Merry Christmas 2017!

Today is Christmas Day 2017, wishing everyone a Merry Christmas 2017! Happy holidays and have a great time with your family, loved ones and friends!

Sending this cute photo shot with a Canon EOSM6 review camera, with my nieces cute dog Coby posing for the camera, with the decorations courtesy from Instagram stories app. Please support these 2 cute Pekingese dogs Coby and Choya Instagram account!

My photography and travel website/blog here has been a bit quiet for the month of December, I had been reflecting, wrapping up year 2017 and planning for year 2018. I would share more updates when the time is ripe!

I would also like to say a big thank you from the bottom of my heart to the group of people for your huge support and encouragement during this difficult and tough year 2017 (that started in year 2016)!

Let the light shine for you!

A few days away from Christmas 2017 and New Year 2018. While this is the time for the festive season celebrating, feasting, sending and receiving gifts, not all of us are enjoying the Christmas and New Year festive season. Some might be lost, some be hurt, some might be suffering emotionally. No matter how tough or difficult the situation, remember that tough times never last, tough people do.

There is always a light that shines for you, guiding you and leading you away from the darkness, just like the ray of lights in the photo below.

Canon EOS M6 with EF M 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM, 1/1250s, f/11, ISO 100

Gaston Luga Classic Backpack – Timeless and Elegant

A classic backpack, beautifully and elegantly designed, a timeless backpack design masterpiece accompanied by excellent workmanship. This classic backpack might be a minimalist design yet produces an aura of fashionista, stylish, uniqueness and following. Ladies and Gentlemen, introducing the Gaston Luga Classic Backpack from Stockholm, Sweden.

The Gaston Luga Classic Backpack is ideal for both leisure and professional, whether you are using it as a backpack for your school, your leisure weekend backpack, a backpack for your travels overseas or even a fashionable, colourful and vibrant backpack that you can use it while traveling to work. With four choices of colours to choose from Classic – Black & Black, Classic – Navy & Brown, Classic – Olive & Brown and Classic – Pink & Black, there is something for everyone of us who wishes to own a Classic backpack.

The materials used and workmanship for the Gaston Luga Classic Backpack are pretty impressive, I did a test on how many items/stuff that I can squeeze inside the Gaston Luga Classic backpack to the max/brim. Once I done it, I knew how far it can go and how much it can carry. Although I have to say, I won’t want to carry too many items/stuff all the time, just those daily gadgets and accessories for my leisure, study, travel or work!

I also did a photoshoot for Hpility SG, Tiffany Yong and Peps Goh, who had the Gaston Luga Classic Backpack, in different story settings, let me share with you some of the photos that I took for them, every photo tells a different story with their Gaston Luga Classic backpack.

 Hpility SG

Tiffany Yong

Peps Goh

Gaston Luga doesn’t just produce the Classic Backpack series, they have other bag designs too, visit their official website and check out their Praper, Mastaren (for Men), Classy, Praper and Mastaren (for Women).

Now … Are you ready to create, define and produce your own unique stories with a Gaston Luga Classic backpack?

If you are keen to own a Gaston Luga Classic Backpack or any of the other beautiful and fashionable bag designs available from them, I have something nice and wonderful to share with my readers here:

  • Free shipping
  • 20% off as tax rebate (from non-EU country)
  • 15% off with my unique code “genghui15” on the remaining price after tax rebate!

I really like the Gaston Luga Classic backpack, I chose the Classic – Olive & Brown backpack model. When I completed my photo shoot with the backpack, I decided to give it away as a gift, as a blessing (and also as a belated birthday gift actually).

Packing it up nicely, I carried the backpack and delivered it on a ride in the subway, traveling to the next destination. Today, my Gaston Luga Classic – Olive & Brown backpack is now in good hands, someone who loves collecting bags, and the Gaston Luga Classic – Olive & Brown backpack is well guarded by this cute dog Coby, for his owner. The Gaston Luga backpacks make great gift ideas (Christmas, birthdays), time to do some online shopping at Gaston Luga official website!

Thank you Gaston Luga for this kind and wonderful product sponosorship!

Grandmother’s 1st Year Anniversary

Time passed by very quickly in the blink of an eye, a year has passed since you left us from this world. A strong matriarch who loved her five generations, under her leadership and direction.

Your presence can still be felt when the extended family came back for your 1st year anniversary, preparing your favourite food and offerings for the memorial service.

I will always remember you, stories, thoughts and feelings from my remembrance article that I wrote in dedication to your memory in January 2017. It’s not just me, the entire extended family too, will always remember you, in their hearts, mind and soul.

From the young and bubbly great-grandchildren, to us, the grandchildren and your children, the strength and unity is one of the best testimonials to you as the matriarch who led, controlled and took great care of this family.

Sending money, clothes, gifts and durian to my matriarch, my paternal grandmother in heaven, the entire extended family of 5 generations under her, hope that she likes the gifts when she receives it!


Anime X Stamps at Singapore Philatelic Museum

Anime and stamps, are they meant to be together? Have you seen them together before? Yes, they have and they can be together! At the Singapore Philatelic Museum (SPM), there is a very special theme exhibition, celebrating the centenary of Japanese anime in a pop-culture themed exhibition titled “Anime X Stamps”.

If you are an Anime fan, you have to visit this exhibition! Anime X Stamps exhibition is now running at SPM from 16th November 2017 to April 2018! This exhibition is more than just special, it’s colourful, immersive, comprehensive and nostalgic (for anime fans!). Being a special pop-culture themed exhibition, there are a pretty big collection of stamps and philatelic materials from Japan and Singapore, limited edition collectibles, and one-of-a-kind orginal production artworks specially put together for this special anime theme exhibition!

“This year marks the 100th anniversary of Japanese anime. Anime has developed over the pastcentury to encompass a diverse repertoire of stories and characters, enjoyed around the world by people of all ages. Anime X Stamps explores how Japan showcases anime, their creativity and innovative way of doing things through stamps! This attests to the fact that stamps are the pride of a country.”

Ms Tresnawati Prihadi, General Manager of SPM

Let me share with you readers, some of the highlights of the exhibition:

  • A collection of over 700 stamps that depict anime, which cover about 80 different titles. Get up-close to stamps of beloved classics like Astro Boy and Doraemon, all-time favourites like Dragon Ball, Gundam, Pokémon, works by Studio Ghibili, as well as more recent series like One Piece, Naruto and Attack on Titan.
  • Rare one-of-a-kind original production artwork from Naruto and My Neighbour Totoro.
  • Limited edition collectibles, toys, costumes and figurines from the Dragon Ball and Mazinger Z series, and Astro Boy collectibles from the 1960s.
  • Photo opportunities in colourful immersive galleries featuring Fifi, the exhibition mascot, who cosplays iconic scenes from different anime.

When I visited the Anime X Stamps exhibition at SPM, I was secretly excited inside me (cannot show too much excitement if not I would reveal my age) because I went back to the good old days when I was watching Japanese anime! I had a chat with the curator, who is a huge anime fan herself, on some Japanese anime series, whether they produced stamps such as those featured inside this Anime X Stamps exhibition. While this exhibition is pretty comprehensive, the Japanese anime world is so huge that not all of them produce stamps and philatelic materials. I was looking for some of my favourite Japanese anime series such as Samurai X, Initial D, Slam Dunk. How I wished these Japanese anime series produced stamps and philatelic materials for their fans around the world!

Touring the exhibition and observing the Anime X stamps, I spotted Ranma ½ stamps, that was brought to our attention by the curator (I am probably the only one in that group on that media preview tour that watched Ranma ½ and I would proabably give my age away as well). I also spotted Doraemon and friends (who doesn’t know them!), City Hunter, Astro Boy, Naruto, Dragon Ball Z etc etc … So many nostalgic memories coming back to me!

There are many more exciting and fun activities inside the Anime X stamps exhibition at SPM. Keep a lookout for the upcoming Animania Sunday on 17th December 2017, anime fans, mark it down on your calendar! More information and updates can be found on the SPM website and SPM Facebook page.

Here’s a peak (through my photos) into what you can view inside this special and interesting Anime X stamps exhibition! If you love Japanese anime, you (MUST) have to visit! Bring your children, nieces, nephews, grandchildren down to SPM, it’s educational and great fun for them during this festive school holiday season! For those adults who love Japanese anime and bringing their kids down to Anime X stamps exhibition, it’s like a mini pilgrimage returning into the world of Japanese anime (and you know you want it, deep inside your heart). Remember to share your experiences inside Anime X stamps with the hashtags #animexstampsSPM and #singaporephilatelicmuseum !

Welcome back to the Japanese anime world inside the Anime X stamps exhibition at Singapore Philatelic Museum!

Details of Anime X Stamps exhibition

日本动画 X 邮票

アニメX 切手

Venue: Singapore Philatelic Museum, 23-B Coleman Street, Singapore 179807

Date: 16 November 2017 to April 2018

Opening hours: Monday – Sunday from 10.00am – 7.00pm

Admission charges: Free admission for Singaporeans and Permanent Residents

Admission charges for tourists:

Adult $8

Child (3 – 12 years) $6

Tel: 63373888


Official hashtags: #animexstampsSPM #singaporephilatelicmuseum

* Information courtesy of Singapore Philatelic Museum *

Created with flickr slideshow.

Celebrate Christmas at Changi Airport Mystical Garden

The festive year end Christmas season is here again! While there would be quite a number of people flying in and out of Singapore to enjoy their festive holiday season, there is something very cute, adorable and exciting, delighting people of all ages from the young to the adults, at Chang’s Mystical Garden with Sanrio characters!

Hello Kitty and friends had landed at Changi Airport, bringing with them their kawaii nature and awesome character, great fun and joy to all at Changi Airport. The popular Sanrio fans – Hello Kitty, Dear Daniel, Cinnamoroll, Gutedama, Little Twin Stars (Kiki and Lala), My Melody and Pompompurin, will be delighting travelers and airport visitors every weekend during this year end festive holiday season.

On the evening of 17th November 2017, Changi’s Mystical Garden was officially opened with an awesome celebration and display of indoor drone show at Changi Airport Terminal 3, their maiden debut in Changi! There were forty drones lighting up the dimmed “sky” like fireflies, forming shapes such as snowflake and a Christmas Tree! The packed visitors to the opening of Changi’s Mystical Garden were treated to a great display! Thereafter, the main kawaii highlight that the children (and also adults) were eagerly waiting for, Hello Kitty and friends, dancing their way into Changi’s Mystical Garden with the songs playing in the background!

Earlier in the afternoon prior to the launch of Changi’s Mystical Garden, I had the opportunity to visit an EVA Air aircraft inside Changi Airport Terminal 3 (thanks to Changi Airport Social for the visit!). This particular EVA Air aircraft is special, it has a special theme and everything is about Sanrio, from their in-flight meals and amenities. Check out the photos that I took during the visit to the Sanrio themed EVA Air aircraft inside this Flickr album!

Special treats for all

Travelers and visitors to Changi Airport, keep a lookout for the daily drones and light and snow shows at the Changi Mystical Garden (18th November 2017 to 5th January 2018). Inside the Changi Mystical Garden, you can discover a gazebo and a treehouse, spot the Hello Kitty’s signature ribbon! On weekends, you will have the chance to meet your favourite Sanrio characters, cuddle up with them for some unforgettable photo memories during the meet and greet sessions!

Key information and timings

Drone Shows – Held daily at 7.30pm and 9.00pm

Light and snow shows – Held daily at 3.00pm and 5.00pm

Gazebo – Open from 10.00am to 10.00pm daily

Weekend meet and greet sessions with Sanrio characters

2nd and 3rd December – My Melody

9th and 10th December – Cinnamoroll

16th and 17th December – Pompompurin

23rd and 24th December – Hello Kitty and Dear Daniel

Games and fun for all

Near to Changi Airport Terminal 3 Departure Hall Check-in Row 11, there is an event space area that you must visit to play and have fun with the Japanese style fun games, suitable for all ages! Open from 10.00am to 10.00pm daily, visitors can choose to play one game AND one activity with a minimum spending of S$30.

Look out for the following games:

Tree House Catcher (The human “crane” must at least be 1.2m in height, or 5 years and above, and weigh less than 60kg)

Yoyo Tsuri Fountain

Gachapon Machine


Stamping Station (Blank tote bags will be given to first 60 people on weekdays and first 100 people on weekends)

Glitter Tattoo (Available on Friday from 6.00pm to 10.00pm and Sat/Sun/PH from 4.00pm to 10.00pm)

Don’t forget! Spot the cute and cuddly big plushies and take photos with them!

Exclusive Sanrio characters collectibles

Eight limited edition Sanrio character plush toys are up for grabs exclusively at Changi Airport, featuring Hello Kitty, Dear Daniel, Cinnamoroll, Gutedama, Little Twin Stars (Kiki and Lala), My Melody and Pompompurin.

Here are some key information and details

  • Each toy can be purcahsed for S$8.90 with a minimum spending of S$60 in the public area, or S$120 in the transit area and supermarkets in a single receipt.
  • JCB cardholders receive an additional plush toy for free (JCB International Co. Ltd is the Official Payment Partner for Changi’s Mystical Garden with Sanrio characters)
  • Changi Rewards members an redeem the full set of the plush toys with an accumulated spend of S$1,800 for normal tier members, or S$1,500 for Platinium members, from 17th November 2017 to 12th January 2018.
  • Specially designed postage stamp set folder at S$21.80, featuring Hello Kitty and friends in Changi’s Mystical Garden, can be purchased at Changi Airport Terminal 3 Basement 2 Sanrio redemption booth, Terminal 3 Level 2 event pop-up store and Terminal 2 SingPost.

For more information, visit Changi Mystical Garden website.

Changi Mystical Garden is fun and enjoyable for all ages, whether you are traveling in and/or out and/or visiting Changi Airport in Singapore, do drop by Changi Mystical Garden at Changi Airport Terminal 3 and have fun, especially if you have young children, they would love it! Do visit my Flickr album and check out the photos of the Changi Mystical Garden!

Have a great and fun festive Christams season at Changi Airport with the kawaii Hello Kitty and friends!

Created with flickr slideshow.

Canon Christmas Gift Guide 2017

Today on the 11th November 2017 (11/11/17), at 1111 hrs, I am going to share some exciting photography shopping news – Canon Christmas Gift Guide 2017! After reading this wonderful Canon Gift Guide 2017, wait no further!  Visit Canon Singapore E-Shop or head down to the nearest authorised retailer for a Happy 1111 shopping with Canon!

If you can’t decide today on 11/11/17, no worries, you can read the Canon Gift Guide 2017 below, research and buy before Christmas Day 2017! If any kind soul would like to buy me a Christmas gift, I don’t mind the Canon EOS 6D Mark II or the Canon EOS M100 package!

There is something for everybody! Here’s the Canon Christmas Gift Guide 2017!

For the Adventurous Dad – Canon EOS 6D Mark II 

The latest addition to Canon’s best-selling full-frame line boasts of a higher resolution 26.2MP sensor, 45-point all cross-type AF system and 6.5fps continuous shooting speed. With these impressive advancements, Dad has more reasons to continue pursuing his dream of being crowned Photographer of the Year.

To capture stunning images even on the go, Dad can tap on the touchscreen Vari-angle LCD monitor, enabling intuitive operation of the Dual Pixel CMOS AF system for fast and precise autofocusing, no matter the subject. He will enjoy the versatility of shooting at both high and low angles for the composition of creative shots as well.

Additionally, equipped with the latest DIGIC 7 image processor and an excellent battery life that can host up to 1,200 still images on a full charge, the EOS 6D Mark II promises perfect photos and videos in every situation – even when dad loses track of time.

EOS 6D Mark II (Body)
SGD $2,899.00

EOS 6D Mark II Kit (EF24-105mm f/4L IS II USM)
SGD $4,299.00

EOS 6D Mark II Kit(EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM)
SGD $3,949.00

For the Wanderlust Auntie – Canon PowerShot G1X Mark III 

The PowerShot G1 X Mark III is Canon’s first compact camera to be equipped with Dual Pixel CMOS AF and an APS-C sized CMOS sensor, achieving unparalleled high-speed AF. With a continuous shooting speed of 7fps during AF tracking and 9fps during AF fixed, your aunt will never have to miss a single moment whether on a fast city tour or a slow country drive.

Despite housing a larger sensor and a built-in high resolution electronic viewfinder of 2.36 million dots, the PowerShot G1 X Mark III stays incredibly compact. At only 399 grams, the lightweight camera promises stunning wide-angle shots with the brand new panoramic feature and crisp underwater captures up to a depth of 40 metres, made possible with the Canon underwater casing (WP-DC56).

With these tools, your aunt can be sure of picture-perfect clarity anytime, anywhere, whether hiking up a mountain or swimming with dolphins.

For the Social Media Savvy Sibling – Canon EOS M100 with Canon PIXMA TS9170 (Gold Duet) (Note 1)

Boasting of the DIGIC 7 image processor and 24.2-megapixel APS-C sensor, the EOS M100 captures images as brilliant as its accompanying gold sleeve.

As the saying goes, good things are meant to be shared, and thus your siblings can now enjoy uploading their favourite shots to their social media channels whenever, wherever, with Canon’s host of Wi-Fi, NFC and Bluetooth connectivity options.

Once done posting, watch the photos come to life with the premium wireless Photo All-In-One PIXMA TS9170. Coated in champagne gold, the timeless printer features a 6-ink system with new Photo Blue Ink to guarantee vibrant prints every time. Additionally, the nine creative filters and brand-new Message in Print app creates double the fun with fresh looks and the ability to embed secret messages.

With this exclusive Gold Duet, your siblings can stay at the top of their social media game and find renewed joy in photo printing all at the same time.

EOS M100 Kit (EF-M15-45 IS STM) with PIXMA TS9170                                                          (With FREE gifts worth $225: EOS M100 Gold Jacket,  Targus Bag, Photo Paper Starter Kit, 16GB SD Card)

Total Price: SGD$1,128.00

Note (1) : The Gold Duet is available for sale only at the following selected authorised dealers: Best Denki @Vivo, Best Denki @Ngee Ann, Courts Megastore @Tampines, Cathay Photo Peninsula Plaza, Cathay Photo Marina Square, Nu Photo at Sim Lim, Nu Photo at Orchard (Concorde Hotel), Lucky Store at Katong, SLR Revolution at Plaza Singapura or High Street.

For the Do-It-Yourself Mum – Canon SELPHY CP1300

Too often, decorating the home during festive seasons tend to be both exorbitant and exhausting. This Christmas, opt for simple sentimentality with personalised prints from Canon’s SELPHY CP1300. Deck the halls with the family’s favourite memories for all to reminisce.

Have your guests join in the fun with the new Wi-Fi Shuffle Print mode that allows connectivity of up to eight smart devices! To exercise your creative juices, combine images to form a one-of-a-kind collage in a single print. The new 2×6 inch layout feature also enables users to create photo booth-style printouts. With the optional battery pack, Mom’s guests can print up to 54 postcard-size prints on a single charge with the SELPHY CP1300.

Together with the traditional glossy photo finish, play around with a matte finish and a fine, grid-patterned finish. Couple that with a special film coating that protects against color bleed and fading for up to 100 years when stored in an album, your memories will certainly last forever!

SELPHY CP1300 – SGD $199.00

For the Entrepreneurial Uncle – Canon MAXIFY MB5470 

Nothing addresses the needs of a budding businessman better than a printer designed to redefine work efficiencies for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). With the MAXIFY MB5470 printer, your uncle can print up to 2,500 pages of A4 documents and enjoy at least 50% ink savings with Canon’s genuine PGI-2700XL ink cartridges.

To ensure that all data is secure, the MAXIFY MB5470 offers a host of machine management and document security options, promising that your uncle will never have to worry about losing crucial content!

Not only does the MAXIFY MB5470 afford lower power consumption, it is also built with a slew of unique features to enhance user convenience. The 3.5-inch touchscreen LCD enables slide-and-swipe touch operation, which guarantees that specific job functions like printing, scanning and even monitoring can be executed with great ease and zero hassle.

MAXIFY MB5470 – SGD $459.00

For the Studious Nephew – Canon PIXMA E3170

Equipped with low-cost, high yield ink cartridges to offer cost and space savings, the PIXMA E3170 is a useful tool for students facing an endless stream of materials to prepare and pore over prior to their final examinations. With high-volume, low cost printing at up to 400 monochrome documents and 180 colour pages, printing stacks of ten-year series’ would be a breeze.

In your nephew’s less stressed-out moments, he can experiment with creative art projects through the PIXMA E3170’s versatile photo printing, with borderless settings for 4R, 5×5 and 5R sizes. Groupwork is also made easier with the printer’s built-in Wi-Fi capabilities, which supports direct wireless connection with mobile devices and tablets for printing of documents and photos.

Tying all of these benefits together is a 1.5-inch segment-LCD display with intuitive icons that serve as a user-guide. From wireless setup to making multiple copies using different document sizes, PIXMA E3170 promises quick and easy navigation.

PIXMA E3170 – SGD $199.00

For the Smooth-Spoken Sister – Canon RAYO i5 and Presenter PR100R 

Help your sister nail her valedictorian speech with the perfect pairing of the RAYO i5 and Presenter PR100 R. Measuring at just 111 x 111 x 17.2mm and weighing only 269g, the RAYO i5 mini projector is easily portable, and presentation decks stored on smart devices can be streamed directly via either Wired or Wireless networks.

Despite its tiny size, the RAYO i5 punches above its weight with its ability to enlarge content to a 158” image on any surface while delivering continuous brightness at 100 lumens. With a screen resolution of 854 x 480 (WVGA) pixels, your sister can rehearse her presentation with stunning quality anytime, anywhere.

Pair this with the PR-100R, and your sister’s speech will be absolutely sublime. Featuring a slim and ergonomic design with full slide control buttons, the presenter promises the convenience of mobility for delivering smooth and effective presentations with wireless operations at up to 30 metres.

RAYO i5 – SGD $699.00

Presenter PR100 R  – SGD $69.00

* Information and pictures courtesy of Canon Singapore and Ogilvy Public Relations *

Lomography celebrates 10 years of Diana F+

The Lomography Diana F+ is an iconic and popular analogue camera by Lomography for 10 years. This popular camera is making a triumphant comeback with a special anniversary look.

  • Lomography’s Leading Lady Gets a Special Anniversary Look: Inspired by classic 1960s American diners, the new Diana F+ 10 Years of Diana Edition comes in a funky matte red and pastel blue design, complete with a rockin’ retro gold lens.
  • A Classic, Creative Analogue Camera: The Diana F+ continues to produce radiant photos on 120 film, and with plenty of Lomography’s creative features it’s no wonder this camera has become an enduring analogue icon.
  • Steeped in Analogue History: Lomography reignited medium format photography with a modern reinvention of the cult classic 1960s camera in 2007. Over the last ten years the Diana F+ has won the hearts of hordes of die-hard fans and amassed many mini mates and cherished clones.


The Diana F+ – 10 Years of Diana Edition: SGD 148
The Diana F+ – 10 Years of Diana Edition Shop Link:


  • Film: 120 film
  • Lens Focal length: 75mm standard lens
  • Shutter Speeds: N – 1/60s / B – Blub
  • Apertures: Pinhole, Cloudy (f/11), Half-Shade (f/16), Sunny (f/22)
  • Photo formats: 12-shot (5.2Å~5.2cm), 16-shot (4.2Å~4.2cm), endless Panorama (4.6Å~5.2cm) formats
  • Zone Focusing Setting: 1-2m, 2-4m and 4m-infinity
  • Multiple Exposures: Yes
  • Tripod Mount: Yes
  • Frame Counter: standard 120 film window
  • Film advance: Manual dial-type film advance

* Information and pictures courtesy of Lomography Online Services *

Chargrilled Food @ The Quarters

The Quarters, a humble yet modern Singapore local food cuisine that incorporates and evolves local Singapore food delights with a modern fusion twist. From their humble beginnings with their trademark Durian Crème Brulee to the launch of The Quarters at Icon Village, followed by Kush at Timbre+, I personally seen it grow from a food cart at a pop up event to their two ModSin food cuisines today.

Before the Chargrilled food event started, I went down earlier and had a chat with this ModSin food guru, Deming, the Founder of The Quarters, a person who is very passionate about his food, cooking and dining experiences. In my earlier articles that I wrote and shared about The Quarters, kicking it off with- Introducing The Quarters, The Real McCoy Salted Egg Burger and The Quarters Experience.

Using the common food lovers language lingo in Singapore, the Chargrilled Food @ The Quarters is like “zi char meets Izakaya (char-grilled)”, a fusion of local Singapore food meeting the Japanese charcoal grilled cooking. These new food menu options are now available in the dinner menu that diners visiting The Quarters are now able to have a more diversified menu than before, experiencing delicious food on a daily basis.

Today, I shall continue my journey and coverage of ModSin food cuisines at The Quarters. Ladies and Gentlemen, let me present to you, Chargrilled food at The Quarters, No Char, No Count (in no order of food preference)

Bibik’s Chicken – $12

Another perfectly charcoal grilled dish, the Bibik’s Chicken with a rich Buah Keluak Sauce. When I ate the Bibik’s Chicken, the chicken meat was tender and not overcooked, this demonstrated the skill and experience level of the chefs charcoal grill cooking. I love the Buah Keluak Sauce, I love the Bibik’s Chicken, so deliciously, skilfully and meticulously chargrilled to perfection by The Quarters.

Nai You Lobster – $68 (24hr advance order)

This lobster dish stood out, it was charcoal kissed and butter poached. The chefs of The Quarters were really skillful in their charocal cooking techniques, it was just nicely cooked, sweet and tender.

Grilled Steak – From $24

A selection of steaks to choose from, charcoal grilled to the highest standards by The Quarters, from the quality of the steaks to the final grilled steak, absolutely one of the best charcoal grilled dishes by The Quarters.

200g Grassfed Ribeye – $24

250g Angus Ribeye – $38

250g US Wagyu Striploin

400g 30 Day Dry Aged USDA Prime Ribeye – $140

Salted Egg Mid Wings – $12

Charcoal grilled to perfection, topped with The Quarters signature Salted Egg Aioli suace. Your fingers have to be fast and furious or else you might lose the mid wings to your fellow diners eating together.

Fwah! – $18

A most interesting and unique name to this dish, my maiden experience tasting Foie Gras. This had a local flavour to this dish, their house made kaya on toast, scrambled egg on toast. Fwah! is just soft, sweet and delicious, it just melts in your mouth. A ModSin fusion cuisine, our local favourite Singapore breakfast dish with Foie Gras. Just taste it!

Baby Back Ribs – $24

Marinated with their housemade BBQ sauce, this smoked dish will leave you lusting for more of the Baby Back Ribs.

Ooh La La! – $16

The Venus clams, cooked in flambed style with Singapore style chilli sauce and croutons added into them. The final product is like a chilli style soup with Venus clams and croutons. Once you tasted the sauce, you will secretly want more croutons to dip into the Ooh La La sauce and continue eating it!

The Quarters Fried Rice

An egg coated fried rice with two types of salted fish. The rice was so soft, fragrant and not oily at all. The Quarter’s Fried Rice was addictive because it was simply too good, too delicious. Once you tasted it, you will want more of this legendary fried rice by The Quarters.

Grilled Vegetable Platter

If anybody mentions that grilled vegetables doesn’t sound delicious or exciting, let them try the Grilled Vegetable Platter and they would change their views on this type of charcoal grilled vegetable cooking. Presenting Shitake mushrooms, vine tomato and asparagus with fermented black beans and garlic. For somebody like me who doesn’t really grill vegetables, the charcoal Grilled Vegetable Platter is a real delight and most welcome for me. Charcoal grilling the fermented black beans and garlic with asparagus is my favourite among them.

The Quarters Platter – $128

  • Salted Egg Midwings
  • Buah Keluak Chicken
  • Baby Back Ribs
  • Angus Ribeye
  • Grilled Vegetable Platter
  • The Quarters Fried Rice

This new menu at The Quarters is ideal for multi-generations family dinner gathering, 6 amazing food items which are good to be shared among 4-5 people. Add on other delicious dishes on The Quarters menu and you woul have an remarkable and memorable ModSin food experience there with your extended family.

Last but not least – Desserts

There is always room for desserts, there are more delicious choices available in The Quarters food menu! Let me introduce two desserts that were presented during our Chargrilled food tasting event.

Durian Crème Brulee

This is Deming’s trademark dish, the original dish that got me to first know Deming for the first time (3 years ago) before he launched his food concept The Quarters. This is highly recommended, a Must Try if you love durian! Coming from a person who doesn’t eat durian (that’s me).


2 different ice cream flavours, a scoop of pandan and lemongrass ice cream each, on top of the crusty and crispy waffle base. Pour the gula melaka over them, glazing it perfectly, beautifully and deliciously. This is probably my favourite dessert from The Quarters desserts menu list.

Extended and Expanded Quarters Experience

Personally, the Chargrilled Food @ The Quarters is an extension and expansion to The Quarters Experience that I had, it’s not just about how excellent and delicious the food at The Quarters. The diners can feel the heart, passion and soul of the fusion ModSin food, honest food cooked well, close to the heart, simple yet so wonderful, delicious and fulfilling, not just the taste buds, the tummy, the heart and soul.

“It’s really an expression of pure passion and heart for local flavours” – Deming, Founder of The Quarters. 

First and foremost, having written my personal thoughts, feelings and views, it’s not just because I was invited to a food tasting at The Quarters, or I know the founder.

This is also not the type of food review per se that you might read in papers, magazines and websites.

This is how I give back, Pay-It-Forward and Pass-It-On, to the expanding ModSin local food fusion cuisines by The Quarters, also through my passion, heart, soul, taste buds and tummy, via my photographs, article coverage and sharing.

Thank you Deming, for the invitation to the Chargrilled food tasting event!

 The Quarters

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Sirri na Pesse

This word, “Bugis”, what comes into your mind? For the local Singaporeans and overseas visitors, the first thing that comes to their mind would most probably be Bugis Junction, Bugis MRT station or Bugis Village. Yet behind these few known names and locations in both local and international visitors, do you know about the history, heritage, cultural and economics that the Bugis community brought into Singapore, the influence and outreach that shaped the Bugis community and presence in today’s modern Singapore society?

Sirri na Pesse, loosely translated into “Honour and Pride” in the Bugis language, features the history and development of the Malay-Bugis community in Singapore, tracing their roots through the historical developments and changes in the Malay world during the 18th to 20th centuries. The exhibition Sirri na Pesse was officially launched on Friday 13th October 2017 at the Malay Heritage Centre by Guest of Honour, Mr Baey Yam Keng, Parlimentary Secretary, Ministry of Community, Culture and Youth (MCCY), along with the Malay Culture Fest 2017 that took place from 13 – 28th October.

During the launch programme, guests were treated to an amazing artistic showcase titled, “Aga Kareba Performance”, a compressed history of the Bugis people from the myth of creation to the beginning of their settlements in the Malay Kingdoms.

Act 1: Myth of Creation

Act 2: Thriving Port of Makassar

Act 3: The Makassar War

Act 4: Departure & Arrival

The 4 acts performed were very nice to watch, beautiful traditional dancing, music and performances. Through the narration by the emcee and short write up in the programme booklet, visitors like me were able to understand and learn more about the Bugis community in Singapore.

After watching the performance, I visited the Sirri na Pesse exhibition at Gallery 1 & 2. Due to time constraints, I made another trip back to Malay Heritage Centre and continued my learning and understanding tour of the history, heritage, cultural and economics development of the Bugis community in Singapore.

When you visit Sirri na Pesse exhibition at Malay Heritage Centre, make sure you start from Gallery 1, in the following order of the exhibits below (Remember to pick up the exhibition guide book before your start your tour)

Gallery 1

1) The Bugis

2) Politics and Economy

3) Language and Literature

4) Indigenous Knowledge and Expertise

Gallery 2

5) Presence in Singapore

6) Practices and Beliefs

7) Memory and Identity

“Navigating Bugis Identities in Singapore”, a perfect quote for the visitors to the Sirri na Pesse exhibition at Malay Heritage Centre. Indeed, I am navigating my tour and journey into the Bugis world, from their origins, whether of royal descent, or seafarers or merchants, I was like I am on their phinisi (a traditional Bugis ship) sailing through in time and history, from their origins to modern Singapore today, inside this highly enriching exhibition.

With my limited knowledge initially, I only knew the Bugis community as seafarers, merchants and business people. After visiting and leaving the Sirri na Pesse exhibition, I am glad to learn and know more about the Bugis community in Singapore.

There are so much more to learn and understand about Singapore’s history, heritage and culture, the Sirri na Pesse exhibition is an excellent exhibition that I strongly encourage people to visit, learn and understand more about them.

Over the years that I had been writing and covering heritage, history and cultural exhibitions, events and related topics on the ground, there is always new knowledge, understanding and appreciation of our different races and cultures in Singapore that helped to grow, change and shape Singapore today.

The Galleries 1 & 2 at the Malay Heritage Centre may be small in exhibition space floor size, however, they are able to showcase a rich, diversified, concise, enriching and eye opener on the history, heritage, culture, conservation and preservation on the Bugis community and identities in Singapore.

*** More photographs of the Sirri na Pesse exhibition can be viewed here inside my Flickr photography album ***

Exhibition details and information

Sirri na Pesse: Navigating Bugis Identities in Singapore (In partnership with the Singapore-Bugis Community)

Dates: 14th October 2017 to 24th June 2018

Malay Heritage Centre

Galleries 1 & 2

Free Admission

Malay Heritage Centre

Address: 85 Sultan Gate, Singapore 198501

Opening Hours: Tuesday – Sunday 10am – 6pm

(Closed on Mondays)

Last admission at 5.30pm


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