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18 Oct 2017

On Sharks and Humanity (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)

14 Oct 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)

7 Oct 2017

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

11 Sep 2017

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


6 Sep 2017

Authentic Peranakan Food at The Peranakan - Singapore


Peranakan cuisine is probably one of the lesser known cuisine in Singapore and The Peranakan, an under rated restaurant that resides along Orchard Road, not only introduces its food but along with its culture as well. From the beautifully furnished interiors to the decorative ornaments to utensils and dining wares, I got the chance to immense myself and experience the peranakan culture with a group of friends!

Since it was a group dinner, we had the privilege to try out many of the popular ala carte dishes as well as the Tok Panjang Feast (Min. 2 persons to share). Tok Panjang refers to a feast laid out along a long table, specially prepared for special guests.

I heaved a sign of relief as I scanned through the spammed amount of images I took. The lighting was dim as compared to lunch timing but that doesn't compromise my photos clarity! 

We started off with Bak Wan Kepiting, a light and clear broth of subtle sweetness, with crabmeat, pork and prawn balls that has a nice bite. Itik Tem on the other hand was much stronger in taste, saltier due to the salted vegetables, with tender steamed duck and sour plum. 

The Kueh Pai Tee was DIY your own fillings with stewed turnip, condiments or topped with a prawn in crisp Top Hats. Loving how the turnip wasn't at all soggy. Prawn Ngoh Hiang would definitely be a popular option with kids and adults alike with its crisp skin, diced water chestnut and meaty fillings of pork and prawns. The Nasi Ulam was perhaps one of those interesting dishes that has a acquired taste. A rice dish of raw herbs, vegetables, minced and salted fish which is difficult for me to describe.

Moment of revelation that my 3 favourite dishes that night were actually the meat dishes. Not that the vegetables did not fare well but personal preference for guys would usually be the meat.
Ayam Buah Keluak was a dish that took at least 3 days of soaking to wash off the poisonous volcanic ashes from the Buah Keluak nuts originated in Indonesia. The nut itself was bitter and tasted almost like dark chocolate of about 85% cocoa. The dish's gravy itself was rich in flavor that the tender chicken had partially absorbed, perfect with rice.
Satay Babi was not your usual satay with skewers. It was slices of pork belly with melt-in-your-mouth fats, coated with sweet and chunky peanut sauce. Another dish that has gravy perfect with rice!
Beef Rendang was an addiction for me. I couldn't help but to refrain myself from taking too much since the beef was surprising tender and the spices were well balanced. I liked how it was a 'dry' dish that has moisture within. I was lucky enough to have eaten the tendon as well!

Other dishes not mentioned were also fresh and delicious in their own ways, just that I have listed my individual preferences. The meal ended off with Chef’s Dessert Platter with my favourite dessert being the homemade pineapple tart that was not so sweet. Not forgetting the fluffy Pandan Chiffon Cake with Gula Melaka Drizzle that everyone loved!

Thank you Chef Raymond for hosting and explaining about the dishes and it was definitely great catching up with other blogger friends over a great Peranakan meal!


442 Orchard Road
Level 2 Claymore Connect
Singapore 238879

Bak Wan Kepiting
Bak Wan Kepiting (shown above) or Itik Tem

Kueh Pai Tee
Kueh Pai Tee

Prawn Ngoh Hiang
Prawn Ngoh Hiang

Nasi Ulam
Nasi Ulam

Ayam Buah Keluak
Ayam Buah Keluak

Chap Chye
Chap Chye

Ayam Goreng Ketumbar
Ayam Goreng Ketumbar

Satay Babi
Satay Babi

Ikan Goreng with Kichap Manis
Ikan Goreng with Kichap Manis

Beef Rendang
Beef Rendang

Sotong Masak Asam
Sotong Masak Asam

Terung Chinchalok
Terung Chinchalok

Chef’s Dessert Platter
Chef’s Dessert Platter


Pandan Chiffon Cake with Gula Melaka Drizzle
Pandan Chiffon Cake with Gula Melaka Drizzle