Month: July 2009

Of trends and boxes

Of course, simple is good. Clean is always welcomed. But the pages are getting too similar. It is like, someone planned out the designs for the next 5 years and everyone bought that manual – Large boxes, medium-sized ones, and a whole lot of photographs with sanserif graphics. One night, I made that observation and the person whom I told it to simply raised the eyebrow and probably went “So?” in his head. Hence it was rather heartening to see someone feeling the same. I don’t mean that websites must be splashy and browser-cuttingly chic. As DK has aptly pointed out, one whole site based on flash is just not as friendly1. I am sure some can do more than boxes and rows without being over zealous.

Now that I think about it, perhaps it’s because consumers like the predictable?

Alrighty, heading down to Tangs Orchard to vote. Having slept for 10 hours, I feel that it is my responsibility to.

  1. I cannot link the source to this comment because the site is flashed. []

Blogathon, Singapore style

From sundown to sunrise, there is never a short of online activities.10 bloggers in Singapore will attempt to showcase Internet’s ability to keep one up all night. Well, up for full 24-hours in fact. The folks are brave, nominated and prizes included no doubt, to be in a potentially claustrophobic display along the main shopping belt1. Social media marketing (or whatever the latest terminology is) is catchy. Now it just needs it own theme song.

I wonder if the venue/outfit sponsor can consider giving away stuff to supporters/onlookers too.

By the way, apparently “-athon” is a right-able suffix. The aforementioned event is not to be confused with the non-profit organization that holds regular events to raise funds or awareness.

Will someone stop me from registering sic? Hmm.

  1. Follow them on twitter #bthon []

Cozying up at Cova

The thought of spending S$80 per person for a dinner scares me. Since Wing Tai is so sweet to give me a voucher for a 1-for-1 dinner at Cova1, I had to give it a try. Well it is a birthday celebration after all.

It was 15 to 7pm. We showed up early and were led to the indoor dining area2, much to my relief. The dining experience was nothing short of elegance, flair, and delightful. Every dish was presented as described and as requested. Service staff knows their job, their products, and understand what it means to be serving Cova customers. No surprise that we sat for 3 hours and when we left, we talked about returning for another meal.

Cova @ Paragon

I didn’t take note of the menu – From top left: Whuthering Heights tea; selection of bread; table view; pasta with foie gras; selection of mini tarts; medium-rare steak; asparagus with poached egg; salmon.

For a better review than the above, read ladyironchef and life is 2 mu(n)ch.

Sidenote: Someone should approach the owner. Their website needs a revamp.

  1. Of course, airfare not included. Paragon’s outlet, just []
  2. Technically, the whole cafe is indoors but part of it is straddled in the middle of the mall. []