I am pretty sure you guys have heard of Realtek. The Taiwan’s semiconductor corporation that makes lots of stuff from audio chips to wi-fi chips. Founded in 1987, now they are the 6th largest fabless semiconductor in Asia and 16th largest in the world! Their revenue in 2013 is almost US$1 billion!
Realtek has tied up with Singapore Economic Development Board to setup it’s regional headquaters and R&D center in Singapore. Realtek joins other fabless semiconductor companies such as Qualcomm, Broadcom and MediaTek who have already established a significant presence in Singapore.
Went to the official opening of Tampines 1 last Friday. The ceremony was held at the rooftop terrace with host Adrian Pang. The official opening marks the 100 days since it open it doors to the public since 9th April 2009.
Tampines 1 will celebrate its official opening ceremony next week on the Friday, 17th July 2009 and on the Saturday, 18th July 2009, there will be a SWOP party at its Roof Garden.
The SWOP Party helps encourage recycling where anyone can come by to exchange their clothes and accessories with others. Highlights of the SWOP Party include donations from popular fashion brands like Adidas, Diva, Dorothy Perkins, Esprit, G2000, Springfield, and Topshop, free flow of ice-cream for participants, and live DJ music. Additionally, there will be a SWOP-me Cosy corner, to keep accompanying partners who are there to support their friend/ spouses entertained.
Iluma is one of the newest shopping center in town which is near Bugis MRT Station. It is located in between Queen Street and Victoria Street. It is quite huge and have 5 levels. I don’t think there is any basement level. I can’t seem to find a link to the official website.
Coffee Bean, Nichi Fashion City, Comics Connection, Pasta De Waraku, Thai Express, Asian Kitchen and many more are already opened for business. Nevertheless, the shopping center is still quite empty. In particular the lower levels shops are all not occupied. Come across this interesting shop called Otaku House, which sells cosplay clothes as well as Japanese Anime collectibles. There is also a new cinema at Iluma is called Film Garde, which if I am not mistaken also operates a cinema in Kallang Leisure Park.
I was at the Tampines 1 blogger mall tour and meet together session together with Li Xiang. The meeting time was 2pm, but we are slightly late a little. I apologized for that. We met at level 6 which is at the management office. Upon reaching level 5, we realized that there is no way up to level 6 as the lift button and escalator to level 6 was disabled. The only way up is from service stairs.
On the first day, an estimated 111,000 people visited Tampines 1 and on second day it rose to 143,000. All shopping malls are equipped with a human traffic counter at the top of all glass door entrances. I didn’t know about it actually. If you happen to note it next time, it is actually a little black box often mistaken as a sensor.The tour started from level 5 all the way to basement 1. Due to time constraint, we only visited certain stores.