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‘Seafood Frenzy’ at the Simple Bites Food Fair

Wanting to feast your stomach on small bites after a long day of shopping? The Catch ‘N Bite Simple Bites Food Fair is the way to go this September.

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Located in the heart of the Singapore’s shopping district, the Catch ‘N Bite gourmet seafood takeaway joint comes alive at Takashimaya Basement 2 Food Hall from 8th to 24th September 2014. This takeaway joint features the best-selling seafood dishes in their store for customers to enjoy a small bite whilst shopping. The enticing and mouth-watering aroma can be picked up from afar. Catch ‘N Bite has also recently opened their main outlet at Westgate Mall and has received many well-rated reviews.

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The store also takes into consideration the cleanliness of the food by using gloves in their preparation. The employees make it a point to put on a smile and provide good customer service, which adds on to one’s overall impression of the store.

Ultimate Crab Sandwich

The Ultimate Crab Sandwich is a “must-try” item in the store. Although the crab is deep-fried, its oiliness is well balanced with the freshness of the juicy tomato and crunchy lettuce. The specialty sauce enhances the taste of the crab and adds on to the enriching flavor of the sandwich.

 

Seafood Tarts

Another side dish that definitely cannot be missed out is the top-selling fresh seafood tarts: crab tart, lobster tart, egg mayo ebiko (top row from left to right), smoked salmon salsa, mango chutney shrimp and the smoked salmon sour cream (bottom row from left to right). During this food fair, you can purchase them in bulk up to 16 pieces per box.

Crab Tart

The buttery and slight salty tart is accompanied with the crab paste, corn bits and lettuce. The crunchy corn bits completes this small bite by complementing the crabmeat with a tinge of sweetness, leaving one with a smooth mouth feel.

 

Lobster Tart

This sweetness and chewiness of the lobster meat infuses perfectly with the saltiness of the tart.

 

Egg Mayo Ebiko

Topping up this tart are small fish eggs, which burst continuously in one’s mouth with every bite. It is accompanied by the subtle taste of the egg mayo and the crunchy green lettuce.

 

Smoked Salmon Salsa

This tart has a tomato-based, followed by a smoky taste with a tinge of tobacco, leaving one with a lingering aftertaste of the smoke salmon.

 

Mango Chutney Shrimp

The sweetness of the mango is brought out in its full flavour initially, but is soon overcome by the saltiness of the tart, leaving one with a subtle taste of the fresh shrimp.

 

Smoked Salmon Sour Cream

The lightness of sour cream blends perfectly with the saltiness of the smoked salmon.

Lobster Sandwich

The Ultimate Lobster Sandwich is a favourite that cannot be missed. On the first bite, one can taste the sweetness of the lobster, which is not overpowered by the taste of the egg mayo sauce. This complements the overall taste of the sandwich, bringing out its sweetness and chewiness of the fresh lobster to its fullest. This specialty dish is the only one that is served cold on the inside.

Bites

The threesome Cre’o Bites is highly recommended if one wishes to eat and walk. The packaging of the bites is designed to be hand-held size for convenience. Out of these three bites, the specialty sauce goes best with the fried fish, leaving a moist and tender mouth feel.

Menu

Although the takeaway joint has a limited space, it is able to provide customers with a wide variety of seafood bites. For all those seafood lovers out there, you would definitely not want to miss out on this chance to taste some fresh and reasonable-priced fresh seafood dishes!

If you are unable to make it down to the food fair, fear not! Catch ‘N Bite’s main store is located at the following:

Westgate

3 Gateway Drive

#B2-K16

Singapore 608532

Tel: +65 6465 9935

Email: info@catchnbite.com

Facebook page: Catch ‘N Bite

 

Writer & Photographer: Marissa Yeo Si Min

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[Commentary] An Unfair World: Why Working Hard will get you Nowhere, but Working Smart will.

The world is not fair. The world is not a wish-granting factory. Some people are born smart, some people aren’t. Beautiful, ugly, normal, disabled, tall short. If you try to live in this world thinking that everything is fair and equal, you will not be pleased with the results. Therefore, to survive an unfair world, you need to start thinking out of the box.

Naturally, you will not be able to follow this standard equation (which is what the majority of earthlings assume)

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This graph does not apply to modern 21st century reality. This was only relevant during the Industrial Revolution era where everyone was paid hourly wages because it was truly the only way they could survive. During that time, farmers were forced to put in hours into farming their crops if not they will suffer from starvation and poverty.

Now the game of life has changed (especially if we are talking about first world countries). If you have realized some patterns in our current era, it does not mean that just because you had straight As for grades meant that you will become a millionaire. There has been no direct statistics proving that A-class students = millionaires. Surprisingly, no one has gotten rich by grinding an office employee job for 40 years straight and putting in 10 hours every weekday. Granted, they would have been able to live a comfortable middle-class life, but they would have never got into the luxury zone.

Multi-billionaire giants such as Donald Trump and Robert Kiyosaki has written books that you can never become rich by working hard as an employee, and you cannot define success just because you had A grades in school.

Allow me to explain 3 classic examples of why the person who works smart will win in the end.

1. Working hard for finances vs Working smart for finances

If you have plans to join the rat race and work up the promotional ladder so you can have a higher monthly salary in hopes of becoming rich, that is a wrong mindset. If you take some time to calculate how long you will need to save up your monthly income in order to hit millionaire status (assuming your house is fully paid for, NOT under loan/debt), you will need a minimum of 40 years, even if you had the discipline to save $2,000 a month out of your average $4,000-$5,000 salary. Even if you managed to clinch a high-paying senior management position in your 30s, you will still need a minimum of 20 years to hit millionaire status if you had saved $5,000 a month! Note that this sum is after all your expenses and bills have been paid off in full.

So much discipline, so much time required.

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Let’s take a look at someone who knows how to manage his finances smartly. This person does not have to work so hard for the rat race. This person will not be affected by whether he or she gets promoted or has a higher income salary, because this person does not plan to work for such a long period of time to be rich. At a young age of 18, you can start opening up a stock market account, purchase bonds, endowments and REITs. Even if your salary was only $2,000 at the age, you could have put aside $1,000 a month for 2~3 years. Using a minimum sum of $20,000, it is already a good amount of capital to start investing into the markets and watch your finances grow. Of course, this being easier said than done, you must have studied the markets very carefully to make sure you do not burn your fingers in investment. A person who knows the ways of the market inside out will make high returns from the money. The $20,000, if compounded with annual interest of 10% (through smart investment), will double up in 8 years, and you don’t even have to do anything once your money is safely invested! Over time, as your money grows, you can have even more investments in your portfolio, and it is entirely possible to hit millionaire status in less than 20 years without grinding the everyday 9-6 employee job.

2. Studying Hard for Exams vs Studying Smart for Exams

This will apply to the younger age category, especially for university students whose exams are a real killer. If you are a reader and at the JC/Poly/ITE level, trust me when I say, university exams are a whole new league above yours.

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Similar to the above example, if you are a studious student and plan to put in a fixed amount of time everyday into studying, eg. 6 hours per day, and hope that after a few months of this routine you can finally score an A, that is also not a good mindset. Why? You will risk suffering from stress, burn-out, and loss of social interactions. Let’s assume for a moment that you are mentally strong enough to survive all these symptoms. This method of studying only worked for O-level students and PSLE-level students. You will come to realize that in JC, Poly, ITE or University, the examinations do not simply ask you to memorize from a textbook and somehow regurgitate all the contents onto your question paper.

Analytical questions, critical-thinking skills are involved, which are designed to poke at your brain. The examiner wants to see how you understand the topic, analyze the problem and give your original insight on how to solve the problem. They do not look for textbook answers anymore, and they want your own opinion and theories instead. You simply cannot expect to become an A student from putting 6 hours of studies a day. You must be able to predict and understand what topic you are best at, focus on that and develop your own critical thinking skills by arguing and asking more questions in class. I have seen people who only put in half the time (3 hours a day) and were able to score better than those who put in 6 hours a day.

Do you now know where the familiar saying “Some people never study also can score well one” came about? Or perhaps that 1 person who keeps insisting that they did not study much but still came out with an A.

3. Working Hard at Work vs Working Smart at Work

Contrary to popular belief, some people think that because they work Overtime (OT) means they can get into their boss’s good books and give a good impression. This is true, but not entirely correct and directly related to getting that promotion.

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Yes, I agree that everyone is paid on an hourly basis. You are paid for your time in the office and are expected to work from a set period of time, 9am-6pm. The boss also has a good impression on the worker who reports to work 15 minutes early and stays back late after 6pm to ‘finish up work’.

However, this concept is very superficial. 1 thing we all need to remember is that the companies we work for only care about performance. If you throw this question to employers on which employee do they prefer?

  1. The one who comes early and leaves late, and gives an average performance for work expectations and results
    2. The one who arrives slightly late and leaves earlier than usual, and gives an outstanding performance for work expectations and results.

You will be surprised, but most, if not all HR managers WILL hire the latecomer in exchange for outstanding quality of work. In conclusion, your boss does not really care about the number of hours you are working, they only care about the quality of work you produce, and how you have contributed to the company.

(In fact, if you are always doing OT more than your colleagues every day, is this not a reflection of your bad time management to complete your work before deadlines? In my opinion, good employees always complete their work on time)

Employees who work hard are also those who tend to over-volunteer themselves for extra workload, in an effort to impress their superiors. This is not a good idea, because once you are entrusted the responsibility to complete a certain project or task before the given deadline, you are obligated to finish it, not abandon it. This is the core reason why workers are forced to work OT in fear that they will not be able to complete their work before the deadline. The worst part is, if you have truly failed the deadline, your boss does not care whether you were initially enthusiastic and hardworking about taking up more work projects, but instead, furious that you have failed your tasking. The employee who works smart knows exactly what workload he can manage and gives time for himself to relief stress, and complete the task at a comfortable pace, so that the quality of the work will be even more amazing, due to the fact that the work task was not rushed and sloppy. Higher quality of work results trumps higher quantity of work produced – especially so for Multinational Corporations (MNCs)

So take note! The story of the Rabbit and the Turtle sounded really nice when we were young. But in this world, the Rabbit will win. Does anyone ever argue that if the Rabbit simply slept a little bit lesser, it would have truly won the Turtle no matter what?

 

Jackie Loh
Writer
The Influencer Media

‘One of a Kind’: 5 Most Memorable Roles of Robin Williams

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Today is a Tuesday unlike any other, as we all woke up to the shocking news of Oscar-winning actor and comedian Robin Williams’ unfortunate passing at the age of 63. It is rather ironic yet heartbreaking at the same time to know that this beloved comedian of audiences all over the world had been fighting a long battle against depression before ending his own life eventually. As we mourn the loss of this great actor together with the rest of the world, let us also commemorate his legacy by looking back at some of his most memorable roles over the years.

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1. John Keating in Dead Poets Society (1989)

In this movie, Robin Williams played a passionate poetry professor who came to a stuffy boarding school, then challenged and inspired his students through his outside-the-box teaching methods. A truly influential film sharing not just the beauty of poetry, but also the message to Carpe Diem – seize the day.

Favourite quote:We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for.” — John Keating

WATCH: The famous “O Captain! My Captain!” scene, an onscreen moment which honors Williams as a fictional teacher and a metaphorical one to the younger actors in the movie.

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2. Daniel Hillard/Mrs. Doubtfire in Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)

One of the most well-remembered characters acted by Williams (my colleague’s jaw dropped to a new low upon realising I’ve not watched this movie before) got to be Mrs. Doubtfire, a role which left a deep impression in many hearts even after a decade.  Daniel Hillard is a man who is willing to go to any lengths just so he can stay with his wife and children after a divorce, even if that means cross-dressing and masquerading as a plump nanny. A sequel was planned in 2015; it’s a great pity that Williams would not be there to witness 2 years later.

Favourite quote: “I just want to know one thing. Are your kids well-behaved? Or do they need like, a few light slams every now and then?” — Mrs Doubtfire

WATCH: Mrs. Doubtfire cooking in the kitchen.

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3. Dr. Sean Maguire in Good Will Hunting (1997)

Williams came to Good Will Hunting after a string of comedic hits and misses (Toys, Jack, and Mrs. Doubtfire etc.). Though he was nominated for the best actor Oscar three times, Williams won only once, for best supporting actor for his role in 1997’s “Good Will Hunting.” Williams plays Sean McGuire, the psychiatrist working with the unlikely genius played by Matt Damon, and while his own life is a mess, he gets through to his young client in a way no one else could, helping a young math prodigy overcome his anger and work towards a healthy relationship with both a girl, and the world at large.

Favourite quote: “You’ll have bad times, but it’ll always wake you up to the good stuff you weren’t paying attention to.” — Sean Maguire

WATCH: The amazing Williams monologue sitting on the park bench by the water.

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4. Genie in Aladdin (1992)

Did you know that Williams was the voice behind this blue puff of magic? Disney’s Aladdin in 1992 was a landmark in establishing the talents of Williams as a voice actor in his role of the Genie, the majority of which he improvised and ad-libbed. His performance as one the film’s most notable A-list stars carried the box office receipts past $200 million. This blue-bottled genie got to be one of the most memorable characters in AladdinI for both both kids and parents. This reminds me fondly of my childhood memories… how about you?

Favourite quote:I’m history! No, I’m mythology! Nah, I don’t care what I am; I’m free hee!” — Genie

WATCH: When Aladdin meets Genie.

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5. Mork in Mork & Mindy (1978)

Did you know that Williams was the voice behind this blue puff of magic? Disney’s Aladdin in 1992 was a landmark in establishing the talents of Williams as a voice actor in his role of the Genie, the majority of which he improvised and ad-libbed. His performance as one the film’s most notable A-list stars carried the box office receipts past $200 million. This blue-bottled genie got to be one of the most memorable characters in AladdinI for both both kids and parents. This reminds me fondly of my childhood memories… how about you?

Favourite quote:

Mindy: Mork, why are you doing all these strange things?
Mork: To cheer you up.
Mindy: But I’m not sad.
Mork: Well, you will be after you hear the news that I have to tell you.
Mindy: What news?
Mork: That I’ve got orders from Orson. I’ve been transferred to another planet and I’ll never ever see you again.
Mindy: [sitting down in shock] What?
Mork: [bravely] Well. You’ve got to look at the good side. You’re not losing an alien, you’ll… you’re gaining an empty room!

WATCH: The famous ‘egg scene’ from the first episode of the first season.

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Williams’ last Instagram post on 31 July: a sentimental photo of him and his daughter, Zelda, as a baby.

Caption on Instagram:
“#tbt and Happy Birthday to Ms. Zelda Rae Williams! Quarter of a century old today but always my baby girl. Happy Birthday  @zeldawilliams  Love you!”

“Robin Williams was an airman, a doctor, a genie, a nanny, a president, a professor, a bangarang Peter Pan, and everything in between. But he was one of a kind. He arrived in our lives as an alien – but he ended up touching every element of the human spirit. He made us laugh. He made us cry. He gave his immeasurable talent freely and generously to those who needed it most – from our troops stationed abroad to the marginalized on our own streets. The Obama family offers our condolences to Robin’s family, his friends, and everyone who found their voice and their verse thanks to Robin Williams.” — statement issued by President Barack Obama

Robin Williams brought laughter into our hearts and homes for decades. Losing such a joyful and brilliant individual is a true tragedy for many generations, including the younger ones.

Rest in peace, you will be greatly missed by all.

 

Writer: Liu Zhiying