Saturday, January 13, 2018


3:19 AM 0
"This is the weapon of a Jedi Knight. Not as clumsy or random as a blaster. An elegant weapon for a more civilized age." ― Obi-Wan Kenobi

KUALA LUMPUR, 5 JANUARY 2018 – A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away (3 years to be exact), we awoke to an exciting dream of honoring one of pop culture’s most iconic symbols known to mankind – the lightsaber – to be translated into an everyday item. So we thought, what better way to incorporate a little bit of the Light (or Dark, depending on how you look at it really) Side of The Force than by materializing our dream in the form of one of life’s most overlooked yet commonly possessed item.. a lighter. That’s when it hit us – why not create something that is useful, not only to us but to fans across the galaxy.

With this vision in mind, we at Expedio Design are proud to present to you the LighterSaber – a prototypical Star Wars-inspired pop culture device to be held and ignited in your very own hands. It has been over 1,000 moons since our first awakening and our passionate band of rebels here at Expedio Design has since been on a personal quest to develop the prototype design, the mechanism, to perfect how it feels when grasped, and most importantly, to exact the recognisable sound effect launched upon each ignition of the LighterSaber’s powerful flame.

“The 3-year journey of bringing the LighterSaber to life has been such a fulfilling one for all of us involved. Our love for the Star Wars galaxy coupled with our fervent passion for product engineering has brought the LighterSaber closer to reality. We speak to all Star Wars fans out there who we believe will come out in full force to join us on our quest to bring this one-of-a-kind made-in-Malaysia collectible to volume production, enabling anyone and everyone to carry a little piece of the empire in the palm of their hand. Appreciate your support on Kickstarter, we will!” said Ang Tee Chian, Co-Founder and Technical Director of Expedio Design.

Made out of premium zinc alloy and measuring 2.5 cm in diameter and 12.1 cm in length, this customised lighter is wholly inspired by the iconic lightsaber, a pop culture item made famous by the Star Wars movie franchise. Whilst the Jedi’s lightsaber is powered by kyber crystal, the LighterSaber requires only your everyday lithium coin cell batteries. The icing on the cake is the special sound effect of the Lightsaber when the flame of the lighter is ignited.

“Our toughest challenge was making the prototype look and feel like a LighterSaber should. It wasn’t easy to create a unique yet practical, everyday product that isn’t only well-designed but extremely easy to use and carry. We hope that other Jedis (and Siths) out there are equally as excited about this product as we are,” said Shea, Lead Engineer of the LighterSaber.

This is the perfect piece for those who appreciate individuality and quirkiness in all aspects of life; those who have always wanted to hold and feel something intergalactic in the palm of their hands. The distinguishable sound effect is an interesting conversation starter and the perfect tool to scare off uninvited guests from outer space – a dream come true for all Star Wars fans out there!

To those keen on joining us on this journey of bringing this cool little Star Wars-inspired lighter model to life, check out our Kickstarter page at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1513153946/lighter-saber and contribute some of your hard-earned moolah and light years of love our way. The fundraising campaign will run from 9th January until 5:30PM AWST on Thursday, 8th February 2018. With your support, we hope to have the LighterSaber ready to take on the galaxies come June 2018.

The time has come, friends, to join the ranks of the Jedi. Do not fall to the dark side. Arm yourselves with the most sought-after weapon in the galaxy.

May the force be strong with us on this one!

Notes to Editor

About Expedio Design

Established in June 2010, Expedio Design is a boutique multi-disciplinary creative consultancy based in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia. We create compelling experiences through great products and services that bring real value to people's lives.

Since the inception of our studio in 2010, expedio has been blessed with clients from a diverse spectrum of industries, including consumer electronics, medical, fitness, agriculture, automotive and more. Over the years, we have had the pleasure of creating lasting collaborative partnerships with individual entrepreneurs, startups, SME’s, global corporations and everything in between.

Our approach to each client and project is unique. We create tailor-made multi-disciplinary teams to execute a controlled, finely-tuned product development process that blends design with strategy, research, engineering and prototyping, ensuring the best possible solution to any design challenge.

Friday, December 22, 2017


4:19 AM 0
Neffos ambassador Fazura spent quality time with fans during autograph session among other fun games and activities.

Kuala Lumpur, 16 December 2017, 3.30pm — A special meet and greet autograph and photography session with Neffos ambassador Fazura was recently held at DirectD Gadget Mega Store, PJ in conjunction with the DirectD Mega Sale. Limited to only 100 fans who have purchased the Neffos smartphone throughout November and December 2017, the lucky fans stood in line for the rare opportunity to get up close and personal with their idol by getting her personalised autograph on her latest self-titled CD album and poster. In addition, the fans also received exclusive merchandises from Neffos Malaysia upon registration.

On top of Fazura’s special appearance, the three-hour interactive programme with the celebrity included fun games and activities with her fans. The audience won themselves more goodies from Neffos through a quiz and trivia session asked by Fazura herself along with Emcee Fixz. One of the highlights of the day was also the grand lucky draw where 5 chosen winners walked home with either TP-Link Bluetooth speakers worth RM169 each, Jabra Headset worth RM209 and the grand prize being a Neffos Y5L smartphone worth RM299.

“I am feeling blessed and proud to be the ambassador of Neffos Malaysia. It has been nothing but a sweet journey as the face of Neffos especially when I get to meet passionate fans such as at today’s event. I believe that the brand has gained huge recognition over the year with a bigger fan base and customer base today. No doubt there are so many smartphone brands out there now, but I personally believe that Neffos is the smartphone with good specifications and a friendly price for everyone.” said Fazura during a media interview on that day.

The joint event Mega Sale 2018 organised by DirectD Gadget Mega Store – one of Neffos Malaysia’s major dealers offered great discounts on the event day where the Neffos X1 Lite went on a special price of RM449 (RP: RM499). The sale period goes on until 2 January 2018 where customers who purchase any Neffos X series will also receive Fazura’s album and a RM10 Aeon voucher. While DirectD members will receive additional Neffos exclusive merchandises on top of the free gifts offered during this extended promotion.

Neffos Malaysia believes in reliable, stylish and reasonable priced smartphones for consumers who want to enjoy high specifications within a friendly budget. Emphasising on suitability and affordability, one can also get themselves a Neffos here: http://www.neffos.my/where-to-buy


About TP-Link
Founded in 1996, TP-Link is a global provider of reliable networking devices and accessories, involved in all aspects of everyday life. The company is consistently ranked by analyst firm IDC as the No. 1 provider of WLAN and broadband CPE devices*, supplying distribution to more than 120 countries and serving hundreds of millions of people worldwide.

With a proven heritage of stability, performance and value, TP-Link has curated a portfolio of products that meet the networking needs of all individuals. Now, as the connected lifestyle continues to evolve, the company is expanding today to exceed the demands of tomorrow.

*According to latest published IDC Worldwide Quarterly WLAN Tracker Report, Q32016 Final Release.

About Neffos
The Neffos brand was established by TP-Link in 2015 to enter the global smartphone market. It strives to create the most human-oriented personal mobile device in the new digital era and to seamlessly connect people with each other, and to the world around them.

For further information visit www.neffos.my, or follow Neffos on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Neffos.my

Thursday, December 14, 2017

How I Get Excellent Acer Computer Replacement at Souqalb

12:11 AM 0
How I Get Excellent Acer Computer Replacement at Souqalb

“As a power user here in my freelance area of work, I always deal with problematic computers because of the heavy usage on the RAM and memory due to the extensive use require in order for me to run my photo editing and web management software which consume a lot of energy and memory.  However, in order to resume my work, I try to find the new ones by comparing the prices online.

My choice when it comes to buying computers is that I would look at these 3 first especially the performance, memory and the smoothness when I want to operate the computer every time I want to open them at any time. Whenever I want to open and close any application I want it to be fast and smooth without experiencing any freezing moment. Other than that, the computer should be light and easy to bring anywhere and most importantly, it should be affordable too.

I got bored with both options from going to the retail shops and the online retail because indirectly I am wasting my energy and time yet still can’t find the right option for my new replacement. I happened to come across Souqalb online shop which selling computers and other products at the unbelievable price and that’s how it caught my attention. In fact, they are selling the computers at such a low price and plus, there are no delivery charges for computer products!

Anyway, I placed an order with them on the 2K computer through direct bank transfer. The computer that I choose here is R3 series, because it happens to have all the criteria that I am currently looking for. The delivery time almost caught me off guard, just in time and the computer is still in good shape as if it comes directly from the factory. It is just being delivered to me within the 7 days period, so now thankfully my work can resume back to normal.

Thank you so much for the excellent customer's support team who has been helping me along the journey. Searching for your new laptop? Why wait, look it up at Souqalb your new place for your Acer computer needs!

Saturday, December 9, 2017


7:07 AM 0

(Re)Discover an All-Time High Hilltop Dining Experience
  at Faber Peak Singapore, 100-Metres above Sea Level

Singapore, 8 December 2017 – For the best sunset on a hilltop, European tapas and specially curated wines and cocktails, visit Dusk Restaurant & Bar, the latest dining concept by One Faber Group, when it opens for business from 8 December.

Located 100‑metres above sea level at Faber Peak Singapore and surrounded by lush rainforest, guests can experience splendid sunsets at the hilltop restaurant, while savouring European tapas created by Executive Chef Kenny Yeo, who possesses over 30 years of French culinary skills.

Guests get to chill at a place like no other in Dusk Restaurant & Bar, where its alfresco setting provides an atmosphere perfect for conviviality. This quality is enhanced through various touch points in the restaurant, from the tastefully appointed interior to the tantalising menu and wine list, all tailored for communal dining.

“Dusk Restaurant and Bar caters to the PMEB (Professionals, Managers, Executives and Businessmen) segment who seeks new experiences that can be shared with friends and loved ones. We are confident that our unique location, coupled with a menu and wine list, will put Faber Peak on the map as a one‑of‑its‑kind, must-visit dining destination in Singapore,” said Jessie Tan, Director, Business Operations, One Faber Group.

“One Faber Group’s brand tagline ‘One Escapade, Countless Experiences’ is further reinforced with Dusk joining our suite of offerings. It brings a new option for the local community to reconnect with Mount Faber, a familiar place where they can (re)create new memories and experiences.”


Perched on top of Faber Peak, Dusk Restaurant & Bar offers patrons a vantage point for panoramic views of Harbourfront and Sentosa Island. As night falls, patrons can look forward to the sunset in its breath‑taking hues of vermillion and violet against nature’s lush green rainforest.

The restaurant is divided into an alfresco-dining garden section, which seats 40 persons, while the sheltered section seats 80. A 9.6 metre bar near the entrance overlooks the entire restaurant, where a gallery of custom-made dining tables, plush sofa seats and intimate spaces beckon with the anticipation of cosy comfort.

Design accents include a generous use of wood surfaces that blend the restaurant with its natural environs, while neon art pieces and an embellished floor art punctuate the monochromatic palette to add visual variety and contrast.

Just a 15-minute drive from the city centre, Dusk Restaurant & Bar is a spacious 400 square metre area where urbanites can escape into nature for a wine and dine experience, and end their evening on an all‑time high.


The menu has been created entirely by Executive Chef Kenny Yeo, a master chef who is trained in French culinary skills for over 30 years. There are 36 items on the menu which distinguishes itself with European tapas featuring all-time favourites from Spain, Italy, France and Germany. Having honed his skills at Le Centenaire, a Michelin 3‑Star Hotel in France, as well as the French kitchen of JQ Concepts Pte Ltd in Taipei, Chef Kenny Yeo gets to wield his culinary repertoire in different forms of European cuisines and serve them all under one roof at Dusk.

Like an artist putting final touches to his work, Chef Kenny has added twists to some of his creations.

“Communal dining is about creating shared experiences and memories through food that people can relate to and enjoy. While most of my dishes are European in origin, I have incorporated Asian ingredients into some of my creations to offer something unexpected, yet familiar, to pique the palate of our local audience,” said Executive Chef Kenny Yeo.

These Asian-inspired dishes include the Tiger Prawn Capellini tossed in lobster infused oil and Japanese seaweed, and Premium Sea Scallops with Ikura.

The menu is designed for sharing, so patrons are encouraged to explore and order a variety of dishes. The menu selection comprises 12 Tapas, 9 entrees, 4 snacks, 3 sharing platters and 3 desserts; there is also a Sunday brunch menu with 3 choices for adults and 2 for children. Prices start at $10 for tapas and $19 for entrées.


Chef Kenny tosses the angel hair pasta in aromatic lobster‑infused oil and Japanese seaweed to heighten the seafood flavours. Served with juicy giant tiger prawns sautéed Italian-style.

Marinated overnight in sweet desert wine, the duck Foie Gras is then flame‑seared and served on crunchy baguette slices, topped with truffle balsamic pearls.

Sautéed to perfection under controlled fire and precise timing, the rich Sherry wine cream sauce leaves a sweet aftertaste that brings a pleasant surprise for a mushroom dish.

This simple yet flavoursome dish is a testament to Chef Kenny’s years of experience and mastery in making basic dishes taste divine.
Chef Kenny cooks fresh octopus sous-vide style to 80% done in order to retain its succulence and flavour. Served drizzled with citrus oil with vine baby Pomodoro tomatoes and arugula. The octopuses are sourced from Western Australia’s famous Fremantle markets.

A hallmark of fine French cooking, Sous‑vide is a laborious, time-consuming cooking process that produces meats with exceptional flavour.
CÔTE DE BOEUF (S$98++), serves two
A dedication to the true beef lovers, Chef Kenny uses only the best 700g Prime Rib (bone-in) cooked to perfection using sous-vide method, followed by grilling just before serving to enhance the flavour and presentation. Served with roasted marble potatoes, buttered garden vegetables and red wine sauce.


Dusk Restaurant & Bar offers a variety of wines selected based on three criteria: exclusivity, quality and affordability. Whether an aficionado or a novice, adventurous wine lovers can look forward to Dusk as a new hangout in Singapore.

Request for the sommelier to recommend suitable wines to pair with your dishes, or pick from the wine list designed to complement the menu; Dusk wants to make wine drinking more accessible by helping patrons navigate a world of wines effortlessly.

Wines by the glass are priced $13 to $18 for red; $13 to $18 for white; and $12 to $22 for sparkling wines. Also available by bottles from $69 for red; $69 for white; and $78 for sparkling wines.

The cocktail menu features the Nitro-frosting technique that is becoming a trend in leading bars in Singapore and around the world. It injects nitrogen into the cocktail through an aerator, and causes the concoction to stay chilled for longer periods of time compared to conventional methods of preparation.

This technique is applied purely for the benefit of the customers, as it ensures that they enjoy the cocktails in the best serving conditions despite the ambient heat.

Dusk Restaurant & Bar offers 12 cocktail concoctions for $15 to $16 each.



A signature Dusk cocktail for all occasions.

Gin, Vodka, Rum, Tequila, Blue Caracao, Lemon juice, Peach syrup topped with Cranberry juice

A toast for romantic rendezvous.

Original / Cosmopolitan / Lychee / Passionfruit Martini dry, Vodka, Fruit Caviar

Something for the ladies.

Lychee / Pineapple / Strawberry / Watermelon Tequila, Triple Sec Curacao, Sour Mix

A must-have for get-togethers.

Sparkling bubbles, Orange liqueur, Passion fruit mix and mango sorbet
MR. 42 FEIJOA (S$16++)

A quintessential gentleman’s drink.

Below 42 Feijoa Vodka, Triple Sec, Cucumber Monin, Fresh Lime

Friday, December 8, 2017

Dreamy Dunes & Deserts - 2018's Most Talked About Destinations

2:39 AM 0
Dreamy Dunes & Deserts - 2018's Most Talked About Destinations

Luxury tour operator, Scott Dunn, reveals why Jordan and Oman will be two of 2018’s most talked-about destinations 

(8th December 2017, Singapore) Hot off the announcement of their top destinations for 2018, luxury tour operator Scott Dunn delves deeper into why desert destinations like Jordan and Oman will top travel lists next year.  Despite escaping the notice of all but the most adventurous of travellers for years, the centrally located countries offer easy access to travellers from Asia, and with an increasing range of luxury hotels and unique experiences, both destinations will be ones to watch next year.

Oman, located on the Arabian Peninsula, offers a truly diverse experience from its vibrant culture to the rugged mountain ranges, rolling sand dunes, bustling souks and golden beaches. Scott Dunn’s Signature Oman itinerary offers a seamless immersion into the northern part of the country, exploring the main sights with the comfort of a private driver and guide. The specially curated 10-day itinerary allows travellers to experience the highlights of this dynamic country, from visiting traditional markets in Muscat to remote wadis, the vast dunes of Wahiba Sands, and timeless forts and local villages in the Jabal Akhdar mountains. With such a vast array of experiences in Oman, travel consultants have hand-picked their selection of the best with this trip, offering the perfect blend of culture, scenery, adventure and relaxation. As with all Scott Dunn itineraries, the trip can be tailored to suit each individual’s interests, with bespoke experiences added in to make it more (or less) adventurous, more focused on culture or history, more suited to families or any other preferences. 

Oman is perfect for families or couples, with a varied range of accommodation options and experiences. The lesser known region of Salalah in the south is home to the Anantara Al Baleed Resort, which sits on a pristine white coastline, and is suitable for families of all ages. There’s a fully-equipped kids club offering cooking classes and club adventures as well as a dedicated teens club offering engaging activities and guided trips. Alternatively, for couples, Scott Dunn continues to develop itineraries that offer authentic experiences, allowing guests the opportunity to immerse in local culture. Canvas Club offers just that, for those looking for a more glamorous camping experience under the stars, whilst Hud Hud’s authentic Bedouin style tents offer the opportunity to experience the peace and tranquility of the desert while getting a sense of local life in Oman. 

Jordan is as much of an emerging destination for 2018. The small historic country is a photographers dream, with some of the most incredible ancient ruins such as the world-famous Nabatean city of Petra and the Roman ruins of Jerash in the north. The natural landscape is equally impressive with contrasts between the red desert of Wadi Rum and the blue waters of the Dead Sea – the lowest point on earth. People are beginning to explore this relatively undiscovered corner of the world and Scott Dunn’s Ultimate Jordan itinerary offers the chance to experience the best of what the country has to offer. The 13-day trip combines culture, trekking, relaxation, adventure and delicious food. While visiting Amman to see the spectacular ruins of Jerash, guests will have the opportunity to taste some of the best falafel in the country, as well as the famous kunafa, a Jordanian sweet. Highlights of the itinerary include a sunrise hot air balloon ride over the Wadi Rum desert and the option to dive in the Red Sea, one of the world’s most renowned diving destinations with abundant marine life.

For a full immersion into the best of both these countries, guests can choose to combine a trip to Jordan with Oman, to experience the diverse wonders of Arabia. Alternatively combine Oman with the Maldives or the Seychelles for the ultimate twin-centre luxury holiday.
For more information please visit www.scottdunn.com for a full range of Middle Eastern Adventures,
or speak to a Scott Dunn Singapore expert on:  +65 3158 6530.

- ENDS -


Scott Dunn is an award-winning travel operator that has been crafting exceptional private journeys to destinations around the world for over 30 years. The company’s eye for the little things makes all the difference and has helped the brand build a reputation for not simply adhering to the highest standards in travel and hospitality, but setting them.

Scott Dunn’s immeasurable love for travel comes with a profound sense of effort to show respect and conserve economic, environmental and social-cultural balances in the destinations they offer. The Scott Dunn Charitable Fund supports a variety of local aid organisations that promotes education, community development and conservation that bring real long-term improvements to the lives of many in poverty-stricken and remote areas.

Over the years, Scott Dunn has won numerous awards validating their position as the leading luxury travel company. The most recent awards include; Favourite Specialist Tour Operator by Condé Nast Traveller Readers’ Awards 2017, Best Ski Company and Telegraph Travel Awards 2015/16, Best Tour Operator by BRIDES Honeymoon Awards 2015 and Best Family Tour Operator by Junior Design Awards 2016.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Publico Ristorante opens at The Quayside

6:37 PM 0
Publico Ristorante opens at The Quayside
The city’s freshest riverfront dining destination serves authentic Italian cuisine with a contemporary touch

Singapore, December 2017 – Representing the central core of Italian culture, Publico Ristorante has opened its doors to serve mouth-watering Italian dishes in a breezy setting overlooking the Singapore River. The restaurant is the third and final concept of the multi-faceted gourmet playground, PUBLICO, to open at The Quayside.

image005.png@01D36923.1F5878E0Interiors are inspired by modern Italian architecture, which is brought to life through intricate masonry details at the bar, a bold geometric granite floor from Italy, and custom furniture pieces made by award-winning New York design firm, AvroKO. A focal point of the indoor area are roaring twin pizza ovens, where a selection of bar seats are available to get up close to the action. 

Taking inspiration from the al fresco piazzas dotted along Italy’s coastline, floor to ceiling windows and doors flow open onto the leafy terrace to give the illusion of a garden experience from the indoor dining area. The interior design further blurs the line between inside and out with oversized earthen and concrete planters sprinkled throughout, and a sprawling wine bar on the periphery of the venue with large windows that cantilever open to the terrace - an elegant riverside dining destination with soft lighting and lush greenery. 

Menu highlights include the signature Risotto “alla Milanese” with saffron, pecorino cheese and red wine reduction, and wood fired pizzas including the Baci e Ricotto - a delicious creation of homemade tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, smoked scamorza, shavings of pork belly and crumbled ricotta. The authentic yet contemporary menu was imagined by Executive Chef Marco Turatti, who refined his expertise in culinary institutions across Italy, before bringing his personalised Italian touch to Publico Ristorante. To complement the food menu, the curated wine list takes guests on a journey through Italy, from full bodied Chiantis from Tuscany to crisp white Pinot Grigios from Friuli, while the sophisticated drinks menu features housemade Vermouth and artisan cocktails such as Negronis on tap.

As the third concept in a trio of Italian dining experiences, the Ristorante is joined by Publico Deli, a rustic establishment reminiscent of the bustling eateries and pavement cafes of Italian neighbourhoods. After dark, Publico Deli undergoes a metamorphosis into two new concepts. This day-to-night transition turns the venue into a sophisticated night-time destination: the front half, signposted by the neon PUBLICO DELI sign, serves indulgent Italian sweet treats, such as the house special Tiramisu pots. Hidden behind the back wall of the Dessert Café, neighbourhood bar Marcello creates Italian craft cocktails inspired by the early to mid 20th century. Marcello emanates the glamour of 1960’s Milan, and with Southeast Asia’s largest collection of Amari, it’s the city’s best kept secret to start or end an evening in style. 

Publico Ristorante is open for dinner every night, 6pm to 11pm. 

– ENDS –

Lynda Williams | lynda@vimandvigourpr.com
Caroline Pitt | caroline@vimandvigourpr.com

About Publico Ristorante
Publico Ristorante is a relaxed dining and drinks destination located on the banks of Robertson Quay, with a breezy al fresco aspect and spacious green areas for friends and family to socialise. Representing the central core of Italian culture, the restaurant offers authentic Italian cuisine with a contemporary touch. Publico Ristorante is one third of multi-concept gourmet playground, PUBLICO, which aims to bring a taste of Italy to The Quayside.