Arm Knitting Experience from a Newbie Perspective

I admit that I do buy stuffs on an impulse at times, just like the many T-shirt yarns for finger knitting and 4 thick flat ‘Handy’ yarns for arm knitting in this post (and still have in the next post). I bought 2 blue, 1 coral and 1 black ones while the brown and white ones in the images below were arm knitted by me at my ex-workplace.
Not an expert in materials but the handy yarn is made up of 20% Laine Wool, 35% Microfibre Polyamide and 45% Microfibre Polyacrylique. Soft to touch, pretty warm and very mild prickly feel against sensitive skin.   
Should I say that I am thankful to have small arms? The smaller your arms, the tighter your stitches would turn out. In addition to that, I also pulled it rather tightly resulting in these beautiful tight looking stitches found from my images. I guess that thick wool or yarns would be more suitable for arm knitting since your arms act as needle this time.
Youtube once again definitely have many tutorials on how to do arm knitting but just lack of options on what products you could craft from this easy to learn technique. Typical products such as blankets which you could bring into the cinema or office, neck scarfs, and bags or clutches which are more tricky to handle. By controlling the number of loops on your arm, you could adjust the specific size based on your preference. I attempted a challenging task to arm knit a dual coloured piece as shown above, alternating between blue and black, connecting them using knots. Main problem would be a bag/clutch lining would be required since the ‘handy’ yarn stretches easily with pressure.
Anyway, I have left it incomplete for now and hopefully I would transform it into a usable large clutch once the lining part is sorted out.  

Finger Knitting Experience from a Newbie Perspective

Finger knitting was the first basic crafting skill which I had picked up many months back that did not require any needles or hooks unlike embroidery, knitting, crocheting, etc. It just requires your fingers as the technique suggests, which was relatively easy to learn yet requires practise for consistency. Although consistency could be a challenge to many but patience is definitely a challenge to most. 
Mesmerised by an ex-colleague’s finger knitting craft pieces as she showed me her beautiful bracelets crafted from T-shirt yarns (also known as jersey yarns), I ended up buying many ‘balls’ of them to play and experiment with. (Note: Finger knitting does not necessary have to use T-shirt yarns) I basically selected shades of similar colour so that I could play around with dual coloured bracelets instead of the boring single colour. I even experimented with three colours combination that portrayed a tribal feel from the blue, pink and khaki which I liked so much. By adding some beads or charms which my ex-colleague does would further accessorise and personalise your bracelet if you are feeling adventurous.
More of a personal thoughts blog post instead of a tutorial since Youtube already have plenty of finger knitting videos available. Just some tips from a non expert right here would be that each ball of T-shirt yarn have different level of elasticity. The more elastic the yarn is, the less torturous it would be for your fingers since tension is required to prevent your final piece from looking like loose ropes, unless you wanted it that way.
You could also make these T-shirt yarns out of your old T-shirts as well if you intended to save money. Simply cut out your T-shirt in stripes, or joining different stripes with knots. Patterned T-shirts could turn out rather attractive when made into bracelets as well, be it using two (thin) or four (thick) fingers to ”knit”.
Be it bracelets, necklaces, scarfs or floor rug, just enjoy the finger knitting art and craft experience and have fun!

Antoinette Christmas Collection 2017

A beautiful story always captivate my heart before my tummy. I enjoy hearing other people’s stories as much as how I would enjoy narrating my own through blog posts. The festive mood has once again returned with a new Christmas theme menu finding its way back to Antoinette.
As Chef Pang wanted to create a magical and nostalgic feeling for everyone through his creations, his creative and artistic fairytale story started off with A Walk in the Forest (petit S$55.00 / grande S$110.00). Being a sucker for anything with chocolate, I loved how the cake evokes an enchanted feel with edible twigs, soil, leaves and mushrooms. Pairing this cake together with my mildly bitter yet addictive Antoinette’s Iced Chocolate (S$7.00) lured me deeper into chef’s enchanted realm. 
Probably halfway through a walk in the forest, one would experience Winter is Here (petit S$50.00 / grande S$100.00). It is a snow-white looking log cake (not featured in this post) that has coffee components in every aspects. 
Upon the arrival of winter, the Snow Globe (10cm S$15.00 / 15cm S$65.00) is formed and being the most attractive dessert that I have come across this season. Encased in the cute snow globe like a terrarium, I could not take my eyes off the miniature landscape crafted within. Besides bringing me joy, the dessert proved to be my top favourite that day since the cream cheese mousse was really light as the raspberry marmalade added a contrasting tartness.
I almost could not resist taking a bite into the Forbidden Fruit (S$12.00) that was crafted into the exact shape of an apple. A fruity dessert with almost all its component constitute from an apple. Not forgetting to mention the naughty looking Randolf the Squirrel (S$70.00) that was sculpted out of a block of chocolate. I would love to nibble on its wood textured block-body though.
As I got myself crazily excited over the desserts, I would not want to miss the festive savoury dishes I have tasted as well. Coffee Glazed Ham and the Laksa Roast Chicken were both somewhat comparable but my preference still went to the chicken dish that has a marinate that won me over. Ignoring my allergic to shrimps which was definitely used not sparingly in the laksa paste, it paired so well with the tender chicken flesh that could quickly becomes an addiction too.
I ended the meal with another glass of drink, the Yuzu Green Tea Bubble Bath which I caught sight from another guest. It has a yellow duckie floating atop on a foamy bed that I just had to pose for pictures with. At first I did not quite enjoy the unusual fruity-tea taste. Yet the more I drank, the more I enjoyed it. I even brought home the rubber duckie which could squeak when squeezed.
It was a wonderful start of my pre-Christmas experience and I have already started counting down to Chirstmas holidays!

(Note that the dishes I mentioned were my personal picks.)
Coffee Glazed Ham 1kg
Forbidden Fruit (S$12.00)
Laksa Roast Chicken 1.2-1.3kg
Chocolate Gianduja Ball Christmas Tree (S$95.00)
A Walk in the Forest (petit S$55.00 / grande S$110.00) 
Christmas Macarons (S$3.50 each / 6 pcs – S$19.00)
Yuzu Green Tea Bubble Bath
Christmas Stollen (petit S$9.00 / grande S$16.00
Festive Cookies (Raspberry Snowball, Meringue Kisses, Croquant, Almond Shortbread, Orang & Chocolate Checkered Cookie and Orange & Hazelnut Shortbread
Randolf the Squirrel (S$70.00)

Rasa Fiesta Singapura Part 2 and bartending workshops

 Picnic Wisma Atria
Rasa Fiesta Singapura Part 2 was held at Picnic Wisma Atria from 4th to 5th November 2017. What attracted me to attend this event was the variety of rum and series of workshops conducted by bartenders from all over the world.
Throughout the 2 days, many workshops were lined up and it was my first hands-on attempt with  concocting cocktails. The first experience was with the “Francis Drake” which contains Ron Abuelo 7 years rum, passion fruit puree and giffard cinnamon syrup. A rather tropical drink which was a mild mix of sweet and sour.
The following workshop attempt was “Strawberry Batida” which contains Brugal Anejo, BOLS strawberry, fresh strawberry, lime wedges and basil leaves. I quite liked the fruity taste and the fragrance of the basil leaves. Chatted with the friendly bartender and he shared some rum knowledge with me, such as rum pairs extremely well with tropical fruits such as coconut, pineapple and passion fruits.
My friend later on ordered a cup of “Spice Up You Life” that contains Chalong Bay Cinnamon. The garnish was an thin slice of apple with spices and the cocktail was fairly potent. For, me since I have low alcohol tolerance, I had the Caipirinha (blueberry and blackberry) and requested for less of the Maracatu used in the drink. I wasn’t expecting the drink to look so photogenic with its blue-reddish colour, garnished by the rose-cut strawberry, lime and blueberries. Not only appearance, the drink was bursting with fruity flavors, refreshing and easy to drink. The girl who prepared my drink (and strawberry) was so shy to pose for photo since my annoying friend teased her quite a bit.
Anyway, besides educating participants about different rum and their versatility, Rasa Fiesta Singapura Part 2 allowed us to explore/taste unique rum brands which might not be easily available in Singapore. Furthermore, the art of concocting a perfect rum cocktail showcased the skills of a bartender.  
Rasa Fiesta Singapura Part 2

Rasa Fiesta Singapura Part 2
A bottle of Ron Abuelo 7 years rum and cocktail “Francis Drake”

Rasa Fiesta Singapura Part 2

Rasa Fiesta Singapura Part 2
Rasa Fiesta Singapura Part 2
Rasa Fiesta Singapura Part 2
Rasa Fiesta Singapura Part 2

Rasa Fiesta Singapura Part 2
“Strawberry Batida” which contains Brugal Anejo

Rasa Fiesta Singapura Part 2
“Spice Up You Life” that contains Chalong Bay Cinnamon

Caipirinha (blueberry and blackberry) with a bottle of the Maracatu
Caipirinha (blueberry and blackberry) with a bottle of the Maracatu 
Rasa Fiesta Singapura Part 2

Sentosa Sandsation 2017 Exhibit (1 – 17 Sept 2017)

The beach, sand and scotching hot sun were never friends of mine but for the sake of capturing artistically crafted sand sculptures, I tagged along with my friend to Sentosa. I brought my whines along as we made our way to the tentages specially set up to house 2,400 square metres of exhibition space on Siloso Beach.    
Not much of a traffic issue despite being a Saturday, probably thanks to the heat and sun as we walked through the firmly erected sand structures admiring and capturing photos of our favourites. These sands sculptures definitely reminded me of my trip to Huabin in China, popular for their ice/snow sculptures that reached storeys tall. The only difference was the temperature and I did not miss the -30 degrees celsius and wearing multiple layers of clothes.
There were many ushers stationed around and the exhibition was divided into 3 different zones.
Zone 1 – Our Sandsational Singapore (Singapore, Ho Say!) 

This zone features 15 sand sculptures inspired by the local culture, quirks and colloquial slangs. Examples would be “Blur like Sotong, Gabra like Zebra”, “Jiak Zua” (To eat Snake) and “Kan Cheong Spider”. Their images attached below.
Zone 2 – Sentosa International Sand Sculpting Championship

The 14 international sand master’s masterpieces demonstrate their creative expressions of ‘Imagination’ through sand work. Examples would be “Tropical Splendor” and “Broken Heart”.

Zone 3 – Shifting Sand 2

A showcase of interactive sand art pieces by JOOheng, which pays homage to his exhibition held at Sentosa’s Palawan Beach in 2010, when he became the first sand sculptor in Singapore to hold his own sand sculpture exhibition.  
Note that I only select and feature personal favourites to post below. Also do check out the fine detailings of some of these sand art that kept me staring for quite some time.  
Sentosa Sandsation 2017 (1 - 17 Sept 2017)

Sentosa Sandsation 2017 (1 - 17 Sept 2017)
So Jialat!

Sentosa Sandsation 2017 (1 - 17 Sept 2017)

Sentosa Sandsation 2017 (1 - 17 Sept 2017)
Blur like Sotong, Gabra like Zebra

Sentosa Sandsation 2017 (1 - 17 Sept 2017)

Sentosa Sandsation 2017 (1 - 17 Sept 2017)
Jiak Zua (To eat snake)

Sentosa Sandsation 2017 (1 - 17 Sept 2017)
Kan Cheong Spider

Sentosa Sandsation 2017 (1 - 17 Sept 2017)
Tropical Splendor

Sentosa Sandsation 2017 (1 - 17 Sept 2017)

Sentosa Sandsation 2017 (1 - 17 Sept 2017)
Broken Heart

"The Lotus Sutra – A Message of Peace and Harmonious Coexistence" Exhibition (1 – 25 Oct 2017)

The Lotus Sutra
While most people would rather spend their public holiday (Diwali) indulging in fun and entertainment, I spend probably about 2 hours touring Lotus Sutra Exhibition that was held at The Arts House from 1 to 25 Oct 2017.
“The Lotus Sutra – A Message of Peace and Harmonious Coexistence” Exhibition is jointly organised by The Institute of Oriental Philosophy (Japan), Dunhuang Academy (China) and Singapore Soka Association, with Singapore being 16th country to host this international exhibition.
Despite the fact that I am not a Buddhist nor a free-thinker, I felt that it was alright to explore and understand more about other religion. That would explain why I have decided to tag along with my friend whom was from the Singapore Soka Association for a short visit. Probably most of the Singapore Soka Association members would have made a trip down for a tour around before it ends.

Volunteers in vibrant purple polo T-shirts were dispatched along the streets, directing and greeting visitors with a smile despite standing under the scotching sun. Upon entering, the place was already crowded with families and people of the older generation. Even the screening time slots for both “The Treasures of the Desert” and “Parable of the Jewel in the Robe” videos were overwhelming. 
The entire exhibition has been divided into 5 categories respectively:
1) History of the Transmission of the Lotus Sutra
2) Buddhist Text in Many Languages
3) Academic Exchanges on the Lotus Sutra
4) Resplendence of the Dunhuang Mogao Caves
5) Parables and the Message of the Lotus Sutra
There were many interesting manuscripts, artifacts and religious paintings that captivated my attention but sadly photography was not allowed and I definitely have to respect that since it was a religious related exhibition after all.
In short, the Lotus Sutra, as a representation of the embodiment of the Law of Life that Shakyamuni was enlightened to. You would probably want to refer to their webpage here since I am a sucker for religious teachings.
The Lotus Sutra

The Lotus Sutra
Volunteers teaching origami of lotus
The Lotus Sutra
Hand-made lotus art by volunteers
The Lotus Sutra
Entrance to Dunhuang Mogao Caves

The Lotus Sutra
Brochure and ticket of Lotus Sutra Exhibition

On Sharks and Humanity Exhibition (9 Mar 2016 – 26 Jun 2017)

On Sharks and Humanity (9 Mar 2016 - 26 Jun 2017)
Probably no one would have thought that a private museum – The Parkview Museum would be residing in a hotel-like building of Parkview Square. Imagine the thrill of exploring a place not quite known to the public.
With the 4th exhibition stop in Singapore from 9 Mar 2016 to 26 Jun 2017 (currently in Hong Kong), 3 Singaporean artists were invited to take part in the exhibition that received positive response.
As the title of the exhibition had suggested, the contemporary art pieces ranges from paintings, sculptures, installations, photography and more that revolved around the importance of shark protection and “Say No to Shark Fin” campaign.
A path of sharks on the floor led the way into the entire gallery, which was in bluish hue from the lighting representing the sea. The concept seems pretty simple and straightforward yet these artists could showcase and project their creations through easily relatable artworks. Sharks were the subject while they being in distress and dominated by us humans were the essence.
Probably many have read about the debate regarding sharks fin soup should be taken off from Chinese wedding menus some time back. Many argued that sharks fin soup is compulsory as it has always been part of Chinese tradition while others supports the importance of maintaining the ecological balance of marine life.
Would you still like a bowl of sharks fin soup?    
The Parkview Museum Singapore will be open to public free of charge to encourage the integration and appreciation of art in everyday life. As this exhibition “On Sharks and Humanity” is dated back, there would always be other exhibitions showcased as well.  

On Sharks and Humanity (9 Mar 2016 - 26 Jun 2017)
On Sharks and Humanity (9 Mar 2016 - 26 Jun 2017)
Us
300 x 200 cm
Oil on canvas and propylene

On Sharks and Humanity (9 Mar 2016 - 26 Jun 2017)
Downward Force on Upward Moving Objects
910 x 300 x 370 cm
Lacquer Paint, Stainless Steel, Plastic, Regular Steel

On Sharks and Humanity (9 Mar 2016 - 26 Jun 2017)
Swimming
366 x 162 x 254 cm
Stainless Steel

On Sharks and Humanity (9 Mar 2016 - 26 Jun 2017)
Little Boy
513.8 x 163.8 x 60 cm
Stainless Steel

On Sharks and Humanity (9 Mar 2016 - 26 Jun 2017)
Evolution
328 x 183 x 179 cm
Stainless Steel
On Sharks and Humanity (9 Mar 2016 - 26 Jun 2017)
Degree of Killing
200 x 260 cm
Oil on Canvas
On Sharks and Humanity (9 Mar 2016 - 26 Jun 2017)
Shark Shark
300 x 180 cm
Mineral oil colour painting on canvas
On Sharks and Humanity (9 Mar 2016 - 26 Jun 2017)
Tsunami
180 x 140 x 16 cm
Mirror finishes stainless steel, Aluminium
On Sharks and Humanity (9 Mar 2016 - 26 Jun 2017)

Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts (高雄市立美術館)

Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts (高雄市立美術館)
Definitely my bad for delaying this post for way too long that I almost did not notice its existence in my drafts column. I probably would spare a little time posting some of the lovely images that I took during my visit to Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts (高雄市立美術館) from my Kaoh Siung 高雄 trip way way back.
Serious throwback issues here!
Do check out the other 2 posts which I had posted previously on the link here (Fennel Hot Spring Resort 茴香戀戀溫泉會館) and here (Pier-2 Art Center). 
Anyway, what I would like to share and highlight isn’t about the delay of my post but about the museum. Prior to entering Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, I walked and explored the park that surrounded the museum. Many grassy hills and slopes perfect for a picnic or a ootd photo shoot.
Just take a peek at the beautiful architecture such as the high tilted ceilings, a couple of different galleries from each level while appreciating the curations. Just like any other galleries, the artworks were already refreshed, meaning that those from my pictures were long taken down and freshly curated ones were already hanging for public appreciation.
Galleries when I was there: Wan-Li’s Era of Talent and Elegance, Snap Taking and Slow Taking: Social Spectrum in the Age of Staged Photography and others which I regret to record.

Do check out these quotes which I have recorded from the walls of one of the galleries.

Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts (高雄市立美術館)
Tradition is the foundation and platform for modernity, and is a very important means of visual creativity that lends art greater sustenance
– Huang Kuang-nan

Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts (高雄市立美術館)
Bird and flower paintings are all meant for expressing feelings through images; they must contain the artist’s sentiments and personality within the scene, and must convey the artist’s unique style
– Huang Kuang-nan 

Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts (高雄市立美術館)
When it comes to conveying concepts through pictures, I firmly believe the essence of painting lies in the synthesis of form and meaning.
– Huang Kuang-nan

Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts (高雄市立美術館)
Through self-observation, the artist gives a direct response the changes that has swept people’s social environment. This in turn gives his painting their frameworks, their colours and their charm of ink
– Huang Kuang-nan

Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts (高雄市立美術館)

Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts (高雄市立美術館)

Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts (高雄市立美術館)

Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts (高雄市立美術館)

Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts (高雄市立美術館)

Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts (高雄市立美術館)

Gamma Light Mist Treatment Review at D’skin

D'skin
I arrived at D’skin that was located conveniently at Novena Square to experience for myself one of their newly launched Gamma Light Mist Treatment. This Gamma Light Mist Treatment is said to be an advanced form of treatment that could reduce inflammation and revive tired skin. 
Since it was my first time at D’skin, my treatment started off with the standard skin analysis with the aid of a machine that could analyse stuff such as the hydration level of my face, mainly forehead and both cheeks. 
After removing my shoes, I was led into the treatment room all ready to begin. I know it sounds strange but the sounds of Gamma Light Mist got me kind of excited.
My face was gently given a double cleansed before steam was used to open up my pores. As I have oily skin and often have battles with my deadly acne enemies, my whiteheads were plentiful. A yellowish gel-like mask was applied on my face which needed time to harden before peeling off. It definitely was satisfying to see so much of my whiteheads being wiped out as the mask was peeled from my face! For facial treatment like this, I do not edit my face. Do check out my unedited pictures below and you would understand what I meant. (This whiteheads removal process is not part of the Gamma Light Mist Treatment.)
Minor extraction was next and my facial therapist was gentle in case it was too painful for me to bear. I have high medium-high pain threshold anyway. A device was used on my face after my extraction and it was prickly. Most probably the effect of bacterial elimination from my face. Another device that emits purplish lights can could only be visible from the camera screen aids in the rejuvenation process.
Next comes the Gamma Light Mist Treatment which emits mist that could penetrate into the deepest layer of my skin to activate each cell’s metabolic process. The mist emitted was cooling as though I was undergoing a face spa, coating my face with fine droplets and moisturising it in the process. It was probably about 10 minutes each time on the left, right and front of my face.
The treatment ended off with an oxygenated mask which was probably my first time hearing this term. The mask was clear, gel-like and had little lumpy stuff which I have no idea about. It was pretty easy to rinse off too.  
By the end of the treatment, besides the slight redness from the extraction process which was normal, I felt an improved resilience and my skin was indeed more hydrated too. The total length of the treatment was about 120 mins and suitable for all skin types.
Thank you Brandcellar and D’skin for the invite.
Su Beau Derma Clinik (Velocity@Novena Square) 238 Thomson Rd, #03-13/14/15 Velocity@Novena Square, S(307683)
Tel: 6252 5822 SMS: 9456 9533  
Gamma Light Mist Treatment Review at D'skin

Gamma Light Mist Treatment Review at D'skin

Gamma Light Mist Treatment Review at D'skin
Gamma Light Mist Treatment Review at D'skin

Gamma Light Mist Treatment Review at D'skin

Gamma Light Mist Treatment Review at D'skin

Gamma Light Mist Treatment Review at D'skin

Gamma Light Mist Treatment Review at D'skin

Gamma Light Mist Treatment Review at D'skin

Gamma Light Mist Treatment Review at D'skin

Gamma Light Mist Treatment Review at D'skin

Gamma Light Mist Treatment Review at D'skin

Gamma Light Mist Treatment Review at D'skin

Gamma Light Mist Treatment Review at D'skin

Gamma Light Mist Treatment Review at D'skin
Gamma Light Mist Treatment Review at D'skin

Gamma Light Mist Treatment Review at D'skin

Pangdemonium’s Fundraiser Concert – THE JAM

Pangdemonium’s Fundraiser Concert - THE JAM
Pangdemonium’s Fundraiser Concert - THE JAM
Pangdemonium’s Fundraiser Concert – THE JAM has started and I still could not believe myself being seated on the second row, smacked right in the middle of the Esplanade Concert Hall! I was one of the fortunate few to be invited by DBS as a SPARKS fan.
Just a short recap, SPARKS is a mini series of episodes by DBS that is inspired by true stories, featuring a group of young bankers as they navigate work and personal lives. They challenged the status quo and went beyond when solving unusual client challenges. (You may want to also check out my previous when DBS launches SPARK episode 6 at DBS Asia X). 
The 7th episode has been up and running and in this latest episode, Sparks saw an all Singapore cast including Jaime Teo, Daren Tan, Noorlinah Mohamed and of course Nathan Hartono whom was one of the singers, together with Benjamin Kheng, Tabitha Nauser, Inch Chua and Andrew Marko performing that night! 
Besides the obvious beautiful voices of these 5 talented individuals, they definitely synchronised well while performing as a group. The zest and tons of humour they incorporated into their performance kept the audience wild and hyper! The funniest segment of the performance was when Nathan Hartono and Andrew Marko had a duet, singing out lyrics formed using “bad day” scenerios shouted out by the audience. Hmm, I should have shouted out something challenging for them!
That night ended with me and my friend getting the opportunity to take photos with the 5 stars singers. It was a thrilling experience for me since I hardly get the chance to be star struck!
Thank you DBS for the invite!  
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Pangdemonium’s Fundraiser Concert - THE JAM

Pangdemonium’s Fundraiser Concert - THE JAM

Pangdemonium’s Fundraiser Concert - THE JAM
Pangdemonium’s Fundraiser Concert - THE JAM