Sep 20 2015

National Museum of Singapore New Permanent Galleries!

Just yesterday, Mel and I went to the newly revamped permanent galleries at the National Museum. They were also having a weekend carnival (19 & 20 September) with many fun-filled activities to celebrate the opening!

This is actually my first time visiting the galleries after 25 years here :/

A little background on the museum:
The National Museum of Singapore is the nation’s oldest museum with a progressive mind with a history dating back to its inception in 1887.

Here, you can explore multiple perspectives of history and cutting edge presentations. Refreshed with updated stories and content on Singapore’s post-independence history, the National Museum’s new permanent galleries recapture the nation’s defining moments, challenges and achievements from its earliest beginnings 700 years ago to the independent, modern city-state it is today.

Level 1 houses the Singapore History Gallery where it charts Singapore’s journey from our earliest beginnings 700 years ago to the colonial days, to the Japanese Occupation and post-war struggles, and to the global city we enjoy today.

The earliest written records mention Singapore describe it as a thriving port in the 14th century where Chinese porcelain wares and stoneware were traded, along with locally-made pottery or natural products.

Rickshaws coolies were a common sight back then.

There were a few interactive displays all around the exhibits and you could listen to the narratives.

Coins used in the past.

There were also corners to commemorate important figures like Tan Tock Seng, Dr Lim Boon Keng.

On Level 2, there are a total of 4 galleries showcasing snapshots of everyday life through the different eras in Singapore’s history for the past 100 years.

The first is during the colonial times in the 1920s-1930s.

Old newspapers greeted us when we first entered the gallery.

First uniform of Singapore Chinese Girls’ School.

Fashion in the 1920s.

Love these antique looking telephones!!

Wa they played mahjong back then too!

Then comes the Japanese Occupation period..

Propaganda posters.

I think my aunt still has something like this in the house.

Moulds of some kuehs people sold back then.

Then comes the growing up period which showcases items though the eyes of a child who growing up alongside the nation.

Familiar games which I still had the chance to play with back in Primary school.

Lastly, self-expression and creativity takes the front row seat and explores how a new, confident, Singaporean identity emerged in the 1970s-1980s

Movie tickets which my parents probably got when they were dating back then haha.

I love this area of the gallery best. I remember someone telling me back then, movie screening were screened outdoors and people would drive and watch under the stars.

And the ceilings were so starry too!

And we were also just in time for the weekend carnival! They had booths with familiar treats and also some booths for playing all the old childhood games.

Country erasers!

Used to enjoy pick-up sticks too as a kid.

Make your own Samsui hat!

There was also a photobooth where you can dress up in vintage clothes and get an instant print-out! The costumes were mostly for kids so too bad grown-up guys had only this option lolol.

Hello! I’m a very friendly looking police but I’ll shoot if you attempt any crimes!

A very eventful day spent at the Singapore Museum, getting to know more about Singapore’s past and it’s really interesting to see all the things back from the past and how we’ve evolved into what we have now. And who knows, maybe 30 years down the road, what we have will also be placed inside the museum too! And I think they’ll definitely have a corner for ‘selfies’ and taking photos of food before eating hahaha.

National Museum of Singapore
93 Stamford Road, 178897

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Sep 14 2015

Benjamin Browns Bistro & Bakery

Have been trying to visit new places to eat nowadays and Benjamin Browns has always been in my list because the location is good, and the prices are really reasonable!

I really like this kind of lights! Can I have these in my future home??

My 300g Sizzling Beef Chunks ($25++) on a hot plate with potatoes and ratatouille.

When this came out, it was REALLY sizzling! Be really careful as the area around the dish will be covered with oil splatters. Pepper taste was a little too strong but overall, portion was really good for the price! I recommend sharing this with a friend because halfway through it it felt kind of heaty.

Wanted to take a photo with my food but the smoke just kept coming I had to fan it away. But halfway I just gave up!

Mel’s Ocean Plate ($26++) consisting of Pan seared Salmon with saffron rice and seafood thermidor. According to Mel, this was just okay.. But I think you can never go wrong with Salmon!!

There were some good looking cakes too which we’ll go back to try another day!

Oh btw, we visited the place on a Friday night around 7.45pm but there was a queue and we only managed to get a seat at around 8.30pm. Not sure if this is a common sight but do go early if you’re planning to visit the place!

Benjamin Browns Bistro & Bakery
Forum The Shopping Mall
583 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238884

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Sep 6 2015

Supercar Season @ Wisma Atria

If you’ve passed by Wisma Atria over the weekends you would have noticed this eye-catching display of Aston Martin cars just right outside the mall!!


And this!! (My fave of the lot, the colour is too pretty!)

As we all are aware, the yearly F1 season is just around the corner! From 4 to 20 September, Supercar Season at Wisma Atria will feature a weekend pop-up lounge at the indoor event space on level 1, complete with a live three-piece jazz band, a cocktail bar and a mixologist. It will be open Fridays to Sundays, 6pm to 10pm.

Shoppers who spend $150 ($100 for tourists) or more will enjoy a complimentary cocktail or mocktail at the weekend pop-up lounge. There’s 3 cocktails to choose from: concocted from premium spirits Snow Leopard Vodka, No.3 London Dry Gin or Glenrothes Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whiskey!

We tried the Whiskey and Gin. I’m no alcohol expert, but Mel said his Whiskey was pretty good!

Also, when you spend $300 of more, you get a complimentary limited-edition NETS FlashPay Cards, each with a stored value of $10 and emblazoned with Aston Martin car models! F1 driver Jenson Button will also arrive at TAG Heuer’s Art Helmet Design Competition on 17 September where helmet designs by LASALLE College of the Arts students will be showcased and will compete for a podium finish. Five lucky shoppers who spend $1,000 or more will win exclusive passes to meet Jenson Button at the event!

Such an exciting F1 Season!! :)

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Aug 20 2015

Beauty Bound Asia

Are you someone who loves sharing your makeup looks, skincare routine or anything beauty related? You might be the online beauty talent that Beauty Bound Asia is looking for!

SK-II presents Beauty Bound Asia on YouTube – the region’s premier digital search and creator cultivation program for emerging online beauty talent. It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to interact and learn from the world’s best beauty creators, beauty brands, and digital experts.

With exciting time-based challenges, mentorship programs and workshops curated and led by top beauty influencers in Asia and industry experts, Beauty Bound Asia is a ground-breaking initiative designed to help discover and cultivate the next generation of online beauty experts.

Beauty Bound Asia will be open to all legal residents of 11 cities where the contest is taking place including Tokyo, Seoul, Osaka, Taipei, Hong Kong, Manila, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Jakarta, and Sydney. As part of this program, YouTube and top YouTube stars will be supporting this initiative by offering skill-building workshops for Beauty Bound Asia finalists.

Coaches include the very popular Michelle Phan, whom I sure no need any introductions. She has also been a huge creative force for Beauty Bound; personally designing a number of the beauty creator challenges, and mentoring and judging the finalists from each city in the Tokyo program finale. The rest of the region’s top beauty creators have also extended their support as coaches, with talented beauty gurus like Sasaki Asahi (Japan), Calary Girl (Korea), Momay (Thailand), and Wengie (Australia) amongst many others.

So who is Eligible?

If you…
• Are over 21
• Are passionate about and have beauty expertise to share
• Are creative and have original ideas
• Have or want to grow your video creation skills
• A legal resident of any of these 11 cities – Tokyo, Seoul, Osaka, Taipei, Hong Kong, Manila, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Jakarta, and Sydney

Then you are eligible to join, no prior experience necessary! Pssst. The deadline to register is on 25th Aug!!

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