Chateau de Chine Hotel serving Muslim Friendly meals in Kaohsiung

A slightly different take on food. There is a restaurant in Kaohsiung that serves Muslim Friendly meals. Chateau de Chine Hotel (高雄翰品大飯店 – 穆斯林友善餐廳) This restaurant is one of two restaurants in Kaohsiung, Taiwan serving Muslim Friendly meals. All ingredients are halal and specially sourced from suppliers. The meal is served in a private room and a separate kitchen is used for preparation. All utensils and cutlery are separated from the others restaurants in the hotel. The food is prepared Cantonese style and is only available for advanced order.

This trip to Taiwan was made possible by the good grace of the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Department of Commerce of Taiwan.


Singapore third series coins are magnetic

So my son was having some fun with his magnets one day, when he accidentally discovered that Singapore’s third series of coins are magnetic. That got my attention and I decided to do some digging. Turns out, the 1 dollar coin has a steel core.

SG coin material


I asked my son to try the other new coins and it turns out that they are all magnetic. This is probably because of a steel core present in the new series coins. MAS source and link

The new series coins are minted on multi-ply plated steel comprising a steel core electroplated with three layers of metals – nickel over copper over nickel for silver-coloured coins; brass over copper over nickel for gold-coloured coins. The new series coins are generally lighter in weight and produce a lower pitch tone when struck against hard objects.

How do you know if your remote control is working?

Now, we all know that Infrared (IR) light is invisible to the human eye. So how do we know if that remote control is not working or merely out of battery power? In comes your trusty old digital camera again. But hey, I have my Xiaomi Mi3 with me all the time, so what better tool to use and verify if that darn remote is still working?

OK, so what you do next? First, you activate your camera and place the remote control you want to verify in front of the camera lens. Like this.


Easy enough?

Now, when you press any button on the remote control, you will see it light up (that’s if the remote control is working). For greater clarity, check out my youtube video to see it in action!

Wonderful! So here’s another justification for why you need to have your phone with you all the time. Have fun!