It has been some time since I last blog on this little space of mine. Just an update which has bugged me to finally post on my latest trip to Japan. The one pit stop from my itinerary was to visit Matsumoto City Museum Of Art despite the winter.
As you can see, Matsumoto is Yayoi Kusama’s hometown and the building is speckled with her signature polka dots. Even the shuttle bus which I took that made their rounds was covered in polka dots.
”The Place For My Soul” was the exhibition held within Matsumoto City Museum Of Art. It showcased various Yayoi Kusama’s works from when she started her art journey and so on. Sadly no photography was allowed and I had to respect that.
There was even lockers to store your belongings, a library, a cafe as well as a retail store which I ended up buying 2 of Yayoi Kusama’s merchandise. I also took some time wandering around the museum, admiring its architecture and taking photos of it.
I sure was glad that I have visited a famous artist’s hometown!
Marvel Studios: Ten Years of Heroes Exhibition was held from the 9th June to 30 Sept 2018 at Marina Bay Sands’ Art Science Museum. I visited with a group of friends who were also keen to find out more about the exhibition.
Basically, there were many panels of introduction of each characters throughout the exhibit which I would skip like most people do. The main focus would probably be the life size figures of Marvel characters since it they were photo worthy and instagramable.
I love how they tried to incorporate digital technology into the exhibition. The part where different iron man suits were flashed onto a plain “mannequin”, groots’ movement detection, Dr Strange’s portal & reality warping as well as digital ants & wasps.
Overall it was considered a fun tour around with plenty of photo taking going on. Thankfully people do queue and wait for each other to finish taking individual photos with their favourite hero (except Thanos), at least on that day I was there. Too bad my favourite Scarlet Witch was no where to be found. There was even a retail space selling Marvel merchandise at the exit.
I have been wanting to do face laser treatment ever since my army days, hoping that such a treatment could at least lighten my acne scars that had haunted me for years.
Since I am just lazy to do a detailed research on face lasers procedures as well as pricing, I decided to just stick back to the same skin specialist clinic which I have been visiting every few months for my keloid jabs and purchase of skin products.
I opted for a 6 session package which cost me around $2500+ and religiously scheduled each session every month for 6 months. For each session, the procedure was smooth, except that the waiting time could be a little unbearable after 6pm for Fridays (peak timing). The longest I had waited was 1.5 hours since the weekends would be perfect to stay home and away from staring eyes.
After the nurse have cleansed my face, numbing cream is applied for up to an hour for it to take effect. I usually kept requesting for the timing to reduce to half an hour instead since I could withstand the pain and did not like waiting too long. The pico laser procedure was quick, just like a scanner scanning through my face up to twice for deeper scars. As for being painful? Just don’t ask me because my tolerance has increase due to countless painful pimple extraction from facial outlets I had went before.
After each pico laser session, I would leave IDS clinic red-faced and wearing a mask to hide my face. (As you can see from the picture below, it gets pretty red.) Depending on the intensity of the laser session, the redness varies. Of course the pain varies as well. A cream was given for application to reduce the redness which I felt was hardly effective and just decide to let the redness subside on its own. The downtime was about 5 -7 days before my face wasn’t red and I wore mask to work to prevent stares. I also diligently applied sunblock and carry an umbrella just in case.
Don’t get me wrong as this is not a sponsored post. I just wanted to pen down my thoughts about laser treatments as I had always thought that such treatment does miracle to faces. Don’t daydream of having porcelain smooth skin after 5-6 sessions of treatment but as least I could see my acne scars being lightened to a certain extent. Thank you doctor!
I thought it was mandatory to visit Kuching Cat Museum the following day after a fulfilling time at the Rainforest World Music Festival 2018. Since the locals fondly called their city ‘Cat City’ due to the fact that ‘Kuching’ means ‘cat’ in Malay, why not visit their cat museum and check out their collection?
My friend and I cabbed over to Kuching Cat Museum, located at Bukit Siol. We were greeted by a cat head arch at the entrance which prompted me to start snapping pictures. Admission is FREE, however, a very small fee is needed for photography in the museum itself.
I was definitely awed by the huge collection of cat related artifacts in its gallery, all neatly categorised. Browsing through the collection, there were paintings, cross stitch, jewellery, sculptures, miniatures, toys of anything ‘cat’ I could imagine. Even iconic cats such as the Hello Kitty and Garfield were not left out of its collection.
I admit I wasn’t exactly a feline lover and I had a quick browse through. At least I had pictures for references unlike Kuching’s Natural History Museum and Textile Museum which doesn’t allow photography.
Do not miss the souvenir booth if you know friends who love anything to do with cats!
It was purely a coincidence that the Rainforest World Music Festival held yearly at Kuching (Sarawak ; Malaysia) falls exactly on the week I was there for a short getaway. My friend snagged tickets for 2 few days before we arrived at Kuching.
A quick search on Google tells me that not only does this 3-days international music festival from 13 – 15 July involve just music performances but also a cultural enlightenment for most of us. Activities include wellness programs, hands-on workshops on how to play an indigenous instruments and more.
My friend and I arrived at our destination by free shuttle bus in the afternoon on Sunday (the last day of Rainforest World Music Festival 2018). Booklets were given out and time slots were allocated to different activities.
Since it was held within the compound of Sarawak Cultural Village, I had a great and exciting time exploring the place, climbing up and down log-cut ladders which might look scary for the faint hearted. I took many photos as well, especially with nature and homes made from nature.
Be sure to wear comfortable clothings as it was quite scotching in the afternoon. Food and beverages were not allowed to be brought in but fear not since there were a couple of food tents with seatings available. Mosquito repellent is necessary for mozzi magnets like me since the Rainforest World Music Festival is held among forest area after all.
The musical performances started slightly before nightfall, stretching all the way to midnight. It was the first time in my life to enjoy a series of life musical concerts performed by international musicians, in the midst of a Borneo rainforest literally! Not forgetting the star lit sky as well! How thrilling could it get?
I was privileged enough to be invited by DBS to attend SPARKS, The Musical (performed from 3rd – 5th Aug) to commemorate the bank’s 50th anniversary. The gala show was attended by Guest of Honour Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, as well as many of the bank’s leaders and employees from the early years.
SPARKS, The Musical was held at the Capitol Theatre, a historical building that was beautifully refurbished after 17 years. The place was basically a core for plays, musicals as well as grand gala events. Imagine the excitement when I received the “Golden Ticket”, a brochure as well as a copy of DBS commemorative booklet.
SPARKS, The Musical is performed by Adrian Pang who reprises his role as Chester Teo in DBS SPARKS series, together with his cast of professional actors from Pangdemonium theatre company.
“Pangdemonium is a proudly Singaporean, critically-acclaimed, award-winning theatre company with a mission to tell stories on the stage which are challenging, inspiring, relevant, accessible, and above all, of the highest artistic, entertainment and productions values, in a league with the very best of theatre internationally.”
The Musical took me through the DBS journey back in time which was lit 50 years ago. It features behind the scenes of unsung heroes whom not only played crucial roles in the DBS story but also touched countless lives along the way. There were bonds built with some of their more memorable clients as they shared their triumphs, supporting them through challenging times like the global financial crisis and the SARS epidemic.
It was indeed an eye opener for me since I got to understand a bit more about the financial and banking industry in Singapore and also just realising that DBS has already been around for 50 years.
|DBS SPARKS, The Musical at Capitol Theatre
Adrian Pang reprises his role as Chester Teo in DBS SPARKS: The Musical
(Photo Credit: DBS)
Celebrating special moments of DBS’ 50-year history
(Photo Credit: DBS)
A still shot of the Pangdemonium theatre company in action at DBS SPARKS The Musical
(Photo Credit: DBS)
From Left – DBS Chairman Peter Seah, PM Lee Hsien Loong, DBS CEO Piyush Gupta at the DBS SPARKS The Musical
(Photo Credit: DBS)
ZELL-V, a leader in therapeutic cellular therapies for anti-ageing, beauty, and optimum health has launched its first skincare range in Singapore sometime back. Being established in Germany and has its presence in over 40 countries, ZELL-V’s top selling would be its Platinum Plus Sheep Placenta Extract using a formula to provide double dose of anti-ageing effect.
Its first series of skincare range includes Swiss formulated Zell-V Green Wonder Cream+, Zell-V Plus Phytocell Serum+, Be+ range, Be Jojoba Oil as well as the Zell-V Phytogreen with 100% Organic Marine Algae Cell Factor.
“The function of Zell-V Phytogreen with 100% Organic Marine Algae Cell was to optimise cellular detox and nourish cells for greater health, beauty and overall well-being.”
I personally had the privilege to try out Zell-V Phytogreen with 100% Organic Marine Algae Cell Factor for a month. These green tablets as shown in picture below were blue-green marine algae extracts of potent nutrients namely antioxidant and C-Phycocyanin, organically cultivated in New Zealand. There was even a certificate of origin in the box containing the 30 tablets.
Basically after taking the tablets for almost a week, the most obvious result for me would be that I required less sleep to restore my energy level. In fact I even slept an hour or more later than my usual timing, yet having my normal energy level. It took sometime for me to accustom to my increased energy level and I daringly went to jog and swim after work as well.
Just like when I started the tablets which needed time to get used to, stopping it also requires time (maybe about a few days) since my energy level would drop slightly back to normal. Do note that the results may vary from each individuals and I only express my personal opinion after a month of consumption.
Early this June, I was privileged to have attended a media preview of Tatinis Art Show – A Love Affair with Art. The art exhibit was held at the F1 Pit Building, quite a walking distance away from the nearest MRT station which as Promenade.
The exhibition showcases both local as well as international artists, featuring over 400+ art pieces at seriously affordable price. The place was open to public for art collectors, art lovers or even an art newbie like me to browse around and appreciate art. There was performances going on such as belly dancing (I supposed) and more which I probably missed.
The crowd that day was a huge mix or local and internationals as well, with many either browsing around like me while some were chatting with the artists whom were standing around their individual booth with an array of their art works. I really loved some of their works and the exhibition was indeed an eye opener for me.
It was meant to be a short getaway and I rushed over to the airport after taking half day leave that Friday. The air ticket to Kuala Lumpur International Airport was almost twice the usual price since it was a few days before Malaysia’s election day.
I met up with my friends in Royale Chulan The Curve, the place where I would be staying for 2 nights. Due to the horrible traffic jam, it took about one and the half hours to reach my destination.
I should have taken to KL Central via train and alighted at SBK08 – MRT Mutiara Damansara. It would probably be much faster and cheaper too.
This was more of a eat, sleep, chill on bed weekends trip. Did not snap much pictures at all since I was in my ”nua” mode. I even forgotten to taken pictures of the room itself. Breakfast was provided and we settled our meals in a German and Vietnamese restaurant, as well as occasional snacks we could grab.
Besides The Curve Shopping Centre of few storeys high, an underpass of food outlets that links to IKEA, I did not explore much. I probably only grabbed a few bars of Valrhona chocolate, hair dye and other random stuff which I thought was priced better as compared to Singapore.
Definitely a good place to eat, sleep and chill, provided that you are familiar with the place. I should perhaps learn Malay since I kept having people speaking to me in the language I could not understand. More short weekends getaways and staycations in future!
I had the privilege to attend a Healthy Cooking Workshop held at Mahota with May Schooling (mum of Singapore’s swim champion Joseph Schooling), sharing her experience of how to prepare quick and healthy meals to refuel and recharge her son before his swim.
After her demo on a quick cheesy sandwich, it was Chef Benson’s turn to prepare a healthy plant-powered smoothie which acts as a substitute for milo. It was a recipe created for his lactose intolerance son. However, the taste was not exactly like milo but still it tasted not that bad.
Next was sampling a version of Chef Benson’s healthy nasi lemak and watching how he mixed the spirulina protein bar. There was also a little hands on session for us with all the ingredients prepared. I started mixing everything with the glove provided, at the same time creating a little mess. With dates as its base, the spirulina protein bar was quite sweet though.
It was a fun workshop and I got to explore the beautiful interior of Mahota. Great place to wind up and chill or even shop around its retail segment for groceries!
Hosted by DBS, road to REGATTA 2018.