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Grandmother’s 1st Year Anniversary

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

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

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

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

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

农历十月二十一,阿嬷的祭日,全家五代永远记得在心。

Anime X Stamps at Singapore Philatelic Museum

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

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

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

Ms Tresnawati Prihadi, General Manager of SPM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Details of Anime X Stamps exhibition

日本动画 X 邮票

アニメX 切手

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

Date: 16 November 2017 to April 2018

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

Admission charges: Free admission for Singaporeans and Permanent Residents

Admission charges for tourists:

Adult $8

Child (3 – 12 years) $6

Tel: 63373888

Website: www.spm.org.sg

Official hashtags: #animexstampsSPM #singaporephilatelicmuseum

* Information courtesy of Singapore Philatelic Museum *


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Celebrate Christmas at Changi Airport Mystical Garden

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

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

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

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

Special treats for all

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

Key information and timings

Drone Shows – Held daily at 7.30pm and 9.00pm

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

Gazebo – Open from 10.00am to 10.00pm daily

Weekend meet and greet sessions with Sanrio characters

2nd and 3rd December – My Melody

9th and 10th December – Cinnamoroll

16th and 17th December – Pompompurin

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

Games and fun for all

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

Look out for the following games:

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

Yoyo Tsuri Fountain

Gachapon Machine

Activities

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

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

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

Exclusive Sanrio characters collectibles

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

Here are some key information and details

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

For more information, visit Changi Mystical Garden website.

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

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


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Chargrilled Food @ The Quarters

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

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

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

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

Bibik’s Chicken – $12

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

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

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

Grilled Steak – From $24

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

200g Grassfed Ribeye – $24

250g Angus Ribeye – $38

250g US Wagyu Striploin

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

Salted Egg Mid Wings – $12

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

Fwah! – $18

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

Baby Back Ribs – $24

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

Ooh La La! – $16

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

The Quarters Fried Rice

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

Grilled Vegetable Platter

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

The Quarters Platter – $128

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

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

Last but not least – Desserts

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

Durian Crème Brulee

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

Wonderffle

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

Extended and Expanded Quarters Experience

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

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

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

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

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

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

 The Quarters

Location: Icon Village, 16 Enggor Street, #01-09, Singapore 079717

Telelphone: 6834 4174

Email: info@thequarters.sg

Website: www.thequarters.sg

Instagram: @thequarterssg

Facebook: The Quarters

Twitter: The Quarters

Opening Hours

Monday to Friday

0900hrs to 2200hrs

Saturday

1000hrs to 2100hrs

Sunday

1000hrs to 1800hrs


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Sirri na Pesse

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

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

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

Act 1: Myth of Creation

Act 2: Thriving Port of Makassar

Act 3: The Makassar War

Act 4: Departure & Arrival

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

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

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

Gallery 1

1) The Bugis

2) Politics and Economy

3) Language and Literature

4) Indigenous Knowledge and Expertise

Gallery 2

5) Presence in Singapore

6) Practices and Beliefs

7) Memory and Identity

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

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

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

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

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

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

Exhibition details and information

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

Dates: 14th October 2017 to 24th June 2018

Malay Heritage Centre

Galleries 1 & 2

Free Admission

Malay Heritage Centre

Address: 85 Sultan Gate, Singapore 198501

Opening Hours: Tuesday – Sunday 10am – 6pm

(Closed on Mondays)

Last admission at 5.30pm

Website: www.malayheritage.org.sg

Facebook: Malay Heritage Centre

Instagram: @malayheritage

Email: NHB_MHC@nhb.gov.sg

Telephone: +65 6391 0450


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Haenyeo Singapore Photography Exhibition

A photography exhition on an intangible culture that is facing its own challenges and continuation in the modern era today, a rich tradition that is slowly being eroded and a risk of this tradition and culture being lost. This topic resonates deeply in me, an area where I have an interest and passion in. This is the Haenyeo Singapore Photography Exhibition by Jose Jeuland, a professional Fujifilm X photographer based in Singapore.

Photo courtesy of Epson Singapore

During the official launch event at The Fullerton Hotel Singapore, I had the opportunity to view the wonderful and amazing photography works on display, telling us the stories behind the Haenyeo people, brave and amazing women that take on such a dangerous nature of work. . I remembered watching the Haenyeo in action on television, diving into the water gathering clams, abalone or seaweed from the ocean floor with just a lead-weighted vest and googles.

Viewing the photography works by Jose, I can sense and feel the connections with the subjects in the photographs. Maybe I have similar connections in our photography genre, through my personal heritage, cultural and conservation photography projects that I have undertaken over the years.

Photo courtesy of Epson Singapore

There were more than 30,000 Haenyeo diving off the shores of Jeju and Udo Island daily. Today, less than 5,000 with two-thirds being over the age of 60 remains. This traditional culture is facing many challenges ahead and it is recognised by UNESCO as an Intangible Cultural Heritage to be cherished.

The photography prints on display at the Haenyeo Singapore Photography Exhibition were supported by Epson Singapore, the official print sponsor by supporting the exhibition with its commercial and industrial photo graphic production printer, creating stunning high and professional quality prints.

Epson SureColor 64″ SC-P20070 Printer (Photo courtesy of Epson Singapore)

In the exhibition, there is a collection of compelling portraits of Haenyo are printed using the Epson SureColor 64″ SC-P20070 with UltraChrome® PRO Pigment Ink on Epson’s Signature Worthy Hot Press Bright.

Let me share with you more information on the Epson SureColor 64″ SC-P20070 Printer

The exhibition-quality prints were created with Epson’s 64″ SureColor SC-P20070 printer, using the Epson’s UltraChrome PRO nine-colour pigment ink system, with an extended colour gamut and four levels of black, and advanced PrecisionCore™ MicroTFP printhead technology to develop vibrant prints with lasting durability.

Used with Epson’s Signature Worthy medias, this advanced printing technology produces exceptional colour gamut and high maximum density (D-Max), offering photographic quality prints that is a favourite of photographers and artists alike

Ms. Tan May Lin, General Manager, Sales, Marketing and Customer Service Division, Epson Singapore said, “Epson Singapore is proud to be the official print sponsor for Jose’s first ever photography exhibition in Singapore. Jose has captured wonderfully compelling stories that bring the raw emotions of the Haenyo sea women to life. With Epson’s photo graphic production printers, we’re excited that our unique combination of Epson’s printhead technology and UltraChrome® PRO archival ink technology can help deliver the very best representation of his artworks in final print format.”

José Jeuland, a Singapore-based French professional photographer said, “I am thankful for Epson’s support as I launch my first-ever photography exhibition here in Singapore. Epson’s unique printing technology accentuates the key features of the Haenyeo as seen from the photographs at the exhibition. This in turn portrays the raw emotions of these women of great fortitude. With Epson’s support, I am happy to share the inspiring story of the Haenyeo women-divers from Jeju, Korea.”

Whether you love photography, travel, traditional culture and also Korea, do take the time and visit the photography artworks of the Haenyeo at The Fullerton Hotel Singapore. It’s a real eye opener to a wonderful culture and tradition, facing its own challenges and hurdles in the modern era. Do check out the Epson printer on display there too!

Details of Haenyeo Singapore Photography Exhibition

Date: 28th October 2017 to 23rd November 2017

Venue: East Gearden Foyer, The Fullerton Hotel Singapore

* Admission is free for all *

Jose Jeuland website/social media links

Website

Facebook

Instagram

Twitter

Pinterest

* Information courtesy of Epson Singapore and Lewis PR *

I would like to thank Epson Singapore for the invitation to the official launch of the Haenyeo Singapore Photography Exhibition.

Hong Kong Great November Feast

Food and travel lovers, there is an exciting feast festival taking place in Hong Kong during the month of November. There are many exciting and delicious food events that would make you eager and excited! All the delicious food are making me hungry and I would love to visit Hong Kong soon!

I would like to share more information and details about the Hong Kong Great November Feast taking place in Hong Kong, a month long packed festival, promotions and events featuring some of the best food and drinks that Hong Kong has to offer.

Crabalicious, a month-long celebration of the crustaceous creature. Participating restaurants like Michelin-starred restaurants Akrame, Ye Shanghai and more will offer a crab-based set menu during the whole of November. The seasonal hairy crab will also be making an appearance on some of the menus.

Sparkling Sunset @ Harbour City, a wine- and crab-pairing package offered between 5-8pm Thursdays and Fridays, and 3-8pm on weekends from 26 October – 12 November at the new Ocean Terminal Deck. For HK $100, customers can enjoy  a “Sparkle and Shine” party set that entitles them to three glasses of sparkling wine paired with three crab snacks, all while admiring the glorious sunset.

Lan Kwai Fong Carnival, a lively annual outdoor bash hosted in one of Hong Kong’s most bustling party districts. This year, the theme is Japanese, meaning everything will have a touch of Nipponese influence. Set aside 11-12 November for the two-day affair, which promises to be the largest street party in Hong Kong.

Great Wines of the World 2017, an international wine exhibition in collaboration with wine critic James Suckling. Held at the Four Seasons Hotel this 3 November, the ticketed event will feature high-ranking wines from China, Argentina, Thailand, France and more.

The Great November Feast will be opened by the annual Wine & Dine Festival on 26-29 October. This year, the festival is bigger and better than all previous editions, with 400-plus booths touting delicacies from Hong Kong and across the globe.

HONG KONG – OCTOBER 22: Guests attend the CCB (Asia) Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival in Central district on October 22, 2015 in Hong Kong, China. Hong Kong holds the CCB (Asia) Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival featuring over 300 booths from over 20 countries. (Photo by Jerome Favre/Getty Images for Hong Kong Images)

There’s the FeedMe lane featuring dishes by some of the city’s trendiest restaurants, including Bo Innovation, Chili Fagara and Lai Bun Fu. Then there’s the Robert Parker Wine Advocate Pavilionhighlighting off-the-beaten-path wines from around the world. Meanwhile, The Concept Store will be a hit for style-conscious customers keen to get their hands on the designers’ kitchen gadget. And that’s just a small glimpse into the Festival!

For more event information, please visit http://www.discoverhongkong.com/eng/see-do/events-festivals/highlight-events/great-november-feast.jsp

* Information and pictures courtesy of Hong Kong Tourism Board and Media OutReach *

Celebration of Photography Exhibition by ION Art and Leica Galerie Singapore

ION Orchard is celebrating their 8th Anniversary this year and in conjunction with this celebration, ION Art is proud to present Celebration of Photography Exhibition, in partnership with Leica Galerie Singapore. This is the fourth edition of the annual ION Art Photography Series and I remembered visiting ION Art for a photography exhibitio by fellow photographer friend, Aik Beng Chia.

For this particular Celebration of Photography Exhibition, they will feature eight collections of photography works by eight oustanding and talented Singapore-based photographers, each of them specialist in their own photography fields and genres. During the media session on the morning of Friday 6th October 2017, I had a short tour of this amazing Celebration of Photography Exhibition with a short sharing and presentation by each photographer, on their themes, thoughts and synposis behind their photography works on display.

From photography genres, portrait, architecture, lifestyle, travel, documentary, sports and street photography, visitors can view the various photography works by the eight Singapore-based photographers, from all walks of life. When I walked through the various photography works on display, they were more than just excellent and amazing, they each tell a story behind the photograph, through the unique and special vision of each photographer.

Being a photographer myself, taking on both commercial photography work as a small business and personal photography, each and every of the eight photographers works resonates something with me, in my heart, mind and soul. Viewing photography exhibitions of such high standards and quality, does give me the encouragement to rekindle my passion for my personal photography projects when commercial photography takes a huge part away from it. This photography exhibition was also an excellent opportunity to view the quality of Leica cameras and lenses, shot entirely from the legendary Leica M series, professional systems such as the Leica S and SL, to versatile and compact cameras such as the Leica Q, TL2 and Sofort.

Now, let me introduce to you the eight photographer featured in this exhibition:

KC Eng

Laxmi Kaul

Andrew Lum

Francisco Marin

Justin Ong

Eric Sawitoski

Marc Tan

Yuey Tan & Claire Jedrek

No matter which level of photography you are at, or you are a fan of the photography, arts and creative field, do drop by and visit Celebration of Photography Exhibition by ION Art and Leica Galerie Singapore.

Celebration of Photography Exhibition by ION Art and Leica Galerie Singapore

Venue: ION Art Gallery, ION Orchard Level 4

Date:7th to 15th October 2017

Opening hours: 10am to 10pm daily

Photography Talks

Venue: ION Art Gallery, ION Orchard Level 4

Saturday 7th October 2017

  • Justin Ong – 10.30am to 12.00pm
  • KC Eng – 2.00pm to 3.30pm
  • Andrew Lum – 4.00pm to 5.30pm

Saturday 14th October 2017

  • Francisco Marin – 10.30am to 12.00pm
  • Laxmi Kaul – 2.00pm to 3.30pm
  • Eric Sawitoski – 4.00 to 5.00pm

Notes:

Admission to the photography talks is complimentary and it is limited to 40 people per session. Visitors can register via

OPPO R11 Dual Lens Smartphone Review

The OPPO R11 was launched not long ago in July 2017, their current flagship model in their line up. At their launch event, I did manage to get hold of the OPPO R11 for a very short time and tried it out.

Once a review unit was made available, I had the OPPO R11 for two weeks to test it out, putting their dual lens smartphone camera to the test. Their ColorOS 3.1 based on Android 7.1, is easy to use, it has a friendly user interface and it is quite similar to the Apple iOS layout. Overall, smartphone users who decide to choose the OPPO R11 smartphone should be able to adapt pretty quickly.

Before I proceed to write and share on the dual lens smartphone camera review, let me refresh on the OPPO R11 technical specifications

OPPO R11 Technical Specifications and Information

Dimensions/Weight

  • Size: 154.5×74.8×6.8mm
  • Weight: 50g (with BATT)

Basic Parameters

  • Colour: Gold, Black
  • Operating System: ColorOS 3.1, Android 7.1
  • Processor: Qualcomm SDM 660, Octa-core (4 x2.2GHz, 4 x1.9GHz)
  • RAM: 4 GB
  • Storage: 64 GB (Support microSD card up to 256GB)
  • Battery: 3000mAh (Typical Value) Li-Po Battery (unremovable)
  • Charger: VOOC Flash Charge mini

Display

  • Size: 5.5”
  • Type: AMOLED (PPI 401)
  • Resolution: FHD (1920 by 1080 pixels)
  • Colors: 16 million colors
  • Touchscreen: Multi-touch, Corning® Gorilla® Glass 5

Camera

  • Rear Camera: 16M (f/1.7) + 20M (f/2.6)
  • Rear Sensor: IMX398 + IMX376
  • Front Camera: 20M (f/2.0)
  • Flash: Supported

Connectivity

  • GPS: Supported
  • Bluetooth: 4.2 LE
  • Wi-Fi: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
  • NFC: No
  • OTG: Supported
  • Sensors: E-compass, G-sensor, Gyro-meter, Light and Proximity Sensor

Inside the OPPO R11 dual lens smartphone camera, here are the list of capabilities that you can find and use. Although it is not as packed in features compared to some of the other smartphone models in the market, they still have a pretty good list of features packed inside them. Let me bring you through the features packed inside the OPPO R11 dual lens camera smartphone:

Modes

  • Time-lapse
  • Video
  • Photo
  • Portrait (with Depth Effect)
  • Pano
  • Expert

Photo mode

  • Standard , Square , Full Screen
  • Watermark – 8 types
  • Filters – Aesthetic , Instant , Fantasy , Sweet , Sunlight , Transfer , Fresh , Mono
  • HDR – On , Off , Auto
  • Flash – Off , On , Auto , Fill Light

Portrait

  • Timer – Off , 3s , 10s , Tap

Video mode

  • 720p , 1080p, 4K
  • 10s short video
  • Light on / off
  • Filters – Aesthetic , Instant , Fantasy , Sweet , Sunlight , Transfer , Fresh , Mono

Expert mode

  • WB – Auto , Incandecent , Daylight , Fluroescent , Cloudy , Shade , Twillight , Candelight
  • EV from -3 to +3
  • ISO – Auto , 100 , 200, 400 , 800 , 1600
  • Shutter – Auto, 1s , 2s , 4s, 8s, 16s
  • Focus – Auto , Manual (able to adjust Near to Far)
  • Timer – 3s , 10s
  • Horizontal Level
  • Ultra HD
  • Zoom – 1x to 10x
  • 2 lenses (20MP and 16MP)

What are some of my thoughts, views, notes and observations during my review on the OPPO R11 dual lens smartphone camera review? Let me bring you through my experiences with the OPPO R11 dual lens camera smartphone, the photographs that I took with it and videos on my YouTube channel.

Observations, Notes and Views

  • In expert mode, you can zoom in from 1x to 10x, this is a very interesting and very useful feature to have. With the high megapixels, this allows the camera to push up to 10x, although I personally won’t use up to 10x zoom.
  • There are two lenses that you can use in expert mode, they are the 16M (f/1.7) + 20M (f/2.6).
  • In video mode, they have a feature to record 10s short video, this would come in handy for social media usage.
  • 4K video output is good when viewed on my laptop
  • Sharp and clear photographs
  • At high ISO, the noise level is visible and photographs can be grainy (a challenge for all smartphones in my personal opinion)
  • In expert mode, users can’t shoot in mono filter
  • Monochrome photos straight out from OPPO R11 is a mix of hit and miss for me, sometimes I like the final photo, sometimes I don’t.

The OPPO R11 dual lens camera smartphone may not seem to be packed with that many features that you can see in some other smartphone models in the market, that does not mean that they are not as good. From my review and experiences, the OPPO R11 does have some strong features that stand out during the time when I was reviewing it.

The portrait feature, coupled with the high megapixels sensors in the OPPO R11, making it one of their strong features and key selling point. This would be most welcomed by those who love to take portraits or have their portraits being taken.

Overall, the OPPO R11 dual lens camera smartphone may not have the features that professional photographers / serious photography enthusiasts desire, nevertheless, they are still able to produce pretty nice and good quality photos from the OPPO R11 especially for those who love portraits and selfies. The 4K video quality output is good, another feature that I like, from the OPPO R11 dual lens camera smartphone.

I woud like to thank OPPO Singapore and MSL Group for the opportunity to review the OPPO R11 dual lens camera smartphone.


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Happy Mid-Autumn Festival 2017!

A festival that always attracts the whole family with children, for a fun time of family gathering and fun together. Mid-Autumn Festival has always been an important festival for the Chinese community around the world, an occasion for celebration on the Chinese Lunar Calendar, the 15th day of the eighth lunar month, which is today, 4th October 2017.

On the weekend 30th September and 1st October 2017, I visited Wan Qing Yuan, Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall for an evening of Wan Qing Mid-Autumn Festival 2017 Celebrations (秋月明夜亮晚晴). There were a number of fun activities organised for the weekend, great for families and children, do check out some of their photographs uploaded on their Facebook Page.

I visited 晚晴园 on 30th October for Mid-Autumn Festival 2017 celebrations. It was great to see families with children coming down for family bonding time and having fun together. The lanterns were a big attraction for the children and also for the parents too, they are childhood memories for the adults too! With the outdoor booths around the lawn area, fun activities and food for the visitors, beside visiting the museum and other activities taking place inside Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall.

The evening concert was great; the LED Dragon Dance got everybody excited as they moved around the crowds, getting up close and personal with them. That was followed by live music performances on the stage, entertaining and captivating the visitors celebrating Mid-Autumn Festival 2017 at 晚晴园, some of the memorable scenes for me were the cute and enthusiastic young children sitting right in front of the stage, watching, cheering and recording videos of the live music performances on stage, spreading great joy and love to the different performers. Let me share some of my memories from Wan Qing Mid-Autumn Festival 2017!

Today is Mid-Autmn Festival 2017! Wishing everybody a Happy Mid-Autumn Festival 2017! Have a great time of fun and bonding with your family during this festival!

祝大家中秋快乐!


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