Happy 51st Birthday Singapore!

9th August 2016, Singapore’s 51st Birthday!

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I wrote down quite a fair bit of thoughts and feelings on my personal blog, do drop by and read it at your own pleasure!

Wishing Singapore a Happy 51st Birthday! We are a young nation and we still have a long way to go!

Canon EOS M10 with EF-M 15-45mm & EF-M 55-200mm Review

The Canon EOS M10 is the most recent addition to the Canon EOS M family of the mirrorless camera bodies and lenses. The Canon EOS M10 was launched in October 2015, with their news release shared in an earlier article that I wrote and shared here. The review unit package that I received for this particular review was the Rilakkuma Special Edition x EOS M10 Kit III (EF-M 15-45mm & EF-M 55-200mm).

I brought the Canon EOS M10 out for events, photo walks and as my daily compact camera in my bag. Some of the events that I attended with the Canon EOS M10 kit III set were LG IT Media launch, Marine Cove McDonald’s re-opening, Emirates Singapore Derby 2016 and a heritage visit to Peranakan Museum for their special exhibition, Nonya Needlework – Embroidery and beadwork in the Peranakan World. I also brought the Canon EOS M10 with the EF-M 55-200mm lens for some outdoors photo walk near my neighourhood, testing it with some bird photography shoot.

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During the two weeks review period, I also had the cute and adorable EOS M Rilakkuma Bear with me, joining me for my photo walks and I had a few interesting Toy Travel adventures into the Singapore heartlands, events and heritage exploration! I had some nice memories of them that I shared on my Instagram! This famous iconic cute bear with the Canon EOS M collaboration, gave me a number of photography opportunities to compose and photograph different perspectives with the Rilakkuma Bear inside the frame, sharing it on social media, with my own style of creative writing.

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First, let me bring you back and refresh your memories, here are some key information and details about the Canon EOS M10 –

Technical Specifications

  • Image sensor: 18.0 mega-pixel APS-C CMOS sensor
  • Imaging processor: DIGIC 6
  • ISO speed: 100-12,800 (expandable to 25,600)
  • Continuous shooting speed: 4.6 fps
  • Maximum video quality: 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
  • AF: Hybrid CMOS AF II
  • LCD: 180 / 45 degrees tilt type touch screen, approx. 1.04 million dots
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi, NFC-enabled
  • Dimensions: 108 mm in length, 66.6 mm in breadth and 35.0 mm in depth
  • Weight: Approx. 301 g (CIPA standard)

What were my experiences, thoughts and views on the Canon EOS M10 during my two weeks review period? Let me share with you ~

Pros

  • Lightweight and compact
  • Easy to use
  • Intitutive, interactive and informative screen, similar to the new Canon DSLR models
  • Touch screen allows the photographer to change the settings easily
  • Colours – rich and accurate, quality is close to Canon DSLR standards
  • Easy access button on the right side of the camera body to activate wi-fi and connect with smartphone/tablet
  • Improved Auto-Focus (AF) speed and number of AF points from earlier Canon EOS M models
  • A range of stylish face jackets from a range of colours are available to accessorise the Canon EOS M10, making it fun, colourful, lively and fashionable.

Cons

  • No side grip on the camera body, making it uncomfortable to hold
  • There is no hot-shoe mount therefore the Canon EVF accessory could not be used with the EOS-M10
  • The On/Off button is too small, difficult to press and it is placed together with the switch for video/photography/auto mode selection
  • The noise level at ISO 12,800 is grainy and I don’t recommend to shoot at that ISO level

The Canon EF-M lenses, EF-M 15-45mm and EF-M 55-200mm, are designed and built for the E0S M series camera bodies. These new lenses showed Canon’s commitment towards the Canon EOS M mirrorless series and I would be expecting more EF-M lenses choices to be available in the future.

Let me share with you more about my experiences with the two EF-M lenses below ~

EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM Review

This lens is small, compact and lightweight. It would be suitable for a general walkabout/daily /travel lens that do not require telephoto focal range. The built and feel of this lens is not too bad, it doesn’t feel flimsy at all. For this small lens package, it has produced some pretty good photo quality shots that may be comparable with DSLR quality (also thanks to the APS-C CMOS sensor with Digic 6 processor) from my experiences during the review period.

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There is something that photographers need to take note, there is a mechanical lever that locks the lens in place, making it collapsible and compact when not in use. It takes a while to get used to this function, some might find it a bit troublesome, some might find it useful that the lens can be collapsible and very compact.

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Once it is unlocked, the front of the EF-M 15-45mm lens protrude out when it is used between the focal range. While it may not be the best in aesthetics, this small and compact lens sure pack some pretty good quality photography output for its specifications.

EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM Review 

This is a small, compact and lightweight telephoto zoom lens, it is easy to bring out for your photo shoot or your overseas holiday trip if you decide to bring along a telephoto zoom lens. For this focal length range, it’s mid to tele focal length, at 200mm focal length, this can be very useful and helpful to capture photographs at a distance away.

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For a telephoto zoom lens, I would usually test the quality of the bokeh at their maximum focal length @ 200mm. The bokeh is pretty good for this lens specifications, quite smooth bokeh. As for the speed of this lens, it is not fast and the photographer might find it difficult to get the object zoomed in and lock focus. In this aspect, wildlife and fast action photography with this lens might prove a bit more challenging than usual. Nevertheless, with patience, positioning and waiting for the right moment, you can capture some wildlife shots too.

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Video recording

The Canon EOS M10 is able to record Full HD videos at 1920 x 1080 (30p/25p/24p). This function is very useful for recording videos and memories of your holiday trips or events, not too difficult to use.

During Emirates Singapore Derby 2016, at the Marquee, watching the horses racing past us towards the finishing line, I used the EOS M10 video recording function and recorded a short video clip of the horse racing action. I also did a short video clip of my very friendly and cute neighbourhood cat playing with my Peak Design Everyday Messenger Bag! Check out the videos shot with the Canon EOS M10 on my YouTube!

 

In the modern social media era, there are great awareness, accessibility and usage of videos in our daily leisure life, professional/commercial aspects of it. Having a camera with good and easy to use video recording capabilities is now pretty much an integral part of our life, whether leisure or professional. Videos are great for personal usage, sharing with family, friends and followers on social media.

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The Rilakkuma Special Edition x Canon EOS M10 kit III set, consisting of EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM and EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM, is a good combination for a first time photographer (e.g. photographers moving up from digital compact cameras or current entry level DSLR users) that would like/prefer to own a mirrorless camera system. It is easy to use and the two different focal lengths of the EF-M lenses cover from wide angle zoom to telephoto zoom. The whole Canon EOS M10 setup is lightweight and compact, ideal for your daily bring out usage, attending events, parties, gatherings, and even bringing it overseas for your holiday travels. For the more experienced photographers that already have a DSLR camera system setup and looking for a mirrorless setup, they might prefer the Canon EOS M3 instead.

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The mirrorless camera eco-system has improved over the years, it can be a photographer’s main or secondary setup depending on their photography focus and needs. They can be great for travel, street, food or daily camera usage photography. However, in my personal humble opinion, the mirrorless camera system is still not ready to take over sports, wildlife and fast action photography.

Looking back at Canon’s mirrorless EOS M family of cameras and EF-M lenses since their maiden debut with the Canon EOS M1, they have changed, improvised and expanded their mirrorless family of camera bodies, lenses and accessories over the years. From my personal experiences using Canon’s photography products and accessories over the past 12 years (and still counting), along with my recent trip to Canon EXPO 2016 Shanghai, listening to the keynote speeches, media interactions with Canon’s key senior executives and observing recent launches, my personal view is that Canon is committed to their mirrorless EOS M and I am looking forward to more Canon mirrorless products (EOS M bodies and more EF-M lenses) in the near future.

If you are interested, do drop by and read an article that I wrote earlier, “The Next Wave and Trends (From Canon EXPO Shanghai 2016)”, where I based my observations and views from when I was summarising on the Canon EOS M10 review and Canon EOS M mirrorless system family.

If you are looking for a fun, simple and easy to use mirrorless camera with interchangable lenses capability, do check out the Canon EOS M10, have a feel and see how it goes for you!

* I would like to thank Canon Singapore and Ogilvy Public Relations for the opportunity to review the Canon EOS M10 kit III set with the Canon EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM and Canon EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM lenses *


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New Lomo’Instant Milano Edition by Lomography

Lomographers alert! There is a new lomography camera and that is the Lomo’Instant Milano Edition! This new lomography is inspired by the Italian fashion capital, Milan, combining style and function into one package!

The Lomo'Instant Milano Edition

Here are some key links for you Lomography fans!

– Online: http://shop.lomography.com/en/lomo-instant-milano

– Gallery Stores: https://www.lomography.com/about/stores

Lomography fans, check out the latest Lomo’Instant Milano Edition! Let me share with you more information from the press release information below –

Instant Italian Flair 

Channeling the Italian flair and combining style and function like no other, the Lomo’Instant Milano comes in loud colors and a bold design that make it nothing short of a fashion statement. Users can shoot in

Beginners and experienced users alike can enjoy a variety of shooting styles made possible by the numerous features of the Lomo’Instant Milano Edition. Paired with the Close-up, Portrait, and Fisheye lens attachments, photo walks will be the most fun they’ve ever been.

The Lomo’Instant Milano Edition continues the fun Lomo’Instant tradition as it joins the ranks of other equally stunning cameras that capture the beauty of travel and memories such as the Lomo’ Instant San Sebastían, Lomo’Instant Honolulu, Lomo’Instant Marrakesh, Lomo’Instant Montenegro, Lomo’Instant Reykjavik, Lomo’Instant Sanremo, and Lomo’Instant Kyoto. Get yours in the Online Shop or Gallery Stores worldwide!

THE MOST CREATIVE INSTANT CAMERA EVER

The Lomo’Instant is the ideal instant camera for everyone – from complete beginners to photography experts – because it’s equipped with easy-to-use features for unlimited creative options!

  • Built-in Wide Angle lens with additional Fisheye, Close Up and Portrait lens
  • Shoot with flash on or off
  • Unlimited multiple exposures
  • Infinite long exposures for light painting and night time shooting
  • Color flash gels in red, blue, purple and yellow
  • Easy 2 step-focusing
  • The perfect size to take wherever you go
  • Works with the high quality and widely available Fujifilm Instax Mini film

Camera Specifications

Film Format: Fujifilm Instax Mini Film

Exposure Area: 42mm x 64mm

Shutter Speed: 1/125s / Bulb

Apertures: f/8, f/11 f/16, f/22, f/32

Ejection Mechanism: Motorized

Multiple Exposures: Yes

Built-in Flash GN: 9(m)

Automatic Flash Output: Yes

Battery Supply: 6V (4x AAA batteries)

Tripod mount: Yes

Cable Release Mount: Yes

Here are some key links for you Lomography fans!

Lomo’Instant Site: http://microsites.lomography.com/lomo-instant-camera/

Buy the Lomo’Instant Milano Edition:

Online: http://shop.lomography.com/en/lomo-instant-milano

Gallery Stores: https://www.lomography.com/about/stores

*Information and picture courtesy of Lomography Online Services Southeast Asia*

The Real McCoy – Salted Egg Burger by The Quarters

A few years ago in 2014, I met this guy at a Singapore Tourism Board (STB) event at “Reliving the memories of Haw Par Villa”. He had a small stall in the food village of the STB event, selling a delicious dessert crème brulee of a fruit that I don’t like, the durian crème brulee. For durian lovers, you would love the durian crème brulee, for non durian fans, you can go for his vanilla crème brulee.

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From a pop up stall, he grew, set up and revolutionised local fusion food with the opening of his café/bistro – The Quarters. I really like The Quarters various local fusion food cuisines, not just because it was really delicious. This was also due to his perseverance to innovate and improve his various cuisines, making it a beautiful and gorgeous combination of the East meets West cuisine. From my coverage of his food at the Quarters in this article that I wrote in 2015 and knowing him personally as a friend, a foodie and the founder of The Quarters, I don’t just sense his love and pride for this food and cooking, I can see it and of course eat it (through his various dishes).

Today, I would like to introduce another new cuisine by The Quarters. This is the Real McCoy, a salted egg burger proudly produced and presented by The Quarters.

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To be honest with everybody, I wasn’t sure what to expect from another salted egg dish initially. When I went to The Quarters and attended their food tasting session, I can understand why this was appropriately named The Real McCoy. Look a good look at the salted egg aioli oozing out from this delicious burger! I really love it, I can feel and taste it, the aroma of the salted egg! Partner The Real McCoy with their Shiok Fries and the overall eating sensation is sibei shiok ah!

Let me share with you some information about The Real McCoy, it’s a oat battered, spiced butter milk infused chicken patty, thick, crispy, juicy and not too oily too! It’s accompanied by a nice amount of lettuce, tomato and last but not least, their legendary salted egg aioli!

When I opened my mouth and gave The Real McCoy my first bite, the juicy chicken patty along with their legendary salted egg aioli not just melts in my mouth, it’s all over on my hands and plate too!

Sometimes no words can justify how good a dish can be, therefore, I highly recommend you to visit The Quarters and taste The Real McCoy for yourself.

More information on the Quarters can be found here –

Address: Icon Village, 16 Enggor Street, #01-09 Singapore 079717 (Next to Cold Storage)

Tel: 6834 4174

Website

Facebook Page

Instagram

Twitter

By the way, have you heard of Kush SG? They are related to The Quarters, stay tuned for an upcoming food article to be published soon!

I would like to thank The Quarters for the invitation to The Real McCoy food tasting session. Great job and well done to the folks at The Quarters! Keep up with the good work on local fusion food cuisines!

Launch of inaugural Epson Singapore Cup 2016

Football, probably the most popular sports that is being played and watched by millions of people around the world. In Singapore, football is our most popular sport, we Singaporeans love football, either playing or watching football. This sport is something close to our hearts, it can be a national discussion topic at times, sometimes it is always a topic very close to our hearts and soul that we talk a lot about.

With such love and passion for football, Epson Singapore together with Sinad Sports jointly announced the launch of the inaugural Epson Singapore Cup 2016 this coming September. I was at the media launch event for the inaugural Epson Singapore Cup 2016 and it was great news to hear what Epson Singapore have been doing for the local community particularly for the football community in Singapore.

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This is part (and the latest initiative) of Epson Singapore corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives by the technology giant to extend its outreach efforts in the local communities that they opeates in. This is great news for the football community in Singapore, bringing football to grassroots level and for the kids to play, participate, compete and enjoy football.

“Epson’s roots are in sports because the first Epson printer was developed from a printing device we created for the 1964 Olympics. Since then, our brand is closely associated with sports. Football is the world’s number one sport and it has enabled us to reach out to both individuals and businesses, to the young and old, to men and women who follow the game. It is also a sport that fosters values like self-confidence, teamwork and positive thinking among its fans, especially with youths. Youth development is an integral element of our CSR focus in Singapore and around the region – and we believe that Epson Singapore Cup represents our continuous commitment to inspire and empower our youths,” said Mr Toshimitsu Tanaka, Managing Director of Epson’s regional office in Singapore.

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Exciting prizes await the winners too, the champion from the U15 competition will receive a 2-day training stint at Valencia CF Soccer School in Singapore, while the champion from the U17 competition will win the grand prize of a 5-day overseas training stint at Matsumoto Yamaga Football Club, one of Japan’s top J2 football clubs.

Even though the Epson Singapore Cup 2016 is a competition with prizes to be won, the organisers are not just doing this as a competition only. They have plans to engage the grassroots, the football community of players and fans, the children playing and competing in the tournament.

The participating teams can look forward to learning valuable footballing lessons from the coaches and football idols –

  • On 3 & 4 September, prior to the start of the tournament, VCF Soccer Schools Technical Director in Southeast Asia, Mr. Gonzalo Sanz, and the Head Coach for Geylang International Football Club, Mr Hasrin Jailani, will meet with participating teams to offer pointers on playing 7-a-side matches.
  • During the tournament days, players from Geylang International Football Club will take turns to “walk the grounds”, observe, offer advice and cheer on the teams.
  • On 10 September, the two finalist teams from each category will have a closed-door session with former national football legends and star players. They will also find out how to better prepare themselves ahead of the finals.

Source: Epson Singapore press release

Remember to check out Epson Singapore and Geylang International Football Club Facebook Pages for updates!

“Epson Singapore Cup was borne out of a common desire to reach out to as many youths as possible, to fuel their passion and to learn from the best in the field. By partnering key players, especially those in the local football community, we hope that the Cup can bring aspiring footballers a step closer to realizing their dreams. We are certainly looking forward to an exciting tournament and I encourage fans to join us and cheer on the participating teams. In addition, we hope that this tournament will become a viable platform for talents to be discovered, thereby contributing to raising the standard of play for the sport locally, regionally and even globally,” said Ms Tan May Lin, Epson Singapore’s General Manager (Sales, Marketing & Customer Service Division).

“The Euros 2016 in France has proven to us that the size of a country is no limitation to its capacity to excel in sports. Iceland, with its population of about 330,000, was one of the talking points of an otherwise ordinary tournament. It’s as much about identifying and nurturing talents as well as providing them with the right infrastructure and avenues to fulfill their potential. The Epson Singapore Cup is about going back to the grassroots – to the football loving masses. Throwing the youngsters the challenge of showing us what they have in them and opening up their horizons to learn from the more experienced and successful in the sport. We hope that many will grab this unique opportunity and make the Epson Singapore Cup a long-term feature in our football calendar”, said Mr. Jeremy Chan, Chairman of Sinad Sports Pte Ltd.

Source: Epson Singapore Press Release

Personally, I also echo the words and thoughts of Ms Tan May Lin and Mr Jeremy Chan. Looking at how Iceland shook up European football (at the same time, attracting world footballing community attention and affection) with just a population of 330,000, I really hope that Singapore football can one day in the future make an impact in a similar manner too.

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If you like to play and compete in Epson Singapore Cup 2016, you need to look for your fellow players of the same age group, form your football team and register for the inaugural Epson Singapore Cup 2016.

Here are the important details and timeline that all participants need to take note of –

Key Dates

  • 31 August 2016: Closing date for registration of teams
  • 3 & 4 September 2016:

– 3rd September: U15 group matches

– 4th September: U17 group matches

– Pre-match session with coaching professionals

  • 10 September 2016:

-Quarter Finals, Semi Finals, and Final Matches

-Finalist teams: Pre-match session with local football legends and national star players

  • End 2016:

-U15 Winning Team: Training stint at Valencia CF Soccer School in Singapore

-U17 Winning Team: Training stint at Matsumoto Yamaga Football Club in Japan

Who can Qualify

The Epson Singapore Cup 2016 is open to Singaporeans/PRs, excluding all national players, up to the ages of 15 years old (for the U15 Category), and 17 years old (for the U17 Category).

Interested youths will need to form a team of seven players to apply, along with 1 coach. Registration fees apply. Details of the terms and conditions are available in the registration form.

Tournament Format

7-a-side, Round-robin

Details and Registration

www.epson.com.sg/epsonsgcup2016

Epson Singapore Cup 2016 Fixtures

Date Time Match Venue
3 & 4 September

(Saturday / Sunday)

8:30am to 2:30pm Group matches:

  • U15 category
  • U17 category
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10 September

(Saturday)

8:30am to 2:30pm Quarter-Finals

Semi-Finals

Finals

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To all the young boys, gather your friends of your same age, form a team (please remember to inform your parents!) register and play in the Epson Singapore Cup 2016. Do your best and see how far you can go in football, at the same time, enjoy playing football and have lots of fun. Football is not just about playing and kicking the football on the pitch against your opponents, football is about camaraderie, teamwork, friendship and bonding. This is also a golden opportunity to learn, improve footballing skills, techniques and gaining invaluable footballing experience.

Spread the news, tell your friends to form a football team together, register, compete and have fun in the upcoming inaugural Epson Singapore Cup 2016! Go for your footballing dreams, just do it! Last but not least, kids, have fun and enjoy yourself on the football pitch!

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I would like to thank Epson Singapore and Asia PR Werkz for the invitation to the inaugural Epson Singapore Cup 2016 media launch and providing the information and details on the inaugural Epson Singapore Cup 2016.

* Information, details and Epson Singapore Cup logo courtesy of Epson Singapore and Asia PR Werkz *

Nonya Needlework: Embroidery and Beadwork in the Peranakan World Exhibition

Peranakan, Nonya or Baba, these are the words that most people here affectionately describe and relate to the Peranakan community in Singapore (and probably in other parts of the world too), I remember my army days when we would affectionately called our fellow camp mate “Baba Koh”. Oh yes, Peranakan food is really delicious and unique, if I have the opportunity, I would introduce and share on Peranakan cuisine in my future articles.

The Peranakan community played some important and key roles in the early days of Singapore, some of them were business owners and philanthropists that shaped Singapore’s early days through hospitals and schools. Most of us here would most likely be able to relate their philanthropy works, businesses and causes.

I attended a school that was founded by a Peranakan Hokkien Chinese businessman and philanthropist, it’s one of the oldest schools in Singapore. Would you be able to guess the name of the school?

Here’s a clue, a line from my school song

“… He started a free school for boys who were poor, to give them the chance to do something more …”

Studying in a school with such a long rich history and heritage, is probably one of the factors that drives me to write, cover and document history, heritage, conservation, preservation matters/subjects in Singapore.

We have seen great works, efforts and legacies built by the Peranakan community. Do you know that they have other skills and talents that probably not many of us would know? The Peranakan community are very skilful and talented in needlework, embroidery and beadwork.

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I will be the first to raise my hand and tell everybody here that I don’t (never) really know how talented and skilful the Peranakan community were in this field until I visited this very special exhibition, Nonya Needlework: Embroidery and Beadwork in the Peranakan World exhibition at the Peranakan Museum. I can relate to the Peranakan community through famous businessmen, philanthropists, schools, hospitals, leaders of modern Singapore and my fellow Baba friends. Oh yes, of course, Peranakan food too!

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When you visit the Nonya Needlework exhibition at Peranakan Museum, do not rush, take your time, there are close to 200 amazing, gorgeous artworks, embroideries, needlework, beadworks, intricately crafted objects on display there. Each and every artwork is a history and legacy of the Peranakan community. This special exhibition displays the traditional Peranakan art of embroidery and beadwork, many of them are seldom seen in the museums and they are from the Singapore’s National Collection, collected over 30 years of dedicated collecting by Singapore’s museums.

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Besides Singapore’s very own collection over the years, the special exhibition also has Nonya artworks from museum partners and private collectors that are being showcased together in this special exhibition too. The special exhibition is divided into five sections, auspicious emblems and symbols, creative hands: makers and methods, and materials, to the diverse styles of Indonesia, Malacca, Singapore, and Penang.

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Some of the Nonya artworks were very bright and colourful, along with their intricate, delicate and precise skills, those artworks are a real eye opener to a community that has contributed quite a lot to the society of Singapore and how rich their Peranakan heritage and culture possess.

I made two trips to this exhibition, the first was the official opening of this exhibition and the second trip was joining the curator tour. There were big crowds on both days that I was there, showing great support for this exhibition. During the official opening ceremony, I also saw many pretty Peranakan ladies dressed up in their pretty and colourful kebaya, a perfect fit for the occasion and exhibition, for the bright and colourful Nonya works on display.

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Inside this exhibtion, there are close to 200 Nonya artworks on display, each of them very special, unique, precious, priceless and of utmost significance. Writing this statement doesn’t do any justice to the excellent curation, collection and displays inside this special exhibition. I strongly encourage you to visit this exhibition at the Peranakan Museum! You need to be up close and personal with the Nonya artworks and you can start to appreciate them even better!

“Nyonya Needlework showcases the pathways of creativity in this Peranakan art form. Although needlework was very much rooted in a traditional context, embroiderers often borrowed and “translated” techniques and designs from other cultures and other media (including batiks, ceramics, and metalwork), introducing novelty and dynamism into the art. The overlaps in regional styles of beadwork and embroidery convey a shared sense of identity; at the same time, their diversity expresses their local connections. We hope visitors will enjoy the refinement and detail in these works, and discover the innovative spirit and craftsmanship, as well as the stories of the Peranakan Chinese embedded in this cross-cultural art form, and be inspired to create their own”, said Dr Cheah Hwei-Fen, lead curator of the exhibition.

Source: Peranakan Museum press release

There are a number of Nonya artworks that I really like, here are some of them

Table Cover

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Penang, early 20th century

Silk damask embroidered with silk floss (knot stitch) and metal thread, silk knot work fringe and tassels, diameter 120 cm

Ceremonial handkerchief

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Malacca, late 19th century

Silk, metal beads, glass beads, cordonnet, 34.2 x 20 cm

Valance for a wedding bed

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Indonesia, mid-19th century

Cotton, glass beads, paper, metal thread

National Museum of World Cultures, Netherlands

* Description provided by Peranakan Museum press release highlights *

As I mentioned earlier in my article, there are close to 200 artworks on display, I have uploaded selected photographs into my Flickr collection and you can view them!

Here are the key information and details of this special exhibition at the Peranakan Museum

Nyonya Needlework: Embroidery and Beadwork in the Peranakan World

娘惹巧手:土生华人世界的刺绣与珠绣工艺

Dates: 24th June 2016 to 26th March 2017

Venue: Peranakan Museum

            39 Armenian Street, Singapore 179941

Website: www.peranakanmuseum.sg

Enquiries: 6332 7591 / nhb_pm_vs@nhb.gov.sg

Admission charges: Individual $10

                                    Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents $4

Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday 10am – 7pm (to 9pm on Friday)

Getting There:

By MRT – A 10-minute walk from City Hall or Bras Basah MRT stations

By Car – Paid parking is available next to the Peranakan Museum

By Bus – 7, 14, 16, 36, 77, 106, 111, 124, 128, 131, 147, 162,162M, 166, 167, 171, 174, 175, 190, 700, 700A and 857

There are also some upcoming programmes at the Peranakan Museum, in conjunction with the Nonya Needlework special exhibition. Do keep a lookout on their website for more details and updates of upcoming programmes and events!

Straits Family Sunday: All Sewed Up

14 August 2016, Sunday 1pm – 5pm

Free admission

Metallic threads, glass beads, and nimble fingers. Discover colourful Peranakan creations on display in the Nyonya Needlework special exhibition. Get inspired and create your own fashion statement accessory or go on an exploring tour with the whole family.

Peranakan beadwork with Raymond Wong

3, 10, 17, 24 September 2016, Saturdays

2pm – 5pm

Admission charge: $50 per session

Spend your Saturday afternoons at the Peranakan Museum! Create magical beaded accessories under the direction of Rumah Kim Choo’s Raymond Wong, inspired by our special exhibition, Nyonya Needlework: Beadwork and Embroidery in the Peranakan World.

  • Source: Peranakan Museum press release *

When you visit the Nonya Needlework: Embroidery and Beadwork in the Peranakan World Special Exhibition at the Peranakan Museum, do also visit the other sections of the museum too, explore and learn more about the Peranakan community in Singapore!

* I would like to thank Peranakan Museum for the invitation to the official opening of the Nonya Needlework Special Exhibition and the curator tour *


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Christianity in Asia: Sacred Art and Visual Splendour Special Exhibition

The Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM) in Singapore is now holding a very special exhibition, this is also their inaugural special exhibition after their extensive revamp last year. This special exhibition is titled “Christianity in Asia: Sacred Art and Visual Splendour” and this is also the world’s first exhibition on the history and spread of Christian art in Asia.

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This Christianity in Asia exhibition is very special and unique, it’s not just learning more about Christianity, this is an exhibition whereby you can learn and understand more on the spread of Christianity in Asia since the 7th Century, how Asia played a part in this spread and how Asian art absorbed the influences from many different cultures, including those from the countries such as the Middle East, India, China, Japan, the Philippines and Southeast Asia.

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When you visit this exhibition, you are able to view some very amazing and priceless exhibits dating back to the 13th century to the 20th century, with a special focus on the period from 16th to 18th century, the period where significant trade and missions took place. There are over 150 objects from six countries – Singapore, France, Portugal, Italy, Hong Kong and the Philippines and 20 acclaimed institutions and private collections from around the world, including the Musee du Louvre, the Bibliotheque nationale de France and Lisbon’s National Musuem of Ancient Art, that are showcased in this special exhibition at the Asian Civilisations Museum.

Here are some of the curators thoughts on this exhibition

Director of the ACM, Dr Alan Chong, said: “Christian art in Asia was created by artists of many different faiths: Hindu, Muslim, Buddhist, Confucian, and so on. New motifs and materials were used in these objects, which reflect many heritages. Moreover, many of the images were collected by patrons who were non-Christian. This demonstrates the curiosity and openness evident throughout Asia, especially in the 16th and 17th centuries.” 

Clement Onn, curator at ACM and of the exhibition, said, “The Christianity in Asia exhibition is a celebration of artistic innovation, experimentation and the diversity which emerges from cross-cultural influences. Through the curation of the exhibition, we hope that visitors will not just be exposed to the wide array of Asian Christian art, recognised by its intrinsic quality, originality and aesthetic merit, but also learn that common threads such as religion can also bring people of various cultures and from different countries together.”

Source: Asian Civilisations Museum press release

The exhibition is organised into 4 thematic sections: Early Christian Art in Asia, Asian Art with Christian themes, Christian missions to Asia in the 16th to 19th centuries (The Indian Subcontinent, China, Japan, Philippines and Southeast Asia) and lastly, a case study of Singapore. What makes this exhibition special and unique is learning and understanding how local artists and artisans (who may not be Christians themselves) in their particular era interpret Christianity, how they adapted the Christian themes into their artworks.

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During the curator tour of the Christianity in Asia: Sacred Art and Visual Splendour Exhibition, there is a particular artwork, just one of them that caught my attention among the many other special and precious artworks on display there.

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The photograph above that I took at the exhibition would be an inlaid metal candlestick made in Syria between 1248 and 1249. This was decorated with both Christian scenes and medieval Islamic art. Visit the Christianity in Asia: Sacred Art and Visual Splendour Exhibition at ACM, keep a lookout for this artwork, observe and identify the scenes near the base.

When you visit the exhibition, I strongly encourage you to download the ACM app into your smartphone and bring along your earphones/headphones. Upon starting your tour of this exhibition, it would make it experiential, engaged and a lot more interesting.

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At this particular artwork display inside the exhibition, put on your earphones/headphones, use the app, look at the artwork and listen to the sound!

If you prefer a more in-depth understanding and wanting to learn more from this special exhibition, I strongly encourage you to sign up for the curator tour, not only are they the exhibition/subject matter experts, they are great museum guides too! They are more than willing to share with the visitors on the curator tour! Check out the photographs that I took during the visit to this special exhibition!

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Upcoming Curator Tour information for Christianity in Asia special exhibition

Dates: Friday 26th August 2016 and Friday 9th September 2016

Time: 7.30 to 8.30pm
Fee: $25 per session (book at ACM Front Desk or Peatix) (http://acmcuratortours.peatix.com/)

Here are some key information, dates and details of the exhibition –

Christianity in Asia: Sacred Art and Visual Splendour(圣辉艺彩:亚洲的基督教信仰与艺术交汇

Exhibition Dates: 27 May to 11 September 2016

Venue: Asian Civilisations Museum

1 Empress Place, Singapore 179555

Website: www.acm.org.sg

Enquiries: 6332 7798 / nhb_acm_vs@nhb.gov.sg

Opening hours: Monday to Sunday: 10am to 7pm (to 9pm on Friday)

Getting There: By MRT – Raffles Place

By Bus – 75, 100, 107, 130, 131, 167

By Car – Parking is available at Parliament House, Connaught

Drive, The Fullerton Hotel, One Fullerton, and Six Battery Road

Ticketing

Admission to Special Exhibition, Christianity in Asia: Sacred Art and Visual Splendour

Singapore Citizens & Permanent Residents Non-Citizens & Non-Permanent Residents
Adults $9 $15
Students Free $10
Seniors (60 years and above) Free $10
Person with Disabilities Free $10
NSFs Free N.A.
MOE Teachers Free N.A.
Children 6 years and below Free Free
Foreign Family (5 person max) N.A. $45

This Special Exhibition, Christianity in Asia: Sacred Art and Visual Splendour at Asian Civilisations Museum, is really an eye-opener for me, it’s really special and unique. Moreover, it’s very educational and a great learning time for me when I visited it, to learn about history, arts, heritage, culture, preservation, in different parts of the world and also how it plays a part in early Singapore’s history and community.

* I would like to thank Asian Civilisations Museum for the invitation to the Christianity in Asia: Sacred Art and Visual Splendour Special Exhibition and joining the curator tour. *

 

Singapore Garden Festival 2016

The Singapore Garden Festival 2016 is now taking place at the Gardens By The Bay from 23rd July 2016 to 31t July 2016. I had attended Singapore Garden Festival in 2008, 2010, 2012, missed out 2014 and back again to the 2016 edition of Singapore Garden Festival. I like the many different flowers, gardens, plants and gardening on display at Singapore Garden Festivals over the past few editions, it’s really beautiful and I was able to get close to the flowers and gardens.

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Singapore Garden Festival 2016 is their largest till date, spanning 9.7 hectares across The Meadow, Flower Dome and Bayfront Plaza. This is not just a display of designer gardens and concepts, this is also a great and fun community event for people to learn more about gardening in their community open spaces and in their homes too. On the opening day of Singapore Garden Festival 2016, I saw huge groups of community clubs, centres, societies coming down to visit the festival.

There are many things to do and enjoy at Singapore Garden Festival 2016, besides visiting and enjoying viewing the flora and fauna, visitors can also enjoy music performances, talks, workshops, retail and food there! More information can be found here on Singapore Garden Festival website!

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At Singapore Garden Festival 2016, I would like to share some key festival highlights that caught my attention and you have to visit them!

  • 15 Fantasy and Landscape Show Gardens

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  • Orchid Extravaganza at Flower Dome

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  • 5 Balcony Gardens

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  • World of Terrariums

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  • Gary’s Musical Flower Field

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  • Benny’s Sunflower Farm

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  • Secret Garden

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  • Magical Tree Grove

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There is quite a bit of walking at Singapore Garden Festival 2016, remember to drink lots of water especially under the hot afternoon sun! Bring your camera along to take many photographs and memories of the garden festival! Stand a chance to win a Nikon Coolpix S7000 simply by uploading your Singapore Garden Festival 2016 photos via their FB app or hashtag your instagram photos with #sggardenfest! More details here!

If you love orchids, there is a dedicated showcase for Orchids, titled “Orchid Extravaganza at Flower Dome”, there are many beautiful orchids inside on display during Singapore Garden Festival 2016. I would share about the Orchid Extravaganza in another article shortly.

Here are key details and information on Singapore Garden Festival 2016

Dates: 23 – 31 July 2016

Location: Gardens By The Bay

Show Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm daily

Conservatories Opening Hours: 9am – 10pm daily

Website: Singapore Garden Festival

Facebook Page: Singapore Garden Festival

Twitter: SG Garden Festival

Instagram: SGGardenFest

YouTube: Singapore Garden Festival

Ticketing information

Ticket Category Weekday (Local Resident Rate**) Weekend (Local Resident Rate**) Standard Rate
Adult $12 $16 $23
Senior Citizen (≥60 years) $6 $9 $23
Child (≥3 to 12 years) $6 $9 $17

**Singapore citizens, permanent residents and those living in Singapore, including those holders of employment passes, work permits or dependent passes. Proof of residency may be required when purchasing tickets or upon entry.**

< Tickets include admission to the Flower Dome at Gardens By The Bay from 23 to 31 July 2016 >

The 2016 edition of Singapore Garden Festival is not only the largest till date, it’s also one of the most interesting garden festival. From the professional garden landscape designs to the local community gardening, Singapore is not only a Garden City, she’s also showing the way among the local community and homes, embracing a green and garden living lifestyle.

Singapore Garden Festival 2016, it’s the biggest till date, this is an awesome and interesting garden festival! I strongly encourage everyone of you to visit this wonderful garden festival at Gardens By The Bay before the festival ends on 31st July 2016. Do check out some of my photographs that I took during the Singapore Garden Festival 2016 on my Flickr collection!

*I would like to thank Singapore Garden Festival for the invitation to the special preview session*


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Hawker Spotlight @ Singapore Food Festival 2016

Food is a universal common language that is able to connect people from all over the world together, all for the sake for the love of delicious food. In Singapore, we Singaporeans love to eat, from our very own local hawker food delights to international cuisines, there is something to try, taste and enjoy for everybody, from the locals to our international visitors.

The Singapore Food Festival 2016, from 15th July to 31st July, is a major event celebrating the diverse tastes and Singapore’s cuisine from the past and into the future. There a number of different food theme events taking place during Singapore Food Festival 2016 and one of the food events that strikes a deep chord inside me is “Hawker Spotlight”.

Hawker Spotlight 2016 is hosted at East Coast Lagoon Food Village. City Gas, Singapore’s town gas and natural gas utilities provider, is collaborating with Singapore Tourism Board to host Hawker Spotlight 2016. Hawker Spotlight celebrates Singapore’s prized food heritage and the long history of a different iconic hawker centre each year.Hawker food in Singapore brings Singaporeans together, it is also an awesome showcase for our friends and visitors from overseas to taste our authentic local hawker food delights!

During the media tour of Singapore Food Festival 2016 Hawker Spotlight, we were led by food connoisseur, Mr Moses Lim (I remember him fondly as a local comedian / tv actor!).

Let me bring you on a Hawker Spotlight tour of five distinctly Singaporean Hawker Foods – Popiah, Char Kway Teow, Satay, Curry Fish Head and Bak Kut Teh.

  • 东方虹美食 Curry Fish Head at #01-37 – Top 10 Curry Fish Head (2015)

Hawker food available: Tze Char

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Opening Hours:

Tuesday to Friday: 4pm – 12am (closed on Mondays)

Saturday and Sunday: 12pm – 12am

  • 人工湖 Popiah at #01-40 – Best of the Best Popiah (2015)

Hawker food available: Popiah, Fried Carrot Cake

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Opening Hours:

Weekdays: 12pm – 10pm (closed on Tuesday)

Weekends and Public Holidays: 8:30am – 10pm

  • 韩家肉骨茶 Bak Kut Teh at #01-42 – Top 10 Bak Kut Teh (2011)

Hawker food available: Bak Kut Teh and Pig Trotters

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Opening Hours:

11:30am – 8pm Daily (closed on Monday)

  • 春香炒虾面。酿豆腐 Char Kway Teow at #01-46 – Top 10 Char Kway Teow (2008)

Hawker food available: Char Kway Teow, Fried Hokkien Noodles, and Seafood fried rice

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Opening Hours:

12pm – 10:30pm daily

  • Haron Satay – Satay at #01-55 – Featured in SG50 City Hawker Food Guide

Hawker food available: Satay

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Opening Hours:

Tuesday to Sunday: 2pm – 10pm (closed on Monday)

These five Singapore Hawker food dishes, curry fish head, popiah, bak kut teh, char kway teow and satay are very popular hawker food that were well loved us Singaporeans. These are just some of the local hawker food dishes that we would introduce to our friends visiting from overseas!

There is much other awesome and delicious local hawker food to eat at East Coast Lagoon Food Village. Remember to check out the other hawker food stalls there too! I love my local Singapore hawker food!

I would like to thank Singapore Tourism Board for the invitation to Singapore Food Festival 2016 Hawker Spotlight.

Emirates Singapore Derby 2016

A classic racing carnival in Singapore rich in history, heritage and culture, dating back to the first race in 1880. The Emirates Singapore Derby had come a long way into the 21st century. Emirates had been a valuable sponsor, partner and supporter of this classic racing carnival and Emirates Singapore Derby 2016 marked the 21st consecutive year of partnership for Emirates Singapore Derby.

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Prior to the Emirates Singapore Derby 2016 racing carnival, Singapore Turf Club organised public roadshows as part of the latest 2016 edition of the Singapore Derby, with the roadshows taking place in central locations, Capital Piazza and CHIJMES. I visited the roadshow on 25th June 2016 at the Outdoor Plaza @ Capitol Piazza. The roadshow allowed the public to know more about the history and culture of Singapore Derby, there were opportunities for horse feeding and a golden photo opportunity with the horse! There were other fun and interesting activities that took place during the public roadshow too, fashion shows, appearances of Singapore Turf Club mascots.

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On Emirates Singapore Derby 2016 racing carnival day, we went to the Marquee at Singapore Turf Club, located on the same level as the race track and it was close to the high octane adrenaline filled racing action on the track! Inside the marquee, we enjoyed a fun and warm hospitality, accompanied by delicious food, music performances, friendship and networking with friends and guests.

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The ladies attending the Emirates Singapore Derby were gorgeous, their dresses, hats and fascinators were colourful, bright and striking. There was a mini fashion parade on-going out there during Emirates Singapore Derby Day! We, the gentlemen, didn’t lose out too much, we came in our suits and ties, looking smart, to complement the beautiful ladies present at the racing carnival.

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At the marquee, there is an open air deck, that allows the guests to go out and get close to the racing action. Whenever there was a race, the guests would stroll out and catch the racing action, cheering their favourite horses and jockeys on! This was also a great opportunity for them to take lots of photos and enjoy themselves!

During the Singapore Derby, there were a few races when their starting barrier was right in front of the marquee, a perfect opportunity for the guests to view the preparation and action by the jockeys and ground staff to get the horses into their barrier gate position. There was a heart warming moment for me, when one of the guests there cheered and shouted to a jockey, “ Come on Bossy!”. I turned to my side and smiled, inside my heart, I knew he’s a Aussie, probably a Queenslander too, cheering for his fellow countrymen in the race, jockey Glen Boss. I was absolutely stoked to hear this cultural interaction at the Singapore Derby racing carnival!

Having immersed myself in racing carnivals while studying in Brisbane, Australia. The feeling was good, to be back again and be a part of a great racing carnival right here in Singapore. A racing carnival goes beyond the horse racing, the hospitality, ambience, atmosphere and also not forgetting the gorgeous fashion displays! As the sun sets over the Singapore Turf Club horizon, marking the end of a successful and exciting 21st edition of Emirates Singapore Derby 2016.

I would like to thank Emirates and Singapore Turf Club for the invitation and warm hospitality at the Emirates Singapore Derby 2016 racing carnival.


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