Come Enjoy Some Great Tasting Wine At Affordable Price With Me ~~~

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Hi Huneybees,




Unlike beer, whiskey or rum, wine drinking is commonly associated with relaxation and unwinding. Drinking in moderation of wine, be it white or red, also has its health benefits, which is well documented.

With the above reasons coupled by the improvement of living standard, this often seen as the quintessential luxury in the beverage world, has gradually secured its place as an everyday item in the home and not just reserved for special occasions and festivities.


Usually a scene-setter to any sumptuous culinary experience, it is not uncommon to hear people assuming that the more expensive the wine costs, it possess better taste and quality.  In actual fact, prices of wine is alike jewelry, influenced by many factors other than quality of the beverage itself. 

Location of the vineyard and winery, the brand image, scores and ratings and even celebrity associations can push prices on the upward trend without impacting the quality of the wine.  Among my decent collection of Italian and Spanish wines, which I started five years ago, my usual weekend wine fix actually cost under SGD$30 a bottle off the retail shelf!



In Singapore the trend of wine drinking could easily be observed by its availability on the island nation. Huneybees could purchase a bottle - subject to The Liquor Control (Supply and Consumption) Act - not just at wine specialist stores but also in Supermarkets, convenience stores, and even Petrol Kisoks!


Emil Teo, Executive Director of Taste of Tradition, demonstrated how to appreciate wine
Huney'Z World was privileged to be invited to a special wine appreciation session hosted by Taste of Tradition, in partnership with Cold Storage, on good buys at the supermarket – finding that great bottle of wine right at your supermarket doorsteps.


Emil Teo, Executive Director of Taste of Tradition, an importer and distributor of fine wines around the world, shared that one can acquire a good bottle of wine at a supermarket at an affordable price in Rhône Wines from La Vieille Ferme



La Vieille Ferme with its numerous awards, accolades and reviews for Best Value and as one of the most sought after wine from the Rhône region has been producing authentic, honest and tasty wines vintage after vintage since 1970. "The Old farm", as translated in English, it has been acknowledged as one of the best value for money wines in the world. Its aims is to help change the common perception that wines of good quality and taste which tend to be expensive are only to be found at premium establishments and restaurants.



La Vielle Ferme Blanc - 2014
La Vieille Ferme Rouge - 2013
La Vieille Ferme Luberon Rosé - 2013

Three wines from the Rhone Valley of southern France were introduced : the White wine - La Vielle Ferme Blanc 2014, the Red wine - La Vieille Ferme Rouge 2013, and the Rosé wine - La Vieille Ferme Luberon Rosé 2013.

True to its reputation, all three wines tasted great but it's the La Vieille Ferme Luberon Rosé 2013 that gave your Queen Bee and myself the most impression. Made from grape variant of Cinsault 50%, Grenache 40% and Syrah 10%, this Rosé wine offers a richly balanced flavor with the just right sweetness, which is simply delightfully with every sip. With a price tag of under SGD$40, I'm very impressed by what La Vieille Ferme Luberon Rosé 2013 has to offer as not many winemakers make good and affordable Rosé wine as the process of Saignée or bleeding is long and tedious. Other methods such as pressing or blending (illegal in France) produce Rosé wine that is either too sweet or unbalanced in flavor. 






The next time if you wanted a great wine to share with your family or friends but not wanting to compromise on your other expenses, do head down to your nearest Cold Storage supermarket to buy any of the three mentioned wines from La Vieille Ferme. For me, that day starts tomorrow!

I am so looking forward to hearing my fellow Huneybees' experiences with these wines or any other great wines that you would recommend for under SGD$40.




Meantime, wishing all Huneybees a great unwinding weekend.





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Music Doesn't Have To Be Expensive With GoGear

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Hi Huneybees,


I don't think I can live without music. I'm always updating my playlists with the latest songs and I have different playlists for different occasions - happy songs to chase the Monday blues away, fast beat music that you can exercise to or soft, soothing songs to help me relax and get to sleep.

And if you are like me, you will understand why I'm always hopping to new choices of audio gadgets, trying out their quality when playing the music, or even finding the beautiful looking ones to be part of my fashion OOTDs. 

But most of the time, when I try the more economically priced earphones, the sound quality might be compromised or when I want better quality, that's when it gets pricier. It gets frustrating right?!


Not to worry, thanks to Hwee Seng Electronics, there's GoGear now! You get trendy, fashionably designed audio gadgets at affordable prices without missing the good, quality sound that can keep you company everyday, making you happy with the tunes of your choice. 


You can brighten up your world with their exciting posse of playfully named headphones and Bluetooth speakers that come in an eye-popping range of colors. Just by their earphones alone, you can already 5 different range - CozyBuds, Tunes, Sparklers, Turbos and Alumies, that's priced from S$9.90!


All 5 of these earphones come with the 1 button remote (play/pause) & mic for music and calls when you plug them into your smartphones. but each varies slightly with their sound system as well as sizes to suit your needs.

The CozyBuds is your entry level stereo earphones and almost the same quality as the Alumies, except that these babies comes in earbuds forms. The next level would be the Turbos, that's shaped a little like those racing car engines, with slightly better booster sound quality.


Of course, the ultimate ones are Tunes and Sparklers with Noise Isolating earphones and just 2dB difference in sensitivity. Putting them on, I really cannot hear my outside surrounding sounds, allowing you undisturbed indulgence to listening to your music as you work or go around your everyday routine.



And for those who wants wireless solutions, there is the Freerides Bluetooth Earphone and Easy Rider Bluetooth Headphone. I'm more of a earphones person as I find the headphone band a litte restricting when I'm in glasses and the Freerides earphones are so light, you almost feel nothing at all.



No matter how hard I shake my head, these earbuds would not drop, definitely a must-have for the exercise buffs and those who hate those get-in-the-way wires. You can wear them on its own, or put on those hooks to wear them for extra "grip". 

Both the earphones and headphones can be paired for call control with built in microphone. Say yes to wireless conversations and goodbye to having to 'kiap' your phone between your ears and shoulders! :)


But if you have great music, be sure to share that with your friends. Invite them over for parties, head on out for picnics or even road trips and staycations! There are 3 to choose from - 3-Way Awesome, Double Agent and Splash n Dash.

As its name suggests, the 3-Way Awesome plays music in surrounding all round 3 directions with 2 bass radiators and a main ‘beast’ speaker driver. It can be paired up via Bluetooth to your devices and can be played up to 6 hours. 


Nope, the Double Agent is not some special spy gadget, but it is also definitely not your usual bluetooth speaker. The portable Double Agent makes multi-tasking and sharing your secret playlists real smooth and easy on the go, allowing you to pair 2 smart devices at the same time with Bluetooth 3.0. You can lay it flat on the table or choose to hook them on wall hooks, in cars or even on tree branches! Hehe....


Something I've been wanting to get is a waterproof portable bluetooth speaker. Maybe coz watching too much of Hitchcock's "Psycho", I'm kena squirmish bathing alone in the quiet bathroom and normal bluetooth speakers are not waterproof, which might not be good to have on the bathroom.

Thankfully, I now have the Splash n Dash bluetooth portable speaker. It is IPX5 splashproof safe, can connect up to 10 metres and can be stuck onto any surface. Psst, it might even add some fun in the bathroom for couples. *wink*


So, with so many to choose from, have you made your choice? 
All GoGear products come with a one-year local warranty, and are now available at Mustafa and selected 7-eleven stores in Singapore.


GoGear in-ear earphones
  • CozyBuds: S$9.90
  • Tunes: S$16.90
  • Sparkles: S$19.90
  • Turbos: S$25.90
  • Alumies: S$29.90

GoGear Bluetooth earphone / headphone
  • Freerides Bluetooth Earphone: S$69.90
  • Easy Rider Bluetooth Headphone: S$69.90

GoGear Bluetooth speakers
  • 3-Way Awesome: S$59.90
  • Double Agent: S$79.90
  • Splash n Dash: S$49.90



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[What's New] Are You The Next Michelle Phan?

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Hi Huneybees,


Have you always been a beauty junkie and have been wanting to "be on top" with the industries finest? Well, thanks to luxury skin care brand - SK-II, you can now compete and learn from top beauty influencers and industry experts in Asia to "level up" those skills of yours!

Through exciting time-based challenges, mentorship programs and workshops, you will be the next gem of the next generation of online beauty experts. YouTube and top YouTube stars will be supporting this initiative by offering skill-building workshops for Beauty Bound Asia finalists.


And yes! Our all time favourite, the one who started the whole beauty YouTube beauty video guru - Michelle Phan will be one of them. With over 7.8 million followers on YouTube and over 1.9 million
on Instagram. Michelle has always been a passionate supporter of the global beauty creator community. 

In addition to cofounding ipsy, the world’s largest online beauty focused community, she has also been a huge creative force for Beauty Bound; personally designing a number of the beauty creator challenges, and mentoring and judging the finalists from each city in the Tokyo program finale.


She will be joined by the region’s top beauty creators - Sasaki Asahi (Japan), Calary Girl (Korea), Momay (Thailand), and Wengie (Australia) amongst many others to personally coach you!


Beauty Bound Asia will be open to all legal residents of 11 cities where the contest is taking place including Tokyo, Seoul, Osaka, Taipei, Hong Kong, Manila, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Jakarta, and Sydney. The  winner will get international exposure, all expenses paid trip to Tokyo for finals (7 Nov), and to NYC, camera equipment, the opportunity to join the exclusive Beauty Circle (an invitation-only collab program for brands and beauty creators).

So, if you…
• Are over 21
• Are passionate about and have beauty expertise to share
• Are creative and have original ideas
• Have or want to grow your video creation skills
• A legal resident of any of these 11 cities – Tokyo, Seoul, Osaka, Taipei, Hong Kong, Manila, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Jakarta, and Sydney


Then you are eligible to join, no prior experience necessary!


The contest will run from 25th Aug to 7 Nov, and is open to anyone regardless of experience or following. Note: The First Challenge submission date has been extended till tomorrow 28th August 2015.
Good Luck to you all and can't wait to see who's the winner! :)



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3 Factors To Decide Whether To NOTE Or Not To NOTE?

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Hi Huneybees,


Choose a side, are you Team Note 5 or Team S6 Edge? 

Being launched together, there is an inevitable want to compare both the Samsung GALAXY Note 5 4G+ and the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ 4G+. If you are still indecisive and don't know which new Samsung gadget to get, hope these factors below will help you iron those knots out and hopefully help you on your decision.

The Samsung Note 5 4G+ was already launched last Saturday and here's the introduction - http://huneyzworld.blogspot.sg/2015/08/are-you-ready-launch-of-samsung-galaxy.html, so what's installed in the Samsung S6 Edge + that will be launching tomorrow - Saturday, 22 August 2015?


There are several similarities between these phones like:
  • Get crystal clear details with 5.7-inch Quad HD display (518 ppi)
  • Made with premium glass and metal for mirror like body
  • Running on Android 5.1.1
  • Storage space choice of 32GB and 64GB of internal storage
  • Much faster system for multitasking with 4GB of RAM
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  • Professional photography with 16-megapixel camera with optical image stabilization
  • Clearer selfies of 5-megapixel front-facing camera
  • Better security with Fingerprint sensor
  • Following S6, there is NO removable batteries/backing and NO expandable storage
  • Wireless charging (Qi/PMA) with 3000mAh battery capacity

So, what's the diff? 


1) A Slightly Thinner & Lighter Body
Just a slight difference on the dimension, the S6 edge is thinner, easier for those who love wearing tight jeans. Samsung GALAXY Note 5 4G: 153mm x 76mm x 7.6mmSamsung Galaxy S6 edge+ 4G+: 154mm x 76mm x 6.9mm.



But probably without the S Pen, it's also 12% lighter than the Note 5 weighing at only 153g, I sense this is a stronger favorite amongst the ladies...

2) An Additional Screen Usage

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Though on paper, both the new phones may look identically sleek and gorgeous, but their biggest difference is their design. The Note 5 is curved on the back for better grip but the S6 Edge+ features the same Dual Edge Screen as the S6 Edge, curving the phone on both edges to provide  better viewing experience for optimal multimedia usage.

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Of course, with the "extra" screen, comes the Apps Edge for easy access to favourite apps and Enhanced People Edge with customization, for easy access as well as shortcuts to those favourite apps of yours. 


3) The S Pen
One obvious fact between a Note series phone and S series phone has definitely got to be the S Pen. This is the main factor whenever it comes to decision making when I purchase for a smart phone as I'm doodling whenever I have free time, it becomes like my finger extension here. The new S Pen found with the Note 5 is a brand new game changer with its new functions, more here - http://huneyzworld.blogspot.sg/2015/08/are-you-ready-launch-of-samsung-galaxy.html.



The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 4G+ is already available from 15 August 2015 while the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ 4G+ will be available from 22 August 2015 at local telecommunication operators, major consumer electronics stores, authorised retailers and Samsung Experience Stores.


Both devices will be available in Black Sapphire and Gold Platinum, with 32GB and 64GB storage options, at the following recommended retail prices:
  • Galaxy Note 5 4G+ (32GB): $1,088
  • Galaxy Note 5 4G+ (64GB): $1,188
  • Galaxy S6 edge+ 4G+ (32GB): $1,188
  • Galaxy S6 edge+ 4G+ (64GB): $1,288




Compatible accessories for both devices are also available at the following recommended retail price:
  • Clear View Cover: $88 in Blue Black, Gold and Silver
  • S View Cover: $68 in Blue Black, White, Gold and Silver
  • Level On Wireless Pro: $418 in Gold and Black
  • Fast Wireless Charging Pad: $98 in White and Black

Also, to celebrate the launch of the Galaxy Note 5 4G+ in Singapore, Samsung is also hosting the following events:
  • Note 5 Delights - at Civic Plaza, Ngee Ann City, from 29 to 30 August, 11am - 9pm)
  • Student Delights - at Da Paolo Bistro Bar on 27 August (6.30pm to 9.30pm), 28 August (6.30pm to 9.30pm) and 3 September (6.30pm to 9.30pm) for students from NTU, NUS and SMU respectively.


For more information on the devices, please visit Samsung Mobile Singapore’s Facebook page
www.facebook.com/samsungmobilesingapore and for more information about the Samsung GALAXY Note 5 4G+. go to www.samsung.com/sg/galaxynote5.





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A Preview Of What's Coming Up At Singapore Night Festival 2015

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Hi Huneybees,


The eighth edition of the Singapore Night Festival is back this August and its theme for this year is "Glitz and Glamour" with a stellar gathering of 40 Singaporean and 13 foreigner artists and performers coming together to light up our city! It's an all new experience, lighting up Singapore late into the night, mixing arts with great food.

Fire and light performance by Starlight Alchemy

Among the World Class performances lined up for visitors in the Bras Basah Bugis Precint, three of them were specially commissioned for this year and they are - Fire and light performance by Starlight Alchemy at Singapore Art Museum, Dance and music theatrical performance by Theater Tol along Armenian Street, and Light art installation on the facade of National Museum of Singapore by French graphic designers David Passegand & Metu Batlle titled "Anooki Celebrate Singapore."

Anooki Celebrate Singapore
Similar to last year, Singapore Night Festival programmes and installations are staged across 5 Festival Zones - National Museum and Fort Canning (Zone 1), Armenian Street (Zone 2), House of Glamour (Zone 3), Festival Village at SMU (Zone 4), and beyond Bras Brsah Road Area such as Singapore Art Museum, Queen Street, National Design Centre, DECK, Waterloo Street & School of the Arts (Zone5).

Le Desir Et La Menace @ Banyan Tree, National Museum

Apart from certain performances at House of Glamour (Zone 3), which is situated on the Cathay Green (opposite The Cathay), all admission to Singapore Night Festival programmes and installations are free.



For reservation of tickets to any House of Glamour programmes, you may write to tickets@ag-one.com.

Also note that due to the performances at Zone 2, Armenian Street and its carpark lots will be closed from 7:30pm to 2am on 20 - 22 August and 27 - 29 August. There will also be road closure of Cheng Yan Place on 29 August, do note that there might be traffic delays i the whole Night Festival grounds.

Singapore Night Festival 2015 will be held on two following Fridays and Saturdays  - 21 and 22 August and 28 and 29 August - from 7pm to 2am. For  more information, visit www.nightfest.sg.



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Top 5 Things You Need to Know About The New Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition!

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Hi Huneybees,


Being a Disney and Star Wars fans since young, I always take every opportunity possible to see my favorite cartoon and Sci Fi characters such as Eeyore, Minnie Mouse, Darth Vader, Boba Fett and many more! 


Yes! Yes! Yes! I'm literally in a freaking SANDCRAWLER!!!!!!

With the Force "Awakening" at the end of this year, SW fans like me will be stoked as more and more related products are been launched. One such moment was as recent as last week when I received an invitation to visit the Sandcrawler Theatre @ 1 Fusionopolis View by Disney Interactive for a game launch this week!!
 

I must complement Disney Interactive for taking no effect to fly Jason Moffitt, the Producer for Disney Infintity,  all the way from Los Angeles to Singapore (over 20 hours of flight time) to unveil its most ambitious gaming initiative to date - Disney Infinity 3.0 EditionYES! Star Wars characters have been added to one of the best mash-up games of our era! 

For Huneybees who are not familiar with  Disney Infinity, this is an incredible game platform that unlocks limitless freedom to create stories and play experiences starring beloved characters from The Walt Disney Company and Pixar Animation Studios. 


By integrating collectible character figures with game console, Disney Infinity not only makes these figures come to life in the game but also brings the opportunity for the players to put characters from various Disney and Pixar films to play together in a virtual “Toy Box”, hence allowing players to both experience original adventures in some of their favorite Disney and Pixar worlds or to build their own worlds using the power of their imagination. 

To cut to the chase, here are the Top five (5) things to know about the new Disney 3.0 Edition:

#1 - Disney Infinity 3.0 is joining forces with Star Wars!

Hooray! Three Star Wars Play Sets - Twilight of the Republic, Rise Against the Empire  and a yet to-be-named Play Set (available later in 2015) based on The Force Awakens have/will been added!
Additionally, you will have the unique opportunity to play with all of the Star Wars characters in all of the Star Wars Play Sets, as well as bringing them to other worlds when they are unlocked.

Twilight of the Republic is an all-new, original chapter of the Star Wars Saga, set in the Episodes I-III timeline. Get ready to use the Force and Lightsabers in epic battles as Anakin Skywalker, Ahsoka Tano, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Yoda, and Darth Maul.

Rise Against the Empire features galaxy-spanning missions with Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia Organa, Han Solo, Chewbacca, and Darth Vader. This Play Set is set in the timeline of the original trilogy and will send you piloting X-Wing Fighters and the Millennium Falcon to planets like Tatooine, Hoth, and Endor.



So far, at the D23, we have already seen the annoucement of Rey and Finn from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, so these 2 will definitely be in the 3rd installment of the Star Wars Playset.

#2 – TRON characters Sam Flynn and Quorra will be available as physical figures at the release of Disney Infinity 3.0! 

Need me to say more for fans of the American science fiction film TRON? Instead of the two leads making special appearances in the previous version, you can now use them as your gameplay character!
  

#3 – Disney Infinity 3.0 will include more Disney characters and MARVEL too !

There will be a Play Set based on Disney•Pixar’s upcoming film Inside Out featuring all five Emotions Joy, Sadness, Fear, Anger, and Disgust as playable characters. Fan-favorite characters Mickey, Minnie, Mulan, and Olaf will also be joining Toy Box 3.0. Yay!


From the Marvel Universe, there will be a MARVEL Play Set (to be announced later!), along with more MARVEL characters including Hulkbuster Iron Man and Ultron.



You can also expect to see Nick Wilde and Judy Hopps from Walt Disney Animation Studios' Zootopia, Spot from Disney•Pixar's The Good Dinosaur; and Peter Pan, who was selected as part of the "Toy Box Artists Choice" - an event held during this year's Disney Infinity Toy Box Summit. 


 #4 – All-new multiplayer Toy Box Expansion Games will allow you to play with all of your Disney, DisneyPixar, MARVEL, and Star Wars characters from Disney Infinity 1.0, 2.0, and 3.0 together.

Toy Box Expansion Games Toy Box Takeover (action-adventure) and Toy Box Speedway (kart racing) will bring all-new, structured multiplayer gameplay to Toy Box 3.0. Eg: You and your friend might be racing on the same track world, but you both might end up on different layers of the track, so it brings different experiences everytime u race. :)

#5 – Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition Starter Pack will be on sales for a lower suggested retail price of SGD99.99.

In direct response to your feedback, the Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition Starter Pack will now sell for a lower suggested retail price of $99.90. 



The Starter Pack includes the Twilight of the Republic Play Set, Anakin Skywalker and Ahsoka Tano Figures, and the new Toy Box 3.0. In addition to that, 3.0 Power Discs will come in labeled packs instead of blind packs.


So, there you have it. 
Ready for an all new Star Wars/Disney invasion? 

For more information, please visit www.disney.com/Infinity and www.youtube.com/disneyinfinity and join the Disney Infinity Facebook Community www.facebook.com/disneyinfinity to share more gameplay tips with other players...

Ok, now where's that light saber of mine? 
Time to get ready for the Disney Infinity 3.0! :)





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