Sunday Full English Breakfast

If you are planning to cook something special, why not try preparing Full English breakfast for your family and friends. The origin of full English Breakfast is still unclear. It started in rural England a long long time ago as a sustaining meal for workers. It’s commonly served during breakfast, but sometimes people have it during lunch or brunch. It’s quite popular at bed and breakfast in England. In bigger cities, you may come across restaurants and boutique cafes serving All Day Full English Breakfast.

English breakfast baked beans sausages mushroom tomatoes localThough a ‘Full Breakfast’ is universally known and understood other terms used include – A Fry Up, A Full Monty, and in Ireland it is sometimes known as a Chub. I’ve once had a fantastic Full English Breakfast with a large cup of cappuccino and large glass of bloody mary. It was an eventful morning 🙂

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According to HungryGoWhere.Com below is the list of 5 Best All Day Breakfast joints in Singapore.

  1. Wild Honey – They have two locations one at Mandarin Gallery and the other at Scott Square. Their full English breakfast is the star here. My close friends are raving about it. I’ve set a date next week to visit Wild Honey and sample it myself.
  2. Arbite – Their Serangoon locations comes with special breakfast menu. Work hard and Live well motto fits well in this age of work-life balance quest.
  3. Food for Thought – I first visited their Queen Street branch. It’s very unpretentious and very white. Check out their menu beforehand, so you don’t have to waste time browsing menu at the restaurant.
  4. Egg & Berries – another joint promising awesome all day breakfast with Egg Benedict as the highlight.
  5. Cedele – I love fabulous tag lines, cedele’s is my favourite. Eat Well * Be Well. After trying the Breakfast, do order a slice of the Red Velvet cake you won’t regret it.

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What’s in a Full English Breakfast:

  1. Bacon – usually back bacon fried in it’s own fat or just line them on a baking tray and grill them inside a oven for few minutes until crispy
  2. Poached or Fried Eggs – I like them scrambled. Make sure you add good quality fresh milk in your egg.
  3. Tomatoes – Trick here is to slice the tomato from the side instead of the middle from the core. That way the seeds stays intact. Easy for grilling or pan fry.
  4. Mushroom – my favourite vegetable. I like fresh white button mushrooms for breakfast, but any kind should be good. Look for meaty ones. Shitake can be a bit overpowering though. If you are fan of Portobello add some goat cheese to enhance it’s flavor.
  5. Bread – Sour Dough with thick crust would be fantastic or you can use your regular bread. Wholemeal Gardenia is good as well. Don’t forget to toast it.
  6. Baked beans – get Heinz and forget the rest. While you’re there grab Heinz Ketchup, you will need it later.
  7. Sausage – this is a tricky choice. I prefer gourmet sausages. You can buy them over counter in a good supermarket. The kind where you need to weigh first. Trust me you will enjoy great taste later. If you feeling like going posh, head down to Pan Pacific Singapore’ Atrium Deli and grab yourself some sausages or look them at Market Place supermarket.
  8. I’ve left out Black Pudding, go explore and discover it on your own

English breakfast baked beans sausages mushroom tomatoes

There you have it, all you ever need to know how to cook up a perfect Full English Breakfast. I did not include a full recipe because it’s way too easy to do except for the scrambled egg. Cook up a storm and share with me your success.

Happy Sunday

Giveaway something for free in 2013 (Infographic)

Image credit  - 4imprint
Image credit – 4imprint

If you have finished drafting your marketing plans for 2013, make sure you slot it some promotional merchandise. Research shows consumers who received some free stuffs are more likely to do business with you. Google corporate gifts and you will get lots of company’s information. Remember there is usually a minimum order quantity. So make sure ask for a quote and give some allowance for some budget for them. The more you order the cheaper it gets. If you come from large organization, look up Alibaba.com for quote. Here you may need to order in thousands but you will find the price is ridiculously cheap. The key factor her is to find something novel and useful. This will motivate your customer to use it therefore they will keep it. This should be your objective.

Some popular promotional merchandize:

  1. Tissue packets – very popular in Singapore
  2. Pens << these are really popular
  3. Post it notes
  4. Reusable Eco bags, you can print your companies logo and addresses
  5. Pen-drive/ USB drive
  6. Key holders
  7. Fridge magnet with calendar
  8. Calendar
  9. Shatter proof mugs
  10. Highlighters

Let me share some ideas on how to use them effectively:

  1. Goodies bags – throw in some of your product brochures, pens and post it notes inside a Eco bag
  2. Mail out calendars to all existing customers
  3. Print a calendar at the back of business card, so people will find a use for it
  4. USB Drives makes a great door gift
  5. Run free giveaways on your Facebook page
  6. Include a promo/discount code with your promotional gifts, this gives your customer an incentive to initiate a business relationship with you

Some reminders

  1. Do not offer a gimmick, be honest and open.
  2. Always evaluate your response rate
  3. If you are selling cakes don’t giveaway an iPad. Find some relevancy

Let me wish you all the best in 2013. Happy New Year!

Media Preview – library@orchard Protoype Exhibition

This is a long overdue blog post. I blame the busy but fabulous month of December. It all started with a tweet from National Library board of Singapore (their twitter page). I was invited for library@orchard Protoype Exhibition bloggers preview on 19 December 2012 (my birthday). After a quick evening nap, I made my way to Central Public Library at Victoria Street. A bit of mingling ensued with other fellow bloggers and reps from Singapore Poly and NLB.

Image Credit : Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Library@orchard
THE OLD LIBRARY@ORCHARD
Image Credit : Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Library@orchard

The preview started with brief presentation from Jasna (NLB) and Gareth (SP). They basically covered the closure of Old Library@Orchard to the Design thinking (this is where SP comes in) approach in building the new one. Students from Singapore Poly have interviewed people around Orchard area and gathered their feedbacks into a big board. It was then categorised into three main themes – Learn & Discover, Engage and Escape. The underlining foundation will give answer on how to redefine library beyond it’s traditional roles, ie books and borrowing.

These multi-perspective approach gave birth to various cool (sometimes futuristic) ideas and innovations. I also liked the idea that the library needs to re-invent and evolve to stay relevant. The old Library@Orchard has always been the playground to test new innovations and this will continue with the revival. NLB and SP have developed a range of prototypes on ideas of space design and set up an exhibition for the public. This will run until 31 January 2013. Location : Basement 1, Central Public Library, 100 Victoria Street, National Library Building. If you can’t make in person, do it online http://blogs.nlb.gov.sg/orchard/ or  join in the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #OrchardPL

After the presentation, we were given an exclusive tour around the exhibition space and got us acquainted with the prototypes. My favourite will be the Cocoon and soon you will find out why. Let the journey begins..

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The prototypes have been design and build around these themes:

Learn and discover through multiple platforms, from print to digital and visual resources

Engage by actively creating and sharing user content; connecting with like-minded people; and moving beyond being passive borrowers of content

Escape by getting lost in time and other realities, both past and present

~ Trend Gallery ~

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Library patrons can view design-themed interactive multimedia exhibitions at this gallery. It’s expected to promote innovations which can be executed immediately with the help of relevant apps and software. Their work can also be produced on a 3D digital printer and added to the gallery. How cool is that!

~ Memory Bank ~
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Visitors will see curated collections of home grown stories and achievements ranging from Singaporean Olympians to successful local business start-ups. Think Charles Keith bags and shoes. If your creation from Trend gallery is super-fantastic, you may also get a chance to showcase it here.

~ Cocoon ~

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The cocoon was one of the most provocative design concept discussed during the preview especially due to space limitation we have in Singapore.  These pods will bring joy to many, imagine having a space for yourself with adjustable lighting and ambiance music. You can just grab a book from the display or immerse yourself with multimedia content. The idea is a perfect hideaway from the bustling of Orchard road. I imagine these will be filled by school children studying for exams. Hmmm let’s see!!

~ Book Tree ~

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I just finished reading a fantastic book at the library and I feel the adventure should be shared with others. What do I do? I place that book onto the tree. Hopefully someone else will share my admiration and joy. The tree will also be fitted with QR bookshelf, you just need to whip out your smart phone or tablet and scan. Instantly the eBook will be downloaded into your device. The book spinner is like a jackpot akin to the “Tikam-tikam” game – spin and pick a book.  The other fabulous feature is the 10-minute station – you’re in a rush and got 10 minutes to spare, all you got to do is punch in your variables ie time, content type. Something will be pulled out from the archive just for you.

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The three pillars of the Trend Gallery
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Pictorial Journey of the Library@Orchard Project

I hope you are as excited as I am. So don’t wait, go down to the Central Library and visit the exhibition. While you are there take part in the co-creation feedback exercise (you need to fill a small questionnaire). Are you curious on  the location of new Library@Orchard. It’ll be located on the 3rd and 4th floors of Orchard Gateway shopping centre and is slated to open in the 1st quarter of 2014.

Please share your views on the comment box.

Successful People vs Unsuccessful People

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I’ve always wondered why some people are more successful than others. Someone suggested I should read autobiographies of successful people and follow their path. This exercise did not go down well with me. Because after some time I realized the story did not belong to me. Therefore following it closely was really a challenge. I needed something more. Some sort of guide that list the characteristic of successful people or otherwise. And from there I will write my own story.

The struggle is not about finding out the truth but how that truth translates to what I believe. I came across such a list of truths about one year ago. Unfortunately the source was unknown. But it was an easy to understand and digest list. I have been working closely with that list and found some short term success. Some of the traits discuss resonates with my natural personality. The trick was to identify them and move them to the other quadrant (which ever you wanna achieve).

People measure success in so many ways. Hence it’s up to you to benchmarks what’s important to you. For me the ability to go to sleep peacefully is a nice gauge of happiness and beyond. Money and wealth does not do it for me. I need something more.

Let me share the list with you now.. do share your thoughts.

Successful People 

  1. Give other people credit for their victories
  2. Accept responsibilities for their failures
  3. Compliment
  4. Read everyday
  5. Keep a journal
  6. Talk about ideas
  7. Want others to succeed
  8. Share information and data
  9. Exude joy
  10. Keep a to do/project list
  11. Set goals and develop life plans
  12. Continuously learn
  13. Embrace change

Unsuccessful People

  1. Take all the credit for their victories
  2. Blame others for their failures
  3. Criticize
  4. Watch TV everyday
  5. Say they keep a journal but really don’t
  6. Talk about people
  7. Secretly hope others fail
  8.  Horde information and data
  9. Exude anger
  10. Fly by  their seat of their pants
  11. Never set goals
  12. Think they know it all
  13. Fear change
  14. Effectively this list is the opposite of the former

Even the Pope is Tweeting!

When I first heard Pope Benedict XVI is going to start tweeting , I was very curious and excited at the same time.  He is the one of the most influential religious leader in the world. The importance of Social Media is evident, especially it’s ability to reach the masses and transcend influence.  He did not just stop at tweeting but also took part in answering some questions from his followers. He responded to seven question over seven hours. Everything was planned and executed beautifully.

These accounts were launched about 11 days ago. Twitter confirmed it through their blog, His Holiness received ten of thousands of questions using hashtag – #AskPontifex , I’ve picked out some interesting ones to share with you!

Deep question from – JamesMartinSJ

Pontifex Twitter Account Tweets Pope Benedict
A message to the naughty ones – MichaelDuffy

Pontifex Twitter Account Tweets Pope Benedict
Someone who cares about LGBT issues – JBinSFO

Pontifex Twitter Account Tweets Pope Benedict
A random question – antprompts

Pontifex Twitter Account Tweets Pope Benedict
Now let’s look at his Holiness account, yes he has more than ONE MILLION followers and the number is growing.

Follow the Pope - http://twitter.com/Pontifex
Follow the Pope – http://twitter.com/Pontifex

Pontifex Twitter Account Tweets Pope Benedict

Some tips for you to take away

  • I love the cover photo, it immediately makes a statement
  • The twitter handle is short and easily recognizable
  • The description is concise/straight to the point
  • Cover page is looking very vibrant with the use of bright sunny colors
  • Even the Tweets were short and easy to read

You can easily use these tips to open a new account or refresh your old one. It’s all about establishing yourself apart from the rest. Create that online charisma and you are half way there. You don’t have to be famous to get a Million followers. My advice is not to get intimidated but start from small and work your way up. You can do it.

You can also read my other posts about Twitter

  1. Let’s go TwitterLand – https://goldandfabulous.wordpress.com/2012/12/09/social-media-lets-go-to-twitter-land-infographic/
  2. How to get started with Twitter? – https://goldandfabulous.wordpress.com/2012/07/30/how-to-get-started-with-twitter/

If you encounter any problems, please leave a comment here or send me a tweet – https://twitter.com/gpoovan or using hashtag #AskPoovan

SOCIAL MEDIA – Let’s go to Twitter Land [infographic]

Twitter – the world of micro-blogging that changed the way how we communicate using 140 characters. Whether you use it for personal or business, Twitter is one social media tool you cannot ignore or avoid. The 465 million strong users will vouch this for you.  If you are already using it, please share your experience with me.

What do you use it for you?

How do you use?

Do you have an objective?

Read this post to get started, if you are still a bit shy – https://goldandfabulous.wordpress.com/2012/07/30/how-to-get-started-with-twitter/

Note & Tips:

  • The 19.5Millions in Indonesia is a big opportunity for businesses to market their product/services.
  • Follow tweets/people from your industry
  • Join in Twitter Chat that’s relevant to you or your business. See this Twitter Chat Schedule for more info
  • Please DO NOT start if you do not have a plan. An abandoned Social Media account is bad your business

Now let’s look at the infographic.

How Big Twitter Is In 2012 Infographic

Would you like to brand your business or yourself successfully on Social Media? I can help.  Please contact me at +65 9792 3379 or email gpoovan@gmail.com for a FREE no obligation discussion.

Extend your weekend in 2013

Shopping at Harrods
Shopping at Harrods

We all love our weekend. The longer the better some may say. In Singapore going way for a short weekend getaway is a pleasure for many. Due to the strategic location and ease of travel in Singapore, anyone can plan a nice break away from our garden city. We can start with a pleasant trip to JB across the causeway or even shopping at Bangkok with a short flight. These are possible with any budget and intention. All you got to do is plan. Yes you heard it right, plan way ahead. It’s better because you can get good rate with air tickets and hotel if you book early. I always plan my travels ahead, sometimes six months ahead.

To assist you in the momentous task, I decided to share with you the long weekend guide. You must be wondering why! You can use this to plot your holiday plans. It’ll cover when you need take that extra annual leave to make the weekend even longer and satisfying.

2013 Long Weekend Guide
2013 Long Weekend Guide

Do share with us your tip as well! Happy Holiday planning!