What’s H-APP-ening? NEW Applications

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Gardens by the Bay mobile app


Applications or ‘Apps’ are popping up all of the time for everything from shopping and ordering taxis to helping us decide what to wear, what to drink or simply make life a little easier. We have a few new apps to mention that have been recently launched.

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épicurio the wine lovers app

First up, Épicurio – the first Asian wine & Spirit Social App. This app is for those who; fancy themselves as a wine connoisseur, want to tell their friends what they are drinking, want to know what their friends are drinking, or simply for those who enjoy nice wine.

Clément Hochart, Co-Founder & CEO tells us that “Epicurio is the essential tool for every wine experience. Epicurio makes your wine tasting memorable, fun and finds you the retailer or online store supplying the wine of your choice in the country you are in.”

Going beyond the social aspect, Epicurio will see the user’s filters on budget, vintage, region and grape variety and help them make their choice of wine in their region while comparing prices. Users can then have bottles delivered at home or know where to pick up the bottle on the way back home. Retail partners of Epicurio currently include; bar works, drinks&co, Wine&Dine, The Wine Guild, Cellar Master Wines, Evangelista, Carecci, FD Wine, the odd bottle, Wickens & Co.

Epicurio is currently available to download free of charge to iPhone.


Hailo Taxi app

The World’s most loved taxi App recently arrived into Singapore – Hailo is the world’s highest-rated taxi app and, since its launch in London in 2011, the Hailo mission is to help reduce the daily frictions of big city travel.  With this commitment in mind, Hailo has won millions of avid fans and over 23,000 five star reviews in the App Store and Google Play.

Passengers can now get a taxi in minutes with just two taps on their smartphone, while mobile payments improve the taxi experience and eliminate the need to carry cash (trip receipts are sent instantly by email).

It is not only passengers that will benefit from the introduction of Hailo, taxi drivers using the Hailo app will be able to complete more jobs in less time thus earning them up to 30% more on every shift they work.  Hailo is now in partnership with transportation operator SMRT Road Holdings Ltd as they share a common vision to create an inclusive platform with equal access and benefits for all Singapore’s taxi companies.

Hailo is available to passengers as a free download from the App Store and Google Play.

Taxi drivers can register via the Hailo website at http://hailocab.com/singapore/drivers

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WEAR fashion app

Fashionistas are downloading the revolutionary fashion app, WEAR.  This app which is  essentially acting as a ‘fashion coordinated search service’ has been much-anticipated since its launch in Japan in October 2013, where it has since become the number 1 fashion mobile app (Japan).  The comprehensive nature of this app walks the user through from start to end, browsing featured bloggers’ fashion looks to their eventual purchasing of their favourite fashion pieces.

WEAR features local and international fashion bloggers and celebrities (such as Noami Neo, Valerie Lim, Evon Chng, Chloe Choo, Jamie Tan, Darryl Yong, Tommy Wee and more) who regularly ‘model’ fashionable looks, upload images of their styles and tag the specific brands of their entire outfit.  Followers and uses of the WEAR app will gain ideas on how to style outfits, as well as learn what are the latest fashion and trends.  By viewing the exact pieces you see the ‘models’ wearing, and allowing the app to search for similar items, you are able to make an immediate purchase with the ease of a click of a button to the retailer’s web storefront.

WEAR contest : Your chance to become the recipient of the coveted WEARISTA Style Icon Award.  WEAR will be selecting one lucky fashionista or blogger by end February 2015 who will, not only gain the WEARISTA Style Icon Award but will walk away with a return ticket to Tokyo and runway tickets to the Mercedes Benz Tokyo Fashion Week 2015, to be held in March 2015.  To participate in the competition, participants will need to download the WEAR app and keep a ‘fashion diary’ by regularly uploading pictures of themselves wearing the latest fashion trends and looks, and hashtag the pictures with WEARISTASG and/or WEARSG.  In addition, now until the end of the year, all participants must garner a minimum of 1,000 followers to their account on WEAR.  The winner will then be selected by the WEAR team based on the most stylish and creative ‘looks’ featured on their ‘fashion diary’.  Also, uses who download the WEAR app and hashtag ‘WEARSG’ are in the running to win S$200 shopping vouchers.

WEAR is available for free download on Android and iOS.


Gardens by the Bay mobile app

Visitors to Gardens by the Bay can now use technology to enhance their visitors’ experience.  The Gardens by the Bay app will connect visitors to the plant world by taking visitors on a journey through the Gardens with the aid of interactive trails and engaging activities.

While integrating the natural world with the virtual, the app will bring to life the stories of nature on a digital platform and add a whole new dimension to the Gardens by the Bay visitor.  The Gardens by the Bay app is available in five languages – English, Mandarin, Malay, Tamil and Japanese, the multilingual app uses GPS and path-finding technology to encourage visitors to tour and explore hidden locations within the Gardens.  Visitors of all ages can learn more about horticulture through a series of interactive challenges and games.  Games range from simple memory quizzes to augmented reality challenges, with the added ability to share achievements and high scores on social media.

The Gardens by the Bay app was made possible through funding and support from Bloomberg Philanthropies.

Gardens by the Bay mobile app is available on both Apple and Android platforms and can be downloaded free of charge via iTunes and Google Play.

We were lucky enough to be among the first to use this mobile app at Gardens by the Bay recently and were very impressed with the content and ease of use…read our full feature of the Gardens by the Bay app coming up very soon.



Unless otherwise stated, MartiniBlanc have not personally used any of these featured apps and we cannot
therefore comment on the use or reliability of such services that these apps offer.


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Clare Victoria...British born and a Yorkshire girl through and through, Clare left the familiarity of home many moons ago. Having lived, worked and experienced the highs and lows of being a foreigner in both France and Singapore, Clare has grown into a truly international lady. Her passion is writing about anything that will interest, enlighten and offer inspiration to her readers.

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