I like to move it move it... to www.weAreOneFirst.com

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Firstly, I would like to apologise for the lack of posts during the past few months. It's been really hectic trying to manage work and planning for the upcoming wedding. Luckily I have my dear Mint to share [most of] the wedding load with.

And on that topic, we have decided to "let our powers combine" and officially move both our blogs to www.WeAreOneFirst.com. What is oneFirst? Well, head on over to our new website to find out more! We will be sharing updates on our experiences and journeys together as a couple, while at the same time, still having our own space to blog about the things we love.

This blog will still be here, but updates will probably come few and far between. Who knows, I might even consider closing it down after a few years when the cobwebs get thicker than my old chinese dictionary.

In the meantime, please do check out www.weareonefirst.com! See you there!

Don't fall prey to online shopping scams

Just got a facebook message from one of my friends, sharing that there's a flash sale going today only, offering Ray-Ban sunglasses for just $31.17.

Sounds too good to be true? Yup. It definitely is.


Here are a few tips to save yourself from being cheated of your hard earned money from such scams.
[I am not going to put the website link in this post as we definitely do not want to give them more clicks]

At first glance, the website looks quite trustable, with the official Ray-Ban logo right at the top of the page. The entire design and layout of the site looks quite classy too.

So how did I know that it was a scam site? I didn't. But based on my sister telling me that it can't be the real deal gut instincts and a quick investigative effort, it became easy to see that this site was as real as Megazord appearing in the Pokemon series.

1. Look at the website URL
Any credible website would almost always have a credible looking website URL. [For the non tech-savvy, that's the website address in the address bar]

Ray-Ban's official website URL is "www.ray-ban.com" or "www.ray-ban.com/whateverCountryYouAreFrom". Most credible websites will have similar looking URL addresses with some or all of the following:

a) The brand name or campaign name spelt out in full
b) No grammatical or spelling mistakes
c) Ending with ".com" or ".com.sg" or ".com/sg" or something similar

Now the URL of this page was like a 14 yr o kid tokin on his fone. Evth was in short form. Not only that, the short-forms didn't even make sense. And it doesn't even have the word rayban in it anywhere.

Hmm... Spider-senses tingling. Scam-O-meter: *

2. Check out the webpage title
Pro-tip: If you put your mouse pointer over the tab [E.g. On the blue circle] and leave it there for a few seconds, the full title [The text in the red box] of the page will appear. Again, the title should typically have the 3 characteristics stated above.

Notice how in this short sentence there are already a couple of grammatical mistakes?

The alarm bells are getting ready to scream... Scam-O-meter: **

3. Compare the page with official pages
More often than not, scam pages don't put in too much effort in creating their own pages. Most of the time, they rather copy and paste from some official website that looks credible enough. Sure enough, I opened up the official Ray-Ban website and guess what?

Top of the official Ray-Ban website

Top of the scam site

Looks a little too familiar don't you think?

We know that this site is totally not related to the official Ray-Ban site because the URL is totally different. Then why is the layout, design and colour scheme almost exactly the same?

Things are getting quite sticky now. Scam-O-meter: ***

4. Take a look at their facebook page/website content
Since this entire promotion started from a facebook page, I did a little digging into their facebook event page. The page seemed pretty new, having only 3 posts so far, which, at the time of checking, were posted 6 hours, 5 hours and 6 hours ago.

But strangely, the text for all 3 posts were exactly the same! Ok, giving them the benefit of the doubt that their marketing person sucks, and is just using copy and paste to spam posts, but take a look at these photos in one of their status updates...

Not that I have anything against people of this race, but can somebody please tell me which part of these photos seem like a promotion for a charity sale for Ray-Ban sunglasses? Check out the hashtag too... #RayBanSunBurn. I'm quite certain if I were to search for this hashtag on Mr G, I'll find many other photos of the actual event these pictures were stolen from.

Time to prepare your eye plugs... Scam-O-meter: ****

5. Check out their payment pages
Ok. So let's just assume that they have a really bad marketing team, a really lazy website development team and an organisation-wide problem with proper English. The best tell-tale sign of a scam shopping site is on their payment portal.

I placed an item into my cart, and proceeded to their checkout page, of course, only providing them with fake contact details...

And the very first thing that hit me, was that that page was not even a secure and encrypted page!

If you are on a secure page, there will definitely be something on your address bar that tells you so. In chrome, it's this green block and the "https://" in front of the address.

But the payment page of this site did not have any of these. It was just a normal webpage. And they even had the audacity to put this at the bottom of the page...

Oh really... And while we're at it, don't you feel those images look a little blurry and out of focus? Let's zoom in for a closer look...

Wow. Looks like they really didn't have time to get the official marketing logos from these 'trusted vendors' due to the urgency of the flash sale. Or maybe they just took screenshots of the logos and pasted them on their site... I wonder...

Bee Doo! Bee Doo! Bee Doo! Scam-O-meter: *********

Internet shopping site scam alert!!

Of course, the last thing to do was to try to complete the purchase with fake information, just for the fun of it.

Well, at least they did 2 things right.
1. They managed to check that the 1st digit of a VISA card is always 4. [Globally known info]
2. They had a validation failure message after I clicked submit.

I'm quite certain they are using your card details to purchase items which would probably never be sent to you. Oh, and don't forget they even charged $20+ for shipping!

So now that you have been equipped with some anti-scam knowledge, I hope that you will never fall victim to online shopping scams.

Carlsberg celebrates 2016, Probably the Best Year Ever

It's just a couple more days to Chinese New Year 2016, where we usher in the year of the Monkey. And what better way to celebrate the new year than to break a new record?

This year, Carlsberg decided to put its brand name into the Singapore book of records by painting the longest Chun Lian [春联] or Spring Couplet. For the uninitiated, a Chun Lian is a traditional red decorative piece of cloth that usually has Chinese writings or poems expressing happiness and hopeful thoughts for the coming year. Chun Lians are typically only used during the Chinese New Year period to usher in prosperity and good fortune.

So just how long is the longest Chun Lian in Singapore? Read on to find out!

Carlsberg invited accomplished Taiwanese artist-calligrapher Christina Chen to paint a series of traditional 4-character greetings on an almost never-ending red scroll at Capitol Piazza. And I had the opportunity to witness it.

Everyone was tense with excitement while we waited for the start of the event. Luckily the good people at Carlsberg knew exactly how to calm our nerves.

An ice cold can of Carlsberg does wonders for jittery nerves.

And while we're waiting, why not take a selfie?

Soon, the emcee announced the arrival of Christina and kicked off the record-breaking event. But as with all great things, there are always obstacles to overcome. And in this case, because of the record-breaking length of the Chun Lian, it could not have been made of the usual calligraphy paper, as that would be easily torn.

So instead, the red scroll was made of a thicker cloth material. And during their trial tests, they discovered that cloth is not the best material to do ink calligraphy on, as the ink does not absorb well into the material.

But guess who [or what] came to the rescue? By mixing the ink with the golden brew that is Carlsberg, they managed to get a perfect blend of golden ink that would stick well on the red scroll!

Yes, you read right, that bowl of golden blessings that you see in the picture above is a mix of calligraphy ink and Carlsberg! Who'd ever thought that Carlsberg would make brilliant calligraphy ink?

So as Christina drew out multitudes of traditional 4-character Chinese idioms with her masterful strokes, the crowd gathered round to show their support and of course to snap some photos of this record-breaking scene.

The red scroll was so long, that they needed at least 6 helpers to shift the scroll once Christina was done with 1 section of the scroll. It was literally like a never ending river of prosperity.

Although it was an extremely long scroll, Christina completed painting the entire scroll in less than half an hour! And here's a shot of the completed Spring Couplet! All 16 metres of it!

Why 16? Well, apart from breaking a record, 16 [yi liu] also represents 2016, and also sounds similar to the Chinese characters "一流" [yi liu], which means excellence, top notch or simply the best. So in the spirit of excellence, Carlsberg has released four limited edition festive cans featuring festive greetings of "一流".

You'll be able to find them exclusively in 24-can cartons of Carlsberg, with each carton containing not more than 2 limited edition designs. So head on down to your nearest super and hyper markets during this celebratory period to collect all 4 of them!

And of course, no Chinese New Year celebration would be complete without a Lion Dance performance. So staying true to the Chinese New Year spirit, we were treated to a Lion Dance performance at the plaza before heading up Four Seasons Chinese Restaurant for a beer-infused lunch.

This was also where I took part in my very first Lo Hei for 2016, a Chinese tradition where the objective is to make a mess of the table. Just kidding. It's actually celebratory dish where the higher you lift the ingredients, the greater the growth of your fortunes.

Don't believe me? Just take a look at this insta-video...

A video posted by Minutemansg (@minutemansg) on

Also, check out this awesome Boiled Seafood Soup with Carlsberg beer dish that was prepared specially for us! It was really yummy and tasteful.

So cheers to one and all. And here's wishing everyone probably the best year ahead. May you enjoy prosperity and excellent fortune for the years to come! 20一流!!! HUAT AH!!!!