Canon RAYO R4 Mini Projector

Canon RAYO R4 Mini Projector

Canon, a Japanese brand well known for their digital and optical imaging products, has engineered a mini projector that slips well in my pocket. Right inside this white coloured packaging box, the Canon RAYO R4 mini projector is totally sleek in design and it’s black aluminum casing gives a premium feel.

Picking up this mini projector out of the box, it feels very light on my hand, weighing 169 grams. With the dimensions measuring 71 mm x 124 mm x 20 mm, the length of Rayo R4 mini projector is the same as the Apple TV’s remote control and thickness is near to the Nintendo’s 3DS XL.

 

Canon Rayo R4 Mini Projector

Canon Rayo R4 Mini Projector

 

Right in this portable device, the mini HDMI input can be easily connected to any video display devices like laptop using converters, turning a small screen display to a much larger one. As to the sound, the RAYO R4 mini projector has a built-in 1W mono speakers. Despite the loudness, there will be some distortion to the audio quality as the volume increases. To compensate that, there is an audio output connector which can be connected to any external speakers using an aux cable. It also has a built-in battery which can last 3 hours.

 

Canon Rayo R4 Mini Projector

Canon Rayo R4 Mini Projector

Canon Rayo R4 Mini Projector

Canon Rayo R4 Mini Projector

 

There is a Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL) cable and a 5 pin to 11 pin adapter provided in the box to connect tablets and mobile phones to the mini projector. There is also a Lightning Digital AV Adapter to mirror the Apple devices with Lightning port and an adjustable mini tripod.

 

Canon Rayo R4 Mini Projector

 

Upon powering up, I would say Canon did an excellent job to pack a screen quality of 640 x 480 pixel resolutions into this mini projector, making the projected aspect ratio 4:3. With 1 meter away, the RAYO R4 mini projector can output a 32″ screen size. The clarity of the projected image can be adjusted by the focus knob located on the side. There is also a built-in fan cooling the projector during the screening process.

Projecting the screen, Kayden had a lot of fun playing his favorite commercials on my iPad through the YouTube app.

 

Canon Rayo R4 Mini Projector

 

The Canon RAYO R4 mini projector is a wonderful engineering product. It is an easy to use plug and play device which can project up to a maximum of 62″ screen size. With it’s compact size, bringing this device around for business presentations will come in really handy. Screening in the dark, it is non-glaring to the eyes and the built-in speaker is loud enough. The suggested retail price is $499 and is on sale now.

 

Canon Rayo R4 Mini Projector

 

For more information about the Canon RAYO R4 mini projector, please click here for the Canon’s website.

 

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Jewel Cafe + Bar At Rangoon Road

Jewel Cafe + Bar At Rangoon Road

After the heavy morning downpour, it has been a gloomy Saturday with drips and drops of rain for the whole early afternoon. With all that, it doesn’t stop me for my usual weekend family food hunt. With just 10 minutes walk away from Farrer Park MRT station and located in the heart of Little India, I am going to visit the Jewel Cafe + Bar located at 129 Rangoon Road, which is not too far away from L’etoile Cafe (click here to read about my dining experience) which I once visited.

Jewel Cafe + Bar serves 8 delicious mains such as the tender beef with red wine known as the Angus Tenderloin ($36), beer battered fish fillet known as Golden Fried Fish ($18) and Trio Cheese Baked Rice ($19). With the price range between $16 to $20, the food menu printed 6 different pasta dishes like the local delight Chilli Crab Pasta ($20) and Classic Bolognaise ($16). The Jewel Cafe + Bar claimed that their burgers are made with the tasty U.S beef and I can’t wait to put my fork and knife on it.

 

Jewel Cafe + Bar At Rangoon Road

 

Alternatively, customers can enjoy the low fat content on all their coffee espressos. Besides the usual coffee names served in all cafes such as the Cappuccino ($5), Mocha ($6) and Iced Latte ($6.50), Jewel Cafe + Bar served cold drips and manual brew for serious coffee drinkers like the Hario V60 Pourover ($6) and Syphon ($16).

 

Jewel Cafe + Bar At Rangoon Road

Jewel Cafe + Bar At Rangoon Road

 

For the cold and drizzly afternoon where the skies looked gloomy, I have ordered the Flat White ($5.50) and Latte ($5.50) for my Saturday lunch. Those caramelized colour on the velvety microfoam in both my coffee cups were simply beautiful. Comparing the Flat White and Latte, the Flat White is definitely having a much stronger coffee taste while the Latte is more milkier. Both the taste quality of my hot coffee were great and yummy.

 

Jewel Cafe + Bar At Rangoon Road

 

Really crispy on the outside with a hint of spice on the inside, the Southern Fried Chicken ($18) which is marinated with milk and special mix spice was delicious. The chicken breasts were tender and not too dry.

 

Jewel Cafe + Bar At Rangoon Road

 

The OMG! Burger ($21) was made up of the U.S. beef patty, slices of luncheon meat, bacon, cheddar and soft brioche buns. Spread with barbecue sauce and topped with a sunny side up egg, the U.S. beef patty was totally juicy and the brioche was soft.

 

Jewel Cafe + Bar At Rangoon Road

Jewel Cafe + Bar At Rangoon Road

 

The Jewel Cafe + Bar has an awesome team of funny service crews. The food was great and the serving was huge. The coffee were yummy and brightens up my day. With kids dine free on Tuesdays, parents can consider to bring their little ones to Jewel Cafe + Bar.

 

Jewel Cafe + Bar At Rangoon Road

 

Address of my visit
Jewel Cafe + Bar
129 Rangoon Road
Singapore 218407

Opening Hours
Tuesday to Thursday & Sunday
9:00am to 10:00pm

Friday to Saturday
9:00am to 11:00pm

Telephone: 6298 9216
Website: https://www.facebook.com/JewelCafeAndBar

 

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Alfresco Dinner At Korean Fusion BBQ In Changi

Alfresco Dinner At Korean Fusion BBQ In Changi

Located in Changi, the Korean Fusion BBQ restaurant serves affordable buffet next to the Changi Food Village. Despite it’s simple furnishing, this cosy restaurant can fit in 80 pax of people, making it a great budget dining spot to host private events such as gatherings and birthday parties. With no GST charge, the Friday to Sunday dinner is priced $27.90 for adult and $15.90 for child aged 5 to 11 years old.

Marinated and serving up to 15 different varieties of pork meat such as Korean Spicy Pork Belly, Pork Bacon, Mongolia Pork Belly, Thai Spicy Pork Belly, Char Siew Pork Belly and Pork Collar, diners can enjoy different tantalizing flavors on their tastebuds. Beef served in this buffet includes Bulgogi Beef, Beef Short Ribs and Beef Slice, while fresh seafood includes Bamboo Clams, Mini Octopus and Squids. Wait, there’s more for carnivore diners.

 

Alfresco Dinner At Korean Fusion BBQ In Changi

Alfresco Dinner At Korean Fusion BBQ In Changi

 

By topping up $10, you can get to enjoy 4 different premium meat served on your table, namely the Wagyu Beef, NZ Grain-Fed Beef, Black Angus Beef and Iberico Pork Belly. Vegetables such as King Oyster Mushrooms, Shiitake Mushrooms, lettuce and cherry tomatoes are on their selection trays as well.

 

Alfresco Dinner At Korean Fusion BBQ In Changi

 

To keep the ingredients fresh and not degrade their flavors, the premium selections of meat are well kept in the cold dry freezer, while the marinated fresh meats and seafoods are served batch by batch into the covered buffet trays.

Sizzling the meat over the hot pan, the moisture from the marinated meat flowed onto the pan, creating much enjoyment in the whole grilling process.

 

Alfresco Dinner At Korean Fusion BBQ In Changi

 

The flavors of the marinated meat were made just right, not overly saltish or spicy. Some people might not enjoy the Iberico Pork Belly, which is actually thin cut of fats. Grilling a slice of it slightly charred and you will have a thin crispy outer layer of fat. Furthermore, flavored ice-cream such as chocolate, lime and green tea are available in the Korean Fusion BBQ to cool yourself down after all the self service cooking time.

 

Address of my visit
Korean Fusion BBQ Buffet
Block 3 Changi Village Road #01-131
Singapore 500003

Opening Hours
Monday to Thursday & Sunday
11:00am to 2:30pm & 5:30pm to 11:00pm

Friday to Saturday
11:00am to 2:30pm & 5:30pm to 12:00am

Telephone: 9232 2367
Website: https://www.facebook.com/koreanfusionbbq

 

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Scrapbook Making With Canon Singapore

Scrapbook Making With Canon Singapore

Cutting, folding, colouring and pasting was what my family and myself were doing on our Sunday afternoon. Invited by Canon Singapore and thelovingmum.sg, we headed down to the Burger vs Wings + Bar, or BWB for short, located at the 11th floor of Orchard Central. It is a spacious restaurant and a nice spot to host a small private event like this. The food served in the private area were pretty much child-friendly such as small burgers, French fries, pastas and thin crust pizzas.

During the Canon scrapbook event, I was introduced to the Canon’s PIXMA wireless printer and their latest new product, the Rayo R4 mini projector. The Rayo R4 mini projector was totally compact in our pockets and perfect for watching movies at home. With the price of $499, there is a purchase promotion going on until 31 May 2015 which you will get to receive the Manhattan Fish Market meal vouchers worth $50. The last redemption date will be on 14 June 2015.

 

Scrapbook Making With Canon Singapore

Scrapbook Making With Canon Singapore

 

The Canon’s PIXMA MG7500 series wireless printer is an excellent and easy to use printer. With it’s high print resolution up to 9600dpi and fastest photo printing speed for 21 seconds on a borderless 4R photograph, this printer’s wireless connection is seamless with the help of it’s PIXMA Maxify app on my iPhone. Just connect to the MG7500 series on my iOS wifi setting, open up the app, choose my photographs and send it to the printer.

 

Scrapbook Making With Canon Singapore

 

In this event, I have to use the PIXMA MG7500 series to print out four family photographs and paste them in the scrapbook. The photographs printed was very crisp and the colour tones were natural.

 

Scrapbook Making With Canon Singapore

 

With the materials handed over to me, my wife and myself just enjoy the process of getting our hands busy. Kayden also did his part in pasting the papers even though on the later part, he fell asleep.

 

Scrapbook Making With Canon Singapore

Scrapbook Making With Canon Singapore

 

The whole scrapbook making took us two hours and it was really enjoyable. Back in my memory, the last colour printer that I had was the Canon Bubble Jet printer which the resolution was only 720 dpi. Today, I can get to see how fast Canon’s technology has advanced in making our lives easier and better. I am also happy to meet up with some other Singapore family bloggers and get to catch them in action doing art and craft.

 

Scrapbook Making With Canon Singapore

 

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Samsim Quan An Vietnamese Cafe

Samsim Quan An Vietnamese Cafe

Located beside a bus stop with bus service number 33 and near to the popular Long Phung Vietnamese restaurant (click here for my post), there is a little less known Vietnamese dining place known as Samsim Quan An Vietnamese Cafe in 233 Joo Chiat Road. With it’s simple furnishing and lack of crowd on a Sunday lunch time, the food prepared by the kitchen wasn’t what I really expected.

Taking a seat in this restaurant and browsing through their food menu, they serve a variety of Phở or noodles, khai vị or finger foods, Hai San or shell seafood and Bánh mì or sandwiches. Their Phở are priced typically at $6.00 per bowl and Bánh mì are priced at $5.50. Samsim’s finger foods sure sounds out of the box in their menu such as the BBQ Dry Cattle Fish ($6.00), Century Eggs ($8.00), Fried Prawns ($12.00) and Fried Chicken Wings ($6.00). Their shell seafoods are cockles and Gong Gong which the menu selections includes garlic style and sweet and sour style. The pricing is $6.00 for small and $10.00 for large.

 

Samsim Quan An Vietnamese Cafe

 

Putting my tastebuds on their Vietnamese Iced Milk Coffee cà phê đá ($2.50) and Vietnamese Iced Tea ($1.00), their iced milk coffee was authentic and excellent, while their sugarless iced tea was a thirst quencher.

 

Samsim Quan An Vietnamese Cafe

 

Serving up first was the Hu Tieu Heo ($5.50), which was a bowl of vermicelli soaked in pork rib broth topped with slices of pork. The broth tasted naturally sweet and the slices of meat were thin cut of pork belly. I love the idea of the fresh vegetables placed separately on another plate so that I can decide how much greens I would love to have.

 

Samsim Quan An Vietnamese Cafe

 

Gỏi cuốn ($1.20 each) are rice paper spring rolls, which the inside is stuffed with rice vermicelli, cooked prawns and vegetables. This summer rolls are usually served with dipping sauce. The Gỏi cuốn served in this restaurant was average. A safe appetizer to order.

 

Samsim Quan An Vietnamese Cafe

 

Next on my table was Bún thịt nướng ($7.00) which is dry rice vermicelli with grilled pork, fried spring rolls and other vegetables such as basil and mint leaves. The rice vermicelli had a very soft texture and pouring the condiments into the bowl gave a tangy taste with a hint of spiciness. The fried pork doesn’t taste dry and the fried spring roll was very crispy and flavorful. Very tasty.

 

Samsim Quan An Vietnamese Cafe

 

I would say the Vietnamese cuisine served in Samsim Quan An Cafe blew me away with their good food. When I approached the friendly Vietnamese Chinese staff on how long they have opened, she told me with a rather disappointed reaction that “it has been very long”. With no GST and service charge, this dining spot is value for money and worth checking it out if you are craving for some healthy Vietnamese food.

 

Address of my visit
Samsim Quan An Vietnamese Cafe
233 Joo Chiat Road
Singapore 427491

Opening Hours
Monday to Sunday: 11:30am to 12:30am

 

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The Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel Game

The Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel Game

Kayden and myself spent our Sunday morning playing this board game called the Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel Game. A pretty cheesy name. With up to four players above three years old, this is a really simple to play game with the use of a spinning arrow wheel, twenty coloured acorns, a plastic squirrel squeezers and four slices of cardboard tree log.

As the name of this board game goes, it is about picking those rubber acorns from the ground or stealing the acorns from other players to complete up the collection of acorns: yellow, red, blue, purple and green. Your destiny depends strongly on the wheel.

 

The Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel Game

The Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel Game

 

Kayden’s favorite destiny on the cardboard wheel was the gust of wind. When this destiny was chosen, he gets really excited to throw all his acorns back to the ground. My personal favorite destiny was stealing any one acorn from any other player and place it on my tree log. This is a good way to get the colour I want on my tree log.

 

The Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel Game

 

The material used in this board game is primarily cardboard, rubber and plastic and the feel of them are of good quality and sturdy. The only concern is those colourful acorns are small and they could get lost easily. So, I will always remember to count them before placing them into the box.

 

The Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel Game

 

So, how will this game help the children? This game refine the motor skills of children when using the plastic squirrel squeezers, allow them to recognize colours, patience in taking turns and improve eyes-and-hand coordinations. A nice board game which the whole family can have fun with. So, welcome to the world of squirrels!

 

The Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel Game

 

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