Friday, September 06, 2019

[Event] Launch of ComfortDelGro Driving Centre's First-of-its-kind Driver Development Tool

In an effort to help Singaporeans become safer drivers and riders, ComfortDelGro Driving Centre, one of the key players in the transport industry has developed a revolutionary visual-based management software, called the Driver Development Tool that can collect and analyse the driver's performance data via a series of cameras and advanced sensors.


I attended the 'Drive Safe with the Stars' media engagement event held at ComfortDelGro Driving Centre with my cousin and family and through this event, we had the opportunity to understand more about this Driver Development Tool.


As part of the Centre's Drive Safe Course, their training cars were all equipped with this Driver Development Tool and my cousin and I had the chance to ride in one of them.


Veteran artiste Ah Ge Li Nanxing, Constance Song, Julie Tan, Weile and Ruyi were part of the drivers team assigned to bring us on a 10 to 15 minutes ride. We were assigned to Ruyi's car when we arrived since the rest were already out on the road.


Interesting to find out that as professional media artistes, both Ah Ge Li Nanxing and Constance has picked up the bike-riding skills and enrolled with ComfortDelGro Driving Centre's Class 2B Riding Course in September last year. They had completed over 20 riding lessons and obtained their Class 2B Licence this year.


Attributing their success to ComfortDelGro Driving Centre, Nanxing said: "The Centre was able to customise the riding lessons to our hectic schedule and provided one-to-one training. My instructor was very experience and patient. I am glad that I will be able to ride a bike should future acting roles require it." Constance said: "I'm happy to have been able to obtain a riding licence! The whole experience has been nothing less than wonderful. Thanks to ComfortDelGro Driving Centre, I can now ride a motorcycle!" Currently enrolled in a Class 2B Course, Julie added: "It's not easy learning to ride a bike, but the ComfortDelGro Driving Centre instructor has been very patient with me." 


In fact, all three artistes will also be taking up the ComfortDelGro Driving Centre's Drive Safe Course. Taking up the Drive Safe Course to Julie was nothing short of an epiphany. She had, just few weeks back, experienced a horrifying car crash in Italy. Although the car was totalled, and Julie had to be extracted out of the vehicle, she did not sustain any major injuries. It dawned upon her to not take road safety for granted and the Drive Safe Course serves to remind her so. 



Back to the Driver Development Tool, this unique visual-based management software comes with a portable in-vehicle logging system, cameras and advanced sensors, all fitted in the training cars and working together to collect performance data during the training session. Vehicle handling, road cornering and traffic navigation skills of a driver are analysed, detailed in graphs and then profiled into retrievable data.


The entire training session is captured on video and drivers can playback this video immediately after each session to watch their mistakes and take steps to correct their mistakes. Some of the mistakes this software can detect includes sudden accelerating and braking, improper hand position on steering wheel, insufficient scanning of the environment, tailgating as well as failure to check blind spots or signal correctly. With this software in place, the driving instructor can provide constructive and meticulous feedback to the drivers or riders and manual assessment is greatly reduced.



Mr Lim Tien Hock, CEO of ComfortDelGro Driving Centre said: "ComfortDelGro Driving Centre builds its entire business model on safe and responsible driving. The idea behind the Drive Safe Course is to utilise our customised Driver Development Tool to help drivers assess their driving skills and improve the way they drive. Besides offering driving services, we also have Ride Safe Courses to help riders improve the handling of their machines in various road situations. We are very happy that Nanxing and Constance have obtained their Class 2B licences, and our instructors are committed to helping Julie obtain hers through our well-structured training pedagogy. We are also encouraged by the positive role models set by these media artistes in wanting to continue to hone their road craft skills. We hope their actions can inspire many other road users to do likewise." 



After the presentation, we were honoured to be able to take a photo with Ah Ge Li Nanxing, this is the second time we took a photo together and he is still as humble as friendly! Thank you.


Overall, I think that this is a good course for qualified driver, it serves as a refresher course to have someone to remind drivers or riders about which area to improve on. Currently, they are having a promotional price package till 31st December 2019. The fee for the Drive Safe Course is $214 (inclusive of GST), and for the Ride Safe Course, which aims to facilitate continual learning and inculcate a safety mindset into motorcyclists, offers three levels with fees starting from $53.50 (inclusive of GST). Both the Drive Safe and Ride Safe Courses are open to the public to register and details of both courses can be found on www.cdc.com.sg.


Address: 205 Ubi Avenue 4, Singapore 408805
Opening Hours: 9am - 7pm (Monday to Friday)
8:30am - 12:30pm (Saturday and Sunday)
Mainline: 68418900
Facebook: fb.com/cdcsg


**Photos without watermark are official photos, thank you Brand Cellar for the invitation !  


  XOXO


Friday, August 30, 2019

[FOOD] Famous Korean Fried Chicken Brand, Mom’s Touch Opens in Singapore at Paya Lebar Quarter

Mom's Touch, a famous Korean fried chicken brand with over 1,200 outlets in South Korea since it was set up in 2004 was brought in to Singapore by No Signboard Holdings who owned the exclusive master franchise agreement for Mom's Touch in Singapore and Malaysia. The first outlet in Singapore was opened at the new Paya Lebar Quarter (PLQ) mall which coincided with the mall's opening too.


Mom's Touch pride itself for its hand-battered and hand-breaded chicken that was marinated with generous amount of Mom's Touch special blend of seasoning. Their brand name was derived from the simple thought of how a mother would prepare a heartwarming meal for her family, one with lots of love.


Some of Mom's Touch signature dishes includes the famous Mom's Fried Chicken (a la carte price S$3.60 nett, Set meal price S$8.70 nett) which is available in both spicy and non-spicy versions. After the chicken was marinated with Mom's Touch special blend of seasoning, the deep frying process begins and resulting in a crispy yet flavorful meat.


Another popular choice would be the Mom's Spicy Sauce Chicken (a la carte price S$3.80 nett, Set meal price S$8.90 nett) which is coated with an additional tantalizing layer of Mom's Touch signature homemade spicy sauce.


I went down on their opening day and I must say there was a never ending queue! I guess many were attracted by the 50% opening discount off on the a la carte burger or Korean fried chicken as well as the Korean songs that were blasting in the background.

Occupying a shop space at the ground floor of Paya Lebar Quarter, a big part of the indoor area has been taken up by the kitchen and there was only a row of bar counter seat and two small tables left. There were however lots of seats at the outdoor area and luckily it was a super windy afternoon, so I took this chance to catch up with some foodie friends who are also waiting for their food.


I managed to try the ala carte Mom's Spicy Thigh Burger (a la carte price S$6.00 nett, Set meal price S$8.50 nett) which was really tasty. The fresh lettuce, onions and pickles provided an extra taste to the burger and the chicken meat was crispy on the outside while maintaining the juicyness and tenderness on the inside. It was a wholesome and delicious late lunch for me. They also served the non-spicy burger with a la crate price at S$5.70 nett and set meal price at S$8.20 nett.


Commenting on the launch of Mom's Touch in Singapore, Mr Sam Lim (林荣森), Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of No Signboard said, "Our Group is delighted and excited to lunch the very first Mom's Touch restaurant at Paya Lebrar Quarter in Singapore. Endowed with a near-central location, we believe that setting up our first outlet at Paya Lebar will enjoy the high footfall and good mixtures of office and residential crowd for Mom's Touch. The combination of Singaporeans' love for quality food and the deep appreciation of Korean culture and cuisines should propel Mom's Touch right into the hearts of the food endearing public. In addition, we would like to thank our franchisor and various business partners for their hard work in ensuring the successful launch of Mom's Touch first store in Singapore and their commitment to the project going forward."



A big congratulation to Mom's Touch again for the opening in Singapore. Hopefully, they will open up in the west area soon! Thank you for the invitation.


MOM'S TOUCH

10 Paya Lebar Quarter
#01-37
Singapore 409057

Operating Hours: 10:00 am to 10:00 pm daily
(including public holidays)

For more information, do check out their website
  http://nosignboardholdings.com/moms-touch.html
or follow their social media outlets

Facebook: momstouch.sg
Instagram: momstouch.sg
Twitter: MomsTouchSG


XOXO


Thursday, August 29, 2019

[Event] Opening Night of Walking with Dinosaurs - The Live Experience at Singapore Indoor Stadium


Ever since the day I attended the press call to get an up close and personal encounter with the life-sized baby tyrannosaurus-rex (see previous post here), I had been anticipating this opening night performance of Walking with Dinosaurs - The Live Experience. The whole family had also been talking about it and especially to my girl as I was worried that she would feel intimidated by the huge dinosaurs.


After work that day, I rushed back home to pick my girl and left for the Singapore Indoor Stadium where the opening night would be held. As my girl was below the age of 3, she did not need a ticket and she could just sit on my lap.


Unlike the usual static exhibitions, Walking With Dinosaurs - The Live Experience was a theatrical story hosted and narrated by Huxley who was the paleontologist in the show. This role was shared by actors Dominic Rickhards and Andrew Lewis. Like those BBC documentary shown on the TV, we were taken along on a journey into the lives of these amazing creatures. The show which lasted for 1 hour and 40 minutes long with a 20 minutes interval featured the evolution of the dinosaurs.


The history of the world was played out through a series of events and scenes. First was the splitting of the earth's continents, followed by the transition from the arid desert of the Triassic period to the lush green prairies and forces of the later Jurassic. Oceans formed, volcanoes erupted, a forest caught  fire, all these leading to the impact of the massive comet, which struck the earth and forced the extinction of the dinosaurs.


Expect to see 18 life sized dinosaurs that roared and moved just like the real thing. Combined with colourful background projection and amazing lighting effect, it was as though the dinosaurs had came alive. Each dinosaur was operated by world class performers using a series of animatronics and physical puppetry. It took a team of 50 manpower, including engineers, fabricators, skin makers, artists, painters and animatronic experts almost a year to build this production.


Catch the Plateosaurus and Liliensternus from the Triassic period, the Stegosaurus and Allosaurus from the Jurassic period and Torosaurus and Utahraptor from the Cretaceous period. Watched how the two torosaurus fought in a fierce battle and the long-necked Brachiosaurus which stood at 11 metres tall and 17 meters from nose to tail. Those sitting at the VIP front area had a chance to get the gigantic dinosaurs cruised over their head!


My favourite scene had got to be the last part where the mother T-Rex tried to protect the baby t-rex from other dinosaurs. This is similar to how a protective mother will always be around when our kids get into trouble. When the coast was clear, the baby t-rex try to mimic the sound of his mummy but what came out was a squeak instead of a roar.


I'm glad that my girl was brave and watched in awe throughout the whole performance without any fear. Good job, brave girl.


During the 20 minutes break interval, we managed to take this group photo together. Thanks Tracy for sending this photo over. As the show ended its stop in Singapore, it would go on to conquer the rest of the world with record breaking audiences.



The aftermath of the dinosaurs fever continues as she played with the dinosaurs toys that was given to her during one of the RC's event some days back. It was received just in time to prepare her for today. Big thanks to Sliding Door Entertainment for the complimentary tickets!


XOXO


Wednesday, August 28, 2019

[Event] True Italian Taste Project : Italian Food Tasting Night at Alba 1836


As part of the True Italian Taste Project, a Food Tasting Night event was held at Alba 1836, an Italian restaurant located at Duxton Hill. I was invited to this event by the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Singapore (ICCS) and I took this chance to bring along my bff of 25 years since her workplace is just a walking distance away. A toast to our friendship! Coincidentally, Meryl and her bf were there as well! Happy to see them too.


The True Italian Taste project is a large-scale educational initiative that is promoted and funded by the Italian Ministry of Economic Development and implemented by Assocamerestero.  This project aims to bring makers of certified, traditional and niche Italian products to the forefront. By raising awareness and educating consumers on how to differentiate authentic Italian ingredients, the campaign is able to create new business opportunities for these producers, benefitting both Italian food producers and food lovers in the process.

Assocamerestero estimated that in 2018, the sale of Italian Sounding products is worth a global turnover of 90 billion euros - three times higher than Italian exports in the food sector in the previous year. It is only due to the education of the consumers and to the alliances of the Italian Chambers of Commerce abroad with the local business communities, that it will be possible to reduce the phenomenon of Italian Sounding.


Upon entering the restaurant, we soon realised that this food tasting session was more of a networking session for the members of ICCS and business partners. While we were free to sample the Italian specialities, the place started to get really crowded in the later part of the night. We tried the Grana Padano Cheese, Parma Ham that was sliced on the spot by Huber's Butchery, Burrata cheese with toast, olive oil with toast and not forgetting lots of Italian wine which is their way of life.


Outside, the finger food was constantly replenished for us to help ourselves with while we admire the night view of this place. 


 While we were leaving the place, we came across this interesting graffiti wall so we decided to take a group photo together before heading home. Thanks bff for the nice photo!


For more information, do visit their website 

http://www.italchamber.org.sg/event/True_Italian_Taste

#trueitaliantaste #iffoodcouldtalk #extraordinaryitaliantaste



XOXO