Tiger Airways fined for spamming

Budget airline Tiger Airways has been fined $110,000 (S$139,500) by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) for continuing to send out e-mails to customers after they have unsubscribed from the marketing emails - reported by local newspaper The Straits Times.

According to the report, the authority has been investigating Tiger last December and "Tiger was found to have failed to unsubscribe customers from marketing email messages despite numerous requests from the customers to be removed from its marketing email database." The airline has agreed to "make improvements to its email marketing processes have them independently reviewed to identify further improvements." 

Online subscriptions on websites to receive news and promotions is a useful way to be in the loop of all things latest. However to keep receiving emails that you do not want, or in this case you have already unsubscribed, can be a nuisance.

One of the key basics when doing EDM/email marketing is to always include a working unsubscribe link on every marketing email for the recipients to click in case they no longer want to receive our emails.

Source: The Straits Times
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Crystal Jade Jiang Nan

Crystal Jade Jiang Nan, quite a new place in Vivocity Level One, located opposite JPot. Previously this space was some burger restaurant. Pardon my vague memory. Haha..

It was quite a wait for a table for at least 15minutes. Dining on a Friday night in Vivo City, so a queue is inevitable. The restaurant was quite spacious too. There are many big tables, so those in big groups can choose to eat here. Their menu is quite extensive too. There's a lot to choose from, and we took quite a while.

The main pull for dining there was the colourful Xiao Long Baos, all different colours for the eight flavours. We didn't get the preset of  8+1  Xiao Long Bao as there's a beef flavoured one. None of us eat beef. So we choose our own. There's the original flavour, shrimp, spicy chicken, vegetable, black truffle and foie gras. There's also cheese and the beef that we didn't order.

Xiao Long Bao
Broccoli, Mushrooms and Beancurd
The shrimp in the wanton taste very fresh and juicy. We saw that we can choose our noodle type, so we chose the triangle noodles. It looks special. But maybe we should have just opt for the normal noodles. I find it too thick. It felt like I was eating alot of flour.

Shrimp Wanton Noodles
Zha Jiang Mian. To me, it was pretty spicy, but to GF, it was acceptable. I quite like the taste. The sauce was thick and not diluted. Very tasty.

Zha Jiang Mian.
At the end of the meal, we were both very full. Initially we wanted to order only one bowl of noodles, but the waiter said that our order won't be enough for us and if we were to place order a second time, our food won't come so quickly. In the end, the additional bowl of noodles was too much. And we didn't managed to order the dessert that we wanted, as we were too full~ *sad*

Crystal Jade Jiang Nan
VivoCity #01-52

Liberty @247

Liberty @ 247 is a drinking and dining place along Beach Road. I walk past this bar almost everyday. It's pretty small, but there's always people dining and drinking there every evening.

Their staff were pretty friendly, always smiling. They came by and asked about our opinion of our meal and also they were attentive. Haha.. I was dazing and looking at their TV when one staff thought that I needed help. The food was nice, filling and not too expensive.

The entrance
Table top
Our drinks. Sadly it was already past their happy hour when we ordered.
They serve ice water too.
My Carbonara. Very very cheesy.
Chicken burger

Liberty @ 247
247, Beach Rd, Singapore 189756

Tonkatsu King

Tonkatsu King is located on the first level of Orchid Hotel, a three minute walking distance from Tanjong Pagar MRT. One can easily spot this small size Japanese shop with the big portrait banners on the outside, and the never ending queue outside the shop.

I have heard about this ramen place for quite a while now and wanted to try it, but the queue always had me think twice.

While queuing for your table, either get the order chit from the trolley by the queue or if they staff is free, they will hand it to you.

They call the ramen, Designer Ramen, as you can choose from taste of the soup, toppings to the noodle texture. They also let you select what you do not want, like the spring onion and black fungus, and pork charsiew, but why would anyone not want that? Ah...

You can choose the normal Tonkotsu Ramen, Black Spicy Tonkotsu Ramen or the Red Spicy Tonkotsu Ramen, each type with plain or three choices of toppings.

The order chit. It's blurred! Sorry @_@
The waiting time was not as long as I thought it would be. I think we managed to get seated within half an hour. Time was passed quickly as we studied the order chit for a decision.

We were seated in a corner, and a rough count, this shop can sit about 24 customers. Quite a small shop. It's really and eat and go kind of place, and that's why the queue was long, but the turnover was quite fast.

The wall was decorated with alot of Japanese banners and pictures. There are some side orders on the wall too. But they were in Japanese. I can't read Japanese, but my two friends managed to figure out most of them. If you need additional noodles, you can top up a $2.00 but remember to leave some soup, as the noodles are served dry. Without soup.

The waitress placed a bowl of sesame for each of us. There is a piece of A4 paper on the wall with the instructions on how to have a tastier ramen with the sesame. We would need to grind the sesame before adding the preferred amount into the ramen. My friends just pour them in without grinding.

Black and white sesame

On each table, there is a basket of hardboiled eggs and a container of marinated beansprouts. These are "freeflow" for us to eat. The beansprouts taste nice.

The Tonkotsu Ramen with all toppings, consist of one seaweed, one flavoured egg and two pieces of charsiew. The charsiew was the nicest I have eaten among the many ramen places. It does not have that weird taste the others have. Comments were that two pieces of charsiew too much to finish.

Overall, our ramen taste nice. We all can't take spicy, so we chose the normal Tonkotsu Ramen, with our preferred toppings of course.

I had finish up my ramen, with little soup left in the bowl. And I was sweating from the heat of the hot yummy ramen and the hot air from the kitchen circulating in the small shop space.

Then, I could not resist peeling a hard boiled egg to eat. I love eating eggs. My Tonkotsu Ramen was with the flavoured egg. Too bad the basket of hardboiled eggs are not the flavoured eggs =P

Leaving the place, there was still a queue to get a bowl of the ramen.

I would definitely come back again for the delicious ramen.

Tonkatsu King
1 Tras Link, #01-19 Orchid Hotel

Crab Party

Crab Party is situated at the edge of a row of shophouses on Yio Chu Kang Road. They have tables indoor and outdoors. It's best to reserve a table before going down if you preferred to sit indoors or going in a big group as most of the tables had reservation tags.

We went at 7pm and the place was still quite empty. The hot tea selection, they only have two choices. Quite sad.

They serve Acha and Nuts ($1.00 for each plate) as our snacks while they prepare our meal.

The food came quite quickly. Overall, the meal was quite nice, service still not bad. Most of the service crew are FTs, all smiles and friendly. There's a guy who kept walking around tables, chatting, I assume he's the boss. Friendly atmosphere. Nice place to come back again.

There was some hiccups in using the toilet. The door lock can prevent the next user from coming in, and locking it the wrong way can lock yourself in.

Heavenly Crab~ The cover of the menu
They had hand painted crab shells hanging in the shops. 
The walls were filled with hand painted crabs' shells and big delicious looking photos of their seafood
Prawn Omelette (S) $10.00
<3 Omelette. The prawns are big and fresh.
Salted Egg Chicken $12.00
Very tasty. But eaten alone is very salty, as the name says, it's covered with a thick layer of salted egg
Baby Kai Lan (M) $12.00
We choose to fry the baby kai lan with garlic. And it was fried with ALOT of garlic.
And this veggie dish, think they put too much salt. Very salty. 
Favourite Chilli Crab $48.00  |  Fried Buns $1.00 each
The main dish of the meal. Chilli crab. Very fresh and big. The chilli is spicy too.
But the buns are quite disappointing. It's the bigger version of the usual mini fried buns.
They are not as crispy and are quite oily and hard. Even more so when they were left cold.
The GONG of the chilli crab. Bouncy meat. Yum!

Crab Party
100 Yio Chu Kang Road Singapore 545576