Saturday, April 30, 2016

Affordable Art Fair 2016 - Spring Edition

The third Spring Edition of the Affordable Art Fair Singapore saw its seventh year on the Singapore art scene - the newest and fastest growing art scenes in the world. The fair remains true to its mission of offering affordable and accessible art.

It was heartwarming to be among those who got to see it first hand.

There were so many artwork that were showcased, especially coming from new and emerg
ing artists with a diverse selection of contemporary artworks, across a variety of styles from abstract to figurative, and a range of art forms including paintings, sculpture and photography.

Where else can you get beautiful and exclusive, yet affordable artwork for your home or office if not Affordable Art Fair?

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Domino's Pizza Latest Addition - Cheesy Mozzarella Stix

I love cheese. Enough said.

I was thrilled to be one of the few to try out the latest addition to Domino's Pizza's menu. Stylized as the Cheesy Mozzarella Stix, it should be the staple for parties who are in search of filling food.

How can one not feel full eating cheese?

Baked to golden perfection, the new Mozzarella Cheese Stix is loaded with 100% Mozzarella Cheese for you to savour.

I love Domino's Pizza even though it is considerably pricey, it allows you to customize your pizza be it the crust, the sauce and toppings. It is becoming a little bit like baking your own pizza at the click of a mouse.

While Domino's Pizza have pizzas dominating its menu, its side dishes are no less delicious and well known. Most of you like myself surely love the Chocolate Lava Cake, Tom Yam flavoured Chicken Crunchies and Cinnastix. Now there is something to love even more!

I remember back in those days when Mozzarella Cheese Stix was not in the menu, I had to change my pizza crust to cheesy crust just so that I will have that extra cheese to my meal. Now, I am able to enjoy more of the crunchy crusts and order Mozzarella Cheese Stix on the side so that I could enjoy my calories the way I like it!

Cheesy Mozzarella Stix is selling at an introductory price of S$5.80 and as a reward to all Domino's Pizza's customers, I have a discount code for you to use! Here are the codes and details:

TIN74A - S$24 for 2 of 9" regular pizzas and Cheesy Mozzarella Stix.

TIN74B - S$34.50 for 2 of 12" large pizzas and Cheesy Mozzarella Stix.

TIN74C - S$45 for 2 of 15" extra large pizzas and Cheesy Mozzarella Stix.

Half price, don't think twice. Order! Codes valid till 20 May 2016.

Note: Surcharge applies for Cheese Burst, Cheesy Crust, Classics, First class pizza and Cheese sausage upgrade, Half and Half, Extra Toppings, Extra Cheese and Extra condiments.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Beijing 2016 - Ming Tombs

Ming Tombs while many opine as not important, is integral in understanding the Ming Dynasty. It is like getting an iPhone, and portable charger is not important but integral to keep it alive!

The Sacred Way is part of the Ming Tombs complex and is the way to learn about the entire place in a jiff. The entire place is huge with all three accessible tombs located a distant apart from each other. You can read up below in the pictures!

Sacred Way where I went symbolizes the road leading to heaven. Myth has it that The Emperor, known as the Son of the Heaven, who descended from Heaven to his country through the Sacred Road, also would return to Heaven through this way. The long stretch of pavement is lined with stone statues which are important decorations of the mausoleum. These statues are made of human figures like generals and civil officials, and animals like lion, elephant, xiezhi (a mythological unicorn) that is said to represent certain qualities like ferocity and used to ward off evil spirits away. Enjoy the photos!

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Melbourne 2016 - Never A Dull Day at Hosier Lane

Knowing Melbourne as a major centre for street art, it would not be wise to skip this in your itinerary!

Hosier Lane in Melbourne is one of the most renowned landmark for urban art. It would be a slap to call it vandalism but I thought it was until I found out that it is a legit platform for graffiti artists to showcase their work or even graffiti advertisements.

Vandalism or not, they are arresting and God knows how much spray cans were utilised just to make these monumental artwork. It would be a waste to have it sprayed over by another art work in the next few months or so, but it would be worth it if it is going to be documented in someone's social media, and only the few thousand of you get to see them first hand.

Melbourne is beautiful in that sense. It is not exactly a lustrous, bright, glossy city as much as I wanted it to be, but given the colourful and vibrant art at every corner of the city, it is hard to say I ever had a dull day there.

Enjoy the bad boy pose I was trying to work on!

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

The Gallery Experience: KNOCKOUT! - Get Fit Glamourously

The great thing about wanting to keep yourself active and your stamina at its best is that you are exposed to the many ways of doing so. Be it from routine joggings by the park or doing heavy lifts in the gym, you can never have a reason not to keep yourself moving. This April, I feel blessed to be a part of Mandarin Gallery's third edition of The Gallery Experience!

The Gallery Experience is a series of curated lifestyle concepts presented by Mandarin Gallery aimed at engaging shoppers with delightful surprises and one-of-a-kind experiences. Entitled KNOCKOUT!, The Gallery Experience this month is the third edition of the series of pop-up events featuring workouts such as HIIT (High-Intensive Interval Training), Flow Yoga and Boxing.

I enjoy doing rigorous sports these days. Although I am still reserved about contact sports, I think Boxing is the only contact sport I would even bother trying because it is controlled, most times under close supervision of a professional and seems to be less barbaric than sports like soccer or rugby. I get less soiled too!

I went to the KNOCKOUT!'s Boxing segment and it was amazing! I have not been to Mandarin Gallery for quite some time and it was a good reason to drop by the mall. So many great changes coming up there!

Boxing is a combination of body combat moves with cardio exercises. It tests your cardio vascular ability, your agility and your strength. It is the perfect way to lose weight, stay healthy and also a great way to strengthen your mind through regular training.

The boxing segment started with getting our hands prepped for boxing. We wrapped our hands which we wore before the gloves so that our hands could make a solid fist when they are closed. We started off with some cardio warm up like burpees, running, mountain climbers and many more. They were considerably challenging, and that was how it should be! Then on, we were taught the basics of boxing and managed to try them out with our partner once we got the hang of it!

It was a sure way to make new friends and try out new things before picking on what will be your favourite!

Mandarin Gallery started these pop-up events since December 2015 with the inaugural edition of The Gallery Experience: Silent Night featuring the first-ever Silent Yoga in Singapore and Silent Disco in a mall. Following the success of the first event, Mandarin Gallery presented the second edition of The Gallery Experience: Featherlight in March 2016 featuring Silent Yoga (back by popular demand), as well as innovative and interesting workouts such as Barre and SURFSET

Subsequently, The Gallery Experience will be a monthly affair at Mandarin Gallery, where unconventional spaces both indoors and outdoors of the mall will be transformed into Instagram-worthy backdrops for the perfect photo opportunity! No way you could not look chic with these fancy and luscious decor!

The Gallery Experience series of events are free for the public to sign up, based on first-come-first-serve availability. All that is required of an individual will be to stay tuned to Mandarin Gallery’s social media platforms and register online.

Remember to tag #mandaringallery and #MGKnockout in you social media shares!

For more information on The Gallery Experience, visit Mandarin Gallery’s Facebook page here or The Gallery Experience’s Facebook event page here.

See you guys there!

Friday, April 8, 2016

China 2016 - Back from The Orient

As most of you would have known, I am already back from China and will be sharing with you guys bits and pieces of my trip to Beijing and Xi'an!

Once again, I am truly grateful and utmost humbled to see new places, new people and new culture. It is always heartening to have my mind opened about many things that we had chosen to be blind about. Not only the positive takes I brought home, but also the blessings and privilege we have on our own backyard.

That does not go to say that all cities are perfect either!

Oh, and personally, Singapore Airlines made an amazing service recovery. Hands down, more stories coming up!

Monday, April 4, 2016

Sydney 2016 - Counting Down to 2016

I am deeply thankful that this year I was given the opportunity once more to celebrate countdown overseas. It is not as easy as it seems to organize a trip where there were so many public holidays going on within the week - Christmas eve, Christmas, boxing day, new year's eve and new year's day.

There were a lot of considerations that need to be made - it was either the shop or attraction that was not open, or they simply miss out your booking just because you did not call to confirm earlier. If payment had been made, did not that mean I have confirmed my reservation because I have put my money where my mouth is?

There were ups and downs to that and definitely not as easy as bringing your luggage over and expecting things to go as smoothly. Surely, going for vacation is not for the passive milksop.

Nevertheless, I have always counted my blessings throughout. Great company, particularly one of my best friends who have really helped me a lot not only in navigating during the trip but also providing comfort in times of need. So I am particularly grateful for that despite going through a rough road along the way.

Word has it that countdown in Sydney is so massive it expected over than one million visitors last year. While the number is wondrous to some, it does feel a bit like a mess. Not that I did not enjoy the fireworks because it had two timing, 9pm and 12 midnight. So we had to scout for places to get the best view and that was probably the toughest decision I had to make that year. I mean, there were so many vantage points, but most of the vantage points were obstructed by either building, tree, or the people in front of you. So while over a million of visitors came down, probably only less than a fraction got to witness the one near the major landmarks which is the Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge. They have a supposedly clear vantage point on Mrs Macquarie's Chair which was obstructed by trees. What you do expect at a park? Baron land?

There were cruises available for you to watch either one or both of the fireworks but we didn't have the confidence for video taking especially when the water at the harbour could be quite rough. I could not be sure of my steady hands on shaky waters. We considered restaurants but they were too steep for a less than 15-minutes fireworks. If it goes along the supply and demand curve, what can I say in a free economy! I mean, does the pyrotechnic get more colourful if you pay that much? Is the food really good for that such price?

I admit I do get green of those who were on the yacht, or on the restaurants by the bay but I also believe in blessing in disguise.

If that day taught me anything, it taught me to work hard and own a bloody yacht. The restaurant per pax is considerably same price if you had paid to be on a yacht party on that day. How ridiculous can some things in life priced? Dollars and sense sometimes just do not match. Just sometimes.