[Media Preview] Halloween Horror Nights 6 at Universal Studios Singapore (2016)

**WARNING**  This post contains some visually disturbing and gruesome photos.
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Halloween Horror Nights (HHN) is back! This will be Universal Studios Singapore’s sixth edition of the event and it promises to be scarier than the previous years! A record number of haunted houses will be showcased and the first-ever theatrical procession, March of the Dead, will make its rounds through the park at scheduled timings during the night.

This year’s event runs for 16 nights from 30 September to 31 October 2016 and features five haunted houses, two scare zones and two live shows.

If you want a breather between the scares, selected rides like TRANSFORMERS The Ride: The Ultimate 3D Battle, Revenge Of The Mummy, Battlestar Galactica: HUMAN and Battlestar Galactica: CYLON, will be open throughout the night.

If you don’t have time to read through this entire post, here’s a quick summary of the event…

…otherwise, read on…


HHN usually doesn’t start until the Opening Scaremony is held. This starts at 7:30pm during the HHN event nights, so don’t be late if you want to catch it!

We are introduced to all the characters who represent their respective haunted houses, with the exception of Jack, the infamous clown who is making a comeback this year with his circus.

If you are standing at the front, do note that pyrotechnics and flame throwers are used and you will feel the heat!

A gigantic head appears from the stage. Do try to see if you can spot the various faces that appear. Here are some of them…

In case you haven’t noticed by now, Mel’s Drive-In has been changed to Mel’s Die-In!!

If you don’t manage to get a spot in front of the crowd, there is a screen located in the middle of Hollywood Boulevard that will give you a glimpse of the action.

Otherwise, you can always watch this video:

Now for the main highlights…

Map compiled by rwsentosablog.com


(listed in the sequence that you’ll encounter them if you start by turning right at the end of Hollywood Boulevard into New York)


Oh, how I hate love that they come up with such local themes, which make it seem closer to home! This is one nightmarish hawker centre that you hope you’ll never ever have to step into in real life! Welcome to Ulu Pandan Hawker Centre…

Customers fall victim to radioactive food poisoning, which transforms them into savage, flesh-eating creatures! Beware, that chicken rice auntie may not be as nice and friendly as you think she is!

Claustrophobics, do note that there are many tight corners in this haunted house and you really have nowhere to run hide!

I loved that they even have a clothing stall here!

Stay alert – there could be something lurking between the rack of clothes!! ^_^

Take a look at some of the scenes here:

Universal Studios Singapore has really outdone themselves with this one – besides the sights, sounds and frights, one thing that stood out were the SMELLS! Ughh…venture in and find out for yourself!


Here you’ll meet the coven of DeFeo Witches who were thought to have disappeared after the townspeople of Salem tried to burn down their house–along with them–in 1692. However, modern-day witchcraft enthusiasts have brought them back and the witches are out for revenge!

One of the townsfolk telling us to get away from this place!

The most beautiful scene (one of my favourites!) is the Witch’s Realm, which has a snowy setting, much like in Narnia.

Apologies, we got too carried away in here as it’s one of the must-visit haunted houses, plus it was quite dark in there and so I don’t have that many photos to share. Make sure that you don’t miss this one!!

Some of the scenes from this haunted house can be seen in the first video starting from 0:24.

HU LI’S INN (狐姬客栈)

Step back in time into the world of Old Shanghai’s cabaret in the 1930s.

As you approach, a man (pimp?) will usher you into the nightclub.

Upon stepping in, we see Hu Li singing on stage.

Hubby was so enchanted by her that he took another picture! Make sure you stay long enough in this room to see what happens when the light flickers!

Another lady at the cabaret. Hmm…

Look at all the pictures of the beautiful women!

However, things are not always as they appear to be!…

Masters of disguises, these seductive temptresses are demonic shape shifters who are after your souls!

To all the Chee Ko Peks (Hokkien/Teochew slang for “pervert” or “dirty old man”) out there, be warned! This is how you will meet your end if you visit this cabaret…

My favourite scene in this place:

Overall, I loved the concept of this haunted house and it really made me feel as though I’ve stepped into Old Shanghai!

Some of the scenes from this haunted house can be seen in the first video starting from 0:05.


Another haunted house based on places in Singapore – the actual hospital in Changi was built in 1935 by the British government and its location was used as a prison camp during the Japanese occupation where it was reportedly used as a torture chamber. The hospital ceased operations in 1997 and is said to be one of the most haunted places in the world!

Graffiti on the walls.

As you head towards the hospital gates, a sarong-clad Malay pakcik will approach you, shouting some warnings and that made me start to regret what I was doing here!…

Meet the doctor and his lovely nurse…

Beware of the many dark corners and you’ll never know who you’ll encounter along the passageways! There’s so much to take in and I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves.


There was even a half-naked guy in the bathroom and I thought he looked kind of cute! LOL!

Beware – there are many sudden surprises and unexpected encounters in this house!


Entrance to the haunted house.

Artist Damien Shipman takes fans on a heinous trip down memory lane as he unveils his controversial exhibition titled Bodies of Work.


Apparently his family perished tragically in a fire and this is his homage to them.

If you look closely, you’ll see a carousel in this photo which is displayed at the start and visitors will also get to see an actual one at the end of this exhibition.

Most of the exhibits are displayed in a macabre fashion.


Call me a sadist but this girl whose lower body went into the grinder is probably my favourite scene in this haunted house!

We get to meet other strange characters…


…and finally the artist himself! (i.e. if you can spot him in the dark!) I didn’t manage to take a good photo of Damien Shipman but you can see him at the end of my video:

Loved that there’s a carousel in this haunted house!



This is a foreboding forest filled with desperate cries and a sinister presence that lures unsuspecting victims to their deaths.

The following warning sign is displayed outside:

After entering the forest, we came across this vehicle – oh no…what exactly happened here?!!

You can find creepy characters…

…as well as a “cute” life-size walking rag doll.

There is a sinister looking tunnel that you can walk through – thankfully I didn’t encounter any strange beings in there!

Ohh…I just love the dramatic lighting effects in this forest!

Be careful not to bump into this headless person when you walk through a cloud of smoke!

Finally, a short clip to summarize this place.


This is the less intimidating of the two scare zones. Stroll through this area to check out the festivities of the Day of the Dead (Día De Los Muertos).

Here’s a walk-through of the scare zone:

March of the Dead Procession
There’s also a Death March procession with a supposedly carnival-like atmosphere, but it reminded me more of a funeral procession!

Look out for Lady Death (死亡女神), perched atop the leading float.

The lights on the float actually change colour.

For a change, it was nice to see a night parade being held at the park!

Procession timings for 30-Sept: 8:15pm, 9:45pm and 11:15pm (schedule may vary on other dates – check at the venue on the day of your visit)


There are 2 shows that will be staged as part of HHN6 but unfortunately they weren’t available during the media preview.

March of the Dead show
This action-packed live show begins at the end of March of the Dead procession.

Show timings for 30-Sept: 8:45pm, 10:15pm and 11:45pm (schedule may vary on other dates – check at the venue on the day of your visit)

Stage area (at the New York Library):

Jack’s Recurring Nightmare Circus (杰克重返噩梦马戏团)
Synopsis: “Back by popular demand, Jack the Clown will steal the show once again in Jack’s Recurring Nightmare Circus at the Pantages Hollywood Theater. Together with his deranged disciples, he will hunt for killer acts from a live casting call featuring world-class aerialists, acrobats, contortionists and other freaky friends.”

Show timings for 30-Sept: 7:45pm, 9:15pm, 10:45pm and 12:15am (schedule may vary on other dates – check at the venue on the day of your visit)


All the HHN6 memorabilia seems to be centred around Jack!


If I have to list the haunted houses in the order of my preference, they would be:

1) Hu Li’s Inn
2) Salem Witch House
3) Old Changi Hospital
4) Bodies of Work
5) Hawker Centre Massacre (because of the smell! LOL!)

Many thanks to Resorts World Singapore for the media invite to HHN6!

Event Details:

Halloween Horror Nights 6 (HHN6) is held on Select Nights from 30 Sept to 31 Oct 2016.

Dates, Opening Hours and Ticket Prices:
Entry on 30 Sep, 6, 13, 20, 27, 30, 31 Oct 2016. Time: 7:30pm – 12:30am.
General Admission Ticket: S$65
RWS Invites / RWS Invites Attractions Members: S$50

Entry on 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29 Oct 2016. Time: 7:30pm – 1:30am.
General Admission Ticket: S$69
RWS Invites / RWS Invites Attractions Members: S$59

Check the HHN6 website for more ticketing details, including the Frequent Fear Pass, R.I.P. Tours and other promotional packages.

Source: RWScoop

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SAVOUR Wines 2016

For the uninitiated, SAVOUR is Asia’s premier gourmet festival which features the finest food and drink, live demonstrations and culinary shopping, all in one special purpose-built location. This second event in 2016 is held from 9-11 September and has its focus on wines.

DBS Treasures held a private event for their clients (before the event opens to the public) and each person was allowed to bring a friend along. I was glad to have the opportunity to check out the event’s offerings a day earlier and went to check fill my tummy with food first before going on to sample the wines. A doctor friend who was there said “why waste time on food when the wines are so good?” but I live to eat and I guess she loves alcohol more than food!


The two photos below were taken about 5mins before the event closed as I was too pre-occupied earlier with the lovely food and wine, so I didn’t take many shots of the venue, especially with the crowds.

Wandering past the various food stalls, everything looked good but I couldn’t possibly eat them all in one night and so I had to prioritise and only select the dishes which “called out” to me.

These were some of the dishes that my hubby and I had tried…

RESTAURANT EMBER – by Chefs Pan Sihui & Alex Phan
Sakura Ebi Pasta ($12)
Sakura Ebi Pasta with Konbu, Chilli and Crustacean Oil

This was a lovely start to my dinner and I enjoyed the crunch of the Sakura shrimps, mixed with the other flavours in the pasta.

Foie Gras ($12)

Foie Gras with Chinese 5-Spice Caramel and Market Fruits

The foie gras was cooked perfectly and I thought it was a refreshing touch to have it served with jambu slices.


Beef Short Rib ($12)
Onion Puree, Broccollini, Onion ‘Paper’, Shallot Jus

This seemed to be one of the crowd favourites and the beef was very tender and easy to slice! The various accompaniments and seasonings in this dish seemed to revolve around onions but I couldn’t even tell that THAT piece of crispy “paper” is made using onion! Interesting!

MITZO – by Chefs Nicky Ng & Ben Yapp

Truffle Noodles with Prawn Ball & Lobster Claw ($12)

There was a crazy queue at this booth and I guess everyone must have ordered this dish!! It was served piping hot and the taste of truffle was well balanced and did not overpower the dish, which came with a prawn and a lovely piece of lobster claw. Ohh…the indulgence!

RABBIT STASH – by Chefs Matthew Mok & Soon Teck (Skydy)

48hrs Slow Cook Wagyu Beef with Trompette Stew, 58 Degrees 1st Born Egg and Crispy Brown Rice ($12)
French-Singaporean inspired dish with an Oriental Marinated Beef slow-cooked for 2 Days

This was another booth which had extremely long queues, in both the ordering queue as well as the collection queue. Loved the flavours in the beef, which was served with mixed greens on a croissant-like pastry that you can use to clean up the plate especially if the egg yolk has broken and oozed out all over the plate. The crispy brown rice added an extra crunch to the dish.

ANGELA MAY FOOD CHAPTERS – by Chefs Tee Lee Hing & Angela May

Lobster and Crab Roll with Salted Egg, White Wine and Kabocha Squash
+ Locally Grown Curly Leaf Kale Salad and Pomegranate Seeds
+ 1 Dark Chocolate Cream Choux with Toasted Marshmallow Topping

This was one of my initial picks for food but I ran out of food coupons and was saving the last two for dessert! There was a lady showing us a sample of the dish, so I asked if I could take a picture of it. Apologies, but I can’t tell you how it tasted.

Anyway, it was time for dessert!…

BIRD BIRD – by Chefs Fiona Ting & Bjorn Shen
Durian Softie Pie ($12)
Durian pudding, almond pie crust, caramelised white chocolate, gula melaka caramel, brown butter soft serve

I was drawn to this dessert as it sounded interesting with all the varied ingredients! Wow! There were so many flavours and textures in this dessert – it was creamy, yet crunchy and sweet but also with a hint of saltiness. The best part was when you got to the durian pudding, which actually contains real durian flesh!

There’s also an Oyster Bar and Cheese Room, which is located next to the Wine Market.

I found popcorn here…

…as well as oysters.


Go on a wine tasting journey where there are hundreds of specially curated wine labels from all around the world to choose from!

Access to the Wine Market is limited to Wine Tasting Card holders only (max 700 per session).

The Wine Tasting Card (Single) – $15 (online pre-event price) includes the following:

1 x Wrist Band for single person access into the Wine Market
1 x Wine Tasting Card with 10 Tastings
1 x Badoit Sparkling Water (330ml)
1 x Limited Edition SAVOUR Wine Glass

Here’s an idea of what you’ll get, minus the wrist band and the fact that my wine tasting card has been used up.

I had initially started tasting wines from the booths which seemed to be more popular with the crowds but as I am not a wine connoisseur and my preference is for sweet wines (yes, I love dessert wines!), so after about 3-4 tastings, I decided to switch focus and hunt down only sweet wines! ^_^

My favourites of the night were…

De Bortoli Emeri Pink Moscato NV (Australia)

Little Eden Moscato (Australia)

Balan Viola Moscato NV (Italy)

Even if you are not a wine lover or you don’t drink alcohol, you can still come to SAVOUR Wines 2016 and check out the food!

SAVOUR Wines runs from 9-11 September 2016

9th (Friday): 6pm – 11pm
10th (Saturday): 11am – 4pm & 6pm – 11pm
11th (Sunday): 11am – 4pm & 6pm – 11pm

Location: Bayfront Avenue, next to the Marina Bay Sands Convention Centre

Entry to the Gourmet Village is complimentary to all visitors. However, the purchase of dishes and drinks are on a consumption basis.

Access to the Wine Market is ticketed and limited to 700 guests per session, so if you’re a wine buff or are looking to learn more, it is to best pre-purchase your wine tasting card to avoid any disappointment! I hear that they are selling out fast…

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Set Lunch at Janice Wong Singapore

Janice Wong is a Singaporean pastry chef who is known for her creative desserts. When I heard that she had opened a restaurant which serves other food apart from desserts, I was curious and went to have a try…

The interior of the restaurant has an interesting piece of art which looks like something edible.

Looking at the menu, the prices aren’t cheap and we didn’t want to spend too much for lunch, so we decided on the set lunch (SGD$28++), which comprised of three courses.

Before our food arrived, we were given 4 types of sauces/accompaniments to go with our dishes.

Clockwise from Top Left: Ginger slivers in vinegar, chilli sauce, XO scallop sauce and a truffle infused minced garlic paste. No instructions were given as to pair them with which dishes, so I guess we had to get creative ourselves.

The first course was a choice between Hot Explosion XLB (Whisky Pork or Truffle Cheese Chicken) or Whimsical Buns (Liquid Egg or Minced Vegetables).

We ordered the Truffle Cheese Chicken flavoured XLB (i.e. Xiao Long Bao), which was black in colour and came in 2 pieces, but was a bit boring to photograph, so we decided to place it together with the Liquid Egg Whimsical Bun, that we had also ordered, for the shot below. ^_^

Surprisingly the combination of truffle, cheese and chicken worked in the XLB and it was tasty! The Liquid Egg Whimsical Bun on the other hand, tasted like the liu sha baos that can be found at other restaurants.

The second course was a choice between two different noodle dishes and we ordered one of each.

Corn Noodles (Sous Vide Chicken, Peanut Broth) – my hubby liked it but I thought it tasted a bit on the light side.

BlackRed Duple Noodles (Braised Beef, Fried Mushroom Stems) – the soup was quite tasty but the visually striking noodles were a little limp in texture.

The third and final course was of course dessert and we were given a choice of Tiramisu, Chocolate Praline Cake or a Selection of Mochi. We chose the first two as I’m not really a fan of mochi.

Tiramisu (Mascarpone, Coffee Sponge, Expresso Ice Cream) – the flavours were true to how we expect the dessert to taste, but probably a bit stronger than the ones that you’ll find elsewhere.

Chocolate Praline Cake (Poprocks, Vanilla) – very chocolatey cake which seemed to have been soaked in some alcohol. The peanut butter was smooth and cleverly hid a fair quantity of pop rocks. Everything on the plate amazingly worked well together, with the pop rocks giving a pleasant surprise in your mouth!

Overall, I felt that the desserts fared a notch better than the food. I’d probably come back again to try their high tea which has some dim sum items but more desserts.

On the other side of the restaurant is a sweets boutique, where you can find many interesting and colourful creations!

All of them look too pretty to be eaten! I like the ones that look like Lego bricks!

Janice Wong Singapore

Address: 93 Stamford Road, National Museum Singapore, 01-06, Singapore 178897.

Opening Hours:
Monday – Saturday: 11am – 11pm (last order 10:30pm)
Sunday: 11am – 6pm (last order 5pm)

Telephone: +65 97125338

Email: info@janicewong.com.sg

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Hop Yik Tai (合益泰小食) – an unassuming Michelin-recommended eatery

Sham Shui Po has too many small eateries that diners are spoilt for choice and these dining places could be difficult to spot from afar with the crowds of people out and about the bustling side streets!

Hop Yik Tai (合益泰小食) is a typical local Hong Kong eatery, which serves simple fare that can be considered as comfort food to some.

I like cheong fun (steamed rice rolls) and when I heard about Hop Yip Tai, I decided to go check it out and have cheong fun for dinner! (for those who are unfamiliar with this dish, most people would typically have this for breakfast instead of lunch/dinner)

Upon arriving, I found a long queue of people outside but they were in the takeaway line.

Inside the shop, all seats were already taken and we had to wait about 10-15min before any seats were vacated. Note that as this is a typical local Hong Kong eatery, you are expected to share your table with strangers when you dine here. It was too congested inside this small shop, with waiting staff busy walking to and fro either serving food or clearing the dishes, so I didn’t take any pictures of the interior apart from the menu on the wall!

Looking across the room, I noted that most people ordered the cheong fun with some side dishes like radish, pig’s skin and curry fishballs.

We’re not hugh fans of fishballs and so we ended up ordering cheong fun (6 rolls) and a bowl of radish with pig’s skin.

The cheong fun was slippery smooth and was served with soy sauce and sesame oil, to which diners can add sweet sauce and chilli sauce to their liking. In addition, the pig’s skin was cooked just right and went very well with the radish, which was sweet and stewed to the level of softness that I like.

I have to say that this place certainly has cheap and good eats and is a good place to dine for those who are on a tight budget.

Hop Yik Tai (合益泰小食)
G/F, 121 Kweilin Street, Sham Shui Po, Kowloon.


Getting There: 1-min walk from Exit C2, Sham Shui Po MTR Station

Opening Hours: Daily 6:30am to 8:30pm

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Givres – the place to go for Rose Gelato

When I saw pictures of pretty rose shaped ice cream, complete with petals, I knew I had to hunt down the shop to try it for myself!

Givres specialises in both artisanal coffee and rose gelato and it is conveniently located at the Wan Chai district on Hong Kong Island.

We had just finished lunch and thus dropped in for dessert. There are some counter seats at the shop, but do note that seating is limited to about 6-7 high stools.

You can choose to have up to three flavours in your rose gelato and I thought one was a bit boring, whilst three could be a bit too much and thus I went with two.

After a tough decision on which flavours to pick, I went with the combination of White Peach and Rose Petals.

My hubby on the other hand opted for Chocolate and Vanilla (boring!). We watched the staff piece together the rose gelatos petal by petal and the end results were very pretty, but my only grouse was that they melted too quickly! (probably also due to the summer heat)

Side view:

Top view:

It’s definitely a place worth checking out if you are in Hong Kong! ^_^


G38, Lee Tung Avenue, 200 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai, Hong Kong.

Getting There:
Take either exit B2 or A3 from Wan Chai MTR Station.

Tel: 9659 0816

Opening Hours:
Monday to Thursday: 11:30am to 9pm
Friday to Sunday: 11:30am to 10pm

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Yuen Kee Dessert (源記甜品專家)

It was one of those days when you’ve had too much to eat during the day and thus wasn’t feeling that hungry at dinnertime, so I decided to have dessert instead!

Yuen Kee Dessert (源記甜品專家) is a traditional Chinese dessert shop, known for their almond cream (杏仁露), walnut cream (合桃露) and (桑寄生). All desserts can be paired with lotus seeds and/or egg.

The menu can be found sandwiched between the tables and their glass tops.

I decided to have walnut cream with lotus seeds 合桃露(加蓮子) and it was smooth and had just the right amount of sweetness (i.e. not overly sweet). My hubby on the other hand had almond cream with a raw egg 杏仁露(加蛋)!! He said it made the dessert smoother! Erm…I don’t think I will ever try that as I don’t like eating raw eggs.



Overall, we were both satisfied with what we ordered that night. ^_^


Yuen Kee Dessert (源記甜品專家)
G/F, 32 Centre Street, Sai Ying Pun, Western District, Hong Kong.

Getting There:
2-min walk from Exit B1, Sai Ying Pun MTR Station.

Telephone: +852 2548 8687

Opening Hours: Daily 12:00-23:30

Payment Method: Cash

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Neko Atsume「ねこあつめ」 Pop-Up Event at Harbour City

I was thrilled that my recent trip to Hong Kong coincided with the Neko Atsume「ねこあつめ」 summer pop-up event at LCX in Harbour City, Kowloon, which ends on 31st August 2016, so I caught it just in time! Those who aren’t familiar with Neko Atsume, it is a relatively simple cat collection game.

Filled with anticipation, I went to check out the event venue first thing the next morning as my flight had gotten in late in the evening.

There were several photo spots scattered along the entire floor and even though my visit was towards the tail end of the event, I found that it was still extremely popular with the crowds. The main displays were found at this section were…

Pumpkin (しろちゃとらさん Shirochatora-san) with Bolt (きじとらさん Kijitora-san) in the background:

Gold and Silver Fish – if only I could add this into my game inventory! LOL!

Ms. Fortune (こいこいさん Koikoi-san)

Tubbs (まんぞくさん Manzoku-san):

Snowball (しろねこさん Shironeko-san):

Conductor Whiskers (えきちょうさん Ekichou-san), with Dottie (しろみけさん Shiromike-san) hiding in the pink macaron:

I had to hunt across the same floor of the mall to locate the rest of the photo spots, which were mostly standalone.

Guy Furry (びすとろさん Bistro-san):

Sassy Fran (かふぇさん Café-san) and her cafe:

Other photo spots:

In addition, there was a stamp rally at this event where you can redeem some souvenirs if you complete the entire card but unfortunately the gifts were all fully redeemed during my visit (as expected since it was already almost the end of the event!), but the stamps were still available to souvenir hunters.

“Cheapskate” souvenir hunters could also pick up a cardboard fan and a postcard…

…but note that both items have advertisements on the other side.

My colleague had asked me to purchase some Tubbs merchandise if I saw any at the event, which has a pop-up store too. The shop was selling various memorabilia from the game and it even had a giant Tubbs stuffed toy on display (not for sale)!

I guess I was probably too excited by the sight of the gigantic Tubbs that I forgot to take a photo of the pop-up store!! LOL!

In shopping mode, I then helped my colleague to purchase this Tubbs cushion (HKD$140) and a Tubbs embossed cardholder with lanyard (HKD$90). That souvenir bag can be purchased for an additional HKD$1 if your total purchases exceed HKD$100.

As I’m not a fan of Tubbs, I got myself some mementos of Peaches (くりーむさん; Cream-san) instead. ^_^


Overall, it was good fun (plus shopping!) away from the summer heat!

Event Details:
LCX x Neko Atsume Japanese Summer Festival Exhibition
Date: 1 Jul – 31 Aug 2016
Time: 10am to 10pm
Venue: LCX, Level 3, Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, Kowloon, Hong Kong.

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Oriental Dollarbird (Eurystomus orientalis)

If the Oriental Dollarbird (Eurystomus orientalis) is supposed to be a common bird in Singapore, then why is it that I’m only seeing this for the first time?

From afar it looks like a dark coloured bird but if you manage to get a closer look at it, you’ll find that its chest feathers are blue and its wings have a greenish sheen. Since it was my first encounter with this bird, I couldn’t help taking several shots of it.

Apologies that this next photo was a little blurry as I was laughing at its comical expression when I took this!

Several die-hard bird photographers were waiting to get shots of the Dollarbird in flight and I decided to wait with them for a bit – let me tell you that this really is a test of your patience!!

The experienced birders told me that this bird is rather territorial and whenever it appears, the smaller birds will fly away, so if you are hoping to get pictures of other bird species, your chances of spotting them have been greatly reduced by this one’s arrival and until it decides to fly away, all you’ll be seeing is this Dollarbird for an extended period of time.

Well, I didn’t mind since I haven’t seen it before and I just love the shine on its feathers! ^_^

Location: Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve

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Chocolate Origin – the place for chocolate desserts and now a new Dark Chocolate Gelato!

Chocolate Origin, the dessert cafe which is known for their rich luscious chocolate ganache cakes and artisanal coffees, has launched its first ever Dark Chocolate Gelato, a project which took five years to finally create that perfect recipe!

This new dessert will be available first at their Bugis Junction outlet on 18 June 2016, followed by their other six outlets islandwide from 19 June onwards.

I was delighted to have been invited to be one of the first to try out this new frozen creation (made with premium fresh milk and rich Belgian Chocolate!) and found it to be a deliciously rich, smooth and creamy gelato, which tasted just like their signature chocolate truffle cake! One taste and you will know what it means to be in chocoholic heaven!!

This Dark Chocolate Gelato will be priced at $4.50 per scoop, $6.50 for double scoop and $12.50 for a pint (takeaway only).

The inspiration behind Chocolate Origin’s Dark Chocolate Gelato was for our customers to enjoy our chocolate ganache cakes in the form of a gelato especially with the hot weather we’ve been experiencing recently,” said Kian Yong, General Manager of Chocolate Origin. “We spent hours in the R&D room perfecting an Italian gelato recipe in order to tweak it to suit Singapore’s palate and we are very happy with the final product.

Chocolate Origin will be giving out FREE GELATO on Saturday, 18 June 2016 from 10:30am to 9pm, to the first 1000 customers at their Bugis Junction outlet!

Left: Goh Kian Yong, General Manager of Chocolate Origin

The first 50 customers for the day or registered fans at gelato.chocolate-origin.com will also walk away with an exclusive set of Chocolate Origin’s commemorative button pins.


For the uninitiated, let me tell you that Chocolate Origin is a place where chocoholics congregate to satisfy their chocolate cravings. ^_^

Besides chocolate drinks, you can also order their Signature Chocolate Truffle Cake and Cuppa Lava Cake.

The Chocolate Truffle Cake reminds me of a thick slab of chocolate but it actually comprises of two generous layers of chocolate truffles enveloped between two thin and light layers of chocolate sponge cake, which are coated by a smooth, luxurious chocolate ganache. This delicious creation is made using premium imported Belgian chocolate.

As for the Cuppa Lava Cake, both chocolate and vanilla are combined to make this hot and cold dessert, with both cake and ice cream contained within a single cup. The warm cake is fluffy and the chocolate lava oozes out perfectly when you cut into it! Yummy!

Latte Art

My coffee-loving friends will usually say that desserts are best washed down with a good cup of coffee! Well, the cafe also serves freshly brewed artisan lattes, which are made from the finest Arabica coffee beans from South America and you can pair this with your desserts.

The baristas at Chocolate Origin go the extra mile to surprise and delight their patrons with their coffee or chocolate drinks. A visit here is certainly memorable when you are presented with unique and creative latte art!

The picture below was taken during one of my previous cafe-hopping visits here (at my own expense) and on the left was my Iced Chocolate with 3D latte art and on the right, Cappuccino Delight.

This time around as part of the media event, the barista gave us a latte art demonstration and this was her creation:

I was so intrigued by the process that I decided to video it. Wow…she made it look so simple!

When she was done, it was our turn to have a go at the latte art! I was passed this cup of coffee with a big blob of foam in the middle (plus some edible food colouring and toothpicks) and told to get creative. Gosh…I was scratching my head for a long while as I had no idea where to begin!!…

Voila!…This was my very first attempt at latte art! What do you think?

I thought it was good fun, but do note that if you are too slow in creating the art, your coffee will turn cold! LOL!…

As I’m not really a coffee drinker, my hubby drank up the cup of coffee and this was what’s left of my “masterpiece”:

DIY latte art is currently not available at the cafe outlets, but if you want to hold team building events or a private event at any of their cafes, you can enquire if they can arrange to have this activity for your group.

Locations of the Chocolate Origin outlets in Singapore:

For more information, please visit www.chocolate-origin.com or www.facebook.com/chocolateorigin.

Many thanks to Chocolate Origin and Goh Kian Yong for the invite to try their amazing gelato and desserts, as well as the DIY latte art! Chocolate ice cream will never be the same again for me!

Here’s one last look at their mouth-watering desserts…

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Soak Out Water Party at Universal Studios Singapore

Have some splashing fun at Universal Studios Singapore’s Soak Out Water Party with the Minions, Penguins of Madagascar, Sesame Street friends and the Woodpecker couple – this event runs from 13th June to 10th August 2016.

There is also a Soak Out After Party with DJ Inquisitive and the band Good Karma on selected dates (more details can be found at the bottom of this post).

The window displays at the Hollywood zone have been changed to fit the tropical beach holiday theme.

You can find the Lagoon stage at the end of Hollywood Boulevard, which is the venue for the Soak Out event.

There are two Super Cannons on the stage and this is one of them:

Party goers can stand anywhere around the stage as the celebrations take place all around the stage area (i.e. in a 360 degree radius)! This is the view from the back:

Other decorations with a tropical feel…

…and these are actually the refilling spots for your water guns!

Some Ground Rules if you are turning up for the Soak Out Water Party:

  • All guests entering Universal Studios Singapore must hold a valid admission ticket.
  • Guests can only use water guns sold at Universal Studios Singapore.

  • Guests can only use the water guns at the splash zone near the Lagoon Stage in the Hollywood zone.
  • Guests shall be allowed to continue playing with water guns within the boundaries of the Lagoon Stage in the Hollywood zone for a maximum of 30 minutes after the end of each Soak Out Water Party. The following timeslots shall apply: 
    • Extended water play time after Soak Out Water Party on Sundays to Fridays: 3:30pm to 4:00pm
    • Extended water play time after Soak Out Water Party on Saturdays: 6:00pm to 6:30pm
  • Guests shall not engage in water play at any other zones in Universal Studios Singapore.
  • Guests are not allowed to engage in water play after the Soak Out Water Party and at any other zones in Universal Studios Singapore.
  • Guests must wear proper attire at all times.

Now for the actual party!…

Before the party could kick off, there were reminders from the park’s crew that “you will get wet and possibly soaked!”

There are some dry zones at both Hollywood and New York (check with the crew on duty for their exact locations) and I decided to park myself next to this signboard, so that I could duck for cover if a stray stream of water came heading my way! LOL!

The Emcee was working out the crowd.

Two “floats” arrived and were parked at the two opposite ends of the stage. This is one of them:

Various characters then appeared for the different dance segments.

Sesame Street friends:

Woody Woodpecker and Winnie Woodpecker:

Penguins of Madagascar:


Here’s a little flavour of what you can expect to see there:

Splashing away!

Super cannons in action!!

The Soak Out Water Party somehow reminded me of all the previous years’ New Year Eve countdown parties at the park, with character appearances and loud music, except that this is now held during the day and with an additional water component. Personally, it’s not really my cup of tea (sorry!) and I’ve probably long outgrown attending dance parties. In Singapore’s hot and humid weather, it’s a good opportunity for you to get wet and cool off from the heat (i.e. if you don’t mind getting soaked). On another note, I would have preferred if the park had organised a special parade with different floats for the event, similar to what the Disney parks do for their summer events.


Soak Out Water Party
Dates: Jun 13 to Aug 10 2016
Daily except Saturdays: 3:00pm – 3:30pm
Saturdays: 5:30pm – 6:00pm

Soak Out After Party
Jun 24 – 25
Jul 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 29, 30
Aug 5 – 9
6:00pm – 9:00pm

Dance the night away at the After Party, which begins in the evening in front of the New York Public Library. Its facade will be transformed with eye-popping projection mapping displays and the crowds can enjoy the slammin’ electro beats and Top 40 hits by DJ Inquisitive and the band Good Karma.

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