[Travelled, Tried & Tasted] Burger & Lobster in Bath!
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.
[Walked and Travelled] Exploring Warner Bros. Harry Potter Studio Tour in London!
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!
The Trip of a Lifetime – 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.
[Walked & Travelled] Korea – Palsaik Samgyupsal at Sinchon!
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.
[Walked & Travelled] Coconut Ice Cream at Chatuchak Market!
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!
[Walked & Travelled] DreamWorks Animation: The Exhibition in Singapore!
[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
DreamWorks Animation: The Exhibition
Date: From 13 June 2015
Venue: ArtScience Museum
- Child: $13
- Senior Citizen: $17
- Adult: $21
Prudential Singapore Eye Shines Spotlight on Talented Singapore Artists.
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.
[Walked & Travelled] Exploring & Enjoying Winter Wonderland Korea! – Overview
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…
Palsaik Samgyupsal (팔색삼겹살)
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.
Korean Folk Village
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…
Bukchon Hanok Village (북촌한옥마을)
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.
Gyeongbokgung Palace 경복궁
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.
[Walked & Travelled] 100 Doraemon Secret Gadgets Expo at JB!
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.
[Walked & Travelled] Through the Mind of Leonardo Da Vinci at ArtScience Musuem!
Head down to the ArtScience Museum to Explore More About One of The Greatest Minds in History – Leonardo Da Vinci in ‘Da Vinci: Shaping the Future’ Exhibition’!
Visitors will be able to catch the first glimpse of the original masterpieces by history’s foremost ArtScientist, Leonardo da Vinci, as they are unveiled in Southeast Asia for the first time. Walking through the exhibition not only opened my mind on da Vinci, he made me understood and learned a lot about the building blocks of the future.
Photo Credit: ArtScience Museum
The ground-breaking exhibition is curated to provide visitors the unique opportunity to explore the interlinking worlds of art and science. Apart from paintings and original pages of the Codex Atlanticus, there are various video projections, models of his inventions and much more to explore at the exhibition.
Library@Orchard is As Artsy as it Gets!
Step aside Hipsters, for the Nerds are in Da House with the New Library@Orchard!
Located in the heart of Singapore’s shopping district, library@orchard is as artsy as it gets. Coined as the ‘Arts Library’, the books and materials are centred around lifestyle, design, crafts and applied arts. Aside from fiction, non-fiction books and audio-visual materials, there are lots of art-reference books.
I simply love the interior design of this library… From the interactive screens to reading ‘pods’, the whole concept is pretty unique, something you don’t see in other public libraries.
Justice League Limited Stamp Collection and Super Heroes Exhibition!
An exhibition dedicated to DC Comics Superhero to be explored at Singapore Philatelic Musuem, plus get your hands on the limited edition Singapore Post’s DC Comics MyStamp Collection!
If you do not already know, this year is Batman’s 75th anniversary. It all started with a celebration party, followed by DC-plastered cable car experience and now, a limited edition stamp collection for the fans to expand their superhero collection.
Fly with DC Comics Superheroes, the Cable Car Experience!
Up up and Away! Time to ‘Fly’ with your Superheros on a Unique Cable Car Experience this June!
From 31st May, ‘take off’ with DC Comics’ characters such as Batman, Wonder Woman and Superman on a cable car ride between Mount Faber and Sentosa, enjoying the ride with an one-of-a-kind experience as it is the first cable car to use in-cabin Augmented Reality (AR) technology.
As part of Singapore Cable Car 40th anniversary, 45 cable car cabins will be decked out in DC Comics Superhero graphic wraps on both the cabins’ exterior and interior. For the next 10 months, visitors can choose to ride with Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and Green Lantern, making their ride 120m above sea level even more memorable.
ArtScience Museum Tour – Mummy: Secrets of the Tomb & Essential Eames!
A trip that opened my eyes to amazing technology that brought Mummies back to life.
The tour to the ArtScience Museum left a deep impression on me, especially with the tour at the Mummy: Secrets of the Tomb. The stories behind these precious Egyptian artifacts and mummies were nothing less than an eye-opener; it’s something you don’t get to see very often and I’m so fortunate to be able to walk through this exhibition.
Honestly speaking, the Mummy museum may not sound that at all interesting as compared to the Art of Brick or the Harry Potter Exhibition, but what I can assure you is that the things you learn here are very meaningful and insightful knowledge that stays with you. I’m one good example.
Mummy: Secrets of the Tomb
The 3000 year-old mystery unwraps at ArtScience Museum. For the first time in Singapore and in Southeast Asia, the secrets of the mysterious Egyptian burial practices and mummification process will be revealed in technologically-advanced detail with the arrival of this exhibition. From now till 4 November 2013, be sure to take a trip down and learn something you’ll never believed existed!
These precious artifacts and real mummies were culled from the extensive and famed Egyptian collection of the British Museum with an innovative 3D film experience. It’s a highly recommended 10-15 minutes 3D film before you walk about the exhibit as it gives you a deeper understanding about the mummies you’ll be seeing later on. (Note: I felt it might be a little too detailed for the little ones? It’s not gruesome in anyway, but a tad deep in the realism of the human anatomy – Eg – Skull)
We, or rather everyone entering the exhibition will be unraveling the mummy stories through Nesperennub, a temple priest who lived 3,000 years ago and died about the age of 40. You’ll be hearing his name a lot – and finally seeing him towards the end of the exhibition. Don’t get it how people actually knew his name, job title and even the age that he passed on? – All during the exhibition.
The mummy of Nesperennub remains in its original cartonnage coffin and has never been opened! The ‘virtual unwrapping’ that is captured in 3D technology used in modern medicine. As a result, there are more details now known about Nesperennub’s life and death, and images of him as he likely looked 3000 years ago and in his current mummified state that are vivid and breathtaking. Most amazingly, the graphics shown and data retrieved, all without opening the coffin or disturbing the wrappings of this priest.
Hands-on Opportunities and Workshop
Visitors of all ages will be able to enhance their exhibition experience with an interactive Embalming Workshop – The Secrets of Embalming! The workshop will shed light on the various steps and rituals that includes the embalming, mummification, and cartonnage procedures of that time! Also, for the young ones, the ‘Activity Quest’ will be the one for you where children of all ages (I guess if you answer ‘young-at-heart will do) on a journey through the ancient Egypt by providing challenges in each of the exhibition galleries and activity bags filled with variety of tools to complete the mission.
An additional workshop to complement the exhibition is the Amulets for the Afterlife, a workshop inspired by the various colourful amulets on display in the exhibition. Can I say that the amulets are one of the highlights of this tour too? The stories and beliefs of these amulets are somewhat absurd sounding but unbelievably insightful.
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Guided Tour for Adults (*Highly Recommended)
Saturdays & Sundays – 1730 (English)
Saturdays & Sundays – 1500, 1800 (Mandarin)
The Secrets of Embalming
Saturdays & Sundays – 1700 – 1800
Amulets for the Afterlife
Saturdays & Sundays – 1200 – 1300
Hieroglyphs and Characters
Sundays (21 Jul, 4&18 Aug, 1,15 & 29 Sep – 1400 -1530
Amulets there were found with the mummies where each had a special meaning towards the soul entering afterlife.
Essential Eames – A Herman Miller Exhibition
From now till 5 Jan 2014, explore the life and work of the most famous couple in design, Charles and Ray Eames. Discover the seamless connection among their visit and various creative outputs in furniture, architecture, exhibition design, toys and film. This exhibition is not only about art, but more on understanding the minds of the duo who contributed to what we define design is today.
Featuring over 100 pieces, Essential Eames will showcase a number of rare and never-before-seen works and images from the Eames family collection, the Eames Office, and the archives of Herman Miller. Many will remember the works and designs by Charles and Ray Eames which have provided the visual backdrop in homes and offices around the world for the better part of the last century!
From the, which I deemed as ‘the most expensive chair’, to novel designs like the House of Cards – a series of notched cards with a variety of images that can be jointly constructed into creative structures.
For the younger ones, this will be a more interactive exhibition as compared to Mummy: Secrets of the Tomb for children will be excited to participate in the hands-on activity towards the end of the exhibition, toys and games for public’s viewing and building your own structures with the House of Cards!
Though I would say this exhibition isn’t as grand compared to the others, Essential Eames gives an insight of the famed designers/creators. I personally loved how this exhibition is curated. The lights, design settings, backdrop and ‘interactive’ factor were thought through pretty thoroughly.
There’s no right or wrong in design, it’s how much we think they deserve.
Guided Tour for Adults
Saturdays & Sundays (July) – 1130
Saturdays (Aug) – 1130
Playing with Masks
Saturdays & Sundays – 1530 – 1630
Before we left, we were led to a showcase from design students of SIM-RMIT’s Communications Design graduates. It was a fun experience as they explore the importance of design and its psychological impact on us. A fun & creative way be recreating a supermarket!
We were first greeted by how a normal supermarket will look like, with a short explanation of why/where things were strategically placed. Eg – Fruits & Veg always at the entrance to give customers an impression that the supermarket serves fresh food….
Then, we were given a list of items to find!
Shop… here! Where everything has been painted white, to simulate products stripped down to its essentials, without packaging designs.
It was a great tour and am having this itch to go back and buy some souvenirs I might missed out, especially on the ‘Essential Eames’ exhibition. Both exhibitions are great for kids and definitely a learning trip for adults too! What an eye-opener. Thank you Marina Bay Sands, Philicia and team for having me!
Korea Trip Day 2
After settling in, getting over all the excitement that we have stepped into the world of idol-land. We didn’t follow our initial itinerary diligently as we still had quite a number of things to buy/look around to settle down. Well, it was kind of late to head to the Palace so we carried on the journey at Ssamziegil. We had lunch at Myeondong at this Bon Juk. They were famous for their porridge but silly me went to order this really spicy seafood noodle soup. Me? Yes, I regretted buying that. It’s not bad, but too spicy! I was tearing before I could even finish half of the never-ending ginormous bowl.
I remembered that day to be one of the coldest day we experience in the 18 days tour. Ssamziegil at Insadong is a nice place, known for it’s artsy style of alleys join together? Or something like that. The stuffs on sale are unique and located near the heart of Seoul, it’s a nice place to walk about and experience Korea. Right. If the wind wasn’t that strong, I’ll probably enjoy it more.
This is how cold it was: after walking around for about 3 hours, my hands beneath the gloves were almost completely numb. My feet were as bad though I had heat-tech leggings and socks on. It was so cold I thought I could have some kind of brain freeze or something! When it’s too cold, it isn’t fun. The burning hot drinks we bought quickly became cold within a mere few sips. it was THAT cold, i swear.
It was nearing 7 that we decided to head to Dongdaemun to have our dinner! Walked around to look at shops, eateries and all. A little small hut, out came this aunty (ahjumma) that was promoting how good her food was. So alright! We went in and I have to say…. the food is good! Nice! But expensive. You know you’ll spend quite a lot when you’re on a overseas trip. Food was worth it so no complains.
OH yes! Manoffin! My favourite muffin shop! It’s located at most of the train stations and their cupcakes/muffins are really delicious! They were having some Christmas theme muffins and we bought 2 to share. Chocolate of course! Loved it! Won’t forget this place.
Walked around dongdaemun, AM PM tower, the Doota (which isn’t cheap at all…) and some other place. That’s where we found jovis’s talent of bargaining. Boy she’s good! I didn’t buy much though the hoodies and sweatpants were all so tempting!! Another reason why I love the cold weather is because I get to wear all the nice hoodies!
By the way, suaku as it sounds, I love the concept of the T-money card! It’s like your transportation card but it comes in a keychain form. You can purchase it at G25 or something like that. They ranges from simple designs (like the one we bought) to the cutest design of Rilakkuma and even Hello Kitty. Of course, you pay more for the nicer ones. Honestly, a simple on will do. You still gotta top up and use it! Same function!
So that’s about for our 2nd day. 🙂 – MILKIS IS AWESOME!