Our FIRST OctoBurst!

I’m glad that I brought my kid down to Octoburst! at Esplanade last Sunday. Octoburst it’s a children’s festival from 5-8 Oct 2017 (in conjunction to Children’s Day – I guess). I got to know that this isn’t the first Octoburst (why didn’t I know about this last year).

Find out more of Octoburst! here.

There are a series of activities and events and I’m glad that my kid completed most of the activities (as we need to go back home for dinner) and we even went for a musical performances in the Concert Hall!CIMG1719

We count ourselves LUCKY as are there on the FIRST Sunday of the month where Esplanade presents “Beautiful Sunday” where there’s a series of FREE concerts by homegrown music groups and everyone is invited as it’s open to ALL AGES (I’m definitely going every first Sunday from now!). My kid managed to sit there the full hour (with some fidgeting in the mid-way through).

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This year’s Octoburst! features Mother Nature and the environment where they teach you how to use dry leaves to create the mascot’s costumes. The kids are invited to colour on the dry leaves and then pin the leaves on the mascot using a pin.

The kid could also unleash their creativity by using plasticine and different type of beans to  replicate any reptiles or insects (or anything) and display it in the “Nature”. (See my kid’s snake – in blue on the below right picture and the snake’s house)

He then went off to draw the leaves using torch light and magnifying glass to look at vein of the leaf. (He looks like a professional!)

Just opposite of this leaves drawing area is the “My Little Story World” by Berries. There’s a total of 3 stories sharing. The stories were from the top three winners of the Children Chinese Picture Book Creation Contest held by Berries in 2016.

Last but not least, the last activities of the day (and I’m glad that we managed to get a slot for the last slot): “Grow a Garden” by Mrydette where they recycle the water bottle by creating a self-watering mini garden!

That’s how we spent about 3hours in Esplanade last Sunday and I’m looking forward to the next Octoburst!

Till then..~

 

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Sunday Sunday @ Peranakan Museum

After his swimming lesson on Sunday, we went to Peranakan Museum as we have no idea where to go and we doesn’t want to go back straight after swimming. >.<

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Do you know on every second Sunday (from  1 to 5pm) Peranakan Museum has themed tour and activities where you could explore the colourful world of Peranakans. Make arts and crafts based on the museum’s collections, dress up with the whole family in a batik shirt or sarong kebaya, or read a book and discover the world of Peranakan celebrations…

  • It’s free admission for the activities
    Check the website regularly for updates on each month’s programmes

Last month’s theme was:
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Where we are able to create our own frame to take home and there’s a special guided tour for children to learn about some of the famous Peranakans captured on canvas (which we didn’t join) and also to strike a pose in traditional Peranakan costumes!!!!!!

We reached before 1pm so we just went explore the exhibits and we didn’t managed to finish the whole museum (will come back again next month to visit the museum as I’m interested to see if it’s different from the Peranakan museum in Malacca) 😀

So in the small lecture room at Level 1 there’s 3 corners:

  1. DRESS UP Corner where the young and even the adults could dress up in the batik shirt or a sarong and kebaya. (Saw this group of adults and kid where they dress up in sarong and kebaya and takes lots of photos).
  2. READING Corner where you could read a book with your kid to know more about Peranakan culture and celebrations.
  3. ART & CRAFT Corner where you could make your own frame inspired by grand portraits.

Hidden Area of National Gallery Singapore!

This is [PART 2] of my National Museum Post! Our second visit after we got out annual pass. Well, after you got the annual pass, you tend to just visit a few exhibits in one trip instead of completing all to get most value out of the entrance fee.

Yayoi Kusama: Life is the Heart of a Rainbow exhibition is till 3 September 2017. Do come on down before it’s too late.
Click here for the exhibition overview..

Children’s Biennale (Dreams & Stories) will end on 8 October 2017. Click here for more information..

I got the Children’s Biennale handbook at $5 where there are a few activities worksheet for the kid to do while they visit the galleries. We also got ourselves the tickets to Yayoi Kusama: Life is the Heart of a Rainbow.

Come on and follow us on our National Gallery Singapore journey..

Former Supreme Court Holding Cells
We were just wandering and found out about this holding cells. National Gallery Singapore used to be a Supreme Court which holds key war crimes trials. We were glad that we are able to see how holding cells looked like. Do you notice that the toilet flushes are outside the cells?!?

 

 

The Blue Who Swims All This Way by artist Betty Susiarjo

Under the sea creatures and the displays are all touchable and kids are encouraged to climb into those giant rocks and hug the hanging soft sculpture..

 

 

Keppel Centre for Art Education – Children’s Musuem
Where on will take a glimpse at how ceramics are created and you could design your very own virtual ceramic pots at the interactive station.

 

 

Yayoi Kusama –  Life is the Heart of a Rainbow (Gallery C)
There are 2 exhibits in Gallery C. I was amazed by how the dots, lines will ended up with such colourful artwork. Well, it’s an artwork which could be appreciated by both the young and the old especially The Obileration Room!!
(1) With all my Love for the Tulips I pray forever (2013 – 2017)

 

(2) Life is the Heart of a Rainbow (2017)

 

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Yayoi Kusama –  Narcissus Garden (1966/2017)
I was more captivated by the structure instead of the artwork.. Hahha..

 

 

 

Till then, we’ll be back to National Gallery Singapore as there’s still places we yet to explore.. >.<

 

BBQ with a View at East Coast Park!

After the potluck in June, we went ahead to plan for a BBQ in August! It’s getting easier to BBQ now, just drop by any AXS machine and you could then book a BBQ pit in 5 easy steps.

You could choose from the following location:
– Changi Beach Park
– East Coast Park
– Pasir Ris Park
– Sembawang Park
– West Cost Park
– Labrador Nature Reserve (Promenade)

Next, you could just order all the necessary from the BBQ wholesale where they’ll deliver the items to the carpark or your pit at a fee! It’s so hassle-free! We ordered everything from charcoal to chicken to marshmallows from BBQ Wholesale. We didn’t order drinks as they come in bulk, instead, we each bought a 1.5L bottle of drinks (of our choice) to East Coast! ^^

We were quite worried as it was raining that morning and it was still drizzling when we reach there around 3plus with dark clouds hovering in front of us! BBQ Wholesale deliver our orders from 5pm and thankfully, the sky was cleared around 6pm! So we hurried back to our pit and start with the BBQ session!

The food we ordered: Chicken Satay, Satay Sauce, Chicken Wings, Marshmallow, Sambal Stingray, Butter Corns. Taiwan Sasuage.

As usual, I brought additional stuffs like cuttlefish (bought from Malacca), clams (I always see people BBQ-ing clams), mushroom (feels like it’s a MUST), fishballs (cooked) and cucumbers as I felt that the variety we ordered wasn’t enough for me! Hahha!

As night falls, the guys crowded around the fireplace and then compete with one another on who have the best “BBQ” marshmallow! Hahhaa.. I personally don’t like the “crispy” on the outside and melt on the inside kind of feel so I couldn’t get into THEIR enjoyment and mood..

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Overall, we really enjoyed the BBQ. But compared to potluck, we’ll prefer the latter as we won’t be weather bounded and it’s not as tedious as BBQ where you’ll have to start the fire, stand there and cook. Hahha…

 

 

Fall In! Fall In!

“Even my Grandmother can do better than you!” 

Doesn’t that sound familiar to most of the guys who went through BMT (Basic Military Training)?

Thanks to my uncle, I got a ticket to watch Army Daze 2 this afternoon! (PS: it’s his treat! ^^) It’s a definitely a great show with great cast and I never regret going! (PS: I don’t know how this guy 2 seats beside me sleep through the first half of the show!)

ATTENTION! Tomorrow is their last run so don’t miss it! Grab your tickets here! If you didn’t managed to catch you, you could drop by their website.

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Here’s a quick summarized timeline recap from the programme (booklet):

REMEMBER THE DAZE

1987: Michael Chiang wrote Army Daze (his first full-length play) which was staged at the old Drama Centre on Fort Canning.

1990: Army Daze is re-staged at the Drama Centre as part of TheatreWorks’.

1995: WOW International mounts a production of Army Daze at WTC (World Trade Centre) Auditorium.

1996: Army Daze The Movie premieres on 6 November 1996.

2006: Toy Factory re-stages Army Daze.

2011: A digitally-enhanced print is produced for DVD which led to a re-screening of movie in cineplexes.

2012: Musical version of Army Daze is staged.

2013: By popular demand, Army Daze is re-staged with a back-to-back run of Michael Chiang’s first new play, High Class.

2017: 30 years later, the 5 blur recruits reunite for Army Daze 2 – a sequel!

I didn’t watch Army Daze when it’s staged but I did watch Army Daze The Movie. Army Daze 2 is a revisits of the 5 memorable characters from Singapore’s favourite show to see how life has treated them where they are faced with middle age and millennials. Malcolm and Krishna sons are getting enlisted too! Also, find out what happened when SAF appoints its first FEMALE Chief of Army!!!!

You would be able to see familiar faces like Hossan Leong, Chua En Lai, Saiful Amri, Ebi Shankara, Shane Mardjuki, Oon Shu An, Audrey Luo, Jo Tan and new faces Natelie Ong (her voice is great), Tay Hwan Haw (OMG! the way he dance!), Andre Chong and many more..

You’re strongly warned that you’ll leave with stomach cramp!

There’s a Meet & Greet session after the show and being a fan of musical & play, I went to queue up for that and got their autographs.

Here’s us (me and my uncle) with the casts:
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And so, we waved our hands and said goodbye..

 

 

 

Forbidden City Musical!!!!!

When I know that Forbidden City: Portrait of an Empress musical returns this August 2017, I quickly went to purchase the ticket and managed to get it at a discounted price (15% off!) I’ve missed the previous play at Esplanade and also when Okto channel actually telecast the musical, so you can feel how excited when I got the tickets!

The musical runs till: 27 Aug 2017
Do grab your tickets or find out more about this musical here
! Don’t miss it!

Forbidden City: Portrait of an Empress musical (a made-in-Singapore musical) was first-ever musical to staged right in Singapore Esplanade Theater. AS I didn’t watch the previous runs, my uncle told me that this year, there were a lot of new faces as compared to the previous one. We have Cheryl Tan as Young Yehenara this year whereas for the previous run Kit Chan also played Young Yehenara.

I am (till now) captivated by their stage and set design, they are just playing around with that “screen”! I like the “My only chance” song sung by Cheryl Tan (Young Yehenara)..

I always feel that the story of Empress Dowager Cixi is so familiar~! Looking back, I’ve read and googled about it before. I had read 2 books about her:

  1. Empress Orchid by Anchee 
  2. The Last Empress by Anchee Min

Maybe it’s time to read more about her! Hahha~! Just in case in anyone might be interested; taken from the programme (booklet):

HISTORY TIMELINE OF THE LIFE OF EMPRESS DOWAGER CIXI

29 November 1835 : Yehenara is born into a middle-class family of Manchu ethnicity

1839 – 1842 : The First Opium War – The Qing dynasty bans the opium trade as a threat to public health and seizes 20,000 chests of opium from British stores. The British navy responds by inflicting upon the Qing dynasty a humiliating defeat.

1842 : The Treaty of Nanjing – The British force the Qing dynasty to favour them with unequal trade treaties and cede to Britain the island of Hong Kong.

1851 : At sixteen years of age Yehenara is chosen from over 60 candidates to join the Xianfeng Emperor’s harem.

27 April 1856 : Yehenara gives birth to Emperor’s only son and heir to the Qing dynasty. When her son reaches his first birthday, she is promoted to the highest tier of concubines.

1856 – 1860 : The Second Opium War – In retaliation for various Qing infractions of the Treaty of Nanjing, Britain inflicts further military humiliation upon the Qing dynasty, best exemplified by the burning of the Summer Palace.

1861 : The Xianfeng Emperor dies. Yehenara’s five-year-old son is officially appointed his successor. As the mother of the new Emperor, Yehenara is appointed Regent and renamed the Empress Dowager Cixi (Empress of the Western Palace).

1872 : Upon his seventeenth birthday, Cixi’s son officially becomes Emperor and assumes the name Tung Chih. Cixi is marginalized from power by her son, a process exacerbated by the tension between Cixi and the Emperor’s new wife.

1875 : Denied access to his wife by Cixi, the Emperor secretly takes to visiting brothels disguised as a commoner. Rumors abound that he dies of syphilis though small pox remains the most likely suspect. As Tung Chih left no heir, Cixi successfully manoeuvres for her infant nephew to become the next Emperor.

1898 : Hundred Days Reform – The young Kuang Hse Emperor embarks on a daring 103-days reform programme of the Chinese social, economic and political system. He is met with staunch resistance from conservative courtiers. Cixi abandons retirement to assume political power once more.

1900 : The Boxer Rebellion – In Northern China, militant spiritualist zealots, known collectively as Boxers, tap into popular anger towards the Qing dynasty and Western penetration. They incite tens of thousands of fanatical peasants to attack foreigners and murder Chinese converts to Christianity.

1901 – 1908 : Cixi oversees a last-ditch attempt to modernize China in order to restore Qing authority and Chinese dignity. Conservative elements once again resist.

15 November 1908 : Empress Dowager Cixi dies aged 72, just one day after Emperor Kuang Hsu (who reportedly dies with 2000 times the normal amount of arsenic in his body). Practically her final act was to install 2-year-old Puyi as the next (and last) Emperor of China.

Source: Dr. Alexander McGregor (http://www.alexander-mcgregor.com)

Some photos taken at the end of the performances!

Sunburn Freeze @ The Rink!

After procrastinating for a few months, we decided to head down to The Rink @ Jcube to Ice Skate after our late morning swim on my off day!

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The Rink is located at 2 Jurong East Central 1, #03-11 JCube, Singapore 6097311
FB: www.facebook.com/therink.sg

It cost us a total of $47.00 for 1 child and 1 adult admission (Per 2-hour session):
20170804_141942 Skating Admission only: $14.00 (adult); $12.00 (child)
– Skate Boots Rental: $3.50 per pair (per 2-hour)
– Gloves: $2 per pair
– Penguin Skating Aid: $10.00 (per 2-hour)

Do check out their website for more prices details..
Website: http://www.therink.sg/


It’s J’s first time to skate so he keep falling down even though he has his Mr Penguin with him. I wasn’t a good skater to begin with so I just followed closely behind him and skate very near to the grab bar just in case I fall.

J was happy even though he fall and he said that his butt was cold! Hahah, it’s great to go ice-skating after having sunburn from the morning swim as the coldness in The Rink cool down the sunburn on the shoulder area.

I saw people doing some really fancy figure skating and got interested in it so I googled about it and found Yuna Kim, a Korean Figure Skater. I’m so looking forward to Pyeongchang Olympics 2018 which is going to take place in February next year! Can’t wait! Intending to go to Korean end of next year during their Autumn period. Shall save money now!

Anyway, back to The Rink ice-skating.. So after 1+ hour of walking on the ice (for him) and slow skating (for me), we decided to call it a day and head home! (We got bored as what we did is just walking around in circles, it’s just like running around a football field/stadium track >.< Maybe cause we aren’t good in ice-skating so we can’t try on different ways of skating)

I had a big blister on both my ankle after the skating session, not too sure what’s that but I realised that I have 2 protruding bone at my ankle area (or don’t know what’s that area..) so no matter it’s ice-skating or inline skating, I will have blister! T-T 

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