I got a NESCAFÉ® Dolce Gusto® Melody Automatic in my home a few months back. Other than gourmet coffee, the machine can also brewed a variety of 15 assorted beverages like lemon tea and peach tea.
It is also able to dispense drinks that are hot or cold!
The machine has integrated into my family life and routine. My two year son loves it the most.
Even though Asher is too young to drink tea or coffee, he loves to see the Dolce Gusto Melody Automatic at work. I taught him how to operate it and it has become his hobby to make coffee and tea for everyone who visit our house.
See how easy it works:
Every time someone visits, he will approach the guest and ask “你要喝茶吗 (Do you want tea)?”
Every morning when I wake up, he will ask me: “ 爸爸，你要喝咖啡吗 (Dad, do you want coffee)？”
In the afternoon or in the evening, he will ask me if I want tea.
Sometime, I will be “pressurized” by Asher to drink up to three cups of gourmet beverages a day!
I like the simplicity of the Nescafe Dolce Gusto Melody Automatic. It is so easy to use that even a two year old boy can operate it (disclaimer: it doesn’t say so on the manual. Asher makes beverages with the machine under our supervision to ensure he do not get scalded or upset the machine).
The capsules used to be also available for sale at limited places, but they are now available at NTUC supermarket which makes it very convenient for replenishing. You can also order the capsules online.
On a hot day, I appreciate a frothy glass of iced peach tea or iced cappuccino:
On rainy days when I want to snuggle in at home with a hot cup of latte macchiato or mocha:
On mornings when I need to perk up, a shot of espresso will do the job.
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According to the sales representative from the Volkswagen Singapore showroom, the model is selling well in Singapore, with batches often sold out.
When Rachel and I went to collect the car at the Volkswagen showroom, our heads were filled with plans on how to best utilise the car’s spaciousness.
Before my son Asher was born, whenever we go out together with my side of the family or her side of the family (both of us have a younger sister), there will be five of us to fit nicely into a standard saloon car.
After Asher came along, my sister or Rachel’s sister will have to take public transport to sacrifice a seat for Asher and his bulky car seat.
With the Sharan, this no longer will be an issue:
The car is really spacious!
Beside having a seven pax seating capacity, you can pack all sorts of camping gear, your bicycles and even a canoe into it. The last two seats in the last row are easily foldable to allow for more storage space if you are not carrying so many passengers.
The car is cleverly designed to let in more light with its large glass windows and a sun-roof, making the car appear even more spacious than it is for both the driver and passengers.
On the day when I returned the vehicle, I had to catch a flight to Seoul right after. I find it pretty amusing how small my luggage seemed when I packed it into the car boot as compared to a regular saloon car:
It feels great to be able to fit my wife Rachel, my 22-month-old son Asher, my parents and my sister into the same car with me and we still have room for one more person! I took everyone for a short spin on the first day when I collected the Sharan and the feedback from everyone was positive – the ride was smooth, quiet and there was lots of space for everyone in the car.
All the passenger seats are equipped with three-point seatbelts, which means that you can fit in up to six child restraints! The perfect car for those with large families.
The Sharan also comes with lots of automated and nifty tech features, including park assist with rear view camera, keyless igntion, electric handbrake, automated headlight adjustment, among many other cool stuff.
Here is a video for a quick overview of the Sharan:
During the week when I had the car, I could hop on and drive off anytime easily, without having to fiddle with any buttons to switch on the aircon or even adjust the headlight since everything is automated. It made me feel lazy, but it also forged a personal connection between me and the car, as it seemed to intuitively understand what I wanted.
How was my experience driving the Sharan?
It felt very much like what this video depicts:
The car is large and I was expecting it to handle like a bulky van when picking speed or cornering, instead, it purrs along fine like a smooth feline.
My son Asher loved the car so much he learned the word “Volkswagen”. Coincidentally, he has a die-cast VW model car which my dad bought for him sometime back. For some inexplicable reason, he was drawn to the car and picked it himself at the departmental store. He is able to associate the two together and recognises the circular Volkswagen logo.
When we first seated him in his car seat in the Sharan, he turned and pointed to the VW logo and said “Volkswagen” to me.
The few times when I drove him in the Sharan, he refused to get out of the car and would want to go for a longer spin! When I asked him if he preferred our current car or the Sharan, he replied without hesitating, “Volkswagen”! I kid you no.
There are more exciting projects upcoming at omy.sg. We have to constantly innovate in order to survive as the industry is constantly evolving. I would love to be a part of all these, but the journey ends here for now.
I am thankful for all the opportunities given to me by my wonderful bosses at omy.sg, my supervisor, Kuan Fung, and our big boss, Chim Kang.
I am thankful to all my colleagues, new and old for the great support they have given me, especially when I have to constantly trouble them with many last minute marketing projects. Janetin particular for having to support so much of my work whenever I am absent.
I am thankful to all the external partners, sponsors and advertisers I have worked with for omy.sg. Thank you for supporting us and do continue to shower your support for the omy.sg team.
It is bye bye for now as I am being transferred to market another website within the Singapore Press Holdings group.
I will still continue to watch omy.sg grow, but this time, as a blogger, as part of the omy Blog Club and as a news reader.
– Fully graphic interactive display in the instrument cluster with three themes – Elegance, Eco and Performance
– A tinted panoramic glass roof
– Seven different mood light options for the interior lighting
– Two-piece, 40/60, rear backrest that can be easily folded to maximise loading
– Two different chassis setups: Dynamic and Sport
– Dynamic Stability and Traction Control (DSTC) system that uses a roll angle sensor to identify any skidding tendencies at an early stage
– Corner Traction Control that uses torque vectoring so the car corners more smoothly
– Lane Keeping Aid to help the driver stay on course
– Road Sign Information that display road signs in the instrument display as they are detected
– Driver Alert Control that will detect and warn tired drivers
– City Safety (active up to 50km/h) that keeps an eye on traffic in front and automatically brakes if the driver fails to react in time
– Full set of crash safety features including a knee airbag on the driver’s side
Check out this video for a quick visual introduction:
The new Volvo V40 Cross Country is choked full of safety features. Rachel and I were impressed by the demonstrations of the various nifty high-tech features like the Driver Alert Control, City Safety and Lane Keeping Aid. These features make it seems that even if the car is driven by an unsafe driver, the car will still try it’s best to keep everyone safe!
The drive from the car showroom at Alexandra Road to Resorts World Sentosa was a short one. I had no problem adjusting to the new car even though this is the first time I am driving a Volvo vehicle. It runs well and most of the functions and features are pretty easy to figure out or pick up.
Rachel said the ride was comfortable, with not much noise or bumpiness. Asher was intrigued by the panoramic roof when we slided it open with the remote. I switched the graphic interactive display around to try out the different themes, amusing myself while driving.
If you are someone who values safety and want a good mix of ruggedness and elegance for your next car, do consider visiting the Volvo showroom in Singapore to check out the Volvo V40 Cross Country. The brand specialist for Volvo rightfully pointed out to me that this car model is a value buy in the Premium C-segment for continental car brands. 🙂
About Wearnes Automotive
Established in 1906, Wearnes Automotive Pte. Ltd. is the sole distributor for Volvo cars in Singapore and has consistently been one of the top Volvo dealers in Asia. The Volvo showroom is located along the prime automotive belt of Alexandra Road, boasting one of the most customer-oriented automotive facilities in Singapore. The premises accommodate a state-of-the-art service and repair workshop that gives special attention to the intrinsic safety qualities of a Volvo.
Sporting matching Red Nose Day tees designed by Stella McCartney, Rachel, Asher and I headed to 7Adam Gallery Restaurant at 7 Adam Park on Easter Sunday for an invited brunch.
The dishes for the day were put forth by Chef Chey Reynaldo, who has trained with two-starred Chef Thierry Marx and held positions in acclaimed restaurants in Evian and Bordeaux, France, such as Relais De Margaux and Evian Royal Hotel 5-Star Gastronomique Restaurant.
We were looking forward to having a good brunch and family day-out.
Here are the dishes we tried:
This is my third visit to 7Adam, but it was the first time I visited with my family. I like the restaurant’s location. It is housed in a historical black and white colonial bungalow, nestled among greenery on a little slope overlooking Adam Road.
Other than fine dining, 7Adam is also an art gallery, specialising in contemporary paintings and sculptures. The works of art are displayed throughout the gallery-restaurant and are changed every few months. If you visit regularly, you may get to see something new each time.
One of the gallery’s objective is to promote promising and emerging artists and help art collectors with planning their art selection and collection. There is an experienced gallery executive in 7Adam to assist you if you are interested to purchase any of the artwork.
We got to experience the fun, artsy side of 7Adamafter our meal when we were invited to do some painting together with Asher:
The venue is also host to many interesting events, including cooking workshops and special festive menu like the Easter Brunch I attended. Do visit their website for more details.
The event focuses on raising children healthily in all areas: social, physical, intellectual, mental and medical.
The carnival took place last Sunday (3 Mar) at The Lawn at Marina Bay from 8.00am till noon. It made it into the Singapore Book of Records as the first and largest ever Breakfast Picnic in Singapore.
Over 1,900 people turned up for the carnival, with Dr Amy Khor, Minister of State, Ministry of Health and Ministry of Manpower, showing up as the Guest of Honour.
My wife and I are not the usual early morning folks. Last Sunday, we made an effort to get up earlier to prepare our own breakfast to bring along for the picnic.
Rachel made some fresh pancakes while I buttered a few slices of bread and packed an assortment of fruits to share.
We reached The Lawn at around 10am. The place was very lively, with carefree kids running all over while parents lazed on their picnic mats.
Once we got ourselves settled on a cosy little spot, we had our breakfast, explored some of the booths and brought Asher around to have some fun.
Asher particularly enjoyed riding in this rental bike:
All in all, we had a fun family day out. I like the idea.
We should have more events like this in Singapore so parents with kids have more things to do over the weekend instead of just staying home to watch television or heading to shopping malls.
Come September, Rise & Shine will stage the world’s largest Children’s Health and Development Expo. The event will be spread over three days, with over 100 seminars, workshops and trial classes, and more than 120 exhibitors at Suntec Convention Centre. You can visit their official website for more details.