5 Things You Should Know This Week: 19 December 2017

Just the latest news in anything home and family to start your week off right

Updated on December 19, 2017 10:12 am

Cromly Editor

5 Things You Should Know This Week: 19 December 2017

These are some of the news you may want to know this week:

1. Win a Zwiesel Loom Vase at Cromly's Giveaway!

You still have a chance to take home a stylish vase handmade from Poland. To win, simply like our Facebook Page and follow us on IG, comment and tell us why you wish to win, and enter your details here. The giveaway ends on 21 December 2017 at 6pm.

2. Snap a photo with Raffles City's "In the Rhythm of the Season" Christmas Tree and win 50,000 STAR$

Have you seen Raffles City's magnificent "In the Rhythm of the Season" Christmas Tree yet? Located outside the mall (opposite St. Andrew’s Cathedral), the 18 metre-tall tree is embellished with 36 handcrafted iridescent flowers and gold ornaments together with lighted baubles, a total of 35 golden trumpets including six moving ones. In the foreground is a majestic golden carriage creatively-designed using trumpets that shoppers take a "ride" on for the picture-perfect moment and a keepsake of the joyous season.

Until 1 January 2018, capture the magical moment of you and your loved ones with the Christmas Tree and the top 10 best pictures will win 50,000 STAR$ (equivalent to $50 CapitaVoucher) as well as an exclusive SpongeBob Gold Umbrella when you upload the photo on to your Instagram (the account needs to be set to public) and hashtags #RCSChristmas and #RafflesCitySG.

3. Bose introduces its new tiny and tough Bluetooth speaker

Bose introduced the SoundLink® Micro Bluetooth® speaker, its smallest, most rugged, portable speaker yet. Measuring just 9.5-cm wide and deep, 3.8-cm high, and weighing a mere 290 grams, the Micro is tiny—until you turn it on. With unmatched sound for its size, and tested beyond its IPX7 waterproof rating, the Micro lets you enjoy music, take and make calls, and access Siri or your Google Assistant—out loud and anywhere, like never before. The Micro is packed with technology. A new custom transducer, miniature dual-passive radiators, and a rechargeable lithium-ion battery were engineered together—as a micro-system. Cm-for-cm, the Micro delivers a different kind of mobile audio—up to 6 hours of surprisingly loud-and-clear audio and low bass—from an enclosure that fits entirely in the palm of your hand.

The Micro is tough. It will survive Singapore’s scorching heat, monsoon rains, and is more than the industry’s IPX7 rating. Waterproof from the inside out, it was made and tested to withstand soapy water, chlorinated water, and salt water. In the rain, dropped in the sink, pool, or ocean, the Micro will keep playing. Its soft silicone exterior protects it from scratches, dents, cracks, hits, falls, dust, dirt and sand. And an equally durable strap on its flip-side attaches easily to bags, backpacks, bikes, coolers, and other gear. It uses simple voice prompts for Bluetooth pairing, has an integrated speakerphone, and a multi-purpose button to take calls, make them, and access your VPA with one push—without grabbing your phone. When used with the Bose® Connect app, it can sync with other SoundLink speakers for Stereo Mode (left-right channel) or Party Mode (to play music simultaneously). The new SoundLink Micro comes in Black, Midnight Blue, and Bright Orange. It will be available at $179 at authorised Bose dealers.

4. Meet Allure, the luxury smart beauty mirror from FRED Technologies

FRED Technologies launched its second smart mirror, the Allure, following its first product, the world's first luxury smart mirror, the Mirror. The Allure is compact and specially designed for the sophisticated lady who exalts her skincare and makeup regime and demands a smart digital mirror assistant. It is as luxurious as the first Mirror. While the original Mirror is a large tall mirror meant for hallways and bathrooms, the Allure is a beauty mirror inspired by the silhouette of a wedding gown, with a sleeker profile that fits easily on dressing tables or office desks.

With the Allure, the user can integrate the streamed curated beauty content such as the latest makeup news, cosmetic, and skincare highlights into her daily regime. With the "Natural Sunlight" feature, the Allure illuminates the user's face with a LumièreMax® rim lighting that mimics the sunlight in any room setting, regardless of the ambient colour cast, for the perfect natural light. This feature is a lifesaver for many ladies who need to ensure their makeup is done right without worrying about unnatural ambient lighting that may have blue or other gaudy colour casts. It is also pre-loaded with Sephora app's "Virtual Reality" feature and Flo Period Tracker app.

The Allure, in Rose Gold, will retail for $499. It is available online for pre-orders now, at https://frednology.com/products/mirror-allure at 5% off. Allure will also be retailing at Ion Orchard Proof Living, Scanteak Signature at Singapore Post Centre, and Scanteak Signature at Suntec City Mall.

5. The Visionaire is fully sold

Ending 2017 on a high note, Qingjian Realty (South Pacific) Group Pte Ltd (Qingjian Realty) has sold all 632 units of The Visionaire, Singapore’s first Executive Condominium (EC) with smart homes. This marked the start of a move by developers here to start offering smart home features on a bigger scale in their new developments. Homeowners can look forward to a new way of tech-enabled living at The Visionaire when it is completed in 2018. The unique Smart Home System comprises practical and useful smart devices such as smart IP cameras, smart lock systems, and smart temperature sensors that ensure greater safety, comfort, and convenience for homeowners. Their smart lifestyles will be complemented by hiLife, a smart lifestyle mobile application designed to provide homeowners with curated services and content, and to help them book facilities easily.

Artist’s impression of The Visionaire. Photo courtesy of Qingjian Realty

“Our commitment to anticipating the future living needs of homeowners has resonated with them. This is why our new launches have continued to do well. We will continue to support homeowners in achieving their lifestyle aspirations and deliver quality homes for all present and future developments by Qingjian Realty,” said Ms Yen Chong, Deputy General Manager, Qingjian Realty (South Pacific) Group Pte Ltd.

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