Sunday, October 26, 2014

Singapore JewelFest 2014

Hey little jewels! I hope you guys are great this week and counting down the days to Christmas and New Year. I am counting down the days but I do not want this month to end just yet! So many things to accomplish yet so little time. This year I am back attending JewelFest after a year on hiatus - because 2013 was a crazy year and I am so happy to be supporting not only JewelFest but also a much-celebrated Singaporean designer - Zenchi. Will talk about his show - Alice in Wonderland soon!


I was really overwhelmed by everything, from the beautiful tent, all the wonderful jewelries, and the amazing people I met, there are so much to talk about. Let's cut to the chase and talk about JewelFest's highlights!

This year would be the 12th run of Asia's most prestigious luxury, fine jewelry affair - Singapore JewelFest, dazzling the world with $290 million worth of jewelries. They were simply beautiful! It is also enlightening to know that more exotic countries like Australia, Brazil and Spain are participating in JewelFest this year.

Every year in JewelFest, I will never fail to look out for their finest of the finest. The most iconic and most expensive jewelry for sale!

I had my jaw dropped at the iconic shimmering Spirit of Ecstasy which is designed by no other than US based jeweller, Mouawad. Spirit of Ecstasy is the ornament you see in front of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. Also known as The Flying Lady, it is draped in exquisite gown of 2,300 round brilliant-cut diamonds. Of which, it took three of its master craftsmen over 350 hours laying those 38.53 carats of diamonds in pavé (in its place).


I was so impressed that this question just came out from my mouth - "Wow! Can it be attached to the car?"

The answer I got from Abraham was blunt, yet funny and it was, "Yes you can, but I don't think anyone would do that. Otherwise anyone can just take it!"

That made so much sense.

Moving on, I also had the chance to see something that I adore, but not meant for men. It was the Grand Esmeralda Suite - also by Mouawad. You can always get it for your girlfriend or mummy.

Mouawad is quite a giant in the jewelry industry in case you don't know - has designed for A-list celebrities like Angelina Jolie and Jennifer Lopez.


Valued at $16 million, The Grand Esmeralda Suite is a set of necklace and earrings with an aggregate of 76.82 carats of unoiled emeralds (if it is oiled it means you have to send for maintenance to retain its gleam, here, no need to), and 188.207 carats of diamonds. Such a small piece at such price, definitely an embodiment of luxury. Probably something Lisa Vanderpump would wear!

This year, I managed to catch two hot jewelry houses that I find really, really interesting.

Firstly was Singaporean jewelry house - Kinchos. It is one of the newest addition in the jewelry market that was established in 2013. Having been established for a year, Basil Leong's (the designer) designs reflect the vibrant and dynamic melting pot of cultures that is the underlying fabric of Singapore.


His collections are classic and elegant, with a modernised twist. Like this beautiful ring, it is a harmonious fusion of traditional jadeite amounting to two carats, 1.58 carats of moonstones (rarity indeed) and 1.16 carats of diamonds. Having said that, Kinchos is one of the brands that I would look forward to get my dose of bling from, because the designer is a gemologist graduate! He could well be my precious stone guru!


KINCHOS
1 Queensway, #03-03, Singapore 149053
www.kinchos.com

The next one would very, very relevant for men who loves to accessorize, like myself. Some of you may have the stigma that jewelries and other fancy accessories are meant for ladies. Lo and behold jewelers, "If you got it, flaunt it" is a mantra that most sophisticated men live by these days. If you designers aren't showing, we ain't buying! (Well, we can't buy what is meant for ladies!)

From Italy, I present you Buzzanca - the designer, Mario Muzzanca is really creative when it comes to precious metals, exotic pearls and of course, diamonds. I was really astounded by how all these raw materials been designed to be very masculine and virile. What really amaze me was the cufflinks from his owl collection - because if you guys have been following me on social media, a few months ago, an owl perched on my ledge and I find it really mystifying to have an owl on a day time sitting by my window. It was huge! So when I saw those cufflinks, it really resonates with my experience. Owls are cute anyway!


Is it a sign I should get those cufflinks?

Call me confused, indecisive, bias, or whatever. I hate snakes, they are my pet peeve. They are slimy, they are long, and they are dangerous. Just disgusting. I don't really mind snakes being dangerous because given the chance, I actually would love to adopt a lion, cheetah, or other huge and ferocious majestic felines. Call it double standard, but I found a not-at-all disgusting snake on one of Buzzanca's displays.


I am not one who wears anything with animal or human figures - because I like it plain and timeless but this ring is simply beautiful beyond words. For those who dote on horses instead, with $70,000, you can have this ring below. How do I look?


Buzzanca
41/4 Tayuta Bd., Silom Soi 19
Bangkrak, Bangkok 10500, Thailand
www.mariobuzzanca.com

Well, I am hopeful to see more jewelries for men next year at JewelFest! It is a definitely must-go. Especially to my Indonesian friends who are reading this, you will love it because it is everything exquisite and lush you can find under one roof. Till then!

Photo credits: Amin Ayub

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Trick Eye Museum Singapore - Tips for Full Experience

Aneyong haseyo!

Ouh my God you guys should really visit Trick Museum here in Singapore! I just went there last Friday with my brother and it was FUNtastic!


As Fridays are the start of the weekend, and as much as I have tight schedule, I love to be out and about. So I thought, why not? Trick Eye Museum originated in South Korea. There was much fanfare about it because about 3/4 of my relatives have been to Korea themselves and they were talking about it. I haven't had the chance to visit South Korea, not just yet!

Going to Trick Eye Museum Singapore definitely gave me a jist of what South Korea has got to offer. What's more with new Korean restaurants and retail coming up at Resorts World Sentosa, it will definitely be the hot spot for tourists like myself to have the best from South Korea.


We can't be just importing Korean facial products anyway - the market is too saturated already. Ain't gonna go for another The Face Shop for facial spree and have every salesgirl go "Annyeong Haseyo!" at me.

Korean art though? I approve.

Trick Eye Museum is one of the latest attractions and my latest fancy in Resorts World Sentosa. As you know, I am quite a fan of Resorts World for their wonderful places like Universal Studios, S.E.A Aquarium, and now, Trick Eye Museum. If you have been here in Singapore and you have not heard or been to the Trick Eye Museum, you are a little outdated! It is about time you book a ticket and bring your entire family to enjoy this travel heaven!

As the first overseas venture of the renowned South Korean gallery, the museum features 80 paintings and optical illusion installations. To give it a local touch, about 50 artworks were created exclusively for Singapore gallery. One of them is the famous Horse Racing as pictured and Merlion Boat.


If you are there, you will see a sculpture of a giant baby upon entrance. It is the debut of that artwork being displayed. It's really huge!

In there, you will be brought through six themed zones, namely World of Masterpieces, Safari Kingdom, Stars of Circus, Dreams of Fairytale, Love in Winter, and Adventure Discovery. Where's Fad's theme!? Haha! Besides original artworks, the museum will also be home to popular art pieces replicated from the South Korean gallery, including Angel’s Wings, Moon over the Sky (as pictured) and Human Cannonball.


How to get there?

Here's the funny thing. I asked one of the staff there on how can I get to Trick Eye Museum. Since Resorts World Sentosa is huge, the last thing I want to do is to be lost. So he said and I quote,

'You just need to walk straight, and when you see a big screen, turn right.'

Almost got wet.

I almost walked literally right through the ground water fountain. So if you must ask where is it, be sure to look out for those hidden water fountains. Instead, the message should be,

'You just need to walk straight on the sides of the fountain, turn right upon seeing the big screen.'

You're welcome!

The museum is not really prominently located. Would appreciate clear signs very much! That does not mean it is hard to find. If you alight at the Waterfront monorail station, all you have to do is, walk towards the first water fountain, which will lead you to an arena (The Bull Ring), and then you will see a huge screen on top, walk towards the screen you will see a sheltered pathway on your right and as you walk towards the end of it, you will see the Trick Eye Museum Singapore ticketing booth. Honestly, I have never read their maps or directory even if they show me. I'd just gaze at it and nod. Ain't gonna spend so much time mapping it to ground! Amazing how I did well in map reading in Geography back then. Yay me!


Go as early as possible!

Trick Eye Museum opens daily from 10am to 9pm. As a tourist, you'd want to buy the tickets as early as possible because the ticket is valid for the day. Especially if you are staying around in Sentosa, you can always drop by again anytime during their opening hours to have a photo reshoot. There are peak periods too especially during the holiday season. Who knows along the way you have bought a new shirt or dress at the mall downstairs and would like pull off a look that goes along with the art theme!

Wear appropriately!

Having said that, ladies, you might want to consider wearing shorts or jeans instead of skirts. Unless you would like to put on a show, having anything that covers what is on the inside is always appropriate! Especially when this attraction is meant to be family friendly. Otherwise, you will stand a chance to feel embarrassed about yourself and you can't be too adventurous on your poses. Just be sure you can stretch your legs with skinny jeans! I'm saying based on experience! With that jeans though, hips don't lie.


Have your camera ready!

It is also mandatory to have your camera fully charged with ample memory. Like for me, I rarely take photographs. In this case though, my camera memory use were off the charts!

This is a museum where it is not meant for solo-mios. If you are hoping to find your true love in an art museum by being alone and then, bump into your star crossed lover, like what you see in Korean dramas, sorry, this is so not the place! The odds will not be in your favour. Not to say you won't find it there - but don't expect it! Bring a friend at least so that you guys can help each other to take photographs. This is also definitely one of the many art museums that allows photography. Some art museums are pretty anal about that, but not this. Take advantage of it!

Also, selfie stick doesn't help.

Remember to switch off your flashes - Trick Eye Museum is really well lit. That's one way you can save your camera power, and follow the standpoint given for the best angle - because retakes will annoy the people waiting at the back!

This visit gives you a reason to bond.

If you are shy being labelled child-like, you can always bring your baby nephew or niece or baby brother or sister to give you a reason to go. Just hope they know how to take photos for you too! Haha!



We will be having two public holidays in a few weeks time, so you might want to visit this it place with your family and friends!

Good stuffs come in packages.

One-day admission tickets to Trick Eye Museum at Resorts World Sentosa are priced at S$25 for adults and S$20 for children/seniors. Multi-attraction packages are also available for frugal spenders like myself. You can purchase tickets and packages onsite or online at www.trickeye.com/singapore or www.rwsentosa.com. Till then!

Resorts World Sentosa
8 Sentosa Gateway
Singapore 098269


Credits to RWS and TIN.