Marche

July 30, 2011 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

Marche
313 Orchard Road
#01-00 313@Somerset

1 HarbourFront Walk
#03-14 VivoCity

50 Jurong Gateway Road
#01-03 Jem

252 North Bridge Road
#01-17A Raffles City Shopping Centre

3 Temasek Boulevard
#01-612 Suntec City Tower 3


http://www.marche-restaurants.com/


Rosti, Paella And More
(Ratings: On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 = Worst and 10 = Best)
Overall: 9
Ambience & Setting: 9
Food & Beverage: 8
Service: 9
Value for Money: 8
Spent about SGD $37 per person.


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Since the Swiss management took over, they've improved on the food and service at Marche.

All your favorite Swiss dishes are back at Marche; Rosti, Crepe, Pork Knuckle, Bread Pudding; along with food from other parts of Europe, like Paella.

You do get what you pay for, and although the price of each dish is around $10 - $20, it's well worth the money. Portions are large and filling, and more importantly, are well-cooked and taste great.

I was a bit let down by the Margarita Pizza however, it wasn't authentic, and had too much cheese.

Aside from that, the Rosti and Paella at Marche were superb, and the fillets of meat and fish were grilled to perfection and still juicy. Excellent!

Decor at Marche is designed to be resemble Swiss countryside farms, and the service staff clear tables very promptly, so no complaints there.


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Bailey's Mascarpone


Black Forest Ham Crepe Inside


Black Forest Ham Crepe


Bread Pudding Inside


Bread Pudding


Calamansi With Sour Plum


Cream Of Carrot Soup


Fried Silver Fish And Fried Calamari


Fried Calamari


Ice Apple Tea


Lemonade


Lemonade Jug


Mushrooms


Mushroom Ragout


Oxtail Soup


Pork Knuckle


Pork Knuckle Again


Rib-Eye Steak


Rib-Eye Steak & German Coarse Pork Sausage Again


Rosti With French Garlic Pork Sausage


Rosti With German Coarse Pork Sausage


Rosti With German Coarse Pork Sausage Again


Rosti With Veal Sausage


Salmon Steak


Seafood Paella


Snapper With Mashed Potato


Veal Sausage


Seabass Fillet


Rack Of Lamb


Mint Chocolate Ice Cream


Margarita Pizza


Minced Beef & Red Onion Pizza






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Pursuit Of Happyness

July 29, 2011 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

Pursuit Of Happyness


Premier Pure Distributors, you might have seen this inspirational clip from the movie "Pursuit Of Happyness", based on Chris Gardner's life: 






But here's another clip of the same scene, done in what's known as "Kinetic Typography": 





Premier Pure, you got a Dream? Go get it. Period.






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Burp Cafe

July 17, 2011 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

Burp Cafe
3 Hougang Avenue 6
#02-02 Punggol Community Club


http://www.burpcafe.com/




Food With A Cause
(Ratings: On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 = Worst and 10 = Best)
Overall: 7
Ambience & Setting: 6
Food & Beverage: 8
Service: 2
Value for Money: 9
Spent about $8 per person.

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Burp Cafe is tucked away in Punggol Community Club, this hidden gem has surprisingly great tasting Pizza and Pasta at affordable prices. 


Burp Cafe allows you the option of customizing your pizza / pasta from a list of ingredients, which range from simple ones like eggs and sausage, to exotic ones like smoked black pepper duck. 


It is possible to visit multiple times just to try the different combinations! 


However, while waiting times for the food is short, don't expect fantastic service from the wait staff. 


This is because Burp Cafe is also a Social Enterprise, meaning they employ special needs staff. These include needy students, those with mental / physical impairment, or ex-convicts. So do be patient, because every time you eat here, you're also doing a good deed! 








Cheese Baked Meatballs




Pizza Barbeque Sauce, Smoked Pepper Duck, BBQ Chicken, Olives, Capsicum Slice




Pizza Barbeque Sauce, Smoked Pepper Duck, BBQ Chicken, Olives, Capsicum




Pizza Tomato Sauce, Beef Pepperoni, Chicken Ham, Pineapple, Mushroom Slice




Pizza Tomato Sauce, Beef Pepperoni, Chicken Ham, Pineapple, Mushroom




Calamari Fritters




BBQ Sauce Chicken WIngs










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Guy Kawasaki, on Entrepreneurship in Singapore

July 16, 2011 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments


Guy Kawasaki, on Entrepreneurship in Singapore

Guy Kawasaki, entrepreneur extraordinaire, famous for his role in making the Macintosh computer a cult-like worldwide phenomenon, visited Singapore recently as a speaker and a judge at the Stanford Global Entrepreneurs Challenge held in Singapore. 

INNOVATION’s Tan Lay Leng talked to the founder of multiple personal computer companies and current Chief Executive Officer of Garage Technology Ventures to get his opinion on entrepreneurship in Singapore.

I: What do you see as the biggest difference between the United States and Singapore in terms of inculcating entrepreneurship? What do you think the local environment lacks?

Kawasaki: Singapore has based its educational system on the expectation that its graduates will work for the government or multinational corporations (MNCs), neither of which prepares one for entrepreneurship. In America, if you work for a large company for a long time, people ask why. In Singapore, if people leave a large company, people ask why. This is a huge difference.

In addition, the Singapore leadership has been visionary and strong and as a result have developed the strategies and tactics for the growth of the country from the top down. As a result, the educational system has encouraged the society to learn and pick up knowledge and facts but not necessarily to be creative, which is a key factor in entrepreneurship.


I: Do you foresee any shift in this mentality soon?

Kawasaki: Singapore is concerned that manufacturing and MNCs are going to China. So if Singapore is not making products and MNCs are not bringing in capital, I would think something has to change. Physical goods may have had to pass through Singapore, but intellectual capital and financial capital doesn’t. 

Recent speeches given by the government show a recognition that Singapore needs to evolve to adapt to the changing global conditions. There also appears that resources are being allocated towards programmes for developing entrepreneurism in Singapore. If there is a country that can decide to do something and then do it, it’s Singapore. But entrepreneurship and its necessary risk taking may go against current thinking and “the system.”


I: Do you think change is possible in a structured environment?

Kawasaki: Anything is possible. The first 90% is already done: people in Singapore realise that technology entrepreneurship is crucial to the future. The second 90% – producing a generation of entrepreneurs – is the hard part. Ironically, Singapore’s past success is a barrier to its future.

You can increase the probability by changing regulations; for instance, allow using money from the Central Provident Fund to start a company or eliminate government service following government-sponsored education abroad.


I: Does the small population base in Singapore serve as a barrier to success in entrepreneurship?

Kawasaki: From day one, Singaporeans have to think “international” because a population of three to four million people does not provide a large enough market. Israel proved that this can work. It has clearly created great technology that has been exported around the world. Israel has five million people, six million entrepreneurs, and fifteen million opinions. Singapore has five million people, six entrepreneurs, and one opinion.

If Israel can do it, why can’t Singapore? It will take changes in social conventions. If Singaporeans are raised to think that the best people work in government, education and large companies, change will be slow. Singapore needs a few technology entrepreneur heroes – for instance Creative Technology’s Sim Wong Hoo.


I: Does making money figure very highly in motivating someone to become an entrepreneur?

Kawasaki: Contrary to popular belief, it’s not the most important motivation. Money is one of the natural outcomes for successful companies, but it’s very seldom the original and central goal.


I: What motivates you personally to start up something?

Kawasaki: I am beyond the point of starting companies. I’m interested in helping others start companies that change the world.


I: Any advice for those raring to be entrepreneurs?

Kawasaki: Go for it! The unlived life is not worth examining. And don’t let anyone’s estimation of your capabilities limit what you try to do.


I: Does one need to have talent to be innovative, or is it sheer hard work?

Kawasaki: This is the same as asking if entrepreneurs are born or made? They are made. Many factors contribute, but almost anybody can be an entrepreneur if he or she puts in lots of hard work along with being open-minded enough to gather lots of input, process it, and be effectively creative.


I: Would you advise somebody to go abroad to build up their exposure and their spirit of entrepreneurship?

Kawasaki: I would encourage everyone who dreams of being an entrepreneur to do this. They will see another “operating system” in action. There is one danger in doing this, however. 

People often come to Silicon Valley and see the lawyers, venture capitalists, bankers and incubators and think, “All we have to do is build this infrastructure, and we’ll have entrepreneurship.”

If only it were this simple. Entrepreneurship is a state of mind. You get the entrepreneurship; the infrastructure will grow around it. If you build the infrastructure without the entrepreneurship, all you’ll do is waste money. The key is the education and inspiration of your young people.


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Rovio Mobile, Angry Birds and the Use of Social Media in Public Relations

July 15, 2011 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

Rovio Mobile, Angry Birds and the Use of Social Media in Public Relations


Here's our final report on Rovio Mobile, their Angry Birds game, and how they used Social Media in their Public Relations efforts.




Rovio Mobile, Angry Birds and the Use of Social Media in Public Relations






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Social Media And Emergency Response

July 14, 2011 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

Social Media And Emergency Response


The following diagram on Social Media and Emergency Response research is courtesy of CreditLoan




Social Media And Emergency Response (Click for Larger version)










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Canele Patisserie Chocolaterie

July 11, 2011 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

Canele Patisserie Chocolaterie
290 Orchard Road
#B1-25 Paragon


252 North Bridge Road
#B1-46/47 Raffles City


http://www.canele.com.sg/




Excellent Cakes, Chocolates & Macarons
(Ratings: On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 = Worst and 10 = Best)
Overall: 9
Ambience & Setting: 9
Food & Beverage: 9
Service: 9
Value for Money: 8
Spent about $30 per person.

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I've been to Canele Patisserie Chocolaterie twice, once with her and once for my best friend's birthday... And I just love the place! 


Canele Patisserie Chocolaterie have warm low lights, and huge plush chairs that make you feel like royalty when you sit in them... Although their tables are a bit small. 


Service is excellent as well, staff are attentive and patient, and will check on how your meal is going. 


There isn't much choice for mains, but though they have few options, they are done well. You can taste the high quality and freshness of ingredients, and the portions are relatively big as well. 


I particularly liked the Doria Bolognaise And Poached Egg With Parmesan Cheese, meaty, full of flavor, and satisfying! 


You'll be spoilt for choice with the Desserts... 


Canele Patisserie Chocolaterie cakes they have are among the best I've eaten... each slice is rich and filling, and well worth the price. 


The macarons are good, although they might be slightly more expensive than other brands. 


Side note, skip the Ultimate Hot Chocolate. It's too thin and diluted for me. 


But all in all, a great place to celebrate, or impress a date!




Doria Bolognaise And Poached Egg With Parmesan Cheese




Crepes Savory Paris Ham, Emmental Cheese And Sunny Side Up




Crepes Savory Roasted Chicken, Figs Compote, Tomato, Gruyère Cheese Sauce




Crepes Savory Sauteed Mushroom, Ham, Flambe With White Wine




Macarons Caramel Sel, Feuillitine, Citron




Macarons Citron, Caramel Sel, Feuillitine




Macarons Feuillitine, Citron, Caramel Sel




Macarons Hazelnut, Lemon, Passion




Macarons Lemon, Passion, Hazelnut




Macarons Passion, Hazelnut, Lemon




Le Royale




New York Cheesecake




St. Marc




Triple Chocolate Cheesecake




Ultimate Hot Chocolate




Strawberry Shortcake




Stuffed Portobello Mushroom And Beef Ragout




Gateaux Fromage




La Pomme Vert










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