Saturday, March 25, 2017

i Light Marina Bay 2017

The month long light art festival is coming to an end.
We visited i Light Marina Bay on the last weekend of the festival. This is the fifth edition of the light art festival and also my first time visiting.

i Light Marina Bay showcased the light art created by artists from Singapore and around the world. The designs used energy-saving lighting or environmentally-friendly materials, it brings a message to encourage the public to adopt sustainable habits in our daily lives.

Getting ready to head out of house in the evening after the heavy rain.

The light installations were located around the Marina Bay waterfront that stretch from he Promontory @ Marina Bay, The Float @ Marina Bay and the Bayfront Event Space.

Immersing in the beautiful and colourful lighting.

With love.

The sea urchin inspired design.
This is one of the installations that you cannot missed.

The light arts looked so beautiful and illuminated the whole Marina Bay.

We have a good and long walk, helping us to burn down the calories. That's why I always love walking.

Horizontal interference.
Saw lots of this installations shared on facebook and instagram.
This was made using colourful cord construction, so simple yet spectacular.

Feeling slightly hungry, we headed over to GastroBeats to have some light bites. We decided to try the traditional Hungarian pastry served at Chimney.

Chimney cone with soft serve selling at $7.90.
The cinnamon cone was toppled with vanilla soft serve and chocolate syrup.

Ice cream is my soft spot, can't wait to sink my teeth into it.
The sweetness of the vanilla soft serve goes well with the cinnamon cone.

Super thirsty and our feet are tiring, we went for a chillout session at Orgo Bar & Restaurant. We ordered mojitos.

Orgo is located at the rooftop of Esplanade. 
We spent our night away at the rooftop bar, chilling with our drinks and admiring the city view.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Singapore Philatelic Museum: Harry Potter Exhibition

I made my first visit down to Singapore Philatelic Museum on a Sunday late afternoon after knowing that there is a Harry Potter exhibition going on.

Not sure if you are aware, I am a huge fan of Harry Potter. I have read all the book series and watched all the movies. I read at least 3 times because the storyline is really fascinating and I wouldn't get bored reading and reading over again. I even purchase some of the books and DVD.

Therefore, knowing about this Harry Potter exhibition, I wouldn't want to give this a miss.

Here I was at Singapore Philatelic Museum.

Spotted this red old postbox in the museum.

Singapore Philatelic Museum displays Singapore's treasure of philatelic materials that range from stamps and archival philatelic material of Singapore from the 1830s to present day, and stamps from member countries of the Universal Postal Union.

Shakespeare's collection.
The English poet, playwright, and actor.

Childhood game: Hopscotch.
I always played that during my primary school recess time.

Travel back to 1960s of Singapore to witness the 50 years of our nation's progress with specially selected stamps, philatelic materials and rarely seen original stamp artworks.

The older days coffeeshop setting.

Marketplace.

Take a look at the 1960s kitchen.

Next, entering the room of.............

Harry Potter Exhibition

Collecting Magic: From Stamps To Wands
Be spellbound by beautiful Harry Potter stamps from all over the world as well as movie memorabilia and collectibles from private collectors.

I first entered the room with the letters filling the door hole.

The letter turned out to be from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft & Wizardry to Harry Potter. He has been accepted into the Hogwarts and his magical journey began.

Reached Platform 9 3/4 at King’s Cross station.
The secret entrance to the train that departs for Hogwarts via the Hogwarts Express. Just run through this secret tunnel and you will reach Platform 9 3/4.

Hogwarts Express, wait for me. I'm coming.

Meet Hedwig, Harry Potter's pet Snowy Owl.

On board Hogwarts Express, I found an empty compartment. 

So comfortable, I don't feel like getting up.
I wasn't in a good mood that time, really hope this train can take me away from this place.

The candies and sweet treats that is available at Honeydukes Express Cart. Some of the sweet treats are Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans, Cauldron Cakes, Pumpkin Pasties and etc.

Dobby, the house elf.
The former house elf of the Malfoy family. He made his appearance in Chamber of Secrets.

My OOTD on the Mirror of Erised.
Lazy Sunday outfit.

The wand collection.

You aren't going to pass through the door to the Gryffindor common room without giving The Fat Lady the password.

The school uniform for Gryffindor.

That marked the end of my magical journey with Harry Potter. 

If you are interested in going for this exhibition, the Harry Potter Exhibition will run until 18 June 2017. It's free admission for Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents. Foreign visitor will need to pay a fee of $8 for adult and $6 for child.

Door opens at 10am and closes at 7pm daily.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Beauty and the Beast Movie Review + Bedok 85 Food Hunt

Journey to the east.

Made our journey to Golden Village @ Tampines Mall for movie. My first time there for movie, I don't really like their cinema theatre because it has limited space for leg room. It was quite unbearable for me especially when my movie duration was over 2 hours.

Beauty and the Beast

The Disney movie is a live-action re-telling of the studio’s animated classic which refashions the classic characters from the tale as old as time for a contemporary audience, staying true to the original music while updating the score with several new songs.

Do expect lots of songs in between the movie as it is a remake of the animated musical.

Same as the fairytale, Belle (starred by Emma Watson) sacrifices herself to save her father who is trapped by the Beast (starred by Dan Stevens) in his castle.

Dislike the Beast in the first place, after getting to know the Beast better, they grow closer and closer with one another.

Another reason why I want to watch the movie is because of Emma Watson. She is so beautiful and stunning.

I grew up reading fairytale story books and I love all these fairytale. 
Beauty and the Beast is therefore not something unfamiliar for me. The movie has not much difference from the original story and it got us connected even though we know what will happen next.

I like how Belle fall in love with the Beast, not based on his looks but truly in love with who the Beast is. He treats her with care and love, letting her do her favourite things, save her from danger and truly want her to be happy. All these little actions touched Belle and gradually falling in love with the Beast.

It's still a nice movie afterall.

Rating: 3.5/5

After the movie, baby and I headed down to Bedok 85 @ Fengshan Centre for dinner. Bedok 85 food centre is one best hawker centre located in the east. This was my first time here, I rarely travel over to the east.

One thing I like about dining at hawker centre is the diverse choices available. From Chinese cuisine to Malay, Indiain, Japanese, Western, Thai and etc. So many different choices to choose from, one can definitely find our own favourite.

Sugar cane drink to ease our thirst.
So hot and thirsty.

 I tried the Hokkien Mee, one of the famous dishes over at  Bedok 85. It was nice and juicy with the gravy being absorbed into the noodles.

We have sambal stingray that is just located besides the Hokkien Mee.
The stingray was soft and the sambal has enhanced the flavour of the stingray, giving it an extra kick of spiciness.

We also ordered a plate of salted egg chicken, it tasted nice and crispy. But after eating for awhile, I started to get sick of the taste and stop for it. We shouldn't have ordered this, we were bloated by then.

Here's how I spend my weekend, hope you guys have a great weekend too.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Premiere of DBS SPARKS Episode 6

DBS Bank, a Singaporean multinational banking and financial services corporation that all of us are familiar with, has launched the industry first mini-series, DBS SPARKS.

SPARKS is inspired by true stories that evolves around a group of young bankers on their work and personal lives. They challenge the status quo to go above and beyond when solving unusual client challenges. 
DBS hopes to convey the true meaning of banking, and to change the mindset that banking is only about transactions.

You can watch the past episode here.

It did touched my heart and change my mindset. No matter what occupation we are in, we should always go beyond our core in understanding the client situation, helping them to achieve their dream and making them happen. Life is not about making income, it's about creating an impact in others.

We were treated to the preview of latest episode of the mini-series.


Watch episode 6 trailer here.

Episode 6 will be launched on March 17. The episode explores how a social enterprise, Zaya Learning Labs, makes use of technology and innovation to bring education to children in low-income communities. 

The event was held at DBS Asia X, located at Sandcrawler Building in Fusionopolis. The event was attended by entrepreneurs, media and bankers too.

What's watching drama without snacks?
DBS is so thoughtful, they have prepared these snack boxes for all of us.

Besides the preview of the latest episode, DBS has arranged the panelists seesion on Digital Disruption For Impact – Digital SMEs of the Future.

From left to right: 
1. Neil D’Souza - Founder of Zaya Learning Labs
2. Dr Alex Lin - Head of SGInnovate, DBS BusinessClass Advisor
3. Gillian Tee - Co-founder and CEO of Homage.
4. David Pong - Co-founder of WateROAM

The panelists have shared with us how their innovation came about, the challenges faced and how social enterprises help them.

Social enterprises are businesses that have a social mission at the core of what they do by offering innovative and scalable solutions to society's most pressing social issues. 

DBS Foundation provides holistic support to social enterprises to enable their success and help scale their social impact. In 2015 and 2016, the DBS Foundation awarded more than $2 million in grants to social enterprises across Asia. The winners in 2016 includes Homage and WateROAM. They really deserved the winning, you can feel the passion in them and the things they do are meaningful and make a significant difference in people's lives. They inspired me to become a better person, wanting to do more and give back to the society.

Don't be afraid to dream big, nothing is impossible. 
Believe in yourself and you will be able to succeed. 

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