November 22nd, 2015

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Food Invite: On-the-go Japanese food fare @ What'sup Bee

Hey everyone!

Last Friday, I visited pole mate, Connie at What'sup Bee @ Singapore Institute of Management (SIM) for some Japanese food fare.

Look at how adorable the icons are - a baby octopus and a sushi doing some fishing on a boat. They were specially designed by Connie and her boyfriend, Ivan.

Say hello to Connie and Ivan, the owners of What'sup Bee.

If you haven't already catch the pun, What'sup Bee is actually a word play on the signature Japanese ingredient, wasabi and this name was apparently derived from a cold joke. LOL!

Well, cold joke or not, the name was certainly catchy. :)

What'sup Bee's main target audience is the students within SIM but of course, they are open to public as well.

As you know, students have to rush for classes and sometimes, they may not have enough time to sit down and enjoy a nice, long lunch.

Although there are a couple of seats outside the eatery, the seats are shared with other stores too so in peak periods, there may not be enough seats for a sit-down lunch.

What'sup Bee offers affordable simple sushi, sushi burritos and other Japanese light bites that you can purchase and eat on the go. In my opinion, it's not only great for students but also for the corporate workers who work in or near the vicinity.

This is What'sup Bee's menu.

Basically, you can order a rice bowl set from the 6 selections and each rice bowl comes with a side and a beverage of your choice. Your meal will be served in a bento set where the side and beverage are packed neatly within it.

Now you need not have to worry about carrying too many containers or plastic bags to classes. One bento set is suffice to meet your meal needs conveniently.

The chefs at work preparing my meal for me. What an honour!

It was also my first time seeing Connie in the kitchen context - I'm too used to this girl doing crazy stunts on the pole in the studio.

I'm a fan of Sashimi (10 pieces for $12.90) so I was really happy when Connie brought this out for me to try.

10 pieces may seemed a lot but I still managed to wipe them out. I really enjoyed these yummilicious pieces of salmon goodness!

Salmon Belly Mentai (4 pieces for $6.90), the eatery's best seller was totally drool-worthy. My godddddd, the Salmon Belly melts in your mouth. It was so shiok to the max!

Although this was a tad pricier than the other Japanese light bites in the eatery, that didn't deter the students from buying this. I guess they couldn't resist this too!

Connie selected a rice bowl set for me which turned out to be something that I would have ordered for myself.

I had the Unagi (Eel) Rice Bowl sprinkled with a generous amount of seaweed; Seasoned Jellyfish for the side and Miso Soup for my beverage (worth $9.90). They were all packed neatly within a bento set, making it very convenient for me to eat while sitting outside the eatery or when I'm out and about. I can even eat this halfway outside the store, snap on the lid and bring it with me somewhere else.

And that Unagi. It was so flavourful and the taste still lingered in my mouth long after. I love it!

Thank you Connie and Ivan for having me on a Friday night. It was great catching up too. :)

Please show What'sup Bee some support by liking their Facebook page here and following their Instagram page here.

If you're interested to visit the eatery, please see address and opening hours below.

What'sup Bee

461 Clementi Road
SIM HQ, Annex Building
#01-25, Singapore 599491

Opening hours
10am to 9.30pm (Mon to Fri)
10am to 6pm (Sat)

Disclaimer: Reviews are based on personal experiences.
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Gadget Review: Quick Shots and Sharp Images with ASUS ZenFone 2 Laser

Hi friends!

Not long ago, you've read my review on ASUS Zenfone Selfie.

Today, I'm here to introduce another one of ASUS latest smartphones, the Asus ZenFone 2 Laser.

Apparently, there are a couple of ZenFone 2 Lasers in the market so one shall not be confused. The model that I was loaned for review was specifically the ZE550KL model with the 5.5 inch HD IPS display.

In terms of physical appearances, the ZenFone 2 Laser did have a stark resemblance to the Zenfone Selfie, particularly when I was loaned a white set for both phones. I had to make sure I wasn't loaned the Zenfone Selfie again by mistake.

With a slim 3.9mm edge, I must say that this phone was really sleek and comfortable to hold. Apparently, its ergonomic design even won the IF Design award. Cool eh?

Having a white phone means I have to be extra careful not to dirty it so I had to store it in a pink elephant pouch for the time being.

Photo credits to Asus.

Fortunately, white wasn't the only colour available under the ZenFone 2 Laser range.

They had 3 other colours to choose from and my favourite was definitely the very boomz Glamour Red.

The highlight of this phone was its auto-focus function, or specifically its lightning speed auto-focus which was as fast as 0.2 seconds.

This also meant that the phone was able to focus on an item really quickly and snap a shot with virtually no shutter lag. Coupled with its 13 megapixel resolution, you can use this phone to capture in-action shots promptly and efficiently.

In the picture on the right, I managed to capture a quick shot of Chef Yamashita pouring a mixture while whisking away during a cooking demonstration yesterday. Such shots will usually be blurred on my personal phone because the pouring and whisking actions are too quick.

One thing I observed was that the Asus ZenFone 2 Laser will brighten my image in real-time instantaneously while I am focusing my camera on an item under dim lighting. When I was taking a photo of my food, it felt as though someone shone a light over it so that I could take this brightly lit shot of my chicken and wedges in a dimly lit restaurant.

With an f/2.0 aperture and an auto brightening function, this phone ensures that you can take sharp images with immense clarity even under dim light. This is mega awesome because I don't have to use flash or even brighten my pictures using some app after that. HURRAY!

I have to disclaim that sometimes this auto brightening function can be counterproductive under certain lighting. For example, the colours of the photo can look rather washed out when a shot is taken under yellow light. Therefore, for shots like these, I'd recommend tweaking the colours using an app after the shot.

I tested the smartphone during the Skechers Sundown Festival yesterday night and made sure to use its Low Light mode which promised 4x brighter photos in low-light scenes or at night.

True enough, I managed to capture several quick and clear shots of the performers on stage even while they were moving around and jamming on their guitars. The load of actions on the stage would normally be too quick for my personal phone to capture but the Asus ZenFone 2 Laser proved otherwise.

The downside though was that I couldn't do a clear, zoomed in photo of the performers without compromising on the quality of the pictures so I had to stick to my digital camera instead.

Although I personally feel that this smartphone cannot replace the functions of a digital camera, I think it works generally well for a smartphone and its auto functions make it really simple to use. Additionally, it is an affordable phone despite being relatively new in the market and is definitely worth a consideration!

I'll be writing a second post to introduce some of my favourite functions of the phone so stay tuned for the post.

The Asus ZenFone 2 Laser retails at $279 without contract and is available in stores listed here.

For more information, please check out Asus' website here and like their Facebook page here.

Disclaimer: Reviews are based on personal experiences.