Monthly Archives: December 2012

Top 10 New Year Eve Ideas for Couples

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I don’t know about you, but I’m really glad the world didn’t end this year as predicted by the Mayans. As 2012 comes to an end, what is a better way of spending it than with the person who has stuck by you through this crazy year?

Here’s a list of things to do:

Write a letter for each other.

Spend the last day of the year looking back at all the good and bad moments. Reflect and be thankful. Perhaps your letter can contain hopes and wishes for your relationship and the the things you’d be looking forward to in the coming year.

Watch the fireworks

Sit under the stars as the breathtaking display of fireworks light up the sky! Admire the dazzling lights while getting cozy with your partner! There’s always something magical about fireworks :)

Enjoy a staycation

Pop down to one of the local hotels and enjoy one of their new year packages. Indulge in all the luxuries of good food, room service and spas without the leaving the country!

Make your new year resolution together!

A new year marks a new beginning, so sit down and talk about your goals and dreams for the new year and make the come true together!

Candle light dinner

Make the final meal of the year a memorable one with a romantic candlelit dinner for two! Remember to keep all distractions aside! Phones on silent mode please!

Join in the party

Follow the crowd as they line up the streets and take part in the biggest parties in town! Go wild and celebrate with the rest as you countdown to 2013!

Quiet night with friends and family

If partying isn’t your thing, take the time to get to know your partner’s friends and family! Usher in the new year toasting champagne!

Book a trip for the new year

Plan a nice getaway trip to a foreign land for an unforgettable new year celebration! Experience how people in other countries ring in the new year and create even more memories for the both of you! There are a couple of budget flight sales going around now, so what are you waiting for?!

Cuddle up and watch a movie

Pick your favourite romantic comedy and cuddle up on the couch, and strictly keep your gadgets away. New Years Eve, maybe?

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Prepare for that midnight kiss! According to Your Tango, kissing your loved on strengthens the ties you wish to maintain in the future!

Lots of Love,
LoveByte Cupid  <3

How Does LoveByte Help Couples in a Relationship?

You may think, I have WhatsApp, and Facebook, why do I need another app?

But here’s what we think – your partner deserves your attention.

Save your friends from the mushy postings

If you do postings like the one below, your friends would probably feel sick behind the screen though they do not tell you. Yes, you might want the world to know how happy or how you are the luckiest man in the world, but do spare a thought for the single or broken-hearted friends too. Not all of us have found The One. :/

Avoid sending wrong messages

Well, you know the kind of messages couples may send to each other occassionally. Using lovey dovey nicknames for each other is one, but sending it wrongly to an unintended receipient is another thing. Not that funny, especially if it’s a co-worker, your boss or your mom.

Especially if you both send intimate photos and sweet nothings, you gotta be doubly sure to check who the receiver is before you hit send. That is why if you are using LoveByte with your partner only, you would never have to worry about the message landing in the wrong hands. Ps.. We don’t really want to know what you have planned for your darling this evening. :)

Improved Communication

Post sweet notes to note down things you are too embarrassed to tell your partner. Or type them down in the middle of the night to let them know what is keeping you up… It’s important to let them know and speak out your thoughts, because none of us are mind readers.

Remember and cherish happy moments

It is important to us that we remember all the happy moments. It’s great to have many happy moments that make us smile, but it would such a pity if we don’t remember them at all. Have you recalled stumbling upon an old picture and feel like, “I almost forgot that it happened!” I know I sure have!

What’s a better way to collect these precious memories than to post them on LoveByte’s timeline and arrange them into individual photo albums? When you browse through your timeline, surely there’s a warm, fuzzy feeling as you smile to yourself and reminisce the good times.

Stay loving

LoveByte counts the number of days a couple has been together. Everyday is a step closer together!

Live. Laugh. Love.

Love,
Lovebyte Cupid <3

We at LoveByte believe we can build better relationships in the world. Give it a go and let us know!
Get the LoveByte app or visit LoveByte.us for more details.

Merry Christmas

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Is anyone feeling overstuffed from last night’s Christmas feast or hung over because the party ended like 2 hours ago? For some of us, we still need to go to work on Boxing Day (26th December) and Christmas Day becomes a day for recuperation and spending quiet time with our loved ones. Is it possible to feel the festive mood even when you’re at home? WHY NOT? Afterall, 12 days of Christmas starts after Christmas Day! Here are the list of things I would like to do today:

  1. Too lazy to cook after a night of partying? Any left over turkey and ham in the refrigerator? This would really make a good sandwich after we top it off with oven melted cheese.
  2. Hydrate myself. How much did you drink last night? I bet you lost count. Even if survived the night without a hangover, trust me, your body needs the extra H20.
  3. Cuddle with my special someone on the couch and watch my favourite feel good movies.

Love Actually

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New Year’s Eve

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The Holiday

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Crazy Stupid Love

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Definitely, Maybe

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4. Lastly, it’s always a good day to have hot chocolate and marshmallows.

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Have a happy jolly Christmas, love birds   :)

Love,
LoveByte Cupid <3

Hiring iOS App Developer

LoveByte is all about bringing couples closer together! Since our launch on iOS, we have captivated the hearts and attention of tens of thousands. We are still growing fast! So join us on our journey as an iOS App Developer! YOU will be in charge of improving our popular app to keep the couples loving. Together, we can build stronger relationships around the world. (:

Your task:
– Develop iOS mobile application using Objective-C
– Participate and plan UI design

You must be someone with the following:
– Can code
– Ability to learn and adapt quickly
– Energized by fast pace work environment, pushes sense of urgency
– Self-motivated and maintain a positive, upbeat attitude

Additional nice-to-haves:
– Experience in iOS app development (or other mobile app development)
– Experience in cloud computing (e.g. Amazon Web Services) and scaling
– Ruby and Ruby on Rails (or other backend languages/frameworks)
– Background in Computer Science or related field

You don’t have to be experienced in iOS app development, you just have to have the appetite to learn… because there’s so much you can learn at LoveByte!

Why work with us?
Working at LoveByte is awesome. You will have the freedom of choosing what to wear everyday! No dress up Mondays and everyday can be dress down Fridays! So let your creativity take over! We also promise that you will not be isolated in a cubicle and coding your day away. LoveByte loves exchange of ideas, so we opted for a collaborative environment where whenever a great idea comes to you, just shout it out to share!

Working time is flexible and open to negotiation. Most excitingly, we have TGIF Fridays – where  fun begins at 5! Celebrations and bonding activities (includes beer *wink*) are just some examples! Best of all, we pay you to soak up the sun and not work on your birthday and also present you with a welcome pack on day 1.

If you’re somebody who is hungry to learn from the very best and enjoys finishing each day impressed by your own accomplishments of good work, we’d love to hear from you!

To apply, write in to us at jobs@lovebyte.us with your resume, and portfolio if any.

Also let us know what funky title you will want to have, Rockstar Developer, Code Assassin, The Exterminator, or suggest something more creative. We aren’t hiring just an iOS App Developer (title was picked for search purposes).

Quote of the week: LoveByte #5

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I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt,
only more love.                                                                          – Mother Theresa

If it ever hurts, it’s only because there’s love. Fortunately, it also gives us the strength to overcome differences and forgive the mistakes we would otherwise not be able to.

Stay lovin’.

Love,
LoveByte Cupid <3

5 under 30-minute breakfast recipes

The weekend is just round the corner. Everyone has been working hard all week so why wake up early to go anywhere for breakfast when you can have it in bed? :)

I know most of us urbanites don’t cook because we simply cannot be bothered with the hassle of cooking and washing, but we all know, the way to a men’s heart is through his stomach. And for the men, you know there’s no better way to show your love on a lazy Sunday morning than through your burnt toast. (P.s. Most girls are usually so impressed that you got your butt into the kitchen that it doesn’t matter if you don’t cook like a Michelin starred chef.)

Anyway, here are some simple 30 minute under breakfast recipes for you to prepare for your loved ones:

Egg in a Nest

Egg in a Nest

Ingredients

  • 2 (1-inch-thick) slices bread
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Cut or tear a 2-inch hole out of the center of each slice of bread.
  2. Melt the butter in a large nonstick frying pan over medium heat until foaming. Add the bread slices. Crack an egg into each bread hole, season with salt and pepper, and cook until the bottoms are golden brown, about 3 to 4 minutes. Using a flat spatula, flip and cook until the second side is golden brown, about 3 minutes more for runny yolks. Serve immediately.

 Picture and recipe from http://www.chow.com/recipes/10663-egg-in-a-nest

Goat Cheese and Fresh Herb Omelette

Goat Cheese and Fresh Herb Omelet

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons fresh chèvre (goat cheese), at room temperature (about 1 ounce)
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh herbs, such as parsley, chervil, or chives, plus more to garnish
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons whole milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl and using a rubber spatula, mash the goat cheese with the measured herbs until combined; set aside.
  2. Whisk the eggs, milk, salt, and pepper in a medium bowl until pale yellow and the egg yolks and whites are evenly combined. Set a serving plate aside.
  3. Melt the butter in an 8-inch nonstick frying pan over medium heat until foaming. Add the egg mixture and stir constantly with a rubber spatula, moving the eggs around the pan until they form small curds, about 2 to 3 minutes.
  4. Gently shake the pan and use the spatula to spread the egg mixture evenly across the pan—the top of the eggs should have a creamy consistency. Evenly spoon the goat cheese mixture down the middle third of the egg mixture.
  5. Remove the pan from heat. Using the spatula, fold a third of the omelette over and onto itself. Gently push the folded side of the omelette toward the edge of the pan. Tilt the pan over the serving plate and roll the omelette onto the plate, seam side down.
  6. Garnish with additional herbs and serve immediately

Picture and recipe from http://www.chow.com/recipes/29550-goat-cheese-and-fresh-herb-omelet.

Whole-Wheat Apple Pancakes

Apple Pancake

 Ingredients

  • 1 cup low-fat buttermilk
  • 3/4 cup nonfat milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 6 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1 medium apple, diced
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup whole-wheat four
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 250. Put the apple in a microwave-safe bowl and tightly cover with plastic wrap; microwave on high until softened, about 2 minutes.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk the flours, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In a small bowl, whisk the buttermilk, nonfat milk, eggs and honey, then slowly add the dry ingredients, stirring until just combined.
  3. Heat a large nonstick griddle or skillet over medium heat. Spoon 1/4 cup batter onto the griddle for each pancake and sprinkle each with apple, then drizzle a little more batter over the apple. Cook until the tops are bubbly and the edges are dry, about 2 minutes. Flip and cook until golden brown, 1 to 2 more minutes. Keep the pancakes warm on a baking sheet in the oven while making the rest.
  4. Place 2 pancakes on each plate. Drizzle with the syrup.

Picture and recipe from http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ellie-krieger/whole-wheat-apple-pancakes-recipe/index.html.

Kale and Tomato Eggs Benedict

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Ingredients

Blender Mustard-Hollandaise Sauce:

  • 2 tablespoons light mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons whole grain mustard
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • Pinch cayenne pepper

Eggs Benedict:

  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 ounces Canadian bacon, cut into small chunks
  • 1 shallot, thinly sliced
  • 8 cups petite kale or baby spinach
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 whole wheat English muffins, split
  • 1 large ripe tomato, cut into 4 slices
  • 4 large eggs

Instructions

For the hollandaise sauce:

Combine the mayonnaise, 1 tablespoon warm water, mustard, lemon juice and cayenne pepper in a blender and process until combined. Scrape out and set aside.

For the eggs benedict:

  1. Fill a wide pot with about 3 inches of water. And the vinegar and bring to a low simmer.
  2. Heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet. Add the Canadian bacon and shallots and cook, stirring frequently, until golden, about 4 minutes. Add the kale, remove from the heat and stir until the kale wilts, about 2 minutes. Season with pepper. Set aside and keep warm.
  3. Toast each English muffin in a toaster oven or under a broiler until lightly golden, about 5 minutes. Top each with a tomato slice and toast until the tomato is just slightly warm, about 1 minute. Top each muffin with the Canadian bacon-kale mixture.
  4. Crack each egg into a mug and slip into the simmering water. Cook until the whites are at desired doneness, 3 to 5 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon and place on each benedict. Drizzle with hollandaise and serve.

Picture and recipe from http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/kale-and-tomato-eggs-benedict-recipe/index.html.

Creamy, Fruity Stuffed French Toast Hearts

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Ingredients

  • 3 large eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • A couple of drops pure vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup raspberry or strawberry preserves
  • 1 cup pure maple syrup
  • 8 slices white bread
  • 2 tablespoons butter

Instructions

  1. In a wide, shallow bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk and vanilla and set near the stove. In a small bowl, mix together the cream cheese and preserves; set aside.
  2. Warm the syrup in a small saucepan over low heat or in the microwave on high for 1 minute.
  3. Spread the cream cheese mixture evenly over 4 bread slices. Top with the remaining 4 bread slices to make 4 sammies. Cut each sammy using a 4-inch heart-shaped cookie cutter. Snack on the crusts.
  4. Melt the butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Dip the hearts in the egg mixture and cook in the skillet, turning once with a spatula, until golden brown, about 3 minutes on each side. Serve the hearts with the warm syrup.

Picture and recipe from http://www.rachaelraymag.com/Recipes/rachael-ray-magazine-recipe-search/kid-recipes/creamy–fruity-stuffed-french-toast-hearts

 

It’s three days to the weekend. Make sure you get all your ingredients! Remember, nobody likes to do all the cooking and cleaning alone! Do offer to wash the dishes together as a way to show appreciation to your partner. Well then, happy soaping dishes together!

LoveByte goes out of beta with v1.0!

New updates!

It’s a beautiful rainy Monday afternoon and we are happy to bring to you new updates for our iOS app.

We have heard your feedback and everyday we work on making your LoveByte-ing journey a sweet and enjoyable one! The following are improvements you can see in our new version!

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pinOur app is now optimised for the iPhone5 and iOS 6 compatible. Users can now look forward to a prettier interface and better user experience!

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pinWondering when your loved one was last on LoveByte? You can now see if your loved one is using the app (the “Online” status will be shown) and when he or she was last on the app.

pinWe know how important communication is in a relationship. That is why we have made it a priority to improve our Chat feature. Message loading is now fast and smooth as butter.

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pinIncreased word limit for “Notes”. Well, in fact, there’s no limit now! So please, write away! Jot down memories, things to do, places to go and everything special for the two of you.

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pinOur developers have been diligently doing pest control! We have fixed the bugs that you guys have highlighted to us! Just to name a few, the number of the days that you’ve been together will no longer be reset on its own and we’ve done some damage control to prevent crashes when you’re scratching the cards.

Update the app on App Store now!

Thank you for supporting LoveByte. We will continue to work hard to bring you and your loved one closer together :)

Stay loving!

Love,
LoveByte Cupid <3

We’d like to hear from you. Email us at support@lovebyte.us for a little chat.

 

Shopping for your loved one this Christmas

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 Are you cracking your head over what to get for your special someone this Christmas?

We completely understand what you are going through. There are simply so many times in a year when giving presents has become a social obligation ie. birthdays, Valentine’s Day, anniversaries. Oh wait, is anyone still doing monthsary gift exchanges ??!

We hear many couples complain about trying to be creative and coming up with a unique present each time can be difficult. Guess what? It doesn’t have to be stressful at all! Here are some tips for an enjoyable Christmas gift hunting this year:

    • Decide on a budget
      As much as we would like to give whatever our loved ones what they want, it is not always possible.When we take into account the amount of money that would be spent on Christmas parties and gifts for friends and family, we might not have very much left. Deciding on the amount you would want to spend helps you narrow down your choices! How about considering a couple T-shirt?
    • Communicate
      As much as we love surprises, sometimes it is easier for both parties to talk about the things they would like to have. Of course this has to be done with tact. There are too many times when one asks “What do you want? I don’t know what to buy”, he or she is assumed to be lazy and insincere. It is important that you let your partner know that you would like to get the perfect gift but might need a bit of help getting there.Use the cute emoticons in the LoveByte Chat feature to better convey your emotions and help ease tension when conversations get strained.Talk to each other about budget constraints. You could set a budget limit that both of you are comfortable with to prevent anybody from feeling short changed. Or if you think that you might not be afford what your partner wants, letting him or her understand can help prevent any disappointments later.
    • Don’t be so hard on each other
      Maybe your partner has been really caught up with work or maybe you guys simply have different tastes or expectations, which is why I will recommend communication first. In the event the gift your partner gets you falls below expectations, you don’t have to like it, but you should appreciate the effort and thought nonetheless.At the same time, take care of yourself. Don’t get overstressed and overwhelmed by the whole gift exchange affair. It does not always have to be a surprise.Christmas is the perfect occasion for loved ones to get together and be merry, it ain’t all about the presents.
    • Go Christmas shopping together
      I can’t think of a better idea than this. You know it’s the perfect gift when you see your partner’s face light up.So you might ask, without the gift exchange, what do you do on Christmas Day?You might have too much turkey and have to re-watch sappy Christmas movies. But as long as you keep talking and laughing, I guarantee both of you will have an absolutely great time together.

When you’ve got each other, honestly, what else do you need?

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Happy Christmas shopping!
Do share with us your experience with your loved one this Christmas :)

Love,
LoveByte Cupid <3

Quote of the week: LoveByte #4

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Whenever we manage to love without expectations, calculations and negotiations, we are indeed in heaven – Rumi

Share this quote with people you love. :)

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