July 15, 2016
[Movie Review] Ghostbusters
Who you gonna call? The four ghost-busting ladies with their new and improved toys steal...
It has been 4 months since I made one of my life’s major decision to come to London for a 6-months Acting Foundation course. Yep, at 26! And yes, I am the oldest in class but that doesn’t stop me from learning.
Hidden Figures is simply remarkable
In 1962, the first American astronaut John Glenn went into space and successfully orbited the Earth. It was then when a national hero was born. But what’s not known is the group of African-American women behind the scenes who were crucial in launching this astronomical feat – mathematician Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), aspiring engineer Mary Jackson (Janelle Monae) and computer supervisor Dorothy Vaughn (Octavia Spencer).
We were constantly reminded to try the famous Burger & Lobster when we’re in London. It seemed to be a ‘must-go’, ‘must-try’ restaurant while you’re there… and we were so glad we did. We didn’t go to the one in London, but the Bath outlet gave us a comparable delightful experience.
It’s a good thing that both Christine and I were perpetually hungry during our time there, for we were so ready to gobble down early dinner at about 5pm! The crowd starts to stream in around 6pm or so, and tables get filled up rather quickly. If you intend to do an impromptu indulgence, go early to get a good seat.
I bought the Google Cardboard sometime back, and to be honest… it’s a novelty bought on impulse. So here’s a short review on it, just in case someone who is reading this, is dying to get one.
I don’t think it’s useless and I don’t think it’s boring. It’s just… overrated. Perhaps I am one of those gullible consumers who have bought into the damn great marketing scheme through the Internet. It sure was fun at its initial stages, and a pretty good boasting gizmo to share with family and friends. 🙂
Expecto Patronum! Flying into Hogwarts Film Set at the Warner Bros. Harry Potter Studio Tour!
If you’re an ardent fan of Harry Potter, GO. If you’re a film student, or an ex film student who watched the film series just because everyone is doing so, GO. If you’re someone who just loves to know what goes behind the cameras in a film set, GO. And if you’re a parent accompanying your children who are fans of the book and movie series… you have no choice but to GO.
Exploring the wondrous, magical Hogwarts film set has got to be one of the highlights of my trip to London!
Overview: Time of My Life in England
It may be a short 2 weeks in England, but the trip was not only an eye-opener, it was a motivational and inspiring getaway where I discovered a little more about myself; the extent of one’s dedication to its craft; and how I’m inspired to improve and start to walk the talk.
I guess these are what holidays do to you: the enjoyment of discovering something you thought will never happen to you.
Carol is a cinematic masterpiece
There are not many lesbian films out there that sees its main characters with a happy ending. Carol not only took the risk in creating something so original and masterful, the product of a plunge is a gleaming reflection of love, acceptance and desire. Everything in this movie is beautifully-made, and emotionally accurate.
Director Todd Haynes brings us back to the beautiful 1950s, an era where gays and lesbians are considered freaks and sinners. Based on the novel The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith, Carol focuses on two women, Carol (Cate Blanchett) and Therese (Rooney Mara) and their love story of romance, desire and nonconformity.
If you are a fan of Korean BBQ (Samgyupsal) and are intending to head to Seoul, you have to take a trip down to Sinchon to try the famous Palsaik Samgyupsal – 8 flavours of pork belly.
Samgyupsal is probably one of Korea’s most popular dish – barbecuing slabs of meat, taking it with fresh vegetables together with garlic and gochujang (Korea’s hot pepper paste). You’ll love this dish even more if it’s marinated with spices and specialty sauces, like the ones made at Palsaik Samgyupsal, located at Sinchon station.
They say ‘it’s a must’ when you’re at Chatuchak Market – to get the famous Coconut Ice cream.
There are many stalls claiming theirs will be the best amongst the famous, never-ending outdoor market, Chatuchak Market in Bangkok, Thailand, but which exactly is the most authentic one out there?
Based on recommendations from friends and colleagues, they say the one next to the Clock tower is the best. Served on a half husk, the ice cream is a great cooler and a sweet dessert to cool off the hot weather..
I enjoyed it, but didn’t particularly loved it – also because I’m not a huge fan of melting ice cream. I personally fancy having my ice cream at a cool, hipster-ish cafe, chatting with friends about life over my frozen dessert.
If you’re there, no harm trying it!
Ricolaaa! Ricola introduces 2 new flavours from their new product range ‘Natural Relief’ – the Honey-lemon flavour and Swiss Cherry Flavour!
Known as one of the leading brands to help soothe the throat and cough, the Natural Relief drops makes it Southeast Asia debut in Singapore! Ricola NATURAL RELIEF is available in two flavours – Honey-Lemon and Swiss Cherry. These soothing herb lozenges feature a centre-core filled with a rich syrup that contains natural menthol as its key ingredient.
Thanks to Ricola and Word of Mouth Communications, I managed to try these 2 new flavours!
AEIOU Cafe – A Charming an Unique Cafe where Art Meets food!
The unique aspect about this relatively new cafe around Jalan Besar – AEIOU Cafe – is a place where art meets food. Almost everything you see in the cafe are up-cycled, and can be purchased: cups, pins, accessories and decorative items.
Hidden at a corner at King George Avenue, it’s easy to miss this cafe for it uses its previous shopfront name ‘Oriental Antique House’. Moreover, hidden amongst the rest of its neighbouring automobile shops, you wouldn’t expect a cafe to be located there.
This casual dining cafe serves up a range of main courses and a pretty decent variety of beverages. You should be able to get your coffee fix there. The popular Avocado Coffee ($8) is said to be a must-try, but I opted for the classic hot cup of Cappuccino on an early Sunday morning instead.
Smoked Salmon Salad ($17.90)
It’s a pity they do not have much of a brunch menu, so don’t expect to your ‘eggs benedict’ or ‘pancakes with honey’. Instead, it feels more like something you will find in a restaurant with unique homemade dishes.
We really enjoyed this side dish. I can’t remember for the love of me what is this dish called, but it’s mushroom with some kind of mayonnaise. It’s heavenly.
Roasted Chicken (Whole $25.90; Half Chicken: $16.90)
This roasted chicken is said to be a hot-favourite. Chicken is really tender and stuffed with thyme, rosemary and garlic.
Pulled Chicken with Truffle Mayo Burger
I ordered Pulled Chicken with Truffle Mayo Burger that consists of charcoal bun, fried egg, pulled chicken slices mixed with truffle mayo and herbs. This main dish also comes with potato wedges. The truffle mayo goes really well with the chicken, but would have prefer the charcoal bun to be a tad softer.
In all, AEIOU is a nice, quiet cafe for a small gathering or a place to chill out with friends. As it’s not as crowded as other hipster cafes around, there’s no need to queue for long hours just to get a seat. Having said that, with these delectable dishes and unique artsy concept, I guess it wouldn’t be long till this cafe becomes a desired place in Singapore.
111 King George’s Ave
Tel: +65 6291 2698
Opening Hours: 10am-10pm (Tues-Sun) Closed on Mon
[Invited] Discover movie animation magic at the DreamWorks Animation: The Exhibition at the ArtScience Museum in Singapore!
Experience the world of DreamWorks Animation at ArtScience Museum with over 400 displays and multiple interactive components of your favourite films like Shrek, Kung Fu Panda, Madagascar and How to Train Your Dragon! Thanks to ArtScience Museum, I was invited for a preview tour into the highly-anticipated exhibition!
For an avid moviegoer, this is simply the best way to experience and appreciate the animators and creators of all these films, taking a behind-the-scenes look at how some of the most beloved animation films come to life.
The exhibition, which features 31 films and more than 400 displays, is a comprehensive discovery of DreamWorks Animation’s works over the past 20 years! The exhibition is divided into three main galleries: Character, Story and World, where visitors can witness what it takes to create and bring to life such enchanting stories.
Don’t miss the 50 exquisitely carved maquettes and in-depth interviews with the production team around the ‘Character’ section. Just check out the amount of detail and thought put into carving one like that!
Highlight of the ‘Story’ segment: an oversize digital storyboard where storyboard artist Conrad Vernon performs a step-by-step pitch for the famous ‘Interrogating Gingy’ scene in Shrek.
(Did You Know? The effects department took mud showers and soaked a cookie in milk for varying times to study the fluid dynamic simulation for the film!)
The amount of storyboards for the films. Can you guess which animation film has the most?
*Drumrolls… Kung Fu Panda (2008) with a whooping 100 000 storyboards!
As the first stop of its five-year international tour, DreamWorks Animation: The Exhibition will feature exclusive concept drawings and behind-the-scenes footage of the creative process and remarkable character sculptures. Film enthusiasts will also be amazed by captivating storyboards, reconstructions of DreamWorks’ real-life workspaces and specially commissioned interactive environments.
Don’t miss the Dragon Flight: A Dragon’s-Eye View of Berk, a focal point of the exhibition. A fully self-contained installation with wide curved frame, the 40-foot and 180-degree projection takes visitors on a panoramic ride on the back of Toothless from How to Train Your Dragon, as the Isle of Berk builds around them.
Photo Credit: Mark Ashkanasy
(Did You Know? Over a thousand drawings were created by 17 artists over the span of the entire movie – 5 years!)
At the ‘World’ gallery, check out the magical environments created using foam, paper, clay and other materials from your favourite films! This is also the largest section of the exhibition.
An environmental set created for How to train your Dragon.
Castle in Shrek
Admire the concept drawings and designs from Kung Fu Panda.
(Did You Know? The animation department participated in a tai chi class and many kung fu workshops in order to analyze the different styles of kung fu and to understand the mechanics of the motion!)
The exhibition will not be completed without the fun art-and-craft workshops, both for the young and well.. young at heart! My favourite? The simple flipbook! There will be various film screenings, guided tours and additional animation workshops. (See Schedule)
…if you’re more adventurous, head to the Drawing Room to create your own short animation sequence using the same software these professional animators use!
For more information on DreamWorks Animation: The Exhibition, visit http://www.marinabaysands.com/museum/dreamworks-animation.html
Date: From 13 June 2015
Venue: ArtScience Museum
Download the new (and FREE) ‘We Love SG50’ LINE Sticker Set!
As if you have not been nagged enough from the entire state about 2015 being Singapore’s 50th celebration, here’s a quick summarisation. It’s our 50th birthday, everything in Singapore right now is ‘SG50’ – even my market downstairs my house is having a SG50 promo. Point being, let’s embrace this island-wide big bash by downloading LINE’s latest sticker set – the ‘We Love SG50′ stickers.
Live out your superhero fantasies at VivoCity with the Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron integrated event at VivoCity!
Snap photos with the four live-sized figurines of Iron Man, Captain America, Thor and Hulk, experience the augmented reality journey – suiting up with the Mark 42 suit, and a Photo Booth station where you get to bring home a photo taken with your favourite Avenger!
Don’t forget the hashtag #AgeOfUltronSG for you might walk away with a Avengers collectible figurine!
Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron Integrated Event
Date: 15 April – 3 May 2015
Time: 10am – 10pm
Venue: VivoCity Central Court, Level 1
Also, stand a chance to win a pair of Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron movie tickets or $20 shopping vouchers with a minimum spending of $200.
4 life-sized Marvel Avengers figurines
Photobooth station to snap photos with your favourite Avenger
Lift Thor’s hammer
‘Become Iron Man’ Augmented Reality activity
Toys, figurines and more toys on display
Also, check out the 3.3m Hulkbuster outside ION Orchard from now till 15 May 2015! (Take the escalator beside Coffeebean and Tea Leaves, Hulkbuster is next to Giorgio Armani)
Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron opens on 23 April 2015!
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, the award-winning smash hit Broadway musical spectacular, is here in Singapore for the very first time and we were mesmerized with what we’ve seen; from set design, costumes, songs and dance routines, here are 4 simply reasons why you should catch this superb production at the MasterCard Theatres today!
So after hearing much about Singaporean artist Keng Lye’s resin artworks, I finally was able to squeeze some time to view some of his works at K+ Curatorial Space at Scotts square, his inaugural solo exhibition!
As a clay miniature hobbyist, I often will have to dabble in some resin work to beautify the final clay pieces. Working with resin takes a lot of time and effort, to look at Keng Lye’s resin works is absolutely mind-blowing and inspiring.
One of my favourites among the various resin art pieces.
The lady at K+ told me that most of his pieces take from weeks to months to complete, with one taking 3 years to create his final work! That’s pure dedication – imagine the artist breaking down each work with the layers of paint, carefully detailing each layer to form the final masterpiece.
This art piece took him 3 years to complete, painting these life-like fishes a little bit every day.
Alive without breath closes this Friday! Head down, even if it’s just a fee minute’s to view these beautiful rain art works. Some of them are already sold! So it’s probably one of the last few times you are able to view them up-close.
You won’t believe how he got the shape of the turtle shells – Kinderjoy chocolate egg cover! Amazing yeah?
Alive Without Breath – K+ Keng Lye Exhibition
Now till Sunday (15/2/15)
12pm – 8pm
Scotts Square, #03-14/15
Admission is FREE!
Go to K+ Facebook page for more updates!
An exhibition like this, once again proves that Singapore Arts Scene is a talent-base not to be belittled!
As we go into the 50th year of independence in Singapore, several organizations scramble to dedicate their efforts to be part of #SG50. Marina Bay Sands & Prudential collaborates to promote the local arts scene and showcase the various talents we have in out tiny red dot.
To be honest, I’ve never been particularly interested in the local arts scene aside from seeing the usual NOISE Exhibitions, which mostly showcased unique designs and photography works by local youths, but touring the Prudential Singapore Eye Exhibition at the Arts Science Museum clearly changed my mind.
So I celebrate Christmas and New Year in Korea. 10 days there definitely wasn’t enough, but a great experience and a wonderful food adventure overall.
Before I procrastinate about blogging about the beautiful country, here’s a brief overview and some highlights of what we did and where we went in chilly Korea.
That’s right. That’s one thing off the bucket list. We did went in to the famous ‘conference room’ that allowed us to step over to North Korea’s boundary, explored the DMZ, walked the never-ending infiltration tunnel and well, met and ‘talked’ to a North Korean defector.
So people, this is North Korea you’re looking at. The tour guide said you can spot a few key places and structures during a clear day but I’m happy with looking at mountains and lands for now..
Whee! I can officially say that I know how to ski! After numerous attempts to get back on my feet – literally, I could safely ski down the snowy mountain. One might presume that you’ll be falling on soft, cushioned fluffy snow, but that’s the total opposite. Your butt hurts like mad, your hands and knees gets bruised from the icy-cold ice and frustrations build when you just can’t stand up. The only way to stop/brake – as what I’ve observed, is to force a fall or slam yourself against unexpecting people; which I did and was a victim of. That’s amateur ski for you…
After reading blogs of what to eat in Korea, we did not regret our decision to head to Palsaik Samgyupsal at Sinchon Station for a fulfilling dinner. It’s 8 flavours of pork, just nice for 3 ladies. Amazing food and one of the best meals we had. Be there early or be prepared to queue.
Odeng Shikdang Budaejjigae (부대찌개)
We travelled nearly 2 hours to Uijeongbu (near the north side of Seoul), just to explore the Budaejjigae Street (부대찌개거리) and try the legendary Odeng Shikdang budaejjigae. Also known as the army stew, this pot of heavenly ingredients was too good to be true. It was amazing and definitely worth the trip there.
One of the recommended places, We braved the cold and walked around the tourist spot to explore more about the folk village. It very much looked like the ones you see in Korean dramas. Oh, it was one of the filming spots for Da Chang Jin as well…
We travelled to Bukchon Hanok Village, home to hundreds of traditional houses that date back to the Joseon Dynasty. Now, it’s filled with rich traditional and cultural spots, guesthouses and tea houses. Each day, there will be rotating classes on Korean traditional crafts like knot-tying, paper doll-making, traditional bookmarks and pouch-making, which we paid about S$12 to learn.
An interesting way to spend the holidays yeah? Something more cultural and hands-on compared to the endless walking at shopping malls. That was definitely memorable for me, and I’ve entrust this made-with-love pouch to the mother!
Seoul City Bus Tour
This goes onto the highlights blogpost because the experience was so bad I want to ensure others won’t do the same. We went for the night tour bus, hoping to see the nice cityscape of Seoul, and the said beautiful night lights that beautify the city.
But… All that we saw were dark, conjested roads and people snoring in the bus. We stopped for about 10 mins to snap this panaromic picture in the super cold and chilly weather, our fingers were trembling inside those gloves.
Visiting the palace was definitely an eye-opener. I missed the tour 3 years ago so we prepped ourselves and made sure we made it in time for the English tour. It’s easy to be distracted by the beautiful and magnificent view the palace presents. I guess it looks much prettier during the winter, but there are tour restrictions such as walking inside certain places, like the one pictured above.
The Gyeongbokgung Palace served at various times as the main palace of the Joseon kingdom. Built originally in 1395, it was destroyed by fire during the Japanese invasion of 1592 and reconstructed in 1868.
The 100 Doraemon Secret Gadgets Expo at City Square Mall Instantaneously Turns Us to Fans of the Adorable Blue Cat!
I wouldn’t call myself a fan of Doraemon and it’s safe to say the same for my friends who went along to the trip, but never did we expect to turn into little fan girls, squealing at the cute exhibition pieces and we spent over an hour at the merchandise area!
I’ve had the intention to go ‘over (the) sea’ to JB to check out the exhibition when it was first announced in August, but as procrastination prevails, we waited till nearly the end of the 6-month long exhibition to visit the place. You might think there won’t be much people there but to our surprise as well, it was pretty crowded even before it hits lunch time.
I got to know more about the blue cat, the owner and friends after watching ‘Stand By Me Doraemon’, the last movie on Doraemon. Like myself, you would probably know about Doraemon’s magical pouch but do you know there are more than 100 gadgets that it can produce with that special pouch? And this exhibition displays all the 100 gadgets you will expect to see.
Everyone would have heard of the famous Yoogane in Korea where it’s a ‘must try’ food dish when you’re there. Serving chicken galbi, or grilled Korean dish with marinated meat/seafood/noodles in ganjang sauce, it’s a dish that satisfy your Korean cravings and a great place for big gatherings.
The first Singapore branch opened earlier this year at Bugis Junction to much fanfare and because of its surge in popularity, low and behold… the 2nd outlet is now opened at Westgate Mall! This might probably be the first time I’m envious of the west-siders.
There is a free-flow ‘salad bar’ where you can get your unlimited kimchi fix or try the salad with the unique strawberry dressing though I would like to call it the ‘side dish’ bar instead. Would be better if there were more varieties to choose from.