[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.
That Time When I Bought a Google Cardboard
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. 🙂
[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.
[Movie Review] Carol
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.
[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!
[Tried & Tasted] New Ricola Flavours – Honey-Lemon & Swiss Cherry!
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!
[Food Review] Art Meets Food at AEIOU Cafe!
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
[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
LINE’s Exclusive ‘We Love SG50’ Stickers!
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.
The Ultimate Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron Experience at VivoCity!
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!
[Review] Beauty and the Beast Musical!
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!
Alive Without Breath – Keng Lye Resin Art at K+ Curatorial Space!
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!
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.
[Tried & Tasted] Korea’s Famous YOOGANE Chicken Galbi!
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.
[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.
[Tried & Tasted] Jack’s Place U.S Premium Selection Menu!
Six new dishes added to Jack’s Place menu – exclusively at Great World City and The Grandstand!
Read my review for more!
Not sure for you, but there will always a place for Jack’s Place in my heart because it was THEE restaurant to go to when I was younger. My fondest memories of this restaurant are birthday celebrations with the family. It was a rare occasion at that time and each time I was there, I got to select my favourite vanilla ice cream!
Fast forward 10-odd years later, Jack’s Place still is the place to go for fine quality meats at affordable fare, offering a wide variety of food and my favourite steaks!
Last week, I was invited to try the new U.S Premium Selection which includes slabs of meat – from grilled pork to ribeye steak. You should have seen the joy on my face when I received the invite…. If you’re looking for a nice family dinner, away from other noisy areas, why not head down to Jack’s Place as this new menu has stuff worth trying out.
We started with the creamy soup – Lobster Bisque ($5.90). It’s Jack’s Place in-house speciality and I can’t agree more. Good to start your dinner with this bowl of soup! Don’t forget to dip your garlic bread in the soup…
Oh how I love this entree – Escargots in shells (6 pcs -$10.20/12 pcs – $20.40)! The ones I previously ate are escargots without the shells which was why I was quite a sotong when it came to extracting the meat. The escargots are sautéed with garlic butter, which adds fragrance and flavour to the chewy meat. Loved it.
If you enjoy pork, this will be the dish to go for. The Grilled Kurobuta Rack of Pork ($32) is the moist and juicy rack of succulent meat presented with Jack’s Place very own caramelized onion brown sauce and salad on the side. The meat is very soft and tender, with a thick layer of fats that adds flavour and texture to each bite. This is apparently one of the best-seller among the six newly-introduced dishes.
Compared to the Grilled Kurobuta Rack of Pork, this is not as chewy and soft, but definitely less fatty if you asked me. This is the Kurobuta Fillet of Loin ($21.80) which comes with the signature black pepper glace, accompanied with roasted onions and new potatoes.
The Kurobuta Pork Schnitzel, ($18.80) uses the meat from the pork neck and is deep-fried with crushed biscuit crumbs and herbs. Though crispy, I felt the meat a tad tough for my liking, perhaps a little overdone with the frying. The dish comes with arugula salad and roasted almond flakes.
This is also another must-try dish, the Chargrilled BBQ Baby Back Ribs, ($36) which is marinated overnight with paprika spice, then drizzled with pineapple BBQ sauce with corn and lattice fries. It’s a very palatable and comforting dish, something you would like to try with your partner or family. The great thing about this Baby Back Ribs is that the meat is tender and soft, to the point I’ll use ‘delicate’ to describe it. You don’t have to sink your teeth into the ribs to rip the meat out, but a slight slice with the knife will do the job. A sweet aftertaste, thanks to the pineapple BBQ sauce.
This. The USA Brandt Ribeye Cuts, ($36.80) has got to be my favourite dish of that night! It’s satisfying to the core; with each mouthful of tender, well-marbled ribeye cuts that are paired perfectly with the restaurant’s homemade special brown sauce. We requested it to be done medium-rare and boy, that blood that oozes out with each bite makes it more satisfying! You can’t go wrong with the signature baked potato with sour cream, spring onions and crisp bacon.
If you love beef and for that price you’re paying, this is the one to go for.
The other beef cut among the six newly-introduced dishes is the USA Brandt Striploin Steak, ($35.80), a 365 day grain-fed beef striploin steak, lightly marinated with home-made garlic and paired with the special black pepper sauce. If the Ribeye was the champion, this would be the runner-up of the day.
Thank you Sherrill, Cassandra and team for inviting me and hosting me at the restaurant.
#01-29/30 200 Turf Club Road
Tel: 6466 7933
Operating Hours: Daily 11am -10:30pm
Great World City
1 Kim Seng Promenade #03-16
Tel: 6738 5868
Operating Hours: Daily 11am – 10:30pm
[Review] SingTel Wifi – Tried & Tested!
It has been nearly a month since I’ve signed up with the new SingTel combo pricing plans and enjoying the SingTel Wifi services that comes with it.
To those who don’t already know, SingTel is offering customers with more data with the SingTel Wifi service that allows you to connect from 4G to WiFi at selected shopping malls and some MRT platforms.
The 4 main benefits include
- Switching automatically between 4G to SingTel Wifi without a manual pw login
- Surf 5x faster than public Wifi
- Over 100 hotspots (expected to increase to approximately 2000 hotspots in 2016)
- Unlimited data usage at SingTel WiFi hotspots till 31 July 2015
(Bundled 2gb Wifi usage of SingTel Wifi will be tagged to SingTel Combo plan customers after 31st July. Usage beyond 2gb will be deducted from your main data bundle)
Perhaps the first question you might ask is why go for a specific Wifi hotspot when there’s already Wireless@SG? I felt that the connectivity was much faster and most importantly, I feel more secured connecting to a SingTel Wifi network as compared to a generic Wireless@SG. In addition, the SingTel Wifi has never given me any problems in terms of searching for the network, and then successfully connecting my phone to it.
It’s fast, hassle-free (without the need to type in a pw) and definitely didn’t get me frustrated which I have had experience with Wireless@SG in the past.
When I first signed up with the new combo plan, I couldn’t wait to test out the connection speed at MRT platforms, also because I was spoilt at the excellent connectivity in Korea a few years back. Yes, the legend of ‘Wifi anywhere in Korea’ is true.
While I guess we can look at WIFI connectivity in MRT trains in the near future, let’s take baby steps with hotspots at train platforms first. There are 3 major MRT platforms equipped with the hotspots, namely Orchard MRT, Raffles Place MRT and City Hall MRT. I’m one who turns off my WIFI function on my phone to save battery (I don’t know if it really helps though) and to ignore the potential pop-ups, so fast connectivity to a Wifi source is an important factor for me.
I was at Cityhall platform waiting for my train and decided to try it out. Within seconds after turning on my Wifi function, my phone was able to detect the SingTel Wifi and connect to its service effectively. I surfed the Internet, played a couple of games, replied emails and even updated my statuses, all with a steady network; never once was I ‘unexpectedly logged out’.
[At the Malls]
Most of the eateries located at Basement 2 of Plaza Singapura are equipped with SingTel Wifi service. If you frequent the snack stalls often, having this service is perfect when you’re standing and eating at the bar tables. Oh yes, for you to Instagram your food haul too! Not forgetting the dine-in cafes and restaurants at B2 such as PastaMania, SAYBONS and Wang Café to satisfy your daily food postings.
[My SingTel Mobile App]
For all SingTel subscribers, I will highly recommend you to download the ‘My SingTel’ mobile application. Even if you’re not on the new combo plans to find out the various SingTel Wifi hotspots near you, the app displays your data/calls/messages usage for that month, more or less like a bible of your mobile plan! It’s convenient, user-friendly and incredibly useful.
In all, the SingTel Wifi is an excellent added service that I feel suits pretty well with youths and young adults who are often attached to their phones, and keeping track of their social updates. Also, if you’re one of the K-drama fans, this is definitely something you won’t want to miss.
From now till 31 July 2015, this service is FREE for all SingTel Combo Mobile postpaid customers with unlimited WiFi usage! Whatcha waiting for….?
– Note that this is an advertorial post.
[Tried & Tasted] Hatter Street Dessert Cafe!
A great dessert cafe for to satisfy your sweet cravings!
A few weeks back, I decided to drag the mother for a Sunday brunch to let her experience the weekend hipsters in Singapore and maybe, just maybe boasting to mother on my instagram-worthy photos, so basically the trip was to feed my tummy and ego.
Located near Kovan MRT station, Hatter Street is just a short walk (5mins) from the station and Heartland Mall, near the Thai Restaurant. If you hadn’t already know, Hatter Street takes much inspiration from the fairytale none other than Alice in Wonderland… The interior decor and even the logo is a direct giveaway.
[Review] 3D Attraction – Alive Museum Singapore!
It All Comes Alive at Alive Museum!
One of Korea’s top entertainment go-to place, the Alive Museum finally opens its doors earlier this year. There were much comparisons to Trick Eye Museum, but I can’t compare the experience to the Singapore’s branch as I’ve not been there (yet), but if I would to compare it to the Trick Eye Museum in Korea (Hongdae), Alive Museum is a smaller, more cramped but has more interactive segments for visitors to enjoy. And that’s what I really enjoyed during my trip to Alive Museum.
So Dawn and I went on a weekday, about 7.30pm. There were no snake-like queues (thank god!) that I’ve spotted during the weekends and yayy to lesser shouting kids along the way. Each photo area is quite small, so to take a perfect shot with no human hindrance can be quite a challenge if you have crowds of people surrounding that one area/picture. I’ve seen the ushers at the entrance controlling the number of people entering the museum, but to what extend I have no idea.
This is one of the interactive piece where you blow the windmills to reveal what’s underneath Marilyn Monroe’s classic white skirt!
I would like to think it was Andrew Garfield behind the mask.
There are over 80 masterpieces, of which 9 are locally themed and unique to Singapore. More than 100 paintings will be ready by early 2015 through the Singapore 50 project, a programme that will engage the local community to have their artworks showcased at the museum.
About 30% of the masterpieces will be changed every 12 – 18 months, catering to the locals who will be able to enjoy a brand new experience on their repeated visits.
Write your dying wish on this board for all to see and no, this doesn’t act like Death Note.
If you drop by around the festive season, there will be special themed art pieces put up, such as Christmas and Chinese New Year. I guess it’ll be an ideal place for a ‘night walk’, Halloween event – taking into consideration the enclosed areas and a maze-like route. Though I doubt changes will be made for this year’s Halloween for it opened not too long ago, but lets hope for something in 2015. Those looking for an unconventional venue to book a private function room in the museum that can host up to 60 guests.
The entire journey took about an hour and a half, considering we didn’t have to wait long for some pieces, so give and take about 2 hours if you intend to visit the museum on a weekend or during peak timings.
Suntec City Mall #03-372 (between Towers 3 & 4)
Ticket prices: $25 (Adults) / $20 (Children)
Operating Hours: 10am – 10pm daily (Last admission at 9pm)
Free Wi-fi = post your pictures on-the-go!
Refurbished Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall!
Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall Reopens After 4-year Refurbishment!
The opening of the Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall marks a significant milestone for arts and cultural development in the Civic District. After a four-year refurbishment, the Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall is opening its doors once again this July.
Much of its original architecture has been preserved during its refurbishment, while its modernised facilities will ensure that it is a suitable mid-sized performance venue for the arts community. Its return also marks a major milestone in the history and future of the Civic District, as well as in Singapore’s arts and cultural landscape.
Gorgeous Kate Spade New York Stationery Collection Debuts at Monoyono!
Kate Spade New York Stationery and Gifts collection makes its debut in Singapore and Asia at MONOYONO!
It’s design meets lifestyle at the Kate Spade New York Stationery and Gifts launch at Monoyono last week! A plethora of beautifully-designed stationery to choose from, on top of other unique lifestyle products in the shop. Ladies, call this your paradise!
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.
[Tried & Tasted!] Local Delights with a Twist! – Ujong@Raffles
Rejoice! After a year since Wok & Barrel closed, Chef Shen Tan is back in the kitchen, serving up your favourite local dishes at UJong@Raffles!
Located at the former Empire Café, UJong@Raffles is situated at Raffles Hotel Arcade, a short distance walk from Raffles City. Bringing back some of her signature dishes such as the Nasi Lemak, Ba Chor Mee Pasta and Shendol, in addition to her carefully-crafted creations like Yusheng Salmon Ceviche and Salad, and Hae Bee Hiam Mentaiko Capellini.
OCBC FRANK Turns 3 with New Flagship Store at orchardgateway!
OCBC FRANK turns 3 and what’s better to celebrate this day with a brand new flagship store at Orchard Gateway!
Last week, I was privileged to be invited to FRANK‘s 3rd birthday bash at their new flagship store located at Orchard Gateway. If you’ve been to a FRANK store in Singapore, you must have seen their colourful store concept it has and images of the cards. The one at Orchard Gateway is unique in its own, with the 4 messages decorated around the store.
If you still do not own a FRANK card (and why?) you can sign up for one at the store and select your favourite card design! One of the USP for FRANK are its various unique card designs. From pop-art to Van Gogh, and even simple arty-farty designs to suit your style. Can’t decide? Why not take your pick from ‘Trending’ or ‘What’s New’ sections. You don’t get to change your card like the way mobile phones roll out new models so you better choose yours wisely!
Biggest Sony Flagship Store Opens at 313@Somerset Mall!
‘One Sony’ Vision – All Sony Electronic Products in 1 place, the largest Flagship Store in SEA!
Covering an expansive space of 9,902 square feet, the Sony Store 313@somerset will also unveil a brand new concept that embodies the “One Sony” vision – bringing together all that Sony Electronics, Sony Mobile, Sony Pictures, Sony Music and Sony Computer Entertainment can offer under one roof.
From home entertainment systems (4K TVs) to the latest camera, or even a simple Sony headphones, it’s all under one roof at the Sony store at 313@Somerset Mall. Let’s not forget the fans of gaming and mobile, hey! We’re talking PlayStation sets and games all in one place!
[Review] Hansik Korean Restaurant – Tried & Tasted!
No doubt One of My Favourite Korean Restaurants in Singapore! Authentic and Heavenly!
There are many Korean food outlets and restaurants in Singapore, not forgetting the never-dying Hallyu wave in this small country. As more Korean restaurants are popping around Singapore, Hansik remains one of my favourite Korean restaurants to dine in.
Poppin’ Cookin Sushi. It’s Overrated.
It was sadly, a disappointment…
It had been months since I was determined to get hold of one of these Japanese amazing and cute product, Poppin’ Cookin.
Just with water and powder, you can create a ‘meal’ out of it. As how I would describe to my friends, it’s like ‘edible jelly clay-doh’. It all lies in your creation process.
Thanks to Jovis, who received this as a present, decided to let me accompany her in this ‘sushi-making’ process.
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!