DBS Marina Regatta 2017 is here! 1 – 4 June

The 6th edition of DBS Marina Regatta is starting today, Thursday 1st June to Sunday 4th June at the Marina Bay area. This is Singapore’s biggest BayFest and there are many exciting events taking place on the waters of Marina Bay and on the land, with food, entertainment, shopping and fun.

Let me share what are some of the key highlights that you can expect when you visit DBS Marina Regatta 2017.

On the waters of Marina Bay

Dragon Boat races

  • Friday 2nd June – 200m Dragon Boat Races (‘A’ Division and DBS Prime Warriors Mixed)
  • Saturday 3rd June – 500m Dragon Boat Races (DBS Singapore Premier and Corporate Open, Women and Mixed)
  • Sunday 4th June – 200m Dragon Boat Races (DBS Singapore Premier and Corporate Open, Women and Mixed)

Sailing at the Bay

  • Get to try out sailing in the bay during the DBS Marina Regatta with the DBS 18 metre tall Swedish Match 40 sailboats.

On the land at Promontory @ Marina Bay

There are many things to do and enjoy at Promontory @ Marina Bay, where the DBS Marina Regatta village is located. While watching Dragon Boat racing action from the sidelines, you can also enjoy the food, fun and entertainment.

Here are some of the key highlights

Urban Beach

Bay Beach

This urban beach is Southeast Asia largest ever urban beach, 21,000 sq feet and it is packed with many exciting and fun things to do and enjoy, beside just lying on the beach and relax.

Giant Games

At the urban beach, visitors can play Giant Jenga, Giant Pick Up Sticks and Giant 5 stones!

Battle Bay

Sign up and participate in Singapore’s largest inflatable water obstacle course. Many exciting prizes to be won!

Bay Eats

We all love food! The Local People are the curators for the food village this year. There will be some nice feasting at DBS Marina Regatta 2017!

Bay Dome

Singapore’s biggest pop-up interactive art experience at 7.5m tall. Visitors can customise their own artwork and watch it come to life within the zone.

Play Dome

Register for your fitness class! There are Power Up with Yoga+, Barre with WeBarre and Sweat Sesh with Eat Train Love. 

BayFest Shop

Shop for a good cause, support local businesses! BayFest Shop offers a diverse range of products , do drop by and check them out!

DBSMR X Ultra Countdown Party

For the nightlife party goers, there is the countdown party on Friday 2nd June 7pm to 10pm and Saturday 3rd June 7pm to 10pm.

Intel drone light show

On Sunday 4th June 2017 night, a grand finale to close the DBS Marina Regatta 2017. There are 50 Intel drones programmed to do bespoke designs for the regatta and dancing in mid-air, with a specially commissioned musical piece by local composer and conductor Eric Wong, against the iconic Marina Bay backdrop.

A great time for dragon boat fans, also ideal for family and children to come together and enjoy a family bonding time at the Marina Bay area with DBS Marina Regatta 2017. Enjoy and have a fun weekend at DBS Marina Regatta 2017!

For more information and updates, visit their website www.dbsmarinaregatta.com, follow them on Instagram (@dbsmarinaregatta) and on Facebook at go.dbs.com/dbsmr2017

Stitches of Love – Hidden Blessings in Children’s Clothing & Accessories

The world of fashion, clothing and accessories have went through many changes over the centuries, whether for adults or children’s fashion and clothing. Look at the modern children’s fashion, clothing and accessories today, do you remember your childhood fashion and clothing? How about those children’s fashion, clothing and accessories during the era of our forefathers, what does it looks like?

On 27th May 2017, the Stitches of Love – Hidden Blessings in Children’s Clothing & Accessories was officially declared opened at a opening ceremony with performances by Mr Baey Yam Keng, Parliamentary Secretary for Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth.

At Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall, you can take a walk back in time into ancient Chinese culture of children’s fashion, clothing and accessories. In ancient Chinese culture, the children’s clothing and accessories were more than just a clothing for their body. They were showered with lots of love, hopes and blessings on the children’s clothing and accessories, worn by the young children.

When you visit this exhibition, look and observe closely at the children’s clothing and accessories on display. Do you notice the motifs featured on them? All these motifs are on the children’s clothing and accessories, they are meant to bestow blessings, good fortune, longevity and good health upon the young children wearing them. Some motifs are there to protect the children from harm against misfortune and disaster.

Whenever the children wore those clothing, they were blessed with lots of love, hope and affection by their parents, that were hidden and stitched onto their clothing and accessories.

This special exhibition “Stitches of Love – Hidden Blessings in Children’s Clothing & Accessories”, is co-presented by Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall and the Memorial Museum of Generalissimo Sun Yat-sen’s Mansion from Guangzhou, China. There are over 99 clothing and accessories featured inside this special exhibition, from the late Qing dynasty to the early Republican period, visitors can view items such as hats, ear muffs, bibs and shoes.

Whenever I looked at old photographs from the late Qing dynasty and early Republican period, I began to understand more in-depth on the significance of the children’s clothing and accessories. They had so much love, hope and affection stitched onto them! Do visit this special exhibition at Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall! Keep a lookout for their public lectures and free guided tours by their volunteer guides!

Do visit this special exhibition of love at the Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall with your family and children, it’s a great exhibition to learn and share about history, heritage and culture on clothing and love!

Exhibition Details

Location: Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall

Dates: 27th May 2017 to 4th March 2018

Opening Hours: 10am to 5pm (Tuesday to Sunday)

Website: www.sysnmh.org.sg

Children’s Season 2017 @ the National Museum

The June 2017 school holidays have arrived! Many many exciting activities, fun, excitement, exhibitions at Children’s Season Singapore, more than 120 exhibitions and activities by 29 partners, taking place across different museums and festival partners in Singapore.

The Children’s Season Singapore 2017 is big and diverse, jointly organised by the National Heritage Board and Museum Roundtable, there are many cultural and educational experiences that will attract our children, inspiring them, engaging them and educating them in the areas of history, heritage, culture, arts and education during the June 2017 school holidays season. This is a perfect time for family bonding and activities together at some of the various museums in Singapore during this school holidays season!

Before you enter into the world of Children’s Season Singapore, please collect the following Children’s Season kit/brochures before you begin your Children’s Season adventure –

I am going to share about what you and your family can see, look, do and enjoy at Children’s Season @ the National Museum of Singapore!

Bouncy Ride

Every Saturday & Sunday | 10am – 12pm & 4pm – 6pm

Last admission at 530pm

Front Lawn, Level 1

Suitable for ages 7 and up

First and foremost, when you arrive at the main entrance of the National Museum of Singapore, there is something that you cannot miss! The bumboat bouncy ride is an interactive ride and children will love it! This bouncy bumboat will be a good, fun and interactive play to share with the children on the history of bumboats transporting goods along the Singapore River until the 1980s.

The Soft Dome by Atelier YokYok

Saturday 27th May – Sunday 30th July | 10am – 550pm

Last admission at 540pm

Rotunda, Level 1

Suitable for ages 3 and up

When I saw this, I wanted to go in and play but I am not a young child anymore and I have to give priority to the children. Do you ever thought of lying down at the Rotunda and look up above? With this immersive and interactive installation, now the young children can have this amazing and wonderful opportunity!

Inside this installation, the children can lie down, look up above and admire one of National Museum most iconic architecture, the stained glass dome.

Children, for your own safety, please take note of the following

  • Wear comfortable clothing
  • No footwear allowed inside the installation except socks
  • For hygiene purposes, socks are required
  • For safety reasons, only a limited number of visitors are allowed in at each time slot

The Giant by Jean Jullien

Saturday 27th May – Sunday 30th July | 10am – 6pm

Last admission at 530pm

The Canyon, Basement

Suitable for ages 3 and up

The Giant is sleeping soundly and snoring very loudly inside the National Museum of Singapore. Children, now is the time for you, to have fun drawing and doodling on the Giant! Time to unleash your freedom of creative expression, a great family bonding activity time!

Children, do remember, not to wake the Giant up!

Our Favourite Places – Bumboat Trail

Co-developed with School of the Arts (SOTA)

Saturday 27th May – Sunday 30th July | 10am – 6pm

Last admission at 530pm

The Concourse, Level 1

Suitable for ages 3 and up

At this installation, the children can visit and set sail with the bumboats, to learn more about the history, heritage and cultural significance of the bumboats that ply the Singapore River and the also visit the historical sites such as the former Parliament House and Cavenagh Bridge along the Singapore River banks.

Our Favourite Places – Trolley Bus & Trishaw Trails

Co-developed with Nanyang Technological University, School of Art, Design and Media, Graduate Programme

Saturday 27th May – Sunday 30th July | 10am – 6pm

Last admission at 530pm

Glass Atrium, Level 2

Suitable for ages 5 and up

Children, time to hop on a trolley bus and explore Chinatown, Kampong Glam, Little India and Katong, Singapore’s cultural heritage sites, by using your senses of taste, touch, smell and sight. Remember to stop by and indulge in some art and craft work, you can decorate very own Peranakan tile and more!

Children, you can also peddle back in time on a trishaw, into the 1970s and 1980s, visiting popular entertainment venues such as amusement parks and Singapore Zoo. There are interactive sensory stations, remember to stop by and have fun there exploring!

Beside the installations and exhibitions, there are also other programmes, story telling sessions, tours and workshops at the National Museum during the Children’s Season Singapore.

More information can be found on the website www.museums.com.sg/cs17

The National Gallery Singapore is also one of the participating museum for the Children’s Season Singapore, one of the museums of the Museum Roundtable. I visited their Children’s Biennale recently, do drop by my article and check out what you can discover and have a fun family bonding time there! I am planning to visit some of the other participating museums involved in Children’s Season Singapore, I would share my stories and photos if I do visit them!

Parents and adults, the Children’s Season is a perfect time to bring your children/nephews/nieces out to the various museums/galleries in Singapore, visit, participate and have a good family bonding time together! Enjoy and have lots of fun at Children’s Season Singapore!

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Review

The Canon EOS 5D series family of DSLR camera bodies are well known in the market, it’s one of the best full frame DSLR cameras with great technical specifications and capabilities. My story with the Canon EOS 5D series began with the Canon EOS 5D Mark III.

When I reviewed the Canon EOS 5D Mark III in 2012, I had a fun and exciting photography adventure at that time, one of the photographs that I shot with the Canon EOS 5D Mark III review camera during that time was chosen for a photography exhibition at Gardens By The Bay when it was officially opened. The EOS 5D Mark III was like my secret lucky charm Canon DLSR camera that I never owned.

Fast forward from 2012 to 2014, I went for a trip to Hokkaido in November 2014 with a loan unit from a photographer friend Marcus, this maiden Hokkaido trip turned out into another photography milestone for me, the Canon EOS 5D Mark III was the camera that allowed me to capture some of the most gorgeous landscape photographs, opening up my maiden entry into publishing my own photobook and printing A3 photographs on my Canon PIXMA Pro 10 printer for some special group of relatives and friends who encouraged and supported me a lot when I started on my photography journey.

The Canon EOS 5D Mark III set a pretty high benchmark for her performance and capabilities. When the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV was announced in August 2016, I was secretly excited (from a photography enthusiast perspective) and would love to have a go with this new Canon EOS 5D Mark IV. From a professional/commercial photographer perspective, I am very keen and curious to see, feel and test for myself the capabilities of this new DSLR camera, how does it compare to the EOS 5DS, EOS 5DS R and EOS 5D Mark III, considering its price and the features packed inside the EOS 5D Mark IV.

From my first few photographs that I shot with the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, to be honest with everybody here, I was blown away by the accuracy and improved dynamic range of the EOS 5D Mark IV. I used the Speedlite 580EX2 with the EOS 5D Mark IV, I was able to get very accurate photographs without much/any shadows, thanks to the improved dynamic range of the EOS 5D Mark IV.

The Canon EOS 5D Mark IV graced a few events during the period it was with me, participated in some interesting photography adventures, visiting the Singapore Philatelic Museum, National Museum of Singapore and Asian Civilisations Museum, LG G6 smartphone launch, attended a modern communal dining known as the Quarters Experience and also a product/portraiture collaboration photo shoot. I also brought it out to take photographs of the cats in my neighbourhood, as well as, acting as a tourist and taking photographs of the Marina Bay during a photography walkabout.

Through the photographs that I took during this review period, I also observed and wrote down my thoughts and views on the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV that stood out during my observation during the review period.

Tiffany Yong

Peps Goh

Hong Peng

Improved dynamic range

The dynamic range of the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV has improved in the darks/shadows range from her early predecessor models. During the various shoots with the EOS 5D Mark IV, I observed that the EOS 5D Mark IV managed to capture the details of the darks/shadows range, thus allowing easier post editing in the darks/shadows recovery.

I also observed the improvement of the dynamic range from an earlier review, the Canon EOS 1DX Mark II. From my personal observations from the photographs that I took, analysing and forming my own personal opinions after reviewing both the EOS 5D Mark IV and EOS 1DX Mark II, my personal view is that the EOS 5D Mark IV has a more improved dynamic range than the EOS 1DX Mark II.

Colours

One aspect of the Canon EOS 5D series of DSLR cameras is the colours, they are able to produce rich and dynamic colours, ideal for travel photography and portraiture photography! Personally, I find the Canon EOS 5D series cameras (having also reviewed EOS 5D Mark III, EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R) produce rich and dynamic colours, suitable for straight off the camera jpeg photos printing.

Anti-Flickr

An improvement that many photographers would welcome with open arms, especially those photographers who have to shoot indoors, whether for events, indoor events or sports. This feature was available in the Canon EOS 1DX Mark II.

Inside my review article that I published not too long ago, I also wrote about this feature. The flickering of the indoor lights always pose an issue to photographers and they can give some photographers many problems/challenges to handle when shooting indoors. With the Anti-Flicker technology, indoor sports or events photography with the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV is so much more easier and pleasant, without the hassles of the flickering lights.

Wi-Fi

The demands of photography and how society “consumes” photographs have changed a lot over time, there are times when a photographer needs to send their works as fast as possible, to their client, agency or even doing live updates on their social media channels/platforms.

With the Wi-Fi built inside the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, photographers would find this capability a blessing and sometimes, a must for their photography works requirement, especially for events photography.

Although my Wi-Fi connection setup between the DSLR and smartphone wasn’t as smooth flowing as I would like it to be, once it was setup and connected. Future connections were much faster and smoother, thus allowing quick and easy connection between the camera and smartphone, thus allowing the photographer to continue with their workflow to share or send the photographs over to their client/agency.

Sports/wildlife/fast action photography

The Canon EOS 5D Mark IV is a great camera and can be utilised in many photography genre. However, my personal opinions are that it’s not fast enough for sports/wildlife/fast action photography, even though it can still do its job and capture the photographs that you need.

The EOS 5D Mark IV is an excellent camera, highly and strongly recommended for travel, events, portraiture photography. If you are looking at sports/wildlife/fast action photography, do consider the Canon EOS 1DX Mark II.

4K Video capabilities

The reputation and video capabilities of the Canon EOS 5D series has always been one of the key and strong factors that make the Canon EOS 5D series well liked by professionals. Although I am a stills person, I do take videos once a while to complement my photography and writing work.

The Canon EOS 5D Mark IV has the ability to shoot DCI 4K movies and this is something that is very much welcomed. The Dual Pixel CMOS AF built inside the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, makes shooting of 4K videos easier and faster.

While I may not be a professional in video production work, the ability to shoot 4K videos is a huge bonus when it is needed, for events, travel photography etc. I shot some videos below with the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV during the review period, here are some of them uploaded onto my YouTube channel:

Thoughts and views – EOS 5D Mark IV vs EOS 5DS vs EOS 5DS R vs EOS 5D Mark III

The Canon EOS 5D family has produced an excellent series of DSLR cameras, some photographers might be thinking inside their mind, which model among them suits my photography genres and needs?

Therefore, I have come up with my own personal pointers to help/direct you towards the Canon EOS 5D camera models that might suit you best –

Choose the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

  • You are into events / travel photography
  • You are also into 4K video production
  • You are into medium format prints

Choose the Canon EOS 5DS R

  • You need the high megapixels
  • You are into large format prints
  • Travel photography is your key focus

Choose the Canon EOS 5DS

  • You need the high megapixels
  • You are into large format prints
  • Portraiture / Products photography are your key focus

Choose the Canon EOS 5D Mark III

  • When budget is a constraint and you don’t mind a slightly older DSLR camera model that is still a good DSLR camera

From my personal experiences reviewing all the above Canon EOS 5D series DSLR cameras, I personally prefer the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV (for travel, products and events photography) and the Canon EOS 5DS R (for commercial travel projects).

Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS II USM lens review

The Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS II USM lens is a kit lens that can be part of Canon EOS 5D Mark IV kit set combination that you can purchase with, the other combination being the EF 24-70mm f/4 L IS USM. The EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS II USM lens is an upgrade to the earlier EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM lens that is a kit lens for the Canon EOS 5D in 2005.

At this focal length from 24mm to 105mm, it’s ideal for wide angle to mid telephoto photography usage. A pretty solid and excellent lens, great for general photography usage. This is a much improved lens through my observations during the review period, whereby I shot quite a number of photographs with this kit lens. With the improved IS performances, the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS II USM lens is ideal for the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, in both stills photography and videography.

Final thoughts, views and opinions

The Canon EOS 5D Mark IV is an excellent and capable DSLR camera, ideal for both stills photography and videography. During the short review period, I managed to explore and tested out most of her capabilities. The Canon EOS 5D Mark IV is really ideal for events, wedding and also travel photography.

I currently own the Canon EOS 1DX as my main camera setup, the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV is able to fit in nicely to my overall setup if I decide to go ahead with this combination and also if my finances allow. This is a really awesome DSLR camera and I really like it a lot.

In my earlier paragraphs, I wrote about my personal thoughts on the Canon EOS 5D series family of DSLR cameras. I would use that as a guide if I decide to add in another DSLR camera to my current setup and I hope this personal sharing would be useful for my followers, readers and fellow photographers. From my reviews done so far, I have a personal and stronger inclination towards Canon EOS 5D Mark IV and EOS 5DS R, based on their key strengths and photography direction that I want to head into with each of them.

The retail recommended price for the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV might be a bit pricey, however, this is definitely a worthy investment if you have the funds. If you are planning to own the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, go for it and explore the world of stills photography and videography together in one powerful Canon DSLR camera body!

** I would like to thank Canon Singapore for the opportunity to review the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV **


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National Gallery Singapore Children’s Biennale

A Biennale, this word originates from Biennale, an international art exhibition held every two years at Venice, Italy. In today’s context, it is a large art exhibition held biennially. I had visited the past few editions of Singapore Biennale, however, for a children’s biennale, this is something very new, interesting and exciting to me! A large art exhibition for the children, a Children’s Biennale at the National Gallery Singapore. The Gallery’s Children’s Biennale is about dreams and stories.

From 20th May 2017 to 8th October, the children in Singapore has a large art exhibition dedicated to them, to learn, participate and enjoy themselves at the National Gallery Singapore. Since June is the school holidays season, it’s a perfect time for parents to bring their children down to National Gallery Singapore for Children’s Biennale, the first ever Gallery Children’s Biennale!

At the Gallery Children’s Biennale, there are many artworks for the children to learn, enjoy and have fun. For the parents and adults, you can also participate together with the children too! What are the artworks and activities that you can do together with your children at Gallery Children’s Biennale?

Let me share with you my (back to being a child) journey into Children’s Biennale at National Gallery Singapore –

First and foremost, pick up a Gallery Children’s Biennale Art Pack at Level B1 ticketing counter, costing just $5, they are the passport kit set to have fun there, information and tools, consisting of activity cards, kid-sized festival pass, cute rainbow pencil and many more! Once you have the Children’s Biennale Art Pack, it’s time to start the fun rolling with your children!

Open the festival map, you can see that the artworks are spread over 4 levels, Level B1, 1, 2 and 3. You can choose your own adventure flow or you can start from Level B1, followed by Levels 1, 2 and 3. Every artwork tells a story, whereby the child can learn and see the world through the eyes of the artists. Let me start from Level B1

Level B1

Rock & Sphere

Ian Woo | City Hall Wing, Level B1, Auditorium Anteroom | Until 24th September  

What can happen with two objects that can be taken apart and rearranged into something else, new forms, shapes and sizes, based on your own imagination and creativity.

Time to let the children unleash their creativity and imagination!

Homogenizing and Transforming World

teamLab | City Hall, Level B1, The Ngee Ann Kongsi Concourse Gallery

Navigate your way through the maze of glowing orbs that change colour and produce sounds when touched. Probably another one of the visitors favourite artworks of Children’s Biennale!

The Obliteration Room

Yayoi Kusama | Supreme Court Win, Level B1, Concourse Gallery 2

This artwork, in my personal opinion, could be the most popular artwork of Gallery Children’s Biennale. A creative and colourful avenue for the children to paste colourful stickers all over the furniture and walls of this white room.

I can’t wait to see how this room transforms into on the last day of the Gallery Children’s Biennale. I haven’t paste my colourful stickers yet and I want to return back there again.

Firewalk: A Bridge of Embers

Mark Justiniani | Supreme Court Wing, Level B1, Outside Concourse Gallery 2

Take a walk, on this very special bridge. You MUST LOOK DOWN while you walk and do not be afraid! Observe and discover the many different artefacts and items, from the excavations of the former Supreme Court building below.

Level 1

Being Yourself

Chng Seok Tin | Padang Atrium, Level 1

The artist’s woodcuts on the wall tell a few stories. The children can feel, touch and colour out the stories from the woodcuts on a piece of tracing paper. This form of art and craft paperwork brought back memories to me when I was a young student doing such form of art and craft. Somehow, it can be pretty therapeutic art and craft activity.

From Rochor to Kallang

Vincent Leow | City Hall Wing, Level 1, City Hall Foyer

An interesting (and probably a little bit abstract) artwork, inspired by the iconic colourful HDB blocks of Rochor Centre, they had recently relocated to the Kallang area. Listen to the sounds of nature as you explore those wooden towers with interesting items kept inside the bird traps.

Let Your Imagination Take Flight

City Hall Wing, Level 1

Visit the refreshed Keppel Centre for Art Education, explore the spaces and activities that the children would love.

Level 2

A Guide to the Flora and Fauna of the World, Children’s Edition

Robert Zhao | City Hall Wing, Level 2, Social Table

The human race has changed the Earth landscape tremendously over the centuries. What are some of the animals, plants and environments that have been affected by the actions of the human race? Visit this artwork to discover and learn more about them!

Duplet

Lynn Lu | City Hall Wing, Level 2, Singapore Courtyard

This is an interesting artwork. There is a cloud artwork beside the wall, your family can sit down together below the cloud, then everyone of you pop your heads into the cloud, look at the questions posed by the artist and answer them.

This Changed My Life

Lynn Lu | City Hall Wing, Level 2, Singapore Courtyard

This is one of my favourite artworks! We usually pen down our memories, thoughts and feelings on pieces of paper, at this particular artwork station, it’s slightly different. The children (and adults) can pen down a significant memory on a piece of ribbon. Thereafter, bring it into the room and tie it across the room, forming a web of shared memories.

I am wondering how all those web memories would transform into, as more visitors contribute and pen their significant memories?

Level 3

The Sonnet in Blue

Tran Trong Vu | Supreme Court Wing, Level 3, Supreme Court Foyer

This is like a playground, a maze of handmade flowers with poems and stories written on the petals. The children will love to play hide and seek with you at this artwork!

As an adult, I really had a great time at the first Gallery Children’s Biennale! Personally, I think inside every adult, there is a child inside you that is waiting to appear again, enjoying the carefree childhood fun days.

To all parents with children and adults with nephews and nieces, the National Gallery Singapore Children’s Biennale is something magical, fun, experential, interactive and learning. This is an excellent and wonderful family bonding time, the young children can learn about artworks, explore their curiousity and creativity.

If you are an adult (young or old), why not visit Gallery Children’s Biennale, explore the artworks and be a young child again? I am planning to go back and revisit the National Gallery Singapore Children’s Biennale again. There are some artworks that I haven’t fully cover/photograph in detail and I also want to play with the artworks again. Which artworks do you think that I would be going back to?

For more information and details of the Children’s Biennale and other programmes, visit their website – www.childrensbiennale.com. If you are sharing your Children’s Biennale adventure photos on social media platforms, do hashtag #childrensbiennale !


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Army Open House 2017 @ City – A Sneak Preview

The Army Open House 2017 is returning after a 5 year hiatus and it’s making a comeback in the City, in the heart of Singapore’s downtown district at the Marina Bay area! Army Open House 2017 @ City is taking place this coming weekend, Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th May 2017 at the F1 Pit Building in the Marina Bay area, from 9am to 8pm. There are many exciting things to see, do, participate, have fun, enjoy and relive your National Service memories (for those who served NS before). I was at Army Open House 2012 @ Our City, I had an enjoyable time there, that year was NS45 and it brought me back many memories of my NS days! Before you continue reading, take a flight back in time to Army Open House 2012 through my article and photos!

Now, let me bring you back to 2017! This coming weekend, Army Open House is making a comeback into the City! There is something for everybody to do and participate, from the young children to the adults! The Army Open House 2017 @ City will be an excellent family outing to learn and know more about National Service in Singapore, the importance and significance of Total Defence, the history, heritage and many different memories of 50 years of National Service, as well as understanding and knowing the capabilities of our 3G Singapore Army.

Today, I am going to share a sneak preview of what the visitors can see, do, participate, watch, enjoy, have fun and learn at Army Open House 2017 @ City! First and foremost, let me show you the map below, the layout of Army Open House 2017 @ City

Source: The Singapore Army Facebook Page / Map download link for easy viewing – http://bit.ly/aoh17layout

First and foremost, before you visit Army Open House 2017 @ City, remember to download the Army Open House 2017 Mobile Application from the Apple Store, Google Play or via this link: https://aoh17.skyopt.com/

From the map, you can see that there are a vibrant and diverse mix of activities, displays, exhibitions, performances at Army Open House 2017 @ City, from static exhibits, dynamic performances, battle rides, interactive games, activities and of course, Singaporeans favourite topic – food. All the various activities promise to keep your whole family entertained and engaged at Army Open House 2017 @ City.

Let me share with you some of the key highlights of Army Open House 2017

Go on Battle Rides

The Battle Rides will be one of the main/most popular highlights of Army Open House 2017, whereby you would expect a huge crowd wanting to have a go on the various Battle Rides offered during Army Open House 2017 @ City.

Land Rides – Terrex ICV , Bronco ATTC , LSV Mark II , Peacekeeper PRV

Water Rides – M3G , LARC V

I took a ride on the M3G during the media preview, had a short water ride on the waters of Marina Bay, had some great views of the Marina Bay surroundings and Army Open House 2017!

Take note! Look out on the map and head down to the booth to register for your battle rides!

Participate in “Soldier Strong Challenge”

An action area, ideal for adults to participate together with their children, great time for father-child bonding session! It’s a mix of the former Standard Obstacle Course (a.k.a SOC) and the new age SOC for the modern 3G Army training.

When I saw the “SOC ground”, it brought back many many NS memories for me, the SOC was a nightmare for me when I was a recruit, as time went by during my NS time, it got better and easier as I got fitter from the physical training, conditioning and build up during my NS days. Many stories and memories from my SOC days during my NS days, those were some unforgettable days for me.

If you are game for it, have a go at the “Soldier Strong Challenge” with your child, it’s going to be a priceless family bonding activity!

NS50 Showcase

50 years, a milestone for National Service in Singapore. Our Singapore Army has come a long way since 1967, since the start of National Service. Today, we had a modern 3rd Generation army equipped with some of the latest military equipment and vehicles. National Service had gone through so much over the 50 years and I was also one of the many many Singaporeans that went through National Service. The importance and significance of National Service must never be forgotten, all of us have a part to play in our national defence.

The NS50 Showcase is a very interesting exhibition, besides walking through history and evolution of National Service in Singapore, this is also an experiential exhibition incorporating modern technology such as virtual reality and videos.

This NS50 Showcase is not just a history showcase, it’s also about the people that went through, served and supported NS, it’s also about the achievements of our National Service men and women, in defending and safeguarding Singapore, as well as the international roles/support that our Singapore Armed Forces played.

National Service – Serve, Support, Pledge, Reflect, four keywords at the end of NS50 Showcase segment. We must not forget that defence and safety of our nation lies in our own hands and not somebody else.

Dynamic Defence Display (3D) Show

The Dynamic Defence Display (3D) Show is another key highlight of Army Open House 2017 @ City. The 3D Show gives the public a better understanding of our various types of military equipment, vehicles, personnel in action, a showcase of the modern 3G Army warfare capabilities.

There are quite a number of 3D Show in action, it would be great for the family and children to watch and learn more about Singapore Army. What are some of the 3D show actions that you can expect to watch? Let me share some photographs below!

Limited edition collectibles

Take a look at this video on The Singapore Army Facebook Page, would you love to get your hands on these collectibles?

Yes, you can get your hands on them by taking part in various activities during Army Open House 2017 @ City to redeem them!

Many more things/exhibits/fun to explore

There are still a lot more to explore at Army Open House 2017 @ City!

  • Remember to go for your Canteen break!
  • There are kids and games zone on level 2 of the F1 Pit Building
  • Check out the Army Exhibition on level 1 amd 2
  • Army Platforms Display along the F1 main track
  • Visit the Battlefield Zone and get yourself into action
  • Performances on the Main Stage

For more information and updates, here are some of the key website and social media links

A gentle reminder to all visitors to Army Open House 2017 @ City, please take note of the following:

  • Dress in comfortable attire
  • Wear covered shoes
  • Wear a cap
  • Remember to keep yourself hydrated when you are at Army Open House 2017 @ City

This will be a great time for a family outing! Parents, bring your children down to Army Open House 2017 @ City, enjoy and have fun! Share with them your NS memories and stories!

I would like to thank Army Information Centre for the invitation to the media preview of Army Open House 2017 @ City!

***** Update 29th May 2017 *****

Due to overwhelming response and positive feedback from the public, Army Open House 2017 @ City has now extended to 29th May 2017 from 9am to 8pm. More information inside their Facebook Page!

Star Wars Day 2017 in Singapore

Every year, Star Wars fans around the world mark May 4th as Star Wars Day, celebrating everything related to Star Wars. In Singapore, the 40th anniversary of Star Wars, was celebrated with a big three days event at Gardens By The Bay in Singapore.

May 4th, 2017 falls on a Thursday, with Gardens By The Bay turning into a Star Wars festival ground, ending off with the Star Wars run on 6th May 2017. While I didn’t participate in the Star Wars run, I visited Star Wars Day 2017 on May 4th and 5th at Gardens By The Bay, the SuperTree Grove at Gardens By The Bay turning into a Star Wars festival ground.

At the SuperTree Grove, there were booths showcasing Star Wars merchandise/toys for sale, memorabilia, charity photo booth, photography taking opportunities with Star Wars characters, the Star Wars AT-ST Walker making a guest appearance and getting a lot of fanfare! The charity photo booth was managed by fellow photographer friend Ted Chen Photography, a hardcore Star Wars fan, it was great catching up with Ted for a short time during my visit to Star Wars Day 2017 on May 4th.

In the night, the SuperTree Grove transformed into a magical night of lights and music display, presenting Garden Rhapsody: Star Wars edition. For the Star Wars fans, we all love this Garden Rhapsody: Star Wars edition! The SuperTree Grove became SaberTrees, shining high above into the Marina Bay skyline for three nights during Star Wars Day 2017 in Singapore from May 4th to May 6th. This was a magnificent sight for Star Wars fans as well as photographers, watching it from the grounds of Gardens By The Bay or from the Marina Bay Sands hotel linkway bridge to Gardens By The Bay.

Star Wars Day 2017 was really nice, with the bigger event space at SuperTree Grove, the Star Wars AT-ST Walker making an appearance and the SaberTrees shining high and bright into the Marina Bay skyline. They were some of the highlights that made Star Wars Day 2017 much more special and memorable! I hope that they can continue with it in Star Wars Day 2018!

Wishing all fellow Star Wars fans, May the 4th Be With You, Always! Looking forward to Star Wars VIII – The Last Jedi on 15th December 2017!


Created with flickr slideshow.

Singapore Heritage Festival 2017 @ Singapore River

The Singapore Heritage Festival 2017 is now entering into her final weekend, this Saturday 13th May and Sunday 14th May, consisting of many different festivities, performances, fun, food and celebration, with the Singapore River being the main attraction for this final Singapore Heritage Festival 2017 weekend.

Taking place at Singapore River this weekend, organised by Asian Civilisations Museum, it’s going to be transformed and brought back in time to the era when the Singapore River was a thriving hub that helped to define Singapore’s status as a trading port and one of the cross roads of the world shipping routes. At where the Asian Civilisations Museum is located, Singapore Heritage Festival 2017 final weekend takes place on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th May, they are taking over the space, bringing visitors back in time to learn and understand Singapore’s early history, heritage and culture of the Singapore River through the activities, performances and of course, delicious food.

What are some of the festivities, performances and fun that you can expect when you visit Singapore Heritage Festival 2017 at Singapore River from 12th to 13th May 2017?

  • Singapore River Performances

Asian Civilisations Museum

Various timings

Free admission

The Asian Civilisations Museum presents a series of performances related to, and inspired by, food stories and migratory cultures.

The performances include:

  • Through My Eyes

by Act 3 International

12 May | 7.30pm

13 May | 3.30pm and 7.30pm

Asian Civilisations Museum (Outdoors), Hardcourt

Meet three living statues, and listen to them bring the history of Empress Place to life. Revisit hawkers by the river, the old Immigration department, and the government offices of bygone years.

  • Part I: The Dream

by TO ensemble

13 May | 2pm and 4.30pm

Asian Civilisations Museum, Level 1, Contemporary Gallery

Spice up your afternoon with fusion music that explores the founding of the Lion City.

  • Part II: Port City

by TO ensemble

13 May | 3pm and 5.30pm

Asian Civilisations Museum, Level 2, Foyer

Be transported back to the hustle and bustle of the old Singapore River scene, and experience its growth over the years through this multicultural musical performance.

  • Sounds of the Island

by TCR Music Pte Ltd

12 and 13 May | 10pm | Asian Civilisations Museum (Outdoors), Hardcourt

& 13 May | 6pm   | Asian Civilisations Museum, Level 2, Foyer

Sing along to Xinyao, Singapore Mandarin pop tunes, surrounded by the river, food, and people that are distinct to the island.

  • A Banquet of Songs

by Vox Camerata

13 May | 1.30pm and 4pm

Asian Civilisations Museum, Level 2, Foyer

Groove to a delectable collection of folk tunes, as this a cappella group tickles your aural palate with songs of adventure, travel, and longing.

  • Museum of Eating

Asian Civilisations Museum

Date & Time: 28 April – 14 May | Throughout museum hours

Free admission

We love our Singapore food, we eat a lot, however, do we know more about food, the processes, habits, quirks and practices here in Singapore? Visit the Museum of Eating inside the Asian Civilisations Museum to find out more!

  • Masak Makan Trail

Asian Civilisations Museum, Level 1, Central Staircase

Date & Time: 12 and 13 May | Throughout museum hours

For children only

This fun activity would be ideal for parents bringing their children to Singapore Heritage Festival 2017 at the Singapore River.

Question: “Do you know why the spouts of coffee pots connect near the top of the pot, and tea pots from the bottom?”

You can find the answer by going on a self-guided trail through the Asian Civilisations Museum to discover the answer!

  • Somewhere Around Here

Asian Civilisations Museum (Outdoors)

Date & Time: 28 April – 14 May | Daily

Free admission

Photography enthusiasts, history, heritage, conservation and preservation enthusiasts, this photographic installation will definitely interest you. Walk around the environment around the Asian Civilisations Museum, discover how the surroundings around it had changed over time, through archival photos. Remember to check out the stories and anecdotes from the Oral History archives.

  • Outdoor Film Screening

Asian Civilisations Museum (Outdoors)

Date & Time: 12 & 13 May | 7.30pm – 10pm

Free admission

Watching movies under the stars, have you tried it before? It’s been a long time since I went to watch a movie under the stars! At Singapore Heritage Festival 2017 at the Singapore River, catch the local films being screened!

  • Kway Chap (2015)

by Sun Koh (15 minutes)

12 May | 7.30pm

Asian Civilisations Museum (Outdoors), ACM Green

Even though filmmaker Sun Koh grew up in a family of famous kway chap hawkers, she never made a film about them. But now she makes a last-ditch attempt to document the memories of her family and their livelihood. But many of the places where they started the trade no longer exist – is she too late?

  • Old Friends (2015)

by Royston Tan (67 minutes)

12 May | 8pm

Asian Civilisations Museum (Outdoors), ACM Green

From the creators of Old Places and Old Romances comes the final instalment of the trilogy: Old Friends. Savour the stories of those who pioneered the rich, authentic flavours of traditional Singaporean cuisine – and those lucky enough to taste them – in this evocative film by Royston Tan and his team. 

  • The Missing Ingredient (2016)

by Wang Eng Eng (19 minutes)

13 May | 7.30pm

Asian Civilisations Museum (Outdoors), ACM Green

The filmmaker follows the struggles of her cousin as he prepares for the Mid-Autumn festival in Singapore. His challenge – recreating the family’s signature salt and pepper moon cake. His efforts are subjected to criticism by the rest of the family, who feel he doesn’t know the recipe. The expectations of continuing a culinary tradition weigh heavily upon the shoulders of her cousin once again this Mid-Autumn.

  • Wanton Mee (2015)

by Eric Khoo (71 minutes)

13 May | 8pm

Asian Civilisations Museum (Outdoors), ACM Green

Wanton Mee presents the journey of Koh Chun Feng, who takes his camcorder with him to local food stalls. He begins to amass the stories of the stall owners, and hidden within those, the history of how Singaporean dishes were created.

Last but not least, when you visit Singapore Heritage Festival 2017 at the Singapore River, YOU CANNOT MISS THIS!

  • New Empress Place Food Centre

Asian Civilisations Museum (Outdoors)

Date & Time: 12 May | 7pm – 10.30pm

& 13 May | 5pm – 10.30pm

Free admission

Do you remember the Empress Place Food Centre which used to be in front of the Former Empress Place Building (now known as the Asian Civilisations Museum)? I still have some memories of this place when I was a young kid!

Now, you can relive those memories again, with the New Empress Place Food Centre! Let me show you, some photographs of the delicious local food that you can enjoy when you visit!

This is the final weekend of Singapore Heritage Festival 2017, with Singapore River being the spotlight! Come on down, visit and enjoy yourselves with your family, relatives and loved ones! Do visit the Singapore Heritage Festival website for more details of activities and events taking place at other locations too!

Singapore Heritage Festival 2017 @ Singapore River (organised by Asian Civilisations Museum)

Date & Time:

  • 12 May: 7pm – 10.30pm
  • 13 May: 1pm – 10.30pm

Free admission to the whole museum during the festival, including the Joseon Korea special exhibition.

Visit www.heritagefestival.sg for more details.

* Information courtesy of National Heritage Board *

The Neptune Convertible Art Lens by Lomography

Lomography recently introduced The Neptune Convertible Art Lens System to their line up, it’s a One Lens System with Two Aperture Mechanisms and Three Prime Lenses.

Photographers, do take a look at the Neptune Convertible Art Lens System by Lomography! There are many opportunities that can be explored with the 3 different prime lenses, to suit a wide variety of photography genres. From street photography, to portraits and travel photography, the 3 different prime lenses from the Neptune Convertible Art Lens System can do it for the photographers.

Do check out more information and details below about the Neptune Convertible Art Lens System by Lomography –

The Neptune Convertible Art Lens System offers unlimited stylistic possibilities to a whole new generation of photographers. It’s a single lens system that consists of three interchangeable lenses, each of which can be attached to the lens base to shoot at a fixed focal length of 3.5/35mm, 2.8/50mm or 4/80mm. It is also compatible for Canon EF, Nikon F or Pentax K mount and made usable with a wide range of other cameras by using adapters available from Lomography.

Photographers can switch through a range of apertures and use special drop-in aperture plates to achieve countless shooting styles. Ideal for photography and perfect for videography because of its seamless aperture, the Neptune Convertible Art Lens System offers you the ideal tools and much more for complete creative freedom — whether you’re capturing street, fashion, nature, portraiture or just the beautiful simplicity of everyday life.

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* Information and pictures courtesy of Lomography Online Services *

Festa di Papia Kristang 20-21 May 2017

The human race and society had evolved, transformed and changed tremendously over the centuries. Our living, the food we eat, an immense number of inventions and innovations, how we live as a society. Through the test of time, we had seen, learn and gain many things, as well as, losing many things in the world. One part of the human race around the world that is in danger of losing it is the art of language.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) recognises this area of huge and grave concern. They have a website dedicated to endangered languages around the world. Inevitably, probably a lot of us around the world might not be too concerned with the loss of languages. This is something that we all need to stand up and take a look into as well.

In Singapore, do we have languages that are endangered of being lost forever? Yes, there are! I was introduced to this language by my friend Ida, she shared briefly with us, a group of fellow heritage enthusiast about this language. I will be the first to confess that I never heard of this language before. What is the name of this language?

This is Kristang, a 500 year old critically-endangered heritage language of the Portuguese-Eurasian community in Singapore and Malacca. While I do know about the Eurasian community in Singapore, I never know about their language Kristang.

Festa di Papia Kristang – 1st Kristang Language Festival will be held at the Asian Civilisations Museum from 20th to 21st May 2017. I would like to take this opportunity to help publicise Festa di Papia Kristang and to help raise awareness of endangered languages. This event is open to all, regardless of heritage, experience, and language, who appreciates history, heritage, culture, conservation and preservation.

What is the Kristang language all about?

The language was once widely spoken in the Portuguese-Eurasian community in Singapore and Malacca until the 1930s; however, in Singapore at present, the language is unrecognised nationally and institutionally, intergenerational transmission of the language has ceased, and few Singaporeans even know it exists. Kristang, like every community language, represents a crucial and intangible part of the heritage of the Portuguese-Eurasian community, and immediate preservation and revitalisation efforts are required if the language is to be saved from extinction. The Kodrah†Kristang (‘Awaken, Kristang’) long-term revitalisation initiative thus seeks to revitalise the language to a more healthy state by 2035.

* *Information courtesy of Kodrah Kristang**

What does the Kristang Language Festival hopes to address and achieve?

  1. promoting awareness of the critically endangered status of Kristang
  2. encouraging the preservation of Kristang among Singaporeans of Portuguese-Eurasian descent.
  3. developing in all Singaporeans an awareness of and respect for the value of the heritage of our different races and ethnic communities, including language and culture-specific knowledge.
  4. seeding awareness of Kristang’s existence into broader Singaporean public discourse such that the preservation of the language starts to accumulate both institutional support and support from the general public.

* *Information courtesy of Kodrah Kristang**

There are a number of different events and activities lined up for Kristang Language Festival 2017 on 20th to 21st May 2017. For more information, check out the URL links below

Website: http://festa.kristang.com/

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/kodrahkristang/

Email: kodrah@kristang.com

Do help to Pay It Forward and Pass It On, share it with your family, relatives and friends on the Festa di Papia Kristang! Let’s help to keep our diverse history, heritage and culture of Singapore alive and strong, not just for the current generation, also for the future generations and beyond.

* Information and picture courtesy of Kodrash Kristang *

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