Thursday, April 23, 2015

Chat with me on GUP app!


Time for some fun! Come and chat with me on Gup app! You can ask me questions or simply just chat with me live at 3pm, 25/4/2015! Read on for more details on how to download the app and how to join the live chat group!! ;)

I'll also be giving away gifts during the chat too! 

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I love to communicate with you guys from time to time to know how you guys are doing that is why I always have "mini chat session/Q&A" (be it on my blog or Twitter etc.) with you all ever since I started. It's always really fun to interact with you guys because we often motivate each other and creates a strong bond between all of us! Through these chat sessions, some of you guys get to know me better as person and I also get to know you all better too, which is really awesome! :D

I also like communicating with people with similar interest because there is so much stuff to share from interacting with one another and at the same time, I'm able to gain new or greater insights on the topics that we are interested or passionate about too. Like when I met new people and they share with me their travel experience or fashion items that they like, it somehow made me feel really engaging as we discussed about a common interest that we love or enjoy, and I like these conversations a lot! I think sometimes, most of us find it hard to find people of a similar interest online easily and without comprising our privacy that we wanted, because some of us just want to chat freely and do not really reveal our identity. Sometimes we just feel like chatting and discussing on certain topics or interest that we have, but it is also hard to gather a group of people online to chat together too.


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But recently, I've been introduced to this app, called the GUP app and it is an app which can do what I've mentioned above!



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This GUP app is for everyone, especially those who love chatting and interacting withlike minded people on the go!



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In the app you can discuss on local topics, events, and news by using the City-based groups. With that, you can now totally stay up-to-date with what’s happening in your country and being able to stay connected with people of similar interest! Being a topic and location-based group chat application, we can then join public groups or even create our own public/private groups with an unlimited number of users. Then after, you will be able to connect with like-minded people “live” via the chat app!



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I'm starting to get a hang of it and I just created a group for all of us too! Now you can ask me questions, chat or even gossip with me on the app! Just search "GUP" from your app store, download it (it's free!) and search "typicalben" to join in the group!

I'll be chatting with you all live in the group at 3pm, 25/4/2015 - And I hope to see everyone there! :D


What I like about this app is that it's not just about chatting, but chat about topics with the people of similar interest (because not all of us have the same interest duh!) that makes the experience unique, more meaningful, and so much more fun. Now I can connect with people who loves to travel and share travel tips or to get to know the latest fashion trends from fashion enthusiast yay.


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Furthermore, it's really easy to use! Let me show you guys more of the cool features in the app!



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After downloading the GUP app from your app store, you can choose to sign up or just log in with your social media platform! What's really good about the app is that it doesn't post anything on your Facebook/Twitter/Google+ if you choose to sign in with it! If you want to select a username by yourself by signing up, your true identity can be hidden if you want it to be. ;)



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There are unlimited groups to join based on different categories and your interest! You can search through and join a wide range of groups from parenting, soccer, shopping, beauty tips, fitness, yoga, best food joints to hundreds of other groups. I just joined the 'Fashion Police' group (above) to learn and chat with people about fashion and current trends!



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This is how it looks like inside the groups that you've joined! You can post new topics that you want to chat about within a group, share your thoughts, or see what others have to say. You can post photos, comment or like other people’s posts in there! I think it's really suitable for all of us, who are looking to socialise with other like-minded people in our city or across the globe to discuss hot topics, join interesting forums, or simply chat and kill boredom!



As someone who loves travelling a lot, I'm really happy that I'm starting to travel a little bit more nowadays and get to explore different cultures and cities. Because of that, I always spend some time doing research or reading up stuff about the countries that I can explore next or interesting things I can do in other countries. And there are groups for all travel lovers in the GUP app!

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Now I'm glad to know that I can use this app as an another source for me to get information on, what's even better is that if I have questions regarding the places that the user posted, I can directly ask them by leaving a comment and I can get the answer from them! Also, we can share our stories and update each other on our travels too! That's what's great about this app!



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Wait, what! I didn't know we can use Facebook Messenger on the desktop now?! I joined all the groups that I'm interested in and from there I actually get lots of information and news that I'm interested in! I can also easily share with the people in the group stuff that I find interesting or questions that I want to ask by posting a topic in the group too. Really quite useful I must say!



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I think one of my favourite feature of GUP is to be able to create your own groups and invite others to join. Which I've created a group (search: typicalben), which I mentioned earlier, for all of us to come together and interact with each other in there! It will be so much fun! And you can also create your own groups too, for your school/class/team/workplace!



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For those who wants to create your own groups to connect with your community and invite others to join, you can either make the group open to everyone or restrict access and you control who can join. So for those who wants to share secrets with your friends, you can keep the group private too! So no secrets will be leaked out!



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You can also choose whether you want it to be available in your city or globally. For mine, I'll definitely choose it to be a public and global group! Okay, done! So now all of you from all around the world can interact and chat together in there!



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It's really easy to post new topics in the group, so it's not just the person who creates the group that start a topic, but everyone in there is able to! You can also add images to the topics and if you want to comment on something, you can leave comments with images or even audio note as well! Above is some of the chat that I had as I was having my tea!



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Omg I came across my favourite childhood snack, Collon the other day and they imported from Japan! So I shared it with the group and after that they told me that there are Collon in matcha flavour too! I can't wait to try it omg!

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I really like how the app is able to bring people with similar interest together and also, able to create a group of your own if you want to! Why not experience it yourself and try it out since the app is completely free to download, isn't it? ;)

Feel free to visit http://www.gupapp.com for more information too!



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See all of you guys there in "typicalben" group on GUP! Remember to say hi! ;)


Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Water Conservation


typicalben water conservation pub

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Hello everyone! I'm here today to talk about something that all of us get in touch with everyday, in our daily life. Something that we need for survival and is one of the most important substances on earth. Singapore has come a long way and sometimes we tend to get too comfortable and slowly taking things that are readily available and accessible to us for granted. I just watched this adorable yet beautiful and heartwarming video that reminds me to appreciate the value of water. In this video (below), they mentioned about the very simple and valid reasons of why we should save water. Let's all take some time to watch it together, shall we? ;)




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Today, more than 5 million people in Singapore enjoy clean, safe water at a turn of a tap. :)

I'm sure all of us benefitted greatly from it. When I think of it, I really blessed to be able to get clean and safe water from our tap whenever I want it. It is always heartbreaking to see some countries that do not have proper water supply, and how they actually suffered from it. To do that Singapore has built a robust, diversified and sustainable water supply from four different sources (local catchment water, imported water, NEWater and desalinated water) of water supply. However, having an adequate supply is only half of the water equation, it is equally important to manage the water demand, which then boils down to all of us.

Although, something to applaud all of us for is that Singapore’s per capita domestic water consumption has been brought down from 165 litres per day in 2003 to the current 150.4 litres. This is after the implementation of water conservation plan that encourages customers to use water wisely over the years. Yes, indeed, we are always exposed to all these water saving messages as we are growing up and it seems like we are subconsciously reminding ourselves to do some of the water saving acts. Their target is to lower it to 147 litres by 2020 and 140 litres by 2030, which I'm sure all of us can help and play a role if we remind ourselves constantly.


I'm not sure about you guys, but for me, I always will have this subconscious mind that I'll feel a pinch in the heart whenever I deem that I'm not using water wisely. Like I'll turn off the tap whenever I brush my teeth or to stop the shower when I'm soaping myself. Below are some water saving tips that we can always do to play a part and to remind ourselves to value water and use it wisely.



1. Use a tumbler when brushing your teeth

typicalben water conservation pub

Using a tumbler when brushing your teeth can reduce water wastage and it's a habit that I'm trying to get used to.



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For me, I'm using the tumbler I've gotten from Starbucks, you guys can use cups too!



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Apart from this, I'm pretty sure many of us have dual flush flushing cisterns for their toilet.
Keep in mind to use reduced flush for liquid waste instead of full flush.




2. Take shorter showers

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Take shorter showers and try not to sing too long in the bathroom! ;D




3. Turn off the shower tap while soaping

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A habit that I've picked up in recent years, which is to turn off the shower tap and stop the water from running while I'm soaping myself. Little effort can play an important role of valuing our water and not to waste it unnecessarily.




4. Run the washing machine only on a full load

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This is something that I don't do, but you can remind your parents or domestic helpers that to only wash the clothes in the washing machine when the load is full. I've always seen my mum doing that which is awesome.

You can also collect rinse water from the washing machine for flushing the toilet or mopping the floor.




5. Wash vegetables and dishes in a sink or container filled with water.

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Wash your dishes in a sink filled with water prevent us from wasting water by letting it run while we wash them. Also, washing vegetables in a container filled with water has its advantages too, you can later use the water to water your plants!



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Using the water that was previously used to wash vegetables to water plant is a good way of using water wisely!


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All these tips can be incorporated into our daily life easily if we remind ourselves. Water is a precious resource and therefore, we must try to adopt these habits. We should always value it and use it wisely, as every single drop count! I still remember when I was young, I always see Water Wally in posters or animation promoting water messages and water conservation.



(P/s: If you have kids or little cousins that you want to teach them about water saving habits, you can show them
this 2 Water Wally video animation: http://youtu.be/uO-5VuK7t8U & http://youtu.be/Z8f_GSbc35g.)


How time has files and I'm glad that we are still working on changing our habits for the better!

For more tips and information on water conservation, below link is a good read:

www.pub.gov.sg/conserve
www.facebook.com/PUBsg | www.instagram.com/PUBsingapore


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Friday, April 10, 2015

Dancing to KPOP Songs 2 + PO BOX


For those who haven't watch our latest #BenRanAway video, here you go!
No, we were not acting but we really did argued in the end. #brothersarelikethis



https://youtu.be/rqSj5PsdfuU

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Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Arkira & Miu Miu: Who is this human?

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Arkira: "Did hear anything? Wait, what! Why are you taking photos of me from such an high angle?!"



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Arkira: "You annoying humans, stop disturbing me as I'm snoozing in this hot afternoon."



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Miu Miu: "Hi! Don't talk to Arkira, come play with me instead!"



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Miu Miu: "Come hold my hand, hold my hand!"



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Miu Miu: "Ahhhh finally! The touch from humans!"



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Miu Miu: "Is this what they call, love?"



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Arkira: "Enough of the sun! I need some air-condition while I stay pretty for your viewing pleasure."



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Arkira: "What's up? What do you want from me? Stop following me!"



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Arkira: "Here you go! This is what you get from me when you annoy me!"



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Arkira: "Arghhhh... Humans."



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Arkira: "You better not touch me next time! Else I will...... eat you up!"


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Sunday, April 05, 2015

Kiel James Patrick Belts


typicalben Kiel James Patrick THE CAPTAIN BELT

Here are some of the photos that I took during my trip to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam! Some sneak peak before I blog about it. Was exploring the city and came across this run-down area that was filled with graffiti and thought it looked really cool!

I then realised it was actually a private residential area and was told to leave afterwards. Luckily we already managed to snap quite a few awesome shots in there! ;) Wearing a simple outfit with basic white tee, jeans and boots. Paired with a new Kiel James Patrick belt and my trusty Kiel James Patrick bracelet from Just Tangy. Both accessories match perfectly with similar colour tone!


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Many of us tend to forget that belts are super important, specially for guys. It can make as much of a statement as your other accessories (such as; watch, tie, socks, bracelet etc.) and it also represent our individuality and our personality.



Kiel James Patrick THE CAPTAIN BELT

A closer look at the leather belt and bracelet that I'm wearing! ;) Item name and link for easier reference:

Belt: Kiel James Patrick Captain's Anchor Belt Collection - Captain Hemingway
Bracelet: Kiel James Patrick (Quatermaster Collection - The Robin Hood)



typicalben Captain Hemingway Kiel James Patrick belt

I really love how fashionable and easy to match the belt with any kind of outfit. Be it casual with jeans or formal with pants. Can totally imagine myself in blazer and shirt paired together with this belt, giving it a twist to formal wear.



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Apart from the one that I'm wearing, they also carry a huge range of belts from Kiel James Patrick, ranging from different styles and material. They also have belts for the ladies too, which I think will look really awesome if you pair them well!



Captain Hemingway Kiel James Patrick

All the Kiel James Patrick belts are open for pre-order and it will take 2-3 weeks to arrive.
A huge selection of design and sizes are available at JustTangy.com!

Remember, a belt is not just an accessory but is something that can enriches your look too! ;)


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Saturday, April 04, 2015

Salt grill & Sky bar + CNY 2015

Sorry for the hiatus, the past few weeks was upsetting and heartbreaking. Losing people we love dearly one after another made me felt so helpless. Our whole family was devastated when my grandpa passed away about 3 weeks back. Then after, we heard about the news of the passing of Mr Lee Kuan Yew too. The last 3 weeks of March was hard on us as we were all constantly reminded about our grandpa. All of us have been visiting grandma more often now and trying to spend more time with her. Thank you all for your patience as this blog post was supposed to be up a month back, but it got delayed until today.

Anyway, I'm back to writing and updating. Oh! Not forgetting videos too! Visual post today as I clear these photos off!


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Went to Salt grill & Sky bar for brunch with Taiwei and Pui the other time! Here's the view from there!



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Didn't managed to get the window seats as we were late due to traffic jam, but it's all good.



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Our food came! Managed to get a good shot! ;)



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Secondary school mates! Pui, me and Taiwei! Coincidentally, all three of us were in smart causal that day!



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Salt grill & Sky bar

Mine! Having Eggs Benedict (salmon gravlax, poached eggs, house made crumpets, spinach, hollandaise).



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The Full Aussie Breakfast.



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French toast, if I'm not wrong.



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After finishing our meals and catching up, we went to walk around.



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My first time up to ION Sky too!



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Was thinking since all of us were wearing so smartly that day, we should totally get a outfit picture together!



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Top from Bricklane Menswear, I got it from Chatuchak Weekend Market.



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The Mill x WeJungle: DESTRUCTION & REBIRTH

Went to The Mill x WeJungle: DESTRUCTION & REBIRTH later at night!



The Mill x WeJungle: DESTRUCTION & REBIRTH



The Mill x WeJungle: DESTRUCTION & REBIRTH

First time visiting such an event where they celebrate beauty amidst chaos.



The Mill x WeJungle: DESTRUCTION & REBIRTH

Exploring the place!



The Mill x WeJungle: DESTRUCTION & REBIRTH

How could you not love this!



The Mill x WeJungle: DESTRUCTION & REBIRTH

Took lots of photos in this washroom that was splashed with neon paints!



typicalben The Mill x WeJungle: DESTRUCTION & REBIRTH



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(Pretentiously) How I look when I wake up in the morning hahaha! :'D



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But yeah, this was really taken when I just woke up! Without washing up or brushing my teeth. :x



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Got really addicted, so I took more and more.



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Okay I better stop with this last one lol.



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Cute? Bought these cute iPhone covers for my bffs!



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Thanks Hotel Clover for hosting me for the night! :D


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Family photo on the first day of Chinese New Year! When we were about to take the photo, we made sure everyone hands got something if not it seems empty and not festive enough hahaha! So glad to be in Singapore to spend CNY together!



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As usual, gave my parents red packet this year too!



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Outfit shot at this gate of a temple.



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With Germaine and Lucas!



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Went to my paternal side and taking wefie with my cousins!



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Group photo! Not all were there but it's nice catching up with those who were around!



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Second day of CNY! Back to my maternal side!



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Kinda having bad hair day, that day!



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Third day of CNY, I celebrated it with my friends! Check out our delicious food!



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Group photo with my friends and the 2 majestic cats!



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Lo-Hei time!!!!



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typicalben friends Lo-Hei Yu Sheng

I was telling them, the higher you go the better and you see what happened!! All of them so competitive one lolol. All wanna be higher than each other haha! But I really love all of them though. Amazing people in my life.



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Homemade breakfast the next morning!



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If only I can wake up to this everyday!



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Home cooked dinner!



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And since we are on food photos, here are more of them! Had CNY dinner at home with family too!



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Mum cooked a few dishes and look at how delicious it is!!!



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She also bought a cake because it was the 7th day of Chinese New Year, which was said to be the birthday for human being.



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We also did second round of Lo-Hei too! Mum homemade this plate of yusheng herself!



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family Lo-Hei Yu Sheng

Yay to a prosperous year for all of us!



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Went to find Rachell at work! Group photo with Rachell, Peishi and Randy!



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I really think I look so young with my hair let down, so recently I've been styling up my hair. What do you all think?!
Also, during our second day of CNY, we also recorded a video with our cousins! Watch it (below) if you haven't!





https://youtu.be/7Etimp2nS4U


More proper update soon! Gonna sleep now as we need to wake up at 4am to go tomb sweeping for my grandpa! Night!


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