

You can find out more about the contest HERE. I will be submitting some of my photos. Do send in yours too. 🙂