You are what you Google, or so they say. Sports, movies, online shopping, and Pokémon — these are things that Singaporeans have looked up most in 2017.
The world’s top search engine has released Singapore’s top searches this year and this is what it looks like:
Online shopping is a big thing in Singapore. This e-commerce site received a lot of traffic this year, if you base it on SG’s searches. The site makes the list at number ten.
9. Lazada Singapore
The next top search is still an online shopping site. Lazada Singapore, a website that sells everything from clothes, to electronics, and everything in between, is at number nine.
8. Justice League
The Hollywood hit movie was certainly something Singaporeans enjoyed, or at least were curious about. Justice League makes it as a top search in Singapore at number eight.
7. SEA Games
Singapore is a participating country in the Southeast Asian Games. The 2017 SEA Games, held in Malaysia this year, was also highly Googled. It takes the seventh spot.
At the sixth spot, Wimbledon! Singaporeans are also pretty big tennis fans, it seems.
5. Beauty and the Beast
The timeless Disney classic is at number five. Beauty and the Beast‘s live action adaptation starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens is the tenth-highest grossing film of all time.
4. Wonder Woman
2017’s favorite heroine takes the fourth spot. Wonder Woman starring Gal Gadot is the fourth installment from the DC Extended Universe.
3. iPhone X
Apple’s tenth-anniversary borderless phone got Singaporeans curious. The iPhone X takes the third top spot in in this year’s most Googled phrases.
2. iPhone 8
GadgetMatch personally witnessed the Singaporean hype over the iPhone 8; people lined up outside the Apple store on the day this handset was released!
According to this list, Pokémon is still a big thing in Singapore. SGPokeMap tracks Pokémon Go sightings in real-time all around the peninsula. Singaporeans have to catch them all!
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Sony products are discounted this Christmas
Discounts and cashback for the holidays
While Sony keeps struggling in the smartphone market, it still remains one of the top products for digital imaging. Its line of mirrorless cameras is one of the best in business. Plus, Sony is doing well in home and personal entertainment, with its line of TVs, speakers and headphones remaining the best in their category.
Sony Singapore is offering discounts and cashback for select cameras, TVs, speakers, and headphones. Here are the discounted products:
- A7 III (Compact mirrorless) — from SG$ 2,899 to SG$ 2,699
- RX100 VII (Handheld compact camera) — from SG$ 1,599 to SG$ 1,649
- A9G (55″ 4K TV) — SG$ 5,799 after SG$ 2,200 cashback
Headphones and earbuds
- WH-1000XM3 (Wireless noise-cancelling headphones) — SG$ 549
- WF-1000XM3 (Wireless noise-cancelling earbuds) — SG$ 349
- HT-X8500 (Dolby Atmos soundbar) — SG$ 549 after SG$ 100 cashback
- SRS-XB32 (Bluetooth portable speaker) — SG$ 239 after SG$ 30 cashback
The promo runs from November 1, 2019 to January 5, 2020. The discounts are available on all Sony stores across Singapore. For more information about the promo, visit Sony’s website.
These Coke bottles have lightsabers that light up
It’s December now. You know that means. It’s Star Wars season all over again. As you might expect, Star Wars-themed merchandise are bursting from out of nowhere. Check out the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ Star Wars edition. Or this extensive list of Star Wars-themed lifestyle products.
However, even with the deluge of movie tie-ins, you haven’t seen the best one yet. Coca-Cola has just released the ultimate collectible bottle for Star Wars fans. These two No-Sugar bottles feature the current trilogy’s main characters, Rey and Kylo Ren, with fully illuminating lightsabers.
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Keep your eyes on these Limited Edition Lighted Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker Coca-Cola No Sugar Bottles! In anticipation of the upcoming movie, we will be releasing 5 clues to 5 locations per day on our FB, IG, and website on where to get your hands on one over the next 3 weekends (Fri – Sun) from 6 to 22 Dec. Let the #GalacticHunt begin! >> Link in bio Catch Star Wars: #TheRiseofSkywalker in cinemas this 19 December. #StarWarsSG *T&C applies
Created in collaboration with German startup Inuru, the limited-edition bottles use specially customized OLED technology. The labels contain a complete circuit and a printed battery. The circuit activates whenever someone presses on the label. The battery can reportedly last for up to 500 activations.
Additionally, despite the added technology, the smart label is still ecologically friendly because it uses rare earth metals as materials. Like those used in smartphones today, the labels can be recycled easier than normal plastic. (Unfortunately, this likely doesn’t carry over to the actual bottle.)
So, how do you get one of these things? Unfortunately, the special bottles will only ship in Singapore between December 6 to 22. Further, Coca-Cola will produce only 8,000 bottles for the promotions. The company is also hiding the bottles’ locations under cleverly hidden clues.
24 hours in Mövenpick with the Honor 9X
I didn’t want to leave
I know you must feel strange to be hearing back from me writing another travel article when last time I tried, I preemptively said that I was horrible at writing about my adventures. Well, you guys might have to deal with reading my silly little travel psychobabble again because I went to Cebu for a weekend and I brought the Honor 9X with me.
Okay, this is technically not fair since Cebu is like home to me at this point. I luckily grew up visiting Cebu a lot. My older siblings were born there, so that’s not much of a surprise. On this trip though, my parents opted out of staying in a hotel in the middle of the bustling city. We decided to stay by the beach at Mövenpick. We have never been to Mövenpick before. So, it was going to be pretty interesting to explore the place.
The view was stunning. I didn’t even know what to capture first. It was that gorgeous. When we arrived, the staff were lovely enough to let us roam the area despite not having checked in yet. Mövenpick is pretty. The moment you get dropped off at the lobby, the place instantly assaults your senses with everything beach. It smells, sounds, and feels like you’re at the beach.
That’s obviously because a few steps farther, you’re already at the beach. The place is well designed to have the ocean breeze flow from the bayfront to the resort lobby. It’s open-spaced.
No such thing as fasting at breakfast
This is the only photo of food I managed to snag before inhaling it. I’m not going to apologize for being a little hangry considering I hadn’t had a meal for hours and I stayed up all night. This is Mövenpick’s poached egg breakfast. Was it good? Yes. I mean, look at it. How could it not be?
I think off the bat, that how the food tasted may have shifted a little considering I was zoning out because of the view. It’s really pretty and honestly, it testing my writing skills (if I have any) to try and find more synonyms to great, pretty, and lovely.
Dinner at the Ibiza
No, I didn’t take a pill in Ibiza. And yes I know, nobody asked. Mövenpick has this by-the-bay restaurant and bar called the Ibiza. They have live music and good food so if you’ve booked a room, this is the place to be at night. There’s food, an amazing view, and live music. Is there anything more I could have asked for? No. It was perfect.
The Ibiza is open in the morning too. If you want to have your breakfast there, you can soak in the early morning ocean breeze while eating.
Here come excuses
Alright, I didn’t take many photos while in Cebu, at least, not as many as I would like to. I wanted to savor every stunning moment there. I haven’t been back in ages and I’ve barely spent time at the beach. Not to mention, I rarely get to see my little nephew.
I guess as much as this article is about bringing the Honor 9X with me to show off how the phone is capable of capturing every lovely moment of your travels, it’s good to sometimes be in the moment. It isn’t on the Honor 9X for uncaptured moments. It’s totally on me for leaving it in my bag. Having said that, I think it was good to have eased off bringing the phone along every single second of the trip. I’m more than happy to have lived those quiet undocumented moments.
I’m not saying you should drop taking pictures altogether. It’s nice to have documented moments of a trip especially when it’s somewhere stunning. It’s nice to have something to look back on and to remind us of good times. I suppose it’s just nice to sometimes wean off of being so obsessive with what you can capture and instead, be in the moment.
All photos are taken with the Honor 9X
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