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[Invited Tasting] 8-Course Omakase Menu at Big Sake Bar

In conjunction with Big Sake Bar’s first year anniversary, an eight-course omakase menu has been introduced and it features premium ingredients like grade A4 wagyu beef and otoro, plus an optional sake pairing option, with a choice from three seasonal sakes to suit the different customer preferences.

Located at the Concourse Skyline Building, Big Sake Bar is an izakaya concept restaurant, which boasts a large selection of over 40 different kinds of Japanese sakes and whiskeys. When I first stepped in, my eyes were immediately drawn to the back wall with all the various bottles on display!

The rest of its interior has pre-war Japanese beer posters on its brick walls and is reminiscent of a nostalgic era.

This Japanese gastropub’s trademark “大” (Japanese kanji character for “big”) emphasizes its philosophy, to be “big on food, big on service, big on sakes”. It is run by three good-looking young men, (from left to right) Co-Owners Jeremy Goh, Daniel Kwok and Head Chef Andy Quek.

In order to preserve the freshness of the ingredients and to ensure a great experience, Big Sake Bar will only seat six guests at the main sushi counter each night for their new omakase menu.

This will ensure that diners get to enjoy the full omakase experience as they watch Chef Andy at work. You can even chat with the friendly chef between courses, especially if it’s immediately after the dish has been served to you (i.e. before he starts to get busy preparing the next course).

Big Sake Bar’s new omakase menu will be available for a limited time only from 23rd October to 31st December 2017.

8-Course Omakase Menu
(Available for Dinner from Monday to Saturday, 6pm to 11pm, with advance reservation)
SGD$88 nett per person for the eight-course omakase menu.
SGD$108 nett per person for the eight-course omakase menu with sake.

Century Egg Tofu

This to me is somewhat of a fusion dish as it is usually found on the menus of Chinese restaurants. The century egg has been marinated with Chef Andy’s secret sauce, which is sweet and masks the strong flavour of the egg, so those who aren’t fans of the “100-year-old egg” may find themselves liking this! In addition, the silky smooth tofu is made in-house by the chef and is topped with sprinkles of crispy tempura flakes and slivers of spring onions. Overall, it was a nice start to the meal.

Sashimi Platter

This comprises of botan ebi, mekajiki (swordfish), salmon and aburi (i.e. seared) salmon. The seafood was fresh, the prawn was plump and firm and my favourite was the aburi salmon.

Wagyu Beef Sirloin

At first glance, this may look like a humble dish, but these are slices of grade A4 Kagoshima Wagyu Beef Sirloin flown in from Kyushu, Japan and is definitely a must-try! Although the accompanying ponzu sauce complemented the flavourful beef, I felt that it tasted just as good on its own. The marbling of the meat wasn’t overly fatty and was just right. For more information on beef grades, you can click here.

Sushi Platter

When we first set our eyes on this dish, the initial thought was on what that strange spiky thing at the far end was! It’s actually the prawn head from the botan ebi sashimi that we had earlier and a clever re-use of ingredients so that nothing is wasted.

We were told to start off with the shoyu ikura (salmon roe) and work our way down from left to right to gradually build up the flavours.

I don’t like eating ikura in Singapore, as it usually tastes a little fishy in the country’s hot and humid weather, but the one here was quite alright to me. The next morsel to chomp on was a piece of maki, topped with yuzu infused tobiko and the flying fish roe was really fresh and crunchy. Following on was the tamagoyaki, which was a bit overly sweet to me and I couldn’t really taste the flavour of the dashi stock in it (I’m quite particular when it comes to tamagoyaki, as this is one of my personal favourites).

The final bite was a challenge to eat as it was a deep fried prawn head, sat atop a blob of mentaiko mayo sauce. Now this is the typical sort of unusual food item found at Japanese izakayas and goes well when downed with alcohol. Don’t worry, it’s really crispy and you can swallow everything, plus it’s extremely flavourful! The trick to eating this is to chew off all the protruding sharp ends, which are very crispy, then munch carefully until you reach the main section of the prawn head.

Wagyu Beef Maki

This is actually a temaki (i.e. hand roll), made with wagyu beef as its key ingredient. The beef was seasoned with salt, which made it a little salty, but when eaten together with the other ingredients in one bite, the flavours actually went well together. I much preferred the previous beef dish to this one, although this was good too.

Negitoro Don

This dish uses otoro (the fattiest portion of the tuna, found on the very underside of the fish – this cut is fatty almost to the point of falling apart and can literally melt in your mouth) and is topped crisp green onions sitting atop a bed of premium Japanese rice from Akita prefecture in Japan. A raw quail’s egg is served on the side and you are supposed to add the egg into the rice bowl and mix well before eating.

Thus, I poured the egg in and voila – this is how the dish typically looks like at most restaurants in Japan:

This particular dish is probably what most Japanese will consider to be luxurious, as it contains the most precious part of the tuna.

Asari Miso Soup

People usually think of miso soup as an ordinary and simple soup dish, but the flavours of the soup stock may vary and the ingredients found in the soup may differ too. This one contained plump and firm asari clams, enoki mushrooms and cubes of tofu and the white miso-based soup had a fuller body and flavour, as the stock was made from boiling the clams.

Goma or Yuzu Ice Cream

We had the yuzu ice cream and its zesty flavour was really refreshing, plus it contained bits of peel, which gave each mouthful an extra dimension. It also helped to cleanse the palate from all the flavours from the entire meal.

(Optional) A tokkuri「徳利」 of guests’ choice of sake from a selection of three premium sakes, Toyo Bijin, Nabeshima “Pink Label” or Karakuchi Ki-ippon. Diners will first do a tasting of all three sakes, then pick their favourite one to accompany their meal.

From Left to Right: Karakuchi Ki-ippon, Toyo Bijin and Nabeshima “Pink Label”.

More information on the three different sakes:

Masumi’s Karakuchi Ki-ippon「純米吟醸 辛口生一本」 is a delightfully dry junmai ginjyo (milled to 40-50% removal of each grain of rice) from Nagano Prefecture. The word “karakuchi” means “dry” and this sake is said to be popular with drinkers.

Toyo Bijin「東洋美人」, a junmai daiginjyo (milled to at least 50% removal of each grain of rice) from the Sumikawa Shuzojo Brewery in Yamaguchi prefecture, has a clean entry with a slight sweet finish. This was previously served to President Vladimir Putin during a dinner party at the Japan-Russia summit meeting in December 2016 and it is said that Putin enjoyed the taste of this sake.

Nabeshima “Pink Label”「鍋島 特別本醸造 ピンクラベル」 is a tokubetsu honjozo (milled to 30-40% removal of each grain of rice) from Kashima City in Saga Prefecture. It is a refreshingly sweet sake, with slight effervescence and an excellent aftertaste. This was my personal favourite as I like my alcoholic beverages to be on the sweet side.

Regardless of which sake you choose, all of them go down well with the entire meal.

Overall, the meal was quite satisfying, the ingredients were fresh and my favourite dish was the Wagyu Beef Sirloin. Surprisingly, I did actually enjoy that crispy prawn head although it looked more intimidating than appetising – do give this a try and you may find that you’ll want seconds!


Big Sake Bar
302 Beach Road, #01-02 The Concourse Skyline, Singapore 199600.

Getting There by MRT:
Nicoll Highway station exit A, take the connecting overhead bridge to cross the highway to get to The Concourse (about a 5min walk)

Seating Capacity
Indoor Table seatings – 24
Indoor Bar counter – 6
Outdoor – 12

Contact/Reservations Tel: +62912700 / 96567105

Opening Hours:
Monday to Saturday: 5pm–12am
Closed on Sundays & Public Holidays.


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[Review] Addams Family Musical in Singapore (2017)

Direct from the UK, The Addams Family have recently moved into the MES Theatre at Mediacorp and have brought along their entire clan, who are classified as being either living, dead or undecided.

For those who are still unfamiliar with this musical comedy, it is written by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, the creators of multi award-winning Jersey Boys, with music and lyrics by Tony Award nominated Andrew Lippa.

Differing from the TV series, in this musical, Wednesday Addams is all grown up now and has a shocking secret that only her father Gomez knows – she has fallen in love with a sweet young man (Lucas Beineke) from a normal respectable family. Having been pleaded by his daughter to keep his “cara mia” Morticia in the dark, audiences will get to see whether Gomez manages to keep Wednesday’s secret until the two families meet for dinner, which turns out to be an eventful evening. Will love triumph or will there be disastrous consequences?

Photo Source: Mediacorp Vizpro

Playing the iconic role of Gomez Addams is established actor, Cameron Blakely, who was recently seen in Singapore’s season of Les Misérables as Monsieur Thenardier and also has a string of theatrical and film credits to his name. He seemed at ease with the role and sounded very convincing with his Spanish accent.

The role of Gomez’s beloved wife, Morticia Addams, is played by Rebecca Thornhill, who joins this show direct from the West End production of Mathilda The Musical, playing Mrs Wormwood to great acclaim.

If you had watched the previous run of this musical in Singapore in 2013, which was from the USA, this current production showcases a brand new orchestration and presentation. The sets look different in this West End version and it has also scaled down on the number of props used as compared to the Broadway version. According to the producers, having fewer props makes it easier for the show to go on tour.

Opening set:

Music is played live and you can find the musicians in the orchestra pit. Now this is what the real musical theatre experience should be like!

It’s funny how my favourite scenes in the musical have changed with this UK production. My new favourites are the opening scene and “Pulled”.

Wednesday Addams is played by Carrie Hope Fletcher, who previously played Éponine in Les Misérables. Apart from having an impressive theatrical and acting credit, she also has a strong social media following.

I loved her vocals, especially in “Pulled” and found that this song seems to grow on you, as I was even singing it when I got home.

25-year-old Grant McIntyre made the role of Pugsley Addams very believable and I wouldn’t have guessed his age if I didn’t know it!

Full Disclosure – this scene is one of the highlights of the show, so do pay attention otherwise you might miss the plot!

Photo Source: Mediacorp Vizpro

Excerpts from the musical:

There were many comedic moments in the show and I especially liked the part when Uncle Fester, played by Cory English, took a dig at the members of the audience who were seated at the cheapest seats!

During the night that I watched the show, somehow the audience didn’t get it when Lurch, played by Dickon Gough, broke out in song. I guess probably only true Addams Family fans will find it funny, as they will know that this butler usually only speaks in a series of grunts and groans.

I was somewhat horrified to find that “Thing”, whom I’ve always known to be a hand, turned out to be an arm in this show!

Despite feeling unsettled by the new interpretation of “Thing”, another one of my favourite songs is “Crazier Than You”, which features Wednesday and the Beineke family.

Photo Source: Mediacorp Vizpro

I thought the sound system at the MES Theatre was excellent, as we could hear every single word that was being spoken and sung. However, during some of the group scenes, the lead singer sometimes gets drowned out by the other vocals and thus I felt it could have been better if the sound balancing was tweaked a little.

Photo Source: Mediacorp Vizpro

The cast members divulged that they had injected some of their own interpretations to their characters. I thought they all did a great job!

Family ties are extremely strong in the Addams Family, so do come and meet this kooky family. I’ll leave you with parting words that the entire Addams clan will articulate to you,
“It’s family first and family last
And family by and by
When you’re an Addams
You do what Addams do or die!”

MES Theatre at Mediacorp

Getting There by MRT:
One North Station – take exit A and walk towards the left for about 11min.

Show Dates:
15 Nov 2017 – 03 Dec 2017

Show Times:
Tues – Fri: 8pm
Sat & Sun: 2:30pm & 8pm

Ticket Prices:
$65, $95, $135, $165 (excludes booking fee)

Special thanks to Mediacorp Vizpro for the invite to The Addams Family musical!

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Augmented Reality Effects Bring New Life to Exhibits at the Trick Eye Museum Singapore

Combine 3D together with Augmented Reality (AR) and you’ll get an out of this world experience!

27th May 2017 will mark the launch of Trick Eye Museum Singapore’s new AR mobile app, which you can use to take pictures at the museum and also discover the additional animations which appear with each of their art exhibits. This app is available on both the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. You can use the app to take both photos and videos of yourself interacting with the art installations. There are added sound effects and music if you take videos using the app and you can watch some of my clips towards the end of this post.

The AR experience starts outside the entrance to the museum, where there is a hideous sea serpent waiting to pounce on unsuspecting visitors!

Running apps on your mobile with AR features does drain your phone battery life and I forgot to bring a power bank, thus in order to conserve my phone battery, I took only AR photos and videos during this visit, but I’ve also included some pictures from my previous visits for comparison.

If you have visited this 3D art museum since the last time when they had refreshed their artworks, you would be familiar with the rest of the pictures in this post but do take a look at how the pictures have been enhanced to provide a more fun and entertaining experience to your museum visit.


With AR turned on:

It puzzles me as to why a tiger has appeared at the Island of La Grande Jatte! Really unexpected!!

If you already think that this scene from the “Ghost” zone looks impressive in 3D…

…you will be pleased to know that it looks even better with the AR features turned on! I felt as if I was part of an animated movie with the skeletons moving about!

Some of the artworks have not-so-elaborate AR features, but the effects are still good as they enhance the visuals of the 3D exhibits.


With AR turned on:


With AR turned on:


With AR turned on:

Here are some other scenes with AR effects:

The addition of the AR features are best captured on video and you can “interact” with some of the animated characters (this is a chance to show off your acting skills!).

Here’s a compilation of some of the exhibits (please excuse my poor acting skills):

Do note that unless you are taking a selfie, you won’t have any idea of what special effects or animations are taking place in the space around you. If you have a friend helping to record the video for you, that person will need to be the director, otherwise it is pretty much up to your own imagination with regards to how to react in the scene!

Don’t worry if it’s too noisy at the museum, as the app will not record the background noise but instead overlay its own music and sound effects to your video.

Overall it was good fun and the AR effects certainly provide a different kind of interactive experience with the art installations!

Things to take note of before heading to the museum:

    • Download the “Trickeye” app (Free) from both the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.
    • Bring along a power bank in case your mobile battery runs low from using the app.
    • Try to familiarise yourself with the functions on the screen, otherwise if you are not sure, you can always refer to the tutorial page.

From 27 May to 26 June 2017, visitors to the museum will enjoy 50% off admission prices for tickets purchased from the Trick Eye Museum and Sentosa ticketing counters.

Thanks to Trick Eye Museum Singapore for the media preview of the new AR features!

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Mulan The Musical (木兰少女)

Mulan The Musical (木兰少女) runs from 16 December 2016 to 5 February 2017 at the Resorts World Theatre. This musical comedy from Taiwan, which is making its overseas debut, brings a different twist to the legendary story of Hua Mulan (花木兰).

The cast includes Zhou Ding Wei in the leading male role (the General), Taiwanese singer-actress Li Qian Na and Lai Ying Ying taking turns in the role of Hua Mulan and Singapore artistes Pierre Png and Ann Kok in supporting roles.

At the beginning, we are introduced to the Hua family, where the head of the household has some health issues, the older sister Hua Mulian (played by Ann Kok) was pregnant out of wedlock and the younger brother Hua Xiong, who exhibited some effeminate traits.

If you are familiar with the story of Hua Mulan, you will know that she took her father’s place in the army out of filial piety. However, in this version, she reluctantly agreed to take the place of her father as her siblings couldn’t make the mark and she was deemed to be the most qualified candidate in their family. Thus, Mulan disguised herself as a man and joined the army as Hua Munan (花木男), which is a more masculine name.

Pierre Png plays the army captain, also known as “Encik” and several of his scenes are hilarious! Be prepared for some vulgarities in the dialogue as some of the scenes have local influences and may remind the local audience of Singapore’s National Service.

Look out for this bathroom scene where someone accidentally opens the door to one of the stalls (whoops!) but I won’t spoil the fun for you, so you’ll just have to go watch!

My favourite part was this subsequent bathroom scene with the strawberry-scented soap! It was quite funny, but also romantic in a kind of way.

Whilst at the army camp, both the General and Mulan’s childhood friend Guanfu fall for her and it was amusing to see them wrestling with the idea of having feelings for someone of the same gender. At one point, Mulan was accused by her best friend for being indecisive and liking two guys at the same time (劈腿).

Well, there is a bittersweet ending to the story and in my personal opinion, it resolved the dilemma for Mulan to have to choose between the two!

Apparently, the script has been modified for the Singapore audience, to incorporate local humour and colloquialisms. Current societal issues have also been weaved into the story and these include single parenthood, compulsory military service and LGBT issues.

The music during the second half of the show sounded much better than that in the first half. I was most impressed by Zhou Ding Wei’s vocals and I felt that his voice outshined the rest of the cast.

Curtain call:

It turns out that I absolutely loved that bathroom scene with the strawberry-scented soap, so I just had to get this picture taken as a keepsake! LOL!

Do note that Mulan the Musical is about two hours long with a 15-minute intermission and the show is in Mandarin, but English subtitles are displayed on screens located at both sides of the stage. I wonder which translation software did they use as I found some of the English subtitles to be strange and it was quite funny – one example was 马子 (girlfriend) being translated as “pony”!

Overall, I liked the show for its comedic elements more than the musical numbers.

Dates: 16 December 2016 – 5 February 2017, select nights (please refer to show calendar)

Time: 8pm
Venue: Resorts World Theatre
Prices*: Cat 1: S$128, Cat 2: S$98, Cat 3: S$68, Cat 4: S$38
*Prices exclude SISTIC booking fee and handling charges. Terms and Conditions apply.
Tickets are available from SISTIC or at the Resorts World Theatre.

The photos in this post are credited to Resorts World Sentosa, unless otherwise stated.
Thanks to Resorts World Sentosa for the invite to watch Mulan The Musical.

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Seoul Garden’s All-U-Can-Eat Buffet at Harbourfront Centre

Seoul Garden has opened a second outlet at Harbourfront Centre #01-65/66 and this is a buffet restaurant (different from their hotpot restaurant located at the 2nd floor).


For those who are unfamiliar with their buffet concept, both cooked food and uncooked ingredients are available in the buffet spread. You can choose to cook the raw meats and seafood on the grilling pan or in the hotpot(s) at the table.

Here’s a look at the buffet spread…

Take your pick from a selection of meats (beef, lamb, chicken) that you can put on the grill.

Premium meats and seafood are available in the dinner buffet – I was eyeing the crayfish and scallops! :p

Other items at the buffet for the hotpot/grill:

Various sauces to go with your food, or you can also use them as an additional marinade before cooking the various meats!

For those who can’t wait for their food to be cooked, a selection of cooked and ready-to-eat dishes are available.


Salad and pickles:

Instead of a soup base, you can opt for Queso Fundido, which is a cheese dip and these are some of the foods that go well with the dip!

Moving along…here are the drink dispensers, plus an ice shaving machine (at the far right of the photo below), which you can use to make your own version of ice kachang.

Fruits and ingredients for your ice kachang:

Ice cream and available toppings to go with it:

Both Western cakes and Asian “kueh“:

We tried the Thai Tom Yum hotpot and the Queso Fundido (cheese dip), which was topped with kimchi and grated cheese. I know the combination of kimchi and cheese sounds weird but surprisingly it actually goes well together!


In case you are unsure of the optimal temperatures to use for cooking, we were told to use P2 for the cheese dip, P4 for the grill and P3 for the hotpot.

Okay…time to start cooking and tucking in!

The good thing is that this restaurant has certainly kept up with the times! I’ve patronised Seoul Garden since my schooling days and when I first entered the workforce and in the past, after a BBQ meal, your clothes and hair will end up smelling of the food that you had cooked earlier – well, gone are those days as the restaurant has a ventilation system which absorbs the cooking “smells” and when you are done with your meal, your hair and clothes still smell exactly the way they did as when you first entered the restaurant! ^_^

I think the buffet spread is quite decent for its price and I loved the grilled meats, seafood and the cheese dip!

Thanks to Seoul Garden for the invite to the food tasting!


1 Maritime Square, #01-65/66 HarbourFront Centre, Singapore 099253.

Telephone: 6710 6339

Opening Hours: 11:30am – 10:30pm

Buffet Prices:
Weekday Lunch – Mon-Thur (11:30am-4:59pm), Fri & Eve of PH (11:30am-3:59pm): Adult $21.99++, Member $17.99++, Child $8.99++
Weekday Dinner – Mon-Thur (5:00pm-10:30pm): Adult $28.99++, Member $25.99++, Child $11.99++

Weekend Lunch – Sat-Sun & PH (11:30am-3:59pm): Adult $25.99++, Member $22.99++, Child $8.99++
Weekend Dinner – Fri-Sun, Eve of PH & PH (4:00pm-10:30pm): Adult $31.99++, Member $28.99++, Child $11.99++

Student Meal is available for Lunch on Mon-Fri, excluding PH (11:30am-3:59pm): $14.99++ (present bus-pass, matriculation card or student pass before ordering)

Senior Citizens (60 years and above): Mon-Fri (11:30am-4:00pm) – $15.99++

Kids (below 1.0m in height) dine for FREE on Sunday with every paying adult.
Child price is applicable for kids between 1.0m to 1.3m and those aged 9 years and below.

Soup Base (freeflow, per table):
Basic Soup Base $1.99++
Soup Upgrade $5.99++ which gets you a choice of any 2 soups OR 1 soup & 1 Queso Fundido (cheese dip)

Soup flavours include:
Herbal Beef Broth, Ginseng Chicken, Chinese Herbal, Thai Tom Yam, Seafood Kimchi and Miso.

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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 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 or

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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[Review] THE PAINTERS: HERO takes Performance Art to A Whole New Level!

One word sums up my feelings about this show – WOW!!!

The Painters: HERO is an non-verbal performance that features live drawing accompanied by visual effects, incorporating mime, dance and comedy into the acts.

This 80-minute show centered around a “Heroes” theme, will take the audience through a fascinating process where 10 art pieces are created live on stage, using creative techniques which I’ve never imagined could be turned into art! There are also unexpected twists in some of the acts.

I watched the performance during its brief run at the Resorts World Theatre on 10-11 june 2016 and initially I was a little skeptical about what to expect from the show after reading the synopsis – to further clarify, I failed art during my secondary school days, so you can imagine me wondering how exciting can an art performance be?

This is the opening set which greets the audience when you enter the theatre:

The show started out a little slow-moving to me and the first art piece was created using a technique called Light Scratching, which is similar to carving a sculpture on a black canvas except that this had an added complexity involving a spinning screen. The outcome revealed a picture of Beethoven, but I was scratching my head as to whether this was an image being projected or something else.

There were several segments between the acts where the performers interacted with the audience. As this was a non-verbal performance, it initially took the audience some time to be warmed up to what the performers were doing and what they expected from the audience, but once everyone finally understood, it started to turn into some hilarious moments! Do note that those seated immediately in front of the stage would have better chances of being picked to go on stage to “perform” with the cast and you will be rewarded for your efforts with some memorabilia from the show.

The pace of the show then picked up with an Action Painting segment, which combined Jackson Pollock’s style of drip painting with dancing to the beat of The B-52’s Love Shack. Four canvases were being worked on at the same time and they each looked like pieces of abstract art! When we were all trying to figure out each of the completed pieces, they started to piece the four boards together (like fixing a jigsaw) and it turned into a painting of Michael Jackson! WOW!! Equally impressive was the dance sequence which followed and that incorporated the moonwalk!

I was also impressed with the Dust Drawing act which combined painting with sand art. A portrait was being drawn on black canvas using black paint and we were kept in the dark as to what was being drawn. Finally, sand was poured onto the canvas and we were amazed by the finished work!

There was a segment where the performers were given 3 minutes to stack cubes together in a frame to form a picture. I was seated too far away to be able to get a good look at the individual cubes, but I later learnt that they were Rubik cubes.

Over 200 Rubik cubes were used to create an amazing analog-style pixel art which revealed two different pictures at the front and back! This technique used is called Cube Art.


My absolute favourite part of the show was the Marbling Art that was performed to Disney’s catchy Under the Sea tune. This technique involves manipulating paint on water before eventually transforming this pattern to paper. Somehow this marbling process reminded me of latte art!!

There were at least 2 surprises for me in this act when the final artwork was revealed!

Hong Boram impressed us with his Speed Drawing of a tiger in 3 minutes! 3D video projection mapping was then added to the completed artwork and this made it look like the tiger had come alive!

There are slight variations to the show when it tours different countries and for the ones performed in Singapore, the Light Drawing segment featured various Singapore icons found in the Marina Bay area. Typically one would hardly think of light as an art medium, but this was quite a pretty sight drawn to the strains of Paloma Faith’s Stargazer, which added a tinge of melancholy to the atmosphere.

The finale featured Kang Shinkoo, Kwon Wooram and So Kwangmin in a drawing contest of speed and power! Romance of the Three Kingdoms was the theme for this Battle Drawing and the portraits of Liu Bei, Guan Yu and Zhang Fei were drawn.

As with most stage performances, photography and videography is not allowed during the shows, so when the cast came out with this “PHOTO TIME” sign, everyone was taken aback and started wondering if it was another act, a joke or whether we could really take pictures!

Oh…it was the curtain call and we were actually allowed to photograph it!! ^_^”

When the show ended, I went to get a closer look at the art pieces (you can see the 2 different views of the Superman piece in the photos below).


The 80 minutes just whizzed by and it’s been such a long time since I had a good laugh at the theatre!

The comic antics weaved into the performances, mime & dance routines and the entire process of creating the art pieces were not only entertaining, but also mesmerising in some acts! With my previous mime background, I could recognise the fixed point isolation techniques and I have to say – these guys were very good!

I was never a good art student and it was an eye-opener to me, being introduced to the different art mediums and techniques – this show kind of inspired me somewhat, to want to create something…

If you thought Nanta was good, The Painters: Hero takes performance art to another level!

Those of you who are planning a visit to Seoul or Jeju in South Korea, do consider watching this show as it is really fun and entertaining! Otherwise, if the show happens to be staged in your country, don’t miss the opportunity to go watch it!

The Painters: Hero performs two shows daily at two theatres in Seoul and Jeju, in South Korea.

Seoul Theater
5th Floor, 13 Donhwannum-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea.
3min walk from Jongno 3-ga station line no. 1, 3, 5, exit no 13, 14.

Halla Art Hall
(located in Jeju Halla University)
2nd Floor, 38 Halladaehak-ro, Jeju-si, Jeju Special Self-Governing Province, 690-708, South Korea.

Within five years, both the Seoul & Jeju theatres have staged 7,000 shows and reached over two million international audiences. In addition, the show has been performed in a total of 15 countries and 38 cities, including Tokyo, Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Taipei, Bangkok, Hollywood and Washington D.C. On average, they use at least 1,900 gallons of paint and 21,600 charcoal stumps each year for the shows!


  • Minister’s certificate of approval, ‘Best Non-verbal Performance’ by the Minister of Culture, Sports, and Tourism in 2010.
  • “Performance of the Year” at 2015 Korean Wave Awards.

There are 4 different teams of performers (Beethoven team, Chaplin team, Jackson team, Superman team) involved in The Painters: Hero as the show is not only performed locally in Korea, but it also travels to various countries. The recent shows in Singapore featured the Chaplin team and they did a great job!

Me…with the Chaplin Team – from Left: Hong Boram (홍보람), Kang Shinkoo (강신구), So Kwangmin (소광민), Kwon Wooram (권우람)

Thanks to Pentatonic Co., Ltd. and Korea Tourism Organization for the invitation to watch this brilliant performance in Singapore! It’s definitely A MASTERPIECE!!

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My Massage Experience at Feet Haven (plus Giveaway)

Feet Haven Reflexology is a place that you can get away from the bustle of everyday life and get rejuvenated with feet massages, shoulder/body massages or a combination of them.

I was invited to try their Combination Massage which comprised of a 45-minute foot massage and 15-minute shoulder massage and thus made my way down to their branch at Serangoon Gardens – this is located near to the Chomp Chomp Food Centre and is directly opposite myVillage. You can’t possibly miss that hugh signboard above Cedele and the path to relaxation awaits on the second floor.

Feet Haven has won numerous awards including those from Her World and Bazaar Magazine for “having a comfortable experience with awesome masseurs and a tranquil environment”, so I eagerly made my way up the flight of stairs (note: leave your footwear at the shoe racks found at the bottom of the stairs before you head up).

This place has conducive lighting and comfortable chairs, plus there are also chairs for those who want to do seated shoulder massages and separate rooms with massage beds for those who prefer to have massages lying face down.

I usually prefer full body massages to feet massages, so I was a little apprehensive before it started cos I was anticipating some “pain”. You can request for either a ‘hard’ or ‘soft’ massage treatment, but as the saying goes “no pain, no gain”, so I usually prefer a firmer touch to remove all the knots in my body.

The treatment starts with each customer soaking their feet into a tub of warm water.

After which, your feet are dried with a towel and the foot massage begins…

I looked around at the other customers and some had their eyes closed, some were busy on their iPads and some just looked blankly into space (LOL!). If you were wondering what I was doing, I decided to play games on my mobile phone whilst having my feet kneaded. Overall the foot massage was quite soothing except for the occasional time when I looked up at the masseur cos I felt pain – the therapists here use TCM techniques in their massages, so I guess there were some parts of my body which needed a bit more “balancing”.

45min whizzed by rather quickly and I headed over to one of the rooms for the shoulder massage – this was my favourite part as my upper body muscles were quite sore and stiff after sitting at my office desk all week!

My therapist’s expert hands helped to loosen the tight muscles – I had been suffering from a stiff neck all week and was really happy that it was gone by the time the massage session was over! The massage techniques used here are similar to the 20min massages that I used to enjoy at work before cost cutting measures were introduced at my workplace.

When the session was over, I was pleasantly surprised to be served with a cup of tea!

Many thanks to Dennis for the invite! I was satisfied with the overall massage experience and extremely glad that the soreness in my neck was gone! ^_^

Flyer that I picked up with the Price List:


*** GIVEAWAY – $20 Feet Haven vouchers to be won! (one winner)***
Closing Date: Saturday, 12th March 2016 at 23:59 Singapore time.
The winner will be notified by email and will need to respond back within 3 days to be eligible for the prize, otherwise there will be a re-draw.

1) Like Jaznotabi on Facebook.
2) Like Feet Haven on Facebook.
3) Leave a comment at the bottom of this post and let me know why you need a massage (note: your email address will not be published).

*** Congratulations to Anne Yap for winning the vouchers! ***

Feet Haven

– Serangoon Gardens Branch: 4A Maju Avenue, Serangoon Gardens (2nd floor shophouse)
Opening Hours:
Sun to Thurs – 12 noon to 10pm
Fri & Sat – 12 noon to 11pm

Telephone: +65 62882314

– Katong Branch: 136 East Coast Road, #01-01 (near i12)
Opening Hours:
Mon to Sun – 12 Noon to 6am

Telephone: +65 63447311

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[Review] Cinderella, A Fairly True Story

Have you ever wanted to go a ball in a carriage? I did just that the other day… (sorry, I was letting my imagination get carried away there)

Re-live the fairytale as Cinderella, A Fairly True Story is being staged at the Resorts World Theatre from now until 4 Jan 2016.

If you are expecting something Disney-like, please don’t and instead bring yourself back to the roots of the traditional fairytale.

There was a pre-show with entertaining press photographers who mingled with the audience and took pictures everywhere they went.

This story is told through the eyes of a reporter who writes for the “Cinderella Times” tabloid and various headlines are flashed intermittently during the show.

The first act opens with an 8-year-old Louise (young Cinderella) crying over the grave of her mother and she refuses to leave with her father, Baron Leopold.

Photo Credit: Resorts World Sentosa

Life then goes further downhill after Leopold married a materialistic rich widow (well, he assumed she was rich!) named Furiosa, who has two equally materialistic daughters Grimella and Distressa, played by Dorien Schrijnemakers and Saartje Van Houtte respectively. Besides being mean-spirited, I think the two stepdaughters are best described as “sot sot dei” (Cantonese language), as they are really ditzy. Their mother on the other hand resembled Cruella de Vil.

Photo Credit: Resorts World Sentosa

Nordin De Moor, whom I last saw as Smee/Mr Darling in “Peter Pan, The Never Ending Story”, plays the reporter in this latest Music Hall production to hit our shores and he’s the only character who gets to talk to the audience, as well as interact with the other characters in the show! I must say that I learnt a lot from his commentaries which contained various bits of trivia like the question of whether Cinderella’s slippers were made of Verre (glass) or Vair (squirrel fur) – the two words are homophonous in French and it has been long debated whether the story was wrongly translated from French to English.

Photo Credit: Resorts World Sentosa

Here’s a closer look at desk from which the reporter works at in the show…

The Prince (whom we all know as Charming), played by Caleb Vines, is named Prince Harry George William Archibald Nicholas Philip Alexander Charles James Andrew Daniel the First (that’s quite a mouthful!) and he seems to be mollycoddled by his nanny, who reminded me of Mrs. Doubtfire. There are still various toys in his room from rocking horses to a giant rubber ducky and do keep a look out for that over-sized parrot! ^_^

At the ball, Cinderella introduced herself as Baroness Ella of the Cinders and at the end of the night, she took off her shoes and ran off but dropped one in the process.

The wedding had a beautiful setting in a cathedral and they lived happily ever after…

Photo Credit: Resorts World Sentosa

…and the best part was that I got to meet Cinderella (Charlotte Campion) after the wedding! 😀

What did I think of the show?
It’s still pretty much the same fairytale with some slight plot twists. The first half of the show was a bit slow-moving but it picked up much later.

I especially loved the scene where Cinderella’s dress turned from rags to a beautiful blue gown and also when the pumpkin turned into a shiny golden carriage! It was simply magical to watch!! (Note: try not to blink during this transformation scene in order not to miss any part of it! ^_^)

Photo Credit: Resorts World Sentosa

Do expect some pyrotechnics and also listen out for popular songs like “I Gotta Feeling”, “Up Where We Belong” and “Everything I Do, I Do It For You” which have been incorporated into the show. In addition, Cinderella’s fairy godmother is not who you think she is…

Although the show started off on a sad note, there was a mix of romance and funny moments which I thought were entertaining but it would have been better if they had more scenes with “magic” in them.

Thanks to Resorts World Sentosa for the invite to watch the show on its Opening Night! ^_^

Dates: 10 Dec 2015 – 4 Jan 2016

Show Times:
Thurs: 7pm
Fri – Mon: 2pm and 7pm (no shows on Tue and Wed)

Venue: Resorts World Theatre, Resorts World Sentosa


Premium Cat 1 Cat 2 Cat 3
Adult S$168 S$138 S$108 S$78
Child** (4 to 12 years old) S$118 S$97 S$76 S$55
Senior*** (60 years old and above) S$143 S$117 S$92 S$66

* Prices exclude SISTIC booking fee and handling charges. Terms and Conditions apply.
** Child must be accompanied by at least one (1) adult.
*** Senior must present valid ID upon purchase and at the theatre entrance for verification.

Tickets can be purchased at SISTIC counters or at the Resorts World Theatre Box Office.

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New Artworks at Trick Eye Museum Singapore

Since its opening in June 2014, many people have had fun doing wacky poses with the various art pieces at the Trick Eye Museum in Singapore. The museum has now refreshed its gallery with new sculptures, an interactive 4D concept and new themed zones – “Mystery”, “Excitement”, “Fairytale”, “Fantasy”, “Supernatural” and “Trick World”. More than half the museum has been updated with the new artworks and these were ready on 31 October 2015.

I was curious about the displays and worked through my usual lunch hour so that I could get out of the office during the mid-afternoon to attend the media preview. ^_^

New sculptures can already be found outside the museum – you can pose with Andy Warhol…

…or share some love with Mona Lisa!

Alternatively, how about taking a selfie with this lady taking a selfie? :p

When you enter the museum, you can see that iconic Big Baby sculpture is still there, as well as a bunch of circus folk. However, there are some additions placed between the existing sculptures, like this lady with hula hoops,…

…a lion…

…and Andy Warhol balancing on some chairs!

This horse and carriage (also new!) took up quite a substantial space in this area.

A Rubik’s Cube has been placed just before the gigantic book entranceway which leads to the other exhibition zones.

If you enter and turn to the right, you will see the following new animated and interactive exhibits…

Fancy turning yourself into an Andy Warhol-themed painting?

Dancing Star – there are 2 choices available and you can opt for the Chinese theme or Christmas theme. The little kids visiting the museum seemed to enjoy this exhibit a lot and kept going back for more!

When I finally got my turn, I decided to try the Christmas theme first and was transformed into a Santarina!

The Chinese one was a bit cheesy to me. Do note that you have to try to align your face as best as possible to the screen before your picture is taken – mine wasn’t done quite correctly! LOL…

I concluded that this wasn’t my cup of tea and much preferred the static 3D exhibits.


I think this is my favourite out of all the zones!

Fancy taking shelter with a Frog?

Waterfall – you can pose on that tree stump or across that gaping hole as seen two pictures above.

Alice House – Yikes! Looks like Alice is stuck here!

Flower Ball – Try imagining yourself being trapped in a water bubble in this picture.

Hmm…do you think a hunk or babe would look better in this setting?


I noted that “The Scream” has been removed from its previous picture frame and now has a bigger backdrop.

Teddy Bear – doesn’t he look 3D? ^_^

Sit and get transported somewhere else by this couple!

Afternoon Tea Parties – I don’t know why but I just love this picture!!

Ice Cliff – You can play hero and damsel in distress here. However, I wouldn’t recommend that you wear heels if you are perched on a precarious ledge like this!


Ice Wall Climb – You can have fun thinking up various poses for this one!


This is a brand new zone which focuses on the supernatural.



Floating Slippers


That ballet-themed wall is still there, plus the Merlion.

Art Fighter – this is one of the more interactive exhibits as it includes a fighting game.

If you’re not into practising some kungfu moves in the game, you can still pose for a 3D photo. ^_^

Overall, the new exhibits are fun to interact with. Have an enjoyable time posing with them when you visit the museum! ^_^

Thanks to Trick Eye Museum Singapore for the invite to the media preview!

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